From My Heart

Just one week til Valentine’s Day!  With three kids in the mix, our recent celebrations have extended only to a card – which is a task I can live up to!

This Valentine’s Day card was the make & take project for our recent team meeting.  I wanted to share the From My Heart suite with the team and also my current obsession with ink blending.

From My Heart | kelly kent

The background for this card was made using Stampin’ Up! Classic Inks – Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Lovely Lipstick & Real Red.  I applied them using make up brushes – which are perfect for ink blending, and also super easy to clean.

Start with the lightest colour, making sure to swipe the brush on scrap paper first before adding ink to your cardstock. This helps to avoid harsh marks where you first put your brush.  I find working in a combination of left to right and swirling circles helps me to build up the colour evenly.

Once you’ve got the desired depth of colour, ink up the brush with the next darkest colour and blend to overlap the first colour.  Continue until you’ve got all colours. You can always go back and add more ink if you think certain patches or colours need it – but the trick to ink blending is to get your project to a point where the colour has been applied but it still looks a little rough and leave it to dry – that’s when the magic happens!  The superior quality of our Whisper White cardstock makes it ideal for ink and it absorbs and settles beautifully.  So, in this case, the advice to put down the brush and step away is worth listening to!

From My Heart | kelly kent

Although I love the smoothness of the ink layered together, I love the texture created by adding water droplets once you’ve finished with the ink blending.  There are many different ways to achieve this effect – I like to squeeze water to the end of my Aqua Painter and then flick the brush end of the Aqua Painter across the lid and let the water flick everywhere.  I find this gives me varying size water droplets.

With my background completed, it was time to assemble my loved up card.  I cut the ink blended background with a Stitched Rectangle Die and mounted it on a Thick Whisper White base (half an A4 sheet).  I then cut the Detailed Hearts Die on Whisper White and trimmed a portion to lay across my card.  I love this die!  I left some of the hearts in the die cut, rather than popping them all out.

From My Heart | kelly kent

And finally the sentiment – HVD was stamped from the Heartfelt stamp set in Flirty Flamingo and the arrow in Smoky Slate.  I’ve cut the hearts using the Heart Punch Pack – it has both smooth and scalloped heart bundles.  Buy the punches in a 2 pack ($A59), or together with the stamp set (bundle = $A80).

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Happy crafting this weekend and have a L-O-V-E-ly week!!!

Stamp Review Crew | Butterfly Gala

Hello!  Happy Monday and welcome to the Stamp Review Crew blog hop.  I’m joining a group of fabulous Stampin’ Up! demonstrators as we share projects we’ve made with today’s featured stamp set – Butterfly Gala!

The projects you see on today’s blog hop will definitely feature the stamps from the Butterfly Gala stamp set.  Some may use the coordinating punch – Butterfly Duet – isn’t it cute!?!  So cute in fact, that it has sold out worldwide and Stampin’ Up! are waiting for more stock to arrive (expected end March 2019).  So, make sure to save the projects that inspire you and be ready for when the punch is ordable again!  Your local Stampin’ Up! demonstrator can keep you in the loop.  Until then, it’s totally possible to snip around those butterflies with scissors or you can stamp directly onto your project.


I’m a little late to share my Valentine’s Day card this year for Mr Papercraft because it was so perfect for this blog hop.  Luckily it’s not specific to Valentine’s Day.  This style of card would be great for a wedding, anniversary, appreciation  or general “I love you” card.

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent

I decided I wanted my card to be symbolic of the life Mr Papercraft and I have built together. The two hearts are us and the three butterflies are the little Papercrafts (two Lovely Lipstick girls & one Tuxedo Black boy).

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent

The origami hearts were so easy to make and look amazing in our pretty DSP.  The smaller heart uses All My Love DSP and started as a 3″ square.  The larger heart uses Botanical Butterfly DSP and started as a 4″ square.  You can find the instructions on making an origami heart here

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent
The sentiment in Butterfly gala was just perfect for a card for Mr Papercraft.  He’s my best friend and definitely makes me a better person.  If I had to choose anyone in the world to spend time with – it’s him!


Thanks for hopping with us today.  For more amazing projects, keep clicking the ‘next’ at the end of each post.  I’m taking you to Holly Krautkremer in the US.  I always love what Holly makes and can’t wait to see her butterfly inspired project!


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Just Add Ink #394 | Romance

There’s nothing like a challenge deadline to raise the bar and get some of my to-do list done early!

Thanks to a fabulous theme of “Romance” by Nikki, it’s full steam ahead on the Valentine’s & anniversary cards required around here in Feb.

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The first card I made for this challenge was very non-traditional.  I have no idea where the idea started, but I wanted to use the phrase ‘you are my sunshine’.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

The Sunshine Wishes Thinlits have the cute ‘sunshine’ die, the stamp set has the ‘are my’ and the YOU is from the Sale-A-Bration set called Celebrate You.

Using the Multi-Purpose Adhesive sheets with the words is my favourite way to adhere them to my cards.  No messing around with liquid glue or tiny bits of tape.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

The background was made by stamping the dandelions from Birthday Celebration in Versamark then heat embossing in white before spritzing and swirling some yellow & gamboge (orange) Brusho Crystal Color.  Add some glitter dots, a coordinating DSP background and my non-conventional romantic card is done.

Fun fact: I bought Brushos just so I’d be able to tell my customers what they are like…. and I can’t stop using them!


After my fun take on romance, I decided I should make a card in a similar style but with a more traditional colour theme and sentiment.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

This card has a Sunshine Wishes Thinlit (love), Celebrate you Thinlit (YOU) and stamped sentiment (MORE), just like the other card.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

It also has a Brusho background with cute emboss resist hearts from the Yay You stamp set – but pink Brusho???  It turns out if you add just a tiny tap of the Brilliant Red Brusho, you can achieve a gorgeous soft pink.  So many possibilities!!!

Two cards – one screams romance and one slides up quietly with a romantic gesture.  Do you have a favourite?

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

If you’d like a reason to start you V-Day card making early, or maybe you also have an anniversary in February, or you’ve got a wedding to go to, visit the Just Add Ink blog to join the challenge.

While you’re at the blog, you can see all the design team card – what a talented bunch, not to mention a collective group of some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet!

Thanks for sharing in the crafty fun with us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Project Love – Making Memories

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Mr Papercraft is unavailable this V-Day, so there wasn’t any pressure to get his card done by today (thank goodness – it’s been a crazy week!).

So, this morning’s agenda was a sleep-in, late breakfast and some craft time with the Little Misses.

It was a love theme all around with me making a Valentine’s Day card for Mr P and the misses making Valentine’s treat boxes.


Remember when I bought the Project Life Memories in the Making stamp set just for that delightful swirl stamp?  Well, it was time to fall in love with the whole stamp set…

And create this loved up card for Mr Papercraft.

Valentines Day card using Project Life Memories in the Making stamp set, Card & Labels Framelits & Perpetual Calendar stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Of course there’s some clear Wink of Stella glitter, gold embossing and some lovely layers!

Valentines Day card using Project Life Memories in the Making stamp set, Card & Labels Framelits & Perpetual Calendar stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Guess what?  The theme for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge is something starting with “V”… like Valentine’s Day!  So as exciting as the prospect of a volcano card with a lurking vulture at a fabulous vacation spot might be… I’m going to go with the boring theme of Valentine’s Day!


I really love this sweet card.  Happy Valentine’s Day Mr P – soulmates are hard to find, glad you’re mine!  Mrs Papercraft x

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Stampin’ Up! L-O-V-E for my LOVE x

Happy Valentine’s Day!

You might remember the card I made myself for V-Day using Sheltering Tree – well wasn’t I delighted to find out that it won the Just Add Ink challenge that week.  My first challenge win – what a celebration!

This is the card I made for Mr Papercraft – my one true love (yep, it’s official – I may have watched too much Frozen!!!).

I love the simplicity of this card – it’s sweet & wonderful, with my favourite traditional colour combination!  Hope you have a loved-up day today, doing whatever makes you happy with whoever makes you happy!  Kelly x

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Happy Valentine’s Day to ~ ME ~ Just Add Ink 248

Cheeky Mr Papercraft asked me to make my own Valentine’s Day card this year.  So I did … do I tell him I bought my own V-Day present too?

Sheltering Trees was one of those stamp sets that was on my list, then off my list, then on again … I loved the tree and cute accessories but couldn’t warm to the sentiments.  I got over that and added it to a recent order and I’m so glad I did.  The tree is just gorgeous.

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Now for the colour combo, courtesy of the Just Add Ink #248 challenge – I would have never combined these 4 colours.  I can’t even say any of them on their own are favourites of mine.  But together – wow!  It just works.  Thanks JAI and thanks Mr Papercraft – I love my card & present!  Kelly x

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5.2.15 – Update – This card was the weekly winner for the JAI challenge.  Woo hoo!!!

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