It’s Time to end MND

I rarely post sympathy cards on my blog.  There’s not usually a happy reason to need to send a sympathy card – even if it’s the end of awful suffering.  The loss of a family member, friend or acquaintance is always a sad time.

A family friend lost his battle with MND (Motor Neuron Disease) last week.  If you live outside of Australia, you may know it as ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).  It affects the way nerves work – causing the muscles to gradually weaken and waste, as the nerves degenerate and die. Muscles across the body are affected and functions such as talking, walking, eating & breathing become increasingly difficult.  It’s such a horrible disease and one that has affected my extended family, as well as so many families around the world.

In lieu of flowers, we made a donation to MND Research – an organisation driven forward by the vision to understand the causes, find effective treatments and discover cures for MND.

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Click here to donation to MND Australia or MND Research.


If there is such a thing as a manly sympathy card, I wanted to make one!  So Waterfront & Wood Textures DSP was my go to.

Waterfront Sympathy | kelly kent

The Waterfront panel was made using the baby wipe technique – I didn’t want crisp and I wanted to include a variety of colours.  My baby wipe was coated with Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green & Tranquil Tide reinkers.  This was used to stamp the mountains and grass at the bottom of the scene.

The water, trees & sand bank were inked first in the main ink colour (Coastal Cabana, Tranquil Tide & Crumb Cake – respectively, but separately) and then stamped on the inky baby wipe to create a distressed effect.

Waterfront Sympathy | kelly kent

The sympathy sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings – such a great staple to suit a range of card making occasions.

Waterfront Sympathy | kelly kent

#makeacardsendacard, even if the reason is sad.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop | Lots of Happy

Hello everyone!  It’s been a little quiet on the blog this week as I balance finding some craft time together with going back to work.  10 weeks of long service leave went way too quickly!!!

I’m checking back in today with the Stamping Sunday Design Team to share ideas for two of the kits in the Occasions Catalogue.

Join the team as they share spin off designs & projects from the Lots of Happy Kit & Perennial Birthday Kit.

For the full link up list, click on the cute little blue froggie.

View the kits in the online store by clicking on the links below…

The Lots of Happy Kit is an all-inclusive kits and supplies all the materials you need for 20 cards including envelopes.  You’ll also get a stamp set to keep, black ink spot, 4 watercolour pencils, ombre ribbon and dimensionals.  2 of the Watercolour Pencil colours are exclusive to this kit!  You may like to purchase an Aqua Painter to use with the Watercolour Pencil if you don’t already own one.

The Perennial Birthday card coordinates with the gorgeous Perennial Birthday stamp set.  You can choose to use stamps you already have in your collection to finish this kit or purchase the Perennial Birthday stamp set to use with the kit.  This kit has supplies for 16 cards, including envelopes and a beautiful storage box for the finished set of cards – complete with dividers.


All Stampin’ Up! kits come with written instructions and videos are available on the Stampin’ Up! YouTube channel.  Click here to visit.

I love using the kits as extra supplies in my stash to create some different designs.

Today I’m sharing three cards I’ve made using supplies from the kit together with the Wood Textures DSP.

Lots of Happy Kit | kelly kent

The first card I made used the flower cut out from the kit, the watercolour pencils and the ‘lots + lots of happy’ sentiment.

Lots of Happy Kit | kelly kent

By changing the background to the Stitched Shapes squares cut from a series of scraps I had from another Wood Textures DSP project, I was able to change the look from the card kit designs to something completely different!

Continuing on with the Wood Textures theme, I used another sentiment to create a birthday card…

Lots of Happy Kit | kelly kent

And a final one using the Waterfront stamp set and another sentiment from the Lots of Happy Kit…

Lots of Happy Kit | kelly kent

This stamp set is photopolymer so I’ve cut the thank you part away from the ‘for being a friend’ part so I can use just the thank you or join it back together on the block and use all of it.

I love that the all-inclusive kits give you a stamp set to keep!  They are always full of a variety of useful sentiments.

If you’d like to store yours with your other stamp sets, you can purchase the clear cases as a pack of 4 and download & print the case cover by clicking on the link image below.

CLEAR CASE INSERT - LOTS OF HAPPY KIT | kelly kent

To see all the clear case inserts I have created – free to download & print – click here.

See the clear cases in the online store..

Next up on this blog hop is the gorgeous Denita Wright-Smee, or see the full link list by clicking on the blue frog.

You may also be interested in our exclusive Stamping Sunday Tutorial Bundle with 6 more project ideas including full measurements & instructions. Click here for all the info!

That’s all from me for Stamping Sunday.  After a lovely year designing with Sara Levin & the team, this is my last blog hop.  I’d like to thank Sara for the opportunity and the Stamping Sunday team for their creativity & friendship.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Waterfront

Every catalogue there’s a stamp set that I don’t buy in my first round of ordering and then totally regret not owning it when I see all the amazing things people are sharing!

For Occasions 2018, it’s the Waterfront stamp set.

Filled with artistic builder pieces for a mountain range, desert island or other naturescape, there’s endless options for the creating masterpieces.

The best advice I have heard for this stamp set is to choose an actual photo and copy the terrain.  Using this technique, I have seen some amazing creations!

I plan to try this next, but for my first outing I kept it simple and got happy with some of my favourite colours!

Waterfront | kelly kent

The mountains are Rich Razzleberry & Sweet Sugarplum, the sand bank Sahara Sand, the water Pool Party & Soft Sky, the moon Sweet Sugarplum and the trees & sentiment is Tranquil Tide.

Waterfront | kelly kent

Using ‘stamping off’ where you stamp onto scrap paper before stamping onto your project can help to get some alternative tones of the same colour and is a great technique for this stamp set.

Waterfront | kelly kent

Our Paper Adventures team had a great time making this on Sunday night at our team meeting.

I may have tempted a few to add it to their next order!  There’s nothing like using a stamp set in person to help you fall in love!

If you’re curious about joining our Paper Adventures team, February is an excellent month to join!

$169 to purchase a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit, which you can fill with $235 of products from your wishlist (free postage!!) and two free stamps sets on top of that!  You’ll get a discount on the rest of your wishlist until at least 31st July 2018.

Click here to start your Stampin’ Up! adventure!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com