Happy Birthday to Nanna Papercraft

Nanna and Grandad Papercraft have birthdays that are just 3 days apart. That makes for a busy stretch, especially when you add in the OnStage event in the mix too! So, I am only just getting to sharing the card I made for Nanna Papercraft. You can see Grandad Papercraft’s card by clicking here. That was lots of fun to make!

There’s always a little bit of pressure when making a card for another papercrafter. Especially one who is your Mum and you know what she likes! Mum (Nanna Papercraft) loves finding and making all the cool fancy folds. She often inspires the fancy things we do in classes – I’m much more of a ‘standard card’ kind of girl.

I found this style of card when scrolling through Pinterest for a new and exciting fold to try. Visit the blog of Tina Shaw for her creation plus instructions and measurements. Thanks Tina!

It’s called a Double Fan Fold – and is beautifully glorious! The card folds using a system of clever scored lines.

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

But also opens up to a full rectangle…

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

It doesn’t fold in half like a traditional card, so the writing panel is on the back –

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

Since Nanna Papercraft is a lover of all Stampin’ Up! – including retired classics, I chose to pull out some of the prettiest DSP that I’ve been keeping for a special card. This gorgeous design is from the Bird Ballad DSP. In many ways, retired DSP becomes more precious than current supplies, because there’s no way to order more!

I’ve paired the DSP with the coordinating stamp set which was released in the Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit last year. Did you see that there’s a Christmas themed Paper Pumpkin kit currently available??? We so rarely get Paper Pumpkin (the US gets it every month), so it’s a fabulous opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. For $37 (plus delivery), you’ll get a limited edition stamp set, ink spot and supplies to make 8 fabulous Christmas cards. Click here to see it in the online store.

The greeting for this card uses the ‘birthday’ die from the Well Written Dies – with Foam Adhesive Sheet to give it texture & height, and the ‘love’ in white heat embossing on Early Espresso cardstock from the Well Said stamp set.

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

The foil accents for the card are Champagne – it has such beautiful pink tones that I knew it would coordinate well with the Petal Pink card base.

This card is oversized and doesn’t fit into a standard envelope. Because I was seeing Nanna Papercraft for her birthday, I decided not to make an envelope, but instead tied it closed with a ribbon.

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

Which was just perfect for arrival, before it then made it’s home on the dresser.

Double Fan Fold | kelly kent

The design is free standing when you tweak the folds, which makes it a perfect fancy fold to send for the recipient to display. It reminds me of the meme that floats around about not being able to put an email or text message on the mantlepiece.

Giving cards is definitely less trendy these days – but the joy of receiving something special is still alive and well!

Happy Birthday month to Nanna Papercraft! So glad we got to celebrate with you x

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #506 | Photo Inspiration

There’s something fun about a photo inspiration – I think it’s the different directions that everyone goes in from the same starting point, and the starting point being a style or theme you may not usually choose.

With the combination of bold colours and quirky elements, this great photo (chosen by Nikki) is bound to give us lots of great entries for this week’s challenge.  To join in, share your card on the Just Add Ink gallery (click here to visit).

I really loved the cherry blossom wallpaper that you can see in the background of this photo.  I’ve always had a soft spot for cherry blossoms and hope to one day see them in person in Japan.  The Seasonal Layers Dies have a branch and floral combination, that are not quite a cherry blossom, but a gorgeous flower all the same!  If you love this set, you’ll want to buy it ASAP as it retires in less than two weeks.

Seasonal Layers | kelly kent

I’ve kept with the colours of the inspiration photo – I love yellow and purple tones together, and the white keeps it fresh.

Seasonal Layers | kelly kent

Finished off with a die cut sentiment from the Well Written Dies, I have created this card with zero stamping!  Just some cardstock in great colours, a few sets of metal dies and my die cutting machine.  I know this card will brighten someone’s day when it arrives in their mailbox as happy mail.

To see the rest of the design team cards for this challenge and add your card to the gallery, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

Have a great weekend!

Just Add Ink #500 | Add a Die Cut Word

The Just Add Ink Design Team are super excited to be sharing 500 challenges!!!  Not only did we make it to this point, but our challenges continue to be popular with lots of stampers joining in every week from around the world using a range of different brands.  It’s an honor to be involved in the Just Add Ink community.  Thank you to everyone who shares their creation in our gallery for challenges – we appreciate you!

To celebrate this amazing milestone, we have turned this challenge into a blog hop.  Click through the next button on each post to visit the whole design team and see what they’ve made.

It’s a great challenge, suggested by Jan – Just Add a Die Cut word!

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As fun as this challenge is, it was a sad crafty reason for me this week with another of my friends losing someone close to them.  I’ve made a string of sympathy cards since the beginning of the year.

This card started with some fussy cutting of the Pressed Petals DSP.  The floral photography is so beautiful and vivid and made a great centrepiece for my card.

The die cut word is from the Well Written Dies, with the coordinating ‘heartfelt’ from the Well Said stamp set.

One of my favourite techniques for using word dies is to using adhesive tape on the cardstock before cutting, cut several of the same word and then layer them on top of each other for some depth & texture.

Since the front of the card is so plain, I’ve added more DSP to the middle of the card and followed through the centre panel (cut using the Nature’s Thoughts Dies which were available as a special purchase last month).

I find the colours in this DSP beautiful and the styling very serene.

Next up on the blog hop is the gorgeous Tina Gillespie with her fabulous project.  I always look forward to Tina’s take on each challenge.  She has such a diverse range of products and comes up with such unique cards!

To upload your creation to the gallery for this special challenge, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

 

Colour INKspiration | Celebrating 3 years

I’m back hopping with the Colour INKspiration Crew today as a guest designer for their 3rd birthday celebrations.  Thanks to Bronwyn Eastley for inviting me to join the celebrations.

We each got to choose our 3 favourite colours and make anything we wanted!  Narrowing it down to either just 3 colours, or just one favourite combination is virtually impossible for crafters.  My favourite colours depend on my mood, or the card I’m making or my current favourite DSP!  I’m sure you can relate!

I’ve gone with a trio of colours that I love for lots of different occasions – it works for a neutral baby card, for a classic wedding card, for a card of friendship, for males, for females – for everyone!!!  It’s black, yellow and gray (with the option to throw in white as a classic neutral).

Colour INKspiration 3rd birthday blog hop | kelly kent

I could make cards all day with these colours, so I’m sharing 2 cards with you today.  The first is a technique I’ve been wanting to try for a while using Stampin’ Blends and a new stamp set – Dressed to Impress.

I created the floral background by stamping the flowers randomly on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I then coloured the negative (ie, between the flowers) using the Basic Black Dark Stampin’ Blend to create a solid black background and coloured the flowers with the light & dark Mango Medley Blends (as close as we have to Crushed Curry).  Stampin’ Blends glide so beautifully over the cardstock and blend (as the name suggests) to create a seamless image.

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

This card is on a Smoky Slate base with a Crushed Curry label, Whisper White die cut and a white on black embossed sentiment.

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

Stamp sets: Dressed to Impress, Well Said

Dies: Stitched Nested Labels, Well Written

Stampin’ Blends: Dark Basic Black, Light & Dark Mango Medley

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Veramark

Embossing Powder: White

Colours: Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White


The second card is a favourite layout I’ve used before using a heart frame and flowers to create a floral centrepiece.  Today’s card uses frangipani flowers from the new Timeless Tropical stamp set.

Timeless Tropical | kelly kent

This card is much brighter and sunnier, using white space and lots of yellow to lighten the mood.

Timeless Tropical | kelly kent

Stamp sets: Timeless Tropical, Well Said

Dies: Stitched Be Mine, In The Tropics

DSP: Regals 6″ x 6″

Stampin’ Blends: Light Mango Medley

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Colours: Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White


To see more great colour combinations, keep hopping and visit the very talented Vicki Boucher who has a colour combination that I’m excited to see in action!

All the colours on the hop are fabulous ideas and sure to spark lots of creativity.  I know I’m going to be back visiting the hop when I need some colour ideas.

You can join the challenge over at the Colour INKspiration Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Thanks again to the Crew for inviting me back!

Just Add Ink #465 | The Season

We’ve got a fun challenge for you this week at Just Add Ink.  It might stretch your creative boundaries – but you can do it!  We’re adding ‘The Season’ – as in the weather.  Be inspired by the season you’re currently experiencing or your favourite season.

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Here in the south west of Australia, it’s winter.  Some days that means clouds, rain, wind and storms.  But other days that means sunshine and magical weather.  We are very lucky.  Today we were blessed with lots of sunshine!

When I was making this card earlier it in the week, it wasn’t so pleasant – so I was inspired to use my new silhouette stamp set and make a lovey-dovey card with a cute couple snuggling under an umbrella.

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The stamp set is Silhouette Scenes from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It’s fast becoming one of my favourites!

To create the silhouette, I set the stamp up on my Stamparatus, inked the whole stamp using Seaside Spray ink and stamped this directly onto the DSP.  I then reinked in Blueberry Bushel ink (without cleaning the stamp) and stamped again.  And then again in Night of Navy.  The final layer was Versamark (clean your stamp first) with clear embossing powder.  This gave the silhouette a gorgeous dewy look.

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

Stamping on DSP is something I never think to do – but for this card, it seemed perfect!  The ripped edge added a bit of texture to an otherwise plain layout.

The Smoky Slate background is embossed using the Subtle embossing folder – another favourite of mine!

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The sentiment is a simple ‘love’ from the Well Written Dies using 5 layers of cardstock – one Night of Navy and four Whisper White.  I love how deluxe all those layers look!!!

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The hearts on the card are from a retired pack of enamel shapes I have.  I use lots of my craft supplies but for some reason I seem to collect embellishments.  So, I’m on a mission this year to use them on my cards.  Of course I’ll still buy new ones too, so there should be lots of embellishing going on!!!


We’d love to see your seasonal card.  Show us what the weather looks like where you live (can you imagine the potential for some gorgeous scrapbooking pages!!!) or share a project that features your favourite season.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog where you can upload your creation and see all the design team projects.

Hope the weather where you live is just perfect this week!


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CASEing the Catty #233 | CASE a Layout

Hello!  How was your weekend?  Welcome to another CASEing the Catty blog hop.  Today’s theme is a whole page of layouts from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue to CASE.

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I have chosen the card at the top left – with the gorgeous embossing.

I’ve got a few new products I’ve been itching to play with, so I’ve used this layout to try out the new Dinoroar suite.

Dinoroar | kelly kent

I kept the embossed background but changed it to one of the new 3D embossing folders – Mosaic.

Note about the new 3D embossing folders: Stampin’ Up! have decided not to make us wait for new embossing folders & dies while they continue to perfect the design on the new cutting & embossing machine.  These products will still work with whatever die cutting & embossing machine you own, but you may need some workarounds in the short term.  This 3D embossing folder worked in my Big Shot (which is quite a tight roll) with two upcycled shims – a piece of 6″ x 8″ cardboard that comes with our foil packs and a piece of 6″ x 8″ cardboard from a DSP pack.  You may have to try a few combinations to see what works in your machine.

Dinoroar | kelly kent

I have been loving the beautiful DSP images – and using them often as centrepieces for my cards.  This fun pink dino is cut straight from the DSP using one of the dies from the Dino Dies set.  So easy, so pretty, so awesome!!!

The thank you sentiment is from another new set in my collection – You Always Deliver.  I loved the font style.  I’ve used a dino pun sentiment on the inside…

Dinoroar | kelly kent

I love that Stampin’ Up! included pink dinosaurs in this design.  As a mumma of children who love all the colours in the rainbow, this suite is going to be on high rotation in my craft room!

Dinoroar | kelly kent

For more great ideas that started with a page of magnolias and changed into so many other creations, continue the hop with my lovely friend Rachel Palmieri.

If you have some craft time this week, we’ve love for you to share your project inspired by one of the layouts on page 36.  Use this as your starting point and let your creativity take you the rest of the way.  Click here to visit our CASEing the Catty Facebook group.

Thanks for being with us on this fabulous Sunday!


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Just Add Ink #459 | Colour Challenge

Hello!  It’s time for a colour challenge at Just Add Ink this week.  This quartet of colours challenged me a little – pink AND red TOGETHER – matched with aqua….. but as always, once I got over the shock, it was fun to put together some colours outside of my comfort zone.

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Although still tempting to play with the preorder items I have from the upcoming 2019-2020 catalogue, I’m using these last few design team challenges before changeover to get ink on some rather lovely stamp sets that have been collecting dust.

Today it’s time to feature the Coffee Cafe stamp set and Coffee Cup dies.  I’m not a coffee drinker, so I thought it would be fun to turn the takeaway coffee cup into a pretty cup of tea.

Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

I’ve used the Colour Collection DSP for the background and the coffee cup.  The current patterns are all on the Last Chance Retirement List – we’re getting new patterns soon!  If you’re the type of crafter who wants it all (NOW!), check out my post from earlier in the week about the paper shares I’m coordinating.  It’s the best way to get it all.  Click here to visit that post.

The sentiment dies for this card are from the Well Written Dies – thankfully returning for another year!

Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

How cute is that little tea bag???  The heart is from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch – also on the Last Chance Retirement List.  Builder punches are great for all the diverse shapes they contain!

I’ve just realised as I finish writing the post, that there’s no visible stamping on this card!  I do love my die cutting!!!  I did actually stamp the coffee cup outline onto the polka dot Pool Party DSP – but then I cut around it with paper snips to fit inside the die cut, so you can’t tell I did any stamping at all!  How about that!!!


If this colour combination excites your creativity, head over to the Just Add Ink blog to add your card to our challenge.  You can also see all the design team cards there too – there’s lots of amazing ideas with these colours.

Thanks for visiting!


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