Painted Seasons DSP with a Healing Hug!

Sale-A-Bration

I’ve been dazzled and amazed by all the Sale-A-Bration choices in 2019.  Did you know we’ve had three separate releases?  You can see all the choices in the online store by clicking here.

One of my favourites is the Painted Seasons DSP – available as a level 1 product when you spend $90+ or in a bundle with the Painted Seasons stamp set when you spend $180+.

The colours in the DSP are so vibrant with a mix of pretty art patterns and bold geometric designs.

When it became available, I made the decision to just get the DSP.  I might have a little bit of buyers remorse now – as I’ve seen so many beautiful cards with the Painted Seasons stamp set.

But – as much as I’d like to buy one of everything, Mr Papercraft insists I spend money on other thing too (like feeding the kids!).

One of the things Stampin’ Up! do really well, is coordination across the range.  So, even though I don’t have the Painted Seasons stamp set, I do have lots of other lovely stamp sets and found that the large rose – also a Distinktive style of stamp – goes really well with this DSP.

My team made their choice of these cards at our most recent team meeting as the make & take project.

Painted Seasons DSP + Healing Hugs stamp set | kelly kent

I love using the art patterns as whole backgrounds for a card.  I’ve then added the largest Stitched Circle in Wood Textures DSP, a Stitched Rectangle embossed with the Country Floral Embossing Folder (another of my favourite Sale-A-Bration choices), Polka Dot ribbon, Healing Hug rose and the Happy Birthday from Well Said on another Stitched Rectangle.  I do love the stitched die options – how did we ever craft without them?

The rose in this version is Poppy Parade to coordinate with the DSP.

Painted Seasons DSP + Healing Hugs stamp set | kelly kent

And the rose in this version is Blushing Bride…

Painted Seasons DSP + Healing Hugs stamp set | kelly kent

If you ever have issues with the Distinktive stamps not giving you a crisp image, try using an old credit card or store card to scrape the ink to one end of your ink pad.  Then apply ink from the end with less ink.  Less is more for the Distinktive stamps.  Another suggestion is to ink the stamp up with a sponge dauber or brayer.

 


As well as Sale-A-Bration choices in March, there’s also a promotion running with extras that coordinate with your Sale-A-Bration favourites.  Love the frogs but hate fussy cutting?  During March (while stocks last), you can buy the coordinating framelits!

Sale-A-Bration Coordination

There’s also framelits for Hello Cupcake, Lasting Lily and Painted Seasons plus a new punch (Story Label) and an exclusive stamp set (More Than Words).  Click here to see all the Sale-A-Bration coordination products in my online store.  These items are purchase only – they do not have to be earned.

Every current Stampin’ Up! item – catalogue & special promotions – can be found in my online store.  Click here to browse.

Shop with me to receive a handmade thank you card, gifts of appreciation and excellent customer service across all of Australia.

If you’re local to Bunbury, ask me about a workshop in your home or coming to one of my classes.  My next class is Monday 25th March.Kelly Kent - March 2019 Class

I’d love to share my love of Stampin’ Up! with you.  It’s a fabulous creative outlet that you can get started on with just a few supplies.


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ESAD Blog Hop | DSP

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Do you have a favourite category of Stampin’ Up! products?  I love so many of the things in the catalogue, but DSP is the one thing I buy every design, every catalogue – so I’m putting DSP at the top of my favourites list.

So, it was exciting to find out this month that Stampin’ Up! are offering a buy 3, get 1 free offer on the whole range of standard ($19.25) DSP patterns.  There’s 10 to choose from!

Once you’ve got your 4 new packs of paper, you’ll be after some ideas on making the most of them!  So, join me on a blog hop with my ESAD friends to see how these crafty ladies are using their DSP!

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With my love of DSP (and lots of choice of patterns), I have collated a few of my favourite ways to use DSP to create simple but elegant cards.

5 ways with DSP | kelly kent

I’ve used the designs available as part of the buy 3, get 1 free promotion to demonstrate each style in action.

FEATURE

A whole card front of DSP is the easiest way to use your DSP.  Cut it up, enjoy the beautiful patterns & show your family and friends that you care about them enough to use your pretty paper on their card!

Garden Impressions

Garden Impressions DSP | kelly kent

Tropical Escape

Tropical Escape DSP | kelly kent

RIP

Most of the time we cut our DSP with a trimmer (or scissors) and have a nice straight line.  The composition of DSP gives a lovely edge when you rip it.  One of my favourite quick & easy card designs is to cut a piece of DSP slightly longer (ie, 6″) and rip the bottom third.  Flip it over to show the reverse side and adhere both pieces to form your card front.  Add a bit of twine & a sentiment for an awesome card.

Animal Expedition

Animal Expedition | kelly kent

Tranquil Textures

You don’t have to use the bottom third – the ripped edge creates a lovely contrast to the card base (and a great place to put a sentiment!).

Tranquil Textures | kelly kent

STRIP

A strip of cardstock is a great way to show off the patterns of a DSP and get multiple cards from a 6″ piece.  Or it’s a great way to use the 2″ strips left over from card fronts when using 6″x6″ DSP (either the stacks sold by Stampin’ Up! or in a paper share).

Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle | kelly kent

Wood Textures

Wood Textures | kelly kent

PANEL

This is a twist on using cardstock as a whole card front.  Cut your cardstock 1/4″ (0.5cm) smaller than the usual width, then divide the width into three equal portions and cut into panels.  Keep them in order and stick to your card base with equal spacing.  Using panels just adds a bit of extra interest and texture to your card!

Petal Promenade

Petal Promenade | kelly kent

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BANNER

Banners are a favourite of mine on simple cards (well any card really!).  The Triple Banner punch makes this really easy, but you can cut banners using scissors too.  Layer up a few awesome patterns from the DSP (front & back or a couple of different sheets) and add some twine & a sentiment to finish.

Nature’s Poem

Nature's Poem | kelly kent

Best Route

Best Route | kelly kent

Please CASE (copy) these layouts for your own card making, classes or blog posts.  Beautiful DSP likes to be chopped & used – it doesn’t like to sit in plastic!!!

For more DSP ideas, keep hopping to visit my lovely & talented friend Rochelle Blok.

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If you’re ready to add more DSP to your collection, here’s the online store links for the designs that feature in the buy 3, get 1 free promotion.  Add your 4 favourites to your shopping cart and the 4th won’t cost you a thing!

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Participant List:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Kelly Kent
  3. Rochelle Blok
  4. Fi Cobbin
  5. Delys Cram
  6. Sharon Dalton
  7. Kim Oliver
  8. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  9. Nicole Wilson
  10. Peta Stephen
  11. Jackie Aitken
  12. Rebecca Scurr
  13. Narelle Fasulo
  14. Barbara Williams
  15. Maree McIntosh
  16. Libby Dyson
  17. Cheryll Miller
  18. Denise Buetler
  19. Mandy Depiazzi

 

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

 

December Birthdays Blog Hop

I am excited about Christmas and trying my hardest to be ready, but so many beautiful people I know are born between November and February!!!  It’s party central around here!

So, when the lovely Natalie Lapakko invited me to be part of the December Birthdays blog hop, it seemed perfect for my current creative needs!!!

You are visiting with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Western Australia, on this international journey.  Hello!!!

The line-up for this hop is crazy talented, so make sure you keep hopping until you get back to where you started so you don’t miss a single project!

I said there’s lots of birthdays happening here…..yes….?

Which means I have a few things to share!  There’s a little something from all the catalogues.

Let’s start with a masculine cowboy card from the Annual Catalogue…

Cowboy Birthday | kelly kent

I love the variety within the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue!  Can I make a cowboy card for a 40th birthday…. yes I can!!!

Cowboy Birthday | kelly kent

Complete with a lasso rope embellishment!  And of course, cowboy boots!!!

Cowboy Birthday | kelly kent

The Woodgrain embossing folder is sadly retired, but if you don’t own it, you could add in more of the gorgeous Wood Textures DSP.


My next share is using the Cat Punch from the Holiday Catalogue.

I was so excited to find out that this cute kitty is on the 2017 Holiday Catalogue Carryover List.  You can find all the details about carrying over and retiring Holiday Catalogue products here.

Birthday Cat | kelly kentHow striking in the black cat in pretty DSP!?

Birthday Cat | kelly kent

The stamp set is the much loved, but shamefully underused Paint Play stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.   You’ll find the Pick at Pattern DSP there too!

Birthday Cat | kelly kent


The final card I’m sharing tonight is a sneak peek from the upcoming Occasions 2018 catalogue….

Bird Banter | kelly kent

One of the new catalogue highlights is the amazing new DSP patterns – wow-oh-wow, they are divine!  The one you see here is the gorgeous Sweet Soiree Speciality paper with silver foiling on every sheet.

Bird Banter | kelly kent

Isn’t this design just the perfect budgerigar colour combination!!!

Bird Banter | kelly kent

And doesn’t he look sweet coloured with the Stampin’ Blends!!!

Blends would make an amazing December birthday present!!!

Or a just because present…..  I love them so much I’m planning on buying a second set for classes.  We’re going to be using these lots!!!

If you’re in Australia and know someone with a birthday that {NEEDS} a Stampin’ Up! gift voucher – get in touch with me!  I can help!!!


For more inspiration that lead to extra items to add to your never ending wishlist, including lots more new catalogue sneak peeks, keep hopping!!!

I’m delighted to be linking to the lady with the best organisational skills – and awesome design talents, Natalie Lapakko in the US!

Thanks for hopping with us, and to Natalie for having us!

If you know someone with a December birthday, make sure to give them a big happy birthday hug or send them a hug in a card.  I’m told the birthday love at this time of the year gets a big overshadowed by Christmas!!

If you’re into making New Years Resolutions – make it to send at least one handmade card by mail next year!  There is truly fewer things in life’s simple pleasures than retrieving an envelope of prettiness from the letterbox!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


December Birthdays Blog Hop

Visit all the amazing designers…

Amy Koenders
Carolynn Sander
Charlet Mallett
Holly Stene
Janneke de Jong
Jay Soriano
Jenny Hall
Jessie Holton
Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
Natalie Lapakko
Rochelle Blok
Stesha Bloodhart
Sylwia Schreck
Tanya Boser

A Woody Happy Birthday!

Grandad Papercraft is celebrating his birthday today.

I’ve been saving this DSP from the Wood Textures stack for the right kind of card. I didn’t know what that special card was going to be til I started to put something together for Dad.Wood Textures | kelly kentMum & Dad moved into a new house last year.  The new house has a wood fire, so he’s been busy over the winter stocking up the wood piles (and then burning through them).

Wood Textures | kelly kent

These stacked logs were the perfect background for a masculine birthday card.

I’m a big fan of the ‘cluster’ card at the moment where you can add embellishments in groups to create layers & texture.

The leaves from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits seemed like a perfect fit for the wood DSP.

Wood Textures | kelly kent

Of my 2017 goals for card making was to pay more attention to the inside of cards.

For the first time ever (I think!), I’ve used DSP as a whole layer on the inside of the card.

Wood Textures | kelly kent

It feels strange to write on the DSP – but it look amazing!!!

Happy birthday to Grandad Papercraft.  We’ve enjoyed celebrating with you!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


 

 

World Cardmaking Day 2017

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I have been invited to hop with a totally amazing group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world to celebrate World Card Making Day – what an honour!

This is a hop you’ll want to run through from start to finish!!!

If you’re already hopping, then you will have just come from the delightful & talented Amy Koenders in the US.

Currently you’re visiting Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Australia.

And next up is our very own South Pacific Artisan Design Team Member – Paula Dobson from New Zealand.

Click on the next button at the end of this post to hop on over to Paula’s blog.


It was a totally free slate for this blog hop – which means we’re going to see some amazing projects.

I took this opportunity to think about what card making means to me – which has led me to share 3 different projects with you that each focus on what card making brings to my life.

The first project is about my team.  When I first joined Stampin’ Up! I could have never predicted that I would surround myself with strong, talented women with many things in common – but bonded by a love of paper, stamps & ink!

During the week, I sent out this card to each member of my team.

I wanted to reach out to them with personalised messages of thanks for their support and congratulations on their successes during the year.

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Cards | kelly kent

These cards were made using my favourite elements of card making – beautiful DSP, white embossing, vellum, and a spray of flowers.

With one of my new favourite stamp sets – Hello Friend!  The floral wreath is simply stunning!

And how perfect is the sentiment from Labels to Love for cards that celebrate the end of the Stampin’ Up! year!!!  The Holiday Catalogue is not just about Christmas!

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Cards | kelly kent

I also included a gift for everyone – a charm with their initial & a paper aeroplane (our Paper Adventures team motif).

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Gifts | kelly kent

It could have many uses but I think it’d make a cute scissors charm or key chain decoration.

This is how I attached it to the middle of the card – with the Circle Tab Punch

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Gifts | kelly kent


The next project was made during a class and represents my customers.

I am fortunate to spend time every month with a group of ladies who all love card making.

Each class is full of laughter, stories and friendship – and is a highlight of my month!

This is an eclipse card we made last month using the Painted Harvest stamp set.

Painted Harvest Eclipse Card | kelly kent

You’ll never guess the colours for the sunflowers…

Painted Harvest Eclipse Card | kelly kent

Crushed Curry (that one was probably easy enough) and Peekaboo Peach (I have no idea what possessed me to pick that ink but it totally works!).

We stamped the fern in Sahara Sand and leaf in Old Olive at random points between the flowers.

This is another style of card that looks impressive but is oh-so-simple when you know how!


The final project for my post today reminds me of the both the friendships I’ve made because of this wonderful hobby and the power of sending a card.

I’ve sent cards around the world, across Australia and across my own town.

They’ve been sent for all kinds of reasons – because it doesn’t have to be someone’s birthday to send a card! #makeacardsendacard

A friend and I affectionately refer to handmade cards as ‘happy mail’ because there’s nothing nicer than checking the letterbox and finding something made & sent just for you!

This card travelled to the US last month to celebrate Holly Stene welcoming a beautiful baby girl into her famiy.

Born To Be Loved | kelly kent

I love all the texture in this card!!!

Born To Be Loved | kelly kent

It also includes some of more of my favorites – Sweet Sugarplum, gorgeous ribbon & trim and lots of layers!

Who are we kidding – most of the Stampin’ Up! range counts among my favourites!!!


That is all from me today!  I hope your Saturday 7th October 2017 contains some stamping happiness – whether it is making a card, sending a card or spending time with crafty friends!

I hope you enjoyed scanning through the pretty pictures.  That’s my style of blog visiting, so bonus points if you read the text too!

Please keep hopping to see the marvellous projects from the rest of the designers on this hop.

From here, click on next to visit Paula Dobson in NZ!

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CASEing the Catty #148 | Kits and Memories & More

Hello!  Happy school holidays!

It’s the middle weekend of the holidays here and we’ve finally had sunshine in the last couple of days!

We’re still yet to hit what I would consider warm, but the fact that the sun is shining is a great start!

{Note the nice bright -natural – light for my photos!!!}

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Welcome to a CASEing the Catty blog hop.

This talented team of designers are taking you on a creative journey that showcases how they’ve been inspired by the kits and Memories & More pages in the Annual or Holiday Catalogue.

We’d love for you to join in via our Facebook page.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been sharing the virtues of this kit with my customers & friends, but I was drawn to the sample that we’ve used in the CTC graphic above!

The Watercolor Christmas Project Kit is fabulous.

It’s bright & fun without being silly and amazingly economical for a handmade Christmas card!

The kit is $35 (20 cards & gold lined envelopes!).  You can buy the coordinating stamp set – or use Christmas stamps that you already own.

From now until the beginning of December, I am offering this kit for $35 – all made up and ready to send to your favourite 20 people this Christmas.

It’s the perfect offer for people who love handmade but doesn’t have the time or inclination to make their own cards this year.

Local delivery is included, or I can post Australia wide for $8.50.

If you’d like to order a Watercolor Christmas Kit (made for you, or so you can make it yourself), send me an email or contact me via my Facebook page.


Now, apart from the kit being a great option for cards this Christmas, those easy to replicate layouts are a perfect option if you want to design your own cards using the materials you have at home.

I’ve chosen the third card along in the picture – it’s one of my all time favourite layouts and I use it all the time!

That big white space seemed like the perfect option for the newest stamp in my collection – one that I adore – the so-so-cute reindeer from the Merry Patterns stamp set.

CASEing the Catty #148 Project Kit | kelly kent

This exclusive stamp set is only available as a hostess reward during September & October 2017.

Want to add him to your collection?  Gather your family & friends and collect orders of $450 or more and the Merry Patterns stamp set will be yours to own (see the end of this post for a complete graphic).

CASEing the Catty #148 Project Kit | kelly kent

This card features the kit colour theme – Real Red, Emerald Envy & Basic Black.

If you’re ever not sure what the coordinating colours are for a kit or DSP, check back with your catalogue as the full colour range is always listed.

The Stampin’ Up! Online Store is also a great reference for current products.

CASEing the Catty #148 Project Kit | kelly kent

Now, as cute as this card is, we all know I favour non-traditional Christmas colours for my cards.

So, I couldn’t resist another version in pink & gray, inspired by Lou Kitzelman’s Merry Patterns card for Colour INKspiration last week.

CASEing the Catty #148 Project Kit | kelly kent

This is more my style!

Same cute reindeer….

CASEing the Catty #148 Project Kit | kelly kent

Same embellishments!

Just a change up of colours – Sweet Sugarplum & Smoky Slate with Wood Textures DSP.

CASEing the Catty #148 Project Kit | kelly kent

I also shifted the centrepiece down the card for a same-same-but-different variation.

Making cards in pairs like this is one of my favourite ways to add ‘more’ without more effort!

Which style do you favour?

Modern on the left, traditional on the right?

CASEing the Catty #148 Project Kit | kelly kent


After my super long blog post today (still excited to be back sharing with you!), the next stop for CASEing the Catty is the gorgeous Rose Packer.

Thanks for hopping with us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Merry Patterns stamp set – free with any $450+ order (before shipping) until October 31st 2017.


Traditional Reindeer Christmas

Modern Reindeer Christmas

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – DSP

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Good evening & welcome to the September edition of our team blog hop.

I’m so proud of what our Paper Adventures team has achieved this year.  Many of them have undertaken new activities – starting a blog, running classes, selling their creations, with lots more adventure on the horizon!

It’s so empowering to be part of such an amazing group of ladies!!!

Today’s theme is “DSP” – which in Stampin’ Up! lingo refers to Designer Series Paper – the range of exclusive patterned paper created by the Stampin’ Up! design department.

DSP is one of my favourite products in the range!  I buy all the patterns in each catalogue!  I love having the variety at my finger tips.

An affordable way to own every design is to purchase a Paper Share.  Find out more about the Holiday Catalogue one here.

Many crafters hoard DSP – afraid to use up all their favourite patterns or cut into those beautiful sheets.

I don’t have this fear and use DSP whenever I can!  I cut it, stick it and use it on so many of the cards I create.  It’s my favourite background!

When I was thinking of what to make for this hop, I wanted to explore ways to use DSP that aren’t always my first thought.

I came up with several – you can emboss it, stamp on it and use more than one pattern.

The two I am sharing with you today are…

DIE CUT IT!

The variation in colour makes for a great background for die cut pieces.  Or, in the case of this card, I used the ombre colour palette from the Color Theory DSP to  create variation in texture for my butterflies….

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - DSP | kelly kent

And the Wood Textures DSP to create a custom envelope…

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - DSP | kelly kent

The second project I’m sharing is great for when you need a quick card…

RIP IT!

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - DSP | kelly kent

I almost always use DSP in a solid rectangle background piece or in a long strip!

This diagonal rip is perfect for pretty papers with lots of detail, like the Petal Garden DSP.

I’ve also added some DSP (in my traditional strip style!) to the middle of the card…

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - DSP | kelly kent

Can you tell how much I love DSP?

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - DSP | kelly kent

So, here’s the challenge for the week –

Cut & use a piece of DSP that you’ve been ‘saving’ or choose a different way than your “DSP-go-to” for a project.

If this blog hop has inspired a need for more DSP, check out my Holiday Catalogue Paper Share, choose a current DSP from the online store or visit the Clearance Rack of the online store for some DSP at great discounts!!!

Next up is our guest designer for this hop – Marian Fleming.

Marian is a demonstrator in Perth that I met at OnStage and recently visited us for a class.

Crafting with Marian Fleming | kelly kent

How awesome that a common love of stamps makes it so easy to make new friends!

Thanks for sharing in our team hop today!

If you want any more information about how to get a ticket for the Paper Adventures train, click here for all the details about joining Stampin’ Up!.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

List of Paper Adventurers on this hop…


Product List – Butterfly Card

Product List – Petal Garden

Stamp Review Crew – Seaside Shore

Hello Monday!  And welcome to a Stamp Review Crew hop featuring the Seaside Shore stamp set.

The Stamp Review Crew are an international group of demonstrators that share projects on the first and third Monday of each month – all inspired by the same stamp set.

I love the range of talent in this group!  If you’ve already been hopping, did you love the wonderful creations by Australian designer Juana Ambida – such creativity!!!

If you’ve just started here, keep hopping for more great ideas.  Next stop is the lovely Linda Callahan in the USA.  Click on the next button at the end of my blog post to be transported across the globe to visit Linda’s blog.


I’m so excited to see the potential of this set unfold during this hop.

I love all the little fish & marine details of this stamp set and wanted to use them in my first card to create an underwater scene.

Going with this idea, I created a z-fold card, with the z-fold piece across the top of the card to mimic a jetty.

The Wood Textures DSP came in very handy for this card!  Each jetty piece is 3/4″ wide.

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

The ‘sand’ was made using embossing paste (very roughly applied) and dusted with gold glitter and left left to dry.

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

Z-fold cards fold flat and post in a normal size envelope – which I love!!


For my Stamp Review Crew projects, I always like to try to make another project to show the stamp set in a different way.

The book I’m reading at the moment (a birthday present from a wonderful friend) has this saying throughout the book as a central theme.

It’s one I love – and also makes a good theme for a card!

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

I’ve stamped the same fish 6 times – 5 in black, and then the red one as a focus point.

Using masking tape, I altered the sentiment in the stamp set to just read ‘swimming’ and added ‘just keep’ using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.

Because the front is fairly simple, I wanted to stamp the middle too.  I love that Stampin’ Up! offers so many opportunities for coordination in their range (on purpose or by happy accident) and thought that the ‘just breathe’ sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set was the perfect addition to this theme.

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

As an aside, which black ink is your favourite – Memento or Archival??

I almost always use Archival because I love the rich black colour.  But here’s a tip…

Have you noticed that it’s sometimes difficult to get a good solid image with the archival ink?

If you ink it up well, stamp on scrap and then ink again, the second time you stamp will be a rich & solid image.

I’ve found this tip is especially important when using photopolymer stamps.

Black Archival ink {WILL} stain your photopolymer stamps – but that’s ok!  It’s all part of the fun of being an awesome stamper!!!


I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  Feel free to leave a comment – I read each and every one and love hearing from you!

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Hope your week has started fabulously!!!

Waving to you from wintery Australia!!!


Important products for the Jetty Z-Fold Card

Important products for the Just Keep Swimming Card