Just Add Ink #481 | Photo Inspiration

Welcome to a Just Add Ink challenge – it’s so great to see you!  I know you’re going to love the photo inspiration for this challenge.

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If you’d like to join in and share a project inspired by this great image, you can add your photo to our gallery.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog – see the design team cards and add your creation.

I loved the colours of the photo inspiration – just so pretty!  And of course, the floral bouquet was great inspiration. So – using the colours and the styling, I made this card using the Bloom & Grow stamp set.

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

I stamped my favourite large floral stamp from this set in Crumb Cake ink across the top of a Whisper White cardstock mat, and then again (upside down) underneath this.  I knew I wanted to add a sentiment over the top, so I allowed enough space for this with a slight bit of overlap.

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

The flowers are coloured using Stampin’ Blends.  Usually I’d use black Memento ink if I was colouring with Blends, but as all our classic Stampin’ Up! inks are water based, you can use any of these and then colour with Blends.  How cool is that???

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

The Stampin’ Blends colours are Light Cajun Craze, Light Calypso Coral, Light & Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Mango Melody, Light & Dark Granny Apple Green and Dark Mint Macaron.

I was so obsessed with the large floral images in this set that I had completely overlooked the small images that match!  They are the sweetest and make for a great carry through to the middle.

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card comes from the Beautiful Day stamp set. White heat embossed on Soft Suede cardstock.

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

And the final touch for my card was to mount the front panel onto a piece of burlap from the Pressed Petals DSP.  I don’t often use DSP as a base layer – but in this case I love how it finishes the card.  The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock for a lovely neural finish.


Thanks for joining me today.  It’s such a pleasure to be able to share with you.  I hope you find the time to join in our challenge and share your beautiful creation with us on the Just Add Ink blog.  We love visiting your blog, Pinterest, Instagram or other online location!

Have a great weekend,

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Trick or Treat

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Hello & welcome to October’s Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop.  This month the theme is ‘trick or treat’ – perfect timing for those team members who love a reason to make something spooky for Halloween.  Halloween isn’t so big in Australia, so you may also see some projects with ‘treats’ or something with a ‘trick’.  I love it when the theme gives us lots of room to be creative.

We welcome as our guest designer Brian King – a man who probably doesn’t need much introduction at all.  Brian is an influential US demonstrator who shares amazing projects on his blog Stamp With Brian.  Thank you for hopping with us Brian!!!  Your American Halloween influence for our trick or treat theme is appreciated!

Brian King


Although Halloween isn’t big on my agenda of events to celebrate, it is possible that we’ll get some trick or treater stop at our door.  And you know I love a reason to get crafty.  So, I made these super cute little treat boxes, just in case!

In true trick or treat style, you won’t know if you get a treat (some lollies… “candy” for my international visitors), or if you get a trick (plastic party favours in the form of a snake and a rat!).

The design for these boxes was inspired by Beth McCullough @ Stamping Mom.  You can see her post here and also some great visual instructions for making the boxes.  I altered the measurements because I didn’t want a tag topper top.  I also wanted to be able to get 2 boxes from a sheet of A4 cardstock.

My measurements were:

Cardstock: 5-7/8″ x 6-1/4″

Score 2″ from each edge along the 5-7/8″ side and 2-3/16″ from each edge along the 6-1/4″ side.

Cut away all four corners.

On the shorter flap, measure half way along the top edge (15/16″) and mark with a pencil.  Using your piercing mat, a ruler and a bone folder, gently score between the mark you made at the top edge and towards the bottom edge of the square.  Repeat this in the other direction to make a triangle within the square.

Fold into a box shape.  I adhered the back flaps to the back inside of the box, added in my trick or treat goodies and then finished with Monster Bash DSP on the front of the box and a Circle Tab punch adhered on to keep it closed.

What would you prefer?  Yummy treats or a spooky trick?

Products used for my triangle treat boxes:

DSP: Monster Bash

Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Basic Black

Punches: Classic Label, Circle Tab

Stamp set: Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Tools: Stampin’ Trimmer, Piercing Mat, Bone Folder, Paper Snips

You can find all these supplies in my online store.  Click here to shop.

Next up on our blog hop for some trick or treat fun is Lisa Whitehead.

In the event of any broken links, you can navigate through the hop via the participant list below.

Thanks for joining us!  We hope you have an excellent Halloween next week if you celebrate – or if you don’t, we hope you enjoy all the treats, trick-free!

Participant List
Brian King (guest designer)
Kelly Kent
Lisa Whitehead
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Narelle Simm
Mandy Depiazzi

Stamp Review Crew | Still Scenes

Hello!  Welcome to a Stamp Review Crew hop with my international stamping friends.  Today we’re showcasing the Still Scenes stamp set.

I must confess – this hop is the first time I’ve inked up this set.  I’ve been using the dies lots for all kinds of projects (click here to see some) but they haven’t been Christmas themed, so I haven’t yet used the stamp set.  This is definitely a die set that stands alone well – but it’s always fun to have the coordinating stamp set too!

There’s a strong snow theme throughout the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Holiday Catalogue.  In Australia, our traditional Christmas weather is hot.  I remember one Christmas when I was in high school that had a crazy downpour of rain, but we’ve never had snow!  So, with stamps in hand, I had a play to create a Christmas project suitable for those of us celebrating Christmas ‘down under;.

Using the Snow Globe Shaker Domes to form an ornament, I made decorations for the Christmas tree – one each for the kids.

Snow Globe Shaker Dome Ornament | kelly kent

There was a little bit of trial and error gettings these right.  What I learned…

  • sequins work much better than glitter
  • although you can peel off the adhesive on the front edge, they look much prettier with a border
  • the middle part of the snow globe die fits perfectly inside the globe halves

Snow Globe Shaker Dome Ornament | kelly kent

Each ornament has a letter (using the retired Large Letter Dies).  To achieve the baroque finish, I stamped the snow globe base stamp twice – one under another – and then heat embossed in silver.  Two stacked on top of each other made it just the right height for the letter die.

Snow Globe Shaker Dome Ornament | kelly kent

I heat embossed the sentiment onto the cardstock I cut using the snow globe die and then adhered the letter to the back.  I also stamped some sprinkles around the sentiment using the same colour ink as cardstock for a tone-on-tone effect.

Snow Globe Shaker Dome Ornament | kelly kent

The best part about the domes is they already have adhesive on the front and back of the domes.  It makes turning them into a project so easy!  To make the ornament, I took the tape backing from the reverse side of both domes, placed some Woven Threads Sequins inside one of the dome pieces, added the cardstock layer and then adhered the second dome to create an enclosed ornament.

Snow Globe Shaker Dome Ornament | kelly kent

To finish the ornaments, I cut two pieces of Silver Foil using the Snow Globe Shaker Die and the largest scalloped circle from the Layering Circles Dies.  By removing the adhesive backing on the front side of the domes, I was able to easily stick these around the dome, creating a pretty finish.  The final touch was some White Flax Ribbon and Braided Linen Trim for hanging.

Snow Globe Shaker Dome Ornament | kelly kent

The kids are going to love seeing their own ornaments on the tree.  Although I wonder how much time they’ll spend on the tree and how much time they’ll be taken off for a good shake!


I can’t wait to see how my stamping friends from around the world use this bundle.  Next up is the gorgeous Stesha Bloodhart, who always adds a whole lot of wow to her creations!

If there’s any broken links or you’d like to see the whole line up, please visit the Stamp Review Crew blog.

Thanks for visiting, have a great week!

 

Just Add Ink #479 | Colour Challenge

Hello!  Welcome to Just Add Ink challenge #479.  The theme for this hop is a fresh & cute colour combination…

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The weather is just starting to warm up here in the south west of Australia.  I’m predicting almost perfect weekend weather with warm sunshine and lots of time for Team Kent to play outdoors.  I feel a beach day coming!!!

I love it when white is specific included in a colour challenge – it’s a great excuse to use lots of white space with a pop of colour.  I’ve created a baroque style white on white background using the star flourish die from the Stitched Stars Dies in the 2019 Holiday Catalogue.  Although the cutting takes a little time (I think I used 6 or 7 star flourishes to create the background), it’s made so much easier by using adhesive sheet or tape on the back of the cardstock before you cut it with the die.Stitched Stars | kelly kent

You’ll see this isn’t a Christmas card!   Even if you don’t plan to make starry Christmas cards this year, buy these stars dies for your forever collection – you can’t go wrong!  They are perfect for so many occasions!

Stitched Stars | kelly kent

The birthday sentiment is from the I Say Hello stamp set.  I love a no fuss birthday stamp!  It fits the Classic Label punch perfectly with room to snips the pointy ends off for a rectangle finish.

Stitched Stars | kelly kent

Thanks for visiting today!  We’ve love to have you join our challenge.  Click on the banner below to visit the Just Add Ink blog, see the rest of the design team cards and upload your own card to the challenge.

Have a great weekend – hope the weather is also amazing wherever you are!

InKing Royalty Blog Hop | Spooky

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October Blog Hop!  You’ve landed with Kelly Kent in the South West of Australia – and I’m very honoured that Brian King asked me to join his team hop as the guest designer for October.

A little background about the InKing Royalty’s hops…

This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around SPOOKY. With Halloween just around the corner, we are excited to share our spooky, fun projects with our neighbors, coworkers and family – and we’re excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.


Halloween isn’t so big here in Australia. It’s catching on and I know our suburb will be filled with little witches, gremlins, ghosts and other spooky characters going trick & treating at the end of October, but it’s not as common to give cards or gifts with a Halloween theme.  When Brian asked if I could make something ‘spooky’ I had to think out of the box.  With little in the way of specific Halloween sets in my craft stash, I set to wondering what I had in a non-Halloween set that could be turned into a spooktacular creation.

A flash of inspiration saw the Snow Globe Shaker dome turn into a witches cauldron!

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

I used the die set to cut an upside down snow globe from a piece of Brightly Gleaming DSP.  I then cut the same shape from Copper Foil and using my snips, cut around the edge to create a border.  Add in a couple of 1/2″ circles for the cauldron base and the basic design was formed!

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

The background of the shaker was sponged on Shimmery White using glycerine mixed with reinkers for a smooth blend.  The ink colours are Night of Navy, Smoky Slate & Seaside Spray.

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

I’ve added some bubble, bubble, toil & trouble coming out of my cauldron with Black Glittery Organdy Ribbon.  The shaker pieces in the card are stars from the Stitched Stars Dies, Stars Border Punch (retired) and Metallics Sequins (retired).

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

The cauldron is mounted on a Basic Gray layer and then on a Smoky Slate card base embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder.

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

The finishing touch was a cute little Halloween sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set – I love having all those sentiments ready for practically every occasion, including Halloween!


Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thanks again to Brian and his talented team for having me along – it’s been fun to create something for a different occasion!


If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  3. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  4. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  5. Kelly Kent at My Papercraft Journey
  6. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach

Just Add Ink #477 | Sketch

It’s a fabulous sketch for Just Add Ink tonight!

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This sketch could take you anywhere!  The design team have had such fun with it – flipping it, rotating it, stretching it and making it into wonderful cards!  We’d like you to do the same – share your project inspired by this sketch to the gallery on the Just Add Ink blog.

I’ve added a touch of magic to the sketch with the unicorn from the Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set.  I’ve been having fun with this sweet set – it’s perfect in a house with lots of girls!

Leave a Little Sparkle | kelly kent

The unicorn is heat embossed in silver and then had its mane coloured with Watercolour Pencils – Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry & Bermuda Bay.

Leave a Little Sparkle | kelly kent

For the background, I clear heat embossed the stars on Shimmery White and then blended inks – Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape & Bermuda Bay .Before adding ink.

Add in a bit of Whisper White Polka Dot Ribbon, a Melon Mambo lace border, a white heat embossed sentiment and a couple of pearls  – and we’re done!

Leave a Little Sparkle | kelly kent

This card will be perfect for the next girly party we go to!  It’s always handy to have some cards on hand for when life gets a bit busy and there’s more parties than craft time!

 

Just Add Ink #475 | Food

Today’s Just Add Ink theme is about one of my favourite topics – FOOD!

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My other favourite subject at the moment is the never ending question of ‘when will summer arrive’.  So I’ve combined the two and created a sweet summery watermelon card.

Pigment Sprinkles Watermelon | kelly kent

The watermelon as my food item was inspired by the new Pigment Sprinkles.  I had them on my desk from prepping a class last week and they were screaming watermelon to me!  Pigment sprinkles are similar to Brushos – but made with Stampin’ Up! colours.  Beautiful, intense Stampin’ Up! colours.

The watermelon is Melon Mambo and Granny Apple Green on Watercolour Paper (different pieces).  I sprinkled the powders, spritzed with water then left them to dry.  The different crystals within the pigment inks give the most amazing colour variations.  And the colours are so intense!

Pigment Sprinkles Watermelon | kelly kent

Once the watercolour paper was dry, I cut three ovals (Layering Oval Dies) – the largest from the Granny Apple Green pigment sprinkles, the next size down from Whisper White cardstock and the smallest from the Melon Mambo pigment sprinkles.  I adhered the ovals together and then cut it in half giving me a cut watermelon segment.  I prefer my real watermelon seedless – but a few black seeds on my craft version finishes it off nicely!  The seeds are from the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.

Then all my sweet piece of watermelon needed was a card base to go on (Granny Apple Green).  The bottom layers are Garden Green cardstock, Garden Green DSP from the retired Regals pack and Whisper White cardstock embossed with the Corrugated Embossing Folder (currently not available to order but hopefully it will be back soon).

The sentiment is from the Piece of Cake stamp set.  The font is a little smaller than I would have liked, but I love the message!  Besides, the watermelon is definitely the hero of this dish (any Masterchef fans???).

Pigment Sprinkles Watermelon | kelly kent

I can’t wait to see what food related stamping you’re going to show us!  It’s going to be sweet!!!

Share your projects on the Just Add Ink blog and see all the yummy creations the design team have made.

Stamp Review Crew | Dino Days

Hello!  Welcome to a hop with my Stamp Review Crew friends.  We come from all around the world and share a love of Stampin’ Up! stamps.  Today we’re sharing projects made with the Dino Days stamp set.  It comes as part of the Dinoroar suite with coordinating dies (Dino Dies), paper (Dinoroar DSP) and embellishments (Dinoroar Enamel Shapes & 3/8″ Demin Ribbon).  Click here to view in the online store.

I’m always on the lookout for new fun folds and found this one (not new, but new to me!).  Thanks to Lisa Curcio for the tutorial (click here to see her post).

Dino Days | kelly kent

It’s called a Double Point Fold Card with a front layer that opens to reveal secret stamping underneath!  I’ve used Stitched Nested Labels Dies to bridge together the DSP flaps with small magnets to hold it closed when flat.  The flap are made from DSP using a simple score line and origami style folding.

Dino Days | kelly kent

The dinosaur stamps in the set are two step to create super cute dino friends  I’ve stamped the dino in the middle of the card, but the coordinating dies cut the stamps and DSP images!

Dino Days | kelly kent

I love this DSP because it features a mix of patterns than can be used for boys & girls – because girls like dinosaurs too!!!

The set also contains builder stamps to make a palm tree, dinosaur footprints and cute sentiments.  I’ve used the ‘rawrsome’ sentiment on the front of the card…

Dino Days | kelly kent

And then the happy birthday from Seaside Notions on the back of the card.  This card doesn’t have a traditional fold, so while you could write your message on the inside where I’ve stamped the dinosaur, I love the idea of having a back panel with more stamping and lots of room for a birthday message.

Dino Days | kelly kent

Measurements to make your own card (adapted for A4 cardstock):

Base: 4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″ (Daffodil Delight)
Front Mat: 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ (Whisper White)
DSP: cut 2 pieces of 3″ x 4″, scored at 1″ on the 3″ side (Dinoroar DSP), folded top left & right edges into a triangle to meet score line; trimmed to fit width of front mat once adhered
Reverse Mat 1: 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ (Melon Mambo)
Reverse Mat 2: 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″

Colours used: for stamping: Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, White heat embossing


Thanks for hopping with me today!  Next stop for some RAWRsome inspiration is Betty Traciak.

Have a great week!

 

Paper Adventures Team Hop | “S”

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Hello September!  Which also marks the start of SPRING here in Australia.  The weather is warming up, the days are longer and I couldn’t be happier about that fact.  It’s felt like a very long & cold winter!!!
You’re joining us tonight for the September installment of our Paper Adventures team blog hop.  In honor of SSSSSeptember and SSSSSPring, the theme is “S”.  I can’t wait for you to see what everyone has made.  We welcome our guest designer Tina Gillespie.  Tina has the greatest sense of style and I love her quirky cards.  Click on the next button below to visit Tina’s blog.
I’ve created a Snow Dome Shaker Card to share with you.  I almost overlooked this bundle in the 2019 Holiday Catalogue because I don’t have a need for many snowy cards at Christmas time.  But then I got to thinking about all the cool snow globes my kids have collected over the years – fairies, animals, places – and it occurred to me that I didn’t need to make it snow at all.  Then Lou Kitzelman did a fabulous post with so many great ideas that I knew I’d made the right decision.  See Lou’s snow globe post by clicking here.
Everyone loves an interactive card, so this Snow Globe is for a big kid – using one of my favourite DSPs (Pressed Petals DSP).  This DSP is part of the buy 3, get 1 free promotion this month.  And even though, being a specialty DSP, it’s the most expensive on the list, you can choose it as your free pack – how awesome is that???  See all the B3G1 DSP options by clicking here.
Pressed Petals Snow Globe | kelly kent
The layout is CASEd from the catalogue (page 43) – I love how the banner fits so nicely with the snow globe.  All the snow globe pieces are from the Snow Globe Scenes Dies.  There is also a coordinating stamp set (Still Scenes stamp set) which has snow globe outlines and a stamped base.
Pressed Petals Snow Globe | kelly kent
The card is filled with shaker pieces – butterflies, stars & sequins.  The butterflies are from the Butterfly Beauty Dies, the stars from the retired Star Border Punch (I will never part with this!) and the sequins from a set in my collection (also retired no doubt!).
Pressed Petals Snow Globe | kelly kent
The Snow Globes are so easy to put together – like crazy easy!  Cut the pieces with the dies, add a Snow Globe Shaker Dome and construct your card. The domes have adhesive on both sides, meaning no glue mess – I love the simplicity with the wow factor.
Pressed Petals Snow Globe | kelly kent
The sentiment for this card is from the Wonderful Moments stamp set.

With the dies and domes doing all the hard work for you, snow globe cards are quick to make.  I was able to whip one up in 20 mins for a birthday party we went to last week.  It’s a perfect theme for any style, age or event!

Snow Globe - 9th birthday | kelly kent

It’s my pleasure to hand you over to Tina Gillespie, our guest designer, so she can share her ssssssssssssensational sssssssssssss project…

Thanks for hopping with us.  If you need any supplies, my online store is open 24-7. Click here to browse.
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For the Love of Sharing | Llamacorn

For the past many years I’ve mainly shared on my blog the projects I’ve made using only products available in the online store (at the time of posting).  This means that some of the cute & fun projects made for special people or special occasions that contained retired product didn’t make it here.

With my change of direction for 2019, I’ve decided to start adding more of a variety.  I’m still buying new – so there’ll be new ones, but I’ll also add in retired favourites.  I know many of you keep your Stampin’ Up! and have craft rooms filled with things no longer found in catalogues – but also that you still love and use these products.  Lets add some new inspiration!

Today’s share is a llamacorn (a totally trendy llama and unicorn mix) for a 9 year old birthday card.  I didn’t realise llamacorns were a thing – but they are and surprisingly fun to make!

Llamacorn Punch Art | kelly kent

To create your own llamacorn, I used a mix of retired Stampin’ Up! and the Magical Unicorn stamp & die set made by a company called Pink Fresh.

Head – Cloud die from the Rainbow Builder Dies (retired)

Face – Heart die from Sweet & Sassy Dies (retired)

Snout – 1″ circle punch, mini heart punch (retired), hand drawn mouth)

Neck – hand cut

Hair – Sliding Star Dies (retired) watercoloured on Shimmery White

Horn, flower, ears & eyes from Pink Fresh Bundle

DSP – Painted with Love (retired)

Frame – Rectangle Stitched Dies in Gold Foil

Sentiment – And Many More stamp set (retired) with Classic Label Punch

Cardstock base – Blushing Bride

Llamacorn cardstock – Whisper White

Llamacorn Punch Art | kelly kent

Punch art is a first love of mine, so you can imagine how much fun it was to put this together!

Here’s one more photo 🙂

Llamacorn Punch Art | kelly kent

Thanks for letting me share all that I love!

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