Just Add Ink #457 | Sketch

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge.

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We’re all creating to a sketch and I know you’re going to love the design team projects.  You can see them all on the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also enter your card there for this sketch challenge – we’d love to have you share your work!

I’ve done some rotating and flipping with this sketch – the elements are all there, but I’ve spun it around.

This time of the year is always a battle between sharing sneak peeks of new products with you and enjoying some retiring favourites for just a little longer.  I’ve gone with retiring favourites for the stamp sets – Petal Palette (with coordinating dies) and Vertical Greetings.  I’m going to miss both of these!

I’ve combined my choice of stamps with a Rose Gold theme.  The Rose Gold Shimmer Paint & Foil Sheets are part of the Everything is Rosy Product Medley – available during May (unless sold out earlier).  For more info on the Everything is Rosy Product Medley – click here.

Rose Gold Petal Palette | kelly kent

There’s so many ways to use shimmer paint!  For this card I’ve used it three ways – with Versamark to clear heat emboss the leaves, then with a water filled Aqua Painter to colour the flowers (Rose Gold & Champagne Mist) and finally with a dry / empty Aqua Painter to colour the pearls.  Shimmer Paint dries surprisingly quickly, making it very easy to work with!

To use shimmer point for heat embossing, ink up your stamp with Versamark, the apply Shimmer Paint with a dauber and stamp as usual.  Coat the stamped image in clear embossing powder and melt with your heat tool.  The glossy & shimmery effect is so pretty!

Rose Gold Petal Palette | kelly kent

The strips of foil on the card are both Rose Gold (Everything is Rosy Medley) and Champagne.

Rose Gold Petal Palette | kelly kentHave you ever used two embossing folders on the same piece of cardstock?  Using more than one embossing folder is so new to me – it just never occured to me until I wanted a bit more texture on the background than the crisp finish of the Tufted folder.

The embossing for the background of this card has been run through the Big Shot three times.  Twice (once each direction) with the Subtle Embossing Folder and finally with the Tufted Embossing Folder.    I love how it looks and I’ll be looking for other embossing combinations!

Rose Gold Petal Palette | kelly kent

The full sun on the card is a little bright, but I wanted to share just how sparkly the colouring is when you use Shimmer Paint as your colouring medium.  You can only imagine how stunning it looks in real life!


All the products I’ve used for this card are available in my online store – links below, but some items are only around for a limited time.  Items on the Last Chance Retirement List are only available until 3rd June (or sold out).  Everything is Rosy is available through May until sold out.

Thank you for visiting and checking out my Just Add Ink card.  All the design team cards are on the Just Add Ink blog and the linky tool to share your creation with us.  It’s such a versatile sketch – I can’t wait to see all the entries.


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Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin Kit

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Paper Pumpkin is a subscription kit available in North America.  Stampers around the world have been asking for Paper Pumpkin to be rolled out across the globe.  Stampin’ Up! listened and have released a limited edition kit designed by the company founder – Shelli Gardner.

The Shelli kit from Paper Pumpkin includes the following:

  • An exclusive stamp set not available anywhere else
  • One Classic Stampin’ Spot® from our Classic ink collection
  • Paper and crafting materials to create 12 cards** (3 cards of 4 unique designs)
  • 12 exclusive, coordinating envelopes
  • Adhesives and embellishments for all 12 cards

** Cards are notecard size

~ You’ll need to own or order a clear block separately from the kit

Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colours: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.  This kit coordinates with the Bird Ballard suite.

Shelli describes the kit as ‘A touch of earthy and elegant spring with lots of layers and texture.’

See a sneak peek of the kit in this video from Shelli…


I’ll be doing an order tonight to get my Hugs from Shelli Kit (please don’t sell out SU!).  At only $37 for 12 cards plus envelopes, an exclusive stamp set and a Stampin’ Spot, this kit is amazing value!

Let me know if you’re local to Bunbury and would like to add a Hugs from Shelli Kit to my order.  It’s my birthday month, so every order gets an extra gift from me!  Or, order yourself online – click here to view the kit in the online store.

Happy stamping!

Kelly’s Stamping Friends | Birthday Blog Hop 2019

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Happy Birthday to me!  Tomorrow is my special day and to celebrate, it’s become a bit of a tradition (we’re in our third year) of gathering my stamping friends and having a blog hop.

I’m joined by 23 of the sweetest, most talented stampers that the South Pacific has to offer.  Enjoy the project from each creator and then click on next to hop through to the next project.  The hop runs in a circle, so you don’t need to start at any particular point – just keeping scrolling through the beautiful artwork and click on next until you get back to where you started.  If any of the next links are broken (it happens sometimes!), there’s a list of participants at the end of this post.

Seeing as it’s my birthday, there’s a loose birthday theme for tonight’s hop.  But (because it’s my birthday and I can break the rule), I have strayed slightly from that theme and my card is a thank you – a great big thank you to all the designers who have joined me on this hop to celebrate and another big thank you to everyone who visits us!

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

For this hop, I’m sharing with you some of my new birthday presents.  I love the happy coincidence that my birthday month is also a Stampin’ Up! preorder*** month.  I love gifts – giving gifts, getting gifts, buying myself gifts!  Happy Birthday to me!

***Preorder means a demonstrator can order from a new catalogue or promotion earlier than its release.  Customers will be able to order new items shown on this post from 4th June.  Can’t wait?  Ask me about joining my team.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

This card features the new Stampin’ Up! stamp set – Free As a Bird and coordinating dies – Stitched Nested Label Dies.  The stamp set has the most beautiful bird & flowers combination and the dies are a dotted edge – a new pattern for the SU range.  The stitched edge effect creates a fabulous border both inside & out.

Although this card looks pretty on the front, the magic happens when you fold it out.  I’ve combined a couple of ideas to create a Window Front Z Fold Card.  The card front has a Nested Die cut out and the bird panel is actually attached to the Z fold in the middle of the card.

Let me show you more pictures.  Here’s the card when the Z is still folded  but the card front is open.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

And then when totally opened out…

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

I’ve added a couple of little magnets to keep the card closed when it’s all folded back in.

The measurements for this card:

Card Base – 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16″ (half an A4 page lengthways), scored at 5-7/8″

Insert – 3-7/8″ x 11-1/4″, scored at 2-13/16″ & 5-5/8″

DSP (left panel) – 2-11/16″ x 3-3/4″

Cardstock (middle panel) – 2-11/16″ x 3-3/4″

DSP (right panel) – 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″


I love that those gorgeous birds are a feature inside & out of the card.  I’ve stamped all the images for this card in StazOn ink and coloured them with ink and an Aqua Painter.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

The Bird Ballard DSP I’ve used in the card is from the same suite as the stamp set.  These colours helped me to choose the colours for colouring.  The card base is Petal Pink, the Nested Label is Soft Suede and for colouring I’ve used Petal Pink, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Old Olive & Smoky Slate.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

As well as the whimsy of the birds and the flowers, I  love the sentiments from this set.  And I thought given all the wonderful friends I have along on this hop with me, the one I’ve chosen for the inside (Your friendship means the world to me) is just perfect!!!

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

Did I mention how much I love gifts?  I’d like to gift this card and a sampler of the pretty Bird Ballard DSP to someone special.  To be in the running, leave a comment on this blog post and I’ll choose a winner on Tuesday 28th May 2019.


Next up on for the birthday fun is the gorgeous Shannon Kissane.

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Thank you for hopping us with today and for being part of my birthday celebrations!!!


PARTICIPANT LIST
1 Kelly Kent
2 Shannon Kissane
3 Tina Gillespie
4 Monique Fielder
5 Leonie Stuart
6 Michelle Strazds
7 Mandy Depiazzi 
8 Rochelle Blok 
9 Narelle Simm 
10 Catherine Creer
11 Lou Kitzelman
12 Sandra Collett 
13 Sharon Dalton 
14 Denise Buetler 
15 Siobhan Fitzsimmons
16 Jan McQueen
17 Cathy Pinchbeck
18 Richelle Fletcher 
19 Melissa Gifford 
20 Rachael Lewsley
21 Nicole Wilson
22 Julia Quinn
23 Sheila Pybus
24 Leonie Schroder

Wonderful Mother’s Day

It was Mother’s Day here in Australia today.  I enjoyed a weekend of family time as I celebrated being a Mum to my three mini Papercrafts and also celebrating with my Mum – Nanna Papercraft.

I received thoughtful gifts from my gorgeous trio – a handmade box with gift vouchers, a personalised decorated stationary set, presents from the school Mothers Day stall, cards & artwork from school and a cute llama mama nightie which I shall be snugly wearing to bed tonight!

Here’s a proud Mum share of their handmade papercrafts (with thanks to Nanna Papercraft for being the facilitator).

Mother's Day 2019 | kelly kent

I’m also sharing one of Maddie’s Mother’s Day artworks because it was so cute – my love of paper, stamps & inks is no secret in this house!

Mother's Day 2019 | kelly kent


For my Mum this Mother’s Day I’ve been working on a Mini Album Card using Floral Romance DSP.  I love the combination of green, purple, pink & white – in such a delicate balance.  I was able to complete it this week when my Everything is Rosy Product Medley arrived.

Wonderful Romance + Everything is Rosy | kelly kent

Sometimes when products have an identity within a bundle, it’s hard to see them any other way, but the stamps & dies that come in the Everything is Rosy Product Medley are so versatile, they go with lots of the other Stampin’ Up! designs – especially florals.

Wonderful Romance + Everything is Rosy | kelly kent

Somewhere between a scrapbook album and a fancy card, the Mini Album is a great way to take the card to a whole new level!  This is the second Mini Album card I’ve shared.  You can find the first one as part of the ESAD blog hop last month with full instructions – click here.

Wonderful Romance + Everything is Rosy | kelly kent

You can see how well the stamps & dies blend with the DSP for a wonderful collaboration.  Mixing between suites & bundles gives new life to everything you own!

The sentiment stamp set I’ve used for this card is called Strong & Beautiful and is on page 48 of the Occasions Catalogue.  It’s full of empowering words and fabulous phrases – ready to stamp and send to your Mum, girlfriends, team members or other women in your life worth admiring.

Wonderful Romance + Everything is Rosy | kelly kent

The vellum sheets in the Floral Romance DSP are so delightful!  Delicate yet bright, they add elegance to every project!  For this card I’ve used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere them to Whisper White cardstock before adding them as a layer to my card.

The Floral Romance DSP is on the Last Chance Retirement List.  If you love this DSP, it’ll be worth stocking up now before it is no longer available.

You’ll find the links to all the products I used in the table below.  Click to be taken to my online store where you can browse til your heart is content!


I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend, and the week ahead is filled with wonderful!


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A Rosy Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow in Australia and to help out my husband, I did my own Mother’s Day shopping this year.  I treated myself to the amazing Everything is Rosy Product Medley.

This limited edition selection of products is even more amazing in real life than any sample I can show you!  But, I’ll try…..

Everything is Rosy | kelly kent

The Rose Gold features throughout this suite are fabulous – from the foiling on the DSP to the edging on the ribbon, Rose Gold Foil, Shimmer Paint and mirorred embellishments.  Plus, there’s more Rose Gold that I wasn’t able to fit on the card in the form of printed & foiled die cuts.

Everything is Rosy | kelly kent

The medley is $139 – and includes:

Everything is Rosy | kelly kent

I thought I had used everything in the medley to make my card, only to realise I’d left off any of the amazing die cuts!  I’ll have to show those in another card soon.


I was so excited to have this bundle arrived, I did a Facebook Live when I unboxed it.  See the replay below…

If you have a sneaky suspicion you’ll need to buy your own present too, click here to order one for yourself!!!

No matter which kind of mum you are – human, fur baby, plant, fish, best aunty ever… have a lovely Mother’s Day tomorrow – I hope it has all the things that make you happy.


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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Goodbyes

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Wow – this week I feel like I’ve raced into Friday in a full tail spin.  But, we made it!  It’s been a hectic week here at Papercraft HQ with lots of school activities including Mother’s Day afternoon tea, swimming lessons and parent-teacher interviews.  Bring on the weekend!

What a fabulous way to start the weekend – with a Paper Adventures team hop.  We welcome Teneale Williams as our guest designer.  Not only is Teneale amazingly talented, she’s also one of the nicest (and most humble) people I know.  It’s also a big hello to Sheila Pybus – Sheila usually joins in hops via her Facebook page but has this month made the leap to starting a blog!  Such an amazing achievement!

The theme for the hop this month is Goodbyes.  Although this theme could be interpreted in a number of ways, I’ve chosen to do the predictable thing and share a project with lots of items from the Last Chance Retirement List as we spend May saying goodbye to some amazing products from the Annual & Occasions Catalogues.

I’ve made a duo of baby cards – since if I make one in blue, I seem to need to make one in pink too!

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

These card feature the Sweet Baby bundle &  Twinkle Twinkle DSP from the Annual Catalogue – all on the retirement list.

The blue card uses Pool Party cardstock.  Apart from the 2017-2019 In Colors, all colours in the colour families are staying for the foreseeable future.  Colour refreshes / revamps only happen every 5 or so years, so we’ll be enjoying the core colours for quite some time with some new In Colors to mix it up every year.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

The pink version is Petal Pink.  Although Blushing Bride is my go-to pink (until I get my hands on the new Rococo Rose colour!!!), I always match card colours with the DSP.  Twinkle Twinkle features Pool Party, Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam, Gray Granite, Night of Navy & Whisper White.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

I’ve also used some products are that not on the retirement list.  We’ll be seeing the Rectangle Stitched Dies and Well Written Dies in the upcoming annual catalogue (phew!).

I’ve layered the word die (baby) 4 times using Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheet on the back of the cardstock prior to cutting.  I’m a no mess kind of girl, so sticky stuff on the back really suits me.  Stampin’ Up! have discontinued their adhesive sheets but you’ll be able to find a similar product in other brands – or you can use strips of Tear & Tape.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

The Rectangle Stitched Dies make it so easy to make a shaker card.  All the hard work in done for you with an amazing stitched edge and perfectly sized border.  Simply cut using 2 Stitched Rectangles (two sizes apart) and then back with Window Sheet.  Add Foam Adhesive Strip to the back side and adhere to your card front, filling with shaker pieces before you stick it down.

My shaker pieces are made using the Twinkle Builder punch (on the carryover list) and two retired punches – Heart Border and Star Border.  Retired does not mean no longer useful.  I hold on to lots of favourites!

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

Shaker cards are perfect to add a bit of special to a card – and there’s nothing more special than a new baby coming into the world!


Next up on our team hop, saying her Goodbyes is our guest designer, Teneale Williams.

Thanks for joining us for this month’s hop!

For all your retirement list needs, visit my online store (product links for this project below).  Click here to browse the online store.

 

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Colour INKspiration #55

Hello!  We have a fabulous colour challenge for you this week at Colour INKspiration.  There’ s a blog hop to enjoy and then all the action for the challenge happens in our Facebook group. Click here to visit and share your creation with us.

You may have hopped here from the gorgeous Lisa Whitehead who won challenge #53 and joins us as a guest designer.

Here’s the colours for challenge #55…

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You can use 3 or more of these colours in your project.

I went all out and used all 6 plus white & black as we can include basics (white, black & vanilla) and metallics.

A large part of the inspiration for my card came from the challenge photo.  I used the clouds to create the background and the Grapefruit Grove cushion to inspire the styling of the hot air balloon.

Lift Me Up | kelly kent

It was so hard to photograph the background but it’s crazy shimmery!  I used Shimmery White cardstock for my base and then added a mix of Isocol (alcohol), reinker and shimmer paint.  My first attempt at a major fail – sprtizing using a mask doesn’t work!  All the colour seeped under the mask and I got blobs rather than clouds.

The second attempt was much better applying the colour with a sponge and I got these pretty clouds.  One mix was Coastal Cabana & Frost White Shimmer Paint and the second was Smoky Slate & Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.

Lift Me Up | kelly kent

It’s hard to capture just how pretty it is!

I used the remaining challenge colours under the balloon – cut by the Up & Away Framelits.

Lift Me Up | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Lift Me Up stamp set.  I white heat embossed on Rich Razzleberry and Grapefruit Grove cardstock and then roughly snupped with scissors.  I love chopping up sentiments like this!

Lift Me Up | kelly kent

I had so much fun with these colours!  It was the perfect challenge to prompt me to put different colours together than my normal combinations!

Next up on the blog hop is my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman in QLD.

Thanks for hopping with us!


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CASEing the Catty #227 | Retiring Bundles

The last chance / retirement list is up on us and the CASEing the Catty Crew are taking the chance to use retiring items for inspiration before they disappear.

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This week it’s a favourite retiring bundle – stamps & dies, or stamps & punches.

I’ve chosen the Bloom by Bloom bundle – stamp set and coordinating punches.  These products are part of the Happiness Blooms suite.  It wasn’t an immediate favourite, but the bright & fun colours of this suite have grown on me and I’m going to miss them!

Each suite in the catalogue has a full page spread and I’ve taken inspiration from the card at the top of the image below (page 24 of the Occasions catalogue).

I love the colours in this DSP and the use of the stamps in the floral centrepiece, so with this as my inspiration, I’ve used these features in a triangular fun fold card.  Click here to view the tutorial for this fold by Jackie Bolhuis.

This is what the card looks like when fully folded….

Triangle Fun Fold | kelly kentBut then it opens up along the diagonal cut across the card front to reveal two flaps.

Triangle Fun Fold | kelly kent

The card is incredibly simple to make!

Triangle Fun Fold | kelly kent

Cut a piece of A4 cardstock down to 11-1/2″ and then score the middle along the long and short sides (4-1/8″ across the short side and 5-3/4″ across the long side).

Cut the cardstock in your trimmer from the top left corner to the bottom right corner (diagonally).  One piece of A4 cardstock gives you two cards.

Fold the flaps down & inwards to create a card front and then embellish.

I’ve used a Sahara Sand Stitched Circle overlayed with a Vellum stitched circle and the decorated with flowers from the Bloom by Bloom stamp set.

Triangle Fun Fold | kelly kent

Some of the larger images in this set are fussy cut, but the smaller flowers can be cut using the punches.  There’s even the cutest little leaf in one of the four punches.

Although I’m excited about new DSP,  I’ve stocked up on an extra pack of the Happiness Blooms DSP so I can make cards like this when I feel like a bright and cheery option.


All of the bundles in the current catalogues are retiring.  Products that are ‘bundled’ together attract a 10% discount.  Some of these retiring bundles may appear in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue – but no longer in a bundle and therefore without a discount.

Some of the projects you’ll see on the hop tonight show you products that will still be available in the next catalogue – but as single items.  Some projects feature items that are going into the retirement zone, never to be available again.  Whether you’re shopping for a discount or doing some last chance shopping, make sure to get what you need before it’s too late. Links for this project in the table below.

Next up on the blog hop is Peta Stephen with her last chance project.

We’d love for you to share your project with us.  Join the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook group and show us your project inspired by a retiring bundle.  You can see all the retiring bundles in the online store – click here to visit.

Thanks for hopping with us – I hope you have a fabulous week!


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Leaves, Wood & Wedding Anniversaries

It was a very happy wedding anniversary to this gorgeous couple today…

Happy Anniversary | kelly kent

It was also Naked Gardening Day – but no photos of that to share!!!

I had the pleasure of being part of the celebrations on the day these two said “I do” on the south coast of WA 6 years ago.  It was filled with gumboots, large trees, a vintage Combi van and so much love.

With both the bride and the groom have connections to the picturesque forest of the south coast so the wedding theme, including stationary was nature & woodsy.  Over the years their anniversary cards have been a mix of the wedding colour palette of Peach Parfait, Wild Wasabi & Calypso Coral.  After a colour refresh and a craft room clean out, I had to refresh the colours and this year it’s Petal Pink, Pear Pizzazz and Calypso Coral.  Leaf from the Rooted in Nature stamp set.

Happy Anniversary | kelly kent

I’ve added in a Wood Textures background – one of the many DSP patterns on the retirement list.  I’m going to miss this classic mix of wood tones that are perfect for so many cards!

The sentiment is from a retired stamp set that gets a good workout in my craft room – Milestone Moments.  I’ve embossed on vellum in black embossing powder.

Happy Anniversary | kelly kent

Of course, the card features a Stitched Shape panel.  I may have to challenge myself to create a card without using stitching!  But then again, every card deserves a stitched finish!  Thankfully all my favourite stitched die options will be available in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.


Happy anniversary friends – may your day be as exciting and full of laughter as those celebrating World Naked Gardening Day!

PS, if you live in Australia and find the name of the Rooted in Nature stamp set hilarious given our slang, then surely Rooted in Nature on World Gardening Day is next level!!!


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Just Add Ink #455 | Sympathy

Some challenges are a fun way to provide inspiration and an excuse to get into the craft room.  The theme for Just Add Ink this week is “Just Add Sympathy“.

It was going to be a challenge where I created a card for my stash for another time.  Sadly, my friend shared the news that her Gran had passed, which meant this card was specially made to let her know I’m thinking of her.

Wonderful Romance | kelly kent

I’ve used the spotlight technique for this card.  Using my Stamparatus, I stamped the floral images from Wonderful Romance twice – in exactly the same place on two identical pieces of cardstock.

I adhered one piece to the Whisper White Thick cardstock base.  The second piece I coloured using Stampin’ Blends and then cut (in the middle of the cardstock piece) using the Stitched Rectangle Framelit.

Lining up the images, I layered the coloured & cut cardstock over the base layer.  For extra pop, I adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Wonderful Romance | kelly kent

The beautiful flowers in the Wonderful Romance stamp set work so well for this technique.  It would work well with other large solid line stamps that you can colour too.

Wonderful Romance | kelly kent

Wonderful Romance (and the coordinating dies – not used here) are on the Last Chance Retirement List and will only be available until 3rd June 2019 – or supplies sell out.  See all retirement list items in my online store – click here.


We’d love to have you join our challenge.  Share your sympathy cards on the Just Add Ink blog.  You’ll also find all the design team cards there – it’s a wonderful resource for the next time you have a sympathy card to make!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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