Technique Testing – JAI 277

This week at Just Add Ink it’s a colour combination.  How gorgeous is this …

Perfect soft spring colours.  And with spring on its way to us in the southern hemisphere in a mere 2 more sleeps, it’s a good pre-amble.  I’m ready for some spring weather!

This is my JAI card using the colour combination with some easy but effective techniques.


To get this colourful effect, I masked 2″ of the card front using photocopy paper so the ink didn’t go there.  Then I stamped Vintage Leaves in Versamark and heat embossed it in clear.  And to finish it off I sponged the card front with Mint Macaron, So Saffron & Calypso Coral.  Once I removed the paper mask, it left a ‘white space’ for my bright & bold sentiment (from Happy Birthday, Everyone).


If you love the Vintage Leaves stamp set I used in my spring creation, then you will also love the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set available soon in the holiday catalogue {which starts when spring does!!!}.  Two more sleeps!  Kelly x

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Snow Place {or mine}?

I am traditionally against snow themed Christmas sets.  I have always lived in Australia (despite having English parents) so Christmas for me is about hot weather, sunshine & surfing Santas!

That is, until now!  I fell in love with the Snow Place stamp set and matching Snow Friends framelits the first time I saw them in the upcoming holiday catalogue.  I wasn’t going to buy them until Little Miss Papercraft insisted … honestly!  They came out of her stamping budget, not mine.

The penguin is one of the cutest stamps I’ve ever seen & one I’ll use year around.  And the accessories are good to have on hand for punch art creations.  Plus, you know how hard it is for me to go past coordinating sets, let alone {CUTE} coordinating sets – say no more!

These creations have been on my mind since I first saw the stamp set.  I’ve seen these ‘white on white’ style cards floating around Pinterest and couldn’t wait to add a penguin & snowman to the mix.  Plus – check out the new black glimmer paper … ooo la la!!!




The matching framelits make these cards a breeze to make.  “Snow much fun”… oh dear!  Kelly x

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You’ve Got to Get This!

I needed a quick card this week, so I CASEd (copied) a card from a training email sent by Stampin’ Up! that featured the soon to be released Archival Basic Black ink.  I used the new archival grey last week and was super impressed.  After using the black, all I can say is WOW!  The finish is perfect, the colour amazing and they are permanent so you can use them for watercolouring!


Linda Heller has a great video on the differences between the 3 blacks available from Stampin’ Up! – StazOn, Memento & the new archival.  The archival ink comes out on top for almost all your black stamping needs.

So when the Holiday Catalogue starts next Tuesday, you’ve got to get these inks – they are amazing!  And don’t forget to buy ink refills at the same time – you won’t need them at first, but you never know when they’ll come in handy!  Kelly x

PS, I’ve got copies of the Holiday Catalogue here looking for a change of scenery.  If you’d like one, let me know!

Available from 1st September…

Available now … 

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Fishing for Fun…

One of my friends gives me the best inspiration to make cards. I think it’s because she doesn’t just ask for X card.  She asks for an “awesome X card”!

So, this is the “awesome fishing card” I made using the water gel effect.  Dawn Griffith has a great you tube video showing the technique.  The quick explanation is that you put hair gel in a zip lock bag and add it as a ‘water’ layer in your card.

By good luck, it also fits with this week’s Just Add Ink theme – all things masculine.  Although my card is for the mini-masculine fellow, I know quite a few big kids that would enjoy their own version!


My card ended up being a mix of old favourites & new ideas. The Cloudy Day embossing folder is now retired (sadly!) but new to the SU! family is the Festive Flower Builder Punch which I used to create the fish bodies.


The boy is a Silhouette cut I created from an online image.  I’m lucky to have my Cameo to help me with the little extras in my cards – but I would love SU! to bring out a die set with children’s silhouettes.  I think kids in silhouette look so cute.  The craft stash will never be extensive enough for all the ideas I have! Kelly x

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Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

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Fancy & Festive 6″x6″ Paper Share

I promised you a holiday catalogue paper share – and here it is!

Fancy & Festive 6x6 Paper Share Kelly Kent

If you wanted to buy all the Christmas themed papers, vellum & new sparklies from the catalogue, it would cost you almost $140.

I am offering you the opportunity to own it all for only $35.

In total you’ll get 70 pieces of deluxe 6″ x 6″  paper including:

  • 12 sheets of Home for Christmas DSP
  • 12 sheets of Season of Cheer DSP
  • 12 sheets of Merry Moments Paper Stack DSP
  • 12 sheets of Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP
  • 12 sheets of Winter Wonderland Vellum
  • 6 sheets of Holidays Fancy Foil Vellum
  • 2 sheets of Red Foil
  • 2 sheets of Black Glimmer

Postage is available if you don’t live in the Bunbury area.

Orders need to be placed by Friday 28th August 2015, and payment received by Monday 31st August 2015 (at the latest).  If you’d like to get your Christmas cards started by adding all these beautiful papers to your collection, please fill out the form below and I will contact you to finalise the details.

Surely it’s not just me that’s a paper addict???  Share the fun with me this holiday season!  Kelly x

It’s a Magical Time of Year! JAI275

Christmas is such a magical time of year and apart from birthdays, it’s probably the biggest card giving occasion on the calendar.

The 2015 Holiday Catalogue launches in a couple of weeks and I was lucky enough for Mr Australia Post to deliver me a box of goodies last week.  It’s been a chaotic week here at papercraft HQ, so it took me until yesterday to open the box and play with my new products.

My first Christmas play for 2015 involved the Softly Falling 6’x6″ embossing folder and the super cute Sleigh Ride / Jingle All the Way bundle.

I started with the Just Add Ink sketch:

And used my favourite new colour combination – Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe & Gold to create a classy Christmas creation.

What do you think?  I like this for a Christmas colour theme!


When I skimmed through the catalogue and added the Sleigh Ride edgelits to my pre-order I had assumed it was Santa and one of his reindeers.  I had to have a second look when I started using it yesterday and realised that the reindeer was actually a horse.  This seemed a little strange to me, but after consulting some fellow demos, it seems the horse & sleigh is referencing Jingle Bells (oh what fun it is to ride on a one-horse open sleigh!).  It seems much more sensible now!!!  Thanks Elle ( for clearing that up.

There are so many magical new products to choose from that I am already making my list for the rest of the products I want when the catalogue goes live on 1st September.  I have catalogues to give you too, so make sure I hand one over next time I see you.  You’ll want to place your order nice & early in September so you have lots of time to make cards for your favourite people (and give the practice ones to your less favourite!).  Kelly x


Products to look forward to…

Available to order 1st September 2015


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Tin of Cards – The “B” version

Yesterday’s Tin of Cards class was great fun!  The “tin” is the clear winner in this super cute set, but the contents are lovely also.  You get materials to make 9 dividers and 16 cards with a full set of instructions.  You can see the Stampin’ Up! video here for more information about how to put together your cards.

Call me crazy, but I wanted a bit more of a challenge from my tin, so I played around with the pieces to come up with some alternative designs to the ones available in the instructions.

With the exception of a few pearls (I couldn’t help myself – the butterflies needed the extra bling!), all cards are made using only the materials in the kit and the recommended extras.

Here they are:





16 different cards made – using only the kit & recommended extra items.  {Did I mention you get envelopes too?}.  I even ended up with a few extra pieces which I can use when making other cards.

The popularity of this kit has far exceeded Stampin’ Up!’s expectations and you can see why – the cards you can create are gorgeous, it caters to everyone’s level of stamping and it’s lots of fun.

I plan to run this class again later in the year.  If you’re interested in joining me, please let me know.  Or, if you’d like to get started on your Tin of Cards kit now, hop over to my online store and order the kit & stamp set (links below).

It’s a fabulous item to add to your own collection or would make a very special gift for a very special friend.  I know lots of people who would love to receive a Tin of Cards.  Shame that I love mine so much I’m keeping it!!!  Kelly x

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Looking After Your Photopolymer stamps – including DIY Photopolymer Cleaning Cloth

I love the new style of photopolymer stamps that Stampin’ Up! introduced last year (or was it the year before now?  I lose track!).  The quality is amazing, the price is excellent and they stamp as well as clear or wood rubber.  But … they show the signs of use – particularly the not-so-attractive hot pink hue they take on once you start cleaning them.

Here are a few tips that may help with using photopolymer stamps:

  • Always clean your PP stamps straight after use (see below for a great DIY cleaning cloth)
  • Some stampers swear by first stamping in a light colour (ie, Blushing Bride) for the stamp’s first use to reduce the dark ink the stamp takes up in subsequent uses
  • PP stamps WILL stain if you use dark colours – particularly those with red bases (Blackberry Bliss, Cherry Cobbler), so if you can’t handle the stain, don’t use dark colours!
  • You can use Staz On ink with your PP stamps, but make sure to clean immediately afterwards.  Staz On cleaner can be used but it’s not recommended by Stampin’ Up! If you need to use it, use it straight away and be sure to remove all traces of the cleaner before storing your stamps again.  Other stampers have recommended Hero Arts Ultra Clean as a safe way to clean Staz On ink from photopolymer stamps.
  • PP stamps prefer to be stored away from direct sunlight
  • If your PP stamps lose their ‘sticky’, wash them in warm water & a small amount of gentle dishwashing liquid  & allow to air dry on some clean paper towel.  This will restore them to their usual tacky selves.
  • Mount PP stamps by placing the stamp face down on your work surface and lower the block directly on top.  This will help to keep the intended shape & alignment of your PP stamp before you ink it up.
  • Take PP stamps off your blocks gently and avoid pulling them.  If you’re not careful, you can unwittingly stretch or tear your PP stamps.

I’ve long suspected that the pink staining that is so comment with PP stamps had more to do with cleaning the stamps using the Stampin’ Scrub than the actual ink use itself.  Now, don’t get me wrong – I love my Stampin’ Scrub and will continue to use it religiously for all red rubber stamps (clear & wood sets).  But, for photopolymer, I wanted to share this idea with you from Maggie Mata (Maggie Made Cards).  Maggie uses a PVA car cleaning cloth to clean her PP stamps.  I’ve been trying this for a couple of weeks now and it works a treat.  And I couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you!  Thanks Maggie!


If you’re in America, you can purchase a cleaning cloth from Maggie’s website.  If you’re in Australia (or the rest of the world), try a car supplies store.  You need to buy a “PVA chamois”.

This is Maggie’s how-to video:


You may get the same results from using baby wipes, but as a rule, I’m against single use items wherever possible.  These clothes are great in that you can use them continuously for a long period of time and they can be washed and used again. They need to be kept wet to maintain their quality, so ironically, I’m storing mine in a recycled wipes case!



I’d love to hear from you if you’re using a similar method for cleaning your stamps or if you’ve got any other PP tips.  Thanks again to Maggie for sharing a tip that has rocked my stamping world.  Kelly x

UPDATE – September 2015

Wow!  This post gained some serious Pinterest momentum this month.  What would we do without Pinterest?  Thanks everyone for stopping by.

When I first wrote this post (in an excited flurry after coming across Maggie’s PVA chamois idea), I stored my cloth in an old baby wipes container that I had on hand.  Which means,  I completely missed the obvious choice of storing it in a Stampin’ Up! clear-mount case {strange for me – it’s my go-to storage option!!!}.

I have now made the change and my photopolymer cleaning cloth is now suitably homed in a clear case.  Thanks to Di Barnes & Randi Henry for the storage suggestion.


There has been some discussion about the using the PVA cloth for more than just cleaning your photopolymer stamps.  Fellow Aussie stampers Cheryl Algie and Wendy Hodkinson have also been using it for cleaning their brayers and inky embossing folders.  Thanks to Cheryl & Wendy for sharing their clever ideas.

As well as the love for the actual hobby, one of the things I love the most about Stampin’ Up! is the sense of community.  It’s always a good feeling to be among people who are as passionate (? crazy) about something as you are.  Kelly x

No Bones About It – 2015 Catalogue Fave!

Well, there’s “No Bones About It“, this stamp set was first on my list for the new catalogue and I’ve been loving using it.  You get both the shapes & bones for 4 different dinosaurs plus some cool accessories & sentiments.

Although it’s geared towards cards for young kids (boys in particular), there are some great examples on Pinterest of cards using this stamp set for older men (think ‘fossil’ themed), dinosaur wall art & pink dinosaurs for girls.  The rustic style goes particularly well with the Layered Letters stamp set.

These are some of the dino-creations I’ve made recently.

The first one is a CASE of a card I loved that was designed by Davette Miller & blogged by Dawn Griffith.  I think it uses the stamp set to it’s full potential.

This is my version:


The next card was something I wanted to try as soon as I saw the stamp set – a card styled on the recently released Jurrasic World movie.  The always useful Gorgeous Grunge is great for the background & the black embossed T-Rex is an awesome centerpiece.  The sentiment is Silhouette cut using the Jurassic Park font.


The final card is another one I was excited about as soon as I saw the dino skeletons – how much would a little birthday boy or girl like a card with glow-in-the-dark dinosaurs???  Now, before you get too excited, Stampin’ Up! haven’t added glow-in-the-dark embossing powder to their range, but it is available if you shop around (I got mine from ebay).

This is the card:


And the glowing dinosaurs – apologies I couldn’t get a better photo, you’ll just have to trust me that the effect is awesome in real life!


I hope this stamp set sticks around for a while – it’s lots of fun and dinosaurs are always a winner!  Kelly x


A Class Full of Flowers

On Tuesday morning I had the pleasure of hosting a class for 4 lovely ladies who spend as much time spoiling my dog with attention as they do making cards!

The ladies had asked for combination of things they’d recently seen on the blog, but since I like my classes to be filled with surprises – we did variations of what they said they liked.

The first project was a decorated notepad using the colours/design features from my Just Add Ink / Demo Designs Sketch card.

Colours: Crumb Cake, Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate & Bermuda Bay.


To make this decorated notepad, the instructions are mostly the same as the English Garden one, but with a different closure:

  1. Place a piece of A4 cardstock lengthways (landscape) into your SU! trimmer.  Score at 4-1/8″, 4-7/8″, 9″ & 9-3/4″
  2. Turn the cardstock 90 degrees and place into the trimmer longways (portrait).  Cut at 5-7/8″.
  3. Trim the small rectangle from the end of the skinny strip you ended up with (this will be your closure band).
  4. Fold along all score lines on cardstock.
  5. Attach the notepad to the inside using Fast Fuse.
  6. Add the closure flap by securing the end 4-1/8″ piece to the back of the notepad cardstock and then wrap it around & secure it to the front of the notepad.  You should have a 3/4″ flap left that you can attach magnets to for securing it tight.
  7. Decorate the front panel with cardstock (3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″) and DSP (3-5/8″ x 2″).  Attach burlap ribbon & Flower Patch flower.  Add a gold embossed sentiment from Flower Patch.

The next project was a card to coordinate with the notepad.  I wanted to show the ladies how lovely the Garden in Bloom stamp set was, so we used this flower instead of the Flower Patch one.

Colours: Smoky Slate, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Pool Party, Blackberry Bliss, Tip Top Taupe.


The leaves behind the flower are from Kinda Eclectic and I once again used burlap to tie it all together.   I love the extra texture that adding even a small piece of burlap ribbon adds.  The sentiment is from the hostess only set Happy Birthday, Everyone.

The final project was a birthday card inspired by a new challenge blog – Pinterest Inspired Challenge.  Stop by and have a look at the entries so far – lots of inspiration just in the cards that have been put forward!!!

This is the inspiration photo:

And this is the card the ladies made:


The splatters in the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set provided the perfect option for creating our own DSP-esque background.  The birthday sentiment is from the Tin of Cards stamp set.  I realised after making this card that I’d actually used 2 “kit stamp sets” – they are great for more than just making up the kits.

The yellow & black flowers in the inspiration photo looked like cute little butterflies to me – so out came the Watercolor Wings stamp set and Bold Butterfly framelits.  I cannot make enough butterfly cards with this gorgeous bundle.

Colours: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay (cardstock, ink), Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight & Basic Black.

Another class and another great success.  Next class my Christmas goodies will be here, so I’m looking forward to adding a Christmas card into the mix!

You can find the class schedule here.  Due to the small size of classes, they fill up quickly and payment is required within 3 days of booking to secure your place.

Come & join the fun.  Free doggie cuddles included!!!  Kelly x