Just Add Ink #461 | Inspiration

The photo inspiration from Rachael this week for Just Add Ink couldn’t be more perfect for me.  It’s my favourite colours and it works beautifully with a new bundle that just arrived on my doorstep from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.

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When I first saw this in the catalogue, it was instant love.  Over the years, I’ve used different methods to create silhouettes.  I just love the effect of having the solid black image against a colourful background.

Here’s what I created using the beautiful swinging girl stamp and the weeping tree die…

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The yellow background panel for the card was made using the new Pigment Sprinkles.  They come in a pack of six Stampin’ Up! colours.  I’ve used Daffodil Delight in two stages to get different intensities of the gorgeous yellow tone.

The swinging girl was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in black embossing powder.  I love the solid colour of black embossing powder.  When using the silhouette stamps, you are best to set up your Stamparatus and ink at least twice (if not three times).  This will give you a truly solid image in whatever colour you are using.

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

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

The workarounds are totally worth it though – there’s some gorgeous new 3D folders in the new catalogue!!

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The sentiment on this card is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.  Many of my favourite sets in the Annual Catalogue don’t have birthday sentiments included, so this set will be on regular rotation to keep up with all the birthday cards I want to send throughout the year.


To see all the design team cards using this gorgeous photo inspiration, click through to the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also add your card to the linky and enter the challenge.  Be inspired by the colours, patterns, shapes, theme or anything else that jumps out to you!

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Colour INKspiration #57

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for Colour INKspiration #57.  I’ve chosen the colour palette today – I hope you like it!  We’re crafting with Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight & Granny Apple Green – inspired by these gorgeous Calla Lilies.

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Joining us on the hop today, as our guest designer, is Kate Webb – thanks Kate!!  Kate’s pretty card won challenge #55 and we are delighted to have her along for this hop.  Each challenge the crew picks 5 cards and ask the members of the Colour INKspiration Facebook group to choose a winner.  Join the group and make sure to enter your project for the current challenge!  Click here to visit.


The bold & bright colours of this challenge reminded me of spring, so although the weather here is cold and wet (hello winter!), my craft room can be as warm and summery as I like.  So with the challenge colours in mind, I’ve stamped some pretty butterflies using the new Butterfly Wishes stamp set and lined them up in rows.

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

This style of card using the Stitched Rectangle Dies as a frame reminds me of butterflies on display in a museum.  I’ve make them fly as much as I can by adhering in the middle of the body and flicking up the wings….

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

But I’d like to try a card like this again with flying butterflies!  I’ll keep it on my to-do list for another challenge!

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

For the sentiment in the middle of the card, I’ve masked the other words on the ‘celebrate’ stamp with masking tape and inked it up with Versamark and heat embossed in white.  I then cut it using the Classic Label punch.  To create the banner, I used the end of the same punch.  I love when products are so versatile!

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

I have the pleasure of linking you to our guest designer – Kate Webb with her gorgeous floral creation.  These colours just work so well for flowers!

Thanks for hopping with us, can’t wait to see your creations in our Facebook group.


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CASEing the Catty #232 | Artistic Expression

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for the first CASEing the Catty of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It’s always fun to have new inspiration!

Join us as we choose any project to CASE from the Artistic Expression section of the catalogue – pages 106-159.

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I’ve chosen a card from page 158 showing the Lined Alphabet stamp set & dies.

What caught my eye in this sample is the triangle lines & the ombre colours of the ‘baby’ across the middle.  I used those elements to create a birthday (or other celebration) card using a Mint Macaron tone.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The Mint Macaron started with the DSP choice – I had the Mosaic Mood DSP on my table after creating the Tri-Fold Pocket Card for our team hope on Friday.  That card (you can see it here) used a lot of DSP, but it  didn’t use this particular pattern – which I love!  So that become the card base.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The next step was to add the triangle features – which in this case are actually more of a hexagon – using the Stitched Nested Label Dies.  The colours are Very Vanilla, Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron and Lost Lagoon.   Lost Lagoon is actually a retired colour – but I needed a darker tone to complete the ombre effect – and Lost Lagoon is a favourite of mine!  I wish it had been one of the returning colours during the revamp of 2018!

Once I had my triangle peaks of colour, I added the butterfly from the Beautiful Day stamp set – a returning favourite into the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It goes perfectly with this DSP, having a natural mosaic effect!

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The butterfly is stamped in Lost Lagoon ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and then coloured using Stampin’ Blends – Light & Dark Soft Sea Foam and Light & Dark Mint Macaron.  The middle segments have been given a touch of sparkle with the Clear Wink of Stella pen.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The card is finished with a sentiment -T”time to celebrate!” from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  I’ve stamped this in Lost Lagoon ink and then punched it out using the Classic Label Punch.  The pointed edges of this punch shape worked beautifully with the styling of my card!

So much love for the DSP in this catalogue!  I’m going to need extra supplies of my favourites so I can keep making cards!!!


For more inspiration using new catalogue products, keep hopping with my CTC friends.  Click on the next button to take you to New Zealand to visit my gorgeous Artisan friend Angela Meiritz-Reid.

If you’d like to join in with the weekly CASEing the Catty Challenge, please hop over to our Facebook group.  The challenge runs for a week – ending next Sunday.

See you next week for more new catalogue inspiration!


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Hello 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue!!

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It’s time!  The launch of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue happens today!!!

If you haven’t yet seen the catalogue in person, click here to view the pdf copy.  You may also like to contact your local demonstrator to request a hard copy – as the only thing better than flicking through the pages of a catalogue, is having the products in your hands!!!


There’s lots of love in the new catalogue.  It’s filled with pretty suites, fabulous stamp, dies & punches, gorgeous papers, awesome new colours, sensational embellishments and fantastic ideas!

I’m starting the new catalogue with a ‘hello’ card. This sentiment from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set seemed fitting!  I’ve framed it in a Stitched Nested Label – one of the must have products of the new catalogue!

Good Morning Magnolia | kelly kent

This stamp set contains a very large magnolia stamp.  It’s amazing – incredible for being the feature of your card and awesome for colouring.

The magnolia is stamped in Early Espresso ink with Mossy Meadow watercoloured leaves.  I’ve dabbed the middle of the flower with some Rose Gold Shimmer Paint that came with the Everything is Rosy Product Medley in May.  If you didn’t order the Everything is Rosy Medley, you can achieve a similar look with Blushing Bride ink and Wink or Stella or Champagne Shimmer Paint.

Good Morning Magnolia | kelly kentThe flower is slightly too large to sit well in the landscape orientation, so I’ve trimmer the bottom leaf and tucked it behind the flower.  I like this layered look.

The DSP is one of the patterns from the Magnolia Lane DSP.  The colouring for the magnolia on this card was inspired by another sheet of the DSP.

If you’re looking for more magnolia ideas, I love this colour resource by Bronwyn Eastley – click here to see her magnolia colour combinations.  Thanks for sharing Bron!


For all your new catalogue needs, please visit my online store.  Click here to browse.

To see new catalogue products in action, come to my next class.

Unable to make a Monday morning class but still interested in card making?  I’m open to changing my class schedule – please let me know when you are free.  I’m also planning some #simplestamping classes where we’ll make a bundle of cards to take home.  Leave me a comment to register your interest or subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss the action!

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Stamp Review Crew – Daisy Delight

Hey there!  Welcome to a Stamp Review Crew hop with my international stamping friends.  We all create using the same stamp set – giving you a whole hop of ideas!!!

Today’s chosen set is Daisy Delight from the Annual Catalogue.  This set first appeared in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue and holds a special place in my heart as I was selected to present this stamp set and matching punch at OnStage in April 2017.  You can see my projects by clicking here.

For my project I wanted to try a little grungy/vintage look with the daisy.  My previous projects have been bright & sunny, I had a different look in mind for this card.

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

With Sahara Sand as my chosen colour palette, I stamped and cut two daisies on Whisper White, and cut two more just from Sahara Sand cardstock.  I scrunched the flowers to give them a ruffled look before adhering them all together.

I then added three layers of cardstock – Sahara Sand DSP from the Color Collection DSP,, vellum and Sahara Sand cardstock.  I’ve added textured elements to each of the layers – distressed & ripped edges on the striped DSP, vellum and cardstock but extra distressing to the Sahara Sand cardstock.  To the top layer I repetitively stamped the petals from the Daisy Delight stamp set and then scrunched and smoothed before adhering to the vellum layer.

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

The base is also Sahara Sand with a Stitched Rectangle as the base layer (this was my only concesion to my usual neat style – I love the contrast!).

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

This theme was fun, so I carried it through to the middle of the card adding more of the gorgeous striped DSP, a Stitched Rectangle for the sentiment panel and another distressed daisy.  Little Miss Papercraft looked at me in horror when I started scrunching my freshly stamped daisy!!!  You have to be gentle so you don’t rip off the petals, but it adds some great texture.

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

I’ve purposely left this card without a sentiment.  I like the boldness of the daisy as the centrepiece and didn’t want to add anything else!


Next up on the hop is my gorgeous friend in Tasmania is Bronwyn Eastley.

Thanks for hopping with us, it’s always a pleasure to be part of these hops!

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CASEing the Catty #231 | CASE Anything

It’s the final CASEing the Catty blog hop of the current catalogues!  The last hurrah for the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue!  We officially welcome the new catalogue into our craft rooms on Tuesday (4th June).

As a giant send off, the theme for CTC this week is ‘CASE Anything’ – absolutely any project you can find in either the 2019 Occasions Catalogue or the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.

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What started for me as a “I’ll just change something retiring to something new” has ended up being a whole spread of change.  Once I started using the new “Follow Your Art” suite, I just couldn’t stop!!

From the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue, I chose project photo for the Coffee Cafe bundle…

And redesigned the cards in the photo to use the It Starts With Art stamp set, Arts & Crafts die, Follow Your Art DSP and Button Button Embossing Folder.

Follow Your Art | kelly kent

These stamps & dies are so much fun to work with and perfect for crafters – making them a great choice for cards for your crafty friends & stamping customers.

Here’s a close up of each card….

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The coordinating colours for this suite are Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point & Whisper White.

The suite features images of our favourite SU products from ribbon to colouring tools to reinkers, glue gun, buttons, scissors & more!!!

This suite and the rest of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue is available to order on 4th June 2019.  You can place your order in my online store (click here).

I also have a DSP share available for pre-order (limited spots available) which will get you the entire new DSP range in 6″x6″ pieces. You can own it all – including this Follow Your Art DSP featured in this post – at a fraction of the cost!  Click here for all the information on the DSP share.


And just like that, CASEing the Catty is done for the 2018-2019 Catalogues.  Join us next week for new action from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue!!!

Keep hopping to see what the lovely Michelle Stradz has created as her ‘last project’.

See you next week!


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Paper Pumpkin – Hugs from Shelli Alternative

Wow – what an action packed month May was!!  June is looking just as exciting with a new catalogue starting on Tuesday – woo hoo!!!

While we wait for the new catalogue, there’s still time to order the Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit.  Paper Pumpkin is available in the US each month of the year – but not usually in Australia.  As a special release, we’re currently able to order an exclusive global kit called Hugs from Shelli.

Mine arrived during the week and I’ve loved putting together the kit cards.  They are so pretty with beautiful designs in the style of the upcoming Bird Ballad suite.

As well as the supplies to make 12 cards (3 each of 4 designs), you get a stamp set and ink spot for your collection. Plus it comes in a gorgeous box that you can keep long after the kit is made & enjoyed.

The stamp set can be used independently of the kit materials to create your own unique designs. If you’ve already purchased the kit and would like to print a clear case insert, click here to download the artwork (provided by Stampin’ Up!).

I love the cards in the kit – they are perfect for every type of stamper, but I also love the beautiful stamp set and wanted to use it to create my own card using the images and some of my other supplies.

Hugs from Shelli - alternative design | kelly kent

I’ve used the floral stamp to create my own background / DSP, colouring the middle of the flowers with Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend and the buds with Dark Pool Party.  The label is cut in Smoky Slate cardstock using an upcoming product that is going to be a staple for most crafters – Stitched Nested Label Dies.  I’ve used a partial cut to create a pennant style rather than a full hexagon.

Hugs from Shelli - alternative design | kelly kent

How cute are those feathers???  I love feathers on cards and the styling on the feather in this set appeals to me!

The card base & sentiment label for this creation is Pretty Peacock cardstock – one of the five new In Colors we’ll see featured in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue which goes live on Tuesday.

Hugs from Shelli - alternative design | kelly kent

The value from this Paper Pumpkin kit is fabulous.  12 cards with printed envelopes, a limited edition stamp set and an ink spot all for $37 (plus post).  It’s only available while stocks last.  To order yours (in Australia), click here to visit in the online store.

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Hold & enjoy the ride – there’s lots more adventure to come!!!

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CASEing the Catty #230 | Retiring Big Shot

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There’s only one more CASEing the Catty blog hop after this one before we say GOODBYE to the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue & 2019 Occasions Catalogue and HELLO to the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.

This week is all about retiring Big Shot projects.  Did you know that the Big Shot machine itself – and all accessories – are retiring from the Stampin’ Up! line.  Stampin’ Up! have parted ways with Sizzix and have lined up another source to manufacture dies & embossing folders from the new catalogue onwards.  I’m excited for the changes that this choice will allow!!!

Choosing one favourite project using Big Shot products is almost impossible!  I use die cuts & embossing on almost every card I make.  After much deliberation, my card is a hybrid of the photo inspiration (Needlepoint Elements) and a die set I’m sad to see on the retirement list – Detailed Dragonfly.

The card that inspired by project is at the bottom right of the photo below.

I’ve used the layout elements, but changed the colours to a purple palette – as this is a favourite of the birthday recipient.

Detailed Dragonfly | kelly kent

My purple trio: the card base & mat is Highland Heather and also Highland Heather DSP from Needlepoint Nook,  the large dragonfly is Gorgeous Grape and the label sentiment from the Needlepoint Elements is one of the new In Colors – Purple Posy.  The tones are all very similar, so it makes it perfect for layering these purples.

Detailed Dragonfly | kelly kent

I’ve added vellum dragonflies under the stitched silver foil centrepiece.  The dots are stamped in Versamark (but not heat embossed – this gives a nice tone-on-tone stamping effect).  And the card is finished with pearls.

Detailed Dragonfly | kelly kent

We’d love for you to join us for this challenge.  You can either CASE a project and use retiring Big Shot items (like I have) or you can select a photo from the catalogue feature retiring Big Shot products and change it up to include new or carryover products.  There’s so much potential!

All the action during the week for CASEing the Catty happens in our Facebook group.  Join the 1000+ members by clicking here.

Continue the hop to see more amazing projects by the CTC Crew.  Next up is the beautiful Judy May with her stunning creation…

Have a glorious week!


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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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CASEing the Catty #226 | CASE a Layout

Hello Sunday – and hello you!

It’s the last day of our school holidays here in Western Australia.  I love school holidays, but I know the kids are excited to get back to school and see their friends.  Bon voyage to lazy mornings, fun activities and no packed lunches!  To add to the fun, it’s swimming lessons this week – so that’s a whole extra layer of organised for me!!!

What better to do to distract myself than hide out in the craft room!

Sunday brings us another CASEing the Catty blog hop.  There’s only a few more for this catalogue cycle before we jump feet first into a new Annual Catalogue.  We’re running for the finish line with a series of ‘favourites’ themes – starting with CASE a favourite layout.

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Surprisingly, this challenge was a little hard to get started.  CASEing layouts is my favourite thing to do, but with 2 catalogues full of amazing samples, it was difficult to select a favourite one!

I ended up choosing the Bouquet Blooms card on the bottom of page 167.  After lots of flicking through the catalogue, this card stood out for it’s contrast to my usual cardstock placement.  I’m very much an ‘in the centre’ or ‘bottom right’ girl.  So the fact that this card had the layering panel at the top left corner, made it a perfect CASE to make me change it up!

Although I kept the features of the layout, I changed the stamp set and styling of the card.  With so many of my favourite stamp sets on the retirement list, these challenges are a good opportunity to get some of them inky once again.

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My card features the Needle & Thread stamp set & Needlepoint Elements dies.

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The blues for this card were inspired by the butterfly patterned DSP in this suite.  Blue is is a fun choice for flowers!

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I don’t always decorate the inside of the card (I should though) but it seemed perfect to continue the background stamping through to the middle (just like in the inspiration pic!).

Needle & Thread | kelly kent

I’m really going to miss this stamp set & bundle!  The dies in the set are so sweet and the flowers are so easy to layer.

Did you notice the border die from the Needlepoint Elements set that coordinates with the Pretty Label Punch – oh my!!!

Be sure that you’ve secured everything from your 2018-2019 shopping list, because once the 2019 catalogues end on 3rd June, it’s see-ya-later to the retirement list items.

Click here to browse the retirement list in the online store.  Products available while stocks last.

On the up side, the 4th June has a new catalogue coming our way.  I’ve had a sneak peek and it’s glorious!!!


For more creative ideas, please keep hopping by visiting the gorgeous Peta Stephen and her purrrrfect assistant Marv.  I bet Marv is glad the Cat Punch makes an appearance in the new catalogue!

Thanks for spending your Sunday night crafting with me!

We’d love to have you join in our CASEing the Catty challenge over in our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Until next week,


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