Just Add Ink #440 | Something New

Happy New Year from the Just Add Ink team!  We’re starting 2019 with a blog hop where you’ll jump between design team members in a great journey of creativity.

Today’s theme is “Something New” and I’m so excited to see what everyone has made!!!

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I’m sharing with you a couple of cards I made using products from the new Classic Garage Suite in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue.

Classic Garage | kelly kent

I’m always quick to add the new ‘guy suite’ to my collection.  Masculine themed cards can be the hardest sometimes – but a coordinated suite always makes it easier for me!!!

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This suite comes with a stamp set (new cling style), framelits, DSP & cardstock pack, ribbon and oh-so-cool metal embellishments.

My first card uses the stamp set, framelits & DSP to create a fun card…

Classic Garage | kelly kent

White, gray, black and a contrasting colour (Tranquil Tide in this case) is always a favourite colour combination of mine.  I love it when the DSP falls into place!

Classic Garage | kelly kent

Each strip of DSP is 4″ x 2″ which makes this card perfect for mass production because you’ll get 4 strips  from each 6″ x 6″ DSP sheet.

I was pleased to see the Black Foil carryover and continue to be available in 2019.  It’s perfect for cutting the cogs & gears.  It’s best to apply Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheet to your foil or cardstock before you cut to make it super easy to add the detailed image to your card.

Classic Garage | kelly kent

I couldn’t resist adding my favourite Rectangle Framelits.  The sizes available in this set fill a gap that had been frustrating me – sentiment panels!


The second card features more of the awesome DSP – this time the front & reverse side…

Classic Garage | kelly kent

The DSP is cut at 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ and then the remaining strip cut at 3-7/8″.

Classic Garage | kelly kent

I love this layout for a quick & easy card.  The Happy Birthday sentiment from the Perennial Birthday stamp set is the perfect size (and font) to complete the patterned DSP.

Classic Garage | kelly kent

And the metal key element is a nice touch to finish it off!  I always buy the themed embellishment – it’s great for taking a card to the next level.


Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  We’d love for you to join the Just Add Ink challenge and share your ‘something new’ with us.  It could be a new product in your craft stash, a new technique you’re trying or a new brand you’ve found.  Click on the image below to visit the Just Add Ink blog for all the details.

Keep hopping for more fabulous inspiration – next up is Joanne Stubbing‘s beautiful birthday card with her new Stampin’ Up!

Have a great weekend,


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CASEing the Catty #211 | All My Love

Today is the end of another wonderful Sunday in January!  In Australia, January is such a lovely time – the days are long & warm, it’s school holidays so it’s lazy starts and fun days and no school lunches to pack!!!

How was your weekend?

The other great thing about Sundays is it finishes with a CASEing the Catty blog hop.  Today the Crew are sharing projects inspired by pages 4-9 of the Occasion Catalogue – the All My Love suite and following pages.

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So much love in this section of the catalogue – but as you’ll see from the Crew’s projects, they are great inspiration for all occasions.

I was inspired by the ‘You are Loved’ card on page 4 of the catalogue…

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I wanted to recreate the look of having a die cut on the top layer and colour peeking out from the bottom layer.

The new Butterfly Beauty Framelits seemed like the perfect choice for this technique.

Butterfly Beauty | kelly kent

This style of card is better for an avid crafter who has a few supplies.  I cut the butterfly segment from a piece of Whisper White cardstock (4″ x 5-3/4″) and layered a piece of the beautiful All My Love DSP behind it.  I then added Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheet to another piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut the butterflies again.  If you like using small dots of Tombow glue, you could use the die cut from the first piece.  The butterfly die segment sits back inside the negative piece.

Butterfly Beauty | kelly kent

To add some detail to the card, I cut the bottom right butterfly again from the same sheet of DSP, and used the top right butterfly from my first white die cut and layered these on top of the big butterfly in the middle.

 

And since I had a leftover DSP butterfly, I carried the theme through to the middle of the card.

Butterfly Beauty | kelly kent

The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays – this is a fabulous new set filled with awesome birthday sentiments.  If you send lots of birthdays cards (like me), you’ll want to make sure to order this to coordinate with all your favourite themed sets.

Butterfly Beauty | kelly kent

If the All My Love section of the catalogue sparks your creativity this week, we’d love for you to upload your CASEd creation to our Facebook group.

Continue the hop by visiting Lauren Meiklejohn and her beautiful blue card…

Have a fabulous week!


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CASEing the Catty #210 | Sale-A-Bration

Hello 2019!!!  After several years of using the same graphics, CASEing the Catty has had an update!!!  I love the new graphics – so bright & fresh!  Thanks to the crew members who contributed to the redesign!

A new year also bring us new CASEing the Catty crew members!!!  Welcome to the talented ladies who are joining us – Tina Gillespie, Lauren Meiklejohn, Michelle Strazds, Siobhan Fitzsimmons & Shannon Kissane.  All of these crafters have been regular contributors to CTC in 2018 and have been asked to join the design team.  Is joining a design team on your goals for 2019?  Make sure to participate in your favourite challenges on a regular basis as you never know when the design teams are on the lookout for more members!

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We’re starting CTC for 2019 with a Sale-A-Bration hop.  There’s 19 pages of fabulous showing not only the great free products on offer until the end of March, but also Occasions & Annual Catalogue products they coordinate with.

I’ve chosen to case the layout & colours from the bag on page 6 and turn it into a card.

 

This layout is very versatile – an embossed background, central element and overlayed sentiment.  You could make it work for pretty much any set in the catalogue.

Needlepoint Nook CTC#210 | kelly kent

I’ve used the Needle & Thread bundle – primarily inspired by the sensational embossing die in the Needlepoint Elements Framelits.  I could use this on every card I make – it’s so pretty!

Needlepoint Nook CTC#210 | kelly kent

The detail in the stamps are amazing – just like they’ve been stitched!  I’ve used Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake to match the inspiration picture.

The ‘friend’ word is from a fabulous new bundle called Well Said.  It contains 51 cling stamps in the stamp set with various greetings and 24 dies containing staple words for papercrafting.  It’s an investment – but worth it with all the use you’ll get from this set.

Needlepoint Nook CTC#210 | kelly kent

It’s great to be back creating for challenges.  They are always such a source of inspiration for me.  I’m most inspired with a purpose and some direction – I suffer from severe lack of motivation without a specific card or task in mind!

To join in with this week’s CASEing the Catty challenge, click on the link below to visit our Facebook group.

There’s more fabulous inspiration on the hop.  Next stop is one of our talented new crew members – Michelle Strazds.

Thanks for joining us!


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Kelly’s Top 3 – Occasions 2019

January is always such an exciting time of the year on the Stampin’ Up! calendar as it marks the start of a new catalogue – Occasions 2019 – and combines with Sale-A-Bration!

Click here to download the new Occasions catalogue.  Message me if you live in Australia and would like a copy posted.

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Click here to download the new Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

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As always, Stampin’ Up! have designed a sensational range of new products.  It was so hard to choose just 3, but here are my top 3 choices for your first order..

  1. Rectangle Stitched Framelits – I cannot love these enough.  They come in 13 different sizes, perfect for lots of different uses and layering options.  Click here to order.
  2. Piece of Cake bundle – with stamp set and Cake Builder Punch.  It was love at first sight for this bundle when I saw Lou Kitzelman showcase it at OnStage in November.  Visit her blog here for lots more samplesClick here to order.
  3. Needlepoint Nook – one of my favourite DSP options from this catalogue.  Another great presentation at OnStage by Liz Gross (see her blog here).  Did you know the DSP was created in stages.  First the concept art team designed the embroidery patterns, then they had them embroidered by a needlework expert, then they photographed them to be the amazing images we see on each sheet of DSP!  Click here to order.

Here’s a quick card I made to show you my favourites in action!

Piece of Cake & Needlework Nook | kelly kent

Colouring the flowers on the cake was easy – I just selected the colours in the DSP!

Piece of Cake & Needlework Nook | kelly kent

I’m pretty sure you’re going to see those rectangles on every card I make this month!!!


Every order during Sale-A-Bration (3rd Jan – 31st March) earns your choice of reward from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.  There’s two levels of gift – spend $90 to choose a level 1 reward or $180 to choose a level 2 reward (or 2 level 1 rewards if you prefer).

Got a big shopping list?  Every order of $400+ earns a bonus $40 of Stampin’ Rewards.  Shop by yourself, or collect orders with family & friends.  Click here to shop.

Local to Bunbury?  I can come to you and run a specially designed Sale-A-Bration workshop and help you and your friends earn rewards.

And finally, the last piece of amazing Sale-A-Bration news is the fantastic Starter Kit offer.  $169 gets you $315 of your choice of products, free shipping and a 20% discount to purchase more of your favourites.

There’s also the option to upgrade your Starter Kit to include the Craft & Carry Tote.  This exclusive tote is only available to new demonstrators. The upgrade is $210 and includes the above items from the $169 kit plus the tote.

Click here to purchase your Starter Kit and join our awesome Paper Adventures team.

Please let me know via Facebook or email if you have any questions or if you need help with an order.

My online shop is available 24-7.  Click here to browse.

I’m excited to have lots to share with you this Sale-A-Bration.  If there’s anything you’d like to see in action, please let me know!!


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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Halloween

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Hello & welcome to our team hop – October edition.

The theme this month is the Toil & Trouble suite & Halloween.  We’ve invited the immensely talented Tanya Boser to share her spooky project as our October guest designer.

Halloween isn’t as popular in Australia as other parts of the world.  We don’t give cards or treats out unless it’s trick or treating on the afternoon of 31st – and trick or treating isn’t a tradition for many households.

One of our team, Mandy (you’ll visit her blog on this hop) is running a craft session for kids so they can have some Halloween fun with just the treats! – what a great idea!

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Despite not celebrating Halloween here at Papercraft HQ, I often buy lots of items from the Halloween section of the Holiday Catalogue because they make great non-Halloween cards – particularly boys & kids themed cards.

So, today I’m sharing with you two cards I made using the super cute Toil & Trouble DSP, finished off with a birthday sentiment.

Toil & Trouble Birthday | kelly kent

The first card is a bat / batman theme using the Spooky Bats Punch (Holiday Catalogue, page 51).  I couldn’t resist the bat punch thinking ahead to making Batman themed birthday cards!

Toil & Trouble Birthday | kelly kent

The second card uses another pattern from the Toil & Trouble DSP featuring spooky cats.  I added this with the cat punch to create another birthday card.

Toil & Trouble Birthday | kelly kent

The Happy Birthday in both of these cards is one of my favourites – you’ll find it in the Perennial Birthday stamp set.

There’s other great patterns in this DSP including frogs, ghosts, witches & plain patterns such as stars, stripes & spots.  So next time you’re ordering DSP, make sure to see beyond the marketed use and imagine what else those patterns could make you!

For more spooky inspiration, please keep hopping and visit our fabulous guest designer – Tanya Boser.

Thanks for joining us!

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Colour INKspiration #42

Sneaking in time at the craft table has been a little challenging when trying to fit in with a newborn schedule!

I made it work though so I could play along with the gorgeous colours for Colour INKspiration this week.

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With copper shimmer paint already on the table, and a tight time schedule, I chose to build upon the theme I used for Gayle’s bronze elite congratulations card.  You can see that card by clicking here.

Here is my challenge card….

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

I kept the Subtle embossing folder background and leaf edging and added in a Basic Black (sprayed with copper shimmer paint) happy birthday sentiment.  The leaves I used as an embellishment were cut using a new punch available in the Holiday Catalogue (Sprig Punch) – you can never have too many options for decorative leaves!

If you have crafty time this weekend, add your own copper, mint, white & black creation to the Colour INKspiration challenge page.  Entries close on Monday 8th October.


When I’m time poor, I find the best way to create ‘in bulk’ is to make the same design in a few different colours.  This was also a great way to try out more of the shimmer paints.

Shimmer Paint Combinations | kelly kent

Highland Heather with Champagne Mist shimmer paint…

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Berry Burst with Frost White shimmer paint…

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

Do you have a favourite?  Or a suggestion for another colour combination you’d try?Happy Birthday | kelly kent

What are your tips for efficient card making?  Leave me a comment to help me get the most out of my short visits to the craft space!


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Country Home Birthdays

While the Country Home stamp set was on my table last week for the Paper Adventures Team hop, it jumped out to me as the perfect set to use for the September team birthday cards.  See the card I made for the team hop by clicking here.

Country Home Birthday | kelly kent

For this card, I used the opposite combination – the jug & other set of flowers.  I love that these pieces have been designed as builder pieces, so you can play around with the combinations.  I’ve set it on a ‘coloured’ doily – but used the reverse side which is white!

Country Home Birthday | kelly kent

The absolutely stunning DSP you spy is my Holiday Catalogue favourite – Frosted Floral Specialty.  Every side of this DSP has a shimmer finish for a elegant touch to any card.  The DSP is a lighter weight than usual – making it perfect for delicate projects such as origami and techniques such as ripping.

Country Home Birthday | kelly kent

Another one of my favourite products from the Holiday Catalogue – that might be flying under the radar a little is the Braided Linen Trim.  It’s quite like the Copper Trim in composition which means you can use it as it comes off the roll, or you can stretch it out for a different look.  I love it!!!  Click here to see it in the online store.


Happy birthday to my September teamies!  Hope your birthdays were amazing.

To find out more about joining Stampin’ Up! and our Paper Adventures team, click here.  We’d love to have more paper & ink enthusiasts enjoy the journey with us.  For personal buying or building a business, our team is a wonderful place to enjoy the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Ready to join?  Click here to choose your Starter Kit.

Have any questions?  Please email me or send me a message on Facebook.


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Stamp Review Crew | Varied Vases

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for the second Stamp Review Crew hop of August.  This group of talented demonstrators hops on the first and third Monday of each month (and squeeze a bonus hop in if there’s five Mondays in a month!).

Today the design team are creating fabulous projects using the Varied Vases stamp set and coordinating Vases Builder punch.

This stamp set & punch were designed by Mary Fish as part of her million dollar sales journey.  You can read more about it on Mary’s blog.

This stamp set and punch are just the sweetest and make the most adorable cards!!!

I’ve combined Mint Macaron and Wood Textures DSP to create this card to share with you.

Stamp Review Crew - Varied Vases | kelly kent

I’m so excited to have these doilies back in the catalogue!  They come in a pack with one side coloured with Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Grapefruit Grove or Old Olive – and the other side is white.  I’ve used the white side for this card.  They are such a pretty doily design!!!  Page 192 of your catalogue if you’ve missed their return and want to have a look!

Don’t they make a stunning background for the gorgeous simplicity of the vase & flower!

Stamp Review Crew - Varied Vases | kelly kent

This stamp set gives you 34 pieces of vaes, flowers and sentiments – perfect for creating a range of different designs.  I love that it includes a birthday sentiment (pretty font!) and two step flower options so you don’t have to colour.


I’m sharing a second card today that doesn’t use the Varied Vases stamp set, but does use the Vases Builder Punch.  One of my long-term papercraft loves is punch art and finding fun ways to use punch shapes.  Builder punches often lend themselves to some creative designs.

By turning Mary Fish’s signature tulip upside down, I’ve made a fun Pac-Man card!

Vases Builder Punch - Pac-Man | kelly kent

A bit of a blast from the past – perfect for all those older generation birthdays!

Vases Builder Punch - Pac-Man | kelly kent

Pac-Man is a 1/2″ circle and the little dots are from the Elephant Builder Punch (with hand drawn black dots).

The Varied Vases font wasn’t quite right for this retro card, so I’ve pulled out the happy birthday from Lemon Zest.  Stamp Review Crew showcased Lemon Zest last month – did you see it?  Visit my blog post here.

To see more Varied Vases creations, keep hopping with Nikki Spencer.  I love her style and can’t wait to see what she’s created!

Thanks for joining us!


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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Baby & Kids

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Hello & thanks for joining us for the August Paper Adventures team hop.

The theme tonight is Babies & Kids and our fabulous guest designer is Rochelle Blok.

Babies and kids seemed like an obvious theme for a hop this year with so many of our team having babies & children, nieces & nephews or being amazing grandparents.

I often own most of this section of the catalogue and always love seeing the new sets available with each launch.  One of the fun new additions to the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue is the Treehouse Adventures stamp set.

You have all the piece you need in this set to create a super cute treehouse -in whatever colours you like.  The builder stamps are designed to ink up in separate colours, making it easy to put your treehouse together.

Treehouse Adventures | kelly kent

I’ve mounted my treehouse on one of my favourite fancy fold designs – a Pop Up Slider card.

The middle panel slides up…

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And down again…

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So it goes flat into an envelope for giving or posting, but is still super fun for the recipient.  It’s always great to add an element of fun into kids cards!

Treehouse Adventures | kelly kent

The colours for my treehouse are Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie & Real Red with Early Espresso accents.

The tree is Old Olive & Pear Pizzazz with a Crumb Cake trunk.

The DSP is from the Share What You Love suite – sometimes the reverse side of DSP designs are just perfect for something different from the usual suite.

Treehouse Adventures | kelly kent

I just love making this style of card – and they really aren’t as hard as they look!  It’s all about the sizing, which you can find on my blog – click here to visit.

Treehouse Adventures | kelly kent

It’s a small but quality Paper Adventures hop today.  Those babies & kids are keeping the team busy!!!

I know you’re going to love what our guest designer – the oh-so-talented Rochelle Blok – has created  Click on the next button below to visit.

Thanks for joining us!

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Just Add Ink #418 | Colour Challenge

There’s a 5 year old in our house this week!!!  The Littlest Miss Papercraft turned 5 yesterday – so it’s been birthday central at our house with cake, parties and presents.

Miss Papercraft’s 5th birthday extravaganza didn’t have a specific theme, but unofficially we ended up in the direction of unicorns & princesses.

The Just Add Ink colour challenge was perfect for me this week – a beautiful, soft colour palette that was an amazing unicorn combination!

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Because it’s a unicorn, and unicorns are magical, I’ve added lots (and lots) of gold to make this combination extra special.  You can add any neutrals (black, white, vanilla, kraft) or metallics to complement the Just Add Ink challenge colours.

Petal Palette Unicorn | kelly kent

The crown of flowers was made using the Petal Palette stamp set.  I’ve stamped it twice in Versamark on Shimmery White cardstock, embossed in gold & cut it out using the framelit.  The flowers are then coloured with an Aqua Painter in Daffodil Delight & Blushing Bride, and the leaves with Soft Sea Foam.

Petal Palette Unicorn | kelly kent

The unicorn touches (horn & eyes) are from a non-Stampin’ Up! set (Pinkfresh Studio – Magical Unicorn).  I recently added them to my stash so I could mix them in with my Stampin’ Up! supplies and make gorgeous unicorn creations.  As much as it would be amazing for Stampin’ Up! to have everything in their catalogue that each of their loyal stampers wanted, it’s just not possible!

The beautiful sparkle you see on the background of the card is the new & improved Gold Glimmer.  It sheds less and has a smoother background, which makes it easier to die cut & stick to projects.  There’s 4 colours – gold, silver, rose & sparkle.

Petal Palette Unicorn | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Fairy Celebration stamp set.  I love how it rolls across the bottom of the card!

The finishing touch is coloured pearls.  The pink is from the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls and the gold is from the Metallic Pearls.  I love having so many beautiful pearl options in the new catalogue.  I use this style of embellishment most often to add a bit of ‘wow’ to my cards.

The other ‘wow’ is extra layers of cardstock on the inside of the card and stamping in the corners.

Petal Palette Unicorn | kelly kent

The stars from the Twinkle Twinkle stamp set were just perfect for the theme.

Look at all that sparkle!!!

Petal Palette Unicorn | kelly kent


Thanks for visiting my blog!

To see what the design team have created with this sweet colour palette and to add your own sweet card, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

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