Just Add Ink #496 | Photo Inspiration

This week for Just Add Ink the inspiration comes from a photo chosen by Lou Kitzelman.

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In a late night crafting session amongst a busy week, I had some peaceful crafty therapy making this music themed birthday card.

Here’s a late night pic of my card …

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Stamp set: Music From the Heart

Dies: Stitched Shapes

Cardstock: Whisper White, Terracotta Tile

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Blushing Bride

Stampin’ Blends: Light & Dark Calypso Coral


If you have time to join our challenge, please stop by the Just Add Ink blog to share your project to our gallery. Click here for the direct link.

Here’s to a weekend filled with music & craft!

Paper Adventures Team Birthdays

Spoiler alert team – if you don’t want to see what your birthday card for 2020 might look like, look away now!

I love celebrating birthdays!  They are the most common reason I make cards and for this reason, I look for stamp sets and other products that will help me create something special for someone’s special day!

When I saw that the Ladybug Dies – one of the coordinating product releases available this month – had a swirly stitched die that looked exactly like a paper aeroplane trail, I was excited!!!  My Stampin’ Up! team are called the Paper Adventures and our team motif is a paper aeroplane.

153588 Ladybug Dies $50 – Available until 31st March 2020

I’ve been very kindly gifted a fabulous Lawn Fawn paper aeroplane stamp set by a team member and use this for team cards, tags, stationary and wrapping.  This year, the team birthday cards will feature the aeroplane & swirly trail – it’s a great match!

Here’s the first one of the year…

Ladybug Dies | kelly kent

That lusciously pretty paper you see is another coordinating release – Pleased As Punch DSP.  It features 3 sheets of 4 designs and the main side coordinates with 4 different punches (Tulip Builder, Umbrella Builder, Heart Punch Pack & Small Bloom (SAB)).  The reverse side – which is what I’ve used here – is another 4 great patterns.

Ladybug Dies | kelly kent

The happy birthday sentiment is from the Little Ladybug stamp set – which is free with every $500+ order until 31st March 2020 as part of the Sale-A-Bration fiesta!

As much as I love the amazing quality of Stampin’ Up! envelopes, sometimes I change things up a little and skip on the envelope, using a cute paper bag instead.  This card is going to my birthday celebrating teamie in a Copper Dotted Treat Bag!

Ladybug Dies | kelly kent

The card plus a small gift (which I can’t show you because that really would spoil the surprise for the whole team!) fits beautifully in the bag.

I won’t give anything away, but I will share that my gifts are always personalised and always a good addition to crafting life.  Last year it was decorated notebooks everyone’s crafty ideas and notes.

Want a cute and personalised gift from me on your birthday?  Join my Stampin’ Up! team and let me spoil you.  Join now and you’ll get an early birthday present in your Starter Kit with a free stamp set, free DSP pack and free mini trimmer.  The Starter Kit is $169.  You’ll get to choose $235 of products (totally your choice, anything available on the website can be added including Clearance Rack items and special promotions such as the Coordinating Product Release). There’s no pressure to purchase anything once you’ve purchased a Starter Kit, but anything you buy while you’re an active demonstrator will be at a 20% discount and anything you sell to family/friends/customers will earn you 20% commission.

This offer is available to any Australian resident over 18 years of age who is not already joined with another craft company.  Click here to take advantage of this amazing offer.

My team loves being part of our Stampin’ Up! family and I know you will too!

Stamp Review Crew | Sale-A-Bration

It’s always a pleasure to be hopping with my stamping friends from around the world.  Today we’re all sharing projects we’ve made with Sale-A-Bration catalogue items.

Sale-A-Bration is the most wonderful time of year – who doesn’t love free stuff for working their way through their Stampin’ Up! wishlist.  You can see all the Sale-A-Bration items for 2020 by clicking here.

The Sale-A-Bration stamp set I have most fallen in love with this year was a big surprise for me.  I instantly loved the meerkat set (The Gang’s All Meer) but it has actually been the Happy Birthday to You stamp set that has been my fave!

The cake is just stunning, the sentiments gorgeous and the flowers can be cut separately – which adds so many more options for this set.

Happy Birthday to you SAB 2020 | kelly kent

I created these three cards using my favourite technique with this set – white embossing and watercolouring.  The cakes just pop!

Happy Birthday to you SAB 2020 | kelly kent

I’ve matched the colours for each card with the colours in the Best Dressed DSP for three different variations.

Happy Birthday to you SAB 2020 | kelly kentThe scalloped rectangle for the background layer is from a new die set called Stitched So Sweetly.  You can never have too many stitched dies!

Happy Birthday to you SAB 2020 | kelly kent

Before you start thinking that I’ve got this fussy cutting down to a fine art, I’ll share with you that Stampin’ Up! released a range of coordinating products to match some of the Sale-A-Bration & Mini catalogue items.  So, if you love the Happy Birthday to You stamp set and plan to choose it as your Sale-A-Bration free product, make sure to add the coordinating Birthday Dies to your order ($47 – 153590).

Happy Birthday to you SAB 2020 | kelly kent

To see all the coordinating products in the 2020 release, click here.  There’s 5 die sets and a DSP that matches some of the punches!!!


Thanks for hopping with me in Australia.  Next up is Lou Kitzelman over on the other coast of Australia who has been creating some amazing designs this summer!

Stay tuned for more Sale-A-Bration releases in March. There will be 3 new stamp set to redeem and 2 specialty papers.  Available 2nd – 31st March 2020.

To see the full list of participants for this hop, visit the Stamp Review Crew blog.  Have a great week!

Just Add Ink #492 | Sketch

Little Miss Papercraft (the biggest one) turned 9 today – squeee!!!  Sometimes I can’t believe I have a 9 year old, and sometimes it feels like I’ve been doing the groundhog parenting thing for 90 years!

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This gorgeous sketch by Jackie for Just Add Ink was the perfect inspiration for a birthday poster to go on Miss 9’s new felt noticeboard.

Tumble On | kelly kent

With my Cameo, I cut a large number 9 for the centrepiece (it’s 6″ tall and 3-1/2″ wide) from Pool Party cardstock.  I then embossed this using the Mosaic Embossing Folder.  I’ve flipped the sketch, making the 9 the oval in the middle and adding a perfectly balanced gymnast on the beam as the extra elements.

The gymnast and beam are colouring using Stampin’ Blends.  The bullet end gives such precision for colouring small images, with the light and dark option in each colour set enabling blending – even for a novice colourer like me!

Tumble On | kelly kent

The stamp set for this project is Tumble On by Waffle Flower.  When a friend shared the pre-release with me last year, I couldn’t resist adding it to my collection in our gymnastics mad household.  We joke at home that Miss 9’s inner monologue is “ooo, that’s a good place to do a cartwheel” (PS, apparently there is no bad place to do a cartwheel and anywhere goes including the back of a truck, the footpath and the side of the swimming pool!).


One gymnast didn’t seem like enough for our tumbling addict, so I made her birthday card with this set too, trying out a technique that’s been on my to do list for ages – a floating frame card.

Tumble On | kelly kent

Jennifer McGuire has a fantastic video for this technique (click here to visit).  You need GLAD Press & Seal (which is easy to get on the east coast of Australia at Costco, and in other parts of the world, but not readily available here in WA).  Lucky me – I was very kindly gifted some last year.

Tumble On | kelly kent

I stamped, coloured and die cut all the variations of the gymnast and laid them out on my base layer before holding in place with the Press & Seal.  I then cut a Stitched Rectangle in the middle, creating a frame of gymnasts around the outside edge of my card.  I popped them up with Mini Dimensionals, stuck them to the base layer and then ever so carefully peeled off the Press & Seal.

Tumble On | kelly kent

The card was finished by adding a Pool Party frame (made using two sizes of the Stitched Rectangle Dies), another gymnast in the middle, a white embossed sentiment and adhering it all to a Crumb Cake base.

And of course, there’s always room for just one more gymnast!

Tumble On | kelly kent

Happy Birthday to Miss 9 – may there be plenty of birthday cartwheels!

Tumble On | kelly kent


If this sketch inspires your creativity (and how could it not?), share your project with us on the Just Add Ink blog.  You’ll also find all the design team creations – I love seeing how everyone starts with the sketch but makes it their own!

We love seeing what you make!!  Thanks for being part of Just Add Ink with us!

Just Add Ink #488 | Celebrate

The Just Add Ink Design Team start every new year with a whole team blog hop.  This year we’re celebrating extra hard – 10 years and 1000 followers.  What a great achievement!  Congrats to past & present Just Add Ink contributors – to my wonderful design team colleagues and especially to the wonderful crafters to join in our challenges every week.  We appreciate you being part of the JAI magic!

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The theme for the challenge is “Celebrate”.  I’ve made an interactive birthday card using a present Santa slipped into my Christmas stocking.

Birthday Bonanza Reveal Wheel card | kelly kent

The Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel die set cuts all the pieces needed (in the right proportions) to make a spinner card that reveals 4 different sentiments when you spin it around.  I’ve used the coordinating Lawn Fawn stamp set for perfectly sized sentiments.

The rest of my supplies are Stampin’ Up! – featuring a Birthday Bonanza theme.  This is my favourite suite from the 2020 Mini Catalogue.

Using an oval shaped makeup brush with a handle, I applied Granny Apple Green ink to the top half of my cardstock and Garden Green to the bottom.  I then flicked the whole piece with an Aqua Painter filled with water to add some texture.  I am currently obsessed with this style of ink background!

Birthday Bonanza Reveal Wheel card | kelly kent

I then cut with the die and added a koala and lion cut from the Birthday Bonanza DSP.  While I don’t mind fussy cutting (and you certainly could), these little cuties are cut with the Bonanza Dies.  They cut the coordinating stamp from the Bonanza Buddies stamp set – but they also cut quite a few of the DSP images.

Birthday Bonanza Reveal Wheel card | kelly kent

I love not having to worry about the colouring!  This die set also has the super cute bunting you see.  There’s also an awesome tag die that I haven’t used in this card.  I had planned to use the toucan DSP die cut on the card too, but it ended up being too busy, so I popped him in the middle.

Birthday Bonanza Reveal Wheel card | kelly kent


Next stop on our DT hop is my gorgeous bestie Lou Kitzelman who has made the sweetest garden card.

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Please join the challenge on the Just Add Ink blog and share any project you’ve made with a celebration theme.  We just love seeing what you’re making!  Just Add Ink welcomes any brand of supplies, any style and from any online platform.  Don’t have a blog, Facebook page, Instagram or Pinterest where you share your projects?  Email it to the Just Add Ink admin team and they’ll upload it for you!

As part of our milestone celebrations the design team are offering prizes. Our Top Pick & Honourable Mentions will receive a special gift.  We’ll be choosing some other entries to receive a little something also – to be eligible all you have to do is leave a comment on each of the blogs along the hop – 14 stops in total. Prizes include stamp sets, card kits, embossing folders, ribbons, rhinestones, handmade cards/tags….

PLEASE NOTE: Prizes are only eligible to South Pacific (Australia & New Zealand) entries – sorry to those of you from all around the world, postage prices are very steep these days. However, Top Pick & Honourable Mentions will receive their prize regardless of which country they live in.

To make sure you don’t miss any of the Just Add Ink projects I post throughout 2020, be sure to subscribe to my blog, or the Just Add Ink blog.

Colour INKspiration | Celebrating 3 years

I’m back hopping with the Colour INKspiration Crew today as a guest designer for their 3rd birthday celebrations.  Thanks to Bronwyn Eastley for inviting me to join the celebrations.

We each got to choose our 3 favourite colours and make anything we wanted!  Narrowing it down to either just 3 colours, or just one favourite combination is virtually impossible for crafters.  My favourite colours depend on my mood, or the card I’m making or my current favourite DSP!  I’m sure you can relate!

I’ve gone with a trio of colours that I love for lots of different occasions – it works for a neutral baby card, for a classic wedding card, for a card of friendship, for males, for females – for everyone!!!  It’s black, yellow and gray (with the option to throw in white as a classic neutral).

Colour INKspiration 3rd birthday blog hop | kelly kent

I could make cards all day with these colours, so I’m sharing 2 cards with you today.  The first is a technique I’ve been wanting to try for a while using Stampin’ Blends and a new stamp set – Dressed to Impress.

I created the floral background by stamping the flowers randomly on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I then coloured the negative (ie, between the flowers) using the Basic Black Dark Stampin’ Blend to create a solid black background and coloured the flowers with the light & dark Mango Medley Blends (as close as we have to Crushed Curry).  Stampin’ Blends glide so beautifully over the cardstock and blend (as the name suggests) to create a seamless image.

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

This card is on a Smoky Slate base with a Crushed Curry label, Whisper White die cut and a white on black embossed sentiment.

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

Stamp sets: Dressed to Impress, Well Said

Dies: Stitched Nested Labels, Well Written

Stampin’ Blends: Dark Basic Black, Light & Dark Mango Medley

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Veramark

Embossing Powder: White

Colours: Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White


The second card is a favourite layout I’ve used before using a heart frame and flowers to create a floral centrepiece.  Today’s card uses frangipani flowers from the new Timeless Tropical stamp set.

Timeless Tropical | kelly kent

This card is much brighter and sunnier, using white space and lots of yellow to lighten the mood.

Timeless Tropical | kelly kent

Stamp sets: Timeless Tropical, Well Said

Dies: Stitched Be Mine, In The Tropics

DSP: Regals 6″ x 6″

Stampin’ Blends: Light Mango Medley

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Colours: Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White


To see more great colour combinations, keep hopping and visit the very talented Vicki Boucher who has a colour combination that I’m excited to see in action!

All the colours on the hop are fabulous ideas and sure to spark lots of creativity.  I know I’m going to be back visiting the hop when I need some colour ideas.

You can join the challenge over at the Colour INKspiration Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Thanks again to the Crew for inviting me back!

Just Add Ink #487 | Sketch

Whoops!  Did you get a blank email from me today where this post should have been?  I started it earlier in the week and had grand plans to finish it – but it’s been one of those weeks with unexpected stuff happening left right & centre and I didn’t get back to it in time before it published.

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So, my Just Add Ink card isn’t in fact invisible for this fab sketch challenge created for us this week by Jackie Aitken.  It looks like this…

Butterflies | kelly kent

The butterflies are cut down from the Butterfly Beauty Dies in Whisper White cardstock.  I’ve layered two different Pretty Peacock DSP designs from the Woven Threads pack with more Whisper White in between the layers and then on to a Whisper White Thick mat.  The placement of the butterflies over the mandalas on the DSP was completely by accident – but I always love a happy accident (in life and cardmaking!).

Butterflies | kelly kent

The sentiment is in Night of Navy, stamped from the Welcome to the Team stamp set – one of my favourites in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  In fact, all products used for this card are from the Annual Catalogue, because although we tend to move our focus forward with each new catalogue release, there are still plenty of wonderful products available for the full year of the catalogue cycle (June 2019 – June 2020).

Butterflies | kelly kent

We’ve love for you to join the final challenge of 2019 and share what you’ve created based on our sketch.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog where you can add your project to the gallery and see the other design team creations.

Thank you for all the comments, visits and love for my Just Add Ink design team cards in 2019.  When I cut back on my blogging commitments, Just Add Ink was one of the few regular commitments I kept.  I love the variety and quality of the challenges and I look forward to more opportunities in 2020 to create pretty cards and share them with you.

Just Add Ink #485 | One Layer

The best challenges are the ones that really challenge us – and although one of the simplest, the ‘back to basics’ of our Just Add One Layer challenge this week for Just Add Ink will certainly make you look at your supplies in a totally different way!

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My favourite way to add dimension when I am working with only a card base is to using masking.  This creates definition and the appearance of layers even though there’s not!

For the Win | kelly kent

To create this fun card perfect for a sports mad birthday buddy or difficult to craft for teen, I first cut a circle out of copy paper and used repositionable tape to hold it in place on the card front.

Then, using the ball stamps in Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Blueberry Bushel and Memento ink, I stamped the images all over the card base.

For the Win | kelly kent

Before I removed the copy paper circle, I drew around the edge with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker and then carefully removed the copy paper circle, leaving me with a white space to stamp my sentiment in Garden Green.

For the Win | kelly kent

And there we have it, a quick & easy card for the sports fan celebrating a birthday.

Love the stamp set and need this in your collection?  It’s called For the Win and is in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  There’s also a golf stamp which will coordinate perfectly with the new golf suite being released in the 2020 Jan – June catalogue.

For the Win | kelly kent

Think you can avoid the temptation of adding layers and want to try out one layer challenge, we’d love to see your creations in our gallery.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog where you can share your card and see the other one layer creations from the design team.

Have a great weekend,

Paper Adventures Team Hop | OnStage

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Our Paper Adventures team is sneaking in a blog hop tonight – just in time before we miss November.

It’s been a busy month for us all with the usual family and stamping activities – but we also added in a trip to Perth for OnStage.  11 of my direct team, my upline, my sideline and 2 Paper Adventures adoptees joined in the fun for a day of friendship and new product releases.

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We got to see what’s coming up in the 2020 January – June catalogue (formally known as the Occasions catalogue) and take home some new treats to try.

Tonight we’re sharing the first plays with our new stamps, punches, dies and other soon to be released pretties.  Thank you to Shannon Kissane who joins us as our guest designer.  Shannon is  Perth girl, so it was awesome to see her again at OnStage.


Part of my OnStage experience for the last few years has been attending the CentreStage leadership event on the Friday night prior to the event. This is the small but very talented group in Perth.

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We get the chance to network with other leaders, have a yummy dinner and we often get an extra special little gift. This year we got a gorgeous business card holder in the poppy theme of the event and a new stamp set called My Meadow.

My Meadow | kelly kent

This sweet set has the same styling as other favourites such as Waterfront and Snow Front using watercolour-esque drawings that can be layered to create pretty scenes.  I just love the gazebo, bridge and wheelbarrow imagery.

I’ve been wanting to try a Double Slider card for a while now and this was such a perfect set to be able to show off the range of stamps across the three panels.  I followed a great youtube tutorial by Teri Pocock – see it here.  Terri has also been kind enough to share a breakdown of the measurements on her blog – visit here.

Here’s a video of my card so you can see how it works. A little like magic, when you pull the bottom, the top slides out too.  It’s all thanks to a clever slider mechanism on the inside of the card which is so simple to make when you have Teri’s tutorial to follow.

Here’s some photos of the card – the dimensions make it a little hard to photograph, so I clipped it to my hallway photo rail.

The card when the slider pieces are on the inside…

My Meadow Double Slider Card | kelly kent

Pull the Burlap Ribbon tab to reveal the secrets inside…

My Meadow Double Slider Card | kelly kent

When fully extended…

My Meadow Double Slider Card | kelly kent

A close up of the top panel featuring the gazebo…

My Meadow Double Slider Card | kelly kent

The middle featuring the wheelbarrow..

My Meadow Double Slider Card | kelly kent

And the bottom panel featuring the trees…

My Meadow Double Slider Card | kelly kent

The colours for this card are a Sahara Sand base, Pool Party contrast and Whisper White mats.  The DSP is from the Subtles DSP collection.

My Meadow Double Slider Card | kelly kent

The My Meadow stamp set is sentiment free, so you can match it with your favourite words.  I’ve chosen sentiments from a set that I was able to pre-earn from the upcoming Sale-A-Bration promotion.(Jan-March 2020) called Sending You Thoughts.  It ticks all my boxes – I love the font, it has a happy birthday stamp and it’s FREE!!

You’re going to see lots of new catalogue sneak peeks from demonstrators around the world over the next month and a bit until the catalogue goes live.  Every Stampin’ Up! demonstrator has access to order early from Tuesday 3rd Dec 2019.  New catalogue items can be added to a Starter Kit, so if you just can’t wait to get your hands on all the great product you see online, then joining my Paper Adventures team might be for you.  Starter Kits are just $169 and packed full of customisable value.  Click here for more information.


Next up with more OnStage inspired inspiration is our guest designer Shannon Kissane.

Have a great weekend,

Just Add Ink #481 | Photo Inspiration

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

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

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

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

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

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

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

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

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

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

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

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

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

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


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

Have a great weekend,