Just Add Ink #502 | Sketch

It’s sketch week at Just Add Ink.  This little beauty was designed by Tina and I know you’re going to find lots of creative ways to use it.

Image may contain: text

I needed to make a card for a special little guy who’s turning 4.  Thank goodness the post is still running so I can send him some birthday love.

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

I love card with layers but I’m not always so good with putting them together.  Sketches give some really great suggestions about where to layer!

For this card I’ve used a strip of the Dinoroar DSP on the card based and then added a mat layer (Pretty Peacock & Whisper White).  The Whisper White is embossed using the Stone Embossing Folder (Sale-A-Bration 2020, it’s no longer available but I love it for this theme!).

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

On top of that I added a vellum circle, Pumpkin Pie cardstock strip, Old Olive grass strip (this isn’t Stampin’ Up! – it’s a stand alone Sizzix die I’ve had for years) and a dinosaur cut from Dinoroar DSP using the Dino Dies.  I am having so much fun at the moment using the perfectly coloured images from DSP on cards.

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

The final touch is a “Happy Birthday” sentiment on the front from the Label Me Bold stamp set.

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

I carried through the theme to the inside adding a number 4 for the birthday boy in Noble Peacock Foil, some stamped dino prints from the Dino Days stamp set and a smaller version of the elements from the front of the card.  I do like matchy-matchy!

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

This suite is one of many in the catalogue where the dies cut out the DSP.  The added versatility for both the dies and the DSP is wonderful!


To see all the cards from the design team using the sketch and add your project to our gallery, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

Have a great weekend!

Stamp Review Crew | Bonanza Buddies

It’s the third Monday of the month, and I’m happy to be hopping with my blogging friends from around the world as part of the Stamp Review Crew.

The featured stamp set today is Bonanza Buddies – from the Stampin’ Up! Jan-June Mini Catalogue, together with the Bonanza Dies.  See the list of participating crew members on the main Stamp Review Crew post here.

This set was love at first catalogue sighting for me.  I’m excited to see all the creative ways the crew are using it.

I had a few ideas for this hop, but when I saw Julie Davison post the measurements and tutorial for a Double Wonder card set, I knew this suite would be perfect for that project.  You can see Julie’s post by clicking here.

The Double Wonder tutorial gives you 10 cards (and one bonus card, so 11 really) from 1 sheet of 12″x12″ DSP.  Julie suggests using two 6″ x 12″ sheets and then mixing & matching the patterns.

I used these four patterns from the Birthday Bonanza DSP

These are my cards

Bonanza Buddies Double Wonder | kelly kent

The best part about using this DSP, stamp set and dies for a set of cards was the fun colours I got work with and the super cute animal theme.  The coordinating colours I’ve used are Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay in cardstock, ink & Stampin’ Blends.

Between all the different designs, I used almost all of the stamps from the Birthday Bonanza set including the sentiments.  I also used the Stitched So Sweetly Dies and Classic Label Punch.

Here are some more photos of the cards –

Bonanza Buddies | kelly kent

Bonanza Buddies | kelly kent

Bonanza Buddies | kelly kent

Bonanza Buddies | kelly kent

Bonanza Buddies | kelly kent

Bonanza Buddies | kelly kentBonanza Buddies | kelly kent

Bonanza Buddies | kelly kent

This style of cards would work for almost every DSP.  You could keep it simple with just cardstock, sentiments & DSP, or you could step it up like I have to incorporate a whole suite.  Many thanks to Julie for sharing this project.


Next up is my lovely friend Charlet Mallett to see the magic she’s created with this set.

Thanks for hopping with us.

Layout Love

On Monday I posted about our Paper Adventures team retreat – click here to see that post.  I loved all the cards I made (and had major card envy over the ones I didn’t!).  One of the cards that I was lucky enough to make (designed by Mandy Depiazzi of My Paper Trail) had a layout that I just loved.  I’ve been using it over the last month for so many cards.  It has a repeated sentiment, a tag and a fun element that you can interchange depending on the theme.

This is my version of Mandy’s card using the Bonanza Buddies stamp set & Birthday Bonanza DSP.

No photo description available.

And here’s 3 more variations I’ve made –

A soccer theme with For the Win stamp set

No photo description available.

A hippo theme for a special birthday request (hippo from an online colouring page site printed on Whisper White and coloured with Stampin’ Blends)

No photo description available.

And a dinosaur theme using Dino Days stamp set and Dinoroar DSP.

No photo description available.

The tag for all the cards is from the Bonanza Dies.  Mandy used the Starburst Punch in her original card.  You can always count on some great purchase enabling at team retreat days, so guess which punch I added to my very next order?  I can’t believe I’d overlooked it in the Annual Catalogue!

Now is the time to have another look through the current catalogues – the Annual Catalogue & the Jan-June mini catalogue.  These both finish on 2nd June 2020 and once the retirement list is announced later this month, some items will sell out fast. Based on previous catalogues, items to sell out first are the retiring In Colors (especially ink refills).

It’s always best to get in early and make sure your favourites are in your craft room before stock becomes limited or unavailable!  If you’re shopping in Australia, you can place an order via my online store.  Click here to visit.

I’m always happy to answer any questions you have about Stampin’ Up!  Click here to message me via Facebook or click here to message me via email.

Paper Adventures Team Retreat 2020

On an unseasonally wet weekend in March 2020, our Paper Adventures team headed to Perth for our annual Paper Adventures Team Retreat hosted by Siobhan Fitzsimmons of Hightrees House of Cards.  We all reflected that the last team day we had it rained too!!!  Rainy days do make for great crafty days!

Image may contain: 9 people, including Robyn Houston, Sheila Pybus, Narelle Simm, Lisa Whitehead, Siobhan Fitzsimmons and Mandy Depiazzi, people standing, outdoor and nature

I always look forward to getting together with the team.  And a whole day – yee har!  We were lucky that 9 of the team were able to make it on the selected day.  Siobhan put on a lovely venue for us as always and we had a great time.  We even had a whole table of Big Shots – what a sight!

Image may contain: people sitting and table

The format of our retreat days has stayed the same since we started – it’s all about the time stamping with regular opportunities to eat, and lots of chat and plenty of laugher.  We each bring along a make & take project with all materials and kits for the team to recreate the design.  There are usually less kits than people, so you don’t get to make all of the projects but you do come away with a bag full of completed cards with pretty designs, often using stamps you don’t own.

This is the card I made.  I wanted a masculine card using a stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.

Image may contain: text

Stamp sets: For the Win, Lined Alphabet
DSP: Country Club
Colours: Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel, Night of Navy
Embossing Folder: Subtle
Dies: Stitched Shapes

The card needed to be simple enough for the team to put together in 20 mins, but interesting enough to be fun for an avid crafter.  My card had several added elements to take it from simple to simple + including an embossed layer, a little but of fussy cutting, some colouring and heat embossing.

No photo description available.

I also added the option to stamp the envelope for anyone who finished early.

No photo description available.

If you live in Perth or South West WA and would like a supporting & welcoming stamping team to join, then Paper Adventures might be a good fit for you.  We have an active Facebook page, meet regularly and value the friendships as much as the stamping.  Click here for more information on joining Stampin’ Up! or click here to purchase the starter kit and join the fun!

Thanks again to Siobhan for hosting and to the team for making it an amazing day!

Pop Out Purse Card | Dressed to Impress

I’m constantly in awe of all the clever people out there and am proud to call many of them my friends.  When I saw this tutorial by Lou Kitzelman for the Best Dressed bag inside card, I knew I wanted to make one!  Now that the birthday girl has her card and present (delivery was slightly delayed pandemic but delivered today thanks to the kindness of a lovely friend), I can share my version of Lou’s design with you.

This is the front of the card – stamped using the Beautiful Friendship stamp set.  This matches the floral images in the Best Dressed DSP so nicely.

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Lovely Lipstick base and Blushing Bride for the matted layers.  The stamping is Highland Heather, Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron and Old Olive.

Undo the ribbon, open it up and see the pretty paper!

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

The Best Dressed DSP is one of my all time favourites. I actually didn’t order it at first because I don’t love all the beauty themed patterns.  But the reverse side with the florals is just breathtaking!

Unfold the card one more time to reveal the bag in the middle!

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

How awesome is that???  Such a clever use for the bag from the All Dressed Up Dies.  The bag is embossed with the Tufted 3D Embossing Folder.

I added pink perfume from the Dressed to Impress stamp set to the sentiment panel and the ‘happy birthday’ stamp from the Birthday Bonanza stamp set.

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

The bag on the middle panel is perfect for an extra birthday gift (like the chocolates I put in this one), a note or a gift card.

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

And then it all folds up again so compact.  Although thicker than a normal card, it still fits in a normal size envelope (snugly but it fits!).

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

The design for this card is truly awesome.  To see Lou’s original version of the card and for more information about the tutorial, please click here.

Thanks to Lou for the inspiration.

Happy birthday to Caris!  And thank you to the birthday courier!

Just Add Ink #496 | Photo Inspiration

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

Image may contain: possible text that says 'Join the hallenge! Just Add Ink Just Add Ink #496'

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 …

Music From The Heart | kelly kent

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!

Image may contain: text

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!

Image may contain: text

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.

Image may contain: one or more people, possible text that says 'Next'

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.