Just Add Ink #389 | Inspiration

It’s about this time of the year I start getting Snowflake Fatigue!  The timing of this week’s Just Add Ink challenge is perfect!

Everything in this picture says Australian Christmas to me from the colours to the gum leaves!

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You can use any element or theme of the inspiration picture to spur your creativity.  Upload your project to our blog to share with everyone.

You can also see the fabulous Just Add Ink team projects on the blog.

My card is inspired by an Australian Bush Christmas theme….

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

Apart from the sentiment, all the elements are from the non-Christmas product range.  There’s no such thing as ‘just a birthday set’.

The wreath is from Hello Friend, the gumnuts are from Happy Birthday, Gorgeous and the Wood Textures DSP is part of the everyday DSP range.

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

The floral elements from the Christmas set – Merry Mistletoe – even work well for a quick spruce of the inside….

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

I’m sure there isn’t a child who attended Kindy in Australia that doesn’t remember spray painting gumnuts silver or gold to make Christmas decorations!  I wonder if they still do that?

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

I’m not sure if the availability of Pinterest has made Kindy teaching easier or harder?  I take my hat off to all teachers – it’s a rollercoaster of a job!  An hour in a classroom and I’m exhausted!

Thanks for joining me today!  Hopefully your Christmas card creating is going well.  I have much more ambition than time, so there’s a chance I’ll be extending the Christmas spirit through til January.  Or maybe Feb!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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CASEing the Catty #157 | Case a Colour Combination

How’s your Christmas card prep going?

I’d like to say I’m organised, but Christmas is coming at me so fast…!

Thankfully, there’s challenges like CASEing the Catty to keep me inspired with new card designs each week.

This week at CASEing the Catty, we are finding inspiration from a colour combination within the pages of either the Annual Catalogue or Holiday Catalogue.

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Since I’m on a mission to get some Christmas cards created, I chose the colours from the Merry Little Christmas suite – pages 10-13 of the Holiday Catalogue.

I love the contrast of the Black & Old Olive . It’s not quite modern, not quite traditional!!

This is my card using an eclectic mix of some of my favourite Stampin’ Up! products…

CASEing the Catty #157 | kelly kent

I love mixing and matching the items in my collection – it means you’re always sure to get an interesting finish.

CASEing the Catty #157 | kelly kent

Here you can see…

CASEing the Catty #157 | kelly kent

I’m calling this one stylishly modern!

If you need a kick-start on the creative process, perhaps you’d like to choose a colour combination from one of the catalogues and join in our challenge.  You can find us on Facebook.  Click here to join the fun.

Next up on the hop is my gorgeous from in NZ – Sandra Collett.

Thanks for visiting!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Painted Wreath

How’s your Christmas card prep going?

I’d like to say I’m organised, but Christmas is coming at me so fast…!

I have some designs worked out and some time planned to create!  That’s a good start – yes??

Here’s one of my latest cards using the Painted Harvest flower as a wreath.

 

Painted Wreath | kelly kent

I have no idea who to credit the original wreath adaptation to, but what a cool idea!  From sunflower to Christmas wreath!

Painted Wreath | kelly kent

I coloured some pearls with the dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend to make textured berries on my wreath.

The wreath is stamped in Pear Pizzazz for the bottom/fuller layer and Garden Green for the top/smaller layer.

Painted Wreath | kelly kent

I can’t wait to have my cards made and send some happy around the world.

And I’ll be checking my letterbox for happy mail of my own!  The joys of having stamping friends is knowing you’ll blessed with some handmade goodness.

#makeacardsendacard

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Stamping Sunday | Beachy Little Christmas

It’s the fourth Sunday of the month, which is the special day I get to hop with my friends from Stamping Sunday.

You can find the whole line up for today’s theme by clicking on the little blue frog.

This blog hop brings you inspiration from all around the world – which is particularly relevant for this hop.

Given the different seasons that the Christmas period brings, we are either showcasing Beachy Little Christmas or Snowflake Sentiments.

Growing up in Australia, it’s most likely that our Christmas Day is going to be hot.  I’m not actually sure I’ve ever spent a Christmas Day at the beach – but this is a very popular pastime for lots and lots of bronzed Aussies.

So, when I saw the Beachy Little Christmas stamp set in the Holiday Catalogue, I knew it was going to be fun!!!


I love all the parts of this stamp set and used most of them between my two projects today.

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

The first card is inspired by the tree in the stamp set, but I decided to transform the tree base to a string tree.  Perhaps reminiscent of a tree made from old fishing nets???

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

I spent some time fussy cutting the beachy ornaments from the tree to add to my string tree…

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

I love the idea of a non-traditional tree with shells & starfish as decorations!

I couldn’t leave off the saying – it completes the theme, but I didn’t want to clutter the clean & simple design with a sentiment, so I popped it on the inside!

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent


The second card uses the other sentiment in the set with another shell theme…

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

The shells are shimmery in the sunlight (which most of my photos are not for this post – I couldn’t get the lighting quite right!!!)

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

The inside is decorated for this card too!

Stamping Sunday Beachy Little Christmas | kelly kent

The Merry Christmas comes from the Half Full stamp set – it’s my favourite ‘Merry Christmas’ stamp in the Holiday Catalogue.


Thanks for hopping with us today!  Click on the blue frog to see who’s next on the hop.  There’s bound to be a snowflake on the horizon!!!

It’s free shipping from 9pm tonight until 8.59pm tomorrow (WA time, midnight -11.59pm Sydney time).

So, if you live in Australia and see anything on the blog hop that you’d like to order, you can add all those items to your shopping cart (click here for the online store) and have it delivered directly to your door at no additional cost for postage.  Any order big or small!  But only on Monday 27th November.

Happy shopping!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #387 | Colour Combination

With just over a month til the big day, Nikki is officially kicking off Christmas crafts with this Christmassy colour combination for our Just Add Ink challenge.

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There’s nothing like red, green & white to get you in the Christmas mood!

Of course, there’s nothing limiting you to Christmas!  I’d love to see some amazing creations for other seasons.

I was unable to break out of the Christmas mold, and used one of my favourite new bundles – Musical Season.

Just Add Ink #387 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

All colour challenges have the option to add any neutral or metallic, so you’ll see some variation in the design team projects with the additional of these colours.

I’ve added in an embossed Crumb Cake base (using the Ruffled Embossing Folder), a little drummer boy in Archival Black and some (sadly retired) gold twine.

Just Add Ink #387 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

The Garden Green layer across the middle of the card is made by tearing some copy paper and using this to cover the top & bottom of the Whisper White cardstock.  I then coloured in Garden Green ink using my brayer and stamped the Sheet Music stamp over the top in Black Archival ink.

Just Add Ink #387 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

This technique is fun for a variety of cards, but I love that I can extend the music theme for this card.

I just can’t give it to someone too musical – no one that can actually read the music notes!!  I believe the Sheet Music stamp is the music for Fur Elise, which is not that Christmassy!!!


Please join us over at the Just Add Ink blog to see all the design team creations and add your red, white & green masterpiece.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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Colour INKspiration | 22 & 23

Wow… the Colour INKspiration challengs are into the 20’s now!!!

Just for something different, we are running two challenges at the same time over a 3 week period.

Choose one or both – depending on your time & crafting style.

It could be a Beachy Christmas for #22…

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Marina Mist, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz & Soft Suede.

Or #23 – a Nordic Christmas…

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Crumb Cake, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White & Silver

I couldn’t decide, so I made both!

I used the same layout for both cards, just changing the elements to suit each theme.

Here’s my beachy creation…

Colour INKspiration #22 Beachy | kelly kent

Of course, it’s easy to make a summery, South Pacific beachy theme this year with Beach Little Christmas from the Holiday Catalogue.

Colour INKspiration #22 Beachy | kelly kent

The tree die is from the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits which you’ll find in the Holidays section of the Annual Catalogue.

This set also has my absolute favourite reindeer die – which is what I used for my Nordic card…

Colour INKspiration #23 Nordic | kelly kent

Nothing says Christmas fun like a sparkly red reindeer…. or something like that!

All that sparkle is a little hard to photograph though!

Colour INKspiration #23 Nordic | kelly kent

Do you have a favourite?  Beachy or Nordic???

Colour INKspiration #22 & #23 | kelly kent

I can’t wait for you to see what the rest of the crew have done with these colours.

Follow on to visit the gorgeous Nikki Spencer

And if these colours have you inspired, please join our challenge over on Facebook.  You’ve got three weeks to get inky & share with us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Christmas Quickie – Christmas Around the World DSP

We’ve been having a discussion within our Paper Adventures team about the kind of cards that are best suited to Christmas.

I’m not sure if I send out more Christmas or birthday cards, but being as the Christmas ones are all concentrated at the end of the year, there seems to be a need for at least some of the designs we send to be simpler.

The type of card that’s easier to mass produce and kind on the budget but still full of the same handmade love that we make all year round.

I have just the card for you!  You can change the colours & DSP, but essentially, this layout is perfect for mass production.

Christmas Around the World DSP | kelly kent

What’s better though, if you do use the Christmas Around the World DSP, it already has a full page of greetings in a number of different languages. I’ve used these as my sentiment – which saved a team of time!

Christmas Around the World DSP | kelly kent

I like the exotic touch of a foreign language greeting!!!

But of course there’s also some cute English versions…

Christmas Around the World DSP | kelly kent

I confess to using retired twine for these cards.  Miss Papercraft was helping and she chose this gorgeous gold thread from last Christmas.  It’s one of my favourites and I couldn’t resist!

Which reminds me of a graphic I shared with my team last week…

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It’s all about the choices!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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CASEing the Catty #153 | Holiday Catalogue Tag

Hello Sunday!

This is the start of a great week – we’re heading to Melbourne this week for the OnStage event.

I think I’ve hit that mildly panicky stage about how much I still have to do, but I’m a deadliner runner – I live for this stuff!!!

There’s quite a few challenge posts coming up this week, and then next week I’ll be able to share some exciting new products from our OnStage experience.

The theme for tonight’s CASEing the Catty blog hop is tags from the Holiday Catalogue.

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This is such a great theme – there’s so many choices!!  Tis the season for giving!  And giving is better when accompanied by cute packaging!

For my project, I transformed the elements of a Halloween tag into a Christmas card!

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This type of CASE always appeals to be because you can create something ‘unique’ using the catalogue styling as a starting point.

My current Holiday Catalogue love is the Musical Season bundle on page 25.

CASEing the Catty #153 Musical Season | kelly kent

The original tag had a circle and two pumpkins, which I’ve turned into a circle, a horn and a drummer boy.

CASEing the Catty #153 Musical Season | kelly kent

The large dots of the packaged candy are now small dots & stripes.  I’ve still included some ribbon – and added some extra bling.

CASEing the Catty #153 Musical Season | kelly kent

I love a good silhouette stamp!  The Little Drummer Boy makes me smile!

We’d love for you to join in on our Facebook page this week.  You can add your holiday tag CASEd project until Monday 13th November over on our Facebook page.

Next up on the hop is Julia Quinn with her great project inspired by a Holiday Catalogue tag.

Thanks for hopping with us today!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Ready For Christmas with Stampin’ Blends

Stampin’ Blends are a new design alcohol marker available to purchase from 1st November 2017.  They are so easy to use – the colour just floats on!

We’ve been having fun using them at classes this month – paired with the Ready for Christmas bundle.

These outlined images are perfect for colouring!  And with a variety of stamps to create your own Christmas scene, the options are endless!

We used the staircase & tree stamp for this card….

Ready for Christmas | kelly kent

As well as colouring the presents & staircase, the new Blends are fantastic for colouring pearls.

Ready for Christmas | kelly kent

I’m still a beginner when it comes to alcohol markers, but these truly are a dream to use!

Ready for Christmas | kelly kent

The second card uses the super cute Daschund puppy from the stamp set – cute but mischievous!

Ready for Christmas | kelly kent

I wouldn’t be far from the truth if I told you I mostly bought this stamp set for the Daschund!!!

Ready for Christmas | kelly kent

I love mixing & matching my Stampin’ Up! supplies.  For this card, we used the Petal Garden DSP – not intended for Christmas but a gorgeous background for this card.

Ready for Christmas | kelly kent

If you still need any supplies to create your own handmade Christmas cards this year – from inclusive kits to paper, stamps & ink, visit my online store for the full Stampin’ Up! range.

If you’d like to host a class in your home, or join in with one of the classes I run from my home, please let me know!

I’m always on the lookout for new stamping friends.  Handmade is the best kind of love to give!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

In Love With the Merry Patterns Reindeer

It might be his sweater, but there’s something delightful about the reindeer stamp in the Merry Patterns stamp set.

Merry Patterns is an exclusive stamp set only available during September & OCtober this year – which means you have 13 shopping days left to earn him.

All orders of $450 or more will include this awesome stamp set in your box!

Orders can be just yours, or a combination of yours, your family &/or your friends.  Sweep those order together, email them to me and get your paws on this cute Christmas set!

Here’s a card we made at class earlier this month:

Merry Patterns Reindeer | kelly kent

I love Night of Navy, white & silver for a classically modern Christmas combination.

Merry Patterns Reindeer | kelly kent

And of course, snowflakes again! {swoon}

To place an order, simply contact me direct or visit my online store.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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