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!

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Colour INKspiration #20

Oh my – check out this fortnight’s colour swatch for the newest Colour INKspiration challenge!

It’s both glorious & terrifying all at the same time – which makes it the perfect challenge.

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I would have never put these colours together (and also confess to almost never using Always Artichoke!).  There’s the option to add Wood Textures DSP for this challenge too.

The inspiration picture that the colours were selected from is divine!

My starting point for this card was a desperate need to release my cat punch from the plastic packaging!  I bought it with great anticipation, and have been loving all the ideas I’ve seen on Facebook, Pinterest & instagram!

It was time to have a play myself!!

I started by creating a cat silhouette using the optional Wood Textures DSP, and then added some flowers inspired by the challenge photo & colours, which gave me this cute card…

Colour INKspiration #20 | kelly kent

I haven’t added a sentiment yet – I think I’ll leave it off until I decide who to give it to.  Or, use it as an all occasions card!

Colour INKspiration #20 | kelly kent

I just love the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set & Bouquet Bunch Framelits for adding floral elements to cards.

And I’m not the only one!  Check out some of the other ways the crew used it on this blog hop plus some more amazing projects.

Next up, you’re spending more time in Western Australia.  Make sure you visit my gorgeous friend Nicole Wilson and her beautiful take on the challenge colours!

Thanks for joining us!  We’d love to see your creations added to our Facebook group.  Click here to go there

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Colour INKspiration #19

Thanks for joining us for another Colour INKspiration challenge.

Can you believe we’re up to #19???  Your support has been amazing!

If you haven’t joined us yet over on Facebook, click here to be taken to our Facebook group.


Let me share the colours for challenge #19 with you – they are divine!!!

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Yellow, gray & white is one of my all-time favourite colour combinations.

I admit, I don’t love the green in there (for the project I wanted to make) but the design team have used it as a wonderful contrast.

October happens to be an anniversary month for friends of mine.

And, by happy coincidence, their wedding colours were yellow & gray!

How amazing was the beautiful yellow bridesmaid dress I got to wear – total princess moment!

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So, I’ve used this challenge to make a sweet anniversary card…

Colour INKspiration #19 | kelly kent

As a striking background, I’ve used the silver snowflakes in a repeated pattern.

Colour INKspiration #19 | kelly kent

The anniversary sentiment is courtesy of the Number of Years stamp set.

‘Anniversary’ was too long for the Classic Label punch, so I had to improvise using a pencil & template!  It’s always fun to be creative with our cardmaking pieces!

Colour INKspiration #19 | kelly kent

As for Garden Green – I snuck it in for the ‘th’!

I would have been totally happy to leave it out – but the challenge rules made me hide it there!


This wasn’t the only anniversary card I needed to make for October.  It seems October is a popular month for weddings amongst my friends!

Another set of friends are celebrating one sweet year together.

This is their card….

1st Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

I made it to match the colours & styling of their wedding card.

1st Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

The anniversary sentiment for this card came from the Milestone Moments stamp set.  I love that font!!

1st Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

Do you send anniversary cards to the couples whose weddings you’ve attended?

I’ve tried hard over the years, but since my record keeping system is scattered (and that’s a kind description!), they often sneak up on me!!!

A card in the mail is always wonderful, especially when it’s not expected.

#makeacardsendacard


That is all I have to share with you today!

Please continue the hop to see the fabulous project my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman has made using these colours…

Don’t forget, you can join in the challenge fun over on the Colour INKspiration Facebook group.

Thanks for hopping with us!

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Colour INKspiration #18

Hello!  It’s time for another colour INKspiration challenge.

For this fortnight, we’re crafting with these colours colours (and this totally amazing inspiration pic)…

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Pink, gray and neutrals – plus, any green of your choice.

This card was made for our newest design team member – Jackie Aitken.  Check out her first project with us – it’s sensational!

I used quite a few features of the inspiration picture to try something totally different for me – a busy card with lots of texture!!!

Colour INKspiration #18 | kelly kent

My green of choice was Pear Pizzazz for some touches of ‘greenery’ in my planter boxes.

Colour INKspiration #18 | kelly kent

I added Sweet Sugarplum ink to the embossing paste to make a cute pink brick wall.

Have you tried this?  It’s easy and fun to colour the embossing paste!

The floral shapes come from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits – it’s a great set!

And the butterfly is cut from the new Champagne Foil – so pretty!!!


This is a fabulous set of colours and the design team have an amazing range of projects to share with you!

You can continue the hop by visiting the delightful Lou Kitzelman and her cute pink project!

Don’t forget, you can add any green to the quartet – Powder Pink, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand & Sweet Sugarplum.

And any metallics!

Can’t wait to see what you upload to our Facebook Challenge page.  Click here to jump on over.

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Colour INKspiration #17

Are you ready for another colour combination?

After some very dark and moody options over the past few challenges, today’s offering is bright and fun and promises that summer is just around the corner!

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Stay on board for a fabulous blog hop with the Colour INKspiraiton team.  I am nestled between two amazing designers.  You may have already visited my beautiful friend Lou Kitzelman (if not make sure you get all the way back to her blog to complete the full circle).  Next up is the gorgeous Denita Wright-Smee – click on the next button below to visit her blog!

For all the challenge action, join us over on Facebook at the Colour INKspiration Challenges group.


There’s lots of Lemon Lime Twist in the gorgeous inspiration photo, but I wanted to make Pool Party the focus of my card.

I just love the colours & patterns from the Petal Garden DSP stack – of which, Pool Party is one of the coordinating colours.

I added some interest to the background DSP panel by cutting the DSP into three strips.

Colour INKspiration #17 Bike Ride | kelly kent

The other colours in the challenge quartet became part of my bicycle & sentiment elements.

I love pink & blue together!  The Lemon Lime Twist books added another pop of colour!

Colour INKspiration #17 Bike Ride | kelly kent

I am totally loving the Bike Ride stamp set & coordinating Build A Bike Framelits.   They’d been on my maybe list for a while, and I got them recently thinking some of the additional stamps would make great teacher cards.

For some strange reason, I thought the bike would be really fussy to put together – but it’s so easy (totally a piece of cake with the framelits!).

So, as it turns out, I’ve used this stamp set non-stop since it arrived and love it!

Isn’t it funny how things translate from the catalogue to craft room favourites – sometimes in the most unexpected ways!

On the flip side, I’m sure we’ve all got stamp sets that we just ‘had to have’ and have barely touched inked since they arrived!!!


To see what’s getting inky on Denita’s craft table, visit her blog for your next bright & fun Colour INKspiration project…

And don’t forget, you can join us on Facebook to play along with this challenge, or any Colour INKspiration palette that catches your eye!

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Colour INKspiration #14

The colours this week for Colour INKspiration are lovely!

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Smoky Slate, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky & Night of Navy.

Warm, inviting and adorable!

I started this card by testing out something on my to-do list – colouring embossing paste using a reinker & Isocol solution in a Stampin’ Spritzer.

The colour in the spritzer looked intense, but it was much less intense when sprayed!

This is what it looked like before I started layering other embellishments on the card….

Colour INKspiration #14 | kelly kent

It ended up being a great way to get different tones of the challenge colours.  The Night of Navy is a very light version!

The card was a thank you to go with an order for a grandmother & granddaughter duo that love all the new Stampin’ Up! products.

I wanted to show them some of the things they bought, together with some other things they might like to add on their next order.

Creating doilies using the Eastern Medallions Framelits is one of my favourite uses for that set – so that was the next layer in Rich Razzleberry.

And then some of the gorgeous trims from the new catalogue.

Colour INKspiration #14 | kelly kent

I’m very in love with these three options – crinkled ribbon, mini sequin trim & shimmer ribbon!

Apologies for the slightly average photo of this card – it’s been a washout here with not so much sunlight!!!

 

Colour INKspiration #14 | kelly kent

I may have gotten a little over excited about my ribbon use and realised once my card was all made that the shimmer ribbon is actually Pool Party (not Soft Sky)!

I’m calling it close enough – and using it as a good time to mention that you don’t have to have exact colour matches to join in with Colour INKspiration.

Please use the closest match you have in your collection and share your creation on our Colour INKspiration Challenge Facebook page.


To see what the rest of the design team created with this wonderful quartet of colour, continue the hop to visit the lovely Tanya Bell.

I’m sure Tanya used the right colours!  She’s great with details!!!


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Colour INKspiration #13

Hello! And welcome to Colour INKspiration #13!

Do you love or hate the number 13?  I’m a fan!!!!

The first challenge for July features a gorgeous quartet of bright & fun colours – Sweet Sugarplum, Wild Wasabi, Lemon Lime Twist & Fresh Fig.

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You may like to take inspiration from the photo as well, but you can go wherever these challenge colours take you.

Don’t forget that you can add in any neutrals or metallics to the palette too – which opens up some great variety.

I’ve added silver/gray to mine to create yet another creation using the “Little One” stamp set.  I just love that teepee!!!

Colour INKspiration #13 | kelly kent

This concept came from the idea of a cute baby blanket covered in teepees.  The colours from this challenge were perfect for a bright & fun look.

I double embossed the cardstock with the Ruffled folder (embossed once, rotated and then embossed again) after it was stamped & coloured, to give it a ‘blanket look’.

Colour INKspiration #13 | kelly kent

Watercoloring the teepees softened the colours to ‘baby tone’.

A bit of sequin & glitter dot bling finished the sentiment panel…

Colour INKspiration #13 | kelly kent

Do you like the ‘get your swaddle on’ sentiment?

I think it’s a bit of a divider – I’m still sitting on the fence.  Might be a ‘for the right Mum/baby’ type saying.


The hop showcasing these gorgeous colours continues on now to the wonderful Monique Fielder

You can join in too by uploading your creation using the challenge colours (and any neutrals and/or metallics) over on our Colour INKspiration Challenges Facebook page.

If you don’t have Facebook, email me your creation and I’ll share it for you!.

I hope you have a wonderful end to your week!

If you’re still on school holidays like me, I’m hoping for fine weather, lazy mornings and children who don’t whine!

I don’t ask for much, do I???


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Colour INKspiration #12

Can you believe we’re about to enter the second half of the year on the weekend???

We had the winter solstice last week and I’m looking forward to gradually seeing long days.

Unfortunately I think there’s lot of cold weather ahead, but before we can blink, it’ll be summer again and we’ll be close to welcoming in 2018!!!

Today for Colour INKspiration we’ve got a wintery combination inspired by beautiful photo full of wool (or yarn as you might refer to it in other parts of the world).

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There are 8 colours to choose from  – and we’re asking you to include at least 4 from the list…

Whisper White, Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant, Cherry Cobbler, Flirty Flamingo, Dapper Denim, Smoky Slate & Peekaboo Peach.

As well as a challenge to use these rich tones (I naturally prefer ‘pretty’ or ‘bright’), I challenged myself for CI#12 to use items that I ordered from the new catalogue but that had not yet been touched.

Yes… sign of a true addict!

The first product I pulled out was the Just Add Color Specialty DSP.  This wasn’t initially on my list, but after seeing it ‘in person’ while cutting it up for my paper share I decided I {had to own it}.

This paper created the focal point for my cards – and the challenge colours inspired the rest!

Each card uses a different combination of the colours above, but across all 3 cards I’ve used all 8 colours.

Colour INKspiration #12 | kelly kent

All the images you see in these cards have been cut from the DSP – no stamping for the main images.  It’s such a great way to add diversity to your projects.

Colour INKspiration #12 | kelly kent

The sentiments are from another product that I couldn’t wait to own, but have yet to break out – the In The City stamp set, available for purchase with hostess rewards.

Colour INKspiration #12 | kelly kent

Did you spy the embossing folders??? I was so excited to have these patterns in the new catalogue. The cards each feature a new & different 3D Dynamic Embossing Folder – Ruffled, Pinewood Planks & Layered Leaves.

Colour INKspiration #12 | kelly kent

My cards didn’t look quite finished, so I used one more new product – a bit of bling!  Although not technically ‘new’, rather reconfigured, the Pearl Basic Jewels have had a makeover.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the Just Add Color DSP, Dynamic Embossing Folders and In The City stamp set in action.

And maybe even found another ‘must have’ like me.  Every time I think I have what I need (for now), someone shares an amazing creation that makes the wishlist even longer!

If you’re in the need for more temptation – or just love to see wonderful creativity – then click the next button below to be transported across the country to the lovely Tanya Bell on the Sunshine Coast!

If these colours make you warm & cosy and feel like crafting, then we’d love to see you over on our Colour INKspiration Challenges Facebook page where you can see the creations the colour combination has inspired the members to create and share yours.

Stay warm (or cool if you’re north of here!).


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Colour INKspiration #11

We’re 10 challenges down and I continue to be inspired & amazed by all the entries that you are contributing on our Facebook page each fortnight!

Are you ready for another???

Colour INKspiration #11 is blues & browns – and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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This one stumped me for a while – I don’t naturally use a lot of Marina Mist!

But, they don’t call it a challenge because it’s my favourites each week!

I was dazzled by the other cards the design team made – continue on the hop to see the amazing creations!!!

After quite a bit of paper pushing, this is what I came up with…

Colour INKspiration #11 | kelly kent

The longer it sat, the happier I was – just a clean & simple masculine card!

The Wood Textures DSP really helped me out on this one!  I love that DSP stack!


Did you spy the new embossing paste again?

I think I’m going to use this on every card for the next forever!!

Colour INKspiration #11 | kelly kent

Please join us with your card for this challenge.  All the action happens on our Facebook page – no blog required to participate with your gorgeous creation!

But if you have a blog, feel free to leave a link so that members of the group can visit you.

Next up on the crew’s blog hop is Jackie Noble over in New Zealand!  You’re going to love what she’s created!

Colour INKspiration #10

Another amazing fortnight of challenge entries!

If you’re not already on our challenge page over on Facebook, join us to for wonderful ideas shared every day by crafters just like you!

It’s our 10th challenge this week – which is a wonderful achievement for Bronwyn Eastley and the Colour INKspiration team.

If you’re already on your way hopping, did you love what Denita made?  I always admire her creativity.


The colours for Colour INKspiration #10 are amazing {again} and will stretch the way in which you look at your crafting projects.

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Cajun Craze, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate and Delightful Dijon!

This is the last time the crew will play with Delightful Dijon as it’s set to retire next week.

Have you bought all the items you *need* from the retirement list?  Next week it’ll be all about the new catalogue!


When I first sat down to play with these colours, I was raiding Nanna Papercraft’s craft room while she’s on holidays.

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but Delightful Dijon is an absolutely perfect colour for beer!

So, with the Mixed Drinks stamp set in my hand, this is what I created for Colour INKspiration #10….

Colour INKspiration #10 | kelly kent

Lots of Island Indigo & Smoky Slate – because I love them!

Whisper White to break all those strong colours up (don’t forget you can use any neutral or metallic in your Colour INKspiration project).

Delightful Dijon – because it makes fantastic beer!

And just a touch of Cajun Craze for the sentiment to finish the challenge!


I’m not sure if you’ve looked at the Mixed Drinks stamp set (it’s awesome!)…

There’s only one beer mug?  How did I get it to ‘clink’ I hear you ask?!?

Colour INKspiration #10 | kelly kent

I used the reflection technique to flip it over.

Stamp in Versamark & emboss the beer mug as normal.

Then, stamp it again on Window Sheet.  Turn the window sheet upside down and very carefully (it’s slippery and wants to slide away from you producing a truly spectacular beer googles effect!) press down on the stamped image.  This will transfer it to the cardstock -as a mirror image.  Emboss as usual and colour both images with an Aqua Painter and Delightful Dijon ink.


I’ve also put a special touch on the inside.

If you’re going to send a beer themed card, you should probably send beer money…

Colour INKspiration #10 | kelly kent

Personally, I’d rather stamping money… but I guess they don’t hold the same appeal for everyone!

Next up for some colourful inspiration is my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman

And join us on Facebook for the challenge.  It runs for three weeks, so plenty of time to get inky!


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