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….

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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…

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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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Colour INKspiration #38

Hello!  Happy Wednesday and welcome to our second Colour INKspiration challenge of the month.

It’s a wonderful photo inspiration today that brings us pretty pinks combined with strong neutrals.

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I thought it was time that I put the Botanical Bliss bundle to work.  I’ve had this since my very first order – I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get it out!

The birds are my favourite of the dies, so I wanted to make them the centrepiece of my card.

Botanical Bliss | kelly kent

This design is very CAS (clean & simple), letting the neutrals set the base of the card, the pinks add some pop and the trim do the embellishing.

Botanical Bliss | kelly kent

I feel like the Subtle Embossing Folder is my new staple – it seems to give just the right finish to almost every card!!!

Botanical Bliss | kelly kent

We’d love for you to put together your own creation with this colour scheme.  Join us on Facebook to see what everyone is creating and upload your project.  We choose a top 5 every challenge and the group members select an overall winner.  Click here to visit the Facebook group.

There’s lots more pink, gray, white & black creations ahead to inspire you.  Follow the next links to see what the design team has created.

I’m sending you over to my bestie, Lou Kitzelman, who has a ‘wonderful’ card to share.


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Colour INKspiration #37 | Brights

We’re celebrating the Brights for Colour INKspiration #37.

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I love the Brights!  On most days they are easily my favourite collection – but I struggled a little with this challenge.  Maybe it was just choosing three – or not being able to combine them with other colours to make them shine!  Too much bright???

I got there in the end with a whimsical watercolour theme.

Colour INKspiration #37 Brights | kelly kent

I started with Shimmery White cardstock, a lot of water and my three Brights – Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape & Melon Mambo.

Colour INKspiration #37 Brights | kelly kent

Once this was done, I somehow got to a flamingo theme.  Maybe because the watercolour reminded me of a style of watercolour painting I love with animals painted in wonderful colours.

I love this emu painted by Vanessa Perske for the Love Your Sister charity.

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When I chose my colours, I hadn’t intended to be able to embellish with Glitter Enamel Dots – but in a wonderful twist of crafting fate, the new colours include Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape & Melon Mambo!!! (and Granny Apple Green).

Colour INKspiration #37 Brights | kelly kent

What’s your favourite Brights trio?  We’d love for you to join the challenge via our Facebook group.  Click here to join.

Your project needs to have 3 colours from the Brights collection to be eligible to be part of the top 5 voting for the challenge.  You can add any of the Basics (Whisper White, Basic Black & Very Vanilla) and metallics if you want some bling!

As usual, the design team came up with amazing projects this week.  This hop is full of fun, creative designs!

To see more, visit one of the brightest & bubbliest people I know – Nicole Wilson

Thanks for hopping with us!

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Colour INKspiration #36

It’s time for another awesome Colour INKspiration challenge.  We had some great entries for CI#35 with the Neutrals Collections.  You can find all the action on our Facebook page.

We’d love to see you join in challenge #36 which is this stunning colour palette of Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Basic Gray & Silver.

You can also add any Basic – Whisper White, Very Vanilla & Basic Black and any metallic.

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Yellow, gray, black & white together is one of my all-time favourite colour combinations.  The addition of a brown tone certainly made it interesting!!!

I played up the yellow & gray tones and added just a touch of Soft Suede.

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Both of these cards using the same techniques & layout – I’ve just switched the colours, orientation & centrepiece to get two unique designs with minimal extra design effort.

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This card features the butterfly from Springtime Impressions Thinlits, Tea Room & Nature’s Poem DSP and a wreath made from one of the little stamps in the Love What You Do stamp set.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

I have left both cards without a sentiment for two reasons – one, it didn’t really fit the design and second is because I love sentiment-free cards!

I’ve used the Subtle Embossing Folder for both card bases – it just lifts a blank space without being overpowering.  Everyone needs to order this embossing folder!!

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I love having DSP stacks back in the catalogue.  They are perfect for colour challenges because you always have the colour you need!!!  And the patterns this year are awesome – plain stripes and dots plus creative stripes & dots.

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The centrepiece of each card features a perfect wreath.  I’d seen these shared on others projects, but had the chance to try out this technique recently when it was part of a class run by Mandy Depiazzi.

It uses a template and your stamparatus.  I’m not sure who came up with this idea first, but this youtube tutorial by Barb Stamps is a great explanation on how to make your template & create your wreath.

This is a close-up of the Crushed Curry wreath.  I’ve just stamped in all 8 positions using a 2-3/4″ square of Whisper White cardstock.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me today. Can’t wait to see your creation on our Facebook page.

Continue the hop by visiting the gorgeous Denita Wright-Smee.

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Colour INKspiration #35 | Neutrals

Stampin’ Up! ® has just had a major colour revamp so to start off the new catalogue year at Colour INKspiration we’ve decided to feature a Colour Collection for the first challenge each month (2nd Wednesday) until we have showcased them all! The second challenge in the month (4th Wednesday) will be a Pinterest inspired pic as per usual just to mix it up a bit. This month we are starting off with the NEUTRALS COLLECTION and you can choose any 3 colours from that range for your challenge project. We are also changing the rules about what else you can add to the mix; essentially just the Basics – Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black as well as metallics.

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The Neutrals range had a big shake-up in the Color Revamp.  Black, White & Vanilla became “Basics”, Chocolate Chip retired, Night of Navy moved in and we were joined by Gray Granite, Merry Merlot & Mossy Meadow.

The inclusion of a dark blue, red & green may seem strange in a collection that we are used to seeing filled with browns, grays, black & white, but Stampin’ Up! research found that people were using colours like Night of Navy as a neutral – in that it provided a great coordinating colour for the other collections.

I wanted to make a card for a team member who has recently finished a further studies course – it’s been a big 12 months for her and I’m so proud of everything she’s achieved!!!

She loves blues, so I’ve used Night of Navy and combined it with Basic Gray and Smoky Slate for my 3 Neutrals.

With my colours sorted, I turned to the sketch running at TGIF for the layout

This is the card….

Amazing You | kelly kent

I coloured Deightfully Detailed DSP segment with Smoky Slate using the Sponge brayer and also a layer of Shimmery White with Night of Navy Ink.  Using inks in a colour challenge as well as cardstock is a great way to get variation in colour tones as the ink may be a less intense version of the colour.

Amazing You | kelly kent

The sentiment was made using the Celebrate You Thinlits (if these look familiar, it’s because they were a Sale-A-Bration item that have carried over to the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue).

The top layer of the ‘amazing’ was made using the now retired Myths & Magic Washi Tape, layered on a Basic Gray die cut to give it definition.  The “you” is Night of Navy covered with Wink of Stella (also layered on Basic Gray).

Amazing You | kelly kent

Who said Neutrals had to be boring???

Next up to visit on this wonderful hop is the talented Tanya Bell

Thanks for joining us.  If you’re inspired to create a card using colours from the Neutrals Collection (plus any Basic or metallic), you can share it for our challenge in our Facebook groupClick here to visit.

 

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Colour INKspiration #34

As May offers lots of Wednesdays, we are about to embark on a 3 week Colour INKspiration challenge.

Join us on Facebook to create using these retro colours straight from a postcard perfect picture!

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I used the colours to make a very special card for an amazing member of our Colour INKspiration Crew.  Jacque Williams from New Zealand became the first South Pacific Demonstrator to reach $1 million (US) in sales.

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Jacque recently visited the Stampin’ Up! office in Utah, US – celebrating her achievement with Sara & Shelli and designed her own million dollar sales stamp set.  You can see some photos of her time in the US here.

The card features a new stamp set called Painted Glass from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue – which I was lucky enough to take home from OnStage.

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The background panel is hand drawn using Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, & Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends.

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I’ve kept the front clean & simple and added the sentiment to the inside of the card.

Painted Glass | kelly kent

This is definitely a reason to celebrate – way to go Jacque!!!  As you’re making your way around the Colour INKspiration Crew blog hop, be sure to leave Jacque a congratulatory comment on your way!

Next up is Julia Quinn and her fancy fold creation!

Thanks for joining us for Colour INKspiration #34.  Join in with your entry via our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

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Colour INKspiration #33

Despite two the colours in this combination not being my favourites – I adore the colour challenge we have for you for Colour INKspiration #33!

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Marina Mist and Always Artichoke are both on the retirement list as part of the colour revamp – and there aren’t too many tears being shed here.  Always Artichoke remains one of the only colours I’ve never bought a full pack of cardstock for!!

Strangely though, it adds just the right amount of contrast in this pretty blue & neutral palette.

I love blue, beige and white/cream together.  I don’t often use Very Vanilla but loved the creamy tones it added to this project.

Inspired by the honey tin in the picture and the gorgeous flower arrangement, I have made a tri-fold card with a floral bee theme.

Colour INKspiration #33 | kelly kent

It features two stamp sets and a favourite die set.  The flower & bees are from the Garden of Love stamp set and the sentiment is from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.  Garden of Love is retiring at the end of this month.

The jar element & leafy detail are from the Everyday Jars framelits – I love this set!

Colour INKspiration #33 | kelly kent

I also added a panel of Hexagons embossing in keeping with the bee theme!

Colour INKspiration #33 | kelly kent

The dimensions of this tri-fold card are the length of an A4 sheet (11-3/4″), trimmed at 5-7/8″ across the short side.  Score at 3-7/8″ from each edge (across the long side).  Fold inwards & score.

Colour INKspiration #33 | kelly kent

Thanks for joining the Colour INKspiration Crew today and viewing our colour inspired projects.

Colour INKspiration #33 | kelly kent

Please visit my beautiful friend Rachel Palmieri next to see her gorgeous creation…

To join the challenge and share your project with us, pop over to the Colour INKspiration Challenges Facebook page (click here).  We love seeing what you make for each new challenge!

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Colour INKspiration #32

Colour challenges are always so much fun so I was disappointed to miss the first challenge for April.  It couldn’t happen twice, so I’ve made sure I found the time to create for Colour INKspiration #32!

These colours are great together bold & sweet all at the same time.

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With lots of talk about what’s disappearing from the Stampin’ Up! range as we near the new catalogue, it’s also fun to look ahead to what stamp sets we’ll each be keeping for another year of inkiness!

High Tide is one of those sets we can use for at least another year.

I love all the images in this set to create serene costal scenes – like these birds having a paddle at dusk.

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Although blue is fairly traditional for a sea & moon scene, I love the freshness the non-traditional Pink Pirouette give the card.

And then a pop of gold is always fun!!!

Colour INKspiration #32 | kelly kent

I don’t often sponge on cards – and I think my reflection lining up could use some work – but it’s fun to try different things on cards!


The hop continues with my gorgeous friend – Nicole Wilson – who lives just up the road (by Australian standards – she’s 160kms / 100 miles away!!!)

Join the challenge by adding your creation on our Facebook group – Colour INKspiration Challenges.  It’s so much fun to see what you create and I know you’re going to go crazy over this combination!!!

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OnStage Perth 2018

Wow – what a weekend!!!

The past couple of days have been a wonderful whirlwind of Stampin’ Up! OnStage activities.  It was a big one this year – Stampin’ Up! turn 30!!!  A big happy birthday to the Stampin’ Up! family – I’m so glad to be a part of such a wonderful network and it was a joy celebrating with you.

Perth hosted one of the ‘local’ OnStage events on 6-7th April 2018 which made it easy for lots of our Paper Adventures team to join the fun (most of our team is WA based – but there were also events in Sydney and Auckland for our east coast friends).

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

For me, the event included an awesome 80s themed leadership dinner on Friday night.  I was just a baby in the 80s and didn’t think nappies would be a good look for fancy dress!  Here I am all glammed up with Melissa Gifford and Nicole Wilson…

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

Saturday was a whole day of stamping news & stamping fun.  I can’t show you most of what happened – we are bound by a confidentiality agreement until Tuesday but I can share some things!

Our Paper Adventures team rocked our new team shirts in a gorgeous rainbow.  Some of the team had bling envy last event, so I made sure their team gifts included a sparkly lanyard and personalised name tag for the event!

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

One of the day’s highlights was getting a copy of the upcoming 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.  You’re going to love it!!!  It’s available for customers to purchase from in June 2018.  If you don’t think you can wait that long, then it’s a perfect time to join my Paper Adventures team.  Not only will you get to see everything early, but you’ll get a discount on all your new catalogue favourites.


Throughout the event we got lovely gifts including new product, a {…..}, a {……} and a gorgeous bag to stash it all in (I’ll fill in the blanks when I’m allowed!).  There was also 4 projects to make with new catalogue products!!!

It wasn’t all stamping though!  The day consisted of lots of laughter as we met up with old friends, made new friends and chatted with the Stampin’ Up! staff that travelled to Perth to be with us for the event.

This is me with the CASEing the Catty Crew and Stamp Review Crew…

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

Ok… It’s just me….. The rest of the CTC Crew & SRC Crew were partying it up in Sydney, Auckland & international locations.

I did have some Just Add Ink friends – Chantell Randall, Jackie Aitken and Rachael Lewsley.

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And a couple of the Colour INKspiration Crew – Nicole Wilson & Jackie Aitken.

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

I also caught up with 40 of the attendees after the event for a fabulous dinner at the Wild Fig.  What a great night of fantastic company, yummy food and excellent service!

These were my peeps for the night…

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent


I know you’re going to see some amazing photos featuring new products and samples from Tuesday.  Be sure to check out Perth’s Display Board Stampers who created 15+ samples each for everyone to ooooo and ahhh over during the day.  Two of my team were selected for this honour – Kristel Rimmer (see her blog here) and Joanne Gaff (see her Facebook page here).

This is the best I can share right now….

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

The other two display stampers were my clever design team friends – Nicole Wilson & Jackie Aitken.  I’m sure all four will share photos of their gorgeous work during the week – make sure to check back in with their social mediato see their amazing projects!!!


Another part of the event is sharing things we have made & brought with us to the event. I got some absolutely gorgeous team gifts, presents from friends and swaps that people generously shared with me (even though I didn’t make swaps to share this year).

I did make some paper gifts to share with my team & stamping besties…

Using the Mini Embroidery Hoops available in the Occasions catalogue and 4 different die sets, I created these fun little unicorn dream catchers.

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Swirly Scribbles…

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Bouquet Bunch…

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Paisley….

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Eastern Elegance….

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I packaged them up reminding my friends how awesome they are…

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent


The next event happens in November and although we don’t get back to back Perth events, there’s always the excitement of a trip east!!!  I’ll share exact locations with you next week.  OnStage is open to any demonstrator to attend – registration will be August 2018 for a November 2018 event.

It’s so easy to get caught up in all the hype of new & exciting – but there’s plenty of favourites still available in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue and 2018 Occasions catalogue.

Don’t forget to stock up on anything you’ll miss.  At this time of year, many products may not be available for the entire catalogue duration if they sell out quickly!

Browse the online store – click here.

Signing off now to get some sleep after a big weekend!!!!

Thank you to all the people who shared smiles, lavished hugs, introduced themselves and sent me home with gorgeous paper goodness.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

PS, and a big thank to everyone who took photos for people at the event, including me – and for friends who have shared their photos with me.  I’m always too busy having fun to take photos, so I appreciate the people who stop to record the moments!!

 

Colour INKspiration #30

Welcome to a Colour INKspiration blog hop where Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from Australia & New Zealand share their creations using the same colour palette and then invite you to share your creations with us via our Facebook group.  Click here to visit Colour INKspiration Challenges.

These are the colours for challenge #30 based on this amazing inspiration photo.

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This is Pebble Shore Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana.  I’d love to visit and see these spectacular colours in real life!

This is my creation using these bold & fun colours…

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I love a good pun!

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But I added a beer to the inside of the card with a birthday message – just in case they didn’t get the pun!

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Don’t forget to share your card using these colours via our Facebook group.

Thanks for visiting.  Next up on the Colour INKspiration hop is my gorgeous friend with an amazing way with colour – Kim Badelt.

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