Colour INKspiration #06

Hello!  Welcome to our second Colour INKspiration for the month of March.

Thank you so much for all the wonderful entries we got for the first challenge for March – #05.  You can see them on our Colour INKspiration Facebook page.

Colour INKspiration #06 gives us a great combination of rich & fresh colours – Night of Navy, Pool Party, Calypso Coral & all things gold!

For me, I just couldn’t move away from the Middle Eastern luxury feel – which led me back to my favourite elephant!!!

He’s definitely around for the next 2 months – so I’m going to be making the most of him!

How cute is the gold touch on his caparison?  That was inspired by this super cute pink elephant card made by Robyn Cardon.

I carried through the colours to create a fun inside of the card too…

I love splatters and have quite a few stamp sets that work well to create that bottom left to top right splatter pattern!

We’d love for you to join us on the Facebook page to see what other stampers are creating with these colours & to share you own creation.

Speaking of amazing creations (because I know yours will be), please hop on to the gorgeous Lou Kitzelman and see hers.  This lady is a never ending bottle of talent!

Thanks for supporting Colour INKspiration.

We’ve been dazzled by your contributions & amazed by how many people keep joining the fun!


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Colour INKspiration #05

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Did you love the colours from last fortnight for Colour INKspiration?

We had so many people enjoying the bold & beautiful purple & yellows!!

This week for Colour INKspiration, we take a softer turn into the pastels.

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This trio of colours lend themselves so nicely to so many occasions!

My initial thought was a pretty wedding card…

Colour INKspiration #05 - Wedding Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I had the idea to create the background piece by repetitively die cutting the floral centrepiece die (hexagon shaped die) from the Window Box Thinlits until the cardstock piece was covered.

I then overlayed it on the bokeh piece of DSP from the Falling In Love DSP.  This DSP pack is perfect for this challenge!!!

Once the background was finished, I added my sentiment on an oval stitched shape and decorated with a pink flower & blue butterfly.

Colour INKspiration #05 - Wedding Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Sometimes finding ways to keep within the constraints of the challenge colours is the best fun of a colour challenge!


I loved the wedding card, but  I couldn’t shake off the idea of using these colours for a baby card.

How cute are these little babies from the Moon Baby stamp set?

This card for some oh-so-cute twin boys born just a little while ago.

Colour INKspiration #05 - Twin Babies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Even though it was a traditional baby blue theme I was going for, the pink worked beautifully for a shower of hearts as they drifted down!

Colour INKspiration #05 - Twin Babies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’m so happy with this card!!!


Please join us with your Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand creations!

You can add any neutral or metallic to complete your artwork.

All designs need to uploaded to our Facebook page to be in the running to win our top 5 crew pick and overall winner for the challenge.

Can’t wait to see what cards & other projects are inspired by these soft & beautiful colours!

Next stop on the hop for more sweet inspiration is Julia Quinn

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Colour INKspiration #04

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It’s the 3rd Wednesday day of the month, which means – another Colour INKspiration palette to inspire us all!

Thanks for joining the design crew blog hop where we will show you what these colours created on our craft tables.

Then – it’s over to you to join us on our Facebook page and upload your colour-filled creations!

If you’re already hopping around, you’ve come from the bubbly & creative Nicole Wilson.

She joined us this month, along with Jacque Williams to fill the last 2 places on the crew.

So excited to have them both on board – I love their work and can’t wait to see what they come up with for the colours each month!

There’s also a full line up of guest designers – starting today with one of my favourite bloggers – Tanya Bell.


Here’s the colours for Colour INKspiration #4 – Delightful Dijon, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White & Crushed Curry.

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When thinking about these colours, for some reason they kept coming to me as a background.

Which made me think of the in-laid embossing technique.

Have you tried this?

It’s really quite easy – you cut out some shapes and adhere them to your plain background cardstock.  Then run it through the Big Shot in an embossing folder of your choice.

The embossing folder will press it all together an form one cohesive background.

Colour INKspiration #4 - In-laid embossing technique. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It’s awesome and easy and makes the most of your Big Shot’s capabilities!

Using this technique for my background, I chose to make congratulations cards for our newest crew members.  Hopefully they arrive before this post goes live!!!

The first one uses the Stylish Stems flowers as the background pieces…

Colour INKspiration #4 - In-laid embossing technique. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And the second version uses circles with a Stylish Stems embellishment –

Colour INKspiration #4 - In-laid embossing technique. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I love them both!  The texture is fabulous!

And to think, I almost wasn’t going to order stylish stems!  What was I thinking???

Use whatever sets you have at home to try this technique – circles work really well.  It’s so much fun!!!


Next stop on the hop is my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman.

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If you’d like to see what everyone is creating, or join in with the challenge colours – please visit the group page on Facebook.

There’s lots going on over there and I can see this set of colours being {VERY} popular!!!

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Colour INKspiration #03

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Good afternoon!  If you’re reading this as I post it, I’m out on a birthday experience with Miss Papercraft.

She’s 6 next week and part of her birthday present is a mermaid photo session with Busselton Mermaids!

So, when I saw the timing of this week’s Colour INKspiration challenge, I knew it was perfect timing to share a little project I’ve been working on.

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Late last year for a birthday card, I created a mermaid using the Fox Builder punch!

Crazy I know – but the pieces work.  And a Punch Art Picture Tutorial has been {LONG} overdue!!!

Here’s Miss Mermaid…

Colour INKspiration #03 - Mermaid Punch Art Tutorial. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And this is what she looks like on her birthday card…

Colour INKspiration #03 - Mermaid Punch Art Tutorial. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Here’s my mermaid…

Photo courtesy of Busselton Mermaids.

Want to make your own mermaid?

These are the pieces you’ll need…

Mermaid Punch Art Picture Tutorial using Fox Builder Punch. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’m so excited to see your mermaid creations!  Please share with me on Facebook or via email.

I take the time to make these tutorials so that you can use them for your crafting pleasure!

(And so I can remember how to make a mermaid for next time!!!)

Next up on the Colour INKspiration is the lovely Simone Bartrum.

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Thanks for visiting & sharing in what we do!

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Colour INKspiration #02

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Wow – didn’t the first week of Colour INKspiration go off with a bang???

Thanks for joining us. If you haven’t yet and want to see what all the hype is about, click here to request to join us on the Facebook page.

Here’s some of the basic details about the challenge –

The Colour INKspiration Crew! consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT), a new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group and the Colour INKspiration Crew will get the ball rolling by providing inspiration for each challenge with a blog hop.

Then it’s over to you with a 12 day period for crafters to upload their own creations using the challenge colours.

If you have a blog, feel free to link back to it, but all entries will be via Facebook.  The design team will select 5 projects to be ‘design team picks’ and then the Facebook group will select an overall winner from this shortlist.


Challenge #2 is a mix of earthy greens & blues, a soft purple and the stark contrast of Whisper White.

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I {LOVE} the inspiration picture and have stored this away to use this as photo inspiration in the future.

Actually, how beautiful would one look in real life – I’ll have to see if my fave succulent supplier The Fairy Gardener can make me something similiar.


For these colours, I wanted to try them with the new Big on Birthdays stamp set from the Occasions catalogue.

It’s a 12 piece set with large sentiments and awesome fonts!!!


This card breaks a few of my colour ‘rules’ (I never use Wisteria, “blue & green shouldn’t be seen”) – but that’s what colour challenges are all about!!!

Wisteria Wonder for the flowers, Mint Macaron for the leaves, white background & Soft Sky card base.

Colour INKspiration #CI02 - Big on Birthdays. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Once I’d finished the card, I decided it needed something to lift it – since the Wisteria is such a dark colour, especially in marker form.

So, I added Fine Tip Glue pen over all the flowers – creating a glossy finish.

Colour INKspiration #CI02 - Big on Birthdays. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It looks awesome & was the extra pizzazz the card needed!

Colour INKspiration #CI02 - Big on Birthdays. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What’s your tip for finishing touches?

Sometimes it’s the difference between a nice card and a gorgeous creation!


Next stop on the Colour INKspiration blog hop is the clever Jackie Noble!

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If you can see yourself creating something the challenge colours, join us on Facebook to upload your entry.

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Colour INKspiration #01 New Challenge Hop

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Welcome to the first official challenge for Colour INKspiraton – a Facebook based bi-monthly colour challenge.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to pre-challenge colour combination – you guys were really ready for this!!!

I think part of the initial success is that anyone with Facebook can join in.  You don’t need a blog and you don’t need to be a demonstrator.

We’ve seen some amazing creations in the past week and the excitement in the group is infectious!  Click here to join the Facebook page and see what it’s all about.

Here’s some of the basic details about the challenge –

The Colour INKspiration Crew! consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT), a new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group and the Colour INKspiration Crew will get the ball rolling by providing inspiration for each challenge with a blog hop.

Then it’s over to you with a 12 day period for crafters to upload their own creations using 3 or more of the challenge colours.

If you have a blog, feel free to link back to it, but all entries will be via Facebook.  The design team will select 5 projects to be ‘design team picks’ and then the Facebook group will select an overall winner from this shortlist.


Let’s get started!

This is the first delicious set of challenge colours…

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So many lovely colours to choose from – you can choose your favourite 3 – or all 6! (3 is the minimum to meet the challenge guidelines).

You can also mix in any Stampin’ Up! neutrals that you need to make your project perfect.


The first 4 colours are my favourite – so pretty and perfect for a baby card I wanted to make.

Colour INKspiration #01. New baby heart card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Of course, I’m playing with new products again.

The hearts are from the new Love Notes Framelits and the sentiment is from a fabulous new stamp set called Milestone Moments.

How lovely is that font???  I’m going to get a lot of use from this stamp set!

And although not new to the Stampin’ Up! range, I took the chance to buy the 2016-2018 In Color Envelope Paper pack when it was on special during the End of Year Closeout Sale.

Some people might use it for pretty envelopes (and I might too) but my first thought was – ooooo, more DSP options!!!  It’s a lighter weight than usual DSP, but still perfect for card fronts.


Thanks for visiting today.  Next stop is Monique Fielder and her colourful project.

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If you love the challenge colours, please join us on the Facebook page and upload your creation.  Or, just stop by to see what other crafty people make of the colours.

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Colour INKspiration – Coming in 2017!

As the year closes out, it’s time to start planning for 2017.

And I have some exciting news to share – there’s a new challenge coming in 2017 – Colour INKspiration.

This bi-monthly challenge is all about colours & creating to colour combinations.

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It’s going to be heaps of fun, with all the action happening on Facebook, which opens it up to lots more Stampin’ Up! enthusiasts.  No blog required – just join the Facebook page.

I’m delighted to be on the Colour INKspiration Crew, which means I’ll be sharing cards and projects I’ve created using the colours for each challenge.  The crew consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.

A new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT). which will be accompanied by a Colour INKspiration Crew blog hop. Our first one starts on Wednesday, 11th January.

Don’t forget that this challenge is open to anyone – you don’t have to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator to join in.

So, click here to request to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in with the challenges too.


As a bit of pre-challenge fun, the group creator, Bronwyn Eastley from AddINKtive Designs surveyed the group on their favourite green, blue & yellow from the Stampin’ Up! range.

The winning combination was Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay & Daffodil Delight.

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These are all gorgeous colours and there have been some amazing creations already.

I was inspired to use these colours for succulent birthday card.

Colour INKspiration pre-challenge fun.  Succulent Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I hadn’t played with the dies from this suite before this card.  I’m so pleased with them – they are lovely with excellent shapes for layering.  So quick & simple to create a stunning succulent or flower centrepiece.

Colour INKspiration pre-challenge fun.  Succulent Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I added some texture to my succulent by gently sponging the leaves with Mint Macaron ink.  Using the same ink as cardstock colour allows for subtle depth.


Inspired by Paula Dobson’s pre-challenge entry, I decided this card needed just a little lift – and a lined envelope would be the perfect accompaniment.

Colour INKspiration pre-challenge fun.  Succulent Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

How beautiful is the DSP from the Succulent Garden suite?  I just love all of the products in this range.


I can’t wait for the first challenge, which you’ll see in a few short weeks.  Pop by on 11th Jan to see what me and the rest of the design team have come up with.  Then, join us on Facebook to share your own creation!

Can’t wait til then???  Join us now with your Mint, Bermuda & Daffodil creation!!!

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