Colour INKspiration #57

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for Colour INKspiration #57.  I’ve chosen the colour palette today – I hope you like it!  We’re crafting with Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight & Granny Apple Green – inspired by these gorgeous Calla Lilies.

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Joining us on the hop today, as our guest designer, is Kate Webb – thanks Kate!!  Kate’s pretty card won challenge #55 and we are delighted to have her along for this hop.  Each challenge the crew picks 5 cards and ask the members of the Colour INKspiration Facebook group to choose a winner.  Join the group and make sure to enter your project for the current challenge!  Click here to visit.


The bold & bright colours of this challenge reminded me of spring, so although the weather here is cold and wet (hello winter!), my craft room can be as warm and summery as I like.  So with the challenge colours in mind, I’ve stamped some pretty butterflies using the new Butterfly Wishes stamp set and lined them up in rows.

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

This style of card using the Stitched Rectangle Dies as a frame reminds me of butterflies on display in a museum.  I’ve make them fly as much as I can by adhering in the middle of the body and flicking up the wings….

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

But I’d like to try a card like this again with flying butterflies!  I’ll keep it on my to-do list for another challenge!

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

For the sentiment in the middle of the card, I’ve masked the other words on the ‘celebrate’ stamp with masking tape and inked it up with Versamark and heat embossed in white.  I then cut it using the Classic Label punch.  To create the banner, I used the end of the same punch.  I love when products are so versatile!

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

I have the pleasure of linking you to our guest designer – Kate Webb with her gorgeous floral creation.  These colours just work so well for flowers!

Thanks for hopping with us, can’t wait to see your creations in our Facebook group.


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Colour INKspiration #56

Hello & welcome to a Colour INKspiration challenge design team blog hop.  We’re all linking together to share projects we’ve create with the challenge colours – can you believe we’re up to #56!!!

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You may have hopped here from our amazing guest designer – Cazz Boylan.  I just loved her beautiful card!  Cazz won challenge #54 and we were delighted to have her hop with us.  To add your card for this challenge and be in the running for a guest designer spot, join us in our Facebook group – click here to visit.


All those gorgeous pink & purple tones made me want to watercolour – so I did!!!  On watercolour paper, I used an Aqua Painter to marble Melon Mambo, Berry Burst & Blackberry Bliss inks together.  I did it all at the same time (rather than waiting for each colour to dry) so they ran together to create a mix of those tones.

Little Elephant | kelly kent

The colours were just perfect for a congratulations card for a friend who welcomed a new grandbaby girl into the world this month.  With this as my plan, I added elephants in Whisper White using the Elephant Builder Punch.  I love the bright white against the vibrant watercolouring.

Little Elephant | kelly kent

To add a bit of texture to the stark white, I embossed the elephants – Quilt Top for the Grandma Elephant and Tufted  for the baby elephant.

I’ve used the Little Elephant stamp set (coordinates with the punch) for the sentiment & hearts. The hearts are clear embossed for a cute little touch.

Both the stamp set and punch are carrying over to the new catalogue – yay!

Little Elephant | kelly kent

Next on the hop is my friend Jacque Williams with a card I can’t wait to CASE!  I’m not going to spoil the surprise – but I love that she’s added that DSP to this colour combination!

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Colour INKspiration #55

Hello!  We have a fabulous colour challenge for you this week at Colour INKspiration.  There’ s a blog hop to enjoy and then all the action for the challenge happens in our Facebook group. Click here to visit and share your creation with us.

You may have hopped here from the gorgeous Lisa Whitehead who won challenge #53 and joins us as a guest designer.

Here’s the colours for challenge #55…

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You can use 3 or more of these colours in your project.

I went all out and used all 6 plus white & black as we can include basics (white, black & vanilla) and metallics.

A large part of the inspiration for my card came from the challenge photo.  I used the clouds to create the background and the Grapefruit Grove cushion to inspire the styling of the hot air balloon.

Lift Me Up | kelly kent

It was so hard to photograph the background but it’s crazy shimmery!  I used Shimmery White cardstock for my base and then added a mix of Isocol (alcohol), reinker and shimmer paint.  My first attempt at a major fail – sprtizing using a mask doesn’t work!  All the colour seeped under the mask and I got blobs rather than clouds.

The second attempt was much better applying the colour with a sponge and I got these pretty clouds.  One mix was Coastal Cabana & Frost White Shimmer Paint and the second was Smoky Slate & Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.

Lift Me Up | kelly kent

It’s hard to capture just how pretty it is!

I used the remaining challenge colours under the balloon – cut by the Up & Away Framelits.

Lift Me Up | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Lift Me Up stamp set.  I white heat embossed on Rich Razzleberry and Grapefruit Grove cardstock and then roughly snupped with scissors.  I love chopping up sentiments like this!

Lift Me Up | kelly kent

I had so much fun with these colours!  It was the perfect challenge to prompt me to put different colours together than my normal combinations!

Next up on the blog hop is my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman in QLD.

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Colour INKspiration #54

Hello!  It’s time for another Colour INKspiration challenge – possibly one of my favourites of all time.  Which is crazy – because it’s so simple.  Black & white plus a pop of colour.  But the simplicity is what makes it awesome.

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I can’t wait for you to see what the crew have come up with this week.

You may have hopped here from the gorgeous Anne Matasci.  Anne won Colour INKspiration #52 and joins us for this hope as our guest designer.  I just love her card – and I know she loves the theme as much as I do!

To join us and share your card for Colour INKspiration #54, find us on Facebook.  Click here to visit the group.

I could have made a million cards with this colour combination (if only time would allow), but sharing this sweet card made with a few items that will join the retirement hall of fame very soon.

Hand Delivered | kelly kent

The stamp set is from the Stampin’ Rewards section of the catalogue – Hand Delivered, the embossing folder is Petal Pair and the DSP is from the Brights stack.

Click here to see all the retirement list items in the online store.

Hand Delivered | kelly kent

My pop of colour is Bermuda Bay.  But like so many of the cards on this blog hop, you could sub in any pop of colour that was your favourite to change up the design.

Now that we’re using our fireplace to combat the cold weather, I’m experimenting with different locations to take photos of my cards. I love being back in the outdoors with all that natural light!

 


Next stop on the Colour INKspiration blog hop is my beautiful friend Nikki Spencer.

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Colour INKspiration #53

One of the things I love most about Colour INKspiration challenges is the variety of colour combinations.  We use inspiration photos with beautiful photography and then match them to Stampin’ Up! colours.  It sometimes throws together an unexpected combination – like this week!  A shade of green, teal, blue and pink together with white make for a fabulous starting point for some amazing projects.  Add in gold or silver for some optional bling!

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We are joined for this week by Fiona Whitehead who was the winner of challenge #51 If you’re hopping around, you have jumped here from Fiona’s blog.  If not, keep clicking on next until you get back there.

I went with Clean & Simple for my card today – wanting to have a play with the cute dies in the Well Written die set.

I’ve seen the leafy vines used by others but didn’t realise until recently that as well as the 14 word dies, this set also contains 10 fabulous extra dies.

How cute is that little birdie!?!?!

I have layered the welcome die – silver foil on top with two layers of Night of Navy underneath.  I find this gives a great depth to the sentiment and really makes it pop.  These dies are best used with Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheets so you’re not fighting with glue!

I’ve just realised as I share this card with you, that there’s no stamping!!!  It’s all paper, die cutting and embossing.  There’s so many ways to make pretty cards!

Please join us for this fun challenge.  All the action happens in our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.


Keep hopping for more great projects.  Next blog is by Jan Clothier with a very clever card!

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Colour INKspiration #51

Hello! Welcome to Colour INKspiraton for March 2019.  You may have just come here via our talented guest designer – Vicki Boucher.  Wasn’t her project great!  If you’re starting here, be sure to keep hopping until you reach Vicki to see all the great projects.

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As always, it’s a gorgeous colour palette.  I think we’re going to be seeing a lot of flowers!  But I can’t wait to see what else might come of these colours!

This challenge is bright and fun and I also can’t wait to see what you make with it. Join us on the Colour INKspiration Facebook page to share your project.


My card today was inspired by products I have sitting on my shelf that are very much part of the Stampin’ Up! range but don’t appear in the Annual or Occasions Catalogues.  Can you spot them?

Country Home | kelly kent

The embossing folder is a current Sale-A-Bration choices – available to earn until 31st March 2019. It’s so lovely in crisp white!  See all the Sale-A-Bration choices by clicking here.

Country Home | kelly kent

The stamp set is Country Home – a carryover item from the 2018 Holiday Catalogue. You can find all the carryover items by clicking here and viewing in the online store.

I’ve used Stampin’ Blends to colour the flowers & jug.  If you’re a Stampin’ Up! addict, you’ll know that there aren’t specific Blends in Pear Pizzazz and Berry Burst – so I’ve just used the closest in the range – Old Olive and Lovely Lipstick.

Country Home | kelly kent

The third ‘not in a catalogue’ item is the Stitched Seasons framelits. These were a special release item last year. The stitching is so lovely. Although retired, they are available via the online store on the clearance rack. This also means they are discounted – a fabulous bargain!!  Click here to see all the clearance rack items (all at up to 60% off retail).

Once I’d finished & photographed this card I realised how familiar it seemed to me.  Well, as it turns out, my vision for this stamp set is very one-track.  Click here to see a card I made last year with this set!!!


Thank you for joining us today for the Colour INKspiration hop.

To see more great projects, please keeping hopping and visit Rebecca Scurr and her fabulous card.

Don’t forget to join us on Facebook to share your creation!


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Colour INKspiration #50

There’s nothing like a splash of colour to brighten up the week!

Today is the start of a new challenge for Colour INKspiration and it’s so summery!  Take me there now!!!

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Unfortunately this amazing destination (or any other) isn’t on my foreseeable to-do list, so I’ll have to settle for the crafty version instead.

How about a cool & refreshing beverage???  A celebration of Colour INKspiration reaching 50 challenges!!!

Bubble Over | kelly kent

I haven’t used this stamp set in ages so it was fun to get it inky again!  I’ve kept the design CAS – clean & simple, allowing the colours to shine bright.

Remember my 2019 plan to use more embellishments?  I’ve added clear epoxy dots from a previous catalogue for a fun bubbly touch!

Bubble Over | kelly kent

The “cheers” sentiment for this card is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.  This is another ‘staple’ set I highly recommend.  You’ll find it suits lots of occasions and in this case is perfect for my summery drinks.

Bubble Over | kelly kent

Cheers! Here’s to lazy days and warm nights!!!  I plan on having a few cold beverages by the pool this weekend as we celebrate WA Day.

Next up on the Colour INKspiration blog hop is Jackie Aitken, a fellow “West Aussie” who will also be celebrating WA Day this weekend!  Visit Jackie to see her pretty card using the challenge colours.

You can also join the Colour INKspiration Challenge by uploading your card using the 5 challenge colours to our Facebook group.  Click here to jump over to Facebook.


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Colour INKspiration #49

So excited today – Colour INKspiration is back for 2019!  The Design Team is refreshed and ready to share fabulous projects with you.  We take our inspiration from the colour palettes of beautiful photography.

The year is starting with Colour INKspiration #49 and these gorgeous colours.  You might be starting here or you may have come via our lovely guest designer Virginia Hampson.

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I’ve been wanting to try some colour blending.  At our last team meeting my upline shared a tip on using glycerine with reinkers to create smoother blending.  I’m pretty sure this isn’t a new technique – but you know me… never the first to be trying things (but I get there in the end!).

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock and drops of the four colours on one of my large acrylic blocks.  I added a blob of glycerine in the corner of the block, ready for blending with my inks.  The process of blending is the same as if you just used ink, but after you’ve added ink to the dauber, pick up some glycerine as well and then apply the ink as you usually would.  I used circular motions and built up the colour gradually.  The glycerine acts as a lubricant and helps to distribute the ink more evenly.

Once I had my piece of cardstock blended with the four lovely colours, it was time to make it into something!  My original plan was a couple of cards, but I had leftovers, so I made a tag too!

Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

The card on the left is simply a strip of the coloured cardstock (5-3/8″ x 1-1/8″) adhered to a thick Whisper White cardstock base, with white baker’s twine tied around.

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The sentiment is from the Well Said bundle in Basic Black.

 

Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

For the second card, I cut 4 x Stitched Shapes circles and arranged them across a thick Whisper White cardstock base.

Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

The layout of this card was a happy accident.  I was planning something much more geometrical – but in the end the ‘random’ placement seemed to work best with the bright & fun colours.

Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

I used the same bundle (Well Said) to add the black happy birthday sentiment – this time in the reverse pattern of the first card.  To get the die cut words to adhere easily, be sure to attach Multi-Purpose Adhesive sheet (MPAS) to the cardstock before you run it through the Big Shot.  It makes it so much easier and cleaner to add the words!Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

I had some pretty blended cardstock left over, so I added MPAS to the back and cut happy birthday from the Well Written dies.  I attached this to a piece of Whisper White cardstock finished with the tag topper die from the Beautiful Layers thinlits dies.

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There’s so many possibilites now my blending skills are at next level (thanks to the glycerine!).


We’d love your project to be among the great entries we receive each challenge.  To join the challenge, simply create something using the 4 challenge colours for this fortnight and upload your card to our Colour INKspiration Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Continue the hop by visiting Julia Quinn‘s bright, cheery & yummy project…

Thanks for joining us!  You can look forward to Colour INKspiration challenges twice a month for the rest of the year!  Make sure to subscribe to my blog to see my projects for each challenge, or join the Facebook group for all the challenge information.

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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….

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

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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