Just Add Ink #492 | Sketch

Little Miss Papercraft (the biggest one) turned 9 today – squeee!!!  Sometimes I can’t believe I have a 9 year old, and sometimes it feels like I’ve been doing the groundhog parenting thing for 90 years!

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This gorgeous sketch by Jackie for Just Add Ink was the perfect inspiration for a birthday poster to go on Miss 9’s new felt noticeboard.

Tumble On | kelly kent

With my Cameo, I cut a large number 9 for the centrepiece (it’s 6″ tall and 3-1/2″ wide) from Pool Party cardstock.  I then embossed this using the Mosaic Embossing Folder.  I’ve flipped the sketch, making the 9 the oval in the middle and adding a perfectly balanced gymnast on the beam as the extra elements.

The gymnast and beam are colouring using Stampin’ Blends.  The bullet end gives such precision for colouring small images, with the light and dark option in each colour set enabling blending – even for a novice colourer like me!

Tumble On | kelly kent

The stamp set for this project is Tumble On by Waffle Flower.  When a friend shared the pre-release with me last year, I couldn’t resist adding it to my collection in our gymnastics mad household.  We joke at home that Miss 9’s inner monologue is “ooo, that’s a good place to do a cartwheel” (PS, apparently there is no bad place to do a cartwheel and anywhere goes including the back of a truck, the footpath and the side of the swimming pool!).


One gymnast didn’t seem like enough for our tumbling addict, so I made her birthday card with this set too, trying out a technique that’s been on my to do list for ages – a floating frame card.

Tumble On | kelly kent

Jennifer McGuire has a fantastic video for this technique (click here to visit).  You need GLAD Press & Seal (which is easy to get on the east coast of Australia at Costco, and in other parts of the world, but not readily available here in WA).  Lucky me – I was very kindly gifted some last year.

Tumble On | kelly kent

I stamped, coloured and die cut all the variations of the gymnast and laid them out on my base layer before holding in place with the Press & Seal.  I then cut a Stitched Rectangle in the middle, creating a frame of gymnasts around the outside edge of my card.  I popped them up with Mini Dimensionals, stuck them to the base layer and then ever so carefully peeled off the Press & Seal.

Tumble On | kelly kent

The card was finished by adding a Pool Party frame (made using two sizes of the Stitched Rectangle Dies), another gymnast in the middle, a white embossed sentiment and adhering it all to a Crumb Cake base.

And of course, there’s always room for just one more gymnast!

Tumble On | kelly kent

Happy Birthday to Miss 9 – may there be plenty of birthday cartwheels!

Tumble On | kelly kent


If this sketch inspires your creativity (and how could it not?), share your project with us on the Just Add Ink blog.  You’ll also find all the design team creations – I love seeing how everyone starts with the sketch but makes it their own!

We love seeing what you make!!  Thanks for being part of Just Add Ink with us!

Just Add Ink #490 | Add an Easel

Thank you so much to everyone that entered our start to 2020 challenge (#488 – Celebration).  If you were one of the winners, please make sure to email the JAI blog to claim your prize.

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This week Lou has challenged us to “Add an Easel”.  Of course, this could be an easel style fancy fold – or you could incorporate an easel into your project design like Tina did.  Click here to see all the design team creations and add your project to our gallery.

I wanted a fresh easel for this challenge – one I haven’t tried before.  While searching for cool easel ideals, I came across a Triple Easel Card designed by Nicole Wilson.  Nicole has very kindly put together all the measurements and instructions which you can purchase by clicking here.  Tutorials are a fabulous time saver and worth every penny to the designer!

Triple Easel Card | kelly kent

This style of easel card has three layers of easels (as the name suggests).  The back layer is created using the card base and the front two layers are created using DSP.

Triple Easel Card | kelly kentBecause all our DSP is double sided, it creates a wonderful contrast.  I’ve used the Peaceful Poppies DSP.  The colours and patterns in this DSP are absolutely gorgeous!

The colours for this card are Old Olive and Blackberry Bliss.

The flowers & leaves are cut using the Poppy Moments Dies from the Peaceful Poppies suite.  I wanted a variation in colour, so the back layer of the flower is cut using the Lily Impressions DSP* (*free during Sale-A-Bration).  Again, Stampin’ Up! shows its versatility with coordinating products both within the suite and across the range.

Triple Easel Card | kelly kent

The red poppies in the middle layer are from the Peaceful Poppies Elements – they come coloured and ready to add to your project!

Triple Easel Card | kelly kent

I’ve used the stamps from the Painted Poppies stamp set to provide coordinating patterns on the card base.  These images were stamped in Versamark and clear heat embossed for a subtle tone-on-tone effect.

Triple Easel Card | kelly kent

As with any good fancy fold design, it all folds up to regular card size ready for posting or delivering in an envelope.

Triple Easel Card | kelly kent

This card was delivered today to my newest recruit, Tanya, who took advantage of the great Starter Kit deal available during Sale-A-Bration.  Tanya received $235 of products, a bonus stamp set, a DSP sampler and a mini trimmer all for $165.  Oh, and FREE SHIPPING!!!

While she remains an active demonstrator (which will be until at least 31st July 2020), she is able to purchase all the items on her Stampin’ Up! shopping list at a 20% discount.  If she wants to, she can sell to family, friends or customers and receive an income on their purchases.

This offer is available to any Australian resident between now and 31st March 2020.  It’s great for anyone who loves a great deal on their stamping products.  The most common question I get asked is “what if I don’t make the minimum quarterly spend”? (which at the moment is $468 at retail prices – you’ll get your discount off that!).  The answer is nothing.  You get to keep all the items in your Starter Kit and you simply change from demonstrator to customer.  It’s a no-risk opportunity that I encourage everyone to take up.  You have nothing to lose and a whole team of lovely crafters ready to welcome you.

Want to join Tanya this Sale-A-Bration and join my Paper Adventures team?  Click here to purchase your Starter Kit, or message me to chat if you have more questions.

Welcome to the team Tanya – it’s so lovely to have you!

Just Add Ink #488 | Celebrate

The Just Add Ink Design Team start every new year with a whole team blog hop.  This year we’re celebrating extra hard – 10 years and 1000 followers.  What a great achievement!  Congrats to past & present Just Add Ink contributors – to my wonderful design team colleagues and especially to the wonderful crafters to join in our challenges every week.  We appreciate you being part of the JAI magic!

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The theme for the challenge is “Celebrate”.  I’ve made an interactive birthday card using a present Santa slipped into my Christmas stocking.

Birthday Bonanza Reveal Wheel card | kelly kent

The Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel die set cuts all the pieces needed (in the right proportions) to make a spinner card that reveals 4 different sentiments when you spin it around.  I’ve used the coordinating Lawn Fawn stamp set for perfectly sized sentiments.

The rest of my supplies are Stampin’ Up! – featuring a Birthday Bonanza theme.  This is my favourite suite from the 2020 Mini Catalogue.

Using an oval shaped makeup brush with a handle, I applied Granny Apple Green ink to the top half of my cardstock and Garden Green to the bottom.  I then flicked the whole piece with an Aqua Painter filled with water to add some texture.  I am currently obsessed with this style of ink background!

Birthday Bonanza Reveal Wheel card | kelly kent

I then cut with the die and added a koala and lion cut from the Birthday Bonanza DSP.  While I don’t mind fussy cutting (and you certainly could), these little cuties are cut with the Bonanza Dies.  They cut the coordinating stamp from the Bonanza Buddies stamp set – but they also cut quite a few of the DSP images.

Birthday Bonanza Reveal Wheel card | kelly kent

I love not having to worry about the colouring!  This die set also has the super cute bunting you see.  There’s also an awesome tag die that I haven’t used in this card.  I had planned to use the toucan DSP die cut on the card too, but it ended up being too busy, so I popped him in the middle.

Birthday Bonanza Reveal Wheel card | kelly kent


Next stop on our DT hop is my gorgeous bestie Lou Kitzelman who has made the sweetest garden card.

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Please join the challenge on the Just Add Ink blog and share any project you’ve made with a celebration theme.  We just love seeing what you’re making!  Just Add Ink welcomes any brand of supplies, any style and from any online platform.  Don’t have a blog, Facebook page, Instagram or Pinterest where you share your projects?  Email it to the Just Add Ink admin team and they’ll upload it for you!

As part of our milestone celebrations the design team are offering prizes. Our Top Pick & Honourable Mentions will receive a special gift.  We’ll be choosing some other entries to receive a little something also – to be eligible all you have to do is leave a comment on each of the blogs along the hop – 14 stops in total. Prizes include stamp sets, card kits, embossing folders, ribbons, rhinestones, handmade cards/tags….

PLEASE NOTE: Prizes are only eligible to South Pacific (Australia & New Zealand) entries – sorry to those of you from all around the world, postage prices are very steep these days. However, Top Pick & Honourable Mentions will receive their prize regardless of which country they live in.

To make sure you don’t miss any of the Just Add Ink projects I post throughout 2020, be sure to subscribe to my blog, or the Just Add Ink blog.

Just Add Ink #487 | Sketch

Whoops!  Did you get a blank email from me today where this post should have been?  I started it earlier in the week and had grand plans to finish it – but it’s been one of those weeks with unexpected stuff happening left right & centre and I didn’t get back to it in time before it published.

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So, my Just Add Ink card isn’t in fact invisible for this fab sketch challenge created for us this week by Jackie Aitken.  It looks like this…

Butterflies | kelly kent

The butterflies are cut down from the Butterfly Beauty Dies in Whisper White cardstock.  I’ve layered two different Pretty Peacock DSP designs from the Woven Threads pack with more Whisper White in between the layers and then on to a Whisper White Thick mat.  The placement of the butterflies over the mandalas on the DSP was completely by accident – but I always love a happy accident (in life and cardmaking!).

Butterflies | kelly kent

The sentiment is in Night of Navy, stamped from the Welcome to the Team stamp set – one of my favourites in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  In fact, all products used for this card are from the Annual Catalogue, because although we tend to move our focus forward with each new catalogue release, there are still plenty of wonderful products available for the full year of the catalogue cycle (June 2019 – June 2020).

Butterflies | kelly kent

We’ve love for you to join the final challenge of 2019 and share what you’ve created based on our sketch.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog where you can add your project to the gallery and see the other design team creations.

Thank you for all the comments, visits and love for my Just Add Ink design team cards in 2019.  When I cut back on my blogging commitments, Just Add Ink was one of the few regular commitments I kept.  I love the variety and quality of the challenges and I look forward to more opportunities in 2020 to create pretty cards and share them with you.

Just Add Ink #485 | One Layer

The best challenges are the ones that really challenge us – and although one of the simplest, the ‘back to basics’ of our Just Add One Layer challenge this week for Just Add Ink will certainly make you look at your supplies in a totally different way!

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My favourite way to add dimension when I am working with only a card base is to using masking.  This creates definition and the appearance of layers even though there’s not!

For the Win | kelly kent

To create this fun card perfect for a sports mad birthday buddy or difficult to craft for teen, I first cut a circle out of copy paper and used repositionable tape to hold it in place on the card front.

Then, using the ball stamps in Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Blueberry Bushel and Memento ink, I stamped the images all over the card base.

For the Win | kelly kent

Before I removed the copy paper circle, I drew around the edge with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker and then carefully removed the copy paper circle, leaving me with a white space to stamp my sentiment in Garden Green.

For the Win | kelly kent

And there we have it, a quick & easy card for the sports fan celebrating a birthday.

Love the stamp set and need this in your collection?  It’s called For the Win and is in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  There’s also a golf stamp which will coordinate perfectly with the new golf suite being released in the 2020 Jan – June catalogue.

For the Win | kelly kent

Think you can avoid the temptation of adding layers and want to try out one layer challenge, we’d love to see your creations in our gallery.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog where you can share your card and see the other one layer creations from the design team.

Have a great weekend,

Just Add Ink #483 | Choose Two

Hello?  How are you?  I hope you’ve been enjoying all the post OnStage sharing from the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator community.  I was lucky enough to attend the Perth event in Western Australia – about 2 hours from where I live.  There were great presentations from local & international demonstrators, fabulous sneak peeks at the new products coming in January and a fun day to catch up with friends.

This is my extended Paper Adventures team including my direct team, by upline & sidelines and a couple of local ladies we have adopted to share the fun with us.  Don’t the smiles say it all!

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There’s also room in the team for more bodies, so if joining our Paper Adventures team ever seems like the right fit for you, please let me know!


I also got a chance to hug, squeeze and laugh with the Just Add Ink girls from WA – Rachael Lewsley, Jackie Aitken and Chantell Randall.

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I always feel so lucky to be included in this group of creative & inspiring ladies.  Two of our Just Add Ink teamies were selected on the Artisan Design Team for 2020!!!  Congrats to Rochelle Block & Narelle Farrugia!

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Time to share a project for this week!  The theme is one of my favourites – Choose Two.  Your choice is Stars-Spots-Sparkle.

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My cards, which were a recent class card option, feature a star from the Stitched Stars Dies, stars on the Brightly Gleaming DSP and sparkle from the Copper Foil, copper embossing powder, copper accent through the DSP and sneak peek Champagne Rhinestones (available in 2020).

Double Curtain Fold | kelly kent

The fancy fold, commonly referred to as a Double Curtain Fold uses a 5-1/2″ x 10″ piece of DSP folded to create beautiful layers.  I adjusted the measurements slightly for an A5 size card, but used the tutorial provided by Buffy Cooper.  Click here to visit.

Score at 1″, 1-12″, 2-1/2″, 3″, 4″ & 4-1/2″ from each edge on the long side.  Mark at 2-1/4 from each short edge corner and then cut (you may like to mark this line first with a pencil) from one each mark to the edge at the 4-1/2″ score line.

This is my slightly crumpled (thanks Little Mr Papercraft for your help) template to show you what the DSP should look like before you trim the corners and fold into place.

Double Curtain Fold | kelly kent

I adhered with Tear & Tape to keep it all together, then used more T&T to attach it to the background (Very Vanilla cardstock embossed with the Hammered Metal embossing folder).

Double Curtain Fold | kelly kent

The card base is also Very Vanilla (Thick Cardstock).  It’s not a colour I work with often, but it matched this DSP so beautifully.  Class attendees had a choice between a Pretty Peacock, Night of Navy (not pictured) or Old Olive option – to coordinate with the Brightly Gleaming DSP.

Double Curtain Fold | kelly kent

Although we haven’t seen the official carryover list from the Holiday Catalogue, I can share with you that the Stitched Stars appear with a new coordinating stamp set in the January-June 2020 catalogue that we got at OnStage.  This makes me very happy!!!  There’s nothing better than a little (or lot) stitched detail on a card.

Double Curtain Fold | kelly kent

The sentiment from this set is from the beautiful Greatest Part of Christmas stamp set available in the Holiday Catalogue using Stampin’ Rewards.


To join in with our Stars-Spots-Sparkle challenge, add your card to our gallery on the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also see the rest of the design team cards.

Have a great crafty weekend,

Just Add Ink #481 | Photo Inspiration

Welcome to a Just Add Ink challenge – it’s so great to see you!  I know you’re going to love the photo inspiration for this challenge.

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If you’d like to join in and share a project inspired by this great image, you can add your photo to our gallery.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog – see the design team cards and add your creation.

I loved the colours of the photo inspiration – just so pretty!  And of course, the floral bouquet was great inspiration. So – using the colours and the styling, I made this card using the Bloom & Grow stamp set.

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

I stamped my favourite large floral stamp from this set in Crumb Cake ink across the top of a Whisper White cardstock mat, and then again (upside down) underneath this.  I knew I wanted to add a sentiment over the top, so I allowed enough space for this with a slight bit of overlap.

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

The flowers are coloured using Stampin’ Blends.  Usually I’d use black Memento ink if I was colouring with Blends, but as all our classic Stampin’ Up! inks are water based, you can use any of these and then colour with Blends.  How cool is that???

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

The Stampin’ Blends colours are Light Cajun Craze, Light Calypso Coral, Light & Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Mango Melody, Light & Dark Granny Apple Green and Dark Mint Macaron.

I was so obsessed with the large floral images in this set that I had completely overlooked the small images that match!  They are the sweetest and make for a great carry through to the middle.

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card comes from the Beautiful Day stamp set. White heat embossed on Soft Suede cardstock.

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

And the final touch for my card was to mount the front panel onto a piece of burlap from the Pressed Petals DSP.  I don’t often use DSP as a base layer – but in this case I love how it finishes the card.  The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock for a lovely neural finish.


Thanks for joining me today.  It’s such a pleasure to be able to share with you.  I hope you find the time to join in our challenge and share your beautiful creation with us on the Just Add Ink blog.  We love visiting your blog, Pinterest, Instagram or other online location!

Have a great weekend,

Just Add Ink #479 | Colour Challenge

Hello!  Welcome to Just Add Ink challenge #479.  The theme for this hop is a fresh & cute colour combination…

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The weather is just starting to warm up here in the south west of Australia.  I’m predicting almost perfect weekend weather with warm sunshine and lots of time for Team Kent to play outdoors.  I feel a beach day coming!!!

I love it when white is specific included in a colour challenge – it’s a great excuse to use lots of white space with a pop of colour.  I’ve created a baroque style white on white background using the star flourish die from the Stitched Stars Dies in the 2019 Holiday Catalogue.  Although the cutting takes a little time (I think I used 6 or 7 star flourishes to create the background), it’s made so much easier by using adhesive sheet or tape on the back of the cardstock before you cut it with the die.Stitched Stars | kelly kent

You’ll see this isn’t a Christmas card!   Even if you don’t plan to make starry Christmas cards this year, buy these stars dies for your forever collection – you can’t go wrong!  They are perfect for so many occasions!

Stitched Stars | kelly kent

The birthday sentiment is from the I Say Hello stamp set.  I love a no fuss birthday stamp!  It fits the Classic Label punch perfectly with room to snips the pointy ends off for a rectangle finish.

Stitched Stars | kelly kent

Thanks for visiting today!  We’ve love to have you join our challenge.  Click on the banner below to visit the Just Add Ink blog, see the rest of the design team cards and upload your own card to the challenge.

Have a great weekend – hope the weather is also amazing wherever you are!

Just Add Ink #477 | Sketch

It’s a fabulous sketch for Just Add Ink tonight!

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This sketch could take you anywhere!  The design team have had such fun with it – flipping it, rotating it, stretching it and making it into wonderful cards!  We’d like you to do the same – share your project inspired by this sketch to the gallery on the Just Add Ink blog.

I’ve added a touch of magic to the sketch with the unicorn from the Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set.  I’ve been having fun with this sweet set – it’s perfect in a house with lots of girls!

Leave a Little Sparkle | kelly kent

The unicorn is heat embossed in silver and then had its mane coloured with Watercolour Pencils – Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry & Bermuda Bay.

Leave a Little Sparkle | kelly kent

For the background, I clear heat embossed the stars on Shimmery White and then blended inks – Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape & Bermuda Bay .Before adding ink.

Add in a bit of Whisper White Polka Dot Ribbon, a Melon Mambo lace border, a white heat embossed sentiment and a couple of pearls  – and we’re done!

Leave a Little Sparkle | kelly kent

This card will be perfect for the next girly party we go to!  It’s always handy to have some cards on hand for when life gets a bit busy and there’s more parties than craft time!

 

Just Add Ink #475 | Food

Today’s Just Add Ink theme is about one of my favourite topics – FOOD!

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My other favourite subject at the moment is the never ending question of ‘when will summer arrive’.  So I’ve combined the two and created a sweet summery watermelon card.

Pigment Sprinkles Watermelon | kelly kent

The watermelon as my food item was inspired by the new Pigment Sprinkles.  I had them on my desk from prepping a class last week and they were screaming watermelon to me!  Pigment sprinkles are similar to Brushos – but made with Stampin’ Up! colours.  Beautiful, intense Stampin’ Up! colours.

The watermelon is Melon Mambo and Granny Apple Green on Watercolour Paper (different pieces).  I sprinkled the powders, spritzed with water then left them to dry.  The different crystals within the pigment inks give the most amazing colour variations.  And the colours are so intense!

Pigment Sprinkles Watermelon | kelly kent

Once the watercolour paper was dry, I cut three ovals (Layering Oval Dies) – the largest from the Granny Apple Green pigment sprinkles, the next size down from Whisper White cardstock and the smallest from the Melon Mambo pigment sprinkles.  I adhered the ovals together and then cut it in half giving me a cut watermelon segment.  I prefer my real watermelon seedless – but a few black seeds on my craft version finishes it off nicely!  The seeds are from the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.

Then all my sweet piece of watermelon needed was a card base to go on (Granny Apple Green).  The bottom layers are Garden Green cardstock, Garden Green DSP from the retired Regals pack and Whisper White cardstock embossed with the Corrugated Embossing Folder (currently not available to order but hopefully it will be back soon).

The sentiment is from the Piece of Cake stamp set.  The font is a little smaller than I would have liked, but I love the message!  Besides, the watermelon is definitely the hero of this dish (any Masterchef fans???).

Pigment Sprinkles Watermelon | kelly kent

I can’t wait to see what food related stamping you’re going to show us!  It’s going to be sweet!!!

Share your projects on the Just Add Ink blog and see all the yummy creations the design team have made.