Just Add Ink #504 | Colour Combination

Be still my beating heart, check out the colour combination for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge!

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I love any colour combination that features gray & a pretty colour.  Yellow and gray is my usual go to, but the inclusion of pink at the suggestion of Tina is wonderful!  I can’t wait to see what the rest of the design team create.  You can see all their creations on the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also join the challenge there by sharing your card in the gallery.

One of my favourite stamp sets for creating baby cards is Fable Friends. The sweet little rabbit is adorable and I love the font for the sentiment!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

Unfortunately, this stamp set has grown up and is ready for retirement.  It hasn’t sold out yet – you can still add one to your forever collection in my online store.  Click here to visit.

Fable Friends | kelly kent

It must admit, it’s taken me a while to get on board with the gingham craze – and of course it’s right as these gorgeous patterns retire!!  Stampin’ Up! are releasing new colour stacks of DSP.  If you’re a new (or long term) gingham fan, I’d suggest stocking up!  Rococo Rose (featured here) is part of the 2019-2021 In Color pack.  It’s currently in stock AND on special!!!  Click here to visit my online store.  You can also order packs for 2018-2020 In Colors, Brights & Regals (Subtles and Neutrals have sold out already).

Other retiring items on this card are the Whisper White twine (sold out & I’m rocking quietly in the corner!) and the Stitched Labels Dies (still available on the Last Chance Retirement List).

Fable Friends | kelly kent

This layout for this card was inspired by this creation by Lisa Arana.  I love a layout that you can adapt to different occasions – and this cut out corner card is a great staple design.

As we head into the weekend, I hope you find some time to relax, to be social and to be creative!

 

 

Just Add Ink #502 | Sketch

It’s sketch week at Just Add Ink.  This little beauty was designed by Tina and I know you’re going to find lots of creative ways to use it.

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I needed to make a card for a special little guy who’s turning 4.  Thank goodness the post is still running so I can send him some birthday love.

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

I love card with layers but I’m not always so good with putting them together.  Sketches give some really great suggestions about where to layer!

For this card I’ve used a strip of the Dinoroar DSP on the card based and then added a mat layer (Pretty Peacock & Whisper White).  The Whisper White is embossed using the Stone Embossing Folder (Sale-A-Bration 2020, it’s no longer available but I love it for this theme!).

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

On top of that I added a vellum circle, Pumpkin Pie cardstock strip, Old Olive grass strip (this isn’t Stampin’ Up! – it’s a stand alone Sizzix die I’ve had for years) and a dinosaur cut from Dinoroar DSP using the Dino Dies.  I am having so much fun at the moment using the perfectly coloured images from DSP on cards.

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

The final touch is a “Happy Birthday” sentiment on the front from the Label Me Bold stamp set.

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

I carried through the theme to the inside adding a number 4 for the birthday boy in Noble Peacock Foil, some stamped dino prints from the Dino Days stamp set and a smaller version of the elements from the front of the card.  I do like matchy-matchy!

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

This suite is one of many in the catalogue where the dies cut out the DSP.  The added versatility for both the dies and the DSP is wonderful!


To see all the cards from the design team using the sketch and add your project to our gallery, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

Have a great weekend!

Just Add Ink #500 | Add a Die Cut Word

The Just Add Ink Design Team are super excited to be sharing 500 challenges!!!  Not only did we make it to this point, but our challenges continue to be popular with lots of stampers joining in every week from around the world using a range of different brands.  It’s an honor to be involved in the Just Add Ink community.  Thank you to everyone who shares their creation in our gallery for challenges – we appreciate you!

To celebrate this amazing milestone, we have turned this challenge into a blog hop.  Click through the next button on each post to visit the whole design team and see what they’ve made.

It’s a great challenge, suggested by Jan – Just Add a Die Cut word!

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As fun as this challenge is, it was a sad crafty reason for me this week with another of my friends losing someone close to them.  I’ve made a string of sympathy cards since the beginning of the year.

This card started with some fussy cutting of the Pressed Petals DSP.  The floral photography is so beautiful and vivid and made a great centrepiece for my card.

The die cut word is from the Well Written Dies, with the coordinating ‘heartfelt’ from the Well Said stamp set.

One of my favourite techniques for using word dies is to using adhesive tape on the cardstock before cutting, cut several of the same word and then layer them on top of each other for some depth & texture.

Since the front of the card is so plain, I’ve added more DSP to the middle of the card and followed through the centre panel (cut using the Nature’s Thoughts Dies which were available as a special purchase last month).

I find the colours in this DSP beautiful and the styling very serene.

Next up on the blog hop is the gorgeous Tina Gillespie with her fabulous project.  I always look forward to Tina’s take on each challenge.  She has such a diverse range of products and comes up with such unique cards!

To upload your creation to the gallery for this special challenge, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

 

Just Add Ink #498 | Add “E”

As the world goes into lots of forms of reduced services and isolation, I’ve been reflecting on how lucky we are to have the internet!  For social interaction, for news & updates and for crafty inspiration!

For now, it’s business as usual for both Stampin’ Up! and Australia Post, so by shopping in my online store (click here to visit) you can still get crafty supplies delivered to your door.

I also feel lucky to be connected to a wonderful community of lovely stampers including the Just Add Ink design team.  Today we’re sharing another challenge theme – Just Add “E”.  It’s a great theme to get you thinking about what stamps, techniques or themes you can create starting with “E”.

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As we embark on voluntary isolation, I’ve added “Education” as my theme, making some accessories for the Little Miss Papercrafts to use in our at home school experience.

Following my instinct and the advice of some parenting experts I respect, our approach to home schooling is going to be very casual for the immediate future.  Our time at home is a long game – they are predicting students won’t return to school for many months.  But, there’s always a place for stationary!!!  I know these little gifts for the girls will add some excitement to the pending time at home.

Corner Bookmark | kelly kent

For our “everything pretty & pink” Little Miss, I’ve made a unicorn corner bookmark.  This style of bookmark is so easy to make using some simple origami steps.  Click here to visit the tutorial I used.

For our “animal loving, plans to be a vet” Little Miss I made a nature themed bookmark using the Tropical Oasis DSP and chinchilla from the Witty-cisms stamp set.

Corner Bookmark | kelly kent

Did you read Babysitters Club books as a child?  I think I read every one every published and I’m sad I didn’t keep hold of them, so I was excited to able to pick some up second hand recently!

Corner Bookmark | kelly kentTo go with each bookmark, I covered a wood coaster tile with DSP and a bulldog clip with coordinating DSP to create a post it note holder.  These are my favourites to make as a quick and easy desk gift.  The coasters are from the KAISERwood range and available here in Australia from Spotlight (and other craft supply stores I’m sure!).

Corner Bookmark | kelly kent

How stunning is the Best Dressed DSP?!?!  It makes a great unicorn flower crown.  The horn and eyes are from a Pink Fresh Studio set.  The post-it note sentiment is from the Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set.

Corner Bookmark | kelly kent

I’m not sure if Alexa knows what a Chinchilla is (we don’t have them in Australia), so this seems like a great research project for home at school! The other activities I have planned are baking, outdoor exploring, yoga, Lego, reading, writing and sleeping in (this might be my favourite part!).  I’m sure there’ll be some movies, some board games and even some crafting in the mix!

Thinking of my fellow crowned home school parents – we’re all in this together, and like most things in life, this too shall pass.


To see more design team projects and to add your “E” creation to our gallery, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

Just Add Ink #496 | Photo Inspiration

This week for Just Add Ink the inspiration comes from a photo chosen by Lou Kitzelman.

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In a late night crafting session amongst a busy week, I had some peaceful crafty therapy making this music themed birthday card.

Here’s a late night pic of my card …

Music From The Heart | kelly kent

Stamp set: Music From the Heart

Dies: Stitched Shapes

Cardstock: Whisper White, Terracotta Tile

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Blushing Bride

Stampin’ Blends: Light & Dark Calypso Coral


If you have time to join our challenge, please stop by the Just Add Ink blog to share your project to our gallery. Click here for the direct link.

Here’s to a weekend filled with music & craft!

Just Add Ink #494 | Colour Combination

You’ve joined me this week for the sweetest pastel colour combination for the Just Add Ink challenge.

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So many ways you could go with this!  It’s perfect for soft florals, awesome for pretty baby and a wonderful wedding combination!

I’ve chosen a boho meets tribal theme…

Boho Tribal Card | kelly kent

I started with the arrow stamp (which I LOVE!) from the Heartfelt stamp set in Smoky Slate.  I then created a floral posy using a combination of dies including the new Ladybug Dies (great for things other than ladybugs!) and the Bouquet Bunch Dies.

Boho Tribal Card | kelly kentTo get some colour variation from only two colours (Petal Pink & Soft Sea Foam), I used a combination of dies cut from ink blending on Whisper White and dies cut straight from cardstock.

Boho Tribal Card | kelly kentVellum always adds a nice touch to any floral spray and pearls are a great embellishment when you want a little extra elegance.

The card front was layered on Parisian Blooms DSP – Petal Pink with champagne foiling for the words.

Boho Tribal Card | kelly kent

I’ve left this card sentiment free, because I really love having cards in my stash that I can use for any occasion.

Stop by the Just Add Ink blog to share your project with us and join in this colour challenge.  If you don’t own Stampin’ Up! colours, any soft pink, green and gray will work perfectly.

Have a great weekend!

 

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.