Just Add Ink #549 | Choose Two

It’s a Choose Two theme for Just Add Ink this week, and you have me to thank – or curse – for the choices!

I love the boho look of flowers with feathers! I must admit there was a component of challenge in leaving the leaves out, so that I just had two of the choose two elements. In the end I worked around it by using the feathers as the foliage.

The featured stamp set for this card is Beautiful Friendship. This is currently on the Last Chance Retirement List and will retire on 3rd May 2021 – or when supplies run out in the warehouse. These flowers are so wonderfully whimsy!

The feathers are from two other stamp sets – Tasteful Touches and Positive Thoughts. They’ve been getting a bit of workout lately – I’ve been loving incorporating feathers into my designs.

The colours for this card are Sahara Sand for the base, Rococo Rose (from the Sand & Sea DSP) for the background and Basic White with Subtle Embossing for the panels. The florals are Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose, Pool Party and Highland Heather. The feathers are Pretty Peacock, Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake. The accessories are White Polka Dot Ribbon, Blushing Bride Metallic Ribbon and Elegant Faceted Gems.

I can’t wait to see all the floral entries for this challenge. I know there’ll be lots of petals and leaves, but I’m excited to see what leaves & feathers and petals & feathers creations you’ll share. To add your project to the gallery, visit the Just Add Ink blog by clicking here. You can also see all the ways the design team used the leaves, feathers & petals.

Thanks for supporting Just Add Ink – we really appreciate you all!

Just Add Ink #543 | sketch

Hello! Thanks for stopping in for today’s Just Add Ink challenge. It’s a sketch theme – one that I know you’ll love! This would work for a card, scrapbook page or mixed media project. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

To enter the challenge, please visit the Just Add Ink blog and add your creation to the gallery. You can also see how the rest of the JAI design team used the sketch for inspiration.

I thought the layout of this sketch worked well to show off some of the patterns in the Whale of a Time DSP as a whole sheet – using the tiled effect to add texture.

For the turtle card, I rotated the sketch to go with the layout of the swimming turtles.

The sentiment is from the Seaside Notions stamp set, cut out with a Stitched Rectangle Die. I added in a fussy cut turtle from another sheet in the pack and finished it all off with white twine from the Snail Mail twine combo pack.

The second card uses more stamps from the Seaside notions stamp set – which coordinates beautifully with this DSP.

The seahorse was stamped in Versamark on Pretty Peacock cardstock and then heat embossed in white. And then fussy cut! I don’t mind fussy cutting, so I know some crafters that would like a die for everything!

Thanks for visiting today, I hope you have a marvellous weekend.

Just Add Ink #541 | Blended Background

Hey there, thanks for joining me for another Just Add Ink challenge. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s the variety in the Just Add Ink challenges that I love so much.

Today’s challenge is to add a Blended Background. I can’t wait to see how everyone does this – brushes, daubers, sponge rollers, ink pads…. this technique has lots of ways to reach your end point. I used the new Stamping Brushes by Stampin’ Up!. These makeup style brushes make seamless blending so easy. To help, I used Shimmery White cardstock with its ultra smooth surface and beautiful shimmer to help blend the colours.

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

Before applying the ink, I stamped the wildflowers from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set in Versamark and added Clear Embossing Powder. This is the Emboss Resist Technique and always a favourite when working with blended backgrounds. It means when you rub the ink over the cardstock, it doesn’t take up ink where the clear embossing is and that part remains whatever colour your background started (in this case white).

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

The colours I used for the ink blending are Daffodil Delight, Magenta Madness and Gorgeous Grape. I really wanted the colours to be bright and fun for this get well card.

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

I always like to balance the bright colours with black and white contrast. The dragonfly and the sentiment are white heat embossed on Basic Black cardstock. The get well soon sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set. It’s often my go to because I love the font and it’s got really sensible sayings that you want to put on the front of cards.

We’d love to see your blended background projects. Please share your creation in the gallery on the Just Add Ink blog to join in the challenge. You can also see the other design team cards for colour & design ideas with ink blending.

Have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #539 | Choose Two

After a fabulous blog hop earlier in the month, we are back to the regular cycle of Just Add Ink challenges. Today’s “Choose Two” challenge, selected by Di, gives you frames, banners and bow to choose from. Honestly, I could have crafted with all three of these!!!

I made two cards for this theme, with very similar layouts. As soon as I started thinking about this Choose Two challenge, it all came together quite easily. I’ve used the Stitched Rectangle Dies frame as a border for my card and added Banner Pick a Punch banners to the top left corner. I love both of these elements and it’s a layout I regularly pull out. I had to stop myself from adding a bow to the banner!!!

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

This was my first play with the Kangaroo & Company stamp set and the coordinating Kangaroo Dies. Can I just say – I’m in love! The kangaroo stamps so beautifully and is so easy to colour. The extra pieces are the perfect size and provide great accessories for the sweet kangaroo. And everything you can stamp can be cut out with the Kangaroo Dies!

HELLO BABY

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

This card has the baby kangaroo in the Mumma’s pouch. When you die cut the big kangaroo, it cuts across the top of the pouch so you can slide the builder pieces in there. So cool!!! You can also add a message to the tag that slides in and out but I’ve left it plain and just have the novelty of the baby jumping out for some fun!

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The DSP for these creations is the Hydrangea Hill DSP. It’s so pretty! It helps that the colours are some of my favourites to craft with! The hello baby card has tones of Rococo Rose and Blushing Bride, with a Crumb Cake coloured kanga. The sentiment was cut using a heart die from the Be Mine Stitched Dies.

JUST HOPPING BY

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The second card uses more of the Hydrangea Hill DSP – this time in blue & purple tones with a Smoky Slate kangaroo.

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The pouch is covered by the pretty floral bouquet coloured in Highland Heather, Seaside Spray and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends. The sentiment on this card was cut using a starburst style circle die from the Tasteful Label Dies.


Do you have a favourite layout that you love to return to? Sometimes a good layout is all you need to start that creative process and get you on the way to a gorgeous card!

To see more of the design team’s projects for this challenge, jump on over to the Just Add Ink blog. You can also join the challenge there and share your “Choose Two” project on our gallery.

Have a wonderful weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Wrapped Bouquet

Hello! Although craft time has been somewhat limited during our very busy school holidays, I carved out a little time yesterday while the Mini Papercrafts

There’s two points of easy inspiration for me when I’m sort on time to explore the creative journey – CASEing a card and using a challenge. These cards ended up being a combination of the two.

CASEing the Catty Challenge #302 was to CASE a floral project and Just Add Ink #538 had a brilliant sketch.

So with those two sources of inspiration and a handful of new products at my fingertips, I decided on getting the new Wrapped Bouquet bundle inky.

Here’s the catalogue inspiration photo from the Wrapped Bouquet page…

Using the layouts, styling and DSP patterns from the inspiration photos, and keeping the Wrapped Bouquet bundle as the centrepiece, these are my versions –

Wrapped Bouquet | kelly kent

You can see that I changed just enough of the design to make it my own, but used enough of the inspiration samples to make designing cards while on limited crafting time easy & pleasant.

For the first card (top left), I changed up the background to match the Just Add Ink inspiration photo – moving the black & white squared DSP from a whole background to smaller rectangle and then adding in another one using the same DSP pattern as used in the other sample. These DSPs are both from the Well Suited DSP.

Wrapped Bouquet | kelly kent

I chose a one tone colour palette on each card to go with the neutrals (black, white, grey) as the pop of colour. This card is Blushing Bride and Rococo Rose – I seem to be on a pink run at the moment!

Wrapped Bouquet | kelly kent

This bouquet from the stamp set is my favourite of the two, so I used on both cards, but there is another floral bouquet option. The Wrapped Bouquet stamp set coordinates with the Wrapped Flowers Dies which cuts out the whole stamp perfectly. There’s also a die in the set which cuts out a rectangle with crease lines to turn it into the paper for the bottom of the bouquet, but the stamped version was cute, so I’ll save that for another project.


The second card uses the layout of the catalogue card (bottom right), with a different colour palette. I love a good layout and this one was too good to mess with so I changed up the colours. Mint flowers – yes please!!!

Wrapped Bouquet | kelly kent

In keeping with my mesh of the two catalogue cards, I’ve included the black & white squared DSP for one of the strips. The other is Mint Macaron. as well as Pretty Peacock for the tag and Soft Sea Foam for the leaves – in keeping with a one tone pop of colour. The flowers are coloured with Soft Sea Foam & Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blends.

Wrapped Bouquet | kelly kent

Want to join in with either of these challenges? You’ll find CASEing the Catty on Facebook and Just Add Ink via their blog.

The magic question for the rest of the week – will I get any more time at the craft table??? There’s only a few more days of school holidays here in Western Australia and then summer break is over. We’ll be back to early morning wake ups, packed lunches and some sort of a routine! As much as I’ve missed getting inky, I’ve loved having the kids home and getting out and about every day! Why can’t we have it all??? 🙂

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #537 | Family Blog Hop

Happy New Year from the Just Add Ink Team! We’re starting off with a traditional blog hop. The theme is family. Clicking ‘next’ on each blog post will take you around to see each design team member, but you can also see all the posts on the Just Add Ink blog. Click through to the blog to share your family inspired projects.

One of my favourite things about card making is being able to add a personal touch. Whether it’s making the card and gift coordinate, using their favourite colours, or creating a theme that’s uniquely them.

This card is for my brother-in-law who is mad about his drone.

High Tide | kelly kent

He’s recently started sharing his drone photography and they are sensational! Check out his socials – Facebook & Instagram. He lives in Albany, a coastal suburb of south western Australia which makes for picturesque land & sea photos. We were lucky enough to visit last year and did some wonderful sightseeing. This is Team Kent at the Wind Farm.

Although Albany isn’t primarily known for it’s lighthouses, they do have terrific coastline and I loved the symbolism of the High Tide stamp set. Albany is known for it’s many peaks, so I’ve combined this set with the Waterfront stamp set to create an ocean & beyond inspired card.

High Tide | kelly kent

This card gave me a chance to play with new and old favourites including getting my new Blending Brushes inky and trying out a cloud mask (brand: My Favourite Things). The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set and the DSP is In Good Taste DSP. At new catalogue launch times, I find I really have to focus on everything I have in my collection – not yet the newest additions.

High Tide | kelly kent

The final touch for this card was the drone, which is a free png image I found online cut in black vinyl on my Silhouette Cameo machine and applied to the card. This shape would have been so hard to piece together using Stampin’ Up! supplies, so I’m grateful to have a range of tools at my disposal to make my vision come to life.


Next up on the blog hop is my super duper awesome friend Lou Kitzelman with an adorable creation to share with you. Keep hopping to see all the fab creations from the design team and don’t forget to join the challenge yourself my sharing your project into the gallery on the Just Add Ink blog.

Have a wonderful weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #534 | colour challenge

Hello December! Have things starting Jingle Bell-ing at your house yet? For the first time ever, we put our tree up early this year, before the traditional 1st December. It’s one of my most hated jobs, so I tasked Mr Papercraft & the Minis with tree construction & decoration and took off to my Stampin’ Up! team Christmas party! Win-win!!! They did a great job!

The theme for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge isn’t specifically Christmas, but the colours do lend themselves to a classic Christmas theme, so I know we’re going to see a lot of festive crafting. We’d love for you to join the challenge – click here to visit the main JAI blog and add your project to our gallery.

My creation for this challenge uses the stamp set from the Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin Kit. You won’t find this is in the catalogue – it’s a special purchase available exclusively to Stampin’ Up! customers while stocks last. You get materials to make 8 fabulous Christmas cards, but also a stamp set and Just Jade ink spot. The stamp set is what drew me in – a beautiful font and pretty theme!

Joy to the World | kelly kent

Although clean and simple (CAS) in the design with lots of white to complete the challenge colours, there’s a bit of fussy cutting in this card for the wreath and flower. Perhaps not ideal for mass production, but a great way to pass some time while watching a favourite TV show.

I’ve coloured the images for the card using a combination of Stampin’ Blends and Stampin’ Write Markers. Though I don’t generally colour large spaces with Stampin’ Write Markers, they are a great option for smaller spaces when there’s not a Blend available in the colour you want (for this card it was Pear Pizzazz for the leaves).

Joy to the World | kelly kent

The embossing folder is one of the mini style (Greenery – from the Annual Catalogue). I have exciting mini news to share with you!!! The Mini Stamp and Cut Embossing Machine is available now as a pre-order for demonstrators and in January for customers. That means you can buy it during Sale-A-Bration (which starts 5th Jan 2021) and get a free Sale-A-Bration item!!!

If you can’t wait til then – my advice is to join my Paper Adventures team and add it to your Starter Kit. You’ll get to choose the Mini S&CEM plus another $131 of products and you’ll only pay $169 with free shipping and a 20% discount on everything you buy while you are an active demonstrator. Plus, you’ll join our amazing team (well, I think we’re amazing!). Click here to visit the join page or message me for more information (Facebook, Instagram, email).

Joy to the World | kelly kent

Since this stamp set has such a beautiful font and a verse that’s perfect for the inside of the card, I embellished the middle to. My stamping straight in the middle of a card tip is to stamp on a smaller piece, cut it out with a cute framelit (I’ve used the Stitched Rectangle Dies) and then adhere it to your card middle. No more wonky stamping or wasted card stock. You could also use your Stamparatus to line it up.

I’ve had a look at the design team cards for this week – and it seems that the Joy to the World stamp set is popuar with a few of us! Click here to see all the design team cards and to enter one of your projects for the challenge.

Have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #532 | sketch

Hello! I love that Just Add Ink goes live in time for all your weekend crafting. Hopefully there’s lots of it for you! This week’s challenge is a sketch – I hope it’s inspiring for whatever project you have on your to-do list, or just for a play with your favourite products.

This sketch lends itself to any type of card you’d need to make. I’m firmly in the Christmas zone at the moment and have used it to make a holly themed Christmas card using the gorgeous flocked specialty paper – Plush Poinsettia.

Banner Year | kelly kent

The holly stamps and Christmas Wishes sentiment are from the Banner Year stamp set.

Banner Year | kelly kent

Although my favourite Christmas cards are generally not the traditional red & green combination, it seemed like the right choice to coordinate with the flocking. The card base and holly berries are Cherry Cobbler and the holly leaves are Shaded Spruce. I really love how the rich colours against the white turned out!

Banner Year | kelly kent

The final touches for this card was gold twine (from the Wonder of the Season Combo Ribbon Pack) and a white on black heat embossed sentiment.

If you use this sketch to inspire a project this week, please share it with us on the Just Add Ink blog. You can also see all the design team cards here too.

Thanks for visiting. Have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #530 | Stamps, Paper, Ink

Hello! Thanks for joining me for Just Add Ink this week. It’s a fabulous theme – back to the roots of what we do and love…. stamps, paper & ink!

That’s right – just those things. No punches, no dies, no fancy embellishments – just the basics for papercraft!

The design for my card, using the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set takes inspiration from the stamp set sleeve! I lined up the gnomes on top of the printed cover in the same pattern and then attached them to my block so that when I stamped them on the card front, they were in exactly the same position as they appear on the stamp set case. Did you know that unless stated, all Stampin’ Up! artwork images are shown at 100% in the catalogue and on the stamp set cover. It makes it so much easier to visualise how they will look and stamp on your card.

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

In keeping with only using ink, stamps and paper for my card, I’ve coloured the images with a Blender Pen and ink directly from the stamp pad. The colour scheme for the gnomes was inspired by a gorgeous card i saw by Laura Mackie. You can see her gnomes by clicking here. The colours are Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and a touch of Granny Apple Green and Crushed Curry.

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

The final addition to the card was a solid black line drawn with a fine tip sharpie pen and ruler and a Christmas sentiment underneath. Remember how much I love fonts – I love this font!!!

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

I can’t wait to see the variety of ways you all interpret this challenge. Try to keep it as simple as possible. We want to see the stamps, paper and ink shine! Add your card to the gallery on the Just Add Ink blog. Click here to visit. You’ll also find all the other design team cards with more ideas on how to create a card just using the basics.

Have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #528 | Choose Two

Hello! Thanks for joining me for another Just Add Ink challenge. This week it’s a Choose Two theme; create any project using two of the options – sequins, ribbons or metallic foil.

I could have easily used all three of these fabulous crafting accessories and after some internal debate over which idea to go with, I ended up choosing metallic foil and sequins to make a Christmas shaker card.

Heartfelt Christmas | kelly kent

The design for this card started with the ‘heartfelt Christmas’ sentiment from the A Merry Hello stamp set which led me to a heart themed layout!

Some of my stampers hadn’t noticed this super cute set at the back of the Aug-Dec Mini catalogue – have you? It’s available for free using Stampin’ Rewards, which you earn on orders over $250 (in Australia, other areas have different reward structures). Click here to shop in my online store, add your favourite products and earn “A Merry Hello” for free!

Heartfelt Christmas | kelly kent

I love the hearts from the Be Mine Stitched Dies. Scallops and stitching – yes please!!! The different sizes allow for beautiful layering. I’ve used vellum in the middle for a different medium to create the shaker, and the Sequins for Everything mix in the middle. There’s 4 colour variations in the pack. I’ve used the green tones and the metallic tones to match the DSP.

Heartfelt Christmas | kelly kent

I had originally planned to use a solid foil, but when choosing a DSP, I couldn’t resist the gold foiling in the Ornate Garden DSP. Of course we have a catalogue full of pretty Christmas DSPs, but after crafting with them for the last month, I felt the need to go with a different pattern. You’ll find the Ornate Garden DSP in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue!

See the shaker in action…

I know you’ve all got sequins, ribbon and metallic foil in your crafting stash, so if you’re in need of some inspiration for a project over the next week, please use our theme and share your creation on our blog.

Have a great weekend,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com