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!

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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.

Just Add Ink #473 | Choose Two

It’s so lovely to be back designing for a Just Add Ink challenge.  Apart from the fabulous group of ladies in the design team, one of the things that tempted me to stay with JAI is the range of challenges.  It’s a great way to inspire a range of creativity.with a rotating list of fabulous challenge themes.  This week it’s “Choose Two” – Metallics, Twine or Washi Tape.

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I am a serial washi tape hoarder.  I buy a new set almost every catalogue and so rarely use it.  The washi from last year’s Holiday Catalogue is currently on the clearance rack (click here to check it out the Clearance Rack), which reminded me to use it – and lots of it!

Images © Stampin' Up! ®
Images © Stampin’ Up! ®

The wreath for this card was created by wrapping washi tape around a cardstock ring (made with circle dies).

Christmas Washi Wreath | kelly kent

WASHI TIP: Use the metallic washi from the Suite Season washi pack to line the outside edge of the mat layer – creating a pretty layer underneath your card front.

Christmas Washi Wreath | kelly kentEMBOSSING TIP: Run your cardstock through the Subtle folder twice – once each direction to create more texture.

Christmas Washi Wreath | kelly kent

The dimensions for this card:

  • Card Base (Whisper White Thick) – 5″ x 10″, scored at 5″
  • Mat Layer (Whisper White with Washi Tape border) – 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″
  • Card Front (Whisper White embossed with the Subtle folder) – 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″

Christmas Washi Wreath | kelly kent

The ribbon for this card is retired.  Ribbon is another thing I hoard, so I’m trying to use more of my stash before succumbing to the new pretty ribbon in the 2019 Holiday Catalogue.

The stamp set is brand new though – and a total favourite (even at this early stage!).  You’ll want to get your hands on the new and amazing Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.  It’s perfect for just about every Christmas greeting you’ll need this holiday season.

Click here to see it in the online store.


If you have some hoarded craft supplies that need some love, join us for this Choose Two challenge.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog to add your project to the link up.

Have a great weekend!

Just Add Ink #465 | The Season

We’ve got a fun challenge for you this week at Just Add Ink.  It might stretch your creative boundaries – but you can do it!  We’re adding ‘The Season’ – as in the weather.  Be inspired by the season you’re currently experiencing or your favourite season.

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Here in the south west of Australia, it’s winter.  Some days that means clouds, rain, wind and storms.  But other days that means sunshine and magical weather.  We are very lucky.  Today we were blessed with lots of sunshine!

When I was making this card earlier it in the week, it wasn’t so pleasant – so I was inspired to use my new silhouette stamp set and make a lovey-dovey card with a cute couple snuggling under an umbrella.

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The stamp set is Silhouette Scenes from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It’s fast becoming one of my favourites!

To create the silhouette, I set the stamp up on my Stamparatus, inked the whole stamp using Seaside Spray ink and stamped this directly onto the DSP.  I then reinked in Blueberry Bushel ink (without cleaning the stamp) and stamped again.  And then again in Night of Navy.  The final layer was Versamark (clean your stamp first) with clear embossing powder.  This gave the silhouette a gorgeous dewy look.

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

Stamping on DSP is something I never think to do – but for this card, it seemed perfect!  The ripped edge added a bit of texture to an otherwise plain layout.

The Smoky Slate background is embossed using the Subtle embossing folder – another favourite of mine!

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The sentiment is a simple ‘love’ from the Well Written Dies using 5 layers of cardstock – one Night of Navy and four Whisper White.  I love how deluxe all those layers look!!!

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The hearts on the card are from a retired pack of enamel shapes I have.  I use lots of my craft supplies but for some reason I seem to collect embellishments.  So, I’m on a mission this year to use them on my cards.  Of course I’ll still buy new ones too, so there should be lots of embellishing going on!!!


We’d love to see your seasonal card.  Show us what the weather looks like where you live (can you imagine the potential for some gorgeous scrapbooking pages!!!) or share a project that features your favourite season.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog where you can upload your creation and see all the design team projects.

Hope the weather where you live is just perfect this week!


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Just Add Ink #463 | Choose Two

Hello!  Thanks for stopping today.  You’re joining me for a Just Add Ink challenge card.  The theme is “Choose Two” with foil-ribbon-sequins as our choices.

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The design team have lots of great projects to share with you – see them all over at the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also enter the challenge there too.

My project was made especially for a crafty friend.  In fact, it was this friend that first invited me to a Stampin’ Up! workshop which would ignite the papercraft journey!  So, it seemed fitting that her birthday card would be made using the new “Follow Your Art” suite.  Between the stamp set & DSP, it’s filled with artwork of all the things that are important to Stampin’ Up! addicts including markers, buttons, ink refills, twine, hot glue guns, colouring tools – and sequins & ribbon!  So it was also perfect for this challenge.

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

The style of card is a Tri Fold Pocket Card.  I first made one of these for our May team hop (see the card here).  I’ll post measurements and instructions below again in case you’d like to make one.

The card is shown above when folded & closed.  Here is the front side when opened out…

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

The middle panel has a removable piece for writing your birthday message on.  I just love the bulldog clip stamp!!!

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

I’ve used the Sale-A-Bration Grapefruit Grove foil to cut a ‘birthday’ sentiment and added ‘happiness’ under this in glitter embossing.  The glitter embossing powders (in Shimmer White & Shimmer Black) are beautiful and add a fabulous touch of sparkle to your project!

The right panel is the one I created with Just Add Ink in mind and features my favourite stamp from the It Starts With Art stamp set – the stack of ribbons finishing in a ribbon heart!   I’ve added stamped sequins across the DSP and also adhered some sequins from the Woven Threads pack.  These feature the new 2019-2021 In Colors and go well with the colours in the art suite.

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

The Tri Fold design is very deluxe and when you turn it over, there’s a whole other side to enjoy!

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kentThe stamps in the It Starts With Art stamp set are designed to be stamped & coloured – perfect for the avid crafter (or a casual crafter who loves colouring!!).  On this side I’ve added the three colouring tools (Stampin’ Write Marker, Stampin’ Blend & Watercolour Pencil) to the left pocket cover.  I’ll put a gift card in this pocket for the birthday girl.

As well as dies to cut the image stamps in this bundle, the Arts & Crafts die set has extra dies for finishing touches on your projects like the scalloped edge on this pocket (or the button runner on the first side).

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

The right panel is finished with some cute little ink refill bottles – so classically Stampin’ Up!  In the pocket at the right is a fridge magnet for the recipients craft room reminding her to ‘do something creative every day’.  Craft is such wonderful therapy!  The sentiment for the fridge magnet is from the Crafting Forever stamp set – it coordinates very well with this suite!

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

Although lots of decorating goes into this style of card, the finished product with all it’s pockets, details and chance to use your new products is so much fun!  Here’s the instructions to make your own:

Start with a piece of cardstock 12″ x 9″.  Along the 12″ side, score at 4″ & 8″.  Along the 9″ side, score at 6″.  Cut along the bottom score lines to create your flaps (see picture).

Tr Fold Pocket Card | kelly kent

Once you’ve added your cardstock to each panel, you can adhere the pockets in place.  Panel dimensions are 4″ x 6″, so mat size for each panel is 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″ (largest size) and 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ (smaller size).

I found on this card that just using a larger size DSP layer on the panels with pockets gave a nicer finish.  I added a cardstock mat and DSP on the panels without pockets.

The pockets measure 3″ x 4″.  Make sure to only adhere down the left & right edge, leaving the top edge free of adhesive so you can put things in there.  Ideas include writing panel & fridge magnet as shown, gift card, bookmark, photos, lotto ticket, money – anything less than 4″ x 6″ and flat will fit!

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me.  If you can make the tough decision to only choose two (foil-ribbon-sequins), we’d love for you to share your creation over at our just Just Add Ink blog.  As I write this, I realise that I’ve used all three across the panels of my Tri Fold card… so we’re going to ignore that and just focus on the pretty ribbon & sequins (hehe!) on the right panel!!!

Happy crafting!


 

Just Add Ink #461 | Inspiration

The photo inspiration from Rachael this week for Just Add Ink couldn’t be more perfect for me.  It’s my favourite colours and it works beautifully with a new bundle that just arrived on my doorstep from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.

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Let me know you the bundle first –

When I first saw this in the catalogue, it was instant love.  Over the years, I’ve used different methods to create silhouettes.  I just love the effect of having the solid black image against a colourful background.

Here’s what I created using the beautiful swinging girl stamp and the weeping tree die…

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The yellow background panel for the card was made using the new Pigment Sprinkles.  They come in a pack of six Stampin’ Up! colours.  I’ve used Daffodil Delight in two stages to get different intensities of the gorgeous yellow tone.

The swinging girl was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in black embossing powder.  I love the solid colour of black embossing powder.  When using the silhouette stamps, you are best to set up your Stamparatus and ink at least twice (if not three times).  This will give you a truly solid image in whatever colour you are using.

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The Smoky Slate background of the card also features something new – 3D Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder.  I was so excited by this too!!!   Stampin’ Up! have decided not to make us wait for new embossing folders & dies while they continue to perfect the design on the new cutting & embossing machine.  These products will still work with whatever die cutting & embossing machine you own, but you may need some workarounds in the short term.  This 3D embossing folder worked in my Big Shot (which is quite a tight roll) with two upcycled shims – a piece of 6″ x 8″ cardboard that comes with our foil packs and a piece of 6″ x 8″ cardboard from a DSP pack.  You may have to try a few combinations to see what works in your machine.

The workarounds are totally worth it though – there’s some gorgeous new 3D folders in the new catalogue!!

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The sentiment on this card is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.  Many of my favourite sets in the Annual Catalogue don’t have birthday sentiments included, so this set will be on regular rotation to keep up with all the birthday cards I want to send throughout the year.


To see all the design team cards using this gorgeous photo inspiration, click through to the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also add your card to the linky and enter the challenge.  Be inspired by the colours, patterns, shapes, theme or anything else that jumps out to you!

Thanks for visiting!

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Just Add Ink #459 | Colour Challenge

Hello!  It’s time for a colour challenge at Just Add Ink this week.  This quartet of colours challenged me a little – pink AND red TOGETHER – matched with aqua….. but as always, once I got over the shock, it was fun to put together some colours outside of my comfort zone.

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Although still tempting to play with the preorder items I have from the upcoming 2019-2020 catalogue, I’m using these last few design team challenges before changeover to get ink on some rather lovely stamp sets that have been collecting dust.

Today it’s time to feature the Coffee Cafe stamp set and Coffee Cup dies.  I’m not a coffee drinker, so I thought it would be fun to turn the takeaway coffee cup into a pretty cup of tea.

Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

I’ve used the Colour Collection DSP for the background and the coffee cup.  The current patterns are all on the Last Chance Retirement List – we’re getting new patterns soon!  If you’re the type of crafter who wants it all (NOW!), check out my post from earlier in the week about the paper shares I’m coordinating.  It’s the best way to get it all.  Click here to visit that post.

The sentiment dies for this card are from the Well Written Dies – thankfully returning for another year!

Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

How cute is that little tea bag???  The heart is from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch – also on the Last Chance Retirement List.  Builder punches are great for all the diverse shapes they contain!

I’ve just realised as I finish writing the post, that there’s no visible stamping on this card!  I do love my die cutting!!!  I did actually stamp the coffee cup outline onto the polka dot Pool Party DSP – but then I cut around it with paper snips to fit inside the die cut, so you can’t tell I did any stamping at all!  How about that!!!


If this colour combination excites your creativity, head over to the Just Add Ink blog to add your card to our challenge.  You can also see all the design team cards there too – there’s lots of amazing ideas with these colours.

Thanks for visiting!


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Just Add Ink #457 | Sketch

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge.

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We’re all creating to a sketch and I know you’re going to love the design team projects.  You can see them all on the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also enter your card there for this sketch challenge – we’d love to have you share your work!

I’ve done some rotating and flipping with this sketch – the elements are all there, but I’ve spun it around.

This time of the year is always a battle between sharing sneak peeks of new products with you and enjoying some retiring favourites for just a little longer.  I’ve gone with retiring favourites for the stamp sets – Petal Palette (with coordinating dies) and Vertical Greetings.  I’m going to miss both of these!

I’ve combined my choice of stamps with a Rose Gold theme.  The Rose Gold Shimmer Paint & Foil Sheets are part of the Everything is Rosy Product Medley – available during May (unless sold out earlier).  For more info on the Everything is Rosy Product Medley – click here.

Rose Gold Petal Palette | kelly kent

There’s so many ways to use shimmer paint!  For this card I’ve used it three ways – with Versamark to clear heat emboss the leaves, then with a water filled Aqua Painter to colour the flowers (Rose Gold & Champagne Mist) and finally with a dry / empty Aqua Painter to colour the pearls.  Shimmer Paint dries surprisingly quickly, making it very easy to work with!

To use shimmer point for heat embossing, ink up your stamp with Versamark, the apply Shimmer Paint with a dauber and stamp as usual.  Coat the stamped image in clear embossing powder and melt with your heat tool.  The glossy & shimmery effect is so pretty!

Rose Gold Petal Palette | kelly kent

The strips of foil on the card are both Rose Gold (Everything is Rosy Medley) and Champagne.

Rose Gold Petal Palette | kelly kentHave you ever used two embossing folders on the same piece of cardstock?  Using more than one embossing folder is so new to me – it just never occured to me until I wanted a bit more texture on the background than the crisp finish of the Tufted folder.

The embossing for the background of this card has been run through the Big Shot three times.  Twice (once each direction) with the Subtle Embossing Folder and finally with the Tufted Embossing Folder.    I love how it looks and I’ll be looking for other embossing combinations!

Rose Gold Petal Palette | kelly kent

The full sun on the card is a little bright, but I wanted to share just how sparkly the colouring is when you use Shimmer Paint as your colouring medium.  You can only imagine how stunning it looks in real life!


All the products I’ve used for this card are available in my online store – links below, but some items are only around for a limited time.  Items on the Last Chance Retirement List are only available until 3rd June (or sold out).  Everything is Rosy is available through May until sold out.

Thank you for visiting and checking out my Just Add Ink card.  All the design team cards are on the Just Add Ink blog and the linky tool to share your creation with us.  It’s such a versatile sketch – I can’t wait to see all the entries.


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Just Add Ink #455 | Sympathy

Some challenges are a fun way to provide inspiration and an excuse to get into the craft room.  The theme for Just Add Ink this week is “Just Add Sympathy“.

It was going to be a challenge where I created a card for my stash for another time.  Sadly, my friend shared the news that her Gran had passed, which meant this card was specially made to let her know I’m thinking of her.

Wonderful Romance | kelly kent

I’ve used the spotlight technique for this card.  Using my Stamparatus, I stamped the floral images from Wonderful Romance twice – in exactly the same place on two identical pieces of cardstock.

I adhered one piece to the Whisper White Thick cardstock base.  The second piece I coloured using Stampin’ Blends and then cut (in the middle of the cardstock piece) using the Stitched Rectangle Framelit.

Lining up the images, I layered the coloured & cut cardstock over the base layer.  For extra pop, I adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Wonderful Romance | kelly kent

The beautiful flowers in the Wonderful Romance stamp set work so well for this technique.  It would work well with other large solid line stamps that you can colour too.

Wonderful Romance | kelly kent

Wonderful Romance (and the coordinating dies – not used here) are on the Last Chance Retirement List and will only be available until 3rd June 2019 – or supplies sell out.  See all retirement list items in my online store – click here.


We’d love to have you join our challenge.  Share your sympathy cards on the Just Add Ink blog.  You’ll also find all the design team cards there – it’s a wonderful resource for the next time you have a sympathy card to make!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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