Just Add Ink #381 | Choose Two

Welcome to this week’s Just Add Ink Challenge.

It’s time for some fun & some choice!

Choose two from embossing paste, colouring & sequins.

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There’s a very small possibility that I didn’t choose – and that my card contains all three…. depending on how you look at it.

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

I was aiming for embossing paste and sequins, but when I look at my finished card, there’s that wonderful wash of ‘smooshed’ watercolour.

But I since I didn’t “colour” the ballerina, I’m not counting that for colouring.

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

As term 4 begins, I’m getting an early start on the host of ‘end of year’ cards required for coaches, teachers and other important people!

This one was made with a dancing teacher in mind.  The baroque embossing mask reminded me of the elegance of a performance theatre.

And the Decorative Ribbon Border – the frill of the curtains!

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

The ballerina is from Sugarplum Dreams.  I keep promising I’ll use the other stamps in the set, but so far the ballerina keeps getting all the ink!  To be honest, she is the sole reason I bought the set – so it seems fair.

The sentiment is from the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set – because…. you know…. that font!

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

I can’t wait to see all your entries for this challenge.- I know you’re going to come up with some amazing projects.

Join in over at the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also see all the sensational design team cards there too.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #379 | Photo Inspiration

It’s time for another Just Add Ink challenge.

Today the gorgeous Just Add Ink design team are creating all kinds of wonderful projects based on this oh-so-pretty inspiration photo…

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And we want you to join in too!!!  Upload your creation inspired by any element of the photo (colours, theme, patterns) to the Just Add Ink blog.

Each week we choose a winner and two honorable mentions.  I tell you, it’s such a buzz to have your project chosen!  Share your creativity with us!


I took inspiration from the patterns and colours of the jug of that beautiful summery drink.

I am dreaming of days where it will be warm enough in Bunbury to enjoy weather suited to pitchers of fruity drinks!  It’s so cold at the moment!!!  Spring has not sprung in the south west of Australia!

Still, while the sun is only trying to shine, I can grow my own pretty flowers!

Just Add Ink #379 Photo Inspiration | kelly kent

One of the thing I love most about the Painted Harvest stamp set is the number of different colours you can stamp it in!

I am yet to see a colour that I don’t like.  Blue flowers look totally amazing – I’m keen to try that out!!!

Just Add Ink #379 Photo Inspiration | kelly kent

These flowers are stamped in Rose Red, Melon Mambo & Sweet Sugarplum with a SSP & Blushing Bride centre.

This stamp is designed to as 2-step stamping.   I like to add a few extra layers to keep the colours interesting!!!

Thanks for joining me today!  You can see all the design team cards on the Just Add Ink blog.

If you need any stamping supplies, and live in Australia, I’d love to be your demonstrator.

Visit my online store for a fabulous range of products including the gorgeous Painted Harvest stamp set.

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PS, I am aware of my inability to use any other sentiment that the ‘happy birthday’ from Sunshine Sayings stamp set – trust me, I’ve tried – but it really is perfect for my style of cards!!!  I’m looking through the catalogue for my next order to add some variety!


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Just Add Ink #377 Colour Challenge

Hello & welcome to another Just Add Ink Challenge.

#377 is a colour combination chosen for us by Rochelle.

My design team friends are loving Lemon Lime Twist & Pool Party this week!  Today it’s paired with Dapper Denim.

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I love these three colours, but together they were a wee challenge – but that’s what it’s all about, right?

I decided to stick with simple – lots of white space to balance those colours!

Just Add Ink #377 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with 2 new catalogues in the space of 4 months, so it’s sometimes refreshing and stabilising to go back to old favourites.

Many of the products I’ve used in this card are carryover favourites from the previous Annual Catalogue.

Sheltering Tree stamp set, Classic Label Punch, Sunshine Sayings stamp set and the new for 2017 embossing folder – Garden Trellis.

I also realised when I was writing this post up, that despite making this card & my Colour INKspiration card at different times of the week, they have quite similar features!  I definitely have a style!!!

I am forever hopeful that it’s a love of this style that keeps you visiting & subscribing!


One of my go-to techniques for using embossing folders is to emboss the whole card – not just the front.

Just Add Ink #377 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

This means you need to add an extra piece of cardstock on the inside for writing on, but I love the luxurious feel of both the extra embossing and the matted inside.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my same-same-but-different Lemon Lime Twist & Pool Party card today.

For more beautiful cards using these three colours, pop over to the Just Add Ink blog to see all the design team cards.

While you are there, you may also want to join the challenge by uploading your own Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party & Dapper Denim creation.

Thanks, as always, for taking the time to visit me!

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Just Add Ink #376 Add D

We recently (well it seems recently, it’s a couple of months ago!) added 5 new design team members to the Just Add Ink Design Team in guest designer roles.

I was excited to hear this week that they have all decided to stay with the design team forever!

So, a big {permanent} welcome to Denita Wright-Smee, Jackie Aitken, Jo Stubbings, Lou Kitzelman & Rachael Lewsley.

You can visit their blogs by clicking on their names above.


Some of them are joining us this week for our Just Add “D” challenge suggested by Tina.

We’d like to see something on your card that you can link to a word or theme starting with “D”.

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With this challenge in mind, I was inspired to make cards for the new Design Team members.

There’s a Dapper Denim colour theme, a dazzling dragonfly, glitter dots and diamantes.

Just Add Ink #376 Add D | kelly kent

It’s fun thinking of all the ‘d’ elements!!!

The watercolour background for this card was ‘smooshed’ using ink collected from my Dapper Denim ink pad on a cello bag, spritzed with water then ‘smooshed’ onto the cardstock.

Still my favourite way to add watercolour.  I’m terrible at getting a nice even splash using my Aqua Painter – this is so simple!

Just Add Ink #376 Add D | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the “Born To Be Loved” stamp set – which I think was designed as a baby set, but the sentiments are perfect for a range of situations.

Like celebrating exciting news!

To see all the projects from the design team, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

While you are there, join in the ‘Add D’ challenge by sharing your creation with us using the link up tool.

Danke for visiting!

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Just Add Ink #370 – Sketch

It’s sketch week at Just Add Ink – one of my favourites!!!

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As always, this wonderful sketch by Narelle could take you so many places on your creative journey!

I seem to be on a run of baby cards for challenges in July… so here’s another one!

I really can’t get enough of the “A Little Wild” stamp set but haven’t used this cute little bear as much as the other animals.

Just Add Ink #370 Sketch | kelly kent

The sentiment didn’t quite fit where the sketch had it – so I moved it over a little!  It’s white embossing on coloured cardstock – still a favourite choice!

Just Add Ink #370 Sketch | kelly kent

I dusted off my forgotten Watercolor Pencils to add some colour to the honey bear.

More practice is definitely required (I don’t have a natural knack for pencil colouring), but I love trying!

Just Add Ink #370 Sketch | kelly kent

For more sketch ideas, visit the Just Add Ink blog and see all the design team creations, including a couple more of our new guest designers who will be creating with us for the next few months.

Hopefully you’ll be inspired to add your creation to our link up and join the challenge.  There’s a winner each week and two honorable mentions!  Plus the design team visit and leave lovely comments!!!


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Just Add Ink #369 – Inspiration

It’s a photo inspiration challenge at Just Add Ink this week.

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Join us over at the Just Add Ink blog with your creation inspired by any element of this photo.  It could be the hot air balloon theme, the colours, the layout, the trees, the water…. there’s so much to choose from!

I was inspired by the reflection of the balloon over the water, and used this to create {another} baby card!

Just Add Ink #369 Photo Inspiration | kelly kent

To get a reflection of any stamped image, stamp it as usual on the cardstock.  Then stamp again on Window Sheet and use this image to press under your first stamped image.

The second image will be a mirror image of the first, and lighter in colour, making it look like a reflection.  To get the water ripple, I stamped the top part of the water stamp from the High Tide stamp.

I added Pool Party ink where the puddle formed and Dapper Denim ink on the onesie.

Just Add Ink #369 Photo Inspiration | kelly kent

It’s a subtle finish, but I used the new Marbled background stamp, just to add a bit of texture under my centre panel.


The design team have created more beautiful projects to add extra inspiration this week!  See all the creations over at the Just Add Ink blog.

You can join in the fun there too but adding your card to our gallery!

We love seeing what you create as much as you love seeing our creations!


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Just Add Ink #368 – Twist (Birthday for Christmas)

I’m not sure I’m the most popular person on the Just Add Ink Design Team at the moment after suggesting this juicy little challenge!

Who’s up for using a Birthday stamp set to create a Christmas card???

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To meet the guidelines of this challenge, you must use a set that is traditionally used for birthdays (or contains a birthday sentiment) – and use it to make a Christmas card!!!

Of course, making a Christmas card with just a birthday set is tricky, so feel free to add in another set to tie your project together.

I used the Birthday Delivery stamp set – which I have been promising myself to get inky for a while now.

The characters are just so cute!

Here’s the sweet little girl looking in on a lit up Christmas tree…

Just Add Ink #386 Christmas Twist | kelly kent

The ‘greetings’ is from the same stamp set, but I’ve borrowed the Christmas from Santa’s Sleigh stamp set.

Just Add Ink #386 Christmas Twist | kelly kent

The white on white embossing paste was a lovely texture for my wall…

Just Add Ink #386 Christmas Twist | kelly kent

Please join us for this fun challenge.  It seems a little strange at first – but embodies what I love about challenges – it stretches your creativity to a really fun place!

Enter your creation over at the Just Add Ink blog.

The other design team cards are here too – there’s a great assortment of wonderful creativity.

Hopefully they loved the creative challenge as much as I did!


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Just Add Ink #367 – Colour Combination

It’s late on a Thurs night, which means a Just Add Ink challenge card!

I’m going to start this post by saying that Patrice – the ‘lovely’ lady who put these 4 colours together in the same box – almost made me cry.

I really, really struggled with Crumb Cake & Lemon Lime Twist !

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Despite the pending tears, I was excited to try an idea I’d seen shared by Jamilla Ivits to use the embossing paste to create dinosaur fossils!  Her card is super cool – you can see it here.

This is my version….

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

I used the dinosaur fossil on the bottom layer – stamped on coloured embossing paste – and created a peek-a-boo style card with a magnifying glass for the top layer.

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

Although these colours challenged me (slightly), it was fun to work through how to use them to create the fossil!

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

I coloured the embossing paste with Crumb Cake reinker, smeared it across the card base and let it dry for a few moments.

Once it was ‘tacky’ but not wet, I stamped the dinosaur skeleton onto the embossing paste to make an impression.  I let it dry a little more then stamped the skeleton again, but this time it was inked up in Crumb Cake ink.

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

I wanted to ‘dirty’ up the leaves a little, so instead of stamping in just Lemon Lime Twist ink, I used a baby wipe to create a blend of LLT & Crumb Cake, which when used as an ink pad, created a mottled effect for the leaves.

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

The bright green sentiment really pops!

I can see why LLT is such a new favourite for everyone.  And it’s really growing on me… just maybe not with Crumb Cake!

Though, the rest of the design team have totally nailed this colour combination and have awesome inspiration using these 4 colours!

Make sure you visit the Just Add Ink blog to see all the DT cards – and add your inspiration to our weekly challenge.


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Just Add Ink #366 – Add “A”

Welcome to another week of Just Add Ink.  So many lovely entries – thanks so much to all the artists that join the challenges each week!

We’ve got another wonderful theme just week – add “A” as suggested by Tina.  “A” is a great letter – it offers so many options!

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I have used “A” for {APPRECIATION}.

One of the stamp sets that caught my eye in the new catalogue was the ‘World’s Best Trophy’ set.  I loved the huge variety and number of personalised sentiments it offered – 53 stamps in all!!!

As it turns out, the generic sentiments make a great card of appreciation!

JAI #366 Add "A" for Appreciation | kelly kent

I used the ‘world’s greatest’ to stamp the background in a repetition pattern, offsetting the line spacing so that it reads across as well as down.

And then I used the ‘you’re the’ & ‘best’ stamps to create a focal point using banners to make it award or medal like in keeping with my theme!

JAI #366 Add "A" for Appreciation | kelly kent

And yes, using Coffee Break DSP again – I just love it!!!


Since the first card worked out so well I thought I’d make another in more girly colours.  I have so many women in my life that I am appreciative of – so this is for all of you!!!

JAI #366 Add "A" for Appreciation | kelly kent

More lovely DSP – this time using the Bundle of Love DSP.  Pink on one side, gold on the the other!!

As with many of my card designs, I made it ‘same-same-but-different by not only changing the colours, but flipping the layout into landscape mode.  It’s a great way to create a new card with little extra design time.

JAI #366 Add "A" for Appreciation | kelly kent

If you’d like to “Just Add A”, then please link your card to our challenge blog and add a photo to our link up.  Each week we select a winner and 2 honourable mentions.

We love seeing what you create and I’m constantly inspired by the talented crafters that join us for the Just Add Ink challenges.

You can also find the full gallery of design team cards on the Just Add Ink blog!

Until next week, be amazing, awesome & artistic!!!


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Just Add Ink #365 – Sketch

We’re having fun today with a sketch challenge – one of my favourite types!

This little gem was created by Karren.

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I have combined the sketch with some retired Valentines Day products to create a Christmas themed card.

Who said you can’t mix your holidays???

Just Add Ink #365 | kelly kent

Do you love the new Christmas set – Merry Mistletoe?  Reindeers are my favourite Christmas motif (even more so than trees!) and it comes with such lovely sentiments.

It was generously gifted to me by a demonstrator friend – thanks Kathryn, I love it!

The reindeer looks lovely in Real Red ink with clear embossing!

Just Add Ink #365 | kelly kent

Have you done this before?

Simply ink your stamp in Versamark, then in the actual colour (Real Red in this case) and then stamp as usual.  Coat the image in clear embossing powder and heat set.  Using this technique, you can create embossing powder in any colour you own!


I had fun with this direct copy of the sketch layout and decided to create a second version using a z-fold layout.

Just Add Ink #365 | kelly kent

The elements are mostly the same – which is a fun way to create two same-same-but-different cards using the same materials.

Just Add Ink #365 | kelly kent

I loved being able to use my retired Valentine’s Day stash.  Red & white is a perfect Christmas theme.

Things that have disappeared from the catalogue don’t become useless – there’s always a fabulous project around the corner waiting for those long hoarded collected items!

We’d love for you to join us this week and create your own masterpiece based on the sketch.

Pop over to the Just Add Ink blog to see the full range of design team cards and enter your creation.