Just Add Ink #410 | Inspiration

Hello!  It’s a wonderful photo inspiration for Just Add Ink this week.

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Jo chose this amazing photo.  I could have made a hundred different cards – so many elements to be inspired by.

The design I settled on was inspired by the hello wall hanging.

Hello Birthday Girl | kelly kent

I loved adding the bling to the bright blue & pink combination of Bermuda Bay & Melon Mambo.  I heard a few sighs of relief when these colours made it through the Color Revamp!!!
Hello Birthday Girl | kelly kent

The ‘hello’ stamp is from one of my favourite stamp sets on the retirement list – :”Hello Friend”.  And the ‘birthday girl’ is from a long retired set called “Hello” that I keep because I love it!!!

The dot is from the Text Ya Later stamp set (amazing what gems are hiding in other sets!).  I really thought I would use this stamp set lots – but I think the type of cards I’m making are much more unicorns and rainbows than mobile phones at the moment!  It’s a good one to keep for later.

Hello Birthday Girl | kelly kent

I’m sure I’ll be going back to this inspiration photo in the future – there’s so much potential!

To share your creation with us, visit the Just Add Ink blog and upload your card to the linky tool.

Make sure to check out all the amazing design team projects too!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #408 | Colour Challenge

We have a fabulous colour challenge for you at Just Add Ink this week.

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Pink & green is one of my favourite combinations and the light & dark variations in this combination is just magical!!!  This gem was chosen by Rochelle – make sure to check out her beautiful card!!!

By a very happy coincidence, this colour challenge came at a perfect time for me.  Melon Mambo & Pear Pizzazz were the wedding theme colours for one of my besties – who celebrated her 6th wedding anniversary on the weekend.

For this year’s card, I chose a fun theme using the cute Hedgehugs stamp set.

Hedgehugs Anniversary | kelly kent

For some extra sparkle, I used my clear Wink of Stella pen to do all the colouring for this card.  I love that it’s glittery and pretty all at the same time!

Hedgehugs Anniversary | kelly kent

The Number of Years stamp set provided the Happy Anniversary sentiment.  You’ll find this set (and the coordinating Large Numbers) on the Last Chance retirement list – don’t miss out if they are on your wishlist!

You can see all the Last Chance items in my online store – visit by clicking here.

Also visit the Just Add Ink blog to enter the colour challenge and see the design team cards for this week (so pretty!).

Thanks for stopping by!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #406 | Sketch

Hello!  Welcome to challenge #406 for Just Add Ink – a great sketch from Tina.

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Diagonals are totally out of my comfort zone – which makes it the perfect challenge!

This was the inspiration for some welcome cards for new members of our Paper Adventures team.  Kristen and Malissa joined during Sale-A-Bration – hello ladies!!!

This is the first version using the super cute Hedgehugs stamp set (available now and carrying over to the new catalogue) and Myths & Magic Washi (on the retirement list).

Hedgehugs | kelly kent

Just loving this colour combination at the moment!  Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray & glitter!

Hedgehugs | kelly kent

The second card uses the oh-so popular Daisy Delight stamp set (available now & in the new catalogue) and Delightful Daisy DSP (on the retirement list – stock up now!).

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

It’s always hard when a favourite stamp set carries on but the coordinating DSP is no longer available!

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

Don’t worry, I know you’re going to find lots of new favourites in the catalogue.

All of my team, including new members Kristen & Malissa, have been able to look at the upcoming catalogue and are currently able to add items from the Share What You Love pre-release.

This pre-release has the most beautiful DSP available – see the flyer here.  All items can be added to your Starter Kit – or any item from the current catalogues.  Starter kits are $169 ($235 of products, free shipping, 20% discount on future purchases).  Click here to start your Paper Adventure!

If you love the items in the Share What You Love pre-release, but the timing isn’t right to join our Paper Adventures team, you’ll be excited to know that the pre-release items will be available to add to customer orders from 1st May 2018.


If you love the sketch, please join the challenge by uploading your card on the Just Add Ink blog.

The highlight of our Just Add Ink week is seeing your creations!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #404 | Shaker

Are you up for a fun weekend challenge?

Just Add Ink are adding….. {SHAKERS}

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There’s something about sequins, sparkles & moving pieces that take a card to the next level!

See all the design team shaker cards on the Just Add Ink Blog.

You can also add your own shaker card to the challenge gallery.

I was inspired by the works of Jackie Aitken this week – a fellow JAI design team member.  Jackie has been posting some seriously awesome pocket cards lately and I wanted to try it out!

This is my version styled using the Picture Perfect Party suite…

Picture Perfect Party Shaker | kelly kent

The shaker element is hiding in the pocket….

Picture Perfect Party Shaker | kelly kent

A little unorthodox, but I’m planning for Miss Papercraft to use a sharpie and write the birthday message onto the vellum!!!

Picture Perfect Party Shaker | kelly kent

Did you spy the coordination between the Picture Perfect Party DSP – confetti photography & the circle shaker pieces.  Such a simple shaker insert to make using 3/4″ circles in the coordinating colours – Berry Burst, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach & Whisper White.

Picture Perfect Party Shaker | kelly kent

The Picture Perfect Paper Ribbon was a late withdrawal from the Occasions catalogue due to supply issues.  It doesn’t matter though – it’s so easy to make using a strip of cardstock sewn down the middle & finished with paper snips.  Cute paper ribbon in any colour!!

Nothing says happiest birthday wishes like these colours do!  I can’t wait to make some more fun & bright pocket cards!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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OnStage Perth 2018

Wow – what a weekend!!!

The past couple of days have been a wonderful whirlwind of Stampin’ Up! OnStage activities.  It was a big one this year – Stampin’ Up! turn 30!!!  A big happy birthday to the Stampin’ Up! family – I’m so glad to be a part of such a wonderful network and it was a joy celebrating with you.

Perth hosted one of the ‘local’ OnStage events on 6-7th April 2018 which made it easy for lots of our Paper Adventures team to join the fun (most of our team is WA based – but there were also events in Sydney and Auckland for our east coast friends).

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

For me, the event included an awesome 80s themed leadership dinner on Friday night.  I was just a baby in the 80s and didn’t think nappies would be a good look for fancy dress!  Here I am all glammed up with Melissa Gifford and Nicole Wilson…

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

Saturday was a whole day of stamping news & stamping fun.  I can’t show you most of what happened – we are bound by a confidentiality agreement until Tuesday but I can share some things!

Our Paper Adventures team rocked our new team shirts in a gorgeous rainbow.  Some of the team had bling envy last event, so I made sure their team gifts included a sparkly lanyard and personalised name tag for the event!

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

One of the day’s highlights was getting a copy of the upcoming 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.  You’re going to love it!!!  It’s available for customers to purchase from in June 2018.  If you don’t think you can wait that long, then it’s a perfect time to join my Paper Adventures team.  Not only will you get to see everything early, but you’ll get a discount on all your new catalogue favourites.


Throughout the event we got lovely gifts including new product, a {…..}, a {……} and a gorgeous bag to stash it all in (I’ll fill in the blanks when I’m allowed!).  There was also 4 projects to make with new catalogue products!!!

It wasn’t all stamping though!  The day consisted of lots of laughter as we met up with old friends, made new friends and chatted with the Stampin’ Up! staff that travelled to Perth to be with us for the event.

This is me with the CASEing the Catty Crew and Stamp Review Crew…

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

Ok… It’s just me….. The rest of the CTC Crew & SRC Crew were partying it up in Sydney, Auckland & international locations.

I did have some Just Add Ink friends – Chantell Randall, Jackie Aitken and Rachael Lewsley.

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

And a couple of the Colour INKspiration Crew – Nicole Wilson & Jackie Aitken.

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

I also caught up with 40 of the attendees after the event for a fabulous dinner at the Wild Fig.  What a great night of fantastic company, yummy food and excellent service!

These were my peeps for the night…

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent


I know you’re going to see some amazing photos featuring new products and samples from Tuesday.  Be sure to check out Perth’s Display Board Stampers who created 15+ samples each for everyone to ooooo and ahhh over during the day.  Two of my team were selected for this honour – Kristel Rimmer (see her blog here) and Joanne Gaff (see her Facebook page here).

This is the best I can share right now….

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

The other two display stampers were my clever design team friends – Nicole Wilson & Jackie Aitken.  I’m sure all four will share photos of their gorgeous work during the week – make sure to check back in with their social mediato see their amazing projects!!!


Another part of the event is sharing things we have made & brought with us to the event. I got some absolutely gorgeous team gifts, presents from friends and swaps that people generously shared with me (even though I didn’t make swaps to share this year).

I did make some paper gifts to share with my team & stamping besties…

Using the Mini Embroidery Hoops available in the Occasions catalogue and 4 different die sets, I created these fun little unicorn dream catchers.

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

Swirly Scribbles…

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Bouquet Bunch…

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Paisley….

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Eastern Elegance….

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I packaged them up reminding my friends how awesome they are…

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent


The next event happens in November and although we don’t get back to back Perth events, there’s always the excitement of a trip east!!!  I’ll share exact locations with you next week.  OnStage is open to any demonstrator to attend – registration will be August 2018 for a November 2018 event.

It’s so easy to get caught up in all the hype of new & exciting – but there’s plenty of favourites still available in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue and 2018 Occasions catalogue.

Don’t forget to stock up on anything you’ll miss.  At this time of year, many products may not be available for the entire catalogue duration if they sell out quickly!

Browse the online store – click here.

Signing off now to get some sleep after a big weekend!!!!

Thank you to all the people who shared smiles, lavished hugs, introduced themselves and sent me home with gorgeous paper goodness.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

PS, and a big thank to everyone who took photos for people at the event, including me – and for friends who have shared their photos with me.  I’m always too busy having fun to take photos, so I appreciate the people who stop to record the moments!!

 

Just Add Ink #402 | Choose Two

It’s a choose two theme this week for Just Add Ink.  We give you three choices – and you craft using your favourite combination of 2!

It’s stencils, foil or feathers this week – what will you choose?

I went with foil & feathers – and playing with a new toy!!!

JAI #402 Foil & Feathers | kelly kent

Late last year we had the chance to pre-order Stampin’ Up!’s new positioning tool called the Stamparatus.  They arrived this month and it’s been so fun to play!  It’s officially available in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue (release date: June 2018) – I’ll make sure to update you once it’s available to order again.

So much more than the standard positioning tool, it’s got an awesome hinge feature which makes repetitive stamping a breeze – these feathers took me no time at all and look how straight & evenly spaced they are.

JAI #402 Foil & Feathers | kelly kent

You can go back over and stamp the same image to get a great solid image – like for the Basic Gray sentiment.

The feathers are an easy spot for my card, but I’ve been a bit sneaky with the foil component.  The DSP background is the Sale-A-Bration Springtime {FOIL} DSP – only available for a couple more days (until 31st March 2018) so I thought I’d give it one last outing!

JAI #402 Foil & Feathers | kelly kent

If you love the stamped images, you’ll find them both in the Feather Together stamp set from the Annual Catalogue!

Thanks for joining me today for Just Add Ink.

If you have some craft time over Easter and create something wonderful with stencils, foil & feathers, be sure to share it with us on the Just Add Ink blog.  You’ll also find all the design team cards there.

If some crafty shopping is also on your agenda over Easter, my online Stampin’ Up! store will be open all weekend!  With free Sale-A-Bration choices until 9pm (WA time) on Saturday 31st March 2018.  Click here to browse the online store!

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Just Add Ink #400 | Photo Inspiration

Wow!!!  Just Add Ink celebrates 400 challenges this week!

Thank you for all your support of each & every challenge – from visiting the main blog to support the design team to joining in with challenges.  THANK YOU!!!

Challenge #400 is a fabulous specked egg photo inspiration…

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It might help to get you in the mood for some Easter creating, or might be great colours for a baby card!  Whichever way the photo inspires you, I can’t wait to see what you upload to the blog to get you in the mood for some Easter creating. for you 400th challenge!

I went Easter – being a good opportunity to be organised for some Easter gifts this year!  It feels good to have something done prior to the night before!

I like to maintain I work best under pressure – but the sense of achievement is a nice (if unique) feeling!

The photo inspired me to head to the chocolate isle and pick up some speckled chocolate eggs (called Mini Eggs… since when???).

And create some specked DSP using the Eclectic Expressions stamp set (exclusively available during Sale-A-Bration)….

Speckled Egg DSP | kelly kent

Which I then used to turn into speckled egg bon-bons…

Easter Bon-Bons | kelly kent

I used the instructions on my Stamping Sunday Naturally Eclectic post, but adjusted the size to be able to get 2 pieces from an A4 pieces of Whisper White thick cardstock.

Here’s the revised instructions for A4 cardstock (click the link above for some helpful photos):

  • Cut a piece of A4 cardstock in half (at 5-7/8″ along the long edge) = 5-7/8″ x 8-1/4″
  • Score (going down the long edge, across the short edge) at 1-3/8″, 2-3/4″, 4-1/8″ & 5-1/2″
  • Fold along the first score line and insert into the Envelope Punch Board at 1-3/4″ and punch
  • Repeat for all score lines (fold, punch) and finally without any folding on the edge
  • Do the same for each score line, 1-3/4″ from the other edge
  • Adhere along the small strip to create a box shape
  • Finish with ribbon on each end & embellishments on top

Easter Bon-Bons | kelly kent

The sentiment is from my trusty ‘all occasions’ stamp set – Teeny Tiny Sentiments in a Stitched Oval Shape with Mini Silver Sequin Trim & Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon.

Easter Bon-Bons | kelly kent

Having chocolate as a prop in the photo was a fabulous idea – someone had to eat it afterwards!  We’ll call that quality control!!!

Thank you for joining me today.  I hope you get the chance to join our 400th challenge – or make some Easter bon-bons!  Or eat some chocolate (lets keep the goals achievable!).

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #398 | Colour Challenge

Hello!  And welcome to this week’s Just Add Ink challenge.

It’s a gorgeous trio of colours and I can’t wait to see what everyone makes with it this week.

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Visit the Just Add Ink blog for all the design team cards.  While you are there, join the challenge and upload your Berry Burst, Sahara Sand & Whisper White creation!

I have owned the Remarkable You stamp set for – well, forever!  And I think I have inked up one of the flowers previously, but it seems I was saving the rest of the set for the perfect occasion/card.  This was it!

You're Remarkable | kelly kent

I have no idea what this style of card is called, with the Window Sheet across the middle panel, but it was fun to make!

You're Remarkable | kelly kent

The mainly neutral palette with a pop of colour makes my heart sing!  So pretty!

The flowers have lots of Wink of Stella on them – for added “pop” but it’s always hard to get a good photograph of that!

You're Remarkable | kelly kent

The measurements for this card are –

  • Sahara Sand 5-7/8″ x 5-1/4″ (scored at 4-1/8″)
  • Sahara Sand 5-7/8″ x 1-1/8″
  • Window Sheet 5-7/8″ x 4-1/8″ (or slightly smaller if you are worried about overhang)
  • Whisper White 5-5/8″ x 3-7/8″
  • Sahara Sand 2 pieces of 5-3/4″ x 1″ (which cover the tape you used to stick the Window Sheet to the card front)

You're Remarkable | kelly kent

Please join the challenge on the Just Add Ink blog and join me next fortnight for our 400th challenge!!!

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Curious about our new tutorial series?  Pop by the Stamp In Confidence blog to get all the info!

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Just Add Ink | #396 Sketch

It’s time for a sketch at Just Add Ink – always a crowd favourite!!!

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This super cute sketch has produced some amazing creations from the Just Add Ink Design Team.  You can see them all by visiting the Just Add Ink blog.

You can also add you creation to the link up on the blog. Each week we choose a winner and two honorable mentions.  This week it could be your awesome card!


I am participating in a stamp set swap with some of my teamies – which means three months of new stamps!!!

February’s feature is the Let the Good Times Roll stamp set and Thrill Ride Pop Up dies.  The aim of this set is to make amazing 3D creations.  I haven’t quite ventured there yet – but here is my first inking of the bundle…

Let the Good Times Roll | kelly kent

The roller coaster pieces make the cutest card!!!

Let the Good Times Roll | kelly kent

I can see this bundle being a hit with big & little kids!!!

Miss Papercraft is eating all her fruit & veges this year so she can grow another couple of cms and be tall enough for the adult roller coaster when she goes back to the adventure park next year.

Let the Good Times Roll | kelly kent

Don’t forget to add your creation to our main blog page (click here to visit).

Thanks for visiting today!

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Just Add Ink #394 | Romance

There’s nothing like a challenge deadline to raise the bar and get some of my to-do list done early!

Thanks to a fabulous theme of “Romance” by Nikki, it’s full steam ahead on the Valentine’s & anniversary cards required around here in Feb.

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The first card I made for this challenge was very non-traditional.  I have no idea where the idea started, but I wanted to use the phrase ‘you are my sunshine’.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

The Sunshine Wishes Thinlits have the cute ‘sunshine’ die, the stamp set has the ‘are my’ and the YOU is from the Sale-A-Bration set called Celebrate You.

Using the Multi-Purpose Adhesive sheets with the words is my favourite way to adhere them to my cards.  No messing around with liquid glue or tiny bits of tape.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

The background was made by stamping the dandelions from Birthday Celebration in Versamark then heat embossing in white before spritzing and swirling some yellow & gamboge (orange) Brusho Crystal Color.  Add some glitter dots, a coordinating DSP background and my non-conventional romantic card is done.

Fun fact: I bought Brushos just so I’d be able to tell my customers what they are like…. and I can’t stop using them!


After my fun take on romance, I decided I should make a card in a similar style but with a more traditional colour theme and sentiment.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

This card has a Sunshine Wishes Thinlit (love), Celebrate you Thinlit (YOU) and stamped sentiment (MORE), just like the other card.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

It also has a Brusho background with cute emboss resist hearts from the Yay You stamp set – but pink Brusho???  It turns out if you add just a tiny tap of the Brilliant Red Brusho, you can achieve a gorgeous soft pink.  So many possibilities!!!

Two cards – one screams romance and one slides up quietly with a romantic gesture.  Do you have a favourite?

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

If you’d like a reason to start you V-Day card making early, or maybe you also have an anniversary in February, or you’ve got a wedding to go to, visit the Just Add Ink blog to join the challenge.

While you’re at the blog, you can see all the design team card – what a talented bunch, not to mention a collective group of some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet!

Thanks for sharing in the crafty fun with us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com