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

Just Add Ink #522 | Sketch

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by my Just Add Ink card for this challenge.  It’s a fun sketch that you’ll be able to use for all occasions.

I’ve used it to create a Christmas card using fun new products.  I think it’s time I embraced Christmas 2020 – I’ve been avoiding it so far!!!  But it seems it’s time since Christmas treats are back in stores again – mince pies, fruit cake and puddings.  I LOVE the iced fruit cake from Woolworths and would happily eat it all year if I could!  What’s your favourite sweet treat that’s only available once a year?


This card features some of my favourite products from the 2020 Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue – Trimming the Town DSP and Joy Dies.

Trimming the Town DSP | kelly kent

I cut three different patterns from the DSP using the Stitched Rectangle Dies, the sentiment from the page of text in the DSP and the ‘joy’ from the Joy Dies.  The 3 step layering of the sentiments in this set is just magical!

Trimming the Town DSP | kelly kent

I really love that the Trimming the Town DSP has red, green and blue as the main colours throughout the sheets.  If you’ve seen my Christmas creations in previous years, you’ll know that traditional red & green is about my least favourite Christmas combination!

Trimming the Town DSP | kelly kent

How is your Christmas card stock pile coming along?  Hopefully this sketch inspires you to add a few more cards to your stash.  We’d love for you to share your creation with us on the Just Add Ink blog.  Click here to visit.  You can also see all the design team cards there too for some extra inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by today, have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

 

 

 

Just Add Ink #520 | Guys

I’m so excited for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge – it’s all about the guys.  Cards for our male counterparts can sometimes be a little more challenging, so I can’t wait to see the inspiration that will fill our gallery.

This challenge came at a great time for me as Little Mister Papercraft turns 2 this week!  After having two girls, it’s a delight to see life from the perspective of a “boy mum”.  It’s all go – perpetual movement, lots of outside play and if it’s got wheels, then it’s awesome!

The On The Move stamp set from the Annual Catalogue was a must have on my shopping list.

Sometimes when stamp sets come along they are just right for the long term collection and I see this set serving up lots of “little guy” cards in the years to come (and maybe even some big guy cards too!).  You can see the slider card I made last month using this set by clicking here.

I wanted this card for Mr Almost-Two to be all about the trains – you may notice similarities to a certain blue tank engine that he’s obsessed with!

On The Move | kelly kent

Using makeup brushes and Stampin’ Up! ink I blended the background on Whisper White cardstock (and splattered with water for extra texture) .  The sky is Balmy Blue and Pacific Point, the grass is Garden Green & Granny Apple Green.  The hill was cut using the Home Together Dies.

On The Move | kelly kent

The letters are from the Playful Alphabet Dies with Foam Adhesive Sheet backing – my current obsession and making it to every card I make at the moment!!!

The sentiment is from the All of Us stamp set – I’m a sucker for a great “happy birthday” stamp.

On The Move | kelly kent

If you need an excuse to add some ‘guy’ cards to your stash, have a certain guy in mind or just love playing along with the Just Add Ink challenges, please pop over to the Just Add Ink blog and add your card to the gallery.

Here is a photo of Little Master Papercraft with his train loaded cake taking great delight in the sparklers on the top of the cake.

© kelly kent

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #516 | Photo Inspiration

The theme for Just Add Ink this week is a totally gorgeous Christmas inspiration photo.  Christmas in July!

But…… I’m not ready for Christmas!  This year is rushing by and I need a few moments before I start the Christmas crazy.  So, I decided to use the styling and colours of this beautiful scene to inspire a birthday card.

So Much Happy | kelly kent

The Happy Dies were top of my list from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue, but it’s taken me this long to get them out of their packet.  So glad I got them!  The ‘happy’ die is super easy to use and creates the lovely bold sentiment strip in the middle of the card front.

So Much Happy | kelly kent

To add some texture, I embossed the top and bottom section of the happy panel (after I cut the happy) with the 3D Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder. The embossing behind the ‘happy’ letters – inspired by the wood pile in the fireplace and is from a new embossing folder in the upcoming Aug-Dec 2020 mini catalogue called Wrapped in Texture.  It’s a set of two in the slim style and although part of a Christmas themed set, you’ll be able to use this all year round.

I added in the stars in colours that matched the baubles from the inspiration photo – Bermuda Bay, Magenta Madness & Blushing Bride. The ‘birthday is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set – stamped in Magenta Madness.  I love how vibrant that pink is!

So Much Happy | kelly kent

If you’re ready for some Christmas cards and this inspiration photo gets a creative spark going, we’d love for you to join the challenge and add your card to the Just Add Ink blog.  If you’re like me, and not ready for Christmas, there’s plenty of other great themes in the inspiration photo that you can use for your project!!!  Please join us either way!

Have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #514 | Colour Challenge

Hello!  Today’s project is a design team card for the Just Add Ink Challenge.  I’ve chosen a colour combination for the team to create with and I can’t wait to see what they – and you – do with it.  Every JAI theme is a challenge which means we ask you to join in too.  Add your project to the gallery on our blog (click here to visit) – your project could be the winner!

I had a totally different project in mind for this colour theme.  Little Miss Papercraft turns 7 on the weekend and with a Frozen themed birthday party, this would have been perfect!  I even preordered some delightfully snowy themed products from the upcoming Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue (aka the Holiday Catalogue), but sadly, they got held hostage by Australia Post and didn’t arrive in time.

So, instead, I have used the colours to create a cute birthday card using some of my favourite Annual Catalogue products.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

The flowers on this card are from the Boho Indigo stamp set (part of the Boho Indigo Product Medley).  This is a hidden gem of the Annual Catalogue and such a fun set to own!  I used the coordinating dies in the kit to cut the feature flowers (Pool Party & Pretty Peacock) and the Vellum flourish.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Monogram Messages stamp set.  I’m in love with the simplicity of this set.  I cut the largest size of the stitched circle from the Stitched Shapes Dies, stamped the “B” in Pretty Peacock, ‘is for’ in Smoky Slate and white heat embossed the ‘birthday’ on Pretty Peacock cardstock.

You could use this simple layout for just about any card and with the other stamps in the Monogram Messages stamp set, you could easily adapt the colours for any type of birthday, baby, hello or celebration card.  There’s cute little picture stamps as well as the letters & words.  Did I mention how much I love this stamp set?

Now it’s your turn to work your magic on these colours (or the closest colours you have in your stash if you don’t use Stampin’ Up! – a soft aqua, a deep teal and a light gray).  Upload your project using the challenge colours and share it in our gallery.

Thanks for supporting the Just Add Ink challenge.  We love having you share your talents with us each week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Just Add Ink #510 | Fancy Fold

Hi!  You are going to love this week’s Just Add Ink theme – we’re adding “fancy folds”.  The main blog post over at Just Add Ink will be a great place to visit for endless inspiration from the design team and contributing designers in the gallery to keep us trying different styles of folds for many projects to come!

I love to try out fancy folds that trend over the year.  Although not new, I’ve seen a few different versions of this Accordian Style Fancy Fold pop up recently – and it’s lovely to see it make a resurgence because I haven’t tried it before.

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

It’s a single layer (ie, not folded) card base with a folding layered cart front.  It is a beautiful way to show off the pretty patterns of a DSP.

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

I used the now retired Bird Ballad DSP as I’m still waiting (not so patiently) for Australia Post to deliver the new DSP designs from the 2020 Annual Catalogue.

I’ve adapted this card from Lisa Curcio in the US.  Lisa has a great video tutorial and measurements for US sized cardstock. You can see Lisa’s blog post by clicking here.

My version uses A4 cardstock (suitable for the South Pacific – Australia & New Zealand and UK / Europe).  I’ve also used a ribbon to hold the accordion fold together (Lisa used a belly band).

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

Here’s the measurements needed for A4 cardstock:

  • Cardstock Base: 4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″
  • Mat for Base: 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″
  • Cardstock for Accordion pull out: 4 3/4″ x 11″, score at 3″, 5-1/2″, 8″ and 9-1/2″
  • Designer Paper – front & first fold: 1-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ (cut two)
  • Designer Paper middle folds: 2-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
  • Designer Paper base: 1/2″ x 4-1/2″
  • Thick Whisper White (insert): 2 1/8″ x 4-1/2″

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

With the pretty ribbon feature on the front, this card won’t fit into a normal envelope very easily, but it does fit into a C6 Acetate Card Box which can be posted in Australia as a large letter.  Thanks to Elizabeth Gross for sharing this tip!

Acetate Box Envelope | kelly kent

I can’t wait to use the new catalogue DSP designs with this style of fancy fold and show off some new patterns!

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

Be sure to visit the Just Add Ink blog to see the fancy folds the rest of the design team shared, and share a favourite to our gallery.

Have a great weekend!