Just Add Ink #389 | Inspiration

It’s about this time of the year I start getting Snowflake Fatigue!  The timing of this week’s Just Add Ink challenge is perfect!

Everything in this picture says Australian Christmas to me from the colours to the gum leaves!

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You can use any element or theme of the inspiration picture to spur your creativity.  Upload your project to our blog to share with everyone.

You can also see the fabulous Just Add Ink team projects on the blog.

My card is inspired by an Australian Bush Christmas theme….

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

Apart from the sentiment, all the elements are from the non-Christmas product range.  There’s no such thing as ‘just a birthday set’.

The wreath is from Hello Friend, the gumnuts are from Happy Birthday, Gorgeous and the Wood Textures DSP is part of the everyday DSP range.

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

The floral elements from the Christmas set – Merry Mistletoe – even work well for a quick spruce of the inside….

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

I’m sure there isn’t a child who attended Kindy in Australia that doesn’t remember spray painting gumnuts silver or gold to make Christmas decorations!  I wonder if they still do that?

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

I’m not sure if the availability of Pinterest has made Kindy teaching easier or harder?  I take my hat off to all teachers – it’s a rollercoaster of a job!  An hour in a classroom and I’m exhausted!

Thanks for joining me today!  Hopefully your Christmas card creating is going well.  I have much more ambition than time, so there’s a chance I’ll be extending the Christmas spirit through til January.  Or maybe Feb!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #387 | Colour Combination

With just over a month til the big day, Nikki is officially kicking off Christmas crafts with this Christmassy colour combination for our Just Add Ink challenge.

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There’s nothing like red, green & white to get you in the Christmas mood!

Of course, there’s nothing limiting you to Christmas!  I’d love to see some amazing creations for other seasons.

I was unable to break out of the Christmas mold, and used one of my favourite new bundles – Musical Season.

Just Add Ink #387 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

All colour challenges have the option to add any neutral or metallic, so you’ll see some variation in the design team projects with the additional of these colours.

I’ve added in an embossed Crumb Cake base (using the Ruffled Embossing Folder), a little drummer boy in Archival Black and some (sadly retired) gold twine.

Just Add Ink #387 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

The Garden Green layer across the middle of the card is made by tearing some copy paper and using this to cover the top & bottom of the Whisper White cardstock.  I then coloured in Garden Green ink using my brayer and stamped the Sheet Music stamp over the top in Black Archival ink.

Just Add Ink #387 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

This technique is fun for a variety of cards, but I love that I can extend the music theme for this card.

I just can’t give it to someone too musical – no one that can actually read the music notes!!  I believe the Sheet Music stamp is the music for Fur Elise, which is not that Christmassy!!!


Please join us over at the Just Add Ink blog to see all the design team creations and add your red, white & green masterpiece.

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Just Add Ink #385 | Sketch

If you’re reading this as it goes live, I will be spending some time at the airport – on my way to OnStage in Melbourne.

I feel oh-so-lucky to be attending the event, spending the weekend with my team and getting a sneak peek at the new catalogue.

Tonight’s Just Add Ink theme is a sketch by Kim.

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Make sure you stop by the JAI blog to see the amazing creations the Design Team has come up with!

I took some liberties with this sketch (I’m either completely literal or a bit loose!) to fit an idea I had for a birthday card.

Just Add Ink #385 Sketch | kelly kent

I turned the circle into a heart and used ribbon for the banner elements.

Just Add Ink #385 Sketch | kelly kent

And of course some bling!!!

The sentiment words are from the World’s Greatest Trophy stamp set.  I was so excited when this appeared in the Annual Catalogue – it’s great to have people words on hand (like ‘wife’.. this card was made for my Dad to give my Mum for her birthday).

Just Add Ink #385 Sketch | kelly kent

The heart was made using Washi Tape laid across Whisper White cardstock and then cut using a pretty heart from the Sweet & Sassy set of dies.

Just Add Ink #385 Sketch | kelly kent

Thanks for visiting to see my JAI project this week.

If you’re excited to see new things, check in with me next week for some OnStage posts!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #383 | Add Cake

Chloe has suggested adding ‘cake’ for Just Add Ink this week.

What a fabulous theme!

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Everyone loves cake – yes???  Or at least the icing!

Hands up who’s been to a birthday party where your child has only eaten the icing from the cake!  That’s me!!!  Always holding (and eating) a plate of second hand cake!

My inspiration for this card came from the current cake decorating trend of ‘drip’ cakes.

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This is something I could never achieve in actual baking!!!

But playing with paper – that’s a different story!

It turns out the straw from the Coffee Cups Framelits makes for excellent drips!

Just Add Ink #383 | kelly kent

I wonder if I didn’t tell you this was a cake inspired creation if you’d be able to tell!  But hopefully you can see it….Just Add Ink #383 | kelly kent

Pink, gold & white is a lovely colour combination – but doesn’t the leafy green just brighten it up!Just Add Ink #383 | kelly kent

To see all the other calorie-free cake inspired creations, pop over to the Just Add Ink blog.

If you ‘whip up’ your own cake creation this week, please add it to our gallery.

Thanks for sharing in the fun of Just Add Ink!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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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!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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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!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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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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