Colour INKspiration #53

One of the things I love most about Colour INKspiration challenges is the variety of colour combinations.  We use inspiration photos with beautiful photography and then match them to Stampin’ Up! colours.  It sometimes throws together an unexpected combination – like this week!  A shade of green, teal, blue and pink together with white make for a fabulous starting point for some amazing projects.  Add in gold or silver for some optional bling!

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We are joined for this week by Fiona Whitehead who was the winner of challenge #51 If you’re hopping around, you have jumped here from Fiona’s blog.  If not, keep clicking on next until you get back there.

I went with Clean & Simple for my card today – wanting to have a play with the cute dies in the Well Written die set.

I’ve seen the leafy vines used by others but didn’t realise until recently that as well as the 14 word dies, this set also contains 10 fabulous extra dies.

How cute is that little birdie!?!?!

I have layered the welcome die – silver foil on top with two layers of Night of Navy underneath.  I find this gives a great depth to the sentiment and really makes it pop.  These dies are best used with Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheets so you’re not fighting with glue!

I’ve just realised as I share this card with you, that there’s no stamping!!!  It’s all paper, die cutting and embossing.  There’s so many ways to make pretty cards!

Please join us for this fun challenge.  All the action happens in our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.


Keep hopping for more great projects.  Next blog is by Jan Clothier with a very clever card!

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Stamp Review Crew | Amazing Life

Hey there! Happy Monday!! It’s a holiday here in Western Australia.  I enjoyed a lazy morning and have plans to spend time with my gorgeous family today.

For anyone who’s wondering about Little Mr Papercraft – he’s 6 months old now!  He’s cute & cheeky and such a sweet little baby!!!  There’s not as much crafting going on as I would like – but that gorgeous little smile makes up for it!

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I’ve kept my project simple for today’s Stamp Review Crew hop with my international demonstrator friends.  The theme is the Amazing Life stamp set from the Occasions catalogue.  You’ll find it on page 28 – bundled with the amazing Rectangle Stitched Framelits.

I’m not sure if it’s the looming St Patrick’s Day celebrations this month, but the lucky 4-leaf clover took my fancy and I decided to use this to make a green festive card.  I intend to send this to an Irish friend as a card for a St Patrick’s blessing, but you could use it at any of of the year for a friend that’s feeling a but down on their luck.

Amazing Life | kelly kent

The clovers are stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloured with Dark Call Me Clover and Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends.  There’s never much blending going on when I pull out my Stampin’ Blends – I just love them for the smooth colouring.  They are an absolute joy to work with!

You’ll spy some rectangle stitching on the card – not just because they are bundled with this stamp set but rather because I’m putting stitched rectangles on E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.  I can’t get enough of them!

Amazing Life | kelly kent

The ‘sending’ is from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set on a rectangle stitched framelit.  I cut the rectangle down to be a shorter version – I love how versatile the shapes are!

Sadly this Sale-A-Bration ribbon retired, but there’s plenty more Sale-A-Bration choices including 8 more level 1 choices added this month.  You can see all the level 1 choices by clicking here.  *** Level 1 choices are free with a $90+ Stampin’ Up! order in Australia.


Thanks for hopping with me today!  Next stop is the US with Holly Krautkremer and her amazing project!

I hope you have a great week!


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Colour INKspiration #50

There’s nothing like a splash of colour to brighten up the week!

Today is the start of a new challenge for Colour INKspiration and it’s so summery!  Take me there now!!!

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Unfortunately this amazing destination (or any other) isn’t on my foreseeable to-do list, so I’ll have to settle for the crafty version instead.

How about a cool & refreshing beverage???  A celebration of Colour INKspiration reaching 50 challenges!!!

Bubble Over | kelly kent

I haven’t used this stamp set in ages so it was fun to get it inky again!  I’ve kept the design CAS – clean & simple, allowing the colours to shine bright.

Remember my 2019 plan to use more embellishments?  I’ve added clear epoxy dots from a previous catalogue for a fun bubbly touch!

Bubble Over | kelly kent

The “cheers” sentiment for this card is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.  This is another ‘staple’ set I highly recommend.  You’ll find it suits lots of occasions and in this case is perfect for my summery drinks.

Bubble Over | kelly kent

Cheers! Here’s to lazy days and warm nights!!!  I plan on having a few cold beverages by the pool this weekend as we celebrate WA Day.

Next up on the Colour INKspiration blog hop is Jackie Aitken, a fellow “West Aussie” who will also be celebrating WA Day this weekend!  Visit Jackie to see her pretty card using the challenge colours.

You can also join the Colour INKspiration Challenge by uploading your card using the 5 challenge colours to our Facebook group.  Click here to jump over to Facebook.


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Paper Adventures Team Hop | February Sketch

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Hello!  So glad you could join us tonight for our Paper Adventures team hop.

This month we’re welcoming Zoe Tant from the UK as our guest designer.  I’m so excited to have her share a project as part of the team hop – I just love her work!

We’re all creating tonight using this sketch.

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The inspiration for sketch is the card at the top of the front cover of the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Occasions catalogue.  The team don’t know that though, so I can’t wait to see what they all came up with!

I used the sketch to create a 40th wedding anniversary card for Nanna & Grandad Papercraft who celebrate this amazing milestone on the weekend!!!

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

This card is another combination of current and retired favourites.  The sentiment is from the retired Milestone Moments stamp set.

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

Fresh from my new acquisition – Beauty Abounds – is those gorgeous bokeh dots!  I stamped first and then ran the whole card through the Big Shot with the Subtle Embossing Folder.

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

The glimmer hearts are cut using Silver & Red Glimmer paper (red is sadly retired) & the heart from the Support Ribbon Framelits.  The frame is cut using the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits.

My card was styled on the matching gift – which was inspired by a print I saw on Pinterest.  It was one of those ‘I can make that’ moments – many thanks to the original designer.

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

The red glimmer in the background can be changed out to suit the decor of the room, but given the significance of the ‘ruby’ anniversary I made the original a shimmery red creation.

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

Wishing my parents an amazing anniversary with a fabulous celebration of their married life this far and the years of fun to come!


There’s more projects to see if you keep clicking on the next.

From here you’re visiting the talented Siobhan Fitzsimmons

Thanks for hopping with us!

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CASEing the Catty #215 | How Sweet It Is

Hi there!  Thanks for joining me for tonight’s CASEing the Catty blog hop.  I love being part of this creative group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that share projects inspired by the pages of the catalogue.

This week it’s all about the How Sweet It Is section of the catalogue and following pages.  There’s 10 pages of glorious colour, design & inspiration waiting for us all. The first few pages focus on the How Sweet It is suite but after that there’s a range of stamp sets, kits, punches & dies!  Spoilt for choice this week!

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I have been totally in love with the Cupcake Builder Punch & Piece of Cake stamp set this week.  You might have seen the shaker card I posted on Thursday for Just Add Ink.

So, it was this page I was drawn to in the catalogue – and that amazing sparkly drip cake at the centre of the card below.

In an effort to be organised for a big week of celebrations ahead, I used this challenge to make a card for Mr Papercraft.  It’s our 10 year wedding anniversary this week.  3 kids, 2 houses and 1 dog later, he’s still the one for me!

I didn’t want to CASE this whole card, but instead used the cake as the starting inspiration point for my card.

Piece of Cake + All My Love | kelly kent

The cake, stand and heart were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloured using Stampin’ Blends before liberally adding Clear Wink of Stella to make it all sparkly.

Piece of Cake + All My Love | kelly kent

The sentiments for this card came from the Well Said stamp set (except the ‘happy’ which is from a cake in the Piece of Cake stamp set).  Although it may seem like a bit of an outlay for this huge stamp set, the investment is priceless to have all the standard word sentiments at your fingertips plus a range of fabulous sayings to match.  I just love the one I’ve used on this card!

Piece of Cake + All My Love | kelly kent

I’ve layered the DSP on this card – something I always forget to do!!!  The bottom DSP is Flirty Flamingo stripes from the Brights DSP Stack and the top layer is from All My Love.  Mr Papercraft was hanging out watching tv in my craft room when I was making this card and he unwittingly chose his own DSP!

Piece of Cake + All My Love | kelly kent

I’ll be the first to admit I’m very influenced by DSP colours.  Flirty Flamingo wasn’t anywhere near my favourite colour before the All My Love DSP but the pretty tones of the DSP have me converted!!!  Rich Razzleberry was the same until Share What You Love came along!

What’s a colour you’ve come to love recently?  I love that favourites can come & go with Stampin’ Up! because they are all wonderful in their own way (and because the fabulous designers are always making pretty new DSP designs for me to fall in love with!).


Please join in with CASEing the Catty challenge and upload your card to our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

You’ll also want to keep hopping to see the other great projects by the design team.  Next up is my gorgeous friend Tina Gillespie

Thanks for visiting,


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CASEing the Catty #213 | Floral Romance

It’s a long weekend Sunday here thanks to Australia Day yesterday!

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!!!

There’s no better way to spend a long weekend than in the air con in the craft room for a few hours.  Then it’s time for a casual dinner at the beach. I do love the warm, balmy nights that summer offers!

The theme this week for CASEing the Catty is the Floral Romance suite and subsequent pages.

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I just love the styling of the Floral Romance suite – it’s pretty and feminine and totally gorgeous!  For my card this week, I took a little inspiration from all of the cards in the suite photo above.

I liked the layout of the bottom right, the DSP of the middle left, the leaves of the bottom left, the embellishment of the middle & bottom right, the addition of Rich Razzleberry from the gift box at the moment….

I pulled all those flashes of inspiration together to create this card for my new teamies that have joined during Sale-A-Bration.  They took advantage of the amazing Starter Kit special ($169 for $315 of products, free shipping & 20%+ discount!!).  If you’d like to be part of our Paper Adventures team, click here for more information about the Starter Kit.

Floral Romance | kelly kent

That floral vellum is my favourite – so delicate & pretty!!

The sentiment from this card is from the Stamping Your Way to the Top – an exclusive demonstrator only stamp set currently available to order.

Floral Romance | kelly kent

The scallop circle panel is from the Spot of Tea Framelits – I bought them a while a go and haven’t used them nearly as much as I would like.  It’s a nice change up to the stitched look which I so often favour.  I’ve layered it twice – Whisper White with Blushing Bride underneath – to match the DSP.

Floral Romance | kelly kent

I just can’t get enough of the embellishments from this suite.  The gold seals are divine!!!  And the little flowers are so sweet!  Do you use embellishments on your cards?  I buy many but so often forget to use them.  I’m trying to change this in 2019!


Please join us for this challenge over on Facebook.  This challenge covers the samples for Floral Romance, To Have & To Hold stamp set and Beauty Abounds Bundle.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

For more gorgeous creations from the CTC Design Team, please keep clicking next to journey the blog hop.  From here, the next button will take you to the talented Elizabeth Gross.

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Awesome DSP for an Awesome Recipient

Favourite DSP | kelly kent

I made this card to go with a team incentive gift.  I purposely chose the beautiful butterfly paper from Needlepoint Nook as it’s one of my favourite pages from the 2019 Occasions catalogue.  I’ve been waiting for a special card to cut into it – and this was it!

Incredibly Proud | kelly kent

If you enjoy my projects enough to follow my blog (which I hope you do!!), you’ll have noticed how much I love the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.  They feature on just about every card I make at the moment.  Stitched edges are a great finishing touch for every card!!

Incredibly Proud | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card comes from the Incredible Like You stamp set (Occasions 2019 Catalogue).  It’s full of lovely positive sentiments with beautiful font – which makes it fabulous in my eyes!

Incredibly Proud | kelly kent

Did I mention how easy Stampin’ Up! DSP is to coordinate colours with???  Just pick out the key colours and you’ve got a perfectly coordinated card.

This card features Night of Navy, Blueberry Bushell, Whisper White and Very Vanilla (with Silver Baker’s twine for a bit of bling!).

Stamping Your Way to the Top Butterfly | kelly kent

I also decorated the inside of this card with a coordinating butterfly from the Butterfly Gala stamp set (and punch) and a super cute banner from Stamping You Way to the Top.  This stamp set is an exclusive demonstrator only stamp set currently available for demonstrators to order.  It’s filled with stamping related sayings.

I can’t wait to make more cards for my team using these two stamp sets – Incredible Like You & Stamping Your Way to the Top.  Being able to support and celebrate my team is a big part of the Stampin’ Up! journey for me!

If you’re curious about joining Stampin’ Up! or feel like our Paper Adventures Team would be a good fit for you, we’d love to have you!  Joining Stampin’ Up! gives you a 20% discount, access to catalogues and products before customers, opportunity to buy exclusive products and so much more!!!

Join between now and 31st March 2019 and you’ll be able to take advantage of the amazing joining offer.  Your Starter Kit is $169 for $315 of products!!!  Any $315 – with free shipping.  You’ve absolutely got nothing to lose!  And lots to gain!!

Click here to see more about the Starter Kit and becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Did I mention how our incredible team would love to have you?  We really would!


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Celebrating with Shimmer Paint + Clear Case Insert

I {LOVE} new products – especially accessories!

They breathe new life into all the products you already have.

One of the new ranges I was most excited about in the Holiday Catalogue was Shimmer Paints.  For some long term Stampin’ Up! addicts, these are a ‘returning’ product as some colours were previously available in the range.  For me, they are a totally new toy to play with.

There’s 4 colours – Bright Copper, Champagne Mist, Frost White & Vegas Gold.

You can start with one, or add all four!

I went into shimmer overload for this card to celebrate one of my Paper Adventures teamies promoting to Bronze Elite.  She now gets a bigger discount on all her Stampin’ Up! spending!  Congratulations Gayle!

This card features the Bright Copper Shimmer Paint.

Shimmer Paint | kelly kent

It’s nearly impossible to get photos that do any shimmer product justice!  I tried – but this card is best seen in person!

Shimmer Paint | kelly kent

There’s three different ways I’ve used the shimmer paint on this card

  • applied to cardstock with a sponge dauber (“YOU” die cut)
  • misted to the card base using alcohol (Isocol) and shimmer paint in a Stampin’ Spritzer
  • Applied directly to the stamp and used as an ink

Shimmer Paint | kelly kent

Each colour of shimmer paint will give a different effect.  You can mix the shimmer paint with ink refills to create a coloured shimmer.  Or swirl 2 shimmer paints together for a frosted marble look.  The possibilities are endless!

When you order your shimmer paints (click here to visit the online store), make sure you have sponge daubers and spritzers in your collection – or make sure to add these products to your order as well.  They make using shimmer paints so easy!!!  Isocol is available from the medicinal section of Coles, Woolworths or your local supermarket.  Look for the bright green bottle.

As usual, the Stampin’ Up! Clear Cases make the perfect storage solution. All 4 shimmer paints (and their sponge dauber partners) fit into a half stamp case.  Click here to see this product in the online store.

Clear Case Insert - Shimmer Paint | kelly kent

Click below to download a free printable insert.

For the full range of Clear Case Inserts – click here.


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CASEing the Catty #189 | Love, Thanks & Support

Hello!  Welcome to CASEing the Catty #189.

Tonight the design team are CASEing the Love, Thanks & Support section of the catalogue.

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I think you’re going to be seeing a few Healing Hugs creations – it’s definitely one of the most popular stamp sets in the catalogue!

I have used the card at the top of the catalogue photo below to inspire a fancy fold card.

I’ve used the colours & styling of the sample card, but recreated it as a Twisted Gatefold card.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

There are lots of examples on the internet of this style of card (I have no idea who the original creator was).  I used Natalie Lapakko’s awesome instructions.  Click here to visit her post.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

Natalie is American, so the cardstock sizes were based on US (International sizing).  These are the measurements I used to match Australian cardstock:

  • Base – Whisper White: 5-7/8″ x 8-1/4″ (14.8cm x 21cm), scored at 2-3/4″ & 5-1/2″ (7cm & 14cm) plus diagonal on the end panels
  • Front & inside triangle panels – Whisper White & Crumb Cake: 2-1/2″ x 5-3/8″(6.3cm x 13.8cm), cut into triangles
  • Middle panel – Crumb Cake: 2-1/2″ x 5-5/8″ (6.4cm x 14.3cm); Whisper White: 2-1/4″ x 5-3/8″ (5.7cm x 13.8cm)

You can see why the rose from Healing Hugs has been featuring in your Facebook & Pinterest feed – it’s so pretty!

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

The stamp is naturally textured – a new style called DistINKtive.  If you have an Australian version of the catalogue, the inside cover has more information & stamp examples.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent


To join in this week’s challenge, visit our Facebook group.

To see what the design team has made for this challenge, keep hopping by visiting the gorgeous Megan Lenske in sunny QLD!

Thanks for joining us!

If you’d like to add Healing Hugs or any other Stampin’ Up! supplies to your craft room, you can shop in my online store – or click on the product links below.


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Hand Delivered Books

Stampin’ Up! have released some spectacular host sets in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.  They are available for purchase at exclusive prices with your Stampin’ Rewards. Stampin’ Rewards are earned on any order of $250+ (before shipping).  Hold a workshop, combine orders with friends/family or get everything on your wishlist – there’s lots of ways to make it happen!

One of my favourite host sets is Hand Delivered.  It’s a builder set, with interchangeable pieces for a gorgeous lady who holds all kinds of things to make your card fit the theme.

The balloons are great for birthdays, the cake for weddings & engagements and you can add any small sentiment to the sign to make your own theme.

I’ve used the books for a congratulations card for a friend who has finished some further studies.  I have lots more uses in mind for book worm friends, librarian friends, teachers….. a stack of books is just so versatile!

Hand Delivered Books | kelly kent

There’s quite a trend for pocket cards at the moment – lead by my gorgeous friends Jackie Aitken & Bronwyn Eastley.  They are quick & easy to make and offer something different than a standard card.

Hand Delivered Books | kelly kent

To make this card I cut a piece of A4 cardstock to 5-7/8″ (across the 8-1/4″ side) and scored at 3-7/8″ from each long edge.  I then cut diagonally from each bottom corner up towards the scored line.  Fold in and adhere the triangle flaps where they cross over & along the bottom edge.

Hand Delivered Books | kelly kent

We all make cards, but do you send them?  I challenge you to get a card in the mail, someone’s hand or drop it in a letterbox this week.  There’s nothing more special than happy mail!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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