Just Add Ink #481 | Photo Inspiration

Welcome to a Just Add Ink challenge – it’s so great to see you!  I know you’re going to love the photo inspiration for this challenge.

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If you’d like to join in and share a project inspired by this great image, you can add your photo to our gallery.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog – see the design team cards and add your creation.

I loved the colours of the photo inspiration – just so pretty!  And of course, the floral bouquet was great inspiration. So – using the colours and the styling, I made this card using the Bloom & Grow stamp set.

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

I stamped my favourite large floral stamp from this set in Crumb Cake ink across the top of a Whisper White cardstock mat, and then again (upside down) underneath this.  I knew I wanted to add a sentiment over the top, so I allowed enough space for this with a slight bit of overlap.

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

The flowers are coloured using Stampin’ Blends.  Usually I’d use black Memento ink if I was colouring with Blends, but as all our classic Stampin’ Up! inks are water based, you can use any of these and then colour with Blends.  How cool is that???

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

The Stampin’ Blends colours are Light Cajun Craze, Light Calypso Coral, Light & Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Mango Melody, Light & Dark Granny Apple Green and Dark Mint Macaron.

I was so obsessed with the large floral images in this set that I had completely overlooked the small images that match!  They are the sweetest and make for a great carry through to the middle.

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card comes from the Beautiful Day stamp set. White heat embossed on Soft Suede cardstock.

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

And the final touch for my card was to mount the front panel onto a piece of burlap from the Pressed Petals DSP.  I don’t often use DSP as a base layer – but in this case I love how it finishes the card.  The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock for a lovely neural finish.


Thanks for joining me today.  It’s such a pleasure to be able to share with you.  I hope you find the time to join in our challenge and share your beautiful creation with us on the Just Add Ink blog.  We love visiting your blog, Pinterest, Instagram or other online location!

Have a great weekend,

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Stamp Review Crew | Free as a Bird

Wow – 1st of July!!!  I’m actually not sure where the first 6 months of 2019 went, but welcome to the second half of the year!!!

I’m starting July with a fabulous blog hop with my Stamp Review Crew friends.  Today we’re showing you projects made with the Free as a Bird stamp set.  I’ve also used the coordinating Stitched Nested Label Dies that come with this set in a bundle.

As I got this post ready, I realised that although this style of fancy fold has been my favourite over the last month, I’m yet to share any with you!  I’ve been flat out making Pull Tab Cards – a condensed version of a waterfall card.  Thanks to Jan B and Dawn Griffiths for their tutorial videos.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

This card has a different orientation than the tutorial videos – with the pull tab at the top.

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When you pull the tab at the top, the nested label flips over to reveal the panel underneath.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

The birds and sentiment are heat embossed in black for a lucious black line and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends.  You need to be a touch careful going over the black embossing as the black lifts a little, but overall it’s a great effect.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

The background panel looks like DSP – but was actually hand stamped by me!  I stamped the flowers and leaves in Memento ink and then coloured with Blends. This is what it looked like before I applied it to my card.

 

I’ve finished the card with the same stamping on the inside.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

As I’ve mentioned before, when a card has such a strong identity with a suite – especially when it has a coordinating DSP – I love to change it up and give the stamp set a fresh look.  The colour palette for this card is one of my current favourites – Rococo Rose, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, Blushing Bride and Smoky Slate.


There’s lots more amazing stamping on this hop. For your next bout of inspiration, please keep hopping to visit my gorgeous friend Jackie Aitken.  Jackie is one of our newest crew members and we are so lucky to have her on board!!

Thanks for hopping with us!  Happy stamping x


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CASEing the Catty #232 | Artistic Expression

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for the first CASEing the Catty of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It’s always fun to have new inspiration!

Join us as we choose any project to CASE from the Artistic Expression section of the catalogue – pages 106-159.

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I’ve chosen a card from page 158 showing the Lined Alphabet stamp set & dies.

What caught my eye in this sample is the triangle lines & the ombre colours of the ‘baby’ across the middle.  I used those elements to create a birthday (or other celebration) card using a Mint Macaron tone.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The Mint Macaron started with the DSP choice – I had the Mosaic Mood DSP on my table after creating the Tri-Fold Pocket Card for our team hope on Friday.  That card (you can see it here) used a lot of DSP, but it  didn’t use this particular pattern – which I love!  So that become the card base.

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The next step was to add the triangle features – which in this case are actually more of a hexagon – using the Stitched Nested Label Dies.  The colours are Very Vanilla, Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron and Lost Lagoon.   Lost Lagoon is actually a retired colour – but I needed a darker tone to complete the ombre effect – and Lost Lagoon is a favourite of mine!  I wish it had been one of the returning colours during the revamp of 2018!

Once I had my triangle peaks of colour, I added the butterfly from the Beautiful Day stamp set – a returning favourite into the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It goes perfectly with this DSP, having a natural mosaic effect!

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The butterfly is stamped in Lost Lagoon ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and then coloured using Stampin’ Blends – Light & Dark Soft Sea Foam and Light & Dark Mint Macaron.  The middle segments have been given a touch of sparkle with the Clear Wink of Stella pen.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The card is finished with a sentiment -T”time to celebrate!” from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  I’ve stamped this in Lost Lagoon ink and then punched it out using the Classic Label Punch.  The pointed edges of this punch shape worked beautifully with the styling of my card!

So much love for the DSP in this catalogue!  I’m going to need extra supplies of my favourites so I can keep making cards!!!


For more inspiration using new catalogue products, keep hopping with my CTC friends.  Click on the next button to take you to New Zealand to visit my gorgeous Artisan friend Angela Meiritz-Reid.

If you’d like to join in with the weekly CASEing the Catty Challenge, please hop over to our Facebook group.  The challenge runs for a week – ending next Sunday.

See you next week for more new catalogue inspiration!


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Just Add Ink #455 | Sympathy

Some challenges are a fun way to provide inspiration and an excuse to get into the craft room.  The theme for Just Add Ink this week is “Just Add Sympathy“.

It was going to be a challenge where I created a card for my stash for another time.  Sadly, my friend shared the news that her Gran had passed, which meant this card was specially made to let her know I’m thinking of her.

Wonderful Romance | kelly kent

I’ve used the spotlight technique for this card.  Using my Stamparatus, I stamped the floral images from Wonderful Romance twice – in exactly the same place on two identical pieces of cardstock.

I adhered one piece to the Whisper White Thick cardstock base.  The second piece I coloured using Stampin’ Blends and then cut (in the middle of the cardstock piece) using the Stitched Rectangle Framelit.

Lining up the images, I layered the coloured & cut cardstock over the base layer.  For extra pop, I adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Wonderful Romance | kelly kent

The beautiful flowers in the Wonderful Romance stamp set work so well for this technique.  It would work well with other large solid line stamps that you can colour too.

Wonderful Romance | kelly kent

Wonderful Romance (and the coordinating dies – not used here) are on the Last Chance Retirement List and will only be available until 3rd June 2019 – or supplies sell out.  See all retirement list items in my online store – click here.


We’d love to have you join our challenge.  Share your sympathy cards on the Just Add Ink blog.  You’ll also find all the design team cards there – it’s a wonderful resource for the next time you have a sympathy card to make!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Wheels

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It’s time to hop again with my talented Paper Adventures team!

The theme for this month is ‘wheels’.  It’s a diverse theme and I can’t wait for you to see the whole range of projects the team has come up with.  Keep clicking on the next button at the end of each post to hop around.  There’s 6 of us joining in, including our gorgeous guest designer – Judy May from Victoria.  Thanks Judy!


If you’re the parent of a young person, or have grandies watching tv, you may already be familiar with the subject of my card today.  For everyone else, meet Buster the Bus.

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This special card is for a gorgeous little man who turns 3 next month and is obsessed with Buster.

Buster the Bus punch art | kelly kent

It was fun to get back to some punch art.  As my kids have grown, I haven’t has as many reasons to make characters for cards.

To make Buster:

Bus sign: Pineapple Punch rectangle (1-5/8″ wide) plus Whisper White Classic Label punch (ends snipped off).  Sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Memento Tuxedo Black

Bus body: Pineapple Punch rectangle with rounded corners (3-1/2″ x 4″)

Windscreen: Basic Black & Basic Gray rectangle with the bottom edge hand cut into an arc (3-1/4″ x 1-3/4″)

Wipers: Basic Black U shape from Apron Builder Framelits cut down to size

Mirrors: Basic Black U shape from Apron Builder Framelits plus leg from Cookie Cutter Builder punch – double cut into oval shape

Eyes (in order from largest to smallest circle): Basic Black Layering Circle die (smallest size), Whisper White 1″ circle punch, Blueberry Bushel 1/2″ circle punch, Basic Black Cookie Cutter Builder punch, Whisper White Cookie Cutter Builder punch

Mouth: Whisper White Cookie Cutter Builder punch – top portion of head, coloured with Dark Basic Black & Dark Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends

Wheels: Basic Black Story Label punch

Buster the Bus punch art | kelly kent

Lots of work fiddling with pieces to get the punch art right – but it’s so much fun!  Messy with small bits of cardstock everywhere…. but fun!  And when it all comes together – it’s definitely a wow moment.


Next up on our Paper Adventures team heap is our guest designer, Judy May.  I love Judy’s work – it’s always so elegant.

If you’re a lover of Stampin’ Up! but not yet getting a discount on your purchases, then purchasing a Starter Kit would be a great option for you.  If you live in Australia, we’d love to have you on our Paper Adventures team.  It’s $169 for the Starter Kit, which includes $315 of your choice of Stampin’ Up! products with free shipping.  You’ll have the option to purchase more Stampin’ Up! products until at least 31st July 2019, receive the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue early and join in with the new catalogue pre-order.  Click here to find out more.

Thanks for hopping with us today!  We’ll be back in April with another team hop with a fresh theme!

Participant List
Kelly Kent
Judy May (Guest Designer)
Mandy Depiazzi 
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Narelle Simm
Lisa Whitehead

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CASEing the Catty #219 | Gingham Gala

There’s nothing like a weekly blog hop to make you realise how quickly the weeks roll around.  Hello March!!!

This week at CASEing the Catty we’re celebrating the Gingham Gala suite and subsequent pages of the catalogue.

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Gingham isn’t usually my go-to favourite, but it’s growing on me!  I loved the brightness of this card on page 34 of the Occasions Catalogue.

I used strips of Gingham Gala DSP across a landscape Whisper White thick card base and added a cupcake centrepiece

Gingham Gala | kelly kent

I’ve translated lots of elements from the original card into my version – the gingham DSP, use of white twine, flowers & Grapefruit Grove sentiment.  They are now just in cake form!!!  There’s so many options in the Piece of Cake stamp set, I feel like I’m still creating with new cakes for each card.Gingham Gala | kelly kent

I’ve used the colours from the Gingham Gala suite to create the cake elements – Highland Heather for the swirly frame, Grapefruit Grove for the cake and coordinating flowers with Stampin’ Blends.

Although I’m generally a ‘straight’ kinda girl when it comes to adding pieces to my cards, I loved the wonky overlapping effect of layering the DSP.  This came about because I cut the DSP into 1″ strips without doing the maths – and then they didn’t fit.  I wasn’t cutting them again, so I just added them all on top of each other!

Gingham Gala | kelly kent

There’s more to this challenge than Gingham – be inspired by pages 34-37 of the Occasions Catalogue and share your projects with us on the CASEing the Catty Facebook page.

Thank you for hopping with us today.  The next fabulous design team member is visit is Siobhan Fitzsimmons with her beautiful butterfly creations.

Have a great week!  I hope it involves lots of stamping!


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Just Add Ink #447 | Sketch

Hello!  It’s time for another creative challenge from the Just Add Ink team.  This week it’s a sketch challenge by Narelle.

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For such a simple sketch, I actually found it difficult to get started on this card.  But once I had the concept, it was all go from there!

I ended up turning it on the side widening up those rectangles and using a stamp set that has only just recently arrived – Fable Friends.  These characters are just the sweetest!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

The gingham still isn’t my favourite DSP but I’ll admit that it’s pretty cute on some cards!!!  Which is why I like to own all the DSP – I just buy extra packs of my favourites!  It would seem that lots of people LOVE the Gingham suite though – the DSP has been popular around the world.

Fable Friends | kelly kent

The little bunny from Fable Friends is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends.  Rather than using two colours to create depth of colour, I used Light Smoky Slate and dark Balmy Blue with the Color Lifter pen.  I love the colour variation it adds!

One cute bunny card didn’t seem to be enough (I’m low on my stock of baby cards at the moment) so it seemed like a good idea to make a pink version too!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

The Blushing Bride version of the card was matched with Tropical Escape DSP and ribbon from the All My Love combo pack in the Occasions catalogue.

More colouring with Blends – the pink is the retired dark Pink Pirouette.

Fable Friends | kelly kent

I seem to be using the Vertical Greetings stamp set quite a lot lately.  I remember when I so desperately wanted a greetings set that ran down rather than across.  I hope this set stays in the range for years to come!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

If this sketch inspires you, please share it with us on the Just Add Ink blog page.  Each week we choose a winner and 2 honorable mentions.  We’d love to add your creation to our list of wonderful projects!

Thanks for visiting today.  If you love making cute baby cards – and with Easter around the corner – I can’t recommend the Fable Friends stamp set enough!  All the product links are in the table at the end of my post.

We’re in the final month of Sale-A-Bration which means there’s only weeks left to earn free products, get bonus host rewards and received added value in your Starter Kit if you join Stampin’ Up!

Click here to shop in my online store

Click here to purchase a Starter Kit ($169)


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Kelly’s Top 3 – Occasions 2019

January is always such an exciting time of the year on the Stampin’ Up! calendar as it marks the start of a new catalogue – Occasions 2019 – and combines with Sale-A-Bration!

Click here to download the new Occasions catalogue.  Message me if you live in Australia and would like a copy posted.

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Click here to download the new Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

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As always, Stampin’ Up! have designed a sensational range of new products.  It was so hard to choose just 3, but here are my top 3 choices for your first order..

  1. Rectangle Stitched Framelits – I cannot love these enough.  They come in 13 different sizes, perfect for lots of different uses and layering options.  Click here to order.
  2. Piece of Cake bundle – with stamp set and Cake Builder Punch.  It was love at first sight for this bundle when I saw Lou Kitzelman showcase it at OnStage in November.  Visit her blog here for lots more samplesClick here to order.
  3. Needlepoint Nook – one of my favourite DSP options from this catalogue.  Another great presentation at OnStage by Liz Gross (see her blog here).  Did you know the DSP was created in stages.  First the concept art team designed the embroidery patterns, then they had them embroidered by a needlework expert, then they photographed them to be the amazing images we see on each sheet of DSP!  Click here to order.

Here’s a quick card I made to show you my favourites in action!

Piece of Cake & Needlework Nook | kelly kent

Colouring the flowers on the cake was easy – I just selected the colours in the DSP!

Piece of Cake & Needlework Nook | kelly kent

I’m pretty sure you’re going to see those rectangles on every card I make this month!!!


Every order during Sale-A-Bration (3rd Jan – 31st March) earns your choice of reward from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.  There’s two levels of gift – spend $90 to choose a level 1 reward or $180 to choose a level 2 reward (or 2 level 1 rewards if you prefer).

Got a big shopping list?  Every order of $400+ earns a bonus $40 of Stampin’ Rewards.  Shop by yourself, or collect orders with family & friends.  Click here to shop.

Local to Bunbury?  I can come to you and run a specially designed Sale-A-Bration workshop and help you and your friends earn rewards.

And finally, the last piece of amazing Sale-A-Bration news is the fantastic Starter Kit offer.  $169 gets you $315 of your choice of products, free shipping and a 20% discount to purchase more of your favourites.

There’s also the option to upgrade your Starter Kit to include the Craft & Carry Tote.  This exclusive tote is only available to new demonstrators. The upgrade is $210 and includes the above items from the $169 kit plus the tote.

Click here to purchase your Starter Kit and join our awesome Paper Adventures team.

Please let me know via Facebook or email if you have any questions or if you need help with an order.

My online shop is available 24-7.  Click here to browse.

I’m excited to have lots to share with you this Sale-A-Bration.  If there’s anything you’d like to see in action, please let me know!!


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Country Home Birthdays

While the Country Home stamp set was on my table last week for the Paper Adventures Team hop, it jumped out to me as the perfect set to use for the September team birthday cards.  See the card I made for the team hop by clicking here.

Country Home Birthday | kelly kent

For this card, I used the opposite combination – the jug & other set of flowers.  I love that these pieces have been designed as builder pieces, so you can play around with the combinations.  I’ve set it on a ‘coloured’ doily – but used the reverse side which is white!

Country Home Birthday | kelly kent

The absolutely stunning DSP you spy is my Holiday Catalogue favourite – Frosted Floral Specialty.  Every side of this DSP has a shimmer finish for a elegant touch to any card.  The DSP is a lighter weight than usual – making it perfect for delicate projects such as origami and techniques such as ripping.

Country Home Birthday | kelly kent

Another one of my favourite products from the Holiday Catalogue – that might be flying under the radar a little is the Braided Linen Trim.  It’s quite like the Copper Trim in composition which means you can use it as it comes off the roll, or you can stretch it out for a different look.  I love it!!!  Click here to see it in the online store.


Happy birthday to my September teamies!  Hope your birthdays were amazing.

To find out more about joining Stampin’ Up! and our Paper Adventures team, click here.  We’d love to have more paper & ink enthusiasts enjoy the journey with us.  For personal buying or building a business, our team is a wonderful place to enjoy the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Ready to join?  Click here to choose your Starter Kit.

Have any questions?  Please email me or send me a message on Facebook.


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2018 Holiday Catalogue

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September is here – which means it’s time to enjoy some Christmas, Thanksgiving & Halloween themed products as part of the 2018 Holiday Catalogue launch.

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Click here to view the 2018 Holiday Catalogue online.

Click here to browse the 2018 Holiday Catalogue in the online store.

If you live in Australia and would like a hard copy of the catalogue, please contact me.


There’s lots to love about the new catalogue, but one of the things I was most excited about was 6 new Stampin’ Blends colours!!!

I am loving colouring stamped images with these easy to use alcohol markers.

As your collection of Blends grows, there’s lots of ways to store your Stampin’ Blends.  My favourite is in a clear case (click here to buy online).

Free Printable Inserts for Stampin' Blends | kelly kent

Click below to download a free, printable insert for 2018 Holiday Catalogue release of Stampin’ Blends.  

Click here to view the full range of Clear Case Inserts.


If you’re not so confident with using your Blends to achieve gorgeous colouring, then you’ll want to link in with Module 3 of Stamp In Confidence.

Module 3 has been designed by my fabulously talented friend Lou – and it’s all about colouring!!!  Just $6 for 8 tutorial videos with supporting notes.  Lou has so many tips & tricks for excellent colouring with Blends, Watercolor Pencils & Aqua Painters.

Click here to visit the Stamp in Confidence Blog for more information.


I know you’re going to love the 2018 Holiday Catalogue.  I’m having trouble working out what I don’t need!!!

If I can help you with any Holiday Catalogue questions, or with an order, please message me.

My online store is open 24-7 if you know what you’d like and are ready to get started.  Click here to visit.

Happy stamping!