Colour INKspiration #08

Everyone loved the soft & pretty colours of last fortnight’s Colour INKspiration challenge #07.

I lost count of how many ‘lovely’ adjectives I used on commenting on all the beautiful projects!!!

This fortnight’s challenge is going to be polarising!  It’s deeper & darker and more moody!

And features Delightful Dijon which is rarely a favourite colour on anyone’s list!  But I admit that it has grown on me as it nears retirement!!!

I think it’s perfect for cards with a nature theme, masculine/neutral cards or baby cards.

I almost went down the baby card line, but on reflection, I’ve used that theme a number of time for challenges recently.

So, I decided on a neutral / masculine thank you card.  You could easily change the sentiment on this card and make it a birthday card instead.

Since this challenge features 2 of the retiring 2015-2017 In Colors – Delightful Dijon & Tip Top Taupe – I decided on a retiring stamp set too.

It’s a great time of the year to have one last play with sets that won’t make the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue like the Work of Art stamp set.

UPDATE: It seems like I forgot to check if this set was actually retiring.  It’s not!!! Whoopsie!  Thanks to one of the DT crew for checking for me!

Pleased to be able to share it with you for another year to come!

This card is quite simple, with a fun repetitive pattern using the circle stamp from Work of Art.

Effective techniques don’t always have to be hard work!

This card uses second generation or stamping off to achieve a lighter variation of the same colour.  It’s perfect for darker colours to get some light & shade.

I’ve stamped in Delightful Dijon, Tip Top Taupe and Soft Suede in full strength for some spots, then with technique to achieve a softer tone for each colour for other spots.

You stamp as normal, then stamp again without reinking – getting a lighter colour (second generation).  Or if you just need the lighter version, stamp onto scrap/scratch paper first then onto your project without reinking.

I’ve used it again on the inside of the card…

I’ve added a ‘you’re the best’ sentiment from the All Things Thanks stamp set in white heat embossing on Early Espresso cardstock.  I love the light on dark effect of heat embossing in white.

I was excited to see that All Things Thanks is carrying over!!!

And although you can’t tell in the photo, the case base is made using the new Very Vanilla {THICK} cardstock!  So excited we’re going to have this style of cardstock in VV as well as Whisper White!


You’re going to want to keep going on this hop to see all the amazing ways you can use Delightful Dijon & those moody neutrals.

Next up is the talented & lovely Jackie Noble.

Thanks for visiting!

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No-Line Watercolouring

We all know that I’m usually late to the party for all trends & fads – but when I do get there, I get on a roll!!!

The flavour of this month seems to be no-line watercolouring.  I used it for my cute rainbow card & my Stamp Review Crew rose.

So, if I’m in love with it, I should share it – yes?!

One of the cards we made in today’s class used this technique for colouring the flowers…

No-line watercolouring turns anyone into an artist!

The how to:

  • Ink up your stamp in a light colour like Sahara Sand
  • Stamp off onto scrap/scratch paper
  • Then stamp onto your project cardstock – this will give you a feint stamped outline
  • Using an Aqua Painter and ink colours that suit your project, follow the lines using a solid stroke
  • Once all the lines are coloured, fill in the white space using a more watery wash (lighter) with your Aqua Painter

It’s really so easy!!!

This is the finished card…

You should try it!

Any outline stamp will work beautifully – but I did wonder about the hot air balloons today….  Must try that next!


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Stamp Review Crew – Rose Wonder

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Welcome to the first March Stamp Review Crew blog hop.

The fabulous crew will be dazzling you with beautiful projects made with the Rose Wonder stamp set – and coordinating Rose Garden Framelits.

This stamp set, as you can see by the number of sentiments, lends it’s to so many occasions.  It really has something for everyone.

And of course, rose can come in any colour you like.


If you’re travelling around the hop, you might just have come from Twila -isn’t she great?

Make sure to keep hopping til you get back to where you started!

For my SRC project, I’ve use the no-line watercoloring technique to create a yellow rose of sympathy.

It’s a little oversized for the jar – but I love it as a statement piece!

Stamp Review Crew - Rose Wonder. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’ve tried no-line watercolouring before, but felt like I was little better at it this time around.

Though, as you can see, there’s still room for improvement!!!

Using watercolour paper definitely helps.


I decorated the inside of the card with a framelit from the Rose Garden set and some of the DSP I used on the front.

Stamp Review Crew - Rose Wonder. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I certainly am enjoying my self imposed challenge to pay more attention to the insides of my cards.

I also using Mint Macaron as much as I can in the few months until it retires.

If this is one of your favourite colours too, be sure to stock up before it goes!!!


I know you’re going to love what Heidi has made using the Rose Wonder bundle – she’s always so inspirational!

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The SRC posts are all scheduled to go live at the same time, but there’s sometimes a mishap or 2 along the way.

Please be patient with us as we sort out the kinks in the first couple of moments.  At some point the day of the hop, the Stamp Review Crew main post will also go live.  Check back here for the full line up.

Thanks for joining us – isn’t it fun travelling around the world from your computer or phone!?!

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Rainbow Birthday Wishes

It’s another weekend – and although the sun is shining, I’m a little sad that I’m not at scrap camp!!!

Last weekend was so much fun.  48 hours of stamping with short breaks to eat & sleep.


Although it always feels like I bring the kitchen sink to camp, there were – of course – things that I left behind!!!

It never matters though because all you have to do is yell out “who’s got…” and the item in question is on your table.

It was fun to flick through the collection of stamps that others brought with them and thanks to Caroline I was able to use some stamps that I’d never bought – like the super cute Over the Rainbow stamp set to make this bright & fun card.

Rainbow Birthday Wishes. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Liz supplied the ‘birthday wishes’ stamp – which makes me wonder why I packed so much!!!

I’m sure I could have had a great weekend with the plentiful supplies of the other stampers!

It was a wonderful soul-enriching, cup-filling weekend – and I’m excited about the next chance I’ll get to spend time with the ladies and share what we love.

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Just Add Ink #347 Colour Combination

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It’s all about colour this week for the Just Add Ink challenge as we create to this little colour quartet dreamt up by Kim.

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Regals are my least used colour story in the Stampin’ Up! collection.

So, this combo with 2 ‘subtles’ and two regals was definitely a challenge for me.

But, as luck would have it, inspiration struck as I picked up my bag to go out…

Just Add Ink #347 - inspiration photo. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What if, the Lucky Elephant, wasn’t a solid colour – but fabulously floral – like my bag!

And from there, it all flowed!

{LOVE MY BAG? It was a custom creation many moons ago by Kylie at Sew Fun by Kylie.  I think it’s time for a wash!!!}


One of my favourite Brisbane OnStage presentations was by Angela Meiritz-Reid who had all kinds of wonderful ideas for using the elephant from the Occasions catalogue.

This is one of them – outlining the elephant shape with a marker, rather than inking it up.

Just Add Ink #347. Lucky Elephant. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I then stamped it onto the Inside the Lines DSP, and using the Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker, I followed the faint markings to create an elephant outline.

Just Add Ink #347. Lucky Elephant. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

From there, it was a matter of colouring the DSP using the challenge colours…

Just Add Ink #347. Lucky Elephant. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Then snipping it out and adding the beautiful elephant to a card!

Just Add Ink #347. Lucky Elephant. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


I had so much fun colouring my elephant, I decided to make another version – but this time with touches of gold!

Using gold embossing powder, I added a gold caparison to his back.

Never heard of a caparison?  That’s what the blanket on the back of an elephant, horse or donkey is called!

Just Add Ink #347. Lucky Elephant. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The whole card…

Just Add Ink #347. Lucky Elephant. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

My tip for colouring with the Regals is to try using an Aqua Painter rather than the markers.  It provides a lighter, softer shade of the same colour.


Please join us with your creation by visiting the Just Add Ink blog.

You can also check out the creativity of the awesome design team.

If you need to place an order to add some of the fabulous Inside the Lines paper (free with any $90 purchase), head over to my online store.  Shop all for your favourites plus Sale-A-Bration rewards will apply until 31st March 2017.

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Stampin’ Up! – Inside the Lines DSP

I’m sure you haven’t missed the fact that between now & 31st March 2017, all $90+ orders you place include your choice of a 2017 Sale-A-Bration item!!!

There’s 12 to choose from…

Do you have a favourite or ‘must have’?  I love them all – as a true addict does!

Avant Garden & Hey Chick were both very popular at my launch event on the weekend.


As you know, I’m in {LOVE} with paper!  There’s 2 paper options in the SAB choices.  The fun & bright Carried Away DSP and the Inside the Lines DSP.

I’ve been playing with the black & white Inside the Lines DSP this week.

This is the card we made at my launch event on Sunday using the spotlight technique and the new watercolour pencils.

Inside the Lines DSP - Spotlight technique.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

For this card we cut a circle from the DSP layer, coloured it with Watercolour Pencils and re-layered it with a cardstock mat on the card.

If you’ve bought the Watercolour Pencils and need a case to store them in, download my free printable insert here.


For the next card, I left the DSP layer in black & white and added coloured letters to bring colour.

Inside the Lines DSP - Happy New Home card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Milestone Moments stamp set is proving to quite versatile and a firm favourite of mine from the Occasions Catalogue.

How awesome do the Large Letters look!!!  Don’t forget, with the joining special during Sale-A-Bration, they could be part of your Starter Kit, saving you over 50%.  See here for more details.


Whenever you’re ready to place an order, my online store is open 24-7 with shipping directly to you.  The online host code for January is YBEWYEMH.

Or you can email me 24-7 and I’ll place an order for you.

If you’d like to see the products in action, and you live in the Bunbury area – I can do a workshop at your house.  Just ask me!

There’s so much to love about the new catalogues!  I’m working on more samples to show you!

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Timeout Tuesday – Shaving Foam Technique

It was time for my monthly class this morning and we made this gorgeous card using the shaving foam technique.

Shaving Foam Technique - Christmas : Wonderful Year stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Have you tried it?

Tips:

  • Shimmery White cardstock works the best for this technique
  • any shaving foam will do – it doesn’t have to be expensive
  • add drops of each colour of reinker to your shaving foam and create a swirly pattern with a knife or skewer
  • ‘smoosh’ (that’s the technical term) your cardstock on top of your shaving foam mix
  • remove & wipe off the excess with a squeegee
  • all to dry before adding to your card

I’ve embellished with copper foil & embossing.

I {LOVE} the boldness of the sentiments from the “Wonderful Year” stamp set.

Shaving Foam Technique - Christmas : Wonderful Year stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I hope you get a chance to try this fun technique.

It works with pretty much any colour combination – and the best part is the experimentation!  You will never get the same pattern – even from the same shaving foam / ink set.

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