Introducing… Embossing Paste!

One of the things I was most excited to try in the new catalogue was the embossing paste.

And I was not disappointed!!!

A full embossing paste kit consists of 3 separate products – make sure you order all of them to get the best finish!

We used the embossing paste on the weekend for one of the make & takes at my launch event.

Attendees got to make one of the notecard designs – and, judging by what was left over, the Lemon Lime Twist was the favourite!!!

I’m not sure if it was the embossing design or the colour!

Because it was a make and take, and for most (including me) the first time they’d used embossing paste, we kept it nice & simple.

The Happy Birthday thinlit was a great addition to the front for a quick & easy birthday card!

I’m curious to have a real play with the embossing paste – so many possibilities!!!

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Colour INKspiration #10

Another amazing fortnight of challenge entries!

If you’re not already on our challenge page over on Facebook, join us to for wonderful ideas shared every day by crafters just like you!

It’s our 10th challenge this week – which is a wonderful achievement for Bronwyn Eastley and the Colour INKspiration team.

If you’re already on your way hopping, did you love what Denita made?  I always admire her creativity.


The colours for Colour INKspiration #10 are amazing {again} and will stretch the way in which you look at your crafting projects.

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Cajun Craze, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate and Delightful Dijon!

This is the last time the crew will play with Delightful Dijon as it’s set to retire next week.

Have you bought all the items you *need* from the retirement list?  Next week it’ll be all about the new catalogue!


When I first sat down to play with these colours, I was raiding Nanna Papercraft’s craft room while she’s on holidays.

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but Delightful Dijon is an absolutely perfect colour for beer!

So, with the Mixed Drinks stamp set in my hand, this is what I created for Colour INKspiration #10….

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Lots of Island Indigo & Smoky Slate – because I love them!

Whisper White to break all those strong colours up (don’t forget you can use any neutral or metallic in your Colour INKspiration project).

Delightful Dijon – because it makes fantastic beer!

And just a touch of Cajun Craze for the sentiment to finish the challenge!


I’m not sure if you’ve looked at the Mixed Drinks stamp set (it’s awesome!)…

There’s only one beer mug?  How did I get it to ‘clink’ I hear you ask?!?

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I used the reflection technique to flip it over.

Stamp in Versamark & emboss the beer mug as normal.

Then, stamp it again on Window Sheet.  Turn the window sheet upside down and very carefully (it’s slippery and wants to slide away from you producing a truly spectacular beer googles effect!) press down on the stamped image.  This will transfer it to the cardstock -as a mirror image.  Emboss as usual and colour both images with an Aqua Painter and Delightful Dijon ink.


I’ve also put a special touch on the inside.

If you’re going to send a beer themed card, you should probably send beer money…

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Personally, I’d rather stamping money… but I guess they don’t hold the same appeal for everyone!

Next up for some colourful inspiration is my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman

And join us on Facebook for the challenge.  It runs for three weeks, so plenty of time to get inky!


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Oo-LaLa! Kissing Technique!

In my final technique blog post based on the cards we made in last week’s class, I’m sharing an oldie-but-a-goodie…

The Kissing Technique

Everyone likes kissing – right?  And we {love} stamps… so this must be amazing!

Kissing stamps involves pressing them together before you stamp them on your project.  This leaves the imprint of one stamp on the other, creating a pattern or colour change within the main stamp.

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For this card, we inked up the Stylized Birthday stamp in Smoky slate and the cross-hatched stamp from the You’ve Got This stamp set in Real Red.  We ‘kissed’ the birthday stamp onto the background stamp, transferring the red ink to the Happy Birthday sentiment.  Then we stamped onto our cardstock.

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This technique is great in that each project ends up with a slightly different finish!

And different colour combinations will achieve a different look.

Have a play – it’s a great experiment in trial and error!


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Beautiful You – Reflection Technique

This is another card from my technique class last week.

One of my favourite presentations from the Brisbane OnStage event last year was Jackie Noble’s Beautiful You presentation.

This stamp set lends itself to so many amazing techniques including paper piecing, masking and the reflection technique.

We used it in class to try out the reflection technique. It’s so pretty – and like many techniques, easy when you know how!

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The reflection really makes it look like she’s dancing along the water!

The how-to:

  • Stamp the lady – I used Memento Black on Shimmery White
  • Stamp her again on a piece of Window Sheet
  • With the ink on the underside of the Window Sheet, line up the puddle & press onto the cardstock to create a reflection stamped image. It will probably be a little blurry – just like a reflection in a puddle.
  • Colour the lady’s dress in Daffodil Delight with an Aqua Painter and the puddle in Pool Party.
  • Using only a very dilute amount of ink, colour the reflection image. It should be much lighter than your main image.

Beautiful You - Reflection Technique | kelly kent

I added in a few more techniques for this card – simple touches that add extra interest.  I’ve sponged the doily so it matches my colour scheme and I’ve stamped my sentiment directly onto my DSP.

As we near the end of this catalogue and look forward to a new one, I’m using lots of my beautiful DSP.  I need to make room for more!!


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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.

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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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