Colour INKspiration #28

Who loves colour challenges???

You do!  We are amazed and humbled that so many lovely crafters choose to join in with our challenges each fortnight (or 3 weeks on those long months!).  Join us on Facebook to share your creation.  Click here to visit.

Each challenge has a top 5 voted by the design crew and then a winner as voted by the group.  The winner is invited to hop as a guest designer with us for a future hop (if they want to).

This challenge – #28 – has a special prize for a first-time entrant. All you have to do is comment that it is your first time entering and you will go into the draw to win registration to our new Stamp In Confidence program.  The winner will receive free registration for ‘Module One – Stamping Basics’. If you haven’t visited our new blog, you can find all the details about our new online class modules at https://stampinconfidence.blogspot.com.au/.

The colours for this challenge are stunning with an awesome inspiration photo to get the creativity flowing – do I say this every week???

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Three sweet colours – Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum & Lemon Lime Twist plus a solid neutral – Soft Suede.  You can add any other neutral or metallic to your project to complete your colour palette.  If you don’t have the exact Stampin’ Up! match, create with the closest you have.

My creation starts with a story…..

I have this amazing crafty friend.  She’ll play with any craft medium but sewing is where her passion & skill lies.  She makes the most amazing quilted artworks.  See some of her work on Instagram (click here).

We lives hours apart so don’t catch up as often as we’d like, but whenever she comes for a visit, she’s straight to my shelf of stamps checking out what’s new and suggesting all kind of crazy stamping combinations.  She sees the world in a totally different way to me – it’s wonderful!

She fell in love with the unicorn from the Magical Day stamp set and spent quite some time brainstorming a rainbow farting unicorn!

So, here you are Miss Caity…. this is your rainbow tooting unicorn…

Rainbow Unicorn | kelly kent

I used the baby wipe technique with the Star of Light swirl to create the ‘rainbow farts’.

Baby Wipe Technique | kelly kent

Making your own multi-coloured ink pad is a great way to get a variety of colour tones in your stamped image.

Rainbow Unicorn | kelly kent

And those unicorns – don’t they look happy with themselves!

Did you spy that they are facing different ways?  The unicorn at the top is stamped exactly from the stamp set.

The unicorn at the bottom is a mirror image created using the reflection technique.

Simply stamp your image onto Window Sheet (acetate) and then press onto your cardstock.  I used Basic Gray Archival Ink.

Reflection Technique - Unicorn | kelly kent

This will give you an outline, which I then followed using my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker.  To get the same effect on your ‘right way’ unicorn, stamp off the unicorn several times, then stamp onto your carstock and trace using the marker.  Stamping at full strength will make the colour too dark to effectively trace over.

To cut out the reverse unicorn using the framelit, hold it against a window and line up on the ‘wrong side’.  Hold it in place with some washi tape while you run it through the Big Shot.  Or you could just fussy cut…… your call!

Using a Framelit with the Reflection Technique | kelly kent

PS….. I think our windows need a clean!

The unicorn comes up great – you can’t even tell it’s a reflection!

Use your Stampin’ Write Markers to colour the unicorn mane/tail.

Reflection Technique - Unicorn | kelly kent

I could have gone with any of the birthday (or other) sentiments in my stash, but I thought the ‘cue the confetti’ sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set was cute & cheeky for this card!

Rainbow Unicorn | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me for today’s Colour INKspiration blog hop.

For more great cards with this colour combination, please visit my gorgeous friend Nicole Wilson.  I was lucky enough to catch up with Nicole yesterday – always a face I’m happy to see!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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Colour INKspiration #25

Hello & welcome to the first Colour INKspiration hop for 2018!

It’s a good one with fresh & summery colours – Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White & Night of Navy.Image may contain: plant, drink and nature

They say blue & green should never be seen, but this combo is dynamite!!!

I’ve used it to create a fresh & floral tropical birthday card using the toucan from the new Bird Banter stamp set.

This set was an all-attendee giveaway at the OnStage event in November 2017.  Like all great gifts, it was perfect for me – something awesome that I would have never have bought myself.  I wouldn’t normally add a bird set to my stash – but I love owning it!!!

Colour INKspiration #25 | kelly kent

I used lots of white in this card to keep it bright and used the Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist to add pops of colour.

As well as the Bird Banter stamp set, I used a couple of products from the Petal Passion Suite – one of the Petal Pair Embossing Folders and the leafy die from the Petals & More Thinlits..  I love how well all the products coordinate, even between sets & suites!

Love using banners on your card?  This is so easy to make with your Classic Label Punch.

Punch your shape as usual, then feed back through the side of the punch to snip off banner edges.

Making a Banner using the Classic Label Punch | kelly kent

I carried through the theme to the inside and decorated using a couple of balloons and some colour themed washi tape.

Colour INKspiration #25 | kelly kent

It’s hard to photograph, but my clear Wink of Stella pen added some sparkle to the balloons & toucan.


If you love these colours, join the challenge by uploading your card to our Facebook page.  Click here to visit.

Please continue the hop for more colour filled inspiration – there’s lots of great ideas from the Colour INKspiration design team.

Hop on to the gorgeous Mel Pagano and her ‘epic’ card!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Beautiful Butterfly

There’s so many amazing stamps to love in the new Occasions catalogue.

Click here to download a copy of the catalogue.

Click here to visit my online store & browse on your phone or computer.

A hard copy of the catalogue is available for you – just ask me!


At OnStage back in November 2017, we all received a new stamp set to take home as part of a giveaway called ‘Prize Patrol’.

I got this stunning set called Beautiful Day.

 

It’s a delight to stamp with!  The flower is pretty – but the butterfly…. oh my!!!

Beautiful Butterfly | kelly kent

For this card, I heat embossed the butterfly in gold on vellum and coloured using Rich Razzleberry & Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends to create a stained glass effect.

Beautiful Butterfly | kelly kent

Love this DSP??  Did you see the details of my 2018 Occasions Catalogue Paper Share yesterday? Click here for all the info.

Beautiful Butterfly | kelly kent

These are just some of the gorgeous new products available in the 2018 Occasions catalogue.  I’ll be sharing more each week as I ink up new stamps and cut up new papers!  If you’re local to me, you might like to invite me over to play with my new stamps & paper at your house.  Hosting a workshop for your family & friends is fun and easy!


Have a long wishlist?  Why not join our Paper Adventures team and work your way through it at a beautiful discount of 20%.

To join Stampin’ Up! during January, purchase a Starter Kit for $169.  You fill this with the top $235 from your wishlist, add two more stamp sets (of any value) and get it all delivered free of charge.  Joining gives you a discount of 20% until at least July 2018, access to my online team group and the option to attend the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in April 2017.

It’s a wonderful, risk-free opportunity – join us and see where it takes you!

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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.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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Happy Father’s Day 2017

It’s Father Day in Australia!

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads, father figures, Grandads, Dads-to-be, step-Dads & other amazing men around the world!

Have a great day!

This is the card I made for my Dad using my favourite Large Letters Framelits – always a great option for a personalised card.

Father's Day 2017 | kelly kent

Turns out a tool card was the perfect option for Grandad Papercraft who helped me out yesterday with installing some new storage for my ever-growing stamping supplies.

Father's Day 2017 | kelly kent

I’m so excited to have easy access to all my favourites!

Stamping Storage | kelly kent

And look at all that space to fill!!!

Do you think Mr Papercraft needs some stamps for Father’s Day this year?

I won’t ask him – I don’t want to ruin the surprise!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Faux Woodgrain Technique

I had a list of things I wanted to accomplish during August and the Faux Woodgrain technique was one of them.

Several of my demonstrator friends have been showing their flashy cards on social media and they *promised* me it was the easiest technique ever!

Turns out… it is!

With the help of this great tutorial video by Carolyn Bennie, we used this technique during my August demonstrator class.

Faux Woodgrain Technique | kelly kent

It uses Glossy White cardstock and ‘swipes’ of ink directly from your ink pad.  The best part is – no two pieces are ever going to look the same.

It was the perfect backdrop for the gorgeous ballerina from the new Sugarplum Dreams stamp set in the newly released Holiday Catalogue.

Sugarplum Dreams | kelly kent

Having 2 girls, the ballerina was a ‘must have’ for me!!!

I’m also excited to play with the other stamps in this set, but the ballerina was the first Holiday Catalogue item I purchased and the first I used!

Also in August, I used it in a completely different colour scheme to make a more rich & regal card for a friend…

Sugarplum Dreams Ballerina | kelly kent

The sentiment that comes with the stamp set is gorgeous…

Sugarplum Dreams Ballerina | kelly kent

There’s a few other Holiday Catalogue products in there if you spy closely – Quilt Top Embossing Folder & Year of Cheer Washi Tape.

Have you looked through the new catalogue yet?  What’s top of your list???

Need a place to order – jump over to my online store.  It’s open 24-7 and accepts transactions conducted in pyjamas!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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CASEing the Catty #139 – Everyday Occasions

Good evening!  Thanks for joining us for CASEing the Catty, where the design team takes you on a journey of projects inspired by the insides of the Stampin’ Up! catalogues.

You might have come from Sandra Collett in NZ, or you might be starting here.  Either way, there’s lots more to explore, so be sure to keep hopping by click on the next button at the bottom of each blog.

If you love what you see and would like to join us for the weekly challenge, head over to our CASEing the Catty Facebook page.  Each week sees 2 winners – it could be your fabulous creation!


The theme for the CTC challenge this week is the Everyday Occasions section of the catalogue.

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My card to share with you this week is a bit of a happy accident.

I was prepping for my monthly card class last week and so far the cards I’d designed were very ‘neutral’ is their colour schemes.

So, I turned to the catalogue for some bright & fun inspiration.

This photo on page 50 caught my eye…

And when I realised what section it was in – BINGO!  One project, two uses!!!

So, transforming the bag you see at the top into a card, this is what I ended up with…

CASEing the Catty #139 Everyday Occasions | kelly kent

Although Fresh Fig is a lovely colour, I can sometimes find it a little dark, so I’ve freshened this card up by using Rich Razzleberry cardstock & ink.

I couldn’t go past the Fresh Fig Sheer ribbon though – it’s a delightful new catalogue favourite that I am totally in love with!  And guess what?  It comes in 3 other colours!!!

CASEing the Catty #139 Everyday Occasions | kelly kent

While we’re talking ribbon, is bow tieing on your love or hate list???

I don’t mind a mini bow with thin ribbon, but I’m a hot mess with thick ribbon!!!

I did want to share something with you today.  When I was working a part-time job in retail during my university days, I gift wrapped countless packages and tieing oh-so-many ribbons.

Someone amazing (I can’t remember who), taught me this little ribbon trick for wrapping ribbon around your package – or card – so that the ribbon sits flat across the back and repositions easy even after it’s tied.

Watch this video to see if I can pass on the technique…


I was so excited about the Vertical Greetings stamp set when it appeared in the Annual Catalogue last year, but I feel like I haven’t made the most of either the cute tree stamps or the vertical greetings, so it was a great opportunity to ink them up!

We decorated the inside of the card too to complement the clean & simple lines of the front (and to use more of the adorable stamps from the Vertical Greetings stamp set!).

CASEing the Catty #139 Everyday Occasions | kelly kent

To see the next creative idea, you need to travel over to visit the lovely Julia Quinn.

I hope your week is full of happy coincidences – or just happy!


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TGIF – Emboss Resist Challenge

Good afternoon!  Here is Bunbury, Western Australia it’s cold & wet.  Perfect weather for crafting!!!

While scrolling through Facebook, I saw this gorgeous card by Chloe Evans.  So pretty & inspiring!!

I’m so pleased to be able to call Chloe a friend of mine!!   We both contribute to several shared design teams, and also to some other ones.

One of Chloe’s DT roles is with TGIF – a challenge I’ve often admired, but never jumped in to join the fun!

This week I am!!!  The theme for TGIF#118 is Emboss Resist – a technique I love!

I’ve combined it with another technique I’m currently in love with – ink “smooshing” (or smooching).

This has been floating around for a while and I wish I was quicker on the uptake (we know I’m not though!!!) – because it’s the easiest and most effective watercolouring I’ve ever done.

And for someone that’s had more watercolour fails than successes along the way, it’s like finding an inky oasis in the desert!!!

TGIF #118 Emboss Resist | kelly kent

To get the emboss resist effect, I stamped the trio of stars on the background of Shimmery White cardstock in Versamark, the embossed in clear.  This meant I could “smoosh” as much ink on as I wanted and it wouldn’t take the colour in those places.

There’s lots of tutorials on smooshing – I loved this one by another stamping friend, Jenny Hall.

If you’re adding more than one colour, you need to make sure to allow dry time (or for the impatient crafter like me, help it along with the low setting on your heat tool) between each colour, or they’ll run into each other and ruin your effect!

For this project I used Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise & Dapper Denim.

Lots of plastic surfaces work to transfer the ink, but cello bags were a great option for me!

Ink Smooshing | kelly kent

 

This photo of the star centrepiece also shows up the smooshing colour variation and the embossed stars.

TGIF #118 Emboss Resist | kelly kent

I didn’t purposely set out to make a Christmas card for this challenge, but the last weekend in July seems like a fitting time for one final Christmas in July card!

I do love the Star of Light stamp set – and I’m so glad it appeared in the Annual Catalogue.

TGIF #118 Emboss Resist | kelly kent


If you’re ready for some new Christmas stamps, you are going to {LOVE} the upcoming Holiday Catalogues.  Demonstrators got a sneak peak during the week – and there’s lots of excitement!!!

If you can’t wait til September to see & buy Christmas stamps, you might want to take advantage of the July joining special and join my Paper Adventures team.

The cost for your amazing Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit is $169.  This will land on your doorstep (with free shipping):

  • $235 of your choice of Stampin’ Up! products
  • $187 of Christmas in July extras (snips, blocks, adhesive, grid paper, bone folder & Carols of Christmas stamp set)
  • a pack of Stampin’ Up! extras including some catalogues & order forms (just in case you want them – no need to sell to anyone other than yourself if that’s what you choose)

You’ll also get:

  • immediate access to the online version of the upcoming Holiday Catalogue
  • option to pre-order Holiday Catalogue items as of 1st August
  • 20% discount on anything you buy, or 20% commission on any orders you take
  • access to our Paper Adventures Facebook team page, plus invites to participate in team meetings, blog hops & challenges
  • the opportunity to stay as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator until {at least} January 31, 2018.

If you have any questions about Stampin’ Up! or joining this great company, please get in touch with me so I can provide the answers!

There’s never a bad time to join Stampin’ Up!, but if you want all the extras that are included for Christmas in July, you have just over 2 days to join.

Ready to go?  Click here to join using the online portal.

I’d love to welcome you to our Stampin’ Up! team!  It’ll be such a wonderful experience, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamp Review Crew – Seaside Shore

Hello Monday!  And welcome to a Stamp Review Crew hop featuring the Seaside Shore stamp set.

The Stamp Review Crew are an international group of demonstrators that share projects on the first and third Monday of each month – all inspired by the same stamp set.

I love the range of talent in this group!  If you’ve already been hopping, did you love the wonderful creations by Australian designer Juana Ambida – such creativity!!!

If you’ve just started here, keep hopping for more great ideas.  Next stop is the lovely Linda Callahan in the USA.  Click on the next button at the end of my blog post to be transported across the globe to visit Linda’s blog.


I’m so excited to see the potential of this set unfold during this hop.

I love all the little fish & marine details of this stamp set and wanted to use them in my first card to create an underwater scene.

Going with this idea, I created a z-fold card, with the z-fold piece across the top of the card to mimic a jetty.

The Wood Textures DSP came in very handy for this card!  Each jetty piece is 3/4″ wide.

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

The ‘sand’ was made using embossing paste (very roughly applied) and dusted with gold glitter and left left to dry.

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

Z-fold cards fold flat and post in a normal size envelope – which I love!!


For my Stamp Review Crew projects, I always like to try to make another project to show the stamp set in a different way.

The book I’m reading at the moment (a birthday present from a wonderful friend) has this saying throughout the book as a central theme.

It’s one I love – and also makes a good theme for a card!

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

I’ve stamped the same fish 6 times – 5 in black, and then the red one as a focus point.

Using masking tape, I altered the sentiment in the stamp set to just read ‘swimming’ and added ‘just keep’ using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.

Because the front is fairly simple, I wanted to stamp the middle too.  I love that Stampin’ Up! offers so many opportunities for coordination in their range (on purpose or by happy accident) and thought that the ‘just breathe’ sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set was the perfect addition to this theme.

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

As an aside, which black ink is your favourite – Memento or Archival??

I almost always use Archival because I love the rich black colour.  But here’s a tip…

Have you noticed that it’s sometimes difficult to get a good solid image with the archival ink?

If you ink it up well, stamp on scrap and then ink again, the second time you stamp will be a rich & solid image.

I’ve found this tip is especially important when using photopolymer stamps.

Black Archival ink {WILL} stain your photopolymer stamps – but that’s ok!  It’s all part of the fun of being an awesome stamper!!!


I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  Feel free to leave a comment – I read each and every one and love hearing from you!

To see more great ideas, please hop through to Linda Callahan

Hope your week has started fabulously!!!

Waving to you from wintery Australia!!!


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Just Add Ink #367 – Colour Combination

It’s late on a Thurs night, which means a Just Add Ink challenge card!

I’m going to start this post by saying that Patrice – the ‘lovely’ lady who put these 4 colours together in the same box – almost made me cry.

I really, really struggled with Crumb Cake & Lemon Lime Twist !

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Despite the pending tears, I was excited to try an idea I’d seen shared by Jamilla Ivits to use the embossing paste to create dinosaur fossils!  Her card is super cool – you can see it here.

This is my version….

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

I used the dinosaur fossil on the bottom layer – stamped on coloured embossing paste – and created a peek-a-boo style card with a magnifying glass for the top layer.

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

Although these colours challenged me (slightly), it was fun to work through how to use them to create the fossil!

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

I coloured the embossing paste with Crumb Cake reinker, smeared it across the card base and let it dry for a few moments.

Once it was ‘tacky’ but not wet, I stamped the dinosaur skeleton onto the embossing paste to make an impression.  I let it dry a little more then stamped the skeleton again, but this time it was inked up in Crumb Cake ink.

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

I wanted to ‘dirty’ up the leaves a little, so instead of stamping in just Lemon Lime Twist ink, I used a baby wipe to create a blend of LLT & Crumb Cake, which when used as an ink pad, created a mottled effect for the leaves.

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

The bright green sentiment really pops!

I can see why LLT is such a new favourite for everyone.  And it’s really growing on me… just maybe not with Crumb Cake!

Though, the rest of the design team have totally nailed this colour combination and have awesome inspiration using these 4 colours!

Make sure you visit the Just Add Ink blog to see all the DT cards – and add your inspiration to our weekly challenge.


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