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!

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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!

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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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June Team Birthdays!

June was another month full of birthday in the our Paper Adventures Team!

I’m still in my matchy-match card and gift phase.  It’s fun not only matching my papercraft materials to the necklaces, but matching the necklaces to the recipients!

First up it was Cate’s birthday!  Cate joined a couple of years ago, using her birthday money to buy her starter kit.  The rest is history!

Paper Adventures Team Birthdays June 2017 | kelly kent

Cate loves purple!  It was tricky to get a photo of this card showing off just how lovely the Bundle of Love DSP is!

Paper Adventures Team Birthdays June 2017 | kelly kent


Then it was Narelle’s birthday.  Narelle is my stamping sister and the one who lead this pony to the Stampin’ Up! pond!

Paper Adventures Team Birthdays June 2017 | kelly kent

Narelle is quite partial to pink!

I used the bleach technique on the panel of this card to remove the colour from the flowers – simple but effective!

Paper Adventures Team Birthdays June 2017 | kelly kent


And it was also my upline’s birthday – Maxine Norrish, who once upon a time said, “would you like to join, you’ll get free paper”… And the rest is history!

Paper Adventures Team Birthdays June 2017 | kelly kent

These colours are perfect for the types of outfits that Maxine wears!

Paper Adventures Team Birthdays June 2017 | kelly kent


Isn’t it amazing how well our Stampin’ Up! products coordinate with fashion & trends!  The SU! concept design are awesome!!!

If joining Stampin’ Up! is on your radar, pop in tomorrow – there’s a great joining special in July!!!


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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Embossing Paste

Hello Sunday!  I’m delighted to be hopping again this month (4th Sunday) with the Stamping Sunday Design Team.

Today, it’s all about the embossing paste – and you’re going to love the range of ideas we’ve got for you.

To see more of the design team projects, click on the little blue frog for the full link up list.

I love this new product so much that I’ve already finished one tub and I’m waiting for my new one to arrive.  It’ll be here just in time this week to try some of the design team ideas.

As well as embossing paste, there’s also tools for easy application & a pack of 4 decorative masks.

Although on first glance embossing paste is quite simple and is used to emboss the paste through a mask to add texture, there are lots of different adaptations you can make to increase the variety of looks the paste creates.


The first card I’m sharing today uses reinkers to colour the embossing paste and a mask made from the Eclectic Layers die.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

You can transform the paste from white to any Stampin’ Up! colour by adding a couple of drops of reinker to the embossing paste.

I love that the paste gives a really even colour across the whole pattern.  I always get caught when sponging with that one really dark patch!!!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

To colour the embossing paste:

Dollop a teaspoon of the paste on your silicone craft sheet, drop on 1-3 drops of reinker (depending on the intensity of colour you want) and mix with your palette knife.

Working on the silicone mat makes for a smooth working surface with an easy clean up.  If you don’t own one of these already, then you’ll want to add one to your collection.  I also use mine for hot glue work and have recently heard that they are a great underlay for stamping.

Although I could have easily used one of the Pattern Party masks, it was great to be able to create a different background for this card to suit the fabulous style of the lady!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

You can create a mask from any die that has a pattern to it – or a an interesting solid shape.


I’m so excited to show you my second project….I heat embossed the embossing paste!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

I tried this a few ways with the reindeer from Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits, including using a stencil.

In the end I found it worked best when I cut the reindeer out of cardstock, placed on my silicone mat and covered it completely with embossing paste, before layering with embossing powder.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

I then gently moved it off my silicone mat and heat embossed it with my heat tool.  The embossing powder bubbles & cracks and creates a fabulous finish that I liken to the crinkly foil on chocolate wrappers!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

In the process of my embossing experiments, I ended up with 2 reindeers – a gold & silver version.  You could do this with any metallic embossing powder you own.

And there’s a whole world of experimentation for non-metallic embossing powders!

The first reindeer card using the gold embossing is texture filled!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

As well as having my heat embossed reindeer, I’ve also added embossing paste to the base layer using the diamond decorative mask – and then stamped over the whole layer with the new Music Sheet background stamp.

This is another great feature of the embossing paste – you can stamp directly onto it!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

The second reindeer card is much simpler (and more my usual style!) with a base of gorgeous Coffee Break DSP and the heat embossed reindeer as the focus.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

Here’s a close up of the embossed reindeer in silver.  As you can see, it’s not important to get a totally flat finish on the embossing paste – it all adds to the texture!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent


That’s all from me today!

If you’d love to see more embossing paste ideas, click on the blue frog to bring up the list of wonderful demonstrators around the world from the Stamping Sunday design team that are sharing their ideas, including our guest hoppers Sarah Fleming & Tanya Boser!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a fantastic week!

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!!!