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!

If you’re inspired to enter our challenge, please visit our Facebook page to join the fun!


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Products you’ll find in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue

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OnStage 2017 – Daisy Delight Presentation

OnStage 2017 was an incredibly magical experience for me.

Part of that magic was sharing it with my team, meeting up with old friends, making new friends & seeing new products.

I’m not even sure how we packed all that excitement into one day!

This event had a new magic for me – presenting a product suite OnStage in front of 200 of my fellow stamping addicts!

I had the pleasure of introducing everyone to the Delightful Daisy suite – a stamp set & punch bundle with coordinating accessories!

I had so much fun creating my samples and sharing them – I felt so lucky!!!

My presentation went well and I’ve been told my enthusiasm for all things Stampin’ Up! shone through.

There was me on the stage with a cool projector screen…

And I was also on 2 big screens – crazy!!!

I had a few themes for my presentation.

These were the cards I designed for a beginner class.  They would also make great make & takes.

One of the great things about this bundle is its usefulness for a new stamper.  No other tools required!

Although no other tools are required to enjoy this bundle, I did through a few sneaky temptations for the beginners like the Stitched Shapes (first step punch bundle, next step Big Shot!), heat embossing (we all love a good wow!) and another punch (Triple Banner – my fave).


Then I stepped up the ideas for a product based class, with a scrapbook page using the beautiful DSP…

A project set using more beautiful DSP…

And a fancy fold easel card…

Have you noticed that all the daisies are stamped & punched twice?  This adds fullness to your daisy, making it lush & beautiful!


The next set of ideas were for saying ‘thanks’ – since this is a popular crafting need.  Thanks for customers, thanks for hostess & thanks for other special people!

This gift card set uses the negative from the punch, – which gives your customers more ideas on how they can use their products…

And since I don’t love making boxes, the daisy seemed like a perfect embellishment for one of the new gold striped bags…

That gold sequin trim is amazing in real life!!!  And the daisy looks awesome in gold embossing!


Of course, I couldn’t help myself but to make a few samples using alternative daisy ideas!!!

Add some colour and they become gerberas…

Use them for cute birdie wings….

Or cut the middle & tips from the petals to create a windmill…


This bundle was on Product Purchase Premiere for OnStage attendees, so I know it will be arriving shortly for many demonstrators.

You’re going to see lots more amazing samples as the weeks tick down until the catalogue launch on 1st June.  If any of these ideas will work for you or your business, please use them!

If you’d like the opportunity to attend Stampin’ Up! events and order amazing new products early, then join my Paper Adventures team!

Who knew, 5 years ago, that one stamping class would lead to these kind of opportunities!!!

So amazing!!!

 

 

 

 

CASEing the Catty #120 Urban Underground

Hello!  Welcome to the CASEing the Catty Sunday blog hop.

You’re joining me & my demonstrator friends as we share projects we’ve created that are inspired by the photos within the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue.

To “CASE” is to Copy & Share Everything.  Or Copy & Selectively Edit.  It’s a great way to make the most of your Stampin’ Up! catalogue!

We’re steadily making our way through the Occasions catalogue and today’s hop features the Urban Underground section of the catalogue & adjoining pages.

I love the Urban Underground suite!  One of my favourite colour combinations is yellow, white & black/gray.

This is the photo that caught my eye today…

Have close look at the card on the bottom right.

Did you know you can make a shaker pocket on a card using a cello bag?

How clever are the creative team at Stampin’ Up!???

It’s so easy to do.  Just measure your bag size, cut a piece of DSP or cardstock to fit, add your shaker pieces and seal!

You can then attach this to your card base and add all the embellishments you want.


The Urban Underground suite was designed to be blokey & masculine – and it’s great for that!!!

But, if you follow my blog, you will have seen some of my ‘girls like … too’ cards.

I thought this design would be perfect for that theme.

By changing up the tools to think & adding in traditional girly pink, this card goes from a sorry card to a tribute to a bestie!

Maybe one who has her own set of tools – because “girls like tools too”!

The loose screws & bolts in the cello bag move around as the card moves.

There’s not as much movement as a traditional shaker card – but enough to make it fun!

I decorated the inside of this card with more of the Build It Framelit die pieces.

How cool is the ruler?


This really is the easiest shaker card you’ll ever make.

So easy, that I whipped up another one in an ice cream theme.

The sprinkles punch (which has been gathering dust!) is perfect for the filling and goes great with the sentiment from the Cool Treats stamp set.

Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, I added some swirly strawberry sauce to the ice cream.

Accidentally dropping it before it was dry added some extra texture!  I’m so impatient with waiting for things to dry!!!

The inside of this card was easy to decorate using the Tasty Treats Washi Tape.


Be sure to have a go at this style of shaker card.  You won’t believe how easy & mess free it is!!!

Please keep following the blog hop for more inspiring projects.

Next up is the gorgeous Rachel!

We’ve love for you to upload your own Urban Underground inspired creation to our Facebook page.  Join the fun!!!

Happy creating!


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CASEing the Catty #115 Sale-A-Bration

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Sunday again – they come around quickly!!!  I hope your weekend was fabulous!

Thanks for checking in with me tonight for the weekly CASEing the Catty Sunday blog hop.

Hopefully you’ve joined our new Facebook page and are following all the wonderful projects that fellow crafters have been uploading.


This week we are CASEing (copying and sharing everything or copying and selectively editing – depending on which you prefer!) the Sale-A-Bration catalogue again.

There’s so much goodness in there!  Did you see that there’s 3 new Sale-A-Bration items you can redeem from 21st Feb???  Check out the graphic at the end of this post for a sneaky peak at them!

CASEing the Catty #115

As you follow this hop around, you’ll find projects made by the CTC Crew that were inspired by the sample photos on pages 8-11 of the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

One of my favourite Sale-A-Bration samples is the wedding card on the left below – made with the Delicate Details stamp set.  I love the styling & colours!

Images © Stampin' Up!

It’s hard to improve on perfection, but I had a go at MITMO ‘making it my own’ – do you love this variation on the idea of CASEing (thanks to Deborah Harris for sharing it!).

I combined it with the Cupcakes & Carousels embellishment pack – the gold foil die cuts are out of this world for loveliness and the ribbon is ombre!!!

Here is my version…

CASEing the Catty #115 - Sale-A-Bration. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I changed the sentiment so that I could use the card personally – it was too sweet to end up in my ‘for later’ or ‘for sale’ card stashes!

“All Things Thanks” was a stamp set I bought as a bit of an indulgence, but I’ve gotten so much use out of it!  The stamps are quite detailed, but if I just need a ‘thanks’ or ‘thank you’ I mask out the specific detail with masking tape and carry on stamping!  I’ve even cut one of the stamps into two pieces!

Next up on the hop is the fabulous creativity of Elizabeth Gross

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Please join us with your creation inspired by pages 8-11 of the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.  Remember, you don’t have to have the products on these pages.  You can copy a layout, be inspired by an embellishment, love the colours or adapt the design to suit what you have.

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Being inspired by the catalogues is one of the best ways to start your creative process!  Try it – you never know where you’ll end up!!!

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PS, want that sneak peek?

Sale-A-Bration 2017 - 2nd Release. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


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Just Add Ink #338 – Paintbrush Photo Inspiration

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Hello & welcome to another week at Just Add Ink!

For challenge #338, it’s a photo inspiration chosen by Jan.

Love this artsy paintbrush picture???

Just Add Ink #338 - Photo Inspiration

There are so many places it could take you!

Colours, themes, shapes, elements!

You can see what the Just Add Ink Design Team came up with by visiting the main blog.


I tend to be quite a literal thinker, so when I saw the paintbrushes, that got me thinking about paint… and then paint splatters.

So, going with the blue, red & purple paint pictured (yep, literal!), and the gold from the brush handles, I created this one-layer card using the Perpetual Calendar stamp set.

Just Add Ink #338 - Paintbrush Photo Inspiration. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I love one-layer cards with a masked centre to create the illusion of layers.


Once I’d made this card – it got me thinking… what other cards could I quickly whip up using the same technique, but other ‘splatters’ and sentiments???

How about stars?

Just Add Ink #338 - Paintbrush Photo Inspiration. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com..

Or butterflies?

Just Add Ink #338 - Paintbrush Photo Inspiration. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I could have kept going all night using the other splatters and a trio of pretty colours.


Make your own one-layered card using masking…

First, cut a shape from photocopy paper (ie, an oval, circle, butterfly) and stick it to the middle of your card front with temporary adhesive.

Stamp around the outside edge of the copy paper.  For these cards, I went all the way to the edge, creating a ‘background’.

Remove your copy paper and stamp / emboss a sentiment in the middle.


The sentiments in these cards come from the Watercolor Words stamp set- the font is lovely and the sentiments are a great size!

If the photo inspiration gets your creativity going, please join us for the weekly challenge.

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Ultimate PINK Blog Hop

Hello & welcome to a wonderful blog hop organised by Janet Wakeland.

What a great reason to hop – raising awareness for Breast Cancer!

I hope you have enjoyed the pink projects you’ve seen so far.

You’re currently visiting Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Western Australia.

Keep hopping after my project to see more great international creations!


As we near the end of the year (which is coming faster than I’m ready for!), I am being more organised than usual and trying to get some of the cards done that I know I’ll need.

I have two little ballerinas with an end of year dancing concert in a couple of months, so a card for their dancing teacher was definitely on my list.

And you can’t celebrate all things ballet without a splash of pink – which makes it perfect for this hop!

Here’s my ballerina bears….

Ultimate Pink Blog Hop - Ballerina Bears. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The bears are stamped in Crumb Cake using the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and their cute little ballerina tutu dresses are made using the Blossom Builder punch.

Add some bling bows – in pink of course and some sparkles and the bears are dressed & ready for the concert!

Ultimate Pink Blog Hop - Ballerina Bears. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The sparkles & pink on the front wasn’t quite enough for the Ultimate Pink Blog Hop, so I also decorated the inside of the card with a custom sentiment…

Ultimate Pink Blog Hop - We Love Dancing. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Now, to keep this one away from the Little Misses until it’s ready to give to their wonderful ballet teacher.

I suspect it would get an extra special finish if they helped!!!

If you love this card, I’d love for you to make your own version.  The world needs more pink ballerina bears!!!

To keep hopping, click on the next participant from the link below.  Or choose a blog at random & keep hopping!

Thanks for joining me – and thanks to Janet for organising!

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Happy “Demonstrator Support Appreciation Week”!

Good morning!  I know lots of my readers and followers are fellow demonstrators – did you know that this week has been nominated as “Demonstrator Support Appreciation Week”?

Demonstrator Support are the staff at the Stampin’ Up! offices around the world that help us to be a seamless part of the company.  They are the Angels on the other end of the phone or email that help us when we have questions or when things go wrong.  Not everyone can claim to have the best boss in the world, but when you call or email DS (as they are affectionately known), there’s nothing but kindness at the other end.  Their patience is unlimited, they are super knowledgeable and they always know how to help!  So, a big shout out to Clare, Ana, Mel, Natalie and Jess for being awesome!

To me, feeling supported as a demonstrator is also due to the hard work of the behind the scenes staff.  So, thanks to Aaron (Business Development Manager), Jeanette Woods (Events Coordinator) and Donna Williams (Marketing & Training Coordinator) in the Australian office and Emma Parkin-Wilson (NZ Manager) and Lesley Winstanley (Emma’s lovely assistant) in the office across the waters.

To show our appreciation, quite a number of demos have organised thank yous to keep the South Pacific Stampin’ Up! staff smiling all week.  There’s been chocolates, balloons and morning teas so far.  I wonder what else the week will hold???  You can see all the updates on the Stampin’ Up! South Pacific Facebook page.


I heard yesterday that my care package arrived safely, so I can now share it with you here.

For the team in Sydney, I made personalised post-it note pads.  Post-it notes are a must for me at work, so I thought they might come in handy for the DS staff too.

Personalised Decorated Post-It Notes. Large Letters framelits, One Big Meaning stamp set and Blooms & Bliss DSP.

After seeing all the amazing treats that have been delivered, my calorie-free option may be a good balance!


We all know that a gift isn’t complete without a card…

Impossible Puzzle Shaker Card - Thanks. Large Letters framelits, Letters for You stamp set and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What starts off looking like a simple card is actually (what I’m calling) an impossible puzzle shaker card.

The letters all line up with the background to spell out thanks.  But I’m wondering if anyone in the office will be able to get them all back into place…???

Impossible Puzzle Shaker Card - Thanks. Large Letters framelits, Letters for You stamp set and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The negatives from the shaker card made a beautiful & elegant card which I sent off to the Stampin’ Up! head office in the States.

Large & simple thank you card using Large Letters framelits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


If you’d like to join the fun and send a card or gift to either the South Pacific or US Stampin’ Up! office, these are the contact details…

Stampin’ Up! – South Pacific Australian Office
PO Box 1210, Burwood, NSW 1805

Stampin’ Up! – South Pacific New Zealand Office
PO Box 60450, Titirangi, Auckland

Stampin’ Up! – Head Office US
12907 S 3600 W, Riverton, UT 84065-6972, United States


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