Just Add Ink #381 | Choose Two

Welcome to this week’s Just Add Ink Challenge.

It’s time for some fun & some choice!

Choose two from embossing paste, colouring & sequins.

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There’s a very small possibility that I didn’t choose – and that my card contains all three…. depending on how you look at it.

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

I was aiming for embossing paste and sequins, but when I look at my finished card, there’s that wonderful wash of ‘smooshed’ watercolour.

But I since I didn’t “colour” the ballerina, I’m not counting that for colouring.

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

As term 4 begins, I’m getting an early start on the host of ‘end of year’ cards required for coaches, teachers and other important people!

This one was made with a dancing teacher in mind.  The baroque embossing mask reminded me of the elegance of a performance theatre.

And the Decorative Ribbon Border – the frill of the curtains!

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

The ballerina is from Sugarplum Dreams.  I keep promising I’ll use the other stamps in the set, but so far the ballerina keeps getting all the ink!  To be honest, she is the sole reason I bought the set – so it seems fair.

The sentiment is from the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set – because…. you know…. that font!

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

I can’t wait to see all your entries for this challenge.- I know you’re going to come up with some amazing projects.

Join in over at the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also see all the sensational design team cards there too.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Colour INKspiration #14

The colours this week for Colour INKspiration are lovely!

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Smoky Slate, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky & Night of Navy.

Warm, inviting and adorable!

I started this card by testing out something on my to-do list – colouring embossing paste using a reinker & Isocol solution in a Stampin’ Spritzer.

The colour in the spritzer looked intense, but it was much less intense when sprayed!

This is what it looked like before I started layering other embellishments on the card….

Colour INKspiration #14 | kelly kent

It ended up being a great way to get different tones of the challenge colours.  The Night of Navy is a very light version!

The card was a thank you to go with an order for a grandmother & granddaughter duo that love all the new Stampin’ Up! products.

I wanted to show them some of the things they bought, together with some other things they might like to add on their next order.

Creating doilies using the Eastern Medallions Framelits is one of my favourite uses for that set – so that was the next layer in Rich Razzleberry.

And then some of the gorgeous trims from the new catalogue.

Colour INKspiration #14 | kelly kent

I’m very in love with these three options – crinkled ribbon, mini sequin trim & shimmer ribbon!

Apologies for the slightly average photo of this card – it’s been a washout here with not so much sunlight!!!

 

Colour INKspiration #14 | kelly kent

I may have gotten a little over excited about my ribbon use and realised once my card was all made that the shimmer ribbon is actually Pool Party (not Soft Sky)!

I’m calling it close enough – and using it as a good time to mention that you don’t have to have exact colour matches to join in with Colour INKspiration.

Please use the closest match you have in your collection and share your creation on our Colour INKspiration Challenge Facebook page.


To see what the rest of the design team created with this wonderful quartet of colour, continue the hop to visit the lovely Tanya Bell.

I’m sure Tanya used the right colours!  She’s great with details!!!


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What Will You Stamp #124 – Daisy Delight

Daisies have totally been the hit of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.

So much so, that the punch is currently on ‘unorderable’ status while the factory goes into overtime making more!

Stampin’ Up! addicts bought the entire supply of punches twice over – a whole year’s supply in less than 2 months!

What Will You Stamp is featuring the stamp set this week, so it seems like a good time to get the daisies inky again.

I chose one of the beautiful new In Colors – Berry Burst – and combined the daisy centrepiece with stamps from the Wood Words stamp set.

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

The floral stamp coordinates fabulously!

I’ve stamped the daisy three times in Berry Burst and then Aqua Painted using Berry Burst again – but quite diluted to get a lighter shading.

For a three layer daisy, you need to line them up in thirds.  If you try to fill the gap with the second daisy you’ll have nowhere to put the last one.

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

I love that the Faceted Gems fit so nicely in the middle of the daisy – it’s a great finish!

And the final flourish for my daisy was some tweaked & teased Copper Trim.

Have you tried this?  It’s double layered, so simply cut through the side of the ribbon and then pull apart!!!

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

Do you love the daisy in this colour, or are you a traditional yellow & white daisy lover???

How wonderful is ink & paper – we can create all kinds of daisies!

I’ve got an idea brewing based on a book I’m reading at the moment…. let’s see if I can make it happen!


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ESAD Blog Hop – 2017 Annual Catalogue Favourites

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Hello!  Thanks for joining for for another ESAD Blog Hop.  For all the info on ESAD, see the graphic at the end of this post.

Today we are celebrating our favourites from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.

There’s 25 talented crafters participating today, so make yourself a cuppa (or pour a wine!) and enjoy the clever and inspirational creations to come.

If you’re already hopping, you will have seen the stunning creations from my friend Lou Kitzelman.  Click on the next button below (after my projects) to visit another gorgeous friend of mine – Cheryl Algie.

The friendships I’ve made through Stampin’ Up! is something that I am forever grateful for!  It’s wonderful to have connections across the world!!!


The content of this blog hop was surprisingly easy for me!!!

Sometimes I struggle with ‘favourite’, but I’ve really been loving the Soft Sayings Kit & stamp set.

It’s priced at $61 for the Australian market, and in your cute little box, you receive materials to make 20 cards (including patterned envelopes – yep, no naked envelopes here!!!), a 15 piece stamp set, a block for stamping and an ink spot.

Today I wanted to show you how wonderful the stamp set in the kit is.  I have a ‘soft’ spot for good greetings – and this stamp set covers it all!

It’s easy to miss the kit stamp sets!  They are tucked away in the box and we often use them to make the kit cards but forget that they are more than the kit!!!

So, the first thing I did was make a clear case insert for the stamp set.  I always do this for my kit stamps sets – I break them free from the cute box and store them with my usual stamp sets.  This way they are on display and I don’t forget them!

Soft Sayings stamp set - free printable case insert | kelly kent

Click here to download & print your own Soft Sayings insert for a clear case.

To buy clear cases, click here or see my product link up at the end of this post.

They were accidentally missed from the print run of the catalogue this year – whoops! – but they are still very available!


Although I absolutely love the cards in the kit, I wanted to show you how easy it is to whip up some cards using the greetings & flowers/leaves in this stamp set.  And hopefully inspire you to see this stamp set as more than just for your kit.

I’ve used some of my favourite layouts to make a set of cards using the stamp set in the Soft Sayings kit.

ESAD Blog Hop - Soft Sayings stamp set | kelly kent

The colours are consistent with the kit colours.  Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Gold & the core colours from the kit.  Using colours that the Stampin’ Up! concept design team have put together is one of my ‘tips’ for easy card making.

Tranquil Tide….

ESAD Blog Hop - Soft Sayings stamp set | kelly kent

Lemon Lime Twist…

ESAD Blog Hop - Soft Sayings stamp set | kelly kent

Berry Burst…

ESAD Blog Hop - Soft Sayings stamp set | kelly kent

Powder Pink…

ESAD Blog Hop - Soft Sayings stamp set | kelly kent

There are so many sentiments in the stamp set, it’d be easy to make a heap of cards using your favourite colours & layouts, and keep them for when you next need a card in a hurry!

Or make up the card basics and then add the sentiment as you’re rushing out the door!!!

The kit cards are good for this too – and the beautiful colours & design of the Soft Sayings kit make them perfect for all occasions!

If you finish your kits cards in a hurry, Stampin’ Up! have introduced a refill for the kit this year.

You get all the card making materials and can use the blocks, inks & stamp sets you already own.


Thanks for hopping with me today.  Next up on your journey is Cheryl Algie and her great variety of projects!

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If you’re hopping when we first go live, please be patient with any broken links – they happen!!!  Lou will be working hard behind the scenes to get everything to run smoothly!

If you want to skip ahead to any of the blogs, you’ll find a full list of participants below!

Have a wonderful week!


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Blog hop participants:

  1. Josie Dean
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Carolina Evans
  4. Kim Oliver
  5. Sandra Mastello
  6. Lou Kitzelman
  7. Kelly Kent – you are here!
  8. Cheryl Algie
  9. Rebecca Scurr
  10. Sharon Dalton
  11. Leonie Schroder
  12. Monique Fielder
  13. Courtenay Heuston
  14. Terri Hawke
  15. Barbara Williams
  16. Kristel Rimmer
  17. Maree McIntosh
  18. Kathryn Ruddick
  19. Rosalie Desmond
  20. Linda Whalley
  21. Amity Knight
  22. Peta Stephen
  23. Megan Lenske
  24. Richelle Fletcher
  25. Carly Middleton

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Stamp Review Crew – Coffee Cafe

Hello!  What does this lovely Monday hold for you?

It’s week one of the winter school holidays here, so we are having fun between showers, rugging up against the cold and spending some quality time inside!

Winter weather is always a great excuse to put on a movie and spend some time at the craft table as well – so there’s been some of that too!!!

I’ve been busy over the last week putting together not one, but four cards for today’s Stamp Review Crew blog hop featuring the Coffee Cafe stamp set, together with the coordinating Coffee Cups Framelits dies and wonderful Coffee Break DSP.  This suite is great for all occasions!

Prepare to be dazzled as you zoom around the world on a coffee filled adventure with some surprises along the way!

The hop goes around in a circle, so you may have already visited the gorgeous Twila Davis in the US!  The link at the end of this post continues the hop for you – to Bronwyn Eastley, a lovely demonstrator in Tasmania who I love to be able to call a friend!


I initially had a difficult time brewing ideas for this hop (pun intended!) but once I got started, they just flowed!

I’ve kept with the suite colours & overall theme for these designs – I just love the DSP!!!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

Here’s all the cards in more detail – warning, lots of photos to come!!!

The first card is a lovely generic sentiment card that would be perfect for any number of occasions.

It really highlights how awesome the DSP is!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

And features one of the great sentiments in the stamp set.

I love that it fits in the belly band – which makes it easy to add!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

Did you spy those cute little cups on either side of the main coffee image?  They are fussy cut from the DSP – endless possibilities!


The next card has a hard-hitting statement… because you know if someone loves you  more than their coffee, it’s got to be a lot!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

The “I Love You” is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set – the font is a lovely compatible match for the “coffee” wording which I’ve stolen from the large sentiment in this stamp set.

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

I tried a few different lettering options for the ‘more than’ text and in the end I decided that my handwriting emulated when the cafe writes your name on the takeaway cup.

During my collating ideas process, I tried to come up with a card that used the name writing on the coffee cup idea in a funny way – you know, like “Stephen with a ph”… I’m still working on it!


Card #3 is my favourite… I think!

I’ve seen this idea on coffee mugs and thought it went well with the ‘life happens’ sentiment.

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

We all have that friend who {does not} function until they’ve had their first coffee of the day?!?!  Maybe you live with one?

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent


And the final card is a cello bag shaker card – because those little coffee beans are too cute!!!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

I love a good pun – so the ‘thanks a latte’ sentiment tickles my fancy!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent


That completes my set of Coffee Cafe cards for today’s blog post.

For more inspiration, click the next button to visit the amazing Bronwyn Eastley in Tasmania – I know she has something wonderful to show you the possibilities this set holds!

If there’s any broken links, or you’d like to visit the main Stamp Review Crew blog – click here for a full participant list.

Thanks for joining us today!

Just Add Ink #366 – Add “A”

Welcome to another week of Just Add Ink.  So many lovely entries – thanks so much to all the artists that join the challenges each week!

We’ve got another wonderful theme just week – add “A” as suggested by Tina.  “A” is a great letter – it offers so many options!

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I have used “A” for {APPRECIATION}.

One of the stamp sets that caught my eye in the new catalogue was the ‘World’s Best Trophy’ set.  I loved the huge variety and number of personalised sentiments it offered – 53 stamps in all!!!

As it turns out, the generic sentiments make a great card of appreciation!

JAI #366 Add "A" for Appreciation | kelly kent

I used the ‘world’s greatest’ to stamp the background in a repetition pattern, offsetting the line spacing so that it reads across as well as down.

And then I used the ‘you’re the’ & ‘best’ stamps to create a focal point using banners to make it award or medal like in keeping with my theme!

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And yes, using Coffee Break DSP again – I just love it!!!


Since the first card worked out so well I thought I’d make another in more girly colours.  I have so many women in my life that I am appreciative of – so this is for all of you!!!

JAI #366 Add "A" for Appreciation | kelly kent

More lovely DSP – this time using the Bundle of Love DSP.  Pink on one side, gold on the the other!!

As with many of my card designs, I made it ‘same-same-but-different by not only changing the colours, but flipping the layout into landscape mode.  It’s a great way to create a new card with little extra design time.

JAI #366 Add "A" for Appreciation | kelly kent

If you’d like to “Just Add A”, then please link your card to our challenge blog and add a photo to our link up.  Each week we select a winner and 2 honourable mentions.

We love seeing what you create and I’m constantly inspired by the talented crafters that join us for the Just Add Ink challenges.

You can also find the full gallery of design team cards on the Just Add Ink blog!

Until next week, be amazing, awesome & artistic!!!


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A Whole Lot of Lovely Vertical Greetings

I had a few special thank yous to send after my launch event a couple of weeks ago.

The day was a huge success, but as with all major events, lots of work went in behind the scenes.

Which meant that three very special people deserved thank you cards!

My cards started by cutting up one of the sheets from the Whole Lot of Lovey DSP pack.  {psst – it really is a whole lot of lovely!}

This then guided the card base colours – Pool Party, Powder Pink & Daffodil Delight – all flower colours on the vine!

Falling Flowers Thank You Cards | kelly kent

One of the things Stampin’ Up! love the most – and I love the most – is coordination!

So it’s no surprise that the flowers in the Whole Lot Of Lovely DSP very closely resemble the flowers in the Falling Flowers stamp set!!!

Falling Flowers Thank You Cards | kelly kent

The greeting is from the Vertical Greetings stamp set.  This was one of the new sets I most excited about {last year} – and haven’t really used it enough!

Falling Flowers Thank You Cards | kelly kent

Which stamp set did you think you’d love but it’s gathered dust on the shelf?

Make sure to get it out and give it some love this week!


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Just Add Ink #362 – Colour Combo

Happy New Catalogue Day!   If you need more details and to see my top 10 list- see my post from this morning.

Tonight I’m sharing a card I made using the Just Add Ink Challenge Colours and some of the products from the 2017-2018 that are no longer upcoming, but here!!!

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I, and I’m imaging many other crafters, will admit to these colours being out of my comfort zone.  Orange isn’t on high rotation for me – and with aqua/teal/blue…. I had to dig deep!

But they call it a challenge – yes?

I had fun putting my new products together.

This card is made using the Daisy Delight bundle (stamp set & punch) with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits.

Just Add Ink #362 Colour | kelly kent

The daisy is layered 3 times for lots of texture.  I stamped each daisy on Whisper White cardstock in Peekaboo Peach, coloured it with more Peach ink using my Aqua Painter and then cut each daisy out.

Don’t forget when mounting your daisy stamp, that you want to have petals pointing straight up & down (ie, 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock).  Stamp this way onto your cardstock and it will make it lining up the punch a breeze!

Just Add Ink #362 Colour | kelly kent

When putting the daisy layers together, space so that petal takes up a third of the gap between the petals (12 o’clock, 4 o’ clock, 8 o’clock).

If you try to put it in the middle (at 6 o’clock), the third daisy will sit behind the first.

Just Add Ink #362 Colour | kelly kent

How cute is that medallion as a backdrop?  The Eastern Palace Suite was available during May as a pre-release but only in a bundle.  You can now buy each products from the suite individually.

I highly recommend you add the Eastern Medallion Thinlits to you collection!

I carried the theme through to the inside of the card…

Just Add Ink #362 Colour | kelly kent

Make sure to visit the Just Add Ink blog where you can see the cards made by the design team.

Hopefully this will inspire you to add your own entry.  We’d love to see what you make!

There seems to be a common theme with the design team creations this week.  Can you guess what it is???

 

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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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!!!