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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Introducing… Stamp In Confidence

My gorgeous friend Lou & I have been working hard in 2018 to design a series of online class modules with unique content.

We wanted to provide an option for novice and developing stampers to build their skills and knowledge and therefore their confidence to create fabulous, unique cards.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen people ask for advice in online groups, admit to trawling Pinterest, spending hours on YouTube….

We’ve designed a series of modules that include live-style videos (real-time, no editing), tutorials, written content and online support.

These modules will suit new stampers, stampers who aren’t happy with the quality of their projects, stampers looking to refine their technique and stampers who want to develop their skills but don’t have the option of attending classes.

Module One registration is open now with the content due for release Mid March.

Each module is only $6 (Australian currency, or your country’s equivalent via PayPal). The value for each module is exceptional!

You can find all the information on our new Stamp In Confidence blog – stampinconfidence.blogspot.com.au.

Thanks for your support.  These modules may not be for you, but we appreciate you spreading the word to someone you know who might enjoy them!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamping Sunday February Tutorial Bundle

Thank you to all my followers who purchased the January Tutorial Bundle.  It was filled with great tips for using Brushos as well as some fantastic projects featuring Brusho and Sale-A-Bration products.  If you missed it, you can find all the info here.

February has another great tutorial for you – designed exclusively for Stamping Sunday by the design team members.

February’s tutorial features {SIX} amazing tutorials by myself, Danielle Bennenk, Cheryll Miller, Denita Wright-Smee, Kim Oliver & Sara Levin.

The theme for February is Occasions Catalogue Kits and Petal Passion Suite.

I am so in love with the tutorials in this bundle – I can’t wait to try out the projects.  There’s full instructions and measurements for each project, so you’ll be able to whip them up in no time at all!!!

Order $50 of your favourite Stampin’ Up! products from me in February and the tutorial is yours for {FREE}.  I’ll email it to you once I’ve received confirmation of your order.

If you live outside of Australia or already have a demonstrator you purchase from, there’s great news – you can buy the tutorial via my PayPal store.  Please add a comment to specify which month tutorial you are buying.

Click on the graphics below to purchase in either Australia dollars, US dollars or Euros.

Thank you for your support of the Stamping Sunday Design Team.

All the contributing members have shared their talents with us, taking the time to write professional & amazing quality tutorials.  I am so grateful to be part of this great team of artists!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

 

Play date with Brushos

Yesterday my gorgeous best friend, Cait, visited for the day.  She’s crazy talented with a sewing machine – see her work here – and loves all crafts.

Since we were on my turf (and I suck at sewing actual projects), we played with paper and watched tennis.

Ready to impress with cool new products, I pulled out the Brusho Crystal Color pots.

Have you seen Brushos before?  They are teeny tiny watercolour ink crystals that react with water to create intense colours & amazing patterns.

Stampin’ Up! is offering a pack of 5 colours – Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue & Yellow.  See them in my online store here.

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video…

You can either mix thoroughly to get a vibrant solid colour or use water spray to spread the crystals and end up with colour separation & patterns.  They blend beautifully – and did I mention the colours???

No two projects will be the same and you’ll end up with a unique design every time.  They don’t actually have a mind of their own – it just seems that way!

There’s one thing I’ve learnt while playing with Brushos…..  they are highly addictive.

But they are also a product that’s different from other colouring mediums we’ve had at Stampin’ Up! before.  Practice makes “perfect”.  You need to get down & messy with Brusho to get a feel for how they work.

Browsing videos, blog posts and tutorials may help if you’re not sure where to start.  You can find the Stamping Sunday tutorial here – full of projects and tips for using Brushos as a beginner.

Today, Cait and I splashed around the water and made a heap of different Brusho samples.  Brusho Techniques | kelly kent

This is not a comprehensive list of what you can do with Brusho – just some ideas to get started.

If you’ve just got your Brushos, I suggest you cut up a piece of Shimmery White cardstock into tag size pieces and get playing.  Our tags measured 2″ x 3-7/8″ (5 x 9cm) – 12 per A4 page.

Shimmery White is durable enough to play but more economical than Watercolour Paper.  It also gives you a nice shimmer through your Brusho colour!!

Here’s each of the techniques in more detail…

Brusho - Baby Wipe | kelly kent

Brusho - Emboss Resist Ombre | kelly kent

Brusho - Emboss Resist | kelly kent

Brusho - Emboss Resist Painting | kelly kent

Brusho - Watercolor Background | kelly kent

Brusho - Custom Watercolor Background | kelly kent

Brusho - Marbled | kelly kent

Brusho - dry application | kelly kent

Quite a lot of the magic of Brusho is in the finished product – once the colour has settled, once it’s dry.  Sometimes you need to walk away and come back later to see the amazing!!!

If you haven’t yet purchased Brushos, you can buy them in my online store. 

Other supplies you may need…. 

Happy inky fun ahead for Brusho owners!
kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamping Sunday January Tutorial Bundle

Stopping in tonight to share some exciting news!!!

The Stamping Sunday design teams have combined to create a monthly tutorial bundle!  The projects will have a different theme each month and are designed exclusively for Stamping Sunday by the design team members.

January’s tutorial features {FIVE} amazing tutorials by Denita Wright-Smee, Cheryll Miller, Danielle Bennenk, Sara Levin & myself.

The theme for January is Brushos & Sale-A-Bration.

You can see the Stamping Sunday Sale-A-Bration blog hop here.

If you’ve been curious about Brushos, need some project ideas and want a list of expert tips all in the same place, then this is the tutorial for you!!!

Order $50 of your favourite Stampin’ Up! products from me in January and the tutorial is yours for {FREE}.  I’ll email it to you once I’ve received confirmation of your order.

If you live outside of Australia or already have a demonstrator you purchase from, there’s great news – you can buy the tutorial via my PayPal store.

Click on the graphics below to purchase in either Australia dollars, US dollars or Euros.

I’ve love to see what you create with Brushos and your favourite Sale-A-Bration products!!!  Send me a picture and I’ll upload it to this post.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

 

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop | Picture Perfect Birthday

Hello!  The Stamping Sunday Design Team would usually hop together on the fourth Sunday of the month, but that’s Christmas Eve, so we’ve brought it forward a week – hopefully you don’t mind!!

Thanks to Sara Levin for all her wonderful work coordinating the Stamping Sunday blog hops in 2017.  What a pleasure to hop with such a talented group of stampers!

The theme for this hop is the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set & coordinating products from the suite.  This range will be available in the upcoming Occasions catalogue!  Get ready for some sensational sneak peeks!

To see a list of everyone joining in this week’s hop, including our marvellous guest designer – Brian King – click on the cute blue frog.

My first project for today is a card for my brother who turns 32 next week.  How convenient that the gorgeous Picture Perfect Party DSP features balloons in the shape of a ‘3’ & a ‘2’.

Picture Perfect Birthday | kelly kent

One side of the DSP is photographic images – like the balloons!  And other side is printed patterns like the stripes and Lemon Lime Twist pattern.

Picture Perfect Birthday | kelly kent

I’m probably never likely to add ‘celebrate the good stuff’ to a card, so I cut this sentiment up to have ‘celebrate’ on its own.  This way it’ll get lots of use!

Picture Perfect Birthday | kelly kent

The photo DSP adds such a realistic element to your projects.  Wait til you see it in person – it has a definite wow factor!


Although this set is very clearly birthday themed, the second project I’m sharing with you is actually for Christmas!  I always like to be able to find the alternative uses in my Stampin’ Up! products.

The gift bow is fantastic for all gift giving occasions – including on this Christmas gift card holder.

Stamping Sunday Picture Perfect Birthday (Christmas) | kelly kent

This gift card hold is simple to create.  Cut a piece of cardstock to 9-1/4″ x 3″ and score at 3-1/2″ & 7-1/2″.  Add a strip of DSP to the inside (9″ x 2-3/4″).  Decorate the front with coordinating cardstock & DSP (1″ & 3/4″ wide) and the cute bow from Picture Perfect Birthday.  The sentiment is perfect for this card!

Stamping Sunday Picture Perfect Birthday (Christmas) | kelly kent

You don’t have to add a Bunnings gift card to the middle – but the colour combination works well!!!

I also used the bow as a ‘star’ on the top of my Christmas tree for the card!

Stamping Sunday Picture Perfect Birthday (Christmas) | kelly kent


Thanks for hopping with us today!

To see more projects, please keep hopping.  Next up on the list is Brian King who has kindly agreed to share his talents with us today.  You’re going to love what he’s made!

Click on the blue frog for the full line-up.

Merry Christmas to you & your family from the Stamping Sunday Design Team!  We’ll be back in 2018 with more Occasions Catalogue projects!

If you live in Australian and I can help you with a copy of the Occasions catalogue, please let me know!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Easel Calendar Instructions

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

A couple of weeks ago, I shared this Easel Calendar as part of my Stamp Review Crew project using Painted Harvest.  You can find the original post here.

It got such an amazing response – I am so humbled by your lovely comments.

Many people asked me for a tutorial.  I hadn’t planned on writing a tutorial, but here’s the measurements and some basic instructions on how I put it together.

Note: All measurements are design for Australian/European A4 cardstock.  If you are in the US, some adjustments may be required.

STEP 1

Make a normal card base by cutting an A4 sheet of cardstock lengthways and scoring at half way (cut at 4-1/8″ lengthways, score at 5-7/8″ across).

STEP 2

Make the easel fold component by cutting a piece of cardstock 4-1/8″ x 3-1/2″ and scoring across the short edge at 1/2″, 1-3/4″, 3″.

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 3

Attach the easel component to the bottom of the card base with a strong adhesive – making it into a triangle with a foldable base.

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 4

Make a pocket for the front of the card by cutting a piece of cardstock 6-1/8″ x  x 4-1/8″.

Score at 1/2″ & 1″ from both short edges and one long edge.  Cut the bottom score lines into the pattern below…

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 5

Fold the edges up to create a box shape (that doesn’t have a back).

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 6

Apply strong adhesive and attach it to your easel.

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 7

Finished!  Decorate using whatever design you’d like to look at for the next 12 months!

The cardstock on the front is 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ for the bottom layer and 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ for the top layer.  Adhere them together and slide into place (they sit inside the pocket).

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

The pocket can hold whatever you need – pen & post-its, note paper, emergency chocolate!

The note paper I used came from a large paper cube from Kmart.

The calendars are from Craftie Cafe mounted on a piece of DSP measuring 3-7/8″ x 2-7/8″.

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

Thanks for visiting!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Hello Ladybug | FMS#307

I was shopping during the week and saw a super cute singlet that reminded me of a gorgeous friend of mine.

And of course, a super cute spontaneous present needs a matching handmade card.

It’s been a while since I’ve made anything using punch art – so this was fun!

Hello Lady Bug | kelly kent

The overall card design was inspired by the current Freshly Made Sketch.

It should have finished last week – but a technical glitch means they’ve kept it open – lucky for me!


Red, white & black is always a great colour combination.

I added in a touch of silver to brighten it up.

Hello Lady Bug | kelly kent

The bugs are made using the 3/4″ circle punch, shapes from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch & the small leaf shape from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.

Make your own ladybug:

Antenna – small leaf with all but top circle cut away from the stem

Head – largest circle from Cookie Cutter

Body (top) – 3/4″ circle cut in half & separated slightly

Body (bottom) – 3/4″ circle trimmed at top edge so it’s not visible

Dots – smallest circle from Cookie Cutter

Here’s another little bug hanging out on the inside…

Hello Lady Bug | kelly kent

And here’s a picture of the card with the inspirational gift…

Hello Lady Bug | kelly kent

In a week filled with some bad news stories & terrible world events, let’s flood our personal spheres with kindness!

Send a pretty card, help someone out & smile often.  Bring out your best!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Snowman Slider

Slider cards are always a good option if you want a card with ‘wow’ factor.

Everyone loves moving parts – especially the young and young at heart!

The mechanism for every slider card is the same – create a track using a punch or framelits, make a sliding component and add a shape to the top.

I was using coins for my slider component until a child tore apart my handmade card to get to the coins…. so I’ve swapped to washers!!!

Image result for handmade meme


My Tuesday class asked to make a slider card last month so they could see all the steps of putting it together.

With Christmas on the agenda, it seemed like a good idea to put the Seasonal Chums stamp set & framelits to work!

Snowman Slider | kelly kent

Seasonal chums are great because they have a matching framelit!  Simpy snip around the snowman’s hat where the tag was designed to fold – such an easy shape!!!

The other stamp set you see is the Watercolor Christmas stamp set.

As well as being the coordinating stamp set for the the amazing Watercolour Christmas Project Kit, this set is just perfect for cards.

It has large sentiments in a cute font and some fun coordinating images.

The DSP for the slider track is the Year of Cheer Specialty DSP.  I’ve reinforced it with a layer of Whisper White cardstock to make sure it holds up to all that sliding fun.


The slider track for this card is made using the Classic Label Punch.

I punched the entire shape at each edge (lining up the outer edge of the punch with the edge of the cardstock) and then joined the two shapes by punching again in the middle.

This is a close up of the ‘slider sandwich’…

Slider Card Mechanism | kelly kent

And another view of the card…

Snowman Slider | kelly kent

I love these soft colours!!

If you need any supplies to make your own slider card, visit my online store to shop up a storm!

There’s some great specials during October!!  Click here for more info.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Naturally Eclectic

Hi there!  Welcome to another Stamping Sunday blog hop.

We are a group of international demonstrators invited by Sara Levin to hop with her on the 4th Sunday of each month.

You can see the full line up of participants this month by clicking on the cute blue frog.



You are currently hopping with Kelly Kent from Bunbury, in the south west of Australia.

Each hop has a theme, and I’m delighted that this month it’s all about the Naturally Eclectic Suite from the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! ® Annual Catalogue.

This is probably one of my favourite product lines from the catalogue!

I love the colours, patterns and styling of this suite.  It’s perfect for layering!!!

Naturally Eclectic Suite…

 


For this hop, to show off my favourite elements of the suite (which is all of it!), I made a ‘missing you’ card and birthday bon-bons.

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

Here’s both projects in more detail (warning: lots of photos today!)…

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

The stand out winner for me in this suite is the lattice die from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  It’s very pretty and wonderfully versatile.

I have used it in the card to create a window for the shaker element (it doesn’t have a solid outline, so it creates a great window), to create the shaker confetti and as a background element on the card base!

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

The Eclectic Layers Thinlits are fabulous.  Several of the pieces are designed to only emboss (not cut) – which adds great variety to the die set.

The heart die is one the embossing patterns.  I’ve embossed it on Berry Burst and Dapper Denim and then snipped around the shape with scissors.

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

There’s 4 sweet sentiments in the Oh So Eclectic stamp set.  I’ve stamped the ‘missing you’ but cut it into single words before adhering it over my hearts.


The other 3 sentiments (“you’re so lovely”, “oh, hello friend” & “I like you”) were perfect for these bon-bons (crackers) I made with my envelope punch board using the gorgeous Naturally Eclectic DSP.

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

I finished the ends with the new Crinkled Ribbon – it’s so soft and ties beautifully!!!

Each bon-bon has a body wash from The Body Shop.  You could fill with other small treats, but I often give these away as birthday gifts, so have designed the measurements to fit!

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

Making another appearance is the lattice die, so the recipient can see what’s inside their gift without breaking it open!

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

And each bon-bon is embellished with the flower & leaf die cuts, with a stamped flower sentiment.

The cardstock packs that are available to coordinate with each DSP pattern are a great way for stampers to build up their paper stock – and have the colours they need to match each DSP!

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

To make your own bon-bons (for birthdays, Christmas or other occasions where you need cute packaging!):

  • Cut a piece of DSP at 8″ x 6″
  • Score (going down the long edge, across the short edge) at 1-3/8″, 2-3/4″, 4-1/8″ & 5-1/2″
  • Fold along the first score line and insert into the Envelope Punch Board at 1-3/4″ and punch
  • Repeat for all score lines (fold, punch) and finally without any folding on the edge
  • Do the same for each score line, 1-3/4″ from the other edge
  • If you want the peekaboo window, cut with the lattice die
  • Adhere along the 1/2″ strip to create a box shape
  • Finish with ribbon on each end & embellishments on top

I took quick photos of a template to show you how it folds into the EPB…

Bon Bon Template | kelly kent

and what it should look like before you stick it together (this is without the peekaboo window).

Bon Bon Template | kelly kent


Thank you for hopping with me today.  If you’re following in order, the next stop is the gorgeous Danielle Bennenk in the Netherlands!

Click on the cute blue frog for the complete blog hop list.  You can hop through the order, or choose as it suits you!


No matter where you visit, you won’t be disappointed with the amazing range of projects created by the Stamping Sunday Design Team!

I hope you enjoy the last moments of your weekend!

I’m in the middle of another great book (this one by Australian author Fiona Palmer), so it’s a cosy corner with a cup of tea and more Australian romance for me!