Just Add Ink #416 | Sketch

Hey there!  Thanks for joining me for tonight’s Just Add Ink challenge.

This week we’re all creating to Patrice’s awesome sketch.

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Sketches are one of my favourite challenge types because I love all the different directions it takes the design team.  I’m usually very literal in sketch interpretation (and this week is no different).  I get blown away by the creativity of the design team and how they use the sketch.

Of all my new catalogue items, I keep going back to the Animal Outing & Animal Friends bundle.  The characters are cute & quirky and they make for great universal cards.  My greatest Stampin’ Up! wish would be for a ‘happy birthday’ stamp in each set – but I have lots of choices for mixing & matching!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

The DSP in this card is also from the Animal Expedition suite.  It’s part of the buy 3, get 1 free promotion in July and I will be stocking up!!!  Read all the details here.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

I’ve been desperate to use the gorgeous giraffe print die since getting these framelits – how amazing does it look layered on a card!!  The framelits are very useful – they cut out all the animals in the set (which I remembered after I fussy cut the frog/tree!!) and have extra pieces like the giraffe pattern to add interesting features to your projects.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

The giraffe and frog have been quickly coloured using Stampin’ Blends.  I’m not a natural with colouring (and I don’t worry about being perfect). I love how easy Stampin’ Blends are to use.  I’ve got the 11 new colours on their way to me.  Looking forward to some more colour options – especially greens!!!  See more info here.


It would be great to have you join in with our sketch challenge.  You’ll find entry over on the Just Add Ink blog, along with the awesome design team cards for the week.

Happy stamping over the weekend – the forecast in my house is perfect for stamping in my pjs!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Delightfully Detailed

Every month I run a class for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators in my team (but all demonstrators in the area are welcome).  I aim to include products & techniques in each class that expands their wishlist!!!

Sometimes it’s hard to know how much you’re gong to love a product til it’s on the table and you’re crafting with it!

In May, we made these sweet cards using the Delicately Detailed Laser Cut DSP.  There’s multiple sheets in each pack of 2 different designs – one page of smaller (card front size) designs and a sheet of 12″x12″ floral pattern.

As I was cutting up this paper for the class preparation, I did wonder if the Delightfully should be replaced with “Delicately”… it’s a bit of a handful to keep the precious paper in tact as you cut it up, but the end result is worth the precarious handling!

We used the floral design cut into 4″x6” pieces to make these two cards…

Delightfully Detailed DSP | kelly kent

The card on the left is the DSP coloured with Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel & Night of Navy.  The card on the right is the negative of the colouring – the DSP acts as a mask.  Such a pretty, fun & easy technique.

Delightfully Detailed DSP | kelly kent

The thank you sentiment & die panel is made using the Stitched All Around stamp set & Stitched Labels

I didn’t think I’d love Blueberry Bushel as much as I do – it’s such a gorgeous tone!

Delightfully Detailed DSP | kelly kent

The colouring across the DSP was achieved using the sponge brayer.  We used three different sponges, but if you’re doing this at home, you can use one brayer – start from the lightest colour (Balmy Blue for this card), then the medium tone (Blueberry Bushel) and then the darkest tone.  Sweep from side to side to apply the colour evenly, make sure to ink all the way around your brayer and overlap the colours so they blend.  Everyone likes a different method of colouring but I find the brayers are much easier for me to achieve an even colour than sponge daubers.

I do love an ombre card, but this would be a great design in a range of colours!!!  What would your choice of 3 colours be?

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CASEing the Catty #185 | Best Route

Life is chilly (and wet on some days) in the south-west corner of Australia at the moment.  Which makes it perfect crafting weather.  I confess to a few pyjama days lately spent at the craft table!  And perhaps plans for a few more!

Thanks for joining me tonight for CASEing the Catty where we take inspiration from the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue.

This week it’s the Best Route suite and subsequent pages.

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I seem to make a lot of baby cards for challenges!  This one was inspired by the pink dreamcatcher card on page 54.

The card is going to the parents of a little princess born during the week, so I kept the pretty Blushing Bride colour scheme.

Follow Your Dreams baby card | kelly kent

Other colours in this card are silver embossing & foil, Blushing Bride watercolouring on Shimmery White and Rose Glimmer paper (new & improved).

The Follow Your Dreams stamp set & coordinating Chase Your Dreams Framelits are beautiful!

Follow Your Dreams baby card | kelly kent

I added the Tufted Embossing Folder to the background layer – which I had previously overlooked in the catalogue, but quickly added because it’s gorgeous!!!

Follow Your Dreams baby card | kelly kent

The personalised name pennant was made using the Pick a Pennant stamp set and that beautiful ribbon you see is from the Metallic Ribbon combo pack.

Follow Your Dreams baby card | kelly kent


Make sure to join the CTC fun on our Facebook page.  CASEing the Catty can either be your easiest or most deluxe card of the week.

Next up you’re visiting the lovely Megan Lenkse in sunny QLD!

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July 2018 – A Recap of All the Fun!

There’s so much going on in July with Stampin’ Up!

I’m going to try to summarise it all in this blog post, but be sure to contact me if you have any questions!!!

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  • Join Stampin’ Up! in July and receive the usual Starter Kit deal – $169 for $235 of products plus free shipping – and get an 10 x ink pad colour collection for free (value $117).  Choose from Brights, Neutrals, Subtles, Regals or In Colors.  Click here to join my Paper Adventures team.

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So fun much to be had in July!

Happy stamping,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

What’s Your Style? PS, You’re The Best

There’s this super cute stamp set on page 48 of the catalogue that I couldn’t go past.

PS You’re the Best is quirky & fun – and so easy to make cards with!

I made two styles of card.  The first is Clean & Simple (CAS) using the typewriter as the centrepiece and a Blackbery Bliss, Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate & Whisper White colour theme.

PS You're The Best | kelly kent

The fonts in the stamp set are a mix of vintage & classic – and include a perfect mix for a variety of occasions.  Although, secretly, I’m looking forward to getting out my typewriter and making some sentiments of my own!

PS You're The Best | kelly kent

It would also match well with the font in the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.


The second card is much more fussy – taking advantage of the vintage tones of the stamp set.

PS You're The Best | kelly kent

I’ve added in the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut DSP, Subtle Embossing Folder and some grungy background stamping.

PS You're The Best | kelly kent

The colours are the same – Crushed Curry, Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate & Whisper White.  The Crushed Curry DSP is from the Tea Room Speciality.

Which cards matches your style???  My typical style is much more the CAS one on the left – but I had so much fun breaking from tradition and making the card on the right!PS You're The Best | kelly kent

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Colour INKspiration #36

It’s time for another awesome Colour INKspiration challenge.  We had some great entries for CI#35 with the Neutrals Collections.  You can find all the action on our Facebook page.

We’d love to see you join in challenge #36 which is this stunning colour palette of Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Basic Gray & Silver.

You can also add any Basic – Whisper White, Very Vanilla & Basic Black and any metallic.

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Yellow, gray, black & white together is one of my all-time favourite colour combinations.  The addition of a brown tone certainly made it interesting!!!

I played up the yellow & gray tones and added just a touch of Soft Suede.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

Both of these cards using the same techniques & layout – I’ve just switched the colours, orientation & centrepiece to get two unique designs with minimal extra design effort.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

This card features the butterfly from Springtime Impressions Thinlits, Tea Room & Nature’s Poem DSP and a wreath made from one of the little stamps in the Love What You Do stamp set.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

I have left both cards without a sentiment for two reasons – one, it didn’t really fit the design and second is because I love sentiment-free cards!

I’ve used the Subtle Embossing Folder for both card bases – it just lifts a blank space without being overpowering.  Everyone needs to order this embossing folder!!

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

I love having DSP stacks back in the catalogue.  They are perfect for colour challenges because you always have the colour you need!!!  And the patterns this year are awesome – plain stripes and dots plus creative stripes & dots.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

The centrepiece of each card features a perfect wreath.  I’d seen these shared on others projects, but had the chance to try out this technique recently when it was part of a class run by Mandy Depiazzi.

It uses a template and your stamparatus.  I’m not sure who came up with this idea first, but this youtube tutorial by Barb Stamps is a great explanation on how to make your template & create your wreath.

This is a close-up of the Crushed Curry wreath.  I’ve just stamped in all 8 positions using a 2-3/4″ square of Whisper White cardstock.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me today. Can’t wait to see your creation on our Facebook page.

Continue the hop by visiting the gorgeous Denita Wright-Smee.

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Enjoy the Little Things Video In Life Video Blog Hop | June – Guest Designer

Hello!  It’s an early blog post today as I have the great pleasure of joining the Enjoy the Little Things in Life Design Team for their June video blog hop.

I’ve been doing a few videos lately as part of my Stamp In Confidence program (read about that here), but it’s still not natural for me to be organised enough to craft and video at the same time!!!

But life is all about challenges and extending ourselves, so I was delighted to say yes to a guest designer role with the Enjoy the Little Things DT.

The theme for this hop is 3D.  The design team has come up with some lovely creations, complete with tutorial videos to help you make your own versions.

I’m so much of a card girl, and don’t often make boxes, bags or other 3D items.

So, for today’s project, I’m combining the two – a card that features an interactive 3D component.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

One of the new bundles in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue is the Love You to PIeces stamp set and coordinating Puzzle Pieces Thinlits.  Such a fun way to create cards for big & little people!

I’ve created a double layer frame for the puzzle to sit in, so once the puzzle is together, it fits snugly onto the card front and looks like it’s part of the card.

But, the pieces can be taken out, mixed up and put back together just like a regular puzzle.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

I’ve used the new embossing mat with the puzzle thinlit to create the background outline to guide the puzzle doer.

There’s so many pretty DSP patterns in the new catalogue that are perfect for this style of card.  This design is Petal Promenade – beautiful photography patterns of flowers on the main side & marble on the reverse.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Watch my tutorial video here to show you the steps for making your own interactive puzzle card.

Materials:

  • Card base: Thick Whisper White – 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16″ (10.5cm x 29.7cm), scored at 5-7/8″ (14.8cm)
  • Card mat: Blushing Bride – 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ (10cm x 14.3cm) x 2
  • DSP: Petal Promenade – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Backing for DSP: Thick Very Vanilla – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Mat for Puzzle inlay: Whisper White 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Scrap of Whisper White
  • Tranquil Tide Ink
  • Shimmer Ribbon – Powder Pink
  • Adhesive: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Tear & Tape, Glue Dots
  • Big Shot & accessories (magnetic platform, cutting plates, embossing mat)

These puzzle cards were so much fun to make (and so easy), I made them in a couple of our other awesome DSP patterns too.

Animal Expedition

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Twinkle Twinkle

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

All of these DSPs plus 7 of their friends are available in July as part of the Buy 3, get one free special.  It’s a great time to stock up!

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me today – and thanks for the Enjoy the Little Things DT for having me as a guest designer.

There’s a list of amazing designers taking part in the this video hop.  Click on the cute little blue frog to bring up the list and choose someone else to visit.

To hop in order, you’ll next visit the gorgeous Kim Oliver – click here to see what she’s made.

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Jolly July – Christmas has come early!

I’ve just read this week’s Stampin’ Up! updates and all I can say is {WOW}!

Stampin’ Up! are offering a joining special in July that is simply amazing.

Join my Paper Adventures team (Australian stampers only) any time between 1st July and 31st July and you’ll be able to add 10 ink pads to your starter kit at no extra cost.  That’s on top of the great Starter Kit deal we already offer.

Choose from the 4 Color Collections – Brights, Neutrals, Subtles or Regals, or both the In Color Collections (2017-2019 & 2018-2020).

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The Starter Kit is $169 and includes your choice of any $235 of products (plus the ink pad assortment) with free shipping . You’ll be an active demonstrator until at least January 31st 2019, during which time you will receive access to exclusive Stampin’ Up! news, preview & early ordering for 2018 Holiday and 2019 Occasions & Sale-A-Bration Catalogues, support via my Paper Adventures team, plus you’ll get 20%+ discount on every order you place (or 20% commission on orders from customers).

I can answer any questions you have about being part of the Stampin’ Up! family – send me an email, or a message via Facebook.

If this is the offer you’ve been waiting for, click here to start selecting your free ink pad assortment & starter kit items.

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Gorgeously Native Birthday

I bought a gift for a friend recently from a store that offered to gift wrap.  I don’t mind wrapping presents – but they always have such nice wrapping options that I often find myself saying yes!

This is the gorgeous package…

Gorgeously Native Birthday | kelly kent

Now, how could I have that sitting on my desk and not use it as inspiration for a matching card?

Using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous and Beautiful Bouquet stamp sets, I set towards recreating the gorgeous native flowers.

Gorgeously Native Birthday | kelly kent

The colours are Grapefruit Grove, Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz.

Gorgeously Native Birthday | kelly kent

I love how they look next to each other!

Gorgeously Native Birthday | kelly kent

Happy birthday Narelle!

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CASEing the Catty #184 | Delightfully Detailed

Welcome to CASEing the Catty on this lovely Sunday.

We’ve started our voyage through the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue and today we’re CASEing catalogue projects on pages 38-51 – which starts with the Delightfully Detailed suite.

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My choice this week was the cute hello card on page 44.

I took the colours, overall layout and use of the Darling Label punch and added the Little Elephant bundle to create a bright baby card.

Little Elephant | kelly kent

The background DSP is from the Broadway Bound Speciality DSP – it’s full of gold, silver & black patterns on one side and bright, fun colours on the other.  This was my surprise love when I unpacked the new designs.  It’s sensational in real life.

Little Elephant | kelly kent

I can’t get enough of the cute little elephants from the Little Elephant bundle.  The Little Elephant stamp set coordinates with a punch created just for this set.  You get two sizes of elephant and a whole set of adorable stamps!

The other detail I wanted to show you from this card was the gorgeous new gold cord…

Little Elephant | kelly kent

There’s also a black version!  Want one of each new ribbon & trim in the catalogue at a fraction of the cost?  You’ll love my 2018 Ribbon Share.  Click here to see the details.


Thanks for joining us for today’s CASEing the Catty blog hop.

For more great inspiration, keep going on the hop and visit the gorgeous Angela Meiritz-Reid in New Zealand.

You can join the challenge too.  CASE any project from pages 38-51 and share your project in our CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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