Just Add Ink #447 | Sketch

Hello!  It’s time for another creative challenge from the Just Add Ink team.  This week it’s a sketch challenge by Narelle.

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For such a simple sketch, I actually found it difficult to get started on this card.  But once I had the concept, it was all go from there!

I ended up turning it on the side widening up those rectangles and using a stamp set that has only just recently arrived – Fable Friends.  These characters are just the sweetest!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

The gingham still isn’t my favourite DSP but I’ll admit that it’s pretty cute on some cards!!!  Which is why I like to own all the DSP – I just buy extra packs of my favourites!  It would seem that lots of people LOVE the Gingham suite though – the DSP has been popular around the world.

Fable Friends | kelly kent

The little bunny from Fable Friends is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends.  Rather than using two colours to create depth of colour, I used Light Smoky Slate and dark Balmy Blue with the Color Lifter pen.  I love the colour variation it adds!

One cute bunny card didn’t seem to be enough (I’m low on my stock of baby cards at the moment) so it seemed like a good idea to make a pink version too!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

The Blushing Bride version of the card was matched with Tropical Escape DSP and ribbon from the All My Love combo pack in the Occasions catalogue.

More colouring with Blends – the pink is the retired dark Pink Pirouette.

Fable Friends | kelly kent

I seem to be using the Vertical Greetings stamp set quite a lot lately.  I remember when I so desperately wanted a greetings set that ran down rather than across.  I hope this set stays in the range for years to come!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

If this sketch inspires you, please share it with us on the Just Add Ink blog page.  Each week we choose a winner and 2 honorable mentions.  We’d love to add your creation to our list of wonderful projects!

Thanks for visiting today.  If you love making cute baby cards – and with Easter around the corner – I can’t recommend the Fable Friends stamp set enough!  All the product links are in the table at the end of my post.

We’re in the final month of Sale-A-Bration which means there’s only weeks left to earn free products, get bonus host rewards and received added value in your Starter Kit if you join Stampin’ Up!

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Stamp Review Crew | Amazing Life

Hey there! Happy Monday!! It’s a holiday here in Western Australia.  I enjoyed a lazy morning and have plans to spend time with my gorgeous family today.

For anyone who’s wondering about Little Mr Papercraft – he’s 6 months old now!  He’s cute & cheeky and such a sweet little baby!!!  There’s not as much crafting going on as I would like – but that gorgeous little smile makes up for it!

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I’ve kept my project simple for today’s Stamp Review Crew hop with my international demonstrator friends.  The theme is the Amazing Life stamp set from the Occasions catalogue.  You’ll find it on page 28 – bundled with the amazing Rectangle Stitched Framelits.

I’m not sure if it’s the looming St Patrick’s Day celebrations this month, but the lucky 4-leaf clover took my fancy and I decided to use this to make a green festive card.  I intend to send this to an Irish friend as a card for a St Patrick’s blessing, but you could use it at any of of the year for a friend that’s feeling a but down on their luck.

Amazing Life | kelly kent

The clovers are stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloured with Dark Call Me Clover and Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends.  There’s never much blending going on when I pull out my Stampin’ Blends – I just love them for the smooth colouring.  They are an absolute joy to work with!

You’ll spy some rectangle stitching on the card – not just because they are bundled with this stamp set but rather because I’m putting stitched rectangles on E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.  I can’t get enough of them!

Amazing Life | kelly kent

The ‘sending’ is from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set on a rectangle stitched framelit.  I cut the rectangle down to be a shorter version – I love how versatile the shapes are!

Sadly this Sale-A-Bration ribbon retired, but there’s plenty more Sale-A-Bration choices including 8 more level 1 choices added this month.  You can see all the level 1 choices by clicking here.  *** Level 1 choices are free with a $90+ Stampin’ Up! order in Australia.


Thanks for hopping with me today!  Next stop is the US with Holly Krautkremer and her amazing project!

I hope you have a great week!


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6″ Mini Album | Share What You Love DSP

Last week a very special friend of mine turned 40 and hosted a fabulous party. I wanted to make a bespoke keepsake that could double as gift and a place to keep her party memories.

This made it the perfect opportunity to make my first mini-album.  I’ve been wanting to do this for quite some time and I’m so glad I finally got there!!!  My love of mini albums started when Jacqui Crouch made one for my 5th stampaversary blog hop – and then posted it to me as a gift.  It still has pride of place on my shelf and I love it!

Between a combination of studying Jacqui’s album design, watching you tube tutorials and winging it, this was my final result…

Share What You Love 6" Mini Album | kelly kent

The album cover is 6″ and the pages are approx 5-3/4″.  The whole album is constructed from scratch using the firm cardboard packaged with glimmer paper.  I found this you tube tutorial particularly helpful.

Share What You Love 6" Mini Album | kelly kent

The album contains 12 pages decorated with Share What You Love DSP,.  There’s a mix of fixed photo spaces, cascading photo spaces and photo pages that side out from a belly band.

Share What You Love 6" Mini Album | kelly kent

This is a video showing the whole album –

And here’s photos of each layout…

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Front cover
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Inside front cover & page 1
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Pages 2 & 3
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Pages 4 & 5
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Pages 6 & 7
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Page 12 & inside back cover

Of course every amazing gift needs a coordinating card.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

I used the same style of card as I shared with you during the week – it’s call a Pull Out Side Pocket Card.  You can find the previous post with instructions and links by clicking here.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

Large Numbers Framelits and Milestone Moments that I used for the album & card are now retired – but they are staple parts of my crafting stash and it’ll take a good replacement option before I part with them!

Stampin’ Up! currently only sell packs of 12″ cardstock in Whisper White and Very Vanilla.  The Kraft cardstock I used for the album & card is an alternative brand.

Share What You Love 6" Mini Album & Card | kelly kent

I’m already planning my next album – the question is… which DSP???  What current or retired DSP do you think would make an amazing album design?


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Just Add Ink #446 | Photo Inspiration

I can’t wait to see what entries we get this week for Just Add Ink – the photo inspiration is just gorgeous!!!

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The colours and textures of this vibrant photo are sure to get the sparks of creativity flying!

The tiles on the wall reminded me of the Tin Tile Embossing Folder that carried over from the Holiday Catalogue.  If you’re ever curious which items from the Holiday Catalogue avoided the retirement list, you can see them all here in my online store.

I designed this card with my February classes in mind.  Each class I try to do one deluxe card – and after some Pinterest research, I came across this gorgeous fold by Barb Stamps (Barb Mullikin) called a Pull Out Side Pocket Card.  You can see Barb’s blog post & video by clicking here.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

The card is standard size with a right entry pocket flap for a writing panel.  You could also use the flap for tucking away other things like a gift card or voucher!

Barb is in the US so I slightly adjusted the cardstock sizes to match the C6 size cards we use in Australia.  Card base is 7-3/8″ x 6-7/8″, scored at 4-1/8″ on the long side and 1/2″ from each edge on the short side.

The mat on the front of the card and the cardstock for the pocket insert are both 3″ x 5-5/8″.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

Although I love the white wash tiles in the photo, I wanted to try adding Versamark to the embossing folder before I made the imprint on my cardstock and then coating with copper embossing powder for an oxidised copper effect with the teal (Bermuda Bay) peeking through.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

The flowers in the vase are from a new stamp set in the Occasions catalogue. They fit the existing Vases Builder Punch – which is a bonus if you already have this!

I’ve stamped the flowers in Lovely Lipstick on Shimmery White and then used an Aqua Painter to add more Lovely Lipstick & Mango Melody ink – just like in the inspiration photo.  The vases are heat embossed in copper and coloured with Bermuda Bay ink.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

I can see this style of card being a favourite for when I need something a bit fancier!!!


You can see all the design team creations for this challenge on the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also add your project to the challenge link up and share how the photo inspired you!

Thanks for visiting!


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Colour INKspiration #50

There’s nothing like a splash of colour to brighten up the week!

Today is the start of a new challenge for Colour INKspiration and it’s so summery!  Take me there now!!!

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Unfortunately this amazing destination (or any other) isn’t on my foreseeable to-do list, so I’ll have to settle for the crafty version instead.

How about a cool & refreshing beverage???  A celebration of Colour INKspiration reaching 50 challenges!!!

Bubble Over | kelly kent

I haven’t used this stamp set in ages so it was fun to get it inky again!  I’ve kept the design CAS – clean & simple, allowing the colours to shine bright.

Remember my 2019 plan to use more embellishments?  I’ve added clear epoxy dots from a previous catalogue for a fun bubbly touch!

Bubble Over | kelly kent

The “cheers” sentiment for this card is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.  This is another ‘staple’ set I highly recommend.  You’ll find it suits lots of occasions and in this case is perfect for my summery drinks.

Bubble Over | kelly kent

Cheers! Here’s to lazy days and warm nights!!!  I plan on having a few cold beverages by the pool this weekend as we celebrate WA Day.

Next up on the Colour INKspiration blog hop is Jackie Aitken, a fellow “West Aussie” who will also be celebrating WA Day this weekend!  Visit Jackie to see her pretty card using the challenge colours.

You can also join the Colour INKspiration Challenge by uploading your card using the 5 challenge colours to our Facebook group.  Click here to jump over to Facebook.


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February – why are you leaving us so quick???

I know February is the shortest month of the year, but this one just zipped by me!  Things at Papercraft HQ went into serious overdrive – three kids to keep alive, three houses to look after, a birthday, some anniversaries, the start of school, resuming card making classes for the year and so much more meant every day was a whirlwind of activity!

With all that happening, it’s only in the final moment of February I’m marking some things off my to-do list – like posting birthday cards for friends!  They will arrive in March, but I posted them in February – so it still counts!!!

I’ve always appreciated having a birthday month, so hopefully the recipients will too!

Beauty Abounds | kelly kent

I made these cards using some Occasions Catalogue favourites and also a new DSP available as a Level 2 Sale-A-Bration reward.  See the second release catalogue by clicking here.  The Painted Seasons DSP comes in a bundle with a floral stamp set – available to redeem when your order reaches $180.

Beauty Abounds | kelly kent

I like to make multiples of cards with subtle differences.  Easy changes – like a different size butterfly in this case – give you a different card for minimal design effort.  Other easy changes are – changing the orientation or using different colours or DSP.

The second card used the same die set, but the large butterfly as the centrepiece.

Beauty Abounds | kelly kent

Both cards have the same bokeh dots in Poppy Parade, Grapefruit Grove & Blushing Bride (to coordinate with the DSP) on a Rectangle Label (of course!), a Stitched Label die cut and a heat embossed sentiment.  The sentiment is cut down from the ‘FRIENDSHIP’ stamp in the Beauty Abounds set.  I always love it if I can get multiple uses from the words in a set.

Beauty Abounds | kelly kent

And those dots – I’m still in love!  I originally bought the Beauty Abounds stamp set just for the dots.  And I have no regrets!

Beauty Abounds | kelly kent

The stamp set also has a lovely flourish that I thought would look nice on the inside of the card.  Seems to be the month for extra decorating!  I love colouring with my Stampin’ Blends – they are so smooth and luxurious!

Beauty Abounds | kelly kent

Here’s hoping that March is a little slower in pace but just as full of love, happiness and fun!


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Birthday Feathers

My east coast stamping bestie Miss Lou Kitzelman turned 21 last week… well, maybe not 21, but she did have a birthday!

Here is the card I made for her using some of my favourite products.  The card layout was inspired by a series of Rachel Tessman cards I spied on Pinterest.Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

 

The theme was inspired by the gift which featured a whimsical dreamcatcher.  Which led me to feathers!  I love feathers on craft (not so keen on them in real life!).  The feathers are from the Chase Your Dreams Framelits.

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

I cut the pink flowers from a sheet of the Tropical Escape and then spritzed them with Frost White Shimmer Paint.

The birthday stamp is from the Piece of Cake stamp set.  Lou shared this with us at OnStage in 2018 – so it will always remind me of her every time I use it.

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

I don’t often decorate the inside of my cards, but I wanted to carry this theme through and include a dream catcher from the framelit set.  It wouldn’t fit on the front – so middle it was!

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

And from there I just got totally carried away and made a coordinating tag for the gift bag too!

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

Matchy-matchy is my favourite!

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

Happy birthday to Lou!  Here’s to a wonderful year filled with so much craft time you decide to read a book for a change!!!


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CASEing the Catty #217 | Happiness Blooms

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a glorious weekend!  We’ve been in celebration mode this weekend – a continuation of Miss Papercraft’s birthday, attending a friend’s 40th and using the last of our Christmas gift vouchers (we went ten pin bowling – sadly I lost to Mr Papercraft!!).  I also snuck in a visit to see friends at a craft retreat.

Tonight’s the CASEing the Catty Crew are sharing projects inspired by the Happiness Blooms suite and subsequent pages of the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalogue.

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We all know I’m slow on the uptake of trends, so it’s not a huge confession that I did ‘t love the Happiness Blooms suite when I first saw it.  But as I’ve seen more & more samples and added the DSP to my collection, I’m happy to admit that it’s grown on me immensely.

So, rather than avoiding this section of the catalogue, I’ve happily used it as inspiration for one of my Paper Adventures team members birthday gifts.

Using the design features of the box on the bottom left, I’ve created a decorated notebook and coordinating card.

Happiness Blooms | kelly kent

I love how light and bright the featured DSP on this design.  I used a Stitched Rectangle in the place of the tag and added a personalised “G” for her notebook (pictured on the left above).  The ribbon double layered – the Flirty Flamingo from All My Love combo pack and the Grapefruit Grove from the Sale-A-Bration organdy ribbon pack.  As the organdy selection from Sale-A-Bration was so popular, it’s no longer available as a redemption choice!!

Happiness Blooms | kelly kent

The “G” is cut from Grapefruit Grove Foil Sheet – another amazing SAB choice.  I just love the colour variation the light reflection throws onto it.  It’s available until 31st March or supplies last.  This product is so lovely, I think there’s a chance this one will disappear early too!

The elements of the card are very similar – the theme was so lovely I just kept going with it!  Same rectangle, same ribbon choices (this time in a bow) and the same DSP – but turning the striped piece into a featured banner.

Happiness Blooms | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card is from the Well Said stamp set – one I’m fast finding is a craft room staple I keep turning to.


Thank you for joining us today for the CASEing the Catty hop.  We love sharing how the beautiful pages of the catalogue have inspired the projects we’ve made.  To see more, please keep hopping to visit Julia Quinn’s super cute Easter treats.

To add your own project to the challenge, join us on Facebook.

Have a fabulous week!


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Just Add Ink #445 | Embossing

Hello!  You’re going to love the Just Add Ink challenge this week – we’re adding embossing!

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Make a project with any kind of embossing you like – heat, paste, folders….  There’s so much potential!  Go nuts and add all the embossing if you like!

I decided this challenge was the time to dust off my neglected embossing mat and use them with the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits to create a pretty background effect.

Just Add Embossing JAI#445 | kelly kent

If you haven’t used an embossing mat before, it’s an extra set of layering plates & mats for your Big Shot that transform cutting dies into embossing dies.  They don’t cut through – they just leave the imprint on your cardstock.  Magic!  Especially when you add a spritz of Shimmer Paint (which of course you can’t see in the photo – but it’s there and it looks fab!).

Just Add Embossing JAI#445 | kelly kent

I’ve layered butterflies from the same Thinlits set on top and cropped down one of the bigger sentiments to just include ‘friend’.  Of course, the sentiment is heat embossing in white – that’s my favourite use of embossing!

Just Add Embossing JAI#445 | kelly kent

The DSP is from the Floral Romance suite.  This sheet is a vellum finish and just gorgeous!  The colours and pattern are so beautiful.  I love Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive together.


Thanks for stopping by today.  To see all the design team projects and add your card to our embossing themed challenge, visit the Just Add Ink blog.


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Stamp Review Crew | Butterfly Gala

Hello!  Happy Monday and welcome to the Stamp Review Crew blog hop.  I’m joining a group of fabulous Stampin’ Up! demonstrators as we share projects we’ve made with today’s featured stamp set – Butterfly Gala!

The projects you see on today’s blog hop will definitely feature the stamps from the Butterfly Gala stamp set.  Some may use the coordinating punch – Butterfly Duet – isn’t it cute!?!  So cute in fact, that it has sold out worldwide and Stampin’ Up! are waiting for more stock to arrive (expected end March 2019).  So, make sure to save the projects that inspire you and be ready for when the punch is ordable again!  Your local Stampin’ Up! demonstrator can keep you in the loop.  Until then, it’s totally possible to snip around those butterflies with scissors or you can stamp directly onto your project.


I’m a little late to share my Valentine’s Day card this year for Mr Papercraft because it was so perfect for this blog hop.  Luckily it’s not specific to Valentine’s Day.  This style of card would be great for a wedding, anniversary, appreciation  or general “I love you” card.

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent

I decided I wanted my card to be symbolic of the life Mr Papercraft and I have built together. The two hearts are us and the three butterflies are the little Papercrafts (two Lovely Lipstick girls & one Tuxedo Black boy).

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent

The origami hearts were so easy to make and look amazing in our pretty DSP.  The smaller heart uses All My Love DSP and started as a 3″ square.  The larger heart uses Botanical Butterfly DSP and started as a 4″ square.  You can find the instructions on making an origami heart here

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent
The sentiment in Butterfly gala was just perfect for a card for Mr Papercraft.  He’s my best friend and definitely makes me a better person.  If I had to choose anyone in the world to spend time with – it’s him!


Thanks for hopping with us today.  For more amazing projects, keep clicking the ‘next’ at the end of each post.  I’m taking you to Holly Krautkremer in the US.  I always love what Holly makes and can’t wait to see her butterfly inspired project!


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