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!

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Faux Woodgrain Technique

I had a list of things I wanted to accomplish during August and the Faux Woodgrain technique was one of them.

Several of my demonstrator friends have been showing their flashy cards on social media and they *promised* me it was the easiest technique ever!

Turns out… it is!

With the help of this great tutorial video by Carolyn Bennie, we used this technique during my August demonstrator class.

Faux Woodgrain Technique | kelly kent

It uses Glossy White cardstock and ‘swipes’ of ink directly from your ink pad.  The best part is – no two pieces are ever going to look the same.

It was the perfect backdrop for the gorgeous ballerina from the new Sugarplum Dreams stamp set in the newly released Holiday Catalogue.

Sugarplum Dreams | kelly kent

Having 2 girls, the ballerina was a ‘must have’ for me!!!

I’m also excited to play with the other stamps in this set, but the ballerina was the first Holiday Catalogue item I purchased and the first I used!

Also in August, I used it in a completely different colour scheme to make a more rich & regal card for a friend…

Sugarplum Dreams Ballerina | kelly kent

The sentiment that comes with the stamp set is gorgeous…

Sugarplum Dreams Ballerina | kelly kent

There’s a few other Holiday Catalogue products in there if you spy closely – Quilt Top Embossing Folder & Year of Cheer Washi Tape.

Have you looked through the new catalogue yet?  What’s top of your list???

Need a place to order – jump over to my online store.  It’s open 24-7 and accepts transactions conducted in pyjamas!

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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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Project Life – Ballerina Style

Like many Mums of the iphone generation, I take lots of out & about photos of my little ones.  My resolution this year was to print & display more of these memories – rather than just keeping them on my phone or camera.

I’ve done pretty well and we have a fridge full of family photos now!

The littlest Miss Papercraft started ballet lessons earlier in the year and I wanted to do something a little more special for such a special moment!

This spread is for her to hang in her room.  Why “hang” and not store in an album?

Because I want Miss P to be able to see & share her beautiful moment – not have it tucked away out of reach.  I’d eventually like to combine the pages of special memories and add some everyday moments and create them a  ‘coffee table’ Project Life book.

The cards for this project are from the Hello Baby Girl collection.  It’s full of beautiful pink tones – which makes them great for a range of projects including new babies, girly moments and sweet memories.

Project Life - Little Miss Papercraft Ballerina using Baby Girl card collection. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’ve always thought it’s important to have handwriting as part of every memory keeping opportunity.

Project Life - Little Miss Papercraft Ballerina using Baby Girl card collection. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And also a fun place for some stamping & embellishments.  This is my little Balloon Builder Ballerina – she’s not quite as cute as the real thing, but close!  Love the ballerina?  You can find the instructions here.

Project Life - Little Miss Papercraft Ballerina using Baby Girl card collection. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Little Miss Papercraft is going to love finding these pages on her wall when she wakes up in the morning!  She loves dancing (and looking at pictures of herself!).  Kelly x

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Building a Beautiful Ballerina

Today I swap my stamps, scissors & glue for tutus, pirouettes & hairspray for a Little Miss dance concert.  There is nothing that puts a smile on my face quicker than seeing 4 year olds at a dancing.  They are so sweet!

With the concert, comes the end of dance lessons for the year. And the time to give a thank you present to a lady who has more patience than me!

When we got the Balloon Builders stamp set at OnStage, Rachael asked me what I saw – other than balloons.

Well Rachael … I see ballerinas!  This style of stamp is perfect for cards with a soft & subtle effect and a watercolour look.

Stampin' Up! Occasions 2016 Sneak Peak: Balloon Builder {Ballerinas}.  Dancing teacher thank you card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercrafjourney.com.


And of course some pretty ballerina packaging…


This stamp set is screaming out for more creations.  Stay tuned! Kelly x


By Request – Bling, Wow & Awesome – Ballerina Penny Spinner Card

This card is a request I had for a card for a birthday girl having a ballerina party.  It had to be awesome, with bling – and overall, it had to wow!

This idea has been swirling around in the crafty part of my brain for a while, so when the question was asked, I knew the answer!

To meet the brief, the card is a mix of what I needed my Silhouette to do, some extra supplies from Spotlight and the rest is SU! magic.

This is the finished design:


When the ballerina dances in the middle of the card, you can’t see the slider section.  But when you gently move her, she gently dances along the slider to the other side of the card:


Patsy Waggoner has a great video tutorial on making a ‘penny spinner card’.  Using her basic theory, I attached my ballerina to two 10c pieces positioned over the slider track with a dimensional between them.  I didn’t raise my card front with dimensionals like Patsy did – my design worked better when it laid flat.  The ballerina still dances beautifully!


The ballerina’s skirt is made using the Floral Frames framelits.  Two of the biggest size were cut using tulle (hint: put copy paper under the tulle to get an easier cut with the framelit), cut into 4 and then layered.  I held them together with a staple until I hot glued the dress front, legs & ribbon on.  The dress front is Blushing Bride cardstock cut with the 2nd largest floral frame, which was then cut down to 3 points.


Funnily enough, I didn’t put a sentiment on this card either!  My weekend mojo seems to have been all about clean lines & simple finishes.  I hope the birthday ballerina is allowed to play with her card and enjoy the fun.  Kelly x

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Teacher Cards – Beautiful Ballerinas

Alexa started dancing this year and loved it!  You might remember last term’s card featuring a ballerina costume made from the Baby’s First Framelits.

My little ballerina
My little ballerina

This term, I couldn’t go past a Pinterest find.  This card is a creation from the craft table of Suzanne Johnson, which I have CASEd to make my own version for my daughter’s dance teacher.  It uses the Work of Art stamp set to create – ‘a work of art’!  Just magical!  It allowed me to pretend, just for a minute, that I have an artistic side!!!  Kelly x





Baby’s First Framelits Repurposed – Ballerina


I didn’t make you wait long to see some other uses for the Baby’s First Framelits.  This week is the end of term here in WA, so more thank you cards for all the girls’ activities.  This first share is a card for Alexa’s ballet teacher.  It has been the most delightful experience, watching Alexa and her new ballet friends enjoy learning how to be little ballerinas.  I can’t praise the teacher highly enough – the class is fun, easy going & carefree.  Just the way dancing should be when you’re 3!

To make a beautiful ballerina costume, I used the onsie from the framelit set to make the leotard.  I added a jacket by cutting two more onsies and then cross cutting with the Extra-Large Oval punch.  The bow was made with the hearts from the Owl Builder punch and the circle from the Cupcake Builder punch.  The skirt was made using the ring stack framelit (x3) cut out of vellum that I’d coloured using my Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Marker.  So pretty – so easy!  This would make the perfect birthday card for a little ballerina.  I know Alexa loved it when she saw it on the craft table.   Kelly x



Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Baby’s First, Project Life Cards & Labels, Deco Labels

Punches: Owl Builder, Cupcake Builder

Embossing Folder: Perfect Polka Dots

Specialty Paper: Vellum

Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Whisper White

DSP: Subtles Paper Stack

Ink: Blushing Bride

Stampin’ Write Marker: Blushing Bride

Stamp Set: Yippee-Skippee!

Accessories: Paper Snips