Just Add Ink #400 | Photo Inspiration

Wow!!!  Just Add Ink celebrates 400 challenges this week!

Thank you for all your support of each & every challenge – from visiting the main blog to support the design team to joining in with challenges.  THANK YOU!!!

Challenge #400 is a fabulous specked egg photo inspiration…

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It might help to get you in the mood for some Easter creating, or might be great colours for a baby card!  Whichever way the photo inspires you, I can’t wait to see what you upload to the blog to get you in the mood for some Easter creating. for you 400th challenge!

I went Easter – being a good opportunity to be organised for some Easter gifts this year!  It feels good to have something done prior to the night before!

I like to maintain I work best under pressure – but the sense of achievement is a nice (if unique) feeling!

The photo inspired me to head to the chocolate isle and pick up some speckled chocolate eggs (called Mini Eggs… since when???).

And create some specked DSP using the Eclectic Expressions stamp set (exclusively available during Sale-A-Bration)….

Speckled Egg DSP | kelly kent

Which I then used to turn into speckled egg bon-bons…

Easter Bon-Bons | kelly kent

I used the instructions on my Stamping Sunday Naturally Eclectic post, but adjusted the size to be able to get 2 pieces from an A4 pieces of Whisper White thick cardstock.

Here’s the revised instructions for A4 cardstock (click the link above for some helpful photos):

  • Cut a piece of A4 cardstock in half (at 5-7/8″ along the long edge) = 5-7/8″ x 8-1/4″
  • 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
  • Adhere along the small strip to create a box shape
  • Finish with ribbon on each end & embellishments on top

Easter Bon-Bons | kelly kent

The sentiment is from my trusty ‘all occasions’ stamp set – Teeny Tiny Sentiments in a Stitched Oval Shape with Mini Silver Sequin Trim & Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon.

Easter Bon-Bons | kelly kent

Having chocolate as a prop in the photo was a fabulous idea – someone had to eat it afterwards!  We’ll call that quality control!!!

Thank you for joining me today.  I hope you get the chance to join our 400th challenge – or make some Easter bon-bons!  Or eat some chocolate (lets keep the goals achievable!).

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!