Just Add Ink #387 | Colour Combination

With just over a month til the big day, Nikki is officially kicking off Christmas crafts with this Christmassy colour combination for our Just Add Ink challenge.

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There’s nothing like red, green & white to get you in the Christmas mood!

Of course, there’s nothing limiting you to Christmas!  I’d love to see some amazing creations for other seasons.

I was unable to break out of the Christmas mold, and used one of my favourite new bundles – Musical Season.

Just Add Ink #387 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

All colour challenges have the option to add any neutral or metallic, so you’ll see some variation in the design team projects with the additional of these colours.

I’ve added in an embossed Crumb Cake base (using the Ruffled Embossing Folder), a little drummer boy in Archival Black and some (sadly retired) gold twine.

Just Add Ink #387 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

The Garden Green layer across the middle of the card is made by tearing some copy paper and using this to cover the top & bottom of the Whisper White cardstock.  I then coloured in Garden Green ink using my brayer and stamped the Sheet Music stamp over the top in Black Archival ink.

Just Add Ink #387 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

This technique is fun for a variety of cards, but I love that I can extend the music theme for this card.

I just can’t give it to someone too musical – no one that can actually read the music notes!!  I believe the Sheet Music stamp is the music for Fur Elise, which is not that Christmassy!!!


Please join us over at the Just Add Ink blog to see all the design team creations and add your red, white & green masterpiece.

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Colour INKspiration #18

Hello!  It’s time for another colour INKspiration challenge.

For this fortnight, we’re crafting with these colours colours (and this totally amazing inspiration pic)…

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Pink, gray and neutrals – plus, any green of your choice.

This card was made for our newest design team member – Jackie Aitken.  Check out her first project with us – it’s sensational!

I used quite a few features of the inspiration picture to try something totally different for me – a busy card with lots of texture!!!

Colour INKspiration #18 | kelly kent

My green of choice was Pear Pizzazz for some touches of ‘greenery’ in my planter boxes.

Colour INKspiration #18 | kelly kent

I added Sweet Sugarplum ink to the embossing paste to make a cute pink brick wall.

Have you tried this?  It’s easy and fun to colour the embossing paste!

The floral shapes come from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits – it’s a great set!

And the butterfly is cut from the new Champagne Foil – so pretty!!!


This is a fabulous set of colours and the design team have an amazing range of projects to share with you!

You can continue the hop by visiting the delightful Lou Kitzelman and her cute pink project!

Don’t forget, you can add any green to the quartet – Powder Pink, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand & Sweet Sugarplum.

And any metallics!

Can’t wait to see what you upload to our Facebook Challenge page.  Click here to jump on over.

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Just Add Ink #377 Colour Challenge

Hello & welcome to another Just Add Ink Challenge.

#377 is a colour combination chosen for us by Rochelle.

My design team friends are loving Lemon Lime Twist & Pool Party this week!  Today it’s paired with Dapper Denim.

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I love these three colours, but together they were a wee challenge – but that’s what it’s all about, right?

I decided to stick with simple – lots of white space to balance those colours!

Just Add Ink #377 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with 2 new catalogues in the space of 4 months, so it’s sometimes refreshing and stabilising to go back to old favourites.

Many of the products I’ve used in this card are carryover favourites from the previous Annual Catalogue.

Sheltering Tree stamp set, Classic Label Punch, Sunshine Sayings stamp set and the new for 2017 embossing folder – Garden Trellis.

I also realised when I was writing this post up, that despite making this card & my Colour INKspiration card at different times of the week, they have quite similar features!  I definitely have a style!!!

I am forever hopeful that it’s a love of this style that keeps you visiting & subscribing!


One of my go-to techniques for using embossing folders is to emboss the whole card – not just the front.

Just Add Ink #377 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

This means you need to add an extra piece of cardstock on the inside for writing on, but I love the luxurious feel of both the extra embossing and the matted inside.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my same-same-but-different Lemon Lime Twist & Pool Party card today.

For more beautiful cards using these three colours, pop over to the Just Add Ink blog to see all the design team cards.

While you are there, you may also want to join the challenge by uploading your own Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party & Dapper Denim creation.

Thanks, as always, for taking the time to visit me!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Colour INKspiration #17

Are you ready for another colour combination?

After some very dark and moody options over the past few challenges, today’s offering is bright and fun and promises that summer is just around the corner!

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Stay on board for a fabulous blog hop with the Colour INKspiraiton team.  I am nestled between two amazing designers.  You may have already visited my beautiful friend Lou Kitzelman (if not make sure you get all the way back to her blog to complete the full circle).  Next up is the gorgeous Denita Wright-Smee – click on the next button below to visit her blog!

For all the challenge action, join us over on Facebook at the Colour INKspiration Challenges group.


There’s lots of Lemon Lime Twist in the gorgeous inspiration photo, but I wanted to make Pool Party the focus of my card.

I just love the colours & patterns from the Petal Garden DSP stack – of which, Pool Party is one of the coordinating colours.

I added some interest to the background DSP panel by cutting the DSP into three strips.

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The other colours in the challenge quartet became part of my bicycle & sentiment elements.

I love pink & blue together!  The Lemon Lime Twist books added another pop of colour!

Colour INKspiration #17 Bike Ride | kelly kent

I am totally loving the Bike Ride stamp set & coordinating Build A Bike Framelits.   They’d been on my maybe list for a while, and I got them recently thinking some of the additional stamps would make great teacher cards.

For some strange reason, I thought the bike would be really fussy to put together – but it’s so easy (totally a piece of cake with the framelits!).

So, as it turns out, I’ve used this stamp set non-stop since it arrived and love it!

Isn’t it funny how things translate from the catalogue to craft room favourites – sometimes in the most unexpected ways!

On the flip side, I’m sure we’ve all got stamp sets that we just ‘had to have’ and have barely touched inked since they arrived!!!


To see what’s getting inky on Denita’s craft table, visit her blog for your next bright & fun Colour INKspiration project…

And don’t forget, you can join us on Facebook to play along with this challenge, or any Colour INKspiration palette that catches your eye!

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Colour INKspiration #13

Hello! And welcome to Colour INKspiration #13!

Do you love or hate the number 13?  I’m a fan!!!!

The first challenge for July features a gorgeous quartet of bright & fun colours – Sweet Sugarplum, Wild Wasabi, Lemon Lime Twist & Fresh Fig.

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You may like to take inspiration from the photo as well, but you can go wherever these challenge colours take you.

Don’t forget that you can add in any neutrals or metallics to the palette too – which opens up some great variety.

I’ve added silver/gray to mine to create yet another creation using the “Little One” stamp set.  I just love that teepee!!!

Colour INKspiration #13 | kelly kent

This concept came from the idea of a cute baby blanket covered in teepees.  The colours from this challenge were perfect for a bright & fun look.

I double embossed the cardstock with the Ruffled folder (embossed once, rotated and then embossed again) after it was stamped & coloured, to give it a ‘blanket look’.

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Watercoloring the teepees softened the colours to ‘baby tone’.

A bit of sequin & glitter dot bling finished the sentiment panel…

Colour INKspiration #13 | kelly kent

Do you like the ‘get your swaddle on’ sentiment?

I think it’s a bit of a divider – I’m still sitting on the fence.  Might be a ‘for the right Mum/baby’ type saying.


The hop showcasing these gorgeous colours continues on now to the wonderful Monique Fielder

You can join in too by uploading your creation using the challenge colours (and any neutrals and/or metallics) over on our Colour INKspiration Challenges Facebook page.

If you don’t have Facebook, email me your creation and I’ll share it for you!.

I hope you have a wonderful end to your week!

If you’re still on school holidays like me, I’m hoping for fine weather, lazy mornings and children who don’t whine!

I don’t ask for much, do I???


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Colour INKspiration #11

We’re 10 challenges down and I continue to be inspired & amazed by all the entries that you are contributing on our Facebook page each fortnight!

Are you ready for another???

Colour INKspiration #11 is blues & browns – and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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This one stumped me for a while – I don’t naturally use a lot of Marina Mist!

But, they don’t call it a challenge because it’s my favourites each week!

I was dazzled by the other cards the design team made – continue on the hop to see the amazing creations!!!

After quite a bit of paper pushing, this is what I came up with…

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The longer it sat, the happier I was – just a clean & simple masculine card!

The Wood Textures DSP really helped me out on this one!  I love that DSP stack!


Did you spy the new embossing paste again?

I think I’m going to use this on every card for the next forever!!

Colour INKspiration #11 | kelly kent

Please join us with your card for this challenge.  All the action happens on our Facebook page – no blog required to participate with your gorgeous creation!

But if you have a blog, feel free to leave a link so that members of the group can visit you.

Next up on the crew’s blog hop is Jackie Noble over in New Zealand!  You’re going to love what she’s created!

Colour INKspiration #09

Hello & welcome!  It’s the second Colour INKspiration of the month – we run on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.

There’s a whole fortnight to play with this amazing colour combination…

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I know it’s going to challenge some and delight others.  But after seeing what you did with Colour INKspiration #8 and those moody brown & yellow tones, I’m so excited to see what designs this bring.

Make sure to follow this hop all the way through to see the amazing creations of the Colour INKspiration Crew.  I’m always honored to be part of such amazing design teams!

Find us on Facebook to play along too.


When I saw this colour theme, I did a quick survey of some crafty friends to see what came to mind for blue & red tones – and nautical was the winner!

Which gave me the perfect opportunity to use my High Tide stamp set from the Occasions catalogue.

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I’m delighted to share that this stamp set will appear in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue, which starts 1st June.


I’ve been wanting to make a card that utilises a panel style.  I have no idea what the official name is.  Let’s call it a peekaboo panel card…???

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The white pieces on the front are joined by the lighthouse panel…

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I think this style of card can also be made with a window sheet holding it all together, but the Thick Whisper White cardstock worked just fine!

Colour INKspiration #09 | kelly kent

The measurements:

  • Cut a piece of Whisper White Thick cardstock to 5-7/8″ (14.8cm) x 5-1/2″ (13.8cm) and score along the 5-1/2″ (13.8cm)  edge at 4-1/8″ (10.5cm)
  • Cut another pieces of Whisper White Thick cardstock to 5-7/8″ (14.8cm) x 1-1/2″ (3.8cm)
  • And a third piece of WW Thick CS to 1-7/8″ (4.8cm) x 4-1/8″ (10.5cm)
  • Cut a piece of Dapper Denim to 2-1/4″ (5.6cm) x 4-1/8″ (10.5cm)
  • Cut a piece of DSP to 5-5/8″ x 3-7/8″ (14.2 x 9.8cm) {I used the Pool Party square design from the Tasty Treats DSP}

Colour INKspiration #09 | kelly kent

To make:

  • Fold & crease the large piece of WW into a ‘card front’
  • Stamp the partial lighthouse stamp in Cherry Cobbler on the 1-7/8″ x 4-1/8″ WW panel
  • Ink up the full lighthouse stamp in Cherry Cobbler, stamp off onto scrap, then stamp over the top of the first lighthouse image
  • Adhere the lighthouse panel to the Dapper Denim cardstock, leaving a small border on the left and a larger border on the right
  • Stamp the seagulls in Dapper Denim on the top panel of the card front (to the right side)
  • Add masking tape to the bottom part of the happy birthday sentiment from the Lift Me Up stamp set.  Ink up in Cherry Cobbler ink, remove the masking tape, then stamp on the bottom right of the 5-7/8″ x 1-1/2″ WW panel
  • Tie Linen Thread (wrapped twice) around the happy birthday piece of cardstock.
  • Adhere the DSP to the inside of the card front
  • Line up the happy birthday panel along the bottom of the card front.
  • Using dimensionals, adhere the lighthouse panel to the seagull panel and the happy birthday panel.

I think you’d have to be a bit creative with this card about where you wrote your message.

But with a card this fun, I don’t think the recipient will mind!

Next up the stunning creation of the amazingly talented Rose Packer

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Just Add Ink #357 Colour Combination

Hello!  Thanks for joining me for Just Add Ink #357.

It’s always a pleasure to design cards for a challenge – and this colour combination, put together by Jan, is a dream!

This sweet card is on it’s way to brighten someone’s letterbox.  I try to send as many handmade cards as I can – it really is a wonderful feeling to check the letterbox and take out something pretty!

I’ve used the Rose Garden thinlit, deconstructed into Sweet Sugarplum blossom & Island Indigo leaves, which I’ve stapled to the Sahara Sand panel.

I love stapling on cards – it’s mess-free, quick, easy & gives the pieces of the card movement.

But of course, you don’t always want them showing – so for this card, I’ve covered them up with a Very Vanilla Thick Twine bow.

If you’ve tried to order pearls in the last couple of weeks you’ll noticed that they have disappeared!  Don’t worry, they’ll be back on 1st June 2017 when the new catalogue starts in a configured format.  I haven’t seen them yet, but I hear they are flatter – perfect for mailing!


I’m still trying to decorate the inside of my cards (and the envelopes too!)…

It adds such a nice touch to open a card up and see more prettiness!


Do you have someone in mind this week to send a handcrafted card to?  Make a list of people that you’d like to shower with paper happiness!!!

Use our colour challenge combination for your card and share your creation with us on the Just Add Ink blog.

You’ll also find the rest of the design team cards – and with colours as beautiful as these, you know the range of projects will be stunning!!!


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Colour INKspiration #08

Everyone loved the soft & pretty colours of last fortnight’s Colour INKspiration challenge #07.

I lost count of how many ‘lovely’ adjectives I used on commenting on all the beautiful projects!!!

This fortnight’s challenge is going to be polarising!  It’s deeper & darker and more moody!

And features Delightful Dijon which is rarely a favourite colour on anyone’s list!  But I admit that it has grown on me as it nears retirement!!!

I think it’s perfect for cards with a nature theme, masculine/neutral cards or baby cards.

I almost went down the baby card line, but on reflection, I’ve used that theme a number of time for challenges recently.

So, I decided on a neutral / masculine thank you card.  You could easily change the sentiment on this card and make it a birthday card instead.

Since this challenge features 2 of the retiring 2015-2017 In Colors – Delightful Dijon & Tip Top Taupe – I decided on a retiring stamp set too.

It’s a great time of the year to have one last play with sets that won’t make the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue like the Work of Art stamp set.

UPDATE: It seems like I forgot to check if this set was actually retiring.  It’s not!!! Whoopsie!  Thanks to one of the DT crew for checking for me!

Pleased to be able to share it with you for another year to come!

This card is quite simple, with a fun repetitive pattern using the circle stamp from Work of Art.

Effective techniques don’t always have to be hard work!

This card uses second generation or stamping off to achieve a lighter variation of the same colour.  It’s perfect for darker colours to get some light & shade.

I’ve stamped in Delightful Dijon, Tip Top Taupe and Soft Suede in full strength for some spots, then with technique to achieve a softer tone for each colour for other spots.

You stamp as normal, then stamp again without reinking – getting a lighter colour (second generation).  Or if you just need the lighter version, stamp onto scrap/scratch paper first then onto your project without reinking.

I’ve used it again on the inside of the card…

I’ve added a ‘you’re the best’ sentiment from the All Things Thanks stamp set in white heat embossing on Early Espresso cardstock.  I love the light on dark effect of heat embossing in white.

I was excited to see that All Things Thanks is carrying over!!!

And although you can’t tell in the photo, the case base is made using the new Very Vanilla {THICK} cardstock!  So excited we’re going to have this style of cardstock in VV as well as Whisper White!


You’re going to want to keep going on this hop to see all the amazing ways you can use Delightful Dijon & those moody neutrals.

Next up is the talented & lovely Jackie Noble.

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Just Add Ink #352 Colour Challenge

This week at Just Add Ink, we’re playing with colours.

These colours, that were suggested by Nikki.

They are oh-so-pretty and I can’t wait to see what you all come up with.


I wanted these colours to be the ‘pop’ among a white CAS (clean and simple) card.

So, I’ve used my favourite lady from the Beautiful You stamp set to create this ‘thinking of you’ card.

Have you seen this technique before – where you stamp onto patterned paper, cut it out and stick it over your stamped image.

It’s called paper piercing.  And it works so well with the Beautiful You ladies.

After making this version, I decided I wanted a happier one, so created another version with the dancing lady…

It seemed fun – and perfect for Mother’s Day with the pink & blue theme.


Please visit the Just Add Ink blog and see the beautiful creations the other design team members have made.

You can also join in the challenge there with your one Tempting Turquoise, Flirty Flamingo & Smoky Slate delight.


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