Colour INKspiration #04

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It’s the 3rd Wednesday day of the month, which means – another Colour INKspiration palette to inspire us all!

Thanks for joining the design crew blog hop where we will show you what these colours created on our craft tables.

Then – it’s over to you to join us on our Facebook page and upload your colour-filled creations!

If you’re already hopping around, you’ve come from the bubbly & creative Nicole Wilson.

She joined us this month, along with Jacque Williams to fill the last 2 places on the crew.

So excited to have them both on board – I love their work and can’t wait to see what they come up with for the colours each month!

There’s also a full line up of guest designers – starting today with one of my favourite bloggers – Tanya Bell.


Here’s the colours for Colour INKspiration #4 – Delightful Dijon, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White & Crushed Curry.

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When thinking about these colours, for some reason they kept coming to me as a background.

Which made me think of the in-laid embossing technique.

Have you tried this?

It’s really quite easy – you cut out some shapes and adhere them to your plain background cardstock.  Then run it through the Big Shot in an embossing folder of your choice.

The embossing folder will press it all together an form one cohesive background.

Colour INKspiration #4 - In-laid embossing technique. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It’s awesome and easy and makes the most of your Big Shot’s capabilities!

Using this technique for my background, I chose to make congratulations cards for our newest crew members.  Hopefully they arrive before this post goes live!!!

The first one uses the Stylish Stems flowers as the background pieces…

Colour INKspiration #4 - In-laid embossing technique. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And the second version uses circles with a Stylish Stems embellishment –

Colour INKspiration #4 - In-laid embossing technique. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I love them both!  The texture is fabulous!

And to think, I almost wasn’t going to order stylish stems!  What was I thinking???

Use whatever sets you have at home to try this technique – circles work really well.  It’s so much fun!!!


Next stop on the hop is my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman.

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If you’d like to see what everyone is creating, or join in with the challenge colours – please visit the group page on Facebook.

There’s lots going on over there and I can see this set of colours being {VERY} popular!!!

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Colour INKspiration #02

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Wow – didn’t the first week of Colour INKspiration go off with a bang???

Thanks for joining us. If you haven’t yet and want to see what all the hype is about, click here to request to join us on the Facebook page.

Here’s some of the basic details about the challenge –

The Colour INKspiration Crew! consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT), a new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group and the Colour INKspiration Crew will get the ball rolling by providing inspiration for each challenge with a blog hop.

Then it’s over to you with a 12 day period for crafters to upload their own creations using the challenge colours.

If you have a blog, feel free to link back to it, but all entries will be via Facebook.  The design team will select 5 projects to be ‘design team picks’ and then the Facebook group will select an overall winner from this shortlist.


Challenge #2 is a mix of earthy greens & blues, a soft purple and the stark contrast of Whisper White.

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I {LOVE} the inspiration picture and have stored this away to use this as photo inspiration in the future.

Actually, how beautiful would one look in real life – I’ll have to see if my fave succulent supplier The Fairy Gardener can make me something similiar.


For these colours, I wanted to try them with the new Big on Birthdays stamp set from the Occasions catalogue.

It’s a 12 piece set with large sentiments and awesome fonts!!!


This card breaks a few of my colour ‘rules’ (I never use Wisteria, “blue & green shouldn’t be seen”) – but that’s what colour challenges are all about!!!

Wisteria Wonder for the flowers, Mint Macaron for the leaves, white background & Soft Sky card base.

Colour INKspiration #CI02 - Big on Birthdays. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Once I’d finished the card, I decided it needed something to lift it – since the Wisteria is such a dark colour, especially in marker form.

So, I added Fine Tip Glue pen over all the flowers – creating a glossy finish.

Colour INKspiration #CI02 - Big on Birthdays. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It looks awesome & was the extra pizzazz the card needed!

Colour INKspiration #CI02 - Big on Birthdays. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What’s your tip for finishing touches?

Sometimes it’s the difference between a nice card and a gorgeous creation!


Next stop on the Colour INKspiration blog hop is the clever Jackie Noble!

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If you can see yourself creating something the challenge colours, join us on Facebook to upload your entry.

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Colour INKspiration – Coming in 2017!

As the year closes out, it’s time to start planning for 2017.

And I have some exciting news to share – there’s a new challenge coming in 2017 – Colour INKspiration.

This bi-monthly challenge is all about colours & creating to colour combinations.

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It’s going to be heaps of fun, with all the action happening on Facebook, which opens it up to lots more Stampin’ Up! enthusiasts.  No blog required – just join the Facebook page.

I’m delighted to be on the Colour INKspiration Crew, which means I’ll be sharing cards and projects I’ve created using the colours for each challenge.  The crew consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.

A new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT). which will be accompanied by a Colour INKspiration Crew blog hop. Our first one starts on Wednesday, 11th January.

Don’t forget that this challenge is open to anyone – you don’t have to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator to join in.

So, click here to request to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in with the challenges too.


As a bit of pre-challenge fun, the group creator, Bronwyn Eastley from AddINKtive Designs surveyed the group on their favourite green, blue & yellow from the Stampin’ Up! range.

The winning combination was Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay & Daffodil Delight.

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These are all gorgeous colours and there have been some amazing creations already.

I was inspired to use these colours for succulent birthday card.

Colour INKspiration pre-challenge fun.  Succulent Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I hadn’t played with the dies from this suite before this card.  I’m so pleased with them – they are lovely with excellent shapes for layering.  So quick & simple to create a stunning succulent or flower centrepiece.

Colour INKspiration pre-challenge fun.  Succulent Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I added some texture to my succulent by gently sponging the leaves with Mint Macaron ink.  Using the same ink as cardstock colour allows for subtle depth.


Inspired by Paula Dobson’s pre-challenge entry, I decided this card needed just a little lift – and a lined envelope would be the perfect accompaniment.

Colour INKspiration pre-challenge fun.  Succulent Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

How beautiful is the DSP from the Succulent Garden suite?  I just love all of the products in this range.


I can’t wait for the first challenge, which you’ll see in a few short weeks.  Pop by on 11th Jan to see what me and the rest of the design team have come up with.  Then, join us on Facebook to share your own creation!

Can’t wait til then???  Join us now with your Mint, Bermuda & Daffodil creation!!!

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Just Add Ink #341 – Colour Challenge

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It’s about the chicks this week as I continue to play & share my favourites from the upcoming Occasions & Sale-A-Bration catalogues.

Today is a Just Add Ink post and the challenge for the week is all about colour – Old Olive, Whisper White & Basic Gray.

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With those colours in mind, this is the first of my little chick cards I’m sharing today.

I’m naming this little chick “Olive” and she’s a great ‘layer’!!!

Just Add Ink #341 - Colour Challenge. Hey, Chick. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I love adding layers to a card to build texture.  And twine!

I {LOVE} twine!!!


I’m not sure if it was a purposeful decision to make this embossing folder reminiscent of chicken wire, but I’m loving the happy coincidence if not!!!

You’ll find this dynamic fold in the new Occasions Catalogue.

This chick, who I’m calling “Red” was one of my class cards during the week.  Everyone loved the chicks!

 

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And finally, this sweet chick was a birthday card for my bestie.

She inspired the selection of this stamp set into my stash {I’d say purchase… but I actually got it for free – don’t tell her!!!}

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I’ve matched it with the Falling in Love DSP – which is just stunning!!!  Also available in the new catalogue.

I’m going to call this beautiful chick “Bloss”.


That’s all my chick shares for today.  There’ll be plenty more as this set is an absolute keeper.

You can earn it for free once Sale-A-Bration starts in January.

Can’t wait til then???  Join as a demo and enjoy all the Occasions & Sale-A-Bration products now!!!

Just $169 gets you into the chicken coop… actually it’s more of a free range situation at Stampin’ Up!  Email me if you want to talk details!!!

Please join us at Just Add Ink for our green, white & gray colour challenge.  You can find the linky on the Just Add Ink blog, along with the other great projects from the design team.

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