Just Add Ink #479 | Colour Challenge

Hello!  Welcome to Just Add Ink challenge #479.  The theme for this hop is a fresh & cute colour combination…

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The weather is just starting to warm up here in the south west of Australia.  I’m predicting almost perfect weekend weather with warm sunshine and lots of time for Team Kent to play outdoors.  I feel a beach day coming!!!

I love it when white is specific included in a colour challenge – it’s a great excuse to use lots of white space with a pop of colour.  I’ve created a baroque style white on white background using the star flourish die from the Stitched Stars Dies in the 2019 Holiday Catalogue.  Although the cutting takes a little time (I think I used 6 or 7 star flourishes to create the background), it’s made so much easier by using adhesive sheet or tape on the back of the cardstock before you cut it with the die.Stitched Stars | kelly kent

You’ll see this isn’t a Christmas card!   Even if you don’t plan to make starry Christmas cards this year, buy these stars dies for your forever collection – you can’t go wrong!  They are perfect for so many occasions!

Stitched Stars | kelly kent

The birthday sentiment is from the I Say Hello stamp set.  I love a no fuss birthday stamp!  It fits the Classic Label punch perfectly with room to snips the pointy ends off for a rectangle finish.

Stitched Stars | kelly kent

Thanks for visiting today!  We’ve love to have you join our challenge.  Click on the banner below to visit the Just Add Ink blog, see the rest of the design team cards and upload your own card to the challenge.

Have a great weekend – hope the weather is also amazing wherever you are!

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Colour INKspiration #58

I have another fabulous colour combination for you today as part of Colour INKspiration #58.  It’s pretty and subtle and I cant’ wait to see what you share with us on the Colour INKspiration Challenges Facebook group.  Click here to visit the FB group.

Don’t these colours exude elegance and luxury?

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We’re joined for this challenge by our guest designer – Vicki Boucher.  Vicki’s gorgeous card won challenge #56 and we’re delighted to have her create with us for this hop.  If you’re already on your way hopping around, then you will have travelled here from Vicki’s blog.  If you’re starting here, keep hopping until you visit Vicki.


With these sweet colours, I’ve inked up one of the new Stampin’ Up! bundles –  Above the Clouds.  It comes with a stamp set and coordinating Hot Air Balloon Punch.

Above the Clouds | kelly kent

I forget what this style of card is called – but it’s one of my favourites!  Stamp on the base layer of the card then add cardstock to the left & right edges to create a sunken patterned panel.  I’ve stamped the clouds in Blushing Bride and edged the Whisper White cardstock with gold foil.

Above the Clouds | kelly kent

There are some cute sentiments in the Above the Clouds stamp set, but I’m enjoying lots of mixing & matching of stamp sets at the moment to create a variety of birthday cards – as these are the cards I most need.  This fun birthday sentiment is from another new set in my collection – Beautiful Friendship.

I’ve used another set (not so new, but regularly used) on the inside – Itty Bitty Birthdays – together with Above the Clouds.  I don’t always decorate the inside of my cards (despite my new years resolution) but when I do, it always makes me smile to add an extra layer of happy!

Above the Clouds | kelly kent

The clouds are stamped in full colour (Blushing Bride) and then again without reinking to create a variety of cloud depths.  As well as full size hot air balloons, Above the Clouds has this cute trio of little hot air balloons too!  My tip for two step stamping with a solid image and an outline is to stamp the outline first.  It’ll be much easier to see through the solid stamps and line them up with your outline stamping.

This is the same for the big hot air balloons!  And that cute bunting I’ve used on the top of the card.

Above the Clouds | kelly kent

The gold touches on this card really lift it up (pun intended!).  Aren’t those balloons so pretty in pink!?!


Keep hopping and see all the lovely ways the design team have used these colours.  Next up is my sweet friend Rachel Palmieri.

Thanks for joining us!


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Just Add Ink #459 | Colour Challenge

Hello!  It’s time for a colour challenge at Just Add Ink this week.  This quartet of colours challenged me a little – pink AND red TOGETHER – matched with aqua….. but as always, once I got over the shock, it was fun to put together some colours outside of my comfort zone.

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Although still tempting to play with the preorder items I have from the upcoming 2019-2020 catalogue, I’m using these last few design team challenges before changeover to get ink on some rather lovely stamp sets that have been collecting dust.

Today it’s time to feature the Coffee Cafe stamp set and Coffee Cup dies.  I’m not a coffee drinker, so I thought it would be fun to turn the takeaway coffee cup into a pretty cup of tea.

Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

I’ve used the Colour Collection DSP for the background and the coffee cup.  The current patterns are all on the Last Chance Retirement List – we’re getting new patterns soon!  If you’re the type of crafter who wants it all (NOW!), check out my post from earlier in the week about the paper shares I’m coordinating.  It’s the best way to get it all.  Click here to visit that post.

The sentiment dies for this card are from the Well Written Dies – thankfully returning for another year!

Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

How cute is that little tea bag???  The heart is from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch – also on the Last Chance Retirement List.  Builder punches are great for all the diverse shapes they contain!

I’ve just realised as I finish writing the post, that there’s no visible stamping on this card!  I do love my die cutting!!!  I did actually stamp the coffee cup outline onto the polka dot Pool Party DSP – but then I cut around it with paper snips to fit inside the die cut, so you can’t tell I did any stamping at all!  How about that!!!


If this colour combination excites your creativity, head over to the Just Add Ink blog to add your card to our challenge.  You can also see all the design team cards there too – there’s lots of amazing ideas with these colours.

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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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Colour INKspiration #38

Hello!  Happy Wednesday and welcome to our second Colour INKspiration challenge of the month.

It’s a wonderful photo inspiration today that brings us pretty pinks combined with strong neutrals.

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I thought it was time that I put the Botanical Bliss bundle to work.  I’ve had this since my very first order – I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get it out!

The birds are my favourite of the dies, so I wanted to make them the centrepiece of my card.

Botanical Bliss | kelly kent

This design is very CAS (clean & simple), letting the neutrals set the base of the card, the pinks add some pop and the trim do the embellishing.

Botanical Bliss | kelly kent

I feel like the Subtle Embossing Folder is my new staple – it seems to give just the right finish to almost every card!!!

Botanical Bliss | kelly kent

We’d love for you to put together your own creation with this colour scheme.  Join us on Facebook to see what everyone is creating and upload your project.  We choose a top 5 every challenge and the group members select an overall winner.  Click here to visit the Facebook group.

There’s lots more pink, gray, white & black creations ahead to inspire you.  Follow the next links to see what the design team has created.

I’m sending you over to my bestie, Lou Kitzelman, who has a ‘wonderful’ card to share.


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Just Add Ink #418 | Colour Challenge

There’s a 5 year old in our house this week!!!  The Littlest Miss Papercraft turned 5 yesterday – so it’s been birthday central at our house with cake, parties and presents.

Miss Papercraft’s 5th birthday extravaganza didn’t have a specific theme, but unofficially we ended up in the direction of unicorns & princesses.

The Just Add Ink colour challenge was perfect for me this week – a beautiful, soft colour palette that was an amazing unicorn combination!

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Because it’s a unicorn, and unicorns are magical, I’ve added lots (and lots) of gold to make this combination extra special.  You can add any neutrals (black, white, vanilla, kraft) or metallics to complement the Just Add Ink challenge colours.

Petal Palette Unicorn | kelly kent

The crown of flowers was made using the Petal Palette stamp set.  I’ve stamped it twice in Versamark on Shimmery White cardstock, embossed in gold & cut it out using the framelit.  The flowers are then coloured with an Aqua Painter in Daffodil Delight & Blushing Bride, and the leaves with Soft Sea Foam.

Petal Palette Unicorn | kelly kent

The unicorn touches (horn & eyes) are from a non-Stampin’ Up! set (Pinkfresh Studio – Magical Unicorn).  I recently added them to my stash so I could mix them in with my Stampin’ Up! supplies and make gorgeous unicorn creations.  As much as it would be amazing for Stampin’ Up! to have everything in their catalogue that each of their loyal stampers wanted, it’s just not possible!

The beautiful sparkle you see on the background of the card is the new & improved Gold Glimmer.  It sheds less and has a smoother background, which makes it easier to die cut & stick to projects.  There’s 4 colours – gold, silver, rose & sparkle.

Petal Palette Unicorn | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Fairy Celebration stamp set.  I love how it rolls across the bottom of the card!

The finishing touch is coloured pearls.  The pink is from the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls and the gold is from the Metallic Pearls.  I love having so many beautiful pearl options in the new catalogue.  I use this style of embellishment most often to add a bit of ‘wow’ to my cards.

The other ‘wow’ is extra layers of cardstock on the inside of the card and stamping in the corners.

Petal Palette Unicorn | kelly kent

The stars from the Twinkle Twinkle stamp set were just perfect for the theme.

Look at all that sparkle!!!

Petal Palette Unicorn | kelly kent


Thanks for visiting my blog!

To see what the design team have created with this sweet colour palette and to add your own sweet card, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

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Colour INKspiration #37 | Brights

We’re celebrating the Brights for Colour INKspiration #37.

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I love the Brights!  On most days they are easily my favourite collection – but I struggled a little with this challenge.  Maybe it was just choosing three – or not being able to combine them with other colours to make them shine!  Too much bright???

I got there in the end with a whimsical watercolour theme.

Colour INKspiration #37 Brights | kelly kent

I started with Shimmery White cardstock, a lot of water and my three Brights – Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape & Melon Mambo.

Colour INKspiration #37 Brights | kelly kent

Once this was done, I somehow got to a flamingo theme.  Maybe because the watercolour reminded me of a style of watercolour painting I love with animals painted in wonderful colours.

I love this emu painted by Vanessa Perske for the Love Your Sister charity.

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When I chose my colours, I hadn’t intended to be able to embellish with Glitter Enamel Dots – but in a wonderful twist of crafting fate, the new colours include Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape & Melon Mambo!!! (and Granny Apple Green).

Colour INKspiration #37 Brights | kelly kent

What’s your favourite Brights trio?  We’d love for you to join the challenge via our Facebook group.  Click here to join.

Your project needs to have 3 colours from the Brights collection to be eligible to be part of the top 5 voting for the challenge.  You can add any of the Basics (Whisper White, Basic Black & Very Vanilla) and metallics if you want some bling!

As usual, the design team came up with amazing projects this week.  This hop is full of fun, creative designs!

To see more, visit one of the brightest & bubbliest people I know – Nicole Wilson

Thanks for hopping with us!

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Colour INKspiration #35 | Neutrals

Stampin’ Up! ® has just had a major colour revamp so to start off the new catalogue year at Colour INKspiration we’ve decided to feature a Colour Collection for the first challenge each month (2nd Wednesday) until we have showcased them all! The second challenge in the month (4th Wednesday) will be a Pinterest inspired pic as per usual just to mix it up a bit. This month we are starting off with the NEUTRALS COLLECTION and you can choose any 3 colours from that range for your challenge project. We are also changing the rules about what else you can add to the mix; essentially just the Basics – Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black as well as metallics.

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The Neutrals range had a big shake-up in the Color Revamp.  Black, White & Vanilla became “Basics”, Chocolate Chip retired, Night of Navy moved in and we were joined by Gray Granite, Merry Merlot & Mossy Meadow.

The inclusion of a dark blue, red & green may seem strange in a collection that we are used to seeing filled with browns, grays, black & white, but Stampin’ Up! research found that people were using colours like Night of Navy as a neutral – in that it provided a great coordinating colour for the other collections.

I wanted to make a card for a team member who has recently finished a further studies course – it’s been a big 12 months for her and I’m so proud of everything she’s achieved!!!

She loves blues, so I’ve used Night of Navy and combined it with Basic Gray and Smoky Slate for my 3 Neutrals.

With my colours sorted, I turned to the sketch running at TGIF for the layout

This is the card….

Amazing You | kelly kent

I coloured Deightfully Detailed DSP segment with Smoky Slate using the Sponge brayer and also a layer of Shimmery White with Night of Navy Ink.  Using inks in a colour challenge as well as cardstock is a great way to get variation in colour tones as the ink may be a less intense version of the colour.

Amazing You | kelly kent

The sentiment was made using the Celebrate You Thinlits (if these look familiar, it’s because they were a Sale-A-Bration item that have carried over to the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue).

The top layer of the ‘amazing’ was made using the now retired Myths & Magic Washi Tape, layered on a Basic Gray die cut to give it definition.  The “you” is Night of Navy covered with Wink of Stella (also layered on Basic Gray).

Amazing You | kelly kent

Who said Neutrals had to be boring???

Next up to visit on this wonderful hop is the talented Tanya Bell

Thanks for joining us.  If you’re inspired to create a card using colours from the Neutrals Collection (plus any Basic or metallic), you can share it for our challenge in our Facebook groupClick here to visit.

 

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Just Add Ink #408 | Colour Challenge

We have a fabulous colour challenge for you at Just Add Ink this week.

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Pink & green is one of my favourite combinations and the light & dark variations in this combination is just magical!!!  This gem was chosen by Rochelle – make sure to check out her beautiful card!!!

By a very happy coincidence, this colour challenge came at a perfect time for me.  Melon Mambo & Pear Pizzazz were the wedding theme colours for one of my besties – who celebrated her 6th wedding anniversary on the weekend.

For this year’s card, I chose a fun theme using the cute Hedgehugs stamp set.

Hedgehugs Anniversary | kelly kent

For some extra sparkle, I used my clear Wink of Stella pen to do all the colouring for this card.  I love that it’s glittery and pretty all at the same time!

Hedgehugs Anniversary | kelly kent

The Number of Years stamp set provided the Happy Anniversary sentiment.  You’ll find this set (and the coordinating Large Numbers) on the Last Chance retirement list – don’t miss out if they are on your wishlist!

You can see all the Last Chance items in my online store – visit by clicking here.

Also visit the Just Add Ink blog to enter the colour challenge and see the design team cards for this week (so pretty!).

Thanks for stopping by!

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Colour INKspiration #32

Colour challenges are always so much fun so I was disappointed to miss the first challenge for April.  It couldn’t happen twice, so I’ve made sure I found the time to create for Colour INKspiration #32!

These colours are great together bold & sweet all at the same time.

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With lots of talk about what’s disappearing from the Stampin’ Up! range as we near the new catalogue, it’s also fun to look ahead to what stamp sets we’ll each be keeping for another year of inkiness!

High Tide is one of those sets we can use for at least another year.

I love all the images in this set to create serene costal scenes – like these birds having a paddle at dusk.

Colour INKspiration #32 | kelly kent

Although blue is fairly traditional for a sea & moon scene, I love the freshness the non-traditional Pink Pirouette give the card.

And then a pop of gold is always fun!!!

Colour INKspiration #32 | kelly kent

I don’t often sponge on cards – and I think my reflection lining up could use some work – but it’s fun to try different things on cards!


The hop continues with my gorgeous friend – Nicole Wilson – who lives just up the road (by Australian standards – she’s 160kms / 100 miles away!!!)

Join the challenge by adding your creation on our Facebook group – Colour INKspiration Challenges.  It’s so much fun to see what you create and I know you’re going to go crazy over this combination!!!

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