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!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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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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Just Add Ink #398 | Colour Challenge

Hello!  And welcome to this week’s Just Add Ink challenge.

It’s a gorgeous trio of colours and I can’t wait to see what everyone makes with it this week.

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Visit the Just Add Ink blog for all the design team cards.  While you are there, join the challenge and upload your Berry Burst, Sahara Sand & Whisper White creation!

I have owned the Remarkable You stamp set for – well, forever!  And I think I have inked up one of the flowers previously, but it seems I was saving the rest of the set for the perfect occasion/card.  This was it!

You're Remarkable | kelly kent

I have no idea what this style of card is called, with the Window Sheet across the middle panel, but it was fun to make!

You're Remarkable | kelly kent

The mainly neutral palette with a pop of colour makes my heart sing!  So pretty!

The flowers have lots of Wink of Stella on them – for added “pop” but it’s always hard to get a good photograph of that!

You're Remarkable | kelly kent

The measurements for this card are –

  • Sahara Sand 5-7/8″ x 5-1/4″ (scored at 4-1/8″)
  • Sahara Sand 5-7/8″ x 1-1/8″
  • Window Sheet 5-7/8″ x 4-1/8″ (or slightly smaller if you are worried about overhang)
  • Whisper White 5-5/8″ x 3-7/8″
  • Sahara Sand 2 pieces of 5-3/4″ x 1″ (which cover the tape you used to stick the Window Sheet to the card front)

You're Remarkable | kelly kent

Please join the challenge on the Just Add Ink blog and join me next fortnight for our 400th challenge!!!

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Curious about our new tutorial series?  Pop by the Stamp In Confidence blog to get all the info!

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Colour INKspiration #28

Who loves colour challenges???

You do!  We are amazed and humbled that so many lovely crafters choose to join in with our challenges each fortnight (or 3 weeks on those long months!).  Join us on Facebook to share your creation.  Click here to visit.

Each challenge has a top 5 voted by the design crew and then a winner as voted by the group.  The winner is invited to hop as a guest designer with us for a future hop (if they want to).

This challenge – #28 – has a special prize for a first-time entrant. All you have to do is comment that it is your first time entering and you will go into the draw to win registration to our new Stamp In Confidence program.  The winner will receive free registration for ‘Module One – Stamping Basics’. If you haven’t visited our new blog, you can find all the details about our new online class modules at https://stampinconfidence.blogspot.com.au/.

The colours for this challenge are stunning with an awesome inspiration photo to get the creativity flowing – do I say this every week???

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Three sweet colours – Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum & Lemon Lime Twist plus a solid neutral – Soft Suede.  You can add any other neutral or metallic to your project to complete your colour palette.  If you don’t have the exact Stampin’ Up! match, create with the closest you have.

My creation starts with a story…..

I have this amazing crafty friend.  She’ll play with any craft medium but sewing is where her passion & skill lies.  She makes the most amazing quilted artworks.  See some of her work on Instagram (click here).

We lives hours apart so don’t catch up as often as we’d like, but whenever she comes for a visit, she’s straight to my shelf of stamps checking out what’s new and suggesting all kind of crazy stamping combinations.  She sees the world in a totally different way to me – it’s wonderful!

She fell in love with the unicorn from the Magical Day stamp set and spent quite some time brainstorming a rainbow farting unicorn!

So, here you are Miss Caity…. this is your rainbow tooting unicorn…

Rainbow Unicorn | kelly kent

I used the baby wipe technique with the Star of Light swirl to create the ‘rainbow farts’.

Baby Wipe Technique | kelly kent

Making your own multi-coloured ink pad is a great way to get a variety of colour tones in your stamped image.

Rainbow Unicorn | kelly kent

And those unicorns – don’t they look happy with themselves!

Did you spy that they are facing different ways?  The unicorn at the top is stamped exactly from the stamp set.

The unicorn at the bottom is a mirror image created using the reflection technique.

Simply stamp your image onto Window Sheet (acetate) and then press onto your cardstock.  I used Basic Gray Archival Ink.

Reflection Technique - Unicorn | kelly kent

This will give you an outline, which I then followed using my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker.  To get the same effect on your ‘right way’ unicorn, stamp off the unicorn several times, then stamp onto your carstock and trace using the marker.  Stamping at full strength will make the colour too dark to effectively trace over.

To cut out the reverse unicorn using the framelit, hold it against a window and line up on the ‘wrong side’.  Hold it in place with some washi tape while you run it through the Big Shot.  Or you could just fussy cut…… your call!

Using a Framelit with the Reflection Technique | kelly kent

PS….. I think our windows need a clean!

The unicorn comes up great – you can’t even tell it’s a reflection!

Use your Stampin’ Write Markers to colour the unicorn mane/tail.

Reflection Technique - Unicorn | kelly kent

I could have gone with any of the birthday (or other) sentiments in my stash, but I thought the ‘cue the confetti’ sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set was cute & cheeky for this card!

Rainbow Unicorn | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me for today’s Colour INKspiration blog hop.

For more great cards with this colour combination, please visit my gorgeous friend Nicole Wilson.  I was lucky enough to catch up with Nicole yesterday – always a face I’m happy to see!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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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.

Colour INKspiration #17 Bike Ride | kelly kent

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’.

Colour INKspiration #13 | kelly kent

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…

Colour INKspiration #11 | kelly kent

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!