Colour INKspiration #42

Sneaking in time at the craft table has been a little challenging when trying to fit in with a newborn schedule!

I made it work though so I could play along with the gorgeous colours for Colour INKspiration this week.

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With copper shimmer paint already on the table, and a tight time schedule, I chose to build upon the theme I used for Gayle’s bronze elite congratulations card.  You can see that card by clicking here.

Here is my challenge card….

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

I kept the Subtle embossing folder background and leaf edging and added in a Basic Black (sprayed with copper shimmer paint) happy birthday sentiment.  The leaves I used as an embellishment were cut using a new punch available in the Holiday Catalogue (Sprig Punch) – you can never have too many options for decorative leaves!

If you have crafty time this weekend, add your own copper, mint, white & black creation to the Colour INKspiration challenge page.  Entries close on Monday 8th October.


When I’m time poor, I find the best way to create ‘in bulk’ is to make the same design in a few different colours.  This was also a great way to try out more of the shimmer paints.

Shimmer Paint Combinations | kelly kent

Highland Heather with Champagne Mist shimmer paint…

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Berry Burst with Frost White shimmer paint…

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

Do you have a favourite?  Or a suggestion for another colour combination you’d try?Happy Birthday | kelly kent

What are your tips for efficient card making?  Leave me a comment to help me get the most out of my short visits to the craft space!


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Colour INKspiration #30

Welcome to a Colour INKspiration blog hop where Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from Australia & New Zealand share their creations using the same colour palette and then invite you to share your creations with us via our Facebook group.  Click here to visit Colour INKspiration Challenges.

These are the colours for challenge #30 based on this amazing inspiration photo.

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This is Pebble Shore Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana.  I’d love to visit and see these spectacular colours in real life!

This is my creation using these bold & fun colours…

Happy BEER Day! | kelly kent

I love a good pun!

Happy BEER Day! | kelly kent

But I added a beer to the inside of the card with a birthday message – just in case they didn’t get the pun!

Happy BEER Day! | kelly kent

Don’t forget to share your card using these colours via our Facebook group.

Thanks for visiting.  Next up on the Colour INKspiration hop is my gorgeous friend with an amazing way with colour – Kim Badelt.

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Colour INKspiration | 22 & 23

Wow… the Colour INKspiration challengs are into the 20’s now!!!

Just for something different, we are running two challenges at the same time over a 3 week period.

Choose one or both – depending on your time & crafting style.

It could be a Beachy Christmas for #22…

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Marina Mist, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz & Soft Suede.

Or #23 – a Nordic Christmas…

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Crumb Cake, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White & Silver

I couldn’t decide, so I made both!

I used the same layout for both cards, just changing the elements to suit each theme.

Here’s my beachy creation…

Colour INKspiration #22 Beachy | kelly kent

Of course, it’s easy to make a summery, South Pacific beachy theme this year with Beach Little Christmas from the Holiday Catalogue.

Colour INKspiration #22 Beachy | kelly kent

The tree die is from the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits which you’ll find in the Holidays section of the Annual Catalogue.

This set also has my absolute favourite reindeer die – which is what I used for my Nordic card…

Colour INKspiration #23 Nordic | kelly kent

Nothing says Christmas fun like a sparkly red reindeer…. or something like that!

All that sparkle is a little hard to photograph though!

Colour INKspiration #23 Nordic | kelly kent

Do you have a favourite?  Beachy or Nordic???

Colour INKspiration #22 & #23 | kelly kent

I can’t wait for you to see what the rest of the crew have done with these colours.

Follow on to visit the gorgeous Nikki Spencer

And if these colours have you inspired, please join our challenge over on Facebook.  You’ve got three weeks to get inky & share with us!

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Colour INKspiration #19

Thanks for joining us for another Colour INKspiration challenge.

Can you believe we’re up to #19???  Your support has been amazing!

If you haven’t joined us yet over on Facebook, click here to be taken to our Facebook group.


Let me share the colours for challenge #19 with you – they are divine!!!

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Yellow, gray & white is one of my all-time favourite colour combinations.

I admit, I don’t love the green in there (for the project I wanted to make) but the design team have used it as a wonderful contrast.

October happens to be an anniversary month for friends of mine.

And, by happy coincidence, their wedding colours were yellow & gray!

How amazing was the beautiful yellow bridesmaid dress I got to wear – total princess moment!

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So, I’ve used this challenge to make a sweet anniversary card…

Colour INKspiration #19 | kelly kent

As a striking background, I’ve used the silver snowflakes in a repeated pattern.

Colour INKspiration #19 | kelly kent

The anniversary sentiment is courtesy of the Number of Years stamp set.

‘Anniversary’ was too long for the Classic Label punch, so I had to improvise using a pencil & template!  It’s always fun to be creative with our cardmaking pieces!

Colour INKspiration #19 | kelly kent

As for Garden Green – I snuck it in for the ‘th’!

I would have been totally happy to leave it out – but the challenge rules made me hide it there!


This wasn’t the only anniversary card I needed to make for October.  It seems October is a popular month for weddings amongst my friends!

Another set of friends are celebrating one sweet year together.

This is their card….

1st Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

I made it to match the colours & styling of their wedding card.

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The anniversary sentiment for this card came from the Milestone Moments stamp set.  I love that font!!

1st Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

Do you send anniversary cards to the couples whose weddings you’ve attended?

I’ve tried hard over the years, but since my record keeping system is scattered (and that’s a kind description!), they often sneak up on me!!!

A card in the mail is always wonderful, especially when it’s not expected.

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That is all I have to share with you today!

Please continue the hop to see the fabulous project my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman has made using these colours…

Don’t forget, you can join in the challenge fun over on the Colour INKspiration Facebook group.

Thanks for hopping with us!

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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!

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.

Colour INKspiration - Pre-Challenge colour combination.

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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