Just Add Ink #394 | Romance

There’s nothing like a challenge deadline to raise the bar and get some of my to-do list done early!

Thanks to a fabulous theme of “Romance” by Nikki, it’s full steam ahead on the Valentine’s & anniversary cards required around here in Feb.

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The first card I made for this challenge was very non-traditional.  I have no idea where the idea started, but I wanted to use the phrase ‘you are my sunshine’.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

The Sunshine Wishes Thinlits have the cute ‘sunshine’ die, the stamp set has the ‘are my’ and the YOU is from the Sale-A-Bration set called Celebrate You.

Using the Multi-Purpose Adhesive sheets with the words is my favourite way to adhere them to my cards.  No messing around with liquid glue or tiny bits of tape.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

The background was made by stamping the dandelions from Birthday Celebration in Versamark then heat embossing in white before spritzing and swirling some yellow & gamboge (orange) Brusho Crystal Color.  Add some glitter dots, a coordinating DSP background and my non-conventional romantic card is done.

Fun fact: I bought Brushos just so I’d be able to tell my customers what they are like…. and I can’t stop using them!


After my fun take on romance, I decided I should make a card in a similar style but with a more traditional colour theme and sentiment.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

This card has a Sunshine Wishes Thinlit (love), Celebrate you Thinlit (YOU) and stamped sentiment (MORE), just like the other card.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

It also has a Brusho background with cute emboss resist hearts from the Yay You stamp set – but pink Brusho???  It turns out if you add just a tiny tap of the Brilliant Red Brusho, you can achieve a gorgeous soft pink.  So many possibilities!!!

Two cards – one screams romance and one slides up quietly with a romantic gesture.  Do you have a favourite?

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

If you’d like a reason to start you V-Day card making early, or maybe you also have an anniversary in February, or you’ve got a wedding to go to, visit the Just Add Ink blog to join the challenge.

While you’re at the blog, you can see all the design team card – what a talented bunch, not to mention a collective group of some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet!

Thanks for sharing in the crafty fun with us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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Sketch Time – JAI#310 & GDP#034

In this crazy world I call life, I have missed a few challenges of late due to time constraints.  Too much real life and not enough craft!  Now that doesn’t seem like a good balance does it?!?

Thankfully I managed to squeeze in some craft time over the past few days and I am entering this card for the Just Add Ink #310 sketch challenge {AND} the Global Design Project #034 sketch challenge.  Both challenge blogs have very similar elements in their sketches – how cool is that!?!


I’m not sure if it’s all above board to be merging sketches – so apologies if this forms a big challenge no-no, but I loved them both and didn’t want to choose one blog over the other for entry. They both inspired my final design.

I took the watercolour inspiration from the GDP blog and started to watercolour a JAI inspired circle (that didn’t work out by the way!).

I then cut out a large circle and used this as a template for my Gorgeous Grunge creation.  It’s a mix of Pool Party, Soft Sky & gold heat embossing.

JAI#310 & GDP#034 - Sketch Inspired. Gorgeous Grunge Dandelion Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Because the template (made of cardstock) formed a raised edge, I didn’t get a perfect circle – it was more like a dandelion.  And the card was created from there!

JAI#310 & GDP#034 - Sketch Inspired. Gorgeous Grunge Dandelion Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The final touch was inspired by Jessica Williams’ Artisan Design Team card during the week – gold thread hand-stitching.  It’s so luxurious and the perfect way to finish a ‘white space’ card like this.

Gold thread hand-stitching on my Gorgeous Grunge Dandelion card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The stitching took ages – but was very therapeutic.  There’s just something lovely about the symmetry of it!

Stitching on cards is one of my favourite finishes – I must do more of it!!!  Thankfully the metallic thread is carrying-over to the new catalogue.  I wonder what new colours will join in for 2016???  Just over 3 weeks til all the new catalogue questions are answered.  I can’t wait!  Kelly x

PS, a very Happy Mother’s Day to all my blog readers xxx

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