Just Add Ink #381 | Choose Two

Welcome to this week’s Just Add Ink Challenge.

It’s time for some fun & some choice!

Choose two from embossing paste, colouring & sequins.

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There’s a very small possibility that I didn’t choose – and that my card contains all three…. depending on how you look at it.

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

I was aiming for embossing paste and sequins, but when I look at my finished card, there’s that wonderful wash of ‘smooshed’ watercolour.

But I since I didn’t “colour” the ballerina, I’m not counting that for colouring.

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

As term 4 begins, I’m getting an early start on the host of ‘end of year’ cards required for coaches, teachers and other important people!

This one was made with a dancing teacher in mind.  The baroque embossing mask reminded me of the elegance of a performance theatre.

And the Decorative Ribbon Border – the frill of the curtains!

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

The ballerina is from Sugarplum Dreams.  I keep promising I’ll use the other stamps in the set, but so far the ballerina keeps getting all the ink!  To be honest, she is the sole reason I bought the set – so it seems fair.

The sentiment is from the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set – because…. you know…. that font!

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

I can’t wait to see all your entries for this challenge.- I know you’re going to come up with some amazing projects.

Join in over at the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also see all the sensational design team cards there too.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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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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Colour INKspiration #14

The colours this week for Colour INKspiration are lovely!

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Smoky Slate, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky & Night of Navy.

Warm, inviting and adorable!

I started this card by testing out something on my to-do list – colouring embossing paste using a reinker & Isocol solution in a Stampin’ Spritzer.

The colour in the spritzer looked intense, but it was much less intense when sprayed!

This is what it looked like before I started layering other embellishments on the card….

Colour INKspiration #14 | kelly kent

It ended up being a great way to get different tones of the challenge colours.  The Night of Navy is a very light version!

The card was a thank you to go with an order for a grandmother & granddaughter duo that love all the new Stampin’ Up! products.

I wanted to show them some of the things they bought, together with some other things they might like to add on their next order.

Creating doilies using the Eastern Medallions Framelits is one of my favourite uses for that set – so that was the next layer in Rich Razzleberry.

And then some of the gorgeous trims from the new catalogue.

Colour INKspiration #14 | kelly kent

I’m very in love with these three options – crinkled ribbon, mini sequin trim & shimmer ribbon!

Apologies for the slightly average photo of this card – it’s been a washout here with not so much sunlight!!!

 

Colour INKspiration #14 | kelly kent

I may have gotten a little over excited about my ribbon use and realised once my card was all made that the shimmer ribbon is actually Pool Party (not Soft Sky)!

I’m calling it close enough – and using it as a good time to mention that you don’t have to have exact colour matches to join in with Colour INKspiration.

Please use the closest match you have in your collection and share your creation on our Colour INKspiration Challenge Facebook page.


To see what the rest of the design team created with this wonderful quartet of colour, continue the hop to visit the lovely Tanya Bell.

I’m sure Tanya used the right colours!  She’s great with details!!!


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CASEing the Catty #138 – Holidays

It’s a busy night on the blog tonight, with CASEing the Catty following up from my Stamping Sunday post!

I love participating in blog hops – they bring out the best in my creativity.

And I love being able to send you on to another wonderfully creative project after mine!


This week at CASEing the Catty, it’s Christmas in July time again!!!  We’re CASEing projects from the Holiday section of the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! ® Annual Catalogue.

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We did this theme earlier in the month and I made a Christmas card into a birthday card.

This time around, my inspiration comes from a thanksgiving card…..

Which formed the inspiration for a Christmas card…

CASEing the Catty #138 Holidays | kelly kent

It was the layered cardstock across the die cut that grabbed my attention!

CASEing the Catty #138 Holidays | kelly kent

Create this look by cutting strips of cardstock (great way to use scraps) and adhere them to a cardstock base.

My adhesive of choice was the new multipurpose adhesive sheets – easy to lay all the strips out & no glue mess!

It’s a little hard to see in the catalogue photo, but background is embossed with embossing paste, so I did the same but sprinkled with gold glitter (because I could!!!).

CASEing the Catty #138 Holidays | kelly kent

The sentiment is similar to the original card.

CASEing the Catty #138 Holidays | kelly kent

I think a Christmas hug from a reindeer would be cute… but I’m probably wrong!

We don’t have reindeer in Australia…. It’d probably be the equivalent of hugging an emu!

Anyway, enough crazy thoughts from me!

The hop continues across the country with the lovely Peta Stephen and her assistant Marvi…

You can join the challenge over on our Facebook page

Thanks for sharing the fun with us!


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Stamp Review Crew – Seaside Shore

Hello Monday!  And welcome to a Stamp Review Crew hop featuring the Seaside Shore stamp set.

The Stamp Review Crew are an international group of demonstrators that share projects on the first and third Monday of each month – all inspired by the same stamp set.

I love the range of talent in this group!  If you’ve already been hopping, did you love the wonderful creations by Australian designer Juana Ambida – such creativity!!!

If you’ve just started here, keep hopping for more great ideas.  Next stop is the lovely Linda Callahan in the USA.  Click on the next button at the end of my blog post to be transported across the globe to visit Linda’s blog.


I’m so excited to see the potential of this set unfold during this hop.

I love all the little fish & marine details of this stamp set and wanted to use them in my first card to create an underwater scene.

Going with this idea, I created a z-fold card, with the z-fold piece across the top of the card to mimic a jetty.

The Wood Textures DSP came in very handy for this card!  Each jetty piece is 3/4″ wide.

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

The ‘sand’ was made using embossing paste (very roughly applied) and dusted with gold glitter and left left to dry.

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

Z-fold cards fold flat and post in a normal size envelope – which I love!!


For my Stamp Review Crew projects, I always like to try to make another project to show the stamp set in a different way.

The book I’m reading at the moment (a birthday present from a wonderful friend) has this saying throughout the book as a central theme.

It’s one I love – and also makes a good theme for a card!

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

I’ve stamped the same fish 6 times – 5 in black, and then the red one as a focus point.

Using masking tape, I altered the sentiment in the stamp set to just read ‘swimming’ and added ‘just keep’ using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.

Because the front is fairly simple, I wanted to stamp the middle too.  I love that Stampin’ Up! offers so many opportunities for coordination in their range (on purpose or by happy accident) and thought that the ‘just breathe’ sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set was the perfect addition to this theme.

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

As an aside, which black ink is your favourite – Memento or Archival??

I almost always use Archival because I love the rich black colour.  But here’s a tip…

Have you noticed that it’s sometimes difficult to get a good solid image with the archival ink?

If you ink it up well, stamp on scrap and then ink again, the second time you stamp will be a rich & solid image.

I’ve found this tip is especially important when using photopolymer stamps.

Black Archival ink {WILL} stain your photopolymer stamps – but that’s ok!  It’s all part of the fun of being an awesome stamper!!!


I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  Feel free to leave a comment – I read each and every one and love hearing from you!

To see more great ideas, please hop through to Linda Callahan

Hope your week has started fabulously!!!

Waving to you from wintery Australia!!!


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Just Add Ink #368 – Twist (Birthday for Christmas)

I’m not sure I’m the most popular person on the Just Add Ink Design Team at the moment after suggesting this juicy little challenge!

Who’s up for using a Birthday stamp set to create a Christmas card???

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To meet the guidelines of this challenge, you must use a set that is traditionally used for birthdays (or contains a birthday sentiment) – and use it to make a Christmas card!!!

Of course, making a Christmas card with just a birthday set is tricky, so feel free to add in another set to tie your project together.

I used the Birthday Delivery stamp set – which I have been promising myself to get inky for a while now.

The characters are just so cute!

Here’s the sweet little girl looking in on a lit up Christmas tree…

Just Add Ink #386 Christmas Twist | kelly kent

The ‘greetings’ is from the same stamp set, but I’ve borrowed the Christmas from Santa’s Sleigh stamp set.

Just Add Ink #386 Christmas Twist | kelly kent

The white on white embossing paste was a lovely texture for my wall…

Just Add Ink #386 Christmas Twist | kelly kent

Please join us for this fun challenge.  It seems a little strange at first – but embodies what I love about challenges – it stretches your creativity to a really fun place!

Enter your creation over at the Just Add Ink blog.

The other design team cards are here too – there’s a great assortment of wonderful creativity.

Hopefully they loved the creative challenge as much as I did!


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CASEing the Catty #136 – Thanks

Sunday evening – how did you get here so fast???

I hope your weekend was wonderful!

It’s an exciting week at CASEing the Catty – we’re welcoming 7 new design team members!!!

Please welcome Angela Meiritz-Reid & Sandra Collett from NZ, and Fi Cobbin, Megan Lenske, Rose Packer, Alisa Tilsner & Peta Stephen from Australia to the Crew!

We’re so excited to have some new talent in the Crew!

Most of the new Crew were able to join us this week, so please make them feel welcome by leaving them a comment as you hop around!


The theme for CASEing the Catty #136 is the “Thanks” section of the annual catalogue.

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I was inspired this week to use the ‘step it up’ concept on page 129.

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I felt like it was time for the piggies to make an appearance again!

Here’s my fancier & fancier flying pigs…

CASEing the Catty #136 This Little Piggy | kelly kent

I even had a go at using the catalogue picture as inspiration for the styling!

This one layer card would be great for new stampers.

CASEing the Catty #136 This Little Piggy | kelly kent

This card is a little more complex with embossing paste for the background, a paper pieced piggy and a little bling…

CASEing the Catty #136 This Little Piggy | kelly kent

And this card is next level with lots of layers, DSP paper piecing for the piggy, gold foil for her wings, a ribbon accent and extra bling in the form of glitter in the embossing paste.

CASEing the Catty #136 This Little Piggy | kelly kent

Stepping it up is a great way to experiment with the different ways you can use your Stampin’ Up! products!

Thanks for joining me for CASEing the Catty this week.

Next up is one of our new Crew members – Alisa Tilsner, who I’m super excited to be hopping with!


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Just Add Ink #367 – Colour Combination

It’s late on a Thurs night, which means a Just Add Ink challenge card!

I’m going to start this post by saying that Patrice – the ‘lovely’ lady who put these 4 colours together in the same box – almost made me cry.

I really, really struggled with Crumb Cake & Lemon Lime Twist !

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Despite the pending tears, I was excited to try an idea I’d seen shared by Jamilla Ivits to use the embossing paste to create dinosaur fossils!  Her card is super cool – you can see it here.

This is my version….

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

I used the dinosaur fossil on the bottom layer – stamped on coloured embossing paste – and created a peek-a-boo style card with a magnifying glass for the top layer.

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

Although these colours challenged me (slightly), it was fun to work through how to use them to create the fossil!

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

I coloured the embossing paste with Crumb Cake reinker, smeared it across the card base and let it dry for a few moments.

Once it was ‘tacky’ but not wet, I stamped the dinosaur skeleton onto the embossing paste to make an impression.  I let it dry a little more then stamped the skeleton again, but this time it was inked up in Crumb Cake ink.

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

I wanted to ‘dirty’ up the leaves a little, so instead of stamping in just Lemon Lime Twist ink, I used a baby wipe to create a blend of LLT & Crumb Cake, which when used as an ink pad, created a mottled effect for the leaves.

Just Add Ink #367 Dinosaur Fossil | kelly kent

The bright green sentiment really pops!

I can see why LLT is such a new favourite for everyone.  And it’s really growing on me… just maybe not with Crumb Cake!

Though, the rest of the design team have totally nailed this colour combination and have awesome inspiration using these 4 colours!

Make sure you visit the Just Add Ink blog to see all the DT cards – and add your inspiration to our weekly challenge.


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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Embossing Paste

Hello Sunday!  I’m delighted to be hopping again this month (4th Sunday) with the Stamping Sunday Design Team.

Today, it’s all about the embossing paste – and you’re going to love the range of ideas we’ve got for you.

To see more of the design team projects, click on the little blue frog for the full link up list.

I love this new product so much that I’ve already finished one tub and I’m waiting for my new one to arrive.  It’ll be here just in time this week to try some of the design team ideas.

As well as embossing paste, there’s also tools for easy application & a pack of 4 decorative masks.

Although on first glance embossing paste is quite simple and is used to emboss the paste through a mask to add texture, there are lots of different adaptations you can make to increase the variety of looks the paste creates.


The first card I’m sharing today uses reinkers to colour the embossing paste and a mask made from the Eclectic Layers die.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

You can transform the paste from white to any Stampin’ Up! colour by adding a couple of drops of reinker to the embossing paste.

I love that the paste gives a really even colour across the whole pattern.  I always get caught when sponging with that one really dark patch!!!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

To colour the embossing paste:

Dollop a teaspoon of the paste on your silicone craft sheet, drop on 1-3 drops of reinker (depending on the intensity of colour you want) and mix with your palette knife.

Working on the silicone mat makes for a smooth working surface with an easy clean up.  If you don’t own one of these already, then you’ll want to add one to your collection.  I also use mine for hot glue work and have recently heard that they are a great underlay for stamping.

Although I could have easily used one of the Pattern Party masks, it was great to be able to create a different background for this card to suit the fabulous style of the lady!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

You can create a mask from any die that has a pattern to it – or a an interesting solid shape.


I’m so excited to show you my second project….I heat embossed the embossing paste!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

I tried this a few ways with the reindeer from Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits, including using a stencil.

In the end I found it worked best when I cut the reindeer out of cardstock, placed on my silicone mat and covered it completely with embossing paste, before layering with embossing powder.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

I then gently moved it off my silicone mat and heat embossed it with my heat tool.  The embossing powder bubbles & cracks and creates a fabulous finish that I liken to the crinkly foil on chocolate wrappers!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

In the process of my embossing experiments, I ended up with 2 reindeers – a gold & silver version.  You could do this with any metallic embossing powder you own.

And there’s a whole world of experimentation for non-metallic embossing powders!

The first reindeer card using the gold embossing is texture filled!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

As well as having my heat embossed reindeer, I’ve also added embossing paste to the base layer using the diamond decorative mask – and then stamped over the whole layer with the new Music Sheet background stamp.

This is another great feature of the embossing paste – you can stamp directly onto it!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

The second reindeer card is much simpler (and more my usual style!) with a base of gorgeous Coffee Break DSP and the heat embossed reindeer as the focus.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

Here’s a close up of the embossed reindeer in silver.  As you can see, it’s not important to get a totally flat finish on the embossing paste – it all adds to the texture!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent


That’s all from me today!

If you’d love to see more embossing paste ideas, click on the blue frog to bring up the list of wonderful demonstrators around the world from the Stamping Sunday design team that are sharing their ideas, including our guest hoppers Sarah Fleming & Tanya Boser!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a fantastic week!

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!