CASEing the Catty #137 – Artistic Expression

Today marks the end of the winter school holidays for us and back to school tomorrow.

I love school holidays, so I’m sad to see them end, but the start of Term 3 hopefully means that nice weather will be coming soon!

This week at CASEing the Catty, the inspiration comes from a plentiful section of the catalogue called “Artistic Expression” – pages 132-181 of the Annual Catalogue.

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There’s so many beautiful inspiration photos in this section of the catalogue, I had a hard time choosing – so I kinda didn’t!

I used three inspiration photos to create something new!

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

The colours, centrepiece element & choice of stamp set came from the photos above, and the layout was a combination of all three.

The big flower from the Garden in Bloom stamp set was stamped and then the outline embossed – just as the catalogue suggested!

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

The ‘friend’ centrepiece is cut on Shimmery White cardstock using the Lovely Words Thinlit die, backed with a Gold Foil oval.

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

And I couldn’t leave this card just at the front, so I carried the theme through to the middle for a bit of extra ‘wow’!

This worked well with the 2-part sentiment.

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

After I made this, it waiting on my table for the next step (photography).  It looked so cute amongst the post-craft chaos, I snapped a candid picture!

I love this view because you can see the front & the middle all at once!

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

That’s all from me today!

Continue to wonderful crew blog hop by visiting Rachael Palmieri and her shiny project!

You can join the challenge and see more cards on our CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page.

Have a great week,


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CASEing the Catty #135 – Holidays

This week at CASEing the Catty – the challenge where we ask you to be inspired by the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue – we are taking our creative instructions from the Holiday section.

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This year the Holiday section of the catalogue covers more than Christmas, although it’s where you’ll find all those sets that are perfect for the early bird who wants to make festive cards all year around.

Christmas in July is a popular concept in Australia due to the large migrant populations from the Northern hemisphere wanting a cold, wintery and sometimes snowy Christmas!

So, there are many who celebrate an alternative Christmas during the month of July with big feasts, great company and all the Christmas trimmings.

For others, it marks the second half of the year and a milestone to start the preparations for the big day in December.


After a flurry of Christmas cards in late June on my blog, I’m having an ‘it’s only July’ panic and have decided to use the Christmas inspiration for a magical birthday card!

The striking background of this Christmas card caught my attention…

So I turned it pink & girl for a fairy birthday card….

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To achieve this look, I started with Shimmery White cardstock and brayered the whole layer with Blushing Bride ink.

I then cut a 2″ circle from scrap paper and used this to create a mask for the moon shape, and then brayered again with Sweey Sugarplum ink.

And finally, I added Berry Burst in the corners.


I love the Star of Light swirl, so I kept this but added in a silver fairy…

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With all that sparkle & bling, it’s going to be one of those cards that a photograph doesn’t do it justice!

The card is finished with a ‘magical’ silver sentiment from the Magical Mermaid stamp set (I knew that set was going to work well with the Fairy Celebration stamp set!!!) and some bling – pink Glitter Enamel Dots & Rhinestones.


This challenge is a great excuse to kick start your Christmas card stash!  And put some great ideas out there for other crafters to be inspired by.

Join us on the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page to see the week’s creations and add yours to the mix!

And also hop through to Krissy’s lovely card

Hope your weekend was amazing and the week ahead is even more fabulous!


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The New Thinlit You {NEED}

There are lots of amazing new catalogue projects – but the Happy Birthday Thinlit (and coordinating stamp set if you love a bundle) is a ‘must-have’ for every craft room.

The font is lovely, the size is great and although we’ve had lots of great words in the past, there’s been a definite gap in the birthday zone.

Not anymore…

Check out this cute card I made for my friend – another Kelly – using her birthday balloon present as the inspiration for the design.

This is the balloon…

Happy Birthday Thinlit | kelly kent

Which I recreated using the Happy Birthday Thinlit in silver glimmer, the star flourish from the Star of Light stamp set (which has carried over to the new catalogue) – heat embossed in white and then I scattered the card base with gold glimmer & shimmery white spots.

Happy Birthday Thinlit | kelly kent

There’s a second layer of Happy Birthday behind the silver – this gives it a lift!  And of course vellum to ‘frame’ it.

Happy Birthday Thinlit | kelly kent

Coordinating cards & gifts are always a favourite of mine!

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It’s the magic of being able to create something really special & really personal!!!

I know I’ll be using the Happy Birthday Thinlits to make lots of cards this year!

If you {NEED} them in your craft stash, check with your local demo.  If that’s me, you can order in my online store or send me an email.

 

Hello Instagram!

People tell me that it’s all about Instagram these days!

So, I’ve finally reactivated my Instagram account.


I’ve also had fun tonight making a new teen birthday card with an Instagram theme.  My old one was way out of date!!!

Instagram Watercolour Birthday Card | Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The happy birthday font in the Brirthday Bright stamp set is pretty close to the Instagram font!

How convenient – I love a good font!!!


I made the logo using our beautiful (quality) watercolour paper, an Aqua Painter and our fabulous inks.

The layering circle & square framelit dies made the design easy to put together.


It took me a while to get on board with Instagram, but I got there in the end!!!

I’d love for you to follow me on Instagram – what a visual delight of amazing photos from around the world!

Leave me a comment & tell me who you love to follow on Instagram!


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Just Add Ink #349 Photo Inspiration

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It’s been a quiet week on the blog for me – after a huge week last week!

Take a breath with me – I’ve been prepping for another mega week of projects!!!

March is the final month of Sale-A-Bration, so be sure to get in touch with me if I can help you to order anything {yep, total enabler over here!}.


Thanks for joining me today for another week of Just Add Ink with this fabulous photo inspiration chosen by Patrice.

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You’re sure to see lots of colour from the design team this week.

I know it was the bright colours that inspired me to ink up my new Happy Celebrations stamp set and use my ‘debossing’ folders for the first time.

The folder create a negative impression which enable you to stamp over the top and keep the white space on the word.

It’s a super cool effect!!!

I used the circles of the macarons in all their beautiful colours to create this fun & happy birthday card…

Just Add Ink #349 Photo Inspiration. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Be sure to visit the design team and see their creations – and we’d love it if you could upload your own creation inspired by our photo inspiration.

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CASEing the Catty #116 Succulent Garden

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Hello Sunday!  Did you have a great weekend?  Are you already counting down the days until the next one?

I am!  Because next weekend I’m going on craft retreat!!!  A whole weekend to do nothing but make cards!

Heaven – right???


But there’s a whole week of work ahead, including a full schedule of posts this week.

You can look forward to a CASEing the Catty hop tonight, Stamp Review Crew tomorrow, Colour INKspiration on Wednesday and Just Add Ink on Thursday night!!!

So much inspiration as I join lots of talented demos around the world who will freely share their creativity with us.

So, what is the CTC crew up to today?

It’s all about the Occasions catalogue today as we’re CASEing projects and ideas from the Succulent Garden section – pages 20-31.

CASEing the Catty #116 Succulent Garden

It’s quite a big section covering the Succulent Garden suite plus That’s the Tag bundle, Beautiful You, Watercolor Pencils, High Tide, Dragonfly Dreams, Milestone Moments, Chase Your Dreams, Lucky Elephant, Mediterranean Moments, Custom Tee bundle & Tie Dyed.

Lots of best sellers in that list – so you can expect to see some blockbuster creations on this hop!!!

Quite a few of the sets mentioned above are in high rotation on my craft table at the moment – so it was hard to narrow it down.

But, I kept coming back to this pretty photo using the Beautiful You stamp set…

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I have actually already CASEd the bottom card exactly – because I love the colours and styling.

But for this CTC hop, I wanted to step it up and use the elements I love so much to ‘make it my own’.

CASEing the Catty #116 - Beautiful You & Mediterranean Moments. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

So, I…

  • kept the DSP panel but shifted it left
  • used a doily but as a centerpiece rather than hiding it behind the DSP
  • featured the girl but added in a gold embossed Mediterranean Moments scene
  • changed the sentiment
  • used vellum behind the doily, rather than for the sentiment
  • changed the yellow to Sweet Sugarplum

CASEing the Catty #116 - Beautiful You & Mediterranean Moments. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’m very happy with the final layout (it look at little bit of putting the pieces together!).

It contains so many of my favourite elements (Sweet Sugarplum & Pool Party, gold embossing, amazing doily, my favourite lady & vellum!).

CASEing the Catty #116 - Beautiful You & Mediterranean Moments. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Looking at a card like this and knowing that I made it, makes me very happy.

What a hobby!!!


Please keep visiting the blogs of the other talented crew members by clicking next.

From here you go to the very talented Jackie Noble in New Zealand.

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If we can spark some inspiration in you, then you might like to join us for the weekly challenge.  Upload your creation to our Facebook album to join the fun!

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Thanks for starting the week with me! Check back in with me this week for lots more great ideas!!!

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CASEing the Catty #115 Sale-A-Bration

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Sunday again – they come around quickly!!!  I hope your weekend was fabulous!

Thanks for checking in with me tonight for the weekly CASEing the Catty Sunday blog hop.

Hopefully you’ve joined our new Facebook page and are following all the wonderful projects that fellow crafters have been uploading.


This week we are CASEing (copying and sharing everything or copying and selectively editing – depending on which you prefer!) the Sale-A-Bration catalogue again.

There’s so much goodness in there!  Did you see that there’s 3 new Sale-A-Bration items you can redeem from 21st Feb???  Check out the graphic at the end of this post for a sneaky peak at them!

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As you follow this hop around, you’ll find projects made by the CTC Crew that were inspired by the sample photos on pages 8-11 of the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

One of my favourite Sale-A-Bration samples is the wedding card on the left below – made with the Delicate Details stamp set.  I love the styling & colours!

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It’s hard to improve on perfection, but I had a go at MITMO ‘making it my own’ – do you love this variation on the idea of CASEing (thanks to Deborah Harris for sharing it!).

I combined it with the Cupcakes & Carousels embellishment pack – the gold foil die cuts are out of this world for loveliness and the ribbon is ombre!!!

Here is my version…

CASEing the Catty #115 - Sale-A-Bration. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I changed the sentiment so that I could use the card personally – it was too sweet to end up in my ‘for later’ or ‘for sale’ card stashes!

“All Things Thanks” was a stamp set I bought as a bit of an indulgence, but I’ve gotten so much use out of it!  The stamps are quite detailed, but if I just need a ‘thanks’ or ‘thank you’ I mask out the specific detail with masking tape and carry on stamping!  I’ve even cut one of the stamps into two pieces!

Next up on the hop is the fabulous creativity of Elizabeth Gross

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Please join us with your creation inspired by pages 8-11 of the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.  Remember, you don’t have to have the products on these pages.  You can copy a layout, be inspired by an embellishment, love the colours or adapt the design to suit what you have.

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Being inspired by the catalogues is one of the best ways to start your creative process!  Try it – you never know where you’ll end up!!!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

PS, want that sneak peek?

Sale-A-Bration 2017 - 2nd Release. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


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