Just Add Ink #445 | Embossing

Hello!  You’re going to love the Just Add Ink challenge this week – we’re adding embossing!

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Make a project with any kind of embossing you like – heat, paste, folders….  There’s so much potential!  Go nuts and add all the embossing if you like!

I decided this challenge was the time to dust off my neglected embossing mat and use them with the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits to create a pretty background effect.

Just Add Embossing JAI#445 | kelly kent

If you haven’t used an embossing mat before, it’s an extra set of layering plates & mats for your Big Shot that transform cutting dies into embossing dies.  They don’t cut through – they just leave the imprint on your cardstock.  Magic!  Especially when you add a spritz of Shimmer Paint (which of course you can’t see in the photo – but it’s there and it looks fab!).

Just Add Embossing JAI#445 | kelly kent

I’ve layered butterflies from the same Thinlits set on top and cropped down one of the bigger sentiments to just include ‘friend’.  Of course, the sentiment is heat embossing in white – that’s my favourite use of embossing!

Just Add Embossing JAI#445 | kelly kent

The DSP is from the Floral Romance suite.  This sheet is a vellum finish and just gorgeous!  The colours and pattern are so beautiful.  I love Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive together.


Thanks for stopping by today.  To see all the design team projects and add your card to our embossing themed challenge, visit the Just Add Ink blog.


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CASEing the Catty #212 | Sale-A-Bration

Sunday …. again!  It came around so quick for me this week!!!  We’ve been busy enjoying the beauty of the area we live in.  On Monday we treated ourselves to a day out.  We visited a million year + underground cave, had a yummy lunch at a seafood restaurant and stopped at a beautiful swimming beach on the way home.

This weekend has been hot – good weather for hiding in the air con and crafting!!

The theme for CASEing the Catty this week is Sale-A-Bration – time for some more project inspired by that little catalogue of goodness!!!

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I’ve decided to use the catalogue for colour this week, taking inspiration from page 12.

Pink & Kraft are such a great combination!  The contrast of the light pink & dark pink plus white is just magic!

I teamed up the colour combination with the suite I’m loving the most at the moment – Needlepoint Nook.

Needlepoint Nook friend | kelly kent

It was the background flourish die that first caught my attention in this set, but upon using it, I’ve decided the flowers are just so sweet!

Needlepoint Nook friend | kelly kent

And of course I love the All My Love DSP (not part of the Needlepoint Nook suite but part of the suite that sits alongside the inspiration picture – which ties it altogether!).

Needlepoint Nook friend | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me today for the CTC blog hop.  We’d love to have you join the Sale-A-Bration challenge via our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Keep hopping for more great Sale-A-Bration ideas by visiting the gorgeous Sandra Collett in New Zealand.

Have a great week!


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CASEing the Catty #190 | Artistic Impressions

Hello Sunday visitors – the end of the weekend rolls around so fast, doesn’t it??

CASEing the Catty blog hops are always a great way to finish the weekend.  Hopefully you found some craft time in yours – and maybe joined CTC#189 by sharing your project in our Facebook group..

There’s still 24 hours to participate in last week’s challenge (CTC#189), or you can start the week by creating for challenge #190 – pages 127-141 of the catalogue, featuring some of the samples from the Artistic Impressions section of the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.

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As always, the pages are filled with wonderful inspiration.  This Beautful Day sample on page 134 caught my eye…

I love the layered look of the front of the card.  I swapped the flower for the butterfly and changed up the colours to create this card…

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The butterfly part of the card was created by stamping & black heat embossing the middle butterfly first.  I also created a mask using copy paper which I placed over the first butterfly before stamping & black heat embossing the two butterflies either side.  I love the strong & shiny look of the black embossing powder.  It’s so lovely to have it back in the catalogue!

I coloured the butterflies using an Aqua Painter in Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry and So Saffron, and added a shadow above the butterflies in Crumb Cake.  The butterflies also got a splash of Wink of Stella at the end!

Using snips, I cut the bottom edge from the butterflies and added DSP to the inside of the card.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

As this was a card for a brand new team member who signed during the July recruiting special, I changed the sentiment to ‘hello’.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

This is a set you’ll want to own – it’s called Another Wonderful Year and is filled with pretty fonts & great sayings!

August is a great time to work your way through some of your Annual Catalogue wishlist – you’ll collect Bonus Days vouchers for every $90 you spend.  See all the details here.

Don’t forget that we’d love for you to join us for this challenge.  All the action happens in our Facebook group.   Click here to join.

You’ll also want to continue the hop to see what the other design team members have created using the Artistic Impressions pages as inspiration.

Next blog to visit is the gorgeous Judy May.

Thanks for joining us!


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CASEing the Catty #184 | Delightfully Detailed

Welcome to CASEing the Catty on this lovely Sunday.

We’ve started our voyage through the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue and today we’re CASEing catalogue projects on pages 38-51 – which starts with the Delightfully Detailed suite.

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My choice this week was the cute hello card on page 44.

I took the colours, overall layout and use of the Darling Label punch and added the Little Elephant bundle to create a bright baby card.

Little Elephant | kelly kent

The background DSP is from the Broadway Bound Speciality DSP – it’s full of gold, silver & black patterns on one side and bright, fun colours on the other.  This was my surprise love when I unpacked the new designs.  It’s sensational in real life.

Little Elephant | kelly kent

I can’t get enough of the cute little elephants from the Little Elephant bundle.  The Little Elephant stamp set coordinates with a punch created just for this set.  You get two sizes of elephant and a whole set of adorable stamps!

The other detail I wanted to show you from this card was the gorgeous new gold cord…

Little Elephant | kelly kent

There’s also a black version!  Want one of each new ribbon & trim in the catalogue at a fraction of the cost?  You’ll love my 2018 Ribbon Share.  Click here to see the details.


Thanks for joining us for today’s CASEing the Catty blog hop.

For more great inspiration, keep going on the hop and visit the gorgeous Angela Meiritz-Reid in New Zealand.

You can join the challenge too.  CASE any project from pages 38-51 and share your project in our CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #404 | Shaker

Are you up for a fun weekend challenge?

Just Add Ink are adding….. {SHAKERS}

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There’s something about sequins, sparkles & moving pieces that take a card to the next level!

See all the design team shaker cards on the Just Add Ink Blog.

You can also add your own shaker card to the challenge gallery.

I was inspired by the works of Jackie Aitken this week – a fellow JAI design team member.  Jackie has been posting some seriously awesome pocket cards lately and I wanted to try it out!

This is my version styled using the Picture Perfect Party suite…

Picture Perfect Party Shaker | kelly kent

The shaker element is hiding in the pocket….

Picture Perfect Party Shaker | kelly kent

A little unorthodox, but I’m planning for Miss Papercraft to use a sharpie and write the birthday message onto the vellum!!!

Picture Perfect Party Shaker | kelly kent

Did you spy the coordination between the Picture Perfect Party DSP – confetti photography & the circle shaker pieces.  Such a simple shaker insert to make using 3/4″ circles in the coordinating colours – Berry Burst, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach & Whisper White.

Picture Perfect Party Shaker | kelly kent

The Picture Perfect Paper Ribbon was a late withdrawal from the Occasions catalogue due to supply issues.  It doesn’t matter though – it’s so easy to make using a strip of cardstock sewn down the middle & finished with paper snips.  Cute paper ribbon in any colour!!

Nothing says happiest birthday wishes like these colours do!  I can’t wait to make some more fun & bright pocket cards!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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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!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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

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Play date with Brushos

Yesterday my gorgeous best friend, Cait, visited for the day.  She’s crazy talented with a sewing machine – see her work here – and loves all crafts.

Since we were on my turf (and I suck at sewing actual projects), we played with paper and watched tennis.

Ready to impress with cool new products, I pulled out the Brusho Crystal Color pots.

Have you seen Brushos before?  They are teeny tiny watercolour ink crystals that react with water to create intense colours & amazing patterns.

Stampin’ Up! is offering a pack of 5 colours – Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue & Yellow.  See them in my online store here.

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video…

You can either mix thoroughly to get a vibrant solid colour or use water spray to spread the crystals and end up with colour separation & patterns.  They blend beautifully – and did I mention the colours???

No two projects will be the same and you’ll end up with a unique design every time.  They don’t actually have a mind of their own – it just seems that way!

There’s one thing I’ve learnt while playing with Brushos…..  they are highly addictive.

But they are also a product that’s different from other colouring mediums we’ve had at Stampin’ Up! before.  Practice makes “perfect”.  You need to get down & messy with Brusho to get a feel for how they work.

Browsing videos, blog posts and tutorials may help if you’re not sure where to start.  You can find the Stamping Sunday tutorial here – full of projects and tips for using Brushos as a beginner.

Today, Cait and I splashed around the water and made a heap of different Brusho samples.  Brusho Techniques | kelly kent

This is not a comprehensive list of what you can do with Brusho – just some ideas to get started.

If you’ve just got your Brushos, I suggest you cut up a piece of Shimmery White cardstock into tag size pieces and get playing.  Our tags measured 2″ x 3-7/8″ (5 x 9cm) – 12 per A4 page.

Shimmery White is durable enough to play but more economical than Watercolour Paper.  It also gives you a nice shimmer through your Brusho colour!!

Here’s each of the techniques in more detail…

Brusho - Baby Wipe | kelly kent

Brusho - Emboss Resist Ombre | kelly kent

Brusho - Emboss Resist | kelly kent

Brusho - Emboss Resist Painting | kelly kent

Brusho - Watercolor Background | kelly kent

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Brusho - dry application | kelly kent

Quite a lot of the magic of Brusho is in the finished product – once the colour has settled, once it’s dry.  Sometimes you need to walk away and come back later to see the amazing!!!

If you haven’t yet purchased Brushos, you can buy them in my online store. 

Other supplies you may need…. 

Happy inky fun ahead for Brusho owners!
kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Snowman Slider

Slider cards are always a good option if you want a card with ‘wow’ factor.

Everyone loves moving parts – especially the young and young at heart!

The mechanism for every slider card is the same – create a track using a punch or framelits, make a sliding component and add a shape to the top.

I was using coins for my slider component until a child tore apart my handmade card to get to the coins…. so I’ve swapped to washers!!!

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My Tuesday class asked to make a slider card last month so they could see all the steps of putting it together.

With Christmas on the agenda, it seemed like a good idea to put the Seasonal Chums stamp set & framelits to work!

Snowman Slider | kelly kent

Seasonal chums are great because they have a matching framelit!  Simpy snip around the snowman’s hat where the tag was designed to fold – such an easy shape!!!

The other stamp set you see is the Watercolor Christmas stamp set.

As well as being the coordinating stamp set for the the amazing Watercolour Christmas Project Kit, this set is just perfect for cards.

It has large sentiments in a cute font and some fun coordinating images.

The DSP for the slider track is the Year of Cheer Specialty DSP.  I’ve reinforced it with a layer of Whisper White cardstock to make sure it holds up to all that sliding fun.


The slider track for this card is made using the Classic Label Punch.

I punched the entire shape at each edge (lining up the outer edge of the punch with the edge of the cardstock) and then joined the two shapes by punching again in the middle.

This is a close up of the ‘slider sandwich’…

Slider Card Mechanism | kelly kent

And another view of the card…

Snowman Slider | kelly kent

I love these soft colours!!

If you need any supplies to make your own slider card, visit my online store to shop up a storm!

There’s some great specials during October!!  Click here for more info.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Faux Woodgrain Technique

I had a list of things I wanted to accomplish during August and the Faux Woodgrain technique was one of them.

Several of my demonstrator friends have been showing their flashy cards on social media and they *promised* me it was the easiest technique ever!

Turns out… it is!

With the help of this great tutorial video by Carolyn Bennie, we used this technique during my August demonstrator class.

Faux Woodgrain Technique | kelly kent

It uses Glossy White cardstock and ‘swipes’ of ink directly from your ink pad.  The best part is – no two pieces are ever going to look the same.

It was the perfect backdrop for the gorgeous ballerina from the new Sugarplum Dreams stamp set in the newly released Holiday Catalogue.

Sugarplum Dreams | kelly kent

Having 2 girls, the ballerina was a ‘must have’ for me!!!

I’m also excited to play with the other stamps in this set, but the ballerina was the first Holiday Catalogue item I purchased and the first I used!

Also in August, I used it in a completely different colour scheme to make a more rich & regal card for a friend…

Sugarplum Dreams Ballerina | kelly kent

The sentiment that comes with the stamp set is gorgeous…

Sugarplum Dreams Ballerina | kelly kent

There’s a few other Holiday Catalogue products in there if you spy closely – Quilt Top Embossing Folder & Year of Cheer Washi Tape.

Have you looked through the new catalogue yet?  What’s top of your list???

Need a place to order – jump over to my online store.  It’s open 24-7 and accepts transactions conducted in pyjamas!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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WWYS #127 Coffee Cafe Guest Designer

Hello!  I love challenges and try to play along with different ones as my time permits.

A couple of weeks ago, I joined in with What Will You Stamp for their Daisy Delight challenge.

I was ‘delighted’ to be chosen as the winner, and was asked to guest design for this week’s challenge.

The stamp set for this week is Coffee Cafe.

What Will You Stamp #127 Coffee Cafe

As you know, I love the DSP for this suite!!!

And that has given me a strong association for cards in the suite colours – browns, blues & greens!

So, for my WWYS #127 card, I wanted to go the total opposite and stamp using pinks, purples and greys!

And I love it!!!

WWYS#127 Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

I used the ‘frappe’ stamps and dies for this card – ones I hadn’t played with yet.

And remembered to stamp on DSP, using it for the coffee cup base!  How pretty is the Petal Garden DSP!?!

WWYS#127 Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

The sentiment is cut from the larger sentiment to just say ‘friend’ (white embossing on Rich Razzleberry).

The background is a mix of the coffee beans from the Coffee Cafe stamp set and the circle stamp from Timeless Textures – they are a great coffee stain pattern and similar to the one used in the DSP.

WWYS#127 Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

Thanks to What Will You Stamp for having me this week!

You can pop over to the What Will You Stamp blog to see all the cards from the design team and add your Coffee Cafe creation to the challenge.

You could be the next guest designer!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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