Just Add Ink #410 | Inspiration

Hello!  It’s a wonderful photo inspiration for Just Add Ink this week.

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Jo chose this amazing photo.  I could have made a hundred different cards – so many elements to be inspired by.

The design I settled on was inspired by the hello wall hanging.

Hello Birthday Girl | kelly kent

I loved adding the bling to the bright blue & pink combination of Bermuda Bay & Melon Mambo.  I heard a few sighs of relief when these colours made it through the Color Revamp!!!
Hello Birthday Girl | kelly kent

The ‘hello’ stamp is from one of my favourite stamp sets on the retirement list – :”Hello Friend”.  And the ‘birthday girl’ is from a long retired set called “Hello” that I keep because I love it!!!

The dot is from the Text Ya Later stamp set (amazing what gems are hiding in other sets!).  I really thought I would use this stamp set lots – but I think the type of cards I’m making are much more unicorns and rainbows than mobile phones at the moment!  It’s a good one to keep for later.

Hello Birthday Girl | kelly kent

I’m sure I’ll be going back to this inspiration photo in the future – there’s so much potential!

To share your creation with us, visit the Just Add Ink blog and upload your card to the linky tool.

Make sure to check out all the amazing design team projects too!!!

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Colour INKspiration #24

Welcome to the final Colour INKspiration Challenge for 2017.

A big thank you to Bronwyn Eastley of Addinktive Designs for all her hard work coordinating the challenges and the design team.

Thanks to my fellow design team members for their inspiration and friendship.  Such a lovely group of talented crafters – and I’m always so honored to be in the mix.

Challenge #24 is a fabulous quartet of colours that you can either use for one last Christmas card (non-traditional of course!) or get you started for a birthday or other occasion card.  Don’t forget, you can add in any neutrals or metallics to complement your project.

The mix of pink, blue, red & Tranquil Tide (so difficult to colour define) is oh-so-pretty!!!

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In what is one endless stream of crazy-busy here at Papercraft HQ, I missed out on getting a card up for the CASEing the Catty challenge that’s running this week.  You can visit the CASeing the Catty blog hop starting here.

It’s such a fun theme this week – CASE the page number of your age (or the age you want to be) – and I didn’t want to miss out completely, so I’ve used it as a second dose of inspiration for my Colour INKspiration card.

Here’s my creation….

Colour INKspiration #24 | kelly kent

Inspired by the Colour INKspiration colours and page 34 of the Holiday Catalogue!!!

Colour INKspiration #24 | kelly kent

The ‘hello’ is half embossed with silver embossing powder, which is a fun effect I hadn’t tried before!!

I inked up the bottom half in Versamark then the whole stamp in Cherry Cobbler, added silver embossing powder and brushed off any that caught the Cherry Cobbler half, before zapping with my heat gun.

Colour INKspiration #24 | kelly kent

It’s always good to try new techniques – and the catalogues are full of interesting ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

To see more great ideas, keep hopping and visit my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman in sunny Queensland!

This challenge is open until Christmas Day. You can add your entry over on our Facebook page.

We’ll be taking a break from 26th Dec til 10th January, but look forward to seeing you in the New Year with another Colour INKspiration challenge.

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Just Add Ink #389 | Inspiration

It’s about this time of the year I start getting Snowflake Fatigue!  The timing of this week’s Just Add Ink challenge is perfect!

Everything in this picture says Australian Christmas to me from the colours to the gum leaves!

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You can use any element or theme of the inspiration picture to spur your creativity.  Upload your project to our blog to share with everyone.

You can also see the fabulous Just Add Ink team projects on the blog.

My card is inspired by an Australian Bush Christmas theme….

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

Apart from the sentiment, all the elements are from the non-Christmas product range.  There’s no such thing as ‘just a birthday set’.

The wreath is from Hello Friend, the gumnuts are from Happy Birthday, Gorgeous and the Wood Textures DSP is part of the everyday DSP range.

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

The floral elements from the Christmas set – Merry Mistletoe – even work well for a quick spruce of the inside….

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

I’m sure there isn’t a child who attended Kindy in Australia that doesn’t remember spray painting gumnuts silver or gold to make Christmas decorations!  I wonder if they still do that?

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

I’m not sure if the availability of Pinterest has made Kindy teaching easier or harder?  I take my hat off to all teachers – it’s a rollercoaster of a job!  An hour in a classroom and I’m exhausted!

Thanks for joining me today!  Hopefully your Christmas card creating is going well.  I have much more ambition than time, so there’s a chance I’ll be extending the Christmas spirit through til January.  Or maybe Feb!!!

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Hello Friend Pizza Box Set

I’m not sure if we’ll find out at OnStage this weekend what is carrying over from the Holiday Catalogue, but I’m very hopeful we’ll see the Mini Pizza Boxes for many catalogue cycles to come.

I’m a sucker for mini anything!!!

I shared a Christmas set of mini cards packaged in a pizza box as part of my CASEing the Catty project featuring our favourite Big Shot product.  You can see my sewing inspired card set here.

The set I am sharing today was a class project class month.  It’s pretty & sweet and features the Hello Friend stamp set.

Hello Friend Card Set | kely kent

The boxes were colouring using a mix of Isocol (rubbing alcohol) and reinker.  I chose Sweet Sugarplum, but we had a range of different colours at the class.  Blushing Bride looked lovely too!

Hello Friend Card Set | kely kent

The top of the pizza box was the 4 cards were decorated using the stamps from Hello Friend.

The wreath stamp looks great when stamped as a wreath, or also lovely when stamped as a border around the edge of the cardstock (like on the front of the pizza box).

Here’s a close up of the 4 cards…

Hello Friend Card Set | kely kent

Hello Friend Card Set | kely kent

We stuck to the same 3 colours for each card – Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry & Tranquil Tide, but also added in some other products like a circle punch, flowers from Bouquet Bunch Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits and butterflies from Sunshine Wishes Thinlits & Bold Butterfly Framelits.

Hello Friend Card Set | kely kent

Hello Friend Card Set | kely kent

You’ll also spot some Champagne Foil!  I love it!

The cards are 3″ x 3″ when finished, so we used 12″x12″ cardstock to cut from.  This gives 8 cards per sheet – or uses half a sheet for a card set like this.

Stampin’ Up! included square envelopes in the Holiday Catalogue which are the perfect size for 3″ cards and fit inside the pizza box, making this a wonderful gift at any time of the year.

I really, really, really hope they stay!  It’s been so much fun using them.

I’ll have another project to show using the Pizza Boxes soon.  I can’t show you now – it’s a top secret OnStage creation (4 more sleeps!)

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CASEing the Catty #149 | Year of Cheer

And just like that, the school holidays are over!

Back to packed lunches, early starts and after school activities!!!

If you have kids, what kind of holiday parent are you?  Love the change up and find it hard to go back, or – at your limits and ready for someone else to entertain them for 7 hours of the day???

I’m a holiday loving mumma – but mostly for the sleep ins I think!!!

Staying up til 1am is a little easier when I know I don’t have to be up at 7am!


Because it’s Sunday, it’s time for another CASEing the Catty project.

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Today, we’re CASEing the Year of Cheer section of the Holiday catalogue.

Choose any element of what you see from pages 36 – 47.

I’ve chosen to CASE the colours & styling of this super cute treat bag on page 45…

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Although you probably don’t often think of black for baby cards, black and pink together make a cute modern twist on the traditional baby card colours!CTC #149 Hello Baby | kelly kentI’m pretty sure the original Stampin’ Up! project is Flirty Flamingo, but I softened it up a little by having Blushing Bride as the pink.

The DSP choice is the same, and I’ve kept the vellum heart {so much to love about the inspiration card!}.  The vellum is applied using a small amount of Fast Fuse.  It barely shows up through the vellum – perfect!  And even more perfect – buy a Fast Fuse during October and get 2 free refills!CTC #149 Hello Baby | kelly kentI’ve lost count of how many different types of cards I’ve used the Foil Snowflake on now.  They are definitely not just for Christmas!!

The ‘hello’ is from the Hello Friend stamp set – I’ve got a total crush on this stamp set at the moment!  To get the depth of colour I stamped it three times in Blushing Bride using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the placement.

The ‘baby’ is from Happy Celebrations (love that font!) in Basic Black Archival Ink.CTC #149 Hello Baby | kelly kent

And the final fun touches are Black Shimmer ribbon, Gold Mini Sequin Trim, Pearl Jewels and some Shimmery White Hearts.

I’m not sure where the hearts are from in the inspiration card, but cut mine using the Window Box Thinlit.  There’s two sizes in one of the square patterns – just beautiful for accents!

I just love how this card turned out – and although I haven’t forgotten, it reminds the wonderful inspiration contained within those catalogue pages.

Please join us with what inspires you this week from pages 36-47 of the Holiday Catalogue.  And share your creation with us on our Facebook group.

Thanks for hopping!

See what the rest of the design team has created, hopping from here to Angela Meiritz-Reid with another gorgeously pinkly baby card….

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World Cardmaking Day 2017

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I have been invited to hop with a totally amazing group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world to celebrate World Card Making Day – what an honour!

This is a hop you’ll want to run through from start to finish!!!

If you’re already hopping, then you will have just come from the delightful & talented Amy Koenders in the US.

Currently you’re visiting Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Australia.

And next up is our very own South Pacific Artisan Design Team Member – Paula Dobson from New Zealand.

Click on the next button at the end of this post to hop on over to Paula’s blog.


It was a totally free slate for this blog hop – which means we’re going to see some amazing projects.

I took this opportunity to think about what card making means to me – which has led me to share 3 different projects with you that each focus on what card making brings to my life.

The first project is about my team.  When I first joined Stampin’ Up! I could have never predicted that I would surround myself with strong, talented women with many things in common – but bonded by a love of paper, stamps & ink!

During the week, I sent out this card to each member of my team.

I wanted to reach out to them with personalised messages of thanks for their support and congratulations on their successes during the year.

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Cards | kelly kent

These cards were made using my favourite elements of card making – beautiful DSP, white embossing, vellum, and a spray of flowers.

With one of my new favourite stamp sets – Hello Friend!  The floral wreath is simply stunning!

And how perfect is the sentiment from Labels to Love for cards that celebrate the end of the Stampin’ Up! year!!!  The Holiday Catalogue is not just about Christmas!

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Cards | kelly kent

I also included a gift for everyone – a charm with their initial & a paper aeroplane (our Paper Adventures team motif).

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Gifts | kelly kent

It could have many uses but I think it’d make a cute scissors charm or key chain decoration.

This is how I attached it to the middle of the card – with the Circle Tab Punch

End of Stampin' Up! Year Team Gifts | kelly kent


The next project was made during a class and represents my customers.

I am fortunate to spend time every month with a group of ladies who all love card making.

Each class is full of laughter, stories and friendship – and is a highlight of my month!

This is an eclipse card we made last month using the Painted Harvest stamp set.

Painted Harvest Eclipse Card | kelly kent

You’ll never guess the colours for the sunflowers…

Painted Harvest Eclipse Card | kelly kent

Crushed Curry (that one was probably easy enough) and Peekaboo Peach (I have no idea what possessed me to pick that ink but it totally works!).

We stamped the fern in Sahara Sand and leaf in Old Olive at random points between the flowers.

This is another style of card that looks impressive but is oh-so-simple when you know how!


The final project for my post today reminds me of the both the friendships I’ve made because of this wonderful hobby and the power of sending a card.

I’ve sent cards around the world, across Australia and across my own town.

They’ve been sent for all kinds of reasons – because it doesn’t have to be someone’s birthday to send a card! #makeacardsendacard

A friend and I affectionately refer to handmade cards as ‘happy mail’ because there’s nothing nicer than checking the letterbox and finding something made & sent just for you!

This card travelled to the US last month to celebrate Holly Stene welcoming a beautiful baby girl into her famiy.

Born To Be Loved | kelly kent

I love all the texture in this card!!!

Born To Be Loved | kelly kent

It also includes some of more of my favorites – Sweet Sugarplum, gorgeous ribbon & trim and lots of layers!

Who are we kidding – most of the Stampin’ Up! range counts among my favourites!!!


That is all from me today!  I hope your Saturday 7th October 2017 contains some stamping happiness – whether it is making a card, sending a card or spending time with crafty friends!

I hope you enjoyed scanning through the pretty pictures.  That’s my style of blog visiting, so bonus points if you read the text too!

Please keep hopping to see the marvellous projects from the rest of the designers on this hop.

From here, click on next to visit Paula Dobson in NZ!

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Stamp Review Crew | Merry Cafe

Welcome to a blog hop featuring a team of talented international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that blog together on the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month and showcase one stamp set from the current Stampin’ Up! range.

You’re currently visiting with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, in the south west corner of Australia.

If you’re already hopping, then I’m sure you loved what my friend Tanya Boser made.  Please keep hopping after me to visit Cindy Elam in the US!!!

What’s the theme today, I hear you ask?

We are all sharing projects that feature the Merry Cafe stamp set from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.

This stamp set is only $30 (Australian currency) and is a perfect compliment to the Coffee Cafe stamp set and Coffee Cups Framelits.

There’s a fabulous range of applications for this stamp set from Christmas to Halloween, fall (autumn), love, get well & all those cute picture stamps.  This set has 29 stamps in total!

I just love the font for the Merry & Christmas stamps, so this was my starting point to create some cute little gold embossed tags using the new Everyday Label punch…

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

The punch has a bottom curve as part of the design, but I wanted a flat bottom, so I just lined up the punch along the bottom edge of the cardstock to create a unique shape.

I finished the tags with a strip of Be Merry DSP (which you can find in the Annual Catalogue).

Everyday Label Punch | kelly kent

After the cute little tags, I went in a completely different direction for my other 2 projects.

I wanted to show how versatile this stamp set is going to be all year round….

For this card, I’ve teamed it up with the gorgeous ‘hello’ stamp set from the “Hello Friend” stamp set.

The Merry Cafe pieces formed the decoration for the panel on the left….

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

It’s so easy to create your own cute patterned cardstock with all the little stamps in the Merry Cafe stamp.

They are designed to be 2 layer images, but I used them independently to create solid shapes & outlines.

Do you love the colours?  I love gray with almost any combination.  Here I’ve matched it with Island Indigo and Bermuda Bay.


The last project uses the petite ‘perk up’ coffee cup from the Merry Cafe stamp set but I’ve masked out the ‘perk up’ and put in the “par-tea in a cup” stamp to turn it into a birthday card.

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

Just a CAS (clean & simple) card with cute colours & a rocking sentiment!  It doesn’t always have to be fancy.


I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  I had so much fun designing them – there’s so much potential in this stamp set.

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

For more great inspiration, hop over to visit Cindy Elam and her delightful project…

Thanks for sharing in what we all love to do!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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