Birthdays are the new Christmas | gold pineapple

Happy Boxing Day! As we head into that glorious period between Christmas and New Year where we are lucky enough to all be on holidays here at Papercraft HQ, it’s mighty hard to remember what day it is! But with nothing on the agenda other than what to eat next and when we’re next going swimming, that’s not really a problem!

How was your Christmas yesterday? Did some of the most lovely presents under the tree have your name on them? Did you get to spend the day with family & friends? Was the day peaceful and merry? I hope at least one of these things happened for you, if not all three. We had a lovely day with my family – eating, drinking and enjoying the beautifully warm weather.

As well as celebrating Christmas at this time of the year, we also celebrate my brother’s birthday, which was just a few days before Christmas.

As well as a board game he wanted, I took a gamble on getting him pineapple cider for his present. It was a lucky choice and he loved it! Not one to pass up the opportunity to coordinate a gift and card, this creation was a mix of the gift bag his present was packed into and the pineapple cider theme.

Gold Pineapple | kelly kent

The pineapple die cut is from the In the Tropics Dies in Basic Black for the fruit and Gold Foil for the leaves. The DSP is from a retired one from my stash – I’d tell you which one but I can’t find it now! My retired DSP stash is extensive – I can’t bear to part with any of it in case it’s perfect for a card in the future (like this one).

Gold Pineapple | kelly kent

I kept the front sentiment free and added ‘happy birthday’ to the middle in gold metallic ink – another retired favourite. The Approaching Perfection stamp set is a new one you’ll be able to earn for free in Jan & Feb 2021 with any $90 purchase as part of the Sale-A-Bration promotion.

Approaching Perfection | kelly kent

Simple is good when it comes to those guy cards!

Happy birthday to my baby bro. You can check out his beautiful photography on his instagram – The Life of Py.

Birthday Brother | kelly kent
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Colour INKspiration | Celebrating 3 years

I’m back hopping with the Colour INKspiration Crew today as a guest designer for their 3rd birthday celebrations.  Thanks to Bronwyn Eastley for inviting me to join the celebrations.

We each got to choose our 3 favourite colours and make anything we wanted!  Narrowing it down to either just 3 colours, or just one favourite combination is virtually impossible for crafters.  My favourite colours depend on my mood, or the card I’m making or my current favourite DSP!  I’m sure you can relate!

I’ve gone with a trio of colours that I love for lots of different occasions – it works for a neutral baby card, for a classic wedding card, for a card of friendship, for males, for females – for everyone!!!  It’s black, yellow and gray (with the option to throw in white as a classic neutral).

Colour INKspiration 3rd birthday blog hop | kelly kent

I could make cards all day with these colours, so I’m sharing 2 cards with you today.  The first is a technique I’ve been wanting to try for a while using Stampin’ Blends and a new stamp set – Dressed to Impress.

I created the floral background by stamping the flowers randomly on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I then coloured the negative (ie, between the flowers) using the Basic Black Dark Stampin’ Blend to create a solid black background and coloured the flowers with the light & dark Mango Medley Blends (as close as we have to Crushed Curry).  Stampin’ Blends glide so beautifully over the cardstock and blend (as the name suggests) to create a seamless image.

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

This card is on a Smoky Slate base with a Crushed Curry label, Whisper White die cut and a white on black embossed sentiment.

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

Stamp sets: Dressed to Impress, Well Said

Dies: Stitched Nested Labels, Well Written

Stampin’ Blends: Dark Basic Black, Light & Dark Mango Medley

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Veramark

Embossing Powder: White

Colours: Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White


The second card is a favourite layout I’ve used before using a heart frame and flowers to create a floral centrepiece.  Today’s card uses frangipani flowers from the new Timeless Tropical stamp set.

Timeless Tropical | kelly kent

This card is much brighter and sunnier, using white space and lots of yellow to lighten the mood.

Timeless Tropical | kelly kent

Stamp sets: Timeless Tropical, Well Said

Dies: Stitched Be Mine, In The Tropics

DSP: Regals 6″ x 6″

Stampin’ Blends: Light Mango Medley

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Colours: Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White


To see more great colour combinations, keep hopping and visit the very talented Vicki Boucher who has a colour combination that I’m excited to see in action!

All the colours on the hop are fabulous ideas and sure to spark lots of creativity.  I know I’m going to be back visiting the hop when I need some colour ideas.

You can join the challenge over at the Colour INKspiration Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Thanks again to the Crew for inviting me back!