Just Add Ink #537 | Family Blog Hop

Happy New Year from the Just Add Ink Team! We’re starting off with a traditional blog hop. The theme is family. Clicking ‘next’ on each blog post will take you around to see each design team member, but you can also see all the posts on the Just Add Ink blog. Click through to the blog to share your family inspired projects.

One of my favourite things about card making is being able to add a personal touch. Whether it’s making the card and gift coordinate, using their favourite colours, or creating a theme that’s uniquely them.

This card is for my brother-in-law who is mad about his drone.

High Tide | kelly kent

He’s recently started sharing his drone photography and they are sensational! Check out his socials – Facebook & Instagram. He lives in Albany, a coastal suburb of south western Australia which makes for picturesque land & sea photos. We were lucky enough to visit last year and did some wonderful sightseeing. This is Team Kent at the Wind Farm.

Although Albany isn’t primarily known for it’s lighthouses, they do have terrific coastline and I loved the symbolism of the High Tide stamp set. Albany is known for it’s many peaks, so I’ve combined this set with the Waterfront stamp set to create an ocean & beyond inspired card.

High Tide | kelly kent

This card gave me a chance to play with new and old favourites including getting my new Blending Brushes inky and trying out a cloud mask (brand: My Favourite Things). The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set and the DSP is In Good Taste DSP. At new catalogue launch times, I find I really have to focus on everything I have in my collection – not yet the newest additions.

High Tide | kelly kent

The final touch for this card was the drone, which is a free png image I found online cut in black vinyl on my Silhouette Cameo machine and applied to the card. This shape would have been so hard to piece together using Stampin’ Up! supplies, so I’m grateful to have a range of tools at my disposal to make my vision come to life.


Next up on the blog hop is my super duper awesome friend Lou Kitzelman with an adorable creation to share with you. Keep hopping to see all the fab creations from the design team and don’t forget to join the challenge yourself my sharing your project into the gallery on the Just Add Ink blog.

Have a wonderful weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures Team Hop | CASEing the Birthday Girl

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Happy Birthday to ….. ME!  It’s my birthday today and I’m blessed to be spending some of it blogging with my stamping family.  These ladies are such a wonderful part of my life and I’m so grateful to have them with me in this part of my papercraft journey.  This is the perfect way to celebrate!

Because it’s my birthday (well birth “month” actually – because … why not!!) I’ve asked the team to CASE the Birthday Girl!    So, the team have chosen designs I’ve shared on my blog and put their own spin on it.

We’re lucky to be joined by the super talented Tanya Rees.  Her style is gorgeous (and she is too!).

My blog started in October 2013 and in my very first post I shared a baby sampler I’d made for friend’s new little man.  It used Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White – still one of my favourite ombre colour choices to this date.

The second project I shared was a card using the cult classic Owl Punch.  Although long retired, I still have mine in my collection.  This was one of the first builder punches Stampin’ Up! produced and resulted in many punch art creations that were not actually owls!!!

This is the first card I blogged and the one I have decided to CASE today and do a 2020 version…

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

Using the same layout and colours and 6 more years of experience playing with paper, stamps and inks, here is the update –

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I love the finesse of the Bird Ballad DSP.  It takes a little patience to fussy around around the images, but that is time well spent to add a beautifully coloured artwork to the front of my card.  The striking yellow for this card is from the Best Dressed DSP.  I’ve had this on my desk, waiting patiently to be used.  Yellow is such a wonderfully happy colour!

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The top note shape of my original card has been replaced with a scalloped stitched rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies and stamped with Birthday Wishes from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

Although I like both yellow and green, my tastes over the years have changed and current style often features one strong colour with a neutral.  So I’ve done another update, and changed the card up to a Petal Pink & Sahara Sand that is much more my 2020 style!  Time will tell what my 2026 style will be!!!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

Isn’t it funny how colour trends, our personal style and what’s available in the catalogue influence what we make across the years!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

I love this layout and I’m thinking I should go back and do this for more of my cards with some of the new products coming out in June!

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These birds are just the sweetest – and really do make it so easy to add prettiness to your cards!  Last I checked, this DSP is still available in the online store – and at a discount!  Click here to visit.

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

I’d love it, as a birthday gift to me, if you could visit all of the blogs on the hop and leave a little message for my wonderful team.  It’s so nice to hear that people are reading our blogs and enjoying what we are sharing!

The next blog from here is our guest designer, Tanya Rees, who makes stunning cards!!

Thank you for being part of my birthday!

 

Participant List:

Kelly Kent
Tanya Rees (Guest Designer)
Narelle Simm
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Shannon Kissane
Lisa Whitehead
Mandy Depiazzi
Sheila Pybus

Social Stamping | birthdays in isolation

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I like birthdays – a lot!  I love celebrating other people, and I love celebrating mine.  Each new year is a gift – making it to the point where you can watch another number tick over the calendar is an achievement.  It’s my birthday month – who knew it would be celebrated in the midst of social distancing!!!

For the past 3 years, I’ve had a birthday blog hop with my stamping friends.  This year, thanks to the pandemic, I’ve been blessed with their creativity for over a month now.  What a wonderful present!!!  We’re all hopping again today for a combined birthday & Social Stamping hop.

The theme is “Birthdays in Isolation”.  With 1.5m of social distancing this May in Western Australia, paper hugs are going to be the best form of birthday celebrations!  There’ll also be Quaratini’s and a digital PAR-TAY!!!

In perfect timing for this hop, Stampin’ Up! released a Share Sunshine PDF to raise funds for charities supporting COVID-19 efforts.  It’s a 15 page digital stamp set (no hard copy, you print the pages yourself at home).  Click here to see more info and purchase the download.  I’m sure you’ll see lots of the digi stamps used in this hop – they are just perfect for what we’re going through right now!!!

I’m sharing two cards with you today…

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

Let’s start with the card on the left.  This pandemic will largely be remembered as the time when panic buying set in and of all things, toilet paper became rare!  I don’t think generations to come are going to believe the intensity of the toilet paper crisis!

Share Sunshine | kelly kentFor this card, I’ve printed the toilet paper roll from the Share Sunshine digital stamp set and fussy cut it out.  I’ve then added in the candle die from the Doily Wishes Dies (on the retirement list).  This seems like the perfect birthday in isolation birthday cake!

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

I’m not sure what this style of card is called, but I love it for something different.  I used this layout in my April card kits.  It looks fancy, but it’s so simple to make.

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

Cut your card base as normal (long ways, with a top fold), score at half way and then cut 4-1/8″ from the card front.  Cut this again at 1-3/4″ and keep this piece.  You can use the middle piece (rotated at 90 degrees) to hold the front of the card together, but I’ve cut another piece here in Pool Party to create a contrast.

The sentiment for this card is “quarantine” printed from the Share Sunshine PDF and ‘happy birthday’ from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set stamped in Versamark and white embossed. The patterned paper on the top and bottom panels is from the Woven Threads DSP (on the retirement list).


The second card I’m sharing looks all very plain on the front, with a couple of banners from the Bonanza Dies (very, very sadly on the retirement list),  the ‘let’s (digitally) party’ stamp from the Share Sunshine PDF and some retiring Blueberry Bushel ribbon.

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

But, when you take a peak inside…

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And then open it up…

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It’s a party!!!

I’ve made the inside of the card look like a laptop and created a virtual party.  Online interaction has become the lifeline of many during social distancing.  To be able to stay in touch, many people around the world have found themselves learning the ropes of virtual meeting platforms such as Zoom, Houseparty, Google Hangouts, Skype, Facetime, Messenger Video Chat  – there’s so many ways to connect!  I’ve been using Zoom at work for the past month, which has been lots of fun!  We’ve used it at home to see family and the Little Miss Papercraft have had virtual play dates to stay in touch with friends.  So glad to have technology on our side during social distancing!

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

The fun little creatures joining the party are from the Birthday Bonanza DSP  (on the retirement list).  They are all partial images from the side of the DSP sheets, that would have otherwise gotten thrown away.  They were perfect for my little screens, because you can rarely see a whole person on the screen (and when kids are involved, it’s generally an eyeball up close, a head on the side or a blank screen while they go find something “amazing” to show you).

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

I downloaded and printed the keyboard (click here for the image) and added a ‘happy birthday’ sentiment from the Here’s a Card stamp setwhich I cut out using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  Both of those products will be available again in the new catalogue.


Thank you for joining me for Social Stamping.  To see a full list of my stamping friends that joined in today’s hop, click here for the main blog host post.

To keep moving through the hop, click next to visit my gorgeous team mate, Lisa Whitehead.

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If you have a birthday coming up, be sure to make plans and celebrate that day (or week, or month!) for all it’s worth!  Isolation or not, birthdays are meant to be fun!

 

Colour INKspiration #58

I have another fabulous colour combination for you today as part of Colour INKspiration #58.  It’s pretty and subtle and I cant’ wait to see what you share with us on the Colour INKspiration Challenges Facebook group.  Click here to visit the FB group.

Don’t these colours exude elegance and luxury?

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We’re joined for this challenge by our guest designer – Vicki Boucher.  Vicki’s gorgeous card won challenge #56 and we’re delighted to have her create with us for this hop.  If you’re already on your way hopping around, then you will have travelled here from Vicki’s blog.  If you’re starting here, keep hopping until you visit Vicki.


With these sweet colours, I’ve inked up one of the new Stampin’ Up! bundles –  Above the Clouds.  It comes with a stamp set and coordinating Hot Air Balloon Punch.

Above the Clouds | kelly kent

I forget what this style of card is called – but it’s one of my favourites!  Stamp on the base layer of the card then add cardstock to the left & right edges to create a sunken patterned panel.  I’ve stamped the clouds in Blushing Bride and edged the Whisper White cardstock with gold foil.

Above the Clouds | kelly kent

There are some cute sentiments in the Above the Clouds stamp set, but I’m enjoying lots of mixing & matching of stamp sets at the moment to create a variety of birthday cards – as these are the cards I most need.  This fun birthday sentiment is from another new set in my collection – Beautiful Friendship.

I’ve used another set (not so new, but regularly used) on the inside – Itty Bitty Birthdays – together with Above the Clouds.  I don’t always decorate the inside of my cards (despite my new years resolution) but when I do, it always makes me smile to add an extra layer of happy!

Above the Clouds | kelly kent

The clouds are stamped in full colour (Blushing Bride) and then again without reinking to create a variety of cloud depths.  As well as full size hot air balloons, Above the Clouds has this cute trio of little hot air balloons too!  My tip for two step stamping with a solid image and an outline is to stamp the outline first.  It’ll be much easier to see through the solid stamps and line them up with your outline stamping.

This is the same for the big hot air balloons!  And that cute bunting I’ve used on the top of the card.

Above the Clouds | kelly kent

The gold touches on this card really lift it up (pun intended!).  Aren’t those balloons so pretty in pink!?!


Keep hopping and see all the lovely ways the design team have used these colours.  Next up is my sweet friend Rachel Palmieri.

Thanks for joining us!


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Colour INKspiration #50

There’s nothing like a splash of colour to brighten up the week!

Today is the start of a new challenge for Colour INKspiration and it’s so summery!  Take me there now!!!

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Unfortunately this amazing destination (or any other) isn’t on my foreseeable to-do list, so I’ll have to settle for the crafty version instead.

How about a cool & refreshing beverage???  A celebration of Colour INKspiration reaching 50 challenges!!!

Bubble Over | kelly kent

I haven’t used this stamp set in ages so it was fun to get it inky again!  I’ve kept the design CAS – clean & simple, allowing the colours to shine bright.

Remember my 2019 plan to use more embellishments?  I’ve added clear epoxy dots from a previous catalogue for a fun bubbly touch!

Bubble Over | kelly kent

The “cheers” sentiment for this card is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.  This is another ‘staple’ set I highly recommend.  You’ll find it suits lots of occasions and in this case is perfect for my summery drinks.

Bubble Over | kelly kent

Cheers! Here’s to lazy days and warm nights!!!  I plan on having a few cold beverages by the pool this weekend as we celebrate WA Day.

Next up on the Colour INKspiration blog hop is Jackie Aitken, a fellow “West Aussie” who will also be celebrating WA Day this weekend!  Visit Jackie to see her pretty card using the challenge colours.

You can also join the Colour INKspiration Challenge by uploading your card using the 5 challenge colours to our Facebook group.  Click here to jump over to Facebook.


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