Colour INKspiration #10

Another amazing fortnight of challenge entries!

If you’re not already on our challenge page over on Facebook, join us to for wonderful ideas shared every day by crafters just like you!

It’s our 10th challenge this week – which is a wonderful achievement for Bronwyn Eastley and the Colour INKspiration team.

If you’re already on your way hopping, did you love what Denita made?  I always admire her creativity.


The colours for Colour INKspiration #10 are amazing {again} and will stretch the way in which you look at your crafting projects.

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Cajun Craze, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate and Delightful Dijon!

This is the last time the crew will play with Delightful Dijon as it’s set to retire next week.

Have you bought all the items you *need* from the retirement list?  Next week it’ll be all about the new catalogue!


When I first sat down to play with these colours, I was raiding Nanna Papercraft’s craft room while she’s on holidays.

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but Delightful Dijon is an absolutely perfect colour for beer!

So, with the Mixed Drinks stamp set in my hand, this is what I created for Colour INKspiration #10….

Colour INKspiration #10 | kelly kent

Lots of Island Indigo & Smoky Slate – because I love them!

Whisper White to break all those strong colours up (don’t forget you can use any neutral or metallic in your Colour INKspiration project).

Delightful Dijon – because it makes fantastic beer!

And just a touch of Cajun Craze for the sentiment to finish the challenge!


I’m not sure if you’ve looked at the Mixed Drinks stamp set (it’s awesome!)…

There’s only one beer mug?  How did I get it to ‘clink’ I hear you ask?!?

Colour INKspiration #10 | kelly kent

I used the reflection technique to flip it over.

Stamp in Versamark & emboss the beer mug as normal.

Then, stamp it again on Window Sheet.  Turn the window sheet upside down and very carefully (it’s slippery and wants to slide away from you producing a truly spectacular beer googles effect!) press down on the stamped image.  This will transfer it to the cardstock -as a mirror image.  Emboss as usual and colour both images with an Aqua Painter and Delightful Dijon ink.


I’ve also put a special touch on the inside.

If you’re going to send a beer themed card, you should probably send beer money…

Colour INKspiration #10 | kelly kent

Personally, I’d rather stamping money… but I guess they don’t hold the same appeal for everyone!

Next up for some colourful inspiration is my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman

And join us on Facebook for the challenge.  It runs for three weeks, so plenty of time to get inky!


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I Told You Exercise Was Bad For You!

One of my besties broke her hip last month – at the ripe old age of 32!

After the amazing effort of running a half-marathon, she pulled up sore – to be expected of course!

But even an R&R holiday in Bali wasn’t enough to aid in recovery and no wonder, when scans showed she’d fractured her hip!


I’m a half-hearted exerciser.  I love the concept, but rarely get around to doing it – I’d rather be crafting!

Plus, how many times do you hear of people who exercise getting hurt!

So, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to pop out my ‘exercise is bad for you’ mantra for a sassy get well card!

Exercise is Bad For You | kelly kent

The little bandaged up ‘Mummy’ is from the retired Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set.

I’m so glad I kept it!  It fits with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch which is carrying over to the next catalogue.

Exercise is Bad For You | kelly kent


I’m sure she’ll be back to running in no time!  Albeit with a more metallic composition than previously!

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Party Like You’re Irish – St Patrick’s Day 2017

It seems that this is a good week for a pun!

Who doesn’t love their name on a card??

Wishing you a Happy St Patrick’s Day!!!


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Top Shelf Birthday

With all the hype around the new Holiday Catalogue, it’s easy to forget all about those lovely stamps in the Annual Catalogue.

This is a card I made for a friend’s birthday using the Mixed Drinks stamp set.

There are so many fun ideas for this set – in fact it was Holly’s great beer card that she posted today that reminded me I hadn’t shared this with you yet!

Top Shelf Birthday - Mixed Drinks stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

3 drinks for the birthday boy…

Top Shelf Birthday - Mixed Drinks stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And 3 cheers on the inside of the card.

Top Shelf Birthday - Mixed Drinks stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The sentiments included with Mixed Drinks didn’t quite have the right tone for the card I wanted to make, so I made my own!

In my (humble) opinion, every crafter needs to have the Labeler Alphabet stamp set in their craft stash.  It let’s you add any sentiment you need to your card.

Top Shelf Birthday - Mixed Drinks stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It’s sometimes trickier to make cards for males, but I’m yet to meet a male that wouldn’t appreciate a card all about drinking!

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Magic Dinosaur Reverse X-Ray Card

We must be back in a birthday orbit at the moment because this is the second kids birthday card I’ve shared this week!  (Or is it the third?)

This card ended up being a comedy of errors to make.  I had it all planned out in my head, but putting it the magic part together involved a fair bit of prising apart and re-doing.

I almost didn’t blog it but because it’s a cool card – I wanted to share.  You are likely to be able to recreate it without the hassles I encountered!!! (I’m sure I did every step the hard way)

I also wanted to remind you that blog writers are normal crafters too – with just as many failures, ’roundabout’ creations and trial & error cards to their name as you.

Often you don’t hear about how many attempts it took to get the one you see in the photo, or how much cardstock ended up in the bin before we got it right!  It can seem like you’re the only one making ‘templates’ (this is what my Tuesday class ladies call their practice attempts – templates that you go back to for measurements & reminders).  I am here to tell you – EVERYONE MAKES TEMPLATES!


So, here is my magic dinosaur card…

Magic Reverse X-Ray Dinosaur Card. No Bones About It, A Little Foxy DSP & Layering Square Framelits. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Where’s the magic?  Pull here and he goes from being an x-ray dino, to a ful colour T-Rex!

Magic Reverse X-Ray Dinosaur Card. No Bones About It, A Little Foxy DSP & Layering Square Framelits. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I had made the suggestion to Stampin’ Up! (on more than 1 occasion) that vertical sentiments would be awesome – and this catalogue we got them!!!!  Yay – sometimes you just need a n option that goes up & down!

Magic Reverse X-Ray Dinosaur Card. No Bones About It, A Little Foxy DSP & Layering Square Framelits. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

He’s not perfect, but he works (kinda… don’t pull too hard).  I hope Mr 6 enjoyed the fun of turning his dinosaur card into full colour!  Kelly x

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Muchas Gracias – It’s a Challenge Fiesta!!!

Hola!!!

On a complete stroke of good fortune, I’m managed to combine the needs of three different challenges this week to create a fun thank you card.

First challenge is the colour combination from Just Add Ink #317

And the sketch from Global Design Project #042

At this point I had my card planned out… and then what did I spy???  What Will You Stamp #70 is all about Birthday Fiesta – my already chosen stamp set.

So, of course, it was meant to be a threesome this time around!


Now, after all this challenge link up I bet you’re impatient to know what I created???

Aqui esta… Here is my “Muchas Gracias” (thank you very much) card…

Challenge Fiesta - JAI#317, GDP#042 & WWYS#70 - featuring Birthday Fiesta stamp set, Swirly Scribbles framelits & Labeler Alphabet stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


I’m still putting the effort into decorating the insides of my card too…  I even added some bling to this one!

Challenge Fiesta - JAI#317, GDP#042 & WWYS#70 - featuring Birthday Fiesta stamp set, Swirly Scribbles framelits & Labeler Alphabet stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


How cool is the Labeler Alphabet stamp?  Create your own sentiments in any language!  Convert a “Birthday Fiesta” to a thank you fiesta!  Endless opportunities!

Challenge Fiesta - JAI#317, GDP#042 & WWYS#70 - featuring Birthday Fiesta stamp set, Swirly Scribbles framelits & Labeler Alphabet stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What a cool dude that llama is!  He’s quirky yet awesome all at the same time!

Make sure to click on the links above to visit the design team projects of each challenge and get more great inspiration for use of colour, card layout & stamp set ideas!!!  Kelly x


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Happy Mail!

It’s always exciting to have parcels containing new products arrive on the doorstep.  Yesterday I unpacked, sorted and repacked 6 boxes of fabulous new goodies!

Stampin' Up! - The best kind of doorway hazard!!! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

They weren’t all for me!  So this morning, I delivered stamps, paper and bags of fun to my lovely local stampers.


And this afternoon, I’ve had a chance to get inky and play with my new things!!!

What to ink first was an easy choice for me.  My instant catalogue favourites were the Foxy Friends bundle(stamps, punch & DSP) and the Letters For You / Large Letters bundle (stamps & framelits).

And this is what they look like together…

Foxy Friends bundle & Large Letters bundle. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Can you spot all the new products???  As well as the ones I mentioned above, there’s also the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Sweet Cupcake stamp set, letters from the Labeler Alphabet stamp set and the Classic Label punch.

Back to the craft table now – I’ve got so many ideas and so little time!!!  Kelly x

PS, so many thanks to my ever patient husband!!!

Tempted by any of the products I used?  

Here’s the list with direct links to my online store.