Paper Adventures Team Hop | Photo Inspiration

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I wanted to take the chance to say a big thank you for all the comments, messages, likes and support after my very reflective post yesterday (if you missed it, you can read it here).  In keeping with my aim to simplifying my stamping activities, I’m not responding individually, but I wanted you to know that you touched my heart and made me feel very special.

It’s very fitting that my first post on the new journey is a Paper Adventures Team Hop.  These ladies are the heart and soul of my stamping experience.  If you ask most Stampin’ Up! demonstrators what keeps them going, it’s usually the friendships.  Making connections with like-minded crafting addicts is such a fabulous part of this adventure.

We welcome this month’s guest designer – Ellen Woodbridge.  Ellen is a demo on the east coast who has the most beautiful smile and infectious laugh.  I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few events with Ellen and it’s always a joy to see her.  She’s pretty talented at this stamping thing too!!!

The theme for today’s hop is photo inspiration.  We’re all creating something that has been inspired by this sweet image (credit: Amy Shamblen).

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I love hearts and flowers together, so this photo appealed instantly.  I love all the extra details – the different types of flowers, the colours, the little ladybugs at the bottom. There’s so many points of inspiration and I know the team is going to come up with some great projects to share.

I used the idea of making a heart from flowers to start my card.  One of my favourite DSPs from the Annual Catalogue is Pressed Petals.  The colours & beauty of this DSP caught me by surprise – because it certainly didn’t stand out in the catalogue to me. I love the floral patterns, the burlap design and the way the sheets complement each other.  The DSP is lightweight paper style which means the pack contains double the number of sheets as usual – that’s a win!!!

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

This card was a slight personal challenge to use the collage sheet in this pack.  I often find them the hardest to work into cardmaking.  But it occurred to me that when you cut up the floral bouquets from each section, they can be used quite creatively!  I’ve snipped and spliced to recreate a heart shape inspired by the photo.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set

This card then inspired another version, where I used one of the floral segments from the collage page of the DSP with a heart outline from the Be Mine Stitched Dies.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

Although Rich Razzleberry isn’t one of the coordinating colours in this pack, I love the way it brings out the purple tones of the DSP.  The floral page I’ve used in the background of this card is my favourite from the pack.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

I decided to keep this card sentiment free so I can use it for any occasion.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

If you could see the weather right now, you’d be amazing that I managed to sneak these photos in this morning.  The weather luck was on my side!  I prefer photos in the natural light – you get to see so much of the detail.


Thanks for joining us for this month’s team hop.  Next up on the hop is my beautiful friend Siobhan Fitzsimmons who is sharing a very personal project made using daisies!

Click here to shop online for the products used in my cards:

Dies: Be Mine Stitched

Stamps: Itty Bitty Greetings

Embossing: Subtle Embossing Folder

DSP: Pressed Petals

Colours: Rococo Rose, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake & Soft Suede

Tools: Paper Snips

 


Participant List

Ellen Woodbridge (guest designer)
Kelly Kent
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Sheila Pybus
Mandy Depiazzi

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Just Add Ink #461 | Inspiration

The photo inspiration from Rachael this week for Just Add Ink couldn’t be more perfect for me.  It’s my favourite colours and it works beautifully with a new bundle that just arrived on my doorstep from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.

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Let me know you the bundle first –

When I first saw this in the catalogue, it was instant love.  Over the years, I’ve used different methods to create silhouettes.  I just love the effect of having the solid black image against a colourful background.

Here’s what I created using the beautiful swinging girl stamp and the weeping tree die…

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The yellow background panel for the card was made using the new Pigment Sprinkles.  They come in a pack of six Stampin’ Up! colours.  I’ve used Daffodil Delight in two stages to get different intensities of the gorgeous yellow tone.

The swinging girl was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in black embossing powder.  I love the solid colour of black embossing powder.  When using the silhouette stamps, you are best to set up your Stamparatus and ink at least twice (if not three times).  This will give you a truly solid image in whatever colour you are using.

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The Smoky Slate background of the card also features something new – 3D Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder.  I was so excited by this too!!!   Stampin’ Up! have decided not to make us wait for new embossing folders & dies while they continue to perfect the design on the new cutting & embossing machine.  These products will still work with whatever die cutting & embossing machine you own, but you may need some workarounds in the short term.  This 3D embossing folder worked in my Big Shot (which is quite a tight roll) with two upcycled shims – a piece of 6″ x 8″ cardboard that comes with our foil packs and a piece of 6″ x 8″ cardboard from a DSP pack.  You may have to try a few combinations to see what works in your machine.

The workarounds are totally worth it though – there’s some gorgeous new 3D folders in the new catalogue!!

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The sentiment on this card is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.  Many of my favourite sets in the Annual Catalogue don’t have birthday sentiments included, so this set will be on regular rotation to keep up with all the birthday cards I want to send throughout the year.


To see all the design team cards using this gorgeous photo inspiration, click through to the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also add your card to the linky and enter the challenge.  Be inspired by the colours, patterns, shapes, theme or anything else that jumps out to you!

Thanks for visiting!

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Just Add Ink #451 | Inspiration

Hello!  It’s been a quiet week on the blog, so I’m excited to have snuck in some craft time to be able to share a Just Add Ink card with you.

It’s a photo inspiration challenge – chosen by Jo..   Does that photo make you want to drop everything and spend the morning (or day) sipping on tea at the cafe???

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I pulled together elements from the card to make a peekaboo style birthday card.

It’s plain on the front – inspired by the Mint Macaron wooden windows and chalkboard menu…

Barn Door | kelly kent

And then opens up…

Barn Door | kelly kent

…. to reveal the birthday message!

Barn Door | kelly kent

I used magnets to help with a good close when flat.

The shimmery sentiment was achieved by using several inkings & the Stamparatus.  I first stamped the whole stamp in Blushing Bride.  Then I added Flirty Flamingo across the middle of the stamp with a sponge dauber and then Lovely Lipstick across the bottom before restamping on top of the Blushing Bride image.  And finally, I added Frost White Shimmer Paint directly to the stamp with a sponge dauber before stamping a third time.

Barn Door | kelly kent

This card was so much fun to make!  I’m not sure I’ve made anything previously with the Barn Door bundle, but it was perfect for my vision for the photo inspiration.


We’d love for you to join us over at the Just Add Ink blog.  Check out what the other design team members have made and add your own crafty project to the link up to enter the challenge.

See you for the next challenge!


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Just Add Ink #446 | Photo Inspiration

I can’t wait to see what entries we get this week for Just Add Ink – the photo inspiration is just gorgeous!!!

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The colours and textures of this vibrant photo are sure to get the sparks of creativity flying!

The tiles on the wall reminded me of the Tin Tile Embossing Folder that carried over from the Holiday Catalogue.  If you’re ever curious which items from the Holiday Catalogue avoided the retirement list, you can see them all here in my online store.

I designed this card with my February classes in mind.  Each class I try to do one deluxe card – and after some Pinterest research, I came across this gorgeous fold by Barb Stamps (Barb Mullikin) called a Pull Out Side Pocket Card.  You can see Barb’s blog post & video by clicking here.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

The card is standard size with a right entry pocket flap for a writing panel.  You could also use the flap for tucking away other things like a gift card or voucher!

Barb is in the US so I slightly adjusted the cardstock sizes to match the C6 size cards we use in Australia.  Card base is 7-3/8″ x 6-7/8″, scored at 4-1/8″ on the long side and 1/2″ from each edge on the short side.

The mat on the front of the card and the cardstock for the pocket insert are both 3″ x 5-5/8″.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

Although I love the white wash tiles in the photo, I wanted to try adding Versamark to the embossing folder before I made the imprint on my cardstock and then coating with copper embossing powder for an oxidised copper effect with the teal (Bermuda Bay) peeking through.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

The flowers in the vase are from a new stamp set in the Occasions catalogue. They fit the existing Vases Builder Punch – which is a bonus if you already have this!

I’ve stamped the flowers in Lovely Lipstick on Shimmery White and then used an Aqua Painter to add more Lovely Lipstick & Mango Melody ink – just like in the inspiration photo.  The vases are heat embossed in copper and coloured with Bermuda Bay ink.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

I can see this style of card being a favourite for when I need something a bit fancier!!!


You can see all the design team creations for this challenge on the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also add your project to the challenge link up and share how the photo inspired you!

Thanks for visiting!


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Just Add Ink #420 | Photo Inspiration

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by to see my design team card for Just Add Ink this week.  One of the things I love the most about regular participation with Just Add Ink is the variety of challenges – it pushes you to create based on lots of different inspiration.

Today is a gorgeous photo inspiration chosen by Nikki.

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The design team have come up with some fabulous bright & fun creations – and I can’t wait to see what you make too!  Join our challenge by linking your blog, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest post on the Just Add Ink blog.


The photo can inspire any feature of your project design.  For me, it was the bright colours of the flower.  But you may also be taken by a floral theme, the petal pattern or another element that catches your eye.

I used the petal colours to create a watercoloured ink spill…

Just a Note | kelly kent

Which I then completed with a black & white theme to keep the bright colorus in focus.

Just a Note | kelly kent

The ‘just a note’ sentiment is from the Soft Sayings card kit.  Don’t let these stamp sets sit forgotten in the box – they are always filled with diverse & useful sayings, different fonts and can be a refreshing change from the sentiments that form part of your regular rotation.

The pen has been stamped in StazOn & fussy cut, with the detail added using the Journal Pen.

Just a Note | kelly kent

Week to week, my style and interest (although often similar) goes through periods of change.  At the moment, I’m enjoying watercolouring – which is something I haven’t enjoyed previously.  The more you do something, the more natural it seems.

I’m challenging you to try something this weekend that you’ve previously avoided.  Perhaps you bought Brushos but never used them.  Maybe you never use heat embossing on your cards. Perhaps you’re still learning how to use your Stamparatus?

Get out those tools & supplies you paid good money for and have a go! If your first (… second, third, forth) attempt doesn’t seem to work, set it aside and look at it again with fresh eyes.  I’ve come back to so many ‘failures’ only to find they look better once dry, or less ‘failed’ when I’ve had time to distance myself.

Good luck!!!


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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Photo Inspiration

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Hello, happy Friday!!!

Thanks for joining us for July’s Paper Adventures team hop.

Today the team, along with our guest designer – Sharon Dalton – are using this gorgeous photo by Paper Adventures team member Siobhan Fitzsimmons, to inspire our creativity.

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There was no further instructions – team members could take whatever they liked about this picture and use it for their creative spark.  It could be the colours, the patterns, the nature theme, the bees…… and I can’t wait for you to see what they’ve made.

I used the colours of the flower to inspire a bold watercolour background.  I started with Crushed Curry and blended in Lovely Lipstick before adding some highlights with Real Red ink.  Watercolouring always softens the colours and gives such a lovely effect.

Artfully Folded Watercolour | kelly kent

To replicate the bees, I gold embossed the paper cranes from the Artfully Folded stamp set.  This set is another host exclusive – available only to purchase with Stampin’ Rewards.

The gold embossing is so pretty in the light!

Artfully Folded Watercolour | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us for today’s hop.  There’s a full participant list at the end of this post.  To keep hopping in order, visit my talented friend & teamie (our photographer!) – Siobhan Fitzsimmons.

In case you haven’t seen it, there’s a great joining special in July for all stampers who join our Paper Adventures team – 10 {FREE} full size ink pads (a complete colour collection) when you join.  Starter kits are just $169 – and come with your choice of $235 of Stampin’ Up! products, 20%+ discount until at least January 2019, access to our Paper Adventures team page, early access to the Holiday Catalogue – and more!!

Click here to read more about the July joining special or click here to join!

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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!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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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!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #379 | Photo Inspiration

It’s time for another Just Add Ink challenge.

Today the gorgeous Just Add Ink design team are creating all kinds of wonderful projects based on this oh-so-pretty inspiration photo…

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And we want you to join in too!!!  Upload your creation inspired by any element of the photo (colours, theme, patterns) to the Just Add Ink blog.

Each week we choose a winner and two honorable mentions.  I tell you, it’s such a buzz to have your project chosen!  Share your creativity with us!


I took inspiration from the patterns and colours of the jug of that beautiful summery drink.

I am dreaming of days where it will be warm enough in Bunbury to enjoy weather suited to pitchers of fruity drinks!  It’s so cold at the moment!!!  Spring has not sprung in the south west of Australia!

Still, while the sun is only trying to shine, I can grow my own pretty flowers!

Just Add Ink #379 Photo Inspiration | kelly kent

One of the thing I love most about the Painted Harvest stamp set is the number of different colours you can stamp it in!

I am yet to see a colour that I don’t like.  Blue flowers look totally amazing – I’m keen to try that out!!!

Just Add Ink #379 Photo Inspiration | kelly kent

These flowers are stamped in Rose Red, Melon Mambo & Sweet Sugarplum with a SSP & Blushing Bride centre.

This stamp is designed to as 2-step stamping.   I like to add a few extra layers to keep the colours interesting!!!

Thanks for joining me today!  You can see all the design team cards on the Just Add Ink blog.

If you need any stamping supplies, and live in Australia, I’d love to be your demonstrator.

Visit my online store for a fabulous range of products including the gorgeous Painted Harvest stamp set.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

PS, I am aware of my inability to use any other sentiment that the ‘happy birthday’ from Sunshine Sayings stamp set – trust me, I’ve tried – but it really is perfect for my style of cards!!!  I’m looking through the catalogue for my next order to add some variety!


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Just Add Ink #369 – Inspiration

It’s a photo inspiration challenge at Just Add Ink this week.

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Join us over at the Just Add Ink blog with your creation inspired by any element of this photo.  It could be the hot air balloon theme, the colours, the layout, the trees, the water…. there’s so much to choose from!

I was inspired by the reflection of the balloon over the water, and used this to create {another} baby card!

Just Add Ink #369 Photo Inspiration | kelly kent

To get a reflection of any stamped image, stamp it as usual on the cardstock.  Then stamp again on Window Sheet and use this image to press under your first stamped image.

The second image will be a mirror image of the first, and lighter in colour, making it look like a reflection.  To get the water ripple, I stamped the top part of the water stamp from the High Tide stamp.

I added Pool Party ink where the puddle formed and Dapper Denim ink on the onesie.

Just Add Ink #369 Photo Inspiration | kelly kent

It’s a subtle finish, but I used the new Marbled background stamp, just to add a bit of texture under my centre panel.


The design team have created more beautiful projects to add extra inspiration this week!  See all the creations over at the Just Add Ink blog.

You can join in the fun there too but adding your card to our gallery!

We love seeing what you create as much as you love seeing our creations!


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