Colour INKspiration | 22 & 23

Wow… the Colour INKspiration challengs are into the 20’s now!!!

Just for something different, we are running two challenges at the same time over a 3 week period.

Choose one or both – depending on your time & crafting style.

It could be a Beachy Christmas for #22…

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Marina Mist, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz & Soft Suede.

Or #23 – a Nordic Christmas…

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Crumb Cake, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White & Silver

I couldn’t decide, so I made both!

I used the same layout for both cards, just changing the elements to suit each theme.

Here’s my beachy creation…

Colour INKspiration #22 Beachy | kelly kent

Of course, it’s easy to make a summery, South Pacific beachy theme this year with Beach Little Christmas from the Holiday Catalogue.

Colour INKspiration #22 Beachy | kelly kent

The tree die is from the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits which you’ll find in the Holidays section of the Annual Catalogue.

This set also has my absolute favourite reindeer die – which is what I used for my Nordic card…

Colour INKspiration #23 Nordic | kelly kent

Nothing says Christmas fun like a sparkly red reindeer…. or something like that!

All that sparkle is a little hard to photograph though!

Colour INKspiration #23 Nordic | kelly kent

Do you have a favourite?  Beachy or Nordic???

Colour INKspiration #22 & #23 | kelly kent

I can’t wait for you to see what the rest of the crew have done with these colours.

Follow on to visit the gorgeous Nikki Spencer

And if these colours have you inspired, please join our challenge over on Facebook.  You’ve got three weeks to get inky & share with us!

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Beachy Little Christmas

Nordic Christmas

CASEing the Catty #138 – Holidays

It’s a busy night on the blog tonight, with CASEing the Catty following up from my Stamping Sunday post!

I love participating in blog hops – they bring out the best in my creativity.

And I love being able to send you on to another wonderfully creative project after mine!

This week at CASEing the Catty, it’s Christmas in July time again!!!  We’re CASEing projects from the Holiday section of the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! ® Annual Catalogue.

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We did this theme earlier in the month and I made a Christmas card into a birthday card.

This time around, my inspiration comes from a thanksgiving card…..

Which formed the inspiration for a Christmas card…

CASEing the Catty #138 Holidays | kelly kent

It was the layered cardstock across the die cut that grabbed my attention!

CASEing the Catty #138 Holidays | kelly kent

Create this look by cutting strips of cardstock (great way to use scraps) and adhere them to a cardstock base.

My adhesive of choice was the new multipurpose adhesive sheets – easy to lay all the strips out & no glue mess!

It’s a little hard to see in the catalogue photo, but background is embossed with embossing paste, so I did the same but sprinkled with gold glitter (because I could!!!).

CASEing the Catty #138 Holidays | kelly kent

The sentiment is similar to the original card.

CASEing the Catty #138 Holidays | kelly kent

I think a Christmas hug from a reindeer would be cute… but I’m probably wrong!

We don’t have reindeer in Australia…. It’d probably be the equivalent of hugging an emu!

Anyway, enough crazy thoughts from me!

The hop continues across the country with the lovely Peta Stephen and her assistant Marvi…

You can join the challenge over on our Facebook page

Thanks for sharing the fun with us!

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CASEing the Catty #97 Favourite Holiday Bundle


Guess what folks?  It’s a long weekend here in Western Australia, so tonight is not the last moments of my weekend – woo hoo!!!

And I’ve been able to keep it relatively commitment free, which has meant lots of craft time already and more to come.

Lazy days are few & far between here!

Thanks for joining me for another CASEing the Catty blog hop.  The theme this week is ‘Favourite Holiday Bundle’, so prepare to be inspired to use all those great bundles you’ve bought from the new catalogue.  There’s a great variety with the team all having different favourites.

Images © Stampin' Up!

As always, ‘favourite’ was tricky for me – I love them all.

But at the moment, I’ve been enjoying using (and Pinterest-ing) my Santa’s Sleigh bundle – so I’m calling that the ‘favourite of the moment’!!!

My inspiration for today’s project came from 2 places – the catalogue (of course) but also from a fabulous blog post from Olga Cavanaugh.

Olga shares 4 different ideas for this bundle (most in 2 colour options)!  Make sure you click on her name above to visit her blog and see her great projects!

It was her z-fold card that caught my attention.

This is the catalogue inspiration, which formed the colour palette and some of the design elements.

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I combined it with Olga’s inspiring layout to create…

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent -

Z-Fold cards are so much fun and so easy to make!

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent -

My card features 6 Kraft reindeers with black hooves (as per the inspiration photo), a gold sleigh, green & gold trees and a Softly Falling embossed background.

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Add some stars for extra bling, bows for the reindeer and glitter snow on the tree and it’s sparkly and bright!

The embellishment fits perfectly on the left panel – I wasn’t sure it would!!!  You can’t always translate 3D projects from the catalogue to cards without making adjustments.

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent -

Z-Fold cards fold up flat, which means they are perfect for posting to your recipient, who can then display them once they arrive.

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent -

You write your Christmas wishes on the back, which is blank (unless you choose to decorate that too).

To make your own at home:

  • Cut a piece of A4 cardstock in half down the long middle – 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16″
  • Score at 2-15/16″ and 5-7/8″
  • Fold in half and then fold the section with the 2-15/16″ score line back again so it sits in front (at the left of the card)
  • Cut a strip of cardstock along the long edge 1″ wide (if you want it to line up with any background cardstock or DSP you are using, cut 1/4″ off the length)
  • Fold in half & crease with a bone folder, fold one section in half again
  • Once you’ve added your background DSP/cardstock pieces, adhere the folded strip to the front with the longer piece on top and the smaller pieces folded under the right side.  Make sure to use strong adhesive like Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape.  You only add adhesive to the part of the strip that attaches to the left panel and the back of the small right panel.
  • Add your other embellishments to finish your card

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent -

Thanks for hopping with me.

From here, you can visit Rebecca Scurr (previous blog) and her awesome Holiday project or Julia Quinn (next blog) for her great ideas!

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If you have a favourite Holiday bundle and you’d like to share a project with us, please join our September challenge by following the link up below.


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Simple Christmas Cards from the Holiday Catalogue

As much as I love a card with lots of layers & texture, it’s also great to have some designs that are quick and easy to create when you either need a card in a hurry – or you need to make a few.

My formula for quick cards –

  1. A strip of colour – DSP, cardstock or washi tape
  2. A feature – the main shape or decoration of the card
  3. The sentiment – stamped directly on the card to minimise time & fuss
  4. The extra – add a quick ribbon, twine, bling or glitter finish

Here’s 3 cards we made at my Holiday Catalogue class on the weekend using this formula.

Santa’s Reindeer

1 – Candy Cane Lane Washi
2 – Reindeer from Santa’s Sleigh
3 – Sentiment from Santa’s Sleigh
4 – Add a glittery red nose, a red bow & wink of Stella to make the reindeer into Rudolph

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards - Santa's Sleigh. Kelly Kent -

Christmas Joy

1 – Strip of Warmth & Cheer DSP
2 – Tag feature from Merry Tags Framelits
3 – Sentiment from Stitched with Cheer
4 – Green twine from Baker’s Twine Trio pack

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards - Stitched with Cheer & Merry Tags. Kelly Kent -

Happy Christmas Bells

1 – Fancy Frost DSP
2 – Stamped & punched bell feature
3 – Sentiment from Seasonal Bells
4 – Finish with silver Glitter Ribbon

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Try out this 1-2-3-4 formula next time you need quick & easy cards.

Let me know if it works for you!

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