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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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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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Embossing Paste

Hello Sunday!  I’m delighted to be hopping again this month (4th Sunday) with the Stamping Sunday Design Team.

Today, it’s all about the embossing paste – and you’re going to love the range of ideas we’ve got for you.

To see more of the design team projects, click on the little blue frog for the full link up list.

I love this new product so much that I’ve already finished one tub and I’m waiting for my new one to arrive.  It’ll be here just in time this week to try some of the design team ideas.

As well as embossing paste, there’s also tools for easy application & a pack of 4 decorative masks.

Although on first glance embossing paste is quite simple and is used to emboss the paste through a mask to add texture, there are lots of different adaptations you can make to increase the variety of looks the paste creates.

The first card I’m sharing today uses reinkers to colour the embossing paste and a mask made from the Eclectic Layers die.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

You can transform the paste from white to any Stampin’ Up! colour by adding a couple of drops of reinker to the embossing paste.

I love that the paste gives a really even colour across the whole pattern.  I always get caught when sponging with that one really dark patch!!!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

To colour the embossing paste:

Dollop a teaspoon of the paste on your silicone craft sheet, drop on 1-3 drops of reinker (depending on the intensity of colour you want) and mix with your palette knife.

Working on the silicone mat makes for a smooth working surface with an easy clean up.  If you don’t own one of these already, then you’ll want to add one to your collection.  I also use mine for hot glue work and have recently heard that they are a great underlay for stamping.

Although I could have easily used one of the Pattern Party masks, it was great to be able to create a different background for this card to suit the fabulous style of the lady!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

You can create a mask from any die that has a pattern to it – or a an interesting solid shape.

I’m so excited to show you my second project….I heat embossed the embossing paste!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

I tried this a few ways with the reindeer from Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits, including using a stencil.

In the end I found it worked best when I cut the reindeer out of cardstock, placed on my silicone mat and covered it completely with embossing paste, before layering with embossing powder.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

I then gently moved it off my silicone mat and heat embossed it with my heat tool.  The embossing powder bubbles & cracks and creates a fabulous finish that I liken to the crinkly foil on chocolate wrappers!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

In the process of my embossing experiments, I ended up with 2 reindeers – a gold & silver version.  You could do this with any metallic embossing powder you own.

And there’s a whole world of experimentation for non-metallic embossing powders!

The first reindeer card using the gold embossing is texture filled!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

As well as having my heat embossed reindeer, I’ve also added embossing paste to the base layer using the diamond decorative mask – and then stamped over the whole layer with the new Music Sheet background stamp.

This is another great feature of the embossing paste – you can stamp directly onto it!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

The second reindeer card is much simpler (and more my usual style!) with a base of gorgeous Coffee Break DSP and the heat embossed reindeer as the focus.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

Here’s a close up of the embossed reindeer in silver.  As you can see, it’s not important to get a totally flat finish on the embossing paste – it all adds to the texture!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

That’s all from me today!

If you’d love to see more embossing paste ideas, click on the blue frog to bring up the list of wonderful demonstrators around the world from the Stamping Sunday design team that are sharing their ideas, including our guest hoppers Sarah Fleming & Tanya Boser!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a fantastic week!

Christmas 2016 – Santa Photos

Since it’s the last day of the Holiday Catalogue, it’s probably fitting that today’s post is a throwback to Christmas.

I picked up the girls Santa photos today- late, I know!  I only get Santa photos so there’s some consistent record of them growing up, because, as you know, I’m terrible at all other memory keeping!!!

The photos were super cute, but didn’t come with a special folder, so I decided to make my own – in scrapbook style!

It was fun to pull out some Christmas things again (especially my reindeer die) and make it all pretty.

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And of course, add in some new pretties (lace doilies – so in love!) to frame the photos…

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The Large Number Framelits are fabulous for scrapbooking because of their grand size!

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See my suggested starter kit on how to get the Large Number {AND} Letters into your collection for less than half the retail price.

Goodbye to Christmas 2016!  Unless you want to place one last order from the Holiday Catalogue.  You can shop in my online store until 9pm (WA) time tonight.  The host code for January is YBEWYEMH.

From tomorrow, it’s all about 2017 with the release of the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogues!

One more sleep craft addicts!

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This is how I Stamp-A-Stack – Christmas 2016

On Saturday, I hosted 8 lovely ladies for a Christmas Stamp-A-Stack.

What is a Stamp-A-Stack?  Typically, it’s a chance to make cards in bulk.  The card designs are a little simpler, but you walk away with more.

For this reason, they are perfect for Christmas where people often send cards in larger numbers.

When planning my S-A-S, I decided we were going to make 12 cards – 4 each of 3 designs.

The ad went out, and not only did I fill the class I’d advertised, but I filled another one as well!!!

Now, despite knowing that the cards needed to be stripped back a little so we could get through them in the class time, I’m not so good at simple and just love to spoil my class participants with interesting cards.

So, even though I promised 4 cards of 3 designs, I actually ended up making 2 variations of each design so we actually had 2 each of 6 designs in the end.

So, here’s what I ended up thinking of as my the deluxe S-A-S of 2016!!!

Card 1 – a variation of my shrink reindeer CTC swap from OnStage

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Card 2 – a silver & purple variation of the card above!

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Card 3 – peekaboo tree card using Build A Birthday

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Card 4 – peekaboo tree card using Warmth & Cheer washi tape

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Card 5 – stitched card using Letters for You stamps

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Card 6 – stitched card using Merry Tags bauble & Large Letters

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The ladies loved the cards and were just fantastic at getting through all my ‘deluxe’ designs within the class time!

I helped them a little by doing some of the elements before the class (like the cute little reindeers) so there wasn’t too much wait time.

Do you have a favourite from the stack of cards?  I think mine is one of the stitched letter cards – maybe the JOY?!

I know they’ll all come in handy when it’s time to start sending cards.  How’s your stash looking?

If you need more supplies, don’t forget my November promotion.  All online orders using the host code TGEH7KV6 during November will go in the draw for $100 of Stampin’ Up! products.

Happy shopping!

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OnStage 2016 Swaps – CASEing the Catty

Hello! Today I’m sharing with you my other swap from OnStage 2016 – another shrink plastic project. It’s such a lovely product to make our Stampin’ Up! supplies shine in different ways.

Did you see my I ❤️ SU! keychain on yesterday’s post? Check here for all the technical shrink info.

For this card, I used black shrink plastic & the reindeer die from the Santa’s Sleigh set to make …

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Because it was a swap with the CASEing the Catty design team, I wanted to choose something from the Holiday Catalogue to inspire me.

After much deliberation, I ended up choosing the layout on the left from one of the host set sample photos.

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I made it as a peekaboo card with the DSP adhered to the inside layer of the card and the embellishments (Washi, burlap & reindeer feature) to the top layer.

OnStage 2016 Swap - Shrink Reindeer. Kelly Kent -

In keeping with my love this Christmas of non-traditional colour combinations, the black shrink plastic was perfect for my neutral theme – craft, black & copper.

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It was really hard to get a good photo of just how cute the teeny tiny reindeer was, but I tried!!!

This is my reindeer embellishment before I added him to the card…

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And on the card…

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On this photo, you can see what a cool 3D event the reindeer adds!

You could make any solid shape with a large starting size into a shrink embellishment. There were some reindeer fails too when the legs started sticking during the curl process – a shape without appendages would be easier!!!

I’d love to see your shrink projects!!!

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CASEing the Catty #99 Holiday Tags


Hello Sunday!

And thanks for joining me on another CASEing the Catty blog hop.  You may have come via Rachel‘s beautiful project, or you might just be starting here.


Either way, there’s lots to see – hop on through the full list to see ideas that were inspired by the tag samples in the Holiday catalogue!  If you get lost, click on the banner above to go to the main list.

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So many of us CASEd the awesome tags above during the Candy Cane Lane hop – I can’t wait to see if there’s another take on this idea.

Today I’ve flicked a little further through the catalogue, but stuck with a favourite I’ve been showing you lots of – Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits.

My CASEd tags are inspired by the tags on page 25, particularly the one on the right…

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I just can’t get enough of that reindeer!

Today I’ve industrialised him, neutralised the colours and stripped the design down to basics.

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One tag is never enough, so I’ve added some friends and made a herd!

CASEing the Catty #99 - Holiday Tags. Santa's Reindeer. Kelly Kent -

And then packaged them up using another of my catalogue favourites – Tin of Tags (perfect for a post all about tags!).

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These little babies are off to market.  Quick & easy to make but striking in their finish.

Hopefully there’s other Christmas modernists who love Christmas projects that go against the traditional green & red!!!

While I was making these tags, there were a couple of tips & tricks I thought “that would be good to share”.

So, here they are!

Framelits are easiest to use with the magnetic platform – it’s a Big Shot essential!  But, the little framelits tend to ping around.

My tips –

  • Let the framelit find it’s natural position and move your cardstock to suit
  • Don’t try to use both sections of the wreath framelit at the same time – they will interfere with each other and move around.  Do the outside first and then the middle.
  • Experiment with cutting the middle of the wreath off centre – especially when hanging it around the reindeer’s neck (this won’t work if you are stamping it first!)

Foil Sheets are a beautiful addition to every project (or at least it seems that way on my table at the moment!) but they are easily ruined by the impressions left by your top Big Shot plate.

My tips –

  • In your set of 2 plates, try to keep one plate as your bottom plate that gets lots of cuts on it, and one plate ‘clean’ with no cuts (though it will get some imprints from your thinlits & framelits)
  • Cut the foil sheet down to the size of your project to avoid marking foil sheet that you may use for another project
  • Overlay copy paper on top of your foil & framelit (before adding the top plate) to minimise the marks on your top plate transferring to your delicate foil (see below)

Protecting Your Foil Sheets in the Big Shot with Copy Paper. Kelly Kent -

And that’s all done for today – a set of tags and a set of tips!

Next up on the hop is Julia Quinn & her fabulous creativity.


If you’re feeling inspired by the beautiful tags in the Holiday Catalogue, please join us for the monthly challenege.


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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.

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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…

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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.

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

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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

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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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