Just Add Ink #506 | Photo Inspiration

There’s something fun about a photo inspiration – I think it’s the different directions that everyone goes in from the same starting point, and the starting point being a style or theme you may not usually choose.

With the combination of bold colours and quirky elements, this great photo (chosen by Nikki) is bound to give us lots of great entries for this week’s challenge.  To join in, share your card on the Just Add Ink gallery (click here to visit).

I really loved the cherry blossom wallpaper that you can see in the background of this photo.  I’ve always had a soft spot for cherry blossoms and hope to one day see them in person in Japan.  The Seasonal Layers Dies have a branch and floral combination, that are not quite a cherry blossom, but a gorgeous flower all the same!  If you love this set, you’ll want to buy it ASAP as it retires in less than two weeks.

Seasonal Layers | kelly kent

I’ve kept with the colours of the inspiration photo – I love yellow and purple tones together, and the white keeps it fresh.

Seasonal Layers | kelly kent

Finished off with a die cut sentiment from the Well Written Dies, I have created this card with zero stamping!  Just some cardstock in great colours, a few sets of metal dies and my die cutting machine.  I know this card will brighten someone’s day when it arrives in their mailbox as happy mail.

To see the rest of the design team cards for this challenge and add your card to the gallery, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

Have a great weekend!

Freshly Brewed Projects Blog Hop | Stack of Cards

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Collaborations, blog hops and tutorial groups have become more common among Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and I couldn’t be happier!  It’s so nice to be involved in someone else’s fun!!

Today I’ve been invited by Leonie Schroder to hop with her Freshly Brewed Projects.  The theme is “Stack of Cards”.  After making the Double Wonder Card set designed by Shannon West & Julie Davison using 2 x half sheets of 12″ DSP, I was hooked on the simplistic creativity that comes from one sheet wonder templates.

For this hop, I wanted a template that I could use with a 6″ x 6″ sheet of DSP.  Some DSP patterns, like Best Dressed DSP only comes in 6″ x 6″ packs.  And then there’s all the paper shares I have from all the catalogues!  I have so much DSP, I probably don’t need to be economical, but making lots of cards from one piece of DSP is a great way to use but conserve your favourite patterns!

On my hunt, I found this gem of a pattern by Jackie Bolhuis (of Klompen Stampers).  You can see Jackie’s post here and the template here.  Thank you to Jackie for a wonderful tutorial.

I’ve chosen one of the pretty floral patterns from the Best Dressed DSP (one of my all-time favourite designs!).  Pulling out colours from the DSP, I used Blushing Bride, Granny Apple Green & Whisper White as the card bases.

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

The stamp sets featured on my set of six cards are Dressed to Impress (coordinates with the DSP) and Peaceful Moments (my favourite go-to sentiment set at the moment).

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

My favourite part of Jackie’s template was the clever use of the circle from the large rectangle to be able to make two cards!

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Just because you only use one sheet of DSP, doesn’t mean you can’t add other touches to your cards to take them to the next level.  Across my cards, I’ve used:

  • flowers from the Dressed to Impress stamp set (and Stampin’ Blends to colour them in)
  • Stitched Shapes, Layering Circles, Seasonal Layers and Stitched So Sweetly Dies
  • Scripty Embossing Folder
  • Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim Ribbon & Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • Cardstock: Lovely Lipstick & Whisper White
  • Ink: Old Olive, Lovely Lipstick
  • White embossing powder & Versamark

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Jackie is based in the US and has slightly different cardstock sizes to us, so I modified by template slightly by not cutting the extra piece off the bottom half of the template, and then cut these strips to size as  I needed them (this actually ended up being 5-5/10″).

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

These cards have great layouts that you could use even if you weren’t making a one sheet wonder set.

The best part about this hop is getting to skip around to see the stack of cards the other clever crafters have brewed up to share.  Next blog to visit is Libby Dyson.

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Happy crafting!

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Social Stamping | hello from kelly

Hi there and thanks for stopping by my project for the first Social Stamping blog host.  I organised this during week as an opportunity to connect us during this crazy time – either by joining the blog host as a designer, or by visiting the blogs as a crafter.  You can see the master list of participants and a bit of background about the blog host in this post (click here).


With a little bit of extra time on my hands, this was my chance to put into action a project I’ve been thinking about for a while – a card with a light circuit.  You can buy LED kits but they are quite expensive.  Being a girl who is good with maths & science, I decided that if I had all the pieces, I could probably do it myself.  As it turns out, I can and I did!

DIY LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

The little light between the lantern and the tree branch lights up when you press the heart.

DIY LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

How cool is that???  I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ and a piece of copy paper the same size.  From the copy paper I cut out a 2-5/8″ circle and used this as a mask over the Whisper White to blend three tones of pink into a circle “moon”.  Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose & Melon Mambo.  To see more about ink blending, visit this blog post I wrote in Feb.

DIY LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

I then added a branch from the Seasonal Layers Dies in Soft Suede cardstock, watercoloured lantern on Shimmery White cardstock from the Power of Hope stamp set (available as a Sale-A-Bration reward until 31st March 2020) and ‘hello’ sentiment from the Free As A Bird stamp set in white embossing powder on Rococo Rose cardstock.  The heart (from the Be Mine Stitched Dies in Melon Mambo cardstock) in the bottom right corner corresponds to the battery placement and is where the card recipient will press to close the circuit and make

Once all this was set up, I knew where I wanted the LED light to go and was able to punch a 1/8″ circle for the light to sit in.  And then it was time to create the behind the scenes magic.  To make the circuit you need to connect the LED diode to a battery, creating a circuit breaker so that it only turns on when you press.

Here’s what the circuit looks like on the back…

Here’s a quick look at the circuit breaker flap in motion…

Supplies you’ll need to make your own at home.  For suppliers, check ebay or your local electronics store.

  • LED diode (I used 3mm white but these come in pretty colours & different sizes too)
  • CR1225 3V button cell lithium battery
  • Conductive Adhesive Copper Foil Tape (I used 6mm)
  • Circuit breaker – I used a strip of copy paper 1″ x 2″ folded in half

DIY LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

To finish the card, I used Foam Adhesive Strips to attach the circuit layer to the Rococo Rose mat (3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″).  Using the foam strips gives the circuit breaker some space to lie slightly open, meaning the light only comes on when you press all the layers together.

The card base is Blushing Bride cardstock with a top fold and then Rococo Rose and Whisper White layers on the inside to add some weight.

DIY LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

Many thanks to Marine from Blue Marine Crafts for her excellent tutorial which got me started on being able to make my own circuits.  You can see her card & video by clicking here.

I can’t wait to send this card to someone – and it could be someone you know!  Leave a comment on this blog – I’ll choose a comment at random as the winner, who can select a friend or family member to receive this card in the mail and add a little light to their life.


There’s lots more craft inspiration as part of this blog host.  You can see all the participants via the main blog post (click here) or you can click through to the next blog by Denita Wright-Smee.

Thank you for hopping with us!

CASEing the Catty #233 | CASE a Layout

Hello!  How was your weekend?  Welcome to another CASEing the Catty blog hop.  Today’s theme is a whole page of layouts from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue to CASE.

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I have chosen the card at the top left – with the gorgeous embossing.

I’ve got a few new products I’ve been itching to play with, so I’ve used this layout to try out the new Dinoroar suite.

Dinoroar | kelly kent

I kept the embossed background but changed it to one of the new 3D embossing folders – Mosaic.

Note about the new 3D embossing folders: 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.

Dinoroar | kelly kent

I have been loving the beautiful DSP images – and using them often as centrepieces for my cards.  This fun pink dino is cut straight from the DSP using one of the dies from the Dino Dies set.  So easy, so pretty, so awesome!!!

The thank you sentiment is from another new set in my collection – You Always Deliver.  I loved the font style.  I’ve used a dino pun sentiment on the inside…

Dinoroar | kelly kent

I love that Stampin’ Up! included pink dinosaurs in this design.  As a mumma of children who love all the colours in the rainbow, this suite is going to be on high rotation in my craft room!

Dinoroar | kelly kent

For more great ideas that started with a page of magnolias and changed into so many other creations, continue the hop with my lovely friend Rachel Palmieri.

If you have some craft time this week, we’ve love for you to share your project inspired by one of the layouts on page 36.  Use this as your starting point and let your creativity take you the rest of the way.  Click here to visit our CASEing the Catty Facebook group.

Thanks for being with us on this fabulous Sunday!


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