Just Add Ink #443 | Choose Two – Colouring & Sequins

Every time I design for Just Add Ink I think about how much I love the variety of challenges!  I can’t pin down a favourite but I always love the creativity that comes from a “Choose Two” challenge.

This week it’s a choice of embossing paste, colouring or sequins!

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As always, I could have gone in so many different directions with this theme.  I was tempted to dig my unnecessarily unloved embossing paste out, but in the end decided on colouring and sequins for a shaker card.

Piece of Cake Shaker Card | kelly kent

When Stampin’ Up! added rectangle framelits, I knew I was going to love them!  They make everything pretty and shaker cards an absolute ‘piece of cake’.

Piece of Cake Shaker Card | kelly kent

I started by repeatedly stamping the candles across the bottom of the card base and coloured them with Stampin’ Blends – Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Bermuda Bay & Granny Apple Green.  I chose these colours based on the DSP spots.

Piece of Cake Shaker Card | kelly kent

The frame was cut using two rectangle framelits (2 sizes apart) and backed with Window Sheet.  To create the depth ready for my shaker sequins, I lined the back with a border of Foam Adhesive Strips and adhered it to a piece of How Sweet It Is DSP cut 1/4″ bigger than the frame size.

And then finished it off with a pretty drip cake and more candles from the Piece of Cake bundle. I love the variety of cakes and embellishments in the stamp set.  And being able to cut it out with a punch is great for saving time and having a beautiful neat finish.  I don’t mind fussy cutting, but give me a punch any day!

Piece of Cake Shaker Card | kelly kent

This bundle is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!  So amazing in fact that it’s almost sold out in Australia and once current stocks have been depleted, it won’t be orderable again til new stock arrives in mid-late March.  If you haven’t already added it to your collection, I suggest a quick little order!  Click here to view in my online store.

Piece of Cake Shaker Card | kelly kent

If you still haven’t ordered Rectangle Framelits (WHAT???), you can add those from the online store too.  Click here to visit.  Then you can make as many easy-peasy shaker cards as you’d like.  Full supply list at the end of this post in case you need other products too like foam adhesive strips & window sheets.


We’d love to see what this challenge inspires you to make.  Head over to the Just Add Ink blog to upload your entry and see the full range of design team cards.

Thanks for being a fabulous part of Just Add Ink!  We appreciate having such a diverse following!


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Just Add Ink #381 | Choose Two

Welcome to this week’s Just Add Ink Challenge.

It’s time for some fun & some choice!

Choose two from embossing paste, colouring & sequins.

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There’s a very small possibility that I didn’t choose – and that my card contains all three…. depending on how you look at it.

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

I was aiming for embossing paste and sequins, but when I look at my finished card, there’s that wonderful wash of ‘smooshed’ watercolour.

But I since I didn’t “colour” the ballerina, I’m not counting that for colouring.

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

As term 4 begins, I’m getting an early start on the host of ‘end of year’ cards required for coaches, teachers and other important people!

This one was made with a dancing teacher in mind.  The baroque embossing mask reminded me of the elegance of a performance theatre.

And the Decorative Ribbon Border – the frill of the curtains!

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

The ballerina is from Sugarplum Dreams.  I keep promising I’ll use the other stamps in the set, but so far the ballerina keeps getting all the ink!  To be honest, she is the sole reason I bought the set – so it seems fair.

The sentiment is from the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set – because…. you know…. that font!

Just Add Ink #381 | kelly kent

I can’t wait to see all your entries for this challenge.- I know you’re going to come up with some amazing projects.

Join in over at the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also see all the sensational design team cards there too.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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OnStage 2017 – Affirmation Swaps!

Hello!  As this post goes live, I’ll be starting my day at the Perth OnStage event.

The excitement will be buzzing around the room as approx 175 Stampin’ Up! demos share their love of paper, stamps and ink with each other!

Part of this wonderful day is swapping creativity with each other.  It’s optional to join in with swaps but fun to do so!

“Swaps” can be cards or 3D items.  The only requirement is that they use current Stampin’ Up! products.

I’ve been a touch cheeky on the ‘current’ and included the retired Bermuda Bay glimmer paper from Sale-A-Bration… but it went with my colour theme!

And since we only find out today what’s retiring from the Annual & Occasions catalogue, there’s a chance there’ll be a few more retiring products on my design list.

But that’s ok – because what I wanted to share with my fellow demos was not how to use the products I’ve chosen, but the idea.

These super cute little affirmation bottles came about after a late night Facebook conversation with one of my Stampin’ Up! team.

Kristen is a doTERRA rep who joined Stampin’ Up! to purchase materials for thank you cards, packaging and to celebrate her team.  While chatting about the products we have in the range, the concept of affirmations came up – and from there, affirmations in a bottle!

The wonderful part of this idea is there are so many stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! range that have positive & uplifting sayings in them that could be used as affirmations.

Or, you can do as I have and use word & phrase builder sets to create your own affirmations.

The ‘you are’, ‘amazing’ and ‘inspiring’ stamps are from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set which is currently in the Annual Catalogue.

The ‘awesome’ and ‘great’ stamps are from the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set – also in the Annual Catty.

The affirmations are stamped on plain copy paper – this was the easiest to roll up tight to fit in the bottle.  Our beautiful cardstock is too thick!


Of course, the little bottles are so cute when decorated with our pretty Stampin’ Up! embellishments.

I chose butterflies, glimmer, sequins & ribbons.

I used all the current sequin colours – gold, silver, Blushing Bride & Bermuda Bay, together with 1/8″ gold & silver ribbon and the Bermuda Bay stitched ribbon.

And used 4 coordinating glimmer colours – gold, Bermuda Bay (SAB offering), Silver & Blushing Bride.

Each embellishment segment is hot glued together and then hot glued to the glass bottle.


Here’s a close up of each colour combination…

Gold  & Blushing Bride

Blushing Bride & Gold

Silver & Bermuda Bay

Bermuda Bay & Silver

I packaged the swaps into the 2″ x 8″ cello bags (trimmed down before packing) and topped with a Decorative Label topper.

I made quite a few affirmations because I really wanted to spread the love!  I hope the other demos enjoy reading their message.

I know I’m going to get some amazing swaps back – I’ll share some with you this month.


I’m sure the mini bottles are available from a range of places.  I got mine on eBay – 5mL size.

Please use this idea for your own direct sales business as team gifts, or for your customers – or make some up to give to your friends, or as Random Acts of Kindness.

It’s a beautiful way to brighten someone’s day!


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Floating Hearts – JAI259 & FMS182

Friends of mine celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary on the weekend.  This is the card I made for them using the Just Add Ink (sequins!) & Freshly Made Sketches as my inspiration.

Nothing says love like hearts!  How cute are the heart sequins making the hot air balloon string!?!

Did I mention that the retirement list comes out tomorrow!  One thing I know for sure is that all Crisp Cantaloupe items will be on there – cardstock, ink, ribbon, DSP, sequins…  The 2013-2015 In Colors are retiring and making way for 5 NEW colours!

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Anyways, see you tomorrow for the full list.  In the meantime, Happy Anniversary to Ciara & Jason!  Kelly x

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