Just Add Ink #512 | Sketch

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for a Just Add Ink challenge.  If you love the sketch we’re creating with today, you can share your project using the sketch with us at the Just Add Ink blog.  You’ll also find all the design team cards there too!

There was a crazy serendipity when I was planning out my card for this week’s challenge.  A jumper I bought online had the exact same layout as the sketch!!!  

So, with that as my inspiration for colour choices, I made this simple but cute card using the Tasteful Touches stamp set.

Tasteful Textures | kelly kent

I really love feathers as an image in craft (not so much real life feathers – they gross me out a little!).

Tasteful Textures | kelly kent

I’ve used two different embossing folders on the coloured panels – Subtle 3D (Night of Navy) & the new Tasteful Textile 3D (Pretty Peacock).

Tasteful Textures | kelly kent

The sentiment is white heat embossed on Basic Gray cardstock and then snipped into individual words.  I love this effect with plain text words.

Sometimes the layout adds all the interest a card needs! 

I hope you find time this weekend to make some cards and that this sketch may be of some inspiration to you.  

 

Just Add Ink #502 | Sketch

It’s sketch week at Just Add Ink.  This little beauty was designed by Tina and I know you’re going to find lots of creative ways to use it.

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I needed to make a card for a special little guy who’s turning 4.  Thank goodness the post is still running so I can send him some birthday love.

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

I love card with layers but I’m not always so good with putting them together.  Sketches give some really great suggestions about where to layer!

For this card I’ve used a strip of the Dinoroar DSP on the card based and then added a mat layer (Pretty Peacock & Whisper White).  The Whisper White is embossed using the Stone Embossing Folder (Sale-A-Bration 2020, it’s no longer available but I love it for this theme!).

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

On top of that I added a vellum circle, Pumpkin Pie cardstock strip, Old Olive grass strip (this isn’t Stampin’ Up! – it’s a stand alone Sizzix die I’ve had for years) and a dinosaur cut from Dinoroar DSP using the Dino Dies.  I am having so much fun at the moment using the perfectly coloured images from DSP on cards.

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

The final touch is a “Happy Birthday” sentiment on the front from the Label Me Bold stamp set.

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

I carried through the theme to the inside adding a number 4 for the birthday boy in Noble Peacock Foil, some stamped dino prints from the Dino Days stamp set and a smaller version of the elements from the front of the card.  I do like matchy-matchy!

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

This suite is one of many in the catalogue where the dies cut out the DSP.  The added versatility for both the dies and the DSP is wonderful!


To see all the cards from the design team using the sketch and add your project to our gallery, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

Have a great weekend!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Sketch

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Hello!  Thanks for joining us for a team hop and I wanted to thank the team for always being so willing to join in.  I love that we can share our creations with the crafty world.  Our team is a mix of personal crafters and business crafters, which is totally wonderful!

We welcome Laura Mackie today from the UK.  Laura makes the most beautiful designs with such attention to detail!  I can’t wait for you to see what she’s made.  Make sure to keep hopping until you get to Laura or click on the links in the list below to visit all the blogs as part of this hop.

Today we’re all making a project that is inspired by this sketch, made for us by Siobhan Fitzsimmons.  Siobhan’s designed sketches before, but I’m loving this new presentation style – so trendy!

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Sketches are just a starting point and can be used however suits you to get the creative juices flowing.  You can turn, flip, warp, stretch – whatever you like until you have a project you love!

My project started with a plan to use the floating frame technique for that strip down the side.  But once I have all my pieces ready to go, I decided I didn’t want them to float, so I stuck them down on a piece of Crumb Cake which I’d embossed with the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder and the card evolved from there! All the best crafting happens when the plan doesn’t go as planned!!

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

This card features the Little Ladybug stamp set, which is free until the end of March with every order over $500.

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

To sweeten the deal, coordinating Ladybug Dies are also available, which means no fussy cutting required of those super cute images.

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

The dies also comes with accessory dies (dies that make their own shapes rather than cut out a stamped image).  There’s grass, leaves, stem and flowers which will add a heap of character to your projects.

There’s also a stitched swirl – which I love.  I have another project that I’ll share on the weekend, but for today’s card I’ve used it repeatedly to add some texture to the background layer.  It comes through on the other side of the cardstock, which gives an awesome effect on the inside of the card too.

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

I love carrying over the theme into the middle, so I used one of the extra flowers I’d stamped, coloured & cut on the inside.

All the images were stamped in Memento ink (Tuxedo Black) and coloured with Stampin’ BlendsDark & Light Daffodil Delight for the lighter flowers with Light Granny Apple Green stems and Dark Daffodil Delight & Dark Mango Melody with Dark Granny Apple Green for the darker flowers.  The middles are Dark Crumb Cake.

The Ladybug has been coloured with Dark Real Red, Dark Basic Black, Light Petal Pink and Light Gray Granite.

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

How cute is that sentiment???  This set has it all – thank you, happy birthday, thinking of you and some great ladybug related puns.  I’ve white heat embossed on Basic Black cardstock and then cut out using Stitched So Sweetly scalloped rectangle die.  I’m a sucker for anything stitched!

Did I mention how great this sketch was?  I also used it for a baby card I made for a work colleague.  It features a heap of my retired favourites, as well as a word cut by my Silhouette Cameo and sentiment from Praiseworthy Prose, so I could get the colours and style just perfect for the mum-to-be who doesn’t know if she’s having a girl or a boy!  This card is double the size of a normal card, made by folding an A4 sheet in half.

baby card | kelly kent


Next up on the blog hop is the sketch queen herself, Siobhan Fitzsimmons!

Have a great (crafty) weekend!

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Laura Mackie (Guest Designer)

Just Add Ink #487 | Sketch

Whoops!  Did you get a blank email from me today where this post should have been?  I started it earlier in the week and had grand plans to finish it – but it’s been one of those weeks with unexpected stuff happening left right & centre and I didn’t get back to it in time before it published.

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So, my Just Add Ink card isn’t in fact invisible for this fab sketch challenge created for us this week by Jackie Aitken.  It looks like this…

Butterflies | kelly kent

The butterflies are cut down from the Butterfly Beauty Dies in Whisper White cardstock.  I’ve layered two different Pretty Peacock DSP designs from the Woven Threads pack with more Whisper White in between the layers and then on to a Whisper White Thick mat.  The placement of the butterflies over the mandalas on the DSP was completely by accident – but I always love a happy accident (in life and cardmaking!).

Butterflies | kelly kent

The sentiment is in Night of Navy, stamped from the Welcome to the Team stamp set – one of my favourites in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  In fact, all products used for this card are from the Annual Catalogue, because although we tend to move our focus forward with each new catalogue release, there are still plenty of wonderful products available for the full year of the catalogue cycle (June 2019 – June 2020).

Butterflies | kelly kent

We’ve love for you to join the final challenge of 2019 and share what you’ve created based on our sketch.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog where you can add your project to the gallery and see the other design team creations.

Thank you for all the comments, visits and love for my Just Add Ink design team cards in 2019.  When I cut back on my blogging commitments, Just Add Ink was one of the few regular commitments I kept.  I love the variety and quality of the challenges and I look forward to more opportunities in 2020 to create pretty cards and share them with you.

Just Add Ink #477 | Sketch

It’s a fabulous sketch for Just Add Ink tonight!

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This sketch could take you anywhere!  The design team have had such fun with it – flipping it, rotating it, stretching it and making it into wonderful cards!  We’d like you to do the same – share your project inspired by this sketch to the gallery on the Just Add Ink blog.

I’ve added a touch of magic to the sketch with the unicorn from the Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set.  I’ve been having fun with this sweet set – it’s perfect in a house with lots of girls!

Leave a Little Sparkle | kelly kent

The unicorn is heat embossed in silver and then had its mane coloured with Watercolour Pencils – Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry & Bermuda Bay.

Leave a Little Sparkle | kelly kent

For the background, I clear heat embossed the stars on Shimmery White and then blended inks – Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape & Bermuda Bay .Before adding ink.

Add in a bit of Whisper White Polka Dot Ribbon, a Melon Mambo lace border, a white heat embossed sentiment and a couple of pearls  – and we’re done!

Leave a Little Sparkle | kelly kent

This card will be perfect for the next girly party we go to!  It’s always handy to have some cards on hand for when life gets a bit busy and there’s more parties than craft time!

 

Just Add Ink #457 | Sketch

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge.

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We’re all creating to a sketch and I know you’re going to love the design team projects.  You can see them all on the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also enter your card there for this sketch challenge – we’d love to have you share your work!

I’ve done some rotating and flipping with this sketch – the elements are all there, but I’ve spun it around.

This time of the year is always a battle between sharing sneak peeks of new products with you and enjoying some retiring favourites for just a little longer.  I’ve gone with retiring favourites for the stamp sets – Petal Palette (with coordinating dies) and Vertical Greetings.  I’m going to miss both of these!

I’ve combined my choice of stamps with a Rose Gold theme.  The Rose Gold Shimmer Paint & Foil Sheets are part of the Everything is Rosy Product Medley – available during May (unless sold out earlier).  For more info on the Everything is Rosy Product Medley – click here.

Rose Gold Petal Palette | kelly kent

There’s so many ways to use shimmer paint!  For this card I’ve used it three ways – with Versamark to clear heat emboss the leaves, then with a water filled Aqua Painter to colour the flowers (Rose Gold & Champagne Mist) and finally with a dry / empty Aqua Painter to colour the pearls.  Shimmer Paint dries surprisingly quickly, making it very easy to work with!

To use shimmer point for heat embossing, ink up your stamp with Versamark, the apply Shimmer Paint with a dauber and stamp as usual.  Coat the stamped image in clear embossing powder and melt with your heat tool.  The glossy & shimmery effect is so pretty!

Rose Gold Petal Palette | kelly kent

The strips of foil on the card are both Rose Gold (Everything is Rosy Medley) and Champagne.

Rose Gold Petal Palette | kelly kentHave you ever used two embossing folders on the same piece of cardstock?  Using more than one embossing folder is so new to me – it just never occured to me until I wanted a bit more texture on the background than the crisp finish of the Tufted folder.

The embossing for the background of this card has been run through the Big Shot three times.  Twice (once each direction) with the Subtle Embossing Folder and finally with the Tufted Embossing Folder.    I love how it looks and I’ll be looking for other embossing combinations!

Rose Gold Petal Palette | kelly kent

The full sun on the card is a little bright, but I wanted to share just how sparkly the colouring is when you use Shimmer Paint as your colouring medium.  You can only imagine how stunning it looks in real life!


All the products I’ve used for this card are available in my online store – links below, but some items are only around for a limited time.  Items on the Last Chance Retirement List are only available until 3rd June (or sold out).  Everything is Rosy is available through May until sold out.

Thank you for visiting and checking out my Just Add Ink card.  All the design team cards are on the Just Add Ink blog and the linky tool to share your creation with us.  It’s such a versatile sketch – I can’t wait to see all the entries.


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Just Add Ink #447 | Sketch

Hello!  It’s time for another creative challenge from the Just Add Ink team.  This week it’s a sketch challenge by Narelle.

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For such a simple sketch, I actually found it difficult to get started on this card.  But once I had the concept, it was all go from there!

I ended up turning it on the side widening up those rectangles and using a stamp set that has only just recently arrived – Fable Friends.  These characters are just the sweetest!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

The gingham still isn’t my favourite DSP but I’ll admit that it’s pretty cute on some cards!!!  Which is why I like to own all the DSP – I just buy extra packs of my favourites!  It would seem that lots of people LOVE the Gingham suite though – the DSP has been popular around the world.

Fable Friends | kelly kent

The little bunny from Fable Friends is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends.  Rather than using two colours to create depth of colour, I used Light Smoky Slate and dark Balmy Blue with the Color Lifter pen.  I love the colour variation it adds!

One cute bunny card didn’t seem to be enough (I’m low on my stock of baby cards at the moment) so it seemed like a good idea to make a pink version too!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

The Blushing Bride version of the card was matched with Tropical Escape DSP and ribbon from the All My Love combo pack in the Occasions catalogue.

More colouring with Blends – the pink is the retired dark Pink Pirouette.

Fable Friends | kelly kent

I seem to be using the Vertical Greetings stamp set quite a lot lately.  I remember when I so desperately wanted a greetings set that ran down rather than across.  I hope this set stays in the range for years to come!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

If this sketch inspires you, please share it with us on the Just Add Ink blog page.  Each week we choose a winner and 2 honorable mentions.  We’d love to add your creation to our list of wonderful projects!

Thanks for visiting today.  If you love making cute baby cards – and with Easter around the corner – I can’t recommend the Fable Friends stamp set enough!  All the product links are in the table at the end of my post.

We’re in the final month of Sale-A-Bration which means there’s only weeks left to earn free products, get bonus host rewards and received added value in your Starter Kit if you join Stampin’ Up!

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | February Sketch

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Hello!  So glad you could join us tonight for our Paper Adventures team hop.

This month we’re welcoming Zoe Tant from the UK as our guest designer.  I’m so excited to have her share a project as part of the team hop – I just love her work!

We’re all creating tonight using this sketch.

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The inspiration for sketch is the card at the top of the front cover of the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Occasions catalogue.  The team don’t know that though, so I can’t wait to see what they all came up with!

I used the sketch to create a 40th wedding anniversary card for Nanna & Grandad Papercraft who celebrate this amazing milestone on the weekend!!!

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

This card is another combination of current and retired favourites.  The sentiment is from the retired Milestone Moments stamp set.

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

Fresh from my new acquisition – Beauty Abounds – is those gorgeous bokeh dots!  I stamped first and then ran the whole card through the Big Shot with the Subtle Embossing Folder.

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

The glimmer hearts are cut using Silver & Red Glimmer paper (red is sadly retired) & the heart from the Support Ribbon Framelits.  The frame is cut using the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits.

My card was styled on the matching gift – which was inspired by a print I saw on Pinterest.  It was one of those ‘I can make that’ moments – many thanks to the original designer.

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

The red glimmer in the background can be changed out to suit the decor of the room, but given the significance of the ‘ruby’ anniversary I made the original a shimmery red creation.

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

Wishing my parents an amazing anniversary with a fabulous celebration of their married life this far and the years of fun to come!


There’s more projects to see if you keep clicking on the next.

From here you’re visiting the talented Siobhan Fitzsimmons

Thanks for hopping with us!

Participant List:

Zoe Tant (Guest Designer)

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Colour INKspiration #35 | Neutrals

Stampin’ Up! ® has just had a major colour revamp so to start off the new catalogue year at Colour INKspiration we’ve decided to feature a Colour Collection for the first challenge each month (2nd Wednesday) until we have showcased them all! The second challenge in the month (4th Wednesday) will be a Pinterest inspired pic as per usual just to mix it up a bit. This month we are starting off with the NEUTRALS COLLECTION and you can choose any 3 colours from that range for your challenge project. We are also changing the rules about what else you can add to the mix; essentially just the Basics – Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black as well as metallics.

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The Neutrals range had a big shake-up in the Color Revamp.  Black, White & Vanilla became “Basics”, Chocolate Chip retired, Night of Navy moved in and we were joined by Gray Granite, Merry Merlot & Mossy Meadow.

The inclusion of a dark blue, red & green may seem strange in a collection that we are used to seeing filled with browns, grays, black & white, but Stampin’ Up! research found that people were using colours like Night of Navy as a neutral – in that it provided a great coordinating colour for the other collections.

I wanted to make a card for a team member who has recently finished a further studies course – it’s been a big 12 months for her and I’m so proud of everything she’s achieved!!!

She loves blues, so I’ve used Night of Navy and combined it with Basic Gray and Smoky Slate for my 3 Neutrals.

With my colours sorted, I turned to the sketch running at TGIF for the layout

This is the card….

Amazing You | kelly kent

I coloured Deightfully Detailed DSP segment with Smoky Slate using the Sponge brayer and also a layer of Shimmery White with Night of Navy Ink.  Using inks in a colour challenge as well as cardstock is a great way to get variation in colour tones as the ink may be a less intense version of the colour.

Amazing You | kelly kent

The sentiment was made using the Celebrate You Thinlits (if these look familiar, it’s because they were a Sale-A-Bration item that have carried over to the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue).

The top layer of the ‘amazing’ was made using the now retired Myths & Magic Washi Tape, layered on a Basic Gray die cut to give it definition.  The “you” is Night of Navy covered with Wink of Stella (also layered on Basic Gray).

Amazing You | kelly kent

Who said Neutrals had to be boring???

Next up to visit on this wonderful hop is the talented Tanya Bell

Thanks for joining us.  If you’re inspired to create a card using colours from the Neutrals Collection (plus any Basic or metallic), you can share it for our challenge in our Facebook groupClick here to visit.

 

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #406 | Sketch

Hello!  Welcome to challenge #406 for Just Add Ink – a great sketch from Tina.

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Diagonals are totally out of my comfort zone – which makes it the perfect challenge!

This was the inspiration for some welcome cards for new members of our Paper Adventures team.  Kristen and Malissa joined during Sale-A-Bration – hello ladies!!!

This is the first version using the super cute Hedgehugs stamp set (available now and carrying over to the new catalogue) and Myths & Magic Washi (on the retirement list).

Hedgehugs | kelly kent

Just loving this colour combination at the moment!  Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray & glitter!

Hedgehugs | kelly kent

The second card uses the oh-so popular Daisy Delight stamp set (available now & in the new catalogue) and Delightful Daisy DSP (on the retirement list – stock up now!).

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

It’s always hard when a favourite stamp set carries on but the coordinating DSP is no longer available!

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

Don’t worry, I know you’re going to find lots of new favourites in the catalogue.

All of my team, including new members Kristen & Malissa, have been able to look at the upcoming catalogue and are currently able to add items from the Share What You Love pre-release.

This pre-release has the most beautiful DSP available – see the flyer here.  All items can be added to your Starter Kit – or any item from the current catalogues.  Starter kits are $169 ($235 of products, free shipping, 20% discount on future purchases).  Click here to start your Paper Adventure!

If you love the items in the Share What You Love pre-release, but the timing isn’t right to join our Paper Adventures team, you’ll be excited to know that the pre-release items will be available to add to customer orders from 1st May 2018.


If you love the sketch, please join the challenge by uploading your card on the Just Add Ink blog.

The highlight of our Just Add Ink week is seeing your creations!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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