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!!!

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Just Add Ink | #396 Sketch

It’s time for a sketch at Just Add Ink – always a crowd favourite!!!

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This super cute sketch has produced some amazing creations from the Just Add Ink Design Team.  You can see them all by visiting the Just Add Ink blog.

You can also add you creation to the link up on the blog. Each week we choose a winner and two honorable mentions.  This week it could be your awesome card!


I am participating in a stamp set swap with some of my teamies – which means three months of new stamps!!!

February’s feature is the Let the Good Times Roll stamp set and Thrill Ride Pop Up dies.  The aim of this set is to make amazing 3D creations.  I haven’t quite ventured there yet – but here is my first inking of the bundle…

Let the Good Times Roll | kelly kent

The roller coaster pieces make the cutest card!!!

Let the Good Times Roll | kelly kent

I can see this bundle being a hit with big & little kids!!!

Miss Papercraft is eating all her fruit & veges this year so she can grow another couple of cms and be tall enough for the adult roller coaster when she goes back to the adventure park next year.

Let the Good Times Roll | kelly kent

Don’t forget to add your creation to our main blog page (click here to visit).

Thanks for visiting today!

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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Sketch

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Well, hello December!!!

Our Paper Adventures team has been blogging each month since May – I’m so proud of all the wonderful projects we’ve shared!!!

This month we welcome my beautiful friend Jackie Aitken as a guest designer.  Jackie is a demo who lives in Perth, Western Australia (the town where I grew up) and as well as being so lovely, her designs are amazing!!!  Thanks to Jackie and all my stamping friends that have joined us in 2017 as guest designers.

For December’s hop, I’ve designed a sketch and asked everyone to create a project using this as inspiration.

Paper Adventures December 2017 Blog Hop | kelly kent

Both of my projects tonight contain sneak peeks of what you can expect when the Occasions 2018 & Sale-A-Bration catalogues go live on 3rd January.  So many lovely, pretty & funky new products to own!!!  And some of them are free – yes {FREE} with qualifying purchases!

The first card I am sharing with you tonight is a {VERY} literal use of the sketch.

Party Pandas | kelly kent

New DSP – Tutti Fruitti – where the panels are (the reverse sides are so versatile!), banner across the middle, solid cardstock centre and a sentiment!

Party Pandas | kelly kent

I just can’t get enough of the cute little panda!!!  He’s a free choice during Sale-A-Bration. Spend $90 from 3rd Jan 2018 – 31st March 2018 and you can take him & his friends home!!!

How do I own him now?  #demoperks #joinourPaperAdventuresteam


The second card is a more liberal use of the sketch.

I’ve swapped the panels for soda bottles, the sentiment is in the circle on the middle bottle and the banner is behind the bottles.

Bubble & Fizz | kelly kent

These brightly coloured bottles are from the Bubble & Fizz DSP – another free choice during Sale-A-Bration!  Other coordinating products in this suite are the Bubble Over stamp set, Bottles & Bubbles Framelits and Glitter Epoxy Shapes.

Psssttt…. the framelits cut out the DSP – OMG!

Bubble & Fizz | kelly kent


Are you a little challenged when it comes to lining things up?

Here’s my tips for the panda panel card:

  • Cut your DSP to the size you normally would then trim about 1/4″ off the end.
  • Work out how big each panel needs to be by dividing the length by the DSP by the # panels.  Although I work in inches for cardmaking, the decimal system makes division so much easier!!!.  The panda card has DSP that’s 9.8cm x 13cm, cut into 4.3cm (x9.8cm)  panels
  • Test out that the panel size works – it’s too late once you’ve started sticking!!!
  • When you’ve got the measurement, adhere your end 2 panels first, then the middle one.  This allows you to centre the middle panel with equal distance between the edge ones.  Left to right rarely works out – no matter how hard you try!!

Lining up panels | kelly kent

For the soda card:

  • Adhere the middle bottle first (use a ruler if you’re not so good at judging middle!)
  • Then add the items either side!

Lining up trios | kelly kent


 

Please keep hopping for more great ideas.  Next up is one of our team who is joining in for the first time!  She’s extremely talented, so I’m excited she’s decided to share with you!

Pop over to Joanne Gaff via Facebook to see her take on the sketch.

Thanks for hopping with us today!

If you see any products along the way, everyone on this hop is an Australian demonstrator and can help you with your order.  My online shop is here: http://bit.ly/shopSUwithkellykent

If you’re not in Australia, please visit the Demonstrator Locator at stampinup.com to find a demonstrator who lives close to you.

There are only a few short weeks until new products are available.  Leave me a comment if you live in Australia and need a catalogue sending to you.

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Just Add Ink #385 | Sketch

If you’re reading this as it goes live, I will be spending some time at the airport – on my way to OnStage in Melbourne.

I feel oh-so-lucky to be attending the event, spending the weekend with my team and getting a sneak peek at the new catalogue.

Tonight’s Just Add Ink theme is a sketch by Kim.

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Make sure you stop by the JAI blog to see the amazing creations the Design Team has come up with!

I took some liberties with this sketch (I’m either completely literal or a bit loose!) to fit an idea I had for a birthday card.

Just Add Ink #385 Sketch | kelly kent

I turned the circle into a heart and used ribbon for the banner elements.

Just Add Ink #385 Sketch | kelly kent

And of course some bling!!!

The sentiment words are from the World’s Greatest Trophy stamp set.  I was so excited when this appeared in the Annual Catalogue – it’s great to have people words on hand (like ‘wife’.. this card was made for my Dad to give my Mum for her birthday).

Just Add Ink #385 Sketch | kelly kent

The heart was made using Washi Tape laid across Whisper White cardstock and then cut using a pretty heart from the Sweet & Sassy set of dies.

Just Add Ink #385 Sketch | kelly kent

Thanks for visiting to see my JAI project this week.

If you’re excited to see new things, check in with me next week for some OnStage posts!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Hello Ladybug | FMS#307

I was shopping during the week and saw a super cute singlet that reminded me of a gorgeous friend of mine.

And of course, a super cute spontaneous present needs a matching handmade card.

It’s been a while since I’ve made anything using punch art – so this was fun!

Hello Lady Bug | kelly kent

The overall card design was inspired by the current Freshly Made Sketch.

It should have finished last week – but a technical glitch means they’ve kept it open – lucky for me!


Red, white & black is always a great colour combination.

I added in a touch of silver to brighten it up.

Hello Lady Bug | kelly kent

The bugs are made using the 3/4″ circle punch, shapes from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch & the small leaf shape from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.

Make your own ladybug:

Antenna – small leaf with all but top circle cut away from the stem

Head – largest circle from Cookie Cutter

Body (top) – 3/4″ circle cut in half & separated slightly

Body (bottom) – 3/4″ circle trimmed at top edge so it’s not visible

Dots – smallest circle from Cookie Cutter

Here’s another little bug hanging out on the inside…

Hello Lady Bug | kelly kent

And here’s a picture of the card with the inspirational gift…

Hello Lady Bug | kelly kent

In a week filled with some bad news stories & terrible world events, let’s flood our personal spheres with kindness!

Send a pretty card, help someone out & smile often.  Bring out your best!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #370 – Sketch

It’s sketch week at Just Add Ink – one of my favourites!!!

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As always, this wonderful sketch by Narelle could take you so many places on your creative journey!

I seem to be on a run of baby cards for challenges in July… so here’s another one!

I really can’t get enough of the “A Little Wild” stamp set but haven’t used this cute little bear as much as the other animals.

Just Add Ink #370 Sketch | kelly kent

The sentiment didn’t quite fit where the sketch had it – so I moved it over a little!  It’s white embossing on coloured cardstock – still a favourite choice!

Just Add Ink #370 Sketch | kelly kent

I dusted off my forgotten Watercolor Pencils to add some colour to the honey bear.

More practice is definitely required (I don’t have a natural knack for pencil colouring), but I love trying!

Just Add Ink #370 Sketch | kelly kent

For more sketch ideas, visit the Just Add Ink blog and see all the design team creations, including a couple more of our new guest designers who will be creating with us for the next few months.

Hopefully you’ll be inspired to add your creation to our link up and join the challenge.  There’s a winner each week and two honorable mentions!  Plus the design team visit and leave lovely comments!!!


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Just Add Ink #365 – Sketch

We’re having fun today with a sketch challenge – one of my favourite types!

This little gem was created by Karren.

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I have combined the sketch with some retired Valentines Day products to create a Christmas themed card.

Who said you can’t mix your holidays???

Just Add Ink #365 | kelly kent

Do you love the new Christmas set – Merry Mistletoe?  Reindeers are my favourite Christmas motif (even more so than trees!) and it comes with such lovely sentiments.

It was generously gifted to me by a demonstrator friend – thanks Kathryn, I love it!

The reindeer looks lovely in Real Red ink with clear embossing!

Just Add Ink #365 | kelly kent

Have you done this before?

Simply ink your stamp in Versamark, then in the actual colour (Real Red in this case) and then stamp as usual.  Coat the image in clear embossing powder and heat set.  Using this technique, you can create embossing powder in any colour you own!


I had fun with this direct copy of the sketch layout and decided to create a second version using a z-fold layout.

Just Add Ink #365 | kelly kent

The elements are mostly the same – which is a fun way to create two same-same-but-different cards using the same materials.

Just Add Ink #365 | kelly kent

I loved being able to use my retired Valentine’s Day stash.  Red & white is a perfect Christmas theme.

Things that have disappeared from the catalogue don’t become useless – there’s always a fabulous project around the corner waiting for those long hoarded collected items!

We’d love for you to join us this week and create your own masterpiece based on the sketch.

Pop over to the Just Add Ink blog to see the full range of design team cards and enter your creation.

 

Just Add Ink #360 – Sketch

At Just Add Ink this week, we’re creating using an awesome sketch created by Narelle – that lady is a master at layouts!

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I know I say it every time, but I really do love sketches – they open up a world of possibilities and give you the perfect starting point for your own unique design!

Make sure to visit the Just Add Ink blog and see what the JAI design team created!

You can also add your own creation to the link up and join the weekly challenge.


I was delighted when I saw the sketch components for this challenge – because they fit perfectly with the Yummy in my Tummy monster stamp, which I wanted to share with you one last time before it hits the officially retired list for Occasions 2017!

How cute is that monster!!!

I stamped the monster onto DSP from the Cupcakes & Carousels stack, cut him out, then stamped again onto Daffodil Delight & Bermuda Bay cardstock and cut out the horns, paws & tummy before sticking them into place.

The rest of the supplies in this card are all sticking around, so there’s no hurry, but if you love that monster, he’s only here until 31st May (or sold out).  The same goes for the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP (which is on special!).

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I’m looking forward to using that Hexagon Folder for another year!

And although I’m sad to have some favourites on the retirement list, there’s a beautiful new catalogue ready to launch in 2 weeks!!!


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Just Add Ink #355 Sketch

Welcome to the weekly Just Add Ink challenge!

I love the rotation of challenges at Just Add Ink!  There’s always something new to try & inspire!

This week we’re making to a sketch designed by the super talented Narelle.

And you know sketches are one of my favourite types of challenges!

I’m a little scared to post products from the retirement list at the moment because they are selling out fast!!!

But when I made this card and checked the list, the Cupcakes & Carousel stamp set and DSP were still available!  And the DSP is on sale in the Australian market!!!

My apologies if they’ve disappeared since then.

My original plan was actually a Nailed It (tools) card – but that bundle is {ALL GONE}.

If you’d like to shop from the retirement list, make sure you place your order soon!


So….. this is my vintage themed carousel card….

I’m much better at clean edges and straight lines than I am at vintage, so this might not be as vintage as some…. but I did rough the edges!

And added Soft Suede ink over the Crushed Curry on the carousel before I stamped it.


Although the plan for this card was to feature retiring products, there’s a sneaky peek on this card….

Very Vanilla cardstock will soon come in T-H-I-C-K!!!  I can sense the excitement from the VV fans!

Visit the Just Add Ink blog to see the other Design Team samples and add your creation to our link up.

If you need to place a retirement list order, you can visit my online store.  The host code for April is JQENNDM4.

Happy stamping!


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