Colour INKspiration #36

It’s time for another awesome Colour INKspiration challenge.  We had some great entries for CI#35 with the Neutrals Collections.  You can find all the action on our Facebook page.

We’d love to see you join in challenge #36 which is this stunning colour palette of Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Basic Gray & Silver.

You can also add any Basic – Whisper White, Very Vanilla & Basic Black and any metallic.

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Yellow, gray, black & white together is one of my all-time favourite colour combinations.  The addition of a brown tone certainly made it interesting!!!

I played up the yellow & gray tones and added just a touch of Soft Suede.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

Both of these cards using the same techniques & layout – I’ve just switched the colours, orientation & centrepiece to get two unique designs with minimal extra design effort.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

This card features the butterfly from Springtime Impressions Thinlits, Tea Room & Nature’s Poem DSP and a wreath made from one of the little stamps in the Love What You Do stamp set.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

I have left both cards without a sentiment for two reasons – one, it didn’t really fit the design and second is because I love sentiment-free cards!

I’ve used the Subtle Embossing Folder for both card bases – it just lifts a blank space without being overpowering.  Everyone needs to order this embossing folder!!

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

I love having DSP stacks back in the catalogue.  They are perfect for colour challenges because you always have the colour you need!!!  And the patterns this year are awesome – plain stripes and dots plus creative stripes & dots.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

The centrepiece of each card features a perfect wreath.  I’d seen these shared on others projects, but had the chance to try out this technique recently when it was part of a class run by Mandy Depiazzi.

It uses a template and your stamparatus.  I’m not sure who came up with this idea first, but this youtube tutorial by Barb Stamps is a great explanation on how to make your template & create your wreath.

This is a close-up of the Crushed Curry wreath.  I’ve just stamped in all 8 positions using a 2-3/4″ square of Whisper White cardstock.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me today. Can’t wait to see your creation on our Facebook page.

Continue the hop by visiting the gorgeous Denita Wright-Smee.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Paper Adventures Winter Retreat

Winter has hit with a vengence in south west WA – it’s wet, it’s cold and it’s windy!!!

There have been a few glimpses of sunshine before the regular winter programming returns.

Luckily, for us, stamping is an indoor sport – perfect for all weather.  Too hot – craft in the air-con, too cold – craft with the heater on!!!

Last year we started an annual Paper Adventures Retreat Day, hosted by one of our teamies who has a gorgeous residence in the Perth Hills.  2017 saw us travel up for a beautiful spring day.

2018’s planning involved a wet weather winter trek!!!  We arrived safely and had a wonderful day of crafting – and even managed to sneak some sunshine for a team photo.

Paper Adventures Team Retreat 2018 | kelly kent

Retreat days are all about the crafting and eating!!!

The eating was a shared morning tea. lunch & afternoon tea with everyone contributing something delicious for the day.  Our hostess kept us well hydrated with copious cups of tea and fabulous coffee.

The crafting was make & take style with each of us bringing a project in a box.  You make the sample, cut up the kits and put all the materials in a box.  The boxes are passed around and each crafter makes & takes home one of each design.  It needed to be easy enough to make with minimal instruction within a 30 minute time frame.

I wanted to share the new embossing mat with the team, so this was my card for them to make…

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

The butterfly is from the new Sprintime Impressions Thinlits but instead of cutting it, we layered it with the Embossing Mat to leave the outline on the cardstock.

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

Other supplies in this card are Nature’s Poem DSP, Stitched Label & Stitched Shapes Framelits and Hanging Garden stamp set.

Because each person created with a different box and created a different card in each time slot, I offered an alternative layout using the same pieces –

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

This is always a fun way to create a ‘different’ card but not having to completely design.  Design & colour choices are always the most complex part of creating cards.

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

Thanks to our Paper Adventures team for being wonderful – they really are the loveliest people I know!!!

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CASEing the Catty #181 | New Catalogue Love

Happy Sunday!  There’s always a creative buzz around new catalogue time as everyone gets excited about a 200+ page book of new ideas.

The CASEing the Catty Crew are all super excited about having new samples to CASE (copy & share everything)!!!

So, even though I posted earlier this afternoon with my ESAD stamping friends, I couldn’t resist making this a bumper Sunday and joining the CASEig the Catty hop too!

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It’s an open theme today – with a whole catalogue to choose from, the Crew have lots of amazing new designs to share with you.

New catalogue = new beginnings, so I started at the beginning and CASEd the front over of the catalogue….

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I love all those gorgeous colours on the white background!

This is how it looks when made into card form…

CASEing the Catty #181 - front cover CASE | kelly kent

I used Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana & Gorgeous Grape with Blueberry Bushel in the middle.

I’m only missing Call Me Clover from the 2018-2020 In Colors.  How fun & bright are they!!!

The die cuts in each colour are carefully snipped from the floral piece in the Springtime Impressions Thinlits.  Then each piece was sponged with the colours I chose.

CASEing the Catty #181 - front cover CASE | kelly kent

I filled in the some of the white space around the die cuts with stamps from the Pick A Pennant stamp set.  We got this at OnStage – and it although it’s designed to make pretty banners, it was perfect for this card!

CASEing the Catty #181 - front cover CASE | kelly kent

The Happy Birthday is a returning favourite – I’m so glad we get to play with this for another year!!

There’s so much to love about the new catalogue.  If I can help with any questions about the new catalogue, please let me know!

Next up on the CTC blog hop – also sharing in lots of new catalogue love this afternoon – is the gorgeous Kathryn Mangelsdorf.

If you have a copy of the new catalogue, or you’re able to download the pdf copy to view on your computer/tablet, please join us for challenge #181.  All the action is on our Facebook page.  You don’t have to own new catalogue items to join the fun.  It’s the perfect opportunity to use all the new inspiration with the sets you already own.

Happy new catalogue!

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Kelly’s Stamping Friends – Birthday Blog Hop B

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Hello!  It’s my birthday and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than a blog hop with my fabulous stamping friends.

Actually, I’m feeling very loved on my birthday evening as I hop with two wonderful groups of stamping friends.

This is blog hop B – the second list.  There’s another thread which features blog hop A – the first list (click here to visit).  You don’t want to miss the creations on the other side!!!

There’s no theme for tonight.  Everyone is simply sharing with us something they’ve made that they love.  In this crazy busy life, we sometimes need an excuse just to create for fun, for love and to be creative.

My birthday falls at a wonderful time of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue cycle.  I get to spoil myself each year with new Stampin’ Up! and call them birthday presents.

Part of my present to myself was all the new Stampin’ Up! colours – In Colors, returning colours and new colours!!!  You can read all about the Colour Revamp here.

For the first time since they arrived, I had a play with the 2018-2020 In Colors.  Can you believe it – “2020”. I still remember when this was so far away!!!  I also remember Y2K (year 2000) and the technology panic!

The 2018-2020 In Colors are bright, fun and very on trend with the colours we’re currently seeing in fashion, home decor and advertising.

Stampin' Up! 2018-20 In Colors | kelly kent

Although none of the In Colors are specifically featured in the Garden Impressions DSP, they coordinate beautifully with the fun & bright patterns.  This was the starting point for my creations for blog hop B.

Garden Impressions DSP | kelly kent

I matched each In Color with a pattern from the DSP and then added in coordinating ombre colours.  I love cards with a monochrome/ombre palette!

I also added the Springtime Impressions Thinlits (that large gorgeous floral die cut & cute little flower) and a pretty stamp from the Stitched All Around stamp set.  BOth of these items are currently available (along with the Garden Impressions DSP) on demonstrator pre-order #demoperks #happybirthdaytome

Here’s each In Color and the colours I matched.  Can you spot some of the other new colours we’re welcoming in June?

LOVELY LIPSTICK

Lovely Lipstick | kelly kent

Lovely Lipstick | kelly kent

GRAPEFRUIT GROVE

Grapefruit Grove | kelly kent

Grapefruit Grove | kelly kent

PINEAPPLE PUNCH

Pineapple Punch | kelly kent

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CALL ME CLOVER

Call Me Clover | kelly kent

Call Me Clover | kelly kent

BLUEBERRY BUSHEL

Blueberry Bushel | kelly kent

Blueberry Bushel | kelly kent

If you don’t love these In Colors on first impressions, let them wash over you for a while.  You’ll come to love the fun they add to your craft collection!!!

2018-2020 In Colors are available from 1st June 2018.  Get yours early by adding them to a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit and join the SU! adventure.  Click her for more information.


Many thank you to all my stamping friends who have joined me today to share in my celebrations through this hop!

Next up on hop B is the totally gorgeous Angela Meiritz-Reid over in New Zealand.

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If you get lost anywhere along the way, or there’s a broken link, there’s a full participant list below – click on any of the links and visit an amazing friend with a fabulous project!!!

Thanks for sharing my birthday with me!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List (B)

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  3. Sue Vine
  4. Sharon Dalton
  5. Rebecca Scurr
  6. Julia Quinn
  7. Danielle Bennenk
  8. Cathy Pinchbeck
  9. Richelle Fletcher
  10. Sara Levin
  11. Sandra Roberts
  12. Catherine Creer
  13. Cheryl Taylor
  14. Rochelle Blok
  15. Ine van den Eijnden
  16. Rachael Lewsley
  17. Jo Weedon
  18. Courtenay Heuston
  19. Mandy Depiazzi
  20. Fi Cobbin