Butterfly Explosion! JAI304

It’s Just Add Ink time again – is it just me, or are these weeks flying by?

A great inspiration challenge this week with a bold photo chosen by Jodene.

Those colours just pop!  I’m not sure where in the world this is – but it looks like somewhere I’d like to visit!!!


For me, it was the colours that formed most of my inspiration.  As well as the idea of something floating in the sky.

Here is my butterfly explosion card…

Just Add Ink #304 - Butterfly Explosion card. Kellly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.Unfortunately the mason jar framelit & stamp set is on the retired list (from many a years back), but it was just such a perfect image for my butterflies to be escaping from that I couldn’t resist using it (maybe some of you still have it in your collection???).

The gorgeous butterflies, however, are very much available.  You can find them hanging out in the Annual Catalogue as part of the Garden in Bloom stamp set.  This set is so lovely and gets regular use at my house!

What’s better than one sweet butterfly???  An explosion of sweet butterflies!  Kelly x


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Happy Birthday Nanna Papercraft!

This week is a big one for birthday celebrations – it’s time to wish Nanna Papercraft happy birthday.

Mum loved the pastel butterfly card I made last week, so I decided to make another version for her birthday card.

As well as sharing a love of paper, Mum is a great sewer (unfortunately we don’t share this talent).  So, I got out my sewing machine and used it to create the heart filled shaker background.

Heart Birthday Shaker Card with sewn edges & Garden in Bloom butterflies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Stampin’ Up! have three punches that create a variety of great heart shapes – which make fabulous shaker fill {confetti hearts, hearts border & itty bitty accents}.

Sewing the edges to create a shaker pocket makes this style of card super simple.  Plus, the sewing adds some great texture.  Your regular sewing machine will do the job (no need to buy anything in particular to sew on cards) but you’ll want to keep a special needle just for paper as they can go blunt.

Happy Birthday Nanna Papercraft!!!  Looking forward to spending the day with you and celebrating lots more with you.  With lots of love from Kelly & the rest of the Papercraft family xxx

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Sweet & Simple Sympathy Wishes

I often find it challenging to find the right balance for sympathy cards.

I was really happy with how this one turned out – the simplicity of the design, the muted colours and the subtly of the ‘you’re in my thoughts’ message.

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Do you recognise the sentiment?  It’s from one of the most amazing sets available this year and comes as part of the Watercolor Wishes kit.  The set contains lots of useful sentiments with beautiful typography & styling.

Do you like the butterflies on the card?  They are two-step stamped using the Garden in Bloom stamp set, fussy cut and then adhered on top of a matching butterfly silhouette.

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Sometimes the simplest and sweetest cards say it best.  Kelly x

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Springing into Spring … JAI278

We’ve finally had some spring-like weather today in Bunbury with more forecast for tomorrow.   Then it’s back to showers (just in time for the weekend – perfect crafting weather I say!!!!).

Today’s cards are inspired by the spring weather and Just Add Ink photo inspiration:

I love the colours – the Brights collection has always been my favourite and this colour combination was a great chance to bring them out.

These are my fun spring theme cards using the Garden in Bloom stamp set (which “screams” spring!):

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{STAMPING TIP}

Have you ever wondered how people get images to line up over one another (so one looks in front)?

It’s really simple – stamp your image onto a scrap piece of paper then ‘fussy cut’ around the outside with scissors.  Stamp the image again on your card and then place the scrap outline over the stamped image to create a ‘mask’.  Stamp the next image you want (using the same stamp or a different one) and any ink that overlaps with the first image will go on your scrap piece of paper and not your card front.  I use a little bit of repositional tape on the back of the scrap so it stays in place while I am stamping.


Hopefully you find some time over the next week to make some spring inspired cards (or for my northern hemisphere fans – some autumn creations).  Kelly x

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A Class Full of Flowers

On Tuesday morning I had the pleasure of hosting a class for 4 lovely ladies who spend as much time spoiling my dog with attention as they do making cards!

The ladies had asked for combination of things they’d recently seen on the blog, but since I like my classes to be filled with surprises – we did variations of what they said they liked.

The first project was a decorated notepad using the colours/design features from my Just Add Ink / Demo Designs Sketch card.

Colours: Crumb Cake, Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate & Bermuda Bay.

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To make this decorated notepad, the instructions are mostly the same as the English Garden one, but with a different closure:

  1. Place a piece of A4 cardstock lengthways (landscape) into your SU! trimmer.  Score at 4-1/8″, 4-7/8″, 9″ & 9-3/4″
  2. Turn the cardstock 90 degrees and place into the trimmer longways (portrait).  Cut at 5-7/8″.
  3. Trim the small rectangle from the end of the skinny strip you ended up with (this will be your closure band).
  4. Fold along all score lines on cardstock.
  5. Attach the notepad to the inside using Fast Fuse.
  6. Add the closure flap by securing the end 4-1/8″ piece to the back of the notepad cardstock and then wrap it around & secure it to the front of the notepad.  You should have a 3/4″ flap left that you can attach magnets to for securing it tight.
  7. Decorate the front panel with cardstock (3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″) and DSP (3-5/8″ x 2″).  Attach burlap ribbon & Flower Patch flower.  Add a gold embossed sentiment from Flower Patch.

The next project was a card to coordinate with the notepad.  I wanted to show the ladies how lovely the Garden in Bloom stamp set was, so we used this flower instead of the Flower Patch one.

Colours: Smoky Slate, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Pool Party, Blackberry Bliss, Tip Top Taupe.

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The leaves behind the flower are from Kinda Eclectic and I once again used burlap to tie it all together.   I love the extra texture that adding even a small piece of burlap ribbon adds.  The sentiment is from the hostess only set Happy Birthday, Everyone.


The final project was a birthday card inspired by a new challenge blog – Pinterest Inspired Challenge.  Stop by and have a look at the entries so far – lots of inspiration just in the cards that have been put forward!!!

This is the inspiration photo:

And this is the card the ladies made:

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The splatters in the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set provided the perfect option for creating our own DSP-esque background.  The birthday sentiment is from the Tin of Cards stamp set.  I realised after making this card that I’d actually used 2 “kit stamp sets” – they are great for more than just making up the kits.

The yellow & black flowers in the inspiration photo looked like cute little butterflies to me – so out came the Watercolor Wings stamp set and Bold Butterfly framelits.  I cannot make enough butterfly cards with this gorgeous bundle.

Colours: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay (cardstock, ink), Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight & Basic Black.


Another class and another great success.  Next class my Christmas goodies will be here, so I’m looking forward to adding a Christmas card into the mix!

You can find the class schedule here.  Due to the small size of classes, they fill up quickly and payment is required within 3 days of booking to secure your place.

Come & join the fun.  Free doggie cuddles included!!!  Kelly x

What a Class-y Set: English Garden Decorated Notepad & Card Set

Last night’s revamped class with a matching project set was a huge success!  So much so, that I’m already on the lookout for inspiration for the project set for next month!!! {27th August – who’s joining me?}

I’m still very much in love with the English Garden DSP and it’s pretty patterns, so this was the starting point for the colours & style of our project set.  Thanks to Leonie Schroder tempting me with the Garden of Bloom stamp set in her ESAD blog hop post, we used this to coordinate with the DSP.

I’m also in love with the watercolour effect at the moment – it’s so easy to stamp because it doesn’t have to be perfect or line up to look amazing.  Garden in Bloom lets you stamp bees, flowers, butterflies & leaves to create your own garden scene – or pretty patterns.

The first part of the project was a decorated notepad.  The notepad is A5 (1/4 of an A4 page).

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It has a magnetic closure and fancy finish using the Lots of Labels framelits.

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The instructions to make yours:

  1. Place a piece of A4 cardstock lengthways (landscape) into your SU! trimmer.  Score at 4-1/8″, 4-14″, 9″ & 9-3/4″
  2. Turn the cardstock 90 degrees and place into the trimmer longways (portrait).  Cut at 5-7/8″.
  3. Trim the skinny offcut piece so that it’s 8-1/4″ (making sure you put the edge with the 4-1/8″ score line furthest away from the cut).
  4. Use the Lots of Labels framelit to further cut the fancy edge if desired (the top piece started at 2″ x 3-3/8″ before cutting with the framelit).
  5. Fold along all score lines on cardstock.
  6. Attach the notepad to the inside using Fast Fuse.
  7. Add the closure flap by securing the 4-1/8″ part to the back of the main cardstock piece.  Allow to fold around and then secure flap in place with magnets with Glue Dots.
  8. Decorate the front panel with cardstock (3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″) and DSP (3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″)
  9. Add a Garden in Bloom flower to decorate (Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Rose Red with Old Olive & Mossy Meadow leaves).
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The matching card
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The finished set

What a beautiful set – I think they’d make a great gift.  If you start making a couple a week, you’ll have an amazing stash ready for Christmas presents!   Kelly x

PS, this is the link for the magnets I used for the closure: heli.porter.  I also like the 10mm.  They adhere perfectly with our glue dots and are strong enough to hold papercraft creations.

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