Just Add Ink #522 | Sketch

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by my Just Add Ink card for this challenge.  It’s a fun sketch that you’ll be able to use for all occasions.

I’ve used it to create a Christmas card using fun new products.  I think it’s time I embraced Christmas 2020 – I’ve been avoiding it so far!!!  But it seems it’s time since Christmas treats are back in stores again – mince pies, fruit cake and puddings.  I LOVE the iced fruit cake from Woolworths and would happily eat it all year if I could!  What’s your favourite sweet treat that’s only available once a year?


This card features some of my favourite products from the 2020 Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue – Trimming the Town DSP and Joy Dies.

Trimming the Town DSP | kelly kent

I cut three different patterns from the DSP using the Stitched Rectangle Dies, the sentiment from the page of text in the DSP and the ‘joy’ from the Joy Dies.  The 3 step layering of the sentiments in this set is just magical!

Trimming the Town DSP | kelly kent

I really love that the Trimming the Town DSP has red, green and blue as the main colours throughout the sheets.  If you’ve seen my Christmas creations in previous years, you’ll know that traditional red & green is about my least favourite Christmas combination!

Trimming the Town DSP | kelly kent

How is your Christmas card stock pile coming along?  Hopefully this sketch inspires you to add a few more cards to your stash.  We’d love for you to share your creation with us on the Just Add Ink blog.  Click here to visit.  You can also see all the design team cards there too for some extra inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by today, have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

 

 

 

Just Add Ink #508 | Add “F”

Hello! How are you loving the new catalogue? I’m super excited to show you some things I’ve been making with my new supplies, but for the Just Add Ink challenge this week, I couldn’t go past sharing a ‘favourite’ character for a ‘fourth’ birthday for the Just Add
“F” theme.

I can’t wait to see what you all create with this theme. There’s so many options – flowers, ferns, frogs, fish, Flirty Flamingo… and I know you’ll think of more! To join the challenge, share your project photo on the link up gallery over at the Just Add Ink blog.

It’s been a while since I shared some character punch art. I almost didn’t make this little gal, but as she is a favourite around here at the moment, it was time!

I know those of you with young children watching cartoons will recognise Bluey from her tv show. There’s something so real and relatable about the story lines and characters from Bluey that they’ve become a favourite across Australia.

I’d be lying if I said this was an easy punch art project, though having put her together once, it would be much easier to do it a second time. Here’s the breakdown of the pieces I used:

You can see that quite a lot of Bluey is free hand cutting, but the Jar Punch was a great starting point – both to get a good size for Bluey, but also the rounded corners. Once you’ve attached your large spots, cut the jar shape again to get a round shape top and bottom. The ridges on the jar were helpful for her hand/arm and the Forever Flourishing Dies provided fantastic shapes for the tail, eyebrows and smaller spots.

The other supplies used for this card were the retired Large Numbers Dies for the “four”, banner from Bonanza Dies and Starburst Punch. Current supplies were the Rectangle Stitched Framelits and 2020-2022 In Color DSP.

Colours for Bluey were Balmy Blue, Soft Sky (retired), Night of Navy, So Saffron, Whisper White and Basic Black.

If you have a little Bluey fan in your house, have a go at making your own version of Bluey! There’s always a messy desk when I’m making punch art, but the end result is worth the chaos!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Social Stamping | birthdays in isolation

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I like birthdays – a lot!  I love celebrating other people, and I love celebrating mine.  Each new year is a gift – making it to the point where you can watch another number tick over the calendar is an achievement.  It’s my birthday month – who knew it would be celebrated in the midst of social distancing!!!

For the past 3 years, I’ve had a birthday blog hop with my stamping friends.  This year, thanks to the pandemic, I’ve been blessed with their creativity for over a month now.  What a wonderful present!!!  We’re all hopping again today for a combined birthday & Social Stamping hop.

The theme is “Birthdays in Isolation”.  With 1.5m of social distancing this May in Western Australia, paper hugs are going to be the best form of birthday celebrations!  There’ll also be Quaratini’s and a digital PAR-TAY!!!

In perfect timing for this hop, Stampin’ Up! released a Share Sunshine PDF to raise funds for charities supporting COVID-19 efforts.  It’s a 15 page digital stamp set (no hard copy, you print the pages yourself at home).  Click here to see more info and purchase the download.  I’m sure you’ll see lots of the digi stamps used in this hop – they are just perfect for what we’re going through right now!!!

I’m sharing two cards with you today…

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

Let’s start with the card on the left.  This pandemic will largely be remembered as the time when panic buying set in and of all things, toilet paper became rare!  I don’t think generations to come are going to believe the intensity of the toilet paper crisis!

Share Sunshine | kelly kentFor this card, I’ve printed the toilet paper roll from the Share Sunshine digital stamp set and fussy cut it out.  I’ve then added in the candle die from the Doily Wishes Dies (on the retirement list).  This seems like the perfect birthday in isolation birthday cake!

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

I’m not sure what this style of card is called, but I love it for something different.  I used this layout in my April card kits.  It looks fancy, but it’s so simple to make.

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

Cut your card base as normal (long ways, with a top fold), score at half way and then cut 4-1/8″ from the card front.  Cut this again at 1-3/4″ and keep this piece.  You can use the middle piece (rotated at 90 degrees) to hold the front of the card together, but I’ve cut another piece here in Pool Party to create a contrast.

The sentiment for this card is “quarantine” printed from the Share Sunshine PDF and ‘happy birthday’ from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set stamped in Versamark and white embossed. The patterned paper on the top and bottom panels is from the Woven Threads DSP (on the retirement list).


The second card I’m sharing looks all very plain on the front, with a couple of banners from the Bonanza Dies (very, very sadly on the retirement list),  the ‘let’s (digitally) party’ stamp from the Share Sunshine PDF and some retiring Blueberry Bushel ribbon.

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

But, when you take a peak inside…

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And then open it up…

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

It’s a party!!!

I’ve made the inside of the card look like a laptop and created a virtual party.  Online interaction has become the lifeline of many during social distancing.  To be able to stay in touch, many people around the world have found themselves learning the ropes of virtual meeting platforms such as Zoom, Houseparty, Google Hangouts, Skype, Facetime, Messenger Video Chat  – there’s so many ways to connect!  I’ve been using Zoom at work for the past month, which has been lots of fun!  We’ve used it at home to see family and the Little Miss Papercraft have had virtual play dates to stay in touch with friends.  So glad to have technology on our side during social distancing!

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

The fun little creatures joining the party are from the Birthday Bonanza DSP  (on the retirement list).  They are all partial images from the side of the DSP sheets, that would have otherwise gotten thrown away.  They were perfect for my little screens, because you can rarely see a whole person on the screen (and when kids are involved, it’s generally an eyeball up close, a head on the side or a blank screen while they go find something “amazing” to show you).

Share Sunshine | kelly kent

I downloaded and printed the keyboard (click here for the image) and added a ‘happy birthday’ sentiment from the Here’s a Card stamp setwhich I cut out using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  Both of those products will be available again in the new catalogue.


Thank you for joining me for Social Stamping.  To see a full list of my stamping friends that joined in today’s hop, click here for the main blog host post.

To keep moving through the hop, click next to visit my gorgeous team mate, Lisa Whitehead.

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If you have a birthday coming up, be sure to make plans and celebrate that day (or week, or month!) for all it’s worth!  Isolation or not, birthdays are meant to be fun!

 

Social Stamping | friend

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Hello friends!  It’s so nice to have you hop around Social Stamping Blog Host #4.  Today’s theme is ‘friend’.  I’m missing seeing my friends, being able to hug my friends, being able to catch up for coffees, or linger for a chat at school drop off.  This weekend was supposed to be a camping trip with friends, which we’ve had to postpone.

As much as I miss my friends, I’m also very grateful to have been on the receiving end of some lovely gestures of friendship that make social distancing and isolation a little easier.  I’ve had Zoom chats with friends so I could still see them, I’ve had surprise deliveries on my doorstep, I’ve had happy mail cards arrive in the letterbox.  I love the irony that the very same virus that is keeping us apart is actually bringing us all together.

Knowing how lovely it has been to receive surprises during this time, I’m planning a few surprises of my own!  And happy mail is always more fun with a pretty card to open too.

The set of cards I’m sharing today was inspired by some of the gorgeous art I’ve seen shared on the Rainbow Trail page (read more about the Rainbow Trail in last week’s social stamping post).

Using washi tape to mask the lines and Stampin’ Blends to colour the spaces, I made these card fronts…

Washi Masking Technique | kelly kent

They started as a piece of Whisper White cardstock with washi placed across the front to separate the card into segments.

Washi Masking Technique | kelly kent

I then coloured each segment with 2 different Stampin’ Blends.  My first attempt used solid colours, but the blended effect looked much better!  And works perfectly with the Stampin’ Blends.  I also tried a variety of different colours & thicknesses of washi tape.

Once coloured, I ever-so-gently lifted the washi tape up and then cut the artwork with a stitched rectangle.  The ‘hello friend’ stamp (from Seriously the Best stamp set) was heat embossed in black.  This was adhered to a coordinating piece of cardstock and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals to a Whisper White card base.

Here’s the finished cards –

Thick washi with two tone segments in a multi-colour scheme
Blends: Dark Pumpkin Pie, Dark Mango Melody, Light Night of Navy, Dark Bermuda Bay, Light Lovely Lipstick, Dark Rococo Rose.

Washi Masking Technique | kelly kent

Medium washi with ombre segments in one colour scheme
Blends: Light & Dark Flirty Flamingo, Light & Dark Rococo Rose, Light & Dark Lovely Lipstick

Washi Masking Technique | kelly kent

Medium washi with ombre segments in a multi-colour scheme (bright)
Blends: Light & Dark Lovely Lipstick, Light & Dark Night of Navy, Light & Dark Mint Macaron

Washi Masking Technique | kelly kent

Thin washi with ombre segments in a multi-colour scheme (pastel)
Blends: Light & Dark Purple Posy, Light & Dark Pool Party, Light & Dark Mint Macaron

Washi Masking Technique | kelly kent

This technique is so easy and looks amazing!  I love that the finished effect looks different for each set of colours.  It’s also a perfect way to get some use out of retired washi tape that seems to build up for me, no matter how good my intentions are to use it!


The next friend on my list is Nicole Wilson and her fun project.

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I’ve been humbled each week to hop with so many amazingly talented stamping friends.  It’s also been a delight to welcome new designers to the blog host each week.  Thank you to you all for making this happen.  To see the full list of participating blogs, visit the main blog host post (that’s a tongue twister!).

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  I hope it involves some time to make something special for a friend.

Paper Adventures Team Birthdays

Spoiler alert team – if you don’t want to see what your birthday card for 2020 might look like, look away now!

I love celebrating birthdays!  They are the most common reason I make cards and for this reason, I look for stamp sets and other products that will help me create something special for someone’s special day!

When I saw that the Ladybug Dies – one of the coordinating product releases available this month – had a swirly stitched die that looked exactly like a paper aeroplane trail, I was excited!!!  My Stampin’ Up! team are called the Paper Adventures and our team motif is a paper aeroplane.

153588 Ladybug Dies $50 – Available until 31st March 2020

I’ve been very kindly gifted a fabulous Lawn Fawn paper aeroplane stamp set by a team member and use this for team cards, tags, stationary and wrapping.  This year, the team birthday cards will feature the aeroplane & swirly trail – it’s a great match!

Here’s the first one of the year…

Ladybug Dies | kelly kent

That lusciously pretty paper you see is another coordinating release – Pleased As Punch DSP.  It features 3 sheets of 4 designs and the main side coordinates with 4 different punches (Tulip Builder, Umbrella Builder, Heart Punch Pack & Small Bloom (SAB)).  The reverse side – which is what I’ve used here – is another 4 great patterns.

Ladybug Dies | kelly kent

The happy birthday sentiment is from the Little Ladybug stamp set – which is free with every $500+ order until 31st March 2020 as part of the Sale-A-Bration fiesta!

As much as I love the amazing quality of Stampin’ Up! envelopes, sometimes I change things up a little and skip on the envelope, using a cute paper bag instead.  This card is going to my birthday celebrating teamie in a Copper Dotted Treat Bag!

Ladybug Dies | kelly kent

The card plus a small gift (which I can’t show you because that really would spoil the surprise for the whole team!) fits beautifully in the bag.

I won’t give anything away, but I will share that my gifts are always personalised and always a good addition to crafting life.  Last year it was decorated notebooks everyone’s crafty ideas and notes.

Want a cute and personalised gift from me on your birthday?  Join my Stampin’ Up! team and let me spoil you.  Join now and you’ll get an early birthday present in your Starter Kit with a free stamp set, free DSP pack and free mini trimmer.  The Starter Kit is $169.  You’ll get to choose $235 of products (totally your choice, anything available on the website can be added including Clearance Rack items and special promotions such as the Coordinating Product Release). There’s no pressure to purchase anything once you’ve purchased a Starter Kit, but anything you buy while you’re an active demonstrator will be at a 20% discount and anything you sell to family/friends/customers will earn you 20% commission.

This offer is available to any Australian resident over 18 years of age who is not already joined with another craft company.  Click here to take advantage of this amazing offer.

My team loves being part of our Stampin’ Up! family and I know you will too!

Just Add Ink #492 | Sketch

Little Miss Papercraft (the biggest one) turned 9 today – squeee!!!  Sometimes I can’t believe I have a 9 year old, and sometimes it feels like I’ve been doing the groundhog parenting thing for 90 years!

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This gorgeous sketch by Jackie for Just Add Ink was the perfect inspiration for a birthday poster to go on Miss 9’s new felt noticeboard.

Tumble On | kelly kent

With my Cameo, I cut a large number 9 for the centrepiece (it’s 6″ tall and 3-1/2″ wide) from Pool Party cardstock.  I then embossed this using the Mosaic Embossing Folder.  I’ve flipped the sketch, making the 9 the oval in the middle and adding a perfectly balanced gymnast on the beam as the extra elements.

The gymnast and beam are colouring using Stampin’ Blends.  The bullet end gives such precision for colouring small images, with the light and dark option in each colour set enabling blending – even for a novice colourer like me!

Tumble On | kelly kent

The stamp set for this project is Tumble On by Waffle Flower.  When a friend shared the pre-release with me last year, I couldn’t resist adding it to my collection in our gymnastics mad household.  We joke at home that Miss 9’s inner monologue is “ooo, that’s a good place to do a cartwheel” (PS, apparently there is no bad place to do a cartwheel and anywhere goes including the back of a truck, the footpath and the side of the swimming pool!).


One gymnast didn’t seem like enough for our tumbling addict, so I made her birthday card with this set too, trying out a technique that’s been on my to do list for ages – a floating frame card.

Tumble On | kelly kent

Jennifer McGuire has a fantastic video for this technique (click here to visit).  You need GLAD Press & Seal (which is easy to get on the east coast of Australia at Costco, and in other parts of the world, but not readily available here in WA).  Lucky me – I was very kindly gifted some last year.

Tumble On | kelly kent

I stamped, coloured and die cut all the variations of the gymnast and laid them out on my base layer before holding in place with the Press & Seal.  I then cut a Stitched Rectangle in the middle, creating a frame of gymnasts around the outside edge of my card.  I popped them up with Mini Dimensionals, stuck them to the base layer and then ever so carefully peeled off the Press & Seal.

Tumble On | kelly kent

The card was finished by adding a Pool Party frame (made using two sizes of the Stitched Rectangle Dies), another gymnast in the middle, a white embossed sentiment and adhering it all to a Crumb Cake base.

And of course, there’s always room for just one more gymnast!

Tumble On | kelly kent

Happy Birthday to Miss 9 – may there be plenty of birthday cartwheels!

Tumble On | kelly kent


If this sketch inspires your creativity (and how could it not?), share your project with us on the Just Add Ink blog.  You’ll also find all the design team creations – I love seeing how everyone starts with the sketch but makes it their own!

We love seeing what you make!!  Thanks for being part of Just Add Ink with us!

From My Heart

Just one week til Valentine’s Day!  With three kids in the mix, our recent celebrations have extended only to a card – which is a task I can live up to!

This Valentine’s Day card was the make & take project for our recent team meeting.  I wanted to share the From My Heart suite with the team and also my current obsession with ink blending.

From My Heart | kelly kent

The background for this card was made using Stampin’ Up! Classic Inks – Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Lovely Lipstick & Real Red.  I applied them using make up brushes – which are perfect for ink blending, and also super easy to clean.

Start with the lightest colour, making sure to swipe the brush on scrap paper first before adding ink to your cardstock. This helps to avoid harsh marks where you first put your brush.  I find working in a combination of left to right and swirling circles helps me to build up the colour evenly.

Once you’ve got the desired depth of colour, ink up the brush with the next darkest colour and blend to overlap the first colour.  Continue until you’ve got all colours. You can always go back and add more ink if you think certain patches or colours need it – but the trick to ink blending is to get your project to a point where the colour has been applied but it still looks a little rough and leave it to dry – that’s when the magic happens!  The superior quality of our Whisper White cardstock makes it ideal for ink and it absorbs and settles beautifully.  So, in this case, the advice to put down the brush and step away is worth listening to!

From My Heart | kelly kent

Although I love the smoothness of the ink layered together, I love the texture created by adding water droplets once you’ve finished with the ink blending.  There are many different ways to achieve this effect – I like to squeeze water to the end of my Aqua Painter and then flick the brush end of the Aqua Painter across the lid and let the water flick everywhere.  I find this gives me varying size water droplets.

With my background completed, it was time to assemble my loved up card.  I cut the ink blended background with a Stitched Rectangle Die and mounted it on a Thick Whisper White base (half an A4 sheet).  I then cut the Detailed Hearts Die on Whisper White and trimmed a portion to lay across my card.  I love this die!  I left some of the hearts in the die cut, rather than popping them all out.

From My Heart | kelly kent

And finally the sentiment – HVD was stamped from the Heartfelt stamp set in Flirty Flamingo and the arrow in Smoky Slate.  I’ve cut the hearts using the Heart Punch Pack – it has both smooth and scalloped heart bundles.  Buy the punches in a 2 pack ($A59), or together with the stamp set (bundle = $A80).

To buy Stampin’ Up! supplies visit my online store – click here.

To join my Stampin’ Up! team – Paper Adventures by purchasing a Starter Kit for $169, click here.  You’ll receive $235 of products, free shipping and a bonus stamp set, DSP pack and trimmer until 31st March 2020.

Happy crafting this weekend and have a L-O-V-E-ly week!!!

Colour INKspiration #59

It’s time for another Colour INKspiration hop.  Chosen by Bronwyn Eastley – this colour combination is just divine!  Soft, dreamy and oh-so-pretty.

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I’ve seen a sneak peak of some of the cards on this hop and you’re going to love them all.  So much variety from florals to masculine to pretty kitties!

We’re joined today by guest designer Denise Buetler.  Denise won challenge #57 and accepted our invitation to join us for this hop.  You can see her project by clicking here or keep hopping through all the projects til you get to her gorgeous card.


As with many the Colour INKspiration Crew, there was something about these colours that was reminiscent of the water.  I’ve used the new Seaside Notions stamp set to create another sympathy card.  Sadly it’s the week for it.

Seaside Notions | kelly kent

The background is the Stitched Lace die – I just can’t get enough of this die.  It’s adds such elegance to the card.  This time I’ve cut it using the lace die (see my previous post for tips on getting a great cut) and then cut it to card front size using the largest Stitched Rectangle Die.  If you have these dies, you’ll know the proportions are a little different our card sizes, so I’ve cut the card down to 4-1/8″ wide by 5-1/2″ long (11″ before scoring and folding in half).Seaside Notions | kelly kent

I’ve layered a Subtle embossed mat in Smoky Slate and a frame made using the Stitched Rectangle Dies in Seaside Spray.  I am loving this new In Color – so serene!!!  The seahorse is stamped in Seaside Spray and fussy cut, layering it over the ‘thinking of you’ sentiment.  Finished off with a couple of silver Metallic Pearls.

I’ve carried the theme through to the inside of the card and added some stamped shells and a sand dollar on another stitched rectangle background with a strip of Seaside Spray DSP.

Seaside Notions | kelly kent

I loved these colours together, but if I’m honest, using Very Vanilla was a huge challenge for me!!!  I guess I’m just a Whisper White girl at heart!


We’d love for you to join the challenge by sharing your creation made with these colours in our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Next up on the hop is my gorgeous friend Leonie Stuart and a beautifully delicate card.

Thanks for visiting!


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Colour INKspiration #57

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for Colour INKspiration #57.  I’ve chosen the colour palette today – I hope you like it!  We’re crafting with Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight & Granny Apple Green – inspired by these gorgeous Calla Lilies.

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Joining us on the hop today, as our guest designer, is Kate Webb – thanks Kate!!  Kate’s pretty card won challenge #55 and we are delighted to have her along for this hop.  Each challenge the crew picks 5 cards and ask the members of the Colour INKspiration Facebook group to choose a winner.  Join the group and make sure to enter your project for the current challenge!  Click here to visit.


The bold & bright colours of this challenge reminded me of spring, so although the weather here is cold and wet (hello winter!), my craft room can be as warm and summery as I like.  So with the challenge colours in mind, I’ve stamped some pretty butterflies using the new Butterfly Wishes stamp set and lined them up in rows.

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

This style of card using the Stitched Rectangle Dies as a frame reminds me of butterflies on display in a museum.  I’ve make them fly as much as I can by adhering in the middle of the body and flicking up the wings….

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

But I’d like to try a card like this again with flying butterflies!  I’ll keep it on my to-do list for another challenge!

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

For the sentiment in the middle of the card, I’ve masked the other words on the ‘celebrate’ stamp with masking tape and inked it up with Versamark and heat embossed in white.  I then cut it using the Classic Label punch.  To create the banner, I used the end of the same punch.  I love when products are so versatile!

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

I have the pleasure of linking you to our guest designer – Kate Webb with her gorgeous floral creation.  These colours just work so well for flowers!

Thanks for hopping with us, can’t wait to see your creations in our Facebook group.


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