Just Add Ink #394 | Romance

There’s nothing like a challenge deadline to raise the bar and get some of my to-do list done early!

Thanks to a fabulous theme of “Romance” by Nikki, it’s full steam ahead on the Valentine’s & anniversary cards required around here in Feb.

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The first card I made for this challenge was very non-traditional.  I have no idea where the idea started, but I wanted to use the phrase ‘you are my sunshine’.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

The Sunshine Wishes Thinlits have the cute ‘sunshine’ die, the stamp set has the ‘are my’ and the YOU is from the Sale-A-Bration set called Celebrate You.

Using the Multi-Purpose Adhesive sheets with the words is my favourite way to adhere them to my cards.  No messing around with liquid glue or tiny bits of tape.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

The background was made by stamping the dandelions from Birthday Celebration in Versamark then heat embossing in white before spritzing and swirling some yellow & gamboge (orange) Brusho Crystal Color.  Add some glitter dots, a coordinating DSP background and my non-conventional romantic card is done.

Fun fact: I bought Brushos just so I’d be able to tell my customers what they are like…. and I can’t stop using them!


After my fun take on romance, I decided I should make a card in a similar style but with a more traditional colour theme and sentiment.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

This card has a Sunshine Wishes Thinlit (love), Celebrate you Thinlit (YOU) and stamped sentiment (MORE), just like the other card.

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

It also has a Brusho background with cute emboss resist hearts from the Yay You stamp set – but pink Brusho???  It turns out if you add just a tiny tap of the Brilliant Red Brusho, you can achieve a gorgeous soft pink.  So many possibilities!!!

Two cards – one screams romance and one slides up quietly with a romantic gesture.  Do you have a favourite?

Just Add Ink #394 Romance | kelly kent

If you’d like a reason to start you V-Day card making early, or maybe you also have an anniversary in February, or you’ve got a wedding to go to, visit the Just Add Ink blog to join the challenge.

While you’re at the blog, you can see all the design team card – what a talented bunch, not to mention a collective group of some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet!

Thanks for sharing in the crafty fun with us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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Just Add Ink #377 Colour Challenge

Hello & welcome to another Just Add Ink Challenge.

#377 is a colour combination chosen for us by Rochelle.

My design team friends are loving Lemon Lime Twist & Pool Party this week!  Today it’s paired with Dapper Denim.

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I love these three colours, but together they were a wee challenge – but that’s what it’s all about, right?

I decided to stick with simple – lots of white space to balance those colours!

Just Add Ink #377 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with 2 new catalogues in the space of 4 months, so it’s sometimes refreshing and stabilising to go back to old favourites.

Many of the products I’ve used in this card are carryover favourites from the previous Annual Catalogue.

Sheltering Tree stamp set, Classic Label Punch, Sunshine Sayings stamp set and the new for 2017 embossing folder – Garden Trellis.

I also realised when I was writing this post up, that despite making this card & my Colour INKspiration card at different times of the week, they have quite similar features!  I definitely have a style!!!

I am forever hopeful that it’s a love of this style that keeps you visiting & subscribing!


One of my go-to techniques for using embossing folders is to emboss the whole card – not just the front.

Just Add Ink #377 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

This means you need to add an extra piece of cardstock on the inside for writing on, but I love the luxurious feel of both the extra embossing and the matted inside.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my same-same-but-different Lemon Lime Twist & Pool Party card today.

For more beautiful cards using these three colours, pop over to the Just Add Ink blog to see all the design team cards.

While you are there, you may also want to join the challenge by uploading your own Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party & Dapper Denim creation.

Thanks, as always, for taking the time to visit me!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamp Review Crew – Sunshine Sayings

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Happy Monday & welcome to the Stamp Review Crew hop featuring the Sunshine Sayings stamp set (and matching framelits!).

Though this awesome hop is full of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators coming from different corners of the world, you’re in a bit of an Aussie patch at the moment!!!

I’m writing to you from the west coast of Australia – the south west corner in a country town called Bunbury.

If you’re not starting here, you’ve come from the gorgeous Nikki Spencer on the east coast of Australia – wasn’t her project lovely!

Don’t stop at this blog though, because after this you can click through to take you back east to visit Bruno’s blog.


I love the Sunshine Sayings bundle.

The font is just wonderful for the stamps & framelits and the ‘happy birthday’ is in high rotation on my cards because it fits so nicely in the Classic Label punch.

Since we’re showcasing the stamp set during these hops, I always try to make the stamps my feature.

With a set so heavy on words, than can be a bit of a challenge!

But there’s also the flower, leaf & stem stamps to use – so I did!

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They look just beautiful when they are stamped and then coloured with the same colour ink using an Aquapainter.

I straightened out the stem and used it to create a haphazard border.

And finished it all with the stamped & die cut sentiments mounted on vellum.

You can see the extra flower on the envelope – it’s so nice to make it all coordinate!  There’s also one on the inside of the card.


Thanks for hopping with me today.  Next up is Bruno who has put his creative spin on this bundle.

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If you love the designs that the demonstrators are sharing, please leave us a comment – we love to know who’s visiting!

I’d love to know where you all visit from.  Cardmaking is such an international hobby – I’m always so humbled that the internet allows us to share with each other across such great distances!

Until next time,

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #329

It’s been mighty busy over here at Papercraft HQ, and sooooo long since I’ve had the luxury of craft time for fun, but when I saw the photo inspiration over at Just Add Ink this week, I cleared some space and made sure to join the challenge.

Why???  Because it’s tulips – one of my absolute favourite flowers.

Ironically, my finished card features no tulips!  But it was what drew me in!

I used the colours from the photo inspiration, the theme of flowers and compact background pattern to create this….

Just Add Ink #329 Photo Inspiration. Sunshine Wishes Thinlits & Sunshine Sayings stamp set. Emboss Resist technique. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Sunshine Wishes & Sayings bundle is one of my favourites from the Annual Catalogue.  I’ve had so much use from it.

But, since I make so many birthday cards, {and not so many sunshine, hope & love cards}, it’s been on my mind how I can use the thinlits for birthday purposes.

In a moment of inspiration, I decided I’d use the ‘love’ thinlit to create a ‘birthday love’ card.

Just Add Ink #329 Photo Inspiration. Sunshine Wishes Thinlits & Sunshine Sayings stamp set. Emboss Resist technique. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Of course, I could just have used the ‘happy’ with the birthday stamp instead of masking it out, but I love the font & style of the thinlits.


Did you spy the vellum feature {again}?  Vellum overlays are my current favourite trend.

{Note: It actually may not be a trend… I’m never on trend!}

Just Add Ink #329 Photo Inspiration. Sunshine Wishes Thinlits & Sunshine Sayings stamp set. Emboss Resist technique. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


I’m hoping to get back to regularly blogging soon!

I’ve got so many ideas and just not enough hours in the day!!!  Anyone got quick fix on the time issue????

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

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