Just Add Ink #455 | Sympathy

Some challenges are a fun way to provide inspiration and an excuse to get into the craft room.  The theme for Just Add Ink this week is “Just Add Sympathy“.

It was going to be a challenge where I created a card for my stash for another time.  Sadly, my friend shared the news that her Gran had passed, which meant this card was specially made to let her know I’m thinking of her.

Wonderful Romance | kelly kent

I’ve used the spotlight technique for this card.  Using my Stamparatus, I stamped the floral images from Wonderful Romance twice – in exactly the same place on two identical pieces of cardstock.

I adhered one piece to the Whisper White Thick cardstock base.  The second piece I coloured using Stampin’ Blends and then cut (in the middle of the cardstock piece) using the Stitched Rectangle Framelit.

Lining up the images, I layered the coloured & cut cardstock over the base layer.  For extra pop, I adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Wonderful Romance | kelly kent

The beautiful flowers in the Wonderful Romance stamp set work so well for this technique.  It would work well with other large solid line stamps that you can colour too.

Wonderful Romance | kelly kent

Wonderful Romance (and the coordinating dies – not used here) are on the Last Chance Retirement List and will only be available until 3rd June 2019 – or supplies sell out.  See all retirement list items in my online store – click here.


We’d love to have you join our challenge.  Share your sympathy cards on the Just Add Ink blog.  You’ll also find all the design team cards there – it’s a wonderful resource for the next time you have a sympathy card to make!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Colour INKspiration #52

Hi!  Thanks for joining us for the second Colour INKspiration challenge of the month.  We hop on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month and bring to you a fresh round of colours each hop.

Today is the start of challenge #52 which is minty, chocolately and oh-so-yummy.

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The first card I’m sharing today isn’t actually mine!  It’s the stunning card of our guest designer – the winner of Colour INKspiration #50 – Ronda McJimsey-Gibson.   Ronda’s card is totally amazing.  You know when you see a card and think ‘wow, I wish I’d thought of that’!  The colours are perfect for the Fable Friends bunny!!!

Colour INKspiration #52 | Ronda McJimsey-Gibson

Anyone can join us at Colour INKspiration – even if you don’t have a blog.  Share your project on Facebook using the challenge colour combination and you could be our next winner!  Click here to visit the Facebook group.


A friend lost a family member last week and I wanted to send a card to let her know I was thinking of her.

The Rooted In Nature bundle was my choice with the lovely green tones of the colour combination.Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The fold was inspired by one of my team – Mandy Depiazzi.  I attend Mandy’s class each month and she always comes up with such great ideas!

It’s called X fold and the front left panel tucks into the triangle pocket at the bottom right.

Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

It folds out to reveal a writing panel on the inside.

Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

I’ve used two embossing folders on this card – Layered Leaves for the white panels and Subtle for the Soft Sea Foam.

The front panel is 3-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ (3-1/4″ x 3″ for the mat).  I stamped the leaves in Soft Sea Foam and then the sentiment over the top in Granny Apple Green.

The card base is a piece of A4 card cut lengthways and then 3″ cut from the end of the card.  It’s scored at 5-7/8″ and folded over.

Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

It’s always fun to find a new fold.  I love this one and have plans to make more with all kinds of themes!!!  It would look lovely dressed up with some DSP.  Watch this space!


There’s lots more creative inspiration on this hop – just keep clicking on next!

From here, you’re visiting the gorgeous Nikki Spencer

Thanks for hopping with us!


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Just Add Ink #357 Colour Combination

Hello!  Thanks for joining me for Just Add Ink #357.

It’s always a pleasure to design cards for a challenge – and this colour combination, put together by Jan, is a dream!

This sweet card is on it’s way to brighten someone’s letterbox.  I try to send as many handmade cards as I can – it really is a wonderful feeling to check the letterbox and take out something pretty!

I’ve used the Rose Garden thinlit, deconstructed into Sweet Sugarplum blossom & Island Indigo leaves, which I’ve stapled to the Sahara Sand panel.

I love stapling on cards – it’s mess-free, quick, easy & gives the pieces of the card movement.

But of course, you don’t always want them showing – so for this card, I’ve covered them up with a Very Vanilla Thick Twine bow.

If you’ve tried to order pearls in the last couple of weeks you’ll noticed that they have disappeared!  Don’t worry, they’ll be back on 1st June 2017 when the new catalogue starts in a configured format.  I haven’t seen them yet, but I hear they are flatter – perfect for mailing!


I’m still trying to decorate the inside of my cards (and the envelopes too!)…

It adds such a nice touch to open a card up and see more prettiness!


Do you have someone in mind this week to send a handcrafted card to?  Make a list of people that you’d like to shower with paper happiness!!!

Use our colour challenge combination for your card and share your creation with us on the Just Add Ink blog.

You’ll also find the rest of the design team cards – and with colours as beautiful as these, you know the range of projects will be stunning!!!


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Just Add Ink #352 Colour Challenge

This week at Just Add Ink, we’re playing with colours.

These colours, that were suggested by Nikki.

They are oh-so-pretty and I can’t wait to see what you all come up with.


I wanted these colours to be the ‘pop’ among a white CAS (clean and simple) card.

So, I’ve used my favourite lady from the Beautiful You stamp set to create this ‘thinking of you’ card.

Have you seen this technique before – where you stamp onto patterned paper, cut it out and stick it over your stamped image.

It’s called paper piercing.  And it works so well with the Beautiful You ladies.

After making this version, I decided I wanted a happier one, so created another version with the dancing lady…

It seemed fun – and perfect for Mother’s Day with the pink & blue theme.


Please visit the Just Add Ink blog and see the beautiful creations the other design team members have made.

You can also join in the challenge there with your one Tempting Turquoise, Flirty Flamingo & Smoky Slate delight.


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Simply Scalloped

With so many awesome products in the SU! range this year, there’s lots more sharing to come.  This card highlights another fabulous new product from the annual catalogue.  The Striped Scallop Thinlit die cuts a ‘fish scales’ pattern – leaving you with a scalloped cut out and lots of cute little scale shapes.  The die is sized to fit an American card front, which with a few modifications, can look great as a background on an Australian C6 card too.  Use the cut out, the scales or both together (as I have here).  Nothing else required for a visually stunning card (except a sneaky sentiment!).  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Thinlit: Striped Scallop

Punches: Large Oval, Scallop Oval

Cardstock: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Soft Sky, Island Indigo

Ink: Island Indigo

Stamp Set: Wetlands