Just Add Ink #447 | Sketch

Hello!  It’s time for another creative challenge from the Just Add Ink team.  This week it’s a sketch challenge by Narelle.

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For such a simple sketch, I actually found it difficult to get started on this card.  But once I had the concept, it was all go from there!

I ended up turning it on the side widening up those rectangles and using a stamp set that has only just recently arrived – Fable Friends.  These characters are just the sweetest!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

The gingham still isn’t my favourite DSP but I’ll admit that it’s pretty cute on some cards!!!  Which is why I like to own all the DSP – I just buy extra packs of my favourites!  It would seem that lots of people LOVE the Gingham suite though – the DSP has been popular around the world.

Fable Friends | kelly kent

The little bunny from Fable Friends is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends.  Rather than using two colours to create depth of colour, I used Light Smoky Slate and dark Balmy Blue with the Color Lifter pen.  I love the colour variation it adds!

One cute bunny card didn’t seem to be enough (I’m low on my stock of baby cards at the moment) so it seemed like a good idea to make a pink version too!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

The Blushing Bride version of the card was matched with Tropical Escape DSP and ribbon from the All My Love combo pack in the Occasions catalogue.

More colouring with Blends – the pink is the retired dark Pink Pirouette.

Fable Friends | kelly kent

I seem to be using the Vertical Greetings stamp set quite a lot lately.  I remember when I so desperately wanted a greetings set that ran down rather than across.  I hope this set stays in the range for years to come!

Fable Friends | kelly kent

If this sketch inspires you, please share it with us on the Just Add Ink blog page.  Each week we choose a winner and 2 honorable mentions.  We’d love to add your creation to our list of wonderful projects!

Thanks for visiting today.  If you love making cute baby cards – and with Easter around the corner – I can’t recommend the Fable Friends stamp set enough!  All the product links are in the table at the end of my post.

We’re in the final month of Sale-A-Bration which means there’s only weeks left to earn free products, get bonus host rewards and received added value in your Starter Kit if you join Stampin’ Up!

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Birthday Feathers

My east coast stamping bestie Miss Lou Kitzelman turned 21 last week… well, maybe not 21, but she did have a birthday!

Here is the card I made for her using some of my favourite products.  The card layout was inspired by a series of Rachel Tessman cards I spied on Pinterest.Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

 

The theme was inspired by the gift which featured a whimsical dreamcatcher.  Which led me to feathers!  I love feathers on craft (not so keen on them in real life!).  The feathers are from the Chase Your Dreams Framelits.

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

I cut the pink flowers from a sheet of the Tropical Escape and then spritzed them with Frost White Shimmer Paint.

The birthday stamp is from the Piece of Cake stamp set.  Lou shared this with us at OnStage in 2018 – so it will always remind me of her every time I use it.

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

I don’t often decorate the inside of my cards, but I wanted to carry this theme through and include a dream catcher from the framelit set.  It wouldn’t fit on the front – so middle it was!

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

And from there I just got totally carried away and made a coordinating tag for the gift bag too!

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

Matchy-matchy is my favourite!

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

Happy birthday to Lou!  Here’s to a wonderful year filled with so much craft time you decide to read a book for a change!!!


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CASEing the Catty #216 | Sale-A-Bration

Hi there!  How was your weekend?  I seem to always start these posts by telling you what kind of weather we had over the weekend.  It’s summer here in Australia so it should be scorching hot – and it some parts of the country it is.  But right now in Bunbury, we’re averaging a maximum of 30 during the day and an overnight minimum of 15 degrees (that’s in celsius).  It’s glorious!  Sunny days as far as I can see!!!

The downside to such lovely weather is less time spent indoors, so I’m pulling together craft projects when I can find the time!  Sleep?  Who needs to be in bed before midnight???

The theme for CASEing the Catty this week has rolled back around to Sale-A-Bration – which is handy because we’ve hit the half way mark and Stampin’ Up! have released some cute new products to earn!  You can view the second release brochure by clicking here.

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As a demonstrator, I was able to pre-order some of these amazing products during the first half of the month.  It’s lovely to be able to access #demoperks!!!  You can too if you join my Paper Adventures team!

My absolute hands-down, no-question favourite item from the second release is the Country Floral Embossing Folder.  It’s soooooooo pretty!  It’s often hard to see the full texture & detail of embossing folders in catalogues, so I hope you’ve got another $90 on your wishlist and you can redeem this gorgeous folder for yourself.

This is the card I chose to CASE from the second release Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

Initially when I looked at this I thought they’d embossed DSP and it was the DSP that had provided the colour.  When I couldn’t see this pattern in the DSP I realised they’d coloured all the individual elements of the embossed image – wow!!!

By this point though, I was kind of excited to emboss DSP.  Other than cutting it, I rarely tamper with DSP – it was time to change things up!!!

Country Floral Embossing | kelly kent

My DSP of choice for this card was another new Sale-A-Bration product – the DSP available in the Painted Seasons bundle (DSP + stamp set).  I ran it through the Big Shot with the Country Floral embossing folder and then rubbed a sponge dauber across the raised surfaces using Coastal Cabana ink.  It was very rough and I love the effect of the coloured embossed sections and the natural pattern of the DSP underneath.

Country Floral Embossing | kelly kent

I finished the card with the ‘amazing’ sentiment from the Incredible Like You stamp set, some Mint Macron Nature’s Twine (from the Annual Catalogue), White Flax Ribbon and a Butterfly Element coated in Frost White Shimmer Mist.

This card was so much fun, I decided to create another couple of colour combinations.

Here it is in Blushing Bride using Tropical Escape DSP…

Country Floral Embossing | kelly kent

And also in Rich Razzleberry using a pattern from the Tea Room DSP.  This one was a little more interesting as the butterflies on the DSP form part of the image!

Country Floral Embossing | kelly kent

By some crazy coincidence, the colours in the Nature’s Twine pack matched my DSP choices perfectly!  I’m just missing a Crumb Cake creation!!!

Country Floral Embossing | kelly kent

To place an order and select your FREE (with any $90+ order) Country Floral Embossing Folder, visit my online store.  It’s available until 31st March unless stocks run out earlier.


Join our challenge this week by creating a project inspired by the pages of either of the Sale-A-Bration catalogues.  Click here to share it in our Facebook group.

There’s more great inspiration to come – keep following the hop by clicking on the ‘next’ icon.

From here, you’re heading to Rockhampton (much hotter days & nights there at the moment!) to visit Elizabeth Gross.  Liz and I have been giggling at week at how similar a couple of our projects are – we’re very much on the same creative wavelength at the moment!!

Thanks for joining us!!!  Have a great week!


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Hang in There

As you know, I’m a big fan of making & sending cards. They can bring so much happiness – isn’t it wonderful to check the letterbox and find hugs in an envelope.

This card was sent to a friend who I know loves happy mail.

Animal Expedition Sloth | kelly kent

She also loves the Animal Expedition DSP!   The sloth in this DSP was perfect for my chosen sentiment (‘hang in there’).

Animal Expedition Sloth | kelly kent

There’s a page in this design with full colour animals which you can cut – some using the framelits. The sloth is a fussy cut job – but I don’t mind that. How cute is he!??

The background DSP is from the Tropical Escape DSP – I think it’s one of the most versatile in the catalogue.

Animal Expedition Sloth | kelly kent

The sentiment is custom stamped using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.  It’s always a good idea to have a few alphabet stamps in your collection – they give you so many options for the card saying whatever is on your mind.

The Animal Expedition DSP and Tropical Escape DSP are both part of the July promotion where you get a 4th pack for free when you purchase 3.  It’s such a great deal for DSP lovers (and those wanting to add to their collection!).

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Hope you are having a great week – half way, the weekend is just around the corner!

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ESAD Blog Hop | DSP

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Do you have a favourite category of Stampin’ Up! products?  I love so many of the things in the catalogue, but DSP is the one thing I buy every design, every catalogue – so I’m putting DSP at the top of my favourites list.

So, it was exciting to find out this month that Stampin’ Up! are offering a buy 3, get 1 free offer on the whole range of standard ($19.25) DSP patterns.  There’s 10 to choose from!

Once you’ve got your 4 new packs of paper, you’ll be after some ideas on making the most of them!  So, join me on a blog hop with my ESAD friends to see how these crafty ladies are using their DSP!

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With my love of DSP (and lots of choice of patterns), I have collated a few of my favourite ways to use DSP to create simple but elegant cards.

5 ways with DSP | kelly kent

I’ve used the designs available as part of the buy 3, get 1 free promotion to demonstrate each style in action.

FEATURE

A whole card front of DSP is the easiest way to use your DSP.  Cut it up, enjoy the beautiful patterns & show your family and friends that you care about them enough to use your pretty paper on their card!

Garden Impressions

Garden Impressions DSP | kelly kent

Tropical Escape

Tropical Escape DSP | kelly kent

RIP

Most of the time we cut our DSP with a trimmer (or scissors) and have a nice straight line.  The composition of DSP gives a lovely edge when you rip it.  One of my favourite quick & easy card designs is to cut a piece of DSP slightly longer (ie, 6″) and rip the bottom third.  Flip it over to show the reverse side and adhere both pieces to form your card front.  Add a bit of twine & a sentiment for an awesome card.

Animal Expedition

Animal Expedition | kelly kent

Tranquil Textures

You don’t have to use the bottom third – the ripped edge creates a lovely contrast to the card base (and a great place to put a sentiment!).

Tranquil Textures | kelly kent

STRIP

A strip of cardstock is a great way to show off the patterns of a DSP and get multiple cards from a 6″ piece.  Or it’s a great way to use the 2″ strips left over from card fronts when using 6″x6″ DSP (either the stacks sold by Stampin’ Up! or in a paper share).

Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle | kelly kent

Wood Textures

Wood Textures | kelly kent

PANEL

This is a twist on using cardstock as a whole card front.  Cut your cardstock 1/4″ (0.5cm) smaller than the usual width, then divide the width into three equal portions and cut into panels.  Keep them in order and stick to your card base with equal spacing.  Using panels just adds a bit of extra interest and texture to your card!

Petal Promenade

Petal Promenade | kelly kent

Under the MistletoeUnder the Mistletoe | kelly kent

BANNER

Banners are a favourite of mine on simple cards (well any card really!).  The Triple Banner punch makes this really easy, but you can cut banners using scissors too.  Layer up a few awesome patterns from the DSP (front & back or a couple of different sheets) and add some twine & a sentiment to finish.

Nature’s Poem

Nature's Poem | kelly kent

Best Route

Best Route | kelly kent

Please CASE (copy) these layouts for your own card making, classes or blog posts.  Beautiful DSP likes to be chopped & used – it doesn’t like to sit in plastic!!!

For more DSP ideas, keep hopping to visit my lovely & talented friend Rochelle Blok.

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If you’re ready to add more DSP to your collection, here’s the online store links for the designs that feature in the buy 3, get 1 free promotion.  Add your 4 favourites to your shopping cart and the 4th won’t cost you a thing!

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Participant List:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Kelly Kent
  3. Rochelle Blok
  4. Fi Cobbin
  5. Delys Cram
  6. Sharon Dalton
  7. Kim Oliver
  8. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  9. Nicole Wilson
  10. Peta Stephen
  11. Jackie Aitken
  12. Rebecca Scurr
  13. Narelle Fasulo
  14. Barbara Williams
  15. Maree McIntosh
  16. Libby Dyson
  17. Cheryll Miller
  18. Denise Buetler
  19. Mandy Depiazzi

 

Stamp Review Crew | Animal Outing

Hello!  It’s a wonderful Stamp Review Crew Hop today -my international Stampin’ Up! friends and I are sharing projects made using Animal Outing.  You’re going to love this hop!!!

This stamp set is part of a bundle with the Animal Friends Thinlits.  It’s also part of a suite with Animal Expedition DSP & other coordinating products.  See the range in the catalogue – page 27, or browse online.

I’m sharing two projects today made with the Animal Outing stamp set.

The first was a team class project where I wanted to share reverse image stamping with my team.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

The giraffe (and all the animals in in set) are perfect for this technique.  It adds extra dimension to the layout of a card – and means you can have animal friends looking at each other.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

There’s 4 giraffes in the circle – two facing left and two facing right (although one is upside down, so technically three of them are looking right!).  The ones facing right were stamped as normal.  The ones facing left were stamped onto a silicone mat and then transferred onto the cardstock.

Reverse Image Stamping | kelly kent

I’ve tried this technique before with Window Sheet – but you have to be so careful not to smudge the image as you transfer it.  Using the silicone sheet gives a much better image, but you can’t see through for placement – so it’s slightly trickier in that way.  I recommend doing the reverse image first, then lining up your other images.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Although I love the sentiments in the stamp set, the animals go so well with lots of other sentiments. For my quartet of giraffes, I liked the ‘from all of us’ saying from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.


For my second card, I wanted to stamp the rhino onto DSP to see the effect.  I love the Animal Expedition DSP (I’ve used that for the gray panel) but had a pink rhino in my head, so went looking through the new DSP – and fell in love with the Tropical Escape DSP Stack.  Oh my, the patterns in this are amazing!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Add some embellishments and we have a cute & girly card.  I like the pink rhino – she’s fun!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

In both cards I’ve used Stampin’ Write Markers to add open eyes to the animals.  I still need some practice, but I like the effect of the animals looking out from the card.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us today for the Stamp Review Crew Animal Outing hop.

Next up is Linda Callahan and her super sweet project –

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