Just Add Ink #543 | sketch

Hello! Thanks for stopping in for today’s Just Add Ink challenge. It’s a sketch theme – one that I know you’ll love! This would work for a card, scrapbook page or mixed media project. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

To enter the challenge, please visit the Just Add Ink blog and add your creation to the gallery. You can also see how the rest of the JAI design team used the sketch for inspiration.

I thought the layout of this sketch worked well to show off some of the patterns in the Whale of a Time DSP as a whole sheet – using the tiled effect to add texture.

For the turtle card, I rotated the sketch to go with the layout of the swimming turtles.

The sentiment is from the Seaside Notions stamp set, cut out with a Stitched Rectangle Die. I added in a fussy cut turtle from another sheet in the pack and finished it all off with white twine from the Snail Mail twine combo pack.

The second card uses more stamps from the Seaside notions stamp set – which coordinates beautifully with this DSP.

The seahorse was stamped in Versamark on Pretty Peacock cardstock and then heat embossed in white. And then fussy cut! I don’t mind fussy cutting, so I know some crafters that would like a die for everything!

Thanks for visiting today, I hope you have a marvellous weekend.

DSP | Add to Cart in October

All through October 2020, Stampin’ Up! are offering a 15% discount on selected DSP patterns. You can see them all in my online store. Here’s a snapshot from the store, click to browse online.

I have many favourites, but one that has particularly caught my fancy this year is the Whale of a Time DSP from the Annual Catalogue. It’s part of a suite and has a range of coordinating products including a stamp and punch bundle called Whale Done.

Whale of a Time | kelly kent

The DSP is filled with beautiful marine life including seahorses, turtles, crabs, jellyfish and more.

Whale of a Time | kelly kent

The punch coordinates with the paper and punches out the whales. I love it when I can add a perfectly coloured image from the DSP to my card!

Whale of a Time | kelly kent

The other DSP I’ve been really getting a lot of use from is the In Good Taste pack. It’s a large pack, with 2 sheets of 12 different designs – which are all double sided, so you get 24 different photographic textile patterns. I’ve kept half the sheets as 12×12″ size and I’m using them as backgrounds when I take photos of my cards. Here’s a snapshot of some of them in action from my Pinterest.

Whale Done is just $17 until the end of October and In Good Taste is only $31.45. Shop online and have it delivered to your door. And then create pretty cards with pretty paper until your heart is content. I can’t think of a better way to craft than with DSP!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | baby

Hello friends!  It’s the end of the month which means it’s time for another Social Stamping blog hop with my wonderful Stampin’ Up! friends.

Today we’re making and sharing baby projects – an ode to the start of spring here in the Southern Hemisphere.  You can see all the details about this theme and the full list of participants by clicking here.

I love stamp sets with a cute baby theme.  There’s a large portion of my retired stash that are baby sets I can’t part with.  For today’s card I wanted to use a set that doesn’t jump out as a “baby set” but has included the pieces needed to create a cute ‘just hatched’ card.

Dino Days | kelly kent

This fold uses a normal card base with the top corner cut off and the front folded back on itself.  When closed it looks like this…

Dino Days | kelly kent

The baby is from the Monogram Messages stamp set.  I am in love with those scripted letters!

Dino Days | kelly kent

The dinosaur, egg and sentiment are from the Dino Days stamp set and Dino Dies.  So cute!

Dino Days | kelly kent

I added some embossing with the Woodlands Embossing Folder on the background panel and the Hammered Metal on the egg.

Dino Days | kelly kent

The DSP for the card is from two different packs.  The yellow is from the Whale of a Time DSP and the jade is from the Flowers for Every Season DSP.  My go-to colours for a neutral baby card are yellow and green, so these colours and patterns worked well.  When I look at the yellow pattern, I see dinosaur scales!

Dino Days | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us today.  Next up on the hop is Andrea Sargent – you’re going to love what she’s sharing!  Keep hopping until you get back to where you started.  There’s lots of great projects to see!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  School holidays have just started here and we’re enjoying some family time!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Happiest Birthday Wishes | multicoloured greetings

I’ve been loving the Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set. It’s filled with super versatile birthday greetings, and since birthday cards are the most common card I make, it’s had a good workout since it was released in the 2020 Annual Catalogue in June.

Today I’m sharing a technique that adds some fun to the large stamp from this set. Big stamps can sometimes be hard to use but are perfect when you want the sentiment to be the feature of the card.

Colours: Rococo Rose, Bumblebee, Calypso Coral | DSP: Artistry Blooms

Using the Stamparatus, I added ink to the top & bottom of the stamp directly with the ink pads and then to middle with a sponge dauber.

You don’t need a Stamparatus to use do this technique but I love two things about using it – 1. You can re stamp if you need a bit more ink somewhere or better blending 2. You can easily make lots of these with minimal fuss. I pre-cut the scalloped rectangles (from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies) and kept one of the negatives. I was then able to place the die cut into the Stamparatus for quick & easy placement. This is a great tip for cards you want to mass produce.

After making the first card in pinks, I decided to make another version with one of my favourite DSPs from the Annual Catalogue – Whale of a Time. I’d be happy to have a whole pack of the turtle prints – they are so pretty!!

Colours: Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Granny Apple Green |
DSP: Whale of a Time

And one more using another favourite – Boho Indigo. I used an ombré effect for this sentiment, choosing 3 different shades of blue.

Colours: Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Night of Navy | DSP: Boho Indigo

I could make these cards all day! It’s a great way to make use of the DSP we like to collect. Simply cut a 2” strip and adhere to a coordinating card base. Stamp your multicoloured sentiment and attach to the card front.

Have a great week!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Kit Challenge

Paper Adventures - Blog Hop Header

During the restrictions of COVID, our Paper Adventures Team participated in three challenges that we used as the basis for a card swap.

The first one was to send the materials required to make 4 cards with photos to inspire the recipient’s versions.

The second one was to send all the materials to make 3 cards, but no inspiration photos.

The third one was a card base with an attached piece of DSP and a couple of extra pieces to get the recipient started with their own version.

We had so much fun in each challenge, we thought we’d extend the theme through to our team hop for this month.  We welcome Joanne James from the UK to share in the fun with us!

Here’s the brief – projects must include a square piece of DSP, a piece of ribbon at least 4″ long, a trinket or embellishment and dry or heat embossing.  I can’t wait to see what the team makes!

I have the most fun with challenges when they extend my thinking and take me away from what I would normally make.  The need to use a square piece of DSP inspired me to create a 3D project using a 6″x6″ square piece of DSP as the starting point.  My new catalogue DSP finally arrived, just in time to create for this challenge!

This treat bag style bag & box in one was designed by Kim Price.  You can see her original projects including instructions and a video by clicking here.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

It has a square base and curved sides and is super cute.  And the best part – it starts with a piece of 6″x6″ DSP which means you can create it using any of the DSP designs in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.  I’ve used the Artistry Blooms DSP for the treat bag paired with images from the Whale of a Time DSP.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

The finished size is 4-3/4″ tall by 2-3/4″ wide.  I plan to fill these boxes with chocolates as gifts for a workshop I have booked tomorrow night with some lovely local ladies.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

The whale for the blue treat bag has been cut with the coordinating Whale Builder Punch.  The turtle for the pink treat bag was fussy cut from the same DSP pack.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

With so many new things to play with at the moment, I’m enjoying mixing & matching between sets.  The tag is cut using one of the label dies from the Hippo & Friends Dies, with a slot die – which is also part of this set. I also used this on the top of the bag, placing the slot at a point where I could line up the bag and tag together.

The Hippo & Friends Dies are one of the best value sets in the catalogue with 25 dies including three different stitched  label options (in multiple sizes), accessory pieces and dies to match the characters from the Hippo Happiness stamp set.  I can’t wait to show you some projects with those cute little stamps!!!

Treat Bag | kelly kent

To complete the challenge, I used twine & ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack through the slot to close the bag, Basic Pearls & Basic Rhinestones as the embellishment and white heat embossing for the sentiment.  The ‘thanks’ sentiment is from the Whale Done stamp set. I’ve used masking tape to cover the bottom half of the sentiment and just stamp out the ‘thanks’.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

I’m excited to see how the rest of the team uses the 4 elements of the challenge to create their amazing projects.  The next creative queen is Lisa Whitehead.

Thanks again to Joanne James for joining us!  We love having international guests on our hop and are very grateful when they say yes to join us despite the challenges with time zones!

If you’re curious about Stampin’ Up! and becoming part of our Paper Adventures team, please let me know via a message on Facebook.  There’s a great bonus in the Starter Kit for this month with zero long term commitment or expectation.  Jump on board to see how it all works!!!  It may be the best decision you ever make!  If you live in Australia and you’re ready to join us, click here for all the Starter Kit info.

Have a great weekend!  I hope the forecast includes lots of stamping!

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