Stamp Review Crew | Timeless Tulips

Good morning buttercups – or is that tulips?

I’m hopping with my international stamping friends and I know you’re going to love the inspiration to follow!  If you’ve hopped from Cindy’s blog – welcome!

Today’s chosen stamp set for the Stamp Review Crew is Timeless Tulips and the coordinating Tulip Builder Punch.

For a little bit of whimsy (in a time when we can’t let life get to serious), I made my flowers into rainbow tulips.

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You won’t find these growing in nature – they are dyed with split stems to create this effect, but oh-so-pretty nonetheless!  Our local farmer’s market often sells roses with this gorgeous colour pattern.

Rainbow Timeless Tulips | kelly kent

The tulips were easy to make using the Stamparatus.  I added each ink one colour at a time with Sponge Daubers, pressing down between each ink so the colours didn’t blend.  The colours are Gorgeous Grape, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight & Melon Mambo for the flowers and Granny Apple Green for the stems.

Rainbow Timeless Tulips | kelly kent

This stamp set has a coordinating punch – no fussy cutting required and super quick to get all those tulips ready for a cute little bunch.  I’ve added some Old Olive splatters on the Whisper White behind the tulips for a touch of texture and tied all the tulip stems together with Whisper White 1/4″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.  I’ve left it white , but this ribbon takes colour so easily using Stampin’ Blends or your ink pad.

Rainbow Timeless Tulips | kelly kent

The DSP for this card is from the Honey Bee Specialty pack which was a reward choice during the 2020 Sale-A-Bration.  It was so popular that it’s all gone now, but until Tuesday evening, there’s heaps of other products you can add to your order when you spend $90 or more.

Rainbow Timeless Tulips | kelly kent

I’m finding myself using hello sentiments a lot lately.  Timeless Tulips has a beautiful font and this ‘hello’ looks great heat embossed in black.


To see more tulip projects, please keep hopping.  Next blog to visit is my friend Charlet Mallett.

I hope your week is full of pretty colours!

Social Stamping | hello from kelly

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Hi there and thanks for stopping by my project for the first Social Stamping blog host.  I organised this during week as an opportunity to connect us during this crazy time – either by joining the blog host as a designer, or by visiting the blogs as a crafter.  You can see the master list of participants and a bit of background about the blog host in this post (click here).


With a little bit of extra time on my hands, this was my chance to put into action a project I’ve been thinking about for a while – a card with a light circuit.  You can buy LED kits but they are quite expensive.  Being a girl who is good with maths & science, I decided that if I had all the pieces, I could probably do it myself.  As it turns out, I can and I did!

Hello LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

The little light between the lantern and the tree branch lights up when you press the heart.

Hello LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

How cool is that???  I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ and a piece of copy paper the same size.  From the copy paper I cut out a 2-5/8″ circle and used this as a mask over the Whisper White to blend three tones of pink into a circle “moon”.  Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose & Melon Mambo.  To see more about ink blending, visit this blog post I wrote in Feb.

Hello LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

I then added a branch from the Seasonal Layers Dies in Soft Suede cardstock, watercoloured lantern on Shimmery White cardstock from the Power of Hope stamp set (available as a Sale-A-Bration reward until 31st March 2020) and ‘hello’ sentiment from the Free As A Bird stamp set in white embossing powder on Rococo Rose cardstock.  The heart (from the Be Mine Stitched Dies in Melon Mambo cardstock) in the bottom right corner corresponds to the battery placement and is where the card recipient will press to close the circuit and make

Once all this was set up, I knew where I wanted the LED light to go and was able to punch a 1/8″ circle for the light to sit in.  And then it was time to create the behind the scenes magic.  To make the circuit you need to connect the LED diode to a battery, creating a circuit breaker so that it only turns on when you press.

Here’s what the circuit looks like on the back…

DIY circuit for cardmaking | kelly kent

Here’s a quick look at the circuit breaker flap in motion…

Supplies you’ll need to make your own at home.  For suppliers, check ebay or your local electronics store.

  • LED diode (I used 3mm white but these come in pretty colours & different sizes too)
  • CR1225 3V button cell lithium battery
  • Conductive Adhesive Copper Foil Tape (I used 6mm)
  • Circuit breaker – I used a strip of copy paper 1″ x 2″ folded in half

Hello LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

To finish the card, I used Foam Adhesive Strips to attach the circuit layer to the Rococo Rose mat (3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″).  Using the foam strips gives the circuit breaker some space to lie slightly open, meaning the light only comes on when you press all the layers together.

The card base is Blushing Bride cardstock with a top fold and then Rococo Rose and Whisper White layers on the inside to add some weight.

Hello LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

Many thanks to Marine from Blue Marine Crafts for her excellent tutorial which got me started on being able to make my own circuits.  You can see her card & video by clicking here.

I can’t wait to send this card to someone – and it could be someone you know!  Leave a comment on this blog – I’ll choose a comment at random as the winner, who can select a friend or family member to receive this card in the mail and add a little light to their life.


There’s lots more craft inspiration as part of this blog host.  You can see all the participants via the main blog post (click here) or you can click through to the next blog by Denita Wright-Smee.

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Thank you for hopping with us!

Social Stamping Blog Host | Hello

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Hello!  Last week I advertised on my Facebook page and invited some of my stamping friends to join me to blog today.  I won’t pretend I’m amazed, because I knew my fantabulous friends would be the first to step up and embrace another occasion to create something to share.  In a week that has been filled with ups & downs for so many families (including mine!), it’s wonderful to come together with the sole purpose of being creative and providing creative inspiration for crafters who may be at home in isolation.

As a bit of background, my use of the phrase “Social Stamping” started last year.  I had to make some changes to the focus of my Stampin’ Up! commitments.  I wanted to keep the things about stamping that were important to me and one of those things was the social aspect – my online friendships with other demonstrators, classes purely for the joy of getting together and providing community for my Paper Adventures team.


The theme for today’s hop is “hello”.  It’s a time when we’ve all been asked to socially distance ourselves from each other, but actually a time when we need each other more than ever.  I’d love for you all to reach out to those in your network, on the edge of your network or bring someone new into your network and use this fast changing and very overwhelming situation for some social good.  It’s possible to be social although physically apart – we just need to think in different ways.

This blog host is born of that desire to pull together the social part of stamping.  To bring us together, to allow us to share and to spark creativity in others.

Below is the master list of participants.  Click on the designers below to see their project. Some bloggers may link to the next blog, but to keep things simple, this was an optional requirement.

Stay safe, stay connected and be comforted in the knowledge that although big at the moment, this will pass.  Until then, let us craft!

Participant list | “Hello”

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Denita Wright-Smee
  3. Jo Stubbings
  4. Lisa Whitehead
  5. Lauren Meiklejohn
  6. Lou Kitzelman
  7. Leonie Stuart
  8. Mandy Depiazzi
  9. Odette Kermode
  10. Rebecca Scurr
  11. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  12. Melissa Gifford
  13. Nikki Spencer
  14. Nicole Wilson
  15. Elizabeth Gross
  16. Bronwyn Eastley
  17. Sheila Pybus
  18. Michelle Strazds
  19. Angela Meirtiz-Reid
  20. Sharni Haines
  21. Vicki Boucher
  22. Julia Quinn
  23. Mae Collins
  24. Chantell Randall
  25. Narelle Simm
  26. Catherine Creer
  27. Richelle Fletcher
  28. Leonie Schroder
  29. Kathryn Ruddick

Just Add Ink #498 | Add “E”

As the world goes into lots of forms of reduced services and isolation, I’ve been reflecting on how lucky we are to have the internet!  For social interaction, for news & updates and for crafty inspiration!

For now, it’s business as usual for both Stampin’ Up! and Australia Post, so by shopping in my online store (click here to visit) you can still get crafty supplies delivered to your door.

I also feel lucky to be connected to a wonderful community of lovely stampers including the Just Add Ink design team.  Today we’re sharing another challenge theme – Just Add “E”.  It’s a great theme to get you thinking about what stamps, techniques or themes you can create starting with “E”.

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As we embark on voluntary isolation, I’ve added “Education” as my theme, making some accessories for the Little Miss Papercrafts to use in our at home school experience.

Following my instinct and the advice of some parenting experts I respect, our approach to home schooling is going to be very casual for the immediate future.  Our time at home is a long game – they are predicting students won’t return to school for many months.  But, there’s always a place for stationary!!!  I know these little gifts for the girls will add some excitement to the pending time at home.

Corner Bookmark | kelly kent

For our “everything pretty & pink” Little Miss, I’ve made a unicorn corner bookmark.  This style of bookmark is so easy to make using some simple origami steps.  Click here to visit the tutorial I used.

For our “animal loving, plans to be a vet” Little Miss I made a nature themed bookmark using the Tropical Oasis DSP and chinchilla from the Witty-cisms stamp set.

Corner Bookmark | kelly kent

Did you read Babysitters Club books as a child?  I think I read every one every published and I’m sad I didn’t keep hold of them, so I was excited to able to pick some up second hand recently!

Corner Bookmark | kelly kentTo go with each bookmark, I covered a wood coaster tile with DSP and a bulldog clip with coordinating DSP to create a post it note holder.  These are my favourites to make as a quick and easy desk gift.  The coasters are from the KAISERwood range and available here in Australia from Spotlight (and other craft supply stores I’m sure!).

Corner Bookmark | kelly kent

How stunning is the Best Dressed DSP?!?!  It makes a great unicorn flower crown.  The horn and eyes are from a Pink Fresh Studio set.  The post-it note sentiment is from the Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set.

Corner Bookmark | kelly kent

I’m not sure if Alexa knows what a Chinchilla is (we don’t have them in Australia), so this seems like a great research project for home at school! The other activities I have planned are baking, outdoor exploring, yoga, Lego, reading, writing and sleeping in (this might be my favourite part!).  I’m sure there’ll be some movies, some board games and even some crafting in the mix!

Thinking of my fellow crowned home school parents – we’re all in this together, and like most things in life, this too shall pass.


To see more design team projects and to add your “E” creation to our gallery, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Pootles

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Hello & thanks for joining us for a Paper Adventures team blog hop.

The theme today is “CASE the designer” and the designer is Sam Hammond Donald – aka “Pootles” from the UK.  We are touched that she has agreed to join us.  The friendship and kindness within the Stampin’ Up! community is amazing.  Sam is a million dollar earner with a successful blog.  She shares a project every day on her blog including cards & 3D projects. Sam is so generous with her time and talent – thank you Sam!

This is the card Sam made for our hop using Best Dressed DSP & Witty-cisms stamp set.

The team were encouraged to CASE (Copy & Share Everything or Copy & Selectively Edit) Sam’s design and create their own version based on the elements that influenced them.  It might have been the colours, the layout, the styling, the stamp set or the DSP.


I really loved that background and wanted to make it using cardstock rather than the Best Dressed DSP.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

I cut Lovely Lipstick, Petal Pink and Purple Posy cardstock into random width strips and adhered them to a Whisper White base.  I then stitched around the outside to create a decorative border.  I really love stitching on cards.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

Where Sam used the Witty-cisms stamp set, I’ve added in a favourite flourish of mine – a heart and flower combination and a white heat embossed “thanks” sentiment.

The heart is from the Be Mine Stitched Dies, the flowers from Dressed to Impress bundle and ‘thanks’ from the Music From The Heart stamp set.

I’ve carried the flowers through to the middle layer of the card too. They are coloured with Stampin’ Blends – Lovely Lipstick, Purple Posy, Pink Pirouette (retired) and Pretty Peacock.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

Although I cut the card up to achieve the background, this also works really well for those 1/4″ & 1/2″ strips that end up piling up on our desk when we’re cutting A4 sheets down into mat size.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

Thanks to the team for always being so willing to join in the blog hop and to Sam for making it a special one this month.  In a time of certainty, it was lovely to have this sparkling moment in our week.

Next blog on the hop is Siobhan Fitzsimmons and her pretty creation.

Have a safe and happy weekend.  I’ll be spending time with my family, enjoying the sunshine and hopefully some self isolation (from the kids!) in the craft room!!!

Participant List

Stamp Review Crew | Dressed to Impress

Hello and welcome to the safest way to travel the world at the moment – through an international blog hop!  You’re currently visiting Kelly Kent in the South West of Australia, having jumped over from Nikki Spencer on the eastern coast.  This is my favourite beach to take the kids to swim – the inner harbour.  It’s always calm and is a great shallow depth for the kids to splash around in.

With COVID-19 having impact across the globe, I want to take the chance to give you a virtual hug and pass on my thoughts that you are all healthy & safe.

This virus is somewhat all consuming at the moment – it’s on tv, in social media and in everyday conversations.  In fact, unless you are in total media & social blackout, it’s very hard to avoid.  And that can be overwhelming and scary.  I love this Fred Rogers quote – look for the helpers!

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Scientists are rapidly building their knowledge of the virus and it’s behaviour, our public health teams are working around the clock to give guidance on policy & procedures that will keep us as safe as we know how and our global medical teams are amazingly taking care of business as people become unwell.

For anyone who ends up in some form of quarantine, isolation or social distancing, I hope your craft room provides you with some solace.  If there was ever a time to hibernate and craft til your heart is content – this is it!


The Stamp Review Crew are today sharing projects inspired by the Dressed to Impress stamp set and Best Dressed suite.  We hope we can provide you with some inspiration on how to use your supplies at home.

I love the mix of floral and cosmetic images in this suite.  So I’ve mixed those two themes to create this sweet card.

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

The card base & base layer are Rococo Rose cardstock with Subtle Embossing Folder.  The background flowers were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then coloured in Stampin Blends (Rococo Rose, Pink Pirouette, Petal Pink, Pretty Peacock).

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

The centrepiece is labels from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies in Blushing Bride & Mint Macaron with a perfume bottle stamped in Memento & coloured with Rococo Rose & Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends. I love being able to make the perfume pink.  The matching dies (All Dressed Up) take away the need to fussy cut any of these images!

While I was studying at university to be a Speech Pathologist, I worked at a department store, and for most of my 5 years there, I worked in the cosmetics department.  I spent my weekends selling lotions & potions, perfumes & sprays, lipsticks & eyeshadows.  The perfumes in particular were always so mesmerising, in their fancy bottles and with their beautiful scents.  Chanel #5 is undoubtedly one their most recognised scents, but the pretty pink “Chance” was one of my favourites!

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

I’ve made this card into a Mother’s Day card, which is very organised for last-minute-me!  Please remind me of where I have stored it in 2 months time!!!

Next visit is to Charlet Mallett in the US –

Thank you for joining us!

Just Add Ink #496 | Photo Inspiration

This week for Just Add Ink the inspiration comes from a photo chosen by Lou Kitzelman.

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In a late night crafting session amongst a busy week, I had some peaceful crafty therapy making this music themed birthday card.

Here’s a late night pic of my card …

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Stamp set: Music From the Heart

Dies: Stitched Shapes

Cardstock: Whisper White, Terracotta Tile

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Blushing Bride

Stampin’ Blends: Light & Dark Calypso Coral


If you have time to join our challenge, please stop by the Just Add Ink blog to share your project to our gallery. Click here for the direct link.

Here’s to a weekend filled with music & craft!

Just Add Ink #494 | Colour Combination

You’ve joined me this week for the sweetest pastel colour combination for the Just Add Ink challenge.

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So many ways you could go with this!  It’s perfect for soft florals, awesome for pretty baby and a wonderful wedding combination!

I’ve chosen a boho meets tribal theme…

Boho Tribal Card | kelly kent

I started with the arrow stamp (which I LOVE!) from the Heartfelt stamp set in Smoky Slate.  I then created a floral posy using a combination of dies including the new Ladybug Dies (great for things other than ladybugs!) and the Bouquet Bunch Dies.

Boho Tribal Card | kelly kentTo get some colour variation from only two colours (Petal Pink & Soft Sea Foam), I used a combination of dies cut from ink blending on Whisper White and dies cut straight from cardstock.

Boho Tribal Card | kelly kentVellum always adds a nice touch to any floral spray and pearls are a great embellishment when you want a little extra elegance.

The card front was layered on Parisian Blooms DSP – Petal Pink with champagne foiling for the words.

Boho Tribal Card | kelly kent

I’ve left this card sentiment free, because I really love having cards in my stash that I can use for any occasion.

Stop by the Just Add Ink blog to share your project with us and join in this colour challenge.  If you don’t own Stampin’ Up! colours, any soft pink, green and gray will work perfectly.

Have a great weekend!

 

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!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Sketch

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Hello!  Thanks for joining us for a team hop and I wanted to thank the team for always being so willing to join in.  I love that we can share our creations with the crafty world.  Our team is a mix of personal crafters and business crafters, which is totally wonderful!

We welcome Laura Mackie today from the UK.  Laura makes the most beautiful designs with such attention to detail!  I can’t wait for you to see what she’s made.  Make sure to keep hopping until you get to Laura or click on the links in the list below to visit all the blogs as part of this hop.

Today we’re all making a project that is inspired by this sketch, made for us by Siobhan Fitzsimmons.  Siobhan’s designed sketches before, but I’m loving this new presentation style – so trendy!

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Sketches are just a starting point and can be used however suits you to get the creative juices flowing.  You can turn, flip, warp, stretch – whatever you like until you have a project you love!

My project started with a plan to use the floating frame technique for that strip down the side.  But once I have all my pieces ready to go, I decided I didn’t want them to float, so I stuck them down on a piece of Crumb Cake which I’d embossed with the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder and the card evolved from there! All the best crafting happens when the plan doesn’t go as planned!!

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

This card features the Little Ladybug stamp set, which is free until the end of March with every order over $500.

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

To sweeten the deal, coordinating Ladybug Dies are also available, which means no fussy cutting required of those super cute images.

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

The dies also comes with accessory dies (dies that make their own shapes rather than cut out a stamped image).  There’s grass, leaves, stem and flowers which will add a heap of character to your projects.

There’s also a stitched swirl – which I love.  I have another project that I’ll share on the weekend, but for today’s card I’ve used it repeatedly to add some texture to the background layer.  It comes through on the other side of the cardstock, which gives an awesome effect on the inside of the card too.

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

I love carrying over the theme into the middle, so I used one of the extra flowers I’d stamped, coloured & cut on the inside.

All the images were stamped in Memento ink (Tuxedo Black) and coloured with Stampin’ BlendsDark & Light Daffodil Delight for the lighter flowers with Light Granny Apple Green stems and Dark Daffodil Delight & Dark Mango Melody with Dark Granny Apple Green for the darker flowers.  The middles are Dark Crumb Cake.

The Ladybug has been coloured with Dark Real Red, Dark Basic Black, Light Petal Pink and Light Gray Granite.

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

How cute is that sentiment???  This set has it all – thank you, happy birthday, thinking of you and some great ladybug related puns.  I’ve white heat embossed on Basic Black cardstock and then cut out using Stitched So Sweetly scalloped rectangle die.  I’m a sucker for anything stitched!

Did I mention how great this sketch was?  I also used it for a baby card I made for a work colleague.  It features a heap of my retired favourites, as well as a word cut by my Silhouette Cameo and sentiment from Praiseworthy Prose, so I could get the colours and style just perfect for the mum-to-be who doesn’t know if she’s having a girl or a boy!  This card is double the size of a normal card, made by folding an A4 sheet in half.

baby card | kelly kent


Next up on the blog hop is the sketch queen herself, Siobhan Fitzsimmons!

Have a great (crafty) weekend!

Participant List

Laura Mackie (Guest Designer)