Stamp Review Crew – Oh So Succulent

Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew blog hop, where international demonstrators on the crew get together to showcase a chosen stamp set.

Today, we are celebrating the Oh So Succulent stamp set and coordinating Succulent Framelits.

Who knew there were so many ideas you could use for succulents???

They are super popular right now and I am in awe of some of the incredibly life-like creations I’ve been seeing from Stampin’ Up! demonstrators!

Did you love what Charlet created using the succulents???  Don’t forget that this post forms part of a ‘hop’ which means if you click on the next button below, you can visit a number of different blogs – all featuring projects with the same stamp set.  Great for inspiration!


My share for today is a project set using the stamp set for the card and the framelits to create a little potted succulent.

The card was fun to make using the sweet little succulent flowers.

I inked up the outline stamp in my chosen colour and stamped.  I then inked up the solid stamp in the same colour, but stamped off onto my scrap to get a lighter tone.

I find this order the easiest way to line it all up – but experiment to find the strategy that works best for you.

For the embossed heart strip, I created a slight variation in colour by inking up my embossing folder with Sahara Sand ink before putting my cardstock in and running it through the Big Shot.

This means the hearts stayed lighter and the background had a slighter darker tone.


I’m often on the lookout for cute little gifts to give to friends on their birthday.  I {LOVE} gift giving!

These little succulent pots are just perfect!

Start by cutting 2 of each size of the succulent flowers.  I used Mint Macaron cardstock and was able to get all the flowers I needed from 1/2 an A4 sheet of cardstock.

Sponge each flower with Tip Top Taupe or Crumb Cake ink to add a more natural look, then sponge the edges with Rich Razzleberry ink.

Glue the flowers one on top of each other – start with the largest size & work your way down to the smallest.  Offset the flowers to create a full succulent look.

Once your flower is constructed, it’s time to ‘plant’ it.

In Australia, you can get the pots from the craft section of Kmart.

I hot glued a polystyrene ball into the bottom (50mm – available from Spotlight).  This provides a great base for you to glue your succulent onto.

Fill the gap between the ball & the succulent with little pebbles.  I found the perfect size pebbles at Bunnings.

I finished decorating the pot with some burlap ribbon & a Sweet Sugarplum bow.

These are easy to create – just a little inky with all that sponging!

Shampoo & dishwashing liquid both work well for inky fingers!!!


For the next lot of succulent inspiration, you are heading to the east coast of Australia to see what Bruno has come up with.

Thanks for hopping with us!


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CASEing the Catty #118 Cool Treats

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It’s not any ordinary Sunday around here – because it’s a long weekend in Western Australia.

Can I hear an ‘oh yeah’????

So, as the rest of the world thinks ahead to what their Monday will hold, mine will (hopefully) involve a sleep in, sunshine & yummy food!!!

But, just because it doesn’t feel like Sunday, does mean I’m going to miss a CASEing the Catty blog hop.

Today at CTC, we’re CASEing (copy & selectively edit) projects from the Cool Treats section of the Occasions catalogue – pages 32 – 45!

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So many ideas within these pages and I know you’re going to love what the crew has come up with.


I’m still having a love affair with my accidentally ordered Special Reason stamps & Stylish Stems Framelits.

Thank goodness the universe is looking out for my stamping needs.

For my creations this week, I took the colours from this photo on page 42

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And the layout from the bag on the right in this photo

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To create this beautiful birthday card…

CASEing the Catty #118. Special Reason. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I even decorated the inside!

CASEing the Catty #118. Special Reason. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


I loved this design but decided I could step it up with a few extra touches.

So, I took the embossing to the back layer, moved the ribbon and made the die cuts from glimmer, to create this sparkly version…

CASEing the Catty #118. Special Reason. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Subtle changes and creating a design in multiples are a couple of my favourite ways to create more than one card in a sitting for not much extra effort.

Do you like one version better than the other?  I’m a proud mummy who loves both!


That’s me for today!

Please hop on to visit the lovely & talented Mel Pagano.

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Given the number of amazing samples in the catalogue, I’m looking forward to lots of crafters joining us on the Facebook page this week with their CASEd projects.

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Thanks for joining us.  Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday night!  And if you’re in WA – enjoy your day off tomorrow!

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Stamp Review Crew – Lift Me Up

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An exciting Stamp Review Crew today as we hop around the world showcasing the Lift Me Up stamp set – and coordinating thinlits!

You may have started this hop with Bronwyn Eastley in Tasmania, Australia and travelled this way to the other side of the country (Bunbury, Western Australia) – or this part of the world might be your first point.

Stay down under with us for a while before taking off back to the US for more great projects.


Lots of the cards I’ve made with this bundle have been created using the colour palette from the Carried Away DSP – bright & fun.

I wanted to try some soft & pretty cards for today’s hope projects.

The starting point for each of these cards was a different shape from the Stitched Shapes Framelits – one circle, one oval & one square.

I watercoloured each piece with a different favourite subtle colour & then decorated with stamped & white heat embossed shapes from the stamp set in the same colour to create three different monochromatic cards.

Blushing Bride Love…

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Mint Macaron Note…

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So Saffron Birthday…

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Cards don’t have to be complicated to be lovely – sometimes clean & simple is best!

Next up on the hop is the gorgeous Rochelle Blok – one of many Artisans on the crew.

There’s certainly a lot of talent in this group, so enjoy as you hop around the world and collect ideas for how you might use your Lift Me Up bundle.

If you get lost anywhere along the hop due to a broken link, head back to the Stamp Review Crew blog to get you on track again!

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Thanks for sharing the fun with us!

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Colour INKspiration – Coming in 2017!

As the year closes out, it’s time to start planning for 2017.

And I have some exciting news to share – there’s a new challenge coming in 2017 – Colour INKspiration.

This bi-monthly challenge is all about colours & creating to colour combinations.

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It’s going to be heaps of fun, with all the action happening on Facebook, which opens it up to lots more Stampin’ Up! enthusiasts.  No blog required – just join the Facebook page.

I’m delighted to be on the Colour INKspiration Crew, which means I’ll be sharing cards and projects I’ve created using the colours for each challenge.  The crew consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.

A new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT). which will be accompanied by a Colour INKspiration Crew blog hop. Our first one starts on Wednesday, 11th January.

Don’t forget that this challenge is open to anyone – you don’t have to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator to join in.

So, click here to request to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in with the challenges too.


As a bit of pre-challenge fun, the group creator, Bronwyn Eastley from AddINKtive Designs surveyed the group on their favourite green, blue & yellow from the Stampin’ Up! range.

The winning combination was Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay & Daffodil Delight.

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These are all gorgeous colours and there have been some amazing creations already.

I was inspired to use these colours for succulent birthday card.

Colour INKspiration pre-challenge fun.  Succulent Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I hadn’t played with the dies from this suite before this card.  I’m so pleased with them – they are lovely with excellent shapes for layering.  So quick & simple to create a stunning succulent or flower centrepiece.

Colour INKspiration pre-challenge fun.  Succulent Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I added some texture to my succulent by gently sponging the leaves with Mint Macaron ink.  Using the same ink as cardstock colour allows for subtle depth.


Inspired by Paula Dobson’s pre-challenge entry, I decided this card needed just a little lift – and a lined envelope would be the perfect accompaniment.

Colour INKspiration pre-challenge fun.  Succulent Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

How beautiful is the DSP from the Succulent Garden suite?  I just love all of the products in this range.


I can’t wait for the first challenge, which you’ll see in a few short weeks.  Pop by on 11th Jan to see what me and the rest of the design team have come up with.  Then, join us on Facebook to share your own creation!

Can’t wait til then???  Join us now with your Mint, Bermuda & Daffodil creation!!!

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Stamp Review Crew – Christmas Pines

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!  How’s your list going?

Are you super organised and have all of your cards made, addressed & sent???

I am {NOT} that person – I’ll still be making cards right up to the last minute!!!

I’m sure a list would help, but there’s always someone I seem to forget.

I love giving gifts – it’s a great time to express to those around you how much you care, how much they mean to you or that you appreciate their contribution to your life.

We leave presents out for the postie & rubbish collectors, I give treats to my hairdresser & beautician and then there’s family, friends, teachers….

It’s the most wonderful time of year!!!  But a busy one!


I’m excited about today’s Stamp Review Crew hop – I can’t wait to see what the crew has designed using the Christmas Pines stamp set.

It comes with coordinating thinlits – so there’s everything to love about this festive set!


Now, I don’t actually own this bundle, but I have a lovely customer who extends me the most wonderful privilege of using her products before I deliver them if there’s something she’s ordered that I want to try.  I really do have the best customers!

After using the Christmas Pines stamp set and Pretty Pines Thinlits (**buy as a bundle to save 10%**), I’m sad that they aren’t staying on my craft table!

What a beautiful set!!!  I particularly love the sentiments – and the ‘may your Christmas sparkle with joy & happiness’ saying was the inspiration point for my cards for this hop.

I’m still on my non-traditional colour love fest, so today it’s Sweet Sugarplum again!

I used the little heart detail stamps to create borders for each card and the sparkle background stamp for my present.  Add some glimmer for a bit more sparkle!!

And then of course that delightful sentiment – heat embossed in gold or silver!

Stamp Review Crew - Christmas Pines. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Do you prefer SSP & gold?

Stamp Review Crew - Christmas Pines. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Or SPP & silver?

Stamp Review Crew - Christmas Pines. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It’s a tough call!  I just love both of these cards.

If I was getting a gorgeous handmade card for Christmas – either of these would just delight me to no end!!!

Do you think I can send myself a Christmas card?  Perhaps with a Stampin’ Up! gift voucher inside??


Next stop for more great Christmas inspiration is one of our newest crew members – Charlet Mallett.  I can’t wait to see what she’s created!

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If you get lost anywhere along the hop, click here to go back to the main SRC post.

Good luck with your Christmas card making.

May all the special people in your life get the good DSP & straight cards!!!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com


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CASEing the Catty #107 Favourite Holiday Punch Bundle

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Hi there!  Thanks for joining me for the CASEing the Catty blog hop.

This week it’s all about our favourite Holiday Catalogue punch bundle.

Normally I struggle with ‘favourites’ – but this was a no brainer for me!

I have used the Cookie Cutter Christmas set more than anything else in the catalogue.

It is my favourite holiday catalogue punch bundle!!!

The image options are so versatile and super fun to use for the lighthearted Christmas approach!


It certainly came in super handy this week as I needed to create a Christmas Card gift set for an event prize.

The catalogue had three perfect inspiration options…

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Which I adapted to for a set of standard sized cards.

CASEing the Catty #107 - Favourite Holiday Punch Bundle. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

CASEing the Catty #107 - Favourite Holiday Punch Bundle. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

CASEing the Catty #107 - Favourite Holiday Punch Bundle. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


I added a couple of gift tags made using the Cheerful Tags Thinlits…

CASEing the Catty #107 - Favourite Holiday Punch Bundle. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And packaged it all up in a full side ‘wide stamp case’.

I love stamp cases – they are great for storing lots of craft items, but they also make fabulous gift packaging!

CASEing the Catty #107 - Favourite Holiday Punch Bundle. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

To transform from storage to packaging, you simply need to add a piece of DSP into the plastic sleeve on the outside of the case.

The measurements for the DSP for the wide case is 11-1/4″ x 7″, scoring 5″ from each short edge.

If you want to use the ‘standard’ (slim) case, the DSP measures 10-1/2″ x 7″ (still scored at 5″ from each short edge).


I’m very excited that the Cookie Cutter Christmas punch & stamp set are carrying over.  If you’d like to see the full list of retiring products, please click here.

Next stop for some punchy inspiration is the fabulously fancy Bronwyn Eastley.

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If you’d like to join us for the challenge, please click on the link below!

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ESAD Blog Hop – 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourites

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Good afternoon!!  Thanks for joining me for the ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourite Products Blog Hop.

There’s just over a month left to shop this beautiful catalogue, so today the demonstrators from the ESAD Facebook group are going to remind you what you’ve forgotten from your wishlist!

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I’m a little late to the Paisleys & Posies party (better than never hey!), but it arrived last week and I can see why everyone has fallen in love!

The stamps and dies are beautiful!!

They are sweet & floral, with a great variety of shapes.


Since the 2016 Holiday Catalogue has lots of Christmas inspiration – and we’re at that time of the year, for my blog hop project, I’ve used the Paisleys dies and Paisley & Posies stamps to create a Christmas tree!

ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourites Blog Hop. Paisleys & Posies Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I even decorated the inside using one of the cute sentiments from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set and matched it with the Christmas sentiment from the My Hero set.

How well do those 2 sayings pair together???

ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourites Blog Hop. Paisleys & Posies Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


While I was playing with my new favourite bundle, I thought a little treat box would look perfect along side this card!

ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourites Blog Hop. Paisleys & Posies Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Clear Tiny Treat Boxes (you can find them in the Annual Catalogue) are perfect for Christmas gift packaging.  I’ll be making a few of these this season!

And the dies from the Paisleys set make it super quick & cute to dress it up.

ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourites Blog Hop. Paisleys & Posies Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Did you spy some of my other Holiday Catalogue favourites in my projects?

I {LOVE} the gold twine from the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack.  I’m super hopeful that this will make it to the 2017 Annual Catalogue as a stand alone item.  Pretty please Stampin’ Up???

You will also have spotted the Warmth & Cheer DSP and washi tape.  The colours are great for a traditional Christmas theme.

ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourites Blog Hop. Paisleys & Posies Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Please hop on and check out the other great designs from Australian & New Zealand demonstrators.

Next stop after me is the amazing Chloe Evans – you’ll love her holiday inspiration!

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If there’s a broken link anywhere in the hop, you can find the list of participants at the bottom to get you back hopping.

Thanks for your support of our craft – it’s so lovely to be part of lovely community!

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BLOG HOP PARTICIPANTS:
1. Lou Kitzelman
2. Kelly Kent – you are here!
3. Chloe Evans
4. Jackie Noble
5. Josie Dean
6. Libby Dyson
7. Rebekah Crisp
8. Rebecca Jacovou
9. Andrea Buckland
10. Leonie Schroder
11. Delys Cram
12. Rose Desmond
13. Cathy Pinchbeck
14. Peta Stephen
15. Monique Fielder
16. Narelle Fasulo
17. Nerida Carter
18. Courtenay Heuston
19. Megan Lenske
20. Carly Middleton
21. Nicole Wilson
22. Renee Lynch
23. Nicole Osborne Ashton
24. Amity Knight
25. Rachael Lewsley
26. Cheryl O’Bree
27. Tanya DeRoy


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