Stamp Review Crew | Kangaroo & Company

Hi there! Happy Valentine’s Day to those who are reading that are still in yesterday’s time zone! I hope you and all the already into Monday time zoners had a wonderful day of love!

There’s lots of love about today’s Stamp Review Crew hop where we share with you what we’ve been creating with the Kangaroo & Company stamp set. This set coordinates with the Kangaroo Dies for easy peasy projects!

I’m hopping with my friends on the crew from around the world and I can’t wait to see what they share with us today! Kangaroos are native to Australia and can be seen often in the wild, though it’s rare to have them in your back yard and it’s not very common to have them as pets (though occasionally people will keep a rescued joey – baby kangaroo). We have a local wildlife park where you can stop by feed the kangaroos. It’s so fun to have a stamp set in the catalogue with Australian roots. To see the full line up and links, please visit the Stamp Review Crew blog.

I’m taking a different angle on this one compared to the cards I posted last month for a Just Add Ink hop. Today it’s all about the punny cards. You know I love a card that comes with a smile!

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The first one uses other supplies in my stash, together with the Kangaroo & Company bundle to create a “Happy Birthday to Roo!” card!

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The stamp sets are Many Messages (happy birthday) & Itty Bitty Birthdays (to) – heat embossed in white on Rococo Rose cardstock. The ROO! letters are in Misty Moonlight cardstock using the Playful Alphabet Dies & Foam Adhesive Sheets.

The rest of the stamps you can see – kangaroo, presents & butterflies are all from the Kangaroo & Company stamp set. It’s the perfect builder set – you can customise for any mood or occasion. The DSP on this card is from the Fine Art Floral DSP pack and the embossing folder is Painted Texture 3D. I’m also loving having a white twine back in the range – available in a twin pack with a pretty Blushing Bride.

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The second card is a play on the kangaroo method of getting around – “hoppy birthday”! With some help from my favourite set – Pretty Perennials, I have adjusted the ‘a’ to an ‘o’.

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

The super cute flowers – designed to be a pouch accessory, also work as a stand alone stamp. I’ve stamped several clusters in each corner and coloured them with Stampin’ Blends (Rococo Rose, Daffodil Delight, Just Jade).

Kangaroo & Company | kelly kent

Can you spot the boo boo on this card? I was making these late on Saturday night (yes, I’m motivated by a deadline) and didn’t notice til I was editing the photos! Mistakes on cards don’t worry me at all. This will still be ‘hopping’ it’s way over to a special birthday lady soon!

To see more kangaroo creations, it’s your turn to hop on over to the next blog. From here, you’re visiting the gorgeous Linda Callahan.

I hope your week is wonderful and includes stamping out some of cute Australian natives! It’s got to be a good week if there’s cute kangaroos involved!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Snailed It

Hello Monday! I thought I’d be sharing this post with you as we embarked on the first day back at school for 2021 for the Little Miss Papercrafts. But, as the twists and turns of the pandemic would have it, we are in lockdown for the next 5 days. There will be a first day at school – just not this week! Fingers crossed the swift lockdown works and we’re back to normal programming soon.

I’m hoping that lockdown gives me lots of craft time this week and can’t wait to see the inspiration the Stamp Review Crew bring for today’s stamp set – the Snailed It bundle!

This is one of my favourite sets from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue, so I can’t wait to see what the crew do with it.

I made these cards earlier in the month and have been saving them to share, knowing that this blog hop was coming up.

Snailed It | kelly kent

The first card – top left – was a card we made in my team class. It used the Snailed It stamp set, coordinating Snail Dies and the also coordinating Postage Stamp Punch.

Snailed It | kelly kent

The background for this card uses the Postage Stamp Punch together with the Painted Texture Embossing Folder. I punched the postage stamp shape first (x5) on Basic White cardstock and then put them all in the embossing folder to give them the lovely texture. Then I laid them out on the Basic White mat. I love the white on white effect!

Snailed It | kelly kent

The snail is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends before being cut out with the matching die. I loved the little envelope, so included this in the top corner to house the sentiment – which is from the Punch Party stamp set. Punch Party is available for FREE on any order of $500 or more until the end of February 2021. The final touch was a couple of Opal Rounds. These fly under the radar a little in the catalogue – the gorgeous colour and shine is so hard to capture. But trust me when I saw you’ll want these little gems in your collection!


The second card I made in multiples to go with January orders for my customers.

Snailed It | kelly kent

We all joke about mail travelling by ‘snail mail’ these days, but it really is a wonderful feeling to open the letterbox and find happy mail in there.

The ‘happy mail’ stamp from this set has “enclosed” under the mail but I’ve taken to my stamp with a sharp craft knife and cut that part out. I’ve kept it, of course – which means I can add it back in if I need to, but I really love the flexibility of just having a happy mail stamp to use on the front of cards, and not just one designed for envelopes. The snail stamp also had a sentiment attached, but I snipped that off too so I could use the snail on its own. I know some people find it hard to cut up their stamps but I don’t even give it a second thought. If it makes the stamp set more functional for me, then it gets the snip! The stamps go back together so nicely if you are careful with how you cut them, so you’re sure to get so much more use from your stamps.

Snailed It | kelly kent

I’ve used lots of the same elements and styling in this card – the Painted Texture Embossing Folder, Postage Stamp Punch and of course, the Snail Dies for cutting out that cute little snail.


For more ideas on what to do with those snails, there’s projects to come – keep clicking on the next! From here, you’re heading over to the US to visit Linda Callahan

Thanks for joining us today. To see everyone joining in today’s hop, you can visit the Stamp Review Crew blog here.

Sending everyone lots of positive energy that our pandemic experiences are as happy as possible. I’m looking forward to sending some happy mail this week while we are safely waiting out the lockdown.

If you need any supplies for your happy mail creations, you can shop 24-7 in my online store.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Art Gallery

Hello! Stamp Review Crew is setting a record pace in 2021! Our third week in a row, with a bonus Sale-A-Bration hop keeping us busy last week! Why not!, when there’s so many great sets to choose from!

Today’s set is Art Gallery and the coordinating Floral Gallery Dies. This bundle is part of the Fine Art Floral suite, so there’s also DSP, Specialty Acetate, ribbon, embossing folder and Gilded Leafing Embellishment to enjoy as well!

I have seen so many gorgeous cards made with this bundle. It didn’t actually make the cut on my first order, but I have since been convinced by the creative genius of others that it really is a lovely bundle that I needed to own!

This card is a swing card in a landscape orientation. I’ve made this style of card before (back in 2016 – visit the archives here!) and thought it was time for a revisit. Changing one feature of a fold you know and love, has the potential to make it fresh again – which is exactly what happened for me with this style.

This card starts with a fold standard card base (half of an A4 sheet here in Australia), which I stamped all over with one of the Art Gallery stamps. I used So Saffron ink on Bumblebee cardstock to get a watermark effect where the ink wasn’t too bold against the card.

Art Gallery | kelly kent

The middle of the card front was just using a die from the Hippo & Friends Dies. It is the perfect size and shape to fit the ‘just want to say’ words in the Floral Gallery Dies. To help stick this on, I used Adhesive Sheets on the white cardstock before cutting it. This means no messy glue when applying to the front of your card. It was also handy to use the die negative to line up the words!

Placing the die cut back into the space, I stuck it to the folding mechanism in the middle of the card so that it sits in place when closed, but when you open the card, it remains in the middle while the rest of the card front opens.

Art Gallery | kelly kent

The folding mechanism is the length of an A4 page (trimmed ever so slightly to 11-5/8″) x 5-5/8″and then scored at 3-7/8″ from each end (along the long side). This will give you three even panels which you can concertina fold. Adhere the bottom panel to the card base so that it folds out towards the top of the card.

Art Gallery | kelly kent

I decorated the middle of the card with a stamped flower & leaf using the Art Gallery stamp set & Floral Gallery Dies. The flower is in Poppy Parade ink and the leaf is in Shaded Spruce ink.

Art Gallery | kelly kent

The Gilded Leafing Embellishment on this card looks amazing! To achieve this look, I stamped and die cut the flower, stamped the accent in Versamark, applied Heat & Stick Powder and then melted with my Heat Tool. While the powder was still tacky, I dropped it into my tub of gold leaf and then rubbed over it with a Stamping Sponge to remove the excess. I have my gold leaf in a large container so that I can use it and keep all the flyaways contained in one space.

Art Gallery | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card is a simple ‘happy birthday’ in Early Espresso ink on Petal Pink cardstock, cut with the cute scallop rectangle die from the Floral Gallery Dies. I’m always sold on a stamp set with a great birthday option!

So, now that I own this stamp set, I can’t wait to see what the crew do with it. There’s always so many ideas in these hops!!! You can see the full list of designers joining in for this hop by clicking here and visiting the main Stamp Review Crew blog.

Next up you’re heading to the Northern Hemisphere to visit Betty Traciak and her fabulous Art Gallery…

Thanks for joining us. Have a wonderful week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | So Sentimental

Hello! Thank you for joining us for the first Stamp Review Crew of 2021! My international friends and I will continue to bring you inspiration at least twice a month using a selected Stampin’ Up! stamp set. We hop the first and third Monday of the month with a bonus hop on the fifth Monday if there’s 5 Mondays.

Today’s hop features projects using the So Sentimental stamp set from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue. This stamp set is bundles with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies which are the perfect size labels to coordinate with the sentiments.

You know I love a good sentiment set, especially one with gorgeous fonts! This stamp set lends itself to so many occasions. I’ve paired it with a range of other products in my stash and have 4 cards to show you today.

CARD #1 – This Calls for Confetti Shaker Card

So Sentimental | kelly kent
With Sweet Ice Cream stamp set, Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder & Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles

CARD #2 – Hello Baby

So Sentimental | kelly kent
With Made with Love stamp set (retired), Painted Texture 3D EF, Layering Circles & Vellum

CARD #3 – Sending Healing Hugs

So Sentimental | kelly kent
With Healing Hugs stamp set, Oh So Ombre DSP (2021 Sale-A-Bration), Elegant Faceted Gems, Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon & pink twine from Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack

CARD #4 – I Can’t Thank You Enough

So Sentimental | kelly kent
With Oh So Ombre DSP (2021 Sale-A-Bration), Ice Cream Corner DSP, Vellum, white twine from Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack

Note: some of the products used are from my Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue pre-order and may not be available in the online store until tomorrow.

To see what the rest of the crew have done with this stamp set, continue hopping on to my lovely friend Linda Callahan. You can see the full hop line up by visiting the Stamp Review Crew blog.

Have a great Monday!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Gnome for the Holidays

Hello! This is my last Stamp Review Crew hop for 2020. There’s another hop in a couple of weeks, but it’s not a stamp set I added to my collection in time.

Today we’re sharing projects made using the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set – found in the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue. You can see the main blog post for this hop by clicking here.

This stamp set was love at first sight when I saw it in the catalogue! It’s been fun to add those sweet little gnomes to holiday cards. The sentiments from this set work well with other stamp sets too, making it a versatile option for all your Christmas crafting needs.

My card today is a Vellum Panel card. You can see Jennifer McGuire’s tutorial video here. I love vellum and use it often to soften up a busy DSP, but I’ve never used it as the card base!

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

Vellum on its own isn’t strong enough as a card base, so this design uses Heartwarming Hugs DSP on the back layer and part of a piece of cardstock on the front, so a cute peek-a-boo effect.

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

The Gnome for the Holidays stamp set is great for creating a scene. I stamped the treehouse and then cut it out using a die from the Hippo & Friends Dies. The gnomes were stamped on Whisper White and fussy cut. All of the pretty pictures were brought to life with Stampin’ Blends. How vibrant are those colours!!!

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

The embossing for this card is Tasteful Textures 3D embossing folder cut at an angle.

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent

Is this a card style that you’ve tried? Feel like it might work for some of your festive crafting?

This stamp set has so much to offer and so many different styles you can use. One of my favourite cards this year was made using this set –

Gnome for the Holidays | kelly kent
Originally shared for Just Add Ink #530

There’s plenty more inspiration on this hop. Next up is Mike Funke in the US with a great gnomey project….

Have a great week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Perfectly Plaid

Hello! There’s 5 Mondays in November this year, which means a bonus hop for Stamp Review Crew. The specially chosen extra set is a Christmas set from the Annual Catalogue – Perfectly Plaid. Did you spy the Christmas sets hiding out in our year long catalogue?

I’ve made two cards to share with you today.

The first is one that we are making at Social Stamping this morning (starting in just a few moments). Here’s the sneak peak if you are reading this before you come!

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

It looks like a Santa Suit with buttons from the All Dressed Up Dies. The belly band – his belt – is removable…

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

And when it opens up, it’s both a card and a gift card holder.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

I’ve used the sentiments from the Perfectly Plaid stamp – ‘ho ho ho’ is just perfect for Santa! And a Merry Christmas on the inside.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

For the second card, I couldn’t resist using my favourite tree image from the set. There’s three to choose from, and I just think this one is so sweet!

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

The colours and layout were inspired by the leafy hearts of the first hop of this month. You can see the rainbow leaf hearts by clicking here. The colours are: Magenta Madness, Bumblebee, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay & Gorgeous Grape.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

The trees were so easy to line up using the Stamparatus – and the hinge stamping means you get even spacing between the trees. This tree stamp in the set comes with a coordinating stamp that fills in the leaves of the tree – making it easy to add the pops of colour.

Perfectly Plaid | kelly kent

I added matching stars to the top (die cut using the smallest star die from the Stitched Stars set) as the finishing touch. It’s purposefully sentiment free, though I am still tempted to add a sentiment from a different set as the ones in the Perfectly Plaid stamp set don’t suit the vision I have for the card. Do you ever mix & match images & sentiments from different sets? It’s a great way to extend the style of a stamp set and give it new life.

Next stop on this international hop is the fun stylings of Mike Funke in the US.

Thanks for hopping with us today. If you need any supplies for your Christmas crafting, be sure to visit stampinup.com.au. If you already have a demonstrator, please shop with them. If you live in Australia and don’t already have a demonstrator, you can add me as yours in the online store by searching for ‘Kelly Kent’ in the “select a demonstrator to shop with” field.

You can always message me on Facebook or Instagram with any questions you have or email me by clicking here.

Have a fabulous week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Coming Home

Hello! Thanks for joining us for our second edition of Stamp Review Crew for November 2020. We hop on the first and third Monday of each month, sharing projects we’ve made using a selected Stampin’ Up! stamp set. Today’s chosen stamp set is Coming Home – together with the coordinating Home Together Dies from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.

The dies were what really sold me on this bundle, though having some pretty houses was also a major gap in my collection. There’s so much potential in this set!

My card today is a sneak peek of what the stampers who come to Social Stamping today will be making. Social Stamping is my coffee & cards session that runs almost every Monday during the school term at the local Taste of Dalyellup cafe. This term it’s all about Christmas cards, so the addition of the teeny tiny wreath to the houses from this stamp set was the perfect festive touch!

Coming Home | kelly kent

To make this card, I stamped the house in Basic Gray ink and coloured with Stampin’ Blends. Mostly I use Tuxedo Black Memento ink when working with my Blends, but they actually work with almost all the classic ink colours.

Coming Home | kelly kent

The house is coloured in Light & Dark Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends. I stamped the tree, car and wreath in Basic Gray ink as well and coloured those with Light & Dark Real Red and Light & Dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.

Coming Home | kelly kent

The Coming Home stamp set is sentiment free – which means you can combine it with your favourite sentiments from other sets. I’ve used the ‘A Very Merry Christmas’ stamp from the Gift Wrapped stamp set.

The finishing touches for this card are some Linen Thread and a border die in Real Red from the Ornate Borders Dies. The card mat is Smoky Slate and the card base is Thick Whisper White cardstock.

I made another variation of this card using the same pieces. I always like to offer two options for Social Stamping cards and I encourage crafters to be creative and make their own version too.

Coming Home | kelly kent

I love the houses in this set, but the car and the trees, together with the gorgeous dies are a highlight for me! Stamp sets with diversity are always such fun and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the crew does with it.

Coming Home | kelly kent

Next stop to visit is the beautiful stylings of Ann Schach in the USA. You can see the full line up of international stamping rockstars on the Stamp Review Crew blog (this post may go live slightly later than my post, so check back if it’s missing right away).

Thanks for hopping today. I hope whatever plans you are making for Christmas are starting to come together just as you hoped. Border restrictions have just eased here in Western Australia, and although that doesn’t affect my plans on a personal level, I’m so very excited for everyone that will now get to see their loved ones that they may have been separated from.

Stay safe and as we ride this next wave of changes, please be kind to each other!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Love of Leaves

Hello! Welcome to November and the first Stamp Review Crew hop for this month. I’m hopping with my lovely stamping friends from around the world. To see the full list of stampers who are participating today, visit the Stamp Review Crew main blog.

Today we’re showcasing the Love of Leaves stamp set and dies from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.

If I’m honest, it was the dies that pulled me in for this bundle. They are beautifully designed with stitching on the outside which shows when you use the leaves for the negative space. And pretty stitching for the middle of the leaves, which add such a lovely level of detail.

I’ve created two cards to share with you today. The first card features the leaves stamped, die cut and layered on the card.

Love of Leaves | kelly kent

Remember I said how much I loved the dies? Look at the amazing detail of the die along the side of the card. Just magical!

Love of Leaves | kelly kent

I’ve used Mint Macaron, Just Jade and Crumb Cake for the leaves and layered them on a circle of Just Jade DSP (from the 2020-2022 In Color DSP).

Love of Leaves | kelly kent

The stamp set has some lovely sentiments – including one of my favourites – “hello”.


The second card wasn’t in my original plans to create but when I saw that the littlest of the leaves looked so much like a heart, this idea was born.

Love of Leaves | kelly kent

Rather than using the dies, I’ve hand cut the leaf into a heart shape and then added the stitched detail to the middle.

Love of Leaves | kelly kent
The colours are Magenta Madness, Bumblebee, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay and Gorgeous Grape. I’ve followed rough rainbow order for their layout.
Love of Leaves | kelly kent

The font of this sentiment really tickles my fancy. I love the happy mix of upper and lower case letters.


Thanks for hopping with us today. To see more projects with this stamp set, please click on the next. Following on from me is the gorgeous Heidi Baks.

Have a wonderful week,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Wrapped in Christmas

Hello!  It’s another week and another Stamp Review Crew blog hop.  I always love Mondays when I get to hop with my international Stampin’ Up! friends.  Today we’re all creating using the Wrapped in Christmas stamp set.

It contains 10 fabulous sentiments that you can use for all your cards this festive season.

My cards today have the same basic layout and design using two of the sentiments from this set.  The first one features the NOEL stamp.  The stitching detail on this stamp is so pretty!

Wrapped in Christmas | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Just Jade, Mint Macaron and Pretty Peacock.  I always love an ombre colour palette!

Wrapped in Christmas | kelly kent

You might be able to do the background stamping on a Stamparatus – but I just eyeball the position and go for it!  It’s not perfect, but it doesn’t need to be!

If you’re joining me at Social Stamping this morning, this is one of the cards we are making.  If you live in the Bunbury area, we’d love to have you come along and craft with us.  Every Monday morning for the next 8 weeks – 9.30am at Taste of Dalyellup cafe.  All the event details are on my Facebook page.


The other card I’m sharing using the same background stamping technique using the ‘peace on earth’ stamp.

Wrapped in Christmas | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Rococo Rose, Night of Navy and Smoky Slate.  Another favourite combination of mine!

Wrapped in Christmas | kelly kent

The ‘peace on earth’ sentiment in the Wrapped in Christmas stamp set also appears in the Peace & Joy bundle.  What a perfect combination!  And for even more amazing coordination, I’ve added in the globe from the World Map Dies.  These products work so well together!


The hop continues for more Christmas inspiration with Cindy Elam

I hope your week is wonderful!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Have a Hoot

Hello!  Thanks for joining me and my stamping friends around the world for a Stamp Review Crew hop.  Today we’re all creating using the Have A Hoot stamp set and Peek-A-Hoot Dies.

I’ve blogged before about how much I love this bundle – so I’m excited to join in with a hop that celebrates it’s awesomeness!!!

My card is a Christmas card in non-traditional colours.  I love the classic red & green combo but I really love Christmas in blue!

Have A Hoot | kelly kent

The base for this card is Misty Moonlight with a Seaside Spray mat.  The top layer – cut with the awesome 3 part tag die from the Peek-A-Hoot Dies is Whisper White.  The sentiments are white embossing on Night of Navy cardstock and the “OWL” letters are Flowers for Every Season DSP.  They are of course the Playful Alphabet Dies (another favourite!) with Foam Adhesive Sheets to make the letters pop!

Have A Hoot | kelly kent

I love being able to customise cards so they are meaningful.  For this card, I stamped the two owls together and also the owls on the branch and layered them to recreate my family dynamic.  Any guesses who the rouge little one jumping at the back might be???  They are easy to colour using Stampin’ Blends.

Have A Hoot | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card appeals to my ‘punny’ side.  Another variation is to leave out the little owls and use the two snuggly owls with “TWO” letters (‘from two of us’).

Have A Hoot | kelly kent

This stamp set has it all – images you can colour, super cute sentiments (in a fabulous font) and great accessory stamps.  The fact that it has amazing coordinating dies (and the tag frame) is a wonderful bonus!  The sentiments in the set also cater to Halloween – which is great for me because I rarely buy a dedicated Halloween set and then always end up wanting to make something at the last minute in late October!


I have one more card to share with you.  This one combines the sweet little owl with the Gift Wrapped bundle (also from the 2020 Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue).

Have A Hoot | kelly kent

Next up on the hop is my beautiful and creative friend Lou Kitzelman.

The main post for this hop is available at the Stamp Review Crew blog (it may not be live until later today, so check back if it’s not up yet).  You can also see previous hops where you’ll find inspiration for so many favourite stamp sets.

Thanks for hopping with us.  Have a marvellous week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com