Stamp Review Crew – Seaside Shore

Hello Monday!  And welcome to a Stamp Review Crew hop featuring the Seaside Shore stamp set.

The Stamp Review Crew are an international group of demonstrators that share projects on the first and third Monday of each month – all inspired by the same stamp set.

I love the range of talent in this group!  If you’ve already been hopping, did you love the wonderful creations by Australian designer Juana Ambida – such creativity!!!

If you’ve just started here, keep hopping for more great ideas.  Next stop is the lovely Linda Callahan in the USA.  Click on the next button at the end of my blog post to be transported across the globe to visit Linda’s blog.


I’m so excited to see the potential of this set unfold during this hop.

I love all the little fish & marine details of this stamp set and wanted to use them in my first card to create an underwater scene.

Going with this idea, I created a z-fold card, with the z-fold piece across the top of the card to mimic a jetty.

The Wood Textures DSP came in very handy for this card!  Each jetty piece is 3/4″ wide.

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

The ‘sand’ was made using embossing paste (very roughly applied) and dusted with gold glitter and left left to dry.

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

Z-fold cards fold flat and post in a normal size envelope – which I love!!


For my Stamp Review Crew projects, I always like to try to make another project to show the stamp set in a different way.

The book I’m reading at the moment (a birthday present from a wonderful friend) has this saying throughout the book as a central theme.

It’s one I love – and also makes a good theme for a card!

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

I’ve stamped the same fish 6 times – 5 in black, and then the red one as a focus point.

Using masking tape, I altered the sentiment in the stamp set to just read ‘swimming’ and added ‘just keep’ using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.

Because the front is fairly simple, I wanted to stamp the middle too.  I love that Stampin’ Up! offers so many opportunities for coordination in their range (on purpose or by happy accident) and thought that the ‘just breathe’ sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set was the perfect addition to this theme.

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

As an aside, which black ink is your favourite – Memento or Archival??

I almost always use Archival because I love the rich black colour.  But here’s a tip…

Have you noticed that it’s sometimes difficult to get a good solid image with the archival ink?

If you ink it up well, stamp on scrap and then ink again, the second time you stamp will be a rich & solid image.

I’ve found this tip is especially important when using photopolymer stamps.

Black Archival ink {WILL} stain your photopolymer stamps – but that’s ok!  It’s all part of the fun of being an awesome stamper!!!


I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  Feel free to leave a comment – I read each and every one and love hearing from you!

To see more great ideas, please hop through to Linda Callahan

Hope your week has started fabulously!!!

Waving to you from wintery Australia!!!


Important products for the Jetty Z-Fold Card

Important products for the Just Keep Swimming Card

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Stamp Review Crew – Coffee Cafe

Hello!  What does this lovely Monday hold for you?

It’s week one of the winter school holidays here, so we are having fun between showers, rugging up against the cold and spending some quality time inside!

Winter weather is always a great excuse to put on a movie and spend some time at the craft table as well – so there’s been some of that too!!!

I’ve been busy over the last week putting together not one, but four cards for today’s Stamp Review Crew blog hop featuring the Coffee Cafe stamp set, together with the coordinating Coffee Cups Framelits dies and wonderful Coffee Break DSP.  This suite is great for all occasions!

Prepare to be dazzled as you zoom around the world on a coffee filled adventure with some surprises along the way!

The hop goes around in a circle, so you may have already visited the gorgeous Twila Davis in the US!  The link at the end of this post continues the hop for you – to Bronwyn Eastley, a lovely demonstrator in Tasmania who I love to be able to call a friend!


I initially had a difficult time brewing ideas for this hop (pun intended!) but once I got started, they just flowed!

I’ve kept with the suite colours & overall theme for these designs – I just love the DSP!!!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

Here’s all the cards in more detail – warning, lots of photos to come!!!

The first card is a lovely generic sentiment card that would be perfect for any number of occasions.

It really highlights how awesome the DSP is!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

And features one of the great sentiments in the stamp set.

I love that it fits in the belly band – which makes it easy to add!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

Did you spy those cute little cups on either side of the main coffee image?  They are fussy cut from the DSP – endless possibilities!


The next card has a hard-hitting statement… because you know if someone loves you  more than their coffee, it’s got to be a lot!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

The “I Love You” is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set – the font is a lovely compatible match for the “coffee” wording which I’ve stolen from the large sentiment in this stamp set.

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

I tried a few different lettering options for the ‘more than’ text and in the end I decided that my handwriting emulated when the cafe writes your name on the takeaway cup.

During my collating ideas process, I tried to come up with a card that used the name writing on the coffee cup idea in a funny way – you know, like “Stephen with a ph”… I’m still working on it!


Card #3 is my favourite… I think!

I’ve seen this idea on coffee mugs and thought it went well with the ‘life happens’ sentiment.

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

We all have that friend who {does not} function until they’ve had their first coffee of the day?!?!  Maybe you live with one?

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent


And the final card is a cello bag shaker card – because those little coffee beans are too cute!!!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

I love a good pun – so the ‘thanks a latte’ sentiment tickles my fancy!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent


That completes my set of Coffee Cafe cards for today’s blog post.

For more inspiration, click the next button to visit the amazing Bronwyn Eastley in Tasmania – I know she has something wonderful to show you the possibilities this set holds!

If there’s any broken links, or you’d like to visit the main Stamp Review Crew blog – click here for a full participant list.

Thanks for joining us today!

Stamp Review Crew – Labeler Alphabet

Hello Monday!  Hope your week has started well!

Today for Stamp Review Crew, this wonderful international crew of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are creating using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.

You may have just come from the gorgeous Linda Callahan in the US!  Or starting here with  me in Australia.  Next stop is Tanya back in the US!  Wonderfully international – and very talented!!!

This stamp set is a long time favourite of mine!  Alphabet stamps are already good for when the sentiments you’ve got don’t quite fit the occasion!  Or to add that personal touch.

This sassy get well card I made earlier in the year is still one of my favourites.


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

The first card is to go with a present I bought for Miss Papercraft’s teacher.  They’ve been reading all of the books in the Roald Dahl series, so when I saw a Roald Dahl fact book / sampler, I thought it would make a great classroom resource.

Of course every good present needs a card, so I made this card inspired by the part in Matilda where she telekinetically raises a piece of chalk to the blackboard and writes on it.

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent

I left the ‘A’ unfinished as I’m sure there are lots of adjectives that a teacher could use to describe a class full of year 1 students!!!  Awesome, atrocious, amazing, awful….

It’s a vocabulary lesson right there!

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent


The next card is for a little Warrior who has a long history of medical treatment.  I lovely friend put me onto the Communified Facebook page, where each month they share the story of a chronically ill child.

June’s Warrior is Tayte.  He loves lego, so I made him this interactive Lego waterfall card.

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent

The Labeler Alphabet stamp set was handy to not only add his name (because a personal touch is always awesome) but the ‘pull’ instruction so they could work out how to get the card to move.

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent


And the final card for today is another mermaid card.  Did you enjoy my colour combinations last week?

Here’s another set of colours – Marina Mist, Sweet Sugarplum, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Berry Burst & Basic Black!

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent

This card is my take on the ‘be a unicorn’ theme.

Who doesn’t want to be a mermaid?

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent


That is all today!!!  As you can see, I love this stamp set a lot!

And find it easy to find ways to use it in my cardmaking, but I can’t wait to see how the rest of the crew have used it!

Next up is the wonderfully talented Tanya Boser

Thanks for hopping with us!


Labeler Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set

Important extras for the blackboard card

Important extras for the Lego card

Important extras for the mermaid card

Stamp Review Crew – Colorful Seasons

With a new catalogue to inspire, the Stamp Review Crew are ready for action!!!

If you haven’t seen a Stamp Review Crew before, you’re in a for a treat!  SRC is a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, who, on the first and third Monday of the month, share projects inspired by a current stamp set.

Today, we’re creating using the Colorful Seasons stamp set and coordinating products from the Color Theory Suite including the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

Images © Stampin' Up!

They all appear in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.  It was available on pre-order for demonstrators, so there has been some amazing ideas floating around already.  But, you’re sure to find lots more today!

The hop goes around in a circle, so for the full experience, keep hopping until you get back to where you started!

If you’ve already been hopping, then you’ll have seen the beautiful work of Artisan Design Team member Rochelle Blok!

I had a giggle on the weekend when I saw Rochelle’s Artisan Design Team projects using this stamp set.  My projects today are quite similar!!!  Snap Rochelle! #channelingmyinnerArtisan

I actually made these cards last week as I spent Thurs – Sat in Perth at a training course for my paid job as a Paediatric Speech Pathologist.

I’ve been trying to take photos in full sun (quite the challenge as we head into winter!), which has taken a lot of organisation!


My cards were inspired by two things –  winter started this week in the Southern Hemisphere, and as this blog hop goes live today, I’ll be on my way to Perth (again), to see the Frozen Disney on Ice show.

The two Little Misses love Frozen and can practically recite it word for word, and can certainly sing all the songs!  I’m sure it will be quite magical!

So, with a colour theme of Whisper & Shimmery White, Elegant Eggplant, Dapper Denim, the Color Theory DSP and Memories & More Cards, I created these two cards…

Stamp Review Crew - Colorful Seasons | kelly kent

The first card uses a snowflake card from the Memories & More Card Pack.  I added extra snowflakes, embossed in white and a banner/ribbon flourish for my sentiment to sit on.

Stamp Review Crew - Colorful Seasons | kelly kent

The sentiment is a combination of the ‘beautiful’ from the Colorful Season stamp set (I masked out the other words) and the happy birthday from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.

The Pretty Label punch is new (and gorgeous!).  I’ve added a shadow using the same punched shape, just slightly offset behind it.

Stamp Review Crew - Colorful Seasons | kelly kent


The second card uses white on white die cuts – which I love for a textured effect.  Depending on how you look at the card, it often looks like they’ve been embossed.

Stamp Review Crew - Colorful Seasons | kelly kent

I used the Pretty Label punch again for the sentiment and more of the delightful Glitter Enamel Dots.

They come in four colours are I’ve been able to use them on all sorts of cards!  A princess needs a little glitter!

Stamp Review Crew - Colorful Seasons | kelly kent

So, although we don’t’ have snow where I live, there’s always a use for snowflakes for Frozen inspired princess cards!

Next up on the Stamp Review Crew list is Juan Ambida who has something amazing to share using the Colorful Season stamp set.

Thanks for hopping with me!  I hope you enjoy the four seasons in one day concept!

Do you have a favourite season?  Mine is summer – I love the hot weather, and only just tolerate the cold!  We had such as cold winter in Bunbury last year, I’m really hoping for a milder one this year!!!


Products in the Color Theory Suite

Stamp Review Crew – Thoughtful Banners

Good morning!  It’s my birthday today!  And I’m so excited to spend it celebrating with you!

Today for Stamp Review Crew we’re creating using the Thoughtful Banner stamp set.

It’s full of amazing teeny tiny sentiment words  – perfect for building all kinds of phrases.

I can’t wait to see what the crew comes up with!


Since it’s my birthday, I have created birthday cards!

I’m all about white embossing on coloured cardstock at the moment.

#itsmybirthdayandillmakewhatiwantto

This card was inspired by the colour chart that appears in the new catalogue.  I can’t show you the inside pages of the catalogue online yet, so you’ll just have to trust me that it’s amazing – until you can get your hands on a copy.

The clever designers at Stampin’ Up! have put all 50 colours together so they flow through a rainbow of awesomeness.

I can’t show you the catalogue rainbow, but I can show you mine!  I left out the neutrals (I’ve never seen a Chocolate Chip rainbow!) and split the remaining 40 colours into 2 halves.

The top half…

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Banners | kelly kent

And the bottom half…

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Banners | kelly kent

How pretty is that rainbow?

Projects like this celebrate the joy of having an amazing Stampin’ Up! collection where I am lucky enough to own every colour.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Banners | kelly kent

The ‘happy’ and ‘birthday’ dies are cut from the upcoming “Happy Birthday Thinilt”, which will appear in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue, starting 1st June.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Banners | kelly kent

I cut it out twice and carefully trimmer the connecting segments for each of the words.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Banners | kelly kent

Each card was finished with Glitter Enamel Dots – another new catalogue sneak peek!  You are going to love them!  Beautiful glitter finish in 4 great colours!

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Banners | kelly kent

There was a little bit of work involved in this project, but thankfully my creativity is not limited by fussy cutting!  Or the need to cut straight!!!

Any guesses what was on my birthday list this year?  I’ll give you a clue… it starts with Stamp and ends with Up!

I like to make the challenge of buying birthday presents easy!

And with new products as amazing as the ones on pre-order, who can blame a girl for buying pretty things???

I hope you have a great day!  Please continue to be inspired by the crew’s amazing creativity by visiting Betty Traciak.

And for more birthday celebrations, visit my blog again tonight for a special birthday blog hop with my Paper Adventures team.

 

Stamp Review Crew – Nailed It

The Stamp Review Crew has the pleasure of sharing the Nailed It stamp set with you today.

If you’re hopping around the world, I know you were dazzled by Charlet’s amazing project.  If you’re starting here, settle in for a great series of “Nailed It” projects.

Click on the next button at the end to visit Artisan Design Team Member and SRC chief – Tanya Boser.  If you get lost at any point – head back to the main Stamp Review Crew blog for a full list of participants.

Unfortunately, this amazing set ended up on the retirement list.  It came with coordinating framelits – which are now completely sold out.

If you’re in Australia, as you read this, there might still be a few wood mount sets available in the online store.  Check here.


Given that there’s the possibility no matter where you are around the world, you might still be able to buy this stamp set, I have used only the stamps in my 2 projects today.

It did require some fussy cutting – but the shapes are easy to cut around!

For my first project, I used the stamps & white heat embossing to create a tool background for a Father’s Day card.

Father’s Day in some parts of the world is coming up soon – so the large  “Happy Father’s Day” hexagon in this set is perfect for the occasion!

Plus the tool theme is an obvious winner for a masculine themed card.

I’ve added in the coordinating washi from this bundle – which is still available on the retirement list!  Along with other great items from the Annual & Occasions catalogue.

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The second card I am sharing today is based on the inspiration provided by the Global Design Project #084.

Participants in this challenge were encouraged to CASE the designer – Michelle Last.

The tools seemed like a great way to hang a cute little frame!!!

The nails and hammer are fussy cut – a little fussy but an easy way to use this set without framelits.

To perk up the sadness around Nailed It not carrying over, I thought it would be a good time to add in another sneak peek.

Coming up in the new catalogue is a cute stamp set called Crafting Forever.  You’re going to love the craft related sayings like this one…

It basically sums up all activity in our house!!!

Crafting Forever, Housework Whenever | kelly kent


Thank you for joining me for this edition of Stamp Review Crew.

Be sure to click on next and see what the gorgeous & talented Tanya Boser has created with the Nailed It stamp set.

If there’s anything on the retirement list that you’re thinking you’d like to own, you’ll want to shop sooner rather than later!

While you’re browsing the retirement list in my online store, check out the clearance rack too for some great specials!

Stamp Review Crew – Cool Treats

Welcome to our Stamp Review Crew hop!!!

You’re joining a group of very talented demonstrators from around the world as we share with you the Cool Treats stamp set, and of course, coordinating Frozen Treats framelits.

This is the featured bundle….

I’m excited to share that they didn’t end up on the retirement list and we’ll be able to play with them for another year as they appear in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue!!!

You may have come here from the beautiful Ann Schach and her awesome Cool Treats creation!  Leave Ann a comment on her blog – she personally responds to all of them – amazing!!!


This is my Cool Treats project for the hop.

It’s cool…. but not ice cream themed!

I’ve used the stamps and framelits to make a cute little troll!

Do you remember these from your childhood?  I do!

It was the swirly stamp that first got me thinking down the character path.

And the framelits work really well for character art because they cut into the stamp.  No white border!

Here’s the pieces you’ll need to make your own troll:

Hair – swirl stamp* in Melon Mambo

Head – scoop stamp* (upside down) in Flirty Flamingo

Ears – spoon stamp* in Flirty Flamingo

Eyes – Cookie Cutter Builder punch in Whisper White & one of the dots sprinkles dots in Basic Black marker

Nose – spoon stamp in Melon Mambo cut down to size

Mouth – hand drawn in Flirty Flamingo marker

Dress – cone stamp in Bermuda Bay cut with even edges

Arms – straight stick stamp with strawberry top stamp in Flirty Flamingo  hand cut

Legs – tapered stick stamp in Flirty Flamingo hand cut

Headband – curved accent stamp in Emerald Envy hand cut

Flowers – from the upcoming Colorful Seasons stamp set in Bermuda Bay hand cut

* indicates cut with coordinating framelit


This cute little troll could be made it lots of colours!

I did have a moment when I was trying to make eyes without my long term favourite Owl Punch – can you believe it’s on the retirement list???

I’m going to have to be creative with my character art – all suggestions welcome!!

Next up on the hop is the always inspiring Yapha Mason

Thanks for joining us,


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