Stamp Review Crew | Dashing Deer

My design team posts are going to be light at the moment, but I couldn’t resist the theme for Stamp Review Crew this week.

It’s Dashing Deer – which is filled with reindeer and has a beautiful coordinating die set.  I just love reindeer, they are my favourite Christmas motif.

Now of course with Baby Papercraft taking up lots of my time (see here to meet the little man), I’m only getting snippets of time at the craft table.

So I only have one reindeer creation to share with you – and it’s simple.  But that’s ok!!!  Simple can be lovely too!

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

To make this card I cut a piece of copy paper just bigger than my Whisper White mat and then cut a circle at the top middle.  Remove & discard the circle cut out.

Using the remaining rectangle as a mask, I sponged the circle with Smoky Slate, Rich Razzleberry & Night of Navy inks.  I then stamped the filigree reindeer in Versamark and heat embossed in silver.

The sentiment was stamped with the help of my Stamparatus in Rich Razzleberry.

The Rich Razzleberry card base was embossed using the Tin Tile embossing folder and the reindeer panel mounted on Smoky Slate then adhered to the card base using dimensionals.

Here’s a close up of the reindeer – the detail in this stamp is just beautiful.   I haven’t used it in this card, but it has a coordinating die in the set.

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

That is my first Christmas card done for the season!  I’m looking forward to making more in this style.

And to seeing what the rest of the Stamp Review Crew has created.  I know there’ll be lots of inspiration in the blogs ahead.

Next up is the wonderful Mickey Roberts

Until next time, happy crafting!


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Stamp Review Crew | Varied Vases

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for the second Stamp Review Crew hop of August.  This group of talented demonstrators hops on the first and third Monday of each month (and squeeze a bonus hop in if there’s five Mondays in a month!).

Today the design team are creating fabulous projects using the Varied Vases stamp set and coordinating Vases Builder punch.

This stamp set & punch were designed by Mary Fish as part of her million dollar sales journey.  You can read more about it on Mary’s blog.

This stamp set and punch are just the sweetest and make the most adorable cards!!!

I’ve combined Mint Macaron and Wood Textures DSP to create this card to share with you.

Stamp Review Crew - Varied Vases | kelly kent

I’m so excited to have these doilies back in the catalogue!  They come in a pack with one side coloured with Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Grapefruit Grove or Old Olive – and the other side is white.  I’ve used the white side for this card.  They are such a pretty doily design!!!  Page 192 of your catalogue if you’ve missed their return and want to have a look!

Don’t they make a stunning background for the gorgeous simplicity of the vase & flower!

Stamp Review Crew - Varied Vases | kelly kent

This stamp set gives you 34 pieces of vaes, flowers and sentiments – perfect for creating a range of different designs.  I love that it includes a birthday sentiment (pretty font!) and two step flower options so you don’t have to colour.


I’m sharing a second card today that doesn’t use the Varied Vases stamp set, but does use the Vases Builder Punch.  One of my long-term papercraft loves is punch art and finding fun ways to use punch shapes.  Builder punches often lend themselves to some creative designs.

By turning Mary Fish’s signature tulip upside down, I’ve made a fun Pac-Man card!

Vases Builder Punch - Pac-Man | kelly kent

A bit of a blast from the past – perfect for all those older generation birthdays!

Vases Builder Punch - Pac-Man | kelly kent

Pac-Man is a 1/2″ circle and the little dots are from the Elephant Builder Punch (with hand drawn black dots).

The Varied Vases font wasn’t quite right for this retro card, so I’ve pulled out the happy birthday from Lemon Zest.  Stamp Review Crew showcased Lemon Zest last month – did you see it?  Visit my blog post here.

To see more Varied Vases creations, keep hopping with Nikki Spencer.  I love her style and can’t wait to see what she’s created!

Thanks for joining us!


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Stamp Review Crew | Rooted in Nature

Hello!  And hello to the first Monday in August, which makes it time to hop with the Stamp Review Crew.  Join this amazingly talented group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators as we share projects we’ve made using the same stamp set.

Today’s theme is Rooted in Nature, and the coordinating Nature’s Roots Framelits.

This bundle was part of the April 2018 OnStage make & take projects and then the pre-order purchasing, so we’ve been seeing amazing projects since April.  It’s definitely been a popular set!!!

This bundle has magic potential and it doesn’t matter how many projets I see, there’s always more ways to use & love this stamp set and framelits.  Make sure you keep clicking on ‘next’ to see all the design team projects.

The first card I’m sharing today uses the colours from the suite and a technique I love – ripped masking.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

I ripped copy paper and then used this to mask off the top & bottom portions of my card mat.  I then stamped the two different sized leaves across the unmasked portion of the cardstock – Blackberry Bliss, Tranquil Tide & Petal Pink.  To finish the technique, I used a sponge dauber to colour the white space with Mint Macaron ink.  When you remove the mask, you get a wonderful ripple of pattern across your cardstock.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede.  I used my Stamparatus to make sure it was straight!!!   This font nerd {LOVES} the fonts used in Rooted in Nature – so pretty!

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent


The second card for today is a little sideways movement from the colours & styling of the Nature’s Poem suite.

I’ve used watercolour paper, ink pads, a spritzer and the Stamparatus to create a whimsical tree as the centrepiece.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The colours in the tree are Rich Razzleberry, Shaded Spruce and Crushed Curry.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

To make this, I lined up the stamp on the Stamparatus plate, secured the watercolor paper with magnets and inked up the middle section of the tree in Shaded Spruce ink.  I then spritzed it with water and rather than closing the plate over to the base, I left the plate on the table and closed the base onto it.   This meant that the ink didn’t run as I moved the plate.

I cleaned the stamp and used my heat tool to gently dry the Shaded Spruce ink.  I then inked the right side of the stamp (left when actually stamped) with Rich Razzleberry ink, spritzed and tipped the Stamparatus base over again.

Then cleaned, dried and repeated with Crushed Curry ink on the left side of the stamp (right part of the tree).

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The end result is a gorgeous watercolor tree!  You could do this with any large solid stamp.  It’s essential you use watercolour paper and spritz the stamp prior to ‘stamping’.


Thanks for joining me today!

Keep hopping to see what the gorgeous & talented Charlet Mallett has created using this bundle…


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Stamp Review Crew | Lemon Zest

Hello!  Welcome to a Stamp Review Crew blog hop where I am lucky enough to hop with an internationally talented group of demonstrators.  We all use the same stamp set to create projects that we hope will inspire you to create with this set too.

Today’s hop is all about the Lemon Zest stamp set – and the coordinating Lemon Builder Punch.

Until just recently, I didn’t own this stamp set (and because I don’t mind fussy cutting, I still don’t own the punch).  Given the zest theme of this stamp set, it never quite made it to my wishlist – until my friend Mandy used the Happy Birthday stamp in a class and all of a sudden I saw it in a new light.

The size & font of the Happy Birthday is just perfect for the style of cards I made, so of course I rushed to order it and have been enjoying it since.

Because it was the happy birthday I loved, that’s what I’ve used for my Stamp Review Crew projects.  I can’t wait to see what the other members of the crew have made so I can extend my love of this set!

The first project uses two other stamp sets to make up the Happy Birthday song!

Stamp Review Crew - Lemon Zest | kelly kent

I’ve added in ‘to you!’ from Banners For You and ‘to my friend’ from Little Elephant.

I love how this card turned out – it’s fun and shows off that gorgeous Happy Birthday stamp!

Stamp Review Crew - Lemon Zest | kelly kent


The second card I’m sharing came about because I needed a first birthday card for one of our Mini Paper Adventurers.

I already had Little Elephant on my table – and it’s such a cute set I couldn’t resist adding an elephant.

Instead of making a lemon, I’ve used Stampin’ Write Markers to colour the segments and make a background for the elephant to sit on.

Stamp Review Crew - Lemon Zest | kelly kent

And of course, that beautiful birthday stamp front & centre.

Stamp Review Crew - Lemon Zest | kelly kent

In some ways the coloured wheel reminds me of the board game Trivial Pursuit – but I couldn’t quite think of a witty enough sentiment to go with it!

For more (traditional & no-so-traditional) uses for this stamp set, please keep hopping and visit the gorgeous Holly Krautkremer in the US.

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Stamp Review Crew | Animal Outing

Hello!  It’s a wonderful Stamp Review Crew Hop today -my international Stampin’ Up! friends and I are sharing projects made using Animal Outing.  You’re going to love this hop!!!

This stamp set is part of a bundle with the Animal Friends Thinlits.  It’s also part of a suite with Animal Expedition DSP & other coordinating products.  See the range in the catalogue – page 27, or browse online.

I’m sharing two projects today made with the Animal Outing stamp set.

The first was a team class project where I wanted to share reverse image stamping with my team.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

The giraffe (and all the animals in in set) are perfect for this technique.  It adds extra dimension to the layout of a card – and means you can have animal friends looking at each other.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

There’s 4 giraffes in the circle – two facing left and two facing right (although one is upside down, so technically three of them are looking right!).  The ones facing right were stamped as normal.  The ones facing left were stamped onto a silicone mat and then transferred onto the cardstock.

Reverse Image Stamping | kelly kent

I’ve tried this technique before with Window Sheet – but you have to be so careful not to smudge the image as you transfer it.  Using the silicone sheet gives a much better image, but you can’t see through for placement – so it’s slightly trickier in that way.  I recommend doing the reverse image first, then lining up your other images.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Although I love the sentiments in the stamp set, the animals go so well with lots of other sentiments. For my quartet of giraffes, I liked the ‘from all of us’ saying from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.


For my second card, I wanted to stamp the rhino onto DSP to see the effect.  I love the Animal Expedition DSP (I’ve used that for the gray panel) but had a pink rhino in my head, so went looking through the new DSP – and fell in love with the Tropical Escape DSP Stack.  Oh my, the patterns in this are amazing!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Add some embellishments and we have a cute & girly card.  I like the pink rhino – she’s fun!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

In both cards I’ve used Stampin’ Write Markers to add open eyes to the animals.  I still need some practice, but I like the effect of the animals looking out from the card.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us today for the Stamp Review Crew Animal Outing hop.

Next up is Linda Callahan and her super sweet project –

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Stamp Review Crew | Beautiful Bouquet

Happy Monday!

I’m delighted to be hopping with the Stamp Review Crew today.  It’s the first SRC hop of the new catalogue cycle and to give ourselves a little breathing room with our new catalogue orders arriving, we are sharing projects today with a gorgeous stamp set that’s carrying over from the 2017-18 catalogue – Beautiful Bouquet.

There are coordinating thinlits for this set which increases the wonderful creative options for everything floral you could ever want to make!!!

I’m sharing two projects today.  This z-fold card is the first….

Beautiful Bouquet | kelly kent

I’ve been wanting to try this layout since it arrived in my mailbox as a birthday card from one of my wonderful Paper Adventures teamies – Siobhan Fitzsimmons.  See her card here.  The full card front z-fold is so luxurious – especailly when layered with gorgeous DSP!

Beautiful Bouquet | kelly kent

There’s so many floral bouquet options you can make with this stamp set – my favourites are tulips.  Mr Papercraft scored lots of brownie points for my tulip birthday delivery!

My tulips are Lovely Lipstick, Crushed Curry & Pineapple Punch.

Beautiful Bouquet | kelly kent

The tulip colours were a wonderful match to the the bright & fun Garden Impressions DSP.  The reverse patterns in this series are lovely for adding a pop of colour to your project.

Beautiful Bouquet | kelly kent

While I had the Garden Impressions DSP on my table, I was reminded of my other favourite floral – blue flowers!  The Farmer’s Market near us does the most amazing flowers and they often have blue flowers in their posies – always so stunning!

So, this simple, no-sentiment card is an ode to the power of a pretty blue flower!

Beautiful Bouquet | kelly kent

The blue for this card is the new 2018-2020 In Color – Blueberry Bushel.  Doesn’t that colour just pop – especially when paired with white!

Beautiful Bouquet | kelly kent

I can’t wait for you to see what the rest of the crew have shared today using all those pretty flowers!

Next to visit is Jay Soriano from Mitosu Crafts in the UK.

You can find a list of all the Stamp Review Crew participants for this hop on the main SRC blog.  Click here to visit.

Thanks for joining us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamp Review Crew | Sweet Cupcake

Hello – thanks for joining me & my international stamping friends for another Stamp Review Crew hop.

Today’s theme is Sweet Cupcake.  This was one of the first sets I remember Stampin’ Up! releasing that had a truly 3D theme using 3 step stamping.  When you get the cupcake & candle pieces lined up just right – the effect is amazing!

Both of these items are on the retirement list – and the framelits are available at a 20% discount in the South Pacific (Australian & New Zealand) market.  Until 31st May 2018 or stocks run out.

I’ve used the Sweet Cupcake stamp set with some other retiring favourites to create a very pretty pink card!!!  As well as Calypso Coral & Blushing bride for the cupcake, I’ve snuck in the new Petal Pink cardstock (available 1st June 2018).

Stamp Review Crew - Sweet Cupcake | kelly kent

I was a little stumped on what I could make with this stamp set that was different to what was already floating about on Pinterest.  So, I left my creating til the very last minute!!!  Inspiration did finally strike thanks to Katrina Duffell who was the guest designer for our team hop on Friday evening.

Katrina created a gorgeous card where she stamped directly onto a Delicate White Doily.  The result was sensational – and I thought I’d try it out with the cupcake stamps.

Doesn’t it look cute!!!

Stamp Review Crew - Sweet Cupcake | kelly kent

The card was finished with pretty pink DSP from the Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP in the Occasions catalogue (also retiring), the happy birthday sentiment from the Sweet Cupcake stamp set (one of my favourite happy birthdays!) and some Glitter Enamel Dots (on the retirement list also!!).   There was quite a liberal use of Wink of Stella to finish the cupcake (thankfully not on the retirement list – sparkles finish every card perfectly!).

Stamp Review Crew - Sweet Cupcake | kelly kent

I went from uninspired to loving the final product!  Thanks Katrina.  You can see her inspirational card by clicking here.

I can’t wait for you to see what the rest of the crew create using this stamp set!  Next up is the amazingly talented Jay Soriano in the UK –

Thanks for hopping with us.  Don’t forget to shop online for all your retirement list favourites before they are sold out.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamp Review Crew | Truly Tailored

With 5 Mondays in April, it’s time for a bonus hop!

The Stamp Review Crew are hopping today with lots of wonderful creations featuring the Truly Tailored stamp set.

This stamp set coordinates with the Tailored Tag Punch, True Gentleman DSP, Night of Navy Corduroy Ribbon and True Gentleman Buttons.  We’ll be seeing the tag punch & buttons in the new catalogue, but the rest has made an appearance on the retirement list.  I expect this suite will sell out fast!!!

Don’t forget that our Father’s Day is at a completely different time of the year to the US Father’s Day, which means we don’t usually end up with a good offering of masculine / Father’s Day specific sets by September.  It’s time to plan ahead with your DSP & stamp choices!!!


For this hop I used my favourite page of the True Gentleman DSP – the glasses.  The stamp set has a matching sentiment for a funky & stylish card!

Stamp Review Crew - Truly Tailored | kelly kent

I also love the reverse side of this paper – why do they do that to me???

While I had this paper on my desk, I thought I’d make a more involved card by matching it with glasses from the Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set

Stamp Review Crew - Truly Tailored | kelly kent

It required some fussy cutting to get the glasses – but worth it for this fun card!  What a perfect sentiment to from the Truly Tailored stamp set!

You really can’t beat the easy coordination of buying products from a suite put together by the Stampin’ Up! artists.

Stamp Review Crew - Truly Tailored | kelly kent

There’s lots of new suites to look forward to in the new catalogue!

But make sure you don’t miss out on any of your retiring favourites!

Next stop for some more ‘tailor’ made fun is my super stylish friend Lou Kitzelman!

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Stamp Review Crew | Magical Day

Hello!  Today is a magical Stamp Review Crew hop featuring my international Stampin’ friends and the Magical Day stamp set.

This product suite, including the coordinating Magical Mates stamp set, Myths & Magics DSP, Myths & Magic DSP and Myths & Magic Washi Tape, are all retiring soon (31st May – or when stocks run out!).

It was so lovely to know we have this blog hop for inspiration to keep the magic alive!!!

Make sure you buy all your retiring favourites {like Magical Day} before they sell out.  Shop the retirement list in my online store.


 

The cards I made for today’s blog hop are based on the theory of design I talk about in my Stamp In Confidence module two video.  Stamp In Confidence is a tutorial program I have developed with my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman.  Visit the blog here for all the info.

Stamp Review Crew - Magical Day | kelly kent

As I’ve been putting together the content for this video, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about design.  How I design cards, what ‘rules’ I use and what are the important elements of design when making cards.

Module Two brings all this together in a video tutorial with written information to support it.  If you’ve been feeling like you need a bit of guidance so that you can independently design cards with confidence – you’ll love Stamp In Confidence.

Here’s the close up of each of the cards – they were so fun to make!

Unicorn.  Sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set…

Stamp Review Crew - Magical Day | kelly kent

Knight (triple layered!!!)

Stamp Review Crew - Magical Day | kelly kent

Dragon. Sentiment from World’s Best Trophy stamp set.

Stamp Review Crew - Magical Day | kelly kent

Mermaid. Sentiment from Sunshine Sayings stamp set.

Stamp Review Crew - Magical Day | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me today for Stamp Review Crew.  There’s a bonus hop this month due to 5 Mondays in April!!!  Stay tuned for another great suite on display on 30th April!!!

Next up on this Magical blog hop is the gorgeous Lauren Alarid.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamp Review Crew | Happy Birthday Gorgeous

We’re ending your Easter long weekend with a Stamp Review Crew hop.

The theme this week is the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.  Currently, it’s bundled with the awesome Happy Birthday Thinlit.

I love the fonts in this set – plus all the other images!  Balloons, flowers & more!

This is the card I made for today’s hop.  I styled it using the theme from the catalogue – where it’s matched with the Foil Frenzy DSP.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous | kelly kent

The coordinating colour for the foil DSP is Berry Burst (used as the card base) – which we will see in the next catalogue since it’s part of the current In Color set.  But Sweet Sugarplum is part of the outgoing set – so I’m using it as much as I can!

Happy Birthday Gorgeous | kelly kent

Other than losing those 5 colours (Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peach Peekaboo & Sweet Sugarplum), there’s no guarantees about what we’ll see carrying through to the next Annual Catalogue.  I am hopeful about keeping some of my favourite products!!


This card isn’t new to my blog, but in case you didn’t see it when I shared it last year for a Just Add Ink challenge, I wanted to share this very Australian Christmas card using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamps to create gumnuts!

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us today!

Get another cuppa & Easter egg ready and keeping hopping to visit my sweet friend Holly & see what’s she’s made.

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