Stamp Review Crew | Bike Ride

Happy Monday!  The kids are back at school today after a wonderful school holidays.  I have the pleasure of sharing my love of Stampin’ Up! this morning with a class of gorgeous ladies.  We’re making three cards – including one of the cards I’m sharing today.

Today’s hop is with my international Stampin’ Up! demonstrator friends as we all share projects using the same stamp set.  The theme for this hop is Bike Ride, which has coordinating dies.  Both these items are on the retirement list – get yours while stocks last.

This is one of the sentiment free stamp sets that Stampin’ Up! released.  It’s designed to be paired with sentiments from other sets.  Because of this, the artwork is full of fabulous images that coordinate with the bike.  This was the inspiration for my trio of cards – using the flowers, books & dog and not the bike to create fun birthday cards using repetitive stamping.

Bike Ride | kelly kent

The layout is the one I shared for the Paper Adventures team blog hop this month (click here to see my ‘Inspired by Fashion’ card).  I love how easy it is to create interesting cards using the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.  Thankfully they are NOT on the retirement list.

Each card has the image stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Memento ink, colour added and then cut using the Stitched Rectangle Framelit (3rd down from the biggest).

The floral card has been coloured using the stamps in the set – there’s a stamp to colour the leaves and also one for the flowers.  Makes it super quick to colour the images.

Colours: Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo & Granny Apple Green ink

Finished with a Daffodil Delight frame and Flirty Flamingo sentiment.

Bike Ride | kelly kent

The next card uses the book image.  This is my favourite accessory stamp from the set!

Colours: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather & Smoky Slate

Finished with a Smoky Slate frame & Highland Heather sentiment

Bike Ride | kelly kent

The third card from the trio uses the cute little doggie.  Isn’t he just the sweetest!

Colours: Dark Real Red Stampin’ Blends – I coloured this one by hand rather than the stamp in the set because I wanted a checkered scarf for him.

Finished with a Real Red frame & Basic Black sentiment.

Bike Ride | kelly kent


After making these cards, I couldn’t resist making a card using the actual bike from the set.  For some reason I find it hard to see this bike in any other colour than Mint Macaron! (I think because this style of bike is so trendy at the moment!).

So, using the same layout, here’s my Mint Macaron bike…

Bike Ride | kelly kent

I never knew the die set had that cute little banner!  What have you discovered about a favourite stamp or die set just before it retires???

Speaking of retiring, I’ve snuck a little Lost Lagoon into this card – because I love it and even though something retires, doesn’t mean it loses its value.  Stampin’ Up! has an eternal lifespan as long as it holds a special place in your heart.  Some sets are worth keeping.  So, one more question – what retired colour, stamp die or other Stampin’ Up! favourite have you been unable to part with?

Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear your favourites and then jump on your bike over to Charlet Mallett for her amazing project.


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Stamp Review Crew | Beauty Abounds

Hello to the new week!  I know it’s going to be a good one when it starts with a Stamp Review Crew hop!  It’s always a pleasure to join my international demonstrator friends and share projects with you inspired by the same stamp set.  See the full line up of demonstrators on the Stamp Review Crew blog by clicking here.

This week we’re showcasing the Beauty Abounds stamp set and coordinating dies.  I actually didn’t buy this stamp set originally – just the dies.  But then I had stamp envy after seeing so many gorgeous samples and just had to have it!!!

While shopping at Smiggle with the girls last week (a cutesy stationary shop that’s very popular with my kids), I picked out some little lip balms to put in our present box.  We like giving gifts, so I’ve always got a selection of sweet little things for the girls to give their friends.  Smiggle always has something great to add!

Smiggle Unicorn Lip Balm

Although cute on their own, I thought they’d be even cuter if I added some Stampin’ Up! love to them.

In the past I’ve put the lip balm together with a butterfly.  This project steps it up one more notch and I’ve added this element to a post-it note holder with a pen.

Butterfly Post It Note Holder w Pen & Lip Balm| kelly kent

You can find the instructions for the post it note holders by clicking here.  Thanks to Kristina Rees for a great tutorial.

The pack included several different colours of lip balms, so I made a few up, ready to have to hand when we need a present.

This version is Highland Heather & Gorgeous Grape with some little butterflies.

Butterfly Post It Note Holder w Pen | kelly kent

And Pool Party with Bermuda Bay.  While making this one, it occured to me that this stamp set would be fabulous to make your own DSP.  I hope someone has done that in the hop!

Butterfly Post It Note Holder w Pen & Lip Balm| kelly kent

I attached the lip balm to the post it note holder with mini magnets so it could still be used.

Butterfly Post It Note Holder w Pen & Lip Balm| kelly kent

Butterfly Post It Note Holder w Pen & Lip Balm| kelly kent

This stamp set is gorgeous and there’s so many ways to use it!  I love that it looks great in any colour and with those dots, isn’t limited to one theme or occasion.

Butterfly Post It Note Holder w Pen & Lip Balm| kelly kent

Keep hopping and visit Jay Soriano to see the amazing project he has shared using this stamp set.

Thanks for visiting!  Have a great week!


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Stamp Review Crew | Geared Up Garage

It’s the third Monday of the month and I’m excited to be hopping with the Stamp Review Crew.

Our theme for today is Geared Up Garage – part of the Classic Garage suite.

This stamp set is available in the Occasions catalogue and is perfect for all your rev-head card needs.

Since it’s release, I’ve seen a few steampunk themed cards made with this bundle and that’s the direction I wanted to take for my project.

Steampunk Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

If you’re not familiar with steampunk, it’s a genre of design inspired by symbolism of the industrial revolution of the 1800s and a romantic perspective of Victorian Era’s steam powered technology.

The cogs from the coordinating framelits to this stamp set are perfect for this theme!

The Smoky Slate mat for the card was stamped using the splotch image in full strength Smoky Slate ink and also stamped off to create some lighter images.  The nuts are stamped in Basic Gray.

Steampunk Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

Once all the stamping was some, I crushed and crinkled the cardstock to give it more vintage & distressed look (this was fun!).  I smoothed it out and curled the corner using a bone folder.

Steampunk Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

The die cut images for the card were all cut in foil – gold for the clouds, champagne for the cogs and copper for the hot air balloon (with copper embossed balloon image).

The mat behind the Smoky Slate is silver foil embossed with the Subtle folder to add more texture.  And then behind that is DSP from the Classic Garage DSP Stack.

Steampunk Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

The card was finished with the ‘You’re a Classic’ sentiment which was perfect for this vintage style card.  This is on silver foil with StazOn Black ink.

There were definitely times during making this card that I felt a little out of my depth – vintage is not my usual style.  But I love how it all came together.

It’s always fun to see stamp set both in the light they were designed in but to also be taken on a journey of seeing that stamp set through the eyes of others.

Next up on the Stamp Review Crew hop is Lauren Alarid, one of the crazy talented Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team members for 2019.

Thanks for hopping with us!


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Stamp Review Crew | Amazing Life

Hey there! Happy Monday!! It’s a holiday here in Western Australia.  I enjoyed a lazy morning and have plans to spend time with my gorgeous family today.

For anyone who’s wondering about Little Mr Papercraft – he’s 6 months old now!  He’s cute & cheeky and such a sweet little baby!!!  There’s not as much crafting going on as I would like – but that gorgeous little smile makes up for it!

Copyright mypapercraftjourney.com | kelly kent

I’ve kept my project simple for today’s Stamp Review Crew hop with my international demonstrator friends.  The theme is the Amazing Life stamp set from the Occasions catalogue.  You’ll find it on page 28 – bundled with the amazing Rectangle Stitched Framelits.

I’m not sure if it’s the looming St Patrick’s Day celebrations this month, but the lucky 4-leaf clover took my fancy and I decided to use this to make a green festive card.  I intend to send this to an Irish friend as a card for a St Patrick’s blessing, but you could use it at any of of the year for a friend that’s feeling a but down on their luck.

Amazing Life | kelly kent

The clovers are stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloured with Dark Call Me Clover and Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends.  There’s never much blending going on when I pull out my Stampin’ Blends – I just love them for the smooth colouring.  They are an absolute joy to work with!

You’ll spy some rectangle stitching on the card – not just because they are bundled with this stamp set but rather because I’m putting stitched rectangles on E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.  I can’t get enough of them!

Amazing Life | kelly kent

The ‘sending’ is from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set on a rectangle stitched framelit.  I cut the rectangle down to be a shorter version – I love how versatile the shapes are!

Sadly this Sale-A-Bration ribbon retired, but there’s plenty more Sale-A-Bration choices including 8 more level 1 choices added this month.  You can see all the level 1 choices by clicking here.  *** Level 1 choices are free with a $90+ Stampin’ Up! order in Australia.


Thanks for hopping with me today!  Next stop is the US with Holly Krautkremer and her amazing project!

I hope you have a great week!


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Stamp Review Crew | Butterfly Gala

Hello!  Happy Monday and welcome to the Stamp Review Crew blog hop.  I’m joining a group of fabulous Stampin’ Up! demonstrators as we share projects we’ve made with today’s featured stamp set – Butterfly Gala!

The projects you see on today’s blog hop will definitely feature the stamps from the Butterfly Gala stamp set.  Some may use the coordinating punch – Butterfly Duet – isn’t it cute!?!  So cute in fact, that it has sold out worldwide and Stampin’ Up! are waiting for more stock to arrive (expected end March 2019).  So, make sure to save the projects that inspire you and be ready for when the punch is ordable again!  Your local Stampin’ Up! demonstrator can keep you in the loop.  Until then, it’s totally possible to snip around those butterflies with scissors or you can stamp directly onto your project.


I’m a little late to share my Valentine’s Day card this year for Mr Papercraft because it was so perfect for this blog hop.  Luckily it’s not specific to Valentine’s Day.  This style of card would be great for a wedding, anniversary, appreciation  or general “I love you” card.

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent

I decided I wanted my card to be symbolic of the life Mr Papercraft and I have built together. The two hearts are us and the three butterflies are the little Papercrafts (two Lovely Lipstick girls & one Tuxedo Black boy).

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent

The origami hearts were so easy to make and look amazing in our pretty DSP.  The smaller heart uses All My Love DSP and started as a 3″ square.  The larger heart uses Botanical Butterfly DSP and started as a 4″ square.  You can find the instructions on making an origami heart here

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent
The sentiment in Butterfly gala was just perfect for a card for Mr Papercraft.  He’s my best friend and definitely makes me a better person.  If I had to choose anyone in the world to spend time with – it’s him!


Thanks for hopping with us today.  For more amazing projects, keep clicking the ‘next’ at the end of each post.  I’m taking you to Holly Krautkremer in the US.  I always love what Holly makes and can’t wait to see her butterfly inspired project!


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Stamp Review Crew | Sale-A-Bration 2019

We’re sneaking in a bonus hop this month so we can share some Sale-A-Bration projects with you.  Make yourself a cuppa, sit somewhere comfy and scroll through the gorgeous creations from this clever team of SU! Demonstrators from around the world.

We were able to choose any Sale-A-Bration 2019 stamp set, so you’re going to see lots of variety and a sneak peek into everyone’s craft room favourites.  These sets are all available for {FREE} when you spend a qualifying amount.  This varies in each region.  In Australia, level 1 sets (all except the Lasting Lily stamp set) are free with a $90 order.  Lasting Lily is a level 2 set and available with a $180 order.

I’m playing with the Lovely Lattice stamp set on page 15.

These are the gorgeous catalogue samples….

Lovely Lattice Images © Stampin' Up!

I wanted to use the flowers from this large centrepiece stamp in a different way – by stamping them at the corners.

Lovely Lattice | kelly kent

My first colour combination was a white base, Blushing Bride mat and Crumb Cake card front.  I added a white embossed sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays.

Lovely Lattice | kelly kent

Then I changed up the order of the colours to have a Crumb Cake base, Blushing Bride mat and Whisper White card front.  This is a really easy way to make cards in multiples without them all being the same.

Lovely Lattice | kelly kent

To add more texture to the cards (and because I’m totally obsessed with these framelits!), I cut & raised a Stitched Rectangle from the card front.  I really love how the framelits are designed to stitch on both the cut shape and the negative space.

Lovely Lattice | kelly kent

The wooden butterfly on each card are also a Sale-A-Bration item for 2019.  Each pack has 84 elements – butterflies, flowers, leaves and more butterflies!  They are the perfect finishing touch for pretty & sweet cards.

Lovely Lattice | kelly kent

I love these colours and can’t pick a favourite between the two designs!  Do you love one more than the other?


Next up on the hop is the gorgeous Charlet Mallett. Click on next to visit her Sale-A-Bration project.

Thanks for joining us!


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Stamp Review Crew | Fabulous Flamingo

Hello!  Welcome to the first Stamp Review Crew hop for 2019!

Stamp Review Crew is an amazing twice a month blog hop that showcases a different stamp set each hop.  The hop takes you around to the world to visit talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  You are currently with Kelly Kent in Bunbury – the South West of Australia.

Today’s featured stamp set is Fabulous Flamingo from the Annual Catalogue – I can’t wait for you to visit all the fantastic inspiration!

It was messy play time for me & the flamingo this week!  I had so much fun playing with some favourite techniques to make this cute pink card!  Flamingos are all about the pink!  Though, I have realised I find it hard to love Flirty Flamingo – it’s just not a favourite, even when I’m stamping flamingos!

Fabulous Flamingo | kelly kent

The first technique I used was no-line watercolouring to create the arty look for the flamingo.  I inked up the flamingo body outline in Sahara Sand, stamped off onto scrap then stamped onto Shimmery White.  I did the same with the legs (getting a little bit fussy and stamping each leg separately to get the cross over for a bit of fabulous attitude!).

Once I had the outline stamped (feintly) for the flamingo, I added colour with Watercolour Pencils.  Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo & Daffodil Delight for the body, Melon Mambo & Rich Razzleberry for the legs and Basic Black for the beak.  I use a pencil sharpener intended for eyeliner pencils which gives a nice sharp point that is perfect for this technique.  You’ll find all those coloured pencils in the Assortment 1 set available in the Annual Catalogue except Flirty Flamingo which I borrowed from the Lots of Happy card kit.

With colour applied I smudged it to create an arty watercolour colour effect – I love this style of painting and think it’s awesome we have the supplies with Stampin’ Up! to make something similar (even for non-arty people like me!).

Fabulous Flamingo | kelly kent

To add more texture to the flamingo I used a dripping wet Aqua Painter with ink (Flirty Flamingo then Melon Mambo) to create splatters by flicking the tip of the Aqua Painter against the lid.  Many thanks to Joanne for sharing this fun technique with us at a team meeting last year.

The flamingo panel is mounted on a piece of Lovely Lipstick Foil – I love the pretty shine of this Sale-A-Bration choice!  You can choose this as your Sale-A-Bration gift in Australia with a $90+ order.


The third technique for this card was using drops of reinker on a baby wipe (Flirty Flamingo & Melon Mambo) and using this as an ‘ink pad’ for the leaves I stamped on the card base.  I love the interesting colour variation this technique gives!

Fabulous Flamingo | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Vertical Greetings stamp set.  And yes, those are the Stitched Rectangle Framelits again!  I just can’t get enough!!!

There’s something so fabulous and fun about stamping a flamingo!!!

Next up with her flamingo creation is the gorgeous Nikki Spencer – also in Australia!

Thanks for hopping with us  For a full list of the participants and all the info on Stamp Review Crew, visit the main blog here.


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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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