Stamp Review Crew | Artistically Inked

Hello Monday! Thanks for joining me this morning as I hop with my Stampin’ Up! friends from around the world for another Stamp Review Crew hop. Today we’re sharing projects we’ve made using the Artistically Inked stamp set.

This was my top pick from the 2021 Annual Catalogue. I couldn’t wait to have the whole suite – the stamp set, the coordinating Artistic Dies, the stunning Expressions in Ink DSP and Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack.

I’ve used my favourite layout at the moment for these cards – a notebook style fancy fold where you take a standard card size, score at 4-1/8” from the open end and adhere the space between the side fold and the score line to create a solid side piece.

The colours for this DSP are so pretty, so I’ve used Polished Pink and Soft Succulent from the 2021-2023 In Colors to complement the DSP.

Each side contains deluxe gold foiling, which made the choice to add accents die cut from gold foil an easy one.

The stamps in this set have a beautiful watercolour effect. You’ll want to make sure you apply ink carefully – either with a brush or sponge dauber, or smoothing the ink with a sponge or brush after you’ve inked directly from the pad. It makes so much difference to the variation in colour that it’s worth the extra effort!

As well as the floral images, the stamp set contains sentiments you’ll want to use on every card you make!

Have I convinced you yet how necessary this suite is for your collection? Keep hopping to see more ideas on projects you can create using this stamp set. Next blog to visit is the fantastic Jay Soriano.

Have a wonderful week!

Stamp Review Crew | Whiskey Business

Hello Monday! It’s a holiday here, so no school – which means another day to sleep in late, the potential for an adventure and a short week to enjoy.

I’m hopping today with the Stamp Review Crew – a group of international Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who all share projects using the same stamp set. Today’s top shelf selection is Whiskey Business – a carryover into the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue. You can see the full list of participants on the Stamp Review Crew blog.

I love this stamp set for some broody male cards. I haven’t been able to move away from the classic deep tones that whiskey stereotypes involve. I’m excited to see the inspiration from the hop and the designs the crew bring to the table.

I’ve themed these cards using the Simply Elegant DSP. I hadn’t considered it particularly masculine but the mix of geometric patterns works really well for a variety of occasions.

The whiskey bottle & glass are stamped in Early Espresso and coloured with Stampin’ Blends – Pale Papaya and Crumb Cake. The sentiment and garnish are gold embossed.

I’ve used the grey tones – Basic Grey and Smoky Slate for his card to tone with the DSP patterns.

I added Soft Succulent for the second card to create a colour contrast and something a little brighter.

The background layer is Smoky Slate with lines scored at 1/2” intervals. Such an easy way to add texture!

The amber ale in these cups are thanks to a more yellow undertone – So Saffron and Crumb Cake. So many options for authentic whiskey colours. Combining two (or three) colours of Blends gives a range of different colours from the existing marker range.

Here’s a card I shared previously using blue tones (see original post here) –

Whiskey Business | kelly kent

Keep hopping to see what the rest of the crew did for this hop. Next up is my gorgeous friend Nikki Spencer who always creates something breathtaking!

Thanks for joining us today. Have a wonderful week!

Stamp Review Crew | Nothing’s Better Than

Hello! A couple of times a year we get the pleasure of a bonus Stamp Review Crew hop when there’s 5 Mondays in a month. It’s always fun to hop with my Stampin’ Up! friends from around the world. You can see the full list of everyone joining in on the main Stamp Review Crew blog.

Today there’s nothing better than a bonus hop as we showcase projects we’ve made using the “Nothing’s Better Than” bundle.

This stamp set has the cutest images with all your favourite indulgences and pretty fonts with quirky sayings. There’s coordinating dies with outlines for the art stamp and gorgeous word dies to match.

I’ve made two cards to share today. The first card is all about the cocktails. This is my favourite stamp from the set – it’s a party in a drink!

The colour choices for today’s cards are inspired by the Pattern Party DSP. This bumper pack of patterned paper is available as a reward on Stampin’ Up! orders over $250 (in Australia). The order will need to be over $310 for it to be completely free, or you can use the $25 of rewards on a $250 order and pay the $6 difference. Stampin’ Up! rewards are so wonderfully generous and flexible.

These colours are Granny Apple Green, Pumpkin Pie & Flirty Flamingo on a Blushing Bride card base. The cocktails are Daffodil Delight and Balmy Blue.

The ‘happy birthday’ is from a new stamp set I was so excited to add to my collection – One Happy Family. As well as the amazing styling of the birthday greeting there’s a bunch of other sentiments covering pregnancy, good news, love and babies.

The second card I’m sharing uses the another pattern from the Pattern Party DSP. Both cards also use the Picture This Dies – two fabulous layout dies – one circles, one rectangles with stitched detail to make them extra special.

This card has all the vices you could need – coffee (or tea in my case), chocolates and a cookie, with a ‘love you more than’ sentiment.

‘Because you’re awesome’ comes from three different sentiment stamps in the set – easy to piece together into a custom saying.

The colours for this card are a Pear Pizzazz base with Granny Apple Green, Balmy Blue, Misty Moonlight, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody and Bumblebee circles.

Thanks for hopping by by blog today. Next up is Lou Kitzelman – there’s nothing better than her creations! I’ll be hopping again with the Stamp Review Crew next week – as we roll into the first Monday of June and share more projects with another fantastic stamp set.

Have a great week!

Stamp Review Crew | kelly kent

Hi there! The design team from The Stamp Review Crew are taking turns to share a little more about ourselves. You can see my profile and learn a little about me over at the Stamp Review Crew main blog.

The Stamp Review Crew was the first design team I joined back in March 2016 – making it 5 wonderful years with this crew! The Stamp Review Crew are a group of international Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators – coming together on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month to share projects made with the same stamp set. It was an absolute pleasure when I joined and it continues to be a wonderful part of my blogging cycle each month. The crew are crazy talented – it’s pretty special to blog along side them!

I’ve been asked to share a project with you today and breaking tradition of sharing projects using a stamp set, I’m sharing some creations I made using a new die set – the Give it a Whirl Dies.

You’re going to want to get this into your stamp room – because it will add another level of interesting to all the stamp sets you have in there.

There’s a new set in the 2021 Annual Catalogue designed to coordinate with the dies – the Stellar Birthday stamp set. I’ve used the quarter circle cut out so that the astronaut moves up & down when you turn the wheel.

Interactive cards are the best for all ages, but they really add a great option for kids cards. I love that the stamp set has both a girl and a boy astronaut plus accessory stamps that you can use in the windows – or the background as I have for this card.

The second card I’m sharing was a special one I made for my nephew who turned 1 last week.

I couldn’t resist getting my new turtle bundle inky – Turtle Friends stamp set and Turtle Punch. The Give it a Whirl Dies are awesome for creating a scene. When you spin the wheel on this card, it shows three different greetings between the clouds – happy birthday, ‘it’s time to shell-ebrate’ and a die cut “1”.

The Playful Alphabet stamp set is fantastic for customising cards with names, special birthday numbers or custom sayings. The DSP on this card is from the Beauty of the Earth DSP. The main patterns are autumnal nature images but the reverse side are fantastic single coloured patterns – perfect for sky & grass. The Basic Border Dies are another ‘must-have’ from the 2021 Annual Catalogue – great for grass, clouds and other creative cuts.

The Give It A Whirl Dies have great accessory dies including the clouds on the turtle card and stars on the astronaut card. I’m looking forward to seeing what ideas appear on Pinterest for this die set.

You can follow all the Stamp Review Crew hops each month by subscribing to the SRC Blog. Click here to visit.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Stamp Review Crew | Dragonfly Garden

Hey there Monday! Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew hop with my friends from around the world. Today we’re sharing projects we’ve made using the Dragonfly Garden stamp set. This was the make & take set – together with the coordinating Dragonflies punch – for last November’s Stampin’ Up! OnStage event. So, there’s plenty of samples out there and we’re excited to add even more ideas to the mix on how to use this great punch bundle.

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

The first card uses the stamp set, punch and coordinating Dandy Garden DSP. The colours are Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry and Bumblebee.- guided as always by the colours used in the DSP. It’s a great way to put together colours without too much thought.

I’ve clear embossed the floral image on the Basic White circle (using the now sold out Stitched Shapes for the circle die cut). I love the subtle detail this adds to complement the delicate pattern of the DSP.

The sentiment for this card is just the ‘friend’ part of one of the sentiments in the stamp set. I’ve used partial greetings for both cards. It’s a good way to make the sentiments work for your style of card making.


The second card for today was inspired by a stunning card shared by Jan Clothier. The layout using the stitched triangles is great for creating a scene and perfect for the Dragonfly Garden stamp set!

I stamped the images from the stamp set across a piece of Basic White cardstock and then cut using three different sizes of triangles as per the layout. I then coloured them with Stampin’ Blends and layered over two solid coloured triangles (Bumblebee & Blackberry Bliss).

The final touches for this card were an Old Olive card base, Basic White mat layer embossed with the Painted Texture EF, a Rich Razzleberry stamped dragonfly and another partial sentiment.

I love that so many of the elements of this card were the same but the end result was so different.

To see more Dragonfly Garden creations, please keep hopping. The next blog is the wonderful Cindy Elam. You can see the full list of participants by visiting the main Stamp Review Crew blog.

Have a wonderful week!

Stamp Review Crew | Many Messages

Hello! Happy Easter! Did the Easter Bunny arrive at your place? Easter chocolate is my favourite so I always make sure to buy a little extra to keep me going through the next couple of months.

I’m hopping today with my friends from around the world. We’re sharing projects using the Many Messages stamp set and coordinating Messages Dies.

Although this stamp set can stand alone in its use, I think it’s best used to complement other themes and sets in your collection. It’s a one-stop shop for all occasions sentiments. But, since this hop is all about this bundle, I’ve tried to incorporate more than just the greetings by using the dies to create a background mosaic as well.

Many Messages | kelly kent

The first card uses the pretty purples in the range to create a ‘magical’ themed card. To coordinate with the styling of the sentiments, I’ve paired with the Hippo Happiness stamp set & dies.

Many Messages | kelly kent

The base is Purple Posy cardstock – sized at 5″ wide and 6-1/8″ long – to accommodate the full die set. I am trying to be more flexible with my card sizing this year and this was the perfect opportunity. I’ve double layered all those die cuts, using the negative to space them as per the layout on the die plate. The double layer gives nice depth and texture without the full height of dimensionals.

Many Messages | kelly kent

The rainbow is cut using different patterns from the range of DSP stacks I have in my collection – past, future and current. The colours are Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Purple Posy. They are layered on a vellum circle and finished with a heart from the Be Mine Stitched Dies. The rainbow is a cut file I used on my Cameo. You could easily cut something simliar by hand. If you have an e-cutter and would like this gorgeous pattern, you can purchase it from On the Beach Boutique.

The second card uses the same styling but in different colours and another flexible card size.

Many Messages | kelly kent

This card base is Thick Basic White cardstock in 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and I’ve again used tone-on-tone for the die cut background.

Many Messages | kelly kent

The rainbow is Magneta Madness, Misty Moonlight, Goregeous Grape and Bumblebee – and from the DSP stack that is coming up in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue which gets released in May. They were a special pre-purchase available in demonstrators during Sale-A-Bration or part of the starter kit for demonstrators who joined during Sale-A-Bration.

Do you have a favourite? Ombre purples or the bright rainbow?

There really is sentiments to suit a whole range of occasions. The sentments are all on one large stamp and the die plate is also one full piece so you do all the hard work in on motion (well two – stamp once, cut once!). Use some immediately and then save the rest for when you get a quick greeting on a card.

To see how the rest of the crew used the range of sentiments, please keep hopping. The next stop is the gorgeous Ann Schach is the USA.

Thanks for hopping with us today. To see the full line up of amazing designers, please visit the main Stamp Review Crew blog.

Have a great week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Pampered Pets

Hello & hello Monday! It’s time to join my friends around the world for another Stamp Review Crew hop. The featured stamp set today is Pampered Pets. This cute set coordinates with the Pets Dies and Playful Pets DSP. The suite offers a complete crafting experience with trinkets and ribbon too! The stamp set and dies are carrying over to the next Annual Catalogue in May but not as a discounted bundle. All the accessories (DSP & embellishments) from the Playful Pets suite are retiring.

So far, I’ve made two other projects using the styling of this suite.

I used it last June to create One Sheet Wonder designs for the dogs

And last July to make a cat set

Playful Pets One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

More recently I create a fun fold using the stamped images from the set to create some birthday cards.


Today I’m sharing another project set using the stamps, dies and DSP. This one has a pet sympathy theme using the ‘sorry for your loss’ stamp. It’s never nice for a family to lose a beloved pet, but it’s a good opportunity to send a card to let them know you care.

Pampered Pets | kelly kent

You can see I’ve stayed with the colours of the suite – Real Red, Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo and Basic White. I’ve also added in some Cherry Cobbler to add some contrast.

Pampered Pets | kelly kent

I’ve chosen to leave the cat & dog images from this card. Not only does it make the card more versatile in your stash, but it also avoids any possibility of offending if the stamped pet doesn’t resemble their pet.

Pampered Pets | kelly kent

The die set has 5 awesome dies – 4 pets to coordinate with the stamps and the super cute paw prints you see on these cards!

Pampered Pets | kelly kent

I’ve added in dies from the Be Mine Stitched Dies. These are my fave hearts and I’m sad to see them on the retirement list!

Pampered Pets | kelly kent

I’m excited for you to see what the rest of the crew have made with this stamp set.

Keep hopping and visit my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman on the east coast of Australia.

To see the main Stamp Review Crew post for this hop, please click here.

If you need any of the Playful Pets suite, you’ll find the full range in the online store by clicking here.

Have a wonderful week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Tasteful Touches

Hello! Happy Monday (or Sunday if you are reading this when it first posts in a different time zone). I love hopping with my Stamp Review Crew friends. We’re shining the spotlight on a crew members over the coming months on the main Stamp Review Crew blog, starting with the gorgeous Charlet Mallett. To learn more about Charlet, visit the SRC blog.

Today’s hop features the Tasteful Touches stamp set and coordinating Tasteful Labels Dies.

I must confess, the dies are part of my usual rotation but it’s been a while since I pulled out the stamp set. It’s lovely to be reminded of all the great stamp sets in the Annual Catalogue. Some of these will retire at the beginning of May – I wonder which ones?!

I was drawn to the feather in this stamp set which was perfect for the card I wanted to make with my Paper Adventures team at our demonstrator class last week. We hold these once a month and it’s a great chance to get together and do what we love – stamp!

I wanted to use the Gilded Leafing on this card. We played with it a little at previous class, but it was time to step up the uses. As well as applying with Versamark and Heat & Stick Powder, the leafing will stick to any adhesive. We used it with double sided tape. The bottom layer of the card is just a touch bigger than the top layer. We applied tape along the very edge. The tape is 6mm wide and perfect to make it seem like the whole bottom layer is gilded.

Gilded Leaf | kelly kent

The top layer of the card also features gliding. We stamped feathers from the Tasteful Touches stamp set in Blushing Bride and then added more feathers from the Positive Thoughts stamp set in Versamark which we gilded using the heat and stick method.

The final layer of this card was a cluster with a sentiment, ribbon and two more of the labels from the Tasteful Labels Dies. I love the mix of border ridges and stitched edges on the dies.

By perfect serendipity (or clever design) the Blushing Bride ribbon in the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue has a gold shimmer though it. I’ve paired it with an Annual Catalogue favourite – the Whisper White Polka Dot ribbon. At this time of the year with a new catalogue starting in May, you start to wonder which items we’ll see again. I really hope both of these ribbons make it!

Time will tell if the Tasteful Textures bundle will stick around for another year in the Annual Catalogue. One thing we do know is that returning products are almost never included as a bundle which means that great 10% discount you get for buying the stamp set and dies at the same time in a bundle is no longer available. So, if this set is on your wish list, you’ll want to buy it soon!

Thanks for hopping with me today. Next up please visit the wonderful design talent of Stesha Bloodhart. To see all the projects made by the Crew for the hop, click here to visit the Stamp Review Crew blog.

Have a wonderful week!

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