Stamp Review Crew | Timeless Tulips

Good morning buttercups – or is that tulips?

I’m hopping with my international stamping friends and I know you’re going to love the inspiration to follow!  If you’ve hopped from Cindy’s blog – welcome!

Today’s chosen stamp set for the Stamp Review Crew is Timeless Tulips and the coordinating Tulip Builder Punch.

For a little bit of whimsy (in a time when we can’t let life get to serious), I made my flowers into rainbow tulips.

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You won’t find these growing in nature – they are dyed with split stems to create this effect, but oh-so-pretty nonetheless!  Our local farmer’s market often sells roses with this gorgeous colour pattern.

Rainbow Timeless Tulips | kelly kent

The tulips were easy to make using the Stamparatus.  I added each ink one colour at a time with Sponge Daubers, pressing down between each ink so the colours didn’t blend.  The colours are Gorgeous Grape, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight & Melon Mambo for the flowers and Granny Apple Green for the stems.

Rainbow Timeless Tulips | kelly kent

This stamp set has a coordinating punch – no fussy cutting required and super quick to get all those tulips ready for a cute little bunch.  I’ve added some Old Olive splatters on the Whisper White behind the tulips for a touch of texture and tied all the tulip stems together with Whisper White 1/4″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.  I’ve left it white , but this ribbon takes colour so easily using Stampin’ Blends or your ink pad.

Rainbow Timeless Tulips | kelly kent

The DSP for this card is from the Honey Bee Specialty pack which was a reward choice during the 2020 Sale-A-Bration.  It was so popular that it’s all gone now, but until Tuesday evening, there’s heaps of other products you can add to your order when you spend $90 or more.

Rainbow Timeless Tulips | kelly kent

I’m finding myself using hello sentiments a lot lately.  Timeless Tulips has a beautiful font and this ‘hello’ looks great heat embossed in black.


To see more tulip projects, please keep hopping.  Next blog to visit is my friend Charlet Mallett.

I hope your week is full of pretty colours!

Stamp Review Crew | Dressed to Impress

Hello and welcome to the safest way to travel the world at the moment – through an international blog hop!  You’re currently visiting Kelly Kent in the South West of Australia, having jumped over from Nikki Spencer on the eastern coast.  This is my favourite beach to take the kids to swim – the inner harbour.  It’s always calm and is a great shallow depth for the kids to splash around in.

With COVID-19 having impact across the globe, I want to take the chance to give you a virtual hug and pass on my thoughts that you are all healthy & safe.

This virus is somewhat all consuming at the moment – it’s on tv, in social media and in everyday conversations.  In fact, unless you are in total media & social blackout, it’s very hard to avoid.  And that can be overwhelming and scary.  I love this Fred Rogers quote – look for the helpers!

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Scientists are rapidly building their knowledge of the virus and it’s behaviour, our public health teams are working around the clock to give guidance on policy & procedures that will keep us as safe as we know how and our global medical teams are amazingly taking care of business as people become unwell.

For anyone who ends up in some form of quarantine, isolation or social distancing, I hope your craft room provides you with some solace.  If there was ever a time to hibernate and craft til your heart is content – this is it!


The Stamp Review Crew are today sharing projects inspired by the Dressed to Impress stamp set and Best Dressed suite.  We hope we can provide you with some inspiration on how to use your supplies at home.

I love the mix of floral and cosmetic images in this suite.  So I’ve mixed those two themes to create this sweet card.

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

The card base & base layer are Rococo Rose cardstock with Subtle Embossing Folder.  The background flowers were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then coloured in Stampin Blends (Rococo Rose, Pink Pirouette, Petal Pink, Pretty Peacock).

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

The centrepiece is labels from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies in Blushing Bride & Mint Macaron with a perfume bottle stamped in Memento & coloured with Rococo Rose & Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends. I love being able to make the perfume pink.  The matching dies (All Dressed Up) take away the need to fussy cut any of these images!

While I was studying at university to be a Speech Pathologist, I worked at a department store, and for most of my 5 years there, I worked in the cosmetics department.  I spent my weekends selling lotions & potions, perfumes & sprays, lipsticks & eyeshadows.  The perfumes in particular were always so mesmerising, in their fancy bottles and with their beautiful scents.  Chanel #5 is undoubtedly one their most recognised scents, but the pretty pink “Chance” was one of my favourites!

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

I’ve made this card into a Mother’s Day card, which is very organised for last-minute-me!  Please remind me of where I have stored it in 2 months time!!!

Next visit is to Charlet Mallett in the US –

Thank you for joining us!

Stamp Review Crew | Sale-A-Bration

It’s always a pleasure to be hopping with my stamping friends from around the world.  Today we’re all sharing projects we’ve made with Sale-A-Bration catalogue items.

Sale-A-Bration is the most wonderful time of year – who doesn’t love free stuff for working their way through their Stampin’ Up! wishlist.  You can see all the Sale-A-Bration items for 2020 by clicking here.

The Sale-A-Bration stamp set I have most fallen in love with this year was a big surprise for me.  I instantly loved the meerkat set (The Gang’s All Meer) but it has actually been the Happy Birthday to You stamp set that has been my fave!

The cake is just stunning, the sentiments gorgeous and the flowers can be cut separately – which adds so many more options for this set.

Happy Birthday to you SAB 2020 | kelly kent

I created these three cards using my favourite technique with this set – white embossing and watercolouring.  The cakes just pop!

Happy Birthday to you SAB 2020 | kelly kent

I’ve matched the colours for each card with the colours in the Best Dressed DSP for three different variations.

Happy Birthday to you SAB 2020 | kelly kentThe scalloped rectangle for the background layer is from a new die set called Stitched So Sweetly.  You can never have too many stitched dies!

Happy Birthday to you SAB 2020 | kelly kent

Before you start thinking that I’ve got this fussy cutting down to a fine art, I’ll share with you that Stampin’ Up! released a range of coordinating products to match some of the Sale-A-Bration & Mini catalogue items.  So, if you love the Happy Birthday to You stamp set and plan to choose it as your Sale-A-Bration free product, make sure to add the coordinating Birthday Dies to your order ($47 – 153590).

Happy Birthday to you SAB 2020 | kelly kent

To see all the coordinating products in the 2020 release, click here.  There’s 5 die sets and a DSP that matches some of the punches!!!


Thanks for hopping with me in Australia.  Next up is Lou Kitzelman over on the other coast of Australia who has been creating some amazing designs this summer!

Stay tuned for more Sale-A-Bration releases in March. There will be 3 new stamp set to redeem and 2 specialty papers.  Available 2nd – 31st March 2020.

To see the full list of participants for this hop, visit the Stamp Review Crew blog.  Have a great week!

Stamp Review Crew | Still Scenes

Hello!  Welcome to a Stamp Review Crew hop with my international stamping friends.  Today we’re showcasing the Still Scenes stamp set.

I must confess – this hop is the first time I’ve inked up this set.  I’ve been using the dies lots for all kinds of projects (click here to see some) but they haven’t been Christmas themed, so I haven’t yet used the stamp set.  This is definitely a die set that stands alone well – but it’s always fun to have the coordinating stamp set too!

There’s a strong snow theme throughout the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Holiday Catalogue.  In Australia, our traditional Christmas weather is hot.  I remember one Christmas when I was in high school that had a crazy downpour of rain, but we’ve never had snow!  So, with stamps in hand, I had a play to create a Christmas project suitable for those of us celebrating Christmas ‘down under;.

Using the Snow Globe Shaker Domes to form an ornament, I made decorations for the Christmas tree – one each for the kids.

Snow Globe Shaker Dome Ornament | kelly kent

There was a little bit of trial and error gettings these right.  What I learned…

  • sequins work much better than glitter
  • although you can peel off the adhesive on the front edge, they look much prettier with a border
  • the middle part of the snow globe die fits perfectly inside the globe halves

Snow Globe Shaker Dome Ornament | kelly kent

Each ornament has a letter (using the retired Large Letter Dies).  To achieve the baroque finish, I stamped the snow globe base stamp twice – one under another – and then heat embossed in silver.  Two stacked on top of each other made it just the right height for the letter die.

Snow Globe Shaker Dome Ornament | kelly kent

I heat embossed the sentiment onto the cardstock I cut using the snow globe die and then adhered the letter to the back.  I also stamped some sprinkles around the sentiment using the same colour ink as cardstock for a tone-on-tone effect.

Snow Globe Shaker Dome Ornament | kelly kent

The best part about the domes is they already have adhesive on the front and back of the domes.  It makes turning them into a project so easy!  To make the ornament, I took the tape backing from the reverse side of both domes, placed some Woven Threads Sequins inside one of the dome pieces, added the cardstock layer and then adhered the second dome to create an enclosed ornament.

Snow Globe Shaker Dome Ornament | kelly kent

To finish the ornaments, I cut two pieces of Silver Foil using the Snow Globe Shaker Die and the largest scalloped circle from the Layering Circles Dies.  By removing the adhesive backing on the front side of the domes, I was able to easily stick these around the dome, creating a pretty finish.  The final touch was some White Flax Ribbon and Braided Linen Trim for hanging.

Snow Globe Shaker Dome Ornament | kelly kent

The kids are going to love seeing their own ornaments on the tree.  Although I wonder how much time they’ll spend on the tree and how much time they’ll be taken off for a good shake!


I can’t wait to see how my stamping friends from around the world use this bundle.  Next up is the gorgeous Stesha Bloodhart, who always adds a whole lot of wow to her creations!

If there’s any broken links or you’d like to see the whole line up, please visit the Stamp Review Crew blog.

Thanks for visiting, have a great week!

 

Stamp Review Crew | Dino Days

Hello!  Welcome to a hop with my Stamp Review Crew friends.  We come from all around the world and share a love of Stampin’ Up! stamps.  Today we’re sharing projects made with the Dino Days stamp set.  It comes as part of the Dinoroar suite with coordinating dies (Dino Dies), paper (Dinoroar DSP) and embellishments (Dinoroar Enamel Shapes & 3/8″ Demin Ribbon).  Click here to view in the online store.

I’m always on the lookout for new fun folds and found this one (not new, but new to me!).  Thanks to Lisa Curcio for the tutorial (click here to see her post).

Dino Days | kelly kent

It’s called a Double Point Fold Card with a front layer that opens to reveal secret stamping underneath!  I’ve used Stitched Nested Labels Dies to bridge together the DSP flaps with small magnets to hold it closed when flat.  The flap are made from DSP using a simple score line and origami style folding.

Dino Days | kelly kent

The dinosaur stamps in the set are two step to create super cute dino friends  I’ve stamped the dino in the middle of the card, but the coordinating dies cut the stamps and DSP images!

Dino Days | kelly kent

I love this DSP because it features a mix of patterns than can be used for boys & girls – because girls like dinosaurs too!!!

The set also contains builder stamps to make a palm tree, dinosaur footprints and cute sentiments.  I’ve used the ‘rawrsome’ sentiment on the front of the card…

Dino Days | kelly kent

And then the happy birthday from Seaside Notions on the back of the card.  This card doesn’t have a traditional fold, so while you could write your message on the inside where I’ve stamped the dinosaur, I love the idea of having a back panel with more stamping and lots of room for a birthday message.

Dino Days | kelly kent

Measurements to make your own card (adapted for A4 cardstock):

Base: 4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″ (Daffodil Delight)
Front Mat: 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ (Whisper White)
DSP: cut 2 pieces of 3″ x 4″, scored at 1″ on the 3″ side (Dinoroar DSP), folded top left & right edges into a triangle to meet score line; trimmed to fit width of front mat once adhered
Reverse Mat 1: 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ (Melon Mambo)
Reverse Mat 2: 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″

Colours used: for stamping: Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, White heat embossing


Thanks for hopping with me today!  Next stop for some RAWRsome inspiration is Betty Traciak.

Have a great week!

 

Stamp Review Crew | Free as a Bird

Wow – 1st of July!!!  I’m actually not sure where the first 6 months of 2019 went, but welcome to the second half of the year!!!

I’m starting July with a fabulous blog hop with my Stamp Review Crew friends.  Today we’re showing you projects made with the Free as a Bird stamp set.  I’ve also used the coordinating Stitched Nested Label Dies that come with this set in a bundle.

As I got this post ready, I realised that although this style of fancy fold has been my favourite over the last month, I’m yet to share any with you!  I’ve been flat out making Pull Tab Cards – a condensed version of a waterfall card.  Thanks to Jan B and Dawn Griffiths for their tutorial videos.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

This card has a different orientation than the tutorial videos – with the pull tab at the top.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

When you pull the tab at the top, the nested label flips over to reveal the panel underneath.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

The birds and sentiment are heat embossed in black for a lucious black line and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends.  You need to be a touch careful going over the black embossing as the black lifts a little, but overall it’s a great effect.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

The background panel looks like DSP – but was actually hand stamped by me!  I stamped the flowers and leaves in Memento ink and then coloured with Blends. This is what it looked like before I applied it to my card.

 

I’ve finished the card with the same stamping on the inside.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

As I’ve mentioned before, when a card has such a strong identity with a suite – especially when it has a coordinating DSP – I love to change it up and give the stamp set a fresh look.  The colour palette for this card is one of my current favourites – Rococo Rose, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, Blushing Bride and Smoky Slate.


There’s lots more amazing stamping on this hop. For your next bout of inspiration, please keep hopping to visit my gorgeous friend Jackie Aitken.  Jackie is one of our newest crew members and we are so lucky to have her on board!!

Thanks for hopping with us!  Happy stamping x


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Stamp Review Crew | Piece of Cake

Thanks for joining the Stamp Review Crew hop today as we share with you our projects using the Piece of Cake stamp set.  Tour the world for some new ideas for this gorgeous set (and also the coordinating punch – Cake Builder).

I’ve used this hop as a chance to freshen up my use of this stamp set by mixing it with the new Stitched Lace Die.

PIece of Cake | kelly kent

It was also a chance to make a wedding card with this set.  I’ve mostly used this for a birthday theme – but I just love the font & styling of the “Mr & Mrs” so when planning for this hop, I knew that’s the type of card I wanted to make!.Which was actually perfect, because the Stitched Lace Die just screams wedding!!!

PIece of Cake | kelly kent

My colour palette for this card is Whisper White, Seaside Spray (one of the new In Colors) and Night of Navy.  Add in silver foil for the cake stand and a touch of Rococo Rose & Pretty Peacock for the cake flowers and we have a soft & pretty wedding card.

PIece of Cake | kelly kent

The Stitched Lace Die is a wonderful background for the cake.  The bottom piece (Whisper White)  is 5-5/10″ x 3-7/8″.  I’ve then cut a piece of Seaside Spray at 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4..  Once cut, I lined it up with the pattern on the Whisper White piece and trimmed the excess from the top & bottom.  I love the two tone effect when lined up seamlessly.

PIece of Cake | kelly kent

Cake are wonderful symbols of celebration, so I know you’re going to see many wonderful ideas for this set as you continue the hop with my sweet friend Cindy Elam.

Thanks for joining us today.


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Stamp Review Crew – Daisy Delight

Hey there!  Welcome to a Stamp Review Crew hop with my international stamping friends.  We all create using the same stamp set – giving you a whole hop of ideas!!!

Today’s chosen set is Daisy Delight from the Annual Catalogue.  This set first appeared in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue and holds a special place in my heart as I was selected to present this stamp set and matching punch at OnStage in April 2017.  You can see my projects by clicking here.

For my project I wanted to try a little grungy/vintage look with the daisy.  My previous projects have been bright & sunny, I had a different look in mind for this card.

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

With Sahara Sand as my chosen colour palette, I stamped and cut two daisies on Whisper White, and cut two more just from Sahara Sand cardstock.  I scrunched the flowers to give them a ruffled look before adhering them all together.

I then added three layers of cardstock – Sahara Sand DSP from the Color Collection DSP,, vellum and Sahara Sand cardstock.  I’ve added textured elements to each of the layers – distressed & ripped edges on the striped DSP, vellum and cardstock but extra distressing to the Sahara Sand cardstock.  To the top layer I repetitively stamped the petals from the Daisy Delight stamp set and then scrunched and smoothed before adhering to the vellum layer.

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

The base is also Sahara Sand with a Stitched Rectangle as the base layer (this was my only concesion to my usual neat style – I love the contrast!).

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

This theme was fun, so I carried it through to the middle of the card adding more of the gorgeous striped DSP, a Stitched Rectangle for the sentiment panel and another distressed daisy.  Little Miss Papercraft looked at me in horror when I started scrunching my freshly stamped daisy!!!  You have to be gentle so you don’t rip off the petals, but it adds some great texture.

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

I’ve purposely left this card without a sentiment.  I like the boldness of the daisy as the centrepiece and didn’t want to add anything else!


Next up on the hop is my gorgeous friend in Tasmania is Bronwyn Eastley.

Thanks for hopping with us, it’s always a pleasure to be part of these hops!

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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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