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!

Just Add Ink #557 | photo inspiration

As the weather cools here in Australia, this sleek fireplace inspiration photos is perfect for winter crafting. For those of you in the northern hemisphere, you would probably roll your eyes at the temperatures Aussies consider to be cold! It’s wood fires, beanies and blankets at less than 20 degrees for me! I love the summer and the only good things about winter weather are snuggling up inside when it’s raining outside, a change in wardrobe and a good excuse to craft because it’s too cold to be outside. And past that, it’s just a countdown til summer arrives again!

I kept it simple for today’s projects using Basic White Notecards, Bloom Where You’re Planted DSP, Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder and the Inspired Thoughts stamp set.

Inspired by the white wash of the brick wall fireplace in the photo, I ran the textured white DSP pattern through the embossing machine using the Brick & Mortar folder. It’s one of my favourites with cardstock – but wow – embossing the DSP takes it to another level! I often forget to alter DSP in any way other than cutting it. But embossing and stamping on it is a great way to add more texture.

The notecards are the perfect size for the potted delights from the DSP. Like so many of the designs, the Bloom Where You’re Planted DSP has a couple of pages that can be used as whole sheets, or can indulge a little fussy cutting.

The sentiments are from the Inspired Thoughts stamp set – one of my favourite new greeting sets from the Annual Catalogue. It has a range of sentiments including sympathy, thinking of you, congratulations, hello and thank you. I’ve cut using either the Stitched Rectangle Dies or Succulent Dies.

The art work on the plants is just divine – they are pretty enough to stand alone on a card and look amazing!

The design team have had such fun creating this week using the elements from the inspiration photo. You can see all their creations on the Just Add Ink blog. You can also share your project there and show us what you’ve been making.

Have a great Friday! It’s a long weekend in Western Australia and one of my gorgeous friend’s birthday. I’m excited to be travelling to Perth and joining her for a birthday lunch at a very fancy Perth restaurant. If there’s something that excites me as much as crafting, it’s food!!!

What a Year Memories & More

I shared a card yesterday that I made using the What a Year Memories & More cards (click here to see). That project was the inspiration for another series of cards – using more of the Memories & More cards and the Biggest Wish stamp set.

The colours and patterns of the What a Year Memories & More cards are fabulous. The combination of pinks, yellows, aqua and greens are beautiful and the designs are quirky, cool and fun!

I picked out 4 of my favourite patterns and paired them with the same elements from yesterday’s card – Tasteful Textiles 3D Embossing Folder and Biggest Wish stamp set.

Here’s a closer look…





Do you have a favourite? I love them all. Sometimes simple is the best!

Paper Adventures Birthdays | yellow

May was a busy birthday month for our Paper Adventures Team. I’ve continued with my yellow theme for birthday cards this month – to match a gift that I’ll keep a secret for now (don’t want to spoil it for the rest of the year’s birthdays).

These cards were made using mini cards from the What a Year Memories and More pack.

I liken these sets to another pack of DSP – albeit a little smaller and a little thicker than DSP but still with the same great designs and colours you love from Stampin’ Up! You get 52 cards (small & large) and 4 sticker sheets in the pack. No two cards are the same – so there’s lots of and lots of variety of patterns.

I picked the yellow (Bumblebee) tones from the small cards and cut each card into three 1-1/4” pieces. I’ve then layered the three different patterns onto a Basic White mat (embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder) and then onto a Bumbeebee mat, before layering this piece onto a Thick Basic White card base.

The sentiment is from the Biggest Wish stamp set – my fave in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue. Bumblebee for the BIRTHDAY and Early Espresso for the ‘happy’.

Three lots of the patterned cards made three full size cards. A couple for team birthdays and a spare for the stash.

Although I loved the yellow card, I couldn’t stop creating with the Memories & More cards. Check back in tomorrow – I’ll be sharing 4 more cards using the What a Year Design and Biggest Wish stamp set.

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!

Social Stamping | subtles

Hello! Thanks for joining us for another Social Stamping Blog Host. This is the final hop in this series and I’m delighted that my stamping friends & I are sharing projects made using colours from the Subtles Collection.

These colours form some of my favourites in the SU! range and are always a pleasure to create with. They are soft but not meek with the prettiest of tones and the ability to step in for the projects that we need a little elegance for.

My projects today all use a fancy fold that I’ve lifted from a card I got sent for my birthday by my gorgeous friend Elizabeth Gross. I haven’t seen this fold before – I have no idea what’s it’s called but it’s had me at the clever use of DSP.

The card features a tri-fold using the DSP, which opens out and displays both sides of the DSP. Remember when I said in my Stamp Review Crew profile that one of my biggest challenges was choosing the side of the DSP I wanted to use on a card – well this fold solves that problem for you!!!

Every card sits closed using the seashell tab on the left to keep it all together, but when the right side is opened, you can start to see the DSP patterns revealed.

The fully opened card shows the writing panel…

I’ve made a video to show the fancy fold in all its glory – its so simple but so magnificent!

I’ve used three different patterns from the Sand & Sea DSP. And there’s really no better example of when it seems a shame to only use one side than this pack. It retires at the end of the June (when the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue finishes) so you’ll want to stock up ASAP in June. As a wonderful parting gift, this DSP will be available from 2nd June at a 50% discount. Order via my online store next Wednesday to secure yours plus so many amazing specials as the Last Chance Retirement List takes over. Click here to see what else you can get a discounted price. Click here to shop online.

The stamp & die bundle for these cards is the Friends are Like Seashells stamp set and Seaside Shells Dies. They are part of the Sand & Sea Suite and coordinate beautifully with the DSP.

The ribbon is from my collection and I have no idea which combo pack it was from – it could be retired!! I’m terrible at keeping all the ribbons & embellishments I ever buy and never being able to keep track of what’s in a catalogue and what’s out! As long as it still looks good, it’s ok to use – yes!?!

Did you spy the three Subtles I used in the cards? My favourite is always Blushing Bride, but there’s nothing like a pretty DSP to urge me on to add in different colours. The other two I’ve used are So Saffron and Balmy Blue. The coordinating neutral is a long time favourite – Sahara Sand.

Next up on the hop is Julia Quinn. Julia has been a part of every single hop since they started last year. That’s an amazing commitment – thanks Julia!

You can see the full participant list and a few of my thoughts about our current COVID situation here in Australia over on the main Social Stamping Blog Host post.

I hope the rest of your weekend is amazing!

Social Stamping Blog Host | subtles

I started the Social Stamping Blog Hosts more than a year ago as we were starting to feel the effects of a new world influenced by COVID. None of us were to know what path the virus would take us on and for the most part we are still none the wiser about where to next.

For many of us, and for Australia as a whole, the strategy undertaken by the government to control the virus by controlling the people is keeping us safe. Virus numbers are low and we (for the most part) have the freedom to continue to live a COVID controlled life. I can’t help reflect though what a strange place COVID limbo-land is.

In many parts of the country it’s business as usual. But that’s not without a toll that we simply can’t measure by the number of cases of a virus that is ravaging the world. Our international borders have been closed since March 2020 – no travel out and no travel in without permission from the government. The borders between states have been in & out of closure and the risk of within state restrictions is forever on the agenda. Currently, the state of Victoria are in a week long lockdown because of new COVID cases. There is just as much a risk that this could happen to any state, at any time.

This continues to have a significant impact on Australia’s citizens – particularly those who are already under stress, those with mental health issues and those with employment in areas most affected by lockdowns & restrictions – hospitality, tourism, arts and the aviation industries. My heart breaks for the ongoing pressure on people who are constantly having to rethink, replan and revive themselves and their businesses time after time.

These blog hops have been a wonderful way to connect with stamping friends and provide a regular opportunity to share projects with you – wherever you are around the world.

Today’s hop will be the last one (for now). We finish up with one last colour theme – Subtles. The pastel tones of this colour range bring with them a sweetness and calmness that we sometimes need to wash over us and remind us that everything is going to be ok.

The full participant list for this hop is below. I want to extend my most sincere thanks to every blogger who joined in with a hop over the past 15 months. And another huge thanks to everyone who visited the blogs, enjoyed the projects and gave us purpose to share with you each time.

Stay safe, be kind and putting all the good vibes out there that some time soon we’ll move into a post COVID phase!

Participant List
1. Kelly Kent
2. Julia Quinn
3. Lou Kitzelman
4. Lisa Whitehead
5. Denise Buetler
6. Sandra Collett

Sweet As a Peach Fancy Fold

Not all fancy folds need to be complex with lots of instructions. The fold I’m sharing today is a great option for changing up a classic A5 card using a couple of dies from your collection.

I cut the cardstock at 5-7/8” (the usual width of an A5 card) x 5-7/8” (usually this would be the length of A4 cardstock – approx 11-11/16”). I then used one of the dies from the Basic Borders Dies to cut one edge and scored at 4-1/8”. The folded flap forms part of the front of the card.

The rest of the front panel is made using the largest stitched scallop die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. I’ve attached to the middle of the border so that it lines up with the bottom of the card. If you don’t have either of these dies, you can use similar die in your collection – or leave the top flap & front panel as rectangles.

The middle of the card is 5-5/8” x 3-7/8” with 1” pieces of DSP on each edge. You can see these when the card is closed, so it provides a pretty finish both open & closed.

The card is embellished with products from the You’re A Peach suite – Sweet As a Peach stamp set, Peach Dies and You’re A Peach DSP. I’ve used some of the coordinating colours in this suite – Pale Papaya, Petal Pink and Pear Pizzazz plus Blushing Bride & Basic White. They really do make for such sweet card. The ribbon is Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon – it’s so lush in a big bow at the top of the card.

You could also make this card with a side fold. I’ll share a sample soon using that variation.

Have a great weekend!

For the Love of Sharing | Bunnings Bricks

Did you know that Bunnings – Australia’s favourite hardware store – sells block building kits to create some iconic designs. You can build your own playground, cafe, forklift, truck, warehouse and mini trolley!

We visited the Bunnings warehouse & cafe yesterday, played on the playground and pushed around a mini trolley. Check out my cute coffee cup – this design would make a fantastic DSP!!!

The block sets make great gifts for little tradies who aren’t big enough to build with real bricks yet. A great gift needs a fun card to go with it – so this is what I created using a range of my supplies including a few retired favourites.

The bricks are from a set I have kept for many years and used over & over – the Boys Will Be Boys stamp set. The “3” is from the Large Numbers Dies (always a keeper) and the circle is the Starburst Punch.

In the catalogue, you’ll find the happy birthday in the “A Grand Kid” stamp set, the bricks using the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder and the star from the Stitched Stars Dies. The colours for the card are classic Bunnings – Real Red and Garden Green with some Crumb Cake & Basic White in the mix.

I love the range of Bunnings blocks but I’m sure the regulars are all asking the same question as me – where’s the sausage sizzle???

ESAD Blog Hop | 2021 Annual Catalogue

Hi there! Thanks for joining us for an ESAD 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue Blog Hop. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to join in with one of these great hops, so I’m excited to be sharing projects this afternoon with this amazing group of stampers.

The theme is the new catalogue and I’m looking forward to seeing the showcase of products available for the next year.

I love a large percentage of the new catalogue (too large for my budget!) and think Stampin’ Up! nailed the new offerings. As well as some usual favourites, there’s some new themes. Today I’m sharing one of the bundles I was most excited about – the Hats Off stamp set and Hat Builder Dies.

This bundle is one for all genders, all ages and all occasions. The hat makes a great masculine card for guys of every age including those difficult to craft for teen boys. I also love that it has a good number of accessory pieces that are great on hats, but also complement other themes.

Here’s the two projects I made to share with you today – a forest themed man card and a rocket themed kids card.

I’m still oh-so in love with Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent – which are perfect forest colours, so they formed the colour scheme for my card. I added in Just Jade for another green tone. The DSP is a reverse side pattern from the Pansy Petals DSP. Perhaps not your first thought for a manly card – but those green toned strips were perfect for what I needed!

I love the stitched texture of the hat die! I added in a birthday sentiment from the Artistically Inked stamp set and used the Stitched Rectangle Dies for some extra detail on my card. The Bark 3D embossing folder added great tree-like texture to the Basic White layer behind the hat.

The second card moves away from the hat theme but still uses the stamps and dies from the bundle. I love it when products have lots of variety in how they can be used. The rocket theme in the Hats Off stamp set works so well in partnership with the Stellar Birthday stamp set.

The colour theme for this card is Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry. I love these colours together for a boy card.

The repetitive rocket stamping in the background with the star stamp from the Hats Off stamp set and star die from the Hat Builder Dies create a great space theme for this birthday card.

I feel like I’ve only just touched the surface of what you can make with this bundle – it has so much potential!

To see more creative projects from the new catalogue, keep hopping by clicking on the next button. There’s also a full list of participants at the bottom of this post in case of any broken links. Next up is my lovely friend Rebecca Scurr.

Thanks for spending some of your Sunday with us! All your favourite products from this hop are available via your local Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and in the online store –

Have a wonderful week!

Participant List
1. Sharni Haines
2. Nicole Wilson
3. Narelle Fasulo
4. Monique Fielder
5. Sue Vine
6. Tanya Rees
7. Lou Kitzelman
8. Melissa Gifford
9. Teresa Leggo
10. Tracy Held
11. Delys Cram
12. Kelly Kent
13. Rebecca Scurr
14. Denise Buetler