Stamp Review Crew | Sweet Cupcake

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

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

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

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

Stamp Review Crew - Sweet Cupcake | kelly kent

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

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

Doesn’t it look cute!!!

Stamp Review Crew - Sweet Cupcake | kelly kent

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

Stamp Review Crew - Sweet Cupcake | kelly kent

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

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

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

kelly kent |

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Christmas Quickie – Christmas Around the World DSP

We’ve been having a discussion within our Paper Adventures team about the kind of cards that are best suited to Christmas.

I’m not sure if I send out more Christmas or birthday cards, but being as the Christmas ones are all concentrated at the end of the year, there seems to be a need for at least some of the designs we send to be simpler.

The type of card that’s easier to mass produce and kind on the budget but still full of the same handmade love that we make all year round.

I have just the card for you!  You can change the colours & DSP, but essentially, this layout is perfect for mass production.

Christmas Around the World DSP | kelly kent

What’s better though, if you do use the Christmas Around the World DSP, it already has a full page of greetings in a number of different languages. I’ve used these as my sentiment – which saved a team of time!

Christmas Around the World DSP | kelly kent

I like the exotic touch of a foreign language greeting!!!

But of course there’s also some cute English versions…

Christmas Around the World DSP | kelly kent

I confess to using retired twine for these cards.  Miss Papercraft was helping and she chose this gorgeous gold thread from last Christmas.  It’s one of my favourites and I couldn’t resist!

Which reminds me of a graphic I shared with my team last week…

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It’s all about the choices!!!

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