Stamp Review Crew | Bella & Friends

What a great way to start 2018 – with a Stamp Review Crew blog hop!

Thanks for joining our group of international demonstrators as we all showcase a stamp set.  You can find the main SRC post here.

You are starting the New Year with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Western Australia.  You may have already visited Nikki on the east coast of Australia, and the next stop is Cindy Elam in the US (I think it’s still 2017 there!).

Today’s stamp set is Bella & Friends from the Annual Catalogue….

It’s the perfect set for any project that needs to be cute!

Although I often make cards, for my blog projects, I’m starting this year with a 3D item using a Pizza Box as the base.  I’m was so happy to hear that these cute little boxes will continue to be available into 2018!

Stamp Review Crew - Bella & Friends | kelly kent

Bella & her turtle friend are coloured using Watercolor Pencils & smoothed over with an Aqua Painter.

We have so many amazing colouring options in the range at the moment!  Have you gotten your watercolour pencils out lately?  I’d been neglecting them, but after playing with my Lots of Happy kit during the week, I was reinspired.  That’s where I borrowed the Lemon Lime Twist Pencil from – there’s a few sneaky new colours!!!

Stamp Review Crew - Bella & Friends | kelly kent

What’s on the inside????

Stamp Review Crew - Bella & Friends | kelly kent

I’m thinking that this would make a great ‘by the phone’ type pad – only no one I know has a tabletop phone anymore!!!  But a notepad you have lying around the house for when you need to jot down a shopping list, phone number or leave a note for someone.

A really cute note!  All the pages are stamped with images from the stamp set…

Stamp Review Crew - Bella & Friends | kelly kent

And since there’s cute pictures, I thought it would be good to include some colouring pencils to up the fun factor!

Stamp Review Crew - Bella & Friends | kelly kent

I’m sure you spied the calendar on there – it’s always handy to have a calendar on hand when you’re planning ahead!!  I love the size & quality of these calendars available from Craftie Cafe.  Plus, it’s the time of the year when having calendars on projects is very practical!

Stamp Review Crew - Bella & Friends | kelly kent

The paper pad came from Kmart Australia I had in my stash. I can’t find it on the website at the moment, so it might not be available at the moment.  It measures 8cm x 8cm.

Stamp Review Crew - Bella & Friends | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me for this edition of the Stamp Review Crew!

Hop over to Cindy Elam to continue with cute & cuddly inspiration featuring Bella and her friends!

Happy New Year – I hope 2018 is wonderful for you & your loved ones!

kelly kent |

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Stamping with Friends – Celebrating 5 years! Part Two

Kelly's Stamping Friends blog hop | kelly kent

Hello!  Welcome to part 2 of my stampin’versary blog hop!

Last night was amazing!!!  And tonight is packed with more of my amazing demonstrator friends.

If you missed last night, you can check it out here, but quickly, here’s an excerpt from part 1 to give you some background…

Welcome to a special blog hop that started as a little idea that delightfully spun into a wonderful weave of stamping friends.

This time 5 years ago my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator (now upline, Maxine Norrish) contacted me to see if I had thought about joining Stampin’ Up!

I hadn’t, but given my spending patterns & growing stash in the 12 months before that, it seemed like a great next step.  And they were offering free DSP…. show me the forms!!!

Which brings me to May 2017 – and I’m celebrating 5 years with Stampin’ Up!, a heap of wonderful memories, a great team and {lots} of wonderful stamping friends!

So, when I asked if anyone wanted to join me, thinking I’d maybe have a nice little hop of 10 or so, I was left speechless (which takes a lot!) by the amazing demos that put their hand up to join me.

So many so, that this blog hop runs over 2 nights!!!  With lots & lots of talent with each ‘next’ click.

Ironically, part two of this hop is actually the first half of the list!

I had so talented friends wanting to join the fun that I needed to sneak another hop in and with the new catalogue starting tomorrow night, the hop went backwards!

There weren’t too many rules or regulations for tonight’s hop – I wanted it to be a celebration and a party.

But we do have a loose theme of ‘happy’.

When I think about what makes me happy, there’s 2 main things – my family & my friends.

Yesterday I focused on friends, so tonight it’s about my family.

I am lucky to have 2 beautiful girls and they love nothing more than to stamp with me (or without me!).

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

They are surprisingly good at it for their tender ages – must be the genetics!

If they are home when I am running a class, they always want to join in – and often do!

And they like to have a say in which sets make it to the wishlist!

After some recently good behaviour, I let them choose a stamp set each.  Can you guess what we ended up with???


Every girl’s dream…. puppies & kitties!

Kindly, they let me use their stamps to create my projects for tonight’s hop…

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

Part of the fun for me was to give them exactly the same pieces I used and see what they created!

This is my Pretty Kitty card…

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

And this is Miss M’s version….

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

She’s very proud of her masterpiece!

She likes messy watercolouring too!

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

This is my Bella & Friends creation….

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

And Miss A’s creation…

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

Although she hadn’t seen my card, she’s a classic ‘gotta be different’ crafter and I’m she purposely chose the reverse side of the DSP to change it up!

Another proud little papercrafter!

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

I am blessed to have a family that supports my love of Stampin’ Up! and I love that it’s something we can share.

I had considered Mr Papercraft making a card too, but when I had to choose between Mr Domestic God & Mr Papercraft, I went with having my dinner cooked for me while I crafted!!!

I am one lucky lady!!!

Thanks for sharing in my 5th stampin’-versary!!!

Please keep hopping to see what my amazing stamping friends have created in their happy zone.

We go all around the world for this hop – isn’t technology wonderful!

If there are any broken links, check the list below to keep you on track.

Next up is a lady who makes the most fabulous creations, Billie Moan

After 2 nights of incredibe hopping, I am overwhelmed by the creativity in a group of wonderful ladies that I am privileged to call my friends.

Big hugs my friends, I’m very grateful for each & every one of you!!!  More than I can tell you in the blog post!

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