Stamp Review Crew | Petal Palette

Hello Monday – the third Monday of February, which means I’m hopping with the delightful Stamp Review Crew.

This talented group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators hail from all around the world.  This week we’re sharing designs with the super popular stamp set Petal Palette.

Get ready for some amazing designs to inspire you!

My absolute favourite from this stamp set – the one stamp that has been overworked – is the large trio of flowers.

So, that was my first creation…

Petal Palette | kelly kent

I used the no-line watercolouring technique to colour the flowers.

Ink the stamp in a soft colour (I prefer Sahara Sand) and stamp onto scrap to remove most of the colour, then again onto your piece of Whisper White.

Use an Aqua Painter to go over the image lines and shade within the flowers/leaves.

Petal Palette | kelly kent

For my second card, I set myself a challenge to use the other stamps in case 2.

This was the result…

Petal Palette | kelly kent

And I’m so happy with how it turned out!!!

It can be fun outside of the comfort zone!

Petal Palette | kelly kent

My tip for creating outside of your usual style or realm is to keep as much the same as you can.  For this card I chose colours I know I like (yellow, gray, white & black are a favourite combination of mine) and a layout & stamping style I’ve used before.  All I had to do was slide the stamps into the design and we have a card!!!

Petal Palette | kelly kent

If you haven’t added this set to your supplies yet, I bet this blog hop is going to drive it straight to the top of your list!

Keep hopping and visit my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman.

Lou and I have been chatting lots lately while we plan some great projects to share with you in the future.  Watch this space!!!  Click here to visit the Stamp in Confidence blog.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


Product List  – card one

Product List – card two

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December Birthdays Blog Hop

I am excited about Christmas and trying my hardest to be ready, but so many beautiful people I know are born between November and February!!!  It’s party central around here!

So, when the lovely Natalie Lapakko invited me to be part of the December Birthdays blog hop, it seemed perfect for my current creative needs!!!

You are visiting with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Western Australia, on this international journey.  Hello!!!

The line-up for this hop is crazy talented, so make sure you keep hopping until you get back to where you started so you don’t miss a single project!

I said there’s lots of birthdays happening here…..yes….?

Which means I have a few things to share!  There’s a little something from all the catalogues.

Let’s start with a masculine cowboy card from the Annual Catalogue…

Cowboy Birthday | kelly kent

I love the variety within the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue!  Can I make a cowboy card for a 40th birthday…. yes I can!!!

Cowboy Birthday | kelly kent

Complete with a lasso rope embellishment!  And of course, cowboy boots!!!

Cowboy Birthday | kelly kent

The Woodgrain embossing folder is sadly retired, but if you don’t own it, you could add in more of the gorgeous Wood Textures DSP.


My next share is using the Cat Punch from the Holiday Catalogue.

I was so excited to find out that this cute kitty is on the 2017 Holiday Catalogue Carryover List.  You can find all the details about carrying over and retiring Holiday Catalogue products here.

Birthday Cat | kelly kentHow striking in the black cat in pretty DSP!?

Birthday Cat | kelly kent

The stamp set is the much loved, but shamefully underused Paint Play stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.   You’ll find the Pick at Pattern DSP there too!

Birthday Cat | kelly kent


The final card I’m sharing tonight is a sneak peek from the upcoming Occasions 2018 catalogue….

Bird Banter | kelly kent

One of the new catalogue highlights is the amazing new DSP patterns – wow-oh-wow, they are divine!  The one you see here is the gorgeous Sweet Soiree Speciality paper with silver foiling on every sheet.

Bird Banter | kelly kent

Isn’t this design just the perfect budgerigar colour combination!!!

Bird Banter | kelly kent

And doesn’t he look sweet coloured with the Stampin’ Blends!!!

Blends would make an amazing December birthday present!!!

Or a just because present…..  I love them so much I’m planning on buying a second set for classes.  We’re going to be using these lots!!!

If you’re in Australia and know someone with a birthday that {NEEDS} a Stampin’ Up! gift voucher – get in touch with me!  I can help!!!


For more inspiration that lead to extra items to add to your never ending wishlist, including lots more new catalogue sneak peeks, keep hopping!!!

I’m delighted to be linking to the lady with the best organisational skills – and awesome design talents, Natalie Lapakko in the US!

Thanks for hopping with us, and to Natalie for having us!

If you know someone with a December birthday, make sure to give them a big happy birthday hug or send them a hug in a card.  I’m told the birthday love at this time of the year gets a big overshadowed by Christmas!!

If you’re into making New Years Resolutions – make it to send at least one handmade card by mail next year!  There is truly fewer things in life’s simple pleasures than retrieving an envelope of prettiness from the letterbox!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


December Birthdays Blog Hop

Visit all the amazing designers…

Amy Koenders
Carolynn Sander
Charlet Mallett
Holly Stene
Janneke de Jong
Jay Soriano
Jenny Hall
Jessie Holton
Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
Natalie Lapakko
Rochelle Blok
Stesha Bloodhart
Sylwia Schreck
Tanya Boser

ESAD Blog Hop | Stampin’ Blends

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Hello! Welcome to another ESAD Blog Hop. To find all out about ESAD – who we are and where to find us, check out the graphic at the end of this post.

Today’s theme is Stampin’ Blends.  These gorgeous alcohol markers are either a new addition to the range or a returning friend – depending on how you look at it.

Stampin’ Up! released a range of alcohol markers a few years ago, but the formulation just wasn’t right.  So, they took them off the market and have spent those year developing an even better product.  You’ve got to love a company that refuses to sell something that simply isn’t the best for their customers!

The Stampin’ Blends are available in 12 colour pairs (light & dark), two skin tones and a colour lifter.  Buy the whole set or stock up a few colours at a time – the choice is yours!!!

My post forms part of a circle of posts, so make sure to keep hitting ‘next’ until you get back to where you started – that way you won’t miss out on a moment of inspiration.

If you’re not sure about whether you need these markers or not, I’m sure this blog hop will show you just how awesome they are.

The versatility of the markers is awesome.  Because they are alcohol based (rather than water based like our Stampin’ Write Markers), you can use them for a range of projects including colour blending on card and adding colour on alternative surfaces.

It’s the adding colour on alternative surfaces that excites me!!!

My share for today is some temporary tattoos I made for the little misses.

Stampin’ Up! doesn’t sell the tattoo paper (you can search for that online).  It was a recent impulse buy.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but then when the Blends came back on the scene, it was the perfect project!

The kids loved making them with me and they look so cute!!!

This is the mermaid from Message in a Bottle stamp set.

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

Can you sense the excitement at personalised tattoos???

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

Of course, tattoo fun must extend to both Miss Papercrafts, so we got to try out a few designs…

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

The reindeer from Cookie Cutter Christmas was a little more fussy to cut, but a cute Christmas option…

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

We also tried blending the colours – which worked out ok.  Because the tattoo paper surface is glossy, they moved around a lot, but we got some colour variation on the bird from Color Me Happy…

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

And finally, a free hand rainbow (this is actually my favourite)!

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

Make sure you follow the instructions that come with your tattoo paper, but the basic process for me was….

  1. Stamp the image in Memento Jet Black ink.  Give it some time to dry.
  2. Colour the image using Stampin’ Blends.
  3. Apply the adhesive tattoo transfer sheet.  Press firmly with the Bone Folder.
  4. Trim around the image leaving no border (if possible)
  5. Remove the protective sheet and apply face down onto skin.
  6. Wet the tattoo with a damp cloth or paper towel.
  7. Slide off the backing.

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

The tattoo designs will either need to be stamped black images that you colour with the Blends or drawn freehand with the Blends as you can’t apply Blends directly to your stamps.

These tattoos are temporary.  Of the four we applied, two had come off within hours (quite a few hours – but they didn’t see the day out).  Two made it through the day, but the colour faded and the edges lifted.  This was amazing considering they lasted through sunscreen, sweat, two showers and a swim in the pool!

I actually don’t see the short term nature of the tattoos as a problem.  They are a great option for an occasion or special event without being left with a fading tattoo for the days or weeks afterward!  If you do want to remove them, they easily come off with some Isocol (rubbing alcohol).


Thank you so much for joining me for this blog hop.

Please keep hopping and visit the lovely Barbara Williams

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If you get lost along the way, there’s a full participant list at the end of this post.

For information on supplies, please check the list of products I used.  All supplies can be purchased from your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  If your wishlist has grown as a result of this hop, you’ll be excited to know that Stampin’ Up! is covered the shipping on all orders from midnight Sydney time tonight until 11.59pm (8.59pm WA time).  What a perfect time to order those Blends!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List:

  1. Libby Dyson
  2. Rachael Lewsley
  3. Lou Kitzelman
  4. Nicole Wilson
  5. Nerida Carter
  6. Jessie Holton
  7. Kristel Rimmer
  8. Cathy Pinchbeck
  9. Monique Fielder
  10. Amity Knight
  11. Maree McIntosh
  12. Leonie Schroder
  13. Courtenay Heuston
  14. Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
  15. Barbara Williams
  16. Renee Lynch
  17. Fi Cobbin

Stampin’ Blends…

Other products used…

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