Just Add Ink #526 | Photo Inspiration

Hello! If you get my blog by email you will have seen that we had a little family trip down south and the posts from the last couple of weeks were all scheduled to go live while I was ‘off the grid”. I’m back now and I think I’ve almost caught up on the washing – though isn’t that a never ending task!

Today’s blog post is for Just Add Ink – challenge number 526! It’s a gorgeous photo inspiration which I know will bring out amazing creations from both the design team and the crafters who share their projects in our gallery each week. You’ll find the linky tool on the Just Add Ink blog – click here to visit. We love seeing what you’ve been inspired to make!

I must admit, this photo threw me for a while, but then I was on my way once an idea clicked. I’ve really been enjoying crafting with blues lately. The blue tones and lines on the mushroom helped me with the layout for this card.

A Cup of Thanks | kelly kent

The sentiment and stamps for this card are from the Press On stamp set. Have you seen it in the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue? It’s hiding at the back and is the epitome of a ‘hidden gem’. I love the quirky greetings and the beautiful artwork of the takeaway coffee cups.

A Cup of Thanks | kelly kent

I’ve used the paper piecing technique to make the coffee cups into pretty patterned ones. I don’t often get takeaway hot drinks (since I don’t drink coffee) but I always love it when I see a cafe with printed cups. They are almost too pretty to use!!! These patterns are from the Boho Indigo DSP which you can find in the Product Medley on page 9 of the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.

A Cup of Thanks | kelly kent

What’s your favourite crafty colour at the moment? I’ve been in this blue phase for a while! I can see some red and green on the horizon with Christmas heading our way. The Mini Papercrafts have started the countdown to Christmas and are starting to discuss what is going on their Christmas lists. With a new catalogue being released to demonstrators in December, I think mine will be 99% new stamps!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Merry Cafe

Welcome to a blog hop featuring a team of talented international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that blog together on the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month and showcase one stamp set from the current Stampin’ Up! range.

You’re currently visiting with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, in the south west corner of Australia.

If you’re already hopping, then I’m sure you loved what my friend Tanya Boser made.  Please keep hopping after me to visit Cindy Elam in the US!!!

What’s the theme today, I hear you ask?

We are all sharing projects that feature the Merry Cafe stamp set from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.

This stamp set is only $30 (Australian currency) and is a perfect compliment to the Coffee Cafe stamp set and Coffee Cups Framelits.

There’s a fabulous range of applications for this stamp set from Christmas to Halloween, fall (autumn), love, get well & all those cute picture stamps.  This set has 29 stamps in total!

I just love the font for the Merry & Christmas stamps, so this was my starting point to create some cute little gold embossed tags using the new Everyday Label punch…

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

The punch has a bottom curve as part of the design, but I wanted a flat bottom, so I just lined up the punch along the bottom edge of the cardstock to create a unique shape.

I finished the tags with a strip of Be Merry DSP (which you can find in the Annual Catalogue).

Everyday Label Punch | kelly kent

After the cute little tags, I went in a completely different direction for my other 2 projects.

I wanted to show how versatile this stamp set is going to be all year round….

For this card, I’ve teamed it up with the gorgeous ‘hello’ stamp set from the “Hello Friend” stamp set.

The Merry Cafe pieces formed the decoration for the panel on the left….

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

It’s so easy to create your own cute patterned cardstock with all the little stamps in the Merry Cafe stamp.

They are designed to be 2 layer images, but I used them independently to create solid shapes & outlines.

Do you love the colours?  I love gray with almost any combination.  Here I’ve matched it with Island Indigo and Bermuda Bay.


The last project uses the petite ‘perk up’ coffee cup from the Merry Cafe stamp set but I’ve masked out the ‘perk up’ and put in the “par-tea in a cup” stamp to turn it into a birthday card.

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

Just a CAS (clean & simple) card with cute colours & a rocking sentiment!  It doesn’t always have to be fancy.


I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  I had so much fun designing them – there’s so much potential in this stamp set.

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

For more great inspiration, hop over to visit Cindy Elam and her delightful project…

Thanks for sharing in what we all love to do!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamp Review Crew – Coffee Cafe

Hello!  What does this lovely Monday hold for you?

It’s week one of the winter school holidays here, so we are having fun between showers, rugging up against the cold and spending some quality time inside!

Winter weather is always a great excuse to put on a movie and spend some time at the craft table as well – so there’s been some of that too!!!

I’ve been busy over the last week putting together not one, but four cards for today’s Stamp Review Crew blog hop featuring the Coffee Cafe stamp set, together with the coordinating Coffee Cups Framelits dies and wonderful Coffee Break DSP.  This suite is great for all occasions!

Prepare to be dazzled as you zoom around the world on a coffee filled adventure with some surprises along the way!

The hop goes around in a circle, so you may have already visited the gorgeous Twila Davis in the US!  The link at the end of this post continues the hop for you – to Bronwyn Eastley, a lovely demonstrator in Tasmania who I love to be able to call a friend!


I initially had a difficult time brewing ideas for this hop (pun intended!) but once I got started, they just flowed!

I’ve kept with the suite colours & overall theme for these designs – I just love the DSP!!!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

Here’s all the cards in more detail – warning, lots of photos to come!!!

The first card is a lovely generic sentiment card that would be perfect for any number of occasions.

It really highlights how awesome the DSP is!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

And features one of the great sentiments in the stamp set.

I love that it fits in the belly band – which makes it easy to add!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

Did you spy those cute little cups on either side of the main coffee image?  They are fussy cut from the DSP – endless possibilities!


The next card has a hard-hitting statement… because you know if someone loves you  more than their coffee, it’s got to be a lot!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

The “I Love You” is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set – the font is a lovely compatible match for the “coffee” wording which I’ve stolen from the large sentiment in this stamp set.

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

I tried a few different lettering options for the ‘more than’ text and in the end I decided that my handwriting emulated when the cafe writes your name on the takeaway cup.

During my collating ideas process, I tried to come up with a card that used the name writing on the coffee cup idea in a funny way – you know, like “Stephen with a ph”… I’m still working on it!


Card #3 is my favourite… I think!

I’ve seen this idea on coffee mugs and thought it went well with the ‘life happens’ sentiment.

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

We all have that friend who {does not} function until they’ve had their first coffee of the day?!?!  Maybe you live with one?

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent


And the final card is a cello bag shaker card – because those little coffee beans are too cute!!!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

I love a good pun – so the ‘thanks a latte’ sentiment tickles my fancy!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent


That completes my set of Coffee Cafe cards for today’s blog post.

For more inspiration, click the next button to visit the amazing Bronwyn Eastley in Tasmania – I know she has something wonderful to show you the possibilities this set holds!

If there’s any broken links, or you’d like to visit the main Stamp Review Crew blog – click here for a full participant list.

Thanks for joining us today!