Happy Mother’s Day 2021

Mother’s Day is another reason on the calendar to make a card – your own mum, a new mum, fur baby mum, remembering your mum, celebrating the mums who got promoted to grandmothers, sending love to a mother figure… Mother’s Day means something different to each person.

For me, it’s a chance to reflect on how lucky I am to have the three Mini Papercraft’s bringing me joy and driving me crazy in equal measures on a daily basis.

I am also blessed with an amazing Mum who loves and supports us in every way she can. This is the card I made for her –

I seem to be in a green phase at the moment! It’s funny how your brain favours colours. This is Just Jade, Sahara Sand and Mint Macaron.

The leaves are from the Forever Flourishing Dies, sentiment from the Dressed to Impress stamp set, embossing is the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder and dies from the Dressed to Impress Dies and Stitched Rectangles.

One of the products I added earlier in the year to my craft stash is a wax seal kit from Fiona Ariva and I’m in love! They make great envelope seals that complement the high quality of the Stampin’ Up!envelopes so well.

They also make a fantastic embellishment on a card front to elevate it to the next level!

The wax is a mix of green tones with a dried hydrangea flower and a twine bow. The finishing touch is a Soft Succulent In Color Jewel. Did I mention how much I’m loving greens – I think the addition of Soft Succulent into the colour range has a lot to do with it!

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday. The Mini Papercraft’s have promised me a home spa day – I’m not sure if that’s going to be a rewarding experience or kids revenge?! 🙂

Freshly Brewed Projects Blog Hop | Stack of Cards

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Collaborations, blog hops and tutorial groups have become more common among Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and I couldn’t be happier!  It’s so nice to be involved in someone else’s fun!!

Today I’ve been invited by Leonie Schroder to hop with her Freshly Brewed Projects.  The theme is “Stack of Cards”.  After making the Double Wonder Card set designed by Shannon West & Julie Davison using 2 x half sheets of 12″ DSP, I was hooked on the simplistic creativity that comes from one sheet wonder templates.

For this hop, I wanted a template that I could use with a 6″ x 6″ sheet of DSP.  Some DSP patterns, like Best Dressed DSP only comes in 6″ x 6″ packs.  And then there’s all the paper shares I have from all the catalogues!  I have so much DSP, I probably don’t need to be economical, but making lots of cards from one piece of DSP is a great way to use but conserve your favourite patterns!

On my hunt, I found this gem of a pattern by Jackie Bolhuis (of Klompen Stampers).  You can see Jackie’s post here and the template here.  Thank you to Jackie for a wonderful tutorial.

I’ve chosen one of the pretty floral patterns from the Best Dressed DSP (one of my all-time favourite designs!).  Pulling out colours from the DSP, I used Blushing Bride, Granny Apple Green & Whisper White as the card bases.

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

The stamp sets featured on my set of six cards are Dressed to Impress (coordinates with the DSP) and Peaceful Moments (my favourite go-to sentiment set at the moment).

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

My favourite part of Jackie’s template was the clever use of the circle from the large rectangle to be able to make two cards!

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Just because you only use one sheet of DSP, doesn’t mean you can’t add other touches to your cards to take them to the next level.  Across my cards, I’ve used:

  • flowers from the Dressed to Impress stamp set (and Stampin’ Blends to colour them in)
  • Stitched Shapes, Layering Circles, Seasonal Layers and Stitched So Sweetly Dies
  • Scripty Embossing Folder
  • Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim Ribbon & Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • Cardstock: Lovely Lipstick & Whisper White
  • Ink: Old Olive, Lovely Lipstick
  • White embossing powder & Versamark

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Jackie is based in the US and has slightly different cardstock sizes to us, so I modified by template slightly by not cutting the extra piece off the bottom half of the template, and then cut these strips to size as  I needed them (this actually ended up being 5-5/10″).

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

These cards have great layouts that you could use even if you weren’t making a one sheet wonder set.

The best part about this hop is getting to skip around to see the stack of cards the other clever crafters have brewed up to share.  Next blog to visit is Libby Dyson.

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Happy crafting!

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Pop Out Purse Card | Dressed to Impress

I’m constantly in awe of all the clever people out there and am proud to call many of them my friends.  When I saw this tutorial by Lou Kitzelman for the Best Dressed bag inside card, I knew I wanted to make one!  Now that the birthday girl has her card and present (delivery was slightly delayed pandemic but delivered today thanks to the kindness of a lovely friend), I can share my version of Lou’s design with you.

This is the front of the card – stamped using the Beautiful Friendship stamp set.  This matches the floral images in the Best Dressed DSP so nicely.

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Lovely Lipstick base and Blushing Bride for the matted layers.  The stamping is Highland Heather, Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron and Old Olive.

Undo the ribbon, open it up and see the pretty paper!

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

The Best Dressed DSP is one of my all time favourites. I actually didn’t order it at first because I don’t love all the beauty themed patterns.  But the reverse side with the florals is just breathtaking!

Unfold the card one more time to reveal the bag in the middle!

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

How awesome is that???  Such a clever use for the bag from the All Dressed Up Dies.  The bag is embossed with the Tufted 3D Embossing Folder.

I added pink perfume from the Dressed to Impress stamp set to the sentiment panel and the ‘happy birthday’ stamp from the Birthday Bonanza stamp set.

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

The bag on the middle panel is perfect for an extra birthday gift (like the chocolates I put in this one), a note or a gift card.

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

And then it all folds up again so compact.  Although thicker than a normal card, it still fits in a normal size envelope (snugly but it fits!).

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

The design for this card is truly awesome.  To see Lou’s original version of the card and for more information about the tutorial, please click here.

Thanks to Lou for the inspiration.

Happy birthday to Caris!  And thank you to the birthday courier!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Pootles

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Hello & thanks for joining us for a Paper Adventures team blog hop.

The theme today is “CASE the designer” and the designer is Sam Hammond Donald – aka “Pootles” from the UK.  We are touched that she has agreed to join us.  The friendship and kindness within the Stampin’ Up! community is amazing.  Sam is a million dollar earner with a successful blog.  She shares a project every day on her blog including cards & 3D projects. Sam is so generous with her time and talent – thank you Sam!

This is the card Sam made for our hop using Best Dressed DSP & Witty-cisms stamp set.

The team were encouraged to CASE (Copy & Share Everything or Copy & Selectively Edit) Sam’s design and create their own version based on the elements that influenced them.  It might have been the colours, the layout, the styling, the stamp set or the DSP.


I really loved that background and wanted to make it using cardstock rather than the Best Dressed DSP.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

I cut Lovely Lipstick, Petal Pink and Purple Posy cardstock into random width strips and adhered them to a Whisper White base.  I then stitched around the outside to create a decorative border.  I really love stitching on cards.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

Where Sam used the Witty-cisms stamp set, I’ve added in a favourite flourish of mine – a heart and flower combination and a white heat embossed “thanks” sentiment.

The heart is from the Be Mine Stitched Dies, the flowers from Dressed to Impress bundle and ‘thanks’ from the Music From The Heart stamp set.

I’ve carried the flowers through to the middle layer of the card too. They are coloured with Stampin’ Blends – Lovely Lipstick, Purple Posy, Pink Pirouette (retired) and Pretty Peacock.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

Although I cut the card up to achieve the background, this also works really well for those 1/4″ & 1/2″ strips that end up piling up on our desk when we’re cutting A4 sheets down into mat size.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

Thanks to the team for always being so willing to join in the blog hop and to Sam for making it a special one this month.  In a time of certainty, it was lovely to have this sparkling moment in our week.

Next blog on the hop is Siobhan Fitzsimmons and her pretty creation.

Have a safe and happy weekend.  I’ll be spending time with my family, enjoying the sunshine and hopefully some self isolation (from the kids!) in the craft room!!!

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Stamp Review Crew | Dressed to Impress

Hello and welcome to the safest way to travel the world at the moment – through an international blog hop!  You’re currently visiting Kelly Kent in the South West of Australia, having jumped over from Nikki Spencer on the eastern coast.  This is my favourite beach to take the kids to swim – the inner harbour.  It’s always calm and is a great shallow depth for the kids to splash around in.

With COVID-19 having impact across the globe, I want to take the chance to give you a virtual hug and pass on my thoughts that you are all healthy & safe.

This virus is somewhat all consuming at the moment – it’s on tv, in social media and in everyday conversations.  In fact, unless you are in total media & social blackout, it’s very hard to avoid.  And that can be overwhelming and scary.  I love this Fred Rogers quote – look for the helpers!

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Scientists are rapidly building their knowledge of the virus and it’s behaviour, our public health teams are working around the clock to give guidance on policy & procedures that will keep us as safe as we know how and our global medical teams are amazingly taking care of business as people become unwell.

For anyone who ends up in some form of quarantine, isolation or social distancing, I hope your craft room provides you with some solace.  If there was ever a time to hibernate and craft til your heart is content – this is it!


The Stamp Review Crew are today sharing projects inspired by the Dressed to Impress stamp set and Best Dressed suite.  We hope we can provide you with some inspiration on how to use your supplies at home.

I love the mix of floral and cosmetic images in this suite.  So I’ve mixed those two themes to create this sweet card.

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

The card base & base layer are Rococo Rose cardstock with Subtle Embossing Folder.  The background flowers were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then coloured in Stampin Blends (Rococo Rose, Pink Pirouette, Petal Pink, Pretty Peacock).

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

The centrepiece is labels from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies in Blushing Bride & Mint Macaron with a perfume bottle stamped in Memento & coloured with Rococo Rose & Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends. I love being able to make the perfume pink.  The matching dies (All Dressed Up) take away the need to fussy cut any of these images!

While I was studying at university to be a Speech Pathologist, I worked at a department store, and for most of my 5 years there, I worked in the cosmetics department.  I spent my weekends selling lotions & potions, perfumes & sprays, lipsticks & eyeshadows.  The perfumes in particular were always so mesmerising, in their fancy bottles and with their beautiful scents.  Chanel #5 is undoubtedly one their most recognised scents, but the pretty pink “Chance” was one of my favourites!

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I’ve made this card into a Mother’s Day card, which is very organised for last-minute-me!  Please remind me of where I have stored it in 2 months time!!!

Next visit is to Charlet Mallett in the US –

Thank you for joining us!

Colour INKspiration | Celebrating 3 years

I’m back hopping with the Colour INKspiration Crew today as a guest designer for their 3rd birthday celebrations.  Thanks to Bronwyn Eastley for inviting me to join the celebrations.

We each got to choose our 3 favourite colours and make anything we wanted!  Narrowing it down to either just 3 colours, or just one favourite combination is virtually impossible for crafters.  My favourite colours depend on my mood, or the card I’m making or my current favourite DSP!  I’m sure you can relate!

I’ve gone with a trio of colours that I love for lots of different occasions – it works for a neutral baby card, for a classic wedding card, for a card of friendship, for males, for females – for everyone!!!  It’s black, yellow and gray (with the option to throw in white as a classic neutral).

Colour INKspiration 3rd birthday blog hop | kelly kent

I could make cards all day with these colours, so I’m sharing 2 cards with you today.  The first is a technique I’ve been wanting to try for a while using Stampin’ Blends and a new stamp set – Dressed to Impress.

I created the floral background by stamping the flowers randomly on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I then coloured the negative (ie, between the flowers) using the Basic Black Dark Stampin’ Blend to create a solid black background and coloured the flowers with the light & dark Mango Medley Blends (as close as we have to Crushed Curry).  Stampin’ Blends glide so beautifully over the cardstock and blend (as the name suggests) to create a seamless image.

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

This card is on a Smoky Slate base with a Crushed Curry label, Whisper White die cut and a white on black embossed sentiment.

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

Stamp sets: Dressed to Impress, Well Said

Dies: Stitched Nested Labels, Well Written

Stampin’ Blends: Dark Basic Black, Light & Dark Mango Medley

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Veramark

Embossing Powder: White

Colours: Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White


The second card is a favourite layout I’ve used before using a heart frame and flowers to create a floral centrepiece.  Today’s card uses frangipani flowers from the new Timeless Tropical stamp set.

Timeless Tropical | kelly kent

This card is much brighter and sunnier, using white space and lots of yellow to lighten the mood.

Timeless Tropical | kelly kent

Stamp sets: Timeless Tropical, Well Said

Dies: Stitched Be Mine, In The Tropics

DSP: Regals 6″ x 6″

Stampin’ Blends: Light Mango Medley

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Colours: Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White


To see more great colour combinations, keep hopping and visit the very talented Vicki Boucher who has a colour combination that I’m excited to see in action!

All the colours on the hop are fabulous ideas and sure to spark lots of creativity.  I know I’m going to be back visiting the hop when I need some colour ideas.

You can join the challenge over at the Colour INKspiration Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Thanks again to the Crew for inviting me back!