Stamp Review Crew | Fabulous Flamingo

Hello!  Welcome to the first Stamp Review Crew hop for 2019!

Stamp Review Crew is an amazing twice a month blog hop that showcases a different stamp set each hop.  The hop takes you around to the world to visit talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  You are currently with Kelly Kent in Bunbury – the South West of Australia.

Today’s featured stamp set is Fabulous Flamingo from the Annual Catalogue – I can’t wait for you to visit all the fantastic inspiration!

It was messy play time for me & the flamingo this week!  I had so much fun playing with some favourite techniques to make this cute pink card!  Flamingos are all about the pink!  Though, I have realised I find it hard to love Flirty Flamingo – it’s just not a favourite, even when I’m stamping flamingos!

Fabulous Flamingo | kelly kent

The first technique I used was no-line watercolouring to create the arty look for the flamingo.  I inked up the flamingo body outline in Sahara Sand, stamped off onto scrap then stamped onto Shimmery White.  I did the same with the legs (getting a little bit fussy and stamping each leg separately to get the cross over for a bit of fabulous attitude!).

Once I had the outline stamped (feintly) for the flamingo, I added colour with Watercolour Pencils.  Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo & Daffodil Delight for the body, Melon Mambo & Rich Razzleberry for the legs and Basic Black for the beak.  I use a pencil sharpener intended for eyeliner pencils which gives a nice sharp point that is perfect for this technique.  You’ll find all those coloured pencils in the Assortment 1 set available in the Annual Catalogue except Flirty Flamingo which I borrowed from the Lots of Happy card kit.

With colour applied I smudged it to create an arty watercolour colour effect – I love this style of painting and think it’s awesome we have the supplies with Stampin’ Up! to make something similar (even for non-arty people like me!).

Fabulous Flamingo | kelly kent

To add more texture to the flamingo I used a dripping wet Aqua Painter with ink (Flirty Flamingo then Melon Mambo) to create splatters by flicking the tip of the Aqua Painter against the lid.  Many thanks to Joanne for sharing this fun technique with us at a team meeting last year.

The flamingo panel is mounted on a piece of Lovely Lipstick Foil – I love the pretty shine of this Sale-A-Bration choice!  You can choose this as your Sale-A-Bration gift in Australia with a $90+ order.


The third technique for this card was using drops of reinker on a baby wipe (Flirty Flamingo & Melon Mambo) and using this as an ‘ink pad’ for the leaves I stamped on the card base.  I love the interesting colour variation this technique gives!

Fabulous Flamingo | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Vertical Greetings stamp set.  And yes, those are the Stitched Rectangle Framelits again!  I just can’t get enough!!!

There’s something so fabulous and fun about stamping a flamingo!!!

Next up with her flamingo creation is the gorgeous Nikki Spencer – also in Australia!

Thanks for hopping with us  For a full list of the participants and all the info on Stamp Review Crew, visit the main blog here.


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Colour INKspiration #37 | Brights

We’re celebrating the Brights for Colour INKspiration #37.

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I love the Brights!  On most days they are easily my favourite collection – but I struggled a little with this challenge.  Maybe it was just choosing three – or not being able to combine them with other colours to make them shine!  Too much bright???

I got there in the end with a whimsical watercolour theme.

Colour INKspiration #37 Brights | kelly kent

I started with Shimmery White cardstock, a lot of water and my three Brights – Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape & Melon Mambo.

Colour INKspiration #37 Brights | kelly kent

Once this was done, I somehow got to a flamingo theme.  Maybe because the watercolour reminded me of a style of watercolour painting I love with animals painted in wonderful colours.

I love this emu painted by Vanessa Perske for the Love Your Sister charity.

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When I chose my colours, I hadn’t intended to be able to embellish with Glitter Enamel Dots – but in a wonderful twist of crafting fate, the new colours include Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape & Melon Mambo!!! (and Granny Apple Green).

Colour INKspiration #37 Brights | kelly kent

What’s your favourite Brights trio?  We’d love for you to join the challenge via our Facebook group.  Click here to join.

Your project needs to have 3 colours from the Brights collection to be eligible to be part of the top 5 voting for the challenge.  You can add any of the Basics (Whisper White, Basic Black & Very Vanilla) and metallics if you want some bling!

As usual, the design team came up with amazing projects this week.  This hop is full of fun, creative designs!

To see more, visit one of the brightest & bubbliest people I know – Nicole Wilson

Thanks for hopping with us!

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