Stamp Review Crew | Many Messages

Hello! Happy Easter! Did the Easter Bunny arrive at your place? Easter chocolate is my favourite so I always make sure to buy a little extra to keep me going through the next couple of months.

I’m hopping today with my friends from around the world. We’re sharing projects using the Many Messages stamp set and coordinating Messages Dies.

Although this stamp set can stand alone in its use, I think it’s best used to complement other themes and sets in your collection. It’s a one-stop shop for all occasions sentiments. But, since this hop is all about this bundle, I’ve tried to incorporate more than just the greetings by using the dies to create a background mosaic as well.

Many Messages | kelly kent

The first card uses the pretty purples in the range to create a ‘magical’ themed card. To coordinate with the styling of the sentiments, I’ve paired with the Hippo Happiness stamp set & dies.

Many Messages | kelly kent

The base is Purple Posy cardstock – sized at 5″ wide and 6-1/8″ long – to accommodate the full die set. I am trying to be more flexible with my card sizing this year and this was the perfect opportunity. I’ve double layered all those die cuts, using the negative to space them as per the layout on the die plate. The double layer gives nice depth and texture without the full height of dimensionals.

Many Messages | kelly kent

The rainbow is cut using different patterns from the range of DSP stacks I have in my collection – past, future and current. The colours are Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Purple Posy. They are layered on a vellum circle and finished with a heart from the Be Mine Stitched Dies. The rainbow is a cut file I used on my Cameo. You could easily cut something simliar by hand. If you have an e-cutter and would like this gorgeous pattern, you can purchase it from On the Beach Boutique.

The second card uses the same styling but in different colours and another flexible card size.

Many Messages | kelly kent

This card base is Thick Basic White cardstock in 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and I’ve again used tone-on-tone for the die cut background.

Many Messages | kelly kent

The rainbow is Magneta Madness, Misty Moonlight, Goregeous Grape and Bumblebee – and from the DSP stack that is coming up in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue which gets released in May. They were a special pre-purchase available in demonstrators during Sale-A-Bration or part of the starter kit for demonstrators who joined during Sale-A-Bration.

Do you have a favourite? Ombre purples or the bright rainbow?

There really is sentiments to suit a whole range of occasions. The sentments are all on one large stamp and the die plate is also one full piece so you do all the hard work in on motion (well two – stamp once, cut once!). Use some immediately and then save the rest for when you get a quick greeting on a card.

To see how the rest of the crew used the range of sentiments, please keep hopping. The next stop is the gorgeous Ann Schach is the USA.

Thanks for hopping with us today. To see the full line up of amazing designers, please visit the main Stamp Review Crew blog.

Have a great week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Peek-A-Hoot Dies | Unicorns

I shared a post a couple of days ago with my top 3 products from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.  You can see the full post here including the cutest card made using all three products.

If you’re a take home message kinda person, my top 3 was:

  1. Banners Pick A Punch
  2. Peek-A-Hoot Dies
  3. All the new DSP! I used the Heartwarming Hugs in my card.

I promised that the Peek-A-Hoot Dies were super versatile and an absolute must-have for your collection.  The three part window component of the Peek-A-Hoot Dies create a fabulous structure for your project.

Here’s what they look like when combined with the unicorn stamp and sentiment from the Hippo Happiness stamp set (one of my top recommendations from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue!).

This is the revised edition! When I originally posted this card, I had completely forgotten to add horns to the unicorns! Whoops! Thankfully I have amazing friends looking out for me!!

I have turned the card so the dies are being used in landscape orientation, but otherwise the elements of the card are largely the same.

The DSP for this project is Playing with Patterns, which inspired the colours for the unicorns and cardstock in each window.  The cardstock for the windows is embossed using the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder.

The unicorns are Daffodil Delight & Bumblebee, Blushing Bride & Rococo Rose and Highland Heather & Gorgeous Grape.

I added a banner in the top corner using the new Banners Pick A Punch with some white twine.  The twine is retired but I’m finding it so hard to give up that I’m just gonna keep using it til I run out or Stampin’ Up! bring it back!!!

The stitching around those boxes adds such a sweet texture to the card.  I have so many ideas on how I want to use this set that I’m already planning another card and blog post to share soon!


I hope your weekend is wonderful and filled with lots of creativity!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Peekaboo Window Card | Hippo Birthday 2 Ewe!

I’m sharing another birthday card today -it’s been a wonderful week of celebrations.

When the new catalogue first released, the Hippo Happiness bundle was one of my top picks.  It’s even better in person than the catalogue! It has super cute animal images and amazing dies to complement – and so much potential for fun projects.

The Peekaboo Window fold for this card was inspired by Chris Slogar.  You can see her post by clicking here.

Hippo Happiness | kelly kent

It’s a regular card base with a peekaboo feature and a fold out centre – the perfect combination to be able to have the hippo and sheep take part in the ‘hippo birthday 2 ewe’ birthday greeting pun.

Hippo Happiness | kelly kent

The layering on the dies in the Hippo & Friends set is so pretty!  The “stitched” element is my favourite finish for dies.  I’ve used the baby wipe technique for stamping the hippo – Gorgeous Grape & Magenta Madness ink on a baby wipe, but with a shimmery twist as I spritzed the baby wipe with a mix of Frost White Shimmer Paint & Isocol before inking up the stamp.  This gave the hippo a marbled effect with a shimmery finish.

Hippo Happiness | kelly kent

The inside layer is stamped repetitively using the ‘hippo birthday’ sentiment from the Hippo Happiness stamp set in Mint Macaron ink.

Hippo Happiness | kelly kent

The very inside of the card finished off the birthday pun with the sheep (‘ewe’).

Hippo Happiness | kelly kent

The balloons are all stamped using the baby wipe technique & shimmer paint/Isocol mix.  The sheep is stamped in Smoky Slate & Basic Gray.  All the animals have two parts that make them up, which adds a great level of detail.

Colours for this card are:

Card Base: Magenta Madness
Card Front: Rainbow Glimmer
Card Labels: Magenta Madness, Bumblebee, Whisper White
Card Insert: Whisper White, Just Jade, Flowers for Every Season DSP

Hippo Happiness | kelly kent

The whole card front in the new Rainbow Glimmer is a little indulgent, but the colours are so spectacular and the recipient is worth it!  It’s a great way to show off the wonderful colour change and perfect for the cuteness of the hippo!

Sparkly wishes for a great week!