Stamp Review Crew – Seaside Shore

Hello Monday!  And welcome to a Stamp Review Crew hop featuring the Seaside Shore stamp set.

The Stamp Review Crew are an international group of demonstrators that share projects on the first and third Monday of each month – all inspired by the same stamp set.

I love the range of talent in this group!  If you’ve already been hopping, did you love the wonderful creations by Australian designer Juana Ambida – such creativity!!!

If you’ve just started here, keep hopping for more great ideas.  Next stop is the lovely Linda Callahan in the USA.  Click on the next button at the end of my blog post to be transported across the globe to visit Linda’s blog.


I’m so excited to see the potential of this set unfold during this hop.

I love all the little fish & marine details of this stamp set and wanted to use them in my first card to create an underwater scene.

Going with this idea, I created a z-fold card, with the z-fold piece across the top of the card to mimic a jetty.

The Wood Textures DSP came in very handy for this card!  Each jetty piece is 3/4″ wide.

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

The ‘sand’ was made using embossing paste (very roughly applied) and dusted with gold glitter and left left to dry.

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

Z-fold cards fold flat and post in a normal size envelope – which I love!!


For my Stamp Review Crew projects, I always like to try to make another project to show the stamp set in a different way.

The book I’m reading at the moment (a birthday present from a wonderful friend) has this saying throughout the book as a central theme.

It’s one I love – and also makes a good theme for a card!

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

I’ve stamped the same fish 6 times – 5 in black, and then the red one as a focus point.

Using masking tape, I altered the sentiment in the stamp set to just read ‘swimming’ and added ‘just keep’ using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.

Because the front is fairly simple, I wanted to stamp the middle too.  I love that Stampin’ Up! offers so many opportunities for coordination in their range (on purpose or by happy accident) and thought that the ‘just breathe’ sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set was the perfect addition to this theme.

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

As an aside, which black ink is your favourite – Memento or Archival??

I almost always use Archival because I love the rich black colour.  But here’s a tip…

Have you noticed that it’s sometimes difficult to get a good solid image with the archival ink?

If you ink it up well, stamp on scrap and then ink again, the second time you stamp will be a rich & solid image.

I’ve found this tip is especially important when using photopolymer stamps.

Black Archival ink {WILL} stain your photopolymer stamps – but that’s ok!  It’s all part of the fun of being an awesome stamper!!!


I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  Feel free to leave a comment – I read each and every one and love hearing from you!

To see more great ideas, please hop through to Linda Callahan

Hope your week has started fabulously!!!

Waving to you from wintery Australia!!!


Important products for the Jetty Z-Fold Card

Important products for the Just Keep Swimming Card

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Stamp Review Crew – Labeler Alphabet

Hello Monday!  Hope your week has started well!

Today for Stamp Review Crew, this wonderful international crew of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are creating using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.

You may have just come from the gorgeous Linda Callahan in the US!  Or starting here with  me in Australia.  Next stop is Tanya back in the US!  Wonderfully international – and very talented!!!

This stamp set is a long time favourite of mine!  Alphabet stamps are already good for when the sentiments you’ve got don’t quite fit the occasion!  Or to add that personal touch.

This sassy get well card I made earlier in the year is still one of my favourites.


I’ve made three cards to share with you today.

The first card is to go with a present I bought for Miss Papercraft’s teacher.  They’ve been reading all of the books in the Roald Dahl series, so when I saw a Roald Dahl fact book / sampler, I thought it would make a great classroom resource.

Of course every good present needs a card, so I made this card inspired by the part in Matilda where she telekinetically raises a piece of chalk to the blackboard and writes on it.

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent

I left the ‘A’ unfinished as I’m sure there are lots of adjectives that a teacher could use to describe a class full of year 1 students!!!  Awesome, atrocious, amazing, awful….

It’s a vocabulary lesson right there!

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent


The next card is for a little Warrior who has a long history of medical treatment.  I lovely friend put me onto the Communified Facebook page, where each month they share the story of a chronically ill child.

June’s Warrior is Tayte.  He loves lego, so I made him this interactive Lego waterfall card.

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent

The Labeler Alphabet stamp set was handy to not only add his name (because a personal touch is always awesome) but the ‘pull’ instruction so they could work out how to get the card to move.

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent


And the final card for today is another mermaid card.  Did you enjoy my colour combinations last week?

Here’s another set of colours – Marina Mist, Sweet Sugarplum, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Berry Burst & Basic Black!

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent

This card is my take on the ‘be a unicorn’ theme.

Who doesn’t want to be a mermaid?

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent


That is all today!!!  As you can see, I love this stamp set a lot!

And find it easy to find ways to use it in my cardmaking, but I can’t wait to see how the rest of the crew have used it!

Next up is the wonderfully talented Tanya Boser

Thanks for hopping with us!


Labeler Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set

Important extras for the blackboard card

Important extras for the Lego card

Important extras for the mermaid card

Colour INKspiration #10

Another amazing fortnight of challenge entries!

If you’re not already on our challenge page over on Facebook, join us to for wonderful ideas shared every day by crafters just like you!

It’s our 10th challenge this week – which is a wonderful achievement for Bronwyn Eastley and the Colour INKspiration team.

If you’re already on your way hopping, did you love what Denita made?  I always admire her creativity.


The colours for Colour INKspiration #10 are amazing {again} and will stretch the way in which you look at your crafting projects.

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Cajun Craze, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate and Delightful Dijon!

This is the last time the crew will play with Delightful Dijon as it’s set to retire next week.

Have you bought all the items you *need* from the retirement list?  Next week it’ll be all about the new catalogue!


When I first sat down to play with these colours, I was raiding Nanna Papercraft’s craft room while she’s on holidays.

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but Delightful Dijon is an absolutely perfect colour for beer!

So, with the Mixed Drinks stamp set in my hand, this is what I created for Colour INKspiration #10….

Colour INKspiration #10 | kelly kent

Lots of Island Indigo & Smoky Slate – because I love them!

Whisper White to break all those strong colours up (don’t forget you can use any neutral or metallic in your Colour INKspiration project).

Delightful Dijon – because it makes fantastic beer!

And just a touch of Cajun Craze for the sentiment to finish the challenge!


I’m not sure if you’ve looked at the Mixed Drinks stamp set (it’s awesome!)…

There’s only one beer mug?  How did I get it to ‘clink’ I hear you ask?!?

Colour INKspiration #10 | kelly kent

I used the reflection technique to flip it over.

Stamp in Versamark & emboss the beer mug as normal.

Then, stamp it again on Window Sheet.  Turn the window sheet upside down and very carefully (it’s slippery and wants to slide away from you producing a truly spectacular beer googles effect!) press down on the stamped image.  This will transfer it to the cardstock -as a mirror image.  Emboss as usual and colour both images with an Aqua Painter and Delightful Dijon ink.


I’ve also put a special touch on the inside.

If you’re going to send a beer themed card, you should probably send beer money…

Colour INKspiration #10 | kelly kent

Personally, I’d rather stamping money… but I guess they don’t hold the same appeal for everyone!

Next up for some colourful inspiration is my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman

And join us on Facebook for the challenge.  It runs for three weeks, so plenty of time to get inky!


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I Told You Exercise Was Bad For You!

One of my besties broke her hip last month – at the ripe old age of 32!

After the amazing effort of running a half-marathon, she pulled up sore – to be expected of course!

But even an R&R holiday in Bali wasn’t enough to aid in recovery and no wonder, when scans showed she’d fractured her hip!


I’m a half-hearted exerciser.  I love the concept, but rarely get around to doing it – I’d rather be crafting!

Plus, how many times do you hear of people who exercise getting hurt!

So, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to pop out my ‘exercise is bad for you’ mantra for a sassy get well card!

Exercise is Bad For You | kelly kent

The little bandaged up ‘Mummy’ is from the retired Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set.

I’m so glad I kept it!  It fits with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch which is carrying over to the next catalogue.

Exercise is Bad For You | kelly kent


I’m sure she’ll be back to running in no time!  Albeit with a more metallic composition than previously!

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Party Like You’re Irish – St Patrick’s Day 2017

It seems that this is a good week for a pun!

Who doesn’t love their name on a card??

Wishing you a Happy St Patrick’s Day!!!


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Top Shelf Birthday

With all the hype around the new Holiday Catalogue, it’s easy to forget all about those lovely stamps in the Annual Catalogue.

This is a card I made for a friend’s birthday using the Mixed Drinks stamp set.

There are so many fun ideas for this set – in fact it was Holly’s great beer card that she posted today that reminded me I hadn’t shared this with you yet!

Top Shelf Birthday - Mixed Drinks stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

3 drinks for the birthday boy…

Top Shelf Birthday - Mixed Drinks stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And 3 cheers on the inside of the card.

Top Shelf Birthday - Mixed Drinks stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The sentiments included with Mixed Drinks didn’t quite have the right tone for the card I wanted to make, so I made my own!

In my (humble) opinion, every crafter needs to have the Labeler Alphabet stamp set in their craft stash.  It let’s you add any sentiment you need to your card.

Top Shelf Birthday - Mixed Drinks stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It’s sometimes trickier to make cards for males, but I’m yet to meet a male that wouldn’t appreciate a card all about drinking!

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Magic Dinosaur Reverse X-Ray Card

We must be back in a birthday orbit at the moment because this is the second kids birthday card I’ve shared this week!  (Or is it the third?)

This card ended up being a comedy of errors to make.  I had it all planned out in my head, but putting it the magic part together involved a fair bit of prising apart and re-doing.

I almost didn’t blog it but because it’s a cool card – I wanted to share.  You are likely to be able to recreate it without the hassles I encountered!!! (I’m sure I did every step the hard way)

I also wanted to remind you that blog writers are normal crafters too – with just as many failures, ’roundabout’ creations and trial & error cards to their name as you.

Often you don’t hear about how many attempts it took to get the one you see in the photo, or how much cardstock ended up in the bin before we got it right!  It can seem like you’re the only one making ‘templates’ (this is what my Tuesday class ladies call their practice attempts – templates that you go back to for measurements & reminders).  I am here to tell you – EVERYONE MAKES TEMPLATES!


So, here is my magic dinosaur card…

Magic Reverse X-Ray Dinosaur Card. No Bones About It, A Little Foxy DSP & Layering Square Framelits. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Where’s the magic?  Pull here and he goes from being an x-ray dino, to a ful colour T-Rex!

Magic Reverse X-Ray Dinosaur Card. No Bones About It, A Little Foxy DSP & Layering Square Framelits. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I had made the suggestion to Stampin’ Up! (on more than 1 occasion) that vertical sentiments would be awesome – and this catalogue we got them!!!!  Yay – sometimes you just need a n option that goes up & down!

Magic Reverse X-Ray Dinosaur Card. No Bones About It, A Little Foxy DSP & Layering Square Framelits. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

He’s not perfect, but he works (kinda… don’t pull too hard).  I hope Mr 6 enjoyed the fun of turning his dinosaur card into full colour!  Kelly x

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