Stamp Review Crew | Celebrate Sunflowers

Hello!  Thank for joining us for a Stamp Review Crew hop.  I’m going my friends from around the world as we share projects made using a featured stamp set.  Today it’s the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set and coordinating Sunflowers Dies.

My projects for today use the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set together with the Swirly Frames stamp set.  The frames create a great border for the sweet sunflower images.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

I first stamped the frame in Basic Gray ink and then used strips of copy paper to mask the edges of the frame and stamped the large sunflower in the middle using Bumblebee ink.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

I then layered the framed sunflower with 2020-2022 In Colour DSP (Bumblebee), added a banner (made using the new Banners Pick A Punch).and a white on black heat embossed sentiment with a little fussy cutting.

The second card I made had the same features but used the smaller sunflower, a different layout and more of the 2020-2022 In Colours.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kentTo mask the frame for this card I stamped the frame on copy paper and then cut out the middle with snips.

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It was super difficult to capture in the photo, but I stamped one of the leaf images on the card base and embossed in clear for a subtle background effect.

Thanks for joining us today.  To keep hopping and see more projects made with the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set, visit Mary Haugen.  You can see the whole list of participating bloggers at the main Stamp Review Crew post by clicking here.

Have a fabulous week – I hope it’s wonderfully crafty with lots of sunshine & celebrations!

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Colour Combination

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Hello!  In these times of social distancing, it’s wonderful to be able to get together with my stamping team, even if it’s only a blog hop.  We would usually meet in person every 6-8 weeks but our next team meeting will be via Zoom.  I feel so lucky to have the technology, but I am definitely missing seeing family & friends in person.  How is the social distancing affecting your interactions?  Are you finding new and innovative ways to catch up?

The theme for tonight’s Paper Adventures Team Hop is a colour combination.  We welcome Jenny Hayward as our guest designer.  I can’t wait for you to see Jenny’s awesome project.  Click on the next button at the end of my post to hop along to her blog.

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Believe it or not, this colour trio was inspired by a new packet of clothes pegs I recently bought.  I’m a bit of a sucker for pegs.  I love having lots of them – but they have to be the same style.  Colour doesn’t worry me, so I was happy to add some really pretty teal & pink ones to my peg basket.  I love how crisp and “new” fresh pegs look.

I didn’t realise so many people had peg preferences until it came up in conversation with a group of friends recently.  Some people needed to hang clothes with the exact same peg on the item, some people didn’t mind the type of peg as long as it was the same colour, some people wanted the same type of peg regardless of colour and some people had to match the peg colour to the clothing colour.  What a funny bunch we are!  What are your peg preferences?

Here’s my card using the challenge colours.  Since we can’t give real hugs to most of our loved ones at the moment, I’m sending some paper hugs – the next best thing!

Paper hugs | kelly kent

The ‘sending’ & ‘hugs’ for this card are from the So Sentimental stamp set on a label from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  I masked out the ‘healing’ part so I could add in ‘paper’.  The letters for paper are stamped on gingham DSP (2018-2020 In Color Collection) using the Lined Alphabet stamp set.  I fussy cut the letters using my snips.  Paper hugs | kelly kent

This card had a few techniques that I haven’t done in a while.  It’s been so long since I used the Embossing Paste – but that was lots of fun to lather on and spread about.  The brick wall mask is from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.

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I also used a Blender Pen and my ink pads to colour the flowers in Melon Mambo and leaves in Pretty Peacock.  I was reminded of this technique by team member Narelle, who often colours in this way.  It’s never my first thought but it is a nice way to colour.  It gives some good variation to the colouring.  The flowers are from the Under My Umbrella stamp set.

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I always stamp a few extra flowers when I’m colouring.  This gives me a choice of the best stamped images but also gives me an extra to pop into the middle of the card and carry the theme through.

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Thanks for hopping with our Paper Adventures team today.  Next up is our guest designer Jenny Hayward, thanks for joining us Jenny.

The full list of the team members participating is below.  We love being able to share with you and are sending lots of virtual hugs around the world.

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Just Add Ink #485 | One Layer

The best challenges are the ones that really challenge us – and although one of the simplest, the ‘back to basics’ of our Just Add One Layer challenge this week for Just Add Ink will certainly make you look at your supplies in a totally different way!

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My favourite way to add dimension when I am working with only a card base is to using masking.  This creates definition and the appearance of layers even though there’s not!

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To create this fun card perfect for a sports mad birthday buddy or difficult to craft for teen, I first cut a circle out of copy paper and used repositionable tape to hold it in place on the card front.

Then, using the ball stamps in Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Blueberry Bushel and Memento ink, I stamped the images all over the card base.

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Before I removed the copy paper circle, I drew around the edge with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker and then carefully removed the copy paper circle, leaving me with a white space to stamp my sentiment in Garden Green.

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And there we have it, a quick & easy card for the sports fan celebrating a birthday.

Love the stamp set and need this in your collection?  It’s called For the Win and is in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  There’s also a golf stamp which will coordinate perfectly with the new golf suite being released in the 2020 Jan – June catalogue.

For the Win | kelly kent

Think you can avoid the temptation of adding layers and want to try out one layer challenge, we’d love to see your creations in our gallery.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog where you can share your card and see the other one layer creations from the design team.

Have a great weekend,

CASEing the Catty #190 | Artistic Impressions

Hello Sunday visitors – the end of the weekend rolls around so fast, doesn’t it??

CASEing the Catty blog hops are always a great way to finish the weekend.  Hopefully you found some craft time in yours – and maybe joined CTC#189 by sharing your project in our Facebook group..

There’s still 24 hours to participate in last week’s challenge (CTC#189), or you can start the week by creating for challenge #190 – pages 127-141 of the catalogue, featuring some of the samples from the Artistic Impressions section of the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.

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As always, the pages are filled with wonderful inspiration.  This Beautful Day sample on page 134 caught my eye…

I love the layered look of the front of the card.  I swapped the flower for the butterfly and changed up the colours to create this card…

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The butterfly part of the card was created by stamping & black heat embossing the middle butterfly first.  I also created a mask using copy paper which I placed over the first butterfly before stamping & black heat embossing the two butterflies either side.  I love the strong & shiny look of the black embossing powder.  It’s so lovely to have it back in the catalogue!

I coloured the butterflies using an Aqua Painter in Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry and So Saffron, and added a shadow above the butterflies in Crumb Cake.  The butterflies also got a splash of Wink of Stella at the end!

Using snips, I cut the bottom edge from the butterflies and added DSP to the inside of the card.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

As this was a card for a brand new team member who signed during the July recruiting special, I changed the sentiment to ‘hello’.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

This is a set you’ll want to own – it’s called Another Wonderful Year and is filled with pretty fonts & great sayings!

August is a great time to work your way through some of your Annual Catalogue wishlist – you’ll collect Bonus Days vouchers for every $90 you spend.  See all the details here.

Don’t forget that we’d love for you to join us for this challenge.  All the action happens in our Facebook group.   Click here to join.

You’ll also want to continue the hop to see what the other design team members have created using the Artistic Impressions pages as inspiration.

Next blog to visit is the gorgeous Judy May.

Thanks for joining us!

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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.

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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!!!

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It’s the Weekend!!! Time to get your craft on!

It’s the weekend.  Know what that means for me?  No more work til next week and time to craft!!!

I’ve got lots of exciting things on my list including a CASEing the Catty project for Sunday and more market goodies.

But today, I wanted to share this ‘pop of colour’ card I made using the Birthday Blooms stamp set.

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I layered the flower stamp in Basic Black Archival ink in the corner using the masking technique and then added a coloured version on top for a ‘pop of colour’.

Add some texture with gold metallic thread and Rose Garden thinlit leaves, a sentiment at the bottom and it’s finished!

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Happy weekend!  May your sleep ins be late, your coffee hot and your craft time plentiful!

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Stamp Review Crew – Botanical Blooms

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Happy Monday and welcome to the first Stamp Review Crew hop for August.

Prepare to be dazzled by the Crew’s inspiration for the Botanical Blooms stamp set.

It’s another set in the SU! range with coordinating framelits for fabulous crafting!

This set was a bit of a challenge for me – because I always go for those luscious dies.  And hardly ever ink up the stamp set.

But, challenge accepted and with a determination to only use the stamp set, I created three one-layer ‘masked’ cards using the sweet flowers, leaves & scatter stamps to create colour bursts.

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Each card used masking to contain the stamped images.

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Using photocopy paper and various shapes, I ‘masked’ out the white space I wanted to keep clean and stamped the Whisper White card base with a collage of Botanical Blooms.

They overlapped each other quite carelessly and I used another technique called ‘stamping off’ or ‘second generation stamping’ to create lighter tones of the same colour for some of the images.

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The colour palette is Sweet Sugarplum, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Blushing Bride & Mint Macaron with a striking Basic Black Archival sentiment.

The archival ink is my go-to for anything bold because the depth of colour is awesome and the image is always really solid.

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The lovely bold sentiment you see is a favourite of mine – a single wood stamp set called Stylized Birthday.

I love it for the size & beautiful font!!!

I know you’re going to see lots of amazing inspiration as you keep hopping.

You can go backwards to the super stylish Mike Funke or on to the next stop for the ever-fabulous Dawn Tidd.

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Stamp Review Crew – Guy Greetings

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Today’s theme for the Stamp Review Crew is Guy Greetings.  I’m super excited about the inspiration that is to follow – because I really struggle with this stamp set.

It’s one of the few stamp sets made by Stampin’ Up! that comes in all three formats – wood, clear & photopolymer.


This post is part of an international blog hop with projects all themed around the Guy Greetings stamp set.  You might have just come from Tanya Boser’s fabulous post.  Now it’s me and next up is the wonderful creativity of Sue Plote.  Make the round trip & gather inspiration as you visit some of the best!

I’ve decided to make another pop-out swing card (because they are awesome – you can find instructions on Debbie’s blog here) but with a circle front to mix it up a little.

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The car image from Guy Greetings is my favourite to use and I find it the easiest to match to a theme.  The tools are a nice side-kick!

To be honest, the shirtless guy just weirds me out – I’m so curious to see if anyone on the hop can make an awesome card that features him!

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I do love the sentiments from this stamp set – they are bold & classic and perfect for masculine themed cards.

I had a bit of a play with the sentiments for this card and wanted to share my love of masking tape with you.

Masking is theme over at Just Add Ink this week, so I’m entering my card in their challenge.

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We all have a few non-Stampin’ Up! items in our ‘toolkit’.  Is masking tape in yours?

{Do you call it something other than masking tape? That might be so Aussie!}

I use masking tape all the time.  If you use it gently, it’s great for holding things in place for just a second.

But the reason I use it the most is for masking out parts of a stamp or sentiment when I don’t want them.  It seems a bit extreme to cut stamps (just in case you want them in the original format again – though I have been known to do it on occasion).  Masking makes it so easy to just block out the bit you don’t need.

For this card I needed to break up the ‘righty-tighty, lefty-loosey’ stamp and the ‘to a classic’ stamp because they didn’t fit in the panel or punch I wanted to use.

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To use masking tape on your stamps, simply rip off a piece big enough to cover the area you don’t want to see and put it sticky side down on your stamp.  If it’s close to other lettering, make sure you press the edge firmly down between the letters.

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Ink up your stamp and remove the tape before stamping on to your cardstock.  Don’t forget to take the tape off or you’ll get a strange pattern as well as your stamp!

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This technique works perfectly for photopolymer stamps that are easy to line up.

My last tip before I hand you over to the wonderful Sue at This Pink Rooster, is to make sure your stamp is super clean & dry before you start (or you’ll end up with a shadow on your masked part that shows up when you press down).

We’re getting ready to choose stamp sets from the new catalogue for the next months of hop.  I’m so excited to be creating & sharing some new stamp sets!!!  Kelly x

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Springing into Spring … JAI278

We’ve finally had some spring-like weather today in Bunbury with more forecast for tomorrow.   Then it’s back to showers (just in time for the weekend – perfect crafting weather I say!!!!).

Today’s cards are inspired by the spring weather and Just Add Ink photo inspiration:

I love the colours – the Brights collection has always been my favourite and this colour combination was a great chance to bring them out.

These are my fun spring theme cards using the Garden in Bloom stamp set (which “screams” spring!):





Have you ever wondered how people get images to line up over one another (so one looks in front)?

It’s really simple – stamp your image onto a scrap piece of paper then ‘fussy cut’ around the outside with scissors.  Stamp the image again on your card and then place the scrap outline over the stamped image to create a ‘mask’.  Stamp the next image you want (using the same stamp or a different one) and any ink that overlaps with the first image will go on your scrap piece of paper and not your card front.  I use a little bit of repositional tape on the back of the scrap so it stays in place while I am stamping.

Hopefully you find some time over the next week to make some spring inspired cards (or for my northern hemisphere fans – some autumn creations).  Kelly x

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