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

Circle Celebration

There’s only so many themes you can manage in crafting. So as the years go by we see the themes come & go. In the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue we’ve got more hearts, more flowers, another butterfly set, the return of dragonflies, succulents again, chickens back on the scene and more returning favourites.

One of the returning themes I was most excited to see was a gorgeous set of circle patterns. I love the combination of elements they’ve chosen in this artwork and it was in my top 5 stamp sets from the new mini at add to my collection.

Circle Celebration 154440 | $30

Each of the circles offers a unique artwork style, but somehow they all seem to work together in an eclectic way!

Here’s a quick that was fun to put together in blue & green tones by layering the circles over each other. I started with the large watercolour circle and worked from there.

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

The colours are: Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Just Jade & Smoky Slate. I love an ombre colour palette!

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

The ‘hello there’ is from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set. That font combination is an absolute winner for me!

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

This set has so many possibilities and will work so well with so many other sets in my collection. Welcome to the family Circle Celebration!

You can order yours in the online store.

You’re welcome!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

More Stitched Triangles

Last month I shared a super girly patchwork card using the Stitched Triangle Dies.  Click here to see go back in time and check it out.

Today I’m sharing a creation in green tones that would work for girls or guys.

More Stitched Triangles | kelly kent

I cut a range of different sizes and the different types of triangles in Pool Party, Mint Macaron, Just Jade and Pretty Peacock and arranged them in an overlapping pattern on a Whisper White card base.

More Stitched Triangles | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings – white embossed on Basic Black cardstock and cut using the Classic Label punch.  A simple finish to go with the no nonsense triangles!

Ombre colour combinations have always been a favourite of mine, but I’m keen to try this in some different match-ups!  I can imagine a yellow, black & gray version (another favourite combination of mine!!!).  I probably need pushing out of my comfort zone.  Leave your suggestions in the comments!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Delightfully Detailed

Every month I run a class for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators in my team (but all demonstrators in the area are welcome).  I aim to include products & techniques in each class that expands their wishlist!!!

Sometimes it’s hard to know how much you’re gong to love a product til it’s on the table and you’re crafting with it!

In May, we made these sweet cards using the Delicately Detailed Laser Cut DSP.  There’s multiple sheets in each pack of 2 different designs – one page of smaller (card front size) designs and a sheet of 12″x12″ floral pattern.

As I was cutting up this paper for the class preparation, I did wonder if the Delightfully should be replaced with “Delicately”… it’s a bit of a handful to keep the precious paper in tact as you cut it up, but the end result is worth the precarious handling!

We used the floral design cut into 4″x6” pieces to make these two cards…

Delightfully Detailed DSP | kelly kent

The card on the left is the DSP coloured with Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel & Night of Navy.  The card on the right is the negative of the colouring – the DSP acts as a mask.  Such a pretty, fun & easy technique.

Delightfully Detailed DSP | kelly kent

The thank you sentiment & die panel is made using the Stitched All Around stamp set & Stitched Labels

I didn’t think I’d love Blueberry Bushel as much as I do – it’s such a gorgeous tone!

Delightfully Detailed DSP | kelly kent

The colouring across the DSP was achieved using the sponge brayer.  We used three different sponges, but if you’re doing this at home, you can use one brayer – start from the lightest colour (Balmy Blue for this card), then the medium tone (Blueberry Bushel) and then the darkest tone.  Sweep from side to side to apply the colour evenly, make sure to ink all the way around your brayer and overlap the colours so they blend.  Everyone likes a different method of colouring but I find the brayers are much easier for me to achieve an even colour than sponge daubers.

I do love an ombre card, but this would be a great design in a range of colours!!!  What would your choice of 3 colours be?

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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CASEing the Catty | #165 Sale-A-Bration

Hello Sunday!  And welcome to a CASEing the Catty blog hop, where the design team shares their creative inspirations from the pages of the Stampin’ Up! Catalogue.

Today’s theme is Sale-A-Bration…

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You’ll see a range of projects inspired by the samples of the 2018 Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

I loved the ombre effect of the sample at the bottom of this photo on page 17…

So I set about making this feature the centrepiece of my card.  I think the sample used cardstock for their letters.  I created something similar using the Stampin’ Blends and Shimmery White Cardstock.

Celebrate 'Amazing' You | kelly kent

I coloured across the cardstock for this card….

Celebrate 'Amazing' You | kelly kent

Here’s what it looked like before I die cut –

Ombre colouring with Stampin' Blends | kelly kent

Colours:

  • Light Pink Pirouette, Dark Pink Pirouette, Light Rich Razzleberry, Dark Rich Razzleberry
  • Light Night of Navy, Dark Night of Navy, Dark Bermuda Bay, Light Bermuda Bay
  • Light Daffodil Delight, Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Pumpkin Pie, Light Pumpkin Pie

Here’s a close-up of the die cuts.  I backed the cardstock with Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets before I ran it through the Big Shot – it makes it so easy to stick them on with no fuss or mess!

Celebrate 'Amazing' You | kelly kent

I coloured down the cardstock to get this style of ombre…

Celebrate 'Amazing' You | kelly kent

Here’s the pre-cut cardstock

Ombre colouring with Stampin' Blends | kelly kent

Colours –

  • Dark Pink Pirouette, Light Rich Razzleberry, Dark Rich Razzleberry
  • Light Night of Navy, Light Bermuda Bay, Dark Bermuda Bay
  • Light Daffodil Delight, Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Pumpkin Pie

Celebrate 'Amazing' You | kelly kent

The twine – which started white – was also coloured using Stampin’ Blends by running it under the brush tip along a clear stamping block.  To get a slightly ombre effect, I

The addition of the ink from the blends makes it a bit thicker & more rustic, so I was able to curl the ends slightly using closed scissor blades.

I will never tire of my Blends!!  Have you got yours?  There’s lots of colours but if you add a couple of colours to each order you place, you’ll have a gorgeous set before you know it!


We’re just short of half way through the Sale-A-Bration promotion.  Which means there’s still plenty of time to earn your rewards – and also 4 new items to look forward to very soon.  The second Sale-A-Bration release starts on 16th Feb!!!

Next up for the design crew is Mel Pagano and her super cute Hedgehugs creation….

Thanks for joining us,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #348 Ombre

Just Add Ink Design Team

This challenge is going to be a fun one – I can tell!!!

Why you ask?  Because I had fun making my design team card!

The theme this week for Just Add Ink is ombre – suggested by Rochelle.

Just Add Ink #348 Ombre

Ombre is the gradual blending of one colour to another or going from a light shade to a dark shade.

It’s a lovely way to add texture to a card or project and a great way to get the most out of your Stampin’ Up! colours!

Stampin’ Up! reinvented their brayer for this annual catalogue and rather than the traditional hard rubber brayer, you can now buy beautiful soft spongy brayers that roll like a dream!

They are perfect for an ombre background – like this one in Watermelon Wonder on the loved up anniversary card I made for my parents.

38 years married deserves a pretty card and a whole lot of love!!!

Just Add Ink #348 - Ombre. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Can you spot the trio of ombre?

I’ve used a brayer ombre background, beautiful ombre ribbon from the Cupcakes & Carousel Embellishment Kit and picked an ombre colour pallette for my love letters.

Just Add Ink #348 - Ombre. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Everything was finished off with a very liberal application of Wink of Stella to make it all sparkle!!!


We’d love to see you join us this week at JAI with your ombre creations.

Upload them to the Just Add Ink blog.

You can also check out the design team posts by visiting the blog.

Thanks for joining me again!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com


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