Stamp Review Crew – Endless Thanks

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Can you believe how fast this year is flying by?  This is the second Stamp Review Crew hop for the month.  Make sure you join us on the first and third Monday of each month.

Twice a month you’ll get the chance to skip, hop & jump around the world for ‘endless’ inspiration all focusing on the same stamp set.

Today we are showcasing the delightful Endless Thanks stamp set – available in photopolymer and featuring sentiments of thanks & gratitude.

I am grateful.  Because of this hop, my eyes were opened to the true potential of this set.  Although it’s heavy on sentiments, it features a small collection of complementary stamps that are great to use as design elements on your cards.  I must admit, I often overlook these stamps and get caught up in the sentiments.

So, with eyes wide open, I had fun creating some simple cards using the ‘extras’.

Stamp Review Crew - Endless Thanks. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

FLOWERS

As a background

Stamp Review Crew - Endless Thanks. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

As an embellishment on a tag

{PS, this card is going to the Flaming Magnolia’s cafe where we had lunch last week – amazing customer service & great food.  I thought they’d like to hear about it – and what better way than a handcrafted card!}

Stamp Review Crew - Endless Thanks. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

To create a wreath

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HEARTS

As a border

Stamp Review Crew - Endless Thanks. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

As a feature panel

Stamp Review Crew - Endless Thanks. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Who would have thought it was so easy to make 5 different cards using 1 stamp set???  And they aren’t even all specifically ‘thank you’ cards!

If you love this stamp set, then you’re sure to love Endless Birthday Wishes too.  Check out the SRC hop from earlier in the year.

Next up on this hop is Holly – she’s so creative!!!  If you want to hop backwards, it’s the clever projects from Dawn.

Click on the links below to take you there!

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Stamp Review Crew – Flower Shop

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Good morning!  It’s cold here (as you would expect during winter!) – what’s the weather like in your part of the world?

Today brings another Stamp Review Crew post and we’re taking you on a Flower Shop journey.  It’s another fabulous coordinating set with a stamps and a matching punch!!!

 

These hops go around (and around), so if you’re after the full set of inspiration, keeping clicking ‘next’ until you end up back here – or wherever you started.

Maybe you started with Betty over at Kitty Stamps – which means there’s a lot lot of fun to go!

Or maybe you started with Shana’s Stress-Free Stamping and I am your last stop – did you love all the projects???

Or maybe you hopped backwards and I’ve got that all wrong!

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No matter which way you go, these hops are so much fun, with lots of talented designers and there’s {ALWAYS} a heap of projects that are on my ‘CASE’ list.

Many thanks to Tanya for her tireless & super proficient organisation of the hops!


This project started for me as soon as I opened my packet of Affectionately Yours DSP.  It contains 2 sheets of 5 double sided designs and 2 sheets of amazingly fancy single sided designs.

My card uses one of the fancy designs.  Although possibly too beautiful to cut up, I wanted to show off the fabulous copper colour that’s new to the Stampin’ Up! range this year.

So, with my big-girl-brave knicks on, I cut the pretty DSP and made a Flower Shop spinner card using the coppery floral DSP & a copper embossed Flower Shop flower.

Stamp Review Crew - Flower Shop Spinner Card. Affectionately Yours DSP & Cooper Embossing Powder. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.
The beautiful copper embossed flower up close…

Stamp Review Crew - Flower Shop Spinner Card. Affectionately Yours DSP & Cooper Embossing Powder. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’ve used money (2 x 10c pieces) to keep my flower on the circular track – but washers of the same size also work.

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Many thanks to Cheryl who saved the day by sending me a copper embossed flower to finish my project.  I had it all planned out… but my embossing powder didn’t arrive in time!  I’m thankful for all the lovely stamping friends I’ve made simply by sharing a love of paper.

I wanted to show off the full effect of this card with a video.  This is my first time taking, editing & uploading a video.  It’s super simple, but gives you an idea how the spinner card works.


How to make your own spinner card:

  • Cut a piece of cardstock/DSP to fit your card base (mine is 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″)
  • Run through the Big Shot with the circle framelit from the Sliding Star set or if you don’t own this, with 2 circle framelits (one large, one small placed where you want your ‘track’)
  • Remove the “O” shape left by the framelits and stick the remaining two pieces (your card front and circle) to your card base using dimensionals or foam tape.
  • Sit a coin/washer under the “O” gap created by your circle and card front.  Attach a dimensional to the coin/washer and place another coin/washer on top.  This will create a fixture that runs around the ‘track’.
  • Attach your flower (or other embellishment) to the top coin/washer with glue dots.

Did you notice the Sliding Star Framelits & Shooting Star stamp set in the new catalogue?  This cute little set lets you make spinner/slider cards with all the hard work done for you.  I’m working on some more spinner cards this week and will share soon!

Until then, keep hopping!  Next stop is Shana!  Kelly x

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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.

Stamp Review Crew - Guy Greetings stamp set. Pop-out Circle Swing Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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!

Stamp Review Crew - Guy Greetings stamp set. Pop-out Circle Swing Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


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.

The extra item every crafter needs in their toolbox. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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.

Using Masking Tape on stamps to change the sentiment. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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.

Using Masking Tape on stamps to change the sentiment. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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!

Using Masking Tape on stamps to change the sentiment. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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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Stamp Review Crew – Blended Bloom

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Hello May!!!  I’m excited that my birthday month of celebrations starts with a Stamp Review Crew post.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Stamp Review Crew format – it’s an international hop that highlights the fabulous talents of demonstrators around the world who all make projects using the same stamp set.

You might have already started the journey and been to see Martha in Canada.  Currently, you’re with me in Australia and next you’re off to America to visit Debra!


This month it’s all about the Blended Bloom single wood mount stamp.  Sadly, this beautiful flower is on the retirement list – but that also means you can buy it while stocks last at 20% off retail price.

Blended Bloom is fantastic for colouring practice (I still need lots of that) and lends itself to so many occasions, colours & designs.

Today I’m sharing a Mother’s Day creation with you.  Did you know that Mother’s Day is at different times of the year around the world!?!  In Australia (and the US), we’re spoiling our Mums this Sunday, but Mums in the UK got their special day back in March!  Interested in Mother’s Day activities around the world?  Have a look at this Wikipedia list for all the details!

I love Wikipedia and looking up quirky background information! But back to the craft…

This is my Mother’s Day project set.  It’s all pink & grey which I {LOVE} as a colour combination.

Stamp Review Crew - Blended Bloom Mother's Day Project Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


The card has a beautiful Hardwood Background panel (staying), Little Letters (going) and a Blended Bloom flower coloured with an Aqua Painter.

Stamp Review Crew - Blended Bloom Mother's Day Project Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Of course, if there’s a pretty flower on my craft table, it’s going to get ‘winked’ (Wink of Stella is staying!).

Stamp Review Crew - Blended Bloom Mother's Day Project Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


The treat box is made using the Gift Bag punch board (staying!). Instead of adding holes to the top for closure as per the instructions, I made tabs top & bottom of my cardstock and added a ‘lapel’ close.

Stamp Review Crew - Blended Bloom Mother's Day Project Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

To make this style of treat bag:

Cut a piece of cardstock to 10″ x 8-1/4″.  I punched & scored as per the instructions for the first long side.  I then rotated 180 degrees and did it again for the second long side (but making sure the panels matched up with what I had already scored).

This gave me 5 panels (2 sides, a front, a back and a tab for sticking together).  I cut all the tabs from the ‘top’ of the bag except the back one which folds down to make the lapel closure.  I then stuck it together on the bottom & side as per the traditional instructions.

Fill with treats, fold down the lapel closure and wrap a ribbon or twine around it to keep it all looking pretty.  I used Smoky Slate thick baker’s twine (going).  And then added another Blended Bloom flower to coordinate the design with my card.


Happy Mother’s Day to all those lucky Mummies out there – I hope the kids or fur babies get organised during the week and spoil you rotten.

I’ll be pre-ordering my own M.Day present tomorrow!!!  At least I {ALWAYS} get what I want!

Next stop is Blended Bloom goodness from Debra.  Click on the ‘next blog’ link below to see what she has created.

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If you get lost during the hop, you can always head back to the main page.

Make sure you check back in with me tomorrow – I’ll be sharing something very special ready for the new catalogue coming in June.  If you love being organised, you won’t want to miss it!  Kelly x


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Stamp Review Crew – Made With Love

I am so absolutely excited to share the news with you, that I have been invited to join the Stamp Review Crew!

This talented group of international designers posts twice a month – highlighting a different Stampin’ Up! stamp set in each blog hop that takes you around the world with endless inspiration!

Thanks to the team for having me on board!  You can find a full crew list to the right.


Stamp Review Crew - Made with Love

For my first stamp review, the chosen set was Made With Love – which is a gorgeous baby set from the Annual Catalogue.

When I saw that this was the set, I was delighted – because I am currently organising a baby shower for one of my besties.  I have bought her a couple of cute little baby presents, but I thought she might also appreciate a set of thank you cards to give to her friends and family over the coming months.

With a bit of sponging, some shimmery white cardstock, cute little animals and a lot of fussy cutting – I created this little “Made With Love” notecard holder.

The cute little notecard holder has been my go-to present for the last couple of months in various different designs.  It’s so simple & elegant and the perfect size!

Thanks to Caroline Helwigh Wright for the notcard holder measurements.  You can find them here.

This is the front…

Stamp Review Crew - Made With Love. Thank You card set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What’s inside?  So glad you asked…

Stamp Review Crew - Made With Love. Thank You card set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Stamp Review Crew - Made With Love. Thank You card set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

There are 2 each of 4 notecard designs, each featuring a different Made With Love animal on an ombre background.

Stamp Review Crew - Made With Love. Thank You card set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The background was sponged using a piece of cardstock with a 2″ circle punched out to create a template.  With my sponge daubers, I applied my three colours – the top colour is Pool Party, then Bermuda Bay, then Lost Lagoon.  I love the mottled effect of using multiple ink colours.

And with my blender pen, I added a dash of colour to each of the animals.  I love that you can use all your colour tools with only your ink pads – no extra supplied needed!

Stamp Review Crew - Made With Love. Thank You card set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Stamp Review Crew - Made With Love. Thank You card set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Stamp Review Crew - Made With Love. Thank You card set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Stamp Review Crew - Made With Love. Thank You card set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

While I was on a roll with my sponging & fussy cutting, I also made her a card to put away for when the baby is born.  Things that match make my heart sing!

Stamp Review Crew - Made With Love. Hello Baby Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Well, that ended up being very photo heavy!  I may have been a little enthusiastic when I was snapping away {a wee bit excited!}.

The next blog to visit is another new crew member – Holly Stene.  Wait til you see what she’s done with the Made With Love stamp set!

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Until next time,  Kelly x


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