Stamp Review Crew | Rooted in Nature

Hello!  And hello to the first Monday in August, which makes it time to hop with the Stamp Review Crew.  Join this amazingly talented group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators as we share projects we’ve made using the same stamp set.

Today’s theme is Rooted in Nature, and the coordinating Nature’s Roots Framelits.

This bundle was part of the April 2018 OnStage make & take projects and then the pre-order purchasing, so we’ve been seeing amazing projects since April.  It’s definitely been a popular set!!!

This bundle has magic potential and it doesn’t matter how many projets I see, there’s always more ways to use & love this stamp set and framelits.  Make sure you keep clicking on ‘next’ to see all the design team projects.

The first card I’m sharing today uses the colours from the suite and a technique I love – ripped masking.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

I ripped copy paper and then used this to mask off the top & bottom portions of my card mat.  I then stamped the two different sized leaves across the unmasked portion of the cardstock – Blackberry Bliss, Tranquil Tide & Petal Pink.  To finish the technique, I used a sponge dauber to colour the white space with Mint Macaron ink.  When you remove the mask, you get a wonderful ripple of pattern across your cardstock.

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The sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede.  I used my Stamparatus to make sure it was straight!!!   This font nerd {LOVES} the fonts used in Rooted in Nature – so pretty!

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent


The second card for today is a little sideways movement from the colours & styling of the Nature’s Poem suite.

I’ve used watercolour paper, ink pads, a spritzer and the Stamparatus to create a whimsical tree as the centrepiece.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The colours in the tree are Rich Razzleberry, Shaded Spruce and Crushed Curry.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

To make this, I lined up the stamp on the Stamparatus plate, secured the watercolor paper with magnets and inked up the middle section of the tree in Shaded Spruce ink.  I then spritzed it with water and rather than closing the plate over to the base, I left the plate on the table and closed the base onto it.   This meant that the ink didn’t run as I moved the plate.

I cleaned the stamp and used my heat tool to gently dry the Shaded Spruce ink.  I then inked the right side of the stamp (left when actually stamped) with Rich Razzleberry ink, spritzed and tipped the Stamparatus base over again.

Then cleaned, dried and repeated with Crushed Curry ink on the left side of the stamp (right part of the tree).

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The end result is a gorgeous watercolor tree!  You could do this with any large solid stamp.  It’s essential you use watercolour paper and spritz the stamp prior to ‘stamping’.


Thanks for joining me today!

Keep hopping to see what the gorgeous & talented Charlet Mallett has created using this bundle…


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Creating Kindness Blog Hop | Guest Designer

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Hello – I’m tickled pink to be hopping with the Creating Kindness Design Team this month.

The theme for this hop is ‘Colour Inspiration’.  I can’t wait for you to see what inspires all these wonderful crafters.

For me, it’s all about pink in this house.  It’s a 3-1 ratio (4-1 if we’re counting the dog!), with Mr Papercraft being seriously outnumbered.

And girl power around here means pink!

A couple of years ago we transformed one of our bedrooms into a pink paradise and bought new bed linen for the girls.

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{I think they like it!}

I had such fun searching for designs that matched the vision in my mind for pretty & pink.  Given the intensity of the walls, I wanted lots of white in there too.

After a long search (and a little luck), I found two gorgeous designs – and it’s one of these beautiful patterns that have inspired my colours & card designs for today.

This is the reverse side which started the colour journey…

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From this, I took the three gorgeous bright colours – and these are my inspiration colours for my project…

And this is the front side – which formed the concept & design part of my card…

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Although I love the silhouette effect of the gray amongst all the colour, I wanted to bring this design to life.

So, in full colour, this is my card…

Creating Kindness - Colour Inspiration | kelly kent

When I’ve made this style of card previously (which I love!), I’ve called it a flip-flop card.  I’m not sure if that’s still what crafters are calling it!

Creating Kindness - Colour Inspiration | kelly kent

It’s a great design that folds out and you write in the middle panel.

Creating Kindness - Colour Inspiration | kelly kent

The bottom layer is my favourite of this card – handmade DSP using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and modelled on the reverse of the quilt cover.

Creating Kindness - Colour Inspiration | kelly kent

Look at all those fun shapes!

My other favourite part is the bike on the front from the Sheltering Tree stamp set.

I just love how it all comes together and the inspiration from the front of the quilt for the heart balloon posy….

Creating Kindness - Colour Inspiration | kelly kent

All up this was such a fun card to make – and all because of the bright and vibrant colours.

Creating Kindness - Colour Inspiration | kelly kent

For more colourful inspiration, please visit the gorgeous Maria Willis.

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The full list of participants:
Jay Soriano
Jenny Hall
Kelly Kent { YOU ARE HERE }
Maria Willis
Carolynn Sander
Cheryll Miller
Danielle Bennenk
Marcy Denning
Jessie Holton

Thanks to the Creating Kindness DT for having me!!!

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Just Add Ink #377 Colour Challenge

Hello & welcome to another Just Add Ink Challenge.

#377 is a colour combination chosen for us by Rochelle.

My design team friends are loving Lemon Lime Twist & Pool Party this week!  Today it’s paired with Dapper Denim.

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I love these three colours, but together they were a wee challenge – but that’s what it’s all about, right?

I decided to stick with simple – lots of white space to balance those colours!

Just Add Ink #377 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with 2 new catalogues in the space of 4 months, so it’s sometimes refreshing and stabilising to go back to old favourites.

Many of the products I’ve used in this card are carryover favourites from the previous Annual Catalogue.

Sheltering Tree stamp set, Classic Label Punch, Sunshine Sayings stamp set and the new for 2017 embossing folder – Garden Trellis.

I also realised when I was writing this post up, that despite making this card & my Colour INKspiration card at different times of the week, they have quite similar features!  I definitely have a style!!!

I am forever hopeful that it’s a love of this style that keeps you visiting & subscribing!


One of my go-to techniques for using embossing folders is to emboss the whole card – not just the front.

Just Add Ink #377 Colour Challenge | kelly kent

This means you need to add an extra piece of cardstock on the inside for writing on, but I love the luxurious feel of both the extra embossing and the matted inside.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my same-same-but-different Lemon Lime Twist & Pool Party card today.

For more beautiful cards using these three colours, pop over to the Just Add Ink blog to see all the design team cards.

While you are there, you may also want to join the challenge by uploading your own Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party & Dapper Denim creation.

Thanks, as always, for taking the time to visit me!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Stamp Review Crew – Thoughtful Branches

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Welcome to a {BONUS} Stamp Review Crew hop!

Every one is so excited about the limited edition Thoughtful Branches bundle, that we added in a hop just to share it with you!

Thoughtful Branches will be available throughout August (or until stocks last).  It comes with gorgeous coordinating framelits.  You can buy the stamp, the framelits or the whole bundle!

 

How amazing has the hop been so far???  I just loved Holly’s projects – she’s so talented!

Next stop is Debra Burgin – make sure to click on the ‘next’ button at the bottom of this post to see the beauty she’s created.

Have you got the cuppa & biscuit (cookie for all of you in the US!) ready for all the inspiration waiting for you as you continue the hop??

I know you’re going to love what you see and find it hard to resist this bundle!!!

If you’ve got it on your wishlist, I’d recommend contacting your demonstrator sooner, rather than later!  It’s a limited edition and may sell out!


There’s so many possibilities for the Thoughtful Branches stamp set, it was actually tricky to decide what type of card to make. And which of the stamps to focus on.

My favourites are actually the sentiments – I love that font!!!

But since I showed them off last week, I’ve gone with the large tree, leaf and bird to make this Freestanding Pop Up Card.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

My attention was drawn to this style of card a couple of weeks ago when my friend Lou Kitzleman made a couple of different variations.  I ‘bookmarked’ it for the perfect occasion – which is this!

Thanks to Lou for her inspiration & wonderful tutorial – find it here on her blog.


Here’s the card in more detail.

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The card stands up via the fold at the bottom and you pull up the feature through the slit in the middle.   In my card, the feature is the tree, but it can also be a tag or jar or anything in a rectangular-esque shape).

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One of the clever elements of the card is that it folds flat for posting (isn’t that the best kind of card???).

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Because of the custom size, it was a great chance to make a matching envelope using my Envelope Punch Board (finished size 4″ x 4-1/2″), which I lined with the pretty flowers from the Subtles DSP Stack.

The tree leaves/flowers were stamped multiple times on watercolour paper to give it that mottled ‘natural’ effect.  The first layer was Blushing Bride, then Flirty Flamingo (stamped off to reduce the colour intensity), then Crumb Cake, then Blushing Bride again.  And then I washed over the whole image with my Aqua Painter and Blushing Bride ink.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The leaves were stamped in a similar way to create a depth of colour.  Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive (stamped off), Crumb Cake & Pear Pizzazz.  Then a wash with Pear Pizzazz.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


This card style really is perfect for the tree to give it the full 3D effect!  And it really wasn’t too difficult to make – with Lou’s great instructions!

Next up on the hop is Deb – prepare to fall in love with this bundle just a little more with each blog!!!

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Thanks for visiting & be sure to leave us some comments if you love what you see!!!  We sure love hearing from you!

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