Ways to Use Laser Cut Specialty DSP

Sometimes a card starts off without a plan in mind and this was one of those cards for me. I just loved the Just Because stamp set. The simplicity of the images and the sentiments really appealed to me. The images are outlines and could be stamped as is or coloured in.

I first added colour direct to the stamp by using Garden Green, Cajun Craze and Blueberry Bushel Stampin’ Write Markers. All you need to do is colour the stamp well and then huff (breathe) on it which will activate the ink. Then stamp onto your cardstock. I then die cut it. I could have left it at this as it already had colour but I coloured it in with Stampin’ Blends. 

For the base of the card I got my laser cut specialty DSP and had a bit of light bulb moment and decided to colour it. As I said earlier,there was no plan in mind. The closest to Blueberry Bushel in Stampin’ Blends was Night of Navy. So I got to colouring the entire piece and the Night of Navy worked so well you can hardly tell the difference. When you colour make sure you do several layers – once in one way and then the other direction so you get good coverage. It didn’t take long to colour with the brush side of the Stampin’ Blend. The effect of the paper when coloured got me so excited as it gave me other possibilities of using this DSP. 

The card didn’t need much more as I really wanted the beautiful paper to feature with the stamp. Try this technique to make more use of this beautiful DSP.

The Just Because stamp set is a Host stamp set and can be purchased with Stampin’ Rewards. For more details on how you can earn Stampin’ Rewards contact me on Ph: 0404 255 001 or click on the Shop Online link below.

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Step-it-Up Sunday #42 Lasting Lily

Hi Friends,

I hope your week has been filled with good things. If you are back at work after the Christmas break – aren’t you glad it’s the weekend? For those of us on holidays, isn’t it good to have that time to just chill out and enjoy some time with the family and some much needed relaxation time. I’ve been enjoying late nights watching movies and also catching up with friends, shopping days and some day activities with my family and of course the much loved sleep ins. 

For my card today I am featuring the Lasting Lily stamp from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. You can receive this stamp set for free with a $180 purchase. This is on the Level 2 range of our Sale-A-Bration rewards. It may seem like a bit out of reach however Sale-A-Bration is the ideal time for you to stock up on cardstock, adhesives and DSP and anything else on your wish list. All your items add up and why not get a freebie while you can?  Have you thought about having a Stampin’ Up! party? You get the regular rewards plus sales over $400 gets an extra $40 to spend on anything you like.You invite a few friends and I’ll bring all the supplies for a crafty afternoon. Have a chat with me for details.

This stamp set has got these lovely lilies and sentiments suitable for thank you, get well, sympathy and others. The beauty of the lily stamp is that it’s one stamp but it gives the lovely 3 dimensional look to the flower.


Attach a layer of Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper onto Night of Navy Cardstock. Stamp the lily in So Saffron and the stem in Lemon Lime Twist.Stamp the sentiment over the image and then attach the panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This is a very quick card to create. The lily is just lovely on it’s own and you could do a variety of these in different colours. 


Using the small blotchy stamp in the same set to add a border around the Whisper White panel with Cajun Craze which has been stamped off twice. Stamp the lily in So Saffron first. Then ink around the edges of the stamp in Cajun Craze and stamp over the first image. This will give you a two-tone effect. Do the same with your stem and leaf using Lemon Lime Twist and Mossy Meadow. 


Add extra dimension by stamping the two-tone lily and stem on another piece of Whisper White cardstock and fussy cutting them. Then attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Cut the circular die from the Beautiful Layers set. Cut this in half and trim off a bit of the middle section to create a smaller image. Attach this to the back of your sentiment which has been die cut. I loved the lacy feel this added to the card.

Contact me for your free copy of the Occasions catalogue and any other way I could assist you.

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Sale-A-Bration Special Offer You Don’t Want to Miss

You’ve seen the catalogues and made wish lists. Have you considered joining Stampin’ Up!? Sale-A-Bration is the best time to join. 

Stampin’ Up! have come up with 2 special offerings for anyone who joins during the Sale-A-Bration period. Your Starter Kit is selected by YOU and you can choose anything from the the Annual and Occasions catalogue. So you could make a selection of products from cardstock, designer series paper, ink, markers, stamps, dies, ribbons, embellishments – anything you like. It’s also shipped free to you. 

Apart from this initial benefit, you also receive an ongoing minimum of 20% off all your orders. Imagine all the extra crafty goodness you could get with that. 

Option 1 – Gives you $315 worth of Stampin’ Up! products for just $169 

Option 2 – Gives you $315 worth of Stampin’ Up! products PLUS the very stylish Craft and Carry Tote (valued at $87) for a total of $210. This tote is not available for sale and can only be purchased through a Starter Kit. It is so spacious and holds stamp sets and paper and a whole lot more and would be great to take away with you on a holiday. 

Don’t miss out on this fabulous opportunity to join an amazing company either as a hobby demonstrator or to pursue it as a business venture. It’s fun and always interesting.

This offer is only available during Sale-A-Bration so join today to get the benefits.  I would love for you to join my Stamping Flair team and be part of your Stampin’ Up! journey.

Cut Your Stamps for Double the Fun with Butterfly Gala

Yes it can be done and it doesn’t hurt the stamp one bit although it takes a bit of courage to do it the first time. 

I have a little tip for you today using the Butterfly Gala stamp set. This stamp set comes with 4 sets of butterflies – large and small – joined together. So when you stamp, you get 2 images. The benefit of this is that the Butterfly Duet punch will punch these 2 images at the same time. 

However, there are times you may want to just stamp 1 of those butterflies. You could mask it off with a post-it-note or washi tape and that would fine for a one-off but if you wanted to stamp a background of butterflies flying in different directions, it could get messy and you would need a few post-it-notes. Today I was creating a card and wanted a background of stamped butterflies and I really couldn’t be bothered masking each time. So after a bit of thought, I took scissors to stamp, and cut them apart. It felt good. My butterflies were free. 

How to Cut Apart Your Stamps

As these are photopolymer stamps, fine tip scissors work fine. You just need to make one clean cut across. If you need to stamp it together, they will fit back like a jigsaw puzzle (see last picture) and you will be able to punch both images together. No harm done. If it’s a rubber stamp, I recommend you use a sharp scalpel and the same method of a nice clean cut so you can put it together when needed.

This is the card I was working and it shows how I’ve used the larger of the butterflies as a background image. This would also come in handy when you want to add an image to the inside of your card or the envelope.

I hope this inspires you to look at your stamps to see what options you have if you cut them so you can get more use out of them. 

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Hello Beautiful – Butterfly Gala Card

It’s a butterfly hat trick for me. The whole Gingham Gala suite just refuses to leave my desk. I love it.  My card today is a simple layout and makes good use of the beautiful DSP. I have tons of DSP and I figure I need to use it up as it’s getting out of control. Plus DSP gives you maximum effect with minimal work because the beauty of the paper will enhance even a simple project.

The Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper and Butterfly elements are free products which can be earned with a qualifying purchase. Take a look at this video for all the details of the Sale-A-Bration products that coordinate with the Gingham Gala suite. You don’t want to miss it. 

To Make this Card:

You will need the 3 largest circles from the Stitched Framelits dies. Die cut the larger 2 from DSP and the smallest from Shimmery White Cardstock. Take your Shimmery White Cardstock and water colour it using the ink refills and aqua painter. Let this thoroughly dry. Then stamp the sentiment. 

The flax ribbon has been coloured in with Light Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend. The sequins are self adhesive so they are easy to add to any project. For dimension, I added the butterfly elements, making this a very quick card to complete. 

Sale-A-Bration runs until 31st March. It’s your opportunity to earn some fabulous products for free. 

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Beautiful Butterflies Card Class Saturday 19th January

Date : Saturday 19th January
Time: 1 -4 pm
Location: Blind Bight 
RSVP: Tuesday 15th January 
Class cost: $15 includes all materials

Fun Stuff: Create 3 cards using a selection of products from the Occasions catalogue. So glad that we have more butterflies in our range. Come join our fun group and create some cards while you make new friends. 

Step-it-Up-Sunday #41 Butterfly Thank You Card

Welcome to the first edition of Step-it-Up Sunday for 2019. A whole new year ahead of us with so much crafting fun to be had. And what a way to kick it off with the new Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Catalogue. Have you had a chance to look at these yet? Please contact me to get your copy of these catalogues. You don’t want to miss out on this chance to earn free products.

My project today features the pretty butterflies in the Occasions catalogue. The stamp set has various butterflies with the large and smaller image on the one stamp. So when you stamp you are getting 2 butterflies at the same time. This then coordinates with the punch which punches out both images at the same time. A real time saver. You can colour in the butterflies or you use the additional filler stamps to fill in the images. The stamp and punch, when purchased as a bundle save you 10%, which is fantastic.  

In this suite, the first item that drew my attention was the pack of 6’x6′ gingham paper. I love the fresh, bright colours in this pack. It comes with small checks on one side and larger on the other. 

The measurements for this card is in inches. I tend to go between inches and centimetres depending on the project. Maybe I’m a little bit strange but it works for me! Do any of you do this too?

Whisper White card base  5′ x 10′ folded in half
Gingham DSP 5′ X 5′


Balmy Blue Cardstock  4′ x 4′

Stamp the sentiment. Punch out 3 butterflies and adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add enamel shapes. 


Emboss your Whisper White cardstock which has been cut to 4′ square. Run your sponge brayer over it with Balmy Blue ink. Add a strip of DSP onto 3¼’ square Balmy Blue cardstock. Then round the corners with the Detailed Trio punch. This punch is from the Annual Catalogue and has got to be the most used punch in my collection. Attach this layer onto the embossed layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals and then adhere with glue onto Gingham base. 


Stamp the 3 butterflies in Black and Balmy Blue and punch out. Die cut 2 flourishes. 

Tip: As this is an intricate flourish, I run it through about 4 times through the Big Shot, swapping the end which goes through the Big Shot first after a couple of times. This evens out the pressure and helps the die cut evenly.

Arrange the flourishes across the card. I have cut one in half to fit. Then attach the butterflies with mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on top of the flourish. 

These 3 items will get you on your way to making these cards and will also earn you a free Sale-A-Bration item.


Have a crafty week.

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Simple Gift Packaging for Butterfly Elements

My project today packages the Butterfly Elements which is a free Sale-A-Bration product you can get with a $90 purchase. What a lovely gift this would make for a crafty friend or for crafty you.

I have used also used the Sale-A-Bration Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper. To punch out the butterfly, cut out a section of the DSP. Then use a post-it-note as a ‘handle’ to help you maneuver it into the punch. This means you won’t waste any of that beautiful paper.

Cut a strip of the Designer Series Paper and wrap it around, attaching it with double sided tape at the join. Add the tag created with the Daffodil Delight Gingham Gala DSP layered onto Balmy Blue cardstock. I love the cheerfulness of these 2 colours. Pop on your butterfly with some mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and you have a cute little gift for a friend.

Purchases that total $90 will receive your choice of a free Sale-A-Bration Level 1 item. There are also products available for a $180 purchase (Level 2 item) There is no limit to the number of items you can choose. So if you spend $180 you can either choose 2 x Level 1 items or 1 x Level 2 item. 

For a full list of Sale-A-Bration items click on the image below. 

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Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogue Release

It’s the most exciting time of the Stampin’ Up! year with the release of the 2019 Occasions Catalogue and it’s accompanying Sale-A-Bration brochure. This is your chance to earn free products with every $90 spent (retail). The Occasions Catalogue is filled with some beautiful products covering special occasions such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and all other occasions in-between. 

Take a look inside the Sale-A-Bration catalogue for the beautiful products that you can get for free. This is a great opportunity for you to get your hands on additional stamps, embellishments and even a die set. 

These products are on top of any Stampin’ Rewards you may qualify for. During Sale-A-Bration you also have the opportunity to earn additional Stampin’ Rewards.

Make the most of this time and host a party at your home. Invite a few friends and I’ll bring the supplies and we can have a fun crafting session. Stamping is fun and easy and you will love what you can create with ink, paper and stamps. 

Please contact me if you would live in Australia and would like a copy of the catalogues and I will mail them out to you. 



Winter Woods Seasonal Cards

For my final cards this year I want to share with the cards that Cassidy and I made for each other this Christmas. Cassidy loves to create, decorate, draw and is artsy but Card Making is not her favourite. However, on my birthday and at Christmas she will make a card for me and she does a great job. 

This Christmas, her card featured stamping and heat embossing and I especially loved the colours of this card. Cassidy used the Winter Woods stamp set and didn’t realize there was a die to cut out the tree. So she fussy cut it. What a great job she did with that. 

I made Cassidy my first Bendy card and this was a lot of fun to create.Some retired products were used but mostly current items. I followed a tutorial however I adapted it to make it work for me. The trees die cut from the Joyous Noel Glimmer Paper were really striking.  

Without realizing it we had both ended up using the same bundle. Out of all the sets I have, for Cassidy to pick up one off the shelf that she liked and it just happened to be the one I had chosen for her, just shows that we are very close. Sometimes she reckons I can read her mind because we end up saying exactly the same thing at the same time. Same stamp set, different cards, endless possibilities. This bundle will be carrying over however it will not be as a bundle so if you want to save 10%, you will need to order before 2nd January. 

I’ll catch up with you in 2019 for more stamping fun. Happy New Year!


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