Step-it-Up Sunday #51 Beautiful You


Hope this Sunday finds you well and refreshed for the week ahead. This week I set out to clear out some incomplete cards and make envelopes for cards – tying up loose ends. There are still so many half done projects I have. Slowly but surely I say.

Today I have got out the Beautiful You stamp set which has been in our catalogue for a couple of years now. This has been such a popular stamp set and I thought it required a spot on ‘Step-it-Up Sunday’. This week I’ve changed my categories to tie in with the categories that Stampin’ Up! promote to make it easier to identify the cards which might be suitable for the various types of crafters. 

I started off with a piece of Designer Series Paper and then worked out my colour combination from there. 


Step-it-Up Sunday Stampin' Up! Beautiful You stamp set Beginner Crafter

I used Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the lady onto Whisper White cardstock. What I love about this stamp set are those scribbly images that add colour by just stamping. The dress was stamped in Grapefruit Grove and the water in Coastal Cabana which has been stamped off once.

I used a border stamp from Southern Serenade stamp set to add some extra interest to this panel. The sentiment is from the Botanical Bliss stamp set. 


To step this card up, I stamped the image in Stazon ink onto Shimmery white cardstock. Then I created a mask and water coloured around the lady with Coastal Cabana and Grapefruit Grove ink refills. Using a sponge dauber, I distressed the edges of the cardstock with these same colours. 

Step-it-Up Sunday Stampin' Up! Beautiful You stamp set Casual crafter Watercolour wash with ink refills

The laser cut paper has been coloured with the Stampin’ Blend to match the project. 


Step-it-Up Sunday Stampin' Up! Beautiful You stamp set Avid Crafter, Lasercut paper, Delicately Detailed Specialty DSP, Masking, Stencil

Some extra detail was added to the base card using a doily mask and a sponge dauber. The Delightfully Detailed Memories & More card pack came in so handy to embellish and add just that little bit more. I have got so much use out of this pack and have used it in various ways. I’ve even die cut the leaves out of one of the cards in this pack. 

Specialty DSP Save your paper

The black laser cut paper really adds a nice touch. I wasn’t happy that I was losing half of it behind my main panel so I punched out a circle from it to get more use out of it. Then I added this to the sentiment. 

Step it up Sunday Create a handmade card with Beautiful You stamp set by Stampin Up

Hope you’ve enjoyed these cards and please leave any comments and feedback. I’d love to hear from you. 


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Bunny Builder Punch Low Stock

We have received notification from Stampin’ Up! with regards to this cute little bunny from the Annual Catalogue. Sales for the Bunny Builder Punch (item 147039) have exceeded forecast and supplies are limited. We expect to deplete our inventory of this product within the next two weeks; it will no longer be orderable once inventory is depleted.

So if this punch or the bundle has been on your wish list, order straight away to avoid disappointment. 

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Lovely Lattice Thank You Card

I’ve used the free Sale-A-Bration Lovely Lattice stamp set to create this Thank you card. I really like the framed look that can be achieved with the use of the Rectangle Stitched Framelit dies. This is such a useful tool and I find myself reaching out to use it all the time. The stitched edging gives a lovely finish to projects.

All that’s involved with this card is just basic colouring in with Stampin’ Blends. Here’s a list of the colours I’ve used. 

If you haven’t given Stampin’ Blends a try, I encourage you to definitely try a couple of colours to start with. You will find it such an easy colouring system to use. With 2 shades – light and dark for each colour in the set, it is not complicated and blending is very easy. I also suggest having a Colour Lifter on hand for those slips we all tend to have. I may have mistaken a stem for a flower….That Colour Lifter is like magic. I turned red into green just like that! 

The ribbon I have used was part of the Sale-A-Bration offering but due to the popularity of it, Stampin’ Up! is out of stock. Just goes to show that these products are in fact really good value and great quality. You can substitute Daffodil Delight Double Stitched Ribbon instead. 

Sale-A-Bration Lovely Lattice Coloured in

Sale-A-Bration goes through until 31st March so make the most of it and remember the Sale-A-Bration coordination items are also available until this time or while stocks last. Don’t miss out on your favourites.

Sale-A-Bration Coordination Products

Please contact me on [email protected] with any queries. 

Products used 

Lovely Lattice Cling Stamp Set

Thoughtful Banners Photopolymer Stamp Set

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Duet Banner Punch

Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies


Just Add Ink Challenge #447 Fable Friends

I’m participating in the Just Add Ink sketch challenge this week. I love working with sketches as it gives me a starting point but yet so many options to work with. 

Just Add Ink Sketch Challenge

I chose my bunny friend from Fable Friends for this card. This time creating a newborn card and using the sentiment from the Baby Bear stamp set. 

I added Soft Sea Foam to the Country Floral Embossing Folder before running through the Big Shot to create the background. I’m really loving this effect. It’s so pretty and soft. I stamped the bunny then masked off it off to stamp around it using the Artisan Textures stamp. The jacket has been coloured with Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blends and the bunny in Early Espresso Water Colour pencil. I used Whisper White cardstock and gently blended it in using a Blender pen.

As I didn’t have any So Saffron ribbon and felt the card needed it, I coloured the tulle ribbon with a sponge dauber. The soft look suits this baby card. 

Embossing the envelope added a nice touch to create a matching look. 

Embossed Country Floral Envelope

Stop by the Just Add Ink blog to view the other creative entries using this sketch.

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Butterfly Elements

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Blender Pens

Faceted Dots


Joy Fold Card Tutorial

Hope you are enjoying the labour day holiday. Long weekend, short week – how good is that? On Step-it-Up Sunday yesterday I shared a Joy Fold card.

Click on the link to download a PDF tutorial to make this card. There are measurements, instructions and photos to help you. Please contact me with any questions and feedback.

Joy Fold Card Tutorial




Step-it-Up Sunday #50 Bloom by Bloom

Hi friends,

What’s on this weekend for you? We are enjoying the labour day long weekend and not much labour being done here. Just relaxing watching movies and crafting. 

I finally got the Bloom by Bloom bundle in my last order so here it is on Step-it-Up Sunday. It is a bright and cheerful suite and the Designer Paper is so colourful that I really wanted to showcase it. Check out the Advanced card where I have used a good range of this paper. 


This stamp set really lends itself to the #simplestamping trend that Stampin’ Up! are promoting. I found the Stamparatus was a very useful tool when stamping with this photopolymer set. There were times I didn’t get a full image first go and with the Stamparatus I was able to restamp without wasting cardstock. Although the flower shows up quite dark in this photo, it is Calypso Coral but I think my ink pad was a bit juicy. 

The edges have been punched with Detailed Trio punch and I added ribbon with double sided tape which was attached at the back of the Whisper White cardstock. 


To create the ombrè look on this flower, I used the Stamparatus to first stamp it in Pineapple Punch. Then using a sponge dauber, I added Calypso Coral onto the stamp and restamped over the flower. I did this a few times until I achieved the desired colour.  Without a Stamparatus this would be a bit tricky. 

Then I fussy cut the flower and leaves and adhered with Dimensionals. A panel of Designer Paper ties all the colours together.


A Joy Fold is used to step this card up. This is a really great fancy fold for using up your stash of patterned paper and showcasing it and what a fun card for someone to receive. You have lots of room to write inside as well.

I added a bow to this card using a glue dot. The satin ribbon which is part of this suite really drapes well and makes it easy to tie a bow. 

Sale-A-Bration has a few weeks left so make sure you don’t miss out on these fabulous products. Also this month we have the Sale-A-Bration Coordination products. All these are available until March 31st or while stocks last. So if you like something make sure you get it while it’s still there. 

Drop by tomorrow when I will be posting the dimensions for this card. Don’t want to miss out on any of my posts? Make sure you Subscribe to my Blog and you will receive an email when there’s a new post. 

Sale-A-Bration Coordination

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SIP #189 Gingham Easter Card

I’m participating for the first time in the Stamp, Ink, Paper challenge. I couldn’t go past the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper for this card featuring this cute squirrel from the Fable Friends stamp set. For me, this is the cutest stamp set in the Occasions Catalogue. 

I have made my card just a little bit smaller to work in with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits dies. The card base is 10.5cm x 13.8cm whereas usually it would be 10.5cm x 14.8cm. 

The squirrel has been stamped in Tuxedo Black ink and coloured with Stampin’ Blends. The grass was added with Soft Sea Foam ink.

I picked up on the daisy the squirrel was holding and decided to pull out the old favourite Daisy punch. In our previous Annual Catalogue, this bundle was a firm favourite but I’ve not used it much lately. So, what better way to use it than to celebrate a bright and cheerful Easter. 

Easter Card with Gingham and Squirrel

I stamped 3 daisies on Daffodil Delight cardstock. Then I added some highlights with the Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend. The petals were curled using a bone folder to add extra dimension. Offset the daisies when assembling them for a fuller look.

Daisy Delight coloured with Stampin Blends Alcohol Markers

As I had run out of large Clear Faceted Gems, I was forced to use a Gold one in the centre. This blended in too much with the flower and didn’t stand out at all. So I added more depth to it by colouring it in with the Dark Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blend. This matched well with the daisy in the stamp. 

The Easter sentiment has been heat embossed with White embossing powder.

Ok, it’s not a bunny but it’s cute and I think it still works. Make sure you check out all the checks and stripes on the Stamps, Ink, Paper blog for more inspiration.

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Heat Tool

Daisy Punch

Bone Folder


Making a Creative Element Out of a Mistake

A few weeks back we had no electricity for nearly 24 hours and I occupied some of my time by making cards under candlelight. My eyesight is not the greatest at the best of times so candlelight posed an extra challenge for me. I was working with the Classic Garage Suite preparing for blogging, classes and Class in the Mail.

The coordinating colours in the Designer Series Paper are BasicBlack, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla and Whisper. However, I wanted to create with a slight different colour palette. So I chose Balmy Blue to work in with Real Red Basic Gray and Whisper White. I stamped, coloured and die cut the pieces and partially assembled the card so I could complete it another day.

The car was coloured with Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends. Love this colour. I die cut the gears and then used a sponge dauber to add Real Red to it. This gave it a distressed look. And how cute is that little metal key? Each pack of embellishments come with 8 keys and 8 spanners for $12.25. That’s 76 cents each. Cute embellishment to add at not much cost and it finishes the card off nicely.

When I went to add my sentiment I realized that I had stuffed up a bit. So have you spotted my boo boo yet? I mixed Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock on the card. The car is stamped on Whisper White and the stripes and sentiment on Very Vanilla. Not a regular combination. Now I did think of fixing it but overall I liked the look of it because I added a little punched piece of Designer Paper which tied in the Very Vanilla nicely. A mistake became something I actually liked. 

Like to make some more cards with this suite? Take a look at March Class in the Mail where the featured suite is the Classic Garage suite. You make any order of $60 using the given Host Code and I’ll send you complete PDF instructions which include measurements and photos, card bases and envelopes to get you on your way to making 4 cards. No planning necessary as I plan the layouts for you. Here’s a preview of the cards featured in the PDF. 

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Step-it-Up Sunday #49 Incredible Like You

Hello Friends,

It’s great to have you here for Step-it-Up Sunday. We’ve had a very hot week in Melbourne this week with temperatures averaging in the mid 30°s. Summer maybe over but it’s still giving us a reminder that it’s not over yet. I’ve got bright flowers to remind us of the fun colours of summer before we really get into autumn.


The incredible like you stamp set is a two-step stamp set and is perfect for the beginner card maker. With just some simple stamping this colourful card was so easy to create.

I first stamped the lines several times by stamping off first on a scrap bit of paper so I got a lighter image. Then I stamped the flowers and leaves directly over it. 

I found that stamping the outline image of the flower first, made it easier for me to line up the fill in image, which was stamped off first before stamping on card, using Lovely Lipstick. The leaves were stamped in Lemon Lime Twist and Call Me Clover. Then I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black.


For this card I covered the card base with the Sale-A-Bration Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper. Love that these papers are coloured on one side and black and white on the other, giving you versatility for projects.  On a panel of Whisper White cardstock, I recreated the image as I did for the Basic card. Then I embossed the sentiment in White Embossing Powder on Basic Black cardstock. This was then die cut and added to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 


To step this card up I stamped the flowers, fussy cut and attached with Dimensionals. I also added some leaves punched from the Sprig punch. A die cut border from the Delicate Lace Edgelits Dies added a lovely lacy look to the bottom of the Whisper White panel. These dies come with 3 different borders to create different looks.

The Call Me Clover panel was created using the Country Floral Embossing Folder which is a Sale-A-Bration item. I achieved this effect by patting my ink pad directly over the depressed (not raised side/the side which hasn’t got the logo on it)  side of the Embossing Folder. Then I ran the cardstock through the Big Shot. This created a coloured background with white embossed areas.

Here’s a look at some of the other colours I created using this method. I really love this look especially with this pretty embossing folder. Isn’t it effective?

Sale-A-Bration products are available while stocks last and only until 31st March. Also don’t forget the Sale-A-Bration coordination products. There are dies, stamps and punches to coordinate with other Sale-A-Bration items.  

Have a fantastic week. Stay cool!

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Heat Tool

Sprig Punch