Step-it-Up Sunday #26 Little Elephant Welcome

Hi Friends,

Hope you are doing well and have had a lovely week. What creative projects have you been working on this week? I’ve been creating and preparing projects to share with you all. I even completed my first ever scrapbook page and I am so thrilled with how it turned out and will share this with you soon.

I was also fortunate to be able to register for our Bi-Annual demonstrator event – On Stage being held in November. I am super excited for this as we get to see new products, learn new techniques and meet other demonstrators.

 My Holiday catalogue preorder arrived with so many goodies. I’ve already shared one of the products on my Facebook page so if you would like to see it, make sure you check it out there. It’s a beautifully packaged bundle of products. Time constraints haven’t given me much of a chance to play with all the products I’ve received but I will continue keep you posted with photos and projects as I get a chance to play with them.

 You will get to order from the Holiday catalogue on 5th September however, if you don’t want to wait until then, then Join Up as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator and get to see the Holiday catalogue NOW and preorder products straightaway.

The bundle I feature today is the very cute Little Elephant bundle from the Annual catalogue which has 2 different sized elephants with a matching punch. I love the checked effect on the elephants which make them so cute.

Today’s sketch is great for using up your stash of Designer Series Paper.

Basic

The Designer Series Paper makes this a very quick card to make to welcome a little baby. Add the main panel of DSP onto Soft Sea Foam cardstock. Stamp the elephant in Soft Sea Foam ink, punch out and adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the  punched out circle and Starburst circle.

Add a band of Whisper White cardstock stamped with the sentiment and adhere  faceted dots to embellish this card.

Intermediate

Add extra dimension to the elephant by punching out a ear and attaching it on top. Stamp the check border on the sentiment panel in Pool Party. Then add some flags with strips of DSP around the elephant.  This is a great way of using up scrap pieces of DSP.

Advanced

I have kept the main card the same and stepped up the sentiment panel. Use a strip of Shimmer White cardstock and with an Aqua Painter apply Soft Sea Foam and Night of Navy re-inkers to create a background wash.  Dry between colours to prevent the colours from blending.

Die cut a border and emboss it with the Scattered Sequins Embossing Folder. Then attach this above the water coloured panel.

Hope you have enjoyed today’s card and can give it a try or perhaps an element of it such as the sketch or technique.

May your week be blessed.

 

 


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Faceted Dots

$10.50

Vintage Typewriter Birthday Note

When I saw this typewriter in the Annual catalogue, I just knew it would make it’s way into my collection of stamps. I love the vintage look of it, and all the other accompanying stamps which can create some amazing looks. 

This typewriter makes me think of my parents. They owned a vintage typewriter many years ago and then they upgraded to an electric one! That was a little bit of modern day luxury in our home. I remember ribbons, correction tape, carbon paper and a distinct smell that typewriters seemed to have. 

My Mama was a great typist but then there was Daddy! He was a super fast typist. Being the organized man he was, any notes and agendas were all typed up. Daddy was a preacher and more often than not his sermon notes were also typed and I still have these.

My card today draws on this colour combination.

I used the alphabet stamp to create a background in Gray Granite and Balmy Blue.On top of this I added a layer of Tranquil Textures DSP. I have found several sheets in this Designer Series Paper Pack work really well on many projects as they muted colours tone in well with so many colours.

The typewriter was stamped in Gray Granite and the doily image was stamped to resemble the printed paper, I remember well, which was used for special letters. Once this was fussy cut, I used a bone folder to curve the ‘letter’. I added Stampin’ Dimensionals in the centre of the ‘letter’ and liquid adhesive at the top to keep the curved shape. 

The doily has been coloured on the reverse in Daffodil Delight to match my card. 

I made a bouquet with the Framelits and added a bow to finish the card.

Reminder, Bonus Days is in during August. Every $90 spent earns you a $9 voucher to spend in September. No limit on the number you can earn so add extra glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Ink pads, Ink refills, and trimmer blades to get in on this promotion.    

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Having Fun with Embossing Folders Class

Saturday 18th August, 1pm

Join in our class this Saturday where we’ll use Embossing folders in different ways to create the 3 cards as shown.

Class cost $15 – all materials supplied 

Take some time out to enjoy creating with other crafters. 

Please RSVP by Friday so I can prepare kits. 

 

Stampin’ Up, Stamping Flair, Class, Embossing folders

Step-it-Up Sunday #25 Lovin’ Country Livin’

Hi friends,

Welcome to Stamping Flair and thank you for stopping by. It’s a start of another week and I hope you’ve got some great things planned. I’m looking forward to getting my pre order from the Holiday catalogue. Hopefully it will arrive tomorrow. If you would like a copy of the catalogue please contact me. There’s nothing quite like flicking through the pages of a beautiful book full of ideas to get you creating.

The stamp set I have used for today’s Step-it-Up Sunday is called Country Livin’. It has 3 images – a guitar, country boots and a truck which was the only stamp I hadn’t used as yet. I am really happy that I got to use it today with the country look I tried to get on the card. I love all things country so this stamp set was a must have for me.

As I did last week, again I have used the Under the Mistletoe Designer Series paper for a non Christmas card. DSP is versatile and because it is double sided you are not restricted to any particular season. Just let your imagination take you anywhere with your creations. I think today’s card is a great masculine card if you need some inspiration for men’s cards.

Basic

 

Create the base of this card with layers of Wood Textured DSP and Under the Mistletoe DSP. Stamp the image in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colour with Cherry Cobbler and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends. I didn’t do any shading with the Stampin’ Blends, I just used them like regular markers. Colour the grass with Granny Apple Green water colour pencil. Mount this panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stamp the sentiment in Mossy Meadow on Pear Pizzazz cardstock and punch out using the Darling label punch.

Intermediate

To step up the Basic card, add a layer of Crumb Cake cardstock which has been embossed with the Woodland embossing folder.

I distressed the edges of the Wood Textured DSP and the Whisper White panel using the long edge of the paper snips. The Stampin’ Up paper snips work really well for this. They are very sharp and if you haven’t got yourself a pair, I highly recommend them. They are great on paper and ribbons.

Using a sponge dauber, apply Early Espresso ink to the edges of the panels to give an aged look.

Advanced

In this card I used quite a few colours of Stampin’ Blends however if you don’t have them all, just work with what you’ve got – it will be fine. Alernately use Water colour pencils or Stampin’ Write markers, whatever works for you.

My first step up on this is to add some Early Espresso to the raised parts of the embossed Crumb Cake layer. The DSP layers are the same as before. Die cut a label in Early Espresso using the second largest label from the Stitched Seasons bundle. Cut this in half and adhere the 2 halves together to form a smaller label. The join is covered by the truck.

To complete the Advanced card, stamp the truck twice. Colour one image with Stampin’ Blends and colour only the grass section of the second image. Use a scalpel to cut 2 slits in the grass on the second image just under the tyres. Then attach the first image on top of this by inserting the tyres into the slits and add liquid glue just under the tyres to stabilize it. Mount up the rest of the truck with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Add this on top of your label with Dimensonals.

Stamp the sentiment in Mossy Meadow onto Whisper White cardstock and attach to a Pear Pizzazz layer. Attach this with Dimensionals to look like it’s being carried in your truck.

For an added country feel, stamp 3 images of corn from the Blended Seasons bundled. Colour in with Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Old Olive and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends and fussy cut. Attach with liquid glue. To create the bow, cut 2 pieces of twine, attach together and tie a bow. Finish off with a button.

The Blended Seasons Bundle is only available until 31st August, while stocks last. The double stitching on the frames are beautiful and can be used in so many ways. If you love the bundle then don’t miss out on ordering it.

I love hearing from you so please leave a comment or enquiry and I will reply to you.

Have a creative week.


 

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Glue Dots

$8.00

 

Graceful Garden Welcome for a New Team Member

I made this card to welcome my newest team member. Carlien has been a regular attendee at my classes for over a year and over that time she has come to really love all the products Stampin’ Up offers.  So it was a natural progression for her to join the team. Welcome Carlien.

All those who join receive a card and a gift from me as a thank you for becoming part of our Stampin’ Up family.  It just gets better and better as you go along. 

With this card I used the no line water colouring technique. Yes, there are lines but they are very feint. I stamped the outline in Gray Granite which has been stamped off twice. Then I added colour with water colour pencils. I blended these in with an aqua brush, slowly dragging in the outer line so it pretty much disappears.

The colours used were Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green and Garden Green. 

Interested in all that Stampin’ Up has to offer and what you can benefit from being part of my team? 

Stamping Flair Join My team

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Heat Tool

$50.00

Quick Card with the Beautiful Promenade Suite

The beautiful Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper makes it very easy to create quick cards. The sentiment I used for this card is from the Beautiful Promenade stamp set and makes this a suitable ‘thinking of you’ card. There are some other lovely sentiments and images in this set with the dies to match.

To create it, layer a piece of Designer Series Paper onto Smoky Slate cardstock. The Gray marble paper, which the sentiment is stamped on, is the reverse side of the floral paper. Layer this piece onto Smoky Slate cardstock as well.

Wrap the tulle ribbon right around the card and tie in a bow. The flower is stamped in Blushing Bride on Blushing Bride cardstock and the die makes it easy to cut the image.

Put it all together and your card is all set. Make a batch of these with different sentiments for different occasions.

Purchase the Beautiful Promenade bundle and an ink pad to total a minimum $90 and receive a $9 Bonus days voucher which can be used in September. There is no limit on the number of vouchers you can earn.

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Host a Party in September and get a Free Gift

We all love a good party where we get together with friends and have a laugh, chat and a really good time. Craft parties are no different. You get together with like minded friends who love to create handmade things and have a really fun time.

Host a party in September and get the Dashing Along Designer Series Paper free with $400 in sales. This is exclusive to those who host a party. You get the usual Stampin’ Rewards as well, so this is a bonus. 

Stampin’ Up Dashing Along Promotion

What does hosting a party involve? 

  • It’s a simple get together with some friends. Just invite some friends, relations, neighbours, work colleagues, gym friends.
  • If you like, you can provide coffee and cake or something similar – whatever you like 
  • I bring a project for you all to make
  • I’ll bring product samples, catalogues and everything else needed for your crafting
  • YOU receive the rewards

What type of party can you have? 

  • A crafty afternoon where you get everyone together 
  • An evening get together 
  • You could have your birthday celebration in the form of a Stampin’ Up party, Instead of purchasing gifts, guests can provide an amount that you can shop with through the catalogue. We will still have make and takes and other fun stuff.
  • Fundraisers for schools, play groups, churches, community groups
  • Team building party for your work group or social committee
  • Themed party – memory keeping, Christmas, floral, kids, nature – it’s endless

The Holiday catalogue is out now as well so we have so much to talk about. Super exciting.

Call me to book a date and we can chat about what products you would like to focus on at a party. It’s your party, your choice and you get the Hostess Rewards to spend on more Stampin’ Up goodies.

Contact me to book your  Party

Stampin’ Up Hostess Rewards

 

Easel Fancy Fold Card Instructions

The Easel fold is a very simple fancy fold but looks really effective. When you decorate it and add all your embellishments it looks more complicated than it is. For this card, I stamped the image. Instead of that, you could add Designer Series Paper and add a die cut circle or oval to stamp on. This would add extra dimension.

Measurements

Card base – 14.8 x 21cm 

Score and fold at 5.2 cm and 10.5cm

  • Cardstock – 2 pieces 14.2 x 4.6cm
  • DSP – 2 pieces in different designs 13.6 x 4cm

Centre Panel

  • Cardstock – 6.8 x 8.4cm 
  • Whisper White Cardstock – 6.2 X 7.8cm

This panel can vary in size. You just need to make sure that when the card is folded flat, it still fits inside the envelope.

Instructions

Stamp your Whisper White panel with chosen image and embellish as you like. Then layer this onto your matte and mount with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto your card.

Sentiment – This needs to be mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals and attached at about 1/4 way up the back of the card so when it is opened the sentiment will stop it from closing.

 

Step-it-Up Sunday #24 Magical Fairy Celebration

Hi Friends,

Blessed Sunday to each of you. How did you go this week juggling all that you do each day? I realize I can’t do everything and don’t juggle that well sometimes but that’s ok. We must look after ourselves despite the hectic pace of life.

I got to see the new Holiday Catalogue this past week. Oh my goodness …. get ready for it lovely people. It is awesome. I love Christmas and every page I turned I wanted something. Even the things that weren’t Christmas were awesome. I can’t handle it – decisions, decisions. If you live in Australia and would like a catalogue, please contact me with your address and I will get one out to you.

This past week, Cassidy had her City Experience excursion. This was a learning curve for her as much as it was a test of me trusting God to look after her. She had 5 days of catching trains into the city and a bunch of her friends went together so it was safe. They had time to explore and find their way around the city while they completed several activities. She is much more confident now with the train travel and we both survived! 

For Cassidy’s 7th birthday we had a fairy come to the party and do magic tricks and face painting and all the pretty things that little girls love. I think we all know a little girl who loves fairies and believes in the magic they bring. Today’s card is for that little girl. The Fairy Celebration stamp set is enchanted and I have several other cards in my mind which I want to make. I focused on the toadstool in this image and worked my card around it.

Basic

Create your own Designer Series Paper with the leaf and mushroom stamps from the Foxy Friends stamp set by stamping onto Whisper White cardstock. I love the mushroom because it is so cute. There are a few different ones in this set. I have had the stamp set for a while but hadn’t opened it and the first stamps I used were these tiny ones.

Attach this and the Designer Series Paper to your Pear Pizzazz card base. Stamp the fairy image in Black ink and layer on Basic Black cardstock then mount with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto your card base.

Intermediate
Spotlighting Technique

Stamp Fairy on 2 pieces of Whisper White cardstock. One piece is your base and from the other, punch out a circle to highlight part of the image. Colour parts of the image within the circle with Stampin’ Write markers. I have used Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Mint Macaron and Powder Pink. Align the circle image and mount on top of other fairy image with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 

Add a strip of Pear Pizzazz cardstock punched with the Decorative Ribbon Border punch then mount the image on top.

Advanced

I turned the Basic card into an Easel card for the Advance crafter. Although this is a simple card fold, it takes it to the next step. Follow this link Easel card for instructions on how to create this fold.

The focal image is as per the Intermediate card.  Apply liquid glue to the wings and pour Dazzling Diamonds to add sparkle.  Add some die cut leaves to embellish the card.

Stamp the sentiment and mount with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto Pear Pizzazz cardstock. Then mount onto card base with Dimensionals. Make sure that it is placed about a 1/4 way up from the bottom so that the card stays up when open.

If you haven’t tried this fold before, why not give it a try this week. Let me know how you go with it and please ask me any questions you may have.

Hope you have a great week.

 


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Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad

Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Pad
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$11.50

Blended Seasons Class

We learned new techniques, tried out a brand new bundle and had a fantastic time at today’s Blended Seasons class. Thank you to the lovely ladies who came. Lots of laughs and the conversation was plenty. 

Here are the cards that were made. Each one was different as the ladies have their own style.  That’s the beauty of handmade cards – they are unique. 

Stampin’ Up, Stamping Flair, Card Class

Stampin’ Up, Stamping Flair, Card Class

Stampin’ Up, Stamping Flair, Card Class

Classes are held in Blind Bight in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Join in to find out how much fun it is and have the enjoyment of creating handmade cards.