Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop – Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek

Hello Stamping Friends,

It’s great to have you visiting me today at Stamping Flair. I’m so excited to be participating in the Stampin’ Dreams blog hop and to be able to share with you a sneak peek from the brand new Holiday Catalogue.

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop July Designer Series Paper

With so many products to choose from, it was really hard to work out what I wanted to highlight today. I have chosen the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley to feature in my projects. 

Christmas card with Most Wonderful Time of the Year Product Medley

This Product Medley is a bunch of beautiful products in a box and when I opened it, it was like a Christmas present. There are so many things in the box. Here’s what you get. 

  • 48 sheets 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper (8 sheets of 6 double sided designs)
  • 12 gold foil card fronts (4 each of 3 designs)
  • 7 sticker sheets
  • 9.1m gold/white tinsel trim
  • 58 adhesive-backed gold faceted stars
  • 6 dies
  • 11 piece stamp set

So you can make a LOT of cards with this Product Medley. 

The tree has been stamped with the new Delicata Golden Glitz Metallic ink. This ink range also comes in Silvery Shimmer and Celestial Copper. These inks are beautiful and I love the metallic look of them. The tree is stamped on Shimmery White cardstock. I then inked up a clear block with Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive and used an aqua painter to pick up the colour for the tree. 

Ice Glitter on Christmas tree, Holiday Catalogue 2019

Then I poured Ice Stampin’ Glitter over the tree by applying liquid glue in the areas I wanted covered with glitter and poured the glitter over. 

To coordinate with the card I also made this cute mini Curvy Keepsake box. It’s a die that cuts this out in one piece and it is so easy to assemble. What a cute little package to give with this card at Christmas. I embellished it with the ribbon and sticker from the Product Medley. 

Mini Curvy Keepsake box, Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Hope you have been inspired with these projects to get a start on your Christmas creating. You are currently visiting Rochelle Laird-Smith of Stamping Flair in Australia. For more inspiration, make sure you stop by all the blog hop participants listed below to see what products they are previewing. 

All supplies used to make this card are listed below with the first 5 products being brand new. These will not be available for purchase until the 4th of September.  Click on any of the other product images to be taken direct to my Online store to place an order or call me and I can put the order through for you.

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All orders placed receive a handmade card and orders over $50 will receive a $10 voucher from me.

Use host code for orders under $250. Orders that are over $250 are entitled to your own Stampin’ Rewards as well as my handmade card and voucher. 

Would you like a New Catalogue?

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue cover

Message me at [email protected] and I’ll be happy to get one out to you. 

Please leave me feedback or contact me with any queries. I would love the opportunity to help you along your crafting journey.



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Krea8tors August 2019 Blog Hop – Color Challenge Farms

Kre8tors Blog Hop August Color Challenge

Hi Friends,

So glad that you have stopped by today. I’m excited to be participating for the first time in the Kre8tors Blog Hop.  This month’s theme is The Hood River Fruit Loop. It’s a collection of farms in the Hood River Valley in Oregon, USA that offer fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other items straight off the farm. 

We had to select 3 of the 5 featured colours beneath this beautiful photo. I have chosen Early Espresso, Petal Pink and Cherry Cobbler. Kre8tors Blog Hop August 2019 Color Challenge Stampin' Up!

The Whisper White layer has been stamped in Early Espresso with the script from the Very Versailles stamp set. Then I added the flourish from Leave a Little Sparkle in Cherry Cobbler. 3 leaves were stamped on top with Early Espresso. To complete the background, I used the Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write marker and created the splatter effect by flicking the brush side against the cap of the marker. This creates the subtle splatter look.

Next I drew 2 lines in pencil to indicate where I was going to cut through. The vertical line was 2.5 cm from left edge at top and 4.5 cm from left edge at bottom. The horizontal line was 11.5 cm from top on left side and 7.5 cm from top on right side.

I trimmed about 1/2 cm on either side of the pencil mark which forms the gap so the Early Espresso can show through. 

I used the new Daisy Lane bundle and stamped and punched 3 daises, layering and curling the petals with a bone folder to create the flower. 

You are currently visiting Rochelle Laird-Smith of Stamping Flair. Make sure you hop by all the participants to see the wonderful projects each one has created. Click on the Next button to see what Linda Handford has prepared for you.

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Melissa Tennison USA

Cheryl Hamilton

Su Mohr

Rochelle Laird-Smith – You are here

Linda Handford UK

Sandra Roberts – UK

Laura Mackie (UK)

Anastasia Radloff

Sue McDonald

Angie McKenzie (USA)

Jan Musselman – USA

Jacqui Lawrence UK

Rebecca-Jo Unwin- Australia

Deb Naylor

Tracie St-Louis – Canada

Janey Backer

Tracy Marie Lewis – US

Ximena Morales

Margriet Siekman

Tricia Butts

Alexandra Rauf

Annette Ball

Dana Sullivan – USA

Cheryl Taylor (UK)

Cutting Dimensions

  • Petal Pink – 21cm x 14.8cm (scored in half) and daisies
  • Earl Espresso – 9.9cm x 14.2cm and leaves
  • Whisper White – 9.3cm x 13.6cm (cut as per instructions above)

All supplies used to make this card are listed below. Click on any of the product images to be taken direct to my Online store to place your order.

Current Host Code: UHXRSHYC

All orders placed receive a handmade card and orders over $50 will receive a gift from me.

Use host code for orders under $250. Orders that are over $250 are entitled to your own Stampin’ Rewards as well as my handmade card and gift.

Please leave me feedback or contact me with any queries. I would love the opportunity to help you along your crafting journey.



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Stampers Showcase Blog Hop – Let it Ride Masculine Card

Hello friends,

Welcome to my blog – Stamping Flair. Thank you for taking the time to visit me. Today I’m participating in the Stampers Showcase Blog Hop. This month we are featuring projects with a masculine theme. If you’re stuck for masculine makes, we’ve got you covered. 

My masculine card features the Let it Ride stamp set which is suited for anyone but for this challenge it’s being a male stamp set!

Handmade card with horse, Masculine card with horse, Stampin' Up!

I started off by attaching a piece of Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper to an Old Olive card base. The benefit of double sided paper is one side could have beautiful flowers (just like this one has) and then the other is suitable for a masculine card. Next I added a matted layer of the Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Paper which adds a richness to this card to mark a celebratory occasion. The vertical lines in this DSP create a formal look which I think worked well for this masculine card.

Stampers Showcase Blog Hop, Horse handmade card

The horse has been stamped in Soft Suede and die cut with the Stitched Shapes dies. I then formed a loop with the ribbon which has been attached with Tear & Tape. A bow from the linen trim adds a touch of rustic to coordinate with the horse. The stamped circle was then mounted with Dimensionals and layered on Old Olive and Early Espresso circles. I completed the card with a sentiment stamped in Early Espresso.

Noble Peacock DSP with male card


  • Old Olive – 21 cm x 14.8 cm (scored in half), die cut circle and scrap for sentiment
  • Whisper White – 6.8 cm x 10 cm and die cut circle
  • Early Espresso die cut circle
  • Perennial Essence DSP – 9.9 cm x 14.2 cm 
  • Noble Peacock Specialty DSP – 6.4 cm x 9.6 cm

I hope this inspires you with those sometimes-hard-to-make men’s cards. Please hop through the blogs and get more inspiration.  Next up is Ange Mc Kay. Click on the Next Blog button to see what she’s created for the guys. 

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Every $90 you spend you get a $9 voucher to spend in August. Each increment of $90 (ex-shipping) will earn you additional coupons.

All supplies used to make this card are listed above. Click on any of the product images to be taken direct to my Online store to place your order.

Current Host Code: UHXRSHYC

All orders placed receive a handmade card and orders over $50 will receive a gift from me.

Use Host Code for orders under $250. Orders that are over $250 are entitled to your own Stampin’ Rewards as well as my handmade card and gift.

Please leave me feedback or contact me with any queries. I would love the opportunity to help you along your crafting journey.



Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop – Favourite Designer Series Paper

Hello Friends,

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog today. Today I’m taking part in the Stampin’ Dreams Monthly Blog Hop.  It’s my first time participating and I’m really grateful for the opportunity. This month’s theme is Designer Series Paper. 

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop July Designer Series Paper

Stampin’ Up! has given us a beautiful range of paper to create with including 12″x12″ and 6″x6″ papers.  There are papers in all our Classic and In-Colour ranges plus all the beautiful patterned papers we have including specialty papers such as foil and vellum. See the entire range HERE.

Fancy fold cards are a great way to show case Designer Series Paper. I have chosen my favourite, Bird Ballad paper to work with today. With so many designs of birds, feathers, bird cages, flowers and images that are perfect for fussy cutting, this paper can be used in so many ways. 

Create a Fanfare Fold card with Bird Ballad DSP

I have created a fun fold card to show off this pretty paper. This card was adapted from one which Lyssa Griffith Zwolanek had created and is called a Fanfare Fancy Fold. The original didn’t stand upright so I got rid of one layer to enable it to stand up. I then modified it to create this version. I love the simplicity of this fold yet it is fun and interactive with the concertina fold opening up to show the different layers.

Fun Fold card with feathers and birds

I used various sheets of this DSP. The card base displays the paper beautifully. The centre image of the birds has been fussy cut from one of the sheets. 

Pigment Sprinkle leaves with Birds

To create the leaves, spritz a piece of Shimmery White cardstock with water and then sprinkle with the Granny Apple Green Pigment Sprinkles over it. The new pigment sprinkles are a fun product to work with, giving you completely different looks each time.

Leave this to completely dry. Then die cut the leaves using the Magnolia Memory Dies. 

To add some extra dimension and depth to this panel, I stamped, coloured and fussy cut a few extra flowers and added the leaves. Both the flowers and leaves have been curled using a bone folder

Create an interactive handmade card with Stampin' Up! products

Finally, I stamped the sentiment and added a flower which has been fussy cut out of DSP to complete the card.

Bird Ballad card with feathers and Hello greeting

Cardstock Measurements:

    • Daffodil Delight card base – 29.5 cm x 14.8 cm. Score on the long side at 4 cm, 8 cm, 14 cm and 20 cm. (Folded in Mountain, Valley, Mountain, Valley)
    • Early Espresso 
      3.5 cm x 14.4 cm
      5.4 cm x 14.4 cm
      9.1 cm x 14.4 cm
    • Designer Series Paper
      3.1 cm x 14 cm
      5 cm x 14 cm
      8.7 cm x 14 cm
    • Calypso Coral for Stiched Label Die and circle
    • Whisper White for Stitched Label Die, circle and scraps
    • Shimmery White piece for leaves

I hope you have been inspired to get your Designer Series Paper out and use it up. Have fun trying out this Fanfare Fold.

You are currently visiting Rochelle Laird-Smith at Stamping Flair. Please make sure you stop by all of the other blogs listed below and see all the wonderful creations . Next up is Candice Fields with her fun take on this theme. 


This month is Bonus Days and for every $90 you spend (ex-shipping) you get a $9 voucher to spend in August. 

All supplies used to make this card are listed below. Click on any of the product images to be taken direct to my Online store to place your order.

Current Host Code: UHXRSHYC

All orders placed receive a handmade card and orders over $50 (ex-shipping) will receive a $10 gift voucher each month you order, to put towards an order the following month.

Use Host Code for orders under $250.
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esad 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek Blog Hop

Hi Friends,

Thank you for stopping by my blog – Stamping Flair. Today I’m participating in a Blog Hop with my fellow demonstrator friends from the Facebook group ESAD.  It’s great that you are able to join in the anticipation and excitement of the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue which launches 4th June by taking a look at a variety of beautiful projects featured in this Blog Hop. 

What is ESAD, ESAD Blog Hop

You will find lots of inspiration in the projects that are shared. Make sure you visit each one and check them out.  I’m certain that you will fall in love with the suites and individual products featured and then have a very long wish list just like I have! 

I have chosen to feature the Bird Ballad suite which is from Pages 90 to 92 of the Annual Catalogue. I have also highlighted one of the new In-Colours which is my favourite. Can you guess which one it is? 

Take a look at my blog header for a clue!

Yes…you’re right – It’s none other than Rococo Rose. I just had to!

There are a number of products that coordinate to form the Bird Ballad Suite.

Products in the Bird Ballad Suite

  • Free as a Bird stamp set (Item No. 149468)
  • Stitched Nested Labels Dies (Item No. 149592)
  • Bird Ballad Laser Cut Cards & Tin (Item No. 149595)
  • Scalloped Lace Trim (Item No. 149593)
  • Bird Ballad Trinkets (Item No.149594)

Buying the stamp set and dies as a bundle saves you 10%. Look for the 10% off sign in the catalogue to save on bundle purchases. Bird Ballad Bundle Item No. 151123.

Simplified Ordering

A new feature in this catalogue is that you can order a complete set of products in a suite using just ONE product number.  So, for instance, when you  just NEED the the Bird Ballad suite (wink, wink) you won’t have to enter 6 different item numbers. You just enter the one Item No. 152190, making it easy to get everything you want in one simple step. This type of simplified ordering is featured throughout the entire catalogue so keep a look out for it. 

Double Embossed Card

Nesting dies in general are a favourite tool of mine and I can see these Nested Label Dies getting a lot of use by me. There are 9 dies in the set. With the stitched edging it gives a lovely finish to the label.

I have used these dies in a few ways on this card. First I have used it to partially emboss the cardstock, then I used it to emboss the outline of the die into the cardstock and lastly to create a frame. 

Partial Embossing

To prepare the shims I used the cardstock that backs some of our Designer Series Paper packs. You will need 3 pieces of cardstock at 14.8 x 10.5 cm which is the size of the card base.

A. Align the die according to which part of your card stock you don’t want embossed. In this case, I wanted the empty space in the centre so I set my die and secured it with washi tape. I ran it quite a few times through my die cutting machine. However, as it was so thick it didn’t cut through but it left a deep indentation which made it easy to cut through with my paper snips. Just cut from the edge of your cardstock and then round the shape (this won’t affect the process).

B. Prepare another 2 pieces like this. Instead of running through the die cutting machine this time, I used the first piece as a template.

Partial Embossing Technique Steps

C. Attach the 3 pieces together with a couple of strips of washi tape.

D. Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock at 14.4cm x 10.1cm. Using your die as a template, pencil in the shape on the cardstock.

Partial Embossing Sandwich for Big Shot

The number of shims (cardstock) will vary according to the thickness of your embossing folder. This is what I used for the Layered Leaves embossing folder which is a thicker style folder. 

  • Big Shot Platform
  • Embossing Folder with Whisper White cardstock inside
  • Shims on top of closed embossing folder. The opening should line up with the drawn label on the Whisper White cardstock
  • Blue silicone sheet

Run this through the Big Shot and you will have an embossed outer section with a blank centre. Next I used the same die to create an embossed outline for the centre using Embossing Mats. 

Using 2 smaller dies I die cut a frame from Rococo Rose cardstock. Doesn’t that stitching look lovely?

Die Cut frame from Nested Labels Dies, Handmade bird card


Now for my centrepiece – those beautiful birds. I stamped them on Shimmery White cardstock in Stazon ink.  Watercolouring this image was what I had in mind but I had done the unthinkable and ordered ink pads without refills so I found a work around. I inked up some Clear Blocks with Rococo Rose, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay and used the ink on them to watercolour the birds with an Aqua Painter. Sometimes this can give a little bit more control over the colours as it’s not so strong as ink refills.

Birds coloured with aqua brushes using ink, Free as a Bird stamp set, Stampin' Up!

I stamped 3 lots of these birds so I could layer them for depth. The other colours I used for the rest of the image were Mossy Meadow, Terracotta Tile and Early Espresso.

To add a dash of colour to the partially embossed cardstock. I lightly watercoloured some Bermuda Bay in the centre. Then I inked up Clear Block A with Daffodil Delight, stamped off and then lightly stamped over the Bermuda Bay. This created a subtle background for the birds.

The sentiment has been stamped on Sahara Sand cardstock and embellished with the lovely Bird Ballad trinkets. These have a lovely vintage feel to them and look really cute. Here I’ve added a cluster to work in with the rest of the foliage. 

Vintage Bird Ballad elements to decorate handmade card

Laser Cut Card

My second project uses the laser cut cards which come in a beautiful Petal Pink keepsake tin. You get 12 laser cut cards with envelopes in this tin.

ESAD Blog Hop, Bird Ballad Laser Cut cards,, Handmade card

I stamped a smaller piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with So Saffron and Coastal Cabana Ink using the Artisan Textures stamp set. Then I adhered this to the back of the laser cut panel which gave a lovely background.

Stamped subtle background with Artisan Textures stamp set

I have used several of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper on this card. They are great for fussy cutting, as I have done here.
Handmade cut with fussy cut birds
I stamped the Artisan Textures stamp (off stamped a couple of times to lighten it) in Coastal Cabana on Whisper White cardstock. Then I stamped the leaves in Coastal Cabana and die cut the circle. A frame was die cut from Coastal Cabana cardstock using 2 smaller circles to bring out the colour more without overpowering the image. 

The sentiment has been heat embossed in white and layered on some white Flax ribbon and the new Woven Threads ribbon. When the stitches are cut on this, it creates tassels and looks really cute. 

2019-2020 Stampin Up Annual Catalogue, Bird Ballad, Free as a Bird stamp set

If you would like to have a copy of the new catalogue, please get in touch with me and I’d be glad to send one out to you.

Enjoy hopping your way through all the blogs and I hope it inspires you to get creating with these new products.

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Blog hop participant list:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Rochelle Blok
  3. Kelly Kent
  4. Jo Stubbings
  5. Nicole Wilson
  6. Denise Buetler
  7. Sandra Mastello
  8. Rochelle Laird-SmithYou are here
  9. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  10. Shannon Kissane
  11. Libby Dyson
  12. Jo Weedon
  13. Peta Stephen
  14. Carly Middleton
  15. Lisa Whitehead
  16. Bronwyn Eastley
  17. Cathy Pinchbeck
  18. Monique Fielder
  19. Rebecca Scurr
  20. Richelle Fletcher
  21. Jackie Noble
  22. Mandy Depiazzi
  23. Sharon Dalton
  24. Maree McIntosh
  25. Samantha White


Product List for 1st Card – Bird Ballad Suite plus the following

Product List for 2nd Card – Bird Ballad suite plus the following

Esad So Long Old Favourites Blog Hop

Hi Friends,

Welcome to my blog- Stamping Flair. Today, I am participating in a blog hop with other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from the Facebook Group ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators). We are highlighting some of the retiring products from the Annual and Occasions Catalogues and bidding them a fond farewell. You are going to find lots of inspiration as you hop along with us. 

ESAD 2019 April So Long Old Favourites Stampin' Up Blog Hop

My chosen stamp set is Tuscan Vineyard which has been a favourite of mine.I love the beautiful scene depicted in this set and the accompanying images that carry the Mediterranean theme. 

I started off with a piece of Glossy White cardstock and applied a wash with 2 of our retiring In-Colours – Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide. Once this dried, I stamped the swirl border in Fresh Fig. Then I used the swirl image from another of my favourite stamp sets – Timeless Textures, inked up sections of it with Versamark and heat embossed in gold to create a luxurious feel.Timeless Textures has been well used in my craft room and I love the various textures and distressed looks this stamp set offers. 

The images from Tuscan Vineyard have been coloured with several Stampin’ Blends and fussy cut. These combine to create a lovely focal element on the card. I layered all these together on a piece of Basic Black cardstock which has been embossed with one of the Petal Pair embossing folders. You get 2 in this set – one floral and one with leaves of which I chose the folder with leaves as it reminded me of vines.

The Crumb Cake die cut at the back has been a favourite die of mine from the Eclectic Layers Dies. It cuts the image into the cardstock but for this card I cut around it so it could add texture against all those elements. 

Hope this inspires you to work with some of these beautiful retiring products which for me, will always be on my favourites list.


Below is a list of all those participating in this Blog Hop. Make sure you stop by each of these blogs to see other beautiful projects. Click on the Next Blog arrow to see what Rebecca Scurr has created for you. 


Blog hop participant list:

  1. Bronwyn Eastley
  2. Libby Dyson
  3. Katrina Duffell
  4. Lou Kitzelman
  5. Shannon Kissane
  6. Nicole Wilson
  7. Delys Cram
  8. Lauren Meiklejohn
  9. Cathy Pinchbeck
  10. Sandra Mastello
  11. Richelle Fletcher
  12. Rose Packer
  13. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  14. Jo Weedon
  15. Peta Stephen
  16. Lisa Whitehead
  17. Rochelle Laird-Smith – you are here
  18. Rebecca Scurr
  19. Mandy Depiazzi
  20. Denise Buetler
  21. Monique Fielder
  22. Kelly Kent
  23. Sharon Dalton
  24. Rebekah Crisp
  25. Maree McIntosh

ESAD Blog Hop, Stampin' Up Demonstrator Facebook Group

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