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. 

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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


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Retiring Products Blog Hop!

Hi,

Welcome to my blog – Stamping Flair. What a fun way to showcase some of our fabulous retiring products! I’m sure you have enjoyed having a look at the varied, beautiful projects created by all the talented demonstrators. A full list of bloggers can be found further down my post.

My project features 2 of my favourite colours which are retiring – Pink Pirouette and Soft Sky and the Bloomin’ Love stamps and dies. This was a bundle that got a LOT of use by me –  weddings, Valentine’s, birthdays – it’s just so pretty. 

Pink Pirouette card base 5” square
Soft Sky layer 4 3/4” square
Pink Pirouette layer 4 1/2” square

The Pink Pirouette layer has been stamped with the floral heart image right around. I added a little Soft Sky to 2 diagonal corners using a sponge dauber so it was very faint.  White Craft ink was applied around the edges and the Hello Friend background image was embossed in white embossing powder. As the Craft ink was still slightly damp it picked up the embossing powder and added to the distressed look.

The wreath was created by die cutting a circle and stamping the floral heart just like the square Pink Pirouette layer. Then I stamped the sentiment and attached to panel with Dimensionals  Using 2 dies I cut a circle for the base of the wreath and attached to stamped circle. I cut 4 doilies in half and cut the centres out. Then pleated them very roughly and attached to my wreath. The panel has been mounted onto the card base with Dimensionals.

Next up is Michele Reynolds with her lovely work. Make sure you visit any others you may have missed, for more creative inspiration. 

 

 

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