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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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.



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.


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.


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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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.


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.

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.


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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Pretty Petal Promenade – Focus on DSP

To kick off the working week, I’ve got 2 more cards with the Pretty Petal Promenade Paper – the 4Ps. As I said the other day, I love this paper. It can be dressed up for a wedding or used to make a sympathy card as the floral images are versatile and work well with the background images on the reverse side,

This card has been embossed with the Tufted embossing folder. The photo doesn’t capture the entire beauty of the folder but the depth of the embossing is like a quilt. This folder caught my eye as soon as I got my Annual catalogue and went on my first order.

On top of this is a layer of Lovely Lipstick DSP from the 2018-2020 In-Colour Collection. I love the range of Designer Series Paper in the different colour families. It makes it so easy to create a colour coordinated card with ease. This is something Stampin’ Up has perfected with coordinating cardstock, paper ribbons and embellishments – everything to make it so much easier and fun.

The leaf frame is from the Designer Series Paper which I fussy cut outside and inside the frame as well. I stamped the Very Vanilla panel inside the frame with the Artisan Textures stamp in Calypso Coral and Melon Mambo which has been stamped off a couple of times.

3 flowers from the Blossoms Elements embellishments offset the printed flowers. These flowers are such a cute addition to our embellishment range. They come in a mixed pack of 18 flowers in Calypso Coral, Petal Pink and So Saffron and are $14 a pack. That’s .77 cents per flower which is inexpensive and they add that special touch on a card.

The sentiment is stamped on Tea Party DSP and die cut with the Stitched Labels die.


How gorgeous is the paper on this next card? I have created a very simple thank you card but could you imagine this as a background for a wedding card? The Mossy Meadow Card base with the Very Vanilla matte really makes this card pop. 

I punched a vellum circle and then layered different elements on top of it. First was a banner in Grapefruit Grove, then that beautiful Whisper White tulle ribbon and gold sequin trim. The sentiment is from the Stitched All Around stamp set. Super simple with no image really necessary because I wanted to show the DSP. 

To see some other cards I created with this suite click on Petal Promenade Beautiful Florals.

Don’t miss out on your chance to grab this and other fabulous papers on the ‘Buy 3 get 1 free’ promotion. This ends on the 31st July – that’s tomorrow! Get some Christmas presents for those crafty friends and stock up on some extras for yourself. This is a great chance for you to get your hands on great quality paper. Click on the image to take you direct to the shop.



Petal Promenade Beautiful Florals

The Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper is a beautiful set of papers with photographs of lovely floral images. The detail and colours are so pretty and I think it’s our prettiest paper in the catalogue. It’s great for backgrounds and the reverse of the paper has great backgrounds with a marble and bokeh look.

Stampin’ Up, Stamping Flair, SU, Petal Promenade

Aren’t they stunning?

This video shows the design process for these beautiful papers. You can get this DSP on the ‘Buy 3 get 1 free’ promotion which is ending 31st July.

I’ve got a couple of cards to show you today. The first one has been die cut with a die from the new Blended Seasons bundle. This bundle becomes available on 1st August for you to purchase. There are several dies including some frames. These frames are double stitched which means if you position the die well, you can use the outer section as well. This is what I’ve used on my ‘Oh, Darling You are Fabulous’ card. How good is that sentiment? Love it.

I die cut the label from vellum and then stamped the sentiment with Blackberry Bliss. I left it to dry a little bit and then gave it a blast with the heat gun just to be doubly sure it was dry.

The lady has been stamped on Shimmery White cardstock and water coloured with Lemon Lime Twist and Blackberry Bliss. This is a simple card and the Designer Series Paper creates a lovely background for the elegant lady.

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On the next card I layered panels of the Petal Promenade DSP and then added a die cut butterfly. The ribbon and faceted button finish off this quick make card.

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Quick Makes with the Best Route Suite

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been creating some cards with the Best Route Suite. This suite is made of bold and bright colours and is suitable to make masculine cards with images of planes, cars and bicycles. Using the products together make it easy to create cards quickly.

I used the Designer Series Paper and Memories & More Card Pack to cover card bases. You will notice that I altered the card packs by punching shapes, fussy cutting words and borders. This extends the use of these card packs even more. Currently, the Designer Series Paper is part of the buy 3 get 1 free offer which ends 31st July.

In the card below right, the ‘Today is Your Day’ has been punched from the centre of one of the cards and layered on a Gray Granite circle to form the focal point for it. For the card on the left, I stamped the sentiment once on the small card and then in Blueberry Bushel and Mango Melody and then fussy cut the signs. 

Stampin’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, Best Route, En Route

A combination of punched circles from DSP and Memories & More Card Pack forms the main image of this card. I CASEd bits of this card from the catalogue. Those small coloured arrows were fussy cut from one of the small cards. Another way of using up every part of the Card Pack. 

Stampin’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, Best Route, En Route

The card on the right has been CASEd from the catalogue. The striped tag behind the sentiment is from the sticker sheets in the Memories & More Card Pack. This has been cut in sections to make it longer so it fits the length of the card.

For the card on the left, the sentiment has been stamped and layered onto DSP. I cut the sticker tags in half to form the tabs and that leaves me another half to use on another card.

Stampin’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, Best Route, En Route