Pretty in Pink Umbrella #gdp234

Hi Friends,

How are you all doing? I hope you are all keeping well and please know that I have you in my thoughts and prayers. It’s a difficult time for everyone and loneliness can creep in. So, I want to bring you some joy in the projects that I make and hope to inspire you to keep creating.

I just received the Stitched Lace Dies in my last order and wanted to use it straightaway.  It looks so pretty as a background for this lovely umbrella from the Under my Umbrella bundle. The images in the Under my Umbrella stamp set remind me of storybook images and pictures I used to dream up in my mind when reading Enid Blyton stories. They’re so cute. 

I sponged the banner with Blushing Bride on a piece of Shimmery White cardstock. I had planned on doing some watercolouring but then decided against it, so you could use just regular Whisper White cardstock for this. Then I trimmed a piece off the top to stamp my sentiment on. A piece of the Copper Dotted Treat Bag makes a nice addition to the banner.

Umbrella punch with Stampin' Up! products and pleated ribbon

To create the umbrella, I started off by stamping the flowers on a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Crumb Cake ink. Then I stamped the umbrella image in Blushing Bride over the flowers.

The punch leaves a white border around the umbrella, which in this instance showed up my flowers outside the lines – which didn’t look that good. To get around this, I punched the umbrella, aligning the bottom of the umbrella right along the line. Then I used a post-it-note to attach to the umbrella image, re-inserting it twice into the punch to get the two sides flush against the lines. You could fussy cut it but I think this gives a better finish.

The ribbon has been pleated using Tear n’ Tape and then secured with another piece on the back. I’m not a fan of sewing so glue is my friend and papercrafting was made for me. 

Stampin' Up! Umbrella card coloured with Stampin' Blends and decorated with lace

Global Design Project, #gdp234, Stampin' Up!, Under my Umbrella punch

My card has been inspired by the Sketch Challenge at Global Design Project.

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  • Whisper White Thick Cardstock – 21cm x 14.8cm (folded in half for card base)
  • Blushing Bride Cardstock – 9.9cm x 14.2cm
  • Whisper White Cardstock  – 4.9cm x 11.5cm (banner and 1.5cm for sentiment), scrap (umbrella)
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock – scrap (umbrella handle, lace edge)
  • Copper Dotted Treat Bag – 3.9cm x 9.5cm

I hope you have enjoyed this card and I’d love to hear from you so leave me a comment or if you have a question, I’d be happy to answer that for you. 

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Stampers Showcase Blog Hop – It’s Your Birthday!


Are you celebrating a birthday today? You’re in for a virtual treat in this blog hop because we’re all here to wish you a happy birthday. Whether it’s your birthday or not, thank you for stopping by my blog today. I’m blog hopping with other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world to bring you some birthday cheer.

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I figured I needed to bring in some gold for my celebration and as I hadn’t used the patterned masks for a while, I decided this was the project it was going to make an appearance on. At $10 for 4 masks, this is great value as you can use them in a variety of ways.

I used Shimmery White cardstock to heat emboss on as I like the lovely shimmer on it and also the beautiful smooth finish which is lovely to brayer on. Laying the mask over the cardstock, I applied Versamark all over the panel ensuring it was completely covered and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. 

Using a sponge brayer, I applied Soft Sea Foam, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green and Call me Clover inks to create the ombre effect over the entire panel. I used a kitchen towel to wipe back the excess ink which brings up the gold. The ribbon ribbon was attached under this panel using Tear n’ Tape. Then I mounted this with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the card base. 

How to create an ombre effect with a brayer and Stampin' Up! ink

I chose a Whisper White panel in the centre to soften all the green and gold. Embossing it with the Parisian Flourish Embossing Folder added more texture and softness to the rich, gold background. The flowers are from the Botanical Prints Product Medley which is a fabulous product, containing everything you need to get creative. 

Currently you are visiting Rochelle Laird-Smith of Stamping Flair based in Australia. All products and measurements used on my card are listed below. I hope I have inspired you today and maybe you’ll give this technique a try.  

Click on the Next button to be taken to Rebecca-Jo Unwin’s blog and follow the hop to see all the birthday inspiration we have for you. 

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  • Basic Black Cardstockv- 21cm x 14.8cm (scored in half)
  • Whisper White Cardstock – 9.9cm x 14.2cm, 6cm x 9.5cm ()rectangle), 6cm x 10cm (flowers), 5.5cm x 6cm (label)
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Ink. Stamp. Share Blog Hop – Let’s Hear it for the Boys

Hi Stampers,

Thank you for stopping by Stamping Flair today to see what I have created for the Ink. Stamp. Share. Blog Hop. It’s all about the boys – from the kids to the grown up boys we are sharing lots of fun filled projects to help you with creating some great masculine themed projects.

Ink Stamp Share Blog Hop, March 2020

I’ve got a card and a coordinating gift tag to share with you today using the Sale-A-Bration, Well Dressed, stamp set. In Australia, for every $90 you spend, you can earn a free product. 

Well Dressed Stamp Set Masculine Makes

The Well Dressed stamp set is ideal for masculine cards and on these projects I combined it with the Country Club Designer Series Paper. I chose a colour palette of Night of Navy, Basic Gray, Call me Clover and Poppy Parade. 

Handmade card with Men's shoes, hat and watch

The Stamparatus was useful in getting those shoes aligned as a border. I used the sentiment from the Label Me Bold stamp set. This has become a favourite stamp set as I really love the reverse stamping of the sentiments. It also has some great texture stamps. 

Well Dressed shoes using Stamparatus

After making this card I thought it would be nice to have a gift tag ready to go as well. So I’m all set for the next male birthday that comes around.  

Gift Tag with a masculine theme with umbrella image

You are currently visiting Rochelle Laird-Smith at Stamping Flair. I hope I have inspired you with what I have shared. All the products I have used are listed at the end of this post. I’d love to hear from you so please leave a comment.

Next on our hop is Sue Allen. Just click on the Next button to be directed to her blog. Keep following the hop right through for loads of inspiration ‘for the boys’. There is also a list of participants mentioned below so you can always get back to it. 

Laura Mackie

Sue McDonald

Sharon Dalton

Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Jo Blackman

Rochelle Laird-Smith

Sue Allen

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Anastasia Radloff

Sandra Roberts

Jill Chapman

Gez Carpenter

Jacqui Lawrence

Sale-A-Bration ends on 31st March so it’s a great opportunity for you to get some fabulous products for free. If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love the opportunity to help you. You can get in touch with me on Ph: 0404 255 001 or email me at [email protected]


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Birthday Card with Altered Laser Cut Paper

It’s been a full week and I’m so glad that I’ve got this wonderful craft to keep me relaxed. It’s my happy place and I get a lot of joy in sharing it with you. When most of our regular activities get taken away, it’s lovely to have something we can do in the comfort of our own homes – plus it’s relaxing – so that’s a bonus.

Happy Birthday Stamp Set, How to Colour with Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers

The Happy Birthday stamp set has been a favourite of mine from the Sale-A-Bration rewards. With coordinating dies to cut out the images, you can create your cards very easily. The laser cut background paper is from the Botanical Prints Medley. This sheet is Pretty Peacock on one side and white on the other. I coloured the white side with a Dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blend to alter the colour and this gives it more versatility.

The scalloped felt under the sentiment is actually a scrap piece from the the embellishments in the Follow Your Art Embellishment Kit – no wastage. I stamped the sentiment from the Label Me Bold stamp set in Night of Navy on Coastal Cabana cardstock. This set is one of the stamp sets that have gone unnoticed a little bit in the catalogue. Those bold sentiments really pop and the background images can be used many ways.

Birthday Cake Card with Laser Cut Background

The Happy Birthday stamp set is FREE with a $90 order. It can’t be purchased separately. With only 10 days left of Sale-A-Bration, you will want to hurry to get this stamp set and the coordinating dies. The Sale-A-Bration range of products are limited so once they are gone they won’t be restocked. 

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Have a lovely weekend

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Stamp N’ Hop – Girls/Boys


Welcome to Stamping Flair on this lovely Saturday morning in Blind Bight, Victoria. I’m hopping with other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world in the Stamp N’ Hop blog hop. Our projects will be all about the little folk in our lives – babies, todddlers, young ones. 

Stamp N' Hop - March 2020, Girls Boys

Although Autumn here in Melbourne, we’ve been getting a few warm days this past week so I created a card along the beach theme. Children enjoy spending summer days at the beach and I thought this would make for a bright and cheery card. These two little girls make me imagine that they are sisters enjoying a family holiday. I can just hear them chattering with excitement as they talk about the beautiful sand castle they are building.

After selecting which stamp set I wanted to use, my next decision was a main colour. I chose Pineapple Punch as I have not used it a lot and it will be retiring in a couple of months. So I thought I’d show it some love.

I had an oval which I had previously cut from the Heirloom Frames Dies which I then embossed with the 3D embossing folder that is included with the Dies. I then went over the embossing in Pineapple Punch ink using a sponge dauber. This really picked up the beautiful embossed pattern even more. I added an extra Pineapple Punch oval frame cutout from the Layering Ovals dies to create the inner frame.

The shells were stamped in Balmy on a bit of left over Shimmery White cardstock I had which had been sponged with Coastal Cabana, Pear Pizzazz and Balmy Blue and then spritzed. These were layered on elements and a sentiment from the Kerchief Card kit. **

Stampin' Up! Stamp N' Hop Blog Hop, Boys/Girls, Beautiful moments card

Products used to create this card are listed at the bottom of this post.  I’ve had lots of fun creating this summery card for the little loves in our lives and I hope you have enjoyed your visit here. Let me know what you liked about it – I’d love to hear your comments and answer any questions you may have. Next on our hop is Jill Chapman. Click on the Next button to see her lovely project.

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**Since this card was made, the Kerchief Card Kit is no longer available. There are several other items that are still available in the Sale-A-Bration offering where you can get a free product with every $90 order increment. I have a couple of Kerchief Card Kits available. So if this is an item that you would like, I am happy to offer this to you as your Sale-A-Bration reward with your $90 order. Please contact me to place order instead of placing it online. Click on image to view all Sale-A-Bration Rewards available.
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If you live in Australia and currently don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I would love the opportunity to assist you with your crafting.  
See you back here soon.

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Double Front Flap Fancy Fold Card

This fancy fold card wasn’t a card for a 110 year old. So what’s your guess?

A friend of mine requested me to make a card for her best friend who was turning 55 but she was a twin. There’s a standard joke between the twins that they are celebrating a combined birthday. So… this year they were 110!

I have made this type of fancy fold card several times but have had no idea what this was called. So I went to the most reliable source – Pinterest! It’s a Double Front Flap Fancy Fold Card. If it’s not, just let me know! This card was for the best friend’s twin. It’s been a little while since I’ve used the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper and the 12″x12″ paper was ideal for decorating this large A5 card. This paper is great for fussy cutting with images of birds, feathers, bird cages – lots to embellish projects with. 

The Nested Label on the inside of the card aligns with the label that is on the outside. 

For my friend’s best friend, the brief was – she likes irises and labradors. So I hurriedly pulled out a retired iris stamp and got to work. There were several retired products used on this card but I thought it was a bit of fun and I wanted to share it with you. I also used the Happy Tails stamp set and Dog Builder punch which are very cute current products. This was such a cute sentiment for a bestie who loves dogs. 

The Designer Series Paper and ribbon are from the 2019 Sale-A-Bration range. Sale-A-Bration 2020 is still on friends. Don’t miss out on the last few weeks where you can get a free product with every $90 order.

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