Alter your Stamps to Create Fun Backgrounds

We’re into a new week and despite being in lockdown I’ve just had the most brilliant weekend. I’ve had the pleasure of being on Craft Alive and the Be Inspired Online Market. If you are on Facebook, please join the market group to enjoy all the fun we are having with many vendors there. Please follow me on Facebook and subscribe to my YouTube channel where you can see all my videos.

This week I’m working with our range of colouring mediums. We have many and with our colour coordinated products, it’s so easy to create great projects.

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Today I’m featuring our new product, Soft Pastels. This cute card uses a fun colour combo and the What’s Cookin’ bundle goes well with this as I think it’s very cheerful.

I had this idea of creating a background with the chef’s hats however they were all in a row. What was one to do, except cut them apart! Then I placed the 3 hats, at various angles on 1 Clear Block and inked them up in Coastal Cabana and I was able to quickly stamp a fun background.

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It was my first time using the Soft Pastels. They are fun – it’s like being a kid again! Anyway, I tried something. I coloured the tag, which was die cut from Shimmery White cardstock, with the pastels. Then I used a Water Painter and this brightened up the colour. Some Polished Pink Shimmer Vellum on the back and this makes a great card to brighten someone’s day.

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Have you joined my Facebook VIP Group – Papercrafting Basics and Beyond? I’ll be sharing a resource there to help you with choosing your colours for your next project.

I hope I’ve inspired you to take a look at your stamps in a different way (cutting them apart) and to also try out our pretty Soft Pastels. To order the products to make this card, please click on any of the images below or call me on Ph: 0404 255 001.

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aWow Blog Hop – cas(e) a Team Member

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Welcome friend to Stamping Flair in Melbourne. The Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop (fondly known as Awow) is one I always look forward to each month. For one, we have a beautiful and talented leader – Angie McKenzie who organises the most inspiring blog hops. The other reason is that I get to hop with these wonderfully talented ladies around the world.

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We are CASEing our team members today. To CASE is to Copy And Selectively Edit. We are CASEing the next person down the participant list (see bottom of my post). I get to CASE the lovely Cazz Boylan from Crafting with Cazz. I saw these lovely cards on Cazz’s Instagram which used the Sweet Symmetry Designer Series Paper. I really love the card and especially the layout and chose this for my inspiration.

I love that Cazz used DSP for her background. DSP was made to make crafting easy! How much better is it that you can get a select range on sale at the moment?

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My card starts off with a piece of the pretty Hand Penned DSP. I stamped the flower in Basic Gray and used my Blender Pen to colour it with my ink refills.

The strips of paper cut at an angle provide an interesting feature. I used a strip of Highland Heather cardstock embossed with the Meadow Moments embossing folder, Hand Penned DSP and Bloom Where You’re Planted DSP which was sponged in Cajun Craze. Altering DSP in this way gives the look of extra texture.

I am demonstrating this card on my Creative Escape FB live tonight. Join my Facebook Page here.

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Thank you for taking the time to view my CASE. Next up is Cazz Boylan so click the Next Button to follow our hop around the world.

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Jan Clothier – NZ

Leonie Stuart – AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith – AU (you are here)

Cazz Boylan – AU

Cheryll Miller – AU

Danielle Kassing – NL

Satomi Wellard

Pia Gephardt – DE

Ximena Morales – DE

Aurélie Fabre – FR

Emma Goddard – UK

Mikaela Titheridge – UK

Annette Ball – CA

Angie McKenzie – US

Wendy Lee – US

Shel Anderson – CA

Chris Smith – US

Anne Marie Hile – US

Brenda Nelson – CA

Tricia Butts – US

Elaine de Montmorency – CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – US

Teri West – US

Cheryl Hamilton – US


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Love your Stampin’ Up! Colours Challenge

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Inspiration can come from many places and my card today has a couple of sources which inspired it’s design.

The sketch has been interpreted from this sketch FMS492 by Cécile Ribon at Freshly Made Sketches.

My colour scheme came about as a result of the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team’s ‘Love your Stampin’ Up! Colors’ challenge. ADT members have been creating projects using their least used Stampin’ Up! colour they are challenging us to do the same.

The colour that spends most time on my shelf is Merry Merlot. Did you know that Merry Merlot is one of our Neutrals? So it’s quite unusual for this girl whose favourite palette is the Neutrals range, to neglect Merry Merlot.

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I started by picking the Beauty of the Earth DSP which has Merry Merlot in it. The plant was fussy cut from Bloom Where You’re Planted DSP which had another of the colours I don’t use that much – Garden Green.

To keep the layout of the diagonal feature across the centre on the sketch, I stamped the Stacked Stone background stamp over 2 masks of ripped paper. This created the uneven edge.

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Stampers Showcase Blog Hop – Summertime Florals

Summertime Florals is our theme for this month’s Stampers Showcase Blog Hop featuring our beautiful new floral stamp sets from the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue.

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The Artistically Inked bundle is part of a stunning suite which includes coordinating Specialty Designer Series Paper and an Ephemera Pack. I created my card with the smaller flower in this set, with a different colour palette giving it a vintage look.

Our stamp positioning tool, the Stamparatus came in very handy to stamp these flowers. I started by inking the entire flower in Blushing Bride and stamping. Then I added highlights with Flirty Flamingo and Merry Merlot Stampin’ Write Markers, stamping after each addition of colour. For the darker flowers I added Merry Merlot with a sponge dauber along with the Markers.

The leaf sprigs were die cut from Basic White cardstock and then sponged in Soft Succulent, Pear Pizzazz and Merry Merlot to give a variegated look.

The Basic White panel was stamped with leaves from the Forever Fern stamp set. Then I added some embossing paste using a mask. This week my featured product is our Decorative Masks. These are a low cost product that gives you many options for layering and adding texture to your projects.

I used the Stamparatus for the sentiment so I could re-stamp to get a nice depth of colour. Stamping it 3 times over gave me a rich colour.

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Thank you for taking the time to visit me today. If you liked my project, please leave me a comment as I would love to hear how this may have inspired you. Click on the Next Blog button to follow through to see Mo Rootes’ beautiful project.

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All day Creative Escape with 8 projects plus an optional add-on class. In-person or Mail-out options available. PDF available for purchase worldwide. Click on image for more details.

If you live in Australia and currently don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would value the opportunity to help you with your crafting needs.

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Creating a Background with Cardstock Scraps

Happy Sunday! Melbourne has given us a beautiful sunny day with blue skies today. Pretty good for a winter’s day. My card today has been inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

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This is a great sketch to use up all those bits and pieces of cardstock you may have lying around. I created an ombre background using Soft Sea Foam, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen. Each piece was cut to 9.3cm x 3.4cm. Then I matte this onto a Basic Gray panel of 9.9cm x 14.2cm.

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The bouquet of flowers from the Hand Penned Petals stamp set adds a pop of colour against the greens.

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All the products I’ve used for this card are listed below and can be ordered in my Online Store or by contacting me.

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Sweet Hello for the Baker in your Family

Oh my, I’m just loving the colour combo of this card. Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride just remind me of cupcakes and high tea. Perhaps it’s the pretty crockery that you get when you indulge in these afternoon delights.

The What’s Cookin’ Bundle has something for any type of chef – whether you like to cook savoury or sweet. So many cute images to have a buffet of choice!

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I think my card is leaning towards the sweet option with a yummy chocolate cake mix in that bowl! Who doesn’t love chocolate?

I fussy cut some leaves from the Hand Penned DSP and included some punched stems in Pool Party cardstock to add behind my baking ware. The Crumb Cake Baker’s Twine is just so pretty against these colours.

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