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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Graceful Garden Welcome for a New Team Member

I made this card to welcome my newest team member. Carlien has been a regular attendee at my classes for over a year and over that time she has come to really love all the products Stampin’ Up offers.  So it was a natural progression for her to join the team. Welcome Carlien.

All those who join receive a card and a gift from me as a thank you for becoming part of our Stampin’ Up family.  It just gets better and better as you go along. 

With this card I used the no line water colouring technique. Yes, there are lines but they are very feint. I stamped the outline in Gray Granite which has been stamped off twice. Then I added colour with water colour pencils. I blended these in with an aqua brush, slowly dragging in the outer line so it pretty much disappears.

The colours used were Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green and Garden Green. 

Interested in all that Stampin’ Up has to offer and what you can benefit from being part of my team? 

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Quick Card with the Beautiful Promenade Suite

The beautiful Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper makes it very easy to create quick cards. The sentiment I used for this card is from the Beautiful Promenade stamp set and makes this a suitable ‘thinking of you’ card. There are some other lovely sentiments and images in this set with the dies to match.

To create it, layer a piece of Designer Series Paper onto Smoky Slate cardstock. The Gray marble paper, which the sentiment is stamped on, is the reverse side of the floral paper. Layer this piece onto Smoky Slate cardstock as well.

Wrap the tulle ribbon right around the card and tie in a bow. The flower is stamped in Blushing Bride on Blushing Bride cardstock and the die makes it easy to cut the image.

Put it all together and your card is all set. Make a batch of these with different sentiments for different occasions.

Purchase the Beautiful Promenade bundle and an ink pad to total a minimum $90 and receive a $9 Bonus days voucher which can be used in September. There is no limit on the number of vouchers you can earn.

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Delicately Detailed Engagement Card with Altered Specialty Paper

This is a card I made for a friend who got engaged a few weeks back. She was on holiday at an exotic beachside location and her fiancé proposed to her. So that’s where the inspiration for this card has come from. 

I wanted to capture the blues of the ocean and make it a bit of a summer look yet, with an elegance to it. Coastal Cabana fit the colour brief for this card. How much more beachy can you get than a colour that has ‘Coastal’ in it’s name? 

The first stamp I pulled out was the Marbled stamp as it reminded me of waves. This was stamped in Coastal Cabana. 

Heat Embossing

My next step was to create an elegant layer to make this card fit for an engagement. By itself, the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Paper is stunning but I wanted to add an extra bit of glammer to it.

Heat embossing it with silver embossing powder just added that extra touch the card needed. This is quite simple to do.  Just apply your Versamark ink pad direct to the laser cut paper. A pair of tweezers do come in handy to hold it while heating it.  I did this a couple of times to make sure every part of the paper was covered in the silver embossing powder.

The gluing of this delicate paper can be a bit tricky. I have cut a sponge in half and stored it in a take away container especially for this purpose. Apply liquid glue on the rounded section and hold the sponge on the other end to apply glue to this. You could also use a bulldog clip to hold onto the sponge while you apply the glue. Applying glue in this way is so quick and easy as you cover a lot of area in little time and I know we all love to save time.

After this, it was a matter of creating the different layers. The banner was embossed with the Scattered Sequins embossing folder, with the sequins being another subtle hint of a celebration. 

The rest of the sentiment elements are from the Stitched All Around bundle.  The sentiment has been heat embossed in silver as well. I think this has got to be the bundle I have used the most from the Annual catalogue. It can be used in so many ways. The dies can be coordinated with other stamp sets too. How cute is the little heart? Very easy to miss among the other dies but it’s so pretty with the stitching around it and was the perfect embellishment to complete this card.

I used the little border stamp to decorate the inside of the card and the envelope to create a coordinated look.

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Create 3 cards with the Tropical Escape Suite

While we are in the middle of Melbourne’s winter, I’m sure many of you are hanging out for warm weather. I for one, don’t cope too well in the heat however I love this Tropical Escape suite.  The colours are fun, green and lush and interspersed with some chic black. I really like the dies which cut out the leaves in the Designer Series Paper. 

I’m sharing 3 cards with you today using this suite. I think the different elements are just so beautiful and these cards show you some parts of it. 

In this first card, the square leaf cut-out die has been used as a frame. I die cut some extra leaves and added the cute flower to create a quick card.

This die could be combined with a window sheet to create a shaker card. Alternatively, die cut the front of the card and put some Designer Series Paper on the inside to create added interest. 

This next card uses the same square die to emboss the centre panel, The embossing mats are used to achieve this effect. If you have a Big Shot machine, you will really love the embossing mats as they will give you an alternate use for your dies. This will make you think of so many creative uses for your dies – even the simple layering ones. 

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Here I combined the Tropical Escape bundle with the Fabulous Flamingo Stamp set. The palm leaves coordinate nicely and the flamingo looks at home among the greenery. The colours I used for the flamingo were Lovely Lipstick and wait for it …. Flirty Flamingo. 

The leaves on the Designer Series Paper fit the die so you have that option as well as stamping and die cutting.  

Stampin’ Up, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, Tropical Escape, Handmade Card

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Try your hand at these tropical cards and keep warm.


Step-it-Up Sunday #21 Pigs Do Fly

Hi Friends,

Hope you have enjoyed some relax time over this weekend amidst trying to catch up with everything that needs doing. Remember, ‘Crafting keeps the crazies away’. 

I’ve enjoyed my second week of holidays and return to work on Monday. This week Adrian and I have been on the kitchen renovation mission. It’s finally happening. We have such an old kitchen with an old oven and for someone who likes to cook (me), I have firm words with it many a time. I will let you know how things progress as we go forward.

This cute piggy is from the This Little Piggy stamp set and has been a favourite of many. I thought I’d feature it in Step-it-Up Sunday this week and create a flying pig card. I really liked the sentiment that accompanies the image – She believed she could. It is suitable for graduation, encouragement, ‘pick-me-up’ occasion.


Firstly, cover your 5”x5” card base with Petal Promenade DSP. Cut a 4 1/2” square of Balmy Blue cardstock and place the cloud mask over it. With a sponge dauber apply White Craft ink. I heat set the ink with a heat gun on setting 1 to make sure the ink was dry. Then stamp clouds. 

Die cut a circle and stamp the pig in a Gray Granite. Colour the wings with Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Write Marker then apply Wink of Stella over it. Although it can’t be seen in the photo, it gives a lovely glittery look. A very quick card to make with a fun image and sentiment. 

Stampin’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, This Little Piggy


For the Intermediate card, stamp the clouds and then use the mask to apply embossing paste to your background. Stamp the pig and colour in with Stampin’ Blends. If the clouds aren’t glittery enough for you, I made the wings glittery too. To apply Dazzling Diamonds, I applied a thin layer of liquid glue to the wings and poured the Dazzling Diamonds over it. Make sure the Blends have dried prior to completing this step. Fussy cut your image and adhere with Dimensionals.

Stampin’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, This Little Piggy


I first saw this technique done by Carolyn Bennie and I thought this technique would look great with the pig looking like it was flying. 

For the Advanced Card, the Balmy Blue panel gets attached later with the pig.

Stampin’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, This Little Piggy

To create the peep hole use a die to cut through all layers at the same time. At this stage it would help to put a little pencil mark on the back of the Blue cardstock to identify the top so you can align it later – I know for next time! You need to run it through the Big Shot a few times because of the thickness of the cardstock.

Stampin’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, This Little Piggy

Then take a circle die one size larger and one size smaller than the die cut hole to create a frame. Cut 2 frames.

Stampin’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, This Little Piggy

The next step is to create the second pig using the Reflection Technique. Colour them with Stampin’ Blends and fussy cut. Place the metallic thread on the back of one pig and secure well with Tear & Tape.

Stampin’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, This Little Piggy

Cut off thread. In the photo it shows a double strand but I only put one on my card so it woukdn’t get tangled up. Attach the pigs together with liquid glue. Attach the other part of the metallic thread under the Balmy Blue cardstock. Secure well with Tear & Tape.

Once this has been done, attach your cardstock panel to the Petal Promenade DSP. Attack your frames – one at the front and one at the back to neaten the card.

Stampin’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, This Little Piggy

…So she did. 

Hope you give this fun card a try and I’d love to hear how you go with it. If you have any questions about projects, products, classes – please contact me.

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Have an awesome week everyone. 



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