Kre8tors Blog Hop August 2020 – Anniversary

Hi and welcome to Stamping Flair and the monthly Kre8tors Blog Hop. I’m a little bit sad because it’s the last time we’ll be hopping together for the time being. Thank you to Melissa Tennison who has worked so hard putting this blog hop together each month. I’ve had so much fun being a part of it. 

Kre8tors Blog Hop August Color Challenge

However, we still have all the fun of this month. So make sure you check out all the blogs for lots of inspiration. Our theme is anniversaries. Usually I would create a floral, feminine card but this time I created more with my partner in mind. So my card took on a more masculine feel. 

I started by sponging Granny Apple Green and Misty Moonlight along the bottom of the Whisper White cardstock panel. Then I embossed it with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder. Taking my Versamark ink pad, I roughly ran it down the ends of the cardstock and poured the Gold Embossing Powder over it. I brushed off any excess to achieve a streaky look then heat embossed it. 

The sentiment is the die from the Love You More set and it actually says ‘Love you more than’. I just used the words ‘ Love you’ which I die cut from the Rainbow Glimmer Paper

I hope you have been inspired by my creation. Please leave me a comment as I would love to hear from you. Next on our hop is Annette Elias. Click on the Next button to see her lovely project. 

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Melissa Tennison (USA)

Su Mohr

Tricia Butts

Lisa Kmiec

Sandra Roberts (UK)

Jo Blackman

Jan Musselman – USA

Susan Simpson

Anastasia Radloff

Libby Fens

Tracie St-Louis Canada

Angie McKenzie

Annette Ball – Canada

Jacqui Lawrence UK

Cheryl Taylor (UK)

Rochelle Laird-Smith (Australia)

Annette Elias – De Kijkkast – NL

Sue Allen – Australia

Rebecca-Jo Unwin- Australia

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Joy of Sets Blog Hop – Reading is Fonts-amental


Welcome to Stamping Flair in Melbourne. So glad that you are able to stop over at my blog on this Sunday morning. We have a very interesting theme in the Joy of Sets Blog Hop this month. Reading is FONTS-amental. 

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Fonts on projects can set the scene and I did have to do a little bit of thinking for this one as I wanted to capture the ‘Fonts’ in a special way. Was I going to have a sentiment with an interesting font or create multi-coloured letters?There were several choices. I decided on creating an interesting background with fonts.

My card started today with my idea of using the Stampin’ Up! Camouflage stamp set.  As you can see, there is not one bit of font on this stamp so I worked around it. A scrap of copy paper I had on my desk was my next tool in getting together a fun idea I had in my mind. However, I needed to find the write sentiment for it. I settled on a sentiment from the Silhouette Scenes stamp set

I tore the edge of the piece of copy paper so it was uneven and then made another piece the same. This formed my mask for stamping. I just held it lightly in place and stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso right down the cardstock, varying the placement of the sentiment. Then I stamped the trees in Pear Pizzazz over this.

Some trees from the Rooted in Nature stamp set, inked in Pear Pizzazz and edged with Mossy Meadow has been added on top. I coloured the copper kettle and mug in Cinnamon Cider Stampin’ Blends, adding some shading with the Light So Saffron Stampin’ Blend. 

For some extra ‘fontness’ I added a banner die cut from the map in the World of Good Designer Series Paper. I like how this tied in with my ‘Happy Trails’ sentiment – perfect for someone who is about to have an adventure. 

Some linen thread and wood leaf embellishments complete this card inspired by nature. 

For more Fonts-amental inspiration make sure you hop through all the blogs. Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you back here very soon. Click on the Next button to follow onto Brenda Nelson’s blog to see her beautiful project. 

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Angie McKenzie

Annette Ball

Lisa Mackey

Tricia Butts

Narelle Fasulo

Mo Rootes

JoAnn Pollock

Jill Chapman

Gez Carpenter

Susan Webster

Fiona Whitehead

Sue Allen

Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Rochelle Laird-Smithyou are here

Brenda Nelson

Alejandra Gomez




Step-it-Up Cards for the Chess Player


It’s been a while since I have done a Step-it-Up card. I used to have a feature of Step-it-Sunday so I thought it would be nice to share a Step-it-Up card again.

I loved the Game On stamp set as I saw it and I knew it would make great cards – especially for guys. The images have a shaded look to them so it automatically adds dimension. I chose the classic red, black and white colour combination for a sleek look. 


I’ve designed this card with the Beginner stamper in mind. However, this card is great for those times when you need a card in a hurry – we all have those times right? I’ve used the Paper Trimmer to cut a panel onto which I stamped the chess pieces. I added a small strip of cardstock with the chess board squares right along in a roughly straight line, Using my eye as a guide was enough as I just wanted a rough background. I added some Antiqued Corners from the World of Good suite to add a vintage feel to the card.

Card for the beginner stamper using Game on Stamp set by Stampin' Up!


This card was stepped- up with the addition of a Gray Granite layer and some World of Good Designer Series Paper. The brass squares on the black take this card up a notch. Then I stamped a strip of paper using a stamp from The Right Triangle stamp set. This is one of my favourite sets as it has a lot of different designs in it which can be used a number of ways. 

The main image has been stamped onto a die cut piece from the Hippo and Friends Dies. Don’t let the name of this die set fool you. It has a few magical animals but the stars, in my opinion, are the nesting dies. These are such a great tool for papercrafting. 

Casual Crafter card with Game On stamp set featuring chess pieces


More detail, for the Avid crafter amongst us or if you would like to take your cardmaking on to the next level. The Whisper White panel has been embossed with the Old World Embossing Folder. Then I ran Gray Granite over it using a sponge dauber which picked up those old edges of the paper. I really love the vintage feel this gives to the card.

Card with chess theme for the Avid crafter with Game on Stamp set

The banners were die cut with the Stitched Rectangles die. I placed the end of the die and re-cut the cardstock to form the banner. 

Some of the chess pieces were fussy cut and mounted with Dimensionals to give a 3D effect. 

3D chess pieces - handmade card

To decorate the inside of the card, I used a scrap piece of paper and laid it on angle as a mask. Then I stamped the image. This gave the partially stamped look. 

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Kre8tors Blog Hop – Masculine


I’m back for another blog hop this weekend and what fun I’m having getting to try out different products in the catalogue. The Kre8tors Blog Hop this month is all about masculine themed projects.

Kre8tors Blog Hop August Color Challenge

I think our new catalogue has an extensive range of products to create with that would suit men’s cards, scrapbook pages, gift wrapping or gift items. One of these is the elegant World of good suite with it’s brass foil accents. The Designer Series Paper is just beautiful.

On my card I have combined the DSP with some cards from the coordinating World of Good Memories & More Card Pack. This pack comes with 50 double sided cards, 6 specialty cards with brass foil, 4 sticker sheets and at $19.25 it is great value. 

World of Good memories and more Stampin' Up handmade card

The only stamping I did on this card was the sentiment, letting the beautiful design of the paper shine. As a finishing touch, I added the Faux Suede trim and the Antiqued Corners which are part of the suite. 

Create a quick masculine card using the World of Good Memories & More card pack

Memories & More card packs make really quick and effective cards and are a great addition to your craft stash.

You are currently visiting Rochelle Laird-Smith in Australia. All products that I’ve used on this card are listed at the end of this post. I hope you will give our Memories & More card packs a try – for memory keeping and cardmaking. Thank you for stopping by.  Please leave me a comment as I love to hear your thoughts about what you see here or ask me any questions.. 

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Melissa Tennison (USA)

Libby Fens

Sandra Roberts (UK)

Jacqui Lawrence (UK)

Laura Mackie (UK)

Anastasia Radloff

Jo Blackman (UK)

Cheryl Taylor (UK)

Sue Allen – Australia

Kristie Wilson

Susan Simpson

Kirsteen Gill (USA)

Su Mohr

Ann Krucek – Corner of Plaid and Paisley

Rochelle Laird-Smith (Australia)you are here

Cheryl Hamilton

Dana Sullivan

Nicole Mahler

Jan Musselman – USA

Angie McKenzie – USA

Tricia Butts

Rebecca-Jo Unwin- Australia


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Ink. Stamp. Share Special Blog Hop – Anything Goes

Hi friend,

Welcome to my blog, Stamping Flair. If it’s your first time here, I really hope you enjoy your visit and find lots of inspiration and be a part of the ‘regulars’ here. This month, again, at Ink. Stamp. Share we are bringing you an additional blog hop to share inspiration during a rather difficult time where we have been shut in and without much company. 

Ink Stamp Share Special Blog, April 2020

My card today features a sport and in Melbourne, just a few days ago, golf was back on with some restrictions. So I’m sure there are some happy golfers out there. The Country Club suite has all the products you need to make a golf themed card with all it’s accessories. I think my favourite in this suite is the Absolutely Argyle embossing folder. 

The Designer Series Paper has lots of images with colour as well as some neutral colours like Basic Gray and Night of Navy. There is also a sheet of images which can be cut out and used on your projects or coloured in as I have done on this card.

I added some embellishments from the Country Club Elements, stamping the Happy Birthday on one. The Country Club suite is on the Last Chance Products list and is available while stocks last. 

Golf themed handmade card colouring in with Stampin' Blends

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Melissa Tennison

Laura Mackie

Sue McDonald

Rochelle Laird-Smith you are here

Dana Sullivan

Stacey Marsh

Tricia Butts

Jacqui Lawrence

Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Michelle Bryant

Jo Blackman

Gez Carpenter

Jill Chapman

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aWow Blog Hop – Favourite Colouring Tools

Hi friend, 

Welcome to our second Around the World on Wednesday (aWOW for short) Blog Hop. I’m so glad that you are here. If you missed our first blog hop, you can see it here

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Our theme this month is All Things Crafty, with a focus on our favourite colouring tools. From colouring mediums such as Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Write Markers, watercolour pencils,  inks, ink refills and tools such as Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, Sponges to types of paper – it was always going to be a hard choice. 

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of watercolouring using my aqua painters and ink refills and I played around with that idea in my head, while Stampin’ Blends was up there too. Finally, brayering won out as I hadn’t done it in a while and I love the shaded effect that can be achieved with it. I have been inspired by a layout I saw in the new catalogue (Pg 33). Oh, I am teasing you aren’t I? Not long to go, just a few weeks. 

Handmade card with Kayak, canoe with By the Dock stamp set, Stampin' Up!

For my card base, I used the Magnolia Lane Memories & More Cards & Envelopes. These have an elegant silver rectangle on the front which fit the Memories & More cards but for my card today, I have no evidence of silver – just earthy!

I started off by taking a 16cm x 11cm piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamping the leaves in Versamark ink. Then I heat embossed this in Copper embossing powder. I then used a sponge brayer to add So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Terracotta Tile and Cajun Craze – working on the long edge. Taking a piece of tissue I rubbed back the colour off the leaves to bring out the copper. The entire panel was then embosssed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.

I cut this into panels of various sizes to create an interesting background. Cut panels should be 13.8cm x 8.8cm once completed. Using a sponge dauber, I went over the embossing with Terracotta Tile on certain strips to bring out the wood look. 

Create an interesting background with strips of embossed cardstock

I loved the background and felt it was just perfect for a masculine card. By the Dock bundle seemed to fit with it’s nature theme. I’ve also used the dies from Catch of the Day. Both of these bundles, are great for making men’s cards or for anyone who enjoys some fishing and canoeing. 

Stampin' Up! Catch of the Day stamp set with canoe

The circle has been partially embossed with the High Seas embossing folder. Then I used a sponge dauber to add some Bermuda Bay over the water. Sponge daubers are one of my favourite tools as they blend colours so easily. They are great for adding colour to edges to give a distressed look to images, you can also use them for quick colouring-in and because they are designed to slip over your finger,  they are easy to control. Some additional die cut pieces and a kayak coloured in with Stampin’ Blends completes the focal image of this card. 

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You are currently visiting Rochelle Laird-Smith in Australia. Thank you for stopping by my part of the world and I hope this inspires you to try out brayering and sponging, if you haven’t done so before. All the products I have used and measurements are listed at the bottom of this post so I hope you give this card a try at home. By the Dock bundle, Catch of the Day bundle, Label me Bold stamp set, High seas Embossing Folder, Copper embossing powder and trim are all retiring. Last Chance Products are available while supplies last so if there’s any products that you want, don’t delay.

Next on our hop is lovely Cazz Boylan. Click on the ‘Next Blog’ button to see her beautiful project and follow the hop right through for lots of colouring inspiration. As you follow our hop, we would love for you to leave us a comment as we love hearing from you.

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Angela Meiritz-Reid  – NZ

Tatiana Tobin – AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith – AUyou are here

Cazz Boylan – AU

Cheryll Miller – AU

Satomi Wellard – JA

Melissa Gifford – AU

Danielle Kassing – NL

Manuela Geiswinkler – AT

Ximena Morales – DE

Aurélie Fabre – FR

Emma Goddard, Special Guest – UK

Mikaela Titheridge – UK

Tina Zinck – CA

Annette Ball – CA

Angie McKenzie – US

Mary Deatherage – US

Shel Anderson – CA

Chris Smith – US

Brenda Nelson – CA

Tricia Butts – US

Elaine de Montmorency – CA

Sharon Burkert – US

Teri West – US

Cheryl Hamilton – US

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  • Cajun Craze – 14.8cm x 9.8cm
  • Early Espresso – 14.2cm x 9.2cm, 6.5cm x 6.5cm (circle), scrap (sentiment)
  • Old Olive -8cm x 10cm
  • Whisper White – 6cm x 6cm (Circle)
  • Very Vanilla – 4cm x 5.5cm (canoe)
  • Copper Foil – 8ccm x 10cm 

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