Step-it-Up-Sunday #41 Butterfly Thank You Card

Welcome to the first edition of Step-it-Up Sunday for 2019. A whole new year ahead of us with so much crafting fun to be had. And what a way to kick it off with the new Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Catalogue. Have you had a chance to look at these yet? Please contact me to get your copy of these catalogues. You don’t want to miss out on this chance to earn free products.

My project today features the pretty butterflies in the Occasions catalogue. The stamp set has various butterflies with the large and smaller image on the one stamp. So when you stamp you are getting 2 butterflies at the same time. This then coordinates with the punch which punches out both images at the same time. A real time saver. You can colour in the butterflies or you use the additional filler stamps to fill in the images. The stamp and punch, when purchased as a bundle save you 10%, which is fantastic.  

In this suite, the first item that drew my attention was the pack of 6’x6′ gingham paper. I love the fresh, bright colours in this pack. It comes with small checks on one side and larger on the other. 

The measurements for this card is in inches. I tend to go between inches and centimetres depending on the project. Maybe I’m a little bit strange but it works for me! Do any of you do this too?

Whisper White card base  5′ x 10′ folded in half
Gingham DSP 5′ X 5′


Balmy Blue Cardstock  4′ x 4′

Stamp the sentiment. Punch out 3 butterflies and adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add enamel shapes. 


Emboss your Whisper White cardstock which has been cut to 4′ square. Run your sponge brayer over it with Balmy Blue ink. Add a strip of DSP onto 3¼’ square Balmy Blue cardstock. Then round the corners with the Detailed Trio punch. This punch is from the Annual Catalogue and has got to be the most used punch in my collection. Attach this layer onto the embossed layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals and then adhere with glue onto Gingham base. 


Stamp the 3 butterflies in Black and Balmy Blue and punch out. Die cut 2 flourishes. 

Tip: As this is an intricate flourish, I run it through about 4 times through the Big Shot, swapping the end which goes through the Big Shot first after a couple of times. This evens out the pressure and helps the die cut evenly.

Arrange the flourishes across the card. I have cut one in half to fit. Then attach the butterflies with mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on top of the flourish. 

These 3 items will get you on your way to making these cards and will also earn you a free Sale-A-Bration item.


Have a crafty week.

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Step-it-Up Sunday #28 Tropical Escape DL Card

Hi Stampers,

Thank you for stopping by to check my first Spring edition of Step-it-Up Sunday. Happy Father’s Day to all the father’s in our families. How are you celebrating? I’m cooking roast pork with the lot tonight and trying out a new lemon pie so I’ll see how that turns out.

What better way to start off spring than a card with flowers. I have used the Tropical Chic bundle for my project today The card base is 10cm x 20cm.


Add a layer of Whisper White cardstock on top of the Thick Whisper White cardstock base. Stamp sentiment in Blackberry Bliss.

Die cut squares from Stiched Framelits and Layering Squares. Stamp images in Blackberry Bliss and Grapefruit Grove and attach together. Attach these on top of Whisper White panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


To step this card up, stamp the base of the card in Smoky Slate. Then add a panel of Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper behind the 3 images.

Stamp the sentiment on a strip of Smoky Slate cardstock and insert each end into the Everyday Label punch to form the decorative edge,


Die cut the Whisper White cardstock and emboss with the Layered Leaves Embossing folder, The images have been stamped, die cut and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

To add extra depth to the flower and leaves I added an extra colour with sponge daubers. To get this look is very simple. Ink up the flower in Grapefruit Grove and then sponge around the edges in Poppy Parade. Ink up the leaves in Berry Burst and sponge around the edges in Blackberry Bliss. Stamp and die cut the images.

Then add some faceted dots to complete the card.


Hope you enjoy creating this card.

Remember, Holiday Catalogue is released on 5th September. I can’t wait to share it with you. Please let me know if you would like a copy. You are going to love it.

Have a lovely 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.



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.  

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Try your hand at these tropical cards and keep warm.


New Blended Seasons Bundle Available August 1st

Today I’m previewing part of the new Blended Seasons bundle. This new stamp and die bundle is available to customers on 1st August.  So how did I get my hands on it early? As demonstrators,  one of the perks is that we get to preview products prior to customer release. This makes it very exciting when we have launches because I love getting to see the products early.

If you don’t want to wait and would like to order this bundle today, join in the fun and add this bundle to your Starter Kit. Plus during July you get to select a Stampin’ Pad family for no extra cost. That’s 10 ink pads with $117 value.

The stamp set comes packed with images and sentiments to suit all occasions and the dies are so useful. My pick are those stitched label dies. They are going to get a lot of use. 

The 2 cards today use one stamp to create 2 different looks. Both images have been coloured with Stampin’ Blends. The first card is a mix of Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral for the flowers and Mint Macaron and Light Call Me Clover for the leaves. 

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With this same stamp I created a Christmas card. I loved the simple look of this card. I had spent time colouring it and wanted the image to be the focal point,  The flowers were coloured in Poppy Parade and leaves in Light Granny Apple Green and Dark Soft Sea Foam. Whaaat? Yes, I blended different colours. Stops me from getting bored and they work as well. I added 2 strips of lace to form the border and really liked how it turned out. The fussy cutting isn’t too bad- I promise. 

Stampin’ Up SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, Blended Seasons

On the product ad you would notice that Stampin’ Up are also bringing out a new range of water colour pencils.  This is so exciting as this gives us more colouring options,  These Limited Time products are only available while stocks last. Contact me to order yours today so you don’t miss out.


Ombré Stamping Using the Stamparatus

I had a lot of fun when preparing this set of cards. I just wanted to try something to demonstrate the Stamparatus and my first card was the one in the greens but of course I didn’t take photos so I created the one in the yellows to show you how I achieved this look.

Getting an Ombré stamped look is a breeze when using the Stamparatus. The large sentiments from Floral Statements worked so well and came up really well with this technique.

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Ink up top part of your stamp in the lightest colour as shown. 
















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This is how it will look.
















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Then mask your stamp as shown and add the next colour. Stamp over image.

Continue masking and adding the other colours while overlapping the previous colour a little to blend them better. 











The Stamparatus makes it easy to do this technique and use the Simply Shammy to clean up your stamps once you are done. 


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A mix of yellow and orange tones paired with Best Route Designer Series Paper.

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Under the Mistletoe Christmas Designer Series Paper used for a non-Christmas card.  DSP isn’t limited to seasons, it’s versatile and can be used in different ways.

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Faceted Dots