Kylie’s International Blog Highlights #tgifc236

Hi friends,

It’s Melbourne Cup day over here so we get a holiday for a horse race. The horse racing doesn’t interest me in the slightest but a day off is good and it gives me a chance to get some crafting done.

Kylie's International Blog HIghlight

I’ve created my card for Kylie Bertucci’s international Blog Highlights for November with a theme of encouragement. 

TGIF236 Colour challenge

I was inspired by the colour challenge over at TGIF Challenges. These are such pretty, autumn colours.

I used the dandelion from the Sweet Silhouette dies to create the flower, adding a second flower in Calypso Coral behind the white one. Doing this makes the flowers stand out and creates more depth.

The background was created with embossing paste which was coloured with Crumb Cake ink refill. After the brick had dried, I stamped over it with the leaves from Very Versailles. This is a look that I really like as it adds subtle detail. The Very Versailles stamp set gets a lot of use in my craft room. It’s a great set.

Embossing paste brick background, Stampin up handmade card

The baker’s twine was coloured with the Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blend to coordinate with the elements of my card. I used the Woven Heirloom stamp set for the sentiment. The font in this set is so pretty. Then I die cut it with the Stitched Rectangles die. Over this, I stamped the long textured stamp from Woven Heirlooms, stamping off 3 times so it was a subtle background.

All the products I have used to create this card are listed below. Please leave me a comment or question. I’d love to hear from you. The top 10 winners from this blog highlights will take part in a blog hop at the end of the month and this is decided by how many votes we get. If you have a moment, please click on the Vote for Me button below and vote for your favourites. My card is no. 21.

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To an A+ Teacher – Sunday Stamps ssc216

Hi crafty friends,

It’s coming to that time of the year when we start thinking of teacher appreciation gifts and cards. In my daytime job, I work in a school office. At Christmastime it’s such a lovely feeling when everyone exchanges gifts and all the staff pigeon holes are overflowing with cards, chocolates and other lovely surprises. This card using the Harvest Hellos would be the perfect thank you for an A+ (for Awesome) teacher. 

This bundle comprises of the Harvest Hellos stamp set which includes a pumpkin as well which can be punched out with the Apple Builder punch. Purchase the bundle and you save 10% and this applies to all bundles in our catalogues. This makes a nice saving.

Teacher thank you card with apple coloured with Stampin' Blends

The apple and leaf have been stamped in Tuxedo Black ink and coloured with a combination of Stampin’ Blends. Then these were punched out and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The stem has been punched out from Early Espresso cardstock.

I used the Stitched Labels dies for my sentiment and embellished the cards with the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels which are another one of what I call, ‘hidden gems’ on Pg 58 of the Holiday Catalogue. 

A+ Teacher Apple Thank you card

My card has been inspired by the Sunday Stamps Sketch Fun Challenge. Teacher Appreciation card Sunday Stamps Sketch Fun SSC216

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  • Early Espresso – Card Base 21cm x 14.8cm (scored in half), scrap for apple stem
  • Pacific Point – 7cm x 7cm (scalloped circle)
  • Whisper White – 7cm x 7cm (circle), extra for apple 
  • Granny Apple Green – scrap for sentiment
  • DSP – 14.4cm x 10.1cm (mat layer)
  • DSP – 14.4cm x 1cm (2 pieces)

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Fancy a Spot of Tea?

Hi everyone,

Are you glad it’s the weekend? I definitely am. I’ve had a lovely craft class yesterday making some Christmas projects. We even celebrated a birthday and had birthday cake.  The rest of this weekend I will be preparing for the Craft Alive show in Morwell which runs from Friday to Sunday next week. 

I’ve been inspired by a couple of challenges for this card. I started off with the Just Add Ink Challenge of Just Add “H” – this could be a technique, stamp set, background, object. 

Just Add Ink - Just Add H

These challenges always makes me feel like I need to browse through a dictionary because I want to pick something unusual. Flipping through my stamp sets, I came across the Tea Together stamp set and my brain just went “High tea”. So there you have it – my “H” component. 

High Tea with Tea Together stamp set by Stampin Up

My layout was inspired by the Inspire.Create. Stamping Challenge sketch which provided so many possibilities. Sketches are great to work with as it gives your project some direction to go in.

Inspire Create Challenge - Sketch Challenge

To start off, I stamped the images on Shimmery White cardstock. I stamped off on scrap paper first and then stamped the image to have a lighter outline. This is my first attempt at some no-line watercolouring. Using an Aqua Painter and ink refills, I added Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green and a little bit of Pretty Peacock to highlight the images blending the stamped outline.  I left the layers to dry a little between colours. To get a nice water colour look, create a wash with the colours so they are not intense but instead a bit runny.

Teapot and Cup and saucer watercoloured with ink refills

Leave the images to dry and make sure it’s completely dry by using your heat tool. Then run them through the die cutting machine. I masked the bottom of the images with post-it-notes and stamped the leaf image – once in full strength and once second stamping. I love how this little tea set turned out. 

The Gray Granite Designer Series Paper is from the Come to Gather pack and is one of those sheets that could get lost among the darker, Autumn colours in this pack. It’s what I call, a hidden gem – something that could be missed in the catalogue . As we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia it’s easy to flick past some of these pages. These papers are beautiful and there are some sheets in neutral shades which are great for so many projects. 

Finally I added the Balmy Blue Gingham from our Subtles Designer Series Pack and some of the Gray Granite Textured Ribbon. The sentiment is from the Host stamp set – Time for Tags and I’ve die cut it with the tag from the Cup of Cheer dies. I’ve stamped the tag with the frame stamp from Very Versailles which is a lovely set to add texture to your cards. 

Watercolour wash using aqua painters and Stampin' Up! ink refills on Shimmery White cardstock

Now all I need are my scones and chicken and cucumber sandwiches!


  • Gray Granite – 14.8cm x 21cm (scored in half)
  • Shimmery White – 16.5cm x 8.5cm 
  • Come to Gather DSP – 12cm x 10.5
  • Gingham – 2cm x 10.5cm (2 strips)
  • Whisper White – scrap (for tag)

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Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights August – Encouragement

Thank you for stopping by my blog, Stamping Flair, today. Demonstrators from around the world are being highlighted internationally by Kylie Bertucci and the theme this month is Encouragement.

I chose hues of greens and blues for this card to make it bright and cheery and perfect for our theme. 

Oh Darling, you are fabulous ….I love this sentiment and think it would really lift someone up. 

The background was created by stamping the leaves in Soft Sea Foam and Granny Apple Green. I love the bright, summery feel of these shades of green. I then added the heat embossed, Gold leaves which really add to the cheering up sentiment of my card. 

To create the double colour on the sentiment, I used the Stamparatus. First I stamped in Pretty Peacock. Then moving the cardstock a tiny bit to the right, I masked the sentiment with washi tape and inked the stamp with Granny Apple Green. Then I stamped the sentiment which creates the pretty double colour on the word ‘darling’. 

I mounted the sentiment on another oval die cut from Pretty Peacock Cardstock and embossed with the Tufted Embossing Folder. This has then been adhered onto a Soft Sea Foam oval to create a pretty, focal mage. 

The bow was formed by snipping a section of the linen ribbon apart. I created a mock bow using glue dots to secure in place. 

With card making, we have the ability to brighten someone’s day by giving them a handmade card. Who could you encourage and share your beautiful cards with today? A birthday, congratulations, anniversary, thinking of you or just because… the recipient will love it.

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#gdp197 An Aussie Christmas Card

My card today takes inspiration from the Global Design Project colour challenge of Seaside Spray, Terracotta Tile and Pear Pizzazz. 

Global Design Project GDP197

Continuing on with my Christmas in July cardmaking, I set about creating a Christmas card for this challenge. I picked the Animal Outing stamp which I hadn’t used as yet and decided to create an Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – Oi, Oi, Oi card. Being in such a multicultural community, many of us have so many relatives and friends overseas and an Aussie themed card would be perfect to send out at Christmas. This kangaroo and koala are just so cute. Handmade Aussie Christmas card with Australian animals

I started by stamping the kangaroo in Stazon ink and water colouring it in Terracotta Tile ink refill. The koala has been water coloured with the tiniest amount of Tuxedo Black ink to give it a grey colour.

I used the Birch background stamp in Seaside Spray to create a subtle background. This was stamped off once to achieve a lighter shade. Then I stamped the ‘wreath’ which is a simple circle from the Making Christmas Bright stamp set. The leaf from Winter Woods stamp set was used to stamp around to complete the wreath effect. 

Using Seaside Spray ink, I randomly stamped the word ‘Merry’ over the punched circle. This really makes the kangaroo stand out. 

Kangaroo and koala handmade card for Christmas

For some sparkle – because it’s Christmas , I used the new Shimmer Black embossing powder on the stars and this goes well with the glitter on the Organdy ribbon. 

Give this fun card a try and get ahead with your cardmaking for the Christmas season. Products used in this card are listed below. Click on any product to be taken direct to my online store where you can place your order.  

Hop onto the GDP Challenge blog to see all the beautiful projects created with this colour combination.

Cardstock Measurements: 

  • Pear Pizzazz 21 cm x 14.8 cm 
  • Terracotta Tile 9.5 cm x 13.8 cm
  • Whisper White 9.1 cm x 13.4 cm plus scrap
  • Seaside Spray scrap
  • Shimmer White for kangaroo

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SSC208 Sketch Challenge Christmas Wishes

I’m getting ready for Christmas with my first Christmas card for the year. It’s Christmas in July. I’ve chosen a soft colour scheme of Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake. 

Although not your traditional Christmas colours, it works beautifully together and creates this wintry Christmas card. I started off with the beautiful gingham Designer Series Paper in Mint Macaron. The gingham pattern comes in every colour of the Stampin’ Up! range. You can purchase each colour range ie: Brights, Regals, Subtles, Neutrals, and In-Colour packs.

Isn’t it beautiful in Mint Macaron? But then again, I just love gingham. 

Winter woods Christmas card, handmade

Then I added a border on the left with a lace border from the Delicate Lace dies. The die cut tree has been stamped in Mint Macaron on Very Vanilla cardstock and the edges sponged with Shaded Spruce. This has been mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto a panel stamped with the trees in Crumb Cake. This entire panel has been mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the card base. 

Sunday Stamps Challenge, Sketch, Christmas winter woods

The sentiment has been stamped in Early Espresso onto Mint Macaron cardstock and then punched out with the Story Label punch. I re-inserted the label into the punch to create a smaller label. This has been layered with a section of the Kraft Pillow Box which I cut out (aaah – I know I did struggle with cutting it apart but it was worth it!).

I used the sketch from Sunday Stamps to create this card. Once I created this card and looked at the others, I realized that my lace border, gingham and Christmas theme was a bit like Amy Koenders’ card (it was not intentional I promise!). Check out Amy’s card. It’s very cute. To be inspired by more ideas with this sketch, please click on the link below. 

Sunday Stamps Sketch Challenge, Handmade card

Keen on making some Christmas cards ahead of time? Join me for my Christmas in July card class on the 20th of July. Email me at [email protected] to make a booking. 

Bonus Days

This month is Bonus Days so for every $90 you spend you get a $9 voucher to spend in August. All supplies used to make this card are listed below. Click on any of the product images to be taken direct to my Online store to place your order. 

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Please leave me feedback or contact me with any queries. I would love to help you and be your demonstrator. 



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