Simple Card Layouts Using Dashing Deer

I’ve got 2 cards to share with you using basic sketches and  incorporating the Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper. This has got to be one of my favourites in the Holiday Catalogue. With it’s beautiful colours and copper accents it’s so luxurious and has some lovely patterns.

I wanted this card to showcase the lovely DSP so I used it in different ways. 

Embossing folders are a quick way to add some texture and depth to your card and I’ve used 3 on this card. The Woodland folder tied in with the deer and the Corrugated folder is one of my favourites. The deer itself has been embossed and looks quite regal in Merry Merlot. Even simple layouts can be brought to life with Embossing folders. 

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The next card has the same deer but I used the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle to enhance this card. The leaves are the offcuts from  the border die in that set. I also used some elements from the Soft Sayings card kit – label and leaves. 

You will notice that I have heat embossed the sentiment in gold. This was a sentiment I already had made and thought it looked good on the card. When I think about it now, copper embossing powder would have probably worked better but it looks ok and I’ve gone with it. So that’s how the card ended up. 

The popularity of the Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper is such that it is on low inventory and may not last the entire Holiday Catalogue sale period. So, if you want to get your hands on it, order some today so you don’t miss out. 

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Simple Colouring and Layers to Create a Quick Card

How cute is this child holding his Christmas present? I have really enjoyed colouring in the images in the Happiness and Cheer stamp set. On this card I’ve used the colour combination of Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party and Shaded Spruce.

There’s something about colouring that is very relaxing and working with Stampin’ Blends requires minimal effort. This image is very quick to colour.

Stampin’ Blends are a no fail way to add shading, depth and dimension to your colouring. It’s great for even a beginner as the colours are named and come in 2 shades – light and dark – so there is no confusion as to what colour or shade you need to use. Blending works so well and the Colour Lifter allows you to add extra highlights for more effect.

I’ve added several layers of circles and I think the doily from the Detailed Baubles die set is so great that I am tempted to use it on everything. Love my doilies. I chose the Tufted embossing folder as it was like a quilt and the boy was in his pj’s so it was just the right look for bed time.

Some sprigs punched from glimmer paper added a bit of sparkle for the Christmas season.

If you haven’t got yourself some Stampin’ Blends, give them a try. They come in individual light and dark shades or combination packs. Give a couple of colours a try and remember to use the Tuxedo black Memento ink pad to stamp your image.  

Happy colouring.

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Happiness is Reading the Christmas Story

When I see this stamp of the child reading a book, I imagine her reading the Christmas story about Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. This is such a cute image with the little girl sitting beneath a wreath reading with her dog listening intently, understanding every word.

I CASEd this card from the Holiday catalogue. CASE means to Copy And Share Everything. The Stampin’ Up! catalogues are full of beautiful products but they are also jam packed full of inspiration and ideas which we can copy or use to fuel our imagination. Each page is bursting with different techniques, layouts, products and you can copy it or change parts of it. Sometimes I get into a creative rut and looking at the catalogue can inspire me even with a new colour combination. If you would like an ideas book, please contact me and I will get it out to you in the mail.

Today’s CASE is from Page 15 and I changed some elements of it. I kept the base the same in Crumb Cake but changed the colouring of the image and added some layers of Designer Series Paper to create extra dimension. I drew in the spots on the pyjamas and then was able to match it with the DSP. Lately I have been working with Call Me Clover and am really liking it as a Christmas colour. 

The doily has been cut from the Detailed Baubles Thinlits. I got this set mainly because I liked the doily although I do like the baubles too. The lace part doesn’t have a cutting edge so you need to use the nesting die to get the doily cut out. By itself, the lace die gives a nice filigree effect on a card.

So be inspired by the colourful catalogues and get CASEing.


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Ink Smooshing Dashing Deer

I think I’ve fallen in love with the ink smooshing technique, Although I had seen this technique on many cards, it’s only very recently that I tried it. So quick and effective and a great way to create backgrounds for cards in a short time. I even had my class attendees give it a try at my full day workshop last week. They loved it.

The basic supplies you need to complete this look are

  • and your choice of ink pads

Directly stamp a section of the ink pad onto the Silicon Craft Sheet and spritz the ink with water. Using a section of Window Sheet about 3″x4″, pick up the colour from the Silicon Craft Sheet by rolling the window sheet to it. Then apply the colour to your Water Colour paper or Shimmery White Card Stock by rolling and pressing the Window Sheet against it. 

Repeat this step of picking up the colour and applying it,  until you achieve the desired look on your card. Leave it to dry or you can dry it with a heat gun.

Repeat the above step with the next colour. Each card will differ due to the variations in the ink and water formation.

I really love how this deer turned out in Gorgeous Grape and how all the lovely flourishes show up so well. With the addition of Silver Glimmer paper and some ribbon, it’s an alternate look to the regular red and green festive look.

If you haven’t tried it, give the ink smooshing technique a try. I’m sure you will love it.

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#tgifc179 Create Your Own Background

The background on this card is one I have been wanting to try out for a while and this week’s TGIF challenge was perfect for it. 

I had the idea to create a background with the die cut flowers. It wasn’t as painstaking as it looks because the Detailed Deer die set comes with 4 of these flower dies so you get a whole batch of flowers in one run through the Big Shot machine.


On the other half of the card base I’ve added the beautiful Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper with it’s Copper accents and a border from the Tea Room Copper Vinyl stickers.

I hadn’t used my Seasonal Chums on this year’s Christmas cards yet and I though the cute little deer worked nicely with this card. It has been layered onto DSP punched with the Darling Label punch. This has then been layered onto Crumb Cake cardstock, then embossed with the corners punched using the same punch. The Tranquil Tide velvet ribbon feels beautiful and lush. It tied in with the DSP I had used.

As I didn’t want to detract from the die cut flowers, I tried not to cover a lot of it with the image and sentiment. I have added some pearls to the flower centres. These were coloured in with the Bronze Stampin’ Blend. Although the rest of the card is in Copper, the bronze matches well.

View all the amazing entries in this week’s challenge at TGIF Challenges and be inspired to create your own backgrounds.

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Step-it-Up Sunday #32 Happiness and Cheer Carolers

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Stamping Flair and this week’s edition of Step-it-Up Sunday. I have been on holidays this past week and it has been an extremely full week. I celebrated my birthday during the week and went out with my family and some friends for dinner. That was a really enjoyable day.

Our kitchen is being renovated and should be completed this week so we have had to spread the kitchen over a few rooms. Dishes are being washed in the bathroom, microwave and cooking done outside – a very interesting time. However, the kitchen is looking good and I’m very pleased with it.

Today’s cards use the Happiness and Cheer stamp set. I think the images are really cute and especially love this image with the carolers.


Stamp the image in Smoky Slate and attach to the card. Cut strips of Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper of 2cm width and attach and then add washi tape.


For this card, the image has been stamped on a smaller panel of Whisper White cardstock. Add a panel of Garden Green Green cardstock and emboss with the Oh My Stars embossing folder. Attach the baker’s twine with double sided tape on the back of the Garden Green panel and then attach with liquid glue.

Stamp the sentiment on Smoky Slate cardstock and die cut with the label die from Farmhouse Framelits.


Add an extra panel of DSP to this card which also ties in with the stars on the embossing folder. Colour the image with your choice of Stampin’ Write markers as much or as little as you would like. I used Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blends for the tree and Frost White Shimmer Paint for the garland.

Shimmer Paints are a new product that are in the Holiday catalogue. They are available in 4 colours.

 Give it a good shake prior to using each time. To apply to the garlands on this card I used a blender pen and dipped it in the lid of the Shimmer Paint tub. It just added that bit of silvery touch I wanted for this card.

This stamp set is a great set for those of you who love to colour with markers and blends. I’ll be featuring more projects with these as I think they are really cute images.

Enjoy your week.

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