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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Stamping to Change the Look of Designer Series Paper

We all love Designer Series Paper and I don’t know about you but I feel I have more than I could use in a lifetime. That doesn’t stop me from buying more because I just LOVE the beautiful paper we have and just can’t resist buying all of them.

During September, Stampin’ Up! have a fantastic promotion where you can receive a free pack of the Dashing Along Designer Series Paper *.

One way to use up your paper is by stamping directly onto it which creates a completely different look. The script sheet in this pack is not Christmas text therefore it can be used any time during the year. Here I have stamped the Buffalo Check background stamp in Granny Apple Green to create an alternate look.

The poinsettia has been cut from a sheet of Under the Mistletoe DSP and this is another way to use up your DSP. Sometimes there are just some beautiful images that have got to be the focal image in your card.

The sentiment has been layered onto a Real Red label cut in half to offset it. This card takes about 15 minutes to put together including the cutting and is a very quick card to make.

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Quick & Easy Card with Joyous Noel Suite

This card uses the same Basic card layout I featured in my Step-it Up Sunday this week. It’s so quick to make and changing paper and colour schemes will alter the look of your card.

To vary today’s card, I used another sheet from the same Designer Series Paper. Then I matted it onto Tranquil Tide cardstock. The sentiment was matted onto Merry Merlot cardstock. Isn’t Tranquil Tide and Merry Merlot a lovely colour combination for Christmas?

What really makes this card is the gorgeous ribbon. This reversible ribbon is Merry Merlot on one side and Copper on the other and seeing it in person is even more beautiful than in the photo. Added to this is a Snowflake Wire Element which has been attached with some metallic thread. These elements come in mixed packs of 12 with stars and hearts. Each one is 4.4cm so they are a nice large size to even use as a feature on a card.  

 You can make it