Step-it-Up Sunday #57 Country Road Thank you Card

Hi Stampers, 

Thank you for stopping by to visit me today at my blog Stamping Flair and to see what I have got for you on Step-it-Up Sunday.  Hope you are all doing well and have had a really great week. 

Have you ordered the new Everything is Rosy Product Medley and received it or are you like me, checking the tracking number every day? I have a feeling mine is going to arrive on Monday and I am so excited to start crafting with it. That is one bumper pack of goodies, touched with Rose Gold. There’s Rose Gold foil sheets, Rose Gold in the Designer Series Paper, Rose Gold through the embellishments and even Rose Gold shimmer paint. If you are mad for the Rose Gold then this is a bundle you don’t want to miss out on. It’s available until the end of May or while supplies last. Click on the image below to view the full size flyer detailing all the products you receive in this medley. 

Everything is Rosy Product List

Step-it-Up Sunday today features one of my favourite stamp sets – Country Road. if you know anything about me, you know I’m a bit partial to all things country and this carries over to stamps as well. After choosing the stamp set I wanted to work with, the next decision was a colour palette. Mossy Meadow was my first choice as I hadn’t used it a great deal and I wanted to use a colour that hadn’t been featured much.  Once that was decided, I needed a earthy colour as my base so Sahara Sand was my coordinating colour. Working out my colours like this makes it easy to create a coordinating palette for my projects.

Having my ink pads stored in the new Storage by Stampin’ Up! modular storage is also great when working out colour combinations. I have ink pads sitting right in front of me on my desk and when I pick up a ink pad that I want to coordinate with another colour, I just hold it against the other ink pads and see which suits. Having them handy and right at my fingertips, without having to move anything, makes it very easy.
 

Beginner

The Beginner card uses the Clear Block stamping technique to add a block of colour to the Very Vanilla panel. To get this look, I took Clear Block D and inked it up with the Sahara Sand ink. Then I spritzed the block with water. Make sure that you shake off any excess water off the block otherwise it will drip on your cardstock (I learned after the second stuff up!). Each time you do this technique, the result will vary. I think the washed look and variations in colour looks effective and creates a fun, yet easy background. 

 

Country Road stamp set by Stampin' Up! used to create a h andmade thank you card for a beginner

The grass has been stamped, several times in Mossy Meadow and the weather vane  in Early Espresso. The sentiment is from the Country Home stamp set and has been stamped in Mossy Meadow. Burlap ribbon adhered with Tear & Tape adds a quick trim to complete this card with some simple stamping. 

Casual

I stepped this card up with some stamping over multiple layers of cardstock (Normally Triple Time stamping but in this case Double Time). I temporarily adhered the Sahara Sand square to the Very Vanilla panel. This is done by adding a little bit of Tombow Glue to the Sahara Sand cardstock and leaving it aside for a couple of minutes.

Clear Block stamping technique, Stampin' Up1

Tombow, once left like that, becomes tacky. Then I placed this on top of the Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped the grass over the 2 panels. You need to press quite firmly and hold the stamp in place a few seconds longer as you are stamping over an uneven surface. Once the stamping is complete then the Sahara Sand panel can be taken off.

At this point, I stamped the wagon wheel in Sahara Sand and the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento in, then adhered this to a Basic Black panel which was added to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 

Step-it-Up Sunday, Cardmaking for all levels of crafters, Country Road stamp set by Stampin' Up

The weather vane was fussy cut and I added Dimensionals to the horse part and liquid glue to the bottom section so it sat flat on the card. I stepped up the ribbon by adding linen thread and a bow. 

To create this bow, take the linen thread with your right hand and wrap round 4 fingers of the left hand. Then wrap it twice around 3 fingers and then around 2.  Carefully take it off your fingers while holding one section of the strands together so the formed circles don’t fall apart. Pinch the centre of the strands together and this will form your loops. Snip off the thread leaving a little extra and use that to wind round the centre of your bow and tie in a knot with the other strand. Tighten firmly. 

To further secure this, take another piece of linen thread and tie it around the bow. This will give you 4 tails to your bow. Then fan out all the loops to create a really cute bow. 

Avid

This card has several added elements to keep the avid crafter happy. I started off by embossing the weather vane in copper and fussy cutting it. It gives that aged look to it with the embossing and I love it. As a base for all my elements, I chose a Merry Merlot circle which has been embossed with the corrugated embossing folder. This folder and me – love, love, love. The addition of the Merry Merlot makes the card pop.

I stamped the wagon wheel and used my 1  3/4″ circle punch but as that’s not available any more, the Layering Circle dies will work fine as well.

Country Road stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Avid crafter card

The star was stamped in Merry Merlot and I bent the edges to give it dimension. It’s sitting on top of a few leaves punched with the Sprig punch . The tile is from the Country Home stamp set. I like the colour and detail it adds to the whole picture.

Create a handmade country card with the Country Road stamp set by Stampin' Up!, Step-it-Up Sunday

The Country Road stamp set is retiring and won’t be carrying over into the new catalogue. Make sure to add it to your collection before it’s gone. Click on any item below to be taken direct to my store. 

Check back during the week for projects featuring the Everything is Rosy Product Medley. Subscribe to my blog to make sure you don’t miss out on any my updates and please contact me with feedback or any queries. I love hearing from you. 

Have a wonderful week. 


Products Used to Create these Cards

Heat Tool

$50.00
Sprig Punch

$31.00

May Class in the Mail is All About Beautiful You

For the month of May I have focused on a lovely stamp set called Beautiful You. Ever since it’s release a couple of years ago it has been extremely popular. This is a 2 set stamp set and is filled with motivational and uplifting sentiments. It features some beautiful images of women and with Mother’s day coming up next week what better stamp set to feature this month than this particular set. 

Beautiful You Stamp set by Stampin' Up!, Stamp image

I have teamed this up with elements from the Love What You do stamp set. This too has words of encouragement and some great floral images. Together these stamp sets come together to create some fabulous cards this month for the women in our lives. Get this kit and you will be making cards in no time because the design has been thought out, so all you need to do is sit down and get crafting. You can even make Mother’s Day cards using these stamp sets and layouts. 

What is Class in the Mail? 

  • It is is a monthly class which I prepare completely for you at no cost. 
  • I plan and design 4 cards, create a document with full instructions which include meaasurements, instructions, colour photos and tips – it is like having me right there helping you. 
  • I provide you with the card bases, cardstock and envelopes required to complete the 4 cards and a handmade card from me which can be re-used. This is provided FREE to qualifying orders. (see details below)
  • It is not a subscription and you can choose in which month you wish to participate
  • The kits can be posted anywhere in Australia
  • You will have the instructions with you to view at any time and you can craft when it suits you. 

How do you participate?

  • Spend a minimum of $60 (prior to shipping) using this Month’s Host Code HJMSKYHV 
  • You can purchase whatever you like in your order. I have provided a list of products I have used to create the 4 cards at the bottom of this post. You can choose to order these products or substitute them with other products of your choice. 
  • Upon receipt of your order, I will send an email to the email address provided in your order with the PDF of the month’s Class in the Mail
  • The cardstock and envelopes will be mailed out to you 
  • If your order exceeds $250 retail value, don’t use the Host Code as you will receive your own Host Rewards. I will still send you the Class in the Mail. 
  • Remember to use the Host Code
  • The PDF is available to purchase separately for $10 for anyone else who wishes to have this handy reference. 

Purchase the PDF which includes complete instructions to create 4 cards. 

 

There are some basic supplies you will need each month. Click on Class in the Mail to view complete details of this great feature where you get to craft with me in the comfort of your home.

These 2 stamp sets are carrying over into the new Annual Catalogue. If  you live in Australia and would like a copy of the full colour catalogue which is filled with ideas and inspiration to get you crafting, please contact me. 

Stampin' Up! 2019 Annual Catalogue

Look forward to crafting with you.


Products Used to Create These Cards

Stamparatus

$85.00

Step-it-Up Sunday #55 Once in Nine Lives

Hi Friends,

How are you all? Hope this Sunday finds you well. I am looking forward to a better week. Last week was a little bit stressful and I felt like I was caught in a whirlwind. Fresh week of holidays and a new Stampin’ Up! catalogue to browse through on  Tuesday. I’m all set!

Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all over the world have been attending the On Stage conference in different countries over the last few days. Others of us who didn’t attend, have been living virtually through photos of new catalogue items. There are beautiful products, suites and embellishments which you are going to LOVE! If you live in Australia and would like a copy of the new Annual catalogue, please email me at [email protected] and I’ll send one out to you. 

If you can’t wait to get your hands on these new products then Join my team and you will be able to pre-order products from 2nd May. These could be included in your Starter Kit. This is one of the benefits of being a demonstrator. All future orders get you 20% off with potential to increase it to 25%. So a fabulous deal all up. 

For my Step-it-Up Sunday blog posts each week, I try to feature a different stamp set each time and create with different occasions and interests in mind. Today my chosen stamp set is Nine Lives. Together with the matching punch, these stamps make it easy to add dimension to any cute kitty. I love the added extras in this set like the food bowl, ball of wool, fish and mouse with which you can create a cute picture. 

Cat image Nine Lives stamp image

When I struggle for colour combinations, I tend to go for my Designer Series Paper and work off them. I chose the Garden Impressions Designer Paper and the colours of Blueberry Bushel, So Saffron and Mango Melody. Two yellow shades? Not the usual but then I added my cat in Crumb Cake to break it up.

Basic

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I first adhered the strip of Garden Impressions Paper. The sentiment and ball of wool has been stamped in Blueberry Bushel. I stamped the cat in In Soft Suede ink on Crumb Cake cardstock, punched it out and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then this entire panel was attached onto the card base with Dimensionals. 

Casual

Step-it-Up Sunday, Nine Lives, Cat handmade card, Casual crafter, Cat card with punch, Garden Impressions

An addition of Mango Melody behind the Garden Impression panel and embossing on the So Saffron square steps this card up for the Casual crafter. I also created a mock ball of wool with the Night of Navy baker’s twine. 

Avid

For this card I took my inspiration from our fluffy – Toulouse. She is a rescue cat we got at 7 months old and now she’s been with us nearly 2 years. How did she get her name? My daughter, Cassidy loves Disney. The movie Aristocats has a cat named Toulouse who is a ginger. AlthoughToulouse is female the name suits her. Here she is with Cassidy who loves her to bits.

Toulouse, Stampin' Blends cat, Colouring in

I wanted to get my colours similar to Toulouse’ colours. I stamped the cat outline in Soft Suede and stamped the inner markings with Soft Suede stamped off once. This allowed me to colour over it with the Stampin’ Blends. 

Nine Lives stamp set by Stampin; Up, Step-it-Up Sunday, Brushos

The Stiched Label Frame was die cut from Shimmery White cardstock then I sprinkled Yellow Brusho Powder on it. I spritzed it with water and left it to dry. Then I used an Aqua Painter to apply Mango Melody reinker over this in sections to add a deeper colour. Immediately I stamped the hearts in Mango Melody over the entire label. This gave the hearts a water colour look with no real definition and I liked it because you get a subtle background.

The Frame Elements is part of the Animal Expedition suite. I like the various wood elements in this set which can be used on different projects. For this card I have embossed it in Black Embossing Powder.

Heat embossed wood elements, Cat card with Stampin; Up Nine Lives stamp set, Step-it-Up Sunday, Cards for all levels

I’ve listed all the products used in these projects at the bottom of my post. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

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May your week be blessed.


Products used to Create these Cards

Heat Tool

$50.00

Botanical Butterfly Cards with Butterfly Elements

Butterfly Elements are some really cute embellishments which are on offer during Sale-A-Bration. As expected there are butterflies but there are also various flowers and different sized leaves which can be used for your projects. The natural look of these really appeal to me but you will see on the second card that there are ways to alter this. 

Card 1

Easy layout with Saleabration itemBotanical Butterfly DSP, Organdy ribbon, Butterflies, Handmade card

This card uses the beautiful Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper – 3 different patterns of it. The black checks adds a nice contrast against the butterflies. I have attached the butterfly element with glue dots. You do need to be careful when removing these off the backing board as they can chip if you put too much pressure on it. Just work your way around it and it just pops out. I’ve layered some ribbons together and added the butterfly on top. The only stamped element is the sentiment. This is a great layout for using up your patterned paper. 

Product List

Butterfly Elements

FREE with
$90 purchase
Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack

FREE with
$90 purchase

Card 2

Handmade card with Botanical Butterfly patterned paper and Embossed butterfly

This card too shows off the beauty of that butterfly paper. How pretty is it? I had some leftover embossed Lemon Lime Twist cardstock so I cut it down and used it under the sentiment. I’ve also made use of the free Organdy Ribbon from Sale-A-Bration. This pack comes in 5 colours so it’s a great item to get as a freebie. I also used the die from the Beautiful Layers set to coordinate the inside of the envelope with the card.

The butterfly is from the Butterfly Elements. I used Black Embossing Powder to achieve this effect. I love the glossy look it gives to it. Using a pair of tweezers to hold onto the edge helps you when using the heat gun. I applied the embossing powder twice to make sure I got every section. That butterfly really stands out against the background and ties in with the paper with the black dots. The black and white options in this paper makes it versatile. 

 Altering a chipboard element with Black embossing powder

Product List

Butterfly Elements

FREE with
$90 purchase
Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack

FREE with
$90 purchase
Heat Tool

$50.00

Sale-a-bration 4 days to go


Step-it-Up Sunday #52 So Happy to Have You in My Life

Hello crafty friends,

So happy to have you in my life … this is more than just a sentiment on a card. Each of us has special people who we are grateful to have around us and who support and encourage us. I am grateful to each of you who show your support for me by vising my page, subscribing, attending classes and supporting me with your encouragement.

This is a nice large sentiment from the Amazing Life stamp set so really no extra work needs to be done but because it’s Step-it-Up Sunday, I have done just that and made extra work!

This stamp set is bundled up with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits dies and if you purchase it as a bundle you save 10%. Those Rectangle Framelits have never made it into my storage box which I keep for my die sets. These have just been sitting on my desk for weeks. That is how often I am using them so I don’t bother putting them back. 

As for my colour choice – I wanted to use our retiring In-Colours so I chose Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst, Powder Pink and Fresh Fig. Lemon Lime Twist was a colour that I didn’t particularly like at the start but I really love it now and am going to miss it. 

Just a reminder to get your In-Colour refills soon as you can as they generally don’t last long once the retirement list is announced.

Beginner

I used the Painted Seasons Sale-A-Bration stamp set to create the leaf border around the card base.

Amazing Life, Simple Stamping, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, In-Color 2017-2019, In-Colour, Step-it-Up Sunday, Create a handmade card for the beginner cardmaker

Then I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black ink. I didn’t use a Stamparatus however this would definitely make it easier for a beginner stamper. The little tip I have for you when I don’t use my Stamparatus (other than to use it) is, use the coordinating colour in the Stampin’ Write marker to fill in any missing spots. No one will ever know …and yes I’ve done it many times. 

I’ve embellished the card using the cute In-Colour flower buttons and the leaves from the Butterfly Elements Sale-A-Bration offering.

Casual

Amazing Life, Simple Stamping, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, In-Color 2017-2019, In-Colour, Step-it-Up Sunday, Casual Crafter handmade card, Saleabration Painted Seasons Bundle

This card has just a few extras added to step it up. I layered the stamped Whisper White panel onto a Basic Black card base. The sentiment was restamped onto Berry Burst cardstock and then cut out and added with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I coloured the ‘Happy’ with the Powder Pink marker. A couple of simple steps and this card gets some extra colour added to it. 

Avid

I used the embossing mats to create the Stitched Rectangle section for my stamped image. Embossing this way gives a lovely framed look.

Amazing Life, Simple Stamping, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, In-Color 2017-2019, In-Colour, Step-it-Up Sunday, Leaves created from Brushos crystal,Handmade card, Advanced Crafter

Embossing Sandwich

This is my preferred method of embossing with dies. This sandwich allows you to see the placement of your die which is important with this technique, especially when creating a card like this where you need the die centred. 

This list is from the bottom up. So number 1 is what goes down first at the bottom of your sandwich. 

  1. Big Shot platform
  2. Impressions Pad  (white)
  3. Silicon Mat (blue)
  4. Cardstock
  5. Die -face down
  6. Big Shot cutting mat

How to emboss on the Big Shot with your Dies

Then I stamped my leaves around the embossed section. I stamped 3 flowers and die cut them. Feeling a bit bad that at this stage I had used all of the In-Colours except Fresh Fig, I incorporated it in my sponging around the edges of my flower to add extra dimension to this flower. I used Brushos Moss Green for the leaves.

Amazing Life, Simple Stamping, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, In-Color 2017-2019, In-Colour, Step-it-Up Sunday, Leaves created from Brushos crystal,Handmade card, Advanced Crafter

There’s less than a week of Sale-A-Bration left! 

Don’t miss out on this chance of getting those fabulous stamp sets and accessories with every $90 spend. Sale-A-Bration coordination products are also available until 31st March or until they run out. Click here to shop the Sale-A-Bration coordination items. 

Contact me on [email protected] with any queries or to place an order. You can also Shop Online by clicking the link below to place your order. Current Host Code FBNFPZ9D

Products you need to make these cards: 

Painted Seasons Bundle

free with
$180 order
Butterfly Elements

free with
$90 order