Hope you have had a great weekend. We are into a new month. Can you believe it that July is here? Bonus Days are here during July so for every $90 spent (ex shipping) you will earn a $9 coupon which can be spent in August.
I’m sure over the past month you have been enjoying looking at the new catalogue and perhaps shopping from it. Today I’m looking at our project kits which are available in both the Annual Catalogue as well as the Beginner Catalogue. Some of these are all-inclusive project kits which means they include everything you need to complete the projects apart from your choice of adhesive. Others are Gather to Create project kits. For these you will need the accompanying stamp set, ink pads, adhesives and other tools to complete the projects in the kit. The For the Love of Felt Project Kit is one such kit.
This kit drew me with it’s 3D felt flowers and bright and cheery colours as it’s so different to our other kits. The felt flowers are a lovely element which adds so much interest to these projects. With a colour palette of Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Lovely Lipstick, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Sahara Sand and Shaded Spruce, these cards create a feeling of fun and happiness.
There are a variety of sentiments in the For the Love of Felt stamp set. This sentiment of ‘you make an ordinary day special’ is sure to brighten someone’s day. The flowers come ready assembled so all you need to do is attach it to your card.
The leaves and yellow flowers come die cut on a sheet so all that needs to be done is pop them out of the sheet of card. These cards are so quick to make. This makes it easy for you to have a nice stash of cards ready for a variety of occasions in a short time.
This is a very easy stamp set to create with and that bunch of leaves is my favourite. It creates maximum impact with little effort. I love the effect of stamping this around the edges to create the border on this card.
Get the kit and the coordinating products to start creating these beautiful cards at home. You could also get some friends together and have a craft get together. I could bring the stamp set and ink pads and you could complete all your kits.
Completed kit gives you 12 cards – 4 each of 3 designs. You can store your cards in the beautiful box the kit comes in. Purchase the kit, stamp set and an adhesive and you will earn yourself a Bonus Days coupon. It’s as easy as that.
Contact me to order or click on any of the products below to shop online.
I have used a sheet from one of the prettiest papers from the new catalogue on this card. They’re all pretty – I know! The Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper has hand painted impressionistic images and I love the artsy look about it.
My card has been inspired by a couple of challenges. Firstly, this sketch from Sunday Stamps. Having a sketch to work with gives you a great starting point to create projects.
To tie in with the Inspire Create Challenge Theme of Embossing I chose to stamp and emboss the Shimmery White cardstock panel in the centre in Black Embossing powder.
I used the floral spray from the Botanical Bliss stamp set for the embossing.This is a lovely sprig which can be used in a variety of ways. I added colour over this with sponge daubers to create an Emboss Resist Technique and I love the blend of colours this has created over the embossing. This was then mounted onto Silver Foil which made the embossed panel pop. Underneath this I added a piece of the new 12’x12′ Perennial Essence Vellum cardstock which comes in So Saffron, Petal Pink and Old Olive. The vellum is a lovely thicker texture and very easy to use on projects as it’s not flimsy.
I used one of the sentiments from the Floral Essence stamp and pleated the organdy ribbon underneath using Tear & Tape to secure it. This created a lovely soft texture on the card.
Check out all the other designs for these challenges by visiting Sunday Stamps and Inspire Create Challenges.
Thank you for stopping by my blog – Stamping Flair. Today I’m participating in a Blog Hop with my fellow demonstrator friends from the Facebook group ESAD. It’s great that you are able to join in the anticipation and excitement of the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue which launches 4th June by taking a look at a variety of beautiful projects featured in this Blog Hop.
You will find lots of inspiration in the projects that are shared. Make sure you visit each one and check them out. I’m certain that you will fall in love with the suites and individual products featured and then have a very long wish list just like I have!
I have chosen to feature the Bird Ballad suite which is from Pages 90 to 92 of the Annual Catalogue. I have also highlighted one of the new In-Colours which is my favourite. Can you guess which one it is?
Take a look at my blog header for a clue!
Yes…you’re right – It’s none other than Rococo Rose. I just had to!
There are a number of products that coordinate to form the Bird Ballad Suite.
Products in the Bird Ballad Suite
- Free as a Bird stamp set (Item No. 149468)
- Stitched Nested Labels Dies (Item No. 149592)
- Bird Ballad Laser Cut Cards & Tin (Item No. 149595)
- Scalloped Lace Trim (Item No. 149593)
- Bird Ballad Trinkets (Item No.149594)
Buying the stamp set and dies as a bundle saves you 10%. Look for the 10% off sign in the catalogue to save on bundle purchases. Bird Ballad Bundle Item No. 151123.
A new feature in this catalogue is that you can order a complete set of products in a suite using just ONE product number. So, for instance, when you just NEED the the Bird Ballad suite (wink, wink) you won’t have to enter 6 different item numbers. You just enter the one Item No. 152190, making it easy to get everything you want in one simple step. This type of simplified ordering is featured throughout the entire catalogue so keep a look out for it.
Double Embossed Card
Nesting dies in general are a favourite tool of mine and I can see these Nested Label Dies getting a lot of use by me. There are 9 dies in the set. With the stitched edging it gives a lovely finish to the label.
I have used these dies in a few ways on this card. First I have used it to partially emboss the cardstock, then I used it to emboss the outline of the die into the cardstock and lastly to create a frame.
To prepare the shims I used the cardstock that backs some of our Designer Series Paper packs. You will need 3 pieces of cardstock at 14.8 x 10.5 cm which is the size of the card base.
A. Align the die according to which part of your card stock you don’t want embossed. In this case, I wanted the empty space in the centre so I set my die and secured it with washi tape. I ran it quite a few times through my die cutting machine. However, as it was so thick it didn’t cut through but it left a deep indentation which made it easy to cut through with my paper snips. Just cut from the edge of your cardstock and then round the shape (this won’t affect the process).
B. Prepare another 2 pieces like this. Instead of running through the die cutting machine this time, I used the first piece as a template.
C. Attach the 3 pieces together with a couple of strips of washi tape.
D. Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock at 14.4cm x 10.1cm. Using your die as a template, pencil in the shape on the cardstock.
Partial Embossing Sandwich for Big Shot
The number of shims (cardstock) will vary according to the thickness of your embossing folder. This is what I used for the Layered Leaves embossing folder which is a thicker style folder.
- Big Shot Platform
- Embossing Folder with Whisper White cardstock inside
- Shims on top of closed embossing folder. The opening should line up with the drawn label on the Whisper White cardstock
- Blue silicone sheet
Run this through the Big Shot and you will have an embossed outer section with a blank centre. Next I used the same die to create an embossed outline for the centre using Embossing Mats.
Using 2 smaller dies I die cut a frame from Rococo Rose cardstock. Doesn’t that stitching look lovely?
Now for my centrepiece – those beautiful birds. I stamped them on Shimmery White cardstock in Stazon ink. Watercolouring this image was what I had in mind but I had done the unthinkable and ordered ink pads without refills so I found a work around. I inked up some Clear Blocks with Rococo Rose, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay and used the ink on them to watercolour the birds with an Aqua Painter. Sometimes this can give a little bit more control over the colours as it’s not so strong as ink refills.
I stamped 3 lots of these birds so I could layer them for depth. The other colours I used for the rest of the image were Mossy Meadow, Terracotta Tile and Early Espresso.
To add a dash of colour to the partially embossed cardstock. I lightly watercoloured some Bermuda Bay in the centre. Then I inked up Clear Block A with Daffodil Delight, stamped off and then lightly stamped over the Bermuda Bay. This created a subtle background for the birds.
The sentiment has been stamped on Sahara Sand cardstock and embellished with the lovely Bird Ballad trinkets. These have a lovely vintage feel to them and look really cute. Here I’ve added a cluster to work in with the rest of the foliage.
Laser Cut Card
My second project uses the laser cut cards which come in a beautiful Petal Pink keepsake tin. You get 12 laser cut cards with envelopes in this tin.
I stamped a smaller piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with So Saffron and Coastal Cabana Ink using the Artisan Textures stamp set. Then I adhered this to the back of the laser cut panel which gave a lovely background.
I have used several of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper on this card. They are great for fussy cutting, as I have done here.
I stamped the Artisan Textures stamp (off stamped a couple of times to lighten it) in Coastal Cabana on Whisper White cardstock. Then I stamped the leaves in Coastal Cabana and die cut the circle. A frame was die cut from Coastal Cabana cardstock using 2 smaller circles to bring out the colour more without overpowering the image.
The sentiment has been heat embossed in white and layered on some white Flax ribbon and the new Woven Threads ribbon. When the stitches are cut on this, it creates tassels and looks really cute.
If you would like to have a copy of the new catalogue, please get in touch with me and I’d be glad to send one out to you.
Enjoy hopping your way through all the blogs and I hope it inspires you to get creating with these new products.
Blog hop participant list:
- Lou Kitzelman
- Rochelle Blok
- Kelly Kent
- Jo Stubbings
- Nicole Wilson
- Denise Buetler
- Sandra Mastello
- Rochelle Laird-Smith – You are here
- Siobhan Fitzsimmons
- Shannon Kissane
- Libby Dyson
- Jo Weedon
- Peta Stephen
- Carly Middleton
- Lisa Whitehead
- Bronwyn Eastley
- Cathy Pinchbeck
- Monique Fielder
- Rebecca Scurr
- Richelle Fletcher
- Jackie Noble
- Mandy Depiazzi
- Sharon Dalton
- Maree McIntosh
- Samantha White
Product List for 1st Card – Bird Ballad Suite plus the following
Product List for 2nd Card – Bird Ballad suite plus the following
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
Purchase the PDF which includes complete instructions to create 4 cards.
- 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.
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.
Look forward to crafting with you.
Products Used to Create These Cards
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Products used to Create these Cards