Step-it-Up Sunday #29 Country Home

Hi Friends,

So nice to have you here today. I really value your support and visits. I also have a Facebook and Instagram account in which I post a few different items so would love for you to stop by there and have a look.

How has your week been? They seem to be going really fast for me. Less than 4 months for Christmas – how fast did that come around? Timely that our Holiday catalog is here and we can get a headstart on all our Christmas preparations.

Today’s Step-it-Up Sunday is featuring one of my favourite stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog – Country Home. Are you getting a bit of an idea that I like ‘country’ things?  It has a couple of options with flowers and cans so you can mix and match I used the Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper layered on Tranquil Tide and Crumb Cake card stock to form the base for my card.


This is a very quick card to make but effective. Stamp the can and flowers in Crumb Cake on Whisper White cardstock and layers on to a Tranquil Tide panel. The ribbon has been attached with Tear & Tape adhesive.


To step this card up, colour in the can with Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends. The flowers have been coloured in with Stampin’ Write markers – Tranquil Tide, Pear Pizzazz, Mango Melody, Blackberry Bliss and Powder Pink. Add a section of Chicken Wire behind the can. I really like the rustic look of the Chicken Wire elements. As it’s silver on one side and white on the other, you can colour it to suit any project.

The sentiment has been inked up in Versamark ink, then immediately in Blackberry Bliss ink and then stamped. Pour Clear Embossing Powder over and heat emboss.


For the next card, I created a panel of Tarnished foil with Blackberry Bliss ink. I loved how the rich tones of the Blackberry Bliss ink work with this beautiful Tin Tile Embossing Folder. This is a really popular Embossing Folder. I saw another demonstrator had embossed their Thanksgiving serviettes with it. It looked amazing. So there’s another use for your embossing folders.

These are the steps to achieve the look. You need to heat emboss between each step.

  1. Run the Stazon ink pad down the Champagne foil cardstock. Do this from both ends. Use heat setting 1 to dry it.
  2. Emboss in the Tin Tile embossing folder
  3. Apply Versamark to sections of the cardstock and add Copper embossing powder
  4. Repeat Step 4 using Silver embossing powder instead
  5. Add Blackberry Bliss ink to sections of the cardstock and pour Clear embossing powder over the panel. This seals in the Blackberry Bliss ink.
  6. Repeat Step 1

I love this technique and the colour just adds a little bit extra to tie in the rest of the project.

To complete add a bit of tulle ribbon using Tear & Tape.

If you would like to get these products and have a look at the rest of the Holiday Catalog, please contact me. I will send one out to you. I would love to help you in your creative journey.

Have a lovely week and keep on crafting.

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Colouring Pretty Kitty with Water Colours

During the month of August you have the chance to purchase some limited edition products. The Blended Seasons bundle dies have double stitching which means both the outer edge and the die cut have stitched edging on them. On this card I’ve used both the Blended Seasons bundle and the Water Colour Pencils Assortment Pack 2 which has 10 colours and is a really good addition to our initial pack.

I tried to make the kitten on the card look like our cat, Toulouse. I coloured her in a mix of Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze. The Designer Series Paper is from the Subtles pack and it comes in each of our colour families. This makes it very easy to colour match your ink as every colour has a DSP to match in 4 different patterns. 

August is also Bonus Days month which means for every $90 spent, you get a $9 voucher to spend in September.


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Step-it-Up Sunday #23 Garden Impressions

Hi everyone,

Good to have you back for another Step-it-Up Sunday. I can’t believe it’s been going for nearly 6 months now and there’s been so many different cards. I love the challenge of creating the 3 different cards for varying crafters. Follow the Step-it-Sunday link to see the past cards.

The Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper reminds me of Impressionistic paintings. It’s got lovely colours and floral images on one side and background style artwork on the reverse. This teams up with the Abstract Impressions stamp set which is very ‘arty’. It is a very forgiving stamp set in that if it doesn’t line up 100%, it doesn’t look too bad. It is abstract after all.  

My cards were based on this layout.


This card has lots of layered cardstock and Designer Series Paper. Die cut a circle and then stamp your flowers using So Saffron, Calypso Coral and Melon Mambo. The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy on another piece of DSP and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the right side and liquid adhesive on the left.


For the next step-up, emboss the Melon Mambo panel with the Basket Weave embossing folder. I used this folder because I thought of baskets of flowers and I love the texture of this embossing folder.

Colour the matte side of a pearlized doily with So Saffron ink. You can do this by stamping direct with the ink pad or use a stamp to stamp ink onto the doily, which is what I found was easier to control. As you are only using the outer portion of your doily, you can cut out the inner section to use on another project.

To complete the centre image, stamp an extra flower, fussy cut and add to your die cut circle with a Dimensional.


To make the Melon Mambo panel into a tag, use the Swirly Swowflake border die. This die set has some lovely border images and as you can see it’s not limited to the Christmas season. The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White cardstock which is then mounted onto Designer Series Paper. This is die cut using one of the labels from the Stitched Labels die set but it needs to be extended to lengthen it. Night of Navy Baker’s Twine ties in with the colours of the DSP.

Hope you have enjoyed today’s Step-it-Up Sunday. Use the card layout to come up with different designs – portrait or landscape, varying DSP, stamp sets – each one will look different.

Have a great week filled with blessings.


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Petal Promenade Beautiful Florals

The Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper is a beautiful set of papers with photographs of lovely floral images. The detail and colours are so pretty and I think it’s our prettiest paper in the catalogue. It’s great for backgrounds and the reverse of the paper has great backgrounds with a marble and bokeh look.

Stampin’ Up, Stamping Flair, SU, Petal Promenade

Aren’t they stunning?

This video shows the design process for these beautiful papers. You can get this DSP on the ‘Buy 3 get 1 free’ promotion which is ending 31st July.

I’ve got a couple of cards to show you today. The first one has been die cut with a die from the new Blended Seasons bundle. This bundle becomes available on 1st August for you to purchase. There are several dies including some frames. These frames are double stitched which means if you position the die well, you can use the outer section as well. This is what I’ve used on my ‘Oh, Darling You are Fabulous’ card. How good is that sentiment? Love it.

I die cut the label from vellum and then stamped the sentiment with Blackberry Bliss. I left it to dry a little bit and then gave it a blast with the heat gun just to be doubly sure it was dry.

The lady has been stamped on Shimmery White cardstock and water coloured with Lemon Lime Twist and Blackberry Bliss. This is a simple card and the Designer Series Paper creates a lovely background for the elegant lady.

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On the next card I layered panels of the Petal Promenade DSP and then added a die cut butterfly. The ribbon and faceted button finish off this quick make card.

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Create 3 cards with the Tropical Escape Suite

While we are in the middle of Melbourne’s winter, I’m sure many of you are hanging out for warm weather. I for one, don’t cope too well in the heat however I love this Tropical Escape suite.  The colours are fun, green and lush and interspersed with some chic black. I really like the dies which cut out the leaves in the Designer Series Paper. 

I’m sharing 3 cards with you today using this suite. I think the different elements are just so beautiful and these cards show you some parts of it. 

In this first card, the square leaf cut-out die has been used as a frame. I die cut some extra leaves and added the cute flower to create a quick card.

This die could be combined with a window sheet to create a shaker card. Alternatively, die cut the front of the card and put some Designer Series Paper on the inside to create added interest. 

This next card uses the same square die to emboss the centre panel, The embossing mats are used to achieve this effect. If you have a Big Shot machine, you will really love the embossing mats as they will give you an alternate use for your dies. This will make you think of so many creative uses for your dies – even the simple layering ones. 

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Here I combined the Tropical Escape bundle with the Fabulous Flamingo Stamp set. The palm leaves coordinate nicely and the flamingo looks at home among the greenery. The colours I used for the flamingo were Lovely Lipstick and wait for it …. Flirty Flamingo. 

The leaves on the Designer Series Paper fit the die so you have that option as well as stamping and die cutting.  

Stampin’ Up, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, Tropical Escape, Handmade Card

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Try your hand at these tropical cards and keep warm.


Watercolouring Very Vintage Flowers with Ink Refills

As you can see I am in love with the Very Vintage Hostess set. That doily stamp! I just can’t get enough of it.

In today’s project I once again used the beautiful floral image except this time I watercoloured it using ink refills and blender pens.  I love using my blender pens as they give great control over my colouring in and they are great value. You get 3 in a pack and they last for ages. 

To further add to the vintage feel of this card, I distressed the edges of the Very Vanilla panel with Powder Pink. 

I wanted some lacy embellishments to add to this card to give it a vintage look. So my first addition was a pearlized doily which I coloured on the matte side using a sponge dauber with Highland Heather. Then I did the same with the Delightfully Detailed Specialty Laser Cut DSP. It’s so good to be able to colour match using ink pads and daubers in this way. I know I have doilies in every colour to match any project I create because of this. Super quick and easy.

Stampin’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, Very Vintage, Water colouring

This entire panel has been attached to a Very Vanilla panel which I embossed with the new Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder. This embossing folder caught my eye as soon as I got my catalogue. It gives a really deep impression and is beautiful.

Now get your sponge daubers and inks on those white accessories and see what ‘new’ stuff you can add to your collection!

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