Fun Ways with Designer Series Paper – Part 3

I hope you are enjoying this series in which I am showing you several Fun Ways with Designer Series Paper. We’ve covered Common Cuts and Fussy cutting. Today, we are sponging it. This is another great technique to add colour and alter your DSP.

Sponge it

Sponging can be done using a sponge dauber or sponges. Each of these tools will give you a different effect when you are sponging over larger areas. Personally, for smaller areas and edging, I prefer the sponge daubers. These nifty little tools are like a thimble with a sponge on one side and open on the other so you can pop it on your finger. This makes it handy to work around your projects.

This card uses sponging in it’s classic form for creating a distressed finish giving this card a vintage feel. The Toile Tidings DSP images just lend itself to creating vintage cards. They are so pretty that I didn’t want to cover any of it so I selected a lovely sentiment and kept the rest of the card clean so the beauty of this paper could be seen. Until the end of October you can get this paper at 15% off.

This is a quick and easy card to make using the Feels Like Frost Specialy DSP which has photographic images on one side and silver foil on the other. I used the silver foil side and sponged over with Coastal Cabana. The silver resisted the ink while only the white leaves picked up the colour. This is a really fun way to alter the colour of paper.

Although this DSP is perfect for Christmas cards, you can see that it can be used for other occasions with this beautiful silver foil.

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Fun Ways with Designer Series Paper – Part 1

Welcome to a short series I’m running on some fun ways to to get the best use of your Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper. During my Fun Ways with Designer Series Paper series I’m going to share with you a few basics that help me when it comes to using up my beautiful Designer Series Paper or DSP as it’s known for short.

Cut it

It may seem the obvious thing to do but just glance at your paper shelves or drawers. If you are anything like me, you may be holding onto special paper for a special project. I see you nodding your head!

Every catalogue, Stampin’ Up! brings the most beautiful Designer Series Paper in the papercraft world. Now, we all just LOVE patterned paper so we just NEED to have it. So, don’t hoard that paper because there is plenty more where that came from and you know what? When you use that special paper on a card and give it to someone, you make that person really happy.

The main tool you require for this will be a Paper Trimmer in order to get straight and accurate cuts. This is a must have tool in your craft room and it will serve you well.

Paper Trimmer

I generally cut half a pack of 12″x12″ DSP into 9.9cm x 14.2cm pieces. This is my Basic Cut 1. Once the DSP is cut, then it’s more convenient and ready to use on your cards. I leave the rest as full sheets which allows for 3D or scrapbook projects or larger cards. There are a few basic measurements that I follow but for today I’ll be sharing 2 with you.

Basic card measurement for an A6 card (half of an A4 sheet which is then folded in half)
CARD BASE
21cm x 14.8cm scored in half (opens to the side) or 10.5cm x 29.6cm scored in half (opens upwards)

BASIC CUT 1
9.9cm x 14.2cm DSP

Here I’ve used the Snowflake Wonder Designer Series Paper on my base. Then I’ve added another piece of DSP layered onto cardstock which I’ve added the deer onto. The doily was coloured in with the Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend to coordinate with the rest of my card.

BASIC CUT 2
9.3cm x 13.6cm DSP
9.9cm x 14.2cm matte layer (cardstock)

When you have beautiful paper, you don’t need to do much to your card. This is the Magic in this Night Designer Series Paper which you can find on Page 62 of your catalogue. Teamed up with a Halloween suite, it’s quite easy to miss the magic of this paper, This paper has elegant black roses and spider webs that actually look like crocheted doilies.

Once you have your main layers cut, then you can start cutting them down and moving them around. This piece of ‘Tis the Season Designer Series Paper is 13.6cm x 9.3cm. I then cut it at the 5cm mark on the short side, reversing one side to show both sides of the beautiful paper. That beautiful Shaded Spruce ribbon covers the join of the paper. I edged the postage stamp with the Dark Cherry Cobble Stampin’ Blend to form a border around it.

This card uses Heartwarming Hug Designer Series Paper which has been cut at the 5cm mark on the long side. Once again, some ribbon covers the join. I’ve used the ‘Direct to Stamp’ Technique with my Stampin’ Write Markers to create the tag. You can colour directly on the stamp with these markers and then breathe on it to activate the ink. Stamp as usual and this gives you a beautiful coloured image.

I hope this inspires you to get a trimmer and start cutting your papers. If you would like more inspiration, make sure you sign up to my newsletter. This week’s issue will have 4 tutorials for you to use with Designer Series Paper giving you some alternative cards to the ones I shared with you today.

Two simple measurements but so many ways to use them. I hope you give it a try and please leave me a comment if you find this helpful or if you have any questions. All the DSP I have shown you today are on sale during our October DSP sale. There’s a total of 15 papers in the range which you will want to stock up on as there are so many beautiful designs in them.



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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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It’s October 1st and I’m still on Day 23 of the #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge. You’re my friends and I have to share with you that I struggled with creating this card. The challenge theme – Baby, it’s Cold Outside – was the easy part.

On Sunday, my daughter’s cat, Toulouse, died suddenly and this week we have been crying and doing lots of sitting and staring. She was nearly 4 years old and we are really feeling the loss greatly.

I have been struggling to do any creating since and have been working on this card for 2 days. I’m pleased that I finally got something together even though it’s not my finest work. 

Do you find that papercrafting gets you through some tough times too as well as the good times? It’s nice to be able to relax and unwind even though sometimes it is a very slow process … we get there in the end.

My card is probably not the traditional brrrr… cold type. I decided to work with something I would have when it’s cold – hot chococolate.. Considering it’s International Coffee Day, well, chocolate may pass …just!

This card is all about warmth and being cozy with your loved one – because it’s cold outside. See, it all ties in. I used the Warm Hugs bundle together with the Press On stamp set to create this wintry card. I tied in the chill from the outside with the addition of an embossed panel in Merry Merlot using the Winter Snow embossing folder.

The Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper forms the background for all the elements of my cozy card. It reminded me of a warm jumper. If you love plaid, you are going to love this paper which has simple checks with minimal colour as well as multi-coloured checks. You will also love the discounted price it has during October. You can shop the entire range of Designer Series Paper on sale here.

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Kre8tors Blog Hop August 2020 – Anniversary

Hi and welcome to Stamping Flair and the monthly Kre8tors Blog Hop. I’m a little bit sad because it’s the last time we’ll be hopping together for the time being. Thank you to Melissa Tennison who has worked so hard putting this blog hop together each month. I’ve had so much fun being a part of it. 

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However, we still have all the fun of this month. So make sure you check out all the blogs for lots of inspiration. Our theme is anniversaries. Usually I would create a floral, feminine card but this time I created more with my partner in mind. So my card took on a more masculine feel. 

I started by sponging Granny Apple Green and Misty Moonlight along the bottom of the Whisper White cardstock panel. Then I embossed it with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder. Taking my Versamark ink pad, I roughly ran it down the ends of the cardstock and poured the Gold Embossing Powder over it. I brushed off any excess to achieve a streaky look then heat embossed it. 

The sentiment is the die from the Love You More set and it actually says ‘Love you more than’. I just used the words ‘ Love you’ which I die cut from the Rainbow Glimmer Paper

I hope you have been inspired by my creation. Please leave me a comment as I would love to hear from you. Next on our hop is Annette Elias. Click on the Next button to see her lovely project. 

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Melissa Tennison (USA)

Su Mohr

Tricia Butts

Lisa Kmiec

Sandra Roberts (UK)

Jo Blackman

Jan Musselman – USA

Susan Simpson

Anastasia Radloff

Libby Fens

Tracie St-Louis Canada

Angie McKenzie

Annette Ball – Canada

Jacqui Lawrence UK

Cheryl Taylor (UK)

Rochelle Laird-Smith (Australia)

Annette Elias – De Kijkkast – NL

Sue Allen – Australia

Rebecca-Jo Unwin- Australia

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Stamp n’ Hop – Favourite Bundle

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Welcome to Stamping Flair on this Saturday morning. It’s a weekend like no other here in Melbourne, where we are in lock down but us crafters need not fear boredom. We have supplies and unfinished projects to last a lifetime! I hope you are all keeping well and in good spirits. You are in the right place to get you into creative mode.

Today I’m hopping with my friends from the Stamp ‘N Hop team and we are showcasing our favourite bundle. Now this one was a tough choice as there are so many beautiful bundles available in the Annual Catalogue as well as the Mini Holiday Catalogue.Stamp n' Hop, August 2020, Favourite Bundle

I chose the Forever Fern bundle for it’s versatility to offer quick and simple cards which look really beautiful. This bundle is perfect for the beginner stamper as it offers the capacity to step-up your projects as you become more comfortable with stamping. For the Advanced crafter, the coordinating dies offer you additional leaves and elements to add more pizzazz to your projects. 

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I added the beautiful Gold Laser cut paper which is part of the Forever Greenery Suite. A poppy from the Painted Poppies stamp set, coloured in Flirty Flamingo, adds a soft contrast to the shades of green on this card. Die cut leaves in Sahara Sand and Soft Sea Foam coordinate with that beautiful Designer Series Paper. 

Join me this afternoon on my Facebook Live where I’ll show you how to create this card and give you some fun tips and techniques. All the products I have used on this card are listed at the bottom of this post.  Thank you for visiting me today. I hope you have enjoyed my project and I would love for you to leave me a comment. 

Follow the hop right through for lots of fun ideas for use with a variety of bundles. Next on our hop is Caroline Peck’s. Click on the Next button to go through to her blog and see her lovely project. 

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aWow Blog Hop – cas(e) a Team Member

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Welcome to Stamping Flair in Melbourne, Australia and our July Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop. We are a team of 24 Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who are representative of the various Stampin’ Up! markets around the world. 

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This is a very exciting hop as we get to CAS(E) -Copy and Selectively Edit or Copy and Share Everything – one of our team members. We have 2 special guests this month – Kylie and Bruno Bertucci and they too will be part of the CASEing. The names were drawn under strict Facebook Live conditions by Angie Mackenzie. I must say, it was very exciting to watch her draw from the 2 piles of names she had. 

I’m so excited to be able to CASE Chris Smith today whose FB account I have been stalking! Chris creates amazing projects so I had much to choose from. I kept saying, oh I must CASE that and I must CASE that. I chose both a stamp set and a layout from one of Chris’ beautiful cards. 

Front Flip Fancy Fold Card with Prized Peony bundle

Here is Chris’ project which I have CASEd. I love the monochromatic look of this card and the beautiful soft tones.  As I was writing this post, I realized I had unwittingly used the same ribbon Chris had on her card as well. You know what they say- great minds!

I created a Front Flip fancy fold card and used a very similar layout to the card Chris created. I stamped one of the peony stamps all over the Whisper White cardstock to create a beautiful background. The main peony has been coloured with a combination of Stampin’ Blends to achieve this shaded flower. You can find the measurements to create this card in my original post featuring this fold.

So in this challenge, Tania Tobin got to CASE me. Now to add a little bit of extra fun, I thought I’d CASE one of Tania’s cards and again I went for a beautiful and simple layout which she featured on this poppy card.

I die cut 4 rectangles and embossed them with the Tasteful Textiles embossing folder. The tulle ribbon was sponged with Balmy Blue to coordinate with my card.

I added a die cut sentiment from the Well Said dies to keep the card simple in design. A few sequins add some sparkle to this card. This fun layout is great to try with different patterned papers and colours. 

You are currently with Rochelle Laird-Smith in Australia. I hope you have enjoyed my cards today and I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment. Make sure you follow the hop to see all the fun we have had in CASEing our fellow team members. I know have enjoyed this hop a lot. 

Next on our hop is Cazz Boylan. Click the image below to find out who’s she’s CASEing and the beautiful project she’s created.

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Angela Meiritz-Reid  – NZ

Tatiana Tobin – AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith – AU (you are here)

Cazz Boylan – AU

Bruno Bertucci, Special Guest  – AU

Kylie Bertucci, Special Guest – AU

Cheryll Miller – AU

Satomi Wellard – JA

Melissa Gifford – AU

Danielle Kassing – NL

Manuela Geiswinkler – AT

Ximena Morales – DE

Aurélie Fabre – FR

Mikaela Titheridge – UK

Tina Zinck – CA

Annette Ball – CA

Angie McKenzie – US

Mary Deatherage – US

Shel Anderson – CA

Chris Smith – US

Anne Marie Hile – US

Brenda Nelson – CA

Tricia Butts – US

Elaine de Montmorency – CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – US

Teri West – US

Cheryl Hamilton – US

 

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