New at SU Blog Hop – Love & Hearts

It’s time for our New at SU Blog Hop and we are bringing to you lots of love and hearts in time for Valentine’s Day next month or perhaps any other ‘hearty’ occasion.

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I’ve used the Always in my Heart bundle and the Forever & Always bundle on this card. The entire Love you Always suite is a bumper suite with heaps of beautiful products. The foil is gorgeous and the black and white True Love DSP is a must have from this catalogue.

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I used a Smoky Slate card base to bring out the beauty of the DSP. The heart from the Floral Hearts Dies, die cuts the beautiful filigree heart and also die cuts the centre heart so you get 2 hearts at the same time. I die cut a second set from Basic White cardstock and stamped my sentiment on it.

I kept the card sketch simple to let the foil heart stand out as it’s just such lovely delicate look. This sentiment is perfect to celebrate a Wedding Anniversary.

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Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you have enjoyed the card I have shared with you. Click on the Next Blog button to see Jennette Gauthier’s project.

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Tricia’s Stamping Creations – Kangaroo & Company

Creative Juice by Loni – Treasures of Life

Sugar & Scraps – Heartfelt

Gifted Hands, Ink! – Love Always & Many Hearts Dies

As the Ink Dries – Lots of Hearts

Stamping Flair – Always in My Heart (you are here)

Carterie Plus – Heartfelt

Scraphexe – Lots of Hearts/Ganz viel Herz

A Little Kinder – Lots of Hearts

24/7 Inkspiration – Love You Always

Stampin’ Scrapper – Forever & Always


If you live in Australia and currently don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love the opportunity to help you with your crafting supplies. Contact me on Ph: 0404 255 001 or stampingflair@yahoo.com for a copy of the latest catalogue or help in selecting the best products to suit your crafting needs.

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Stamp ‘n Hop – Sale-A-Bration/Mini Catalogue

Hello and welcome to Stamping Flair in Melbourne. I’m blog hopping with other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and we are creating mainly with brand new products from the January – June Mini Catalogue and the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue.

Sale-A-Bration is a very exciting time for us crafters because it means we can add more stash for FREE into our craft collections! Any order over $90 which you place until the 28th February will earn you a free product from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. So the more you buy, the more free products you earn. Exciting right?

I’ve chosen to work with the gorgeous Forever and Always bundle and give a twist on the colours which are part of this suite. I absolutely love the entire suite and the colours are so me. Pink and natural colours … so good. However, I like to try some different colours. The black and white colour combination of the True Love Designer Series Paper is so striking and can work with so many colours and projects.

The flowers from the Forever and Always stamp set are just so beautiful and they don’t even need to be coloured in to create a lovely focal point.

I hope this project inspires you to get in the craft room and get creative. Thank you so much for stopping by and please continue the hop by visiting the talented Laura Mackie by clicking on the Next Blog button.

If you live in Australia and currently don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love the opportunity to help you with your crafting supplies. Contact me on Ph: 0404 255 001 or stampingflair@yahoo.com for a copy of the latest catalogue or help in selecting the best products to suit your crafting needs.


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Esad January-June 2021 Mini & Sale-a-Bration Hop

Welcome to Stamping Flair. I’m Rochelle Laird-Smith and I’m a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator based in Blind Bight, a coastal village in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Today, I’m blog hopping with fellow demonstrators from the ESAD Facebook Group which is just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. We will be sharing lots of projects from the new January-June Mini Catalogue. So sit back and enjoy as you visit all the blogs.

My cards today feature the Forever & Always bundle and other products from the Love You Always Suite. This suite comprises 2 stamp sets and 2 die sets along with beautiful Designer Series Paper, Specialty DSP, Foil sheets and lots of other accessories.

The Love You Always Specialty Designer Series Paper comes in a pack of Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose and Sahara Sand which has foil detailing on them. I’ve used the Sahara Sand sheet on my cards.

The True Love Designer Series Paper is perfect for any occasion as all the images and patterns are black and white. I coloured the flowers on one of the sheets in a combination of Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends which I then fussy cut. These monochromatic sheets provide so many creative possibilities.

I kept my next card similar, just adding a little bit of background stamping in Sahara Sand. For a nice crisp border, I cut a 1cm strip of the True Love DSP.

The stamp and dies can create several different sentiment combinations.

All these products will be available for order from the 5th of January. During Sale-A-Bration, orders over $90 made between 5th of January and 28th of February will earn a free product from the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration catalogue. There is no limit to the free products you can earn. It’s our best sale of the year!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I do hope you have been inspired by the projects I have shared with you. Please click the Next Blog button to see Odette Kermode’s creation.

  1. Rachael Lewsley
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Denise Buetler
  4. Narelle Fasulo
  5. Lou Kitzelman
  6. Rebecca Scurr
  7. Cheryl Algie
  8. Monique Fielder
  9. Richelle Fletcher
  10. Rochelle Laird- Smith – you are here
  11. Odette Kermode
  12. Jenny Hayward
  13. Wendy Hodkinson

If you live in Australia and currently don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love the opportunity to help you with your crafting supplies. Contact me on Ph: 0404 255 001 or stampingflair@yahoo.com for a copy of the latest catalogue or help in selecting the best products to suit your crafting needs.

aWow Blog Hop – The Market

 

Oh my, such a wonderful theme for the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop this month. Welcome, friend to the market place and all the texture that it brings with it. With so many stalls, sounds and products from all over the world, this theme had my mind bouncing all over the place with excitement.

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If you haven’t been around the world with us before, we are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators representative of all the global Stampin’ Up! markets. Our group was formed by Angie McKenzie who keeps us inspired with fun themes. We hop on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, although in different time zones. I’m in Melbourne, Australia and it’s 9pm on Wednesday over here when this blog hop goes live.

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My favourite type of market is a good old country, craft market with lovely handmade products and baked goods. There’s something welcoming about entering there and finding families together, browsing through stalls.

Today, however, my projects are taking me back to market places in India where I have visited many times. These markets are like no other. The riot of colour from the beautiful fabrics and costume jewellery, brass decor, the crowds (not my favourite), noise, smells of curry and some seriously good coffee, uneven footpaths make for some vivid memories.

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When you visit a market in India, you will notice the many stalls which sell brightly coloured clothes with many specializing in sarees. These 6 metre lengths of silk or georgette which are simply draped around your body (quite adeptly), are adorned with gold stitching and more intricate beaded work. My mum used to wear sarees to church, although these would be the much simpler style without all the ornate work. The gold embroidered silk sarees were kept for celebratory occasions such as weddings and Christmas. There was always a new one each time.

Saree shopping was always interesting because there would be some intense haggling going on. Shopkeepers see a tourist and bump their prices and of course after much negotiation the price drops. I’ve tried to depict the texture of a beautiful silk saree on my projects today with the colour gradation resembling a ‘shot’ saree. All I remember of a ‘shot’ saree was that the colour kept changing so I had to do a bit of Googling to find out how it is created. The saree is made up of threads of colour that are so small that the main colour changes depending on the angle you look at it.

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To create the ‘shot’ look, I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock and using my sponge brayer, I added the various colours. Brayering the colours created a smooth finish to depict the softness of the silk. First was Magenta Madness, then Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape and a little bit of Blackberry Bliss right at the bottom. I wasn’t sure whether to leave it like this but I felt it needed a bit of a yellow so I added the Mango Melody and blended it in.

Next I wanted to create the beautiful ornate, gold embroidered borders which are on sarees. I ran the bottom section of my sponged panel through the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder for the texture on these embroidered panels which feel quite thick and heavy. Then I added some gold embossing using the mask which created a really lovely detailed embroidered look. To complete my border panel, I added a decorative border from the Ornate Borders dies in Gold Foil which was perfect for my Eastern look.

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To create the tassel, I untied the gold cord and put several strands together adding a Gilded Gem in the centre.

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This card just had to be a wedding card with all the gold detail and I chose the sentiment from the Peaceful moments stamp set.

A wedding card needs a gift and the Gold Mini Pizza Box was perfect to decorate with my theme. A gift card would fit nicely in this which would make a lovely coordinated set for a special couple. The band across the centre was die cut from the Stitched Lace dies and I fussy cut around one of the hearts in the Ornate Border Dies for the centre.

I hope you have enjoyed the projects I have shared with you today and your trip from Australia to the markets of India! Thank you for taking the time to visit me today.

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Next on our blog hop is Cheryll Miller. You can view her her beautiful work by clicking on the Next Blog button. To browse through all the market stalls make sure to follow the hop right through for lots of inspiration.

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Angela Meiritz-Reid – NZ

Tatiana Tobin – AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith – AU (you are here)

Cheryll Miller – AU

Danielle Kassing – NL

Aurélie Fabre – FR

Mikaela Titheridge – UK

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

Teri West – US

Cheryl Hamilton – US

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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.

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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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