Step-it-Up Sunday #26 Little Elephant Welcome

Hi Friends,

Hope you are doing well and have had a lovely week. What creative projects have you been working on this week? I’ve been creating and preparing projects to share with you all. I even completed my first ever scrapbook page and I am so thrilled with how it turned out and will share this with you soon.

I was also fortunate to be able to register for our Bi-Annual demonstrator event – On Stage being held in November. I am super excited for this as we get to see new products, learn new techniques and meet other demonstrators.

 My Holiday catalogue preorder arrived with so many goodies. I’ve already shared one of the products on my Facebook page so if you would like to see it, make sure you check it out there. It’s a beautifully packaged bundle of products. Time constraints haven’t given me much of a chance to play with all the products I’ve received but I will continue keep you posted with photos and projects as I get a chance to play with them.

 You will get to order from the Holiday catalogue on 5th September however, if you don’t want to wait until then, then Join Up as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator and get to see the Holiday catalogue NOW and preorder products straightaway.

The bundle I feature today is the very cute Little Elephant bundle from the Annual catalogue which has 2 different sized elephants with a matching punch. I love the checked effect on the elephants which make them so cute.

Today’s sketch is great for using up your stash of Designer Series Paper.


The Designer Series Paper makes this a very quick card to make to welcome a little baby. Add the main panel of DSP onto Soft Sea Foam cardstock. Stamp the elephant in Soft Sea Foam ink, punch out and adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the  punched out circle and Starburst circle.

Add a band of Whisper White cardstock stamped with the sentiment and adhere  faceted dots to embellish this card.


Add extra dimension to the elephant by punching out a ear and attaching it on top. Stamp the check border on the sentiment panel in Pool Party. Then add some flags with strips of DSP around the elephant.  This is a great way of using up scrap pieces of DSP.


I have kept the main card the same and stepped up the sentiment panel. Use a strip of Shimmer White cardstock and with an Aqua Painter apply Soft Sea Foam and Night of Navy re-inkers to create a background wash.  Dry between colours to prevent the colours from blending.

Die cut a border and emboss it with the Scattered Sequins Embossing Folder. Then attach this above the water coloured panel.

Hope you have enjoyed today’s card and can give it a try or perhaps an element of it such as the sketch or technique.

May your week be blessed.



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Step-it-Up Sunday #25 Lovin’ Country Livin’

Hi friends,

Welcome to Stamping Flair and thank you for stopping by. It’s a start of another week and I hope you’ve got some great things planned. I’m looking forward to getting my pre order from the Holiday catalogue. Hopefully it will arrive tomorrow. If you would like a copy of the catalogue please contact me. There’s nothing quite like flicking through the pages of a beautiful book full of ideas to get you creating.

The stamp set I have used for today’s Step-it-Up Sunday is called Country Livin’. It has 3 images – a guitar, country boots and a truck which was the only stamp I hadn’t used as yet. I am really happy that I got to use it today with the country look I tried to get on the card. I love all things country so this stamp set was a must have for me.

As I did last week, again I have used the Under the Mistletoe Designer Series paper for a non Christmas card. DSP is versatile and because it is double sided you are not restricted to any particular season. Just let your imagination take you anywhere with your creations. I think today’s card is a great masculine card if you need some inspiration for men’s cards.



Create the base of this card with layers of Wood Textured DSP and Under the Mistletoe DSP. Stamp the image in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colour with Cherry Cobbler and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends. I didn’t do any shading with the Stampin’ Blends, I just used them like regular markers. Colour the grass with Granny Apple Green water colour pencil. Mount this panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stamp the sentiment in Mossy Meadow on Pear Pizzazz cardstock and punch out using the Darling label punch.


To step up the Basic card, add a layer of Crumb Cake cardstock which has been embossed with the Woodland embossing folder.

I distressed the edges of the Wood Textured DSP and the Whisper White panel using the long edge of the paper snips. The Stampin’ Up paper snips work really well for this. They are very sharp and if you haven’t got yourself a pair, I highly recommend them. They are great on paper and ribbons.

Using a sponge dauber, apply Early Espresso ink to the edges of the panels to give an aged look.


In this card I used quite a few colours of Stampin’ Blends however if you don’t have them all, just work with what you’ve got – it will be fine. Alernately use Water colour pencils or Stampin’ Write markers, whatever works for you.

My first step up on this is to add some Early Espresso to the raised parts of the embossed Crumb Cake layer. The DSP layers are the same as before. Die cut a label in Early Espresso using the second largest label from the Stitched Seasons bundle. Cut this in half and adhere the 2 halves together to form a smaller label. The join is covered by the truck.

To complete the Advanced card, stamp the truck twice. Colour one image with Stampin’ Blends and colour only the grass section of the second image. Use a scalpel to cut 2 slits in the grass on the second image just under the tyres. Then attach the first image on top of this by inserting the tyres into the slits and add liquid glue just under the tyres to stabilize it. Mount up the rest of the truck with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Add this on top of your label with Dimensonals.

Stamp the sentiment in Mossy Meadow onto Whisper White cardstock and attach to a Pear Pizzazz layer. Attach this with Dimensionals to look like it’s being carried in your truck.

For an added country feel, stamp 3 images of corn from the Blended Seasons bundled. Colour in with Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Old Olive and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends and fussy cut. Attach with liquid glue. To create the bow, cut 2 pieces of twine, attach together and tie a bow. Finish off with a button.

The Blended Seasons Bundle is only available until 31st August, while stocks last. The double stitching on the frames are beautiful and can be used in so many ways. If you love the bundle then don’t miss out on ordering it.

I love hearing from you so please leave a comment or enquiry and I will reply to you.

Have a creative week.


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Step-it-Up Sunday #24 Magical Fairy Celebration

Hi Friends,

Blessed Sunday to each of you. How did you go this week juggling all that you do each day? I realize I can’t do everything and don’t juggle that well sometimes but that’s ok. We must look after ourselves despite the hectic pace of life.

I got to see the new Holiday Catalogue this past week. Oh my goodness …. get ready for it lovely people. It is awesome. I love Christmas and every page I turned I wanted something. Even the things that weren’t Christmas were awesome. I can’t handle it – decisions, decisions. If you live in Australia and would like a catalogue, please contact me with your address and I will get one out to you.

This past week, Cassidy had her City Experience excursion. This was a learning curve for her as much as it was a test of me trusting God to look after her. She had 5 days of catching trains into the city and a bunch of her friends went together so it was safe. They had time to explore and find their way around the city while they completed several activities. She is much more confident now with the train travel and we both survived! 

For Cassidy’s 7th birthday we had a fairy come to the party and do magic tricks and face painting and all the pretty things that little girls love. I think we all know a little girl who loves fairies and believes in the magic they bring. Today’s card is for that little girl. The Fairy Celebration stamp set is enchanted and I have several other cards in my mind which I want to make. I focused on the toadstool in this image and worked my card around it.


Create your own Designer Series Paper with the leaf and mushroom stamps from the Foxy Friends stamp set by stamping onto Whisper White cardstock. I love the mushroom because it is so cute. There are a few different ones in this set. I have had the stamp set for a while but hadn’t opened it and the first stamps I used were these tiny ones.

Attach this and the Designer Series Paper to your Pear Pizzazz card base. Stamp the fairy image in Black ink and layer on Basic Black cardstock then mount with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto your card base.

Spotlighting Technique

Stamp Fairy on 2 pieces of Whisper White cardstock. One piece is your base and from the other, punch out a circle to highlight part of the image. Colour parts of the image within the circle with Stampin’ Write markers. I have used Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Mint Macaron and Powder Pink. Align the circle image and mount on top of other fairy image with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 

Add a strip of Pear Pizzazz cardstock punched with the Decorative Ribbon Border punch then mount the image on top.


I turned the Basic card into an Easel card for the Advance crafter. Although this is a simple card fold, it takes it to the next step. Follow this link Easel card for instructions on how to create this fold.

The focal image is as per the Intermediate card.  Apply liquid glue to the wings and pour Dazzling Diamonds to add sparkle.  Add some die cut leaves to embellish the card.

Stamp the sentiment and mount with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto Pear Pizzazz cardstock. Then mount onto card base with Dimensionals. Make sure that it is placed about a 1/4 way up from the bottom so that the card stays up when open.

If you haven’t tried this fold before, why not give it a try this week. Let me know how you go with it and please ask me any questions you may have.

Hope you have a great week.


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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.  Now that I’ve said that,  tune in tomorrow for a top tip on lining that flower image.

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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Step-it-Up Sunday #22 Nature Inspired Christmas Card

Hi Stampers,

Welcome to my Christmas in July edition of Step-it-Up Sunday. Thank you for visiting Stamping Flair today. I am so glad you have taken the time to stop by and I hope you enjoy browsing the site which has had a bit of a revamp in the last week. 

I thought I’d squeeze in a Christmas card before July flies past us. Today’s card uses the beautiful stamp sets –  Nature Sings and Rooted in Nature.  Quite a coincidence that both these sets are ‘nature’ stamps. They paired well together and I am yet again convinced that there is no end to the uses of the Rooted in Nature bundle,  it is a whopper bundle with so many dies and stamps.  

The idea in my mind was to create a rustic card in natural tones to blend with the stamp sets. So for the Basic card, you create a wood effect with the stamp from Timeless Textures using Early Espresso. Stamp off several times to achieve a very light shade. Create rows of pine with Mint Macaron stamped off for some trees and then in full strength for others. Add more pine trees along the front in Shaded Spruce stamped off. This creates the background for your card.

The deer is stamped in Soft Suede on Tranquil Tide DSP and punched out. At times it’s nice to have the texture of the Designer Series Paper instead of plain cardstock to stamp on as it adds more dimension to the card,

To step this card up for the Intermediate level, add a layer of Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper. I loved how the deer on this paper matched the stamped image. The papers in this pack are so vibrant, colourful and  for those who like the traditional Christmas colours, this pack is definitely for you.

Replace the wood stamp with a layer of Wood Texture Designer Series Paper punched with the Tailored Tag punch. Adhere this with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Linen thread tied through the button adds a bit of a country feel to the card. 

Using the remaining ink on the rubber stamp and run the stamp along the edge of the Very Vanilla panel to take off the stark edges. This is an alternative way of distressing the edges of the cardstock.


Add some die cut trees stamped on Mint Macaron cardstock to create the Advanced card.

Create the frame for the deer using a circle one size larger and one size smaller than the image. Then adhere on top of image and mount with Dimensionals. Cut and separate the strands of Burlap ribbon and add behind the Very Vanilla using double sided tape.

Stamping’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, Nature Sings, Rooted in Nature, Christmas card, Step-it-Up Sunday,

Using sponge daubers, add mint macaron and a very pale layer of Soft Suede around the Very Vanilla layer. 

Have fun trying this card out. Why not try this layout with the different papers included in this pack. Get a head start on your Christmas card making and while you’re at it you use your beautiful papers.

All the Designer Series Paper used in this project are included in the July promotion. Stock up and you could even get some for Christmas presents for your crafty friends.

Have a wonderful week.


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Step-it-Up Sunday #21 Pigs Do Fly

Hi Friends,

Hope you have enjoyed some relax time over this weekend amidst trying to catch up with everything that needs doing. Remember, ‘Crafting keeps the crazies away’. 

I’ve enjoyed my second week of holidays and return to work on Monday. This week Adrian and I have been on the kitchen renovation mission. It’s finally happening. We have such an old kitchen with an old oven and for someone who likes to cook (me), I have firm words with it many a time. I will let you know how things progress as we go forward.

This cute piggy is from the This Little Piggy stamp set and has been a favourite of many. I thought I’d feature it in Step-it-Up Sunday this week and create a flying pig card. I really liked the sentiment that accompanies the image – She believed she could. It is suitable for graduation, encouragement, ‘pick-me-up’ occasion.


Firstly, cover your 5”x5” card base with Petal Promenade DSP. Cut a 4 1/2” square of Balmy Blue cardstock and place the cloud mask over it. With a sponge dauber apply White Craft ink. I heat set the ink with a heat gun on setting 1 to make sure the ink was dry. Then stamp clouds. 

Die cut a circle and stamp the pig in a Gray Granite. Colour the wings with Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Write Marker then apply Wink of Stella over it. Although it can’t be seen in the photo, it gives a lovely glittery look. A very quick card to make with a fun image and sentiment. 

Stampin’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, This Little Piggy


For the Intermediate card, stamp the clouds and then use the mask to apply embossing paste to your background. Stamp the pig and colour in with Stampin’ Blends. If the clouds aren’t glittery enough for you, I made the wings glittery too. To apply Dazzling Diamonds, I applied a thin layer of liquid glue to the wings and poured the Dazzling Diamonds over it. Make sure the Blends have dried prior to completing this step. Fussy cut your image and adhere with Dimensionals.

Stampin’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, This Little Piggy


I first saw this technique done by Carolyn Bennie and I thought this technique would look great with the pig looking like it was flying. 

For the Advanced Card, the Balmy Blue panel gets attached later with the pig.

Stampin’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, This Little Piggy

To create the peep hole use a die to cut through all layers at the same time. At this stage it would help to put a little pencil mark on the back of the Blue cardstock to identify the top so you can align it later – I know for next time! You need to run it through the Big Shot a few times because of the thickness of the cardstock.

Stampin’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, This Little Piggy

Then take a circle die one size larger and one size smaller than the die cut hole to create a frame. Cut 2 frames.

Stampin’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, This Little Piggy

The next step is to create the second pig using the Reflection Technique. Colour them with Stampin’ Blends and fussy cut. Place the metallic thread on the back of one pig and secure well with Tear & Tape.

Stampin’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, This Little Piggy

Cut off thread. In the photo it shows a double strand but I only put one on my card so it woukdn’t get tangled up. Attach the pigs together with liquid glue. Attach the other part of the metallic thread under the Balmy Blue cardstock. Secure well with Tear & Tape.

Once this has been done, attach your cardstock panel to the Petal Promenade DSP. Attack your frames – one at the front and one at the back to neaten the card.

Stampin’ Up, SU, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith, This Little Piggy

…So she did. 

Hope you give this fun card a try and I’d love to hear how you go with it. If you have any questions about projects, products, classes – please contact me.

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Have an awesome week everyone. 



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