Step-it-Up Sunday #39 Christmas Gift Box

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for stopping by today. I’ve been a little bit scarce with my blogging lately. Main reason – Christmas. I’ve been madly prepping cards and gifts.. In my day job, I work at a school in administration. I receive lots of lovely gifts and cards from the staff I work with. To share Christmas with all these lovely people, I make each of them a card – there are about 100 staff. Then there’s all the cards for the rest of the friends and my orders. No matter how much I prepare early, it’s still a bit crazy at the end.  

I’ve also made about 400 gift tags to give away as gifts. I thought these would make lovely teacher gifts for my daughter Cassidy to give her teachers. So today’s Step-it-Up Sunday shows you the gift packaging. The idea is made simple with our Gable Boxes. 


Cut a strip of Designer Series Paper to a width of 5cm. Wrap this round the entire gable box, adhering the edges with liquid glue as you fold it along the edges. There will be a gap as the paper doesn’t reach all the way around – make this the front of your project. You will cover this gap with your image.

Punch a circle from Tranquil Tide cardstock and then emboss it with the Swirls and Curls embossing folder. Attach with glue. Stamp and punch out the tag. Adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Tie a bow around the handle. 


Add another layer to the focal point by die cutting a doily from the Spot of Tea dies. To make the glimmer paper go further, I die cut the smaller doily inside the larger one at the same time. This gave me a frame to use on this project and a second doily to use on another project. 


To step up this project, stamp and colour in the holly from the Peaceful Poinsettias bundle. Then die cut it. 

Fill this with gift tags, chocolates, mini soaps to give as gifts. 

Have a really enjoyable week. Hope your Christmas preparations go smoothly. 

Step-it-Up Sunday #38 Santa’s List

Hi Everyone,

Today is exactly 1 month until Christmas. Did you all have a bit of a panic attack or are you cruising through your preparations because you are super organized?   I’m crazily creating cards and gift tags. This week we plan on decorating our home so that will be fun.

So in preparation for Santa, I’ve got a card featuring the fun, Signs of Santa bundle. Hope you are on Santa’s ‘nice’ list!


This card requires a few supplies. Stamp all over the Mint Macaron card base with the same coloured ink to create a background. I didn’t use the Stamparatus positioning tool. Instead I just randomly stamped all over.

The Santa is stamped in Black ink. When I stamped him, I was pleasantly surprised to find that his belt and shoes stamped in black so I didn’t have to colour them in.

So all you need to colour in is his suit and hat with the Dark Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blend and his face and hands in Ivory. Then die cut it. It’s very quick. If you don’t have a Big Shot, just fussy cut it.. 

The sentiments on the outside and inside are stamped in Black ink and then add some enamel shapes to complete this simple card.

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Add a panel of the Designer Series Paper to add a bit more interest to step this card up. The Santa’s Workshop DSP has flocking on one side so it’s textured. Another feature of this DSP is that the dies coordinate with it so you can cut the images without having to fussy cut – a win for those of you who may not like fussy cutting. 

The sentiment is layered and added with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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I’ve added a little scene to this card by adding a mountain with the Into the Woods die. Emboss this with the Softy Falling embossing folding. Stamp the treesin Garden Green and die cut then add the embossing paste. Toothpicks work well for this fine work and then you don’t have to worry about washing up as you can just throw them away.

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Don’t forget that our Online Extravaganza is on until 28th November. Various items from the Annual Catalogue at discounted prices. 


  • Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount and photopolymer)
  • Project kits
  • Card kits
  • Kit refills
  • Memories & More
  • Punch box kits
Get them while stocks last!

Enjoy your week and keep creating. 

Step-it-Up Sunday #37 It’s Your Day

Hi Friends,

It’s been a while since I have posted with any of my creations. The last couple of weeks have been quite a bit of an emotional and busy week in our home and card making got put aside for a while. There were good times and sad times and as families we all go through this.

My daughter’s Granny went Home to be with the Lord and we went interstate to be with our family during this sad time. She was a beautiful lady with lots of love to give and one who loved looking after those whom she came in contact with. We got to spend some time with her in March and we are so grateful for that.

Stamping Flair, Granny

We also had my nephew visiting from Vancouver and we had some great family time together.

Yesterday, was a fantastic day with On Stage convention, celebrating Stampin’ Up!’s 30th anniversary. I hope to do a post this week featuring some of the photos and fun times that I had there will fellow demonstrators. The new Occasions Catalogue is filled with beautiful products and you are in for a treat.

My cards today feature the Seize the Day stamp set. The sentiments in this stamp set are for encouragement and resilience and this image of someone at the top of the mountain is one I especially love because it shows strength and courage.


This Basic card just uses ink and paper and can be created in minutes. Stamp the trees in Granny Apple Green and the mountain, birds and sentiment in Early Espresso. Cut a strip of Designer Series Paper and flag the edge with paper snips. Adhere over the stamped image. Card complete!



To step this up, I have spotlighted a section of the image.


Die cut a circle from Whisper White cardstock and apply a little bit of glue to the back. Leave it to become tacky then attach to the panel of Whisper White cardstock cut to 9.9×14.2cm. Now stamp the trees and the mountain on top of the circle and base layer. You will need to apply extra pressure to ensure the stamp reaches all edges as it is going over 2 pieces of cardstock.

Lift the Whisper White circle off and attach to Night of Navy circle then attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the Whisper White panel. Attach entire piece to a Night of Navy card base.



To add more detail and interest to this card, sponge some Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz onto the Whisper White panel to fill in the background. Attach baker’s twine around the strip of DSP.

Die cut and punch leaves and arrange around the sentiment to add dimension .

Hope you have a really great week.

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Step-it-Up Sunday #35 Daisy Delight

Hi friends,

Welcome to Stamping Flair and thank you for stopping by to check out today’s Step-it-Up Sunday. I am mixing the old and new today. Last year when the Daisy Delight bundle came along it fast became a favourite among many. Today I’m combining it with some new favourites from the Holiday catalogue.


You couldn’t get a much quicker card than this one. Attach the Glittered Organdy ribbon using double sided tape. This ribbon is one of those items that you could possibly miss in the Holiday catalogue. It’s on Pg 49 under the Cauldron Bubble  bundle. Now, I’m not into the Halloween theme but some of the products on this page are things I have purchased such as the ribbon, black foil sheets and baker’s boxes because individually those products appealed to me. Each page of the catalogue contains so many beautiful things so it’s good to have a check of all the bits and pieces in each suite.


Stamp the daisy twice in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and punch out. Layer together with a Stampin’ Dimensional. Add to the card base and attach a faceted gem to centre of flower.  Stamp the sentiment from Perennial Birthday in Cajun Craze, punch out and attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Step-up this card by adding the Buffalo Check background in Cajun Craze. I recommend using the Stamparatus positioning tool for these larger background stamps as it makes it much easier to restamp if you miss a section of the image. Colour in the daisy with Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends. 



Layer the sentiment panel on Basic Black cardstock. Trim the cardstock to form the back panel as per the photo.


To make this more advanced, use the stamp from Daisy Delight to stamp little dots on the sentiment in Mint Macaron. Add a panel of Country Lane Designer Series Paper behind the ribbon.

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Stamp 3 leaves in Mint Macaron and fussy cut. Fussy cut a can of flowers from the DSP and arrange together with the leaves and the daisy. Colour in the Faceted Gem with the Dark Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blend.

Have a wonderful week.

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Step-it-Up Sunday #34 Botanical Bliss Bookmark

Hi friends,

So good to have you stop by Stamping Flair today. How are you doing? I especially think of those of you who have had a hard week. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Today’s project would make a great encouragement token to give someone who may be going through a bit of a rough patch. I’m sure whenever they see this pretty bookmark their spirits would be lifted to know they have a friend who cares.

Step-up a bookmark? Oh yes you can. All of these versions would make great little gifts for anyone. Handmade, cute, pretty and delicate. I have used the Botanical Bliss bundle for this project which I received in my last order. It’s already a favourite. I love that the tag toppers can also be die cut to use as images by themselves (stick with me, I’ll explain further on what I mean).


  • Cut Thick Whisper White cardstock to a width of 5cm and whatever length you like
  • Place the floral die on the top of your bookmark and run through the Big Shot machine
  • Round the bottom corners with the Detailed Trio punch
  • Stamp the vine in Soft Sea Foam all the way down the bookmark (I just gauged the distance between each vine).
    Side note – I am loving this vine stamp.
  • Add double sided tape and attach ribbon right around bookmark Tie bow separately and attach with a glue dot – it’s much easier this way.
  • Stamp sentiment in Call me Clover

  • Stamp bird in Pineapple Punch on Whisper White cardstock, fussy cut and attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Take a piece of Wood Textures DSP and colour with Pineapple Punch ink using a sponge dauber. Attach to the back of the flower with liquid glue.

  • Repeat above step for leaves using Soft Sea Foam and a little bit of Call me Clover
  • The attaching of the paper at the back leaves a messy back so attach a piece of Whisper White cardstock at the back to neaten and trim around the edge of the flower.

  • Die cut 3 flowers from Whisper White cardstock and attach together with liquid glue and then attach on top of the bookmark
    The benefit of this die is that it has a matching die which cuts the bottom section where the leaves are, so that the flower and leaves can be added to a project separately (see photo below). This is what I was referring to earlier.


  • Use Brusho Crystal colours Yellow and Moss Green to add colour to a small piece of Shimmery White cardstock which has been die cut. Layer this onto Gorgeous Grape cardstock.

Die cut and punch leaves and arrange under the bird

This is quite a cheerful project with it’s bright colours. I have a friend in mind who I’d like to give it to. You could make a few and give it ‘just because’. Contact me if you have any questions or comments and I would love to chat with you.

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Step-it-Up Sunday #33 Graceful Garden Rose

Hi Stampers,

Blessed Sunday to each of you. Hope each of you has had a good week and kept yourselves grounded doing what you love with your family and friends. My holidays end today and I am back at my main job in which I do administration at a school. Term 4 always is a busy one. I work with some great people so it makes it nice to go to work each day.

I’m also thankful for my Stampin’ Up! ‘job’ which gives me the flexibility to do what I love around my other commitments. I am able to create and share with others and also earn some extra money. Stampin’ Up! offers the opportunity for each demonstrator to take their business to whatever level we would like to take it to. If this is something that interests you and you would like more information, please contact me on Ph: 0404 255 001.

Step-it-Up Sunday today features the Graceful Garden stamp set. The rose images in this set are so pretty and really lend themselves to colouring with Stampin’ Blends.


This card is created with some simple stamping and colouring. Stamp the rose image in Gray Granite on Whisper White card stock and colour in with Light Petal Pink and Light Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. I have not used any shading on this but just coloured in the image so it’s a very quick make.. .

Stamp the sentiment in Granny Apple Green. Attach a strip of DSP at the bottom of the Whisper White panel. Then attach this panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto Thick Whisper White card stock.


Stamp the image as per the Basic card instructions and add shading with the Dark Petal Pink and Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. Fussy cut the image with scissors.

Using an aqua painter and Petal Pink ink refill, create a colour wash onto a panel of Shimmery White card stock 9.9 x 14.2cm. Attach the rose with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto this panel.

Stamp the sentiment and die cut with the Sweet Cake framelits die. Always worth checking die sets for elements that can be used for other projects, especially tags.  I love the lace work on this one. Tie ribbon through with a single knot. To secure in place, attach some glue dots. Attach tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


To step this card up, I’ve added some extra elements onto the Shimmery White card stock panel.

  • Add Flirty Flamingo to the Shimmery White cardstock as a wash
  • With the mask, add Gray Granite in the top right corner using a sponge dauber.
  • In the top and bottom left use the Stitched labels die to die cut the decorative pattern.
  • Use your aqua painter to flick drops of Flirty Flamingo ink onto the card

Colour the rose with Light and Dark Petal Pink and Light and Dark Flirty Flamingo. Fussy cut and attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The doily is cut in quarters. Attach 2 quarters to the back of the DSP strip and trim off any excess.

For the sentiment, I used ink pads to stamp the different colours. Masking off was not necessary in this case as the stamp was easy to ink up from the top and bottom in the different colours. The blossom adds that perfect finishing touch to the tag.

Reminder that World Card Making day specials end today so grab a bargain and stock up on those essentials.


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