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).

Basic

  • 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
Intermediate

  • 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.
Advanced

  • 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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Leaf Punch

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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.

Basic

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.

Intermediate

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.

Advanced

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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Step-it-Up Sunday #32 Happiness and Cheer Carolers

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Stamping Flair and this week’s edition of Step-it-Up Sunday. I have been on holidays this past week and it has been an extremely full week. I celebrated my birthday during the week and went out with my family and some friends for dinner. That was a really enjoyable day.

Our kitchen is being renovated and should be completed this week so we have had to spread the kitchen over a few rooms. Dishes are being washed in the bathroom, microwave and cooking done outside – a very interesting time. However, the kitchen is looking good and I’m very pleased with it.

Today’s cards use the Happiness and Cheer stamp set. I think the images are really cute and especially love this image with the carolers.

Basic

Stamp the image in Smoky Slate and attach to the card. Cut strips of Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper of 2cm width and attach and then add washi tape.

Intermediate

For this card, the image has been stamped on a smaller panel of Whisper White cardstock. Add a panel of Garden Green Green cardstock and emboss with the Oh My Stars embossing folder. Attach the baker’s twine with double sided tape on the back of the Garden Green panel and then attach with liquid glue.

Stamp the sentiment on Smoky Slate cardstock and die cut with the label die from Farmhouse Framelits.

Advanced

Add an extra panel of DSP to this card which also ties in with the stars on the embossing folder. Colour the image with your choice of Stampin’ Write markers as much or as little as you would like. I used Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blends for the tree and Frost White Shimmer Paint for the garland.

Shimmer Paints are a new product that are in the Holiday catalogue. They are available in 4 colours.

 Give it a good shake prior to using each time. To apply to the garlands on this card I used a blender pen and dipped it in the lid of the Shimmer Paint tub. It just added that bit of silvery touch I wanted for this card.

This stamp set is a great set for those of you who love to colour with markers and blends. I’ll be featuring more projects with these as I think they are really cute images.

Enjoy your week.


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Step-it-Up Sunday #31 Mini Birthday Gable Box

Hello Everyone,

How are you all doing today? I trust your week has gone well and you are keeping well.

For today’s Step-it-Up Sunday I am focusing on a birthday gift package idea. I’ve gone with the birthday theme because it’s my birthday this week and I thought it would be a bit of fun to do something with the Lustrous White Mini Gable Boxes. These were new to the Annual Catalogue this year and were an addition to the Silver ones we had from the Occasions catalogue last year. I have had this pack for a while and opened it to complete this project. I missed the ‘lustrous’ bit and thought it was just white but these boxes have a beautiful shimmery look so you could put a ribbon and sentiment and gift it without doing much to it. The look is classic.

Basic

I have used the Broadway Bound Speciality Designer Series Paper on this project. I just got it in my last order and I tell you it’s one of those items that is so much better seeing the real thing. The paper is beautiful and it has a look of glamour in it. I will feature it in projects in the coming weeks. Very classy and great for men’s cards too.

To decorate this box you need a length of 12″ paper cut at a width of 1½”. This is a little bit shorter than the length of the box but attach it so that the join is in the front. The punched circles from the DSP and Basic Black cardstock hide the join.

For the sentiment, I worked in reverse this time. I first punched the tag shape from the Duet Banner punch. Then take your sentiment and manipulate it a little to give it a slight curve and then stamp the image. This is the beauty of photopolymer stamps – you can adjust them a little bit.

To keep this nice and simple, tie off your ribbon in a double knot – not a bow in sight!

Intermediate

The Intermediate level has been stepped-up with some stamping with the Star of Light stamp set. This is a Christmas stamp set with some lovely sentiments and images but there are images that can cross over to birthdays and other occasions. I really love the flourish with the little stars and that’s what has been used here along with little ‘fireworks’ look stamp in black. Stamp the flourish alternately so you have some going upwards and others facing downwards.

Add a border from another sheet of the same DSP and this ties in with your stamped stars. Top off your bow with a cute Binder Clip in Lovely Lipstick.

Advanced

Add some heat embossed stars in Lovely Lipstick to add some extra texture to this gift pack. Stampin’ Up does have a pack of the 2018-2020 In-Color Embossing Powders. However I don’t have them yet so the way to get around this is with a Versamark pad and your Lovely Lipstick ink pad. Ink up the stamp in Versamark pad and then directly into the Lovely Lipstick ink pad and then stamp. Keep repeating this step. In between each stamping, I stamped off the excess Lovely Lipstick on scrap paper. It will still stain your Versamark ink pad and that’s why I have 2 of them – one clean and the other not so clean.

Lovely Lipstick ribbon and Sequin Trim have been added to the Mini Binder Clip. These are held together with glue dots. Fussy cut a party hat and attach with a mini Stampin’ Diminesional and attach a sequin with a glue dot.

Hope you have a good week with some creative therapy included.

Melbourne is in the footy finals frenzy at the moment but our family is not really that into it, So much so that I have planned an all day crafting event on Grand Final day and yes, I know there are others like me who are not that into the footy, who’ll making cards with me that day. We are going to have some good fun and fellowship with morning tea and lunch included as well. So, if you would like to join us on Saturday 29th September, please contact me to book your place. 

We’ll be decorating the Distressed Card Tin from the Holiday catalogue and creating 6 varying Christmas cards to go in it. So you are in for a treat. Click the photo for details.

I’ve got 2 weeks off from my ‘regular’ job at school so school holiday fun, family time and crafting is lined up.


 

 

 

 

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Heat Tool

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Step-it-Up Sunday #30 Joyous Noel with His Light

Hi Everyone,

Wish you a Blessed Sunday and welcome to Stamping Flair. Thanks for stopping by. It’s been a great start to Spring this past week with the sun shining quite a number of days.  What has your week been like? Have you been busy creating thinks like Christmas cards? No need to panic. I’ve got some inspiration for you today. 

Most of the products are from the new Holiday catalogue. The Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper which I have used has copper accents on one side of the paper. It is really beautiful. 

Basic

To create the Basic card, layer a panel of DSP on Merry Merlot cardstock. Stamp the sentiment in Tranquil Tide and Merry Merlot. Add leaves in Crumb Cake then layer onto Merry Merlot cardstock.

Intermediate

The beautiful Ombré look on the sentiment is achieved very easily using a Stamparatus. If you haven’t got one, I can only say, it is the ultimate positioning tool and with 4 platforms on which you can mount your stamps, aligning images has never been easier. Stamping the same thing multiple times? Make it quick work with this tool. No wastage of cardstock either – if you miss part of the stamping, just re ink and stamp again.

Ombré Stamping

Ombré stamping is a breeze with the Stamparatus. These are the steps to achieve this look.

  • Use Mint Macaron as the initial colour, Ink up your entire stamp and stamp the image. Repeat to get a darker image.
  • Clean your stamp using the Simply Shammy
  • Using a scrap piece of cardstock, cover up the top part of the image (you could use post-it notes). Ink the uncovered area with Shaded Spruce and stamp over the Mint Macaron. Your image will now have 2 shades.
  • Clean your stamp using the Simply Shammy
  • Cover 2/3 of the stamp and ink the bottom area in Tranquil Tide and stamp over the image. You will now have an Ombré sentiment.

Heat emboss ‘Christ is Born’ in Gold. 

On the sentiment panel, stamp the leaves in Soft Suede and some off-stamped to give a lighter shade  

Add the Stitched Label between the sentiment and the Merry Merlot panel. Cut it in half, if required, to fit. Punch some leaves from Tranquil Tide and Glimmer Paper with the Sprig punch. The Glimmer paper does not drop glitter everywhere although it is glittery and it adds a lovely sparkle to your projects. Attach the vinyl stickers from the Tea Room Suite to the edge of the label. 

Advanced

The Advanced card adds a die cut, in Copper Glimmer paper, of Mary and Joseph from the Bethlehem Edgelits dies. Add a panel of embossed Crumb Cake cardstock behind the sentiment panel.  

During the month of September the Dashing Along promotion is running. With purchases or party sales of $400 or more, you receive a pack of free Dashing Along Designer Series Paper. Contact me for details.

Only 2 weeks left

I will be posting regularly with different projects so make sure you don’t miss out by subscribing to my Blog.

Enjoy your week that’s ahead of you.


 

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Heat Tool

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Stamparatus

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Sprig Punch

$31.00

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.

Basic

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.

Intermediate

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.

Advanced

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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Heat Tool

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