Step-it-Up Sunday #52 So Happy to Have You in My Life

Hello crafty friends,

So happy to have you in my life … this is more than just a sentiment on a card. Each of us has special people who we are grateful to have around us and who support and encourage us. I am grateful to each of you who show your support for me by vising my page, subscribing, attending classes and supporting me with your encouragement.

This is a nice large sentiment from the Amazing Life stamp set so really no extra work needs to be done but because it’s Step-it-Up Sunday, I have done just that and made extra work!

This stamp set is bundled up with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits dies and if you purchase it as a bundle you save 10%. Those Rectangle Framelits have never made it into my storage box which I keep for my die sets. These have just been sitting on my desk for weeks. That is how often I am using them so I don’t bother putting them back. 

As for my colour choice – I wanted to use our retiring In-Colours so I chose Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst, Powder Pink and Fresh Fig. Lemon Lime Twist was a colour that I didn’t particularly like at the start but I really love it now and am going to miss it. 

Just a reminder to get your In-Colour refills soon as you can as they generally don’t last long once the retirement list is announced.


I used the Painted Seasons Sale-A-Bration stamp set to create the leaf border around the card base.

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Then I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black ink. I didn’t use a Stamparatus however this would definitely make it easier for a beginner stamper. The little tip I have for you when I don’t use my Stamparatus (other than to use it) is, use the coordinating colour in the Stampin’ Write marker to fill in any missing spots. No one will ever know …and yes I’ve done it many times. 

I’ve embellished the card using the cute In-Colour flower buttons and the leaves from the Butterfly Elements Sale-A-Bration offering.


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This card has just a few extras added to step it up. I layered the stamped Whisper White panel onto a Basic Black card base. The sentiment was restamped onto Berry Burst cardstock and then cut out and added with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I coloured the ‘Happy’ with the Powder Pink marker. A couple of simple steps and this card gets some extra colour added to it. 


I used the embossing mats to create the Stitched Rectangle section for my stamped image. Embossing this way gives a lovely framed look.

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Embossing Sandwich

This is my preferred method of embossing with dies. This sandwich allows you to see the placement of your die which is important with this technique, especially when creating a card like this where you need the die centred. 

This list is from the bottom up. So number 1 is what goes down first at the bottom of your sandwich. 

  1. Big Shot platform
  2. Impressions Pad  (white)
  3. Silicon Mat (blue)
  4. Cardstock
  5. Die -face down
  6. Big Shot cutting mat

How to emboss on the Big Shot with your Dies

Then I stamped my leaves around the embossed section. I stamped 3 flowers and die cut them. Feeling a bit bad that at this stage I had used all of the In-Colours except Fresh Fig, I incorporated it in my sponging around the edges of my flower to add extra dimension to this flower. I used Brushos Moss Green for the leaves.

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Step-it-Up Sunday #51 Beautiful You


Hope this Sunday finds you well and refreshed for the week ahead. This week I set out to clear out some incomplete cards and make envelopes for cards – tying up loose ends. There are still so many half done projects I have. Slowly but surely I say.

Today I have got out the Beautiful You stamp set which has been in our catalogue for a couple of years now. This has been such a popular stamp set and I thought it required a spot on ‘Step-it-Up Sunday’. This week I’ve changed my categories to tie in with the categories that Stampin’ Up! promote to make it easier to identify the cards which might be suitable for the various types of crafters. 

I started off with a piece of Designer Series Paper and then worked out my colour combination from there. 


Step-it-Up Sunday Stampin' Up! Beautiful You stamp set Beginner Crafter

I used Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the lady onto Whisper White cardstock. What I love about this stamp set are those scribbly images that add colour by just stamping. The dress was stamped in Grapefruit Grove and the water in Coastal Cabana which has been stamped off once.

I used a border stamp from Southern Serenade stamp set to add some extra interest to this panel. The sentiment is from the Botanical Bliss stamp set. 


To step this card up, I stamped the image in Stazon ink onto Shimmery white cardstock. Then I created a mask and water coloured around the lady with Coastal Cabana and Grapefruit Grove ink refills. Using a sponge dauber, I distressed the edges of the cardstock with these same colours. 

Step-it-Up Sunday Stampin' Up! Beautiful You stamp set Casual crafter Watercolour wash with ink refills

The laser cut paper has been coloured with the Stampin’ Blend to match the project. 


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Some extra detail was added to the base card using a doily mask and a sponge dauber. The Delightfully Detailed Memories & More card pack came in so handy to embellish and add just that little bit more. I have got so much use out of this pack and have used it in various ways. I’ve even die cut the leaves out of one of the cards in this pack. 

Specialty DSP Save your paper

The black laser cut paper really adds a nice touch. I wasn’t happy that I was losing half of it behind my main panel so I punched out a circle from it to get more use out of it. Then I added this to the sentiment. 

Step it up Sunday Create a handmade card with Beautiful You stamp set by Stampin Up

Hope you’ve enjoyed these cards and please leave any comments and feedback. I’d love to hear from you. 


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Step-it-Up Sunday #50 Bloom by Bloom

Hi friends,

What’s on this weekend for you? We are enjoying the labour day long weekend and not much labour being done here. Just relaxing watching movies and crafting. 

I finally got the Bloom by Bloom bundle in my last order so here it is on Step-it-Up Sunday. It is a bright and cheerful suite and the Designer Paper is so colourful that I really wanted to showcase it. Check out the Advanced card where I have used a good range of this paper. 


This stamp set really lends itself to the #simplestamping trend that Stampin’ Up! are promoting. I found the Stamparatus was a very useful tool when stamping with this photopolymer set. There were times I didn’t get a full image first go and with the Stamparatus I was able to restamp without wasting cardstock. Although the flower shows up quite dark in this photo, it is Calypso Coral but I think my ink pad was a bit juicy. 

The edges have been punched with Detailed Trio punch and I added ribbon with double sided tape which was attached at the back of the Whisper White cardstock. 


To create the ombrè look on this flower, I used the Stamparatus to first stamp it in Pineapple Punch. Then using a sponge dauber, I added Calypso Coral onto the stamp and restamped over the flower. I did this a few times until I achieved the desired colour.  Without a Stamparatus this would be a bit tricky. 

Then I fussy cut the flower and leaves and adhered with Dimensionals. A panel of Designer Paper ties all the colours together.


A Joy Fold is used to step this card up. This is a really great fancy fold for using up your stash of patterned paper and showcasing it and what a fun card for someone to receive. You have lots of room to write inside as well.

I added a bow to this card using a glue dot. The satin ribbon which is part of this suite really drapes well and makes it easy to tie a bow. 

Sale-A-Bration has a few weeks left so make sure you don’t miss out on these fabulous products. Also this month we have the Sale-A-Bration Coordination products. All these are available until March 31st or while stocks last. So if you like something make sure you get it while it’s still there. 

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Step-it-Up Sunday #49 Incredible Like You

Hello Friends,

It’s great to have you here for Step-it-Up Sunday. We’ve had a very hot week in Melbourne this week with temperatures averaging in the mid 30°s. Summer maybe over but it’s still giving us a reminder that it’s not over yet. I’ve got bright flowers to remind us of the fun colours of summer before we really get into autumn.


The incredible like you stamp set is a two-step stamp set and is perfect for the beginner card maker. With just some simple stamping this colourful card was so easy to create.

I first stamped the lines several times by stamping off first on a scrap bit of paper so I got a lighter image. Then I stamped the flowers and leaves directly over it. 

I found that stamping the outline image of the flower first, made it easier for me to line up the fill in image, which was stamped off first before stamping on card, using Lovely Lipstick. The leaves were stamped in Lemon Lime Twist and Call Me Clover. Then I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black.


For this card I covered the card base with the Sale-A-Bration Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper. Love that these papers are coloured on one side and black and white on the other, giving you versatility for projects.  On a panel of Whisper White cardstock, I recreated the image as I did for the Basic card. Then I embossed the sentiment in White Embossing Powder on Basic Black cardstock. This was then die cut and added to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 


To step this card up I stamped the flowers, fussy cut and attached with Dimensionals. I also added some leaves punched from the Sprig punch. A die cut border from the Delicate Lace Edgelits Dies added a lovely lacy look to the bottom of the Whisper White panel. These dies come with 3 different borders to create different looks.

The Call Me Clover panel was created using the Country Floral Embossing Folder which is a Sale-A-Bration item. I achieved this effect by patting my ink pad directly over the depressed (not raised side/the side which hasn’t got the logo on it)  side of the Embossing Folder. Then I ran the cardstock through the Big Shot. This created a coloured background with white embossed areas.

Here’s a look at some of the other colours I created using this method. I really love this look especially with this pretty embossing folder. Isn’t it effective?

Sale-A-Bration products are available while stocks last and only until 31st March. Also don’t forget the Sale-A-Bration coordination products. There are dies, stamps and punches to coordinate with other Sale-A-Bration items.  

Have a fantastic week. Stay cool!

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Step-it-Up Sunday #48 Sweet Birthday Wishes

Hello friends,

Isn’t it lovely to have a weekend where we can just have a bit of a pause from the busy working week? I’ve had such a busy week and feel like I’ve been in a bit of whirlwind. One day I got to work and my beautiful friend had blessed me by leaving a box of chocolates on my desk just to know she was thinking of me. It was a beautiful gesture and made me feel good for days. The power of an encouraging word. 

I received the How Sweet It Is product suite in my last order. The patterned paper is filled with vibrant and bright colours. With images of lolly jars, lollies, gummy bears, lolly dispensers and candy stripes, it’s just a fun pack of paper. 

The stamp and die bundle has lolly jars in different shapes and I’ve used one of them for today’s card. 


I love the panel of Designer Paper with the stripes. It’s reminiscent of lolly shops and ice cream parlours – all things sweet. I stamped the jar and lollies in Basic Gray. This is nice when you prefer a softer look rather than black. The lollies were coloured in with Pineapple Punch, Melon Mambo and Highland Heather Stampin’ Write Markers. 


I cut a border on the Designer Paper with the Seasonal Layers die. The lolly jar has been stamped and die cut. I added colour to the jar with Melon Mambo and Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Markers. 

I’ve added some added interest with some die cut lollies. These dies emboss the detail as well and have a nice detail to them. You get 2 of each so you can cut multiples at the same time. 


For this card I used the Thick Whisper White cardstock and embossed it with the lolly dies using the embossing Mats. The thicker cardstock doesn’t crease during the process of embossing. This creates an interesting background which looks like an embossing folder has been used.

I used the ink refills to create a light water wash under the area where the lolly jar was going to be placed. Then I added a Coastal Cabana water wash to the sentiment panel and also to the ‘glass’ of the lolly jar. 

Using the same refills and making it really watery, I picked up the colour with the aqua painter and tapped it over my index finger on my left hand. This created the speckled effect. 

Have a great Sunday and share your beautiful cards by giving someone a card for whatever occasion or ‘just because’ and let’s be encouragers this week.

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Step-it-Up Sunday #47 Go for it – Encouragement Card

Hi Friend,

It’s really nice to have you here and if it’s your first time, a special welcome. Today’s card uses another of my Top 5 sets which is the Let it Ride stamp set. I love the horses in it and there are some encouraging sentiments to use on cards. 


I’ve used Old Olive as my card base and stamped the trees in Old Olive ink. The horse has been stamped in Soft Suede on Very Vanilla cardstock and the sentiment in Cajun Craze. The strips of paper have been extended to wrap around the back to give a neat finish.


To step this up, I coloured in the horse with Stampin’ Blends. Each time I use my Blends I love how simple they are to use. Even the beginner can master this in no time. I also punched out the sentiment and layered it to add some extra colour and dimension. 


This background was created with Brushos – Moss Green. I had forgotten how much fun it was to use it. Once dry, I stamped the trees in Old Olive. Then I embossed the Crackle in White embossing powder. A little bit crazy about this crackle stamp. I remember the days I used to do some folk art and using crackle medium to achieve this effect. This is much quicker!

I distressed the edges with Soft Suede and Cajun Craze for an aged look.

I could see this in a nice frame as a gift for someone as It’s got that homely look about it. 

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Go for it!