Step-it-Up Sunday #45 Cupcake Sweetness

Hello and welcome to another new week full of inspiration and fun. What has your week been like? I’m back at school where I work 4 days a week. Start of the year is always hectic and each day zooms by. Cassidy started Year 10 and is now in Senior School, so she’s s got a full year ahead of her. 

Today’s project started off with my choice of a colour – Pineapple Punch. I felt I had neglected it and hadn’t shown it much love at all so I wanted to feature it on my card. I then worked out some colours around it and came up with this colour combination.

The stamp I have chosen is the fun Hello Cupcake from Sale-A-Bration. and you can earn this free with any $90 purchase. This is such a cute set with some fun sentiments.

Basic

I created the border for the card with the edge of the cupcake stamp. The design, when stamped alongside each other reminds me of an ice cream truck. Some simple stamping and an addition of Designer Series Paper (DSP) is all you need to complete this quick and easy card. 

 
Intermediate

I stepped this card up by adding a layer in Gorgeous Grape. Then I fussy cut the icing. I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso on this card as I felt there was a bit too much purple hues and I needed to balance it up. 

 
Advanced

I added a few drops of Pineapple Punch re-inker to the embossing paste to create the ‘frosting’ for this card. A 2″ strip of Pineapple Punch cardstock was punched on either end with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. I also embossed this piece with the Oh My Stars embossing folder for an extra celebratory look. 

Note: I have die cut the sentiment with the retired Farmouse die (I forgot these had retired) however, Frosted Bouquet Framelits would probably work well for this. 

Now I feel like a cupcake and a cup of coffee. Yum!

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Step-it-Up Sunday #44 Thanks for your Friendship

Home to Roost is the lovely country style stamp set I am using on my Step-it-Up Sunday feature. I just love the rooster in this set and I highlighted the reed which also come in this stamp set, in last week’s Step-it-Up Sunday. Pairing it with the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper really gives it a country feel. 

Basic

I have kept it simple for the Basic card because that’s what it’s about. Just stamps, ink and paper and I’ve added some embellishments – because I can’t help myself!

I stamped the rooster on Whisper White cardstock. Then I inked up a clear block directly with the Daffodil Delight ink pad, spritzed with water and ‘stamped’ it over the rooster. This added a watercolour – look over the image. An easy way to add colour to your image. 

 

 

The flower which is from the Butterfly Elements Sale-A-Bration offering, has been attached with a glue dot. 

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Home To Roost Cling Stamp Set

FREE with
$90 order
Butterfly Elements

FREE with
$90 order
Glue Dots

$8.00

Intermediate

I stepped this card up by adding die cut squares and colouring the rooster with Stampin’ Blends. Don’t the Stampin’ Blends add a lovely, vibrant colour? You can almost hear the rooster crow. 

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Advanced

I added a sponged background to the rooster. This was done by masking. Sponge Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive around the rooster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I altered the Gingham DSP by adding some lines with the Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker and Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend to give it a bit of a plaid look. I think this adds to the country, homely feel of this card.

The Burlap ribbon has been separated and tied together to create the look of straw. 

Get the Home to Roost stamp set free during Sale-A-Bration.with ANY $90 order. 

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Try this card and give it to a friend to thank them for their friendship. You just don’t know who may need to hear an encouraging word. 

Have a great week. 


 

Step-it-Up Sunday #43 By the Bay

Hi Everyone,

Step-it-Up Sunday is back with a Sale-A-Bration stamp set. The beautiful By the Bay stamp set is a free Sale-A-Bration production you can earn with any $90 purchase during this promotion. There are some lovely beach images of seagulls, a seashell and a house by the sea which is beautiful and tranquil. There are so many ways to feature these on cards either by themselves or paired with other stamp sets. This was one of the first sets that caught my eye in this catalogue and as I live close to the beach, it was a definite ‘must have’. 

I’ve teamed up this stamp set today with Home to Roost which is another Sale-A-Bration offering. It’s got an image of a rooster, the reeds which I’ve used on these cards and some great sentiments. I think Stampin’ Up! have come up with a fabulous range of Sale-A-Bration items to choose from this season. 

Basic

To create this card, layer the Basic Gray cardstock on your Balmy Blue card base. Stamp the image in Stazon ink on Whisper White cardstock. Highlight some areas of the image with some basic colouring in with water colours. Use an aqua brush to soften the edges of the lines (this is optional). You don’t need to spend too much time on the colouring. Just enough to bring out a few elements of the picture. 

Stamp the reeds and sentiment in Early Espresso. 

Intermediate

Add some texture to the Whisper White layer by embossing it with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder. Using the edge of the Smoky Slate ink pad (the edge without a lip) run the ink pad down the embossing of the cardstock. Run it bottom to top as well. Do the same with the Balmy Blue ink pad. This gives it a beachy feel with the distressed look.

Stamp the reeds on top of this with Early Espresso ink. I could have done this prior to embossing however I liked the look of this. 

Die cut the circles, stamp part of the image and colour sections of it. Stamp the sentiment and punch out with the Classic Label punch. To shorten the label, insert one side back into the punch and this will give you a shorter label. 

Advanced

To step this card up, colour in the image in detail. Die cut 2 labels and attach in the top right corner. adding the linen ribbon which has been frayed.

Hope you give some of these ideas and techniques a try. I’d love to hear from you with feedback and enquiries.


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Step-it-Up Sunday #42 Lasting Lily

Hi Friends,

I hope your week has been filled with good things. If you are back at work after the Christmas break – aren’t you glad it’s the weekend? For those of us on holidays, isn’t it good to have that time to just chill out and enjoy some time with the family and some much needed relaxation time. I’ve been enjoying late nights watching movies and also catching up with friends, shopping days and some day activities with my family and of course the much loved sleep ins. 

For my card today I am featuring the Lasting Lily stamp from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. You can receive this stamp set for free with a $180 purchase. This is on the Level 2 range of our Sale-A-Bration rewards. It may seem like a bit out of reach however Sale-A-Bration is the ideal time for you to stock up on cardstock, adhesives and DSP and anything else on your wish list. All your items add up and why not get a freebie while you can?  Have you thought about having a Stampin’ Up! party? You get the regular rewards plus sales over $400 gets an extra $40 to spend on anything you like.You invite a few friends and I’ll bring all the supplies for a crafty afternoon. Have a chat with me for details.

This stamp set has got these lovely lilies and sentiments suitable for thank you, get well, sympathy and others. The beauty of the lily stamp is that it’s one stamp but it gives the lovely 3 dimensional look to the flower.

Basic

Attach a layer of Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper onto Night of Navy Cardstock. Stamp the lily in So Saffron and the stem in Lemon Lime Twist.Stamp the sentiment over the image and then attach the panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This is a very quick card to create. The lily is just lovely on it’s own and you could do a variety of these in different colours. 

Intermediate

Using the small blotchy stamp in the same set to add a border around the Whisper White panel with Cajun Craze which has been stamped off twice. Stamp the lily in So Saffron first. Then ink around the edges of the stamp in Cajun Craze and stamp over the first image. This will give you a two-tone effect. Do the same with your stem and leaf using Lemon Lime Twist and Mossy Meadow. 

Advanced

Add extra dimension by stamping the two-tone lily and stem on another piece of Whisper White cardstock and fussy cutting them. Then attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Cut the circular die from the Beautiful Layers set. Cut this in half and trim off a bit of the middle section to create a smaller image. Attach this to the back of your sentiment which has been die cut. I loved the lacy feel this added to the card.

Contact me for your free copy of the Occasions catalogue and any other way I could assist you.


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Step-it-Up-Sunday #41 Butterfly Thank You Card

Welcome to the first edition of Step-it-Up Sunday for 2019. A whole new year ahead of us with so much crafting fun to be had. And what a way to kick it off with the new Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Catalogue. Have you had a chance to look at these yet? Please contact me to get your copy of these catalogues. You don’t want to miss out on this chance to earn free products.

My project today features the pretty butterflies in the Occasions catalogue. The stamp set has various butterflies with the large and smaller image on the one stamp. So when you stamp you are getting 2 butterflies at the same time. This then coordinates with the punch which punches out both images at the same time. A real time saver. You can colour in the butterflies or you use the additional filler stamps to fill in the images. The stamp and punch, when purchased as a bundle save you 10%, which is fantastic.  

In this suite, the first item that drew my attention was the pack of 6’x6′ gingham paper. I love the fresh, bright colours in this pack. It comes with small checks on one side and larger on the other. 

The measurements for this card is in inches. I tend to go between inches and centimetres depending on the project. Maybe I’m a little bit strange but it works for me! Do any of you do this too?

Whisper White card base  5′ x 10′ folded in half
Gingham DSP 5′ X 5′

Basic

Balmy Blue Cardstock  4′ x 4′

Stamp the sentiment. Punch out 3 butterflies and adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add enamel shapes. 

 
Intermediate

Emboss your Whisper White cardstock which has been cut to 4′ square. Run your sponge brayer over it with Balmy Blue ink. Add a strip of DSP onto 3¼’ square Balmy Blue cardstock. Then round the corners with the Detailed Trio punch. This punch is from the Annual Catalogue and has got to be the most used punch in my collection. Attach this layer onto the embossed layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals and then adhere with glue onto Gingham base. 

Advanced

Stamp the 3 butterflies in Black and Balmy Blue and punch out. Die cut 2 flourishes. 

Tip: As this is an intricate flourish, I run it through about 4 times through the Big Shot, swapping the end which goes through the Big Shot first after a couple of times. This evens out the pressure and helps the die cut evenly.

Arrange the flourishes across the card. I have cut one in half to fit. Then attach the butterflies with mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on top of the flourish. 

These 3 items will get you on your way to making these cards and will also earn you a free Sale-A-Bration item.

 

Have a crafty week.


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Step-it-Up Sunday #40 Celebrate 2018

Hi Friends,

Hope each one of you has had a wonderful week celebrating Christmas with all it’s festivities and sharing it with your nearest and dearest. Can you believe we are at the end of another year? I’m so grateful to all of you for your support throughout the year. 

A reminder that if you are after any of the retiring or discounted items in the Year End Closeout Sale, this ends on 2nd January and products are only available while stocks last. 

Our Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogue releases on 3rd January. This is a really great time in the Stampin’ Up calendar in which you can earn free product. Keep a look out for updates. Please make sure to  subscribe to my blog so I can notify you of updates and specials. If you wish to receive a catalogue, please contact me

Today’s card is about celebrating the new year as well as what we achieved and overcame in 2018. There are so many things to be thankful for and celebrate in life. 

Basic

These ready made foil edged card bases make it so easy to create cards without a fuss. They also come in gold edging. To create the background, simply stamp your different images. Don’t worry if the image goes on the silver edge as this can be cleaned up with a baby wipe.

Stamp the sentiment on Lovely Lipstick cardstock and punch out. Attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add glimmer dots to finish the card. 

Intermediate

Stamp the sentiment on white cardstock and layer onto a tag punched from Lovely Lipstick cardstock which has been cut in half to fit behind sentiment. 

Cut a panel of Broadway Bound DSP and layer onto Gray Granite cardstock. On the reverse of the cardstock add 2 small strips of double sided tape. Attach your ribbon onto this then adhere the entire panel onto card base. Attach sentiment.

Advanced 

Heat emboss the images on card base and sentiment in Silver Embossing Powder. Layer as per instructions for Intermediate card. Stamp decorative strip on sentiment in Gorgeous Grape. In pencil, lightly mark the spots for punching the holes, then punch using the Detailed Trio punch. Weave ribbon through the holes and attach to card. 

Have a happy and safe new year. God bless you.


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