Esad So Long Old Favourites Blog Hop

Hi Friends,

Welcome to my blog- Stamping Flair. Today, I am participating in a blog hop with other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from the Facebook Group ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators). We are highlighting some of the retiring products from the Annual and Occasions Catalogues and bidding them a fond farewell. You are going to find lots of inspiration as you hop along with us. 

ESAD 2019 April So Long Old Favourites Stampin' Up Blog Hop

My chosen stamp set is Tuscan Vineyard which has been a favourite of mine.I love the beautiful scene depicted in this set and the accompanying images that carry the Mediterranean theme. 

I started off with a piece of Glossy White cardstock and applied a wash with 2 of our retiring In-Colours – Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide. Once this dried, I stamped the swirl border in Fresh Fig. Then I used the swirl image from another of my favourite stamp sets – Timeless Textures, inked up sections of it with Versamark and heat embossed in gold to create a luxurious feel.Timeless Textures has been well used in my craft room and I love the various textures and distressed looks this stamp set offers. 

The images from Tuscan Vineyard have been coloured with several Stampin’ Blends and fussy cut. These combine to create a lovely focal element on the card. I layered all these together on a piece of Basic Black cardstock which has been embossed with one of the Petal Pair embossing folders. You get 2 in this set – one floral and one with leaves of which I chose the folder with leaves as it reminded me of vines.

The Crumb Cake die cut at the back has been a favourite die of mine from the Eclectic Layers Dies. It cuts the image into the cardstock but for this card I cut around it so it could add texture against all those elements. 

Hope this inspires you to work with some of these beautiful retiring products which for me, will always be on my favourites list.

 

Below is a list of all those participating in this Blog Hop. Make sure you stop by each of these blogs to see other beautiful projects. Click on the Next Blog arrow to see what Rebecca Scurr has created for you. 

 

Blog hop participant list:

  1. Bronwyn Eastley
  2. Libby Dyson
  3. Katrina Duffell
  4. Lou Kitzelman
  5. Shannon Kissane
  6. Nicole Wilson
  7. Delys Cram
  8. Lauren Meiklejohn
  9. Cathy Pinchbeck
  10. Sandra Mastello
  11. Richelle Fletcher
  12. Rose Packer
  13. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  14. Jo Weedon
  15. Peta Stephen
  16. Lisa Whitehead
  17. Rochelle Laird-Smith – you are here
  18. Rebecca Scurr
  19. Mandy Depiazzi
  20. Denise Buetler
  21. Monique Fielder
  22. Kelly Kent
  23. Sharon Dalton
  24. Rebekah Crisp
  25. Maree McIntosh


ESAD Blog Hop, Stampin' Up Demonstrator Facebook Group

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Heat Tool

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Bloom by Bloom Card with a Simple Sketch

The Bloom by Bloom stamp is featured in my April Class in the Mail. With many images of flowers, some a little bit abstract, they make it so easy to create focal images and backgrounds alike. Combined with the Bitty Blooms punch pack they make some fun projects and you save 10% buying them as a bundle. This set is on the retiring list so get it while you can. 

This particular set has become more appealing to me as I’ve used it in softer, pastel shades. I love this flower in Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Blushing Bride and lighter colours. This card is based on a simple sketch and combines Highland Heather, Gray Granite and Whisper White.I love the soft look of this combination of colours. 

Bloom by Bloom, Simple Layout,

I’ve stamped the flowers in Highland Heather on the card base. Then I added a panel of Designer Series Paper from the Neutrals range. The Dot to Dot Embossing Folder adds the base for my flower. Embossing folders are such an easy way to add texture to projects. 

Bloom by Bloom, Quick & Easy card layout, Simple Sketch, Stampin' Up!, Create a handmade card

I’ve added some Gray Granite ribbon which has been tied off in a knot together with the tulle ribbon to add to the softness of this card. The sentiment is from Banners for You stamp set which will be retiring along with the matching Bunch of Banners dies. 

Bloom by Bloom stamp set, stamped background with Bloom by Bloom flower

To receive the April Class in the Mail which features the Bloom by Bloom stamp set, all you need to do is spend a minimum of $60 in my store using this month’s Host Code XN6TFXAU.  I will email you the PDF for 4 cards which includes cutting measurements, instructions and photos and also mail you a reusable card as a thank you, card bases, cardstock and envelopes for your 4 projects upon receipt of notification of your order. Orders can be sent anywhere in Australia. For orders over $250 you don’t need to use the Host Code as you will receive your own Host Rewards. You will still receive all the benefits of Class in the Mail. PDF is available for purchase separately.

April Class in the Mail, Stampin Up, Stamping Flair, Rochelle Laird-Smith

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Anzac Day Thank You with Bitty Blooms

ANZAC Day Thank you Card, Gratitude

As we commemorate ANZAC day, we do so with gratitude for the sacrifice that was and continues to be made by men and women to keep us safe in this blessed land we call home – Australia. I think of the families of those who serve our country. They are without a husband, wife, dad, mum, son, daughter, brother, sister – all their lives are affected by wars and conflict when their loved one is serving their country. 

To all these wonderful people who have served and continue to serve our nation, Thank You, 

Today I’ve come up with a simple Thank You card using the One for All stamp. Do you buy stamp sets that sit there uninked and then they retire? Well, this was one of mine. I have used the Stamparatus so I didn’t have to move the stamp at all when I re-inked for the different colours. Post-it-Notes were used to mask off the sentiment when I inked up the leaves- first in Pear Pizzazz and then I added some Mossy Meadow with a sponge dauber. 

I masked off the leaves and then stamped the sentiment in Black Stazon ink. The Stamparatus makes it so easy when stamping mutliples times. 

Poppies with Bitty Blooms punch, ANZAC Day handmade card

The poppies were so simple to create with the Bitty Blooms punch pack. The centres were punched out as well and glue dots were my best friend in this process. 

Handmade card using One for All stamp set, ANZAC Day thank you

I die cut several leaves from Glossy cardstock and sponged a mix of Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow over it. Adding the darker leaves at the back gave it depth.The base card has been embossed with the Subtle embossing folder for that little bit of texture without taking away from the main image. It’s hard to pick up on a photo sometimes because it’s that subtle!. It has a lovely look of linen card and works for all types of cards.  

Hope you have a wonderful day and be filled with thanks. 


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Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin Kit – Limited Time Release

One of Stampin’ Up!’s goals is to surprise and delight you with fun, new creative experiences. Shelli Gardner, board chair and cofounder of Stampin’ Up!, has partnered with Paper Pumpkin to create a limited edition, nature-focused kit. Shelli collaborated with concept artists and designers to develop the kit to give us a papercrafting experience inspired by Shelli herself.

To be able to access Paper Pumpkin is something I know many of us have been wanting for a long time and have drooled each time we look at our North American friends open their kits. Paper Pumpkin kits are so good and finally we get to try it out in Australia and what a beautiful kit that we get to try out. 

Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin Kit

What is Paper Pumpkin?

  • Paper Pumpkin is a monthly papercrafting kit offered by Stampin’ Up! that is currently only available in the United States and parts of Canada.
  • Because the Hugs from Shelli kit is so special, it has been made available globally so everyone has the chance to experience it. 
  • Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit will be available from 15th May – while supplies last. 

The look and feel of this kit is all Shelli. It’s elegant and feminine, and so full of natural details that you’ll probably just want to take a walk, breathe in the fresh air, and then go home and stamp every card in the kit. Shelli describes the kit as ‘A touch of earthy and elegant spring with lots of layers and texture.’ Shelli collaborated with concept artists and designers to develop the kit, giving them a papercrafting experience inspired by Shelli herself.

And how gorgeous is that floral box?

 

Important Kit Details

Part of what makes a Paper Pumpkin kit special is that projects inside the box aren’t revealed ahead of time. This is to give the subscriber a sense of excitement when they receive their kit in the mail each month. You will get a peek at one of the projects but the rest of the fun stuff in that pretty box remains top secret until it gets in your hands!

Card using Paper Pumpkin Hugs from Shelli

 

What is Included in the Kit?

  • An exclusive stamp set not available anywhere else
  • One Classic Stampin’ Spot® from our Classic ink collection
  • Paper and crafting materials to create 12 cards (3 cards of 4 unique designs)
  • 12 exclusive, coordinating envelopes
  • Adhesives and embellishments for all 12 cards

Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colours are Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla

And remember, everything in the Hugs from Shelli kit is pre-cut and ready to go. 

Priced at $37 this is great value for a stamp set, stamp spot and all the supplies to make 12 cards. That works out to around $3 a card.

**You will need Clear Block D (Item 118485) in order to stamp the projects. 

Although orders for the Hugs from Shelli open on 15th May, you can contact me now to place your order so I can put the order through on the 15th. Order one … order a few… these would make great gift items.  My instinct tells me this will me extremely popular as anything created by Shelli is going to be beautiful. 

Gorgeous Gable Boxes

Stampin’ Up! Gable Boxes are the perfect box to package all kinds of gifts. Chocolates, guest soaps, bath salts, tealight candles all will look so pretty in these boxes which can be decorated in many ways. You can decorate them with Designer Series Paper, spritz them, stamp them and the list goes on. 

These boxes come scored and folded so it’s a matter of just opening it up and putting the tabs in the slots. No gluing necessary. They are on the last chance item list and I wanted to look back at a couple of projects I had done using both the white and silver boxes. 

This is the Lustrous White Gable box decorated for a birthday. You could make it a party in a box with party poppers, balloon, little cake, candle and sprinkles. Click on the photo to be taken to the full post with products used. 

White Gift Box decorated with Broadyway Bound DSP, Gable Box, Stampin' Up!

Here is the Silver Gable box which I decorated and filled with gift tags for teacher gifts at Christmas. So easy to decorate and yet perfect to hold a gift. Click on the image to be taken to the original post which has all the details. 

Teacher gifts, Gift Box, Gable Box, Christmas

My Newsletter which is due out tomorrow features a brand new project using this product. Sign up to receive details and other helpful tips and news.

 

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Step-it-Up Sunday #56 He is Risen

Blessed Easter to each one of you. How are you celebrating today? I made little Easter boxes for the child and the big child (!) in the house. The Easter egg hunt will be later this evening because Adrian’s out accompanying a choir and he likes to be part of the action. 

Being Easter Sunday, I couldn’t go past the God’s Grace stamp set for Step-it-Up Sunday. It has lovely floral images and really meaningful Easter sentiments. I have chosen the single flower in this set as my focal image.

The card base is Gray Granite Cardstock which is 21 x 14.8cm scored in half to form a card base of 14.8 x 10.5cm

Beginner

Easter card using Stampin' Up His Grace stam[ set and Clear Block stamping technique

Shimmer White panel 6.8 x 9.9cm

Clear Block Stamping Technique

This is a very quick way to add colour to a piece of cardstock. I used the Clear Block stamping method to add colour to the Shimmery White cardstock. Do this by spritzing the cardstock with water. Then use Clear Block E and directly ink it up with the Pear Pizzazz stamp pad. I stamped off on a scrap piece of paper once so the colour wasn’t so strong. Then stamp this onto the wet cardstock. Spritz extra water if necessary to make the colour move and add extra colour as required. 

I used the Stamparatus to stamp the flower and the sentiment at the same time using Stazon ink. I chose to use Stazon ink as i wanted the image to really stand out against the Pear Pizzazz background. The advantage of using the Stamparatus is that it gave me the opportunity to restamp the image to get it as dark as I wanted – I did this 3 times. Without it, this would be impossible to line up. 

Adhere this to the card base and you have a very simple yet pretty card all done in minutes. #simplestamping

Casual

I added a sheet of Designer Paper from the Floral Romance pack which already had a pale woodgrain effect. Then I stamped  this with one of my favourite stamp sets, Hardwood, in Pear Pizzazz.

Hardwood stamp on DSP, Stampin; Up, Step-it-Up sunday, Crafting for all levels

The flower was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloured with Stampin’ Blends. I added the Lovely Lipstick on the flower and I like how it adds that pop of colour.  The flower was fussy cut and mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I mounted the entire panel using Dimensionals. 

Casual Crafter card using His Grace stamp set by Stampin' Up!, Stamp on Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Blends colouring

Avid

Step-it-Up Sunday card for the avid crafter with His Grace stamp set, Easter card, Stampin' Up!

I stepped this card up by using the Emboss Resist Technique on the Shimmer cardstock. The leaves were stamped and embossed with White embossing powder. I then covered part of the cardstock diagonally with a scrap piece of cardstock. I spritzed this section with water and sprinkled Moss Green Brusho Crystal to it. After letting it dry a little,  I covered that section and spritzed the other half and sprinkled Yellow Brusho Crystal on it. I did want the colours to merge at the centre, I lifted my scrap paper so the yellow ran through and added a bit more green to it as well. Once this dries, you will notice that the leaves that have been embossed can still be seen. 

Emboss Resist Technique with Brushos and White Embossing Powder, Stampin' Up!, Step-it-Up Sunday

Lots of layers add extra dimension and interest to this card. The lacy look at the back was achieved by using the laser cut specialty paper which I embossed with Black embossing powder. I really love the glossy, elegant look of this. The possibilities with laser cut paper!

Step-it-Up Sunday card for Avid crafter, His Grace by Stampin' Up!, Easter card

Hope your Easter is wonderful. We’ll be having a special dinner tonight and watching Hop this evening. 


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God is Love Easter Card

Easter is a very special time for me. In the shops we see chocolates, bunnies and there are even chocolate bugs and beetles. I indulge in these and also enjoy decorating the home with Easter themed, pastel home decor. More than this, Easter is  central to my faith and this card focuses on the main reason of the Easter story – God’s Love. 

Easter card with Stampin' Up!, Hold onto Hope,

I had this panel of Hardwood stamped Basic Gray cardstock layered on a Smoky Slate card base sitting in my stash for, I reckon, about a year. No inspiration for months and then just like that, something came to mind. The Hardwood stamp set has been much loved by me and I’m quite sad to see it on the retiring list. If it’s one of the stamp sets you’ve been wanting to get, it’s guaranteed available until 24th May. 

I love the look of the Tranquil Textures Designer Paper as the cross under the silver filigree. I’ve used the same paper to stamp the sentiment on.

Tip:
Stamping on Designer Series Paper gives you a further way of using your paper stash and creating pretty and different backgrounds. 

To create the panel in the middle I stamped the floral flourish from the Hold on to Hope stamp set multiple times in Balmy Blue and then added 2 silver strips to create a border either side of it. A rhinestone has been added to the centre of the cross. This card was very quick to make and you don’t need a lot of supplies for it. 

Easter Blessings!


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Everything is Rosy Medley Coming 1st of May

A product medley is a brand new concept by Stampin’ Up! It’s designed to provide us craft addicts with endless crafting possibilites. It’s filled with lots of cute, coordinating products and the the Everything is Rosy medley is the first offering of it’s kind. 

The medley comes with a variety of items to make it easy to create projects. You get stamps, dies, ribbons, Designer Series Paper, Rose Gold shimmer paint, embellishments and other pretty stuff. I just love the colour combination of Melon Mambo, Night of Navy and Rose Gold.

This video by Stampin’ Up! shows the volume of products you are getting in this medley.

Are you amazed as I was with the amount of beautiful stuff you get? Imagine how many projects you could create with all those items?

The Everything Is Rosy Product Medley includes these exclusive products:

  • Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c,
  • Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8″ x 1″ (7.3 x 2.5 cm)
  • 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 CM) Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
  • 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 CM) rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
  • Printed die cuts—2 sheets
  • Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
  • Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4″ (6.4 mm)
  • Melon Mambo 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
  • Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″ (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
  • Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. (15 ml)

Sale Period 1st – 31st May 2019

  • Everything is Rosy Product Medley will go on sale 1st May and is only available while supplies last
  • This promotion will not be available in the Annual Catalogue
  • Product Medley price $139
  • Item no. 150059
  • This can be added as part of a Starter Kit (see more details below)

Here’s a list of everything that is included in this beautiful set. Click on the image to see full size flyer. 

Everything is Rosy Product List

The is the Everything is Rosy stamp set in this medley which includes 18 stamps. 

If you like you could add it as part of your Starter Kit and join my team. For just $189 you get your choice of up to $285 worth of any current products and a business supply pack valued at $80. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have.


 

 

Retirement News

Hi Stampers, 

First of all, are we super excited for the new catalogue coming out? Before I had even seen the inside, it had me at the front cover! What a wonderful array of products and you are going to fall in love with everything inside as well. 

In order to make way for new product, there has to be the retirement of product as well.  Many of those products we love and we will miss. However, we will have awesome new products to play with.

Our oldest stamp set has retired after 18 years on the circuit. Lovely as a tree has served faithfully and is on the retirement list after being in every Annual catalogue since 2001. 

Lovely as a Tree stamp set, Stampin; Up!, Stamping Flair

I thought I’d look back at one of my older posts using this beautiful stamp set. This card uses the Reflection technique with acetate to create the reflection of the tree in the water. Click here to look back on this post which was created for my Step-it-Up Sunday segment. Click on the image above to order this beautiful stamp set and have a part of Stampin’ Up! history. 

Lovely as a Tree, Reflection Technique, Stampin' Up!, Step-it-Up Sunday, Avid Crafter

The stamp sets that are carrying over will be transitioning from Clear or Wood-Mount to Cling. So some stamp sets, although they are currently on the retirement list, are NOT retiring. They are retiring in the form of Clear and Wood-Mount. The new supplies will be in Cling form.

Please note this does not apply to Photopolymer stamp sets as they will not be converting to Cling. Photopolymer stamps on the Last Chance list are retiring. 

Following is the list of carryover stamp sets which are currently in Clear/Wood-Mount. These stamp sets will be on the Last Chance items list but are not retiring.

Transition to Cling

  • Stamps in the 2018-2019 annual catalogue will continue to be available in clear-mount, wood-mount or photopolymer.
  • Stamp sets offered in clear-mount and wood-mount in the 2018-2019 annual catalogue that are carrying over into the new catalogue will be offered until existing inventory has depleted or until 4th June, 2019 (whichever comes first). 
  • Red rubber stamp sets (clear-mount or wood-mount) in the annual catalogue that will be carrying over will transition to cling with the 2019-2020 annual catalogue.
  • In 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue, clear mount and wood-mount stamps will no longer be available. 

Order Retiring Stamp Sets CLICK HERE
Order Retiring Bundles CLICK HERE
Order Other Retiring Products CLICK HERE

All retiring stamps are guaranteed to be available until 24th May. Other retiring products will be available until 3rd June or WHILE STOCKS LAST. 

Clear as mud?!!! Please contact me if you need any clarification. I’m here to help.


#tgifc207 Gettin’ Sketchy

Card sketch

As I saw this sketch, the first bundle that came into my mind was the Wonderful Romance bundle. I thought the bunch of flowers from this stamp set would work well on that right corner of the card.

On this project I have used a number of our retiring products from the 2018 -2019 Annual Catalogue and 2019 Occasions catalogue.  See all last chance products here. Retiring stamps are guaranteed to be available until 24th May. All other products are while supplies last. 

The Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper is my absolute favourite in the Occasions Catalogue. It works well for any type of card whether baby, men, country style – the possibilities are endless. 

The bouquet has been stamped in Jet Black Stazon ink and coloured in with an Aqua Painter using ink refills. Aqua painters come in a pack 2 with a medium and large brush tip making it handy to use for painting.  I used our retirng colours Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Berry Burst. My variation on the scalloped border was the leaf border die from the Wonderful Floral framelits. I trimmed this to get the right length and the exact leaves I wanted from it. The Rectangle Stitched Framelits complete this card with a lovely Balmy Blue frame.

#tgifc207 Gettin' sketchy, Wonderful Romance, Gingham Gala, Watercolouring with ink refills

Sketches are great to give you a starting point for creating a card or scrapbook layout. To see how others have interpreted this sketch, click on the challenge image at the start of this post. 

This bundle is on the retiring list and although stamps are guaranteed until 24th May the dies are while supplies last. Want to place an order, click on the link below or on any of the product images … or just message me! Host Code XN6TFXAU.


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