Simple Successful Stamping for the Starter Stamper

Try saying that fast 10 times! Just a  bit of fun with my SSSSS title but definitely what the brand new Beginner Brochure is all about. It’s for the beginner stamper who is new to crafting. It will help you to select just the right products to begin your stamping journey.

Click on the image to view the full brochure. 

Stamping for beginners, Beginner Catalogue, Stampin Up

This brochure offers a variety of kits and stamp sets that are especially suited to you if you are starting in this wonderful craft. It gives you a taste of products and gets you into stamping. You will enjoy the kits that have been together. Some stamp sets are exclusive to this brochure. These have been designed to make it easy to create projects quickly and successfully.

Magnolia handmade greeting cards, DIY, Craft

Although designed for the Beginner stamper, I’m sure you Experienced stampers are going to love these items as well. There are some super cute stamp sets. Others, like the Magnolia Blooms stamp set, coordinate with products in the Annual Catalogue. This gives you greater creative scope with so many more stamps to play with. 

With school holidays approaching, get your hands on one of these kits and you could start creating with your family. 


Come Sail Away Post-it-Note Holder

This past weekend I had the pleasure of hosting a lovely group of ladies at my Annual catalogue launch which was actually a big crafty party. We crafted, chatted, played games, laughed, enjoyed some yummy food and just had a really good time. 

I prepared a goody bag for each of my guests. Inspiration for contents came from a fellow demonstrator but I don’t have her name as I only saved the photo. Each year I enjoy filling up the goody bags … it’s a bit like a Christmas stocking! I have as much fun decorating them as I do picking what goes in each of these bags. 

Goodie bags filled with items from Stampin Up catalogue for launch

This year my theme was the Come Sail Away suite. The ideas on the catalogue cover had me fall in love with t,his suite from the start. I made a tag using the new Delightful Tag Topper Punch and stamped and die cut elements to decorate the bag. I also decorated a Post-it-Note holder to match following instructions from Sam Donald.

Take a piece of cardstock that measures 8×3.5″ and score it at 2, 2 3/8, 5 1/2 and 5 7/8 inches (9 x 20cm and score at 5, 6, 14 and 15 cm). Then just decorate and embellish as you like. 

Post-it-Note Holder, 3D Papercraft project

Catalogue Survival Kit, Catalogue launch Stamping Flair

Here are some photos of the displays and of the ladies creating their Make and Takes. Photo credits to my daughter Cassidy who was on photographer duty on the day as I was madly running around getting everything done. 

Follow Your Art Suite

Bird Ballad Suite

In-Colour Display and For the Love of Felt Kit

2019-2021 In-Colors

Cookies in Pretty Peacock and Terracotta Tile

Catalogue Launch

Food at the catalogue launch

Make and Takes

Stampin Up Make and Takes

Make and Take table

The happy bunch of crafters

If you would like a copy of the catalogue or a copy of the Beginner Catalogue, please contact me and I’ll mail one out to you. 


Come Sail Away Memories & More Card

The card I’ve got for you today is from a batch I created this past weekend when I was creating like I was going to run out of DSP (like that’s going to happen!).I am so excited for my Annual Catalogue Launch and Craft Party which is happening this Saturday. I hope you are too and have booked your place for this fun event. Preparation is in full swing and I have been creating lots of samples for you to look at. Last Sunday I did a 14 hour crafting shift in my pjs. Awesome! It was longer than working hours but I didn’t feel it. Crafting makes me happy and relaxes me (but I’ve still got a 100 things to do for Saturday!). If you haven’t let me know you”re coming, please drop me a message. We are going to have a fun afternoon together.

The instant I saw the front cover of the Annual Catalogue, all those blue cards got my attention. The lighthouses, sailing boats, ocean themed cards immediately drew me and I knew the Come Sail Away suite was going to be a favourite of mine. This is a card I’ve created using the Come Sail Away Memories & More Card Pack. This pack comes with varying sized cards, laser cut images such as the one I’ve used on this card and also stickers. 

Scrapbooking card with Yacht used to make handmade card

I love the texture of the laser cut cards. One side is white, while the other side has a white-washed look and that’s what I chose to show on this card. I backed it with a piece of Night of Navy cardstock which really made this image pop. The sentiment is die cut with the stitched tag which is from the matching framelits. I stamped the rope in balmy Blue over the sentiment. 

All the elements have been layered on a piece of Balmy Blue cardstock which has been embossed with the lovely High Seas 3D embossing folder. This is a new style embossing folder and will need to be sandwiched through your die cutting machine differently. 

Watch this video for some tips on using the new style 3D embossing folders and dies.

If, like me, you love ALL the products in this suite, the new catalogue makes it easy with a one-product-number ordering system. This item number and other products used are all listed below. Try out the Memories & More card packs and see how easy it is to make a batch of cards. 

Handmade card with sailing boat, laser cut cards used to make a greeting card


Product List

Floral Essence Emboss Resist Card

I have used a sheet from one of the prettiest papers from the new catalogue on this card. They’re all pretty – I know! The Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper has hand painted impressionistic images and I love the artsy look about it. 

Stampin' Up!, Floral Essence stamp set with Emboss Resist

My card has been inspired by a couple of challenges. Firstly, this sketch from Sunday Stamps. Having a sketch to work with gives you a great starting point to create projects. 

Sunday Stamps Sketch Challenge

To tie in with the Inspire Create Challenge Theme of Embossing I chose to stamp and emboss the Shimmery White cardstock panel in the centre in Black Embossing powder. 

Inspire Create Challenge Theme: Emboss

I used the floral spray from the Botanical Bliss stamp set for the embossing.This is a lovely sprig which can be used in a variety of ways. I added colour over this with sponge daubers to create an Emboss Resist Technique and I love the blend of colours this has created over the embossing. This was then mounted onto Silver Foil which made the embossed panel pop. Underneath this I added a piece of the new 12’x12′ Perennial Essence Vellum cardstock which comes in So Saffron, Petal Pink and Old Olive. The vellum is a lovely thicker texture and very easy to use on projects as it’s not flimsy.

I used one of the sentiments from the Floral Essence stamp and pleated the organdy ribbon underneath using Tear & Tape to secure it. This created a lovely soft texture on the card. 

Check out all the other designs for these challenges by visiting Sunday Stamps and Inspire Create Challenges.


Product List

Heat Tool

$50.00

Bird Ballad Scalloped Note Card Set

I’ve got a note card set for you today using a lovely set of Scalloped Note Cards and Envelopes from the new cataloue.

Both the envelopes and note cards have a dainty scalloped edging and there are 5 each of Balmy Blue, Old Olive, Light Pink and Terracotta Tile. This gives you 20 note cards and envelopes for $14.00 which makes it .70 cents a set. 

Decorating these were easy with the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper. The colours were just perfect for these note cards. I used the same simple layout on all the cards. 

The other day I spent a bit of time fussy cutting several images from these papers. I mixed and matched the birds with my cards today. 

Create a set of handmade cards with bird

I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits to die cut my frames. For the bottom layer I first tried Basic Black but felt that was too harsh so opted for Basic Gray and liked this much better as it was a softer look.

First card is Old Olive and I’ve added the lovely floral paper on the base. 

This is the Light Pink card and for my die cut square I used Petal Pink which coordinated with the paper I had used for the background. Are you loving the designs on the paper as much as I am?

Terracotta Tile card base but I did my die cut square in Calypso Coral. Can you tell? Someone didn’t read the back of the pack very well!

A Balmy Blue card with a pretty blue bird to match. 

The Gingham Gala sequins came in just the right colours to embellish these 4 cards. Stampin’ Up! are spot on for coordination. I used the Itty Bitty Birthdays and Detailed with Love (retired but I had missed moving it out of my currents) stamp sets for the sentiments to cover a variety of occasions. 

Stampin' Up! Scalloped Note Cards 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue

All products used to create these quick cards are listed below, where you can shop at my online store or contact me to place an order. 


Product List

Simplicity with Beauty Abounds Stamp Set

The Beauty Abounds stamp set and dies are a set i just received a few weeks back. I had been holding back on ordering this but when I saw it was carrying over to the new catalogue I just had to get it. I was so surprised at the amount of dies you get in this set. There are LOTS of dies and LOTS of butterflies. Yes, it does show it in the catalogue but seeing it is so different when you get it. There are 20 dies in this set.

This is the first card I created with it and I kept the layout very simple. My colour palette includes one of the new In-Colours – Seaside Spray which is a lovely soothing colour. It’s a beautiful combination with Mint Macaron.

The Stamparatus is very useful when stamping the Bokeh Dots or any other type of background stamp as it gives you an opportunity to re-stamp if necessary.  I stamped 2 pieces of the same size cardstock with the Bokeh Dots.

Create a handmade card with butterflies and the Stamparatus using Stampin Up products, Beauty Abounds Stamp Set

I used the Stamparatus again to stamp the floral spray directly over one of the pieces of cardstock with the Bokeh Dots. Then I die cut the frame and placed it over the second piece of cardstock with the Bokeh Dots and placed it on the Stamparatus. This was held together with the magnet. The floral spray was stamped over this. This ensures the frame is clearly stamped. Then it was a matter of aligning the 2 pieces so the stamped images matched. This created a cleaner stamped image than trying to stamp over 2 pieces of cardstock.

To keep the frame simple, I have stamped the sentiment in Seaside Spray in the centre. The Faced Gem has been coloured in with a Stampin’ Blend to coordinate with my card. Have you seen the new colours that have been added to our Stampin’ Blends collection? You can shop the entire collection HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.


Product List

Stamparatus

$85.00

2019-2020 Annual Catalogue Paper Share

Have you had a look at the amazing new catalogue?  Stampin’ Up! continue to offer us a great range of paper crafting products and their beautiful range of Designer Series Paper caters for every occasion.

This year, for the first time, I’m offering you the complete range of DSP through a paper share offering. Participating in a paper share allows you to enjoy the range of beautiful papers without having to spend money on purchasing entire packs of them. I divide the paper (generally 4 shares) and the cost is split accordingly. You can however choose to buy any full pack of Designer Series Paper as well (they are stunning).

The pictured items are the first 12 items of the paper share which are the 12’x12′ DSP packs. 

2019-2020 Paper Share Image

Full details of the paper share can be found HERE.

Each pack will receive: 

72 pieces of 6’x12’ pieces of Designer Series Paper
100 sheets of 6’x6’ Designer Series Paper

Cost per Pack

$115

Orders need to be placed by 30th June so I can finalize the paper shares.

Bird Ballad Class – Saturday 8th June

Cardmaking Class, Blind Bight, Mornington Peninsula, Craft Class, Stampin; Up! products

Join me for a fun filled afternoon creating 3 cards with the lovely Bird Ballad bundle from the brand new Annual Catalogue. You are going to love all the products in this suite.  We will also get to play with some new In-Colours.

I demonstrate in my classes and work with you step-by-step so everyone can work together, learn new techniques and have lots of fun doing so. Meet new friends and why not bring along a friend as well?

Please RSVP by Friday 7th June so I can prepare kits. 

Class cost of $15 includes all supplies to make 3 cards including 1 laser cut card

 

esad 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek Blog Hop

Hi Friends,

Thank you for stopping by my blog – Stamping Flair. Today I’m participating in a Blog Hop with my fellow demonstrator friends from the Facebook group ESAD.  It’s great that you are able to join in the anticipation and excitement of the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue which launches 4th June by taking a look at a variety of beautiful projects featured in this Blog Hop. 

What is ESAD, ESAD Blog Hop

You will find lots of inspiration in the projects that are shared. Make sure you visit each one and check them out.  I’m certain that you will fall in love with the suites and individual products featured and then have a very long wish list just like I have! 

I have chosen to feature the Bird Ballad suite which is from Pages 90 to 92 of the Annual Catalogue. I have also highlighted one of the new In-Colours which is my favourite. Can you guess which one it is? 

Take a look at my blog header for a clue!

Yes…you’re right – It’s none other than Rococo Rose. I just had to!

There are a number of products that coordinate to form the Bird Ballad Suite.

Products in the Bird Ballad Suite

  • Free as a Bird stamp set (Item No. 149468)
  • Stitched Nested Labels Dies (Item No. 149592)
  • Bird Ballad Laser Cut Cards & Tin (Item No. 149595)
  • Scalloped Lace Trim (Item No. 149593)
  • Bird Ballad Trinkets (Item No.149594)

Buying the stamp set and dies as a bundle saves you 10%. Look for the 10% off sign in the catalogue to save on bundle purchases. Bird Ballad Bundle Item No. 151123.

Simplified Ordering

A new feature in this catalogue is that you can order a complete set of products in a suite using just ONE product number.  So, for instance, when you  just NEED the the Bird Ballad suite (wink, wink) you won’t have to enter 6 different item numbers. You just enter the one Item No. 152190, making it easy to get everything you want in one simple step. This type of simplified ordering is featured throughout the entire catalogue so keep a look out for it. 

Double Embossed Card

Nesting dies in general are a favourite tool of mine and I can see these Nested Label Dies getting a lot of use by me. There are 9 dies in the set. With the stitched edging it gives a lovely finish to the label.

I have used these dies in a few ways on this card. First I have used it to partially emboss the cardstock, then I used it to emboss the outline of the die into the cardstock and lastly to create a frame. 

Partial Embossing

To prepare the shims I used the cardstock that backs some of our Designer Series Paper packs. You will need 3 pieces of cardstock at 14.8 x 10.5 cm which is the size of the card base.

A. Align the die according to which part of your card stock you don’t want embossed. In this case, I wanted the empty space in the centre so I set my die and secured it with washi tape. I ran it quite a few times through my die cutting machine. However, as it was so thick it didn’t cut through but it left a deep indentation which made it easy to cut through with my paper snips. Just cut from the edge of your cardstock and then round the shape (this won’t affect the process).

B. Prepare another 2 pieces like this. Instead of running through the die cutting machine this time, I used the first piece as a template.

Partial Embossing Technique Steps

C. Attach the 3 pieces together with a couple of strips of washi tape.

D. Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock at 14.4cm x 10.1cm. Using your die as a template, pencil in the shape on the cardstock.

Partial Embossing Sandwich for Big Shot

The number of shims (cardstock) will vary according to the thickness of your embossing folder. This is what I used for the Layered Leaves embossing folder which is a thicker style folder. 

  • Big Shot Platform
  • Embossing Folder with Whisper White cardstock inside
  • Shims on top of closed embossing folder. The opening should line up with the drawn label on the Whisper White cardstock
  • Blue silicone sheet

Run this through the Big Shot and you will have an embossed outer section with a blank centre. Next I used the same die to create an embossed outline for the centre using Embossing Mats. 

Using 2 smaller dies I die cut a frame from Rococo Rose cardstock. Doesn’t that stitching look lovely?

Die Cut frame from Nested Labels Dies, Handmade bird card

 

Now for my centrepiece – those beautiful birds. I stamped them on Shimmery White cardstock in Stazon ink.  Watercolouring this image was what I had in mind but I had done the unthinkable and ordered ink pads without refills so I found a work around. I inked up some Clear Blocks with Rococo Rose, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay and used the ink on them to watercolour the birds with an Aqua Painter. Sometimes this can give a little bit more control over the colours as it’s not so strong as ink refills.

Birds coloured with aqua brushes using ink, Free as a Bird stamp set, Stampin' Up!

I stamped 3 lots of these birds so I could layer them for depth. The other colours I used for the rest of the image were Mossy Meadow, Terracotta Tile and Early Espresso.

To add a dash of colour to the partially embossed cardstock. I lightly watercoloured some Bermuda Bay in the centre. Then I inked up Clear Block A with Daffodil Delight, stamped off and then lightly stamped over the Bermuda Bay. This created a subtle background for the birds.

The sentiment has been stamped on Sahara Sand cardstock and embellished with the lovely Bird Ballad trinkets. These have a lovely vintage feel to them and look really cute. Here I’ve added a cluster to work in with the rest of the foliage. 

Vintage Bird Ballad elements to decorate handmade card

Laser Cut Card

My second project uses the laser cut cards which come in a beautiful Petal Pink keepsake tin. You get 12 laser cut cards with envelopes in this tin.

ESAD Blog Hop, Bird Ballad Laser Cut cards,, Handmade card

I stamped a smaller piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with So Saffron and Coastal Cabana Ink using the Artisan Textures stamp set. Then I adhered this to the back of the laser cut panel which gave a lovely background.

Stamped subtle background with Artisan Textures stamp set

 
I have used several of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper on this card. They are great for fussy cutting, as I have done here.
 
Handmade cut with fussy cut birds
 
I stamped the Artisan Textures stamp (off stamped a couple of times to lighten it) in Coastal Cabana on Whisper White cardstock. Then I stamped the leaves in Coastal Cabana and die cut the circle. A frame was die cut from Coastal Cabana cardstock using 2 smaller circles to bring out the colour more without overpowering the image. 

The sentiment has been heat embossed in white and layered on some white Flax ribbon and the new Woven Threads ribbon. When the stitches are cut on this, it creates tassels and looks really cute. 

2019-2020 Stampin Up Annual Catalogue, Bird Ballad, Free as a Bird stamp set

If you would like to have a copy of the new catalogue, please get in touch with me and I’d be glad to send one out to you.

Enjoy hopping your way through all the blogs and I hope it inspires you to get creating with these new products.

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Blog hop participant list:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Rochelle Blok
  3. Kelly Kent
  4. Jo Stubbings
  5. Nicole Wilson
  6. Denise Buetler
  7. Sandra Mastello
  8. Rochelle Laird-SmithYou are here
  9. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  10. Shannon Kissane
  11. Libby Dyson
  12. Jo Weedon
  13. Peta Stephen
  14. Carly Middleton
  15. Lisa Whitehead
  16. Bronwyn Eastley
  17. Cathy Pinchbeck
  18. Monique Fielder
  19. Rebecca Scurr
  20. Richelle Fletcher
  21. Jackie Noble
  22. Mandy Depiazzi
  23. Sharon Dalton
  24. Maree McIntosh
  25. Samantha White

 

Product List for 1st Card – Bird Ballad Suite plus the following

Product List for 2nd Card – Bird Ballad suite plus the following