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aWow Blog Hop – Favourite Colouring Tools

Hi friend, 

Welcome to our second Around the World on Wednesday (aWOW for short) Blog Hop. I’m so glad that you are here. If you missed our first blog hop, you can see it here

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Our theme this month is All Things Crafty, with a focus on our favourite colouring tools. From colouring mediums such as Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Write Markers, watercolour pencils,  inks, ink refills and tools such as Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, Sponges to types of paper – it was always going to be a hard choice. 

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of watercolouring using my aqua painters and ink refills and I played around with that idea in my head, while Stampin’ Blends was up there too. Finally, brayering won out as I hadn’t done it in a while and I love the shaded effect that can be achieved with it. I have been inspired by a layout I saw in the new catalogue (Pg 33). Oh, I am teasing you aren’t I? Not long to go, just a few weeks. 

Handmade card with Kayak, canoe with By the Dock stamp set, Stampin' Up!

For my card base, I used the Magnolia Lane Memories & More Cards & Envelopes. These have an elegant silver rectangle on the front which fit the Memories & More cards but for my card today, I have no evidence of silver – just earthy!

I started off by taking a 16cm x 11cm piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamping the leaves in Versamark ink. Then I heat embossed this in Copper embossing powder. I then used a sponge brayer to add So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Terracotta Tile and Cajun Craze – working on the long edge. Taking a piece of tissue I rubbed back the colour off the leaves to bring out the copper. The entire panel was then embosssed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.

I cut this into panels of various sizes to create an interesting background. Cut panels should be 13.8cm x 8.8cm once completed. Using a sponge dauber, I went over the embossing with Terracotta Tile on certain strips to bring out the wood look. 

Create an interesting background with strips of embossed cardstock

I loved the background and felt it was just perfect for a masculine card. By the Dock bundle seemed to fit with it’s nature theme. I’ve also used the dies from Catch of the Day. Both of these bundles, are great for making men’s cards or for anyone who enjoys some fishing and canoeing. 

Stampin' Up! Catch of the Day stamp set with canoe

The circle has been partially embossed with the High Seas embossing folder. Then I used a sponge dauber to add some Bermuda Bay over the water. Sponge daubers are one of my favourite tools as they blend colours so easily. They are great for adding colour to edges to give a distressed look to images, you can also use them for quick colouring-in and because they are designed to slip over your finger,  they are easy to control. Some additional die cut pieces and a kayak coloured in with Stampin’ Blends completes the focal image of this card. 

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You are currently visiting Rochelle Laird-Smith in Australia. Thank you for stopping by my part of the world and I hope this inspires you to try out brayering and sponging, if you haven’t done so before. All the products I have used and measurements are listed at the bottom of this post so I hope you give this card a try at home. By the Dock bundle, Catch of the Day bundle, Label me Bold stamp set, High seas Embossing Folder, Copper embossing powder and trim are all retiring. Last Chance Products are available while supplies last so if there’s any products that you want, don’t delay.

Next on our hop is lovely Cazz Boylan. Click on the ‘Next Blog’ button to see her beautiful project and follow the hop right through for lots of colouring inspiration. As you follow our hop, we would love for you to leave us a comment as we love hearing from you.

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Tatiana Tobin – AU

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Cazz Boylan – AU

Cheryll Miller – AU

Satomi Wellard – JA

Melissa Gifford – AU

Danielle Kassing – NL

Manuela Geiswinkler – AT

Ximena Morales – DE

Aurélie Fabre – FR

Emma Goddard, Special Guest – UK

Mikaela Titheridge – UK

Tina Zinck – CA

Annette Ball – CA

Angie McKenzie – US

Mary Deatherage – US

Shel Anderson – CA

Chris Smith – US

Brenda Nelson – CA

Tricia Butts – US

Elaine de Montmorency – CA

Sharon Burkert – US

Teri West – US

Cheryl Hamilton – US

If you live in Australia and don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would value the opportunity to share your creative journey with you. 

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  • Cajun Craze – 14.8cm x 9.8cm
  • Early Espresso – 14.2cm x 9.2cm, 6.5cm x 6.5cm (circle), scrap (sentiment)
  • Old Olive -8cm x 10cm
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Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop – All Things Crafty

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Hi friends,

Welcome to my blog, Stamping Flair. My name’s Rochelle Laird-Smith and I what a thrill it is for me to be participating in our inaugural, Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop. Thank you to the lovely Angie McKenzie for inviting me to join in.  

We are a group of 25 Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from various parts of the globe, representative of all the Stampin’ Up! markets around the world. I am so honoured to be among all these beautiful, super talented ladies. We will be here to inspire you every 2nd Wednesday of each month. You are in for a treat.

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A little about me

I live in the coastal town of Blind Bight in Victoria, Australia with my partner, Adrian and my 16 (nearly 17) year old daughter, Cassidy. It’s a small town with a population of about 1300. I’ve just celebrated my 5th anniversary with Stampin’ Up! and just love everything I get to experience through crafting – creating, making friends, teaching – it’s amazing. In my day job, I work in administration in a school. Currently on school holidays, I get to craft even more. It’s the best. 

Create a French Country inspired handmade card

Our theme for this month is All Things Crafty with a focus on ‘Must Haves’ for our creativity. Must haves can be tools, colours, paper. They could also be other things like whatever you need to get you in a creative frame of mind – mood, scenery, seasons, styles  My card today shows you my ‘Must Have’ tools and styles which I love. 

I love the country side, country decor, cows and chooks and I loved the French Countryside stamp set when I saw it in the Mini Catalogue. It hadn’t been inked up yet, so a brand new hop was the time to use it. Soft shades of pink are my favourite and I love it so much my home is decorated with accents of it as well. My card began to take shape around these themes. 

Stampin' Up! French Countryside stamp set coloured with Watercolours

Paper Trimmer

My main ‘must have’ tool in my crafting essentials is a Paper Trimmer. Without it, there would be no card base – not a straight one anyway! Also, an essential for all the layers which I love to add on all my cards.  

Adding layers can bring out colours more, add more interest, sometimes adding a contrasting layer can really make an image stand out. I also love to layer my ribbons as I have done on this card. I started off by add the soft, Polka Dotted Tulle Ribbon followed by the Braided Linen Trim.

 

Add layers to greeting cards for extra interest using Stampin' Up! paper trimmer

My flower cart was stamped on Shimmery White cardstock. I inked up the ‘splodgy’ stamp from the Label me Bold stamp set and then went over it with an aqua painter. Then I stamped the image. Aqua Painters and Shimmery White cardstock are some of my faves too. I used this same technique with the line style stamp to stamp Sahara Sand on the base. Once this was dry, then I stamped the flower cart in Early Espresso ink. Don’t you love the quaint look of this image. It reminds me a little bit of My Fair Lady. 

Create a 3D paper frame using multiple layers of cardstock

The oval frame was die cut 4 times and adhered together to create a 3D frame for the stamped image.

How to create 3D paper flowers

How to create 3D Paper Flowers (easy)

  • Punch out 4 scalloped circles
  • Lay them on top of each other
  • Spritz them with water
  • Scrunch them up 
  • Leave to dry
  • Separate them 
  • Glue on top of each other with liquid glue
  • Shape into flower shape 

I added some Rococo Rose with a sponge dauber to take the starkness off the edges.

Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper flowers

Leaves

For the leaves, I watercoloured some Shimmery White cardstock with Crumb Cake ink refill. Then I stamped it with the Very Versailles script stamp while it was still a bit damp. I stamped off the leaves in Early Espresso before stamping over the script image. Crumb Cake cardstock leaves were embossed with the Corrugated embossing folder to add more texture. To create a two-tone effect, the Mint Macaron leaves were edged with Old Olive ink.

 

How to shorten a label die cut to fit any sentiment

Thank you so much for stopping by. All measurements and products used on my project are listed at the bottom of this post. Next on our hop is the lovely Cheryll Miller. I can’t wait to see what inspires everyone. Make sure you visit all of the participant blogs and leave us your comments as we love hearing from you. Enjoy your trip Around the World.

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Angela Meiritz-Reid  – NZ

Tatiana Tobin – AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith – AUyou are here

Cheryll Miller – AU

Satomi Wellard – JA

Melissa Gifford – AU

Danielle Kassing – NL

Manuela Geiswinkler – AT

Ximena Morales – DE

Aurélie Fabre – FR

Mikaela Titheridge – UK

Tina Zinck – CA

Annette Ball – CA

Angie McKenzie – US

Mary Deatherage – US

Shel Anderson – CA

Chris Smith – US

Anne Marie Hile – US

Brenda Nelson – CA

Tricia Butts – US

Elaine de Montmorency – CA

Sharon Burkert – US

Teri West – US

Cheryl Hamilton – US

If you live in Australia and don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would value the opportunity to assist you. Please contact me at rochelle@stampingflair.com or Ph: 0404 255 001.

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Measurements

  • Whisper White Thick – 25cm x 12.5cm (folded in half)
  • Blushing Bride – 12.1cm x 12.1cm, 9.5cm x 7cm (4 pieces for frame), 5cm x 3.5cm (label)
  • Whisper White – 11.7cm x 6.5cm, 4.5cm x 3cm
  • Crrumb Cake – 12.1cm x 6.5cm (emboss and then trim to size – embossing folder shortens it), scrap (leaves)
  • Shimmery White – 9.5cm x 7cm
  • Mint Macaron – Scrap (leaves)
  • In-Colour DSP – 14cm x 2.5cm
  • Best Dressed DSP – scrap (flowers)

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