Crafty Challenge Blog Hop – By the Bay Sympathy Card

Hello and welcome to the Crafty Collaborations Crafty Challenge Blog Hop. Today’s challenge is a dice throw and we had to use each of the sides facing up.

I combined this with a Colour Palette challenge I have weekly on my FB page. This colour palette had Tahitian Tide which is an In-Color for just one more day. It retires at the end of today. I felt all the elements would blend well to create a beautiful sympathy card.

The bird was coloured in Watercolour Pencils and added to a tag die cut from the Tailor Made Tags. These dies are retiring and are one of my must-have dies. They are so handy to have whether you create tags or use it as part of another project. .

I used a blender pen to colour in the bottom of the die cut shells from the Seaside Bay dies with Tahitian Tide ink. As for the other colour that came through on the shell – I think there may have been some residue of another ink on my Blender Pen. It worked out well and I love the shading. To colour in the top part of the shell, I inked up the large crab with Tahitian Tide ink and stamped the body over the shell. This gave the shell a mottled appearance.

Some Tahitian Tide In-Color Pearls were added to embellish my card. I like the soft colours of this card with the white space around which brings a sense of calm and works well for a sympathy card.

I hope you have been inspired by this card and I encourage you to create something with this dice throw. Please follow our hop through for more inspiration.


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2023 Summer Retreat in a Box

Registration is open for my Summer Craft Retreat. You will get a pack of goodies and kits to make 8 Make & Take projects from the comfort of your home with a beach theme using the By the Bay bundle. You will enjoy creating these projects with these beautiful new products.

Your kit will include a Show Bag filled with products valued at over $60 and pillow gifts plus the 8 Make & Take kits. You will receive all the Cardstock and additional die cut pieces which I prepare for you. All the cards are packed and labelled so you can get crafting right away.Every project will include a PDF and video tutorial for you to craft along with.

You can have the retreat WHEN YOU WANT

You will be able to work on the projects at your leisure

PDF and video tutorials included for all projects

Be spoiled with Pillow Gifts

Kits can be posted Australia wide. PDF tutorial is available worldwide.


  • Showbag with over $60 of product
  • 8 Make & Takes
  • All required Cardstock die cut and prepped
  • Pillow gifts
  • PDF Tutorial
  • Video Tutorial


Retreat $135


Retreat + Seaside Bay Bundle + Go to Greetings stamp set $270
*You will also get your choice of 2 x Tier 1 Sale-A-Bration Rewards OR 1 x Tier 2 Sale-A-Bration Reward when you select this option

(you can swap out the bundle and stamp set for any other item of equal value if you wish)




During January and February Stampin’ Up! have a fabulous sale on called Sale-A-Bration. For every $90 you order in product, you get to select a free product from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. All products in this catalogue are free earn only. They can’t be bought. You can earn free products with your add ons during our retreat.

Option 2 will earn Sale-A-Bration Rewards. Add on any other products to your class and every $90 increment will add on another Sale-A-Bration reward.


My Gifted Stars Team Members will be able to attend this event at a discounted rate.


The Make and Takes will feature the brand new Seaside Bay bundle. You will get lots of ideas during our retreat for ways to use it. The By the Bay suite was the first item I purchased from the new catalogue – I just love it so much. The coordinating Designer Series Paper has gold and pearl foil through and is so pretty.

Below is a list of products required to complete this class as I have designed. You can substitute these products with anything you already own or order these through me if you wish to complete the class as per my designed samples.

  • Seaside Bay Bundle
  • Go to Greetings Stamp Set
  • Night of Navy Ink Pad
  • Balmy Blue Ink Pad
  • Coastal Cabana Ink Pad
  • Petal Pink Ink Pad
  • Crumb Cake Ink Pad
  • Blending Brushes
  • Basic Papercrafting Tools
  • Water Painters
  • Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine


Add on this class for even more creative goodness. Create 4 cards filled with country charm using the Sweetest Cherries bundle. Class includes over $40 of product and a PDF tutorial.

Products required to complete the Add on Class

  • Sweetest Cherries Bundle
  • Sweet Sorbet Ink Pad
  • Mint Macaron Ink Pad
  • Balmy Blue Ink Pad
  • Petal Pink Ink Pad
  • Crumb Cake Ink Pad



Please note you will require some Basic Papercrafting Tools to complete this retreat at home. You will also need a Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine for die cutting. As per Stampin’ Up! policy, stamped images aren’t included in any kits.


Make payment by 23rd January
and receive a free sampler of 24 sheets of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper


Kits will be sent via tracked postage by 15th February (unless there are any postal or product delays)

PDF and video tutorials will be sent out 15th February

Please direct any enquiries to Rochelle on Ph: 0404 255 001 or Email: rochelle@stampingflair.com


Orders can be placed online or by contacting me

Contact Rochelle Ph: 0404 255 001 or email: rochelle@stampingflair.com


Shop with me and receive a handmade card and a sample pack of goodies. Orders over $90 will qualify for a free tutorial bundle for the month.

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From 5th January – 28th February the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit gives you 3 options to select from and also gives you $80 more product than the standard Starter Kit. Find out more about this amazing offer HERE.

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aWow Blog Hop – Something New, Something Used

Hello and welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday final blog hop for 2022. As the year comes to a close and we embark on a new year, our theme of Something New, Something Old is very fitting. We’re especially focusing on something we haven’t used in our stash.

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Now, I do have stamp sets from our Annual catalogue which are yet to be inked up but I couldn’t go past using something from the upcoming January – April Catalogue for my new product. The By the Bay suite had me as I opened the catalogue. I have a fondness for all sets that are beachy and this suite was the first product I purchased from this catalogue.

The By the Bay Specialty Designer Series Paper provides my background and it is just stunning with it’s Gold and Pearl Foil detail.

The Basic Borders Dies create the waves. I die cut 2 sets – one in Basic White and one in Coastal Cabana which I blended with Night of Navy ink.

A sentiment heat embossed in Gold on Vellum adds softness to this card without detracting from the pretty paper.

I hope you have enjoyed this card using a sneak peek from the new catalogue and that it inspires you to use a yet-to-be-used product on your next creation.

You will be able to order the products from the By the Bay suite starting 5th January or you can add it to a Starter Kit today.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting me in Melbourne. Next on our trip Around the World is the wonderfully talented Cheryll Miller.

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Shop with me and receive a handmade card and a sample pack of goodies. Orders over $90 will qualify for a free tutorial bundle for the month.

Please use Host Code for all orders under $250. If your order is over $250 then don’t use the Host Code as you will get your own Stampin’ Rewards.


If your order is over $250, you may like to check out the benefits of the Starter Kit. For just $169 you get to choose $235 of product and have it shipped free to you.

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Vintage-Look Seaside Card

The By the Bay stamp set has got to be one of my favourite items from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue. I love the serene images and that house overlooking the water looks so peaceful.

First glance at this stamp set can be a little bit daunting. Well, it was for me anyway because all I could see was colouring. I love colouring and have enjoyed colouring in these images. However, I really wanted to find another way of using it which took less time but still achieved a great result. So this is how today’s card came about. 

I stamped the image in Early Espresso ink and distressed the edges with a sponge dauber using Crumb Cake and Early Espresso. This created the vintage feel to the image. Tearing the edges of the Designer Series Paper also gives the aged look. To achieve this in a fairly straight line, hold your left index finger close to the edge of the paper while ripping it with your right hand. This guides the direction of the paper somewhat.  

Handmade vintage style seaside card with Stampin' Up! Saleabration stamp set By the Bay

I stamped the shell, coloured it with the Caypso Coral watercolour pencil and fussy cut it before attaching it with liquid glue. This just adds a nice touch of colour along with the Coastal Cabana doily. 

The sentiment was embossed with White Embossing Powder on Early Espresso cardstock and gives a bit of the beach feel with the linen thread that I’ve used to ‘hang’ it. 

You’ve still got a few days left to get this stamp set FREE during Sale-A-Bration. If you’re not sure what this is all about – ask me for details. 

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Step-it-Up Sunday #43 By the Bay

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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. 


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. 


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. 


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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