Love your Stampin’ Up! Colours Challenge

Freshly Made Sketches FMS492

Inspiration can come from many places and my card today has a couple of sources which inspired it’s design.

The sketch has been interpreted from this sketch FMS492 by Cécile Ribon at Freshly Made Sketches.

My colour scheme came about as a result of the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team’s ‘Love your Stampin’ Up! Colors’ challenge. ADT members have been creating projects using their least used Stampin’ Up! colour they are challenging us to do the same.

The colour that spends most time on my shelf is Merry Merlot. Did you know that Merry Merlot is one of our Neutrals? So it’s quite unusual for this girl whose favourite palette is the Neutrals range, to neglect Merry Merlot.

Love your Stampin' Up! Colours, Love your Stampin' Up! colors

I started by picking the Beauty of the Earth DSP which has Merry Merlot in it. The plant was fussy cut from Bloom Where You’re Planted DSP which had another of the colours I don’t use that much – Garden Green.

To keep the layout of the diagonal feature across the centre on the sketch, I stamped the Stacked Stone background stamp over 2 masks of ripped paper. This created the uneven edge.

Love your Stampin' Up! Colours, Love your Stampin' Up! colors, FMS492, Freshly Made Sketches, Beauty of the Earth DSP, Bloom Where You're Planted DSP, Hello, Square card sketch, card layout, Artisan Design Team Challenge

The Designer Series Paper featured today are on sale at 15% off. Shop the sale here. Click on any of the images below to be taken to my online store to place your order. Alternately, please contact me on Ph: 0404 255 001 or email rochelle@stampingflair.com with your selection. Your order will be posted directly to you.

All orders placed receive a handmade card and gift from me.

Please use Host Code AYEKXRJH

If your order is over $250 then don’t use the Host Code as you will receive Stampin’ Rewards which means you can select free products! You will also get the handmade card and gift.

Love Stampin’ Up! products and have a big Wish List? Our Starter Kit is the best deal in the catalogue. For only $169 you can select $235 of product. That’s $66 of FREE PRODUCT and you don’t have to pay postage so an additional 5% savings.

Product List

Creating Texture on Designer Series Paper

Did you know we have an amazing sale on right now? Many of our Designer Series Paper is 15% off and this is the perfect time for you to stock up on these beautiful double sided papers.

The Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper has some beautiful images that can be cut out using the coordinating dies as well as some lovely background patterns. This week my featured product has been our Decorative Masks. There is so much you can do with them and I especially love how when combined with Embossing Paste, the texture it creates.

I tinted the Embossing Paste with So Saffron ink refill. Working on a Silicon Craft Sheet makes the clean up process a lot easier. This particular mask has 4 different images which remind me of doilies. I really like the delicate look of them.

Die cutting the flowers and leaves from the Designer Series Paper gives you already coloured images which are ready to just add to your card. You can get this paper for just $17 for 12 sheets of 12″x12″.

Join Card Club for more ideas using the Pansy Petals DSP. Plus get Club Perks.

Product List

Fun Ways with Designer Series Paper – Part 1

Welcome to a short series I’m running on some fun ways to to get the best use of your Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper. During my Fun Ways with Designer Series Paper series I’m going to share with you a few basics that help me when it comes to using up my beautiful Designer Series Paper or DSP as it’s known for short.

Cut it

It may seem the obvious thing to do but just glance at your paper shelves or drawers. If you are anything like me, you may be holding onto special paper for a special project. I see you nodding your head!

Every catalogue, Stampin’ Up! brings the most beautiful Designer Series Paper in the papercraft world. Now, we all just LOVE patterned paper so we just NEED to have it. So, don’t hoard that paper because there is plenty more where that came from and you know what? When you use that special paper on a card and give it to someone, you make that person really happy.

The main tool you require for this will be a Paper Trimmer in order to get straight and accurate cuts. This is a must have tool in your craft room and it will serve you well.

Paper Trimmer

I generally cut half a pack of 12″x12″ DSP into 9.9cm x 14.2cm pieces. This is my Basic Cut 1. Once the DSP is cut, then it’s more convenient and ready to use on your cards. I leave the rest as full sheets which allows for 3D or scrapbook projects or larger cards. There are a few basic measurements that I follow but for today I’ll be sharing 2 with you.

Basic card measurement for an A6 card (half of an A4 sheet which is then folded in half)
21cm x 14.8cm scored in half (opens to the side) or 10.5cm x 29.6cm scored in half (opens upwards)

9.9cm x 14.2cm DSP

Here I’ve used the Snowflake Wonder Designer Series Paper on my base. Then I’ve added another piece of DSP layered onto cardstock which I’ve added the deer onto. The doily was coloured in with the Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend to coordinate with the rest of my card.

9.3cm x 13.6cm DSP
9.9cm x 14.2cm matte layer (cardstock)

When you have beautiful paper, you don’t need to do much to your card. This is the Magic in this Night Designer Series Paper which you can find on Page 62 of your catalogue. Teamed up with a Halloween suite, it’s quite easy to miss the magic of this paper, This paper has elegant black roses and spider webs that actually look like crocheted doilies.

Once you have your main layers cut, then you can start cutting them down and moving them around. This piece of ‘Tis the Season Designer Series Paper is 13.6cm x 9.3cm. I then cut it at the 5cm mark on the short side, reversing one side to show both sides of the beautiful paper. That beautiful Shaded Spruce ribbon covers the join of the paper. I edged the postage stamp with the Dark Cherry Cobble Stampin’ Blend to form a border around it.

This card uses Heartwarming Hug Designer Series Paper which has been cut at the 5cm mark on the long side. Once again, some ribbon covers the join. I’ve used the ‘Direct to Stamp’ Technique with my Stampin’ Write Markers to create the tag. You can colour directly on the stamp with these markers and then breathe on it to activate the ink. Stamp as usual and this gives you a beautiful coloured image.

I hope this inspires you to get a trimmer and start cutting your papers. If you would like more inspiration, make sure you sign up to my newsletter. This week’s issue will have 4 tutorials for you to use with Designer Series Paper giving you some alternative cards to the ones I shared with you today.

Two simple measurements but so many ways to use them. I hope you give it a try and please leave me a comment if you find this helpful or if you have any questions. All the DSP I have shown you today are on sale during our October DSP sale. There’s a total of 15 papers in the range which you will want to stock up on as there are so many beautiful designs in them.

All orders placed receive a handmade card and PDF tutorial for the month. Orders over $90 also qualify for a Sale-A-Bration reward until 16th March.

All orders receive a handmade card and PDF tutorial. Orders over $90 receive a Tutorial Bundle for the month with 36 tutorials.

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 exceeds $169 then our Starter Kit gives you your choice of $235 worth of products for only $169 with free shipping and an ongoing 20-25% discount.


Orders can be placed online or by contacting me on Ph: 0404 255 001 or email: rochelle@stampingflair.com

Orders can be placed online or by contacting me on Ph: 0404 255 001 or Email: rochelle@stampingflair.com

Product List

Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Sale

We all love Designer Series Paper (DSP) and there is no limit to what you can create wih it. Stampin’ Up! are having a fabulous sale on a selected range of Designer Papers, including 1 specialty paper from 4-30 September. 

Buy 3 get 1 free paper sale

You can create any combination you like and buy as many lots as you like. For example –

  • Order 3 different designs of $20 DSP and choose the $25 Specialty DSP as your free product. Pay $60 for $85 of product. 
  • Order 3 different designs of $20 DSP and you can choose another $20 DSP. Pay $60 for $80 of product

You can select 2 of the same design if you like. Combinations are endless. Buy some for Christmas presents. 

What are you going to do with all this beautiful paper?

Here are some projects by the Stampin’ Up! team.

Make lots of cards. In this card, the leaves have been stamped onto the Perennial Essence DSP and I love the pleated DSP which adds a lovely touch.

Create some home decor – This pretty wreath uses the See a Silhouette DSP. The autumn leaves are gorgeous in a rainbow of colours. 

Home Decor wreath made out of DSP

Gift Packaging – How cute is this gift box made with the Magnolia Lane DSP?

Gift Box, Magnolia Lane

Click HERE to view the entire range of Designer Series Paper. 

Current Host Code: 3B72E4AJ

All orders placed receive a handmade card and orders over $50 will receive a $10 gift voucher from me (1 per month).

Use host code for orders under $250. Orders that are over $250 are entitled to your own Stampin’ Rewards as well as my handmade card and gift voucher.

Please leave me feedback or contact me with any queries. I would love the opportunity to help you along your crafting journey.




Spotlight on Designer Series Paper #tgifc196

Designer Series Paper – we all love it. We can never have enough of it. We love it so much we hoard it sometimes. Isn’t it hard when Stampin’ Up! bring out a whole new and fabulous selection of Designer Series Paper for us to drool over each time a new catalogue comes by? So many choices.  I did a bit of a clear out on the holidays (as us craft-a-holics do) and the amount of brand new, unopened packages of paper I found …. oh my! I really need to stop. Or should I say – I really need help!

This week’s TGIF Challenge is all about showcasing pretty patterned paper. My difficulty was choosing which ones I wanted to use.  So I began by choosing the stamp set first. This was a little bit easier as I wanted to ink up a set I hadn’t used as yet. I chose So Hoppy Together with the little frogs.

I’ve seen several cute and creative projects made with this stamp set. However, I do confess, I have an aversion to frogs so it was kind of translating into my stamping life and I was having a bit of trouble being creative with this set. So it was really good to be able to mix it with the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper to come up with this card. 


As this challenge was to showcase paper, I incorporated it in various ways and even added an accent piece with a circle punch. I also included a strip of Tropical escape DSP, stamped it with some dots from Amazing Life stamp set in Lovely Lipstick and then punched the edges with the Everyday Label Punch.

The sentiment is from the new Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set which has some great sentiments for the inside of cards as well. The Lilypad Lake bundle gave me the perfect lilypad for my frog to sit on. Colouring in these images were fun and Stampin’ Blends allow you to add shading very easily and quickly.

Colours used:

Adding strips of DSP to decorate the inside of your card and envelope give a lovely coordinated look and is another way of using and showing those beautiful papers you have on your shelves or in your drawers.

See the other entries for this challenge on the TGIF site featuring great use of Designer Series Paper and be inspired.


Click on a Product to Order 

Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack

Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack