Step-it-Up Sunday #29 Country Home

Hi Friends,

So nice to have you here today. I really value your support and visits. I also have a Facebook and Instagram account in which I post a few different items so would love for you to stop by there and have a look.

How has your week been? They seem to be going really fast for me. Less than 4 months for Christmas – how fast did that come around? Timely that our Holiday catalog is here and we can get a headstart on all our Christmas preparations.

Today’s Step-it-Up Sunday is featuring one of my favourite stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog – Country Home. Are you getting a bit of an idea that I like ‘country’ things?  It has a couple of options with flowers and cans so you can mix and match I used the Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper layered on Tranquil Tide and Crumb Cake card stock to form the base for my card.


This is a very quick card to make but effective. Stamp the can and flowers in Crumb Cake on Whisper White cardstock and layers on to a Tranquil Tide panel. The ribbon has been attached with Tear & Tape adhesive.


To step this card up, colour in the can with Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends. The flowers have been coloured in with Stampin’ Write markers – Tranquil Tide, Pear Pizzazz, Mango Melody, Blackberry Bliss and Powder Pink. Add a section of Chicken Wire behind the can. I really like the rustic look of the Chicken Wire elements. As it’s silver on one side and white on the other, you can colour it to suit any project.

The sentiment has been inked up in Versamark ink, then immediately in Blackberry Bliss ink and then stamped. Pour Clear Embossing Powder over and heat emboss.


For the next card, I created a panel of Tarnished foil with Blackberry Bliss ink. I loved how the rich tones of the Blackberry Bliss ink work with this beautiful Tin Tile Embossing Folder. This is a really popular Embossing Folder. I saw another demonstrator had embossed their Thanksgiving serviettes with it. It looked amazing. So there’s another use for your embossing folders.

These are the steps to achieve the look. You need to heat emboss between each step.

  1. Run the Stazon ink pad down the Champagne foil cardstock. Do this from both ends. Use heat setting 1 to dry it.
  2. Emboss in the Tin Tile embossing folder
  3. Apply Versamark to sections of the cardstock and add Copper embossing powder
  4. Repeat Step 4 using Silver embossing powder instead
  5. Add Blackberry Bliss ink to sections of the cardstock and pour Clear embossing powder over the panel. This seals in the Blackberry Bliss ink.
  6. Repeat Step 1

I love this technique and the colour just adds a little bit extra to tie in the rest of the project.

To complete add a bit of tulle ribbon using Tear & Tape.

If you would like to get these products and have a look at the rest of the Holiday Catalog, please contact me. I will send one out to you. I would love to help you in your creative journey.

Have a lovely week and keep on crafting.

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Peaceful Poinsettia Two Ways Using Stampin’ Blends

Have you had a chance to look through the brand new Holiday Catalogue yet? If you have, I’m sure you will agree that it is filled with amazing goodies for Christmas and other occasions. If you haven’t, you will definitely want to take a little time – who am I kidding – a lot of time – and look through it. From the traditional to the not so traditional, some whimsical and modern – there’s plenty for every crafter.

I’ve been experimenting with the Peaceful Poinsettias bundle. Traditionally a Christmas plant and used to decorate homes, staircases and tables, this bundle has varying poinsettias in different arrangements and includes border dies which are great to enhance your cards.

Frosted Floral Card

Normally a poinsettia is red but my imaginary poinsettia is Blackberry Bliss. I really wanted to use the beautiful Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper. It has a pearlescent shimmer on all the pages and is really beautiful. I think it’s the prettiest in the catalogue, so of course my poinsettia had to match.

The flower was coloured in Blackberry Bliss and the leaves in Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blends and then die cut. This has been layered on a panel of Whisper White cardstock which has been embossed with the Swirls and Curls embossing folder. I’ve been using this folder a lot as it’s a great background.

The sentiment has been punched with the Everyday Label punch and trimmed down. It’s been set on the silver Chicken Wire. These come in sheets and you get 6 in a pack. I’ve cut one of these sheets down to create the backing for the sentiment.

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Dashing Along Card

The next card uses the Dashing Along Designer Series Paper as the background. This DSP can be earned free with a qualifying party of $400 during the month of September. If you have a group of friends who would like to get together and create something, then you have the opportunity to get this in addition to your Host Rewards. We could plan a Christmas themed party to get your supplies for Christmas cards and tags. Whatever you like.  Contact me for further information.  

The Poinsettia has been coloured in Cherry Cobbler and the leaves in Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. I edged the image with Crumbed Cake ink using a sponge dauber. The Delicate Detailed Lace Paper has been attached with a bit of glue at the top and bottom and some behind the flower so it is hidden.

The sentiment was from Nature Sings and a little bit of liquid glue has been added to tuck it behind the flower.

Two different versions of a card using the same stamp. Which one do you prefer? Would love to hear your opinions.

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