#tgifc207 Gettin’ Sketchy

Card sketch

As I saw this sketch, the first bundle that came into my mind was the Wonderful Romance bundle. I thought the bunch of flowers from this stamp set would work well on that right corner of the card.

On this project I have used a number of our retiring products from the 2018 -2019 Annual Catalogue and 2019 Occasions catalogue.  See all last chance products here. Retiring stamps are guaranteed to be available until 24th May. All other products are while supplies last. 

The Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper is my absolute favourite in the Occasions Catalogue. It works well for any type of card whether baby, men, country style – the possibilities are endless. 

The bouquet has been stamped in Jet Black Stazon ink and coloured in with an Aqua Painter using ink refills. Aqua painters come in a pack 2 with a medium and large brush tip making it handy to use for painting.  I used our retirng colours Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Berry Burst. My variation on the scalloped border was the leaf border die from the Wonderful Floral framelits. I trimmed this to get the right length and the exact leaves I wanted from it. The Rectangle Stitched Framelits complete this card with a lovely Balmy Blue frame.

#tgifc207 Gettin' sketchy, Wonderful Romance, Gingham Gala, Watercolouring with ink refills

Sketches are great to give you a starting point for creating a card or scrapbook layout. To see how others have interpreted this sketch, click on the challenge image at the start of this post. 

This bundle is on the retiring list and although stamps are guaranteed until 24th May the dies are while supplies last. Want to place an order, click on the link below or on any of the product images … or just message me! Host Code XN6TFXAU.

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Step-it-Up Sunday #44 Thanks for your Friendship

Home to Roost is the lovely country style stamp set I am using on my Step-it-Up Sunday feature. I just love the rooster in this set and I highlighted the reed which also come in this stamp set, in last week’s Step-it-Up Sunday. Pairing it with the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper really gives it a country feel. 


I have kept it simple for the Basic card because that’s what it’s about. Just stamps, ink and paper and I’ve added some embellishments – because I can’t help myself!

I stamped the rooster on Whisper White cardstock. Then I inked up a clear block directly with the Daffodil Delight ink pad, spritzed with water and ‘stamped’ it over the rooster. This added a watercolour – look over the image. An easy way to add colour to your image. 



The flower which is from the Butterfly Elements Sale-A-Bration offering, has been attached with a glue dot. 

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Home To Roost Cling Stamp Set

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I stepped this card up by adding die cut squares and colouring the rooster with Stampin’ Blends. Don’t the Stampin’ Blends add a lovely, vibrant colour? You can almost hear the rooster crow. 

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I added a sponged background to the rooster. This was done by masking. Sponge Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive around the rooster.







I altered the Gingham DSP by adding some lines with the Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker and Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend to give it a bit of a plaid look. I think this adds to the country, homely feel of this card.

The Burlap ribbon has been separated and tied together to create the look of straw. 

Get the Home to Roost stamp set free during Sale-A-Bration.with ANY $90 order. 

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Try this card and give it to a friend to thank them for their friendship. You just don’t know who may need to hear an encouraging word. 

Have a great week. 


Step-it-Up Sunday #42 Lasting Lily

Hi Friends,

I hope your week has been filled with good things. If you are back at work after the Christmas break – aren’t you glad it’s the weekend? For those of us on holidays, isn’t it good to have that time to just chill out and enjoy some time with the family and some much needed relaxation time. I’ve been enjoying late nights watching movies and also catching up with friends, shopping days and some day activities with my family and of course the much loved sleep ins. 

For my card today I am featuring the Lasting Lily stamp from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. You can receive this stamp set for free with a $180 purchase. This is on the Level 2 range of our Sale-A-Bration rewards. It may seem like a bit out of reach however Sale-A-Bration is the ideal time for you to stock up on cardstock, adhesives and DSP and anything else on your wish list. All your items add up and why not get a freebie while you can?  Have you thought about having a Stampin’ Up! party? You get the regular rewards plus sales over $400 gets an extra $40 to spend on anything you like.You invite a few friends and I’ll bring all the supplies for a crafty afternoon. Have a chat with me for details.

This stamp set has got these lovely lilies and sentiments suitable for thank you, get well, sympathy and others. The beauty of the lily stamp is that it’s one stamp but it gives the lovely 3 dimensional look to the flower.


Attach a layer of Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper onto Night of Navy Cardstock. Stamp the lily in So Saffron and the stem in Lemon Lime Twist.Stamp the sentiment over the image and then attach the panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This is a very quick card to create. The lily is just lovely on it’s own and you could do a variety of these in different colours. 


Using the small blotchy stamp in the same set to add a border around the Whisper White panel with Cajun Craze which has been stamped off twice. Stamp the lily in So Saffron first. Then ink around the edges of the stamp in Cajun Craze and stamp over the first image. This will give you a two-tone effect. Do the same with your stem and leaf using Lemon Lime Twist and Mossy Meadow. 


Add extra dimension by stamping the two-tone lily and stem on another piece of Whisper White cardstock and fussy cutting them. Then attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Cut the circular die from the Beautiful Layers set. Cut this in half and trim off a bit of the middle section to create a smaller image. Attach this to the back of your sentiment which has been die cut. I loved the lacy feel this added to the card.

Contact me for your free copy of the Occasions catalogue and any other way I could assist you.

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Cut Your Stamps for Double the Fun with Butterfly Gala

Yes it can be done and it doesn’t hurt the stamp one bit although it takes a bit of courage to do it the first time. 

I have a little tip for you today using the Butterfly Gala stamp set. This stamp set comes with 4 sets of butterflies – large and small – joined together. So when you stamp, you get 2 images. The benefit of this is that the Butterfly Duet punch will punch these 2 images at the same time. 

However, there are times you may want to just stamp 1 of those butterflies. You could mask it off with a post-it-note or washi tape and that would fine for a one-off but if you wanted to stamp a background of butterflies flying in different directions, it could get messy and you would need a few post-it-notes. Today I was creating a card and wanted a background of stamped butterflies and I really couldn’t be bothered masking each time. So after a bit of thought, I took scissors to stamp, and cut them apart. It felt good. My butterflies were free. 

How to Cut Apart Your Stamps

As these are photopolymer stamps, fine tip scissors work fine. You just need to make one clean cut across. If you need to stamp it together, they will fit back like a jigsaw puzzle (see last picture) and you will be able to punch both images together. No harm done. If it’s a rubber stamp, I recommend you use a sharp scalpel and the same method of a nice clean cut so you can put it together when needed.

This is the card I was working and it shows how I’ve used the larger of the butterflies as a background image. This would also come in handy when you want to add an image to the inside of your card or the envelope.

I hope this inspires you to look at your stamps to see what options you have if you cut them so you can get more use out of them. 

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Hello Beautiful – Butterfly Gala Card

It’s a butterfly hat trick for me. The whole Gingham Gala suite just refuses to leave my desk. I love it.  My card today is a simple layout and makes good use of the beautiful DSP. I have tons of DSP and I figure I need to use it up as it’s getting out of control. Plus DSP gives you maximum effect with minimal work because the beauty of the paper will enhance even a simple project.

The Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper and Butterfly elements are free products which can be earned with a qualifying purchase. Take a look at this video for all the details of the Sale-A-Bration products that coordinate with the Gingham Gala suite. You don’t want to miss it. 

To Make this Card:

You will need the 3 largest circles from the Stitched Framelits dies. Die cut the larger 2 from DSP and the smallest from Shimmery White Cardstock. Take your Shimmery White Cardstock and water colour it using the ink refills and aqua painter. Let this thoroughly dry. Then stamp the sentiment. 

The flax ribbon has been coloured in with Light Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend. The sequins are self adhesive so they are easy to add to any project. For dimension, I added the butterfly elements, making this a very quick card to complete. 

Sale-A-Bration runs until 31st March. It’s your opportunity to earn some fabulous products for free. 

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