aWow Blog Hop – Sketch 102

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Welcome to our Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop where every 2nd Wednesday of the month, our team based around the world, share Stampin’ Up! inspiration. Today we’ve got a sketch challenge and we could choose one of these variations.

A couple of weeks ago I celebrated my big 50. As part of of my celebrations, over the entire month of September I shared a card each day created with a different sketch during my Sketchtember Challenge. So with today’s sketch I thought I’d do something a bit unusual for me and create a scrapbook page with the layout on the left.

A friend of my daughter Cassidy took 800 photos (yes you read that right) on the night of my party. I am still sifting through what to post on Facebook! Got to love a young lady who takes her party duties seriously. I thought a family photo would be nice to place in this page layout with a similar colour palette to my birthday celebrations which was pink, sage and gold.

I am not a scrapbooker but I do love creating these layouts and I like that I can display them in a frame or shadow box and change the pictures out.

I started by cutting an entire sheet of Hues of Happiness DSP to 3.5 cm strips. Now that took courage to chop that pretty paper. Have you seen the other side? Papercrafter struggles! Then I laid all the strips together and blended Polished Pink ink over some areas through a mask before assembling it on my Crumb Cake Cardstock. Did you know we have a range of 12″ x 12″ Cardstock in our entire colour range? This makes it so easy when creating larger projects or gift boxes.

I stamped several of the flowers from the Happiness Abounds stamp set in Crumb Cake ink. This provided a more subtle outline and blended with my colour palette well. I coloured them in with a mix of Stampin’ Blends as shown below.

How to colour the flowers

  • Stamp in Crumb Cake ink
  • Light Petal Pink over entire flower
  • Some shading with Dark Petal Pink
  • Highlights of Light Polished Pink through the centre and at the base of some petals
  • Light Crumb Cake for shadow and depth at base of some petals

How to colour the leaves

  • Stamp in Garden Green ink
  • Long highlight strokes at base with Light Soft Succulent
  • Filled in with Light Soft Sea Foam
  • Add Dark Soft Sea Foam on smaller leaves to add shading at base

The number ’50’ was on the cupcakes which I had on my birthday and adding this to my page gave meaning to why we call scrapbooking – memory keeping. Also better than having this laying in a drawer with no purpose – now it has a place!

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today and I hope you are inspired to create some scrapbook layouts and make those memories even more special. Products I have used on this project are listed at the bottom of this post. If you have any questions please get in touch with me.

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Next on our hop is the fabulous Cazz Boylan who loves a bit of pink as well! Please make sure you check out the beautiful creations of all our designers and leave us a comment as you travel with us around the world.

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Jan Clothier – NZ

Leonie Stuart – AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith – AU (you are here)

Cazz Boylan – AU

Cheryll Miller – AU

Danielle Kassing – NL

Ximena Morales – DE

Aurélie Fabre – FR

Mikaela Titheridge – UK

Annette Ball – CA

Angie McKenzie – US

Wendy Lee – US

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – US

Chris Smith – US

Brenda Nelson – CA

Tricia Butts – US

Teri West – US

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Floral Essence Emboss Resist Card

I have used a sheet from one of the prettiest papers from the new catalogue on this card. They’re all pretty – I know! The Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper has hand painted impressionistic images and I love the artsy look about it. 

Stampin' Up!, Floral Essence stamp set with Emboss Resist

My card has been inspired by a couple of challenges. Firstly, this sketch from Sunday Stamps. Having a sketch to work with gives you a great starting point to create projects. 

Sunday Stamps Sketch Challenge

To tie in with the Inspire Create Challenge Theme of Embossing I chose to stamp and emboss the Shimmery White cardstock panel in the centre in Black Embossing powder. 

Inspire Create Challenge Theme: Emboss

I used the floral spray from the Botanical Bliss stamp set for the embossing.This is a lovely sprig which can be used in a variety of ways. I added colour over this with sponge daubers to create an Emboss Resist Technique and I love the blend of colours this has created over the embossing. This was then mounted onto Silver Foil which made the embossed panel pop. Underneath this I added a piece of the new 12’x12′ Perennial Essence Vellum cardstock which comes in So Saffron, Petal Pink and Old Olive. The vellum is a lovely thicker texture and very easy to use on projects as it’s not flimsy.

I used one of the sentiments from the Floral Essence stamp and pleated the organdy ribbon underneath using Tear & Tape to secure it. This created a lovely soft texture on the card. 

Check out all the other designs for these challenges by visiting Sunday Stamps and Inspire Create Challenges.

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Step-it-Up Sunday #23 Garden Impressions

Hi everyone,

Good to have you back for another Step-it-Up Sunday. I can’t believe it’s been going for nearly 6 months now and there’s been so many different cards. I love the challenge of creating the 3 different cards for varying crafters. Follow the Step-it-Sunday link to see the past cards.

The Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper reminds me of Impressionistic paintings. It’s got lovely colours and floral images on one side and background style artwork on the reverse. This teams up with the Abstract Impressions stamp set which is very ‘arty’. It is a very forgiving stamp set in that if it doesn’t line up 100%, it doesn’t look too bad. It is abstract after all.  

My cards were based on this layout.


This card has lots of layered cardstock and Designer Series Paper. Die cut a circle and then stamp your flowers using So Saffron, Calypso Coral and Melon Mambo. The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy on another piece of DSP and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the right side and liquid adhesive on the left.


For the next step-up, emboss the Melon Mambo panel with the Basket Weave embossing folder. I used this folder because I thought of baskets of flowers and I love the texture of this embossing folder.

Colour the matte side of a pearlized doily with So Saffron ink. You can do this by stamping direct with the ink pad or use a stamp to stamp ink onto the doily, which is what I found was easier to control. As you are only using the outer portion of your doily, you can cut out the inner section to use on another project.

To complete the centre image, stamp an extra flower, fussy cut and add to your die cut circle with a Dimensional.


To make the Melon Mambo panel into a tag, use the Swirly Swowflake border die. This die set has some lovely border images and as you can see it’s not limited to the Christmas season. The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White cardstock which is then mounted onto Designer Series Paper. This is die cut using one of the labels from the Stitched Labels die set but it needs to be extended to lengthen it. Night of Navy Baker’s Twine ties in with the colours of the DSP.

Hope you have enjoyed today’s Step-it-Up Sunday. Use the card layout to come up with different designs – portrait or landscape, varying DSP, stamp sets – each one will look different.

Have a great week filled with blessings.


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