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New at SU Blog Hop – Step-it-up with the Beach Day Bundle

Hello and welcome to a very fun New at SU Blog Hop. This month we are stepping it up with products from our January – April Mini Catalogue. We are creating a simple stamping project and then using the same products to step it up for an avid crafter.

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I’ve chosen the Beach Day bundle which is very much in season here in Australia and created 3 versions of a card which is suitable for whatever level of crafting you are at right now – or dependent or the time you have to create!

CASUAL

The Delightful Floral Designer Series Paper provides a ready made shaded background for this card. Repeated stamping and a bit of ink blending make this a quick and easy card to make. Colouring was minimal with the surfboard coloured in just Calypso Coral and fussy cut to create a feature on the card.

Tips to keep it simple

  • Use your Designer Series Paper for maximum effect
  • Use just a few colours

AVID

I stepped this card up by colouring the other 2 surfboardsa and adding the die cut element of the wave. The sentiment was stamped on a separate piece of cardstock which coordinated with the Azure Afternoon card base and the layout was slightly changed to accommodate the wave border.

ARTFULLY AVID

A bit like the ‘burger with the lot’, the Artfully Avid card tends to add more technique into the mix. I’ve incorporated a bit more die cutting and lots more layers and detail.

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I added more ink blending which really makes those surf boards look like they are on an Aussie beach. A cute die cut sandcastle incorporates the elements from my previous cards to give continuity to the step-it-up theme.

I hope you have enjoyed what I’ve shared today and see the possibilities of what you can create with your products. Please make sure to visit all our other team members to see how they step-it-up with their chosen products.

If you live in Australia and currently don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would value the opportunity to help you with your crafting needs. I can be contacted on Ph: 0404 255 001 or email rochelle@stampingflair.com

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aWow Blog Hop – Favourite Colouring Tools

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Welcome to our second Around the World on Wednesday (aWOW for short) Blog Hop. I’m so glad that you are here. If you missed our first blog hop, you can see it here

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Our theme this month is All Things Crafty, with a focus on our favourite colouring tools. From colouring mediums such as Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Write Markers, watercolour pencils,  inks, ink refills and tools such as Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, Sponges to types of paper – it was always going to be a hard choice. 

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of watercolouring using my aqua painters and ink refills and I played around with that idea in my head, while Stampin’ Blends was up there too. Finally, brayering won out as I hadn’t done it in a while and I love the shaded effect that can be achieved with it. I have been inspired by a layout I saw in the new catalogue (Pg 33). Oh, I am teasing you aren’t I? Not long to go, just a few weeks. 

Handmade card with Kayak, canoe with By the Dock stamp set, Stampin' Up!

For my card base, I used the Magnolia Lane Memories & More Cards & Envelopes. These have an elegant silver rectangle on the front which fit the Memories & More cards but for my card today, I have no evidence of silver – just earthy!

I started off by taking a 16cm x 11cm piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamping the leaves in Versamark ink. Then I heat embossed this in Copper embossing powder. I then used a sponge brayer to add So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Terracotta Tile and Cajun Craze – working on the long edge. Taking a piece of tissue I rubbed back the colour off the leaves to bring out the copper. The entire panel was then embosssed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.

I cut this into panels of various sizes to create an interesting background. Cut panels should be 13.8cm x 8.8cm once completed. Using a sponge dauber, I went over the embossing with Terracotta Tile on certain strips to bring out the wood look. 

Create an interesting background with strips of embossed cardstock

I loved the background and felt it was just perfect for a masculine card. By the Dock bundle seemed to fit with it’s nature theme. I’ve also used the dies from Catch of the Day. Both of these bundles, are great for making men’s cards or for anyone who enjoys some fishing and canoeing. 

Stampin' Up! Catch of the Day stamp set with canoe

The circle has been partially embossed with the High Seas embossing folder. Then I used a sponge dauber to add some Bermuda Bay over the water. Sponge daubers are one of my favourite tools as they blend colours so easily. They are great for adding colour to edges to give a distressed look to images, you can also use them for quick colouring-in and because they are designed to slip over your finger,  they are easy to control. Some additional die cut pieces and a kayak coloured in with Stampin’ Blends completes the focal image of this card. 

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You are currently visiting Rochelle Laird-Smith in Australia. Thank you for stopping by my part of the world and I hope this inspires you to try out brayering and sponging, if you haven’t done so before. All the products I have used and measurements are listed at the bottom of this post so I hope you give this card a try at home. By the Dock bundle, Catch of the Day bundle, Label me Bold stamp set, High seas Embossing Folder, Copper embossing powder and trim are all retiring. Last Chance Products are available while supplies last so if there’s any products that you want, don’t delay.

Next on our hop is lovely Cazz Boylan. Click on the ‘Next Blog’ button to see her beautiful project and follow the hop right through for lots of colouring inspiration. As you follow our hop, we would love for you to leave us a comment as we love hearing from you.

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Measurements

  • Cajun Craze – 14.8cm x 9.8cm
  • Early Espresso – 14.2cm x 9.2cm, 6.5cm x 6.5cm (circle), scrap (sentiment)
  • Old Olive -8cm x 10cm
  • Whisper White – 6cm x 6cm (Circle)
  • Very Vanilla – 4cm x 5.5cm (canoe)
  • Copper Foil – 8ccm x 10cm 



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Stampers Showcase Blog Hop – Let it Ride Masculine Card

Hello friends,

Welcome to my blog – Stamping Flair. Thank you for taking the time to visit me. Today I’m participating in the Stampers Showcase Blog Hop. This month we are featuring projects with a masculine theme. If you’re stuck for masculine makes, we’ve got you covered. 

My masculine card features the Let it Ride stamp set which is suited for anyone but for this challenge it’s being a male stamp set!

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I started off by attaching a piece of Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper to an Old Olive card base. The benefit of double sided paper is one side could have beautiful flowers (just like this one has) and then the other is suitable for a masculine card. Next I added a matted layer of the Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Paper which adds a richness to this card to mark a celebratory occasion. The vertical lines in this DSP create a formal look which I think worked well for this masculine card.

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The horse has been stamped in Soft Suede and die cut with the Stitched Shapes dies. I then formed a loop with the ribbon which has been attached with Tear & Tape. A bow from the linen trim adds a touch of rustic to coordinate with the horse. The stamped circle was then mounted with Dimensionals and layered on Old Olive and Early Espresso circles. I completed the card with a sentiment stamped in Early Espresso.

Noble Peacock DSP with male card

Measurements:

  • Old Olive – 21 cm x 14.8 cm (scored in half), die cut circle and scrap for sentiment
  • Whisper White – 6.8 cm x 10 cm and die cut circle
  • Early Espresso die cut circle
  • Perennial Essence DSP – 9.9 cm x 14.2 cm 
  • Noble Peacock Specialty DSP – 6.4 cm x 9.6 cm

I hope this inspires you with those sometimes-hard-to-make men’s cards. Please hop through the blogs and get more inspiration.  Next up is Ange Mc Kay. Click on the Next Blog button to see what she’s created for the guys. 

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