Welcome to Stamping Flair in Melbourne, Australia. Today, our Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop team are sharing with you a glimpse into the world around us. We could be inspired by nature, colour, home decor, cushions, pets … anything in our lives right now.
My inspiration today is from my front garden. Whenever someone in the neighbourhood (we live in a small town) asks where we live, I’ll say ‘the house with the huge palm tree in the front yard’. Well, it’s actually 2 palm trees that have merged into one. Don’t say a word, we did not plant it like this. It came when we bought the house and now it’s bigger than Ben Hur! So here’s a bit of a glimpse at it.
The large tree trunk with the look of a giant pineapple inspired me to create these leaves using the In the Tropics dies. I also added the cross-section of the tree trunk from the Rooted in Nature stamp set in keeping with my tree theme.
I wanted to recreate some stripes, similar to the Forever Greenery DSP but I wanted to use pink because my favourite colour is pink. So I chose a combination of Rococo Rose, Blushing Bride, Just Jade and Pear Pizzazz with 2 different sizes of Water Painters and painted the lines using a ruler as a guide.
A splatter of Champagne Mist using the lid of the Water Painter adds a bit of glimmer to this card.
Thank you for stopping by and visiting my part of the world. Next on our hop is Cazz Boylan. Please click on the Next Blog button to follow through to her blog and keep going for lots of creative inspiration.
I hope you enjoy your journey around the world as you share a part of ours today.
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It’s October 1st and I’m still on Day 23 of the #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge. You’re my friends and I have to share with you that I struggled with creating this card. The challenge theme – Baby, it’s Cold Outside – was the easy part.
On Sunday, my daughter’s cat, Toulouse, died suddenly and this week we have been crying and doing lots of sitting and staring. She was nearly 4 years old and we are really feeling the loss greatly.
I have been struggling to do any creating since and have been working on this card for 2 days. I’m pleased that I finally got something together even though it’s not my finest work.
Do you find that papercrafting gets you through some tough times too as well as the good times? It’s nice to be able to relax and unwind even though sometimes it is a very slow process … we get there in the end.
My card is probably not the traditional brrrr… cold type. I decided to work with something I would have when it’s cold – hot chococolate.. Considering it’s International Coffee Day, well, chocolate may pass …just!
This card is all about warmth and being cozy with your loved one – because it’s cold outside. See, it all ties in. I used the Warm Hugs bundle together with the Press On stamp set to create this wintry card. I tied in the chill from the outside with the addition of an embossed panel in Merry Merlot using the Winter Snow embossing folder.
The Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper forms the background for all the elements of my cozy card. It reminded me of a warm jumper. If you love plaid, you are going to love this paper which has simple checks with minimal colour as well as multi-coloured checks. You will also love the discounted price it has during October. You can shop the entire range of Designer Series Paper on sale here.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So happy that you are able to stop by my blog today. You may be stopping by from Su’s blog and would have seen her amazing work. Be sure to stop by all our participants who are listed at the bottom of this post to see their lovely work.
I’m a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in the coastal town of Blind Bight in the outer suburbs of Victoria in Australia. We are a small community with a beach within walking distance and some lovely walking tracks surrounded by bush.
Our theme for this hop is Fall or as it’s known in Australia – Autumn. Although we are in Spring and allergy season here at the moment, I love the colours of the Autumn leaves and nature paints a lovely picture during this season.
I really wanted to capture the colours of the Autumn leaves and chose the beautiful Peaceful Place stamp set to work with. I stamped the image in Tuxedo Black using the Stamparatus. Then I inked up the pine trees in Garden Green and restamped. I reinked sections of the pine tree in Shaded Spruce and stamped again. The Stamparatus makes this technique so easy to do.
Tip: First stamp and colour the image and then die cut the oval
I then added colour to the image using sponge daubers and several inks. This is a fun technique and simple to achieve. The die cut image has been mounted with Dimensionals onto a piece of Pressed Petals Designer Series Paper. I love the wood texture and it reflects the elements of nature that are depicted in this image.
The autumn leaves from the Rooted in Nature stamp set have been stamped in Blackberry Bliss. These were then die cut and sponged with Pumpkin Pie, Granny Apple Green and Mango Melody.
The sentiment is stamped onto a piece of See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper and die cut with a label from Lakeside Dies. I first die cut the sentiment and then reinserted it into the die cutting machine to create a shorter label to fit my sentiment.
You are currently visiting Rochelle Laird-Smith of Stamping Flair in Australia. I hope you have enjoyed the card I have shared with you today. Measurements and products used to make it are listed below. I would love to have your feedback and would appreciate you leaving a comment for me.
Next up is Angie who has got a lovely project for you. Please click on the next button to visit her blog.
Whisper White – 8cm x 10.5cm (oval), scraps (for leaves)
Pressed Petals Designer Series Paper – 9.5cm x 13.8cm
See a Silhoutte – scrap (for sentiment)
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Today, Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world have been having a Lovely as a Tree farewell party. ‘Why this stamp set’?, you may ask. This has been the longest serving stamp set in Stampin’ Up! history, being introduced into the 2007-2008 catalogue. It’s service to stampers worldwide warranted a special send off. We have been sharing memories and ideas with this timeless stamp set on the Facebook Demonstrator page. Anyone who is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator can be part of this group where we find ideas, inspiration and encouragement.
We have also been welcoming the latest addition to ‘tree’ like stamps – Rooted in Nature. Together, these stamps can work side by side to create beautiful works of art. My project combines both these sets to create a cute treat bag or gift bag to fill with something special.
I started off by using my scraps of Calypso Coral cardstock to add the stripes between the gold stripes on the bag. Those scraps never go to waste in my craft room and they were perfect for this project.
The tree was stamped in Old Olive and then I added some Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral with a sponge dauber. I used the Tea Room Memories & More Card Pack for the panel behind the tree and also for the sentiment. These colours tied in well with the chosen colour palette.
To create the leaves, I first brushed water liberally over a piece of Shimmery White cardstock. Then I sprinkled Gambouche and a tiny bit of Brilliant Red Brusho Crystal over it. Once dry, I stamped the leaves in Calypso Coral and die cut them.
This bag was not complete without a doily. These coloured doilies are great because they are white on one side which make them suitable for altering the colour as well with Markers, Blends or ink.
Since I had prepared this post, this lovely stamp set has sold out. However, the Rooted in Nature stamp set is available. Buy as a bundle and save.
During the current catalogue you can get the Rooted in Nature stamp and Nature’s Root dies as a bundle which will save you 10% of the total price. Although these 2 items are carrying over into the new catalogue, they will NOT be bundled and will only be available as separate items.
The treat bags, Brusho Crystals and some other items are retiring as well so if there’s something you like then it’s best to get it before it’s too late.
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