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Monochromatic Coastal Cabana – Country Birdhouse Slimline Card

Coastal Cabana from the Stampin’ Up! Brights range is a favourite of mine. It’s such a beautiful cool blue that works well with many colours. For our Monochromatic Insta Hop this week, I’ve paired Coastal Cabana with Crumb Cake as my neutral.

The large birdhouse from the Country Birdhouse bundle fit well on a slimline card. The card base measures 20 cm x 20 cm, scored in half .

I die cut the pieces of the birdhouse from Cardstock and the centre from Country Woods DSP. The main part of the house was embossed with the Timber Embossing Folder. Then I blended Crumb Cake and Coastal Cabana ink over it for a coastal wood look.

The bird was coloured with Coastal Cabana and Early Espresso Watercolour Pencils. Around it I added some flowers which were die cut from Fluid 100 Cardstock which had been painted with Coastal Cabana ink refill.

I was tossing up whether to leave the white matte layer blank and decided that it needed something a little softer to break it up. I added a panel of Country Lace Designer Series Paper at the bottom which added a subtle design and broke up the stark white background.

The centre border of White Cardstock was embossed with the Eyelet Embossing Folder and the ribbon added to the natural look I was going for with this card. This little addition just added the perfect touch to this card. The Tinsel Gems are just beautiful and on this card they look like water droplets sprinkling around the birdhouse.

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Enhance your Florals with Natural Tone Leaves

Today my card has been inspired by Colour Palette #13. I wondered what I had got myself into when I started to create with these colours as 3 of them were blue/purple tones. Some Natural Tone Stampin’ Blends really bring this card together and I love how it turned out.

For the focal point I used the Nested Essentials dies which leant itself to creating a slimline card. The flower from the Irresistible Blooms bundle was stamped on Basic White and coloured in with Calypso Coral and Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends. I die cut 3 flowers from Calypso Coral Cardstock and layered all the flowers together.

The leaves were die cut from Basic White Cardstock and coloured with a range of Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends.

To incorporate the Highland Heather I used the Foursquare Mask to create a background on the Nested Essentials Dies. Some additional leaves were stamped in Starry Sky and added to my floral arrangement.

The matte layer of Orchid Oasis Cardstock was run through the embossing folder twice which enabled me to mboss the entire length. This added a lovely texture to a plain background.

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Aussie Christmas Day 22 – 30 Day Christmas CardMaking Challenge

When I saw the colour challenge for the #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge I immediately thought of summer. Living in Melbourne, we generally get to have a warm Christmas and I chose to feature the Sunkissed stamp set.

This stamp set is perfect for our Aussie Christmases with it’s beachy images. I repeatedly stamped the small shell image on Shimmer White Cardstock. Then I did some simple watercolouring with our challenge colours of Parakeet Party, Tahitian Tide and Daffodil Delight. This formed a border for my slimline card.

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For the top half of the card, I chose a large sentiment from the Brightest Glow stamp set which was heat embossed in White. Some gold ribbon was added to make this card a little more festive whilst looking summery.

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aWow Blog Hop – Let’s Shake Things Up!

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Welcome to Stamping Flair. I’m a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Melbourne, Australia and today I’m participating in our monthly aWOW (Around the World on Wednesday) Blog Hop. It’s 8pm here and it could be the early hours of Wednesday morning or somewhere inbetween, where you are. Hence our blog hop name. 

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Let’s Shake Things Up is our theme for this month’s hop. Angie Mackenzie does such a great job in coming up with our fun themes each month. So this month we are trying out something that’s new to us – be it technique, fun fold, colour palette. It was shaking the brain a bit I guess! So I decided to try a new technique to me – the Faux Linen Technique. I have seen this technique done on cards before but have not actually tried it.

Faux Linen Technique

Products Required

  • Cardstock or DSP (if using DSP, adhere it to cardstock the same size)
  • Tissue paper slightly larger than cardstock piece
  • Liquid glue
  • sponge (cut in 1/4)

Method

  • Completely scrunch up the tissue paper into a ball. It should have lots of creases. Ensure it doesn’t get torn. If you are stamping on it, do this prior to scrunching it up. Then open it out carefully.
  • Using the sponge, completely cover cardstock/DSP with glue. 
  • Centre the tissue paper and lay it down on the cardstock with glue. Pat down but don’t smooth out as you want all the creases to show. Leave to dry 3-4 minutes.
  • Turn the cardstock over and glue down the excess tissue and miter the edges. If you have a lot of tissue overhanging, trim down and then glue. 

It was time to make my first Christmas cards for the season and I just couldn’t resist the Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper. Slimline Cards seem to be all the rage now. So off I went to figure out what a Slimline Card was thinking I could add this to my ‘shake it up’ things I haven’t tried before. When I Googled and Pinterested I found several and realized they are pretty much what I have been calling DL cards. Slimline sounds so much better.

I’ve made mine a little shorter so that it fits in a regular DL envelope. Card base measures 20cm x 10cm folded in half. 

I created the Faux Linen piece using Designer Series Paper which I attached to a piece of cardstock cut to the same size. Once I had adhered the tissue, I went over it with Misty Moonlight ink using a sponge dauber. 

I love the cute background DSP which is so cheery and fun. The mountains with the trees was die cut from Shimmery White cardstock which I coloured using my Water Painters. Some houses fussy cut, create this cute scene. There is a whole sheet of sentiments from which I’ve cut out my sentiments and used on both of my cards today.

For my next card, I stamped the tissue paper with some snowflakes from the Nature’s Beauty stamp set, before crumpling it up to create my Faux Linen piece.

The snow has been sparkled with Shimmery Crystal effects. 

I love the quaint houses in the Coming Home bundle. Coloured with Stampin’ Blends these offer simple and fun cards. You could also opt for fussy cutting the houses from one of the DSP sheets for those times you may not feel like colouring. 

I hope you have enjoyed these cards I’ve shared today and shake things up in your craft room by giving something new a try. All the products I’ve used on my cards are listed at the end of this post.

You will not want to miss any of the inspiration that is being shared by all our blog hop participants. I know I can’t wait to see what each one has created. Next on our hop is the lovely Cazz Boylan. Click on the Next Blog button to see her beautiful creation. Enjoy the rest of your trip around the world!

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Tatiana Tobin – AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith – AU (you are here)

Cazz Boylan – AU

Cheryll Miller – AU

Ximena Morales – DE

Aurélie Fabre – FR

Mikaela Titheridge – UK

Tina Zinck – CA

Annette Ball – CA

Angie McKenzie – US

Mary Deatherage – US

Chris Smith – US

Anne Marie Hile – US

Brenda Nelson – CA

Tricia Butts – US

Elaine de Montmorency – CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – US

Teri West – US

Cheryl Hamilton – US

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