Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop – All Things Crafty

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Hi friends,

Welcome to my blog, Stamping Flair. My name’s Rochelle Laird-Smith and I what a thrill it is for me to be participating in our inaugural, Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop. Thank you to the lovely Angie McKenzie for inviting me to join in.  

We are a group of 25 Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from various parts of the globe, representative of all the Stampin’ Up! markets around the world. I am so honoured to be among all these beautiful, super talented ladies. We will be here to inspire you every 2nd Wednesday of each month. You are in for a treat.

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A little about me

I live in the coastal town of Blind Bight in Victoria, Australia with my partner, Adrian and my 16 (nearly 17) year old daughter, Cassidy. It’s a small town with a population of about 1300. I’ve just celebrated my 5th anniversary with Stampin’ Up! and just love everything I get to experience through crafting – creating, making friends, teaching – it’s amazing. In my day job, I work in administration in a school. Currently on school holidays, I get to craft even more. It’s the best. 

Create a French Country inspired handmade card

Our theme for this month is All Things Crafty with a focus on ‘Must Haves’ for our creativity. Must haves can be tools, colours, paper. They could also be other things like whatever you need to get you in a creative frame of mind – mood, scenery, seasons, styles  My card today shows you my ‘Must Have’ tools and styles which I love. 

I love the country side, country decor, cows and chooks and I loved the French Countryside stamp set when I saw it in the Mini Catalogue. It hadn’t been inked up yet, so a brand new hop was the time to use it. Soft shades of pink are my favourite and I love it so much my home is decorated with accents of it as well. My card began to take shape around these themes. 

Stampin' Up! French Countryside stamp set coloured with Watercolours

Paper Trimmer

My main ‘must have’ tool in my crafting essentials is a Paper Trimmer. Without it, there would be no card base – not a straight one anyway! Also, an essential for all the layers which I love to add on all my cards.  

Adding layers can bring out colours more, add more interest, sometimes adding a contrasting layer can really make an image stand out. I also love to layer my ribbons as I have done on this card. I started off by add the soft, Polka Dotted Tulle Ribbon followed by the Braided Linen Trim.


Add layers to greeting cards for extra interest using Stampin' Up! paper trimmer

My flower cart was stamped on Shimmery White cardstock. I inked up the ‘splodgy’ stamp from the Label me Bold stamp set and then went over it with an aqua painter. Then I stamped the image. Aqua Painters and Shimmery White cardstock are some of my faves too. I used this same technique with the line style stamp to stamp Sahara Sand on the base. Once this was dry, then I stamped the flower cart in Early Espresso ink. Don’t you love the quaint look of this image. It reminds me a little bit of My Fair Lady. 

Create a 3D paper frame using multiple layers of cardstock

The oval frame was die cut 4 times and adhered together to create a 3D frame for the stamped image.

How to create 3D paper flowers

How to create 3D Paper Flowers (easy)

  • Punch out 4 scalloped circles
  • Lay them on top of each other
  • Spritz them with water
  • Scrunch them up 
  • Leave to dry
  • Separate them 
  • Glue on top of each other with liquid glue
  • Shape into flower shape 

I added some Rococo Rose with a sponge dauber to take the starkness off the edges.

Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper flowers


For the leaves, I watercoloured some Shimmery White cardstock with Crumb Cake ink refill. Then I stamped it with the Very Versailles script stamp while it was still a bit damp. I stamped off the leaves in Early Espresso before stamping over the script image. Crumb Cake cardstock leaves were embossed with the Corrugated embossing folder to add more texture. To create a two-tone effect, the Mint Macaron leaves were edged with Old Olive ink.


How to shorten a label die cut to fit any sentiment

Thank you so much for stopping by. All measurements and products used on my project are listed at the bottom of this post. Next on our hop is the lovely Cheryll Miller. I can’t wait to see what inspires everyone. Make sure you visit all of the participant blogs and leave us your comments as we love hearing from you. Enjoy your trip Around the World.

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Angela Meiritz-Reid  – NZ

Tatiana Tobin – AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith – AUyou are here

Cheryll Miller – AU

Satomi Wellard – JA

Melissa Gifford – AU

Danielle Kassing – NL

Manuela Geiswinkler – AT

Ximena Morales – DE

Aurélie Fabre – FR

Mikaela Titheridge – UK

Tina Zinck – CA

Annette Ball – CA

Angie McKenzie – US

Mary Deatherage – US

Shel Anderson – CA

Chris Smith – US

Anne Marie Hile – US

Brenda Nelson – CA

Tricia Butts – US

Elaine de Montmorency – CA

Sharon Burkert – US

Teri West – US

Cheryl Hamilton – US

If you live in Australia and don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would value the opportunity to assist you. Please contact me at rochelle@stampingflair.com or Ph: 0404 255 001.


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  • Whisper White Thick – 25cm x 12.5cm (folded in half)
  • Blushing Bride – 12.1cm x 12.1cm, 9.5cm x 7cm (4 pieces for frame), 5cm x 3.5cm (label)
  • Whisper White – 11.7cm x 6.5cm, 4.5cm x 3cm
  • Crrumb Cake – 12.1cm x 6.5cm (emboss and then trim to size – embossing folder shortens it), scrap (leaves)
  • Shimmery White – 9.5cm x 7cm
  • Mint Macaron – Scrap (leaves)
  • In-Colour DSP – 14cm x 2.5cm
  • Best Dressed DSP – scrap (flowers)

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Fancy a Spot of Tea?

Hi everyone,

Are you glad it’s the weekend? I definitely am. I’ve had a lovely craft class yesterday making some Christmas projects. We even celebrated a birthday and had birthday cake.  The rest of this weekend I will be preparing for the Craft Alive show in Morwell which runs from Friday to Sunday next week. 

I’ve been inspired by a couple of challenges for this card. I started off with the Just Add Ink Challenge of Just Add “H” – this could be a technique, stamp set, background, object. 

Just Add Ink - Just Add H

These challenges always makes me feel like I need to browse through a dictionary because I want to pick something unusual. Flipping through my stamp sets, I came across the Tea Together stamp set and my brain just went “High tea”. So there you have it – my “H” component. 

High Tea with Tea Together stamp set by Stampin Up

My layout was inspired by the Inspire.Create. Stamping Challenge sketch which provided so many possibilities. Sketches are great to work with as it gives your project some direction to go in.

Inspire Create Challenge - Sketch Challenge

To start off, I stamped the images on Shimmery White cardstock. I stamped off on scrap paper first and then stamped the image to have a lighter outline. This is my first attempt at some no-line watercolouring. Using an Aqua Painter and ink refills, I added Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green and a little bit of Pretty Peacock to highlight the images blending the stamped outline.  I left the layers to dry a little between colours. To get a nice water colour look, create a wash with the colours so they are not intense but instead a bit runny.

Teapot and Cup and saucer watercoloured with ink refills

Leave the images to dry and make sure it’s completely dry by using your heat tool. Then run them through the die cutting machine. I masked the bottom of the images with post-it-notes and stamped the leaf image – once in full strength and once second stamping. I love how this little tea set turned out. 

The Gray Granite Designer Series Paper is from the Come to Gather pack and is one of those sheets that could get lost among the darker, Autumn colours in this pack. It’s what I call, a hidden gem – something that could be missed in the catalogue . As we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia it’s easy to flick past some of these pages. These papers are beautiful and there are some sheets in neutral shades which are great for so many projects. 

Finally I added the Balmy Blue Gingham from our Subtles Designer Series Pack and some of the Gray Granite Textured Ribbon. The sentiment is from the Host stamp set – Time for Tags and I’ve die cut it with the tag from the Cup of Cheer dies. I’ve stamped the tag with the frame stamp from Very Versailles which is a lovely set to add texture to your cards. 

Watercolour wash using aqua painters and Stampin' Up! ink refills on Shimmery White cardstock

Now all I need are my scones and chicken and cucumber sandwiches!


  • Gray Granite – 14.8cm x 21cm (scored in half)
  • Shimmery White – 16.5cm x 8.5cm 
  • Come to Gather DSP – 12cm x 10.5
  • Gingham – 2cm x 10.5cm (2 strips)
  • Whisper White – scrap (for tag)

Please leave me feedback or contact me with any queries. I would love the opportunity to help you along your crafting journey.




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