Stampin' Up! Southern Serenade Vintage Birthday Card

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Today's Card

Today I have a vintage style birthday card for you, using one of the lovely stamp sets from the Occasions Catalogue called Southern Serenade. Sometimes we miss these stand alone stamp sets while we focus on bundles, but this stamp set is too pretty to miss. I particularly like its vintage style and the beautiful fine lace image.

Southern Serenade

I have used Shimmery White to stamp on, and Crumb Cake for the stamping of the lace images. I have stamped the floral image in Basic Black Archival and coloured with watercolour pencils.

This stamp set comes with some lovely accompanying images of the lace and smaller floral images, as well as three very versatile sentiments. It's a great one to add to your collection of stamps and is available in clear mount and wood (see links below). The 'Happy Birthday' and 'Thank You' greeting also fit nicely inside the Pretty Label Punch.

Southern Serenade

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Stampin' Up! Graceful Garden with some vintage inspired texture.

Hello lovely friends. 

This week I was lucky enough to attend the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, which is a really fabulous floral, backyard and landscape gardening show in Melbourne. Seeing all the beautiful floral displays motivated me to come home and finish this card I had started at a friends last Monday.

Rose 2

This stamp set is called Gracious Garden and it's from the 2017 Annual Catalogue. I hadn't played with it before, but now I really love it! I coloured it with the Stampin' Blends (light and dark Pink Pirouette, light and dark Old Olive and light Rich Razzleberry). I then fussy cut the image and adhered both the stamped image and stamped rectangle using Dimensionals.

Rose 1

I have used the debossed side of the Garden Trellis embossing folder (I really like how this pattern coordinates with the background pattern in the Gracious Garden stamp set. My greeting is from Cake Soiree stamp set and I have stamped in Early Espresso and cut the greeting out with a 1" Circle Punch. A bit of lace tied around the stem and a White Lace Doily finishes off my card.

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Stampin' Up! Petal Palette Bundle from Occasions 2018 Catalogue makes it's debut in 4 days

Hello friends. I'm back from some family time over Christmas, so it's time to jump into showing you all the fabulous things coming your way on January 3rd with the launch of the Stampin' Up! 2018 Occasions Catalogue and the 2018 Saleabration promotion.

The Petal Palette bundle is part of the Petal Passion suite in the new 2018 Occasions Catalogue. I really like this bundle for the artwork, the vintage look and feel, and because it has a bunch of sentiments included. It's available in wood-mount and clear-mount. Here's my first card with his bundle:

Stampin Up Petal Palette Bundle from Occasions 2018. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia. #stampinup #stampinupaustralia #occasions2018 #petalpalette #vintagecards

Here's Step by Step Instructions:

  1. I started with a top folding C6 card (half sheet of A4, cut in half vertically and folded in half with bone folder).
  2. I die cut the large branch in Crumb Cake and adhered to the left half of card using either glue or snail.
  3. I die cut the long lacework piece in Fresh Fig cardstock and adhered to the bottom of the card, slightly off centre so the right edge is next to the right side of the card.
  4. I embossed the largest flower/leaf image onto vellum in copper embossing powder (i.e. stamp in Versamark, cover with Copper embossing powder, shake off excess, heat with heat gun)
  5. Cut the embossed image out with the coordinating thinlin. Attach to the bottom left corner of card using Dimensionals (I placed the Dimensionals where they would be covered with the bird and greeting).
  6. Stamp the greeting in Early Espresso ink onto Very Vanilla. Use the label thinlit to cut the greeting out.
  7. Attach the greeting slightly to the right of, and half over the Fresh Fig piece, using Dimensionals to adhere.
  8. Stamp the bird in Fresh Fig ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock, and cut out using the coordinating thinlit.
  9. Using an Aqua-painter, gently pull some of the ink onto the stamped sections of the bird, towards the centre to give a light watercolor effect. Dry with heat-gun.
  10. Attach a tiny pearl to highlight the birds eye.
  11. Attach the bird (slightly overlapping the greeting) using Dimensionals.
  12. Attach some adhesive pearls as shown to embellish and provide balance to the design.
  13. Tie a double strand of linen thread around the top of the card and create a bow, Trim the ends.

The different textures and use of Dimensionals gives this card lots of texture and dimension, which I think really suits this style of stamp set.

Stampin Up Petal Palette Bundle from Occasions 2018. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia. #stampinup #stampinupaustralia #occasions2018 #petalpalette #vintagecards

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Stampin' Up! Australia: Snowflake Sentiments and Winter Wonder Embossing Folder for 2017 Heart of Christmas Wk 19

Hello stamping friends, time for this weeks Heart of Christmas card.


This week I decided to play around with textures and techniques. My plans were to use the crayon resist technique on this embossed image from the Winter Wonder embossing folder, a technique I had recently seen and wanted to try. It involved rubbing the side of my white crayon over the embossed image, and then applying ink with a sponge. I think I pressed a little hard and/or my crayon was too long and I got crayon on other parts of my glossy cardstock. I thought I would apply the ink anyway just to see how bad it looked, and I ended up really loving the effect! It's like the embossed area has been shadowed which really makes it stand out. I love playing around with different effects with ink.

Stampin Up Snowflake Sentiment and crayon resist technique for Christmas 2017. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

My base card is Night of Navy, and I have used a combination of Pool Party ink and Dapper Denim ink for my sponging. To complete my card I have used the Merry Music Designer Paper and silver foil cardstock. I have embellished with some Night of Navy crinkled seam binding ribbon (my favourite ribbon type in the Annual Catalogue), with some mini sequin trim in silver.

Stampin Up Snowflake Sentiment and crayon resist technique for Christmas 2017. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

My greeting is from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set in the Holiday Catalogue. I really love the size and classic font of these sentiments for Christmas, and I am one of those people that still associate snowflakes with Christmas, even though it's summer in Australia at that time of year. I discovered something very handy as well, in that four of the sentiments in this stamp set fit very nicely in the Everyday Label Punch in the Holiday Catalogue. Here I have embossed the greeting in silver onto Night of Navy cardstock.

Stampin Up Snowflake Sentiment and crayon resist technique for Christmas 2017. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

Here's a closer look at the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set and the Everyday Label Punch. You can buy these in my online store, along with the other products I have used today.  The greetings which fit in the Everyday Label Punch are the three top ones on the left hand column, and the image under the three snowflakes in the right column. The 'to from' greeting would also be good for this punch.


Snowflake Sentiments Everyday Label PunchNow it's time to check in with the Art With Heart team girls, and see what they have made for week 19 Heart of Christmas. I hope you enjoy their lovely creations as much as we do, bringing this to you each week as a fun team activity.

Kate Morgan

Caroline Manwaring

Rachel Palmieri

Rachel Woollard

Sharon Davern

Catherine Proctor

Ros Davidson

Monika O'Neil


Thanks for stopping by today. Pop back in again soon and I'll show you the other crayon resist card I had fun making this week.

Have a happy day,




Art with Heart Team Stampin Up Heart of Christmas 2017: Week 7


It's time for another Heart of Christmas 2017 inspiration posts from the Art with Heart Stampin' Up! team. We are already up to week 7 of 27.  I am currently in Thailand on the Stampin' Up! Incentive trip, where we will be getting our first peek of the 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue, which is very exciting. Soon I will have a bunch of brand new Christmas products to show you.

In the meantime, I'm having lots of fun playing with the Christmas items in the 2017 Annual Catalogue. Today I have used the At Home with You stamp set.  I had so much fun giving this card a vintage look, and playing with the new Boxwood Wreath embellishments.

HOC 7 At Home with You

Love how my background turned out. I think it looks like old weathered bricks. Here's what I did to achieve this look:

  • I started with the brick mask in the Party Pattern Decorative Masks and a piece of Whisper White cardstock.
  • For the mixture I used 2 drops of Sahara Sand ink in about 1 teaspoon of paste. I deliberately didn't go all the edges as I wanted a distressed look .
  • Once the embossing past was dry, I used a sponge and sponged over the embossing paste and the cardstock.

To add a bit more interest, I stamped the wreath from At Home with You underneath my greeting. The greeting is from Merry Mistletoe and is stamped in Fresh Fig, to match the base card layer and ribbon. This greeting is the fit for the new Pretty Label punch.

How cute are these little Boxwood Wreaths? They add such great texture. These would need to be delivered by hand or in a parcel though as they are quite bulky. Love them so much though! 

HOC 7 close up

Now it's time to see what the Art with Heart girls have been up to this week. I've only been able to link to a few of the team this week (there are more participating) as I scheduled my post before I left for Thailand and struggled to update due to wifi issues. Look for our Heart of Christmas logo on social media though! Back to normal programming next week!

Kate Morgan

Sharon Davern

Caroline Manwaring

Andrea Roberts


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