Wednesday, June 9, 2021

AWOW - Step it Up!


Thanks so Much for stopping by!

For those who are here for the first time, my name is Annette Ball, 
I am an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Canada.  
Welcome to Stampin' with the Bees.  

Thanks so much to Angie McKenzie for inviting me to participate in the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop!!  I was so excited to be asked!! 

Today's Theme is Step it Up.  Which to me is to show you 3 cards, first something that could be considered simple stamping, which I actually have a lot of difficulty with and my will not be super simple.  Second would be a card that appealed to the Casual Crafter; someone who has more than just the basic tools. And finally the Avid crafter.  This person has a room full of tools and paper, they like all the die cuts and layers.

You can find examples of stepping up cards in our catalogue, for example on page 13.

The Art Gallery Stamp set is exactly something I would encourage a new stamper to purchase.  It has beautiful imagery and a great variety of sentiments!!

My plan was to take this sketch, which is basically a few rectangles and highlight some of our retiring Designer Series Paper (leaving at the end of June).  
Designer Series paper can be intimidating to new stampers.
I chose the True Love Designer Paper, it is so easy to make pretty cards with it!!

Here is what I made.

Dsp measurement 2.5 x 4.5"
 Black matt 2 5/8 x 4 5/8"
Smokey Slate cardbase
Sentiment is from Quiet Meadow

Dsp measurement 2.5 x 4.5"
 Black matt 2 5/8 x 4 5/8"
Blends to colour using Flirty Flamingo
Leaves are Granny Apple Green
Black Glitter Organza ribbon 

Dsp measurement 2.5 x 4.5"
 Black matt 3 x 4 5/8" dies cut scallops on one side
Blends to colour using Highland Heather, Misty Moonlight and Balmy Blue
Leaves are Granny Apple Green
Ribbon is Highland Heather Grosgrain
Blue Adhesive Back Gems

I hope you enjoyed my cards today and they have inspired you to stamp and create.

If my instructions leave you with a question, please feel free to contact me 

All these products are available at my online store. Click on the Canadian Flag.

I can only sell to Canadians. 

Please keep hopping along to check out all the Beautiful creations!!


Jan Clothier - NZ

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cazz Boylan - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Satomi Wellard

Pia Gephardt - DE

Ximena Morales - DE

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Emma Goddard - UK

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Wendy Lee - US

Shel Anderson - CA

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


  1. Oh yes ! Oh my, I feel like I misinterpreted the challenge. I love your creations especially the one in pink. Well done Annette!

  2. Such beautiful colouring and projects Annette!! xx

  3. Love how you used DSP as the focus for stepping up the cards, Annette! All the coloring and the fussy cutting must have been so relaxing! And I love that you satisfied the one thing that all levels of stampers love to do - color! Thanks so much for hopping with us. xx

  4. Such pretty ways of using the paper! I'm sorry to be seeing it go.