Anything but a Card ~Ink and Share Blog Hop


Today I am thrilled to be taking part  in the Ink & Share blog hop again.  You will have either arrived from Shirley Merker’s  post or starting here ~ either way WELCOME .    This month’s theme is Anything but a Card ~ I love to do 3D and Home Decor items and have been really looking forward to this one.

My project today is a decorated clipboard with a notepad and pen using the beautiful Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper, ribbon, sequins and glimmer paper!

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Pop of Petals with Vellum and Wink of Stella Technique

I have been using Vellum Card quite a bit in my projects recently and I wanted to show how it can be stamped on and used as an embellishment as well as a layer.  As so often happens when I am creating I ‘lost’ something on my workbench (of course it was right under my nose!) but I spent a few minutes searching for it and came across my ‘Wink of Stella‘ ~ now that is something that I have not used for some time.

Along with the Pop of Petals Stamp set, I used both of these beauties to create today’s card.  If you scroll down a little way you will also see the video showing how I used the Wink of Stella on the Vellum.

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Abstract Impressions ~ Thank You Card

Every year Stampin’ UP! introduces 5 new colors that are available for 2 years, at the end of this time, the IN-Colors as they are known, are retired, Coastal Cabana was one of those  colors.   Earlier this year Stampin’ UP! revamped some of it color families and thrill of thrills Coastal Cabana reappeared as a new core color in the Brights family.  I have used it a lot in the last few months, if you check out my last post I used it for a scrapbook page.

I used Abstract Impressions on todays’ card and paired Coastal Cabana with Pool Party – a perfect combination in my mind!

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Sketch Challenge~Ink and Share Scrapbook Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2nd in Ink & Share Scrapbook blog hop,  I am delighted to be taking part  again.

You will have either arrived from  Rebecca Jo’s  post or starting here ~ either way WELCOME .   This month’s theme is  a sketch challenge! ~ we were given a sketch as inspiration. I have never used a sketch for a scrapbook page before so this certainly is a challenge for me!

Once again I have chosen to use a 12 x 12 page – mainly because Stampin’ UP! has 12 x 12 card stock in all its colors which gives me a fantastic choice but also because they have the 12 x 12 Page Protectors and Albums.

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Stamparatus ~ Repeat Stamping Video Tutorial

This is the sixth of my videos on techniques using the Stamparatus and it features repeat stamping using the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set.

The Stamparatus is Stampin’ UP!’s latest tool  and an absolute must have for all stampers.  It helps you perfectly align your stamp images, stamp multiples of the same project quickly and accurately and gets complete ink coverage – ‘cos you can do a ‘do-over’ as my video today will show.

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Abstract Impressions ~ Kindness Changes Everything

Forty-Five years ago today I started  my first ever job!  I remember quite clearly exactly what I wore, my Mum giving me a packed lunch and me catching the bus into the local town.  The day flew by, I caught the bus home, Mum gave me a cup of tea and I promptly fell asleep in the chair – totally exhausted.

I look back at every job I have done since that day and the opportunities I was given and those I earned thru hard work (it was not easy being a girl engineer in the 70’s and 80’s) – but I appreciated then, as now, the encouragement and kindness I was shown by a lot of people along the way – today’s card reflects that.

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Fairy Celebration and Stampin’ Blends ~ Birthday Card

This week has been a big one for my Great-Niece, she turned 5 on Tuesday and started ‘Big’ school on the same day.  She is a cute little character and according to her mother, fearless.  I am not quite sure a fairy is a good choice for her birthday card but I do have a photo of her in a little pink dress with a tulle skirt – so I figure she does have a ‘girly’ side to her.

The Fairy Celebration Stamp Set is perfect for coloring and a perfect chance for me to get out my Stampin’ Blends and get my coloring on!

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Rooted in Nature Birthday for a Guy

Last week was my eldest nephew’s birthday, he is now in his early 30’s and lives in the UK –  I find it hard to make cards for the fella’s in my life but the Rooted in Nature stamp set gives me a great choice of ‘suitable for a guy’ images and words without being ‘too sappy’!

I used a masking technique to create the card along with my Sponge Brayer to apply the ink ‘ombre’ style.

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