Mastering Ribbon # 4 – Faux Knots

Most of my projects seem to include ribbon, I have mentioned before that often times I start with my ribbon drawer for inspiration for my colors and then work from there.  Ribbon is such a versilite embellishment and Stampin’ UP! has over 50 different ribbons and trims to choose from and they all coordinate with the ink and cardstock in the SU color families.

I shall be offering a ribbon share in August……………. so watch this space!

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Hello ~ Accented Blooms

Summer is well and truly with us here in North Texas – we are forecast for 100F+ for the next 10 days.  My garden is looking a little parched despite the fact I am out watering at 7am every day!

One thing that will not fade away in the heat is the lovely flowers that are part of the Accented Blooms Stamp Set.  I have used So Saffron, Pool Party, Powder Pink and Pear Pizzazz to watercolor my flowers and they are still as vibrant as the day I painted them.

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Sweet & Simple ~ Healing Hugs

Today’s card is another in my Sweet and Simple series where I have set myself a little challenge using a small amount of equipment and supplies – kind of like one of those cookery shows where you are given 3 or 4 ingredients and you have to turn it into a spectacular 4 course meal!

The stamp set is Healing Hugs and I have used my new favorite combination of Soft Sea Foam and Gray Granite.  This stamp set is perfect for ‘get well’ cards which we hope we never have to make and send but when that time does happen this is a lovely set to have to hand. Continue reading

Stamparatus – How to stamp words – video tutorial

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.

Today’s card uses the Stamparatus to set up the greeting straight and level.  I made about 30 of these cards as thank you’s for my lovely customers who shopped with me in June and I can tell you it made the job of  stamping the greetings very quick.

I have included a couple of video tutorials on this post ~ the first giving you a general intro to the Stamparatus and the second one on how to line up the text – using the red rubber stamps.

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Artistically Asian Anniversary

Last week I shared an anniversary card and that I have a number of anniversaries this time of year, brother, niece and long time friend.  The Artistically Asian  stamp set has been in the catalog for a couple of years now but I have not used it as much as it deserves.  I also dipped into the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set for my greeting (if you don’t have this one consider adding it to your next order – it is a great one to have in your stash)

My card colors are Tranquil Tide and Coastal Cabana, I tripped over this combination when designing a card for my June Card Class and have used it again today.

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Love What You Do Friend Card

I have used the Love What You Do stamp set and other products from the Share What you Love Suite of products an awful lot – it is just very versatile and has a wide range of colors within the DSP which means I get plenty of choices when designing a card.  ALSO – as a demonstrator I was able to get my hands on this suite way back in April – so it has given me plenty of time to play with it.  (If you are interested in becoming a demonstrator there is a great deal for joining Stampin’ UP! in July ……. click here if you would like to know more)

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Pop of Petals – making the stamp set and punch work together video.

Oh………… I have a new color combination that I have fallen in love with………….  Soft Sea Foam and Gray Granite, both are new members of the SU color family and they go together so very well.

I have a number of wedding anniversaries on the horizon and wanted to make some cards ready to send,  I also wanted to use one of the new bundles that was on the first order I placed after the new catalog went live on June 1st – Pop of Petals – a stamp set of the same name and the Four Petal Flower Punch.

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Product Spotlight ~ Stampin’ Trimmer

It is a while since I shared one of Stampin” UP!’s fabulous tools – so today I am showing you the Stampin’ Trimmer.  Now they have been out for a few years now and I use mine all the time.  Some of the cards and 3D items I make and share here use 1/8’s and I know you probably groan to have to cut soooo precisely but with this trimmer it is very easy to do as they are clearly marked.

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Happy July 4th………. 650th Blog Post

WOW – 650 blog posts since I first started back in July 2013 – so today is a double celebration!  In the early days my posts were few and far between – often times I could not think of what to share, but these days I try very hard to post every other day as well as share video tutorials thru my You Tube channel.

I appreciate you following me, liking my posts and more importantly making comments – it just lets me know that you are all out there and I am not just talking to myself, so please ‘comment ‘ and ‘ like ‘ away – I truly  appreciate your giving me some of your time!

Now – back to business…………….. I am not a great one for going onto  Pinterest – not that I don’t love the whole concept but I loose track of time and suddenly 2 or 3 hours have passed and I have little to show for it!!  So I ration myself ~ maybe for about 30 mins or so.

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Flourishing Phrases with Tufted Embossing Folder

We have a new embossing folder in the 2018 -2019 Annual Stampin’ UP! catalog, simply called ‘ Tufted‘ I wanted to use it so much but for it not to get lost in too much other detail.

Once again a gentle stroll thru my stamp sets and  dies I spied the Flourishing Phases stamp set and the coordinating Flourishing Thinlits Dies – neither of which had been used for a while.

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