Very Versailles Sympathy Card Idea

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Sometimes we need a sympathy card, I know I have had to send out a some in the last couple of months, but it gives me a sense that at least I have done ‘something’ to acknowledge the loss a family is feeling.

It is difficult to judge what colors to use, black, or dark colors versus something a little brighter, I pondered on this and decided to go with Very Vanilla and Just Jade and use the peaceful trail of leaves from the Very Versailles Stamp Set.

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Spring Time Thank You Card Idea

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A couple of weeks ago I designed a Spring themed scrapbook page for a blog hop, I had cut lots of pieces using the Pierced Blooms Dies from the Subtles family of Stampin’ UP! colors. Well when I finished the scrapbook page I had a bunch of pieces left over – never one to waste anything, I used them to make today’s card. Also it gives me the chance to show you how scrapbooking ideas and techniques can be used in your card making.

Although I made it into a thank you card, I think it would make a very pretty birthday card if you change out the greeting.

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Beautiful Pansies Gift Bag and Card Ideas

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If you follow my blog regularly you will know that I love flowers, they are always the first things I think of when making a card or designing a scrapbook layout. So it will not surprise you that as I write this I am waiting on the delivery of the Pansy Petals Suite from the new 2021 -2022 Stampin’ UP! Catalog – this is simply full of flowers and I am counting the days until it arrives!

I have this great video from Stampin’ UP! to share today which gives you a taste of what this great suite includes – I am sure you will love it too and add it to your next order 🙂

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Coloring Vellum with Blending Brushes ~ Super Elegant Card

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Blendering Brushes were added to the Stampin’ UP! tool chest at the beginning of this year and I have loved using them! This is the third technique I have shared featuring them and this time I am using the Square Vellum Doilies to show how you can make them any color to match your project.

I am also featuring the ‘soon to be retired’ Shimmer Paint, using it to produce a rich sheen to a piece of Very Vanilla Card as a background to the vellum……. and there is a video showing you how to do both techniques.!!

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Ink . Stamp . Share Blog Hop – February

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Once again  I am thrilled to be taking part  in the Ink . Stamp . Share blog hop.  We are a group of Stampin’ Up!®️Demonstrators from around the globe here to bring you inspiration through creativity!

You will have either arrived from Karen’s  post or starting here ~ either way WELCOME . We do not have a theme, but each of the talented artisans showcase what they are working on at this time each month. There will be techniques, fancy folds, 3D, new products and ideas – a veritable treasure chest for you to draw on every month.

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Hello Card ~ using Curvy Dies Technique

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Celebrate with curvy stamps, dies, and more! Designed for a variety of special occasions, the Quite Curvy Variety Bundle includes everything you need to create one-of-a-kind crafts. 

This brand new Quite Curvy stamp set and coordinating Curvy Dies were launched yesterday. It allows us to make such pretty and delicate cards. I played around with them so that I could share my technique with you, they are very easy to use though it helps to have a little guidance 🙂

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Peony with Borders Abound Best Wishes

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You all know I love flowers, I find myself reaching for dies and stamp sets that have them, so when we had a new set of Peony Dies in the 2020 -2021 Annual Catalog that produces a 3D peony – it was on my wish list in an instant!

At first glance the dies look a bit complex, but in truth they are so easy so I have produced a video tutorial to share the technique with you. I have paired this with one of the greetings from the Borders Abound Stamp Set.

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Playing with Patterns ~ 4 cards from 6 x 6 piece of DSP

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A couple of weeks ago I took part in the Ink . Stamp . Share Blog Hop and one of my fellow artisans showed a set of cards where a 6 x 6 piece of Designer Series Paper was cut into 4 pieces with odd angles.  I could not resist –  I just had to have a go,  it looked such fun and I got 4 great cards as a result.

I chose to use the Playing with Patterns Suite of products along with the Borders Abound Stamp Set. When I had done one set I was kind of hooked and chose another piece of decorative paper and coordinating card so now I have 3 sets of 4 cards.

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Inspiring Iris ~ Two Step Stampin’

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I have a real love of flowers, my dear Mum and dear Aunt both had ‘green’ thumbs, were enthusiastic gardeners  and had beautiful gardens.  The green thumb skipped a generation – I enjoy the garden when it is blooming but am certainly NOT an enthusiastic gardener, I am inspired by their example  because I love the result – not the doing!

We have the power to inspire people just as they inspire us so creating today’s  card was easy with the beautiful  Inspiring Iris Stamp Set.

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