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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Floral Essence and Mint Macaron

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Mint Macaron has been one of my go to colors since it was released as an In-color a few years back, when it was due to retire as an incolor I hoarded some card as well as the ink pad and refill, using it sparingly for special occasions!  So when it was re-introduced as a part of the Subtles family of colors I was beside myself with joy!

So today’s card just uses Mint Macaron with a little Smoky Slate and Whisper White.  I also broke out my Sponge Brayer – it is some time since that saw the light of day!

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Peaceful Poppies Spinner Card

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Interactive cards are a lot of fun to make and receive.  I was reminded of this style of card when I got a Christmas card  from my sister last year.  Basically the front of the card has a large hole in it where another panel is attached using Bakers Twine.  You turn  the panel so the twine is twisted then put the card in the envelope  when the recipient gets the card and opens it the front panel twirls around!

I used the Peaceful Poppies DSP and Poppy Moments Dies to decorate my card – but it would work for any of our decorative papers and dies – can you imagine a child receiving this style of card?

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Twisted Fun Fold Card ~ Video Tutorial

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I do like to make fun fold cards – it stretches my imagination and allows me to make use of all the lovely Stampin’ UP! goodies in my stash.  I have used the Very Versailles stamp set along with the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper.

I think it is so much easier to show you than to explain in words so the Twisted Fun Fold Card I am sharing today has a video as well as a downloadable PDF recipe for you.

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Poppy Moments Birthday

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The Peaceful Poppies Suite is one of the most popular in the 2020 Mini catalog.  It has 2 stamp sets, 2 die sets, Designer Series Paper, Ribbon and Embellishments – all coordinating to make your crafting fun.

I chose to use the Poppy Moments Dies for this card – no stamping just letting the dies and embossing do all the work.

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Magnolia Lane Panel Card

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Petal Pink was one of the new colors Stampin’ UP! introduced in their 2018 color refresh ~ I have to admit that it did not appeal to me at the time and pretty much sat on the shelf – until Stampin’ UP! bought out an organdy ribbon in the 2019 -2020 Annual Catalog – that started my love affair with Petal Pink and I have used it very much – with and without the ribbon that inspired me!

Today’s card features the Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper – I had some pieces left over from a project that I did not want to waste so I picked out the black and Petal Pink from the paper and the card came into being!

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Welcome to the Team – Thoughtful Blooms Card

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A couple of weeks ago I had one of my lovely customers decide to join my team as a hobby demo – so she could take advantage of the discount when buying her goodies – I wanted to give her a personal thank you for making that decision and gave her a package of goodies along with a hand-made card!

Sale-a-bration is the perfect time to join Stampin’ UP! as a demonstrator, there are extra goodies offered as well as the usual great deal of choosing $125 worth of any goodies in the the catalogs for just $99.  When I joined around 9 1/2 years ago it was one of the best decisions I have ever  made (after marrying my husband, of course 🙂 )  If you scroll down the post a little further there is a link that will take you straight to more details.

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Daisy Lane ‘Smile’

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‘SMILE’ is such a lovely word to put on the front of a card – imagine opening the envelope, pulling out the card and seeing that word – would you not just smile at it?  I think I would.

The Daisy Lane Stamp Set has SMILE as one of its greetings, along with the very cheerful daisy flowers it just makes for such a very happy card!

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Fond Farewell ~Bloom by Bloom Thank You

We are in the last week  for the Stampin UP! 2018 – 2019  annual catalog which means that stamp sets and other products will be retiring and there are some of my favorites among them.  So I am going to use my blog posts to share some of the things that are retiring – along with links so that you can put in your order so you don’t miss out.

Today’s card uses the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set ~ along with the retiring 2017 – 2019 retiring In-Color Berry Burst with its coordinating 3/8 Mini Ruffled Ribbon.  This is a card I offered in a recent Card Buffet and over 50 were made!

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Stamparatus Technique ~ Set Back Stampin’ Video Tutorial

It is a while since I shared a technique using the Stamparatus and today I have one called Set Back Stampin’ using the Petal Palette Stamp set with the coordinating Petals and More Thinlet Dies.

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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