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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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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Sweet and Simple Serene Garden with Spotlight Technique

Earlier this week I had my 2018 – 2019 Annual Catalog launch, each person got their own personal copy of the new catalog, we had a scavenger hunt,  a drool over some of the new products I was able to pre-order, snacks and some ‘make and takes’

One  of the make and takes was this card using a new stamp set, Serene Garden and one of the new card colors, Merry Merlot, plus some Stampin Blends pens – which will be available in the coming weeks.
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Best Friends ~ Happy Wishes

Today I am sharing another card made with one of the Sale-a-bration Stamp Sets, this time I have chosen Happy Wishes.

This is a super bumper set with 16 stamps that allow you to build up practically any greeting you might need ~ birthday, anniversary, best wishes, be happy, for you…. just so versatile.  I also chose to use one of the Sale-a-bration ribbons and an embossing folder from the new 2018 Occasions Catalog. Continue reading

Creating Pretty Cards # 78 ~ Graceful Garden

Each month in addition to the great 3D projects that Craft Project Central has for you, they also host a monthly card challenge – Creating Pretty Cards!!

To help you recreate the sketch each month, they also provide a free Sketch Mini Tutorial! This mini tutorial has information about how the inspiration card (using the sketch) was created, supplies used, and basic measurements!!

I shared a Christmas themed card using this sketch earlier this month, today I have a more general occasion card using the same sketch.

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Ribbon of Courage ~ Stampin’ UP!

The Ribbon of Courage stamp set was one I was so thrilled to see in the 2017 – 2018 Annual Catalog, it was inspired by Patty Bennett who is one of Stampin’ UP!’s Million Sales Achiever, and was included on my very first order when the catalog went live on June 1st.

I wanted to make some cards with the set and the coordinating Support Ribbon Framelits and I did google the different Awareness Ribbon colors – there are such a huge range for all different causes, but I decided to go neutral today.
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Background Bits Card ~ Technique and Tips

I have wonderful customers who shop for their Stampin’ UP! goodies with me – I am deeply grateful for their support and honored they choose me as their demonstrator.

I like to send each of them a thank you to show my appreciation – sometimes I choose to share them on my blog.

This card is based on a design by Jenny Peterson – I just added my own little creative twist 🙂 and as I was making it I realised it had a number of different techniques or features that would benefit from explaining a little, so I switched on my camera.
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