Just Saying Hello with Tasteful Touches

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I love to design my cards but there are times when I kinda draw a blank, either nothing comes to mind or too much comes to mind and I feel a bit overwhelmed. The Stampin’ UP! catalogs show us all the wonderful products available but did you know it is also a book of ideas? In fact when I first came across Stampin’ UP! in 2006 it was called an ‘Idea Book’ (and I still have that catalog in my stash!)

All that being said – I found today’s card tucked into those pages, I changed it a tiny bit (of course) but it is very close 🙂

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Ink . Stamp . Share Blog Hop – October Showcase

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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 Mo’s  post or starting here ~ either way WELCOME . This month’s theme is to share what you are working on ~ I have been working with some of the new products from the Aug – Dec 2020 Mini Catalog and mixing them with some from the 2020 -2021 Annual Catalog and I have come up with a sepia peony theme.

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Center-Step Card with Prized Peony Suite ~ Video Tutorial

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I so love fancy/fun fold cards, even after nearly 10 years as a demonstrator I still am in awe on what you can do with a piece of card stock!! Center-Step cards have been around for a considerable while but I think it is always nice to dust it off and update it with new colors and products.

The Peony Garden Suite of products have been very popular since its release in June, I have used the 3D peony as the as my focal point and paired it with Daffodil Delight and Cinnamon Cider Card.

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Forever Greenery Three Block Pop-Up Card – Video Tutorial

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Today I have a really lovely fun fold – it is so impressive but surprisingly easy to make, I have made a video tutorial to help you make one as well.

This fun fold is quite popular but most of the examples I found used 12 x 12 card and needed a custom envelope, which here in the US would have required additional postage – so I footled around to design one that uses a sheet of 11 x 8 1/2 and will fit into the regular 5 3/4 x 4 3/8 envelope!

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Umbrella Dogs!

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Such a cute card today – perfect for celebrating your friendship! I am a dog person, we have had dogs since I was around 13, starting with a beagle called ‘Hydeaway’ who was famous for his selective hearing!

Today I have paired the Under my Umbrella Stamp Set with the coordinating Umbrella Builder Punch and the Dog Builder Punch.

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Prized Peony ~ Watercoloring with a Twist Video Tutorial

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A little technique that came to me the other day as a happy accident, I love to do water coloring but I had stamped my image in the  water-based Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I could have re-stamped it but I hate waste, so found and empty Water Painter (formally Aqua Painter) filled it with some Isopropanol Alchohol and used my that to ‘watercolor’ my stamped peony.  I had such fun with it I decided to share with a video.

I used the Prized Peony Stamp Set which has stunning images of peonies as well as some greetings in a beautiful script, always a favorite of mine!

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Forever Fern ~ Fun Fold

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When I saw that Seaside Spray Metallic Ribbon had been carried over to the Annual Catalog I was so thrilled, it is 1/4 wide, has sparkly bits in it and ties the most scrummy bows!  As so often happens with me it was the starting point for today’s card.

I also used the Forever Fern Stamp Set again, this time with two shades of blue ( who said leaves had to be green?) This has the most wonderful variety of leaf images, so easy to build up a great design.

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Introducing Bumblebee with Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper

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Bumble Bee is the 3rd of the 5 new 2020 – 2022 In-colors I have featured so far.  I have paired it with a little Just Jade and the super scrummy Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper and the wooden accents from the In Good Taste Elements.

My greeting is from the very popular Forever Fern Stamp Set because I just love those words….. and it is a lovely script!  You could add any message to suit your need, as I think this would be a great birthday, thank you, thinking of you type card.

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Field of Flowers ~ Always …

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If you are looking for a really versatile stamp set you cannot go wrong with  Field of Flowers, I just love the big ‘ALWAYS…..” then to use one of the other greetings to personalize your exact sentiment.  There are 7 of them – Thinking of You, In my Heart, My Friend, Love, to name a few.  I chose to use ‘my friend’ on the inside of this card.

There is  the coordinating Confetti Flowers Border Punch, which I used to decorate the bottom edge of my card today. …….. and guess what ? this stamp set and punch are available as a 10% off bundle!

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