Introducing Magenta Madness with an Inspirational Card

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Oh my gosh – Magenta Madness certainly packs some WOW factor!  I have to say that I was a bit doubtful of using all this color for my card today, don’t get me wrong – I love the color  – but have paired it with Smoky Slate to give a bit of  neutral support.

The Forever Fern Stamp Set has been so very popular since its debut at the beginning of June, it is part of the Forever Greenery Suite which invokes thoughts of lush greens – but I have taken the liberty of using Magenta Madness – ‘cos not all leaves have to be green, do they?

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Misty Moonlight Monochrome – Sweet and Simple Panel Card

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When Stampin’ UP! gave us a heads up on the new 2020 – 2022 In-colors I knew that Misty Moonlight would be my favorite!  For a start off its blue ~ I love blue, next it is a nice soft medium dark blue – which works in so well with the other blues in the SU family.

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!  I think it meets my aim of using one stamp set, a couple of ink pads, an embellishment and a tool  – which is my Paper Trimmer. 

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Positive Thoughts – inspired by a scarf!

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Welcome to June! I often share where my inspiration comes from – today my color combination is from a scarf  I wear as an accent during the winter months (too hot to wear scarves during North Texas summer months) I was putting it on one day and recognized Petal Pink then Smoky Slate and so today’s card was born!

I have used a  very simple, asymmetric, fold that showcases the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set along with the stunning Petal Pink Organdy Stripped Ribbon which made me fall in love with Petal Pink in the first place!

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Ink . Stamp . Share Blog Hop ~ New Catalog Sneak Peak

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  Dana’s  post or starting here ~ either way WELCOME . This month’s theme is NEW CATALOG SNEAK PEAK ~ where we are sharing some of the new products from Stampin’ UP!’s 2020 – 2021 Annual Catalog.

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Share Sunshine ~ Day of Service Craft Project

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On May 21st Stampin’ UP! held a Day of Service and invited as many people to join in with them as could get onto  the facebook page.  They provided instructions with a template and used the  Share Sunshine PDF – which is stuffed full of greetings reflecting encouraging sayings perfect for lifting the spirits of folks while we are coping with the restrictions to keep us all safe during the terrible COVID 19 pandemic.  You can still purchase the Share Sunshine, it will be available until June 2nd  ~ ALL proceeds go to a COVID 19 fund!!  So far they have raised over $200,000!!!

I made 20 cards from the supplies – all of them different,  using the Woven Threads DSP, lots of embellishments and some punches.  They have all now been distributed to customers and friends.:-) #ShareSunshine

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Fond Farewell ~ Crafting Forever Inspirational Card

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I cannot remember a time in my life that I have been bored – there has always been something for me to do  ranging from reading, weeding my flower beds, baking bread or cakes, sewing on a button, even clearing out a cupboard or drawer or crafting – I think all of these are ‘creative’ in some way so I have really loved the Crafting Forever Stamp set particularly the ‘Do Something Creative Every Day” greeting.

Today’s card uses just this stamp along with the Daisy and Medium Daisy Punches.  The Crafting Forever Stamp set is about to retire along with the Gold Faceted Gems I used for the center of my daisy!

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Share Sunshine with To a Wild Rose from Stampin’ UP!

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A few days ago Stampin’ UP! released the Share Sunshine PDF – stuffed full of greetings reflecting encouraging sayings perfect for lifting the spirits of folks while we are coping with the restrictions to keep us all safe during the terrible COVID 19 pandemic. #ShareSunshine

Today’s card uses one of those greetings – a simple card using the To A Wild Rose Stamp Set and Designer Elements ~ one of the retiring embellishments

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Ornate Borders ~ Melon Mambo or Highland Heather?

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During April we have had the early release of the Ornate Garden Suite which  will be in the new 2020 – 2021 Annual Catalog – I have shared a few other cards using the products in this suite – scroll on down for the links 🙂

Today I have just used the Ornate Borders Dies and the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder, no stampin’ , no ink, just letting the design and color do all the ‘talking’.  Both cards are the same – I have simply switched out Whisper White and Basic Black and thrown in a little splash of color.  Perfect for many different occasions.

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Positive Thoughts ~ Patch Card #2

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A couple of weeks ago I introduced the idea of a ‘Patch Card’, where I found a piece of card laying on my workbench or by my paper trimmer, then built up my design on that piece before attaching it to a regular size card base.

Today’s card started with the piece of HIghland Heather – not surprising as those of you that have been following me recently will know,  I have used this color quite a bit for some reason!  The Very Vanilla oval is also something I had in my little bin of ‘stuff’ which has punched shapes, bows, etc that I have left over from other projects that when I tried to use them it did not work – but I could not bear to throw it away!

Once again I have reached out for the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set, I think this really appeals to me under the circumstances we found ourselves at the moment – I am sending positive thoughts to you all as well.

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Ombre Sponging with Stencils ~ Video Tutorial

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I like to try new things and as I browse through the Stampin’ UP! catalog ‘stuff’ takes my fancy and I will order  ‘it’ to try.  Then to my shame ‘it’ will sometimes just sit there for a while waiting its turn to be used.  The Basic Pattern Decorative Masks are one such thing – it has been sitting there for a while and earlier this week it was their turn to play a starring role in my video today!

When I started to write about this card I realized I had used the same inspirational greeting from the ‘Here’s A Card’ stamp set as my card on Friday – just shows you what a great sentiment it is! My video also shows how you can color ribbon with a Stampin Sponge.

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