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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Positive Thoughts ~ Retirement Card

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Retirement is a wonderful milestone to reach – the end of one part of our lives and the brand new beginning of the next part so, to a cardcrafter,  the sending of a card in recognition of this momentous event is a must.

The Positive Thoughts Stamp set is turning out to be one of my favorites as you will see over the coming weeks as I share cards made with it. During Sale-a-bration there was a die-set available which I used on my card, I am kinda hoping it might just appear in the new Annual Catalog later this spring……  watch this space!

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Ornate Garden Suite ~ Early Release

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At the beginning of June we will have a new annual catalog!  One of the suites within it is now available for early release ~ starting today!  The Ornate Garden Suite is just stunning, with 2 stamp sets, 2 sets of dies, a 3D Embossing folder. DSP, ribbon combo pack and Gilded Gems.

I decided to just use one of the products with today’s card the Ornate Border’s Dies and to use a really vibrant combination of Highland Heather and Melon Mambo!

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Easter Treat Basket ~ with Video Tutorial

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I have a little treat basket to share today – I had planned it to be one of the projects for my monthly card class this week but I cancelled it due to the social distancing we are all currently practicing because of the  Corona virus pandemic.

Because we are all keeping our distance from one another it means we are spending time at home – so I decided to share it on my blog today with a video in the hope you can spend some time making one or two for yourself.

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Let’s Hear It For the Boys ~ Ink . Stamp . Share Blog Hop

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  Sandrine’s post or starting here ~ either way WELCOME . This month’s theme is ‘Lets Hear It For The Boys’

When I heard the theme of this month’s hop my mind went straight to the  Deniece Williams song from 1984  (that puts my a marker for my age!) ~ so knew I would use the Music From the Heart Stamp Set.

I recently made a birthday card for a friend’s husband who plays the guitar under the name of ‘The Winemaker’ using that set so that is the one I am sharing with you today.

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Pineapple Punch and Sweetly Swirled ~ Thank You

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Yellow and black is another of my favorite color combinations – the yellow today is called Pineapple Punch and pairing it with Basic Black makes the color even more vibrant  and eye-catching.

I used the Sweetly Swirled stamp set to create today’s card – it has some really ‘arty’ swirly stamps, some flowers and leaves and some really useful greetings, I just relied on some paper, stamps and ink #simplestamping

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Memorable Mosaic Thank You

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The Memorable Mosaic Stamp Set is one that I bought last summer when the 2019 – 2020 Annual Catalog came out, but I kind of forgot about using it! .  It has a two part stamp to create the most  peaceful Weeping Willow-style tree that reminds me of one we planted in the garden of our family home way back in the late ’60’s.

I have been trying to use colors that I would not of usually pair up so Flirty Flamingo and Garden Green are my choices for this card – I think they worked rather well!

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Peaceful Poppies with Painted Labels Dies – any occasion card

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Tucked away in the corner of page 25 of the 2020 Mini Catalog are the Peaceful Poppies Elements, a pack full of little gems ~ die cut printed accent pieces ~ some are printed in full color, others are printed on watercolor paper and vellum, perfect for coloring and them some black ‘tone-on-tone’ embossed pieces – probably over a 100 different elements to build beautiful cards.

I chose to pair some of them with pieces cut from Basic Black card using the Painted Labels Dies – giving a big bold centerpiece for my card today.

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Merry Merlot and Tasteful Textures ~ thank you card

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Merry Merlot and Balmy Blue are not two colors I would have naturally put together, until I remembered there is a UK soccer (football) team whose colors are claret and blue !

I used the Tasteful Textures Stamp Set for my card today along with the Basket Weave Embossing Folder to add even more texture. ~ just love texture on my cards.  This is a stamp set I have used quite a bit and I have put some links to those cards a little further down this post.

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Lovely Lily Pad Patch Card ~ my new thing!

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This card started with a 3 x 2 3/4 piece of Old Olive card – it was a scrap of card that was sitting next to my Paper Trimmer.  I built up my decoupage lily design on this piece and then stuck it on a card base.  I have decided to call this a ‘Patch Card’

The design features 2 of the products from the 2020 Sale-a-bation catalog, the Lovely Lily Pad Stamp Set and the coordinating  Lily Pad Dies ~ click here for more info on Sale-a-bration. I also sent this card to two of my team who celebrate an anniversary of joining Stampin’ UP! this month. Click here to learn more about joining my team

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