Very Versailles Trailing Leaves Thank You Card

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We try to keep our card nice and flat don’t we? Today I have actually scrunched up the card to make the decorative flower that is the main feature of this pretty thank you card.

I have used the Very Versailles Stamp Set such a lot, I really love the stamp with trailing leaves, it is so graceful and dainty and fills a lot of space on the card at the same time!

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Cute Hedgehog Thank You Card Idea

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I recently learned that here, in the US, hedgehogs are kept as pets, who knew? Back in my native UK they live in the wild, visit gardens at night, eat the slugs and snails then curl up and sleep thru the winter!

I have broken out my water-colouring pencils again today, for the cutest little guy EVER, using the Walk in the Woods stamp set to create this thank you card, but as always – change out the greeting and it will make the perfect birthday or thinking of you card.

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Poinsettia Thank You Card ~ Easy One Sheet Wonder

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Happy December! Today I am mixing a little Christmas with a thank you card, we are all going to need to be sending thank yous over the coming weeks, and how much nicer would it be to send a card rather than an email or text! and I think this would be the perfect card to send.

Poinsettias are so ‘Christmas’, it is the only time we see them in the shops! I was playing around with the Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set, just randomly stamping the petals on a sheet of Very Vanilla Card, before too long I had covered it with petals, leaves and little berries……. and voila I had a one sheet wonder!

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Fall Themed Thank You Card

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Well the leaves are falling from the trees thick and fast now, yesterday morning my husband spent half an hour raking the leaves in the back garden – 2 hours later it looked as though he had never even started as there was a thick carpet of them again!

Today’s card, made using the Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set with the coordinating Autumn Punch Pack (available as a bundle for 10% discount!!) It kind of reminds me of the autumn leaves falling.

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Using Paper Scraps to create your Cards

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I love the decorative papers that Stampin’ UP! has for us to use and just cannot bear to waste any of it if I can help it. I recently was cutting papers from the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper for a project and had a whole bunch of pieces left, some of them as small as 1 3/8 x 1!

I chose a couple of the colors from the paper, in this case Flirty Flamingo and Pear Pizzazz and created a whole bunch of ‘Thank You’ cards which I sent out to the lovely people who chose to shop for the SU goodies with me in September.

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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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Playing with Patterns ~ 4 cards from 6 x 6 piece of DSP

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A couple of weeks ago I took part in the Ink . Stamp . Share Blog Hop and one of my fellow artisans showed a set of cards where a 6 x 6 piece of Designer Series Paper was cut into 4 pieces with odd angles.  I could not resist –  I just had to have a go,  it looked such fun and I got 4 great cards as a result.

I chose to use the Playing with Patterns Suite of products along with the Borders Abound Stamp Set. When I had done one set I was kind of hooked and chose another piece of decorative paper and coordinating card so now I have 3 sets of 4 cards.

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Blossoms in Bloom ~ Cinnamon Cider with Flirty Flamingo

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Happy August!  

You know Stampin’ UP! has 50 different choices in their current color families, one might say we were spoilt for choice!  Rather than resort to my ribbon drawer for inspiration today, I stared at my paper rack and decided on Flirty Flamingo to start then looked for a neutral, Early Expresso and Crumb Cake came to mind, then I spied one of the new in-colors, Cinnamon Cider!  They went together perfectly!

I used the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set along with my Stamparatus, as the main stamp is quite large and so much easier to handle with the Stamparatus.

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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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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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