Abstract Impressions ~ Kindness Changes Everything

Forty-Five years ago today I started  my first ever job!  I remember quite clearly exactly what I wore, my Mum giving me a packed lunch and me catching the bus into the local town.  The day flew by, I caught the bus home, Mum gave me a cup of tea and I promptly fell asleep in the chair – totally exhausted.

I look back at every job I have done since that day and the opportunities I was given and those I earned thru hard work (it was not easy being a girl engineer in the 70’s and 80’s) – but I appreciated then, as now, the encouragement and kindness I was shown by a lot of people along the way – today’s card reflects that.

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Never Ending Card ~ Dandelion Wishes Version

Last month I created a guy version of the Never Ending card for the Ink and Share Blog Hop, click here to see that. I am fascinated by the way this card works and went on to make a couple more versions in more feminine colors using the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set along with the Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper.

I am sharing two versions of the same card, made exactly the same accept one version uses Petal Pink card and the other Blackberry Bliss card.

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Subtles and Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Paper

Last Thursday and Saturday I shared some projects using the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper ~ I am so taken with the paper I used it again for my July customer thank you cards.

In July I hosted a Designer Series Paper Share and although it did not include any of this ‘lacy’ paper it did include the newly introduced 6 x 6 color collections for each of the color families, and I want to show what can be achieved with a 6 x 6 piece of paper.

This is double sided paper featuring ‘formal’ stripes and polka dots and ‘casual’ polka dots and stripes – so my cards have featured both sides of the paper and I chose to use the ‘Subtles’ collection.

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Time for Tea with Daffodil Delight ~ Stampin’ UP!

The Tea Room Suite on page 15 of the 2018 -2019 Annual Stampin’ UP! catalog plays right into my soft spot…………  I am a tea drinker, preferably made in a pot using loose leaves and with milk – not lemon and  no sugar.  I will compromise and use a tea bag as long as it is Orange Pekoe or Assam but am not taken with some of the fancy ones out there like licorice, peppermint, beet!

So back to the  Tea Room Suite – my card today uses 4 of the goodies, the Time for Tea Stamp Set, the coordinating Spot of Tea Framelit Dies, the DSP and Tea Room Ribbon Combo Pack,  I just cannot resist the little die that cuts out the teacup and saucer!

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Everyday Label Punch and Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut Specialty Paper ~ Video

I love to use flowers in my cards and to be fair I am a big fan of ‘dainty’ as well.  The Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut specialty paper appealed to me the first time I saw it at Stampin’ UP!’s demonstrator event way back at the beginning of April – which is both flowery and dainty.

Stampin’ UP! also introduced a new stamp set called Itty Bitty Greetings – which is also small and dainty, so naturally would work with the lovely lacy specialty paper – but I didn’t have a punch that complimented the greeting I chose to use (and I have them all!!) so I needed to get a little inventive.

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Daisy Delight Cards ~ Stampin’ UP!

Yesterday I shared Stampin’ UP!’s Bonus Days ~ spend $50 in August to get a $5 coupon to redeem in September – so my thought was – what could you buy for around that amount and be able to create some pretty cards.  A little stroll thru the catalog and there it was on page 123 – ‘You Can Make It’ ~ Daisy Delight Cards .

Stampin’ UP! have put together a group of supplies, notecards with envelopes, Daisy Delight stamp set, Daisy Punch, 2 full size ink pads and a clear block ~ perfect for creating cards straight out of the box!

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Abstract Impressions ~ Flowers and Hugs

Today’s color combination was inspired by the Garden Impressions Cardstock Pack – where you get 8 sheets of 3 different colors – So Saffron, Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral and coordinates with the Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper.  It is not a combination that would have come to mind but Stampin’ UP! does all the hard work and makes me look good.

I chose to go with the Abstract Impressions Stamp Set – which allows me to build up my flowers and has some really cute greetings, it also has a coordinating Springtime Impressions Thinlet Dies which I used to emboss one of my layers.

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Stamparatus – How to stamp words – video tutorial

The Stamparatus is Stampin’ UP!’s latest tool  and an absolute must have for all stampers.  It helps you perfectly align your stamp images, stamp multiples of the same project quickly and accurately and gets complete ink coverage – ‘cos you can do a ‘do-over’ as my video today will show.

Today’s card uses the Stamparatus to set up the greeting straight and level.  I made about 30 of these cards as thank you’s for my lovely customers who shopped with me in June and I can tell you it made the job of  stamping the greetings very quick.

I have included a couple of video tutorials on this post ~ the first giving you a general intro to the Stamparatus and the second one on how to line up the text – using the red rubber stamps.

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In-Color and Love What You Do

Happy First Day of Summer!

We are now 3 weeks into the new catalog and the new 2018 -2020 In-colors – these are a group of 5 trendy colors that are available for 2 years that coordinate with the core color families.

Most of my lovely customers will have seen the samples I made to showcase each of the new colors along with the scrummy coordinating ribbons, each card was made the same, just swapping around the colors.

I used the beautiful Love What You Do stamp set to help  me making my samples – it has a lovely watercolor type ‘splodge’ which makes a great background to the flower and greeting.

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Introducing Mango Melody and Lovely Floral Embossing Folder

Oh my gosh…………… it is very nearly 3 weeks since the 2018 – 2019 Annual Stampin’ UP! catalog went live!!!

I have shared a number of projects using some of the new products in the catalog – and today is going to be no different.

As you may know, being a demonstrator allows me to have early access to some of the products and one of those was the delicious Share What You Love suite – which included a brand new embossing folder, Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder –  mouthful to say, I know, but oh so very pretty.

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