Ornate Borders ~ Color Challenge

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Today’s card was inspired by a color challenge, I am always looking for ways of using all the lovely colors in Stampin’ UP!’s huge range and the 3 we had to work with for this project were an interesting combination.

I used the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set for my greeting but the main feature of my card uses the Ornate Borders Dies, which creates a stunning feature.  This is the Ornate Thanks Bundle which is an early release from the 2020 – 2021 Annual catalog coming in early June.  I also used a couple of products that will be retiring at the end of May, the Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots and the Daffodil Delight Ruched Ribbon.

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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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Thank You ~ Gift Card Holder

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As many of you know, during tax season, I work for the largest retail tax preparation service here in the US.  Today would normally be ‘Tax Filing Day’ but this year it has been extended to July 15th, however today is the last day of my 18th tax season.  I recognize the help and support of our people who work the front desk in the office and we have a little ‘whip-round’ to give a little gift to them as a sincere thank you for their hard work, as a paper crafter I cannot just give them the card – it has to be prettied up!

I have shared this style of gift card holder before, if you scroll down you will see a link to the video I made at the time, but today’s one is using current papers and dies.

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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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Soft and Elegant Soft Sea Foam with Very Versailles.

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I think I say this at the beginning of every month…… but can you believe it is March already?  Those of you who know me or have followed my blog know that I work for the largest retail tax preparation service in the USA.  This is my 18th year and as always this time of the year is pretty hectic, so doin’ a lil’ card crafting is an excellent way to de-stress and get my head out of the numbers and into some creativity.

Today’s card is one that I made some while ago, I just love the softness of the Very Versailles Stamp Set paired up with Soft Sea Foam and Sahara Sand with a tiny touch of Silver Foil.

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Peaceful Moments Thank You

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Back in January I hosted a ‘product share’ for the new designer series papers (DSP) from the Stampin’ UP! 2020 Mini Catalog.  One of the papers is the Peaceful Poppies DSP which has lots of cheerful poppies in bright and happy colors.

To show how you can use these wonderful papers as a focal point of your card I am sharing my customer thank you card for my January shoppers – add a simple but heart-felt greeting and you have  the perfect card.

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Welcome to the Team – Thoughtful Blooms Card

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A couple of weeks ago I had one of my lovely customers decide to join my team as a hobby demo – so she could take advantage of the discount when buying her goodies – I wanted to give her a personal thank you for making that decision and gave her a package of goodies along with a hand-made card!

Sale-a-bration is the perfect time to join Stampin’ UP! as a demonstrator, there are extra goodies offered as well as the usual great deal of choosing $125 worth of any goodies in the the catalogs for just $99.  When I joined around 9 1/2 years ago it was one of the best decisions I have ever  made (after marrying my husband, of course 🙂 )  If you scroll down the post a little further there is a link that will take you straight to more details.

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