Special Ink . Stamp . Share Blog Hop ~ Anything Goes!

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  Sue’s  post or starting here ~ either way WELCOME . This month’s theme is ANYTHING GOES!

At the beginning of the year Stampin’ UP! introduced the Umbrella Builder Punch to go along with the coordinating  Under My Umbrella Stamp Set (which has the most delious pair of welly boots – which is very on-point at the moment) Anyway, I am so thrilled,  these are now part of the 2020 -2021 Annual Catalog!

I like to see if I can make my goodies do more that one thing so I have used the punch to create a flower!

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Magnolia Lane Double Wonder Virtual on-Line Class

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Have you missed card making with me?  I think it is time for another on-line Virtual card class,  so you can work it from the comfort and safety of your own home.  This class has now closed – thank you for your interest – click here to see other on-line classes.
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Cling Stamps V’s Photopolymer – Video Tutorial

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I was asked the other day what the difference was between ‘Cling’ stamps and ‘Photopolymer’ Stamps – and that is a very good question.  After nearly 10 years as an SU demo I tend to forget there are folks that are new to this wonderful craft!

Basically they each do the same job – produces beautiful images for your crafting delight, they are made from different materials you just handled them a little differently. So today’s post explains how to handle them, attach labels, attach to acrylic blocks and keep them clean.

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Birthday Bonanza Shaker Card ~ Video Tutorial

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Shaker Cards are such a lot of fun, especially for children but I am sure an adult would enjoy one as well!  It was our youngest granddaughters birthday last week so I thought a fun card would be just perfect, particularly as she will not be having a party with friends and extended family this year.

We later found out that she wanted an ‘elephant’ cake for her birthday – which her talented parents made for her – so the Birthday Bonanza DSP, with the cute animals, I used for her card turned out to be in the right theme!

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Very Versailles Shabby Chic Birthday Card

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Oh, I am so excited with today’s card – I made it for my sister’s birthday last week , I  wanted to do something ‘vintagy’ as that is very much her style. Unusually for me I have used two stamp sets for this card, Very Versailles and Artisan Textures (soon to retire – so order yours now!)

I am not sure whether you call it vintage or shabby chic – what is the  difference or is it  the same thing? ! Anyway I used a number of techniques and materials to create the effect – sponging, distressing, multiple layers of stamping, then lace, twine, pearls and vellum.

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Double Embossing Technique with Parisian Blossoms Suite ~ Video Tutorial

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I think today’s card would work for just about any occasion so I did not put any greeting on it at all.  To be honest I don’t think it needed it – there is such a lot going on a greeting would have been just too much!

I am featuring a double embossed technique – starting with an embossing folder – sometimes known as ‘dry embossing’ then followed up with heat embossing where embossing powder is melted onto your card using a heat gun!  I am waving a fond farewell to a several products that are retiring at the end of May (available while stocks last) Copper Embossing PowderParisian Beauty Bundle, 1 5/8 Scalloped Circle, 1 1/8 Scalloped Circle and 1″ Circle Punches.

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Pretty Handmade Gift Box

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I make and share  lot of cards on my blog, I was working on some designs one evening and looking for a change and some inspiration and there was some off-cuts of Designer Series Paper on my work bench.  I decided a box would make a nice change ~ so I started with the largest piece of DSP to make the lid then worked backwards to make the base of the box, choosing one of the colors from the paper.

I share the ones I made below but set myself a challenge with the video to create a box for a Bath Bomb from scratch (keeping my fingers crossed all the time that it would work out)

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One Sheet Wonder ~ 6 cards with Gift Box

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While we are all practicing social distancing I have designed a class that you can do in the comfort and safety of your own home.

The One Sheet Wonder is one of my favorite techniques and I have featured them in my stamp camps and getaways and now I am offering you the opportunity to stamp along with me on my latest designs.

Check out the video below:

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Beautiful You Retiform Technique Video Tutorial

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I have a great technique video to share today – the Retiform Technique.  I had no idea what it meant,  added to which  my spell checker doesn’t even recognise it!  So  I checked out the definition of retiform ~ ‘having the form of or resembling a net’ ….. and that is exactly what this technique creates!

I chose to use the Beautiful You Stamp Set because it has nice big images which meant I could show you on a video quickly – but if you make each of the sections smaller you can use smaller images to build up an even more intricate pattern.
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