Heat Embossing Technique with Magnolia Blooms and Treat Bags

Hello Paper Crafting Friends ~ welcome back to my corner of the world.

What better way to say happy birthday, congratulations, or thank you than with a beautiful magnolia flower? The images and sentiments in this versatile Magnolia Blooms Stamp Set come together in an elegant way to express your heartfelt wishes.

I have used this beautiful set to demonstrate heat embossing, how to use your Shimmer Paint AND how to use the Copper Dotted Treat bags as a decoration on your cards.

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Using Stampin’ Markers to Ink Stamps with Beauty Abounds Stamp Set + Video Tutorial!

Hello Paper Crafting Friends ~ welcome back to my corner of the world.

Time for another stampin’ technique ~ today I am going to be using a Stampin Marker to ink up one of the stamps on my card.  This is great if you don’t have the stamp pad in the color you want to use but you do have the marker.

I have paired the Beauty Abounds stamp set with Mint Macaron and Purple Posy – I don’t have the Purple Posy ink pad yet but I do have the marker.  This stamp set has a really beautiful, swirly, stem of flowers and leaves – a perfect focal point for my card.

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Tone-on-Tone Technique with Tasteful Textures

I am sharing another technique today – Tone-on-Tone stamping along with a video to show you how easy it is to do!

I first came across the term ‘tone-on-tone ‘ when I  came to live in  the US some 18 years ago.  Due to visa restrictions I was not allowed to work ~ I had to find something to do with my time – so I found myself a quilting class,  the list of supplies included some fabric called ‘tone on tone neutral’, which meant nothing to me at the time, until the really kind lady in the fabric stop helped me out 🙂

I am using one of the new stamp sets from the 2019 -2020 Stampin’ UP! catalog, Tasteful Textures, as well as showcasing a couple of the new ribbons and embellishments which were in my recent ribbon and embellishment product share ~ click here for details

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Sponging Technique with Tasteful Textures

Today I am late with my post – to be honest I am a couple of days late – but I have a good reason!

On Saturday evening our house was struck by lightening!  A big flash, bang and the strong smell of ozone – it fried our cable service (internet, TV), all the switching powers supplies for various electronic devices ( including our phone service!) then a TV and the dishwasher! So we have spent the last couple of days piecing our lives back together – Friday we go shop for a dishwasher! 🙂

I have a video technique to share today which shows a simple but very effective technique – sponging – I use it a lot in my cards and other projects and I think it benefits from revisiting from time-to-time.

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Fond Farewell ~ One For All Fancy Fold

LAST DAY FOR 2018 – 2019 Catalog

Today is the last day of for the   Stampin UP! 2018 – 2019  annual catalog and by tomorrow some  well-loved and well-used  stamp sets and other products will be retired.  In the last few weeks I been using  my blog posts to share some of the things that are retiring – along with links so that you can put in your order so you don’t miss out.

So the final card using retiring products I am sharing  uses the One for All  Stamp Set ~ along with Share What You Love Designer Series Paper – both of which I have used and shared extensively – and has a fancy fold and a video to go along with it.

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Stamparatus Technique ~ Wreath Video Tutorial

This is the 8th in my series using the Stamparatus by Stampin’ UP!  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’

I am using the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set for this technique as I find it I get a better result  if I have a lot of smaller images rather than a few larger ones.  It also gives me the chance to use lots of different ink colors as well.

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Fond Farewell ~ One for All and Share What You Love DSP

We are in the last couple of weeks for the Stampin UP! 2018 – 2019  annual catalog which means that stamp sets and other products will be retiring and there are some of my favorites among them.  So I am going to use my blog posts to share some of the things that are retiring – along with links so that you can put in your order so you don’t miss out.

This card has a fun fold and featured in my November On-Line Class to Go so has a video to go along with it!  The All for One Stamp Set and Love What You DSP is about to retire at then end of May – so if this is on your wish list you will want to scroll down this post for the link to my on-line store!

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A Little Treat – Decorated Ghirardelli Square Video Tutorial

I am so grateful for my lovely customers who shop with me for their Stampin’ Up Supplies.  I try to give a little gift each month and for April I  chose to decorate some Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares.

These are so quick and easy to make, you can get 6 out of a single sheet of card and 36 pieces of DSP from a 12 x 12 sheet.  The colors I chose to use are directly from the Happiness Blooms DSP and the greeting from the A Good Day Stamp Set (which is about to retire so get your order in as soon as you can so as not to miss out (there is a link below)

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Tropical Escape Gift Card Holder ~ Video Tutorial

The season of graduations and weddings are upon us, it can be so hard to choose a gift these days and if you live away from the person you are sending it to the postage on packages can be so daunting………… So gift cards (or cash) can be the perfect solution.

To personalize my gift cards I like to put them in a handmade holder which also doubles as a greeting card and today I share one with you featuring the Tropical Escape 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper Pack.

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