Happy New Year

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January 1st 2021 – the start of a brand new year. I am not a big fan of January, I will be packing up my Christmas decorations on the 6th and it will be a while before we can look forward to spring showing all the new color and growth.

In the early part of December I had a class to create a flip over calendar, everyone loved it and made me promise we will do another later in this new year! I thought I might start each month this year by posting the page for that month, so today I share, January!

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Ink . Stamp . Share New Year’s Eve Blog Hop

It is the last day of 2020, however you feel about the year I have truly enjoyed ‘hopping’ with a group of wonderful card crafting artisans. Once again,  I am thrilled to be taking part  in the final Ink . Stamp . Share blog hop of 2020. 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 . I always feel sad when December ends, all the sparkles and lights from Christmas will be packed away in a few days. But this year I think I shall be glad for 2020 to be behind us! We also have a new mini catalog to look forward to on January 5th with lots of happy valentine, Easter and summer themed products. Which is the theme of our hop this month.

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Ink . Stamp. Share ScrapBook Blog Hop ~ the letter ‘C’

Welcome to the  Ink & Share Scrapbook blog hop,  we are  group of international Stampin UP! demonstrators sharing our ideas and creativity with you.

You will have either arrived from Alison’s post or starting here ~ either way WELCOME.  This month our theme is ‘the letter C’  ~ I have chosen CELEBRATE. 2021 is the 20th anniversary of some of the most important occasions in the life of my husband and I, read on for more details 🙂

Once again I have chosen to use a 12 x 12 page – mainly because Stampin’ UP! has 12 x 12 card stock in all its colors which gives me a fantastic choice and plenty of room for my photographs!

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Elegant Happy Christmas Card

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Today is Christmas Eve – as my great- niece would be telling her Daddy today ‘ one more sleep until Father Christmas gets here’. I am spending my day with final preparation for tomorrow’s lunch and then settling down in front of the fire to watch some Christmas movies!

They say that less is more ~ not entirely sure I agree with that when it comes to card making but today I used a ready made card base from the Gold Cards and Envelopes Pack. It is Very Vanilla and has gold foil decoration on it, so that was my color choices decided, then a little dash of red to finish off! And, you know it was surprisingly quick to create all of the 10 cards that were in the pack!

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Christmas Gift Bow Fun Fold Card ~ Video Tutorial

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Today I am sharing the card I sent to all my customers who attended my classes or shopped for their Stampin’ UP! goodies with me this year. I truly appreciate their enthusiasm and support in what has been a weird year for us all.

Because I loved the fold I also used it for my Christmas Card Stamp Camp in November using alternate colors and stamp set just to show how versatile this fold is, scroll down to see that one, as well as the video on how it all goes together.

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Merry and Bright Holly Leaves – Card Idea

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Today is the 4th Sunday of Advent when the Angel’s Candle is lit, which represents Peace. I hope all my readers are able to find some peace in their day as we look forward to the coming week of festivities.

My card today features the Joyful Holiday Stamp Set in traditional reds and greens, those holly leaves with the curlicues are just so lovely and the ‘Merry and Bright’ greeting warms my heart.

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Christmas Ornament Contemporary Card Idea

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This time next week it will be Christmas Day!!! After a year of everything being turned on its head I am determined to hold onto some of my Christmas traditions, I have my trees decorated, lights on the outside of the house and a traditional (English) Christmas Lunch planned!

But sometimes I like a little ‘non-tradition’ to creep in, so I have a tree in my hall that is decorated in purples and pinks and chose to use similar colors for today’s card, Blackberry Bliss and Rococo Rose, to create this ‘lazy Z fold card’

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Little Log Cabin Christmas Card

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I have a card buffet every month, one of my ladies asked if we could do a Christmas card with a ‘little house’ So I scanned the catalog and found the Rustic Retreat Stamp set had the cutest little log cabin ~ it turned out to be the most popular card in the November card buffet!

This stamp set was designed by SU demonstrator Mary Polcin who was given the honor when she achieved a Million Dollars in sales! It has some great images and greetings for Christmas, Birthday, Thinking of You and while I have used the Christmas themed ones, there are a few others that would work just great for a masculine card!….. watch this space for when I work out a design for one of those!

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