Rooted in Nature ~Ink and Share Blog Hop


Today I am thrilled to be taking part  in the Ink & Share blog hop again.  You will have arrived from  Deb Naylor’s post.   This month’s theme is  Masculine  ~ I always find it so hard to create for the fellas – so I am looking forward to seeing what  the other contributors to this hop are going to share so I can get some more inspiration.

Today I have used the Rooted in Nature stamp set with the coordinating  Nature’s Roots Framelit Dies and taken on the challenge to make a never-ending card – there are lots of videos out there on this fold BUT they are all square and since here in the US we have to pay additional postage for a square card I have found a way to make this fold so that the card size is a standard 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 and will fit in a regular envelope!

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Silver Embossing Paste meets Dazzling Diamonds

Very often I make a card for a particular occasion then look at it thinking that it would also work for another occasion, and so it is with today’s card.  I wanted a really striking birthday card and used the Silver Embossing Paste on the Night of Navy Card.  As soon as I had finished the birthday version ‘ Christmas’ shouted out to me!  I made a second one and sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter over it before allowing it to dry.

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Stamparatus ~ Hinge Stamping – Video Tutorial

This is the second of my videos on techniques using the Stamparatus and it features Hinge Stamping.  The Happy Birthday is from the Perennial Birthday Stamp set.

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.

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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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Mastering Ribbon # 4 – Faux Knots

Most of my projects seem to include ribbon, I have mentioned before that often times I start with my ribbon drawer for inspiration for my colors and then work from there.  Ribbon is such a versilite embellishment and Stampin’ UP! has over 50 different ribbons and trims to choose from and they all coordinate with the ink and cardstock in the SU color families.

I shall be offering a ribbon share in August……………. so watch this space!

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Hello ~ Accented Blooms

Summer is well and truly with us here in North Texas – we are forecast for 100F+ for the next 10 days.  My garden is looking a little parched despite the fact I am out watering at 7am every day!

One thing that will not fade away in the heat is the lovely flowers that are part of the Accented Blooms Stamp Set.  I have used So Saffron, Pool Party, Powder Pink and Pear Pizzazz to watercolor my flowers and they are still as vibrant as the day I painted them.

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Sweet & Simple ~ Healing Hugs

Today’s card is another in my Sweet and Simple series where I have set myself a little challenge using a small amount of equipment and supplies – kind of like one of those cookery shows where you are given 3 or 4 ingredients and you have to turn it into a spectacular 4 course meal!

The stamp set is Healing Hugs and I have used my new favorite combination of Soft Sea Foam and Gray Granite.  This stamp set is perfect for ‘get well’ cards which we hope we never have to make and send but when that time does happen this is a lovely set to have to hand. Continue reading

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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Artistically Asian Anniversary

Last week I shared an anniversary card and that I have a number of anniversaries this time of year, brother, niece and long time friend.  The Artistically Asian  stamp set has been in the catalog for a couple of years now but I have not used it as much as it deserves.  I also dipped into the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set for my greeting (if you don’t have this one consider adding it to your next order – it is a great one to have in your stash)

My card colors are Tranquil Tide and Coastal Cabana, I tripped over this combination when designing a card for my June Card Class and have used it again today.

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