Welcome to the 2020 – 2021 Annual Catalog!

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It is that time of the year again – a brand new catalog with brand new in-colors, stamp sets, punches, embellishments and ribbons……………… to name but a few!

It is also a bit of a celebration for me as well as this is my 1000th  post!

I am using the ever versatile Note Cards and Envelopes for my cards today which is one I sent out to my customers with their copy of the new catalog.  It features Lovely You Stamp Set with the coordinating Lovely Labels Pick a Punch ~ which you are going to love!

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Positive Thoughts – inspired by a scarf!

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Welcome to June! I often share where my inspiration comes from – today my color combination is from a scarf  I wear as an accent during the winter months (too hot to wear scarves during North Texas summer months) I was putting it on one day and recognized Petal Pink then Smoky Slate and so today’s card was born!

I have used a  very simple, asymmetric, fold that showcases the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set along with the stunning Petal Pink Organdy Stripped Ribbon which made me fall in love with Petal Pink in the first place!

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Ink . Stamp . Share Blog Hop ~ New Catalog Sneak Peak

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  Dana’s  post or starting here ~ either way WELCOME . This month’s theme is NEW CATALOG SNEAK PEAK ~ where we are sharing some of the new products from Stampin’ UP!’s 2020 – 2021 Annual Catalog.

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Share Sunshine ~ Day of Service Craft Project

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On May 21st Stampin’ UP! held a Day of Service and invited as many people to join in with them as could get onto  the facebook page.  They provided instructions with a template and used the  Share Sunshine PDF – which is stuffed full of greetings reflecting encouraging sayings perfect for lifting the spirits of folks while we are coping with the restrictions to keep us all safe during the terrible COVID 19 pandemic.  You can still purchase the Share Sunshine, it will be available until June 2nd  ~ ALL proceeds go to a COVID 19 fund!!  So far they have raised over $200,000!!!

I made 20 cards from the supplies – all of them different,  using the Woven Threads DSP, lots of embellishments and some punches.  They have all now been distributed to customers and friends.:-) #ShareSunshine

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Fond Farewell ~ Crafting Forever Inspirational Card

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I cannot remember a time in my life that I have been bored – there has always been something for me to do  ranging from reading, weeding my flower beds, baking bread or cakes, sewing on a button, even clearing out a cupboard or drawer or crafting – I think all of these are ‘creative’ in some way so I have really loved the Crafting Forever Stamp set particularly the ‘Do Something Creative Every Day” greeting.

Today’s card uses just this stamp along with the Daisy and Medium Daisy Punches.  The Crafting Forever Stamp set is about to retire along with the Gold Faceted Gems I used for the center of my daisy!

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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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Fond Farewell ~ Layered with Kindness Birthday

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As we get closer to June 3rd and the launch of the new 2020 – 2021 Annual Stampin’ UP! catalog we shall also get closer to saying a fond farewell to some of the products that will be retiring on that same day.

The Layered with Kindness stamp set and Country Floral 3D embossing folder have been a couple of favorites over recent months so I have a card that will show them together ‘ one last time’ 🙂 You can still get these products from my on-line store (while stocks last) by clicking the links at the end of my post.

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Peaceful Poppy Customer Thank You

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The other day I shared a little treat holder thank you for my customers who shopped for their SU goodies with me during March and April.  It was not practical for me to mail them to my on-line customera so today’s card is one I designed and sent to them.

It is an easy ‘Z’ fold and I used the lovely Poppy Moments Dies with the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper with Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Purple Posy for my color palette.

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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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DSP Fond Farewell ~ Thank You’s

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I am always looking for inspiration and sometimes that comes from fellow demonstrators!  Due to one thing and another I was not able to send my usual  ‘Thank You’ to my March customers who shopped for their Stampin’ UP! goodies with me.  So when it came to April I knew  I needed to do a something special for them and my April customers.  I found this really great ‘twisted’ packet from Sam Donald so made a bunch of them from several of the soon to be retiring designer series papers.

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