2020 August ~ December Mini Catalog is now LIVE!

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I am so excited!  Our new seasonal mini catalog is  now live, and it is a month earlier than normal. There are super- duper products for all your Christmas, Thanksgiving and Halloween crafting needs ~ plus a little Valentines have sneaked in there as well.

I shall be sharing projects with you over the coming weeks as well as using them in my classes and stamp camps.  But take a few minutes to have a look at what is to come!!

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Blossoms in Bloom ~ Cinnamon Cider with Flirty Flamingo

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Happy August!  

You know Stampin’ UP! has 50 different choices in their current color families, one might say we were spoilt for choice!  Rather than resort to my ribbon drawer for inspiration today, I stared at my paper rack and decided on Flirty Flamingo to start then looked for a neutral, Early Expresso and Crumb Cake came to mind, then I spied one of the new in-colors, Cinnamon Cider!  They went together perfectly!

I used the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set along with my Stamparatus, as the main stamp is quite large and so much easier to handle with the Stamparatus.

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Prized Peony ~ Watercoloring with a Twist Video Tutorial

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A little technique that came to me the other day as a happy accident, I love to do water coloring but I had stamped my image in the  water-based Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I could have re-stamped it but I hate waste, so found and empty Water Painter (formally Aqua Painter) filled it with some Isopropanol Alchohol and used my that to ‘watercolor’ my stamped peony.  I had such fun with it I decided to share with a video.

I used the Prized Peony Stamp Set which has stunning images of peonies as well as some greetings in a beautiful script, always a favorite of mine!

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Forever Fern ~ Fun Fold

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When I saw that Seaside Spray Metallic Ribbon had been carried over to the Annual Catalog I was so thrilled, it is 1/4 wide, has sparkly bits in it and ties the most scrummy bows!  As so often happens with me it was the starting point for today’s card.

I also used the Forever Fern Stamp Set again, this time with two shades of blue ( who said leaves had to be green?) This has the most wonderful variety of leaf images, so easy to build up a great design.

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Ink & Share Scrapbook Blog Hop ~ Punches

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  Jo’s  post or starting here ~ either way WELCOME.  This month our theme is PUNCHES ~ where we can showcase the some of the great punches we have available to us.  I love punches, they are the first thing I look for in a new catalog (after ribbons) and I got to use 5 different ones on today’s page.

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

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Ink . Stamp . Share Blog Hop ~ Celebration

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 Gez’s  post or starting here ~ either way WELCOME . This month’s theme is Celebration! – other than a birthday!

So thinking about this a little more I decided that Anniversary would be a good theme, especially as I have a number of family members who are celebrating anniversaries in the coming months.

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Inspiring Iris ~ Two Step Stampin’

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I have a real love of flowers, my dear Mum and dear Aunt both had ‘green’ thumbs, were enthusiastic gardeners  and had beautiful gardens.  The green thumb skipped a generation – I enjoy the garden when it is blooming but am certainly NOT an enthusiastic gardener, I am inspired by their example  because I love the result – not the doing!

We have the power to inspire people just as they inspire us so creating today’s  card was easy with the beautiful  Inspiring Iris Stamp Set.

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Pretty Daffodil Delight Parasols

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I think when you send a card you send a little piece of your heart, when you send a handmade card, well that is just a little bit more ‘heart’ going into the envelope!

Today I have a trio of parasols using the Pretty Parasol Stamp Set and Umbrella Builder Punch, paired with the lovely bright and cheerful Daffodil Delight and Whisper White.

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Monochrome Forever Fern ~ Inspirational Card

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I shared earlier this week that the 1/4 Grey Granite Shimmer Ribbon is a firm favorite – it goes with just about everything.  I have also said in the past that my ribbon drawer is often the inspiration for some of my designs, so it goes without saying that my favorite ribbon would start the ball rolling on a card….. and so here it is!

I chose the Forever Fern Bundle, which has the Forever Fern Stamp Set and the Forever Flourishing Dies.   If you are looking for an all occasion bundle then this is the one for you – it has the DistINKtive style of stamps which gives your images depths of color by just stamping once!

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