Butterfly Gala and Mango Melody Thanks

welcome back to my corner of the world.

My favorite card to make is a Thank You one.  I have shared on more than one occasion how important I think saying thank you is and having a handmade card to do that is even better!

Today I have paired up the pretty Butterfly Gala Stamp Set with Mango Melody, a very bright and happy color and kept it very simple with a couple of punched butterflies and Gold Metallic Pearls

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Vibrant Vases ‘Just for You’ with Gorgeous Grape and Soft Suede

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

Vibrant Vases Stamp Set gives you the chance to build up some very pretty designs, it also has the coordinating  Vases Builder Punch, although I have not used it on this card it is a very useful punch to have.

Today’s card is a simple card with a vase of flowers front and center, it also uses a blender pen technique to color the flowers.  I have used one of the sentiments which will work for a lot of occasions, birthday, thank you, thinking of you…. because any of these are ‘just for you’ 🙂

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Fond Farewell ~ Friendly Expressions Congratulations & Garden Trellis Embossing Folder

We are in the last week  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.

Today’s card uses the Friendly Expressions Stamp Set ~ along with the Garden Trellis Embossing Folder

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Healing Hugs – Get Well Soon

Getting a handmade card when you are feeling ‘under the weather’ gives you such a boost, someone must be thinking about you which is bound to lift your spirits a little.

The Healing Hugs Stamp set is perfectly named  and has the most beautiful rose stamp that is very life-like.  This set contains a couple of images that are called DistINKive stamps that have been especially created to do the shading with just stamping once!

By The Way – we have just 15 more days of the special joining offer for the starter kit……… scroll down to the bottom of the post for more info!

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Holiday Catalog Sneak Peak ~ Take Your Pick

Tomorrow – September 5th, the 2018 Holiday Catalog goes live! I have shared a stamp set or two and today I am giving you a sneak peak at another new tool that Stampin’ UP! has introduced….. the ‘Take Your Pick” ~ a multipurpose pick up and precision tool that has a putty tip to pick up sequins and beads, a paper piercer, mini spatula, perfect for picking up and placing pearls and rhinestones and a small and large stylus which can be used for scoring your card or softening or cupping your card to create a 3D effect.

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Darling Label Punch Box ~ Stampin’ UP!

Today is a ‘twofer’ – two cards for the price of one!  One of the first things on my ‘wish list’ for the 2018 – 2019 Annual Catalog was the Darling Label Punch Box!  It is the cutest tin filled with crafting must-haves, add some card and adhesives and maybe a few embellishments and you are ready to start creating!

This box contains a 6-piece stamp set with a coordinating punch, a clear stamp block and two Stampin’ Spots ~ one in Grapefruit Grove,  the other in Night of Navy.  Both my card use the goodies from this 8 x 8 x 3 size tin plus some Designer Series Paper, ribbon and Metallic Pearls.  You gotta read on to see what I came up with……………………

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Fool’s Gold Technique – Video Tutorial

I have a monthly technique class and am always looking for new ways of using paper, stamps and ink.  The Marbled Background Stamp has been in my stash for a few months and I wanted to use it for ‘something’ but not sure what – so I played for a while starting with stamping Memento Black ink and a quarter sheet of Whisper White card.

It was OK but was not floating my boat so I pulled out the Artisan Textures Stamp Set and randomly stamped over the surface with Versamark and sprinkled with Copper Embossing Powder then setting it with the Heat Gun……………. and there it was …………… a pretty cool effect that I have dubbed ‘Fool’s Gold’ as it reminds me of the rock of the same name – a throwback to my university degree where I majored in the Earth Sciences.

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