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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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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Peaceful Poppies Spinner Card

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Interactive cards are a lot of fun to make and receive.  I was reminded of this style of card when I got a Christmas card  from my sister last year.  Basically the front of the card has a large hole in it where another panel is attached using Bakers Twine.  You turn  the panel so the twine is twisted then put the card in the envelope  when the recipient gets the card and opens it the front panel twirls around!

I used the Peaceful Poppies DSP and Poppy Moments Dies to decorate my card – but it would work for any of our decorative papers and dies – can you imagine a child receiving this style of card?

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Positive Thoughts ~ Patch Card #2

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A couple of weeks ago I introduced the idea of a ‘Patch Card’, where I found a piece of card laying on my workbench or by my paper trimmer, then built up my design on that piece before attaching it to a regular size card base.

Today’s card started with the piece of HIghland Heather – not surprising as those of you that have been following me recently will know,  I have used this color quite a bit for some reason!  The Very Vanilla oval is also something I had in my little bin of ‘stuff’ which has punched shapes, bows, etc that I have left over from other projects that when I tried to use them it did not work – but I could not bear to throw it away!

Once again I have reached out for the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set, I think this really appeals to me under the circumstances we found ourselves at the moment – I am sending positive thoughts to you all as well.

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Ombre Sponging with Stencils ~ Video Tutorial

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I like to try new things and as I browse through the Stampin’ UP! catalog ‘stuff’ takes my fancy and I will order  ‘it’ to try.  Then to my shame ‘it’ will sometimes just sit there for a while waiting its turn to be used.  The Basic Pattern Decorative Masks are one such thing – it has been sitting there for a while and earlier this week it was their turn to play a starring role in my video today!

When I started to write about this card I realized I had used the same inspirational greeting from the ‘Here’s A Card’ stamp set as my card on Friday – just shows you what a great sentiment it is! My video also shows how you can color ribbon with a Stampin Sponge.

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Super Feminine – Power of Hope Card

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The Power of Hope Stamp Set is one of the sets available for FREE during Sale-a-bration, I used it for today’s ultra feminine card, this set has some very pretty images as well as some inspirational greetings that are perfect for that ‘just because’ card we might sent when we are thinking of someone who would just love to know we are thinking of them.

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Winter Woods with a bit of Masking

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The weather here in North Texas can swing from warm to chilly cold at this time of year.  The last couple of days have been chilly cold and remind me very much of the weather in the UK where I was born.  To be honest it is not as cold as it would be this time of year in the UK but after 18 years living in this part of the world I think my blood has thinned down and I feel the cold far more keenly!

So today’s card reminds me a little of the winters back ‘home’ but at the same time it is a very peaceful and restful card using the Winter Woods Stamp Set and a masking/sponging technique.

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Free as a Bird ~ Vintage Thank you Card

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I was looking for a little vintage in today’s card and the sponging technique is one of the quickest and easiest ways to create this effect.

My stamp set is the Free as a Bird set, using one of the little birds, that lovely set of leaves (I am a bit of a softy for leaves!) and one of the 6 greetings in the set.  In fact this is a great set all around, with leaves, flowers, birds and greetings it gives you a fine choice to create cards for a variety of occasions.

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