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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Magnolia Blooms 4 Panel Card ~ Video Tutorial

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I wanted to try a fancy fold called the 4 panel card – I checked out ideas on the internet and came across some lovely samples but they were all started with a 12 x 12 piece of card.  I have some colors in this size card stock but I have a much better choice of colors in the regular letter size of 11 x 8 1/2.  So I had a footle around with some copy paper and came up with a design using this size card.

I chose to use a couple of stamp sets on this card – Magnolia Blooms and Artisan Textures.  As you will see in the video I also a took some ‘greeting’ stamps the Itty Bitty Birthday Stamp Set.

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Happy Retirement Adirondack Chair and Follow Your Art

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

It is so lovely to hear that someone is retiring – how wonderful to be able to get to that stage in your life when your time is your own to do with what you want – when you want to do it! So when a dear friend’s husband announced he was retiring in August it was the perfect occasion to celebrate with a card for him.

Today’s card has a tiny bit of stamping using the Well Said stamp set then some die cutting with the coordinating Well Written Dies.

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Woven Heirlooms ~ Vintage Anniversary Card.

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

I created today’s card for my brother and sister-in-laws 23rd wedding anniversary -with the  Woven Heirlooms  Stamp Set and the coordinating Heirloom Frames Dies and 3D Embossing Folders.

I have tried to give the card a vintage look, Roccoco Rose and Sahara Sand and the 4 texture stamps in the set has some pretty curly shapes which are perfect for vintage along with some sponging and Basic Jewel Pearls.

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Sponging Technique with Tasteful Textures

Today I am late with my post – to be honest I am a couple of days late – but I have a good reason!

On Saturday evening our house was struck by lightening!  A big flash, bang and the strong smell of ozone – it fried our cable service (internet, TV), all the switching powers supplies for various electronic devices ( including our phone service!) then a TV and the dishwasher! So we have spent the last couple of days piecing our lives back together – Friday we go shop for a dishwasher! 🙂

I have a video technique to share today which shows a simple but very effective technique – sponging – I use it a lot in my cards and other projects and I think it benefits from revisiting from time-to-time.

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June Ink . Stamp . Share Blog Hop ~ 3D

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 Anastasia’s post or starting here ~ either way WELCOME . This month’s theme is 3D. ……………. oh and I just love to do 3D projects! So today I have chosen to do a home decor piece using the Magnolia Memory Dies from the new 2019 – 2020 Stampin’ UP! catalog.

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Fond Farewell ~ Tuscan Vineyard

We are in the last couple of weeks 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 Tuscan Vineyard Stamp Set ~ one I have used on several cards in the past, this one makes a great guy card.

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Poppy Parade, Crackle Paint ~ Just a Note…..

Sometimes you just need a card so you can send a message, nothing specific but just a note.  It could say thinking of you inside or thank you, speedy recovery ~ I guess just about anything that will make someone’s day when they open the envelope.

The Crafting Forever stamp set has a stamp with just 3 pens and I love it, I have paired it with the Crackle Paint Background Stamp then rooted around in my stash to find the “Just a Note…. greeting which is from one of the Saleabration sets (now no longer available 😦 )

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Embossing Lovely as A Tree ~ Video Tutorial

I am not really sure what to call this technique and I have seen it used in various places, but is produces such a pretty effect and is really quite easy to do, as I show in the video.

I chose to use the Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set along with the Woodland Embossing folder.  As this stamp set does not have any greetings I used one from the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set and created a thank you card, but it would work as a really great card for the fellas in our lives or maybe a Christmas card simply by changing the greeting.

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