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Ink.Stamp.Share Blog Hop February - Mini Catalogue...

Good afternoon ladies and welcome to the Ink.Stamp.Share February Blog Hop.  Today we are highlighting items from the Mini Catalogue.

We have the most beautiful stamp sets and co-ordinating products available in the Mini Catalogue but the suite I have chosen to highlight today is the Peaceful Poppies Suite.  There are two stamp sets, two sets of dies and lots of lovely co-ordinating products in this suite.

You may have joined me from Rochelle or starting the hop here but it is lovely to have you and I hope you enjoy the projects we are bringing to you today.

I have made a project which I have been making for years, long before I joined Stampin' Up! 9 years ago, but one that never fails and highlights the beautiful poppy Designer Series Paper perfectly.

Here is my project...

This is a card holder which has sections inside to hold a selection of greetings cards.  Each month is separated by a perpetual calendar so you never have to miss a birthday again.  The pocket on the front is to store stamps and has a magnetic closure.  It also includes a pen underneath the pocket so everything is to hand.  

I hope you like my project and I am now going to pass you on to Stacey who I am sure has something beautiful to share with you. 

I love to hear from you so if you have time would love to read your thoughts.

Happy Craftin!



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Ink & Share Scrapbook Blog Hop - Love...

Good afternoon and thank you for joining me for the Ink & Share Scrapbook Blog Hop.  You may have joined me from Shirley or starting the hop here.  

February being the official month of 'Love' we are celebrating everything that is love.

I am sharing something with you today which is quite sad and very personal but a true celebration of LOVE.

Here is my scrapbook page...

This is a very simple clean page because I made it to frame as a gift for my nephew.  The beautiful couple in the picture is my nephew and his fiancé Jodie taken whilst they were on a trip to New York and moments after Jodie nearly tipped the boat over!!!

Our family was absolutely heartbroken when last June, Jodie passed away very suddenly.  She was in good health and her death was so very unexpected.  She had been out for the day on the Saturday, having a lovely time catching up with an old friend and Sunday morning she passed away from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS), she was 35, leaving two children aged 12 and 5.  She was the most beautiful lady inside and out, life and soul of the party and fun to be around, we all loved her dearly and were all looking forward to their special day.  They would have been married on the 8th of this month.

I am so very proud of my nephew who has two young children to bring up alone, whilst dealing with his own grief, and he is doing an amazing job.

I have used the simple colour scheme of Claret and Blue (Merry Merlot and Balmy Blue) as this was the colour scheme they had chosen for their day not least because my nephew is an avid West Ham United supporter!

I kept the background very clean using the heart dies to create the background with the addition of some shimmery white paste.  I then dyed some white bakers twine using Balmy Blue ink for the bow and Balmy Blue Stampin' Blends to colour the gems.

Here are some close ups...

I hope you like my project today and I am now going to pass you on to Lisa who I am sure has something lovely to share with you.



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SF 2020 February Blog Hop - Favourites...

Good afternoon, today I am joining the Stampin' Friends Blog Hop where we are celebrating our 'favourites'.  How do you choose, I have a different favourite every day, depending on which stamp set I am playing with!!!  You may have joined me from Rachael or starting the hop here but welcome and thanks for dropping by.

I had to choose one and I recently held a lovely class using the Beautiful Moments stamp set which I have chosen to share with you today.

We made a watercolour frame using the three main images plus an image taken from the Beautiful You stamp set.  These images are just so beautiful and suitable for most ages, so yes both these stamp sets are my favourites for many reasons.

We used various mediums to create our finished piece.  Some were coloured using watercolour pencils, some Stampin' Markers and others ink direct from the pad all applied with a Blender Pen or watercolour brush.  The ladies at the class were quite apprehensive to start with but it was lovely to see the looks on their faces as their frame started to come together.

As always, I produce a small display of items to inspire the class and here is one of the cards that formed part of the display.  You can see a few more here.

I hope you like my projects and I am now going to pass you on to Teri who I am sure has something beautiful to share with you.

There is a list of hoppers at the end of this page should you get lost along the way.

I love to hear from you so please leave me a comment, it means a lot.

Happy Hoppin'


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Jo Blackman (UK) - you are here

Kre8tors Blog Hop - Love/Romance...

Good morning and welcome to the Kre8tors Blog Hop for February.  Today I am joining an amazing group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world to bring to you everything Love and Romance.  

You may have joined me from Ximena or starting your journey here but it is good to have you either way.

I must confess this is not my favourite subject however, when I think of Love and Romance I always think back to our 10th wedding anniversary when my husband surprised me with a trip to Paris.  I just loved Paris so much, especially the Eiffel Tower, and it has always stayed with me.  To date we are yet to make a return trip but maybe one day (we have been married 21 years in March!)

I therefore had to use the Parisian Beauty and Forever Blossoms stamps for my project.

Here is my card...

I created a background using various stamps from the Parisian Beauty stamps in Crumb Cake ink and lightly sponged the edges, adding some accents in Early Espresso.

I originally cut the Eiffel Tower in silver foil but it was quite 'bright' so I knocked it back a little by painting over it in Gesso paint (the canvas priming paint) before gently rubbing some of the paint away to reveal the silver underneath.  It just seemed to make it more romantic somehow!  The flowers were stamped in Early Espresso and the Stampin' Blends used to add some colour.  Finally the greeting was heat embossed in white on to Early Espresso card.

Here are a couple of close ups where you can see what I mean about the Eiffel Tower.

I hope you have enjoyed my project today.  I love to receive feedback so please leave me a comment to let me know what you think.

If you want to find out more about the amazing products that Stampin' Up! has to offer, not to mention the amazing opportunities of becoming a demonstrator then please get in touch, I am here to help.

I am now going to pass you on to Alexandra who I am sure has something lovely to share with you today.

Happy Stampin'



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