Goodbye I Think You’re Great

Another goodbye to a retiring stamp set today, this time I Think You’re Great.  This set was given out at last years Stampin’ Up! Convention and wasn’t a set I would have purchased if we hadn’t received it at Convention, BUT I actually ended up using it quite a bit!  Here a couple of examples I created for my Stamp of the Month Club ladies.  Want this set for yourself?  Get in now from my Online Store here (and it’s on SALE!).

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Botanical Birthday

We are having such great weather here in Wellington for the school holidays – beautiful clear sunny days (a little crisp in the mornings to remind us that it IS Autumn) that make it so inviting to be outside with the kids, riding bikes/scooters, in the garden, chalking on the drive – lots of good holiday fun!

A quick & simple project to share today – in fact this was the make n take at an event I held a few weeks ago.  It uses the Botanical Blooms stamp set and coordinating dies.  I can’t tell you how happy I am that these 2 items are carrying over from the Occasions catalogue as I really don’t feel like I have used them nearly enough yet!

Botanical Birthday_Close_Magpiecreates A little bit of sponging in the centre of the die cut is a simple way to add depth to this great flower accent.
Botanical Birthday_Magpiecreates This card is so quick to create which makes it a good design to mass produce so that you have cards on hand to send out at the last minute!  TIP: I didn’t have any black ribbon in my stash to use on the tag so I cut a small strip of black cardstock and used that instead – if you scrape the strip over the edge of your desk/table it softens the paper fibres and makes it nice and pliable!

Here’s what I used:
Stamps: Botanical Blooms
Ink: Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Cajun Craze, Basic Black Archival
Cardstock: Pool Party, Hello Honey, Whisper White, Basic Black, Botanical Gardens DSP
Other: Big Shot, Botanical Builder Framelit Dies, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Corner Rounder Punch

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Goodbye Summer Silhouettes

Sorry for being a bit quiet the last few days – it’s school holidays here so I am making the most of the time with my girls!  As you know, this years retirement list is now out and that means I have to clear all of the retiring sets off my stamp shelf.  In fact here is a pic of all the sets I am saying goodbye to this year – each of those red dots = a retiring set!

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As I go through and sort all of these sets I am reminded of projects I have created with them and the enjoyment they have given, so I thought I would feature a few of them over the coming weeks.  The first one I have chosen to feature is Summer Silhouette.  I love the simple floral images in this set but in particular the border image.  You can find this set in the Online Store here but you will need to get in quick as it is already very low in stock!

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Here are a couple of projects I have created with this set (please note that these projects are from my archives and may include products that retired last year)

Summer Silhouette_Blackberry_Magpiecreates I love the bold colours I chose for this card – the dark Night of Navy & Blackberry Bliss look so crisp against the Whisper White!  Thankfully the super cute Bow Builder Punch is carrying over to the new Annual Catalogue – YAY!

Summer Silhouette_Masked_MagpiecreatesThis card used the masking technique for the flowers/leaves in the background and then some good ‘ol fussy cutting for the accented flowers.

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Colour Your World Blog Hop

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Can you believe that a whole month has gone past and that it is time for the second Colour Your World Blog Hop?  I am so excited to be part of this group and just loved seeing everyones projects last month.  I can’t wait to see what they have come up with this time!  Here is the colour inspiration we are working with this time round:

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Now I will admit that I was at a bit of a loss with this combination to start with and kept putting off creating the project for today!  In the end, with deadline looming I grabbed out a piece of each cardstock and lined them up on my desk in order of depth. As it turned out I loved the look of them all lined up in a row and that inspired not one but THREE projects – all a slight variation on the same theme. The first card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest some months ago.

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For the second card I pulled out my long neglected Floral Wings Hostess set – can you believe I have had this set for nearly a year and not used it until now – GASP!Floral Wings_CYW April_Magpiecreates

Lastly I went for the same line up of colours but this time featured the cardstock rather than the ink and the lovely Grateful Bunch Stamp Set & coordinating Blossom punch.Grateful Bunch_CYW April_Magpiecreates

Well that’s it from me for this month, so now it’s time to hop around the world and see what all the other ladies have been up to.  You can head straight to Sam Hammond’s blog in the UK by clicking on the Next button, or use the full listing below to navigate your way round.  Thanks for joining me and I look forward to seeing you again next month!

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Alison Solven – Canada
Alisa Tilsner – Australia
Patsy Waggoner – USA
Sophie Prestrelle – France
Kerstin Kreis – Germany
Sharlene Meyer- New Zealand
Sam Hammond – UK
Barbara Meyer – Austria

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MainAd_retired2016_OLO_Apr1816_SPUKThis years Retiring Products list is out now with up to 50% off some products!  All items on the list are only available until 31 May WHILE STOCKS LAST! If you have the 2014-2016 In-Colours (Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey) then be sure to stock up on re-inkers for your inkpads and coordinating cardstock as these are always the first items to sell out!

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