Sunday, September 30, 2012

Mandy Stacey brings us Fall Fun with Magnolia!


Hi bloggers! It is with true bitter sweetness I wish you a HAPPY last day of STAMPtember! It's been such a treat sharing and creating with so many amazing people in this industry this month! The last day is of no exception, I came to know this amazingly talented lady, Mandy Stacey, when she joined our design team and I continue to be blown away by her stunning cards & creations! Be sure to stop by her blog, A Sprinkling of Glitter, for oodles of inspiration! Here's a brief bio about Mandy in her own words:


I live in the beautiful South West of England with my husband, two children and many fur babies. After passing my A levels at college I began my nursing career, firstly mental health, then elderly & wanting to try something more of a challenge I began working with young adults with severe learning disabilities & challenging behaviors & I knew straight away that I had found my niche.
Following a car accident I had to give up work & I needed something to keep myself busy that wasn't too physically demanding which I could do with my injury, so my husband brought me home a card making magazine saying he'd found me a hobby! I was amazed at the amount of detail on the gorgeous handmade cards in the magazine as I had never seen cards like it, and decided that maybe hubby was on to something here.


That was almost 4 years ago now & as I discovered more about papercrafting I fell in love with stamping & coloring, especially Magnolia stamps. I love using lots of lovely embellishments, anything pretty, feminine and sparkly is a winner in my eyes :)

Philosophies on making these cards by Mandy: 

On my Autumn card I wanted to show a mix of older and new Magnolia stamps and also how with a little masking I could have Pie Tilda appear as she is leaning on a pumpkin instead of having her elbows resting on her knees as she does when stamped normally. When creating scenes with my Magnolia's I always use a Stamp-A-MA-JIG to get that perfect positioning & Mask It flexible masking film & both in my opinion are a must for every stamper to include in their supplies. 

I like to switch between collections and use the products in different ways, the paper I have used on this card is from the 2010 Wedding Collection & again shows that we are not limited to use it only for the collection it was released as the colors are not only perfect for an Autumn card, but also Christmas, Birthday or Thanksgiving cards, the only limitation is our own imagination!



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We don't give Halloween cards here in the UK so I only tend to make them for DT creations which is a shame as I really enjoyed stamping and coloring this little scene. I started to build my scene by stamping and masking Bat Tilda, then I stamped and masked Dracula Edwin and I would then usually stamp and mask the next furthest away image which is the Boo background but as the letters are solid I didn't need to worry about another image showing through them so I did things a little differently and stamped the moon.  I then finished off by stamping the Boo background before removing the masks and beginning to color them.


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BONUS!!!  Be sure to stop by Mandy's blog for a special coupon on Magnolia stamps you will only find on her blog!!

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123 comments:

  1. Loved both of Stacey's Cards..They look so amazing..So many details and such lovely coloring..!!..Thanks for sharing..:)

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  2. Thanks you for a wonderful month of inspiration! Im looking forward to more great cards and stamping fun.

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  3. I love your cards!!!! The Magnolias are probably my favourite stamps!!! They are so cute and as you said - you can mix and match the collections!! We don't give Halloween cards in Canada either - but I love colouring the images!

    Thanks to Heidi and the Simon Says Stamp Team for an amazing month of STAMPtember!!! The guest artists have been amazing, too! Here's to another 10 years!!!! You guys all rock!

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  4. The first card is gorgeous--so many great details. Fun Halloween card too.

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  5. This has been an AMAZING month! Thank you so much SSS team!! I really enjoyed my first experience of STAMPtember :)

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  6. I absolutely love Mandy's cards, they are always so stunning!!
    Hugs Hazel xx

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  7. I love the cards Mandy has created. Thank you Simon Says Stamp and all the fabulous special guests for STAMPtember! This has been an awesome month full of inspiration! :)

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  8. Mandy is a Magnolia girl alright! Love her amazingly detailed cards!

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  9. So nice reading about Mandy - love her adorable cards - so many wonderful details on each one!

    Thank you to SSS for a fantastic month! I have really enjoyed everyday of STAMPtember! You are all amazing!! :)

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  10. Cute cards!
    I really enjoyed this month of Stamptember! :-) xx

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  11. Cute cards!!! I have really enjoyed Stamptember!! It's been awesome every day! Thanks to all!

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  12. These are both fabulous. I love how Tilda is leaning on the pumpkin and the second one is adorably spooky. Love them both.

    This has been such a great month. Thanks to SSS and all of the guests for all of the inspiration, sales, and giveaways. I hate to see it end although I am excited to see what next month brings. :o)

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  13. I have sooooooo enjoyed Stamptember! Thanks so much to all who shared their lovely artistic creations with us!!

    I love that sweet pumpkin card. The sunflower corner treatment is just fabulous.

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  14. Wowzer cute Halloween creation Mandy, gorgeous piece of work thanks for the deets on how you masked up the images..

    smiles Christine x

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  15. Cute Halloween card, I really like the colors too.
    Christina P.

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  16. Adorable cards. Love the way they r colored. Always had liked all Mandy's creations - real beautiful coloring with coordinating elements of the card.

    Hugs
    Catherine
    http://vidhucreations.blogspot.in/

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  17. Wonderful cards! Thanks for Stamptember - this has been a very inspirating month :)

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  18. such absolutely beautiful cards! thank you for sharing! :)

    and I have had the greatest time adding things to my Pinterest board for Stamptember. thank you for this!

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  19. The cards are beautiful! I envy your coloring skills! Hate for Stamptember to end; it's been a lot of hard work for the designers and staff. Kudos on jobs well done!

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  20. Fabulous cards! The coloring is to die for! Is STAMPtember really over? It's been fantastic!!!

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  21. That´s so sweet that last day of STAMPtember you show us Mandy cards. I love all that she is doing and her blog is always full of gorgeous creations and stunning inspiration.

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  22. That is some seriously dedicated masking!

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  23. Wow Mandy, you really outdid yourself on these cards! Great job! Hugs Frea

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  24. Mandy's cards are so beautiful, it was a pleasure reading about her. Thanks for sharing! It's been an amazing month with the blog, I enjoyed all the artists you showcased and the many tips, ideas, tutorials. Thanks Simon Says stamps!!

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  25. Mandy your cards are so beautiful and your coloring is that of an "Artist". Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Gorgeous cards Mandy :-) both of them are stunning !!:-) I love the way you have combined so many images and created a beautiful scene ! Very clever ! :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  27. Thanks for sharing your talents with us Simon fans!

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  28. I am awfull with embelishments and coloring, s I just ove to see such gorgeously executed cards. Way to go, Mandy.

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  29. Mandy, these are two sweet Halloween cards. The flower clusters are lovely, especially on the Autumn card.
    Anni

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  30. I love how you turned both of your cards into scenes, using several stamps. They look awesome. :)

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  31. I am in love with the Halloween card!

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  32. It's been a very fun Stamptember with tons of inspiration and great shopping deals! Thanks so much Simon Says!

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  33. Great cards! I can't believe that Stamptember is ending! I have loved it. Thanks so much!

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  34. Wow Mandy both cards are fabulous love how you have used a few of the magnolia stamps to create a scene it looks brilliant :)

    Hugs Mandy xxx

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  35. beautiful scene on that card! and lovely coloring. thanks for the chance at some sss goodies :)

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  36. Looks to me like there are 12 Magnolia stamps on these 2 cards.
    Thanks for the chance to win some candy!!!

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  37. I love the build up of that scene!

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  38. Wow her coloring is impeccable! Fabulous cards! Celebrating STAMPtember Month & My Birthday Month has been Fantabulous!!! That deserves some, Double Smooches...(can't wait to do it AGAIN!)

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  39. Joan-Anne WeatherbeeSeptember 30, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Beautiful cards!!! I love how she thinks of different ways to use her stamps! Brilliant!!!

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  40. Beautiful coloring on both cards. I'm in awe. :)

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  41. I LOVE that card, so cute and the perfect Halloween card. Purple really is a Halloween color isn't it?

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  42. Adorable cards! Wonderful details and beautifully executed!

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  43. Absolutely STUNNING cards! Love all the different images combined to create the gorgeous scene!

    Hugs;
    Janette

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  44. I discovered Magnolia stamps via a magazine a couple of months ago. I was and still am by the look of these cards. Not just the images, but the layering and embellishments. Living in Oz, we don't give Halloween cards either, but I adore the colours. These cards are gorgeous

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  45. sad to see september over! ive love the stamptember month!
    -Rachel w k
    rwkrafts.blogspot.com

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  46. Beautiful thanksgiving card Mandy has made.
    Linda

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  47. WOW! Both of these cards are brilliant!! Gorgeous artwork Mandy!

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  48. These cards are amazing! It was so clever of you to make her lean on that pumpkin.

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  49. Wow, these are stunning ... I envy Mandy's colouring skills!
    Thanks for a fab Stampember!

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  50. I really think these are neat cards! such talent.

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  51. Lovely cards - we don't really do halloween in New Zealand either!!

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  52. Thank you so much to SSS - this month has been wonderfully inspirational and educational. Mandy - you are sooooo talented. Hugs Nicola x

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  53. Beautiful Cards Mandy thanks for sharing with us today

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  54. Thanks SSS for a great month!

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  55. Cute cards!
    I really enjoyed this month of Stamptember!

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  56. Mandy - your cards are beautiful! SSS - so happy that I found your site! Love your blog and the store. My local stamp store is closing and so I am glad I found a new place to shop.

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  57. Love the seasonal cards! I understand about not having a use for certain cards but loving to make them anyways. There are places to "dontate" them and those places either sell them for fundrasing or find use for them if its like a "get well" card. Anyways wanted to toss that idea out there. Thanks for the chance, happy to see SoG here withya!

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  58. These are beautiful! I especially love all the attention to detail! They are very cleverly created!

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  59. I hate to see Stamptember end. It's been a fun month of guests and great projects. I love your company for its variety of products and super customer service. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies.

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  60. Thanks for an amazing STAMPtember! It's been so much fun.

    This cards are goregous and the coloring is in real!

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  61. Mandy has done such a fantastic job with this Halloween card! Her coloring is amazing, and I love the black/purple color scheme too!

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  62. Lovely cards! love the colors!!!! It's always so interesting to hear the stories of how stampers got their start!!!

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  63. Stamptember has been a blast!
    I think we should have a Stamptober!

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  64. Mandy sure knows how to make adorable scenes! Her cards are fabulous and her coloring is amazing! Thanks, SSS, for a great Stamptember...you worked so hard all month!

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  65. Yes, a stampamajig and masking paper are must-have tools. These cards are so cute! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  66. Beautiful coloring! Love the scene created on the first card.

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  67. Yes, Stamptember has been a lot of fun...even over at Pinterest and pinning all those wonderful things. Wonder what's up for October?
    laura

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  68. wow those cards are amazing with the detail! Beautiful! Thanks so much!

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  69. These are just beauitfully coloured love them :)

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  70. Yes, you have found your niche. Those cards are darling. you are so talented!

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  71. Such adorable cards....I especially love the Halloween card. I am sorry to see that Stamptember is over....thanks for all the inspiration.

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  72. Love the cards , love the black and purple

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  73. Lovely cards - really like how you mixed older and newer Magnolias on the first one.

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  74. Both cards are simply adorable, and the coloring is beautiful! :)

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  75. Such fun cards...so great to hear from card makers from around the world.

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  76. Great cards! I'll be sure to check out Mandy's blog! Always fun to have a look around on a new-to-me blog!
    DeniseB

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  77. Such fabulous cards using Magnolia stamps! TFS =)

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  78. THANKS for sharing!! I LOVED the fun creations you made!! THANKS for the chance to win and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! I had a BLAST DURING STAMP-TEMBER!! =)

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  79. stunning cards. Love Magnolia and Mandy has used them to perfection

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  80. Unbelievable work--those cards are so well colored and put together! Thank you for sharing!

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  81. Great cards and wonderful colours!

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  82. The colouring on those cards is awesome.

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  83. Love the colouring from the cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  84. It's been a great Stamptember, can't wait to see what's in store for October!!!

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  85. Beautiful cards!! Thanks for all the inspiration in the month of Sept.!!!

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  87. Thank you for this WONDERFUL month of inspiration. It made me start stamping again!

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  88. Wonderful! I just joined your blog as I didn't know you had one. I have been shopping with you and after the Kickstart class I popped over for some goodies. I am off to check out Mandy's blog now. Her work is amazing!

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  89. Loved how you used colours to bring the focal point to the eye!

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  90. Thanks for all of the great ideas you provide--so inspiring!

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  91. The Halloween card is awesome, I love all the little details!

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  92. Stamptember was great and Mandy's cards are so well done. It's a shame they don't celebrate Halloween in the UK because her cards would be definite keepers for whoever got them. Nice work, Mandy!

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  93. Stunning works. Love both of them :D

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  94. What amazing cards! My next step is Stacy's blog! I'm so sad it's the end of September! I have loved Stamptember it has been so inspiring and I have tried so many new techniques and ones I had forgotten about! The guests have been fabulous and simply outdone themselves! I'm sure it was a ton of work to coordinate so THANK YOU!

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  95. Both of the cards are fabulous! So many detailing! Thumbs up!

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  96. These are such cute cards. I really like the Halloween one.

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  97. Cute Magnolia card! Loved the Stamptember posts! I'm gonna miss them! LOL!

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  98. Fabulous cards!! And so happy to meet you!

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  99. Very pretty and detailed cards - your love of cardmaking shows in every detail!

    Thanks for a great Stamptember - so much fun to come visiting every day to look for news and ideas!

    Greetings, Christine

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  100. What beautiful, creative cards!
    I can't believe we are finished with September already! Thanks for all the exceptional posts all month! This was fun!

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  101. Oh Wow I so agree that Mandy Is Truly has "Special talents" when it comes to crafting and very very inspirational!!!! Love the glitz she shares often:) Extremely awesome cards!!
    Hugz and thanks at chance of candy!!!

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  102. I follow your blog.
    The Halloween card is adorable!

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  103. Wow Mandy you really have "Rocked" the Halloween theme these are just fantastic and a great use of images and so beautifully masked!! Just amazing! Love Chanelle xxxx

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