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Stampin’ Up! Beautiful You for the Happy Inkin’ Krew Thursday Blog Hop

Mornin’ Everyone! Today is Thursday, meaning it is Blog Hop Day. Today’s challenge is color , and as soon as I saw the challenge, I saw the card in my mind’s eye.

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While I really like 2 of the three colors, the third one is definitely not my favorite. However, I was able to use it sparingly on the card. It does set off the other two quite nicely, along with the addition of white. That said, here is my card.

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I began by making black and white diagonal stripes for one of the mats. This is definitely not within my comfort zone as far as style and subject matter are concerned. It is too modern and too bright for my taste, but I knew I had to make it. It will be a birthday card for a young college age woman.

Having determined that my card base would be Lovely Lipstick and the first mat my UN-favorite color, Lemon Lime Twist, I knew that my striped mat had to be 4″ X 5-1/4″. Taking a panel of Whisper White and my mechanical pencil, along with a ruler, I began marking stripes approximately 1/4″ wide. I then proceeded to color them in with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. If you do this, be VERY careful as it wants to smear. Set aside to dry.

The art piece girl from Beautiful You is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on a Whisper White panel. The sentiment, also from Beautiful You, is stamped in Lovely Lipstick. My orginal thought was to leave the girl black and white, but decided to give her a touch of color with a Lemon Lime Twist hat. I deliberately left some white spots to add to the hand drawn look of this image. This panel was adhered to a Lovely Lipstick mat.

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By now the stripes are dry and adhered with liquid glue to a Lemon Lime Twist mat and onto the front of the card base. Over this, using Stampin’ Dimensionals, I adhered the art piece to the front. As a final touch, I added a single Rhinestones Jewel to the lower right corner.

The inside continues the three colors with a Lemon Lime Twist mat, topped with a Basic Black mat. My sentiment panel is Whisper White edged with my Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Write Marker. The Lovely Lipstick image from Beautiful You was stamped off twice before adding to my panel. The Beautiful You sentiment is Memento Tuxedo Black.

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For the envelope, I made more stripes on the flap, then stamped a girl on the front with Memento Tuxedo Black.

I think this turned out well and is very contemporary.

This card only uses one stamp set and minimal paper and inks. No die cuts. Enjoy.

Now, on with the rest of the hop. Click on the “NEXT” image to see what tempting creation Amy has for you.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston

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Card Cuts: Lovely Lipstick: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at  4-1/4″, front mat 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Whisper White: panel to make stripes 4″ x 5-1/4″, front art panel 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″, inside sentiment panel 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″; Lemon Lime Twist: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Basic Black: inside mat 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″

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Stampin’ Up! Sheltering Tree Thank You

inkin-krew-blog-hop-banner2Hello Again! This is our week for the monthly Blog Hop and the theme this month is “Celebrate Summer”. I have chosen to build a thank you card using the Sheltering Tree stamp set. It is definitely summer with the fully leafed tree with a few apples, a bicycle, green grass,  and some lovely red flowers.

My card base is Garden Green and the card front began as Very Vanilla. I sponged the grass in two greens, Shaded Spruce and Granny Apple Green. There is a bit of Soft Suede at the top of the grass…dirt, you know. The sky is a mixture of Daffodil Yellow, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride and Balmy Blue. This makes for sort of a sunset sky which is far more interesting than just blue. Or, maybe it is sunrise. You decide.

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Over this I stamped the tree in Soft Suede and added leaves in two colors, again Shaded Spruce and Granny Apple Green. Using the flower stamp in Sheltering Tree, I inked it in Real Red and added apples to the tree. We typically think of apples in autumn, but some varieties do ripen in summer.

I put flower stems in Shaded Spruce on one side of the lawn and added Real Red Flowers.

I thought the horizon line needed more definition, so I added some darker ‘grass’ using the dirt stamp in Sheltering Tree. I am not sure it is dirt, but that is what I call it. I inked it in Shaded Spruce, stamped it off twice and only added about 1/2 the length of the stamp. I turned it 180 degrees and repeated the process.

Nothing says summer fun so much as a bicycle leaning against the tree, just waiting for someone to take a ride. This two-step stamp is done in Memento Tuxedo Black and Real Red. The Birds in the sky are also stamped in Memento Black and are from the High Tide stamp set. It is amazing how much these three little birds added to the design.

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I used a strip of Tear & Tape to adhere a strip of Burlap Ribbon, then wrapped some Linen Thread around three times and tied it in a bow. To keep the thread from slipping, I taped it on the back with Scotch tape.

The sentiment is from A Good Day. I used the marker to stamp technique to ink the stamp in Soft Suede and Garden Green, then stamped on Very Vanilla. I used the smallest Stitched Shapes Framelits Circle to cut it on the Big Shot and Liquid Glued it to a #2 Shaded Spruce scalloped circle from Layering Circles Framelits. This layered sentiment was adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I number my shapes dies from smallest to largest with smallest being #1.

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The card front is now finished. It was attached to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The inside has a mat of Calypso Coral. The Very Vanilla sentiment panel has a row of the little flowers from Sheltering Tree done in Real Red and Shaded Spruce. The sentiment, from All Things Thanks, is stamped in Soft Suede.

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The envelope has an apple tree on the front and flowers on the flap. These are done just like the card front.

I really like the way this card turned out, so much that I duplicated it not once, but twice! I almost never duplicate a card. This was an exception.

Please click on the NEXT button to see what our talented team leader Amy has done. Or, if you prefer to hop around, just click on any name.The PREVIOUS button will take you to see what Nanette Tracy has offered this month.

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Card Cuts: Garden Green: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Very Vanilla: card front 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, sentiment 2″ x 2″; Calypso Coral inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″

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Stampin’ Up! Rooted in Nature Birthday forHappy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Blog hop headerAnother Thursday and another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop. Today we are working with this sketch challenge

July 5 sketch

and here is the card I created for this challenge.

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I wanted a masculine card, and, while it isn’t over the top, I think it fills the bill because of the textures and colors.

I started with a sheet of the Nature’s Poem DSP and built the card from there, using the sketch as my guide, turning it on its side.

The card base is Sahara Sand with a mat of Soft Suede that I ran through the Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. That’s a mouthful! This will hereafter be known as a DTIEF!wild wing creations-1

The two offset panels are from Nature’s Poem and Wood Textures. In fact, everything on this card uses all those same papers and card stock.

Cut all the pieces first. Then, dry emboss the Soft Suede card stock mat. This was adhered to the card base with Tear & Tape.

A panel of light colored Wood Textures DSP was then Liquid Glued to this mat. The lovely Nature’s Poem panel with leaves was also adhered with Liquid glue.

Now for the fun part. I die cut several leaves and branches from Wood Textures DSP and Soft Suede card stock using the set of 3 leaves in the Sweet Cake Thinlets. I also die cut one of the triple leaf from Nature’s Roots Framelits from the Wood Textures DSP. I then dry embossed it using the embossing plate in the set of Framelits.

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The sentiment circle in Wood Textures DSP is cut with the #4 circle from Layering Circles (I number from smallest to largest) Framelits. The Happy Birthday sentiment from Perennial Birthday, is stamped in Soft Suede ink. I then adhered the triple leaf to the circle before adding the Stampin’ Dimensionals and Linen Thread.

I did a dry fit of all the leaves and stems under the circle before adhering everything. When I was satisfied with the layout, I began layering with Liquid Glue. Several Stampin’ Dimensionals are on the back of the circle, with some of them for the express purpose of holding the Linen Thread loops in place. The rest adhere the threaded up circle over the arrangement of leaves.

I thought it looked a bit plain, so I grabbed my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker and began to outline the circle. I knew I couldn’t make a perfect circle freehand, so I deliberately added a few bumps and ‘feathers’ which I think looks better than if it were a perfect outline.

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The inside has no sentiment as I want to write a personal note here. The same card stock and DSP are on the inside with the Soft Suede acting as the first mat, the leafy DSP under the Wood Textures DSP. This is my writing surface as it is light enough for text to show up. I considered adding a stamped leaf then decided against it. Now, I think it looks plain, so I may go back and add the triple leaf in a stamped off once Soft Suede in the corner.

The envelope flap has more of the DSP , and two of the triple leaves stamped on the front. One of them is full strength Soft Suede and the other is stamped again without re-inking.

I like this challenge and think I will do another card using the same sketch. Stay tuned.

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Now, on with the hop. Just click the ‘Next’ image to see what the talented Amy has for you, or click on any name to go to her blog.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston (you are here)

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Card Cuts for today’s card: Soft Suede card stock: front embossed mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, leaves  2″ x 3″; Sahara Sand: card base 5-1/2″ x  8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper: front panel 3″ x 4-1/4″, inside liner 3-1/8″ x 4-3/8″, circle and leaves 2″ x 4″; Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper: front panel 3″ x 4-1/4″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5″

 

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Stampin’ Up! Lovely Floral Birthday

I hope you are having a Tremendous Tuesday on this THIRD day of July. Wow, before we know it we will be saying August. The year is 1/2 over already.

For today I made the Lovely Floral 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder (DTIEF) the focal point of my card. This DTIEF is so pretty it makes its own statement, no stamping needed.wild wing creations-4

I began by inking the FLAT side of the DTIEF with the beautiful NEW Soft Sea Foam ink. The first one I did had streaks from the edge of the stamp pad, so I changed my inking method and just did a tap-tap with the ink pad on the DTIEF. This gave me a nice texture.

I started with the intention of using this as the whole card front, but in the end decided to cut it down to a square and let the mixed greens do the talking. The square is 3-7/8″. When I laid it on its mat and on the card base, it just didn’t do anything for me, so I decided to round the corners. This gave it some personality. The Envelope Punch board has a nice corner rounder on the back side (or top if you prefer). I also rounded the corners on the Whisper White mat, then used Liquid Glue to adhere the mat to the card base. Stampin’ Dimensionals  attached the focal piece to the mat.

My card base is Garden Green, which pairs nicely with the Soft Sea Foam. I think Soft Sea Foam is my new favorite color. It goes with just about everything!

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The sentiment, from You’re Inspiring, is stamped in Garden Green on Whisper White. Since I planned to add some embellishments to the left side of the sentiment, I stamped it off center. I often have a vague idea of how I want the card to look, and sometimes it is too vague to become reality. Such was the case for this one. My sentiment strip was cut and bannerized, that is, the ends were flag cut. This just didn’t DO anything for the card. HMMM. Now what?

Well, I had the scraps from trimming my focal piece, so I made a mat for the sentiment. That helped, but still, No Go. Round the ends? Use a punch? Nothing triggered “Aha!”. I began to go through my dies to see what might work and in the end used one of the retired Lots of Labels Thinlits. This made the perfect sentiment banner. I did the same with the mat, Liquid Glued them together and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere them to the card front centering it under the focal piece.

Some folks don’t use Stampin’ Up! retired products, but I do. I paid good money for them and got them because I like them, so I will keep using them.

Now for the fun part, adding embellishments. I used the Sweet Cake Framelits to cut some leaves from Garden Green card stock and a couple from the scraps from trimming my focal piece.

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The flower is cut using the Flourishing Framelits. I wanted a small flower to sort of mimic the focal flower and this one was perfect. Again, using scraps from trimming the focal piece, I cut the flower, then Liquid Glued it to a scrap of Whisper White. This was fussy cut around the green flower.

I cut a Whisper White flower using the smaller die and curled the edges with my Bone folder. I did the same with the larger flower, curling them backwards. Then, I placed the flower in the palm of my hand and used the blunt end of my Paper Piercer to push down on the flower center. This added more dimension.

A dab of Liquid Glue adhered the small flower over the large one. I arranged the leaves and Liquid glued them  to the sentiment banner, then used a Stampin’ Dimensional to adhere the flower.

A medium Basic Jewels Pearl adds some Pzazz to the flower center, and tiny ones fill the centers of the small flowers in the focal piece.

There! This card front is DONE!

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For the inside I stamped some leaves and flowers from Falling Flowers in Soft Sea Foam on Whisper White, then added the sentiments, also in Soft Sea Foam. The sentiments are from Flourishing Phrases and Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

I matted this on some Soft Sea Foam card stock and Liquid Glued the whole into the card base. This is a nice, soft, feminine look.

The envelope front has a single green Falling Flowers leaf in Soft Sea Foam, while the flap is…..surprise! Dry embossed with the Lovely Floral DTIEF for a different look. I like it. I considered inking the DTIEF like I did for the focal piece, but decided it was too messy for the flap.

This post is a bit longish, but sometimes I think it is good to let you know the thought process, not just the finished product.

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Looks to me like we have a lot to celebrate in July besides Independence Day and my birthday! WOO-HOO!

Card Cuts: Garden Green: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, leaves 2″ x 3″; Whisper White: focal piece 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, front mat 4-1/8″ x 4-1/8″, sentiment banner 7/8″ x 4″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″, flowers 2″ x 2″; Soft Sea Foam: inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″

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Stampin’ Up! Serene Garden Anniversary for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Blog hop headerI hope you are all having a tremendous Thursday as you join us for the Thursday Blog Hop. Our challenge for today was color, and I think these are GREAT colors, especially when used together. Here are the colors for today’s challenge.

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Here is the card I created for it. It is a 5″ x 7″ card, so if you want a smaller one, adjust the card cuts accordingly.

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I began with a Mossy Meadow card base. Next up was to emboss the Very Vanilla with the Basketweave 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. I love this folder! It is so versatile and can be used with so many stamp sets.

I stamped the large design in the Serene Garden stamp set in Mossy Meadow on Very Vanilla, colored the flowers with my Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Marker, and used my Blender Pen to add a bit of color to the leaves. I thought the flowers looked ‘flat’ so I went over the outer petals again with the Petal Pink marker. Then I fussy cut this image. Yes, you heard me, I fussy cut it, because I have not yet purchased the coordinating dies. Even if I had the dies, I would have still done some fussy cutting so more of my basketweave would show. YOU can save 10% by ordering both the stamps and the dies in a bundle.

I stamped the smaller corner leaves in Mossy Meadow (my new favorite green) and again used the blender pen to distribute some color. I also fussy cut these.

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The sentiment is from Special Celebrations and stamped in Versamark on Very Vanilla and heat embossed in Gold. Before stamping, I used my Embossing Buddy to go over the Very Vanilla so I wouldn’t get little bits of gold where I didn’t want them. I cut this with the third largest Layering Ovals die and adhered it to a Petal Pink Layering Ovals die. Before adhering I edged the VV oval with Versamark and dipped it in the Gold Emboss Powder, then heat set it. This layered oval was then Tear and Taped to a Gold Foil Sheets oval, just slightly larger than the scalloped pink one.

I did a dry fit and decided to do the inside before making the final adhesion. Good thing I did, too, as I dry fit the front to be a horizontal card, then made the inside vertical! I am sure none of you have ever done that! Since I hadn’t glued anything to the front, it was all ok, though I think I would have liked the horizontal layout better.

The inside sentiment is from the retired Number of Years and stamped in Mossy Meadow on Very Vanilla. I also edged this panel with my Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Marker. I used the retired stamp set because this is an anniversary card, and I have no other anniversary sentiment, at least that I could find.

 

The lovely dove in Serene Garden graces the inside in Petal Pink. The single stemmed flower is stamped in Mossy Meadow and the flower colored in Petal Pink. This panel was adhered to a Petal Pink mat and into the card base with Liquid Glue.

Back to the front and I was ready to put everything together when I noticed the horizonal/vertical mis-match. No problem, just make the whole thing vertical!

I Liquid Glued the fussy cut pieces to the basketweave. This panel was Tear and Taped to the Petal Pink mat. The Petal pink was also adhered to the Gold Foil Sheets (out of which I cut the center leaving a 3/4″ border) with Tear and Tape and the whole was glued to the card base with Liquid Glue.

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To finish the front I stuck MANY Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the layered ovals and wound some Gold Metallic Thread around then adhered it to the card front. The final touch was a single gold dot, but the label is missing, so I don’t know which embellishment it is. I think any bit of gold, or Petal Pink or Mossy Meadow would do.

The envelope was stamped on the front and flap with the same stamps as for the card, also in Mossy Meadow. The flowers on the front were colored with my Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Marker. I only used the corner stamp for the flap after waffling about whether to add flowers.

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I really like this Serene Garden stamp set and will no doubt use it frequently.

Now, ON with the HOP! Click the image to go to the next blog, or click on any name to go there. There are some talented ladies on this hop so don’t miss any of them!

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Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston: YOU ARE HERE

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Card Cuts: Mossy Meadow: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″: Very Vanilla: basketweave 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″, for leaves, floral piece and sentiment oval 4″ x 6″, inside panel 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″; Petal Pink: front mat and inside mat (cut 2) 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″; Gold Foil Sheets: Front mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, cutting the oval from the center

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Stampin’ Up Joint Thursday Blog Hop

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Happy Thursday to Everyone! Today we are hopping with some of our friends north of the Border.

We’re joining forces with Sandi MacIver’s Happy Stampers for our Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop this week! This will be a once-monthly event. We’re also doing something a little fun with the challenges. On our combined weeks, we will have a sketch challenge and a color challenge that we can choose to use individually or together!

I have chosen to do both this month. At first I wasn’t sure I could make the color combination work, as it is outside my comfort zone. However, nothing ventured, nothing gained, so I decided to try it. Actually, I am very pleased with the resulting card.

Here are the colors for the challenge,

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And this is the sketch.

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Now on with the show! This is the card I chose to make.

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Bermuda Bay is my card base and the first mat is Fresh Fig. This panel was put through the Big Shot with the Woodland Textured Embossing Folder, one of my favorites.

Did I say this card is for a man? A friend is having major health issues right now so this card is to let him know I am thinking of him.

Next up I used Thinlits in the Rooted in Nature bundle along with the Big Shot Embossing Mats to emboss the tree and leaves. This is a fun way to stretch the use of your dies-use them for embossing. I embossed the tree and the leaves on the  Pear Pzazz panel, then embossed just the detailed leaves on some scrap paper. I then used the open leaf die to cut them out. Things still looked a little plain, so I used a sponge dauber and some Bermuda Bay ink to give the large embossed tree some color, then added Bermuda Bay and Fresh Fig ink to the cut out leaves.

The Fresh Fig branch is from the Seasonal Layers die set and is cut twice. One of the branches was trimmed and glued to the other to make extra branches.

The sentiment is stamped in Fresh Fig and is from the Accented Blooms stamp set. Since I was going for a rustic look, I didn’t want the sentiment straight up and true, so I angled it a bit, just above the embossed leaves.

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I did a quick dry fit of all the pieces and it just wasn’t, well, right. I didn’t have the rustic look I was going for. So, I began tearing. First I tore the Fresh Fig mat, then decided both panels needed to be torn. I think this look is much better. Liquid Glue adhered the embossed Pear Pzazz panel to the embossed Fresh Fig panel. A length of Linen Thread was wrapped around the Fresh Fig panel and taped on the back. A small Linen Thread bow was then adhered with a glue dot.

I did use Tear and Tape to secure the Fresh Fig panel to the card base as I wanted to be double certain it would stay there.

Then came the fun part of adding the branch and leaves over the front. I dry fit them several ways before I adhered them with Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the inside, I embossed leaves in the corners of  the Pear Pzazz panel, using the same technique as for the front of the card. Then I again tore the edges. I did not sponge the edges, either here or on the front. I guess I thought that would be overkill, but it would be fine to do it if you wish. This was then Liquid Glued to the Fresh Fig panel and into the card base. I chose to leave the inside blank so that I could write a longer, personal message.

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For the envelope, you know we cannot have a plain, bare naked envelope, I again used the Sponge Daubers and Pear Pzazz and Fresh Fig Inks to ink the three-leaf stamp from Rooted in Nature to give them a multi-colored look. Then I stamped each inking twice for even more variety of color. On the front a simple three-leaf multi-color stamped once was good enough for me.

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I think this card turned out well and fairly closely follows the challenges of both color and sketch. Please leave a comment and let me know what YOU think.

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Card Cuts: Bermuda Bay: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Fresh Fig: (2) inside and front panels 4″ x 5-1/4″ then torn, branches 3″ x 4″ (cut 2); Pear Pzazz: (2) front 3-3/4″ x 5″ then torn, inside panel 4″ x 5-1/4″ torn slightly smaller than the Fresh Fig panel, scrap approx 3″ x 4″ to cut 1 large leaf and 1 three-leaf set.

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Stampin’ Up! Love What You Do Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

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Good Thursday Everyone! My the week is going fast. But then, don’t they all?

My card for today’s hop is following the color challenge and uses the Love What You Do stamp set. Here is the challenge,

June 14 color challenge

and here is the card I made for it. I had not ordered the Granny Apple Green yet, in either ink or card stock, so I am substituting Pear Pzazz. It is the closest in color to the Granny Apple Green, so I hope it doesn’t throw things off too much.  I didn’t use much of it anyway, just because it was the wrong green, just the ink for the sentiment.

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Once again I am grateful to the crafters out there who post their creations on You Tube to inspire the rest of us. I so enjoyed the video Linda Bedinger did on this fun fold, that I decided to try it. You can watch her video with great instructions (which I won’t repeat).

Just go to Linda Bedinger to see what she did.

After doing all the card cuts, I began by stamping the watercolor background in Shaded Spruce on a panel of Whisper White. Over this I stamped the flower image in Memento Tuxedo Black. This piece was cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and mounted on a mat of Blushing Bride that I had cut with a Layered Squares Framelit. This was adhered with Liquid Glue to the Shaded Spruce card base that I had already cut and folded.

A panel of Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper is affixed to the lower portion with Liquid Glue. wild wing creations-1

The sentiment, from Beautiful Bouquet, was stamped in Pear Pzazz since I didn’t have the Granny Apple Green, on Whisper White. I then cut it with a Layering Ovals Framelit and adhered it to a Blushing Bride Scalloped Layering Ovals mat with Liquid Glue. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered it to the front of the card.

On the inside, a layered panel identical to the front, with the stamped off once watercolor background and the Tuxedo Black flowers finished the back of the folded card base.

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For the sentiment, I used a two part message from Beautiful Bouquet, stamping it in Blushing Bride. I also used Blushing Bride to stamp the flower clusters in the upper corners. Another panel of Share What You Love DSP finished the inside.

The envelope is stamped on the front with the same flowers as the art piece in Shaded Spruce and colored in with my Blushing Bride Stampin’ Marker. The flap is covered in more of the Share What You Love DSP.

Now on with the hop. Just click the ‘NEXT’ image to go on to Amy’s Blog, or click any name to go to their blog.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston: You are HERE

 

 

 

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Stampin’ Up! Nature Anniversary Fun Fold

Good Morning all! It is the weekend again, Woo-Hoo! Doesn’t everyone love the weekend? Weddings, graduations, class reunions, etc. all seem to fall on the weekends.

This month our family has several birthdays and four anniversaries. It is hard to stay ahead! One of the anniversary couples will receive this fun-to-make card, and it isn’t hard. Giving instructions without showing you how to do it might be hard.

Never fear, Linda Bedinger has a great video which you can see here.

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I like this color combination of Blueberry Bushel and Soft Seafoam. Assembly is quick and easy once you have the card stock cut.

I used the oak tree from the new Rooted in Nature stamp set to stamp the front in Blueberry Bushel ink on Whisper White card stock. This was cut with a square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits and mounted on a Blueberry bushel scalloped square. This was cut with a die from the Layering Squares Framelits.

I used Versamark ink to watermark the leaves on the front of the card base before I did any cutting and folding. Next step is to cut and fold the card front back. Linda’s video shows very clearly how to do this.

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To assemble, do the cutting and folding, then adhere the Soft Seafoam  square to the folded front. I used Tear and Tape as this will hold up to the rigors of opening and closing. Stamp the image, do the die cuts, adhere the image square to the scalloped square with Liquid Glue.

For the sentiment, I used the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and stamped it in Blueberry Bushel. I used my Paper Snips to cut the flag end and Liquid Glued it to the back of the scalloped square. This is then adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals, though you wouldn’t have to do this. You could just use Liquid Glue to adhere this to the card.

On the inside, I again stamped the tree, then used the sentiments from Beautiful Bouquet to stamp them in Blueberry Bushel and Soft Seafoam. This liner is adhered with Liquid Glue. I think this tree will be used a lot in my future card making!!wild wing creations-4

To finish, I used some Whisper White Organza ribbon, now retired, to tie around the front and make a small bow. Card is finished.

I really like this design and will be making more of these. Thank you Linda Bedinger.

The envelope is finished by stamping leaves from the Rooted in Nature stamp set on the flap and the tree on the front.

To do the leaves, I used sponge daubers to ink the stamp with Blueberry Bushel and Soft Seafoam, giving them a more natural look. Although, who ever heard of BLUE leaves? Oh, well. I then stamped each one twice before re-inking the stamp to add even more shading.

I hope you enjoy this card and make one for yourself.

Card Cuts: Blueberry Bushel: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ scrap for scalloped square; Whisper White: inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″, front for stamping and sentiment banner 3-1/2″ x 4″, Soft Seafoam: 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop Share What You Love

Blog hop headerHappy Thursday to all you who hop! I took a brief leave of absence from this blog hop, but here we are back again. Come on along and join the fun! We are working from a sketch today.

June 7 sketch

And, my card features the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Both are part of the Share What You Love Suite.

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I started with a card base of So saffron, to which I adhered a panel of the Share What You Love DSP with Liquid Glue. A square of Champagne Foil Sheets is the mat for the Lovely Floral embossed panel in So Saffron. Tear and Tape assures a good adhesion to the foil.

The sentiment, from the host set Very Vintage, is stamped in Versamark and Memento Tuxedo Black, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder, on a scalloped oval of Champagne foil. I don’t yet have the black embossing powder, but this would be the perfect place for it. The bee, or is it a fly?, is also from Very Vintage and heat embossed. This oval is adhered to one cut from the Share What You Love DSP and adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The ovals are die cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits. wild wing creations-1

For the inside I simply layered a liner of So Saffron over a mat of ChampagneFoil Sheets using Tear and Tape. This was then layered over a panel of the Share What You Love DSP. I chose to not put a sentiment inside as I wanted to have room for a longer personal note. There is a bit of glitz in the DSP, which is perfectly set off by the Champagne Foil. I like this combination.

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For the flap, what else, but more of the DSP? What? No DSP? Ha! For a change I decided that more bees and some little flowers from the Very Vintage stamp set would be appropriate. I stamped the bees in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them in with my So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker. The flowers are stamped in So Saffron.

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The front of the envelope got more of the same. I think this made for a very pretty ensemble.

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I hope you enjoy this simple card.

If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be happy to help you with questions or products.

Now, on with the hop. You can move through by clicking NEXT, or just click on the name of the person whose blog you wish to visit.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston (You are here)

Card Cuts: So Saffron: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, embossed panel 2-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, inside liner 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″; Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper: Front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, large scalloped oval 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Champagne Foil Sheets: front square mat 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, smaller scalloped oval 2″ x 3″, inside mat 3-1/2″ x 5″;

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