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Stampin’ Up! Poppy Moments Thank You

Here we are again for a Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop! The weeks just keep rolling around in spite of hurricanes, wildfires and Covid19! I hope all of you are out of harms way and well. If not, my prayers are for things to quickly improve. The farmers in my neighborhood have started their harvest, but it isn’t in full swing yet. OK, enough chatting, on with the hop.

Today we have a color challenge, where we are given 5 colors and have to use a minimum of three of them. I have to say, this one was really a challenge for me. I struggled with what to do and changed my mind at least 3 times. As I write this, I still have a little time, so might change it again! Here are the colors.

They didn’t really ‘speak’ to me like some colors do, so it was a struggle as to which 3 to use. In the end, I used all five.

I have the Painted Poppies stamp and the Poppy Moments dies, but I wasn’t sure what to do with them. I guess the poppies came to mind because most poppies are orange, and Cajun Craze is sort of orange. And, Pretty Peacock is sort of green, so that became the leaves.

Here is my card and how I made it.

The card base is Basic Black. I double matted, meaning there are 2 layers under the card front piece, Whisper White on Basic Black and Blackberry Bliss on the Whisper White.

My card front is Whisper White, embossed with the Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder.

Using the dies from Poppy Moments, from Pretty Peacock I cut 2 branched leaves, 2 detailed branch leaves, 2 large leaves, and 2 large leaf details. These are adhered with Liquid  Glue.

The large poppy was cut from Cajun Craze twice, and the detail twice. I only cut one of the smaller poppy and its detail once as well. Liquid Glue adhered the detail to the poppy base. I also cut the appropriate poppy centers from Basic Black.

Now to assemble the front. I did a dry fit, then, when all was as I wanted it, I used Liquid Glue to attach the leaves to the embossed Whisper White. To add a little more dimension, I very carefully curled the poppies with my bone folder. Not too much, as I was afraid of tearing the details. The top most poppy was adhered just with a little Liquid Glue in the center, leaving the edges of the petals free.

The other large poppy was adhered below it with a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals. The smaller one was also adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from Ornate Thanks and is stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper White. The Paper Trimmer cut it to the perfect size, then I mounted it on a mat of Pretty Peacock. In hindisght, perhaps I should have stamped it in Pretty Peacock and matted it in Blackberry Bliss since the main mat is Blackberry Bliss. You can do as you like.

For the inside liner, I stamped the sentiment, also from Ornate Thanks, in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper White card stock. The field of poppies from Painted Poppies was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with my Cajun Craze Stampin’ Write Marker. I deliberately did not color them perfectly, leaving some white area to make it look a bit more rustic. I like this little field of poppies. The liner was directly adhered to the card base with Liquid Glue. I decided not to mat the liner.

The envelopes had to have some decoration too, as I do not like naked envelopes. Again, the poppy field was perfect for the envelope, both front and flap.

Now that you have seen what I did with the challenge, click on the ‘NEXT’ button to see what Amy has for you, or click on any name to go directly to her blog. Thanks for stopping by. Comment below. Also, the products used and card cuts are below the names.

If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be happy to fill that role for you.

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy/

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston – You are here

CARD CUTS

Basic Black: card base 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″, scrap for flower centers, approx 2″ x 2″;

Whisper White: front mat 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″, embossed front 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″, inside liner 4″ x 5 1/4″, front sentiment scrap cut to size, in this instance 1/2″ x 2 7/8″

Blackberry Bliss: front mat 4″ x 5 1/4″

Cajun Craze: poppies one piece about 4″x 5″ will do all the flowers and details, or you can use up scraps.

Pretty Peacock: leaves 2″ x 6″ , sentiment mat 9/16″ x 2 15/16″

 

 

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Stampin’ UP! Love of Leaves for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop, where my friends and I share projects with you, made with Stampin’ Up! products.

Today we are working with a sketch.

Here is the card I created using the sketch as inspiration.

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My card base is Misty Moonlight, the mat is Seaside Spray and the leaves are Silver Foil Sheets and Soft Seafoam. This is how I did it.

Cut and score the card base, then emboss a panel of Misty Moonlight in one of the Greenery embossing folders. You will have to do this twice as the folder is narrow and won’t fill the whole panel. Trim to fit the card base and use Liquid Glue to attach it to the base.

Cut a panel of Seaside Spray and stamp the little dots from the Waterfront stamp set randomly with Misty Moonlight. Some were stamped full strength and some stamped off once. This was then embossed with the Subtle embossing folder.

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Use one of the leaf dies in the Love of Leaves Bundle to cut and emboss the Silver Foil Sheets. Cut a Silver branch with the die from Birds and More dies. Cut another from Soft Seafoam. Cut them apart when you do the dry fit so they lay the way you want them and Liquid Glue them to the panel. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the larger Silver leaf to the front and over the branches.

Use the Embossing Buddy to go over a piece of Misty Moonlight, then stamp the sentiment from Someone Special in Versamark Ink. Sprinkle Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder over this and use the Heat Tool to melt the powder.

Cut to the size you want and cut a mat of Silver Foil just a little bigger. I prefer a smaller edge, so the mat is 1/8″ larger than the sentiment piece. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals and Liquid Glue to adhere to the card front.

Attach Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the card front, and adhere to the card base.

For the inside, I cut a mat in Silver Foil, then cut the center out of it leaving 1/2″ border. I really don’t like to waste the more expensive paper by covering it up. I again stamped the dots from Waterfront in Misty Moonlight on my Seaside Spray panel. Ink up the same leaf shape from the Love of Leaves Bundle that you used on the front. I used Misty Moonlight and stamped it off once.

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Use the Embossing Buddy on the panel, then stamp the sentiment from Band Together in Versamark ink, sprinkle with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder and use the Heat Tool to melt the powder. Liquid Glue the stamped panel atop the Silver Foil frame, then use Liquied Glue to adhere the completed inside panel to the card base.

For the envelope flap, I stamped the dots from Waterfront on a strip of Seaside Spray, then glued it to the flap and trimmed to fit. On the front, I stamped the leaf in Versamark, sprinkled on the Silver Emboss Powder and heated it to melt. Using a mask (mask made by cutting a leaf from a sticky note with the die) over the embossed leaf, I stamped another leaf in Misty Moonlight.

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I thought the front looked a little plain, so I added a  Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the front sentiment. This card is finished.

Thank you for stopping by. Please leave comments below. Card cuts and products used for this card are also below.

If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be delighted to help you with questions. To purchase products, just click on the Shop Online button at right, or click on any product.

Now, on with the hop. Just click any name, or click the ‘NEXT’ button to see what the talented Amy and the other ladies have done.

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Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston-You are Here

CARD CUTS

Misty Moonlight: Card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, embossed piece 4 1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (trim to fit after embossing), sentiment piece 3/4″ x 2 1/4″, envelope flap 2 1/4″ x 6″; Silver Foil Sheets: mat for sentiment 7/8″ x 2 3/8″, leaves 2 1/2″ x 5″, inside mat 4″ x 5 1/4″; Seaside Spray: front 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″, inside 3 3/4″ x 5″; Soft Sea Foam: 2″ x 4″

 


 

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Stampin’ Up! Toile Christmas for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Welcome back to our Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop, which I just know you will enjoy. The participants are all creative, talented and fun, and have wonderful things to show you. So, come on along.

Today we are working with a theme challenge, which is Birds or Animals. It should come as no surprise to anyone that I chose one of my favorite birds, the Northern Cardinal, which is found in the Toile Christmas stamp set. Here is our theme

And here is my card.

The stamp set is designed as a Christmas set, but I chose to make it a “Thinking of You” card. It seems in these difficult times that our friends and family, and maybe even those we don’t know very well, could use a boost to their day. What better way to give them that boost, and to let them know you care how they are doing, than by making and sending a card?

Since Cardinals are red, the main color is Cherry Cobbler, which ties in nicely with the plaid I chose to use. Today, the plaid, from Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper, is on the strips. The card base is Basic Black with mats in Mango Melody. The background on the front and the inside liner are from In Good Taste Designer Series Paper. All these colors are in the plaid. I also chose to add some greenery in Mossy Meadow and Gold Foil sheets. I loosely used the Freshly Made Sketches sketch, but didn’t enter this card in the challenge.

After cutting all the pieces (card cuts are below) I embossed the In Good Taste background panel with one of the Wrapped in Texture embossing folders. Liquid Glue adheres this panel to the Mango Melody mat. The plaid strips are also Liquid Glued to their respective mats, and Liquid Glue is the adhesive used to attach them to the front panel.

The cardinal, from Toile Christmas, is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Cherry Cobbler and cut with the coordinating die from the Christmas Cardinal die set. Using the branch in the stamp set, I stamped two of them on Mossy Meadow in Memento Tuxedo Black. I cut these and one plain one with the coordinating die. I cut another branch from Gold Foil Sheets. It seemed too heavy for the card, so I cut a finer branch with leaves from the Birds and More die set. This I cut apart to place it going in opposite directions.

After dry arranging the bits and pieces to the front, I used Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere all  of it to the card front. The sentiment, from Love of Leaves, is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Gray Granite card stock, and cut with a die from Stitched So Sweetly die set. I cut a duplicate in Basic Black, cut it in half horizontally and, with Liquid Glue, glued it to the back of the sentiment making a mat out of it. A couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered it to the card front.

Using Liquid Glue, I adhered this card front to the card base, then added a few Red Rhinestones to finish the front. The Cardinal’s eye is a Red Rhinestone with a black dot in the middle, made with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

By the time I got the front done and started on the inside, I got word that a friend had lost a family member, so it became a Sympathy card. For the inside liner, a panel of the In Good Taste was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black with the sentiment from Woven Heirlooms. In the corners, I stamped the tiny scroll. The Liner is adhered to the Mango Melody mat and then into the card base with Liquid glue. A couple of Red Rhinestones complete the inside.

This completed the card. The envelope got another Cardinal on the front, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with my Real Red and Mango Melody Stampin’ Write Markers. I used Real Red as the Cherry Cobbler was WAY too dark. The flap was covered with a strip of the Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper.

At this point, I kept looking at the front and something just wasn’t right. I finally decided it was the Cardinal. The one on the envelope had the correct color bill and the one on the front did not. They have a bright yellow-orange bill, so I stamped the Cardinal head in Memento Tuxedo Black on a scrap of Mango Melody, fussy cut the bill, and used Liquid Glue to adhere it to the Cardinal on the front of the card. MUCH BETTER! NOW the card is finished!

To continue on the hop, just click the button below to get to Amy’s blog and see what she has to show you. Otherwise, just click on any name to go to a particular blog, but you won’t want to miss anyone!

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston-You are here

CARD CUTS

Basic Black: card base 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″, mat for front sentiment 2″ x 2″

Mango Melody: front mat and inside mat 4″ x 5 1/4″, mats for large plaid strip 1 3/8″ x 4″, mat for smaller plaid strip 1 3/8″ x 3″, scrap for Cardinal bill

Cherry Cobbler: Cardinal 2 1/2″ x 5″

Mossy Meadow: 3 branches 4″ x 4″

Gold Foil Sheets: branch 2″ x 4″

Gray Granite: front sentiment 2″ x 2″

In Good Taste Designer Series Paper: card front and inside liner 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″

Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper: (One 6″x6″ sheet will be enough) Large strip 1 1/4″ x 3 7/8″, small strip 1 1/4″ x 2 7/8″, envelope flap 2 1/4″ x 6″

If you need my help for anything, or have questions, just let me know. If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be happy to help you with whatever you need to make this project or any other. To order from my online store, just click the bird button at right that says Shop with me Online.

 

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Stampin’ Up! Prized Peony Birthday

Good Thursday everyone. I have been absent from the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop for awhile, but thought it time to get back in the swing of things. I hope you enjoy my card, made with the ultra-lovely Prized Peony bundle. Today we are working from a sketch.

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This is a simple sketch, and I took a few liberties with it. Here is my card.

I began with my card base in Petal Pink card stock, to which I adhered a panel of Peony Garden Designer Series Paper that I had embossed with the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder. This panel was originally cut to 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. After trimming with the border die in the Prized Peony Bundle it was the perfect size for the sketch.

The sentiment from Beautiful Autumn is stamped in Gray Granite on Whisper White card stock. I cut it out using the stitched rectangle die in the Ornate Layers dies.

The beautiful peony in the Prized Peony stamp set was stamped in Gray Granite on Whisper White, colored with Soft Sea Foam and Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Markers, then cut with the matching die from the bundle. To get the placement I wanted, the stem covered up part of the sentiment, so I used Liquid Glue to adhere the sentiment to the stem and Stampin’ Dimensionals attached the whole thing to the card front. A few Pearls Basic Jewels complete the front.

For the inside, I stamped the lovely peony in stamped off once Gray Granite on a 3 3/4″ x 5″ liner of Whisper White card stock. This was adhered to a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of Gray Granite, and the whole Liquid Glued into the card base. I did not add a sentiment as this card requires a hand written message.

You may look in the annual catalog at the Peony Garden Suite and see that the Designer Series Paper appears to have crumb cake as one of the colors, thus wondering why I am using Gray Granite. Due to the vagaries of printing, colors are not always what they appear to be. In this case, the brownish look is actually Gray Granite. Either way, it is lovely!

This finished the card, but the envelope needs dressing up. We can’t have a naked envelope! I stamped another of the lovely large peony on the front and added a piece of the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper to the flap. The peony was colored the same as the one on the front of the card.

                                                

I hope you enjoy my card. If you choose to make one similar, the product list is below the names of the hoppers.

Now, on with the hop. To see what Amy has contributed, just click on the ‘NEXT’ button below. Or, to see what the others have been up to, just click on any name to go directly to their blog.

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston-YOU ARE HERE

If you do not have a demonstrator I would be happy to help you. To purchase items used in this card, just click on the ‘Shop Online With Me’ button at right.

 

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Stampin’ Up! Love of Leaves Birthday

inkin-krew-blog-hop-banner2Good Morning Everyone! I hope you have started with a good week and that it continues in these strange days.

Today our Krew Blog Hop theme is ‘Fall Frenzy’ which we can interpret any way we wish. So, come along and join the fun!

For today’s card I have chosen to use the Love of Leaves bundle, available in the new mini catalog (page 49). By purchasing the bundle you save 10% over the cost of the individual items. Since it is a birthday, I used the sentiment from Special Someone for the front and one from another company for the inside. Both sentiments are stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in Copper Embossing Powder.

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The card base is Crumb Cake with a panel of Designer Series Paper from the Good Taste package adhered with Liquid Glue. Over this lovely woodgrain paper I added a smaller panel of Copper Foil Sheets embossed with the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I then cut leaves in Mossy Meadow, Mango Melody, Pear Pzazz, Copper Foil and Cajun Craze.  The leaves are cut using the Stitched Leaves dies in the Love of Leaves Bundle. The Cajun Craze berries are from the retired Frosted Bouquet dies and the Mango Melody branch is from In the Woods.

The sentiment was stamped on Crumb Cake in Versamark ink, heat embossed with Copper Emboss Powder, and  cut with a die from the Beautiful Boughs dies. Before stamping with Versamark ink it is good to used the Embossing Buddy to go over the panel to prevent any stray bits of copper where you don’t want them. I used my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker to edge both the sentiment label and the embossed copper panel. It doesn’t really show, but makes for a more finished look somehow.

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I adhered the sentiment label with Stampin’ Dimensionals, dry fit all the components, then took a photo  when I was satisfied. My memory fails me sometimes when I try to re-create the look, so a photo on my phone is helpful.

A linen thread bow attached with a Mini Glue Dot finishes the front.

For the inside, I cut a panel of Copper Foil Sheets for a mat, then a Mossy Meadow liner was adhered with liquid glue over that. The sentiment is stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Copper Emboss Powder.

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To dress it up a bit I added some leaves from Love of Leaves in Versamark in the corners, then embossed them also in copper.

The envelope flap has more of the Good Taste DSP, and the front was stamped with a single leaf from Love of Leaves in the corner with Cajun Craze. For some reason that photo didn’t turn out and I didn’t have the the inclination to take another one.

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Our Wonderful World….and Beyond

Good Wednesday to you all, otherwise known as Hump Day. Well, it used to be anyway when we were living in a ‘normal’ world. These days, I am not so sure. Nothing seems to be familiar most days.

Enough of that talk! Today I am waiting for my Stampin’ Up! shipment so I can make more cards. Huh? Don’t you already have stamp sets, and dies, and paper? Well, yes, I do, but it is so much fun working with the NEW stuff! I probably have enough of all the above to last into the next century, but any excuse will do when you really aren’t in the mood to clean up the mess from the last card so you can get to work on new ones.

I suppose you have all heard about the comet that is causing such an uproar in the stargazing world. It isn’t often that we get to see a comet with the naked eye, and have multiple opportunities to photograph it. This was my first attempt at photographing the comet one night last week.

With all the political chatter on television, and the Covid19 talk, I am sick to death of tv, so just don’t turn it on. I think it has been 2 weeks since I even turned it on, and it was only on about 10 minutes before I couldn’t stand it any more. So much negativity. So much BAD news. Personally, I see the world through a different lens than those tv people.

BUT, having said all that, I was tuned in enough to hear about the comet. NEOWISE. A weird name for a comet, eh? Well, it is named for the space telescope that discovered in on March 27, the Near Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. It was named Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE on April 1, and became visible to the naked eye in the very early mornings on July 3. I didn’t know about it then.

This was my second attempt, taken above a cornfield in Minnesota.

If you can get away from light pollution, do get outside and find the Big Dipper. This constellation can be found in the northwest sky as soon after sunset as you can see the stars. Say 45 minutes to an hour after sunset. Almost straight down from the lip of the dipper you will be able to see the comet with the naked eye. Yep, naked eye. Probably this will be your only opportunity in this lifetime to see a comet without a telescope. This particular comet won’t come around again for about 6,800 years, and I don’t plan to be here then. Do you?

Experts say it will be visible all night, and probably through the end of July. However, it is receding from the sun so is dimming slightly. Also, the crescent moon will also reappear this week, and with a brighter light from the moon, the comet will be harder to see. Tonight it will pass closest to Earth, some 64 millions miles away.

If you have binoculars, you can get an even better look at this celestial phenomenon. We are fortunate here in the northern hemisphere to be able to see NEOWISE. The last comet, Comet McNaught, in 2007, was pretty much only visible in the southern hemisphere. Hale-Bopp was visible to the naked eye in 1997. So, only 3 comets in 23 years have been visible to the naked eye, and this one is pretty amazing.

This image is better. You can see the lake in the foreground and the cup part of the Big Dipper. There were clouds so the comet was fading in and out.

But I like this one even better as it shows the Big dipper. I used a wide angle lens for both of these. The first two images were taken with a telephoto lens. Both of these images were taken at Sulem Lake in Minnesota.

On the way back to my daughter’s house after leaving the lake, we stopped for a different view. You can see a tower and the tops of some well lighted grain bins above a cornfield in this one.

Tonight the Neo I hope to get some even better images. Practice helps, you know. Night shooting is different in MANY ways from daylight, not the least difference of which is that you can’t see what you are doing.

I don’t claim to be the world’s greatest photographer, or even in the top 10,000 or so, but I do enjoy getting out there and trying. It is especially gratifying to be able to capture this ‘once in a lifetime’ event.

So, don’t miss it. Even if you seldom pay attention to the skies at night, this is one time that you should find a clear night, get away from light pollution, and look to the northwest. Incredible! You will be glad you did.

 

 

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Stampin’ Up! Graces’ Garden Get Well for Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

inkin-krew-blog-hop-banner2Good Tuesday Everyone! It has been awhile since I have posted, so I guess it is about time. Today’s theme for the Blog Hop is ‘Celebrate Summer’, which we can interpret any way we wish. I am sure you will see a lot of awesome cards/projects from the ladies who are hopping, so let’s get on with it.

What better celebrates summer than pretty flowers in a garden? Well, maybe a picnic, or a trip to the beach, but my choice is flowers. Grace’s Garden is the perfect stamp set for flowers. You will notice there are no weeds in Grace’s Garden. Mine doesn’t look this good!

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My card base is So Saffron, mats are Seaside Spray, and stamping is done on Whisper White. The Garden Gate is die cut (Garden Gateway) from Thick Whisper White card stock. I cut two of them and glued one on top of the other, then adhered it to my flower stamped and colored card front with mini stampin’ dimensionals.

I sponged the sky very lightly with Seaside Spray, then added a touch of green at the lower end by sponging with Soft Sea Foam before stamping the Grace’s Garden flowers in Smoky Slate. Stampin’ Write Markers in So Saffron, Flirty Flamingo Highland Heather, Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride, Mossy Meadow and Pear Pzazz were used to color all the flowers and leaves.

After coloring, I attached the gate, then adhered a kitty, stamped in Smoky Slate on Smoky Slate card stock, and some yellow climbing roses. These were cut with the coordinating die from Garden Gateway. I haven’t decided if the cat wants the bird or entry into the garden. What do you think?

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The little bird atop the gate is stamped in Pretty Peacock, the sentiment in Smoky Slate. Both are in Grace’s Garden stamp set. The butterfly is from the Special Someone stamp set and stamped in Pumpkin Pie. The grass along the bottom of the card front is from Nature’s Beauty in Pear Pzazz.

The inside liner of Whisper White got some flowers at the bottom and a Seaside Spray sentiment from another company as I didn’t have a Stampin’ Up! sentiment appropriate for the recipient.

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Of course, we have no naked envelopes, so more flowers, stamped and colored, and a kitty, on the front with some Subtles Designer Series Paper on the flap.

If you choose to re-create this card, card cuts and products used are listed below.  This stamp set and the coordinating dies are a favorite of mine and ones that will become your favorites too. If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be happy to help you with any concerns or needs.

To enjoy the rest of the hop, just click the NEXT button to go on to Amy’s blog, or previous to see what Akiko did. Or, you can click on any name to be transported to her blog.

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Leslie Larkin

Karen Finkle

Karen Ksenzakovic

Sue Prather

Mary Deatherage

Donna Leonard

Akiko Sudano

Julie Johnston-You are Here

Amy Koenders

CARD CUTS: Base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″; Mats 4″ x 5-1/4″; Front 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″, Inside liner 3 3/4″ x 5″

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Stampin’ Up Masculine Birthday Card

Good Tuesday morning everyone! Well, another month has rolled around and it is time for another Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop. Please join us as we all explore the theme of ‘For the Boys/Men’. It seems we often need to make a card for a guy and there aren’t enough masculine themes out there, for me anyway. I have LOTS of men/boys in my family, and the really hard ones to make are for the tween/teen boys. Anyway, here goes. Enjoy!

I really like the Sailing Away stamp set and dies, as well as the designer series paper that goes with it. I made a card for a friend whose brother died recently, using the fancy fold I had borrowed  (CASed) from my friend Mary Deatherage. You can see her card here. Then I remembered I used that same style for last months blog hop, so that wouldn’t do at all.

There is always a need for masculine birthday cards, so I used the Sailing Home bundle anyway, changing things up a bit for today’s blog hop.

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I began with a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″  Seaside Spray card base, scored and folded at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″ on the long side. Cut 2-Night of Navy panels 2″ x 5 3/8″ for mats on the flaps. Next, cut 2 pieces of Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper at 1 5/8″ x 5″. Liquid glue adhered these to the Night of Navy mats and onto the card base flaps.

Moving to the inside, I cut a Night of Navy mat at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and a liner of Whisper white at 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″. This panel became my art piece.

I began by sponging Balmy Blue and Night of Navy very lightly over the top 3/4 of the panel, then on down the right side about half way over. The other corner I sponged lightly with Soft Suede. That set the stage for the stamping.

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I used 4 stamp sets for this: Sailing Home, Waterfront, High Tide and Picture Perfect Birthday. Some of these are retired now from Stampin’ Up!, but the rules of the Hop are that we can use whatever products we like.

To determine the placement of everything else, I first stamped the rocks from Waterfront in Gray Granite. Then using the ‘ground’ stamp from the same stamp set, I stamped water in Pacific Point, some full strength and some stamped off once or twice to vary the shading. The sand is stamped in Soft Suede using a stamp from High Tide.

The lighthouse and birds, Sailing Home, and sentiment, Picture Perfect Birthday, are all stamped in Night of Navy. A few bits of grass stamped in Old Olive with a stamp from High Tide, finish the scene. This panel was then glued to the Night of Navy mat and into the card base using Liquid Glue.

The belly band is a 1 1/4″ x 10″ strip of Night of Navy stamped randomly using the rope stamp from Sailing Home and Night of Navy ink. The compass, from Sailing Home, was stamped on Whisper White with Soft Suede ink and cut using a small circle die from Layering Circles. The sentiment from Layered With Kindness was stamped in Night of Navy and punched out using the coordinating Label Me Lovely punch.

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I folded the belly band strip around the card, overlapping it where the sentiment would cover the seam and used Liquid Glue to secure it. Liquid Glue also adhered the sentiment to the belly band. The finishing touch was to adhere the compass with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the envelope front I stamped the anchor from Sailing Home in Night of Navy. I stamped it again on a Post-it Note and fussy cut it to make a mask. The sticky part temporarily adhered it over the one on the envelope. Then I stamped the compass in Soft Suede and removed the mask.

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The flap was finished with a piece of the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper.

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I hope you enjoy the hop. We have a very talented group of ladies with us today, so join the fun and hop along to see what they have created.

If you don’t have a demonstrator and need products I would be happy to help you. Or you can click on the Shop Online button at right to make your purchases.  Some items are being retired to make room for the new products in the catalog that will begin in June, and some of them are at a nicely reduced price. Check them out.

To continue the hop, click on the next button or on any name to go to her blog. Enjoy!

Products used for this card are listed below.

Mary Deatherage

Karen Ksenzakovic

Sue Prather

Jaimie Barbarczy

Leslie Larkin

Karen Finkle

Connie Troyer

Akiko Sudano

Julie Johnston-You are HERE

Terry Lynn Bright

Amy Koenders

 

 

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Is this a weird year or what???

Well, folks, last week it was 75 degrees, trees are budded, my daffodils bloomed as did an early tulip and my Lenten Rose.

Lenten Rose and remains of Crocus
Early Tulips

Easter Sunday it rained. Actually we had thunder and lightning too, along with .9″ of rain. Monday, the wind was howling like a banshee, whatever that is! Yesterday was still windy and cold to boot. The temperature dropped 30 degrees Monday in just a few hours.

Then overnight last night we had a couple inches of snow. WHAT? This is April. April 15 to be certain, and the day, in a NORMAL year that is, when we would have to file our income tax report. Well, not THIS year, thanks to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Nothing is normal as we know normal. And, for all us procrastinators, we don’t have to file with the IRS until July!

Here is my house a few minutes ago, but the sun has been out and some of the snow has melted. I still had enough to have to use the snow shovel, which I hadn’t gotten around to putting away, yet.

Since it is already a strange time, and since there is snow on the ground, I decided to go out and have some fun in the snow. I made a small snowman

Then, I sent it to some of my family members and friends via text. Then I decided since this is not a normal year, we couldn’t have a normal snowman. So, we ditched the hat and donned a mask instead!

Poor guy! Since Great minds think alike, my daughter sent a text suggesting I put him on my blog at the same instant that I thought, “I should put him on my blog!”

There you have it folks. Might as well have some fun during this UNFUN time! He is so small that probably no one driving by will even notice him, but I am sharing with all of you, dear readers, so you can remember that we will get through this.

I do believe God has a sense of humor, so we might as well have some fun at the same time we are practicing social distancing and staying well.

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Stampin’ Up! Free as a Bird CASE

Good Tuesday all! Today is Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop day, which is the second Tuesday of each month. All our hoppers are very talented ladies on the Inkin’ Krew, so I hope you will hop along with us. I also hope you had a Blessed Easter even though we are practicing social distancing, and probably few of us celebrated Christ’s resurrection with a family dinner. We may have Easter dinner in July or September, whenever this virus business is in the past.

My card for today is a CASe of one that Mary Deatherage did last week. Mary is also hopping today. She did a video of this card with a masculine flavor last week. Since our hop today is to be a feminine card, I switched things a bit to turn it from a card for him to a card for her. I love fancy folds, or even simple folds, so this one intrigued me. Wouldn’t it be a hoot if she did the same card today for a woman? To see Mary’s video go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0tVhEPlePk

Here is my version of the card

My colors are what I consider feminine, Pool Party and Petal Pink. I also used some Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper, which has a feminine flair. One thing I did not do as originally intended was to scallop the edges of the ‘gates’. After two tries that failed to produce the desired look, I just left them plain. Perhaps one day I will perfect that idea.

For the tent fold card base, cut a panel 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″. I used Petal Pink card stock for this.

The card front is the fancy fold and is made from a Pool Party card stock panel that is 5 1/4″ x 8″. On the long side, score at 2″ and 6″. Leave flat for now.  On the 51/4″ side make a pencil dot at 2 5/8″. Repeat for the other side. To cut the points, line up the pencil dot and the score line along the cutting groove of your trimmer. Cut the point. Repeat 3 more times. Fold on the score lines.

Cut from one DSP a strip 2 3/4″ x 5″, which you will cut in half lengthwise giving you 2 strips that are 1 7/8″ x 5″. You do this in the case of a continuous pattern so that it will match when applied to the card front. In the case of my dotted DSP it didn’t matter, but some repeating designs will look odd if you don’t do this. Mark the center of the 5″ side at 2 1/2″. Cut the points as before.  Use liquid glue to adhere these to the outside of the gate fold panel.

Open the gate fold and attach, with liquid glue, a different panel of Designer Series Paper, cut at 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″. I used Bird Ballad DSP for both the front and the inside of the gate fold.

I stamped the sentiment from Timeless Tulips for the belly band in Pool Party on Whisper White and cut it with one of the dies from Stitched So Sweetly. I then stamped a bird from Free as a Bird in stamped-off-once Petal Pink.

For the belly band, I cut a strip of Petal Pink 1″ x 10″ and stamped the leaf design from Free as a Bird randomly over this in Pool Party. Wrap this strip around your card front, not too tightly, overlapping on the front where you will cover the seam with your sentiment die cut. Adhere the ends with liquid glue.  Slide the belly band on the card front and center the die cut sentiment over it. When you are sure of the placement, use liquid glue to adhere the sentiment to the belly band.

For the sentiment inside the gate fold, I cut Whisper White with the second largest rectangle in Stitched So Sweetly dies.  I used part of the large birds design in Free as a Bird and stamped it in stamped-off-once Pool Party. When dry, over this I stamped the sentiment, also from Free as a Bird, in Petal Pink. Center this die cut (dry fit) under the gate folds and slide on the belly band. Make sure none of your inside design shows behind the belly band die cut.

For the inside of the card, stamp the sentiment from Woven Heirlooms in Petal Pink on a 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ panel of Whisper White. When dry, stamp the large birds on a branch design in stamped-off-once Pool Party. Use liquid glue to attach this to a Pool Party panel that is 4″ x 5 1/4″, and adhere this to the inside of the card base, also with liquid glue.

To finish the card front, I made a 4-wrap  bow with some leftover organza ribbon and adhered it with a couple of glue dots to the lower right of the die cut. A leftover petal pink flower (I don’t remember how long I have had this!) was glue-dotted to the upper left corner. Now it is truly a feminine card! This card will be hand delivered, so the bulk of the flower won’t be an issue.

The envelope front is stamped with the single bird from Free as a Bird in petal pink and more of the DSP covers the flap.

I hope you enjoyed this card, as well as Mary’s video, should you decide to watch it. Now to see what the rest of the Krew has done, just click the ‘next’ button or on any name to go to her blog. Enjoy the trip!

Thanks for stopping by. If there is anything I can do for you, please contact me. If you need to purchase items to make this card, just click on the ‘shop online with me’ button at right.

Karen Ksenzakovic

Connie Troyer

Mary Deatherage

Akiko Sudano

Leslie Larkin

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston-You are here

Amy Koenders

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