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Stampin’ Up! Healing Hugs Get Well

Good Morning All! Today I have for you a get well card, something that I don’t like to have to make, or send, because it means someone is going through a bad patch. However, if a little card can add some sunshine to an otherwise dark day, I am more than happy to be able to send one to them. This card is easy with the Healing Hugs stamp set.

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This one is geared more toward the feminine of the species with its pinks and pastels. Also, I am not sure guys would appreciate the pearls.

I began by stamping the rose on a piece of copy paper for a mask, and fussy cut it with my Paper Snips. I then inked my stamp with Blushing Bride and stamped the first rose on a panel of whisper White. When it was really dry, I covered it with the mask and stamped the rose again, this time in Powder Pink, overlapping the first one a bit.

Again using the mask, I covered this rose and stamped the leaves in Mint Macaron, replaced the mask over the first rose and stamped a couple more leaves.

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The sentiment is stamped in Smoky Slate and the panel is adhered to a Petal Pink mat with Liquid Glue. This card front is attached to the Smoky slate card base with Liquid Glue. Three little Basic Jewels Pearls add the finishing touch.

For the inside, a couple of Mint Macaron leaves and a Smoky Slate sentiment, all from Healing Hugs on Whisper White, is all this card needs. I Liquid Glued this to a Petal Pink mat and into the card base.

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The envelope flap has a couple of the roses and the front, another with a couple of leaves. I used the mask again to add the leaves. Finished, envelope and all, and it was so quick to do.

Just paper cutting, stamping and gluing for this one…no die cuts, no stampin’ dimensionals, no bow to tie, simple!

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CARD CUTS: Smoky Slate: card base 5-1/2′ x 8-1/2″; Petal Pink: cut 2-one inside mat, one front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: front 3-3/4″ X 5″, inside liner 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″.

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Stampin’ Up! Pleasant Pheasant Repeat

Good Saturday to You All! Yesterday the snow that had been predicted actually happened, so it is a lovely winter wonderland out my window. We had maybe a couple of inches, and the roads were ok, so I could enjoy it without TOO much effort.

Today’s card, though, isn’t about snow as I am still in fall and Thanksgiving mode. I truly love this time of year, when God uses a broad paintbrush to color everything in such spectacular displays. Of course, following that, we all know what comes……at least a gazillion leaves on the ground, with which we have to DO something. Maybe after the snow melts I can get the mower out one final time and mulch them. Or windrow them. Or both. They are a great addition to the compost pile unless there are too many of them.

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You see how easy it is to get off track? This post is about a card, folks! If you liked my Pheasants for the blog hop on Thursday, please let me know what you think of this one. If you didn’t, well, I am sorry you have to see the same thing again. Same sketch, same stamps, same copper embossing, same inside of card. Sort of.  See it here.

For the front of this one, I took a Copper Foil Sheets and liberally rubbed my Embossing buddy over it. I then stamped the grass/weed/wildflower?, from Healing Hugs, randomly with Versamark, sprinkled it with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat set it. I used Tear and Tape to attach it to an Old Olive mat.

The sentiment is from the Happiness Surrounds stamp set in the Snowflake Showcase, stamped in Versamark (Don’t forget to use Embossing Buddy!) on Cajun Craze and embossed with Copper. I treated this sentiment the same as the one on Thursday only this time I added a couple of strands of Copper Metallic Thread to the Linen Thread. To hold the bow in place, I rolled a Glue Dot and stuck it to the sentiment banner.

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The leaves behind the pheasants are cut from Copper Foil Sheets, Old Olive and Cajun Craze, using dies from Pretty Pines. The copper embossed Pheasants are on Very Vanilla and adhered to an Old Olive mat. I cut this mat with the largest of the scalloped Layering Ovals Framelits, rolled the edges in Versamark, then in the Copper emboss Powder and heat set it. I like this look.

The leaves are dry fit, then I used Liquid Glue to adhere them behind the Pleasant Pheasants, which are adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I used plenty of Liquid Glue to adhere the card front to the card base.

The inside of the card is pretty much the same as Thursday’s, which you can see here, to get the directions. What is different is that I dragged the sentiment panel through the Versamark pad and heat embossed the edge in Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder, then adhered it to an Old Olive mat.

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The envelope is similar to Thursday’s, but I made more of the Copper Foil Sheets embossed paper for the flap and stamped the grass on the opposite corner on the front.

Let me know which you like better in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by!

CARD CUTS: Cajun Craze: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, sentiment banner 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″, leaf 1″ x 2″; Old Olive: front mat and inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, leaf 1″ x 2″, oval 3″ x 4″, Copper Foil Sheets: front focal panel 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, leaves 2″ x 3″, envelope flap 2-12″ x 5-3/4″; Very Vanilla: front oval 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside liner 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″

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Stampin’ Up! Snowflake Showcase

Speaking of snow….the weatherperson says we are supposed to get an inch or so tonight. That will be our first of this 2018 season if it actually happens. It looks like it might snow and if it does it will cover up all those pretty leaves that are on the ground, which I haven’t yet mulched/raked!

As I had been traveling, I put off getting the Snowflake Showcase. Then, when it arrived, I had to be gone again. Thus, I finally got around to using this wonderful collection of goodies. I love it and I know you will as well. Don’t delay though, as it is only available until the end of the month, or, while supplies last, whichever comes first.

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I began my card with a piece of the Velvet paper. Oh, my! I love this stuff. This is a product I hope they carry over to next year’s annual catalog. I used it a couple of weeks ago to make a plaid that looks and feels like a flannel shirt! To see that card, just follow this link….plaid thank you. Today, this paper is a snowflake.

The dies in the Snowflake Showcase are wonderful. There is much more here than a big snowflake.  Take a look.  It isn’t just snowflakes..there are flowers and leaves for any time of year. Guaranteed, I will be using this set a lot. And the dies of course, coordinate with the stamps. The sentiments are nice, too.

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OK, I digress! On with the card. Just so I don’t forget to do it, the first thing I do when using embossing powder is to rub my Embossing Buddy over all the pieces I plan to heat emboss. This keeps the powder from sticking where you don’t want it.

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The card base is Balmy Blue. Somehow I like blue and snow together. I cut the largest snowflake die from the White Velvet Paper, then cut a smaller one from Silver Foil Sheets. I also cut a mat of the Silver Foil Sheets and used Liquid Glue to adhere a panel of Balmy Blue over it. This is a top folding card.

As I wasn’t sure how to attach the silver snowflake to the velvet one and make sure it stayed adhered, I placed both snowflakes on my Stampin’ Pierce Mat and used the Paper Piercing Tool to poke a hole down through both. With them still in place on the mat, I inserted a brad from my collection of odd bits of STUFF. It really doesn’t show and ensures that the snowflakes stay together.

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The large one was then adhered to the Balmy Blue card front and the whole was adhered to the card base.  Liquid Glue does both duties here.

The sentiment is from Timeless Tidings and is stamped in Versamark on Whisper White card stock and heat set with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. This was then Liquid Glued to a Silver Foil Sheets mat. Stampin’ Dimensionals hold it to the front of the card and add even more dimension.

For the inside, I simply stamped several smaller snowflakes randomly , leaving room for the sentiment, in Versamark and again used Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. This is so elegant.

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The sentiment is from the Angels on Earth stamp set and is also done in Versamark and Silver. Card done!

The envelope is also finished with Versamark and Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. This card is sure to make anyone feel very special when it arrives in the mail. On the flap I used 4 different snowflakes, stamped randomly. Actually, I put all of them on a block and stamped away, then filled in the blank spaces with one of the smaller snowflakes.

You will be seeing more of this collection of stamps and dies in the future.

If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be more than happy to help you. If you are in Iowa and would like to have a class in papercrafting, or just want to learn how to make cards, please get in touch with me. We can have an in-person class for you to learn to make your own special cards for those you love.

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Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to leave your comments below.

CARD CUTS: Balmy Blue: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, front panel 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″; Silver Foil Sheets: front mat 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″, snowflake 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″, sentiment mat 3/4″ x 3-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: inside liner3-3/4″ x 5″

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Pleasant Pheasants Thanksgiving for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Well, that is a mouthful! HA!

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I do enjoy these hops, though sometimes it stretches my creativity to make a card following a challenge.

Today’s challenge is a sketch:

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OK. I had several ideas, but decided I couldn’t use ALL of them on one card, so I opted for some heat embossing to pull this one off. Take a look.

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I began by water coloring a panel of Watercolor paper with my Aqua Painter and Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie inks, then dry embossing it with the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder. I wanted to give the impression of falling autumn colored leaves as a background for the pheasants.

I don’t usually go for a lot of bling, or glitz and glamour, but Stampin’ Up! came out with these very lovely Shimmer Paints, so I opted to make a panel of paper using mixed colors to use for many projects. A bit of this became my sentiment piece, and the mat for my pheasants. I also cut a couple of shapes using the Pretty Pines Thinlits from this paper. Shimmer Paints used were Bright Copper, Vegas Gold and Champagne Mist On Whisper White card stock.

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After the watercolor paper and the Shimmer paper had dried, I cut the watercolor paper to size for the card front. For the sentiment, I cut a piece of my ‘made’ foil paper 1-1/2″ square, then with the Banner Triple Punch I cut the banner end. TIP: When using a small piece in the punch, use a strip of Post it tape or Washi tape to stick it to a larger strip of card stock. This gives you something to hold  while you line it up to punch it.

Be sure to use the Embossing Buddy over all pieces of paper BEFORE STAMPING that you will heat emboss. This prevents bits of embossing powder sticking where you don’t want them.

Using Versamark and  Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder I stamped the sentiment from the Snow is Glistening stamp set in the Snowflake Showcase and heat set it. I used a tiny paper punch to make two holes in this, through which I laced the Linen Thread. The thread is wrapped around the panel and taped to the back. The ends are tied in a bow. A couple of Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals at the top hold the sentiment panel in place and will allow me to place my focal piece under the edge of it.

This water colored, embossed panel is then adhered to the card base using Liquid Glue.

The only ink I used beyond the watercoloring was Versamark. I inked the Pleasant Pheasants image with Versamark, then stamped it on a panel of Very Vanilla and sprinkled Stampin’ Emboss Copper Powder over it. After heat setting, I used the largest Stitched Shapes Framelits oval to cut it out. This was Liquid Glued to an oval (the largest scalloped one) from the Layering ovals Framelits that I cut from the paper I made using the Shimmer Paints.

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Using the Foliage Frame Thinlits leaf die, I cut one each from Cajun Craze and Old Olive. From Crushed Curry I cut one of the bare trees in the Winter Woods Bundle. I dry fit these along with the Pretty Pines pieces behind my scalloped oval, then used Liquid Glue to adhere them to the card front. Some Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the scalloped oval added some dimension and adhered it to the card.

The inside is all Versamark and Stampin’ Copper Emboss Powder. The sentiment is from Pleasant Pheasants and the grass? in the corners is from Healing Hugs. I thought it coordinated well with the Pheasants. I put the sentiment on Very Vanilla, then used Liquid Glue to adhere it to a Cajun Craze mat and into the card base.

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Card done!

For the envelope, the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder embossed the flap and a couple more of the same stamp as on the inside of the card graces the front.

Now that you have seen what I chose to do with the sketch challenge, just click the NEXT button to see what our talented leader Amy has done.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Julie Johnston-You Are Here

Non Stampin’ Up products used: a paintbrush

CARD CUTS: Very Vanilla: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, focal piece 3″ x 3-1/2″, inside 3-3/4″ x 5″; Watercolor Paper: at least 5″ x 6″, or do a whole sheet and save for later; Whisper White: for painting with shimmer paints 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, from this I cut a 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ piece for the sentiment, a 3-1/2″ x 4″ piece for the oval and I cut the 2 pieces of Pretty Pines from the middle of my oval; Cajun Craze: leaf 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Old Olive: leaf 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, Crushed Curry: tree 2″ x 3″

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Now it’s November!

Good morning Everyone! It is a beautiful day here in Iowa, but we could use a little rain to settle the dust. And though it is already November, today I am sharing some images from October in Utah. Here at home, most of the trees have lost their leaves.

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This scene was fairly common from the side of Burr Trail.

I have been traveling, in fact, just arrived home yesterday from a trip to beautiful Utah. I took the Amtrak train to Salt Lake City, met a photographer friend there and we rented a car to drive 4-1/2 hours to Boulder, which is in the Escalante Staircase/Dixie National Forest area. The scenery is wonderful. We also went to Bryce Canyon. None of my Bryce Canyon images are downloaded, so you won’t see those today.

The yellow of the cottonwoods (most of the Aspens had already lost their leaves) really stands out against the red canyon walls.

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Did you know there are 5 National Parks in Utah? Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capital Reef, and Zion are the 5. But wait! There is more. Bears Ears, Cedar Breaks, Dinosaur, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Hovenweep, Natural Bridges, Rainbow Bridge, and Timpanogos Cave are all National Monuments. In addition to that, there are 2 National Recreation Areas-Glen Canyon and Flaming Gorge. These are all federal lands and well worth seeing. In 6 days time I did not have time to see many of these, so a trip back to Utah is on my ‘to do’ list.

That’s not all! There are 6 National Forests, 31 National Wilderness Areas, 583 miles of National Historic Trails, 1 National Historic Site, 2 National Conservation Areas, 3 National Wildlife Refuges, 18 National Recreation Trails, and 8 National Scenic Byways.

By contrast, Iowa has 1 National Monument, 1 National Historic Site and 2 National Historic Trails. While Iowa is beautiful any time of year, it is a totally different kind of beauty.

I would say Utah is a dry climate, but where there are rivers or streams that are not dried up, you will find trees, birds and gorgeous reflections on the water’s surface.

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Of course, as a photographer, I will go at specific times of the year to try for the best images. The ones on this post are all from the same day, though at different times of the day. I haven’t had time to download the rest of my images. I even got a few bird shots in, though none are especially good. Here is one of a White-crowned Sparrow. I did add 3 species to my life list.

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The rocks are not all red, but it is the predominate color. We found a slot canyon that was simply beautiful, no less so because it was easy to get to. Some slot canyons have to be accessed by a series of ladders, which I can’t/won’t negotiate. The entrance to this canyon is not readily noticeable.

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I would suggest that if you are looking for a lovely place to visit, a place where you can see a variety of landscapes, you might want to consider Utah. Prior to this visit I had only been to Salt Lake City and the 4 corners area, but no place in between. I still haven’t been to the Great Salt Lake, nor any of the National Wildlife Refuges. Those are on the agenda for my next visit.

Of course, in October the cottonwoods are a spectacular golden color, no matter the angle from which you view them.

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That is enough to dazzle you for one day, and if, by chance, you are trying to decide where to go on your next vacation, you might want to consider Utah.

Please leave any comments below. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

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Stampin’ Up Peaceful Poinsettia for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

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Morning everyone! Here it is Thursday again and time for another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop. Come on along to see what creations our team has for you today.

Today our challenge is color. Here is what we are using

and here is the card I made using those colors.

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I began with a Whisper White panel which I dry embossed with the large detailed poinsettia from Detailed Poinsettia Thinlits, (part of the Peaceful Poinsettia Bundle) using the Big Shot Embossing Mats. Having done that to know where to place my sentiment, I stamped the sentiment from Peaceful Poinsettia in Garden Green.

The thinlits and stamps can be purchased separately, but purchased together as a bundle will save you 10%.

The large poinsettia is stamped in Stazon Black on Whisper white and colored with my Poppy Parade and Garden Green Stampin’ Write Markers. The center of the poinsettia is colored with a Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker. This was cut with the corresponding die from Detailed Poinsettia.

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The ends of a piece of Garden Green were punched with the Banner Triple Punch. I put some Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of this, then used Liquid Glue to adhered the poinsettia to this strip. The front was adhered to the Poppy Parade mat and onto the card base with Liquid Glue.

To dress up the front a bit, I used my Cherry Cobbler Blends Marker to color 3 Rhinestone Basic Jewels and adhered them to the front. Front finished!

The inside sentiment, also from Peaceful Poinsettia was also stamped in Garden Green. The corners were cut using the pine and holly corner thinlits, which allows the Poppy Parade mat to show through.4

Liquid Glue adhered the sentiment panel to the mat and into the Garden Green card base.

For the envelope, I again stamped the large poinsettia image with Stazon Black on the flap, then colored it the same as for the front of the card. The front has one of the corner holly designs on the two lower corners, also stamped in Stazon Black and colored with Garden Green and Poppy Parade. I neglected to get a photo of the front. My apologies.2

This completes my project for today. I really like this stamp and die bundle. It is so very festive and I like the sentiments. Now, on with the hop! Just click the next button to see what creativity awaits you on Amy’s blog. If you prefer, just 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

CARD CUTS: Garden Green: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, front strip 1″ x 4-3/4″; Poppy Parade: cut 2 for mats 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: front 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, inside 3-3/4″ x 5″

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Stampin’ Up! Leaves and Plaid Thank You

Are you surprised it is Friday again? Seems like the weeks just spin by, or am I just getting old and it is just my perception? Anyway, time marches on and I have to try to keep up.

Here is my card for today, which is playing along with the Words 2 Craft By Challenge.

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W2CB #58: Now for October Eves

For this challenge, the words come from Humbert Wolfe.
Listen!
The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves.

I like that quote. Fall, or Autumn if you prefer, is my favorite season. I love the cooler temperatures, the colors as the trees change from their summer dress to their party frocks. There are many more reasons for this to be my favorite season, but I won’t go into all of them. ON WITH THE CARD!

My order with the new Snowflake Showcase items came the other day, so I thought I would check out the lovely VELVET paper. It feels SO nice, soft and velvety. I wondered if it would work to make a ‘flannel’ shirt plaid and thought I should try it. It is only paper, right?

The Buffalo Check stamp is large, so I stamped a panel of the Velvet Paper that was as large as the stamp, mainly so I would have room to manipulate it if necessary. I used the Stamparatus, stamping it three times with Crushed Curry. I was extremely careful to have everything straight and still managed to stamped crookedly! Unbelievable. Well, at least I had room to trim it so it was straight.

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Stamps ‘n’ Lingers has a great video on making plaid, so I won’t re-invent the wheel here. Just click on the link above to go to her video. Suffice it to say that I used my Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze Stampin’ Write Markers for the plaid lines. I used the brush end of the Soft Suede and Cajun Craze for the ‘fat’ lines, and the bullet end of Pumpkin Pie and Mossy Meadow for the fine lines. I do think it looks like flannel, and it certainly feels like it.

This panel was adhered with Tear & Tape to a Mossy Meadow mat, and onto the Cajun Craze card base.

I stamped a few leaves with the Colorful Seasons stamp set with Cajun Craze on Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow and Mango Melody card stocks. These were die cut with the thinlits from the Seasonal Layers. The large detailed leaf is Mango Melody. All the leaves were sponged lightly with Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow to give them a ‘changing color’ look, which fits in with October leaves.

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These were attached to the plaid with Glue Dots, after arranging them so that they mimicked “the air is wild with leaves” portion of the quote.

The sentiment, from Love What You Do, was stamped in Mossy Meadow on Crushed Curry, then punched out with the Tailored Tag punch. I used my Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Marker to go around the edge before adhering it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Card front-done! I like it.

For the inside, I inked the sentiment stamp from All Things Thanks with Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers. To do this, simply apply the markers directly to the stamp. I wasn’t too careful how I did it, just made sure to cover all of the stamp. I then huffed on it to re-moisten and stamped it on a panel of Whisper White card stock.5

Remember I had to trim the plaid to straighten it? I decided to not waste those pieces, so used Liquid Glue to adhere them above and below the sentiment. Yes, they are stamped crookedly, but, so what? I think with the cut angles it looks fine. Tell me what you think.

The envelope flap was stamped directly. To do this I inserted a scrap of copy paper under the envelope on my Stamparatus and another under the flap. This ensured that the stamping only went where I wanted it to be. The Buffalo Check is stamped in Crushed Curry and I did the same with markers as for the front piece.

The front simply has a stamped-off-once Cajun Craze leaf, then the detail is stamped in full strength Cajun Craze.

I hope you will try making plaid, and enjoy it as much as I enjoy it.

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You will be able to purchase the Velvet Paper November 1 when the Snowflake Showcase becomes available to everyone. Remember though, this is only good while supplies last, so get yours early!

CARD CUTS: Cajun Craze: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, leaves 2-1/2″ x 3″; Mossy Meadow: front mat 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, leaves 2-1/2″ x 3″; Velvet Paper: for plaid finished at 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″; Whisper White: inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″; Crushed Curry: sentiment tag 3″ x 4″; Mango Melody: leaves 2-1/2″ x 3″

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Stampin’ Up! Wood Textures Vintage for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Morning Everyone! I trust your Thursday is off to a good start. We have a blog hop today, just like we do every Thursday, so won’t you join me in hopping to see what everyone has created today?

We are working from a sketch today. Here is the sketch

And here is my card inspired by that sketch. It is pretty basic, plain and simple. Sometimes you just need to do one of those. Plain and simple, that is.

This also plays along with the Card Concept 100th Challenge. The challenge is elegant, fall or special celebration. I chose the elegant. Somehow I can’t see pink and gold pumpkins. And there are flowers in the inspiration photo, so I also used a floral stamp.

I began by going over my Petal Pink card stock for all the pieces of this card with my Embossing Buddy. This helps keep the embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it. I then stamped the floral image from Very Vintage with Versamark on Petal Pink and heat embossed it in gold. This was cut with the largest Stitched Shapes Framelits circle.

The bottom mat is Gold Foil Sheets from which I cut a gold circle from with a scalloped circle from Layering circles, using one just large enough to show behind my focal piece. Liquid Glue adhered the two circles together.

A sheet of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack was Liquid Glued over the Gold Foil mat, and the mat to the card base. The large circles were then Liquid Glued to the Wood Textures mat.

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The smaller sentiment circle was also cut from Stitched Shapes circle Framelits and  adhered on the next largest size of Gold Foil Sheets scalloped circle with Liquid Glue. The gold circle was cut from the inside mat. The sentiment is from Merry Christmas to All and stamped in Versamark then heat embossed in Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. This was adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside, the sentiment, also from Merry Christmas to All stamped in Versamark on Petal Pink, was then heat embossed in Gold. The corners of this liner were then punched with the Detailed Trio Punch. Liquid Glue was used to adhere this layer to the Gold Foil Sheets mat and into the card base. This finished the card. On to the envelope, as we cannot have naked envelopes!5

The flap has more of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack while another of the Very Vintage floral images is stamped and heat embossed in gold on the front. I think Gold embossing raises the level of any card to an elegant level, don’t you?

This could easily be a non-traditional Christmas card, or New Year’s.

Thanks for stopping by, and I appreciate any comments. Let’s go on with the hop.

Card Cuts below

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – You are here

CARD CUTS: Crumb Cake: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Gold Foil Sheets: (2)front mat and inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″ Use these to cut the circles before you glue them to the card base; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: front 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″; Petal Pink: large circle 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, small circle 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Time to PARTY!

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Good Wednesday everyone. My apologies for no post yesterday, and no card in today’s post. I was traveling and without internet access for most of 30 hours. Thus, no post. Anyway, with time being limited I am not posting a card today, just information you all need to know.

Stampin’ Up! is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. Yep! 30 years. Who knew? Anyway, Stampin’ Up! is letting all of us in on the party, for ONLY 24 HOURS!

Starting today (I wanted to post this yesterday) and only until 11:59 p.m., Mountain time,  tonight, many stamp sets are 15% off.

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So, Don’t delay. Get those stamps while you can save $$$. And you will be eligible for freebies from me as well. Click here for the details.

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Stampin’ Up! Wood Textures and Vintage Leaves

Here it is Sunday again, and I hope all of you are enjoying this day the Lord has made! My card today uses current Stampin’ Up! products as well as the retired Vintage Leaves and coordinating Leaflets Framelits. I love these leaves and can’t bear to give them up.

In the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack there are some pieces I wondered what on earth I would do with them. I think today’s card effectively showcases one of the difficult ones.

I am loosely following the challenge from Freshly Made Sketches #359 for my design.

Freshly Made Sketches sketch #359

The color scheme comes from Handstamped Sentiments Challenge #300

Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge 300

I began with a panel of the tree rings Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, Liquid Glued to my card base. Using one of the Layering Circles Framelits, I cut the center from another piece of the tree rings. This was adhered to my Cajun Craze mat with Liquid Glue.1

DISCLAIMER: Vintage Leaves is retired from the catalog. I love this set and had to use it one more time. Any individual leaf stamp would accomplish the same end result. (Colorful Seasons or Falling for Leaves come to mind)

The focal piece is a set of 3 leaves from Vintage Leaves, stamped with Merry Merlot on Mango Melody, Crushed Curry and Mossy Meadow, then die cut with the coordinating Leaflets Framelits. Liquid Glue adheres these to one another and a length of 3/16″ Braided Linen Trim is tied around the stems. This assemblage is attached to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. (If you don’t have Vintage Leaves, any individual leaves will do nicely). This card front was then attached to the matted card base with Liquid Glue.

I considered dry embossing the Cajun Craze mat with the Pinewood Planks, but didn’t do it as I thought it might look ‘too busy’. Your thoughts?

The sentiment is from Pleasant Pheasants and is stamped in Soft Suede on the Cajun Craze mat. This focal panel was then adhered to the tree rings mat with Liquid glue.

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For the inside, I attached the leftover piece of tree rings DSP from the Wood Textures Stack to a panel of Cajun Craze, with Liquid Glue, and used more glue to adhere the panel into the card base. One of the Vintage Leaves was inked with Cajun Craze and stamped off twice before stamping my Very Vanilla panel. The sentiment, also from Pleasant Pheasants, was stamped in full strength Cajun Craze.

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The envelope, never to be naked, was given the same leaf as on in inside, and more of the tree rings DSP on the flap.

I love the colors of Autumn and the crisp, cool days. A walk in the woods during this wonderful season is an excellent way to spend a little time. Short of that, perhaps an autumn colored, woodsy card will fill the bill!

Thanks for stopping by. Try this easy one for yourself.

CARD CUTS: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 11 scored at 4-1/4″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside strip 2″ x 5″, 3″ circle; Cajun Craze: front panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside mat 4″ x  5-1/4″; Very Vanilla: inside liner 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″; Mango Melody, Crushed Curry: maple leaves 3″ x 3-1/2″; Mossy Meadow: oak leaf 2″ x 4-1/2″

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