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Stampin’ Up! Tropical Chic Halloween for the Happy Inking Thursday and Happy Stampers Combined Blog Hop

Happy Thursday Everyone! Summer just won’t let go, but the weather folks are saying tomorrow it will feel more like fall. I hope everyone in the path of Florence is safe and recovering from the devastation she wrought. Here in the midwest it has been hot and humid for the past week. I don’t know if the rains we had the 10 days previous to the heat were a drought breaker, but certainly hope so. It was a long, hot, dry summer for us here. I welcome autumn! I especially like to make cards with an autumn theme.

That aside, it is time once again for our monthly joint blog hop with friends to the north. Enjoy the trip!

Today we have a color challenge and a sketch challenge. We can choose either or both. I have chosen both because, well, why not?

I thought the colors would lend themselves well to the season, or to Halloween. I am not really into the Halloween scene, but I do give cards to the little ones in the family, so here we go! If I had purchased the really cute Stampin’ Up! Cauldron Bubble or Toil and Trouble items in the Holiday catalog, my card would have been easier. A black cauldron running over with Granny Apple Green goo would be perfect! Alas, I chose not to purchase those, so have to use my imagination instead. Hard work, sometimes!

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Mango Melody makes the card base with a black mat under the Tropical Chic Designer Series Paper. Who knew Tropical and Halloween went together? A simple strip of Mango Melody on a black mat serves as the base for the the sentiment.

I used the Labeler Alphabet stamps for the sentiment, stamping it in Mango Melody with the first letters of each word in Basic Black on Whisper White card stock. (We are allowed to use Whisper White, Very Vanilla or metallics with our challenge)

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A Basic Black cat punched with the cat punch finishes the front.

On the inside, in stamped off once Granny Apple Green, I stamped one of the touches of Texture images as a background for the sentiment. This comes from the Labels to Love stamp set. Great, isn’t it?

I stamped it in Black Memento ink then used my Mango Melody Stampin’ Write Marker to color in the words in the middle.

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The envelope has a Basic Black cat on the front and more of the DSP on the flap.

Now, on with the HOP! Just click on the ‘next’ button, or on any name to go to their blog page.

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Card Cuts: Mango Melody: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, front strip 1-1/4″ x 4; Basic Black: front mat and inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, front strip mat 1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″, cat (2) 2-1/2″ x 4″; Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper Stack: front panel 3-3/4″ x 5″; Whisper White: front sentiment strip 1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside liner 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″.

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Natural Dyes Workshop card.

I was privileged to spend a weekend recently with about 15 other women at a workshop on Dyeing with the plants that are all around us. I have been interested in dyeing for years, and have done a little yarn dyeing with Procion Dyes. When I found out about this workshop there was only one spot left. I guess it was meant to be mine, so I took it.

There is a story behind the way I discovered this workshop, which I will not go into here. Let’s just simply call it a “God Thing.” Sometimes you just have to be alert to what He is saying, and be obedient.

What fun! And what an interesting time it was. I learned the process of using plant products as dyes (other than onion skins and black walnuts, both of which I had tried) and what mordants to use to achieve certain colors.

We also learned leaf printing, which was FANTASTIC! The card I made for today uses a piece of the watercolor paper that I leaf printed in a Sumac dye bath, with iron as a mordant.

I liked the colors it made, a sort of very pale yellow with dark edges, which I interpreted as Early Espresso. There were gray undertones, which I decided were Gray Granite. The pale yellow became So Saffron, so those are the colors of my card.

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The watercolor paper was layered with leaves. I used different ones, Birch, Oak, Maple, Ninebark and Wisteria, as well as a weed that had an interesting leaf and some ferns. These multiple layers were tied together and dropped into the dye bath.

Today’s card features a Birch branch with several leaves.

I began with an Early Espresso card base and matted a panel of So Saffron on that. I then trimmed the dyed watercolor paper to fit with the teeniest of margins. All of the layers are adhered with Liquid Glue, except for the front sentiment piece, which is attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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The sentiment is Early Espresso stamped on Gray Granite and cut with the framelits from the Blended Seasons Bundle. The sentiment is from Rooted in Nature. One of the leaf stamps in Rooted in Nature mimics the Birch leaves, so I stamped it in Gray Granite on So Saffron and cut it out with the coordinating framelit in the bundle.

On the inside I stamped the same leaf in Gray Granite ink on Gray Granite card stock. This became my mat for the sentiment panel, which is So Saffron. The leaves in the corners are stamped in Gray Granite and the sentiment is Early Espresso. This sentiment is from Healing Hugs.

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To sort of give the inside the same organic sense of nature, I sponged around the edges of the So Saffron panel with a sponge Dauber and a bit of Early Espresso.

I really like the way this card turned out, and am excited to make more cards with some of the other leaf prints I did.

The Very Vanilla envelope simply has the same leaf pattern stamped in Gray Granite on both the front and the flap.

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it. Even more did I enjoy the dyeing process. I just have to accumulate more big pots in which to do my dyeing, so I can fit in larger pieces.

In all, we did 10 or 11 dye baths using Oak, Hickory, red cabbage, Barberry, sumac, Red Maple, Lemongrass, goldenrod, poke berry and Marigold. We used different parts of the various plants, seeds, berries, leaves, bark, husks, etc, and different mordants produced different colors.

For example, my partner and I gathered Goldenrod flowers and leaves and put them in the pot with water. When the water boiled and turned color, we dipped out 3 samples to try with different mordants. The prettiest yellow resulted from the one with Alum as a mordant. The Copper lent a green color and the Iron made a dark greenish gray. All were lovely colors, but we decided to use the Alum for a lovely yellow.

I came home with not only my paper pieces, but several lengths of dyed and printed silk as well. And samples from each of the dye baths and the different mordants. This could easily become my new passion, but at the moment I have too many irons in the fire to spend any time doing it. There is always next year, and I will take the lessons learned in this process to another level, as well as doing some research and accumulating the necessary equipment.

There is a whole host of plants, or plant parts, that can be used for dyeing, from Avocado to Yarrow.  Many of them are in ancient recipes for dyeing cloth, and I am quite interested in trying some to see what results.

For now, I will keep making cards. I purchased more watercolor paper yesterday, so perhaps I can do more leaf printing before all the leaves fall from the trees.

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Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″: So Saffron: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside sentiment panel 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″, leaf 2″ x 2″; Gray Granite: front sentiment 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″.

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Stampin’ Up! Animal Outing Shutter Birthday

Good morning Everyone! Another hot one today, and dry again. The combines are rolling, day and night. I urge you all to be aware of big machinery on the roads as they travel from field to field and home. Harvest is a dangerous time and requires diligence from all of us.

My card today is purely fun! The Animal Outing stamp set and dies (purchase as a bundle and save 10%!) are so much fun, and the dies also cut the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper, which I also used for this card. As I said, ‘pure fun!’

I love a gate-fold card, and if there is a working mechanism inside, so much the better. This gate-fold is also a shutter card. Take a look.

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I began with a Whisper White Thick Card Stock card base, but instead of the usual center score, this one is scored at 2-1/8″ and 6-3/8″ to make the gate-fold. For the front panels I used Call Me Clover for the mats and Liquid Glue to adhere  some of the Animal Expedition DSP over the mats. How cute is that?

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For the inside, another Call Me Clover mat supports a different piece of the Animal Expedition DSP. Liquid Glue adheres the two pieces together before punching the hole, pretty much centered, with my 2-1/4″ Circle Punch. You could also use the 6th Layering Circles Framelit (counting the smallest as one), which is very slightly larger than the punch. Place Stampin’ Dimensionals across the top and bottom of this piece and set aside.

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The mechanism is made from two pieces of Call Me Clover Card Stock, cut 3-1/2″ x 4″. Placing the 4″ side at the top of your Score Board, score at 3-1/2″ on both pieces. Now, this next part may seem tricky, but it really isn’t. Find the center of these two pieces. This would be at 2″ for the long side and 1-3/4″ for the short side. Make a dot with a pencil at the spot where these two meet. This is easy using your grid paper as a guide.

Now, draw a line from the corner (on the end away from the score line) to this dot. Draw another line from the other corner to the dot, making a triangle. Using your Paper Snips, cut this triangle away and use it to mark the second piece. Cut this away also. Fold and burnish the score lines. Cut the tiny tips off the points.

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With the fold as a mountain, lay the piece flat on your card base, lining up the edge with the fold against inside of the score line on the card base and centering vertically. This will put the green piece across the center of your card base, NOT on the flap. Apply adhesive (I used Liquid Glue) to the 1/2″ piece and fold the flap over, holding it firmly to adhere. Repeat with the other side. These form a diamond shaped opening when the card is opened. You can see how this looks in the top photo of the standing card.

Now adhere the center panel with the hole, lining up the top and bottom edges with the top and bottom of the card base, and centering it on the center panel. See how easy that was?? Now, all that is left is to add the sentiment. If this isn’t clear enough, go to Jan B Cards to watch her video, or to Stamps n Lingers to see how my friend Mary made her shutter card. I put mine together the same way Jan B did, but you can do it either way.

 

I used the sentiment from Best Birds and stamped it in the center of the open diamond, slightly toward the top to leave room below for the little frog on a branch. Frog is from Animal Outing. (You could use your cut out center panel to mark a circle on your card base and stamp BEFORE assembling) Both the sentiment and the froggy branch were stamped in Call Me Clover.

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The inside is finished. And the outside is finished. I love this shutter card, it is so interactive. A child of ANY age would love it as well.

The belly band adds another dimension to the card as well as helping to hold it shut. Cut a 1″ strip from Call Me Clover . Holding one end just past the center opening of the card, fold it completely around the card. Remove it from the card and line up the sides to get your folds straight before burnishing. Cut off any extra, leaving about a 1″ overlap and Liquid Glue it together.

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Decorate as you wish. You could use the circle cut from the center panel and add another sentiment. I chose to use the framelit for the rhinoceros from the Animal Outing Bundle, and cut one from the coordinating DSP. I also cut one from Call Me Clover and Liquid Glued it to the back of the DSP for more support. The DSP is not as thick as card stock and I didn’t want it to bend too easily. Liquid Glue adheres this over the joined edges of the band.

Close the card and slip the band over. Wow! Is this ever cute? The animals in this bundle and the DSP are so adorable.

The envelope sports a stamped rhinoceros on the front, stamped in Gray Granite, and more of the DSP on the flap. I colored the bird on his horn with a Balmy Blue Stampin’ Write Marker and his bill with the So Saffron Marker. The grass is Call Me Clover.

This is fun to make and really doesn’t take very long at all.

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Card Cuts: Whisper White Thick Card Stock: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 2-1/8″ and 6-3/8″; Call Me Clover: front mats (2) 2″ x 5-3/8″, center panel inside mat 3″ x 5-1/2″, shutter (2) 3-1/2″ x 4″, belly band 1″ x 10-1/2″, rhinoceros 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper: front panels 1-7/8″ x 5-1/4″, inside center panel 2-7/8″ x 5-3/8″, piece to cut animal to decorate belly band.

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Stampin’ Up! Woodland Anniversary

Good Monday to you All! Well, it is Monday, but, hey, a new week ahead. Florence is waning and I hope all of you in her path are recovering.

Before we get started with today’s card, just a quick word about the Stampin’ Up Clearance Rack….you can now get Fast Fuse, both dispenser and refills for 1/2 price as long as supplies last. The Clearance Rack was refreshed today, so don’t wait if you want some bargains.

My card today was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches challenge

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And it also follows the color challenge of Cupcake Inspirations

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I chose the brown and green, not the football theme.

Here is the card I created. The couple who will receive this love the woods and the outdoors, so the Woodland Textured Embossing Folder was a no-brainer! In fact, the marriage proposal occured in a deer stand.

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My card base is Shaded Spruce and the mats are Soft Suede.

I began by using the Woodland TIEF on a panel of Festive Farmhouse DSP for the basis of the front. To follow the Freshly Made Sketches sketch, I colored three of the trees with my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker. This was adhered to the mat with Liquid Glue. A length of Linen Thread was wrapped around the left side and tied in a small bow.

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The sentiment is from Banners for You, stamped in Shaded Spruce on a scrap of the Festive Farmhouse DSP. I stamped the frame of Anniversary in Soft Suede and used the coordinating Bunch of Banners framelit to cut it out. The Happy was stamped in Shaded Spruce also and cut with my Stampin Trimmer. Oh, yes, I stamped the sentiments off once before stamping on my DSP. I ran my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker around the edge of the Happy piece to help it stand out from the background. Both sentiments were attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside, the small deer from Dashing Deer was stamped in Soft Suede. The sentiment is from Better Together and is stamped off once Shaded Spruce. The leaves in the corner are also stamped off once and are in the Rooted in Nature stamp set.

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The sentiment panel was then adhered to a Soft Suede mat with Liquid Glue and into the card base, also with Liquid Glue.

The envelope flap has more of the Festive Farmhouse DSP and the little deer shows up again on the front of the envelope.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. I welcome your comments.

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Card Cuts: Shaded Spruce card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Soft Suede: front mat  4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper: front 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, sentiments 2″ x 3-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Southern Serenade Birthday

Good Friday morning to you all! It is a pretty day today here in the heartland. What a Blessing God has given us. We have had a week of glorious weather, though it is warmer today than I prefer. My prayers go out for all those in the path of Florence…they are not having such a glorious day.

My card today is for a woman’s birthday, so I used the very feminine Southern Serenade stamp set. The sentiments are from At Home With You (front) and Beautiful You on the inside.

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I began by stamping the floral bouquet in the Southern Serenade set in StazOn Black on Whisper White. Using my Blender Pen and Blueberry Bushel stamp pad (squeezing the closed pad to get some ink in the lid), I colored in the flowers, then gave them a Daffodil Delight center with my Stampin’ Write Marker. The Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Write Marker filled in the leaves. I then used the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss the whole panel before cutting it with the largest of the scalloped Layering Ovals Framelits.

This was adhered with Liquid Glue to a Blueberry Bushel oval cut with the largest plain one from Layering Ovals Framelits.

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My card base is Blueberry Bushel. A mat of Daffodil Delight was first embossed with the Swirls and Curls Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder. I wrapped a length of Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around this and Liquid Glued it to the front. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the Oval to the yellow mat.

I stamped the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel on a Whisper white scrap and used my Paper Snips to cut the ends. The Blueberry Bushel Stampin’ Write Marker edged this piece nicely. It is attached over the ribbon with Stampin’ Dimensionals. A small Polka Dot Tulle bow is attached with a Glue Dot.

On the inside I stamped the sentiments from Beautiful You in Blueberry Bushel and flowers from Southern Serenade in StazOn Black in each corner. These were colored the same as the front. This liner was Liquid Glued to a Daffodil Delight mat and into the card base.

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For the envelope I used the Swirls and Curls embossing folder to do the flap and stamped the floral image from Southern Serenade in Blueberry Bushel on the front.

I hope you like this card. I think it very feminine. Please leave comments below.

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Card Cuts: Blueberry Bushel: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, oval mat 3″ x 4″, Whisper White: inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″, front oval 3″ x 4″, front sentiment 1/2″ x 1-1/2″; Daffodil Delight: front embossed mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″

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Stampin’ Up! Rooted in Nature Sympathy for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Time marches on and here we are for another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop! These hops are so much fun. I love to see what the other ladies have created. We have a very talented group, many of them winners on other challenges, so let’s get started.

Seems I always need sympathy cards, so today my card is just that. What better to use for it that Stampin’ Up!s Beautiful Rooted in Nature stamp and dies bundle (buy the bundle and save 10%) and coordinating Designer Series Paper?

We have a sketch to follow for today’s hop

And this is my creation

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My card base is Cajun Craze and the other colors, Grapefruit Grove, Tranquil Tide,  and Whisper White, are from the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper. Believe it or not, I did not use a single die cut on this card!

Using Versamark ink, I stamped the smaller of the single leaves in the Rooted in Nature Stamp set randomly over the card base, and the Tranquil Tide sentiment mat. The tree and sentiment, also from Rooted in Nature are stamped in Cajun Craze and Tranquil Tide on Whisper White and Liquid Glued to the mat. The tree was stamped off once on scrap paper before stamping the Whisper White.

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A square of Grapefruit Grove serves as a mat for the Nature’s Poem DSP and lightens the otherwise too dark card. These were Liquid Glued together and Liquid Glue adheres the whole to the card front.

The Sentiment piece is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card front is finished.

On the inside I again used Tranquil Tide as a mat for the liner, which is Whisper White. On this I stamped, in no particular order, stamped off once Cajun Craze leaves around the Tranquil Tide sentiment, which is from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.

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The liner and mat are Liquid Glued together and into the card base.

For the envelope, the same tree is stamped off once in Cajun Craze before stamping the envelope front and more of the Nature’s Poem DSP covers the flap.

Card cuts and products used are listed below.

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Now, on with the hop. Clicking the button below will take you to Amy’s blog. She always has a wonderful creation to share. Or, simply click on any name to go to their blog. You will not be disappointed. Thanks for joining us, and don’t forget to leave a comment below.

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston- You are here

Card Cuts: Cajun Craze: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Tranquil Tide: front sentiment mat2-3/4″ x 4-7/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: front sentiment 2-3/8″ x 4-1/2″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″; Grapefruit Grove: front DSP mat 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper: 3-3/8″ x 3-3/8″

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Halloween Jack-o-lantern for Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

Here it is September already and the end of the year is looming! That means time is getting short for making those Christmas cards and gifts, and I think I will run out of it. Time that is. But first, we have Halloween and then Thanksgiving.

It is already the second Tuesday and time for Amy’s Inkin’ Krew to hop! Amy’s challenge for the team blog hop today is Halloween fun. What could be more fun that a scary Jack-o-lantern?

I recently purchased a really cool Jack-o-lantern die and had to make a card with it.

My card base is Stampin’ Up!s new Gorgeous Grape. The Jack-o-lantern is Pumpkin Pie over Basic Black.

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No stamping. No sentiment. The spooky face says it all!

Inside I used letters from the same company to say ‘Happy Halloween’. I think these would be great cut in fabric and ironed on to a bag for carrying treats. The spider, ghost and bat are part of the alphabet set.

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(The spider sits on the Jack-o-lantern on the front of the card.) The letters are in Pumpkin Pie, and the critters are what you would expect, Basic Black and Whisper White.

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I haven’t decided what to put on the envelope, probably a black cat on the front and pumpkins on the flap. After all, Halloween isn’t for a few more weeks and I have time to decide. Although, the old adage, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today” is appropriate here.

This card was very quick and easy to make.

On with the hop. You know the drill, click on the Previous button to go back and the Next button to move forward through the blogs. Or, if you prefer to hop around, just click on any name.

Sue Prather –

Connie Troyer –

Julie Johnston – You are here

Mary Deatherage –

Karen Finkle –

Amy Koenders –

If you don’t have a demonstrator I would be happy to help you.

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Card Cuts: Gorgeous Grape: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Pumpkin Pie: jack-o-lantern 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″, letters inside 3-3/4″ x 5″, Basic Black: background 3-3/4″ x 5″, critters 1″ x 2″

Products not Stampin’ Up! are the jack-o-lantern die and the alphabet dies which are Simply Refined.

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Stampin’ Up! Still Night in the Woodland for Happy Inkin’ Thursday

Blog hop headerI hope you all have a Tremendous Thursday following our weekly hop today.

Not only do we have a blog hop, yesterday was the first day everyone could order from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog. There are many “must have” stamp sets and bundles in this catalog, so I am sure you can find something you must have! The stamp inspiration is from Still Night, one of the offerings in the Holiday catalog. Check out all the goodies and make your wish list. And, don’t forget to tell Santa.

We have a very talented group to share their creations  with you. So, let’s get on with it!

Today we have a color challenge, and for me it was a challenge! I normally wouldn’t think about putting a pale green with the autumn gold of Crushed Curry and the dark brown of Early Espresso. Surprisingly, I think it works!

Here is our challenge:

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And here is what I created using that challenge as inspiration.

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I began with an Early Espresso card base, then added a Mint Macaron mat.

The art piece is Whisper White, though it doesn’t look much like Whisper White! That is primarily because I sponge brayered the embossing folder.

The Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is probably my favorite. Using my sponge brayer, I layered some Sahara Sand ink on the FLAT side (the side that says ‘Sizzix’), then stamped some trees using the lone tree from Rooted in Nature, also on this side of the folder. For the trees I used Crushed Curry and Early Espresso, sometimes inking directly and sometimes using my Stampin’ Write markers to make them different. I also varied the height of the trees to give the illusion of a forest.

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I also used a stamp from Sheltering Tree to make what look to me like fallen leaves in Crushed Curry at the bottom of the panel. I then carefully placed my Whisper White card stock inside the folder and ran it through the Big Shot. This technique left some of the birch marks in Crushed Curry, which I didn’t want, so I filled them in with my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write marker. To bring in a bit more Mint Macaron, I stamped a few leaves on the ground using the spring from Floral Frames.

Next up is the branch on which the owl sits. It is cut with the framelit die from the Still Night Bundle (purchasing the stamps and dies as a bundle saves you 10% over buying them individually) from one of the white sheets  of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack. I cut two more from Early Espresso Card Stock and used Liquid Glue to adhere them one on top of the other.This added some dimension and separated the branch from the background. Again using my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker, I added some ‘birch’ marks to tie it in with the embossed background trees.

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The owl was stamped in Early Espresso on a darker sheet of the Wood Textures DSP and adhered over the branch with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The sentiment, from Floral Frames, is stamped in Early Espresso on Whisper White and cut using a Layering Ovals Framelit. The mat, in Mint Macaron, is cut with a scalloped oval, also from Layering Ovals. The Crushed Curry sprigs are also from the Floral Frames Stamp Set. The sentiment is Liquid Glued to the mat and then adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the inside, the Sheltering Tree sentiment is stamped near the top of a Whisper White panel in Early Espresso to leave room for a personal note. More Crushed Curry sprigs fill the corners. This panel was adhered with Liquid Glue to a Mint Macaron mat and into the card base.

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For the Very Vanilla envelope, the Rooted in Nature tree adorns the front in Crushed Curry and Early Espresso, while the flap gets….an OWL! I stamped the branch from the Still Night stamp set, then the owl. Both are in Early Espresso.

I think these colors worked much better than I anticipated, so I am pleased with this card. To see what the rest of the team has done, move on by clicking NEXT, or any of the names to see what she did.

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Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston-You are Here

Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, 2 branches scraps 3-1/2″ x 4 or one 3-1/2″ x 8″ panel; Whisper White: front art piece 4″ x 5-1/4″, front sentiment 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″; Mint Macaron: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, mat for front sentiment 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ ; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: branch white 3-1/2″ x 4″, owl darker brown 2″ x 2-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Sneak Peek Still Night Sympathy

A Good Saturday to you all! And, Spectacular September! Yep, it is September already. Launch of Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog (Sept. 5th), Back-to-School, Colorful leaves, end of the garden, Football, Apples-and cider, YUM! It is also the beginning of preparedness for all the upcoming holidays-Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year. OH, MY! Will I ever be ready? I should have begun preparedness months ago!

Obviously, there will be many reasons to make and send cards, and that does not include the birthdays, get well, sympathy, etc.

My card today uses a stamp and die bundle from the Holiday catalog that I knew I MUST HAVE as soon as I saw it. The Still Night Bundle includes the Still Night Stamp Set and the Night Owl Thinlits. This set is special to me for several reasons, not the least of which, as a photographer I was privileged to observe and photograph a Great Horned Owl family this spring for several weeks.

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If I could only have 3 Bundles from the Holiday catalog they would be Still Night, Winter Woods and First Frost. All these can be used throughout the year for purposes other than specific holidays, which means my dollars go further. YAY!

But, I am sure you want to see how I made my card. I have not made an envelope for it yet….too many cucumbers to make into pickles, and tomatoes to can whole and diced, and as salsa, juice, and part of my end-of-the-garden soup mix. (Remember, I mentioned the end of the garden earlier in the post.) So, no envelope until I need to send this card. Oh, and did I mention that the inside isn’t finished either? I started the inside, but haven’t had time to finish it and get it in the card.

I really just wanted to give you a peek at this fabulous bundle before the catalog goes live on Wednesday.

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This card also uses my favorite Woodlands Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Winter Woods stamps and Rooted in Nature stamps. I think they all combine wonderfully to make a great card.

I began with stamping a few of the wintry bare trees in Gray Granite on a panel of whisper white card stock which I then ran through the Big Shot in the Woodlands TIEF.

Using a Sponge Dauber I then highlighted the woodland embossed trees with Gray Granite. Since the trees I had stamped sort of looked like they were hanging in the air, I used the curvy die in the Winter Woods Bundle to cut a scrap of Whisper white to make a snowbank. This made a perfect way to ground the trees and provide a place for the sentiment from Rooted in Nature, stamped in Gray Granite.

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This panel was Liquid Glued onto my Mossy Meadow card base.

To add depth to the scene, I cut a square of whisper white, stamped a row of the bare winter trees in Gray Granite (after stamping them off twice) and some small conifers from the Rooted in Nature (annual catalog) stamp set. These were stamped off once, also in Gray Granite. I was going for a snowy evening look here, but I have other great ideas for this set, so stay tuned for more in upcoming posts.

I did a little Gray Granite sponging to take away the stark whiteness of the background, and am not totally happy with it. Do as you like here.

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Then I stamped off the large spruce tree from Winter Woods once in Mossy Meadow and stamped it as the tree closest to the owl. The backgrounds are finished. Now for the fun part, Ollie, the Owl himself. He is so handsome.

Ollie (my name for him) is stamped in Early Espresso on Crumb Cake card stock and colored with my Stampin’ Blends Markers. I used Bronze, Crumb Cake Light, Daffodil Delight Dark (eyes, bill and talons) and Smoky Slate Light. Using the outline die from the Still Night Bundle, and the magnetic platform for perfect placement of the die, I cut him out and applied Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back.

The tree branch, cut with the die from the same bundle, is cut from a panel of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I love this paper as it is SO very versatile. I just wish it came in larger sheets. A white Gel pen made the snow on the branch.

I did stamp some snowflakes allover the background panel and the square with Craft White and the stamps from Still Night, but they don’t show up at all.

Liquid glue the branch to the square stamped with trees and adhere the owl in place. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to attach this art piece to the card front.

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The card front is done. Easy Peasy, and oh, so nice! Card cuts and product list below.

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Host Code for September: RKS93T47

Please use this code for orders between $50 and $150 (before taxes and shipping) placed through my online store to earn free stuff and wild bird egg points for even more free stuff. Go to my rewards page to get the details. Request my free online tutorials for September with any order from my online store of over $50 (before t & s).

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All that ordering you did in August is about to PAY OFF!!  It’s time to start redeeming your Bonus Days Coupons!  Of course – you CAN wait until the 5th and redeem them on 2018 Holiday Catalog goodies! You will have received an email with your bonus codes.

Here’s the details:

  • Redemption Period Deadlines
    • September 30, 2018, by 11:50 PM (MT)
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes participants can use on an order during redemption.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes may be redeemed for any product (excluding Starter Kits, demonstrator supply items, and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions.)
    • New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes MAY be discounted with Bonus Days coupon codes.
      • Bonus Days coupon codes may be redeemed one time only.

Stampin’ Up has a new host promotion called Dashing Along. See below for details, or contact me for more information.

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So, go ahead and become a host for a Holiday catalog event and get this lovely paper, FREE.

Card Cuts: Mossy Meadow: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored and folded at 4-1/4″; Whisper White: card front 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, square with trees 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, snow bank 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″;  Crumb Cake: owl 2-1/2″ square, Woodland Textures DSP: branch 4″ x 4″

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Happy Inkin’ Thursday Christmas

Blog hop headerGood Thursday morning Everyone! I hope it is a good Thursday for you. My goodness, but the time does fly. Tomorrow is the last day of August and Labor Day will soon be in the past. With those thoughts in mind, I thought perhaps it a good idea to get going on Christmas cards. We have a sketch challenge today,

And here is the card I created from that inspiration.

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Of course, some of Stampin’ Up! promotions end with the closing of August, but we get to look forward to September 5, the first day you can order from the new Holiday Catalog! Woo-Hoo!

If you have trouble with color combinations, just get some Designer Series Paper and the colors are there for you. The DSP I chose to use today is from the Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper pack. There are so many lovely patterns in this collection it is hard to decide which to use!

I chose the holly and pines pattern and ran it through my Big Shot with the Subtles Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder. All the products used in today’s card will be available from the Holiday Catalog on September 5.

The lacy design on the edge of this panel is die cut with the design from Petals and More Thinlits (in the annual catalog). I cut two of these and overlapped them to fit my panel, then Liquid Glued this piece to the back of the panel, trimming off any excess from the ends. The assembled panel was then Liquid Glued to my Merry Merlot card base.

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The sentiment panel was from the Still Night Bundle and inked with Merry Merlot on Sahara Sand card stock. This was cut with a die also from the Still Night Bundle. Remember, when you bundle, you save 10%.

To make this sentiment piece long enough, I used my magnetic platform to assure proper placement, then only cut about 3/4 through the die. To do this, simply place your top sandwich layer where you want the Big Shot to stop cutting, then run it through. Turn the die around, match up the cut lines, and do the same from the other end to get the length you need.

Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere this to the card front.

I thought it was a bit too plain for my taste, so I layered on some die cuts from Pretty Pines and the Still Night Bundle, cutting them from Tranquil Tide and Merry Merlot. These were Liquid Glued to, and under, the sentiment panel. A Linen Thread Bow, made by wrapping it around 3 fingers 3 times and tied in the middle, was adhered to the pines with a Glue Dot.

The inside is layered Sahara Sand, Joyous Noel DSP and the sentiment stamped in Merry Merlot on Sahara Sand. This sentiment is from the His Light stamp set.

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The envelope flap was finished off with a piece of the , yep, you guessed it, Joyous Noel DSP. The front has some little pine boughs from the Winter Woods stamp set. I love the way Stampin’ Up! has products that work so well with each other.

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Now, on with the hop! Just click the NEXT button to move on, or, if you prefer, on any name to take you to her blog. Thanks for stopping by, and please, leave any comments below.

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You still have today and tomorrow to earn some $$ off on orders in September. For every $50 you spend in August you get a $5 coupon to use in September. This is called Bonus Days. The FAQ sheet gives you the details.

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Also ending tomorrow is your chance to purchase the Color Your Season Bundle. This is a GREAT bundle and sure to become a favorite. Get it now while you still can. There are many lovely stamps, but what I like best are the dies. WOW!

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HOST CODE for August: 6C9SNHPK

Use this code for any order between $50 and $150 from my online store to receive a free gift from me and earn Wild Bird Egg points. See my customer rewards page for more information. For orders over $150 you still earn all my gifts, in addition to rewards from Stampin’ Up. DO NOT USE the host code for orders of $150 or more, or you will lose your Stampin’ Up! rewards.

Card Cuts: Merry Merlot: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded at 4-1/4″; Sahara Sand: decorative strip 1-1/2″ x 6″, front sentiment 1-1/4″ x 4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside sentiment 3″ x 3-1/4″; Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper: front 3-3/8″ x 5″, inside 3-3/4″ x 5″, envelope flap 2-1/4″ x 6″

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