Stampin’ Up WOOD

I hope you are all having a Fabulous Friday. And, why not? Friday is the day before the weekend, which makes nearly everyone happy, right?

My card for today is another one using the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop sketch from yesterday, with a totally different take on it.

Here is the sketch we used, and that I am using again today.

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And here is the card I created using that sketch

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This technique, called Black Ice, was developed, or invented if you prefer, by Melissa Kerman. You can see her video on this technique here

I wanted this to be all about trees and wood, so I used the Waterfront stamp set, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, Leaflets Framelits and Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder.

To begin, I took a panel of Copper Foil Sheets and ran it through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Planks DTIEF. With the Classic Basic Black Stampin’ Pad (regular ink pads won’t stick to the foil) and a light touch, I simply dragged it over the embossed copper. This really brought out the wood grain. This is the black of the black ice.

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I left this to dry thoroughly while I went on to other parts of the project.

I tried stamping the trees and mountains then die cutting with the maple leaf from the Leaflets Framelits, which didn’t work very well. Then, I cut first, then stamped my design and that was much better. Initially, I used a dark wood (like the mat), rubbed my Versamark pad over the edges and heat embossed it in copper. Hmmm. A little dark, but maybe ok once it is on the copper.

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To be certain the copper piece was dry I did use my Heat Tool for a brief time. To do the ice technique, simply drag the Versamark pad over your panel, cover it in Clear Embossing Powder and heat emboss. Lovely. I really do like this look!

This was Liquid Glued to a piece of the dark Wood Textures DSP and onto my card base. Using Tear and Tape, I adhered a strip of Burlap Ribbon to the card front. I also die cut two branches from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, one in Basic Black and one in the dark Wood Textures DSP. I offset these and Liquid Glued them over the Burlap Ribbon.

I put several Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of my stamped and embossed leaf, wound some Copper Metallic Thread around and adhered it over the ribbon and branches. Remember I said it was a little dark? Well, it was a LOT dark and I really didn’t like it. The remedy was to die cut the leaf from a lighter Wood Textures DSP, then stamp the design. I simply Liquid Glued this over the darker leaf, offsetting it a bit so the copper edge would show. AHA! Much better.

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Now, the ribbon is wrong! Oh. My. Gosh. Now what? Well, I don’t like this, so what harm can it do to try to fix it before it goes in the trash? I took my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker and went over the ribbon. I had to do this twice to get it really black, but I am thinking you could use a black permanent marker too, which might be darker.

This helped enough that the card was salvaged, but, if I do it again I will use a strip of black card stock instead. But then, the black branch won’t show up. I will think of something!

On the inside I ran my Embossing Buddy over the paper before I stamped the sentiment in Versamark. This is also from the Waterfront stamp set, stamped  on the dark Wood Textures DSP, covered in Copper Emboss Powder and heat set. This panel was liquid glued to a Copper Foil Sheets panel and into the card base.

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For the envelope, I stamped the same trees and mountains on the front, then added a piece of the Wood Textures DSP to the flap. All done. I think this needs improving, but I like the basic idea. Must try it again.

Card Cuts: Basic Black: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, branch 2″ x 5″, Copper Foil Sheets: embossed panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside mat 3-11/16″ x 4-15/16″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Pack  front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside sentiment panel 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″, leaf 4″ x 4″, branch 2″ x 5″

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Stampin’ Up! Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

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Here it is Thursday and time for another Blog Hop. We have a full roster today, so come along and join the fun. We are working from this sketch today.

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And, based on that sketch, here is what I created for the hop today.

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I started with a Whisper White heavy card stock base and added a mat of Elegant Eggplant, topped with another mat of Perfect Plum. Using Tear and Tape, I taped down a length of Pear Pzazz Chevron ribbon.

Now for the fun part. I cut two crosses from the Hold on to Hope Bundle, a plain Elegant Eggplant one, and one using the fancy die out of Whisper White. These were adhered together with Liquid Glue.

I cut a Stitched Shapes large oval in Whisper White, and the large scalloped one out of Pear Pzazz. There is a nice sun ray (at least that is what it looks like to me) in the Amazing You stamp set. I stamped this in Daffodil Delight on the Whisper White oval so it would be behind the cross, then turned the oval upside down and stamped a mirror image of the first one. Liquid Glue adhered the ovals together as well as the cross to the oval.

Using Pear Pzazz ink, I stamped off the flower spray from Hold on to Hope onto scrap paper, then stamped it on a panel of Whisper White. Using my Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight, and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write markers, I colored the leaves and flowers. This was cut with the die from the bundle.

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I liquid glued it to the back of the ovals positioning it to lay over the ribbon, then used Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Stampin’ dimensionals to adhere this focal point to the card front.

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Moving on to the inside, I again stamped off once in Pear Pzazz the floral image onto Whisper White card stock. The sentiment is from the Easter Message set from last year, and is stamped in full strength Elegant Eggplant.

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This panel was Liquid Glued to an Elegant Eggplant mat, then onto a Pear Pzazz mat and into the card base.

The envelope has the same floral image on the front and the plain cross stamped over the flap.

I had fun with this sketch today. In fact, I made 3 cards using this sketch and may post them at a later date. It makes a clean, relatively simple card and I think it is lovely.

On with the hop! Click the ‘next’ image to go on to see what beautiful creation Amy has for you today.

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If you prefer to hop around, here is the list for today.

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston

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CARD CUTS: Heavy Whisper White: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Whisper White: oval 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, cross 2″ x 3″, floral spray 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside sentiment panel 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Elegant Eggplant: front mat 4′ x 5-1/4″, cross 2″ x 3″, inside mat 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Perfect Plum: front 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Pear Pzazz: scalloped oval 2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″

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Stampin’ Up Iced Beautiful Day ‘Monarch’ for the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

inkin-krew-blog-hop-banner2Good Tuesday to You All! Welcome!

Today is our monthly Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop. Thank you for joining us as we bring you projects with a “Celebrate Spring” theme. I had several ideas in mind for this one,  but in the end, the Beautiful Day butterfly stamp won the contest. Not much of a contest, I admit, but I did argue with myself for a little bit.

I am a Master Gardener and one of my group’s projects for the past 3 years has been to go into the Middle School and talk to the sixth grade students about the importance of pollinators, their plight, and what we can do to help, in particular, the Monarch Butterfly. We also help them plant milkweed seeds, as this is the ONLY plant on which the adult Monarch lays its eggs, and thus, the ONLY plant the larvae will eat.

This species has seen an 80% reduction in population in the past 20 years, so we are educating people a little at a time to do what we can to help them return to previous levels. Habitat destruction, pesticides and weather have the most impact on these fragile insects. But I digress.

Having been to school just last week, Monarchs were on my mind and in my heart. While this stamp is not a monarch, I made it look as much like one as I could. Enjoy, then continue the hop to see what the rest of our talented team has done. Below is an image of a REAL Monarch butterfly. It is a female….yes, you can tell the difference if you know how.monarch for dear Iris column

The Monarch deserved special treatment I thought, and I used Melissa Kerman’s You Tube video on her ‘black ice’ technique as my inspiration. Only for this particular version she called it ‘clear ice’. You can view that here.

I began by rubbing my Embossing Buddy over the Gold Foil Sheets before stamping the butterfly from the Beautiful Day stamp set in Basic Black Archival ink. I then heat embossed it in Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Stampin’ Blends in Pumpkin Pie Light and Dark were used to color in the wings. There are white dots also on the Monarch, so I used my White Gel Pen to make dots around the outside edges.

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After completing the coloring and letting it dry thoroughly, I tapped my Versamark ink pad, very gently over the whole panel, added clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat embossed it. Voila! Instant texture, which Ms. Kerman calls ‘ice’. (the black ice is done by dragging Basic Black over the foil, and dragging the Versamark instead of tapping it.) I think it is a lovely technique, and will be using it again. This panel was Liquid Glued to a Basic Black mat.

My card base is Basic Black. I cut a panel of Whisper White to fit, minus 1-1/2″ vertically. I cut a piece of Tangerine Tango to fit that space and ever-so-lightly, dragged my Basic Black stamp pad from either end to add some texture to the orange, then Tear and Taped them together. I used NO pressure, just the weight of the stamp pad.

This panel was adhered to the card base with Tear and Tape. I centered the butterfly panel over the card front to get the placement for a length of Black Shimmer Ribbon with the ends cut on an angle. This ribbon was Tear and Taped to the card front, then the butterfly panel was adhered with Liquid Glue. I sort of wished later that I had used Stampin’ Dimensionals. Next time I will do that, and perhaps add some Basic Jewels to the butterfly body, but this card was to be simple and highlight the ‘ice’ technique.

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On the inside, I stamped the sentiment, butterfly and the border on a panel of Whisper White, all in Basic Black Archival Ink. The butterfly stamp is from Kinda Eclectic (retired), the sentiment and border from Butterfly Basics. The die cut butterfly, in Tangerine Tango and colored with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, is from the You Move Me Bundle and attached with Liquid Glue. I also used my Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Write Marker to color in the stamped butterfly.

This panel was adhered to a Gold Foil Sheets panel, then onto a Tangerine Tango mat and into the card base. An Enameled Dot finished the inside.

I don’t like a plain envelope, but don’t usually spend too much time decorating it. However, I thought my Monarch deserved better, so I stamped the Beautiful Day butterfly on the back, putting most of it on the flap. I did this in Basic Black, then colored it. To do this I used my Aqua Pen and Tangerine Tango Classic Stampin’ Pad with ink in the lid to give a watercolor effect and keep it light in tone. To make the black veins darker, I went over each one with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

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The envelope front received 3 of the small butterflies from Kinda Eclectic in Basic Black, then colored in with the Tangerine Marker.

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I hope I did our Monarch Butterflies justice here. I am pretty sure Monarch butterflies qualify as ‘Celebrate Spring ‘ for this hop. If you desire more information on their plight, go to Monarch Watch for a plethora of ways you can help if you choose to do so.

Now, on with the hop. By clicking the ‘next’ button you will go directly to our team leader Amy’s blog. The ‘back’ button with return you to Shirley’s project. Or, you can click on any of the team names  below to go to their blog and just ‘Hop’ around.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to join us again next month. Information on card cuts and products are below.


Jaimie Barbarczy

Nanette Tracy

Karen Finkle

Linda Richenberg

Sue Prather

Mary Deatherage

Shirley Gentry

Julie Johnston (You are here)

Amy Koenders

CARD CUTS: Basic Black: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″; Whisper White: top front panel 2-3/4″ x 5-3/8″, inside panel 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″; Tangerine Tango: lower card front 1-3/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, butterfly-scrap; Gold Foil Sheets: front butterfly panel 3-3-16″ x 4-7/16″, 3-3/4″ x 5″

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Happy Birthday with the Bees!

Happy Awesome Sunday, Folks! I hope you remembered to turn your clocks forward last night and didn’t miss church or anything because you forgot!

My card for today is for a bee-keeper, and since Stampin’ Up doesn’t have any bee hives, I used a set from Our Daily Bread Designs to stamp the bee skep. The bee is also from that set, but everything else is SU.

I began by taking a piece of the Wood Textures DSP and randomly stamping the bees in Versamark ink. I heat embossed these in copper, then, using the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder, I dry embossed it. After all, the bees make honeycombs which are hexagonal in shape. wild wing creations-4

A piece of 1/4″ Copper trim spread out and wrapped around the bee-embossed Wood Textures DSP is taped to the back. This panel was then adhered to the Early Espresso card base with Liquid Glue.

I sponged a panel of Very Vanilla with Soft Suede using a Sponge Dauber, then stamped the bee skep image also in Soft Suede. The bee was stamped next, then the honeycomb design from Butterfly Basics. Using my Stampin’ Write markers I colored the flowers, leaves, bee skep and bees with Pink Pirouette, Pear Pzazz, and Daffodil Delight. I filled in the wings of the bees with my Wink of Stella to give them a translucent look. The sentiment, stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in copper, is from Butterfly Basics.

The ground beneath the hive needed something, so I used my Blender Pen and Pear Pzazz ink from the Classic Stamp Pad lid to give it a green wash.

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Having decided to offset this panel so more of the embossed bees would show, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals along the left edge to add several loops of Metallic Copper Thread, then adhered this panel to the card front. The finishing touch is found in the 3 Glitter Enamel Dots scattered over the panel.

For the inside, I again dry embossed a panel of the same Wood Textures DSP and adhered it to the card base with Liquid Glue. I sponged another Very Vanilla panel around the edges with Soft Suede ink, then stamped several of the honeycomb design without re-inking the stamp,wild wing creations-5

Using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the sentiment (from Picture Perfect) straight, I stamped this also in Soft Suede. Next I stamped 3 bees in Soft Suede and colored them with my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write marker. The wings are Wink of Stella. The Bee Happy sentiment is from the same Our Daily Bread Designs stamp set. This panel was Liquid Glued to the embossed mat.

For the envelope flap, I randomly stamped the honeycomb design, again without re-inking, a couple of times, then added one bee, colored the same as the ones inside the card.

The front received flowers (bees need flowers!) from Background Bits, stamped in Soft Suede ink. Then, three more bees hover over the flowers, stamped and colored the same as the others. This card and envelope are finished, and I am happy with the result.

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Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper: front 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside 4″ x 5-1/4″; Very Vanilla: front and inside 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″

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Stampin’ Up Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop Birthday Card

Blog hop headerTerrific Thursday to you All! Today’s Hop is based on color, and these are the colors we are using to create our cards.Image may contain: text

And this is what I made to share with you. So please, enjoy the hop and be sure to check out what the others on our team have done.

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This is sort of a normal color combination for me, but still a difficult one. For starters, I needed to make yet another masculine card (6 male birthdays this month!!!) so I decided these would be good colors for it.

As this is for a younger man, I chose to use the guitar from Country Livin’ as my primary image. For the background I sponged Pool Party ink over the top approximately 2/3, and Garden Green over the bottom 1/3. Over this I stamped the cluster of dots from Perennial Birthday in Soft Suede, sometimes stamping off once first, and sometimes just stamping until the ink is gone.

Next, I stamped one guitar in stamped off once Garden Green and one in stamped off once Soft Suede. I also spritzed the guitar stamp with water and stamped in a couple places to remove some of the sponged ink, as well as spritzing the dots. These were randomly stamped over the panel. It is hard to see this, but it does add some texture to the panel. This was  then adhered to a Soft Suede mat with Liquid Glue. Set this aside for the moment.

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My card base is Soft Suede. Over this I used Tear & Tape to adhere the Whisper White/Green panel. To make this panel, I cut the Whisper White at 4″ tall x 4-1/4″ wide, and a Garden Green piece at 1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″. These two pieces are joined by a piece of Tear & Tape, leaving the protecting paper on for the time being. Add more Tear & Tape to the rest of the perimeter of the panel.

I cut  a strip of Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon to cover the joint, and wrapped it to the back, securing it with the Tear & Tape. Now, remove the top 1″ of the protective paper on either side of the front panel, just pulling it back and folding it out to make ‘handles’. You will see why in a minute. Also, remove the paper from across the top.

Lining up the panel with the card base, check to be sure everything is as you want it. THEN, attach the top edge. Those little handles you made will prevent this from sticking until you are ready for it to be stuck down permanently. Once the top is adhered, then pull away the paper on the sides, using your ‘handles’. Now, peel away the protective paper from the bottom and complete the adhesion.

I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the focal panel to the card front.

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Next, I cut another piece of the Pool Party Shimmer ribbon, flagging the ends with scissors, and used Fast Fuse to adhere it, lining it up with the ribbon under the focal panel. I stamped the Happy Birthday in Soft Suede on a scrap of Pool Party sponged Whisper White and cut it with a die from the Bunch of Banners Framelits.   A couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere this to the ribbon. Card front..DONE!

On the inside, I sponged another panel in the same manner as the front and stamped a Garden Green guitar. This was stamped off twice before stamping on the panel. Over this I stamped two sentiments from Perennial Birthday in full strength Soft Suede, then adhered it to a Garden Green mat with Liquid Glue. This was then Liquid Glued to a Whisper White mat and into the card base.

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No naked envelopes, please! I stamped another Garden Green guitar on the front and three on the flap in Soft Suede, not re-inking between stamps. I then randomly stamped those little dots same as the front, only in Pool Party.

I hope you like this card. It was a bit of a challenge, but I am happy with it.

Now, please Hop on around the group to see what their creative minds have done with this challenge. By clicking on the NEXT button, you will go to Amy Koender’s blog. Below is a list if you get lost or want to skip around.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Karen Finkle

Julie JohnstonYou are here

Card Cuts: Soft Suede: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, mat 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Whisper White: upper front 4″ x 4-1/4″, focal panel 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″, inside mat 4′ x 5-1/4″, sentiment panel 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, front sentiment-scrap; Garden Green: lower front 1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5″

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Stampin’ Up Wood Textures Birthday

Good Sunday Morning All

Today is supposed to be another beautiful day, so after church I am going out with camera to see what goodies I can find. In the meantime, I want to share a card with you that I first found on Pinterest. I went to Su Mohr’s blog, https://aromasandart.com/lovely-as-a-tree/, and since it uses a couple of my favorites, I thought I would CASE for my nephew’s birthday.

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I am definitely going to play around with this idea some more, so who knows what may be in the future!

For starters, I made the card base from Early Espresso, then, with sheets from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, I proceeded to make the card front.

I cut the top piece to 4-1/4″ x 5-1/4″, then centered the leaf from Leaflets Framelits and ran it through the Big Shot. On a sheet of the plainer wood grain sheets from Wood Textures, I stamped the image from Lovely as a Tree in Soft Suede. These two pieces were adhered together with Foam Adhesive Strips, then to the card base with Liquid Glue. I placed the Foam Strips very close to the edges of the back of the tree rings, and around the leaf. Since I didn’t like the look of the white edges of the foam, I used my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker to color them.

This completes the card front. Easy Peasy.

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For the inside, I used the tree rings paper for a mat, then stamped my sentiment and the Lovely as a Tree image on a plainer  wood grain panel. The sentiment is from Perennial Birthday and stamped in full strength Soft Suede. The trees were stamped off once before stamping on the liner panel. I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line up the sentiments. All were adhered with Liquid Glue.

On the envelope, never to be naked, I again stamped the Lovely as a Tree image on the front in Soft Sued, and used more of the tree rings DSP on the flap.

This card is quick and simple, yet, I think it is lovely. Try one for yourself.

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Cuts: Early Espresso: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: tree rings die cut 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, tree rings mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, plain (front) 4″ x 5-1/4″, plain (inside) 3-3/4″ x 5″

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Stampin’ Up! Cool Treats Birthday

Good Friday Morning Everyone! We have had some springlike weather the past couple of days, but the meteorologist says we are back to ‘normal’ winter weather next week, whatever THAT is! Colder for sure, and windy. He also said we can have warmth, cold, rain, snow, and wind. In other words, Mother Nature can throw just about anything, or all of it, at us!

My card today is for a guy whose business is Frozen Custard, so I thought I would use the now retired Cool Treats Designer Series Paper (you can substitute whatever for your card) for his birthday. He also wears, get this, ORANGE BOW TIES! I am never sure whether or not I should claim him! 🙂

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Anyway, the card is kind of cute, I think, and I hope he likes it.

I started with a Calypso Coral card base and adhered a mat made from the DSP that resembles a waffle cone to it with Liquid Glue. To the left of center I attached a strip from the DSP with the sundaes all over it, after I had cut the end with my Triple Banner Punch. I use this punch a lot.

Using the Layering Squares Framelits I cut a square a little less than 3″, but I don’t remember which die I used. Measure it. From Whisper White I cut a slightly smaller square, maybe 2-3/4″? with the stitched Shapes Framelits. It was the largest of the stitched shape squares. To this I stamped the sentiment in Calypso Coral with a stamp from the Picture Perfect Birthday. Liquid Glue holds it to the Calypso Coral mat.

From a scrap of the Sundae paper (not the Sunday Paper!), I fussy cut one sundae, attached a couple of Mini Stampin’ dimensionals and adhered it to the square. At this point I Liquid Glued the focal squares to the front of the card.

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Since he wears orange bow ties, I wanted to get a bow tie on there somehow, so I cut one from Calypso Coral card stock, softened it up some with my bone folder and put it together with Glue Dots. It is adhered to the square with Liquid Glue. Stampin’ Up! has a very informative video on how to use this punch. You can find it here.

Now that the front is done, let’s tackle the inside of the card. I think the inside should show as much care as the front, so I try to make them look really nice. For this one, I again used the ‘waffle cone’ paper for the base mat, and the sundaes for the second mat.

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For the sentiment panel, I used Whisper White, stamped with a Calypso Coral sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set. To help it stand out from the mat, I simply ran the edge of the panel over my Calypso Coral ink pad. Makes a nice, neat edge, not too wide.

For the envelope I fussy cut a row of the sundaes in their little squares and Liquid Glued them across the bottom of the front of the envelope. The Waffle Cone paper covers the flap.

It is a bit of an unusual card for a guy, but perfect for this particular guy I think.

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Card Cuts: Calypso Coral: card base 5-1/2″ x  8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, square mat 3″ x 3″, bow tie 4″x 4″(punch out 2 ties); Cool Treats Designer Series Paper: (waffle cone)front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″, (sundaes)front banner 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, inside mat #two 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, cut out sundae from scrap for sentiment panel, 6″ strip fussy cut for front of envelope; Whisper White: stitched square 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″, inside panel 3″ x 4-1/4″.

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Stampin’ Up Hold on to Hope Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Thursday morning Everyone! I am trying something new today. I have joined some of my team members for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop. This is a whole new adventure for me, so I hope I do the team justice.

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We are working with a sketch this week:

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and as I have need of sympathy cards, this is what I did with the sketch.

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My card base is Smoky slate and the first mat is Silver Foil. The second mat is Soft Sky. I took a panel of the new, Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper, which is in the Sale-A-Bration 2nd release, and free with a $50 qualifying order. I love, love, love this paper and hope it stays around beyond the Sale-A-Bration.

I used my Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blends Marker to color in the leaves. It seemed a shame to cover it up! I then cut the end with the Banner Triple Punch and Liquid Glued it to the Soft Sky mat. This was adhered, also with liquid glue, to the Silver Foil and onto the card base.

I was going to use my Stitched Shapes Framelits for the Very Vanilla square, but the largest one wasn’t big enough for the cross. I used instead a die from Scrapbooking Made Simple. This was the perfect size. I could have used a plain square, which was my original intent, but it was too plain looking. If one thing doesn’t work, try something else!

Taking the swirly design from the Beautiful Peacock stamp set (another Sale-A-Bration free product), I stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed it with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder in the lower right corner of the square.

The sentiment, from Teen Tiny Wishes, was also stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in silver.

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Using the dies from the Hold on to Hope Bundle, I cut the solid cross in Soft Sky and the more intricate one in Very Vanilla. These were Liquid Glued together then popped onto the square with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The square was then adhered over the foiled banner with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside I inked the swirly design from Beautiful Peacock in Soft Sky, stamped it off once on scrap paper, then onto the center of my panel. Over this I stamped the sentiment from Thoughts and Prayers in Smoky Slate full strength. To finish this panel, I inked the little corner piece from Hold on to Hope, and stamped each one off once before stamping my panel. Done.

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The envelope got another Silver heat embossed swirly design on the front and a piece of the colored Springtime foils on the flap.

I think this turned out quite well. Please leave your comments below.

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Card Cuts: Smoky slate: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Silver Foil Sheets: cut 2 mats 4″ x 5-1/4″; Soft Sky: front mat 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5″, cross 2-1/2″ x 3″; Springtime Foil Sheets: front banner to color 2″ x 4-1/2″; Very Vanilla: Front square 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside panel 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″, fancy cross 2-1/2″ x 3″

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This is the day that the Lord has made…

And I am rejoicing and glad in it! Before you go further, if you are expecting a paper craft, forget it! This is much bigger than anything you or I could create…THE CREATOR did this, and it is spectacular!

Today’s blog is about one of, if not THE most awesome, magnificent sights I have ever in my life seen. I will post several photos, in order. Here is the first one.

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I was on my computer yesterday evening, about 5:30 or so when a neighbor (Thanks TOM) stopped by to tell me there were thousands of Snow Geese just up the road in a field. He knew my next words would be: “Thanks! I’ll grab my camera!”

Well! If you know me at all, you know that was a call to action. I grabbed my jacket, camera and slipped on some shoes and out the door I went. This image was the first I took, at around 5:38. I could hardly believe my eyes! Thousands of geese in the air, and I hadn’t even looked at the ground yet. I don’t have a clue as to how you can estimate the numbers of birds, and with my 200 mm lens there was no way to get them all in one frame, or even 2 or 3.

I drove about 1/2 mile to the intersection and turned left where I could see them in the sky. Looking north I could see snow on the ground….snow GEESE, not the cold, white stuff from which to make snowmen. This shows most of the span of a 40 acre field from about 3/4 mile away. AMAZING sight. There may have been some other geese mixed in, but the ones I was close enough to identify were Snow Geese, both adult and immature. Isn’t that amazing?? And I am MILES from any water other than a couple of small farm ponds.wild wing creations-12


I was awestruck with the beauty and the choreography of these birds. How so many can be in the air and never fly into one another is amazing in itself. I so much wanted to drive into the field and get closer, but, though the ground is frozen, we had some rain over the weekend that made it slippery (we call it greasy) on top, so I knew that would be foolhardy. It was tough to do, but I stayed on the road.

I drove faster than I have ever driven on a gravel road back to the corner, made a left and gunned it up to the highway. Making another left turn, I drove about a 1/2 mile to come even with where they were on the south side of the highway. These are the same birds as in the photo above, but from the opposite direction. They seem to have an uncanny sense to land in the middle of a square mile, not close to where you can get a good look at them. Thank goodness for a long lens, in this case 500mm.

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As I watched, enthralled, they were, how to say it…milling about? Flying about? I don’t know. It seemed they didn’t know whether to land or keep going. Some of them did land, then took off again and flew north over the highway to land in another field.  I watched them here for a bit, and it was almost like watching a tennis match, swiveling my head (and camera) from north to south to capture as much of this spectacle as possible, both in my mind and with the camera.wild wing creations-5

This next image is on the north side of the highway as they landed. wild wing creations-6

Simply amazing. My heart swelled and my eyes welled up with the sheer beauty of it all. These birds have many, many miles to go to their breeding grounds in northern Canada, and beyond, well into the Arctic Circle. Basically, they fly to the top of the world to make their nests and raise their young, then fly back south to the southern United States and into Mexico for the winter.

Snow Geese mate for life, and many of the geese in these swirling clouds of feathered fowl were immature, probably traveling with their parents to the nesting grounds, where they will take a mate if they haven’t already done so. This image is of another wave coming in for a landing on the north side of the highway. wild wing creations-7

I turned around and looked to the west to see how low the sun was getting, and saw this cloud approaching. Still more geese!  WOW! wild wing creations-8

They just kept coming…wave after wave of swirling, dipping, dropping, ascending birds. l quickly made some camera adjustments to allow for the dwindling light, and looked back to the field on the south side of the highway. WHOA! A huge group of them took flight and headed directly toward my house!

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On the lower right are a couple of grain bins and a green roofed building. That is my place and they were apparently going to pay me a visit. I watched for a few moments, and it sure seemed they were headed that way. What to do? Stay and watch the north side of the road, or head toward home. Maybe my yard will look like it snowed!

The sun just slipped below the horizon, so I figured I better head home and see where they were planning to roost before the light was completely gone. I was 2 miles from the house, so by the time I got there, many of them (most) had landed. They were behind my house, about 1/4 mile away. This was the scene as I stood in my backyard.

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It is to dark to see  clearly, but, left of center the ground was tinged gray, as it was covered in snow geese. The cacophony was incredible. I used my phone to capture the sound of both their honking and the underlying hum of their wing beats. By now I am on sensory overload!

Before I went to bed I opened the window and I could still hear them ‘talking’ among themselves. At 3:15 when I awoke, I again checked and, sure enough, I could still hear them, though they were much quieter. Apparently they do sleep, but not all at the same time.

At 5:30 I got up, opened the window and I could still hear them, though they seemed to be further to the north and west and not directly behind the house.

By 5:50 I was in my car and driving to see if I could see them, using my binoculars. Yes! They were about 1/4 mile to the north of where they settled last night and further west. As the sky lightened, I could see more flying in from the east, looking more like a swarm of gnats than birds in flight. As they got closer, it appeared they would land with the others.

By now, a couple of friends had arrive to see this spectacle of which I had told them last night. We watched the new group land, then drove on up the road and around the corner to see if we could get any closer, as it seemed they would be only about 1/4 mile from that road. In my neck of the woods, roads are laid out in a 1 mile grid. The land is pretty flat, well, very flat, but with a few little dips it might not be possible to see something as small as a goose, even thousands of them.

But yes, there they were. We waited for them to take flight, and saw another wave, and another arriving, to fly on past us to their next destination. The sky looked like this for about an hour. There are no words to describe this.wild wing creations-1

Where we stood, we could see clouds of them coming from the east and south, not quite a 180 degree view, but for sure 140 degrees of the sky was filled with these masses of birds. There had to be several hundred thousand of them if not a million.

At last, some of them decided it was time to move on. wild wing creations-13wild wing creations-1

As they lifted off, I thought that all of them would go, but it was a few more minutes before the rest lifted off and headed toward their final destination. Before they left, they flew directly overhead as though to say, “Good-bye.”wild wing creations-11

A few of the stragglers.wild wing creations-2

I am humbled and awestruck by the precision, grace and beauty of these creatures of God. Nothing else today, nor for some time to come, can compare to this glorious morning and the richness of the Blessing of sharing such wonder with 2 BFs. God is GOOD! And, I am SO thankful to have been a witness to this glorious day.








Stampin’ Up! Basket of Love

Good Morning Everyone! At the moment it is SNOWING. Again. Snow is better than ice, and some of each is predicted today. Some schools are closed, some are starting late, waiting, I suppose, to see if the weather develops into a ‘closed school’ day.

That said, it is warm and cozy in my craft room and I want to share the wonderful new stamp bundle you can get through Sale-A-Bration, FREE with a qualifying order. Details below. It is called Blossoming Basket and is wonderful!

I chose to use Sweet Sugarplum for my primary color, so that is my card base. Using the same color card stock and the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder in the bundle. This is a great embossing folder and sure to become a favorite. This was Liquid Glued to the card base.

Using a panel of Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper (retired) to continue the garden-y feel, I stamped the basket from the Blossoming Basket bundle in Basic Gray. I also stamped the same image on Whisper White, then colored them both with the new Stampin’ Blends markers. The colors I used were Light Cherry Cobbler, Light and Dark Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Crumb Cake, and Dark Pink Pirouette. Using the Envelope Punch Board, I rounded the corners of the DSP.

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I cut doilies in half and glued them to the back of the art panel to dress it up a bit. I think this also adds to the feminine, garden-y look, and really do like it. The panel was then adhered to the card front with Liquid Glue.

I fussy cut the basket (not the handle) and flowers from the Whisper White and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere it over the image on the DSP. Before sticking it down, I had also stamped the little tag with 3 hearts from the bundle in Basic Gray and colored the hearts in Real Red. I fussy cut this, punched a hole with my 1/8″ hole punch and threaded a piece of Linen Thread through the hole. I stuck this to one of the Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the basket before I adhered the whole thing to the DSP.

I really like the blends, and they do blend well, but my coloring skills are NOT great. I am still learning to use them, and have only been partially successful. I think my leaves turned out well, but the flowers….not so much. (Remember, these are HANDMADE cards and, as such, there will be imperfections, at least for me. I am not a machine).

The sentiment is also from the Blossoming Basket bundle and stamped in Basic Gray on Whisper White, then cut with a die from the Lots to Love Framelits. I edged this with my Basic Gray Stampin’ Write marker before adhering it to the art panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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The little butterfly is also from the Blossoming Basket bundle (I actually used everything in the bundle except for one sentiment) and was colored with Island Indigo and Pool Party Stampin’ Write Markers. This was also fussy cut and adhered to the sentiment banner with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the inside of the card, using liquid glue, I adhered a mat of the Succulent Garden DSP to the card base. The sentiment is stamped in Basic Gray on Whisper White with stamps from the Bird Banter stamp set from the Occasions Catalog. In the center I stamped the Blossoming Basket in Basic Gray and colored it with my Stampin’ Blends.wild wing creations-5

This panel was then Liquid Glued into the card base over the gingham mat.

The envelope flap got another piece of the DSP while little blue butterflies fly about the front. I hope you like this card as much as I do. Card cuts and product list below.

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Card Cuts: Sweet Sugarplum: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, embossed panel 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″; Whisper White: inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, to stamp basket 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, sentiment banner 1-1/2″ x 4″, butterfly and tag  1″ x 2″ scrap;  Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper: front panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″

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