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Stampin’ Up! Pleasant Pheasants for Combined Thursday Blog Hop

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Once again we are joining some Stampin’ Up! friends from north of the border (Canada, not Minnesota) for a combined Blog Hop. Lots of talent here folks, so come on along.

We usually have a choice (or you can use both) of a a sketch or a color challenge. For today we only have a sketch.

Aug 16 sketch

For my contribution, I chose the new (available September 5 in the Holiday catalog) Pleasant Pheasants stamp set. I used everything in the set EXCEPT for the pheasants! Next card, I promise. They are gorgeous.

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I began with a Cajun Craze card base. Next up, I added a Sahara Sand mat, which I ran through the Big Shot using the brand spankin’ new Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. Gotta love this TIEF! Reminds me of the old tin ceilings, with which I am enamored. To distress it, I used a TINY bit of Soft Suede ink on my Stampin’ Sponge (cut into sixths) and sponged over the highlights.

This embossing folder will be available to you on September 5 in the Holiday catalog. It is part of the Country Lane Suite of products. I am told that if you mist your card stock with water before embossing, that it makes a deeper impression. I did not do that for this card.

I wrapped a length of Copper Metallic Thread around this panel three times, taping it on the back. This panel was then adhered to my card base with some Liquid Glue.

A scrap from Sahara Sand was stamped with the leaf border in Cajun Craze. I then fussy cut with my Paper Snips Scissors along one side, not too precisely, but enough to make a nice edge. Using what ink was left in the sponge, I sponged this edge too, to take off the ‘newness’ of it. This was Liquid Glued to the back side of a Mossy Meadow square.

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A smaller square of Sahara Sand was sponged around the edges, again without re-inking my sponge. The ole wooden bucket of pumpkins was stamped in the corner with Soft Suede. I used my Blender Pen to sort of blend in the brown on the bucket, then used Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Markers to color it.

The Embossing Buddy was wiped over this square before I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink, to keep the Copper Embossing Powder from sticking where I didn’t want it. I heat set it with my heat tool, then Liquid Glued this square to the Mossy Meadow square. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere it to the card base and tin tile mat.

The copper thread is HARD to maneuver into a bow, so I wrapped it around 3 fingers a few times, pinched and twisted it in the middle, then used a glue dot to hold it together. This stuff has a mind of its own and wants to spring away if you don’t control it. The glue dot does a fine job of this. I then could wrap another piece around the bow and tie it to secure it firmly. The glue dot holds it in place on the card.

Card front: Done

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On the inside I again sponged the Sahara Sand panel very lightly with Soft Suede, then stamped the image and sentiment in Soft Suede also. The Blender Pen softens the wooden wheelbarrow and some Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker colored the pumpkins. A bit of Mossy Meadow for the grass and this panel is ready to Liquid Glue to the Mossy Meadow mat and into the card base.

For the envelope, I dry embossed the flap of a Medium Very Vanilla Envelope with the Tin Tile TIEF and stamped the wheelbarrow on the front in Soft Suede.

I hope you like this card. I have several Thanksgiving cards to make, and this Pleasant Pheasant stamp set will get used a lot.

Now, on with the hop! You know the drill. Click the button or each name to continue. And, don’t forget to leave your comments. Thank you for hopping with us.

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CARD CUTS: Cajun Craze: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″; Sahara Sand: panel to emboss 4″ x 5-1/4″, front sentiment 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″, inside liner 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, leaf border 1″ x 4″; Mossy Meadow: front 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5″

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Stampin’ Up! Seasons of Nature Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

A Tremendous Tuesday to you all! Time for another Inkin’ Krew Team Blog Hop, which we do every 2nd Tuesday of the month. This month our theme is “Fall Frenzy” and I have chosen to use the Rooted in Nature Designer Series Paper, Leaves from the limited time Blended Seasons Bundle (available for you on September 5) and a sentiment from All Things Thanks.

Fall is my favorite time of year…the days are getting short, and cooler, and the beauty of God’s Creation that surrounds us is nearly overwhelming. I am blessed to live where we have the changing seasons, and there are things I like about each. The months of October and November bring harvest, changing colors and the beginning of the holiday season. It also brings relief from the HEAT of summer, so, yes, it is my favorite time of year.

My interpretation of the fall season can take many different paths, but for today I am using the colors in the Nature’s Poem DSP as my starting point. Another favorite DSP is Wood Textures, and I think it appropriate for this card as well. If you have followed my blog at all, you know I am partial to dry embossing, so no surprise that I have used it today.

I began with the color scheme of Tranquil Tide, Grapefruit Grove and Cajun Craze, but quickly decided the Grapefruite Grove would be too light for this card. Instead, I used heat embossed copper. Here we go.

First I dry embossed a piece of Tranquil Tide with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic 3D Textured Embossing Folder, then cut it with the largest stitched frame from the Stitched Seasons dies, which are part of the Blended Seasons Bundle allowing you to save 10%. This is only available until the end of August, but it has SO very many uses, you just might want to get this while you can.

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I then stamped the large leaf cluster from the same bundle in Versamark on a piece of the Nature’s Poem DSP and heat embossed it in copper. STOP! Before using the Versamark ink and embossing powders, first rub your Embossing Buddy over the paper to reduce static so you don’t get little bits of embossing where you don’t want it. It just saves a lot of time trying to brush off the excess.

I fussy cut these, then used the openwork leaf die to cut one leaf from Copper Foil Sheets and one from a piece of Whisper White I had watercolored and saved from a previous project.

When I began to arrange these on the large stitched die cut, I realized it was too big, so I embossed a second piece of Tranquil Tide and cut it using the second largest die. This works much better. I will save the other one for future project.

I chose a compatible sheet from the Wood Textures DSP and layered it over a mat of Tranquil Tide, then wrapped a length of Burlap Ribbon around it. This was attached to my Cajun Craze card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the stitched die cut allowed me to swirl a bit of Copper Metallic Thread around before adhering it over the Burlap Ribbon. I dry fit the leaves so I would know how much room I had for my sentiment, which was stamped in Versamark on the reverse side of a scrap from the mat. Again, using Copper Embossing Powder, this sentiment from Tropical Chic was heat embossed using my Heat Tool.

The ends were cut using the Triple Banner Punch. I thought it looked too plain, so I simply stuck the edges in the Versamark Pad and heat set the Copper Embossing Powder. Now it looks good! This was adhered to the Tranquil Tide piece with Liquid Glue.

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I arranged the leaves and used  Liquid Glue to attach them to the Tranquil Tide. Where the large leaves at the top hung over the edge I used small pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals, cut from the edge. One small leaf was Liquid Glued to the Wood Textures mat and this card front is finished!

On the inside, Versamark, Copper embossing powder and my Heat Tool give a bit of class to the sentiment from All Things Thanks and the single leaf from Color Your Season, on another Wood Textures Panel.  This was adhered with Liquid Glue to a mat of Tranquil Tide and the whole was Liquid Glued into my card base.

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For the Very Vanilla envelope, a bit of the Nature’s Poem DSP covers the flap, but I thought it was too plain. Another stamped and copper embossed leaf really dressed it up! On the front, I stamped the openwork leaf in Cajun Craze, and two smaller leaves in stamped off once Tranquil Tide. Again, I thought it needed some copper, so I stamped part of the openwork leaf over the others in Versamark and copper heat embossed it. Maybe not such a good idea, but it is done and will stay that way as I am not willing to make another envelope.

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I hope you enjoy the hop today, as we have some very good talent waiting to show you their projects. Come back next month! Card cuts and products used for this project are below.

To see what the rest of the team has done, either click on the name of the person or the ‘next’ button to move on. Or, if you prefer, click the ‘previous’ button and go in reverse order. Thank you for joining us.

Shirley Gentry

Julie Johnston – You are Here

Mary Deatherage

Nanette Tracy

Sue Prather

Amy Koenders

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Card Cuts: Cajun Craze: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Tranquil Tide: front mat 3-15/16″ x 5-2/16″, inside mat 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, sentiment mat 3″ x 4-1/2″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper: front 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, inside liner 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″, sentiment scrap cut from the mat whatever width you need. Mine was 1″ x 3″ die cut to fit sentiment; Rooted in Nature Designer Series Paper: envelope flap 2-1/4″ x 6″, embossed leaves 3″ x 4″; Copper Foil Sheets: scrap approx 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Tropical Flamingo for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Thursday to you all! Time again to see what my creative team members have done with today’s color challenge. To me it says summer, tropical, and flamingos! Did you know there are 6 kinds of flamingos? All are large, pink and very easily distinquished from other birds. It is a gorgeous sight to see hundreds of them feeding at the edge of a lake.

Here is our challenge.

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Bright, eh? Well, here is what I created for this challenge. These colors are W-A-Y outside my comfort zone. I rarely use bright colors except perhaps as an accent color. But, WOW! These are bright! OK, enough chit-chat…on with the hop.

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I began by stamping a panel of Calypso Coral in Versamark with the little hibiscus flower in the Tropical Chic stamp set. I used the stamped off once technique.  By the way, everything on this card is either Tropical Chic or Flirty Flamingo, so I won’t repeat myself every time I stamp or die cut. That is, except for the inside sentiment, which is from Rooted in Nature.

This panel became the mat for the art piece. I then decided to do the same thing for a mat on the inside, using the stamped off once technique except for once when I forgot to do that. I decided it added interest so I left it. I really like this look. It adds a little somethin’ somethin’ to the card without making it, well, I was going to say ‘too busy’, but this card is definitely busy!

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The next layer is from the Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper Pack. I am surprised I like this pack so much. It is great! This panel was dry embossed using the new Subtles 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. I should have stamped the Flamingo legs before I embossed, but I didn’t and decided it wasn’t worth discarding it. It would have been difficult to know where to put the legs until after I had added the scalloped square anyway. This was Liquid Glued to the Calypso Coral mat.

I proceeded to die cut several leaves from Shaded Spruce and Soft Sea Foam. I stamped and die cut several hibiscus flowers (stamped off once in Calypso Coral on Whisper White) also. Using another piece of Tropical Escape DSP, I die cut the decorative square and Liquid Glued it to a Shaded Spruce mat cut with a scalloped Layering Squares Framelit.

I stamped the flamingo using the two step stamp, first stamping off once with the solid one, then the details in full strength Melon Mambo. Using my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, I added some black feathers, part of the bill and his eye. I think it is a male. Who knows?

Everything was dry fitted, then the flamingo legs were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. I glued down the decorative matted square and placed the flamingo. It is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The leaves were layered around the flamingo, with the large roundish one Liquid glued first. I die cut one detailed palm in Old Olive just for some interest as I decided there was too much of the same colors of green. This was glued over the fat leaf. The long, layered palm is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The smaller leaf is Liquid glued, with the detail added with a Stampin’ Dimensional. I stamped the detail in Old Olive on Soft Sea Foam.

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The hibiscus flowers were adhered over the leaves, two of them with Stampin’ Dimensionals and one glued directly.

The sentiment is stamped in Shaded Spruce on Whisper White and die cut using a die from the Lilypad Lake Bundle which was longer than I needed. I cut one end, only going halfway through the sentiment. To make it shorter, I then put the end of the die where I wanted it on the other end, making sure it clicked into the already cut sides. To do this you just need to put the top plate of your sandwich where you want it to stop cutting. Voila! a perfectly sized sentiment banner. I used my Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker to edge the sentiment piece.

At this point I thought I was finished with the front of the card, but the lower left side looked bare. Some grass stamped twice without re-inking in Shaded Spruce fixed that issue and this tropical paradise is finished.

The inside boasts the second Versamark stamped Calypso Coral mat and another panel from Tropical Escape DSP. This was stamped in stamped off once Shaded Spruce for the leaves and the Rooted in Nature sentiment. Both pieces are adhered with Liquid glue.

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The envelope front (no naked envelopes here) has a stamped off once palm leaf in Shaded Spruce and 3 stamped off twice hibiscus flowers in Calypso Coral. The flap has another piece of the DSP.

I hope you like this card. I am surprised that I like it since I rarely use bright colors. But, I do, I do. It is fun and cheerful.

Now, on with the hop. Just click on the NEXT button to see what Amy has in store for you.

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Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – You are here

 

 

 

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Happy Inkin’ Thursday wedding card

Good morning Everyone! What a beautiful week we have had. Though we missed all the rains, we also missed the tornadoes, which is okay by me. The tornadoes we don’t need, the rain we do. Very dry here.

Today’s Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop centers around a sketch challenge, which I have chosen to do as a wedding card. Here is the sketch:

And here is my contriubution:

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I like a tone on tone card, especially for a wedding, so decided on a totally white card, using texture to dress it up. Well, maybe a little silver also. I also like a larger card for a wedding. This one is 5″ x 7″. The only stamping on this card is the sentiment.

My card base is Whisper White. The first layer is dry embossed with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The banner was also dry embossed using the new Tufted TIEF. For the banner, I used a strip cut from the card stock when I cut the card base. The ends were cut with my Paper Snips Scissors.  This was Liquid Glued to the Softly Falling mat. I thought I embossed it straight, and cut it straight, but the lines are off. Not sure why, but I am not losing sleep over it.

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For the sentiment, I used the Special Celebrations stamp set, stamping it with Versamark ink and heat embossing it Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. To get the placement of the sentiment perfect on the already-die-cut piece, I used my Stamparatus. Works great every time. I tend to get things on a slant if I just eyeball it, so the Stamparatus is a great tool for me.

This sentiment piece was cut with one of the dies from the Stitched Seasons Framelits. I love this shape and the little ‘stitches’. All of the die cutting for this card was done with dies from this set. The bow was cut from Silver Foil Sheets and Liquid Glued to the sentiment piece.

(If you like the dies used on this card, you are IN LUCK, because yesterday was the first day customers could order this limited edition Color Your Season stamp set/dies/bundle. You can order them separately of course, but if you order both the stamps and the coordinating dies in the bundle, you will save 10%. In addition, there are 10 new colors of watercolor pencils, which are wonderful. They are NOT part of the bundle. This offer is good ONLY during the month of August. Just sayin’. More info below.)

Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere this sentiment/bow over the banner and onto the mat. The mat was then Liquid Glued to the card base.

On the inside, I rounded the corners using my Envelope Punch Board, then used a small flourish die from Stitched Seasons to cut 3 of the corners. The fourth corner is dry embossed using the Lovely Floral TIEF.

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Finally, I stamped the sentiment, again from Special Celebrations, in Versamark and, using my Heat Tool, heat embossed it in Silver. Liquid Glue adheres this panel into the card base.

For the envelope, since there is no stamped image and no DSP to use, I dry embossed the flap with the Softly Falling TIEF.  The little silver design on the front was stamped with one of the smaller stamps in Accented Blooms. It is perfect for a corner, and the wee small heart makes it a great image for a wedding card. Even if I do have it upside down!

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This was a quick and easy card to do, but looks much more complex. At least I think it does. Sometimes I have to s-t-r-e-t-c-h myself to create a lovely card using no Designer Series Paper and very little ink/stamping.

I really like the layers of embossed pieces and may do more of that in the future. Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to leave a comment.

Now, on with the hop. Just click the ‘next’ button to see what lovely creation Amy has for you, or click on any name to go directly to that site.

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Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston: You are HERE

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Here are some images of the wonderful Color Your Season. There are images for fall, wedding, Christmas, and sentiments for all that and more. Take a look. Remember, you can only get this in August.

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Card Cuts: Whisper White: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, mat 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″, banner 2-1/4″ x 5″, sentiment piece 3″ x 4-1/2″, inside 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″; Silver Foil Sheets:  bow 1-1/2″ x 3″

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Stampin’ Up! Waterfront for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Blog hop headerGood morning everyone! It is Thursday and that means it is Blog Hop day. I have been traveling more than I have been home. Because of that and the fact that part of the time involved being at workshops, I really didn’t have the time, nor the energy, to make cards and blog about them. Please forgive.

On with the hop. Today we have a color challenge:

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I began with a panel of Whisper White card stock and sponged the lower portion with Blueberry Bushel. I used the Stamping Sponge, cut into wedges to do the sponging, using a different wedge for each color. I actually went a little above the halfway mark, then switched to Gray Granite. This color only got a small slice across the middle, blending into the blue. The Mango Melody was sponged across the top, darker at the top and blending into the gray lower down.

My goal was a misty sort of sky with water below, or in front of, the mountains. Using the mountain, trees and sun (or moon?) as well as the ziggy stamp which I will call soil, from the Waterfront stamp set, I proceeded to stamp the elements. The Sun is Mango Melody, the mountains and trees are all done in Gray Granite. Some are stamped off once, some images I just kept stamping as long as there was ink. The closer elements are darker with the paler images further away. At least that is the intent.

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The soil is Blueberry Bushel as it is pretty much in the shadow of the mountains. I also used the water stamp from High Tide to make the ripples in the lake with Blueberry Bushel full strength. These were highlighted with my white Gel Pen.

The sentiment is also from Waterfront, as is the inside sentiment. Basically, that is it. This panel was Liquid Glued to the front of the card base.

On the inside I Liquid Glued a panel of Blueberry Bushel for a mat. The sentiment panel is VERY lightly sponged around the edge with Mango Melody. I just used whatever ink was left in the sponge from doing the front, adding no more ink. I only wanted to cut down on the extreme whiteness of the panel.

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With Gray Granite I stamped the soil across the bottom, then stamped many trees without re-inking, repeating this a couple of times. I stamped the sun in Mango Melody and the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel. Liquid glue adhered this to the Blueberry Bushel mat.

This card is for a friend who is going through a pretty rough patch, so on the opposite inside I stamped the sentiment from Artistically Asian.

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This was a quick, rather easy card with only the 3 colors of ink, 2 of the 3 colors of card stock, plus Whisper White card stock and a white gel pen.

For the envelope, I simply stamped some trees on the front in Gray Granite and VERY LIGHTLY sponged the flap in the three colors. Then, again just using Gray Granite, I stamped mountains and trees. Fini. End. Done.

Card cuts and products used are below.

Now that you have seen what I did with the challenge, just click the ‘next’ button to see what our very talented leader Amy, has done.

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Or, if you prefer, just click on any name to go to her blog. I assure you, they are all great.

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – You Are Here

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Card Cuts: Gray Granite: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Whisper White: card front 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″; Blueberry Bushel: 4″ x 5-1/4″

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Stampin’ Up! Detailed Dragonfly Sympathy for Joint Blog Hop

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Another Thursday has rolled around and now we are past the mid-point of July. Summer will be over before you know it, with the kids back to school and leaves falling from the trees as we prepare for winter.

Today is our joint Blog Hop with our friends from north of the border, so let’s get on with it! We have 2 challenges for joint hops, a color challenge and a sketch challenge, of which we can choose either, or both. I have chosen to use both today.

Here are our challenges

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And here is my answer to the challenges

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I began by spritzing a panel of Watercolor paper with water, then ‘painting’ it with Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss and Petal Pink inks. I set this aside to dry, then cut the card stock for the rest of the card.

For the inside, I used liquid glue to adhere a panel of Bermuda Bay to my Petal Pink card base. On a piece of Very Vanilla I stamped the dragonfly in stamped off twice Blackberry Bliss, then used the Blackberry Bliss full strength to stamp the sentiment. The sentiment is from Flourishing Phrases, as is the sentiment on the front of the card.

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This sentiment panel was Liquid Glued to a mat of Blackberry Bliss and into the card base over the Bermuda Bay mat.

On the now dry, painted watercolor panel, I again stamped the dragonfly after stamping it off once on a piece of scratch paper. This was Liquid Glued to a mat of Blackberry Bliss.

The sentiment, from Flourishing Phrases, was stamped on Vellum with Blackberry Bliss ink and heat embossed. I used Clear Embossing Powder for this. A small strip of Tear & Tape adhered this strip to the card front. The card front is attached to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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I ran a piece of Linen Thread over the Blackberry Bliss ink pad a few times to color it, then let it dry while I worked on the envelope. A small bow of this colored thread is then attached with a rolled up Glue Dot.

The envelope flap is ‘painted’ with my Aqua Painter using ink from the lid of the three colors – Blackberry Bliss, Petal Pink and Bermuda Bay. This needed to dry as well, then I smoothed it out using my fingers and the Bone Folder. wild wing creations-3

On the front I stamped another dragonfly in Blackberry Bliss, after stamping it off once.

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I think these colors worked beautifully together and I like the simplicity of the sketch. Now, on with the Hop! Please leave comments below. Also below, see card cuts and products used for this project.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston-you are here

Kathie Zaban

Eva Dobilas

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Card Cuts: Petal Pink: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Blackberry Bliss: front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″; Bermuda Bay: inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: inside liner 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″; Watercolor Paper: 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2; Vellum: 3/4″ or 7/8″ strip cut to satisfactory length for sentiment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I think this turned out well and is very contemporary.

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

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

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston

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

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Stampin’ Up! Sheltering Tree Thank You

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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If you’ve ever considered joining, July is the PERFECT time…$125 in Stampin’ Up! products plus a FREE assortment of ink pads, that’s a $192.50 in product for only $99!! Uhm….hello?!?

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You can select from any of the ink pad assortments on the flyer above:

  • 2017-2019 In Colors & 2018-2020 In Colors Color Collections
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  • Regals Color Collection
  • Subtles Color Collection

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

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

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

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and here is the card I created for this challenge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you like the DSP used here, just bear in mind that we have a special offer going until the end of July. If you purchase 3 packages of DSP, you get the 4th one free. How’s that for a deal? There are some lovely ones, so this is a good time to stock up. More information below.

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

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston (you are here)

If you do not have a demonstrator and would like to order products, just click on the image at right that says “Order Online”. If your order is at least $50 before shipping and taxes, and you use the Hostess code below, you will earn a free gift from me. You also earn Bird Egg points. Go here for all the details. Just a reminder, if your order is over $150, DO NOT use the hostess code or you will nullify your rewards. You will get your rewards, plus a gift from me without using the Hostess code.

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

 

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Stampin’ Up! Lovely Floral Birthday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There! This card front is DONE!

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

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

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

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

If you don’t have a demonstrator I would be happy to have your questions and your business. There are rewards, promotions and special events available. Click here for details on my customer loyalty program.

HOSTESS CODE: 32GXPH7A (Good through July 31)

If you have ever considered becoming a demonstrator yourself, which saves you money every time you order, NOW is the time to join our team. In addition to getting to choose $125 of product for your starter kit for just $99, Stampin’ Up! will GIVE you 10 stamp pads! That’s right, you can choose from any of the 5 families of colors- Subtles, Brights, Neutrals, Regals, and 2017-2020 In Colors. FREE! What a deal! Contact me to sign up before the end of July to cash in on this promotion.

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Also, beginning July 1, Stampin’ Up! is having a Buy 3 Get 1 free sale on Designer Series Paper Packs. There are some gorgeous papers to be had, and this is a great way to get them and save some $$$. This promotion ends July 31, so don’t delay.

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

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

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