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Stampin’ Up Baby card

Here is my Friday the 13th post. I think this is a very feminine card for an expected baby girl.

I used an old, retired Stampin’ Up border punch, Moon Baby stamp set, which will be retiring and Magic and Myths glimmer paper, also retiring. Oh, and Pink Pirouette card stock, another retiree. I love them all and will probably continue to use them until gone.

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The card base is Pink Pirouette with the front covered in the Magic and Myths white glimmer paper. Over this I used a panel of Whisper White, dry embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I believe it is Swiss Dots.

I went all around the edge with the old Stampin’ Up border punch, of which I do not know the name, but eyelet comes to mind. I like the lacy look.This was Tear and Taped to the Glimmer paper. The moon and hanging star are fussy cut from M & M Glimmer Paper. The other stars were die cut with the Card Builder Thinlits. (Now also retired) I am doing very well with the retirees, don’t you think???

The Congratulations is from a Simply Refined die,  and cut from the same glimmer paper as the moon and adhered with Tear and Tape adhesive.

Now, the baby. I cut the baby on the Glimmer moon completely off, just curving the moon as though there was no baby. This left space to adhere the baby with Tear and Tape. I stamped her in Blushing Bride on Whisper White card stock and colored her with Ivory, Light Pink Pirouette and the color lifter Stampin’ Blends. I didn’t want too dark a face, so removed a little of the color with the color lifter. I went over the hair, nose and eyelids with my Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write Marker. Tear and Tape adhered the fussy cut baby to the moon, and the moon to the embossed panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals. wild wing creations-1

She is holding on to the star strung with a piece of Metallic Silver Thread and left loose to dangle from her hand. Three more stars near the moon and two by the sentiment complete the front of this card. Three stars are adhered with Liquid Glue, and the other two with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside, another panel of dry embossed Whisper White with corners cut with an old punch, acts as a mat for the metallic paper and art piece. The embossed panel is Liquid Glued to the card base.wild wing creations-5

I stamped the sentiment and the stars from Moon Baby in Pink Pirouette on Whisper white, then adhered it to the Glimmer Paper with Tear and Tape. The Glimmer paper is then Liquid Glued to the embossed panel. This completes the card.

For the envelope, I dry embossed the flap with the little dots,

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then stamped stars from Moon Baby across the bottom of the front.

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This was a fun card to make.

Non Stampin’ Up! products used: Cuttlebug embossing folder, envelope for 5″ x 7″ card, corner punch, Congratulations sentiment from Simply Refined.

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Don’t forget to check out the retiring items, and get them ordered before they are gone if it is something you really want. They are only available while supplies last, and when they are gone, they are GONE!

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Select products from the 2018 Occasions Catalog and 2017-2018 Annual Catalog are retiring—and this is your last chance to get them! Check out all the details below, then get busy stocking up on your favorites before they’re gone!

Here are the details:

  • Promotion dates: April 9–May 31, 2018 beginning at 1:00 PM (MT)
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • Retiring items may be added to all order types: demonstrator, workshop, customer, and online.
  • All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after May 31.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, retiring stamp sets will be guaranteed available until May 25; all other products are not guaranteed and are only available while supplies last.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • Retiring host sets can only be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party.

Possible further priced reductions….

  • Depending on inventory levels, discounts on select products may be introduced on or after May 8.
    • These discounts will not be pre-announced.
    • If you buy a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.
    • If there is a product you want, we recommend buying it right away and not waiting to see if it’s discounted later or you risk it being sold out.
    • If you start an order before a discount is announced, the order will not include the discounted pricing. If you want to order a product that has been discounted, you will need to start the order after the discounts are announced.

Order Deadline:  May 31, 2018, by 11:50 PM (MT)

PDF lists of retiring items for the Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog are below. Just click on the link to download the list, then open it from your downloads.

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Card Cuts: Pink Pirouette: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″; Whisper White: front embossed panel 5″ x 7″, inside embossed panel 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, sentiment liner 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″, baby 1″ x 2″; Myths and Magic 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Pack: front 5″ x 6″ and 1″ x 5″ pieced, inside 4″ x 6″, sentiment, moon and stars,  3″ x 4″.

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Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop with Delightful Daisies

Blog hop headerGood morning, All! Well, I think we have finally turned a corner on the seasons. After snow on Sunday we have seen temperatures about 20 degrees below normal….until yesterday. Now, we are approaching temps where they should be for this time of year. The farmers around here are happy for that, as they are 2-3 weeks behind in their spring work.

That said, let’s get on with the hop. Today our Inkin’ Krew  has a full slate of talented hoppers, and many lovely projects for you.

Our hop this week is based on this sketch.

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And this is the card I created. This is such a cheerful, happy card! it is sure to brighten someone’s day.

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I began with a Night of Navy card base and added a mat of Daffodil Delight. Over this I added a panel of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. Then the fun began.

A strip of Night of Navy card stock run through the Big Shot in one of the Petal Pair embossing folders, forms the background for the focal point. This was matted to another panel of Daffodil Delight. Liquid Glue adhered them to each other and to the card base.

Using the Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pad, I stamped 4 daisies and punched them out with the coordinating punch. This punch is included in the Daisy Delight Bundle, allowing you to save 10% over the individual prices.

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With my bone folder, I curved the petals of each daisy, then Liquid Glued them together, offsetting the petals a bit with each layer. I only used 3 of the punched out daisies. I will use the other one on another project.

With the Petal Palette Bundle, you also get the Petals and More Thinlits, also at a 10% discount, and I used the leafy branch to cut a couple of branches to go behind my daisy. I cut one in Pear Pzazz and one in Whisper White. I also cut one in Vellum, but decided I wouldn’t use it on this card. But, I saved it!

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I save stuff. I might need it later. Do you do that too? Well, some demonstrators only keep current products, but I keep all the ones I like, and I use them. That said, my other leaf, also cut in Pear Pzazz and Whisper White, is from the Botanical Builders Thinlits, now retired. It was the perfect leaf for this project.

I arranged these behind where I wanted to place the daisy, then Liquid Glued the stem ends under the daisy, leaving the leafy ends free to ‘blow in the breeze’. I did cut apart the Whisper White branch so I could arrange the leaves more effectively.

Over this I attached the assembled daisy with a Stampin’ Dimensional. The daisy is finished with a Faceted Gem.

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For the sentiment, I inked the Happy Birthday portion of the sentiment in Avant Garden, (which is also now retired) in Night of Navy and stamped it on Whisper White. I used this sentiment partly for the size and partly for the font. It was perfect for what I wanted the finished project to be. This was die cut using the die from Petals and More Thinlits. After cutting it I edged the sentiment piece with my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker, just to give it a little extra Something. This was attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

This completes the front of the card.

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For the inside, a Night of Navy sentiment from Southern Serenade, which is in the Occasions Catalog is centered on a panel of Whisper White. in each of the four corners, I stamped the small daisy from Daisy Delight in Daffodil Yellow. This panel was Liquid Glued to a mat of Daffodil Yellow and onto a mat of the daisies from the Delightful Daisy DSP. This piece was then liquid glued into the card base.

For the envelope, a strip of the Delightful Daisy DSP covers the flap, and a big Daisy Delight daisy is stamped on the front.

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I hope you like this card. I think it is cheerful and fun, and sure to be well received.

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ON WITH THE HOP! Just click the next button to go to the next hopper, or any individual name to go directly to their blog.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston-you are here

Card Cuts: Night of Navy: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, front embossed strip 1-3/4″ x 5-1/4″; Daffodil Delight: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, mat for embossed strip 2″ x 5-1/2″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5″; Whisper White: daisies 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, sentiment strip front 1″ x 3-1/2″, inside liner 3-3/8″ x 4-1/8″, leaves 3″ x 5″; Pear Pzazz: leaves 3″ x 5″; Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper: front mat and inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 5-5/8″

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Stampin’ Up! Sweet Little Something

Good morning All,

A couple of days ago I had so much fun making these cards, I could have just kept doing it all day!!! I have been invited to a baby (girl) shower and decided that a gift of thank you cards and stamps would be appreciated by the new mommy. See what I did.

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Actually, there are 8 cards. I guess the Wisteria Wonder with stripes got buried somehow and I didn’t catch it soon enough to take another photo.

I used the NEW Stamparatus, with great success, to stamp the bunny and the sentiment on all the cards. Since the bunny, from Sweet Little Something  (which will retire at the end of May) is a three step stamp, the Stamparatus gives you perfect placement for every layer on every card. A-maz-ing! I have never been able to be this accurate, and to do it so quickly. So. much. fun!

There are 2 cards each of Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky, So Saffron and Wisteria Wonder. I had some leftover Subtles Designer Series Paper Pack that I thought appropriate for a baby thank you, so those went on each card. The papers are double sided, so one side did one card and envelope and the other side did the other card. I used two patterns and their opposing sides. This was a totally enjoyable process. I urge you to get a Stamparatus if you haven’t ordered one yet. It is an amazing tool.

And, while I am talking products, all of those colors except So Saffron are going to retire at the end of May. If you like them and want to stock up, I wouldn’t wait as they are only available as long as supplies last. There may be a discount on them later in May, if there are any left, but I wouldn’t chance it if you really want ink, refills or card stock.

Details on making the cards: card base with matching DSP mat. I cut all the card bases first, then all the DSP. Likewise the front panel and the inside liner. Envelope flaps I did last. The mat is liquid glued to each card base. The whole process was done assembly line style.

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The bunny is stamped in three colors on Very Vanilla card stock with the darkest first: Soft Suede, then Crumb Cake and lastly Sahara Sand. The bow on her head is from Bear Hugs stamp set and coordinates with the card base. The sentiment is from Heartfelt Blooms and also is stamped in coordinating color. All this was done on the Stamparatus and was so quick and easy.  I did all the bunnies first, then just changed ink color for the sentiment and bows as needed. There are plenty of instructions out there for using this tool, so I won’t go into that here.

This panel was Liquid Glued to the card base and the front was done. Quick, like a bunny!

On the inside, I used the largest little flower in the Sweet Little Something stamp set to stamp the flowers along the bottom of one card of each color,

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and in the four corners of the other card in each color. They are all the same, yet they are all different. The bunny and the sentiment are the common element, and the papers all coordinate, giving the set a cohesive look. I did not add a sentiment to the inside to leave room for the mom to write a personal note.

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I think this makes a nice set of different, yet coordinating, cards for a special gift.

The envelopes have the same little flowers on the front as on the inside of the card, in the proper color, and a strip of the DSP on the flap. wild wing creations-4

This is the way they look in the box, which is tied with a length of 1/2″ Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon. The box was in my storeroom.

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So! What do you think? I think I will make more card sets to give as gifts, now that I have the BEST TOOL EVER for making stamping easier, quicker and a whole lot more fun!

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The new catalogs will be out soon, and I have seen a sneak peek. I can’t reveal too much, except to say that there will be several items retiring and the colors are getting re-vamped. I think you will like the changes.

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Select products from the 2018 Occasions Catalog and 2017-2018 Annual Catalog are retiring—and this is your last chance to get them! Check out all the details below, then get busy stocking up on your favorites before they’re gone!

Here’s the details:

  • Promotion dates: April 9–May 31, 2018 beginning at 1:00 PM (MT)
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • Retiring items may be added to all order types: demonstrator, workshop, customer, and online.
  • All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after May 31.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, retiring stamp sets will be guaranteed available until May 25; all other products are not guaranteed and are only available while supplies last.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • Retiring host sets can only be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party.

Possible further priced reductions….

  • Depending on inventory levels, discounts on select products may be introduced on or after May 8.
    • These discounts will not be pre-announced.
    • If you buy a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.
    • If there is a product you want, we recommend buying it right away and not waiting to see if it’s discounted later or you risk it being sold out.
    • If you start an order before a discount is announced, the order will not include the discounted pricing. If you want to order a product that has been discounted, you will need to start the order after the discounts are announced.

Order Deadline:  May 31, 2018, by 11:50 PM (MT)

PDF lists of retiring items for the Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog are below. Just click on the link to download the list, then open it from your downloads.

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Card Cuts: Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Soft sky: cut 2 of each color for card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, score at 4-1/4″; Very Vanilla: art panel 3-1/2′ x 4-3/4″, inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″; Designer Series Paper: (double sided 12″ x 12″) cut one of each pattern mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, envelope flap 2-3/4″ x 6″, also one of each pattern

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Inkin’ Krew Tuesday Blog Hop with a Flirty Flamingo

I hope you all will have a tremendous Tuesday. If you are starting your day with our Blog Hop, I am sure you will find tremendous projects from this talented team.

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Our theme for today is Feminine, which we can interpret any way we like. I am also playing along with TGIF and their color challenge. These colors will be retiring when the new catalog comes out, so I was happy to have an excuse to use them in a challenge.

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Of course, the Flirty Flamingo color automatically says “Flamingos”, and “Feminine”, so, my card today features just that. A feminine flamingo!

I started with a Sweet Sugarplum card base. After going around the edge of my panel of Peek A Boo Peach with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, I adhered it to the base. Then, I started on the focal point. Instead of stamping the bird in Flirty Flamingo, I stamped it in Memento Black on a panel of Flirty Flamingo card stock and fussy cut it. Be careful of those skinny legs!

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Then I got to work on the background for the flamingo. On a panel of Whisper White, I stamped the water in Marina Mist, then very lightly sponged a little more Marina Mist to tone down the white.

The sky is Sweet Sugarplum, Rose Red, and so Saffron, sponged to imitate a sunrise. I carried a little of the color down into the ‘water’ as a reflection.

Pear Pzazz sea grass and stamped off once Always Artichoke palm leaves, all from the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set,  finish the scene. Almost. I liquid glued the flamingo into the scene,  and added the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black from the Heartfelt Blooms set.

This panel was then Liquid Glued to a Flirty Flamingo mat and onto the card base. To give a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to the front, I adhered a Clear Epoxy Shape to the eye of the flamingo, and a couple of the Glitter Epoxy Shapes to the water.

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For the inside, I stamped some palm leaves on a Whisper White panel and left room to write a note to the recipient. It has been so abnormally cold here and it snowed on Sunday, so I thought some southern warmth would make her feel better.

For the envelope, I stamped more palm leaves on the flap,

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and another flamingo on the front, which I colored in with my Stampin’ Write Markers.

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I think these colors make for a very feminine card.

So, on with the hop! By clicking the ‘NEXT’ button you will see what the talented Sue has for you. Or, go back to see what wonderful project Jaimie has done. You can just click on any of the names to hop around, but don’t miss any of them.

 

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Karen Finkle

Mary Deatherage

Jaimie Babarczy

Julie Johnston-You are here

Sue Prather

Nanette Tracy

Linda Richenberg

Amy Koenders

Card Cuts: Sweet Sugarplum: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Peek A Boo Peach: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Flirty Flamingo: mat for the art piece 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5″, flamingo 3″ x 4″; Whisper White: front 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside liner 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″

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Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop Sympathy

Blog hop headerYou know how it is. Some days you have it, some days you don’t. One day the creative juices just seem to flow and you could create all day. Other days, like today, it is like the creativity is frozen, and nothing moves! Today is one of THOSE days. I guess I could claim the cold weather has frozen my brain.

Regardless, today was a struggle. And, today is our blog hop, so, I HAVE to do a card. Our challenge was color, specifically Old Olive, Marina Mist and Whisper White. Not difficult at all, right? Well, for me it was today. I simply could not get a card that completely satisfied me.

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I began with several ideas, none of which seemed to work. I actually started 3 different cards and none of them was  satisfactory. In the end, this is what you get.

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Thick Whisper White card stock is the card base with a mat of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. Next up is a dry embossed panel of Marina Mist using the Fluttering Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. After adhering these two panels together, I layered a strip of Old Olive Sheer Ribbon over a strip of Whisper White Organza Ribbon, wrapped it around the panels and taped it to the back. Liquid Glue adhered this combination to the card base.

I used the lovely Lots of Lavender stamp set that I got FREE during the Sale-A-Bration event, to stamp the flower on a panel of Whisper White. I first stamped the Marina Mist watercolor piece, then, with Memento Black, stamped the outline design. I finished it by using my Old Olive and Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Markers. I did use a little bit of Pear Pzazz to shade the leaves.

Again with Memento Black ink and the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, I stamped the sentiment. This panel was then cut with the largest oval in the Stitched Shapes Framelits set. The Old Olive mat was die cut with the largest scalloped Layering Ovals Framelits. Liquid Glue adhered these together and Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to attach this to the card front.

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As a finishing touch, I stamped the small butterfly from the Hold on to Hope bundle in Marina Mist and used the matching die to cut it out. A Mini Stampin’ Dimensional adhered it to the front of the card. Not my best effort, but it will have to do.

On the inside I repeated the design on the front, stamping it off once before stamping my Whisper White panel. The sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set and stamped in Memento Black. This panel was liquid glued to a Marina Mist mat, then to a mat of the same Delightful Daisy DSP that is on the front, and into the card base.

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The envelope has another of the Lots of Lavender flowers on the front and a piece of the DSP finished the flap. I deliberately did a sloppy job on the leaves on the envelope and on the inside of the card. After doing the front art piece, I decided that if the flowers had a sort of watercolor look, the leaves should as well. Thus, I did not fully color them.

In spite of my struggles, I hope you enjoy this effort. If you didn’t happen to get the Lots of Lavender set before the Sale-A-Bration ended, Stampin’ Up has several floral stamp sets you could use just as well.

So, now, on with the hop! I am sure the rest of the team has gorgeous  offerings for you today. Just click on the ‘next’ button to go to Amy’s blog, or to ‘hop’ around, just click on any of the names to go to her blog.Blog hop next button

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: Whisper White Thick Card Stock: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ for base, 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ oval, inside panel 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Marina Mist: front embossed panel and  inside mat (2)3-3/4″ x 5″, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper: front and inside mat (2) 4″ x 5-1/4″; Old Olive: 3″ x 4″

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Stampin’ Up Dragonfly Dreams

Good Saturday, All. I suppose you are gearing up for celebrating Christ’s resurrection by going to your choice of church, then celebrating more with family get-togethers.

My card today is for a friend who has recently been hospitalized. I hope this is uplifting and cheering to her.

My inspiration was a You Tube video by Stampin’ Up demonstrator Linda Bedinger and challenge #330 from Freshly Made Sketches seen here.

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You can see Linda’s video here.

Now, on with my version of Dragonfly Dreams.

I began by cutting my card base from Marina Mist Card Stock. The next step was to die cut the large dragonfly using the large one in the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits from Whisper White card stock. I used this as a stencil on Vellum. A sponge dauber was perfect for applying the ink. I used Bermuda Bay, Marina Mist and Emerald Envy, sometimes applying one color over the other, sometimes just using one color. I used the same dauber for all the colors, stamping it off on scratch paper between colors. At any rate, all this inking colored my die cut dragonfly beautifully. wild wing creations-3

I then used two strips of Tear and Tape to adhere the Vellum to the card base, placing the tape under where the Soft Sky strip would go. I then cut a strip of Soft Sky and stamped it with a background stamp from Impression Obsession (IO). Using the ink left in the dauber I sponged around the edges and smeared a little ink over the rest to just take off the ‘fresh, clean’ edge. You can see that here:

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I wrapped a piece of Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon (free in Sale-A-Bration, but order today as SAB ends tonight!) around the panel and taped it to the back. This was Liquid Glued to the Vellum.

I used the die from Petals and More to cut the sentiment tag and sponged it the same as the larger panel. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and is stamped in Marina Mist. This is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I die cut another dragonfly in Vellum and liquid glued it to the panel. My ‘stencil’ became my focal point, and I went over it with Wink of Stella to add some sparkle, but not too much. This is adhered over the Vellum dragonfly with a strip cut from the edge of the Stampin’ Dimensionals and applied only to the body, leaving the wings free.

A trio of the Glitter Enamel Dots completes the front.

For the inside, I background stamped, in Marina Mist, another panel of Soft Sky for the mat. Without re-inking, I stamped it again to give a sort of smudged look. The sentiment liner is also Soft sky sponged around the edges with the dauber I used previously. I had die cut a smaller dragonfly to use for some of the stenciling on the front, so it, too, was a beautiful blend of blue/green colors. I adhered this completely with Liquid Glue. The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread and stamped in Marina Mist. wild wing creations-4

This panel was adhered with Liquid Glue to the mat and into the card base. Now, on to the envelope. I used the detailed stamp and Marina Mist ink to stamp one on the flap, extending it down onto the lower part of the envelope. The front also has one dragonfly in the corner. wild wing creations-2

This completes the card and envelope. Enjoy making one of these for yourself.

Don’t forget the Sale-A-Bration sale which ends tonight. Any $50 order will earn you a free gift of your choice. A $100 will get you 2, or one gift from the second category requiring a $100 order. There is a second release as well as a third, all of which you can find by clicking on the ‘order online with me’ button at right. So many wonderful choices.

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If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be happy to be yours. If there is anything I can do to help you in your crafting, please leave a comment below.

Card Cuts: Marina Mist: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″; Soft sky: front stamped panel 2-1/2′ x 5″, sentiment banner 1-1/2″ x 3″, inside stamped mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, inside sentiment panel 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″; Vellum: front 5″ x 7″, dragonfly 3″ x 4″; Whisper White: 2 dragonflies 3″ x 6″.

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Stampin’ Up Happy Inkin’ Thursday Thank You

Blog hop headerGood Thursday mornin’ Everyone! Another week has FLOWN by. Where does the time go anyway? Today is Maundy Thursday. It is Holy Week for Christians, and Easter will be upon us in a couple of days. Tomorrow is end-of-the-work-week Friday for most people, Good Friday for Christians, and the day to plant potatoes for gardeners! On top of that, it is probably National Something-or-Other Day as well. But, that is off the subject, so let’s move on to today’s Hop.

Our challenge for today is this sketch.

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I really like this sketch and will use it again soon. For today however, I chose to make my card base from Always Artichoke. The rectangle is a light piece of Wood from the Wood Textures DSP Stack. I didn’t want the sentiment to take center stage, so I used the Thank You from Teeny Tiny Wishes and stamped it in Early Espresso. To give the panel more texture, I ran it through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Embossing folder. This was Liquid Glued to a mat of Crumb Cake. I wrapped a strand of Linen Thread around this piece about 5 times, taping it on the back. I then adhered this to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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From a dark piece of Wood Textures DSP I die cut a circle using one of the Layering Circles, I think the second or third largest, to provide a background for the ‘bird’s nest’. For the nest, I cut one each of the swirly things from Swirly Scribbles from the same dark Wood Textures DSP. To add more dimension to the nest, I cut 2 more of each from Crumb cake and Liquid Glued them together. I then glued the one with the ‘leaves’ to the one without leaves, then to the circle.

At this point I needed to dry fit everything. Using the branch from Seasonal Layers I cut 2 of these from Early Espresso. From a scrap piece of striped green from Delightful Daisy DSP, I cut several leaves with the leaf from Flourish Framelits, and cut a couple from Vellum as well. I never know for sure how many I will need, and any extras can be kept for another project. (In the end I used one branch, 2 Daisy DSP leaves, 1 vellum leaf, 1 Pear Pzazz leafy branch, 1 vellum leafy branch, and saved the rest)

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Then from Vellum and Pear Pzazz I cut some of the leafy branch from the Petals and More die set. (Purchased as a bundle with the Petal Palette stamp set you save 10%.) Then I  stamped the bird in Early Espresso from the same set on Sahara Sand,  die cut it  and painted it with my Basic Black and Melon Mambo markers. I tucked the bird in the nest and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I dry fit everything, then used Liquid Glue to tack down all the elements, leaving some of the leaves floating free. The card front is now finished.

On the inside, I stamped an Old Olive leafy branch and the sentiment in Early Espresso, both from the Petal Palette stamp set, onto a light colored panel of Wood Textures DSP. This was Liquid Glued to a Dark Panel of Wood Textures and onto a Crumb Cake mat. The whole was Liquid Glued into the card base.

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For the envelope I stamped the bird on the front in Early Espresso and left it plain, then used more of the Wood Textures DSP on the flap.

I like this card, but wondered how it would look if I changed out the card base and gave it some texture. This is the result.

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I added a couple of flowers stamped from Petal Palette and colored with Melon Mambo and Pear Pzazz Stampin’ Write Markers. Card base is Old Olive. Which do you like better?

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Please, now click on the “Next Blog” image and see what Amy has created. Each participating team member is listed below so you can link directly to each one if you prefer.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston-you are here

Card Cuts: Always Artichoke: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″; Crumb Cake: front rectangle mat 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″, inside mat 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″,  backing for swirly pieces 6″ x 6″, bird 1-1/2″ x 2″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: Light: front rectangle 3″ x 4″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″; Dark:  circle 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, swirly pieces 3″ x 6″, inside mat 4″ x 6″; Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (green): leaves 1-3/4″ x 5″; Pear Pzazz: leafy branch 3′ X 3″; Vellum: leaves 3″ x 6″; Early Espresso: branch 1-1/2″ x 4″

(The above pieces listed for the leaves are for what I actually used on the card. I cut more than I used, so saved them for later.)

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Stampin’ Up! Hedgehugs Birthday for Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Thursday to you all. All this hopping keeps one on her toes, does it not? Welcome to our Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop. When you are finished here, I hope you visit all the other blogs as we have some very talented women on this hop.

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We were challenged to use the following colors for today’s hop. I really groaned when I saw this, as one of them is my all-time-most-disliked color! YUK! How can I make a card using THAT?!

Well, you will be happy to know that I did it, and it didn’t turn out badly at all. Of course, I minimized the amount of it that is visible, so that helped. Here are the colors for today.challenge

I started with a Basic Gray card base and added a mat of Dapper Denim.

I chose to do a birthday card for a pre-teen boy, and decided that an Eclipse card would work, as would the Hedgehugs. All kids like animals, don’t they? Going for whimsy, I didn’t want anything straight except for the Letters, cut with the Large Letters Framelits.

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Before stamping everything on the front of the card with images and sentiments from the Hedgehugs stamp set in Versamark, I went over the panel with my Embossing Buddy. I stamped the images then added White Embossing Powder and heat set it. Oh, so cute! Seems a shame to cut them up. But cut them I did.

Then, to raise up the letters, I cut 4 more of each in (do I have to say it?) Lemon Lime Twist. These were all glued together with Liquid Glue. Also using Liquid Glue, I adhered the stamped panel to a mat of Lemon Lime Twist, leaving a VERY narrow edge. I told you I minimized  it.

Now that all my letters were glued together, I replaced them in their respective spaces on the card front adhering them with Liquid Glue.

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Next, I dragged some White Bakers’ Twine through the LLT ink pad to color it and wrapped it around the art piece, taping it on the back. I tied a small bow and added it to the front with a Glue Dot.

This panel was adhered to the card base and mat with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The letters ARE straight, though with the angled images they don’t look straight.

For the inside, I stamped another sentiment from Hedgehugs, and the squirrel (or is it a skunk?) on the stump. Reminds me of a childhood silly poem, “A skunk sat on a stump…..”, but I digress.

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These were stamped in Versamark and embossed in white on Dapper Denim the same as the front. I added the Happy Birthday sentiment from Eclectic Expressions, also in Versamark and White Embossing Powder, heat set it, then Liquid Glued the panel to a Lemon Lime Twist mat and into the card base. This card is DONE!

The envelope, never to be nekkid, is simply Dapper Denim Hedgehugs on the flap and a row of vertical marks from the Eclectic Expressions stamp set across the bottom of the front. Though the Hedgehogs were well inked, I think the impression would have been better if I had had my Stamp-A-Ratus and could have stamped them a second time. I then went over the flap edge with my Dapper Denim Stampin’ Pad to sort of frame the Hedgehogs

It was pretty quick to do with the cutting and gluing of the letters taking the most time. I think it was time well spent. This card actually is better than I expected it to be with, you know, that color. Now, hop on around to see what the rest of the team has done.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston (You are here)

Card Cuts: Basic Gray: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Lemon Lime Twist: front mat 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, letters 6″ x 10″; Dapper Denim: front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, art panel 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″, inside 3-7/8″ x  5-1/8″

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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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