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Stampin’ Up! Twinkle Meets Night in Bethlehem for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

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Good Thursday to you All! Time again for hour Happy Inkin’ Krew Thursday Hop, and we have a great group of talent awaiting you. Our challenge inspiration this week is color, specifically Gold and White and a color of our choice.

Here is the Challenge:Dec 13 challenge

I chose Navy Blue as the third color, and here is the card I created.

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I had seen a video on making this card and thought it was pretty neat. I will not re-write the plan as you can go to Jan Brown’s video to see for yourself how to do it. Just click here to go to her You Tube video. The most important part of the video is the scoring. It is so much easier to see it than to just tell it.

In a nutshell, you will need 12″ x 12″ card stock for starters. You can get 3 cards from one sheet of this as they are cut at 4″. I do find myself in need of 12″ x 12″ card stock once in a while, so I purchased the assortment for each color collection, as well as Whisper White and Very Vanilla. Very handy to have these. I don’t know about you, but it is very frustrating when I go to make something and don’t have the proper items needed to do it.

Make the score lines (watch the video) then fold and burnish with bone folder. I like the Simply Scored board for this.

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After that, you need some patterned paper, stamps and die cuts. The beauty of this card is that it can be for any occasion. Tomorrow I will show you a masculine birthday card using this same technique/pattern/idea.

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HOWEVER! For today I used Whisper White card stock for the base and some Night of Navy star patterned paper from the Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Series Paper pack. I also used it for the envelope. Since this is a square card, I had to make a matching envelope as I had none in which the card would fit.  The Envelope Punch Board makes this process easy peasy!

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The stamp set is Night in Bethlehem and I used Versamark ink and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder for the images and the front sentiment. Before you stamp, be sure to use the Embossing Buddy so you don’t get embossing powder where you don’t want it. It really shows on the blue.

The sentiments, back and front, are from Star of Light. The sentiment on the back is stamped with Night of Navy ink. The front sentiment strip is cut using a die from Night Owl Thinlits, and the Gold Foil Sheets stars are cut with a die from the Starlight Thinlits. They are adhered with mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the sentiment with regular stampin’ dimensionals. All other attachments are done with Liquid Glue.

One thing I did not do on this card that Jan did, was to make an extra, larger panel on the front. I just liked the way this looked without it, but do plan to make another using the larger panel, and the birthday card for tomorrow’s post uses the larger panel.

Above the back sentiment I stamped a single star in Crushed Curry using a stamp from Star of Light.

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That’s it! Not difficult at all, even though it looks it. We will let everyone think we spent HOURS making this card for them! I have made at least 6 of these, and may show some others in a future blog post. I will put card cuts and products used at the bottom of this post.

I have not decorated the envelope as I still haven’t decided whether or not it needs it. Since I have made a second card, and will probably do a third using these same products, I will decorate one envelope and then decide if they all need it. Probably I would stamp and emboss stars on the flap and the Holy Family on the front. Let me know what YOU think about that.

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Now, on with the hop!

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston

CARD CUTS: Whisper White: card base 4″ x 12. Make light pencil mark at top and bottom (long side) at 6″ mark. score at 2″, 4″ (rotate 180 degrees and repeat) then score diagonally from 2″ score line to 6″ pencil mark and from opposite pencil mark to other 2″ score line (rotate 180 degrees and repeat) (THIS IS WHERE THE VIDEO HELPS), front sentiment 1-1/4″ x 3″; Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Series Paper: end panels (2) 1-7/8″ x 3-78″, center square 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″, triangles (3) 2-5/8″ x 2-5/8″ (cut one in half diagonally, cut the other two in half diagonally and cut these in half also. You will end up with 2 large triangles [half square] and 8 smaller ones [quarter square].), extra will be needed if you make an envelope (a square 6-3/4″ x 6-3/4″); Gold Foil Sheets: 1-1/4″ x 5″

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Celebrate is the theme for Amy’s Inkin Krew Team Blog Hop

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Gracious! Here it is almost the middle of December and time once again for our monthly team blog hop. I know I sound like a broken record, but, really! Time FLIES!

Our team hop this month is working around the theme “celebrate” which can be about celebrating almost anything. I used the opportunity to make a belated birthday card for a teen.

I had seen a You Tube Video by Jennifer McGuire where she inked up a background then heat embossed a design over it and stacked her sentiment over that. That video was my inspiration, though I didn’t do any embossing.

Here is my card.

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Though I am an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, sometimes SU doesn’t have what I need for a card. As a result I use a few other products from other companies. In this case, I wanted a frame I could layer and I don’t have such a critter in my Stampin’ Up! stash.

I began by sponging a sheet of Whisper White card stock pretty heavily with Tranquil Tide, Blueberry Bushel and Bermuda Bay inks, using Stampin’ Sponges cut into quarters. I set this aside to dry while I did my die cutting.

The sentiment uses the Celebrate You Thinlits. I cut four of the word Celebrate from Pool Party card stock and stacked them together with Liquid Glue.

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While these dried I cut three of the frames from Whisper White Thick card stock and stacked them together, also with Liquid Glue.

After my sponged background was dry, I made small pencil marks using the inner side of the frame die to know how large to cut my background. With this die, there was only about 1/16″ leeway between too small and too large. Too small and the edges would show; too large and it would interfere with the cutouts on the frame. Tricky business, but it worked okay. I used Liquid Glue to adhere this to the frame, then turned it upside down and put a heavy weight on it for a few minutes.

Small dots of Liquid Glue around the inside and outside edges of the frame as well as on the background, adhere this to the Whisper White Thick card stock base.

Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to attach the sentiment to the background. I cut small strips from the edge of the Dimensionals to put on the long strokes of each letter.

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I thought about some embellishments, but everything I had was too….well, fussy, for this card. So, it is rather plain.

On the inside, The balloon and sentiments are from Happy Birthday Gorgeous. I first stamped the Happy in Tranquil Tide, on a panel of Whisper White card stock. To do this I masked off the word birthday, inked the stamp, then removed the mask and stamped Happy on my panel.

Belated was stamped in Pool Party, then I reversed the mask to stamp just the word Birthday, again in Tranquil Tide.

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The balloon was stamped in Bermuda Bay and I used my Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Marker to make the string.

This panel was adhered to a mat of Pool Party and into the card base. Card done!

For the envelope, I had to make it! Because it is a square card, I had no envelopes to fit. Making envelopes is so easy with the Stampin’ Up! Envelope Board.

I measured the size of the card (5″ x 5″), looked it up on the handy chart on the board, then cut my Designer Series Paper the size it told me I would need. The DSP for the envelope is from the Tranquil Textures package. Using the Envelope Board I scored and rounded the corners. Then it was a simple matter to fold and Liquid Glue it all together.

To finish it, I stamped a couple of balloons on the flap and one on the front. My Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Marker again made the strings.

I hope you like this card. I think I will try another of this type, and do some heat embossing on it as well, perhaps making a more feminine one. This one fills the bill today, however, for the card I needed to send.

Now, click on the previous or next buttons to take you to another blog, or just click on any name. I am sure you will find plenty to inspire you! Enjoy the hop!

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  1. Julie Johnston – you are here
  2. Jaimie Babarczy
  3. Karen Ksenzakovic
  4. Shirley Gentry
  5. Sue Prather
  6. Mary Deatherage
  7. Karen Finkle
  8. Amy Koenders

CARD CUTS: Whisper White Thick Card Stock: card base 5″ x 10″, scored at 5″, frame 2 pieces each 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″;  Whisper White card stock: inside panel 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″; panel for sponging background 5″ x 5″; Pool Party: sentiment 4 scraps 1-1/2″ x 4″ or one piece 4″ x 7″, inside mat 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″, Tranquil Tide Designer Series Paper; envelope 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up Wishing You Well for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

And a great morning to you all! I have missed blogging for the last week or so, due to 1) stuff that had to be done, 2) procrastination (mine), 3) no creativity.

That said, I am back at it this week, so welcome to another

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Today we have a sketch challenge

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To answer that challenge, I made this Sympathy card.

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Between the need for sympathy cards and either Get Well, or Thinking of You, I keep pretty busy. I really admire those who make cards for charities but I just don’t seem to find the time to do that. Maybe one day.

For this card, I kept things simple. The card base is Night of Navy. I turned the sketch on it’s side so I could use the floral from Wishing You Well. This is stamped in Gray Granite on Whisper White card stock and mounted to a Gray Granite mat. I first ran the Gray Granite through my Big Shot with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. This layered panel was adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Using the Flourish Thinlits, I cut some of the large flourish from Whisper White card stock and arranged them behind the floral piece. Instead of the bow and button, I stamped the bow from the Wishing You Well set in Night of Navy.

I’m not certain I like the flourishes, but they are part of the challenge, and once glued on, they are there. Whether I like it or not. Perhaps they should have been done in Gray Granite?

For the inside, I simply adhered a Whisper White panel to my card base with Liquid Glue after stamping the sentiment from Hold on to Hope in Night of Navy. The With Sympathy sentiment is from Better Together.

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The envelope has more of the floral design from Wishing you well, both on the back and on the front. See? I said it was simple.

Now, Hop on around to see what the rest of our talented team has done.

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Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston

CARD CUTS: Night of Navy: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Gray Granite: mat   ; Whisper White: focal piece , inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″, flourishes 4″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up! Thanksgiving for Happy Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

Blog hop headerHappy Thanksgiving, Everyone!! I hope this day you can find many things for which to be thankful. Among the many blessings I have, are the friends with whom I do this hop each Thursday. We have a good time and love to share our creativity with all of you!

Today we have a sketch for inspiration.

And here is my take on the sketch. I wanted to do another Thanksgiving card, as I love the fall colors and leaves. Also, Thanksgiving is only second to Christmas for favorite holidays, mainly because it is a day to be thankful and, so far, isn’t too commercialized. Also, it is the only time during the holiday season that I am able to be together with my siblings and their families, as well as my own.

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The first thing I did after cutting my Pumpkin Pie card base was to use the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder to dry emboss the front of the card base. The second task was to dry emboss a Copper Foil Sheets panel with the Layered Leaves DTIEF. This was adhered to an Early Espresso mat, which was then adhered to the card base. Instead of a ribbon, I used some leaves cut from Pumpkin Pie and Mossy Meadow, using dies from the Foliage Frame Framelits.

I also deviated from the rectangle behind the sentiment panel, as shown in the sketch, by cutting two maple leaf shapes from Cajun Craze using the thinlits from Seasonal Layers. The detailed leaf stamp from the coordinating Colorful Seasons stamp set was used to stamp the leaves with Versamark and heat emboss with copper.  Before applying the stamp to the card stock, I rubbed the leaves with the Embossing Buddy to remove any static that might make the embossing powder cling where I didn’t want it.

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These leaves were then placed behind the sentiment, in place of the rectangle in the sketch, and the small leaves dry arranged behind them. When I was satisfied with the arrangement, I used Liquid Glue to attach them to the embossed copper panel.

The Sentiment is from Pleasant Pheasants, stamped with Versamark and embossed with Copper. The small leaf stamp is from the Feathers and Frost set, also copper embossed. To set the sentiment panel off, I dipped the edges into the Versamark pad and copper embossed the edges as well. This was then Liquid Glued to an Early Espresso mat. Three enamel shapes finish the sentiment panel, which I then adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The inside sentiment and leaf design are all from the Pleasant Pheasants stamp set,  stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder, again using the Embossing Buddy before stamping. I really like this sentiment, and the leaves carry the leafy theme to the inside of the card. This liner is Pumpkin Pie and is adhered to an Early Espresso mat with Liquid Glue.

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For the envelope, (can you believe it?) MORE copper! A row of the same leaves as on the inside are on the front, and just one imprint on the flap. In case you hadn’t noticed, I LOVE the look of copper!

I hope you like my card, but if you don’t, that’s OK. I do, and I think the recipient will, too. Please leave comments below. Now, please click on the ‘next’ image to move on and see what the super creative Amy has for you. Unless, of course, you prefer to just ‘hop’ around by clicking on an individual name. Don’t get lost! Card cuts and product information below the names.

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Julie Johnston – You are here

CARD CUTS: Pumpkin Pie: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, front sentiment 2″ x 2-1/2″, leaves 1-1/2″ x 2″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″; Early Espresso: mat for copper 3-3/4″ x 4-1/4″, sentiment mat 2-1/8″ x 2-5/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Copper Foil Sheets: 3-1/2″ x 4″; Mossy Meadow: leaves 2″ x 2″, Cajun Craze: leaves 2″ x 4″

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Beginning tomorrow, November 23, through November 28, Stampin’ Up! is having a SALE! This amounts to just about everything in the annual catalog being 10% off, with different items offered over the sale period.

DETAILS:

Online Extravaganza will run for six days. During this time, we’ll be throwing three, 48-hour sales featuring a selection of products from the 2018–2019 annual catalog—all at 10% off! Each 48-hour sale will feature two product categories (e.g., paper, stamps, ink, etc.). When one sale ends, the next sale begins; this cycle will continue until Online Extravaganza is over. By the end, nearly every item from the annual catalog will have been on sale!

November 23–24

PAPER & EMBELLISHMENTS

  • Bags
  • Brads and Buttons
  • Cards and Envelopes
  • Cardstock
  • Designer Series Paper
  • Embossing material
  • Glitter
  • Ribbons
  • Twine
  • Specialty Paper
  • Tags
  • Washi Tape

November 25–26

STAMPS & KITS

  • Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount, and photopolymer)
  • Project kits
  • Card kits
  • Kit refills
  • Memories & More
  • Punch box kits

November 27–28

TOOLS & INK

  • Adhesives
  • Applicators
  • Cleaners
  • Cutting tools
  • Embossing folders
  • Framelits and thinlits
  • Ink Pads
  • Ink refills
  • Markers
  • Punches
  • Scoring Tools
  • Stamp blocks and cases

Ordering Deadlines: 11:50 P.M. at the end of each 2 day period, November 24, 26 and 28

If you  would like to see the full selection of discounted items during each 48-hour sale, please visit my online store. Each sale will be given its own category, which will contain all available discounted items for that particular 48-hour sale. After that, the only thing left to do is shop! Woo-Hoo! We all love a sale. So get your wish lists ready.


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The Snowflake Showcase will only be around for another week, so if you want any of the products in this suite, add them to your Extravaganza order.The Velvet Paper is sold out.

 

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Snow is Glistening

And it isn’t a stamp or a card!

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Yep! It is the real deal. And it is SO beautiful! You may note that I did not make it to church. After digging a path to the car I came back in for a warm-up with my morning coffee. When I went back out to finish the rest of the job, where I had cleared the snow and the sun had hit it, there was a film of…..BLACK ICE! Whoa! SLICK!

I though perhaps some of the roads I have to use to get to church would be the same, so I opted to just stay home and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation in my backyard. You, my friends, are the beneficiaries of that decision.

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This bird bath is mute evidence of the depth of the snow. I had to sweep off the bird feeders and, oh, my, did my feathered friends appreciate that. The bird bath they actually use is a heated one, so, no snow on it. Of course, I had to either wade through the soft, white snow, or scoop a path to get to the feeders. I will have to brave the roads tomorrow because I just used the last of the bird seed this morning.

A handy item to have…

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“This is the day which the Lord hath made. We will REJOICE and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24 KJV

Truly, there is always something for which to be glad. Maybe it is only the fact that you can see when you open your eyes in the morning. Or that you are able to get out of bed on your own. For my part, I am thankful that I am able to get out and enjoy this day.

Perhaps it is simply the knowledge that someone loves you…and God certainly does. This is what MY eyes saw upon opening this morning. Better than icing on a cake!

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It is really glistening today. Yesterday was gloomy and it snowed ALL DAY and half the night. It was just a gentle, lightly falling snow, and there was very little wind, which is unusual for where I live. It is flat here for miles and there is nothing to stop the wind. Folks who live in our county seat town are amazed when they drive out into the country at how strong is the wind. A day with NO wind is not very common. Today, as you can see from the limp flags, is one of those rare days.

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The snow has a tendency to give my surroundings a peaceful feeling. It is not just the beauty, it is the quiet. Snow mutes the sound, or at least softens it. So, when my neighbor started his little tractor, it was a pleasant, muffled sound instead of harsh and annoying. He had hooked up the sled  and was pulling his two little boys behind, very slowly and very carefully. They have a large yard and he was just going around it. It was a joy to watch them enjoying themselves.

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When I was a child, we had a large bush in the back yard that was covered in summer with fluffy, white flowers. We called it a snowball bush. This is my current snowball bush! It really is a hydrangea, as was the one we called a snowball bush. I now see how it got that nickname. The flowers did resemble the snowballs, and these real snowballs resemble the flowers that were there only a few weeks ago.

No matter how troubling this old world is at times, nor how much personal pain we have at any moment, God is there, loving and caring for us all. And, he gives us such beauty it makes my heart swell with pleasure and gratitude. I admit, though, that sometimes we have to look for that beauty.

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And, if you don’t like snow, you may only see that you have to get out the shovel, or that the roads may be slick, or, or….something. Instead, try seeing the beauty of it. It will make your day go better.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you can appreciate my love of the winter season. And, if you live where you do not get snow, well, you can enjoy it here. Oh, yes, the temperature was 12 degrees Fahrenheit when I got up.  But, with no wind, it doesn’t seem cold at all.

I would enjoy any comments you care to leave. God Bless.

 

 

 

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Stampin’ up Buffalo Check Nature Sings revisited

Good morning, All. Today my card is the second of the two that I began for the hop yesterday. After deciding to follow both the sketch and the color inspirations, the decision was made to save this card for another blog post.

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This was my original idea, but, to be able to use both the color and sketch I changed it for the blog hop. For this one, I did the plaid the same way, then tore the long sides, leaving it long enough to fit the card base. I then stamped the Gray Granite panel with images and sentiment from Nature Sings. The elk are Gray Granite, the trees Mossy Meadow and the sentiment is Cherry Cobbler.

This was then dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and adhered to the plaid with Liquid Glue. My Linen Thread was dragged through the Mossy Meadow ink pad and left to dry while I did the inside of the card.

For the inside, I took one of the torn off pieces of plaid and Liquid Glued it to the top of the Gray Granite liner. The elk were again stamped in Gray Granite and a couple of pine boughs in Mossy Meadow. The sentiment is in Cherry Cobbler. Again, all images and the sentiment are from Nature Sings. Beautiful stamp set!

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This liner was adhered to a Mossy Meadow mat with Liquid Glue and into the card base, also with Liquid Glue. I should have stock in Tombow!

After the Linen Thread had dried I wrapped a length around the plaid sentiment panel and taped it on the back. I made an identical bow to the one for yesterday’s card and would have used a Glue Dot to stick it to the front, but it wouldn’t stick. Perhaps it wasn’t totally dry? Anyway, I wound up using a dab of Liquid Glue to adhere it to the card front.

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Something was missing though. I kept looking at it and decided that the sentiment panel should have been affixed to a mat. Too late. It was firmly stuck! Nothing to do but leave it alone, or…..cut a couple of strips to edge the sentiment panel. In the end, that was my solution and I don’t think it looks too bad. This (finally!) finished panel was adhered to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Actually, I like this card better than the one I did yesterday. Even so, I might try it with Very Vanilla instead of the gray, or maybe even Whisper White? What do you think??

The envelope is the same as yesterday’s also. I considered adding the elk, but was too lazy to clean another stamp, so just did the trees.

Feel free to leave comments below.

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We had another update from Stampin’ Up! yesterday afternoon. Well, at any rate it was afternoon when I got the email as I was away all morning and too busy to check my email. Seems there was an issue with their inventory management system and now they are discovering that many items in the Holiday catalog are running low. Below is the gist of the email:


HOLIDAY CATALOG INVENTORY PROBLEM

There is always a risk of products selling out without enough time to reorder and restock inventory before a catalog life cycle is over. When this does happen, it is usually caused by a higher-than-forecast demand. However, as we upgraded our inventory management system, there were system communication issues with the current holiday catalog and we have just determined that several products are at high risk of early depletion.

These products are running low and additional shipments will not be received before the end of the catalog:

  • SNOWFLAKES & STARS WIRE ELEMENTS (item 147819)
  • SANTA’S SIGNPOST FRAMELITS DIES (item 147911)
  • CHICKEN WIRE ELEMENTS (item 147807)
  • ALPINE SPORTS THINLITS DIES (item 147916)
  • SINCERELY SANTA PROJECT KIT (item 148029)
  • FESTIVE FARMHOUSE COTTON TWINE (item 147888)
  • 5/8″ STRIPED BURLAP TRIM (item 147889)
  • DETAILED LEAVES THINLITS DIES (item 147921)
  • IN THE WOODS FRAMELITS DIES (item 147919)*
  • DETAILED DEER THINLITS DIES (item 147915)*
  • GALVANIZED BUTTONS (item 147891)
  • GALVANIZED CLIPS (item 147806)
  • TAKEOUT THINLITS DIES (item 147927)
  • SWIRLS & CURLS TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER (item 147923)*
  • TRANQUIL TIDE 1/4″ VELVET RIBBON (item 147802)
  • REAL RED 3/8″ MIXED SATIN RIBBON (item 147894)
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS THINLITS DIES (item 147912)*
  • FARMHOUSE FRAMELITS DIES (item 147922)

We don’t know when these products will go out of stock, but it’s possible some may run out as early as next week.

We have also indicated with an asterisk (*) which of these products will carry over into a future catalog.  So those items can be ordered at a later date.

We are working to fix the system communication errors to avoid similar problems in the future. Thank you for your patience.


SO! Be advised that if you want any of these, you will need to order right away unless it is an item that will be carried over and you can wait for it. I am sure Stampin’ Up! was as dismayed by this as many of you, but things do happen-sometimes especially with computers! How we would get along without them though…..

ALSO: Direct from Stampin’ Up!:


Sales for the following products have exceeded our forecast and are continuing strong, resulting in a large number of backorders. Because backorders are so costly, we have made the decision to shut these items off effective immediately. Since these products cannot be sent from the manufacturer in time for the holidays, these item numbers will not be reactivated.

150095: Santa’s Workshop Cards You Can Make It Bundle
147905: Santa’s Workshop Memories & More Card Pack
147815: Santa’s Workshop Memories & More Cards & Envelopes

147816: Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper
147890: Festive Farmhouse Elements
147811: Santa’s Workshop Enamel Elements


CARD CUTS: Cherry Cobbler: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Gray Granite: plaid 4-1/2″ x 6″, front sentiment panel 2″ x 5-1/4″, inside sentiment panel 4″ x 5-1/4″; Mossy Meadow: inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, strips to border front sentiment (2) 1/8″ x 5-1/4″

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Stampin’ Up! Buffalo Check Nature Sings Christmas for Combined Happy Inkin’ Thursday and Happy Stampers Blog Hop

Good Morning, Everyone! Time again for Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop combined with our friends from north of the border, the Happy Stampers! I am so glad you could join us today. We have a very talented group hopping, so let’s see what everyone has done with the challenges we have. When we do a combined hop we have a sketch and a color to serve as inspiration, or a challenge. Sometimes both!

Here is our color challenge:

And here is the sketch:

As I had already started my card (in my head) before I saw the sketch, I had to either change my mind about how I wanted this card to look, or not do the sketch. In the end I did both cards, one with just the colors and the other with both colors and sketch, and will post the second one in another blog. So, here is the one with both sketch and colors

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I knew I wanted to use the Buffalo Check background stamp to make a plaid to use with the Nature Sings stamp set. The Stamparatus saved the day for me as I have trouble getting the Buffalo Check stamp to give me a good enough image when I just stamp it. In the end, I had to re-ink and stamp it 3 times using Cherry Cobbler ink on Gray Granite before I was satisfied.

After the stamping I used my Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Marker to make the plaid. The brush end made the wide lines and the bullet tip made the fine lines. I cut this plaid piece in 3 panels to fit the card. These were then matted to Mossy Meadow with Liquid Glue. Each of the panels was then adhered to the Cherry Cobbler card base with Liquid Glue.

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For the sentiment strip, which I made wider than the sketch to accommodate the Nature Sings images, I first stamped the elk in Gray Granite on Gray Granite, then added the trees in Mossy Meadow. The sentiment is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and is also from the Nature sings stamp set. This panel was then run through my Big Shot with the Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and adhered to a Mossy Meadow mat with Liquid Glue.

I rolled a length of Linen Thread across the Mossy Meadow ink pad to color it, then wrapped it around the sentiment strip and taped it to the back. I then made a double loop bow and used Liquid Glue to adhere it to the sentiment strip. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the panel to the front of the card. This completes the front.

For the inside I stamped the sentiment, from Night in Bethlehem, on Gray Granite in Cherry Cobbler. I stamped the elk in Gray Granite and a Mossy Meadow pine branch,  then ran this through the same embossing folder as used for the front. I matted this on Mossy Meadow and into the Cherry Cobbler base using Liquid Glue.

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The envelope is Very Vanilla and is stamped with the trees from Nature Sings in Mossy Meadow, both on the front and on the flap. I made a whole forest of trees, some full strength, some stamped and stamped and stamped again without re-inking.

I hope you enjoy today’s hop. Just click the ‘Next’ button to continue on to see what the talented Sandi has done.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Julie Johnston- You are here!

Sandi MacIver

Eva Dobilas

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Don’t forget the Snowflake Showcase as these are great stamps and dies. However, I just had notice yesterday that the Velvet Paper has sold out. The rest of the showcase is available either until the end of November or as long as supplies last. If you really want these products, I would suggest you wait no longer!

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CARD CUTS: Cherry Cobbler: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Mossy Meadow: 3 mats for front panels 1-11/16″ x 4″, sentiment mat 1-1/2″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Gray Granite: front sentiment 1-5/16″ x 4-15/16″, plaid 4-1/2″ x 6″, inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″

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Stampin’ Up! Healing Hugs Get Well

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stampin’ Up! Pleasant Pheasant Repeat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stampin’ Up! Snowflake Showcase

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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