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Stampin’ Up! Botanical Butterflies Birthday

Good Morning My Peeps,

I haven’t been posting very much because I haven’t had anything much to say. Well, I always have something to say, but sometimes it is not worth the bits and bytes to post it.

Today, however, I think I have a beautiful card for you. I can take NO credit for it, however, as it came from the UK. Jan B to be specific. You can see her video here on how to make this card. I plan to do another with a totally different look, but using the same techniques.

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Jan called this an ‘inside block’ card, but I just think it is a wonderful fancy fold. And, it is really easy! I will give you the basics, but you really should watch Jan go through the steps.

    1. Cut Granny Apple Green card stock to 6″ x 10″.
    2. Using Scoreboard, and with long side at the top, score at 3″, 4-1/2″, 6″and 7-1/2″.
    3.  Fold 6” x 10” card stock on 6” score line. With fold at top of scoreboard, and the short side facing (i.e. so the 7 ½” score line is facing you), make a small pencil mark at ¾”, 2”, 2½”, 3¾”, 4¼”, 5½”.
    4. Fold  on 7½” score line. With fold at top of scoreboard, and the long side facing (i.e. so you can see the first row of pencil marks) make pencil mark at ½”, 1¾”, 2¼”, 3½”, 4”, 5¼”.
    5. Use a ruler to connect these lines.
    6. Re-fold on the 6″ scoreline. Cut on lines.
    7. Erase pencil marks. They will be on the back and won’t show, but I like to erase them anyway.
    8. Use bone folder to crease the large sections forward, and smaller sections backward. Standing up, it will look like this:8
    9. Use Liquid Glue to adhere Designer Series Paper to Whisper White card stock pieces, then adhere these to the card base.
    10. Use Light Highland Heather and Light Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends to color 3 large black and white butterflies (Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper).
    11. Do a rough cut out from the larger paper sheet, then punch them out using the Duet Butterfly Punch.
    12. I used some removable tape to hold the butterfly to a ‘handle’ of card stock to more easily insert it into the punch and line it up.
    13. Close the card and line up the butterflies where you want them. I put mine so that 1/2 would show when the card is closed. Jan B did this also.2
    14. Stamp the floral image from Beauty Abounds and sentiment from Golden Afternoon stamp sets in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
    15. Color the floral image with Granny Hpple Green and Highland Heather Stampin’ Write Markers.
    16. Die cut using largest skinny rectangle for floral image and smallest squarish rectangle from the Stitched Rectangles Framelits.5
    17. Adhere with Liquid Glue to Granny Apple green card stock pieces.
    18. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere to left card front.
    19. Rough cut small butterflies from Botanical Butterfly  DSP, then punch out with Duet Butterfly Punch.
    20. Use Liquid Glue to adhere 6 small rectangles of DSP to Whisper White.
    21. Adhere to cut squares on card base.
    22. Put a dab of Liquid Glue on body only of little butterflies and adhere to each of the 6 large squares on the card..1
    23. Finally, adhere strip of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to back of Whisper White card stock.
    24. To prevent gumming up your Big Shot acrylic cutting pads, lay the backing strip you removed from the adhesive over the die and paper. If you cut your adhesive to EXACTLY the size of the card stock you won’t need to do this. Mine was bigger and sticky around the edges.
    25. Use window die from Stained Glass Thinlits to cut 2 windows.
    26. These are now stickers. Peel off backing and adhere to panel.
    27. One more thing….use the Butterfly Gala stamp set to stamp the antennae in Memento Tuxedo Black.

Your card is done! How easy was that? Yes, there are some time consuming steps, but once you have done one, it doesn’t take long to do the next one. It will probably take longer to decide which papers to use!

Since there is no ‘inside’ on which to write or place a sentiment, I simply wrote on the back of the panel with the 3 butterflies. You can do as you like. When closed the card measures 4″ x 6″. Instead of making an envelope, I used a 5″ x 7″ white one.

The envelope has another of the floral images on the front, colored the same as the one on the card. The flap has more of the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper on the flap.

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I think this is a stunning card and can’t wait to try some different stamps and colors.

CARD CUTS: Granny Apple Green: card base 6″ x 10″ scored as above, floral panel 1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″, sentiment panel 1-5/16″ x 1-3/4″ ,Whisper White: panels to fit between score/fold lines 2-3/8″ x 5-7/8, 1-3/8″ x 5-7/8″, 2-7/8″ x 5-7/8″, 6 pieces 1-1/8″ x 1-3/8″ Floral panel 2″ x 4″, sentiment 1-1/2″ x 2″, windows 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″; Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper: panels to adhere to Whisper White panels 2-1/4” x 5-3/4”, 1-1/4″ x 5-3/4″, 2-3/4″ x 5-3/4″, 6 pieces 1″ x 1-1/4″, enough to punch out 3 large and 6 small butterflies.

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Stampin’ Up! Climbing Roses Birthday for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Another week has gone by and I spent nearly all of it at home. What a shocker! ‘Tis true, everything on my schedule was cancelled due to snow/ice/wind/extreme cold..any and/or all of the above. So, from last Wednesday until, maybe tomorrow, I have been home except for a very quick trip Monday to get some groceries and bird seed and suet between storms. It was actually freezing rain before I got home.

You might think I would have done something really important, like – uh, taxes? I am the world’s best at procrastinating when that is looming, so, no, I watched the birds at my feeders, read 4 books, played some solitaire, made a few cards, watched birds, made some jewelry, watched some You Tube tutorials, watched the birds at my feeders. (do you see a trend here?) And, yes, I did actually do some work…vacuumed, did laundry, cooked more than usual, did dishes (cooking makes a lot of dishes), did some paperwork, paid bills, and got a small start on spring cleaning by cleaning out 3 or 4 kitchen cabinets and washing down the fronts. Also, of course, is the clearing of sidewalks of ice/snow/sleet. I am not a TOTAL shirker!

But, my week’s work, or lack thereof, is not why we are here. It is time for our talented Krew to share some lovely cards with you. We have a sketch for today, and I have chosen to implement it with the climbing Roses stamp set. On with the hop!

I like soft colors when I am making something for a woman, and I have several birthdays upcoming, most of which are of the feminine type. One of my favorite Stampin’ Up colors is Soft Sea Foam, so that is my card base. I also like layers, so layers you get.

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I stamped the roses in Basic Gray on Whisper White and used my Stampin’ Blends and Stampin’ Write Markers to color them. Colors used for this were Rich Razzleberry Light Stampin’ Blends, and Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron and Powder Pink Stampin’ Write Markers.

The Climbing Roses Bundle has everything I needed except the birthday sentiment and the inside sentiment, and the embossing folder.

The mat behind the roses is Powder Pink and I ran it through the Big Shot with the Tufted  3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder. This was attached to a Blackberry Bliss mat with Liquid Glue. Liquid Glue is the only adhesive used on this card except for the Stampin’ Dimensionals under the sentiment.

The extra leaves and the rose on the sentiment are also from the Climbing Roses Bundle. The Powder Pink flower and the Blackberry Bliss berries were some die cuts I had cut for another project and didn’t use. They may have been from the holiday catalog, but I am not sure. Anyway, I like to save things like that as you never know when they will come in handy.

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The sentiment from All That You Are was stamped in Rich Razzleberry on Whisper White, then die cut with the die in the Climbing Roses Bundle. It looked too small and too plain, so I adhered it to a scrap of Soft Sea Foam and fussy cut around it, leaving a narrow margin. Hmmm…still too plain, and still too small. OK, let’s mount it on a scrap of Blackberry Bliss and fussy cut it, leaving a larger margin. Oh, yes. Much better. The little rose adds a finishing touch. This was afixed to the front, then the whole was Liquid Glued to the card base.

On the inside, my Powder Pink liner was stamped with a sentiment from Golden Afternoon in Rich Razzleberry. The corner adornments are also from Climbing Roses and stamped in Basic Gray using the second generation stamping method. I left these un-colored.

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This was adhered to a mat of Blackberry Bliss and into the card base. I don’t know if you can tell from the photo, but the mat is embossed with the Tufted Dynamic Embossing Folder. I don’t usually emboss the mat, but I originally thought I would put it on the front of the card, then decided it was too dark. Rather than add it to my stash of paper-to-be-used-later, I just used it as a mat.

Card finished.

The envelope also got the small rose spray on the front, stamped in Basic Gray and colored with Powder Pink and soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Write Markers. Since I had not used any Designer Series Paper to also use on the flap, I simply stamped the large rose spray on the flap, letting it extend down onto the envelope.  I then colored it with Powder Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sea Foam and Mint Macaron Stampin Write Markers.

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My apologies for the appearance of some of the photos. All were taken at the same time with the same lighting, so I don’t know why some of them look striped. It is a mystery. Let me assure you….they are NOT striped!

Now, to see what the rest of this talented Krew has for you, just click the next button to see what Eva has done for you. Or, just click on any name hop to her blog. Enjoy!

Card cuts and products used are below.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston

Eva Dobilas

CARD CUTS: Soft Sea Foam: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, extra leaves 1-1/4″ x 3″, sentiment mat 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Blackberry Bliss: front mat 4″ x 5-1/2″, sentiment mat 3″ x 4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, scrap for berries; Powder Pink: embossed mat 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″; Whisper White: rose spray 3-1/2″ x 5″, sentiment 2″ x 3″

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Stampin’ Up! Butterflies and Doilies for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Hello again! Last week I didn’t get to participate in the weekly blog hop due to a lack of internet service. We were in the midst of WAY below zero temperatures, and though my provider knew what needed to be done to fix the issue, it involved someone climbing a tower….not a good idea with those temperatures and 40 mile an hour wind. Thus, I was without service for 4 days. AND, I SURVIVED!! It can be done folks. Just turn off the computer. Actually, other than not being able to join in the hop, I enjoyed the freedom from the internet.

Today we have a color challenge, which makes me think SPRING, which makes me think butterflies. The Occasions catalog has some beautiful butterflies offered, so today is a butterfly day! Come on along and hop with us. We have several VERY talented ladies joining us, so without further ado, let’s go!

Here is our challenge:

And here is what I created using that challenge. To me this shouts “SPRING” and with recent cold, snowy, icy days, spring can’t come too soon for many. I really don’t mind the cold and snow, but don’t much care for ice, unless it is in my water or soda.

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While this is a bit outside my comfort zone, I had fun creating this card. I began with a Coastal Cabana card base and used a mat of Botanical Butterfly designer Series Paper as a mat, set on an angle. This was adhered with Liquid Glue.

I used the thinlits in the Dear Doily Bundle to die cut a Melon Mambo doily and a Whisper white one. The Melon Mambo one was adhered over the front mat with Liquid Glue.

Using a Blender Pen and both Coastal Cabana and Melon Mambo ink, I colored 3 butterflies on the black and white side of the DSP. A fourth one was stamped on Whisper White card stock in Melon Mambo, using a stamp from the Butterfly Gala Bundle. All were punched out with the Butterfly Duet Punch, which is part of the Butterfly Gala Bundle.

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The sentiment, from Itty Bitty Birthdays, was stamped in Coastal Cabana on Whisper White and punched out with the Classic Label Punch. A Coastal Cabana Marker was used to edge the label. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere the butterflies and label.

To add a bit of bling and more dimension, I added some Basic Jewel Rhinestones to the butterflies. This completes the front.

For the inside, I used Liquid Glue to adhere the Whisper White Doily and one of the butterflies, instead of using a mat as I usually do. In retrospect, I think I like using a mat better, but I was trying to think outside my usual way of doing things. The sentiment is from Humming Along and is stamped in Melon Mambo.

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Moving along to the envelope, another piece of the DSP covers the flap and a couple of butterflies in Coastal Cabana from the Butterfly Gala Bundle grace the front.

On with the hop.

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – You are here

Eva Dobilas

CARD CUTS: Coastal Cabana:card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Whisper White: butterflies 3″ x 5″, front sentiment scrap approx. 1″ x 3″, doily 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″; Melon Mambo: doily 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″; Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper: front mat 3-3/4″ x 5″, envelope flap 2-3/4″ x 6″, butterflies as many as you want to color and punch out.

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No card, just information you NEED

Good Friday morning! It is pretty cold here this morning, my thermometer registered -9 degrees F at 7 a.m., which is usually the coldest time of day, right before sunrise. However, sometimes that is not the case. Today though that seems to be it, it has warmed up to -8! Whoopee! We are in a wind chill advisory until noon, but there isn’t much wind.

Yesterday was a different story, winds to 35 mph drifted the 8″ of snow we had the day before, so all my paths to the bird feeders got filled back up. Guess what I should be doing right now??

The information you need is this: Stampin’ Up! has announced that there are a couple of items that will soon reach un-orderable status, so if you want these, better hop on it.

Stampin’ Up! had this to say:

ITEMS APPROACHING NOT-ORDERABLE STATUS

Sales for the following product have exceeded our forecast and are continuing strong, resulting in a significant number of backorders. Due to Chinese New Year and port congestion delays, estimated arrival is mid-March.

Butterfly Duet Punch (item 148523)

This product will remain available until Friday, January 25 at 10:00 AM (MT); it will then be placed in not-orderable status.

Sales for the following item have exceeded our forecast. Although not currently on backorder, we expect to deplete our inventory of this product within the next two weeks; it will no longer be orderable as soon as inventory is depleted.

Cake Builder Punch (item 148525)

Due to Chinese New Year and port congestion delays, estimated arrival is mid-March.

When you enter item numbers for either of these products on an order, you will receive a pop-up notification asking if you would like to be notified via email when they are back in stock. This will allow you to find out immediately when the status changes for these items and they are again available for purchase.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Important note: Both of these amazing punches will carry over into the 2019–2020 annual catalog.

ORGANDY RIBBON COMBO PACK SOLD OUT

The Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (item 149623) may be one of our most popular Sale-A-Bration items ever. It’s been so popular, in fact, that it has exceeded our product forecast and sold out in our North American markets. We have a shipment coming in to fulfill backorders, but because this item has been in such high demand, we have been forced to turn off the Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack. Unfortunately, this initial shipment will help us fulfill only orders that have already been placed. Once backorders have been fulfilled, a second shipment will arrive at the beginning of March, which will allow us to turn on this item again; it will be available while supplies last only.

We’re so sorry for the inconvenience.

So, just to let you know, you only have about 2-1/2 hours to get your orders in.

I have no card to post because I was in such a hurry to mail out 6 this week, that I forgot to take photos of any of them! OOPS! So, now I have to get to making the 8 more that I need. I will get images of them and do a post soon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Host code for January: XMW3QDQ6 

To learn more about my customer loyalty program just click here. You will see that you can earn free stuff, and who doesn’t like free stuff??

Ordering from the new Occasions catalog and the ability to earn even more freebies from the Sale a bration catalog has begun. If you don’t have these catalogs and don’t have a demonstrator, please contact me and I will send them to you. There are many wonderful products in these, and I am sure you will want to get some of those products.

 

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Stampin’ Up! Wonderful Romance for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

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Good Thursday to you all. I have been absent for a couple of weeks. My goodness, how does one get so busy?? For me, it is pretty easy. Either I don’t move very fast, or I take on more than I probably should. The jury is out as to which is the true reason. Anyway, I am here today to share with you blog hoppers a card made with the lovely, lovely stamp and die bundle, Wonderful Romance. I have been wanting to use this set for some time and have lots of ideas, only one of which I will share with you today.

Our challenge for today’s hop is color, specifically Fresh Fig, Mossy Meadow and Petal Pink. I like working with these colors, so we should end up with a smashing card! Also, we have a great group of talented ladies on this hop, so, please join us.

Here are our colors: This is the card I created using these colors. I had a hard time deciding which color to use as my card base, but I think this is the best way to go. I used a Mossy Meadow card base and cut the front with the Wonderful Romance edgelit in the bundle. I had seen many cards using this lovely die and wanted to use it in my card. Most of the ones I saw used it straight up, but Linda Bedinger put hers on the diagonal, which I copied here.

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I simply cut my card base, laid the die on the front so the lower two leaves were very near the edge and both top and bottom seemed to be centered vertically. Behind it I used Tear & Tape to adhere a panel of the Floral Romance Designer Series Paper to a same-size panel of Whisper White. The first strip of the tape is along the diagonal, which I simply measured at top and bottom from the edge to determine the placement. Another strip of tape along the edge near the fold secures the gorgeous vellum to the Whisper White. I then used more Tear & Tape to adhere this panel to the back of the front of the card.

The floral piece was stamped in Stazon Ink on Whisper White and colored with my Stampin’ Write Markers, Petal Pink, Fresh Fig, Soft Sea Foam and Mossy Meadow, and cut with the corresponding die in the bundle. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere this to the front.

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I also cut some smaller leaves and a berry spray from Mossy Meadow and Fresh Fig. These emboss nicely and add more dimension to the card front.

The sentiment from Humming Along was stamped in Petal Pink on Whisper White and cut with the Everyday Label Punch. I used the Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Marker to make little stitch marks around the edge, just to dress it up a bit. Adhesion of this piece was also with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Liquid Glue was used to attach the extra leaves and berrys under the floral focal and over the sentiment label.

On the inside, a mat of Fresh Fig sets off the Petal Pink liner, to which attached the 1/4″ strip of Designer Series Paper that I had cut from the front panel with another piece of Tear & Tape. This paper is just to pretty to throw away even a small strip. The sentiment here was stamped in Fresh Fig and is found in the Special Celebrations stamp set. All layers are adhered with Liquid Glue.

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The envelope flap got more of the DSP, while the large leaf stamp in Wonderful Romance was stamped a couple of times on the front of the envelope in Mossy Meadow.

If you don’t have this stamp and die bundle, you might want to add it to your wish list. There are SO many possibilities here. I will definitely be using this one often. The sentiments in the set are in a lovely font, but there is not one for a birthday. This would be great for a sympathy, get well, thinking of you, Congratulations, or just about any occasion you can think of.

On with the blog now. Just click the Next button to go to the very creative Amy Koenders’ Blog, or click on any name to go there.

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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: Mossy Meadow: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, leaves 2″ square; Whisper White: panel under DSP 4-1/8″ x 5-1/2″, floral focal 4″ x 4″, sentiment label 2″ x 3″; Fresh Fig: flower sprig 1-1/2″ x2″, inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Petal Pink: inside liner 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; Floral Romance Designer Series Paper: panel behind die cut edge 4-1/8″ x 5-1/2″, strip on inside liner 1/4″ x 5-1/8″

Host code for January: XMW3QDQ6 

To learn more about my customer loyalty program just click here. You will see that you can earn free stuff, and who doesn’t like free stuff??

Ordering from the new Occasions catalog and the ability to earn even more freebies from the Sale a bration catalog begins today. If you don’t have these catalogs and don’t have a demonstrator, please contact me and I will send them to you. There are many wonderful products in these, and I am sure you will want to get some of those products.

organdy ribbonUnfortunately, we had word on Tuesday that the Organdy Ribbon pack in the Sale A Bration catalog has sold out. They have another order that will fill the back orders, then it will be unavailable until the middle of March, and then only while supplies last. I hope if you wanted this ribbon you had already ordered it.

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Stampin’ Up! Meant to Be for Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Team Blog Hop

I hope you are all having a Terrific Tuesday as we head into the second week of the new year. And, before we can blink, we will be looking at the end of this same year. My, how time does fly!

Today’s team blog hop theme is ‘Love’, which we can interpret any way we choose. I have chosen the bundle that is all about love in the new Occasions catalog, “Meant to Be“, and have paired that with elements from “Beautiful Promenade“. If you are into romance, these sets are sure to be on your wish list.

For my card base, I have chosen the new red color, Lovely Lipstick, which I think is  perfect for this card.

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Next, I stamped (in Lovely Lipstick), hearts from the Meant to Be set all over a panel of Lovely Lipstick card stock. I first stamped off each heart on scrap paper so the image would be very light, then stamped the second, lighter image on my card front. Repeating this technique, I stamped the sentiment from Beautiful Promenade in each heart, and filled in blank spots with it as well.

Next up, I ran the card front through my Big Shot in the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

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For the focal image, I rubbed my embossing Buddy over a panel of Lovely Lipstick, stamped the sentiment from Meant to Be in Versamark ink, and heat embossed it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I then ran this through the Big Shot in the Lace Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder. Using the coordinating Framelits in the bundle, I cut this out using the ruffled edge large heart and used only the center heart. I then cut a second heart in Whisper White and layered the Lovely Lipstick embossed heart over this, allowing the white ‘ruffle’ to show. Liquid Glue adhered these together and Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to attach this to the card front.

I used the Detailed Trio corner punch to round the corners of the card. Then, I thought it looked a little plain, so I added 3 Pearls Basic Jewels on the embossed heart.

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For the inside, I used the long, scalloped edge framelit to cut the edges of my Whisper White panel to coordinate with the ruffled heart on the front. On this, I stamped the sentiment from Meant to Be in Lovely Lipstick. This panel was adhered into the card base with Liquid Glue. Card done.

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The envelope received 3 of the smaller hearts, as on the front of the card, on the flap, and one on the front. I messed up 3 envelopes before I got smart and used my Stamparatus to stamp the envelope. Call me slow to learn!

ON WITH THE HOP!! You know the drill, click on ‘previous’ to go to Jaimie’s blog, or ‘next’ to see what Karen K has done. Or, to just jump around, click on any name.

Shirley Gentry

Jaimie Babarczy

Julie Johnston – You are here

Karen Ksenzakovic

Mary Deatherage

Sue Prather

Connie Troyer

Karen Finkle

Amy Koenders

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Stampin’ Up! Thank You for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Happy New Year to all of you who follow this blog!! For some of us, we look forward to a better 2019. For others, 2018 was a good year and the hope is for an equally good, or better, 2019.

I don’t make resolutions, but I do hope to do a better job of making and sending more cards, because I think it is VERY appreciated by the recipients. We have become so commercialized and accumulating of STUFF, that we tend to forget the simple pleasures of making and giving of ourselves. That said, ON WITH THE HOP!

Today we have a sketch challenge, and I, having many thank you cards to send, chose to use that design for special thanks.

I haven’t done an outside challenge for awhile, but my card fits the Sunday Stamps Challenge this week, so I have entered this challenge also.sunday stamps 195

On with the HOP! Here is my card using the above challenges.

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My card base is Early Espresso. To that I have added a mat of Calypso Coral, which I textured with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder. Over this is a panel of Crumb Cake, which is stamped with the new Crackle Paint background stamp (found on page 44 of the Occasions catalog) in Crumb Cake. I like this look!

My sentiment is from All things Thanks and is stamped in Early Espresso on So Saffron. There are more words to this sentiment, but I blocked them off with a piece of tape, inked the part I wanted, removed the tape and stamped. This was cut using the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

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The leaf is from Falling for Leaves (which retired yesterday from the Holiday catalog) and was stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla card stock, then colored with my Stampin’ Blends in Dark Calypso Coral, Dark Crumb Cake and Light Daffodil Delight. I fussy cut this with my Paper Snips Scissors. Liquid Glue adhered this to the sentiment oval.

A length of Burlap Ribbon was adhered with strips of Tear & Tape. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the sentiment over the ribbon. Card front done.

Inside the card I layered Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral and So Saffron using Liquid Glue. Early Espresso ink was used to stamp the sentiment from Falling for Leaves. The little flower stems, or are they leaves?, are stamped also in Early Espresso and come from Falling for Leaves as well. 5

My sister gave me an extra special gift for Christmas (which will be the subject of a future blog) and this card is for her. I am so grateful for my family.

The Very Vanilla medium envelope flap got the Crackle Paint treatment in Early Espresso. A couple of the same flowers as on the inside decorate the front.

Now, on with the hop. Just click the ‘next’ button to go to the very talented Amy’s blog, or click on any name to go directly to that blog.

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston -You are here

Host code for January: XMW3QDQ6 

To learn more about my customer loyalty program just click here. You will see that you can earn free stuff, and who doesn’t like free stuff??

Ordering from the new Occasions catalog and the ability to earn even more freebies from the Sale a bration catalog begins today. If you don’t have these catalogs and don’t have a demonstrator, please contact me and I will send them to you. There are many wonderful products in these, and I am sure you will want to get some of those products.

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

Blog hop headerGood Thursday all! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, although I know that holidays are difficult for some folks. Especially when Sympathy cards are in order. Such was the case for a dear friend of mine, so I decided to use today’s challenge colors to create a card for her.

Here are our colors: Which, when I first saw them, I thought looked pretty dull. However,  when I began to work with the colors I decided they weren’t bad at all. I think the card turned out quite well, actually.

I began by choosing my papers. When in doubt about putting colors together, Stampin’ Up! has helped those who may be color challenged with the Designer Series Papers. Each package tells you what colors have been used, so it is relatively easy to combine your colors. The DSP I chose for today’s card is Frosted Floral. I also used a bit of DSP from the Share What You Love package.

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My card base is Gray Granite with a mat of Blackberry Bliss. Over this I Liquid glued a panel of the Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper. This paper has a lovely sheen. Next is a mat of the Share What You Love DSP, cut much smaller than the floral background piece. I didn’t want much of this to show, so the Blackberry Bliss panel is only 1/8″ smaller. This combo was Liquid Glued to the background piece.

I wrapped a length of 1/2″ Textured Weave Gray Granite Ribbon around these and taped it to the back.

My sentiment piece is stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Gray Granite with an outline stamp from the Floral Frames stamp set. The sentiment is from the Lasting Lily stamp set, which will be available, free, in the Saleabration catalog on January 3 with the appropriate order. It is also stamped in Blackberry Bliss.

Using the frame die in the Foliage Frame Framelits, I cut this out, then cut another from the same paper as the mat under the Blackberry Bliss panel. I cut this one in half lengthwise and used Liquid Glue to adhere my sentiment label over it, off setting the mat so a bit of the Pear Pzazz shows.

On the back I placed several Stampin’ Dimensionals, both to lift this away from the ribbon and to give my embellishments a place to stick.

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Using the leaves in the Foliage Frames dies, I cut them from the Designer Series Paper, Vellum, Gray Granite and Pear Pzazz card stock. I also cut one berry branch from the Frosted Bouquet bundle in Blackberry Bliss. These were arranged behind the sentiment panel and adhered with Glue Dots and the Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment. A single Frosted Epoxy Drop finishes the sentiment label.

The final step for the front of the card was to attach the sentiment and leaf sprays to the card front, then, with more Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere the card front to the card base.

For the inside, I kept it simple. A mat of Blackberry Bliss supports a Whisper White liner with the Blackberry Bliss sentiment from Lasting Lily. The little leaves in the corners are from Floral Frames and are stamped in Blackberry Bliss. This leaves plenty of room for a personal note.

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Don’t overlook these little stamps that are included in many stamp sets. They are great little additions to a page where you need something, but not TOO much.  They make wonderful accents.

For the envelope, another panel of the Frosted Floral DSP adds a little pzazz to the flap, while a single Blackberry Bliss image from the First Frost bundle completes the front.

 

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Stampin’ Up! First Frost Get Well for Happy Inkin’ Thursday combined Hop

{HOLD EVERYTHING!!! Today’s blog is NOT part of the combined Inkin’ Krew/Happy Stampers hop! I don’t know what happened. I had a deadline by which to post my link for the rest of the hoppers, and I posted well ahead of the deadline. However, for some never-to-be-known reason, my link disappeared. It is probably floating around somewhere out there in cyberspace, which does my hopping friends and me no good at all! At any rate, by the time this was discovered, it was too late to join the hop. My apologies to everyone. I will put a link at the bottom for the person who follows me on the hop, so if you care to hop along, you can do so without me.}

Good Morning, Everyone. I hope this finds you all done with your Christmas cards and they are all in the mail. What? You still have a few to do? Join the club..I do, too!

Today’s card is not a Christmas card though. I have a couple of friends who are ill and hospitalized, though they are improving and should be dismissed sooner rather than later. I took time out from my Christmas activities to make cards for them.

Today we are joined with our friends from Canada, and have both a color and and a sketch we can use. I chose only the sketch this time, as I just wasn’t ready to make a bright, springlike card. Here is our sketch

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And here are the colors colors

I created my card from colors my friends like, rather than using the challenge colors.

I began today’s card with a Smoky Slate base and added Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam and Petal Pink. This is a top-folding card. Here is my creation.

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To make the two toned front, I cut one piece of Blackberry Bliss and a smaller one of Petal Pink, then taped them together on the back. I then used my Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to dry emboss the front. Before I embossed this panel, I VERY lightly spritzed it with water. This seems to make a clearer, deeper impression. I then set this aside to dry.

After it had dried, I wrapped a length of Gray Granite 1/2″ Textured Weave Ribbon around the joint, taping it on the back also. This panel was then adhered to the card base with Tear & Tape.

The sentiment is from Healing Hugs and is stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper White, then cut with the third largest Stitched Shapes Framelits oval. I backed this with a scalloped Smoky Slate oval from Layering Ovals Framelits. To this, I placed several Stampin’ Dimensionals and wound some Silver Metallic Thread around. Set aside for the moment.

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Behind the sentiment I arranged pieces of die cuts from the First Frost Bundle, cut from Soft Sea Foam, Gray Granite, Petal Pink and Whisper White. The only piece NOT from First Frost is the detailed embossed leaf, which is from the Wonderful Romance Bundle (available Jan. 3). It is such a pretty leaf, I will use it a lot. Oh, yes, and one of the die cut pieces was stamped (First Frost) first in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper white. I cut several of each piece, not knowing exactly what I would want in the final production and will save the leftovers for another project.

I dry arranged these over the ribbon, then used Glue Dots to secure them before attaching the sentiment oval. Add the sentiment oval and the card front is finished.

For the inside, I stamped a single image, a duplicate of the die cut one on the front, from First Frost Bundle, in Blackberry Bliss on whisper White and matted it on a panel of Petal Pink. This was then adhered into the card base. Liquid Glue did both panels. As this card would be signed by several people, I did not add a sentiment, thus leaving room for multiple messages.

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The envelope received the same stamped image on the front and a piece of the First Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper on the flap. 2

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CARD CUTS: Smoky Slate: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, sentiment oval mat 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, die cuts 1-1/2″ x 4″; Petal Pink: top of front 1-1/4″ x 4-1/8″, die cuts 1-1/2″ x 4″, inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Blackberry Bliss: bottom of front 4″ x 4-1/8″; Whisper White: sentiment oval, die cuts 3″ x 5″, inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″; Soft Sea Foam: die cuts 3″ x 4″; Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper: envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up! Wonderful Romance for a Wedding

What better use of a stamp set with Romance in its name than for a wedding? Huh? It is a perfect match. And the coordinating dies….how can one go wrong? Then, there is also the perfectly romantic, wonderful Lace Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. These will be available to you on January 3. Only demonstrators can order in December.

I had a request from someone who wanted me to make a wedding card. Of course, this bundle came to mind.

Yesterday on their respective blogs, my friends/teammates Amy and Mary made cards using this bundle. Stampin’ Up! makes it easy for you to purchase the stamps and dies together and save 10%. I decided after my own bundle and the TIEF came yesterday that I would CASE their cards, using a bit from Amy’s and a bit from Mary’s. This is the result.

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I like tone on tone cards, especially for wedding cards, so this one is white on white on pale green on white. I used Thick Whisper White card stock for the card base, Soft Sea Foam for the mats and the rest is all Thick Whisper White card stock. It seemed that there needed to be a LITTLE bit of color, but nothing too obvious.

Normally I would just use the thick stock for the card base, but I really wanted the detail of the embossing folder to show, as well as the detail in the die cuts. I thought perhaps the thicker card stock would make them more visible and I think it does.

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I began by die  cutting 6 of the large leaf spray, then 6 each of the four different size leaves. I did this because I didn’t want to stamp color on the leaf spray and the only other way to get leaf detail was to die cut the leaves and use Liquid Glue to attach them to the base spray. I also cut 3 smaller leaf sprays that have detail, and 6 of the little berry sprays. There are 4 little flower dies in this set, which speeds things up, and I cut 5 little flowers (4 at once and 1 extra), which are centered with Basic Jewels Pearls.

I used the largest Stitched Shapes circle to cut the sentiment circle on which I stamped the sentiment from Special Celebrations in Soft Sea Foam. On this circle I adhered all the die cuts with Liquid Glue to form the wreath.That is, all except the little flowers which are attached with rolled up Glue Dots.

This is a 5″ x 7″ card. The mat is cut from Soft Sea Foam card stock. The background is Thick Whisper White, dry embossed using the Lace Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. This is then adhered to the mat using Liquid Glue. 5

To this, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the wreath. A few Basic Jewels Pearls and a couple of bows finish the front. I made the larger bow from 5/8″ Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and the smaller one from some 1/8″ satin ribbon from my stash. Both are adhered to the wreath using  Glue Dots.

On the inside another Soft Sea Foam mat shows nicely behind the Whisper White liner, which was punched using an old Stampin’ Up! eyelet edge punch. The sentiment here is also from Special Celebrations and stamped in Soft Sea Foam.

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The envelope flap was dry embossed with the Lace TIEF, and a large flower spray was stamped on the front in Soft Sea Foam.

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That’s it folks. I sort of copied my friends, yet made this card my own. I hope the recipients like it.

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CARD CUTS: Thick Whisper White card stock: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, die cuts 5″ x 8-1/2″, embossed panel 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, inside liner 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″; Soft Sea Foam card stock: front mat and inside mat 4-7/8″ x 6-7/8″

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