Great Outdoors

What does the phrase “The Great Outdoors” mean to you? I am sure if one were to ask 100 people that question, one would get 100 different answers. To me it means anything to do with being out in the fresh air, but mostly having to do with anything in nature: trees, flowers, butterflies, birds, mountains, oceans, marshes, etc.

For today’s card, which was inspired by the Paper Players Theme Challenge #356, I chose to use leaves as the focal point.


Yes, this says “Great Outdoors” to me. So now that I have inspiration my mind is going several directions. Should it be pines and the northwoods? Or maybe a great Oak tree? Or a lake scene with some watercoloring?

As I sat at my worktable looking at my cardstock, my eyes kept going to the Dapper Denim bin. OK. My brain also kept telling me, “leaves.” This card is what I made today with the Great Outdoors to inspire me.


This isn’t your typical color combination for a leafy card. Where is the green you ask? Well, the sky is sometimes blue and the leaves lose their chlorophyll as temperatures drop, but there is some Old Olive in there. I think this card reflects that seasonal change, though we are still in the summer season. I love autumn, and could make every card reflect the leaves of that season.

Anyway, Card cuts and products used will be at the end of the post.

I began with the Dapper Denim, knowing I would place the leaves on it. The card base is Sahara Sand with a copper foil mat to show off the lovely blue.  I decided to use a technique I have done many times, that of sponging Whisper White card stock in many colors and then heat emboss a leaf design.

A new favorite in the annual catalog is the Colorful Seasons bundle. I used the maple leaf stamp and both maple leaf dies from the Seasonal Layers thinlits, beginning with the stamp. After sponging my Whisper White card stock with Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive and Early Espresso, I stamped as many leaves as I could fit on the paper in Versamark ink. I wanted all those colors to show, so I used Clear embossing powder and heat embossed all my leaves.

I thought the leaf frame thinlit would be just the thing, but after running it through the Big Shot, I decided the detailed one would be better. So, I lined the embossing up with the die and cut away! Next I lay them on the Dapper Denim and made the decision to back them with copper foil, lining some up perfectly and offsetting some a bit. Beautiful!

Falling leaves need a branch from which to fall, so I chose the branch die from Seasonal Layers again and cut it from some of the Wood Textures DSP. After all, branches ARE wood! I also cut a shorter branch and some very small copper foil leaves using some Tim Holtz dies. I wanted the veins in the leaves to show, so I used the Sizzix Impressions Pad and Silicone Rubber mat to emboss these foil leaves.

branch detail

After dry arranging them, I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to attach the leaves to the foil, Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to put everything together on the Dapper Denim. I think the addition of the smaller leaves gives a more realistic look to the card front, and the Dapper Denim really shows off the colors of the leaves. I extended the branch and some of the leaves beyond the edge of the Dapper Denim.

I had also sponged a piece of watercolor paper early in the process. It was now dry, and for contrast, I decided that a leaf from that paper would hold my sentiment. Using the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, I heat embossed the sentiment in Copper after stamping it in Versamark ink. The bone folder curved the leaf nicely and it was attached to the panel with dimenionals. It was deliberately angled it a bit so the sentiment would not be straight.


After cutting out the center of the Copper Foil panel (why waste it when it would cut several leaves?) I used Tear & Tape to adhere the art panel to the copper mat and onto the Sahara Sand card base. The photo below shows how some of the leaves are raised off the panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

side view

On the inside, the Dapper Denim became the mat with the sentiment panel in Sahara Sand adhered to the copper foil, again with the center cut out. You wouldn’t know this if I didn’t tell you, but I see no reason to waste that lovely foil.


I used a copper leaf and a detail cut sponged leaf to decorate the sentiment panel. The sentiment, stamped in Early Espresso, is from Simply Refined as the message was what I wanted to convey.  I used Tear & Tape again to adhere the sentiment panel to the copper foil and liquid glued the copper to the Dapper Denim mat and into the card base. This card is now finished, but let’s do the envelope.

A medium Whisper White envelope flap was stamped with versamark leaves the same as the ones on the sponged paper and heat embossed in copper. Too much sameness bores me, so I liquid glued the remaining leaf to the front of the envelope instead of making another copper leaf. All is complete now and we don’t have a naked envelope!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like this card. Please leave a comment.

If you need supplies and do not have a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I can help. Or, you can click on the button at right to shop with me online.

Card Cuts: Sahara Sand: card base 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside panel 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″; Dapper Denim: front panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside panel 4″ x 5-1/4″; Copper Foil: front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside panel 3-7/16″ x 4-11/16″ scraps for leaves; Whisper White: sponged for leaves, approx 4″ x 5″

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Go Fly a Kite!

Hey everyone, I hope you have had a good weekend. Here, it has been a very busy one. My apologies for not posting for a couple of days. I had computer issues which didn’t get fixed until late on Thursday and by then I was too tired to post. Friday and Saturday I was gone ALL day (long days) and just didn’t have time to post.

I don’t mean that literally folks! About flying a kite.

It is just that the card I made for today’s post is a kite fold card. Man Oh Man, was it tricky!

The one you see here is the third one, and it isn’t perfect either. It was either finish and post it, or give up on it. I am not much on giving up, so here it is. I do like it even though it uses one of my-not-favorite-colors.


You may recognize the Lemon Lime Twist which I, well, I will be nice here, can’t say it is my favorite color. However, it is one of the colors in the TGIF Challenge #119 so I used it.

#TGIFC119 Color Combo Challenge!!!

#TGIFC119 Color Combo Pool Party Lemon Lime Twist Crushed Curry

So, what to do when one out of three colors is not one you want to use? I had seen this kite fold card on a You Tube video recently and decided this was the card to do. Had I known how long it would take me to re-do everything I might have opted for something else.

Anyway, The card itself is kite folded and the base is just two mats, Crushed Curry topped with one in Lemon Lime Twist. The kite is Pool Party with some Whole Lot of Lovely DSP.

First are the cuts and the scoring lines. The Pool Party card stock is 4″ x 10″, scored at 5″. Then with the narrow (4″) side at top and bottom, make a tiny mark at the 2″ mark. On the long edges, mark 2″ from the center, which is your fold line, one on either side of this score mark.

Place the 2″ mark on the left side along the cutting groove on your Stampin’ Trimmer and the one on the opposite side, and on the other side of the center score, also on the groove. DO NOT CUT! Score instead. Turn your card stock and repeat. Fold and use your bone folder to get a good crease. It will look like this:


Make your score lines from red dot (B) to red dot (B) and from teal dot (A) to teal dot (A). I hope this is clear. If not, you may want to find a You Tube video and watch it.

When folded it looks like a kite. Cut your DSP into the following pieces: One 1-7/8″ square and two 1-7/8″ x 2-5/8″. These will be cut in half diagonally, so you will need 2 of the larger ones, cut in opposite directions to get them to fit as this is a two-sided paper and if you flip it over the wrong print will show. The ninety degree angle of all pieces goes in the center of your kite.

This is where I had trouble. Though I thought I had measured very carefully, the DSP pieces did not fit well. I would suggest watching two or even three videos to see how others have done this, and not take my word for how to do it. I changed the sizes I cut of the DSP which made things worse. Perhaps my Pool Party was wrong, so I re-did that too. Finally, it all came together, but it was tricky. This card is definitely not for the faint of heart!


You can see that my gaps in the middle are not perfect, so you may have to do a little shifting. I had even dry arranged the pieces and it was still problematic. However, I think the end result is worth it.

I cut a Whisper White plain circle and one each of Lemon Lime Twist and Crushed Curry using two sizes of the scalloped Layering Circles framelits. I number mine smallest to largest and used the plain #2 and scalloped #4 and #5.

Using the three colors of Stampin’ Write markers I painted the flower pot and flowers stamp using the marker to stamp technique, and stamped the Whisper White circle. This stamp is from the Gift From the Garden stenamp set, which is retired. Liquid glue this to the Crushed Curry scalloped circle and then to the Lemon Lime Twist one. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals it was adhered to the kite.

To get the inside Whisper White piece I ended up tracing the Pool Party kite and cut 1/8″ off of each side. I couldn’t seem to get it right by doing the measuring and cutting, and the tracing method worked for me.

The sentiment, ‘Sorry’, is stamped in Crushed Curry and the rest is in Lemon Lime Twist. Both sentiments are from the Sorry for Everything stamp set.inside

Before adhering the sentiment panel into the card base, I liquid glued and taped (for security) a 3-1/2″ strand of Whisper White Baker’s Twine on the back side, then liquid glued the panel to the Pool Party base.

I tied 3 pieces of Pool Party ribbon (only because I did not have either of the other two colors) onto the twine to make the tail of the kite.

I hope you enjoyed this process and it isn’t too confusing. Actually, I enjoy a bit of a challenge, but it can also be frustrating. Just take your time and you can do this. I am sure the recipient will like it.

I will probably try it again and figure out where I went wrong on the first tries. I may also dry emboss the panel under the kite.

The envelope received a piece of the DSP on the flap and a little flower pot on the front, using the same marker to stamp technique.

Card Cuts: Crushed Curry: base 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, scalloped circle 2-1/4″ square; Lemon Lime Twist: mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, scalloped circle 2″ square; Pool Party: kite 4″ x 10″, scored at 5″ and as diagramed; Whisper White: inside 3-3/4″ x 4-3/4″,  circle 1-3/4″ square; Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper: one 1-7/8″ square, two 1-7/8″ x 2-5/8″ rectangles. These will be cut in half diagonally.

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Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker

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Tranquil Tulips Birthday

Good Wednesday morning everyone! How can it be August already?? And, one day gone to boot! Time marches inexorably on.

With that in mind, I better get to this post as I have an appointment with my dentist and cannot be late!

Today’s card is a simple, quick card making use of the great Stampin’ Up! Color Theory DSP> I chose the old olive crackle look to go with my Tranquil Tulips because I thought it would set off the flower beautifully. And, I think, it does.

After cutting my card base from Whisper White card stock I cut the green crackle paper to cover the front. Using the second largest of the Lots of Labels framelits I cut the center from this paper. Then, using that same die as well as the largest die, I cut the frame from the white crackle DSP.  This is carefully lined up and liquid glued to the green paper.

Now, for the stamping. I had not used this stamp set prior to making this card, so I had to do a bit of experimenting on scrap paper. My first choice of color for the flower was Berry Burst, which I deemed too dark, even stamping it off once. Next I tried Perfect Plum. Nope. Powder Pink? Too pale. Ok, Blushing Bride. Perfect! Just the look I want.

For the background…..let’s back up. On the FRONT of the card base I lightly, or not so lightly, sponged Old Olive just to cut the white down a bit. Using the DSP with the cutout I decided on the placement of the flower, pretty much centered. I stamped the stem and leaves in Old Olive and the two part flower in Blushing Bride. With Basic Gray I stamped the stamens.

Before adhering the DSP to the card front, I wrapped a piece of 1/4″ cotton Pear Pizazz ribbon around, taping it on the back. Using a scrap of the white crackle Color Theory DSP I stamped the sentiment in Blushing Bride. This is from the Lift Me Up stamp set. I covered the lower part of the stamp, inked it up, removed the Post-it note and stamped the Happy Birthday, using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the correct placement. This was then adhered to the ribbon using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also used a glue dot under the ribbon to secure it in place.

front detail

For the inside I did a stamped off twice tulip for a background and stamped the sentiment in Basic Gray. The sentiment is from a Gina K Designs set of birthday greetings appropriate for the inside of a card.

Having made a couple of boo-boos with a smear of ink where ink wasn’t supposed to be, I had to do something. Fortunately, both (yes, there were two!) of them were close to the edge, allowing me to cover them with a 1/4″ strip of DSP. See? You would not have known that the original design did not include the DSP border on the inside, but I think it works.


For the envelope I stamped another tulip on the front put more of the DSP on the flap.

Pretty quick, and easy too with the great stamps and dies from Stampin’ Up!

front and envelope

My apologies for the late post. My mouse quit and the track pad isn’t performing up to par. While at the dentist I tried to find a wireless mouse. No luck!! Going to the BIG city tomorrow, so maybe I can find one there. As a result the images could not be cropped or anything. Just lucky to get to post at all. Thanks for stopping by.

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Stampin’ Up! Many sets: Take 2

OK, so yesterday I made a window card with a sunset on the ocean. Today features the same window card with a different scene. For instructions on how to cut this card, see yesterday’s post.

card front

Instead of an ocean, I have grass and instead of a sunset, there is just blue sky above. After masking off the lower part of the card I very lightly sponged Soft Sky ink using a sponge I had previously used for sponging Night of Navy. It was clean, but perhaps still had a tiny bit of ink left. This made a nice sky. I then reversed the mask and sponged the grass with Pear Pizazz, then, using the same sponge, added some Garden Green. art panel

Always Artichoke ink and the grass stamp from High Tide put some clumps of tall grass in my lawn. Using Stampin’ Write markers in Early Espresso and Pear Pizazz, I inked the tree stamp from Thoughts and Prayers, huffed on it to bring back the moisture and stamped it on the horizon. This completed the art panel.

For the front, using the largest die in the Layering Circles framelits, I cut the window. I used the same sponging treatment for both the upper and lower parts, matching the horizon to the art piece and keeping the coloring VERY light.

card front detail

I die cut the large branch in the Seasonal Layers dies in Early Espresso.

On Powder Pink card stock, I stamped the small flowers in the Colorful Seasons stamp set in Powder Pink, and stamped their centers in Early Espresso.  Angling the branch across the front and over the window, I dry fit the branch and flowers until I was satisfied with the arrangement. Liquid glue adhered the branch as well as the flowers.

Next, I used a scrap of wood grained DSP from the Wood Textures stack to die-cut the Adirondack chair using the die from Seasonal Layers. This bundle is SO versatile, if it isn’t on your wish list, perhaps it should be. I attached the chair to the front with mini stampin’ dimensionals.

The ground looked rather bare, so I added a couple of fallen flowers, running them off the edge of the front and cutting them even.

The sentiment is stamped in Soft Sky ink on Whisper White card stock with a stamp from another versatile stamp set, Beautiful Bouquet. Before stamping the sentiment, I stamped the tree from Thoughts and Prayers in stamped off twice Sahara Sand. The Happy Birthday sentiment is also from Beautiful Bouquet.


The card is done. On to the medium Whisper White envelope. The front has three of the small Powder Pink flowers with Early Espresso centers, while the flap got an Early Espresso branch  with some Powder Pink flowers. All envelope stamps are from Colorful Seasons.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards. It is nice to be able to include a surprise in a card, in this case, the third layer with the window highlighting the art.

Thank you for stopping by.

OH! Lest I forget…today is the day for early ordering the new Carols of Christmas bundle. This is the one with the moon and stars die I used in yesterday’s card. It is a great set and one which will offer lots of inspiration and possibilities!


Card Cuts: Whisper White: card 8-1/2″ x 11″, scored at 4-1/4″ and 5-1/2″, cutting off the upper left quarter; sentiment 4″ x 5-1/4″; Soft Sky: sentiment mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Wood Textures: chair scrap about 2″ x 3″; Early Espresso: branch 1-1/2″ x 5″; Powder Pink: flowers scrap, approximately 2″ x 5″.

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