Stampin’ Up! Thank You

I don’t know what happened to May, but it is very nearly gone. So, too, is the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, nearly gone. Just a reminder that if you want anything from this catalog you  better hurry, because come midnight Thursday your opportunity will be lost.

The good news is that several items are carrying over into the NEW 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, and all the carry-overs plus all the new goodies will be available June 1. How exciting! And so many gorgeous new colors.

I was disappointed to hear that some of the colors I really like are going away, but that disappointment didn’t last long. As soon as I saw the ones replacing my favs, the excitement began. WOW! SU! has done an amazing color re-vamp. You, too, will love them. Now, on with today’s offering.

Today’s card is a very simple thank you card, and who doesn’t need a lot of these??wild wing creations-1

I used the Petal Palette/Petals and More bundle for this card, as well as some Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, both of which are carrying over into the new catalog. HOWEVER, the bundle will no longer be available, so if you want this set I would suggest you order before Thursday night to get a 10% discount.

I began with a piece of Early Espresso card stock for my card base. All the rest of the paper is from the Wood Textures DSP. I ran a dark grained panel through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. I cut a panel the same size as the front of the card and used Tear and Tape to adhere it to the card base.

wild wing creations-3Over this went a panel of the white-washed Wood Textures, adhered with Liquid Glue. I used the trimmings from the larger embossed piece to make the strips. Over the strips is a branch die cut from the Petals and More thinlits.  It is also Wood Textures, but one of the finer grained, yellower panels. I also used the same ‘wood’ on the envelope flap. The strips and branch are adhered with Liquid Glue.

The sentiment is from One Big Meaning and is stamped in Early Espresso. I taped off the part of the stamp that I didn’t want, leaving just Thank You. This set will no longer be available after Thursday.

For the inside, I stamped the small leaf cluster from Love You Still, (which is retiring also) in each corner of another panel of the white-washed ‘wood’ with Crushed Curry ink. The sentiment, from All Things Thanks, which is carrying over to the new catalog, is stamped in Early Espresso. Both colors remain in the re-vamped colors. This panel was adhered to the card base with Liquid Glue.

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The front of the envelope is stamped with the branch from Petal Palette in Crushed Curry, and the flap has more of the same lighter toned Wood Textures DSP as the branch on the front of the card.

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I hope you enjoy this clean and simple card, which is quickly made.

If you do not have a demonstrator, please click on the ‘shop with me online’  button at right to get the soon-to-be-retired items before time runs out.

And, don’t forget to check here to see what goodies you can get when you order from me.

CARD CUTS: Early Espresso, 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper 6″ x 6″ stack: 1 sheet dark wood grain, embossed and cut to 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, 2 strips 3/4″ x 4″, white-washed,1 cut 3-3/4″ x 5″, 1 cut 4″ x 5-1/4″, 1 sheet lighter fine grained for envelope flap and die cut.

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Stampin’ Up! Share What you Love Impossible Card

Good Friday morning, Everyone! I hope you have a great day and an even greater weekend. My plans to blog every day didn’t last very long.  I think, with gardening and trips and photographing the owl family, that blogging three times a week is much more realistic.

Today’s card was inspired, again, by Jan B, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in the UK. She does videos, which are very easy to follow.  I will not be doing videos any time soon. That would terrify me! I will give details as to card cuts, but for the technique, please watch her video here.

I don’t know why it is called impossible, as it clearly isn’t impossible, and is actually quite easy to make IF you follow the instructions.

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There are other videos out there on making this type of card, but after watching several, I think Jan’s is the easiest to follow.

I began with a card base of Mint Macaron, which has made a comeback in the new catalog. Also returning are Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow, but I digress.

The mats are Tranquil Tide and the Designer Series Paper with leaves is new. It is part of the Share What You Love suite, available now as a pre-order. The DSP with dots is from Delightful Daisy and is retiring at the end of the month. If you want any retiring products, now is the time to order them as they are only available as long as supplies last. To order, click here.

The stamp set is Petal Palette for the bird and flowers, and Perennial Birthday for the two sentiments and the little design by her name. The name is stamped using the new Make a Difference stamp set, available June 1.wild wing creations-5

My card is a 5″ x 7″ card, but you can also make an A2 size or a 6″ square card. MayMay has measurements for these on her blog, which you can find here.

First cut the card base at 5″ x 7″, then score horizontally at 2-1/2″. This makes it easier to accomplish the ‘impossible’. Using your Stampin’ Trimmer, and with the card horizontal, cut at 1-1/2″ down to the score line. Move card over to  5-1/2″ and cut down to the score line. If this is confusing, please refer to Jan’s video.

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Turn the card 180 degrees (upside down) and make a cut at 3-1/2″ down to the score line. Now, THIS IS THE IMPOSSIBLE PART, but is isn’t really. Simply hold the card with the center cut down, and fold the right half up. This will put the narrow leg on the right, down, and the narrow leg on the left, up. There will be a wide piece in the middle that will stand up. SEE? Easy-Peasy. If my instructions aren’t plain, refer to the video.

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Moving on to the mats, cut 2 in Tranquil Tide at 3-3/8″ x 4-7/8″, 2 at 1-1/4″ x 3-3/4″, and one at 2-3/8″ x 3-7/8″. For the larger pieces, and using your Stampin’ Trimmer, place vertically at 1-3/8″ and cut down 2-1/2″. Rotate 90 degrees and place at 2-1/2″. Cut down to the previous cut. You have essentially cut out a piece that is 2″ x 2-1/2″, leaving an L-shape that is fatter on the bottom. Repeat for the other piece. (Looking at the image above, if you cut along the score line from center cut line to left cut line, that is the shape)

For the DSP you will need the same shape and the measurements are 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″, with the same 2″ x 2-1/2″ cut out. NOW, pay close attention to Jan’s video if you are using a directional DSP as I did. You will want to make a template for this so you don’t make a mistake. If your DSP is non-directional, it isn’t an issue. Both pieces will be the same for non-directional DSP.

Using Liquid Glue, adhere the DSP to the Tranquil Tide mat. Now adhere the matted DSP to your card base. It really is easy. The difficult part is if you are using a directional DSP, but if you make a template, that, too, is easy. Everyone will be impressed with your skill!! And, you don’t need to tell them it is really easy.

Your Stampin’ Up! Grid Paper makes getting everything straight very simple.

Cut contrasting DSP (I used the retiring Delightful Daisy). You will need 2 at 1-1/8″ x 3-5/8″. Liquid Glue these to the 1-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ mats. Using the grid marks to be sure your card base pieces are straight, Liquid Glue the matted DSP to the card base across the opening at top and bottom. This will stabilize the card.

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I used the Petals and More die to cut the sentiment banners from Whisper White and stamped them in Tranquil Tide. The bird is also from that bundle and is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Blushing Bride card stock and die cut. The sentiment with the bird is offset to allow room for the bird and both are Liquid Glued to the DSP.

For the lower stabilizing piece, the name banner is adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

You are almost finished with the card. Yippee! Having fun yet??

On the large standing up panel, adhere the DSP to the Mat and onto this panel. Using the Stitched Shapes Framelits cut the second smallest circle and stamp sentiment in Tranquil Tide. Cut another circle from Mint Macaron and Liquid Glue the two together.

Stamp the flowers from Petal Palette in Mint Macaron on Whisper White. Color using your Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Markers and die cut with Thinlit from Petals and More. Cut a second flower from Mint Macaron and Liquid Glue to the stamped one.

Arrange the flower and circle on the panel over the DSP and Liquid Glue in place. This IMPOSSIBLE card is finished and it wasn’t impossible at all!

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The back of the center art panel is a good place to write a personal message, and the reason for using Tranquil Tide on the back of the circle and flower. It just looks better.

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The envelope received more flowers on the front and DSP on the flap. The flowers were colored with Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Marker, leaving the leaves as just outlines.

If you haven’t tried this card, I would urge you to do so. It is fun, as long as you pay attention to each step. It actually goes pretty quickly. I would suggest for your first one that you choose a NON-directional DSP.

You know how to place an order….click on the ‘order online’ button at right. If you use the host code, you get rewards. For details on this go to my customer rewards page. Don’t forget, retiring products only available while supplies last until the end of May.

HOST CODE: 76QQHYEN good through May 31.

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Stampin’ Up! For a Guy in Your Life

inkin-krew-blog-hop-banner2Hello, Everyone! It is good to be back on the blog scene. Wow! First it was winter, and BOOM! it was summer. I wanted spring in there, but it didn’t happen, and life suddenly got busier than I could have imagined. Things are settling down, I think, so here goes (if I didn’t forget everything). The goal now is to blog daily, but with gardening and all the additional outdoor work, it may not happen. I will do my best.

We have a team hop for you today with lovely creations to CASE, or just to enjoy. Our theme is ‘Masculine’, so anything for a man, or boy, is acceptable. A young man I know is graduating from high school, so my card today is for him.

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This card was inspired by Stampin’ Up demonstrator Jan Brown from the UK. You can see her tutorial here. I will give instructions, but for details, please watch her tutorial. I see no point in re-inventing the wheel.

I began with a Real Red card base, a Whisper White mat for the art piece, and Crumb Cake is the base of the Tailored Tag punched Wood Textures pieces.

The next step was choosing three tones, or three designs of your choice. I preferred the look of the wood tones, so chose a dark, a medium and a light and punched about 6 or 7 of each color, not knowing how many I would need. I made my card a 5″ x 7″ so really didn’t know.

I marked the center of the Crumb Cake panel on each side, then drew a faint line connecting them, both horizontally and vertically, so I would know where to center my first Tailored Tag punched piece. I then proceeded to Liquid Glue them all in place, starting in the center and making sure to not put two of the same color value together.

Liquid Glue adhered this design panel to the Whisper White mat. Real Red Bakers Twine (from the Candy Cane Lane pack) was wrapped twice around and taped to the back. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhered this to the card base.

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I stamped the sentiments for the front from Perfect Pairings, in the Sale-A-Bration catalog, in Real Red on Whisper White and again used the Tailored Tag Punch to cut them. I also punched two in Real Red. The Whisper White sentiment pieces are offset  and Liquid Glued so the red shows at the top. The ‘Congrats’ one is Liquid Glued to the matching tag, and the ‘You did it’ is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals, also matching it to the tag underneath.

I made a bow by wrapping the Real Red Baker’s Twine around 3 fingers three times and tying another short piece of twine around it. This was adhered with a couple of wadded up Glue Dots. That finished the front.

On the inside I again found the center and placed one of the Tailored Tags in each color across the Crumb Cake panel. These were adhered with Liquid Glue and the panel then adhered to a Whisper White mat. I thought it looked too plain, so added some ‘stitching’ with my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write marker.  There is still room for a personal message.

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Using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, which unfortunately is retiring, I stamped the sentiment from the Truly Tailored stamp set, also retiring, in Real Red on the center tag. I know, it is risky to add the sentiment after the tag was already glued in place, but, frankly, I just forgot to do it first!

The envelope flap got another piece of the dark Wood Textures DSP, and the little arrow from Truly Tailored stamped in Real Red completes the front.

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I think this is a masculine card, even if it does have a bow.

If any of these products that are retiring have been on your wish list, when they are gone, they are gone, so act quickly.

Now, on with the Hop! You can go to the next or previous participants by clicking the image, or pick and choose where to go from the list.

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Karen Finkle

Jaimie Babarczy

Julie Johnston-YOU ARE HERE

Mary Deatherage

Sue Prather

Shirley Gentry

Nanette Tracy

Amy Koenders

CARD CUTS: Real Red: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, two tags 2″ x 6″; Whisper White: 2 mats 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, two tags 2″ x 6″; Crumb Cake: 4-5/8″ x 6-5/8″; Wood Textures DSP: Tailored Tags- minimum of one sheet each of three color values, 1 sheet for the flap

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