Stampin’ Up! Animal Outing Birthday

Today is Sunday and I hope you attend the church or synagogue of your choice. It is a great day that the Lord has made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24

My card for today is for a young lad’s birthday and I hope he enjoys it. Animal Outing is so adorable. The design for this card was inspired by a challenge over at As You See It .

Challenge #186

Let’s get on with it, shall we?

Here is what I created, and it is going to come as a shock to those who follow me regularly. They know I do not like CHARTREUSE, and it dominates this card in the form of Lemon Lime Twist. This is my very, very least favorite color, but sometimes it is appropriate. I know I will get a lot of flak! In for a penny, in for a pound, as they say.


Shocking isn’t it? But, I think children like bright colors and there are two shades of green (if you can call one of them green) in the Animal Expedtition Designer Series Paper that is the basis for my card.

The top flag shows the different animals and I stamped the sentiment from Perennial Birthday in Shaded Spruce on this flag. The next one down is another paper from Animal Expedition, as is the bottom flag. The fourth flag is Shaded Spruce card stock and was put through the Big Shot in one of the Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folders. All flag ends were punched with the Banner Triple Punch.1These were all adhered with Liquid Glue to a Lemon Lime Twist mat that had been dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing folder. I had planned to use a different TIEF, but it ‘fought’ with the flags, so it had to be rather plain. I really like the texture this folder gives a project.

The card front was adhered to the card base with Liquid Glue also, and a length of 3/16″ braided Linen Trim was wrapped around and tied in a bow. To secure the bow in place I used a  Glue Dot. I usually photograph outside and it was windy to beat the band, blowing the tails of my bow all over the place. My apologies for this.

The inside of the card has a double mat; more (I can’t believe I used so much of this color!) Animal Expetion DSP  matted to a Shaded Spruce mat. The sentiment liner was stamped with a character from the Animal Outing stamp set in Soft Suede and colored with Stampin’ Blends. Colors used were Light Night of Navy, Light and Dark Smoky Slate, Ivory (ears), Light Daffodil Delight and the Color Lifter. This was used on the bird and the ivory horn, which I had colored with light Smoky slate.


The sentiment, from Picture Perfect Birthday, was stamped in Shaded spruce. I hand colored the frog stamp, which is in Animal Outing, with my Lemon Lime Twist Stampin’ Write Marker and stamped the rest in Shaded Spruce. This liner was Liquid Glued to the double mat and into the card base.

I just couldn’t bear more Lemon Lime Twist, so used the giraffe printed Animal Expedition DSP for the envelope flap, and fussy cut one of  he smaller Rhinoceros from a scrap of the DSP. Liquid Glue secured it to the front.

In my opinion this card is child worthy in spite of the color used. Please leave comments below. My shoulders are broad, and I can take it!

Disclaimer: I will NEVER LIKE chartreuse, no matter what it is called nor how much I have to use it on a card.

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Next week expect to see some examples from the new Snowflake Showcase, which customers will be able to order beginning November 1. I have seen a few projects with this showcase and they are fantastic

CARD CUTS: Crumb Cake: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Lemon Lime Twist: front 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Animal Outing Designer Series Paper: flags 1-1/2″ x 3-34″, 1-1/4″ x 3-1/2″, 2″ x 3″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5″; Shaded Spruce: embossed flag 1″ x 4-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: inside liner 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″.

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Stampin’ Up! Pleasant Pheasants Masculine Birthday

Well, here it is Saturday again and I hope your weekend is off to a great start. I have much to do and so little time! Actually, I have the same time as everyone, but it seems there isn’t enough of it.

Today’s card was inspired by the Moving Along with the Times Challenge #82, which has ‘for a man’ as it’s theme. I have some male family members with birthdays coming up, so this challenge fits very well.

I think my card also fits the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #358.

FMS Final 358-001

Here is my creation.


I started with a panel of Very Vanilla on which I centered, pretty much, the image from Pleasant Pheasants. I don’t know if they are pleasant, I can’t tell from their expressions, but it makes a pleasant looking card in my not-so-humble opinion. I stamped it in Soft Suede, then used Stampin’ Blends Markers to color the scene. Grass: Light and Dark Old  Olive; grass heads: Dark Daffodil Delight; hen: Light and Dark Crumb Cake and Bronze; rooster: Dark and Light Cherry Cobbler, Dark and Light Night of Navy, Light Old Olive, Light and Dark Pumpkin Pie, Light and Dark Crumb Cake, Bronze; bills and legs: Light smoky slate. For the white areas I used the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker. A dab of Wink of Stella in the blue/green areas of the rooster adds some iridescence.


When finished, this was glued to the back of the card front piece, which is a panel of Nature’s Notes Designer Series Paper. I dry embossed it with the Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder. A circle was cut into this panel with the largest of the Layering Circles Framelits. Tear & Tape adheres this to the card base.

I swiped my Embossing Buddy over my papers and stamped 3 leaves with the Colorful Seasons Bundle. One was stamped with Versamark and embossed in Copper on Copper Foil Sheets, and one was stamped with Versamark, also embossed in Copper on a water colored panel of Whisper White, which was leftover from a previous project. All were cut with the coordinating dies from Seasonal Layers Thinlits. One leaf used the detailed leaf on the same water colored paper as before.


I arranged these at the bottom of the circle, and was NOT happy with the result. I then cut 2 of the berry branches in Crumb Cake using the die from the Frosted Bouquet Thinlits, and one from a scrap of Nature’s Poem DSP. This helped, but there was still something lacking.

I decided to use a die from Simply Defined to cut a banner from Soft Suede for my sentiment, went over it with my Embossing Buddy then stamped the sentiment in two steps. Two steps were necessary as the stamp, from Beautiful Day, was not curved like the banner. I covered up what I didn’t want, inked the word Happy in Versamark, uncovered the rest and stamped it. I then heat embossed it in Copper, and repeated the steps for the word Birthday.

Sentiment done, I placed Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back but didn’t uncover them yet. This was laid on the front of the card and the leaves and berry branches dry fit. After I was satisfied with the layout, I Liquid Glued them in place on the back of the sentiment banner, then uncovered the Dimensionals and attached the piece to the card front.  It took some time, but the card front is done and I like the result.


For the inside, Soft Suede ink was used for the sentiment, which is from the Perennial Birthday stamp set. A leaf from Rooted in Nature  and stamped in stamped-off-once Soft Suede fills the upper left corner. Another detailed die-cut leaf from Nature’s Poem DSP was applied to the lower right corner with Liquid Glue.


Three of the same small leaf as on the inside were stamped on the front of the envelope in soft Suede and more of the Nature’s Notes DSP applied to the flap.

Please leave any comments below.

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NON Stampin’ Up! products used: Banner die from Simply Defined.

CARD CUTS: Crumb Cake: card base 5-1/2″ x  8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, berry branches 2″ x 6″; Very Vanilla: art panel 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″; Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper: front woodgrain 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside mat woodgrain 4″ x 5-1/4″, berry branch and inside leaf cajun craze pattern 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″; Copper Foil Sheets: 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Whisper White  water colored piece: 2-1/2″ x 5″; Soft Suede: sentiment banner 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Winter Woods Encouragement

Fantastic Friday to all of you in Cyberland. Everybody loves Friday don’t they? My card for today is to encourage the recipient who is having it tough right now. Merry wishes didn’t seem right, but you can still wish someone Joy in the hard times. Anyway, they will know I care.


I am playing along with a challenge from Archi-Scraps. Their theme is Winter, so I am using the Winter Woods stamp set.

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My Whisper White card front was stamped with full strength Early Espresso trees from the Winter Woods Bundle. I used the Stamparatus to line them up and do a repeat. This panel was then dry embossed with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.1

A second piece of Whisper White was embossed with just the lower part of the snow, the heavy layer. This was cut with the curved die from the Winter Woods Bundle. I cut two piceces, then layered them together to represent snowbanks. The third snowbank at the right side of the card was a small piece cut from the second piece and glued behind it.

This layered panel was adhered to a Merry Merlot mat with Liquid Glue.  The sentiment from the same stamp set was stamped on Whisper White in Merry Merlot. This was punched with the Pretty Label punch. A second Pretty Label was punched from Early Espresso, cut in half horizontally and attached to the back of the sentiment label with Liquid Glue. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered it to the card front.

Using the 2 smaller snowflakes in the  Seasonal Layers Thinlits, I cut 2 smaller and 1 larger from Whisper White, then painted them with Frost White Shimmer Paint. They were adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals and Liquid Glue where appropriate. Santa’s Workshop Enamel Shapes were added to the snowflake centers and directly to the card front and sentiment.


On the inside, more of the Winter Woods bare trees in 2nd generation Early Espresso cover the lower portion of the liner, and a full strength sentiment from Merry Christmas To All in Merry Merlot finishes the liner. This is adhered to a Merry Merlot mat and into the Early Espresso card base with Liquid Glue.

For the envelope, more trees grace the flap and a single tree adorns the front. Can’t have any naked envelopes you know. I considered dry embossing with the Softly Falling TIEF, but opted to stamp instead.

I hope you enjoy this card. Please leave comments below.

And, look for examples next week of the Snowflake Showcase,

Stampin’ Up!’s latest limited edition. This will be available to you beginning on November 1. It is truly an excellent, versatile stamp set. And the dies, oh, my! Lots of snowflakes. You are sure to want this one as soon as it becomes available.

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CARD CUTS: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, sentiment mat 2″ x 3″; Merry Merlot: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: front 4″ x 5-1/4″, snow for front 3″ x 5-1/2″ then trimmed, sentiment label 2″ x 3″, snowflakes 2″ x 3″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″.

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Stampin’ Up Still Night for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Blog hop headerI hope you have a Tremendous Thursday, Everyone! It is much cooler now, feels like it is supposed to feel near the middle of October. For me, that is tremendous! I know the farmers are getting anxious to get back to the harvest, but we have had considerable rain. It may have to freeze before they can go.

Today for our hop we have a sketch challenge. This is the sketchsketch

And this is my card.


I began by sponging Balmy Blue ink over the Stampin’ Up! side of the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, intentionally making it uneven,  then inserted a panel of Whisper White and ran it through the Big Shot. With an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker, I filled in all the marks on the birch trees. This panel was trimmed to fit the Balmy Blue mat . Liquid Glue adhered these together and onto the Night of Navy card base.

Before you criticize my light blue sky and a moon, remember that the moon does not always rise in the dark of night! Besides, card makers have the advantage of using fantasy to make their cards. You might call it ‘artistic license’.

A strip of the white Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (representative of a birch log) backs a flag of Night of Navy.  Pieces of Foam Adhesive Strips back the Wood Textures strip to lift the art off the background1


A Mango Melody moon, cut with the number 6 die in the Layering Circles Framelits (numbered smallest to largest) was smudged with a nearly dry Stampin’ Sponges with just a touch of Smoky Slate. Who ever saw a BRIGHT, CLEAR moon? There are shadows folks.  This was adhered to the Night of Navy flag with Liquid Glue.

The branch and owl from the Still Night Bundle were cut from scraps of Wood Textures DSP, the owl in a light shade and the branch in a dark one. The left side of the branch was cut off and Liquid Glue adhered it to the lower part of the branch, dipping downward.  This branch was adhered to the moon with more Liquid Glue, leaving the ends free.

The owl was stamped in Early Espresso on the light colored wood with the grain vertical to represent feathers. I colored in the owl’s eyes with my Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends marker. Two more owl shapes were cut from Mango Melody to layer the owl for definition. These were stuck together with Liquid Glue, and the Wood Textures owl glued to this stack, with more Liquid Glue to attach it to the moon.

This will be a birthday card for a man. The inside sentiment from Country Road was stamped in Night of Navy on the white Wood Textures DSP. The owl was stamped off twice Early Espresso before stamping the sentiment panel.


The envelope flap has yet another owl on a branch, while the owl is stamped again on the front of the Whisper White envelope. Both owls and branch are stamped in Soft Suede. The one on the flap was stamped on a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock, colored with Stampin’ Blends, die cut and adhered to the flap. Blends used were Light and Dark Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie and Dark Daffodil Delight.



Now, on with the hop. Just click the ‘next’ button to go to Amy’s blog to see what fantastic creation she has to share. Card cuts and products needed for this card are below. Please leave a comment.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – you are here

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CARD CUTS: Night of Navy: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, flag 1-1-2″ x 4-1/2″;  Balmy Blue: cut 2 mats 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: 4-1/2″ x 6″ embossed and trimmed to 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: dark wood for branch 3-1/2″ x 4″, light wood for owl 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″,  inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″, white wood for ‘log’ strip on front 3/4″ x 4-3/4″ (this from what is left after cutting inside liner); Mango Melody: moon 3″ x 3″, owls 2-1/2′ x 3″

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Stampin’ Up! Animal Outing for Baby

Good Wednesday, or Happy Hump Day, if you prefer. The last two days have been hot, sticky and stormy. Today feels much better, more fall-like.

Today my card fits the criteria for Both Fusion challenges, the sketch and the photo.

Fusion Baby Shower-001

In addition, I think it fits the Global Design Challenge # 159, as who in the world doesn’t fall in love with a baby?


AND, since I am using the Animal Outing stamp set as well as the coordinating Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper, it qualifies for the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge #19.

So, let’s get on with it!

My card base is Soft Suede. To meet the Fusion sketch challenge I cut a banner from the Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper, flagging the end with my Triple Banner Punch. Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper made the smaller banner. Liquid Glue adhered both of these to a texturized Soft Sea Foam mat. I had used the Subtle Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder to add the texture.4

I cut an oval using the third largest Stitched Shapes oval from Whisper White, then stamped the giraffe from Animal Outing in Soft Suede. The sentiment is also from Animal Outing, and is stamped in Soft Sea Foam. I used the Stamparatus to get the placement of the sentiment straight. This oval is matted to a Layering Ovals Framelits  Soft Sea Foam scalloped oval.

Using two dies from the First Frost Bundle, I cut one leaf of Shaded Spruce. I cut one berry stem in Crushed Curry and one from the same Frosted Floral DSP as the banner.

The leaf from the Winter Woods Bundle, is a dual purpose die, meaning it cuts and embosses. I embossed and cut one each in Soft Sea Foam and Shaded Spruce.


These were dry fit under the matted sentiment oval, then adhered to the back of it with Liquid Glue. Stampin’ Dimensionals lift this off the card front, making it more interesting.

For the inside, I stamped the sentiment from Baby Bear in Soft Sea Foam, the giraffe from Animal Outing in Soft Suede, and the branch, also from Animal Outing, in Shaded Spruce. There is a frog on this branch, but I didn’t want the frog, so stamped him off the panel. I then used my Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Write Marker to go around the edge of the panel. This gives definition to set it off from the Animal Expedition mat.


Liquid Glue adheres the liner to the animal mat and onto the Soft Sea Foam mat. What would I do without Liquid Glue?? I also used it to adhere the whole set into the card base.

The envelope has another giraffe on the front and more of the Animal Expedition DSP on the flap.


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Look for examples of cards next week using the new, limited time only, Snowflake Showcase. You will be able to order these products beginning November 1.


I forgot to mention this earlier, but We’re Half Way Thru This Awesome Special!

Paper Pumpkin has a LIMITED NUMBER of October kits to offer at a special introductory rate of $5!!

How it’ll work:

  • The flash promotion price for new subscribers is $5.
  • The sale will continue until the supplies run out or the October subscription period ends on 10 October, whichever comes first.
  • If the supply runs out before 10 October, Stampin’ Up! will end the sale and automatically begin accepting new subscribers for November (which features our one-of-a-kind, exclusive holiday kit in a specially-designed box).
  • Enter the code FLASH1018 before the sale ends to receive this special introductory price.

A few more details:

  • This offer is for new subscribers only.
  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first month of a new subscription. After the first month, the price for the subscription will return to $19.95.
  • New customers must enter promo code FLASH1018 at paperpumpkin.com before the sale ends to receive the introductory price of $5

CARD CUTS: Soft Suede: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Soft Sea Foam: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, sentiment oval 2-1/2″ x  3-1/2″, leaf branch 2″ x 3″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: front sentiment oval 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside liner 3″ x 4-1/4″; Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper: front banner 1-1/4″ x 3″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5″; Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper: banner 2″ x 5″, berry branch, 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Crushed Curry: berry branch 1-1/2″ x 2 -1/2″; Shaded Spruce: 2 leafy branches 3″ x 3″
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I forgot about the Subtle Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. Order number is 143706 and it is $10.00, 6″ x 6″.


Stampin’ Up! Copper Tile Thanksgiving for Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Team Hop


Good Tuesday Everyone! What a weekend we had, rain, rain and more rain. My farm has had more rain in the past 3 weeks than in all of June, July, August and the first 2 weeks of September. I wanted to mow one last time, but that may not happen. Oh, well!

Today several of the talented members on Amy’s Inkin’ Krew are hopping, so let’s get on with it. Our theme is “Give Thanks”, and here is what I created. I just love the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder (DTIEF), and chose to do it in Copper Foil Sheets.


Making the embossed copper was the first step. Next I used Versalmark ink to stamp the three leaf image from the Rooted in Nature bundle all over a panel of Cajun Craze.The Copper panel was adhered to this mat with Liquid Glue.

I pulled out some of the 1/4″ Copper Trim and stretched it wider, then covered the seam with it. I used a strip of Tear and Tape to make sure it stayed put, then wrapped it over the back and secured it with tape. This was adhered onto the Early Espresso card base with Liquid glue.

Now for the fun. I first cut all the pieces I needed for the collage as follows using dies from: Winter Woods Bundle-the bare tree cut from a piece of Nature’s Roots DSP; First Frost Bundle- berry branch (2) one from Wood Textures and one from Country Lane DSP; Rooted in Nature Bundle – triple leaf (embossed and die cut) (2) from Crushed Curry, and a Pumpkin Pie leafy branch; Seasonal Layers – large leaf from a previous endeavor of Grapefruit Grove sponged with Old Olive, and 2 small leaves, one from a previously sponged panel from another project and one from Copper Foil Sheets.


All of this was dry arranged on an oval using the #3 die from layering ovals (numbered from smallest to largest) cut from a scrap of Wood Textures DSP. When I was satisfied with the look, everything was adhered using Liquid Glue. Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back lift it off the front a bit.

To finish this art collage, I fussy cut one of the pumpkins from Toil and Trouble DSP, used Liquid Glue to adhere it to a scrap of Pumpkin Pie and fussy cut again. I didn’t want to use more Stampin’ Dimensionals, but didn’t want it flat either.

The sentiment is from the Pleasant Pheasant stamp set. After rubbing my Embossing Buddy over the pumpkin, it was stamped in Versamark, then heat embossed with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. To add more dimension though, I used my stylus from the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to enhance the grooves in the pumpkin. Liquid Glue used again here to attach it over the leaves. That finished the front.

On the inside, I stamped the berry branch from Frosted Floral in Crumb Cake, twice, on a panel of Crushed Curry. Over this I rubbed my Embossing Buddy, then stamped the other sentiment from Pleasant Pheasant in Versamark. This was then heat embossed in Copper Embossing Powder. Liquid Glue adhered this panel to a mat of Cajun Craze and into the card base.


Card done!

The envelope front has a pair of the Rooted in Nature triple leaves stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Copper Embossing Powder.2

For the flap, I used the watermark treatment on a panel of Cajun Craze using Versamark ink and the triple leaf stamp from Rooted in Nature. Liquid Glue was used to adhere this to the flap. 3I hope you enjoy this card. I seldom repeat a card, but this one might be the exception.

Only one question: Do you prefer a down and dirty quick blog post, or one that gives instruction, as this post does? Please, leave comments below.

To proceed with the hop, just click on either button to go forward to the very creative Karen, or in reverse to see what our talented leader Amy has done.  Should you get lost, just click on any name to go to her blog.




  1. Julie Johnston – you are here
  2. Karen Finkle – https://karenscardkorner.blogspot.com/2018/10/stampin-up-painted-harvest-for-inkin.html
  3. Karen Ksenzakovic – https://wp.me/paaNf4-5i
  4. Jaimie Babarczy – https://wp.me/p79UhD-2a2
  5. Linda Richenberg – https://wp.me/p8GiKS-ub
  6. Connie Troyer – https://wp.me/p8xvI6-cG
  7. Shirley Gentry – https://stampinwithshirleyg.com/?p=2205
  8. Mary Deatherage – https://wp.me/p5snyt-6gA
  9. Sue Prather –https://wp.me/p5yitZ-JZ
  10. Aurora Lopez – https://craftystamperdesigns.com/?p=781
  11. Amy Koenders – https://wp.me/p2SFwf-c49

 The host code for October is EV7ETS99

CARD CUTS: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Cajun Craze: front mat and inside mat (cut 2) 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Crushed Curry: inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″; Copper Foil Sheets: front embossed panel 2-1/2″ x 5-1/4″; Toil and Trouble Designer Series Paper: 3″ x 3″ or big enough to cut out a pumpkin. Other papers used are listed above
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Stampin’ Up! Halloween Eclipse

Good Monday, Everyone, or is that an oxymoron? Perhaps for those who have to go to a job, which they would rather not do, it is an oxymoron. For me, it is the beginning of a new week, in which I can try to get caught up somewhat around her. So, Monday is good for me.

Today’s card is one of those I don’t often do as I really don’t much care for Halloween. The DSP does most of the work, so this was pretty quick and easy.


Since I don’t do much Halloween, my supplies for this kind of card are VERY limited. Having purchased shares from my upline, I have paper, but no coordinating stamps. One stamp set. That’s it. The only stamping on this card is the sentiment inside, which is in the set I own, Spooky Sweets.

I started with the Toil and Trouble Designer Series Paper with the cats, and thought it would work nicely as an eclipse card.

I cut that paper to size, then, using the Large Letters Framelits I cut the word BOO into the paper. This works much better if you have the Magnetic Platform. I then cut 3 of each letter from Pumpkin Pie card stock.  The inside pieces of the B and the center of the O are glued directly to the Pumpkin Pie mat.

The easy way to do this is to adhere the cut out panel to the mat with Liquid Glue. Place the B in its spot, apply Liquid Glue to the back of the small inner pieces and put them in place, making sure they are adhered. Remove the B. Repeat this procedure with the Os.

You could attach the letters with Stampin’ Dimensionals, but the stacking gives them much more stability, and, I think it looks neater.

I then stacked the DSP letters on top of 3 layers of card stock, adhering them with Liquid Glue. Each stacked letter is then Liquid Glued in its place. When using a patterned paper such as this that is directional, be certain you have the correct letter in the correct position.


Using the Cat Punch, I cut one cat from Basic Black card stock, and one from the DSP. The Basic Black cat is attached to the front with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. The front is then adhered to the card base with Liquid Glue, or, if you prefer, Tear and Tape.

On the inside, I used Liquid Glue to adhere a scrap cut from the front along the left side of the Pumpkin Pie liner. I then positioned the DSP cat punched earlier to the panel so I would know where to put my sentiment. The sentiment is in Memento Tuxedo Black. Use Liquid Glue to adhere the cat. The upper right corner looked pretty naked, so I used my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to draw some corner interest. I used a ruler and it is still crooked! Go figure. Did they sell me a crooked ruler?? 🙂


I probably should have put a Basic Black cat under this one to give it a shadow, thus setting it off from the background. Hindsight is 20/20.

This was adhered to a Basic Black Mat and into the Smoky Slate card base.

For the envelope front, I used one of the stamps in the Spooky Sweets set, stamping it in Basic Black.


The flap got more of the black cat DSP.


I hope you like this simple card. Please leave comments below.

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CARD CUTS: Smoky Slate: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Basic Black:  front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, cat 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Pumpkin Pie: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″, letters for stacking 4″ x 7-1/2″; Toil and Trouble Designer Series Paper: front art piece 3-3/4″ x 5″, cat 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, inside trim 1/2″ x 3-3/4″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up! see the forest with Winter Wood and Lovely as a Tree

Good morning Everyone. I hope you are off to a great weekend. Mine will be quiet for a change, and I rather enjoy that. It is a gloomy, rainy day, and perfect for curling up with a good book. What are you reading these days?

I received a box of Stampin’ Up! goodies last week, which I have not had time to even open until today. It was almost like Christmas. Of course, I had to use some of the new items, beginning with one of the stamps in Bokeh Dots, the one with stars.


This became the background for my forest. I stamped the stars on a Whisper White panel larger than I needed in stamped off once Night of Navy. Where the stamps overlapped, I put a tree to sort of camouflage the overlap. This tree is from Lovely As A Tree and is stamped in Old Olive, then stamped again without re-inking. I did this a couple more times, varying the height of the trees. I did one tree in Shaded Spruce, but I really don’t like that color with the Old Olive. However, it is staying. The more I look at it, the better I like it. There are MANY shades of green in a forest after all.

This card proceeded to design itself. All I did was cut and glue!

With Crumb Cake I stamped the bare trees in the Winter Woods set across the background, just for some dimension. The large conifer in Winter woods also was stamped a few times.

For the ground, I used the curved In The Woods Framelits die to cut some Whisper White pieces for snow banks. These were layered over the trees and adhered with Liquid Glue. I used a flat paintbrush to brush some Frost White Shimmer Paint over the ‘snow’ to make it glisten. I also randomly dabbed some of the Shimmer Paint on a couple of trees.


One of the Winter Woods conifers was stamped in Mossy Meadow on Mossy Meadow and cut with the coordinating die. This was adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. It looked a bit stark, so I added some ‘snow’ with the Frost White Shimmer Paint. Two of the small deer in Dashing Deer were stamped in Crumb Cake on Crumb Cake card stock and cut with coordinating dies. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used on them also. Had to use the minis on these little guys.

The sentiment is from Winter Woods, stamped in Mossy Meadow on Whisper White and cut with one of the ovals in Layering Ovals Framelits. The little sprig of spruce in the Lovely as a Tree stamp set made a perfect accent on the sentiment. Employing the marker to stamp method, Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Markers  were used to color the stamp.  I know there is a smear, and I will re-do the sentiment, but there was no time to do that before this post. That is what a drop of water will do to your creations!1

I cannot explain why the snow looks pink. It did not look that way on my computer before uploading the images.

This was mounted on a Blackberry Bliss scalloped oval, also cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere this to the card front. The front was adhered to a Blackberry Bliss mat with Liquid Glue and onto the Shaded Spruce card base.

For the inside, a mat of Blackberry Bliss (from which I had cut the oval on the front) sets off the Whisper White sentiment panel. The sentiment is from Dashing Deer and stamped in Mossy Meadow. The same technique as for the accent on the front panel was used for the spruce springs in the corners. Liquid Glue was used to adhere both panels to the card base.


The envelope flap was a repeat of the card front and a single conifer from Winter Woods stamped in Mossy Meadow finishes the front of the envelope.

Products and card cuts are below, as well as a place to leave any comments you may have.

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I wish I had in my hands the new Snowflake Showcase stamps and dies as I would have used some of the snowflakes on this card. What is Snowflake Showcase you ask? Well, it is a lovely suite of products that you will want to get as they are not just for winter/Christmas. There are coordinating stamps for year round/all occasion use as well. This will be available for you to order on November 1-30 as long as supplies last. I will be sharing cards made with this suite next week.

To whet your appetite a bit, here are some images of this suite.

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In the meantime, here is a short video showing what these products are and some ways to use them. Just click  Snowflake Showcase  to see it.

To celebrate World Card Making Day, which was Monday, Stampin’ Up! is discounting several items. These prices are good through tomorrow, so take advantage of them by clicking on the order online image at right.

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CARD CUTS: Shaded Spruce: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Blackberry Bliss: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: front 4-1/2″ x 6″ for stamping, then trimmed to 4″ x 5-1/4″, snow 3″ x 5-1/2″, sentiment 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5″; Mossy Meadow: die cut tree 3″ x 4″; Crumb Cake: deer 2-1/2″ x 4″

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Stampin’ Up! Letters for You Banner

Good Morning, Everyone! How is it that another week has gone by? And, I apologize for being late with my post today. I couldn’t quite finish the project by my usual time, so, I am late.

I am on the board of our local Carnegie Museum (originally the public library and the FIRST Carnegie library outside of Pennsylvania!) and we will be hosting a reunion of Parsons College Alumni. Though the college closed in 1973, the alumni still hold regular gatherings. As our museum has a fairly large display of Parsons history and memorabilia, we are hosting them tomorrow.


Since I had offered to help with the decorating, I thought a pennant banner would be appropriate. Here is what I made and how I made it.

Parsons colors were Kelly Green and white, so I used Call Me Clover card stock, Versamark ink and White Stampin’ Emboss powder to make two banners. One spells out the name with opening and closing dates on either end (photo above). The small one is for the entry door.



How I did it: First I decided each pennant should be approximately 5″ x 7″, so I made a template from a piece of scrap chipboard. To do this, I made a 5″ line on the chipboard. Next, from the center of that line (2.5″) I marked a dot out 7″, then simply drew (using a straight edge!) a line from that dot to either end of my 5″ line. This is the basic pennant shape. I cut it with my Stampin’ Trimmer.

I then drew around this on my card stock and cut it with my Stampin’ Trimmer. You can get 3 pennants from an 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of card stock. Your card stock before cutting should look like this.triangles

The illustration above shows the top edge line of the pennants down 1/2″ from the edge of the paper and up 1″ from the bottom. This is just for illustration to show how to get 3 triangles from one sheet of card stock. There is no need to make two trims, just place your template at the top edge of the paper and proceed to draw around it. Turn template upside down and draw the next, then right side up and draw the third. I hope this makes sense. Then trim off the bottom edge even with the bottom edge of the middle triangle.

Using my Letters for you stamp set, Embossing Buddy, Versamark Ink and White Stampin’ Emboss powder, I stamped the letters and numbers, then heat set the powder with my Heat Tool. For the numbers, I used the Make a Difference stamp set. For this smaller door pennant, I stamped the word Parsons with the Make a Difference stamps as well.


After that, it was a simple matter of gluing them to a string (I used white cotton twine from the hardware store) with Liquid Glue. I laid out the pennants, upside down, making sure to have them in the correct order, on my plastic tablecloth covered dining room table. On the back of the pennants I just eyeballed a straight (more or less!) line with the glue, down about 3/8″ from the top of the pennant.Be sure to allow drying time before you move the pennants.

When the glue dried, I added some Scotch tape for insurance. You now have a nice banner. You can change the letters to suit yourself, as well as the dates.

I considered using the Large Letters Framelits Dies and Whisper White card stock for my letters. Perhaps you would prefer this to heat embossing.

I hope you enjoy making this easy decoration for your next party. Done in Pumpkin Pie and Black this would be great for Halloween. Or in the new mommy’s preferred colors for a baby shower, for a bridal shower in the bride’s chosen colors, or for a birthday party for any age. The possibilities are endless!

CARD CUTS: Call Me Clover: for triangles you can get 3-5″ x 7″ triangles from one 5-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of card stock. I used 4 sheets.

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Stampin’ Up! Buffalo Check Plaid for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Blog hop headerToday for our weekly Thursday Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop, I chose to use the color challenge colors to make a plaid using the Buffalo Check background stamp. Here are our colors.

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My friend Mary did a video tutorial on making plaid with the Buffalo Check background stamp. To watch her video, go here. She inspired me to make my own plaid. Here is the plaid I created and the card on which I used it.


Now, I love plaid. Always have, always will. I think today’s colors lend themselves well to plaid for a masculine birthday card, so let’s get on with it shall we?

It took a couple of tries to get the look I wanted in the end, but I really like this look. I stamped the Buffalo Check in Cajun Craze on Very Vanilla, then added the stripes in Old Olive and Blackberry Bliss. There are many kinds of plaids out there, so don’t be afraid to experiment a bit. It is only paper! I used my dark Stampin’ Blends marker (brush end) for the wide stripes and the Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write Marker bullet end for the finer lines.

My plaid panel was adhered to a Blackberry Bliss mat with Liquid Glue. A strip of Burlap Ribbon was wrapped around these panels and taped to the back.

This became the background for the Pleasant Pheasant stamp, stamped in Cajun Craze on Very Vanilla. I colored this in with the challenge colors plus some crushed curry. And I didn’t like it. AT ALL! It went to file 13! Guess I need practice in coloring. Back to Kindergarten folks!

The one I used is just stamped in Cajun Craze and the grasses colored with my Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker. I cut the image with the largest Stitched Shapes Circle die. This is Liquid Glued to a Copper Foil scalloped circle, cut with the largest Layering Circles Scalloped die.

Several Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back allowed me to wind some Copper Metallic Thread around before adhering to the card front.


The sentiment is  from Sunshine Sayings and is stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Very Vanilla. I used the shaped die from Still Night to cut the sentiment, then used my Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker to make the stitches. This is adhered to the card front with Liquid Glue. The whole was then applied to the Old Olive card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the inside, another image from Pleasant Pheasants, stamped in Cajun Craze after stamping off once, provides a background for the Blackberry Bliss sentiment from Special Celebrations on Very Vanilla card stock. A narrow strip trimmed from my plaid panel was adhered to the left side of the sentiment liner with Liquid Glue. The other three sides got more Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker stitches.


This panel was Liquid Glued to a Blackberry Bliss mat and into the card base.

The envelope has another of the Pleasant Pheasant images on the front and more of the pheasants on the flap.

Please, hop on around to see what this talented team has for you today. By clicking on the ‘next’ button you will go to our team leader Amy’s blog. Enjoy!

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston-you are here

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CARD CUTS: Old Olive: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Blackberry Bliss: cut 2 mats 4″ x 5-1/4″; Very Vanilla: for plaid 4-1/2″ x 6″, inside sentiment 3-3/4″ x 5″, front circle 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, front sentiment 1-1/2″ x 3″; Copper Foil Sheets: scalloped circle 4″ x 4″

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