Stampin’ Up! Gather Together for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Thursday to you all! We’re back! Well, we, being the Happy Inkin’ Krew, are always here on Thursday to bring you some inspiration for your cardmaking. At least, that is the hope.

Today we are working with PLAID as our theme challenge, so come on along and see what the outstanding, awesome and talented Krew has for you.

Inspiration and challenge

I also wanted to use the sketch from Sunday Stamps Challenge even though I knew their challenge would close before our hop so I couldn’t enter this card. No worries, I just like the design, and thought it was great for plaid. I did fudge it a bit, but I guess that is what a challenge is supposed to do…challenge us to adapt any challenge to our own parameters. Here is the design that challenged, and inspired, me:

And here is my card.

I chose a plaid from Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper (page 57 in the Aug-Dec mini catalog) with fall colors because I wanted to make this a Thanksgiving card without actually saying Thanksgiving. This Pumpkin Pie, Bumblebee, Shaded Spruce and Rich Razzleberry plaid does just that. And, it gave me the colors to use for this card. That is the nice thing about Designer Series Papers-your color scheme is right there for you. And, by the way, a good selection of Designer Series Papers are on sale now at 15% off!

I want to say here that I would not normally choose to use these colors in a card, but I let the plaid dictate the colors. My usual choice would be browns, golds and oranges with some metallic thrown in. It is good to be challenged to get out of what could be a rut.

My card base is Rich Razzleberry with a front layer of Rich Razzleberry embossed in the leaf design Meadow Moments embossing folder, which is adhered to the base with Liquid Glue. This embossing folder is narrow, so I had to run it through twice to get both sides of the front. I chose it because it reminds me of falling leaves, appropriate for this time of year.

The plaid, as are all pieces that are matted, is adhered to a Basic Black mat with Liquid Glue. The next layer of Bumblebee Designer Series Paper from the In-Color 2020-2022 6″ x 6″ pack in the wood grain is also on a black mat. The two small strips of plaid, from Plaid Tidings in Bumblebee, are the last of the pieces with a black mat. Liquid Glue was used to adhere all these pieces to each other. All card cuts will be found below.

One of the liberties I took with the Sunday Stampers design was to cut the plaid pieces smaller to showcase the embossed card front.

I very lightly sponged a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock with Rich Razzleberry and Shaded Spruce ink for a little dimension, then stamped the large leaf from the Gather Together Bundle in Pumpkin Pie, and cut it with the coordinating die in the bundle. Also from Pumpkin Pie card stock I cut the tri-leaf image found in the Nature’s Roots dies and embossed it with the embossing piece in the die set. I then very lightly sponged it with Shaded Spruce ink. One of the 3 leaves is tucked under the sentiment circle.

Two small leaves in Nature’s Roots dies were cut and embossed from Rich Razzleberry, as well as a leafy branch found in the Birds and More dies. Using this same leafy branch die, I cut another from the woodgrain Bumblebee DSP left from cutting the front panel. There is a small leaf in Rooted in Nature stamp set that I used to stamp in Shaded Spruce on yet another Bumblebee  In-color 2020-2022 DSP design. It was cut with the coordinating die from Nature’s Roots. The last piece of my leafy collage was cut with a die from Stitched Leaves after I sponged a panel of the Bumblebee Plaid (same as the strips) with Pumpkin Pie, Shaded Spruce and Rich Razzleberry. When real leaves turn color, they are seldom just one color and I was attempting to make this look less plaid, and more like a fall leaf. I think I succeeded and the plaid gives depth where a plain color under the sponging would not.

The sentiment, from Gather Together, was stamped on Whisper White in Pumpkin Pie, then cut with one of the Stitched Shapes circles. The leafy branch stamped in Shaded Spruce is from Rooted in Nature stamp set. In hind sight, which as we all know is 20-20, I think I should have used Very Vanilla for the sentiment circle. You can do as you like.

I dry fit everything until it looked pleasing to me, took a photo with my phone, ‘cuz I KNEW I would forget what I wanted it to look like,  and started to adhere the bits and pieces together. I used a combination of Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals to accomplish this. The sentiment circle is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The inside Whisper White liner was stamped with the large leaf from Gather Together in twice stamped off Pumpkin Pie. I wanted this to be light enough to see the sentiment stamped over it. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and is stamped in Rich Razzleberry. I didn’t really want to use a large chunk of the precious plaid as a mat, but thought Whisper White on Pumpkin Pie rather plain. There was a scrap of the plaid just laying there, so I used the same small leaf die from Nature’s Roots as I used for the Shaded Spruce/Bumblebee leaf on the front to cut leaves from the scrap. These were Liquid Glued to the corners of the Whisper White, adding just a bit of needed OOMPH. This liner was then Liquid Glued to the Pumpkin Pie mat and into the card base. Card done.

NOT QUITE! In looking over the card front, it too needed something. I looked again at the challenge design and noticed the 3 dots between the strips. Good place for 3 Holiday Rhinestones in the Pumpkin Pie color. Perfect! Rhinestones and plaid? W-e-l-l, maybe a bit more glitz to tie them together? Hmmm. A good place for some Clear Wink of Stella on the Rich Razzleberry leaves. OK. NOW  the card is done!

The envelope front is graced with Shaded Spruce, Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie leaves. The flap has another piece of the fall plaid to finish the envelope. You know, no naked envelopes!

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Now, on with the hop! Click on this button to go to the next blog, or click on any name to go directly to her blog. You will like what you find, I assure you!

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristy Gray

Jaime Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston-You are here

CARD CUTS: Rich Razzleberry: card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″ scored at 4 1/4″, embossed front 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″,  leaves and branch 3″ x 5″; Basic Black for plaid mat 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″, woodgrain mat 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″, mat for plaid strips one at 5/8″ x 3″ and one at 5/8″ x 1 5/8″; Pumpkin Pie large leaf 3″ x 3″, tri leaf 2″ x 2″, inside mat 3 3/4″ x 5″; plaid tidings Designer Series Paper: orange plaid 3 3/8″ x 4 5/8″, envelope flap  2 1/4″ x 6″, inside small leaves from scraps; Bumblebee plaid for strips, one at 1/2″ x 2 7/8″ and one at 1/2″ x 1 1 /2″, stitched leaf 2″ x 3″; In-color 2020-2022 Designer Series Paper: Bumblebee wood grain 2 1/8″ x 3 3/8″, branch 2″ x 3″, bumblebee allover design small leaf 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″; Whisper White: sentiment circle 2″ x 2″




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20 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Gather Together for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop”

  1. Wowzers, Julie is back and on top of her game! Stunning colors and layering. Perfect take on the sketch…sorry it was too late but I do like your statement about a challenge and would like to quote you in my upcoming Monday challenge.


  2. This is gorgeous, Julie!! It took my breath away when I scrolled down and saw it! I’m not sure Very Vanilla could have made it any prettier! I’m sorry you couldn’t get it entered into the SS challenge because it would’ve been a sure winner! TFS.


    1. Oh, Susan, you are too wonderful! Thank you for liking this card. Even though I wasn’t thrilled with the colors, I grew to like them together. May have to challenge myself to use them again in a different way. Thanks again!


  3. This is a WOW card!! I’m with you…..I would not have thought of using those colors together. Thank goodness for plaid!! I love how it turned out and feel a ‘case’ coming on!!


  4. I just love the unexpected color of purple in your fall card, that is amazing and I just love the color combo. I am getting so much inspiration from the different colors and themes from our hop today. Wonderful card Julie, someone is really going to like receiving it.


    1. Golly, gee whiz! Thanks Kristi. Sometimes we just need a bit of inspiration to get us moving, right? I know I would NEVER have done that color combo without the plaid to jump-start me. I consider your words high praise indeed. Made my day.


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