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2021 Calendar

Good Monday morning everyone. There is no card on today’s post, so if you are looking for that you can stop reading right now.

Instead, I bring you another of my paper creations. Well, sort of. I made the photographic images and put together a calendar, then sent it off to the printer. I guess that qualifies as my creation, even if I don’t do my own printing.

Here is an image of the cover

The calendar is 12″ x 12″ with 13 different images. There are fun facts about woodpeckers also. I had so much fun taking these images and as much as I love photography, I also love putting those images together for a practical purpose.

I know, you can get free calendars anywhere, so why would you want to buy one? I would hope that it would be that you like my images, and want a few for yourself. There is no pressure to buy, I just want to let you know that they are available.

These top quality, spiral bound calendars will be ready on November 8, plenty of time to get them as gifts or for yourself. The cost is just $20 each with special pricing if you purchase 3 or more. Shipping is $5.

Here is an image of the back, showing all the woodpeckers included.

Yesterday I went birding with a friend and we found 43 different species, including 4 of the ones on this calendar. However, those particular individuals are not on this calendar! 

Iowa has 7 of the woodpecker family. They are: Pileated, Red-headed, Red-bellied, Downey, and Hairy Woodpeckers, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker (yellow-shafted). All are present on this calendar. The others are from Canada, Minnesota, and Arizona. I have a few other woodpecker images, but there are only 12 months in a year.

Although, I guess I could have made an 18 month calendar. Maybe next time, since I didn’t even think of that for 2021.

In addition to the photography and making the calendar, I have been busy of late doing quite a bit of canning. One of my daughters and her husband grow and weed the garden, and pick the produce. I do the canning. They freeze some of it, but I process the bulk of the vegetables. I froze peaches and strawberries this year too, and made peach and strawberry jam. The jars look like jewels on the shelf. I enjoy doing that and do not like to weed and pick. This arrangement works well for all concerned.

We didn’t need corn this year, but did need green beans, tomatoes and beets. I have another daughter and 3 granddaughters who also share in the canned goods, so it takes quite a bit produce for canning. We are at the end of the garden now, but when I finish with the last picking of tomatoes and green beans, there will still be pears to can.

A friend has a pear tree and they couldn’t use all the pears. As is the norm in Iowa, people give away most of their excess, so I was the fortunate recipient of 10 buckets of pears. My son-in-law and John, the tree owner, picked them, while I sorted through the ones that had fallen. That’s a lot of peeling folks!

This year the problem was jars and lids. Due to the Covid19 Pandemic early this spring, more people grew gardens and, perhaps for the first time ever, did some canning. The result has been a severe shortage of jars and lids.

I have always saved my jars (I have been canning since the 60s) but the lids are not re-usable. I usually have a few leftover from the previous year, but never enough for all the canning. It has been a struggle to have enough to do all that I wanted (needed) to do, but over the summer we have managed to scrounge up enough so far.

Here are a few of the items I have canned.

Left to right, front Beet Pickles, Tomato Sauce, Dilled Beans. Back Row: Soup vegetables, Lime Water Pickles and Vegetable Stock. I also canned sweet pickle relish, salsa, tomatoes and green peppers, green beans, beets and whole tomatoes.

The Soup veggies got their start in the 60s when, at the close of the growing season, I just threw everything left in the garden into the jars and called it “end of the garden soup”.

I grew everything back in those days, and now my daughter sometimes does. Sometimes I end up purchasing one or more of the veggies to add to the mix. Most of this years’ 40 quarts contain green beans, tomatoes, cabbage, onions, garlic, carrots and potatoes. Everyone in the family loves this as it makes a quick meal as is, or with the vegetable stock,chicken or beef broth added along with your choice (or not) of meat. Sometimes I add hamburger or stew meat, sometimes chicken or turkey, sometimes sausage or ham. It makes a really quick meal and is SO good on a cold winter day!

To go along with all the canned goods, the zucchini and yellow squash were prolific this year (aren’t they always?), so I made many, many loaves of zucchini bread and froze it. All of it will be so welcome this winter.

I know this is not my usual post, but sometimes change is a good thing. I hope you all have a great Monday. If you are interested in a calendar, please comment or private message me.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Stampin’ Up Whale Done Happy Birthday for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Here we are and it is Thursday already. Time for another great Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop with the Very talented ladies on our team. So, come along and see what wonderful, inspiring projects we have for you.

Today we are working with a sketch, with which I took a few liberties. Just sayin’. 

You can see for yourself what I did. Here is my card.

I began with a Pretty Peacock base over which I adhered, with Liquid Glue, a piece of Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper to completely cover the base.

Next, I dry embossed a panel of Pool Party with the Seabed 3D embossing folder. To make the deep impression I first spritzed the paper with a little water. I used the second largest die in the Celebration Labels dies to cut the panel. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere this lovely panel to the card front.

I don’t know about everyone, but I have a hard time making a simple card. It seems that layers add so much, so I usually wind up with a collage and several layers. This card is no exception.

Coordinating with the Whale Done stamp set is the Whale of a Time  pack of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper. (By the way, select Designer Series Papers are on sale right now at 15% off.) The Whale Punch is perfect for cutting out a whale from one of the sheets in the pack. For the rest of the front I used the grass die in the Smooth Sailing set to cut 2 in Shaded Spruce and one in Granny Apple Green.

I stamped the sea turtle in  the Whale Done stamp set using Pretty Peacock ink on Pool Party card stock. Using a Stampin’ Sponge I lightly sponged the turtle with a little Calypso Coral to add come color other than the greens/blues to the front. For more color, I stamped the coral image in the set in Calypso Coral on Calypso Coral card stock, and the grass image in Shaded Spruce on Calypso Coral. Both of these, and the turtle, were fussy cut with Paper Snips scissors.

The sentiment in Whale Done is stamped in Shaded Spruce on Whisper White. This was cut with an oval from Layering Ovals dies. A second oval, cut with a scalloped die in Shaded Spruce, makes a mat for the sentiment. I used Liquid Glue to attach the ovals together.

All these pieces were dry fit then adhered to the embossed layer with a combination of Liquid glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Since I still had a piece of the DSP that I used on the front, I trimmed it down and Liquid Glued it to the bottom of the Pool Party Liner on the inside. The whale needed some water and this filled the bill. As you can see, this card is for a 4 year old. The ‘Happy 4th Birthday stamps are from Family Party. The other sentiment is in the Whale Done stamp set. All of the sentiment is stamped in Shaded Spruce except the word Birthday, which is stamped in Calypso Coral. The Whale Punched whale is from the same sheet of DSP as the whale on the front, and is adhered with Liquid Glue. A few Pool Party bubbles completes the inside. This liner was adhered to the card base with Liquid Glue.

Since I had only punched 2 whales from the 6″ x 6″ sheet of the Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper, I flipped it over to see what was on the other side. Well, golly gee whiz, it had the perfect design for the envelope flap. I used Liquid Glue (I think I should own stock in this!) to adhere this to the flap. For the front, I stamped the grass in Shaded Spruce and the coral in Calypso Coral.

I really like this suite of products. The papers are lovely and the punch is so handy, especially when it works so well with the paper. All the stamps in the set are perfect for any sea themed card or scrapbook page. It is a bundle/suite you might want to get. The embossing folder is REALLY great!

I hope you like my card. If you wish to re-create it, the products I used are found below with a link to my online store. Or, you can just click on the button at right that says Shop With Me Online. Don’t forget, you have until the end of October to cash in on the 15% off many of the Designer Series Papers.

Clicking on the image below will download the pdf file that lists all the Designer Series Papers that are 15% off.

Now, on with the hop. Just click on the ‘next’ button to continue with Amy’s blog, or click on any name to go to that blog. Card cuts and products used are listed below. Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment.

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Jaimie Babarczy

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston – You are Here

CARD CUTS: Pretty Peacock: card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ ; Pool Party: for embossed front 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, inside liner 4″ x 51/4″, scrap for turtle, about 2″ x 2″; Shaded Spruce: sea grass 2″ x 8″, scalloped oval 1 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ ;Granny Apple Green: 2″ x 4″; Calypso Coral: stamped grass and coral 2″ x 4″; Whisper White: sentiment oval 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″; Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper: whales and envelope flap 1-6″ x 6″ sheet, card front (waves) and inside strip 1-6″ x 6″ sheet.

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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!

To shop for these products, just click on the bird at right that says Shop Online with Me. Clicking on individual products will take you directly to my online store.

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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Stampin’ Up Poinsettia for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Day Everyone! It is a good day here, in fact we are having a whole string of gorgeous fall days. I love it! Autumn is my favorite season, so I am ready for this.

Today our challenge is that of a sketch. It looks pretty simple, but I struggled with it a bit until I decided to use the Poinsettia Petals Bundle and the coordinating Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper. What fun, and so easy to let the paper do the work. AND….today is the first day of the Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper sale.

That’s right, 15% off select Designer Series Papers for the whole month of October. More about that later.

Here is the sketch and here is my card.

Using Designer Series Papers makes it easy to choose a color scheme, in this case Old Olive, Real Red and Whisper White. These are my favorite colors to use for a Christmas card. I love holly, pine, and poinsettias, all of which lend themselves to this color theme. Here is how I made it.

My card base is Thick Whisper White. To dress it up a bit, I cut a Thick Whisper White panel and dry embossed it with the Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder. I cut it to fit the card front and used Liquid Glue to adhere it to the card base. This is such an elegant embossing folder.

Real Red mats fill the supporting role for the Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper. I used the Holly paper, and the design on the reverse side. These are Liquid Glued to the card front, both on an angle.

The sentiment from Celebration Tidings was stamped in Old Olive on Whisper White. This was cut with an oval from the Layering Ovals dies, offsetting the sentiment to allow room for the holly leaves. I cut a second oval from Real Red, using a slightly larger scalloped die for a mat for the sentiment. Liquid Glue also adhered this to the card front.

Using the smaller holly leaf dies from the Poinsettia Petals Bundle, I cut and embossed 3 leaves in Old Olive. The Real Red berries also are in this bundle. I dry fit them, then used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and Liquid Glue to attach them to the sentiment oval.

For the inside, a Real Red mat is behind a panel of Poinsettia Place DSP. A Whisper White liner was stamped with Old Olive using a sentiment from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set. I considered embellishing the Whisper White panel, but decided that sometimes less is more, so I left it plain. More room that way for writing a note.

The envelope front sports a few holly leaves fussy cut from the Poinsettia Place DSP, and the flap has a whole strip of it!

I mentioned that Stampin’ Up! has a sale on Designer Series Papers, starting today. Yep, 15% off select papers.

  • Sale runs 1 Oct – 31 October 2020 at 11:50 pm (MT)
  • All order types qualify for this promotion.
  • There is no limit to how many packages of Designer Series Paper may be purchased during this promotion.
  • Only select Designer Series Papers are available at a 15% discount during this promotion.
  • Orders must be placed—and closed—during the promotion period for the 15% discount to apply.
  • Designer Series Paper ordered as part of a Starter Kit or with Stampin’ Rewards qualify for the 15% discount.

 

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston – You are here

CARD CUTS: Thick Whisper White: card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored and folded at 4 1/4″, embossed front 4 1/2″ x 5 3/4″, emboss then trim to fit card front; Whisper White: front oval 2″ x 3 1/2″, inside liner 3″ x 4 1/4″; Real Red: front mats (2) for DSP 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5 1/4″, berries, scrap approx. 1 1/2″ x 3″; Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper: fronts (2 from coordinating paper) 3 3/8″ x 4 5/8″, inside 3 3/4″ x 5″, envelope front scrap, envelope flap 2 1/4″ x 6″.

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Stampin’ Up! Poppy Moments Thank You

Here we are again for a Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop! The weeks just keep rolling around in spite of hurricanes, wildfires and Covid19! I hope all of you are out of harms way and well. If not, my prayers are for things to quickly improve. The farmers in my neighborhood have started their harvest, but it isn’t in full swing yet. OK, enough chatting, on with the hop.

Today we have a color challenge, where we are given 5 colors and have to use a minimum of three of them. I have to say, this one was really a challenge for me. I struggled with what to do and changed my mind at least 3 times. As I write this, I still have a little time, so might change it again! Here are the colors.

They didn’t really ‘speak’ to me like some colors do, so it was a struggle as to which 3 to use. In the end, I used all five.

I have the Painted Poppies stamp and the Poppy Moments dies, but I wasn’t sure what to do with them. I guess the poppies came to mind because most poppies are orange, and Cajun Craze is sort of orange. And, Pretty Peacock is sort of green, so that became the leaves.

Here is my card and how I made it.

The card base is Basic Black. I double matted, meaning there are 2 layers under the card front piece, Whisper White on Basic Black and Blackberry Bliss on the Whisper White.

My card front is Whisper White, embossed with the Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder.

Using the dies from Poppy Moments, from Pretty Peacock I cut 2 branched leaves, 2 detailed branch leaves, 2 large leaves, and 2 large leaf details. These are adhered with Liquid  Glue.

The large poppy was cut from Cajun Craze twice, and the detail twice. I only cut one of the smaller poppy and its detail once as well. Liquid Glue adhered the detail to the poppy base. I also cut the appropriate poppy centers from Basic Black.

Now to assemble the front. I did a dry fit, then, when all was as I wanted it, I used Liquid Glue to attach the leaves to the embossed Whisper White. To add a little more dimension, I very carefully curled the poppies with my bone folder. Not too much, as I was afraid of tearing the details. The top most poppy was adhered just with a little Liquid Glue in the center, leaving the edges of the petals free.

The other large poppy was adhered below it with a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals. The smaller one was also adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from Ornate Thanks and is stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper White. The Paper Trimmer cut it to the perfect size, then I mounted it on a mat of Pretty Peacock. In hindisght, perhaps I should have stamped it in Pretty Peacock and matted it in Blackberry Bliss since the main mat is Blackberry Bliss. You can do as you like.

For the inside liner, I stamped the sentiment, also from Ornate Thanks, in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper White card stock. The field of poppies from Painted Poppies was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with my Cajun Craze Stampin’ Write Marker. I deliberately did not color them perfectly, leaving some white area to make it look a bit more rustic. I like this little field of poppies. The liner was directly adhered to the card base with Liquid Glue. I decided not to mat the liner.

The envelopes had to have some decoration too, as I do not like naked envelopes. Again, the poppy field was perfect for the envelope, both front and flap.

Now that you have seen what I did with the challenge, click on the ‘NEXT’ button to see what Amy has for you, or click on any name to go directly to her blog. Thanks for stopping by. Comment below. Also, the products used and card cuts are below the names.

If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be happy to fill that role for you.

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy/

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston – You are here

CARD CUTS

Basic Black: card base 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″, scrap for flower centers, approx 2″ x 2″;

Whisper White: front mat 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″, embossed front 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″, inside liner 4″ x 5 1/4″, front sentiment scrap cut to size, in this instance 1/2″ x 2 7/8″

Blackberry Bliss: front mat 4″ x 5 1/4″

Cajun Craze: poppies one piece about 4″x 5″ will do all the flowers and details, or you can use up scraps.

Pretty Peacock: leaves 2″ x 6″ , sentiment mat 9/16″ x 2 15/16″

 

 

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Stampin’ UP! Love of Leaves for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop, where my friends and I share projects with you, made with Stampin’ Up! products.

Today we are working with a sketch.

Here is the card I created using the sketch as inspiration.

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My card base is Misty Moonlight, the mat is Seaside Spray and the leaves are Silver Foil Sheets and Soft Seafoam. This is how I did it.

Cut and score the card base, then emboss a panel of Misty Moonlight in one of the Greenery embossing folders. You will have to do this twice as the folder is narrow and won’t fill the whole panel. Trim to fit the card base and use Liquid Glue to attach it to the base.

Cut a panel of Seaside Spray and stamp the little dots from the Waterfront stamp set randomly with Misty Moonlight. Some were stamped full strength and some stamped off once. This was then embossed with the Subtle embossing folder.

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Use one of the leaf dies in the Love of Leaves Bundle to cut and emboss the Silver Foil Sheets. Cut a Silver branch with the die from Birds and More dies. Cut another from Soft Seafoam. Cut them apart when you do the dry fit so they lay the way you want them and Liquid Glue them to the panel. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the larger Silver leaf to the front and over the branches.

Use the Embossing Buddy to go over a piece of Misty Moonlight, then stamp the sentiment from Someone Special in Versamark Ink. Sprinkle Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder over this and use the Heat Tool to melt the powder.

Cut to the size you want and cut a mat of Silver Foil just a little bigger. I prefer a smaller edge, so the mat is 1/8″ larger than the sentiment piece. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals and Liquid Glue to adhere to the card front.

Attach Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the card front, and adhere to the card base.

For the inside, I cut a mat in Silver Foil, then cut the center out of it leaving 1/2″ border. I really don’t like to waste the more expensive paper by covering it up. I again stamped the dots from Waterfront in Misty Moonlight on my Seaside Spray panel. Ink up the same leaf shape from the Love of Leaves Bundle that you used on the front. I used Misty Moonlight and stamped it off once.

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Use the Embossing Buddy on the panel, then stamp the sentiment from Band Together in Versamark ink, sprinkle with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder and use the Heat Tool to melt the powder. Liquid Glue the stamped panel atop the Silver Foil frame, then use Liquied Glue to adhere the completed inside panel to the card base.

For the envelope flap, I stamped the dots from Waterfront on a strip of Seaside Spray, then glued it to the flap and trimmed to fit. On the front, I stamped the leaf in Versamark, sprinkled on the Silver Emboss Powder and heated it to melt. Using a mask (mask made by cutting a leaf from a sticky note with the die) over the embossed leaf, I stamped another leaf in Misty Moonlight.

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I thought the front looked a little plain, so I added a  Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the front sentiment. This card is finished.

Thank you for stopping by. Please leave comments below. Card cuts and products used for this card are also below.

If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be delighted to help you with questions. To purchase products, just click on the Shop Online button at right, or click on any product.

Now, on with the hop. Just click any name, or click the ‘NEXT’ button to see what the talented Amy and the other ladies have done.

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Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston-You are Here

CARD CUTS

Misty Moonlight: Card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, embossed piece 4 1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (trim to fit after embossing), sentiment piece 3/4″ x 2 1/4″, envelope flap 2 1/4″ x 6″; Silver Foil Sheets: mat for sentiment 7/8″ x 2 3/8″, leaves 2 1/2″ x 5″, inside mat 4″ x 5 1/4″; Seaside Spray: front 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″, inside 3 3/4″ x 5″; Soft Sea Foam: 2″ x 4″

 


 

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Stampin’ Up! Toile Christmas for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Welcome back to our Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop, which I just know you will enjoy. The participants are all creative, talented and fun, and have wonderful things to show you. So, come on along.

Today we are working with a theme challenge, which is Birds or Animals. It should come as no surprise to anyone that I chose one of my favorite birds, the Northern Cardinal, which is found in the Toile Christmas stamp set. Here is our theme

And here is my card.

The stamp set is designed as a Christmas set, but I chose to make it a “Thinking of You” card. It seems in these difficult times that our friends and family, and maybe even those we don’t know very well, could use a boost to their day. What better way to give them that boost, and to let them know you care how they are doing, than by making and sending a card?

Since Cardinals are red, the main color is Cherry Cobbler, which ties in nicely with the plaid I chose to use. Today, the plaid, from Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper, is on the strips. The card base is Basic Black with mats in Mango Melody. The background on the front and the inside liner are from In Good Taste Designer Series Paper. All these colors are in the plaid. I also chose to add some greenery in Mossy Meadow and Gold Foil sheets. I loosely used the Freshly Made Sketches sketch, but didn’t enter this card in the challenge.

After cutting all the pieces (card cuts are below) I embossed the In Good Taste background panel with one of the Wrapped in Texture embossing folders. Liquid Glue adheres this panel to the Mango Melody mat. The plaid strips are also Liquid Glued to their respective mats, and Liquid Glue is the adhesive used to attach them to the front panel.

The cardinal, from Toile Christmas, is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Cherry Cobbler and cut with the coordinating die from the Christmas Cardinal die set. Using the branch in the stamp set, I stamped two of them on Mossy Meadow in Memento Tuxedo Black. I cut these and one plain one with the coordinating die. I cut another branch from Gold Foil Sheets. It seemed too heavy for the card, so I cut a finer branch with leaves from the Birds and More die set. This I cut apart to place it going in opposite directions.

After dry arranging the bits and pieces to the front, I used Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere all  of it to the card front. The sentiment, from Love of Leaves, is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Gray Granite card stock, and cut with a die from Stitched So Sweetly die set. I cut a duplicate in Basic Black, cut it in half horizontally and, with Liquid Glue, glued it to the back of the sentiment making a mat out of it. A couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered it to the card front.

Using Liquid Glue, I adhered this card front to the card base, then added a few Red Rhinestones to finish the front. The Cardinal’s eye is a Red Rhinestone with a black dot in the middle, made with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

By the time I got the front done and started on the inside, I got word that a friend had lost a family member, so it became a Sympathy card. For the inside liner, a panel of the In Good Taste was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black with the sentiment from Woven Heirlooms. In the corners, I stamped the tiny scroll. The Liner is adhered to the Mango Melody mat and then into the card base with Liquid glue. A couple of Red Rhinestones complete the inside.

This completed the card. The envelope got another Cardinal on the front, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with my Real Red and Mango Melody Stampin’ Write Markers. I used Real Red as the Cherry Cobbler was WAY too dark. The flap was covered with a strip of the Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper.

At this point, I kept looking at the front and something just wasn’t right. I finally decided it was the Cardinal. The one on the envelope had the correct color bill and the one on the front did not. They have a bright yellow-orange bill, so I stamped the Cardinal head in Memento Tuxedo Black on a scrap of Mango Melody, fussy cut the bill, and used Liquid Glue to adhere it to the Cardinal on the front of the card. MUCH BETTER! NOW the card is finished!

To continue on the hop, just click the button below to get to Amy’s blog and see what she has to show you. Otherwise, just click on any name to go to a particular blog, but you won’t want to miss anyone!

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Basic Black: card base 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″, mat for front sentiment 2″ x 2″

Mango Melody: front mat and inside mat 4″ x 5 1/4″, mats for large plaid strip 1 3/8″ x 4″, mat for smaller plaid strip 1 3/8″ x 3″, scrap for Cardinal bill

Cherry Cobbler: Cardinal 2 1/2″ x 5″

Mossy Meadow: 3 branches 4″ x 4″

Gold Foil Sheets: branch 2″ x 4″

Gray Granite: front sentiment 2″ x 2″

In Good Taste Designer Series Paper: card front and inside liner 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″

Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper: (One 6″x6″ sheet will be enough) Large strip 1 1/4″ x 3 7/8″, small strip 1 1/4″ x 2 7/8″, envelope flap 2 1/4″ x 6″

If you need my help for anything, or have questions, just let me know. If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be happy to help you with whatever you need to make this project or any other. To order from my online store, just click the bird button at right that says Shop with me Online.

 

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Stampin’ Up! Prized Peony Birthday

Good Thursday everyone. I have been absent from the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop for awhile, but thought it time to get back in the swing of things. I hope you enjoy my card, made with the ultra-lovely Prized Peony bundle. Today we are working from a sketch.

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This is a simple sketch, and I took a few liberties with it. Here is my card.

I began with my card base in Petal Pink card stock, to which I adhered a panel of Peony Garden Designer Series Paper that I had embossed with the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder. This panel was originally cut to 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. After trimming with the border die in the Prized Peony Bundle it was the perfect size for the sketch.

The sentiment from Beautiful Autumn is stamped in Gray Granite on Whisper White card stock. I cut it out using the stitched rectangle die in the Ornate Layers dies.

The beautiful peony in the Prized Peony stamp set was stamped in Gray Granite on Whisper White, colored with Soft Sea Foam and Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Markers, then cut with the matching die from the bundle. To get the placement I wanted, the stem covered up part of the sentiment, so I used Liquid Glue to adhere the sentiment to the stem and Stampin’ Dimensionals attached the whole thing to the card front. A few Pearls Basic Jewels complete the front.

For the inside, I stamped the lovely peony in stamped off once Gray Granite on a 3 3/4″ x 5″ liner of Whisper White card stock. This was adhered to a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of Gray Granite, and the whole Liquid Glued into the card base. I did not add a sentiment as this card requires a hand written message.

You may look in the annual catalog at the Peony Garden Suite and see that the Designer Series Paper appears to have crumb cake as one of the colors, thus wondering why I am using Gray Granite. Due to the vagaries of printing, colors are not always what they appear to be. In this case, the brownish look is actually Gray Granite. Either way, it is lovely!

This finished the card, but the envelope needs dressing up. We can’t have a naked envelope! I stamped another of the lovely large peony on the front and added a piece of the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper to the flap. The peony was colored the same as the one on the front of the card.

                                                

I hope you enjoy my card. If you choose to make one similar, the product list is below the names of the hoppers.

Now, on with the hop. To see what Amy has contributed, just click on the ‘NEXT’ button below. Or, to see what the others have been up to, just click on any name to go directly to their blog.

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Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston-YOU ARE HERE

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Stampin’ Up! Love of Leaves Birthday

inkin-krew-blog-hop-banner2Good Morning Everyone! I hope you have started with a good week and that it continues in these strange days.

Today our Krew Blog Hop theme is ‘Fall Frenzy’ which we can interpret any way we wish. So, come along and join the fun!

For today’s card I have chosen to use the Love of Leaves bundle, available in the new mini catalog (page 49). By purchasing the bundle you save 10% over the cost of the individual items. Since it is a birthday, I used the sentiment from Special Someone for the front and one from another company for the inside. Both sentiments are stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in Copper Embossing Powder.

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The card base is Crumb Cake with a panel of Designer Series Paper from the Good Taste package adhered with Liquid Glue. Over this lovely woodgrain paper I added a smaller panel of Copper Foil Sheets embossed with the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I then cut leaves in Mossy Meadow, Mango Melody, Pear Pzazz, Copper Foil and Cajun Craze.  The leaves are cut using the Stitched Leaves dies in the Love of Leaves Bundle. The Cajun Craze berries are from the retired Frosted Bouquet dies and the Mango Melody branch is from In the Woods.

The sentiment was stamped on Crumb Cake in Versamark ink, heat embossed with Copper Emboss Powder, and  cut with a die from the Beautiful Boughs dies. Before stamping with Versamark ink it is good to used the Embossing Buddy to go over the panel to prevent any stray bits of copper where you don’t want them. I used my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker to edge both the sentiment label and the embossed copper panel. It doesn’t really show, but makes for a more finished look somehow.

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I adhered the sentiment label with Stampin’ Dimensionals, dry fit all the components, then took a photo  when I was satisfied. My memory fails me sometimes when I try to re-create the look, so a photo on my phone is helpful.

A linen thread bow attached with a Mini Glue Dot finishes the front.

For the inside, I cut a panel of Copper Foil Sheets for a mat, then a Mossy Meadow liner was adhered with liquid glue over that. The sentiment is stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Copper Emboss Powder.

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To dress it up a bit I added some leaves from Love of Leaves in Versamark in the corners, then embossed them also in copper.

The envelope flap has more of the Good Taste DSP, and the front was stamped with a single leaf from Love of Leaves in the corner with Cajun Craze. For some reason that photo didn’t turn out and I didn’t have the the inclination to take another one.

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Our Wonderful World….and Beyond

Good Wednesday to you all, otherwise known as Hump Day. Well, it used to be anyway when we were living in a ‘normal’ world. These days, I am not so sure. Nothing seems to be familiar most days.

Enough of that talk! Today I am waiting for my Stampin’ Up! shipment so I can make more cards. Huh? Don’t you already have stamp sets, and dies, and paper? Well, yes, I do, but it is so much fun working with the NEW stuff! I probably have enough of all the above to last into the next century, but any excuse will do when you really aren’t in the mood to clean up the mess from the last card so you can get to work on new ones.

I suppose you have all heard about the comet that is causing such an uproar in the stargazing world. It isn’t often that we get to see a comet with the naked eye, and have multiple opportunities to photograph it. This was my first attempt at photographing the comet one night last week.

With all the political chatter on television, and the Covid19 talk, I am sick to death of tv, so just don’t turn it on. I think it has been 2 weeks since I even turned it on, and it was only on about 10 minutes before I couldn’t stand it any more. So much negativity. So much BAD news. Personally, I see the world through a different lens than those tv people.

BUT, having said all that, I was tuned in enough to hear about the comet. NEOWISE. A weird name for a comet, eh? Well, it is named for the space telescope that discovered in on March 27, the Near Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. It was named Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE on April 1, and became visible to the naked eye in the very early mornings on July 3. I didn’t know about it then.

This was my second attempt, taken above a cornfield in Minnesota.

If you can get away from light pollution, do get outside and find the Big Dipper. This constellation can be found in the northwest sky as soon after sunset as you can see the stars. Say 45 minutes to an hour after sunset. Almost straight down from the lip of the dipper you will be able to see the comet with the naked eye. Yep, naked eye. Probably this will be your only opportunity in this lifetime to see a comet without a telescope. This particular comet won’t come around again for about 6,800 years, and I don’t plan to be here then. Do you?

Experts say it will be visible all night, and probably through the end of July. However, it is receding from the sun so is dimming slightly. Also, the crescent moon will also reappear this week, and with a brighter light from the moon, the comet will be harder to see. Tonight it will pass closest to Earth, some 64 millions miles away.

If you have binoculars, you can get an even better look at this celestial phenomenon. We are fortunate here in the northern hemisphere to be able to see NEOWISE. The last comet, Comet McNaught, in 2007, was pretty much only visible in the southern hemisphere. Hale-Bopp was visible to the naked eye in 1997. So, only 3 comets in 23 years have been visible to the naked eye, and this one is pretty amazing.

This image is better. You can see the lake in the foreground and the cup part of the Big Dipper. There were clouds so the comet was fading in and out.

But I like this one even better as it shows the Big dipper. I used a wide angle lens for both of these. The first two images were taken with a telephoto lens. Both of these images were taken at Sulem Lake in Minnesota.

On the way back to my daughter’s house after leaving the lake, we stopped for a different view. You can see a tower and the tops of some well lighted grain bins above a cornfield in this one.

Tonight the Neo I hope to get some even better images. Practice helps, you know. Night shooting is different in MANY ways from daylight, not the least difference of which is that you can’t see what you are doing.

I don’t claim to be the world’s greatest photographer, or even in the top 10,000 or so, but I do enjoy getting out there and trying. It is especially gratifying to be able to capture this ‘once in a lifetime’ event.

So, don’t miss it. Even if you seldom pay attention to the skies at night, this is one time that you should find a clear night, get away from light pollution, and look to the northwest. Incredible! You will be glad you did.