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Stampin’ Up! Peaceful Boughs Sympathy

Good Morning Everyone. Well, we are getting down to the wire pretty quickly here. My family will not be gathering at my home this year. Due to Covid 19 some family members do not want to gather, though we would be a rather small group. Others can’t come due to distance and work responsibilities. I hope whatever you have planned you remember the REAL reason for this season, and every season for that matter, the birth of our Lord.

Today our hop is centered around a sketch, with which I have taken a couple of liberties. The sketch is just a starting point, right? I sure hope so, since that is what I have done…used it as a starting point for my design.

Here is our sketch

And here is my card.

What can I say, except that I love the Peaceful Boughs stamp set and the pine cone paper in the Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper? Yes, I used it last week. Yes,  I will probably use it again. And, it isn’t my fault that I need so many (too many) sympathy cards.

I started with a card base of Soft Suede, cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″. The mat is Garden Green, cut 4″ x 5 1/4″. I used Liquid Glue to adhere a panel of the Designer Series Paper (3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″) to the mat, then to the card base. A scrap of Gold Foil Sheets (3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″) was the center panel. I used the Subtle Embossing Folder to emboss, then wrapped Linen Thread around 3 times and taped it to the back.  Liquid Glue was used to adhere it to the card front.

The sentiment from Well Said was stamped in Versamark Ink on Garden Green card stock, then sprinkled with Gold Stampin’ Embossing Powder. Using my Heat Tool, I heat set the sentiment. The Label Me Lovely Punch was used to cut out the sentiment, and Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered it to the front.

A loopy bow of Linen Thread attached with a glue dot (or 2) finishes the card front.

For the inside, I cut a mat from the DSP (4″ x 5 1/4″). The liner of Very Vanilla was cut at 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″. Garden Green ink stamped the sentiment from Woven Heirlooms on the liner, as well as a bough from Peaceful Boughs. Again, Liquid Glue was my go to adhesive.

Another piece of the DSP covered the Very Vanilla Medium Envelope Flap, and a Garden Green bough adorns the front.

I hope you enjoyed seeing another way to use this lovely paper and stamp set.

Please continue on the hop to see what the very talented Amy and the Inkin’ Krew has to show you today. Just click on the ‘next’ button….you know the drill.

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston – You are here

Oh, yes, and I hope, in spite of restrictions, that you will be able to have a very merry Christmas!

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Stampin’ Up! Peaceful Boughs Sympathy for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Morning Everyone! I hope your week is going well, and that you have all your Christmas cards mailed out already. Sorry to say, I still have a few to send. Gosh, where did this year go? In some ways it went on far too long, thanks to Covid19, and in other ways it flew by.

At any rate it is Thursday and my creative, talented team mates have some lovely things to show. Our inspiration this week is color. We can use all of them, but must use at least 3. Here is our inspiration:

I chose to use Pool Party, Early Espresso and Old Olive for my sympathy card today. Here it is:

The card base is Pool Party (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) as is the front of the card. I cut a separate panel of Pool Party (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) to emboss with the Evergreen Forest Embossing Folder, then used Liquid Glue to adhere it to the card front.

Using the Beautiful Boughs dies, I cut one large and one small bough from Old Olive. For these you will need a piece of card stock about 3″ x 5″. I then cut 2 large and 2 small pine cones and 2 large and 2 small pine cone details from Early Espresso ( 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2″). In hind sight, I think I should have used a sponge and some ink to highlight them, but, I didn’t. Just an idea you might want to try.

The smaller label die in that die set was used to cut the Pool Party sentiment panel (1 1/2″ x 3″) AFTER I stamped it in Early Espresso. The sentiment is from the Well Said stamp set. Using my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker, I penned some stitches around the edge.

The elements were dry fit, that is, laid out without any adhesion. When I was satisfied, I took a photo with my phone to ensure that I could repeat the layout. The larger bough was Liquid Glued to the card front. Over this I glued a small pine cone, then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the larger one over the small one.

The smaller pine branch was partially adhered with Liquid Glue to leave some of the needles loose. The other small pine cone was adhered with Liquid Glue. Over this, Liquid Glue was used on the sentiment corner that overlaps the 2 pine cones, and Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the other corners. Liquid glue was used to stick down the last pine cone under the sentiment.

The finishing touch is a Linen Thread, loopy, casual bow, which is attached with a couple of Glue Dots.

For the inside I cut a panel of Early Espresso (4″ x 5 1/4″) as a mat for the sentiment liner. This  liner was cut from a 3 1/2″ x 5″ piece of Pool Party with the third largest Stitched Rectangles die.

I laid this on a piece of scrap paper so I could stamp off the edge without getting my mat all inky. The Peaceful Boughs stamp set coordinates with the Beautiful Boughs dies and is just simply beautiful. Using Old Olive ink, I stamped off the larger bough once, then stamped it in the upper left corner. The middle sized bough was used twice in the lower right, and was also stamped off once each time. The pine cones are the smaller ones and stamped full strength in Early espresso. Lastly, with the sentiment from Woven Heirlooms and Early Espresso Ink, I stamped the sentiment.

This liner was glued to the Early Espresso mat and into the card base. This finishes the card, but we can’t have naked envelopes, now, can we?

I put the flap in the Evergreen Forest Embossing Folder and embossed it. Then, with Old Olive Ink I stamped a couple of pine boughs, full strength, from Peaceful Boughs, on the front.

I hope you enjoyed this card, and will want to make one yourself. Now, on with the hop. Just click the button below to go to the Amy’s blog, or any individual’s name to go directly there.

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston – You are Here

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Stampin’ Up! Dandy Garden Thank You Sneak Peek for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Thursday Everyone! I pray this finds you safe and well.

My how the weeks roll by, and here it is Thursday again. Glad you could join our hop today, as the gals have some special treats in store for you.

Time is at a premium this week, so I am letting the wonderful Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper do some of the work for me. You know, it takes talent to put the proper papers together so they look good! 🙂 This paper and the Dandy Wishes stamp set that I used for the bee will be available to you on January 5 in the new January-June Mini Catalog.

It also takes talent of a different kind to make a card then look at it and say, “I can’t believe I did that!” Uh-huh, I did that. You will soon see, as I decided that A: it was too late to fix it, B: I didn’t really want to, and C: Waste not want not. Yeah, I did that. Just goes to show you that we all make mistakes. You also know that often it really doesn’t matter in the big picture.

So, let’s get on with it. Thanks for joining us on the hop today. Our talented team has lots to show you.

Today we are all working with a sketch. Easy Peasy!

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

There are 2 kinds of cards of which I always have need, it seems: Thank you cards (I don’t send enough of these) and sympathy.

During these trying times I know I forget to thank those who work in thankless positions in Long-term Care, Healthcare, and other places such as our fire, law enforcement, and military personnel. With today’s card, I am making the start of trying to be more aware of the difficult jobs that they do, perhaps more mentally and emotionally difficult than physical, by sending this card to the staff at a long-term care facility. I think I will also include a check to cover the cost of a small treat for each staff member. It isn’t much, but at least they will know they are not forgotten.

Here we go!

My card base is Bumblebee, cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″. Fold and use in landscape style.

Cut 2 Misty Moonlight panels for mats (3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″)

Cut 2 panels, (3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″) one each from different pieces of Designer Series Paper. I used the Dandy Garden DSP. Use Liquid Glue to adhere these to the mats, then glue them cattywampus to the card base.

Stamp the sentiment from Loyal Leaves in Misty Moonlight on a 7/8″ x 4″ strip of Bumblebee. I used the Triple Banner punch to punch the ends, shortening it a bit. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered this to the card front.

I thought it looked a bit plain, so I fussy cut a bee from the DSP and used Liquid Glue to adhere it to the sentiment label. This finished the card front.

Now, for the inside. Cut a mat (3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″) from one of the patterns of Designer Series Paper that you used on the front. This will be the mat for your sentiment liner, which is Whisper White (3 5/8″ x 5 1/8).

Stamp one sentiment from Loyal Leaves in Misty Moonlight. Use the Marker to Stamp technique to ink the hero stamp with Bumblebee and Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Write Markers. Huff on the stamp to re-moisten the ink and stamp below the other sentiment.

Adhere the liner to the mat and into the card base with Liquid Glue.

OOPS!

See what I did there ????? Oh, my goodness. My heart fell to my feet. What to do, what to do? Start over? Rip out the inside and re-do just the inside?

Well, I am not much for wasting time worrying about things, just get on with it. My answer to this dilemma was to just leave it alone. They might not notice. Or, if they do, they will just think I should join them in the long-term facility! Or, they might even think it was intentional to give them a much needed chuckle.

Anyway. There it is. At least they will be thanked.

The medium Whisper White envelope got more of the DSP on the flap and a Misty Moonlight/Bumblebee bee stamped on the front.

I hope you enjoyed my foolishness today and will go on to see what the rest of the gals have created for your enjoyment. Just click the ‘next’ button to go on to the next blog, or any individual name to go straight to that blog.

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston YOU ARE HERE

The Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper and the Dandy Wishes stamp set are not shown in the product list as they won’t be available until January 5. Trust me, you will want these!

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Stampin’ Up! Peaceful Nativity to Celebrate the Birth of Christ

Good Tuesday morning to all of you. I sincerely hope this post finds you well and in good spirits. My prayer is that it will be so.

Yes, Christmas is coming and soon. I have a Christmas card for you today, but I have so much more. While I pray for a safe Christmas for everyone, I know that there will be families with empty places at the table this Christmas.

In spite of the trials we have all had this year, the Birth of our Lord, Jesus, is to be celebrated anyway. Even if we can’t share that celebration with our families and loved ones, we will still celebrate.

And, speaking of celebrating, it just so happens that our theme for today’s hop is CELEBRATE! We have a choice of events to celebrate, so I chose Christmas.

The stamp set I have chosen is Peaceful Nativity.

I like fun folds, just to make things interesting, so I found several different ones on pinterest.  Oh, to decide which to use. I think the bridge card fills the bill.

Many of the Nativity cards I saw had gold, or some other metallic to glitz them up. The reality was that it was a very humble manger, so I wanted to reflect more of the rustic feel of it.

While the event of Christ’s birth was earth shaking, he came as a  baby to a lowly carpenter and his wife, in a stable no less! I cannot imagine what it was really like. Perhaps like this card, perhaps not.

I don’t really know if this was a night time event, but have chosen to make it a night scene to show the bright star that led the wise men to where he lay.

The base for this card is a piece of Misty Moonlight. Cut it at 4 1/4″ x 8 1/4″. On the long side, score at 1 3/8″, 2 3/4″, 5 1/2″, and 6 7/8″. Fold mountain, valley, valley, mountain and burnish to make a sharp fold.

Cut 4 side panels of Night of Navy for mats (1 1/4″ x 4 1/8″). Cut 4 panels Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper (1 1/8″ x 4″). Use Liquid Glue to adhere DSP to mats. Randomly stamp, sparingly, the small star in the Peaceful Navitiy Bundle on these panels. I used Bumblebee.

Cut one panel Night of Navy for a mat (2 5/8″ x 4 1/8″). To this adhere a panel of the Designer Series Paper (2 1/2″ x 4″).

Cut one panel Crumb Cake 1 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ for the floor of the stable. I used Cinnamon Cider ink and the grass stamp from Nature’s Beauty to replicate hay on the floor. I just inked and stamped randomly over and over, turning the stamp to make it really random. I did not leave any bare spaces. Adhere this with Liquid Glue to the large, matted DSP, placing it at the lower edge of the panel. This panel is the back of the stable.

Using the Nativity dies, cut one stable from Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper, the wood grain one. Again, using Liquid Glue, adhere to the back panel, just above the floor piece. Cut one large star from Gold Foil Sheets and adhere above the stable with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

Stamp the Holy Family in Memento Tuxedo Black and color as you wish. I used Stampin’ Blends in Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Cinnamon Cider, Crumb Cake, Bronze and Ivory, but you can use markers, pencils or whatever you like. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere this to the back panel over the floor/stable seam. Use Liquid Glue to adhere this finished back panel into the card base.

Adhere the two side panels next to the back panel. Now, you have a decision to make…whether to adhere the outside panels now and attach the bridge over them, or attach the bridge, then the outside panels. Strictly your choice.  I did the former.

Cut the bridge from Misty Moonlight (1 1/4″ x 5 1/2″). To this Adhere a panel of the Snowflake Splendor DSP cut to the same size. Stamp the sentiment from Peaceful Nativity in Misty Moonlight. Use Liquid Glue to attach the ends to the outside panels, keeping the bottom edge flush with the card.

Stamp the Rejoice! sentiment in Misty Moonlight on Very Vanilla and fussy cut whatever shape you like. Stamp the sheep in Memento Tuxedo Black on Whisper White.  Stamp the donkey in Smoky Slate on Gray Granite. Stamp the stable in Early Espresso on Crumb Cake.

Die cut all these with the dies in the Peaceful Nativity Bundle. Also cut 4 palm trees from Very Vanilla. I colored the trees with a Garden Green Stampin’ Write Marker for the fronds, and Soft Suede for the trunks.  For the fronds, I used the side of the brush marker to make it look more like a leaf. Using the bone folder, I very carefully curved the palm fronds for some dimension.

With Liquid Glue, adhere the stable front to the two side panels. You only need a bit of glue on the outside edges of the posts, and the ends of the roof. The lower end of the posts will just go over the edge of the bridge. I ran a dab of Liquid Glue along the trunks and a tiny (1/2 mini) piece of a Stampin’ Dimensional in the center of the fronds to attach the trees. Liquid Glue the Rejoice! sentiment over the trunks and the stable post. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals for the donkey and sheep. 

To finish the card with a place for another sentiment and a brief note and signature, I added a Very Vanilla panel (2 1/2″ x 4″) matted on Night of Navy (2 5/8″ x 4 1/8″) to the back of the center panel. The sentiment is stamped in Misty Moonlight, with a single star in Bumblebee.

The medium Very Vanilla envelope flap has more of the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper, and the front has a few of the larger stars stamped in Bumblebee in the lower left corner.  

                                               

Truly, it is time to celebrate, even though we may not be able to gather with family and/or friends this year. May God richly Bless you in the coming year.

Jaimie Babarczy

Karen Finkle

Karen Ksenzakovic

Akiko Sudano

Tara Carpenter

Mary Deatherage

Sue Prather

Julie Johnston YOU ARE HERE

Terry Lynn Bright

Donna Leonard

Amy Koenders

 

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

 

Good Thursday ‘week after Thanksgiving’ morning to you!

It doesn’t seem possible that a week has passed already and Christmas is getting ever closer. Next thing you know it will be 2021, which HAS to be better than 2020. Right? I am praying that it will be so. Meantime….

Our team has some very talented, creative souls who will share their gifts with you today. Come on along and hop with us!

Our Hop theme for today is:

My answer to the theme is a faceted gift box. I also make jewelry, and often give it as a gift. While trying to find some unique ways to package the jewelry instead of the typical flat jewelry box, I came across an older You Tube tutorial for a faceted box. You can find the video here

Here is my version of the faceted gift box:

To begin you will need a 12″ x 12″ sheet of card stock. I chose Real Red from the Regals collection for this box. Cut it down to 7 7/8″ x 11 1/2″ and stamp whatever design you desire all over it randomly. I chose the berry branch from Toile Christmas, and stamped it in Real Red.

Next, you will take out your Simply Scored Scoring Tool and score this sheet on the patterned side. This might look scary, but take your time. It isn’t hard at all.

With the short side up, score at 2 1/2″, 4 5/8″,and 7 1/8″.

Rotate the card stock so the narrowest horizontal line is at the top and score ONLY to the SECOND line at 2 1/2″, 5″, 7 1/2″ and 10″.

Rotate 180 degrees and score to the first score line at 1/4″, 2 3/4″, 5 1/4″ and 7 3/4″

Your paper will look like this:

Turn it over and it will look like this:

Now you will score on the diagonal, matching up the vertical scored lines like this:

When you flip the paper to the back side and make pencil lines where the score lines are, it will look like this, with the shaded areas being the ones you will cut away.

After cutting it will look like this on the patterned side

And like this on the back side:

Next, cut the vertical lines to the horizontal scored line. (cut three at the bottom and one at the top). You will also need to trim the narrow flap at the top so it will close properly, and take a couple of small wedges off the bottom flaps so they will fold easily. Now fold and burnish all score lines. It will look like this.

I know, it sort of looks like a holy mess doesn’t it?? Never fear, all is well and you will soon have a box with a square top and bottom and 8 sides!

I used Tear and Tape, but you could just as easily use Stampin’ Seal or Stampin’ Seal+. See those 4 bottom flaps? Turn your paper so they are sitting on your table and begin to fold them in on one another to form the bottom of your box. You can decide which ones on which you will use adhesive. I put 3 strips on the WRONG side of the first one, which became the very bottom. Then I folded in the next 2 and put adhesive on the RIGHT side of the last piece as it folded in on top of the other 3. The funny little triangle on the side also was adhered with Tear and Tape under the larger triangle. Then your box looks like this:

Yep, looks weird doesn’t it? But it really is a square box with 8 facets. Pretty cool! You will have everyone thinking you are a genius. Fold in the side flaps and close the lid:

Here is is closed:

And a side view of it closed:

Now for the real fun….decorating the top. Remember, it is a small square, about 2 1/2″, so you will want to keep everything small, including the tag. I cut 2 berry branches from the scraps of Real Red using the dies in the Poinsettia Petals Bundle, and fussy cut one of the smaller flowers from the Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper. I used my Paper Snips Scissors to cut apart one of the berry stems and used Liquid Glue to attach them to the back side of the flower. A couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered this to the top of the box.

The sentiment is from Toile Christmas and is stamped in Real Red on Whisper white. This was cut with a die from Ornate Frames, then edged with my Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker. A couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered it in the corner of the box top.

This finished the box, but I wanted to show you how I used it. I placed some fiberfill in the box, then added the bracelet.

I think this makes a very nice, unique gift box for any small item that needs a special box. Don’t you?

I know this was a rather lengthy post, but I did want you to see it step by step as I don’t do videos. Of course, you can always watch the one I found, by going to the link at the beginning of this post. Thanks for stopping by. Please leave comments below! To go on with the hop, just click on the ‘next’ button, or on any name to go to her blog.

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston – You are Here

 

 

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Stampin’ Up! Plaid Poinsettia Petals Fun Fold

Good Thursday morning Everyone, and welcome to another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop! The ladies have wonderful projects in store for you today as we follow a red/green/white color scheme.

I do hope this finds you, and yours, well and following safe practices in these uncertain times brought to us by Covid19. Please, wear your masks in public and avoid going where there are crowds of more than 5 or 6 people. I have been ordering my groceries online and picking them up curbside, and doing very little socializing in person, unless it is outdoors and socially distanced. I would urge you to do likewise.

My family is foregoing our Thanksgiving gathering and probably Christmas, too, as numbers escalate.

OK, on with today’s post!

Our challenge/inspiration for today is based upon color:

I started in my mind with Shaded Spruce, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White, as those were the predominant colors in the Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper that I chose to use. As I began cutting and laying out the parts of the card, I changed my mind (woman’s prerogative you know!) and decided to use all five colors. I think adding the Real Red and Garden Green made for a brighter, more cheerful, card. Let me know what you think.

And here is my card.

The card base is Garden Green. The mat, which is part of the fun fold is Cherry Cobbler. The part above the fold is Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper, as is the outside of the folded up portion. The inside (when folded up) of the easel is a panel of Poinsettia Place DSP, same as used on the small card.

On top of the plaid base is a smaller card, so you get 2 cards in one with this fun fold. The base of this one is Cherry Cobbler. The front and top inside are panels from the Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper.This smaller card is the base of the decorations. If you use a paper that has a directional design, be sure to double check that your designs all run the same direction. Plaids, even though they may look even, often have a bit of difference if you turn it, so watch for that. On this card, with the fold up, it really needs to match.

For details on how to assemble this card, visit my friend Mary’s blog for a video with the basic details.

My card has a few changes as I used the Poinsettia Petals Bundle for the decorations instead of a wreath. Otherwise just substitute the papers and card stock colors.

Use Liquid Glue to adhere all card stock and designer series papers.

I find it easier to put the finished sentiment liner inside the smaller card, assemble the decorations, then attach it to the larger card. You may find it easier to do things in a different order.

Adhere Poinsettia Place DSP to front and upper inside of small card. Stamp sentiment from Merry Moose in Shaded Spruce on the Whisper White panel. Stamp the whole poinsettia flower in Real Red after stamping off once on a piece of scrap paper. Liquid Glue this to the lower portion of the small card.

I cut one each of the 3 sizes of poinsettia, then used the embossing part to emboss them. I used my bone folder to give a LITTLE curl  to the petals, using a very light touch. Three leaves were cut, 1 large and 2 small, from Shaded Spruce, and embossed as well. Cut 2 Real Red berry branches and one Cherry Cobbler branch. Stamp the sentiment from Merry Moose in Real Red on Whisper White and use the smallest Stitched Rectangles die to cut it.

Do a dry fit, and when satisfied that this is the look you want, take a photo with your phone so you have something to which you can refer if you can’t remember where each piece was. I used Liquid Glue to attach the leaves first, then added a Stampin’ Dimensional to the center back of the largest poinsettia and stuck it on. A dab of Liquid Glue on the center of each flower layer is all you need to hold it together and leave the petals free. Use Liquid Glue to attach the Bumblebee (yellow) center.

A dab of Liquid Glue on the lower portion of the berry branches is enough to adhere them as well. With only one Stampin’ Dimensional under the poinsettia (I would recommend a whole one), it is easy to slide the berry branches  underneath. The sentiment piece is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Use Liquid Glue to attach the finished small card to the card front easel(plaid). The fold up portion of the easel will fold over the glued down small card, with the front of the small card closing over the folded up portion of the easel.

For the inside of the card base (tent card), I cut the Whisper White liner with the largest Stitched Rectangles die. I must have measured something wrong, because I had to cut one end off by about 3/16″. Not a big deal, just so you know, in case you measure ever measure wrong.

I stamped the sentiments from Poinsettia Petals in in Shaded Spruce on this die cut liner, then used Liquid Glue to adhere it to the Cherry Cobbler mat and into the card base. Card done!

The envelope is graced with a Real Red poinsettia on the front and more of the Plaid Tidings DSP on the flap.

I do hope you watch Mary’s video. Her instructions are very clear. Now, on with the hop. Just click the ‘next’ button to go to the creative Amy Koenders, or just click on any name to go to her blog. Enjoy!

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston – You are HERE

Card Cuts:

Garden Green: card base 4 1/4″ x 11″scored and folded at 5 1/2″

Cherry Cobbler: easel (the folded up part) 4″ x 7 1/2″ scored and folded at 5 1/4″; small card base 3 1/4″ x 8″ scored and folded at 4″; mat for inner liner 4″ x 5 1/4″; berry branch 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

Whisper White:  front sentiment 1″ x 3″; inner liner 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″; inner liner for small card 3 1/8″ x 3 7/8″; poinsettia 4″ x 6″

Shaded Spruce: poinsettia leaves 2″ x 6″

Plaid Tidings 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper: large panel on easel 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″; small panel on easel (outside) 2 1/8″ x 3 7/8″;  envelope flap 2 1/4″ x 6″

Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper: panels on front and inside of small tent card (2) 3 1/8″ x 3 7/8″; inside panel on easel 2 1/8″ x 3 7/8″

Real Red: berry branches 1 1/2″ x 4″

Bumblebee: small scrap for poinsettia center 1/2″ x 1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Merry Moose Thank You for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

 

Good Morning Everyone, at least it is morning here in the Heartland, though it may not be where you live. I forget sometimes that this platform is global and anyone, anywhere might see it. So, I hope it is a good day, whatever time of day you see this.

Today we have a sketch for inspiration.

Here is my card.

I began with a card base in Sahara Sand, with a front cut the same size as the base from a piece of the Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper. Over this I adhered, with Liquid Glue, a panel of Mossy Meadow dry embossed with the Evergreen Forest Embossing folder.

The tree on the left is actually 2 die cuts, from the Pine Woods dies, glued one on top of the other to provide dimension. It is adhered to the front with Liquid Glue.

I used the smallest Stitched Rectangle die to cut the sentiment panel which I had stamped in Early Espresso. The stamp is found in the Dragonfly Garden stamp set, which will be available to everyone in the January-June Mini Catalog. I didn’t use the complete stamp, only the words Thank You. I think this font looks good with the moose and trees. To do this, I used my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker to ‘paint’ the words, then huffed on them to re-moisten and stamped them on Sahara Sand. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to affix it to the card front.

The moose is punched from Soft Suede using the punch in the Merry Moose Bundle. It is also attached to the front using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I was going to use Early Espresso but decided it was too dark.

On the inside the wood grain paper from Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper is cut similarly to the Mossy Meadow on the front and Liquid Glued into the card base. This provided a mat for the Sahara Sand liner which is stamped with the moose, tree and stars from the Merry Moose Bundle using Early Espresso and Mossy Meadow. Using a Sahara Sand Stampin’ Write Marker, I added some ‘ground’ beneath the moose. I just didn’t want him walking on air! Liquid Glue again was the adhesive used to adhere the liner to the inside of the card. I chose to not add a sentiment to leave room for a personal note.

The envelope flap was finished with another piece of the wood grain Poinsettia Place DSP, while the front has a solid moose in Early Espresso.

I think this is a fitting card for a man who did a good turn that was very much appreciated. It was a quick and easy card to do. I love the Evergreen Forest Embossing Folder and have other cards in mind that will feature it as well. Stay tuned!

Now on with the hop. Just click the NEXT button or on any name to go to that individual’s blog.

If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be happy to help you with your projects and answer any questions. If you wish to replicate this card the card cuts and products are listed below. To purchase, just click on the Shop Online with me button at right.

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksensakovic

Julie Johnston – You Are Here

CARD CUTS: Sahara Sand: card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″, sentiment 1 1/2″ x 3″, inside liner 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″; Mossy Meadow: front embossed panel 3 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, tree (2) 3″ x 3 1/2″; Soft Suede: moose 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″; Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper: front 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, inside mat 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

 

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Stampin’ Up! Snowflake Wishes for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

 

Good Thursday everyone! I had planned to visit my daughter in Minnesota a couple of weeks ago, but the weather for that weekend included a SNOW storm, so I didn’t go until this past weekend. Which is all to lead into today’s theme for our Thursday blog hop, which is SNOW.

So, come on along on our SNOWY journey, bundle up and stay warm.

I love the SNOWFLAKE WISHES BUNDLE, and all the other elements of the SNOWFLAKE SPLENDOR SUITE…the designer series paper, the embossing folder, just everything.

Here is our theme

 

and here is my card.

I decided to enter a challenge, the Dream Valley Challenge, which is to use dies and/or punches.

I also entered Ike’s World Challenge # 139. This month’s challenge is the letter W, for White on White/Anything Goes.

I think my card also qualifies as an entry in the Try it on Tuesday Challenge. This one is Embossing, either dry or heat. My card has both!

The Snowflake Splendor Suite is such a beautiful suite, and there are so many lovely ways to go with any of the elements. I chose to use the dies and stamp set.

I like monochromatic cards, and white is a good choice for snow, don’t you think?? I paired the white with a bit of silver and some rhinestones, and I really like the result.

To begin, I spritzed some Thick Whisper White card stock and ran it through the machine in the Winter Snow embossing folder. While it dried, I cut the card base from Whisper White card stock.

Using the So Many Snowflakes dies I cut 2 smaller fancy ones, one in Silver Foil Sheets and one in Whisper White. I cut 3 of the larger plain one in Thick Whisper White. The three plain ones were adhered to each other with Liquid Glue. The silver one was adhered to its mate, then to the larger plain one, also with Liquid Glue.

By now the embossed panel was dry, so I cut it to fit the card base and adhered it to the front of the card base with Liquid Glue. I rounded the corners with the Detailed Trio Punch.

Before stamping the sentiment, from Snowflake Wishes, I rubbed my Embossing Buddy over the panel to prevent the embossing powder from sticking where I didn’t want it. The sentiment was then stamped in Versamark on Whisper White, heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder, and cut with a die from Stitched So Sweetly.

This was glued with Liquid Glue to a panel of Silver Foil Sheets for a mat, which was fussy cut. This was pretty much straight cuts, and easy-peasy.

Using the Beautiful Boughs dies, I cut 2 of the smaller and 2 of the middle size from Whisper White card stock. In the end, I only used 3 of them, arranged under the sentiment. You know, pine boughs, when covered in snow, are white!

I dry fit everything to the card front, and when satisfied with the look, I used Liquid Glue to attach the boughs to the snowflake embossed card front. The silver matted sentiment was attached over the boughs with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The snowflake was attached with a double stack of Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on the four points that do not cover the sentiment panel. The final element is the attachment of 3 small and 1 large Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels in the Coastal Cabana color. I was going to use regular Rhinestones, but thought the small touch of blue was elegant.

For the inside, I cut a panel from Silver Foil Sheets for the mat, and a panel of Whisper White for the liner. Both panels were given rounded corners with the Detailed Trio Punch. The liner was stamped with the snowflake group in the Snowflake Wishes stamp set, in Versamark. Silver Embossing Powder was heat set with my Heat Tool. These panels were Liquid Glued into the card base.

I chose to not put a sentiment on the inside to leave room for a personal note of thanks.

The envelope flap received a piece of Silver Foil Sheets, and the Snowflake group was heat embossed in Silver on the front.

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston

CARD CUTS: Whisper White: card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″, inside panel 4″ x 4 7/8″, pine boughs 3″ x 5″ or use scraps, small snowflake 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″; Thick Whisper White: embossed panel 4 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ (spritz, emboss, let dry and trim to fit card front), snowflakes 3″ x 9″, sentiment 2 1/2″ x 3″ Silver Foil Sheets: sentiment mat 2 1/2″ x 3″, small snowflake 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, inside mat 4 1/8″ x 5 1/8″, envelope flap 2 1/4″ x 6″

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Peaceful Boughs Fun Fold for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

 

Good Thursday morning everyone, and welcome once again to our Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop! It has been a chilly week here in the heartland, but today is WARMER, as in summer warmer. However, it won’t last 😦 as temperatures tomorrow are predicted to be lower by 30 degrees!

Today we have for you a color challenge, or, inspiration as I prefer to call it. We are instructed to use a minimum of three of these colors.

You probably took one look and knew what I am making. Yup, Christmas. How did you guess?

My friend Mary, who is also hopping today, did a fun fold recently that I am also using as inspiration for my card. Go here to see that inspiration card, and a video detailing the steps. I could see no point in re-inventing the wheel, so to speak, when her video shows it all.

This card is not at all what I had in my mind’s eye before I actually started the card. I wanted to use plaid and the Poinsettia Petals bundle, but the colors dictated otherwise. None of the plaids matched up with the colors in today’s challenge, so I simply switched paper and stamp sets.

All products used for this card and card cuts are below. So, let’s get going! 

I began with a card base of Garden Green and some of the lovely Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper. Actually, I used two of them, the wood grain and the pine cones. I think this matches up perfectly with the Peaceful Boughs stamp set and Beautiful Boughs dies.

I started with a Soft Suede mat, which is also the ‘fold’ part of ‘fun fold’. Over this I used Liquid Glue to adhere the wood grain Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper as well as the folded up flap. The inside of the flap is the Pine Cone paper. Liquid Glue was used to adhere this to the card front.

The smaller card is a Soft Suede base (also acting as a mat) with the Pine Cone Poinsettia Place DSP on the front and on the inside. The Pine Cone paper is also on the inside (when it is folded up) of the flap

Adhere all DSP panels to their respective backgrounds with Liquid Glue. Adhere the small card on the card front with the fold folding up over it.

Decorate the front of the small card with 2 die cuts of the larger pine bough and one of the single bough, 3 die cut pine cones (all from Beautiful Boughs), one red berry branch from Poinsettia dies, and one stamped and die cut pine cone. I also used a length of Linen Thread wound behind the sentiment.

Stamp the sentiment from Peaceful Nativity in Real Red and use the smaller die from Beautiful Boughs to cut it out. Use your Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker to make a line around the edge of the sentiment piece. Mine is a squiggly, broken line but you can make it look like stitches if you like.

Dry fit all the elements and when you are satisfied with the arrangement, begin adhering with Liquid Glue. The large pine cone and sentiment piece are adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside of the small card, use the small pine cone stamp in Peaceful Boughs and stamp off the Soft Suede Ink once before stamping your Whisper White panel. Over this stamp the sentiment from Peaceful Nativity in Real Red.

Inside the large card, on a Whisper White panel, stamp the pine bough from Peaceful Boughs in stamped off once Old Olive. Stamp two small pine cones in stamped off once Soft Suede. The sentiment is also from the Peaceful Boughs stamp set and is stamped in Real Red. This panel was cut with the largest Stitched Rectangles die. Liquid Glue adheres this to a Soft Suede mat and into the card base.

The papers, card stock and inks were all looking brown and green and I wanted a pop of color. I didn’t think the Bumblebee was quite right, but the Real Red adds some relief.

I really like this style of card, and it is much easier than it looks.

To finish, I stamped a full strength Old Olive pine bough on the front of the envelope and used more of the Designer Series Paper on the flap.

Now, I still will make the one I originally intended with the plaids, so maybe next week you can look for that.

A BONUS for you, if you like the lovely Designer Series Papers that Stampin’ Up! has. Many of them are on sale until the end of the month at 15% off. This is a very good deal, so get yours while they last.

Now on with the hop. You know the drill…click next, or any name to hop to a blog. Please leave comments below. If you do not have a demonstrator and wish to re-create this card, you may click on the button that says ‘Shop with me Online’ to go to my store.

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston-You are Here

 

CARD CUTS: Garden Green: card base 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″, pine boughs 3″ x 5″; Soft Suede: fold up mat 4″ x 7 12″, scored at 5 1/4″,  small card base 3 1/4″ x 8″ scored at 4″, mat for inner liner on card base 4″ x 5 1/4″, pine cones 2″ x 8″; Whisper White: large inner liner 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″, liner small card 3 1/8″ x 3 7/8″, front sentiment 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″; Old Olive: pine bough 3″ x 3″; Real Red: berry branch 2″ x 2″; Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper: large front panel 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″, fold up flap 2 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ (one in wood grain, one in pine cones) front and inside of small card 3 1/8″ x 3 7/8″

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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!