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Stampin’ Up Joint Thursday Blog Hop

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Happy Thursday to Everyone! Today we are hopping with some of our friends north of the Border.

We’re joining forces with Sandi MacIver’s Happy Stampers for our Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop this week! This will be a once-monthly event. We’re also doing something a little fun with the challenges. On our combined weeks, we will have a sketch challenge and a color challenge that we can choose to use individually or together!

I have chosen to do both this month. At first I wasn’t sure I could make the color combination work, as it is outside my comfort zone. However, nothing ventured, nothing gained, so I decided to try it. Actually, I am very pleased with the resulting card.

Here are the colors for the challenge,

June 21 joint hop colors

And this is the sketch.

June 21 joint hop sketch

Now on with the show! This is the card I chose to make.

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Bermuda Bay is my card base and the first mat is Fresh Fig. This panel was put through the Big Shot with the Woodland Textured Embossing Folder, one of my favorites.

Did I say this card is for a man? A friend is having major health issues right now so this card is to let him know I am thinking of him.

Next up I used Thinlits in the Rooted in Nature bundle along with the Big Shot Embossing Mats to emboss the tree and leaves. This is a fun way to stretch the use of your dies-use them for embossing. I embossed the tree and the leaves on the  Pear Pzazz panel, then embossed just the detailed leaves on some scrap paper. I then used the open leaf die to cut them out. Things still looked a little plain, so I used a sponge dauber and some Bermuda Bay ink to give the large embossed tree some color, then added Bermuda Bay and Fresh Fig ink to the cut out leaves.

The Fresh Fig branch is from the Seasonal Layers die set and is cut twice. One of the branches was trimmed and glued to the other to make extra branches.

The sentiment is stamped in Fresh Fig and is from the Accented Blooms stamp set. Since I was going for a rustic look, I didn’t want the sentiment straight up and true, so I angled it a bit, just above the embossed leaves.

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I did a quick dry fit of all the pieces and it just wasn’t, well, right. I didn’t have the rustic look I was going for. So, I began tearing. First I tore the Fresh Fig mat, then decided both panels needed to be torn. I think this look is much better. Liquid Glue adhered the embossed Pear Pzazz panel to the embossed Fresh Fig panel. A length of Linen Thread was wrapped around the Fresh Fig panel and taped on the back. A small Linen Thread bow was then adhered with a glue dot.

I did use Tear and Tape to secure the Fresh Fig panel to the card base as I wanted to be double certain it would stay there.

Then came the fun part of adding the branch and leaves over the front. I dry fit them several ways before I adhered them with Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the inside, I embossed leaves in the corners of  the Pear Pzazz panel, using the same technique as for the front of the card. Then I again tore the edges. I did not sponge the edges, either here or on the front. I guess I thought that would be overkill, but it would be fine to do it if you wish. This was then Liquid Glued to the Fresh Fig panel and into the card base. I chose to leave the inside blank so that I could write a longer, personal message.

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For the envelope, you know we cannot have a plain, bare naked envelope, I again used the Sponge Daubers and Pear Pzazz and Fresh Fig Inks to ink the three-leaf stamp from Rooted in Nature to give them a multi-colored look. Then I stamped each inking twice for even more variety of color. On the front a simple three-leaf multi-color stamped once was good enough for me.

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I think this card turned out well and fairly closely follows the challenges of both color and sketch. Please leave a comment and let me know what YOU think.

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Card Cuts: Bermuda Bay: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Fresh Fig: (2) inside and front panels 4″ x 5-1/4″ then torn, branches 3″ x 4″ (cut 2); Pear Pzazz: (2) front 3-3/4″ x 5″ then torn, inside panel 4″ x 5-1/4″ torn slightly smaller than the Fresh Fig panel, scrap approx 3″ x 4″ to cut 1 large leaf and 1 three-leaf set.

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Stampin’ Up! Love What You Do Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

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Good Thursday Everyone! My the week is going fast. But then, don’t they all?

My card for today’s hop is following the color challenge and uses the Love What You Do stamp set. Here is the challenge,

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and here is the card I made for it. I had not ordered the Granny Apple Green yet, in either ink or card stock, so I am substituting Pear Pzazz. It is the closest in color to the Granny Apple Green, so I hope it doesn’t throw things off too much.  I didn’t use much of it anyway, just because it was the wrong green, just the ink for the sentiment.

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Once again I am grateful to the crafters out there who post their creations on You Tube to inspire the rest of us. I so enjoyed the video Linda Bedinger did on this fun fold, that I decided to try it. You can watch her video with great instructions (which I won’t repeat).

Just go to Linda Bedinger to see what she did.

After doing all the card cuts, I began by stamping the watercolor background in Shaded Spruce on a panel of Whisper White. Over this I stamped the flower image in Memento Tuxedo Black. This piece was cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and mounted on a mat of Blushing Bride that I had cut with a Layered Squares Framelit. This was adhered with Liquid Glue to the Shaded Spruce card base that I had already cut and folded.

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The sentiment, from Beautiful Bouquet, was stamped in Pear Pzazz since I didn’t have the Granny Apple Green, on Whisper White. I then cut it with a Layering Ovals Framelit and adhered it to a Blushing Bride Scalloped Layering Ovals mat with Liquid Glue. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered it to the front of the card.

On the inside, a layered panel identical to the front, with the stamped off once watercolor background and the Tuxedo Black flowers finished the back of the folded card base.

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For the sentiment, I used a two part message from Beautiful Bouquet, stamping it in Blushing Bride. I also used Blushing Bride to stamp the flower clusters in the upper corners. Another panel of Share What You Love DSP finished the inside.

The envelope is stamped on the front with the same flowers as the art piece in Shaded Spruce and colored in with my Blushing Bride Stampin’ Marker. The flap is covered in more of the Share What You Love DSP.

Now on with the hop. Just click the ‘NEXT’ image to go on to Amy’s Blog, or click any name to go to their blog.

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Jaimie Babarczy

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Stampin’ Up! Nature Anniversary Fun Fold

Good Morning all! It is the weekend again, Woo-Hoo! Doesn’t everyone love the weekend? Weddings, graduations, class reunions, etc. all seem to fall on the weekends.

This month our family has several birthdays and four anniversaries. It is hard to stay ahead! One of the anniversary couples will receive this fun-to-make card, and it isn’t hard. Giving instructions without showing you how to do it might be hard.

Never fear, Linda Bedinger has a great video which you can see here.

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I like this color combination of Blueberry Bushel and Soft Seafoam. Assembly is quick and easy once you have the card stock cut.

I used the oak tree from the new Rooted in Nature stamp set to stamp the front in Blueberry Bushel ink on Whisper White card stock. This was cut with a square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits and mounted on a Blueberry bushel scalloped square. This was cut with a die from the Layering Squares Framelits.

I used Versamark ink to watermark the leaves on the front of the card base before I did any cutting and folding. Next step is to cut and fold the card front back. Linda’s video shows very clearly how to do this.

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To assemble, do the cutting and folding, then adhere the Soft Seafoam  square to the folded front. I used Tear and Tape as this will hold up to the rigors of opening and closing. Stamp the image, do the die cuts, adhere the image square to the scalloped square with Liquid Glue.

For the sentiment, I used the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and stamped it in Blueberry Bushel. I used my Paper Snips to cut the flag end and Liquid Glued it to the back of the scalloped square. This is then adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals, though you wouldn’t have to do this. You could just use Liquid Glue to adhere this to the card.

On the inside, I again stamped the tree, then used the sentiments from Beautiful Bouquet to stamp them in Blueberry Bushel and Soft Seafoam. This liner is adhered with Liquid Glue. I think this tree will be used a lot in my future card making!!wild wing creations-4

To finish, I used some Whisper White Organza ribbon, now retired, to tie around the front and make a small bow. Card is finished.

I really like this design and will be making more of these. Thank you Linda Bedinger.

The envelope is finished by stamping leaves from the Rooted in Nature stamp set on the flap and the tree on the front.

To do the leaves, I used sponge daubers to ink the stamp with Blueberry Bushel and Soft Seafoam, giving them a more natural look. Although, who ever heard of BLUE leaves? Oh, well. I then stamped each one twice before re-inking the stamp to add even more shading.

I hope you enjoy this card and make one for yourself.

Card Cuts: Blueberry Bushel: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ scrap for scalloped square; Whisper White: inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″, front for stamping and sentiment banner 3-1/2″ x 4″, Soft Seafoam: 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop Share What You Love

Blog hop headerHappy Thursday to all you who hop! I took a brief leave of absence from this blog hop, but here we are back again. Come on along and join the fun! We are working from a sketch today.

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And, my card features the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Both are part of the Share What You Love Suite.

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I started with a card base of So saffron, to which I adhered a panel of the Share What You Love DSP with Liquid Glue. A square of Champagne Foil Sheets is the mat for the Lovely Floral embossed panel in So Saffron. Tear and Tape assures a good adhesion to the foil.

The sentiment, from the host set Very Vintage, is stamped in Versamark and Memento Tuxedo Black, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder, on a scalloped oval of Champagne foil. I don’t yet have the black embossing powder, but this would be the perfect place for it. The bee, or is it a fly?, is also from Very Vintage and heat embossed. This oval is adhered to one cut from the Share What You Love DSP and adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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For the inside I simply layered a liner of So Saffron over a mat of ChampagneFoil Sheets using Tear and Tape. This was then layered over a panel of the Share What You Love DSP. I chose to not put a sentiment inside as I wanted to have room for a longer personal note. There is a bit of glitz in the DSP, which is perfectly set off by the Champagne Foil. I like this combination.

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For the flap, what else, but more of the DSP? What? No DSP? Ha! For a change I decided that more bees and some little flowers from the Very Vintage stamp set would be appropriate. I stamped the bees in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them in with my So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker. The flowers are stamped in So Saffron.

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The front of the envelope got more of the same. I think this made for a very pretty ensemble.

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I hope you enjoy this simple card.

If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be happy to help you with questions or products.

Now, on with the hop. You can move through by clicking NEXT, or just click on the name of the person whose blog you wish to visit.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston (You are here)

Card Cuts: So Saffron: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, embossed panel 2-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, inside liner 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″; Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper: Front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, large scalloped oval 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Champagne Foil Sheets: front square mat 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, smaller scalloped oval 2″ x 3″, inside mat 3-1/2″ x 5″;

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Stampin’ Up! Tranquil Petals Anniversary

Good Saturday All! I hope you have a great weekend planned and all goes as planned. Where I am, plans may get rained upon, but that is fine with me as we are quite dry here, and any rain we get will be welcome.

My card for today is for an anniversary that happens to be today, so, of course, it has been sent off already.

I started with a piece of the Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper and built the card from that. I took the colors from the DSP and used Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron and Night of Navy as well as Whisper White.

A detailed tutorial on how to make this fun fold can be found at Linda Bedinger’s You Tube Video, so I won’t go into the details. It is much easier to show than to tell, and I don’t do videos. wild wing creations-4

I began with a Mint Macaron card base. Then, by cutting a 4″ x 4″ square of the Tranquil Textures DSP and drawing a faint pencil mark diagonally from corner to corner, then in the opposite corners, I found the exact center. Finding the exact center is crucial to getting tight corners when you begin folding.

Fold the point up to the center, going around and doing all four corners. Measure up about 1/2″ from the fold and make a tic mark, then fold the point down toward the fold. Linda’s video shows how easy this is.

Using the bird and little flower from Best Birds stamp set, I stamped them in Night of Navy on a 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ square of Whisper White card stock. Having put some ink in the lid of my Fresh fig ink pad, I used a Blender Pen to color in the flowers and some fainter coloring on the bird. I also used my Mint Macaron Stampin’ Write Marker to color the stems of the flowers (which are hidden under the fold). The Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker colored his bill.

This piece is placed inside the folded piece and secured with a bit of Liquid Glue. Or, you could use Snail or any other adhesive as it doesn’t take much. Your Stampin’ Dimensionals that hold the folds also keep this piece in place.

Stampin’ Dimensionals hold down the folds in both directions.

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I did a dry fit of this piece on the Fresh Fig mat to get the placement for the 1/2″ Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon (retired), laying a strip of Tear and Tape on the ribbon and sticking it down to the Fresh Fig panel. Over this I wrapped some Linen Thread around 3 times, taping it on the back. I made a small bow with the Linen Thread and used a folded over Mini Glue Dot to secure it in place.

The folded art piece is Liquid Glued to the upper portion of the card front.

The sentiment is also from Best Birds and stamped in Night of Navy on Whisper White. This is edged with my Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker and Liquid Glued to a panel of Tranquil Textures DSP. This piece is then adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. A metal embellishment from the Petal Passion Embellishments attached with a Mini Glue Dot finished the front.

On the inside I repeated the small flower in each corner in Night of Navy and colored them in as I did for the art panel on the front. Then, using a ruler and my Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker, I drew a line  between these flowers to finish it off. The sentiment is from Petal Palette and stamped in Tranquil Tide. wild wing creations-5

This panel is Liquid Glued to a panel of Tranquil Textures DSP and onto a Fresh Fig mat. This completed inner liner is Liquid Glued into the card base.

The envelope flap got a piece of the DSP, and a little bird in Night of Navy shows off the front.

I hope you like this card. Please check out the video for more details on how this is done. It is much easier than it appears at first glance.

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CARD CUTS: Mint Macaron: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Fresh Fig: front mat and inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper: folded piece 4″ x 4″, sentiment mat 1″ x 3-1/4″, inside mat 3-1/2″ x 5″; Whisper White: for stamped front liner 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″, sentiment 3/4″ x 3″, inside liner 3″ x 4-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Thank You

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stampin’ Up! Share What you Love Impossible Card

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stampin’ Up! For a Guy in Your Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Karen Finkle

Jaimie Babarczy

Julie Johnston-YOU ARE HERE

Mary Deatherage

Sue Prather

Shirley Gentry

Nanette Tracy

Amy Koenders

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

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Stampin’ Up Baby card

Here is my Friday the 13th post. I think this is a very feminine card for an expected baby girl.

I used an old, retired Stampin’ Up border punch, Moon Baby stamp set, which will be retiring and Magic and Myths glimmer paper, also retiring. Oh, and Pink Pirouette card stock, another retiree. I love them all and will probably continue to use them until gone.

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The card base is Pink Pirouette with the front covered in the Magic and Myths white glimmer paper. Over this I used a panel of Whisper White, dry embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I believe it is Swiss Dots.

I went all around the edge with the old Stampin’ Up border punch, of which I do not know the name, but eyelet comes to mind. I like the lacy look.This was Tear and Taped to the Glimmer paper. The moon and hanging star are fussy cut from M & M Glimmer Paper. The other stars were die cut with the Card Builder Thinlits. (Now also retired) I am doing very well with the retirees, don’t you think???

The Congratulations is from a Simply Refined die,  and cut from the same glimmer paper as the moon and adhered with Tear and Tape adhesive.

Now, the baby. I cut the baby on the Glimmer moon completely off, just curving the moon as though there was no baby. This left space to adhere the baby with Tear and Tape. I stamped her in Blushing Bride on Whisper White card stock and colored her with Ivory, Light Pink Pirouette and the color lifter Stampin’ Blends. I didn’t want too dark a face, so removed a little of the color with the color lifter. I went over the hair, nose and eyelids with my Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write Marker. Tear and Tape adhered the fussy cut baby to the moon, and the moon to the embossed panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals. wild wing creations-1

She is holding on to the star strung with a piece of Metallic Silver Thread and left loose to dangle from her hand. Three more stars near the moon and two by the sentiment complete the front of this card. Three stars are adhered with Liquid Glue, and the other two with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside, another panel of dry embossed Whisper White with corners cut with an old punch, acts as a mat for the metallic paper and art piece. The embossed panel is Liquid Glued to the card base.wild wing creations-5

I stamped the sentiment and the stars from Moon Baby in Pink Pirouette on Whisper white, then adhered it to the Glimmer Paper with Tear and Tape. The Glimmer paper is then Liquid Glued to the embossed panel. This completes the card.

For the envelope, I dry embossed the flap with the little dots,

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then stamped stars from Moon Baby across the bottom of the front.

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This was a fun card to make.

Non Stampin’ Up! products used: Cuttlebug embossing folder, envelope for 5″ x 7″ card, corner punch, Congratulations sentiment from Simply Refined.

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Don’t forget to check out the retiring items, and get them ordered before they are gone if it is something you really want. They are only available while supplies last, and when they are gone, they are GONE!

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Select products from the 2018 Occasions Catalog and 2017-2018 Annual Catalog are retiring—and this is your last chance to get them! Check out all the details below, then get busy stocking up on your favorites before they’re gone!

Here are the details:

  • Promotion dates: April 9–May 31, 2018 beginning at 1:00 PM (MT)
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • Retiring items may be added to all order types: demonstrator, workshop, customer, and online.
  • All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after May 31.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, retiring stamp sets will be guaranteed available until May 25; all other products are not guaranteed and are only available while supplies last.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • Retiring host sets can only be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party.

Possible further priced reductions….

  • Depending on inventory levels, discounts on select products may be introduced on or after May 8.
    • These discounts will not be pre-announced.
    • If you buy a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.
    • If there is a product you want, we recommend buying it right away and not waiting to see if it’s discounted later or you risk it being sold out.
    • If you start an order before a discount is announced, the order will not include the discounted pricing. If you want to order a product that has been discounted, you will need to start the order after the discounts are announced.

Order Deadline:  May 31, 2018, by 11:50 PM (MT)

PDF lists of retiring items for the Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog are below. Just click on the link to download the list, then open it from your downloads.

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Card Cuts: Pink Pirouette: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″; Whisper White: front embossed panel 5″ x 7″, inside embossed panel 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, sentiment liner 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″, baby 1″ x 2″; Myths and Magic 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Pack: front 5″ x 6″ and 1″ x 5″ pieced, inside 4″ x 6″, sentiment, moon and stars,  3″ x 4″.

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