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Stampin’ Up! Wonderful Romance for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

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Good Thursday to you all. I have been absent for a couple of weeks. My goodness, how does one get so busy?? For me, it is pretty easy. Either I don’t move very fast, or I take on more than I probably should. The jury is out as to which is the true reason. Anyway, I am here today to share with you blog hoppers a card made with the lovely, lovely stamp and die bundle, Wonderful Romance. I have been wanting to use this set for some time and have lots of ideas, only one of which I will share with you today.

Our challenge for today’s hop is color, specifically Fresh Fig, Mossy Meadow and Petal Pink. I like working with these colors, so we should end up with a smashing card! Also, we have a great group of talented ladies on this hop, so, please join us.

Here are our colors: This is the card I created using these colors. I had a hard time deciding which color to use as my card base, but I think this is the best way to go. I used a Mossy Meadow card base and cut the front with the Wonderful Romance edgelit in the bundle. I had seen many cards using this lovely die and wanted to use it in my card. Most of the ones I saw used it straight up, but Linda Bedinger put hers on the diagonal, which I copied here.

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I simply cut my card base, laid the die on the front so the lower two leaves were very near the edge and both top and bottom seemed to be centered vertically. Behind it I used Tear & Tape to adhere a panel of the Floral Romance Designer Series Paper to a same-size panel of Whisper White. The first strip of the tape is along the diagonal, which I simply measured at top and bottom from the edge to determine the placement. Another strip of tape along the edge near the fold secures the gorgeous vellum to the Whisper White. I then used more Tear & Tape to adhere this panel to the back of the front of the card.

The floral piece was stamped in Stazon Ink on Whisper White and colored with my Stampin’ Write Markers, Petal Pink, Fresh Fig, Soft Sea Foam and Mossy Meadow, and cut with the corresponding die in the bundle. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere this to the front.

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I also cut some smaller leaves and a berry spray from Mossy Meadow and Fresh Fig. These emboss nicely and add more dimension to the card front.

The sentiment from Humming Along was stamped in Petal Pink on Whisper White and cut with the Everyday Label Punch. I used the Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Marker to make little stitch marks around the edge, just to dress it up a bit. Adhesion of this piece was also with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Liquid Glue was used to attach the extra leaves and berrys under the floral focal and over the sentiment label.

On the inside, a mat of Fresh Fig sets off the Petal Pink liner, to which attached the 1/4″ strip of Designer Series Paper that I had cut from the front panel with another piece of Tear & Tape. This paper is just to pretty to throw away even a small strip. The sentiment here was stamped in Fresh Fig and is found in the Special Celebrations stamp set. All layers are adhered with Liquid Glue.

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The envelope flap got more of the DSP, while the large leaf stamp in Wonderful Romance was stamped a couple of times on the front of the envelope in Mossy Meadow.

If you don’t have this stamp and die bundle, you might want to add it to your wish list. There are SO many possibilities here. I will definitely be using this one often. The sentiments in the set are in a lovely font, but there is not one for a birthday. This would be great for a sympathy, get well, thinking of you, Congratulations, or just about any occasion you can think of.

On with the blog now. Just click the Next button to go to the very creative Amy Koenders’ Blog, or click on any name to go there.

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Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – You are Here

CARD CUTS: Mossy Meadow: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, leaves 2″ square; Whisper White: panel under DSP 4-1/8″ x 5-1/2″, floral focal 4″ x 4″, sentiment label 2″ x 3″; Fresh Fig: flower sprig 1-1/2″ x2″, inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Petal Pink: inside liner 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; Floral Romance Designer Series Paper: panel behind die cut edge 4-1/8″ x 5-1/2″, strip on inside liner 1/4″ x 5-1/8″

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Stampin’ Up! Meant to Be for Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Team Blog Hop

I hope you are all having a Terrific Tuesday as we head into the second week of the new year. And, before we can blink, we will be looking at the end of this same year. My, how time does fly!

Today’s team blog hop theme is ‘Love’, which we can interpret any way we choose. I have chosen the bundle that is all about love in the new Occasions catalog, “Meant to Be“, and have paired that with elements from “Beautiful Promenade“. If you are into romance, these sets are sure to be on your wish list.

For my card base, I have chosen the new red color, Lovely Lipstick, which I think is  perfect for this card.

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Next, I stamped (in Lovely Lipstick), hearts from the Meant to Be set all over a panel of Lovely Lipstick card stock. I first stamped off each heart on scrap paper so the image would be very light, then stamped the second, lighter image on my card front. Repeating this technique, I stamped the sentiment from Beautiful Promenade in each heart, and filled in blank spots with it as well.

Next up, I ran the card front through my Big Shot in the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

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For the focal image, I rubbed my embossing Buddy over a panel of Lovely Lipstick, stamped the sentiment from Meant to Be in Versamark ink, and heat embossed it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I then ran this through the Big Shot in the Lace Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder. Using the coordinating Framelits in the bundle, I cut this out using the ruffled edge large heart and used only the center heart. I then cut a second heart in Whisper White and layered the Lovely Lipstick embossed heart over this, allowing the white ‘ruffle’ to show. Liquid Glue adhered these together and Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to attach this to the card front.

I used the Detailed Trio corner punch to round the corners of the card. Then, I thought it looked a little plain, so I added 3 Pearls Basic Jewels on the embossed heart.

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For the inside, I used the long, scalloped edge framelit to cut the edges of my Whisper White panel to coordinate with the ruffled heart on the front. On this, I stamped the sentiment from Meant to Be in Lovely Lipstick. This panel was adhered into the card base with Liquid Glue. Card done.

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The envelope received 3 of the smaller hearts, as on the front of the card, on the flap, and one on the front. I messed up 3 envelopes before I got smart and used my Stamparatus to stamp the envelope. Call me slow to learn!

ON WITH THE HOP!! You know the drill, click on ‘previous’ to go to Jaimie’s blog, or ‘next’ to see what Karen K has done. Or, to just jump around, click on any name.

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Jaimie Babarczy

Julie Johnston – You are here

Karen Ksenzakovic

Mary Deatherage

Sue Prather

Connie Troyer

Karen Finkle

Amy Koenders

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

Happy New Year to all of you who follow this blog!! For some of us, we look forward to a better 2019. For others, 2018 was a good year and the hope is for an equally good, or better, 2019.

I don’t make resolutions, but I do hope to do a better job of making and sending more cards, because I think it is VERY appreciated by the recipients. We have become so commercialized and accumulating of STUFF, that we tend to forget the simple pleasures of making and giving of ourselves. That said, ON WITH THE HOP!

Today we have a sketch challenge, and I, having many thank you cards to send, chose to use that design for special thanks.

I haven’t done an outside challenge for awhile, but my card fits the Sunday Stamps Challenge this week, so I have entered this challenge also.sunday stamps 195

On with the HOP! Here is my card using the above challenges.

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My card base is Early Espresso. To that I have added a mat of Calypso Coral, which I textured with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder. Over this is a panel of Crumb Cake, which is stamped with the new Crackle Paint background stamp (found on page 44 of the Occasions catalog) in Crumb Cake. I like this look!

My sentiment is from All things Thanks and is stamped in Early Espresso on So Saffron. There are more words to this sentiment, but I blocked them off with a piece of tape, inked the part I wanted, removed the tape and stamped. This was cut using the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

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The leaf is from Falling for Leaves (which retired yesterday from the Holiday catalog) and was stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla card stock, then colored with my Stampin’ Blends in Dark Calypso Coral, Dark Crumb Cake and Light Daffodil Delight. I fussy cut this with my Paper Snips Scissors. Liquid Glue adhered this to the sentiment oval.

A length of Burlap Ribbon was adhered with strips of Tear & Tape. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the sentiment over the ribbon. Card front done.

Inside the card I layered Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral and So Saffron using Liquid Glue. Early Espresso ink was used to stamp the sentiment from Falling for Leaves. The little flower stems, or are they leaves?, are stamped also in Early Espresso and come from Falling for Leaves as well. 5

My sister gave me an extra special gift for Christmas (which will be the subject of a future blog) and this card is for her. I am so grateful for my family.

The Very Vanilla medium envelope flap got the Crackle Paint treatment in Early Espresso. A couple of the same flowers as on the inside decorate the front.

Now, on with the hop. Just click the ‘next’ button to go to the very talented Amy’s blog, or click on any name to go directly to that blog.

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston -You are here

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

Blog hop headerGood Thursday all! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, although I know that holidays are difficult for some folks. Especially when Sympathy cards are in order. Such was the case for a dear friend of mine, so I decided to use today’s challenge colors to create a card for her.

Here are our colors: Which, when I first saw them, I thought looked pretty dull. However,  when I began to work with the colors I decided they weren’t bad at all. I think the card turned out quite well, actually.

I began by choosing my papers. When in doubt about putting colors together, Stampin’ Up! has helped those who may be color challenged with the Designer Series Papers. Each package tells you what colors have been used, so it is relatively easy to combine your colors. The DSP I chose for today’s card is Frosted Floral. I also used a bit of DSP from the Share What You Love package.

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My card base is Gray Granite with a mat of Blackberry Bliss. Over this I Liquid glued a panel of the Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper. This paper has a lovely sheen. Next is a mat of the Share What You Love DSP, cut much smaller than the floral background piece. I didn’t want much of this to show, so the Blackberry Bliss panel is only 1/8″ smaller. This combo was Liquid Glued to the background piece.

I wrapped a length of 1/2″ Textured Weave Gray Granite Ribbon around these and taped it to the back.

My sentiment piece is stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Gray Granite with an outline stamp from the Floral Frames stamp set. The sentiment is from the Lasting Lily stamp set, which will be available, free, in the Saleabration catalog on January 3 with the appropriate order. It is also stamped in Blackberry Bliss.

Using the frame die in the Foliage Frame Framelits, I cut this out, then cut another from the same paper as the mat under the Blackberry Bliss panel. I cut this one in half lengthwise and used Liquid Glue to adhere my sentiment label over it, off setting the mat so a bit of the Pear Pzazz shows.

On the back I placed several Stampin’ Dimensionals, both to lift this away from the ribbon and to give my embellishments a place to stick.

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Using the leaves in the Foliage Frames dies, I cut them from the Designer Series Paper, Vellum, Gray Granite and Pear Pzazz card stock. I also cut one berry branch from the Frosted Bouquet bundle in Blackberry Bliss. These were arranged behind the sentiment panel and adhered with Glue Dots and the Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment. A single Frosted Epoxy Drop finishes the sentiment label.

The final step for the front of the card was to attach the sentiment and leaf sprays to the card front, then, with more Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere the card front to the card base.

For the inside, I kept it simple. A mat of Blackberry Bliss supports a Whisper White liner with the Blackberry Bliss sentiment from Lasting Lily. The little leaves in the corners are from Floral Frames and are stamped in Blackberry Bliss. This leaves plenty of room for a personal note.

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Don’t overlook these little stamps that are included in many stamp sets. They are great little additions to a page where you need something, but not TOO much.  They make wonderful accents.

For the envelope, another panel of the Frosted Floral DSP adds a little pzazz to the flap, while a single Blackberry Bliss image from the First Frost bundle completes the front.

 

I hope you enjoy today’s hop. We have many talented ladies hopping today. Clicking the ‘Next’ button will take you to team leader Amy’s blog, or you can click on any name to go directly to her blog.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – You are Here

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Stampin’ Up! First Frost Get Well for Happy Inkin’ Thursday combined Hop

{HOLD EVERYTHING!!! Today’s blog is NOT part of the combined Inkin’ Krew/Happy Stampers hop! I don’t know what happened. I had a deadline by which to post my link for the rest of the hoppers, and I posted well ahead of the deadline. However, for some never-to-be-known reason, my link disappeared. It is probably floating around somewhere out there in cyberspace, which does my hopping friends and me no good at all! At any rate, by the time this was discovered, it was too late to join the hop. My apologies to everyone. I will put a link at the bottom for the person who follows me on the hop, so if you care to hop along, you can do so without me.}

Good Morning, Everyone. I hope this finds you all done with your Christmas cards and they are all in the mail. What? You still have a few to do? Join the club..I do, too!

Today’s card is not a Christmas card though. I have a couple of friends who are ill and hospitalized, though they are improving and should be dismissed sooner rather than later. I took time out from my Christmas activities to make cards for them.

Today we are joined with our friends from Canada, and have both a color and and a sketch we can use. I chose only the sketch this time, as I just wasn’t ready to make a bright, springlike card. Here is our sketch

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I created my card from colors my friends like, rather than using the challenge colors.

I began today’s card with a Smoky Slate base and added Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam and Petal Pink. This is a top-folding card. Here is my creation.

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To make the two toned front, I cut one piece of Blackberry Bliss and a smaller one of Petal Pink, then taped them together on the back. I then used my Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to dry emboss the front. Before I embossed this panel, I VERY lightly spritzed it with water. This seems to make a clearer, deeper impression. I then set this aside to dry.

After it had dried, I wrapped a length of Gray Granite 1/2″ Textured Weave Ribbon around the joint, taping it on the back also. This panel was then adhered to the card base with Tear & Tape.

The sentiment is from Healing Hugs and is stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper White, then cut with the third largest Stitched Shapes Framelits oval. I backed this with a scalloped Smoky Slate oval from Layering Ovals Framelits. To this, I placed several Stampin’ Dimensionals and wound some Silver Metallic Thread around. Set aside for the moment.

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Behind the sentiment I arranged pieces of die cuts from the First Frost Bundle, cut from Soft Sea Foam, Gray Granite, Petal Pink and Whisper White. The only piece NOT from First Frost is the detailed embossed leaf, which is from the Wonderful Romance Bundle (available Jan. 3). It is such a pretty leaf, I will use it a lot. Oh, yes, and one of the die cut pieces was stamped (First Frost) first in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper white. I cut several of each piece, not knowing exactly what I would want in the final production and will save the leftovers for another project.

I dry arranged these over the ribbon, then used Glue Dots to secure them before attaching the sentiment oval. Add the sentiment oval and the card front is finished.

For the inside, I stamped a single image, a duplicate of the die cut one on the front, from First Frost Bundle, in Blackberry Bliss on whisper White and matted it on a panel of Petal Pink. This was then adhered into the card base. Liquid Glue did both panels. As this card would be signed by several people, I did not add a sentiment, thus leaving room for multiple messages.

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The envelope received the same stamped image on the front and a piece of the First Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper on the flap. 2

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CARD CUTS: Smoky Slate: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, sentiment oval mat 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, die cuts 1-1/2″ x 4″; Petal Pink: top of front 1-1/4″ x 4-1/8″, die cuts 1-1/2″ x 4″, inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Blackberry Bliss: bottom of front 4″ x 4-1/8″; Whisper White: sentiment oval, die cuts 3″ x 5″, inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″; Soft Sea Foam: die cuts 3″ x 4″; Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper: envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up! Wonderful Romance for a Wedding

What better use of a stamp set with Romance in its name than for a wedding? Huh? It is a perfect match. And the coordinating dies….how can one go wrong? Then, there is also the perfectly romantic, wonderful Lace Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. These will be available to you on January 3. Only demonstrators can order in December.

I had a request from someone who wanted me to make a wedding card. Of course, this bundle came to mind.

Yesterday on their respective blogs, my friends/teammates Amy and Mary made cards using this bundle. Stampin’ Up! makes it easy for you to purchase the stamps and dies together and save 10%. I decided after my own bundle and the TIEF came yesterday that I would CASE their cards, using a bit from Amy’s and a bit from Mary’s. This is the result.

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I like tone on tone cards, especially for wedding cards, so this one is white on white on pale green on white. I used Thick Whisper White card stock for the card base, Soft Sea Foam for the mats and the rest is all Thick Whisper White card stock. It seemed that there needed to be a LITTLE bit of color, but nothing too obvious.

Normally I would just use the thick stock for the card base, but I really wanted the detail of the embossing folder to show, as well as the detail in the die cuts. I thought perhaps the thicker card stock would make them more visible and I think it does.

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I began by die  cutting 6 of the large leaf spray, then 6 each of the four different size leaves. I did this because I didn’t want to stamp color on the leaf spray and the only other way to get leaf detail was to die cut the leaves and use Liquid Glue to attach them to the base spray. I also cut 3 smaller leaf sprays that have detail, and 6 of the little berry sprays. There are 4 little flower dies in this set, which speeds things up, and I cut 5 little flowers (4 at once and 1 extra), which are centered with Basic Jewels Pearls.

I used the largest Stitched Shapes circle to cut the sentiment circle on which I stamped the sentiment from Special Celebrations in Soft Sea Foam. On this circle I adhered all the die cuts with Liquid Glue to form the wreath.That is, all except the little flowers which are attached with rolled up Glue Dots.

This is a 5″ x 7″ card. The mat is cut from Soft Sea Foam card stock. The background is Thick Whisper White, dry embossed using the Lace Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. This is then adhered to the mat using Liquid Glue. 5

To this, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the wreath. A few Basic Jewels Pearls and a couple of bows finish the front. I made the larger bow from 5/8″ Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and the smaller one from some 1/8″ satin ribbon from my stash. Both are adhered to the wreath using  Glue Dots.

On the inside another Soft Sea Foam mat shows nicely behind the Whisper White liner, which was punched using an old Stampin’ Up! eyelet edge punch. The sentiment here is also from Special Celebrations and stamped in Soft Sea Foam.

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The envelope flap was dry embossed with the Lace TIEF, and a large flower spray was stamped on the front in Soft Sea Foam.

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That’s it folks. I sort of copied my friends, yet made this card my own. I hope the recipients like it.

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Celebrate is the theme for Amy’s Inkin Krew Team Blog Hop

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Gracious! Here it is almost the middle of December and time once again for our monthly team blog hop. I know I sound like a broken record, but, really! Time FLIES!

Our team hop this month is working around the theme “celebrate” which can be about celebrating almost anything. I used the opportunity to make a belated birthday card for a teen.

I had seen a You Tube Video by Jennifer McGuire where she inked up a background then heat embossed a design over it and stacked her sentiment over that. That video was my inspiration, though I didn’t do any embossing.

Here is my card.

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Though I am an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, sometimes SU doesn’t have what I need for a card. As a result I use a few other products from other companies. In this case, I wanted a frame I could layer and I don’t have such a critter in my Stampin’ Up! stash.

I began by sponging a sheet of Whisper White card stock pretty heavily with Tranquil Tide, Blueberry Bushel and Bermuda Bay inks, using Stampin’ Sponges cut into quarters. I set this aside to dry while I did my die cutting.

The sentiment uses the Celebrate You Thinlits. I cut four of the word Celebrate from Pool Party card stock and stacked them together with Liquid Glue.

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While these dried I cut three of the frames from Whisper White Thick card stock and stacked them together, also with Liquid Glue.

After my sponged background was dry, I made small pencil marks using the inner side of the frame die to know how large to cut my background. With this die, there was only about 1/16″ leeway between too small and too large. Too small and the edges would show; too large and it would interfere with the cutouts on the frame. Tricky business, but it worked okay. I used Liquid Glue to adhere this to the frame, then turned it upside down and put a heavy weight on it for a few minutes.

Small dots of Liquid Glue around the inside and outside edges of the frame as well as on the background, adhere this to the Whisper White Thick card stock base.

Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to attach the sentiment to the background. I cut small strips from the edge of the Dimensionals to put on the long strokes of each letter.

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I thought about some embellishments, but everything I had was too….well, fussy, for this card. So, it is rather plain.

On the inside, The balloon and sentiments are from Happy Birthday Gorgeous. I first stamped the Happy in Tranquil Tide, on a panel of Whisper White card stock. To do this I masked off the word birthday, inked the stamp, then removed the mask and stamped Happy on my panel.

Belated was stamped in Pool Party, then I reversed the mask to stamp just the word Birthday, again in Tranquil Tide.

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The balloon was stamped in Bermuda Bay and I used my Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Marker to make the string.

This panel was adhered to a mat of Pool Party and into the card base. Card done!

For the envelope, I had to make it! Because it is a square card, I had no envelopes to fit. Making envelopes is so easy with the Stampin’ Up! Envelope Board.

I measured the size of the card (5″ x 5″), looked it up on the handy chart on the board, then cut my Designer Series Paper the size it told me I would need. The DSP for the envelope is from the Tranquil Textures package. Using the Envelope Board I scored and rounded the corners. Then it was a simple matter to fold and Liquid Glue it all together.

To finish it, I stamped a couple of balloons on the flap and one on the front. My Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Marker again made the strings.

I hope you like this card. I think I will try another of this type, and do some heat embossing on it as well, perhaps making a more feminine one. This one fills the bill today, however, for the card I needed to send.

Now, click on the previous or next buttons to take you to another blog, or just click on any name. I am sure you will find plenty to inspire you! Enjoy the hop!

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  2. Jaimie Babarczy
  3. Karen Ksenzakovic
  4. Shirley Gentry
  5. Sue Prather
  6. Mary Deatherage
  7. Karen Finkle
  8. Amy Koenders

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Stampin’ Up Wishing You Well for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

And a great morning to you all! I have missed blogging for the last week or so, due to 1) stuff that had to be done, 2) procrastination (mine), 3) no creativity.

That said, I am back at it this week, so welcome to another

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Today we have a sketch challenge

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To answer that challenge, I made this Sympathy card.

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Between the need for sympathy cards and either Get Well, or Thinking of You, I keep pretty busy. I really admire those who make cards for charities but I just don’t seem to find the time to do that. Maybe one day.

For this card, I kept things simple. The card base is Night of Navy. I turned the sketch on it’s side so I could use the floral from Wishing You Well. This is stamped in Gray Granite on Whisper White card stock and mounted to a Gray Granite mat. I first ran the Gray Granite through my Big Shot with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. This layered panel was adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Using the Flourish Thinlits, I cut some of the large flourish from Whisper White card stock and arranged them behind the floral piece. Instead of the bow and button, I stamped the bow from the Wishing You Well set in Night of Navy.

I’m not certain I like the flourishes, but they are part of the challenge, and once glued on, they are there. Whether I like it or not. Perhaps they should have been done in Gray Granite?

For the inside, I simply adhered a Whisper White panel to my card base with Liquid Glue after stamping the sentiment from Hold on to Hope in Night of Navy. The With Sympathy sentiment is from Better Together.

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The envelope has more of the floral design from Wishing you well, both on the back and on the front. See? I said it was simple.

Now, Hop on around to see what the rest of our talented team has done.

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Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston

CARD CUTS: Night of Navy: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Gray Granite: mat   ; Whisper White: focal piece , inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″, flourishes 4″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up! Thanksgiving for Happy Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

Blog hop headerHappy Thanksgiving, Everyone!! I hope this day you can find many things for which to be thankful. Among the many blessings I have, are the friends with whom I do this hop each Thursday. We have a good time and love to share our creativity with all of you!

Today we have a sketch for inspiration.

And here is my take on the sketch. I wanted to do another Thanksgiving card, as I love the fall colors and leaves. Also, Thanksgiving is only second to Christmas for favorite holidays, mainly because it is a day to be thankful and, so far, isn’t too commercialized. Also, it is the only time during the holiday season that I am able to be together with my siblings and their families, as well as my own.

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The first thing I did after cutting my Pumpkin Pie card base was to use the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder to dry emboss the front of the card base. The second task was to dry emboss a Copper Foil Sheets panel with the Layered Leaves DTIEF. This was adhered to an Early Espresso mat, which was then adhered to the card base. Instead of a ribbon, I used some leaves cut from Pumpkin Pie and Mossy Meadow, using dies from the Foliage Frame Framelits.

I also deviated from the rectangle behind the sentiment panel, as shown in the sketch, by cutting two maple leaf shapes from Cajun Craze using the thinlits from Seasonal Layers. The detailed leaf stamp from the coordinating Colorful Seasons stamp set was used to stamp the leaves with Versamark and heat emboss with copper.  Before applying the stamp to the card stock, I rubbed the leaves with the Embossing Buddy to remove any static that might make the embossing powder cling where I didn’t want it.

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These leaves were then placed behind the sentiment, in place of the rectangle in the sketch, and the small leaves dry arranged behind them. When I was satisfied with the arrangement, I used Liquid Glue to attach them to the embossed copper panel.

The Sentiment is from Pleasant Pheasants, stamped with Versamark and embossed with Copper. The small leaf stamp is from the Feathers and Frost set, also copper embossed. To set the sentiment panel off, I dipped the edges into the Versamark pad and copper embossed the edges as well. This was then Liquid Glued to an Early Espresso mat. Three enamel shapes finish the sentiment panel, which I then adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The inside sentiment and leaf design are all from the Pleasant Pheasants stamp set,  stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder, again using the Embossing Buddy before stamping. I really like this sentiment, and the leaves carry the leafy theme to the inside of the card. This liner is Pumpkin Pie and is adhered to an Early Espresso mat with Liquid Glue.

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For the envelope, (can you believe it?) MORE copper! A row of the same leaves as on the inside are on the front, and just one imprint on the flap. In case you hadn’t noticed, I LOVE the look of copper!

I hope you like my card, but if you don’t, that’s OK. I do, and I think the recipient will, too. Please leave comments below. Now, please click on the ‘next’ image to move on and see what the super creative Amy has for you. Unless, of course, you prefer to just ‘hop’ around by clicking on an individual name. Don’t get lost! Card cuts and product information below the names.

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Julie Johnston – You are here

CARD CUTS: Pumpkin Pie: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, front sentiment 2″ x 2-1/2″, leaves 1-1/2″ x 2″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″; Early Espresso: mat for copper 3-3/4″ x 4-1/4″, sentiment mat 2-1/8″ x 2-5/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Copper Foil Sheets: 3-1/2″ x 4″; Mossy Meadow: leaves 2″ x 2″, Cajun Craze: leaves 2″ x 4″

The Host Code for November is WV7QS9PE.

Please click here for details on when to use the host code. Or, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. If you do not have a demonstrator, and would like to purchase the products used for this card, please just click on the ‘shop online’ button at right on this page. It is near the top of the page. This will take you directly to my online shop.


online xtravaganza

Beginning tomorrow, November 23, through November 28, Stampin’ Up! is having a SALE! This amounts to just about everything in the annual catalog being 10% off, with different items offered over the sale period.

DETAILS:

Online Extravaganza will run for six days. During this time, we’ll be throwing three, 48-hour sales featuring a selection of products from the 2018–2019 annual catalog—all at 10% off! Each 48-hour sale will feature two product categories (e.g., paper, stamps, ink, etc.). When one sale ends, the next sale begins; this cycle will continue until Online Extravaganza is over. By the end, nearly every item from the annual catalog will have been on sale!

November 23–24

PAPER & EMBELLISHMENTS

  • Bags
  • Brads and Buttons
  • Cards and Envelopes
  • Cardstock
  • Designer Series Paper
  • Embossing material
  • Glitter
  • Ribbons
  • Twine
  • Specialty Paper
  • Tags
  • Washi Tape

November 25–26

STAMPS & KITS

  • Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount, and photopolymer)
  • Project kits
  • Card kits
  • Kit refills
  • Memories & More
  • Punch box kits

November 27–28

TOOLS & INK

  • Adhesives
  • Applicators
  • Cleaners
  • Cutting tools
  • Embossing folders
  • Framelits and thinlits
  • Ink Pads
  • Ink refills
  • Markers
  • Punches
  • Scoring Tools
  • Stamp blocks and cases

Ordering Deadlines: 11:50 P.M. at the end of each 2 day period, November 24, 26 and 28

If you  would like to see the full selection of discounted items during each 48-hour sale, please visit my online store. Each sale will be given its own category, which will contain all available discounted items for that particular 48-hour sale. After that, the only thing left to do is shop! Woo-Hoo! We all love a sale. So get your wish lists ready.


snowflake showcase

The Snowflake Showcase will only be around for another week, so if you want any of the products in this suite, add them to your Extravaganza order.The Velvet Paper is sold out.

 

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Snow is Glistening

And it isn’t a stamp or a card!

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Yep! It is the real deal. And it is SO beautiful! You may note that I did not make it to church. After digging a path to the car I came back in for a warm-up with my morning coffee. When I went back out to finish the rest of the job, where I had cleared the snow and the sun had hit it, there was a film of…..BLACK ICE! Whoa! SLICK!

I though perhaps some of the roads I have to use to get to church would be the same, so I opted to just stay home and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation in my backyard. You, my friends, are the beneficiaries of that decision.

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This bird bath is mute evidence of the depth of the snow. I had to sweep off the bird feeders and, oh, my, did my feathered friends appreciate that. The bird bath they actually use is a heated one, so, no snow on it. Of course, I had to either wade through the soft, white snow, or scoop a path to get to the feeders. I will have to brave the roads tomorrow because I just used the last of the bird seed this morning.

A handy item to have…

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“This is the day which the Lord hath made. We will REJOICE and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24 KJV

Truly, there is always something for which to be glad. Maybe it is only the fact that you can see when you open your eyes in the morning. Or that you are able to get out of bed on your own. For my part, I am thankful that I am able to get out and enjoy this day.

Perhaps it is simply the knowledge that someone loves you…and God certainly does. This is what MY eyes saw upon opening this morning. Better than icing on a cake!

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It is really glistening today. Yesterday was gloomy and it snowed ALL DAY and half the night. It was just a gentle, lightly falling snow, and there was very little wind, which is unusual for where I live. It is flat here for miles and there is nothing to stop the wind. Folks who live in our county seat town are amazed when they drive out into the country at how strong is the wind. A day with NO wind is not very common. Today, as you can see from the limp flags, is one of those rare days.

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The snow has a tendency to give my surroundings a peaceful feeling. It is not just the beauty, it is the quiet. Snow mutes the sound, or at least softens it. So, when my neighbor started his little tractor, it was a pleasant, muffled sound instead of harsh and annoying. He had hooked up the sled  and was pulling his two little boys behind, very slowly and very carefully. They have a large yard and he was just going around it. It was a joy to watch them enjoying themselves.

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When I was a child, we had a large bush in the back yard that was covered in summer with fluffy, white flowers. We called it a snowball bush. This is my current snowball bush! It really is a hydrangea, as was the one we called a snowball bush. I now see how it got that nickname. The flowers did resemble the snowballs, and these real snowballs resemble the flowers that were there only a few weeks ago.

No matter how troubling this old world is at times, nor how much personal pain we have at any moment, God is there, loving and caring for us all. And, he gives us such beauty it makes my heart swell with pleasure and gratitude. I admit, though, that sometimes we have to look for that beauty.

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And, if you don’t like snow, you may only see that you have to get out the shovel, or that the roads may be slick, or, or….something. Instead, try seeing the beauty of it. It will make your day go better.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you can appreciate my love of the winter season. And, if you live where you do not get snow, well, you can enjoy it here. Oh, yes, the temperature was 12 degrees Fahrenheit when I got up.  But, with no wind, it doesn’t seem cold at all.

I would enjoy any comments you care to leave. God Bless.