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Stampin’ Up! retirement list now available

Good Afternoon everyone! At least I hope it is a good afternoon for you. I know, it is Monday, but still….

I have been on the run today so just now had a chance to look at the list of retiring items. A lot are being retired, some to my dismay. That said, the new catalog has some great looking items in it, so don’t despair. If you want any of the retiring items, they will only be available as long as supplies last, so don’t wait until June 3 to order, hoping that you will still be able to get whatever you want. Maybe, maybe not.

As promised, Stampin’ UP! has released the 2019 Occasions and 2018-2019 Annual Catalog Retiring Products List!

Here are the Details:

Promotion Dates: April 15–June 3, 2019

  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • Retiring items may be added to any order
  • All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after June 3.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, these items will have guaranteed availability until May 24; all other products are not guaranteed and are available while supplies last only.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • Retiring host sets may be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party only.
  • Depending on inventory levels, discounts on select products may be introduced on or after May 9.
    • These discounts will not be preannounced.
    • Discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.
    • 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.

Just click on the shop with me online button at right to go to my online store to see all the retiring items. Or, click here to go there. Easy Peasy! Click here for the pdf retiring list from the annual catalog, or here for the pdf retiring list from the occasions catalog.

Please note, some of the bundle items may be carrying over into the new 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.  However, the bundle pricing will go away, so get them while you can at the discounted price!!

Happy Shopping!

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Stampin’ Up! Changes coming!

No card today. I wanted to bring you some news from Stampin’ Up! so that you’ll be on the cutting edge of “in-the-know”!  As you’re aware, we’re headed into the transition time between catalogs.  So…we’re anticipating the arrival of the 2019-2020 Retiring List – watch for it on 15 April (that’s next Monday!).

We’re also going to see some changes to our product lines!  Though change is hard, I know these are going to be for the better!

Here’s what we know!

Big News!!  Stampin’ Up! has just announced that they’ll be transitioning to a new manufacturer for their dies and embossing folders moving forward!

Stampin’ Up! is moving to a direct-to-manufacturer relationship.  This means they’ll work directly with the factories who manufacture their dies and folders instead of working with another company who then works with different factories (so – eliminating the middle-man!).  This gives them greater control and potential in the manufacturing process.  Always a GOOD thing!

TRANSITION TO NEW DIE-CUTTING AND EMBOSSING LINE

Here’s a look at how this transition will unfold

HIGHLIGHTS: NEW-STYLE DIES AND EMBOSSING FOLDERS

Since Stampin’ Up! is using a new supplier for their dies and embossing folders, they’ll be manufactured differently, which means the way you use them will be a little different.  A few of the changes between the old-style and new-style products are listed below.  In the future, Stampin’ Up! will also provide videos to show how to craft with the new-style dies and embossing folders and better showcase the features described below.

Here are some of the changes you’ll notice with our new-style dies and embossing folders:

  • The new-style open dies (those that coordinate with stamps) use a high quality metal that’s thinner than before but still as strong and durable.
  • The new-style dies have an added lip to the inside of the blades.
  • On old-style dies, when you place an open die (dies that coordinate with stamps) over a stamped image, a small border of cardstock is visible around the stamped image.  With new-style dies, the die hugs the edge of the stamped image.  Instead of aligning the die to the space around the stamped image, you will align it to the edges of the stamped image.  When the image is cut, there will still be a cardstock border around the image.

OLD STYLE ALIGNMENT

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NEW STYLE ALIGNMENT

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  • They’ve improved the adhesive that secures the dies to the insert sheet in the package so that it’s not too sticky.  It’s easier to remove dies from the insert sheet, and the adhesive won’t cling to the dies.  Thank goodness!!  BEST.  CHANGE.  EVER!
  • They’ve standardized the size of the die inserts for easier storage.  There are now only two insert sizes: 5″ x 7″ (12.7 x 17.8 cm), which coordinate in size with the stamp cases, and 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm).  The standard sizes will allow uniform storage in whatever system you use.  The envelopes that the dies come in will be slightly larger.
  • With old-style Dynamic folders, they recommended that you spritz cardstock before embossing to soften the fibers so you got a better impression.  Now, that extra step will not be necessary because the new-style folders usually create a crisp impression without spritzing.  The way the new folders are manufactured also gives options for more detailed and intricate designs in the future.
  • 3D folders are thinner than the old-style Dynamic folders.  Because they’re thinner, you may need to use a shim, depending on the die-cutting & embossing machine you use.

 


Stampin’ Trimmer Discontinuation

Stampin’ Up! will be retiring the Stampin’ Trimmer as of 3 June 2019, including all accessories—replacement cutting blades, scoring blades, and cutting mats.  As most of you know, they’ve experienced challenges with their supplier and are taking the opportunity to research and explore a replacement option for this product, which won’t be the same as the current Stampin’ Trimmer.  There’ll be a gap in time between when the current Stampin’ Trimmer retires and when a new product becomes available, but they do not currently have an estimated timeframe.

While the replacement cutting blades will also retire with the trimmer and will not be featured in the annual catalog, Stampin’ Up! has ordered what would normally be six months of inventory based on recent historical patterns to help customers during this transition away from the current trimmer.  But please know that this news could cause faster inventory depletion. 😳

  • When the retiring list goes live on 15 April, the order limit for the blades will increase from three to six (and the limit will remain at six until they’re no longer available).
  • From now until September, intermittent shipments of blades will be received from the supplier. Throughout these months, Stampin’ Up! anticipates times when the blades will not be orderable (and not offered as a backorder). During those downtimes, you will have the option to enter an email address to receive notification when the blades are available again.

While change is usually difficult, remember that most likely these will be changes for the better. Stay tuned for more information as it unfolds.

Your comments are welcome.

 

 

 

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Stampin’ Up! Wonderful Romance for Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Team Blog Hop

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Good Morning All!

We have had a couple of very spring like days, with high temperatures around 70 degrees and a GEN-U-WINE summer thunderstorm. Wow! I had forgotten just how powerful they are. The best thing was on Sunday. I saw a rainbow in the WEST going to church, and then in the evening we had a thunderstorm followed by a gorgeous, brilliant rainbow in the east. I don’t believe I have ever seen two rainbows on the same day, and in opposite directions! Spectacular. Thank you, Lord, for such beauty and hope.

Now, on with the hop. Our theme for today’s hop is ‘feminine’, which we are free to interpret any way we choose. I chose to use the Wonderful Romance Bundle and Wonderful Romance Designer Series Paper, as well as Petal Pink. All together, those say ‘feminine’ to me.

Here is my card.

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I began by using Petal Pink for my card base, and used the border leaf design on an angle to cut the front of the card.

On the inside, I used Liquid Glue to attach the lacy vellum paper from Floral Romance Designer Series Paper so it would show under the die cut front.

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For the inside sentiment, I marked the angle on Whisper White card stock with a light pencil mark, then cut from mark to mark. I then cut it to 5-3/8″ and used Liquid Glue again to adhere it to the inside of the card. The sentiments are stamped in Fresh Fig using sentiments from Dear Doily.

Now, back to the front of the card. I stamped the large floral image from Wonderful Romance in Smoky Slate on Whisper White card stock, then colored it with Old Olive, Pear Pzazz, Petal Pink and Fresh Fig Stampin’ Write Markers. I was going to use Stampin’ Blends, but didn’t have the correct colors.

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This image was then die cut with the coordinating die that is part of the bundle. The Wonderful Romance sentiment was stamped in Fresh Fig on Whisper White card stock and cut with the Wonderful Floral die, also part of the bundle.

There is a tiny flower in that stamp set, so I inked it up with Petal Pink and stamped it next to the sentiment. This sentiment panel was attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals, as was the floral piece. A few Pearl Basic Jewels complete the front.

The envelope front was stamped with the large floral image in Smoky slate and colored the same as for the front of the card. I deliberately stamped some of the image off the edge.

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The flap has more of the lacy vellum Floral Romance Designer Series Paper. It does look different on Whisper White than on Petal Pink.

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I think this card fulfills the parameters of the challenge theme and I hope you like my card. Please leave comments below.

Now, to see what Shirley Gentry has for you, click the ‘previous’ button, or to move forward and see Terry Lynn Bright’s creation, click the ‘next’ button. Of course, you all know you can click on any name to just go to her blog. Enjoy!

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  1. Mary Deatherage
  2. Julie Johnston: You Are Here

CARD CUTS: Petal Pink: card base 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″; Whisper White: inside sentiment panel 3-1/2″ x 5-3/8″, front sentiment 2-1/2″ x 3″, large floral piece 4″ x 4″; Floral Romance Designer Series Paper vellum lace: inside liner 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up! Beauty Abounds Get Well

Good Thursday again Everyone.  Time again for Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop. Our challenge this week is color, and boy, is it a challenge for me!

These are NOT my favorite colors and one of them is my most disliked color in the world! However, I think I am up to this challenge, so here goes.

I began with a Grapefruit Grove card base. Actually, this was an easier challenge than I thought it would be, thanks in part to Stampin’ Up! coordinated Designer Series Papers and a card I made previously. I made that one thanks to Jan B, an independent SU demonstrator in the United Kingdom. If you want to watch her video, just click HERE

She gives all the details, so I will not reinvent the wheel. However, I have made this card before, so HERE   or HERE are the links for my cards.

Here is my card for today:4It is NOT a difficult card, you just need to be aware of the cutting. Card Cuts are below.

I began with the card base in Grapefruit Grove, then added Whisper White, Gingham Gala and some butterflies punched from the Botanical butterflies. This paper is no longer available, but any thing will do. I have used giraffes instead of butterflies. Or, you may have a butterfly stamp you can use.

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Cut the pieces, then assemble the pieces (Gingham Gala to Whisper White. Score the card base and mark and cut the card base as directed HERE. Adhere the panels to the card base.

Stamp the floral piece and the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black. Color the flowers with Grapefruit Grove and Lemon Lime Twist Stampin’ Write Markers. Die cut with Stitched Rectangles. Adhere to Grapefruit Grove mats with Liquid glue and to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Cut the windows with the Stained Glass Thinlits and adhere to the proper panel. I used Liquid Glue, but you could use Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets on the back of the Whisper White before die cutting.

Punch out with the Duet Butterfly Punch, or fussy cut, your butterflies and adhere the bodies only, leaving the wings free. I centered the large ones under the fold. Stamp the antennae with Memento Tuxedo Black.

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This is an easy, lovely card. Please try one using whatever elements you desire.

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston

Eva Dobilas

CARD CUTS: Grapefruit Grove: card base 6″ x 10″ (refer to my link for scoring and cutting instructions), floral mat 1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″, sentiment mat 1-3/8″ x 1-7/8″; Whisper White: 2-3/8″ x 5-7/8″, 1-3/8″ x -7/8″, 2-7/8″ x 5-7/8″, 6 pieces 1-1/8″ x 1-3/8″, floral piece approx 2″ x 4″, sentiment approx 1-1/2″x 2″, windows 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″; Gingham Gala 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Pack: 2-1/4″ x 5-3/4″, 1-1/4″ x 5-3/4″, 2-3/4″ x 5-3/4″, 6 pieces 1″ x 1-1/4″; Botanical Butterflies Designer Series Paper: 3 large butterflies and 6 small ones. (Or design of your choice, flowers, trees, animals, etc)

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Stampin’ Up! Happy 13th Birthday Eclipse

Today is supposed to be chilly and sunny, a perfect prescription for Spring. My crocus are blooming and the tulips are poking through the leaves I have not yet raked. They won’t get done today either as I have an all day meeting to attend. Ah, well!

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Today’s card is also of the masculine kind, albeit for a 13 year old. This is a VERY special birthday…becoming a teen. Then, they can’t wait to be 16 so they can get a driver’s license. And so it goes. We all remember, don’t we??

I started with a Bermuda Bay card base and added a Calypso Coral mat. I wanted it to be bright and not at all feminine, so about the only Designer Series Paper I have on hand is the Bubbles and Fizz, now retired. I used this for the Eclipse part of the card. I am sure you have something in your stash that will work just as well.

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Using the now retired Large Numbers Framelits, I cut out 4 of each number in Calypso Coral and one of each from the Bubbles and Fizz. These were stacked and glued together with Liquid Glue. I then used Liquid Glue to adhere the Bubbles and Fizz card front to the Calypso Coral mat, and glued the numbers in their spot.

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The Happy Birthday Thinlits cut in Calypso Coral and cut apart (the two words are connected) were glued to the left of the numbers. This makes a rather busy, but bright and cheerful card.

On the inside I glued a mat of Calypso Coral topped with another mat of Bubbles and Fizz. Liquid Glue was use throughout this card…no dimensionals!

For the liner, I stamped the two sentiments from Happy Birthday Gorgeous in Bermuda Bay. The balloons are also from that stamp set and are stamped in Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral. I made a mask and used it to make the balloons appear as a bunch without overlapping the colors.

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The balloon strings and candles are from the Birthday Backgrounds stamp set. There are several balloon strings  on the stamp, so I chose which I wanted to use, then colored it with my Stampin’ Write Markers to match the balloon.

The candles (all thirteen of them) were colored with my Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker and the flames in Daffodil Delight. I ‘huffed’ on these to moisten the ink, then stamped them across the bottom of the liner. There are only 9 on the stamp, so I repeated the process for 4 more to make 13 candles.

To finish this panel, I used my Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Marker to make ‘stitch’ lines around the edge.

I think this is a card a teen will like..not too fussy and sort of fun. This is a bit outside my comfort zone as I don’t usually make bright colored cards. But, for a change, it was fun.

The envelope (you guessed it!) has more of the Bubble and Fizz DSP on the flap. I stamped more balloons on the front and just drew in the strings with my Stampin’ Write Markers. I did this because I had already cleaned my stamp and didn’t want to do it again. Call me lazy!

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Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to leave a comment.

CARD CUTS: Bermuda Bay: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Calypso Coral: (cut 2) inside and front mats 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, happy birthday 3-1/2″ x 4″; Whisper White: inside Liner 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Bubbles and Fizz Designer Series Paper: (cut2) front and inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, envelope flap 2-1/4″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up! Hoppy Birthday Card

Good Sunday Morning to All of You out there! What a week it was. We had wind, rain, snowflakes (very few though the radar showed snow!) and sunshine. One day it hit 68 degrees. Of course that was the day it was really windy, so no raking leaves for me.

As stated previously the next few posts will be Some cards for men and boys. Today is a birthday card for a special young man who will be 9. I hope he likes frogs! You know, frogs and snails and puppy dog tails, that’s what little boys are made of.

I used the So Hoppy together stamp set I got FREE from Sale-A-Bration. What a fun set it is. All elements are from this set except the word ‘Birthday’ which is from the Well Said stamp set. If you are interested in either of these, today is the last day to order from Sale-A-Bration, but the Well Said set is in the Occasions catalog and will be available until June 3.

On with the card. I began with a Granny Apple Green card base and added a mat of Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper.

I stamped the frog image and sentiments in Granny Apple Green ink on Whisper White. The little bees are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. It sort of looks like he is juggling them, don’t you think??

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The stamp with ‘hoppy’ on it also has ‘for you’ under the ‘hoppy’. I taped this off, inked the stamp and removed the tape so I would only stamp Hoppy. Under that I stamped Birthday from Well Said.

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On the inside I adhered a scrap strip of Tropical Escape DSP to one edge of Whisper White card stock, then stamped the frog and sentiment in Granny Apple Green and the bees again in Memento Tuxedo Black. You may notice there is a design around the sentiment.

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There is a reason for this. You see, I goofed and really messed up the sentiment. But, the paper has 2 sides you say. Not any more, when I had already adhered the DSP. My ‘fix’ for this mistake was to stamp the sentiment on a scrap of Whisper White card stock and punch it out with the Story Label Punch. (this punch is available through today as part of the Sale-A-Bration Coordination) Using a Sponge Dauber and Granny Apple Green I smudged the edges so they would stand out from the background and used Liquid Glue to adhere this over my mistake. You might as well make it look like you planned it that way.

Liquid Glue was used to adhere this liner to the inside of the card.

For the envelope another piece of the Tropical Escape DSP covers the flap while a small froggie sits on the front.

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This is such a cute set for kids of any age. I hope you like it as much as I do. I considered coloring in the unicycle and the frog, but kids don’t care and I was short on time. Thank you for stopping by. Please leave comments below.

CARD CUTS: Granny Apple Green: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Whisper White: front art panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″, scrap for label inside 2″ x 3″; Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper: front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, scrap from front for inside strip 7/8″ x 5-1/4″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up! Golden Afternoon Thoughts

Oh! My! Goodness! Can you believe I need five masculine cards for next week??? Yep, one for a friend who is ill, 3 birthdays and a retirement. So, busy little beaver that I am, I will post a masculine card today, and one every day next week. You never know when that 6th one might come in handy.

I began with an Early Espresso card base for this one, and used my most favorite DSP, the Wood Textures 6″ x 6″ pack. I hope Stampin’ Up! makes some of these in 12″ x 12″, especially the whitewashed one. I used it first from every pack I purchased.

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I used the Stamparatus for all the stamping to get everything where I wanted it, and because I was stamping Early Espresso on the wood, I wanted it to be DARK. This meant stamping twice, or three times.

I first stamped the Golden Afternoon tree, then the small deer from the Dashing Deer  (from Holiday catalog but still available) stamp set. I stamped the one with antlers in Early Espresso on Early Espresso card stock and die cut it with the matching die.

Using the small grass stamp from High Tide, I stamped grass along the bottom of the panel. One deer is grazing, so she had to have something to eat, right?

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Using a Sponge Dauber and Early Espresso Ink, I went around the edges of the panel to give it an even more rustic look. THEN I added the die cut deer with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. I cut tiny strips from the edge of the Dimensionals for his legs.

The sentiment, also from Golden Afternoon, was stamped in Versamark ink after I went over the whole panel with my Embossing Buddy. I didn’t want copper anyplace but the sentiment. I then heat set the Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder with my heat tool. A double length of Copper Metallic Thread and one length of Linen Thread were wrapped around the panel together and tied in a small bow. A Glue Dot keeps the bow in place on the front and a couple pieces of tape secured the back.

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I used Tear & Tape to adhere a Copper Foil Sheets panel to the card base and Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered the Wood Textures DSP panel to the copper mat. Card front done.

Another Early Espresso tree on the inside and a scrap strip of copper at the bottom of the panel add some interest to an otherwise plain panel. Copper Emboss Powder was used with Versamark again for the sentiment, which is from Healing Hugs, then set with my heat tool. The copper strip was adhered with Liquid Glue.

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The Medium Crumb Cake Envelope (no longer available, but I had them leftover, so why not use them) has a couple of Early Espresso Dashing Deer on the front and a piece of the Wood Textures DSP on the flap.

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I rather like this look of the stamps on the wood.

CARD CUTS: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, deer 2″ x 2-1/2″; Copper Foil Sheets: front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside strip 1/4″ x 5-1/4″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper: front art piece 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″, flap 2-1/2″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up! Golden Afternoon Sympathy

Good Morning Everyone. Well, here it is Friday already, and another week gone. Just a couple more days and March will be history.

For today I had to make yet another Sympathy card. Golden Afternoon is perfect for this occasion, or for others I can think of as well. To me the stamp set is serene, speaking quietly of peace, calm and even the presence of the Lord.

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My card base is Early Espresso and the art piece is from the 6″ x 6″ Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I stamped the tree in Early Espresso using my Stamparatus because I wanted a really dark image.

Stampin’ Blends in Light Mossy Meadow and Dark Granny Apple Green were used to color the leaves on the tree and the plants at the base of the tree. Light Crumb Cake colored the trunk and branches.

Some birds in Pacific Point, stamped off once, fly past the tree.

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The sentiment is stamped in Versamark on the back side of a scrap from the front, and heat embossed in Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. (TIP- Anytime you use embossing powder, use the Embossing Buddy to de-static the paper so the embossing powder does not stick where you don’t want it.) This was cut with the Tailored Tag Punch. I punched another in Mossy Meadow, cut it in half horizontally and Liquid Glued it to the back of the sentiment tag, spreading it to form a mat.

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Some Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back (8!) gave me plenty of sticky to wind some Copper Metallic Thread around and still have enough adhesion to stick to the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon underneath. I had put a strip of Tear & Tape on the back of the Burlap Ribbon, wrapped it around the Wood Textures DSP and taped it to the back.

More Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the art piece adhere this card front to the Mossy Meadow mat, which is stuck to the card base with Liquid Glue.

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Inside, another panel of Wood Textures DSP, same as the front, is stamped with more Pacific Point birds in full strength, and sentiments from Lasting Lily in Mossy Meadow.  The scripture verse on the opposite side is from Hold on to Hope and is stamped in Early Espresso, also on the Wood Textures DSP. I also stamped the small tree from Golden Afternoon in Early Espresso, letting it run off the paper. This was adhered with Liquid Glue. The Sentiment liner was adhered to the Mossy Meadow mat and into the card base with Liquid Glue.

The Crumb Cake Envelope (retired) has another small tree on the front in Early Espresso and more of the Wood Textures DSP on the flap with a few birds flying by.

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I hope you like my card, but if you don’t that’s ok. Please leave comments. Below are the card cuts and products used for this card.

CARD CUTS: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Mossy Meadow:front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, front sentiment mat 2″ x 3″; 6″ x 6″ Wood Textures Designer Series Paper: front art panel and inside liner 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, second sentiment panel inside 2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″, front sentiment 2″ x 3″

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Stampin’ Up Country Floral Birthday for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Thursday morning to You All! I think Spring is finally making a comeback, though it it still pretty drab outside. At least the snow and ice are pretty much gone. We are also supposed to get more rain today. That won’t help the flooding situation in the midwest.

But, on with the hop! Today we have another sketch for inspiration for our hop. Please hop along to all the other ladies to see what beauties they have created.

My card is a birthday card for someone special. Our team leader, Amy, has a birthday today, so I made my card especially for her.

We are working from this sketch:

This is the 5′ X 7″ card I created

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I began by cutting Whisper White and Soft Sea Foam ovals using the Layering Ovals framelits. The Whisper White ones I then ran through the Big Shot using the new Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder. To get a better depth impression and reduce the cracking, I spritzed the ovals with water and pretty much centered the rose image in the DTIEF on the oval. The depth was great, but there was still some minor cracking. Maybe I didn’t spritz enough.

The next step was to lightly color some of the flowers and leaves with a Sponge Dauber and Flirty Flamingo or Soft Sea Foam ink. These were then adhered to the Soft Sea Foam scalloped ovals with Liquid Glue.

A panel of Whisper White dry embossed with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder, cut the same size as the front of the card base which is also Whisper White, was adhered with Liquid Glue. The ovals were centered top to bottom over this panel and the outer two were adhered to the card front with Liquid Glue. The third was adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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A strip of Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Series Paper was cut to fit across the front of the card. Linen Thread, colored in Soft Sea Foam by dragging it across the stamp pad, was taped to the back of the DSP strip on both ends. I then tied a bow around the thread.

I dry fit this strip and determined where I needed to put which adhesive. This was then Liquid Glued to the center oval and Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered it to the other two ovals. The ends sat just a bit higher, so I used a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional stacked on a regular Dimensional to make it level.

The sentiment, from Golden Afternoon, was stamped in Flirty Flamingo on a strip of Whisper White and cut with the smallest of the Stitched Rectangles. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere it to the DSP strip.This completed the front.

On the inside, I stamped some dots from the Birthday Backgrounds stamp set in Soft Sea Foam on a panel of Whisper White. The sentiments are from Better Together and are stamped in Flirty Flamingo. This panel was Liquid glued to a mat of the Twinkle, Twinkle DSP, on a Flirty Flamingo mat and into the card base. Card done.

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Whoa, wait a minute. In looking at the front, I decided some pearls would be nice, so a few Pearl Basic Jewels were added to the flowers, one to the sentiment panel and 3 at the bottom of the card front. Now it is finished.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMY!! I hope you like your card.

For the envelope, a piece of the Twinkle, Twinkle DSP decorates the flap while some Flirty Flamingo roses from the Climbing Roses stamp set dance across the front.

On with the hop! Click the NEXT button to see what the creative Eva has for you, or click on any name to go to her blog. Enjoy! I am sure you won’t be disappointed. You may even be inspired! 😉

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – You are here

Eva Dobilas

PAPER CUTS: Whisper White: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, embossed panel 5″ x 7″, ovals 4-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, inside liner 4″ x 6-1/4″  sentiment strip 3/4″ x 5″; Flirty Flamingo: inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″; Soft Sea foam: scalloped ovals 4-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Series Paper: strip on front 3/4″ x 7″, inside mat 4-3/8″ x 6-3/8″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 7-1/4″.

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Stampin’ Up Beauty Abounds with Butterflies

Good Wednesday, or Hump Day, if you prefer. I have need of several cards this month. A lot of birthdays and a few sympathy cards are in order. Today is another birthday for a 93 year old.

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I think this is a lovely card, but it is not my own design. Jan Brown, Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in the UK posted this and did a video on it. I used different colors and sentiments, but the basic idea is the same. If you want to see the video, just click here.

I began with a Whisper White card base, a Night of Navy mat and Whisper White for the artwork.

I began by cutting all the panels, then stamped the floral image from Beauty Abounds in Memento Tuxedo Black. I taped of one end, inked the stamp, removed the tape and stamped  the image diagonally across the paper. Repeat this for the other end.

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Ink the sentiment from Butterfly Gala and stamp the upper right corner. Ink the Happy Birthday sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet and stamp the lower left side. All stamping is done with Memento Tuxedo Black.

Using my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, I made some little dots in the center where the stamps nearly met, so that if someone looks under the butterfly they will see little dots. While this was drying I stamped two of the double butterfly images from Butterfly Gala in Memento Tuxedo Black also.

Stampin’ Blends were great for coloring the image. I used Light Granny Apple Green for the leaves and flourishes and Dark Balmy Blue for the flowers. Since these are small images, I did not do any blending.

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Now to color the butterflies. I first used Memento Tuxedo Black to stamp their bodies, then used Light and Dark Balmy Blue and Light and Dark Night of Navy, beginning next to the body with the lightest color and moving outward and darker, blending as you go. the last color was the Dark Balmy Blue next to the Dark Night of Navy. The little dots at the outer edge of the wings are then filled in with Light Balmy Blue. I  spritzed all the butterflies with some Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Silver Spray to add a little sheen. Probably some Wink of Stella would do about the same thing.

Fold the wings next to the bodies, add some Liquid Glue and adhere to the card front. Some Pearl Basic Jewels finishes them nicely.

Inside, I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black from Stitched All Around.  The other large butterfly was Liquid Glued at the body. To this one I added the antennae. I didn’t think the front ones needed them as it was already pretty busy and thought the antennae might be confusing or distracting.

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The envelope was stamped on the front with another large butterfly, taping off the smaller one before inking. It was then colored the same as the ones on the card. Be sure when using Stampin’ Blends on the envelope that you slip a scrap of card stock or something inside the envelope as the Blends do bleed through.

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The flap was finished with a strip of the Night of Navy dots from the 6″ x 6″ Subtles Designer Series paper.

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I hope you like this card. I think it is lovely and not difficult at all.

CARD CUTS: Whisper White: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, art panel 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″,  butterflies, scrap at least 3″ x 4-1/2″; Night of Navy: outside and inside mats 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; 6″ x 6″ Subtles Designer Series Paper in Navy: envelope flap 2-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.

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