Stampin’ Up! Happy Thanksgiving

Good Wednesday morning everyone! I hope your week is going well, and today is, as you all know, HUMP DAY, as my kids called it. I guess it means when you get to Wednesday you are over the hump of the middle of the week. If someone knows a different reason for that designation, please comment below.

Thanksgiving, in my opinion, is the most overlooked holidays. Coming between the increasingly popular Halloween and Christmas, well, it just gets overlooked. I host a family gathering in the evening and there are usually add-ons as well. What is an add-on you ask? Here it is anyone who has been added who is not a family member. It might be a friend, an in-law, a neighbor, a shut-in, or just anyone who has no other place to go for a festive meal.

All that said, my card for today is geared toward Thanksgiving.

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I began with a color scheme of brown, orange and copper, in this case, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango and Copper Foil. I also included some Wood Textures, just because I like it.

Actually, the first step was to stamp the Wood Textures in Early Espresso ink with a leaf stamp from Colorful Seasons. Next, I ran this sheet through the big shot with the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The trees didn’t show up very well, so I inked the embossed side  (the side that says Stampin’ UP!) with Early Espresso ink and ran the same sheet through again. Aha! Much better! This gave definition to the trees, subtle, but there. When embossing with a 6″ x 6″ designer paper, I emboss the whole sheet, then cut to size.

This was adhered to a mat of Tangerine Tango. A length of Burlap Ribbon was wrapped around ant taped to the back. I die cut an oak leaf from the scrap of stamped and embossed Wood Textures, then cut another from Tangerine Tango using the Vintage Leaves die.

A solid copper maple leaf and the openwork maple leaf were cut using dies from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. I dry arranged them to see if this was all I would need, but did not adhere them.

Using a stamp from another company because Stampin’ Up does not have a Happy Thanksgiving stamp (or if they do, I don’t have it), I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla in Early Espresso and die cut it using Lots of Labels Framelits. I cut a second one in Tangerine Tango, cut it in half vertically and liquid glued them together.

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Placing several Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back allowed me to wind a pretty long length of Copoper Metallic Thread around. I re-arranged the leaves, using a Glue Dot and Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the Oak leaves, placing the wood one over the Tangerine Tango one.

A little Liquid Glue on part of the openwork  leaf (the part on the oak leaf) adhered it nicely and a Glue Dot was sufficient to hold the solid leaf in place.

Belatedly, I decided the Very Vanilla sentiment was just too stark, so I VERY LIGHTLY sponged it with a little Early Espresso, moving my sponge from the outside in to give some definition to the edges. The Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered this piece over the leaves. The completed front was adhered to the Early Espresso card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the inside, another Wood Textures was stamped with the same leaf stamp and Liquid Glued to its Tangerine Tango mat. The sentiment piece is Very Vanilla edged in Early Espresso with my Stampin’ Write marker, and stamped with the same leaf stamp from Colorful Seasons in stamped off once Early Espresso. The sentiment is full strength Early Espresso, and is from the Paisleys and Posies stamp set. This was adhered to the Wood Textures panel and into the the card base with Liquid Glue.

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The envelope is Crumb Cake with Early Espresso leaves stamped on the front and on the flap. In retrospect, I am thinking I should have stamped and embossed another sheet of Wood Textures for the flap. I may still do that if I have time before it has to go in the mail.

I hope you like this card enough to try it yourself. Card cuts and product list are below. If you would like to order supplie and do not have a demonstrator, I will be happy to help you. If you have questions, please leave a comment.

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We got a sneak peek at the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs at On Stage Live last week. I’m sure you are gonna LOVE the new products. There are some GORGEOUS stamp sets there. I already have a wish list that is pretty long. Remember, the catalog goes live on December 1.

In addition, there is going to be an ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA beginning November 20. I will have more information on this in the coming days.

Card Cuts: Early Espresso: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Tangerine Tango: cut 2 for mats 4″ x 5-1/4″, leaf and sentiment mat 2″ x 8″; Wood Textures: embossed panel 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, leaf cut from trimmed piece; Copper Foil: 3″ x 5″; Very Vanilla: front sentiment 2″ x 3″, inside 3″ x 4-1/4″

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Stampin’ Up! Sheltering Tree Leaf

Good Friday the 13th Everyone! I am not superstitious. Are you? It is just another day.

I do have another sympathy card to show today. There has been WAY too much need for these this year. And, they are not all old people either.

I kept it very simple this time. Starting with a Pear Pzazz card base, I die cut a maple leaf with the leaflets framelits from scrap paper and used the negative as a stencil. Using some Post-it tape, I taped it to the card base and sponged the leaf with Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Soft Suede. Then I inked up the bare tree from Sheltering Tree stamp set in Soft Suede and stamped over the leaf, lining up the trunk with the leaf stem. As the stamp set is photopolymer, it is easy to line it up with another image.

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Next was the hard part…die cutting the same leaf out of my card front so that it was in the same position as the leaf. I did some measuring, re-measuring and marked lightly on a used piece of card stock the same size as my card front. It was off to the left a bit, so I measured again, and took my chances with the Very Vanilla panel for my card front. It is off just slightly to the lower end, but not enough to concern me. It would have been easier to cut the card front first, mark the opening, then sponge the card base. However, what I ended up doing was not what I started to do, so I did it backwards.

Using a sponge dauber I inked around the edge of the leaf and the edges of the panel in Pear Pzazz, then liquid glued it over the card front.

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Using a scrap from cutting the card base, I stamped my sentiment in Pear Pzazz, then liquid glued it to the panel. The sentiment is one I have had a long time, and don’t remember where I got it, nor the company. To finish it, I used a metal leaf brad on the sentiment strip.

On the inside liner I again used the sponge dauber and Pear Pzazz ink to soften the edges, then stamped the tree in the corner, again with Pear Pzazz. The sentiment is from Thoughts and Prayers stamp set and is stamped in Soft Suede.

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The front of the envelope is done with a soft suede tree, while the flap was finished with 3 of the sponged  and stamped leaves, done the same way as the front of the card.

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I do like this technique of sponging, then stamping over the sponging for a different look.

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Card Cuts: Pear Pzazz: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, sentiment strip 1″ x 4-3/4″; Very Vanilla: front panel 4-7/8″ x 6-7/8″, inside liner 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″

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Stampin’ Up! Inlaid watercolor leaves

Finally, it is Friday! Well, I am not working outside of being self employed and doing volunteer work, so one day of the week is pretty much like another. However, I do look forward to a bit more relaxed pace on the weekends, sometimes anyway.

It is hard to believe that it has been a month since Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston and environs, and have you heard anything from there lately?? Nope! Not a word. The media certainly covers disasters well when they are happening, but not much of the aftermath and the human suffering. Pray for the folks in Puerto Rico hit by Maria. Such a season it has been already!

Today is the first day of fall, and I am celebrating that fact, even though it feels like July here. 92 degrees today, humid and breezy. They are saying we should be back to normal temps by Tuesday and beyond.

My card is a leafy card. Again. Yes, yes, I know, I do a lot of leaves. I love them. I love the trees. The pine cones, The acorns. The black walnuts. The hedge balls (otherwise known as Osage Orange). All of it! So, here it is!

I was inspired by the team over at Tic Tac Toe, with Challenge #016. You can find them here. I did the lower left to upper right diagonal, free, paper piece and autumn colors. I hope the inlay work counts as paper piece!

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It also fits with the Color Throwdown Challenge #461. While my colors are more subdued, they are all there. color throwdown

I started with a card front piece of Sahara Sand, dampened it, just a wee bit, then used my Aqua Painter to watercolor all over it, using Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.

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I decided to try some more of the inlay technique. I love this! Those cut out leaves with the teeny-tiny pieces were a little tedious, but only a little. For more on this method, see yesterday’s blog post. I didn’t mention yesterday that the Paper Piercing Tool is  very handy for pushing those itty-bitty pieces into place.

After letting the water color panel dry, I cut several leaves using the Seasonal Layers dies. I used the openwork leaf, a solid leaf of the same size and a smaller leaf. I cut more than I thought I would need, just because I could. You never know when you will need another leaf.

I then dry arranged them on my Sahara Sand card front panel, lightly marked where I wanted them and die cut them, leaving a negative space for the inlays. I saved all the die cuts for another project.

After inlaying all of the leaves and pieces, using adhesive sheets on the back to hold everything in place, I thought about dry embossing the front with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Embossing folder. This would be an experiment, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to experiment with my labor intensive card front and perhaps ruin it. I took one of the leaves I didn’t like so much and inlaid it into a scrap of Sahara Sand, ran it through the Big Shot and did a happy dance! It worked! None of the pieces fell out or curled up. Woo-Hoo! In fact, I think the added pressure of the Big Shot adhered them more firmly in place.

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I then had the courage to emboss the whole front of the card. I REALLY like the way it turned out. I mounted this on a panel of Pumpkin Pie with liquid glue, wrapped a piece of Burlap Ribbon around it and taped it on the back. I didn’t want to use a plain label, or banner, or strip of something for my sentiment, but what? Well, why not another leaf???

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I took the leftover scraps of the water colored paper and found one big enough to cut with the maple Leaflets framelit. I cut another in Elegant Eggplant to set it off and add some dimension. The sentiment, from Paisleys and Posies was stamped in Pumpkin Pie and quickly dipped into the Clear Emboss Powder and heat embossed. This leaf was attached to the Elegant Eggplant one with Glue Dots. Glue dots also adhered the leaves to the Burlap Ribbon. I used a few Stampin’ Dimensionals above and below the ribbon to secure them. Stampin’ Dimensionals also adhere this panel to the Elegant Eggplant card base, which, by the way, is a 5″ x &7″ card.

Inside I stamped the sentiments from a Gina K Thanksgiving stamp set in Pumpkin Pie on the Sahara Sand panel, then adhered it to a Pumpkin Pie panel and into the card base. It looked a bit plain, but I wasn’t sure I just wanted stamped leaves. Aha!! That experimental embossed leaf would do nicely. I trimmed it a bit, liquid glued it down and Hoop-Hoop this card is DONE.

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The Kraft envelope front is adorned with a couple more of the extra leaves, adhered securely with liquid glue.

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The flap is dry embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF. The ‘seal’ is another of the extra leaves that had adhesive paper on the back. I removed the release paper at the top to stick it to the flap, leaving the paper on the rest until time to mail it.

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I am very happy with this card. I may try it again in brighter colors next time, perhaps with larger leaves! 🙂

In looking at the card after I finished it, I thought it needed a little something something. Enameled dots were too bright. I didn’t want bling with burlap and wood. Hmmm, dig through the stash. A year or so ago I found some cute enameled brads in various themes and there was a package with leaves. Oh, My, Gosh! Perfect. I punched a couple of holes with my 1/8″ hole punch and added them to the front. NOW it is finished!

Card cuts are below as well as products used. Please leave a comment.

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September Card Class Tutorials

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Card Cuts: Elegant Eggplant: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, leaf 3″ x 3″; Pumpkin Pie: front mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″; Sahara Sand: front art panel (2-one to water color and one for the front) 4-5/8″ x 6-5/8″, inside panel 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″

Non Stampin’ Up! products used: leaf brads for the front, Kraft envelope, Gina K Thanksgiving stamp set

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