Stampin’ Up! Golden Afternoon for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good morning All! We are still in the deep freeze, though the freeze isn’t as deep as it was earlier in the week. It seems that whenever it warms up a bit we get more snow. We shall see if the predicted amount happens today. But, it IS March, which means that spring can’t be too far away. Oh, and by the way, just in case you haven’t heard, this weekend is the time to turn your clocks forward. Already???

My card for today is one of the unfortunate ones we all have to make from time to time….sympathy. Two friends  lost their fathers this past week, so I have been in the sympathetic mode. What better stamp set to use than Golden Afternoon? It has both as quiet scene and great sentiments for the purpose.

Our hop challenge today is color, also perfect for a sympathy card:

And here is the card I created


This is without a doubt the easiest card I have ever made. It is truly simple, and quick to make. Only one stamp set, no dies and two inks. Easy Peasy.

I began with a Night of Navy card base, a mat of Balmy Blue and an art piece in Whisper White. I stamped the large tree from Golden Afternoon in night of Navy, the birds in flight in Balmy Blue, and the sentiment also in Balmy Blue.


This was adhered to the Balmy Blue mat with Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered this card front to the card base.

On the inside, I used the same Balmy Blue mat, and liner in Whisper White. I wanted room to write, so I only stamped some Balmy Blue birds, or would that be Balmy Bluebirds?? Just kidding.


Liquid Glue was used for adhesion of both pieces.

The envelope got the small tree from the stamp set in Night of Navy ink, with more of those Balmy Blue birds on the flap.


See, I told you it was easy.  Now on with the hop. Our very creative team will no doubt have some wonderful projects for you. Clicking the ‘next’ button will take you to the uber creative Eve, but you can click on any name to just hop around.

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – You are Here

Eva Dobilas

CARD CUTS: Night of Navy: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Balmy Blue: front mat and inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: front art piece 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, inside liner 3-3/4″ 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 Happy Inkin’ Thursday Thank You

Blog hop headerGood Thursday mornin’ Everyone! Another week has FLOWN by. Where does the time go anyway? Today is Maundy Thursday. It is Holy Week for Christians, and Easter will be upon us in a couple of days. Tomorrow is end-of-the-work-week Friday for most people, Good Friday for Christians, and the day to plant potatoes for gardeners! On top of that, it is probably National Something-or-Other Day as well. But, that is off the subject, so let’s move on to today’s Hop.

Our challenge for today is this sketch.

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I really like this sketch and will use it again soon. For today however, I chose to make my card base from Always Artichoke. The rectangle is a light piece of Wood from the Wood Textures DSP Stack. I didn’t want the sentiment to take center stage, so I used the Thank You from Teeny Tiny Wishes and stamped it in Early Espresso. To give the panel more texture, I ran it through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Embossing folder. This was Liquid Glued to a mat of Crumb Cake. I wrapped a strand of Linen Thread around this piece about 5 times, taping it on the back. I then adhered this to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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From a dark piece of Wood Textures DSP I die cut a circle using one of the Layering Circles, I think the second or third largest, to provide a background for the ‘bird’s nest’. For the nest, I cut one each of the swirly things from Swirly Scribbles from the same dark Wood Textures DSP. To add more dimension to the nest, I cut 2 more of each from Crumb cake and Liquid Glued them together. I then glued the one with the ‘leaves’ to the one without leaves, then to the circle.

At this point I needed to dry fit everything. Using the branch from Seasonal Layers I cut 2 of these from Early Espresso. From a scrap piece of striped green from Delightful Daisy DSP, I cut several leaves with the leaf from Flourish Framelits, and cut a couple from Vellum as well. I never know for sure how many I will need, and any extras can be kept for another project. (In the end I used one branch, 2 Daisy DSP leaves, 1 vellum leaf, 1 Pear Pzazz leafy branch, 1 vellum leafy branch, and saved the rest)

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Then from Vellum and Pear Pzazz I cut some of the leafy branch from the Petals and More die set. (Purchased as a bundle with the Petal Palette stamp set you save 10%.) Then I  stamped the bird in Early Espresso from the same set on Sahara Sand,  die cut it  and painted it with my Basic Black and Melon Mambo markers. I tucked the bird in the nest and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I dry fit everything, then used Liquid Glue to tack down all the elements, leaving some of the leaves floating free. The card front is now finished.

On the inside, I stamped an Old Olive leafy branch and the sentiment in Early Espresso, both from the Petal Palette stamp set, onto a light colored panel of Wood Textures DSP. This was Liquid Glued to a Dark Panel of Wood Textures and onto a Crumb Cake mat. The whole was Liquid Glued into the card base.

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For the envelope I stamped the bird on the front in Early Espresso and left it plain, then used more of the Wood Textures DSP on the flap.

I like this card, but wondered how it would look if I changed out the card base and gave it some texture. This is the result.

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I added a couple of flowers stamped from Petal Palette and colored with Melon Mambo and Pear Pzazz Stampin’ Write Markers. Card base is Old Olive. Which do you like better?

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Please, now click on the “Next Blog” image and see what Amy has created. Each participating team member is listed below so you can link directly to each one if you prefer.

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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: Always Artichoke: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″; Crumb Cake: front rectangle mat 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″, inside mat 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″,  backing for swirly pieces 6″ x 6″, bird 1-1/2″ x 2″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: Light: front rectangle 3″ x 4″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″; Dark:  circle 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, swirly pieces 3″ x 6″, inside mat 4″ x 6″; Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (green): leaves 1-3/4″ x 5″; Pear Pzazz: leafy branch 3′ X 3″; Vellum: leaves 3″ x 6″; Early Espresso: branch 1-1/2″ x 4″

(The above pieces listed for the leaves are for what I actually used on the card. I cut more than I used, so saved them for later.)

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A special gift.

Good morning, Everyone, or is it afternoon???

I get busy and forget to look at the clock unless my stomach says it is time to eat!

Today I do not have a card for you, but something just as special. I made a book for a special little boy using images I took in Africa. It is an alphabet book. He isn’t two years old yet, so there will be plenty of time to enjoy this book.

Our family is pooling the money we would have spent on gifts for each other and giving it to a hurricane victim. None of us NEEDS anything, as we have all been blessed with plenty. However, I still have made something for most of the family, so there will be a FEW gifts under the tree (if I have time to get it up!)

A friend commented that she is on a pace for Christmas…if it was still September!! I am in agreement. How is it that Christmas sneaks up on me, every year it seems! Where does the time go????

Anyway, here is the cover of his book. I will show you a few inside pages as well.

Wild Wing Creations-book cover

This is the front and back of the cover. I blanked out his name purposely for this post.

I so enjoyed putting this book together. Here is one of my favorite animals from that trip. We saw her several times. Shortly after this image was taken she was stalked by a lioness and barely got away! I have images of the whole scenario! Very special. A couple of days later we found her and her 4 babies and spent the whole afternoon photographing their antics.

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What a beautiful animal. The next page I will show you is not an animal nor a bird, but what I chose to use for the letter Q. Q and X are difficult as I had no images for either letter. So, I used my imagination. For the X I put in an Xtra image of a W (warthog).

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This next image is of an owl that very few people ever see. We had FANTASTIC guides who knew where to look for various critters. They knew I especially wanted to see birds, so were constantly on the lookout for them. I was able to photograph good quality images and identify 119 species of birds I had never before seen. And, most people who do see the owl don’t get to see the eyelids!

Wild Wing Creations-book owl

Our Photographer leader asked which was our favorite animal and I was hard pressed to answer. I loved them all. However, I said, “Elephant”, as I have always loved the big Pachyderms. I think, though, now that I have been in their realm, I would have to include the Zebra as among my favorites. They are so unique.

Wild Wing Creations-book zebra

So, there you have it. Some samples from my gift for a special little guy. I hope he cherishes it as much as I cherish the memories of that trip and the wonderful animals of God’s creation. Every time I see something new, I am overwhelmed by an Awesome God and what he did for us mere humans.

The gifts of the Creation pale in comparison to the Gift sent to earth on the day that we celebrate as Christmas. Honor Him by trying to be more loving and kinder to your fellow humans, even when you don’t want to do so. You will be Blessed!

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Photography today, no card

I do believe it says somewhere that I am a photographer, and that this blog is about creative endeavors. Well, photography is creative, I think.

Since I spent the day yesterday canning tomatoes and really didn’t have time for a card (well, I COULD have made one, but, heck, I was tired!) I thought this would be a good day to talk about my bird photography.

There are many, many kinds of birds, and they all need our consideration. After all, God created all of them, and birds are frequently mentioned in the Bible. As Debbie Blue said in her article “He Will Raise You Up on Vulture’s Wings”, sub-titled “What I learned from bird-watching for Jesus” in Christianity Today, December 19, 2013, “Jesus said, ‘Consider the birds’, Matthew 6-26. I love that Jesus asked us to do that, go outside, get off the internet, watch birds.” I agree wholeheartedly.

Most people do not care much for Vultures, of which there are numerous kinds around the world. And, if we will but admit it, that dislike is pretty much based on their looks. However, consider this: Though they seek out death, they rarely hurt a living creature. Amazing! We humans should be so kind.

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Without these “death seekers”, we would be knee-deep (or deeper!) in dead animals, which, as we all know carry disease, especially when there are many of them. Can you imagine the stench, and the appearance of many, many dead animals due to natural causes, disease, and cars were it not for Vultures and their carrion eating friends???? Whew! And, never mind the diseases that would be spread!

I know that isn’t a very pretty picture for many of you, but we need to be realistic here, and not have a false notion of the facts. The fact is that the vulture (in my neck of the woods, the Turkey Vulture, seen above) can ingest the vilest of dead, disease-ridden matter, and, due to their amazing internal structure, digest it and pass it on as harmless matter. Isn’t that incredible??

So, whether or not you like the way they look, a vulture is a reminder that we should not judge anyone or any other creature on looks, but rather see them for their value in the wider scheme of things. The one pictured below is, I believe, a juvenile Turkey Vulture as opposed to the Black Vulture. I have not heard from my bird expert friends, but, due to the fuzzy head and wing colors, I think I am correct. For one thing, Black Vultures are not usually found in Iowa, but stranger thngs have happened! I actually think he is kind of cute.

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Other birds are mentioned in the Bible as well, but since I got some really good photos yesterday of the much maligned Turkey Vulture, I thought I would focus on them today. See what I did there???

They may not be as pretty as, say, an Eastern Goldfinch (Iowa’s state bird),


or as striking as an Acorn Woodpecker, photo taken in Arizona,

Acorn Woodpecker

but each has a role to fill as God intended. Far be it from me to decide which is more necessary, or prettier, or whatever. I just enjoy watching them and learning from them all. It certainly humbles me to think that God also considered the lowly (says who?) Sparrows. And that is another whole bird subject. If you thought the house sparrow was it for sparrows, think again. Their are many, and some are quite beautiful. Take the White Crowned Sparrow for instance. Isn’t he pretty?


As you can see we have much to observe in the birds and much more to understand.

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Thank you for joining me today, although I am sure this post was NOT what you expected! I am just full of surprises. 🙂