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Stampin’ Up! Climbing Roses Birthday for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Another week has gone by and I spent nearly all of it at home. What a shocker! ‘Tis true, everything on my schedule was cancelled due to snow/ice/wind/extreme cold..any and/or all of the above. So, from last Wednesday until, maybe tomorrow, I have been home except for a very quick trip Monday to get some groceries and bird seed and suet between storms. It was actually freezing rain before I got home.

You might think I would have done something really important, like – uh, taxes? I am the world’s best at procrastinating when that is looming, so, no, I watched the birds at my feeders, read 4 books, played some solitaire, made a few cards, watched birds, made some jewelry, watched some You Tube tutorials, watched the birds at my feeders. (do you see a trend here?) And, yes, I did actually do some work…vacuumed, did laundry, cooked more than usual, did dishes (cooking makes a lot of dishes), did some paperwork, paid bills, and got a small start on spring cleaning by cleaning out 3 or 4 kitchen cabinets and washing down the fronts. Also, of course, is the clearing of sidewalks of ice/snow/sleet. I am not a TOTAL shirker!

But, my week’s work, or lack thereof, is not why we are here. It is time for our talented Krew to share some lovely cards with you. We have a sketch for today, and I have chosen to implement it with the climbing Roses stamp set. On with the hop!

I like soft colors when I am making something for a woman, and I have several birthdays upcoming, most of which are of the feminine type. One of my favorite Stampin’ Up colors is Soft Sea Foam, so that is my card base. I also like layers, so layers you get.

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I stamped the roses in Basic Gray on Whisper White and used my Stampin’ Blends and Stampin’ Write Markers to color them. Colors used for this were Rich Razzleberry Light Stampin’ Blends, and Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron and Powder Pink Stampin’ Write Markers.

The Climbing Roses Bundle has everything I needed except the birthday sentiment and the inside sentiment, and the embossing folder.

The mat behind the roses is Powder Pink and I ran it through the Big Shot with the Tufted  3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder. This was attached to a Blackberry Bliss mat with Liquid Glue. Liquid Glue is the only adhesive used on this card except for the Stampin’ Dimensionals under the sentiment.

The extra leaves and the rose on the sentiment are also from the Climbing Roses Bundle. The Powder Pink flower and the Blackberry Bliss berries were some die cuts I had cut for another project and didn’t use. They may have been from the holiday catalog, but I am not sure. Anyway, I like to save things like that as you never know when they will come in handy.

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The sentiment from All That You Are was stamped in Rich Razzleberry on Whisper White, then die cut with the die in the Climbing Roses Bundle. It looked too small and too plain, so I adhered it to a scrap of Soft Sea Foam and fussy cut around it, leaving a narrow margin. Hmmm…still too plain, and still too small. OK, let’s mount it on a scrap of Blackberry Bliss and fussy cut it, leaving a larger margin. Oh, yes. Much better. The little rose adds a finishing touch. This was afixed to the front, then the whole was Liquid Glued to the card base.

On the inside, my Powder Pink liner was stamped with a sentiment from Golden Afternoon in Rich Razzleberry. The corner adornments are also from Climbing Roses and stamped in Basic Gray using the second generation stamping method. I left these un-colored.

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This was adhered to a mat of Blackberry Bliss and into the card base. I don’t know if you can tell from the photo, but the mat is embossed with the Tufted Dynamic Embossing Folder. I don’t usually emboss the mat, but I originally thought I would put it on the front of the card, then decided it was too dark. Rather than add it to my stash of paper-to-be-used-later, I just used it as a mat.

Card finished.

The envelope also got the small rose spray on the front, stamped in Basic Gray and colored with Powder Pink and soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Write Markers. Since I had not used any Designer Series Paper to also use on the flap, I simply stamped the large rose spray on the flap, letting it extend down onto the envelope.  I then colored it with Powder Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sea Foam and Mint Macaron Stampin Write Markers.

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My apologies for the appearance of some of the photos. All were taken at the same time with the same lighting, so I don’t know why some of them look striped. It is a mystery. Let me assure you….they are NOT striped!

Now, to see what the rest of this talented Krew has for you, just click the next button to see what Eva has done for you. Or, just click on any name hop to her blog. Enjoy!

Card cuts and products used are below.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston

Eva Dobilas

CARD CUTS: Soft Sea Foam: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, extra leaves 1-1/4″ x 3″, sentiment mat 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Blackberry Bliss: front mat 4″ x 5-1/2″, sentiment mat 3″ x 4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, scrap for berries; Powder Pink: embossed mat 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″; Whisper White: rose spray 3-1/2″ x 5″, sentiment 2″ x 3″

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Stampin’ Up! Butterflies and Doilies for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Hello again! Last week I didn’t get to participate in the weekly blog hop due to a lack of internet service. We were in the midst of WAY below zero temperatures, and though my provider knew what needed to be done to fix the issue, it involved someone climbing a tower….not a good idea with those temperatures and 40 mile an hour wind. Thus, I was without service for 4 days. AND, I SURVIVED!! It can be done folks. Just turn off the computer. Actually, other than not being able to join in the hop, I enjoyed the freedom from the internet.

Today we have a color challenge, which makes me think SPRING, which makes me think butterflies. The Occasions catalog has some beautiful butterflies offered, so today is a butterfly day! Come on along and hop with us. We have several VERY talented ladies joining us, so without further ado, let’s go!

Here is our challenge:

And here is what I created using that challenge. To me this shouts “SPRING” and with recent cold, snowy, icy days, spring can’t come too soon for many. I really don’t mind the cold and snow, but don’t much care for ice, unless it is in my water or soda.

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While this is a bit outside my comfort zone, I had fun creating this card. I began with a Coastal Cabana card base and used a mat of Botanical Butterfly designer Series Paper as a mat, set on an angle. This was adhered with Liquid Glue.

I used the thinlits in the Dear Doily Bundle to die cut a Melon Mambo doily and a Whisper white one. The Melon Mambo one was adhered over the front mat with Liquid Glue.

Using a Blender Pen and both Coastal Cabana and Melon Mambo ink, I colored 3 butterflies on the black and white side of the DSP. A fourth one was stamped on Whisper White card stock in Melon Mambo, using a stamp from the Butterfly Gala Bundle. All were punched out with the Butterfly Duet Punch, which is part of the Butterfly Gala Bundle.

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The sentiment, from Itty Bitty Birthdays, was stamped in Coastal Cabana on Whisper White and punched out with the Classic Label Punch. A Coastal Cabana Marker was used to edge the label. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere the butterflies and label.

To add a bit of bling and more dimension, I added some Basic Jewel Rhinestones to the butterflies. This completes the front.

For the inside, I used Liquid Glue to adhere the Whisper White Doily and one of the butterflies, instead of using a mat as I usually do. In retrospect, I think I like using a mat better, but I was trying to think outside my usual way of doing things. The sentiment is from Humming Along and is stamped in Melon Mambo.

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Moving along to the envelope, another piece of the DSP covers the flap and a couple of butterflies in Coastal Cabana from the Butterfly Gala Bundle grace the front.

On with the hop.

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – You are here

Eva Dobilas

CARD CUTS: Coastal Cabana:card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Whisper White: butterflies 3″ x 5″, front sentiment scrap approx. 1″ x 3″, doily 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″; Melon Mambo: doily 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″; Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper: front mat 3-3/4″ x 5″, envelope flap 2-3/4″ x 6″, butterflies as many as you want to color and punch out.

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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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  1. Julie Johnston – you are here
  2. Jaimie Babarczy
  3. Karen Ksenzakovic
  4. Shirley Gentry
  5. Sue Prather
  6. Mary Deatherage
  7. Karen Finkle
  8. Amy Koenders

CARD CUTS: Whisper White Thick Card Stock: card base 5″ x 10″, scored at 5″, frame 2 pieces each 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″;  Whisper White card stock: inside panel 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″; panel for sponging background 5″ x 5″; Pool Party: sentiment 4 scraps 1-1/2″ x 4″ or one piece 4″ x 7″, inside mat 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″, Tranquil Tide Designer Series Paper; envelope 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Animal Outing Birthday

Today is Sunday and I hope you attend the church or synagogue of your choice. It is a great day that the Lord has made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24

My card for today is for a young lad’s birthday and I hope he enjoys it. Animal Outing is so adorable. The design for this card was inspired by a challenge over at As You See It .

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Let’s get on with it, shall we?

Here is what I created, and it is going to come as a shock to those who follow me regularly. They know I do not like CHARTREUSE, and it dominates this card in the form of Lemon Lime Twist. This is my very, very least favorite color, but sometimes it is appropriate. I know I will get a lot of flak! In for a penny, in for a pound, as they say.

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Shocking isn’t it? But, I think children like bright colors and there are two shades of green (if you can call one of them green) in the Animal Expedtition Designer Series Paper that is the basis for my card.

The top flag shows the different animals and I stamped the sentiment from Perennial Birthday in Shaded Spruce on this flag. The next one down is another paper from Animal Expedition, as is the bottom flag. The fourth flag is Shaded Spruce card stock and was put through the Big Shot in one of the Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folders. All flag ends were punched with the Banner Triple Punch.1These were all adhered with Liquid Glue to a Lemon Lime Twist mat that had been dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing folder. I had planned to use a different TIEF, but it ‘fought’ with the flags, so it had to be rather plain. I really like the texture this folder gives a project.

The card front was adhered to the card base with Liquid Glue also, and a length of 3/16″ braided Linen Trim was wrapped around and tied in a bow. To secure the bow in place I used a  Glue Dot. I usually photograph outside and it was windy to beat the band, blowing the tails of my bow all over the place. My apologies for this.

The inside of the card has a double mat; more (I can’t believe I used so much of this color!) Animal Expetion DSP  matted to a Shaded Spruce mat. The sentiment liner was stamped with a character from the Animal Outing stamp set in Soft Suede and colored with Stampin’ Blends. Colors used were Light Night of Navy, Light and Dark Smoky Slate, Ivory (ears), Light Daffodil Delight and the Color Lifter. This was used on the bird and the ivory horn, which I had colored with light Smoky slate.

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The sentiment, from Picture Perfect Birthday, was stamped in Shaded spruce. I hand colored the frog stamp, which is in Animal Outing, with my Lemon Lime Twist Stampin’ Write Marker and stamped the rest in Shaded Spruce. This liner was Liquid Glued to the double mat and into the card base.

I just couldn’t bear more Lemon Lime Twist, so used the giraffe printed Animal Expedition DSP for the envelope flap, and fussy cut one of  he smaller Rhinoceros from a scrap of the DSP. Liquid Glue secured it to the front.

In my opinion this card is child worthy in spite of the color used. Please leave comments below. My shoulders are broad, and I can take it!

Disclaimer: I will NEVER LIKE chartreuse, no matter what it is called nor how much I have to use it on a card.

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CARD CUTS: Crumb Cake: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Lemon Lime Twist: front 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Animal Outing Designer Series Paper: flags 1-1/2″ x 3-34″, 1-1/4″ x 3-1/2″, 2″ x 3″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5″; Shaded Spruce: embossed flag 1″ x 4-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: inside liner 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″.

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Stampin’ Up! Buffalo Check Plaid for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Blog hop headerToday for our weekly Thursday Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop, I chose to use the color challenge colors to make a plaid using the Buffalo Check background stamp. Here are our colors.

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My friend Mary did a video tutorial on making plaid with the Buffalo Check background stamp. To watch her video, go here. She inspired me to make my own plaid. Here is the plaid I created and the card on which I used it.

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Now, I love plaid. Always have, always will. I think today’s colors lend themselves well to plaid for a masculine birthday card, so let’s get on with it shall we?

It took a couple of tries to get the look I wanted in the end, but I really like this look. I stamped the Buffalo Check in Cajun Craze on Very Vanilla, then added the stripes in Old Olive and Blackberry Bliss. There are many kinds of plaids out there, so don’t be afraid to experiment a bit. It is only paper! I used my dark Stampin’ Blends marker (brush end) for the wide stripes and the Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write Marker bullet end for the finer lines.

My plaid panel was adhered to a Blackberry Bliss mat with Liquid Glue. A strip of Burlap Ribbon was wrapped around these panels and taped to the back.

This became the background for the Pleasant Pheasant stamp, stamped in Cajun Craze on Very Vanilla. I colored this in with the challenge colors plus some crushed curry. And I didn’t like it. AT ALL! It went to file 13! Guess I need practice in coloring. Back to Kindergarten folks!

The one I used is just stamped in Cajun Craze and the grasses colored with my Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker. I cut the image with the largest Stitched Shapes Circle die. This is Liquid Glued to a Copper Foil scalloped circle, cut with the largest Layering Circles Scalloped die.

Several Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back allowed me to wind some Copper Metallic Thread around before adhering to the card front.

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The sentiment is  from Sunshine Sayings and is stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Very Vanilla. I used the shaped die from Still Night to cut the sentiment, then used my Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker to make the stitches. This is adhered to the card front with Liquid Glue. The whole was then applied to the Old Olive card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the inside, another image from Pleasant Pheasants, stamped in Cajun Craze after stamping off once, provides a background for the Blackberry Bliss sentiment from Special Celebrations on Very Vanilla card stock. A narrow strip trimmed from my plaid panel was adhered to the left side of the sentiment liner with Liquid Glue. The other three sides got more Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker stitches.

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This panel was Liquid Glued to a Blackberry Bliss mat and into the card base.

The envelope has another of the Pleasant Pheasant images on the front and more of the pheasants on the flap.

Please, hop on around to see what this talented team has for you today. By clicking on the ‘next’ button you will go to our team leader Amy’s blog. Enjoy!

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Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston-you are here

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CARD CUTS: Old Olive: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Blackberry Bliss: cut 2 mats 4″ x 5-1/4″; Very Vanilla: for plaid 4-1/2″ x 6″, inside sentiment 3-3/4″ x 5″, front circle 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, front sentiment 1-1/2″ x 3″; Copper Foil Sheets: scalloped circle 4″ x 4″

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Stampin’ Up! Southern Serenade Birthday

Good Friday morning to you all! It is a pretty day today here in the heartland. What a Blessing God has given us. We have had a week of glorious weather, though it is warmer today than I prefer. My prayers go out for all those in the path of Florence…they are not having such a glorious day.

My card today is for a woman’s birthday, so I used the very feminine Southern Serenade stamp set. The sentiments are from At Home With You (front) and Beautiful You on the inside.

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I began by stamping the floral bouquet in the Southern Serenade set in StazOn Black on Whisper White. Using my Blender Pen and Blueberry Bushel stamp pad (squeezing the closed pad to get some ink in the lid), I colored in the flowers, then gave them a Daffodil Delight center with my Stampin’ Write Marker. The Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Write Marker filled in the leaves. I then used the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss the whole panel before cutting it with the largest of the scalloped Layering Ovals Framelits.

This was adhered with Liquid Glue to a Blueberry Bushel oval cut with the largest plain one from Layering Ovals Framelits.

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My card base is Blueberry Bushel. A mat of Daffodil Delight was first embossed with the Swirls and Curls Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder. I wrapped a length of Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around this and Liquid Glued it to the front. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the Oval to the yellow mat.

I stamped the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel on a Whisper white scrap and used my Paper Snips to cut the ends. The Blueberry Bushel Stampin’ Write Marker edged this piece nicely. It is attached over the ribbon with Stampin’ Dimensionals. A small Polka Dot Tulle bow is attached with a Glue Dot.

On the inside I stamped the sentiments from Beautiful You in Blueberry Bushel and flowers from Southern Serenade in StazOn Black in each corner. These were colored the same as the front. This liner was Liquid Glued to a Daffodil Delight mat and into the card base.

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For the envelope I used the Swirls and Curls embossing folder to do the flap and stamped the floral image from Southern Serenade in Blueberry Bushel on the front.

I hope you like this card. I think it very feminine. Please leave comments below.

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Card Cuts: Blueberry Bushel: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, oval mat 3″ x 4″, Whisper White: inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″, front oval 3″ x 4″, front sentiment 1/2″ x 1-1/2″; Daffodil Delight: front embossed mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″

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Stampin’ Up! Beautiful You for the Happy Inkin’ Krew Thursday Blog Hop

Mornin’ Everyone! Today is Thursday, meaning it is Blog Hop Day. Today’s challenge is color , and as soon as I saw the challenge, I saw the card in my mind’s eye.

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While I really like 2 of the three colors, the third one is definitely not my favorite. However, I was able to use it sparingly on the card. It does set off the other two quite nicely, along with the addition of white. That said, here is my card.

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I began by making black and white diagonal stripes for one of the mats. This is definitely not within my comfort zone as far as style and subject matter are concerned. It is too modern and too bright for my taste, but I knew I had to make it. It will be a birthday card for a young college age woman.

Having determined that my card base would be Lovely Lipstick and the first mat my UN-favorite color, Lemon Lime Twist, I knew that my striped mat had to be 4″ X 5-1/4″. Taking a panel of Whisper White and my mechanical pencil, along with a ruler, I began marking stripes approximately 1/4″ wide. I then proceeded to color them in with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. If you do this, be VERY careful as it wants to smear. Set aside to dry.

The art piece girl from Beautiful You is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on a Whisper White panel. The sentiment, also from Beautiful You, is stamped in Lovely Lipstick. My orginal thought was to leave the girl black and white, but decided to give her a touch of color with a Lemon Lime Twist hat. I deliberately left some white spots to add to the hand drawn look of this image. This panel was adhered to a Lovely Lipstick mat.

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By now the stripes are dry and adhered with liquid glue to a Lemon Lime Twist mat and onto the front of the card base. Over this, using Stampin’ Dimensionals, I adhered the art piece to the front. As a final touch, I added a single Rhinestones Jewel to the lower right corner.

The inside continues the three colors with a Lemon Lime Twist mat, topped with a Basic Black mat. My sentiment panel is Whisper White edged with my Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Write Marker. The Lovely Lipstick image from Beautiful You was stamped off twice before adding to my panel. The Beautiful You sentiment is Memento Tuxedo Black.

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For the envelope, I made more stripes on the flap, then stamped a girl on the front with Memento Tuxedo Black.

I think this turned out well and is very contemporary.

This card only uses one stamp set and minimal paper and inks. No die cuts. Enjoy.

Now, on with the rest of the hop. Click on the “NEXT” image to see what tempting creation Amy has for you.

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Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston

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Card Cuts: Lovely Lipstick: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at  4-1/4″, front mat 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Whisper White: panel to make stripes 4″ x 5-1/4″, front art panel 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″, inside sentiment panel 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″; Lemon Lime Twist: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Basic Black: inside mat 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″

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Stampin’ Up! Rooted in Nature Birthday forHappy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Blog hop headerAnother Thursday and another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop. Today we are working with this sketch challenge

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and here is the card I created for this challenge.

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I wanted a masculine card, and, while it isn’t over the top, I think it fills the bill because of the textures and colors.

I started with a sheet of the Nature’s Poem DSP and built the card from there, using the sketch as my guide, turning it on its side.

The card base is Sahara Sand with a mat of Soft Suede that I ran through the Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. That’s a mouthful! This will hereafter be known as a DTIEF!wild wing creations-1

The two offset panels are from Nature’s Poem and Wood Textures. In fact, everything on this card uses all those same papers and card stock.

Cut all the pieces first. Then, dry emboss the Soft Suede card stock mat. This was adhered to the card base with Tear & Tape.

A panel of light colored Wood Textures DSP was then Liquid Glued to this mat. The lovely Nature’s Poem panel with leaves was also adhered with Liquid glue.

Now for the fun part. I die cut several leaves and branches from Wood Textures DSP and Soft Suede card stock using the set of 3 leaves in the Sweet Cake Thinlets. I also die cut one of the triple leaf from Nature’s Roots Framelits from the Wood Textures DSP. I then dry embossed it using the embossing plate in the set of Framelits.

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The sentiment circle in Wood Textures DSP is cut with the #4 circle from Layering Circles (I number from smallest to largest) Framelits. The Happy Birthday sentiment from Perennial Birthday, is stamped in Soft Suede ink. I then adhered the triple leaf to the circle before adding the Stampin’ Dimensionals and Linen Thread.

I did a dry fit of all the leaves and stems under the circle before adhering everything. When I was satisfied with the layout, I began layering with Liquid Glue. Several Stampin’ Dimensionals are on the back of the circle, with some of them for the express purpose of holding the Linen Thread loops in place. The rest adhere the threaded up circle over the arrangement of leaves.

I thought it looked a bit plain, so I grabbed my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker and began to outline the circle. I knew I couldn’t make a perfect circle freehand, so I deliberately added a few bumps and ‘feathers’ which I think looks better than if it were a perfect outline.

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The inside has no sentiment as I want to write a personal note here. The same card stock and DSP are on the inside with the Soft Suede acting as the first mat, the leafy DSP under the Wood Textures DSP. This is my writing surface as it is light enough for text to show up. I considered adding a stamped leaf then decided against it. Now, I think it looks plain, so I may go back and add the triple leaf in a stamped off once Soft Suede in the corner.

The envelope flap has more of the DSP , and two of the triple leaves stamped on the front. One of them is full strength Soft Suede and the other is stamped again without re-inking.

I like this challenge and think I will do another card using the same sketch. Stay tuned.

If you like the DSP used here, just bear in mind that we have a special offer going until the end of July. If you purchase 3 packages of DSP, you get the 4th one free. How’s that for a deal? There are some lovely ones, so this is a good time to stock up. More information below.

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Card Cuts for today’s card: Soft Suede card stock: front embossed mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, leaves  2″ x 3″; Sahara Sand: card base 5-1/2″ x  8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper: front panel 3″ x 4-1/4″, inside liner 3-1/8″ x 4-3/8″, circle and leaves 2″ x 4″; Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper: front panel 3″ x 4-1/4″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5″

 

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Stampin’ Up! Lovely Floral Birthday

I hope you are having a Tremendous Tuesday on this THIRD day of July. Wow, before we know it we will be saying August. The year is 1/2 over already.

For today I made the Lovely Floral 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder (DTIEF) the focal point of my card. This DTIEF is so pretty it makes its own statement, no stamping needed.wild wing creations-4

I began by inking the FLAT side of the DTIEF with the beautiful NEW Soft Sea Foam ink. The first one I did had streaks from the edge of the stamp pad, so I changed my inking method and just did a tap-tap with the ink pad on the DTIEF. This gave me a nice texture.

I started with the intention of using this as the whole card front, but in the end decided to cut it down to a square and let the mixed greens do the talking. The square is 3-7/8″. When I laid it on its mat and on the card base, it just didn’t do anything for me, so I decided to round the corners. This gave it some personality. The Envelope Punch board has a nice corner rounder on the back side (or top if you prefer). I also rounded the corners on the Whisper White mat, then used Liquid Glue to adhere the mat to the card base. Stampin’ Dimensionals  attached the focal piece to the mat.

My card base is Garden Green, which pairs nicely with the Soft Sea Foam. I think Soft Sea Foam is my new favorite color. It goes with just about everything!

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The sentiment, from You’re Inspiring, is stamped in Garden Green on Whisper White. Since I planned to add some embellishments to the left side of the sentiment, I stamped it off center. I often have a vague idea of how I want the card to look, and sometimes it is too vague to become reality. Such was the case for this one. My sentiment strip was cut and bannerized, that is, the ends were flag cut. This just didn’t DO anything for the card. HMMM. Now what?

Well, I had the scraps from trimming my focal piece, so I made a mat for the sentiment. That helped, but still, No Go. Round the ends? Use a punch? Nothing triggered “Aha!”. I began to go through my dies to see what might work and in the end used one of the retired Lots of Labels Thinlits. This made the perfect sentiment banner. I did the same with the mat, Liquid Glued them together and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere them to the card front centering it under the focal piece.

Some folks don’t use Stampin’ Up! retired products, but I do. I paid good money for them and got them because I like them, so I will keep using them.

Now for the fun part, adding embellishments. I used the Sweet Cake Framelits to cut some leaves from Garden Green card stock and a couple from the scraps from trimming my focal piece.

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The flower is cut using the Flourishing Framelits. I wanted a small flower to sort of mimic the focal flower and this one was perfect. Again, using scraps from trimming the focal piece, I cut the flower, then Liquid Glued it to a scrap of Whisper White. This was fussy cut around the green flower.

I cut a Whisper White flower using the smaller die and curled the edges with my Bone folder. I did the same with the larger flower, curling them backwards. Then, I placed the flower in the palm of my hand and used the blunt end of my Paper Piercer to push down on the flower center. This added more dimension.

A dab of Liquid Glue adhered the small flower over the large one. I arranged the leaves and Liquid glued them  to the sentiment banner, then used a Stampin’ Dimensional to adhere the flower.

A medium Basic Jewels Pearl adds some Pzazz to the flower center, and tiny ones fill the centers of the small flowers in the focal piece.

There! This card front is DONE!

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For the inside I stamped some leaves and flowers from Falling Flowers in Soft Sea Foam on Whisper White, then added the sentiments, also in Soft Sea Foam. The sentiments are from Flourishing Phrases and Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

I matted this on some Soft Sea Foam card stock and Liquid Glued the whole into the card base. This is a nice, soft, feminine look.

The envelope front has a single green Falling Flowers leaf in Soft Sea Foam, while the flap is…..surprise! Dry embossed with the Lovely Floral DTIEF for a different look. I like it. I considered inking the DTIEF like I did for the focal piece, but decided it was too messy for the flap.

This post is a bit longish, but sometimes I think it is good to let you know the thought process, not just the finished product.

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