Stampin’ Up! birthday

Good Tuesday morning everyone! We had a nice rain over the weekend, a beautiful Sunday and Monday. I think Sunday night was our coldest so far this fall, but no frost, at least where I live.

I have several birthdays coming up so this is for one of them.

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I began with a Crumb Cake card base . This is a 5″ square card, different than what I usually do.

The mat is Early Espresso with 3 equal size pieces of map paper adhered with liquid glue. I then took 4 pieces of jute twine and tied the knot. Some call it a granny knot, some a nautical knot, but whatever it is, I like it on masculine cards. This was wrapped to the back of the mat and taped SECURELY.

The anchor is from the Seaside Shore stamp set, stamped in Early Espresso and fussy cut. I used Glue Dots to adhere it to the ‘rope’.

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The ship, from The Open Sea (retired) was stamped in Basic Gray on Smokey Slate card stock and colored in with Smokey Slate and Island Indigo Stampin’ Write markers. I used the White Chalk marker to color the clouds and Real Red for the flags, then fussy cut a general shape and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The Early Espresso mat is Fast Fused to the card base.

On the inside, I adhered an Early Espresso mat to my card base, then die cut the Happy Birthday sentiment from another panel of the map paper. This die is from Simply Defined and gives a totally different look to the card. Liquid glue adhered it to the mat.

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This was pretty fast and simple to do,yet the effect is nice. Since it is a square card, I had to make an envelope, using the envelope punch board, as I have no square envelopes. Another piece of the map paper made a very nice one, needing no further embellishment.

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The Merry Patterns Host promotion also ends October 31. To get this lovely stamp set FREE, just have sales of $300. You can order this yourself, or get some friends together and place your order. This is a great set, very versatile.

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Card Cuts: Crumb Cake: card base 5″ x 10″ scored at 5″, anchor 2″ x 3″‘; Smokey slate: ship 3″ x 3″; Early Espresso: cut 2 for inside mat and outside mat 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″; DSP: inside sentiment 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, for front cut 3  at 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

NON STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED: Happy birthday die from Simply Defined, map paper.

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Stampin’ Up! Magical Mermaid

Hey everyone! I have been very busy trying to get my craft space re-organized so it is easier to work. It seems to take forever, but I am making headway. At least on Sunday afternoon I got all the scrap card stock and DSP sorted and put in the proper file. Whew! I didn’t know I had so many scraps.  Some might say I am a pack rat. That isn’t true, but I do try to save where I can and believe in using odd bits when possible.

Today’s card is for my Great Granddaughter who will turn 4 on Friday. She told me recently that she wants to be a mermaid for Halloween. I managed to find an idea to make her a costume, so that will be her birthday present. I made this card to go with it.

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The card base is Very Vanilla. I began by taking another panel of Very Vanilla and die cutting the fancy oval from it. My intent was to adhere the DSP on the back and put the die cut back in the space, leaving the center open. But first, I wanted the mermaid to be IN the water, so I sponged the upper portion in Soft Sky, which, on Very Vanilla, turned sort of green. Not good.

I decided the sand should be done next, so I inked up the sand stamp from Magical Mermaid in soft Suede and stamped until the lower area was covered. Who ever heard of vanilla sand? I sponged over the stamping with Sahara Sand until I thought it looked more like real sand at the bottom of the ocean, blending it into the ‘water’ above.

To correct the greenish tint I sponged over the Soft Sky with Marina Mist, rendering a bluer water with some green undertones. Using Liquid Glue I adhered a piece of the wavy water from the retired By the Shore DSP to the back of my panel. So far, so good.

Then, when I re-inserted the die cut into the oval, it was all wrong. I didn’t want to sponge it, so I cut another oval from Soft Sky and used that die cut to put back into my panel. Oohh! I like this. That die, as well as the fish dies and the mermaid on the inside are from a stamp/die set from Simply Defined and is called Time and Tides. The die cut seaweeds are also from that bundle.

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I spent the next hour or so die cutting, all the pieces I would need for my vision, which included ruining a couple of pieces and having to cut them again. The gluing was a bit tedious, but not too much of a chore.

The seaweed is cut all in one piece as the die is really a frame, then I simply cut it apart to make more of an ocean bottom look. All the seaweed, inside and out, is from Old Olive. I dry arranged everything before starting to adhere elements in place.

I stamped the mermaid from Magical Mermaid in Smokey Slate ink onto Whisper White card stock, made sure it was dry, then proceeded to color her with my new Stampin’ Blends. These are Stampin’ Up!s new alcohol markers and they really blend well. They were available to demonstrators on October 1, but I do not know when they will be available for customers. As soon as I get the word I will let you know.

I used Calypso Coral, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Ivory and Crumb Cake to color the mermaid. Each color comes in a dark and a light, which makes blending very easy. There is also a color lifter which can be used to take away any color where you get too much. The mermaid costume has pink, coral, cream and about 3 shades of blue, so I tried to replicate that look on this card. I will say here that I thought about adding some pearls or enamel dots, but she has a 1 year old brother and I figured if they came off it might be a choking hazard, so I left them off.

Her hair is Crumb Cake, body is Ivory, and the other colors are in the tail. Her hair band is Calypso Coral, the dark one. Since there is no die for her, I fussy cut the pretty girl fish, or is it fish girl?

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I die cut 2 fish in Calypso Coral, one in Marina Mist and one from a previously stamped scrap of Daffodil Delight. I thought it made a nice tiger fish. (See, all those scraps come in handy sometimes!)

The seaweed at left is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals cut to fit the small spaces. Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals were too big and more difficult to cut smaller. The piece at right is two pieces cut and layered, gluing them together, which was almost as much of a chore as cutting bitty pieces of Dimensionals. Both the one at right and the one next to it were liquid glued to the card front. I left a gap about halfway up that was not glued down so I could have a fish swimming through the seaweed.

Before adhering the next pieces I attached the Mermaid with Stampin’ Dimensionals so she could appear to be rising from the seaweeds. There was a blank space and I was DONE with the bitty, fragile pieces of seaweed, so I stamped the weeds from Magical Mermaid onto Old Olive with Old Olive ink and fussy cut it. This was adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals also, with the edge tucked behind the Mermaid’s tail.

The blue fish and striped fish were also attached with Dimensionals in the seaweed at left. The smaller coral fish was also adhered with Dimensionals.

To finish the card front, I stamped some air bubbles from the Seaside Shore stamp set, and the sentiment from Magical Mermaid in Marina Mist.

I LOVE the dimension and textures of this card. I am equally certain the little girl in question will love it too.

On the inside, I cut the By the Shore wavy paper one inch too short, intentionally, and liquid glued it to a Soft Sky mat, keeping it at the top. At the bottom I added a one inch strip of Very Vanilla that I had stamped with the sand image in Soft Suede and sponged over it with Sahara Sand.

Over this I stamped a couple of seaweed images from the Magical Mermaid set in Old Olive and the sentiment from the same stamp set in Marina Mist.

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Using the Mermaid from the Time and Tides collection from Simply Defined, I stamped her in Smokey slate and used my new Stampin’ Blends to color her the same as the one on the front. I don’t mind that the waves show through, as I think it lends a more ethereal look to the Mermaid. To complete the inside of the card, I die cut 3 small seaweeds and a Conch shell (stamped with Calypso Coral on Very Vanilla first) from the Time and Tides collection. The weed at left is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensional bits and the rest with liquid glue.

The envelope flap got more of the By the Shore DSP while the front was stamped with Old Olive seaweed and a Soft Sky mermaid, all from the Magical Mermaid set.

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I hope you like this card as much as I do! Card cuts and products used are below.

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CARD CUTS: Very Vanilla: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″; card front 4-7/8″ x 6-7/8″, sand strip on inside 1″ x 4-1/2″, conch shell 2″ x 2″; Soft Sky: fancy oval die cut 4-1/2″ x 6″, inside mat 4-7/8″ x 6-7/8″; Whisper White: mermaid 2-1/2″ x 6″; Old Olive: seaweed 5″ x 6″; By the Shore DSP: front 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″, inside liner 4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″; Calypso Coral, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight: fish 1-1/2″ x 2″

NON STAMPIN’ UP! products used: Simply Defined Time and tides stamp and die collection

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Stampin’ Up Count My Blessings

Hey Everyone! We have had a couple of days of rainy, cloudy, misty weather. I LOVE it! We have been so dry, and the hope was for moisture in the ground before it freezes. Yesterday my gauge had 1-3/4″ on top of the 1-1/4″ last Friday. Much of the harvesting has been done, though there is still plenty left to do. It will take more than what we have had to stop them for very long once the sun shines again.

My card today is a birthday card, disguised as an autumn card. There are several birthdays coming up and this is what I created for one of them.

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The card base is Cajun Craze, the mat, Pear Pzazz and the art panel is Pumpkin Pie. I stamped over it randomly with Pumpkin Pie ink using the acorn and leaves from Count My Blessings. This is a wonderfully versatile set. Love it! I adhered this panel to the Pear Pzazz mat with liquid glue and wrapped a 1-3/4″ piece of burlap around it, taping on the back.

There is quite a lot of die cutting here using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits (Pear Pzazz round shape), Leaflets (oak leaves) Framelits,  Bouquet Bunch Framelits (Pear Pzaz and Painted leaves), and Patterned Pumpkin Thinlits (rounded berry leaf in Pear Pzazz, paint and Cajun Craze). The painted pieces are from the WHOLE SHEET of Very Vanilla that I painted with Distress Oxide inks a couple of days ago.

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I also stamped acorns from Acorny Thank You stamp set and punched them with the Acorn Builder punch. The cap was stamped in Soft Suede on Crumb Cake and the body in Soft Suede ink on Soft Suede card stock. They were adhered with liquid glue.

After dry arranging all the bits, I used liquid glue, mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere everything to the card base and burlap.

The sentiment is from an old stamp I have had for a long time, and is stamped directly onto the stamped panel in Soft Suede ink.This completed card front was attached to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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On the inside I reversed the mat and liner colors, again stamping the acorn/leaf randomly on the Pumpkin Pie mat with Pumpkin Pie ink. The liner is stamped in Soft Suede for both the sentiment and acorns. The sentiment is also from an old stamp set. I don’t know the company nor the name of the set.

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The envelope is adorned very simply with the acorn/leaf stamp in Soft Suede ink, both on the flap and on the front.

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This was a relatively quick card to make in spite of the many die cuts in the collage. I hope you like.

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Card Cuts: Cajun Craze: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, oak leaf and leaf 2″ x 4-1/2″; Pear Pzazz: mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″, swirl and leaves 4″ x 4″; Soft Suede: acorns 1-1/2″ x 6″; Crumb Cake: acorn caps 1-1/2″ x 3″; Painted Very Vanilla: leaves 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

NON Stampin’ Up Products used: burlap, sentiment stamps

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Stampin’ Up! Vintage Leaves Birthday for Men

Good Wednesday Everyone! Wow, I thought fall was here, or almost, but the thermometer says it is 90 degrees here! Whew! I don’t like it this hot in July, never mind the late days of September. I guess if I survive until the weekend it will be fine. By a week from now the highs are predicted to be 30 degrees cooler. Right up my alley.

Another busy day so this post is later than usual, although, if you are following me you know that sometimes posts are late. It just has to happen when I can make it happen.

Right now I am between two meetings and a haircut, just hangin’ out at the local library to at least get this typed, if not posted.

My card for today is an experiment in the use of Ranger’s Oxide Inks. These inks are REALLY cool, and I hope Stampin’ Up! has them in their new catalog. For the uninitiated, these inks are a fusion of dye inks and pigment inks. When you add water, they oxidize. The finished feel, and look, is chalky. However, unlike chalk, the colors do not rub off.

I started by trying for a ‘rusty’ looking background, sort of following the technique of Keren Tamir as seen on her You Tube video.

Well, mine certainly doesn’t look like hers, but I have not had much practice with these inks. I am pleased with the way the card turned out, even if it isn’t as ‘rusty’ as hers was. I guess mine has more patina.

I started with a sheet (yes, a WHOLE sheet) of watercolor paper, thinking I could choose which part I wanted for the card and use the rest for other projects.

I first schmooshed (I can pronounce it, but don’t know how to spell it, or if it is even a word) two colors onto my craft mat, directly from the ink pad. They are Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain, both browns, with the Vintage Photo having yellow undertones. Then I added the Cracked Pistachio, a bluish green color, sort of the color of copper patina.

I think this is where I differed from Keren. I did not have the video handy while I was working on the card, so was doing it from memory. Later, when I went back to the video, she did not put down the Cracked Pistachio in the beginning.

Anyway, I spritzed water over the ink on my craft mat then dragged my paper through it. I then dried it with my heat tool. I repeated this process 3 or 4 times until I was more, or less, satisfied with it. This is the nice thing about oxide inks….they layer. They do not turn to mud. As long as you dry between layers, they will look layered.

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I chose the portion I wanted for the card, then used Soft Suede ink to stamp some distressing over it, using The Open Sea and Timeless Textures stamp sets. Then, using the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder, I ran it through the Big Shot to dry emboss it. Did I mention that this card is for a man?? I hope he likes rust! I am not sure you can see the embossing in the photo, but it is there. It is most visible down by the sentiment label.

Time for the haircut. I hope I can finish this before the day is completely done!

(Three hours later) OKAY, on with the show!

Next, I liquid glued this panel to a Pool Party mat. I didn’t want it TOO dark and since there was this bluish patina to the background, I opted for Pool Party. I think it perfectly sets off the panel. For the same reason, I chose Soft Suede for my card base instead of the darker Early Espresso or Chocolate Chip.

Then, using the 5/8″ Burlap ribbon, I wrapped it around to the back and taped to secure it. I’m thinking at this point that some copper would be good, so I wrapped some Copper Metallic Thread around several times over the Burlap Ribbon and taped it as well.

While I was experimenting with the inks, I thought I might as well do some experimenting with papers, too. I did a sheet of Whisper White using brighter colors and a sheet of paper leather in the same colors but different densities as the background. The bright colors will be in another card, but I did decide the paper leather would make very nice leaves. You can find it at most craft stores. It has a very nice leathery texture and will not tear.

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I proceeded to stamp 3 of the leaves from Vintage Leaves in Versamark and heat embossed them with Copper Emboss Powder, rubbing my Embossing Buddy over the paper first. I think these are super cool! Using the Leaflets framelits, I die cut them with the Big Shot. Actually, I think the dry embossing is most visible in this photograph.

Using a glue dot to hold the stems together, I wrapped some Copper Metallic Thread around several time and knotted it. Then I made a bow by wrapping the thread around 3 fingers a few times, pinched it in the middle and secured by tying a shorter piece around the bow. Another Glue Dot adheres the leaf cluster to the Burlap Ribbon and the copper bow to the leaves.

Since this was paper leather and not paper, I could lift them up without bending them and attach the Stampin’ Dimensionals where they needed to be to secure the leaves where I wanted them.

For the sentiment, I punched a Pool Party label with the Everyday Labels punch, then cut another out of Soft Suede. This one I cut in half vertically and glued to the back of the Pool Party one, extending it beyond the ends. The sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Copper Emboss Powder. I also inked around the edges of the sentiment with a sponge with a bit of oxide ink on it. Stampin’ Dimensionals secure it to the art panel and the card front is done.

The inside features a Crumb Cake mat with a sentiment panel in Pool Party. It is stamped in Soft Suede, both the sentiment and the leaves. The sentiment is from Balloon Adventures (retired). These panels were liquid glued to each other and into the card base.wild wing creations3

I did not have time to make an envelope for this card. Actually, other than stamping a leaf on the front, I had no idea what I wanted for the envelope. Maybe I will devote a whole blog post to decorating envelopes. My friend Mary got me started with decorating them as she believes there should be “No nekkid envelopes.”

I hope you like this card, though it uses products other than Stampin’ Up! products. I do hope that the company decides (or has already decided) to offer a similar product to us.

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September Card Class Tutorials

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With a $50 order placed through my online store in September, you get my Painted Harvest Class Tutorials. You also earn Bird Egg Reward Points (see the information below) and if you apply the Host Code or have an order of over $150, you get the free thank you gift too!!

Card Cuts: Soft Suede: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, sentiment label back 1-1/2″ x 3″; Pool Party: front mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, inside sentiment panel 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″, front sentiment 1-1/2″ x 3″; Crumb Cake: inside mat: 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″; Paper Leather: leaves 4″ x 6″; Watercolor Paper: Art Panel 6″ x 8″

Non Stampin’ Up! products used: Ranger Distress Oxide Inks, paper leather

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Stampin’ Up! Colorful Seasons

If you are cleaning up from Harvey or Irma, or a wildfire or other disaster, please know that my heart breaks for what you are going through. My prayers were mostly for safety, not for no damage or mess. Does anyone know whether there is any historical evidence of increased activity following a total eclipse? Just wondering.

My card today was inspired by Global Design Project 104

Pretty and simple. I think my card is also pretty, and simple, even though it has several layers.wild wing creations003
I began with an Early Espresso card base for a 5″ x 7″ card. Most card makers prefer the smaller A2 size, but I prefer the larger size for a lot of my cards. This could just as easily have been a smaller one. I digress.
I cut a Pumpkin Pie mat to which I adhered a Crumb Cake panel randomly stamped in Crumb Cake with the maple leaf stamp from the Colorful Seasons set.
Using the three largest squares from the Stitched Shapes framelits, I cut one each of Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie and Crumb Cake.
The sentiment, from Special Reason (retired), was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed in Copper Emboss Powder on the smaller Crumb Cake square.
I put the Pumpkin Pie square on the diagonal on the Early Espresso square, and squared up the sentiment. These were liquid glued together and adhered to the leafy panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
The leaf, from Colorful Seasons, was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Copper Emboss powder. I then used Stampin’ sponges (cut in quarters) to dab Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Cajun Craze all over it. It was liquid glued to the lower side of the sentiment square.
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Actually, I stamped, embossed and sponged two leaves, and both were then die cut with the leaf from Seasonal Layers thinlits. To me, this is the perfect, simple embellishment for this card.
I considered adding copper thread, or a bow with the copper trim. However, it seemed to me to be overkill, so I opted to leave it plain.
On the inside I repeated the random leaf stamping, only this time just around the edge for a border.
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The sentiment, also from Special Reason, as well as the Happiest Birthday from Cool Treats, was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with the Copper powder. I love the magic that happens with the heat tool and embossing powder!
The second leaf was liquid glued just above the sentiment and this card is done.
The envelope was stamped with the same stamp in Crumb Cake-three on the front and randomly across the flap.wild wing creations001
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I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.
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September Card Class Tutorials

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With a $50 order placed through my online store in September, you get my Painted Harvest Class Tutorials. You also earn Bird Egg Reward Points (see the information below) and if you apply the Host Code or have an order of over $150, you get the free thank you gift too!!

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Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, large square 3″ x3″; Pumpkin Pie: front mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, medium square 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, inside mat 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″; Crumb Cake: front panel 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″, small square 2″ x 2″, inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, sentiment panel 4″ x 6″; Whisper White: leaves 1-1/2″ x 3″.

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Stampin’ Up! Dragonfly Dreams

Good Monday morning everyone. I know. It is Monday. 😦 Unless you really like your job, or whatever you are doing today, Mondays can be tough.

Tough going for Floridians, and also for those in the Houston area as they are faced with the cleanup. We must not forget those who are being driven from their homes in British Columbia and Alberta in Canada and the NW United States. My prayers are with you all. I am praying for comfort and peace with whatever situation you are dealing with, and I am sure others are also.

This is a day that will live in infamy forever, at least for those of us here in the United States, as we remember that horrible day 16 years ago. Watching it happen did not make it any more believable, however, it was happening and continued to shock everyone.

Life goes on for the rest of us, though for many, life changed irreparably.

Today’s card post has nothing to do with 9/11/2001, but is connected to Houston. This card is for a young lady who lives there and celebrated, if you could call it that, with flood waters rising all around and had to evacuate the following day. They are now able to get their mail, so I hope this lifts her spirits. For certain, it was a birthday she will never forget.

The inspiration for the card came from Freshly Made Sketches #304 challenge.

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It also fits with the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge 014. My card goes along with the middle row as you will see.

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First of all, I began by playing around with the Ranger Oxide Inks, thinking that might be my card base. Nope! It wasn’t what I wanted. In the first place it wasn’t ‘clean’ enough, and in the second place I knew I wanted the card base a bit darker.

Dapper Denim card stock proved to be just the right color. The band across the front is Whisper White, embossed with the Petal Burst TIEF. However, I chose to use the de-bossed side of the panel, which is the perfect look for this card.

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The circle was the 5th one out from the smallest in the Layering Circles Framelits and was cut from the new Champagne Foil Sheets. Gorgeous paper!! This was adhered to the Petal Burst panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Getting ready to cut the dragonfly from the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits, I wasn’t sure what it should be. What color? What kind of paper? Then I had one of those AHA! moments and grabbed the previously sponged Oxide ink panel. PERFECT! Sometimes I amaze myself! The colors blend perfectly with the Dapper Denim and yet are not just ‘plain’. I also used a piece of this for the sentiment. The dragonfly is Mini-stampin’ Dimensionaled (is that a word?) to the circle, just adhering it by the body, not the wings or the tail.

The sentiment is from the Detailed Dragonfly stamp set, stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in Gold Emboss Powder. This strip is liquid glued to the Petal Burst panel. I wanted the card to be finished at this point, but it looked unfinished. I added a Metallic Enameled Shape but that wasn’t enough. OK. The Dapper Denim Rusched Ribbon (retired) across the top of the Petal Burst panel was the finishing touch. I am very pleased with this card.

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But wait, we aren’t finished. There is still the inside and the envelope to do!

The inside is a panel of Dapper Denim with a flight of Whisper White dragonflies cut with a die from the Detailed Dragonfly and liquid glued to the panel. Another panel of Whisper White carries the full strength Dapper Denim  Sentiment from Birthday Blooms and a stamped off once Dapper Denim Dragonfly from the Dragonfly Dreams set.

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To finish the inside, I added a strip of the Dapper Denim Rusched Ribbon, taping it on the back. This panel was adhered to the card base with liquid glue.

The medium Whisper White envelope boasts a stamped off dragonfly on the front, while the flap is dry embossed with the Petal Burst TIEF.

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This completes today’s card. I am pleased with it and hope the recipient will be too.

Card Cuts: Dapper Denim: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, inside panel 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: embossed panel 2″ x 5-1/4″, inside sentiment panel 2-1/4″ x 4″, dradonflies 2-1/2″ x 4″; Champagne Foil Sheets: circle 2-3/4″” x 2-3/4″; Blue Sponged Whisper White: dragonfly and sentiment 4″ x 5″.

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Stampin’ Up! Masculine Card

Alas, there aren’t very many choices for cards for the masculine gender. For this card I used the retired Build It framelits and Nailed It stamp set. The card is for a guy who likes to do woodworking, so it is appropriate for him.

My card base is Tranquil Tide with a panel of woodgrain paper from the Wood Textures DSP. It is not embossed this time, though I really like the look that embossing gives.

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I used the largest square in the Stitched Shapes framelits to cut the mat from Tranquil Tide. The next size square die cut the logs paper, also from Wood Textures DSP. Both pieces are adhered with liquid glue.

The hammer handle is stamped with the Build It stamp in Early Espresso and cut with the Build It framelits. Do they even make hammer handles in wood anymore? I guess I am dating myself. The hammer head is stamped in Basic Black and dried with my heat tool. The paper for it was a scrap of some sort of metallic looking paper I found in my stash. The ruler along the left edge is cut from the same scrap. I like this because it has a dull finish, not shiny like foil. Basic Gray would probably work just as well.

The nails are stamped in Basic Black on the wood grain panel. I wrapped some thin jute twine around three times and taped it on the back. I think Linen Thread would work as well, but I couldn’t find it today. I made a loopy bow by wrapping around three fingers four times. Then I cut a short piece of twine and wrapped it around the middle three time and tied it in the back. This was adhered using a glue dot.

The Happy Birthday thinlit cut the greeting 3 times; once in brown fun foam, once in Crumb Cake and once in Tranquil Tide. I offset the Tranquil Tide a bit to allow the ‘shadow’ of the Crumb Cake to show. I used an adhesive sheet on the foam to adhere it to the cardstock greeting. I didn’t want to mess with cutting little pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals to lift the greeting off the panel. I think the foam works really well. The biggest issue is getting everything lined up correctly before it sticks for good! The greeting is then adhered to the panel with liquid glue.

The hammer is adhered to the squares with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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On the inside another piece of Wood Textures DSP is the mat for the sentiment. I randomly stamped some nails in Early Espresso here. The Sentiment is from Beautiful You and is stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla. This is liquid glued to a scrap of previously dry embossed darker wood grain from Wood Textures. I find myself using this paper stack a lot. I just wish there were more pieces of the shabby chic worn white. I think I have used all of it. But I digress.

I stamped the nails next to the sentiment and punched holes with a hand held 1/8″ punch to hold the metal brads. This sentiment piece is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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The envelope has an Early Espresso hammer and a few nails on the front. The flap is covererd in a piece of the Wood Textures DSP and stamped with a few nails in Early Espresso.

This was a fun card. If you like it, or, if you don’t, please leave a comment.

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Card Cuts: Tranquil Tide: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, Greeting 3-1/2/” x 4″, large square 2-3/4″ x 2-3//4″, Wood Textures DSP: front mat and inside mat 4′ x 5-1/4″, hammer handle, scrap 3/4″ x 2″, small square 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″, inside sentiment mat 1-1/4″ x 3-3/4″; Very Vanilla: inside sentiment 1″ x 3-1/2″; Metallic paper: ruler1/2″ x 5-1/2″, hammer head 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Crumb Cake: Greeting 3-1/2″ x 4″

Non Stampin’ Up! products used: metallic paper, brads, fine jute twine, fun foam

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WHOO’s Having a Birthday?

Probably lots of folks. However, I did not make this card for lots of folks. I made it for a little someone who will be having an October birthday. Apropos, don’t you think?

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I think we all need to let Stampin’ Up! know that we want them to introduce an Oxide ink. I recently heard about the Ranger Distress Oxide inks and thought I would try them to see if they really are as good as advertised. I think they are. They blend beautifully and never go to ‘mud’. So, I used them for the background for this card. The card base is Basic Black, making a nice frame for the sponged background, which looks and feels chalky, but doesn’t rub off.

I then stamped in Basic Gray an image from The Open Sea stamp set on the left, and a texture stamp from Touches of Texture on the upper right corner.

The black branch is die cut with one of the thinlits from Seasonal Layers. The owl is punched with the retired Owl punch in Early Espresso. His breast is punched from Tangerine Tango, the eye rings from Daffodil Delight and the eyes in Early Espresso. Initially I punched the tiny eye pupils from black, but decided in the end to use the Metallic Enamel Dots for his eye centers. I think he is so cute!

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Black pumpkins behind the colorful ones set them off nicely and make a sort of shadow effect. The vines are black just because I like it. The squash and pumpkin on the left are die cut from the scrap of sponging and stamped in Basic Gray with images from the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set. All are cut with the Patterned Pumpkins framelits. The Jack-O-Lantern on the right is cut from Pumpkin Pie and sponged lightly with Basic Gray to tone it down. All others are cut from Tangerine Tango and stamped in Pumpkin Pie.

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The sentiment is from the Birthday Delivery stamp set and is stamped in Basic Black. using my Stampin’ Write Basic Black marker I made a question mark.

The inside sentiment panel is cut from Pumpkin Pie and glued to a Tangerine Tango mat. YOU is stamped in Basic Black just using that part of Thank you from the One Big Meaning stamp set. I hand drew the exclamation mark with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker. The Happy Birthday is from Birthday Blast and is also stamped in Basic Black.

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The pumpkins at the bottom are stamped in Pumpkin Pie and he squash in Basic Gray

I didn’t want a white envelope, so dug through my stash for a lightweight paper in some shade of orange and made one using the Envelope Punch Board. Two pumpkins are stamped in Basic Gray on the front. I did nothing further as the dots are enough.

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I hope you like this card. It was so much fun making it.

Card Cuts: Basic Black: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, branch, pumpkins 4″ x 5″; Whisper White: sentiment art panel 5″ x 8-1/4″, trimmed to 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″ after sponging; Tangerine Tango: inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″; pumpkins, owl breast 2-1/2″ x 4″; Pumpkin Pie: inside sentiment panel 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″, pumpkin 2″ x 2″‘; Early Espresso: Owl and eyes  2″ x 2″; Daffodil Delight: eye rings small scrap, 1/2″ x 1″

Non Stampin’ Up! products used: Ranger Distress Oxide Ink pads for sponging the front.


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Stampin’ Up! Camo

Morning everyone! This week at Splitcoaststampers, Stampin’ Up demonstrator Kelly Acheson did a tutorial on making a card for men using camouflage on the card. I thought it was pretty cool, so I have CASed her card, well sort of. It is pretty much like the one she did, with a couple of minor changes.detail

She began, as did I, by taking her Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad and drawing it across a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. Here is the trick, folks. She then wadded it up! Yep. Crumpled it really good! Then, she, and I, smoothed it out the best you can and dabbed Old Olive over it, using the stamp pad. This only hits the high spots. Let it dry a bit, then crumple it some more. Really wad it up! Smooth it out again and dab some Early Espresso over it with the stamp pad. Crumple again and smooth, then use some dabs of Always Artichoke, again using the stamp pad directly to the paper. Here is where you might want to dab at some spots that are too light. I did add just a touch of Wild Wasabi also. When dry, smooth with your hands, then use your bone folder to smooth even more. Adhere to an Early Espresso mat with liquid glue. Set aside. This looks pretty darn good!

I used the retired Lucky Stars TIEF on a piece of Crumb Cake for my mat, which is adhered to the card base with Tear & Tape.

The sentiment, from Big on Birthdays, is stamped in Early Espresso on Crumb Cake and matted on Early Espresso. Starting in the center, I stamped the stars, also from Big on Birthdays, across the bottom in Early Espresso.front

Layer the camo piece and the sentiment piece on the Starry mat and adhere. Since the sentiment is over the camo layer, I used liquid glue on that end and Stampin’ Dimensionals on the outer end. Wind a piece of Linen Thread around three fingers 3 times and tie off, leaving a loop. Use a Glue Dot to adhere this to the camo piece above the sentiment.

The inside is one piece of Crumb Cake, stamped with the boots from Country Livin’ in Early Espresso and colored in with my Stampin’ Write Crumb Cake Marker. I added a few shadows with my Early Espresso marker, stamped the sentiment, also from Big on Birthdays and this card is finished.inside

The envelope got a pair of boots on the front and debossed stars on the flap.

This would be a great card for anyone in the military or with a military background, or, for any man, especially maybe one who likes to hunt.

I enjoyed this technique, thanks to Kelly Acheson and her Splitcoaststampers camouflage background tutorial

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave comments below.

Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″  scored at 5-1/2″,  camo mat 2″ x 4″, sentiment mat 2-1/4″ x 4-3/8″; Crumb Cake: Lucky Stars mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, front sentiment 2″ x 4-1/8″, inside sentiment 3-5/8″ x 4-1/4″; Very Vanilla: I did a piece about 4″ x 5″ so I could make 2 cards. The actual measurement for this piece is 1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″

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Stampin’ Up! Happy Birthday with color challenge

Good Tuesday morning everyone. Well, I am even more thankful than usual as we finally had some rain yesterday (1″+) which we badly needed. However, it wasn’t a general rain and certainly not a drought breaker. More is predicted for today. It is a little late to do the cornfield much good for this year’s crop, but moisture in the ground over winter is a good thing. And I am sure it benefited my Hostas and the ponds around here.

Today’s card is following the MFT color challenge #75, which uses colors I like but seldom put together. So, it is truly a challenge.

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My niece will be having a birthday soon and I think she will like these colors in a card. With that in mind I began pulling out my supplies, ultimately settling on Whisper White, Night of Navy, Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy and MORE of the Delightful Daisy DSP. I love this paper stack. There are so many options within it.

I began by cutting the card base from Night of Navy card stock as well as the largest scalloped circle from the Layering Circles framelits. Next is a Whisper White circle using the largest stitched circle from the Stitched Shapes framelits. These I liquid glued together and onto a Delicate White Doily. This will be the background for my birthday bouquet.

To highlight this and to incorporate another color of the challenge, I chose the coral color all-over design in the Delightful Daisy DSP pack. It is really more like Calypso Coral than Flirty Flamingo, but with the light and dark shading I think it works. I just thought the Calypso Coral card stock was too bright and had too much orange in it to work for this challenge, hence, the Flirty Flamingo. Liquid glue adhered this to the card base and the circle set is glued on top, offsetting it a bit.

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To provide a background for my bouquet I stamped one of the tiny flower designs in the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set in Crumb Cake onto the Whisper White circle. Then, I used the dies from the Bouquet Bunch framelits for all the flowers, stems and leaves in the bouquet. You can save 10% by purchasing these together in a bundle. Other than the inside sentiment, this bundle is all I used for this card.

Using Whisper White, Night of Navy and Flirty Flamingo, I die cut a variety of flowers. The stems and leaves were all die cut from Mint Macaron and Emerald Envy. I dry arranged these two or three times until I achieved a reasonably good looking bouquet, then proceeded to adhere them to the circle, layering as I would an actual floral bouquet.

I know there are really no Navy flowers, but there are some pretty blue ones. And, the challenge said Navy, so we have Navy flowers. Besides, card making is a creative endeavor, so I ‘created’ a new color flower! The large flowers looked a little plain so I went back and stamped them in stamped off twice Calypso Coral, and stamped off once Night of Navy. Much better looking flowers were achieved by doing this.

My greeting, also from the Beautiful Bouquet set, is stamped in Night of Navy on a scrap of Whisper White. With my Paper Snips I cut the flag end, leaving the other end straight. This was liquid glued over the stems and Stampin’ Dimnsionals were used on the outer end to prevent collapse.

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Using Linen Thread, I made a multi-layered bow and used a couple of Glue Dots to stick it to the bouquet as though the bouquet is tied together with the thread.

HMMM. Something is lacking. It needed a couple more small flowers, so I stamped them in Crumb Cake on Mint Macaron and added them to the bouquet. OK, enough texture in the flowers, and enough flowers. But none of them have centers.

I thought the best fix for that issue was to use Pearls Basic Jewels in different sizes. Perfect! I love this look. It is pretty and feminine without being ‘over the top’ feminine.

For the inside, I used a mat from the same DSP as on the front, choosing a portion of the paper that was a bit lighter. The Sentiment stamps are from the Special Celebrations set, inked in Mint Macaron and Night of Navy with my Stampin’ Write markers and stamped on Whisper White.

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To dress it up a bit and replicate the lacey look of the Delicate White Doily, I used a corner punch then liquid glued this sentiment panel to the DSP and the card is finished!

Using the same stamp set I stamped a few flowers on the front of the envelope in stamped of once or twice Calypso Coral ink as I do not have Flirty Flamingo, and the stems and leaves in Mint Macaron and Emerald Envy. More of the Delightful Daisy DSP was liquid glued to the flap.

I think it turned out well. Products and card cuts used are below.

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Card Cuts: Night of Navy: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, circle and flowers 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Whisper White: circle 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″, inside sentiment panel 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″, outside sentiment, scrap; Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy and Mint Macaron: various scraps trimmed from previous projects; Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper: cut 2 for inside mat and front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 5-3/4″

Products used but not listed below: Mint Macaron Stampin’ Write marker, retired; a corner punch.

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