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Stampin’ Up! Sympathy for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Blog hop headerGood Thursday all! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, although I know that holidays are difficult for some folks. Especially when Sympathy cards are in order. Such was the case for a dear friend of mine, so I decided to use today’s challenge colors to create a card for her.

Here are our colors: Which, when I first saw them, I thought looked pretty dull. However,  when I began to work with the colors I decided they weren’t bad at all. I think the card turned out quite well, actually.

I began by choosing my papers. When in doubt about putting colors together, Stampin’ Up! has helped those who may be color challenged with the Designer Series Papers. Each package tells you what colors have been used, so it is relatively easy to combine your colors. The DSP I chose for today’s card is Frosted Floral. I also used a bit of DSP from the Share What You Love package.

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My card base is Gray Granite with a mat of Blackberry Bliss. Over this I Liquid glued a panel of the Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper. This paper has a lovely sheen. Next is a mat of the Share What You Love DSP, cut much smaller than the floral background piece. I didn’t want much of this to show, so the Blackberry Bliss panel is only 1/8″ smaller. This combo was Liquid Glued to the background piece.

I wrapped a length of 1/2″ Textured Weave Gray Granite Ribbon around these and taped it to the back.

My sentiment piece is stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Gray Granite with an outline stamp from the Floral Frames stamp set. The sentiment is from the Lasting Lily stamp set, which will be available, free, in the Saleabration catalog on January 3 with the appropriate order. It is also stamped in Blackberry Bliss.

Using the frame die in the Foliage Frame Framelits, I cut this out, then cut another from the same paper as the mat under the Blackberry Bliss panel. I cut this one in half lengthwise and used Liquid Glue to adhere my sentiment label over it, off setting the mat so a bit of the Pear Pzazz shows.

On the back I placed several Stampin’ Dimensionals, both to lift this away from the ribbon and to give my embellishments a place to stick.

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Using the leaves in the Foliage Frames dies, I cut them from the Designer Series Paper, Vellum, Gray Granite and Pear Pzazz card stock. I also cut one berry branch from the Frosted Bouquet bundle in Blackberry Bliss. These were arranged behind the sentiment panel and adhered with Glue Dots and the Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment. A single Frosted Epoxy Drop finishes the sentiment label.

The final step for the front of the card was to attach the sentiment and leaf sprays to the card front, then, with more Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere the card front to the card base.

For the inside, I kept it simple. A mat of Blackberry Bliss supports a Whisper White liner with the Blackberry Bliss sentiment from Lasting Lily. The little leaves in the corners are from Floral Frames and are stamped in Blackberry Bliss. This leaves plenty of room for a personal note.

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Don’t overlook these little stamps that are included in many stamp sets. They are great little additions to a page where you need something, but not TOO much.  They make wonderful accents.

For the envelope, another panel of the Frosted Floral DSP adds a little pzazz to the flap, while a single Blackberry Bliss image from the First Frost bundle completes the front.

 

I hope you enjoy today’s hop. We have many talented ladies hopping today. Clicking the ‘Next’ button will take you to team leader Amy’s blog, or you can click on any name to go directly to her blog.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – You are Here

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Stampin’ Up! First Frost Get Well for Happy Inkin’ Thursday combined Hop

{HOLD EVERYTHING!!! Today’s blog is NOT part of the combined Inkin’ Krew/Happy Stampers hop! I don’t know what happened. I had a deadline by which to post my link for the rest of the hoppers, and I posted well ahead of the deadline. However, for some never-to-be-known reason, my link disappeared. It is probably floating around somewhere out there in cyberspace, which does my hopping friends and me no good at all! At any rate, by the time this was discovered, it was too late to join the hop. My apologies to everyone. I will put a link at the bottom for the person who follows me on the hop, so if you care to hop along, you can do so without me.}

Good Morning, Everyone. I hope this finds you all done with your Christmas cards and they are all in the mail. What? You still have a few to do? Join the club..I do, too!

Today’s card is not a Christmas card though. I have a couple of friends who are ill and hospitalized, though they are improving and should be dismissed sooner rather than later. I took time out from my Christmas activities to make cards for them.

Today we are joined with our friends from Canada, and have both a color and and a sketch we can use. I chose only the sketch this time, as I just wasn’t ready to make a bright, springlike card. Here is our sketch

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And here are the colors colors

I created my card from colors my friends like, rather than using the challenge colors.

I began today’s card with a Smoky Slate base and added Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam and Petal Pink. This is a top-folding card. Here is my creation.

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To make the two toned front, I cut one piece of Blackberry Bliss and a smaller one of Petal Pink, then taped them together on the back. I then used my Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to dry emboss the front. Before I embossed this panel, I VERY lightly spritzed it with water. This seems to make a clearer, deeper impression. I then set this aside to dry.

After it had dried, I wrapped a length of Gray Granite 1/2″ Textured Weave Ribbon around the joint, taping it on the back also. This panel was then adhered to the card base with Tear & Tape.

The sentiment is from Healing Hugs and is stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper White, then cut with the third largest Stitched Shapes Framelits oval. I backed this with a scalloped Smoky Slate oval from Layering Ovals Framelits. To this, I placed several Stampin’ Dimensionals and wound some Silver Metallic Thread around. Set aside for the moment.

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Behind the sentiment I arranged pieces of die cuts from the First Frost Bundle, cut from Soft Sea Foam, Gray Granite, Petal Pink and Whisper White. The only piece NOT from First Frost is the detailed embossed leaf, which is from the Wonderful Romance Bundle (available Jan. 3). It is such a pretty leaf, I will use it a lot. Oh, yes, and one of the die cut pieces was stamped (First Frost) first in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper white. I cut several of each piece, not knowing exactly what I would want in the final production and will save the leftovers for another project.

I dry arranged these over the ribbon, then used Glue Dots to secure them before attaching the sentiment oval. Add the sentiment oval and the card front is finished.

For the inside, I stamped a single image, a duplicate of the die cut one on the front, from First Frost Bundle, in Blackberry Bliss on whisper White and matted it on a panel of Petal Pink. This was then adhered into the card base. Liquid Glue did both panels. As this card would be signed by several people, I did not add a sentiment, thus leaving room for multiple messages.

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The envelope received the same stamped image on the front and a piece of the First Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper on the flap. 2

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CARD CUTS: Smoky Slate: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, sentiment oval mat 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, die cuts 1-1/2″ x 4″; Petal Pink: top of front 1-1/4″ x 4-1/8″, die cuts 1-1/2″ x 4″, inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Blackberry Bliss: bottom of front 4″ x 4-1/8″; Whisper White: sentiment oval, die cuts 3″ x 5″, inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″; Soft Sea Foam: die cuts 3″ x 4″; Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper: envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″

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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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Amy Koenders

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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