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Stampin’ Up! Woodland Anniversary

Good Monday to you All! Well, it is Monday, but, hey, a new week ahead. Florence is waning and I hope all of you in her path are recovering.

Before we get started with today’s card, just a quick word about the Stampin’ Up Clearance Rack….you can now get Fast Fuse, both dispenser and refills for 1/2 price as long as supplies last. The Clearance Rack was refreshed today, so don’t wait if you want some bargains.

My card today was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches challenge

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And it also follows the color challenge of Cupcake Inspirations

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I chose the brown and green, not the football theme.

Here is the card I created. The couple who will receive this love the woods and the outdoors, so the Woodland Textured Embossing Folder was a no-brainer! In fact, the marriage proposal occured in a deer stand.

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My card base is Shaded Spruce and the mats are Soft Suede.

I began by using the Woodland TIEF on a panel of Festive Farmhouse DSP for the basis of the front. To follow the Freshly Made Sketches sketch, I colored three of the trees with my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker. This was adhered to the mat with Liquid Glue. A length of Linen Thread was wrapped around the left side and tied in a small bow.

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The sentiment is from Banners for You, stamped in Shaded Spruce on a scrap of the Festive Farmhouse DSP. I stamped the frame of Anniversary in Soft Suede and used the coordinating Bunch of Banners framelit to cut it out. The Happy was stamped in Shaded Spruce also and cut with my Stampin Trimmer. Oh, yes, I stamped the sentiments off once before stamping on my DSP. I ran my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker around the edge of the Happy piece to help it stand out from the background. Both sentiments were attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside, the small deer from Dashing Deer was stamped in Soft Suede. The sentiment is from Better Together and is stamped off once Shaded Spruce. The leaves in the corner are also stamped off once and are in the Rooted in Nature stamp set.

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The sentiment panel was then adhered to a Soft Suede mat with Liquid Glue and into the card base, also with Liquid Glue.

The envelope flap has more of the Festive Farmhouse DSP and the little deer shows up again on the front of the envelope.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. I welcome your comments.

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Don’t forget to redeem your Bonus Days coupons, which you will have received via email. You only have until the end of September to redeem them.

Card Cuts: Shaded Spruce card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Soft Suede: front mat  4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper: front 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, sentiments 2″ x 3-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Colorful Seasons

Welcome and a Tremendous Thursday to you all. I am not from the south so I can’t say y’all. Maybe I should just say ‘to you’ and leave it there? 🙂

Today I am using the Colorful Seasons stamp set, and thinking, “I could make dozens of cards with just this one stamp set. There are wonderful elements in it, including leaves, flowers, snowflakes, branches, sentiments and a comfy chair.card front

Then there are the lovely flowers, and that delicate branch from the Seasonal Layers thinlits. And, my favorite, the marvelous Adirondack chair, of which I actually have 2 real ones, where I love to sit outside with my coffee in the mornings and watch the birds.

If you don’t have this bundle it is one you will want on your wish list. If you purchase the bundle you will save 10% of the cost of buying them individually. But, I digress! Happens a lot with me. On with the card.

Today I have chosen to use this bundle just because I love it and for no other reason. This is the third iteration of this card as I couldn’t seem to get what I wanted in the beginning.

The card base is crumb cake, with a skewed mat of Early Espresso. These are not the colors with which I began the project, but I do like these with the Powder Pink. After cutting the base and the mat I decided that a color wash on watercolor paper would make a nice background for my chair and the branches filled with blossoms.card front

Using Powder Pink Stampin’ pad and a Stampin’ Sponge (cut into 4ths) I began the wash on a piece of WET watercolor paper. The first one looked too dark, so I started over and like this much better. A light touch is a good thing…you can always add more ink if it is too light, but you can’t take it away easily if it is too dark.

I let this dry while I proceeded with the other elements. I now have a whole lawn full of Adirondack chairs, as I experimented with different colors of card stock and ink. Finally settling on Whisper White cardstock and Sahara Sand ink to make the wood grain, I used the background stamp, Hardwood, to make the wood for the chair. Just FYI, I have a Powder Pink chair, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake, all with the wood grain, as well as a couple cut from the Wood Textures DSP. I have saved all of these for future projects.

By now, the watercolor paper is DRY!, so, on with the card front. Place the chair where it leaves room for the flower branches and adhere with liquid glue. Using the smallest branch in the Colorful Seasons set, stamp 2 branches in Early Espresso. The stamp that is a grouping of flowers and petals was used with Powder Pink ink for the flowers, carefully lining up the flowers with the branch.detail

Next I used the large branch die from Seasonal Layers, cutting three of them from Early Espresso. This is such a delicate branch that I really didn’t want to cut teeny tiny pieces of dimensionals to give it some lift. The best option seemed to be to cut 3 and glue them one on top of the other to achieve dimension. Before adhering this to the watercolor piece, I decided it was a good time to attach the watercolor to the card front.

My reasoning was that I wanted the large branch to hang over the whole front and it was easier for everything to be attached to help with placement. Once the branch is on, it is time for more texture, so I added die cut flowers, stamped in Powder Pink on Whisper White cardstock.

Placing them in my hand, I used the blunt end of a stylus tool to smoosh (is that a word?) them a bit to look more like flowers might actually look. These were attached to the branch with Glue Dots.

The sentiment is also from the Colorful Seasons set and is stamped in Early Espresso. Something seemed to be lacking, so I thought perhaps a bird, a bee or a butterfly would be the finishing touch. I found this small bird as part of an old stamp and stamped it in Marina Mist. Using a blender pen and ink in the stamp lid, I filled in the bird outline. He is carrying a pink flower in his yellow bill, both filled in with Stampin’ Write markers in Powder Pink and Daffodil Yellow.

The card front is done.

Hold Everything! After I was finished and photos were done as well, I decided to add a small Pearl Basic Jewels to the center of each of the 3 larger flowers, giving the card just a bit of bling. Use your imagination here as I did not re-take the photos.

The inside sentiment, in Early Espresso,is from the Oh So Eclectic set and stamped on the Powder Pink sheet, along with the branches. Using the same flower stamp as on the front, I stamped a few flowers in full strength Powder Pink, adding a few at the bottom.inside

This was glued onto an Early Espresso mat and into the card base.

The envelope received the stamping treatment as well, both on the front, envelope frontAnd on the flap.envelope flapI hope you like this Colorful Seasons set and its matching dies as much as I do. Thank you for stopping by. Please join me again tomorrow for another Stampin’ Up! card.

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Sahara Sand: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″;  Early Espresso: front 3-3/4″ x 5″; inside 4″ x 5-1/4″; Large Branch-scraps; Powder Pink: inside 3-3/4″ x 5″; Watercolor paper: 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″

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