Celebrate is the theme for Amy’s Inkin Krew Team Blog Hop


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!



  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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“Celebrate” Blog Hop

inkin-krew-blog-hop-banner2Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop theme today is “Celebrate!” That single word covers a lot of territory….birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, weddings, babies, graduations and on…and on…!

I am choosing to celebrate the birth of Christ with the Wise Men From Afar stamp set.

One of my all time favorite Christmas hymns (though I like them all) is “We Three Kings.” I was so happy to see the stamp set Wise Men from Afar in the Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog this year. To go along with that is the Merry Music Designer Series Paper with the “We Three Kings” music. For our hop today I am pairing those two items as well as some Designer Series Paper from Merry Little Christmas.

So, take a look, then go on to see what the creative minds on our team have put together.

card front

I began by cutting my card base from Basic Black card stock. The front is matted in Whisper White, on top of which is the Merry Little Christmas DSP in black with white stars. This is the mat for the Merry Music art piece.

Using Basic Black ink, I stamped the Wise Men to the left of center and toward the bottom of the paper. I wanted a tiny bit of color on this card, but didn’t want to detract from the main theme. Hmmm. What to do? Well, I colored in the little dots on the three robes, each in a different color. I used my Stampin’ Write markers of Elegant Eggplant, Real Red and Pacific Point.

As these were men of wealth, I added a bit of glitz to the color with my Wink of Stella. I also added color to the white areas of their headpieces and more Wink of Stella.

Of course, they were following a bright star, so I made mine out of Silver Foil Sheets using the die from Night in Bethlehem. Before adhering the star, and before adhering the Merry Music DSP to the starry DSP, I cut another big star from the music. Using Liquid Glue, I attached the music to the stars paper. Then, I inset the silver star into the music. I really like this effect. This whole panel was adhered to the Whisper White mat with Liquid Glue also.


For the sentiment, I used the short one in the Wise Men from Afar stamp set, stamping it in Versamark on Basic Black paper. Before stamping, I rubbed my Embossing Buddy over the black paper so the embossing powder wouldn’t stick anyplace that was not stamped.

I heat embossed this in Silver Emboss Powder. I used my Paper Snips Scissors to cut a flag in one end, leaving the other end straight. To set the sentiment off a bit more, I put Versamark Ink on all the edges and heat embossed them in silver also. This gives a finished look to the sentiment banner.

I placed three Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back near the straight end and wound some Silver Metallic Thread around to peek out from behind the sentiment. Using more of the Silver Metallic Thread, I wound it around the whole panel three times under the Wise Men, and just under where the lower edge of the sentiment banner would be, taping it on the back.

After adhering this card front with liquid glue to the card base, I added more Stampin’ Dimensionals to the sentiment banner and adhered it to the card front.

Card front….Done!


For the inside, I used the same papers, layered in the same order. The sentiment, also from Wise Men from Afar, is again heat embossed in Silver on Basic Black card stock. This was cut using the Lots of Labels framelits. The Silver Foil Sheets mat was cut with the next larger size framelit. All were adhered with liquid glue EXCEPT the sentiment to the foil. To be certain of good adhesion, I used Fast Fuse for this step.

On to the envelope. I stamped the three Wise Men on the front of my Medium White Envelope in Basic Black ink. On the flap I used Liquid Glue to adhere the leftover piece of “We Three Kings” music from the Merry Music Designer Series Paper.

envelope front

card and flap

I hope you enjoy this card. I think it is one I will repeat.

Card Cuts are below.

Now, just click on the ‘Next Blog’ button to go on to see what the super creative Mary Deatherage did for you today. Or, use the ‘Previous Blog’ button to see Jaimie’s creation.



If you prefer to just check out individual Bloggers, just click on their name to go to their blog. Enjoy the Hop! But before you leave, check out my rewards below, as well as the card cuts for today’s card.

Karen Finkle

Jaimie Babarczy

Julie Johnston (you are here)

Mary Deatherage

Sue Prather

Linda Richenberg

Jari Francis

Jackie Trimble

Amy Koenders

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Card Cuts: Basic Black: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, front sentiment 7/8″ x 2-5/8″, inside sentiment 2″ x 3-1/2″; Whisper White: outside mat and inside mat (cut 2) 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper: front mat and inside mat (cut 2) 4″ x 5-1/4″; Merry Music Designer Series Paper: front art piece 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, inside panel 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″; Silver Foil Sheets: star 1-1/2″ x 1-3/4″, inside sentiment mat 2-1/2″ x 4″.

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Celebrate Weather Together

Tremendous Tuesday to everyone out there. And, it truly is tremendous, at least here in the heartland, as it RAINED this morning. Yes, RAIN! I, and everyone else in this neck of the woods am/are ecstatic, and VERY thankful. You see, we have had no rain (unless you count about one half inch total over 6 times of trying to rain) since the third week of May.  The corn is tasseled and beginning to silk, which means it will need moisture to fill those kernels. And, I don’t have to water my hostas.

Since I am doing a happy dance, my card today reflects my attitude.


Using Weather Together stamps and the Umbrella Weather framelits, I created a card to celebrate our good fortune.

Card cuts will be at the end of the post.

First cut the card base. I decided it would be a tent style Basic Gray base. Next is a Crushed Curry mat on which I glued a piece of light gray dotted paper which reminded me of raindrops. My art piece started as a Smokey Gray background with umbrellas, clouds and raindrops.

First I stamped in Crushed Curry on Daffodil Yellow the striped umbrella and cut it with the matching die. The long umbrella handle was cut from Basic Gray and glued directly on the gray mat, with the striped umbrella.

Then I die cut a Basic Gray and a Whisper White umbrella using the die with three sections. I cut the white one apart and glued the outside pieces to the gray umbrella, which I had stamped but wouldn’t have needed that step, leaving the center section gray. This was adhered to the mat using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

umbrella detail

The handle was stamped using the shorter, straight handle in Basic Gray ink on Basic Gray cardstock. I glued this to another piece of Basic Gray and fussy cut them together. I decided it needed to be thicker so I glued two more scraps together and glued it to my handle before fussy cutting around the original handle. Perfect. This was adhered using liquid glue.

Next, I needed clouds. Two of the large ones and one smaller one were cut from Whisper White, with one of the large ones becoming a storm cloud with a little Smokey Gray ink and Blender Pen. The white ones were liquid glued to the mat with the dark cloud adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals overlapping the smaller one.

clouds rain detail

Using Basic Gray ink and the raindrops stamp, I stamped raindrops falling from the clouds. To dress things up a little, I die cut plain raindrops, not the heart-shaped ones, out of Silver Foil. I have to tell you that this is a tedious bit of work! Those raindrops are very tiny, easily lost, and not-so-easily glued to my card.

The Celebrate! sentiment in Basic Black from the Weather Together stamp set completed the card front.dimensionals

For the inside I stamped the 3 piece umbrella in Daffodil Yellow on a piece of Whisper White, and added a Basic Gray handle. Over this I stamped my sentiment. That sentiment is one I really like and is from Gina K. Designs. I thought it very appropriate for this card, to reflect my joy over a bit of rain. This was glued to another piece of the gray dotted paper and onto a piece of Crushed Curry. This was then glued into my card base. I wanted the inside brighter, so I made the crushed curry more dominant by cutting the dots and Whisper White pieces a bit smaller than I normally would.


We really do need to be thankful for small things. I am thankful today, not only for the rain, but for each of you following this blog. Thank you very much.

The envelope got the usual patterned paper on the flap,

envelope flap

and, a Daffodil Yellow umbrella stamped on the front, along with a Smokey Slate handle and some Smokey Slate raindrops. I hope you like this card and remember to be thankful for the little things.

envelope front

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Card Cuts:

Basic Gray: Base 4-1/4″ x 11″ Scored at 5-1/2″, Umbrella, handles-scraps; Crushed Curry: Front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″;  Daffodil Delight: Umbrella-scrap;  Smokey Gray: art piece background 3-3/4″ x 5″; Dotted Gray paper: Front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, envelope flap-scrap;   Whisper White

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