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Stampin’ Up! Buffalo Check Nature Sings Christmas for Combined Happy Inkin’ Thursday and Happy Stampers Blog Hop

Good Morning, Everyone! Time again for Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop combined with our friends from north of the border, the Happy Stampers! I am so glad you could join us today. We have a very talented group hopping, so let’s see what everyone has done with the challenges we have. When we do a combined hop we have a sketch and a color to serve as inspiration, or a challenge. Sometimes both!

Here is our color challenge:

And here is the sketch:

As I had already started my card (in my head) before I saw the sketch, I had to either change my mind about how I wanted this card to look, or not do the sketch. In the end I did both cards, one with just the colors and the other with both colors and sketch, and will post the second one in another blog. So, here is the one with both sketch and colors

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I knew I wanted to use the Buffalo Check background stamp to make a plaid to use with the Nature Sings stamp set. The Stamparatus saved the day for me as I have trouble getting the Buffalo Check stamp to give me a good enough image when I just stamp it. In the end, I had to re-ink and stamp it 3 times using Cherry Cobbler ink on Gray Granite before I was satisfied.

After the stamping I used my Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Marker to make the plaid. The brush end made the wide lines and the bullet tip made the fine lines. I cut this plaid piece in 3 panels to fit the card. These were then matted to Mossy Meadow with Liquid Glue. Each of the panels was then adhered to the Cherry Cobbler card base with Liquid Glue.

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For the sentiment strip, which I made wider than the sketch to accommodate the Nature Sings images, I first stamped the elk in Gray Granite on Gray Granite, then added the trees in Mossy Meadow. The sentiment is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and is also from the Nature sings stamp set. This panel was then run through my Big Shot with the Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and adhered to a Mossy Meadow mat with Liquid Glue.

I rolled a length of Linen Thread across the Mossy Meadow ink pad to color it, then wrapped it around the sentiment strip and taped it to the back. I then made a double loop bow and used Liquid Glue to adhere it to the sentiment strip. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the panel to the front of the card. This completes the front.

For the inside I stamped the sentiment, from Night in Bethlehem, on Gray Granite in Cherry Cobbler. I stamped the elk in Gray Granite and a Mossy Meadow pine branch,  then ran this through the same embossing folder as used for the front. I matted this on Mossy Meadow and into the Cherry Cobbler base using Liquid Glue.

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The envelope is Very Vanilla and is stamped with the trees from Nature Sings in Mossy Meadow, both on the front and on the flap. I made a whole forest of trees, some full strength, some stamped and stamped and stamped again without re-inking.

I hope you enjoy today’s hop. Just click the ‘Next’ button to continue on to see what the talented Sandi has done.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Julie Johnston- You are here!

Sandi MacIver

Eva Dobilas

The host code for November is WV7QS9PE

Please click here for details on when to use the host code. Or, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. If you do not have a demonstrator, I will be happy to help you.

Don’t forget the Snowflake Showcase as these are great stamps and dies. However, I just had notice yesterday that the Velvet Paper has sold out. The rest of the showcase is available either until the end of November or as long as supplies last. If you really want these products, I would suggest you wait no longer!

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Thanks for stopping by. Please leave comments below.

CARD CUTS: Cherry Cobbler: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Mossy Meadow: 3 mats for front panels 1-11/16″ x 4″, sentiment mat 1-1/2″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Gray Granite: front sentiment 1-5/16″ x 4-15/16″, plaid 4-1/2″ x 6″, inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″

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Stampin’ Up! Snowflake Showcase

Speaking of snow….the weatherperson says we are supposed to get an inch or so tonight. That will be our first of this 2018 season if it actually happens. It looks like it might snow and if it does it will cover up all those pretty leaves that are on the ground, which I haven’t yet mulched/raked!

As I had been traveling, I put off getting the Snowflake Showcase. Then, when it arrived, I had to be gone again. Thus, I finally got around to using this wonderful collection of goodies. I love it and I know you will as well. Don’t delay though, as it is only available until the end of the month, or, while supplies last, whichever comes first.

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I began my card with a piece of the Velvet paper. Oh, my! I love this stuff. This is a product I hope they carry over to next year’s annual catalog. I used it a couple of weeks ago to make a plaid that looks and feels like a flannel shirt! To see that card, just follow this link….plaid thank you. Today, this paper is a snowflake.

The dies in the Snowflake Showcase are wonderful. There is much more here than a big snowflake.  Take a look.  It isn’t just snowflakes..there are flowers and leaves for any time of year. Guaranteed, I will be using this set a lot. And the dies of course, coordinate with the stamps. The sentiments are nice, too.

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OK, I digress! On with the card. Just so I don’t forget to do it, the first thing I do when using embossing powder is to rub my Embossing Buddy over all the pieces I plan to heat emboss. This keeps the powder from sticking where you don’t want it.

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The card base is Balmy Blue. Somehow I like blue and snow together. I cut the largest snowflake die from the White Velvet Paper, then cut a smaller one from Silver Foil Sheets. I also cut a mat of the Silver Foil Sheets and used Liquid Glue to adhere a panel of Balmy Blue over it. This is a top folding card.

As I wasn’t sure how to attach the silver snowflake to the velvet one and make sure it stayed adhered, I placed both snowflakes on my Stampin’ Pierce Mat and used the Paper Piercing Tool to poke a hole down through both. With them still in place on the mat, I inserted a brad from my collection of odd bits of STUFF. It really doesn’t show and ensures that the snowflakes stay together.

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The large one was then adhered to the Balmy Blue card front and the whole was adhered to the card base.  Liquid Glue does both duties here.

The sentiment is from Timeless Tidings and is stamped in Versamark on Whisper White card stock and heat set with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. This was then Liquid Glued to a Silver Foil Sheets mat. Stampin’ Dimensionals hold it to the front of the card and add even more dimension.

For the inside, I simply stamped several smaller snowflakes randomly , leaving room for the sentiment, in Versamark and again used Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. This is so elegant.

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The sentiment is from the Angels on Earth stamp set and is also done in Versamark and Silver. Card done!

The envelope is also finished with Versamark and Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. This card is sure to make anyone feel very special when it arrives in the mail. On the flap I used 4 different snowflakes, stamped randomly. Actually, I put all of them on a block and stamped away, then filled in the blank spaces with one of the smaller snowflakes.

You will be seeing more of this collection of stamps and dies in the future.

If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be more than happy to help you. If you are in Iowa and would like to have a class in papercrafting, or just want to learn how to make cards, please get in touch with me. We can have an in-person class for you to learn to make your own special cards for those you love.

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Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to leave your comments below.

CARD CUTS: Balmy Blue: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, front panel 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″; Silver Foil Sheets: front mat 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″, snowflake 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″, sentiment mat 3/4″ x 3-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: inside liner3-3/4″ x 5″

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Stampin’ Up! Wood Textures Vintage for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Morning Everyone! I trust your Thursday is off to a good start. We have a blog hop today, just like we do every Thursday, so won’t you join me in hopping to see what everyone has created today?

We are working from a sketch today. Here is the sketch

And here is my card inspired by that sketch. It is pretty basic, plain and simple. Sometimes you just need to do one of those. Plain and simple, that is.

This also plays along with the Card Concept 100th Challenge. The challenge is elegant, fall or special celebration. I chose the elegant. Somehow I can’t see pink and gold pumpkins. And there are flowers in the inspiration photo, so I also used a floral stamp.

I began by going over my Petal Pink card stock for all the pieces of this card with my Embossing Buddy. This helps keep the embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it. I then stamped the floral image from Very Vintage with Versamark on Petal Pink and heat embossed it in gold. This was cut with the largest Stitched Shapes Framelits circle.

The bottom mat is Gold Foil Sheets from which I cut a gold circle from with a scalloped circle from Layering circles, using one just large enough to show behind my focal piece. Liquid Glue adhered the two circles together.

A sheet of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack was Liquid Glued over the Gold Foil mat, and the mat to the card base. The large circles were then Liquid Glued to the Wood Textures mat.

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The smaller sentiment circle was also cut from Stitched Shapes circle Framelits and  adhered on the next largest size of Gold Foil Sheets scalloped circle with Liquid Glue. The gold circle was cut from the inside mat. The sentiment is from Merry Christmas to All and stamped in Versamark then heat embossed in Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. This was adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside, the sentiment, also from Merry Christmas to All stamped in Versamark on Petal Pink, was then heat embossed in Gold. The corners of this liner were then punched with the Detailed Trio Punch. Liquid Glue was used to adhere this layer to the Gold Foil Sheets mat and into the card base. This finished the card. On to the envelope, as we cannot have naked envelopes!5

The flap has more of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack while another of the Very Vintage floral images is stamped and heat embossed in gold on the front. I think Gold embossing raises the level of any card to an elegant level, don’t you?

This could easily be a non-traditional Christmas card, or New Year’s.

Thanks for stopping by, and I appreciate any comments. Let’s go on with the hop.

Card Cuts below

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – You are here

CARD CUTS: Crumb Cake: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Gold Foil Sheets: (2)front mat and inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″ Use these to cut the circles before you glue them to the card base; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: front 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″; Petal Pink: large circle 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, small circle 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Christmas Roots and Baubles

It’s FRIDAY! Busy weekend coming up for me! How about all of you? Great plans? Or just relaxing and enjoying some quiet time?

Well, let’s get on with today’s card, shall we? I know that is why you all came. I chose pretty traditional Christmas colors for today’s card-green and red.

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It also fits in with the Holly and Ivy Challenge #38 – Anything Christmas Goes

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My thoughts went to the recently received Beautiful Baubles Bundle and I thought I would use the big, beautiful bauble, and even put the stamp on a block ready to use. But wait! My thoughts turned to trees and a forest scene. (What? Me? make a forest scene?) I looked more closely at the thinlits in that bundle and came up with this card.

The first thing I did was to use the large wreath (or whatever it is) thinlit to cut a circle from my Old Olive panel. Not wanting this to be too plain, I used the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder to dry emboss it. Perfect!

I then centered this over my Real Red mat and very lightly marked in pencil this circle on the panel. Using my grid paper I then marked the center and extended the marks out to the edge of the circle.

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To line everything up perfectly I put the Layering Circles Framelit on my grid paper to mark the centers on it with a permanent marker the same way I had marked the paper circle. (Since there is no center in the die, the marks are across from each other, but centered, marking the quadrants) Next, I placed the Real Red panel with the marked circle on my grid paper again and put the marked thinlit on top, getting all the marks perfect, then used Post It tape to hold everything in place and ran it through the big shot.

This red mat was adhered behind my Old Olive wreath panel with Liquid Glue. Oh, I am liking this! Now we are ready for the artwork.

On a 4″ square of Whisper White I marked the center, then traced a pencil line around the wreath framelit to help me with placing the stamping. A Sponge Dauber and some Balmy Blue ink (mostly sponged off on my scratch paper before touching my Whisper White) give just the barest hint of sky. With Old Olive and Mossy Meadow I inked up the single conifer and the twin conifers from Rooted in Nature and began stamping. Some of the trees are full strength and some I just kept stamping without re-inking, staggering the placement. This gives the illusion of a forest with some trees further away.

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I moved this square around until the stamped design pleased me within the cut out circle, then very lightly marked in pencil where it would be. This was my guide for using the large plain framelit in the Beautiful Baubles Bundle to trim my design to fit. Liquid Glue again does the adhering. This is my ‘go to’ adhesive.

One bit of advice: DON’T FORGET TO ERASE ALL PENCIL MARKS each step of the way! Do this before assembling. If you made very light marks, they are easy to erase with no telltale signs.

This 3-layered card front was then adhered to my Mossy Meadow card base, again with Liquid Glue.

For the sentiment, I used the words from Merry Christmas to All Bundle and stamped them in Mossy Meadow on Whisper White. Using the small banner die from Lakeside Thinlits I cut half of the sentiment, then turned the die around the cut the second half. I edged this with my Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker, stuck a few Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back and adhered it to my card front.

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For the inside, I stamped the sentiment from Merry Christmas to All in full strength Real Red and some more trees in Mossy Meadow, again both full strength and stamped off once or twice. Actually, I stamped the trees first so I would know where to put the sentiment.

It looked a bit plain, so I added three of the smaller red dots from the Santa’s Workshop Enamel Shapes. Done! This liner was adhered to a Real Red mat and into the card base with Liquid Glue.5

Hmm. Now the front looks plain. A bow! Of course, a bow.  I used the Real Red 3’8″ Mixed Satin Ribbon (Holiday Catalog page 6) and made a nice, small bow which was adhered with a Glue Dot.

Card finished! On with the envelope, as we can’t have naked envelopes.

A few more Mossy Meadow trees on the front and a pretty stamped Real Red bow on the flap is all this envelope needs to tie it to the card that will go inside. The bow is from the Wishing You Well stamp set.

I rather like this card, and might try another with a different scene, maybe different colors too. The die from Beautiful Baubles will lend itself to many styles.

Card cuts and products used are below, as is a place for you to leave a comment.

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The Paper Pumpkin team designed November’s kit to give you a solution for your holiday crafting needs!  So, now’s the time to get cozy this Christmas season with Paper Pumpkin, your One-Stop Box™ for holiday paper crafting fun.  When you subscribe by 10 November, we’ll send you our specially-designed box filled with everything you’ll need for a holly-jolly, handmade holiday.

  • The holidays are the best time to share our appreciation for others, and nothing does that like a handmade holiday card. November’s kit gives you everything you need to make plenty of those! (10 cards; 5 of 2 unique holiday designs.)
  • Coordinating colors for this kit: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Gold, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
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Remember, when you subscribe (or renew your subscription!) before 10 Nov, you’ll  get all of this PLUS an exclusive stamp set AND an ink spot for just $19.95.  And, that includes shipping!  If you’re currently a subscriber – just hang in there and you’ll see notice that your kit shipped after the 10th of November!

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COMING SOON! Actually, on November 1

Let it snow! Or at least… create a snowy wonderland using this incredible assortment of products. With two stamp sets, paper, accessories, the only limit is your creativity!

This suite of snowy goodness is currently available only to Demonstrators (or…in a Starter Kit!) – but YOU can order it on or after November 1. However, be aware that this is only available until November 30, or while supplies last. That means that if the supply is sold out before November 30, that’s it. Done. Gone.

Host Code: EV7ETS99 good through the end of October.

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If you don’t have a demonstrator and need products or have questions, please contact me. Or if you would like a catalog, let me know.

CARD CUTS: Mossy Meadow: card base 5-1/2″ x  8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Real Red: front mat land inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Old Olive: 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; Whisper White: tree scene 4″ x 4″, sentiment banner 1″ x 5″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″.

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Stampin’ Up Festive Farmhouse Christmas for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Thursday Everyone! Last Thursday I left home for our Inkin’ Krew Retreat, and today I am back home with plenty to do. So, let’s get on with the hop. Our Inkin’ Krew is very talented as I discovered (as if I didn’t already know it) at our Retreat. More on the Retreat later.

Today we have a sketch challenge. Here is the sketch

And here is what I created for it.

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I began with a Cherry Cobbler card base and added some Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper. I love the plaids in this assortment, but have not used the windowpane check until today. I really like it as a background.

I decided against a sentiment on the front and instead just used the angel, which I fussy cut, from the Angels on Earth stamp set. The angel was stamped in Cherry Cobbler on a scrap of the Festive Farmhouse DSP wood grain.

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The backdrop for the angel is the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder which is on the Galvanized Metallic Paper. I then distressed it by sponging Cherry Cobbler and Soft Suede inks over it, then sanded it lightly to give it a worn look. The edges are bent a bit and the corners curled.

This was Liquid Glued to the Festive Farmhouse DSP. A strip of the Braided Linen Trim is wrapped around the mat and Tin Tile and taped on the back. This panel was then Liquid Glued to the card base.

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The Angel also received a little sponging (very little!) with Soft Suede and is adhered over the Braided Linen Trim with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This finishes the front. I think the photo above shows the distressing of the Tin Tile.

The inside got some corner interest from the corner stamp in Angels on Earth, which are stamped in Cherry Cobbler on Very Vanilla. The sentiment is also in Cherry Cobbler  from Angels on Earth. This panel was adhered to another mat of Festive Farmhouse DSP windowpane check with Liquid Glue and the whole Liquid Glued into the card base.

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The Medium Very Vanilla envelope has an angel on the front and one on the flap, all in Cherry Cobbler.

Amy, Mary, Sue and I were among those who attended the retreat. It was a wonderful time at a beautiful cabin in the woods of the Chattahoochee National Forest. I am so happy that I was able to go. We made cards, got to know each other better and had a fantastic host who cooked for us and saw that we had a great space in which to make cards.

To move on and see what our very talented leader, Amy, has done, just click on the ‘next’ button, or on any name to see what the others have done.

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: Cherry Cobbler: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper: front 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5″, angel on woodgrain 2-1/2″ x 4″; Galvanized Metallic Paper: front 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Very Vanilla: inside liner 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″

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Happy Inkin’ Thursday Christmas

Blog hop headerGood Thursday morning Everyone! I hope it is a good Thursday for you. My goodness, but the time does fly. Tomorrow is the last day of August and Labor Day will soon be in the past. With those thoughts in mind, I thought perhaps it a good idea to get going on Christmas cards. We have a sketch challenge today,

And here is the card I created from that inspiration.

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Of course, some of Stampin’ Up! promotions end with the closing of August, but we get to look forward to September 5, the first day you can order from the new Holiday Catalog! Woo-Hoo!

If you have trouble with color combinations, just get some Designer Series Paper and the colors are there for you. The DSP I chose to use today is from the Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper pack. There are so many lovely patterns in this collection it is hard to decide which to use!

I chose the holly and pines pattern and ran it through my Big Shot with the Subtles Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder. All the products used in today’s card will be available from the Holiday Catalog on September 5.

The lacy design on the edge of this panel is die cut with the design from Petals and More Thinlits (in the annual catalog). I cut two of these and overlapped them to fit my panel, then Liquid Glued this piece to the back of the panel, trimming off any excess from the ends. The assembled panel was then Liquid Glued to my Merry Merlot card base.

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The sentiment panel was from the Still Night Bundle and inked with Merry Merlot on Sahara Sand card stock. This was cut with a die also from the Still Night Bundle. Remember, when you bundle, you save 10%.

To make this sentiment piece long enough, I used my magnetic platform to assure proper placement, then only cut about 3/4 through the die. To do this, simply place your top sandwich layer where you want the Big Shot to stop cutting, then run it through. Turn the die around, match up the cut lines, and do the same from the other end to get the length you need.

Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere this to the card front.

I thought it was a bit too plain for my taste, so I layered on some die cuts from Pretty Pines and the Still Night Bundle, cutting them from Tranquil Tide and Merry Merlot. These were Liquid Glued to, and under, the sentiment panel. A Linen Thread Bow, made by wrapping it around 3 fingers 3 times and tied in the middle, was adhered to the pines with a Glue Dot.

The inside is layered Sahara Sand, Joyous Noel DSP and the sentiment stamped in Merry Merlot on Sahara Sand. This sentiment is from the His Light stamp set.

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The envelope flap was finished off with a piece of the , yep, you guessed it, Joyous Noel DSP. The front has some little pine boughs from the Winter Woods stamp set. I love the way Stampin’ Up! has products that work so well with each other.

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Now, on with the hop! Just click the NEXT button to move on, or, if you prefer, on any name to take you to her blog. Thanks for stopping by, and please, leave any comments below.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston- You are here

You still have today and tomorrow to earn some $$ off on orders in September. For every $50 you spend in August you get a $5 coupon to use in September. This is called Bonus Days. The FAQ sheet gives you the details.

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Also ending tomorrow is your chance to purchase the Color Your Season Bundle. This is a GREAT bundle and sure to become a favorite. Get it now while you still can. There are many lovely stamps, but what I like best are the dies. WOW!

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Card Cuts: Merry Merlot: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded at 4-1/4″; Sahara Sand: decorative strip 1-1/2″ x 6″, front sentiment 1-1/4″ x 4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside sentiment 3″ x 3-1/4″; Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper: front 3-3/8″ x 5″, inside 3-3/4″ x 5″, envelope flap 2-1/4″ x 6″

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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card and flap

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

Card Cuts are below.

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Linda Richenberg

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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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Stampin’ Up! Good Tidings

I hope you all are going to have a good weekend. It doesn’t seem like a Saturday to me, but that’s what the calendar says, so I guess I will believe it.

My card for today uses the Good Tidings stamp set found in the holiday catalog. I had not had an opportunity to use it before, but had seen some nice cards online and have been itching to try it.

I love holly, and this set makes pretty realistic looking holly with a two step stamp. Actually, it is a four step if you include the berries-two step for the leaves and two step for the berries. Stampin’ Up has made it easy to use by labeling each piece, 1-a, 1-b, 1-c, etc, so you know which stamp to use first. The stem is another two step. Sounds like a dance doesn’t it? I digress.

card front

The card base is Whisper White to which I Liquid Glued a panel of Old Olive.

I began stamping with a panel of Merry Music Designer Series Paper on which to do my stamping. As I had not previously used this set, I did a few practice stamps on scratch paper to get the hang of it. I am glad I did though the end product is far from perfect. Maybe the next card will be perfect!!  HA!

Using the solid leaf stamp I stamped the design in Old Olive, then over stamped using the detail stamp in Garden Green. Next, I used Real Red for the solid berry and Cherry Cobbler for the detail. These stamps really do give detail and depth to the design. There are two more stamps to this design which I couldn’t figure out at first. They are the stems and dots on the berries. I had a bit of difficulty lining them up and wished I already had the brand new Stamparatus! For these I used Crumb Cake, then Soft Suede for the second stamp.

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On with the show, I mean, the stamping. Using the smaller holly leaf I used the same technique, putting one in each corner. This panel is Liquid Glued to a mat of Cherry Cobbler.

Using a length of Candy Cane Bakers Twine left over from last year (now retired), I wound it around this panel three times, securing it on the back with tape. The bow is made by wrapping the twine around three fingers three times and around two fingers three times, then pinching it together. Cut a small (5″) piece of twine to wrap around the middle, securing the loops, then tie it in a knot. You can then arrange the loops to your liking. A Glue dot holds the three strands of twine together and holds the bow as well, making it look like you tied the bow around your strands.

This panel is adhered to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the sentiment I stamped the Good Tidings from the stamp set of the same name in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White and die cut it using a Layering Circles Framelit. I cut a second circle from Cherry Cobbler using one of the Layering Circles scalloped edged framelits. Liquid Glue adheres these together, and Stampin’ Dimensionals secure it to the music panel. A rhinestone colored with my Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker finishes it. Card front done!

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On the inside I pretty much repeated the front, only I did not stamp the larger holly leaf. Stamp the holly as before on the music, Liquid Glue the three panels together and into the card base.

I thought the music would make it difficult to read the sentiment, so it, also from the Glad Tidings set, is stamped in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White and punched out with the Pretty Label Punch. Using my Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker I edged the piece to make it stand out from the music background and Liquid Glued it in place. On to the envelope.

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A small holly and berries, stamped as before, adorns the front while more Merry Music Designer Series Paper finishes the flap. Enjoy!

I like this set and will use it again and again, I think. I hope you like it too.

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Online Extravaganza Starts Monday!!

The Stampin’ Up! annual Online Extravaganza begins Monday, November 20 and runs through Sunday, November 26!!  Yay for a great sale just before the holiday rush!  There are some stamp sets that will be on sale for 20% off on Monday, November 20 only.  The rest of the items on the list will be on sale for the entire time!

Here is the list of stamp sets that will be on sale for 20% off on Monday, November 20 12:00 AM MT until 11:59 PM MT (click on the list to open a full size PDF for easier viewing and printing):

Here are the items that will be on sale from November 20-26!  Click on the list to open a full size PDF for easier viewing and printing:

Let me know if you have any questions.  Don’t forget that the stamp sets on the first list will only be on sale for 24 hours on Monday, November 20 so be sure to order that day if you’re wanting any of them!!

Card Cuts: Whisper White: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, inside sentiment 2″ x 2-1/2″, front sentiment 3″ x 3″; Cherry Cobbler: cut 2 mats 4″ x 5-1/4″, scalloped circle 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Old Olive: cut 2 mats 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper: Cut 2 3-3/4″ x 5″

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Stampin’ Up Night in Bethehem Diorama

Good Sunday to you all, and I hope your weekend is going well. Did you get that extra hour of sleep? I don’t think I did, though I am such a night owl it is hard to tell sometimes.

I had seen a diorama card on a You Tube video a while back and do not remember who did it. However, my first thought when I saw it was to use the Night in Bethlehem and try to make one.

You need 3 layers for this. I used Night of Navy and Shimmery White card stock. All of it is die cut. The only stamping is the sentiment.

I wanted this to be bold, so I decided to make it 5 x7. It does lay flat, so if you choose to mail it you can. I also made an envelope to fit it.

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Here is what I did:

First off I cut the two pieces of Night of Navy and scored them. Then I cut the Shimmery White and scored it.

Across the top of one of the Night of Navy pieces, I cut the moon and stars from the Card Front Builder Thinlits. This die is sized for the narrow side of an A2 card, so I had to move it over and very carefully line it up so I wouldn’t cut another moon, and only ran it partway through the big shot.  I have a 3-1/2″ circle die that I used for the opening in the Night of Navy, centering it side to side and up slightly from center top to bottom.

Then, matching up the score lines with those on the Shimmery White, I laid the Night of Navy over the Shimmery White and had the placement for the smaller circle. For this I used the largest of the Layering Circles dies, and simply put it inside the opening . I used the Magnetic Platform to aid in lining it up, then simply ran it through the Big Shot. Perfect.

You now have a whole Night of Navy panel (background), a Night of Navy panel with a moon and stars and a big circle cut out, and a Shimmery White panel with a smaller circle cut out.

Using the leftover pieces of the Shimmery White, I cut two of each of the Bethlehem Edgelits of the city and one large star.

Laying the Shimmery White piece with the circle cutout over the whole Night of Navy panel for placement, I liquid glued one of the die cut city pieces and the star to the Night of Navy panel. This is the background.

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Then, again laying the Shimmery White with the hole over the background, I arranged the second (different) city die cut and glued it to the Shimmery White and partially over the hole to show different buildings in my cityscape.

The final piece is the front of the card which has the circle cutout and the moon and stars. Using the final two city die cuts, I arranged them so they were different views of the buildings and cut off the parts that I didn’t need. These were liquid glued to the Night of Navy with liquid glue, up about 1/4″ from the bottom and about the same in from the sides.

Joseph, Mary and the donkey, and the shepherd, were die cut from Night of Navy and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals over the top of the buildings on the front of the card.

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Since there is no inside for a sentiment, it has to go on the front. I used a 1/2″ strip of Night of Navy for this, stamping the sentiment from Joyful Nativity (retired) in Versamark, and heat embossing with White Embossing powder. Using my Paper Snips, I cut the flag ends. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered it to the front, just under the stars on the right side. The cityscape tells the story, but I did want a sentiment. I just didn’t want it to overwhelm the rest of the piece.

To finish, fold the ends of the background UP on the score lines. Fold the Shimmery White BACK on the score lines. (Let me say here that you can adhere your Edgelits diecut on either side of the Shimmer white. Mine is on the top, but it could just as easily go on the back. I didn’t want the circle to show, and the lower edge is hidden by the city cuts on the front.) Do what makes your heart happy. It is YOUR card. You get to decide.

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I used Liquid Glue to adhere these tabs together, putting the Shimmery White on the inside of the background tabs. Folding the front tabs BACK, liquid glue them to the outside of the folded up tabs of the background.

I used the Envelope Punch Board to make an envelope from a subtly striped sheet of paper from my stash.

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All DONE! Please leave a comment below. Card Cuts and products used listed below.

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Card Cuts: Night of Navy: background and front 5″ x 11″ scored 2″ from each end, sentiment 1/2″ x 3-1/2″, figures 2″ x 3″; Shimmer White: center 5″ x 9″ scored 1″ from each end.

NON STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED: 3-1/2″ circle die from Scrapbooking Made Simple, paper for envelope is from my stash

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Stampin’ Up! Musical Season

Good Monday morning Everyone! Wow! Where does the time go? I am already frantic and it is still 8 weeks until Christmas. I will NEVER be ready! Perhaps someone is trying to tell me something? Like, I need to get out of some of my (self-imposed) responsibilities?

I have not blogged for almost two weeks. Between a couple of special events in which I was VERY involved that took 6 days out of my life, altering two bridesmaids dresses and making great-granddaughter’s mermaid costume for Halloween, I only made it to my craft room yesterday for the first time in 8 days. This is ridiculous! However, yesterday I resumed, not cardmaking, but reorganizing the area. I am not finished, but am making headway. The card for today was done in about 3 short sessions of stolen moments over a period of days.

That said, I am SO glad to be back to making cards. I decided that I would limit myself to one stamp bundle and chose the Musical Season set and the coordinating Musical Instruments dies. I also wanted to try the Eclipse method, of which I have seen a lot lately. Usually, if everyone else is doing it, I shy away from whatever it is. Call me a rebel! The eclipse method is intriguing, so try it I did. Here is my card for today.

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After choosing to use Night of Navy for my card base, I picked one of the sheets of Merry Music Designer Series Paper for the background of my card. First, I used the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss it.

Next up I used the little drummer boy die from Musical Instruments to cut him out of the music. Then, I adhered the music to a sheet of the Champagne Foil Sheets (with the middle cut out, of course. For those of you new to following me, I normally cut the center out of a foil mat to conserve this more expensive paper. It is from this that I then cut smaller pieces and you would never know that there is not a whole sheet behind the art piece) with Snail. This was adhered to the card base with liquid glue.

I also used the drummer boy die to cut three in Night of Navy. Liquid glue adhered all four pieces together, then back into the background. My eclipse part of this card is finished. Perhaps I will try it again using the Large Letters sometime, but this will do for now.

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I really wanted to use the lyre in the set, but just couldn’t make it come out right, so those pieces are waiting to be used on another card sometime. The sentiment banner is cut from Night of Navy and heat embossed with white. I rubbed my Embossing Buddy over the card stock to eliminate static, then used the sentiment stamp from Musical Season, stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed. I cut the ends with the Triple Banner Punch. On the back I added Stampin’ Dimensionals, then whacked off a length of Silver Metallic Thread and wound it around, sticking it to the Dimensionals. This was then adhered to the front of the card.

The dies in the Musical Instruments set are really nice and I would love to use all of them. However, I limited myself to the spray of leaves and berries and the treble clef for this card.

The leaf design was stamped in Old Olive, four times, on Whisper White. Using my Stampin’ Blends, (which you will be able to order tomorrow…..just click on the Order Online button at right) I added color to the leaves and berries. I used the lighter of both Old Olive and Night of Navy to fill in the design, then die cut them. These were arranged rather like a wreath around the sentiment and liquid glued in place.

The clef is cut from the Champagne Foil Sheets as well as Night of Navy, and glued together with liquid glue. I offset these a bit to make a shadow, added some Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and added it to the front of the card. A bit of liquid glue adhered it to the sentiment label. The front is finished!

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On to the inside. I repeated the Champagne Foil mat and Merry Music DSP, then cut two labels from Lots of Labels framelits for my sentiment. The larger one is in Night of Navy and the sentiment one is Whisper White, stamped with Night of Navy. The sentiment is also from the Musical Season set.

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Just so we don’t have a naked envelope, I added some of the DSP to the flap and

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stamped the drummer boy in Night of Navy on the front.

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I hope you like this card. If you haven’t tried the eclipse technique, try it. It is fun to do. However, my friend Mary did it using the Happy Birthday thinlits die, which has a gazillion pieces. I am not ready for that. She did a live video which you can see here.

There was a problem with the live feed, but the part with the eclipse technique is there.

Card Cuts: Night of Navy: card base 7″ x10″ scored at 5″, sentiment banner 3/4″ x 5″, drummer boy and clef 3″ x 5″, large label 3″ x 4-1/2″; Champagne Foil Sheets: front mat and inside mat (2) 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, clef 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Whisper White: leaves 4″ x 6″; Merry Music DSP: front art and inside liner (2) 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.

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