Stampin’ Up! Hedgehugs Birthday for Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Thursday to you all. All this hopping keeps one on her toes, does it not? Welcome to our Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop. When you are finished here, I hope you visit all the other blogs as we have some very talented women on this hop.

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We were challenged to use the following colors for today’s hop. I really groaned when I saw this, as one of them is my all-time-most-disliked color! YUK! How can I make a card using THAT?!

Well, you will be happy to know that I did it, and it didn’t turn out badly at all. Of course, I minimized the amount of it that is visible, so that helped. Here are the colors for today.challenge

I started with a Basic Gray card base and added a mat of Dapper Denim.

I chose to do a birthday card for a pre-teen boy, and decided that an Eclipse card would work, as would the Hedgehugs. All kids like animals, don’t they? Going for whimsy, I didn’t want anything straight except for the Letters, cut with the Large Letters Framelits.

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Before stamping everything on the front of the card with images and sentiments from the Hedgehugs stamp set in Versamark, I went over the panel with my Embossing Buddy. I stamped the images then added White Embossing Powder and heat set it. Oh, so cute! Seems a shame to cut them up. But cut them I did.

Then, to raise up the letters, I cut 4 more of each in (do I have to say it?) Lemon Lime Twist. These were all glued together with Liquid Glue. Also using Liquid Glue, I adhered the stamped panel to a mat of Lemon Lime Twist, leaving a VERY narrow edge. I told you I minimized  it.

Now that all my letters were glued together, I replaced them in their respective spaces on the card front adhering them with Liquid Glue.

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Next, I dragged some White Bakers’ Twine through the LLT ink pad to color it and wrapped it around the art piece, taping it on the back. I tied a small bow and added it to the front with a Glue Dot.

This panel was adhered to the card base and mat with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The letters ARE straight, though with the angled images they don’t look straight.

For the inside, I stamped another sentiment from Hedgehugs, and the squirrel (or is it a skunk?) on the stump. Reminds me of a childhood silly poem, “A skunk sat on a stump…..”, but I digress.

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These were stamped in Versamark and embossed in white on Dapper Denim the same as the front. I added the Happy Birthday sentiment from Eclectic Expressions, also in Versamark and White Embossing Powder, heat set it, then Liquid Glued the panel to a Lemon Lime Twist mat and into the card base. This card is DONE!

The envelope, never to be nekkid, is simply Dapper Denim Hedgehugs on the flap and a row of vertical marks from the Eclectic Expressions stamp set across the bottom of the front. Though the Hedgehogs were well inked, I think the impression would have been better if I had had my Stamp-A-Ratus and could have stamped them a second time. I then went over the flap edge with my Dapper Denim Stampin’ Pad to sort of frame the Hedgehogs

It was pretty quick to do with the cutting and gluing of the letters taking the most time. I think it was time well spent. This card actually is better than I expected it to be with, you know, that color. Now, hop on around to see what the rest of the team has done.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston (You are here)

Card Cuts: Basic Gray: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Lemon Lime Twist: front mat 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, letters 6″ x 10″; Dapper Denim: front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, art panel 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″, inside 3-7/8″ x  5-1/8″

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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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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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