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Stampin’ Up! Golden Afternoon Thoughts

Oh! My! Goodness! Can you believe I need five masculine cards for next week??? Yep, one for a friend who is ill, 3 birthdays and a retirement. So, busy little beaver that I am, I will post a masculine card today, and one every day next week. You never know when that 6th one might come in handy.

I began with an Early Espresso card base for this one, and used my most favorite DSP, the Wood Textures 6″ x 6″ pack. I hope Stampin’ Up! makes some of these in 12″ x 12″, especially the whitewashed one. I used it first from every pack I purchased.

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I used the Stamparatus for all the stamping to get everything where I wanted it, and because I was stamping Early Espresso on the wood, I wanted it to be DARK. This meant stamping twice, or three times.

I first stamped the Golden Afternoon tree, then the small deer from the Dashing Deer  (from Holiday catalog but still available) stamp set. I stamped the one with antlers in Early Espresso on Early Espresso card stock and die cut it with the matching die.

Using the small grass stamp from High Tide, I stamped grass along the bottom of the panel. One deer is grazing, so she had to have something to eat, right?

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Using a Sponge Dauber and Early Espresso Ink, I went around the edges of the panel to give it an even more rustic look. THEN I added the die cut deer with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. I cut tiny strips from the edge of the Dimensionals for his legs.

The sentiment, also from Golden Afternoon, was stamped in Versamark ink after I went over the whole panel with my Embossing Buddy. I didn’t want copper anyplace but the sentiment. I then heat set the Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder with my heat tool. A double length of Copper Metallic Thread and one length of Linen Thread were wrapped around the panel together and tied in a small bow. A Glue Dot keeps the bow in place on the front and a couple pieces of tape secured the back.

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I used Tear & Tape to adhere a Copper Foil Sheets panel to the card base and Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered the Wood Textures DSP panel to the copper mat. Card front done.

Another Early Espresso tree on the inside and a scrap strip of copper at the bottom of the panel add some interest to an otherwise plain panel. Copper Emboss Powder was used with Versamark again for the sentiment, which is from Healing Hugs, then set with my heat tool. The copper strip was adhered with Liquid Glue.

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The Medium Crumb Cake Envelope (no longer available, but I had them leftover, so why not use them) has a couple of Early Espresso Dashing Deer on the front and a piece of the Wood Textures DSP on the flap.

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I rather like this look of the stamps on the wood.

CARD CUTS: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, deer 2″ x 2-1/2″; Copper Foil Sheets: front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside strip 1/4″ x 5-1/4″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper: front art piece 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″, flap 2-1/2″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up! see the forest with Winter Wood and Lovely as a Tree

Good morning Everyone. I hope you are off to a great weekend. Mine will be quiet for a change, and I rather enjoy that. It is a gloomy, rainy day, and perfect for curling up with a good book. What are you reading these days?

I received a box of Stampin’ Up! goodies last week, which I have not had time to even open until today. It was almost like Christmas. Of course, I had to use some of the new items, beginning with one of the stamps in Bokeh Dots, the one with stars.

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This became the background for my forest. I stamped the stars on a Whisper White panel larger than I needed in stamped off once Night of Navy. Where the stamps overlapped, I put a tree to sort of camouflage the overlap. This tree is from Lovely As A Tree and is stamped in Old Olive, then stamped again without re-inking. I did this a couple more times, varying the height of the trees. I did one tree in Shaded Spruce, but I really don’t like that color with the Old Olive. However, it is staying. The more I look at it, the better I like it. There are MANY shades of green in a forest after all.

This card proceeded to design itself. All I did was cut and glue!

With Crumb Cake I stamped the bare trees in the Winter Woods set across the background, just for some dimension. The large conifer in Winter woods also was stamped a few times.

For the ground, I used the curved In The Woods Framelits die to cut some Whisper White pieces for snow banks. These were layered over the trees and adhered with Liquid Glue. I used a flat paintbrush to brush some Frost White Shimmer Paint over the ‘snow’ to make it glisten. I also randomly dabbed some of the Shimmer Paint on a couple of trees.

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One of the Winter Woods conifers was stamped in Mossy Meadow on Mossy Meadow and cut with the coordinating die. This was adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. It looked a bit stark, so I added some ‘snow’ with the Frost White Shimmer Paint. Two of the small deer in Dashing Deer were stamped in Crumb Cake on Crumb Cake card stock and cut with coordinating dies. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used on them also. Had to use the minis on these little guys.

The sentiment is from Winter Woods, stamped in Mossy Meadow on Whisper White and cut with one of the ovals in Layering Ovals Framelits. The little sprig of spruce in the Lovely as a Tree stamp set made a perfect accent on the sentiment. Employing the marker to stamp method, Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Markers  were used to color the stamp.  I know there is a smear, and I will re-do the sentiment, but there was no time to do that before this post. That is what a drop of water will do to your creations!1

I cannot explain why the snow looks pink. It did not look that way on my computer before uploading the images.

This was mounted on a Blackberry Bliss scalloped oval, also cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere this to the card front. The front was adhered to a Blackberry Bliss mat with Liquid Glue and onto the Shaded Spruce card base.

For the inside, a mat of Blackberry Bliss (from which I had cut the oval on the front) sets off the Whisper White sentiment panel. The sentiment is from Dashing Deer and stamped in Mossy Meadow. The same technique as for the accent on the front panel was used for the spruce springs in the corners. Liquid Glue was used to adhere both panels to the card base.

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The envelope flap was a repeat of the card front and a single conifer from Winter Woods stamped in Mossy Meadow finishes the front of the envelope.

Products and card cuts are below, as well as a place to leave any comments you may have.

The host code for October is EV7ETS99. Go here for more information on how to use the host code for free stuff and the other ways to earn even more goodies.

I wish I had in my hands the new Snowflake Showcase stamps and dies as I would have used some of the snowflakes on this card. What is Snowflake Showcase you ask? Well, it is a lovely suite of products that you will want to get as they are not just for winter/Christmas. There are coordinating stamps for year round/all occasion use as well. This will be available for you to order on November 1-30 as long as supplies last. I will be sharing cards made with this suite next week.

To whet your appetite a bit, here are some images of this suite.

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In the meantime, here is a short video showing what these products are and some ways to use them. Just click  Snowflake Showcase  to see it.

To celebrate World Card Making Day, which was Monday, Stampin’ Up! is discounting several items. These prices are good through tomorrow, so take advantage of them by clicking on the order online image at right.

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CARD CUTS: Shaded Spruce: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Blackberry Bliss: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: front 4-1/2″ x 6″ for stamping, then trimmed to 4″ x 5-1/4″, snow 3″ x 5-1/2″, sentiment 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5″; Mossy Meadow: die cut tree 3″ x 4″; Crumb Cake: deer 2-1/2″ x 4″

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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.

Host code: RKS93T47 This is good for the remainder of the month of September.

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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