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Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop with Delightful Daisies

Blog hop headerGood morning, All! Well, I think we have finally turned a corner on the seasons. After snow on Sunday we have seen temperatures about 20 degrees below normal….until yesterday. Now, we are approaching temps where they should be for this time of year. The farmers around here are happy for that, as they are 2-3 weeks behind in their spring work.

That said, let’s get on with the hop. Today our Inkin’ Krew  has a full slate of talented hoppers, and many lovely projects for you.

Our hop this week is based on this sketch.

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And this is the card I created. This is such a cheerful, happy card! it is sure to brighten someone’s day.

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I began with a Night of Navy card base and added a mat of Daffodil Delight. Over this I added a panel of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. Then the fun began.

A strip of Night of Navy card stock run through the Big Shot in one of the Petal Pair embossing folders, forms the background for the focal point. This was matted to another panel of Daffodil Delight. Liquid Glue adhered them to each other and to the card base.

Using the Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pad, I stamped 4 daisies and punched them out with the coordinating punch. This punch is included in the Daisy Delight Bundle, allowing you to save 10% over the individual prices.

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With my bone folder, I curved the petals of each daisy, then Liquid Glued them together, offsetting the petals a bit with each layer. I only used 3 of the punched out daisies. I will use the other one on another project.

With the Petal Palette Bundle, you also get the Petals and More Thinlits, also at a 10% discount, and I used the leafy branch to cut a couple of branches to go behind my daisy. I cut one in Pear Pzazz and one in Whisper White. I also cut one in Vellum, but decided I wouldn’t use it on this card. But, I saved it!

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I save stuff. I might need it later. Do you do that too? Well, some demonstrators only keep current products, but I keep all the ones I like, and I use them. That said, my other leaf, also cut in Pear Pzazz and Whisper White, is from the Botanical Builders Thinlits, now retired. It was the perfect leaf for this project.

I arranged these behind where I wanted to place the daisy, then Liquid Glued the stem ends under the daisy, leaving the leafy ends free to ‘blow in the breeze’. I did cut apart the Whisper White branch so I could arrange the leaves more effectively.

Over this I attached the assembled daisy with a Stampin’ Dimensional. The daisy is finished with a Faceted Gem.

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For the sentiment, I inked the Happy Birthday portion of the sentiment in Avant Garden, (which is also now retired) in Night of Navy and stamped it on Whisper White. I used this sentiment partly for the size and partly for the font. It was perfect for what I wanted the finished project to be. This was die cut using the die from Petals and More Thinlits. After cutting it I edged the sentiment piece with my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker, just to give it a little extra Something. This was attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

This completes the front of the card.

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For the inside, a Night of Navy sentiment from Southern Serenade, which is in the Occasions Catalog is centered on a panel of Whisper White. in each of the four corners, I stamped the small daisy from Daisy Delight in Daffodil Yellow. This panel was Liquid Glued to a mat of Daffodil Yellow and onto a mat of the daisies from the Delightful Daisy DSP. This piece was then liquid glued into the card base.

For the envelope, a strip of the Delightful Daisy DSP covers the flap, and a big Daisy Delight daisy is stamped on the front.

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I hope you like this card. I think it is cheerful and fun, and sure to be well received.

If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be happy to help you with your projects and purchases. You can shop online with me by clicking on the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher button that says ‘shop online with me’. Using the Hostess code earns you a free gift from me. For rewards details, click here

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There are other freebies to be had, including my April Tutorials using the Cake Soiree stamp set. Just go to the rewards page for details.

Stay tuned as we will soon have more information to share with you about the new catalog that will be available for ordering on June 1. Today will will have information on the retiring list, so be aware and get yours ordered before it is gone. Retiring items are on a ‘while supplies last’ basis.

ON WITH THE HOP! Just click the next button to go to the next hopper, or any individual name to go directly to their blog.

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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: Night of Navy: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, front embossed strip 1-3/4″ x 5-1/4″; Daffodil Delight: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, mat for embossed strip 2″ x 5-1/2″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5″; Whisper White: daisies 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, sentiment strip front 1″ x 3-1/2″, inside liner 3-3/8″ x 4-1/8″, leaves 3″ x 5″; Pear Pzazz: leaves 3″ x 5″; Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper: front mat and inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 5-5/8″

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New use for leftover Designer Series Paper

Good Monday morning everyone! I know, it is Monday. But, Mondays can be good. It is all in the attitude.

When I was working away from home, I had a sheet of paper taped to the wall next to my desk that said “Attitude is Everything” and proceeded to list all the ways our attitude affects our days. Somehow when I packed up my ‘stuff’ that didn’t get in the box. It was an excellent reminder to have a good attitude, even when it really wasn’t something I wanted to do.

Enough with the Monday stuff. I do not have a card today, but something that is appropriate for a ‘paper crafting’ blog and one that I think you will like.

I cannot give you the pattern as it came from Lia Griffith, who is a Do-it-Yourself designer who thinks almost anyone can be creative. She has many patterns for many kinds of crafting, some of which are free, others available by subscription.

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At any rate, these cute little paper pumpkins (NOT to be confused with the Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumkin kits) I made from leftover pieces of Designer Series Papers.

There are 3 sizes, only the two larger ones are here. The larger one is cut from a piece of 8″ x 8″ paper. I used a piece from the Spooky Night series. The smaller one is from a 6″ x 6″ piece of Delightful Daisy.

I began by downloading the pattern, then printing it on old, not usable for a card, card stock, then fussy cut it. Yep! Fussy cut. Now, I believe she has patterns in an SVG format, which I understand some kinds of machines will cut. Presumably they have to be tethered to your computer for this to work, but I really have NO knowledge about these machines or who makes them, or, for that matter, how they work. So, I fussy cut.

After fussy cutting, I traced around them onto the BACK side of the chosen paper and fussy cut the real deal. There is a little piece that goes up through the middle to which your ribs are glued. I used a combination of Glue Dots and Liquid Glue to adhere these.

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Once the pumpkins were glued to their shape, I added the leaves. The ones on the larger pumpkin, shown above, were cut from Color Theory DSP and Liquid Glued to the pumpkin.  The smaller one has leaves from Petal Garden DSP. I used my stylus from the Simply Scored scoring tool to crease veins in the leaves.

The stems are simply a piece of Kraft paper (grocery sack?)  rolled up, twisted and the ends glued. I bent one end and used a Glue Dot to adhere it to the pumpkin. Woo-Hoo! These cute little guys are done!

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I really don’t like to waste things. I grew up with the waste not, want not, theory. So, I recycle lots of things, and not just what the recycle place will take. Perhaps I save TOO much, but there is also the adage that “A penny saved is a penny earned”. These days, saving a penny may not be a big deal, but it only takes 100 of them to add up to a dollar.

That is how this post came about. I want folks to know that there are ways to use scraps, bits and pieces, and to not just toss them into the wastebasket.

Thanks for reading this post. Please leave a comment. And, God Bless your Monday!

Thought for the Day:  Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure. Author unknown.