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Stampin’ Up! Peaceful Boughs Sympathy for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Morning Everyone! I hope your week is going well, and that you have all your Christmas cards mailed out already. Sorry to say, I still have a few to send. Gosh, where did this year go? In some ways it went on far too long, thanks to Covid19, and in other ways it flew by.

At any rate it is Thursday and my creative, talented team mates have some lovely things to show. Our inspiration this week is color. We can use all of them, but must use at least 3. Here is our inspiration:

I chose to use Pool Party, Early Espresso and Old Olive for my sympathy card today. Here it is:

The card base is Pool Party (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) as is the front of the card. I cut a separate panel of Pool Party (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) to emboss with the Evergreen Forest Embossing Folder, then used Liquid Glue to adhere it to the card front.

Using the Beautiful Boughs dies, I cut one large and one small bough from Old Olive. For these you will need a piece of card stock about 3″ x 5″. I then cut 2 large and 2 small pine cones and 2 large and 2 small pine cone details from Early Espresso ( 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2″). In hind sight, I think I should have used a sponge and some ink to highlight them, but, I didn’t. Just an idea you might want to try.

The smaller label die in that die set was used to cut the Pool Party sentiment panel (1 1/2″ x 3″) AFTER I stamped it in Early Espresso. The sentiment is from the Well Said stamp set. Using my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker, I penned some stitches around the edge.

The elements were dry fit, that is, laid out without any adhesion. When I was satisfied, I took a photo with my phone to ensure that I could repeat the layout. The larger bough was Liquid Glued to the card front. Over this I glued a small pine cone, then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the larger one over the small one.

The smaller pine branch was partially adhered with Liquid Glue to leave some of the needles loose. The other small pine cone was adhered with Liquid Glue. Over this, Liquid Glue was used on the sentiment corner that overlaps the 2 pine cones, and Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the other corners. Liquid glue was used to stick down the last pine cone under the sentiment.

The finishing touch is a Linen Thread, loopy, casual bow, which is attached with a couple of Glue Dots.

For the inside I cut a panel of Early Espresso (4″ x 5 1/4″) as a mat for the sentiment liner. This  liner was cut from a 3 1/2″ x 5″ piece of Pool Party with the third largest Stitched Rectangles die.

I laid this on a piece of scrap paper so I could stamp off the edge without getting my mat all inky. The Peaceful Boughs stamp set coordinates with the Beautiful Boughs dies and is just simply beautiful. Using Old Olive ink, I stamped off the larger bough once, then stamped it in the upper left corner. The middle sized bough was used twice in the lower right, and was also stamped off once each time. The pine cones are the smaller ones and stamped full strength in Early espresso. Lastly, with the sentiment from Woven Heirlooms and Early Espresso Ink, I stamped the sentiment.

This liner was glued to the Early Espresso mat and into the card base. This finishes the card, but we can’t have naked envelopes, now, can we?

I put the flap in the Evergreen Forest Embossing Folder and embossed it. Then, with Old Olive Ink I stamped a couple of pine boughs, full strength, from Peaceful Boughs, on the front.

I hope you enjoyed this card, and will want to make one yourself. Now, on with the hop. Just click the button below to go to the Amy’s blog, or any individual’s name to go directly there.

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston – You are Here

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Stampin’ Up! Plaid Poinsettia Petals Fun Fold

Good Thursday morning Everyone, and welcome to another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop! The ladies have wonderful projects in store for you today as we follow a red/green/white color scheme.

I do hope this finds you, and yours, well and following safe practices in these uncertain times brought to us by Covid19. Please, wear your masks in public and avoid going where there are crowds of more than 5 or 6 people. I have been ordering my groceries online and picking them up curbside, and doing very little socializing in person, unless it is outdoors and socially distanced. I would urge you to do likewise.

My family is foregoing our Thanksgiving gathering and probably Christmas, too, as numbers escalate.

OK, on with today’s post!

Our challenge/inspiration for today is based upon color:

I started in my mind with Shaded Spruce, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White, as those were the predominant colors in the Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper that I chose to use. As I began cutting and laying out the parts of the card, I changed my mind (woman’s prerogative you know!) and decided to use all five colors. I think adding the Real Red and Garden Green made for a brighter, more cheerful, card. Let me know what you think.

And here is my card.

The card base is Garden Green. The mat, which is part of the fun fold is Cherry Cobbler. The part above the fold is Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper, as is the outside of the folded up portion. The inside (when folded up) of the easel is a panel of Poinsettia Place DSP, same as used on the small card.

On top of the plaid base is a smaller card, so you get 2 cards in one with this fun fold. The base of this one is Cherry Cobbler. The front and top inside are panels from the Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper.This smaller card is the base of the decorations. If you use a paper that has a directional design, be sure to double check that your designs all run the same direction. Plaids, even though they may look even, often have a bit of difference if you turn it, so watch for that. On this card, with the fold up, it really needs to match.

For details on how to assemble this card, visit my friend Mary’s blog for a video with the basic details.

My card has a few changes as I used the Poinsettia Petals Bundle for the decorations instead of a wreath. Otherwise just substitute the papers and card stock colors.

Use Liquid Glue to adhere all card stock and designer series papers.

I find it easier to put the finished sentiment liner inside the smaller card, assemble the decorations, then attach it to the larger card. You may find it easier to do things in a different order.

Adhere Poinsettia Place DSP to front and upper inside of small card. Stamp sentiment from Merry Moose in Shaded Spruce on the Whisper White panel. Stamp the whole poinsettia flower in Real Red after stamping off once on a piece of scrap paper. Liquid Glue this to the lower portion of the small card.

I cut one each of the 3 sizes of poinsettia, then used the embossing part to emboss them. I used my bone folder to give a LITTLE curl  to the petals, using a very light touch. Three leaves were cut, 1 large and 2 small, from Shaded Spruce, and embossed as well. Cut 2 Real Red berry branches and one Cherry Cobbler branch. Stamp the sentiment from Merry Moose in Real Red on Whisper White and use the smallest Stitched Rectangles die to cut it.

Do a dry fit, and when satisfied that this is the look you want, take a photo with your phone so you have something to which you can refer if you can’t remember where each piece was. I used Liquid Glue to attach the leaves first, then added a Stampin’ Dimensional to the center back of the largest poinsettia and stuck it on. A dab of Liquid Glue on the center of each flower layer is all you need to hold it together and leave the petals free. Use Liquid Glue to attach the Bumblebee (yellow) center.

A dab of Liquid Glue on the lower portion of the berry branches is enough to adhere them as well. With only one Stampin’ Dimensional under the poinsettia (I would recommend a whole one), it is easy to slide the berry branches  underneath. The sentiment piece is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Use Liquid Glue to attach the finished small card to the card front easel(plaid). The fold up portion of the easel will fold over the glued down small card, with the front of the small card closing over the folded up portion of the easel.

For the inside of the card base (tent card), I cut the Whisper White liner with the largest Stitched Rectangles die. I must have measured something wrong, because I had to cut one end off by about 3/16″. Not a big deal, just so you know, in case you measure ever measure wrong.

I stamped the sentiments from Poinsettia Petals in in Shaded Spruce on this die cut liner, then used Liquid Glue to adhere it to the Cherry Cobbler mat and into the card base. Card done!

The envelope is graced with a Real Red poinsettia on the front and more of the Plaid Tidings DSP on the flap.

I do hope you watch Mary’s video. Her instructions are very clear. Now, on with the hop. Just click the ‘next’ button to go to the creative Amy Koenders, or just click on any name to go to her blog. Enjoy!

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston – You are HERE

Card Cuts:

Garden Green: card base 4 1/4″ x 11″scored and folded at 5 1/2″

Cherry Cobbler: easel (the folded up part) 4″ x 7 1/2″ scored and folded at 5 1/4″; small card base 3 1/4″ x 8″ scored and folded at 4″; mat for inner liner 4″ x 5 1/4″; berry branch 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

Whisper White:  front sentiment 1″ x 3″; inner liner 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″; inner liner for small card 3 1/8″ x 3 7/8″; poinsettia 4″ x 6″

Shaded Spruce: poinsettia leaves 2″ x 6″

Plaid Tidings 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper: large panel on easel 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″; small panel on easel (outside) 2 1/8″ x 3 7/8″;  envelope flap 2 1/4″ x 6″

Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper: panels on front and inside of small tent card (2) 3 1/8″ x 3 7/8″; inside panel on easel 2 1/8″ x 3 7/8″

Real Red: berry branches 1 1/2″ x 4″

Bumblebee: small scrap for poinsettia center 1/2″ x 1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Snowflake Wishes for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

 

Good Thursday everyone! I had planned to visit my daughter in Minnesota a couple of weeks ago, but the weather for that weekend included a SNOW storm, so I didn’t go until this past weekend. Which is all to lead into today’s theme for our Thursday blog hop, which is SNOW.

So, come on along on our SNOWY journey, bundle up and stay warm.

I love the SNOWFLAKE WISHES BUNDLE, and all the other elements of the SNOWFLAKE SPLENDOR SUITE…the designer series paper, the embossing folder, just everything.

Here is our theme

 

and here is my card.

I decided to enter a challenge, the Dream Valley Challenge, which is to use dies and/or punches.

I also entered Ike’s World Challenge # 139. This month’s challenge is the letter W, for White on White/Anything Goes.

I think my card also qualifies as an entry in the Try it on Tuesday Challenge. This one is Embossing, either dry or heat. My card has both!

The Snowflake Splendor Suite is such a beautiful suite, and there are so many lovely ways to go with any of the elements. I chose to use the dies and stamp set.

I like monochromatic cards, and white is a good choice for snow, don’t you think?? I paired the white with a bit of silver and some rhinestones, and I really like the result.

To begin, I spritzed some Thick Whisper White card stock and ran it through the machine in the Winter Snow embossing folder. While it dried, I cut the card base from Whisper White card stock.

Using the So Many Snowflakes dies I cut 2 smaller fancy ones, one in Silver Foil Sheets and one in Whisper White. I cut 3 of the larger plain one in Thick Whisper White. The three plain ones were adhered to each other with Liquid Glue. The silver one was adhered to its mate, then to the larger plain one, also with Liquid Glue.

By now the embossed panel was dry, so I cut it to fit the card base and adhered it to the front of the card base with Liquid Glue. I rounded the corners with the Detailed Trio Punch.

Before stamping the sentiment, from Snowflake Wishes, I rubbed my Embossing Buddy over the panel to prevent the embossing powder from sticking where I didn’t want it. The sentiment was then stamped in Versamark on Whisper White, heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder, and cut with a die from Stitched So Sweetly.

This was glued with Liquid Glue to a panel of Silver Foil Sheets for a mat, which was fussy cut. This was pretty much straight cuts, and easy-peasy.

Using the Beautiful Boughs dies, I cut 2 of the smaller and 2 of the middle size from Whisper White card stock. In the end, I only used 3 of them, arranged under the sentiment. You know, pine boughs, when covered in snow, are white!

I dry fit everything to the card front, and when satisfied with the look, I used Liquid Glue to attach the boughs to the snowflake embossed card front. The silver matted sentiment was attached over the boughs with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The snowflake was attached with a double stack of Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on the four points that do not cover the sentiment panel. The final element is the attachment of 3 small and 1 large Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels in the Coastal Cabana color. I was going to use regular Rhinestones, but thought the small touch of blue was elegant.

For the inside, I cut a panel from Silver Foil Sheets for the mat, and a panel of Whisper White for the liner. Both panels were given rounded corners with the Detailed Trio Punch. The liner was stamped with the snowflake group in the Snowflake Wishes stamp set, in Versamark. Silver Embossing Powder was heat set with my Heat Tool. These panels were Liquid Glued into the card base.

I chose to not put a sentiment on the inside to leave room for a personal note of thanks.

The envelope flap received a piece of Silver Foil Sheets, and the Snowflake group was heat embossed in Silver on the front.

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Karen Ksenzakovic

Julie Johnston

CARD CUTS: Whisper White: card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″, inside panel 4″ x 4 7/8″, pine boughs 3″ x 5″ or use scraps, small snowflake 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″; Thick Whisper White: embossed panel 4 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ (spritz, emboss, let dry and trim to fit card front), snowflakes 3″ x 9″, sentiment 2 1/2″ x 3″ Silver Foil Sheets: sentiment mat 2 1/2″ x 3″, small snowflake 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, inside mat 4 1/8″ x 5 1/8″, envelope flap 2 1/4″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up! Wonderful Romance for Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Team Blog Hop

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Good Morning All!

We have had a couple of very spring like days, with high temperatures around 70 degrees and a GEN-U-WINE summer thunderstorm. Wow! I had forgotten just how powerful they are. The best thing was on Sunday. I saw a rainbow in the WEST going to church, and then in the evening we had a thunderstorm followed by a gorgeous, brilliant rainbow in the east. I don’t believe I have ever seen two rainbows on the same day, and in opposite directions! Spectacular. Thank you, Lord, for such beauty and hope.

Now, on with the hop. Our theme for today’s hop is ‘feminine’, which we are free to interpret any way we choose. I chose to use the Wonderful Romance Bundle and Wonderful Romance Designer Series Paper, as well as Petal Pink. All together, those say ‘feminine’ to me.

Here is my card.

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I began by using Petal Pink for my card base, and used the border leaf design on an angle to cut the front of the card.

On the inside, I used Liquid Glue to attach the lacy vellum paper from Floral Romance Designer Series Paper so it would show under the die cut front.

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For the inside sentiment, I marked the angle on Whisper White card stock with a light pencil mark, then cut from mark to mark. I then cut it to 5-3/8″ and used Liquid Glue again to adhere it to the inside of the card. The sentiments are stamped in Fresh Fig using sentiments from Dear Doily.

Now, back to the front of the card. I stamped the large floral image from Wonderful Romance in Smoky Slate on Whisper White card stock, then colored it with Old Olive, Pear Pzazz, Petal Pink and Fresh Fig Stampin’ Write Markers. I was going to use Stampin’ Blends, but didn’t have the correct colors.

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This image was then die cut with the coordinating die that is part of the bundle. The Wonderful Romance sentiment was stamped in Fresh Fig on Whisper White card stock and cut with the Wonderful Floral die, also part of the bundle.

There is a tiny flower in that stamp set, so I inked it up with Petal Pink and stamped it next to the sentiment. This sentiment panel was attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals, as was the floral piece. A few Pearl Basic Jewels complete the front.

The envelope front was stamped with the large floral image in Smoky slate and colored the same as for the front of the card. I deliberately stamped some of the image off the edge.

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The flap has more of the lacy vellum Floral Romance Designer Series Paper. It does look different on Whisper White than on Petal Pink.

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I think this card fulfills the parameters of the challenge theme and I hope you like my card. Please leave comments below.

Now, to see what Shirley Gentry has for you, click the ‘previous’ button, or to move forward and see Terry Lynn Bright’s creation, click the ‘next’ button. Of course, you all know you can click on any name to just go to her blog. Enjoy!

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  1. Mary Deatherage
  2. Julie Johnston: You Are Here

CARD CUTS: Petal Pink: card base 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″; Whisper White: inside sentiment panel 3-1/2″ x 5-3/8″, front sentiment 2-1/2″ x 3″, large floral piece 4″ x 4″; Floral Romance Designer Series Paper vellum lace: inside liner 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up! Wonderful Romance for a Wedding

What better use of a stamp set with Romance in its name than for a wedding? Huh? It is a perfect match. And the coordinating dies….how can one go wrong? Then, there is also the perfectly romantic, wonderful Lace Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. These will be available to you on January 3. Only demonstrators can order in December.

I had a request from someone who wanted me to make a wedding card. Of course, this bundle came to mind.

Yesterday on their respective blogs, my friends/teammates Amy and Mary made cards using this bundle. Stampin’ Up! makes it easy for you to purchase the stamps and dies together and save 10%. I decided after my own bundle and the TIEF came yesterday that I would CASE their cards, using a bit from Amy’s and a bit from Mary’s. This is the result.

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I like tone on tone cards, especially for wedding cards, so this one is white on white on pale green on white. I used Thick Whisper White card stock for the card base, Soft Sea Foam for the mats and the rest is all Thick Whisper White card stock. It seemed that there needed to be a LITTLE bit of color, but nothing too obvious.

Normally I would just use the thick stock for the card base, but I really wanted the detail of the embossing folder to show, as well as the detail in the die cuts. I thought perhaps the thicker card stock would make them more visible and I think it does.

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I began by die  cutting 6 of the large leaf spray, then 6 each of the four different size leaves. I did this because I didn’t want to stamp color on the leaf spray and the only other way to get leaf detail was to die cut the leaves and use Liquid Glue to attach them to the base spray. I also cut 3 smaller leaf sprays that have detail, and 6 of the little berry sprays. There are 4 little flower dies in this set, which speeds things up, and I cut 5 little flowers (4 at once and 1 extra), which are centered with Basic Jewels Pearls.

I used the largest Stitched Shapes circle to cut the sentiment circle on which I stamped the sentiment from Special Celebrations in Soft Sea Foam. On this circle I adhered all the die cuts with Liquid Glue to form the wreath.That is, all except the little flowers which are attached with rolled up Glue Dots.

This is a 5″ x 7″ card. The mat is cut from Soft Sea Foam card stock. The background is Thick Whisper White, dry embossed using the Lace Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. This is then adhered to the mat using Liquid Glue. 5

To this, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the wreath. A few Basic Jewels Pearls and a couple of bows finish the front. I made the larger bow from 5/8″ Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and the smaller one from some 1/8″ satin ribbon from my stash. Both are adhered to the wreath using  Glue Dots.

On the inside another Soft Sea Foam mat shows nicely behind the Whisper White liner, which was punched using an old Stampin’ Up! eyelet edge punch. The sentiment here is also from Special Celebrations and stamped in Soft Sea Foam.

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The envelope flap was dry embossed with the Lace TIEF, and a large flower spray was stamped on the front in Soft Sea Foam.

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That’s it folks. I sort of copied my friends, yet made this card my own. I hope the recipients like it.

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CARD CUTS: Thick Whisper White card stock: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, die cuts 5″ x 8-1/2″, embossed panel 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, inside liner 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″; Soft Sea Foam card stock: front mat and inside mat 4-7/8″ x 6-7/8″

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