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

Blog hop headerGood Thursday all! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, although I know that holidays are difficult for some folks. Especially when Sympathy cards are in order. Such was the case for a dear friend of mine, so I decided to use today’s challenge colors to create a card for her.

Here are our colors: Which, when I first saw them, I thought looked pretty dull. However,  when I began to work with the colors I decided they weren’t bad at all. I think the card turned out quite well, actually.

I began by choosing my papers. When in doubt about putting colors together, Stampin’ Up! has helped those who may be color challenged with the Designer Series Papers. Each package tells you what colors have been used, so it is relatively easy to combine your colors. The DSP I chose for today’s card is Frosted Floral. I also used a bit of DSP from the Share What You Love package.

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My card base is Gray Granite with a mat of Blackberry Bliss. Over this I Liquid glued a panel of the Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper. This paper has a lovely sheen. Next is a mat of the Share What You Love DSP, cut much smaller than the floral background piece. I didn’t want much of this to show, so the Blackberry Bliss panel is only 1/8″ smaller. This combo was Liquid Glued to the background piece.

I wrapped a length of 1/2″ Textured Weave Gray Granite Ribbon around these and taped it to the back.

My sentiment piece is stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Gray Granite with an outline stamp from the Floral Frames stamp set. The sentiment is from the Lasting Lily stamp set, which will be available, free, in the Saleabration catalog on January 3 with the appropriate order. It is also stamped in Blackberry Bliss.

Using the frame die in the Foliage Frame Framelits, I cut this out, then cut another from the same paper as the mat under the Blackberry Bliss panel. I cut this one in half lengthwise and used Liquid Glue to adhere my sentiment label over it, off setting the mat so a bit of the Pear Pzazz shows.

On the back I placed several Stampin’ Dimensionals, both to lift this away from the ribbon and to give my embellishments a place to stick.

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Using the leaves in the Foliage Frames dies, I cut them from the Designer Series Paper, Vellum, Gray Granite and Pear Pzazz card stock. I also cut one berry branch from the Frosted Bouquet bundle in Blackberry Bliss. These were arranged behind the sentiment panel and adhered with Glue Dots and the Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment. A single Frosted Epoxy Drop finishes the sentiment label.

The final step for the front of the card was to attach the sentiment and leaf sprays to the card front, then, with more Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere the card front to the card base.

For the inside, I kept it simple. A mat of Blackberry Bliss supports a Whisper White liner with the Blackberry Bliss sentiment from Lasting Lily. The little leaves in the corners are from Floral Frames and are stamped in Blackberry Bliss. This leaves plenty of room for a personal note.

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Don’t overlook these little stamps that are included in many stamp sets. They are great little additions to a page where you need something, but not TOO much.  They make wonderful accents.

For the envelope, another panel of the Frosted Floral DSP adds a little pzazz to the flap, while a single Blackberry Bliss image from the First Frost bundle completes the front.

 

I hope you enjoy today’s hop. We have many talented ladies hopping today. Clicking the ‘Next’ button will take you to team leader Amy’s blog, or you can click on any name to go directly to her blog.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

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Stampin’ Up! First Frost Get Well for Happy Inkin’ Thursday combined Hop

{HOLD EVERYTHING!!! Today’s blog is NOT part of the combined Inkin’ Krew/Happy Stampers hop! I don’t know what happened. I had a deadline by which to post my link for the rest of the hoppers, and I posted well ahead of the deadline. However, for some never-to-be-known reason, my link disappeared. It is probably floating around somewhere out there in cyberspace, which does my hopping friends and me no good at all! At any rate, by the time this was discovered, it was too late to join the hop. My apologies to everyone. I will put a link at the bottom for the person who follows me on the hop, so if you care to hop along, you can do so without me.}

Good Morning, Everyone. I hope this finds you all done with your Christmas cards and they are all in the mail. What? You still have a few to do? Join the club..I do, too!

Today’s card is not a Christmas card though. I have a couple of friends who are ill and hospitalized, though they are improving and should be dismissed sooner rather than later. I took time out from my Christmas activities to make cards for them.

Today we are joined with our friends from Canada, and have both a color and and a sketch we can use. I chose only the sketch this time, as I just wasn’t ready to make a bright, springlike card. Here is our sketch

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And here are the colors colors

I created my card from colors my friends like, rather than using the challenge colors.

I began today’s card with a Smoky Slate base and added Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam and Petal Pink. This is a top-folding card. Here is my creation.

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To make the two toned front, I cut one piece of Blackberry Bliss and a smaller one of Petal Pink, then taped them together on the back. I then used my Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to dry emboss the front. Before I embossed this panel, I VERY lightly spritzed it with water. This seems to make a clearer, deeper impression. I then set this aside to dry.

After it had dried, I wrapped a length of Gray Granite 1/2″ Textured Weave Ribbon around the joint, taping it on the back also. This panel was then adhered to the card base with Tear & Tape.

The sentiment is from Healing Hugs and is stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper White, then cut with the third largest Stitched Shapes Framelits oval. I backed this with a scalloped Smoky Slate oval from Layering Ovals Framelits. To this, I placed several Stampin’ Dimensionals and wound some Silver Metallic Thread around. Set aside for the moment.

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Behind the sentiment I arranged pieces of die cuts from the First Frost Bundle, cut from Soft Sea Foam, Gray Granite, Petal Pink and Whisper White. The only piece NOT from First Frost is the detailed embossed leaf, which is from the Wonderful Romance Bundle (available Jan. 3). It is such a pretty leaf, I will use it a lot. Oh, yes, and one of the die cut pieces was stamped (First Frost) first in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper white. I cut several of each piece, not knowing exactly what I would want in the final production and will save the leftovers for another project.

I dry arranged these over the ribbon, then used Glue Dots to secure them before attaching the sentiment oval. Add the sentiment oval and the card front is finished.

For the inside, I stamped a single image, a duplicate of the die cut one on the front, from First Frost Bundle, in Blackberry Bliss on whisper White and matted it on a panel of Petal Pink. This was then adhered into the card base. Liquid Glue did both panels. As this card would be signed by several people, I did not add a sentiment, thus leaving room for multiple messages.

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The envelope received the same stamped image on the front and a piece of the First Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper on the flap. 2

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CARD CUTS: Smoky Slate: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, sentiment oval mat 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, die cuts 1-1/2″ x 4″; Petal Pink: top of front 1-1/4″ x 4-1/8″, die cuts 1-1/2″ x 4″, inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Blackberry Bliss: bottom of front 4″ x 4-1/8″; Whisper White: sentiment oval, die cuts 3″ x 5″, inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″; Soft Sea Foam: die cuts 3″ x 4″; Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper: envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up! Happy Thanksgiving

Good Thursday morning Everyone! It is time once again for our monthly Blog Hop with our friends in Canada. We have a color challenge and a sketch challenge. It is up to the individual whether to use one or both challenges. I am using both. Our Colors for this hop are:

And here is the sketch:

With these in mind, I opted to make a Thanksgiving card. Here goes! I hope you enjoy this hop as we have several very creative women participating today.

My card base is Tranquil Tide with a mat on the front of the Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper. This paper has the 3 required colors.

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I love the Copper Foil Sheets embossed, whether dry embossed or heat embossed. For today I dry embossed it with the Layered Leaves 3-D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder, and mounted it on a mat of Tranquil Tide with Liquid Glue.

For the sentiment, I cut the word Happy with the Happy Birthday Thinlit from Tranquil Tide three times and stacked them. I used Liquid Glue to adhere this to the copper. I stamped the Thanksgiving portion of the sentiment from Pleasant Pheasants in Versamark ink and heat embossed it in Copper. This was cut with a Lakeside Framelit and adhered to the copper with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

After it was adhered, I wished I had edged the die-cut with Versamark and dipped it in the Copper Emboss Powder. Hindsight, you know. I might remove it and do that, but time doesn’t allow it right now. I do think it will improve the card.

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The small leaves are Tranquil Tide, embossed and cut with the dies from Nature’s Roots. One is also stamped and heat embossed with Copper Emboss Powder. The copper leaves are also from Nature’s Roots, dry embossed and cut. The berry branches are cut from Merry Merlot. The dies for these are from the First Frost Bundle

I dry fit everything then Liquid Glued them in place. This finishes the front.

On the inside a mat of the same Joyous Noel DSP as on the front frames a Whisper White sentiment panel. I flipped the mat over and die cut a berry branch (First Frost Bundle) from the center of it. This was attached to the sentiment panel with Liquid Glue. A leafy branch was cut from Merry Merlot card stock with another die from the First Frost Bundle, trimmed and adhered with Liquid Glue.

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The sentiment is from Pleasant Pheasants and is stamped in Merry Merlot. This sentiment panel is adhered to the mat with Liquid Glue.

The envelope has the trio of leaves on the front embossed with Copper Emboss Powder and more of the Joyous Noel DSP on the flap .

Now, to move on through the hop, just click on the ‘next’ button, or on any of the names to skip around.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston-you are here

Sandi MacIver

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Stampin’ Up! First Frost Sympathy

Good Wednesday morning All! It is otherwise known as Hump Day, or, to me, a meeting day, which seems to happen almost every Wednesday. Some of these meetings are in the morning, some in the afternoon and Kiwanis is always on Wednesday evening. Most churches around here have church meetings and Bible Studies on Wednesday as well as youth group meetings. I guess Wednesday could also be called Popular!

Anyway, my card for today is another sympathy card using the First Frost Bundle and Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper. This paper is too lovely for words. It has a soft sheen to it which I love. I am not much for BLING, and this is just elegant, not blingy. (Is that a word?)

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My card base is Smoky Slate. Over that is a mat of the Glossy White card stock. This serves well to showcase the Frosted Floral DSP paper.The DSP has a bit of texture as well, which, if you look closely at the photo, you can see it. Using the branch, or berries, or, how about berry branch? framelit from the First Frost Bundle, I cut 3 from the center of the Glossy White card stock before adhering it to the card base. I don’t like to waste good paper hiding most of it, so, I cut pieces from it whenever possible.

The sentiment is from Better Together. It is stamped in Mossy Meadow on Whisper White card stock and die cut with a Floral Frames framelit. I chose the Mossy Meadow to add a bit of color without it being TOO bright and colorful.

Behind this sentiment piece is a second one cut from Smoky Slate and cut in half lengthwise. This is adhered with Liquid Glue to the back of the sentiment making a nice mat. A Frosted Epoxy droplet is added just above the sentiment.

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I also cut one  of the branches from some Mossy Meadow card stock. This and the Glossy White ones are arranged behind the sentiment piece and Liquid Glued to the card front. Liquid Glue adheres the sentiment over them.

Card front – done.

Inside, after stamping off once, I stamped the berry branch in Mossy Meadow on Whisper White card stock.  The sentiment is stamped full strength over it. The sentiment is from Better Together. This panel is backed with a mat of the Frosted Floral DSP that is also used on the front.

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The envelope is one from the Silver Foil-edged Cards and Envelopes pack. I could have used the card as well, but had already started my card when I remembered I had those cards. I cut a piece of the same Frosted Floral DSP as on the card for the flap. Looks Great! It is very elegant and dressy. These will be nice for Christmas cards also.

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The front has a lone Mossy Meadow stamped-off-once berry branch from the First Frost Bundle. Stampin’ Up! has made it easy to coordinate a theme or style for your cards and scrapbook pages. And, several of their stamp and die sets are interchangeable with others, giving you nearly limitless design possibilities.2

This card and envelope are now ready for the post. I hope you like.

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