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Stampin’ Up! Wonderful Romance for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

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Good Thursday to you all. I have been absent for a couple of weeks. My goodness, how does one get so busy?? For me, it is pretty easy. Either I don’t move very fast, or I take on more than I probably should. The jury is out as to which is the true reason. Anyway, I am here today to share with you blog hoppers a card made with the lovely, lovely stamp and die bundle, Wonderful Romance. I have been wanting to use this set for some time and have lots of ideas, only one of which I will share with you today.

Our challenge for today’s hop is color, specifically Fresh Fig, Mossy Meadow and Petal Pink. I like working with these colors, so we should end up with a smashing card! Also, we have a great group of talented ladies on this hop, so, please join us.

Here are our colors: This is the card I created using these colors. I had a hard time deciding which color to use as my card base, but I think this is the best way to go. I used a Mossy Meadow card base and cut the front with the Wonderful Romance edgelit in the bundle. I had seen many cards using this lovely die and wanted to use it in my card. Most of the ones I saw used it straight up, but Linda Bedinger put hers on the diagonal, which I copied here.

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I simply cut my card base, laid the die on the front so the lower two leaves were very near the edge and both top and bottom seemed to be centered vertically. Behind it I used Tear & Tape to adhere a panel of the Floral Romance Designer Series Paper to a same-size panel of Whisper White. The first strip of the tape is along the diagonal, which I simply measured at top and bottom from the edge to determine the placement. Another strip of tape along the edge near the fold secures the gorgeous vellum to the Whisper White. I then used more Tear & Tape to adhere this panel to the back of the front of the card.

The floral piece was stamped in Stazon Ink on Whisper White and colored with my Stampin’ Write Markers, Petal Pink, Fresh Fig, Soft Sea Foam and Mossy Meadow, and cut with the corresponding die in the bundle. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere this to the front.

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I also cut some smaller leaves and a berry spray from Mossy Meadow and Fresh Fig. These emboss nicely and add more dimension to the card front.

The sentiment from Humming Along was stamped in Petal Pink on Whisper White and cut with the Everyday Label Punch. I used the Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Marker to make little stitch marks around the edge, just to dress it up a bit. Adhesion of this piece was also with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Liquid Glue was used to attach the extra leaves and berrys under the floral focal and over the sentiment label.

On the inside, a mat of Fresh Fig sets off the Petal Pink liner, to which attached the 1/4″ strip of Designer Series Paper that I had cut from the front panel with another piece of Tear & Tape. This paper is just to pretty to throw away even a small strip. The sentiment here was stamped in Fresh Fig and is found in the Special Celebrations stamp set. All layers are adhered with Liquid Glue.

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The envelope flap got more of the DSP, while the large leaf stamp in Wonderful Romance was stamped a couple of times on the front of the envelope in Mossy Meadow.

If you don’t have this stamp and die bundle, you might want to add it to your wish list. There are SO many possibilities here. I will definitely be using this one often. The sentiments in the set are in a lovely font, but there is not one for a birthday. This would be great for a sympathy, get well, thinking of you, Congratulations, or just about any occasion you can think of.

On with the blog now. Just click the Next button to go to the very creative Amy Koenders’ Blog, or click on any name to go there.

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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: Mossy Meadow: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, leaves 2″ square; Whisper White: panel under DSP 4-1/8″ x 5-1/2″, floral focal 4″ x 4″, sentiment label 2″ x 3″; Fresh Fig: flower sprig 1-1/2″ x2″, inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Petal Pink: inside liner 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; Floral Romance Designer Series Paper: panel behind die cut edge 4-1/8″ x 5-1/2″, strip on inside liner 1/4″ x 5-1/8″

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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

Julie Johnston – You are Here

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Stampin’ Up! Wood Textures Vintage for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Morning Everyone! I trust your Thursday is off to a good start. We have a blog hop today, just like we do every Thursday, so won’t you join me in hopping to see what everyone has created today?

We are working from a sketch today. Here is the sketch

And here is my card inspired by that sketch. It is pretty basic, plain and simple. Sometimes you just need to do one of those. Plain and simple, that is.

This also plays along with the Card Concept 100th Challenge. The challenge is elegant, fall or special celebration. I chose the elegant. Somehow I can’t see pink and gold pumpkins. And there are flowers in the inspiration photo, so I also used a floral stamp.

I began by going over my Petal Pink card stock for all the pieces of this card with my Embossing Buddy. This helps keep the embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it. I then stamped the floral image from Very Vintage with Versamark on Petal Pink and heat embossed it in gold. This was cut with the largest Stitched Shapes Framelits circle.

The bottom mat is Gold Foil Sheets from which I cut a gold circle from with a scalloped circle from Layering circles, using one just large enough to show behind my focal piece. Liquid Glue adhered the two circles together.

A sheet of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack was Liquid Glued over the Gold Foil mat, and the mat to the card base. The large circles were then Liquid Glued to the Wood Textures mat.

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The smaller sentiment circle was also cut from Stitched Shapes circle Framelits and  adhered on the next largest size of Gold Foil Sheets scalloped circle with Liquid Glue. The gold circle was cut from the inside mat. The sentiment is from Merry Christmas to All and stamped in Versamark then heat embossed in Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. This was adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside, the sentiment, also from Merry Christmas to All stamped in Versamark on Petal Pink, was then heat embossed in Gold. The corners of this liner were then punched with the Detailed Trio Punch. Liquid Glue was used to adhere this layer to the Gold Foil Sheets mat and into the card base. This finished the card. On to the envelope, as we cannot have naked envelopes!5

The flap has more of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack while another of the Very Vintage floral images is stamped and heat embossed in gold on the front. I think Gold embossing raises the level of any card to an elegant level, don’t you?

This could easily be a non-traditional Christmas card, or New Year’s.

Thanks for stopping by, and I appreciate any comments. Let’s go on with the hop.

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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: Crumb Cake: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Gold Foil Sheets: (2)front mat and inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″ Use these to cut the circles before you glue them to the card base; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: front 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″; Petal Pink: large circle 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, small circle 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Lovely Floral Birthday

I hope you are having a Tremendous Tuesday on this THIRD day of July. Wow, before we know it we will be saying August. The year is 1/2 over already.

For today I made the Lovely Floral 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder (DTIEF) the focal point of my card. This DTIEF is so pretty it makes its own statement, no stamping needed.wild wing creations-4

I began by inking the FLAT side of the DTIEF with the beautiful NEW Soft Sea Foam ink. The first one I did had streaks from the edge of the stamp pad, so I changed my inking method and just did a tap-tap with the ink pad on the DTIEF. This gave me a nice texture.

I started with the intention of using this as the whole card front, but in the end decided to cut it down to a square and let the mixed greens do the talking. The square is 3-7/8″. When I laid it on its mat and on the card base, it just didn’t do anything for me, so I decided to round the corners. This gave it some personality. The Envelope Punch board has a nice corner rounder on the back side (or top if you prefer). I also rounded the corners on the Whisper White mat, then used Liquid Glue to adhere the mat to the card base. Stampin’ Dimensionals  attached the focal piece to the mat.

My card base is Garden Green, which pairs nicely with the Soft Sea Foam. I think Soft Sea Foam is my new favorite color. It goes with just about everything!

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The sentiment, from You’re Inspiring, is stamped in Garden Green on Whisper White. Since I planned to add some embellishments to the left side of the sentiment, I stamped it off center. I often have a vague idea of how I want the card to look, and sometimes it is too vague to become reality. Such was the case for this one. My sentiment strip was cut and bannerized, that is, the ends were flag cut. This just didn’t DO anything for the card. HMMM. Now what?

Well, I had the scraps from trimming my focal piece, so I made a mat for the sentiment. That helped, but still, No Go. Round the ends? Use a punch? Nothing triggered “Aha!”. I began to go through my dies to see what might work and in the end used one of the retired Lots of Labels Thinlits. This made the perfect sentiment banner. I did the same with the mat, Liquid Glued them together and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere them to the card front centering it under the focal piece.

Some folks don’t use Stampin’ Up! retired products, but I do. I paid good money for them and got them because I like them, so I will keep using them.

Now for the fun part, adding embellishments. I used the Sweet Cake Framelits to cut some leaves from Garden Green card stock and a couple from the scraps from trimming my focal piece.

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The flower is cut using the Flourishing Framelits. I wanted a small flower to sort of mimic the focal flower and this one was perfect. Again, using scraps from trimming the focal piece, I cut the flower, then Liquid Glued it to a scrap of Whisper White. This was fussy cut around the green flower.

I cut a Whisper White flower using the smaller die and curled the edges with my Bone folder. I did the same with the larger flower, curling them backwards. Then, I placed the flower in the palm of my hand and used the blunt end of my Paper Piercer to push down on the flower center. This added more dimension.

A dab of Liquid Glue adhered the small flower over the large one. I arranged the leaves and Liquid glued them  to the sentiment banner, then used a Stampin’ Dimensional to adhere the flower.

A medium Basic Jewels Pearl adds some Pzazz to the flower center, and tiny ones fill the centers of the small flowers in the focal piece.

There! This card front is DONE!

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For the inside I stamped some leaves and flowers from Falling Flowers in Soft Sea Foam on Whisper White, then added the sentiments, also in Soft Sea Foam. The sentiments are from Flourishing Phrases and Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

I matted this on some Soft Sea Foam card stock and Liquid Glued the whole into the card base. This is a nice, soft, feminine look.

The envelope front has a single green Falling Flowers leaf in Soft Sea Foam, while the flap is…..surprise! Dry embossed with the Lovely Floral DTIEF for a different look. I like it. I considered inking the DTIEF like I did for the focal piece, but decided it was too messy for the flap.

This post is a bit longish, but sometimes I think it is good to let you know the thought process, not just the finished product.

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Card Cuts: Garden Green: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, leaves 2″ x 3″; Whisper White: focal piece 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, front mat 4-1/8″ x 4-1/8″, sentiment banner 7/8″ x 4″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″, flowers 2″ x 2″; Soft Sea Foam: inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″

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