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

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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


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.


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.


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.


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! 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?)


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.


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.


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.


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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Card Cuts: Smoky Slate: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, sentiment mat 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Glossy White: front mat and berry branches 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: sentiment piece 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside liner 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Mossy Meadow: berry branch 2″ x 3″; Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper: front 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, envelope flap 3-1/2″ x 5-3/4″

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Stampin’ Up! Floral Frame Anniversary

Good Friday Morning! It is cloudy and supposed to drizzle today, but after a GORGEOUS fall day yesterday, who can complain?

Perhaps this anniversary card will chase away any blues you may have! I elected to use some Frosted Floral DSP and chose colors from that paper for my card…Mint Macaron, Petal Pink and Merry Merlot, with a bit of Gray Granite for good measure.


My card base is Merry Merlot with a Petal Pink mat that was dry embossed with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Embossing folder and adhered to the base with Liquid Glue. Over this is a panel of the Frosted Floral  Designer Series Paper, which, as the name implies, has a frosty sheen to it. Lovely Paper, and though it is in the Holiday Catalog, it can be used in any season and for any occasion. Liquid Glue adhered it to the Petal Pink mat.

My sentiment, from Beautiful Bouquet, is stamped in Merry Merlot on Gray Granite and cut with a frame from the Floral Frames Framelit. HINT: by purchasing the Floral Frames stamp set and framelits together in a bundle, you save 10%. If you order as a demonstrator, you get another 20% off. Just sayin’.

I cut a second frame from Merry Merlot card stock, then used my trimmer to cut it in half lengthwise, allowing me to make a nice mat for the sentiment piece.


A few leaves cut from Petal Pink, Mint Macaron and Vellum are cut with the dies from Floral Frames. These were attached to the DSP with Liquid Glue. A couple of them were glued directly onto the sentiment piece, which was attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Before attaching this to the card front though, I wound some Silver Metallic Thread around, just to give it some glitz. I think the silver thread and the Frosted Floral paper is just the right amount of glitz.

For the inside, the Subtle Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder gives some dimension to the Mint Macaron mat, Liquid Glued into the card base. Petal Pink serves as the background for the sentiment, with a strip of the Frosted Floral DSP along the side to dress it up a bit. The sentiment is from Better Together stamp set and is in Merry Merlot.


The envelope sports more of the DSP on the flap, with a small flower and leaves in Merry Merlot and Mint Macaron on the front. These are from the Floral Frames stamp set.

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Card Cuts: Merry Merlot: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, mat for sentiment 3″ x 4″; Petal Pink: front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″, leaves 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Mint Macaron: inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, leaves 2″ x 3″; Gray Granite: sentiment 3″ x 4″; Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper: front 3-3/4″ x 5″, strip on inside liner 3/4″ x 5″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″; Vellum: leaves 2″ x 3″

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