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Stampin’ Up! Twinkle Meets Night in Bethlehem for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

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Good Thursday to you All! Time again for hour Happy Inkin’ Krew Thursday Hop, and we have a great group of talent awaiting you. Our challenge inspiration this week is color, specifically Gold and White and a color of our choice.

Here is the Challenge:Dec 13 challenge

I chose Navy Blue as the third color, and here is the card I created.

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I had seen a video on making this card and thought it was pretty neat. I will not re-write the plan as you can go to Jan Brown’s video to see for yourself how to do it. Just click here to go to her You Tube video. The most important part of the video is the scoring. It is so much easier to see it than to just tell it.

In a nutshell, you will need 12″ x 12″ card stock for starters. You can get 3 cards from one sheet of this as they are cut at 4″. I do find myself in need of 12″ x 12″ card stock once in a while, so I purchased the assortment for each color collection, as well as Whisper White and Very Vanilla. Very handy to have these. I don’t know about you, but it is very frustrating when I go to make something and don’t have the proper items needed to do it.

Make the score lines (watch the video) then fold and burnish with bone folder. I like the Simply Scored board for this.

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After that, you need some patterned paper, stamps and die cuts. The beauty of this card is that it can be for any occasion. Tomorrow I will show you a masculine birthday card using this same technique/pattern/idea.

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HOWEVER! For today I used Whisper White card stock for the base and some Night of Navy star patterned paper from the Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Series Paper pack. I also used it for the envelope. Since this is a square card, I had to make a matching envelope as I had none in which the card would fit.  The Envelope Punch Board makes this process easy peasy!

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The stamp set is Night in Bethlehem and I used Versamark ink and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder for the images and the front sentiment. Before you stamp, be sure to use the Embossing Buddy so you don’t get embossing powder where you don’t want it. It really shows on the blue.

The sentiments, back and front, are from Star of Light. The sentiment on the back is stamped with Night of Navy ink. The front sentiment strip is cut using a die from Night Owl Thinlits, and the Gold Foil Sheets stars are cut with a die from the Starlight Thinlits. They are adhered with mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the sentiment with regular stampin’ dimensionals. All other attachments are done with Liquid Glue.

One thing I did not do on this card that Jan did, was to make an extra, larger panel on the front. I just liked the way this looked without it, but do plan to make another using the larger panel, and the birthday card for tomorrow’s post uses the larger panel.

Above the back sentiment I stamped a single star in Crushed Curry using a stamp from Star of Light.

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That’s it! Not difficult at all, even though it looks it. We will let everyone think we spent HOURS making this card for them! I have made at least 6 of these, and may show some others in a future blog post. I will put card cuts and products used at the bottom of this post.

I have not decorated the envelope as I still haven’t decided whether or not it needs it. Since I have made a second card, and will probably do a third using these same products, I will decorate one envelope and then decide if they all need it. Probably I would stamp and emboss stars on the flap and the Holy Family on the front. Let me know what YOU think about that.

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Now, on with the hop!

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston

CARD CUTS: Whisper White: card base 4″ x 12. Make light pencil mark at top and bottom (long side) at 6″ mark. score at 2″, 4″ (rotate 180 degrees and repeat) then score diagonally from 2″ score line to 6″ pencil mark and from opposite pencil mark to other 2″ score line (rotate 180 degrees and repeat) (THIS IS WHERE THE VIDEO HELPS), front sentiment 1-1/4″ x 3″; Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Series Paper: end panels (2) 1-7/8″ x 3-78″, center square 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″, triangles (3) 2-5/8″ x 2-5/8″ (cut one in half diagonally, cut the other two in half diagonally and cut these in half also. You will end up with 2 large triangles [half square] and 8 smaller ones [quarter square].), extra will be needed if you make an envelope (a square 6-3/4″ x 6-3/4″); Gold Foil Sheets: 1-1/4″ x 5″

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Stampin’ Up! Animal Outing Shutter Birthday

Good morning Everyone! Another hot one today, and dry again. The combines are rolling, day and night. I urge you all to be aware of big machinery on the roads as they travel from field to field and home. Harvest is a dangerous time and requires diligence from all of us.

My card today is purely fun! The Animal Outing stamp set and dies (purchase as a bundle and save 10%!) are so much fun, and the dies also cut the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper, which I also used for this card. As I said, ‘pure fun!’

I love a gate-fold card, and if there is a working mechanism inside, so much the better. This gate-fold is also a shutter card. Take a look.

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I began with a Whisper White Thick Card Stock card base, but instead of the usual center score, this one is scored at 2-1/8″ and 6-3/8″ to make the gate-fold. For the front panels I used Call Me Clover for the mats and Liquid Glue to adhere  some of the Animal Expedition DSP over the mats. How cute is that?

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For the inside, another Call Me Clover mat supports a different piece of the Animal Expedition DSP. Liquid Glue adheres the two pieces together before punching the hole, pretty much centered, with my 2-1/4″ Circle Punch. You could also use the 6th Layering Circles Framelit (counting the smallest as one), which is very slightly larger than the punch. Place Stampin’ Dimensionals across the top and bottom of this piece and set aside.

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The mechanism is made from two pieces of Call Me Clover Card Stock, cut 3-1/2″ x 4″. Placing the 4″ side at the top of your Score Board, score at 3-1/2″ on both pieces. Now, this next part may seem tricky, but it really isn’t. Find the center of these two pieces. This would be at 2″ for the long side and 1-3/4″ for the short side. Make a dot with a pencil at the spot where these two meet. This is easy using your grid paper as a guide.

Now, draw a line from the corner (on the end away from the score line) to this dot. Draw another line from the other corner to the dot, making a triangle. Using your Paper Snips, cut this triangle away and use it to mark the second piece. Cut this away also. Fold and burnish the score lines. Cut the tiny tips off the points.

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With the fold as a mountain, lay the piece flat on your card base, lining up the edge with the fold against inside of the score line on the card base and centering vertically. This will put the green piece across the center of your card base, NOT on the flap. Apply adhesive (I used Liquid Glue) to the 1/2″ piece and fold the flap over, holding it firmly to adhere. Repeat with the other side. These form a diamond shaped opening when the card is opened. You can see how this looks in the top photo of the standing card.

Now adhere the center panel with the hole, lining up the top and bottom edges with the top and bottom of the card base, and centering it on the center panel. See how easy that was?? Now, all that is left is to add the sentiment. If this isn’t clear enough, go to Jan B Cards to watch her video, or to Stamps n Lingers to see how my friend Mary made her shutter card. I put mine together the same way Jan B did, but you can do it either way.

 

I used the sentiment from Best Birds and stamped it in the center of the open diamond, slightly toward the top to leave room below for the little frog on a branch. Frog is from Animal Outing. (You could use your cut out center panel to mark a circle on your card base and stamp BEFORE assembling) Both the sentiment and the froggy branch were stamped in Call Me Clover.

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The inside is finished. And the outside is finished. I love this shutter card, it is so interactive. A child of ANY age would love it as well.

The belly band adds another dimension to the card as well as helping to hold it shut. Cut a 1″ strip from Call Me Clover . Holding one end just past the center opening of the card, fold it completely around the card. Remove it from the card and line up the sides to get your folds straight before burnishing. Cut off any extra, leaving about a 1″ overlap and Liquid Glue it together.

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Decorate as you wish. You could use the circle cut from the center panel and add another sentiment. I chose to use the framelit for the rhinoceros from the Animal Outing Bundle, and cut one from the coordinating DSP. I also cut one from Call Me Clover and Liquid Glued it to the back of the DSP for more support. The DSP is not as thick as card stock and I didn’t want it to bend too easily. Liquid Glue adheres this over the joined edges of the band.

Close the card and slip the band over. Wow! Is this ever cute? The animals in this bundle and the DSP are so adorable.

The envelope sports a stamped rhinoceros on the front, stamped in Gray Granite, and more of the DSP on the flap. I colored the bird on his horn with a Balmy Blue Stampin’ Write Marker and his bill with the So Saffron Marker. The grass is Call Me Clover.

This is fun to make and really doesn’t take very long at all.

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Card Cuts: Whisper White Thick Card Stock: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 2-1/8″ and 6-3/8″; Call Me Clover: front mats (2) 2″ x 5-3/8″, center panel inside mat 3″ x 5-1/2″, shutter (2) 3-1/2″ x 4″, belly band 1″ x 10-1/2″, rhinoceros 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper: front panels 1-7/8″ x 5-1/4″, inside center panel 2-7/8″ x 5-3/8″, piece to cut animal to decorate belly band.

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Stampin’ Up! Share What you Love Impossible Card

Good Friday morning, Everyone! I hope you have a great day and an even greater weekend. My plans to blog every day didn’t last very long.  I think, with gardening and trips and photographing the owl family, that blogging three times a week is much more realistic.

Today’s card was inspired, again, by Jan B, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in the UK. She does videos, which are very easy to follow.  I will not be doing videos any time soon. That would terrify me! I will give details as to card cuts, but for the technique, please watch her video here.

I don’t know why it is called impossible, as it clearly isn’t impossible, and is actually quite easy to make IF you follow the instructions.

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There are other videos out there on making this type of card, but after watching several, I think Jan’s is the easiest to follow.

I began with a card base of Mint Macaron, which has made a comeback in the new catalog. Also returning are Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow, but I digress.

The mats are Tranquil Tide and the Designer Series Paper with leaves is new. It is part of the Share What You Love suite, available now as a pre-order. The DSP with dots is from Delightful Daisy and is retiring at the end of the month. If you want any retiring products, now is the time to order them as they are only available as long as supplies last. To order, click here.

The stamp set is Petal Palette for the bird and flowers, and Perennial Birthday for the two sentiments and the little design by her name. The name is stamped using the new Make a Difference stamp set, available June 1.wild wing creations-5

My card is a 5″ x 7″ card, but you can also make an A2 size or a 6″ square card. MayMay has measurements for these on her blog, which you can find here.

First cut the card base at 5″ x 7″, then score horizontally at 2-1/2″. This makes it easier to accomplish the ‘impossible’. Using your Stampin’ Trimmer, and with the card horizontal, cut at 1-1/2″ down to the score line. Move card over to  5-1/2″ and cut down to the score line. If this is confusing, please refer to Jan’s video.

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Turn the card 180 degrees (upside down) and make a cut at 3-1/2″ down to the score line. Now, THIS IS THE IMPOSSIBLE PART, but is isn’t really. Simply hold the card with the center cut down, and fold the right half up. This will put the narrow leg on the right, down, and the narrow leg on the left, up. There will be a wide piece in the middle that will stand up. SEE? Easy-Peasy. If my instructions aren’t plain, refer to the video.

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Moving on to the mats, cut 2 in Tranquil Tide at 3-3/8″ x 4-7/8″, 2 at 1-1/4″ x 3-3/4″, and one at 2-3/8″ x 3-7/8″. For the larger pieces, and using your Stampin’ Trimmer, place vertically at 1-3/8″ and cut down 2-1/2″. Rotate 90 degrees and place at 2-1/2″. Cut down to the previous cut. You have essentially cut out a piece that is 2″ x 2-1/2″, leaving an L-shape that is fatter on the bottom. Repeat for the other piece. (Looking at the image above, if you cut along the score line from center cut line to left cut line, that is the shape)

For the DSP you will need the same shape and the measurements are 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″, with the same 2″ x 2-1/2″ cut out. NOW, pay close attention to Jan’s video if you are using a directional DSP as I did. You will want to make a template for this so you don’t make a mistake. If your DSP is non-directional, it isn’t an issue. Both pieces will be the same for non-directional DSP.

Using Liquid Glue, adhere the DSP to the Tranquil Tide mat. Now adhere the matted DSP to your card base. It really is easy. The difficult part is if you are using a directional DSP, but if you make a template, that, too, is easy. Everyone will be impressed with your skill!! And, you don’t need to tell them it is really easy.

Your Stampin’ Up! Grid Paper makes getting everything straight very simple.

Cut contrasting DSP (I used the retiring Delightful Daisy). You will need 2 at 1-1/8″ x 3-5/8″. Liquid Glue these to the 1-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ mats. Using the grid marks to be sure your card base pieces are straight, Liquid Glue the matted DSP to the card base across the opening at top and bottom. This will stabilize the card.

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I used the Petals and More die to cut the sentiment banners from Whisper White and stamped them in Tranquil Tide. The bird is also from that bundle and is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Blushing Bride card stock and die cut. The sentiment with the bird is offset to allow room for the bird and both are Liquid Glued to the DSP.

For the lower stabilizing piece, the name banner is adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

You are almost finished with the card. Yippee! Having fun yet??

On the large standing up panel, adhere the DSP to the Mat and onto this panel. Using the Stitched Shapes Framelits cut the second smallest circle and stamp sentiment in Tranquil Tide. Cut another circle from Mint Macaron and Liquid Glue the two together.

Stamp the flowers from Petal Palette in Mint Macaron on Whisper White. Color using your Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Markers and die cut with Thinlit from Petals and More. Cut a second flower from Mint Macaron and Liquid Glue to the stamped one.

Arrange the flower and circle on the panel over the DSP and Liquid Glue in place. This IMPOSSIBLE card is finished and it wasn’t impossible at all!

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The back of the center art panel is a good place to write a personal message, and the reason for using Tranquil Tide on the back of the circle and flower. It just looks better.

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The envelope received more flowers on the front and DSP on the flap. The flowers were colored with Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Marker, leaving the leaves as just outlines.

If you haven’t tried this card, I would urge you to do so. It is fun, as long as you pay attention to each step. It actually goes pretty quickly. I would suggest for your first one that you choose a NON-directional DSP.

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