Stampin’ Up! Beauty Abounds Get Well

Good Thursday again Everyone.  Time again for Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop. Our challenge this week is color, and boy, is it a challenge for me!

These are NOT my favorite colors and one of them is my most disliked color in the world! However, I think I am up to this challenge, so here goes.

I began with a Grapefruit Grove card base. Actually, this was an easier challenge than I thought it would be, thanks in part to Stampin’ Up! coordinated Designer Series Papers and a card I made previously. I made that one thanks to Jan B, an independent SU demonstrator in the United Kingdom. If you want to watch her video, just click HERE

She gives all the details, so I will not reinvent the wheel. However, I have made this card before, so HERE   or HERE are the links for my cards.

Here is my card for today:4It is NOT a difficult card, you just need to be aware of the cutting. Card Cuts are below.

I began with the card base in Grapefruit Grove, then added Whisper White, Gingham Gala and some butterflies punched from the Botanical butterflies. This paper is no longer available, but any thing will do. I have used giraffes instead of butterflies. Or, you may have a butterfly stamp you can use.

Liquid Glue was used throughout to adhere all the bits except the floral and sentiment panels.1

Beauty Abounds is the Stamp set used for the floral art piece, and Flourishing Phrases for the sentiment.5

Cut the pieces, then assemble the pieces (Gingham Gala to Whisper White. Score the card base and mark and cut the card base as directed HERE. Adhere the panels to the card base.

Stamp the floral piece and the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black. Color the flowers with Grapefruit Grove and Lemon Lime Twist Stampin’ Write Markers. Die cut with Stitched Rectangles. Adhere to Grapefruit Grove mats with Liquid glue and to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Cut the windows with the Stained Glass Thinlits and adhere to the proper panel. I used Liquid Glue, but you could use Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets on the back of the Whisper White before die cutting.

Punch out with the Duet Butterfly Punch, or fussy cut, your butterflies and adhere the bodies only, leaving the wings free. I centered the large ones under the fold. Stamp the antennae with Memento Tuxedo Black.

I used more of the Gingham Gala paper on the envelope flap and a couple of butterflies on the front.3


This is an easy, lovely card. Please try one using whatever elements you desire.

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston

Eva Dobilas

CARD CUTS: Grapefruit Grove: card base 6″ x 10″ (refer to my link for scoring and cutting instructions), floral mat 1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″, sentiment mat 1-3/8″ x 1-7/8″; Whisper White: 2-3/8″ x 5-7/8″, 1-3/8″ x -7/8″, 2-7/8″ x 5-7/8″, 6 pieces 1-1/8″ x 1-3/8″, floral piece approx 2″ x 4″, sentiment approx 1-1/2″x 2″, windows 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″; Gingham Gala 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Pack: 2-1/4″ x 5-3/4″, 1-1/4″ x 5-3/4″, 2-3/4″ x 5-3/4″, 6 pieces 1″ x 1-1/4″; Botanical Butterflies Designer Series Paper: 3 large butterflies and 6 small ones. (Or design of your choice, flowers, trees, animals, etc)

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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


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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Natural Dyes Workshop card.

I was privileged to spend a weekend recently with about 15 other women at a workshop on Dyeing with the plants that are all around us. I have been interested in dyeing for years, and have done a little yarn dyeing with Procion Dyes. When I found out about this workshop there was only one spot left. I guess it was meant to be mine, so I took it.

There is a story behind the way I discovered this workshop, which I will not go into here. Let’s just simply call it a “God Thing.” Sometimes you just have to be alert to what He is saying, and be obedient.

What fun! And what an interesting time it was. I learned the process of using plant products as dyes (other than onion skins and black walnuts, both of which I had tried) and what mordants to use to achieve certain colors.

We also learned leaf printing, which was FANTASTIC! The card I made for today uses a piece of the watercolor paper that I leaf printed in a Sumac dye bath, with iron as a mordant.

I liked the colors it made, a sort of very pale yellow with dark edges, which I interpreted as Early Espresso. There were gray undertones, which I decided were Gray Granite. The pale yellow became So Saffron, so those are the colors of my card.

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The watercolor paper was layered with leaves. I used different ones, Birch, Oak, Maple, Ninebark and Wisteria, as well as a weed that had an interesting leaf and some ferns. These multiple layers were tied together and dropped into the dye bath.

Today’s card features a Birch branch with several leaves.

I began with an Early Espresso card base and matted a panel of So Saffron on that. I then trimmed the dyed watercolor paper to fit with the teeniest of margins. All of the layers are adhered with Liquid Glue, except for the front sentiment piece, which is attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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The sentiment is Early Espresso stamped on Gray Granite and cut with the framelits from the Blended Seasons Bundle. The sentiment is from Rooted in Nature. One of the leaf stamps in Rooted in Nature mimics the Birch leaves, so I stamped it in Gray Granite on So Saffron and cut it out with the coordinating framelit in the bundle.

On the inside I stamped the same leaf in Gray Granite ink on Gray Granite card stock. This became my mat for the sentiment panel, which is So Saffron. The leaves in the corners are stamped in Gray Granite and the sentiment is Early Espresso. This sentiment is from Healing Hugs.

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To sort of give the inside the same organic sense of nature, I sponged around the edges of the So Saffron panel with a sponge Dauber and a bit of Early Espresso.

I really like the way this card turned out, and am excited to make more cards with some of the other leaf prints I did.

The Very Vanilla envelope simply has the same leaf pattern stamped in Gray Granite on both the front and the flap.

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it. Even more did I enjoy the dyeing process. I just have to accumulate more big pots in which to do my dyeing, so I can fit in larger pieces.

In all, we did 10 or 11 dye baths using Oak, Hickory, red cabbage, Barberry, sumac, Red Maple, Lemongrass, goldenrod, poke berry and Marigold. We used different parts of the various plants, seeds, berries, leaves, bark, husks, etc, and different mordants produced different colors.

For example, my partner and I gathered Goldenrod flowers and leaves and put them in the pot with water. When the water boiled and turned color, we dipped out 3 samples to try with different mordants. The prettiest yellow resulted from the one with Alum as a mordant. The Copper lent a green color and the Iron made a dark greenish gray. All were lovely colors, but we decided to use the Alum for a lovely yellow.

I came home with not only my paper pieces, but several lengths of dyed and printed silk as well. And samples from each of the dye baths and the different mordants. This could easily become my new passion, but at the moment I have too many irons in the fire to spend any time doing it. There is always next year, and I will take the lessons learned in this process to another level, as well as doing some research and accumulating the necessary equipment.

There is a whole host of plants, or plant parts, that can be used for dyeing, from Avocado to Yarrow.  Many of them are in ancient recipes for dyeing cloth, and I am quite interested in trying some to see what results.

For now, I will keep making cards. I purchased more watercolor paper yesterday, so perhaps I can do more leaf printing before all the leaves fall from the trees.

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Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″: So Saffron: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside sentiment panel 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″, leaf 2″ x 2″; Gray Granite: front sentiment 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″.

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Stampin’ Up Dragonfly Dreams

Good Saturday, All. I suppose you are gearing up for celebrating Christ’s resurrection by going to your choice of church, then celebrating more with family get-togethers.

My card today is for a friend who has recently been hospitalized. I hope this is uplifting and cheering to her.

My inspiration was a You Tube video by Stampin’ Up demonstrator Linda Bedinger and challenge #330 from Freshly Made Sketches seen here.

freshly made sketches #330

You can see Linda’s video here.

Now, on with my version of Dragonfly Dreams.

I began by cutting my card base from Marina Mist Card Stock. The next step was to die cut the large dragonfly using the large one in the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits from Whisper White card stock. I used this as a stencil on Vellum. A sponge dauber was perfect for applying the ink. I used Bermuda Bay, Marina Mist and Emerald Envy, sometimes applying one color over the other, sometimes just using one color. I used the same dauber for all the colors, stamping it off on scratch paper between colors. At any rate, all this inking colored my die cut dragonfly beautifully. wild wing creations-3

I then used two strips of Tear and Tape to adhere the Vellum to the card base, placing the tape under where the Soft Sky strip would go. I then cut a strip of Soft Sky and stamped it with a background stamp from Impression Obsession (IO). Using the ink left in the dauber I sponged around the edges and smeared a little ink over the rest to just take off the ‘fresh, clean’ edge. You can see that here:

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I wrapped a piece of Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon (free in Sale-A-Bration, but order today as SAB ends tonight!) around the panel and taped it to the back. This was Liquid Glued to the Vellum.

I used the die from Petals and More to cut the sentiment tag and sponged it the same as the larger panel. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and is stamped in Marina Mist. This is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I die cut another dragonfly in Vellum and liquid glued it to the panel. My ‘stencil’ became my focal point, and I went over it with Wink of Stella to add some sparkle, but not too much. This is adhered over the Vellum dragonfly with a strip cut from the edge of the Stampin’ Dimensionals and applied only to the body, leaving the wings free.

A trio of the Glitter Enamel Dots completes the front.

For the inside, I background stamped, in Marina Mist, another panel of Soft Sky for the mat. Without re-inking, I stamped it again to give a sort of smudged look. The sentiment liner is also Soft sky sponged around the edges with the dauber I used previously. I had die cut a smaller dragonfly to use for some of the stenciling on the front, so it, too, was a beautiful blend of blue/green colors. I adhered this completely with Liquid Glue. The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread and stamped in Marina Mist. wild wing creations-4

This panel was adhered with Liquid Glue to the mat and into the card base. Now, on to the envelope. I used the detailed stamp and Marina Mist ink to stamp one on the flap, extending it down onto the lower part of the envelope. The front also has one dragonfly in the corner. wild wing creations-2

This completes the card and envelope. Enjoy making one of these for yourself.

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Card Cuts: Marina Mist: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″; Soft sky: front stamped panel 2-1/2′ x 5″, sentiment banner 1-1/2″ x 3″, inside stamped mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, inside sentiment panel 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″; Vellum: front 5″ x 7″, dragonfly 3″ x 4″; Whisper White: 2 dragonflies 3″ x 6″.

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