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Stampin’ Up! Hoppy Birthday Card

Good Sunday Morning to All of You out there! What a week it was. We had wind, rain, snowflakes (very few though the radar showed snow!) and sunshine. One day it hit 68 degrees. Of course that was the day it was really windy, so no raking leaves for me.

As stated previously the next few posts will be Some cards for men and boys. Today is a birthday card for a special young man who will be 9. I hope he likes frogs! You know, frogs and snails and puppy dog tails, that’s what little boys are made of.

I used the So Hoppy together stamp set I got FREE from Sale-A-Bration. What a fun set it is. All elements are from this set except the word ‘Birthday’ which is from the Well Said stamp set. If you are interested in either of these, today is the last day to order from Sale-A-Bration, but the Well Said set is in the Occasions catalog and will be available until June 3.

On with the card. I began with a Granny Apple Green card base and added a mat of Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper.

I stamped the frog image and sentiments in Granny Apple Green ink on Whisper White. The little bees are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. It sort of looks like he is juggling them, don’t you think??

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The stamp with ‘hoppy’ on it also has ‘for you’ under the ‘hoppy’. I taped this off, inked the stamp and removed the tape so I would only stamp Hoppy. Under that I stamped Birthday from Well Said.

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On the inside I adhered a scrap strip of Tropical Escape DSP to one edge of Whisper White card stock, then stamped the frog and sentiment in Granny Apple Green and the bees again in Memento Tuxedo Black. You may notice there is a design around the sentiment.

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There is a reason for this. You see, I goofed and really messed up the sentiment. But, the paper has 2 sides you say. Not any more, when I had already adhered the DSP. My ‘fix’ for this mistake was to stamp the sentiment on a scrap of Whisper White card stock and punch it out with the Story Label Punch. (this punch is available through today as part of the Sale-A-Bration Coordination) Using a Sponge Dauber and Granny Apple Green I smudged the edges so they would stand out from the background and used Liquid Glue to adhere this over my mistake. You might as well make it look like you planned it that way.

Liquid Glue was used to adhere this liner to the inside of the card.

For the envelope another piece of the Tropical Escape DSP covers the flap while a small froggie sits on the front.

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This is such a cute set for kids of any age. I hope you like it as much as I do. I considered coloring in the unicycle and the frog, but kids don’t care and I was short on time. Thank you for stopping by. Please leave comments below.

CARD CUTS: Granny Apple Green: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Whisper White: front art panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″, scrap for label inside 2″ x 3″; Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper: front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, scrap from front for inside strip 7/8″ x 5-1/4″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up! see the forest with Winter Wood and Lovely as a Tree

Good morning Everyone. I hope you are off to a great weekend. Mine will be quiet for a change, and I rather enjoy that. It is a gloomy, rainy day, and perfect for curling up with a good book. What are you reading these days?

I received a box of Stampin’ Up! goodies last week, which I have not had time to even open until today. It was almost like Christmas. Of course, I had to use some of the new items, beginning with one of the stamps in Bokeh Dots, the one with stars.

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This became the background for my forest. I stamped the stars on a Whisper White panel larger than I needed in stamped off once Night of Navy. Where the stamps overlapped, I put a tree to sort of camouflage the overlap. This tree is from Lovely As A Tree and is stamped in Old Olive, then stamped again without re-inking. I did this a couple more times, varying the height of the trees. I did one tree in Shaded Spruce, but I really don’t like that color with the Old Olive. However, it is staying. The more I look at it, the better I like it. There are MANY shades of green in a forest after all.

This card proceeded to design itself. All I did was cut and glue!

With Crumb Cake I stamped the bare trees in the Winter Woods set across the background, just for some dimension. The large conifer in Winter woods also was stamped a few times.

For the ground, I used the curved In The Woods Framelits die to cut some Whisper White pieces for snow banks. These were layered over the trees and adhered with Liquid Glue. I used a flat paintbrush to brush some Frost White Shimmer Paint over the ‘snow’ to make it glisten. I also randomly dabbed some of the Shimmer Paint on a couple of trees.

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One of the Winter Woods conifers was stamped in Mossy Meadow on Mossy Meadow and cut with the coordinating die. This was adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. It looked a bit stark, so I added some ‘snow’ with the Frost White Shimmer Paint. Two of the small deer in Dashing Deer were stamped in Crumb Cake on Crumb Cake card stock and cut with coordinating dies. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used on them also. Had to use the minis on these little guys.

The sentiment is from Winter Woods, stamped in Mossy Meadow on Whisper White and cut with one of the ovals in Layering Ovals Framelits. The little sprig of spruce in the Lovely as a Tree stamp set made a perfect accent on the sentiment. Employing the marker to stamp method, Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Markers  were used to color the stamp.  I know there is a smear, and I will re-do the sentiment, but there was no time to do that before this post. That is what a drop of water will do to your creations!1

I cannot explain why the snow looks pink. It did not look that way on my computer before uploading the images.

This was mounted on a Blackberry Bliss scalloped oval, also cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere this to the card front. The front was adhered to a Blackberry Bliss mat with Liquid Glue and onto the Shaded Spruce card base.

For the inside, a mat of Blackberry Bliss (from which I had cut the oval on the front) sets off the Whisper White sentiment panel. The sentiment is from Dashing Deer and stamped in Mossy Meadow. The same technique as for the accent on the front panel was used for the spruce springs in the corners. Liquid Glue was used to adhere both panels to the card base.

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The envelope flap was a repeat of the card front and a single conifer from Winter Woods stamped in Mossy Meadow finishes the front of the envelope.

Products and card cuts are below, as well as a place to leave any comments you may have.

The host code for October is EV7ETS99. Go here for more information on how to use the host code for free stuff and the other ways to earn even more goodies.

I wish I had in my hands the new Snowflake Showcase stamps and dies as I would have used some of the snowflakes on this card. What is Snowflake Showcase you ask? Well, it is a lovely suite of products that you will want to get as they are not just for winter/Christmas. There are coordinating stamps for year round/all occasion use as well. This will be available for you to order on November 1-30 as long as supplies last. I will be sharing cards made with this suite next week.

To whet your appetite a bit, here are some images of this suite.

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In the meantime, here is a short video showing what these products are and some ways to use them. Just click  Snowflake Showcase  to see it.

To celebrate World Card Making Day, which was Monday, Stampin’ Up! is discounting several items. These prices are good through tomorrow, so take advantage of them by clicking on the order online image at right.

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CARD CUTS: Shaded Spruce: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Blackberry Bliss: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: front 4-1/2″ x 6″ for stamping, then trimmed to 4″ x 5-1/4″, snow 3″ x 5-1/2″, sentiment 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5″; Mossy Meadow: die cut tree 3″ x 4″; Crumb Cake: deer 2-1/2″ x 4″

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Stampin’ Up! Woodland Anniversary

Good Monday to you All! Well, it is Monday, but, hey, a new week ahead. Florence is waning and I hope all of you in her path are recovering.

Before we get started with today’s card, just a quick word about the Stampin’ Up Clearance Rack….you can now get Fast Fuse, both dispenser and refills for 1/2 price as long as supplies last. The Clearance Rack was refreshed today, so don’t wait if you want some bargains.

My card today was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches challenge

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And it also follows the color challenge of Cupcake Inspirations

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I chose the brown and green, not the football theme.

Here is the card I created. The couple who will receive this love the woods and the outdoors, so the Woodland Textured Embossing Folder was a no-brainer! In fact, the marriage proposal occured in a deer stand.

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My card base is Shaded Spruce and the mats are Soft Suede.

I began by using the Woodland TIEF on a panel of Festive Farmhouse DSP for the basis of the front. To follow the Freshly Made Sketches sketch, I colored three of the trees with my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker. This was adhered to the mat with Liquid Glue. A length of Linen Thread was wrapped around the left side and tied in a small bow.

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The sentiment is from Banners for You, stamped in Shaded Spruce on a scrap of the Festive Farmhouse DSP. I stamped the frame of Anniversary in Soft Suede and used the coordinating Bunch of Banners framelit to cut it out. The Happy was stamped in Shaded Spruce also and cut with my Stampin Trimmer. Oh, yes, I stamped the sentiments off once before stamping on my DSP. I ran my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker around the edge of the Happy piece to help it stand out from the background. Both sentiments were attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside, the small deer from Dashing Deer was stamped in Soft Suede. The sentiment is from Better Together and is stamped off once Shaded Spruce. The leaves in the corner are also stamped off once and are in the Rooted in Nature stamp set.

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The sentiment panel was then adhered to a Soft Suede mat with Liquid Glue and into the card base, also with Liquid Glue.

The envelope flap has more of the Festive Farmhouse DSP and the little deer shows up again on the front of the envelope.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. I welcome your comments.

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Don’t forget to redeem your Bonus Days coupons, which you will have received via email. You only have until the end of September to redeem them.

Card Cuts: Shaded Spruce card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Soft Suede: front mat  4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper: front 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, sentiments 2″ x 3-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up Happy Inkin’ Thursday Thank You

Blog hop headerGood Thursday mornin’ Everyone! Another week has FLOWN by. Where does the time go anyway? Today is Maundy Thursday. It is Holy Week for Christians, and Easter will be upon us in a couple of days. Tomorrow is end-of-the-work-week Friday for most people, Good Friday for Christians, and the day to plant potatoes for gardeners! On top of that, it is probably National Something-or-Other Day as well. But, that is off the subject, so let’s move on to today’s Hop.

Our challenge for today is this sketch.

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I really like this sketch and will use it again soon. For today however, I chose to make my card base from Always Artichoke. The rectangle is a light piece of Wood from the Wood Textures DSP Stack. I didn’t want the sentiment to take center stage, so I used the Thank You from Teeny Tiny Wishes and stamped it in Early Espresso. To give the panel more texture, I ran it through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Embossing folder. This was Liquid Glued to a mat of Crumb Cake. I wrapped a strand of Linen Thread around this piece about 5 times, taping it on the back. I then adhered this to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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From a dark piece of Wood Textures DSP I die cut a circle using one of the Layering Circles, I think the second or third largest, to provide a background for the ‘bird’s nest’. For the nest, I cut one each of the swirly things from Swirly Scribbles from the same dark Wood Textures DSP. To add more dimension to the nest, I cut 2 more of each from Crumb cake and Liquid Glued them together. I then glued the one with the ‘leaves’ to the one without leaves, then to the circle.

At this point I needed to dry fit everything. Using the branch from Seasonal Layers I cut 2 of these from Early Espresso. From a scrap piece of striped green from Delightful Daisy DSP, I cut several leaves with the leaf from Flourish Framelits, and cut a couple from Vellum as well. I never know for sure how many I will need, and any extras can be kept for another project. (In the end I used one branch, 2 Daisy DSP leaves, 1 vellum leaf, 1 Pear Pzazz leafy branch, 1 vellum leafy branch, and saved the rest)

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Then from Vellum and Pear Pzazz I cut some of the leafy branch from the Petals and More die set. (Purchased as a bundle with the Petal Palette stamp set you save 10%.) Then I  stamped the bird in Early Espresso from the same set on Sahara Sand,  die cut it  and painted it with my Basic Black and Melon Mambo markers. I tucked the bird in the nest and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I dry fit everything, then used Liquid Glue to tack down all the elements, leaving some of the leaves floating free. The card front is now finished.

On the inside, I stamped an Old Olive leafy branch and the sentiment in Early Espresso, both from the Petal Palette stamp set, onto a light colored panel of Wood Textures DSP. This was Liquid Glued to a Dark Panel of Wood Textures and onto a Crumb Cake mat. The whole was Liquid Glued into the card base.

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For the envelope I stamped the bird on the front in Early Espresso and left it plain, then used more of the Wood Textures DSP on the flap.

I like this card, but wondered how it would look if I changed out the card base and gave it some texture. This is the result.

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I added a couple of flowers stamped from Petal Palette and colored with Melon Mambo and Pear Pzazz Stampin’ Write Markers. Card base is Old Olive. Which do you like better?

Host Code: UJWYGVQJ good through March 31. Don’t forget…..Sale-A-Bration ends Saturday. You don’t want to miss out on the free goodies you can get when you order from me.

Please, now click on the “Next Blog” image and see what Amy has created. Each participating team member is listed below so you can link directly to each one if you prefer.

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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: Always Artichoke: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″; Crumb Cake: front rectangle mat 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″, inside mat 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″,  backing for swirly pieces 6″ x 6″, bird 1-1/2″ x 2″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: Light: front rectangle 3″ x 4″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″; Dark:  circle 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, swirly pieces 3″ x 6″, inside mat 4″ x 6″; Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (green): leaves 1-3/4″ x 5″; Pear Pzazz: leafy branch 3′ X 3″; Vellum: leaves 3″ x 6″; Early Espresso: branch 1-1/2″ x 4″

(The above pieces listed for the leaves are for what I actually used on the card. I cut more than I used, so saved them for later.)

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Stampin’ Up! Leaves of Green

Good Saturday to you all! I’m getting a head start on Saturday, but I am still behind in making cards for specific purposes. Whew!

My mom always sent cards to people, and I have not been very good at it. I have decided that the reason was mainly that I did not like standing in a store before a rack of cards to pick just the right one. And then, in some cases, have someone else send them that same card! It just didn’t trip my trigger, I am sure to the embarrassment of my mom.

Now that I am making cards, I send them to people I would never have considered for purchasing a card. Not only is it more personal, it is much more fun!

Ok, on with today’s card, which was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches #300.

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I took a few liberties with it to make this birthday card featuring leaves. And Green.

My card base of Old Olive has a mat of Soft Suede with a panel from the Delightful Daisy DSP. Card cuts at the end of the post.

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Next is a rectangular mat of Soft Suede topped with a Pear Pzazz oak leaf from Vintage Leaves, stamped in Soft Suede ink and die cut with the Leaflets Framelit. I took a piece of the Burlap Ribbon and Tear & Taped it to the edge of the Soft Suede mat, then liquid glued the oak leaf, overlapping the ribbon. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere this panel to the card base.

Using Linen Thread I wrapped it three times around the lower end of the panel, taping it on the back.

I needed a small leaf for the sentiment and cut one from the Leaflets, the long skinny one, but it was too big. In my Tim Holtz bunch of leaf dies I found a small oak leaf which is what I used, cutting it from Pear Pzazz card stock. Perfect fit for the ovals without using a huge oval. The larger oval is cut using the Layering Ovals framelits and the smaller one using Stitched Shapes framelits. I liquid glued them together, stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede ink onto the leaf, using the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp, then adhered the leaf to the ovals. This piece was adhered to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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I made a small bow from the Linen Thread and used a Glue Dot to adhere it next to the oval. The card front is done.

For the inside, I used a mat of Soft Suede with a sentiment panel in Pear Pzazz. I stamped the oak leaf from Vintage Leaves in Pear Pzazz, stamped off once, to make a background for the sentiment. Then, using the Big on Birthdays stamp, I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede, liquid glued the panel to the mat and into the card base.

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The Medium Crumb Cake envelope, (no naked envelopes here) received an Oak leaf on the front, and mixed leaves on the flap.

Thank you for stopping by. Please leave a comment.

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Card Cuts: Old Olive: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″, oval, scrap about 2″ x 3″; Soft Suede: front mat and inside mat, 4″ x 5-1/4″, front rectangle mat 1-3/4″ x 4-3/8″, oval scrap about 2″ x 3″; Pear Pzazz: inside sentiment 3-3/4″ x 5″, large oak leaf 1-3/4″ x 4-1/2″, small oak leaf, scrap about 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

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