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Happy Inkin’ Thursday Christmas

Blog hop headerGood Thursday morning Everyone! I hope it is a good Thursday for you. My goodness, but the time does fly. Tomorrow is the last day of August and Labor Day will soon be in the past. With those thoughts in mind, I thought perhaps it a good idea to get going on Christmas cards. We have a sketch challenge today,

And here is the card I created from that inspiration.

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Of course, some of Stampin’ Up! promotions end with the closing of August, but we get to look forward to September 5, the first day you can order from the new Holiday Catalog! Woo-Hoo!

If you have trouble with color combinations, just get some Designer Series Paper and the colors are there for you. The DSP I chose to use today is from the Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper pack. There are so many lovely patterns in this collection it is hard to decide which to use!

I chose the holly and pines pattern and ran it through my Big Shot with the Subtles Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder. All the products used in today’s card will be available from the Holiday Catalog on September 5.

The lacy design on the edge of this panel is die cut with the design from Petals and More Thinlits (in the annual catalog). I cut two of these and overlapped them to fit my panel, then Liquid Glued this piece to the back of the panel, trimming off any excess from the ends. The assembled panel was then Liquid Glued to my Merry Merlot card base.

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The sentiment panel was from the Still Night Bundle and inked with Merry Merlot on Sahara Sand card stock. This was cut with a die also from the Still Night Bundle. Remember, when you bundle, you save 10%.

To make this sentiment piece long enough, I used my magnetic platform to assure proper placement, then only cut about 3/4 through the die. To do this, simply place your top sandwich layer where you want the Big Shot to stop cutting, then run it through. Turn the die around, match up the cut lines, and do the same from the other end to get the length you need.

Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere this to the card front.

I thought it was a bit too plain for my taste, so I layered on some die cuts from Pretty Pines and the Still Night Bundle, cutting them from Tranquil Tide and Merry Merlot. These were Liquid Glued to, and under, the sentiment panel. A Linen Thread Bow, made by wrapping it around 3 fingers 3 times and tied in the middle, was adhered to the pines with a Glue Dot.

The inside is layered Sahara Sand, Joyous Noel DSP and the sentiment stamped in Merry Merlot on Sahara Sand. This sentiment is from the His Light stamp set.

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The envelope flap was finished off with a piece of the , yep, you guessed it, Joyous Noel DSP. The front has some little pine boughs from the Winter Woods stamp set. I love the way Stampin’ Up! has products that work so well with each other.

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You still have today and tomorrow to earn some $$ off on orders in September. For every $50 you spend in August you get a $5 coupon to use in September. This is called Bonus Days. The FAQ sheet gives you the details.

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Also ending tomorrow is your chance to purchase the Color Your Season Bundle. This is a GREAT bundle and sure to become a favorite. Get it now while you still can. There are many lovely stamps, but what I like best are the dies. WOW!

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Use this code for any order between $50 and $150 from my online store to receive a free gift from me and earn Wild Bird Egg points. See my customer rewards page for more information. For orders over $150 you still earn all my gifts, in addition to rewards from Stampin’ Up. DO NOT USE the host code for orders of $150 or more, or you will lose your Stampin’ Up! rewards.

Card Cuts: Merry Merlot: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded at 4-1/4″; Sahara Sand: decorative strip 1-1/2″ x 6″, front sentiment 1-1/4″ x 4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside sentiment 3″ x 3-1/4″; Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper: front 3-3/8″ x 5″, inside 3-3/4″ x 5″, envelope flap 2-1/4″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up! Good Tidings

I hope you all are going to have a good weekend. It doesn’t seem like a Saturday to me, but that’s what the calendar says, so I guess I will believe it.

My card for today uses the Good Tidings stamp set found in the holiday catalog. I had not had an opportunity to use it before, but had seen some nice cards online and have been itching to try it.

I love holly, and this set makes pretty realistic looking holly with a two step stamp. Actually, it is a four step if you include the berries-two step for the leaves and two step for the berries. Stampin’ Up has made it easy to use by labeling each piece, 1-a, 1-b, 1-c, etc, so you know which stamp to use first. The stem is another two step. Sounds like a dance doesn’t it? I digress.

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The card base is Whisper White to which I Liquid Glued a panel of Old Olive.

I began stamping with a panel of Merry Music Designer Series Paper on which to do my stamping. As I had not previously used this set, I did a few practice stamps on scratch paper to get the hang of it. I am glad I did though the end product is far from perfect. Maybe the next card will be perfect!!  HA!

Using the solid leaf stamp I stamped the design in Old Olive, then over stamped using the detail stamp in Garden Green. Next, I used Real Red for the solid berry and Cherry Cobbler for the detail. These stamps really do give detail and depth to the design. There are two more stamps to this design which I couldn’t figure out at first. They are the stems and dots on the berries. I had a bit of difficulty lining them up and wished I already had the brand new Stamparatus! For these I used Crumb Cake, then Soft Suede for the second stamp.

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On with the show, I mean, the stamping. Using the smaller holly leaf I used the same technique, putting one in each corner. This panel is Liquid Glued to a mat of Cherry Cobbler.

Using a length of Candy Cane Bakers Twine left over from last year (now retired), I wound it around this panel three times, securing it on the back with tape. The bow is made by wrapping the twine around three fingers three times and around two fingers three times, then pinching it together. Cut a small (5″) piece of twine to wrap around the middle, securing the loops, then tie it in a knot. You can then arrange the loops to your liking. A Glue dot holds the three strands of twine together and holds the bow as well, making it look like you tied the bow around your strands.

This panel is adhered to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the sentiment I stamped the Good Tidings from the stamp set of the same name in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White and die cut it using a Layering Circles Framelit. I cut a second circle from Cherry Cobbler using one of the Layering Circles scalloped edged framelits. Liquid Glue adheres these together, and Stampin’ Dimensionals secure it to the music panel. A rhinestone colored with my Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker finishes it. Card front done!

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On the inside I pretty much repeated the front, only I did not stamp the larger holly leaf. Stamp the holly as before on the music, Liquid Glue the three panels together and into the card base.

I thought the music would make it difficult to read the sentiment, so it, also from the Glad Tidings set, is stamped in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White and punched out with the Pretty Label Punch. Using my Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker I edged the piece to make it stand out from the music background and Liquid Glued it in place. On to the envelope.

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A small holly and berries, stamped as before, adorns the front while more Merry Music Designer Series Paper finishes the flap. Enjoy!

I like this set and will use it again and again, I think. I hope you like it too.

For card cuts and products used, scroll down to the end of this post.

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Online Extravaganza Starts Monday!!

The Stampin’ Up! annual Online Extravaganza begins Monday, November 20 and runs through Sunday, November 26!!  Yay for a great sale just before the holiday rush!  There are some stamp sets that will be on sale for 20% off on Monday, November 20 only.  The rest of the items on the list will be on sale for the entire time!

Here is the list of stamp sets that will be on sale for 20% off on Monday, November 20 12:00 AM MT until 11:59 PM MT (click on the list to open a full size PDF for easier viewing and printing):

Here are the items that will be on sale from November 20-26!  Click on the list to open a full size PDF for easier viewing and printing:

Let me know if you have any questions.  Don’t forget that the stamp sets on the first list will only be on sale for 24 hours on Monday, November 20 so be sure to order that day if you’re wanting any of them!!

Card Cuts: Whisper White: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, inside sentiment 2″ x 2-1/2″, front sentiment 3″ x 3″; Cherry Cobbler: cut 2 mats 4″ x 5-1/4″, scalloped circle 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Old Olive: cut 2 mats 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper: Cut 2 3-3/4″ x 5″

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Stampin’ Up! Deck the Halls

I hope you all are having a Wonderful Wednesday, unless of course you are in Texas or Louisiana and dealing with Hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. If that is the case, I am sure you have had better days! I cannot imagine what you are going through down there, but many of us are praying for your safety and the strength to deal with everything.

My card for today looks ahead to brighter days, happier days, days where we can sing again. Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. Yes, this is my Deck the Halls card, using elements from the Carols of Christmas stamp set as well as some others. Front

The mat for the music is from the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper stack. The music is from the Merry Music Specialty DSP.  I love this paper! These were liquid glued together, and Linen Thread wrapped around three times and taped on the back. This was then glued to the Basic Black card base on an angle.

For the sentiment, the Deck the Halls, from Carols of Christmas, is stamped in Basic Black with a stamped-off-once Old Olive pine branch and Soft Suede pine cone from Christmas Pines. All this is on a panel of the white Wood Textures DSP. This was liquid glued to a Basic Black mat, then glued to a scalloped Old Olive mat cut from the Layering Squares framelits.

“But it isn’t a square”, you say. You are correct. I only ran the square about halfway through the Big Shot, then turned the paper and moved the die to the opposite end of the needed rectangle and finished cutting it. If you carefully place the cutting ridge in some of the previously cut scallops, it will hold the die in place to finish the cutting. A magnetic plate helps also.

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Next it is time to do a dry assembly with the sentiment mat and all the pieces of the pine and holly. Two of the pine boughs and the holly leaves are cut from Old Olive. One pine branch is cut from Always Artichoke. The pine cone, stamped in Soft Suede on Soft Suede card stock is from the Pretty Pines thinlits, as are all the pine boughs.

The holly leaves and berries are from the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set and cut with the Holly Berry Builder punch. The berries are in Real Red ink on Real Red card stock. After all, the halls were decked ‘with boughs of holly’, so I thought the card should reflect the song. I just added the pine because I like it.

After dry assembly, I used glue dots to hold the pieces in place and adhered them to the music with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The sentiment panel is also adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I made a bow from the Linen Thread and added it to the front with a Stampin’ Dimensionals. This completes the front of the card.

On the inside another panel of the Wood Textures DSP was stamped with a Soft Suede pinecone. Using a mask of the pinecone I had cut previously, I laid it over the stamped pinecone and stamped the Old Olive Pine branch, all from Christmas Pines. A bow, stamped in Real Red on Real Red card stock was punched using the Holly Berry Builder punch.

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The sentiments, also from Christmas Pines, were stamped in Basic Black. This panel was liquid glued to an Old Olive mat and into the Basic Black card base.

The envelope front also was stamped as the inside with an Old Olive pine branch and Soft Suede pinecone. A leftover piece of the Wood Textures DSP was glued to the envelope flap. No naked envelopes here, no siree!

I hope you like this card.

Thought for today: Today will never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal and not wound.

Card Cuts: Basic Black: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, sentiment mat 2-7/8″ x 3-11/16″; Old Olive: scalloped rectangle 3″ x 3-13/16″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; pine branches, holly leaves 2″ x 3″; Wood Textures DSP: front sentiment 2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″, inside sentiment 3-3/4″ x 5″; Petal Garden DSP: mat for music paper 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ ; Merry Music DSP: 3-1/8″ x 4-3/8″; Soft Suede: pine cone 1-1/2″ x 2″; Real Red: holly branch and berries 1″ x 2″, bow 1″ x 1-1/2″; Always Artichoke: pine branch 1″ x 2″

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