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Now it’s November!

Good morning Everyone! It is a beautiful day here in Iowa, but we could use a little rain to settle the dust. And though it is already November, today I am sharing some images from October in Utah. Here at home, most of the trees have lost their leaves.

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This scene was fairly common from the side of Burr Trail.

I have been traveling, in fact, just arrived home yesterday from a trip to beautiful Utah. I took the Amtrak train to Salt Lake City, met a photographer friend there and we rented a car to drive 4-1/2 hours to Boulder, which is in the Escalante Staircase/Dixie National Forest area. The scenery is wonderful. We also went to Bryce Canyon. None of my Bryce Canyon images are downloaded, so you won’t see those today.

The yellow of the cottonwoods (most of the Aspens had already lost their leaves) really stands out against the red canyon walls.

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Did you know there are 5 National Parks in Utah? Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capital Reef, and Zion are the 5. But wait! There is more. Bears Ears, Cedar Breaks, Dinosaur, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Hovenweep, Natural Bridges, Rainbow Bridge, and Timpanogos Cave are all National Monuments. In addition to that, there are 2 National Recreation Areas-Glen Canyon and Flaming Gorge. These are all federal lands and well worth seeing. In 6 days time I did not have time to see many of these, so a trip back to Utah is on my ‘to do’ list.

That’s not all! There are 6 National Forests, 31 National Wilderness Areas, 583 miles of National Historic Trails, 1 National Historic Site, 2 National Conservation Areas, 3 National Wildlife Refuges, 18 National Recreation Trails, and 8 National Scenic Byways.

By contrast, Iowa has 1 National Monument, 1 National Historic Site and 2 National Historic Trails. While Iowa is beautiful any time of year, it is a totally different kind of beauty.

I would say Utah is a dry climate, but where there are rivers or streams that are not dried up, you will find trees, birds and gorgeous reflections on the water’s surface.

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Of course, as a photographer, I will go at specific times of the year to try for the best images. The ones on this post are all from the same day, though at different times of the day. I haven’t had time to download the rest of my images. I even got a few bird shots in, though none are especially good. Here is one of a White-crowned Sparrow. I did add 3 species to my life list.

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The rocks are not all red, but it is the predominate color. We found a slot canyon that was simply beautiful, no less so because it was easy to get to. Some slot canyons have to be accessed by a series of ladders, which I can’t/won’t negotiate. The entrance to this canyon is not readily noticeable.

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I would suggest that if you are looking for a lovely place to visit, a place where you can see a variety of landscapes, you might want to consider Utah. Prior to this visit I had only been to Salt Lake City and the 4 corners area, but no place in between. I still haven’t been to the Great Salt Lake, nor any of the National Wildlife Refuges. Those are on the agenda for my next visit.

Of course, in October the cottonwoods are a spectacular golden color, no matter the angle from which you view them.

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That is enough to dazzle you for one day, and if, by chance, you are trying to decide where to go on your next vacation, you might want to consider Utah.

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Stampin’ Up! Leaves and Plaid Thank You

Are you surprised it is Friday again? Seems like the weeks just spin by, or am I just getting old and it is just my perception? Anyway, time marches on and I have to try to keep up.

Here is my card for today, which is playing along with the Words 2 Craft By Challenge.

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W2CB #58: Now for October Eves

For this challenge, the words come from Humbert Wolfe.
Listen!
The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves.

I like that quote. Fall, or Autumn if you prefer, is my favorite season. I love the cooler temperatures, the colors as the trees change from their summer dress to their party frocks. There are many more reasons for this to be my favorite season, but I won’t go into all of them. ON WITH THE CARD!

My order with the new Snowflake Showcase items came the other day, so I thought I would check out the lovely VELVET paper. It feels SO nice, soft and velvety. I wondered if it would work to make a ‘flannel’ shirt plaid and thought I should try it. It is only paper, right?

The Buffalo Check stamp is large, so I stamped a panel of the Velvet Paper that was as large as the stamp, mainly so I would have room to manipulate it if necessary. I used the Stamparatus, stamping it three times with Crushed Curry. I was extremely careful to have everything straight and still managed to stamped crookedly! Unbelievable. Well, at least I had room to trim it so it was straight.

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Stamps ‘n’ Lingers has a great video on making plaid, so I won’t re-invent the wheel here. Just click on the link above to go to her video. Suffice it to say that I used my Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze Stampin’ Write Markers for the plaid lines. I used the brush end of the Soft Suede and Cajun Craze for the ‘fat’ lines, and the bullet end of Pumpkin Pie and Mossy Meadow for the fine lines. I do think it looks like flannel, and it certainly feels like it.

This panel was adhered with Tear & Tape to a Mossy Meadow mat, and onto the Cajun Craze card base.

I stamped a few leaves with the Colorful Seasons stamp set with Cajun Craze on Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow and Mango Melody card stocks. These were die cut with the thinlits from the Seasonal Layers. The large detailed leaf is Mango Melody. All the leaves were sponged lightly with Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow to give them a ‘changing color’ look, which fits in with October leaves.

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These were attached to the plaid with Glue Dots, after arranging them so that they mimicked “the air is wild with leaves” portion of the quote.

The sentiment, from Love What You Do, was stamped in Mossy Meadow on Crushed Curry, then punched out with the Tailored Tag punch. I used my Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Marker to go around the edge before adhering it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Card front-done! I like it.

For the inside, I inked the sentiment stamp from All Things Thanks with Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers. To do this, simply apply the markers directly to the stamp. I wasn’t too careful how I did it, just made sure to cover all of the stamp. I then huffed on it to re-moisten and stamped it on a panel of Whisper White card stock.5

Remember I had to trim the plaid to straighten it? I decided to not waste those pieces, so used Liquid Glue to adhere them above and below the sentiment. Yes, they are stamped crookedly, but, so what? I think with the cut angles it looks fine. Tell me what you think.

The envelope flap was stamped directly. To do this I inserted a scrap of copy paper under the envelope on my Stamparatus and another under the flap. This ensured that the stamping only went where I wanted it to be. The Buffalo Check is stamped in Crushed Curry and I did the same with markers as for the front piece.

The front simply has a stamped-off-once Cajun Craze leaf, then the detail is stamped in full strength Cajun Craze.

I hope you will try making plaid, and enjoy it as much as I enjoy it.

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CARD CUTS: Cajun Craze: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, leaves 2-1/2″ x 3″; Mossy Meadow: front mat 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, leaves 2-1/2″ x 3″; Velvet Paper: for plaid finished at 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″; Whisper White: inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″; Crushed Curry: sentiment tag 3″ x 4″; Mango Melody: leaves 2-1/2″ x 3″

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Stampin’ Up! Happy Thanksgiving

Good Thursday morning Everyone! It is time once again for our monthly Blog Hop with our friends in Canada. We have a color challenge and a sketch challenge. It is up to the individual whether to use one or both challenges. I am using both. Our Colors for this hop are:

And here is the sketch:

With these in mind, I opted to make a Thanksgiving card. Here goes! I hope you enjoy this hop as we have several very creative women participating today.

My card base is Tranquil Tide with a mat on the front of the Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper. This paper has the 3 required colors.

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I love the Copper Foil Sheets embossed, whether dry embossed or heat embossed. For today I dry embossed it with the Layered Leaves 3-D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder, and mounted it on a mat of Tranquil Tide with Liquid Glue.

For the sentiment, I cut the word Happy with the Happy Birthday Thinlit from Tranquil Tide three times and stacked them. I used Liquid Glue to adhere this to the copper. I stamped the Thanksgiving portion of the sentiment from Pleasant Pheasants in Versamark ink and heat embossed it in Copper. This was cut with a Lakeside Framelit and adhered to the copper with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

After it was adhered, I wished I had edged the die-cut with Versamark and dipped it in the Copper Emboss Powder. Hindsight, you know. I might remove it and do that, but time doesn’t allow it right now. I do think it will improve the card.

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The small leaves are Tranquil Tide, embossed and cut with the dies from Nature’s Roots. One is also stamped and heat embossed with Copper Emboss Powder. The copper leaves are also from Nature’s Roots, dry embossed and cut. The berry branches are cut from Merry Merlot. The dies for these are from the First Frost Bundle

I dry fit everything then Liquid Glued them in place. This finishes the front.

On the inside a mat of the same Joyous Noel DSP as on the front frames a Whisper White sentiment panel. I flipped the mat over and die cut a berry branch (First Frost Bundle) from the center of it. This was attached to the sentiment panel with Liquid Glue. A leafy branch was cut from Merry Merlot card stock with another die from the First Frost Bundle, trimmed and adhered with Liquid Glue.

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The sentiment is from Pleasant Pheasants and is stamped in Merry Merlot. This sentiment panel is adhered to the mat with Liquid Glue.

The envelope has the trio of leaves on the front embossed with Copper Emboss Powder and more of the Joyous Noel DSP on the flap .

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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! Rooted in Nature Birthday forHappy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Blog hop headerAnother Thursday and another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop. Today we are working with this sketch challenge

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and here is the card I created for this challenge.

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I wanted a masculine card, and, while it isn’t over the top, I think it fills the bill because of the textures and colors.

I started with a sheet of the Nature’s Poem DSP and built the card from there, using the sketch as my guide, turning it on its side.

The card base is Sahara Sand with a mat of Soft Suede that I ran through the Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. That’s a mouthful! This will hereafter be known as a DTIEF!wild wing creations-1

The two offset panels are from Nature’s Poem and Wood Textures. In fact, everything on this card uses all those same papers and card stock.

Cut all the pieces first. Then, dry emboss the Soft Suede card stock mat. This was adhered to the card base with Tear & Tape.

A panel of light colored Wood Textures DSP was then Liquid Glued to this mat. The lovely Nature’s Poem panel with leaves was also adhered with Liquid glue.

Now for the fun part. I die cut several leaves and branches from Wood Textures DSP and Soft Suede card stock using the set of 3 leaves in the Sweet Cake Thinlets. I also die cut one of the triple leaf from Nature’s Roots Framelits from the Wood Textures DSP. I then dry embossed it using the embossing plate in the set of Framelits.

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The sentiment circle in Wood Textures DSP is cut with the #4 circle from Layering Circles (I number from smallest to largest) Framelits. The Happy Birthday sentiment from Perennial Birthday, is stamped in Soft Suede ink. I then adhered the triple leaf to the circle before adding the Stampin’ Dimensionals and Linen Thread.

I did a dry fit of all the leaves and stems under the circle before adhering everything. When I was satisfied with the layout, I began layering with Liquid Glue. Several Stampin’ Dimensionals are on the back of the circle, with some of them for the express purpose of holding the Linen Thread loops in place. The rest adhere the threaded up circle over the arrangement of leaves.

I thought it looked a bit plain, so I grabbed my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker and began to outline the circle. I knew I couldn’t make a perfect circle freehand, so I deliberately added a few bumps and ‘feathers’ which I think looks better than if it were a perfect outline.

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The inside has no sentiment as I want to write a personal note here. The same card stock and DSP are on the inside with the Soft Suede acting as the first mat, the leafy DSP under the Wood Textures DSP. This is my writing surface as it is light enough for text to show up. I considered adding a stamped leaf then decided against it. Now, I think it looks plain, so I may go back and add the triple leaf in a stamped off once Soft Suede in the corner.

The envelope flap has more of the DSP , and two of the triple leaves stamped on the front. One of them is full strength Soft Suede and the other is stamped again without re-inking.

I like this challenge and think I will do another card using the same sketch. Stay tuned.

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Card Cuts for today’s card: Soft Suede card stock: front embossed mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, leaves  2″ x 3″; Sahara Sand: card base 5-1/2″ x  8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper: front panel 3″ x 4-1/4″, inside liner 3-1/8″ x 4-3/8″, circle and leaves 2″ x 4″; Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper: front panel 3″ x 4-1/4″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5″

 

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Stampin’ Up WOOD

I hope you are all having a Fabulous Friday. And, why not? Friday is the day before the weekend, which makes nearly everyone happy, right?

My card for today is another one using the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop sketch from yesterday, with a totally different take on it.

Here is the sketch we used, and that I am using again today.

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And here is the card I created using that sketch

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This technique, called Black Ice, was developed, or invented if you prefer, by Melissa Kerman. You can see her video on this technique here

I wanted this to be all about trees and wood, so I used the Waterfront stamp set, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, Leaflets Framelits and Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder.

To begin, I took a panel of Copper Foil Sheets and ran it through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Planks DTIEF. With the Classic Basic Black Stampin’ Pad (regular ink pads won’t stick to the foil) and a light touch, I simply dragged it over the embossed copper. This really brought out the wood grain. This is the black of the black ice.

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I left this to dry thoroughly while I went on to other parts of the project.

I tried stamping the trees and mountains then die cutting with the maple leaf from the Leaflets Framelits, which didn’t work very well. Then, I cut first, then stamped my design and that was much better. Initially, I used a dark wood (like the mat), rubbed my Versamark pad over the edges and heat embossed it in copper. Hmmm. A little dark, but maybe ok once it is on the copper.

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To be certain the copper piece was dry I did use my Heat Tool for a brief time. To do the ice technique, simply drag the Versamark pad over your panel, cover it in Clear Embossing Powder and heat emboss. Lovely. I really do like this look!

This was Liquid Glued to a piece of the dark Wood Textures DSP and onto my card base. Using Tear and Tape, I adhered a strip of Burlap Ribbon to the card front. I also die cut two branches from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, one in Basic Black and one in the dark Wood Textures DSP. I offset these and Liquid Glued them over the Burlap Ribbon.

I put several Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of my stamped and embossed leaf, wound some Copper Metallic Thread around and adhered it over the ribbon and branches. Remember I said it was a little dark? Well, it was a LOT dark and I really didn’t like it. The remedy was to die cut the leaf from a lighter Wood Textures DSP, then stamp the design. I simply Liquid Glued this over the darker leaf, offsetting it a bit so the copper edge would show. AHA! Much better.

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Now, the ribbon is wrong! Oh. My. Gosh. Now what? Well, I don’t like this, so what harm can it do to try to fix it before it goes in the trash? I took my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker and went over the ribbon. I had to do this twice to get it really black, but I am thinking you could use a black permanent marker too, which might be darker.

This helped enough that the card was salvaged, but, if I do it again I will use a strip of black card stock instead. But then, the black branch won’t show up. I will think of something!

On the inside I ran my Embossing Buddy over the paper before I stamped the sentiment in Versamark. This is also from the Waterfront stamp set, stamped  on the dark Wood Textures DSP, covered in Copper Emboss Powder and heat set. This panel was liquid glued to a Copper Foil Sheets panel and into the card base.

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For the envelope, I stamped the same trees and mountains on the front, then added a piece of the Wood Textures DSP to the flap. All done. I think this needs improving, but I like the basic idea. Must try it again.

Card Cuts: Basic Black: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, branch 2″ x 5″, Copper Foil Sheets: embossed panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside mat 3-11/16″ x 4-15/16″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Pack  front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside sentiment panel 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″, leaf 4″ x 4″, branch 2″ x 5″

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Stampin’ Up Wood Textures Birthday

Good Sunday Morning All

Today is supposed to be another beautiful day, so after church I am going out with camera to see what goodies I can find. In the meantime, I want to share a card with you that I first found on Pinterest. I went to Su Mohr’s blog, https://aromasandart.com/lovely-as-a-tree/, and since it uses a couple of my favorites, I thought I would CASE for my nephew’s birthday.

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I am definitely going to play around with this idea some more, so who knows what may be in the future!

For starters, I made the card base from Early Espresso, then, with sheets from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, I proceeded to make the card front.

I cut the top piece to 4-1/4″ x 5-1/4″, then centered the leaf from Leaflets Framelits and ran it through the Big Shot. On a sheet of the plainer wood grain sheets from Wood Textures, I stamped the image from Lovely as a Tree in Soft Suede. These two pieces were adhered together with Foam Adhesive Strips, then to the card base with Liquid Glue. I placed the Foam Strips very close to the edges of the back of the tree rings, and around the leaf. Since I didn’t like the look of the white edges of the foam, I used my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker to color them.

This completes the card front. Easy Peasy.

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For the inside, I used the tree rings paper for a mat, then stamped my sentiment and the Lovely as a Tree image on a plainer  wood grain panel. The sentiment is from Perennial Birthday and stamped in full strength Soft Suede. The trees were stamped off once before stamping on the liner panel. I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line up the sentiments. All were adhered with Liquid Glue.

On the envelope, never to be naked, I again stamped the Lovely as a Tree image on the front in Soft Sued, and used more of the tree rings DSP on the flap.

This card is quick and simple, yet, I think it is lovely. Try one for yourself.

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Stampin’ Up Count My Blessings

Hey Everyone! We have had a couple of days of rainy, cloudy, misty weather. I LOVE it! We have been so dry, and the hope was for moisture in the ground before it freezes. Yesterday my gauge had 1-3/4″ on top of the 1-1/4″ last Friday. Much of the harvesting has been done, though there is still plenty left to do. It will take more than what we have had to stop them for very long once the sun shines again.

My card today is a birthday card, disguised as an autumn card. There are several birthdays coming up and this is what I created for one of them.

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The card base is Cajun Craze, the mat, Pear Pzazz and the art panel is Pumpkin Pie. I stamped over it randomly with Pumpkin Pie ink using the acorn and leaves from Count My Blessings. This is a wonderfully versatile set. Love it! I adhered this panel to the Pear Pzazz mat with liquid glue and wrapped a 1-3/4″ piece of burlap around it, taping on the back.

There is quite a lot of die cutting here using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits (Pear Pzazz round shape), Leaflets (oak leaves) Framelits,  Bouquet Bunch Framelits (Pear Pzaz and Painted leaves), and Patterned Pumpkin Thinlits (rounded berry leaf in Pear Pzazz, paint and Cajun Craze). The painted pieces are from the WHOLE SHEET of Very Vanilla that I painted with Distress Oxide inks a couple of days ago.

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I also stamped acorns from Acorny Thank You stamp set and punched them with the Acorn Builder punch. The cap was stamped in Soft Suede on Crumb Cake and the body in Soft Suede ink on Soft Suede card stock. They were adhered with liquid glue.

After dry arranging all the bits, I used liquid glue, mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere everything to the card base and burlap.

The sentiment is from an old stamp I have had for a long time, and is stamped directly onto the stamped panel in Soft Suede ink.This completed card front was attached to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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On the inside I reversed the mat and liner colors, again stamping the acorn/leaf randomly on the Pumpkin Pie mat with Pumpkin Pie ink. The liner is stamped in Soft Suede for both the sentiment and acorns. The sentiment is also from an old stamp set. I don’t know the company nor the name of the set.

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The envelope is adorned very simply with the acorn/leaf stamp in Soft Suede ink, both on the flap and on the front.

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This was a relatively quick card to make in spite of the many die cuts in the collage. I hope you like.

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Card Cuts: Cajun Craze: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, oak leaf and leaf 2″ x 4-1/2″; Pear Pzazz: mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″, swirl and leaves 4″ x 4″; Soft Suede: acorns 1-1/2″ x 6″; Crumb Cake: acorn caps 1-1/2″ x 3″; Painted Very Vanilla: leaves 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

NON Stampin’ Up Products used: burlap, sentiment stamps

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Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Giving Thanks Blog Hop

inkin-krew-blog-hop-banner2Good Tuesday morning to Everyone. I have been absent from the Blogging scene for a few days and it feels good to be back.

Today our creative Inkin’ Krew has some lovely projects to share with you, so, lets Hop!

My card uses my favorites: Leaflets framelits, Copper and Vintage Leaves stamps. I also chose to use my new Ranger Distress Oxide inks.

Using about six of the Distress Oxide inks, I just smeared them around on my craft mat, spritzed a LITTLE water and dragged my 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of Very Vanilla through it. I heat dried it, and repeated the process twice more, then touched up some bare spots with my Stampin’ Sponge and Pumpkin Pie ink.

From this sheet I cut my front panel and dry embossed it with the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, making sure my painted side was the DE-bossed side. The debossing does show up in the photo. I just love this embossing folder, but then if it has leaves or trees, I like it! I also really like these fall colors.

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This whole card was an experiment. The oak leaves were die cut using the Leaflets framelits after I stamped them using the Vintage Leaves stamps. Each one is different. Two of the leaves are cut from Wood Textures DSP, two different woods. One is stamped with Versamark and heat embossed using Copper Embossing Powder. The other one is stamped with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink. One of the things I like about the oxide inks is that you can use a light color on dark paper and it shows. This is the leaf at the right side of the bunch.

The third leaf is stamped with Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink on the previously inked Very Vanilla card stock. Remember, I did the WHOLE sheet? This allowed me to choose where to cut the leaf. I dry arranged these 3 leaves then liquid glued them to one another.

Next, using the acorn and leaf stamp from Count My Blessings stamp set, I stamped them in Versamark ink on a third piece of Wood Textures DSP and heat embossed them, also in Copper. There is no die for these, so I fussy cut them.

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I tied them together by the stems using a length of Copper Trim and tied it in a bow. I took another length of the Copper Trim and spread it out to make a mesh, which I Tear & Taped to the painted, dry embossed panel, wrapping it around to the back and taping it securely.

This panel was adhered to an Always Artichoke mat with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This was then liquid glued to the Crushed Curry card base. tent

For the sentiment, I chose the one from Paisleys and Posies stamp set, inked it in Versamark on a Wood Textures DSP and heat embossed it in Copper. Using my Paper Snips Scissors, I cut a flag end at the end of the sentiment, liquid glued it to a Crushed Curry mat and trimmed it, also with the Paper Snips. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered it to the painted panel, over the Copper mesh.

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To the left of the sentiment, I used more Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere my grouping of oak leaves and acorns to the card front. There is an Amish general store not far from me, where I frequently shop. They have everything from books and boots to fabric and zippers, as well as bulk groceries. It was here that I found the little metallic leaf brads that I used, both on the front sentiment and on the inside.

On the inside, I used my Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write marker to draw a border on my Very Vanilla insert, criss-crossing it at the corners. Then, I cut another leaf from the previously painted sheet of Very Vanilla and liquid glued it to the liner.

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Again, with Versamark ink and Copper Embossing powder, I added the sentiment. This one is from an autumn themed Gina K stamp set. Another copper metallic brad finishes the inside, which is liquid glued to an Always Artichoke mat and into the Crushed Curry card base.

I have not done an envelope  for this card as I am undecided as to how I want it to look.

Card Cuts: Crushed Curry: 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, front sentiment mat 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Always Artichoke: (cut 2) inside mat and outside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, Wood Textures DSP: use 2 different 6″ x 6″ sheets for leaves, acorns and sentiment label; Very Vanilla: One 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet for painting, inside sentiment liner 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″

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Karen Finkle

Linda Richenberg

Jaimie Babarczy

Julie Johnston You are Here

Mary Deatherage

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Jari Francis

Barbara Staradumsky

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Stampin’ Up! Vintage Leaves Birthday for Men

Good Wednesday Everyone! Wow, I thought fall was here, or almost, but the thermometer says it is 90 degrees here! Whew! I don’t like it this hot in July, never mind the late days of September. I guess if I survive until the weekend it will be fine. By a week from now the highs are predicted to be 30 degrees cooler. Right up my alley.

Another busy day so this post is later than usual, although, if you are following me you know that sometimes posts are late. It just has to happen when I can make it happen.

Right now I am between two meetings and a haircut, just hangin’ out at the local library to at least get this typed, if not posted.

My card for today is an experiment in the use of Ranger’s Oxide Inks. These inks are REALLY cool, and I hope Stampin’ Up! has them in their new catalog. For the uninitiated, these inks are a fusion of dye inks and pigment inks. When you add water, they oxidize. The finished feel, and look, is chalky. However, unlike chalk, the colors do not rub off.

I started by trying for a ‘rusty’ looking background, sort of following the technique of Keren Tamir as seen on her You Tube video.

Well, mine certainly doesn’t look like hers, but I have not had much practice with these inks. I am pleased with the way the card turned out, even if it isn’t as ‘rusty’ as hers was. I guess mine has more patina.

I started with a sheet (yes, a WHOLE sheet) of watercolor paper, thinking I could choose which part I wanted for the card and use the rest for other projects.

I first schmooshed (I can pronounce it, but don’t know how to spell it, or if it is even a word) two colors onto my craft mat, directly from the ink pad. They are Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain, both browns, with the Vintage Photo having yellow undertones. Then I added the Cracked Pistachio, a bluish green color, sort of the color of copper patina.

I think this is where I differed from Keren. I did not have the video handy while I was working on the card, so was doing it from memory. Later, when I went back to the video, she did not put down the Cracked Pistachio in the beginning.

Anyway, I spritzed water over the ink on my craft mat then dragged my paper through it. I then dried it with my heat tool. I repeated this process 3 or 4 times until I was more, or less, satisfied with it. This is the nice thing about oxide inks….they layer. They do not turn to mud. As long as you dry between layers, they will look layered.

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I chose the portion I wanted for the card, then used Soft Suede ink to stamp some distressing over it, using The Open Sea and Timeless Textures stamp sets. Then, using the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder, I ran it through the Big Shot to dry emboss it. Did I mention that this card is for a man?? I hope he likes rust! I am not sure you can see the embossing in the photo, but it is there. It is most visible down by the sentiment label.

Time for the haircut. I hope I can finish this before the day is completely done!

(Three hours later) OKAY, on with the show!

Next, I liquid glued this panel to a Pool Party mat. I didn’t want it TOO dark and since there was this bluish patina to the background, I opted for Pool Party. I think it perfectly sets off the panel. For the same reason, I chose Soft Suede for my card base instead of the darker Early Espresso or Chocolate Chip.

Then, using the 5/8″ Burlap ribbon, I wrapped it around to the back and taped to secure it. I’m thinking at this point that some copper would be good, so I wrapped some Copper Metallic Thread around several times over the Burlap Ribbon and taped it as well.

While I was experimenting with the inks, I thought I might as well do some experimenting with papers, too. I did a sheet of Whisper White using brighter colors and a sheet of paper leather in the same colors but different densities as the background. The bright colors will be in another card, but I did decide the paper leather would make very nice leaves. You can find it at most craft stores. It has a very nice leathery texture and will not tear.

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I proceeded to stamp 3 of the leaves from Vintage Leaves in Versamark and heat embossed them with Copper Emboss Powder, rubbing my Embossing Buddy over the paper first. I think these are super cool! Using the Leaflets framelits, I die cut them with the Big Shot. Actually, I think the dry embossing is most visible in this photograph.

Using a glue dot to hold the stems together, I wrapped some Copper Metallic Thread around several time and knotted it. Then I made a bow by wrapping the thread around 3 fingers a few times, pinched it in the middle and secured by tying a shorter piece around the bow. Another Glue Dot adheres the leaf cluster to the Burlap Ribbon and the copper bow to the leaves.

Since this was paper leather and not paper, I could lift them up without bending them and attach the Stampin’ Dimensionals where they needed to be to secure the leaves where I wanted them.

For the sentiment, I punched a Pool Party label with the Everyday Labels punch, then cut another out of Soft Suede. This one I cut in half vertically and glued to the back of the Pool Party one, extending it beyond the ends. The sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Copper Emboss Powder. I also inked around the edges of the sentiment with a sponge with a bit of oxide ink on it. Stampin’ Dimensionals secure it to the art panel and the card front is done.

The inside features a Crumb Cake mat with a sentiment panel in Pool Party. It is stamped in Soft Suede, both the sentiment and the leaves. The sentiment is from Balloon Adventures (retired). These panels were liquid glued to each other and into the card base.wild wing creations3

I did not have time to make an envelope for this card. Actually, other than stamping a leaf on the front, I had no idea what I wanted for the envelope. Maybe I will devote a whole blog post to decorating envelopes. My friend Mary got me started with decorating them as she believes there should be “No nekkid envelopes.”

I hope you like this card, though it uses products other than Stampin’ Up! products. I do hope that the company decides (or has already decided) to offer a similar product to us.

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Card Cuts: Soft Suede: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, sentiment label back 1-1/2″ x 3″; Pool Party: front mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, inside sentiment panel 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″, front sentiment 1-1/2″ x 3″; Crumb Cake: inside mat: 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″; Paper Leather: leaves 4″ x 6″; Watercolor Paper: Art Panel 6″ x 8″

Non Stampin’ Up! products used: Ranger Distress Oxide Inks, paper leather

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