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Stampin’ Up! Hedgehugs Birthday for Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Thursday to you all. All this hopping keeps one on her toes, does it not? Welcome to our Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop. When you are finished here, I hope you visit all the other blogs as we have some very talented women on this hop.

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We were challenged to use the following colors for today’s hop. I really groaned when I saw this, as one of them is my all-time-most-disliked color! YUK! How can I make a card using THAT?!

Well, you will be happy to know that I did it, and it didn’t turn out badly at all. Of course, I minimized the amount of it that is visible, so that helped. Here are the colors for today.challenge

I started with a Basic Gray card base and added a mat of Dapper Denim.

I chose to do a birthday card for a pre-teen boy, and decided that an Eclipse card would work, as would the Hedgehugs. All kids like animals, don’t they? Going for whimsy, I didn’t want anything straight except for the Letters, cut with the Large Letters Framelits.

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Before stamping everything on the front of the card with images and sentiments from the Hedgehugs stamp set in Versamark, I went over the panel with my Embossing Buddy. I stamped the images then added White Embossing Powder and heat set it. Oh, so cute! Seems a shame to cut them up. But cut them I did.

Then, to raise up the letters, I cut 4 more of each in (do I have to say it?) Lemon Lime Twist. These were all glued together with Liquid Glue. Also using Liquid Glue, I adhered the stamped panel to a mat of Lemon Lime Twist, leaving a VERY narrow edge. I told you I minimized  it.

Now that all my letters were glued together, I replaced them in their respective spaces on the card front adhering them with Liquid Glue.

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Next, I dragged some White Bakers’ Twine through the LLT ink pad to color it and wrapped it around the art piece, taping it on the back. I tied a small bow and added it to the front with a Glue Dot.

This panel was adhered to the card base and mat with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The letters ARE straight, though with the angled images they don’t look straight.

For the inside, I stamped another sentiment from Hedgehugs, and the squirrel (or is it a skunk?) on the stump. Reminds me of a childhood silly poem, “A skunk sat on a stump…..”, but I digress.

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These were stamped in Versamark and embossed in white on Dapper Denim the same as the front. I added the Happy Birthday sentiment from Eclectic Expressions, also in Versamark and White Embossing Powder, heat set it, then Liquid Glued the panel to a Lemon Lime Twist mat and into the card base. This card is DONE!

The envelope, never to be nekkid, is simply Dapper Denim Hedgehugs on the flap and a row of vertical marks from the Eclectic Expressions stamp set across the bottom of the front. Though the Hedgehogs were well inked, I think the impression would have been better if I had had my Stamp-A-Ratus and could have stamped them a second time. I then went over the flap edge with my Dapper Denim Stampin’ Pad to sort of frame the Hedgehogs

It was pretty quick to do with the cutting and gluing of the letters taking the most time. I think it was time well spent. This card actually is better than I expected it to be with, you know, that color. Now, hop on around to see what the rest of the team has done.

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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: Basic Gray: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Lemon Lime Twist: front mat 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, letters 6″ x 10″; Dapper Denim: front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, art panel 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″, inside 3-7/8″ x  5-1/8″

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Stampin’ Up Give Thanks

I hope you all have a good weekend going. The first full day of fall is more like summer here in Iowa. Temperatures are predicted to be in the 90s again today. It may be a good day to go the lake, or the pond, for a swim. Wherever you are, have a good weekend.

My card for today is following the Global Design Project Challenge #105, which is a color challenge. For me, it is a challenge, as I do not like chartreuse by any name, including Lemon Lime Twist. I wanted to do a fall card using the brighter colors, so decided maybe the challenge would be good for me. It would serve to get me out of my comfort zone.

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That said, here is the card following the challenge.

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I began by deciding to use Very Vanilla for my card base and for the art panel,and  Tangerine Tango for the mats both inside and outside. The next BIG question for me, since I do not like that so-called greenish color, was how to use it.

At this point I decided to focus on the sentiment, which is from the Labels to Love, found on page 45 of the Holiday catalog. This is a Thanksgiving card, and these colors are really not what I would normally choose for Thanksgiving. I decided to use the three challenge colors for the sentiment, inking the stamp with my Stampin’ Write markers. The leaves are Lemon Lime Twist, ‘Give’ is in Peekaboo Peach and ‘Thanks’ is in Tangerine Tango. I also used the handy dandy Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to be sure it was lined up straight.

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Before stamping the sentiment , I did a dry arrangement of the elements I would be using, namely, pumpkins. I stamped the larger one in Peekaboo Peach ink on Tangerine Tango card stock, the smaller one in Tangerine Tango on Tangerine Tango card stock, and the gourd in Peekaboo Peach on Lemon Lime Twist. I had to do SOMETHING to tone down that color! Actually, I think it looks pretty realistic. I think I did 3 of each, not knowing how many I might want to use.

That done and the dry arranging accomplished, I stamped the sentiment on a Very Vanilla Oval, cut with the Stitched Shapes ovals, the largest one. It is adhered to a scalloped oval cut with the large scalloped Layering Ovals die from Peekaboo Peach.

I set this aside to concentrate on the background panel. I knew I would use the Tangerine Tango as a mat, but I just did. not. want. a whole sheet of LLT. I decided to use Very Vanilla and dry emboss it, but with what? HMM. Sometimes it is nice to have a LOT of choices in my craft room. It had to coordinate with the pumpkins, so I settled on the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. Not in Lemon Lime Twist! Too much. How about using the brayer to ink the embossing folder and see what happens?

I did that. Hoot Hoot! To my way of thinking it is just the right amount of Lemon Lime Twist. I inked the side with the raised leaves, not too heavily, and used that de-bossed side for my card front. This I will have to try again. I really like the effect.

The panel was Fast Fused to the Tangerine Tango mat.

Jute? Ribbon? Linen Thread? Leave it plain? I ultimately settled on the 3/8″ Ruched Peekaboo Peach ribbon, which is retired. However, the 5/8″ is still available in the annual catalog, so I will put that in my product list. It was wrapped around the matted art panel and taped to the back. I made a bow, which will be saved for another project another day as I decided this one did not need a bow.

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The ovals were adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I adhered the pumpkin elements, letting some of them extend beyond the oval just a wee bit. I added Peekaboo Peach vines and Lemon Lime Twist leaves. The whole was liquid glued to the card base. For a finishing touch I added one Peekaboo Peach Enameled Dot.

The sentiment panel on the inside is Very Vanilla with a double mat of Lemon Lime Twist and Tangerine Tango. The sentiment, from a Gina K Thanksgiving stamp set I have had for awhile, was stamped in Tangerine Tango. In the corner I stamped the larger pumpkin in Tangerine Tango, the smaller one in Peekaboo Peach and the leaves in Lemon Lime Twist. I made a Post-it-Note mask for the bigger one before stamping the other elements.

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For the medium Very Vanilla envelope front, I repeated the stamping as done on the inside of the card. I did stamp off once before stamping the envelope.

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I dry embossed the flap with the same Layered Leaves Dynamic TIEF, without inking it. I think this is one of the loveliest embossing folders, if not THE loveliest.

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This finishes my card for today. I hope you enjoy it. If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be happy to have you order from me. You can do this by clicking on the order online button at right.

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Card Cuts: Very Vanilla: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, embossed panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, sentiment oval 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside sentiment panel 3-3/4″ x 5″; Peekaboo Peach: scalloped oval 2-3/4″ x 4″, vines 1-1/2″ x 3″; Tangerine Tango: front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, pumpkins 1-1/2″ x 3″, Lemon Lime Twist: 4-1/4″ x 5-3/8″, leaf and gourd 1-1/2″ x 4″
Non Stampin’ Up products used: Gina K Designs Thanksgiving stamp set

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Sneak Peek Painted Harvest Card Revealed!

Hey All! I hope you are having a good day. To all of you who may get to read this who are facing the clean-up from Irma, Harvey or wildfires, God Bless You All. I cannot imagine the heart-rending pain and the physical labor you face.

Yesterday I posted some gift tags attached to jars of canned goods. These are for the friend who gave me the excess produce from their garden. I canned vegetables for soup and my own version of vegetable juice cocktail. They will get a jar of each with a pretty tag.

Not only did they give the the produce, they picked it! I am blessed.

The card for today goes along with the jars and tags.wild wing creations3

I began with a Very Vanilla card base. The mat is Cajun Craze and the art panel background is from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper. This paper is beautiful.

I liquid glued this panel to the Cajun Craze, then wrapped a length of Burlap Ribbon around and taped it on the back. A little liquid glue adhered the ribbon to the front.

Using the Everyday Label punch, I punched, surprise! A label! in Very Vanilla. Using a Sponge Dabber I inked the edges with a little Chocolate Chip, leaving it pretty pale in the center. The sentiment is from Painted Harvest and is in stamped-off-once Chocolate Chip. This was attached over the ribbon with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

A leaf from Painted Harvest was stamped in Lemon Lime Twist and the second stamp (this is a two step leaf) in Always Artichoke. This was punched out using the matching leaf punch and adhered with Glue Dots, as was the Linen Thread double bow.

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The sunflower, also a two-step stamp in Painted Harvest, was stamped first in Crushed Curry, then the second stamp in Cajun Craze on Very Vanilla card stock. Remember, this matches what I did yesterday with the gift tags. I made a mask of the flower by stamping it on a post-it-note, then fussy cut it. This was placed over the stamped image. Then I stamped two leaves over this in Lemon Lime Twist and Always Artichoke.

Now for the fun part….fussy cutting. Some people like it, some don’t. When there is no die or punch, there is no other alternative if you want it cut out. After the flower and leaves were cut, all in one piece, I adhered it to the DSP panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the whole panel was attached to the card base, also with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside,  I stamped the sunflower and two leaves in the lower left corner, using the same colors and technique as for the one I fussy cut on the front. The upper right corner was stamped with two more of the leaves.wild wing creations4

The sentiment is from Painted Harvest also, and stamped in Chocolate Chip, stamped off once. You just have to love this set! I have seen this flower stamped in greens, pinks, even purple and pink! All are lovely. However, for this card, I was going for an autumn look and wanted to match my previously made gift tags.

To finish this set, I stamped another flower and leaves on the front of a medium Very Vanilla Envelope, wild wing creations1

and used more of the Painted Autumn DSP on the flap.

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This finishes a fun set to give to a dear friend.

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Card Cuts: Very Vanilla: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″, sentiment label 2″ x3″, fussy cut flower and punched leaf 3″ x 4-1/2″; Cajun Craze: 4″ x 5-1/4″; Autumn Harvest DSP: 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.

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Stampin’ Up! Painted Harvest tags

I Thought the Painted Harvest bundle would be appropriate for the tags I wanted to attach to some jars of “Harvest” that I will be giving to a friend. She and her husband were kind enough to not only give me their excess tomatoes, but they picked them as well.

You know, canning the produce takes time, and I enjoy doing it. I enjoy it even more when someone else did the backbreaking work of weeding, tending the plants and picking the produce. I get to have the benefits of the fruits of their labors. It is especially appreciated in the dead of winter, when all I have to do is go to the storeroom, grab a jar, open it, heat and eat it. Yum!

As a result of that, I thought the least I could do would be to give them a couple of jars of their processed tomatoes. This is the second picking they have given me, totaling more than a bushel.

From them, I have canned my own version of V-8 vegetable cocktail juice. It really does have 8 vegetables in it. I think it is very tasty. Not a copy of the commercial V-8, but something quite similar and different than plain tomato juice. I have canned plenty of that also.

I really didn’t think a plain old canning jar, even one with juice in it, was a very nice gift, so I proceeded to make a tag for it. Using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch (retired), I cut two tags in Very Vanilla. The Painted Harvest stamp set is great. There are so many possiblities for these stamps. I first stamped the bigger sunflower (this is a two step stamp) in Crushed Curry then over-stamped it with the smaller design in Cajun Craze.The center is stamped in Chocolate Chip. These are photopolymer stamps, which means they are a clear stamp as opposed to the red rubber kind. When you use them with a clear acrylic block, you can see where you are stamping, making it pretty easy to get the registration correct. I don’t always succeed in getting it perfect, but, hey, it’s art, right? Who says it has to be perfect?

Using one of the leaf stamps (also a two-step) I first stamped the solid image in Lemon Lime Twist, then over-stamped in Always Artichoke. Do you see that we have a lot of food going on here? Chocolate Chips, Tomatoes, Artichokes, lemons and Limes! Almost makes me hungry. I chose the LLT, not because I like it (quite the opposite!), but because it looks better with Always Artichoke than any of the other greens. (I must have food on my mind….salad greens too?)

The sentiment is also from the Painted Harvest and is stamped in Cajun Craze.

The second tag was stamped with the same sunflower in the same colors (I think a gift should be coordinated, don’t you?), and the leaves as well. This tag uses a sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet and is stamped in Chocolate Chip.

Both tags are attached to the jars with a brown ribbon from my stash, just to make it look more like a gift than a canning jar. This one contains the vegetable soup mix I call ‘End of the Garden Soup’. It really was from the end of the garden at this time of year back in the day with all the children at home and me being a stay-at-home mom to be able to help my farmer husband. One of the ways I helped, rather than bringing in another income, was to cut down on costs by canning and freezing almost everything we ate. Nowadays, some of it is from the garden, and other vegetables are purchased to fill out the variety a bit. It tastes so good when the snow is flying. One can heat and eat it as is, or add broth and your choice of meat to stretch it further and feed more mouths.

I hope my friend and her husband like this as much as I appreciated their gift of the tomatoes. Oh, and they also gave me some bell peppers as well as a few hot ones. I only used 1/2 of a hot one, seeds removed, for a batch of the vegetable cocktail. My daughter, who likes things spicy, would use the whole pepper, maybe even two!

Thanks for stopping by today. Tomorrow you will see the card I made to go along with the tags. sneak peek

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For the tags: Very Vanilla: cut one strip 2″ x 8-1/4″. Punch both ends with the punch. Cut in half.

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