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Stampin’ Up Heartland Birthday

wild wing creations-4Good Wednesday morning to you all out there in Cyberland! And welcome to my blog.

It is a chilly, sunny morning here in the heartland. We missed all the weather around us, blizzards, storms, whatever. We are still in drought conditions, so even a blizzard would have brought welcome moisture. But, never mind, it is a glorious, God-given morning, so let us enjoy it!

My card today is for a farmer who has horses, mules, geese, turkeys and I don’t know what all. Chickens. Rabbits maybe? Oh, yes…and 8 grandsons. No granddaughters. So, I think this card made with the Heartland stamp set is very appropriate.

I began with a Crumb Cake card base and used Basic Black for the mats, both inside and out. The art piece is on Sahara Sand, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.

I pulled out several Classic Stamp pads, a couple of Stampin’ Write Markers, a Blender Pen and an Aqua Painter and got to work.

Using the blender pen I colored in the barn scene using Cherry Cobbler for the barn, Smoky Slate for the roof and ventilators, windmill blades and silo roof, Old Olive and Garden Green for the trees and bushes, and Cajun Craze for the silo. In these parts, old silos like this were made from clay tile, hence the sort of terra cotta color.

Using the Aqua Painter and Marina Mist I gave the sky a bit of a wash, and did the same thing for the ground using Soft Suede. Using a Garden Green marker I colored the tufts of grass. The tree trunks and branches are colored with an Early Espresso Marker. The soil close to the barn is done with a Blender Pen and Soft Suede.

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The sentiment is from Beautiful Bouquet and stamped full strength in Tuxedo Black ink. My original plan was to add some jute or burlap, but in the end decided less is more and left it off.

With the barn finished, I proceeded to color the boy and his geese, also using the Blender Pen. The geese are Whisper White, the boy’s hair is Soft Suede. His overalls are Marina Mist. I used Blushing Bride for his skin tone. By the way, this image is also from the Heartland stamp set and is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Sahara Sand card stock. The bills and feet of the geese are Pumpkin Pie. The stick the boy is carrying is colored with my Early Espresso marker.

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I thought this bit of detail needed more color, so I used the pen end of a Cajun Craze marker to color the stitches on the boy’s overalls. Also, using the Aqua Painter and Old Olive I did a bit of a wash on the ground, then colored the grass blades with my Garden Green marker.Using my Paper Snips Scissors, I fussy cut this image and popped it on the barn scene with  both Stampin’ Dimensionals and Minis.

As you can see, the coloring is sometimes outside the lines and is not perfect. Hey! This is art…done by hand….not supposed to be… ‘perfect’.

The art panel is Liquid Glued to the black mat and onto the card base.

This card front is done. On to the inside.

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Also using Sahara Sand card stock and Memento Tuxedo Black, I stamped the image of the boy and geese after stamping off once. To enhance the aged look  of this card, I sponged very lightly around the edges with Soft Suede.

The sentiment is from Better Together and is stamped full strength. This panel is matted with Basic Black and liquid glued into the card base.

Lest we have a naked envelope, the boy and his geese are stamped on the front of a Crumb Cake Medium Envelope  (retired), left uncolored.

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The flap is dry embossed using the Pinewood Planks 3-D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Hint: When using 3-D embossing folders, it helps to dampen the paper first. I liked the de-bossed look, so there you go. I should have sponged with my Soft Suede to enhance the aged look, but forgot to do it.

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And, that’s it, folks! I hope you enjoy this card. I am pretty sure the recipient will.

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Stampin’ Up Tailored Birthday

Well, Folks, this is it. If you have anything left to accomplish in 2017 you better hurry. Only a few hours left. If I didn’t get it done in 2017, it will wait until 2018, and MAYBE I will be able to get it done then. If not, probably the world won’t come to an end as a result.

For today’s card I chose to do a masculine birthday. Perhaps that is because I have 8 family birthdays in January and only 3 of them are female! On with the show!

The new Occasions catalog has many very nice stamp sets. One of them is Truly Tailored (page 45) which comes bundled with a cool punch (Tailored Tag) for a 10% savings. This will be available to you on January 3, as will the rest of the goodies in the catalog.

There is also the accompanying True Gentleman Designer Series Paper which I really like! There isn’t enough GUY stuff out there in my opinion.

I began by cutting my card base from Early Espresso as well as a Crumb cake panel for my card front. This panel went through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I then cut a strip of the True Gentleman DSP, which is Liquid Glued to the embossed panel.

I wrapped a strand of Linen Thread around this three times, taping it on the back. Taking a shorter strand and doubling it, I tied a knot around the three strands.

Next up is stamping the sentiment. Nothing in the Truly Tailored set was what I wanted for this recipient, so I turned to the Party Pandas (Sale-A-Bration page 15, free with $50 order) for the Happy Birthday sentiment. This was stamped in Night of Navy on Crumb Cake and punched out with the Tailored Tag Punch.

Usually I have all my supplies, tools and embellishments within arms reach in my craft room, which is what I am calling my former photography studio. Since I am no longer shooting there, I decided all my various crafts would have a new home, all in one place. So, I have a place to store things and work as well. HOWEVER! With the forecast for bitterly cold temperatures for a week, coupled with my penchant for working on cards at night, I decided to bring A FEW supplies to the house so I don’t have to make the trek to the studio, I mean craft room, in the cold, in the dark.

Fine idea, except then you don’t have the tools you want when you want them. I brought in NO markers, only the new Blends. For this project I wanted to make stitch marks around the sentiment. No markers. Okay, use Blends. Did that. Hmmm, not good. Not a thin enough brush or nib.

Well, it is ruined anyway, so I might as well see if it can be salvaged. If not, I will start over. Using a Sponge Dauber and Night of Navy ink, I sponged around the edge of said Tailored Tag, and what do you know, I like it!

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With my limited dies and stamps as well as other supplies, I had to search to find a die to cut some leaves. The Oh, So Eclectic Bundle had one, so I die cut a couple of leaves in Early Espresso and one from the Tailored Gentleman DSP. These I arranged to be under the sentiment tag and used Liquid Glue to adhere them.

The Sentiment was adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals, which were also used to adhere this front panel to the the card base. Had I had all my paper choices and embellishments in the house, I might have done this differently, but I am finding I have to dig deeper in my creativity when I have limits as to what I can use.

On the inside, another panel of the Tailored Gentleman DSP is the mat for my sentiment panel in Crumb Cake. Using the leaf stamp from the new Petal Palette Bundle (Occasions Catalog page 23, available January 3), I did a stamped-off-once Early Espresso leaf as a background for my Night of Navy sentiment. This sentiment is from the Truly Tailored Bundle.

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Liquid Glue adheres this sentiment panel to its mat and into the card base. Card done.

The envelope flap was dry embossed with the Pinewood Planks TIEF, while the front got some nice Night of Navy dots. This was done with another stamp from the Petal Palette Bundle to sort of replicate the dots in the DSP that I used on the card.

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This is a nice, simple, clean card for a guy. I hope you like. Please leave comments below.

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Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, leaves 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Crumb Cake: embossed panel 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside sentiment panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, front sentiment 2″ x 3″; True Gentleman Designer Series Paper: front 2″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, leaf 1-3/4″ x 2-1/2″

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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″

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Stampin’ Up! Masculine Card

Alas, there aren’t very many choices for cards for the masculine gender. For this card I used the retired Build It framelits and Nailed It stamp set. The card is for a guy who likes to do woodworking, so it is appropriate for him.

My card base is Tranquil Tide with a panel of woodgrain paper from the Wood Textures DSP. It is not embossed this time, though I really like the look that embossing gives.

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I used the largest square in the Stitched Shapes framelits to cut the mat from Tranquil Tide. The next size square die cut the logs paper, also from Wood Textures DSP. Both pieces are adhered with liquid glue.

The hammer handle is stamped with the Build It stamp in Early Espresso and cut with the Build It framelits. Do they even make hammer handles in wood anymore? I guess I am dating myself. The hammer head is stamped in Basic Black and dried with my heat tool. The paper for it was a scrap of some sort of metallic looking paper I found in my stash. The ruler along the left edge is cut from the same scrap. I like this because it has a dull finish, not shiny like foil. Basic Gray would probably work just as well.

The nails are stamped in Basic Black on the wood grain panel. I wrapped some thin jute twine around three times and taped it on the back. I think Linen Thread would work as well, but I couldn’t find it today. I made a loopy bow by wrapping around three fingers four times. Then I cut a short piece of twine and wrapped it around the middle three time and tied it in the back. This was adhered using a glue dot.

The Happy Birthday thinlit cut the greeting 3 times; once in brown fun foam, once in Crumb Cake and once in Tranquil Tide. I offset the Tranquil Tide a bit to allow the ‘shadow’ of the Crumb Cake to show. I used an adhesive sheet on the foam to adhere it to the cardstock greeting. I didn’t want to mess with cutting little pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals to lift the greeting off the panel. I think the foam works really well. The biggest issue is getting everything lined up correctly before it sticks for good! The greeting is then adhered to the panel with liquid glue.

The hammer is adhered to the squares with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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On the inside another piece of Wood Textures DSP is the mat for the sentiment. I randomly stamped some nails in Early Espresso here. The Sentiment is from Beautiful You and is stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla. This is liquid glued to a scrap of previously dry embossed darker wood grain from Wood Textures. I find myself using this paper stack a lot. I just wish there were more pieces of the shabby chic worn white. I think I have used all of it. But I digress.

I stamped the nails next to the sentiment and punched holes with a hand held 1/8″ punch to hold the metal brads. This sentiment piece is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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The envelope has an Early Espresso hammer and a few nails on the front. The flap is covererd in a piece of the Wood Textures DSP and stamped with a few nails in Early Espresso.

This was a fun card. If you like it, or, if you don’t, please leave a comment.

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Card Cuts: Tranquil Tide: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, Greeting 3-1/2/” x 4″, large square 2-3/4″ x 2-3//4″, Wood Textures DSP: front mat and inside mat 4′ x 5-1/4″, hammer handle, scrap 3/4″ x 2″, small square 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″, inside sentiment mat 1-1/4″ x 3-3/4″; Very Vanilla: inside sentiment 1″ x 3-1/2″; Metallic paper: ruler1/2″ x 5-1/2″, hammer head 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Crumb Cake: Greeting 3-1/2″ x 4″

Non Stampin’ Up! products used: metallic paper, brads, fine jute twine, fun foam

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More for men-Antique look

Good Sunday morning Everyone! Another hot one in the heartland! Good day to stay indoors by the AC in my opinion.

Which means, of course, a good day to make cards or other papercrafts after church.

Today’s card is for a man who does nice things for me sometimes and will NEVER take payment. So, when he went above and beyond to make a couple of 60 mile (one way) trips with his pickup, he at least deserves a Thank You card, don’t you think?

The card base is Early Espresso card stock with a Very Vanilla mat. The art panel is also Very Vanilla, but it is VERY messed up Very Vanilla!I began by using an antique looking script background stamp in Soft Suede . I did quite a bit of sponging around the edges in Crumb Cake with a Stampin’ Sponge (which I had cut into fourths), laying the ink on more heavily around the bottom to ‘ground’ it.front

Distressing was done with a couple of stamps from Timeless Textures. Hmmm. Now what? It needed something something. Maybe copper? Ultimately the new 1/4″  Copper Trim was what this card front needed, but not as a ribbon. I cut a short length and spread it out so it looked like a piece of copper mesh. Using a piece of fast fuse under where I put the other embellishments I adhered it to the card front.

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A piece of hemp cording from Hobby Lobby in a dark brown got wrapped around three times and taped onto the back. After digging around in my stash of embellishments I found some gears and a pocket watch which I think really add to the antique look. I used several Glue Dots to secure them over the cording and the copper mesh.

The sentiment is in Early Espresso from Teeny Tiny Wishes on a strip of Very Vanilla that I sponged. I did not re-ink the sponge, I just used whatever ink was left from doing the card front edges. I think that was enough to ‘antique’ it a bit.

The bone folder comes in handy to sort of curl the ends, one up and one down. The ‘valley’ was adhered with liquid glue and the ‘mountain’ is held in place with 2 stampin’ dimensionals stacked. This finishes the card front.

By the way, this is a tent-fold card. The inside mat is Soft Suede cardstock and the Very Vanilla panel got the same sponging technique as the front, only with a lighter hand.inside

The distressing is stamped off twice  Early Espresso, done in triplicate. The sentiment, also in Early Espresso, is from the All Things Thanks stamp set. Liquid glue adhered this panel to the mat and into the card base.

The medium Very Vanilla envelope got the same antiquing sponged treatment, in a VERY light hand on the front, but what to use for gears or a clock? I have no gear stamps, and no clocks either. But, I do have a sort of gear looking stamp that actually worked quite well. It is from the  retired That’s the Tag stamp set. I stamped it 3 times in the corner without re-inking the stamp.envelope front

The flap was given the ‘antique’ treatment and stamped all over with as many thank you phrases as I could find, all in Early Espresso. Several stamp sets have thanks or thank you stamps you can use to mix things up a bit. With that, the envelope was done.flap

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.

Card Cuts: Early Espresso: Card Base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″;  Soft Suede: Inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″  Very Vanilla: Card front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Art panel 3-3/4″ x 5″; Inside panel 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″; Front sentiment 3/4″ x 2-1/2″.

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