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Stampin’ Up! Butterflies and Doilies for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Hello again! Last week I didn’t get to participate in the weekly blog hop due to a lack of internet service. We were in the midst of WAY below zero temperatures, and though my provider knew what needed to be done to fix the issue, it involved someone climbing a tower….not a good idea with those temperatures and 40 mile an hour wind. Thus, I was without service for 4 days. AND, I SURVIVED!! It can be done folks. Just turn off the computer. Actually, other than not being able to join in the hop, I enjoyed the freedom from the internet.

Today we have a color challenge, which makes me think SPRING, which makes me think butterflies. The Occasions catalog has some beautiful butterflies offered, so today is a butterfly day! Come on along and hop with us. We have several VERY talented ladies joining us, so without further ado, let’s go!

Here is our challenge:

And here is what I created using that challenge. To me this shouts “SPRING” and with recent cold, snowy, icy days, spring can’t come too soon for many. I really don’t mind the cold and snow, but don’t much care for ice, unless it is in my water or soda.

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While this is a bit outside my comfort zone, I had fun creating this card. I began with a Coastal Cabana card base and used a mat of Botanical Butterfly designer Series Paper as a mat, set on an angle. This was adhered with Liquid Glue.

I used the thinlits in the Dear Doily Bundle to die cut a Melon Mambo doily and a Whisper white one. The Melon Mambo one was adhered over the front mat with Liquid Glue.

Using a Blender Pen and both Coastal Cabana and Melon Mambo ink, I colored 3 butterflies on the black and white side of the DSP. A fourth one was stamped on Whisper White card stock in Melon Mambo, using a stamp from the Butterfly Gala Bundle. All were punched out with the Butterfly Duet Punch, which is part of the Butterfly Gala Bundle.

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The sentiment, from Itty Bitty Birthdays, was stamped in Coastal Cabana on Whisper White and punched out with the Classic Label Punch. A Coastal Cabana Marker was used to edge the label. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere the butterflies and label.

To add a bit of bling and more dimension, I added some Basic Jewel Rhinestones to the butterflies. This completes the front.

For the inside, I used Liquid Glue to adhere the Whisper White Doily and one of the butterflies, instead of using a mat as I usually do. In retrospect, I think I like using a mat better, but I was trying to think outside my usual way of doing things. The sentiment is from Humming Along and is stamped in Melon Mambo.

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Moving along to the envelope, another piece of the DSP covers the flap and a couple of butterflies in Coastal Cabana from the Butterfly Gala Bundle grace the front.

On with the hop.

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – You are here

Eva Dobilas

CARD CUTS: Coastal Cabana:card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Whisper White: butterflies 3″ x 5″, front sentiment scrap approx. 1″ x 3″, doily 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″; Melon Mambo: doily 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″; Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper: front mat 3-3/4″ x 5″, envelope flap 2-3/4″ x 6″, butterflies as many as you want to color and punch out.

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Stampin’ Up! Tropical Flamingo for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Thursday to you all! Time again to see what my creative team members have done with today’s color challenge. To me it says summer, tropical, and flamingos! Did you know there are 6 kinds of flamingos? All are large, pink and very easily distinquished from other birds. It is a gorgeous sight to see hundreds of them feeding at the edge of a lake.

Here is our challenge.

August 9 color challenge

Bright, eh? Well, here is what I created for this challenge. These colors are W-A-Y outside my comfort zone. I rarely use bright colors except perhaps as an accent color. But, WOW! These are bright! OK, enough chit-chat…on with the hop.

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I began by stamping a panel of Calypso Coral in Versamark with the little hibiscus flower in the Tropical Chic stamp set. I used the stamped off once technique.  By the way, everything on this card is either Tropical Chic or Flirty Flamingo, so I won’t repeat myself every time I stamp or die cut. That is, except for the inside sentiment, which is from Rooted in Nature.

This panel became the mat for the art piece. I then decided to do the same thing for a mat on the inside, using the stamped off once technique except for once when I forgot to do that. I decided it added interest so I left it. I really like this look. It adds a little somethin’ somethin’ to the card without making it, well, I was going to say ‘too busy’, but this card is definitely busy!

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The next layer is from the Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper Pack. I am surprised I like this pack so much. It is great! This panel was dry embossed using the new Subtles 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. I should have stamped the Flamingo legs before I embossed, but I didn’t and decided it wasn’t worth discarding it. It would have been difficult to know where to put the legs until after I had added the scalloped square anyway. This was Liquid Glued to the Calypso Coral mat.

I proceeded to die cut several leaves from Shaded Spruce and Soft Sea Foam. I stamped and die cut several hibiscus flowers (stamped off once in Calypso Coral on Whisper White) also. Using another piece of Tropical Escape DSP, I die cut the decorative square and Liquid Glued it to a Shaded Spruce mat cut with a scalloped Layering Squares Framelit.

I stamped the flamingo using the two step stamp, first stamping off once with the solid one, then the details in full strength Melon Mambo. Using my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, I added some black feathers, part of the bill and his eye. I think it is a male. Who knows?

Everything was dry fitted, then the flamingo legs were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. I glued down the decorative matted square and placed the flamingo. It is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The leaves were layered around the flamingo, with the large roundish one Liquid glued first. I die cut one detailed palm in Old Olive just for some interest as I decided there was too much of the same colors of green. This was glued over the fat leaf. The long, layered palm is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The smaller leaf is Liquid glued, with the detail added with a Stampin’ Dimensional. I stamped the detail in Old Olive on Soft Sea Foam.

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The hibiscus flowers were adhered over the leaves, two of them with Stampin’ Dimensionals and one glued directly.

The sentiment is stamped in Shaded Spruce on Whisper White and die cut using a die from the Lilypad Lake Bundle which was longer than I needed. I cut one end, only going halfway through the sentiment. To make it shorter, I then put the end of the die where I wanted it on the other end, making sure it clicked into the already cut sides. To do this you just need to put the top plate of your sandwich where you want it to stop cutting. Voila! a perfectly sized sentiment banner. I used my Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker to edge the sentiment piece.

At this point I thought I was finished with the front of the card, but the lower left side looked bare. Some grass stamped twice without re-inking in Shaded Spruce fixed that issue and this tropical paradise is finished.

The inside boasts the second Versamark stamped Calypso Coral mat and another panel from Tropical Escape DSP. This was stamped in stamped off once Shaded Spruce for the leaves and the Rooted in Nature sentiment. Both pieces are adhered with Liquid glue.

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The envelope front (no naked envelopes here) has a stamped off once palm leaf in Shaded Spruce and 3 stamped off twice hibiscus flowers in Calypso Coral. The flap has another piece of the DSP.

I hope you like this card. I am surprised that I like it since I rarely use bright colors. But, I do, I do. It is fun and cheerful.

Now, on with the hop. Just click on the NEXT button to see what Amy has in store for you.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – You are here