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Stampin’ up Buffalo Check Nature Sings revisited

Good morning, All. Today my card is the second of the two that I began for the hop yesterday. After deciding to follow both the sketch and the color inspirations, the decision was made to save this card for another blog post.

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This was my original idea, but, to be able to use both the color and sketch I changed it for the blog hop. For this one, I did the plaid the same way, then tore the long sides, leaving it long enough to fit the card base. I then stamped the Gray Granite panel with images and sentiment from Nature Sings. The elk are Gray Granite, the trees Mossy Meadow and the sentiment is Cherry Cobbler.

This was then dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and adhered to the plaid with Liquid Glue. My Linen Thread was dragged through the Mossy Meadow ink pad and left to dry while I did the inside of the card.

For the inside, I took one of the torn off pieces of plaid and Liquid Glued it to the top of the Gray Granite liner. The elk were again stamped in Gray Granite and a couple of pine boughs in Mossy Meadow. The sentiment is in Cherry Cobbler. Again, all images and the sentiment are from Nature Sings. Beautiful stamp set!

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This liner was adhered to a Mossy Meadow mat with Liquid Glue and into the card base, also with Liquid Glue. I should have stock in Tombow!

After the Linen Thread had dried I wrapped a length around the plaid sentiment panel and taped it on the back. I made an identical bow to the one for yesterday’s card and would have used a Glue Dot to stick it to the front, but it wouldn’t stick. Perhaps it wasn’t totally dry? Anyway, I wound up using a dab of Liquid Glue to adhere it to the card front.

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Something was missing though. I kept looking at it and decided that the sentiment panel should have been affixed to a mat. Too late. It was firmly stuck! Nothing to do but leave it alone, or…..cut a couple of strips to edge the sentiment panel. In the end, that was my solution and I don’t think it looks too bad. This (finally!) finished panel was adhered to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Actually, I like this card better than the one I did yesterday. Even so, I might try it with Very Vanilla instead of the gray, or maybe even Whisper White? What do you think??

The envelope is the same as yesterday’s also. I considered adding the elk, but was too lazy to clean another stamp, so just did the trees.

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We had another update from Stampin’ Up! yesterday afternoon. Well, at any rate it was afternoon when I got the email as I was away all morning and too busy to check my email. Seems there was an issue with their inventory management system and now they are discovering that many items in the Holiday catalog are running low. Below is the gist of the email:


HOLIDAY CATALOG INVENTORY PROBLEM

There is always a risk of products selling out without enough time to reorder and restock inventory before a catalog life cycle is over. When this does happen, it is usually caused by a higher-than-forecast demand. However, as we upgraded our inventory management system, there were system communication issues with the current holiday catalog and we have just determined that several products are at high risk of early depletion.

These products are running low and additional shipments will not be received before the end of the catalog:

  • SNOWFLAKES & STARS WIRE ELEMENTS (item 147819)
  • SANTA’S SIGNPOST FRAMELITS DIES (item 147911)
  • CHICKEN WIRE ELEMENTS (item 147807)
  • ALPINE SPORTS THINLITS DIES (item 147916)
  • SINCERELY SANTA PROJECT KIT (item 148029)
  • FESTIVE FARMHOUSE COTTON TWINE (item 147888)
  • 5/8″ STRIPED BURLAP TRIM (item 147889)
  • DETAILED LEAVES THINLITS DIES (item 147921)
  • IN THE WOODS FRAMELITS DIES (item 147919)*
  • DETAILED DEER THINLITS DIES (item 147915)*
  • GALVANIZED BUTTONS (item 147891)
  • GALVANIZED CLIPS (item 147806)
  • TAKEOUT THINLITS DIES (item 147927)
  • SWIRLS & CURLS TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER (item 147923)*
  • TRANQUIL TIDE 1/4″ VELVET RIBBON (item 147802)
  • REAL RED 3/8″ MIXED SATIN RIBBON (item 147894)
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS THINLITS DIES (item 147912)*
  • FARMHOUSE FRAMELITS DIES (item 147922)

We don’t know when these products will go out of stock, but it’s possible some may run out as early as next week.

We have also indicated with an asterisk (*) which of these products will carry over into a future catalog.  So those items can be ordered at a later date.

We are working to fix the system communication errors to avoid similar problems in the future. Thank you for your patience.


SO! Be advised that if you want any of these, you will need to order right away unless it is an item that will be carried over and you can wait for it. I am sure Stampin’ Up! was as dismayed by this as many of you, but things do happen-sometimes especially with computers! How we would get along without them though…..

ALSO: Direct from Stampin’ Up!:


Sales for the following products have exceeded our forecast and are continuing strong, resulting in a large number of backorders. Because backorders are so costly, we have made the decision to shut these items off effective immediately. Since these products cannot be sent from the manufacturer in time for the holidays, these item numbers will not be reactivated.

150095: Santa’s Workshop Cards You Can Make It Bundle
147905: Santa’s Workshop Memories & More Card Pack
147815: Santa’s Workshop Memories & More Cards & Envelopes

147816: Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper
147890: Festive Farmhouse Elements
147811: Santa’s Workshop Enamel Elements


CARD CUTS: Cherry Cobbler: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Gray Granite: plaid 4-1/2″ x 6″, front sentiment panel 2″ x 5-1/4″, inside sentiment panel 4″ x 5-1/4″; Mossy Meadow: inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, strips to border front sentiment (2) 1/8″ x 5-1/4″

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Stampin’ Up! Christmas Roots and Baubles

It’s FRIDAY! Busy weekend coming up for me! How about all of you? Great plans? Or just relaxing and enjoying some quiet time?

Well, let’s get on with today’s card, shall we? I know that is why you all came. I chose pretty traditional Christmas colors for today’s card-green and red.

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It also fits in with the Holly and Ivy Challenge #38 – Anything Christmas Goes

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My thoughts went to the recently received Beautiful Baubles Bundle and I thought I would use the big, beautiful bauble, and even put the stamp on a block ready to use. But wait! My thoughts turned to trees and a forest scene. (What? Me? make a forest scene?) I looked more closely at the thinlits in that bundle and came up with this card.

The first thing I did was to use the large wreath (or whatever it is) thinlit to cut a circle from my Old Olive panel. Not wanting this to be too plain, I used the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder to dry emboss it. Perfect!

I then centered this over my Real Red mat and very lightly marked in pencil this circle on the panel. Using my grid paper I then marked the center and extended the marks out to the edge of the circle.

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To line everything up perfectly I put the Layering Circles Framelit on my grid paper to mark the centers on it with a permanent marker the same way I had marked the paper circle. (Since there is no center in the die, the marks are across from each other, but centered, marking the quadrants) Next, I placed the Real Red panel with the marked circle on my grid paper again and put the marked thinlit on top, getting all the marks perfect, then used Post It tape to hold everything in place and ran it through the big shot.

This red mat was adhered behind my Old Olive wreath panel with Liquid Glue. Oh, I am liking this! Now we are ready for the artwork.

On a 4″ square of Whisper White I marked the center, then traced a pencil line around the wreath framelit to help me with placing the stamping. A Sponge Dauber and some Balmy Blue ink (mostly sponged off on my scratch paper before touching my Whisper White) give just the barest hint of sky. With Old Olive and Mossy Meadow I inked up the single conifer and the twin conifers from Rooted in Nature and began stamping. Some of the trees are full strength and some I just kept stamping without re-inking, staggering the placement. This gives the illusion of a forest with some trees further away.

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I moved this square around until the stamped design pleased me within the cut out circle, then very lightly marked in pencil where it would be. This was my guide for using the large plain framelit in the Beautiful Baubles Bundle to trim my design to fit. Liquid Glue again does the adhering. This is my ‘go to’ adhesive.

One bit of advice: DON’T FORGET TO ERASE ALL PENCIL MARKS each step of the way! Do this before assembling. If you made very light marks, they are easy to erase with no telltale signs.

This 3-layered card front was then adhered to my Mossy Meadow card base, again with Liquid Glue.

For the sentiment, I used the words from Merry Christmas to All Bundle and stamped them in Mossy Meadow on Whisper White. Using the small banner die from Lakeside Thinlits I cut half of the sentiment, then turned the die around the cut the second half. I edged this with my Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker, stuck a few Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back and adhered it to my card front.

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For the inside, I stamped the sentiment from Merry Christmas to All in full strength Real Red and some more trees in Mossy Meadow, again both full strength and stamped off once or twice. Actually, I stamped the trees first so I would know where to put the sentiment.

It looked a bit plain, so I added three of the smaller red dots from the Santa’s Workshop Enamel Shapes. Done! This liner was adhered to a Real Red mat and into the card base with Liquid Glue.5

Hmm. Now the front looks plain. A bow! Of course, a bow.  I used the Real Red 3’8″ Mixed Satin Ribbon (Holiday Catalog page 6) and made a nice, small bow which was adhered with a Glue Dot.

Card finished! On with the envelope, as we can’t have naked envelopes.

A few more Mossy Meadow trees on the front and a pretty stamped Real Red bow on the flap is all this envelope needs to tie it to the card that will go inside. The bow is from the Wishing You Well stamp set.

I rather like this card, and might try another with a different scene, maybe different colors too. The die from Beautiful Baubles will lend itself to many styles.

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CARD CUTS: Mossy Meadow: card base 5-1/2″ x  8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Real Red: front mat land inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Old Olive: 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; Whisper White: tree scene 4″ x 4″, sentiment banner 1″ x 5″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″.

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Stampin’ Up! Festive Farmhouse Anniversary

Good Sunday Morning Everyone! This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118: 24

Rejoice even if it is cold! Or hot! Or raining! Whatever. It is a good thing WE don’t control the weather or things would be in a real mess.

For some reason there are a lot of anniversaries in my family in the autumn of the year. One of my nieces is celebrating theirs soon so I made this card for them using the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper as my inspiration.

If I recall, her bridesmaids wore plaid silk skirts and burgundy silk jackets. The plaid was similar to the Festive Farmhouse plaid. I think. Now, I could be WAY wrong on what I remember, but whatever.  That is why I chose this paper and colors today.

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My card base is Very Vanilla and the mat on the front is Merry Merlot. A strip of the Festive Farmhouse DSP is cut with my Triple Banner Punch. It has a strip of the new Merry Merlot and Copper 5/8″ reversible ribbon with the Merry Merlot side up on top. I wrapped one end over the DSP and taped it to the back, then cut the other end with my fabric scissors. It was a clean cut, but this ribbon does fray. Badly. The less handling of it the better. To get it to lie flat I used some Tear and Tape to secure it to the DSP. The DSP was Liquid Glued to the mat.

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A piece of Mossy Meadow run through the Big Shot with the Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder was then cut with the second largest Layering Ovals scalloped oval. The sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet was stamped in Merry Merlot on Very Vanilla. This was cut with the second largest Stitched Shapes oval. I stamped a bow from Beautiful Bouquet also, but didn’t really like it, so I made a bow from the Merry Merlot/Copper ribbon. It is tough to make a nice bow from 5/8″ ribbon, but it turned out fairly well. A Glue Dot adhered it to the sentiment oval and Liquid Glue adhered that oval to the scalloped oval. This was then adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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The inside Merry Merlot mat was also dry embossed in the Subtle TIEF before adhering it into the card base with Liquid Glue. The sentiment (Better Together) is stamped in Mossy Meadow on Very Vanilla card stock and cut with the same die as the front. The mat is Festive Farmhouse plaid again, cut with the largest Layering Ovals scalloped oval. All are adhered with Liquid Glue.

For the envelope, I used the bow from Beautiful Bouquet  to stamp a row of Merry Merlot bows across the bottom of the envelope front. Full disclosure: I stamped the first envelope front UPSIDE DOWN, meaning I stamped them across the top. Oh, my! Wasted envelope!

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Card Cuts are below, as are the products I used for this card. Also, you can leave comments below. All of the items mentioned below, clearance rack, bonus coupons and Dashing Along end today!


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CARD CUTS: Very Vanilla: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, front sentiment  and inside sentiment (cut 2) 3-1/2″ x 5″; Mossy Meadow: scalloped oval 3″ x 4″; Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper: front banner 1-7/8″ x 5″, inside oval 3″ x 4″

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Stampin’ Up! Still Night Thank You

Stupendous Saturday Everyone! I hope your weekend is off to a great start. I am getting ready to go look for some birds in the next hour or so, but it is frosty this morning, so hope the birds are out and about!

Speaking of birds…my card for today is based on what I have to believe is my all time favorite stamp set. The Still Night Bundle is, oh, my gosh! There are no words for how wonderful this set is. I have made several cards with it and will do many more.

My inspiration for this card came when I was on the road home from the retreat. I was back in Iowa, where, despite what some think, is a beautiful state. Our sunsets will rival those anywhere. As I said, I was driving home, back in Iowa and this was the scene out my window. I quickly snapped this shot with my cell phone. No worries, I was on a side road and there was NO traffic. The only danger would have been driving off the road into the ditch. I didn’t.

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It also fits with TGIF challenge #179

TGIF Challenge 179

At any rate, this served as my inspiration for today’s card. God is good, all the time, and this was an example of His goodness….the beauty of His creation. I give thanks for those moments. Here is my card.

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The ink colors are not as vivid as the real sunset, but I didn’t want to make the card too dark. I am pleased with the way it turned out. So, how did I do it?

I began with a panel of Very Vanilla and my Stampin’ Sponges cut into sixths. (I have these labeled with a small piece of card stock to match the ink color. The card stock is stapled to the sponge, giving me a ‘handle’.) Using a strip of Post It Removable Labeling Tape to mark the horizon and mask off the ground, I began with the sky, sponging Balmy Blue over it all. Next, some Grapefruit Grove was added, then Pacific Point. I just kept layering color, adding a small amount of Highland Heather here and there until I was satisfied with the result.

I removed the tape and began sponging the lower portion with Mossy Meadow, sponging up into the sky a bit to blur the horizon line.

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Winter Woods is another of my favorites from the Holiday Catalog. There is NOTHING to dislike about this bundle. (Remember, you save 10% when you purchase the stamps and dies as a bundle) The large conifer was stamped full strength first, extending up into the sky. I stamped another without re-inking, then a couple more shorter ones. Using the bare trees stamp, I stamped them in Soft Suede, after stamping off once.

I then added a few smaller conifers from the Rooted in Nature stamp set, placing them at random as though they might be in a real forest. This completes the background.

I used the branch die from Still Night Bundle to cut a branch from some Wood Textures DSP, then cut another using the branch die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. I dry fit these, then cut off one of the branches from the Still Night branch and added it below where I wanted the owl. These were then adhered to the background using Liquid Glue. I left the ends of the lower branch free to add some dimension.

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The owl is stamped in Early Espresso on Soft Suede card stock and cut with the die from the Still Night Bundle. I colored his eyes with my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write marker, but it didn’t show up very well. With owls, the eyes have it, so what to do? I used my  Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin Blends Marker to color a couple of Clear Rhinestone Basic Jewels and attached them over his eyes.  My Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker made a couple of dots for the irises, but they don’t show in the photo. Perfect! My finished owl was adhered over the Seasonal Layers branch with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

There are 4 pine bough dies in the Still Night Bundle, so I used all of them to cut some Mossy Meadow. These were Liquid glued to the branch.

To finish the front, I sponged a 1/2″ strip of Very Vanilla with Mossy Meadow. The sentiment is Soft Suede using a stamp from All Things Thanks. I snipped the end with my Paper Snips Scissors and adhered this also with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The finished panel was attached to the card base with Liquid Glue.

For the inside, I used the same Mossy Meadow sponge I had used on the front, but did not add any ink to sponge around the edges of the liner. I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede using another of the All Things Thanks stamps. The trees are stamped off once before stamping on my liner. Liquid Glue was used to adhere this into the card base.

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The envelope simply has trees from Winter Woods on both the flap and the front. The flap is stamped full strength and the front is stamped off once. I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it. Please leave comments below.

Card Cuts are below, as are the products I used for this card.


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CARD CUTS: Very Vanilla: front 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″, front sentiment 1/2″ x 2-1/4″; Mossy Meadow: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, pine boughs scraps, or one piece 1″ x 4″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: branches 6″ x 6″; Soft Suede: owl 2″ x 2-1/2″
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Stampin’ Up! Pleasant Pheasants for Combined Thursday Blog Hop

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Once again we are joining some Stampin’ Up! friends from north of the border (Canada, not Minnesota) for a combined Blog Hop. Lots of talent here folks, so come on along.

We usually have a choice (or you can use both) of a a sketch or a color challenge. For today we only have a sketch.

Aug 16 sketch

For my contribution, I chose the new (available September 5 in the Holiday catalog) Pleasant Pheasants stamp set. I used everything in the set EXCEPT for the pheasants! Next card, I promise. They are gorgeous.

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I began with a Cajun Craze card base. Next up, I added a Sahara Sand mat, which I ran through the Big Shot using the brand spankin’ new Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. Gotta love this TIEF! Reminds me of the old tin ceilings, with which I am enamored. To distress it, I used a TINY bit of Soft Suede ink on my Stampin’ Sponge (cut into sixths) and sponged over the highlights.

This embossing folder will be available to you on September 5 in the Holiday catalog. It is part of the Country Lane Suite of products. I am told that if you mist your card stock with water before embossing, that it makes a deeper impression. I did not do that for this card.

I wrapped a length of Copper Metallic Thread around this panel three times, taping it on the back. This panel was then adhered to my card base with some Liquid Glue.

A scrap from Sahara Sand was stamped with the leaf border in Cajun Craze. I then fussy cut with my Paper Snips Scissors along one side, not too precisely, but enough to make a nice edge. Using what ink was left in the sponge, I sponged this edge too, to take off the ‘newness’ of it. This was Liquid Glued to the back side of a Mossy Meadow square.

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A smaller square of Sahara Sand was sponged around the edges, again without re-inking my sponge. The ole wooden bucket of pumpkins was stamped in the corner with Soft Suede. I used my Blender Pen to sort of blend in the brown on the bucket, then used Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Markers to color it.

The Embossing Buddy was wiped over this square before I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink, to keep the Copper Embossing Powder from sticking where I didn’t want it. I heat set it with my heat tool, then Liquid Glued this square to the Mossy Meadow square. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere it to the card base and tin tile mat.

The copper thread is HARD to maneuver into a bow, so I wrapped it around 3 fingers a few times, pinched and twisted it in the middle, then used a glue dot to hold it together. This stuff has a mind of its own and wants to spring away if you don’t control it. The glue dot does a fine job of this. I then could wrap another piece around the bow and tie it to secure it firmly. The glue dot holds it in place on the card.

Card front: Done

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On the inside I again sponged the Sahara Sand panel very lightly with Soft Suede, then stamped the image and sentiment in Soft Suede also. The Blender Pen softens the wooden wheelbarrow and some Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker colored the pumpkins. A bit of Mossy Meadow for the grass and this panel is ready to Liquid Glue to the Mossy Meadow mat and into the card base.

For the envelope, I dry embossed the flap of a Medium Very Vanilla Envelope with the Tin Tile TIEF and stamped the wheelbarrow on the front in Soft Suede.

I hope you like this card. I have several Thanksgiving cards to make, and this Pleasant Pheasant stamp set will get used a lot.

Now, on with the hop! You know the drill. Click the button or each name to continue. And, don’t forget to leave your comments. Thank you for hopping with us.

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CARD CUTS: Cajun Craze: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″; Sahara Sand: panel to emboss 4″ x 5-1/4″, front sentiment 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″, inside liner 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, leaf border 1″ x 4″; Mossy Meadow: front 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5″

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Stampin’ Up! Serene Garden Anniversary for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Blog hop headerI hope you are all having a tremendous Thursday as you join us for the Thursday Blog Hop. Our challenge for today was color, and I think these are GREAT colors, especially when used together. Here are the colors for today’s challenge.

June 28 hop color challenge

Here is the card I created for it. It is a 5″ x 7″ card, so if you want a smaller one, adjust the card cuts accordingly.

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I began with a Mossy Meadow card base. Next up was to emboss the Very Vanilla with the Basketweave 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. I love this folder! It is so versatile and can be used with so many stamp sets.

I stamped the large design in the Serene Garden stamp set in Mossy Meadow on Very Vanilla, colored the flowers with my Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Marker, and used my Blender Pen to add a bit of color to the leaves. I thought the flowers looked ‘flat’ so I went over the outer petals again with the Petal Pink marker. Then I fussy cut this image. Yes, you heard me, I fussy cut it, because I have not yet purchased the coordinating dies. Even if I had the dies, I would have still done some fussy cutting so more of my basketweave would show. YOU can save 10% by ordering both the stamps and the dies in a bundle.

I stamped the smaller corner leaves in Mossy Meadow (my new favorite green) and again used the blender pen to distribute some color. I also fussy cut these.

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The sentiment is from Special Celebrations and stamped in Versamark on Very Vanilla and heat embossed in Gold. Before stamping, I used my Embossing Buddy to go over the Very Vanilla so I wouldn’t get little bits of gold where I didn’t want them. I cut this with the third largest Layering Ovals die and adhered it to a Petal Pink Layering Ovals die. Before adhering I edged the VV oval with Versamark and dipped it in the Gold Emboss Powder, then heat set it. This layered oval was then Tear and Taped to a Gold Foil Sheets oval, just slightly larger than the scalloped pink one.

I did a dry fit and decided to do the inside before making the final adhesion. Good thing I did, too, as I dry fit the front to be a horizontal card, then made the inside vertical! I am sure none of you have ever done that! Since I hadn’t glued anything to the front, it was all ok, though I think I would have liked the horizontal layout better.

The inside sentiment is from the retired Number of Years and stamped in Mossy Meadow on Very Vanilla. I also edged this panel with my Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Marker. I used the retired stamp set because this is an anniversary card, and I have no other anniversary sentiment, at least that I could find.

 

The lovely dove in Serene Garden graces the inside in Petal Pink. The single stemmed flower is stamped in Mossy Meadow and the flower colored in Petal Pink. This panel was adhered to a Petal Pink mat and into the card base with Liquid Glue.

Back to the front and I was ready to put everything together when I noticed the horizonal/vertical mis-match. No problem, just make the whole thing vertical!

I Liquid Glued the fussy cut pieces to the basketweave. This panel was Tear and Taped to the Petal Pink mat. The Petal pink was also adhered to the Gold Foil Sheets (out of which I cut the center leaving a 3/4″ border) with Tear and Tape and the whole was glued to the card base with Liquid Glue.

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To finish the front I stuck MANY Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the layered ovals and wound some Gold Metallic Thread around then adhered it to the card front. The final touch was a single gold dot, but the label is missing, so I don’t know which embellishment it is. I think any bit of gold, or Petal Pink or Mossy Meadow would do.

The envelope was stamped on the front and flap with the same stamps as for the card, also in Mossy Meadow. The flowers on the front were colored with my Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Marker. I only used the corner stamp for the flap after waffling about whether to add flowers.

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I really like this Serene Garden stamp set and will no doubt use it frequently.

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Card Cuts: Mossy Meadow: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″: Very Vanilla: basketweave 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″, for leaves, floral piece and sentiment oval 4″ x 6″, inside panel 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″; Petal Pink: front mat and inside mat (cut 2) 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″; Gold Foil Sheets: Front mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, cutting the oval from the center

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