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Stampin’ Up! Buffalo Check Nature Sings Christmas for Combined Happy Inkin’ Thursday and Happy Stampers Blog Hop

Good Morning, Everyone! Time again for Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop combined with our friends from north of the border, the Happy Stampers! I am so glad you could join us today. We have a very talented group hopping, so let’s see what everyone has done with the challenges we have. When we do a combined hop we have a sketch and a color to serve as inspiration, or a challenge. Sometimes both!

Here is our color challenge:

And here is the sketch:

As I had already started my card (in my head) before I saw the sketch, I had to either change my mind about how I wanted this card to look, or not do the sketch. In the end I did both cards, one with just the colors and the other with both colors and sketch, and will post the second one in another blog. So, here is the one with both sketch and colors

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I knew I wanted to use the Buffalo Check background stamp to make a plaid to use with the Nature Sings stamp set. The Stamparatus saved the day for me as I have trouble getting the Buffalo Check stamp to give me a good enough image when I just stamp it. In the end, I had to re-ink and stamp it 3 times using Cherry Cobbler ink on Gray Granite before I was satisfied.

After the stamping I used my Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Marker to make the plaid. The brush end made the wide lines and the bullet tip made the fine lines. I cut this plaid piece in 3 panels to fit the card. These were then matted to Mossy Meadow with Liquid Glue. Each of the panels was then adhered to the Cherry Cobbler card base with Liquid Glue.

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For the sentiment strip, which I made wider than the sketch to accommodate the Nature Sings images, I first stamped the elk in Gray Granite on Gray Granite, then added the trees in Mossy Meadow. The sentiment is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and is also from the Nature sings stamp set. This panel was then run through my Big Shot with the Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and adhered to a Mossy Meadow mat with Liquid Glue.

I rolled a length of Linen Thread across the Mossy Meadow ink pad to color it, then wrapped it around the sentiment strip and taped it to the back. I then made a double loop bow and used Liquid Glue to adhere it to the sentiment strip. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the panel to the front of the card. This completes the front.

For the inside I stamped the sentiment, from Night in Bethlehem, on Gray Granite in Cherry Cobbler. I stamped the elk in Gray Granite and a Mossy Meadow pine branch,  then ran this through the same embossing folder as used for the front. I matted this on Mossy Meadow and into the Cherry Cobbler base using Liquid Glue.

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The envelope is Very Vanilla and is stamped with the trees from Nature Sings in Mossy Meadow, both on the front and on the flap. I made a whole forest of trees, some full strength, some stamped and stamped and stamped again without re-inking.

I hope you enjoy today’s hop. Just click the ‘Next’ button to continue on to see what the talented Sandi has done.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Julie Johnston- You are here!

Sandi MacIver

Eva Dobilas

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CARD CUTS: Cherry Cobbler: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Mossy Meadow: 3 mats for front panels 1-11/16″ x 4″, sentiment mat 1-1/2″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Gray Granite: front sentiment 1-5/16″ x 4-15/16″, plaid 4-1/2″ x 6″, inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″

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Stampin’ Up! Pleasant Pheasants Masculine Birthday

Well, here it is Saturday again and I hope your weekend is off to a great start. I have much to do and so little time! Actually, I have the same time as everyone, but it seems there isn’t enough of it.

Today’s card was inspired by the Moving Along with the Times Challenge #82, which has ‘for a man’ as it’s theme. I have some male family members with birthdays coming up, so this challenge fits very well.

I think my card also fits the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #358.

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Here is my creation.

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I started with a panel of Very Vanilla on which I centered, pretty much, the image from Pleasant Pheasants. I don’t know if they are pleasant, I can’t tell from their expressions, but it makes a pleasant looking card in my not-so-humble opinion. I stamped it in Soft Suede, then used Stampin’ Blends Markers to color the scene. Grass: Light and Dark Old  Olive; grass heads: Dark Daffodil Delight; hen: Light and Dark Crumb Cake and Bronze; rooster: Dark and Light Cherry Cobbler, Dark and Light Night of Navy, Light Old Olive, Light and Dark Pumpkin Pie, Light and Dark Crumb Cake, Bronze; bills and legs: Light smoky slate. For the white areas I used the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker. A dab of Wink of Stella in the blue/green areas of the rooster adds some iridescence.

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When finished, this was glued to the back of the card front piece, which is a panel of Nature’s Notes Designer Series Paper. I dry embossed it with the Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder. A circle was cut into this panel with the largest of the Layering Circles Framelits. Tear & Tape adheres this to the card base.

I swiped my Embossing Buddy over my papers and stamped 3 leaves with the Colorful Seasons Bundle. One was stamped with Versamark and embossed in Copper on Copper Foil Sheets, and one was stamped with Versamark, also embossed in Copper on a water colored panel of Whisper White, which was leftover from a previous project. All were cut with the coordinating dies from Seasonal Layers Thinlits. One leaf used the detailed leaf on the same water colored paper as before.

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I arranged these at the bottom of the circle, and was NOT happy with the result. I then cut 2 of the berry branches in Crumb Cake using the die from the Frosted Bouquet Thinlits, and one from a scrap of Nature’s Poem DSP. This helped, but there was still something lacking.

I decided to use a die from Simply Defined to cut a banner from Soft Suede for my sentiment, went over it with my Embossing Buddy then stamped the sentiment in two steps. Two steps were necessary as the stamp, from Beautiful Day, was not curved like the banner. I covered up what I didn’t want, inked the word Happy in Versamark, uncovered the rest and stamped it. I then heat embossed it in Copper, and repeated the steps for the word Birthday.

Sentiment done, I placed Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back but didn’t uncover them yet. This was laid on the front of the card and the leaves and berry branches dry fit. After I was satisfied with the layout, I Liquid Glued them in place on the back of the sentiment banner, then uncovered the Dimensionals and attached the piece to the card front.  It took some time, but the card front is done and I like the result.

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For the inside, Soft Suede ink was used for the sentiment, which is from the Perennial Birthday stamp set. A leaf from Rooted in Nature  and stamped in stamped-off-once Soft Suede fills the upper left corner. Another detailed die-cut leaf from Nature’s Poem DSP was applied to the lower right corner with Liquid Glue.

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Three of the same small leaf as on the inside were stamped on the front of the envelope in soft Suede and more of the Nature’s Notes DSP applied to the flap.

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CARD CUTS: Crumb Cake: card base 5-1/2″ x  8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, berry branches 2″ x 6″; Very Vanilla: art panel 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″; Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper: front woodgrain 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside mat woodgrain 4″ x 5-1/4″, berry branch and inside leaf cajun craze pattern 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″; Copper Foil Sheets: 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Whisper White  water colored piece: 2-1/2″ x 5″; Soft Suede: sentiment banner 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″

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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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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston (you are here)

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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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