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Stampin’ Up! Sympathy for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Blog hop headerGood Thursday all! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, although I know that holidays are difficult for some folks. Especially when Sympathy cards are in order. Such was the case for a dear friend of mine, so I decided to use today’s challenge colors to create a card for her.

Here are our colors: Which, when I first saw them, I thought looked pretty dull. However,  when I began to work with the colors I decided they weren’t bad at all. I think the card turned out quite well, actually.

I began by choosing my papers. When in doubt about putting colors together, Stampin’ Up! has helped those who may be color challenged with the Designer Series Papers. Each package tells you what colors have been used, so it is relatively easy to combine your colors. The DSP I chose for today’s card is Frosted Floral. I also used a bit of DSP from the Share What You Love package.


My card base is Gray Granite with a mat of Blackberry Bliss. Over this I Liquid glued a panel of the Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper. This paper has a lovely sheen. Next is a mat of the Share What You Love DSP, cut much smaller than the floral background piece. I didn’t want much of this to show, so the Blackberry Bliss panel is only 1/8″ smaller. This combo was Liquid Glued to the background piece.

I wrapped a length of 1/2″ Textured Weave Gray Granite Ribbon around these and taped it to the back.

My sentiment piece is stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Gray Granite with an outline stamp from the Floral Frames stamp set. The sentiment is from the Lasting Lily stamp set, which will be available, free, in the Saleabration catalog on January 3 with the appropriate order. It is also stamped in Blackberry Bliss.

Using the frame die in the Foliage Frame Framelits, I cut this out, then cut another from the same paper as the mat under the Blackberry Bliss panel. I cut this one in half lengthwise and used Liquid Glue to adhere my sentiment label over it, off setting the mat so a bit of the Pear Pzazz shows.

On the back I placed several Stampin’ Dimensionals, both to lift this away from the ribbon and to give my embellishments a place to stick.


Using the leaves in the Foliage Frames dies, I cut them from the Designer Series Paper, Vellum, Gray Granite and Pear Pzazz card stock. I also cut one berry branch from the Frosted Bouquet bundle in Blackberry Bliss. These were arranged behind the sentiment panel and adhered with Glue Dots and the Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment. A single Frosted Epoxy Drop finishes the sentiment label.

The final step for the front of the card was to attach the sentiment and leaf sprays to the card front, then, with more Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere the card front to the card base.

For the inside, I kept it simple. A mat of Blackberry Bliss supports a Whisper White liner with the Blackberry Bliss sentiment from Lasting Lily. The little leaves in the corners are from Floral Frames and are stamped in Blackberry Bliss. This leaves plenty of room for a personal note.


Don’t overlook these little stamps that are included in many stamp sets. They are great little additions to a page where you need something, but not TOO much.  They make wonderful accents.

For the envelope, another panel of the Frosted Floral DSP adds a little pzazz to the flap, while a single Blackberry Bliss image from the First Frost bundle completes the front.


I hope you enjoy today’s hop. We have many talented ladies hopping today. Clicking the ‘Next’ button will take you to team leader Amy’s blog, or you can click on any name to go directly to her blog.

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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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Stampin’ Up! Sheltering Tree Leaf

Good Friday the 13th Everyone! I am not superstitious. Are you? It is just another day.

I do have another sympathy card to show today. There has been WAY too much need for these this year. And, they are not all old people either.

I kept it very simple this time. Starting with a Pear Pzazz card base, I die cut a maple leaf with the leaflets framelits from scrap paper and used the negative as a stencil. Using some Post-it tape, I taped it to the card base and sponged the leaf with Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Soft Suede. Then I inked up the bare tree from Sheltering Tree stamp set in Soft Suede and stamped over the leaf, lining up the trunk with the leaf stem. As the stamp set is photopolymer, it is easy to line it up with another image.


Next was the hard part…die cutting the same leaf out of my card front so that it was in the same position as the leaf. I did some measuring, re-measuring and marked lightly on a used piece of card stock the same size as my card front. It was off to the left a bit, so I measured again, and took my chances with the Very Vanilla panel for my card front. It is off just slightly to the lower end, but not enough to concern me. It would have been easier to cut the card front first, mark the opening, then sponge the card base. However, what I ended up doing was not what I started to do, so I did it backwards.

Using a sponge dauber I inked around the edge of the leaf and the edges of the panel in Pear Pzazz, then liquid glued it over the card front.


Using a scrap from cutting the card base, I stamped my sentiment in Pear Pzazz, then liquid glued it to the panel. The sentiment is one I have had a long time, and don’t remember where I got it, nor the company. To finish it, I used a metal leaf brad on the sentiment strip.

On the inside liner I again used the sponge dauber and Pear Pzazz ink to soften the edges, then stamped the tree in the corner, again with Pear Pzazz. The sentiment is from Thoughts and Prayers stamp set and is stamped in Soft Suede.


The front of the envelope is done with a soft suede tree, while the flap was finished with 3 of the sponged  and stamped leaves, done the same way as the front of the card.

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I do like this technique of sponging, then stamping over the sponging for a different look.

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Card Cuts: Pear Pzazz: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, sentiment strip 1″ x 4-3/4″; Very Vanilla: front panel 4-7/8″ x 6-7/8″, inside liner 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″

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Orchids for Anniversary

Beautiful Monday Everyone! We had a bit of rain yesterday. Not enough, but it is a start, and I am thankful for every drop received. So, with the dust washed from the trees and things, it is a beautiful day.

Today’s card began in a totally different color. Then, I decided I didn’t think the recipient would care for that colorway, so that card beginning will finish on another day. For another purpose. wild wing creations5

There is an anniversary this week for which I needed a card. The woman likes orchids and burgundy was one of their wedding colors. Thus, this card in its final form.

I started with a Cherry Cobbler card base. The mat for the art panel is Powder Pink. I stamped the Whisper White panel with the background  image from Graceful Garden in Cherry Cobbler, then dry embossed the panel with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing folder. This was the backdrop for my Climbing Orchids. This set is part of a bundle that includes the dies, which I also used here. By purchasing the bundle you save 10% over buying them individually.

I stamped the two pieces for the larger orchid with Cherry Cobbler on Powder Pink Card Stock. Then I followed up with the two pieces for two smaller orchids. While I had the Cherry Cobbler ink handy I also stamped a couple of buds and the centers for the three orchids. The centers were stamped with the three little dots in Versamark and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

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I used my bone folder to curl the edges a bit to add realism and some dimension. All the pieces of the orchids were assembled using Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini-stampin’ Dimensionals.

The branch is cut with the die from Seasonal Layers in Early Espresso, then liquid glued to the Whisper White panel. I dry arranged the flowers, leaves and buds, then liquid glued the leaves and buds to the Whisper White panel also. The leaves were stamped in Pear Pzazz on Pear Pzazz card stock and cut with the appropriate matching die. This panel was liquid glued to the Powder Pink Mat.

I wrapped a piece of Cherry Cobbler ribbon around and taped it on the back. Next, the sentiment from Flourishing Phrases was stamped in Cherry Cobbler on a strip of Powder Pink. This was a bit tricky to get straight and to look like it was meant to be stamped that way. It is not a straight line sentiment. The words are one above the other with the ‘is a’ part in the middle. I only inked one word at a time, then used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get everything lined up just so. This sentiment strip, and the ribbon, were Fast Fused to the art panel under the larger Orchid.

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For the inside, I stamped the rest of the sentiment that goes with the one on the front, also in Cherry Cobbler. I also added Anniversary Wishes from the Falling For You stamp set. There is a single stamp for the large orchid included in the stamp set, as well as one for the smaller one. The larger one I stamped in Cherry Cobbler and added a stem from the same set in Early Espresso. Using my Stampin’ Write Powder Pink marker, I colored in the image so it would match the front. This panel was liquid glued to a Powder Pink mat and into the card base.

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The envelope was graced with the same large orchid, colored after the same fashion as the inside of the card. The flap was a little challenging as the image on the card front did not fill the flap. To accommodate this quirk, I rotated it a couple of times and gave it s sort of random look.

This Climbing Orchid set is fun to use and makes a lovely card, don’t you think?

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Card Cuts: Cherry Cobbler: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″; Powder Pink: front mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, inside mate 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, flowers, buds 4″ x 5-1/2″, sentiment strip 5/8″ x 3-7/8″; Whisper White: front panel 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″, inside panel 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″; Early Espresso: branch 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″; Pear Pzazz: leaves 1-1/2″ x 3″

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Stampin’ Up! Leaves of Green

Good Saturday to you all! I’m getting a head start on Saturday, but I am still behind in making cards for specific purposes. Whew!

My mom always sent cards to people, and I have not been very good at it. I have decided that the reason was mainly that I did not like standing in a store before a rack of cards to pick just the right one. And then, in some cases, have someone else send them that same card! It just didn’t trip my trigger, I am sure to the embarrassment of my mom.

Now that I am making cards, I send them to people I would never have considered for purchasing a card. Not only is it more personal, it is much more fun!

Ok, on with today’s card, which was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches #300.

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I took a few liberties with it to make this birthday card featuring leaves. And Green.

My card base of Old Olive has a mat of Soft Suede with a panel from the Delightful Daisy DSP. Card cuts at the end of the post.


Next is a rectangular mat of Soft Suede topped with a Pear Pzazz oak leaf from Vintage Leaves, stamped in Soft Suede ink and die cut with the Leaflets Framelit. I took a piece of the Burlap Ribbon and Tear & Taped it to the edge of the Soft Suede mat, then liquid glued the oak leaf, overlapping the ribbon. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere this panel to the card base.

Using Linen Thread I wrapped it three times around the lower end of the panel, taping it on the back.

I needed a small leaf for the sentiment and cut one from the Leaflets, the long skinny one, but it was too big. In my Tim Holtz bunch of leaf dies I found a small oak leaf which is what I used, cutting it from Pear Pzazz card stock. Perfect fit for the ovals without using a huge oval. The larger oval is cut using the Layering Ovals framelits and the smaller one using Stitched Shapes framelits. I liquid glued them together, stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede ink onto the leaf, using the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp, then adhered the leaf to the ovals. This piece was adhered to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.


I made a small bow from the Linen Thread and used a Glue Dot to adhere it next to the oval. The card front is done.

For the inside, I used a mat of Soft Suede with a sentiment panel in Pear Pzazz. I stamped the oak leaf from Vintage Leaves in Pear Pzazz, stamped off once, to make a background for the sentiment. Then, using the Big on Birthdays stamp, I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede, liquid glued the panel to the mat and into the card base.


The Medium Crumb Cake envelope, (no naked envelopes here) received an Oak leaf on the front, and mixed leaves on the flap.

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Card Cuts: Old Olive: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″, oval, scrap about 2″ x 3″; Soft Suede: front mat and inside mat, 4″ x 5-1/4″, front rectangle mat 1-3/4″ x 4-3/8″, oval scrap about 2″ x 3″; Pear Pzazz: inside sentiment 3-3/4″ x 5″, large oak leaf 1-3/4″ x 4-1/2″, small oak leaf, scrap about 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

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