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Stampin’ Up! Share What you Love Impossible Card

Good Friday morning, Everyone! I hope you have a great day and an even greater weekend. My plans to blog every day didn’t last very long.  I think, with gardening and trips and photographing the owl family, that blogging three times a week is much more realistic.

Today’s card was inspired, again, by Jan B, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in the UK. She does videos, which are very easy to follow.  I will not be doing videos any time soon. That would terrify me! I will give details as to card cuts, but for the technique, please watch her video here.

I don’t know why it is called impossible, as it clearly isn’t impossible, and is actually quite easy to make IF you follow the instructions.

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There are other videos out there on making this type of card, but after watching several, I think Jan’s is the easiest to follow.

I began with a card base of Mint Macaron, which has made a comeback in the new catalog. Also returning are Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow, but I digress.

The mats are Tranquil Tide and the Designer Series Paper with leaves is new. It is part of the Share What You Love suite, available now as a pre-order. The DSP with dots is from Delightful Daisy and is retiring at the end of the month. If you want any retiring products, now is the time to order them as they are only available as long as supplies last. To order, click here.

The stamp set is Petal Palette for the bird and flowers, and Perennial Birthday for the two sentiments and the little design by her name. The name is stamped using the new Make a Difference stamp set, available June 1.wild wing creations-5

My card is a 5″ x 7″ card, but you can also make an A2 size or a 6″ square card. MayMay has measurements for these on her blog, which you can find here.

First cut the card base at 5″ x 7″, then score horizontally at 2-1/2″. This makes it easier to accomplish the ‘impossible’. Using your Stampin’ Trimmer, and with the card horizontal, cut at 1-1/2″ down to the score line. Move card over to  5-1/2″ and cut down to the score line. If this is confusing, please refer to Jan’s video.

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Turn the card 180 degrees (upside down) and make a cut at 3-1/2″ down to the score line. Now, THIS IS THE IMPOSSIBLE PART, but is isn’t really. Simply hold the card with the center cut down, and fold the right half up. This will put the narrow leg on the right, down, and the narrow leg on the left, up. There will be a wide piece in the middle that will stand up. SEE? Easy-Peasy. If my instructions aren’t plain, refer to the video.

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Moving on to the mats, cut 2 in Tranquil Tide at 3-3/8″ x 4-7/8″, 2 at 1-1/4″ x 3-3/4″, and one at 2-3/8″ x 3-7/8″. For the larger pieces, and using your Stampin’ Trimmer, place vertically at 1-3/8″ and cut down 2-1/2″. Rotate 90 degrees and place at 2-1/2″. Cut down to the previous cut. You have essentially cut out a piece that is 2″ x 2-1/2″, leaving an L-shape that is fatter on the bottom. Repeat for the other piece. (Looking at the image above, if you cut along the score line from center cut line to left cut line, that is the shape)

For the DSP you will need the same shape and the measurements are 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″, with the same 2″ x 2-1/2″ cut out. NOW, pay close attention to Jan’s video if you are using a directional DSP as I did. You will want to make a template for this so you don’t make a mistake. If your DSP is non-directional, it isn’t an issue. Both pieces will be the same for non-directional DSP.

Using Liquid Glue, adhere the DSP to the Tranquil Tide mat. Now adhere the matted DSP to your card base. It really is easy. The difficult part is if you are using a directional DSP, but if you make a template, that, too, is easy. Everyone will be impressed with your skill!! And, you don’t need to tell them it is really easy.

Your Stampin’ Up! Grid Paper makes getting everything straight very simple.

Cut contrasting DSP (I used the retiring Delightful Daisy). You will need 2 at 1-1/8″ x 3-5/8″. Liquid Glue these to the 1-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ mats. Using the grid marks to be sure your card base pieces are straight, Liquid Glue the matted DSP to the card base across the opening at top and bottom. This will stabilize the card.

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I used the Petals and More die to cut the sentiment banners from Whisper White and stamped them in Tranquil Tide. The bird is also from that bundle and is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Blushing Bride card stock and die cut. The sentiment with the bird is offset to allow room for the bird and both are Liquid Glued to the DSP.

For the lower stabilizing piece, the name banner is adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

You are almost finished with the card. Yippee! Having fun yet??

On the large standing up panel, adhere the DSP to the Mat and onto this panel. Using the Stitched Shapes Framelits cut the second smallest circle and stamp sentiment in Tranquil Tide. Cut another circle from Mint Macaron and Liquid Glue the two together.

Stamp the flowers from Petal Palette in Mint Macaron on Whisper White. Color using your Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Markers and die cut with Thinlit from Petals and More. Cut a second flower from Mint Macaron and Liquid Glue to the stamped one.

Arrange the flower and circle on the panel over the DSP and Liquid Glue in place. This IMPOSSIBLE card is finished and it wasn’t impossible at all!

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The back of the center art panel is a good place to write a personal message, and the reason for using Tranquil Tide on the back of the circle and flower. It just looks better.

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The envelope received more flowers on the front and DSP on the flap. The flowers were colored with Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Marker, leaving the leaves as just outlines.

If you haven’t tried this card, I would urge you to do so. It is fun, as long as you pay attention to each step. It actually goes pretty quickly. I would suggest for your first one that you choose a NON-directional DSP.

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Stampin’ Up Happy Inkin’ Thursday Thank You

Blog hop headerGood Thursday mornin’ Everyone! Another week has FLOWN by. Where does the time go anyway? Today is Maundy Thursday. It is Holy Week for Christians, and Easter will be upon us in a couple of days. Tomorrow is end-of-the-work-week Friday for most people, Good Friday for Christians, and the day to plant potatoes for gardeners! On top of that, it is probably National Something-or-Other Day as well. But, that is off the subject, so let’s move on to today’s Hop.

Our challenge for today is this sketch.

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I really like this sketch and will use it again soon. For today however, I chose to make my card base from Always Artichoke. The rectangle is a light piece of Wood from the Wood Textures DSP Stack. I didn’t want the sentiment to take center stage, so I used the Thank You from Teeny Tiny Wishes and stamped it in Early Espresso. To give the panel more texture, I ran it through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Embossing folder. This was Liquid Glued to a mat of Crumb Cake. I wrapped a strand of Linen Thread around this piece about 5 times, taping it on the back. I then adhered this to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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From a dark piece of Wood Textures DSP I die cut a circle using one of the Layering Circles, I think the second or third largest, to provide a background for the ‘bird’s nest’. For the nest, I cut one each of the swirly things from Swirly Scribbles from the same dark Wood Textures DSP. To add more dimension to the nest, I cut 2 more of each from Crumb cake and Liquid Glued them together. I then glued the one with the ‘leaves’ to the one without leaves, then to the circle.

At this point I needed to dry fit everything. Using the branch from Seasonal Layers I cut 2 of these from Early Espresso. From a scrap piece of striped green from Delightful Daisy DSP, I cut several leaves with the leaf from Flourish Framelits, and cut a couple from Vellum as well. I never know for sure how many I will need, and any extras can be kept for another project. (In the end I used one branch, 2 Daisy DSP leaves, 1 vellum leaf, 1 Pear Pzazz leafy branch, 1 vellum leafy branch, and saved the rest)

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Then from Vellum and Pear Pzazz I cut some of the leafy branch from the Petals and More die set. (Purchased as a bundle with the Petal Palette stamp set you save 10%.) Then I  stamped the bird in Early Espresso from the same set on Sahara Sand,  die cut it  and painted it with my Basic Black and Melon Mambo markers. I tucked the bird in the nest and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I dry fit everything, then used Liquid Glue to tack down all the elements, leaving some of the leaves floating free. The card front is now finished.

On the inside, I stamped an Old Olive leafy branch and the sentiment in Early Espresso, both from the Petal Palette stamp set, onto a light colored panel of Wood Textures DSP. This was Liquid Glued to a Dark Panel of Wood Textures and onto a Crumb Cake mat. The whole was Liquid Glued into the card base.

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For the envelope I stamped the bird on the front in Early Espresso and left it plain, then used more of the Wood Textures DSP on the flap.

I like this card, but wondered how it would look if I changed out the card base and gave it some texture. This is the result.

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I added a couple of flowers stamped from Petal Palette and colored with Melon Mambo and Pear Pzazz Stampin’ Write Markers. Card base is Old Olive. Which do you like better?

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Please, now click on the “Next Blog” image and see what Amy has created. Each participating team member is listed below so you can link directly to each one if you prefer.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston-you are here

Card Cuts: Always Artichoke: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″; Crumb Cake: front rectangle mat 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″, inside mat 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″,  backing for swirly pieces 6″ x 6″, bird 1-1/2″ x 2″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: Light: front rectangle 3″ x 4″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″; Dark:  circle 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, swirly pieces 3″ x 6″, inside mat 4″ x 6″; Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (green): leaves 1-3/4″ x 5″; Pear Pzazz: leafy branch 3′ X 3″; Vellum: leaves 3″ x 6″; Early Espresso: branch 1-1/2″ x 4″

(The above pieces listed for the leaves are for what I actually used on the card. I cut more than I used, so saved them for later.)

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