Stampin’ Up Count My Blessings

Hey Everyone! We have had a couple of days of rainy, cloudy, misty weather. I LOVE it! We have been so dry, and the hope was for moisture in the ground before it freezes. Yesterday my gauge had 1-3/4″ on top of the 1-1/4″ last Friday. Much of the harvesting has been done, though there is still plenty left to do. It will take more than what we have had to stop them for very long once the sun shines again.

My card today is a birthday card, disguised as an autumn card. There are several birthdays coming up and this is what I created for one of them.

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The card base is Cajun Craze, the mat, Pear Pzazz and the art panel is Pumpkin Pie. I stamped over it randomly with Pumpkin Pie ink using the acorn and leaves from Count My Blessings. This is a wonderfully versatile set. Love it! I adhered this panel to the Pear Pzazz mat with liquid glue and wrapped a 1-3/4″ piece of burlap around it, taping on the back.

There is quite a lot of die cutting here using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits (Pear Pzazz round shape), Leaflets (oak leaves) Framelits,  Bouquet Bunch Framelits (Pear Pzaz and Painted leaves), and Patterned Pumpkin Thinlits (rounded berry leaf in Pear Pzazz, paint and Cajun Craze). The painted pieces are from the WHOLE SHEET of Very Vanilla that I painted with Distress Oxide inks a couple of days ago.

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I also stamped acorns from Acorny Thank You stamp set and punched them with the Acorn Builder punch. The cap was stamped in Soft Suede on Crumb Cake and the body in Soft Suede ink on Soft Suede card stock. They were adhered with liquid glue.

After dry arranging all the bits, I used liquid glue, mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere everything to the card base and burlap.

The sentiment is from an old stamp I have had for a long time, and is stamped directly onto the stamped panel in Soft Suede ink.This completed card front was attached to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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On the inside I reversed the mat and liner colors, again stamping the acorn/leaf randomly on the Pumpkin Pie mat with Pumpkin Pie ink. The liner is stamped in Soft Suede for both the sentiment and acorns. The sentiment is also from an old stamp set. I don’t know the company nor the name of the set.

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The envelope is adorned very simply with the acorn/leaf stamp in Soft Suede ink, both on the flap and on the front.

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This was a relatively quick card to make in spite of the many die cuts in the collage. I hope you like.

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Card Cuts: Cajun Craze: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, oak leaf and leaf 2″ x 4-1/2″; Pear Pzazz: mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″, swirl and leaves 4″ x 4″; Soft Suede: acorns 1-1/2″ x 6″; Crumb Cake: acorn caps 1-1/2″ x 3″; Painted Very Vanilla: leaves 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

NON Stampin’ Up Products used: burlap, sentiment stamps

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Stampin’ Up! Inlaid watercolor leaves

Finally, it is Friday! Well, I am not working outside of being self employed and doing volunteer work, so one day of the week is pretty much like another. However, I do look forward to a bit more relaxed pace on the weekends, sometimes anyway.

It is hard to believe that it has been a month since Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston and environs, and have you heard anything from there lately?? Nope! Not a word. The media certainly covers disasters well when they are happening, but not much of the aftermath and the human suffering. Pray for the folks in Puerto Rico hit by Maria. Such a season it has been already!

Today is the first day of fall, and I am celebrating that fact, even though it feels like July here. 92 degrees today, humid and breezy. They are saying we should be back to normal temps by Tuesday and beyond.

My card is a leafy card. Again. Yes, yes, I know, I do a lot of leaves. I love them. I love the trees. The pine cones, The acorns. The black walnuts. The hedge balls (otherwise known as Osage Orange). All of it! So, here it is!

I was inspired by the team over at Tic Tac Toe, with Challenge #016. You can find them here. I did the lower left to upper right diagonal, free, paper piece and autumn colors. I hope the inlay work counts as paper piece!

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It also fits with the Color Throwdown Challenge #461. While my colors are more subdued, they are all there. color throwdown

I started with a card front piece of Sahara Sand, dampened it, just a wee bit, then used my Aqua Painter to watercolor all over it, using Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.

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I decided to try some more of the inlay technique. I love this! Those cut out leaves with the teeny-tiny pieces were a little tedious, but only a little. For more on this method, see yesterday’s blog post. I didn’t mention yesterday that the Paper Piercing Tool is  very handy for pushing those itty-bitty pieces into place.

After letting the water color panel dry, I cut several leaves using the Seasonal Layers dies. I used the openwork leaf, a solid leaf of the same size and a smaller leaf. I cut more than I thought I would need, just because I could. You never know when you will need another leaf.

I then dry arranged them on my Sahara Sand card front panel, lightly marked where I wanted them and die cut them, leaving a negative space for the inlays. I saved all the die cuts for another project.

After inlaying all of the leaves and pieces, using adhesive sheets on the back to hold everything in place, I thought about dry embossing the front with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Embossing folder. This would be an experiment, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to experiment with my labor intensive card front and perhaps ruin it. I took one of the leaves I didn’t like so much and inlaid it into a scrap of Sahara Sand, ran it through the Big Shot and did a happy dance! It worked! None of the pieces fell out or curled up. Woo-Hoo! In fact, I think the added pressure of the Big Shot adhered them more firmly in place.

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I then had the courage to emboss the whole front of the card. I REALLY like the way it turned out. I mounted this on a panel of Pumpkin Pie with liquid glue, wrapped a piece of Burlap Ribbon around it and taped it on the back. I didn’t want to use a plain label, or banner, or strip of something for my sentiment, but what? Well, why not another leaf???

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I took the leftover scraps of the water colored paper and found one big enough to cut with the maple Leaflets framelit. I cut another in Elegant Eggplant to set it off and add some dimension. The sentiment, from Paisleys and Posies was stamped in Pumpkin Pie and quickly dipped into the Clear Emboss Powder and heat embossed. This leaf was attached to the Elegant Eggplant one with Glue Dots. Glue dots also adhered the leaves to the Burlap Ribbon. I used a few Stampin’ Dimensionals above and below the ribbon to secure them. Stampin’ Dimensionals also adhere this panel to the Elegant Eggplant card base, which, by the way, is a 5″ x &7″ card.

Inside I stamped the sentiments from a Gina K Thanksgiving stamp set in Pumpkin Pie on the Sahara Sand panel, then adhered it to a Pumpkin Pie panel and into the card base. It looked a bit plain, but I wasn’t sure I just wanted stamped leaves. Aha!! That experimental embossed leaf would do nicely. I trimmed it a bit, liquid glued it down and Hoop-Hoop this card is DONE.

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The Kraft envelope front is adorned with a couple more of the extra leaves, adhered securely with liquid glue.

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The flap is dry embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF. The ‘seal’ is another of the extra leaves that had adhesive paper on the back. I removed the release paper at the top to stick it to the flap, leaving the paper on the rest until time to mail it.

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I am very happy with this card. I may try it again in brighter colors next time, perhaps with larger leaves! 🙂

In looking at the card after I finished it, I thought it needed a little something something. Enameled dots were too bright. I didn’t want bling with burlap and wood. Hmmm, dig through the stash. A year or so ago I found some cute enameled brads in various themes and there was a package with leaves. Oh, My, Gosh! Perfect. I punched a couple of holes with my 1/8″ hole punch and added them to the front. NOW it is finished!

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Card Cuts: Elegant Eggplant: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, leaf 3″ x 3″; Pumpkin Pie: front mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″; Sahara Sand: front art panel (2-one to water color and one for the front) 4-5/8″ x 6-5/8″, inside panel 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″

Non Stampin’ Up! products used: leaf brads for the front, Kraft envelope, Gina K Thanksgiving stamp set

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Stampin’ Up! Colorful Seasons

If you are cleaning up from Harvey or Irma, or a wildfire or other disaster, please know that my heart breaks for what you are going through. My prayers were mostly for safety, not for no damage or mess. Does anyone know whether there is any historical evidence of increased activity following a total eclipse? Just wondering.

My card today was inspired by Global Design Project 104

Pretty and simple. I think my card is also pretty, and simple, even though it has several layers.wild wing creations003
I began with an Early Espresso card base for a 5″ x 7″ card. Most card makers prefer the smaller A2 size, but I prefer the larger size for a lot of my cards. This could just as easily have been a smaller one. I digress.
I cut a Pumpkin Pie mat to which I adhered a Crumb Cake panel randomly stamped in Crumb Cake with the maple leaf stamp from the Colorful Seasons set.
Using the three largest squares from the Stitched Shapes framelits, I cut one each of Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie and Crumb Cake.
The sentiment, from Special Reason (retired), was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed in Copper Emboss Powder on the smaller Crumb Cake square.
I put the Pumpkin Pie square on the diagonal on the Early Espresso square, and squared up the sentiment. These were liquid glued together and adhered to the leafy panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
The leaf, from Colorful Seasons, was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Copper Emboss powder. I then used Stampin’ sponges (cut in quarters) to dab Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Cajun Craze all over it. It was liquid glued to the lower side of the sentiment square.
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Actually, I stamped, embossed and sponged two leaves, and both were then die cut with the leaf from Seasonal Layers thinlits. To me, this is the perfect, simple embellishment for this card.
I considered adding copper thread, or a bow with the copper trim. However, it seemed to me to be overkill, so I opted to leave it plain.
On the inside I repeated the random leaf stamping, only this time just around the edge for a border.
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The sentiment, also from Special Reason, as well as the Happiest Birthday from Cool Treats, was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with the Copper powder. I love the magic that happens with the heat tool and embossing powder!
The second leaf was liquid glued just above the sentiment and this card is done.
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I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.
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Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, large square 3″ x3″; Pumpkin Pie: front mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, medium square 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, inside mat 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″; Crumb Cake: front panel 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″, small square 2″ x 2″, inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, sentiment panel 4″ x 6″; Whisper White: leaves 1-1/2″ x 3″.

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Stampin’ Up! Halloween Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

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Hello Everyone! I am so glad you could join us for this Spooky Blog Hop.

Here is my contribution.

Card Cuts: Basic Black: (2) front panel 4″ x 5-1/4″,  Pumpkin Pie: moon 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″; letters 2-1/2″ x 4″; Spooky Night DSP: front and inside panels 3-3/4″ x 5″, Punch cat of choice, pumpkins of choice cut with dies from Patterned Pumpkins framelits, witches hat of choice fussy cut.

The cat was punched from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper. The moon from Pumpkin Pie and sponged for shadows with Crushed Curry.

The jack-o-lanterns are from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper and cut with the Patterned Pumpkins thinlits.

The moon is attached to the DSP with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The DSP adhered with liquid glue to the Basic Black mat.  A strand of Linen Thread was wrapped around 3 times and taped on the back. A double bow attached with a Glue Dot finishes this.The pumpkins are liquid glued and the two in front attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The cat is also attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

This panel is adhered to the Basic Gray card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the inside I liquid glued letters cut from Pumpkin Pie card stock with the Large Letters framelits to a panel of the Spooky Night DSP. A witches hat from the DSP sits atop the middle O, and a tiny spider, also from the DSP crawls on the last O. Using my Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker I drew in a little spider web.

The envelope front has a couple of die cut pumpkins from the DSP, and the flap has more of the striped DSP.

So on with the hop! Click on the Next button to move forward to Mary Deatherage’s post or the Previous button to go back to see what Jari Francis did.

If you get lost along the way, here are the participants for the hop:

Linda Richenbergh

Sue Prather

Jaimie Babarczy

Jari Francis

Julie Johnston – You are Here

Mary Deatherage

Karen Finkle

Amy Koenders

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Stampin’ Up! Spooky Night

Good Friday everyone! My apologies for not posting yesterday. Just not enough hours to get everything done.

My Halloween card today was inspired by one done by my friend Mary over at Stamps – n – Lingers. You can see her card here. It is really cute, but I wanted an owl in mine.

I used Pumpkin Pie card stock for my base with a Basic Black panel on top. I used the largest circle in the Layering Circles framelits to cut the moon. I used the branch thinlit from the Colorful Seasons Bundle (You save 10% when you buy the bundle) to cut 2 branches in Basic Black, and cut one of them apart. These were dry arranged then liquid glued to the back of the panel.

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The cat was punched from the Basic Black circle I cut from the panel to make my moon, using the new Cat Punch, now available from the Holiday Catalog.

The Owl is from the Spooky Cat stamp set, which coordinates with the Cat Punch and the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper. This stamp set and the cat punch come bundled letting you save 10%! I rubbed my Emboss Buddy over a piece of Basic Black and stamped the owl in Versamark. I heat embossed it with Copper Emboss Powder and fussy cut it.

The picket fence. Hmmmm. At first I was going to use the back of the Adirondack chair for the fence, but decided they were too small to hold that big cat. So, being one who believes that necessity is the mother of invention, I invented my own fence. Using a scrap of Wood Textures paper that I had embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing folder left over from another project (I always keep scraps!), I proceeded to cut 1/4″ strips ( with the grain) with my Stampin’ Trimmer. These were cut into 1-1/2″ lengths with scissors and the points were cut. I wanted a rickety looking fence, so I didn’t care if the points were all even.

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I cut 2 lengths ( again, with the grain) 1/8″ wide. These were the crosspieces of the fence. I put a dab of liquid glue, a tiny dab mind you, about 1/4″ down from the point ON THE BACK SIDE of each picket, and adhered them to the crosspiece, making sure to make some of them askew and not very evenly spaced. Remember, I was going for rickety here. Laying the fence face down, I put another tiny dab on each picket about 1/4″ up from the bottom and lay the crosspiece over it and pressed them together to adhere.

Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals are perfect for this fence. Just be sure to get them on straight or they will show. This was adhered to the bottom of the black panel. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, I adhered the cat to the panel, making it look like he was sitting on the crosspiece.

Liquid glue adhered the panel to the card base. I did not glue down the branches to give more dimension. Then the embossed owl was put in place with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The sentiment is also from Spooky Cat. Yep, I cut it apart. No one said I couldn’t, and I didn’t trust myself to only ink the part I wanted, especially since I used Versamark and Copper Emboss powder. Before stamping I used my Embossing Buddy to eliminate stray embossing. I did this after adhering the panel to the card base, but it might have been easier/better to do that stamping before putting it together.

On the inside I liquid glued a cat punched from the Spooky Night DSP to a Very Vanilla panel, fussy cut a witches hat from another sheet of the DSP and put it on the cat’s head. I guess it is a girl cat, since the hat has a bow. I used the mouse stamp, (or is it a rat?) to stamp the critter in Basic Black ink.

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Using the ‘BOO’ stamp from Suite Seasons stamp set, I randomly stamped all over in both Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie. I wanted a bat somewhere, so I free-hand cut one from Basic Black card stock and liquid glued it to the upper left corner. This card is done. And, I like it, even though I am not much into Halloween. True Confession: I made a booboo (see what I did there?) so I used the bat to hide it.

The envelope received another copper embossed owl on the front, sitting on a branch stamped in Basic Black from the Colorful Seasons set. Mice, or rats if you prefer, march along the edge of the envelope flap. They are a favorite food of owls.

I hope you like this card as much as I liked Mary’s. I hate to copy anything exactly, so I used her card, found here, as inspiration.

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Card Cuts: Basic Black: (2) front and inside panels 4″ x 5-1/4″, branches and owl 1-1/2″ x 8″ scrap; Pumpkin Pie: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Very Vanilla: 3-3/4″ x 5″; Wood Textures DSP: one piece wood grain 2″ x 6″; Spooky Night DSP: Punch cat of choice and witches hat of choice is fussy cut.

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Leaves and More Leaves

Good Sunday to every one of you. I hope you are having a good holiday weekend. And please, do not forget our neighbors struggling in Texas and Louisiana.

Today’s card started out to be simple and quick. HA! I think I changed my mind at least 4 times, so now have bits and pieces for at least 2 more cards if I can figure out how to put them together. Since Autumn is my favorite season, and since I love trees and leaves, you will no doubt be seeing a lot of these in the coming days. Weeks. Then it will be mostly Christmas cards as we have few birthdays in our family until January, and no weddings or anniversaries either.

I started by choosing this lovely leafy paper. It is not a Stampin’ Up! paper. Then I used some Vintage Leaves stamps and the matching Leaflets framelits. Somehow I just couldn’t get them to work with this paper. Ultimately, I decided to just do some fussy cutting of the leaves in the paper.

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So! The pretty paper is liquid glued to a Pumpkin Pie mat and adhered to the Chocolate Chip card base. The fussy cut leaves are liquid glued to Chocolate Chip card stock, cut with the square Stitched Shapes framelits. The mat for these is a piece of Wood Textures DSP Stack, which I dry embossed with the new Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder. I really like this look. These were cut using the Layering Squares framelits. I think you can see the embossing in this photo, though it is hard to tell what is embossing and what is woodgrain. The piece I chose from the stack does not have any ‘plank’ or ‘paneling’ look to it, it is just like a piece of smooth wood. The paneling look is from the embossing.

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I like asymmetry, so the squares are staggered over the leafy paper, leaving space between them for the sentiment. These are all adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The Hello sentiment, from the retired Hello You thinlits, is cut 3 times from Chocolate chip and layered together to give some dimension. I didn’t think that was enough, so I cut a fourth one, this time from some brown fun foam. This is probably the thickness of at least 2 pieces of card stock, perhaps 3. This turned out to be just the right amount to suit me and I liquid glued the stack to the card front.

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On the inside, I layered the leafy paper to a Pumpkin Pie mat. Over this I added a couple of fussy cut leaves to a Very Vanilla panel for the sentiment. The sentiment is from the All Things Thanks stamp set and stamped in Chocolate Chip. This completes the card.

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The Kraft envelope has another fussy cut leaf on the front and the Pinewood Planks embossing on the flap.

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Though it is nothing at all like I first envisioned this card, I am pleased with how it ended. Perhaps I can use those rejected bits for another fall card tomorrow?!

Thought for the day: This is the day the Lord has made. Let us REJOICE and be glad in it. Psalm 118: 24

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Card Cuts: Chocolate Chip: card base 7″ x 10″, scored at 5″, stitched squares 4″ X 5″, hello sentiment, 3-1/2″ x 5″; Wood Textures: square mats 6″ x6″, Pumpkin Pie: front mat and inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″; Very Vanilla: 4-1/8″ x 6-1/8″; printed paper: front and inside 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″, fussy cut leaves scraps or enough to cut the leaves you want.

Non Stampin’ Up products used: leafy paper 12″ x 12″, brown fun foam 5″ x 7″

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