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Stampin’ Up! First Frost Get Well for Happy Inkin’ Thursday combined Hop

{HOLD EVERYTHING!!! Today’s blog is NOT part of the combined Inkin’ Krew/Happy Stampers hop! I don’t know what happened. I had a deadline by which to post my link for the rest of the hoppers, and I posted well ahead of the deadline. However, for some never-to-be-known reason, my link disappeared. It is probably floating around somewhere out there in cyberspace, which does my hopping friends and me no good at all! At any rate, by the time this was discovered, it was too late to join the hop. My apologies to everyone. I will put a link at the bottom for the person who follows me on the hop, so if you care to hop along, you can do so without me.}

Good Morning, Everyone. I hope this finds you all done with your Christmas cards and they are all in the mail. What? You still have a few to do? Join the club..I do, too!

Today’s card is not a Christmas card though. I have a couple of friends who are ill and hospitalized, though they are improving and should be dismissed sooner rather than later. I took time out from my Christmas activities to make cards for them.

Today we are joined with our friends from Canada, and have both a color and and a sketch we can use. I chose only the sketch this time, as I just wasn’t ready to make a bright, springlike card. Here is our sketch

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And here are the colors colors

I created my card from colors my friends like, rather than using the challenge colors.

I began today’s card with a Smoky Slate base and added Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam and Petal Pink. This is a top-folding card. Here is my creation.

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To make the two toned front, I cut one piece of Blackberry Bliss and a smaller one of Petal Pink, then taped them together on the back. I then used my Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to dry emboss the front. Before I embossed this panel, I VERY lightly spritzed it with water. This seems to make a clearer, deeper impression. I then set this aside to dry.

After it had dried, I wrapped a length of Gray Granite 1/2″ Textured Weave Ribbon around the joint, taping it on the back also. This panel was then adhered to the card base with Tear & Tape.

The sentiment is from Healing Hugs and is stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper White, then cut with the third largest Stitched Shapes Framelits oval. I backed this with a scalloped Smoky Slate oval from Layering Ovals Framelits. To this, I placed several Stampin’ Dimensionals and wound some Silver Metallic Thread around. Set aside for the moment.

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Behind the sentiment I arranged pieces of die cuts from the First Frost Bundle, cut from Soft Sea Foam, Gray Granite, Petal Pink and Whisper White. The only piece NOT from First Frost is the detailed embossed leaf, which is from the Wonderful Romance Bundle (available Jan. 3). It is such a pretty leaf, I will use it a lot. Oh, yes, and one of the die cut pieces was stamped (First Frost) first in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper white. I cut several of each piece, not knowing exactly what I would want in the final production and will save the leftovers for another project.

I dry arranged these over the ribbon, then used Glue Dots to secure them before attaching the sentiment oval. Add the sentiment oval and the card front is finished.

For the inside, I stamped a single image, a duplicate of the die cut one on the front, from First Frost Bundle, in Blackberry Bliss on whisper White and matted it on a panel of Petal Pink. This was then adhered into the card base. Liquid Glue did both panels. As this card would be signed by several people, I did not add a sentiment, thus leaving room for multiple messages.

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The envelope received the same stamped image on the front and a piece of the First Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper on the flap. 2

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CARD CUTS: Smoky Slate: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, sentiment oval mat 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, die cuts 1-1/2″ x 4″; Petal Pink: top of front 1-1/4″ x 4-1/8″, die cuts 1-1/2″ x 4″, inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Blackberry Bliss: bottom of front 4″ x 4-1/8″; Whisper White: sentiment oval, die cuts 3″ x 5″, inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″; Soft Sea Foam: die cuts 3″ x 4″; Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper: envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up Hold on to Hope Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Thursday morning Everyone! I am trying something new today. I have joined some of my team members for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop. This is a whole new adventure for me, so I hope I do the team justice.

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We are working with a sketch this week:

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and as I have need of sympathy cards, this is what I did with the sketch.

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My card base is Smoky slate and the first mat is Silver Foil. The second mat is Soft Sky. I took a panel of the new, Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper, which is in the Sale-A-Bration 2nd release, and free with a $50 qualifying order. I love, love, love this paper and hope it stays around beyond the Sale-A-Bration.

I used my Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blends Marker to color in the leaves. It seemed a shame to cover it up! I then cut the end with the Banner Triple Punch and Liquid Glued it to the Soft Sky mat. This was adhered, also with liquid glue, to the Silver Foil and onto the card base.

I was going to use my Stitched Shapes Framelits for the Very Vanilla square, but the largest one wasn’t big enough for the cross. I used instead a die from Scrapbooking Made Simple. This was the perfect size. I could have used a plain square, which was my original intent, but it was too plain looking. If one thing doesn’t work, try something else!

Taking the swirly design from the Beautiful Peacock stamp set (another Sale-A-Bration free product), I stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed it with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder in the lower right corner of the square.

The sentiment, from Teen Tiny Wishes, was also stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in silver.

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Using the dies from the Hold on to Hope Bundle, I cut the solid cross in Soft Sky and the more intricate one in Very Vanilla. These were Liquid Glued together then popped onto the square with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The square was then adhered over the foiled banner with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside I inked the swirly design from Beautiful Peacock in Soft Sky, stamped it off once on scrap paper, then onto the center of my panel. Over this I stamped the sentiment from Thoughts and Prayers in Smoky Slate full strength. To finish this panel, I inked the little corner piece from Hold on to Hope, and stamped each one off once before stamping my panel. Done.

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The envelope got another Silver heat embossed swirly design on the front and a piece of the colored Springtime foils on the flap.

I think this turned out quite well. Please leave your comments below.

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All right! On with the hop. By clicking the ‘Next’ button you will go to Amy’s blog. If you get lost, here are the links to the rest of the team hopping with us today.

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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: Smoky slate: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Silver Foil Sheets: cut 2 mats 4″ x 5-1/4″; Soft Sky: front mat 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5″, cross 2-1/2″ x 3″; Springtime Foil Sheets: front banner to color 2″ x 4-1/2″; Very Vanilla: Front square 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside panel 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″, fancy cross 2-1/2″ x 3″

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Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms Sympathy

Today is Thursday, the 4th day of 2018. How did it get to be the 4th? Before we know it, it will be summer and this winter season of frigid record-setting temperatures will be one for the history books. Life is passing quickly, so make the most of every day!

Today’s card is another sympathy, which is why I guess I am brought to the realization once again of how brief (in the big picture) is our time here on earth.

The Sale-A-Bration catalog has some wonderful items you can choose, for FREE, with a purchase of $50. One of those is the stamp set I chose to use today, Heartfelt Blooms.

This stamp is one of Stampin’ Up!s new Distinctive stamps, that is to say, photorealistic. I love this one.

I began by stamping the image in Smoky Slate on Smoky Slate card stock. This panel was mounted on a mat of Berry Burst. A piece of Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon was wrapped around and taped on the back. This panel was then adhered to the card base with Liquid Glue.

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For the sentiment, I again stamped the design in Smoky Slate, this time on Whisper White card stock, and cut it with a Layering Ovals Framelits die. Using Berry Burst and the sentiment from Heartfelt blooms, I stamped the sentiment over the flower image. To give the oval more definition, I simply rubbed the Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pad around the edge, making a nice, even, narrow band of gray. This was adhered to a Berry Burst scalloped Layering Ovals die-cut. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals I adhered this layered oval to the card front.

For the inside, I again stamped the floral image in Smoky Slate on Smoky Slate card stock, this time placing it more in the corner. Then, leaving room for my sentiment, I stamped the corners of my panel with the floral image.

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The sentiment is from Heartfelt Sympathy and is stamped in Berry Burst. This panel was adhered to a Berry Burst mat and into the card base.

For the Whisper White Medium Envelope, I stamped the floral image in Smoky Slate twice on the flap and just in the corner on the front.

I need to state here that, while it is not so obvious on the gray, the imperfections of this stamp took on Huge Proportions when it was stamped on white. I kept trying to get a good image, and finally realized that the stamp had holes in it. This prevented a clear image no matter what I did. The more I stamped, the worse it got!

Stampin’ Up! stands behind their products, and, while it doesn’t often happen (this is the first problem I have had), there are times when an imperfect product is shipped. Before I got off the phone with their support team, a new stamp was on its way to replace the faulty one.

I debated about showing the envelope on this blog, but I think you all need to know that this company does indeed stand behind their products and will replace a bad one. I think this is the third envelope I did, and I am not proud of it. The recipient of this card may get a naked envelope!

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Card Cuts: Smoky Slate: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, floral panels front and inside 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; Berry Burst: mats 4″ x 5-1/4″, scalloped oval 3″ x 3-3/4″; Whisper White: sentiment oval 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

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