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Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Team Blog Hop Celebrates Spring

inkin-krew-blog-hop-banner2Hello Everyone! Back once again for our monthly team blog hop. How can it be nearly the middle of March already??? Wow! Spring is on its way, and I am sure all will be happy to see it.

Spring is definitely on this Blog Hop, since that is the theme. We can use any products we choose, not just Stampin’ UP!, though most of us will use, at least primarily, Stampin’ Up! products. And why not? SU has many wonderful sets that shout ‘SPRING’.

My card uses the spring-like Gingham Gala and the adorable Fable Friends stamp set. I really love the You Inspire Me with the daffodils, and His Grace, which is what Easter is all about, but decided today to keep it lighthearted and fun.

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So, Enjoy the hop and please see what the others have created.

I began with stamping the duck family in Smoky Slate ink on Whisper White card stock, and colored them in with my Stampin’ Blends Markers. I used Smoky Slate for the mama duck, Light Daffodil Delight for the ducklings, and Light and Dark Calypso Coral for their bill and feet. Their clothes are Light and Dark Pool Party, Light and Dark Petal Pink, Light Highland Heather and Light Granny Apple Green, which is darker than I thought it would be. I used my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to fill in the eyes, and some feathers on the mama duck.

While I was coloring the ducks I decided the background was too plain, so I used my Aqua Painter to pick up some color from the lid of my Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Pad, and did a very light color wash for a hint of sky. The grass is from Fable Friends and Sheltering Tree, and is stamped in Granny Apple Green.

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This art piece was adhered  with Liquid Glue to a mat of Gingham Gala 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper in Daffodil Delight. I used the smaller check for this as well as for the scalloped circle behind the sentiment.

I wrapped a length of retired Daffodil Delight 1/4″ cotton ribbon around this panel, taping it on the back. I used a strip of Tear & Tape to hold it in place.

The sentiment is from Fable Friends and stamped in Granny Apple Green on Whisper White and cut with the smallest Stitched Shapes circle. Liquid Glue adhered this to a mat of Daffodil Delight card stock cut with a scalloped circle die from Layering Circle Framelits, then onto the larger Gingham Gala scalloped circle. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere this to the card front.

My card base is Whisper White with a mat of Daffodil Delight which I ran through my Big Shot with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder. The mat was Liquid Glued to the card base. The art piece was then attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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A small bow of the same 1/4″ Daffodil Delight Cotton Ribbon finishes the front being adhered with a rolled up Glue Dot.

On the inside, I stamped more Granny Apple Green grass and another sentiment from Fable Friends, also in Granny Apple Green.

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The row of ducklings was stamped in Smoky Slate on Whisper White using my Stamparatus. The ducklings are colored with Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends, and their clothes are in the same Blends colors as used on the front. Light Calypso Coral Blends colors their bills and feet.

This liner was adhered to another panel of the Daffodil Delight Gingham Gala DSP, onto a Subtle dry embossed mat of Daffodil Delight and into the card base, all with Liquid Glue.

For the envelope I chose to use more of the Gingham jGala DSP on the flap and stamped the mama Duck in Smoky Slate over a row of Granny Apple Green Grass from the same stamp set. I colored her bill and feet in Light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends and her clothes in Daffodil Delight.

I don’t think you can get more “SPRING” than this. Gotta love it.

Oh, yes, here in Iowa it has finally gotten out of the freezer and into the 40 + degree range, so we are seeing our snow piles and ice finally melt. And, the birds are starting to sing and my friend saw Red-winged Blackbirds yesterday, a harbinger of spring.

BRING ON SPRING! We are ready for it!

I hope you enjoy today’s hop with our many talented team members. Card cuts and products used for this card are below. Please leave comments below as well. Thanks for hopping with us.

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Karen Ksenzakovic

Connie Troyer

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Julie Johnston – you are here

Mary Deatherage

Karen Finkle

Shirley Gentry

Amy Koeders

CARD CUTS: Whisper White: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, art piece 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″, inside liner 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, front sentiment circle 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″; Daffodil Delight: front mat and inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, sentiment mat scalloped circle 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″; Gingham Gala Designer Series 6″ x 6″ Paper Pack: front art piece mat and inside liner mat 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, large front scalloped circle 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

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Here it is Thursday and time for another Blog Hop. We have a full roster today, so come along and join the fun. We are working from this sketch today.

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And, based on that sketch, here is what I created for the hop today.

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I started with a Whisper White heavy card stock base and added a mat of Elegant Eggplant, topped with another mat of Perfect Plum. Using Tear and Tape, I taped down a length of Pear Pzazz Chevron ribbon.

Now for the fun part. I cut two crosses from the Hold on to Hope Bundle, a plain Elegant Eggplant one, and one using the fancy die out of Whisper White. These were adhered together with Liquid Glue.

I cut a Stitched Shapes large oval in Whisper White, and the large scalloped one out of Pear Pzazz. There is a nice sun ray (at least that is what it looks like to me) in the Amazing You stamp set. I stamped this in Daffodil Delight on the Whisper White oval so it would be behind the cross, then turned the oval upside down and stamped a mirror image of the first one. Liquid Glue adhered the ovals together as well as the cross to the oval.

Using Pear Pzazz ink, I stamped off the flower spray from Hold on to Hope onto scrap paper, then stamped it on a panel of Whisper White. Using my Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight, and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write markers, I colored the leaves and flowers. This was cut with the die from the bundle.

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I liquid glued it to the back of the ovals positioning it to lay over the ribbon, then used Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Stampin’ dimensionals to adhere this focal point to the card front.

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Moving on to the inside, I again stamped off once in Pear Pzazz the floral image onto Whisper White card stock. The sentiment is from the Easter Message set from last year, and is stamped in full strength Elegant Eggplant.

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This panel was Liquid Glued to an Elegant Eggplant mat, then onto a Pear Pzazz mat and into the card base.

The envelope has the same floral image on the front and the plain cross stamped over the flap.

I had fun with this sketch today. In fact, I made 3 cards using this sketch and may post them at a later date. It makes a clean, relatively simple card and I think it is lovely.

On with the hop! Click the ‘next’ image to go on to see what beautiful creation Amy has for you today.

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If you prefer to hop around, here is the list for today.

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston

Don’t forget, Sale-A-Bration ends March 31. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get free goodies! More items you can get for free were added today from the Annual Catalog. Check it out. And now is a good time to sign up to be a demonstrator, too. Not only do you get whatever you want in your kit, you get free stamp sets as well. Go for it!

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CARD CUTS: Heavy Whisper White: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Whisper White: oval 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, cross 2″ x 3″, floral spray 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside sentiment panel 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Elegant Eggplant: front mat 4′ x 5-1/4″, cross 2″ x 3″, inside mat 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Perfect Plum: front 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Pear Pzazz: scalloped oval 2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″

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