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Stampin’ Up Still Night for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Blog hop headerI hope you have a Tremendous Thursday, Everyone! It is much cooler now, feels like it is supposed to feel near the middle of October. For me, that is tremendous! I know the farmers are getting anxious to get back to the harvest, but we have had considerable rain. It may have to freeze before they can go.

Today for our hop we have a sketch challenge. This is the sketchsketch

And this is my card.

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I began by sponging Balmy Blue ink over the Stampin’ Up! side of the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, intentionally making it uneven,  then inserted a panel of Whisper White and ran it through the Big Shot. With an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker, I filled in all the marks on the birch trees. This panel was trimmed to fit the Balmy Blue mat . Liquid Glue adhered these together and onto the Night of Navy card base.

Before you criticize my light blue sky and a moon, remember that the moon does not always rise in the dark of night! Besides, card makers have the advantage of using fantasy to make their cards. You might call it ‘artistic license’.

A strip of the white Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (representative of a birch log) backs a flag of Night of Navy.  Pieces of Foam Adhesive Strips back the Wood Textures strip to lift the art off the background1

 

A Mango Melody moon, cut with the number 6 die in the Layering Circles Framelits (numbered smallest to largest) was smudged with a nearly dry Stampin’ Sponges with just a touch of Smoky Slate. Who ever saw a BRIGHT, CLEAR moon? There are shadows folks.  This was adhered to the Night of Navy flag with Liquid Glue.

The branch and owl from the Still Night Bundle were cut from scraps of Wood Textures DSP, the owl in a light shade and the branch in a dark one. The left side of the branch was cut off and Liquid Glue adhered it to the lower part of the branch, dipping downward.  This branch was adhered to the moon with more Liquid Glue, leaving the ends free.

The owl was stamped in Early Espresso on the light colored wood with the grain vertical to represent feathers. I colored in the owl’s eyes with my Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends marker. Two more owl shapes were cut from Mango Melody to layer the owl for definition. These were stuck together with Liquid Glue, and the Wood Textures owl glued to this stack, with more Liquid Glue to attach it to the moon.

This will be a birthday card for a man. The inside sentiment from Country Road was stamped in Night of Navy on the white Wood Textures DSP. The owl was stamped off twice Early Espresso before stamping the sentiment panel.

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The envelope flap has yet another owl on a branch, while the owl is stamped again on the front of the Whisper White envelope. Both owls and branch are stamped in Soft Suede. The one on the flap was stamped on a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock, colored with Stampin’ Blends, die cut and adhered to the flap. Blends used were Light and Dark Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie and Dark Daffodil Delight.

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Now, on with the hop. Just click the ‘next’ button to go to Amy’s blog to see what fantastic creation she has to share. Card cuts and products needed for this card are below. Please leave a comment.

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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: Night of Navy: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, flag 1-1-2″ x 4-1/2″;  Balmy Blue: cut 2 mats 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: 4-1/2″ x 6″ embossed and trimmed to 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: dark wood for branch 3-1/2″ x 4″, light wood for owl 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″,  inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″, white wood for ‘log’ strip on front 3/4″ x 4-3/4″ (this from what is left after cutting inside liner); Mango Melody: moon 3″ x 3″, owls 2-1/2′ x 3″

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Stampin’ Up! Still Night Thank You

Stupendous Saturday Everyone! I hope your weekend is off to a great start. I am getting ready to go look for some birds in the next hour or so, but it is frosty this morning, so hope the birds are out and about!

Speaking of birds…my card for today is based on what I have to believe is my all time favorite stamp set. The Still Night Bundle is, oh, my gosh! There are no words for how wonderful this set is. I have made several cards with it and will do many more.

My inspiration for this card came when I was on the road home from the retreat. I was back in Iowa, where, despite what some think, is a beautiful state. Our sunsets will rival those anywhere. As I said, I was driving home, back in Iowa and this was the scene out my window. I quickly snapped this shot with my cell phone. No worries, I was on a side road and there was NO traffic. The only danger would have been driving off the road into the ditch. I didn’t.

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It also fits with TGIF challenge #179

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At any rate, this served as my inspiration for today’s card. God is good, all the time, and this was an example of His goodness….the beauty of His creation. I give thanks for those moments. Here is my card.

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The ink colors are not as vivid as the real sunset, but I didn’t want to make the card too dark. I am pleased with the way it turned out. So, how did I do it?

I began with a panel of Very Vanilla and my Stampin’ Sponges cut into sixths. (I have these labeled with a small piece of card stock to match the ink color. The card stock is stapled to the sponge, giving me a ‘handle’.) Using a strip of Post It Removable Labeling Tape to mark the horizon and mask off the ground, I began with the sky, sponging Balmy Blue over it all. Next, some Grapefruit Grove was added, then Pacific Point. I just kept layering color, adding a small amount of Highland Heather here and there until I was satisfied with the result.

I removed the tape and began sponging the lower portion with Mossy Meadow, sponging up into the sky a bit to blur the horizon line.

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Winter Woods is another of my favorites from the Holiday Catalog. There is NOTHING to dislike about this bundle. (Remember, you save 10% when you purchase the stamps and dies as a bundle) The large conifer was stamped full strength first, extending up into the sky. I stamped another without re-inking, then a couple more shorter ones. Using the bare trees stamp, I stamped them in Soft Suede, after stamping off once.

I then added a few smaller conifers from the Rooted in Nature stamp set, placing them at random as though they might be in a real forest. This completes the background.

I used the branch die from Still Night Bundle to cut a branch from some Wood Textures DSP, then cut another using the branch die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. I dry fit these, then cut off one of the branches from the Still Night branch and added it below where I wanted the owl. These were then adhered to the background using Liquid Glue. I left the ends of the lower branch free to add some dimension.

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The owl is stamped in Early Espresso on Soft Suede card stock and cut with the die from the Still Night Bundle. I colored his eyes with my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write marker, but it didn’t show up very well. With owls, the eyes have it, so what to do? I used my  Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin Blends Marker to color a couple of Clear Rhinestone Basic Jewels and attached them over his eyes.  My Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker made a couple of dots for the irises, but they don’t show in the photo. Perfect! My finished owl was adhered over the Seasonal Layers branch with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

There are 4 pine bough dies in the Still Night Bundle, so I used all of them to cut some Mossy Meadow. These were Liquid glued to the branch.

To finish the front, I sponged a 1/2″ strip of Very Vanilla with Mossy Meadow. The sentiment is Soft Suede using a stamp from All Things Thanks. I snipped the end with my Paper Snips Scissors and adhered this also with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The finished panel was attached to the card base with Liquid Glue.

For the inside, I used the same Mossy Meadow sponge I had used on the front, but did not add any ink to sponge around the edges of the liner. I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede using another of the All Things Thanks stamps. The trees are stamped off once before stamping on my liner. Liquid Glue was used to adhere this into the card base.

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The envelope simply has trees from Winter Woods on both the flap and the front. The flap is stamped full strength and the front is stamped off once. I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it. Please leave comments below.

Card Cuts are below, as are the products I used for this card.


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CARD CUTS: Very Vanilla: front 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″, front sentiment 1/2″ x 2-1/4″; Mossy Meadow: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, pine boughs scraps, or one piece 1″ x 4″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: branches 6″ x 6″; Soft Suede: owl 2″ x 2-1/2″
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Stampin’ Up! Sneak Peek Still Night Sympathy

A Good Saturday to you all! And, Spectacular September! Yep, it is September already. Launch of Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog (Sept. 5th), Back-to-School, Colorful leaves, end of the garden, Football, Apples-and cider, YUM! It is also the beginning of preparedness for all the upcoming holidays-Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year. OH, MY! Will I ever be ready? I should have begun preparedness months ago!

Obviously, there will be many reasons to make and send cards, and that does not include the birthdays, get well, sympathy, etc.

My card today uses a stamp and die bundle from the Holiday catalog that I knew I MUST HAVE as soon as I saw it. The Still Night Bundle includes the Still Night Stamp Set and the Night Owl Thinlits. This set is special to me for several reasons, not the least of which, as a photographer I was privileged to observe and photograph a Great Horned Owl family this spring for several weeks.

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If I could only have 3 Bundles from the Holiday catalog they would be Still Night, Winter Woods and First Frost. All these can be used throughout the year for purposes other than specific holidays, which means my dollars go further. YAY!

But, I am sure you want to see how I made my card. I have not made an envelope for it yet….too many cucumbers to make into pickles, and tomatoes to can whole and diced, and as salsa, juice, and part of my end-of-the-garden soup mix. (Remember, I mentioned the end of the garden earlier in the post.) So, no envelope until I need to send this card. Oh, and did I mention that the inside isn’t finished either? I started the inside, but haven’t had time to finish it and get it in the card.

I really just wanted to give you a peek at this fabulous bundle before the catalog goes live on Wednesday.

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This card also uses my favorite Woodlands Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Winter Woods stamps and Rooted in Nature stamps. I think they all combine wonderfully to make a great card.

I began with stamping a few of the wintry bare trees in Gray Granite on a panel of whisper white card stock which I then ran through the Big Shot in the Woodlands TIEF.

Using a Sponge Dauber I then highlighted the woodland embossed trees with Gray Granite. Since the trees I had stamped sort of looked like they were hanging in the air, I used the curvy die in the Winter Woods Bundle to cut a scrap of Whisper white to make a snowbank. This made a perfect way to ground the trees and provide a place for the sentiment from Rooted in Nature, stamped in Gray Granite.

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This panel was Liquid Glued onto my Mossy Meadow card base.

To add depth to the scene, I cut a square of whisper white, stamped a row of the bare winter trees in Gray Granite (after stamping them off twice) and some small conifers from the Rooted in Nature (annual catalog) stamp set. These were stamped off once, also in Gray Granite. I was going for a snowy evening look here, but I have other great ideas for this set, so stay tuned for more in upcoming posts.

I did a little Gray Granite sponging to take away the stark whiteness of the background, and am not totally happy with it. Do as you like here.

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Then I stamped off the large spruce tree from Winter Woods once in Mossy Meadow and stamped it as the tree closest to the owl. The backgrounds are finished. Now for the fun part, Ollie, the Owl himself. He is so handsome.

Ollie (my name for him) is stamped in Early Espresso on Crumb Cake card stock and colored with my Stampin’ Blends Markers. I used Bronze, Crumb Cake Light, Daffodil Delight Dark (eyes, bill and talons) and Smoky Slate Light. Using the outline die from the Still Night Bundle, and the magnetic platform for perfect placement of the die, I cut him out and applied Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back.

The tree branch, cut with the die from the same bundle, is cut from a panel of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I love this paper as it is SO very versatile. I just wish it came in larger sheets. A white Gel pen made the snow on the branch.

I did stamp some snowflakes allover the background panel and the square with Craft White and the stamps from Still Night, but they don’t show up at all.

Liquid glue the branch to the square stamped with trees and adhere the owl in place. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to attach this art piece to the card front.

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The card front is done. Easy Peasy, and oh, so nice! Card cuts and product list below.

Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to leave a comment.

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Card Cuts: Mossy Meadow: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored and folded at 4-1/4″; Whisper White: card front 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, square with trees 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, snow bank 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″;  Crumb Cake: owl 2-1/2″ square, Woodland Textures DSP: branch 4″ x 4″

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Happy Inkin’ Thursday Christmas

Blog hop headerGood Thursday morning Everyone! I hope it is a good Thursday for you. My goodness, but the time does fly. Tomorrow is the last day of August and Labor Day will soon be in the past. With those thoughts in mind, I thought perhaps it a good idea to get going on Christmas cards. We have a sketch challenge today,

And here is the card I created from that inspiration.

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Of course, some of Stampin’ Up! promotions end with the closing of August, but we get to look forward to September 5, the first day you can order from the new Holiday Catalog! Woo-Hoo!

If you have trouble with color combinations, just get some Designer Series Paper and the colors are there for you. The DSP I chose to use today is from the Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper pack. There are so many lovely patterns in this collection it is hard to decide which to use!

I chose the holly and pines pattern and ran it through my Big Shot with the Subtles Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder. All the products used in today’s card will be available from the Holiday Catalog on September 5.

The lacy design on the edge of this panel is die cut with the design from Petals and More Thinlits (in the annual catalog). I cut two of these and overlapped them to fit my panel, then Liquid Glued this piece to the back of the panel, trimming off any excess from the ends. The assembled panel was then Liquid Glued to my Merry Merlot card base.

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The sentiment panel was from the Still Night Bundle and inked with Merry Merlot on Sahara Sand card stock. This was cut with a die also from the Still Night Bundle. Remember, when you bundle, you save 10%.

To make this sentiment piece long enough, I used my magnetic platform to assure proper placement, then only cut about 3/4 through the die. To do this, simply place your top sandwich layer where you want the Big Shot to stop cutting, then run it through. Turn the die around, match up the cut lines, and do the same from the other end to get the length you need.

Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere this to the card front.

I thought it was a bit too plain for my taste, so I layered on some die cuts from Pretty Pines and the Still Night Bundle, cutting them from Tranquil Tide and Merry Merlot. These were Liquid Glued to, and under, the sentiment panel. A Linen Thread Bow, made by wrapping it around 3 fingers 3 times and tied in the middle, was adhered to the pines with a Glue Dot.

The inside is layered Sahara Sand, Joyous Noel DSP and the sentiment stamped in Merry Merlot on Sahara Sand. This sentiment is from the His Light stamp set.

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The envelope flap was finished off with a piece of the , yep, you guessed it, Joyous Noel DSP. The front has some little pine boughs from the Winter Woods stamp set. I love the way Stampin’ Up! has products that work so well with each other.

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Now, on with the hop! Just click the NEXT button to move on, or, if you prefer, on any name to take you to her blog. Thanks for stopping by, and please, leave any comments below.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston- You are here

You still have today and tomorrow to earn some $$ off on orders in September. For every $50 you spend in August you get a $5 coupon to use in September. This is called Bonus Days. The FAQ sheet gives you the details.

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Also ending tomorrow is your chance to purchase the Color Your Season Bundle. This is a GREAT bundle and sure to become a favorite. Get it now while you still can. There are many lovely stamps, but what I like best are the dies. WOW!

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Card Cuts: Merry Merlot: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded at 4-1/4″; Sahara Sand: decorative strip 1-1/2″ x 6″, front sentiment 1-1/4″ x 4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside sentiment 3″ x 3-1/4″; Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper: front 3-3/8″ x 5″, inside 3-3/4″ x 5″, envelope flap 2-1/4″ x 6″

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