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Stampin’ Up Wishing You Well for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

And a great morning to you all! I have missed blogging for the last week or so, due to 1) stuff that had to be done, 2) procrastination (mine), 3) no creativity.

That said, I am back at it this week, so welcome to another

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Today we have a sketch challenge

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To answer that challenge, I made this Sympathy card.

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Between the need for sympathy cards and either Get Well, or Thinking of You, I keep pretty busy. I really admire those who make cards for charities but I just don’t seem to find the time to do that. Maybe one day.

For this card, I kept things simple. The card base is Night of Navy. I turned the sketch on it’s side so I could use the floral from Wishing You Well. This is stamped in Gray Granite on Whisper White card stock and mounted to a Gray Granite mat. I first ran the Gray Granite through my Big Shot with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. This layered panel was adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Using the Flourish Thinlits, I cut some of the large flourish from Whisper White card stock and arranged them behind the floral piece. Instead of the bow and button, I stamped the bow from the Wishing You Well set in Night of Navy.

I’m not certain I like the flourishes, but they are part of the challenge, and once glued on, they are there. Whether I like it or not. Perhaps they should have been done in Gray Granite?

For the inside, I simply adhered a Whisper White panel to my card base with Liquid Glue after stamping the sentiment from Hold on to Hope in Night of Navy. The With Sympathy sentiment is from Better Together.

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The envelope has more of the floral design from Wishing you well, both on the back and on the front. See? I said it was simple.

Now, Hop on around to see what the rest of our talented team has done.

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Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston

CARD CUTS: Night of Navy: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Gray Granite: mat   ; Whisper White: focal piece , inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″, flourishes 4″ x 6″

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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.

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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 Blog Hop Sympathy

Blog hop headerYou know how it is. Some days you have it, some days you don’t. One day the creative juices just seem to flow and you could create all day. Other days, like today, it is like the creativity is frozen, and nothing moves! Today is one of THOSE days. I guess I could claim the cold weather has frozen my brain.

Regardless, today was a struggle. And, today is our blog hop, so, I HAVE to do a card. Our challenge was color, specifically Old Olive, Marina Mist and Whisper White. Not difficult at all, right? Well, for me it was today. I simply could not get a card that completely satisfied me.

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I began with several ideas, none of which seemed to work. I actually started 3 different cards and none of them was  satisfactory. In the end, this is what you get.

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Thick Whisper White card stock is the card base with a mat of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. Next up is a dry embossed panel of Marina Mist using the Fluttering Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. After adhering these two panels together, I layered a strip of Old Olive Sheer Ribbon over a strip of Whisper White Organza Ribbon, wrapped it around the panels and taped it to the back. Liquid Glue adhered this combination to the card base.

I used the lovely Lots of Lavender stamp set that I got FREE during the Sale-A-Bration event, to stamp the flower on a panel of Whisper White. I first stamped the Marina Mist watercolor piece, then, with Memento Black, stamped the outline design. I finished it by using my Old Olive and Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Markers. I did use a little bit of Pear Pzazz to shade the leaves.

Again with Memento Black ink and the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, I stamped the sentiment. This panel was then cut with the largest oval in the Stitched Shapes Framelits set. The Old Olive mat was die cut with the largest scalloped Layering Ovals Framelits. Liquid Glue adhered these together and Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to attach this to the card front.

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As a finishing touch, I stamped the small butterfly from the Hold on to Hope bundle in Marina Mist and used the matching die to cut it out. A Mini Stampin’ Dimensional adhered it to the front of the card. Not my best effort, but it will have to do.

On the inside I repeated the design on the front, stamping it off once before stamping my Whisper White panel. The sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set and stamped in Memento Black. This panel was liquid glued to a Marina Mist mat, then to a mat of the same Delightful Daisy DSP that is on the front, and into the card base.

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The envelope has another of the Lots of Lavender flowers on the front and a piece of the DSP finished the flap. I deliberately did a sloppy job on the leaves on the envelope and on the inside of the card. After doing the front art piece, I decided that if the flowers had a sort of watercolor look, the leaves should as well. Thus, I did not fully color them.

In spite of my struggles, I hope you enjoy this effort. If you didn’t happen to get the Lots of Lavender set before the Sale-A-Bration ended, Stampin’ Up has several floral stamp sets you could use just as well.

So, now, on with the hop! I am sure the rest of the team has gorgeous  offerings for you today. Just click on the ‘next’ button to go to Amy’s blog, or to ‘hop’ around, just click on any of the names to go to her blog.Blog hop next button

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Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

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Hearts Come Home Sympathy

For today’s card I chose to use the Hearts Come Home bundle, which is a Christmas bundle. However, I think it is appropriate for a sympathy card as well.

This is the third iteration of this card, as the first two had major design flaws. I wanted to use the inlay technique and it wasn’t going well. I typically design as I go, with a germ of an idea in mind when I begin. Sometimes the logistics of what I want to do simply do not work!

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I began by cutting two panels of Whisper White card stock, one to paint and one to leave white and cut out. Well, actually, both are cut as you will see.

Using Pacific Point, Perfect Plum, Garden Green and Berry Burst I sponged one of the panel, starting with the Pacific point at the bottom, blending as I moved up, and ending with the Berry Burst at the top.

I thought the horizon (the edge of the snow) should be slightly below the halfway mark. I die cut the Whisper White panel first, then, laying the upper portion over the sponged panel, I lined up the die so they would match perfectly. I then cut the sponged panel, carefully removing it from the Big Shot so that all the little pieces would remain in the die.

The sponged sky and the white lower portion were taped together (perfect fit!) on the back to hold them in place, then I placed a layer of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to the back of this inlaid panel. This adhesive sheet is necessary for all the window and door details to stick into their respective holes. This will be adhered to the card base. Now for the tricky part.

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I positioned the die (with the sponged cut out still in the die) over the white die cut and, using my paper piercing tool, pushed out the small bits and pieces and down into the openings.

After lifting off the die, most of the details were left on the white cut out, more or less in the place where they belonged. I simply used the paper piercing tool to finish the job. They stick nicely to the Adhesive Sheet. The ones that didn’t come out on the first try, did on the second.

The sentiment, from the now retired Strength and Prayers stamp set, was stamped in the ‘snow’ in Night of Navy. Then I peeled off the backing from the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet and stuck the finished panel to the Night of Navy card base.

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For the inside, I sponged another panel of Whisper White for the mat, and stamped my sentiment on a liner of Whisper White. This sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, as is the tree. Both are stamped in Night of Navy. This is my ‘go to’ stamp set for sympathy cards. The liner was adhered to the sponged mat and into the card base with Liquid Glue.

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In looking again at the front, I decided it needed a little something. Hmmm. Stars? Using the stamp from Night in Bethlehem, I stamped it once in Versamark and heat set the Silver Embossing Powder with my heat tool. I did not use the Embossing Buddy, so there are some little sprinkles of silver among the stars, which I rather like.

For the envelope, I used the tree stamp from the Hearts Come Home bundle to stamp a row across the bottom front in Night of Navy.

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For the flap, I used the silicone rubber mat and impressions pad (sizzix accessory) to use the die to emboss the design. It did cut a little, as the envelope is not as thick as card stock, but didn’t cut through enough to ruin the flap. I also stamped some stars in the blank upper right side to finish it.

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Once I worked out the bugs, this was an easy card to do. I like this technique so much, I think I will make a Christmas card with it! I hope you try it. Please leave comments or questions below.

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Card Cuts: Night of Navy: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Whisper White: cut 3 (two to sponge, one to die cut) 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside liner 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″

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