Stampin’ Up! Thank You for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Happy New Year to all of you who follow this blog!! For some of us, we look forward to a better 2019. For others, 2018 was a good year and the hope is for an equally good, or better, 2019.

I don’t make resolutions, but I do hope to do a better job of making and sending more cards, because I think it is VERY appreciated by the recipients. We have become so commercialized and accumulating of STUFF, that we tend to forget the simple pleasures of making and giving of ourselves. That said, ON WITH THE HOP!

Today we have a sketch challenge, and I, having many thank you cards to send, chose to use that design for special thanks.

I haven’t done an outside challenge for awhile, but my card fits the Sunday Stamps Challenge this week, so I have entered this challenge also.sunday stamps 195

On with the HOP! Here is my card using the above challenges.


My card base is Early Espresso. To that I have added a mat of Calypso Coral, which I textured with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder. Over this is a panel of Crumb Cake, which is stamped with the new Crackle Paint background stamp (found on page 44 of the Occasions catalog) in Crumb Cake. I like this look!

My sentiment is from All things Thanks and is stamped in Early Espresso on So Saffron. There are more words to this sentiment, but I blocked them off with a piece of tape, inked the part I wanted, removed the tape and stamped. This was cut using the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.


The leaf is from Falling for Leaves (which retired yesterday from the Holiday catalog) and was stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla card stock, then colored with my Stampin’ Blends in Dark Calypso Coral, Dark Crumb Cake and Light Daffodil Delight. I fussy cut this with my Paper Snips Scissors. Liquid Glue adhered this to the sentiment oval.

A length of Burlap Ribbon was adhered with strips of Tear & Tape. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the sentiment over the ribbon. Card front done.

Inside the card I layered Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral and So Saffron using Liquid Glue. Early Espresso ink was used to stamp the sentiment from Falling for Leaves. The little flower stems, or are they leaves?, are stamped also in Early Espresso and come from Falling for Leaves as well. 5

My sister gave me an extra special gift for Christmas (which will be the subject of a future blog) and this card is for her. I am so grateful for my family.

The Very Vanilla medium envelope flap got the Crackle Paint treatment in Early Espresso. A couple of the same flowers as on the inside decorate the front.

Now, on with the hop. Just click the ‘next’ button to go to the very talented Amy’s blog, or click on any name to go directly to that blog.

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

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More for men-Antique look

Good Sunday morning Everyone! Another hot one in the heartland! Good day to stay indoors by the AC in my opinion.

Which means, of course, a good day to make cards or other papercrafts after church.

Today’s card is for a man who does nice things for me sometimes and will NEVER take payment. So, when he went above and beyond to make a couple of 60 mile (one way) trips with his pickup, he at least deserves a Thank You card, don’t you think?

The card base is Early Espresso card stock with a Very Vanilla mat. The art panel is also Very Vanilla, but it is VERY messed up Very Vanilla!I began by using an antique looking script background stamp in Soft Suede . I did quite a bit of sponging around the edges in Crumb Cake with a Stampin’ Sponge (which I had cut into fourths), laying the ink on more heavily around the bottom to ‘ground’ it.front

Distressing was done with a couple of stamps from Timeless Textures. Hmmm. Now what? It needed something something. Maybe copper? Ultimately the new 1/4″  Copper Trim was what this card front needed, but not as a ribbon. I cut a short length and spread it out so it looked like a piece of copper mesh. Using a piece of fast fuse under where I put the other embellishments I adhered it to the card front.


A piece of hemp cording from Hobby Lobby in a dark brown got wrapped around three times and taped onto the back. After digging around in my stash of embellishments I found some gears and a pocket watch which I think really add to the antique look. I used several Glue Dots to secure them over the cording and the copper mesh.

The sentiment is in Early Espresso from Teeny Tiny Wishes on a strip of Very Vanilla that I sponged. I did not re-ink the sponge, I just used whatever ink was left from doing the card front edges. I think that was enough to ‘antique’ it a bit.

The bone folder comes in handy to sort of curl the ends, one up and one down. The ‘valley’ was adhered with liquid glue and the ‘mountain’ is held in place with 2 stampin’ dimensionals stacked. This finishes the card front.

By the way, this is a tent-fold card. The inside mat is Soft Suede cardstock and the Very Vanilla panel got the same sponging technique as the front, only with a lighter hand.inside

The distressing is stamped off twice  Early Espresso, done in triplicate. The sentiment, also in Early Espresso, is from the All Things Thanks stamp set. Liquid glue adhered this panel to the mat and into the card base.

The medium Very Vanilla envelope got the same antiquing sponged treatment, in a VERY light hand on the front, but what to use for gears or a clock? I have no gear stamps, and no clocks either. But, I do have a sort of gear looking stamp that actually worked quite well. It is from the  retired That’s the Tag stamp set. I stamped it 3 times in the corner without re-inking the stamp.envelope front

The flap was given the ‘antique’ treatment and stamped all over with as many thank you phrases as I could find, all in Early Espresso. Several stamp sets have thanks or thank you stamps you can use to mix things up a bit. With that, the envelope was done.flap

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.

Card Cuts: Early Espresso: Card Base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″;  Soft Suede: Inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″  Very Vanilla: Card front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Art panel 3-3/4″ x 5″; Inside panel 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″; Front sentiment 3/4″ x 2-1/2″.

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