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Stampin’ Up! Tropical Flamingo for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Thursday to you all! Time again to see what my creative team members have done with today’s color challenge. To me it says summer, tropical, and flamingos! Did you know there are 6 kinds of flamingos? All are large, pink and very easily distinquished from other birds. It is a gorgeous sight to see hundreds of them feeding at the edge of a lake.

Here is our challenge.

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Bright, eh? Well, here is what I created for this challenge. These colors are W-A-Y outside my comfort zone. I rarely use bright colors except perhaps as an accent color. But, WOW! These are bright! OK, enough chit-chat…on with the hop.

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I began by stamping a panel of Calypso Coral in Versamark with the little hibiscus flower in the Tropical Chic stamp set. I used the stamped off once technique.  By the way, everything on this card is either Tropical Chic or Flirty Flamingo, so I won’t repeat myself every time I stamp or die cut. That is, except for the inside sentiment, which is from Rooted in Nature.

This panel became the mat for the art piece. I then decided to do the same thing for a mat on the inside, using the stamped off once technique except for once when I forgot to do that. I decided it added interest so I left it. I really like this look. It adds a little somethin’ somethin’ to the card without making it, well, I was going to say ‘too busy’, but this card is definitely busy!

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The next layer is from the Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper Pack. I am surprised I like this pack so much. It is great! This panel was dry embossed using the new Subtles 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. I should have stamped the Flamingo legs before I embossed, but I didn’t and decided it wasn’t worth discarding it. It would have been difficult to know where to put the legs until after I had added the scalloped square anyway. This was Liquid Glued to the Calypso Coral mat.

I proceeded to die cut several leaves from Shaded Spruce and Soft Sea Foam. I stamped and die cut several hibiscus flowers (stamped off once in Calypso Coral on Whisper White) also. Using another piece of Tropical Escape DSP, I die cut the decorative square and Liquid Glued it to a Shaded Spruce mat cut with a scalloped Layering Squares Framelit.

I stamped the flamingo using the two step stamp, first stamping off once with the solid one, then the details in full strength Melon Mambo. Using my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, I added some black feathers, part of the bill and his eye. I think it is a male. Who knows?

Everything was dry fitted, then the flamingo legs were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. I glued down the decorative matted square and placed the flamingo. It is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The leaves were layered around the flamingo, with the large roundish one Liquid glued first. I die cut one detailed palm in Old Olive just for some interest as I decided there was too much of the same colors of green. This was glued over the fat leaf. The long, layered palm is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The smaller leaf is Liquid glued, with the detail added with a Stampin’ Dimensional. I stamped the detail in Old Olive on Soft Sea Foam.

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The hibiscus flowers were adhered over the leaves, two of them with Stampin’ Dimensionals and one glued directly.

The sentiment is stamped in Shaded Spruce on Whisper White and die cut using a die from the Lilypad Lake Bundle which was longer than I needed. I cut one end, only going halfway through the sentiment. To make it shorter, I then put the end of the die where I wanted it on the other end, making sure it clicked into the already cut sides. To do this you just need to put the top plate of your sandwich where you want it to stop cutting. Voila! a perfectly sized sentiment banner. I used my Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker to edge the sentiment piece.

At this point I thought I was finished with the front of the card, but the lower left side looked bare. Some grass stamped twice without re-inking in Shaded Spruce fixed that issue and this tropical paradise is finished.

The inside boasts the second Versamark stamped Calypso Coral mat and another panel from Tropical Escape DSP. This was stamped in stamped off once Shaded Spruce for the leaves and the Rooted in Nature sentiment. Both pieces are adhered with Liquid glue.

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The envelope front (no naked envelopes here) has a stamped off once palm leaf in Shaded Spruce and 3 stamped off twice hibiscus flowers in Calypso Coral. The flap has another piece of the DSP.

I hope you like this card. I am surprised that I like it since I rarely use bright colors. But, I do, I do. It is fun and cheerful.

Now, on with the hop. Just click on the NEXT button to see what Amy has in store for you.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – You are here

 

 

 

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Stampin’ Up! Sweet Little Something

Good morning All,

A couple of days ago I had so much fun making these cards, I could have just kept doing it all day!!! I have been invited to a baby (girl) shower and decided that a gift of thank you cards and stamps would be appreciated by the new mommy. See what I did.

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Actually, there are 8 cards. I guess the Wisteria Wonder with stripes got buried somehow and I didn’t catch it soon enough to take another photo.

I used the NEW Stamparatus, with great success, to stamp the bunny and the sentiment on all the cards. Since the bunny, from Sweet Little Something  (which will retire at the end of May) is a three step stamp, the Stamparatus gives you perfect placement for every layer on every card. A-maz-ing! I have never been able to be this accurate, and to do it so quickly. So. much. fun!

There are 2 cards each of Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky, So Saffron and Wisteria Wonder. I had some leftover Subtles Designer Series Paper Pack that I thought appropriate for a baby thank you, so those went on each card. The papers are double sided, so one side did one card and envelope and the other side did the other card. I used two patterns and their opposing sides. This was a totally enjoyable process. I urge you to get a Stamparatus if you haven’t ordered one yet. It is an amazing tool.

And, while I am talking products, all of those colors except So Saffron are going to retire at the end of May. If you like them and want to stock up, I wouldn’t wait as they are only available as long as supplies last. There may be a discount on them later in May, if there are any left, but I wouldn’t chance it if you really want ink, refills or card stock.

Details on making the cards: card base with matching DSP mat. I cut all the card bases first, then all the DSP. Likewise the front panel and the inside liner. Envelope flaps I did last. The mat is liquid glued to each card base. The whole process was done assembly line style.

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The bunny is stamped in three colors on Very Vanilla card stock with the darkest first: Soft Suede, then Crumb Cake and lastly Sahara Sand. The bow on her head is from Bear Hugs stamp set and coordinates with the card base. The sentiment is from Heartfelt Blooms and also is stamped in coordinating color. All this was done on the Stamparatus and was so quick and easy.  I did all the bunnies first, then just changed ink color for the sentiment and bows as needed. There are plenty of instructions out there for using this tool, so I won’t go into that here.

This panel was Liquid Glued to the card base and the front was done. Quick, like a bunny!

On the inside, I used the largest little flower in the Sweet Little Something stamp set to stamp the flowers along the bottom of one card of each color,

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and in the four corners of the other card in each color. They are all the same, yet they are all different. The bunny and the sentiment are the common element, and the papers all coordinate, giving the set a cohesive look. I did not add a sentiment to the inside to leave room for the mom to write a personal note.

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I think this makes a nice set of different, yet coordinating, cards for a special gift.

The envelopes have the same little flowers on the front as on the inside of the card, in the proper color, and a strip of the DSP on the flap. wild wing creations-4

This is the way they look in the box, which is tied with a length of 1/2″ Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon. The box was in my storeroom.

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So! What do you think? I think I will make more card sets to give as gifts, now that I have the BEST TOOL EVER for making stamping easier, quicker and a whole lot more fun!

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The new catalogs will be out soon, and I have seen a sneak peek. I can’t reveal too much, except to say that there will be several items retiring and the colors are getting re-vamped. I think you will like the changes.

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Select products from the 2018 Occasions Catalog and 2017-2018 Annual Catalog are retiring—and this is your last chance to get them! Check out all the details below, then get busy stocking up on your favorites before they’re gone!

Here’s the details:

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Possible further priced reductions….

  • Depending on inventory levels, discounts on select products may be introduced on or after May 8.
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Card Cuts: Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Soft sky: cut 2 of each color for card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, score at 4-1/4″; Very Vanilla: art panel 3-1/2′ x 4-3/4″, inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″; Designer Series Paper: (double sided 12″ x 12″) cut one of each pattern mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, envelope flap 2-3/4″ x 6″, also one of each pattern

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Stampin’ Up Happy Inkin’ Thursday Thank You

Blog hop headerGood Thursday mornin’ Everyone! Another week has FLOWN by. Where does the time go anyway? Today is Maundy Thursday. It is Holy Week for Christians, and Easter will be upon us in a couple of days. Tomorrow is end-of-the-work-week Friday for most people, Good Friday for Christians, and the day to plant potatoes for gardeners! On top of that, it is probably National Something-or-Other Day as well. But, that is off the subject, so let’s move on to today’s Hop.

Our challenge for today is this sketch.

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I really like this sketch and will use it again soon. For today however, I chose to make my card base from Always Artichoke. The rectangle is a light piece of Wood from the Wood Textures DSP Stack. I didn’t want the sentiment to take center stage, so I used the Thank You from Teeny Tiny Wishes and stamped it in Early Espresso. To give the panel more texture, I ran it through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Embossing folder. This was Liquid Glued to a mat of Crumb Cake. I wrapped a strand of Linen Thread around this piece about 5 times, taping it on the back. I then adhered this to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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From a dark piece of Wood Textures DSP I die cut a circle using one of the Layering Circles, I think the second or third largest, to provide a background for the ‘bird’s nest’. For the nest, I cut one each of the swirly things from Swirly Scribbles from the same dark Wood Textures DSP. To add more dimension to the nest, I cut 2 more of each from Crumb cake and Liquid Glued them together. I then glued the one with the ‘leaves’ to the one without leaves, then to the circle.

At this point I needed to dry fit everything. Using the branch from Seasonal Layers I cut 2 of these from Early Espresso. From a scrap piece of striped green from Delightful Daisy DSP, I cut several leaves with the leaf from Flourish Framelits, and cut a couple from Vellum as well. I never know for sure how many I will need, and any extras can be kept for another project. (In the end I used one branch, 2 Daisy DSP leaves, 1 vellum leaf, 1 Pear Pzazz leafy branch, 1 vellum leafy branch, and saved the rest)

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Then from Vellum and Pear Pzazz I cut some of the leafy branch from the Petals and More die set. (Purchased as a bundle with the Petal Palette stamp set you save 10%.) Then I  stamped the bird in Early Espresso from the same set on Sahara Sand,  die cut it  and painted it with my Basic Black and Melon Mambo markers. I tucked the bird in the nest and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I dry fit everything, then used Liquid Glue to tack down all the elements, leaving some of the leaves floating free. The card front is now finished.

On the inside, I stamped an Old Olive leafy branch and the sentiment in Early Espresso, both from the Petal Palette stamp set, onto a light colored panel of Wood Textures DSP. This was Liquid Glued to a Dark Panel of Wood Textures and onto a Crumb Cake mat. The whole was Liquid Glued into the card base.

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For the envelope I stamped the bird on the front in Early Espresso and left it plain, then used more of the Wood Textures DSP on the flap.

I like this card, but wondered how it would look if I changed out the card base and gave it some texture. This is the result.

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I added a couple of flowers stamped from Petal Palette and colored with Melon Mambo and Pear Pzazz Stampin’ Write Markers. Card base is Old Olive. Which do you like better?

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Please, now click on the “Next Blog” image and see what Amy has created. Each participating team member is listed below so you can link directly to each one if you prefer.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston-you are here

Card Cuts: Always Artichoke: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″; Crumb Cake: front rectangle mat 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″, inside mat 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″,  backing for swirly pieces 6″ x 6″, bird 1-1/2″ x 2″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: Light: front rectangle 3″ x 4″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″; Dark:  circle 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, swirly pieces 3″ x 6″, inside mat 4″ x 6″; Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (green): leaves 1-3/4″ x 5″; Pear Pzazz: leafy branch 3′ X 3″; Vellum: leaves 3″ x 6″; Early Espresso: branch 1-1/2″ x 4″

(The above pieces listed for the leaves are for what I actually used on the card. I cut more than I used, so saved them for later.)

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