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Stampin’ Up! Painted Harvest tags

I Thought the Painted Harvest bundle would be appropriate for the tags I wanted to attach to some jars of “Harvest” that I will be giving to a friend. She and her husband were kind enough to not only give me their excess tomatoes, but they picked them as well.

You know, canning the produce takes time, and I enjoy doing it. I enjoy it even more when someone else did the backbreaking work of weeding, tending the plants and picking the produce. I get to have the benefits of the fruits of their labors. It is especially appreciated in the dead of winter, when all I have to do is go to the storeroom, grab a jar, open it, heat and eat it. Yum!

As a result of that, I thought the least I could do would be to give them a couple of jars of their processed tomatoes. This is the second picking they have given me, totaling more than a bushel.

From them, I have canned my own version of V-8 vegetable cocktail juice. It really does have 8 vegetables in it. I think it is very tasty. Not a copy of the commercial V-8, but something quite similar and different than plain tomato juice. I have canned plenty of that also.

I really didn’t think a plain old canning jar, even one with juice in it, was a very nice gift, so I proceeded to make a tag for it. Using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch (retired), I cut two tags in Very Vanilla. The Painted Harvest stamp set is great. There are so many possiblities for these stamps. I first stamped the bigger sunflower (this is a two step stamp) in Crushed Curry then over-stamped it with the smaller design in Cajun Craze.The center is stamped in Chocolate Chip. These are photopolymer stamps, which means they are a clear stamp as opposed to the red rubber kind. When you use them with a clear acrylic block, you can see where you are stamping, making it pretty easy to get the registration correct. I don’t always succeed in getting it perfect, but, hey, it’s art, right? Who says it has to be perfect?

Using one of the leaf stamps (also a two-step) I first stamped the solid image in Lemon Lime Twist, then over-stamped in Always Artichoke. Do you see that we have a lot of food going on here? Chocolate Chips, Tomatoes, Artichokes, lemons and Limes! Almost makes me hungry. I chose the LLT, not because I like it (quite the opposite!), but because it looks better with Always Artichoke than any of the other greens. (I must have food on my mind….salad greens too?)

The sentiment is also from the Painted Harvest and is stamped in Cajun Craze.

The second tag was stamped with the same sunflower in the same colors (I think a gift should be coordinated, don’t you?), and the leaves as well. This tag uses a sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet and is stamped in Chocolate Chip.

Both tags are attached to the jars with a brown ribbon from my stash, just to make it look more like a gift than a canning jar. This one contains the vegetable soup mix I call ‘End of the Garden Soup’. It really was from the end of the garden at this time of year back in the day with all the children at home and me being a stay-at-home mom to be able to help my farmer husband. One of the ways I helped, rather than bringing in another income, was to cut down on costs by canning and freezing almost everything we ate. Nowadays, some of it is from the garden, and other vegetables are purchased to fill out the variety a bit. It tastes so good when the snow is flying. One can heat and eat it as is, or add broth and your choice of meat to stretch it further and feed more mouths.

I hope my friend and her husband like this as much as I appreciated their gift of the tomatoes. Oh, and they also gave me some bell peppers as well as a few hot ones. I only used 1/2 of a hot one, seeds removed, for a batch of the vegetable cocktail. My daughter, who likes things spicy, would use the whole pepper, maybe even two!

Thanks for stopping by today. Tomorrow you will see the card I made to go along with the tags. sneak peek

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Leaves and More Leaves

Good Sunday to every one of you. I hope you are having a good holiday weekend. And please, do not forget our neighbors struggling in Texas and Louisiana.

Today’s card started out to be simple and quick. HA! I think I changed my mind at least 4 times, so now have bits and pieces for at least 2 more cards if I can figure out how to put them together. Since Autumn is my favorite season, and since I love trees and leaves, you will no doubt be seeing a lot of these in the coming days. Weeks. Then it will be mostly Christmas cards as we have few birthdays in our family until January, and no weddings or anniversaries either.

I started by choosing this lovely leafy paper. It is not a Stampin’ Up! paper. Then I used some Vintage Leaves stamps and the matching Leaflets framelits. Somehow I just couldn’t get them to work with this paper. Ultimately, I decided to just do some fussy cutting of the leaves in the paper.

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So! The pretty paper is liquid glued to a Pumpkin Pie mat and adhered to the Chocolate Chip card base. The fussy cut leaves are liquid glued to Chocolate Chip card stock, cut with the square Stitched Shapes framelits. The mat for these is a piece of Wood Textures DSP Stack, which I dry embossed with the new Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder. I really like this look. These were cut using the Layering Squares framelits. I think you can see the embossing in this photo, though it is hard to tell what is embossing and what is woodgrain. The piece I chose from the stack does not have any ‘plank’ or ‘paneling’ look to it, it is just like a piece of smooth wood. The paneling look is from the embossing.

wood grain detail

I like asymmetry, so the squares are staggered over the leafy paper, leaving space between them for the sentiment. These are all adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The Hello sentiment, from the retired Hello You thinlits, is cut 3 times from Chocolate chip and layered together to give some dimension. I didn’t think that was enough, so I cut a fourth one, this time from some brown fun foam. This is probably the thickness of at least 2 pieces of card stock, perhaps 3. This turned out to be just the right amount to suit me and I liquid glued the stack to the card front.

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On the inside, I layered the leafy paper to a Pumpkin Pie mat. Over this I added a couple of fussy cut leaves to a Very Vanilla panel for the sentiment. The sentiment is from the All Things Thanks stamp set and stamped in Chocolate Chip. This completes the card.

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The Kraft envelope has another fussy cut leaf on the front and the Pinewood Planks embossing on the flap.

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Though it is nothing at all like I first envisioned this card, I am pleased with how it ended. Perhaps I can use those rejected bits for another fall card tomorrow?!

Thought for the day: This is the day the Lord has made. Let us REJOICE and be glad in it. Psalm 118: 24

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Card Cuts: Chocolate Chip: card base 7″ x 10″, scored at 5″, stitched squares 4″ X 5″, hello sentiment, 3-1/2″ x 5″; Wood Textures: square mats 6″ x6″, Pumpkin Pie: front mat and inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″; Very Vanilla: 4-1/8″ x 6-1/8″; printed paper: front and inside 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″, fussy cut leaves scraps or enough to cut the leaves you want.

Non Stampin’ Up products used: leafy paper 12″ x 12″, brown fun foam 5″ x 7″

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Stampin’ Up! Anniversary

Today is not going as planned. I need to mow my lawn, first time in about a month, but the weeds are looking pretty shaggy. However, it is cloudy and there was a heavy dew last night. The grass is still wet and my afternoon will be short as I am having dinner with a friend and have a meeting this evening. Tomorrow we will be canning my specialty, End-of-the-Garden Soup. I started doing this when my kids were small and I had a HUGE garden. About this time of year we dug potatoes, tomatoes were ripe, green beans had given me a second crop, onions were pulled, cabbage was ready and too plentiful to eat all of it fresh. So, I just put whatever I had in a jar and canned it. Really tasty when the snow flies and you can just have vegetable soup or add whatever meat you like. ON WITH THE CARD!

Long-time friends are celebrating their 50th anniversary, so today’s card is for them.

I began with a gold and Very Vanilla plan. Period. My next thought was not very creative or original. How about using the Large Numbers dies to cut 50 out of a Gold Foil Sheet? OK. Then what? I really wanted something fancy, but not too fancy. What follows is what resulted from my playing with paper, scissors and the BIG SHOT.

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To conserve my precious Gold Foil Sheets, I cut the center out of both the outside and inside mats, leaving a 3/4″ frame on which I glued the fancy front panel and the inside sentiment panel.

This is another 5″ x 7″ card, just because I like them. I had a pretty, lacy oval die from Spellbinders that I used for the front, layering it on gold foil and fussy cutting around the edge. I cut a set of numbers in Very Vanilla, and layered them to the Gold Foil, Softly Falling TIEF embossed numbers with Liquid Glue. The numbers were adhered over the center of the oval with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals,

front detail and used regular dimensionals to adhere the whole to a Very Vanilla mat and onto the Gold Foil mat with the hole in the middle. For just a little more pizazz, I cut two flourishes from the Flourish thinlits, then cut them apart, using the lower half on the front and the upper part on the inside of the card. These were attached with liquid glue. The completed front panel was Tear & Taped to the Very Vanilla card base.

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On the inside I repeated the Gold Foil Very Vanilla mats. Over this I used the Layering Ovals framelits to cut one plain oval in Very Vanilla and one Gold Foil scalloped oval. My sentiment is from Falling For You, and stamped in Soft Suede on the plain oval. Using liquid glue I adhered the ovals together and onto the Very Vanilla mat.The upper part of the Flourishes was glued to the to the mat, overlapping the ovals just a bit. The completed sentiment panel was then Tear & Taped to the card base.inside

The envelope got a stamped Flourish in stamped off twice Soft Suede on the front. I die cut and dry embossed another 50 in the Gold Foil. This was adhered to the flap with liquid glue on the upper portion. The lower portion has Tear & Tape that will be stuck to the envelope after the card is inserted. I will be going to their open house and hand delivering the card, so the glued-on numbers won’t be a problem.

I hope you like this card for a special occasion.

Card Cuts: Very Vanilla: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, front mat 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″, fancy oval 4-1/2″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 6″, sentiment oval 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, numbers and flourishes, scraps or 4″ x 6″; Gold Foil Sheets: (2) mats 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″ (from these I cut out the centers leaving a 3/4″ frame), numbers-scrap from center of mat, oval mat 4-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ inside scalloped oval 2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″

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Pastel Butterflies

Good Monday morning All! I trust this will be a good week for everyone. We have been having a few days of really nice weather, for which I am grateful. I am not a big fan of hot, humid weather, so have been looking forward to fall. It feels like fall is in the air with the crickets chirping, cicadas humming, and my wrens gone. I heard the last one middle of last week, so they are on their way to wherever they go for the winter. I miss their cheerful song already.

Today’s card has NOTHING to do with fall, however, as I am following the Fusion Card Challenge. You can use the sketch, or the photo for inspiration, or both. I have chosen to use both. I like the curvy element and the pastels, though I turned it on it’s side as you will see.Fusion Template-001

I began by changing my mind several times, just because I could. The easy part was choosing the pastels: Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron and Soft Sky, along with Whisper White and some of that luscious Delightful Daisy DSP.

The curvy part was no problem either as I had purchased a set of dies from Scrapbooking Made Simple that are called the Flip Side. The bundle includes two vertical and two horizontal sets of about 5 dies each. I only used two dies from one of the horizontal sets. Love it! One made such a pretty curved base, and the other cut out the upper portion of the panel, allowing the pretty DSP to shine.front

The first order of business after the work of choosing the colors and dies I would use was to cut the Mint Macaron for my base, which was liquid glued to the Delightful Daisy DSP. If using a directional DSP (this one has flowers growing, so don’t put them upside down!) be sure to cut in the direction you want. I then cut all the pretty butterflies. The large one and the Soft Sky butterfly are from the Butterflies Thinlits, while the two detailed ones are from the Bold Butterflies framelits. After cutting them I wanted a little tiny bit of bling, so I sprayed them with Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz for just a dab of glimmer.

I stamped the sentiment in Soft Sky with a stamp from That’s the Tag on the solid one, but it just didn’t look right. So, I tried just running it part way through the Big Shot with the detailed die, turning it several times to get the outer wings cut out while leaving (most) of the center part solid. That worked pretty well so I left it at that.

As I dry arranged everything I just wasn’t satisfied with the look, so each of the butterflies is backed with Vellum, which, I think, is much better. Each butterfly is bent at the edge of the body to give some lift to the wings. Glue Dots along the bodies adhered them to the base. Before attaching them to the panel though, I liquid glued that panel to the Whisper White card base. The butterflies were then added and each received some embellishment. The two smaller ones each got a matching Glitter Enamel Dot, while the bigger one got Pearl Basic Jewels along the body.

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The inside sentiment from Window Shopping, was stamped in Soft Sky on a panel of Whisper White. The center part was blocked off with a Post It Note before inking, then removed. The little flowers are randomly stamped from the That’s the Tag set. I used Stamp ‘n Write markers in Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette and So Saffron to ink the flowers and Mint Macaron for the leaves.

insideThe Mint Macaron mat backs the Delightful Daisy DSP, over which the sentiment panel is adhered. All are glued with liquid glue and adhered to the card base. This pretty pastel card is finished. Again, if you use a directional DSP, be sure it is cut the right way.

The envelope received a die cut butterfly from the DSP on the front, and a flap of the same gorgeous paper.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Card cuts and products used for this card are below.

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Card Cuts: Whisper White: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, inside sentiment panel 3-1/4″ x 4-5/8″; Mint Macaron: front 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Wisteria Wonder: large butterfly 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Soft Sky, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette: small butterflies, one each color, scrap approximately 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Delightful Daisy DSP: Front 4-3-16″ x 5-7/16″, inside 3-3/4″ x 5″, scrap for butterfly, flap 5-3/4″ x 2-1/2″

Product List (Products used but not listed below: Simply Defined Flip Side Mosaic Briar dies, Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Mint Macaron Stampin’ Write Marker retired)

That's The Tag Photopolymer Stamp Set

That’s The Tag Photopolymer Stamp Set
[142918]
$17.00
Mint Macaron 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Mint Macaron 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
[138337]
$8.00
Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write Marker

Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write Marker
[120969]
$3.50
So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker

So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker
[105114]
$3.50
Wisteria Wonder Stampin' Write Marker

Wisteria Wonder Stampin’ Write Marker
[131903]
$3.50
Big Shot

$110.00
Glue Dots

$5.25

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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.

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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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Celebrate Weather Together

Tremendous Tuesday to everyone out there. And, it truly is tremendous, at least here in the heartland, as it RAINED this morning. Yes, RAIN! I, and everyone else in this neck of the woods am/are ecstatic, and VERY thankful. You see, we have had no rain (unless you count about one half inch total over 6 times of trying to rain) since the third week of May.  The corn is tasseled and beginning to silk, which means it will need moisture to fill those kernels. And, I don’t have to water my hostas.

Since I am doing a happy dance, my card today reflects my attitude.

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Using Weather Together stamps and the Umbrella Weather framelits, I created a card to celebrate our good fortune.

Card cuts will be at the end of the post.

First cut the card base. I decided it would be a tent style Basic Gray base. Next is a Crushed Curry mat on which I glued a piece of light gray dotted paper which reminded me of raindrops. My art piece started as a Smokey Gray background with umbrellas, clouds and raindrops.

First I stamped in Crushed Curry on Daffodil Yellow the striped umbrella and cut it with the matching die. The long umbrella handle was cut from Basic Gray and glued directly on the gray mat, with the striped umbrella.

Then I die cut a Basic Gray and a Whisper White umbrella using the die with three sections. I cut the white one apart and glued the outside pieces to the gray umbrella, which I had stamped but wouldn’t have needed that step, leaving the center section gray. This was adhered to the mat using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

umbrella detail

The handle was stamped using the shorter, straight handle in Basic Gray ink on Basic Gray cardstock. I glued this to another piece of Basic Gray and fussy cut them together. I decided it needed to be thicker so I glued two more scraps together and glued it to my handle before fussy cutting around the original handle. Perfect. This was adhered using liquid glue.

Next, I needed clouds. Two of the large ones and one smaller one were cut from Whisper White, with one of the large ones becoming a storm cloud with a little Smokey Gray ink and Blender Pen. The white ones were liquid glued to the mat with the dark cloud adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals overlapping the smaller one.

clouds rain detail

Using Basic Gray ink and the raindrops stamp, I stamped raindrops falling from the clouds. To dress things up a little, I die cut plain raindrops, not the heart-shaped ones, out of Silver Foil. I have to tell you that this is a tedious bit of work! Those raindrops are very tiny, easily lost, and not-so-easily glued to my card.

The Celebrate! sentiment in Basic Black from the Weather Together stamp set completed the card front.dimensionals

For the inside I stamped the 3 piece umbrella in Daffodil Yellow on a piece of Whisper White, and added a Basic Gray handle. Over this I stamped my sentiment. That sentiment is one I really like and is from Gina K. Designs. I thought it very appropriate for this card, to reflect my joy over a bit of rain. This was glued to another piece of the gray dotted paper and onto a piece of Crushed Curry. This was then glued into my card base. I wanted the inside brighter, so I made the crushed curry more dominant by cutting the dots and Whisper White pieces a bit smaller than I normally would.

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We really do need to be thankful for small things. I am thankful today, not only for the rain, but for each of you following this blog. Thank you very much.

The envelope got the usual patterned paper on the flap,

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and, a Daffodil Yellow umbrella stamped on the front, along with a Smokey Slate handle and some Smokey Slate raindrops. I hope you like this card and remember to be thankful for the little things.

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Card Cuts:

Basic Gray: Base 4-1/4″ x 11″ Scored at 5-1/2″, Umbrella, handles-scraps; Crushed Curry: Front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″;  Daffodil Delight: Umbrella-scrap;  Smokey Gray: art piece background 3-3/4″ x 5″; Dotted Gray paper: Front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, envelope flap-scrap;   Whisper White

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