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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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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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Stampin’ Up! Share What you Love Impossible Card

Good Friday morning, Everyone! I hope you have a great day and an even greater weekend. My plans to blog every day didn’t last very long.  I think, with gardening and trips and photographing the owl family, that blogging three times a week is much more realistic.

Today’s card was inspired, again, by Jan B, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in the UK. She does videos, which are very easy to follow.  I will not be doing videos any time soon. That would terrify me! I will give details as to card cuts, but for the technique, please watch her video here.

I don’t know why it is called impossible, as it clearly isn’t impossible, and is actually quite easy to make IF you follow the instructions.

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There are other videos out there on making this type of card, but after watching several, I think Jan’s is the easiest to follow.

I began with a card base of Mint Macaron, which has made a comeback in the new catalog. Also returning are Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow, but I digress.

The mats are Tranquil Tide and the Designer Series Paper with leaves is new. It is part of the Share What You Love suite, available now as a pre-order. The DSP with dots is from Delightful Daisy and is retiring at the end of the month. If you want any retiring products, now is the time to order them as they are only available as long as supplies last. To order, click here.

The stamp set is Petal Palette for the bird and flowers, and Perennial Birthday for the two sentiments and the little design by her name. The name is stamped using the new Make a Difference stamp set, available June 1.wild wing creations-5

My card is a 5″ x 7″ card, but you can also make an A2 size or a 6″ square card. MayMay has measurements for these on her blog, which you can find here.

First cut the card base at 5″ x 7″, then score horizontally at 2-1/2″. This makes it easier to accomplish the ‘impossible’. Using your Stampin’ Trimmer, and with the card horizontal, cut at 1-1/2″ down to the score line. Move card over to  5-1/2″ and cut down to the score line. If this is confusing, please refer to Jan’s video.

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Turn the card 180 degrees (upside down) and make a cut at 3-1/2″ down to the score line. Now, THIS IS THE IMPOSSIBLE PART, but is isn’t really. Simply hold the card with the center cut down, and fold the right half up. This will put the narrow leg on the right, down, and the narrow leg on the left, up. There will be a wide piece in the middle that will stand up. SEE? Easy-Peasy. If my instructions aren’t plain, refer to the video.

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Moving on to the mats, cut 2 in Tranquil Tide at 3-3/8″ x 4-7/8″, 2 at 1-1/4″ x 3-3/4″, and one at 2-3/8″ x 3-7/8″. For the larger pieces, and using your Stampin’ Trimmer, place vertically at 1-3/8″ and cut down 2-1/2″. Rotate 90 degrees and place at 2-1/2″. Cut down to the previous cut. You have essentially cut out a piece that is 2″ x 2-1/2″, leaving an L-shape that is fatter on the bottom. Repeat for the other piece. (Looking at the image above, if you cut along the score line from center cut line to left cut line, that is the shape)

For the DSP you will need the same shape and the measurements are 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″, with the same 2″ x 2-1/2″ cut out. NOW, pay close attention to Jan’s video if you are using a directional DSP as I did. You will want to make a template for this so you don’t make a mistake. If your DSP is non-directional, it isn’t an issue. Both pieces will be the same for non-directional DSP.

Using Liquid Glue, adhere the DSP to the Tranquil Tide mat. Now adhere the matted DSP to your card base. It really is easy. The difficult part is if you are using a directional DSP, but if you make a template, that, too, is easy. Everyone will be impressed with your skill!! And, you don’t need to tell them it is really easy.

Your Stampin’ Up! Grid Paper makes getting everything straight very simple.

Cut contrasting DSP (I used the retiring Delightful Daisy). You will need 2 at 1-1/8″ x 3-5/8″. Liquid Glue these to the 1-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ mats. Using the grid marks to be sure your card base pieces are straight, Liquid Glue the matted DSP to the card base across the opening at top and bottom. This will stabilize the card.

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I used the Petals and More die to cut the sentiment banners from Whisper White and stamped them in Tranquil Tide. The bird is also from that bundle and is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Blushing Bride card stock and die cut. The sentiment with the bird is offset to allow room for the bird and both are Liquid Glued to the DSP.

For the lower stabilizing piece, the name banner is adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

You are almost finished with the card. Yippee! Having fun yet??

On the large standing up panel, adhere the DSP to the Mat and onto this panel. Using the Stitched Shapes Framelits cut the second smallest circle and stamp sentiment in Tranquil Tide. Cut another circle from Mint Macaron and Liquid Glue the two together.

Stamp the flowers from Petal Palette in Mint Macaron on Whisper White. Color using your Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Markers and die cut with Thinlit from Petals and More. Cut a second flower from Mint Macaron and Liquid Glue to the stamped one.

Arrange the flower and circle on the panel over the DSP and Liquid Glue in place. This IMPOSSIBLE card is finished and it wasn’t impossible at all!

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The back of the center art panel is a good place to write a personal message, and the reason for using Tranquil Tide on the back of the circle and flower. It just looks better.

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The envelope received more flowers on the front and DSP on the flap. The flowers were colored with Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Marker, leaving the leaves as just outlines.

If you haven’t tried this card, I would urge you to do so. It is fun, as long as you pay attention to each step. It actually goes pretty quickly. I would suggest for your first one that you choose a NON-directional DSP.

You know how to place an order….click on the ‘order online’ button at right. If you use the host code, you get rewards. For details on this go to my customer rewards page. Don’t forget, retiring products only available while supplies last until the end of May.

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Stampin’ Up! Masculine Card

Alas, there aren’t very many choices for cards for the masculine gender. For this card I used the retired Build It framelits and Nailed It stamp set. The card is for a guy who likes to do woodworking, so it is appropriate for him.

My card base is Tranquil Tide with a panel of woodgrain paper from the Wood Textures DSP. It is not embossed this time, though I really like the look that embossing gives.

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I used the largest square in the Stitched Shapes framelits to cut the mat from Tranquil Tide. The next size square die cut the logs paper, also from Wood Textures DSP. Both pieces are adhered with liquid glue.

The hammer handle is stamped with the Build It stamp in Early Espresso and cut with the Build It framelits. Do they even make hammer handles in wood anymore? I guess I am dating myself. The hammer head is stamped in Basic Black and dried with my heat tool. The paper for it was a scrap of some sort of metallic looking paper I found in my stash. The ruler along the left edge is cut from the same scrap. I like this because it has a dull finish, not shiny like foil. Basic Gray would probably work just as well.

The nails are stamped in Basic Black on the wood grain panel. I wrapped some thin jute twine around three times and taped it on the back. I think Linen Thread would work as well, but I couldn’t find it today. I made a loopy bow by wrapping around three fingers four times. Then I cut a short piece of twine and wrapped it around the middle three time and tied it in the back. This was adhered using a glue dot.

The Happy Birthday thinlit cut the greeting 3 times; once in brown fun foam, once in Crumb Cake and once in Tranquil Tide. I offset the Tranquil Tide a bit to allow the ‘shadow’ of the Crumb Cake to show. I used an adhesive sheet on the foam to adhere it to the cardstock greeting. I didn’t want to mess with cutting little pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals to lift the greeting off the panel. I think the foam works really well. The biggest issue is getting everything lined up correctly before it sticks for good! The greeting is then adhered to the panel with liquid glue.

The hammer is adhered to the squares with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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On the inside another piece of Wood Textures DSP is the mat for the sentiment. I randomly stamped some nails in Early Espresso here. The Sentiment is from Beautiful You and is stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla. This is liquid glued to a scrap of previously dry embossed darker wood grain from Wood Textures. I find myself using this paper stack a lot. I just wish there were more pieces of the shabby chic worn white. I think I have used all of it. But I digress.

I stamped the nails next to the sentiment and punched holes with a hand held 1/8″ punch to hold the metal brads. This sentiment piece is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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The envelope has an Early Espresso hammer and a few nails on the front. The flap is covererd in a piece of the Wood Textures DSP and stamped with a few nails in Early Espresso.

This was a fun card. If you like it, or, if you don’t, please leave a comment.

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Card Cuts: Tranquil Tide: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, Greeting 3-1/2/” x 4″, large square 2-3/4″ x 2-3//4″, Wood Textures DSP: front mat and inside mat 4′ x 5-1/4″, hammer handle, scrap 3/4″ x 2″, small square 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″, inside sentiment mat 1-1/4″ x 3-3/4″; Very Vanilla: inside sentiment 1″ x 3-1/2″; Metallic paper: ruler1/2″ x 5-1/2″, hammer head 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Crumb Cake: Greeting 3-1/2″ x 4″

Non Stampin’ Up! products used: metallic paper, brads, fine jute twine, fun foam

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