Stampin’ Up! Moon Baby

As promised, here is today’s card. It is not a Christmas card. It is not a holiday card of any kind, nor is it a seasonal card.

We have a new addition to our family….extended family that is. This calls for a special card for a special little boy.

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I began with a Very Vanilla card base, onto which I Liquid Glued a Soft Sky mat. A panel of Falling in Love Designer Series Paper (retired) was adhered to a mat of Very Vanilla, around which I wrapped  a strand of Silver Metallic Thread three times, taping it to the back. This was Liquid Glued to the Soft Sky mat.

Next I stamped the moon and baby from Moon Baby stamp set in Smokey Slate and colored him in with the new Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers, using the Pool Party and Daffodil Delight markers. You will note that this baby has HAIR! Yes, ’tis true, in our family babies are born with a lot of hair. I used my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker for the hair. This was then fussy cut. I cut off the star, pierced the moon with the Paper-piercing Tool, wrapped more Silver Metallic Thread around the moon, tied it and taped the ends to the back.

Another hole pierced in the star allowed me to run a strand of Silver Metallic Thread through it and tie it to the moon, leaving it to dangle below.

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A  Soft Sky square cut with the Layering Squares Framelits was adhered to a Very Vanilla scalloped square, also from Layering Squares. The Baby and moon were attached to the layered squares on point with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The square was also adhered to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

To finish the front, I stamped the sentiment from Moon Baby in Smokey Slate, using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get it straight. Hmm….not quite finished. Maybe some stars? Stamped stars? Die cut foil stars? None of those. Enameled Shapes! Of course. The stars in the Brights Enameled shapes are perfect. Card front done!

On the inside I layered more of the Falling in Love DSP onto a Soft Sky mat. Another scalloped square, this time in Soft Sky, as a mat for the Very Vanilla square and set on point was perfect for the sentiment. This also is from the Moon Baby stamp set and stamped in Smokey Slate.

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The three stars from the same stamp set were stamped in So Saffron and colored in with my Stampin’ Blend marker. On to the envelope!

Another Baby and moon stamped in Smokey Slate and colored as for the card fill the lower left corner, while 3 stars fit in the other corner. The flap received more of the Falling in Love DSP to finish this project.card and envelope front

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I enjoyed the change of pace from Christmas and Thanksgiving cards, but have many more of those to make, so I better get with it.

Another nice day in Iowa tells me I SHOULD put up some outside lights today, or I will have to do it in the cold if I procrastinate.

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Card Cuts: Very Vanilla: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, scalloped square 3″ x 3″, DSP mat 2-1/8″ x 6-3/8″, inside sentiment square 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″; Soft Sky: front mat and inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, front square 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″, inside scalloped square 3″ x 3″; moon and baby 3″ scrap; Falling in Love Designer Series Paper: front panel 2″ x 6-1/4″, inside panel 4″ x 6″.

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Stampin’ Up! Magical Mermaid

Hey everyone! I have been very busy trying to get my craft space re-organized so it is easier to work. It seems to take forever, but I am making headway. At least on Sunday afternoon I got all the scrap card stock and DSP sorted and put in the proper file. Whew! I didn’t know I had so many scraps.  Some might say I am a pack rat. That isn’t true, but I do try to save where I can and believe in using odd bits when possible.

Today’s card is for my Great Granddaughter who will turn 4 on Friday. She told me recently that she wants to be a mermaid for Halloween. I managed to find an idea to make her a costume, so that will be her birthday present. I made this card to go with it.

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The card base is Very Vanilla. I began by taking another panel of Very Vanilla and die cutting the fancy oval from it. My intent was to adhere the DSP on the back and put the die cut back in the space, leaving the center open. But first, I wanted the mermaid to be IN the water, so I sponged the upper portion in Soft Sky, which, on Very Vanilla, turned sort of green. Not good.

I decided the sand should be done next, so I inked up the sand stamp from Magical Mermaid in soft Suede and stamped until the lower area was covered. Who ever heard of vanilla sand? I sponged over the stamping with Sahara Sand until I thought it looked more like real sand at the bottom of the ocean, blending it into the ‘water’ above.

To correct the greenish tint I sponged over the Soft Sky with Marina Mist, rendering a bluer water with some green undertones. Using Liquid Glue I adhered a piece of the wavy water from the retired By the Shore DSP to the back of my panel. So far, so good.

Then, when I re-inserted the die cut into the oval, it was all wrong. I didn’t want to sponge it, so I cut another oval from Soft Sky and used that die cut to put back into my panel. Oohh! I like this. That die, as well as the fish dies and the mermaid on the inside are from a stamp/die set from Simply Defined and is called Time and Tides. The die cut seaweeds are also from that bundle.

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I spent the next hour or so die cutting, all the pieces I would need for my vision, which included ruining a couple of pieces and having to cut them again. The gluing was a bit tedious, but not too much of a chore.

The seaweed is cut all in one piece as the die is really a frame, then I simply cut it apart to make more of an ocean bottom look. All the seaweed, inside and out, is from Old Olive. I dry arranged everything before starting to adhere elements in place.

I stamped the mermaid from Magical Mermaid in Smokey Slate ink onto Whisper White card stock, made sure it was dry, then proceeded to color her with my new Stampin’ Blends. These are Stampin’ Up!s new alcohol markers and they really blend well. They were available to demonstrators on October 1, but I do not know when they will be available for customers. As soon as I get the word I will let you know.

I used Calypso Coral, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Ivory and Crumb Cake to color the mermaid. Each color comes in a dark and a light, which makes blending very easy. There is also a color lifter which can be used to take away any color where you get too much. The mermaid costume has pink, coral, cream and about 3 shades of blue, so I tried to replicate that look on this card. I will say here that I thought about adding some pearls or enamel dots, but she has a 1 year old brother and I figured if they came off it might be a choking hazard, so I left them off.

Her hair is Crumb Cake, body is Ivory, and the other colors are in the tail. Her hair band is Calypso Coral, the dark one. Since there is no die for her, I fussy cut the pretty girl fish, or is it fish girl?

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I die cut 2 fish in Calypso Coral, one in Marina Mist and one from a previously stamped scrap of Daffodil Delight. I thought it made a nice tiger fish. (See, all those scraps come in handy sometimes!)

The seaweed at left is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals cut to fit the small spaces. Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals were too big and more difficult to cut smaller. The piece at right is two pieces cut and layered, gluing them together, which was almost as much of a chore as cutting bitty pieces of Dimensionals. Both the one at right and the one next to it were liquid glued to the card front. I left a gap about halfway up that was not glued down so I could have a fish swimming through the seaweed.

Before adhering the next pieces I attached the Mermaid with Stampin’ Dimensionals so she could appear to be rising from the seaweeds. There was a blank space and I was DONE with the bitty, fragile pieces of seaweed, so I stamped the weeds from Magical Mermaid onto Old Olive with Old Olive ink and fussy cut it. This was adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals also, with the edge tucked behind the Mermaid’s tail.

The blue fish and striped fish were also attached with Dimensionals in the seaweed at left. The smaller coral fish was also adhered with Dimensionals.

To finish the card front, I stamped some air bubbles from the Seaside Shore stamp set, and the sentiment from Magical Mermaid in Marina Mist.

I LOVE the dimension and textures of this card. I am equally certain the little girl in question will love it too.

On the inside, I cut the By the Shore wavy paper one inch too short, intentionally, and liquid glued it to a Soft Sky mat, keeping it at the top. At the bottom I added a one inch strip of Very Vanilla that I had stamped with the sand image in Soft Suede and sponged over it with Sahara Sand.

Over this I stamped a couple of seaweed images from the Magical Mermaid set in Old Olive and the sentiment from the same stamp set in Marina Mist.

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Using the Mermaid from the Time and Tides collection from Simply Defined, I stamped her in Smokey slate and used my new Stampin’ Blends to color her the same as the one on the front. I don’t mind that the waves show through, as I think it lends a more ethereal look to the Mermaid. To complete the inside of the card, I die cut 3 small seaweeds and a Conch shell (stamped with Calypso Coral on Very Vanilla first) from the Time and Tides collection. The weed at left is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensional bits and the rest with liquid glue.

The envelope flap got more of the By the Shore DSP while the front was stamped with Old Olive seaweed and a Soft Sky mermaid, all from the Magical Mermaid set.

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CARD CUTS: Very Vanilla: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″; card front 4-7/8″ x 6-7/8″, sand strip on inside 1″ x 4-1/2″, conch shell 2″ x 2″; Soft Sky: fancy oval die cut 4-1/2″ x 6″, inside mat 4-7/8″ x 6-7/8″; Whisper White: mermaid 2-1/2″ x 6″; Old Olive: seaweed 5″ x 6″; By the Shore DSP: front 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″, inside liner 4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″; Calypso Coral, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight: fish 1-1/2″ x 2″

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Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Giving Thanks Blog Hop

inkin-krew-blog-hop-banner2Good Tuesday morning to Everyone. I have been absent from the Blogging scene for a few days and it feels good to be back.

Today our creative Inkin’ Krew has some lovely projects to share with you, so, lets Hop!

My card uses my favorites: Leaflets framelits, Copper and Vintage Leaves stamps. I also chose to use my new Ranger Distress Oxide inks.

Using about six of the Distress Oxide inks, I just smeared them around on my craft mat, spritzed a LITTLE water and dragged my 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of Very Vanilla through it. I heat dried it, and repeated the process twice more, then touched up some bare spots with my Stampin’ Sponge and Pumpkin Pie ink.

From this sheet I cut my front panel and dry embossed it with the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, making sure my painted side was the DE-bossed side. The debossing does show up in the photo. I just love this embossing folder, but then if it has leaves or trees, I like it! I also really like these fall colors.

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This whole card was an experiment. The oak leaves were die cut using the Leaflets framelits after I stamped them using the Vintage Leaves stamps. Each one is different. Two of the leaves are cut from Wood Textures DSP, two different woods. One is stamped with Versamark and heat embossed using Copper Embossing Powder. The other one is stamped with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink. One of the things I like about the oxide inks is that you can use a light color on dark paper and it shows. This is the leaf at the right side of the bunch.

The third leaf is stamped with Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink on the previously inked Very Vanilla card stock. Remember, I did the WHOLE sheet? This allowed me to choose where to cut the leaf. I dry arranged these 3 leaves then liquid glued them to one another.

Next, using the acorn and leaf stamp from Count My Blessings stamp set, I stamped them in Versamark ink on a third piece of Wood Textures DSP and heat embossed them, also in Copper. There is no die for these, so I fussy cut them.

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I tied them together by the stems using a length of Copper Trim and tied it in a bow. I took another length of the Copper Trim and spread it out to make a mesh, which I Tear & Taped to the painted, dry embossed panel, wrapping it around to the back and taping it securely.

This panel was adhered to an Always Artichoke mat with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This was then liquid glued to the Crushed Curry card base. tent

For the sentiment, I chose the one from Paisleys and Posies stamp set, inked it in Versamark on a Wood Textures DSP and heat embossed it in Copper. Using my Paper Snips Scissors, I cut a flag end at the end of the sentiment, liquid glued it to a Crushed Curry mat and trimmed it, also with the Paper Snips. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered it to the painted panel, over the Copper mesh.

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To the left of the sentiment, I used more Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere my grouping of oak leaves and acorns to the card front. There is an Amish general store not far from me, where I frequently shop. They have everything from books and boots to fabric and zippers, as well as bulk groceries. It was here that I found the little metallic leaf brads that I used, both on the front sentiment and on the inside.

On the inside, I used my Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write marker to draw a border on my Very Vanilla insert, criss-crossing it at the corners. Then, I cut another leaf from the previously painted sheet of Very Vanilla and liquid glued it to the liner.

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Again, with Versamark ink and Copper Embossing powder, I added the sentiment. This one is from an autumn themed Gina K stamp set. Another copper metallic brad finishes the inside, which is liquid glued to an Always Artichoke mat and into the Crushed Curry card base.

I have not done an envelope  for this card as I am undecided as to how I want it to look.

Card Cuts: Crushed Curry: 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, front sentiment mat 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Always Artichoke: (cut 2) inside mat and outside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, Wood Textures DSP: use 2 different 6″ x 6″ sheets for leaves, acorns and sentiment label; Very Vanilla: One 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet for painting, inside sentiment liner 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″

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Stampin’ Up! Anniversary-again

Good Thursday to you all. It is a BEAUTIFUL autumn day here. For my part, it could stay this way for weeks. Several weeks! I have lots going on today, so let’s get with the card for today, shall we?

I took a page from the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop and chose to use their sketch for my anniversary card today. Here is the sketch they used.

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I liked their sketch and the cards they made, so I thought I would CAS the sketch. Here is the card I made.wild wing creations4

I began by deciding to do another monochromatic scheme with Very Vanilla and white with the addition of the Champagne Foil Sheets and Sahara Sand ink for the inside sentiment.

The Champagne Foil Sheets mat has the center cut out of it to save on that paper. I leave a 1/2″ border onto which I adhere the top layer. The smaller cut out piece is large enough to mat something else, or from which to cut banners, labels or whatever.

The Very Vanilla panel on the Champagne Foil was dry embossed with the Softly Falling  Textured Impressions Embossing folder and adhered to the foil mat with liquid glue.

Centered on this piece is one of the Foil Snowflakes embellishments from the Year of Cheer Suite. Only I did not want the foil side up, so I turned it over and used the ivory side.

Next, I punched a strip of Vellum on both ends with the Triple Banner Punch. The next thing I did was cut apart (yep, I’m getting pretty good with scissors!) the I LOVE YOU sentiment from the Sealed With Love (retired) stamp set so I could just use the LOVE portion. (That is love portion, not love potion!) I randomly stamped LOVE all over the Vellum banner in Versamark and heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder. Using a couple strips of Tear & Tape that would be hidden by the label, I adhered it to the upside-down snowflake.wild wing creations6

I took a 3/8″ wide piece of ivory ribbon and wrapped it around my layered panel over the Vellum banner and taped it to the back. This was adhered to the card base with liquid glue.

Using the White Embossing Powder again and the Versamark ink (don’t forget to use your Embossing Buddy) I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the Special Celebrations stamp set on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. I used the Everyday Label punch to punch out the sentiment label as well as one in Champagne Foil (from the cut out center of the foil panel). The foil one was cut in half vertically and liquid glued to the back of the Very Vanilla label acting as a mat.

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This finishes the front of the card. For the inside I took another Foil Snowflake and cut it into quarters, gluing one quarter to the lower right side of my inner liner and one to the upper left corner. Again I reversed the snowflake to use the ivory side.

I stamped the sentiment from Flourishing Phrases in Sahara Sand ink and liquid glued the panel to the card base.

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This made a pretty quick and easy card that I think is very nice for an anniversary.

The envelope flap was dry embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder and the front has one of the quarter sections of snowflake liquid glued to the front.wild wing creations3

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Card Cuts: Very Vanilla: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, embossed panel and inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″, label 2″ x 3″; Champagne Foil Sheets: mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, label 2″ x 3″; Vellum: 2″ x 5″

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Stampin’ Up! September Anniversary Wishes

Good Wednesday to All of you out there. What a GORGEOUS day the Lord has made! This is my kind of weather….partly cloudy, a little breeze and 70 degrees. Perfect! Except for the fact that we need rain so badly, I wouldn’t care if it stayed this way for several days. Actually, it is predicted to do just that. Lows in the 50s, highs in the 70s and no rain for another week at least.

The harvesting crew arrived Saturday evening to harvest my corn. They finished up late Monday night. I pray for the safety of all the farmers who work so hard to get their crops out before the rains begin (we hope) and cold weather sets in. They put in very long hours and work with potentially dangerous machinery. Being tired from lack of rest is not a good thing in this instance.

However, I doubt you are reading this blog because you really care about what is going on in Iowa. You just want to see what new card I have created.

Well, here it is! TA-DA! Drum roll please. No, just kidding. It is a lovely card, but probably not worthy of a drum roll!

I have two nieces with wedding anniversaries in September. I don’t pretend to remember how many years for either of them even though I was involved in their weddings. Guessing, I would say maybe 12 years? If either of them are following my blog, I am sure I will soon be informed!

I began with Very Vanilla. The only other color, or non color, on this card is the new Champagne Foil Sheets, used as a mat for the art panel, and Sahara Sand ink.

I dry embossed Very Vanilla with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. I then used Tear & Tape to secure it to the Champagne Foil mat, out of which I had cut the center so as not to waste it.

Taking a piece of 3/8″ ivory satin ribbon, I wrapped it around to the back and taped it down.

With my Embossing Buddy, I removed the static from a sheet of Vellum and stamped three different leaves from Vintage Leaves in Versamark ink. Then, I added White Embossing Powder and used the Heat Tool to finish the embossing.

I love dies! I don’t mind fussy cutting, in fact, I LIKE to do it, but the dies are much faster, and more accurate. Using the Leaflets dies, which match up with Vintage Leaves, I cut out all three leaves. I adhered them to the embossed panel with Simply Defined double-faced tape. I used this because it is perfectly clear and does not show under vellum. I did a dry arrangement to make sure I had all the leaves where I wanted them prior to adhering. I tucked them under the ribbon, letting parts overhang the ribbon.

The sentiment, from Falling For You stamp set, was CUT APART. Yep! That’s what I said.     C U T  A P A R T! I did this because the way it was it wouldn’t fit on my punched out card stock using the Pretty Labels punch. Placing the word ‘anniversary’ on the clear block making sure it was straight, allowed me to put the word ‘wishes’ below it and stamp it onto the label in Versamark, dip it into the White Embossing Powder and heat set it. This is a very pretty font and now it can be used in a straight line as intended, or stacked as you see here.

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Taking the piece of Champagne foil I cut out of the middle of my mat, I cut another label. This one I cut in half horizontally. These pieces were then liquid glued to the back of the Very Vanilla label off-setting it a bit so that the Champagne made a nice mat. This layered label was then adhered to the embossed layer over the ribbon and leaves with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I tied a small bow with the ivory ribbon and used a Glue Dot to adhere it next to the sentiment label.

Three small pearls from Pearls Basic Jewels complete the card front which was then attached to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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For the inside, I stamped a sentiment from Flourishing Phrases in Sahara Sand. Also using Sahara Sand, I stamped Vintage Leaves in the corners after stamping off once. This panel was liquid glued into the card base. I just wanted a hint of the leaves, but my stamping off wasn’t perfect, so I got more ink here than I really wanted. The other option was to emboss them as I did for the front, but chose not to do that. Perhaps I should have.

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The front of the envelope was stamped with two of the Vintage Leaves in Versamark ink, dipped into the White Embossing Powder and heat set.

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The flap was dry embossed with the Layered Leaves Dynamic TIEF.

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Card Cuts: Very Vanilla: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, embossed panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, sentiment label 2″ x 3″, inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″; Champagne Foil Sheets: front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, center cut out and used for label; Vellum: 4″ x 6″

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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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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.

flourish detail

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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Wedding card

I trust you have all had a good Wednesday. It has been a busy one, but I want to share with you the wedding card I made.

There are a lot of companies out there making stamps and dies for all us crafters to use, and while I am a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I still like to use items from other companies when Stampin’ Up! doesn’t have what I need.

Before I became a SU demonstrator I had purchased this lovely embossing folder by Docrafts, which also cuts. I believe it is called an X-Cut Embossing Folder and does a lovely job of embossing and cutting at the same time. This is what I used for the card front.

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As you can see, it cut little hearts, flowers and butterflies as well as a window that opens! While it is doing that it is also embossing a trellis with flowers. I thought it perfect for this wedding card mad from Very Vanilla card stock. Anytime you die cut something and have little pieces, save them! You never know when you might need that little swirly thing, or tiny heart or whatever.

The embossing powder is Golden Sand from Stampendous, which I used because I did not want a solid metal looking butterfly. I did use that also for the sentiment, which is from the Special Celebrations stamp set. I think the copper stampin’ emboss powder would probably have been better for the sentiment.

The butterfly is from the Papillion Potpourri set, stamped in versamark, heat embossed and fussy cut. This is adhered with mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to a small panel cut to fit behind the window (with the corners cut off so as not to cover up the flowers). The sentiment is (HORRORS) cut apart, yes, I did that. Took my little Paper Snips scissors and just whacked it into 3 pieces. Otherwise, it wouldn’t fit in my window. I can always use it as it was intended if I want to.  These are MY stamps and I can cut them up if I want to! It is not an earth shattering thing to do. Just DO it!

I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the sentiment lined up straight.

front open window

Using liquid glue I attached this panel behind the window. This fancy panel is adhered with Tear & Tape to a copper mat (with the center cut out. Uh-huh, I did that too. Saves expensive paper) and onto the card front.

For the inside I stamped off once in Sahara Sand the sort of background design from the Graceful Garden set, placing it in opposite corners and leaving room for the sentiment, again using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line them up straight.

The sentiment is in full strength Sahara Sand and is also from the Special Celebrations stamp set.inside

I stamped another butterfly in versamark on a scrap of vellum and heat embossed it with the same embossing powder as on the front. This was also fussy cut, then adhered to the sentiment panel with a glue dot. This panel was Tear & Taped to the copper (center cut out), which was then liquid glued onto a Very Vanilla mat and into the card base.

The Medium Very Vanilla envelope got another embossed butterfly on the front and a cattywampus design on the flap. My original plan was a failure as I tried to line up the image and have a solid design on the flap. I could not get it to work, so a single cattywampus image will have to do. Probably if I didn’t tell you differently, you would have just thought I intended it to look that way. This was stamped in full strength Sahara Sand.

I think all these elements work well together for a special card for a special couple.

Thank you for joining me. Card cuts and Stampin’ Up! products used are below. If you do not have a demonstrator, I would be happy to help you. Or, to order from me you can just click on the Order Online button at right.

Card Cuts: Very Vanilla card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, front 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside sentiment 3-3/4″ x 5″, front sentiment 2-1/2″ x 3-1/4″, corners trimmed; Copper Foil Sheets front 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; Vellum butterfly scrap, or you could just use Very Vanilla for this

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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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Medallions for Sympathy

Good Day Everyone! What a Fabulous Friday it is.

I began this sympathy card with absolutely no idea what to do. After looking at my paper stacks I settled on Night of Navy for the card base and the card just made itself.

I didn’t want fussy, just classy, so I paired it with Smokey Slate and Very Vanilla; no bling, no embossing, no ribbons and bows.

This is the result.

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Card Cuts at the end of this post.

First cut the card base from Night of Navy card stock using my Stampin’ Trimmer. The first mat is Smokey Slate card stock and the top mat is Night of Navy. The mat in between is Very Vanilla card stock stamped with an old background stamp in Night of Navy. This stamp has a sort of Eastern Medallion look to it.

The medallion is cut with the Eastern Medallions thinlits from Very Vanilla card stock, as are the two pieces with sentiments. The sympathy piece is stamped with Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ pad using a Gina K stamp. I like the font and it was the exact size needed for this project. The sending thoughts sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers set, again, stamped in Night of Navy. I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line up all the sentiments.

The Sympathy sentiment is glued to the medallion which is adhered to the Navy mat with mini stampin’ dimensionals. Sending thoughts is glued to the navy mat below the medallion and the finished art piece is adhered to the stamped mat. This is then glued to the Smokey Gray mat. The card front is now finished.

On the inside I again used the Smokey Gray card stock as the mat, with the sentiment piece in Very Vanilla. To dress up the sentiment piece without overdoing it, I used my Simply Scored board and the stylus to emboss a border around all 4 sides, crossing the lines at the corners. It is a little hard to see in the photo, but I think you can discern where it is. I did this from the back side as I didn’t want a debossed look. Using the sentiment from Strength and Prayers stamp set (retired), and Night of Navy ink, I completed the sentiment.inside

This was glued to the Smokey Gray mat and into the card base.

I then attached the card front and the card is complete.

On to the envelope! Using a medium Very Vanilla envelope I inked up part of the background stamp in Night of Navy and stamped the flap.

envelope flap

On the front corner I stamped the little corner design from the Make A Medallion stamp set. Then, I mirror imaged it and stamped it again. This finishes the envelope.envelope front

I think it turned out quite well, considering I had no design in mind when I started.

I hope you like it and if you need supplies, please contact your demonstrator. If you don’t have one, I would be very happy to help you. Just click on the ‘shop online with me’ button at right to go to my store. Thanks for stopping by!

Card Cuts:  Night of Navy: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″, 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″;        Smokey Gray:  (2) 4″ x 5-1/4″; Very Vanilla: (2) 3-3/4″ x 5″, medallion 3″ square, sentiment 5/8″ x 3-1/2″, sentment 1-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.

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