Stampin’ Up! Happy Thanksgiving

Good Wednesday morning everyone! I hope your week is going well, and today is, as you all know, HUMP DAY, as my kids called it. I guess it means when you get to Wednesday you are over the hump of the middle of the week. If someone knows a different reason for that designation, please comment below.

Thanksgiving, in my opinion, is the most overlooked holidays. Coming between the increasingly popular Halloween and Christmas, well, it just gets overlooked. I host a family gathering in the evening and there are usually add-ons as well. What is an add-on you ask? Here it is anyone who has been added who is not a family member. It might be a friend, an in-law, a neighbor, a shut-in, or just anyone who has no other place to go for a festive meal.

All that said, my card for today is geared toward Thanksgiving.

card front

I began with a color scheme of brown, orange and copper, in this case, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango and Copper Foil. I also included some Wood Textures, just because I like it.

Actually, the first step was to stamp the Wood Textures in Early Espresso ink with a leaf stamp from Colorful Seasons. Next, I ran this sheet through the big shot with the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The trees didn’t show up very well, so I inked the embossed side  (the side that says Stampin’ UP!) with Early Espresso ink and ran the same sheet through again. Aha! Much better! This gave definition to the trees, subtle, but there. When embossing with a 6″ x 6″ designer paper, I emboss the whole sheet, then cut to size.

This was adhered to a mat of Tangerine Tango. A length of Burlap Ribbon was wrapped around ant taped to the back. I die cut an oak leaf from the scrap of stamped and embossed Wood Textures, then cut another from Tangerine Tango using the Vintage Leaves die.

A solid copper maple leaf and the openwork maple leaf were cut using dies from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. I dry arranged them to see if this was all I would need, but did not adhere them.

Using a stamp from another company because Stampin’ Up does not have a Happy Thanksgiving stamp (or if they do, I don’t have it), I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla in Early Espresso and die cut it using Lots of Labels Framelits. I cut a second one in Tangerine Tango, cut it in half vertically and liquid glued them together.

detail

Placing several Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back allowed me to wind a pretty long length of Copoper Metallic Thread around. I re-arranged the leaves, using a Glue Dot and Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the Oak leaves, placing the wood one over the Tangerine Tango one.

A little Liquid Glue on part of the openwork  leaf (the part on the oak leaf) adhered it nicely and a Glue Dot was sufficient to hold the solid leaf in place.

Belatedly, I decided the Very Vanilla sentiment was just too stark, so I VERY LIGHTLY sponged it with a little Early Espresso, moving my sponge from the outside in to give some definition to the edges. The Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered this piece over the leaves. The completed front was adhered to the Early Espresso card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the inside, another Wood Textures was stamped with the same leaf stamp and Liquid Glued to its Tangerine Tango mat. The sentiment piece is Very Vanilla edged in Early Espresso with my Stampin’ Write marker, and stamped with the same leaf stamp from Colorful Seasons in stamped off once Early Espresso. The sentiment is full strength Early Espresso, and is from the Paisleys and Posies stamp set. This was adhered to the Wood Textures panel and into the the card base with Liquid Glue.

inside

The envelope is Crumb Cake with Early Espresso leaves stamped on the front and on the flap. In retrospect, I am thinking I should have stamped and embossed another sheet of Wood Textures for the flap. I may still do that if I have time before it has to go in the mail.

I hope you like this card enough to try it yourself. Card cuts and product list are below. If you would like to order supplie and do not have a demonstrator, I will be happy to help you. If you have questions, please leave a comment.

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We got a sneak peek at the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs at On Stage Live last week. I’m sure you are gonna LOVE the new products. There are some GORGEOUS stamp sets there. I already have a wish list that is pretty long. Remember, the catalog goes live on December 1.

In addition, there is going to be an ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA beginning November 20. I will have more information on this in the coming days.

Card Cuts: Early Espresso: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Tangerine Tango: cut 2 for mats 4″ x 5-1/4″, leaf and sentiment mat 2″ x 8″; Wood Textures: embossed panel 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, leaf cut from trimmed piece; Copper Foil: 3″ x 5″; Very Vanilla: front sentiment 2″ x 3″, inside 3″ x 4-1/4″

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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.

sentiment detail

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.

front

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.

inside

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.

envelope front

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

flap

Thank you for stopping by. Please leave comments below.

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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