Stampin’ Up! Golden Afternoon Thoughts

Oh! My! Goodness! Can you believe I need five masculine cards for next week??? Yep, one for a friend who is ill, 3 birthdays and a retirement. So, busy little beaver that I am, I will post a masculine card today, and one every day next week. You never know when that 6th one might come in handy.

I began with an Early Espresso card base for this one, and used my most favorite DSP, the Wood Textures 6″ x 6″ pack. I hope Stampin’ Up! makes some of these in 12″ x 12″, especially the whitewashed one. I used it first from every pack I purchased.


I used the Stamparatus for all the stamping to get everything where I wanted it, and because I was stamping Early Espresso on the wood, I wanted it to be DARK. This meant stamping twice, or three times.

I first stamped the Golden Afternoon tree, then the small deer from the Dashing Deer  (from Holiday catalog but still available) stamp set. I stamped the one with antlers in Early Espresso on Early Espresso card stock and die cut it with the matching die.

Using the small grass stamp from High Tide, I stamped grass along the bottom of the panel. One deer is grazing, so she had to have something to eat, right?


Using a Sponge Dauber and Early Espresso Ink, I went around the edges of the panel to give it an even more rustic look. THEN I added the die cut deer with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. I cut tiny strips from the edge of the Dimensionals for his legs.

The sentiment, also from Golden Afternoon, was stamped in Versamark ink after I went over the whole panel with my Embossing Buddy. I didn’t want copper anyplace but the sentiment. I then heat set the Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder with my heat tool. A double length of Copper Metallic Thread and one length of Linen Thread were wrapped around the panel together and tied in a small bow. A Glue Dot keeps the bow in place on the front and a couple pieces of tape secured the back.


I used Tear & Tape to adhere a Copper Foil Sheets panel to the card base and Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered the Wood Textures DSP panel to the copper mat. Card front done.

Another Early Espresso tree on the inside and a scrap strip of copper at the bottom of the panel add some interest to an otherwise plain panel. Copper Emboss Powder was used with Versamark again for the sentiment, which is from Healing Hugs, then set with my heat tool. The copper strip was adhered with Liquid Glue.


The Medium Crumb Cake Envelope (no longer available, but I had them leftover, so why not use them) has a couple of Early Espresso Dashing Deer on the front and a piece of the Wood Textures DSP on the flap.



I rather like this look of the stamps on the wood.

CARD CUTS: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, deer 2″ x 2-1/2″; Copper Foil Sheets: front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside strip 1/4″ x 5-1/4″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper: front art piece 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″, flap 2-1/2″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up! Golden Afternoon Sympathy

Good Morning Everyone. Well, here it is Friday already, and another week gone. Just a couple more days and March will be history.

For today I had to make yet another Sympathy card. Golden Afternoon is perfect for this occasion, or for others I can think of as well. To me the stamp set is serene, speaking quietly of peace, calm and even the presence of the Lord.


My card base is Early Espresso and the art piece is from the 6″ x 6″ Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I stamped the tree in Early Espresso using my Stamparatus because I wanted a really dark image.

Stampin’ Blends in Light Mossy Meadow and Dark Granny Apple Green were used to color the leaves on the tree and the plants at the base of the tree. Light Crumb Cake colored the trunk and branches.

Some birds in Pacific Point, stamped off once, fly past the tree.


The sentiment is stamped in Versamark on the back side of a scrap from the front, and heat embossed in Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. (TIP- Anytime you use embossing powder, use the Embossing Buddy to de-static the paper so the embossing powder does not stick where you don’t want it.) This was cut with the Tailored Tag Punch. I punched another in Mossy Meadow, cut it in half horizontally and Liquid Glued it to the back of the sentiment tag, spreading it to form a mat.


Some Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back (8!) gave me plenty of sticky to wind some Copper Metallic Thread around and still have enough adhesion to stick to the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon underneath. I had put a strip of Tear & Tape on the back of the Burlap Ribbon, wrapped it around the Wood Textures DSP and taped it to the back.

More Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the art piece adhere this card front to the Mossy Meadow mat, which is stuck to the card base with Liquid Glue.


Inside, another panel of Wood Textures DSP, same as the front, is stamped with more Pacific Point birds in full strength, and sentiments from Lasting Lily in Mossy Meadow.  The scripture verse on the opposite side is from Hold on to Hope and is stamped in Early Espresso, also on the Wood Textures DSP. I also stamped the small tree from Golden Afternoon in Early Espresso, letting it run off the paper. This was adhered with Liquid Glue. The Sentiment liner was adhered to the Mossy Meadow mat and into the card base with Liquid Glue.

The Crumb Cake Envelope (retired) has another small tree on the front in Early Espresso and more of the Wood Textures DSP on the flap with a few birds flying by.



I hope you like my card, but if you don’t that’s ok. Please leave comments. Below are the card cuts and products used for this card.

CARD CUTS: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Mossy Meadow:front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, front sentiment mat 2″ x 3″; 6″ x 6″ Wood Textures Designer Series Paper: front art panel and inside liner 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, second sentiment panel inside 2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″, front sentiment 2″ x 3″

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Stampin’ Up! Rooted in Nature Congratulations for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

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Good Thursday to you all. Time for another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop with my friends and teammates. Start hopping to see what wonders they all have for you. Today we are working with a color challenge. color challenge

Here is the card I created using these parameters.


I began with a Night of Navy card base. This is a top fold card. Using the Rooted in Nature large tree and Call Me Clover Classic Stampin’ Pad, I stamped the image near the bottom of the whitewashed Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Pack.

I adhered this to a Call Me Clover mat, but instead of centering it on the mat, I placed the top edges even, just for something different. Who says everything has to be straight and centered all the time? It is straight, and it is centered side to side. I like the way this looks for a top fold card. My friend Mary likes all the border edges the same, and usually, I do also. However, on this top fold, I like the larger border at the bottom and none at the top.

With my Banners For You stamp set, I stamped the sentiment in Lovely Lipstick, and the border in Night of Navy. This was stamped on the strip I had cut off the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. Using a scrap of Call Me Clover and two dies from the Rooted in Nature Bundle, I embossed and cut a triple leaf design, then liquid glued it under the sentiment. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to mount this on the card front.


To finish, I made a loopy bow with Linen Thread and adhered it to the sentiment with a Glue Dot.

For the inside, another panel of Wood Textures DSP was stamped in the corners with the triple leaf from Rooted in Nature in Call Me Clover . The sentiment is in Lovely Lipstick with a stamp from Needle and Thread. A Call Me Clover mat is adhered with Liquid Glue and the whole thing into the card base.


This card is destined for a middle school aged young man who earned an outstanding student award recently. I think this sentiment sends a perfect message to a special young person.

At this point, I thought it looked a little plain, so I added some ‘stitch’ marks in Night of Navy around the edge, then added a few more to the front of the card.

The envelope has a Call Me Clover big tree on the front, and randomly stamped triple leaves on the flap. I deliberately kept the leaves inside the edges so I could add more ‘stitches’ around the edge of the flap. I did not put them on the front as I decided that would be a bit of overkill.

I hope you like this card and our colors today. Now on with the hop! Just click the ‘Next’ button to continue the hop to see what the uber creative Eva has done for you.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – You are Here

Eva Dobilas

CARD CUTS: Night of Navy: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Call Me Clover: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, leaf 2″ x 2″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Pack: front and inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″, banner scrap from trimming the front.

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Stampin’ Up! Sneak Peek Still Night Sympathy

A Good Saturday to you all! And, Spectacular September! Yep, it is September already. Launch of Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog (Sept. 5th), Back-to-School, Colorful leaves, end of the garden, Football, Apples-and cider, YUM! It is also the beginning of preparedness for all the upcoming holidays-Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year. OH, MY! Will I ever be ready? I should have begun preparedness months ago!

Obviously, there will be many reasons to make and send cards, and that does not include the birthdays, get well, sympathy, etc.

My card today uses a stamp and die bundle from the Holiday catalog that I knew I MUST HAVE as soon as I saw it. The Still Night Bundle includes the Still Night Stamp Set and the Night Owl Thinlits. This set is special to me for several reasons, not the least of which, as a photographer I was privileged to observe and photograph a Great Horned Owl family this spring for several weeks.

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If I could only have 3 Bundles from the Holiday catalog they would be Still Night, Winter Woods and First Frost. All these can be used throughout the year for purposes other than specific holidays, which means my dollars go further. YAY!

But, I am sure you want to see how I made my card. I have not made an envelope for it yet….too many cucumbers to make into pickles, and tomatoes to can whole and diced, and as salsa, juice, and part of my end-of-the-garden soup mix. (Remember, I mentioned the end of the garden earlier in the post.) So, no envelope until I need to send this card. Oh, and did I mention that the inside isn’t finished either? I started the inside, but haven’t had time to finish it and get it in the card.

I really just wanted to give you a peek at this fabulous bundle before the catalog goes live on Wednesday.

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This card also uses my favorite Woodlands Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Winter Woods stamps and Rooted in Nature stamps. I think they all combine wonderfully to make a great card.

I began with stamping a few of the wintry bare trees in Gray Granite on a panel of whisper white card stock which I then ran through the Big Shot in the Woodlands TIEF.

Using a Sponge Dauber I then highlighted the woodland embossed trees with Gray Granite. Since the trees I had stamped sort of looked like they were hanging in the air, I used the curvy die in the Winter Woods Bundle to cut a scrap of Whisper white to make a snowbank. This made a perfect way to ground the trees and provide a place for the sentiment from Rooted in Nature, stamped in Gray Granite.

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This panel was Liquid Glued onto my Mossy Meadow card base.

To add depth to the scene, I cut a square of whisper white, stamped a row of the bare winter trees in Gray Granite (after stamping them off twice) and some small conifers from the Rooted in Nature (annual catalog) stamp set. These were stamped off once, also in Gray Granite. I was going for a snowy evening look here, but I have other great ideas for this set, so stay tuned for more in upcoming posts.

I did a little Gray Granite sponging to take away the stark whiteness of the background, and am not totally happy with it. Do as you like here.

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Then I stamped off the large spruce tree from Winter Woods once in Mossy Meadow and stamped it as the tree closest to the owl. The backgrounds are finished. Now for the fun part, Ollie, the Owl himself. He is so handsome.

Ollie (my name for him) is stamped in Early Espresso on Crumb Cake card stock and colored with my Stampin’ Blends Markers. I used Bronze, Crumb Cake Light, Daffodil Delight Dark (eyes, bill and talons) and Smoky Slate Light. Using the outline die from the Still Night Bundle, and the magnetic platform for perfect placement of the die, I cut him out and applied Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back.

The tree branch, cut with the die from the same bundle, is cut from a panel of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I love this paper as it is SO very versatile. I just wish it came in larger sheets. A white Gel pen made the snow on the branch.

I did stamp some snowflakes allover the background panel and the square with Craft White and the stamps from Still Night, but they don’t show up at all.

Liquid glue the branch to the square stamped with trees and adhere the owl in place. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to attach this art piece to the card front.

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The card front is done. Easy Peasy, and oh, so nice! Card cuts and product list below.

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Card Cuts: Mossy Meadow: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored and folded at 4-1/4″; Whisper White: card front 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, square with trees 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, snow bank 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″;  Crumb Cake: owl 2-1/2″ square, Woodland Textures DSP: branch 4″ x 4″

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Stampin’ Up WOOD

I hope you are all having a Fabulous Friday. And, why not? Friday is the day before the weekend, which makes nearly everyone happy, right?

My card for today is another one using the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop sketch from yesterday, with a totally different take on it.

Here is the sketch we used, and that I am using again today.

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And here is the card I created using that sketch

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This technique, called Black Ice, was developed, or invented if you prefer, by Melissa Kerman. You can see her video on this technique here

I wanted this to be all about trees and wood, so I used the Waterfront stamp set, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, Leaflets Framelits and Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder.

To begin, I took a panel of Copper Foil Sheets and ran it through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Planks DTIEF. With the Classic Basic Black Stampin’ Pad (regular ink pads won’t stick to the foil) and a light touch, I simply dragged it over the embossed copper. This really brought out the wood grain. This is the black of the black ice.

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I left this to dry thoroughly while I went on to other parts of the project.

I tried stamping the trees and mountains then die cutting with the maple leaf from the Leaflets Framelits, which didn’t work very well. Then, I cut first, then stamped my design and that was much better. Initially, I used a dark wood (like the mat), rubbed my Versamark pad over the edges and heat embossed it in copper. Hmmm. A little dark, but maybe ok once it is on the copper.

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To be certain the copper piece was dry I did use my Heat Tool for a brief time. To do the ice technique, simply drag the Versamark pad over your panel, cover it in Clear Embossing Powder and heat emboss. Lovely. I really do like this look!

This was Liquid Glued to a piece of the dark Wood Textures DSP and onto my card base. Using Tear and Tape, I adhered a strip of Burlap Ribbon to the card front. I also die cut two branches from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, one in Basic Black and one in the dark Wood Textures DSP. I offset these and Liquid Glued them over the Burlap Ribbon.

I put several Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of my stamped and embossed leaf, wound some Copper Metallic Thread around and adhered it over the ribbon and branches. Remember I said it was a little dark? Well, it was a LOT dark and I really didn’t like it. The remedy was to die cut the leaf from a lighter Wood Textures DSP, then stamp the design. I simply Liquid Glued this over the darker leaf, offsetting it a bit so the copper edge would show. AHA! Much better.

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Now, the ribbon is wrong! Oh. My. Gosh. Now what? Well, I don’t like this, so what harm can it do to try to fix it before it goes in the trash? I took my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker and went over the ribbon. I had to do this twice to get it really black, but I am thinking you could use a black permanent marker too, which might be darker.

This helped enough that the card was salvaged, but, if I do it again I will use a strip of black card stock instead. But then, the black branch won’t show up. I will think of something!

On the inside I ran my Embossing Buddy over the paper before I stamped the sentiment in Versamark. This is also from the Waterfront stamp set, stamped  on the dark Wood Textures DSP, covered in Copper Emboss Powder and heat set. This panel was liquid glued to a Copper Foil Sheets panel and into the card base.

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For the envelope, I stamped the same trees and mountains on the front, then added a piece of the Wood Textures DSP to the flap. All done. I think this needs improving, but I like the basic idea. Must try it again.

Card Cuts: Basic Black: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, branch 2″ x 5″, Copper Foil Sheets: embossed panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside mat 3-11/16″ x 4-15/16″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Pack  front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside sentiment panel 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″, leaf 4″ x 4″, branch 2″ x 5″

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Happy Birthday with the Bees!

Happy Awesome Sunday, Folks! I hope you remembered to turn your clocks forward last night and didn’t miss church or anything because you forgot!

My card for today is for a bee-keeper, and since Stampin’ Up doesn’t have any bee hives, I used a set from Our Daily Bread Designs to stamp the bee skep. The bee is also from that set, but everything else is SU.

I began by taking a piece of the Wood Textures DSP and randomly stamping the bees in Versamark ink. I heat embossed these in copper, then, using the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder, I dry embossed it. After all, the bees make honeycombs which are hexagonal in shape. wild wing creations-4

A piece of 1/4″ Copper trim spread out and wrapped around the bee-embossed Wood Textures DSP is taped to the back. This panel was then adhered to the Early Espresso card base with Liquid Glue.

I sponged a panel of Very Vanilla with Soft Suede using a Sponge Dauber, then stamped the bee skep image also in Soft Suede. The bee was stamped next, then the honeycomb design from Butterfly Basics. Using my Stampin’ Write markers I colored the flowers, leaves, bee skep and bees with Pink Pirouette, Pear Pzazz, and Daffodil Delight. I filled in the wings of the bees with my Wink of Stella to give them a translucent look. The sentiment, stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in copper, is from Butterfly Basics.

The ground beneath the hive needed something, so I used my Blender Pen and Pear Pzazz ink from the Classic Stamp Pad lid to give it a green wash.

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Having decided to offset this panel so more of the embossed bees would show, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals along the left edge to add several loops of Metallic Copper Thread, then adhered this panel to the card front. The finishing touch is found in the 3 Glitter Enamel Dots scattered over the panel.

For the inside, I again dry embossed a panel of the same Wood Textures DSP and adhered it to the card base with Liquid Glue. I sponged another Very Vanilla panel around the edges with Soft Suede ink, then stamped several of the honeycomb design without re-inking the stamp,wild wing creations-5

Using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the sentiment (from Picture Perfect) straight, I stamped this also in Soft Suede. Next I stamped 3 bees in Soft Suede and colored them with my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write marker. The wings are Wink of Stella. The Bee Happy sentiment is from the same Our Daily Bread Designs stamp set. This panel was Liquid Glued to the embossed mat.

For the envelope flap, I randomly stamped the honeycomb design, again without re-inking, a couple of times, then added one bee, colored the same as the ones inside the card.

The front received flowers (bees need flowers!) from Background Bits, stamped in Soft Suede ink. Then, three more bees hover over the flowers, stamped and colored the same as the others. This card and envelope are finished, and I am happy with the result.

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Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper: front 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside 4″ x 5-1/4″; Very Vanilla: front and inside 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″

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