Sunday, May 26, 2019

Stampin' Up! Good Morning Magnolia Birthday Card

It's Simple Stamping Sunday! Remember the brown and yellow card that was cut up into squares using the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set? Here's a refresher.

Well, I decided that was too much work and created this one!
There's just something about black and white that appeals to me. Perhaps it's because of the 9 years of weekly piano lessons. Over at Crafty Catz, there's a monochrome challenge and at Creative Friday #231 there's an "everything in bloom" challenge.

My card base is 4 1/4" x 11", scored and folded at 5 1/2".

The Whisper White mat is 4 1/8" x 5 3/8". On top of that is a Basic Black mat 4" x 4". I did a dry fit to see where I should place my sentiment and filigree. Everything is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I stamped the magnolia on a piece of Whisper White 3 3/4" x 3 3/4". Then I cut it into 3 strips measuring 1 1/4" each. I adhered those to the black mat. Done! Hands up! Walk away! It'll only make sense if you watch "Chopped" on the Food Network.  

Tomorrow we remember all the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free. To all of them, their families and friends, we pay homage. Thank you to all who maintain that freedom.

I hope you enjoyed the simple stamping today and thanks for stopping by. I hope I brought a smile to your face.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Stampin' Up! From Land to Sea, By the Tide and Well Scripted Birthday Card

Thanks for joining me this Saturday morning. Do you have your cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate with you? It's supposed to be record high temps here in southwest Florida. Iced coffee should be on the menu for me! So, to get cooled off and refreshed, I took a dive into the sea and look what I came up with...

To create this technique, I took a long piece of cardstock and placed it many ways, each time sponging heavily on the edges with Tranquil Tide ink. I drew my sponge into that piece of cardstock rather than the usual method of sponging. I sponged more lightly in the open space with Pool Party ink. Then I placed Post It Notes to block off each section and stamped the jelly fish and turtle images from the From Land to Sea; the shell, seahorse and coral images from By the Tide and the sentiment from Well Scripted (all retired) using Tranquil Tide ink (retiring June 3). I had done a dry fit so I had a general idea of what images I would use.The masking sheets had Rich Razzleberry ink on them from a card I made last year and the color bled into some of the sections. I love the way this retiform technique came out! The Soft Sea Foam and Tranquil Tide sea grass at the bottom is current and carrying over to the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. It's called High Tide stamp set. 

I'm playing for the second time this month at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies. I'm the 166th entry! Wow are they going to have a tough time deciding on winners.

Allsorts is celebrating their 10th birthday and I'm wishing them a happy birthday for the second time this month! What a coincidence that this entry is the 166th on their site!

Our community has placed flags all along the medians to commemorate Memorial Day. My thanks go out to all of those who died in service to our country and to the families and friends who keep their memories alive.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Stampin' Up! Dandelion Wishes

TGIF and a long weekend for you, I hope!

Today I am CASEing a card I posted last Friday.

I still had the Dandelion Wishes stamp set on my desk, along with the masking sheets so I decided to go with Balmy Blue, Lemon Lime Twist and Very Vanilla for my color scheme.

I stamped the Dandelion and sentiment with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed it with White Emboss Powder. 

Again, quick and easy. Because it was "quick", I'm going to enter it at Just Add Ink #458.
And, because the dandelion is in full bloom, I'm playing at Creative Friday #231.

Last, but not least, I'm entering this in The Flower Challenge #32 for the heat embossing.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Stampin' Up! Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper for Happy Inkin' Thursday

Welcome to our weekly Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop. If you are a regular follower, you know already that you are in for a treat and that at the bottom of my post you will find the hoppers listed. If you are not a regular follower, you ARE in for a treat and I hope you will become a follower! Plus I hope you will keep on reading to get to the hoppers.

For my card today I have chosen to use the Magnolia Lane DSP (available June 4) for our sketch challenge, along with the Well Written Dies. This challenge was not easy for me. Oh, that's right, it's a challenge! Once I decided what paper I wanted to use, the card quickly came together.

I absolutely love this paper and I have chopped quite a bit of it. I adhered a 4" x 4" piece on a Whisper White card base that measures 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4".

I cut a piece of Mossy Meadow 4 1/2" x 1 1/2" and adhered that. Then I cut another piece of the DSP 4 1/2" x 1/2" and adhered that...all with liquid glue.

Using the Layering Circle Framelits Dies, I cut a scalloped one from Petal Pink and a Whisper White circle. I sponged the edges so that it would run into the white. I adhered them together and then to the card front.

Next I cut "happy" twice with the Well Written in Petal Pink and one in Mossy Meadow. I adhered them together by sponging liquid glue on them (just put some glue on a silicone mat and dab your sponge in it). I offset the words a little so it would give added dimension. Then I adhered them to the strip and circle.

I didn't like how plain it looked so I colored three small Pearl Basic Jewels with my Dark Mossy Meadow Stampin' Blend and adhered them. It was still too plain so I used the tiny "for you" stamp from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set. I am so glad that set is not retiring!

Don't you just love magnolias. Hopefully the Design Team at Creative Inspiration May Flowers & Showers does! I'm also playing at Through the Craft Room Door and Brown Sugar Challenge Blog May Flowers.

The inside is unfinished as I haven't decided whether to use it for graduation, a wedding, retirement or new baby. It'll be for whatever occasion comes first in my circle of life!

Speaking of circles, if you click on the "Next" button and continue to do that on each blog, you will return full circle to me! However, if you don't want to get dizzy, you can click on each individual name to go to that blog. No matter how you choose to do it, you will not be disappointed by what you find.

Karen Finkle - you are here!
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Stampin' Up! Sail Away Stamp Set

Welcome to Wednesday! Today I brought out my Stampin' Up! Sail Away stamp set (I really hadn't put it away!) and my Beautiful Promenade stamp set (available now and carrying over, thank goodness!). 

Along with that I used the Come Sail Away DSP and more stamps from the Sail Away set. These products will be available June 4, 2019, in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.

This could be for a man, but there are lots of women who love to sail so I may use it for one who is really going through a difficult time in her life at the moment. But for now, it remains masculine for the challenge at Creative Friday #230 For a Man/Boy

This was so easy to put together. The DSP and card stock did most of the work. In Balmy Blue, I stamped the smaller boat on a scrap of Whisper White. I stamped the sentiment from Beautiful Promenade in Night of Navy. I used the Story Label punch (available June 4) to cut it out and adhered it with dimensionals.

I'll let you in on a little secret...the inside was supposed to be the outside! Thanks to one of my teammates, Karen Ksenzakovic, for the layout of the pieces! I will try to make it according to her instructions again. For some reason, I had a gap in the middle of my card, but she didn't. I must have measured incorrectly. It's a good excuse to make another card! This is quickly becoming my favorite stamp set.

BUT my pieces were a little too big and the mat would have covered most of that handsome DSP! I am happy to send you the measurements if you leave a comment with your email address. OR you can look at my profile and find my email address there to send a request.

I found a new challenge site. Thank goodness for Google Translate. 2 Sisters on the blog #27 has a beautiful denim mood board.

I hope you enjoyed my card and please do come back tomorrow for our Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Stampin' Up!Dandelion Wishes Get Well Card

Welcome to Taraxacum Tuesday! Do you know what Taraxacum stands for? "dandelion flower head composed of numerous small florets (top). ... Taraxacum (/təˈræksəkʊm/) is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, which consists of species commonly known as dandelions." That's according to Wikipedia. I did not know that and the only reason I looked it up was so I could play at The Paper Players PP442 and follow the CAS and plant themes! Thank you, Laurie, for the great challenge.

I masked off the two sides and sponged the bottom middle section lightly with Granny Apple Green. I sponged the top part heavier with Balmy Blue. I love this technique. I removed the masks and stamped the dandelion from Stampin' Up! Dandelion Wishes in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Unfortunately, but maybe fortunately, I had some ink smudges on the base of the card (it's a one layer card). I could have redone the front on a mat and adhered it but I chose to use my Rhinestone Basic Jewels and I colored them with a Black Sharpie! Two covered the smudges and one served as the center of the plant flower :-)

Bingo, the card front was done. Thank you Connie Stewart for the masking idea.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Stampin' Up! Good Morning Magnolia Birthday Card

Welcome, my peeps, to my May Makeover Madness Monday! Do you realize there is only one more Monday left in May after today? Scarey, that's what it is and you know what June means, right? ... half way through the year...yikes! Am I Rip Van Finkle and fell asleep? Enough silliness...on with the card!

My teammate, Linda Richenberg, created a card with the Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set that will be available June 4 in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. I decided hers would be the one I would CASE and make over. Here is my card...

and here is Linda's card...

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #174 Flowers is where I'm playing today. I'm competing against more than 100 other beautiful entries!

Just to refresh my memory so I don't get confused with the photo of Linda's card ...

After stamping the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I used my Dark/Light Daffodil and Dark/Light Mossy Meadow Blends to color my magnolia. The sentiment and filigree from that set are stamped in Early Espresso. The card stock is Early Espresso and So Saffron. 

Here's the inside...

The sentiment is from Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set, which will be retiring June 3. The corners are punched with the flowery looking part of the Detailed Trio Punch, which is current and carrying over. I am so grateful for that!

Here's an image of this set that will be available June 4 as a bundle. When you order a bundle, you receive a 10% discount. You might want to start your "wish list"!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be back tomorrow.

Stampin' Up! Good Morning Magnolia Birthday Card

It's Simple Stamping Sunday! Remember the brown and yellow card that was cut up into squares using the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set? ...