Monday, June 17, 2019

Stampin' Up! Country Floral Birthday Card

Good morning! It's Monday Makeover Madness and 
I chose to makeover Karen Ksenzakovic's card. She is one of my teammates and here is her card...
here is mine...

I changed the orientation for one thing! My card base is Thick Whisper White. I embossed a piece of Shaded Spruce with the Country Floral 3D EF, page 198 of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog (remember I'll let you know when it's available...once SU lets ME know!)

I also embossed a piece of Vellum and adhered it to Gold Foil after cutting everything into triangles. 

The bow is 3/8" Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon, which can be found on page 175. 

The gold filigree behind the sentiment is a die cut from the retired Petals & More Thinlits. I stamped the sentiment with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed it with Gold Emboss Powder. It is from Itty Bitty Greetings, page 30 and is punched out with the Classic Label Punch, page 186. 

For the inside, I punched the corners with the Detailed Trio punch, page 187. I stamped the sentiment from Stitched All Around and added the butterfly from Beauty Abounds. The color I used was Shaded Spruce.

I'm entering my card at the Craft-Dee bowZ June challenge. There are some beautiful bows by the Design Team and also in the competition. I'm also playing again at Die Cut Divas June challenge for birthdays.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you are having a wonderful day. If you have any desire to purchase these items at my online store, just click on the tab above and thank you!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Stampin' Up! Siesta Day

Does the title of my post sound familiar? Well, yes, because now I'm on my way home from Disney and my card is another one we made at card group. Sue L. comes up with the neatest products. It's a spinner card!

The arrow doesn't spin, the entire circle does! Pretty neat, huh?

and the inside...

If you are interested in making this card, here is the link for the information.

I'm playing at Seize the Birthday #167.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope to see you tomorrow for a makeover!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Stampin' Up! Country Floral 3D EF Rococco Rose Birthday Card

Are you having a good Saturday morning, peeps? I am! Today wraps up my trip to Disney World. It rained Wednesday and Thursday when I was with the kiddos. We are staying at different resorts and basically meet for meals. Thursday my umbrella leaked and even the bus leaked, the seats were filled puddles and it was standing room only. You know you have reached the elderly stage when a teenager traveling alone offers you their seat...speaks highly of the teenager though, right? Yesterday I chose to travel alone because I wanted to hit all four parks, go to a couple of Perry's favorite spots and to a couple not so favorite. I walked 8 miles and it didn't rain...woo hoo! 

Today I am showing you one of the new In Colors, Rococco Rose. I love how it looks with Very Vanilla and dry embossing. The Country Floral 3D embossing folder is one of my favorites in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. This was a carryover and is not currently available but SU will let us know when they are available to order. 

Inspire.Create.Challenge #045 has an embossing challenge so I shall play there. I am also playing at the Alphabet Challenge "F" is for Flowers. This is my third and last time for this particular challenge. They have a limit of three entries. I love to use flowers for my cards and this one fits right in with the challenge at Simply Create Too #150.

The sentiment is from the Well Said Stamp Set. It's stamped in Rococco Rose. After it was punched with the Pretty Label punch, I sponged the edge. I adhered three matching Faceted Dots. I used liquid glue to adhere the card pieces together with the exception of the sentiment...I used dimensionals for that.

The inside is a piece of Very Vanilla with a sentiment from the retired Picture Perfect Stamp Set. The corners are punched with the retired Curvy Corner Trio punch.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you'll join me tomorrow.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Stampin' Up! Stitched All Around Birthday Card

 I'm not sure if the Tommy Bahama shirts is an SU stamp but I know I colored them in with SU Blends!

The "stripe" at the bottom is not glitter nor washi tape. It is tear and tape covered with tiny little metal balls which have been brayered to the tape. What fun that was! There are still minuscule balls try to make their escape!

The inside is a stamp from Stitched All Around. 

I've got to find a man who digs purple in order to send this out OR even better find someone who would purchase it!

Today I'm playing in three challenges:

1. Alphabet Challenge F is for Flowers (on the first shirt there are flowers!)
2. Fusion Card Challenge (I was inspired by the photo not only by the colors but that a guy driving this VW bus would wear these shirts!)
3. If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #119 (Definitely inspired by the colors!)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Stampin' Up! Sailing Home and Smooth Sailing for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

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Yeppers, it's a color challenge this week! Pretty Peacock is one of the new SU 2019-2021 In Colors. So, let me strut my stuff (just to remind you, a male peacock struts his stuff for a peahen)! I have created a masculine card for this week's blog hop challenge. Through the Purple Haze has a masculine challenge this month.

I brought out my Sailing Home Bundle to make what could be a birthday, graduation or congratulatory card. I also tried a new technique and I have fallen in love with it! Take a look see...

My card base is Pretty Peacock 4 1/4" x 11", scored and folded at 5 1/2". I cut a panel of Shimmery White card stock 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" and spritzed it with water on both sides. I took a piece of Saran Wrap larger than the panel, scrunched it into a ball, opened it loosely so that it would cover the area of my panel, spritzed it with water, dropped a few drops of each ink refill from the challenge AND added drops of Frosty White Shimmer paint. (I got a little carried away with that!) I smooshed the ink drops around and then spritzed the Shimmery White with water again. I layed the panel on top of the wrap and flipped it over. Then I opened it up further and spread out the wrap so it covered the entire panel. Don't "iron" out the wrinkles! I pressed it very gently and left it alone for an hour. After the hour, I carefully removed the wrap and let it dry over night.

While I was waiting for that hour to go by, I stamped the lighthouse in Blueberry Bushel, then in Versa Mark Ink and heat embossed it with Clear Emboss Powder. I colored the grass with an Old Olive marker. Then I cut it out with a die from Smooth Sailing.

I stamped the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel. That one came from the Colorful Season Stamp Set. I cut it out with the oak tree die that's in the Nature's Roots set (page 194) and partially cut it with the top of the tree one way, turned it and partially cut it again. I took my paper snips to cut out where the lines didn't meet. I was hoping it would resemble a cloud. I sponged the sentiment with Pretty Peacock Ink and went around the edge with my Old Olive marker.

The next morning I added both the lighthouse and the sentiment to the panel with dimensionals. Then I used liquid glue to adhere the panel to the card base. This process warps the paper a little so if you are good at getting a panel on straight with Tear and Tape, I'd use that. That is NOT my forte!

Ready for the inside?

The sentiment is stamped in Blueberry Bushel and it's from Peaceful Place. I sponged the bottom with Pretty Peacock and the top with Blueberry Bushel. The sailboat is stamped off once in Blueberry Bushel. I thought about adding waves with a white gel pen, but I am not an artist and it's not a product Stampin' Up! carries.

When I first started out, I had a totally different layout planned with different cutouts, but it just didn't work for me. Those will show up on another card one day. I hope you've enjoyed my card and that you'll give the Saran Wrap a try. There are many You Tube videos out there from which to choose.

Clicking on the "next" button will take you to Eva Dobilas. Clicking on the names below will take you directly to that team member. I can't wait to get hopping to see what my teammates have created.

Before I go, though, I want to enter my card at The Library Challenge 35 - To the Lighthouse...I may even read the book!

Karen Finkle - you are here!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Stampin' Up! Heartland Thinking of You Card

This is another of my set that I showed you here using the Heartland Stamp Set.

My card base is Early Espresso with an embossed mat of Very Vanilla. The embossing folder I used is the Basket Weave 3D it! It's not available at the moment but I can let you know when it is.

I cut another piece of Very Vanilla, sponged it with Early Espresso and stamped it with one of the Heartland stamps. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I colored only the grass and trees with a Garden Green watercolor pencil and Blender Pen.

The inside is very plain so this is why I decided it would be masculine...not that men are plain...but women are more frilly! Try It On Tuesday says "It's a Man's World" for their challenge!

I can hear the dog saying (or singing) "She thinks my tractor's sexy." Thank you for indulging me with that earworm!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you'll return tomorrow for our weekly blog hop.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Stampin Up! Heartland Birthday Card for Amy's Inkin' Krew Blog Hop

Welcome to our monthly Inkin' Krew Blog Hop.   Our very talented team is doing a blog hop featuring Stampin’ Up! products. This month we are all creating projects with a “birthday” theme and I’m featuring the Heartland stamp set from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog my birthday card. This will be an addition to the set I created last week.


My card base is Garden Green card stock. I stamped the images from my Heartland Stamp Set in Memento Tuxedo Black on a panel of Very Vanilla card stock. I stamped the greeting with a stamp from the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set. I used my Garden Green watercolor pencil and Blender Pen to color the trees and grass. I colored the dog with my Light Crumb Cake Blends. Then I ran the panel through my embossing machine using the Pinewood Planks embossing folder. That folder has retired but I just thought it went great with the barn.

On the inside I stamped another image from the Heartland set. The sentiment is a SU wood mount stamp from 2001, which was in Carole's stash.

The image is stamped in Basic Gray and the sentiment in Garden Green.

I am entering my card in three challenges:

3. Double Trouble Challenge #30 -- This is one of my fave sites because it's so much fun. I've completed all 3 things. "Stencil/Embossed Background" with 
Optional Twist "Critter found on a Farm"
with 2 Crafty Critter Crazies "Critters"

Thank you so much for visiting today. I hope you have fun hopping to the rest of the Krew's blogs. It will be worth your while. Clicking on the "Previous" button will take you to Jaimie Babarczy and the "Next" button will take you to Karen Ksenzakovic. You can also click on the individual names.

Jaimie Babarczy
Karen Finkle - you are here!
Karen Ksenzakovic
Shirley Gentry
Connie Troyer
Mary Deatherage
Sue Prather
Akiko Sudano
Amy Koenders

Monday, June 10, 2019

Stampin' Up! Heartland and Let It Ride Encouragement Card

It's Monday Makeover Madness again. I have found this Heartland Stamp Set and the Let It Ride Stamp Set a blessing to me in making a set of cards that are masculine. If you missed the post where I showed you the set, you can see it here. In that post I explained how I made one of them.

Today, I am making over one that I found on Pinterest. I wish I knew to whom the credit should go because the masking and coloring was perfect. You will see by my card that I didn't have that much energy!
Here's mine, which I am entering in Addicted to stamps Challenge #175 for a boy/man and at Dragonfly Dreams For a Man/Boy. Oh, and horses/farms/landscape are all a part of nature, right? I'll let Time Out #137 determine that!

My card base is Early Espresso. The barn is from the Heartland Stamp Set and the horse and sentiment are from the Let It Ride Stamp Set. Everything is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

For the inside, I stamped the trees in Mossy Meadow ink and stamped another sentiment from Let It Ride in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. With the trees, I stamped off once but wish I had done it twice as the sentiment is not a prominent as I had wanted. Oh, well I can always create another panel and adhere it.

Thank you for stopping by today. Hope to see you tomorrow for our monthly blog hop.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Stampin' Up Siesta Day

Yes, it's Stampin' Up Sunday Siesta Day! The only thing SU is retired Washi Tape and Old Olive card stock.  I'm just going to show you one of the items we created at Sue L.'s Thursday when we celebrated Barb's birthday. I'll be sharing others over a period of days as I will be in Disney with my daughter and two grandchildren. 

Once again, Sue had everything cut for us BUT we did have to score, fold, glue, punch and follow directions!

Project No. 1...oh, did I have trouble with this one! It's a purse and you can put money in it!

Where does she get these ideas from???

I am playing at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #516 - Not a Card! 

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a blessed Sunday. Hope to see you tomorrow for Monday Makeover Madness.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Stampin' Up! Well Written and Country Floral Happy Birthday Card

Thursday was Barb's birthday and by my card you will know what her favorite color is. It's the same as mine!

My card base is Gorgeous Grape with a mat of Highland Heather. The Country Floral embossed mat is Purple Posy. The ribbon is 1/2" Purple Posy Scalloped Linen. The "Happy Birthday" is cut with the Well Written Dies.

For the inside, I used stamps from two retired sets: Eastern Beauty and Well Scripted.

Sue L. provided a beautiful chocolate cake for our birthday group gathering. Tomorrow I'll show you  the projects/cards we made at Sue's. It was a fun afternoon! Barb knew immediately who the card was from...imagine that!

I'm playing at Crafty Catz #465 Anything Goes with a Birthday Twist and it was Aunty Sue's birthday yesterday. If you get a chance, go visit the site and wish her a happy one! I'm also entering my card in the WWC224-Karen's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge. Last, but not least, the Cut It Up Challenge 175 has a birthday theme and you must use a die cut.

Thank you for stopping by today.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Stampin' Up! Dandelion Wishes Thinking of You Card

Welcome to Flowery Friday! I brought out my Dandelion Wishes stamp set again which is in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. I love this set and I've made so many cards with it in the past few weeks.

Each end strip is Poppy Parade and then going from left to right is Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Blushing Bride. I was using a masking Post It Note that had Poppy Parade on it. When I was sponging the Blushing Bride, the Poppy Parade came along for the ride...and I rather like it.

I stamped the dandelions and the sentiment from Good Morning Magnolia at the same time with my Stamparatus, using Versa Mark Ink. I heat set them with Black Emboss Powder. I added three Rhinestone Basic Jewels colored with a Black Sharpie to give it some pizzazz.

Alphabet Challenge Blog has a "F is for Flowers" challenge today so I am entering my card there. I've learned there is an 8 hour time difference between here and there!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you'll have a great weekend.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Stampin' Up! Stitched All Around Birthday Card for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

Welcome to our weekly blog hop. Today we have a sketch challenge and I brought out my Stitched All Around stamp set, Stitched Labels Framelits dies and my Springtime Impressions dies to make my card. Here is the sketch...
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and here is my card...

Don't you just love this shade of blue? It's new in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog and it's called Seaside Spray. The ribbon is new as well and it comes in the 2019-2021 In Colors.

I'd like to enter this card in the challenge at The House that Stamps Built - DCCJ519 - Things With Wings.

I began by embossing the front of my card base with the Country Floral 3D folder.

The two pieces of ribbon are adhered with Tear and Tape. I cut the pretty mat from the Stitched Labels out of Whisper White card stock and adhered it to the card front with liquid glue.

Next I cut the butterfly out of a piece of Seaside Spray and attached it with mini dimensionals. That die is from the Springtime Impressions dies. The Sahara Sand leaves are made with the Leaf Punch and adhered with liquid glue.

It doesn't show in the photo but I went over the butterfly and leaves with my clear Wink of Stella Glimmer Brush.

For the inside...

I used the Detailed Trio punch on the four corners and stamped the sentiment from Stitched All Around in Seaside Spray.

I hope you enjoy the hop! Clicking on the "next" button will take you to Eva Dobilas. Clicking on the names below will take you directly to that team member.

Karen Finkle - you are here!

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Stampin' Up! Heartland and Let It Ride Masculine Card Set

Did you catch the title? I'm playing at TGIF #214 Create a Set challenge ... what a great challenge!

and, we all need masculine cards, right? They do over at Addicted To Stamps Challenge #175. If you haven't visited these two sites, I hope you will. The Design Teams have wonderful examples and they have a lot of great entries.

I brought out my Heartland Stamp Set and my Let It Ride Stamp Set from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog to create my masculine set.

Because these three cards are a set, I will be telling you about them one at a time. For today, let's start with this one...

My card base is Early Espresso and the art panel is Very Vanilla. The three images are stamped in Early Espresso. The sentiment is from Well Written.

The inside is not completely finished but I'll show it to you anyway because I'd like your input, okay? Here ya go...

This is from the Enjoy Life Stamp Set. I think on its own, it's a little lacking. In addition to it, I am thinking of stamping "enjoy your special day" from a retired set...maybe a silhouette of a man or boy lightly stamped over it? I would love to hear your ideas. Update 6/8/'s how I finished the inside...
The additional sentiment is a 2003 SU that was in Carole's stash and the "he-man" is from the retired Guy Greetings stamp set.

Tomorrow is our Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop and I hope you'll return to see the treats in store for you. Have a great Wednesday, peeps.

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Stampin' Up! Country Floral Birthday Card

Good morning! It's Monday Makeover Madness and   I chose to makeover Karen Ksenzakovic's card. She is one of my teammates and her...