Monday, September 21, 2020

Stampin' Up! 24 hr. Flash Sale

This is my second post today. If you're looking for today's card, just scroll to the bottom and you should see my crazy cousin outfit. 

Stampin' Up! announced this morning that they're putting on a FLASH Stamp Set Sale on September 23! That's right - day after tomorrow - Wednesday! Starting at 12:01 a.m. (MOUNTAIN TIME)  and running until 11:50 p.m. (MOUNTAIN TIME) - you'll be able to score 15% off on selected stamp sets in the Online Store - and there are a LOT of them on the list!

Click on the image below to bring up a printable PDF list of the stamps that are on sale on September 23:

Now’s your chance to stock up on stamp sets at a stellar price! For one day only, you can grab select cling and photopolymer stamp sets at a 15% discount. This stamp-tacular sale only rolls around once a year, so you won’t want to miss it!

I've got my wish list all ready...let's get yours going!

Stampin' Up! Good Morning Magnolia Thinking of You Card

Good Monday Morning, peeps! Yeppers, Crazy Cousin is returning for the second time this month as Guest Designer for Double Trouble Paper Crafting! We have a new challenge for you and I hope you'll join in the fun. Just click on the link for Challenge #67 Off the Edge. Please, come along and get into trouble with me!

I'm sure you'd like to see the three challenges and it would be my pleasure to show them to you...

"On, Off, or Over the Edge?"  

Thing 1: Trouble Maker says, "We've all just about reached the proverbial edge with this ongoing pandemic. Let's not panic! We need to stay focused at a time like this so let's focus on a sketch from TSOT below. Keep it simple... take advantage of the shape that's off the edge by using shapes, paper, doilies, frames, sentiments and/or partial images, etc." 

You can stop here... 
OR, you can choose to go further over the edge with Twisted Sister's Optional Twist below.

Thing 3: Twisted Sister 
says, "There she goes again, Trouble Maker is trying to push me over the edge. So whether it's "On, Off or Over the Edge"...   whatever ... let's just do it!  Try to go beyond your edge, veer away from your normal comfort zone, and create a project using one of the techniques in "Off the Edge". Here are some tutorials by Jennifer McGuire that may be useful." 

Thing 2:  Double Dare 
says, "If you followed the sketch then link your project to Try Stampin' on Tuesday's Biweekly Sketch Challenge (TSOT) HERE whether you used Twisted Sister's optional twist or not. You will receive an additional chance at the Double Trouble Random Draw."  

Feel free to change the orientation... rotate or flip the sketch or use its mirror image.  

So, for Thing 1's challenge, I did concentrate on TSOT's sketch. However, I got dizzy running around in circles so I changed the circles to Magnolia buds!

For Thing 3, I did a new technique for me...partial die cutting. I watched a video by Lynn Dunn on You Tube. It took me three tries before I got it right! The first time I had stamped my flower in the wrong place, the second time I was distracted and did a full cut...three times...a charm AND I had a die cut for one of the buds! All I needed to do was cut one more to resemble the sketch. So, let me give you some bare-bones steps I took to stay out of any more trouble and items I used.
  • Cut card base - 4 1/4" x 11" (I used Rococo Rose)
  • Score on long edge at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2", fold and burnish, then fold back the 2 3/4" section. This creates what is called a "Z" fold (for those new to stamping)
  • Create a mask for the Magnolia bud that will be partially die cut (there are lots of videos on masking)
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White 1 3/4" x 4" to stamp the border image with your mask in place (see you just can't avoid masks these days!). The stamp is from the Ornate Style Stamp Set
  • Remove the mask (I'll be happy when we all can do that permanently!), stamp the actual bud and do a partial die cut. You place your top cutting plate to just cut half the image. There are many videos out there that can help you if you aren't sure of what I mean. I don't want to get you in trouble!
  • Tie a piece of Black Baker's Twine (retired) around the panel
  • Color all the buds and adhere the two fully cut ones with liquid glue and Dimensionals (the partially cut one I colored with watercolor pencils as Blends would have bled through) I used Flirty Flamingo and Garden Green Watercolor pencils and a Blender Pen
  • Emboss the front flap (I used Greenery) and then adhere the bud panel, adding three colored pearls (colored with Rococo Rose Dark Blends)
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White 2 5/8" x 4" and adhere as shown in pic 
  • Cut a piece of Designer Series Paper 5 1/4" x 4" and adhere to inside of card
  • Stamp sentiment (Good Morning Magnolia) directly on DSP (I used In Good Taste)
I finished my project by adhering a matching piece of DSP to the envelope flap and stamping a bud on the front, coloring it with my Light and Dark Rococo Rose Blends and Light Granny Apple Green Blends.

To comply with Thing 2...she's such a Double Darer...I need to leave you now so I can go enter my card at TSOT #476.  I'm also playing at Artsystamper #24 Ribbons and BowsCrafting Happiness Challenge #67 AAG and Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2038 ATG.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you'll play at Double Trouble. Like I have said many times, their challenges are so much fun. I have enjoyed my time as Crazy Cousin for the month of September and I thank the Design Team for that honor. It stretched my thought processes and creativity.  Now I'm off to see what other trouble I can find! Have a blessed day!

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Stampin' Up! Happiest of Birthdays Masculine Monochrome Card

Good Sunday morning, peeps!

So, the front of my card is definitely not Stampin' Up! but the inside is. I used one of the digitals I won in a challenge and I absolutely love it! It has been mailed out to a wonderful doctor friend whose birthday is tomorrow and he is a very Godly man and loves eagles. He has tons of statues and framed pictures in his home. Thanks to Beverly Cole, I learned how to get the text on the digital. I hope he likes his card.

Here's the Happiest of Birthdays inside...

Happiest of Birthdays is a great stamp set. You NEED it and it's easy to purchase from my online store! Just click on the link and you're there!!

Thank you for stopping by today.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Stampin' Up! Blends

Good morning, peeps. Thanks for stopping by. It's going to be another quick show and tell today. My card is one I made for the Irish pub to give to one of their patrons. It is one of my first digitals that I colored with my Stampin' Blends.

My blending skills on this were not the greatest but I think it was due to the paper I had to use in my printer. My printer is very persnickety when it comes to Whisper White or Very Vanilla card stock! In any event, the Celtic Ray was happy with it. On a patron's birthday, they pour a free drink as their gift. I'll be getting mine November 9. They don't give me a birthday card because I make all their cards and that would be just silly, wouldn't it?

I made up my own saying and printed it out.

I believe the gnome digital came from KLM Designs Papercraft. I am just starting to learn how to use digitals on my cards. 

Stampin' Up! has a gnome stamp set and that is on my wish list for October! 

Until we meet again tomorrow, I leave you with this to ponder...

"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails."
Proverbs 19:21

Friday, September 18, 2020

Stampin' Up! Perfectly Plaid Christmas Card

 I used the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set to create my card today.

After watching Stamping Mom, I was inspired to create a Christmas Card with Beth's "joy fold".

Here's what you'll need to re-create this card:

Cherry Cobbler Base: 4 1/4" x 8 1/2", scored and folded at 5 1/2"; emboss the fold with the Evergreen Forest 3D EF

Brushed Metallic Cardstock Gold Mat: 4" x 5 1/4"; adhere to base

Shaded Spruce: 3 1/4" x 8 1/2" scored and folded at 4 1/4"

Cherry Cobbler and Brushed Metallic Gold scraps for sentiment; stamp sentiment in Versa Mark ink, sprinkle with Gold Emboss Powder and heat set; punch out sentiment and mat with Lovely Labels Pick a Punch

Punch out shape with Pine Tree Punch on front flap; emboss with Tasteful Textile 3D EF

DSP Mat for behind punched out tree: 3" x 4" (I used retired Wrapped in Plaid DSP); adhere to back of front flap

Very Vanilla Mat for sentiment and image: 3" x 4"

Center Shaded Spruce on gold mat and adhere; add sentiment to front with Stampin' Dimensionals

Forever Greenery Trim Gold Twine: Make a double bow; adhere with glue dot

Decorate your envelope front and back!

Over at Just Add Ink #523, Tina has an alphabet challenge...just add "A". Well here's my "A" - Alchemy - "the medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir." Hope the DT doesn't think that's too much of a stretch! Last but not least, International Art & Soul: Ch#92 Tic-Tac-Toe. I went straight across the top.

Thank you for stopping by today and TGIF!

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."
Philippians 2:3-4 NIV
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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Stampin' Up! Jar of Flowers for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop


Welcome to the Happy Inkin' Thursday blog hop. You're in for a treat if you have never visited before. It's a weekly challenge and this week we have a sketch challenge. 
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Here's how I loosely interpreted it using the Jar of Flowers Stamp Set...


My card base is Whisper White, with a mat of Mint Macaron, a mat of Designer Series Paper from the In Good Taste 12" x 12" pack. I adhered the mats together and adhered them to the card base with liquid glue .

I used the 4th largest die from the Stitched Rectangles dies to cut the Mint Macaron piece. I embossed it with the Tasteful Textile 3D EF and adhered it to the card front with liquid glue.

I stamped the jar with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on a piece of Shimmery White card stock and punched it out with the Jar of Flowers punch. I colored the inside with Pool Party ink and my Water Painter. I stamped the stems inside the jar with MTB ink and colored them with my Dark Jade Stampin' Blends. 

With the colors I picked (Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Just Jade, Mint Macaron and Early Espresso) I decided to use the sunflower stamp from Jar of Flowers. I stamped the image on Whisper White card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I used Light and Dark Stampin' Blends to color the flowers and leaves and cut it out. 

There are no sentiments in the Jar of Flowers set so I used a sentiment from Special Someone. I stamped it on a scrap piece of Whisper White in Early Espresso and punched it out with the Lovely Labels Pick A Punch. I sponged the edges with Early Espresso. I did a dry fit and then glued the sentiment to the card front with liquid glue. Then I adhered the jar the same way. The flowers I adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The bows are from the Boho Indigo Project Medley and the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack. I adhered them with glue dots. To finish it off, I used three Metallic Pearls.

This is the first time I have inked up the Jar of Flowers set so I'm entering my card in NBUS #18 once again!

I hope you enjoyed my card today and thank you for joining the hop. Clicking on the "next" button will take you to Akiko. Clicking on the names below will take you directly to the other team members and their projects.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Stampin' Up! Forever Blossoms Birthday Card

 It's mid-week already? How does that happen so quickly?? Speaking of quick, this will be a quick post because I have a full schedule today.

Remember when I made this card?

Well, I had some pieces laying on my desk and decided to make another like it BUT it turned out like this...

The smallest rectangle (Stitched So Sweetly Dies) is recessed instead of being raised with Dimensionals. It's already been sold and I made it on the fly without writing down any directions. Guess I haven't learned my lesson yet! I do remember I didn't have time to color all the flowers from the Forever Blossoms Stamp Set! I know the sentiment die is from Stitched So Sweetly but I don't remember what stamp set I used. Let me know in a comment if it rings a bell.

For the inside I used sentiments and the flower image from the Special Someone Stamp Set.

I'm entering my card at the Seize the Birthday #199 Die Cuts Challenge.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you'll be back tomorrow for our weekly Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Stampin' Up! Boho Indigo Birthday Card

Thank you for stopping by today. I used my Boho Indigo Project Medley to create my card.


I am so in love with this medley.

My card base is Very Vanilla Thick Card Stock with a mat of Night of Navy Card Stock and a mat of patterned paper from the project medley. Measurements are listed below.

I cut a stitched rectangle with the 4th largest die from the Stitched Rectangles Die Set out of Night of Navy Card Stock and adhered it to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Then I cut an oval with the Stitched Shapes dies, stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy ink and three flowers all from the project medley. I also adhered that with Dimensionals.

I wanted to keep my card clean and simple for a masculine card as well as monochromatic for the challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz  #253.

Card cuts for this project:

Very Vanilla: 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4” for card base; 5" x 3 3/4" for inside
Night of Navy: 3 3/4” x 5”; 5 1/4" x 4" for inner mat
Boho DSP: 3 1/2” x 4 3/4”
Scrap Very Vanilla: 3” x 3 1/2”
Scrap Night of Navy: 3” x 4”

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Stampin' Up! 24 hr. Flash Sale

This is my second post today. If you're looking for today's card, just scroll to the bottom and you should see my crazy cousin outfi...