Monday, June 21, 2021

Stampin' Up! Nature's Beauty Monday Makeover

Good morning. I just realized I had done a makeover of my masculine card, which you can see here but forgot to post it because I was so caught up in our Disney trip and Memorial Day! That seems like light years ago!!

I used the same current stamp set, Nature's Beauty, but colored the deer with my Early Espresso Watercolor Pencil and Blender Pen. I think I like the look of my original uncolored deer better. I added a bow of Linen Thread and some Gold Metallic Pearls to make it feminine. I used the same Designer Series Paper as I know there are many women who like the wood-grain pattern especially. 

I used the Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder for the Mossy Meadow piece but I used the debossed side instead the embossed side on my masculine card.

The inside is stamped a little differently but I still used the current Happiest of Birthdays Stamp Set and the retired Winter Woods Stamp Set.

Thank you for stopping by today to view my makeover.

"I can see God working through the heartache, and I have learned many lessons from what I experienced. He needed to get my attention to show me where I needed to be."
Steven Huang

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Stampin' Up Peaceful Place Birthday Card

Good Sunday morning, peeps! Today I have used two retired stamp sets to create my card. The front is created with the Peaceful Place Stamp Set and the inside is the Hooray to You Stamp Set. I also used pastel chalks and a Penny Black die cut.

My main color is Pacific Point with Basic Black and Basic White cardstock.

On the inside I added five Night of Navy Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels

I'm entering my card at Seize the Birthday#216. They have an option of making a card with a nautical theme. I can see a canoe or kayak going down or up this lazy, peaceful river, can't you?

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope your weekend has been peaceful!!

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Garden Birthday Card

Good morning! My card today is brought to you by the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set.  The Dandy Garden DSP is retiring soon so I am trying to use it up. I was able to do that with Diane Evans' mystery stamping #61 the other day. 

My card base is Misty Moonlight with a Brick & Mortar 3D EF embossed panel of Basic White. My DSP strips measure 1 1/4" x 5 1/4"; 5/8" x 5 1/4"; and 1/4" x 5 1/4". I stamped the dragonfly in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it with my Light and Dark Misty Moonlight and Mossy Meadow Blends. I also used my Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker. I punched it out with the Dragonflies Punch.

I stamped the sentiment in Misty Moonlight ink on a scrap of Basic White. I cut it out with the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch and sponged it with Mossy Meadow ink. I adhered it with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

I colored three Pearl Basic Jewels with my Light Mossy Meadow Blends and added a bow made from the baker's twine in the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack.

For the inside, I decorated the corners with the Detailed Trio Punch and used a stamp from the Happiest of Birthdays Stamp Set.

I'm playing today at Just Add Ink #559 Choose Two.

In my mind, I see the dragonfly as being striped and the paper strips go without saying.  

Kath has an Occasions challenge at Watercooler Wednesday.

Stop by the two challenges and check out the lovely entries and thank you for stopping to see mine today.  Enjoy your weekend.

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Stampin' Up! Happy Thoughts Birthday Card

TGIF, peeps! How many of you are excited about that? I hope you have a fun weekend planned. I have so many birthday events in June that I still need to create more birthday themed cards. 

I used Sharon Armstrong's Mystery Stamping June 14, 2021, for my design inspiration. My colors are inspired by Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge #366.

My card base is Just Jade. I colored some of the flowers with my Light and Dark Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends, the centers with my Bumblebee Stampin' Write Marker, and the sprigs with Light Just Jade Stampin' Blends. I sponged the die cut Happy Birthday (retired Happy Birthday Thinlits Die - 2017) with the three challenge colors.

On the inside I colored three butterflies (from the retired Beauty Abounds Stamp Set) with the challenge colors. The sentiment is from the Happy Thoughts Stamp Set.

I'm entering my card also at Aud Sentiments #277 ATG + a sentiment, Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper June 2021 and at TTTC118...I went from the upper left corner diagonally.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope to see you tomorrow. In the meantime, my goal is to figure out what to do about Blogger no longer using Feedburner for the people who follow me by email. If there is anyone who can help me, please leave a comment. I know a lot of Bloggers are switching to something called "follow it". I'm also having a big time problem with my permalink going to the incorrect post when I give my teammates the link for our Thursday Blog Hop. Guess I'll be spending time researching instead of in the card room unless Blogger Support or a reader can help me.

Measurements in inches:
Just Jade Card Base: 4 1/4 x 8 1/4, scored and folded at 5 1/2; 3 x 5 1/2, score and fold at 1/2" on 3" side
Basic White 4 x 5 1/4 inside panel
True Love DSP 2 3/4 x 4 3/4; 2 1/2 x 4

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Stampin' Up! Sweet Strawberry Birthday for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop


Welcome to the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop. This week we have a theme challenge. If this is your first time here, welcome! If not, welcome back!! Either way, you're in for a treat!!! Here's my card...

and here is the theme...

I decided to try my hand at what demonstrators call the "spanner panel" card. There are many videos out there. If you belong to Splitcoast Stampers, Wendy Lee has a tutorial there for your use. But in the meantime,  I have more shots of it. This one is with the card front flipped up.

So, in essence, what you do is measure in from the outside edge of your base at 1 1/4" and cut from the fold to the bottom edge. Do the same thing on the other side. You're left with a middle flap and two outside flaps. Easy peasy!

With that done, we'll work with the inside. Adhere your DSP (I used Brights-Poppy Parade) to the black mats and then adhere to the sides of the Basic White. Stamp the sentiment from Color & Contour in the center with Soft Succulent ink. Adhere that panel to the card base inside.  

Now we'll go back to the front...well it's really the middle of the card! Dizzy yet??

Adhere the DSP to the Basic Black Mat. Adhere that to the middle flap. Stamp your sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Basic White. Punch your sentiment with the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch. Stamp two strawberries and their leaves on scrap Basic White and punch them out with the Strawberry Builder Punch. Adhere one strawberry/leaf and the sentiment to the middle flap.

Close the two end flaps. Place your window sheet "bridge" where you want it and adhere it to the inside of each end flap. Don't glue the middle! I placed mine so that it would center over my sentiment.

Adhere remaining DSP to remaining Basic Black mats and glue to each side flap.  I adhered my second strawberry/leaf to the right flap and window sheet with Stampin' Dimensionals. Add embellishments of your choosing. I chose three Matte Black Dots. 

I found a new challenge Creative Creases Challenge #9. Thank you Debbie for creating a fun fold challenge!

Thank you for taking a look at my post today. Now, on with the hop! Clicking on the "next" button will take you to Akiko. Clicking on the names listed below will take you directly to team members and their projects. Thank you for hopping with us.


Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle – you are here!

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic


Soft Succulent Card Base: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", score and fold at 4 1/4"

Basic Black: 1 1/8" x 4 1/8" (2); 2 7/8" x 4 1/8"; 1 1/8" x 4" (2) for inside

Basic White: 1" x 3" for sentiment; 4" x 5 1/4" inside panel; scraps for fruit

DSP: 1" x 4" (2); 2 3/4" x 4"; 1" x 3 7/8" (2)

Window Sheet: 1 1/4" x 5 1/2"

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Stampin' Up! Color & Contour Birthday Card

 Well, it's mid-week again and I have one more Color & Contour Stamp Set card to show you from our Quarterly meeting on Sunday. Linda Richenberg demonstrated this one but I decided to go rogue and create a birthday card. I did use her design, however.

Measurements are listed below. I did not have the DSP that Linda used (Hand Penned) so I substituted a pattern from the Subtles 6 x 6 pack DSP. In hindsight, I wish I had adhered it to a Basic White mat rather than directly to the card base. My color choice was Highland Heather.

I used the die from Scalloped Contour Dies to cut my Highland Heather piece and Basic White panel. On the Basic White I blended Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride and Highland Heather inks with my Blending Brush. Then I stamped the flower from the Color & Contour Stamp Set in Versa Mark and sprinkled it with Black Embossing Powder and heat set it. I had used my Embossing Buddy prior to that but as you can see, it didn't help with the stray powder. However, I kind of like the "splattered" effect! I adhered that panel to the Highland Heather panel with liquid glue and then adhered that to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I stamped the sentiment from the Artistically Inked Stamp Set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on a scrap of Basic White and cut it out with one of the Ornate Frames Dies. I adhered it with Stampin' Dimensionals after I had sponged it with Highland Heather ink. I adhered three 2021-2023 In Color Jewels to the front and then went to work on the inside.

Simple...I stamped the sentiment from the Happiest of Birthdays Stamp Set in Highland Heather, the outline of the bud from Color & Contour in Memento Tuxedo Black and Highland Heather for the bud. I punched three corners with the Detailed Trio Punch.

I'm entering my card at Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper July 2021 and Watercooler Wednesday. Kath has an "All About Occasions" challenge WWC318.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you'll come back tomorrow for our Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop. I'll have something sweet for you!


Card Base: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"; 2 1/2" x 4 1/4" panel for scalloped mat

Basic White: 2 1/2" x 4 1/4" panel for scalloped mat; 4" x 5 1/4" inside panel; scrap for sentiment

DSP: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Stampin' Up! Color & Contour Thank You Card

Happy Tuesday, peeps! Today's card is another that we made at our Quarterly Meeting on Sunday. This one was demonstrated by Tarabeth Carpenter and I created it exactly like hers with the exception of the scallops on the inside, the gems I used on the front and, oh yes, the pastel colors. Like I said, "exactly"!

Here's how I did it...

I created the card base with So Saffron cardstock. I adhered a piece of Night of Navy to it. I cut the Beauty of the Earth DSP with the largest die from the Scalloped Contour Dies and adhered it to the NON mat. I used the third largest die to cut the scalloped So Saffron piece and stamped the sentiment from the Color & Contour Stamp Set in NON. I adhered that to the DSP.

Next I stamped the three flowers in Basic Gray on a piece of Basic White and colored them with pastel chalks that I had in my stash from a friend. I blended the chalk with my Stampin' Up Blending Brushes. I LOVE them! I have others, but these are the best!! Stampin' Up! has a beautiful set of Soft Pastels in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog that you might want to get your hands on! (See below!!) I colored the centers with my Light Mango Melody Stampin' Blends. I cut the three flowers out with a die from the Scalloped Contour Dies. I adhered two flowers with liquid glue and one with Stampin' Dimensionals. I added three Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels and the card front was done.

The inside speaks for itself...

The DSP and NON were cut with the scallop die from Scalloped Contour Dies. The sentiment is stamped in NON with a stamp from the Color & Contour Stamp Set on a piece of Basic White. I'm not sure why I covered up the beautiful DSP with the NON scallop. I may have been distracted by my cat, Chester. He was whacking me in the head with his tail! I don't know if anyone noticed that in the Zoom meeting!

I'm entering my card in the Time Out Challenges: Challenge #189
For some reason my card reminds me of "It is spring again". Do you agree?

Thanks for stopping by today and tomorrow I'll bring you the last of my Inkin' Krew Quarterly meeting cards.


Card Base: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"

Mat: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"; 2" x 5 1/4" piece for inside scallop

Sentiment: 2 3/4" x 4", cut with 3rd largest die

DSP: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" for front, cut with largest die; 2" x 5 1/4" for inside scallop; 2 1/4" x 6" for envelope flap

Basic White: 4" x 4" to stamp flowers and die cut; 4" x 5 1/4" piece for inside

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Stampin' Up! Nature's Beauty Monday Makeover

Good morning. I just realized I had done a makeover of my masculine card, which you can see  here  but forgot to post it because I was so ca...