Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Stampin' Up! Animal Outing

Did you know Stampin' Up! has a bundle called Animal Outing?

Animal Outing Clear-Mount Bundle

Well, yes, they do...as you can see above. If you order the stamps and dies as a bundle, you get 10% off. If you become a demonstrator, you get an additional 20% off. If you're interested, let me know. If you aren't, then keep on reading anyway! I own this set...

...but it's home and I'm in Disney, remember? So, let me take you on the animal outing for us today. Every time we do the safari at Animal Kingdom, it's never the same. I'm going to start with the end of our safari as we spent 15 minutes in one location and here's why...

These guys were part way in the road and our guide could not go past them until they moved. She called for back up assistance and another rhino showed up...lol. 
You called for assistance?
But in this next photo, you can see the actual assistance...

See that truck up ahead? It arrived with 3 bales of hay and boy did those hippos move as soon as they heard and saw it. Proved Pablov's theory for sure!

Here are some of animals we saw on our safari...bongos, hippos, a baby elephant, a baby giraffe, two lions sleeping on the rocks. We also saw alligators, zebras, ostrich, ankole cattle, springboks, wildebeasts, warthogs, wild dogs (they were huge!), mandrills, black rhinos, white rhinos, and others I can't remember. It was the best safari ever!


Mama and Papa Giraffes

Baby Giraffe

In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps...
I love a parade!
a parade of Bongos

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully tomorrow I'll be back with a card. I brought some supplies, but haven't started creating anything yet.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Stampin' Up! Pleasant Pheasants

In addition to the card kits Meg prepared for our Thursday group last week, she prepared a wonderful spinach quiche, cantaloupe, grapes and a banana cake...I forgot to tell you about that. This morning, I am sharing another card from a kit she prepared that day.

We are in Disney today. It probably will be our first and last trip for the 2018 Food & Wine Festival where we will celebrate our 49th anniversary on the 27th. I am hoping and praying Perry's body will be able to do this...his mind wants to. Those of you who know him, know that he loves to go to England and Germany for his beer, a brat and Scotch Eggs. We have rented a scooter while we are here and we are staying at the Beach Club Villas right next door to Epcot. These plans were made almost a year ago because getting our time share for the F & W festival is very difficult. We are on a waiting list for Animal Kingdom Lodge time share for my birthday in November. So, if a room becomes available and if he is able, we'll hit the Food & Wine Festival one more time. But, let's get on with what this post is about...a beautiful card!

Don't you just love this Pleasant Pheasants Stamp Set? I believe this is a CASE of Mary Fish. I am playing at a new-for-me challenge site International Art & Soul and their theme is "Nature". I used to love it when my brother would be home pheasant from his hunt. It was never served under glass but it was served deliciously!

The card base is Night of Navy. I ran the Very Vanilla mat through the Big Shot using the Corrugated Dynamic TIEF. I stamped the pheasants in Navy of Navy and adhered it to the pre-cut NN mat. I wrapped the Night of Navy 1/2" Gingham ribbon around the art panel and tied a bow. You don't want to know how long I worked on that bow! Then I adhered it to the embossed panel. The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy and I cut my own "tail" to adhere to the card.

The inside was simply stamped with one of the sentiments from the set using Night of Navy.

Thank you for stopping by and I'll see you tomorrow.

Product List:

Big Shot

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Stampin' Up! Winter Woods

Wow...I am just getting in under the wire for the challenge at Stamp Ink Paper Challenge 168 Tic Tac Toe
I chose the middle vertical row...ribbon, plaid and green. I was inspired by Sarah Fleming.

My card base is Pear Pizzazz. The white mat is embossed using the Corrugated Dynamic TIEF. I cut a mat of plaid from the Under the Mistletoe DSP. I glued all that together and then to the base.

I stamped the trees from the Winter Woods stamp set using Mossy Meadow on Mossy Meadow card stock. I cut them out with the tree die from In the Woods Framelits. I cut a piece of 5/8" Reversible Ribbon that is a Merlot/Copper mix, which I think matches the plaid. I flagged both ends and adhered it with glue dots. The plaid is adhered with mini dimensionals.

The sentiment is stamped in Merry Merlot, edged with Merry Merlot Stampin' Write Marker and punched with the Everyday Label punch. That, too, is adhered with mini dimensionals. 

I know I introduced a color that wasn't in the grid, but it does match the plaid. I hope SIP will be forgiving!

The product list and measurements are below. If you are interested in the stamp set or dies, you can purchase them as a bundle and will receive them at 10% discount. It's a lovely set.

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you tomorrow.


Card Base: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Whisper White Mat: 5 1/8" x 4 1/8"
Plaid Mat: 4" x 3"
Ribbon: 4 3/4" and then flagged
Mossy Meadow for trees: 5" x 5"
Whisper White scrap for sentiment

Product List:

Glue Dots
Big Shot

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Stampin' Up! Pleasant Pheasants

 Good Saturday morning, peeps. I hope most of you are celebrating the return of autumn. It does not exist in southwest Florida so I had to post a card that makes me believe it is on its way...perhaps in October or November. 90 degree, high humidity weather gets old after 6 months. Yikes! It wasn't like this when we moved from upstate NY 18 years ago!

Meg put this card kit together for our Thursday group. She was definitely thinking fall! Over at Cards in Envy they have a "Feels Like Fall" challenge. The colors fit right in with Just Us Girls - Photo Week #459

For those of you who are Stampin' Up! peeps, I know you see Cajun Craze, Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Delightful Dijon in the photo. For those who aren't familiar with the colors of those names, here ya go...

Meg had all the pieces cut so all we had to do was stamp and color. I brought mine home to color so I could use my Blends AND it was my last card to make so time was running out for me. I think it is a CASE of Shelly Godby.

The card base is Cajun Craze. The DSP is retired Petals & Paisleys (I have an unopened package if you are interested) and the stamps are from the retired Paisleys & Posies Photopolymer set and the current Pleasant Pheasants. The ribbon is Delightful Dijon and is also retired. 

Thank you for stopping by and have fun raking up those leaves!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Stampin' Up! Petal Promenade Again

Remember the wedding card I made on Wednesday? Well, this is what I based it on...

It's another card kit Carole had put together for us. She had embossed the mat, cut all the papers and die cut the circle and scallop. All we had to do was stamp the sentiment and glue everything together. Did she spoil us or what that day? Four cards we made and we all got ours done and were able to chat at the same time. It was a great day! Thank you Carole for all the work you put into it for the 5 of us.

Since there are die cuts and a happy birthday involved here, I've decided to play at Seize the Birthday

The card is quite similar to one made by Sandy Hancock at Udderly Awesome. We didn't do the inside like Sandy's and I don't even know if this was a CASE of her card. Just in case, though, I wanted to give her credit.

The DSP is one of my favorites this year and we all fell in love with Stampin' Up's "Well Scripted" sentiment. It's a retired stamp set but I was able to order mine from another demonstrator. One of the perks of being a demonstrator is being able to belong to Stampin' Connection when you have a DBWS account. If you'd like to know more, just leave me a comment and I'll get back to you asap.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Stampin' Up! Spooky Sweets for Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

We’re joining forces with Sandi MacIver’s Happy Stampers for our Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop  this week!  Sandi has the sketch and Amy has the colors. We can choose to use either or both.

I used the Stampin’ Up! Spooky Sweets stamp set to create my card today.  I'm not playing along with the sketch but here are the colors we are using... 

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and what I made for it.

I used the punch that goes with the Spooky Sweets. (If you purchase it as a bundle, you save 10%...just thought I'd throw that in!)

My inspiration came from Tina Wardell. My measurements are listed below, along with the products I used.

I stamped the Whisper White panel with a stamp from Spooky Sweets in Granny Apple Green, stamping full strength and then stamping again without reinking. 

Using a 1 1/4" Layering Circle die, I cut a mask from a Post It Note. I placed that on the Shimmery White piece. Then I used the Marbled Background stamp, inking it up with Granny Apple Green, and then sponged with Basic Black and Mango Melody. I did use my Stamparatus because I couldn't get the marbled look I wanted first try. I removed the mask and sponged the moon with Mango Melody.

Next I punched the bats out of a scrap of Basic Black. One is adhered with dimensionals and the other two are just glued with Tombow.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, stamped in Mango Melody.

Here's the inside...

I sponged the edge of the Whisper White with Mango Melody, stamped the sentiment with the same ink and stamped the bats in Basic Black second generation. To reduce the "whiteness", I lightly sponged the mat with Granny Apple Green. I then adhered it to a Basic Black mat and glued that to the base. 

Alright, on with the hop!  Click the button below to hop over to see what Julie Johnston has created today.

And just in case you get lost along the way, or if you want to swim upstream, here is a list of the team members involved in the hop today:

Karen Finkle - You are here!


Cardbase: Granny Apple Green 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Basic Black Mat: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Whisper White Mat: 4" x 5 1/4"
Shimmery White Panel: 2 1/4" x 5 1/4"
Mask for moon (1 1/4" circle)

Product List: