Thursday, May 31, 2018

Stampin' Up! Painted Glass for Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

We have a color challenge this are the colors...
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 and here is what I created for it.

My card base is Mint Macaron (a retired color returning June 1). 

The square is a piece of Very Vanilla which I stamped in Crumb Cake using the Timeless Textures stamp set (making your own DSP is fun!). Because of that, I am entering my card in the challenge at Tuesday-Throwdown-394-Create-your-own Background.

The next square is a piece of Graceful Glass Vellum card stock, available June 1. I colored the back side of it with my Mint Macaron and Night of Navy Stampin' Write Markers. I adhered it to the DSP with glue dots in areas where they would not be seen.

With my Layering Circles Framlits dies, I cut out a Night of Navy scallop and Mint Macaron circle. I stamped the sentiment from Painted Glass in Night of Navy. I adhered those two circles together and attached them to the Vellum with Dimensionals. I adhered that to a mat of Night of Navy.

Before I adhered my card front to the base, I wrapped Mint Macaron and Crumb Cake Nature's Twine (available June 1) around it. Then I made a double bow and attached it with a glue dot. 

For the inside, I stamped the sentiments from Sunshine Sayings in Night of Navy on a mat of Very Vanilla. I punched the corners with the Detailed Trio Punch (available tomorrow...sounds better than June 1!). I sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink and adhered it with Tombow.

Measurements and most products used are listed below. 

I thank you for stopping by and hope you have the time to hop along to view what the other team members created.

Click on the "next" button, which will take you directly to Amy Koenders. Clicking on a name listed will take you to that blog. I can't wait to see what each crafter has posted. It's always a treat and a surprise. Who doesn't love that!

Karen Finkle - you are here!


Card Base: 4 1/4" x 11", scored and folded at 5 1/2"
Night of Navy Mat: 4" x 5 1/4"
DSP: 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Vellum: 3" x 3"
Circles: The size that accommodates the sentiment!
Twine: I just wrapped it around while still on the spool so I have no idea!

Products Used:

Mint Macaron 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Mint Macaron 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Glue Dots

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Stampin Up! Retiring and New

Well peeps, June 1 is just around the corner and SU will be retiring products on May 31. June 1 new products will come on the scene, along with carry overs from the Occasions catalog and those that were in last year's annual catalog.

In light of that, I have chosen to use my Butterfly Thinlits die set and Tempting Turquoise ink and cardstock, which will bid farewell 5/31. Entering will be the Celebrate You Thinlits. Staying will be the Silver Glimmer paper, Glossy paper and Thoughtful Banners stamp set. Long gone are the Bitty Butterfly punch and Avant Garden stamp set...but not for me! I will keep them forever!

This is a CASE of a card I made last summer while we were at my sister-in-love's house. You can see it here. It won as Featured Artist at As You See It.

Today, I'm playing at A Gem of a Challenge #220 - Use Three of Something...ta da...

The three of something I used was the flower stamp and the 3 black Faceted Dots (available June 1).

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to leave me a comment. I appreciate them all! 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Stampin' Up! Truly Tailored

I'm so thankful that What Will You Stamp #170 
is requiring the use of Truly Tailored. I LOVE this stamp set and the DSP (already depleted) and I'm so sad to see it saying "au revoir" May 31.

I have done this fold before and after watching my upline, Mary Deatherage, make hers Sunday night, I was inspired to do it again. You can seen Mary's card and her video here. You can see mine here...

It really is amazing how this folds up into an A2 envelope and it's so easy to make. Just watch Mary's video. Or if you want a quicker version (like mine), you can watch Jenny Hall.

Thanks for stopping by and if you need me for anything, just let me know in a comment.

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Truly Tailored
Card stock & Papers     True Gentleman, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
 Ink Crumb Cake, Night of Navy
Tools     Stampin' Trimmer, Tombow liquid glue

Monday, May 28, 2018

Stampin' Up! Rooted in Nature

Today I hope we all take time to remember the men and women who died serving in the military to retain our freedom. They are heroes and not forgotten. I will never forget our RV trips to the Civil War sites and other war memorials.  I am thankful for parades and marching bands too.

My card for you today is a masculine card. I am playing at The Paper Players - PP395 - A Sketch Challenge from LeAnne

I used the Rooted in Nature stamp set, which will be available June 1. As a matter of fact, all of the products I used will be in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. 

My card base is Crumb Cake and my DSP is from the Wood Textures paper stack. It will be in the new catalog. I stamped the card base with one of the leaf stamps before I adhered the DSP. I used Crumb Cake ink full strength. 

I stamped the piece of wood in Crumb Cake and fussy cut it. I took a piece of burlap ribbon and glued it down with glue dots. I cut the sentiment with a die from Petals & More Framelits. It is stamped in Early Espresso. This is a quick and easy card, peeps!

For the inside, I stamped the tree in Crumb Cake, stamping off once. I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso.

I thought I'd add a little color with Mossy Meadow ink using an Aqua Painter. I rounded the corners of the Very Vanilla mat with the Detailed Trio Punch.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my card. I enjoy making masculine cards.

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Rooted in Nature (available June 1)
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", Wood Textures DSP 3" x 4" (available June 1), Very Vanilla scraps and 4" x 5 1/4" mat
 Ink Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow
Accessories Burlap Ribbon 3" piece
Tools     Aqua Painter, Paper Snips, Stampin' Trimmer, Glue Dots, Detailed Trio Punch

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Stampin' Up! Share What You Love DSP and Painted Glass

Well, you've seen this DSP on my cards before...I've almost used it up!  I wish my iPhone camera showed the pearlized effect better. You can order it June 1 along with the Painted Glass stamp set I used. Do you not just love the font? Oh, and the Graceful Glass vellum is a must have!

Here's the deal...I was going to do this card for card group Thursday but by the time I finished I knew it was a no go. Looks good from the front, but...

there is no way it can stand on its own! The vellum is not strong enough to hold it up, plus it's not the same height as the card stock. If you have any suggestions, I'm open!

Here it is showing the inside laying flat...

and on its front side laying flat...

Because my card is mainly blue (retiring Tempting Turquoise) I am entering it in a new challenge I just found here at 613 Avenue Create - Challenge #209 

Granted, you get two cards out of one piece of card stock, but you do the conventional way too. If you are interested, I can give you more info.

Needless to say, I went back to the drawing board for the card group. I think they will be thankful!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Stampin' Up! Enjoy Life

Yesterday was our card group at Meg's. We had so much fun and she really challenged us. We started out making a pineapple treat box. I can't show you a picture because I failed...even with Meg's help! BUT, I can give you a link so you can make it! The Paper Pixie. Meg also had us make a card, which I am posting today. It was a CASE of Debbie Henderson's card. Here it is...

We used Grapefruit Grove card stock for our base. We used an aqua painter to swish Pineapple Punch ink and Grapefruit Grove ink on the Whisper White panel.

The banners are those same colors and all the stamping is from the Enjoy Life set. I added Grapefruit Grove Faceted Dots. All of these products will be available June 1.

I finished the inside after I got home, using the retired Banner Blessings stamp set. This card has already gone out in the mail!

If you would like more info on measurements, let me know. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Happy Birthday!

Today is a doctor free day so it seems like Saturday to me!

I wanted to take a quick moment before I go on to cleaning the house (a task which has been neglected since our cleaning lady died April 2) and show you a card our group made at Sue M's the first week in May. Wow...that was a long sentence! However, my post is short and sweet.

I think the only thing Stampin' Up! is the Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I wish SU would come out with a die like this. The patterned paper was already cut for us so I don't know what brand it is. Perhaps Sue can enlighten me if she reads this. In any event, I thought it appropriate to enter it at Seize the Birthday Patterned Paper Challenge

I think it also can be a masculine card so I've entered it at 4 Crafty Chicks #404.

Ta ta for now and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Stampin' Up! Cllimbing Orchids for Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

I used the Stampin’ Up! Climbing Orchid stamp set bundle from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog to create my card for the blog hop today. The set will be in the upcoming 2018-2019 catalog but it won't be offered as a bundle. If you order it before May 31, 2018, it is available for 10% discount through my online store.

We have a sketch challenge this week and this is what I created for it.

Here is the sketch we are using (I flipped the sketch to suit the direction of my orchid stem and flowers):

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My card also works for the challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge #290.

I began by adhering a mat of Share What You Love DSP to a mat of Marina Mist. I wrapped a piece of Linen Thread around the two mats and tied a bow. 

Next I stamped my orchids and leaves on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Memento Tuxedo black ink. I put all the plainer orchid stamps and leaves on my Stamparatus to accomplish all stamping at once.  I cleaned my stamps with the upcoming Simply Shammy, removed them and put them back where they belonged (unusual for me!) I then took the ones that are more detailed, aligned them with the already stamped ones using the Stamparatus again (available June 1). I inked them up with Rich Razzleberry ink, sponged them with Marina Mist ink and sponged the leaves with Old Olive ink. 

With the dies that match the stamp set, I ran everything through my Big Shot with the Magnetic Platform. Using the tree branch die from Seasonal Layers Thinlits (carrying over), I cut the stem out of Crumb Cake card stock.

I took a piece of Just Add Color DSP (on sale now and retiring May 31), fussy cut two of the watering cans, and colored them a tad with all three colors from the Watercolor Pencil set and blended with a Blender Pen.

My sentiment, from Swan Lake, is stamped in Rich Razzleberry on a scrap of Whisper White. I sponged the edges with Old Olive and cut it into a banner.

After doing a dry fit, I adhered all the pieces to the mat. For the watering cans, sentiment and smaller leaf, I used mini dimensionals...everything else got liquid glue. 

I then adhered the mat to my Whisper White card base.

For the inside, I had an oopsy. 

I had intended to have just the Marina Mist mat and Whisper White mat. I didn't notice that the edge of the stamp from Swan Lake (retiring May 31) had ink on it. Ugh! It's a stamper's nightmare! I had already punched the corners with the upcoming Detailed Trio punch. So, I had a piece of Old Olive card stock on my desk and it fit just perfectly over my boo boo...a stamper's I cut another piece of Whisper White and restamped. The top sentiment is from Swan Lake and the bottom one is from Sweet Cupcake (also retiring May 31).

If you have any questions, let me know. In the meantime, you can click on the next button to hop to Amy Koenders. 

Just in case you get lost along the way, here is a list of the team members involved in the hop today:

Karen Finkle - you are here!

Card stock cuts for this project:

Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Outer and Inner Mats: Marina Mist 4  1/8" x 5 3/8" 
DSP: 4" x 5"
Inner: Whisper White 4" x 5 1/4", 2 3/4" x 3 3/4"
          Old Olive 3" x 4"

Products Used:

Blender Pens
Big Shot

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