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


  1. Very pretty Karen! Love the orchid popping out of the watering can. Love that you saved the inside by adding a layer...perfect! :)

  2. Pretty card! And great save on the inside! Clever girl! :)

    1. Thank you, Mary. I have fallen in love with the Orchid set.

  3. Great card, Karen. I have not used this stamp set enough. You inspire me to get it out again.

    1. Thanks, Julie. Great to know I have inspired you. I need to use it again soon!

  4. very nice, absolutely love that orchid bundle

  5. Great card! Love the orchids!

  6. Beautiful flowers! Love the card.

  7. Love this stamp set - and your flowers are perfect!

  8. Very pretty! The colors were used beautifully for our challenge!! Thank you for playing with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments and hope you will join us again soon!

  9. Great use of our colours for this card - I love the inside too - thanks for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week

  10. What a pretty card using the orchids! I love the colors you used and adding the watering cans is such a great touch!! Thank you for playing with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments and hope you will join us again soon.

  11. I am totally loving how you have mixed the challenge colors on your card which is a masterpiece. Thanks for joining us for our color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments. Smiles, Elizabeth

  12. Pretty card and a great way to use those orchids. Thanks for playing with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments.



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