Sunday, May 26, 2019

Stampin' Up! Good Morning Magnolia Birthday Card

It's Simple Stamping Sunday! Remember the brown and yellow card that was cut up into squares using the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set? Here's a refresher.

Well, I decided that was too much work and created this one!
There's just something about black and white that appeals to me. Perhaps it's because of the 9 years of weekly piano lessons. Over at Crafty Catz, there's a monochrome challenge and at Creative Friday #231 there's an "everything in bloom" challenge.

My card base is 4 1/4" x 11", scored and folded at 5 1/2".

The Whisper White mat is 4 1/8" x 5 3/8". On top of that is a Basic Black mat 4" x 4". I did a dry fit to see where I should place my sentiment and filigree. Everything is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I stamped the magnolia on a piece of Whisper White 3 3/4" x 3 3/4". Then I cut it into 3 strips measuring 1 1/4" each. I adhered those to the black mat. Done! Hands up! Walk away! It'll only make sense if you watch "Chopped" on the Food Network.  

Tomorrow we remember all the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free. To all of them, their families and friends, we pay homage. Thank you to all who maintain that freedom.

I hope you enjoyed the simple stamping today and thanks for stopping by. I hope I brought a smile to your face.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Stampin' Up! From Land to Sea, By the Tide and Well Scripted Birthday Card

Thanks for joining me this Saturday morning. Do you have your cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate with you? It's supposed to be record high temps here in southwest Florida. Iced coffee should be on the menu for me! So, to get cooled off and refreshed, I took a dive into the sea and look what I came up with...

To create this technique, I took a long piece of cardstock and placed it many ways, each time sponging heavily on the edges with Tranquil Tide ink. I drew my sponge into that piece of cardstock rather than the usual method of sponging. I sponged more lightly in the open space with Pool Party ink. Then I placed Post It Notes to block off each section and stamped the jelly fish and turtle images from the From Land to Sea; the shell, seahorse and coral images from By the Tide and the sentiment from Well Scripted (all retired) using Tranquil Tide ink (retiring June 3). I had done a dry fit so I had a general idea of what images I would use.The masking sheets had Rich Razzleberry ink on them from a card I made last year and the color bled into some of the sections. I love the way this retiform technique came out! The Soft Sea Foam and Tranquil Tide sea grass at the bottom is current and carrying over to the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. It's called High Tide stamp set. 

I'm playing for the second time this month at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies. I'm the 166th entry! Wow are they going to have a tough time deciding on winners.

Allsorts is celebrating their 10th birthday and I'm wishing them a happy birthday for the second time this month! What a coincidence that this entry is the 166th on their site!

Our community has placed flags all along the medians to commemorate Memorial Day. My thanks go out to all of those who died in service to our country and to the families and friends who keep their memories alive.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Stampin' Up! Dandelion Wishes

TGIF and a long weekend for you, I hope!

Today I am CASEing a card I posted last Friday.

I still had the Dandelion Wishes stamp set on my desk, along with the masking sheets so I decided to go with Balmy Blue, Lemon Lime Twist and Very Vanilla for my color scheme.

I stamped the Dandelion and sentiment with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed it with White Emboss Powder. 

Again, quick and easy. Because it was "quick", I'm going to enter it at Just Add Ink #458.
And, because the dandelion is in full bloom, I'm playing at Creative Friday #231.

Last, but not least, I'm entering this in The Flower Challenge #32 for the heat embossing.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Stampin' Up! Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper for Happy Inkin' Thursday

Welcome to our weekly Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop. If you are a regular follower, you know already that you are in for a treat and that at the bottom of my post you will find the hoppers listed. If you are not a regular follower, you ARE in for a treat and I hope you will become a follower! Plus I hope you will keep on reading to get to the hoppers.

For my card today I have chosen to use the Magnolia Lane DSP (available June 4) for our sketch challenge, along with the Well Written Dies. This challenge was not easy for me. Oh, that's right, it's a challenge! Once I decided what paper I wanted to use, the card quickly came together.

I absolutely love this paper and I have chopped quite a bit of it. I adhered a 4" x 4" piece on a Whisper White card base that measures 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4".

I cut a piece of Mossy Meadow 4 1/2" x 1 1/2" and adhered that. Then I cut another piece of the DSP 4 1/2" x 1/2" and adhered that...all with liquid glue.

Using the Layering Circle Framelits Dies, I cut a scalloped one from Petal Pink and a Whisper White circle. I sponged the edges so that it would run into the white. I adhered them together and then to the card front.

Next I cut "happy" twice with the Well Written in Petal Pink and one in Mossy Meadow. I adhered them together by sponging liquid glue on them (just put some glue on a silicone mat and dab your sponge in it). I offset the words a little so it would give added dimension. Then I adhered them to the strip and circle.

I didn't like how plain it looked so I colored three small Pearl Basic Jewels with my Dark Mossy Meadow Stampin' Blend and adhered them. It was still too plain so I used the tiny "for you" stamp from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set. I am so glad that set is not retiring!

Don't you just love magnolias. Hopefully the Design Team at Creative Inspiration May Flowers & Showers does! I'm also playing at Through the Craft Room Door and Brown Sugar Challenge Blog May Flowers.

The inside is unfinished as I haven't decided whether to use it for graduation, a wedding, retirement or new baby. It'll be for whatever occasion comes first in my circle of life!

Speaking of circles, if you click on the "Next" button and continue to do that on each blog, you will return full circle to me! However, if you don't want to get dizzy, you can click on each individual name to go to that blog. No matter how you choose to do it, you will not be disappointed by what you find.

Karen Finkle - you are here!
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Stampin' Up! Sail Away Stamp Set

Welcome to Wednesday! Today I brought out my Stampin' Up! Sail Away stamp set (I really hadn't put it away!) and my Beautiful Promenade stamp set (available now and carrying over, thank goodness!). 

Along with that I used the Come Sail Away DSP and more stamps from the Sail Away set. These products will be available June 4, 2019, in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.

This could be for a man, but there are lots of women who love to sail so I may use it for one who is really going through a difficult time in her life at the moment. But for now, it remains masculine for the challenge at Creative Friday #230 For a Man/Boy

This was so easy to put together. The DSP and card stock did most of the work. In Balmy Blue, I stamped the smaller boat on a scrap of Whisper White. I stamped the sentiment from Beautiful Promenade in Night of Navy. I used the Story Label punch (available June 4) to cut it out and adhered it with dimensionals.

I'll let you in on a little secret...the inside was supposed to be the outside! Thanks to one of my teammates, Karen Ksenzakovic, for the layout of the pieces! I will try to make it according to her instructions again. For some reason, I had a gap in the middle of my card, but she didn't. I must have measured incorrectly. It's a good excuse to make another card! This is quickly becoming my favorite stamp set.

BUT my pieces were a little too big and the mat would have covered most of that handsome DSP! I am happy to send you the measurements if you leave a comment with your email address. OR you can look at my profile and find my email address there to send a request.

I found a new challenge site. Thank goodness for Google Translate. 2 Sisters on the blog #27 has a beautiful denim mood board.

I hope you enjoyed my card and please do come back tomorrow for our Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Stampin' Up!Dandelion Wishes Get Well Card

Welcome to Taraxacum Tuesday! Do you know what Taraxacum stands for? "dandelion flower head composed of numerous small florets (top). ... Taraxacum (/təˈræksəkʊm/) is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, which consists of species commonly known as dandelions." That's according to Wikipedia. I did not know that and the only reason I looked it up was so I could play at The Paper Players PP442 and follow the CAS and plant themes! Thank you, Laurie, for the great challenge.

I masked off the two sides and sponged the bottom middle section lightly with Granny Apple Green. I sponged the top part heavier with Balmy Blue. I love this technique. I removed the masks and stamped the dandelion from Stampin' Up! Dandelion Wishes in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Unfortunately, but maybe fortunately, I had some ink smudges on the base of the card (it's a one layer card). I could have redone the front on a mat and adhered it but I chose to use my Rhinestone Basic Jewels and I colored them with a Black Sharpie! Two covered the smudges and one served as the center of the plant flower :-)

Bingo, the card front was done. Thank you Connie Stewart for the masking idea.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Stampin' Up! Good Morning Magnolia Birthday Card

Welcome, my peeps, to my May Makeover Madness Monday! Do you realize there is only one more Monday left in May after today? Scarey, that's what it is and you know what June means, right? ... half way through the year...yikes! Am I Rip Van Finkle and fell asleep? Enough silliness...on with the card!

My teammate, Linda Richenberg, created a card with the Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set that will be available June 4 in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. I decided hers would be the one I would CASE and make over. Here is my card...

and here is Linda's card...

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #174 Flowers is where I'm playing today. I'm competing against more than 100 other beautiful entries!

Just to refresh my memory so I don't get confused with the photo of Linda's card ...

After stamping the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I used my Dark/Light Daffodil and Dark/Light Mossy Meadow Blends to color my magnolia. The sentiment and filigree from that set are stamped in Early Espresso. The card stock is Early Espresso and So Saffron. 

Here's the inside...

The sentiment is from Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set, which will be retiring June 3. The corners are punched with the flowery looking part of the Detailed Trio Punch, which is current and carrying over. I am so grateful for that!

Here's an image of this set that will be available June 4 as a bundle. When you order a bundle, you receive a 10% discount. You might want to start your "wish list"!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be back tomorrow.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin Alternative Thinking of You Card

Good morning! I'm so glad you are stopping by to see my creation today.

I used one of the note cards from the October 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit to make my card today.

I stamped a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Purple Posy card stock (available June 4 in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog) with the feather stamp from the kit. I used Highland Heather ink. I adhered the note card to it with liquid glue. I didn't think the post office liked these note cards due to the size but I have now learned that I was wrong! I can now save on my cad stock. I don't have enough, you

I stamped the sentiment from the Paper Pumpkin kit on a scrap of Very Vanilla and cut it out with one of the Stitched Nesting Dies (available June 4). I adhered it to another die cut from the same set. That was cut from a scrap of Fresh Fig (retiring June 3).

Here are pics of when it is opened.

Perfect for writing a personal note or adding a stamped sentiment later.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a restful Sunday. See you tomorrow for my May Makeover Madness Monday.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Stampin' Up! Sailing Home

"THIS" ... Remember I said yesterday I would tell you what I text my daughter when I forget TGIF ... she figured it out right away and I'll bet you have too. Thank Heaven It's Saturday!

Yesterday I was in the mood for changing the look of my blog. I wish I had been paying attention to what I was clicking on...the layout totally changed! I only wanted the background to change. It is what it is and I'll stick with this for awhile. I lost my "pin" button too. So the only code I could find that would work in html put a big black "pin it" button in the center of my photos when you hover. I'd like to customize my header to make it more personal but I'll have to figure out how people using Blogger do it. I am working on simplfying my categories on the side bar as well. Do you like the new look? In a day or so I'll even forget what the previous look was! There are advantages to aging!!

For my card today, I am featuring the Sailing Home bundle, which will be available in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog beginning June 4, 2019. I watched a video by Sharon Armstrong and CASE'd her card. I love it and I hope you do too.

The DSP is called Come Sail Away and the metal ship's wheel will be available in the Sail Away Trinkets. 

The thread I used is 3/16" Braided Linen Trim. I love it because you can fray it to resemble rope. My colors are Night of Navy and Balmy Blue. 

I am entering my card at Simply Create Too Challenge #149.

Allsorts is celebrating their 10th birthday, so happy birthday to all of you on the Design Team. I hope you like the birthday card I made for you! You've really offered terrific prizes!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have smooth sailing today.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Stampin' Up! Dandelion Wishes Get Well Card

It's Friday and I can hear y'all who are still working saying, "Yay! Wahoo! and TGIF!" While my husband was alive, he faithfully texted our daughter every Friday morning, "TGIF". I am trying to keep up the tradition, but I fall short sometimes. When I do remember, I put an angel emoji after it. I will tell you tomorrow what I do when I forget!

Yesterday I hosted our card group. I have a friend in Virginia who is a pastry chef at a B & B so I used her recipe for a quiche. It was a success! I cut up fresh cantaloupe, strawberries, and blueberries for a fruit salad and finished with Double Chocolate Pudding Parfaits. I always try something new when I host. I think we all gained a pound! I got the dessert recipe from Epicurious.

We made four cards and I will be showing them to you consecutively, the last one being on Monday for Makeover Madness. Here's one I created for the Inspire.Create.Challenge #043 | Colour Challenge
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Aud Sentiments has a Summer plus Sentiment challenge. What says summer more than blowing dandelion seeds into the wind? Did you do that as a kid? Do you do it now? There are no dandelions in southwest Florida!

I used the Stampin' Up! Dandelion Wishes stamp set for the sentiment and image. My card base is Very Vanilla, a mat of Basic Black, and a Very Vanilla panel that was masked and sponged with the challenge colors. The black rhinestone that is in the center of the dandelion is retired. BUT you can take a current Rhinestone Basic Jewel and color it black with a Stampin' Blend or a Sharpie!

For the inside, I used a sentiment from the Stampin' Up! Healing Hugs stamp set. 

Both of these sets are in the 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! catalog and will be in the 2019-2020 catalog. 

Thank you for stopping by today.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Stampin' Up! Healing Hugs for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

Welcome back for our weekly hop. There are seven more lovely creations that await you when you get to the bottom of my post!

This week we have a color challenge and Amy threw in an accent color of our choice. I chose Mossy Meadow.

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I started out with a Basic Black card base. Measurements and supplies I used are listed below. The technique is called "Triple Time Stamping" because you stamp all the front white panels at the same time. You adhere them together with either temporary adhesive or a little bit of Snail making sure they are centered. Don't use too much because you need to separate them once you've stamped. 

First I stamped the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings with Memento Tuxedo Black on the lower right corner of the top panel.

Using Basic Gray, I stamped off twice on scrap paper to make the light background with a stamp from First Frost. I stamped the big flower from Healing Hugs full strength with Basic Gray. They I added the leaves from Healing Hugs, stamping full strength with Mossy Meadow.

Once you are done stamping and have separated the white panels, you glue them to their respective mats but be careful to have them going together so that your flowers are lined up.

For the inside, I used the flower from First Frost and again stamped off twice. I stamped the sentiment from Healing Hugs in Mossy Meadow. Then I punched the corners and adhered the panel to the base. I may add some leaves before I mail it.

Since my card is filled with flowers, I've decided to play at The Sisterhood of Crafters - It's All About Flowers

I hope you enjoy the hop! Clicking on the "next" button will take you to Eva Dobilas. Clicking on the blue links below will take you directly to that team member.

Karen Finkle - you are here!
  • 2" x 3-1/4"
  • 3" x 4-1/4"
  • 4" x 5-1/4" (cut for inside panel)

  • 2-1/4" x 3-1/2"
  • 3-1/4" x 4-1/2"
  • 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"(score and fold at 4 1/4" for card base) 
Project Supplies
Stamps Healing Hugs, First Frost
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Basic Black
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Gray, Mossy Meadow
Accessories Copy paper
Tools     Stampin' Trimmer, Detailed Trio Punch, Tombow Glue, Snail adhesive, Stamp Block

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Stampin' Up! Beautiful You

Welcome to Wednesday! Today I made a card for you with the Beautiful You stamp set. Well, it's not exactly for you but if you'd like to order a graduation card, I can make another one for you!

We made this card at Sue's last Thursday and it was so much fun but took some work with the tassel (which is a little wonky) and the diploma (which is a little fat)! The next one will be perfect!

Sue had all the mats cut for us along with the base scored and folded. Sharon Armstrong has a great video on You Tube with instructions for this card.

#223SUOC has an "It's Spring" challenge and my granddaughter is graduating this spring. It's been a long haul for her doing her online art program. She will undoubtedly kick off her shoes and do a happy dance.

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

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Stampin' Up! Wood Textures DSP for Amy's Inkin' Krew Team Blog Hop

Welcome back...hopefully it hasn't been a month since you've been This month Amy gave us the theme of "masculine" to create our card for the hop. I thought I had exhausted my masculine cards last week with the Geared Up Garage, but I still had a little gas left (see what I did there!) to create this masculine one. I'm entering it in the challenge at SIP Challenge 199 – Let’s Hear it for the Boys!

It could be used for a feminine card too...and that's what I'm doing today. Happy 10th birthday Try it On Tuesday

I decided to use the soon-retiring Wood Textures DSP for my panels. I adhered them to an Early Espresso card base. I punched a mat with the Tailored Tag punch, sponged it with Early Espresso and adhered the Copper Foil maple leaf die cut from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. I adhered the tag to the card front with Dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Painted Glass stamp set and, fortunately, I got it straight because the panel was already glued down!

The inside sentiment is from Humming Along which is retiring.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

If you have any questions, just let me know in a comment. In the meantime, if you click on "Next" you will hop to Akiko and "Previous" will take you to my upline, Mary! Have you considered joining our team?

  1. Karen Ksenzakovic
  2. Terry Lynn Bright
  3. Jaimie Babarczy
  4. Mary Deatherage
  5. Karen Finkle - you are here!
  6. Akiko Sudano
  7. Shirley Gentry
  8. Sue Prather
  9. Connie Troyer
  10. Amy Koenders

Monday, May 13, 2019

Stampin' Up! Geared Up Garage and Country Livin'

Welcome back for another May Monday Makeover Madness. The card I am making over is this one... 

and this is the new one...I apologize for the glare from my light. Foil is so difficult to capture. I used the same stamp set for the front, a different embossing folder and a totally different stamp set for the inside. I also changed the way it opens.

My card base is Basic Black with a mat of silver foil that was run through the Big Shot with the Sparkle TIEF. 

I used a strip of Black/Silver 1/4" Metallic ribbon across the center and adhered it to the back with tape. I die cut the outer sentiment frame from a Black Foil Sheet with a die from Garage Gears Thinlits. The sentiment is from Geared Up Garage, stamped on Basic Gray card stock. I used VersaMark ink and heat set it with Silver Emboss powder. It's cut out with another die from the Thinlits. I glued the frame to the card with liquid glue and the sentiment with dimensionals. When you get glue on foil, WD40 on a Q-tip works great to remove it...ask me how I know!

I had so much fun with the inside. I lined up my sentiment stamp from Geared Up Garage and the truck stamp from Country Livin' on my Stamparatus. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink on a piece of Whisper White Thick cardstock. I used Blends for coloring so you need that particular type of ink. Alcohol inks and water based inks do not a match in heaven make!

So, I used the following Blends to color my truck and grass: Dark and Light Smoky Slate, Dark and Light Soft Suede, Dark and Light Cherry Cobbler, Dark and Light Old Olive, and Light Daffodil Delight. I colored the wheels with my Basic Black watercolor pencil and Blender Pen.

I added a few more silver foil gears cut out with dies from the Gears set. 

The challenge for today is at Allsorts Week 519 - Transport. I just love the prize they are offering!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you'll be back tomorrow for our monthly Amy's Inkin' Krew blog hop.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzazz Diagonal Split Card

Happy Mother's Day peeps. My son is grilling filet mignon and lobster tails for later in the day. My daughter will be calling as I told her I didn't want a present, I just wanted to hear her voice from the Adirondacks.

My card today reminds me of fall in the Adirondacks with the orange and rust colors. This was some of Carole's stash that Sue M. took and she brought it out for us on Thursday. The design was inspired by My Creative Corner but I also made a similar card on this post. Although I loved the panels raised up with adhesive strips, I would not do that again. This one was much easier.

We started with a card base of white card stock that was 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". On top of the card front we adhered a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Carole's patterned paper. I'm thinking it might be Graphic 45 paper but I'm not sure.

Then we took a piece of Pear Pizzazz and a piece of white card stock that each measured 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Take the white piece, measure 3/4" down from the top on the left side and put a little tick mark with a pencil. Then put another tick mark at 1 1/8". On the right side, measure down 3" and put another tick mark.

With the two pieces together, cut on the diagonal from the 3/4" to the 3" mark. Then on the diagonal again, cut from the 1 1/8" to the bottom right corner tip.  Take the white card stock pieces and cut 1/8" off each of the inside edges. Now you can line them up with the Pear Pizzazz pieces and glue them together.

Stamp your sentiment on the bottom left panel. Carole had pieces of lady bug circles, butterflies and bees that must have come from a set of embellishments. International Art & Soul has an Ecology/Environmental/Conservation Challenge #58 today. You probably know this but I'll share it with you anyway, "A healthy ladybug population can keep insect pests low and reduce the need for insecticides. Ladybugs are beneficial to farmers because they eliminate these pests in an inexpensive and safe way." Did you know you can buy lady bugs? We thought about it for our screened in plant/herb area but the smallest amount was 1500!

Sue provided green pearls and we adhered everything with glue dots. Then we adhered those panels to the card front. Mine didn't line up at the top and bottom edge but it looks okay with the patterned paper showing a little. Some used dimensionals to raise the panels, but I kept mine flush. The flower was another pre-cut accessory and it's adhered with dimensionals.

What a joy it was to be using Carole's stash in her memory. We all loved her so much and still do.

Thanks for stopping by today and if you have any questions, ask away. Oh, and did you get these roses for Mother's Day? Only a mere $329...well, they ARE guaranteed to last a year!

Stampin' Up! Good Morning Magnolia Birthday Card

It's Simple Stamping Sunday! Remember the brown and yellow card that was cut up into squares using the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set? ...