Sunday, March 31, 2019

Stampin' Up! Partially!

Today my card is another one that we made at Dottie's on Thursday. This was the kit she put together.

The card base is Whisper White with a mat of Mint Macaron. She had the art panel and mat cut for us and all we had to do was stamp the flower and the butterfly. The flower is a Penny Black stamp. The butterfly is from the retired Papillon Potpourri set. We stamped Versa Mark on scraps of colored card stock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. We punched it out with the retired Bitty Butterfly SU punch. SU's retired Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts stamp set was used for the sentiment.

The inside, itself, is a potpourri!

I hope my card gave you inspiration to create one with the products you have in your craft room.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have a super Sunday.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Stampin' Up! Petal Palette Meets Garden Impressions

Thursday the card group met at Dottie's. She started off the day by entertaining at least 25 people for her daughter's doTerra Essential Oils presentation. She and her daughters put on a beautiful spread for lunch. Because we knew she would not have time to put together 4 kits, only 1, 3 of us made kits. As you saw yesterday, mine was the masculine card.

Today's card was a kit prepared by Meg. She gave us the choice of what pieces of DSP we wanted to use from the Garden Impressions 6" x 6" paper stack. Here's what I chose...

The birdie and the branch of leaves are from the Petal Palette stamp set. I am not sure where any of the sentiments are from as they were already mounted on blocks. The bow is Grapefruit Grove Nature's Twine. I used Mango Melody, Cajun Craze and Shaded Spruce inks and Blends to create the art panel. The design is based on a sketch by Debra at Sketch Saturday #383 for Challenge #557.

The corners of my inner mat are punched with the Detailed Trio punch. The card base is Soft Sea Foam.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Stampin' Up! Geared Up Garage

TGIF, peeps...hope you had a chance to hop with me yesterday in celebration of Amy's birthday. It was a great hop and what beautiful birthday cards she received online.

Today is a fun, masculine card. It would be more up my alley if it were a Corvette but I think it's a Mustang. Those two cars do like to race each other and show off. Speaking of showing off, let me show you my card. I rather like it!

I made up card kits for our card group yesterday and they really liked it too. Masculine cards seem to be difficult, but the Geared Up Garage Cling Bundle certainly is a necessary addition to your collection if you don't have it already. I found a new challenge for today...Moving Along with the Times and the theme is "masculine".

The design was not my original idea so I must give credit to Sheryl Sheckler...thank you, Sheryl.

My card base is Basic Black with a mat from the Animal Expedition DSP. Using Smoky Slate ink, I stamped the image and greeting on a piece of Smoky Slate card stock and ran it through my Big Shot with the Subtle DTIEF. The photo doesn't really show it. 

The big gear was cut from Black Foil and the smaller gears from Silver Foil. I adhered them with a spray glue but you can use Tombow Liquid glue.

I'm also playing today at the Fusion Card Challenge

I chose only the photo for my inspiration outside and inside.

Those little black dots are from the inside of the gears when they were cut out. Waste not, want not!

Thank you for stopping by and if you have any questions, ask away.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Stampin' Up! Botanical Bliss for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

Welcome to our weekly blog hop. This week we have a sketch challenge and I do love this one for two reasons: 1) It's Amy's virtual birthday card AND 2) the sketch was easy for me! Happy birthday, Amy. You are one of the best leaders (Mary is the other!) I'm so happy to be on both of your teams. My teammates are the best too so be sure to hop to their blogs to see what they have created for this special lady today. 

Here's the sketch...

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and here's my interpretation of it...

My card base is Rich Razzleberry. I ran a piece of Mossy Meadow through my Big Shot using the Garden Trellis TIEF.

I used the Layering Ovals dies to cut my Powder Pink scalloped ovals and the Floral Romance Designer Series Paper ovals. I adhered them together with glue dots.

The Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon was wrapped around the mat and secured to the back. When adhering the embossed mat to the card front, I used a lot of liquid multi-purpose glue.

The sentiment is from the Botanical Bliss set. I stamped it on a scrap of Powder Pink card stock and ran it through the Big Shot using the Subtle DTIEF. Then I cut it out with a die from Petals and More. I also used a die from that set to make the "filigree" mat. I adhered that to the ribbon with mini dimensionals.

The butterfly was punched with the Butterfly Duet Punch from the Botanical Butterfly DSP and colored with Rich Razzleberry and Mossy Meadow Light and Dark Blends. I used my bone folder to bend the wings and adhered it with a mini dimensional. 

Marsha has an occasion challenge at Watercooler Wednesday and a birthday is one of the best occasions, don't you agree?

Thank you for stopping by today. Clicking on the "next" button will take you to Julie Johnston. Clicking on the blue links will take you directly to that team member. I know you will not be disappointed by what each team member has made. If you have time, wish Amy a happy birthday.

Karen Finkle - You are here!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Stampin' Up! Happy Tails

Today I did a triple time stamping card. I CASE'd Tami White's card and she has an excellent video on how to do this technique so I will just show you my card.

The pup reminds me of two of my friends' dogs. This is not my favorite technique as I don't think I do it quite right, but it is what it is. I just need to practice and use a different stamp set, I think.

I do love this stamp set, however. What's not to like about black and white with a little red thrown in. The pup is done in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla and punched with the Dog Builder punch that coordinates with the Happy Tails stamp set. It's perfect for the Inspire.Create.Stamping Challenges #39

The inside is plain and simple...

Hopefully, I won't have to use this card for a long time!

Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Stampin' Up! Nope, I don't see it...

This is going to be a quickie today as I have card kits to make up for Thursday AND a card to make for our blog hop that day. Wonder about my post title? Well, wonder no longer...

See what I did there? Is that not a cute card or what?? We made it at Sue M.'s last Thursday. The only thing that is SU are the middle glasses (just the papers). I loved those dies! Three dies to make three different shaped glasses...I must enter this card at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies.

Here was our vision for the inside...

Even cuter, eh? I'm not sure who manufactured the dies or the sentiment stamp but they go perfectly together.

I don't think I made a spectacle of myself. OK, I'll stop. Thanks for stopping by to have a look-see at my card. 

Monday, March 25, 2019

Stampin' Up! Thoughts and Prayers

Today is not only Monday Makeover Madness, but it's the second sympathy card that I sold over the weekend. I made my card at Sue M.'s house last Thursday with our card group. Here is the card by Marisa in its original form...


and here is my card.

Mine was supposed to look like Marisa's (and Sue's) BUT, I had the sentiment stamped in the wrong spot so I couldn't use the scalloped edged die. Now that I'm looking at it, I could have re-cut another scallop and adhere the circle that I cut from a smaller circle die. Oh, well...but the scallops really make the card, don't you think? I do love the dotted swiss embossing folder (Darice).

Sue gave us a neat tip on how to thread the ribbon through the button. Use one of those dental floss threads that are needed for flossing a bridge! It worked perfectly.

The stamp set we used for the front is the retired Thoughts and Prayers. Colors used are Pear Pizzazz and Calypso Coral.

The inside sentiment is great as I love the font but I don't know who the manufacturer is.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a marvelous last March Monday.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Stampin' Up! Beach Happy

Today's card is a birthday card I sold over the weekend. My friend bought it for her son who will be here for his birthday next week. Since it is being used as a masculine card, I've decided to play at Simply Create Too #147.

We made the card front at Sue M's last Thursday with our card group and I finished up the inside yesterday.

We used Soft Suede for the mat and hut. I was supposed to use Granny Apple Green for the palm fronds but I grabbed the Pear Pizzazz by mistake. The birds are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. The sea grass and sand is stamped in Crumb Cake. I don't know where the stamps are from but I sure do love that hut!

The inside is stamped with the Beach Happy set.

My son and I are off to a corned beef and cabbage dinner served by our friends who are visiting from the Adirondacks for a week. They know how much we love that meal. It will be my third time this month!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be back to see my makeover tomorrow.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Stampin' Up! Dear Doily

This week I had an order for four sympathy cards. My card today is one of them.

My card base is Gorgeous Grape. The TIEF is similar to our Swirls and Curls but I believe it's a Darice folder. The oval mat is Pear Pizzazz. The flower image from the retired Love & Sympathy stamp set is inked up with Pear Pizzazz and Gorgeous Grape Stampin' Write markers. We made this card at Barb's over a week ago and I just finished the inside today.

The sentiment is from the Dear Doily stamp set. Making sympathy cards is never a pleasant task but we all know it's one of those things in life we can't escape. Speaking of escape, here are pics of mine yesterday with family in Estero Bay and Estero Island!

Leaving the Estero River headed to the Bay

Estero Bay

My brother, the captain

 My sister is all bundled was windy 
Sonny boy only needs sun and makes a good wine holder!!

Estero Island

Beyond that bridge is the Gulf of Mexico
Lobster and Shrimp Fettucine with the best garlic bread ever!

We did see a dolphin going after a jumping mullet but he was off in the distance and it's practically impossible to capture them in a photo. My brother,  sister, sister-in-law and my son finished off the day with a wonderful dinner at the Fish House. My lobster and shrimp fettucini did not disappoint. It was a great escape!

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

Friday, March 22, 2019

Stampin' Up! Birthday Delivery

I was asked by a friend to make a birthday card for her 3 year-old niece. So, I combined some retired products with current and here's what happened...

I arrived at the idea for my card through Jan B. My characters are die cut and fussy cut from the Birthday Memories DSP, which is retired. They are mounted with Dimensionals on Color Theory DSP, which is also retired. The balloons are die cut using the retired Birthday Friends Framelits. Even though these dies are retired, I love them because they cut out the images on the DSP so perfectly. There are dies for the baker, girl, fox, flag banner, poodle, cake and a cupcake. The paper is so much fun. I'm entering this card in the As You Like It challenge site. I haven't played there in over a year...don't know why! ModSquad and Allsorts have a die challenge also.

The sentiment is from the current Paper Pumpkin kit and I am so delighted that I ordered that particular kit. It was a double stamp kit and perfect for my card.

The strings for the balloons are the current Old Olive Linen Thread, which I hope will be carried over to the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.

The ribbon covering the seam of the two pieces of DSP is Old Olive 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon. I had it in my current stash but I guess it's no longer available.

For the inside, I used more stamps from the March 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit. I fussy cut a cake from the Birthday Memories DSP and it just happened to have 3 candles on it! Perfect!! The cake die that is in the framelits set didn't fit this particular cake.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you thought my card was fun for a three year old. She can count how many things of 3 she sees!

If you have any questions about measurements or anything, please ask in a comment. I know these products are out there for sale and I might be willing to part with what I have!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Stampin' Up! Calls for a Celebration for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

Welcome to our weekly blog hop. This week we have a color challenge and I do love this one...

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My upline gave me this stamp set awhile back and I just needed to bring it out today...

You see how much I love Berry Burst and Old Olive? I even made my own DSP with the flowery Botanical Bliss stamps. I got that idea watching Linda Bedinger the other day when I made my Sunday card.

I haven't played at The Flower Challenge in a long time so since my card shouts florals, I'm doing it today! 

For the design, I was inspired by Connie Stewart when she did her OSW (One Sheet Wonder) with a 6" x 6" piece of DSP (Designer Series Paper). I used a piece of 12" x 12" Whisper White card stock and cut four pieces. I only used one piece to create my DSP. Later I can create three more pieces of DSP. I'll put the remaining measurements for the rest of the card down below.

I stamped the sentiment on Whisper White using Old Olive ink. I fussy cut it and adhered it to my homegrown DSP square.

The Crushed Curry daisy is punched with the Daisy Punch and the center is a punched out circle from my DSP. I adhered that with a Dimensional.

The 2019 Occasions Catalog offers Old Olive Linen Thread, which I used for my bow. I adhered that with a glue dot.

The inside sentiment is from Picture Perfect Birthday and the flowers are from the Daisy Delight stamp set.

Stampin' Up! has so many colors that coordinate and I love that the card stock, inks and markers match perfectly. I also have discovered that I love making my own DSP!

Thank you for stopping by today and looking at my project. I hope you will be able to take the time to visit all the other hopper blogs. You won't be disappointed and it will be well worth your time.

Clicking on the "next" button will take you to Eva Dobilas, with an undoubtedly wonderful card, or you can click on the blue links below to get to all the other beauties.

Amy Koenders
Karen Finkle - you are here!
Eva Dobilas

These measurements make two cards:

Berry Burst Card Base: Cut 1/2" off the 8 1/2" side so that it measures 8" x 11", score at 4 1/4"; turn the paper and cut at 5 1/2" (now you have two bases).

Patterned Paper that is 6" x 6": cut at 3". Take one piece and cut in half again so you have two 3" squares. Take the remaining 3" x 6" strip and cut 1/2" off the 6" side. Now you have a piece that measures 3" x 5 1/2". Cut four strips from that piece measuring 1/2" x 5 1/2". These are used for the edges inside. The remaining piece can be used for cutting out the center of your daisy using a 1/2" circle punch.

Crushed Curry card stock: Cut two pieces 2 3/4" x 5 1/2" for punching out four daises. Glue two daisies together.

Whisper White: Cut two pieces 3 1/4" x 5" for the inside of your cards.

Old Olive Linen Thread: Cut as long as you want to make your bow

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