Friday, January 31, 2020

Stampin' Up! Sailing Home Masculine Birthday Card

TGIF peeps! Can you believe this is the last day of January. Remember when it used to seem like it was the longest month of the year for those of us who lived in the snow and cold? Well, living in "paradise" it seems to sail away quickly.

Speaking of sailing away, I used the Sailing Home Stamp Set for my card today. We made this at Dottie's yesterday. Our card group was celebrating Sue L.'s birthday. Unfortunately, I didn't get the picture quick enough of the lotus spinning candle. It was awesome! So was the cookies and cream cake.

Now for my card...

We randomly stamped the anchor with Crumb Cake, Garden Green and Night of Navy inks. The sentiment was already mounted on a block so I don't know what set that was from. Dottie had the pieces all cut for us so we only needed to stamp and glue. She even had the compass stamped and embossed! We punched it out with one of the retired "whale" circle punches. We added a little gem to the center.

For the inside, she had printed the sentiment from a card program on her computer and embossed the ship's wheel.

I've decided to enter my card at Creative Knockouts - Birthday Wishes Challenge #335.

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

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Stampin' Up! Over the Moon

Welcome to the Happy Inkin' Thursday blog hop. You're in for a treat if you have never visited before. It's a weekly challenge and this week we have a sketch challenge. This one was very difficult for me, but I tried. I can't wait to see what the other team members created.

I used the Over the Moon Stamp Set to create my card. This is such a great stamp set!

and here is the sketch...

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My card base is Whisper White. I embossed a piece of Basic Black card stock with the Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder.

I used the Classic Label Punch to create my Real Red mats, punching out four and gluing two together so they would be longer than the sentiments. Then I stamped my sentiments with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and punched them out.

The moon and stars are punched with the Twinkle Builder Punch. I colored the moon with my Daffodil and Pumpkin Pie Blends. The stars are Gold Glimmer paper.

I stamped my cow with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used various colored Blends for her tail, locks of hair, spots, hooves and face.

There are no dies for the cow so you would have to fussy cut her. You could skip the background mat, which in this case I cut it out of a pattern from the From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper. The cow and moon are adhered with Dimensionals. Everything else is adhered with liquid glue.

The inside is unfinished as I have no idea how I'm going to use it. It could turn into a valentine card or an anniversary card. 

This is my third and final entry at Mod Squad - Get Your Animal Stamps Inky. That has been such a fun challenge.

I hope you enjoyed my card today and thank you for joining the hop. Clicking on the "next" button will take you to Eva Dobilas. Clicking on the names below will take you directly to the other team members and their projects.

Karen Finkle - you are here!


Card Base 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Black Mat 4" x 5 1/4"
Whisper White 3" x 3" for stamping cow and moon
Whisper White & Real Red Scraps-sentiments/ mats
Gold Glimmer scrap for punching stars

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Stampin' Up! Seaside Sketches

It's another warm and beautiful day here in SWFL. This little girl is enjoying wading in the, not me, this one...

The card base is Pacific Point. The mat is one that Sue L. had cut out for us at card group. The stamp set is one that came out in the 2003 Holiday Catalog and I believe it retired in 2007. It's a great set so I'm glad I can borrow it from Sue! The shells are ones that Sue picked up along the beach in Sanibel.

The sentiment is a Verses Rubber Stamp named "Salt of the Ocean" and it is still available. It was one of Carole's legacies.

The whelk is a sticker that Sue had available for us at card group. 

Some of my favorite songs are about the ocean, for instance "When Oceans Rise" by Hillsong United. There are a number of scripture verses about the ocean as well, which led me today to a challenge site where I haven't played in awhile Word Art Wednesday - #424 -#425 ATG .  I hope you'll take a minute to visit them.

Thank you for stopping by today and please return tomorrow for our weekly blog hop.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Stampin' Up! Serene Silhouettes Birthday Card

Welcome! It's technique Tuesday and I have three techniques for you today!

I used the retired Serene Silhouettes for my card today.

So, here's the first technique..."polished stone". This is how you do'll need a glossy piece of paper 4" x 5 1/4", two cotton balls, rubbing alcohol and ink refills the colors of your choice. In this instance, my card base is Balmy Blue so I chose Pacific Point and Balmy Blue refills along with Frost White  Shimmer Paint. On one cotton ball I used the paint to dab on wherever I liked. With the second cotton ball, I saturated it with rubbing alcohol. I dropped one drop of Pacific Point and two drops of Balmy Blue ink refills onto the ball. When the paint was dry, I dabbed the blue ball on with a swishing motion rather than dabbing. You can do whatever you want!

I used a rectangle shaped die to cut a frame out of polished stone piece. Then I cut a piece of Pacific Point to fit inside the frame. 

My art panel is the second and third technique. I stamped the flowers and sentiment in VersaMark ink, sprinkled them with White Emboss Powder and heat set it with my heat tool.

The third technique was to put a piece of deco foil on the art panel and run it through my laminator. Oh, what fun that technique is! There are many videos out there for it but the one I found most valuable is this one! I love the sparkly look of the foil, which is difficult to capture more often than not. I am entering my card in the "Sparkle" challenge #147 at Always Fun.

After I looked at the picture, I realized how lop sided I adhered the panels. I guess having one eye operated on really didn't help my normal "just a tad off" problem. The card is not for sale so I won't worry about it. However, I will wait to make my next one after the other eye is done. At the moment, my vision is still quite blurry for close up work. Perhaps I'll label this style as!

The inside sentiment is one of Carole's legacies.
I think I got this one straight!

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

Monday, January 27, 2020

Stampin' Up! Silhouette Scenes Congratulations Card

It's Monday Makeover, peeps! Today I CASE'd one of my team mate's cards. Thank you Shirley G. for the inspiration! I'm entering my card in The Library Challenge #51 - Romeo and Juliet. I just have a feeling they would gaze at the stars together on a mid summer's night.

I used the Silhouette Scenes Stamp Set to create my card.

My card base is Whisper White. The DSP for the triangle and art panel is from See a Silhouette. It worked out perfectly for this night time scene.

I stamped the children and sentiment in VersaMark Ink and heat embossed them with White Emboss Powder. The star is a retired Copper Embellishment. The Basic Black Trim is cut with the retired Scallop  Trim Border Punch.

The inside is stamped with stamps from the new Morning Star set, which can be found in the 2020 Mini Catalog.

Thank you for stopping by today and if you have any questions, just leave a comment with your email address and I will answer asap.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Stampin' Up! Hoppy Together and Timeless Tropical Birthday

Welcome! Yesterday was a silly Saturday and today is a silly Sunday! So Hoppy you joined me...

This is a card we made at Card Group. My card base is Garden Green with a mat of Basic Black and a Whisper White art panel. We stamped the image of the frogs (retired Hoppy Together Stamp Set) in Memento Tuxedo Black and I colored mine with watercolor pencils and blending pen. 

We stamped the stem and one of the daisies using the Delightful Daisy Stamp Set. The flowers were punched with the Daisy Punch. The center is one of the Perennial Essence Flower Centers.

The sentiment is from the retired Avant Garden Stamp Set. We used the Layering Ovals Dies to cut the ovals out. I believe the scalloped oval is So Saffron as is the stamped daisy. The unstamped daisy could be either Old Olive or Pear Pizzazz. However, I wouldn't put it past Sue to have had some Certainly Celery in her stash!

The inside sentiment is from the new Timeless Tropical Stamp Set.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you had a great weekend.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Stampin' Up! Giggle Greetings Birthday Card

Welcome to Silly Saturday, stampers! Today I have a funny card to show you. It uses the retired Giggle Greetings Stamp Set.

This stamp set cracks me up! We made it at card group awhile back and I'm just getting around to posting it. It works perfectly for my entry at Mod Squad Challenge - Animal Stamp. Since Gem of a Challenge Craft Week 2 is an "Anything Goes", I'm entering for a second time.

The inside sentiment is from Verses Rubber Stamps "Old".

Thank you for stopping by and if you have any questions, you know the drill :-) Hope you have a great weekend.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Stampin' Up! Heartfelt Valentine Card

It's a fun fold Friday today! Valentine's Day is not too far off so I'm busy in the card room getting ready for it. I had a cataract removed on Wednesday so my posts have been shorter than usual or non-existent! I was amazed last night as to the brilliance of the colors on Wheel and Jeopardy. The same goes for the sunrise this morning. In two weeks I get the right eye done. The vision in my left eye is now 20/20 and I'm hoping for the same next round. I'm also hoping this will help me with seeing straight for Trying not to be on the computer so much is not an easy task for you know that feeling?

I did this card for a class of 9 women Tuesday and they loved it. I do too! They added bling to theirs but I'm not really into all that bling and this one is for a teenage boy. I'll be posting another card that we did there and one woman put rhinestones on every flower on the magnolia DSP!! 

My card is a CASE of Terri Gaines and I absolutely loved the fun fold. This is so quick and easy to make. 

If you would like the recipe, let me know in a comment and I'll email the Word document to you.

I'm playing today at As You See It Challenge #217: Love is in the Air

and Gem of a Craft Anything Goes Card Making & Craft Challenge Week 2.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Stampin' Up! Thoughtful Blooms Thank You Card for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

Welcome fellow stampers. Today we have a color challenge. Here is the challenge...
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I used the Thoughtful Blooms Stamp Set (a $50 level Sale-A-Bration Reward) and the coordinating Small Bloom Punch (a $100 level Sale-A-Bration Reward) to create my card.

The inspiration for my design came from Fab Friday Challenge #181.

I'm also playing today at Inspired By...Clusters. My card just happened to fall into the colors and clusters.

I hope you have a chance to visit both challenge sites after you finish the hop!

I started with a Pool Party card base. I ran a piece of Whisper White card stock through my embossing machine using the Basket Weave 3D Embossing Folder. I cut a piece of Petal Pink card stock to create my banner and ran that through the machine with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. 

The flowers are a two-step stamp. I stamped the solid part with Pool Party for some and Petal Pink for others. I stamped the ridged image with the opposite color. Then I punched them out and adhered them with Mini Dimensionals. The card could be kicked up a notch by adding rhinestones or pearls for the flower centers.

For the sentiment, I used a stamp from Itty Bitty Greetings. I stamped it in Pool Party on Whisper White and punched it with the Classic Label Punch. I also used the punch to punch out different lengths of Pool Party and Petal Pink and adhered them with SNAIL.

I hope you enjoyed my card today and thank you for joining the hop. Clicking on the "next" button will take you to Eva Dobilas. Clicking on the names below will take you directly to the other team members and their projects.

Karen Finkle - you are here!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Stampin' Up! Parisian Beauty for Amy's Inkin' Krew Monthly Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop. We’ve got a "Love" theme today. Amy said we could interpret the theme however we like! I bet you are anticipating a valentine and red...not from me today! I hope you’ll be able to spend some time reading and hopping through all the other team projects today.

I used the Parisian Beauty Bundle to create my card. The base is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Whisper White Card Stock. The Basic Black mat is 4" x 5 1/4". The Garden Lane Designer Series Paper mat is 3 3/4" x 5".

The sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and die cut with a Stitched Rectangle Die.

The sentiment on the inside is stamped right on the base of the card. The hearts are cut using the same DSP using a die from the Stitched Be Mine Dies.

The card is a CASE of Lynn Kolcun and was made at our card group last Thursday. Thank you for taking a look see today. I won't be posting again until 1/23 so I hope you'll return that day.

It's now time to hop on to the blogs of the other team members. I am curious about what gorgeous creations there are today. To continue hopping, just click on the "next" button to go to Sue Prather  or click on the "previous" button to go to Jaimie Babarczy. Clicking on a name listed below will take you directly to that person's site.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Stampin' Up! Another Calendar

We created two calendars at Meg's on Thursday. Edie taught us how to make this one. I didn't realize how wonky my cardstock and Perennial Essence DSP was until I saw this photograph. Oh well, too late now to do anything about it!

This is an easel calendar Post-It Note card.

It's really quite easy to make. The calendar came from Taylored Expressions and the Post-It Note pad came from the dollar store.

Materials, Measurements and Instructions:

  • 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Whisper White Cardstock
  • Score on 11" side at 2 3/4" x 5 1/2"
  • Fold scores inward to create mountain, burnish
  • Cut 1 piece of Whisper White  at 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Cut 2 pieces of Rococo Rose Cardstock  4" x 5 1/4" (we used a retired purple)
  • Cut 2 pieces of Perennial Essence DSP 3 3/4" x 5"
  • Cut Rococo mat 2 3/4" x 3 3/4"
  • Adhere DSP to solid large Rococo mats for your panels
  • Adhere one panel to the inside of card
  • Adhere Post-It Note pad to that panel with Tear & Tape. This forms your stop for the top easel section.
  • Adhere the remaining panel to the piece of Whisper White cut at 4" x 5 1/4".
  • Lay the card down in the closed position with scored side up.
  • Put Tear and Tape only on the bottom scored part.
  • Adhere the Whisper White/Rococo/DSP panel to that. Now you've formed your easel.
  • Adhere the mini calendar with Tear and Tape to the small Rococo mat.
  • Adhere that to the card front with Tear and Tape.
  • Add a bow and pearl embellishments to the top part of the panel which is not glued to anything.

You're done! It should look like this from the side.

I'm entering my project in the Dragonfly Dreams: Anything Goes Challenge.

Thank you for stopping by today and if you haven't already, I hope you'll give it a try. I won't be posting until Tuesday's Blog Hop. I have been invited to stay in Orlando with my sister-in-law and I'm not taking any supplies with me. I was also able to book a day at my Disney time share! Woo hoo, I'm off to see the Mouse! Have a great Sunday, folks.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Stampin' Up! Beautiful You 2020 Calendar

Good day, my peeps. Last night was fun as my son and I went to our first Honey Whiskey party. The honey from my card yesterday was! So, do you have a difficult time remembering what the date is? Well, I have the perfect solution for you!

This was another project we made at Meg's on Thursday. Sorry, but I couldn't get a good photo of it standing up.

The colors are Purple Posy. The instructions can be found here. Thank you Meg for sharing Georgia's recipe!

Thank you stamping friends/followers for stopping by today. The partial product I used is listed below. I colored Pearl Basic Jewels with my Purple Posy Dark Blend for the embellishment.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Stampin' Up! Honey Bee Card

TGIF once again my peeps! Friday follows Thursday and Thursday is our card stamping group. Here is one of the cards we made at Meg's. I believe it's a CASE of Tina Wardell. She is one of my fave SU demos next to my immediate team, Amy and Mary, and my team mates.

We used the Honey Bee Bundle to make this card. Meg had everything cut for us with the exception of the bees and the sentiment. The bees we stamped, colored and cut out. The Honey Bee Bundle, which can be found on page 30 of the 2020 Mini Catalog, can be ordered by clicking on the picture under the Product List below.

The sentiment is from the retired Moon Lake Stamp Set. We stamped that and cut it out with one of the Rectangle Stitched Dies.

The honeycomb, bee hive and hives were cut with the Detailed Bees Dies. I adhered my cut out bees with Dimensionals.

The Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper is on page 10 of the Sale-A-Bration catalog. It is free with a purchase of $50.

This inside sentiment is also from Moon Lake and the bee is from the retired Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.

If you have any questions, just leave me a comment with your email address and I'll get back to you with an answer. 

Today I'm playing at Alphabet Challenge "T" Try Something Different. Trying the new stamp set and dies was fun. With the cute little bee critters, I'm also playing at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies: Challenge #34 for the second time this month.

I would also love it, if you haven't done so already, to click on the "follow me" button. Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend.

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Stampin' Up! Demos Fun Folds Blog Hop

  Welcome to our second SU Demos Fun Fold Blog Hop! If you missed the first one, here's a link .  If you love fun folds, you have come t...