Monday, September 21, 2020

Stampin' Up! Good Morning Magnolia Thinking of You Card

Good Monday Morning, peeps! Yeppers, Crazy Cousin is returning for the second time this month as Guest Designer for Double Trouble Paper Crafting! We have a new challenge for you and I hope you'll join in the fun. Just click on the link for Challenge #67 Off the Edge. Please, come along and get into trouble with me!

I'm sure you'd like to see the three challenges and it would be my pleasure to show them to you...

"On, Off, or Over the Edge?"  

Thing 1: Trouble Maker says, "We've all just about reached the proverbial edge with this ongoing pandemic. Let's not panic! We need to stay focused at a time like this so let's focus on a sketch from TSOT below. Keep it simple... take advantage of the shape that's off the edge by using shapes, paper, doilies, frames, sentiments and/or partial images, etc." 

You can stop here... 
OR, you can choose to go further over the edge with Twisted Sister's Optional Twist below.

Thing 3: Twisted Sister 
says, "There she goes again, Trouble Maker is trying to push me over the edge. So whether it's "On, Off or Over the Edge"...   whatever ... let's just do it!  Try to go beyond your edge, veer away from your normal comfort zone, and create a project using one of the techniques in "Off the Edge". Here are some tutorials by Jennifer McGuire that may be useful." 

Thing 2:  Double Dare 
says, "If you followed the sketch then link your project to Try Stampin' on Tuesday's Biweekly Sketch Challenge (TSOT) HERE whether you used Twisted Sister's optional twist or not. You will receive an additional chance at the Double Trouble Random Draw."  

Feel free to change the orientation... rotate or flip the sketch or use its mirror image.  

So, for Thing 1's challenge, I did concentrate on TSOT's sketch. However, I got dizzy running around in circles so I changed the circles to Magnolia buds!

For Thing 3, I did a new technique for me...partial die cutting. I watched a video by Lynn Dunn on You Tube. It took me three tries before I got it right! The first time I had stamped my flower in the wrong place, the second time I was distracted and did a full cut...three times...a charm AND I had a die cut for one of the buds! All I needed to do was cut one more to resemble the sketch. So, let me give you some bare-bones steps I took to stay out of any more trouble and items I used.
  • Cut card base - 4 1/4" x 11" (I used Rococo Rose)
  • Score on long edge at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2", fold and burnish, then fold back the 2 3/4" section. This creates what is called a "Z" fold (for those new to stamping)
  • Create a mask for the Magnolia bud that will be partially die cut (there are lots of videos on masking)
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White 1 3/4" x 4" to stamp the border image with your mask in place (see you just can't avoid masks these days!). The stamp is from the Ornate Style Stamp Set
  • Remove the mask (I'll be happy when we all can do that permanently!), stamp the actual bud and do a partial die cut. You place your top cutting plate to just cut half the image. There are many videos out there that can help you if you aren't sure of what I mean. I don't want to get you in trouble!
  • Tie a piece of Black Baker's Twine (retired) around the panel
  • Color all the buds and adhere the two fully cut ones with liquid glue and Dimensionals (the partially cut one I colored with watercolor pencils as Blends would have bled through) I used Flirty Flamingo and Garden Green Watercolor pencils and a Blender Pen
  • Emboss the front flap (I used Greenery) and then adhere the bud panel, adding three colored pearls (colored with Rococo Rose Dark Blends)
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White 2 5/8" x 4" and adhere as shown in pic 
  • Cut a piece of Designer Series Paper 5 1/4" x 4" and adhere to inside of card
  • Stamp sentiment (Good Morning Magnolia) directly on DSP (I used In Good Taste)
I finished my project by adhering a matching piece of DSP to the envelope flap and stamping a bud on the front, coloring it with my Light and Dark Rococo Rose Blends and Light Granny Apple Green Blends.

To comply with Thing 2...she's such a Double Darer...I need to leave you now so I can go enter my card at TSOT #476

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you'll play at Double Trouble. Like I have said many times, their challenges are so much fun. I have enjoyed my time as Crazy Cousin for the month of September and I thank the Design Team for that honor. It stretched my thought processes and creativity.  Now I'm off to see what other trouble I can find! Have a blessed day!

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  1. Lovely card, Karen, and I so enjoyed reading your blog! Thank you for stepping in as our Crazy Cousin at Double Trouble.

    1. Thank you so much, Melanie. I was thrilled to be part of Double Trouble.

  2. Wow - very very pretty! Love that DSP - it coordinates to perfectly with your gorgeous flowers! All the Things are happy with this one! :)

  3. Very pretty Karen! Love the fun fold design. :)

  4. I love your magnolia blooms...I should get that set back out too. (I need some non-Christmas time!). Fun post. TFS.

  5. What a beautiful card and your third time is definitely a charm and a warning for other that will follow your tutorial for this card. Stunning card and thanks again for being our Crazy Cousin Guest Designer for September and bringing us and entrants great inspiration.

  6. I love your card, Karen! Those colors are beautiful and I love how it all looks when it opens up. So glad you were our crazy cousin again! :)

    1. Thank you, Kellianne. I was so happy to be Crazy Cousin for September.

  7. Beautiful, Karen - the magnolia is stunning with your paper choices - beautiful! Thanks so much for playing at TSOT!

  8. Creative and absolutely lovely design and thanks for entering into our "RIBBON/BOW" challenge, hope to see you again soon .. ♥

    ARTSYSTAMPER DIGITALS. Good luck in the draw. . Love to see you next challenge.

    ~aNNie DT member{My Blog}

    1. Thank you, Annie, or leaving a comment on behalf of Artsystamper.

  9. Absolutely beautiful card, Karen!!! Great coloring, too. Thank you for joining us at Try Stampin' on Tuesday to share you talents and lovely card!!! -Donna

    1. Thank you so much, Donna, or leaving a comment on behalf of TSOT.

  10. Gorgeous card! I'm a Crazy Cousin too! Not until Oct though. Thank you so much for linking up at Crafting Happiness Challenges this week. Hope you'll link up again! Don't forget to click on LIKE for all the other entries you like. The Most Liked Project will be featured on Sunday along with some of my favorite picks.
    :) Janis, Owner & Design Team Member @ Crafting Happiness Challenges
    My Craft Blog:

    1. Thank you, Janis. I can't wait to see what you look like as my cousin and theirs!

  11. Love the colors and fancy fold of this card. Thanks for joining us at the Artsystamper Challenge. kReN on the DT. Follow me at

    1. Thank you,kRen, for leaving a comment on behalf of Artsystamper. I did follow you and I hope you'll do the same for me if you haven't already!

  12. This is so beautiful, Karen! Loving the fancy fold. Time for a DT hat - So happy to see you playing along and supporting our "Anything Goes" challenge at Pammie's Inky Pinkies this week. Good luck in the draw. :-D
    NanaConnie DT

  13. OH Karen ... this is so, so pretty! Love the fancy fold! Thanks so much for playing in our challenge at the Artsystamper Challenge Blog! Good Luck in the draw and hope to see you again next challenge!

    Please stop by for a visit.

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