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Back to Basics Stamping - Apple of My Eye Card Set (Part 2)

Hello!

Hope you are having a good week!  Today's post is a continuation of my story about how I designed a set of projects for my Stamp Clubs while spending time with my Mom while she was in the hospital.  To recap, my Mom was admitted to the hospital the week that I had scheduled to design projects and prepare for my Stamp Clubs.  I normally design three projects for my Stamp Clubs; each project with a different set of products and purposes.  The first two days of my Mom's admission, I was able to complete the first of the three projects, two very basic cards featuring the Apple of My Eye stamp set (Retiring List from the Occasions Catalog).  You can see these cards by clicking here.  The challenge was to be able to design projects with a minimum of supplies due to the limited work space at the hospital.  Also, by the time I completed the first project, it was late on Wednesday and the first Stamp Club meeting was scheduled for Friday evening.  I was really feeling pushed and wondering what to do.  So on the drive home from the hospital on Wednesday, I did some thinking about my approach to meet my Stamp Club member's needs and support my Mom at the hospital.  I had also received a few phone calls and messages from my Stamp Club members about bringing friends to the meetings who were beginner stampers.

What I decided to do was continue with the Apple of My Eye stamp set and make a set of four cards that focused on basic stamping skills.  The two cards I had already completed included Retiring stamp sets and accessories; so why not continue the theme?  Besides, it never hurts to revisit basic skills from time-to-time -- even with experienced stampers.  Now I had a plan!  So Wednesday evening I cocooned in my work room and designed this card.

Apple_of_My_Eye_Cherries

This card begins with a card base of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  A Whisper White panel was randomly stamped with the cherry stems (Apple of My Eye stamp set) using Mossy Meadow ink (Retiring List--Sold Out).  Then the cherries were added to the stems using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The leaves were added to fill in a few open spaces using Mossy Meadow ink.  

Now you'd think that this would be a pretty tame process but that's not what happened.  The panel you see here is the 4th version of the panel.  Here's what happened:

  • Version 1:  I stamped the stems and then added the cherries.  I looked at the panel and there was a whirlpool of cherry stems at the center of the panel.  I didn't see that I had done that until I added the cherries.  So that panel was toast.
  • Version 2:  I stamped the stems paying closer attention to how I was turning the block to make sure there was no whirlpool of stems.  This time I put too many stems too close together and when I added the cherries a whole bunch of the cherries overlapped one another.  Now it looked like random blobs of cherries.  So that panel was toast.
  • Version 3:  I stamped the stems paying close attention to how I was turning the block AND put more space between the stems.  When I added the cherries I was cheering because everything looked pretty balanced.  So I began adding the leaves to the cherry stems and stamped way too many leaves.  Now the panel looks like blobs of green with red specks.  So that panel was toast.
  • Version 4:  I stamped the stems paying close attention to how I was turning the block AND put more space between the stems.  I added the cherries and everything was looking pretty balanced.  This time, I only put leaves where there were obvious "holes".  SUCCESS!!  HOORAY!!

Let me say here that random stamping is one of those basic skills that definitely improves with practice.  I shared my experience with my Stamp Club members.  They enjoyed the cautionary tale and were mindful of stamp placement when they stamped their stems, cherries and leaves.

To continue with the card, the Whisper White panel was adhered at the center of a slightly larger panel of Mossy Meadow cardstock (Retiring List--Sold Out).  The focal point panel was adhered to the card front with the right, top, and left sides of the panel centered to the right, top, and left sides of the card front.  

A scrap of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the "you're just the sweetest" greeting using Basic Black Archival ink and punched out with the 1-3/4" circle punch.  The Whisper White circle was adhered to a scrap of Cherry Cobbler cardstock punched with the 2" circle punch.  The circles were adhered to a scrap of Mossy Meadow cardstock punched with the 2-3/8" Scallop circle punch (Retiring List).  The greeting was adhered to the lower right corner of the focal point panel with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Apple_of_My_Eye_Cherries_Liner

The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The stems, cherries, and a leaf were stamped at the lower right corner of the liner using the same color inks used for the card front focal point panel.

Apple_of_My_Eye_Cherries_Envelope

The stems, cherries, and a leaf were stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using the same color inks used for the card front focal point panel.

That brings us to the final card in the set.  Thursday morning I arrived at the hospital to find out that Mom would be released some time during the day.  She was feeling a whole lot better and was even doing some reading.  I was very pleased to see so much improvement!  We talked about the plans for the day after we met with the doctor and decided that I would go back home and get some work done while she met with a couple of folks who would be providing her with some instruction and guidance for her return home.  Here's what I designed for the final card.

Apple_of_My_Eye_Pear

The mood is a little different for this card, but the design is the same as the other three.  This card begins with a card base of Pear Pizzazz.  The edges of a panel of Whisper White cardstock were stamped with the rough border image from the Timeless Textures stamp set using Crumb Cake ink.  The pear image (Apple of My Eye stamp set) was inked with So Saffron ink and then the edges of the stamp were rolled across the Pear Pizzazz ink pad (Rock & Roll Technique).  The pear was stamped slightly above the center of the Whisper White panel.  (Note:  For best results, use the Stampin' Pierce Mat with solid photopolymer images.)  The pear stem was stamped at the top of the pear using Pear Pizzazz ink.  The leaf image was stamped along the stem using Pear Pizzazz ink.  The brown spots on the pear come from the small splotch image in the Timeless Textures stamp set using Crumb Cake ink.

The Whisper White panel was adhered at the center of a slightly larger Garden Green panel.  A piece of Pear Pizzazz 1/4" Cotton ribbon (Retiring List) was wrapped around the focal point panel approximately 1/2" below the bottom of the pear and knotted on the left side of the panel.  The focal point panel was adhered to the card front with the right, top, and left edges of the focal point panel centered to the right, top, and left edges of the card front.

The "thank you" greeting was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Garden Green ink and punched out with the 1-3/8" circle punch.  The edges of the circle were sponged with Crumb Cake ink.  A scrap of So Saffron cardstock was punched with the 1-3/4" Scallop circle punch and the edges of the punched cardstock sponged with Crumb Cake ink.  The Whisper White circle was adhered at the center of the So Saffron scallop circle and then adhered at the lower right corner of the focal point panel using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Apple_of_My_Eye_Pear_Liner

The inside sentiment area of the card base was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The edges of the cardstock were stamped with the rough border image using Crumb Cake ink.

Apple_of_My_Eye_Pear_Envelope

The rough border image was stamped along the left front edge of the Medium Whisper White envelope using Crumb Cake ink.  The "thank you" greeting was stamped at the lower left front corner of the envelope using Garden Green ink.

I was really worried that my Stamp Club members would be disappointed with the projects but they were really happy to have the simple projects and revisit the basics.  I was surprised to find out that some were not familiar with the Rock & Roll Technique or that when random stamping it's important to turn the block to rotate the image.  The simplicity of the projects were a good fit for the visiting beginner stampers and they were tickled to find that they could create a number of cards using just a few supplies.

The best part of all was that Mom was able to return home to continue healing.  Once she was home, my brother and a nephew were able to keep track of Mom while I focused on my Stamp Clubs Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Sunday afternoon.  I was very thankful that all turned out well.  

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for these cards -- 

Cherries

Stamps:  Apple of My Eye; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow; Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, 1-3/4" circle punch, 2" circle punch, 2-3/8" Scallop circle punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

Pear

Stamps:  Apple of My Eye, Timeless Textures; Inks:  Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron; Cardstock:  Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Pear Pizzazz 1/4" Cotton ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, 1-3/8" circle punch, 1-3/4" Scallop circle punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Back to Basics Stamping - Apple of My Eye Card Set (Part 1)

Hi There!

One of the things that makes me most happy is designing projects.  A few weeks ago, that process became a bit of a challenge when my Mother ended up in the hospital just as I was getting into design gear for my May Stamp Clubs.

I needed to be at the hospital and I needed to design projects.  The solution:  take the supplies to the hospital with me.  You'd think that would be a simple thing to do, but when you aren't quite sure what you want to do, you aren't quite sure what to pack.  AND there's not a whole lot of room to work in a hospital room when there are folks going in and out of the room all day doing the work that they do.

So the first day I closed my eyes and pulled a stamp set out of my projects-in-waiting box (the one's that haven't gotten any inking love yet) and set it on my desk.  Then I closed my eyes and put my finger on the box label to choose a focal point image.  Then I gave it a few minutes of thought and pulled out a background stamp set, cardstock, ink, blocks, punches, ribbon, adhesives, cutters, cleaners, a bunch of Ziploc sandwich bags, and a firm work surface, and packed it all in a tote bag.  And off to the hospital I went.  The stamp set was Apple of My Eye (Retiring List) from the Occasions Catalog.  The focal point image was the apple.  And here's what I came up with.

Apple_of_My_Eye_Apple

It's a pretty basic card, but I really liked the bright colors and the simplicity of the design.  This card begins with a card base of Real Red cardstock.  A panel of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the slanted lines image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set using Garden Green ink with the bottom of the image approximately 1/2" above the bottom edge of the panel.  The solid apple image, from the Apple of My Eye stamp set, was inked with Real Red ink and stamped just above the top edge of the slanted lines.  (Note:  Be sure to use the Stampin' Pierce Mat under the panel to get a crisp stamped image with the photopolymer stamps.)  The "apple of my eye" apple shape was inked with Basic Black Archival ink and stamped directly over the red apple shape.  Then the apple stem image was inked with Chocolate Chip ink and stamped at the top of the solid red apple image.  The leaf image was inked with Garden Green ink and stamped along the apple stem. 

The Whisper White panel was adhered at the center of a slightly larger Garden Green panel and a piece of Real Red 1/4" Cotton ribbon (Retiring List) was wrapped around the panel centering the ribbon over the slanted lines.  The ribbon was knotted at the center of the panel.  The Garden Green panel was adhered at the center of a Basic Black panel.  Finally, the Basic Black panel was adhered to the card base centering the right, top, and left edges of the focal point with the right, top, and left edges of the card base.

Apple_of_My_Eye_Apple_Liner

The inside sentiment area of the card base was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the solid apple stamped near the bottom left corner using Real Red ink, the stem with Chocolate Chip ink, and the leaf with Garden Green ink.  You can see that some of the left side of the apple was stamped off the side of the liner.  (Note:  Put a scrap piece of paper on top of the Stampin' Pierce Mat to keep the ink off the foam mat.)

Apple_of_My_Eye_Apple_Envelope

I repeated the stamping process used for the liner at the lower left front of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  Once I finished the design work, I cut out all the pieces and parts of cardstock and ribbon and packed all the Ziploc sandwich bags to create project bags for each of my Stamp Club members.

Since the apple card was so simple and quick to make, I thought that I probably ought to do two cards from this stamp set.  So the next day I closed my eyes and pointed to another image on the box label.  This time I chose the lemon/lime/orange/grapefruit image.  I filled up the tote bag with stuff and headed back to the hospital.  This is what I designed.

Apple_of_My_Eye_Lemons

There's just something about Daffodil Delight and Old Olive that make me happy.  This card begins with a card base of Daffodil Delight.  A panel of Whisper White cardstock was randomly stamped with the lemon/lime/orange/grapefruit image using Daffodil Delight ink.  The seeds image was stamped over the slices using Sahara Sand ink.  The panel was adhered to a slightly larger panel of Old Olive cardstock and then the focal point image was adhered to the card front with the right, top, and left edges of the focal point centered to the right, top, and left edges of the card front.

The lemon/lime/orange/grapefruit image was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock.  The seeds were stamped over the slice and the "happy birthday" greeting from the And Many More stamp set stamped across the center of the slice using Old Olive ink.  The slice was punched from the cardstock with the 1-3/4" circle punch.  A scrap piece of Old Olive cardstock was punched with the 2-3/8" Scallop circle punch (Retiring List).  The punched slice was adhered at the center of the punched scallop circle and adhered at the lower right corner of the focal point using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Apple_of_My_Eye_Lemons_Liner

The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock stamped with a couple of lemon/lime/orange/grapefruit slices at the lower left corner of the liner using Daffodil Delight ink for the slices and Sahara Sand ink for the seeds.  The "...and many more" sentiment was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Old Olive ink.

Apple_of_My_Eye_Lemons_Envelope

The stamping process used for the liner was repeated for the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  However, the "happy birthday" greeting was used for the envelope; stamped with Old Olive ink.  Then I cut out all the pieces and parts of cardstock for this project and packed more Ziploc sandwich bags for my Stamp Club members.  

I'm feeling pretty good that I have two projects designed; however, it's Wednesday afternoon and my first Stamp Club meeting is Friday evening.  I still need to come up with a couple more projects.  I did some serious thinking on my drive home from the hospital.  I'll be back in a couple of days with the solution.

A reminder that the final days of the Retiring List are here.  If you haven't done so already, now is the time to check your Wish List from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog against the Retiring List to make sure that you don't miss out on the stamp sets and accessories on your list.  For Retiring Stamp sets, availability is now limited to stock on hand in the warehouse; so like the Retiring Accessories, once they're gone--they're gone!  To see the stamp sets and accessories that are retiring, click on the Order Stampin' Up! Online button at the top right sidebar to go to my on-line store front.  Then click on the Retiring Products hot link near the top of the left sidebar.

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for these projects --

Apple Card

Stamps:  Apple of My Eye, Gorgeous Grunge; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Real Red; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Real Red 1/4" Cotton ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Stampin' Pierce Mat; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

Lemon Card

Stamps:  Apple of My Eye, And Many More; Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Sahara Sand; Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Whisper White; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Stampin' Pierce Mat; 1-3/4" circle punch, 2-3/8" Scallop circle punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


A Decorated Gift Box -- Choose Happiness Blog Hop Followup

Hi There & Happy Friday!

Today's post discusses the final project featured during last weekend's Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop where I showcased the Choose Happiness stamp set.  If you didn't have time to travel through the hop, I hope you'll do so.  There are so many great ideas!  You can see the blog hop line up by clicking here or you can begin at the first stop of the hop by clicking here.  All the stops on the hop are linked so you'll travel in a circle and end up right where you began.

I made two cards for the blog hop and a gift box.  Monday's blog post discussed the Sympathy card, Wednesday's post included the techniques used to make the Friendship card with the drape fold, and this post features the decorated gift box.

Choose_Happiness_Gift_Box

This project begins with a Takeout Box (Retiring List) randomly stamped with the leaf image from the Choose Happiness stamp set (Retiring List) using Versamark ink.  Once the ink dried, the box was assembled.  

A number of scraps of Very Vanilla cardstock were stamped as part of decorating the box:

  • The "For You" image from the Tag Talk stamp set was stamped using Basic Black Archival ink and punched with the Label Bracket punch (Retiring List).  A small hole was punched just above the "F" in "For" using the 1/16" circle handheld punch and a piece of Linen Thread looped through the hole
  • The flower image from the Choose Happiness stamp set was inked with Hello Honey ink (Retiring List--Sold Out) and the edges rolled across the Tangelo Twist ink pad (Retiring List--Sold Out) (Rock & Roll Technique), immediately covered with Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss powder (Retiring List--Sold Out) and the powder melted with the Heat Tool.  The flower was cut out with Paper Snips and the edges of the flower rolled up with the Bone Folder
  • The flower image from the Choose Happiness stamp set was inked with Hello Honey ink and the edges rolled across the Lost Lagoon ink pad (Retiring List--Sold Out) (Rock & Roll Technique), immediately covered with Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss powder and the powder melted with the Heat Tool.  The flower was cut out with Paper Snips and the edges of the flower rolled up with the Bone Folder
  • The "happy birthday" greeting from the And Many More stamp set (Retiring List) was stamped with Basic Black Archival ink.  The "my friend" greeting, also from the And Many More stamp set, was stamped immediately below the "happy birthday" greeting using Hello Honey ink.  The greetings were die cut with the Big Shot using the largest of the Bitty Banners Framelits

Choose_Happiness_Gift_Box_Inset

A 2" x 5" piece of Basic Black cardstock was punched at both ends with the Ornate Tag Topper punch.  The Embossing Buddy was swiped across the punched cardstock and the leaf image was randomly stamped across the cardstock using Versamark ink.  The ink was covered with Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss powder and the powder melted with the Heat Tool.  The two flowers were adhered to the tag:  the first flower near the top right corner of the tag using Mini Glue Dots, and the second flower adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals to the left of the first with the top edge of the second flower approximately 1/3 of the way below the top edge of the first flower.  The greeting banner was adhered across the open area of the tag below the flowers with the bottom edge of the banner approximately 1" above the bottom edge of the tag.  A 27" length of Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin ribbon was threaded through the top punched hole in the tag so that the middle of the ribbon length is at the punched hole.  This piece will wrap around the belly band of the box.

The belly band for the box begins with two 2-3/4" x 10" pieces of Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper (Retiring List).  The pieces were adhered together to create one long piece.  The assembled box was placed along the paper with the back center of the box across the adhered section.  The ends of the paper were brought to the top of the box and adhered where the ends of the paper overlap each other (the paper is adhered together, but not adhered to the box so that the paper can slide off the box).  A 16" length of 1-1/4" Burlap ribbon (Retiring List) (with the edge stitching removed with Paper Snips) was wrapped around the box at the center of the paper band with the ends of the ribbon overlapping on the top of the box.  The ends were adhered together with Tear & Tape Adhesive.

The decorated tag was placed on top of the box with the folded length of ribbon on top and the ribbon wrapped around the box to thread the ends of the ribbon through the punched hole at the other end of the tag.

Choose_Happiness_Gift_Box_Back

The ends of the Very Vanilla ribbon were tied into a bow and the ends of the ribbon trimmed to banner tails with Paper Snips.  The "For You" tag was tied to the bow.

Choose_Happiness_Gift_Box_Side

Decorated gift boxes provide a unique opportunity to present a gift beautifully.  I keep a supply of embellished gift tags for gift boxes and gift bags made using left over items from card and scrapbook projects.  It's a great way to use those stamped items that might have been tossed and a great way to use up leftover scraps of Designer Series Paper and ribbon.

We're down to the final couple of weeks of the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog and Occasions Catalog.  The Retiring List has some items already sold out, but there are lots more still available and many discounted up to 50%.  Now is the time to check the list to make sure that you have purchased any remaining items from your Wish List before they are Sold Out or Retired.  For the Retiring Accessories (paper, ink, embellishments, Big Shot items, punches, etc.) once these items are Sold Out they are gone for good.  For the Retiring Stamp Sets, they will be produced until May 22nd.  After that date, stamp set availability is limited to stock on hand.  You can see the Retiring Accessories and Stamp Sets at the Stampin' Up! On Line Store by clicking on the Order Stampin' Up! Online button near the upper right sidebar of this blog page or by visiting my on-line storefront.  Just click on the Retiring Products hot links to see all the great items available.

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The 2016-2017 Annual Catalog goes live on June 1st.  If you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and would like to receive a catalog from me, please be sure to contact me using the Email Mickey button on the right sidebar of this blog page, provide your contact information, and I'll make sure a catalog is mailed to you.

Have a great weekend!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this project --

Stamps:  And Many More, Choose Happiness, Tag Talk; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist, Versamark; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Typeset Specialty; Embellishments:  Linen Thread, 1-1/4" Burlap ribbon, Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Tear & Tape; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss powder, Heat Tool, 1/16" circle handheld punch, Label Bracket punch, Ornate Tag Topper punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Bitty Banners Framelits; Other:  Takeout Boxes


A Friendship Card -- Choose Happiness Blog Hop Followup

Hello!  

Today's post is a followup for last weekend's Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop where I featured the Choose Happiness stamp set.  If you didn't have time to travel through the hop, I hope you'll do so.  There are so many great ideas!  You can see the blog hop line up by clicking here or you can begin at the first stop of the hop by clicking here.  All the stops on the hop are linked so you'll travel in a circle and end up right where you began.

I made two cards for the blog hop and a gift box. Monday's blog post discussed the Sympathy card; today's will discuss the Friendship card with the drape fold.

I have been seeing cards with drape folds for some time and have wanted to try one, so I did some searching through Pinterest until I found a card with the fold that included the dimensions.  There were so many different ways that you could do this, so I picked the one that seemed the simplest.

Choose_Happiness_Friendship_Take_Two

This card begins with a card base of Mossy Meadow cardstock (Retiring List).  A slightly smaller (4" x 5-1/4") panel of Gold Foil Sheets was adhered at the center of the card front.  A 3" x 3-3/4" piece of English Garden Designer Series Paper (Retiring List--Sold Out) with the watercolor leaf prints was adhered to the top half of a 3-3/4" x 5" panel of Whisper White cardstock.  A 2-1/4" x 6-1/8" piece of English Garden Designer Series Paper (the reverse side of the watercolor leaf print) was scored at 3-1/4", 3-3/4", 4-3/4", 5-1/8" and 5-7/8" along the 6-1/8" length.  A pencil mark was placed 3/4" above the bottom edge of the right side of the paper.  The paper was cut in a diagonal line from the pencil mark to the bottom of the first score line (3-1/4").

Drape_Fold_Score-Cut_Diagram

Fold the paper on the score lines with Valley folds at the 3-1/4" and 4-3/4" score lines and Mountain folds at the 3-3/4", 5-1/8", and 5-7/8" score lines.  Place a small bit of adhesive in the area between the 3-1/4" and 3-3/4" score lines and press the paper in place along the folds.  Place a small bit of adhesive in the area between the 4-3/4" and 5-1/8" score lines and press the paper in place along the folds.  Place adhesive along the back edge of the left edge of the paper and adhere flush with the left and bottom edges of the Whisper White cardstock panel.  Place a bit of adhesive behind the fold at the 5-7/8" score line and a line of adhesive across the Whisper White cardstock just below the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper adhered to the top of the Whisper White cardstock.  Carefully press the drape folded paper across the Whisper White cardstock keeping the straight edge of the drape folded paper aligned with the bottom edge of the Whisper White cardstock and folding the right edge of the drape folded paper over the right edge of the Whisper White cardstock.

Wrap a piece of Whisper White 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon (Retiring List) around the Whisper White cardstock with the Designer Series Paper and knot over the transition between the two pieces of Designer Series Paper (place a Mini Glue Dot behind the knot of the ribbon to hold it in place).

Cut approximately 1/2" from the bottom of a large Metallic Foil Doily and adhere at the center of the watercolor leaf print Designer Series Paper with the bottom edge of the doily tucked below the top edge of the ribbon.  On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the border image from the Choose Happiness stamp set using Mossy Meadow ink (Retiring List--Sold Out) and cut out with Paper Snips.  Adhere the border strip to the Metallic Foil Doily with the bottom edge of the border just above the top edge of the ribbon and the right side of the border flush with the right edge of the Designer Series Paper.  

Using Hello Honey ink (Retiring List--stamp pad Sold Out), stamp flower image twice on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with Paper Snips.  Use Bone Folder to roll up edges of the flowers then adhere flowers to card front with one flower near the upper right corner and the other flower over the left end of the border image, overlapping the ribbon.

Ink bird image with Hello Honey ink and then roll the edges of the stamp on the Mossy Meadow ink pad (Rock & Roll technique).  Stamp bird on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and cut out with Paper Snips.  Adhere bird over flower on right using a Stampin; Dimensional with the bird "perched" on the border image.

Stamp Choose Happiness greeting on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and punch from cardstock with the Label Bracket punch (Retiring List).  Using the Label Bracket punch, punch two shapes from Mossy Meadow cardstock and cut both shapes in half from point to point then snip off the "half" points on each cut piece.  Adhere the half shapes behind the Whisper White shape so that approximately 1/16" of the Mossy Meadow shape extends beyond the Whisper White shape on each side.  Adhere the greeting near the upper left corner using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Choose_Happiness_Friendship_Take_Two_Liner

The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The flower image was stamped at the lower left corner of the liner.  Then the flower was inked again and stamped on a Post-It Note with one edge of the flower over the area of the repositionable adhesive on the back of the paper.  The flower was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered over the flower stamped on the liner (Masking technique).  The stamp was inked again and stamped to the right of the first flower covered with the Post-It Note.  [Tip:  Press down firmly on the stamp to ensure there is not a fuzzy ink area around the Post-It Note.]  Using Mossy Meadow ink, stamp the border image along the bottom edge of the liner with the left end of the border extending beyond the liner.  Ink the bird image with Hello Honey, Rock & Roll the image on Mossy Meadow ink, then stamp on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock.  Cut out the bird with Paper Snips and adhere on liner with the bird "perched" on top of the right end of the border image.  Using Mossy Meadow ink, stamp the sentiment near the upper center of the liner.  Adhere liner to card base.

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The Masking technique was used again at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White envelope.  The flower was stamped first at the lower left front corner using Hello Honey ink, the mask was placed over the flower, and the second flower was stamped just above and slightly to the left of the first flower.  The border image was stamped along the bottom left edge of the envelope using Mossy Meadow ink.

There's a bit of work in this card, but when I'm sending a card to a friend--especially to acknowledge how important they are in my life--I don't mind the effort.  

I'll be back soon with the final project for the blog hop, the decorated gift box.

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card -- 

Stamps:  Choose Happiness; Inks:  Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow; Cardstock:  Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  English Garden; Embellishments:  Metallic Foil Doilies, Whisper White 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Label Bracket punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Post-It Note


A Sympathy Card -- Choose Happiness Blog Hop Followup

Hello!  Happy Monday!

This week I'll be sharing the how-to's for the projects I featured during the Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop.  If you didn't have time to travel through the hop, I hope you'll do so.  There are so many great ideas!  You can see the blog hop line up by clicking here or you can begin at the first stop of the hop by clicking here.  All the stops on the hop are linked so you'll travel in a circle and end up right where you began.  

The Retiring stamp set that I featured for the hop was Choose Happiness.  Today's post will discuss the how-to's for making the Sympathy card.

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This card begins with a card base of Crumb Cake cardstock.  The edges of the card front were sponged with Soft Suede ink.  A panel of Soft Suede cardstock was stamped with the Hardwood background stamp using Soft Suede ink.  The edges of the panel were distressed by dragging the blade of the Paper Snips along the edges of the cardstock to roughen them up.  (You can also do this with an edge distressing tool or for a softer edge, a bone folder.)  The roughened edges were sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The panel was then adhered at the center of the card front.

A strip of 1-1/4" Burlap ribbon (Retiring List) was cut to the width of the Soft Suede panel.  The edge stitching was removed from the edges of the burlap ribbon and some of the long and short threads were removed from each side of the ribbon to create a mat.  The burlap mat was adhered just below center across the Soft Suede panel using Tear & Tape adhesive.  A scrap of Soft Suede Cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the Banner framelit from the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Framelits.  The "With Sympathy" greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamps set was stamped on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock using Mossy Meadow ink and punched out using the Word Window punch (Retiring List--Sold Out).  The edges of the punched greeting were sponged with Soft Suede ink and the greeting adhered toward the left end of the die cut banner.  The right end of the banner was cut off with Paper Snips and the edges of the banner sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The banner was adhered just below the right corner of the burlap mat with the right edge of the banner flush with the right edge of the Soft Suede panel.

The border image from the Choose Happiness stamp set was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Blackberry Bliss ink (Retiring List--Sold Out).  The image was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered near the bottom edge of the burlap mat using Mini Glue Dots.  

The leaf image was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Mossy Meadow ink (Retiring List--Sold Out) and the leaves colored using the Blender Pen and Old Olive ink.  The stems of the image were colored with the Blender pen and Soft Suede ink.  The leaf image was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered across the burlap mat with the bottom of the stem tucked under the third bump from the left of the border image and the top of the leaf image at the top right corner of the burlap mat.  The leaf image was adhered using rolled up Mini Glue Dots.

The flower image was stamped twice on Very Vanilla cardstock using Hello Honey ink (Retiring List--Ink Pad Sold Out).  The first flower was cut out using Paper Snips around the outside edge of the stamped image.  The second flower was cut out using Paper Snips cutting around the inside petals so that the two flowers can be layered.  The edges of each flower were rolled up with the Bone Folder and the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The smaller flower was adhered at the center of the larger flower and the two flowers adhered at the upper left side of the burlap mat using a Stampin' Dimensional.  A medium-sized Classy Designer Button was threaded with Linen Thread and tied into a bow on the front of the button.  The button was adhered at the center of the stacked flowers using Mini Glue Dots.  

The bird image was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Lost Lagoon ink (Retiring List--Sold Out).  The bird was cut out using Paper Snips and the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink.  A small Pearl Basic Jewels was adhered to the bird for his eye and the bird adhered over the leaf image to perch on top of the border image using a Stampin' Dimensional.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The leaf image was stamped at the lower left corner of the liner and then stamped again on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The leaf images were colored with the Blender Pen and Old Olive ink for the leaves and Soft Suede ink for the stems.  The leaf image stamped on the scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered near the lower right corner of the liner.  The bird image was stamped on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock using Lost Lagoon ink, cut out with Paper Snips, and the edges of the bird sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The bullet tip of the Soft Suede marker was used to make the bird's eye.  The bird was adhered to the liner, perched on the stem of the leaf image, using Mini Glue Dots.  

The Sympathy sentiments from the Petite Pairs stamp set (Retiring List) were stamped near the upper center of the liner using Mossy Meadow ink.

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The left front of the Medium Crumb Cake envelope was stamped twice with the leaf image using Mossy Meadow ink.  The images were colored with the Blender Pen and Old Olive ink for the leaves and Soft Suede ink for the stems.  The bird image was stamped along the bottom left edge of the envelope front using Lost Lagoon ink.  The bullet tip of the Soft Suede marker was used to make the bird's eye.

I first made this card a couple of years ago using the same design and (mostly) the same colors but was not happy with the result.  I remade the card for the blog hop and am much happier with the outcome on this go-around.  The changes are subtle, but sometimes it's the little changes that make the biggest impact.  I find that's true about a lot of things in life.  Don't you?

I'll be back in a couple of days with another one of the projects from the hop.  See you soon!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Choose Happiness, Hardwood, Petite Pairs, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Soft Suede; Stampin' Write Marker:  Soft Suede (Neutrals Collection); Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Classy Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, 1-1/4" Burlap ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Tear & Tape, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Blender Pen, Word Window punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Gift Card Envelope & Trims Framelits; Other:  Medium Crumb Cake Envelope