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Inky Friends New Annual Catalog Blog Hop -- Fabulous Flamingo

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Welcome to the first Inky Friends Blog Hop.  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who have gathered to introduce the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog with some of our favorite offerings from the new catalog.  To see the line up of Stampin' Up! artists participating in the hop, click here.  If you are traveling forward through the hop, you've arrived from Yapha's blog where she featured the Coffee Cafe' stamp set.  If you are traveling backwards through the hop, you just had some undersea fun with Tanya with the Magical Mermaid.  It really doesn't matter which way you travel through the blog hop, though; all the blogs are linked in a circle and eventually you'll visit all the stops by clicking on the NEXT or PREVIOUS buttons contained in every blog post.  I hope you enjoy your travels!

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a serious love affair with flamingos--especially the tacky pink variety.  I've been collecting them (or my family has been gifting them to me) for many years.  Right now they seem to be all the rage.  It's no wonder.  They are just so darn cute with those big bodies, gangly legs, and gorgeous pink/coral colors.  When I first started thumbing through the new catalog, you can imagine my excitement when I saw the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.  It went to the top of my must have list--the great news was that I was able to WIN the stamp set at a Stampin' Up! event within just a few minutes of seeing the stamp set for the first time.  I was over the moon excited!

I have two projects to share with you featuring this fun stamp set.

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Fabulous Flamingo, Touches of Texture; Inks:  Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Marina Mist (Re-inker), Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Flirty Flamingo 3/8" Striped Grosgain ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder Paper Snips, Aquapainter

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Fabulous Flamingo; Inks:  Berry Burst; Cardstock:  Berry Burst, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Foil Frenzy Specialty, Color Theory Stack; Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Linen Thread; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips

I'll be back soon with the details for making these projects, so please return for another visit.  

To visit the next stop on the hop, click the NEXT button to visit with Tanya and the Magical Mermaid or the PREVIOUS button to visit with Yapha for a Coffee Cafe' break.

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Colorful Seasons -- Life is a Beautiful Thing

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Happy Monday!  I'm cleaning up from my weekend of Stamp Clubs and realized that I hadn't posted my final project from the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  [To see the line up of extremely talented international Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.]

The Colorful Seasons stamp set is packed full of wonderful images evoking all of the seasons of the year.  When I saw the beautiful thinlits that match the large leaf images in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, I just knew that I had to make some Fall leaves.  Growing up in East Central Florida, you don't really see all the magnificent colors of the Fall leaves as you do in the more northern climates.  However, I have traveled in many of these areas during the Fall and always come away stupefied by all the amazing displays of color.

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This project begins with a Medium gift bag created using the Gift Bag Punch Board (including punching the closure holes along the top edge of the bag).  Before assembling the gift bag, the cardstock was randomly stamped with the large outline leaf image from the Colorful Seasons stamp set using Versamark ink.  Tear & Tape adhesive was used for the gift bag assembly.

The decorative tag attached to the front of the gift bag begins with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut a smidge less than the width of the front panel of the gift bag.  For the Medium gift bag, this measurement is 3-1/16".  Using the gift bag punch board, punch closure holes along the top edge of the bag using the reverse punch area (opposite the scoring area of the punch board) lining up the edge of the cardstock with the pointer.

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Using the Big Shot and the scallop edgelit from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, create a scalloped edge across the bottom of the tag.

Swipe the Embossing Buddy over the front of the tag, then stamp the "Life is a Beautiful Thing" greeting just above the scalloped edge using Versamark ink.  Cover the inked image with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder. tapping the excess back into the container, and then melting the embossing powder with the Heat Tool.

Using Cajun Craze ink, stamp the solid large leaf image along the top center of the tag.  Clean the stamp and then using Old Olive ink, stamp the solid large leaf image along the left edge of the top of the tag.  Clean the stamp and using Crumb Cake ink, stamp the solid large leaf image along the right edge of the top of the tag.

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Using the Big Shot with the Magnetic Base Plate, die cut the large leaf framelit from Cajun Craze, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake cardstocks (you'll have to die cut them one at a time, though).  Using the Big Shot with the Precision Base Plate on the regular platform, die cut three pieces of Copper Foil Sheets with the detail large leaf thinlit (you'll have to die cut these one at a time, too).  Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, adhere a Copper Foil leaf to the Old Olive, Cajun Craze, and Crumb Cake die cut leaves.  [Tip:  Once you've adhered the Copper Foil to the cardstock leaf, immediately place an empty acrylic "C" block on top of the two die cuts for a couple of minutes to ensure that the adhesive has bonded paper to paper.]  [Alternate Adhesive:  If you use the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets with the Copper Foil Sheets when you die cut the detailed leaf thinlits, you can eliminate the Fine Tip Glue pen.  I can't wait to get these!]

Adhere the Crumb Cake die cut leaf to the upper right edge of the tag with the center point of the leaf near the top of the "l" in "beautiful" and the right edge of the leaf and stem extending beyond the right side of the tag.  Adhere the Cajun Craze die cut leaf to the upper middle of the tag with the stem of the leaf extending beyond the top edge of the tag and the right edge of the leaf slightly overlapping the Crumb Cake leaf.  Adhere the Old Olive leaf to the upper left of the tag using a Stampin' Dimensional with the right side of the leaf overlapping the Cajun Craze leaf, the center point of the leaf pointing toward the top of the "f" in "Life", and the leaf stem extending beyond the left edge of the tag.  The important thing is NOT to cover the punched holes.

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Line up the punched holes on the tag with the punched holes on the CLOSED gift bag and insert the ends of the Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon through the holes beginning from the back of the CLOSED gift bag.  Even up the ends of the ribbon at the front of the gift bag and tie a bow.  Trim the ends of the ribbon with Paper Snips.

Now it's back to cleaning up and putting things away to get ready for another blog hop this weekend.  I'll be back soon to share the projects I designed for my Stamp Clubs this past weekend.  Please stop back by to visit!

Project measurements -- 

Old Olive:  2-1/4" x 2-1/4", 7" x 11"; Very Vanilla:  3-1/16" x 4-1/2"; Cajun Craze:  2-1/4" x 2-1/4"; Crumb Cake:  2-1/4" x 2-1/4"; Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon:  17"

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Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  Colorful Seasons; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Versamark; Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Copper Foil Sheets; Embellishments:  Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Tear & Tape; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Gift Bag Punch Board, Embossing Buddy, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Precision Base Plate and Magnetic Platform, Seasonal Layers Thinlits


Colorful Seasons -- You Make Me Smile

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Today's post provides the how-tos for making another one of the cards I designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  To see the line up of amazing international Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

The Colorful Seasons stamp set is part of the Color Theory Suite of products in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog (US Catalog pages 146-147).  For this card, I used the Colorful Seasons stamp set with coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies and the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack.  A few years ago, incorporating Paint Chip cards was all the rage in paper crafting.  Recently, the ombre look of color gradients is quite the thing.  So when I saw the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack which includes a sheet of paper with color gradients in two types of ombre and another with the same color gradients with white separators to look like a Paint Chip card I was very excited.  So many possibilities AND the paper stack contains four (4) different color schemes:  Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive, and Berry Burst (those are the darkest colors).  Oh, boy!!

One thing that retired a couple of years ago that I've really missed is the scallop edgelit.  I really love big scallops.  I was super excited to see that a scallop edgelit was included with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits so I wanted to use that first.  

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This card begins with a card base of Crushed Curry cardstock.  A piece of Crushed Curry Paint Chip card paper from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack was cut apart with the Stampin' Trimmer along the white dividing lines creating 5 strips of paper.  Each of the color gradient sections was die cut with the Big Shot using the scallop edgelit, from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, placing the bottom edge of the edgelit along the bottom edge of each paper strip.  A bone folder was used to gently curl the edges of the scalloped edge up.  The darkest strip was adhered to a panel of So Saffron cardstock with the bottom edge of the scallop 1/8" from the bottom edge of the cardstock and the right and left sides of the paper 1/16" from the right and left edges of the cardstock.  The next lighter strip was adhered directly above the darkest strip with the top edge of the next lighter strip 1/2" above the top edge of the darkest strip.  Continue with the remaining strips of paper, darkest to lightest, until you have adhered all five strips of paper.

Swipe the Embossing Buddy over a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Using Versamark ink, stamp the "You Make Me Smile." greeting, from the Colorful Seasons stamp set, near the right center of the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Cover the ink with Gold Stampin' Emboss powder, tap the excess back into the container, and then melt the embossing powder with the Heat Tool.  Using Soft Suede ink, stamp the short branch image with the left end of the branch along the left edge of the Very Vanilla cardstock and the right branch end pointing toward the greeting.  Using Crushed Curry ink, stamp the small flower and buds image over the branch (note that there are cut away areas along the branch that accommodate the flower images and the buds will go at the tips of the branch ends AND the flower at the furthest left end of the image will not be included).  Adhere the Very Vanilla cardstock to the So Saffron panel with the top, right, and left edges of the Very Vanilla panel 1/16" from the top, right, and left edges of the So Saffron panel (the Very Vanilla panel may overlap the top piece of paper just slightly--that's OK).

Wrap a piece of Gold 1/4" Natural Trim around the So Saffron/Very Vanilla/scalloped paper panel over the area where the Very Vanilla and top layer of scalloped paper meet and knot below the branch.  Mat the So Saffron panel with a slightly larger panel of Soft Suede and adhere at the center of the card front.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The branch image was stamped near the left upper center of the liner using Soft Suede ink.  The flowers with buds image was stamped over the branch using Crushed Curry ink.  [These kinds of images really make you appreciate photopolymer stamps, don't they?!]  The "Grateful for a Friend Like You" sentiment, from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set, was stamped at the end of the branch using Soft Suede ink.

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I was really enjoying the way the flowers fit along the length of the branch, so I decided to use the two images one more time on the envelope; the branch stamped with Soft Suede ink and the flowers with Crushed Curry ink.  The "You Make Me Smile." greeting was stamped below the branch using Soft Suede ink.  

When this card was posted for the blog hop, one of the comments I received for this card from the incredibly talented Linda Callahan was "...oh those ruffles.....like a fabulous party dress!"  I agree with Linda.  Once I finished this card and set it up to look at it I immediately thought of a high school prom dress with layers of flounces.  And that made me smile.

Card Measurements --

Crushed Curry:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; So Saffron:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Soft Suede:  4" x 5-1/4"; Very Vanilla:  2-1/4" x 3-3/4", 4" x 5-1/4"; Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack:  3-3/4" x 6"; Gold 1/4" Natural Trim:  12"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Colorful Seasons, Bunch of Blossoms; Inks:  Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Versamark; Cardstock:  Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Color Theory Stack; Embellishments:  Gold 1/4" Natural Trim; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Plate, Seasonal Layers Thinlits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Colorful Seasons -- Christmas Wishes

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It has been cloudy, overcast and/or raining for more than a week now and I'm so happy!  My grass is finally turning green and the dead spots in the lawn are beginning to show signs of filling in.  The plants and bushes are standing straighter, their colors are more vivid, and there's new growth.  It's amazing what continuous rain will do.  And because it's rainy the temperatures are not in the 90s.  I'm good with that, too.

Along with the cooler temperatures (it's all relative when you live in the South--on so many levels...) I'd like to share with you a Christmas card I designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  [To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.]  You may be surprised to see a Christmas card in June, but there are folks out there who actually make Christmas cards year round.  I honor these crafters and yearn to be just like them--especially when I'm trying to make more than 100 cards the week before Christmas...

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This card begins with a card base made with my favorite of the new In Colors, Tranquil Tide.  A panel of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper was swiped with the Embossing Buddy and randomly stamped with the two snowflake images contained in the Colorful Seasons stamp set using Versamark ink.  Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder was sprinkled over the inked snowflakes with the excess powder tapped back into the container.  Then the embossing powder was melted with the Heat Tool.  The paper panel was matted with a slightly larger piece of Whisper White cardstock and adhered at the center of the card front.

The "Christmas wishes from across the miles" greeting, from the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set, was stamped on a strip of Whisper White cardstock using Tranquil Tide ink.  The left end of the strip was punched with the Banner Triple punch and adhered to a longer and wider piece of Silver Foil Sheets with the left end also punched with the Banner Triple punch.  The two banners were adhered with the right sides flush and then adhered to the Designer Series Paper/Whisper White mat with the right edge of the banners flush with the right edge of the Whisper White mat and the bottom edge of the Silver Foil Sheets banner 1"  above the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper.

A double bow was tied from Silver 1/8" ribbon and adhered along the right end of the banners using Mini Glue Dots.  (I used a BowMaker tool to make my bow, but you can use a fork or make your own tool using lightweight chipboard and the Classic Label punch.  The width of this bow is 1-1/2".)

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The embossing buddy was swiped across the liner and then the large snowflake image from the Colorful Seasons stamp set was stamped twice--once near the upper left corner and a second time near the right center edge--and the small snowflake image stamped one time--near the upper right corner--using Versamark ink.  The inked images were covered with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder with the excess powder tapped back into the container.  The embossing powder was melted with the Heat Tool.  The "Best wishes for the season" sentiment, from the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the liner, between the snowflakes, using Tranquil Tide ink. 

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The Embossing Buddy was swiped across the front of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  The large snowflake image was stamped along the left edge of the envelope, just a smidge below center, using Versamark ink.  The small snowflake image was stamped twice--once at the lower left corner and a second time just above the bottom edge to the right of the left corner--using Versamark ink.  The inked images were covered with Silver Stampin' Emboss powder, the excess tapped back into the container, and the powder melted with the Heat Tool.

This year's Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog has a great selection of Christmas stamp sets and many other stamp sets, like Colorful Seasons, that contain Christmas images and/or sentiments.  It's never too early to begin planning your Christmas cards and projects--even if you don't get them completed until a few days before Christmas...

Card Measurements -- 

Tranquil Tide:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Whisper White:  7/8" x 3-1/2", 3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 4" x 5-1/4"; Silver Foil Sheets:  1-1/4" x 4"; Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper:  3-3/4" x 5"; Silver 1/8" ribbon:  12"

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Supplies I used for this card -- 

Stamps:  Colorful Seasons, Holly Berry Happiness; Inks:  Tranquil Tide, Versamark; Cardstock:  Tranquil Tide, Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Delightful Daisy; Embellishments:  Silver 1/8" ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Banner Triple punch, Embossing Buddy, Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Stamp Review Crew -- Colorful Seasons

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first and third Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  The number of participants varies from hop to hop, but the ideas are plentiful as we take a stamp set through its paces.  By the time you've traveled through the hop, you are sure to find a number of innovative ways to use the featured stamp set.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!

To see the line up of artists for this week's hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Dawn Tidd's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've seen Karen Gooch's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

I have three projects to share with you, each evoking a different season of the year.

The Colorful Seasons stamp set is part of the Color Theory Suite of products which includes the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack.  This first project uses the scallop border edgelit to create the layers of color die cut from a sheet of Color Theory Designer Series Paper.

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Supplies I used for this project -- 

Stamps:  Colorful Seasons; Inks:  Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Versamark; Cardstock:  Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Color Theory Stack; Embellishments:  Gold 1/4" Natural Trim; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Seasonal Layers Thinlits

My second project features a decorated tag on a gift bag created using the Gift Bag punch board.  It also features one of the beautiful colors of mini chevron ribbons included in the Color Theory Suite of products.

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Supplies I used for this project -- 

Stamps:  Colorful Seasons; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Versamark; Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Copper Foil Sheets; Embellishments:  Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Tear & Tape, Mini Glue Dots, Fine Tip Glue Pen; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Gift Bag Punch Board, Embossing Buddy, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Precision Base Plate, Seasonal Layers Thinlits

My final project features the beautiful snowflakes included with the stamp set.   

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Supplies I used for this project -- 

Stamps:  Colorful Seasons, Holly Berry Happiness; Inks:  Tranquil Tide, Versamark; Cardstock:  Tranquil Tide, Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Delightful Daisy; Embellishments:  Silver 1/8" ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Triple Banner punch, Embossing Buddy, Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool

I'll be sharing the how-to's for these projects very soon, so be sure to return to see the liners for the inside sentiment areas for each of these projects and the coordinating decorated envelopes.  

Be sure to visit all the stops on this week's hop to find more ideas for using the images included in the Colorful Seasons stamp set for your projects.  Just click on the NEXT or PREVIOUS buttons below to continue.

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Here's the listing of all the artists on the hop:

  1. Ann Schach
  2. Heidi Baks 
  3. Linda Callahan
  4. Twila Davis
  5. Bronwyn Eastley
  6. Dawn Tidd
  7. Mickey Roberts
  8. Karen Gooch
  9. Rochelle Blok
  10. Kelly Kent
  11. Juana Ambida
  12. Valerie Moody
  13. Tanya Boser 
  14. Yapha Mason
  15. Natalie Lapakko

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