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Stamp Review Crew -- Dragonfly Garden

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

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The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first, third, and (sometimes the fifth) 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 Mike's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  I'm the last stop on the hop; however, if you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've seen Jay's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

I'm not a fan of dandelions and weeds in my yard.  However, put them on pretty paper and I'm a fan.  The Dandy Garden Suite of products in the January - June Mini Catalog features two stamp sets (one with coordinating dies and one with a coordinating Dragonflies punch), and fun accessories -- including the Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper.  The great thing about this paper is that there are some sheets where the Dragonflies punch will punch out the large and small dragonfly included in some of the prints on the paper.  So many possibilities!

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This card begins with a piece of Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper matted with a slightly larger panel of Bumblebee cardstock.  Note that I chose a piece of Designer Series Paper that had a large dragonfly near the upper right corner of the panel.  Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim was wrapped three times around the lower part of the paper/cardstock with the ends of the trim secured on the back of the cardstock.  The bottom wrap of the trim is 1" from the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper.  The paper/cardstock was then adhered at the center of the Misty Moonlight card front.

The dragonfly image was fussy cut from another piece of the same sheet of Designer Series Paper and adhered over the dragonfly near the top right corner of the Designer Series Paper panel using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals under the thickest part of the dragonfly body and little slivers of dimensionals for the tail (cut from the frame around the Mini Stampin' Dimensionals).

The "Thank You For Your Kindness" greeting was stamped on a strip of Basic White cardstock using Misty Moonlight ink.  The ends of the strip were punched in the flat end slot of the Lovely Labels Pick A Punch.  The Basic White label was adhered at the center of a slightly larger label punched from Terracotta Tile cardstock using the same slot of the Lovely Labels Pick A Punch.  The label was adhered over the Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.  A bumblebee was fussy cut from the Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper and adhered at the lower right corner of the greeting label.

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The group of weeds image was stamped along the left side of a panel of Basic White cardstock using Mossy Meadow ink.  Three of the flowers in the group of weeds were colored with Stampin' Blends Markers:  Dark Daffodil Delight for the flower petals and Light Soft Suede for the flower centers.  Three narrow strips were cut from three different pieces of background patterns from the Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper -- each strip has a different width:  1/2", 3/8", and 1/4".  The right ends of two thin strips of Designer Series Paper were punched with the Lovely Labels Pick A Punch:  the widest strip with the flat end slot of the punch and the middle width strip with the curved end punch slot.  The strips were adhered, centered, on top of each other and then adhered near the bottom left corner of the panel with the bottom edge of the widest strip 3/8" from the bottom edge of the panel and the left edges flush with the left edge of the panel.  The panel was adhered at the center of the inside sentiment area of the card base. 

Small dragonflies and a bumblebee were adhered around the weeds.  The two smallest dragonflies and the bumblebee were fussy cut and the larger dragonfly was punched with the Dragonflies punch.  Note that Multipurpose Liquid adhesive was used to adhere paper strips to each other and the dragonflies and bumblebee to the panel.

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A piece of dragonfly-patterned paper was adhered to the flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope.  Paper Snips were used to trim the excess paper from the envelope flap using the edge of the envelope flap as a guide.

Here are a couple of other cards I've made using items from the Dandy Garden Suite.

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I hope you've been inspired by the projects I have made using the Dragonfly Garden stamp set and elements from the Dandy Garden Suite.  I am the last stop on the hop and want to thank you for visiting with all the great Stampin' Up! Demonstrators participating in this week's Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop.  Use the NEXT button below to move onto the first stop in the hop to see Jay's amazing project.  (OR if you are traveling backwards through the hop, then click on the PREVIOUS button to see Mike's beautiful project.)

Robertssiggy

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Card Measurements

Basic White:  5/8" x 2-5/8", 4" x 5-1/4"; Bumblebee:  4" x 5-1/4"; Misty Moonlight:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Terracotta Tile:  7/8" x 2-7/8"; Dandy Garden 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 3" x 3-1/2", 1-1/2" x 3-1/2", 1-1/4" x 3", 1/4" x 3", 3/8" x 3", 1/2" x 3"; Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim:  23"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  Dragonfly Garden; Inks:  Misty Moonlight, Mossy Meadow; Stampin' Blends Markers:  Daffodil Delight (Dark), Soft Suede (Light); Cardstock:  Basic White, Bumblebee, Misty Moonlight, Terracotta Tile; Designer Series Paper:  Dandy Garden 6" x 6"; Embellishments:  Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope


Butterfly Gala -- Hello Beautiful

Happy Friday!

Today's post is a continuation on the theme of highlighting some of the retiring product from the 2020 -2021 Annual Catalog and January - June Mini Catalog.  Stampin' Up! recently released the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle (with a stunning butterfly background stamp and amazing dies) as a Sneak Peek for the upcoming 2021 - 2022 Annual Catalog.  I didn't order the bundle because I have a couple of beautiful butterfly stamp sets that coordinate with the Butterfly Duet punch:  Butterfly Gala and Butterfly Wishes.  Unfortunately, both of those stamp sets, and the punch, are now on the Annual Catalog Retiring List.  Sigh...

REMINDER!!  The Retiring Lists for the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog and the January - June Mini Catalog have been released.  To see the list of retiring items from the 2020 -2021 Annual Catalog, click here.  Note that some of the items on this list have been discounted and all are available while supplies last.  To see the list of retiring items from the January - June Mini Catalog, click here.  Since this Mini Catalog goes until the end of June, Stampin' Up! hasn't determined whether to apply discounts to these items...yet.  But looking at this list will give you a good idea of what will be carrying over to the new Annual Catalog.

This project showcases the RETIRING ITEMS of:  Butterfly Gala stamp set, Butterfly Duet punch, Brass Foil Sheets, Scripty 3D Embossing Folder, Stitched Nested Labels dies, Pretty Peacock (cardstock and Stampin' Blends Combo Pack), Terracotta Tile (cardstock),  Mango Melody Stampin' Blends Combo Pack, Purple Posy Stampin' Blends Combo Pack, Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends Combo Pack, Rococco Rose Stampin' Blends Combo Pack, and Seaside Spray Stampin' Blends Combo Pack.

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This card begins with a panel of Brass Foil Sheets embossed with the Scripty 3D Embossing Folder.  The embossed panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Pretty Peacock cardstock and then adhered at the center of the Terracotta Tile card front.  A strip of Pretty Peacock cardstock was adhered vertically near the left side of the Brass Foil Sheets panel with the left side of the cardstock strip 1/2" from the left side of the Brass Foil Sheets panel and the top and bottom edges of the cardstock strip flush with the top and bottom edges of the Brass Foil Sheets panel. 

The "Hello Beautiful" greeting was stamped on Basic White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and die cut with the Stitched Nested Labels dies (1-3/16" x 2-1/4").  A piece of Terracotta Tile cardstock was die cut with the same Stitched Nested Label die used for the greeting.  However, this time the outer part of the die cut will be used.  Paper Snips were used to trim along the outside indent along the die cut stitched edge of the label to create a narrow band that fits around the Basic White greeting die cut.  A piece of Basic White cardstock slightly larger than the Terracotta Tile narrow band was covered with Stampin' Seal adhesive.  The Basic White die cut greeting was placed in the middle of the adhesive-covered cardstock and then the Terracotta Tile narrow band placed around the greeting die cut.  Paper Snips were used to trim around the outside edge of the Terracotta Tile narrow band.  The greeting die cut was adhered to the card front with the bottom edge of the Terracotta Tile narrow band 5/8" above the bottom edge of the Brass Foil Sheets and the right pointed end of the Terracotta Tile narrow band flush with the right edge of the Brass Foil Sheets.

Now it's time to color!  The two doodle butterfly images were stamped two times each on Thick Basic White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink for a total of 4 sets of butterflies.  The large butterfly body was stamped along the center of the large butterflies and the small butterfly body was stamped along the center of the small butterflies using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Stampin' Blends Markers were used to color the butterflies.  I decided to use all the Stampin' Blends Markers on the Retiring List:  Mango Melody, Pretty Peacock, Purple Posy, Rich Razzleberry, Rococco Rose, and Seaside Spray.  The coloring you see in the photo for each of the butterflies is a combination of the light and dark shades of a combination of 3 colors for each of the butterflies--both large and small.  Once the coloring was completed, the butterflies were punched using the Butterfly Duet punch.

Stampin' Dimensionals were adhered to the back of each of the large butterflies and the butterflies arranged vertically on the Pretty Peacock strip.  PRIOR to adhering the butterflies to the card front, the large antenna image was stamped four times on the Pretty Peacock strip using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  To do this, I placed the butterflies where I wanted them, made a mark on the Pretty Peacock strip just above the top of each butterfly body with a pencil, removed the butterflies, and then stamped the antenna at each mark with the bottom of the antenna on each mark.  The butterflies were then adhered to the card front to line up with the antennae.

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The "The Good Things In Life Are Better With You" sentiment was stamped near the bottom left corner of a Basic White panel using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The bottom edge of the sentiment is 1/16" above the bottom edge of the panel and the left side of the "G" in "Good" is 3/4" from the left side of the panel.  The four small butterflies were adhered around the sentiment using Mini Glue Dots.  The small antenna image was stamped above each butterfly using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The panel was adhered at the center of the inside sentiment area of the card base.

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A piece of tape was placed over the small butterfly on the open wing butterfly and the stamp inked with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, the tape removed, and the image stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Basic White Envelope at a bit of an angle.  The masking process for the small butterfly was repeated, the stamp reinked, the tape removed, and the butterfly stamped immediately above the first butterfly at a slight angle opposing the first butterfly.  The process was repeated one more time with the butterfly stamped immediately above the second butterfly at an opposing angle to the second butterfly.  A scrap piece of cardstock was placed inside the envelope behind the stamped butterflies and the butterflies colored with Stampin' Blends Markers (the cardstock keeps the ink from the Stampin' Blends Markers from bleeding through to the back of the envelope).  Once the coloring was completed, the cardstock was removed from the envelope.

I enjoy the process of coloring and try to do it at every opportunity.  There are so many ways to color an image:  Stampin' Blends Markers, Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens, Reinker and Blender Pens, Reinker and Water Painters on Watercolor paper, etc.  Give each of these techniques a try to see what works for you.

Robertssiggy

Card Measurements

Basic White:  2 @ 2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Thick Basic White:  4 @ 2-1/2" x 3"; Pretty Peacock:  4" x 5-1/4", 5/8" x 5-1/8"; Terracotta Tile:  2" x 3", 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Brass Foil Sheets:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  Butterfly Gala; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Blends Markers:  Mango Melody, Pretty Peacock, Purple Posy, Rich Razzleberry, Rococco Rose, Seaside Spray; Cardstock:  Basic White, Thick Basic White, Pretty Peacock, Terracotta Tile, Brass Foil Sheets; Tools:  Butterfly Duet punch, Scripty 3D Embossing Folder, Stitched Nested Labels, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope


So Sentimental -- Light or Dark?

Hello!

Today's post is a continuation on the theme of highlighting some of the retiring product from the 2020 -2021 Annual Catalog and January - June Mini Catalog.  

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REMINDER!!  The Retiring Lists for the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog and the January - June Mini Catalog have been released.  To see the list of retiring items from the 2020 -2021 Annual Catalog, click here.  Note that some of the items on this list have been discounted and all are available while supplies last.  To see the list of retiring items from the January - June Mini Catalog, click here.  Since this Mini Catalog goes until the end of June, Stampin' Up! hasn't determined whether to apply discounts to these items...yet.  But looking at this list will give you a good idea of what will be carrying over to the new Annual Catalog.

This project showcases the RETIRING ITEMS of:  So Sentimental and Buffalo Check stamp sets, Silver Metallic Edge ribbon, Label Me Fancy punch, Pretty Peacock ink, and Seaside Spray (ink and cardstock).

As I was going through my stack of retiring items, I ran across the Buffalo Check background stamp.  I love this background, but never seem to give it enough love.  So I decided to combine it with a great greeting stamp set that is also retiring, So Sentimental.  I wanted to do something a little dramatic with the Buffalo Check, so decided to give some heat embossing a try with gold embossing powder on Basic Black cardstock.

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This card begins with a panel of Basic Black cardstock.  The Buffalo Check stamp was inked with Versamark ink and stamped on the Basic Black panel, covered with Gold Stampin' Emboss powder, the excess embossing powder removed by tapping on the back of the panel, and the powder melted using the Heat Tool.  A piece of Fine Art Floral ribbon was wrapped around the panel and tied in a knot near the left side of the panel (the bottom edge of the ribbon is 1-1/8" above the bottom edge of the panel and the knot of the ribbon is 1/2" from the left edge of the panel).  The panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Gold Foil Sheets and then adhered at the center of the Basic Black card front.

The "Sending Healing Hugs" greeting, from the So Sentimental stamp set, was stamped on a piece of Basic White cardstock using Pretty Peacock ink and die cut with the smaller of the curved labels from the Stitched So Sweetly dies.  The greeting was adhered at the center of a piece of Gold Foil Sheets die cut with the curved and straight edge die. 

When I placed the greeting labels over the ribbon, I realized that the card needed a bit more colorful interest.  So I decided to add some greenery behind the greeting labels courtesy of the Forever Fern stamp set and coordinating Forever Flourishing dies.  The rounded leaf image was stamped on Basic White cardstock using Shaded Spruce ink, the long thin leaves image was stamped on Basic White cardstock using Pretty Peacock ink, and the two stems of leaves was stamped on Basic White cardstock using Just Jade ink.  The images were die cut using their corresponding dies.  In addition, the larger leaf die was used to die cut a piece of Vellum cardstock.  The four dies were arranged with the stems pointing toward the lower right of the embossed panel at the top edge of the ribbon using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  Then the greeting labels were adhered over the greenery using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The two stem leaf image was stamped at the upper left corner of a panel of Basic White cardstock with the leaves pointing toward the lower left corner of the panel using Just Jade ink.  The long leaf image was stamped across the upper edge of the Basic White panel with the stem at the upper left corner using Pretty Peacock ink.  The rounded leaf image was stamped on a piece of Basic White cardstock using Shaded Spruce ink, die cut with the corresponding die, and adhered to the Basic White panel with the stem near the upper left corner and the leaves pointing toward the upper center of the panel.  The "you can do this" sentiment, from the Forever Fern stamp set, was stamped at the upper center of the panel to the right of the leaves using Pretty Peacock ink.

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The three leaf images were randomly stamped on the envelope flap of a Medium Basic White Envelope using the same colors used throughout the project.  Tip:  Place a scrap piece of paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to keep the stamping confined to the envelope flap.

When I finished the card, I loved the contrast of the greenery with the gold embossed background and gold foil label but worried that using the Get Well greeting with so much black might have a bit of a morbid feel.  However, I realized that this might be a good balance for a Get Well card for a guy.  But I wanted to see what a card with a lighter feel might look like using the same basic card design, stamp sets, dies, and techniques.

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As you can see, the card is rotated to the landscape orientation, but the design is the same.  This time, I stamped the Buffalo Check background on a panel of Seaside Spray cardstock using Versamark ink and heat embossed with Silver Stampin' Emboss powder.  Since I knew that I would be using the Forever Fern images, I added them to the panel before I added the ribbon:  Seaside Spray ink was used for the short leaf and round leaf images and Night of Navy ink for the two stem leaves.  With a wider area, I decided to add a second Vellum leaf bundle using the flat topped leaf die with the large leaf bundle die.  The greenery was adhered to the embossed panel using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive with the stems pointing lower right quadrant of the panel.  

The "Wishing You Much Happiness Today And Always" greeting was stamped on a piece of Night of Navy cardstock using Versamark ink and heat embossed with Silver Stampin' Emboss powder.  The greeting was die cut with the curved and straight edge with rounded bumps die.  The slot punch from the Label Me Fancy punch was used to create openings in the side bumps of the die and Silver Metallic Edge ribbon threaded through the slots.  Stampin' Dimensionals were placed on the back of the label above and below the ribbon and the label adhered to the card front centered over the greenery (the right edge of the bump out on the label is 1/8" from the right edge of the panel and the bottom edge of the label is 1/16" above the bottom edge of the panel).  The ribbon was wrapped around the embossed panel and then tied in a knot to the left of the label.  The panel was adhered at the center of a slightly larger mat of Silver Foil Sheets and then adhered at the center of the Night of Navy card front.

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The long leaf image was stamped two times at the left edge of a Basic White panel using Seaside Spray ink with one stamping pointing toward the top edge of the panel and the second stamping pointing toward the bottom edge of the panel.  The "love & laughter Forever After" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the panel using Night of Navy ink.  The panel was adhered at the center of the inside sentiment area of the card base.

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The long leaf image was randomly stamped across the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope using Seaside Spray ink.  Tip:  Place a piece of scrap paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to keep the stamping confined to the envelope flap.

So which one do you like?  The light or the dark? 

Robertssiggy

Sending Healing Hugs

Card Measurements

Basic Black:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Basic White:  3 @ 2" x 2-1/2", 2-1/2" x 3", 2" x 3-1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Gold Foil Sheets:  2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Vellum:  3" x 4"; Fine Art Floral ribbon:  12"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  So Sentimental, Forever Fern, Buffalo Check; Inks:  Just Jade, Pretty Peacock, Shaded Spruce, Versamark; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Basic White, Vellum, Gold Foil Sheets; Embellishments:  Fine Art Floral ribbon; Tools:  Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stitched So Sweetly dies, Forever Flourishing dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope

Wishing You Much Happiness

Card Measurements

Basic White:  2 @ 2" x 2-1/2", 2-1/2" x 3-1/2"; Night of Navy:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length, 3" x 4"; Seaside Spray:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Silver Foil Sheets:  4" x 5-1/4"; Vellum:  3" x 4", 2-1/2" x 3"; Silver Metallic Edge ribbon:  15"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  So Sentimental, Forever Fern, Buffalo Check; Inks:  Night of Navy, Seaside Spray, Versamark; Cardstock:  Basic White, Night of Navy, Seaside Spray, Silver Foil Sheets, Vellum; Embellishments:  Silver Metallic Edge ribbon; Tools:  Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Label Me Fancy punch, Stitched So Sweetly dies, Forever Flourishing dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope


Good Morning Magnolia -- Two Looks for One Gift Box

Happy Monday!

Today's post is a continuation on the theme of highlighting some of the retiring product from the 2020 -2021 Annual Catalog and January - June Mini Catalog.  Last Friday I shared a card made using the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set using the large magnolia image as the focal point.  Today's post features the 3D magnolia flowers you can make with the Magnolia Memory dies.  In the South, magnolia blossoms are a common feature in homes, yards, fields, and along roadsides.  The contrast of the deep green waxy leaves with the white flower petals is just stunning when a tree is in full bloom. 

REMINDER!!  The Retiring Lists for the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog and the January - June Mini Catalog have been released.  To see the list of retiring items from the 2020 -2021 Annual Catalog, click here.  Note that some of the items on this list have been discounted and all are available while supplies last.  To see the list of retiring items from the January - June Mini Catalog, click here.  Since this Mini Catalog goes until the end of June, Stampin' Up! hasn't determined whether to apply discounts to these items...yet.  But looking at this list will give you a good idea of what will be carrying over to the new Annual Catalog.

This project showcases the RETIRING ITEMS of:  Good Morning Magnolia stamp set and Magnolia Memory dies, Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack, Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper, Terracotta Tile (ink and cardstock), Love You Always Treat Boxes, and Stampin' Sponges.

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I love making 3D flowers.  Whether I use a punch or a die cut, the process is always an unique creative opportunity.  The problem with 3D flowers is that they can become problematic with a greeting card that needs to be mailed as the card will require special packaging to keep the flowers from becoming crushed.  Therefore, I tend to save the 3D flowers for gift packaging or home decor items.  For this post, I decided to use the magnolia flowers to decorate one of the Love You Always Treat Boxes.  The first box I created is the one on the right with the wood-pattern designs from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper.  When I finished it I thought it looked a bit dark.  So I decided to create a lighter version using one of the background patterns from the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper.  I really like the contrast between the two finished boxes. 

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The Love You Always Treat Boxes come in two pieces:  the outside sleeve and the slider box.  A Blender Brush and Mossy Meadow ink were used to color the white cardstock (the slider box has a glossy food-safe side and a cardstock side).  Once the ink was applied to the two pieces, the slider box was assembled and slid into the sleeve.  A piece of wood-grain patterned paper from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper was wrapped around the sleeve, finger folding along the edges of the sleeve, and using Tear & Tape adhesive to adhere the paper to the box and to itself.

The flourish image, from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, was inked with Petal Pink ink, stamped off on a scrap piece of paper, and stamped on a piece of Petal Pink cardstock.  The image was inked, stamped off, and stamped above and flipped to face the first stamped image.  The "Thinking Of You" greeting was stamped over the center of the flourishes using Mossy Meadow ink.  The cardstock was die cut using the notched corner rectangle from the Tasteful Labels dies with the greeting justified to the right of the label.  The edges of the die cut greeting were sponged with Petal Pink ink and the die cut adhered at the lower right corner of the Designer Series Paper on the box top leaving a smidge of Designer Series Paper visible to the right and bottom edges of the die cut label.  A triple bow was created using the Gold Cord from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack and adhered to the center left of the stamped greeting using a Mini Glue Dot.

The single leaf image was stamped nine times on Mossy Meadow cardstock using Mossy Meadow ink.  The leaves were die cut using the corresponding leaf dies (there are two identical leaf dies included with the Magnolia Memory dies) and the edges of the die cut leaves sponged with Mossy Meadow ink.  A Bone Folder was used to gently curl the right and left edges of the leaves.

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Pieces of Basic White cardstock were die cut using the three magnolia flower petal dies to create the three layers for each flower times three flowers.  The edges of the flower petals were sponged with Petal Pink ink and the Bone Folder used to gently curly the petals toward the center and to gently curl the left and right side of each petal toward the center of each petal.  The layers of each flower were adhered to each other (with the layers offset one on top of the other to create the three layers) using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  The small and large flower center dies were used to die cut the flower centers for each flower using So Saffron cardstock.  The smaller flower center was adhered at the center of the larger flower center and then adhered at the center of each flower using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  The "spokes" of each flower center were pulled up to stand up from the center of the flower.  The leaves were adhered to the back of the bottom layer of flower petals as near to the edge of the petal as possible using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  For my flowers, I adhered two leaves on one side of the flower and a single leaf about 1/3 of the way around the flower from the first two leaves.

To finish assembly, the first flower was adhered to the left of the greeting label using Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive.  The next flower was adhered above the greeting label using Stampin' Dimensionals adhered to the back of the flower.  The third flower was adhered at the upper left corner using Stampin' Dimensionals stacked two high. 

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As I mentioned previously, when I finished the first box, I thought the completed project was a little dark.  So I decided to make another box with a lighter feel.  This time, Terracotta Tile ink was applied to the cardstock side of the two pieces of the box with the Blending Brush.  Once the box was assembled, a piece of background patterned paper from the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper was adhered to the sleeve of the box.  

The greeting label was created using the same process used for the box above; however, this time Terracotta Tile ink was used, stamped off, to stamp the flourishes on Terracotta Tile cardstock and then the "Thinking Of You" greeting over the flourishes with Mossy Meadow ink.  I picked a smaller label die from the Tasteful Labels dies (pointed end rectangle) to die cut the greeting.  I finished the top of the box using the same process used for the first box.

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I really like the size of this box at 4-1/8" x 2-3/4" x 1-1/2".  This means that there's lots of room inside the box for some wrapped candy, a gift card (or two or three), and/or a small trinket.  No matter how you decorate the box, it's sure to be a hit when it's gifted.

Robertssiggy

Project Measurements

Basic White:  3 @ 2" x 2", 3 @ 2" x 2-1/2", 3 @ 2-1/2" x 2-1/2"; Mossy Meadow:  2-3/4" x 5-1/2"; So Saffron:  3 @ 1-1/2" x 2-1/2"; Petal Pink:  2" x 3"; Terracotta Tile:  2" x 3"; In Good Taste Designer Series Paper:  4" x 9"; Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper:  4" x 9"; Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack (Gold Cord):  15"

Supplies I used to make these projects

Stamps:  Good Morning Magnolia; Inks:  Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink, Terracotta Tile; Cardstock:  Basic White, Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink, So Saffron, Terracotta Tile; Designer Series Paper:  In Good Taste, Fine Art Floral; Embellishments:  Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack (Gold Cord); Tools:  Bone Folder, Blending Brushes, Stampin' Sponges, Magnolia Memory dies, Tasteful Labels dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tear & Tape, Multipurpose Liquid, Mini Glue Dots; Other:  Love You Always Treat Boxes


Good Morning Magnolia -- Enjoy Today

Hello!

It's been a busy week and rather stressful.  We had three massive Florida Live Oak trees removed from our front yard this week and it was such a sad event.  When we built this house 30 years ago we had the house set back and slightly off center on the lot to preserve these three trees and another on the opposite side of the driveway.  We've been very careful with them over the years; making sure that they were pruned on a regular basis to minimize damage during tropical wind storms and to protect them against mistletoe and other invasive issues.  We lost the tree on the opposite side of the driveway about 10 years ago but were consoled that we still had the three in the front yard.  Over the years, our grandchildren, nieces, and nephews used the swing that hung from one of its branches and it was a wonderful place to sit in the shade on a sunny afternoon after finishing the yard work or when we had family over for an event.  Unfortunately, a fungus had attacked them and they were dying.  With the Summer storm season coming, we couldn't take a chance that they would come crashing into the house.  

FrontYardTrees_Before

FrontYardTrees_After

So we are left with a mound of sawdust from the stump grinder and a whole lot more sun shining into our house in the afternoon.  Sigh...  It will be a couple of years before we can do anything with the area where the trees used to be as we will need to allow the ground to absorb the remaining roots and settle.  Then we'll need to decide what to do about replacing the trees.

Well, enough about that...

Today's post is a continuation on the theme of highlighting some of the retiring product from the 2020 -2021 Annual Catalog and January - June Mini Catalog.  

REMINDER!!  The Retiring Lists for the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog and the January - June Mini Catalog have been released.  To see the list of retiring items from the 2020 -2021 Annual Catalog, click here.  Note that some of the items on this list have been discounted and all are available while supplies last.  To see the list of retiring items from the January - June Mini Catalog, click here.  Since this Mini Catalog goes until the end of June, Stampin' Up! hasn't determined whether to apply discounts to these items...yet.  But looking at this list will give you a good idea of what will be carrying over to the new Annual Catalog.

This project showcases the RETIRING ITEMS of:  Good Morning Magnolia stamp set and Magnolia Memory dies, Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack, Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper, Mango Melody Stampin' Blends Markers, and Stampin' Sponges.

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When I first started stamping, one of my go-to tools was a Stampin' Sponge.  It was the easiest way to add depth and drama to a project.  I sponged everything.  And I mean everything!!  I loved creating grunge looks, vintage looks, creating dimension, adjusting perspective, or layering color to create a fun background.  I had (and still have) a sponge for every Stampin' Up! color.  I don't use the sponges as often now as my style has changed a bit over the years, but every now and then a project just calls out for me to get my fingers inky with a sponge.  I was so tickled to get out my Soft Suede-labeled sponge and get sponging on this card!

This card begins with a card base of Flirty Flamingo.  The edges of the card front were sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The edges of a panel of Soft Suede cardstock was sponged with Soft Suede ink and adhered at a jaunty angle to the card front.  The edges of a Flirty Flamingo background panel from the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper were sponged with Soft Suede ink and adhered to the card front at the opposite jaunty angle from the Soft Suede panel.

The large magnolia flower, from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, was stamped on Basic White cardstock using Soft Suede ink and colored with Stampin' Blends Markers:  Light Petal Pink for the shaded areas of the flower petals, Light & Dark Mossy Meadow for the leaves, Light Mango Melody for the flower center, and Light & Dark Soft Suede for the flower stem.  The flower was die cut with the corresponding die from the Magnolia Memory dies and the edges of the die cut sponged with Soft Suede ink.

Three pieces of Gold Cord from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack were tied together with a knot at the center and the strands pulled apart on each side of the knot.  The knot was adhered to the Designer Series Paper using a Mini Glue Dot 2-1/4" from the bottom edge and 1-3/4" from the right side of the Flirty Flamingo card base.  The die cut magnolia flower was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals so that the flower stem points toward the lower right corner of the card base and the stem of the flower is over the knot of Gold Cord.  A bow was created from the open weave ribbon included with the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack and adhered to the stem of the magnolia using Mini Glue Dots.

The "Enjoy Today" greeting was stamped on a strip of Flirty Flamingo cardstock using Soft Suede ink.  The right and left ends were punched with the flat end slot of the Lovely Labels Pick A Punch and the edges of the punched greeting sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The greeting was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals with the bottom edge of the label 11/16" above the bottom edge and 1/8" from the right edge of the card base. 

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A piece of Flirty Flamingo background paper from the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper and a piece of Soft Suede cardstock were die cut with the scallop edge die from the Magnolia Memory dies.  The edges of the Designer Series Paper and Soft Suede cardstock were sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The Designer Series Paper was adhered over the Soft Suede cardstock so that the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper lined up with the embossed scalloped edge of the Soft Suede cardstock.  The Designer Series Paper/Soft Suede cardstock were adhered along the top edge of a panel of Basic White cardstock with the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink.  (The top, right, and left edges of the Designer Series Paper/Soft Suede cardstock are flush with the top, right, and left edges of the Basic White panel.)

The small magnolia flower was stamped two times on Basic White cardstock using Soft Suede ink and colored with Stampin' Blends Markers:  Light Petal Pink for the shading on the flower petals, Light & Dark Mossy Meadow for the leaves, and Light Soft Suede for the flower stems.  The flowers were die cut using the corresponding die and the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink.  One flower was adhered to the Basic White panel with the stem pointing toward the upper left corner and the other flower was adhered above the first flower with Stampin' Seal for the part that resides on the Designer Series Paper and a stack of two Mini Glue Dots for the part that overlaps the first flower on the Basic White panel.

The edges of the inside sentiment area of the card base were sponged with Soft Suede ink and the Basic White panel adhered at the center of this area.

GoodMorningMagnolia_EnjoyToday_Envelope

The flourish border image was stamped near the bottom edge of the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope using Soft Suede ink.  The small magnolia flower was stamped above the left side of the flourish and the "Enjoy Today" greeting was stamped above the right side of the flourish using Soft Suede ink.  A scrap piece of cardstock was placed between the envelope flap and body of envelope under the small magnolia image.  Stampin' Blends Markers were used to color the small magnolia flower:  Light Petal Pink for the shading on the flower petals, Light & Dark Mossy Meadow for the leaves, and Light Soft Suede for the flower stem.

Sometimes a large image, like the magnolia flower in the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, can be off-putting.  The great thing about these types of images is that they lend themselves to a great deal of uses:  as a background stamp, as a vivid focal point, or as a springboard for a home decor piece.  I'll be back next week with another project featuring the die cut magnolia flower created using the Magnolia Memory dies.  Have a great weekend!

Robertssiggy

Card Measurements

Basic White:  4-1/4" x 4-1/4", 2" x 4-1/4", 4" x 5-1/4"; Flirty Flamingo:  1/2" x 2-1/2", 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Soft Suede:  4" x 5-1/4", 1-1/2" x 4"; Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 1-1/2" x 4"; Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack (Gold Cord):  3 @ 4-1/2"; Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack (Open Weave ribbon):  10"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  Good Morning Magnolia; Inks:  Soft Suede; Stampin' Blends Markers:  Mango Melody; Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Basic White, Flirty Flamingo, Soft Suede; Designer Series Paper:  Fine Art Floral; Embellishments:  Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack; Tools:  Lovely Labels Pick A Punch, Magnolia Memory dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope