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Stamp Review Crew -- Butterfly Gala

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Butterfly Gala 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, 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 Sue'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 Jenny's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

For one reason or another, I've been making a few cards with the Butterfly Gala stamp set.  I'm not usually that wound up about butterflies; however, with a really versatile stamp set, coordinating punch, and fun coordination with Sale-A-Bration items, it's hard NOT to make butterfly cards.  I was sitting at my desk trying to cudgel my brain for an idea for another butterfly card for this blog hop when my husband came into my workroom to see what I was working on.  We talked about the project I needed to create for this blog hop and he wanted to know why my butterfly cards always look so "girly."  So I thought about it and decided I'd make a butterfly card that has a more masculine feel to it.  What do you think? 

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This card begins with a bunch of "leaf" butterfly images (large and small) stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Mossy Meadow ink.  The butterfly bodies (large and small) were stamped over the Mossy Meadow butterflies using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The butterflies were punched from the cardstock using the Butterfly Duet punch.  The large butterflies were arranged on and adhered to a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, wingtip to wingtip, to cover the entire piece of cardstock [note that some parts of the butterflies may hang over the right and left edges of the cardstock].  The large butterfly antenna were stamped at the head of each butterfly using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Then the butterflies that are overhanging the right and left edges of the cardstock were trimmed off using Paper Snips using the edge of the cardstock as a guide.  A strip of Vellum cardstock was adhered across the butterfly panel with the bottom edge of the Vellum 1" above the bottom edge of the panel and the right and left edges of the Vellum flush with the right and left edges of the panel [note that the adhesive was placed along the center width of the vellum.  A piece of Burlap ribbon was adhered over the center width of the Vellum using Mini Glue Dots with the right and left edges of the ribbon flush with the right and left edges of the Vellum/butterfly panel.

The Vellum/butterfly panel was matted with a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock.  A piece of Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine was wrapped around the panels and Burlap ribbon, knotted on the left and then tied into a bow.  A rolled up Mini Glue Dot was placed under the knot of the bow to hold it in place on the Burlap ribbon.  The panel was then adhered at the center of the Mossy Meadow card front.

The "The good things in life are better with you" sentiment was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Mossy Meadow ink.  The sentiment was die cut with the Big Shot using the 1-3/16" x 1-11/16" rectangle from the Rectangle Stitched Framelits.  The die cut sentiment was matted with a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock and then adhered over the Burlap ribbon with the right edge of the matted sentiment 1/4" from the right edge of the butterfly panel using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Now I get to use up all the little butterflies that were stamped and punched out with the large butterflies used for the card front.

The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The "So glad we are friends" sentiment, from the Incredible Like You stamp set, was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Mossy Meadow ink.  One of the littel butterflies was folded at the body to pull up the wings and adhered near the upper right of the sentiment using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.  The small butterfly antenna was stamped at the head of the butterfly body using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

A piece of Burlap ribbon was adhered along the bottom edge of the liner using Mini Glue Dots.  Six small butterfly antenna were stamped on scraps of Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out with Paper Snips leaving a tag below the bottom of the "v".  The butterfly antenna were adhered behind the small butterflies using Mini Glue Dots.  Then the butterflies were adhered along the Burlap ribbon using Mini Glue Dots [note that there will be overhang on the left and right ends of the ribbon--use Paper Snips to trim the overhang flush with the right and left edges of the liner.  The liner then adhered to the card base.

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And there were still some of the little butterflies left.  So they were adhered vertically along the left front edge of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope.  The small butterfly antenna was stamped at the head of each butterfly using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Of course, this envelope would NOT be a candidate for the postal service as the butterflies could come detached from the envelope front and jam up the sorter which would pretty much shred up the envelope and the card inside.  

It's been a while since I made a monochromatic card and I think this one has a bit of a tropical feel.  And my husband says it's definitely not "girly."

Card Measurements -- 

Basic Black:  4-1/8" x 5-3/8", 1-5/16" x 1-13/16"; Mossy Meadow:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Very Vanilla:  2 @ 4" x 5-1/4", 1-1/2" x 2", 4-1/4" x 11"; Vellum:  1-3/4" x 4"; Burlap ribbon:  2 @ 4"; Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine:  16"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Butterfly Gala, Incredible Like You; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Mossy Meadow; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla, Vellum; Embellishments:  Burlap ribbon, Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Rectangle Stitched Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Inky Friends All Occasions Blog Hop -- Butterfly Gala

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Hello!  And welcome to the Inky Friends Time All Occasions Blog Hop.  I'm so glad you stopped by.  To see the lineup of talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrators participating in this hop, click here.  If you are traveling forward through the hop, you've arrived from Kris' blog where she featured the Meant To Be stamp set.  If you are traveling backwards through the hop, then you've arrived from Yapha's blog where she featured the Happy Tails stamp set.  All the blog posts in this hop are linked so that whether you move forward or backwards through the hop, you'll be able to visit all the stops to see some of the great items available in the 2019 Occasions Catalog. 

When you receive a new Stampin' Up! Catalog and you find a whole lot of great stuff you just HAVE to have, it's hard to pick one thing when you want to make something with all your new stuff.  Right?  Well that's what happened when I made this card.  And I included some Sale-A-Bration stuff, too!

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This card begins with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The Stitched Rectangle Framelit with the inner 2-1/4" x 3-9/16" rectangular cut was placed on the cardstock so that the top of the framelit is 5/8" from the top edge of the cardstock and the framelit is centered between the right and left sides of the cardstock.  Then the cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot.  (Be sure to save the piece removed from the center for stamping later.)  The cardstock was then placed in the Dot-To-Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and rolled through the Big Shot.

A piece of Highland Heather cardstock was die cut using two Stitched Rectangle Framelits placed together (one inside the other).  The outer framelit has a 2-5/8" x 3-15/16" inner cut and the inner framelit has the 2-1/4" x 3-9/16" inner cut (used for the Whisper White cardstock).  The resulting narrow frame was adhered to the opening in the embossed Whisper White cardstock using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  The piece removed from the center was then die cut with the 7/8" x 2-7/8" rectangular framelit.

A piece of Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration) was adhered behind the framed opening of the Whisper White cardstock using Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive.  The 7/8" x 2-7/8" Highland Heather stitched rectangle was placed across the framed opening with the bottom edge of the die cut 1/2" above the inner edge of the frame.  A piece of Grapefruit Grove ribbon from the Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (Sale-A-Bration) was placed across the center of the rectangular die cut with the ends folded and adhered to the back of the Whisper White embossed cardstock.  The Whisper White cardstock was then adhered at the center of the Lemon Lime Twist card front.

The "a little note" greeting was stamped on the stitched rectangle removed from the Whisper White cardstock using Highland Heather ink and die cut with the 1/2" x 2-1/2" stitched rectangle framelit so that the "a" in the greeting is near the left edge of the die cut.  The die cut was adhered at the center of the Highland Heather die cut (over the ribbon) using Mini Glue Dots.

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One of the great things about the Butterfly Gala stamp set is the coordinating Butterfly Duet punch.  Another great thing is that the butterfly outline images in the stamp set are designed to line up--large and small versions--so that they align with the punch.  Woohoo!  The "realistic" butterflies image and large and small butterfly bodies were stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  In addition, the same large butterfly image was rough cut from the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper.  All three butterflies were "colored" using Highland Heather, Grapefruit Grove, and Lemon Lime Twist inks using Sponge Daubers.  You can see those butterflies in the image above.  The pair of stamped butterflies were punched out with the Butterfly Duet punch.  The butterfly rough cut from the Designer Series Paper was also punched with the Butterfly Duet punch.  However, since the rough cut was too small to hold while being punched, I put a piece of Post-It Note behind the rough cut butterfly to be able to hold it while being punched.  

The large stamped butterfly was finger folded at the body to pull the wings up and adhered to the card front on top of the Designer Series Paper in the framed opening above the greeting using rolled up Mini Glue Dots.  The butterfly antenna was stamped above the butterfly body using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The small stamped butterfly was finger folded at the center and adhered to the right of the greeting using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  A thin strip of Highland Heather cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of a strip of Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper and then adhered along the bottom edge of the liner.  The butterfly from the Designer Series Paper was finger folded at the center and adhered near the lower right corner of the liner above the paper strips.  The butterfly antenna was stamped above the butterfly using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

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A piece of Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper was adhered to the flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  Paper Snips were used to trim the paper to match the envelope flap.

As you can see, I packed quite a few items into this card.  And while you may think that this card is pretty complicated, it's really not.  I made this card with my stamp clubs in January and the consensus was that the design was pretty simple--it just had a lot of pieces.  Once they got a handle on where all the pieces fit, they enjoyed the fun colors and happy butterflies.  There are 3 more butterfly designs in this stamp set which means that you can have a great time creating fun color combinations for your butterflies.

Now it's time to see some more of the great items available in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  To move forward, click on the NEXT button to visit Yapha's creations featuring the Happy Tails stamp set.  To move backwards, click on the PREVIOUS button to visit Kris' projects featuring the Meant To Be stamp set.

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Card Measurements -- 

Highland Heather:  3-1/4" x 4-1/4", 3/8" x 4"; Lemon Lime Twist:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Whisper White:  2 @ 4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/8" x 3-1/4"; Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper:  3" x 4", 3/4" x 4", 1-1/2" x 2", 2-1/4" x 6"; Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack:  5-1/2"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Butterfly Gala; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Grapefruite Grove, Highland Heather, Lemon Lime Twist; Cardstock:  Highland Heather, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Botanical Butterfly (Sale-A-Bration); Embellishments:  Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (Sale-A-Bration); Adhesives:  SNAIL, Multipurpose Liquid, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge Daubers, Butterfly Duet punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform and Multipurpose Platform, Dot-to-Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangles Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelopes; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Post-It Note

 


Inky Friends Blog Hop -- Thankful For ... Designer Series Paper

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Hello!  Welcome to the Inky Friends Blog Hop where each of the hop participants has identified a Stampin' Up! item that they are "Thankful For...".  I'm sharing my thankfulness for Stampin' Up!'s wonderful Designer Series Paper.  To see the lineup of awesome Stampin' Up! Demonstrators participating in the hop, click here.  All of the stops on the hop are linked in a circle.  If you are traveling forward through the hop, you've arrived from Cindy's blog where she is sharing her thankfulness for AquaPainters.  If you are traveling backwards through the hop, then you're arriving from Sharleen's blog where she's sharing her thankfulness for the Making Everyday Bright stamp set.  

One of the best features of Stampin' Up!'s line of products is the color coordination.  This means that for a specific Stampin' Up! color, that color is the same whether you are looking at ink (Classic Stampin' Pads, Stampin' Blends, watercolor pencils, Stampin' Write Markers, etc.), cardstock, embellishments (ribbons, Stampin' Emboss powder, button, brads, etc.), or Designer Series Paper.  For Stampin' Up's Designer Series Paper, they take this color coordination a step further by ensuring that the designs and prints used in a specific package of Designer Series Paper coordinate for the group of colors used together in the paper pack.  For me, this is an awesome thing.  I just let the colors in the paper determine the colors I want to feature when I use that piece of paper to make a card, gift bag, tag, or scrapbook page.  I call this "letting the paper do the work".  To illustrate, let's look at the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper.  The colors used for the prints in this amazing package of paper are:  Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, and Whisper White.  Recently, I wanted to feature this paper and the coordinating stamp set, Rooted In Nature, for a stamp club project to demonstrate a technique using Stampin' Write Markers.  Here's the card I designed.

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However, I quickly realized that I with only two sheets of each print in the package of Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper, I had to come up with a couple of alternate versions of the card.  So I created a second card using the same color grouping of Garden Green, Old Olive, and Soft Suede.

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Since the first card featured a leaf print on the Designer Series Paper, I mimicked that by adding a randomly stamped leaf (using Soft Suede ink) on the wood grain paper used for this card.  But I still didn't have enough for all the folks in my Stamp Clubs.  So I created a third version of the card; but this time I had to adjust the colors.

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The colors for this card are Tranquil Tide, Shaded Spruce, and Soft Suede.  But it's still a leaf print and it's still the same tree image used and it's still the same markering technique.  The paper is "doing the work". 

So, here's how these cards were made:

  • The card front of the card base (Garden Green for the first two cards or Tranquil Tide for the third card) was embossed with the Big Shot using the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • The Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Soft Suede cardstock
  • Two pieces of Crumb Cake Classic Weave ribbon were folded in half with the loops extending beyond the top left edge of the Designer Series Paper/Soft Suede panel.  The ribbon ends were adhered behind the panel using Scotch tape.  The panel was then adhered to the card front with the top, right, and bottom edges of the panel 1/4" from the top, right, and bottom edges of the card front
  • For the first two cards, the leafy area of the tall tree image (Rooted In Nature stamp set) was covered with Old Olive ink using the side of the brush tip of the Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker.  For the third card, Tranquil Tide ink was used
  • For the first two cards, Garden Green ink using the side of the brush tip of the Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker was applied to random areas of the leafy area and along the straight line at the bottom of the tree trunk.  For the third card, Shaded Spruce ink was used
  • Soft Suede ink using the side of the brush tip of the Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker was applied to the trunk areas running through the center of the leafy areas and to the tree trunk.  Note that the brush tip of the Soft Suede marker will pick up the green inks already on the stamp surface and carry them along the tree trunk.  This is OK.  In fact, it's great because tree trunks are generally a mixture of browns and greens.  To remove any remaining green ink on the brush tip, just squiggle the brush tip on a scrap piece of paper until it shows only Soft Suede
  • Huff on the stamp image to remoisten the ink and stamp on Very Vanilla.  Mat the Very Vanilla with a slightly larger piece of Garden Green (for the first two cards) or Tranquil Tide (for the third card) to create the focal point.  Adhere the focal point to the Designer Series Paper with the left edge of the focal point 3/8" from the left edge of the Designer Series Paper and 5/8" from the top and bottom edges of the Designer Series Paper
  • For the first two cards, use the side of the brush tip to ink the Be Strong (Soft Suede) Be Happy (Old Olive) Be You (Garden Green) image.  Huff on the stamp to remoisten the ink and stamp on Very Vanilla.  Using Paper Snips, cut each rectangle and adhere near the bottom right of the focal point using Foam Adhesive Strips.  For the third card, use  Soft Suede (Be Strong), Tranquil Tide (Be Happy), and Shaded Spruce (Be You) 

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The inside sentiment area of the first two cards was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The "You Are Wonderful" image was stamped at the upper center using Soft Suede ink.  The tree image, colored with Old Olive, Garden Green, and Soft Suede Stampin' Write Markers (using the same process used for the focal point) was stamped at the lower left corner of the liner (with part of the left side of the tree stamped off the side of the liner to leave more room to write).  

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For the first two cards, the tree image was colored with the Old Olive, Garden Green, and Soft Suede Stampin' Write markers (using the same process used for the focal point) and stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope.

The inside sentiment area and envelope of the third card is the same as the first two cards except that the tree is colored with Tranquil Tide, Shaded Spruce, and Soft Suede markers.

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Card Measurements --

Garden Green/Tranquil Tide:  4-1/4" x 11"; Soft Suede:  3-1/8" x 5-1/8"; Very Vanilla:  2-1/4" x 3-3/4", 1-5/8" x 2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper:  3-1/2" x 5", Crumb Cake Classic Weave ribbon:  2 @ 2-1/2"

Another example of the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper in action are these cards designed for a blog hop in August.  The papers used feature the colors of:  Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, and Petal Pink.

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You can see that just like in the cards above, the Designer Series Paper is "doing the work".  This time the colors in the paper determined the colors I used for the accents around the greeting:  Cajun Craze, Mint Macaron, and Petal Pink for the card on the left, and Blackberry Bliss, Grapefruit Grove, and Petal Pink for the card on the right.  I have to say that I would never have come up with these color combinations on my own, but they are just yummy!  For more information about how these cards were made, click here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  To continue the hop, click on the NEXT BLOG button to go to Sharleen's blog or the PREVIOUS button to go to Cindy's blog.

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Supplies I used to make these cards -- 

Stamps:  Rooted In Nature; Inks:  Soft Suede; Stampin' Write Markers:  Regals (Garden Green, Old Olive), Neutrals (Soft Suede), 2017-2019 In Color (Tranquil Tide); Cardstock:  Garden Green, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Nature's Poem; Embellishments:  Crumb Cake Classic Weave ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Foam Adhesive Strips; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform, Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Stamp Review Crew -- Dashing Deer

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Dashing Deer 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, 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 Kelly'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 Debra's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

One of the most beautiful stamps introduced in the 2018 Holiday Catalog is the large deer in the Dashing Deer stamp set.  I just love the beautiful details etched into the red rubber of the stamp that translate into an amazing stamped image.  For this card, I couldn't help but use it as the focal point.

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This card begins with a card base of Real Red cardstock.  A piece of the All is Bright Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Gold Foil Sheets and then adhered at the center of the card front.  A length of Striped Burlap ribbon was folded under at the left end (using Mini Glue Dots to hold the fold in place) with a banner tail cut into the right end of the ribbon.  The ribbon was adhered across the Designer Series Paper using Mini Glue Dots with the top edge of the ribbon 2" below the top edge of the Designer Series Paper.  

A piece of the All is Bright Designer Series Paper (the reverse side of the piece already adhered to the card front) was die cut with the Big Shot using the 2-7/8" circle framelit and matted with a piece of Gold Foil Sheets die cut with the Big Shot using the 3" scallop circle framelit -- both framelits from the Layering Circles Framelits.  The circles were adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals with the left edge of the circles 1/4" from the left edge of the Designer Series Paper and the top edge of the circles 5/8" from the top edge of the Designer Series Paper. 

The large deer image was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Crumb Cake ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding framelit from the Detailed Deer Thinlits.  The deer was adhered to the circles using Stampin' Dimensionals (deer body) and Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (head and antlers).  

The "Happiest Christmas Wishes" greeting was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Real Red ink.  The greeting was die cut from the cardstock using the Big Shot with the large sentiment framelit from the Merry Christmas Thinlits.  The greeting was matted with a piece of Gold Foil Sheets die cut with the same sentiment framelit.  However, the sentiment framelit was cut in half horizontally with the top half adhered behind the top half of the sentiment die cut and the bottom half adhered behind the bottom half of the sentiment die cut with 1/16" of the Gold Foil Sheets die cut extending above and below the sentiment.  The sentiment was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals with the right and bottom edges of the sentiment 1/4" from the right and bottom edges of the Designer Series Paper.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The "Remembering you this season with warm thoughts and a wish for everything merry." sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Real Red ink.  A strip of Designer Series Paper was adhered across the bottom edge of the liner with the left, bottom, and right edges of the Designer Series Paper flush with the left, bottom, and right edges of the liner.  A thin strip of the reverse side of the Designer Series Paper was adhered across the top edge of the Designer Series Paper with the left and right edges of the thin strip flush with the left and right edges of the liner and the top edge of the thin strip flush with the top edge of the wider strip of Designer Series Paper.  The smaller solid deer image was stamped along the top left edge of the Designer Series Paper strips using Crumb Cake ink.

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The "Happiest Christmas Wishes" sentiment was stamped along the bottom left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Real Red ink.  The small solid deer was stamped above "Happiest" using Crumb Cake ink.

Before I finish up this blog post, I want to mention that this is the first time I've used Designer Series Paper with photographic images for the prints as I worried that using the photograph in the background would overtake the focal point on the card front.  I'm glad to find out that my worries were groundless.  What I learned was that the print on the reverse side of the photographic print is a wonderful complement to the photograph making coordination with the photograph side of the paper amazingly easy.  I'm definitely going to be giving this type of Designer Series Paper a much closer look in the future!

Card Measurements -- 

Real Red:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Very Vanilla:  1-1/4" x 3", 2-1/2" x 3-1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Gold Foil Sheets:  3-1/4" x 3-1/4", 4" x 5-1/4", 1-1/4" x 3"; All is Bright Designer Series Paper:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 3-1/4" x 3-1/4", 1-1/4" x 4", 3/8" x 4"; Striped Burlap ribbon:  4-1/2"

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

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Here's a list of the Stampin' Up! Artists participating in the hop --

  1. Debra Burgin 
  2. Bronwyn Eastley 
  3. Lou Kitzelman 
  4. Mary Haugen 
  5. Tanya Boser 
  6. Heidi Baks 
  7. Ann Schach   
  8. Holly Krautkremer 
  9. Lauren Alarid
  10. Cindy Elam
  11. Mike Funke 
  12. Charlet Mallett 
  13. Stesha Bloodhart
  14. Kelly Kent 
  15. Mickey Roberts

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Dashing Deer; Inks:  Crumb Cake, Real Red; Cardstock:  Real Red, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  All is Bright; Embellishments:  Striped Burlap ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Detailed Deer Thinlits, Merry Christmas Thinlits, Layering Circles Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Inky Friends Handmade Holidays Blog Hop -- Making Christmas Bright

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Welcome to the Inky Friends Handmade Holidays Blog Hop featuring items from the Stampin' Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog.  If you're like me, you've found loads and loads of Holiday wonderfulness in the catalog but may be wondering what you could make with these great stamp sets.  Stampin' Up! includes photos of great projects, but I'm always looking for more ideas.  This blog hop will certainly provide some great crafting inspiration.  To see the line up of the very talented Inky Friends Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who are participating in this blog hop, click here.  However, all of the posts for this blog hop are linked via NEXT and PREVIOUS buttons below, so you can start here and continue right through the hop.

Since I was a little girl, I have always loved strings of Christmas lights.  All the bright colors running along the edge of the roof, winding through the Christmas tree, framing the picture window, twinkling in the outdoor greenery.  These days the big bulbs have been replaced by tiny LED lights that are brighter, but for some reason I still like the large bulbs--even if they aren't as energy efficient.  When I first opened this stamp set, I thought about the colors I wanted to use for the bulbs and it occurred to me that the 2018-2020 In Colors of Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick, and Pineapple Punch were absolutely perfect!  

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This card begins with a card base of Call Me Clover.  The string of lights image was stamped across the card front repeatedly to cover the card front using Call Me Clover ink.  [Tip:  This stamp set is comprised of photopolymer images.  For best stamping results, place the Stampin' Pierce Mat below the cardstock.]  

A piece of Pineapple Punch cardstock was embossed in the Big Shot using the Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder--with the corrugation going vertical.  The embossed cardstock was adhered to the cardfront using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive with the top edge of the embossed panel 3/4" below the top edge of the card front and centered between the right and left edges of the card front.

The curved string image was stamped near the top of a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The four hanging stars image was stamped along the string using Pineapple Punch ink leaving space between the hanging lines for the bulbs.  The Whisper White cardstock was matted with a slightly larger piece of Lovely Lipstick cardstock and adhered at the center of the embossed Pineapple Punch cardstock using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.

The "merry" light bulb was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Lovely Lipstick ink, the "and" light bulb using Blueberry Bushel ink, and the "bright" light bulb using Call Me Clover ink.  The bulbs were punched from the cardstock using the Christmas Bulb Builder punch.  The light bulb cap was stamped three times on Silver Foil Sheets using Staz-On Jet Black ink.  The light bulb caps were punched with the Christmas Bulb Builder punch.  A light bulb cap was adhered at the top of each light bulb using a Mini Glue Dot.  The bulbs were "hung" on the string using Mini Glue Dots.  Blueberry Bushel Grosgrain ribbon was tied into a bow and adhered at each end of the string using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.

The "Making Spirits Bright" greeting was stamped on a strip of Whisper White cardstock using Lovely Lipstick ink.  Paper Snips were used to cut the left end of the strip into banner tails.  The strip was adhered to the card front with the right end of the strip flush with the right edge of the card front and the bottom edge of the strip 1/2" from the bottom edge of the card front. 

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The "friends make the season shine" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Blueberry Bushel ink.  The strings of small stars image was stamped along the left top edge of liner beginning at the left side and 1-1/2" toward the right edge shortening the length of the strings a bit with every stamping of the image.

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The "friends make the season shine" sentiment was stamped near the bottom center of the envelope flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Blueberry Bushel ink.  The strings of small stars image was stamped across the envelope flap from the left to right edge of the envelope flap; shortening the length of the strings around the sentiment.  [Tip:  Place a scrap piece of copy paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to keep the stamping contained to the envelope flap.]

One of the great things about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is that you have a community of demonstrators to tap into to share ideas.  This card was created for just that purpose:  as a swap card to share Holiday Catalog ideas with other demonstrators in my group (upline, downline, and sidelines).

Card Measurements -- 

Call Me Clover:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Lovely Lipstick:  2-3/4" x 3-3/4"; Pineapple Punch:  3-1/2" x 4-1/4"; Whisper White:  2-1/2" x 3-1/2", 1/2" x 3", 2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Silver Foil Sheets:  3/4" x 3"; Blueberry Bushel Grosgrain ribbon:  2 @ 8"

To continue the hop, click on the NEXT button to visit Sharleen's blog where she features Christmas projects using the Making Every Day Bright stamp set.  Or if you are moving through the hop backwards, then you'll want to click on the PREVIOUS button to visit Cindy's blog featuring fun Halloween projects using the Cauldron Bubble stamp set.

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Making Christmas Bright; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch, Staz-On Jet Black; Cardstock:  Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch, Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets; Embellishments:  Blueberry Bushel Grosgrain ribbon; Adhesive:  SNAIL, Multipurpose Liquid, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Christmas Bulb Builder punch, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform, Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope