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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 Design Challenge #14 -- Bloom By Bloom

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Welcome to Inky Friends Design Challenge #14.  Every 4th Friday of the month a new design challenge is posted.  This time around we are working with a design sketch from the 2019 Occasions Catalog on page 3.  

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One of the neat perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is that you can attend demonstrator-only events hosted by Stampin' Up!  The most recent event was held in the first part of November, called On Stage Live in Orlando, Florida to celebrate Stampin' Up!'s 30th year.  At the event, we were introduced to the 2019 Occasions Catalog and were able to get our hands on some of the new product.  One of the make and takes featured the Bloom By Bloom stamp set.  I have to say that when I saw it in the catalog, I wasn't all that interested because I have so many floral stamp sets already and had earmarked two floral stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog.  Well, that plan went out the window and I ended up ordering the Bloom By Bloom stamp set, too.  I think it's the perfect stamp set for this sketch challenge.

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This card begins with a Balmy Blue card base with the multi-petal round flower image randomly stamped over the card front using Balmy Blue ink.  [Tip:  The Bloom By Bloom and Amazing Life stamp sets used for this card are both Photopolymer stamp sets.  For best stamping results, place the Stampin' Pierce Mat below the cardstock.]  A panel of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the "So happy to have you in my life" greeting from the Amazing Life stamp set (one of the stamp sets we received at On Stage) using Night of Navy ink.  The "happy" was colored with the Light Night of Navy Stampin' Blends marker.  The tiny 6-petal round flower, 7-petal spiked flower, and three dots images were randomly stamped around the sentiment using So Saffron, Petal Pink, and Highland Heather inks, respectively.  The multi-petal round flower image was stamped across the top edge of the panel using Highland Heather, Petal Pink, and So Saffron inks (from left to right).  A piece of Balmy Blue ribbon from the Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (A FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  Unfortunately, as of the date of this blog post the item is temporarily unavailable due to the large demand.  Look for this item to become available again in early March.) was wrapped around the the panel and knotted slightly above and to the left of the "So" in the stamped sentiment.  A banner tail was cut at the bottom edge of the panel using Paper Snips.  The panel was adhered to the card front with the top edge of the panel 1/2" below the top edge of the card front and the right edge of the panel 7/16" from the right edge of the card front.

The multi-petal round flower was stamped on scraps of Whisper White cardstock:  3 times using Highland Heather ink, 3 times using So Saffron ink, and two times using Petal Pink ink.  The small leaf image was stamped on scraps of Whisper White cardstock 3 times using Pear Pizzazz ink.  All of these images were cut out with Paper Snips.  [Tip:  When fussy cutting, its always best to use a very sharp pair of precision tip scissors.  The best technique is to hold the paper lightly but firmly between your fingertips and rotate the paper rather than the scissors.]  Place a single Stampin' Dimensional behind the center of 1 Highland Heather flower and 2 So Saffron flowers.  Place 2 Stampin' Dimensionals, stacked on top of one another, behind one Petal Pink flower and one Highland Heather flower.  Adhere 2 of the single Stampin' Dimensional flowers first with the Highland Heather flower over the previously stamped Highland Heather flower at the left edge and the So Saffron flower over the previously stamped So Saffron flower near the right edge.  Adhere the Petal Pink flower with 2 Stampin' Dimensionals over the previously stamped Petal Pink flower and the Highland Heather flower with 2 Stampin' Dimensionals at the top right corner of the banner panel.  The remaining So Saffron flower with 1 Stampin' Dimensional was tucked in between the Highland Heather flower at the left and the Petal Pink flower.  The 3 Pear Pizzazz leaves were tucked behind the flowers using Mini Glue Dots.  The petals of the top layer flowers were brushed with the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The multi-petal round flower was stamped near the lower left corner using Balmy Blue ink.  Three leaves were stamped on the liner around the edges of the Balmy Blue flower using Pear Pizzazz ink.  The remaining Highland Heather, So Saffron, and Petal Pink fussy cut flowers were adhered over the stamped flower and leaves.  The petals of the fussy cut flowers were brushed with the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush.  The "You are amazing!" sentiment, from the Amazing Life stamp set, was stamped at the top center of the liner using Balmy Blue ink.

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The multi-petal round flower was randomly stamped over the flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  [Tip:  Place a piece of scrap paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to keep the stamping contained to the envelope flap.]  

Are you inspired to create with this fun sketch??  I hope so!  And when you do, please share your creation with the Inky Friends!  Each challenge will run for two weeks and at the end we'll pick a winning project.  Here's how it works:

  1. Every 4th Friday of the month a new sketch can be found on the Inky Friends blog by clicking HERE
  2. Because this is a sketch challenge, you must follow the posted sketch; however, you can choose to change the orientation of the sketch
  3. Create something new that has not been posted before
  4. Post your creation on your blog or online gallery and please provide a link back to our challenge to the Inky Friends blog – provide a direct link to your project or post to the Linky which you can find at the END of our Inky Friends blog post
  5. YOU HAVE TWO WEEKS TO PLAY ALONG – then the challenge will be closed and WE PICK A WINNER – it could be you!

I can't wait to see what you'll make!

Card Measurements -- 

Balmy Blue:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Whisper White:  3" x 4-1/2", scraps or 1-1/2" x 11"; Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (Sale-A-Bration):  12"

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Supplies I used to make this card --

Stamps:  Amazing Life, Bloom By Bloom; Inks:  Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz, Petal Pink, So Saffron, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush; Stampin' Blends:  Light Night of Navy; Cardstock:  Balmy Blue, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (Sale-A-Bration); Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

 


Inky Friends Time To Sale-A-Brate Blog Hop -- Hello Cupcake

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Hello!  And welcome to the Inky Friends Time To Sale-A-Brate! Blog Hop.  I'm so glad you stopped by.  This is the first stop on the hop; however, all the blog posts 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 to you for FREE with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration.  To see the lineup of talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrators participating in this hop, click here.

My blog post features the Hello Cupcake stamp set.  I have three project ideas to share with you.  [Note:  The Hello Cupcake stamp set is a Photopolymer stamp set.  For best stamping results, use the Stampin' Pierce Mat below the area to be stamped.]

My first project uses the stamp set to create a simple Valentine's card.  

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The card base is Thick Whisper White cardstock.  The greeting was stamped near the bottom of the card front using Early Espresso ink.  Then the cupcake base was stamped above the greeting using Crumb Cake ink.  There are two stamps that comprise the top of the cupcake:  a thin piece that nests onto the top of the cupcake base that can be the color of the cake or a layer of icing.  I chose to make the entire top of the cupcake icing because that's the best part...right?  I think so!  The thin piece was stamped first using Lovely Lipstick ink and then the second swirly icing piece was stamped immediately above the top edge of the thin piece using Lovely Lipstick ink.  The heart pick was stamped at the top of the icing using Call Me Clover ink.  The sprinkles were stamped with Call Me Clover ink.

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The inside of the card was stamped with the "Sprinkled With Love" sentiment near the top center using Early Espresso ink.  The heart pick was inked with Lovely Lipstick ink, then a Blender Pen was used to remove the ink from the pick stem, and the heart stamped randomly at the upper left corner and lower right corner. 

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The Medium Whisper White Envelope flap was randomly stamped with the heart pick (minus the pick stem) using Lovely Lipstick, Call Me Clover, Early Espresso, and Crumb Cake inks  [Note:  Place a piece of scrap paper between the envelope flap and body of the envelope to keep the stamping confined to the envelope flap.]

Supplies I used to make this card --

Stamps:  Hello Cupcake (Sale-A-Bration); Inks:  Call Me Clover, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Lovely Lipstick; Cardstock:  Thick Whisper White; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Blender Pen; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

Card Measurements --

Thick Whisper White:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length

My second project is a cute birthday tag to attach to a gift package or gift bag.  Alert!!  This project uses a boatload of punches.

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This tag begins with a cardstock base of Thick Whisper White cardstock.  The Tailored Tag punch was used to punch 7 tags from a 6" x 6" piece of Highland Heather Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper.  If you look at the bottom edge of the tag, you can see that the tags were arranged on the tag front so that the ends of two tags line up with the center point of the tag above it and below.  A smidge of white space is visible between the tags to break up the patterns.  Note that there will be overhang all around the tag base--just trim it off with Paper Snips using the edge of the tag base as a guide.  Punch one end of the tag base with the Scalloped Edge Tag punch. 

A piece of Highland Heather cardstock was punched with the Starburst punch and adhered near the bottom edge of the tag.  The "Happy Birthday" greeting from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Lemon Lime Twist ink and punched with the Classic Label punch.  A piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock was also punched with the Classic Label punch and layered under the punched Whisper White so that a thin bit of Lemon Lime Twist is visible at the bottom left and bottom edge of the Whisper White.  The tags were then adhered near the bottom edge of the Highland Heather Starburst punch.  

The cupcake base was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Crumb Cake ink.  The thin strip of cake/icing stamp was stamped directly above the cupcake base using Lemon Lime Twist ink.  The combined image was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered to the Highland Heather Starburst immediately above the "Happy Birthday" tag.  The swirled icing image was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Lemon Lime Twist ink, cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered over the top of the cupcake base using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The smallest size of Pearl Basic Jewels were added to the icing image to create sprinkles.  The tag was finished with a length of Lemon Lime Twist ribbon from the Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (another Sale-A-Bration item!).

Supplies I used to make this project --

Stamps:  Hello Cupcake (Sale-A-Bration), Itty Bitty Greetings; Inks:  Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist; Cardstock:  Thick Whisper White, Highland Heather, Lemon Lime Twist; Designer Series Paper:  Gingham Gala 6" x 6"; Embellishments:  Pearl Basic Jewels, Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (Sale-A-Bration); Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Classic Label punch, Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Starburst punch, Tailored Tag punch, Stampin' Pierce Mat

Project Measurements -- 

Thick Whisper White:  2" x 4-1/4"; Highland Heather:  2" x 3"; Lemon Lime Twist:  1" x 3"; Whisper White:  1" x 3", 2 @ 2" x 3"; Gingham Gala 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper:  6" x 6"; Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack:  9"

My third project uses the stamp set to create a birthday card with a fun fold.

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This card begins with a card base of Thick Whisper White cardstock (4-1/4" x 11").  The card is scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length to fold the card in half.  Then the bottom edge of the card front was folded back to the center fold (or score at 2-3/4" from the bottom edge and fold back to the fold line at the center).

The large and small scribble flower images were randomly stamped on a piece of Daffodil Delight Gingham Gala 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper.  The Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Balmy Blue cardstock.  A piece of Balmy Blue ribbon from the Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (Sale-A-Bration) was wrapped around the Designer Series Paper/Balmy Blue cardstock and knotted near the left edge.  The Designer Series Paper/Balmy Blue cardstock were adhered at the center of the folded back flap of the card front.

The "Sprinkled With Love" greeting was stamped near the bottom edge of a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Early Espresso ink.  The cupcake base was stamped immediately above the greeting using Crumb Cake ink.  The thin strip of cake/icing was stamped immediately above the cupcake base using Balmy Blue ink.  The Whisper White cardstock was matted with a slightly larger piece of Early Espresso cardstock.  The left 1/3 of the focal point was adhered to the folded back flap of the card front centered along the fold line.  The swirly icing image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Balmy Blue ink.  The sprinkles were stamped on top of the icing using Early Espresso ink.  The swirly icing was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered above the cupcake base using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was stamped with the "Celebrate Your Day!" sentiment using Early Espresso ink near the upper left center.  The large and small scribble flowers were randomly stamped along the right edge using Daffodil Delight ink.

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The large and small scribble flowers were randomly stamped across the Medium Whisper White Envelope flap using Daffodil Delight ink.  [Note:  Place a scrap piece of paper between the envelope flap and body of the envelope to keep the stamping contained to the envelope flap.]

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Hello Cupcake (Sale-A-Bration); Inks:  Balmy Blue, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Thick Whisper White, Balmy Blue, Early Espresso, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Gingham Gala 6" x 6"; Embellishments:  Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (Sale-A-Bration); Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Stampin' Pierce Mat; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

Card Measurements -- 

Thick Whisper White:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Balmy Blue:  2-1/2" x 4"; Early Espresso:  2-5/8" x 3-5/8"; Whisper White:  2-1/2" x 3-1/2", 1-3/4" x 2-1/2"; Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper:  2-1/4" x 3-3/4"; Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack:  9"

I hope you were inspired to give add the Hello Cupcake stamp set to your Sale-A-Bration Wish List.  You can earn the Hello Cupcake Sale-A-Bration stamp set for FREE with a merchandise order of $50 USD. 

Now it's time to see more of the great items you can earn for FREE during Sale-A-Bration.  If you are traveling forward through the hop, click on the Next button below to see Kris' projects using the Butterfly Elements.

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If you are traveling backwards through the hop, click on the Previous button to see Rhonda's project using the Lasting Lily stamp set.

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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


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