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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

You are Wonderful--#tgifc185

The TGIF Challenge this week is a sketch challenge.  I didn't think I would be so challenged by it.  I started with an idea and a stamp set in mind then went through about 5 different stamp sets trying to figure out how to do my original idea and getting no where.  That's been my day.  Plus,  it is rainy and cold outside and my pup and grandpup have decided that they actually like being outside in this weather.  But being outside helped me think quietly and find a better idea and way of approaching this challenge.  Not surprisingly, I ended up with a tree and leaves! 

I started with the Rooted in Nature stamp set and this wood grain pattern from Nature's Poem designer series paper. I picked my colors from the paper pack:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, and Grapefruit Grove, and added in Copper embossing.

For my leaves, I used two different leaf images from the stamp set, the small leaf cluster stamped in VersaMark and embossed with copper, and the three leaf image.  I inked up the three leaf image with Grapefruit Grove and then added Tranquil Tide to some of the edges with a sponge dauber.  I die cut these stamped images. For the solid Grapefruit Grove three leaf cluster, I first used the embossing die to emboss the leaf into the card stock, then die cut it with the same die I used to die cut the stamped image.

I took the Grapefruit Grove twine and divided it into three strands before tying it onto the card.   I added a copper leaf trinket and some Tranquil Tide pearls to finish off the card. 

Go to the TGIF Challenges blog to see more cards using this sketch:

I flipped the sketch to use it on a landscape-oriented card so I could use the large stitch shaped oval for my tree and greeting.

Here's my supply list:

Rooted in Nature Bundle, #148353; includes at 10% off:
     Rooted in Nature stamp set, clear mount, #146482
     Nature's Roots Framelits dies, #146341
Card stock:  Crumb Cake, #120953; Tranquil Tide, #144246; Grapefruit Grove, #146972; Whisper White Thick, #140272
Nature's Poem designer series paper, #146338
Ink:  Soft Suede, #147115; Tranquil Tide, #147146; Grapefruit Grove, #147142; VersaMark, #102283
Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, #141636
Heat Tool, #129053
Sponge Daubers, #133773
Leaves Trinkets, #146343
Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, #146927
Nature's Twine, #146342
Layering Ovals Framelits, #141706
Stitched Shapes Framelits, #145372



Wednesday, November 7, 2018

More Projects from Country Lane Suite

Recently, I shared two technique-centric projects we made at my Country Lane Product Suite Focus Class.  Here are two other projects from this class.

This is the first Lustrous White mini gable box I took apart at the seam!!!  I took it apart to emboss it with the Tin Tile embossing folder.  In the class, I showed how to brayer color on the inside of the embossing folder to give the beautiful embossed design a bit more depth with color. 

We decorated the box simply, using silver edged ribbon and silver mini sequin trim to bring out the sparkle in the box.  The greeting is from the Country Home stamp set, embossed in silver on Tranquil Tide card stock.  The greeting is layered over a Mint Macaron scalloped oval.

Stampin' Up!'s  Silver and Lustrous White Mini Gable Boxes are perfect for making even the simplest of gifts special.

The following thank you note was the easiest project in the class.   I had not used the Mint Macaron and cotton bole paper design from the Country Lane designer series paper pack on a project in the class.  I HAD to use it because it is my favorite design in the pack!


Sometimes a simple thank you note is all you need.  On this one, we layered three different patterns from the County Lane paper pack to create the background for the greeting.  The greeting was stamped in Blackberry Bliss.

Here's my supply list:  

Country Home stamp set, photopolymer, #147678
Card stock:  Mint Macaron, #138337; Tranquil Tide, #144246; Whisper White Thick, #140272
Lustrous White mini gable boxes, #146961
Whisper White note cards & envelopes, #131527
Country Lane designer series paper, #147804
Ink:  Mint Macaron, #147106; VersaMark, #102283; Blackberry Bliss, #147092
Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109131
Heat Tool, #129053
Silver 3/8" Metallic-edge ribbon, #144213
Silver Mini Sequin Trim, #144230
Layering Ovals Framelits, #141706
Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, #147906




Monday, November 5, 2018

More Inspired Leaves--#tgifc184

Last week I made a card inspired by the basket of fallen leaves I collect on my daily dog walks.  I only used the yellow, orange and green leaves for that one, but my basket also contained some beautiful red maple leaves in shades of red and deep orange and brown.   They were perfect inspiration for this week's TGIF Challenges color challenge:  Merry Merlot, Cajun Craze, and Crumb Cake.

Do you see the maple tree in the background?  That's one of two currently dropping leaves in my yard and from which I collected by leaves for inspiration.

Again, I used an "ink pad" made with baby wipes and drops of refill ink.  I love the way this technique mimics the look of mottled leaves.  For this card I used the challenge colors.  Love the way the leaves are each different.  I arranged my leaves across a background created with Crumb Cake card stock and the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.  I did a light splatter of both Merry Merlot and Cajun Craze ink over the background and then added two bands of copper trim before adding the leaves.  For a final touch I added some copper sequins.


You will find some wonderful projects and more inspiration from the design team and challengers over at the TGIF Challenges Blog here.

Here's my supply list:
Colorful Seasons stamp set, photopolymer, #143726
Falling for Leaves stamp set, photopolymer, #147680
Card stock:  Shimmery White, #101910; Crumb Cake, #120953; Cajun Craze, #119684
Ink:  Merry Merlot ink pad, #147112 and refill, #147170; Crumb Cake refill, #121029; Cajun Craze refill, #119790
Metallics Sequin Assortment, #144214
1/4" Copper Trim, #144179
Layering Ovals Framelits, #141706
Pinewood Planks dynamic textured impressions embossing folder, #143708

Sunday, November 4, 2018

November Creation Station Blog Hop--Give Thanks

Welcome to the November Creation Station Blog Hop--In All Things Give Thanks.  If you've just started the hop here or arrived from the the amazing artisan Linda van Wely's blog, I'm happy to have you join me today.  Be sure and check out all of the wonderful projects created by the design team today by clicking on the "Next" button at the end of each post. 

This month we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States and each family has its own traditions.  For my family gathering, I prepare individual favors for each guest.  It is usually a decorated container of candy; however, a few years ago I added a handmade gratitude journal for each of the women at the gathering.  I decided it was time to do this again.  Gratitude journals can be used as a journal with or without photos, or as a mini album for a Thanksgiving or other family gathering.  I like to kind of combine the two--writing down what each person is grateful for on that Thanksgiving day and adding a his or her photo.  I might add a group photo or candids from the day, and then journal my own thoughts and memories. 

For the gratitude journals this year, I used a binding technique for the first time.   Here are my steps:
     1.  I cut two pieces of chipboard at 4-1/2" x 3-3/4" for the front and back covers and one piece at 4-1/2" x 1/2" for the spine.
     2.  Next I cut a piece of designer series paper at 6-1/2" x10-1/4" and scored it at 1" on all sides.
     3.  I adhered the larger chipboard pieces with the corners against the top right and left-hand corners of score lines on the designer series paper and with the outside side edges of the chipboard even with the side scorelines.  I centered the spine between then two cover pieces and adhered it.
      4.  I mitered the corners. leaving about an 1/8" gap between the corners of the covers and the designer series paper (to fold in just that little bit as I folded the paper over to adhere it to the inside so the paper covered the tips of the chipboard).
      5.  I added tear and tape adhesive as shown:
      6.  Once the edges were folded it looked like this:
      7.  Take your bone folder and score on either side of the spine and gently fold the sides toward the center.  Adhere a piece of 4-1/4" x 8" piece of coordinating designer series paper to the inside using tear and tape and liquid glue and, again, score along both sides of the spine and gently fold the covers in.
      8.  Now you are ready to make your pages.  I cut five 4" X 7-1/2"  pieces of Whisper White card stock, then scored each sheet at 3-5/8" and 3-7/8".  Because your pages will not be even when you close the book, you need to trim off a bit from each side of all but the bottom page.  Lay your first page as is with the 1/4" center space centered over the spine.  Then trim off 1/16"  or 1/8"  off each side of the next page (I used the smaller measurements for one book and the larger ones for the other two--I think the smaller meansurement looks better in the finished book).  Lay that piece over the first page in the book.  Continue trimming off each side of the next three pages:  page 3, 1/8" or 1/4"; page 4, 3/16" or 3/8"; page 5, 1/4" or 1/2" and then laying the successive pages in the book (this is so you can keep the pages from the shortest to the longest in order--it saves time).  
     9.  Next you will pierce holes in the book spine and in each of the pages, by lining them up with the holes in the spine.  It is best to do these one at a time or your holes will be off.  I didn't measure, just started with the two ends, then the center hole and the two additional holes.
     10.  Thread an embroidery needle with Linen Thread and stitch through the holes in order down and back up.  I left a piece on the back outside of the book and threaded so I had another end on the outside and tied the ends in a knot.  Make sure you keep good tension on your thread so your pages are not loose against the spine.
     11.  I placed tear and tape adhesive over the stitching on both the inside and outside of my little books, then covered it with either Copper Trim or Rich Razzleberry  1/4" velvet ribbon.

Here are photos of each of the finished journals.  All of the papers are from the Country Lane designer series paper pack.  I decorated them simply so the greeting and the paper were the stars of the cover.  The greeting is from the Country Home stamp set.  I stamped two of the greetings in Blackberry Bliss and one in Cajun Craze and embossed them with clear embossing powder.  One background for the greeting is a wood texture design from the designer series paper pack, one is copper foil embossed with the Tin Tile folder and one is Rich Razzleberry card stock embossed with the Petal Burst folder.

Hope you made it through this long post!!!  Click on the "Next" button to see the wonderful creations by Andrea Tracy-Tucker.

To Andrea's blog . . .

Friday, November 2, 2018

Delicate & Detailed

I was drawn to the Botanical Bliss stamp set and coordinating Botanical Tags Thinlits for the same reason I was drawn to the Stitched All Around stamp set and coordinating Stitched Labels Framelits.  They both have detailed and delicate elements.  Turns out they work well together:

For this card, I used the Botanical Bliss stamp set and Botanical Tags thinlits dies and a couple of coordinating dies from the Stitched Labels Framelits.  If you look closely at the card, there is a stitched background design behind the bird and foliage.This is a die from the Stitched Labels Framelits set that cuts a stitched design into the card stock.  I used it a bit differently, putting it through the Big Shot with the dark blue silicon mat in the new Big Shot Embossing Mats set.  It embossed the stitched design on the card stock without cutting it into the card stock.  It made a nice detail to go with the delicate images and die cuts.  The greeting label is also from the Stitched Labels Framelits set. 

The greeting and Poppy Parade bird are images from the Botanical Bliss stamp set.  I had to fussy cut the bird, but the leaves were die cut with thinlits from the Botanical Tags set.

The Polka Dot Tulle ribbon, Poppy Parade striped ribbon and Mint Macaron faceted dots add more delicate details to the card.

Here's my supply list:
Botanical Bliss bundle, clear mount, #148333; includes at 10% off:
     Botanical Bliss stamp set, clear mount, #146612
     Botanical Tags Thinlits, #146824
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Mint Macaron, #138337; Shaded Spruce, 146981#
Ink:  Poppy Parade, #147050; Shaded Spruce, #147088
Faceted Dots, #146910
Whisper White 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle ribbon, #146912
Poppy Parade 1/4" mini striped ribbon, #146938
Stitched Labels Framelits, #146828
Big Shot Embossing Mats, #146327


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

A Dashing Deer--#tgifc183

This week's TGIF Challenge is a product spotlight:  tape and twine.  I pulled out my Garden Green baker's twine and Suite Season washi tape and went to work.  I love the Sweet Season Specialty Washi Tape because it coordinates with a several of the designer series paper packs in the Holiday Catalog.  For today's card project, I paired it with the Festive Farmhouse designer series paper and the Dashing Deer stamp set:

I used both the tape and the twine as a background for my focal piece.  I mimicked the pine bough pattern in the washi tape with a Garden Green pine bough die cut from the Pretty Pines Thinlits set.

See some great ideas for using your Washi Tape and baker's twine over at the TGIF Challenges blog here.

Here is my supply list:
Dashing Deer Bundle, clear mount, #149935; includes at 10% off:
     Dashing Deer stamp set, clear mount, #147728
     Detailed Deer Thinlits dies, #147915
Card stock:  Gray Granite, #146983; Cherry Cobbler, #119685; Garden Green, #102584; Whisper White, #100730
Festive Farmhouse designer series paper, #147820
Gray Granite classic ink pad, #147118
Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker from the Regals Collection, #147155
Garden Green Baker's Twine, #147814
Suite Season specialty washi tape, #148079
Pretty Pines Thinlits dies, #141851
Stitched Shapes Framelits dies, #145372
Banner Triple Punch, #138292



Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Inspired by Fall

It's Fall.  This is my favorite time of the year and the time of year I'm most inspired by God's creation.  I spend a lot more time outside walking the dogs (yes, dogs as in two dogs--we've temporarily added Jake to our family and Roxie is grudgingly sharing me) and collecting fallen leaves.  Not enough leaves have fallen yet to stomp through them--but that time is coming!

For my card today, I chose two of the leaves I have collected to inspire my card.  Those leaves are in the photo:

I picked out Call Me Clover, Crushed Curry and Mango Melody from the leaves and used a baby wipe and those three reinkers to create an ink pad to stamp the leaf shapes onto Very Vanilla card stock.  I stamped the leaf veins in Soft Suede.

I used the sketch from this week's Inspire. Create. Stamping Challenge for my card sketch.  A piece of copper foil was attached to the bottom of the greeting piece to refer back to the copper leaves I added to my leaf bouquet.

I love how bright and happy this card is!

See some great ideas using this sketch over at the Inspire. Create Stamping Challenges blog here.

Here's my supply list:

Colorful Seasons stamp set, photopolymer, #143726
Country Home stamp set, photopolymer, #147678
Card stock:  Very Vanilla, #101650; Call Me Clover, #146969
Copper Foil sheets, #142020
Country Lane designer series paper, #147804
Ink:  Call Me Clover, #147139/reinker, #147178; Mango Melody reinker, #147162; Crushed Curry reinker, #131158; Soft Suede, #147115
3/16" Braided Linen Trim, #147808
Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, #143751