Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Woodsy Christmas

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #ChristmasInAugust   I have a rustic Christmas card to share with you today. It's inspired by a card made by Stampin' Up Artisan Stesha Bloodhart which is truly fabulous in every single way. Mine is a little simpler--but not simple enough for my Christmas card stamp-a-stack, so this card might be a "one and done" kind of card! I like how it turned out. What do you think?
I started by embossing a 3-3/4" by 5" Crumb Cake Card Stock panel with the Woodland Embossing Folder. I adhered this to a 3-3/8" by 5-1/8" Early Espresso Card Stock mat. Next, I stamped the "Buffalo Check" Background stamp in Early Espresso Ink onto a 1-1/2" by 3-3/4" Real Red Card Stock strip. I adhered this to the bottom of the Crumb Cake panel. I wrapped a length of Braided Linen Trim around the checked background, tied on a little bow, and adhered everything to a Crumb Cake Card Stock card base.

See the two trees poking out behind the panel on the card base? Well, I accidentally got my card base into the open Early Espresso Ink and it left a smudge. So, since there are no stampin' mistakes, only stampin' opportunities, I inked up the double tree stamp from the "Rooted in Nature" stamp set and stamped over my smudge...and then I added a second, on purpose, tree to the other side!

I also stamped these double trees in Early Espresso Ink onto Crumb Cake Card Stock and cut them out with their matching Nature's Roots Die. I stamped the word "Christmas" from the "Merry Christmas to All" stamp set in Early Espresso onto Crumb Cake and cut it out with a Stitched Rectangles Die. I adhered these pieces to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I used the Merry Christmas Dies to cut out the word "Merry" from a piece of Early Espresso Card Stock. (Bonus Protip: Cut it out of the center of the Early Espresso mat.) I adhered this to the card with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. (See yesterday's Protip for instructions on unclogging a clogged Fine-Tip Glue Pen.)
Finally, I added a bit of Clear Wink of Stella to the trees and to the word "Merry" because even on my rustic cards, I like some shimmer and shine!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Happy Soul

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #ProtipTuesday   Hey there! I have a confession to make: my stampin' studio is a mess. It's got boxes everywhere--NEW! product from the Holiday catalog is strewn all over the floor, boxes of retired product are stacked on one of my work tables, and there are birthday presents all over the place. My twins turn 20 this week! Ack! I can't believe it. And they return to college on Friday. If you think my stampin' room sounds messy--you should just try to imagine their rooms. There are clothes all. over. the. floor. of both rooms. It's so bad that you cannot (I kid you not) see the floor. All of those clothes need to be washed and sorted and packed. I'm a little bit panicked.

So I'm taking a bit of time to do what makes my soul happy--and that's creating (which also adds to the mess in my stampin' room). Today's card is one that we made at the Proverbial Stampers & Friends gathering--but that I added some embellishments to it so that I could share the Tuesday Protip with you. (I apologize that the picture is so dark--see the previous paragraph about my studio being a mess--including my photo area.)

We started with a 3-3/4" by 5-1/8" Pacific Point Card Stock panel and cut out the flowers with the Tasteful Backgrounds Dies. We also stamped the smudgy pattern from the "Tasteful Textures" stamp set onto this piece in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. We adhered this to a 4" by 5-1/4" Basic Black Card Stock mat and then onto a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.

Next, we stamped an image from the "Silhouette Scenes" stamp set and a sentiment from the "Tasteful Textures" stamp set in Pacific Point Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut it out with a square Stitched Shapes Die. We adhered that to a Basic Black Card Stock square that we cut with a Layering Squares Die. We adhered this piece to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I added three Frosted Epoxy Droplets to the card and then colored them with a Light Basic Black Stampin' Blend Marker for a little pizzazz.

Let's pretend that the droplets weren't adhesive-backed and let's pretend that we wanted to adhere them to the card with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. And let's pretend that the Glue Pen was clogged. Do you know how to fix that? If you don't, here's today's Protip for unclogging the Fine-Tip Glue!

The first thing you need to do is unscrew the top from the bottle and then unscrew all four pieces of the top. Next, clear the "goo" off the top of the bottle. I just pick up a piece and it peels right off. Set the bottle aside.

You'll need two special tools for the next steps. First, my special "patent pending" tool (top left) (which can also be used to poke out the hanging chads from your die-cuts if you're too lazy to go get your die brush--ask me how I know) and a straight pin.

Use my special tool to dig out any "goo" (AKA "boogers" from all parts of the components of the top of the glue bottle (top right--see how clogged that piece is?). Next, slowly insert a straight pin into the metal top of the Fine-Tip. You might not be able to do this if the Fine-Tip is clogged. If that's the case, hold the assembly with a pair of tweezers and melt the "goo" with your heat tool. Pump the straight pin in and out of the tip. You may have to repeat the heat-and-pump step a number of times to really clear that Fine-Tip.

I usually blow into the two black pieces and the yellow piece to make sure air can get through--if air can get through, then so can the glue. Use the straight pin to keep the Fine-Tip open, or insert the pin from the white lid into the tip.

And there you have it!

Come on back tomorrow for another entry in the Christmas in August card extravaganza!!

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Seeing Triple

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #ManicMonday   My, oh my! These cows in the "Over the Moon" stamp set are simply adorable! I love them so much, don't you? And because they're so easy to color, this is the perfect set for a quick card in a hurry for Manic Monday!
We made this card at the Proverbial Stampers & Friends gathering and I was so glad to get my hands on these cows since I don't own this set (yet). We started by stamping the cows three times in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto a 2-1/2" by 5-1/4" Whisper White Card Stock panel. Here's a bonus Protip for you: start with the cow in the middle and then stamp either side. This allows you to line them up (almost) perfectly.

After we stamped the cows, we colored them with Light and Dark Crumb Cake, Light Balmy Blue, Light Smoky Slate, Light Old Olive, Light Daffodil Delight, and Dark Basic Black Stampin' Blends. Don't you just love their Balmy Blue rain boots?!

Next, we adhered a 3-1/2" by 5-1/4" piece of Balmy Blue Designer Series Paper from the Neutrals 6" by 6" DSP pack to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base. We stamped a sentiment from the "Over the Moon" stamp set in Balmy Blue Ink just beneath the DSP. Then we adhered the stamped panel to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Simple as pie--a cow pie! Hehehe!

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