Monday, September 28, 2020

Your (Post-COVID) Adventure Awaits!

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I love my work team! Before this COVID stuff hit us (and by "stuff" I'm actually thinking of another word) we used to travel the world. Right now we're in a holding pattern--planning for trips next year and hoping it will be safe enough to travel. As with all things COVID, it's wait and see--and make the best of it.

As I said--I love my work team! We get along famously--we'd have to since we (used to) spend so much time together on the road. And we do good work. Very good work. I'm so proud of them! My boss decided that she would give us all a team award. Now, these used to be lunch out with the boss, but these days, not so much. We came up with an idea for a fly-away kit that would come in handy when we can travel again. Our kit has a large thermal hot-cold cup, a gadget-and-wire keeper travel pouch, a first-aid tin, hand sanitizer, and disposable masks. Each employee was presented with a bag of goodies and I made the tags! 

What better suite to use than the World of Good Suite on pages 24-26 of the Annual Catalog?! I used the tag on page 25 as my inspiration. I love, love, love the way these tags turned out! My team loved them, too, because they knew I'd made them.

The tag bases are made from Crumb Cake Card Stock and I punched the top with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. I stamped the compass rose onto each tag in Early Espresso Ink. I used the World Map Dies to cut the Mossy Meadow circle from a piece of World Of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper. I also used these dies to cut the overlaid globe from Gold Foil and the Misty Moonlight Card Stock element.

I stamped the stand for the globe in Early Espresso Ink and cut it out with its matching World Map Die. I stamped the "Adventure Awaits!" sentiment in Mossy Meadow Ink onto Very Vanilla Card Stock and fussy cut it with my Paper Snips. And I cut a strip of the Bumblebee World Of Good DSP.

I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue, regular and Mini Stampin' Dimensionals to assemble all the elements onto the tag. Then I tied on a length of Braided Linen Trim and I was done.

Stay healthy! Stay safe! And remember, soon, your adventure awaits!





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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Something Old Is New Again

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #christmas   #christmascards   It makes me so happy when a holiday set carries over into the new catalog. That means I can love on it for another year! One of my favorite sets from last year's holiday mini carried over to the Annual Catalog and that is "Perfectly Plaid." I knew I wanted to use it again this year for one of my Christmas card making sessions, but I knew I needed to freshen it up--so adding some new In Color was just the ticket!

My first try on this card was to make it with my old standby green, Old Olive. And while that was nice, I wanted a fresher look so I switched to a 2020-2022 In Color, Just Jade. It's amazing how a little change of color can freshen up a look.

I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White Card Stock panel and stamped Seaside Spray "snowflakes" from the "Christmas Gleaming" stamp set (another returning fave) randomly all over. I adhered this panel to a 4" by 5-1/4" Just Jade Card Stock panel and then onto a Seaside Spray Card Stock card base.

Next, I stamped the pine trees in Just Jade Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock. One tree is stamped full strength, two trees are stamped off once. I punched these out with the coordinating Pine Tree Punch and then I stamped the trunks in Early Espresso Ink. PROTIP: Stamping the trunks after punching the trees helps you line up the trunks better.

I stamped a sentiment in Just Jade Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut it out with one of the Tasteful Labels Dies. I adhered the sentiment and the trees to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I gave the trees a bit of glimmer by brushing on some Wink of Stella.

To finish the card I added 5 Just Jade Snowflake Adhesive-Back Embellishments--another fresh idea from the current Mini Catalog!

Stay healthy! Stay safe!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Halloween Owl Says Boo!

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations  Oh my gosh! When I saw the "Have a Hoot" stamp set in the August through December Mini Catalog I knew I had to have it! First of all, that set covers two major holidays: Halloween and Christmas. Second of all, it's stinkin' cute! I made this card for a swap I participated in back in August and I'm super pleased with how it turned out. What do you think?

I started by stamping the owl in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock. I cut this out with one of the Painted Labels Dies. I colored the owl with Light and Dark Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends and used a Light Crumb Cake Blend for the branch and a Light So Saffron Blend for the moon.

Next, I embossed a 3-3/4" by 5" Pumpkin Pie Card Stock panel with the Tasteful Textiles 3D Embossing Folder and adhered it to a 4" by 5-1/4" Granny Apple Green Card Stock mat that I embossed with the Absolutely Argyle 3D Embossing Folder. I wrapped a length of Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon around these pieces and then adhered them to Blackberry Bliss Card Stock card base.

I cut a "nest" with one of the Painted Label Dies from a piece of Granny Apple Green Card Stock and adhered it to the card. I adhered the owl label to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I stamped "Boo!" in Versamark Ink onto a scrap of Blackberry Bliss Card Stock, sprinkled on some White Stampin' Emboss Powder, and set it with my Heat Tool. I fussy cut the sentiment with my Paper Snips and adhered it to the card with Black Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

To finish the card, I added some Artistry Blooms Sequins--they're my favorite! They coordinate with everything!!

Stay healthy! Stay Safe!

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