Monday, September 30, 2019

Black-Eyed Susan

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #ManicMonday   #simplestamping Black-Eyed Susans are Maryland's state flower and I've always loved them! Around this time of year--late summer to early fall--they start popping up all over the place. They grow wild around here, but you can also cultivate them. Since I have what's called a "black thumb," I thought I'd cultivate a paper Black-Eyed Susan that would last a bit longer.

This card was quick and easy to make with the "Daisy Lane" stamp set, the Daisy Punch, and strip of Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper. It's the perfect card for Manic Monday--or any time you need a card in a hurry.

I adhered a 1-1/2" by 3-7/8" strip of striped Mossy Meadow Magnolia Lane DSP to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Whisper White Card Stock Panel I stamped the stem for the flower and the sentiment in Mossy Meadow Ink directly onto the card stock. I adhered the panel to a 4" by 5-1/4" Mossy Meadow Card Stock mat. I wrapped some Whisper White Baker's Twine around this and then adhered it to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.

Next, I stamped the large daisy from the "Daisy Lane" stamp set in Crushed Curry Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock, twice. I punched the flowers out with the Daisy Punch. I used my Bone Folder to curl the petals a bit and adhered the two flower pieces together with a Mini Glue Dot. I adhered the assembled flower to the card with one Stampin' Dimensional.

To make the center of the card, I colored a Clear Faceted Gem with a Light Basic Black Stampin' Blend and adhered this to the center of the card.

See? Very quick and super easy!!

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Moroccan Mood

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #ThoughtfulThursday  Long before HGTV was a thing, there were crafting shows on PBS. Back in the 1980s and 90s the trend was to use baby's breath in nearly every handcrafted home decor piece.  There was a older gentleman, whose name I forget, who used to say about his designs, "Well, I think this is one baby's breath over the line." I have to confess: today's card might have crossed that line. I'm not sure...

I had a wild idea to start with a beautiful Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Card and adhere a panel of the copper-flecked Pretty Peacock Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper to peek through the die-cuts. The end effect was that the design seemed a bit Moroccan to me--not at all a bad thing! I used Mini Glue Dots to adhere the DSP panel to the card.

Keeping with the copper theme, I stamped a sentiment from the "Daisy Lane" stamp set in Versamark Ink onto Very Vanilla Card Stock, sprinkled on some Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, and set it with my Heat Tool. I cut this out with the smallest circle Stitched Shape Die. I cut a just-larger scalloped circle from a Copper Foil Sheet with a Layering Circle Die. I adhered these to the card with a few Stampin' Dimensionals.

I finished the card by tying a length of Copper Trim into a cute bow and adhering it to the label with another Mini Glue Dot. 

What do you think? Too much, or just right?

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Cozy Christmas

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #Christmas   I really love the "Merry Moose" stamp set and matching punch in the Holiday Catalog. I think the moose is adorable! I like that you can make a cutesy card with the set (like this one I posted a while back) and that you can also make a more elegant card, like today's card. I have to admit that I started with the Stampin' Up home office's design that's in the Holiday Catalog, but I put my own twist on it!
I started by stamping both sizes of trees from the "Merry Moose" set in Smoky Slate and Basic Gray Inks--some stamped off once--onto a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White Card Stock mat.  I adhered this to a 4" by 5-1/4" Smoky Slate Card Stock mat and then onto a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.

Next, I stamped one of of the sentiments in Smoky Slate Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut it out with a Stitched Rectangle Die. I adhered a length of Gray Granite Textured Weave Ribbon to the back and then adhered the label to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I stamped the outline moose image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock. I colored him with a combination of Light and Dark Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends and then I punched him out with the Moose Punch. I adhered the moose to the card with three Stampin' Dimensionals, placed from stem to stern (head to tail).

To finish the card with a little bling--you know I had to!--I added one Clear Epoxy Droplet to the label.

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Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad
Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Bushel of Thanks

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #ProtipTuesday   Today is the first day of fall, so you know what that means--bring out your sweaters and flannels, sip some mulled cider, take a nice walk in the cool air. I wish. Here in Maryland on the first day of fall it was in the mid 90's and humid. Yuck! Well, I can dream about fall until that crisp weather arrives. 

In the meantime, I have a fall card for you--with a little bit of "flannel" in the background (if you use your imagination). We made this card at a recent gathering of my Stampin' Up group, Proverbial Stampers & Friends. Well, we got the ingredients for this card, but I took my ingredients home and added a few things to step it up. I think my card turned out right cute.
I adhered a 3-3/4" by 5" Real Red checked Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper to a 4" by 5-1/4" Basic Black Card Stock mat. I wrapped a length of Real Red Cotton Ribbon around this before adhering everything to a Real Red Card Stock card base. Next, I added a 2" by 3-3/4" Basic Black Card Stock strip to the card and adhered Granny Apple Green apples to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. The apples are from the "Harvest Hellos" set in the Holiday Catalog. They're stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and punched out with the Apple Builder Punch.

I added a banner of "thanks" to my card. I cut a 1" strip of Whisper White Card Stock, stamped the sentiment from the "Good Morning Magnolia" set in Tuxedo Black Ink, and flagged the end with the Tailored Tag Punch. "What's that?" you ask! Yes, that's today's Protip! The Tailored Tag Punch can be used for flagging the ends of banners!

Here's my banner before. . .

. . .and here's how to insert it into the Tailored Tag Punch to  flag the end. I even love that there are "guide lines" on the back of the punch. What a genius Protip!

Come on back tomorrow. I have a really wonderful Christmas card to share with you!

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