Thank You cards

All Around Wreath Dies

This week on the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge we have a simple, pretty straightforward sketch.  

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I just realized that I didn't follow the sketch as closely as I should have.  Ooops!  

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I did try and move the wreath over to one side so it would more closely follow the sketch but it wouldn't be moved.  I did a really good job of gluing the  wreaths down. 

The patterned paper I used is from the Come to Gather DSP pack.  I confess that I have been "saving" the wood grain pattern.  The concept of saving and not using my DSP is one I am actively fighting.  It must be in a crafter's DNA to want to save things for just the right project which unfortunately can lead to an unmanageable craft stash.  SO, I got brave and cut into and as they say the first cut is the deepest.  I am over it now and look forward to using this pack of paper up and besides I know where to get more.

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The sentiment is from the Painted Harvest set.  I use this sentiment a lot and it is so perfect for this time of year.  

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Here's how I decorated the inside of the card.  I usually add a strip of whatever DSP I am using on the card and add a coordinating die cut.  These little sprigs are part of the All-Around Wreath dies.  There are 2 sprigs on the die so you can make a bunch in just a few turns of the handle.

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.  If you are interested in any of the products I used to make this card, please check the links below.

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Harvest Hellos

It is so fun stamping pumpkins from the Harvest Hellos bundle on Come to Gather DSP.   Who doesn't love a gingham pumpkin?

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In addition to the Come to Gather DSP, I also stamped a Mint Macaron pumpkin using the 6" x 6" Subtles Designer Series Paper. I used  the Apple Builder punch and the Leaf punch from the Annual Catalog.

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Do you see the curlicues on the pumpkins?  Do you know how I made them?  I used the antlers from the Detailed Deer dies  and trimmed them.  

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I like to decorate the inside of my card.  Do you?  I think it is a fun way to finish up a card.  

 

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Tasteful Textures and the Floral Essence bundle

Ready for another idea on how to use the Tasteful Textures Bundle?  

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You know I adore a black & white card with a pop of color.  The pops of color are provided by the Floral Essence bundle.  Why the Floral Essence bundle?  I chose the Floral Essence stamp and punch because the shape of the petals mimics the look of this Tasteful Background die.  It is almost as if they were meant for each other.

Here's how I made this card

    1.  Cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Use the Tasteful Background die and cut it 4-5 times through a die cutting machine.

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2. Use the Stitched Rectangle die that cuts out a 3-3/8" x  4-3/4" rectangle and the die that cuts out a 2-1/4" x  3-5/8" rectangle and cut out a frame.

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    3,  Set aside the frame.  We will use it on tomorrow's card.  

    4.  Cut a  2-5/8" x  4" Basic Black Stitched Rectangle.  Layer the inner rectangle from the frame on to the stitched Rectangle.

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    5.  Cut a 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" Thick Whisper White card stock card base.  Layer the inner rectangle (step 4) on the front of the card base.

    6. Stamp the 3 petal flower (from the Floral Essence stamp set) in Real Red ink on Whisper White card stock.  Repeat.  Use a blender pen and color in     the petals using just the ink that is already on the petal.  Punch out the petals using the Perennial Flower punch.  Assemble the flower.   

    7.  VersaMark a strip of Real Red card stock.  Sprinkle  Glittery Goodness mix (one part Dazzling Diamonds glitter & one part Clear Embossing     powder) and heat emboss.  Punch a 1/2" circle and attach it to the center of the flower.  Use the Fine-Tip Glue pen and apply a layer of glue over the     Real Red flower center.  Set aside to dry.  

    8. Stamp in Old Olive ink on Old Olive card stock the leaf from the Floral Essence stamp set.  Punch out using the Leaf punch.  

    9.  Use a Basic Black marker or carefully ink up just the "Thanks" (part of a sentiment in the Tasteful Textures stamp set) and stamp on a strip of Whisper White card stock.  Cut out using the Stitched Rectangle die 7/8" x  2-7/8".

    10. Attach the sentiment strip (trim one end so it doesn't extend past the black layer 2-5/8") using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Attach the flower using a     Stampin' Dimensional.  Tuck in the leaves and attach using glue dots.  

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Be sure to come back tomorrow to see the card I made using the frame portion!  

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Dragonfly Dreams and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #554

This week the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is a sketch.  I knew  I wanted to use a patterned paper which made me think of  the Painted Seasons DSP which is available as  a level 1 Sale-A-Bration choice and a level 2 Sale-A-Bration choice paired with the Painted Seasons stamp set.

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What to use for the little accents?  I thought about butterflies, birds and then it came to me...

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Dragonflies!  I have been trying to look at my stamps, punches and dies from the annual catalog to mix in with my newer products.  I haven't used the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits in quite a while!  I cut them out in Early Espresso and knew i needed to fill in the wings.  I glued down the dragonflies and then cut out another set using Sparkle Glimmer paper.  I filled in the wings with the Sparkle Glimmer paper.  This was pretty but the Glimmer paper was too bright so using a cotton swab I colored the wings using Petal Pink ink.  This toned down the white and it worked better with the other colors on the card.

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I added the "thanks" which I cut in Early Espresso card stock using the Well Written framelits (2019 Occasions catalog).  These framelits are some of my favorites, as you have probably figured out since I use them a lot.

Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie & Mary Design team created using this sketch.

Remember Sale-A-bration ends in just a few days!  

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Vertical Greetings for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #552

Today's sketch for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge made me think about the fun topiaries in the Vertical Greetings stamp set.   In addition to the great images this set also has vertical greetings!  I don't regularly use a vertical greeting but on today's card it was just the right thing.

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Here is the #CCMC552 sketch.

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My card followed the sketch very closely and I am happy with how fresh and clean it looks.  Whisper White card stock combined with any of the Gingham Gala papers just reminds me of spring.   The faux stitched background was created by repeatedly using the large die from the Needlepoint Elements Framelits.  I used this background idea on this card.  

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Did you notice that the topiary is a little shorter?  I inked up just the last two green poofs (highly technical term) to better fit the oval.  Don't you love those little sequin flowers?  The sequins are adhesive backed which makes them even easier to use.  I put a little Happiness Blooms Enamel Dot in the center of each sequin.   

Did you notice the little stitched design on the white strip?  The strip was also made using the Needlepoint Elements framelits.  I didn't want to use ribbon and thought this little design element was just right.  

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created using this sketch.

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Well Written Thanks

There's no stamping on today's card, which is pretty unusual.  If nothing else, I usually stamp a sentiment.

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The sentiment on today's card is a die cut from the Well Written framelits. The greenery on the side of the card was also cut using the Well Written dies.  The little Daffodil Delight flowers were cut using the Sliding Door framelits.   Before I adhered the die cuts I textured the Whisper White card stock using the Subtle embossing folder. This embossing folder gets a lot of use.  

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While I was editing this picture I thought that were was something strange going on with the light or angle, creating a weird effect on the right side of the card.

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Oops!  It is a good idea to apply adhesive all the way down the side of a card when you use an embossing folder.   The more textured the embossing folder the greater the importance of doing this.  If you do this you will avoid the dreaded gaposis.  Most times when I attach layers I do not apply adhesive all the way down the sides so I forgot to do this when I made this card.  Nothing like a picture to point out your flaws!

Now I am signing off to fix this card and cure the gaposis!

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Beauty Abounds and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

I'm using the Beauty Abounds stamp set for this week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.   The challenge this week is to use Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape and Melon Mambo.

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This is definitely a bold color combination.  

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This flower image from the Beauty Abounds stamp set is pretty and almost whimsical.  I love the curlicues and little dots. 

I placed the stamp in the Stamparatus and used the hinge step technique to stamp the image 3 times.  The coloring was done using a blender pen and ink refills.  I wanted to keep the coloring light to fit the lightness of the stamp.  The sentiment is from the Kindness & Compassion stamp set.  The font was perfect for the image.  The ribbon is the 1/4" Gorgeous Grape Mini Striped Ribbon.  It may be a little bit of an overkill but I placed a Rhinestone in the middle of each flower.  What do you think, is it too much?

Be sure to go and check out what the other members of the Design team created with this color combination.

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Snowfall Thinlits and the Buffalo Check

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.   Today I have two more samples using the Snowfall Thinlits.  If you missed the previous posts using the Snowflake Showcase products you can see them here, here,  here,  and here.   

Today's card I have the Snowfall Thinlits paired with the versatile Buffalo Check background stamp in the Holiday Catalog.  

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I love this Buffalo Check background stamp.  It is a definite keeper.  Using the Stamparatus is important when using this stamp.  I was able to re-ink the stamp and re-stamp  to get better coverage.  The sentiment is from the Enjoy Life stamp set, love the mix of fonts.  The "flowers" are Crushed Curry with Old Olive leaves.  The centers of the flowers are  Faceted Dots.

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Here I changed up the colors and used Real Red for the flowers, Crushed Curry for the centers and accents, and Old Olive for the leaves.  I thought the flowers looked a little like poinsettias and would make a festive Christmas card.  This was one of the cards my club made and since we used the sentiments from the Snow is Glistening stamp set on another card ( I will show you that one soon) on this card we used the sayings from the Stylish Christmas stamp set.

Remember the products in the Snowflake Showcase are only available in November or while supplies last!  When you order and place a $60 order I will send you 12 tutorials using products from the Snowflake Showcase.

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Painted Harvest and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

Time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  This week it is a color challenge.  I decided to use the Painted Harvest stamp set for this challenge.

Here's the colors we were to use for the challenge.

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Isn't it a great color combination?  Love the way these colors look together especially the Blueberry Bushel and  Highland Heather.  

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I couldn't decide which way to stamp the card so I did it in both landscape and portrait orientation.  I used the exact same products just changed the orientation.

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Be sure to check out what the other design team members created for the challenge.  

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Hanging Garden Thank You

The Hanging Garden stamp set was first seen in the 2018 Occasions catalog.  I was happy that it carried over into the 2018-19 Annual Stampin' Up! catalog.  

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I used a variety of Stampin' Blends to color the baskets.  Coloring is quick and easy using the Blends. There is still no definite date as to when the new Stampin' Blend colors will be arriving.  I hope it will be soon!  .  

The paper I used is part of the Subtles 6" x 6" DSP, which you know I think is a must have in every Color Collection.  Yes, I used the Solid Basic Black Baker's Twine, again.  I think I am becoming very predictable!

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I almost forgot to mention that cute little black jewel, which is part of the Faceted Dots embellishments.  The Faceted Dots come in 4 colors, Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Grapefruit Grove and Mint Macaron and in 3 sizes.  I used the smallest size Basic Black Faceted Dot.

If you still aren't sure you need this stamp set here are a couple of other cards I made HERE and HERE.

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