Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC87 – One Good Thing on Top of Another

WWC87 – Kath’s Masculine Themed

Anything Goes Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

This week Kath has given us a fun challenge.  Make a guy thing (card, box or whatever)…anyway you want.   This was a challenge that once again is perfect for yours truly who lives surrounded by trees and deer (the traditional guy themes) and two male cats in a mountain valley in the Pacific Northwest and you can’t get more guy themed than that right?   Well of course cars or trucks might also be needed (we have those too) but hey…maybe he’s a guy who bikes to work like my doctor and his assistant instead of driving?  And of course guys read books, listen to music and all kinds of other “normal” things so really…almost any type thing might provide inspiration for a guy themed project.

Here was my take based on the local inspiration of my many pine trees and the idea of a plaid deer.  Why plaid you ask?  Heaven only knows…but it’s what came to mind (hush Patti on comments about my mind.  :D).

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One on Top of Another

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This is what I call a 3D-ish project.  It’s not a box, it’s not a bag or other treat type holder but it does pop off the card just a bit.  It’s also one that started out with one design feature in mind…a plaid deer and possibly a plain one to share the page. The rest just evolved as I went.  After I stamped and die cut the plaid deer I also did one in Crumb Cake.  To preserve and not waste paper I stamped and cut right in the corner.  I put aside the Crumb Cake leftovers and it lit on top of a white piece of paper.  Aha!   The deer had stepped right off the paper…or so it seemed.  So I had an evolution of the deer theme going.  From plain white (the best kind to hide in a snow storm) to crumb cake with features stamped to the fancy dan plaid deer who perhaps sees that as his version of camouflage?  Of course the copper wreath was a given as I’m so addicted to copper these days and as metals go…that seemed a more masculine type of metal.  Besides…that plaid deer has a bit of attitude going so why not a laurel wreath of sorts like the Romans did for the star of the parade.

I have to admit…the card was finished before I reread the saying and realized it could also apply to my Brother in Law who is a bow hunter and always gets his limit of deer or elk to feed his family, as well as the holiday season I intended it for.  I wonder if SU thought about that possibility.  Of course…I’m not sure they thought of layered deer or even plaid deer.  And I had stamped the sentiment before I realized that the deer themselves were on top of one another.   So sometimes humorous congruence happens when you least expect it.

So it appears my card might work for many different types of men.  Those who wear plaid, those who hang out in slightly dissimilar groups, those with attitude and those who hunt.   Or for the male deer with attitude who may decide to hunt the men!

For me…I’m picturing those proud deer stepping out in the moonlight under the pines as the snow begins to fall.  It’s truly beautiful when you see it in person…with or without the plaid.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Santa’s Sleigh, snow dots are from one of the various sets on my table…I’m not sure which one.

Inks: Garden Green, Memento Tuxedo Black, Black StazOn

Paper: Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Whisper White Cardstock (thick and thin) ; Warmth and Cheer 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stack, Copper Foil Paper

Punches: None

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits, Pine Bough Embossing Folder, Paper Snips,  Q-tips,  Dimensionals, SNAIL

 

DIRECTIONS & Tips:

Cardbase:  Thick Whisper White – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″  Score at 4-1/4″

Stamp with Memento Black Ink  the deer image from Santa’s Sleigh on the plaid sheet from Warmth & Cheer DSP and die cut.

Wreath:  Using Black StazOn ink stamp the wreath image from Santa’s Sleigh on a scrap of Copper Foil.  Die cut and carefully slip over the plaid deer’s head.

Crumb Cake Layer: 4″ x 5-1/4″  Stamp with Memento Black Ink and die cut the deer in the bottom left hand corner.  Then emboss the Crumb Cake layer piece in the Pine Bough embossing folder.

Stamp the falling snow in Whisper White Craft Ink with whatever snow or dot image you have.  If you want the snow to stand out a bit more cover the ink with white embossing powder and heat with your heat tool.

Using a Q-Tip gently rub Garden Green ink across the raised/embossed pine boughs.  This may take repeated layering of the ink to get the depth of color you prefer.  Adhere the Crumb Cake layer to the Whisper White Cardbase making sure to add adhesive all along the edges including around the die cut deer area.  Layer the Crumb Cake deer using glue dots onto the layer piece in the right hand corner.   Using dimensionals adhere the plaid deer with his wreath over top of the two other deer.

Sentiment flag:   Stamp the sentiment from Santa’s Sleigh on a scrap of Whisper White and flag/banner cut the ends.  My scrap was 1/2″ x 2-3/4″.   Cut a Garden Green piece 3/4″ x 3-1/2″.  Notch the far end top and bottom as evenly as you can using paper snips.  If you are truly a perfectionist you can make a measured dot for the top of the triangle cut and measure the sides as well.  As you can see…I just winged it.  Isn’t that what most guys would do?   Wrap copper metallic thread as many times as seems good to you.  I started with a glue dot on the back to hold the starting end and then ended by pressing the final end into that same glue dot.   Add a notch in the left end of the mat.  Adhere your Whisper White sentiment piece and banner cut the Garden Green ends.  I decided to blunt cut my ends a bit to match the more blunt left side end.   Attach the matted piece with two dimensionals.   Stand back and admire your creation, decorate the interior  and then send to a guy who likes plaid…or at least will grin at the idea!

 

Tip: I used a Q-tip to give myself more control when applying the color to the raised portions of pine boughs.  I found when I used a sponge or sponge dauber that I ended up with halos of green around the boughs.  Not what I was going for if I could avoid it.   AND…I used a pair of paper snips to make my notches to wrap my copper thread around for another pop of metallic shine.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Kath’s masculine theme challenge head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner or runner up and have the option to place our badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all of last weeks other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I hope you will add your own creations this week to the linky.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

I hope you’ll also join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

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Rosh Hashanah – Stampin’ Up Demo’s Jewish New Year Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome my friends to a very special blog hop.   If you are traveling in the usual direction you’ve arrived from Yapha’s blog.  Yapha is a very special and creative lady and one I’m blessed to call a friend.  Her creations fill many of my Pinterest folders and especially when it comes to special Jewish holidays she’s the one I turn to first for a creative jolt to the mojo.

Four years ago several of us got together to put on the first ever (as far as we knew anyway) Stampin’ Up Hanukkah Blog Hop.  A hop that was spread over several weeks and that tired us out to the extent that it’s taken us four years to attempt another!  {grin}

Being now older and wiser and with busier lives we came together with a number of other friends some Jewish and some not but who love and appreciate those traditions, to create a quick and easy series of Jewish Holiday themed hops.  Today is our first for this year!!

Today we are celebrating Rosh Hashanah – The Jewish New Year holiday.  Wondering what exactly that is?  You can learn more about it here.

With Rosh Hashanah a mere 7 days away (Oct. 2-4) we want to inspire you in your preparations of  heart and home and perhaps to create a card or home decor item of your own.

As is usual with most blog hops you can follow the hop in either direction using the arrows provided or use the list of hoppers at the bottom of the post to check in with any stops you might have missed.   Enjoy!

Sweet Blessings

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Sweet Blessings Interior

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Supplies:

Stamps:  Basket of Wishes (inside sentiment), Bear Hugs (honey pot), Christmas Pines (Blessing sentiment), Shooting Star (hive), Sprinkles of Life (basket)

Inks: Delightful Dijon, Black Stazon, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Black Stampin’ Write Marker

Paper:  Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla Cardstocks

Punches: Tree Builder (apples)

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, Pretty Paisleys Embossing Folder, Blender Pen, Dimensionals, SNAIL, Tombow Liquid Multipurpose Glue.

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Do you ever make a card that just makes you feel good.  Something soft and meaningful with perhaps a touch of country style?   The end result of this project did that for me.   When I started I had a completely different design in mind.  Then I saw the new Pretty Paisleys embossing folder and it took me in a totally different direction.    Being a card for Rosh Hashanah I was pretty sure I wanted to use honey and apples in some form and reflect on blessings for the New Year for those I love as well as myself.

Whether you are Jewish or not…celebrating this holiday or not…I think you’ll find this design works for many occasions and the blessings you would wish for another to whom you would send this card.

May your life be sweeter and filled with a new purpose and a renewed relationship with He who made us in the New Year.

Shana Tovah!

Jean Fitch in pink

 

Added Note: We had a bit of a hiccup with a couple of the blogs and their platforms so really…this isn’t the end.  Please scroll down to the link list and check out Liz and Debby’s blog posts for the hop now that the links are working.

That’s the end of the hop ladies and gentlemen.   Please feel free to circle back through for a closer look and to leave some comments.   If you have an questions please feel free to leave them in the comments or send an email to the project blogger.  We’re always happy to share our love of stamping.   May your New Year be sweet and your desk full of inspired stamping.

 

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rosh-hashanah-hop-previous-buttonYapha Mason

 

Blog Hop Stops:

Nancy Stollnitz Hoetker – www.nancysniftynotes.com

Miriam Biegun Permut – MyInkPad.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC86 – Fall Flowers

WWC86 – Gail’s Simply Stamping Fall Theme Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

This Week Gail has given us the perfect start to the first day of Fall.  An ink and paper challenge using Fall colors and themes.   Granted looking out my window I’m not really seeing Fall just yet but in my heart I’ve been there for weeks now what with all the wonderful Fall  themed products in the new 2016 Holiday Catalog.

Mother Nature did contribute to the feel of Fall in the air today as the weather today stayed crisp and clear with temperatures in the 60’s so the mood was perfect.  A perfect day for a long walk in a local park enjoying flowers, trees and other lovely bits of nature.  I hope where ever you are, you are finding the first day of Fall a beautiful one.

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Fall Flower Wreath

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Supplies:

Stamps:  Every Occasion & Basket Wishes

Inks: Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Versamark

Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla Cardstocks

Punches: 2″ Circle

Tools & Adhesives:  Heat Tool, Copper Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Sponges, SNAIL

Very simple card with a bit of ink, a bit of heat embossing and sponging.  Your very basic ink and paper card.   Of course if you want to step it up just a bit you could add ribbon along the left side.  Perhaps punching a circular shape in the center and embossing the greeting directly on the card base so it shows through.

Basic directions:

Cardbase: Soft Suede – 4-1/4″ x 11″  – score at 5-1/2″, fold and crease

Vanilla Focal Layer – 4″ x 5-1/4″

On the Vanilla focal piece place a 2″ circle punch piece in the center and then stamp the flower image from Every Occasion around that circle (the circle piece helps you keep the flowers in alignment) using Delightful Dijon ink.  Stamp the greeting from Basket Wishes in the center of the flower wreath using Versamark and then heat emboss using copper embossing powder.

Finally sponge Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon and Cajun Craze inks in circular motions around the wreath.   Adhere the stamped Vanilla layer to the Soft Suede cardbase.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Gail’s Simply Stamping Fall theme challenge head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner or runner up and have the option to place our badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.   And here to see all of last weeks other linky and Artist Team entries.  All of the cards linked were deserving of the win so a very hard choice.   Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I hope you will add your own fall themed creations this week.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

I hope you’ll join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

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WWC85 – A Limited Color and Copper Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday’s – WWC85 – A Limited Color and Copper Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

For me this challenge (courtesy of yours truly) is all about the copper.  The elegance it lends to a crisp Black and White set of colors.    I am so in love with all the copper products that Stampin’ Up has loaded into our catalogs so far this year.  Sadly I couldn’t quite figure out how to include the little copper pine cones from the Holiday Catalog.  Though now that I think of it I could have tied one or two onto the ribbon.  Ah well…no distractions from the beautiful basket this way.

I don’t know about you but when I saw the new “Basket for You” hostess set in the annual catalog I immediately thought…copper embossing…YES!   Saves on time spent in coloring and adds a more elegant touch to a decidedly casual basket.  Another thing I love about this image…no risk of hayfever with a basket like this!    For as long as I’ve had the idea (June), for some reason I keep forgetting to make the basket design.  Might have been a good thing too, since the Copper Foil only came out September 1 with the launch of the Holiday Catalog.  That subtle mat of copper real adds the perfect contrast don’t you think?

 

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Black & White and a Copper Basket

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Supplies:

Stamps:   Basket for You (2016-2017 Annual Catalog Hostess Set),  Rose Wonder (sentiment)

Inks: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Basic Black & Whisper White Thick Cardstocks; Copper Foil Paper

Punches: none

Tools & Adhesives: Heat Tool, Copper Embossing Powder, SNAIL, 1/8″ Taffeta Whisper White Ribbon (retired), Glue Dot.

Technique:   Heat Embossing

Measurements & Tips:

Card Base – Whisper White Thick Cardstock – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″   Score fold at 4-1/4″

Copper Foil Layer – 3-1/2″ x 3-3/4″

Basic Black Focal Layer – 3-1/4″ x 3-1/2″

1) Stamp the basket image on the Basic Black piece (centered) in Versamark and then heat emboss with Copper Embossing Powder.

2) Adhere the Black embossed image piece to the Copper Foil.  Tip:  Before adhering use a die or punches to remove foil from the center of the layer piece so as not to waste that beautiful foil paper.   For this size I used the Decorative Label Punch and punched out two nice sized labels from the center of the foil piece.  A square die from the Layered Squares dies would have worked well too.

3) Adhere the matted focal piece to your White card base.  Copper emboss the flower image from the Basket for You set below the focal layer.

4) Stamp the sentiment next to the copper embossed flower image and add ribbon or other embellishments as desired.   Voila!  Done!   If mailing another copper embossed flower on the envelope would be a nice touch don’t you think?

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That’s it for this challenge.  Trust me when I say…you do NOT want to miss the rest of the teams contributions to this challenge.  What they’ve all done with copper is absolutely wonderful!

To see the rest of the design teams contributions to this color challenge head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner or runner up and have the option to place our badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all of last weeks other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I hope you will add your own black, white and copper creations this week.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

I hope you’ll join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC83 – Double Z’s and a Tic-Tac-Toe

WWC83 – Penny’s Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

This week Penny has created a fun set of Tic-Tac-Toe elements for us to work with.   The overachiever in me really wanted to go for it all…but once the hair started being torn (mostly figuratively) I scaled back my expectations and decided to keep it fun and simple so I went with the right hand column of dry embossing, shade of green and die cut.  Of course I couldn’t resist throwing in a fun fold too just to show my independence!  LOL

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Double Z’s & Jar of Love

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While this type of card and with these design elements can be a bit fiddly it’s really not hard if you break it down into the various parts.   I’d say it took me about a half hour to get it all together after I worked out the measurements.  The next one will be faster I’m sure.   When I made one with a fairly new stamper it took her about an hour with a bit of help.   So most will probably find their time somewhere in between.  The cost really isn’t too bad since it’s basically paper and ink.  Depending on the bling you choose to add it should still run you about a dollar or slightly more for each card.  Of course…that’s assuming you have the stamps and dies.  Luckily the Jar of Love Bundle saves you 10%!

Supplies:

Stamps:  Jar of Love

Inks: Basic Gray, Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Sky, Smoky Slate

Paper: Whisper White (4-1/4” x 5-1/2” piece to stamp and die cut all cut images + 2-3/8″ x 3-5/8″,  1″ x 11″ + 3/4″ wide strip for banner), Mint Macaron (4″ x 11″, 1-1/8″ x 11″ + scraps for die cutting), Rich Razzleberry (2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″,  5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ + scrap for banner mat),

Punches: none

Tools & Adhesives:  

Big Shot, Everyday Jars Framelit dies, Fluttering Embossing Folder, Simply Scored, Wink of Stella pens (opt.), Two Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds (opt.), Dimensionals, Glue Dots, SNAIL or Fast Fuse.

 

Here’s a PDF with my basic directions and measurements.  Jar of Love Double Z Fold Card – Jean Fitch

Apart from Penny’s fabulous Tic Tac Toe I had a number of influences in the design and measurements.  The concept of a Double Z fold Card I first found via Amanda Bates and Jan B.  You can see Jan’s Video here.  You can also see some of Jan’s cards here.  Amanda has a differently sized card and tutorial here.   Of course of late the basic design is all over the internet and Pinterest.   I fell in love with Sandi MacIver’s card here and used most of her elements though not her colors, measurements or number of layers.  I especially fell in love with Sandi’s tip about using a quarter sheet to create all the elements so I could use multiple dies at one time with our marvelous Magnetic Platform for the Big Shot.  Made things run much faster and smoother that way.   Of course if you have lots of odd sized scraps to use up that works too.   Since I’m using my card for a class I tried to keep everything a tiny tad simpler so no one will walk out!  LOL

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Penny’s Tic Tac Toe challenge head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner or runner up and have the option to place our badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all of last weeks other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I really hope you will add your own tree creations this week.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

I hope you’ll join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Jean Fitch in pink

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More Flowers not Branches

Today, once again, I’m stamping flowers and not branches with my current favorite set Thoughtful Branches.   And once again…I love the beautiful sentiments that work for every occasion.  This time around I’ve used the beautiful Thank You sentiment from the set.

It seems that everyone in the SU stamping world has gone hydrangea crazy with this set so I thought I’d jump on board as well using some of my favorite colors in a soft but elegant color combo.

 

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This design also gave me a chance to once again use my favorite Baker’s Twine.  I love the black and white variety of the twine.  Added a bit of pop I thought.  The little black dress of bows if you will.  Always appropriate…always coordinates with other colors.  Of course black also works well with pearls.  Hm…next time I create this design I’ll have to play with bitty pearls on the flower section.

I love how easy this card is to make.  Even with the die cutting it took under 10 minutes to create and doing multiples is extremely easy.  Especially if you have the Big Shot Die Brush and the new Big Shot Platform that makes cutting intricate dies a joy!

Yet another design that’s perfect for Spring, Summer or varied Occasions cards.  From Mother’s Day to Wedding to Sympathy.  You can vary the flower and color layer colors for different effects.   Another card too that would lend itself to a bit of metallic embossing on the top floral die cut and the sentiment.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches

Inks: Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder Classic Ink &  Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Mint Macaron, Wisteria Wonder & Whisper White Cardstocks

Punches: none

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, New Big Shot Platform, Big Shot Die Brush,  Bone Folder, Basic Black Baker’s Twine (variegated variety), Dimensionals, SNAIL

Directions:

  1. Mint Macaron cardbase – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score at 4-1/4″.  Fold and crease with bone folder.
  2. Adhere Elegant Eggplant layer (4″ x 5-1/4″) to Mint Macaron cardbase.
  3. On focal Whisper White layer (3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″) stamp chosen sentiment in either Elegant Eggplant or Memento Tuxedo Black on the lower right hand side of paper.  Adhere to layered cardbase.
  4. Die cut the Stem section in Mint Macaron.
  5. Using Wisteria Wonder or Elegant Eggplant ink stamp the flower petal hydrangea image on Wisteria Wonder cardstock and die cut .
  6. Die cut the hydrangea flower image in Elegant Eggplant cardstock.
  7. Crumple the Wisteria Wonder flower top.
  8. Adhere the Mint Macaron stem piece to the focal layer after checking the placement with die cut flower pieces.
  9. Adhere the Elegant Eggplant flower die cut with SNAIL to the focal layer.
  10. Crumple again and using cut up dimensionals (or the new adhesive strip pieces) adhere the stamped Wisteria Wonder flower offset on top of the Elegant Eggplant flower.
  11.  Combine three lengths of Basic Black Baker’s twine and tie a bunny ear bow.  Adhere to card layered front and trim as needed.
  12. Decorate interior of card and envelope as desired.

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That’s it for this sample design.  See previous days for other recent ideas for this fun stamp and die set.

Check back before September 1 for more Thoughtful Branches ideas.

Hugs and happy creating!

Jean Fitch in pink

 

Here’s a closer look of all that’s included in the Thoughtful Branches Bundle.

Don’t forget…last day to purchase this wonderful set is August 31.

Thoughtful Branches Image

 

To see the purchase details and a larger view of the images click the link below.

Thoughtful Branches Flyer – purchase details

Thinking Flowers not Branches

Today I’m thinking about flowers and not branches with my new favorite set Thoughtful Branches.   While I love all the trees I can create with this wonderful set of stamps and dies I also love the simple flowers that can also be created.  And once again…I love the beautiful sentiments that work for every occasion.

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Not being a botanist or florist I’ve no idea if these are lupine or lilacs or just what.  All I know is they are fun to create!  {grin}

The same images that created the snowbanks in my white on white card yesterday also work for stems when turned sideways.  And a dense grouping of the leaf image covers a multitude of sins.   I think I ended up with the odd petal patterns because I double stamped the image that also creates a series of leaves for the trees more than once.  Either way…it’s fun.  This design also gave me a chance to use my favorite Baker’s Twine.  I love the black and white variety of the twine.  Adds to the light and casual feel of the card.

I love how easy this card is to make.  With all the layering pieces cut and prepped it takes about 5 minutes to create and doing multiples is extremely easy.  Perfect for Spring, Summer or varied Occasions cards.  From Mother’s Day to Sympathy.  You can vary the flower and color layer colors for different effects.   You could even emboss in gold, silver or copper on a dark color of cardstock for a very elegant effect as well.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches

Inks: Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder,  Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White Thick cardstocks

Punches: none

Tools & Adhesives:  Bone Folder, Basic Black Baker’s Twine (variegated variety), SNAIL

Directions:

  1. Whisper White cardbase – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score at 4-1/4″.  Fold and crease with bone folder.
  2. Adhere Wisteria Wonder layer (4″ x 5-1/4″) to white cardbase.
  3. On focal Whisper White layer (3-3/4″ x 5″) stamp chosen sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black on the right hand side of paper.
  4. Using Pear Pizzazz ink stamp the wavy line image 3 times on the left hand  side of the paper.
  5. Using Wisteria Wonder ink stamp the flower petal image (cone type dot image) over ends of stems.
  6. Using Pear Pizzazz ink stamp the leaves at the base of stems.
  7.  Combine two lengths of Basic Black Baker’s twine and wrap around the focal image piece and tie a bow.  Adhere to card layered front.
  8. Decorate interior of card and envelope as desired.

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That’s it for this sample design.  See previous days for other recent ideas for this fun stamp and die set.

Check back before September 1 for more Thoughtful Branches ideas.

Hugs and happy creating!

Jean Fitch in pink

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