Saturday, August 11, 2018

Winter Woods

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There's an old folklore that the number of days of fog in August equals the number of days of snow in winter. So far, we've had nine out of eleven days that started out foggy. Hmmmm... maybe this winter we'll get some real snow! Last winter we had a few dustings, but nothing really more than an inch or two. Not enough to cover everything in a pristine blanket of white, like this card!

This was one of the cards we made in the stamp club last week. It is really a quick and easy card, if you're looking for something that you could make in multiples.

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The greeting is from the Blended Seasons stamp set, part of this month's special promotion. The die cut trees and snowy hill are from the In The Woods Framelits dies that will be available starting September 5th. And the falling snow is just dots from my handy dandy poster paint Sharpie. I'm tellin' ya, this is the best, most opaque white I have ever used. I've tried others, like the Signo gel pen (which dries up after a couple uses), and the SU Chalk Marker (which is too translucent - can't get good coverage), and this beats them all.

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The greeting was stamped in Night of Navy at the bottom center piece of Whisper White (1-3/4" x 5-1/2"), then cut with the curved die. Note: The die doesn't cut all the way to the edges on a 5-1/2" strip, so use your snips to complete the cut. Snow flakes were dotted onto the Night of Navy card base, then the greeting panel was adhered.

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The trees all fit on a quarter sheet of cardstock, and BONUS - there are two of the naked branch tree dies, so you can cut everything with one pass through Mr. Big! You'll cut both pine trees (plain and with boughs) and the two branched trees. Adhere one branched tree on the right side with liquid glue, then trim 1/2"off the trunk of the second tree and adhere it flush with the snow, overlapping the first tree. Curl the pine boughs up a bit and glue that piece to the tree base, and then to the card. Add the pearls and you're done!

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Suite Designs from My Inky Friends

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My Inky Friends have a bit of a different twist to our hop this time - instead of choosing just a stamp set and/or matching dies, we are featuring entire suites! That means DSP, embellishments, embossing folders, and any other bits that are part of a suite that go along with the stamps, dies, or punches. There are ten of us this go-round, and you may have landed here from Holly's blog, where she showcased Garden Impressions. Wasn't it great?! To see the whole blog roll, click the banner above or just follow the links to see all the sweet suites!

I chose the Nature's Poem Suite because it is so versatile and has many fun elements to work with. The suite consists of the Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature's Roots Framelits Dies, Nature's Poem DSP, Nature's Twine (4 colors in the pack!), and Leaves Trinkets. If you get the stamp set and die bundle, you can save 10% AND this month you'll get a Bonus Days coupon, too!


For my fist card, I chose the greens that are in the Nature's Poem DSP pack, Mint Macaron and Tranquil Tide. The evergreens were stamped and stamped again without re-inking to give the appearance of trees in the mist.

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I thought thought the greeting was perfect - saying, in effect, to stand out in a forest of sameness. Since this suite doesn't have an embossing folder, I used the Subtle Dynamic TIEF, plus I'm giving you a sneak peek at the Corrugated Dynamic TIEF that's coming in the Holiday catalog next month! WOOT, I do love me some texture!!!

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My next card uses some of the DSP, as well as one of the Leaves Trinkets. I love how the metal element plays off the earthy burlap ribbon.

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The tree was inked in Soft Suede then stamped off once to lighten it. I just wanted it as a background for the greeting, not the main focal point like this card. The image panel was matted on Copper Foil to coordinate with the copper leaf element.

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There you have it - the awesome Nature's Poem Suite, which can be found on pages 142-144 of the 2018 annual catalog! Now hop on over to see what Tanya has for you. She's featuring Tranquil Textures, and I KNOW she's going to rock it (and make me want to buy it)!

https://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2018/08/MIFtt.html

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature

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Welcome to the Rooted in Nature edition of the Stamp Review Crew! The super talented Heidi was the first stop, and I'm number two. There are sixteen of us this time, and we're welcoming a new Crew member, Mary Haugen. What is the Stamp Review Crew? We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world who hope to inspire you by picking one stamp set (or bundle) and showing many ways to use it!

As soon as I saw the Rooted in Nature bundle, which is available in wood or clear mount, I knew I had to have it! I love trees and leaves - they're so....nature-y! And this tree reminds me of the huge old ash tree we had to cut down last year because it succumbed to the emerald ash borer. That tree was probably 150 years old, I'm guessing, and I was so sad to see it go.


Anyhoo, one of the things I really liked about the Nature's Roots Framelits are the dies that just make impressions in the cardstock. They kind of remind me of fossils, and I used them on Watercolor Paper here because it's nice and thick, and leaves a deep impression. (Heh heh, see what I did there?)

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Did you notice the copper spatters? I made my own shimmer spray with the Bright Copper Shimmer Paint that will be in the Holiday catalog starting next month! It's easy to do - just fill a Stampin' Spritzer about 3/4 full of rubbing alcohol, then add the shimmer paint and shake well. Instead of spritzing, I took the sprayer with the attached tube out and tapped it to make spatters.

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After inking up the tree with Early espresso, I used a sponge dauber to pick up a little of the shimmer paint and dabbed it around the edges the stamp before stamping on Very Vanilla. Look at what a beautiful sheen it has! (You can click the photo to zoom in.)

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No card is compete without decorating the envelope in some way, right? Instead of stamping the tree image on the envelope, I thought I'd make the flap match the impressed card background. Nothing like a little taste of what is to come!

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Well, that's my project for today. Up next is the always awesome Bronwyn Eastley!

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https://runningwscissorsstamper.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-stamp-review-crew-rooted-in-nature.html

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