Birthday “Fishes” – For the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

Time once again to participate in the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop and this month it’s all about birthdays!  So be sure to hop through the list at the bottom to see lots of great birthday cards.

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I just opened up my box of goodies from the new 2018 catalog and one stamp set in particular just “jumped” out at me – All The Good Things.  Koi are my favorite fish so I knew I would be making a card right away with this stamp set.

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This one went together very quickly as the Koi image and the sentiment I chose are both quite large so not much other stamping needed to be done.  I started with a card base of Rich Razzleberry (standard A2 size of 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored and folded at 5-1/2″) and topped that with a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the gorgeous Nature’s Poem DSP.  Next I cut another piece of the Rich Razzleberry card stock – this time measuring 3-3/8″ x 3-7/8″ and set it aside.

Then it was time to work on the design panel.  This piece of Whisper White cardstock measures 3-1/4″ x 3-3/4″.  I laid this into my Stamparatus as the Koi stamp is quite large and I knew I would be stamping it in two different inks.  I then took the Koi stamp from the All The Good Things stamp set and positioned it on the paper and closed the plate to pick up the stamp.  Now for the fun part!  The Koi stamp has an attached sentiment which is lovely but not what I wanted for this card so I masked the sentiment with tape before doing any inking.  Once that was done I chose two colors of ink, Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry.  Now you don’t need to use two inks but I wanted to see if I could give it a little extra color so it would more closely resemble the Koi I have seen.  I first inked up the stamp with Cajun Craze ink, removed the tape and stamped it on the design panel.  The coverage you get with this stamp is awesome so I didn’t need to go back over it.  Next, I wiped off the stamp,  inked it up this time with the Crushed Curry ink (remembering to mask the sentiment with tape) and stamped it.  This is where the Stamparatus really comes in handy as you know it is going to stamp in exactly the same spot as before.  And you can see some of the Crushed Curry ink on the image giving it more of that two-tone look.

Now that I had my image stamped, it was time for a sentiment.  The one I chose is from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.  A wonderful Koi fish needed a wonderful sentiment, right?  I inked it up using Rich Razzleberry ink and stamped it to the left of the Koi.  Perfect!!!  I then grabbed the mat I had cut previously and attached it to the back of the design panel with Multipurpose Liquid Glue, skewing it off kilter for added interest.  This was then attached to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  For a few additional design elements, I cut up one of the Pearlized Doilies and affixed with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the bottom left of the design panel and then to the upper right behind the Rich Razzleberry mat.  A few rhinestones and the card was finished!

So be sure to grab the All Things Good stamp set – it really is a lovely one.  Now on to the rest of the hop.  Just click on the Next or Previous buttons below or on any of the links in the below list.  Happy hopping!

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Springtime Wishes – for the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

My garden says spring is here even if the calendar doesn’t – and what a great time to celebrate it with the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop!

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This month’s card is filled with florals and can be used for many different occasions – birthdays, get well, encouragement and (my favorite) no reason at all!

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The card base is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″.  I then cut a piece of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper (144185) on the diagonal for some interest.  To add a bit of separation and depth, I cut a piece of the Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper (145601) with a scalloped die from the Layering Squares Framelits (141708) and attached it to the bottom edge using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755).  Before attaching this to the card base, I stamped the group of x’s from the Oh So Eclectic stamp set (143940) inking it in Marina Mist ink (126962) all along the bottom third of the card base.  Once this was done, the floral panel was then attached to the card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

I then turned my attention to the sentiment panel.  For this, I used the 2nd largest square die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372) to cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from the Butterfly Basics (137154) stamp set in Always Artichoke  ink (126972).  The outline floral image from the Oh So Eclectic stamp set (143940) was stamped with Peekaboo Peach ink (141398) for the flower and Lemon Lime Twist (144086) for the stem.  I then inked the filler stamp with Peekaboo Peach and stamped on top of the outline image.

Once all the stamping was done, I cut another piece of the Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper using a scalloped die from the Layering Squares Framelits and attached the sentiment panel to it with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  This was then placed on top of the floral panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).  The last step was to add a few Enamel Shapes Subtles (141679).

I hope you enjoyed this card – if you have any questions about how I made it, please drop me a comment below and I will be happy to answer them.  Now on to the rest of the hop!  You can click either of the buttons or click on a name in the list below.  Ta ta for now

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  1. Jaimie Babarczy
  2. Nanette Tracy
  3. Karen Finkle
  4. Linda Richenberg
  5. Sue Prather
  6. Mary Deatherage
  7. Shirley Gentry
  8. Julie Johnston
  9. Amy Koenders

Birthday Tweet – for the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

Time once again for the monthly Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop.  I am always so happy to participate in hopping with my team and we have some real “tweets” in store for you LOL!

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When I saw the Bird Banter stamp set in the Occasions Catalog I knew right away that it was perfect for a birthday card I needed and that’s how this project was born.  It’s very simple and clean looking and super easy to create.

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Using Whisper White cardstock (100730) I cut the focal panel using the largest square in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372).  I love how the stitching really gives the panel a finished look.  Onto this I stamped the branch from Bird Banter Photopolymer Stamp Set (145852).  The branch is longer than the panel, so I masked the end with a sticky note before inking it up with the Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pad(131179).  I then used the light Old Olive and Crumb Cake Dark markers in the Stampin’ Blends Markers Collection (147475) to color in the branch and leaves.  Next, I chose the cute parakeet from the same stamp set and inked it up again using Smoky Slate, stamping it right on top of the branch.  This is very easy to line up since these are photopolymer stamps. This cutie pie was colored with a combination of Pool Party light and dark, Bermuda Bay light and Daffodil Delight light Blends.  I also colored in his beak with the Pumpkin Pie dark Blend.  All that remained was to stamp the sentiment, again from Bird Banter, at the top of the panel using the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (132708).

I wanted the focal panel to have a cute background to sit on, so I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 4″ x 5-1/4″.  I then took the leafy branch stamp from another Occasions stamp set, Petal Palette (145785), inked it up in Pear Pizzaz (131180) and stamped it twice from the center out to the upper left and again to the lower right.

That looked nice, but it still needed a little something extra to set off the focal panel.  I happened to have a small piece of the green striped pattern found in the Delightful Daisy DSP (144137) that was just big enough to mount the focal panel onto with about 1/8″ border all around.  This was glued to the focal panel with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755).  Now I was ready to finish assembling the card.

I cut a piece of Soft Sky cardstock (131203) 4-1/4″ x 11″ and scored and folded it at 5-1/2″.  I adhered the leafy stamped panel to it using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I adhered the focal panel to this, popping it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).  For finishing touches, I added 3 enamel dot from the Brights Enamel Shapes (141680) and then filled in the parakeet with Glossy accents to give it a bit of shine (see pic below.)

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I hope you enjoyed this card – if you have any questions about how I made it, please drop me a comment below and I will be happy to answer them.  Now on to the rest of the hop!  You can click either of the buttons or click on a name in the list below.  Ta ta for now!

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  1. Linda Richenberg (you are here!)
  2. Karen Finkle
  3. Mary Deatherage
  4. Sue Prather
  5. Julie Johnston
  6. Amy Koenders