Falling Into Fun!

Stampin’ Up! Fall Frenzy for the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

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Shh, can you hear it?  The winds of change are blowing!  Or should that be the winds of Fall?  I know it’s still August, but as I look out my window at the maple tree I notice a few leaves are already starting to turn so it won’t be long before we see the gorgeous colors of Autumn.  Of course, the downside is that it will also be time to break out the rake!   The antics of  dogs diving into neat piles of leaves and then poking their heads out has always made me laugh – well as long as I’m not the one who just raked LOL – and that thought led to the creation of this card.

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This card also gave me the chance to use some of the beautiful new designer series paper in our upcoming Holiday catalog as well as a couple of my favorite stamp sets!

I started with a card base of Old Olive cardstock cut 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4’1/4″.  Next I used a piece of the new Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper cut 4″ x 5-1/4″.  A length of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon with a knot rather than a bow was wrapped around the left side and then the mat attached to the card base with Tombow multimedia glue.

Now on to the fun part – stamping!  I started with a piece of Whisper White cut 3-7/8″ x 2-7/8″.  Next I stamped a bed of leaves using Crushed Curry ink full strength and Pear Pizzazz ink stamped off.  The leaf stamp is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  I then stamped Bella from the Bella and Friends stamp set on a scrap piece of Whisper White.  She is colored in with alcohol markers and then fussy cut.  I cut a slit in the bed of leaves and inserted her bottom half, popping her top half up with Mini Dimensionals (so handy for small spots like her tail and little ears).  To hid the slit, I stamped and fussy cut a few more of the leaves and layered them on top of her.  The sentiment, which also came from the Colorful Seasons stamp set, was stamped in Cajun Craze ink. The whole thing was cut out using a stitched rectangle die and then layered on top of an Old Olive mat cut 4-1/8″ x 3-1/8″ to give it some definition.  Lastly, 3 Glitter Enamel Dots were added at the bottom right.

The inside is another Whisper White panel with 3 leaves stamped down the right side, stamping off each time for an ombre effect.

And that’s it for this card.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Now on with the hop!  Click on the Next Blog button to move forward to Jari Francis’ project or click the Previous Blog button to move back to see the project that Amy Koenders created.


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If you get lost along the way, here are the participants in today’s blog hop.

  1. Linda Richenberg (that’s me!) :
  2. Jari Francis
  3. Jaimie Babarczy
  4. Sue Prather
  5. Mary Deatherage
  6. Amy Koender

Deck The Halls (or Christmas at the Beach)

Yup – it’s almost that time….time for the stores to pull out the Christmas decorations while we are still thinking about summer vacation and buying back to school supplies.  So I decided to go with the flow and create my first Christmas card!  No groaning, please..I promise this will be the only one until at least after Halloween LOL!

One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up demonstrator is getting to preorder new stamp bundles before the general public (that would be you).  Makes sense, that way you get to see examples of ways to use them and so it whets your appetite causing that well know “when can I get it” syndrome.  And I love when the sentiment takes center stage like this one does!  Most of the time it makes designing the rest of the card much easier, right?

Well in my case, not always.  I started out okay with red and green, that’s pretty traditional, but it seems my brain was still thinking about summer vacation and that’s what made it onto the card.  So I guess I will just have to call this one Christmas at the Beach.  But enough blabbering – on to the card!

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The card starts with Whisper White card stock cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, then scored and folded.  Next came a panel measuring 4 1/4 x 2 3/4″ of some of the beautiful Foil Frenzy designer paper.  That’s when summer hijacked the card by insisting I put a panel of Wood Textures designer paper on the top (I knew I shouldn’t have left it sitting out).  It measures 4 1/4″ x 2 3/4″.  Now how to transition between these two vastly different papers?  Why with Copper Trim ribbon of course!  It combines the shine of the foil with the earthy tones of the wood panel.  Perfect!  Then came muttering and much head scratching.  How the heck do you bring Christmas to the beach?  Well, I always sit in a chair outside so I cut the Adirondack-style chair from more of the Wood Textures paper using a die from the Seasonal Layers set and used Tombow glue to adhere it directly to the paper.  Problem solved – now I have something to decorate!

I pulled out the At Home with You stamp set and stamped the wreath using Tranquil Tide (I used the aqua pen to blend the ink into the leaves of the wreath) and the present was stamped using Tranquil Tide and Berry Burst  (Helpful Hint – if you need to color a stamp using more than one color, pull out your Stampin’ Write Markers and use the brush tip to gently color in the sections before stamping.)  Both pieces were die cut and popped up with Dimensionals; the minis came in so handy for the wreath.  All that was left was the sentiment, which is from the Carols of Christmas stamp set.  This was inked in Cherry Cobbler and stamped onto a piece of Whisper White, then cut with a large stitched rectangle die.  It took was popped up on Dimensionals taking center stage.

Whew!  Like I said, will save making more Christmas cards for when Christmas is in the air (or at least the retail stores) so my brain will behave.  I hope you enjoyed this tale of Christmas at the Beach!  If you need help ordering any of the stamps/dies/inks, etc mentioned, please let me know as I would be more than happy to help you.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled Summer!  Ta for now!