Count My Blessings

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Time for this month’s blog hop and I am so excited to be participating with such talented crafters!

The theme for this month’s blog hop is “Giving Thanks” in preparation for Thanksgiving next month.  And this Thanksgiving is going to be such a wonderful one as we are having a mini-family reunion and will have all 5 of the grandchildren together for the first time.  They are all girls and all love crafting as do 3 of us so-called grownups.  So it promises to be a great time and I am so thankful that we will have this time together as we are all from different states and don’t get to see each other as often as we would like.

Now, on to the card.  I love embossing powder and don’t use it nearly enough so what a great opportunity to bring out a favorite stamp set and some beautiful gold!

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The card starts with some Early Espresso cardstock for the base, cut 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  It’s not my usual but wanted a big focal area to work with.  Next, I took a piece of Old Olive measuring 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ and stamped the lovely flower image from the Count My Blessings stamp set four times in Versamark. ink  This was sprinkled it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat set it with my heat tool.  This panel was matted with Early Espresso cardstock measuring  4-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ using Tombow Liquid Glue.  I then wrapped some of the Copper Trim around both panels just a tad higher than center and tied it in a bow.

The card base received a top mat of lovely paper from the Painted Harvest designer series.  The focal panel was then mounted on top of this using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Now for the sentiment.  I cut an oval using the second largest die from the Stitched Shapes oval framelits and stamped the sentiment from the Count My Blessings stamp set in Chocolate Chip.  I LOVE this sentiment – it always stamps so bold and crisp and has a big impact on a card.  To tie it together with the patterned paper, I stamped the leaf image from Count My Blessings onto the top making sure to go off the oval.  I then colored the leaves in with the Old Olive Stampin’ Blends – folks you have got to get these Blends when they become available!  They are so easy to work with!  The oval was then mounted onto the focal panel, again using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The finishing touch is 3 gold circles from the  Metallic Shapes.

And, that’s it!  I hope you will give this card a try – it really is quite easy and has a lot of bang for the buck.  The gleam of the gold from the embossing really makes this card special.

Ready for the next card on the hop?  Just click the next button below to see Jaimie Babarczy’s lovely creation.  And if you started with me, be sure to click on the previous button to see the beauty that Karen Finkle created.  Ta for now!

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And here’s the list of everyone participating in today’s hop:

  1. Karen Finkle – https://karenscardkorner.blogspot.com/…
  2. Linda Richenberg – http://wp.me/p8GiKS-jS
  3. Jaimie Babarczy – http://wp.me/p79UhD-1l0
  4. Julie Johnston –
  5. Mary Deatherage – http://wp.me/p5snyt-4iD
  6. Sue Prather – http://wp.me/p5yitZ-bc
  7. Jari Francis – http://wp.me/p6sTcz-1q5
  8. Barbara Staradumsky https://stampin2day.wordpress.com/2…
  9. Amy Koenders – https://wp.me/p2SFwf-9S6

The Pinks of Autumn

 

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This card starts with a card base of Old Olive cut 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″ and folded.  The front of the card base has been embossed with the Layering Leaves embossing folder.  I skipped misting the card base with water as wanted a more subtle embossing and I just love the texture it gave this rather simple card.  Next, 3 ovals (2″, 2-3/4″ and 3-1/2″) were die cut using stitched ovals dies and attached to each other  with Tombow multimedia glue in preparation for triple stamping.  Then, I pulled out the Painted Harvest stamp set.  I just love two-layer stamps!  The outline image was inked with Powder Pink and stamped in two different locations, positioning the stamp so that it  went across all three layers.  Next, the filler stamp was inked, again in Powder Pink being careful to line it up with the outline.  This produced a wonderful tonal image without having to use two different inks – magic!  The center of the flowers was stamped using Pear Pizzaz ink stamped off.  It leaves that cool lighter area in the center without having to do anything special.

The sentiment is from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and was inked in Sweet Sugarplum to make it pop.  This was stamped directly onto the center oval.

Next, using a scrap of Whisper White card stock, I repeated the sunflower stamping, using the same inks as before, and then fussy cut it and attached with a Stampin’ Dimensional.   I did stamp the center directly onto the flower before cutting it out but then decided I wanted it to have some dimension, so I stamped it again and fussy cut it.  It is attached to the center of the flower with a dimensional.  And you know me, had to add a bit of clear Wink of Stella to the petals which is why they look a tad darker than the other two, but I love the shimmer it gives when the light hits it just right.

The inside panel is Whisper White and has a stamped sunflower in the lower right corner using the same ink colors.

And, that’s it for this card!  This card went together pretty quickly once the fussy cutting was done.  If you’re not a fan of fussy cutting, you can just stamp that third flower on the ovals and it will still look great.  Oh, and by the way, my friend assured me that sunflowers do indeed come in pink – who knew?

Thanks so much for dropping by for a look see!  If there is anything I can help you with, answering questions about this card or perhaps you’d like to place an order for the supplies used, please drop me a note in the comment section.  Ta for now!

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