It was this cute couple’s (my daughter and her husband) anniversary last month, so I created this Just For You card just for them! Kristin has a blog where she keeps us up-to-date on there doings and also posts her decorating, sewing, craft and reupolstering projects. They like to buy at garage sales, fix things up and resale for a profit. It’s quite a gig.
The card I created for them was inspired by the Shalom card at the top of page 23 in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. I kept this monochromatic card pretty simple but embossing the tree with Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder added some umph! Inking up with the VersaMark Pad before inking with the Marina Mist Ink Pad keeps this tree damp long enough to add the embossing power.
And once again, I used my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine to make it all happen. The layered labels were quickly die cut with the Labels Collection Framelits for fast layering. The white background was embossed with the Stripes Embossing Folder.
The Just for You sentiment was stamped on a strip of cardstock vellum and wrapped around and adhered to the striped base.
This Stampin’ Up! Blooming with Kindness Thank You card is the second installment of my tenure on the color challenge design team at Splitcoaststampers. This beautiful bloom begs for attention and here it is embossed with Cajun Craze on Pumpkin Pie. The third color of the color challenge this week is Midnight Muse and the added challenge was Thanks or Thanksgiving. I chose Thanks.
After embossing the flower, I painted it with bleach. I used the Apothecary Accents Framelit to cut out the bloom, then trimmed out another from the Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper with the same framelit. To layer these pieces that are the same size the dsp was cut in half to layer behind the top and bottom of the main image. I snipped out a little piece of dsp to fill in the gap. With the patterned paper and the crochet trim, the piecing is disguised. Finally, the layered edges were rubbed against the Cajun Craze ink pad.
Similarly, the ‘thank you’ panel was embossed with Midnight Muse, first inked with VersaMark and again trimmed out with the corner of the Apothecary Accents Framelit and layered with the Cajun Craze pattern paper from the Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper.
The Midnight Muse cardstock base was layered with a piece of matching paper from Comfort Cafe rubbed with Cajun Craze ink for direct-to-paper inking. The cardstock base was also paper pierced along the edge of the dsp before the main images were adhered.
The two main pieces were tied together with a delicate Victoria Crochet Trim, and a small tag featuring a flower with a pearl center hanging from a Linen Thread tie.
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“I have a 98-year-old aunt in an assisted living residence. Too far away for me to travel to see her, but I keep in touch by sending her a card or two every week. She loves them, and I try to never duplicate them. I’m always on the look out for interesting sketches, color combos to spark her attention and comments so that she interacts more with the other residents and her residence attendants—yet not so involved that I get bogged down trying to make them. That’s one reason why I love my SU supplies—they all work together.
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Gail, you inspire me with your love and devotion to your family! They are lucky to have you!!
This adorable trick or treat bag from Stampin’ Up! is made from many of the great products available in the Holiday Catalog. Howlstooth and Scaringbone Designer Series Paper, Toxic Treats Stamp Set, and Basic Gray Striped Statin Ribbon are all available for a limited time.