Sympathy

The Dog Days of Summer OSAT Blog Hop!!

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Good morning!  Welcome to our One Stamp At a Time (OSAT) Design Team Blog Hop for the month of August!  I know that I say this A LOT, but where the heck is this year going?  I could probably recap about 5 minutes of June...and, maybe, about 7-10 minutes of July, but with August half gone...well, it's soon to be history.  Yeee GADS!  Before I lose track of time, I want to thank you for stopping by to visit me. This may be your first stop on the hop (YEAH...muwhaaa!), or you may have come from the previous stampers blog. Either way, in order to view all of the blog participants sharing their wonderful craftiness, click on the "NEXT" button at the bottom of each post.

This month's blog hop had me stumped on what to create and share with you.  Our theme is "Dog Days of Summer"....hmmmm...what's a stamper to do?  Well, I decided to poll a couple of my scrapbooking friends to see what they envisioned.  I got a variety of responses...HOT was the #1 answer, along with multiple other answers...sun, picnics, fun-in-the-sun, camping, boating, etc. All of those answers were good ones, but my creative MOJO was just not catching on.  haha!  I knew I wanted to create something using the new exclusive Thoughtful Branches stamp set and coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlits dies.  Absolutely stunning bundle!  But, there was one particular sentiment in this set that is perfect for several of my close friends who have lost a parent and/or child within the last month.  Despite the high heat & humidity of summer, losing a loved one can make for a crummy summer.  Let's see how I did.

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Creative Tips:

  • The card base is Thick Whisper White cardstock, measuring 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"" and scored at 4-1/4".  The heavier weight of this cardstock will help support many layers of cardstock and designer series paper, along with embellishments.
  • Using the regular weighted Whisper White cardstock, emboss it with the Elegant Dots folder. Then punch the bottom 2 corners using the Project Life corner rounder punch.  Add a strip of Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series paper.
  • Trim off a portion of a Delicate White Doily and top with a Circle die cut from a different Affectionately Yours designer paper pattern.  Add to the card front.
  • The tree consists of 2 dies from the Beautiful Branches Thinlits die set using Crumb Cake and Cucumber Crush cardstock.  Add dimensionals and set in place.

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  • The sentiment was inked with the Archival Basic Black ink and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  Layer with a strip of Watermelon Wonder and banner cut both pieces.  Add dimensionals and tuck the under the tree trunk.  To enhance the softness of the occasion, add some Whisper White Baker's Twine to the tree trunk.
  • DID YOU KNOW? that you can click on any images I include related to the project to see an enlarged version?  Yep!  I do this so that you can see the details of my projects a weeee bit better. As I get older, I'm finding myself pulling out what I call my "granny glasses".  haha

Upcycled Canning Jelly Jar Project:  Okay, yes, yes, yes....I love to upcycle!  I can't help it...it's a handmade gift that is unique and will never be found in any store.  Plus, think of all the extra love that went into that extra special touch.  So stinkin' easy, adorable and extremely affordable!  Check out the yummies that now fill this 'used-to-be' jelly jar.

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 Creative Tips:

  • The belly band is the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon.
  • The tag is created using the Everyday Jars Framelits, Affectionately Yours Speciality Designer Series paper, Jar of Love, Delicate Doily, Soft Suede ink, Whisper White Baker's Twine and topped with a tag die cut from the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  Too much cuteness when filled with some yummy Heartland Melt-Away chocolates.

At this time, you are now ready to hop on over to Tina Riddle’s blog.  You won't want to miss traveling on as I know that she will have something adorable to share with you.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can jump back to Elizabeth Jeanne Thatcher’s blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all of the blogs so you don’t miss a thing!

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Blog Hop Participants

  1. Lori Mueller <-- That's me!!

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What supplies do you need to create this card? All the items used are from Stampin’ Up! and can be bought through my online store HERE or click on the items below. A printable supply list is available as well!

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Stampin' Up!'s Soothing Peaceful Petals

Today, my heart weighs heavy....I learned that one of my bestest friend's Mom passed away last night.  Tonda and I had LOTS of crazy, teen fun in high school....I spent many hours cracking jokes, laughing and having fun with her parents.  So, it goes without saying that I have shed many tears this morning, but I have reminisced on SO many more memories.  Cathy was a wonderful wife, a loving and supportive Mom and Grandmother, and full of fun and spunk for each of the friendships she had created through her long life.  I'm truly blessed to have known such a kind, caring, and super wonderful woman.

This is card #2 from a Sympathy card class I held a few weeks ago.  When I first saw Peaceful Petals in the Occasions mini catalog, I wasn't sure that I *needed* another flower stamp set in my stash, buuuut, there is just something about this set that I find very soothing and elegant.  These are flowers that will render themselves as stamped silouettes or enjoy the therapy of water coloring with my Aqua Painter.

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I just love how the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper compliments and softens any vibrant colors of Gumball Green and Tangerine Tango.  The flower image was inked with Jet Black StazOn and stamped onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  My go to sentiment-filled stamp set is Petite Pairs....there are 18 stamps in this set....a wonderful sentiment for sooo many occasions.  Even though I did not add any embellishments such as ribbons, buttons, or hardware, I think the elegancy of this card was polished with the main focal points (flower and sentiment panels) popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals.

 

Lori's Stampin' Up! Promotion Reminders
  • Join my Stampin' Up! team for $99 and hand-select $125 worth of Stampin' Up! product from any of our current catalogs.  PLUS, your Convention Registration is FREE!  Contact me for more details.
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  • Shop the Clearance Rack for bargains up to 80% off!  New additions to the list....get them while supplies last!
  • Stampin' Rewards = Free products with $150+ orders.
  • Check out the latest downloads for My Digital Studio, these can now be added to Customer and Workshop orders!

 

May God Bless You and Your Family!!  Always take the opportunity to HUG the ones you love in your life!

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Stamp Set:  Peaceful Petals (133104-WM; 133107-CM), Petite Pairs (128706-WM; 122497-CM)
Cardstock Paper:  Whisper White (100730), Gumball Green (126861), Tangerine Tango (126946), Crisp Cantaloupe (131176)
Designer Series Paper:  VWatercolor Wonder (132994)
Ink Pads:  Jet Black StazOn (101406), Tangerine Tango (126946), Crisp Cantaloupe (131176), Crushed Curry (131173)
Markers: None
Great Tools:  Scalloped Oval Punch (119856), Large Oval Punch (119855), Aqua Painter (103954), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Paper Trimmer (126889)
The Finishing Touch:  Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
 

Thinking of You with Peaceful Petals

Well, Sale-A-Bration has gone into hybernation for the rest of the year and Spring is suppose to be in the air.  Not sure what happened to Spring, but weather in the low 30's is not very Spring-y to me.  Come on rain and warm weather!

So, on that note, my regular stamping ladies requested to have a class creating Sympathy cards.  I know, I know....it's not the favorite subject, but everyone needs a small (I did say small) stash of Thinking of You cards amongst the Happy Birthday, Congratulations, Valentine's Day, and the favorite 'Hello' cards.  I decided to focus on the Peaceful Petals stamp set found in the Occasions Mini catalog.  I find this set to be very soothing....especially, when it comes to watercoloring.  Let's take a look....

 

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I really love the color combinations found in the Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper.  There are a few busy-type designs, but I think I found a good mix to settle them down and create a very elegant and soothing layout.  The card base is Very Vanilla and I used the Envelope Punch Board to corner punch the right-hand side of the card. I used Very Vanilla to matte each layer of designer paper, too.  I love vintage-y styled cards, so I did a lot of distressing of the designer paper using a sponge and Soft Suede Classic ink.  The flower image is inked and stamped using Jet Black StazOn ink onto Stampin' Up! Watercolor Paper.  StazOn ink is permanent ink and it will not smear nor smudge when I use my Aqua Painter to color in the flower.  I used a combination of Tangerine Tango, Crisp Cantaloupe, Crushed Curry, and Soft Sky to watercolor the image.

EASY WATERCOLORING TIP:  before opening your ink pad, press the lid against the ink pad so that you have ink on the lid when you open it up.  Then take your Aqua Painter to pick up the ink from the lid versus trying to get ink from your foam pad.  When the ink is in the lid, you have the opportunity to pick up the ink color to transfer and color dark shades, or water it down a bit for lighter coloring.

The sentiment (also from Peaceful Petals) was inked in Early Espresso and stamped onto Very Vanilla and layered onto Soft Suede cardstock that was punched with the 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch.  Both the flower panel and the sentiment were popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The finishing touches included our lovely 3/8" Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon and a little bit of bling with a Basic Rhinestone Jewel.

There you have it....what do you think?

 

Lori's Stampin' Up! Promotion Reminders
  • Join my Stampin' Up! team for $99 and hand-select $125 worth of Stampin' Up! product from any of our current catalogs.  PLUS, your Convention Registration is FREE!  Contact me for more details.
  • Join me at www.mypaperpumpkin.com and get your Paper Pumpkin Kit delivered right to your door every month.  Don't forget....the subscription will ask for a Demonstrator's name....I'd love it if you chose me...Lori Mueller, as your Demonstrator.
  • Shop the Clearance Rack for bargains up to 80% off!  New additions to the list....get them while supplies last!
  • Stampin' Rewards = Free products with $150+ orders.
  • Check out the latest downloads for My Digital Studio, these can now be added to Customer and Workshop orders!

 

May God Bless You and Your Family!!

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Stamp Set:  Peaceful Petals (133104-WM; 133107-CM)
Cardstock Paper:  Very Vanilla (101650), Soft Suede (115318)
Designer Series Paper:  Venetian Romance (130144)
Ink Pads:  Jet Black StazOn (101406), Early Espresso (126974), Soft Suede (126978), Tangerine Tango (126946), Crisp Cantaloupe (131176), Crushed Curry (131173), Soft Sky (131181)
Markers: None
Great Tools:  1-1/4" Scalloped Circle Punch (127811), Circles Collection Framelits (130911), Envelope Punch Board (133774), Aqua Painter (103954), Stamping Sponges (101610), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Paper Trimmer (126889), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439)
The Finishing Touch: 3/8" Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon (122967), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)