ICS Blog Hop – Beautiful Baubles

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Hello, Hello!

It’s time for another Blog Hop with a new group that I joined called Inspire, Create, Share, or ICS for short! It’s a monthly Blog Hop and I am excited to be playing along with these very talented ladies! This month’s theme is Christmas Cards Galore. WooHoo! Let’s get started!

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite stamp sets and matching framelits: Beautiful Baubles! I drooled over this for awhile and then finally told myself to just order it! I am so glad I did!

I made a card with it for another Blog Hop…check that out here. Now I have come up with 2 other cards. The first I CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) from a card I got in a swap I did with Holiday Catalog products from a demonstrator named Jacqueline Schulz. I liked how she had offset the ornament. 

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Hers was copper and brown tones, I used the Gold Glimmer paper for the ornament and ran it through the Big Shot using the Precision plate because it is such a detailed framelit. I topped it off with some Black Shimmer Ribbon tied in a knot with the ends trimmed up. A piece of All Is Bright DSP (Designer Series Paper) is my patterned paper. I liked the greenery. Cherry Cobbler cardstock as my middle layer and Very Vanilla as my card base. I distressed the Very Vanilla with Shaded Spruce ink and a sponge. I also used Cherry Cobbler behind my ‘THE’ and Shaded Spruce cardstock behind my ‘deck’ and ‘halls.’ I used basic rhinestones and discovered that I don’t need to use a sharpie to color them (Thank you, Connie Stewart!)…I can use my Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends markers instead! Yay! Perfect color matching, which is one of the things I love most about Stampin’ Up products!! I stamped the sentiment outside and inside using Momento Tuxedo Black.

For the inside I used the bough from my Nature Sings stamp set to decorate the corner. I stamped in Shaded Spruce and stamped off 3 times to make it get lighter and lighter. Looks like 3 different shades, but it is just 1 inking of the stamp and then stamping it 3 times. One of my favorite techniques. Then I used the curved stamp to make it look like a heart from the Christmas Pines stamp set. 

My next card was more simplistic:

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I used Old Olive cardstock for my base, a small piece of DSP from the Under the Mistletoe packet. I used Real Red ink to stamp the stars and distress the edges of the card. I trimmed off a small portion of the top of the card to allow the DSP to show and used a square Stitched Framelit to cut out the square. Then I stamped the Whisper White square with the ornaments in Momento Tuxedo Black. I stamped that 3 more times in Tuxedo Black, Real Red, and Old olive and then ran them through the Big Shot. I colored some ornaments on the black stamped images. Then I used dimensionals to place the colored ornaments over the plain black ones on the square. It gives them pop and color!

1543974968428.jpg As you can see, I also used Real Red cardstock on the inside to give it more of a festive feel. The sentiment is stamped in Tuxedo Black. I love these Stitched framelits and how they give a little border! 

Well, I think that is it for me. Thank you for joining us, you can now see what Ginger has in store for you! Click on the next button!32855853_10216915229217746_6139564322663170048_o

Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along! Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me! I love to see what others create!

Blessings, June

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Snowflakes are falling on my head!

Hello – Hello!

Ok, actually rain is falling on my head…has been for the past week and is forecasted to for the next week! Snow is in the mountains though! WooHoo!

The snowflakes I am referring to are from Stampin’ Up! From today until the last day of November these items will be on sale! They are NOT in the Holiday catalog…they are special! I’ll be showcasing them next week…after I make the stuff that is in my head this weekend!

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Here are the stamp sets: Happiness Surrounds

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and Snow is Glistening

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Here are some other fun items to go with the snowflake theme…Snowfall Thinlits! Gorgeous!!

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And to make them even better…White Velveteen Paper! What?! Yep, it is so soft and…velvety!

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And Snowflake Trinkets! So fun!

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I bought the Happiness Surrounds, Snowfall Thinlits and Velveteen paper and will be playing with them this weekend! Come back on Monday and see what I created!

In the meantime…here are some samples of what Stampin’ Up! has created. Enjoy!

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Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along! Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me!

Blessings, June

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SU! Holiday Card Swap #3

Hello! Happy Sunday!

I trust you are all doing well today and having a relaxing day! It’s a wonderful day to be alive!

Yes, I am on a roll and on a mission to get completely caught up with all my bogging of current and past (not too far back) projects!

This is another card I made for the card swap using the Still Night stamp set and thinlits! Christmas! I had fun making this one! I did some more masking for this card! However, this time I did have the thinlits to go with this set and also discovered that maybe fussy-cutting masks is a must. “What?!?” You say. Yes, I did just type that. You’ll see in a moment why I am thinking that fussy cutting is better than using the thinlits!

I started with my prototype and ended with a different card. Actually, a couple different cards. This card evolved into the cards I made for the swap vs the card I started with. There are rules for the swaps. We need 3 layers. 1 base + 1 full 2nd layer + a 3rd layer of some sort. We also need embellishments.

Here was my prototype…

 

Real Red cardstock for the base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ¼” with an inch cut off the front of the card so that the Under the Mistletoe DSP shows at the bottom.

Here were my 2 alternates that came about because I needed that full 2nd layer to be able to use it for the swap.

(If I didn’t follow the rules, I would not be invited for other swaps and I would get my cards back. I know this sounds harsh and at first, I had the same reaction, however, when everyone follows the rules it just works!)

I chose the one on the left to use for the swap. Which one would you choose??

In the end, I actually prefer the one I chose for the swap best. I didn’t choose the one with the Old Olive card stock inside because I figured that attempting to get that circle in the right spot each time would be tough. It was easiesr to just trim the Real Red base down to 4” x  5 1/4″ and make the Garden Green card stock 4 ¼” x 5 ½” to back it up. That gave me my 2 full layers. Then the circle with the owl counted as my 3rd layer.

I ended up cutting, with my trimmer, the Real Red at 4″ x 9 3/8″ and scoring at 4 1/8″ so that I had a larger piece as a left over to use elsewhere versus having a 1″ small pieces. I also saved all the red circles to use for other cards and the white paper with the circles cut out as well. I always attempt to use as much of the leftovers on other projects as I can.  I do not like to waste paper so I keep all scraps. Many scraps get used and I continue to challenge myself to use more of what I have. The ones I use the most are the white scrap strips…they get used for journaling in my scrapbooking!

The circle was cut using the 3 inch Stitched Framelits. I really like these framelits and how they have that extra framed edge that looks like stitching!

The masking came about so that I could stamp the owl onto the branch. There was some overlapping. As I said in the last blog post, masking allows you to give dimension to your stamping and create an overlapping of objects. In that case, it was the leaves. In this one, it was to have the owl in the forefront on the branch. I stamped the owl first using a Sahara Sand marker for the chest feathers and under the eyes. Then I used Soft Suede marker for the back feathers, feet, and the eyes. After stamping, I laid the mask over the owl and stamped the branch in Early Espresso over it. Now, as you can see, the lines don’t meet up because the mask was created with the thinlits on the Big Shot and are a bit larger than the stamped image. To make up for that I had to use my Early Espresso marker to attach the lines and make it all look blended. Not an easy feat and I had many re-dos! Another rule for the swap is clean stamping! Which I agree with wholeheartedly! That includes making sure that the branch fell where it was supposed to and that my “attaching” was smooth and looked like part of the branch that was missing! Hence, in the future, masks will be fussy-cut close to the stamped image so that there is not so much space! Although I may use the thinlit first and trim closer to the stamped image to help the fussy-cutting go faster. Now you understand!

I used Old Olive and Garden Green for the pine needles and Rhinestones for my embellishment. I also added a Garden Green one inside next to the sentiment.

The Under the Mistletoe DSP was used for the bottom strip of the card. I definitely need to use more of this paper!

That’s it! What do you think? Which version of the card do you like best?? Leave a comment below and let me know. I am truly curious! It was a tough choice…in the end, time was the biggest factor once again.

Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along!

Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me!

Blessings, June

Challenges this card has been entered into:

Crafting By Designs – Get Ready for Christmas September edition

Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog – Anything Christmas Goes

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – CHNC Challenge 405

SU! Card Swap – Card #1

Hello out there in internet world!

Yes, I have been slacking in the blogging department. It is really something I need to focus on! School started here in Montana and I had wished for 2 weeks of ‘Me Time’ before starting to substitute and only got 2 Days!! Can you believe it? I was covering teachers for meetings and for testing. I have subbed everyday since! Yikes!

In the meantime, I had signed up for a Card Swap using products from the new Holiday catalog or the Annual catalog. I found a stamp set in the Holiday Catalog called Still Night bundled with thinlits and I am challenging myself to do all four cards using this set.

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That is really a challenge for me!! One I put upon myself, though, and I am loving it! It started as only with this stamp set, but then I figured I needed to be able to use a couple other stamp sets to cover all my categories. “Sending warm wishes” just was not going to work as a Halloween sentiment! 😉

Of course, before I got my stamp set ordered and delivered I had all kinds of ideas in my head about what I would do for my cards! I had signed up for these 4 categories:

Halloween (this stamp set screams it!)

Christmas (not too big a stretch with the snowflakes, branches, and pine needles, right?)

Grateful/Thankful or Thank you (I’m sure, I can think of something)

Big Shot show case (lots of things to run through a big shot and use as a focal point on a card, right?)

Yeah, so then it took me awhile to order, receive, and sit down with the set and make cards…by that time…they (ideas) had all slipped right out of my head and it was blank! Yep, blank! I never sketched out any of my ideas and I came up empty when I finally made the time to sit down and play!! OH< NO!! I have a deadline here folks! My 44 cards (11 of each category) need to be in the mail by the 14th, at the latest, to reach the other side of the country by the 20th of September! Yes, I am pushing the limits here, especially with having the sub jobs start so soon and only 3 of 4 prototypes done!!

So, what do you do when you go blank? You turn to Pinterest! There was not a thing on there with this set! Can you believe it?? I searched the stamp set name and got all the Bethlehem cards, that stamp set isn’t even called Still Night, it’s called Night in Bethlehem

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Um, that is not the same stamp set! Right?! I even put ‘Still Night with owl’ and ‘owl cards’ came up empty handed! That tells me, I need to make sure these four cards get to Pinterest just in case anyone else wants some ideas for this set!

I began to play around with the stamp set and thinlits and then ideas started to roll around again in my head. I made the Halloween card since that one had not completely left my brain…just partially. I’ll tell you about that one in another post.

Then I figured I would continue in season/theme order…Grateful/Thankful or Thank you card…hmmm…what ever was I going to do with that? There were no leaves in this set, so I pulled out my Colorful Seasons set (wishing now that I had also bought the thinlits as well! Darn it!)

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So, now I have 2 stamps sets…what the heck am I going to do with them and not make the card look the same as the any of the others I had been sketching out (as ideas came to me). This card had no sketches! Total blank!

When Pinterest can’t help me, the next thing I do when I am stumped and drawing a blank is to go to my favorite challenge blogs! They provide inspiration and motivation! And, happily, after deleting a number of them that have closed…I found inspiration in the form of a sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch! CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything in the Stampin’ Up! world..and maybe elsewhere, but I learned of it from SU!. CAS means Clean and Simple which has a couple “rules,” such as, 1 main focal point, lots of open space, minimal layers, and minimal embellishments. There are some other CAS challenge blogs that I like as well. I think (but am not 100% sure) that CAS(E) is a combo of these 2 ideas with a sketch thrown in. Works for me! And my card!

I also loved the fact that Brian King created this sketch and he is an amazing Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!

Here is my take on this sketch!

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I was pleased with how it turned out! What do you think? I can take it! Be honest!

For the Card Swap, I had to have a base + 2 layers and embellishments. It’s kind of hard to see here, but there are some of the Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins on there as well in the diagonal leaf design.

For this card I used Soft Suede cardstock as my base cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored in the middle at 4 1/4 inches.

2nd layer is Very Vanilla cardstock cut at 5 1/2″ x 4″. The diagonal was made using painters tape on each side and measures about 1 5/8″ wide. I used the leaves form the Colorful Seasons stamp set and made a mask of the large leaf and the small leaf, hence the wishing I had gotten the thinlits! No fussy cutting would have needed to happen. (Note to self: buy thinlits when there are some with any stamp set I buy!!) The ink colors I used for the leaves are Real Red, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Grapefruit Grove, and Mossy Meadow. I know, now you want more pictures of how I did it and maybe more explanation. I’m thinking in a later post will go more into detail and I will make more pictures as I do the rest of the cards. This is only my prototype! I have 11 of these babies to make! I’ll be a busy girl this weekend, let me tell you! I will make sure to take pictures of all my steps and then post about it again! I am making a note right now! Done!

I distressed, using a dauber and Pumpkin Pie ink pad the edges of this Very Vanilla cardstock to help frame it. Yes, I do like doing that on almost all my cards, thank you for noticing! 😉

The owl is cut using the Big Shot and thinlit from a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and is stamped with Soft Suede ink. The branch is cut from Soft Suede cardstock. No stamping on the branch. The branch stamp and the thinlit branch do not match.

Inside my card I used Very Vanilla cardstock cut at 5 1/4″ x 4″ and also distressed (edged) in Pumpkin Pie. Then I used part of the larger leaf in Pumpkin Pie and then Cajun Craze for the spines of the leaf. Mossy Meadow is the color of the little wispies (not sure what to call them…they made me think of all the white wispy seeds that seem to be floating around on the breeze in the fall here). The sentiment is stamped in Cajun Craze ink and from one of the new stamp sets called Love What You Do. See, I needed a 3rd stamp set for this card. But, that is actually a good thing for me since I am not usually one to mix up stamp sets! This was turning into a mega challenge of using one stamp set on all 4 cards, as well as mixing up stamp sets! WooHoo! I am out of the box on this one!!

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Other than going over in detail how I made that diagonal falling leave strip, I think I have told you all about my card. I am happy to enter it into challenges and am very thankful for the inspiration from Brian King and the folks over at CAS(E) this Sketch!

Until next time!

Happy stampin’, scrappiin’, and craftin’!!

Blessings, June

If you would like any of the supplies that I used to make this card, feel free to click on the blue text above or go to juneolsen.stampinup.net

Challenges this card has been entered into:

CAS(E) this Sketch – CAS(E) this Sketch #287

613 Avenue Create – Challenge 213 Anything Goes / Optional Twist Clean and Simple

A Bit More Time To Craft – Challenge #75 – Anything Goes

 

‘Christmas in July?’ w/ SU!

Hello!

Yes, I am back and it hasn’t been months! Just a couple days! Time to start sharing some of what I have been working on this summer. First off, we’ll start with an oddly typical July theme…nope, not patriotic. It’s Christmas! I wasn’t sure when it started being a thing so I looked it up on Bing. I am so shocked that it is not such a recent thing! Who knew?

“Christmas in July started 84 years ago on July 24th and 25th in 1933 at a girls’ camp called Keystone Camp in Brevard, North Carolina.” (must have been a question from last year because now it would be exactly 85 years)

How weird is that? I never knew! I thought for sure it was just in my lifetime and more likely of my adult lifetime. I was wrong…and I am a-okay with that! 

Anyway, I made a Christmas card with the new DSP (Designer Series Paper) from Stampin’ Up! that is on sale right now. What?! You didn’t know that Stampin’ Up! was having a DSP sale? Crazy! Although, I guess it is my fault since I haven’t been blogging…let’s remedy that!

DSP is on sale! Buy 3 Get 1 FREE! Yep, that lovely 4 letter word is back in play! You can click on the blue words now, or later, and I will leave an attachment at the bottom of this post that you can click on as well.

Back to the card…

This card layout came from a sketch challenge put on by Sketch Saturday. It really inspired me to use the Christmas paper from the DSP Sale! Actually, it screamed at me!

Christmas in July was fun and I am so in love with the paper. The paper is called Under the Mistletoe and I really felt inspired by many of the sheets in this set. You can see all the different patterns really well in this picture. So much versatility. It’s double sided and you get 2 of each sheet! This one with the bells is my favorite! I’m using this card for a class this weekend. Wanna come?

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For the card I flip-flopped the sketch and used Real Red card stock as a base and a strip of Old Olive card stock along the left side instead of the right. I used the Stitched Shape Framelits for my circle and oval. I like using them because they give it a border and finished look. Yes, I also changed it up by using an oval instead of a circle for the sentiment, but that is okay! I need to learn to slip out-of-the-box a little more often! It’s a healthy thing to do, especially in crafting! Then I used my dauber and Old Olive ink pad to distress the edges of the sentiment oval and the Old Olive strip. I also used clear rhinestones and a red Sharpie to give them color since my son and I agreed that you really couldn’t see the clear ones very well. I love the little sparkle they gave the card. Since I was keeping the card simple, the sentiment from the Christmas Pines stamp set suited it perfectly.

It’s simple yet striking, I think. Tell me what you think! I’m truly curious to know!

On to the next card/blog…

Enjoy your day! Keep on crafting!

Blessings, June

PS. Here is the promised link for the DSP Sale in case you don’t want to scroll back up…

Challenges this card is entered in:

Sketch Saturday – Week #523 with Kitty Bee Designs

Hiding in My Craft Room – HIMCR #362 – Christmas in July!

Through the Craft Room Door – TTCRD Anything goes challenge, week of July 24

Materials used for this card:

Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper
Price: $11.00
Stampin' Trimmer
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Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

Price: $30.00
Big Shot
Price: $110.00
Magnetic Platform
Price: $40.00
Standard Cutting Pads
Price: $11.00
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Price: $5.00