Christmas Pines Bundle for TSOT285

We had a beautiful day yesterday!  The humidity finally broke.  I was so surprised when I went out to walk in the evening. How cool it had gotten so early!  In fact, you know it’s cool out when you come into an air conditioned house after exercise and it feels warm.

Today it’s time for a run to the library.  I’ve caught up with all of the newspapers and now need something else to read.   I’m hoping to find a new author that I like so that picking something is a snap — at least until I ready everything they’ve written.

I’m sharing my DT card for TSOT285.

Christmas Pines for TSOT285 from theartfulinker.com

I started with a Very Vanilla base measuring 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  It’s been scored down the middle.

Next, I added a 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Petals and Paisleys designer paper.

This was topped by a 1-3/8″ x 4-1/4″ stripe of Always Artichoke.

The Very Vanilla focal layer measures 2-1/8″ x 3-3/4″

I added a piece of Affectionately Yours washi to the lower left corner of the focal layer and then tucked another piece of the washi directly under the layer and extended it.

Chirstmas Pines Bundle for TSOT285 - detail - from theartfulinker.com

Using Christmas Pines, I stamped the pine image without the stem in Rich Razzleberry but stamped off first.  Then, I came back in with the image containing the stem and inked it in Always Artichoke and offset that stamping.  It creates some nice texture under neath the pine boughs.

The pine boughs are Rich Razzleberry cardstock that has been cut with Pretty Pines Thinlits.

They’re layered with several loops of Copper Metallic Thread.

And to top it all off, I cut a pine cone from the new Copper Foil with one of the Pretty Pines Thinlits.

Can’t wait to play with these things again!

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Paisleys and Posies for GDP050

Any of you who have moved a student off to school know that once they have cleaned and gone, there’s still another level of cleaning to go.  I’ve spent the last few days going through the closet and sorting clothing and today I found a treasure trove of old magazines that are in beautiful shape!  I hated to just put them in the recycling bin.  So, I contacted a teacher friend and will be making a donation to her classroom.  They’re perfect for an elementary classroom and a nice supplement to the standard reading material.  My daughter loved them so much when she was younger she couldn’t part with them.  I don’t think she’ll mind now.

  I finally got time for the creative part of my day late this afternoon.  I’ve pulled out Paisleys and Posies (one of my favorite sets from the upcoming Holiday catalog) and combined it with GDP050.

Here’s the sketch:

Sketch for GDP050

I have to admit that at first I was a bit intimidated by how clean the sketch is.

Once I concentrated on what I wanted to make happen in the upper corner, the rest fell into place.

Here’s what I came up with:

Paisleys and Posies for GDP050 from theartfulinker.com

I’ve used a standard 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Basic Black base that’s been scored down the middle.

The designer paper layer is from the Neutrals Designer Paper Stack.  This layer measures 3-7/8″ x 4-1/2″.

In the bottom right hand corner, I added a 3/8″ x 1-3/4″ piece of Basic Black.  This strip helps to balance what’s going on in the upper left.

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For the upper left, I stamped the large detailed paisley and the piece that reminds me of a fiddle-head fern.  These images from Paisleys and Posies were inked in Tuxedo Black on Whisper White and cut with the Paisley Framelits.

Using the large flower framelit in the set, I cut a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and tucked and layered the three pieces together.

After adding the large paisley with Dimensionals, I tucked in loops of Silver Metallic Thread that were attached with Glue Dots.

Then, I added a Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper circle to the lower end of the paisley.  It was punched with the largest circle on the Owl Builder Punch.

And finally, an accent trio of Black Metallic Sequins was added.

Paisleys and Posies for GDP050 - angled view - from theartfulinker.com

I’m loving both the Paisley and Posies stamp set and the way this card turned out!!

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Layered Letters Alphabet Treats

Providing treats for the section of the band that my daughter is in has become our tradition.  So before we dropped her off at school the first part of this week, she made up a batch of our version of White Trash (recipe below).  It was a last minute thought with all of the packing going on so, it was a good thing that I keep treat bags on hand.  While she was making the treat, I was thinking about the tag to go on it.  We like to change up the tag from one time to the next.  Here’s what we did for the band camp treat:

Layered Letters Alphabet treat bags from theartfulinker.com

These are just a few of the almost 30 bags.

The 3″ x 6″ Gusseted Cellophane Bags were the perfect size to hold a serving.

I closed them with some twist ties that I had on hand and added the tag.

The tags are made from 1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ pieces of Whisper White cardstock.

I stamped three background circles from Layered Letters in Crushed Curry.

Then, I added the “H”and “P” in Night of Navy.  Since there are no numbers in this set, my daughter wrote in the “2” with a Night of Navy Stampin’ Write marker

The banner end was cut by hand.

Tip: Cut up the center to create the height of the “v”.  Then cut in from either side to the center to get fairly even angles on the banner.

H2P means Hail to Pitt

They will have received their treats on the bus today.

The taste tester said this batch was good 🙂

Remember — treats aren’t just for the little kids!

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White Trash:

  • 3-1/2 C Cheerios
  • 3 C Rice Chex
  • 3 C Corn Chex
  • 20 oz lightly salted peanuts
  • 12 oz dried cranberries
  • 22 oz white choclate

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Melt white chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave – be careful not to overheat.  Mix white chocolate into small batches and spread mixture on a covered cookie sheet to set up (I prefer a silpat mat but foil or wax paper will work).  Store in an air tight container.        Servings: 25

We used candy melts for this batch so that it could be yellow with blue drizzle.

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Thoughtful Branches for GDP048

Today is move in day!  We’ll spend the first part of the day playing what a friend of mine calls “weak mind, strong back”.  We’re thinking it won’t take too long to get everything in (there’s not much) since this is not one of the major move in days.  But because of that there is no reserved parking.  Wish us luck in finding a good parking space!  Once she’s in, we’ll grab lunch and say “goodbye”.

Like you, I’ve created cards through the years for various occasions and accomplishments.  Starting this new life seemed like a good time for a card.

I used GDP048 and the Thoughtful Branches bundle.

Thoughtful Branches for GDP048 from theartfulinker.com

The challenge was to CASE the designer: sketch, color, theme…

I chose to use her color palette because it reminded me of my neighbor’s beautiful hydrangea bush.  My daughter and I had just been talking about the bush this weekend.

I started with a Sahara Sand base measuring 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and scored down the middle.

Then, I added a Sahara Sand layer meausring 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″.  The Sahara Sand layer was run through the Boho Chic embossing folder and then added debossed side up to the base using Dimensionals.

Thoughtful Branches for GDP048 - detail - from theartfulinker.com

Next, it was time to work on the bloom.

I used daubers to add my color randomly onto the Thoughtful Branches stamp.  I started with Blushing Bride and Soft Sky.  Then I added Pool Party and Old Olive.  The blooms on the neighbor’s bush are this whole range of colors!

Before stamping on the Watercolor Paper, I moistened the paper by Spritzing it lightly with water.  This way the colors look kind of faded and they blend rather than being distinct spots of color.

After cutting out the stamped bloom with the Thoughtful Branches Thinlits, I cut out a second flower from Blushing Bride cardstock.  The stamped flower is layered over the Blushing Bride so that just a hint of the Blushing Bride shows from behind.  It gives it an airier feel.

I finished the bloom by adding medium size Basic Pearls all over the flower head.

Thoughtful Branches for GDP048 - angled view - from theartfulinker.com

Next, I cut the stem from Old Olive using the Thoughtful Branches thinlits.  After adhering the stem, I trimmed off the bit that overhung the Sahara Sand panel and adhered it slightly under the panel and lined up with the main part of the stem.  That way, it continues right off the card.

The sentiment was created using the Labeler Alphabet stamps.  I cut the Very Vanilla banner with the Duet Banner punch and then lined up the letters.  Once I was sure they were where I wanted them to be, I pressed my acrylic block onto their back side so that I could pick up the whole group together and retain the shape. Then the letters were inked with Old Olive.  A second banner was cut from Old Olive using the bottom banner on the punch.  This banner was cut in half and added behind the ends of Very Vanilla banner.  The banner was finished with  two Old Olive Halloween Night Enamel Dots (they’ll be available next month) and then adhered with Dimensionals.

I’ll leave this in my daughter’s room after we finish unpacking.  She can read it later — after we’ve left.

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Flourish Thinlits for TGIFC68

We’re in the final countdown.  The final loads of laundry, last shopping runs, sorting of possessions – take, keep, toss – and cleaning the room.  We’re in for a big change here – it’s time for our next life.  I’ve had several so far and will wait to see what this next one brings!  I couldn’t be more proud of and excited for my daughter.  But to say that I will miss her would be a gross understatement!  I truly appreciate the friends who have already called and made plans with me for the next few weeks.  Rather than asking me what I will do with myself and telling me how much my life will change and that I will miss her — they’re helping me to make a transition.  I am thankful in advance for their approach.

On a happier note, I’ve created a shaker card for TGIFC68 using the Flourish Thinlits.

Flourish Thinlits Shaker Card for TGIFC68 from theartfulinker.com

My card starts with a Basic Black cardstock base.  The measurements for this one are a little different.  I used a base that measures 5-1/2″ x 8″ and is scored down the middle.  I used this different size since I knew that I wanted the flowers to hang over the edges.  This way, the card will still fit into a standard size envelope.

The Pop of Pink specialty designer paper measures 3-7/8″ x 4-1/2″ .  The designer paper was cut in two at an angle.

I added two thin strips of 4-3/4″ long Gold Glimmer paper to the center edges of the designer paper.  After adhering these strips, I trimmed the outside edges to fit.  This was easier than trying to figure out the angles at the beginning.

Spacing the top and bottom edges of the designer paper so that there is a 1″ gap,  I added a 2″ x 4-3/4″ piece of Window Sheet.

Tip:  It is easy to space the pieces by placing them in the landscape orientation on your paper trimmer.  One end lines up with the trimmer groove and the other end piece lines up against the 5-1/2″ grid line.  The top edge of the trimmer helps to keep the pieces from moving around.

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Next, I cut three flowers in Melon Mambo using the Flourish Thinlits.  Then, I used the thinlits again but changed my sandwich.  This time, I opened tab two or removed the adapter (depending on which platform you have) and ran the Basic Black cardstock through with the flower dies and two cutting pads.  This gives enough pressure to mark but not cut all the way through.  I finished cutting out the shapes by hand and adhered the Melon Mambo flowers.  By doing it this way, I didn’t have to worry about nicking the narrow loops of the Melon Mambo flowers if I didn’t cut carefully enough.

Using the stem and berry or bud looking die from the Flourish Thinlits, I cut three stems from Gold Glimmer paper. After cutting off the bottom part of one stem that contained two berries, I tucked one full length and the shorter stem under the largest flower.  The remaining stem was tucked under the two flowers on the right hand side.  Then, I cut the two berries loose from the trimmed piece and used them as the center of the two larger flowers.

Now, it was time to add shaker bits.  I used sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment and then several sequins pulled loose from the Gold Sequin Trim.  Then, I added in some of the poked out bits from the die cut Melon Mambo flowers — they were fun shapes!

To finish, I lined the edges of the shaker window with Foam Adhesive Strips (they’re wonderful!!!).  The rest of the designer paper layer is held up by a double stack of Dimensionals – it takes two of these to equal the height of the foam strips.  You could choose to use Foam Adhesive Strips instead of Dimensionals.  Then before adhering the designer paper layer, I gave the Window Sheet a quick swipe with my Embossing Buddy to cut down on static.

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