Well, Shut the Barn Door – Congratulations, My Friend!!

Last week, in the midst of remembering a bad time in her life, my bestest friend got some really GREAT news.  Her SECOND novel was published and on-the-street!!  Whoo-hoo!  So – at the same time that I was making a “Thinking about You” card, I was putting together a “Congratulations” card!  I’d recently gotten the Wondrous Wreath bundle – stamp set and dies – 15% off – and wanted to try it out.  And, one of my Happy Stampers cohorts had recently shared a gate-type card…..so….I killed two cards with one die-cut, as it were.  Take a look-see:

Congrats Gate Card Outside 2 watermarked

Now, folks.  I have a terrible confession to make to you here today.  I am not a completely dumb person (no, THAT’S not the terrible confession!), but this card kind of bamboozled me!  I didn’t have the card cuts, so I had to…..gasp…do MATH!  And it was ever so hard math, too!  Or at least it APPEARED to be.  Not.  Really – take the long side, divide by two.  Divide that by two.  And wa-la.  Except I had to wa-la like 4 times before it opened and closed correctly.  I didn’t take pictures of the 3 times that weren’t so stellar.  No digital evidence except this blog, and I’ll swear I was hacked! 🙂  But, I finally got it.  And here’s what it looks like open:

Congrats Gate Card Outside 5 open watermarked

I started with a piece of Crushed Curry Card Stock – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  I scored and folded it at 2 1/8″ from each short end.  Then, I dug back into my Adventure Bound DSP and decided to make the “gate” card look like….a gate!  I cut the DSP to fit and SNAIL’d the pieces onto the two “doors” and also onto a square for the front of the card.  That 3″ square piece of Crushed Curry “closes” the gate (although it doesn’t “hold” anything closed).  It’s just SNAIL’d onto the left (as you look at it) door of the gate – and not on the other side (she says needlessly!).

Congrats Gate Card Outside 3 watermarked

Then I started to play with the Wonderful Wreath for the barn door.  The stamp is a 2 or 3 part set, so I stamped the first piece in Crushed Curry (this is all on some Whisper White CS), the second step is in Calypso Coral and the final piece is in Bermuda Bay.  With the wreath all stamped and festive looking, I cut it out with the matching die.  I also cut the “ribbon bow” out – in Crushed Curry – with its die.  I used some Dimensionals to put the wreath onto the “door” and Glue-Dot’d the bow in place.  And then didn’t like how it looked – kinda nekkid and lonesome.  So, I made a little Linen Thread Bow and glued that on with a little Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. But it still wasn’t – quite – right…..So, I glued one of the Something Borrowed embellishments on top of the bows (with a couple of Glue Dots).  And THEN it was juuuuuuuusssst right! 🙂

Congrats Gate Card Outside closeup watermarked

I stamped the sentiment from the Bitty Banner Bundle in Calypso Coral onto a piece of Daffodil Delight CS and die cut it with the coordinating framelit.  I SNAIL’d that onto the wreath and added a few Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight Itty Bitty Flowers (from the Itty Bitty Accent Punch pack) with glue dots.  The flowers each got a small Rhinestone Jewel and….the front gate was done!

Congrats Gate Card Outside 1 watermarked

The inside started with a piece of Whisper White CS and got a Crushed Curry sentiment from the Simply Wonderful stamp set.  Rounding out the inner liner is the Simply Wonderful flower that I inked up with my Crushed Curry and Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Markers.  Done!

Congrats Gate Card Inside 2 watermarked

Congrats Gate Card Inside 1 watermarked

I hope it gave her a smile when she opened it – that it made her think of barns and horses and the open prairie of Colorado where she lives.  And that it lifted her heart! 🙂

And I hope that YOU enjoyed my share for the day!



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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Crushed Curry Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 2 1/8″ from each short end); 3 3/8″ x 3 3/8″(wreath mat); Itty Bitty Flowers
Daffodil Delight: Bitty Banner; Itty Bitty Flower (It’s All Right to be Itty Bitty…..)
Adventure Bound DSP: 3″ x 3″ (under wreath); 2″ x 5 3/5″ (2 each for the barn door panels)
Whisper White Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (Inner liner)
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Backorder Report – as of 1 Apr 15

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

134036: I Love Lace Clear Stamp Set–April 3
131392: Perfect Blend Clear Stamp Set–April 3
130369: Post Card Clear Stamp Set–April 3
134210: Ray of Sunshine Clear Stamp Set–April 3
134156: Sweet Stuff Clear Stamp Set–April 3
134150: You Little Furball Clear Stamp Set–April 3
136835: Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set–April 3
130444: Gifts of Kindness Clear Stamp Set–April 3
134126: Cupcake Party Clear Stamp Set–April 3
134174: Fabulous Four Clear Stamp Set–April 3
124301: Very Vanilla 12″ x 12″ Cardstock–April 3
131294: Pistachio Pudding 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 3
120953: Crumb Cake 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 3
100702: Old Olive 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 3
102067: Tempting Turquoise 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 3
122932: Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–April 3
137364: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–April 3
137366: Berry Basket Bigz L Die–April 3
120801: Large Big Shot Die Storage Insert–April 3
133773: Sponge Daubers–April 6
120902: Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–April 3
135297: Variety Pack 6″ x 8″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages–April 3
131172: Blushing Bride Classic Stampin’ Pad–April 14
131159: Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–April 28
131181: Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad–April 28
133658: Dotty Angles Photopolymer Stamp Set–TBD
130514: Gorgeous Grunge Wood Stamp Set–TBD
134033: I Love Lace Wood Stamp Set–TBD
139125: Simply Wonderful Wood Stamp Set–TBD
131169: Regals Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills–TBD
130136: 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack–TBD
131198: Blushing Bride 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131190: Brights Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
102935: Brushed Gold 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131298: Crisp Cantaloupe 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131199: Crushed Curry 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131197: Bermuda Bay 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
105126: Elegant Eggplant 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131200: 2013-2015 In Color Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131201: Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131295: Strawberry Slush 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
129977: Gift Bow Bigz L Die–TBD
139284: Occasions Catalog 8-pack (US)–TBD

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

137360: Butterflies Thinlits Die (currently due in warehouse April 8)
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
129381: Ovals Collection Framelits
127526: Elegant Butterfly Punch
137363: Hello You Thinlits (currently due in warehouse April 8)
139324: Crazy about You Bundle (Wood)
139325: Crazy about You Bundle (Clear)
138873: Crazy about You Bundle (Photopolymer)
126189: Paper-Piercing Tool
120279: Clear-Block Storage Caddy
137909: Artisan Embellishment Kit
119859: Extra-Large Oval Punch
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch

Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:

122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon
120907: Decorative Label Punch
119854: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch

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6 thoughts on “Well, Shut the Barn Door – Congratulations, My Friend!!

  1. I love this card Mary!! I think that woodgrain paper is my very favorite in the DSP stack and your wreath is beautiful! Great card. 🙂

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  3. Nice card! I like the wood grain used for a gate fold card. I’ll have to try the gate fold. Congrats to your friend, the novelist! 🙂 Awesome news! I’m sure your friend will love the card! 🙂

  4. Appreciate it, Sandra! And, I hope she did! 🙂

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