Well, I’m home! It’s good to be back in the land of green – would be even better if the green didn’t come with wicked high humidity, but…it does, so…. it’s all good. It was a bittersweet return – if y’all will indulge me for just a moment. Last week, we had to – quite suddenly – put our sweet dog Buck to sleep. He was sick on Monday night, went to the vet Tuesday, and was gone on Wednesday evening. He had liver failure – and we don’t know why. Maybe never will. We just know he’s not with us any more. We’d had him for 11 years – and he pretty much went everywhere with us. He will be hugely missed…..
Okay – clearing throat and wiping eyes…..staying busy to keep from looking around for him…..
On to the awesome cool tunnel card that I showed you last week. I was looking for a card to make for my husband for our wedding anniversary (25 years – holy smokes!) – and this technique, the Timeless Love and Wetlands stamp sets and the Hardwood background stamp just seemed to fit the bill. Take a look-see:
You’ll see the inside in just a second, promise! I started by cutting a full sheet of Very Vanilla card stock in half long-ways, to make two pieces that were 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. I set one of them aside to be the card base itself (don’t score and fold this one yet!). The other, I laid flat and stamped in Soft Suede, using the Hardwood Stamp. It took two full stamps to cover the entire sheet. Then, I softened and aged it a bit by sponging around the edges with more Soft Suede. I also rubbed around on the inside as well, but did it without adding any ink to the dauber – I just wanted to take the edge off a little, not really “color” it!
Then, I scored the stamped sheet three times to create the fold lines. Go over to my Tutorial page to see detailed instructions for making a Tunnel Card!
Okay – next, I worked on the sentiment that you can see peeking thru the window. I took the other piece of card stock and laid my window piece over the top of it. That let me get my sentiment lined up like I wanted it. I used the sentiment from the new set Timeless Love in Mossy Meadow. I stamped the birds from Wetlands in Soft Suede, and then made a sticky-note mask. I did that by stamping the birds again on the sticky note – being sure that the stamp was on the sticky part. Did that make sense? Then I very roughly cut the birds out and stuck my mask over the stamped birds on my card stock. I colored up the Wetlands grasses stamp using my Mossy Meadow and Hello Honey Stampin’ Write Markers and stamped right over the masked birds. Then I used my Marina Mist marker to lightly color the water reflections under the birds and the sentiment was done!
I scored and folded the sentiment/card base and then attached the window sheet to it, using Liquid Multi-Purpose Glue. Put the glue only on the two ends of the cut piece – so, NOT on the center section where the oval window is cut. The Tutorial page has a picture that really shows you where to glue and where NOT to glue! Then I set that all aside to dry and worked on the card front.
I stamped the goose in Soft Suede onto a square of Very Vanilla that I’d rounded the corners on using the outside punch on my Envelope Punch Board. I colored him in with my markers – Basic Black, Basic Gray, Baked Brown Sugar and Blackberry Bliss (in his neck – to add a little depth to the black) and Mossy Meadow for the grass. The sentiment is on another corner-rounded rectangle of Very Vanilla, stamped in Mossy Meadow, and comes from the Timeless Love set. Both these pieces are on their own Mossy Meadow mats – adhered with SNAIL.
I looped some Linen Thread under the Goose Mat and then attached said Goose with Dimensionals to the sentiment mat. The card front itself is another piece of Very Vanilla, stamped with the Hardwood stamp in Soft Suede. Like all the pieces on the front – I also sponged the edges of the front with Soft Suede. I SNAILd the Hardwood-stamped piece to a Mossy Meadow mat and then SNAILd that to the card front. The layered sentiment mat is also SNAILd on. And that completed the card!
Or did it?!? I decided to play around on the inside some more. I stamped and colored another goose on a scrap of Very Vanilla. He’s colored exactly the same way as the dude on the front. Then I cut him out with my snips – not real precisely – and edged the piece with my Soft Suede marker. I fiddled around with the placement of some Dimensionals on the back of him, and then stuck him inside the card. You do have to be sure your shape doesn’t impinge on the folds…. But it’s a great finishing touch to the card! And THAT made the card complete:
I quick-like-a-bunny stamped a Crumb Cake Medium Envelope with more grass and birds – Soft Suede on the birds, and Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow for the grass. That gave me a completely pulled together card – and I can’t wait to give it to him! This is such a cool and easy technique. And this particular card could easily be used for a guy’s birthday – just change the inside sentiment! I hope you like it as much as I do! And don’t forget to head over to the Tutorial page to see the detailed instructions for putting your OWN tunnel card together!
If anyone was still hoping for a Catalog Share – let me know. I have a couple of shares left for someone if they want one! And the Recruiting Special is still going on thru the end of the month.
DEMONSTRATOR JOINING SPECIAL GOING ON NOW!
If you’ve been thinking that joining Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator – whether as a business or just a great way to get those great demonstrator bennies to plump up your stash for your favorite hobby – now is a super time to take that step! SU! will give you TWO free stamp sets in your Starter Kit. And, guess what? YOU get to choose the stamp sets – how cool is that!?
- Promotion Period: June 2-June 30, 2015
- New recruits who join during the promotion period will receive their choice of two stamp sets from the new 2015-2016 annual catalog for free in their Starter Kit. Remember – your Starter Kit contains $125 in SU! product (that YOU choose!!) for only $99!
- And after YOU join, if you recruit some of your friends and they join under you, then you’ll get one stamp set for free from the new 2015-2016 annual catalog per recruit, up to your first five recruits during the promotion period.
- Deadline – all recruits must be submitted by:
- Online: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by 11:50 PM (MT)
Fax: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by 6:50 PM (MT)
- Online: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by 11:50 PM (MT)
And – in case it wasn’t apparent – there’s never an obligation with Stampin’ Up! You can get your Starter Kit with a bunch of your favorite products, at a super price, plus TWO free stamp sets….and you can say “see-ya!” (I don’t think you’ll want to – but, you COULD!)
Go over to my Join My Team page for some more info! And don’t wait too long if this is something you’re interested in, okay? It’ll be the end of the month in a heartbeat – and I don’t want you to miss the Special. So, what do you say – do YOU want to be my Very First Recruit?!? 😉
Check out the Weekly Deals – today’s the last day. Also – there’s a new June Hostess Code for when you order.
I’ll see you tomorrow for the new Weekly Deals.
TTFN and LLAP
June 18 – 30 HOSTESS CODE: M3Z4TMZC Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift for June is your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the brand new 2015-16 Annual Catalog!
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Very Vanilla Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (1 piece for the card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″ and the second is the inside window sheet); 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (front goose art piece); 4 1/8″ x 3″ (front sentiment); 4″ x 5 1/4″ (card front – stamped with Hardwood stamp in Soft Suede)
Mossy Meadow Card Stock: 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″ (Front goose mat); 3 1/8″ x 4 1/4″ (front sentiment mat); 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (card front mat);
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BACKORDER LIST AS OF 19 Jun 15
138700: Best Thoughts Clear Stamp Set (Host)
138422: Tip Top Taupe 1″ Dotted Lace Trim
138295: Tree Builder Punch
138426: Delightful Dijon 1″ Dotted Lace Trim
138377: Cottage Greetings Card Kit
138378: Tin of Cards Project Kit
Date to be Determined
120279: Clear Block Storage Caddy
138425: Watermelon Wonder 1″ Dotted Lace Trim
138435: Neutrals Collection Designer Series Paper Stack
138436: Regals Collection Designer Series Paper Stack
140406: Watercolor Wishes Card Kit (not available until July 2015)