Well, last night, we got home from having dinner with some friends. It was 9pm and change, which is way WAY past my bedtime (or at least very VERY close to it!). The heat outside was ridonkulous. That’s several steps worse than ridiculous, just FYI. So, we stepped into the kitchen, anticipating a quick shower and bed. Pretty normal (even if we ARE still thinking Buck’s going to meet us at the door…. 🙁 ), right up until I got 2 feet inside and realized “It’s not cool in here!”. Which I immediately pointed out to my husband, just in case he hadn’t noticed it – he had, but not for several nano-seconds after I did. Men may just not be as finely attuned to the temperature as women. Just sayin’.
Quick investigation showed that the air coming out of the vents was tepid. At best. The thermostat showed the inside temp to be at 77. It was set at 73….. you see the problem, yes? So, we were up until midnight, with Wayne working on the AC (thankfully our neighbor friend who’s been doing HVAC for 40 years was still awake!), while I held very still inside and stayed awake (barely) in a wifely show of solidarity (and because no way could I have gone to bed with it that warm. No. Freakin’. Way). Fortunately, he got it working and the house cooled down quickly enough for us to finally go to sleep – but it was a short night for us!
On to the card….
When I first saw this sketch from Mojo Monday (#408, to be exact)…
…I thought it looked pretty straightforward. Which it totally is. I decided I wanted to use some of the new Farmer’s Market DSP, so I pulled it out along with some Waldmoos (memory check….which color is this??!) card stock and some Sahara Sand. I thought the Honeycomb TIEF would be a great compliment for the horizontal element, and the….well, I’m getting way ahead of myself. The point (yes, there was one!) is that I started making the card and all was progressing nicely, until I got to the circle element. And then I stymied myself. That’s self-stymy-ization, folks, and not just everyone can do it as easily as I. So I ended up shutting off the light and returning to the card the next morning. Note: I actually built this card on Tuesday – so my stymy-fication and the AC incident did not coincide. Which is fortunate, because in the night, it came to me. Take a look-see at what my sleeping brain came up with:
So, let’s start at the very beginning. It’s a very fine place to start…. I’d already decided I wanted to use the pears from the Farmer’s Market DSP. On the flip side of the pear design is the really wonderful barn wood design. The paper was practically building the card FOR me! I first SNAILd a piece of the Farmer’s Market to a mat of Waldmoos. Then I ran a strip of the Mossy Meadow thru the Big Shot in the Honeycomb TIEF. Bees….pollinators….pears….pretty obvious correlation there, right? Then I SNAILd that to a piece of Delightful Dijon (no, that’s not one of the officially coordinating colors for Farmer’s Market, but I think it works great – and I didn’t have any Hello Honey. Don’t judge!) and then SNAILd THAT to the card front.
I SNAILd another piece of the DSP (this time with the barn-wood side showing) to a piece of Mossy Meadow and layered that on top of the card front with Dimensionals. I wrapped a length of the new 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon in Crumb Cake around the card front and secured it to the back with some regular ole tape. And then decided that its shiny prettiness didn’t fit with the “rustic, farmer’s market” theme I had goin’ on. So, I pulled out my 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon, and cut it lengthwise at about a 1/4″, and then secured that piece a little offset from the satin ribbon. I popped the whole thing onto my Delightful Dijon card base with more Dimensionals, and deemed it good.
And then the stymy-ization set in. And I slept on the problem. And I awoke with a clatter and a plan!
I took some of the leftover DSP and fussy cut several of the pears. Not too difficult with the SU! Paper Snips – and the pears are pretty straightforward – I did decide to cut off the leaves and just leave the little stem, cause I’m not crazy, man!
Using my Vintage Leaves stamp set, I stamped some Mossy Meadow leaves onto the Burlap Ribbon and cut them out as well (note: cutting the burlap ribbon is easy, but it sheds all sorts of burlap-hair/fuzz whilst you’re doing it, so be forewarned!). Then I colored the leaves in with my Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Marker – trying to get some hint of the veining in the leaves (FAIL). It did give me a little more color, though,
I used my bone folder to ever-so-gently-and-lightly curl the little pears, to give them more of a sense of “round” rather than “flat” (flat pears are not tasty). Then, using some dimensionals and glue dots and Multi-purpose Liquid Glue, I ever-s0-artfully stacked them into a bunch in place of the circle element of the sketch. As I was layering, I wound some Metallic Gold Thread through the bunch. I secured the thread with several glue dots that would be hidden under the pears.
The sentiment got real simple, real quick. I just used teensy dabs of Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to attach one of the cool new Expressions Natural Elements to the card front.
On the inside, I used a liner of Sahara Sand (yes, one of the “approved” colors!) and stamped the sentiment from the And Many More set in Mossy Meadow. Then I covered that with a small piece of sticky note, and stamped one Waldmoos leaf (from Vintage Leaves) over the top of it. I added a strip of the barn wood DSP on a Mossy Meadow mat across the bottom…..
….et voila! The card was done. Just to make everything all nice and coordinated, I stamped some more Mossy Meadow Vintage Leaves onto a Crumb Cake Medium Envelope and I had a perfectly lovely card set.
I’m so very glad that I slept on the problem and came up with the pear cluster idea, cause I just love how it turned out! Hope that you do, too….
So – here’s a little foreshadowing for you: the new Holiday Catalog is going to be hitting the streets and going “LIVE” on 1 September. If you’ve ordered from me this year, you’ll be getting a copy for your very own – they should ship out of Stampin’ Up! around 11 Aug. If you haven’t ordered from me, but want a catalog, you can get one shipped to you as soon as I get them, by going to my Online Store and placing an order. Or go over to my Contact page here on the website and let me know you’d like a catalog!
In conjunction with the arrival of the Holiday catalog will be the availability of Catalog Shares! This is a great opportunity to get a sampling of all the fun Holiday items, without having to shell out the quite large sum of moola it would take to buy it all yourself. Scroll down to get a listing of everything you can get a piece of – and see how to sign up!
See below for all the card cuts and products used in this card.
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Stamps-N-Lingers Stampin’ Up! 2015 Holiday Catalog Shares!
PICTURE COMING SOON! 😉
Here’s what you’ll get. There are two ways to buy shares.
1. New Designer Series Paper Share – $17.00 plus $5 for Priority Mail shipping. In all, you’ll receive 54 6” x 6” sheets of designer papers! Just a factoid, if you bought all these papers, it would run around $101!
You’ll get one 6×6 sheet of each design from the following (the number behind the name indicates how many 6×6 sheets of that paper pack you will receive):
Home for Christmas DSP – 6
Winter Wonderland DSP – 6
Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack – 12
Red Foil Sheets – 2
Real Red Envelope Paper – 2
Merry Moments DSP Stack – 4
Season of Cheer DSP – 6
Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum – 3
Into the Woods DSP – 6
Happy Haunting DSP – 6
Black Glimmer Paper – 1
Total – 54 pieces
2. New Ribbon and Embellishment Share – $18 plus $3.50 for 1st Class Mail shipping for a full Ribbon & Embellishment share. With a full Ribbon & Embellishment Share you’ll receive 19 yards of new ribbon and 40 new embellishments! Second factoid – buying all this ribbon and the embellishments would cost a cool $91! Here’s what you’ll get:
Very Vanilla 1 1/4” Subtles Stripes Ribbon – 2 yds
Real Red Pompom Trim – 1 yd
Gold Cording Trim – 5 yds
Silver Cording Trim – 5 yds
Gold 3/8” Glitter Ribbon – 1 yd
White 3/8” Glitter Ribbon – 1 yd
1/8” Striped Ribbon – 2 yds (1 yd green and 1 yd red)
Into the Woods 3/8” Cotton Ribbon – 2 yds
Total – 19 yds
Home for Christmas Enamel Dots – 12 (2 each of 3 colors in 2 sizes)
Home for Christmas Designer Buttons – 6 (2 of each of 3 designs)
Snowflake Elements – 3 (1 of each of 3 designs)
Winter Wonderland Embellishments – 4
Iced Rhinestone Embellishments – 8 (4 of each of 2 sizes)
Reindeer Paper Clips – 2
Into the Woods Elements – 3 (1 of each of 3 designs)
Spider Web Doilies – 2
Total – 40 pieces
Want it all? $35 – and you’ll get shares of all of the new Designer Series Papers, Designer Series Paper Stacks, ribbons and embellishments. Plus I’ll ship it for free!
And if you’d like double shares of either the designer paper or ribbon, that works, too. I’ll cut the paper sheets into 6×12 so that you’ll be able to get 3 full A2 size card fronts from each sheet (except for the Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack and the Merry Moments DSP Stack, you’ll get double sheets of those since they’re already precut at 6″x6″!).
If you choose to join us, here’s some fine print:
- Deadline to sign up for the shares is Sunday, 30 Aug at 5pm MST
- I’ll submit the order on 1 Sept when the Catalog goes Live
- You’ll receive a PayPal Invoice one week prior (so, around 25 Aug), unless you sign up after that date, at which time you’ll get an invoice right away. I’ll need payment before I submit the share, please! 🙂
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STAMPIN’ UP PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:
Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Delightful Dijon Card Stock: 3 1/2″ x 11″ (Card Base – Scored and folded at 5 1/2″); 2 1/8″ x 3 1/8″ (mat for embossed strip)
Mossy Meadow Card Stock: 3 3/8″ x 5 3/8″ (front mat); 2 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ (Barn wood art mat); 2″ x 3 1/8″ (embossed strip); 1″ x 3 3/8″ (inner liner strip mat)
Sahara Sand Card Stock: 3 3/8″ x 5 3/8″ (inner liner)
Farmer’s Market DSP: 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ (card front – pears); 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (card front – barn wood); 3/4″ x 3 3/8″ (inner liner strip)
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BACKORDER LIST AS OF 30 Jul 15
138401: Gold Metallic Thread
138402: Silver Metallic Thread
138273: Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies
138447: Sweet Li’l Things Designer Series Paper
138288: Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (second shipment)
138377: Cottage Greetings Card Kit (third shipment; more information here)
138296: Washi Label Punch
138378: Tin of Cards Project Kit (third shipment; more information here)
138422: Tip Top Taupe 1″ Dotted Lace Trim (second shipment)
138425: Watermelon Wonder 1″ Dotted Lace Trim (second shipment)
Date to be Determined
137154: Butterfly Basics Photopolymer Stamp Set
140406: Watercolor Wishes Card Kit