Stampin’ Up! Sitting Here with a Flourish!

Welcome back, folks – hope you enjoyed the Weekend Time Warp!  We actually had rain on Sunday!  It was wonderful – a little more than had been predicted, along with some lightning.  We sure do need it.  We could really use it every day for a week straight!

So here’s a thing.  You guys know I’ve been talking – sort of obscurely – about a dog.  You know we lost our guy last summer.  You know my hubby isn’t ready for another dog.

But, here’s the thing – I found one at a rescue that I thought might just be perfect!  He’s a 6 year old Aussie named Roy.  Wayne actually said – Ok – when I told him I wanted to get some more info.

My foot’s in the door, folks! I sent the application in – it was the only way to get said more info.

Then I went to dinner at my friend’s house.  And got an e-mail from the rescue.  Roy’s being adopted this weekend.

Waaaaahhhh.  I didn’t even know I wanted him until yesterday and now I’m super bummed cuz I can’t have him.  Waaaaaahhhhh! 🙁 🙁 🙁

I guess I just have to keep looking.  Foot – in door!

Now – my card for today.  It’s another sympathy card for my friend – the one I made last weekend (as I suspected) didn’t answer the mail.  She really really wanted the Sitting Here swing on the card.  That’s a really popular image, don’t you know?  So – I made another stab at it, with her requested sentiments from the Better Together stamp set.  Take a look-see:

I, sort of loosely, used the sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches #254:

I started by making the card front.  Using a couple of images from the Touches of Texture – the little flower and the large dots image – I stamped all over a Cajun Craze card stock panel with Cajun Craze ink.  For the large dots, I stamped off TWICE before stamping the card stock.  The flower I stamped off once.

And, in the interest of full disclosure, I got a little carried away – pushing down too hard – and got some extraneous marks on the card.  

The first time, I flipped the panel over and started again.  The second time, I decided I was just going to keep screwing it up, so….I took my Cajun Craze Stampin’ Write Marker and added more little streaks around the card! 🙂  You really can’t even see them….

I ran the panel thru the Big Shot in my Brick Wall TIEF and SNAILd it to a Delightful Dijon mat.  Then I wrapped a piece of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon around, securing it in the back with scotch tape.

Next, I cut two leaves from Always Artichoke card stock, with the die in the Flourish Thinlits set.  And adhered them to the card front with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.

The art work is a Very Vanilla piece, with layered images from the Sitting Here stamp set.  Here’s the masking order:

  1. Stamp the dog in Chocolate Chip ink.
  2. Cover the dog with a sticky note mask.
  3. Stamp the basket in Soft Suede.
  4. Cover the basket with a sticky note mask.
  5. Stamp the flower pot in Soft Suede.
  6. Cover the flower pot with a sticky note mask.
  7. Cover the “chains” on the swing image from Sitting Here with tape.
  8. Ink the rest of the image with Early Espresso.
  9. Take off the tape!  This is important – if you don’t, prepare to get another piece of card stock and start over.  Just sayin!
  10. Stamp the swing (which is now a bench) over the masked dog and flowers.  Hold it down firmly!
  11. Use the Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker to touch up any areas that didn’t get stamped on the swing, and to add in around the flowers so that you can “see” the swing thru the flowers!

And that’s how you get the layered image down just right!  

I colored the bench with Crumb Cake ink, using my Aqua Painter, and then touched up the wood-grain marks with my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker.

Using the lids of my ink pads and a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, I colored the dog with Delightful Dijon, the basket with So Saffron, and the flower pot with Sahara Sand.  I used markers to color the flowers – Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Blushing Bride.  I also used a marker – Island Indigo – to color the bench seat stripes.  Then I stamped the little bird in Cherry Cobbler and fussy cut him, to adhere to the arm of the bench.

I SNAILd the panel to a Delightful Dijon mat and then popped it on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The sentiment, from Better Together, is stamped in Always Artichoke on Very Vanilla, then I snipped a banner end.  I matted it on Delightful Dijon and added it with some Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The embellishment is one of the pillows from Sitting Here, stamped in Early Espresso and colored with a few markers – Island Indigo, Old Olive, Always Artichoke and Crushed Curry.  Then I rounded it with my stylus, popped it on with a Dimensional and the card front was done! 🙂

On the inside, I added the second (requested!) sentiment from Better Together in Always Artichoke on Very Vanilla, then SNAILd it to a Delightful Dijon mat.  I also added some more of the Touches of Texture flowers, in stamped-off-once Cajun Craze.

I SNAILd it into my Always Artichoke card base, popped the card front on with Dimensionals, and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got some leaves from Flourishing Phrases in Always Artichoke and some Touches of Texture Cajun Craze flowers on the front…

…and then I added them onto the envelope flap as well.

Et Voila!  This one answered the mail – she was quite pleased with it.  Even requested another one exactly like it for another friend!  Hope y’all like it, too – it’s tough to go too far wrong with the Sitting Here stamp set, don’t you think? 🙂

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Always Artichoke Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and fold at 5 1/2′); Flourish Thinlits die cuts

Cajun Craze Card Stock:  4″ x 5 1/4″ (Card front)

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 2 1/2″ x 3″ (art panel); 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ (sentiment banner); 4″ x 5 1/4″ (inner liner)

Delightful Dijon Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 2 5/8″ x 3 1/8″ (mat for art panel); 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ (sentiment banner)

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12 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Sitting Here with a Flourish!

  1. Oh my goodness, that is beautiful Mary! Love the colors and the subtle background. Perfectly created! 🙂

  2. Mom

    Lovely. Yes, the waiting by the swing is wonderful.
    And somewhere, the right pooch is waiting too…with no idea how lucky s/he will be when you cross paths.

  3. Thanks, Mom! 🙂

  4. Karen L.

    Boy, that “requester” was quite specific with the “wants” on the card!! It turned out great…… onto another one!! Yep, when we lost our “big boy” (cat) it took a while to be ready to adopt……but, when we were ready he adopted us…..funny how that happens. He sure fills the void though……..those crazy animals sure can make life great!!

    • Well, it was my bad that I didn’t just do what she’d asked for in the first place! 😉 As for adopting, I’m probably more ready than Wayne is – but he’ll get there! Thanks, Karen! 🙂

  5. Your layering is so great! Wow, that has got to be tough the first time especially if you try it without your wonderful directions! Beautiful job. Fingers crossed for that special rescue! 🙂

  6. Several tries on my grid paper first!! 🙂 Thanks much, Jari! 🙂

  7. Such a sweet scene….beautifully colored and detailed! Glad you joined us at FMS!

  8. Thanks, Linda! 🙂

  9. What a lovely card! I love that swing and the little pup sleeping away! So sweet! Your friend will be touched by this card! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  10. Thanks very much, Jen! 🙂

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