Saturday, November 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink November 2017 Blog Hop

It's the 25th of the Month which means that it is time for the Papertrey November 2017 Blog Hop.  This is my second post for today so if you are looking for the Simply Sweet Inspiration Hop, it's the next post.

I really struggle to take accurate pictures of anything with yellow in it and this was no exception. This is some of that special paper that I've used before, albeit very sparingly.  However, once I saw Nichole's Inspiration Image, I knew I didn't have anything else as perfect as this plaid, and so I used it.  I have just 2 full 12 x 12 sheets of this plaid left now.  That means I should be able to get at least 8 and probably 12 more cards before I am completely out of this paper forever.  It is a very old Sandylion paper from back in my scrapbooking days and I have carefully hoarded it to make it last this long.

Nichole always finds the most beautiful inspiration photos to inspire us and also mentioned that it would be a great time to have one last hurrah with some of our favorite autumnal products.  This card uses one from last year and one from this year as well.

Give Thanks is a favorite set of mine designed by Dawn McVey.  I love the wheat stalks in it, particularly since I am from Kansas (the largest producer of wheat in the world) and it always makes me think of the family farm back home.  In this case, I just wanted to use one of the sentiments from the set.

For my card base, I started with a top folding card made from Kraft Cardstock and worked my way up through the layers.  The very bottom layer of the mat is cut from Sun Shimmer Cardstock, and then a slightly smaller rectangle of the plaid paper was put on top.  I wanted to use a label or banner for my sentiment and this one is always on my desk. I had just one panel of Gold Shimmer Cardstock (another treat from my friend Cindy O.) and I wanted to use that little bit lighter shade. It's an oldie Spellbinders Die that I got a GASC more than a decade ago.  The cool thing about it is that it embosses also.

Because my RA and Fibro have been giving me so much difficulty lately, especially with intricate dies, I gave in and ordered a Gemini Electric Die Cutting Machine which arrived yesterday afternoon. I really wanted to see if this machine would do anything at all with dry embossing because the embossing pad is so very thin that you wouldn't think it would work at all.  HOLY COW!  The embossing is so impressive and about ten times better than I could ever get with an embossing mat in my hand crank die cutting machine.  I was impressed!  You can find more information about the Gemini on the Crafter's Companion Website, HSN, or Blitzy.com as well as others I'm sure.  The Gemini Junior is pretty hard to find right now.  They were only available at Crafter's Companion and HSN before, but I wanted to be able to cut a full sheet if I wanted and I have a dedicated space for my studio, so smaller and more compact was not important to me. I have my little red sidekick and the new thicker cutting pads for it sitting on my desk for small dies.

Some of the embossing detail was there just from the die cutting sandwich but when I ran it through with the embossing sandwich, I was floored at how well it worked!  After that, I took some Summer Sunrise Ink and an inexpensive cosmetic brush using it like a stencil brush, and inked all around the edges of the label. I dried it just a bit with my heat tool to make sure the ink was dry and then prepped my surface with my powder tool to get ready to heat emboss it.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat set it with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder, then stamped it again and heat it again with another layer of embossing powder.  This has become my preferred way of Heat Embossing with at least two layers of embossing powder and sometimes 3 or 4.  This particular card was done with two but I kind of wish I had done one more.


For the final element, I die cut the large branch from the Beautiful Berries: Autumn out of the scrap of Gold Shimmer Cardstock and then stamped it out using Dark Chocolate for the branch, and Melon Berry and Orange Zest for the Bittersweet Berries. I thought it would look strange if I did the die cuts from White or Cream Cardstock and the Gold Shimmer Cardstock took the ink very well.  Just as I was finishing this card, I decided it needed some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Copper Penny for the finishing touch.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to go over to Nichole Heady's Blog to see all the projects from today's hop!

While I made this card for the Papertrey Blog Hop, it will work very well for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge #470 as well!

Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder
Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder
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Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
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Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Dies
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Dies
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WPLUS9 Gift Card Layers Designer Dies
WPLUS9 Gift Card Layers Designer Dies
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Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink
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Wagner Heat Tool
Wagner Heat Tool
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Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
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Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock
Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock
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Papertrey Ink Gold Shimmer Cardstock
Papertrey Ink Gold Shimmer Cardstock
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Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops - Copper Penny
Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops - Copper Penny
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Give Thanks Stamp Set
Give Thanks Stamp Set
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Beautiful Berries: Autumn
Beautiful Berries: Autumn
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Beautiful Berries: Autumn Dies
Beautiful Berries: Autumn Dies
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Perfect Match Summer Sunrise
Perfect Match Summer Sunrise
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Perfect Match Melon Berry
Perfect Match Melon Berry
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Perfect Match Orange Zest
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Perfect Match Dark Chocolate
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30 comments:

  1. Great job, I have that sentiment in a Unity stamp and looked high and low for it on Thursday... still hiding.

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  2. Very pretty, Vicki! I love the sentiment.

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  3. This is beautiful! Love how you were inspired.

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  4. Your paper is perfect for your inspired card Vicki! the big sentiment works well here with the simple sprig layered over the edge - a beautiful card!

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  5. Vicki, this is gorgeous! I can see why you've hoarded that plaid paper. It's beautiful! Love this sweet card and the festive bittersweet berries. I just got this set and am wishing I had more time in the season to play with it. Your card has inpsired me!

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous, Vicki! I love the Autumn colors and the way you added your sprig of Bittersweet. This is one of my very favorite sentiments, too! I'm so glad that you discovered a helpful new tool. I really enjoyed visiting your blog this morning, Vicki! ♡

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  7. That paper is so gorgeous, no wonder you are hoarding it. Lol Beautiful card.

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  8. Beautiful card, Vicki!! Love the plaid paper...it's so beautiful and is perfect for this challenge & CTD!!

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  9. So very clean and simple, Vicki, but so very striking. Love reading how you were inspired! So many now are on the hunt for the Gemini, but I’m hanging on to my Big Shot for now. I’m sure it’s a real bonus for you with your health conditions. So sorry you have to deal with all of that...but it could be so much worse.

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  10. A gorgeous card! The plaid paper is a stunning background for you beautiful design.

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  11. I can see why you've been hoarding that paper Vicki...it is GORGEOUS! And perfect for this challenge! I have a Sizzix electronic die cutting machine and love it...got it for Christmas last year and use it just about every day! :0) And thanks for the tip about stamping on gold cardstock...never thought the ink would take so never tried it...good to know! Again, lovely, lovely card Vicki!! :0)

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  12. Beautiful work! I can see why you hoarded that gorgeous paper~

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  13. Gorgeous card, the colours are stunning <3

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  14. Love the paper! The card is lovely!

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  15. WOW, Vicki, this is gorgeous! I can see why you're going to miss the DSP, it is beautiful and your special details add so much to this card.
    I hope your illnesses give you a break soon.

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  16. Your plaid card is really nice! You've made very good use of that shimmer card stock! I agree it takes ink and embossing beautifully, and I love the embossing depth you showed.

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  17. This card is fabulous. I have certain colors that just don't want to cooperate with my camera either!

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  18. Oh yes, I can see why you have been keeping every snippet of that plaid, it's gorgeous! I love the sentiment in gold, and the berries are so beautiful!

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  19. Oh my goodness, what a stunningly beautiful card! The details and colors are extraordinary. Your photo layout is also gorgeous. Wow!

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  20. Beautiful card, and paper. And I think we all suffer from 'yellow-itis' when it comes to photos, but oh well, we keep trying. Gorgeous sentiment too!

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  21. Gorgeous Vicki! Love the wonderfully framed sentiment and pretty berries! The plaid background looks lovely! Great take on the challenge!

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  22. Beautiful card, all the layers are perfect To highlight this season!

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  23. Ohh, this card is beautiful, Vicki. LOVE the Plaid and pretty berries sprigs.

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  24. Gorgeous paper & I absolutely love that sentiment--wonderful card!

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  25. A beautiful card! I appreciate your description & tips- Thank you!

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  26. Such a beautiful autumnal creation! I'm glad to hear there is such a great die cutting machine out there to make your cardmaking more pleasurable.

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