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May 2019

Lovely as a Tree Farewell

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Well, it is the end of an era!  'Lovely as a Tree' is retiring on June 3, 2019, after 18 years of circulation. When my cousin introduced me to Stampin' Up! back in 2001, this stamp set had just come out and it was a must have. 

Oh goodness, I am trying to think what the technique craze was back then. Everyone was doing it.   OH!  I know.... the packaging tape technique.  You cut a window out of your Whisper White front piece and cover the hole with clear packing tape.  Then dump Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (yep...been around a long time too) over the tape and rub it in until tape no longer sticky.  Through the glittery window you could see the single tree stamp.  I am sure I still have that card somewhere,  I will have to find it.    

Any way, I had my club card class over the weekend and felt it appropriate to do one more class card using Lovely as a Tree.  Simple and clean... I am going to miss this set. 

Card base is Basic Black cut 5-1/2" by 8-1/2"

Lemon Lime Twist mat cut 5-3/8" by 4-1/8"   (already sold out so substitute with Old Olive) (do any die cutting with this piece... like I did with the word Sympathy)

Whisper White card stock is cut 5-1/4" x 4"

Mask the Whisper White and use Stampin' Sponges to sponge on color:  Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Balmy Blue

Words and die cut word are from the Bundle "Well Said Bundle".  ORDER no later than June 3rd to get the bundle price discount.  Don't forget that items carrying over into the new catalog but not as a bundle. 

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Enjoy Life

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This has easily become my favorite card! The swipes of colors make it look like an amazing sunset, or I suppose a sunrise. 

The Enjoy Life stamp set has some great inspirational phrases and images make a simple yet perfect card. 

Card Base:  Basic Black card stock  8-1/2 x 5-1/2

Mat:  Melon Mambo  card stock  4-1/8 x 5-3/8

Card Front:  (colorful piece) Shimmer White Card stock 5-1/4 x 4

Ink Refills:  Petal Pink, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, and Blackberry Bliss

I put a couple of drops of ink in some empty embellishment containers I had laying around, one for each color.  Then with my Aqua Painter, added a few drops of water and mixed it up.  Working from Dark to Light, I swiped color back-n-forth with my brush.  I worked from dark to light because when you mix up the color and water, or pick up more color with your Aqua Painter, your brush will have lots of color, right?  Keep a paper towel near by to wipe off your brush when changing ink colors.  You do not have to clean completely, just enough to remove majority of color. 

Use your Heat Tool to help speed the drying process.  Remember, heat both sides of the paper which will help with the curling. 

Stamped images and works are done in Black Memento ink (I used a brand new pad....wow!  That sure did stamp nice).   If you have not replaced your Memento ink pad for a while, I highly recommend replacing it.  I did not realize the quality difference between my old pad and the new one.  But mine is heavily used. 

What me to do a video for this card?  Let me know!!!

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