Thankful for Pleasant Pheasants

Today’s card features another new stamp set in the upcoming Holiday catalog, which will be available to order from beginning September 5, 2018. Pheasants are dear to my heart, as they remind me of my dad. Back in 2009, Stampin’ Up! released a stamp set called Autumn Days, which also featured a pheasant. I bought the set to make my dad’s Birthday card with it. Unfortunately, he passed away a few weeks before his Birthday. I made him a Missing You card and placed it in his casket. You can see that card here. So, as you can imagine, as soon as Hunter and I saw this new Pleasant Pheasants stamp set, she looked at me and said I had to get it…in my dad’s memory. So, dad, this card is for you, too.

Keep reading for a couple of techniques featured on this card.

Thankful for Pleasant Pheasants


Background Block Stamping With Markers
I know for myself that it can be difficult to color in images that are realistic, so I tried a technique that is new-to-me. This was super easy – as you can see by the steps below. I used Block E and scribbled Stampin’ Write markers on it. Then I spritzed it about 8 to 10 times with water. I then placed it directly on to the Whisper White cardstock. I wasn’t able to capture it on a photo, but when you place it on the cardstock, you can actually see the color absorbing right into the cardstock. It doesn’t take very long to dry, either. Just keep in mind that the cardstock will bow a little.


Customizing Pearls
I adore the new Braided Linen Trim, but I needed a little something extra. I grabbed my Dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends marker and colored directly onto the pearls with the brush end. Since Blends are alcohol markers, they dry almost instantly and the color won’t rub off.  Another excuse for me to buy more Blends colors so I can have pearls of any color I need!
Blends on Pearls

Card Recipe
Stamp Set:  Pleasant Pheasants
Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso
Stampin’ Write Markers:  Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
Stampin’ Write Blends:  Dark Soft Suede
Lovelies: Braided Linen Trim, Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools:  Stampin’ Spritzer, Banner Triple Punch, Corrugated Dynamic Embossing Folder, Big Shot

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the Annual Catalog PDF. I will add the 2018 Holiday Catalog as soon as I’m allowed to.

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Hot Dog! Retirement Card

There’s a man I know that is retiring from a local community college at the end of this year. He’s the kind of guy  that will definitely get a chuckle out of a hot dog truck! This truck is too stinkin’ cute! It’s from an upcoming Sale-a-Bration set called Tasty Trucks. I keep laughing every time I look at it! The set will be available to earn beginning January 4, 2017.  I even broke out my Stampin’ Write markers for this task. I haven’t colored with them in a long time and had forgotten how fun that can be.

hot-dog-retirement-card

Notice the windows, lights and reflectors. How funny! I used the Fine-Tip Glue Pen and added a layer of the glue. When it dries, it’s all shiny!

hot-dog-close-up

Stamp Set:  Tasty Trucks
Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink:  Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stampin’ Write Markers: Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Real Red, Sahara Sand
Lovelies:  Regals Enamel Shapes
Tools:  Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Duet Banner Punch, Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Big Shot

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Say Goodbye to the Purple Monkeys!

My stepdaughter Shanice asked me to make cards for her children’s teachers. She requested purple monkeys with glitter – hilarious! I had so much fun making these cards. I am sad to see all 3 of these stamp sets retire in 2 days. I decided to go with a lighter shade of purple to coordinate effortlessly with the retired 2013-2015 In Colors. I like to call them the “Ice Cream Colors”. So yummy!  Look closely and you will see the Dazzling Diamonds glitter on each little monkey’s tummy.  So darling! I hope Shanice agrees!

Purple Monkeys Purple Monkeys 2

Stamp Sets: Zoo Babies, Banner Banter, All Boxed Up (inside)
Cardstock:  Wisteria Wonder, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper:  2013-2015 In Colors Stack
Ink (Stampin’ Write Markers):  Wisteria Wonder, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana
Lovelies: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Pistachio Pudding Thick Bakers Twine
Tools:  1” Square Punch, Postage Stamp Punch

Let me know if you want to get your hands on any of these retiring stamp sets! Only 2 days left!

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If you want more inspiration, be sure to visit my Pinterest boards! I have a ridiculous number of boards – arranged by type and themes for cards, scrapbooking and papercrafting! https://www.pinterest.com/jenniferarent/