The September InKing Royalty Blog Hop paired with #MojoSketch523

It’s Autumn with Come to Gather DSP and the InKing Royalty September Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around AUTUMN. There is so much to love about the transition from summer to winter, even if we have to wait a few more months to have a Florida Fall. Each of us has created a project which means Autumn and we hope you find inspiration in our Autumn-themed projects! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

The gorgeous colors in the blog hop banner are from the Come to Gather DSP.  This is the same DSP pack I used for this blog hop/Mojo Monday challenge.  With the completion of this card, I have about half of the 16 Thanksgiving cards I need.  Hopefully, I won’t run out of this fabulous paper before I finish what I need.

Whenever I am stuck creatively I start looking for sketch challenges.  If I can pair a sketch challenge with a color challenge, I am a very happy stamper!

Here’s the challenge banner from #MojoSketch523:

Here’s the card I created:

Come to Gather DSP and the Harvest Hellos Bundle

I just love these colors for a Florida Fall card!  The deep, rich traditional Thanksgiving colors do not appear this far south.  Therefore, I am thankful for the vibrant colors of Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron, and Early Espresso.  The very talented Stampin’ Up! designers really created a phenomenonally gorgeous set of patterns and colors.

Since the measurements have already been worked out for the sketch, I used them for the base of my card.  I did scale down the two focal circle elements.  Once I had the large circle and the two pumpkins, I knew when I added the sentiment banner I would have an even number of elements.  I knew I needed a fifth element, but I also wanted it to be subtle, so I decided to use the Mint Macaron twine from the Nature’s Twine set.  

Those pumpkins……. how fabulous that the one punch can create an adorable apple or pumpkin?  Talk about versatility!  Instead of embossing the Mint Macaron pumpkin I used the very subtle script pattern from the Subtles DSP.  When I stamped the pupmkin in Pretty Peacock, I did a little happy dance in my chair.  It worked!  YEAH!  

In order to accomodate all the popped up layers, provided by dimensionals, I needed to add a double high layer of them under the two pumpkins.  The picture of my card really doesn’t show how much dimension these little adhesive hexagons provide.

As always, I used a piece of DSP for the envelope flap.  This time I chose the feather pattern.  I stamped pumpkins using coordinating from Gather Together on the front, bottom, left corner.

With that, this card/envelope set was complete!

The Rest of the Blog Hop Awaits!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hopShawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps.

. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  7. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  8. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  9. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  10. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  11. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie

You Know You Want to…….

     

If you would like to order the bundle, stamp set, and/or punches,  and live in the U.S.,  please use the icon above to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards.  For example, check out this all-inclusive kit: Looking Up Card Kit, item # 149651 ($27.00).  If you include a Tombow liquid adhesive (item # 110755, $4.00) you will have everything you need  since the ink spot and embellishments are included..  One kit, 15 cards, 3 of each of 5 designs.  Score!  Check it out!  

LOOKING UP CARD KIT

HOST CODE

IF you are placing an order (you know you want to do so) over $150, please contact me so you can earn all the Host Rewards for which you are entitled.  If your order is less than $150, please use YYX6FBEC for the host code.  

Wednesday was a HUGE day for Stampin’ Up!  Not only did the Holiday Catalog go live for customers, the Buy 3, get 1 Free DSP sale from the annual catalog starts!  I already have my FOUR sets of DSP picked out!  Get yours now!  

09.19_TH_FLYER_DSP_US

To shop from the holiday catalog, available now, click on the image below: 

20190904_HOL19_en-USSupply List:

Harvest Hellos stamp set, item # 150581

Gather Together stamp set, item # 150589

Come to Gather DSP , item # 150454

6′ x 6′ Subtles DSP, item # 149615

Apple Builder Punch, item # 150663

Nature’s Twine, item # 146342

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item # 150880

Mint Macaron cardstock, item # 138337

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Pad, item # 150083

Mint Macaron Stampin’ Pad, item # 147106

Momento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 132708

Stampin’ Dimensionals, item # 104430

Mini-Stampin Dimensionals, item # 144108

Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, item # 110755

 

 

New Wonders with ctd560

Color Throwdown Challenge, #560

The challenge this week included red, green, brown, and yellow using generic colors.  I wanted to make a Christmas card, so that took care of the red and green, for which I used Cherry Cobbler and Shaded Spruce.  I picked this gorgeous plaid from the Wrapped in Plaid Specialty DSP, which can be found,in the holiday catalog.   To me, this plaid pattern looks open with all the white space included in the gorgeous plaid.

So, let’s get to it.  Here’s the challenge banner:

Normally, I would have gone with a floral card, but at this point in the year, I am working on holiday cards.  I’ve created a few Christmas cards using the New Wonders host stamp set, am always pleased with how stinking cute these angels turn out.

Here’s my card:

Working within the Challenge Colors

I usually really like non-traditional Christmas colors.  However, I also think that the Shaded Spruce and Cherry Cobbler combination is gorgeous, and this plaid is fabulous!  I also colored the small angel hearts using Shaded Spruce.  Her dress was colored using the Cherry Cobbler for the dress and Shaded Spruce for the slippers. 

This beautiful sentiment is from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set, also in the holiday catalog.  The Perfectly Plaid suite contains all the necessary accessories, including the Shaded Spruce and gold ribbon.  Red and green – check.

I colored this angel’s hair using the Daffodil Delight blends combo and the Crumb Cake light blend.  The three colors give the hair some depth so her hair isn’t just flat.  Yellow – check.  

I used the Crumb Cake blends combo for the angel’s fountain pen.  The light and dark blends, along with the shading from the stamp, helps make the pen look dimensional.   Brown – check.

This card wouldn’t be complete without some bling on the wings, fountain pen, hearts and stars, and her slippers.  The Gold Wink of Stella works perfectly for the tip of the pen.  I colored everything else with Clear Wink of Stella.

Once again, dimensionals provided depth for the main section of the card.  I used the same piece of DSP for the envelope flap and then stamped a plaid Christmas tree on the bottom, right corner of the front of the envelope.  

With that, I’d finished my card.  Of course, I am cutting it down to the wire for the submission to the Color Throwdown gallery, which means it’s time to cut this off.

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

You Know You Want to…….

     

If you would like to order the bundle, stamp set, and/or punches,  and live in the U.S.,  please use the icon above to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards.   I would be honored to help you do so.  For example, check out this all-inclusive kit: Notes of Kindness Card Kit, item # 148266 ($35.00).  The only thing you need to add is some Tombow liquid adhesive (item # 110755, $4.00) since the ink spot is included..  One kit, 20 cards, 5 of each of 4 designs.  Check it out!  

pink and green leaf kit

HOST CODE

IF you are placing an order (you know you want to do so) over $150, please contact me so you can earn all the Host Rewards for which you are entitled.  If your order is less than $150, please use YYX6FBEC for the host code.  

Wednesday was a HUGE day for Stampin’ Up!  Not only did the Holiday Catalog go live for customers, the Buy 3, get 1 Free DSP sale from the annual catalog starts!  I already have my FOUR sets of DSP picked out!  Get yours now!  

09.19_TH_FLYER_DSP_US

To shop from the holiday catalog, available now, click on the image below: 

20190904_HOL19_en-USSupply List:

Perfectly Plaid stamp set, item # 149418

New Wonders host stamp set, item # 149426

Wrapped in Plaid DSP, item # 149596

Come to Gather DSP, item # 150454

Shaded Spruce/gold ribbon, item # 149567

Shaded Spruce cardstock, item # 146981

Daffodil Delight blends combo, item #  144603

Crumb Cake blends combo, item #  144601

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Pad, item # 126966

Momento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 132708

Clear Wink of Stella, item #  141897

Stampin’ Dimensionals, item # 104430

Mini-Stampin Dimensionals, item # 144108

Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, item # 110755

 

 

 

Come to Gather with #GDP206

Give Thanks, Always

Stampin’ Up! hit it out of the park with this Come to Gather Suite, which includes traditional and non-traditional Thanksgiving colors.   While the majority of the colors are darker and traditional, there are some lighter, more southern Thanksgiving colors.  However, for this Global Design Project card, I used the darker, traditional colors., including Pretty Peacock, which I totally love in this suite.  

Let’s get right down to it; here’s the Global Design Project #206 challenge banner:

Here’s the card I created:

 

Layers and More Layers

While the challenge sketch is clean, for some reason, I went with a collage approach for my card.  In order to get all the layers and depth I wanted, I used dimensionals and mini-dimensionals.  The Pretty Peacock stamped leaf on vellum cardstock, and one of the embossed maple leaves are flat on the background.

I used dimensionals under the horizontal banner and also for the sentiment banner.  I adhered the two maple leaves in the front with Tombow liquid adhesive flat on the horizontal banner.

The double pumpkin cropped set are adhered flat on the sentiment banner.  I popped up the larger pumpkin on dimensionalson the left and Tombow on the right.  

The double bow I created using the Cajun Craze twine for this card is one of the first ones for which I’ve liked the outcome.  I used glue dots to adhere it to the very bottom of the pumpkins.  

After I dry-fit, then adhered all the pieces down, I decided I needed to add some bling.  I didn’t want to add pearls or metallics, so I grabbed my clear Wink of Stella and colored all the fully colored Cajun Craze leaves on the DSP background.  

I finished up this challenge card with the background DSP for the envelope flap.  Then, on the bottom left front corner, I stamped a large pumpkin in full strength Cajun Craze, then a stamped off double pumpkin.  

With that, another Thanksgiving card was complete.

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

You Know You Want to…….

     

If you would like to order the bundle, stamp set, and/or punches,  and live in the U.S.,  please use the icon above to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards.   I would be honored to help you do so.  For example, check out this all-inclusive kit: Notes of Kindness Card Kit, item # 148266 ($35.00).  The only thing you need to add is some Tombow liquid adhesive (item # 110755, $4.00) since the ink spot is included..  One kit, 20 cards, 5 of each of 4 designs.  Check it out!  

pink and green leaf kit

HOST CODE

IF you are placing an order (you know you want to do so) over $150, please contact me so you can earn all the Host Rewards for which you are entitled.  If your order is less than $150, please use YYX6FBEC for the host code.  

Wednesday was a HUGE day for Stampin’ Up!  Not only did the Holiday Catalog go live for customers, the Buy 3, get 1 Free DSP sale from the annual catalog starts!  I already have my FOUR sets of DSP picked out!  Get yours now!  

09.19_TH_FLYER_DSP_US

To shop from the holiday catalog, available now, click on the image below: 

20190904_HOL19_en-USSupply List:

Come to Gather bundle, item # 153036

OR

Gather Together stamp set, item # 150589

Gathered Leaves Dies, item # 150662

Come to Gather DSP, item # 150454

Come to Gather ribbon pack, item # 150456

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item # 150880

Crumb Cake cardstock, item # 120953

Cajun Craze cardstock, item #  119684

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Pad, item # 150083

Cajun Craze Stampin’ Pad, item # 147085

Vellum cardstock, item # 101856

Clear Wink of Stella, item #  141897

Stampin’ Dimensionals, item # 104430

Mini-Stampin Dimensionals, item # 144108

Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, item # 110755

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free as a Bird for Color Throwdown #599

Free as a Bird, Short and Sweet

This is my second card using this beautiful bundle consisting of the Free as a Bird stamp set and Stitched Nested Labels die set.  You can see the first card here.

I always enjoy the Color Throwdown challenges, and sometimes they really are a challenge.  After thinking about this one for a few days, all of a sudden it dawned on me what I would create.

Here’s the banner for CTD#599:

Here’s the card I created:

And here’s the inside:

When Inspiration Strikes

During one of the Pinterest browsing scrolling, a card I saw reminded me that I hadn’t used the double time technique lately.  One thought led to another, and that’s when the whole card came together in my mind.  

I used Very Vanilla/cream for the base, and the top label for the bird and the greeting.  

After cropping the labels to the sizes I wanted, I lined them up and stamped the single and double flowers from the Free as a Bird stamp set.   Then I carefully lined up the Calypso Coral layer on the Very Vanilla background and stamped another layer of the flowers.  I had to very carefully line all three layers together  to fill in the outlines for the stamps.  

I now had the Calypso Coral color I needed, and added the Night of Navy as the base, Very Vanilla/Cream was covered with the background and the label.  The only color I needed to incorporate was mustard.  In order to accomplish a mustard looking color, I used the Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight blends combos.  I also used the Crushed Curry Stamping Write marker on top of the blends.  The bird’s beak is Calypso Coral.  

I colored the flowers by laying all the layers flat and used the Calypso Coral blends combo to color them.  I used the Calypso Coral Stamping Write marker to add details to the center of the flowers.

Finishing Touches

Dimensionals pop up each layer of the labels, which I carefully realigned before adhering the layers together.

I really felt that something was needed to tie all the elements together.  Therefore, I used my Night of Navy dark blend to color three of the largest Pearl Basic Jewels.  Turns out that I am really, really pleased with the pop of Night of Navy jewels on the Very Vanilla background.   I now had some weight with the colored flowers, and the added weight with the Night of Navy jewels.  Those two elements dictated the general area where I needed to place the Calypso Coral pearl in order to create a triangle of the three elements, which is very pleasing to the eye.

As always, I finished with the envelope.  I used a piece of the coordinating DSP for the envelope flap.  Finally, I stamped and colored another bird on the bottom, right corner on the front of the envelope.  

Ta-Da!  Success

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

You Know You Want to…….

If you would like to order the bundle, stamp set, and/or punches,  and live in the U.S.,  please use the icon above to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards.   I would be honored to help you do so.  For example, check out this all-inclusive kit: Notes of Kindness Card Kit, item # 148266 ($35.00).  The only thing you need to add is a Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad (item # 132708, $6.00) and some Tombow liquid adhesive (item # 110755, $4.00).  One kit, 20 cards, 5 of each of 4 designs.  Check it out!  

pink and green leaf kit

HOST CODE

IF you are placing an order (you know you want to do so) over $150, please contact me so you can earn all the Host Rewards for which you are entitled.  If your order is less than $150, please use YYX6FBEC for the host code.  

Wednesday was a HUGE day for Stampin’ Up!  Not only did the Holiday Catalog go live for customers, the Buy 3, get 1 Free DSP sale from the annual catalog starts!  I already have my FOUR sets of DSP picked out!  Get yours now!  

09.19_TH_FLYER_DSP_US

To shop from the holiday catalog, available now, click on the image below: 

20190904_HOL19_en-US

 

Supply list:

Free as a Bird bundle, item # 151123

OR

Free as a Bird stamp set, item # 149468

Stitched Nested Label dies, item # 149638

Bird Ballad DSP, item # 149592

Night of Navy cardstock, item #  100867

Very Vanilla cardstock, item # 101650

Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item #  132708

Calypso Coral blends combo, item # 144045

Crumb Cake blends combo, item #  144601

Daffodil Delight blends combo, item # 144603

Pearl Basic Jewels, item # 149607

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item #   110755

Dimensionals, item # 104430

 

 

 

Free as a Bird Bundle for #GDP285 and FMS401

Free as a Bird Bundle

This stamp set and the Stitched Nested Label Dies are gorgeous, and I’ve used it for these two challenges.  I’ve also created a card with this set for another challenge, which will be posted tomorrow.  

Jumping right in, let’s look at the challenge banners:

          

Here’s the inside and outside of the card I created:

       

Easy Peasy Card

The Freshly Made Sketches challenges just beg to have clean and simple cards created.  Sometimes I have a real problem with that, but I did not today, and the Global Design Project sweet color combination just seemed to work with FMS.

My card really follows the sketch very closely.  The smaller offset circle comes from the In Color 2019 – 2021 DSP for the Rococo Rose.  The larger Mint Macaron circle comes from the Subtles DSP set.  Both circles have been outlined with their respective inks by lightly rolling the circles in their respective colors.  I decided to use Mint Macaron for the card base, topped by a layer of Whisper White, which I ran through the Subtle 3D folder.  I know I have used it a lot already, but the texture allows the whole card to have much needed white space without it being bland. After I ran the white through the Big Shot, I outlined it using the Rococo Rose ink pad.  I like the way the outlining creates a clean edge without adding bulk, so I tend to do it quite frequently.

Instead of using the triple leaf punch for this card, I chose to use sprig punch.  I already had a scrap piece of Mint Macaron stamped with the dots in Mint Macaron, so that’s what I used.

Easy Peasy Coloring with the Stamping Blends

I judged the size of the Stitched Nested Label Die by the height of the bird stamp.  She fits perfectly right inside this while allowing room for the simple sentiment, also from Free as a Bird.  I colored her using the So Saffron and Crumb Cake blends combos.  She is standing on a kind of sloppy patch created by the Mint Macaron blends combo.  I like the on purpose sloppiness and think a solid patch of Mint Macaron would be too much ink for this clean card.

As I tend to do, I colored in the stitches in the ditch using the Rococo Rose marker and thought I was finished.  Then I realized I wanted just a hint of So Saffron outlining the label, so I gently tapped each side into the ink pad.  

Time to Assemble

Assembly was easy peasy.  Everything is glued down using the Tombow liquid adhesive except the label, which sits on dimensionals for depth.  

I wanted to add just a little something something, and I remembered I have the In Color Faceted Dots.  Three of those for across the top, and I really wanted to add something down in the right corner of the label.  Thankfully, I had a Mint Macaron Faceted Dot from the Share What You Love suite.  

The card was then mounted on a white card base.  I wanted a sentiment on the inside, but did not want it just floating in space.  Therefore, I stamped another bird in So Saffron and then stamped the sentiment in the Momento Tuxedo Black, which is what I used to stamp the bird on the front.

Finishing Touches

As always, I finished by decorating the envelope.  I used a piece of the Rococo Rose DSP for the envelope flap.  Then, I stamped and colored a bird on the lower, left corner of the front of the envelope.  With that, I was done.

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

You Know You Want to…….

If you would like to order the bundle, stamp set, and/or punches,  and live in the U.S.,  please use the icon above to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards.   I would be honored to help you do so.  For example, check out this all-inclusive kit: Notes of Kindness Card Kit, item # 148266 ($35.00).  The only thing you need to add is a Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad (item # 132708, $6.00) and some Tombow liquid adhesive (item # 110755, $4.00).  One kit, 20 cards, 5 of each of 4 designs.  Check it out!  

pink and green leaf kit

HOST CODE

IF you are placing an order (you know you want to do so) over $150, please contact me so you can earn all the Host Rewards for which you are entitled.  If your order is less than $150, please use YYX6FBEC for the host code.  

Wednesday was a HUGE day for Stampin’ Up!  Not only did the Holiday Catalog go live for customers, the Buy 3, get 1 Free DSP sale from the annual catalog starts!  I already have my FOUR sets of DSP picked out!  Get yours now!  

09.19_TH_FLYER_DSP_US

To shop from the holiday catalog, available now, click on the image below: 

20190904_HOL19_en-US

 

Supply list:

Free as a Bird bundle, item # 151123

OR

Free as a Bird stamp set, item # 149468

Stitched Nested Label dies, item # 149638

2019 – 2021 In Color DSP, item # 149617

Sprig Punch, item # 148012

2-1/4 Circle punch, item # 143720

Mint Macaron cardstock, item #  138337

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Rococo Rose ink pad, item #  150080

So Saffron ink pad, item #  147109

Mint Macaron ink pad, item #  147106

Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item #  132708

So Saffron blends combo, item # 149557

Crumb Cake blends combo, item #  144601

Mint Macaron blends combo, item # 147283

2019 – 2021 In Color Faceted Dots, item # 149607

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item #   110755

Dimensionals, item # 104430

 

 

 

 

 

Come Gather with #MojoSketch522

Mojo Monday Challenge with Poetic Artistry

I used to really enjoy playing along with the Mojo Monday challenges and have really missed it.   Running a weekly challenge is a challenge in and of itself.  So, imagine my surprise and happiness when Julee Tilman, of Poetic Artistry  revived the challenge.  Thankfully, these challenges are now bi-weekly.  Since I make cards specifically for challenges, and then miss the deadlines, I really enjoy the two week timetable.  

For Thanksgiving every year, I create cards for every family in attendance, and this year I need about 15, which includes friends of our family who have nowhere to go.  I have been using the Come to Gather DSP, the Gather Together bundle, and the ribbon combo pack.  So far, I have five cards, two of which I missed the link deadline.  

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s the card I create

Pretty Peacock and Early Espresso, Who Knew?

This DSP has some very traditional fall colors, and also has the non-traditional colors of Pretty Peacock and Mint Macaron.  Early Espresso is also in this DSP, and I can’t get over the gorgeous colorcombination of Pretty Peacock and Early Espresso.  Mint Macaron plays a supporting role in this very non-traditional color combination.  I have a strong feeling that my cards this season will be in these colors, at least until I run out of the coordinating DSP.  If I run out, I can always get another pack.

The maple leaf is stamped onto vellum and then cropped using the coordinating dies.  I didn’t stamp anything on the smaller leaf.  Instead, I cropped it with the die and then used the embossing pad to run the leaf through the Big Shot.  It did take a couple of times to get the depth of impressions.

To create the various layers, I just had to mat the pieces in Early Espresso and adhear them together.   Easy Peasy!

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

You Know You Want to…….

If you would like to order the bundle, stamp set, and/or punches,  and live in the U.S.,  please use the icon above to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards, and I would be honored to help you do so.  

HOST CODE

IF you are placing an order (you know you want to do so) over $150, please contact me so you can earn all the Host Rewards to which you are entitled.  If your order is less than $150, please use YYX6FBEC for the host code.  

Wednesday was a HUGE day for Stampin’ Up!  Not only did the Holiday Catalog go live for customers, the Buy 3, get 1 Free DSP sale from the annual catalog starts!  I already have my FOUR sets of DSP picked out!  Get yours now!  

09.19_TH_FLYER_DSP_US

To shop from the holiday catalog, available now, click on the image below: 

20190904_HOL19_en-US

 

Supply list:

Gather Together bundle, item # 153036

OR

Gather Together stamp set, item # 150589

Gathered Leaves dies, item # 150662

Come to Gather DSP, item # 150454

Everyday Label Punch, item # 144668

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item #  150880

Early Espresso cardstock, item # 119686

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Early Espresso ink pad, item #  147114

Pretty Peacock ink pad, item #  150083

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item #   110755

Dimensionals, item # 104430

 

 

 

Gather Together Bundle Meets CAS(E) this sketch #377

Season of Thanks

Each Thanksgiving, I create at least 15 Thanksgiving cards for family and friends at our dinner.  I try to create a variety so that no two cards are exactly the same.  Therefore, I rely on sketch challenges for inspiration and I used CTS #377 for inspiration for the card below.  I did take some creative liberty with the sketch, but I think it is still evident in the card.

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s the card I created:

I have come to the conclusion that the non-traditional fall colors of Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron, and Early Espresso might just be my favorite in this Come to Gather DSP!

My Liberties

The horizontal banner, which is made from the 2019 – 2021 In Color DSP, definitely follows the sketch.  I knew I wanted to use the Everyday Label Punch for the sentiment with matted layers of Pretty Peacock and Early Espresso.   Early Espresso provides the cardstock for the horizontal mat and the card outline.  I also used it to stamp the maple leaf and pumpkins on vellum cardstock.  While I wanted the maple leaf to be see-through, I did not want the pumpkins see-through.  I used my dark Mint Macaron blend to color the back of the pumpkin stamps.  Then, I used the dark Crumb Cake blend on top of the Mint Macaron.  The pumpkins were then matted on cropped white cardstock.  

I miss the fall season.  I can’t begin to tell you how long it’s been since I’ve seen a real fall in person.  The maple leaf reminds me of fall on Long Island.  I really can’t get over how this gorgeous, non-traditional color combination brings happy memories to the forefront.

The placement of the sentiment starts my creative liberties.   There’s no sentiment on the sketch, so I made sure it almost exactly lined up with the horizontal band to stay within the spirit of the sketch.

Following the Sketch

When I started placing the vellum elements, I realized I would need a grounding element.  I solved this problem by using the Come to Gather Crumb Cake ribbon.   However, I still wasn’t happy with the way the maple leaf, blended into the DSP.   I thought of an open square, which I created by using two of the Stitched Shapes square dies, would solve this dilemma.  I used the splatter stamp from the Gather Together stamp set and Pretty Peacock ink to create a subtle pattern on the square.  When I put all these elements together, I decided that I had followed the sketch while also taking liberties with it.  

I struggle with collage cards, but this one pleases me and it came together relatively quickly.   As always, I finished by stamping the inside of the card, pictured below:

I had to use third generation stamping to get the maple leaf light enough for the sentiment to show, which comes from the Gather Together stamp set.  

I used a gingham print from the DSP for the envelope flap.  Then,  stamped an Early Espresso maple leaf on the front of the envelope.

With that, I had completed my card and envelope combination.

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

You Know You Want to…….

If you would like to order the bundle, stamp set, and/or punches,  and live in the U.S.,  please use the icon above to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards, and I would be honored to help you do so.  

IF you are placing an order (you know you want to do so) over $150, please contact me so you can earn all the Host Rewards to which you are entitled.  If your order is less than $150, please use YYX6FBEC for the host code.  

Wednesday was a HUGE day for Stampin’ Up!  Not only did the Holiday Catalog go live for customers, the Buy 3, get 1 Free DSP sale from the annual catalog starts!  I already have my FOUR sets of DSP picked out!  Get yours now!  

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To shop from the holiday catalog, available now, click on the image below: 

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Supply list:

Gather Together bundle, item # 153036

OR

Gather Together stamp set, item # 150589

Gathered Leaves dies, item # 150662

Come to Gather DSP, item # 150454

2019 – 2021 In Color DSP, item # 149617

Come to Gather Ribbon Combo Pack, item # 150456

Everyday Label Punch, item # 144668

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item #  150880

Early Espresso cardstock, item # 119686

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Early Espresso ink pad, item #  147114

Pretty Peacock ink pad, item #  150083

Crumb Cake Blends combo, item #  144601

Mint Macaron blends combo, item #  147283

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item #   110755

Dimensionals, item # 104430

 

 

It’s Your Time to Shine for Colour Inkspiration # 62

Crushed Curry, Call Me Clover, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White

First, let’s start with the Colour Inspriation photo so you can see my inspiration.

I really love everything about this photo: daisies, burlap, twine, and white lace.  The color combination is classic, and did you notice the alliteration of the colors?  I would thoroughly enjoy this little glass jar of happiness on my desk at school.  I might just have to do that, and soon.

Here’s the card I created:

As you can see, I took all the elements of the inspiration photo and included them into my card.  I used the Daisy Lane bundle of the stamp set and medium daisy punch, as well as the large daisy punch.  

The Process

I created the circle of fern leaves using the stamp and Call Me Clover in.  To create the variation of colors, I inked up the stamp, stamped then pivoted without picking up the bottom end of the stamp.  I repeated the process again to get the third generation stamp.  The different intensity of the same color helps to create depth and texture without adding anything extra.

Moving on to stamp the flowers, I decided that I didn’t want Crushed Curry stamps and blends coloring.  Therefore, I stamps all the layers in Crumb Cake and let them thoroughly dry.  While they were drying, I used the Painted Harvest trio of leaves  outline stamp in Call Me Clover on Crumb Cake.  The leaf punch made short work of cropping them out.  

After the daisies completely dried, I needed to fudge a bit and used the Daffodil Delight blends combo to color flowers.  As of right now, there are not Crushed Curry blends, but the Daffodil Delight ones definitely worked. If you have not tried the blends yet, please add some to your must have list.  At first glance, they look difficult to use.  However, they are so easy and I am so happy I only have a few sets left to purchase.  If you are hesitant, I would suggest ordering three combo sets in your favorite color combinations.  Once you watch a couple of how-to videos, you will find out just how fabulous they are!  

The only thing left to stamp for the card was the sentiment, which I did using Crumb Cake ink on Whisper White.  There is also a layer of Crumb Cake cardstock under it.  

Assembly Required

I have learned the that dry fitting is essential when creating a collage card.  Dry fitting also allows me to play around with ribbon options before I need to adhere anything down.  In this case, I decided on the Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon under some linen thread, which is wrapped three times around the white cardstock.  While very subtle, I thought the polka dot tulle would help incorporate the lace from the inspiration photo.

This double loop bow, also known as the Billy Moan bow, is the first time I’ve created one with which I am completely happy.  I learned how to create this bow by watching Mary Deatherage’s Stamps-n-Lingers FaceBook lives.  I’ve linked one of her videos here so you can see how easily you can recreate the bow.  The ribbon and linen twine were attached first.

After I figured out where I wanted to place everything, I started adhering using Tombow for all of the flat pieces.  I popped up the two smaller daisies and the sentiment on dimensionals.   

When I finished, I sat back and thought there was something definitely missing.  There are times I just need to walk away and come back to it later.  That’s exactly what I did for this card, and when I came back I decided to used some clear Wink of Stella.  I put down multiple layers on the daisy centers, then decided I needed to add some to the Crumb Cake layer under the sentiment.

Here’s a close-up of the Wink of Stella daisy centers:

I finished with some simple stamping on the envelope and this envelope and card combination was complete.  

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

You Know You Want to…….

If you would like to order the bundle, stamp set, and/or punches,  and live in the U.S.,  please use the icon above to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards, and I would be honored to help you do so.  

IF you are placing an order (you know you want to do so) over $150, please contact me so you can earn all the Host Rewards to which you are entitled.  If your order is less than $150, please use YYX6FBEC for the host code.  

Wednesday was a HUGE day for Stampin’ Up!  Not only did the Holiday Catalog go live for customers, the Buy 3, get 1 Free DSP sale from the annual catalog starts!  I already have my FOUR sets of DSP picked out!  Get yours now!  

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Supply list:

Daisy Lane bundle of the photopolymer stamp set and medium daisy punch, item # 15118

Painted Harvest photopolymer stamp set, item #  144783

Large daisy punch, item # 143713

Leaf trio punch, item # 144667

Crumb Cake cardstock, item #  120953

Crush Curry cardstock, item # 131199

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Crumb Cake ink pad, item # 147116

Call me Clover ink pad, item # 147139

Daffodil Delight Blends combo, item # 144603

Polka Dot Tulle ribbon, item # 146912

Linen Thread, item # 104199

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item #   110755

Dimensionals, item # 104430

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bird Ballad DSP for the Fusion Card Challenge

Bird Ballad, But No Birds in Sight

Yes, this really is DSP from Bird Ballad, and I think the gorgeous floral patterns created a very clean card for the Fusion Challenge.

Here’s the challenge banner:

This challenge always contains a sketch and a theme of some sort.   I chose to combine the two, and this is the card I created:

The implicity of the sketch calls for a great deal of white space.  Knowing that, I simply ran the white cardstock through my Big Shot using the Subtle embossing folder. 

For the five circles, I decided which color I wanted to showcase, and I decided on the Calypso Coral.  Therefore, the outside and middle circles are shades of the Coral ink.  I also chose one circle of Pool Party and one of Daffodil Delight. 

I first carefully punched the floral pieces using the 1-3/8 inch circle punch.  After I finished those five circles, I decided I needed to add a mat under them.  The outlines of all these images are already done in Basic Black, so I used that for these mats using the 1-1/2 inch circle punch.  The sharp contrast makes the images pop right off the card.  I glued the middle circle down using my Tombow adhesive.  I adhered the next two circles with glue dots on the outside and Tombow overlapping the center.  Dimensionals raised the two outer circles, giving the line of circles some depth.

Calypso Coral vs Pool Party

When I dry fit the pieces together, I realized Calypso Coral wasn’t going to work as the mat base.  Therefore, I decided that the more subtle Pool Party which would allow the floral circles with black outlines to really shine.

The retired Pool Party ribbon anchors the circles so they don’t just float in the middle of the card.  I also used the ribbon to emphasize the sentiment.  Can you tell what punch I used for the sentiment?  If you guessed the Everyday Label Punch, that would be correct.  I simply trimmed both the white label and the black label to the shapes I wanted.  I used my Stamping Write Basic Black marker to thinly outline the two ends of the white label.

The inside of the card also needed a sentiment.  Here’s the inside I created:

Both of the sentiments come from the Colorful Seasons photopolymer stamp set.

The photo is very awkward, and I need to figure out a better way to photgraph insides.  

As always, I finished by adhering DSP to the envelope flap and stamped Calypso Coral flowers on the bottom, right front.  

Many Thanks and a Supply List

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

You Know You Want to…….

If you would like to order this Bird Ballad DSP or Colorful Seasons stamp set,  and live in the U.S.,  please use the icon above to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards, and I would be honored to help you do so.  

IF you are placing an order (you know you want to do so) over $150, please contact me so you can earn all the Host Rewards to which you are entitled.  If your order is less than $150, please use YYX6FBEC for the host code.  

Wednesday is a HUGE day for Stampin’ Up!  Not only does the Holiday Catalog go live for customers, the Buy 3, get 1 Free DSP sale from the annual catalog starts!  I already have my FOUR sets of DSP picked out!  Get yours Wednesday!  

Supply list:

Colorful Seasons photopolymer stamp set, item # 143726

Bird Ballard DSP, item # 149592

Subtle 3D embossing folder, item # 151775

Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item # 132708

1-1/2 inch circle punch, item # 138299

Pool Party cardstock, item #  122924

Basic Black cardstock, item # 121045

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Neutrals Collection Stamping Write Markers, item #  147158

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item #   110755

Dimensionals, item # 104430

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sailing Away with #GDP204

CAS(E) the Designer for Global Design Project 204

It’s kind of ironic that I chose to use the Sail Away bundle for #GDP204 since we have been waiting to find out what track Dorian is going to take.  Latest tracks have it moving more westerly, but this cat 5 storm is moving slowly and so much is still uncertain.  What to do while waiting?  Make cards, of course.  Lots of cards.

Here’s the #GDP204 challenge sketch:

Here’s the card I created:

The Process

I really wanted to have some white space on the top and bottom of this card, but didn’t want just white cardstock.  I decided on this Balmy Blue pinstripe DSP, and am happy with the decision.   It really sets the tone for a nautical card.

The DSP mat in the middle did not require much thought at all.  I like the large compass roses, but the empty space between them opens up the design.

The Balmy Blue layer was the most difficult decision to make.  I tried other options, and finally decided to crop the cardstock using the Rectangle Stitched Dies, then ran it through the Subtle 3D folder. 

I stamped both the sentiment and the boat in Memento Tuxedo Black, and decided not to color the boat.  Again, I was looking for open space.  I cropped both the sentiment and the boat using the dies from the bundle.  

The finishing touches were the Navy and Crumb Cake baker’s twine, to which I attached the anchor trinket using linen thread.  

I popped the Balmy Blue layer up on dimensionals to accomodate the twine, then assembled the card pieces.

Dorian

The track for Dorian is still uncertain, but it appears to be tracking a little farther west, which means we are in for at least tropical storm winds and rain, rain, and more rain.

After I clean up my desk, which I haven’t done completely since 6 cards ago, I am going to have to blog a number of cards and set them to post at intervals.  Never know when, or if, we will still have power in a few days.  

If you are in the path of this monster of a storm, please take all precautions and follow evacuation orders, if necessary.   While there are many memes floating around the internet regarding Floridians and hurricanes, we do take it seriously.  I hope you do as well, if you are going to be impacted.

Happy Labor Day!

Many Thanks and a Supply List

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

You Know You Want to…….

If you would like to order this nautical cling stamp set today,  and live in the U.S.,  please use the icon above to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards, and I would be honored to help you do so.  

Supply list:

Sailing Home photopolymer stamp set, item # 149457

Smooth Sailing Dies, item # 149576

Sailing Home Bundles (saves 10%), item # 151066

Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item # 132708

Night of Navy cardstock, item # 100867

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item #   110755

Dimensionals, item # 104430

 

 

 

 

 

“The Guys” Let It Ride for S’s 3rd BDAY!

The Guys

My sister has five horses.  My great-niece (GN) absolutely loves them and calls them “the guys”.  She has little mucking boots, she feeds them, gives them treats, and loves on them on a regular basis.  GN has all kinds of toy horses, from small to large, at her house.  Today is her third birthday.  How could I resist the Let It Ride set for her birthday card.  However, it couldn’t be just any birthday card, so I created this double-z card for her.

Here’s the card I created:

                                                                       

Blends for the Win!

Before I started coloring the horses with my blends, I asked my niece to send me some pictures of the horses.  Using the pictures, I picked my Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, and Smoky Slate blends combos.  The horse I chose for the front, Shadow, is brown, has white socks and a white strip on his head, which is bordered by black.  I also colored the horses on the bottom base using the information from my niece.  It’s difficult to see on the photos, but the darker horse has  a reddish tint, for which I included some light and dark Flirty Flamingo.   For the main and tails on all the horses, I used the bullet end of Stampin! Write markers in order to achieve the fine lines or hair.

I chose this woodgrain piece of DSP from the retired Nature’s Poem before I chose the other colors.  Shaded Spruce and Mint Macaron seemed to be the perfect choice.  I used first and second generation stamping for the pine trees for depth.   ” Take Life by the reins” is just one of the coordinating sentiments in the Let It Ride cling mount stamp set.  I chose the “Happy Birthday” and inside birthday sentiments from the Picture Perfect stamp set.  

Bob Ross for the Win

Once again, a happy accident saved the day.  I didn’t have room for the double-z strip on the outside of the card between the horse and the Happy Birthday sentiment.  Therefore, I had to make an adjustment and popped up the front piece on dimensionals to enable the strip to go under the panel.  

This coordinating card/envelope set just needed to be finished with piece of the woodgrain DSP on the envelope flap.  I knew I wanted to use the blends to color a horse on the front of the envelope.  However, bleeding through concerned me. Therefore, I folded a scrap piece of cardstock in half and inserted it in the corner behind the horse.  No bleeding through and all is well with the envelope.

There is just enough room to write a little note on the back base while still have it covered by the front when closed.  

Many Thanks and a Supply List

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

If you would like to order this versatile cling stamp set today and live in the U.S. please use the icon above to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards, and I would be honored to help you do so.  

Supply list:

High Tide photopolymer stamp set, item # 143006

Pretty Peacock ink pad, item # 150083

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item # 150880

So Saffron ink pad, item # 147109

Seaside Spray ink pad, item # 150085

Smoky Slate ink pad, item # 147113

Basic Gray ink pad, item # 149165

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item # 

Whisper White cardstock, item #

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item # 

 

 

 

A Vacation Dream for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s August Blog Hop!

This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around VACATION. While many are reminiscing about their summer vacations, others are looking forward to the long weekend just around the corner. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

High Tide Vacation

One of the vacations I would really enjoy would be to rent a small RV and drive from Central Florida to Maine.  I’m playing around with the plans in my head, but I think three weeks during the summer when I am off would be heavenly.  We’d be able to stop along the way and take our time.  My husband grew up and lived in Southern California until 12 years ago, so seeing the east coast would be a great adventure.

When I thought about this vacation, I kept thinking about lighthouses, and planning to see a number of them along the coast.  Naturally, the High Tide photopolymer stamp set seemed to fit the theme.  I have to confess, I have had this set for about a year and this is the first time I have used it.  Overall I am pleased with the card, although there are a couple of small things I might change the next time I use this set.  

Here’s the card I created:

When I was showing my husband the card, I also showed him the stamp set.  I knew I’d used a number of stamps, but didn’t  know I’d used ten of them.  Ten stamps sounds intimidating, but this set makes it relatively easy.  

Colors, Stamps, and Paper, Oh My!

The colors I used include Memento Tuxedo Black, So Saffron, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Pretty Peacock and Seaside Spray.  Initially, I thought that Pretty Peacock and Seaside Spray might not work together.  However, they work very well together, just like the SU! designers intended.

I started with the dirt/sand with two layers of Soft Suede.  Then I went back in using the small sand stamp and added in layers of Crumb Cake.  I also stamped the water using Seaside Spray.  I’m so impressed with the thought that went into the water stamp.  The left and right ends fit together perfectly without creating straight lines.  Therefore, it is a breeze to create the water element.

Next, I tackled the lighthouse.  After a few practice tries, I decided to stamp the background lighthouse using Smoky Slate, and the detailed lighthouse with Basic Gray.  

Now that I had the lighthouse placed inside the sand, I started stamping the beach grass.  The taller grass is first generation stamping of Pretty Peacock.  Then I went back and added dimension and a variety of stamping with the small grass using first, second, and third generation stamping.

I actually stamped the birds and the birds and sentiment before I stamped the light beam.  I needed to make sure that I had room for the sentiment and thought the birds would naturally be flying through the beam.

Finally, I stamped water and birds on the bottom of the envelope.  I used a piece of the Pretty Peacock DSP for the envelope flap.  

Many Thanks, Blog Line-up, and Supply List

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jackie Beers from Blue Line Stamping. You don’t want to miss all the inspiration found in this group!

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

Thank you for hopping along with us. Please use the following list as a guide if you get lost while hopping:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  3. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  4. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  5. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  6. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  7. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  11. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin

If you would like to order this versatile photopolymer stamp set today and live in the U.S. please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards, and I would be honored to help you do so.  

Supply list:

High Tide photopolymer stamp set, item # 143006

Pretty Peacock ink pad, item # 150083

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item # 150880

So Saffron ink pad, item # 147109

Seaside Spray ink pad, item # 150085

Smoky Slate ink pad, item # 147113

Basic Gray ink pad, item # 149165

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item # 

Whisper White cardstock, item #

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item # 

 

Sailing Away for #GDP202

Once Again, Last Minute Card for #GDP202

The Global Design Project challenge ends every Monday morning when a new challenge also posts.  More times than not, I find myself working on the challenge on Sunday night.   I don’t know why I always put it off until last minute, but I do.

My blog post tonight needs to be short and sweet, so I will just jump into the challenge banner:

Here’s the card I created using the Sail Away suite products:

Short and Sweet

I did draw inspiration from the challenge banner and the cards posted by the design team.  Their cards included a number of different interpretations of the challenge banner.  I created my own version.  There are so many Sailing Away products in this card, but my favorite is the background DSP.  I love the distressed Balmy Blue, the different Night of Navy stamped lighthouses, and the open feeling of the print.

In addition, I used two other Saling Away patterns from the DSP for the banner and the strip across the bottom. 

The sentiment was stamped in Night of Navy on Whisper White and then cropped using the Smooth Sailing dies.  I also cropped an Early Espresso label, cut it in half, and spread it apart to outline the sentiment.  I really didn’t want to outline the stitches in the ditch in a dark color, so I used the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker. 

The Night of Navy/Crumb Cake baker’s twine fulfilled the ribbon across the top.  I punched small holes in the banner and wrapped the twine around the Night of Navy base.  The anchor was stamped in Early Espresso and cropped from the die set.  The small holes in the banner allowed me to slip the twine through and attach both the anchor trinket and the cropped anchor.

I used a boatload (pun intended) of dimensionals to pop up the Night of Navy base, the banner, and half of the anchor.  I simply glued the other half of the anchor directly on the banner.

As always, I finished up with the envelope.  I glued DSP to the envelope flap and stamped an anchor in Early Espresso on the bottom left front of the card.  

Short and Sweet and Done

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog.  

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

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Wildly Happy for FMS200

Freshly Made Sketches is Celebrating!

Since the challenge has hit 400 sketch challenges, the design team has been celebrating all month!  This team chose FMS 200 to celebrate this week.  This very simple sketch actually lends itself to so many interpretations.    

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s the outside of my card:

Baby Cards are Cute Just By Nature!

The new Wildly Happy cling stamp set in the annual catalog is so versatile!  Can’t you just see these two rabbits on an Easter card?

I used the retired Twinkle, Twinkle DSP, but any baby DSP would work.  Once I had the top and bottom DSP pieces cut, I thought the rest could just fall in place.  In all honesty, though, I kept hearing Bob Ross saying that we don’t make mistakes, just happy accidents.  

Because of the DSP colors,  I knew I needed to use either the mother/baby rabbits or the mother/baby elephants.  I wisely chose the rabbits and stamped then colored them in using the light and dark Smokey Slate blends.  Light Petal Pink provided the inner ear color for both.   Right after I colored the rabbits, I stamped the sentiment.  While adding the grass using the tiny grass stamp from Over the Moon was an afterthought, it turned out to be a grounding element.  I simply stamped and second generation stamped over and over.  I think it looks more natural than just a single, or even double, row of grass stamps.  

Happy Accidents

My first happy accident occurred when I tried to crop the rabbits and the sentiment.  Since I had stamped both the rabbits and sentiment on one piece 3″x4 ” of Whisper White cardstock, I couldn’t get everything cut out in one shape that would fit within the challenge.  Therefore, I had to improvise, and cropped the image using the third oval from the Stitched Shapes die set.  Then I started playing around with the sentiment trying to get everything to fit so it looked like I meant it all to work.  I figured out that I could use the partial “SO” on the oval to my advantage and layer it over the sentiment so it looked double stamped.  Once I carefully adhered the oval to the sentiment, I realized my happy accident worked, Once I trimmed a tiny bit off the left side of the oval, everything fell into place. 

My second happy accident occurred when I chose and adhered the faceted dots for the bottom right corner.  It turns out those little beauties are actually Mint Macaron.  However, they seem to work because they appear to have a deeper grey tint than the Soft Sea Foam in the rest of the card.

Finally, I knew I needed something under the strip for the sentiment.  I tried different ribbons and then finally remembered I have theDecorative Ribbon Boarder punch.  Since I’d already placed dimensionals on the back of the rabbit/sentiment combination, I needed to be very carful when gluing the border into place.  I really like the little shadow the raised border creates.

Finishing Details

Here’s the inside of the card:

My third happy accident occurred when I first stamped the Soft Sea Foam rabbits and sentiment directly onto the inside of the card.  In order to cover my crooked sentiment, I restamped on a piece of Whisper White and cropped it using the same oval die as the front.

Thankfully, all I had left was the envelope, for which there were no happy accidents.  I stamped the rabbits on the front and used a piece of the grey DSP from the bottom of the card for the flap decoration. 

I’d finished the card and envelope, happy mistakes and all.  

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

Have a Peachy day!  

Supply List:

Wildly Happy cling stamp set, item # 149408  WILDLY HAPPY CLING STAMP SET

Over the Moon cling stamp set, item #  149331           OVER THE MOON CLING STAMP SET

  Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Soft Sea Foam cardstock, item #  146988

Gray Granite cardstock, item #  146983

Smoky Slate blends combo, item #  145058

Soft Sea Foam ink pad, item #  147102

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item #  132708

Decorator Ribbon Border Punch, item #  143721

Stitched Shapes die set, item # 145372

Dimensionals, items #104430

TomBow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, item # 110755

You Know You Want to …….

If you would like to order this versatile cling stamp set today and live in the U.S. please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards, and I would be honored to help you do so.  Be sure to check out the 6 x 6 DSP paper, pictured below, for all of the color families!  The possibilities are endless, especially for baby cards!

NEUTRALS 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER     Neutrals, item # 149614

BRIGHTS 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER     Brights, item # 149613

REGALS 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER     Regals, item # 149616

SUBTLES 6 X 6 (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER     Subtles, item # 149615

   

 

 

 

 

 

Sailing Home with Fab Friday 169

Sailing Home

Each product in the Sailing Home suite works together to create stunning nautical cards for unisex cards.  I used just a few pieces of the dies, two pieces of DSP, the Crumb Cake and Night of Navy baker’s twine, Night of Navy and Crumb Cake cardstock, some ink, and a Sailing Home trinket for the FabFri169 challenge.  This clean and simple card came together very quickly, and would be easily replicated for mass production.  

Here’s the challenge banner from Fab Friday:

This simple sketch lends itself to a multitude of interpretations.  Here’s the card I created:

 

A Simple Process

Night of Navy cardstock provides the base, with the first pattern of DSP for the background.  I used the Layering Circle die set to crop the compass from another piece of DSP.  I especially like the size of the DSP compasses, which really worked for this sketch challenge.

Crumb Cake cardstock provided the base of the lighthouse.  I stamped it with Night of Navy ink and cropped using the lighthouse die.  I also used Night of Navy ink for the sentiment.  This sentiment fits perfectly in the banner from Smooth Sailing dies.   In order to add some depth to the sentiment banner, I outlined it using an Early Espressso marker.  I still thought the sentiment needed additional dimension to stand out, so I used a Crumb Cake marker to color in the stitches in the ditch.

After adhering the DSP compass where I wanted it, I wrapped the baker’s twine around the base of the card three times and tied it in a square knot.  Then I pulled a small length of the nylon thread which allowed me to attach the trinket to the square knot in the baker’s twine.  The lighthouse and sentiment are popped up on dimensionals, as is the base to accomodate the baker’s twine.  

Once again, I finished by decorating the envelope by stamping a lighthouse on the front left, and added more of the compass DSP on the flap.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

Have a Peachy day!  

Supply List:

Sailing Home cling stamp set, item # 149457

Smooth Sailing die set, item # 149576

Baker’s Twine, item # 149483

Sail Away Trinkets, item # 149483

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Night of Navy cardstock, item # 100867

Crumb Cake carstock, item # 120953

Night of Navy Ink, item # 147110

Neutrals Stampin’ Write markers, item # 147158

Dimensionals, items #104430

TomBow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, item # 110755

You Know You Want to …….

If you would like to order this fabulous bundle, item # 151066,  today and live in the U.S. please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards, and I would be honored to help you do so.  Be sure to check out the Come Sail Away complete suite, item # 152175 to order every coordinating item with one click.  The whole suite also includes the 10% discount for the bundle of the stamp set and dies.  Score! 

   

COME SAIL AWAY SUITE BUNDLE          

 

 

 

 

 

A Celebration for FMS, combined with Just Add Ink

Freshly Made Sketches Turns 400!

FMS has a month-long celebration planned, and this week’s sketch is from FMS#1.  The original sketch remains classic.  I’ve combined the two challenges, mixing the old classic with new colors.

Here are the banners for both FMS and Just Add Ink:

   

Here’s my card:

Pretty Peacock, Terracotta Tile, and Grapefruit Grove, Oh My!

The bold, new In Colors of Pretty Peacock and Terracotta Tile are balanced with the subtle Grapefruit Grove.  I chose to use two of the In Color DSP patterns.  Imagine my happiness when I noticed that the Terracotta Tile square could easily be lined up on a perfect diagonal from the Pretty Peacock pattern.

After putting those two DSP pieces down, I tried to figure out what shape I wanted to add.  Basically, this card came together very quickly and easily, especially when I decided to use the large and medium daisy stamps and punches from the Daisy Lane cling stamp set.  I used Grapefruit Grove for all three pieces of the daisy, and stamped two with Terracotta Tile and one with the Grapefruit Grove, which I then punched out.  For the required horizontal component, I layered Polka Dot tulle ribbon and the end of the SAB Grapefruit Grove ribbon tied in a square knot.  A little tip for layering ribbon:  I used tear and tape on the ribbon on the underside of the card before I tried tying it.

Adding Height and Interest

Dimensionals add dimension to the top two parts of the daisy.   I just glued the bottom layer to the front of the card. After adhering the daisy, I really thought I needed to add something to it without adding any more height.   Therefore,  I added a couple of layers of clear Wink of Stella to the center of the daisy.  As I colored, I thought I would also add dimension to the middle layer, especially since I stamped Grapefruit Grove on itself.  It would have been much easier to outline each petal with the Wink of Stella before putting all the layers together.  However,  the clear bling on the petals really created a more detailed middle layer.  

Here’s a close-up of the daisy with the Wink of Stella:

I added Pretty Peacock punched sprigs under the flower, and three Grapefruit Grove enamel dots from the Happiness Blooms enamel dots.  The sentiment comes from the same stamp set, as does the inside sentiment, which I also stamped in Pretty Peacock.  I stamped the inside sentiment over a two layer large daisy.  The first stamping was full strength and without reinking, I stamped the second set of petals. 

Here’s the inside of the card:

With that,I’d finished the card.  After glueing In Color DSP on the envelope flap, I stamped the smaller daisy on the front of it.  Now, I’ve finished all the parts of this card/envelope set.

Thank you for stopping by today to check out Daisy Lane for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches and Just Add Ink challenges.  

Happy a Peachy day!

Sue

Supply List:

Daisy Lane cling stamp set, item # 149325

In Color DSP 2019 – 2021, item # 149617

Pretty Peacock ink pad, item #150083

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item # 150880

Grapefruit Grove cardstock, item # 146972

Terracotta Tile ink pad, item # 150086

Daisy punches,  item # 143713, medium daisy, item # 149517

Wink of Stella, item # 141897

Dimensionals, items #104430

TomBow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, item # 110755

Polka Dot Tulle ribbon, item # 146912

Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots, item # 148805

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

You Know You Want to …….

If you would like to order this fabulous stamp set today and live in the U.S. please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards, and I would be honored to help you do so.  Be sure to check out two of the kits featured in the annual catalog, since they are all inclusive.   The first kit is the Poppin’ Birthday Past Kit, item 152024.  The second kit is the Looking Up Card Kit, item 149651.

   

          

 

 

 

We’ll Walrus Be Friends for the Fusion Challenge

Which Stamp Set is More Adorable?

When my holiday catalog pre-order arrived yesterday, the absolutely adorable We’ll Walrus Be Friends stamp set was in the box as well.  Personally, I am not sure which set is cuter, Over the Moon or this one.  It really doesn’t matter, though, because I now have both sets.  I really wanted to start stamping as soon as I opened the box.  However, I forced myself to put most of the items away before I started.  I thought a basically monochromatic Seaside Spray card would work when playing along with this week’s Fusion challenge.

Here’s the Fusion challenge banner:

I love the simplicity of the sketch, but also love the cascading family hands.  Therefore, I decided to incorporate an additional layer in my card.

Here’s my card:

The Process

I don’t have the High Seas 3D embossing folder, yet, since it is on backorder.  However, I thought this pattern of the In Color DSP would work well.  I must say, even my husband thought it worked well for a water effect.

The walrus on ice stamp seemed to fit the panel I wanted to use, especially since I’d used the largest Stitched Nested Die Labels.  Obviously, I cut the tops off after I used the straight line of stitching.  I found out that it would be much, much easier to use the straight line of stitches by temporarily securing it to the cropped die using a Post-it note.

Even with using the largest two dies, the walrus’ ice didn’t fit on the white panel.  Therefore, I stamped on the white panel, then also stamped on the Seaside Spray panel.  Using the Stamparatus with the grid paper made the process of lining everything up so easy!

I colored the walrus with the Smoky Slate blends combo, and used with my new Seaside Spray blends combo to color the ice.  While I did stamp a complete walrus/ice on the bottom banner, I only needed to color in the ends of the ice.  At this point, I realized I forgot to order the full size dimensionals so I now have less than one sheet of them.  I used the dimensionals to pop up the white banner then glued the rest of the layers into place.  

Not Quite Done

I was very happy that I had ordered the holiday Seaside Spray ribbon, and it helped hid my cropping issues at the top of the Seaside Spray banner.  Ribbon that can also add bling ~ yes, please.  

I looked at what I thought I had finished for a day and finally thought I needed to add a little something.  The Stamping Blends easily color the Pearl Jewels, so I pulled out the Seaside Spray dark blend.  I  colored five of the smallest pearls and let them sit to dry.  Believe me, you need to let colored pearls dry completely, let my lesson learned help you.

As always, I decorated the envelope flap with another Seaside Spray pattern from the In Color DSP.  I finished the envelope with a quick stamp of another walrus stamp.  Now, I can say this is done. 

Thank you for stopping by today to check out We’ll Walrus Be Friends for this week’s Fusion challenge.  

Happy a Peachy day!

Sue

Supply List:

We’ll Walrus Be Friends, item # 149367

Seaside Spray combo blends, item # 149569

In Color DSP 2019 – 2021, item # 149617

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 132708

Pearl Basic Jewels, item # 144219

Dimensionals, items #104430

Seaside Spray cardstock, item # 150883

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

You Know You Want to …….

If you would like to order this fabulous stamp set today and live in the U.S. please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards, and I would be honored to help you do so.  Be sure to check out two of the kits featured in the annual catalog, since they are all inclusive.   The first kit is the Poppin’ Birthday Past Kit, item 152024.  The second kit is the Looking Up Card Kit, item 149651.

   

          

Making Christmas Bright for #GDP201

With a Fast Blink, Summer is Over for Me

It seems like just a couple of weeks ago that I was finishing grading exams and entering final grades.  I started preplanning on Monday, and so it all begins again.   During the summer, I was in my happy place, aka Blue Room, aka craft room, every day.  Blogging occurred multiple times a week.  My goal for the schoolyear is to post at least 3 times a week.  I am hoping (fingers crossed) that by posting my goal publicly I will keep working towards my goal.

In the meantime, I finally finished my card for the Global Design Project #201 challenge.  The colors are individually gorgeous, and together they make my non-traditional Christmas colors heart sing.

Here’s the challenge banner:

          Gorgeous, right?!?

Here’s the front of my card:

         

Short and Sweet

The Making Christmas Bright stamp set is a carryover from last year’s holiday catalog, and it is definitely a keeper.  

The inside of the card was a snap; the lights on the bottom, sentiment in the middle.  I used Pretty Peacock for the card base.  Since I don’t have the Merry Merlot and Mossy Meadow blends, yet (!) I used the Stamping Write Markers.  Wink of Stella is difficult to photograph, but after I colored the lights, I added a layer of Wink of Stella on the lights.  

The front of the card required more thought.  I knew I was going to use the “May Your Christmas Be” sentiment with the “merry and bright” bulbs.  I also knew I would be using the string of lights on the top.  Once again, I used Wink of Stella on the little bulbs.  Even though I stamped the large bulbs directly on the card, I restamped them on Whisper White in Pretty Peacock.  I punched out the bulbs and added a layer of Wink of Stella clear.

I stamped the tops of the bulbs in Basic Black, punched them out, then added a layer of gold Wink of Stella.  Dimensionals added the pop-up dimension I needed for the center focal elements.   

After I finished those parts of the card, I hit a creativity wall and left the card for the next night.  That’s when I added the 6 stars; three in each of the Mossy Meadow and Merry Merlot.  I thought I really needed to add a little something else, but didn’t know what to do.  After using the Merry Merlot marker to outline the edges, I was still at a loss.  Finally I noticed the Noble Peacock Rhinestones, and ta-da (!) I finally felt finished.

Final Touches

Every card needs a coordinating envelope, at least in my mind most of the time.  I used the Pretty Peacock In-Color DSP for the envelope flap.  In addition, I stamped half of a string of lights on the bottom, left front of the envelope and colored them in.

Now, my set finally felt complete.

As Always, I am Grateful for Your Time and Visit

I know there are many, many blogs written by Stampin’ Up! demos, and I appreciate the time you spend visiting mine. 

Thank you very much!

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

If you live in the U.S. and are in need of a demonstrator, please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  I would be honored to help you create cards using simple to advanced techniques and supplies.  Placing an order with me would also entitle you to a free copy of the Holiday Catalog being released the first week of September.  

 

 

More Cows for FMS399

Over the Moon for Freshly Made Sketches

It seems lately that my cards have been made with angels or cows.  After this card, I think I am going to have to put the cows away for a while.   I should be getting adorable walrus stamps this week, along with my holiday catalog pre-order.  

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s my fun and adorable card:

The Process

For this challenge, I stamped each of the cows in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I then colored each of the three cows using the Basic Black, Smoky Slate, and Petal Pink blends combos.  I also used the So Saffron blends for the flower, the center of which I colored using the gold Wink of Stella.  

Once again, I turned to the Stitched Shapes die set to crop the cows and the mat for the sentiment, which fit perfectly on the smallest square.  As I frequently do, I colored in the ditch of the sentiment and cow squares using a Blueberry Bushel marker.  

I knew I wanted Blueberry Bushel and Basic Black to be the prominent colors behind these cute cows.  I cut my black mat, and started to dry fit the cropped squares on the front of the card, I felt that it needed something else.  Since the sketch called for the squares to be higher on the card, I first thought of ribbon to break up some of the white space below.  It didn’t work, at least I thought it did not work. I grabbed one of the cows and the Smoky Slate ink pad and started stamping.   To accomplish a softer look, I did stamp each cow off before placing it on the white background.  Mission accomplished.

When I was ready to pop up the sentiment on dimensionals to adhere it to the black mat, I realized I needed more definition between the two dark colors.  I dipped the edge of each side of the square on the StazOn White ink pad.  This little bit of extra definition allowed the sentiment to stand out even more.

Finally, I stamped the cow on the front of the envelope, and randomly on the flap to decorate the envelope.  With that, the card was done.  

As Always, I am Grateful for Your Time and Visit

I know there are many, many blogs written by Stampin’ Up! demos, and I appreciate the time you spend visiting mine. 

Thank you very much!

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

If you live in the U.S. and are in need of a demonstrator, please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  I would be honored to help you create cards using simple to advanced techniques and supplies.  Placing an order with me would also entitle you to a free copy of the Holiday Catalog being released the first week of September.  

Supply list:

Over the Moon stamp set, item 149331

Smoky Slate blends combo, item 145058

Petal Pink blends combo, item 147272

So Saffron blends combo, item 149557

Basic Black cardstock, item 121045

Whisper White cardstock, item 100730

Blueberry Bushel cardstock, item 146968

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item 132708

Smoky Slate ink pad, item 147113

 

 

 

 

New Wonders for Just Add Ink # 468, Congratulations and Celebrate

Just Add Ink # 468 says Just Add “C”

For this letter challenge, Just Add Ink meets Just Add “C”, meaning the project created needs to somehow incorporate “C”.    A friend is celebrating a new job, and I created a card for her for to “celebrate” and for me to send “congratulations”.

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s both the inside and outside of the card I created:

      

I am completely and thoroughly in love with the New Wonders hostess stamp set.  While my first thoughts were not related to Christmas cards, I’ve already made two cards, which you can see here and here.  I’ve already created some I’ve yet to blog, and am sure I will have many more to share.  Love the versatility of this set!

The Process and Elements

I started going through my DSP, current and retired, and found my leftovers from the retired First Frost, but any DSP would work for this layout.  The regal Blackberry Bliss provides the background mat glued, with my go-to TomBow liquid adhesive, onto a border of Blackberry cardstock.  Since I don’t have those blends (yet!!) I needed a coordinating bold color, which I picked up from the flower banner, also from First Frost.  I’d already colored the leaves using the Mint Macaron light and dark blends, and pulled the her hair color from the Crumb Cake on the banner as well.  Coloring with the blends is such a relaxing process, and it’s interesting to play with the depth of the blended colors.

The Night of Navy flowers are just visible peaking out from the banner under and over the focal panel, so I grabbed those blends for the angel’s dress, with touches of Petal Pink for her slippers and the dots on the dress.  I also used three retired Night of Navy enamel heart dots to pull in another touch of the color.  Once again, I used clear Wink of Stella for the angel’s wings.

This sentiment and stamped image are beautiful together.   I really think the font really picks up on the whimsical nature of the stamp set perfectly.   I used the “Congratulations” stamp on the inside, and the “Celebrate” stamp on the front of the envelope.  The set also includes a single leaf and swirl.  I used it for three leaves on the inside to emphasize the “Congratulations” and also on the envelope for “Celebrate”

(See how the “C” words match the challenge?  It definitely works!)

Finally, I decorated the front and back of the envelope. I am pleased with the way the bold colors balanced with the subtle Mint Macaron accents.

Thank You and a Little Bit More

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today. As always, I greatly appreciate your time.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

If you live in the U.S. and are in need of a demonstrator, please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  I would be honored to help you create cards from beginner levels, to casual, and to avid levels.  Placing an order with me would also entitle you to a free copy of the Holiday Catalog being released the first week of September.  

Supply list:

New Wonders stamp set,  item 149426

Blackberry Bliss cardstock, item 133675

Mint Macaron cardstock, item 138337

Whisper White cardstock, item 100730

Night of Navy blends combo, item 144040

Crumb Cake blends combo, item 44601

Mint Macaron blends combo, item 147283

TomBow liquid adhesive, item 110755

Stampin’ Dimensionals, item 104430

 

Come Sail Away for GDP#200

Global Design Project # 200

This week’s challenge is a designer, Janneke De Jong,  CASE challenge.  In this case, CASE means “copy and selectively edit” the sketch. 

Here’s the designer’s card:

My original thought was to combine two challenges, which you already know I love to do.  The second challenge called for a masculine card, but I didn’t pay attention to the deadline and missed it.  Surprised?  I think not.

Since I already had masculine cards on my mind, I decided to use the Come Sail Away Suite.  The colors, stamp and die bundle, DSP, and the Memories and More Card Park are spectacular.  I highly recommend the complete Suite, item 152715, or starting with the bundle of the stamp set and dies, item 151066.  Don’t forget to get the DSP, item 149481, as well.   I just checked, and the inventory is low, so if you want this must-have bundle, you need to order it ASAP.

Anyway, here’s my card:

While I followed the designer’s card closely, I did edit a few things.  The designer card has 3 obviously grouped items in the bottom left.  I used the lighthouse, wheel trinket, and the sentiment for my three items.  Instead of using an embossing folder on the background, I used very light DSP, which contrasts with the Crumb Cake cropped elements.  The coordinating Night of Navy/Sahara Sand baker’s twine really completes this card, although I could have used twine for the same effect.  The designer’s card has bling on the card.  I didn’t think bling would be appropriate, but three Night of Navy enamel dots, from the Happiness Blooms dots, placed in a triangle are subtle additions to the card.  

After I stamped the front of the envelope with the anchor, and added DSP to the envelope flap, I had finished my card for this challenge.

As Always, Thank You

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I appreciate the visit during your busy day.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

If you live in the U.S. and are in need of a demonstrator, please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  I would be honored to help you create cards for beginner levels, to casual stampers, and avid level stampers.  Placing an order with me would also entitle you to a free copy of the Holiday Catalog being released the first week of September.   Demos get to start pre-ordering from the holiday catalog today, and I have my list ready to go!  Sneak peeks will be forthcoming!

Another Two-fer with Fab Friday 168 and Just Add Ink #467

By Now You Know…..

I love two-fers!  Any time I can combine a color challenge (FabFriday168) and layout challenge (Just Add Ink #467), I am game. 

Here are the banners for both challenges:

     

The Fab Friday colors are bright and happy and, to me at least, lend themselves to a whimsical card.  Just Add Ink’s layout can be sophisticated, just as easily as it can be fun.  I went with whimiscal and fun.  

Here’s the inside and outside of my card:

                 

 

 

 

Fab Friday Colors 

In keeping with all my other blonde angels, I used the Pineapple Punch marker to color this angel’s hair.  However, with just that one color, her hair looked very flat, so I pulled in Mango Melody to highlight her hair.  I also used the Pineapple Punch DSP for the top 2/3 of the card.

Lovely Lipstick provided the color for the angel’s shoes and the enamel dots on her dress.  I also used  Lovely Lipstick DSP for the bottom third of the card.

I used Bermuda Bay in three somewhat subtle areas.   First, I colored the dress using the blends combo.  Second, I used the marker to color the stitching in the ditch created by the Stitched Shape dies.   Finally, I pulled some retired ribbon to create a border between the two DSP pieces.

The final color, Pacific Point, provides the card base and the rotated mat for the angel.   

Four colors accomplished.  All the pieces were dry-fit and then attached using dimensionals and Tombow liquid glue.  

Opinions 

The four colors are pretty bright, but I really thought it worked all the way around.  My DH and DD did not think so because they both thought the Pineapple Punch DSP on the top of the card was too bright.  Did I mention that I had already adhered all the pieces?

In an effort to appease both of them, I decided that I would use a piece of vellum over the Pineapple Punch DSP to mellow it out.  After some measuring, cropping, and very careful placement, I was able to get the vellum adhered behind the Pacific Point mat.  At that point, I needed to figure out how to adhere at least the top corners of the vellum.  I used the thin line glue to place a dot in each of the top corners and then covered the very small dots of glue with two more enamel dots from the Happiness Blooms dots.  

I stamped the inside, decorated the front and flap of the envelope andshowed the new version of the card to my DH (dear husband) and DD (dear daughter).  They both thought it looked “better”.  I have to say, I agree that the more muted Pineapple Punch DSP helps to tone down all the bright colors. 

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today.  I greatly appreciate your time.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

If you live in the U.S. and are in need of a demonstrator, please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  I would be honored to help you create cards from beginner levels, to casual, and to avid levels.  Placing an order with me would also entitle you to a free copy of the Holiday Catalog being released the first week of September.  

Just ONE more day to earn bonus coupons!  $5 coupon for every $50 spent.  I am really looking forward to spending my coupons on my holiday catalog pre-order!  

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How Many Stamp Sets Does It Take for FMS398?

Freshly Made Sketches 398

This sketch challenge called for a clean card.  My clean card used Daisy Lane photopolymer stamp set, Painted Harvest stamp set,and  All Things Thanks (retired) stamp set.  I also used the large daisy punch and the leaf punch for the card.  At first, I thought this would be a #simplestamping card, but it did not turn out that way.

Here’s the sketch banner for this challenge:

Here’s the card I created:

          

The Process

I started with all the stamped items I would need.  Therefore, I stamped 3 sets of leaves from the Painted Harvest stamp set in Old Olive on Old Olive card stock, which I then punched out.  I used the light Old Olive blend to just ass some additional texture to the leaves.

Staying with the Old Olive,  I started stamping the ferns on the Whisper White cardstock.  

Here’s an example of the first stamping off:   

At first, I was only going to do one set of stamped off ferns. I created the triple ferns by stamping the fern, then slightly pivoting the stamp and stamping the second time, then repeating for the third stamp.

At this point I realized I would need more stamped off ferns in order for them to show behind the large daisy.  Therefore, I just started the trio stamping process to form a very loose circle.  

Finishing up with the Old Olive, I inked the sides of both the white cardstock on the outside and inside.

I stamped the inside sentiment, then the front sentiment so I could put the ink pad away.  The fewer ink pads on my desk, the better.

The Daisy

While I like the lined pattern daisy stamps from Daisy Lane, I thought the So Saffron ink would just blend into the white.  Therefore, I pulled out the So Saffron blends combo.  I started blending using the light and dark from the center out making sure none of the petals were blended the same.  

Dimensionals provided the pop between the bottom and the top daisy.  After gluing the layered daisy onto the middle of the fern trios, I dry fit the leaves, then glued them down as well.  

I added a clear faceted gem to the center of the daisy (but I am still not sure about that look).  Next on the list, placing the sentiment.

I added the burlap ribbon for a bit of contrast and texture which also anchored all the elements.  Then I created the sentiment banner and dry fit it on the ribbon.  Can I begin to tell you how stinking pleased I was that two of the punched leaves just peak out from under the sentiment.

Stamping the daisy over the inside sentiment and decorating the envelope finished off this card.  

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today.  

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

If you live in the U.S. and are in need of a demonstrator, please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  I would be honored to help you create cards from beginner levels, to casual, and to avid levels.  Placing an order with me would also entitle you to a free copy of the Holiday Catalog being released the first week of September.  

Just a few more days to earn bonus coupons!  $5 coupon for every $50 spent.

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GDP#199 combined with CTD#533

Crafting Forever for Global Design Project #199 and Color Throwdown #533

Global Design Project’s theme this week is For the Love of Craft, which means I wanted to use the Crafting Forever stamp set.  Then I saw the colors for Color Throwdown, pink, yellow, and orange, and I knew I could combine both challenges.

Here are the challenge banners:

     

Here’s the card I created:

I used Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Grapefruit Grove for the required colors.  First, I stamped and colored the flower pot of art tools.  The actual pot looked so bland, so I started pulling out DSP looking for something to match the colors I chose.  That’s when I decided on a gingham pot.  All I needed to do was to stamp the pot on a scrap of DSP and fussy cut it out.  

The barrels of the tools needed some color, therefore, I used the Smoky Slate blends.  Wink of Stella provided some bling on the bands of the tools as well as the blade of the knife.  After stamping and cropping the sentiment using the Stitched Shapes and Layered Squares die sets.  Once again, I used the marker to color the stitches in the ditch, which I also did on the white mat on top.

I knew I needed another element on the front of the card, and the Grapefruit Grove ribbon from SAB fit the bill.

New Embossing 3D Folder to the Rescue

My intention was to keep the card basically clean and simple.  However, as I dry-fit the three front elements on the front, I thought the Melon Mambo mat looked too plain.  I started going through my embossing folders to find something appropriate.  To my surprise, my brand new Button Button folder almost jumped into my hands begging me to use it.  The depth of the embossing provided just the perfect touch to tie everything together.  

I have gotten to the point that every card I create needs to have a coordinating envelope.  For this envelope, I stamped the scissors from the Crafting Forever stamp set on the front.  I finished the envelope with a piece of Grapefruit Grove gingham DSP on the envelope flap, and that finished my challenge card and envelope.

Supplies I used:

Melon Mambo cardstock, item 115320

Whisper White cardstock, item 100730

Grapefruit Grove marker, item 150079 95 In Color Markers)

Whisper White envelopes, item 107301

Crafting Forever, item 151231

Layering Squares dies, item 141708

Stitched Shapes dies, item 145372

Button Button embossing folder, item 149581

Smoky Slate blend combo, item 147942

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item 132708

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Have a Peachy day!

Sue

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New Wonders meets Christmas in July

New Wonders Hostess Stamp Set

When I first saw this stamp set, and some of the samples in the catalog and on Pinterest, I thought this set was absolutely adorable, has angels, and a beautiful font.  However, I also thought that coloring the precious angels would be time consuming and difficult.  Boy, was I wrong!!  The first card I created (which will be in an upcoming blog post) was so easy and fun!  Just like that, and I am completely hooked on this stamp set.  It’s always wonderful when a stamp set turns out to be so versatile!  

One thing led to another, and I wound up trying out this angels for Christmas cards.  Here are the two versions, and the inside for both are the same:

        

Christmas in July

The Old Olive Christmas DSP has retired, as has the Real Red ribbon.  However, those two colors gave me my color palette.   These cards would also be adorable using Old Olive and Real Red cardstock.  As I am typing this, I am thinking that I can use Old Olive for the background and emboss it with the Tufted TIEF.  Cuteness overload!  I would also emboss the Real Red mat using the Subtle TIEF.  Now, I know what my next pair of Christmas cards will be!  Since I try to do something at least a little bit different for each Christmas card, these would be perfect!

Using both light and dark Old Olive and Real Red, I happily colored the angels clothes. I used the So Saffron blends, both light and dark, for the angels’ hair.  Wink of Stella Clear is on their wings, and Wink of Stella Gold is on the pen tips.  I colored the pen with the light and dark Crumb Cake blends.  

The Making Christmas Bright stamp set carried over into the current catalog and, I think, it completely matches the angels.  

 

InKing Royalty Blog Hop meets The Library Challenge # 38

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s July Blog Hop!

This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month, our projects are centered around SUNSHINE. The Sun is the single most important source of energy for life on Earth – it guides our clocks, calendars and planting schedules. We may be enduring a heat wave this week, but we still associate the Sun with positivity, joy and renewal. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list found at the base of this post.

The Library Challenge and Sunshine!

One of the blog challenges in which  I have enjoyed participating in the past is The Library Challenge, and I think the theme of challenge #38 fits with the InKing Royalty Blog Hop theme of Sunshine.  Challenge #38’s book title is Five Weeks in a Balloon, by Jules Verne, and the project inspiration can come from the title, cover, or story. 

Here’s the cover:

five weeks in a balloon book - Google Search

How does this book relate to sunshine for the Blog hop?  I am so glad you asked.  I can’t imagine taking a hot-air balloon ride on a stormy, rainy day.  The perfect weather for this kind of adventure is SUNSHINE, so  there’s the connection.  

Here’s my card:

     

A Go-To Die Set

I’ve said it before, but the Rectangle Stitched Framelit die set is one of my all-time favorite sets, partly because I love the double stitching on each die.  However, my most favorite reason is because of the amount of cardstock I can save by using these framelits on the mats of cards!  

For example, in this card,  the background Balmy Blue cardstock is the middle of a mat for another card.  I chose the appropriate sized die for the frame based on the size of the middle mat, and then used the rectangle dies.  I now have the two pieces I needed for the frame card and another center piece for a different card.

Here’s an example cut I cropped from the Granny Apple Green cardstock base:

I found that I absolutely love (!!!) the color combination of Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel, and Granny Apple Green when I played along with the Paper Players #450 challenge.  I decided to go with Granny Apple Green balloons, the largest of which I stamped off.  The smaller balloons also in Granny Apple Green, colored the baskets with Blueberry Bushel, then fussy cut the balloons.  I stamped the sentiment in Granny Apple Green as well, and cropped it using the Stitched Shapes dies.  I used Blueberry Bushel marker to color in the stitched ditch

The Balmy Blue Background Cardstock

When I was finished with the balloons, I used the cloud stamp (3 clouds, one stamp, wonderfully easy) and StazOn Cotton White ink for the clouds. The resulting light white and lighter white clouds gave the Balmy Blue some much needed texture.

After I got the frame and base put together using dimensionals, and then dry fit the balloons and sentiment piece, I thought I needed something else.  The Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle added some interest without bulk, so I threaded it through the frame.  I really thought I would wind up with a square knot, again, as always because I am “bow challenged”. But,  to my surprise and glee, I created an actual bow!  YEAH!

I popped all the pieces up with dimensionals and again realized I needed something else, more specifically something flat and not popped up.   Therefore, I grabbed the bird stamp, stamped it a couple of times and it finally felt done.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Lynn Holcun at Avery’s Owl. You don’t want to miss all the inspiration found in this group!

 

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  5. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  6. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  9. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  10. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  11. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  12. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  13. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  14. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach

A New (to Me) Challenge: Colour Inkspirations #159

Somewhere Along the Line

I came across this card posted on FaceBook by Stampincronelia – Corine van Wijk for the Colour Inkspiration Card Challenge, #159.  Obviously it’s been around for a long time, but Corine’s stunning card using the colors were a fabulous combination.   Therefore,  I did some searching and found the challenge information on Facebook.  ci#159’s color combination is Seaside Spray, Smokey Slate, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla.  Gorgeous colors and the combination is stunning.  

At first, I thought that I would use this colors to create a sympathy card, which I think are difficult to create.  Instead, I decided to use the Colorful Seasons bundle, especially the “just breathe” sentiment.  The card I created follows:

      

The Elements

I went through all kinds of ideas, and first thought I wanted to create a window flap card.  However, the retired Smokey Slate DSP is one of my all time favorite DSPs and I am getting low on the color choices left in my stash.  Finally, I decided on a faux window card.  The top piece of Smoky Slate cardstock was first run through the Subtle TIEF, and then cropped using the largest square in the Stitched Shapes die set.  My dimensionals got a workout for this card because I popped the top cardstock up from the DSP panel.  This same set of dimensionals also allowed the whole front to be popped up from the Whisper White cardstock.

I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla and then cropped it using the Rectangle Stitched die set.  I also cropped the branch from Early Espresso using the Seasonal Layers die set.  Once again, dimensionals added the depth I wanted for the sentiment.

The final color, Seaside Spray, in my mind, was always going to be for the flowers.  Originally, I had just four flowers on the front, but the even number bothered my sense of balance.  The fifth flower did not quite fit, which explains why I cropped it off the side.  I thought I still needed something, so I added the new In Color Faceted Dots to the center of the flowers and for the dot on the “j”.

Life is a Beautiful Thing, Even with Happy Accidents

For some reason, the inside sentiment did not want to stamp well at all.  Thankfully, I used my Stamparatus so I could stamp multiple times until I liked the result.  However, a problem arose when I microscopically moved the card and my final stamp was just barely off.  I’d already glued the DSP on the bottom of the inside and had attached the front to the white cardstock.  What to do?  My happy accident created a beautiful focal point on the inside.  I cropped a piece of Smoky Slate using the same large square die from Stiched Shapes.  Then I just had to repeat the stamping process, again using my Stamparatus.

Finally, I decorated the envelope using the flowers and branch from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  

When I started writing this blog post, I realized I would just need to change the sentiments and this could be a sympathy card.  I will remember this card next time I need one.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

Supplies:

Colorful Seasons stamp set – #143726     

Seasonal Layers – #143751

2019-2021 In Color Faceted Dots – #149607

Stamparatus – #146276

Whisper White Medium Envelopes – # 107301

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Fab Friday 167, but First a Follow-up

Just Add Ink Follow-up

Last week I played along with Just Add Ink’s color challenge #464 of Granny Apple Green, Soft Sea Foam, and Flirty Flamingo.  You can see my card here.  Imagine my complete surprise when, sitting at the airport, I saw the email update that I had won the challenge!  I am so incredibly honored and, now that I am home, have added the widget to my blog.   

Fab Friday 167

Before I left for NY, I created a card for this challenge, but was not happy with it.  After getting home, I needed to create thank you cards for some cousins we visited. Therefore, I decided to try creating a card for this challenge again.   However, I had been looking at this newly created card since yesterday afternoon when I “finished” it.  After trying a couple of additions, unsuccessfully I might add, I finally (!!) stumbled across an idea:  black enamel dots leftover from Halloween.  Finally, I feel finished!

Here’s the FabFriday167 sketch:

Here’s my card:

          

All the Elements

The border element should have been easy to figure out, but I had a difficult time deciding on it.  I’d completely forgotten about the scalloped die in the Seasonal Layers die set.  Therefore, I wound up using the Decorative Ribbon Punch (item 143721).  This SAB DSP has really gotten a work out and I have one full sheet and then pieces left.  There are multiple reasons I love this DSP.   One of which is the ability  to punch the large (inside) and small (outside) butterflies at once using the Butterfly Duet punch (item 148523).

The stamp from the recently retired All Things Thanks stamp set, fits perfectly when stamped vertically on the Everyday Label punch (item 144668).  I like to mat this sentiment punch so, I punched a black one, cut it in half, and attached it so just a thin border shows on the top and bottom.  Then, I used the Stamping Write marker to outline the sides of the Whisper White punch, and, ta-da, I’d completed the sentiment element, and finishing the card soon followed.

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Sue

Over the Moon for CTS #329

Absolutely Adorable Cows!

The new catalog has many “must have” products, and the Over the Moon cling mount stamp set is one of those “must haves”!  Just take a look at these cute as a button images!

I just LOVE these cows and the sentiments.  Therefore, when I saw the banner for CTS #329, I knew I was going to use one of these cows.  

Here’s the CAS(E) this Sketch banner:

I flipped the sketch and this is what I created:

 

This Cow Rocks Lovely Lipstick Boots

In order to create this card, I first stamped the cow and colored it with the Blends markers.  I used Light and Dark Basic Black for the spots, Light Smoky Slate for the hoofs, Ivory and Light Petal Pink for the ears and snout.  I colored her using the Light Granny Apple Green blend and light and dark Daffodil Delight for the flower.  After much thought, I decided to leave the tail white.   At the same time I decided to give her DSP boots.  Cute!  She needed some bling of her own, and the Lovely Lipstick enamel dots from the Happiness Blooms enamels fit the bill.  After creating the DSP boots (little bitty fussy cuttings),   I decided to use the In Color DSP as part of the sketch pieces, and another pattern for the envelope flap.

Rectangle Stitched Layered Rectangles 

These stitched dies are quickly becoming my go-to “must have” die set.  For this card, I used them to crop the cow, sentiment, and solid Lovely Lipstick cardstock.  Coloring in the ditch of the stitches seems to be something else I enjoy doing for emphasis. This time I used the Stamping Write Marker on the sentiment and solid cardstock.  In addition, I used the marker to outline the cow’s rectangle.

Cards, and projects, with monochromatic colors always seem to turn out to be calming.  The same is true for this card, but it also makes me smile.  I hope you got a smile from it as well.

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Wishing You Well meets Just Add Ink #464

Something New, Times Two

At one point or another, I am fairly certain that everyone buys a stamp set with all intentions of using it.  However, new sets come along and the “WOW I MUST use this set” feeling starts anew.  That’s exactly what happened with Wishing You Well.  So, the stamp set is new, and I am fairly certain I haven’t participated in the Just Add Ink challenge before.  So, two new things for this card.

Here’s the challenge banner:

The card I created is a window card and these type of cards are not necessarily difficult to create. 

Here’s my card:

     

I used Granny Apple Green dark and light blends to color the foliage and Soft Sea Foam marker for the recessed, for the lack of a better word, stems and leaves.  The Flirty Flamingo marker created a beautiful bow and buds on this card.  

I can hear you asking yourself where in the SU catalog can you find Granny Apple Green pearls.  It’s simple and you can do it as well!  The Stamping Blends will transform the standard pearls to any color you want.  Just color, let dry thoroughly, then add to your project.    Ta-Da!  

Creating the Window

The Rectangle Stitched Dies have become my go-to dies.  I’ve always, as much as possible punched out shapes from my mats.  These dies allow me to do that on a larger scale.  Rarely, if ever, will I create a card with a full base.  

This fabulous die set always makes creating a window card easier.  First, I needed to decide where to place the focal stamp, and then I placed the larger die.  The only tricky part was the inside Granny Apple Green layer.  I used my Sea Foam Green layer to center the next smaller die and then cropped that as well.

I did make a mistake on one of the corners of the top layer, so I used a corner rounder on each corner.  

After I was finished with everything, I realized I didn’t have room for a sentiment.  Miscalculation – check.  Once again used the Rectangle Stitched dies and figured out what size I would need for the sentiment.  It was also important that the cropped rectangle would be centered and rest on the Granny Apple Green layer.  Problem solved.

Card is Done

Now that I have used this (retired) stamp set, I can see myself using it again and again.  Isn’t that bow simple beautiful?

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Tic Tac Toe challenge for Paper Players 348

Don’t You Love When Things Fall Into Place

I feel like that happened with PP348 this week for the tic-tac-toe challenge.  I knew what I wanted to do for a baby girl card, and this challenge helped me achieve my goals.

Here’s the tic-tac-toe board:

When everything fell into place, I chose the top row of ribbon, patterned paper, and die-cut.  Here’s my card:

         

What I Used:

This card is for a friend’s daughter and I chose the cover stamp based on the gift I purchased from her registry.  I had fun shopping, but when I picked up the grey and white lamb print hooded towel and washcloth, I knew what stamp I would use.  This adorable little lamb is from the retired Easter Lamb stamp.  I masked out the “happy Easter” and used Smoky Slate to stamp.  Next came the Petal Pink marker for the ears.

The picked the sentiment from A Little Wild stamp set.  Both the lamb and sentiments were stamped on Whisper White and matted with Petal Pink.   First I cropped all the circles from the Stitched Shapes die set, and then used the Petal Pink marker to color in the stitches in the ditches.  Since I have become obsessed with the Subtle TIEF, I  used it for both Petal Pink circles.  I used dimensionals to pop up both the lamb and sentiment using dimensionals.  Die cuts – check.

Both patterns on the he aborable DSP is from Twinkle, Twinkle.  The grey background also popped up on dimensionals and mounted it on Petal Pink.  I also used both patterns on the baby on the inside of the card.  At first I was going to used markers to color the baby and umbrella, but I am pretty darn pleased with my fussy cutting.  Isn’t that baby adorable?  The stars, baby, and sentiment came from the Moon Baby stamp set.  Patterned paper – check.

Last, but definitely not least, is the ribbon.  I used the Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle and layered it with Smoky Slate stitched ribbon.  I tend to be bow challenged, so I just created a square knot.  It was easy to get the ribbon under the grey DSP because of the dimensionals.  Ribbon – check.

Of course, I can’t have a naked envelope, so I used some of the Twinkle, Twinkle DSP for the flap.  I stamped Petal Pink and Smokey Slate to stamp a spray of stars on the front of the envelope as well.

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Hot Air Balloons for #GDP195

Global Design Project Theme:  Balloons

The challenge this week was to use balloons:  hot air, word balloons, or party balloons.  Tomorrow starts a new Stampin’ Up! ordering quarter, and the Above the Clouds bundle (item 151135) is on my list!  Isn’t it fabulous?

ABOVE THE CLOUDS BUNDLE

However, I pulled out the retired Lift Me Up clear mount stamp set, and started working.  I knew what I wanted to do, but I had somewhat of a problem bringing the whole card together.

Here’s my card:

 

Here’s the #GDP195 challenge banner:

Creating the Layers

I’m fairly certain that we’ve all started watching videos, click to another, then another, then another, etc.  I know I have, and in one of those video hops, I saw someone using a various circle punches to create a template for clouds.  Here’s mine using Balmy Blue:

  Please excuse my 18 year old, well-loved self-healing mat.  If I could find another one exactly like it, I would get it in a hot minute.

To create the layers of the clouds, I just kept turning and sponging, turning and sponging, starting at the bottom.  This is actually the back side of the first attempt, which turned out too dark so I started over.  I’m pleased with the layers of clouds and especially the lighter and white spaces that were left.

Next came the hot air balloons.  In order to be able to use my blends to color in the balloons, I stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black.  I used the light and dark blends in Calypso Coral, Highland Heather, and So Saffron.   Next came fussy cutting for the 3 balloons.  I chose the sentiment from the same stamp set and used the Pretty Label punch because I thought it looked like the clouds.  

When I dry-fit the pieces together, I knew it needed something, and not a ribbon.  I pulled out the SU rhinestones and used the string of small rhinestones on the Highland Heather balloon.  Then I had to walk away because I couldn’t figure out what else was missing.

During dinner, I had an ah-ha moment, so I stamped the three clouds from the same stamp set, and fussy cut them out.  I’m actually much happier because now there is an odd number of elements on the card.  Balance has been achieved.

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Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown Two-fer

FMS394 and ctd549 for a Colorful Combination

These two challenges are two of my “favorites”, at least this week.  The clean, fresh FMS sketch seemed to pair perfectly with ctd this week to create a cute little thank you card.

The challenge banners follow:

  

I chose to use the newly retired Bella and Friends stamp set, which I just realized was actually retired when the new catalog launched.  Sadness.

Here’s my card:

 

 

 

Keeping it Clean and Simple

I needed all the white space on this card, but didn’t want it to just be plain white.  Therefore, I used the Subtle TIEF, which quickly becamse my favorite and most used embossing folder.  I get the best of both worlds:  white space and a little, subtle texture.

My choice for the orange on this card is inspired by the Painted Seasons DSP using Grapefruit Grove.  I’ve only recently opened the package of DSP and love the colors and most of the patterns, especially this simple repeating pattern.

Following the FMS layout and the ctd colors, I layered the DSP on a piece of Basic Gray.  I also used Basic Gray for all the stamping, and for coloring in the bone, which seemed to fade right into Bella so I outlined it in Basic Black.  While I thought this plan would work, I quickly found out the outline jumped off the card, and not in a good way.  Therefore, I colored over the black and the gray with Smoky Slate, which really toned the bone down. 

Putting the Card Together

The layering circle die set provided the perfect sizes of circle for Bella, and the scalloped mat peeking out from under her.  Blueberry Bushel cardstock provided all the mats: card base, Bella’s circle, and the sentiment mat.  I cropped both of the sentiment pieces using the Rectangular Stitched layering die set (a must have!).  I also colored Bella’s collar using Blueberry Bushel.  Originally, the heart from the stamp was colored using Grapefruit Grove, but I later decided to cover the heart with a single piece of bling from the metallic exposy shapes.  

That’s it.  Finished.  A fresh, clean, card using a great color combination.  All is well.  Life is good.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I know your days are busy, and I appreciate your time.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

 

In Colors 2019-2021 for Fab Friday 166

Fab Friday 166 Card Challenge

Fab Friday for this 2 week period is to use all 5 of the new In Colors for 2019 – 2021.  Since I am off for the summer, I have been organizing and purging and came across painter’s tape.  The tape reminded me of a technique I used a few years ago, and I thought it would work pretty darn well.  The background mat for the card had to be Purple Posy since the ink and markers are not available yet.  

Here’s my card and the challenge banner:

      

 

After that easy mat decision was made, I had to organize the remaining colors into the order of my stripes.  I  tried to get the colors a sunset kind of order, so the darkest is on the bottom and the lightest on the top.  The order from bottom up is Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, Terracotta Tile, and Rococo Rose.  

If at First You Don’t Succeed,

Try, try, and try again.   The first time I tried “stamping” with the painter’s tape, it turned out way too dark.  The stripes are very simple to create;  simply take a length of painter’s tape and place it on the ink pad.  At first, my result was too dark, as pictured below.  

My second attempt was to not press the tape on the ink pad as hard as I had done the first time.  However, that was still too dark.  I finally wound up stamping off the tape before lining it up on the card.  I really like the distressed look of the stripes, and can believe I got the stripes straight.  Success!

Free as a Bird

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to use the birds on a branch for this card.  Therefore, I stamped the birds, sentiment, and leave all in Tuxedo Black.  

When I put the card together, including popping up the top layer on dimensionals, I decided that it needed “something”.  I still have some of the retired black dots from the holiday catalog, and put one in the center of the flowers below the branch and one on the leaves.  

When I came back to the card the next day, I decided that it still needed something to make the stamped images really stand out.  I grabbed my clear Wink of Stella and applied a couple of layers to the stamped images.  It’s not easy to get pictures of Wink of Stella on cards, so I hope you can see the sparkles on the birds in the picture below:

I finally feel like the card is done.  Since everything was pretty easy, and since I only used Tuxedo Black ink, the Free as a Bird stamp set, and the Wink of Stella, I think I created a #simplestamping card.  

Thank you for stopping by today.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

Magnolia Lane meets Cas(E) This Sketch #327

June 26th and 27th are Special Days at SU!

In just a few hours, 12:01 am MT, the Clearance Rack will be loaded with retiring stamp sets.  Stamps sets….on clearance?  Yes, please!

On the 27th, at 10 am MT, the trimmer blades will be available until supplies run out.  How many orders will you be placing to be able to get groups of 3 trimmer blades?  

If you are desperately searching for 

Magnolia Lane DSP is Beautiful!

As a demo with a great hobby, I need to really plan out my purchases, so I’ve only gotten the Magnolia Lane DSP and the Magnolia 3D embossing folder.  I used two different patterns of the DSP with a debossed magnolia flower for the focal portion of this card.  

Here’s my card:

And here’s the sketch:

As you can see, I was very literal about using the sketch for inspiration.  I wound up using the debossed side of the magnolia, but I thought it needed something to make it stand out.  I didn’t want to add color, so I wound up using the clear Wink of Stella to highlight each of the debossed sections. While I feel semi-satisfied, my husband likes the card, so I am leaving it alone.

Putting It ALL Together

I really gave my trimmer a workout for this challenge.  I kept trimming and trimming until I got a layout with which I was happy. 

My next challenge was the greeting.  I knew that I wanted to leave the white space at the bottom, but I also needed a sentiment.  This one, from Free as a Bird, fit the space and seemed to have a balancing effect.  After I create a simple banner, I stamped it, outlined the banner using the Petal Pink marker, then popped the whole thing up on dimensionals. 

Dimensionals also pop up the darker magnolia circle, which I cropped using the Stitched Shapes die set.  I used the Layering Circles die set, which provided the mat for the magnolia. 

I really enjoy sketch challenges because of the given layout for inspiration.  However, it’s always interesting to see how many different variations of cards are posted to the individual challenges each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

Floating Frames with Come Sail Away

Press and Seal & Cards – Who Knew?

Do you ever see a new technique and think how in the world did someone think of that?   The Press and Seal technique is one of those what in the world techniques.  I am not sure with whom it started, but it is a boatload of fun (Come Sail Away – get it??) and produces some pretty wonderful cards!   In order to be able to do this you need just a couple of things:  Press-n-Seal and dimensionals/mini-dimensionals ~ lots of them!   Frances “Frenchie” Martin‘s video helped a lot, as did Kylie Bertucci’s husband’s, Bruno, video from Australia.  One thing I found out with my second set of floating frame cards is that it is much, much easier to remove the Press-n-Seal from cardstock than DSP.  The DSP is thinner and more prone to tearing.  

Best thing about this technique?  You get two cards from one A2 sized piece of cardstock.

Come Sail Away

This new photopolymer stamp set is wonderful!  While it leans more toward masculine cards, it can be for anyone for almost any occasion.   For my cards, I chose  red, white, and blue colors.  At first, I started coloring  with blends and just wasn’t happy with the result, so I started over.  For this card, I started with 12 stamped and cropped images: 4 each of the compass rose, anchors, small and large boats.  I think the lighthouse provides a strong, grounding image, therefore, I only used one..

Here are my two cards:

     

 

Most of the videos I’ve seen using the Press-n-Seal tend to start with the outside floating frame.  I had a problem with all the empty space in the middle, so I added a boat, rope and knot, and some of the birds.   I am happier with the inside floating frame, mainly because I matted the center white background and because the lighthouse is so prominent.  The two red rhinestones center and ground the sentiment. 

You Are My True North

Both of these completed cards were sitting on my desk when my husband came in my blue room to see what I was creating.  He picked them up, really inspected them, and then said how much he liked them.  My response:  that’s good because the center floating card just happens to be your Father’s Day card.  I did wind up creating another card for him with the same sentiment and stamp set.  I can hear you thinking Father’s Day??  Wasn’t that last weekend?  Yes, but I needed to wait until after Father’s Day to post these cards so I didn’t ruin the next one I did create for him.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I appreciate your time.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

 

Something New (to Me), and Something Blue, for June’s InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s June Blog Hop! Each of this year’s Blog Hop themes is inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around NEW. With the launch of Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Annual Catalog, NEW gives us the opportunity to showcase new products and play with new colors. You will see a variety of project which celebrate new occasions (babies, weddings, graduations)  in this hop. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Something New, and Something Blue

While I have had the Happy Tails photopolymer stamp set and coordinating dog punch for a few months, I am finally using it for the first time.   My card could be used for a new pet, or a tried and true four- legged family member. However, in this case, I created a card for a friend whose much loved dog, Gumbo, recently crossed the Rainbow Bridge. 

Here’s the front and inside of my card:

     

Gumbo was a black lab mutt mix, and his “overcoat” was the Blueberry Bushel color, both of which inspired my color choices.  My color palette consists of  Blueberry Bushel, Grey Granite, Smokey Slate, Basic Black, and Whisper White.  

I didn’t have any coordinating DSP, therefore, I created my own by using 4 of the individual stamps from the Happy Tails set.  Since I didn’t want to stamp all four individually, I put all of them on one acrylic block and just stamped away in Basic Black.

 

I Love Creating Window Cards

Window cards with a middle mat require 3 cuts, so I used the Square Nesting Die set.  This set, as in all the nesting sets, makes it so easy to get even layers.  I used Blueberry Bushel for the card base, the ink for the sentiments, and the heart.  This adorable, perfectly sized heart is punched out of the dog punch, which makes it so easy to get a proportioned heart.

I wanted to have just that much more dimension, so I used dimensionals to pop up the top layer.  The dog is dimensional as well, but that’s more of a happy accident.  Since I used blends to color the dog, the color bled through the cardstock.  I didn’t want the backside to show when the card was opened, so I punched a Whisper White dog for the underlayer.  The first dog I colored, and attached to the underlayer, was too dark once I got it on the card.  Therefore, I stamped and colored another dog using only the light Smoky Slate blend.  The dark Smoky Slate blend was only used as an outline and highlighter.  The placement of the dog in the window was intentional so that it would cover “So sorry for your loss”.

After I put the card together, I decided that I didn’t want just a sentiment showing through the window.  Therefore, I pulled the paw print stamp out again and used Smokey Slate to stamp the diagonal pawprints.  

That’s it.  I am ready to mail this card to my friend and her family.

Many Thanks and Have Fun Hopping!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hopBrian King at Stamp with Brian, our fearless leader.  You don’t want to miss all the inspiration found in this group, so please sit back, relax, and enjoy all the creations.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

Thank you for hopping along with us. The following line-up will help guide you if you get stuck during the hop:

 

What a fun hop today! I’m always excited to see the beautiful variety of projects y’all make – and these “new”-themed creations were no exception. Such great inspiration! ♥

Please update the links on your blog at some point today to keep the hop evergreen forever and ever and ever. Links are below.

Please let me know when your post has been updated.

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Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  3. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  6. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  10. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  11. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  12. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  13. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping

CASE the Designer for #GDP192

Botanical Buttlerfly DSP

I still get amazed with how beautiful this SAB DSP is for each and every pattern.   Since I knew I wanted to use this again, I let the paper guide today’s creation.  See my #GDP191 entry here, for whichI  just happened to earn an honorable mention.  I am truly honored!  

When I saw the following design for this week’s challenge, I knew I was going back to this wonderful DSP!  

Here’s the challenge card:

Here’s my card:

Do You See What I CAS’d?

First, the white background mat, although I used the Subtle TIEF to emboss the mat.  

Second, my sentiment is in the same position.

Third, I used the blue and yellow colors as inspiration for the DSP and mats.

Fourth, I used three pearls instead of the three enamel dots.  I know what you are thinking ~~ where did I get the Daffodil Delight colored pearls?  Those are the white SU pearls which I colored using the Stamping Blends.  That was more fun than I thought it would have been!  Try it, you’ll love changing the pearls to match your project.

Fifth, instead of the banner, I used a whole panel of the gorgeous butterfly DSP matted in Basic Black.  I really like the way the Basic Black makes the DSP pop right off the card.  

What I Used…..

The Botanical Butterfly DSP is the star, of course.  The colors on the card are Balmy Blue and Daffodil Delight.  The sentiment is from the Butterfly Gala photopolymer stamp set. There are also dimensionals popping up the sentiment.  

All the elements of this card came together pretty quickly, and it was all because of the gorgeous DSP.  Slowly but surely I am working my way through the fantastic prints.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

Floating Frame Butterflies for #GDP191

I LOVE the Floating Frame Technique!

The first time I saw a floating frame tutorial on YouTube I thought that it looked pretty darn difficult.  Then I tried it with some stamped and cropped images, all on cardstock and found the process easier than I thought.  So, I tried it again with the butterflies for #GDP191, and I am so incredibly happy with the results, especially that two cards are created from each of the Press ‘n Seal start.

Here’s my card and the GDP challenge:

 

It Takes Patience

After punching out the butterflies from the DSP using the butterfly duo punch, I laid out the butterflies in a pattern I thought would work.  Since I used the duo punch, I had smalled butterflies which I used to fill in some too empty spaces.  Explaining the process would have been so much easier if I had taken photos of the process.  I guarantee there will be other floating frame cards in my future, and there will be photos of the process.  

I did find out that taking the Press ‘n Seal off DSP is a much more delicate process than cardstock, so my tip is to go slowly, very slowly, when pulling off the Press ‘n Seal.  

The following photo shows the dimension of the card, for which I purposely wanted the shadows to appear:

My second tip is to make sure you have loads of dimensionals and mini-demensionals on hand before beginning the card.  

The bottom mat for the card, and the smaller mat is Highland Heather, as is the sentiment.  Dandelion Wishes provided the sentiment.  

I thought the sentiment looked lonely on the white mat, so I used three of the smaller punched butterflies in the white space.  Even after adding the butterflies, I thought the card needed something else, so I used some of the retiring faceted dots from Share What You Love.

Next Time

I will take photos of the process.  It truly is easier than the results appear to be.  There are a number of YouTube videos, just search for either “floating frame technique” or “Press -n Seal technique”.  Try it!  You won’t be disappointed with the results.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

It’s All About Spring for InKing Royalty’s April Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s April Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around SPRING. Spring is a special time of year!   It’s fun to celebrate the beauty of nature and to get back outside during this transition of the seasons. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Fun Fold Card with Happiness Blooms DSP

Last Friday I watched Connie Stewart’s video for a window card, and I was so taken with it I used it to make 20 Easter cards before Sunday morning.  Yes, it’s that simple, but it looks like it took a whole lot of time and work.  Super simple fun fold card is always a hit!  

Here’s my card for the blog hop:

     

Doesn’t this Happiness Blooms DSP pattern scream “Spring is Here”?  I paired it with the Bloom by Bloom photopolymer stamp set and Dandelion Wishes for the sentiment.

The Bloom by Bloom stamp set, DSP, and Happiness Blooms enamel dots were in the Ocassions catalog, but are still availabe.  The colors are fabulously bright and truly happy.  

Here’s the DSP picture from the catalog for your viewing pleasure:

colorful flower paper    Fun patterns, right?   I used two of the patterns for my card:  the flowers on the front and the dots as a mat on the inside.

Layers, Ribbon, and Dots

For the card base, I used Pineapple Punch cardstock.  Since I’d already picked the DSP floral pattern, I needed to get a mat layer between the cardstock and DSP.  I chose to use Lovely Lipstick, pulling from the centers of the little flowers.

In order to create the window, I used the Layering Squares Framelits.  Please watch Connie’s video for the simple directions.  Simple, truly simple, but awesome results!

By closing the window on just the Pineapple Punch base, I was able to figure out where I wanted to place the stamped flowers.  I wanted the flowers to be much lighter than the Lovely Lipstick sentiment I knew I wanted to use.

After I did all the stamping, I popped up DSP/cardstock layer on dimensionals.   This allowed me to add ribbon without bumps and lumps.  I also chose the Lovely Lipstick ribbon from the 2018-2019 annual catalog and tied it in a square knot.

I thought I was finished, but decided that I would add some of the Happiness Blooms enamel dots on the stamped flowers.  Look carefully and you can see the two colors of dots on the centers of the flowers.

Pretty Darn Pleased

The 20 Easter cards I made with this fun fold were a hit with my family on Sunday.  Here’s a quick look at one of those cards:

     

Knowing how easily this card can be created was part of the reason I chose it for the blog hop.  The other part is because it’s just so much fun to create.  Thank you, Connie Stewart!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jackie Beers at Blueline Stamping. You don’t want to miss all the inspiration that can be found in this group!

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  3. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  5. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  8. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  9. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  10. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations

Oops, I Did It Again

Bunny cards, lots of bunny cards

I’d made 20 Easter cards for my great nieces, ages 18 months and 2.5 years, to take to school and day care on Thursday.  So, so cute, and they would have been good for the CTS and Color Throwdown challenges.  

Here are just some of those cards since I’d already delivered some of them: 

      

and the inside:

The Gingham Gala DSP came in very, very handy for this card, as did the Best Bunny stamp and punch.  I did find out that it is much, much easier to stamp, then color all those bunny pieces before punching them out!  Just believe me here.

All Those Parts and Pieces

Any time I am doing a mass production of cards I do all the parts needed first.  For this card, that meant running cardstock through the Subtle TIEF in the Big Shot and then cutting down into strips.  Then I used the two largest ovals from the Stitched Shapes die set out of various colors of cardstock.  The mats for all these cards have ovals cropped out of them, but no one else knows once the gingham DSP covers them up.  The DSP was all cut down to 4 x 5.25 inches.  Next were 40 Pretty Label Punch pieces, since each card required two pieces.  I used the retired “Happy Easter” stamp for the front and the Best Bunny stamps for the inside.

In between all these pieces, I was stamping, coloring, and punching bunnies.  At one point, I just had piles of bunny pieces all over my grid paper on my desk.  

About halfway through these cards, I realized I hadn’t counted all the steps needed for each card.  However, by then I was too far into it and didn’t want to really know how much was left. 

The Two-fer Card

While I was working on all these, I just happened to check the challenges for the week.  I found out that, unknowingly I had nailed the CTS sketch for the week.  When I checked the Color Throwdown challenge, I knew that I could cover both challenges with one card.  Color Throwdown was orange, blue, and yellow.  BAM!  

Here’s that card:

Next, I Needed Another 20 Easter Cards for Me

But those cards will be shared on Wednesday, with another version, for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop.  It’s another fun fold card, but it’s one of the easiest I’ve even done.  Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

 

Best Route to CTS#316

My First Time for Best Route Suite

Once I saw my upline’s, Brian King, sketch for Case This Sketch #316, I knew I was playing along.  I needed a card to go into a goodie box for my nephew in college.  The Best Route Suite is perfect for a masculine card.  I the DSP and the Maps Etc. TIEF for the card.   

Here’s the challenge sketch:

Here’s my card:

What’s what

In order to be able to cut matching diagonal angles, I first embossed the Whisper White cardstock with the TIEF.   I then cut measured and cut my DSP diagonal, which gave me a guide to cut the embossed mat/background. 

In order to keep this card clean and simple, I trimmed both the DSP and the embossed cardstock so I could have a small separation between both pieces.  I really like the bold Blueberry Bushel peeking through the diagonal cuts.

The Rectangle Stitched framelits, one of my new favorites, provided the perfect sized cuts for the sentiment.  Previously, I have had some trouble getting clean cuts with these framelits, but I think I’ve figured out what I need to do.  When cropping, I ran the sandwich through the Big Shot going both ways.  Then, without removing the framelit from the cardstock, I rotated it 90 degrees and ran it back and forth again.  The result:  clean cuts and happy me.

Finishing Touches

I did pop the sentiment layers up on dimensionals giving the card some dimension in this clean and simple card.

I also used another DSP pattern to emphasize the envelope flap.  I’ve been doing that for the vast majority of cards lately and I often stamp on the front as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I’d love to know what you think ,so please feel free to leave a comment.

Have a Peachy day!  

Sue

 

 

Painted Seasons for FMS382

Painted Seasons

The Painted Seasons DSP was a limited time product during Sale-a-Bration.  However, I did not break into it until a week ago and now want to use it all up.  I am trying to be much better about using my DSP rather than hoarding it.  Sometimes I cut it up, sometimes I don’t.    I immediately thought of this DSP stack when I saw the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week.  Personally, I think it is the perfect paper for it.  When I broke into  the DSP pack, I found a few papers which are going to be transformed into One-Sheet Wonders this weekend!

Here’s the FMS382 sketch:

As always, clean and simple rules with FMS.  

Here’s my card:

Color Choices Abound

This gorgeous pattern contains a multitude of colors, but I chose to highlight the Poppy Parade and Pumpkin Pie, with accents of Early Espresso.  All of the papers used were outlined using the Early Espresso Stamping Write Marker.  While the challenge had only one mat, I chose to use two.  I ran the Poppy Parade cardstock through the Big Shot using the Swirls and Curls TIEF just for a bit of dimension peeking out from the DSP.  

The sentiment is from Varied Vases and, poof, this card is an all-ocassion card.  I snipped one end into a banner, and tied the Poppy Parade ribbon onto the other end.  Ta-da.  Clean and Simple, and it matches the challenge.

Thank you for stopping by!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

Under the Wire Once Again

Global Design Project and CAS on Friday # 154

Under the wire yet again for GDP#182, but I have time for CAS.  I completed this card earlier today, but needed to do lesson plans before I could do a blog post.  So, here I am on Sunday night, again, trying to get this card submitted.

Animal Expedition

I just love this bundle and I am praying it carries over into the new catalog in June.  Fingers are really crossed for this!  I started, and completed, a completely different card – different DSP, stamps, vellum, whole different card.

Somehow, and I have no clue how, I stumbled on the CAS on Friday challenge for a clean and simple baby card.   I needed a baby card, I really liked the GDP sketch, and I love this stamp set.  

Here are the challenge links:

          

Here’s my card:

The GDP inspiration is evident, at least I hope so.  My focal point is larger than the challenge, but the sentiment is under that adorable kangaroo and koala bear.  Have I said how much I love this Animal Expedition suite?!!  You can just see the giraffe and frog on the front of the envelope, and I did the same thing on the inside of the card.

I really think the sentiment, Welcome Little One, fits the kangaroo and koala perfectly.  I really took a chance on stamping these three stamps without the use of my Stamp-a-ma-Jig or Stamparatus, but I did.  Quite happily, it all worked out perfectly.  I doubt I would be able to get it all lined up again, though.  I used dimensions to pop up the sentiment on the Pretty Label Punch, and the kangaroo above it.

While I used Stamping Blends to color the kangaroo and koala, I knew they would bleed through the envelope and inside of the card.  Therefore, I used Stamping Write Markers for those adorable elements.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

 

 

 

Vibrant Vases for Freshly Made Sketches

This Should Have Been a Three-fer.

When I created this card, it was for the What Will You Stamp Challenge, WWYS#211  for the Vibrant Vases, and Freshly Made Sketches FMS380 provided the layout.  I missed the deadline for WWYS#211, but I am going to make the FMS380 deadline.  The color pallette was provided by Color Throwdown, ctd535.

Here are all the challenge banners:

          

Here’s my Vibrant Vases, Freshly Made Sketches, and What Will You Stamp card:

Flower Fun

I first stamped all the flowers in Basic Black, and then used the two-step stamps for the roses and the daisies in Daffodil Delight.  Coloring over the stamped Daffodil Delight ink with my Stamping Up Stamp Write markers allowed me to lightly shade the flowers.

I thoroughly enjoyed coloring these flowers with the Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, and Real Red Stamping Write Markers.  I didn’t dare try to use the Stamping Blends because the flowers were small and I didn’t want it to run.  Coloring relaxes me, and when the SU stamps provide beautiful images, how could I not love the coloring.

The sentiment is also from Vibrant Vases.  I used the Stitched Shapes small rectangle to crop the flowers, and the Rectangle Stitched dies for the sentiment.  All the squares and the sentiment got the popped-up treatment from some dimensionals.  Finally, I placed some of my current fave ribbon, the tulle polka dots, under my greeting and I was done.  

 

 

 

GDP#181 Redo

Second Time is the Charm, I think

Last night I kept thinking about the card I made for GDP#181, and decided it needed a redo.  Therefore, this morning I created a very similar card, but it’s much brighter.  This time, I only used the Daffodil Delight to watercolor the base. I used the same mats in Lemon Lime Twist and Grapefruit Grove, and ran them through the Big Shot using the Subtle TIEF. 

I’m going to go back to the GDP challenge, delete my original card and upload my new card.  

As a reminder, here’s the GDP challenge banner:

Here’s my new card:

Subtle, and Not So Subtle Changes

Another change is that I used the thinner, more delicate, butterfly thinlet die.That’s the subtle change.

Not-so-Subtle change is the sentiment on the front.  I chose to use the Picture Perfect Birthday photopolmer stamp set this time.  I had to use the Stamp-a-Ratus and a Stamping Write Marker in Lemon Lime Twist, to color and stamp just the “celebrate” part of the sentiment.  The Rectangle Stitched Framelits fit the sentiment perfectly, and I then used the marker to color the stitches in the ditch.

While the ribbon is in the same position, I chose to punch a hole in the sentiment strip and carefully threaded both ends through the hole and tied it off.  The sentiment is popped up on dimensionals, just like the first card.  

Just a Comparison

Finally, here are the two cards side by side.  Which one is your favorite?

      

 

Thanks for stopping by again for the GDP#181.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

Foil Butterflies for the GDP#181 Color Challenge

Not at the Wire this Week for Global Design Challenge

It’s not Sunday evening yet, so I am ahead of myself for this week’s GDP#181 color challenge.  The color combination Grapefruit Grove, Daffodil Delight, and Lemon Lime Twist just screams “spring” to me, so I ran with it.

Here’s the GDP challenge banner:

Here’s my card:

Watercoloring and Grapefruit Grove Specialty Foil

I started with some SU watercolor paper to create the background and used all three challenge colors.  The background seems much more muted in the picture because the colors really stand out in person.  I started by sprtizing the whole piece and then swished Grapefruit Grove  diagonally across the paper.  Next I started adding both the Lemon Lime Twist (which I think looks prominent in this photo) and Daffodil Delight.  Of course, watercoloring means playing around with the inks until I was semi-happy with it.  Originally, I wanted the Grapefruit Grove to take center stage in the watercoloring but the ink colors decided that wasn’t going to happen.  

I thought the Daffodil Delight really got lost in the end result, so I used the bokeh dots from the Beauty Abounds bundle in the Ocassions catalog and stamped them randomly on the dry watercolor paper.  Mission accomplished.

Layering Pieces 

The Beauty Abounds bundle includes that gorgeous butterfly die, which I cropped from the Grapefruit Grove specialty foil paper from the Holiday catalog.  I chose the sentiment, from the Beautiful You stamp set, mainly because it fit in the space.  I really didn’t want to cover up the gorgeous butterflies at all.  Therefore, I popped the cropped one inch block from the Stitched Shapes framelits, which is another go-to item for me.

Since I didn’t want just plain cardstock for the mat layers, I ran both mats through the Big Shot using the Subtle TIEF.  This textured impression embossing folder has become one of my faves!!  After I finished the whole card, I decided it needed something else.   Therefore, I grabbed the Grapefruit Grove ribbon, which is FREE in the Sale-a-Bration catalog with a $50 order, and tied it at the far left of the card.

I hope the springtime colors inspire you just as much as me, or more.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Comments are always welcome and I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

 

 

So Hoppy for the Green Theme on the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s March Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around GREEN. We are excited to share our creations with you today – there’s a wonderful variety of styles and occasions celebrated in this hop! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

March = Irish = Green

It’s March, I’m Irish, so of course, the theme of green is perfect.  My first thought was that it was time to break out the frogs from So Hoppy Together cling stamp set.  After waiting for the corrdinating dies to arrive, they became unorderable.  Therefore, I really needed to demonstrate one way they can be used without fussy cutting.  This fun fold card really developed as I worked, and I enjoyed the process.  After watching Jan B’s W fold tutorial video and tweaked the size so my final project is 4.25 ” by 5.5″.  The learning curve on this turned out to be steep, but wouldn’t have been if I followed more of the directions on the tutorial.  

Oh, So Many Greens

Here’s the front and back of my card:

 

     

I used the Light and Dark Granny Apple Green Stamping Blends to color all the frogs on this card.  The dragonflies and cute little bugs were colored using Stamping Write Markers in Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce.  All of these markers coordinate with the Tropical Escape DSP, from which all the patterns came that I used in this card.  This DSP coordinate fabulously with the Frogs!  I tried to use really fun patterns, especially since the frogs are nothing by fun!  

The base of the card is Granny Apple Green, with a thin Basic Black mat under the DSP on both the front and back.  I really felt that something else needed to be added to the front of the card, so I used 3 of the smallest black faceted dots.   I used the Sale-a-Bration Granny Apple Green ribbon and the Dotted Tulle ribbon (LOVE!) layered and knotted on the front.   The sentiment on the back of the card is from the Vibrant Vases stamp set from the Ocassions catalog.

The inside of this card was a product of love and patience.  I could see what I the final card that wanted in my head, but it wasn’t easy.  You know when you get ink where you didn’t want it and have adhesive seep out of the layers all adds up to walking away for a bit and coming back.  That’s exactly what I did.  

Here’s three different views of the inside:

                                                                 

Inside, I took a chance on the busy DSP, but since the frog panels are clean, I think it works.  

Things I Learned:

I should have paid more attention to Jan B. when she explained about needing the ribbons to tie the card shut.  Since I didn’t follow her directions, I had to put the ribbon between the Basic Black 1.5″ x 11″ strip and the DSP.  Then I had to quickly move the ribbons’ positions to line up with the ribbon on the front.  The sentiment on the front and the inside are both from So Hoppy stamp set, while the back sentiment is from Vibrant Vases in the Ocassions  catalog, yet another wonderful stamp set!

It was very helpful to do all the cropping in the Big Shot as soon as I stamped the frogs, even before I colored them.  I used the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits (in the Ocassions catalog) and my very well loved Stitched Shapes framelits.  

When taking pictures of my card, I figured out that I need to practice using my iPad.  The first set didn’t come out well at all, so I went back to what I know, using my iPhone.  

Through the whole process, which took more than one night, I happily colored, relaxed, created, and enjoyed my time.  Isn’t that part of the reason we do what we do?  

Enjoy the Remainder of the Hop!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at Stamp Candy. You don’t want to miss all the inspiration found in this group!  

Have a Peachy day! 

Sue

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  5. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  6. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  7. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  10. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  11. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  12. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

Here I Am Again: right at the wire for GDP#178

Global Design Project #178

This week GDP is a sketch challenge, a clean and simple layout.  Sometimes those are the most difficult to create when I struggle with open space.  

Here’s the challenge sketch:

I haven’t looked at the challenge in a few days, but did check out the Fab Friday challenge, which is where I got the three colors of Mossy Meadow, Calypso Coral, and Petal Pink.   

Card Elements

First, here’s my card:

I knew I would struggle with the open space on this card, so I used the Crackled Paint background stamp.  I chose Smoky Slate and stamped it off before stamping on the Whisper White cardstock.  It is subtle, but does provide the pattern I wanted.

The Daisy Delight stamp set is the only one I used for this card, along with the coordinating daisy punch.  I also used the Leaf Sprig punch.

I used the Mossy Meadow for the base color, sentiment, leaf sprigs, and the center of the daisy.  For the center, I stamped off the solid full dot and then used the second stamp at full strength. 

Calypso Coral provided the ink for the daisy, and the background strip for the sentiment.  I stamped the daisy on Petal Pink cardstock in Calypso Coral as well.   I also bordered the Crackled Paint background with Calypso Coral ink, which kept me from needing another layer of cardstock.

Finally, I tied a bow using the Calypso Coral  Nature’s Twine.  Then, I popped up the base of the card using mini-dimensionals on the Mossy Meadow cardstock base.

 

Two Challenges, One Card

Have to Love a Two-fer!

Stamp, ink, Paper # 188 challenge is to use a favorite stamp set, ink, and paper.  Easy choice – Animal Expedition Suite, which I absolutely love.   Paper Players # 430 is a sketch challenge, and it really fit this suite.

Here are the challenge icons:

   

So much fun to create this card! Here it is:

How could you not love this suite?

The colors in this suite are just as wonderful as the stamp and die bundle.  The pattern on the background DSP includes Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party, which impacted the colors I featured on this card.  The Pool Party cardstock was run through the Big Shot using the Subtle TIEF.  Crossing my fingers and toes that this TIEF carries over!  A different patter of the DSP was layered on the cardstock.  I used a third DSP pattern for the horizontal strip of paper.  

Now, the fun and relaxing coloring part.  I stamped a rhino on a piece of Whisper White and  then used the Stitched Shapes square to crop it out.  As usual, I used a marker to enhance the stitches in the ditch, in this case I used Lemon Lime Twist.

Next, I stamped another rhino and cropped it using the Animal Outing thinlits.  I originally colored the rhino with the Basic Black light and dark blends.  I also colored the bird, but used Stamping Write markers along with the Lemon Lime Twist blends.  After adhering mini-dimensionals to the back of the rhino, I layered it directly on top of the originally stamped rhino.  Then I added the sentiment and had to just use my trimmer to get a size that would fit on the already layered card.  

Too Dark

After finishing the card, I let it sit overnight.  When I came back the following night, I decided I colored the rhino using the wrong blends.  So, I again stamped and cropped it and started coloring again but used the Basic Grey blends.  What a difference!  Then I carefully layered the new rhino directly over the too dark rhino.

Here’s a close-up of the dimension I achieved with the mini-dimensionals and the two layers of rhinos:

I especially like the shadows created by the popped up rhinos and am glad I stamped a rhino on the underlying mat.  

Finally, I used yet another DSP pattern to decorate the envelope flap.  For the front of the envelope, which you can’t see, I stamped the giraffe from this adorable stamp set.

Now, I am happy.

Thank you for stopping by today.  This two-fer was fun to create.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

 

 

Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana, and Granny Apple Green Who knew?

Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana, and Granny Apple Green

Who knew? Without this challenge, I would never have put these three colors together. However, they really work together. The combination of these colors are fresh and bright.

Short and Sweet

Here’s the #GPD177 challenge icon:

Here’s my card:

      

I tend not to look at the design team members’ cards when I open the page.  In this case, I probably should have done so because their cards are awesomely sophisticated.  Mine, on the other hand, is quite whimsical.  

The mats for this card are Melon Mambo topped by Granny Apple Green.  I used the bokeh dot stamps from the Beauty Abounds cling stamp set in the Ocassions catalog.  Love bokeh! Using Whisper White as a base, I started with the Melon Mambo and the larger of the two stamps to cover the white.  Next, I used Coastal Cabana on the small bokeh stamp and interspersed it between the larger dots.   The Granny Apple Green dots are actually the white pearl basic jewels which I colored with the Dark Granny Apple Green blend marker.  

Finishing the Front

After creating my own DSP, I cut it into thirds, and used my Coastal Cabana marker to color the edges of each of the three pieces.  Popped all of them up on mini-dimensionals, and put them on the Granny Apple Green mat.  Then I decided to add the ribbon, and thankfully I was able to slip it between the dimensionals and tie if off in a square knot.  I used two sentiments from the Incredible You stamp set, also in the Ocassions catalog, and cropped them using the Stitched Shapes framelits and the Layering Oval framelits.

I then stamped the inside bokeh dots, and the envelope to match.  And, ta-da, I was done.

Bloom by Bloom Wiper Fold for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

 

InKing Royalty February Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around BIRTHDAY. It’s always special to celebrate the birthday of someone you love, so handmade birthday cards are always fun to share. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I Didn’t Create This All in One Night

I knew I wanted to create a fun fold for this blog hop, and I found  a video tutorial  by Frances Martin for the wiper card.  So much fun!  I also found a diagram on Pinterest by Stamping with Belinda, which I tweaked just a 1/8 of an inch, so my finished card is 5.5 inches by 4.25 inches.   The number of pictures I took trying to explain the process would have made this post the length of a booklet, so please visit these two links as the directions are clear and concise.

I knew that the moving parts and the base would take some time since it’s the first time trying to create it.  Therefore, I created the front and back elements the first night and the moving base and parts was created the next night.  

Here are multiple shots of the card I created using the Bloom by Bloom DSP with the front first:

The Card Basic Elements

I used the Bloom by Bloom DSP for the background of both sides, and used a piece of vellum cardstock to tone down the DSP behind the  layered”Happy Birthday” sentiment.   In order to hold down the vellum, there is some liquid Tombow behind the sentiment, but that didn’t do anything for the corners.  Enter the Night of Navy enamel dots, which cover a glue dot holding the vellum down on the DSP.  

I layered the DSP on Mint Macaron, which I then layered on Coastal Coral.  The bases and moving parts are Call Me Clover.  

The next decisions I made all had to do with the stamp sets.  I have not recieved the Bloom by Bloom stamp set yet (I initially thought I wouldn’t need it if I had the DSP.  WRONG!) so I used the Incredible Like You photopolymer stamp set for the back greeting and flower/leaves.

Magic Happens When the Sides are Pulled Apart.

I usually run my cards past my husband (and his comments have become much more detailed and informed), and he had me pull the sides open and closed 3 or 4 times.  He loved the magic of the interaction.

Here are photos of the front and back after the card is pulled open:

       

I had to make another decision about a mini sentiment and flower stamp set.  I turned to the Varied Vases stamp set for the Birthday Wishes and flower stems.  Initially I thought I would cut the Birthday Wishes stamp in half to fit it on the little flap.  I tried, and even got the scissors positioned between the words, but couldn’t bring myself to cut it apart.  I decided to use the Call Me Clover Stamping Marker to color each word so I could stamp them separately.

Last, but Not Least

After all these layers, I thought for sure I would have a difficult time getting the card in the medium SU envelope.  I was pleasantly surprised when it fit in the envelope, and have pictures to proof it.  Mind you, this card is going to need extra postage, but it easily fit in the envelope.

     

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at Stamp Candy.  There are some very talented people in this hop and you won’t want to miss any of them.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use the following line-up for a guide:

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  3. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  4. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  5. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  6. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  9. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  10. Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
  11. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  12. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  13. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  14. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps

Love! One Word InKing Royalty January Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s January Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around LOVE. You’re certain to see some amazing ideas for Valentine’s Day in the hop, but there are other ways to honor love in the lineup, too. What fun! We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Here’s my card front and inside, along withboth sides of the decorated envelope:

        

 

Lesson Learned

Just one of the many things I learned at OnStage/Orlando was to stop saying I am “just” a hobbyist demo.  I’m a demo with a fabulous hobby sounds so much better.  However, a hobbyist demo also means that I have to be very careful with how I choose my Stampin’ Up! products for purchasing.  My first priority is versatility and longevity.  Valentine’s Day stamps/bundles usually do not make it into my wish list, and the same goes fpr this year.  (If I still taught elementary school, I would have definitely purchased the Hey Love Cling Stamp Set!!)  

For this blog, I relied heavily on the DSP from Brian King’s DSP share.   The bold hearts in the various shades of Lovely Lipstick jumped out at me, especially for a card for my husband’s Valentine’s Day card.   While very happy and full of love, I used vellum to tone down the brightness of the Lovely Lipstick.  Score!   I needed to make sure the vibrant colors would pop, which caused me to use Basic Black cardstock to mat both the outside and inside panels.  

My next challenge required me to figure out how to adhere the vellum to the card stock.  I pulled out the epoxy hearts, again from an embellishment share from Brian King.  I used some of all three sizes of epoxy hearts and randomly spaced them out to sit on the DSP hearts, then placed tiny dots of Tombow Liquid Adhesive behind the hearts.  This trick allowed me to get the vellum attached without the adhesive showing through.  

Here’s a close-up of the epoxy hearts because they don’t really show up on the picture of the outside:

Two Stamp Sets, Two Die Sets

I’ve been pretty blocked creatively since Christmas.  However, once I picked out my DSP for this card, everything else seemed to fall into place. 

I pulled the Strong and Beautiful stamp set from the Occassions catalog, specifically for the “You are so Loved” sentiment for the inside.  The heart die and the cropped “love” is from the Celebrate You thinlit set.  Happiness abounded when my plan for the heart and sentiment on the inside actually worked out perfectly!  I cropped the “YOU” in Lovely Lipstick using the Celebrate you thinlit set.

Wood Words has the very textured heart stamp, which I used to stamp off Lovely Lipstick for the front of the envelope.  Then, I glued the same DSP onto the envelope flap, and then fussy cut it down.  

TA-DA!  Done!  Feels good to have created something of which I am proud!  Now, I feel I’m ready to take on some challenges.

Many Thanks!

Thank you for stopping by today.  If you feel inspired, please leave a comment. 

I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper. You don’t want to miss all the inspiration found within this group of demos!

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  6. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  7. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  10. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  11. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  12. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  13. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  14. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts

The Snowman for The Library Challenge, #22

The Library Challenge

I love to read, I love the library, and I love to create.  Therefore, when combined together, three of my favorite pasttimes mesh together.  The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs, is the inspiration for The Library Challenge # 22.   The inspiration can come from the cover, the story, or the title.  The sweetness of the cover and the title inspired me.

Here’s the book cover:

The 30 Best Christmas Books of All Time – The Mission – Medium

Santa’s Workshop DSP

I think I’ve finally learned my lesson; when I see a suite I absolutely love, I need to just get it all.  I can’t wait any more because I seem to miss out more times than not.  The Santa’s Workshop suite, and the speed at which it sold out, finally convinced me.   I purchased the stamp set, and had purchased a paper share for the holiday catalog DSP, so that’s what I had to use.  I’ve colored many an elf, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the rest of the stamps, which has been relaxing and fun, but having more DSP and the coordinating thinlets would have been so much better.

One pattern in this DSP pack is all about the snowmen.  Love it as each snowman in the repeating pattern is adorable and full of life, just like the cover of the book.   

Here’s my card:

 Since I was using the sentiment “Wishing you everything on your list….” I chose to have the snowman getting the present as my focal image.  This simple card came together quickly with just the DSP, sentiment, and the Poppy Parade ribbon, all of which is in the Suite.
Off to create some more cards

I don’t know about you, but I am still not finished with my Christmas cards.  It’s 12.22, and I am still making cards.  Last year I finished my cards by Thanksgiving, which was wonderful.  I am going to have to do a better job next year.

Thank you for stopping by.  I’d love to see what you created using this sweet DSP, so feel free to post a pic in the comment section.

I hope you all have a very happy holiday season.

Sue

 

Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbon for the December InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to the Final InKing Royalty Blog Hop for 2018!
(AKA Where in the World did 2018 Go??)

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s December Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.” As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by beautiful paper and beautiful ribbons – how clever! We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post. 

Christmas Break

As I’ve said, I am a teacher and, as of the date of this post, I am on Christmas break.  (YEAH!!)  Exams are done and graded, grades posted, and I am looking forward to just enjoying and relaxing.

Today’s card looks time-consuming and complicated , but it is super simple.  At the end of this post, you will find the easy step to create this diagonal gate fold.

Here’s my very fun fold card:

            Card and decorated envelope

                              

Pretty Paper

For the top flap, I used a piece of the Joyous Noel DSP.  This paper is gorgeous, and if you like non-traditional holiday colors, this paper is for you!  The bottom flap is a piece of Merry Merlot, which was run through the Big Shot in the Basketweave TIEF.   

The Snowfall Thinlets provided the die cut snowflake flourish.  This was the most time-consuming part of the whole card because I couldn’t make up my mind for the best paper to use.  After trying a couple of other options, I finally remembered the Glossy Whisper White cardstock.  The white flourish really pops off the Merlot basketweave.  Problem solved, shine added, all is well with the card.

Making Christmas Bright

The stamping for this card is all from one set, the photopolymer Making Christmas Bright stamp set.  It’s the first Christmas set I bought this year, and the last one I used.   I didn’t want just a plain circle for my sentiment, so I pulled the starred circle and stamped it in Tranquil Tide on Whisper White, cropped with one of the Layering Circles dies.  Merry Merlot seemed like the natural choice for the sentiment, and I think the stamp set’s font is just fabulous!  The mat for the sentiment is cropped with the Stitched Shapes circle.  I used dimensionals under the top half of the sentiment only.  If you put dimensionals on the whole circle, you will adhere the gates together and it won’t open.  

I didn’t want my sentiment on the inside to just be floating on the Whisper White, so I stamped another starred circle in Tranquil Tide.  Merry Merlot was used for the inside sentiment as well.  

I did want just a touch of a border of color around the top layers of DSP and cardstock, so I used a Merry Merlot Stamping Write Marker to edge the papers.

No Naked Envelopes

Mary Deatherage, from Stamps-n-Lingers, has a fb live every Sunday evening.  During the course of the months  I have watched her lives, I have gotten into the habit of creating a coordinating envelope for my cards.  This card is no different and I used a coordinating piece of DSP from Joyous Noel for the flap.  The starred border on the front is from the Making Spirits Bright stamp set.  Love.

Card Base Directions as promised

I found this fold on a binge of YouTube videos during which I just clicked and clicked and kept clicking. Therefore, I have no idea on which demo’s video I saw these super simple steps to the diagonal gate fold card.

First, score the 8.5 x 11 cardstock at the horizontal and vertical halfway points.  Next, you will need to remove the scoring blade from your paper trimmer to cut the diagonal corners cut from tip to tip.  Be very careful with this diagonal cut, from which you will be able to get two card bases.  Make sure to use a bone folder to really crease your diagonal gates.  Sweet and simple.  

Thank you for stopping by today. 

I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Brian King at stampwithbrian.com. You don’t want to miss all the inspiration in this group!  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sue

 

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  4. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  5. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  8. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  9. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  10. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  11. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping

A Sweet Sign of Santa for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s November Blog Hop!

This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “We are Family.” As you might guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by family – we have a wide variety of projects today! We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Live and Learn (at least I hope I did!)

If you are like me, there are times you think you will wait to order a specific product/bundle.  Then, when you go to place your order, the products are gone.  Just gone before you ordered.  Well, that’s exactly what happened with the Signs of Santa die set and DSP.  Just gone.

However, I had ordered the stamps, and I wanted to make a sweet Santa card with this set for each of my (2 year old and 1 year old) great-nieces.  It took me three times to get something with which I was happy,  but I had so much fun creating this card, and the coloring was extremely relaxing.

Here’s the outside and inside of my “We are Family” card for my great-nieces:

         

Signs of Santa

So.much.fun.  I hope this sweet Santa card inspires you to color your own images from this fabulously adorable set.  I used Real Red for Santa and Mrs. Claus, the ribbon, and the cardstock..  The greens are Shaded Spruce, including the mats) and Soft Sea Foam.

One of the elements that caused me to try, try, and try again was Swirly Scribbles “snow”.  Even though I wanted the snow to be Whisper White,  I also wanted it to stand out just enough to be seen.  When I finally decided to crop the Swirly Scribble from the Glossy White cardstock I was able to get the look I wanted for the snow.

I needed to figure out something that would keep the presents from floating on the snow.    Thankfully, I have a Stamp-a-ma-jig and used that for the ridge of the snow line under the presents.   I used my Basic Black Stamping Write marker to color just that ridge line on the pole stamp.  It was easy to line up the ridge using the Stamp-a-ma-Jig, 

Falling snow was a necessity, but I knew I couldn’t use the Sofly Falling embossing folder since I was coloring each stamp.  I fell back on to a technique I copied from my upline, Brian King (check out his post before you leave this hop!), and used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to place drops of glue simulating snow falling. 

Adding Bling!

Finally, I wanted some subtle bling on the card.  Therefore, I pulled out my Wink of Stella clear and gold pens.  Santa’s belt buckle was the only place where I used the gold Wink of Stella.  Layers of the clear Wink of Stella are on the trim and pom pom of Santa’s hat, the snow on the pole, and Mrs. Claus’ dress.  Wink of Stella is very difficult to photograph, but I hopebits of sparkle show up on the following photos:

       

Coloring is Relaxing

I hope you try to create your own cards using the wonderful stamp set, which is still available.  Santa LOVE!  I took my time, relaxed, and colored.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  What do you think?  Leave a comment letting me know why you enjoy coloring.  Can’t wait to hear your reasons!

Don’t forget to keep hopping!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Julie DiMatteo at http://thepaperpixie.com . You don’t want to miss all the inspiration that can be found in this group!

Thank you for hopping by my blog!

Sue

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  3. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  5. Allison Okamitsu at Nice People Stamp
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  8. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  11. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps

Monster Mash Blog Hop on the night grades are due

InKing Royalty October Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “Monster Mash.” As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with fun projects that are inspired by the spookiest night of the year – Halloween. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Let’s start with my card, which is a little bit of Paper Pumpkin for September and the rest is from the Toil and Trouble suite:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toil and Trouble Suite Meets Paper Pumpkin

I used the “Boo!” greeting in silver foil from the Paper Pumpkin kit.  The September kit is full of fun products!   I layered the sticker on a Basic Black Every Day Label punch, which I outlined in the clear Wink of Stella (which has been getting a real workout this Halloween).

The DSP is from the fabulous Toil and Trouble suite.   Every pattern in that DSP stack is wonderful, and I challenge you to just go for it and cut.it.all.up.  Use it!  Halloween only comes once a year!   I chose the Pumpkin Pie and black cat pattern.  To make the band, I used two pieces of the border print found on the cauldrons pattern paper.  The border band is layered on black and I wrapped the black and silver Baker’s Twine around it 3 times.  After tying a simple knot, I tied some of the Black Glittered Organdy ribbon from the suite.  LOVE!  

When I finally decided to punch a black cat for the front, I knew the cat needed some dimension, so I added a knotted piece of the organdy ribbon.  I attached the ribbon to the cat using a couple of mini glue dots for added stability.

Layers!

It’s all about layers with this card.  The Pumpkin Pie cat paper is layered on Highland Heather, which is layered on Basic Black.  The ribbon and baker’s twine is layered on the band.  The cat is layered on the vellum, which is popped up on the DSP.

The next part was tricky:  trying to figure out how to adhere the vellum under the cat without having it show through, especially after using dimensionals on those elements.  I used a combination of Tombow liquid glue and dimensionals to pop up the vellum and the cat.  I carefully and purposefully placed the adhesives to fit under the cat and ribbon so it wouldn’t show.

No Naked Envelopes

Mary Deatherage, from Stamps-n-Lingers, always encourages those watching her FB live videos to do something with the envelope to make it inviting with a peek of what’s inside.  I used the same cat DSP for the envelope flap.  In order to minimize waste, a piece of DSP cropped down to 6″ by 2.75″ will fit perfectly on the SU envelope flap.  Bam, I have a finished card!

Back to my grading

Grades are due before I go to bed, and it’s already midnight.  

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Rachel Shedeed from BlueBonnet Stamping. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

 

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  3. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  4. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  5. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  6. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  7. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  8. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  9. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  10. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  11. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp

InKing Blog Hop, September Morn, and #GDP156

 

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “September Morn,” a Neil Diamond classic from the late ’70’s. As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by the beauty of Autumn – September is when the air becomes crisp and the leaves start to fall. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Here’s my card and coordinating envelope.

First,

I love Neil Diamond.  I’ve seen him in concert and it was great.  So, I am happy that my first blog post, since we packed up our house two months ago, features one of his songs for the theme. 

Second,

Thank heavens the GDP#156 challenge was a real inspiration for this card and challenge.   I’d been struggling with a fall card, partially because I wanted to organize my new “blue room” (craft room) before I really ordered everything I wanted from the holiday catalog.  The other reason for my struggle is that I live in Central Florida and it’s difficult to think about fall cards when it is still 95-100 degrees each day.  This isn’t a complaint, it’s a fact of Florida weather.  

Third,

Many thanks to my upline, Brian King, for offering DSP paper shares from the holiday catalog.  Saved me this month!  On to my card and my interpretation of the GDP#156 challenge!  

Here’s the challenge card:

When I recieved my happy mail, in the form of my paper share, I found that I really, really like my share paper samples!  I had to pick a sentiment from non-holiday stamps which I already owned.  Therefore, I picked one from the Rooted in Nature stamp set.  It even feels like fall to me, but maybe it’s just me. 

Once I had the sentiment, I was able to pick the DSP I wanted to use, and both patterns are from the Country Lane DSP.  I just love the cotton bolls, and Crushed Curry is definitely a fall color.  TheEarly Espresso background pattern is also from Country Lane DSP, and really makes the cotton bolls pop.  The wood look really gives dimension to the background without overwhelming the card. 

I added the mats of Crushed Curry and Early Espresso and thought I needed a little something, something.  Enter the Crumb Cake Nature’s Twine for the wrapping around the card and then the bow.  Since I am bow challenged, I actually wrapped the twine and tied a knot.  I gathered one side of the twine together so it would look authentic, and tied another knot.  Then, I tied a bow and glued it down onto the knots.

Thank you for stopping by today. 

I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Brian King from stampwithbrian.com. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

 

 

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  3. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  6. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  7. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  8. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  9. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  10. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  11. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping

InKing Royalty Blog Hop ~ I Can’t Wait for Christmas

Welcome to the InKing Royalty Blog Hop for July!

This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “I Don’t Want to Wait ’til Christmas.” We are half-way through the year, so there’s no better time to start thinking about the joy of Christmas. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

What to Do When You Have Next to Nothing Current for Christmas?

I tend to be more of a non-traditional Christmas colors person.  The blues and silvers for Christmas make me happy. Last year’s Old Olive, Whisper White, and Basic Black Christmas DSP made my heart sing!  Therefore, when I first saw the Under the Mistletoe DSP in the 2018 – 2019 annual catalog, I didn’t think I needed to order it right away.  

The InKing Royalty Blog Hop, with the theme of “I Can’t Wait Until Christmas” rolled around in my head for about a week.  Mind you, we have sold our house and close this Friday.  We don’t close on the house we are buying until August 9, which just happens to be my second day of school with my new students.   We have some options as to where to stay for the 20 days between closings, but there are other events happening during that time as well.   Stress abounds around here right now, and then I started wondering what I could do for a Christmas card while in the middle of packing up the house  Since my paper share DSP is the only (!!) current Christmas product I have, I needed to be inventive. 

Then I realized that the Poppy Parade and Shaded Spruce colors are fabulous and don’t feel like traditional Christmas colors.   Score!  Next, I needed to figure out what to do with just the DSP.  Enter the eclipse card, but I wanted to put a twist on the original design.

The Results

Here are the cards I made for this Blog Hop using the Under the Mistletoe DSP:

               

These cards were both made from the same piece of the DSP.  I just love these colors and patterns, and am anxious to get my DSP sale order including this paper!   

A note about the logistics of this pair of cards:  it was necessary to crop NOEL out of both sides of the DSP.  It would not work to just crop the letters out and flip them over.  Lining up the letters using the Large Letters Framelits is the most difficult part of this card.   When I was done, I had the elements for two cards, and putting it all together is the easy part.

Every time I look at the polka dot card I feel like I am missing something underneath “NOEL”.  I will have to figure out what I can add to the front of the card.  I’ve got a few ideas I am considering, but don’t think I will make a decision before the blog hop starts.

Take It Up a Notch

I knew I needed to add some extra elements to the card using current products.   First, I grabbed the Faceted Dots and used the small black ones to embellish some of the stars on the bells.  I still needed something, so next I grabbed my fine tip glue and put a small dot on each of the small trios of blue dots.  For the polka dot card, I put small dots of glue on random large and small Poppy Parade dots.

Here’s a close-up of the faceted dots and the small trios of blue dots:

Eclipse Card Tips 

If you’ve never made an eclipse card before, let me share some tips I’ve learned along the way.

It is much, much easier to line the letters up using a metal ruler on the Big Shot magnetic plate.   

This ruler has a cork underside, which allowed me to use the cork as a stopping point for my letters.                       

I only used one layer of strips of foam tape, which I cut down to size.  If you are not using a coordinating paper for the letters, it helps to use two layers of foam tape.  A word to the wise:  don’t try this with dimensionals.  Take my word on this, it will save yourself time and frustration if you use foam tape,

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Robby Hamilton at Miss Hammie Crafts. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

​Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  5. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  8. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  9. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  11. Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com
  12. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  13. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

Have a Peachy Day!

 

Petal Promenade for Fab Friday and the Library Challenge

Many Thanks to the Librarian!

Before I jump into my blog for these two challenges, let me say how honored I was to be chosen as one of the Librarian’s Choices for The Library Challenge # 9 with a Where the Wild Things Are theme.  You can see my z-fold card I created here.    I didn’t even know I was chosen until I went in to make sure I didn’t miss the deadline for the current challenge. While I enjoy participating in challenges, I’ve missed more deadlines by just a few hours for a variety of challenges.  Can you imagine my surprise?!? 

Current Challenges

Fab Friday 114 sketch challenge for this week is simple, which I love.  However, when combined with the Library Challenge # 10, it becomes very elegant.  I chose to use the cover of  the Rose Garden, written by Susanna Kearsley,  as my inspiration.  The gorgeous photographic Petal Promenade DSP is perfect, and I am very thankful for the DSP share in which I participated for this paper.  More about DSP shares later.

Here’s my card:

Here are the posts for the challenges:

         

Petal Promenade is Beautiful!

When I first saw the DSP options in the 2018 – 2019 catalog, not all of them Wow’d me, including Petal Promenade.  Therefore, I did what I always do when there are new DSP sets:  participate in a paper share with my upline, Brian King.  A paper share includes patterns from each of the DSP 12 x 12 (cut to 6 x 12) and 6 x 6 stacks.  The shares allow me to hold in my hot little hands to see if I want to order ALL of it.  This set of papers is gorgeous!!!!  I didn’t think I would order it, but now it tops my list for the Buy 3, Get 1 Free shopping list.  

Blushing Bride cardstock provides the bottom base, and I also used the Wood Textures DSP for the middle mat.  I punched out the circle to go under the Share What You Love doille for some contrast.  This suite also provided, the pearlized enamel dots, the metal flower, and the sentiment.   After choosing my DSP from Wood Textures, I decided on Soft Suede ink.  I thought the Whisper White label needed a little something – something.  Therefore, I chose a flower stamp and stamped it off in Blushing Bride.  The retired Crumb Cake ribbon seemed to fit this card, and the Fab Friday challenge, perfectly.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  I greatly appreciate your visits, and would love to hear from you, so please feel free to leave a comment.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

 

 

 

Sweet Varied Vases for the Milestone ctd500

500 Challenges!  WOW!

Color Throwdown is celebrating their 500 (!!) challenge this week.  500. weekly. challenges.  A huge accomplishment therefore, many, many congrats are in order.  

The color combo for this week got it’s inspiration from a fireworks display:  navy blue, blush, gold, and white.  I used Night of Navy, Blushing Bride, and gold accents in the form of ribbon, thread, and Wink of Stella.  I’m not really a gold person and making this card convinced me that I need to at least have more gold embellishments.  

Here’s my sweet card:

 

Here’s the ctd500 challenge link:

 

Varied Vases is such a sweet stamp set,  and the coordinating punch makes it very easy to use individual pieces.   Million dollar sales demo, Mary Fish ( in whose third level I happily belong), designed the set, including her signature tulip.  I used Night of Navy and white Tutti Frutti  DSP, also retired, to punch out the vases.  Night of Navy,  Blushing Bride, and Whisper White paper, inks or Stamping Write markers were the only colors used, which I think adds to the sweetness.  

My Need for Gold is Evident

I really thought I at least had gold faceted gems.  Wrong.  Therefore, I have had to resort to just touches of gold.  The ribbon used across the separation between the Night of Navy and Blushing Bride cardstock for the base of the card.  The gold thread, also retired, forms a sweet little square knot on the two smaller vases.  Wink of Stella, also retired, highlights the stems and flower centers.   

Clear Wink of Stella usually is difficult to see in pictures, but the gold one photographs much easier.  Here’s a close-up of the Wink of Stella and gold thread touches:

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

 

#GDP145 is completed and it feels pretty good

Global Design Project Challenge # 145

This week’s color challenge contains the trio of Grapefruit Grove, Fresh Fig, and Mint Macaron.  Until this very second, I thought my card matched what I finally figured out in my head.   Now, I am pretty bummed because I just realized I used Rich Razzleberry.  UGH!  I don’t know if I should go ahead and post it anyway or make another one using the correct colors.  Decisions, decisions.

Anyway, when I first saw the colors I thought that it was an interesting combination, to say the least.  But then again, I usually react that way to their combinations.  It truly is a challenge, but it widens my color world, so it’s all good.  Admit it, you wouldn’t have put these three colors together if not for a challenge. But look how gorgeous they are together.

A Couple of Firsts

First, I couldn’t stand knowing/thinking that I used the wrong color so I just finished another card for this challenge.  In the original I actually used half Fresh Fig and half Rich Razzleberry.   There are a couple of differences, and I will post my original card at the end of this blog post.

The original couple of firsts mentioned in the subheading refers to the first time I used two new stamp sets:  the Bokeh Dots clear mount set and the Calligraphy Essentials set.  Both are fabulous, but there are some tips I’d like to share regarding each set. 

I’ve been participating in a couple of threads with demos on facebook regarding the Bokeh dots stamp.  I have tried some of the tips and have found that the best results are achieved when the ink is rolled on the stamp using a brayer.  I have a rubber brayer and it worked fabulously!  Without the brayer, I was getting blotches instead of dots.  Evidently, the stars stamp in this set doesn’t have an issue with ink.   

For the Calligraphy Essentials, which really goes with the current lettering trend, I found the coloring really needs a light hand for the ink.  I also practiced coloring in the letters a few times on my grid paper before coloring on the Bokeh Dots.  I used the Fresh Fig Stamping Write Marker, but have also seen cards where the Blends were used.

Here’s the second card I created:

Here’s the challenge post:

The Elements

I used the DSP from Share What You Love, which I love, love, love.  There are so many different colors leading to seemingly endless combinations.  Some of the papers almost able to be printed on Shiny Whisper White cardstock because they have a beautiful shine.   For this card, I chose the words in this on point font in Grapefruit Grove and Basic Black.  Just a little side not about the DSP.  While I was working on the first card I found the word “florida” included in the various other words.  I just kind of thought that was interesting since I live in Florida.  Oh well.

I mounted the DSP on Fresh Fig cardstock and used the retired Fresh Fig ribbon as well.  Since I am completely square knot challenged right now, I used a tip I saw somewhere; if it’s your idea, please let me know so I can give you credit.  I’m including three photos to illustrate this tip.  

First, tie your ribbon around a TomBow liquid glue container.  When you slide the ribbon off, you have a loop, which you cut in half.  Now you have your square knot, and then just play with it until you get what knot you wanted.  Easy Peasy.  Also, does the word “florida” pop out at you in the third picture.  

For this card, I cropped two circles using the Stitched Shape framelits.  Here’s one of the differences from the first card because I used an inner circle of Mint Macaron.  You’ll see there’s no inner circle on the original card.

Stitching in the Ditch

One of my favorite things to do with the crops shapes from the Stitched Shapes framelits is to color in the ditch.  I usually use the same marker as the color of cardstock.  If I am coloring the ditch on DSP, I pull a coordinating color.  I also used the Mint Macaron Stamping Write Marker to outline the sentiment piece, including the corners punched with the trio punch.  After I added three Share What You Love Mint Macaron pearls, I popped the sentiment up on mini-dimensionals. 

While the first card was definitely an evolution, I knew what I was doing for the second.  Well, except for cutting the DSP in the landscape instead of portrait orientation.  

Here’s my first card:

Thanks so much for stopping by my little piece of the internet blog world.  I completely enjoy hearing your thoughts and comments, so please feel free to leave one.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

 

Animal Outing for CTS#278

CAS(E) This Sketch #278

This week’s challenge is super simple, but took me a couple of days to figure out what I was going to do.  I knew I wanted to use Animal Outing DSP and finally decided exactly what I would do.  As with the vast majority of sketch challenges with which I play along, I look at the sketch just a couple of times and then let it roll around in my head until I get an idea.  

Here’s my card:

Here’s the CTS#278 sketch that inspired my card:

The trio of adorable animals and the sentiment banner were taken directly from the sketch.   The sentiment, from the Animal Outing stamp set, was the perfect size for my banner.  I stamped the sentiment, trimmed the length, and punched the banner, albiet non-symmetrical.

Kangaroo, Iguana, and Sloth ~ Oh My!

All three of the animals came from one sheet of DSP.  This whole stack is absolutely adorable, and I had a difficult time deciding which three to use.  In the end, it came down to which ones I could get out of a piece of DSP smaller than a 6 x 6 inch square.   The animal print DSP is on the reverse side of the animals, and I thought it would calm down the Berry Burst in the mat and the strip of DSP (also from Animal Expedition) going down the front.  In order to try to further calm down the DSP patterns, I matted the Berry Burst on Pool Party, also taken from the DSP colors. 

After cropping out the squares using the Stitched Shapes framelits, I used the Soft Suede Stamping Write marker to color in the stitches in the ditches.  Then I thought that trying to mat these squares would be just too much for this sketch.  Therefore, I used a tip I picked up from Mary Deatherage, of Stamps-n-Lingers, during one of her weekly FB live videos.  I’d always outlined the borders of paper by tap, tap, tapping it in the ink pad.  Mary uses the broad tip of the markers to outline the borders.  Winner! 

Here’s a close-up of the kangaroo faux stitching in the ditch and the colored borders:

The colored borders really add dimension without adding another layer.  I love this tip and have used it quite often since I saw it.

Dimensionals, Mini and Regular

These little pieces of dimensional happiness were the finishing touch to the card.  I popped the sentiment on mini-dimensionals and tucked it under the sloth.  Regular dimensionals provided the lift needed on all three animal squares.  While I know the sloth needed to be upside down, I first placed it right side up.  I realized my mistake and very, very carefully pulled up on the square, reapplied a couple of dimensionals, and then placed it down correctly.  Yeah, me.

The simplicity of this sketch inspired my layers and mats.  I wanted something to ground the animal squares, which is why I added the DSP strip. 

Thank you for stopping by my blog and I hope you are inspired to play along with this challenge.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue 

 

Share What You Love for GDP#144

Global Design Project # 144

This week’s challenge is a CAS(E) the Designer challenge, which includes a variety of options for CAS(E)-ing.  While I could have CASE’d the card layout, used it as inspiration, pulled from the DSP, etc.  I chose to sort of follow the layout, used the same DSP stack, the SWYL stamp set, and incorporated the doile.  

The Share What You Love DSP is full of fabulous colors, gorgeous paper options, and all kinds of included accessories.   I’ve already used this suite for a few cards, and thoroughly enjoy cutting the DSP up.   I used Tranquil Tide for the base layer, So Saffron for the middle layer, and a piece of Berry Burst embossed using the Layered Leaves TIEF..  

Here’s my card:

Here’s the GDP challenge card:

My Take on the Challenge

In addition to using the SWYL DSP, I also used one of the sentiments from the Love What You Do coordinating stamp set.  The scripted fonts for all of these greetings are very versatile.  I put the sentiment in the same spot as the challenge card.  I started with a square piece of scrap Whisper White and used the trio punch to crop the corners.  Since didn’t want a plain white background,  I used So Saffron and one of the SWYL flower stamps.  I stamped the flowers in full strength and then again without re-inking to give the background dimension.  The sentiment was then stamped in Berry Burst.  

There were already so many layers on this card, I didn’t want to add yet another one under the DSP strip.  Therefore, I used the Tranquil Tide Stamping Write marker to outine the border of the paper.  Mary from Stamps-n-Lingers shared this trick on one of her Sunday night FB lives, and I have happily used it quite often.  

I cut the doile in half before adhering it to the back of the strip of DSP, and then popped it up on mini-dimensionals.  Dimensionals also provided dimension  for the sentiment element.

I really struggled with the ribbon, mainly because I am bow-challenged.   Retired Berry Burst ribbon provided the bottom layer, and the current Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle ribbon.  Bow challenged and layered ribbon:  always a fun combination.  Therefore I cheated and adhered the two layers together with glue dots and placed a flat layer on the card.  Amazingly, I tied a square knot and wound up with the tulled on top.  In order to hide the cheat, I used a small piece of Linen Thread to cinch the base ribbon and adhered the square knot using glue dots.  Happiness abounds.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you are inspired to play along with the Global Design Project challenges, which are posted every Monday.  

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

 

Yet Another Two-fer for FabFriday 140 and CTS#277

Fab Friday 140

Fab Friday bi-weekly challenges are always fun.  The current challenge is to use all five new In-Colors 2018 – 2020.   Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick, and Pineapple Punch are all brightly saturated and pure colors.  At first I wasn’t sold on these new colors.   However, since I now have them in my hot little hands, I am in love with them.  The DSP is so much fun and is reminiscent of the In-Color DSP stacks of the past.  LOVE!

CAS(E) This Sketch #277

This weekly challenge always provides an interesting sketch from which inspiration can be drawn.  Sketch # 277 is very clean and simple with just a sentiment and one horizontal element below the sentiment.  Even though both of these challenges were rolling through my head for a few days, I did not necessarily try combine the two.  Since I wanted my Fab Friday card to be clean while incorporating the 5 colors, I figured out that I wanted to use the “celebrate” die.  That’s when I matched up the two challenges, which allowed me to use all the colors but still have a somewhat clean layout.  I hope you will see the CAS(E) inspiration in my card.

The Result

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge links:

     

The first thing I figured out was the pattern for the “celebrate” die cut.  It was relatively easy to accomplish this look.  I cropped it out of three of the In-Color DSP papers, stacked them on top of each other, and cut the letters apart.  This allowed me to line up the letters exactly no matter the color.  It also left me with letter for two additional cards.  <Happy Dance>  

In order to be able to line up all the letters again, I knew I would need a complete base on which to place the letters.  Therefore, I cropped out the sentiment from Basic Black cardstock.  I also used Basic Black as one of the mat layers to ground and unify all of the five other colors.  Even though the blue “YOU” part of the sentiment is all one piece, I also layered it on top of a black base.  Another product that allowed this piecing process to be relatively easy was my Xyron Sticker Maker.  When using this sticker maker, I use the wrong end of the SU piercing tool to rub, rub, rub before taking off the cover layer of the Xyron sandwich.

Don’t even ask about the black base layer because I cropped both pieces of the sentiment out of it.  Ugly part won’t show because with everything else layered on it.

In order to incorporate the horizontal element I simply used a knotted piece of Lovely Lipstick ribbon.  

Thank you for visiting my blog  I greatly appreciate each view.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

 

 

 

Animal Outing for GDP # 143 & Take Two Clean and Simple Sketches

Animal Outing Fun

When I first saw this product suite, I was sold!  I ordered the whole suite on my last order and finally had time to play with it today.  The theme challenge for Global Design Project # 143 is Love it, Live It, Share It.  Well, I love this suite and will be sharing cards from it often.

Earlier this week, I stumbled across the Take Two Clean and Simple Sketch Challenge.  I thought the sketch layout would work with the Animal Outing suite, so I combined both challenges.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge sketches:

          

Have to Love a Challenge Sketch 

When I am able to combine a theme challenge with a sketch challenge, I am a happy crafter.  

I used the Smoky Slate light and dark Blendabilities to color in this adorable rhino.  While I knew I wanted some sort of color on the tusk, I didn’t want it to be Smoky Slate.  I first colored in the tusk with the dark Blendability, and then realized my mistake.  Therefore, I pulled out the Color Lifter Blendability and just kept un-coloring (is that even a word?) throughout the whole card making process.  The cute bird is colored with Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist Stamping Write markers, highlighting the colors in the DSP.

This Animal Expedition DSP pattern choice was made because I definitely wanted a bold contrast with the Whisper White base.  I trimmed a piece of the DSP for the strip on the left side of the card.  There is a border on the sketch, so I placed the DSP on a Smoky Slate background.  

Accent Colors

I pulled the Lemon Lime Twist color out of the DSP, and used it for the Stitched Sketch die cut and the base of the card.  The Whisper White background was necessary for the clean look, but I didn’t want a plain white background.  Therefore, I embossed it with the Leaf TIEF, which really creates a deep embossed image.

I really think the Stitched Shapes need some dimension, so I used the Lemon Lime Twist marker to “stitch” in the ditch.  This simple stitching adds this finishing touch, so I do it very, very often with these dies.

The sentiment was actually an after-thought because I realized after getting the rhino and the DSP strip on the white background that I had forgotten a sentiment.  I had that exact piece of DSP left from my first cut, so I turned it over and stamped the sentiment on the lighter side.  The sentiment is  popped up on dimensionals, and I used the clear Wink of Stella to highlight just the letters.

Final Touches

Finding a balance on this card proved challenging.  After adding the leaf ribbon, I decided that the card needed something else.  I pulled out the Faceted Dots from the Share What You Love suite and started putting them on the sentiment, then in the upper right corner, then the large one on the bottom left.  I might have gone overboard with the dots when trying to balance out the card.

My card layout matches the sketch challenge.  I covered the GDP theme challenge by using what I love in the Animal Outing suite, and the sharing part from the Share What You Love pre-order.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I appreciate your comments, so please feel free to leave one.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

InkKing Royalty Blog Hop for Fab Friday 139

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s June Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “Here Comes the Sun.” As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by the joy of the summer sun. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Here Comes the Sun for FabFriday 139

My DH’s (dear husband) favorite color has always been yellow because of the sunshine of sunny Southern California.  He grew up and lived in the LA/Orange County area for more than 50 years.  Now we live in sunny (read: humid) Central Florida.  

Therefore, the new In-Color Pineapple Punch was the first color for which I reached.  Of course, there has to be a sun represented on the card, and I achieved that by using the Layering Circles die set, the Stitched Shapes die set, and a Share What You Love doile.  The scallops on the largest circle and the doile were my main homages to the sun. 

Here’s my card:

I did change the orientation from the sketch, however the inspiration from the sketch is definitely there.

Here’s the Fab Friday 139 sketch:

Varied Vases Bundle

The Varied Vases bundle, designed by million dollar sale demo Mary Fish (in whose third level I am) is so much fun and very versatile.  Hint:  before trying to line the stamps up to try to get it to match the punch, it is much easier to first punch the vases on a scrap sheet of cardstock.  Then you can lay the stamps into the punched areas and stamp with confidence knowing your results will line up with the punch.  

The sentiment is also from this bundle, and it fit perfectly on the Petals and More thinlet banner.  Next, I cropped a Blueberry Bushel frame for under the sentiment banner and punched the vases using Blueberry Bushel from the In-Color DSP stack.  I just love this blue because it is so clear and pure, as are the rest of the 2018 – 2020 In Colors.  That’s the main reason that I chose Call Me Clover for the background embossed with the Petal Burst folder.   The Pineapple Punch Stamping Write marker was used to simply color the stamped flowers.  I really wanted the colors to be the focus of this card, and I think I accomplished that goal.

Thank you for hopping with us today!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hopPam Morris from Tap, Tap, Stamp. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

​Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  3. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  4. Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com
  5. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  6. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  7. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  8. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  9. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  10. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  11. Sandra Cornejo at Madly Crafting
  12. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  13. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  14. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  15. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  16. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  17. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping

Where the Wild Things Are for Library Challenge # 9

Where the Wild Things Are

There are times I will click, read and click again, repeat, repeat, repeat…… you get the idea.  Somehow I wound up finding a new challenge, The Library Challenge seems perfect for me.  I’ve always loved the library, and have many happy memories of childhood Saturdays at the East Islip Library on Long Island.  I still love libraries, and when I taught elementary school I had a pretty extensive library of my own from which the kids could borrow books.  Now that I am teaching high school, my library is mostly non-fiction, but it is a classroom library and I still love going to the library.  

This challenge’s theme is based on Maurice Sendak’s beloved book, and I went immediately to the A Little Wild stamp set.  I knew I wanted to use all three of these adorable animals, so I needed a card larger than an A2 size.   I decided on a Z-fold card, and then pulled out the Garden Impressions DSP.  If you haven’t gotten this DSP yet, you need to do so quickly!  Gorgeous colors and patterns.  Bold and vibrant, with some subtle patterns as well.  

My Card

There were so many elements that went into making this card, and my desk mess was proof of the evolving card process.   

Here’s multiple views of my card:

 

 

I used SU Blendabilities for the coloring, and this was the first time I was happy with the result.  I don’t have an orange blendability, so I used the SU Stamping Write Pumpkin Pie marker to outline all the fur locks on the lion’s mane.   Then  I used the Daffodil Delight blends on the whole lion..

When I picked this fabulous DSP from Garden Impressions, my colors became Pacific Point, Shaded Spruce (LOVE!!), Soft Sea Foam, and Whisper White.  I used the DSP for the first and last folds of the card.   Whisper White is in the middle for a little note.  The Pacific Point banner was embossed with the Petal Burst embossing folder.  I included circles cropped with the Stitched Shapes thinlets. I  stamped the back fold circle with “To:, From:” because the area for the note in the middle was kind of small.  

The leaves were stamped using the Petal Punch and the stamps from the Painted Harvest stamp set.  I used Soft Sea Foam cardstock, then stamped the fill stamp in the same ink.  I finished with Shaded Spruce for the detailed leaf stamp.  

Pretty Pleased

I love Maurice Sendak’s book, and this theme was fun.  I hope I did justice to the book, while adding a playful twist.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope you’ll leave a comment, especially if you are a library lover.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

Little Miss Sass’ second birthday for FMS341

Miss Sass is turning 2!

Miss Sass is my great-niece and she’s turning 2!  I’ve already done the baby shower for my pregnant niece.  Last summer I did the vast majority of Little Miss Sass’ first birthday party.   Both parties, the decorations, and the themed snacks, were a big hit.  I’ve been working with my niece for a number of horse-themed 2nd birthday party ideas since Miss Sass is a HUGE horse lover.  My sister has 5 horses who love Miss Sass as much as she loves them.  

This card for Freshly Made Sketches 341 was my sample for the thank you cards after the party.  My niece loved them, and the Melon Mambo boots match Miss Sass’.  Melon Mambo, and other pinks, are the party colors.  Fun!

Here’s my card:

Here’s the sketch for Freshly Made Sketches 341:

FMS is the Perfect Sketch for this card

When I knew I  needed to have a card with the boots and also a sentiment, I remembered this week’s sketch.  Impeccable, and lucky, timing!  I used the Country Living stamp set for the boots then colored them with the Melon Mambo, Basic Black, and Petal Pink (top inside of boots) Stamping Write markers.  A quick layer of Wink of Stella clear and the coloring was done.  

The longest part of this card was trying to figure out what shape would be best for both the boots and the sentiment.  I tried all kinds of sizes of circles, and then started with squares.  Happiness followed when I was able to match the boots’ dimensions with a square from the Stitched Shapes die set.  I pulled out the Melon Mambo marker again to outline the stitched ditch.  

The All Things Thanks stamp set provided the sentiment, and it is perfect for this card.  I know the sketch calls for the sentiment in the middle of the card, but I needed an element on the bottom left side.   I cropped the sentiment using the Layering Squares framelits.

Garden Impressions DSP boasts a gorgeous set of patterns in this 6 x 6 stack, and it provided the perfect center banner.  The card needed something else in the middle, so I pulled out the retired Melon Mambo ribbon, which was leftover from Miss Sass’ baby shower. 

Hint of Layers

The banner, boots, and sentiment needed a mat, but I didn’t want to put an actual mat underneath each piece.  Therefore, I outined these elements with Melon Mambo ink and I achieved the look of a mat without actually creating one.

My final decision was to use the Decorative Dots embossing folder for the Whisper White layer.  I really think these dots create a playful element to the card.

One down, 19 to go

I’ve got 2 months to make 19 more of these.  However, we are moving in a month and 4 days.  These will be done before we move, as will as many decorations as possible.  

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

 

PP #397 Color Challenge meets #GPD142 sketch

I Love Two-fers

When I am able to marry a color challenge with a sketch challenge, all kinds of happy things happen.   This Paper Players #397 color challenge of Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, and Crumb Cake (other neutrals are also ok) has been rolling around in my head for a few days.  I’d thought of doing thin stripes of the Coral and Lemon, but it wasn’t working.  

I sat down today with the marble background stamp and pulled out the Stamparatus my card idea suddenly became clear.  Since I was able to place both pieces of Whisper White cardstock in the exact same place on the grid, I was easily able to match up the stamp pattern on the Calypso Coral and Lemon Lime Twist stripes. 

Sounds confusing, but it really wasn’t.  Here’s my card:

 

Here are the challenge sketches:

For this card, I took the sketch as it was with no rotation of flipping.

Matching the Pattern

I first cut both stamped images into one inch strips.  Since each piece was stamped in the exact same place (thank you, Stamparatus), I was able to match up the patterns so it looks more like double time stamping.  

I wanted a clean outline border on each stripe before I put it down on the Soft Suede.  Therefore, I used my Stamping Write markers to lightly color the ends of the Whisper White.  

I’ve enlarged and cropped a portion of the card to show the sublty of the outline of the stripes.  It also shows how I used the Soft Suede marker to outline the scalloped oval cut from Crumb Cake.  

Easier Than It Looks

While the two colored stripes may look difficult to line up, the Stamparatus was the key to getting both colors on exactly the same spots.

I’d love to hear what you think, or even see a picture if you try to CAS(E) this card.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

 

Combination of Color Throwdown #496 & CAS(E) This Sketch Retro

 
Have to Love a Two-fer!

Color Throwdown #496 is one of my favorite color combinations with black, aqua, and white.  CAS(E) This Sketch #275 is a Retro sketch from CTS#3.   I put both of these challenges together, and used on of my current fav stamp sets, Petal Pallette, and also the Sheet Music background stamp.  Petal Pallette, Swirly Bird, and Stitched Shapes die sets were also used.  WOW!  When I type everything I used, it appears that the card would be a hot mess, but I think it is actually pretty clean.

Here’s my card:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All These Parts Working Together

I had the basic card in my head, and knew I would turn to Petal Pallette yet again.  I just love that bird, the sentiments, the label die, all of it.  The rest evolved.

Pool Party is a soft color, and I wanted that to contrast with the black.   The CTS sketch called for a vertical banner on the left, but I wanted something with more movement.  Therefore, I turned to Swirly Birds die set.  I thought I needed more white space so I ran the die through the Big Shot again and used the white negative space on the left border.  I cropped out the Basic Black and Whisper White circles using the Stitched Shapes dies, and also cropped the bird. 

When I started to layer everything together, I realized the Pool Party base needed something and that’s when I decided to pull out my Sheet Music background stamp.  I used Pool Party and stamped it off once for a very subtle background.  The bird really needed to stand out, so I Bermuda Bay Stamping Write marker so it would still be aqua, but a deeper shade.  Then I decided that the white circle was just too white and blank.  I pulled out the leaves stamp from Petal Pallatte, used Pool Party stamped off once for another subtle element.  The pieces just need to be put together using dimensionals, Tombow liquid glue, a ribbon, and two Bermuda Bay enamel shapes.

Challenge Sketches

Here’s the CTS challenge:

I hope you can see the inspiration of the sketch in my card.   My circle wasn’t cropped out of the banner, but the inspiration was there.

Here’s the CTD challenge post:

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I enjoy reading comments, so please feel free to leave one.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

True Gentleman for FMS339

True Gentleman

My DH was with me when I picked up my freshly spiral bound catalog, complete with plastic front and back covers.  Since I was driving, he started looking through the catalog and commented while looking for sets to create masculine cards.   He challenged me to make a completely masculine card.  The retired True Gentleman DSP fit the bill.  I love this paper!

Freshly Made Sketches 339

Sometime this past week, which was exam week and the last week of school, I vaguely remembered seeing this sketch.  However, I had to go back and find the challenge, which was the inspiration for this card.  

Here’s my card:

OCD moment:  Is it just me, or does everyone have to have even numbers for the dimensions of the enlarged photo?

Here’s the challenge sketch:

What I love about the Freshly Made Sketches challenge is the clean and simple sketch posted each week.  I enjoy creating cards with lots of white space, and, once again, this challenge delivers loads of inspiration.

It’s all about the DSP and the colors!

I loved this DSP as soon as it came out in the Holiday catalog this past year.  The combination of the Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim, Night of Navy, and Very Vanilla is classic.  For this card, I used the bold plaid print combined with the subtle stripes with accents of Very Vanilla.  The angled cuts have a thin border of Night of Navy.  The card itself is Very Vanilla, and the base is Tranquil Tide. 

I used the Truly Tailored companion stamp set for the simple greeting.  Originally, this is where I stopped, took the post picture and realized the card needed a bit of something.  When I pulled out my Night of Navy enamel shapes and found I only had hearts (not for a masculine card), two stars and one circle,  Never fear, the Rule of Threes could still be implemented using the stars and circle.  After I added the enamel shapes, I squinted at my card to check for balance, and decided I was done.

 

Twist and Pop Graduation Cards for Two Special Grads

It’s been a while……

While I have been creating cards, my DH and I have been frantically working to get our house ready to go on the market, which happened on Thursday.  It’s also the end of the school year, which means grading, grading, grading.   In the meantime, I needed to create graduation cards for my niece and nephew, as well as her bf and his gf (another blog entry is coming).  All 4 are done and were delivered today at the joint graduation party.

Is mine the only one that does this?

That was my niece’s comment.  She kept popping her card up and down and loved it.  However, she would rather have not had to share the design with her cousin, but she was ok with that.

Here’s the front and inside of the two cards:

 

My niece’s school colors are orange and black.  The new In Color of Grapefruit Grove and Basic Black fit her card perfectly.  My nephew’s school colors are blue and gold, so I used the new In Color Blueberry Bushel and Crushed Curry.  For both cards, the 6 x 6 In Color DSP stack was a perfect match, of course.   I used a retired SU graduation set for the sentiments and panels.  Pick-a-pattern made an appearance on the Grapefruit Grove card, as did the shiny Basic Black ribbon and the new Grapefruit Grove bakers twine.  My nephew’s card has a piece of the burlap ribbon, with a layer of the retired Crushed Curry ribbon tied off with the thin jute twine.

My niece kept opening and closing her card and was quite impressed with the whole popping mechanism.  On the other hand, my nephew reacted just as I thought he would – oh, wow, nice.  

Credit Where Credit is Due

I first saw this on the fb live by Mary Deatherage from Stamps-n-Lingers.  While this card looks very complicated, Mary has it thoroughly broken down and I was able to follow along while making my nephew’s card.  When I made my niece’s card, I was able to do everything without looking at the video until I got to the measurements for the mechanism and adding the book.  I remembered how to fold the mechanism, but was iffy on the measurements.  This truly is much easier than it looks.  One thing I can add though, the cardstock for the mechanism is 2.5 inches by 8.5 inches.  That’s important.  

Case This Sketch #273

Before I made my niece’s card, I saw the CTS #273 sketch and knew it would work perfectly for the card I was going to create.  I did make some minor adjustments based on the sketch, and I think it turned out peachy perfect.

Here’s the sketch:

I Gotta Feeling …….

I Gotta Feeling Blog Hop
InKing Royalty May Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s May Blog Hop! We are grinning from ear-to-ear with excitement over all the amazing, new products from Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog – and you’re going to love what we are sharing today. Today’s Blog Hop is filled with projects that offer sneak peeks at new products from the upcoming catalog, while also using some of the current products. What fun!  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

There are a number of gorgeous DSP packs in the new 2018 – 2019 catalog, from which I’ve already pre-ordered a number of sets. There are still a number of DSP options as well as fabulous suites that I MUST have.  My card this month is using just one of the beautiful patterns from the Tranquil Textures  DSP pack.  The colors are a mixture of current and new colors with Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, Balmy Blue, Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White, Night of Navy, and Crumb Cake.  For my card, I focused on the Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig, which I really wanted to emphasize.  

Here’s my card:

Gorgeous Colors, Gorgeous DSP

Isn’t this color combination and DSP pattern fabulous?  LOVE!  There is a thin mat of Tranquil Tide right under the DSP, which is layered on Fresh Fig.  I’d trimmed my papers incorrectly, but am pretty please with the final mat of Whisper White.  I pulled the Fresh Fig for the Nature’s Twine (NEW!), and the larger Stitched Shapes circle, as well as the ink for the stamp.  I think the darker cardstock colors really pull out the colors in the DSP.

Fonts and dies!

There is such a variety of fonts and stamps available in the new catalog, and this sentiment is from the new Love What You Do photopolymer stamp set.  I can’t wait to place another order (pre-order??) to get more of these new fonts!  

I did use the Stitched Shapes circle dies.  I used the Tranquil Tide Stamping Write marker to outline the “stitch” marks in the ditch.  I’ve been doing that quite frequently, mainly because I like the accented stitches.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jennifer Spiller on Westside Paper Creations .  There’salways lots of inspiration to be found in this group and today’s hop is another example of fabulous ideas. – So, sit back, relax with your favorite beverage, and then spend some time following this hop.

If you get stuck, please use the list below as a guide.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  3. Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  6. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  7. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  8. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  11. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  12. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts

Myths and Magic for Fab Friday #135

If it’s possible to completely love a bundle and DSP…..

This would be one of my favs.  Myths and Magic DSP, the Magical Day stamp set, and the Magical Mates thinlets.  LOVE!  I’ve used it for a number of challenge cards, and this Fab Friday entry is yet another one.  The images are so much fun to color and coordinate with the fabulous DSP.  I am thankful that, even though this set is retiring, I will be using it for my community service card club at the high school where I teach.  So,much.fun!!

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge sketch:

Creative Liberties

The base of my card is Tranquil Tide with Lemon Lime Twist on top of it.   Then there is a layer of the Bermuda Bay glitter paper from the SAB catalog.  It was at this point that the card really started to evolve.  I tried a number of different pieces of DSP for the top base piece and the rectangle piece on top of the banner as well.  Good news is that, after I cut out all my tries, I have a number of pieces ready to go for another card.  I finally decided on the cloud DSP.  I thought it is much more subtle than other patterns and also adds interest.  

If at first you don’t succeed, try, and try again and again and again.

After all my tries, I knew I couldn’t try to add another piece of paper on top of the banner, which is the Old Olive Glitter Paper from the same stack as the Bermuda Bay.  I knew I wanted to use the dragon I colored, and also knew the sentiment I wanted to use.  After discarding more choices,  I finally decided on the two ovals in place of the layer on top of the banner.  The Stitched Shapes thinlits cropped the ovals.  Then I used the Tranquil Tide marker to outline the ditch of the stitches in the white oval. The Myths and Magic thinlets make cropping the dragon a snap.

The Tranquil Tide oval was adhered directly to the DSP while mini-dimensionals popped up the dragon.  I stamped the sentiment directly on the oval (which would have been a lot easier to stamp before I cropped), and that oval is popped up using regular dimensionals.   Mini-dimensionals popped up the banner and the dragon.  After I got everything dry fit, I thought the top of the banner HAD to have something small on it, so I grabbed the thinnest Bermuda Bay ribbon I had and tied a small knot.  Next step was to adhere all the pieces on the card.

Bling and More

After squinting to look at the card (another nickel goes in the mail for Brian King), I knew two things:  1.)  something definitely had to go on the top left corner, and 2.) the dragon  looked blah next to all the glitter paper.   I grabbed the Tutti-Fruitti adhesive backed sequins in Lemon Lime Twist for the top left corner.  I thought I had them on straight until I looked at the close-up of the card.  Then I added a few layers of the clear Wink of Stella to the dragon.  It’s so difficult to get the Wink of Stella to show on a picture, but it’s there, I promise.

I enjoy reading your comments, so please feel free to leave one. 

Have a Peachy Day!

 

 

 

Under the wire for WWYS # 164 but not for CTS # 268

Just in Time!

When I uploaded the link for What Will You Stamp # 164 I had 3 minutes before the collection closed.  I hadn’t even written this blog post; I just created the post, titled it, added the photo, and posted it on the challenge.  When I checked the link, I had 1 hour and one minute to create this card.  Now I can write the post.  Mission accomplished.

WWYS # 164 is to use the Petal Palette stamp set.  I love this set! The Petal Pair embossing folders arrived in my last order, so using the vine one was perfect.  This little bird is beautiful!  I’ve colored it in a variety of colors, and I’ve even done the reverse stamping technique for one of the birds, but I’ve been enjoying the Basic Black, Whisper White, and Bermuda Bay color combination lately.   I cropped the delicate vine with the Petals and More Thinlets, as wll as the banner and filigree behind the banners.   I had to cut two black banners in order to create the mat for the white banner.  In order to get the white banner totally surrounded, I needed to cut one black banner horizontally and one vertically.

Here’s my card:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case This Sketch # 268

This clean and simple layout from CTS is perfect for this stamp/thinlet/embossing folder trio.  I wanted the Bermuda Bay pieces to shine and pop on the card, but needed a panel for this challenge.   The Petal Pair embossing folder fit the bill.  I added the leaf stalks, the banners for the sentiment, and the little bird.  The leaf stalks were adhered using my Fine Tip Glue Pen (can you even imagine putting mini dimensionals on the back of that??), and mini and standard dimensionals on the banners and the bird.  

Challenge blocks

     

Your comments are greatly appreciated, so please feel free to leave a comment.

Have a Peachy Day!!

Sue

“Let the Good Times Roll” for April’s InKing Royalty blog hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s April Blog Hop! This year’s hops are themed around some of our favorite songs. Today’s hop is pulls inspiration from B.B. King’s song “Let the Good Times Roll.” How fun is that?! We’ve created projects that either feature images with wheels (cards, wagons, bikes) or celebrate good times. We are excited to share our projects with you. After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Let the Good Times Roll

“Let the Good Times Roll” means something different to almost everyone.  What I thought of almost immediately was the Wood Crate Framelits as a wagon, and I knew I wanted to fill it with flowers (although I’ve seen cards on Pinterest with a wagon of Bella puppies ~ adorable!).  Enter the Beautiful Bouquet bundle.  I chose the colors based on a color challenge, using So Saffron, Pool Party, and Old Olive.  The base is Old Olive, as are the cropped leaf pieces. 

 Wood Crate Framelits 

I tried a couple of different backgrounds, and finally decided on the Basketweave TIEF.  If you haven’t already purchased this folder, you need to treat yourself and do it.  I also used the Woodplank embossing folder for the wagon, which was cropped in Crumb Cake.  After I embossed it, I lightly daubed Crumb Cake ink over the embossed parts to enhance the wood look of my wagon.  

The wheels were stamped using the circle in the Wood Words stamp set.  I punched the wheels out with a circle punch, which I also did for the white centers hoping to make the wheels look like actual tires.  The distressed stamp makes the wheel look more realistic, at least I think so.  After adding a strip of the embossed and daubed Crumb Cake for the handle and a piece of another wheel for the handle, the wagon portion was done.

Here’s my card:

 

Beautiful Bouquet

Both flower stamps and the framelits are from this gorgeous bundle.  However, no matter how much I played around with the six flowers, I couldn’t get the overflowing appearance I wanted.  Back to the framelits for inspiration, in which I found in the mini-flower framelit.  I decided I really wanted these to look like black-eyed Susans, which I’ve always loved.  I needed to crop three of these sets of flowers in So Saffron, daubed them with So Saffron, then added the black rhinestones from the 2017 Holiday Catalog.  When I finish the rest of my set of these lovely little jewels I am going to have to figure out something else to use.

Flower arranging

I took my time to play around with the arrangement of the flowers.  Many mini and regular dimensionals were added on the backs in order to really be able to play around with a dry fit.  Glue dots seemed to be the easiest way to adhere the black-eyed Susans to the wagon.  After I stuck down the dimensionals I knew something else was needed, so I cropped a bunch of stems and leaves and played around again.  Glue dots were also usedto adhere the stems behind the flowers.  I really wish I would make these decisions before I adhere everything down.  However, sometimes I just don’t know what I might need to add.

Final Element is the Sentiment

The birthday greeting was chosen because it fit.  My focus was the wagon full of flowers, so this banner was was cropped to fit.  Then, I used the Old Olive Stamping Write marker to outline the banner.  Card completed – check!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations.

. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

 

Thank you for hopping along with us. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

If you get stuck in the blog hop, the following guide will help you.

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  3. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  4. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  5. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  6. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  7. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  8. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  9. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  10. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  11. Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com
  12. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  13. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  14. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  15. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  16. Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
  17. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp