Holly or Ivy for Sparkles Christmas Challenge # 141

Welcome to the monthly Sparkles Christmas Challenge #141!  Our host, Dawn, chose using holly or ivy as the theme for the month of October.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site and find scores of inspiration from the members of the design team.  Each one is just gorgeous!

There are definitely times when I adore a stamp set and dies, along with the coordinating DSP, that I just can’t stop using it after it all retires.  This Whimsical Trees original bundle from Christmas 2021 falls into that category.  The coordinating DSP (designer series paper) in the pattern I used today just looks like something from Dr. Seuss, and I love anything Dr. Seuss.  

The other thing I love about this DSP is that it speaks to my love of non-traditional Christmas colors.

Here’s my holly Christmas card:

 

Measurements:

 

  • The Mossy Meadow base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • Next, I trimmed a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • I trimmed two pieces of the DSP to 4-3/4 by 3-1/2 inches for the diagonal mats. At this point, I also trimmed a piece of the green DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • The white cardstock panel for the inside of the card measures my normal 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I used scraps of Mossy Meadow and white cardstock for the labels.
  • That’s it for the measurements.

Stamping, Embossing, Coloring:

  • First, I used the holly and berry trio stamp and Blushing Bride ink to stamp on the background Blushing Bride cardstock.
  • I did the same thing with Mossy Meadow ink on the scrap I used for the background label.
  • Next, I stamped the sentiment on scrap white cardstock using Versamark ink. Then, I covered the sentiment with silver embossing powder and heat set it with my heat tool.
  • HINT: The embossing buddy is one of my essential tools for heat embossing. SU! had discontinued it for a few years, but it’s available again. The embossing additions tool kit found on page 49 of the mini-catalog can really make embossing easier! It contains the embossing buddy, an embossing tray and two brushes specifically made for brushing the errant bits of powder off your paper. I’ve had my buddy for about 4 years and it’s still going strong. In my humble opinion, it’s is well worth it to get the tool kit. Even though I already have one, it’s on my next order list.
  • I also stamped the holly leaves and berry trio in each bottom corner of the inside of the card and the envelope, and one to use for the envelope seal. After I embossed and heat set each of them, I colored them in using my Old Olive blends combo and Blushing Bride marker.
  • Then, I cropped both layers of the label using the Pretty Labels die set and added dimensionals under each.
  • Next, I wrapped a piece of Blushing Bride ribbon around the bottom label and used a piece of silver braided ribbon to secure it.
  • I added the basic pearl to cover up an oops bit of stray silver embossing powder, but it works.
  • Other than for the two labels, I used multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the piece to the card.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

I live in Central Florida. My house is the blue dot.  I am having a terrible time with my internet right now, so I need to schedule this post before I lose power.  Hopefully, I will be able to get back online to update this post before it goes live. 

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Say BOO! for September’s Fun Fold Blog Hop

Welcome to the September Fun Fold Challenge Blog Hop!  Those of us in the hop are current Stampin’ UP! demonstrators.  However, everyone, no matter the supplies you use, is invited to play along with the recurring Creative Creases fun fold challenge!  I hope to see you in the challenge gallery!

My fun fold card uses the Scary Cute bundle from the current July – December 2022 mini-catalog.  This set is absolutely adorable and the coordinating glittered washi tape is beyond fabulously sparkly!  The best part about it is that you will not have glitter all over your desk from this washi tape!  Trust me – I would not use it if it shed all over the place!  

For Christmas last year, I made my now 6 year old great-niece a card with a Grinch tag, which she used as a bookmark.  So, I made my card, and the coordinating bookmark, her this set for Halloween:

 

Since finding the Connie Stewart video for this fun fold, I’ve already created it a number of times.  You can see two of those cards here and here.  Don’t tell anyone, but it is a super easy fun fold!  Her video makes the whole process a breeze.  Truly, if you can trim and score paper, this fun fold is for you!  Her video explains the card with step-by-step directions.  Once you create this fun fold, you will be hooked, so be prepared to use it over and over and over.  

 

Measurements:

 

  • The Smoky Slate base measures 5-1/4 by 11 inches. It’s scored at 1-3/4 and 3-1/2 inches from either end of the length of the base.
  • I also trimmed 3 pieces of Smoky Slate to 1-3/4 by 4 inches for the flaps.
  • The Gorgeous Grape mat for the front was cropped using the Scary Silhouettes dies, as was the black frame with the trees.
  • HINT: If you are going to use the spooky house inside the black frame, there’s an easy way to crop it so the fence sits perfectly inside the frame. I used the negative piece from the frame and placed the house die so it lined up with the bottom of the frame. When I cropped it, the fence pieces wound up being the exact same as the frame. I didn’t need to trim it at all. Score!
  • I needed one piece of Basic White cardstock for the inside and measures 3-3/4 by 5 inches.
  • I used a piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock onto which I mounted the Smoky Slate base. The Gorgeous Grape piece measures 5-1/2 by 4-1/4 inches.
  • The gray and black polka dot DSP (designer series paper) measures 3-3/4 by 4-7/8 inches. From that piece, I trimmed it down to three equal pieces measuring 1-3/8 by 3-3/4 inches. I used two for the top and bottom flaps.
  • Next, I added the strips of glitter washi tape to the third piece of DSP so I had a guide.
  • HINT: The black washi tape jut barely overlapped the Highland Heather washi tape and wouldn’t stick properly. Therefore, I used multipurpose liquid glue to help it stick.
  • Next, I trimmed a piece of the polka dot DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • Finally, I used two pieces of white and black polka dot DSP for the inside. Each piece measures 1-5/8 by 5-1/8 inches.

Putting the Card Together:

  • Amazingly, I didn’t use any dimensionals on this card. All the pieces are adhered using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • I followed Connie Stewart’s directions for assembly. However, I did add some additional touches.
  • For example, I cropped the spooky cat and bats for the flaps from black cardstock using the Scary Silhouette dies. They peek out when the card is opened.
  • The moon on the front started as a piece of white cardstock. I used a blending brush and Crushed Curry ink to color the piece of white and punched it using my 1-inch circle punch.
  • I stamped BOO! on the front to cover an oops. It fits perfectly.
  • Finally, I stamped the silhouettes in black ink on the inside, along with the trio of bats and the sentiment on the white cardstock for the inside.

The Bookmark:

  • I used a piece of retired Halloween DSP for the front of the bookmark and adhered it to a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock.. The bookmark measures 2-3/8 by 4-7/8 inches.
  • Then, I recreated the framed mat for the front. However, this time I had room to add the spooky cat to the the top of the frame..
  • I added the glitter washi tape to the back of the cardstock. One again, I had to use multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the black piece of washi.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, envelope seal, and bookmark set.

A Lineup for Fun Fold Blog Hop

  1. Lisa Ann Bernard
  2. Mary Deatherage
  3. Karen Finkle
  4. Beth McCullough
  5. Jackie Beers
  6. Melissa Seplowitz
  7. Sue Jackson
  8. Rae Burnet
  9. Debbie Mageed

There’s plenty of inspiration to be found in this blog hop!  I hope you will keep hopping from one to the next demo.  I know I’m excited to see what everyone has created!  I’d also love to see what you create posted on the Creative Creases Challenge gallery

 

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Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

 

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Autumn Flora for MMM # 184

Welcome to the Make My Monday #184 two-week challenge!  Our host this week is also our fearless leader, Caz.  She chose autumn flora or fauna, of which I chose autumn flora.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to get inspired by the rest of the design team.  I’d love to see what you create posted in our gallery.  In the meantime stay safe and craft on.  

Here’s my autumn flora card:

 

Once again, I used the Fond of Autumn bundle of a stamp set and coordinating dies.  I usually need to make about 25 Thanksgiving cards and this year is no different.  Even though I usually create individual cards for everyone, this year I will be creating eight of each of the cards I’ve already created., including this one.  You can see my other cards using this bundle here and here.  

One of the reasons I love this bundle is because of the versatile dies for the large stamp!  The first die for the large stamp will crop the whole image at once.  However, the second die really steals the show, and I used it on this card.  The second die will crop the image into four separate pieces, as shown below:

 

Measurements:

  • The Old Olive base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 to create a tent fold card.
  • I used two of the deckled rectangle dies; one for the Crushed Curry DSP (designer series paper) layer and one for the Crumb Cake DSP layer. Both of these deckled rectangles were outlined using the Soft Suede marker.
  • I also trimmed a piece of the Crumb Cake DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. At this point, I also punched a 1 inch circle from the Crushed Curry layer for the envelope seal. The punched seal is behind the Crumb Cake DSP, so no one will be the wiser.
  • I cropped the white cardstock for the inside of the card to 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
  • That’s it for the measurements.

Stamping, Cropping, and Coloring:

  • First, I stamped the large floral image twice using my Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad. Positioned carefully, you can get both stamped images on one piece of 4-1/4 by 5-1/2 inch piece of cardstock. In addition, I stamped the single flower and single acorn from the stamp set on either bottom corner of the inside of the card.
  • I cropped one of them using the whole outline die. I cropped the second one using the four part die and colored just this one.
  • The blends I used were the combos for the following colors:
    • Mossy Meadow for the oak leaves
    • Old Olive for the smaller leaves
    • Pumpkin Pie for the berry-looking parts
    • Bumblebee (retired) for the petals of the flowers
    • Crumb Cake for the inside of the flowers and the bottom of the acorns
    • Soft Suede for the tops of the acorns.
  • I used my Blackberry Bliss marker for the seeds surrounding the center of the flowers.
  • I stamped the outside sentiment, which comes from a retired stamp set, in Soft Suede and cropped it using a die from Stylish Shapes.
  • The inside sentiment, Autumn Wishes, comes from the Fond of Autumn stamp set.
  • I used multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the inside cardstock, and both of the deckled rectangle layers. Then, I used multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the uncolored large stamp to the Crumb Cake cardstock. This allowed me to perfectly align the 4 pieces of the cropped colored stamped image. I used dimensionals under the colored image and under the sentiment banner, which I outlined with my Pumpkin Pie marker.
  • Finally, I tied a bunny ears bow and used a glue dot to adhere it on the left of the sentiment.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

 

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Shades of Blue for Cardz 4 Galz #182

Welcome to the 182nd two-week challenge for Cardz 4 Galz!  Our host this time, Doreen, chose shades of blue for our theme.  When you finish here, I hope you will hop over to the challenge site to see the projects from the rest of the design team members.  We’d love to have you play along with us for this color challenge!

Here’s my shades of blue card:

 

This absolutely stunning DSP (designer series paper) comes from the Hues of Happiness DSP pack.  Just take a look at all the gorgeous colors!  There’s truly something for everyone.

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For my card, I used the floral and the textured paper from the last two photos.  Gorgeous colors and stunning paper!

 

Clean and Simple:

  • The Night of Navy base measures 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
  • I trimmed a piece of the painted textured DSP to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • Next, I trimmed a 6 inch by 2-1/2 inch piece of the floral DSP for the envelope flap. I also punched a 1-inch circle of the DSP for the painted texture envelope seal.
  • The strips of floral DSP started out at 5-3/8 by 1-1/8 inches. I trimmed it down to three strips, the first of which is 5-3/8 by 1/2 inches. Then, I cut the remaining piece in half lengthwise.
  • I trimmed a piece of white cardstock for the inside of the card to 5-1/4 inches by 4 inches.
  • The two stamps used for the outside and the inside sentiments come from the Fond of Autumn stamp set. After stamping the front sentiment in Night of Navy ink on a piece of scrap white cardstock, I cropped it using the banner from Stylish Shapes dies and popped it up on dimensionals. The inside sentiment, I’m so fond of you, is also stamped in Night of Navy.
  • After adhering the strips to the painted texture DSP using multipurpose, I tied a piece of Pool Party sheer ribbon around the DSP and tied it in a bow. The ribbon is thin enough that I could adhere the DSP panel to the Night of Navy base using multipurpose glue as well.
  • I popped the sentiment on the front and glued the inside white cardstock using multipurpose glue as well.
  • With that, this clean and simple coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal was complete.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

 

 

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Autumn Wishes for the September InKing Royalty Blog Hop

 

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop! This month’s blog hop is dedicated to leaves. As the weather begins to cool, the leaves begin to change colors and fall from the trees. We are excited to share our creations and hope you love them! 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 leafy card:

 

The Fond of Autumn bundle made creating this card super quick!

 

Measurements:

  • The Cajun Craze base measures 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent fold card.
  • I also trimmed a piece of Cajun Craze to 4 by 5-1/4 inches for the background of the card.
  • The white cardstock panel on the inside also measures 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
  • The last measurement is for the envelope flap. I used a piece of Old Olive 6 x 6 inch DSP trimmed to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches.

Stamping, and Heat Embossing:

  • First, I used the large floral/leaf/acorn stamp and Cajun Craze ink to create the background design on the Cajun Craze panel. Since I knew the very center of the panel would be covered, I just worked my way around the outside of the panel. I did rotate the stamp so that the pattern would appear more random..
  • Then, I used the Cajun Craze marker to outline the panel and added dimensionals to the back of the panel. I also stamped the bottom of the inside white cardstock panel and the bottom of the front of the envelope. Using a piece of scrap white cardstock, I stamped a small section of the leaves and punched out a 1-inch circle for the envelope seal.
  • I wanted/needed this to be a Thanksgiving card, so I used a (retired) Happy Thanksgiving stamp in Soft Suede for the inside sentiment.
  • Using a Versamark ink pad, I stamped the same floral/leaf/acorn stamp on white cardstock. In addition, I stamped three of the single leaves. Then, I added black embossing powder and heat set everything.
  • Coloring with the blends was a bit easier since the edges were all embossed. I used the Old Olive blends combo, as well as the Cajun Craze blends combo..
  • The acorn just peeks out under the sentiment, and I used the Crumb Cake blends combo for that acorn.

Cropping:

  • After I finished coloring, I used the detailed die from the bundle. This has to be one of my all-time favorite dies! Just look at the results, which come from another blog post, which you can see here.
  • For this card, I used the three pieces on the bottom of the first picture. In addition, I had three of the individually cropped leaves, to which I added dimensionals.
  • Next, I cropped the Soft Suede cardstock label using the Painted Labels die set.
  • I stamped the sentiment, from the Fond of Autumn stamp set, in Soft Suede and cropped it using a die from the Deckled Rectangles die set (another favorite). To ensure that the sentiment label would pop off the leaves, I outlined it with the Cajun Craze marker and added dimensionals.
  • Finally, I folded a length of linen thread in half and tied it in a bow. I added it to the Soft Suede cardstock label using a glue dot.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Back to the InKing Royalty Blog Hop:

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery. 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. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping <<— YOU ARE HERE
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  5. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  6. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  7. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  8. Jessica Atchison at Stampin with the Atchisons
  9. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  10. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  11. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  12. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  13. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp

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