Lace and Pearls for Cardz 4 Galz #164

Welcome to Cardz 4 Galz #164, our first challenge of 2022.  For this challenge, Claudia chose the theme of lace and pearls.  When you finish here, I hope you will hop over to the challenge page to see the creations by the rest of the design team.  I always find it so interesting to see the wide variety of inspiring projects, and I hope you find inspiration there as well.

Here’s my lace and pearls card using the Elegantly Said stamp set and Simply Elegant DSP:

 

Measurements:

  • The Basic Grey base measures 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
  • I used the diagonal dotted DSP (designer series paper) for the background of the card. It measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. I popped it up on dimensionals to accommodate the ribbon wrapped around the DSP. At this point, I also trimmed a piece of the DSP to 2-1/2 inches by 6 inches for the envelope flap.
  • The vanilla and gray DSP measures 2-3/4 inches by 3-7/8 inches.
  • I used scrap vanilla for the sentiment banner on the front of the card. The Very Vanilla cardstock for the inside measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.

What I Did:

  • My heat tool was the key to creating this lacy card.
  • After using my embossing buddy on the basic gray DSP, I stamped the filigrees in opposite corners using VersaMark. After covering the stamps with Smoky Slate embossing powder, I heat set them.
  • While I had all the embossing supplies out, I again used the embossing buddy, but this time on a scrap piece of vanilla cardstock Then, I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark and heat set it.
  • Next, I used the triple banner punch to create the triangular ends of the banner. I popped the banner up on dimensionals..
  • The most elegant ribbon I had for this card was the Gray Granite shimmer ribbon. After wrapping it around the DSP and the sentiment, I successfully tied it in a bow with which I was relatively happy.
  • I used the dark smoky slate blend to color 7 mini basic pearl jewels. When coloring the pearls, it’s imperative to let each layer dry before applying another layer. If you don’t wait, you will just remove the color you just applied.
  • There are 3 pearls in opposite diagonal corners on the front of the card. I also added one to the dot over the i .
  • I stamped the Happy Anniversary stamp in the middle of the vanilla cardstock for the inside of the card. Then, I added a 1-/2 inch wide piece of DSP on the bottom and stamped the border print from the stamp set on the top.

Here’s the inside of the card:

  • Finally, I trimmed the DSP on the envelope flap, punched a 1 inch circle from DSP and ran it through the XYRON create-a-sticker for the envelope seal. With that, I’d finished this coordinated card/envelope/seal anniversary card set.

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Snow Time for Cardz 4 Galz # 161

Welcome to Cardz 4 Galz challenge #161.  For this two-week challenge, Caz chose snow time as the theme.  When you finish here, I hope you will hope over to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team created.  

I actually made two of the same easel card, one for my 4 year old great-niece and one her 18 month old brother.  Here are my easel fun fold cards:

 

Measurements:

  • The cardstock base for each card started as 4-1/4 by 11 inches. Then, I scored each based at 5-1/2 inches and 2-3/4 inches. Make sure your burnish your two folds so it’s easier for the easel to stand up.
  • Each card has a DSP layer measuring 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The top layer of DSP for the Fresh Fresia card measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. I decided to trim the top layer of the Balmy Blue card to 3-3/4 inches by 4-3/4 inches. I think I like the Balmy Blue layers better.
  • Next, I trimmed down some DSP for the back of easel parts. (See below.) I started out trimming pieces for just the cardstock bottoms of the easel. However, the back of the DSP for each was showing, so I needed to cover that as well. Each piece for the top of the easel measures 4-1/4 by 2-3/4 inches. The pieces for the bottom part of the easel measure 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • Then, I trimmed 2 pieces of DSP for the respective envelopes. Each measures 2-1/2 inches by 6 inches.
  • Finally, the white cardstock for the inside of the card measures 5-1/4 inches by 4 inches.

What I Did:

  • I was able to punch the penguins right out of the DSP. However, the punch will also line up with the standing penguin stamp in the set.
  • The penguins got popped up on dimensionals, then layered on the white and colored cardstock circles. I did have to trim the side of the circles in order to be able to fit the sentiment, also on dimensionals, on the front of the card.
  • For the inside, I used the snow bank curved line stamp on the bottom, then stamped the sliding penguin on the lowest part of the curve. Since the set is a photopolymer stamp set, lining up all the other color pieces happened very easily.
  • The only thing left to decide was to figure out what I could do to hold the easel part of the card up. I could’ve stamped and then fussy cut some presents from the stamp set. They’d then have to be popped up on dimensionals to hold the easel in place. Then, I thought of using dots, and it worked. The Balmy Blue card has the largest of the black matte dots. I used some of the coordinating Fresh Fresia pastel pearls for that easel. As long as I had burnished folds, the easel cards stand nicely.
  • AFter trimming the DSP on the envelopes, I punched out two 1-inch circles and ran them through the XYRON create-a-sticker for envelope seals.
  • TA-DA – two coordinated card/envelope/seal sets were complete.

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Reconstructing a Card with Fruit for Cardz 4 Galz # 160

Welcome to this two-week challenge for Cardz 4 Galz, #160.  This time, Dawn S. has chosen fruits and/or veggies.   When you are finished here, I hope you will visit the challenge blog to check out all the design team members’ cards.  There’s a great deal of individuality and inspiration to be found there.  

Here’s my reconstructed card:

 

This is not at all the first card that I created. The day after I put the original card together I decided that I wasn’t really happy with it. However, I’d put so much time into heat embossing and fussy cutting that I didn’t want to just start all over.

HINT: I needed to take all the pieces on dimensionals off the original card. I really thought that I’d just have to start all over. I’ve heard that it’s possible to use dental floss and slowly work it underneath the dimensionals. I decided to try the flat end of the Take-Your-Pick tool and gently worked it under each element. It’s important to take your time. I was pretty darn pleased that I got every piece off the original card. Using the tool, I was also able to gently scrape off all the remaining bits of dimensionals off the back of the elements. Doing so allowed me to adhere new dimensionals to the pieces.

Measurements:

  • The Mossy Meadow card base measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • I used a piece of the Harvest Meadow DSP for the background of the card. It measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. While I had the DSP handy, I also trimmed a piece to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches.
  • I cropped the white circle using the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes die set (Am I the only one who kept this fabulous die set after it retired?)
  • The Mossy Meadow DSP strip measures 3-7/8 inches by 3/4 of an inch.
  • Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Pretty Pumpkins die set in Cinnamon Cider. Then, I used a stitched rectangle dies to crop the sentiment.
  • The white cardstock for the inside measures 4 inches by 5-14 inches.
  • I used scraps for the Cajun Craze and Pumpkin Pie pumpkins, as well as the Mossy Meadows leaves.

What I Did:

  • I started this card by stamping pumpkins using Cinnamon Cider ink, but only after I used my embossing buddy to clean off the cardstock pieces.
  • After stamping each piece, I immediately covered the stamped image in clear embossing powder. When I had all this pieces covered, I heat set all of them using my heat tool.
  • Time to fussy cut. Actually, cutting the pumpkins, leaves and vines was fairly basic since the edges were clean. Then I put dimensionals under the three pumpkins, being careful to place them so the overlapping pumpkins would just need a dot of multipurpose adhesive.
  • I used the Sparkle of the Season stamp set to stamp the images on the white circle. First. I stamped the spiral in Cinnamon Cider. Then, I used the little trio of leaves and the Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze, and Pumpkin Pie markers to color each leave. Thankfully, the trio stamps cleanly. I just had to stamp, color, stamp, repeat.
  • After I finished stamping, I outlined the white cardstock circle using the Cajun Craze marker.
  • I also put dimensionals under the Mossy Meadow strip of DSP and the sentiment piece. Again, place them carefully so that the multipurpose adhesive adheres the overlapping pieces.
  • For the inside, I went back to the Pretty Pumpkins stamp set and used the largest pumpkin in the center of the white cardstock. I did stamp the Cinnamon Cider off twice before stamping the pumpkin. Finally, I stamped “GRATEFUL” in Mossy Meadow over the pumpkin.

Finishing Up:

  • I also stamped part of the pumpkin in full strength off the bottom left-hand corner of the front of the envelope.
  • As always, the last thing I did was punch a 1 inch circle out of Mossy Meadow DSP, which I then ran through my XYRON create-a-sticker for the envelope seal. With that, I’d finished this coordinated card/envelope/seal set.

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Cardz 4 Galz # 159 – CAS

Welcome to another Cardz 4 Galz biweekly challenge!  Caz chose the theme for challenge # 159 and picked Clean and Simple.  When you are done here, I hope you will hop over to the challenge blog to check out the cards from all the other design team members.  There’s a great deal of inspiration all on one post!  

I’m a bit late, which seems to be the theme of my life this week, but here’s my card:

 

I only used Misty Moonlight and white cardstock for this card to keep it clean and, hopefully, simple.

Measurements and Such:

  • The Misty Moonlight base measures 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches and scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
  • I used a scrap piece of white cardstock and a blending brush to create the Misty Moonlight circle.
  • The white cardstock for the top of the card started out as 4-1/4 inches by 5-1/2 inches. I didn’t trim it down to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches until after I ran it through my Cut and Emboss machine using the pine needles 3D folder from the Wintry duo. This folder will fit in the mini Cut and Emboss, so I did have to run it through twice. Since it is a 3D folder, it’s better to wait until after the cardstock is embossed to trim it. I used dimensionals to raise up this layer.
  • While I was embossing, I also embossed the envelope flap.
  • The Christmas tree comes from the Whimsy and Wonder suite collection. There are two layers to the tree because I wound up with a happy accident. After cropping the first white tree, I thought it would be a good idea to color the whole tree with clear Wink of Stella. However, it was not such a good idea at all. That’s when I decided to crop another tree using the glossy white cardstock. I did purposely offset the top tree just a tiny bit to allow some of the Wink of Stella to show.
  • The sentiment also comes from the Whimsy and Wonder suite I stamped it in Misty Moonlight then very quickly added clear embossing powder. Then I use my heat tool to set it, then outlined the trimmed cardstock.
  • Next, I wrapped a piece of ribbon around the top layer and tied it in a simple square knot.
  • Three basic pearls finished the card off.

The Inside:

Here’s the inside, which is as clean and simple as the front:

  • As always, the inside cardstock measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • Both the sentiment and the tree can also be found in the Whimsy and Wonder suite collection.
  • I stamped off Misty Moonlight ink before stamping the tree. Then, I used a full inking for the little lights stamp.
  • Finally, I used the clear Wink of Stella to add a bit of bling on each of the lights on the tree.
  • I repeated the tree process on the front bottom left-hand corner of the envelope.
  • Tada! Done! I may be biased, but I think it turned out beautifully!

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Little Princess for Cardz 4 Galz #158

Welcome to a new Cardz 4 Galz biweekly challenge!  Lynda chose the theme of “princess” for challenge # 158.  I hope you will pop over to the blog to see the variety of princess cards to inspire you.  The possibilities are endless, and I can’t wait to see how you interpret our theme.

Here’s my card:

 

Measurements:

  • The Basic Gray card base measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches. I scored it at 4-1/4 inches to create a tent fold.
  • The perfectly feminine Flirty Flamingo DSP (designer series paper), which is from the Pattern Party Host DSP pack, measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. I also trimmed a piece of the DSP to 2-1/2 inches by 6 inches for the envelope flap. This pattern is the reverse side of the pattern I used for this week’s Cardz 4 Guyz #282 challenge. You can see that card here.
  • I used my one-inch circle punch to punch a seal for the envelope from a scrap piece of Basic Gray 6×6 inch DSP.
  • I used a stitched rectangle die to crop the swan focal image panel. This panel measures4-1/4 inches by 3 inches.
  • While I had the white cardstock out, I trimmed a piece to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches for the inside panel.
  • The Basic Gray mat for the sentiment measures 3 inches by 1 inch. I stamped and cropped the sentiment from a scrap piece of white cardstock.

What I Did for this Easy-Peasy Card:

  • I went back and forth about coloring or not coloring the swan. I’m pleased with my decision to not color her. She’s gorgeous just the way she is.
  • After deciding to use the Flirty Flamingo metallic ribbon, I used a gold Wink of Stella to color the swan’s crown.
  • The white cardstock seemed to just blend into the DSP behind it. Therefore, I used the Flirty Flamingo marker to outline the focal panel. That little bit of color really makes the white cardstock stand out.
  • Before adhering the DSP to the cardstock, I wrapped a length of ribbon around the DSP and tied it in a bow. I have to say, sometimes I can tie a pretty decent bow. This was one of those times.
  • I used multipurpose liquid adhesive to adhere everything but under the Basic Grey sentiment mat. There are dimensionals under the sentiment mat. Looking at that mat now, I can see I didn’t do a very good job of straddling the mat over the ribbon. I am going to have to fix that.
  • Finally, I added 4 pastel pearls to the corners of the sentiment panel. They aren’t Flirty Flamingo, but they are really, really close.

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Cherry Blossoms for Cardz 4 Galz #157

Welcome back to the biweekly Cardz 4 Galz challenge!  Dawn chose the theme for challenge # 157, and I chose to use my brand new Forever Blossoms bundle!  I hope you will visit the challenge blog and see the rest of the cards created by our design team members!

Here’s my card:

 

These cherry blossoms remind me of Washington, D.C. They are gorgeous in person.

Measurements:

  • The Old Olive card base measures 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
  • I used a Petal Pink mat, and it measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • I ran the white cardstock through the cut and emboss machine in the brick and mortar 3D embossing folder first. Then I trimmed it down to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I used a piece of white cardstock for the cherry blossoms and the sentiment.
  • The white cardstock for the inside panel measures my usual 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • The last measurement is for the envelope flap. I used a piece of Petal Pink DSP and it measures 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches.

What I Did:

  • After stamping the cherry blossom stamp in Soft Suede, I had to really let it dry thoroughly before coloring with Stampin’ Blends. At this point, I also stamped a portion of the blossoms on the bottom, left-hand corner of the inside panel and allowed it to dry completely.
  • While that was drying, I stamped the front sentiment from the Forever Blossoms stamp set in Old Olive on white cardstock.
  • I cropped this sentiment using the Seasonal Labels die set. Since I wanted the sentiment to stand out from the white brick and mortar background, I outlined it using the Soft Suede marker. Then, I put dimensionals under this sentiment.
  • I used Stampin’ Blends to color the blossoms and leaves. The light Soft Suede blend was used for the stem portions. I used the light and dark Petal Pink blends. Finally, I colored the leaves using the light and dark Old Olive blends. This color combination seems perfect for the cherry blossoms. After cropping the blossoms using the coordinating dies, I popped it up on dimensionals.
  • One of the reasons I chose Petal Pink was to use this gorgeous ribbon. I wrapped a length of it around the white cardstock and tied it in a bow. Since the blossoms would be on the left side of the card, I put the bow on the right side to balance the card.
  • I tucked the sentiment under the ribbon on the left. Then I decided the card needed a bit of something else. Therefore, I used three pearl basic jewels placed in a triangle pattern around the blossoms.

Inside and Finishing Up:

  • The always and Forever sentiment for the inside also comes from the Forever Blossoms stamp set. This whole set is just phenomenal! I had to give it a second and third look before I broke down and bought it, but I am very glad I did!
  • Here’s the inside:
  • I stamped then colored the same partial blossom/leaf combination on the bottom, left-hand side of the front of the envelope.
  • Finally, I trimmed the DSP on the envelope flap. I’d cropped and colored some single blossoms thinking I would use them. Since I didn’t use them for the front of the card, one of them makes a great envelope seal.
  • With that, this coordinated card/envelope/seal set was complete..

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