Animal Magic for Cardz 4 Guyz #351

Welcome to the newest Cardz 4 Guyz challenge! I’m hosting this two-week challenge and chose Animal Magic for the theme. When you finish here, please visit the challenge site to see what the rest of the very talented design team members created. Then, don’t forget to upload your creations to our gallery. We look forward to seeing your creations there!

When it came time for me to make a card, I have to admit I was stumped. Animal Magic?? I started thinking outside the box, and came across my retired Beary Christmas DSP. I have nephews and need cards specifically for them, so I thought why not? Polar bears at Christmas are kind of magical, right? I also knew I needed to keep the card embellishments to a minimum for a more masculine feel.

Here’s my set of cards:

Karen Titus is a U.S. Stampin’ UP! demonstrator and her cards, templates, and videos are always step-by-step and easy to follow. I followed her directions for a 6 x 6 inch -never-ending card and then taught about 75 high school juniors and seniors how to do it for a Mother’s Day card. Truly, that easy. You can see that post here and my video here.

Here’s her template for this one sheet wonder set of cards:

HINT: You can use DSP with a directional pattern/design. When dry-fitting each card, make sure that the right angle corner is placed in the proper position.

Measurements:

In addition to the 4 pieces of DSP trimmed using the one sheet wonder template, you’ll need the following for each card:

  • 1 piece of Real Red cardstock trimmed to 8-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches
  • 1 piece of Night of Navy cardstock measuring 5-1/2 by 4-1/4 inches.
  • HINT: Do not trim it down to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 until after you emboss it using the Snowflake Sky 3D embossing folder. If you trim it before you emboss it, you will wind up with a smaller piece of cardstock because the embossing is so prominent.
  • 1 cropped piece of Beary Christmas DSP for the polar bears on the front of the card
  • 1 piece of DSP trimmed to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • Punch a 1 inch circle using coordinating DSP and run it through your XYRON create-a-sticker for the envelope seal.
  • 1 piece of white cardstock measuring 4 by 5-1/4 inches for the inside of the card.

Assembly:

  • Unless otherwise noted, multipurpose liquid glue was used to adhere the pieces.
  • After embossing and trimming your Night of Navy cardstock piece, adhere it to the base
  • Align your DSP in a corner of the embossed cardstock depending on the directional pattern
  • Add your cropped polar bear pieces of DSP making sure to anchor it by overlapping the piece of the one sheet wonder DSP
  • Stamp your sentiment on white cardstock using Real Red ink
  • Trim the sentiment and cut chevrons in each end
  • Add dimensionals under the sentiment banner and adhere to the DSP
  • Add three resin stars to the front of the card.
  • Stamp your inside sentiment on the white cardstock using Real Red ink.
  • Adhere the inside cardstock to the base of the card
  • With that, you’ve finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

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Sue

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Bright Skies with Cardz 4 Guyz #350

Welcome to the newest Cardz 4 Guyz challenge! Our host for challenge #350, Billie A, chose Anything Goes Masculine for the theme. When you finish here, please visit the challenge site to see what the rest of the very talented design team members created. Then, don’t forget to upload your creations to our gallery. We look forward to seeing your creations there!

Here’s my card:

I’ve been sick since the middle of May and my husband has been the absolute best caregiver. I wanted to mail him a card (who doesn’t like getting mail?) and thought this sentiment and DSP (designer series paper) would be appropriate. I’m still working on getting my mojo back, so I used one of the design templates on page 22 of the current 2024 – 2025 annual catalog. The template I used is the last one on the top row. I’ve already posted other cards using these templates and you can find those posts here and here.

Measurements:

  • The Pool Party base measures 8-1/2 by 11 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • The black cardstock on the front measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The 4 pieces of DSP on the front started off measuring 3-7/8 by 5-1/8 inches.
  • Trim the DSP vertically at 1-7/8 inches.
  • Trim the bottom of the left-hand side of DSP horizontally 1-1/2 inches from the bottom.
  • Trim the top of the right-hand side of DSP horizontally 1-1/2 inches from the top.
  • You will need a piece of DSP measuring 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • Punch a 1-inch circle from coordinating DSP and run it through the XYRON create-a-sticker to make the envelope seal.
  • Trim a piece of white cardstock to 4 by 5-1/4 inches for the inside of the card.

Assembly:

  • Unless otherwise noted, I used multipurpose liquid glue to adhere pieces together.
  • Adhere the black cardstock to the front of the card.
  • Dry-fit the DSP to make sure your patterns line up. Then, adhere the pieces to the black cardstock.
  • Rub down a scrap piece of black cardstock using your embossing buddy.
  • Using VersaMark ink, stamp your sentiment on the black cardstock, cover it with white embossing powder, and heat set it.
  • Crop using one of the deckled rectangle dies.
  • Crop a cloud using one of the Bright Side dies. It’s wonderful when the dies match up to cut out shapes in the DSP!
  • Punch a hole in the sentiment block and thread ribbon through the hole and tie it off. Add a mini-glue dot behind the knot to hold it in place.
  • Add dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and the cloud. Then, adhere it to the card.
  • On the white cardstock for the inside, stamp the cloud and rain drops from the Bright Skies stamp set using Pool Party ink.
  • Stamp your sentiment using Momento Tuxedo Black ink.

With that, you’ve finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

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Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Stars &/or Stripes for Cardz 4 Guys #347 & Double Trouble #166 & TSOT 646

Welcome to the newest Cardz 4 Guyz challenge! Our host for challenge #347, Dawn, chose Stars &/or Stripes for the theme. When you finish here, please visit the challenge site to see what the rest of the very talented design team members created. Then, don’t forget to upload your creations to our gallery. We look forward to seeing your creations there!

Thing #1’s challenge requirement on the Double Trouble Challenge #166 is to use things that are unmatched or from my “stash or trash”. I chose “stash”. Since I need to resupply my “stash” of thank you cards at work, that’s what I created for these challenges.

One of my cards also qualifies for the current Try a Sketch on Tuesday.

Here are my cards for this challenge:

Here’s the Thing # 1 banner:

“Stash & Trash”

This DSP (designer series paper) retired on May 1, 2023, and the Starry Sky color retired on May 1, 2024. I still love this DSP and the Starry Sky/Gray Granite color combination. Sadly, I don’t have much of the DSP left. The Gray Granite ribbon is also retired. The last time I used this paper, I stamped and cropped the leaf sprays and had them stashed in the same envelope as the Nature’s Prints dies. This stamp set and coordinating die set also retired on May 1, 2024. Since everything is retired, or stamped and cropped already, I think I’ve really used stuff from my stash.

I thought I would be able to enter this card into the Tuesday Morning Sketches to go along with the Double Trouble Challenge, but I missed a layer of angled paper. However, out of the four cards, this is my favorite.

Here’s the sketch for TSOT 646:

Things to Know:

  • I used multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the DSP pieces of paper, and to the cardstock.
  • I added dimensionals under the sentiment banners and the Starry Sky cropped leaf sprays.
  • In addition to using DSP for each envelope flap, I stamped a partial leaf spray on the bottom, right-hand corner of the front of the envelopes.
  • I also punched four 1-inch circles of DSP for the envelope seals. After running them through my XYRON create-a-sticker, I put one seal in each envelope.
  • After running white cardstock through my Cut & Emboss machine using the Ferns 3D embossing folder, I trimmed each to size.

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Sue

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While I like so much of the new format of the Stampin” UP! annual catalog, I really miss having the DSP all in one place at the back of the catalog. In addition, I find that I need to know what DSP is currently available in the online exclusives. Therefore, I created a spreadsheet for all the current DSP. I broke it up into sections for the 6 x 6 inch, 12 x 12 inch, and the online exclusive DSP and I got it all on one page. The font is small, but I left the doc as a Excel doc so you can download it and change the size if you want.

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Welcome to the Jungle for Cardz 4 Guyz # 346

Welcome to the newest Cardz 4 Guyz challenge! Our host for challenge #346, Julie., chose Welcome to the Jungle for the theme. When you finish here, please visit the challenge site to see what the rest of the very talented design team members created. Then, don’t forget to upload your creations to our gallery. We look forward to seeing your creations there!

Here’s my Little Monkey Jungle card:

This stamp set and punch are too stinking cute! However, all good things must come to an end, including this stamp set and punch. It’s on the last chance list, and since the new catalog goes live on Wednesday, 05/01/2024, the last chance availability really is coming to a close. Don’t delay!

The layout for this card comes from the Freshly Made Sketches that ended yesterday afternoon. I thought it would be perfect for my jungle card.

Here’s the sketch banner:

Measurements:

  • The Old Olive base measures 8-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches.
  • I used the retired Happy Forest DSP (designer series paper) for the background pieces. The bottom DSP measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The two side pieces of DSP each measure 1-7/8 by 2-5/8 inches.
  • I also trimmed a piece of DSP to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • Then, I punched a 1-inch circle of DSP for the envelope seal, and ran the circle through my XYRON create-a-sticker.
  • The white cardstock for the front measures 3 by 4-3/8 inches.
  • Next, I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to 4 by 5-1/4 inches for the inside of the card.
  • I used leftover pieces to stamp the monkey.

Stamping, Coloring, & Assembly:

  • I outlined the bottom DSP mat using my Crumb Cake marker.
  • The two front side pieces of DSP are outlined using a Mossy Meadow marker.
  • I stamped everything using the Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad so I could use my blends combos to color in the images. All the stamps come from the Little Monkey stamp set.
  • For the leaves on the bottom of the white panel, I stamped one of the leaf sprays and fussy cut it out. Then I used the cut-out to mask the leaf sprays by working my way across the bottom.
  • I alternated coloring the sprays using the Mossy Meadow and Old Olive blends combos.
  • Next, I colored the vines and the leaves on the tree branch using the Old Olive blends combo.
  • I used the (now retired) Soft Suede blends combo to color the tree branch.
  • I colored the monkey using the Crumb Cake blends combo.
  • After punching the monkey out, I added dimensionals to the back so I could adhere it to the white cardstock panel.
  • I repeated the monkey stamping and coloring on the white cardstock for the inside of the card. I did stamp a banana because of the sentiment, but I still don’t know how I feel about it on the card.
  • All the other pieces of the card were adhered using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

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Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Clean & Simple with Cardz 4 Guyz #345

Welcome to the newest Cardz 4 Guyz challenge! Our host for challenge #345, Helen., chose Clean & Simple for the theme. When you finish here, please visit the challenge site to see what the rest of the very talented design team members created. Then, don’t forget to upload your creations to our gallery. We look forward to seeing your creations there!

Here’s my (somewhat) CAS Playing in the Rain card:

If this layout looks familiar, I just posted a card to the Try Stampin’ on Tuesday challenge using the same layout. You can see that card here.

As with the other card, this Playing in the Rain card is combined with other challenges. Since it’s a fun fold, I will be entering it in the Creative Creases gallery.. I’ve also been introduced to a new-to-me challenge, but it’s completely up my alley, and that’s the Snippets Playground challenge. Since I use snippets, aka scraps or leftovers, frequently, I think this challenge will be incorporated quite regularly. The main idea of the challenge is to use scraps and identify them in the card or with a picture. Therefore, here’s my trio of snippets:

Here are the Creative Creases and Snippets Playground challenge logos:

Still Working on My Video Skills:

Instead of listing out the measurements and assembly instructions, I am including a video for this card. I appreciate your patience as I learn the best way to film videos. My nephew wants to help me edit the videos but I am not there yet. He’s great at it, as evidenced by the videos on his YouTube channel, Florida Railfan. If you, or someone you know, is into trains, please share his channel with them. However, he doesn’t know I am giving him a plug, so we can keep it our secret.

PLEASE NOTE: During the video I said that the card base needs to be scored at 4-1/4 and 2-1/4. That’s a mistake! It’s scored at 4-1/4 and 2-1/8 inches.

Here’s my video:

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Sue

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Navy, Red, and Craft for Cardz 4 Guyz #344

Welcome to the newest Cardz 4 Guyz challenge! Our host for challenge #344, Deb H., chose using Navy, Red, and Kraft for the theme. When you finish here, please visit the challenge site to see what the rest of the very talented design team members created. Then, don’t forget to upload your creations to our gallery. We look forward to seeing your creations there!

Here’s my easy-peasy card:

The star of this card is the die-cut sentiment from the Wanted to Say die set.

Easy-Peasy Feel Better Soon Card:

  • The Poppy Parade base measures 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
  • Trim a piece of white cardstock to 5-1/4 by 4 inches for the inside of the card.
  • The kraft paper cardstock mat measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches. I cropped the back part of the sentiment from the center of this mat. Then, I added dimensionals under that kraft cardstock mat.
  • After I ran a piece of navy cardstock through my Cut & Emboss machine using one of the online exculsive basics embossing mats, I trimmed the cardstock to 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
  • HINT: Don’t trim the cardstock until you use the embossing folder. Trimming the cardstock first will result in a smaller than the measurements you wanted.
  • Adhere the navy cardstock to the kraft cardstock using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Wrap a piece of the white-dotted burlap ribbon around both the cardstock layers and secure the ends in the back using tear and tape. Because it’s burlap, you might need to add a glue dot to the tear-&-tape.
  • Adhere the layers to the base of the card using the dimensionals.
  • Adhere the layers of the sentiment together using liquid glue, and add dimensionals on the back side.
  • Adhere the sentiment to the front of the card using dimensionals.
  • Add an odd number of dots to the front of the card. Odd numbers in triangle patterns are pleasing to the eye and help move the eyes across the card.
  • With that, this easy-peasy card is complete.

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Sue

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