Cardz 4 Guyz + Pets = A Little Bird for My First Post of the Day

 Welcome to the Cardz 4 Guyz challenge # 314.  Our host, Helen, chose the theme of pets for this two week challenge.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see the cards from the rest of the design team.  We hope you will be inspired to play along!

I decided to use the Sweet Songbirds stamp set and punch bundle for my card in Balmy Blue, black, and white.  I added a touch of Crushed Curry for the beak and Pear Pizazz for the leaves.  

Here’s my card:

 

As you can see, my card would be better suited for a child, but blue and black make it a boys’ card, right?

Measurements:

  • The Balmy Blue base measures 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
  • I used a black mat, which measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • Next, the Balmy Blue DSP (designer series paper) pattern paper measures 4 by 5-1/4 inches. I also trimmed a piece to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • I cropped the next black layer using one of the Deckled Rectangle dies.
  • Finally, I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to 3-1/4 by 4-1/2 inches. At the same time, I trimmed another piece to 4 by 5-1/4 inches for the inside panel of the card.

Stamping and Assembly:

  • After stamping the bird in Balmy Blue on white cardstock, I punched it out using the coordinating bird builder punch. I also punched the wing and the chest area using the Balmy Blue DSP.
  • I colored the beak with my Crushed Curry marker.
  • Then I added dimensionals under the bird.
  • I adhered all the other pieces using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Then, I stamped the branch, nest, and music notes in black ink directly on the card.
  • I used Pear Pizazz for the leaves.
  • I stamped the sentiments on the outside and inside using black ink.
  • Finally, I decided to add some black matte dots to the music notes and the three corners.
  • Ta-da! With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you will come back in 90 minutes to see a fun fold version of the same card.  Different colors and DSP, different fold, same card.  You will be able to find that post here.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

Birthday for a Child for Cardz 4 Guys # 313

Welcome to the first Cardz for Guyz for 2023.  I’m back from a break and am extremely grateful for the assistance Caz, our fearless challenge leader, when I needed to take a break.

For this challenge, I created a card for my great-nephew.  I saw this idea at some point, and I tend to get lost in my clicking.  Therefore, I have no idea where I first saw this idea.  If you know, please let me know so I can give the proper person credit.

Here’s my card:

 

When I made this card, I actually made a card for his sister for her 5th birthday, and my other great-niece for her 7th birthday.  However, in trying to get the white accents on the candles, I ruining those cards.  More about that in a bit.

 

Measurements:

  • The Tahitian Tide base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • The Parakeet Party DSP measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I also trimmed a piece of Tahitian Tide DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. Then, I punched a 1 inch circle from the Parakeet Party DSP for the envelope seal.
  • The white layer is watercolor paper and measures 3-1/2 inches by 4-3/4 inches.
  • The In Colors for 2022 – 2024 are pretty bright, so I needed something to tone it down a little and to give your eyes a place to rest. To accomplish that, I used two Basic Black cardstock mats. The first one is 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches. The smaller one measures 3-5/8 by 4-7/8 inches.
  • I cropped the 3 from one of the black cardstock layers.
  • As usual, I trimmed white cardstock to 4 by 5-1/4 inches for the inside of the card.
  • That’s it for the measurements.

Watercoloring:

  • For each candle, I put one drop of re-inker on an acrylic block. I used the widest water painter brush and a small bit of water to dip into the ink. Then, I was able to just stroke the color on the watercolor paper.
  • I did the same thing for the three flames.
  • I needed to let the candles dry overnight just to be sure that every bit had dried completely. Then, I used the journaling pen to outline each of the candles and flames.
  • Next, I stamped the greeting using Tuxedo Black Momento ink.
  • Here’s where I ruined the other two cards. I tried to use a fine-tip silver Sharpie for the accents. The watercolor paper just sucked up the Sharpie. Then it was a trial and error trying to find something that would work on the watercolor paper. I finally found a white gel pen but had to put multiple layers of the gel pen on each candle. Once again, I needed to let everything dry between layers.
  • I used multipurpose liquid glue to adhere all the layers. I added dimensionals under the 3 to pop it up. While I wanted to add some other embellishments, since this is a card for a little guy, I left it simple.
  • With that, I’d completed this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

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Teddy Bears for C4G # 306

Welcome to the two-week Cardz 4 Guyz challenge # 306. For this challenge, our host, Dawn, chose teddy bears. When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge website to be inspired by the absolutely adorable teddy bears! If you are inspired to play along, please enter your creation in our gallery!

The first thing I found out when working on this card is that I don’t have any teddy bear stamps! I have bears, neither of which can remotely be considered a teddy bear! Therefore, I turned to the best place to go for inspiration – Pinterest! There I found inspiration using punches to create a teddy bear overhang. I CASe’d a card from Rubber Obession‘s card and came up with this card:

It looks crooked but that’s just the way it’s sitting in the floral frog.

Measurements:

  • The Early Espresso base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • The Pool Party mat measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches. I cropped the sentiment mat from the center of the Pool Party mat using a deckled rectangle die.
  • I already had the Very Vanilla embossed piece of cardstock. The final measurement for that is 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
  • HINT: when using the 3D embossing folders, trim your cardstock to size after you emboss the cardstock. Since these folders have such a deep emboss, if you cut the paper first, it won’t be the desired size after it’s embossed.
  • Next, I trimmed the Very Vanilla cardstock for the inside to 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
  • Then, I cropped the VV cardstock for the sentiment using another deckled rectangle die.
  • Finally, I trimmed a piece of Early Espresso 6 x 6 inch DSP (designer series paper) to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the Very Vanilla envelope flap.

What I Did:

  • I punched the Early Espresso circles for the teddy bear face and ears using the —— and —— punches.
  • At this this time, I also punched a Very Vanilla circle for the lower part of the face using the —- punch. I lined the top up where I wanted it and trimmed the excess.
  • Next, I punched the eyes and nose using the —- punch. I realized I didn’t have a white fine line marker, so I had to improvise. I do have a VersaMark pen and drew in the arcs that I wanted. Then I used white embossing powder and heat set the powder. A marker would’ve been better, but this worked.
  • After dry fitting all the teddy bear pieces using removable tape, I ran the pieces through the (retired) subtles embossing folder.
  • HINT: Do not use even removable tape when running pieces through an embossing folder. I wanted the texture to line up across all the pieces. However, the pressing in the folder made removing the pieces basically impossible.
  • I stamped the sentiment using Early Espresso ink and a stamp from ————
  • After adhering the sentiment on its May, i put dimensionals under the mat.
  • Then I figured out where I wanted the bear pieces to go, I added dimensionals as needed under the pieces.
  • After I stamped the sentiment and adhered the inside panel, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal.

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

 

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Going Distressed for Cardz 4 Guyz # 305

Welcome to the latest Cardz 4 Guyz two-week challenge.  Our host for challenge #305, Deb, chose a distressed theme.  When you finish here, I hope you will hop over to the challenge blog site to see the creations from the rest of the design team.  Hopefully, our creations will  inspire you to play along and post your creation in our gallery!

I used speckled DSP (designer series paper) from the Beauty of the Earth paper and the Gorgeous Leaves cling stamp set for my card.  I kind of think anything that’s faded and speckled qualifies as distressed, don’t you?

Here’s my card:

 

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 used a piece of the Neutrals 6 x 6 inch DSP for the background mat. It measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches. Then, I punch a one-inch circle of this DSP for the envelope seal.
  • Next, I trimmed a piece of the Beauty of the Earth DSP to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. I also trimmed a piece of the same DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. I used a small piece of the DSP for the front sentiment. The small panel measures 2-7/8 by 7/8 inches. Both the outside and inside sentiment come from the Best Year stamp set.
  • The white cardstock panel on the inside measures 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I used scrap white cardstock for the leaves on the outside.
  • That’s it for the measurements.

Stamping:

  • The DSP really does all the work here, and I wanted to let it shine. Therefore, I kept the elements on the front to a minimum.
  • I used a blending brush and Merry Merlot ink to lightly color a piece of scrap white cardstock.
  • Next, I used Early Espresso ink and stamped two leaves onto the colored cardstock.
  • I topped the leaves using the Cajun Craze ink and the small splotches stamp ink from the Gorgeous Leaves stamp set.
  • Again using Early Espresso ink, I stamped the inside sentiment on the white cardstock.
  • Then, I used the large splotch stamp and Cajun Craze ink, which I stamped off twice, to stamp over the sentiment. I did this three times, turning the stamp so the pattern would be random.
  • Using the coordinating die set, I cropped the leaves. I already had the Early Espresso branches cropped.
  • The only two pieces popped up on dimensionals are the top leaf and the sentiment. I attached everything else using my favorite adhesive, the multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Finally, I folded a length of linen thread back and forth and tied a knot in the center of the folded thread. Then, I cut the side loops down to size and attached the knot using a couple of glue dots.
  • 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

 

 

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Play Ball with Cardz 4 Guyz # 304

Welcome to the newest Cardz 4 Guyz two-week challenge!  Our host for # 304, Helen, chose sports and hobbies for the theme.  Since my husband and I have been watching MLB (Major League Baseball) pretty much daily, I thought I just needed to go with that.   When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see the creations from the rest of the design team.

Here’s my card:

 

Even though I missed the submission deadline, I found the layout for this card on Try Stamping on Tuesday, #570:

 

What I Did:

  • The Poppy Parade base measures 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent fold.
  • Both pieces of the DSP (designer series paper) come from the Hey Sports Fan pack. The Night of Navy pattern measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches, which I outlined using a Night of Navy marker. The yellow DSP piece measures 3-1/2 by 5 inches. I outlined that paper using the Poppy Parade marker.
  • I also trimmed a piece of coordinating DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. Then, I punched a one-inch circle from a coordinating DSP for the envelope seal.
  • The rest of the pieces also come from the Hey Sports Fan DSP, and I fussy cut them to replicate the challenge layout. I outlined the three on the bottom using my Crushed Curry marker.
  • Next, I added dimensionals to the back of the four pieces. Before adhering the large top piece, I tied a piece of baker’s twine around the connecting part and tied it in a square knot.
  • After adhering the pieces down, I added the Night of Navy and yellow stars.
  • I used some stamps from the past Paper Pumpkin kit, Play Ball, for the inside of 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

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Kindest Gnomes for the Cardz 4 Guyz #303 Challenge

Welcome to the latest Cardz 4 Guyz #303 biweekly challenge!  Our hose this time, Melanie chose using a stencil to create a card.  I used one of the Wonderful Snowflakes as my stencil, and am rather pleased with the result.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge website to see the projects the rest of the design team created.  

Here’s my card:

 

I found this fun fold on Connie Stewart’s YouTube channel.  It’s so much fun, and so incredibly easy!  It looks complicated, but truly it isn’t!  You can find her video here

Measurements:

  • The Cherry Cobbler 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 Cherry Cobbler to 1-3/4 by 4 inches for the flaps.
  • The last piece of Cherry Cobbler I trimmed is for the mat on the front of the card. It measures 3 x 3 inches.
  • I needed two pieces of Basic White cardstock. The first is for the front and the final measurement (after using the embossing folder) is a 2-7/8 inch square. The second piece goes on the inside and measures 3-3/4 by 5 inches.
  • I used a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock on which I mounted the Cherry Cobbler base. The Sahara Sand measures 5-1/2 by 4-1/4 inches.
  • After I used the snowflake as a stencil, I trimmed the cardstock to 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.
  • Finally, I trimmed a piece of Cherry Cobbler DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.

The Wonderful Snowflake as a Stencil:

  • I now have one very inked up snowflake after I used it as the stencil. I found out a couple of things as I was creating the background.
  • HINT 1: I found it much easier to use the snowflake when I figured out to use a small amount of removable tape on the back of the center of the snowflake. That way I didn’t have to work so hard to keep the snowflake lined up.
  • HINT 2: I used a blending brush with Sahara Sand ink on a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock. Since the snowflake is so fragile on the outward spokes, I found it much easier to use the blending brush in outward strokes from the center rather than in a circular motion.
  • When I finished stenciling the snowflakes, I splattered clear Wink of Stella over the cardstock. As usual, the Wink of Stella doesn’t show up well in photos, so I took a close-up of it:

The Kindest Gnomes:

  • I stamped the gnomes on white cardstock using Momento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Then, I colored these cuties using the light and dark Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake blends combos.
  • I used the medium SU500 natural tone blend for the skin color and the dark Early Espresso blend for the shoes.
  • Finally, I used the light Smoky Slate blend for their beards.
  • The sentiment on the front comes from the Kindest Gnome stamp set. I stamped it in Cherry Cobbler ink then cropped it using a banner from the Stylish Shapes die set. Then, I outlined the banner using a Crumb Cake marker.
  • The last thing I did was add iridescent pearls randomly on the embossed snowflake square.

I really hope you try this fun fold! It truly is remarkably easy and people will think it took you forever. Honestly, it took longer to create the stenciled cardstock background than it did to create the whole rest of the card.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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