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.

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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.

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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.

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Sue

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Get a Little Distressed for Cardz 4 Guyz #302

Welcome to the latest Cardz 4 Guyz two-week challenge!  Our host, Jolanda, chose Get a Little Grungy for the theme.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see the cards from the rest of the design team.  I’d love to see you play along and join the gallery!

Here’s my card, for which I used the Rings of Love DSP:

 

 

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RINGS OF LOVE 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER

 

 

Measurements and Such:

This card came together so quickly and, I think, it falls under the easy-peasy category.

 

  • The Night of Navy base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • The tree pattern DSP measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • Using the Deckled Rectangle dies, I cropped a piece of Night of Navy and DSP with the second and third largest dies.
  • I also trimmed a piece of the bird pattern DSP to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. Then, I punched a 1 inch circle from the trees DSP pattern for the envelope seal.
  • The white inside panel is trimmed to 4 by 5-1/4 inches. I cropped the sentiment panel from a scrap of white cardstock., I stamped the sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set in Night of Navy. Then, I cropped it using one of the deckled rectangle dies.

Distressed Look:

  • I specifically used the deckled rectangle dies because 1.) I love them, and 2.) they would fit the theme of distressing.
  • In addition, I outlined all of the pieces on the front of the card using my Stamping Write Markers. I tried not to be careful so that the markers would wind up adding some distress to each piece. I used Soft Suede for the trees DSP. Then, I used Night of Navy for both the cardstock mat and the sentiment panel. Finally, I distressed the birds DSP using Crushed Curry.
  • Next, I adhered the trees DSP to the base and the birds DSP to the Night of Navy mat.
  • Then, I cut three lengths of linen thread and wrapped them around the Night of Navy mat and tied them in a square knot. Since the thread is thin, I was able to use multipurpose liquid glue to adhere it to the trees DSP. I purposely adhered that panel just a bit off-center.
  • I added mini-dimensionals to the back of the sentiment panel and adhered it to the card.
  • The three yellow dots were added to cover an “oops” on the sentiment panel. I didn’t notice the oops until I tried to take a picture, but I wound up with a smudge of blue ink on the sentiment.
  • Finally, I stamped the inside panel with another sentiment from Peaceful Moments: You shouldn’t have, but I am glad you did. I’ve learned the hard way that I need to stamp the sentiment before attaching the inside panel to the base of the card.
  • With that, I’d completed this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

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Cardz 4 Guyz #301 and the Pals’ Fun Fold Blog Hop

Welcome to the latest Cardz 4 Guyz challenge!  Billie A. chose the theme of recycling something for this challenge.  In addition, today is the day of the monthly Pals’ Fun Fold Blog Hop!  As you know, I love fun folds!  For this card, I took my inspiration, and template, from Jackie Beer’s card for the June Fun Fold Blog Hop!  I enjoyed her card and directions, so I recreated it with my recycled background for the front flap and one of the much loved gnomes.

 

Here’s my card:

Here’s the link to Jackie Beer’s card and template on her Blue Line Stamping blog:

Piggy Fun Fold for Hop

Measurements:

 

Here’s my templates, copied from Jackie’s post:

 

The white cardstock on the inside measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.

I trimmed a piece of the Sale-a-Bration DSP (designer series paper), which can be earned for FREE with a $50 purchase,  This DSP pattern of trees comes from the Rings of Love DSP, coordinates with the Rings of Nature bundle in the current mini-catalog for July – December.  This DSP is gorgeous!  Honestly, I didn’t originally think I’d get it.  However, after seeing cards with these beautiful patterns, I completely changed my mind.  

I also trimmed a piece of this DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.

Recycled Cover:

 

  • I’ve had this piece of watercolor paper for about a year just waiting for the time to use it. I created this with shaving cream, Night of Navy, and Crumb Cake reinkers. That’s it.
  • Here’s a picture of the start of this technique, but with Poppy Parade, Crushed Curry, and Mint Macaron. These colors come from the Rings of Love DSP. I spread out some shaving cream on a length of parchment paper.
  • HINT: In this case, less is more. I really should’ve used less shaving cream and less ink. However, you get the point. It’s messy, but simple. Just remember, you have to use watercolor paper. Regular cardstock will roll up.

Kindest Gnomes:

 

  • I go back to work on 08/01 after being off for the summer. Therefore, I wanted to make a card to mail for my husband to get either Monday or Tuesday when I am not home.
  • The sentiment on the front comes from the Kindest Gnomes stamp set. I paired it with this gnome. I stamped both the sentiment and the gnome using Momento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Then, I cropped the sentiment and Crumb Cake mat using the deckled rectangle dies.
  • Then, I colored the gnome using my blends in the Smoky Slate combo, the light Crumb Cake, and the Night of Navy combo. I used my black marker and So Saffron marker as well.
  • Then, I popped this guy up on dimensionals, and added him to the side of the sentiment panel.
  • The sentiment on the inside comes from the Happy & Heartfelt stamp set for the inside.
  • I didn’t want a piece of white cardstock showing when the card is folded closed. Therefore, I very carefully trimmed a piece of the recycled watercolor paper to 4-1/8 by 3/4 inches and adhered it to the white inside panel.
  • After trimming the envelope flap and punching the envelope seal, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal.

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Fusion + TSOT561 + Pals Fun Fold Blog Hop = Cardz 4 Guyz #299

Welcome to the newest Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge!  Our host for C4G #299, Pamela, chose summer for the theme.  Both the Cardz 4 Guyz #299 and the June Pals Fun Fold Blog Hop go live on the same day, so I knew I needed to combine the two.  Then I saw the layout for Try Stampin on Tuesday #561 and knew I wanted to incorporate that layout.  The color palette inspiration comes from the Fusion card challenge.  Score!

When you are finished here, I hope you will visit the Cardz 4 Guyz challenge and the Pals Fun Fold Blog Hop, the links for which follow my blog post for the card.  

Here’s my card:

 

 

I do need to thank the design team at Try Stampin on Tuesday. They chose my card as one of the Top 3 for TSOT559. You can see that card here, which was a three-fer by combining TSOT #599, Color Throwdown #696, and the Double Trouble challenge. Thank you very much!!! Once again, I feel completely honored.

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Measurements:

  • The Poppy Parade base measures 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 2-3/4 and 5-1/2 inches.
  • I used Gray Granite following the Fusion colors, for the mat, which measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The white panel for the inside of the card also measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • After doing all the math for the layout pieces on the front of the card, I created a template, which will save so much time for the next time I want to use this layout. Here’s the template:
  • I had enough leftovers to stamp, color, and crop all the elements on the front of the card and the birds on the inside.
  • I used a piece of Basic Gray 6 x 6 DSP trimmed to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. Then, I punched a 1 inch circle from Pool Party DSP to create the envelope seal.

What I Did:

  • I started this card with my blending brush and Pool Party ink on white cardstock. The hippo dies have one for waves. Since I wasn’t happy with the waves I created for the first card I made with this set (you can see that card here), I needed to figure out something else to do. I grabbed a piece of a window sheet and cropped out a stencil of the waves. I used the stencil and worked my way up the white cardstock.
  • HINT: Make sure you move the stencil placement so that the waves form a very random pattern. Do the same thing for the clouds.
  • By working my way up the white cardstock, I was able to create darker waves at the bottom and lighter ones at the top.
  • I repeated the process for the clouds again using Pool Party ink and my blending brush.
  • Of course, I couldn’t leave the inside white piece of cardstock plain, so I added waves at the bottom and clouds at the top.
  • Here’s a picture of the well-loved stencils I created by cropping window sheets with the dies:

Hippos:

  • Next, I worked on the hippos, which I stamped using Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with the Smoky Slate light and dark blends combo. The hippo in the tub is actually a tutu wearing ballet hippo. However, since the challenge is to make a card for a guy (of any age), I simply cut off the tutu. I used another blending brush and Night of Navy ink to create a base on which the tub could sit.
  • Both the tub and the boat dies come with the hippo die set. I cropped each in Basic Gray cardstock. Then, I added dimension using my gray ink tones blending brush and Basic Gray ink. The effect is subtle, but I think it works.
  • Then, I used Poppy Parade cardstock and cropped the googles, breather tube, life saver and sunglasses. So stinking cute!!
  • If you use the multipurpose glue carefully and sparingly, you can easily adhere these cropped pieces to the hippos.
  • The hippo in the boat and in the tub got popped up on dimensionals.
  • The water droplets for each hippo needed some height, but not by using dimensionals. I cropped enough droplet sets to layer three droplets on top of each other. Since the Pool Party cardstock blended in with the background, I added Wink of Stella to each of the droplets.

Finishing Up:

  • The bottom horizontal panel really had me stumped. A quick perusal of my stamp sets led me to the school of fish stamp from the Whale Done stamp set. I stamped it in Pacific Point ink going across the bottom panel. Then, I added some to the waves on the inside panel as well.
  • This bottom panel also needed some sort of dimension. Therefore, I stamped the fish from Seas the Day four times using Pacific Point ink on Pool Party cardstock. I didn’t want to use dimensionals under these fish, so I adhered two fish together and then adhered them to the bottom panel.
  • The Waves of Inspiration stamp set contains a small bird, which I stamped three times across the top using Gray Granite ink.
  • The outside sentiment comes from the Catch You Later stamp set and the inside sentiment comes from Happy and Heartfelt. I stamped both using Night of Navy Ink.
  • I still needed something to hold the easel upright and settled on the birds from the Waves die set. The birds would need to be high enough to hold the easel, but I didn’t want to even begin to try to add dimensionals or foam adhesive behind the birds. Therefore, I cropped enough birds from Gray Granite cardstock to adhere five birds on top of each other. Five layers of cardstock turned out to be enough to hold up the easel.
  • Finally, I trimmed the DSP on the envelope flap and ran the 1 inch circle envelope seal through my XYRON create-a-sticker. With that, I’d finished this coordinated easel card, envelope, and seal set.

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Sue

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