Cardz 4 Guyz Sympathy Card

Welcome to C4G challenge # 267! This challenge’s theme, By the Water, has many possibilities. When I started working on this card, I thought the end product would be a birthday card. As things tend to do, this card morphed into a sympathy card, mainly because of the colors. Creating sympathy cards is hard, at least for me. Now, I have a couple of female cards and this male card. However, this could also easily be a birthday card for a guy. Color combinations for this card are plentiful. I chose white, Seaside Spray, and Basic Grey.

Here’s my card:

Clean and Simple

  • Even though I used four stamp sets, the layout, whitespace, and lack of embellishments keep it clean and simple.
  • I started with a Seaside Spray base, trimmed to 11 inches by 4-1/4 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches. I wanted to be able to space out the stamping in the landscape mode rather than cramming into a portrait mode.
  • The Basic Grey mat measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • Next, I did all my stamping. The Seaside Spray water on both the front and inside white cardstock comes from the Waterfront stamp set.
  • Then I stamped a ship onto the white cardstock using Basic Grey using the Stamp-aratus so I could get the dark color I wanted.
  • I also stamped a ship on a piece of scrap white cardstock and fussy cut out just the ship. The mast and smoke would have been very difficult to fussy cut, so I didn’t even try. I really like the way the different depths turned out.
  • The sympathy sentiment on the front and inside come from the Path of Petals photopolymer stamp set in the January – June mini-catalog. It is a very pretty sympathy set of sentiments and dainty floral stamps.
  • Even after I stamped the Smoky Slate sun from the Waterfront stamp set, I thought the front needed something else. Enter the fourth stamp set, Sailing Home. There’s two set of birds on the front and one on the inside.

Finishing Up

  • Finally, I ran the white cardstock for the front through the Big Shot using the textured 3d embossing folder, I trimmed it to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • The white inside panel measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I used mini-dimensionals to very carefully attach the fussy cut ship to the front of the card.
  • My favorite adhesive, multipurpose glue, was used to adhere the layers on the front together and also for the panel on the inside of the card.
  • Easy-peasy. Clean and Simple. Completed.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Snail Mail Suite

I also broke down and purchased the Snail Mail Suite. I don’t know why I waited to order it, but I’m also looking forward to using this playful combination of products! The Suite is currently on backorder because of the resin hearts. However, the stamp/die bundle, the DSP, and the twine are available now!

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Cardz 4 Guyz # 266: For a Teenager

Welcome back to another Cardz 4 Guyz challenge! This time, the design team members have created cards for teenagers! I used my nephew as inspiration for my card. We live in Florida, so the palm trees fit, but the designer series paper (DSP) appears to be more Hawaiian. He’s a big surfer, and loves his vintage jeep, so this vintage panel van seems appropriate.

I got the idea for this fun fold from Jackie Bolhuis with Klompenstampers . It’s a very simple card fold using DSP for the card base.

Here’s my card:

Super Simple Fun Fold

This card is one of the easiest fun folds around.

  • Start with a piece of DSP measuring 5-1/2 inches by 12 inches. Score the DSP at 1-3.4 inches, 4-/34 inches and 7-3/4 inches. Fold up accordion style, making sure that the side you want to show the most is facing up.
  • While Jackie’s card has a portrait orientation, because of the print I used I needed to use a landscape orientation.
  • I chose to make this a birthday card and used the bold font sentiment from the Approaching Perfection stamp set.
  • The inside greeting is stamped on white cardstock using Soft Suede ink. This gorgeous sentiment is from the Timeless Tropical cling stamp set, which coordinates with the DSP. I added a couple of the palm tree stamps in Old Olive just because.
  • Since I didn’t want the white DSP showing when the card is closed, I trimmed a 1/2 inch piece of DSP for the bottom of the white cardstock.
  • After using dimensionals under the birthday sentiment and adhering the inside panel, I’d completed the card.
  • Then, I trimmed a coordinating piece of DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. After trimming the DSP, I’d finished this card/envelope set.

After deciding on my DSP pattern, this card came together in under 15 minutes. If you need a quick card, this one is the way to go. It lets the DSP do all the work, literally.

My DH and I have a dear friend who is going through a pretty rough time right now. I knew I wanted to make her a card, and thought I’d use this fun fold in the portrait orientation so I can show you another example.

Here’s that card:

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Cardz 4 Guyz # 245 – Thinking of You

Welcome to another C4G biweekly challenge! The theme for this challenge is “thinking of you” but I put a little bit of a spin on it. I think that a get well card means I am thinking of you without actually coming out and saying it, so that’s what I did.

Here’s my card:

I’ve always loved this sloth from the Back on Your Feet cling stamp set. This set also includes a giraffe whose neck is tied in a knot and a turtle stuck on his back. Originally I thought I’d use a clean and simple card with the turtle. However, after I finished the sloth card, I decided I liked it better.

Here’s the alternate get well card using the turtle:

Originally, I used my blends to color another turtle, but I really wanted clean and simple. The black and white turtle fits the bill a bit better.

Both of these cards were easy-peasy cards, which makes them even cuter, in my opinion.

Colors and Measurements

  • Both of these cards start with a Night of Navy base. I trimmed one sheet of navy cardstock into two 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, and scored them at 4-1/4.
  • The white mats for the fronts of the card measure 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. I dry embossed the sloth one with the subtle embossing folder. I used the pinewood planks embossing folder for the turtle card.
  • The green DSP on the turtle card comes from the Oh So Ombre 6 x 6 inch DSP pack available for a few more days in the Sale-a-Bration catalog. This DSP is FREE with a $50 purchase!
  • Sometimes things just work out perfectly, and for these cards that’s exactly what happened. I already had colored the sloth for a previous project, but didn’t use it. I’d also embossed Granny Apple Green and Crumb Cake cardstock using the pinewood planks embossing folder. That previous project was also supposed to use the sloth sentiment. Winner! Winner! All this just reinforces the fact that I need to keep all these unused parts for a future project!
  • The leaves behind the sloth come from the Forever Fern bundle. Thankfully, they match the details on the sloth’s attached leaves.
  • I thought the Early Espresso faux suede ribbon just finished off the sloth card.
  • After I thought I’d finished the turtle card, I realized I needed to add something. Therefore, I added three of the black matte dots which draw your eyes to the center of the card with the focal image and sentiment.
  • I trimmed a piece of Old Olive DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for each envelope flap. After adhering and trimming both flaps, I’d finished this pair of card/envelope sets.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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CAS Challenge for Cardz 4 Guys # 264

CAS = clean and simple.

I thought I had my CAS card created and posted over the Christmas break. Well, I did have it. Then I checked to see what the rest of the design team created, and realized I probably needed more white space. So, I just created another card, but it’s too late to get on the design team post. Caz, the challenge admin, is in England. I’m in Florida and completely missed the deadline. Therefore, I am posting the card I just created and the card on the blog.

Here’s the new card:

Here’s the card from the blog post:

As you can see, there is a great deal more white space on the new card.

Well-Suited DSP for the Win!

  • Both cards have a Real Red card base measuring 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, and scored at 5-1/2 inches, creating a tent fold card.
  • I used the Brick and Mortar 3d embossing folder for the white cardstock. It’s much more prominent in the new card.
  • The three sentiments on the new card are from the Special Someone photopolymer stamp set. By punching them out using the Classic Label Punch I could create a more open feel than the DT (Design Team) card.
  • The sentiment on the DT card comes from the Peaceful Moments stamp set. While I really like it, having the sentiment block gives a heavier feel to the card. To me, Clean and Simple means light and airy, something I failed to achieve on the DT card. I think I nailed it on the new card though.
  • I used the same DSP patterns from Well-Suited for both cards and envelope flaps. Actually, these two patterns are on the front and back of the same sheet of DSP.

I’m really pleased with both cards, but know the new card is definitely cleaner and simpler.

Valentine’s Day Cards for the Greats!

Later in the week I plan to post the Valentine’s Day cards I made for my great-nieces and great-nephew to exchange in day care and PreK. They are the reason I now own the Shark Frenzy, Kangaroo and Company, Darling Donkeys, and Lots of Heart stamp sets and coordinating die sets. They are too cute to pass up, and I was thrilled to be able to make cards for them to share. Even fussy cutting 16 donkeys was well worth it.

Come back later this week to see all the cuteness these products created.

That’s All for Now, Fellow Crafters!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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It’s Mini-Catalog Time!

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Happy Birthday Chick and Hey Chick stamp sets! Each stamp set has it’s own coordinating die set!

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It’s a Sports Theme for C4G #263

Welcome to another theme challenge from the Cardz 4 Guys design team. I love baseball, and know a number of baseball players.

Here’s my baseball card for this challenge:

Here’s a baseball graduation card and a baseball get well card I’d previously made and delivered:

Back to the Challenge Card

This easy-peasy card came together quickly.

  • The black card base measures 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
  • I used Real Red to create the mat, and it measures 4-18 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The white top layer measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.

To create the seam for the baseball, I used a Tri-man compass that I’ve had for years. First, I used the compass to make a pencil arc, then went back over it with the bullet end of a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. I created the stitch marks using the brush end of a Real Red marker.

Since I wanted this card to be an all occasion card for the time being, I chose a sentiment which will serve a variety of purposes. I can simply stamp the needed sentiment on the inside panel when it’s time to use the card.

After I’d completed my stamping and marker work, I ran the white cardstock through the Subtle embossing folder. I thought this would give some texture to the baseball to make it more realistic. I know, it’s a card, it doesn’t have to be realistic. However, I thought I needed to add the texture.

Finally, I created another baseball on the bottom, left front of the envelope. There’s a piece of Real Red DSP on the envelope flap. After adhering and trimming the DSP, I’d finished this card/envelope combination.

Easy-peasy does it.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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The HOST CODE for JANUARY is 7EUAPNKA.

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Take a look at the January – June Mini Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration Catalog!

If you liked the “Hey, Chick” stamp set from two years ago, you are going to LOVE these bundles!

Happy Birthday Chick and Hey Chick stamp sets! Each stamp set has it’s own coordinating die set!

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Let It Snow with C4G # 262

I’ve said a few times before that I live in Central Florida, about halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach. It has snowed, if you call flurries snow, a few times but not in many years. Winter for us is normally about 3 weeks long in December/January. We had near freezing temperatures a few nights ago, but the days have been in the 60s and low 70s I love this weather. My Southern California transplanted husband absolutely can not stand it.

Anyway, here’s my card for the Cardz 4 Guys # 262 challenge:

The snowflake background might look a bit familiar since I used it for another design team card, which you can see here. When I created the first one, I thought it would be good to create a second one to use at another time.

A Bit of a Repeat

I think the subtle variations of color in the Balmy Blue background show up better in person. Since I did not want a solid piece of colored cardstock, I used a sponge brayer. The brayer allowed me to create a very subtle texture using the Balmy Blue ink.

Once the ink completely dried, I had some fun with the snowflake stamp from Snowman Season and some VersaMark ink. First, and foremost, I made sure to use my embossing buddy all over the background. The buddy lifts oils from fingerprints, which creates cleaner images. Next, I randomly stamped the snowflakes all over the blue background. Make sure to turn the snowflake stamp so you don’t create a uniform pattern. Then I covered the snowflakes with white embossing powder, and heat set it all. Don’t you just love watching the magic happen?

I used glossy white cardstock and the fabulous curvy dies to create the snow drifts. The curvy die made the whole process so easy since I wanted to have different shaped drifts.

The Snowman and the Layout

Since I didn’t want to use the punched out snowman, I need to figure out what I was going to do. I finally decided that I would use the snowball juggling snowman. After stamping and coloring him, I loosely fussy cut him out so I could put him on top of the snow drift. Then, I added five elegant faceted gems for the snowballs.

The layout is from a sketch challenge. Of course, I didn’t write down what challenge it was. I used the reverse side of scraps from the First Frost DSP for the shiny diagonal pieces at the top.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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It’s Mini-Catalog Time!

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Here are pictures of some of the FREE items I’ve already earned!

SAB BROCHURE CATALOG

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