It’s always fun to play along with Fab Friday and CAS(E) This Sketch. When a color challenge and a sketch challenge can be combined into one adorable card it’s a winner.
Here are the FF180 and CTS#354 challenge banners:
Just a thought – I wish I could figure out how to post side-by-side pictures with this updated version of WordPress. Just saying.
Here’s my card:
When I first saw the Fab Friday color combination, I had a difficult time figuring out how to incorporate the Rococo Rose. I had my A-ha moment when I decided to combine Fab Friday with CAS(E) This Sketch! The In Color DSP for the 2019 – 2021 colors would give me the perfect strip of Rococo Rose, satisfying both challenges.
Since I knew from the start that I wanted to use the Little Ladybug cling stamp set, which is the host set Sale-a-Bration! Adorable! The large flower fit the focal panel perfectly. I just felt the need to add a ladybug tucked under the sentiment. All three stamps came from the one stamp set. So stinking cute!
I used Stamping Blends combos to do all the coloring. The stem and leaves are in Granny Apple Green, which I know is not in the color challenge. However, I couldn’t figure out how to use the three given colors in the leaves. I thought Granny Apple Green would be light and bright enough for my planned card.
Both the flower petals and the ladybug were colored with the Poppy Parade Stamping Blends. I used the Petal Pink Blends combination for the center of the flower and the face and arm, and leg on the ladybug. This bright red really pops off the Whisper White. Highland Heather provides a colorful backdrop. Doesn’t this color combination remind you of Valentine’s Day conversation hearts?
I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark on Poppy Parade cardstock, then used white embossing powder. The embossed sentiment exceded my expectations!
Adding a Bit of Texture
The Whisper White panels for the stamped images needed to have just a bit of texture. Therefore, I cropped the large white panel and the sentiment strip using the Stitched Rectangle dies. I cropped the cute as a bug ladybug using the Stitched Shapes die set. My next usual step is to use Stamping Markers to outline the stitches in the ditch, but I wanted to keep this card clean.
Finally, I ran the the background white panel through my Big Shot using the Subtle 3D embossing folder.
Putting It Together
Since I had the CTS sketch to guide me, I just lined up all my pieces in the appropriate places. I did a dry-fit for the sentiment and the ladybug, and thought I needed to find some way to ground and connect the flower, ladybug, and sentiment. Ribbon seemed to be the easiest way to pull everything together. I used the Poppy Parade textured weave ribbon tied in a simple square knot.
The sentiment and ladybug are popped up on dimensionals. I used glue dots under the knot of the ribbon, and as an anchor on the back of the base. I adhered all the other elements using the TomBow liquid adhesive.
To finish off the envelope, I put a piece of the In Color DSP on the envelope flap. I couldn’t resist using the line-up of little ladybugs on the bottom of the front of the card. Do you notice anything different about this line of ladybugs? Don’t tell anyone, but I stamped the first four ladybugs upside down. In order to make that feel purposely done, I stamped the middle set right side up, and the last set upside down.
Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my blog.
Have a Peachy Day!
Sale-a-Bration is Here!
Contemplating placing an order today? Of course you are, especially because the Sale-a-Bration items are must haves! If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be honored to work with you. Please contact me or visit my shop to order the supplies for this card.
If you are ordering $150 or more, please contact me first so you earn all the Stamping Rewards for your order. Stamping Rewards = FREE PRODUCT!
If you are ordering less than $150, please use the host code, DANAAUNT, when prompted. I use the combined rewards for gifts for customers.
Welcome to the Pals’ Blog Hop! We’re so glad you’re here because it’s “Time to Sale-A-Brate”! We’re showcasing our favorite new products from 2020 Sale-A-Bration brochure. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.
Sale-a-Brate with Golden Honey DSP
If you haven’t seen the Sale-a-Bration catalog, especially the Golden Honey DSP, which coordinates with the Honey Bee Bundle in the January to June mini-catalog. Take a look at this gorgeous paper:
All the gold paper and accents are gorgeous! What’s even better is that the dies from the bundle cut out bees from the gold and Whisper White DSP! Winner, winner!
I created two cards for this blog hop. The first is for a beginning stamper and the second is for a casual or avid stamper. Both cards have the same basic layout, it’s just all the other “stuff” that goes along with creating the cards.
Here’s the first card:
Here’s the second card:
Using the Bundle and DSP
Once I picked the DSP, it seemed like the rest just fell into place using the Paper Players #353 sketch, as seen below:
I used the same DSP for the background matted by gold foil. In addition, I used the flax ribbon and large bees on both cards. Isn’t it great that these dies will work with both the stamp set and the gold and Whisper White DSP? Both cards have the oval shape cropped using layering ovals die set.
Both of the sentiments came front the Honey Bee cling stamp set. For the beginner card, I cropped the sentiment and gold mat using the same layering ovals die set. The “hello” sentiment was cropped using the Stitched Shapes die set. I outlined the oval using gold ink because I thought I had enough going on with the card without an extra mat for the sentiment.
The first card turned out clean and simple, which follows the CTS #353 sketch. Both the card and the sketch are minimalist formats. My upline, Brian King, designed the sketch, and his cards are usually beautifully clean and simple.
While following the same sketch, I added more embellishments for the more involved card using the Honey Bee bundle. The honeycomb gold foil pieces came from the honeycomb die. I stamped the beehive on Whisper White cardstock that I ran through the Big Shot using the subtle 3D embossing folder. Originally, I thought that the texture would be enough for the behive. When I was dry-fitting the card elements, I decided that I needed something more. I pulled out my clear wink of stella pen and drew lines across the beehive horizontally. I cropped both bees out of the Golden Honey DSP using the dies from the bundle.
Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my blog.
Keep on hopping!
More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 12th, for our Art From The Heart blog hop when our Design Team showcase projects made from the heart for any occasion. Don’t miss the fun!
Each Thanksgiving, I create at least 15 Thanksgiving cards for family and friends at our dinner. I try to create a variety so that no two cards are exactly the same. Therefore, I rely on sketch challenges for inspiration and I used CTS #377 for inspiration for the card below. I did take some creative liberty with the sketch, but I think it is still evident in the card.
Here’s the challenge banner:
Here’s the card I created:
I have come to the conclusion that the non-traditional fall colors of Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron, and Early Espresso might just be my favorite in this Come to Gather DSP!
The horizontal banner, which is made from the 2019 – 2021 In Color DSP, definitely follows the sketch. I knew I wanted to use the Everyday Label Punch for the sentiment with matted layers of Pretty Peacock and Early Espresso. Early Espresso provides the cardstock for the horizontal mat and the card outline. I also used it to stamp the maple leaf and pumpkins on vellum cardstock. While I wanted the maple leaf to be see-through, I did not want the pumpkins see-through. I used my dark Mint Macaron blend to color the back of the pumpkin stamps. Then, I used the dark Crumb Cake blend on top of the Mint Macaron. The pumpkins were then matted on cropped white cardstock.
I miss the fall season. I can’t begin to tell you how long it’s been since I’ve seen a real fall in person. The maple leaf reminds me of fall on Long Island. I really can’t get over how this gorgeous, non-traditional color combination brings happy memories to the forefront.
The placement of the sentiment starts my creative liberties. There’s no sentiment on the sketch, so I made sure it almost exactly lined up with the horizontal band to stay within the spirit of the sketch.
Following the Sketch
When I started placing the vellum elements, I realized I would need a grounding element. I solved this problem by using the Come to Gather Crumb Cake ribbon. However, I still wasn’t happy with the way the maple leaf, blended into the DSP. I thought of an open square, which I created by using two of the Stitched Shapes square dies, would solve this dilemma. I used the splatter stamp from the Gather Together stamp set and Pretty Peacock ink to create a subtle pattern on the square. When I put all these elements together, I decided that I had followed the sketch while also taking liberties with it.
I struggle with collage cards, but this one pleases me and it came together relatively quickly. As always, I finished by stamping the inside of the card, pictured below:
I had to use third generation stamping to get the maple leaf light enough for the sentiment to show, which comes from the Gather Together stamp set.
I used a gingham print from the DSP for the envelope flap. Then, stamped an Early Espresso maple leaf on the front of the envelope.
With that, I had completed my card and envelope combination.
Thank you for stopping by today.
Have a Peachy day!
You Know You Want to…….
If you would like to order the bundle, stamp set, and/or punches, and live in the U.S., please use the icon above to be connected to my store. With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards, and I would be honored to help you do so.
IF you are placing an order (you know you want to do so) over $150, please contact me so you can earn all the Host Rewards to which you are entitled. If your order is less than $150, please use YYX6FBEC for the host code.
Wednesday was a HUGE day for Stampin’ Up! Not only did the Holiday Catalog go live for customers, the Buy 3, get 1 Free DSP sale from the annual catalog starts! I already have my FOUR sets of DSP picked out! Get yours now!
To shop from the holiday catalog, available now, click on the image below:
The new catalog has many “must have” products, and the Over the Moon cling mount stamp set is one of those “must haves”! Just take a look at these cute as a button images!
I just LOVE these cows and the sentiments. Therefore, when I saw the banner for CTS #329, I knew I was going to use one of these cows.
Here’s the CAS(E) this Sketch banner:
I flipped the sketch and this is what I created:
This Cow Rocks Lovely Lipstick Boots
In order to create this card, I first stamped the cow and colored it with the Blends markers. I used Light and Dark Basic Black for the spots, Light Smoky Slate for the hoofs, Ivory and Light Petal Pink for the ears and snout. I colored her using the Light Granny Apple Green blend and light and dark Daffodil Delight for the flower. After much thought, I decided to leave the tail white. At the same time I decided to give her DSP boots. Cute! She needed some bling of her own, and the Lovely Lipstick enamel dots from the Happiness Blooms enamels fit the bill. After creating the DSP boots (little bitty fussy cuttings), I decided to use the In Color DSP as part of the sketch pieces, and another pattern for the envelope flap.
Rectangle Stitched Layered Rectangles
These stitched dies are quickly becoming my go-to “must have” die set. For this card, I used them to crop the cow, sentiment, and solid Lovely Lipstick cardstock. Coloring in the ditch of the stitches seems to be something else I enjoy doing for emphasis. This time I used the Stamping Write Marker on the sentiment and solid cardstock. In addition, I used the marker to outline the cow’s rectangle.
Cards, and projects, with monochromatic colors always seem to turn out to be calming. The same is true for this card, but it also makes me smile. I hope you got a smile from it as well.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. If you haven’t already signed up for email notifications of new posts on my blog, please submit your email so you can see my creations.
In just a few hours, 12:01 am MT, the Clearance Rack will be loaded with retiring stamp sets. Stamps sets….on clearance? Yes, please!
On the 27th, at 10 am MT, the trimmer blades will be available until supplies run out. How many orders will you be placing to be able to get groups of 3 trimmer blades?
If you are desperately searching for
Magnolia Lane DSP is Beautiful!
As a demo with a great hobby, I need to really plan out my purchases, so I’ve only gotten the Magnolia Lane DSP and the Magnolia 3D embossing folder. I used two different patterns of the DSP with a debossed magnolia flower for the focal portion of this card.
Here’s my card:
And here’s the sketch:
As you can see, I was very literal about using the sketch for inspiration. I wound up using the debossed side of the magnolia, but I thought it needed something to make it stand out. I didn’t want to add color, so I wound up using the clear Wink of Stella to highlight each of the debossed sections. While I feel semi-satisfied, my husband likes the card, so I am leaving it alone.
Putting It ALL Together
I really gave my trimmer a workout for this challenge. I kept trimming and trimming until I got a layout with which I was happy.
My next challenge was the greeting. I knew that I wanted to leave the white space at the bottom, but I also needed a sentiment. This one, from Free as a Bird, fit the space and seemed to have a balancing effect. After I create a simple banner, I stamped it, outlined the banner using the Petal Pink marker, then popped the whole thing up on dimensionals.
Dimensionals also pop up the darker magnolia circle, which I cropped using the Stitched Shapes die set. I used the Layering Circles die set, which provided the mat for the magnolia.
I really enjoy sketch challenges because of the given layout for inspiration. However, it’s always interesting to see how many different variations of cards are posted to the individual challenges each week.
I’d made 20 Easter cards for my great nieces, ages 18 months and 2.5 years, to take to school and day care on Thursday. So, so cute, and they would have been good for the CTS and Color Throwdown challenges.
Here are just some of those cards since I’d already delivered some of them:
and the inside:
The Gingham Gala DSP came in very, very handy for this card, as did the Best Bunny stamp and punch. I did find out that it is much, much easier to stamp, then color all those bunny pieces before punching them out! Just believe me here.
All Those Parts and Pieces
Any time I am doing a mass production of cards I do all the parts needed first. For this card, that meant running cardstock through the Subtle TIEF in the Big Shot and then cutting down into strips. Then I used the two largest ovals from the Stitched Shapes die set out of various colors of cardstock. The mats for all these cards have ovals cropped out of them, but no one else knows once the gingham DSP covers them up. The DSP was all cut down to 4 x 5.25 inches. Next were 40 Pretty Label Punch pieces, since each card required two pieces. I used the retired “Happy Easter” stamp for the front and the Best Bunny stamps for the inside.
In between all these pieces, I was stamping, coloring, and punching bunnies. At one point, I just had piles of bunny pieces all over my grid paper on my desk.
About halfway through these cards, I realized I hadn’t counted all the steps needed for each card. However, by then I was too far into it and didn’t want to really know how much was left.
The Two-fer Card
While I was working on all these, I just happened to check the challenges for the week. I found out that, unknowingly I had nailed the CTS sketch for the week. When I checked the Color Throwdown challenge, I knew that I could cover both challenges with one card. Color Throwdown was orange, blue, and yellow. BAM!
Here’s that card:
Next, I Needed Another 20 Easter Cards for Me
But those cards will be shared on Wednesday, with another version, for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop. It’s another fun fold card, but it’s one of the easiest I’ve even done. Stay tuned!
Welcome to Just Peachy Stamping by Sue Jackson: an independent Stampin' Up demonstrator.
I teach high school and my standard answer when kids ask me how I am doing is "Just Peachy", so much so that if I answer with anything else, kids will stop in their tracks and just stare at me. When I started thinking about blogging, I needed a name that suited me, and this was it!
In addition to creating cards, I am a wife to my wonderful husband and a mom to a 24 year old daughter. We have 2 dogs, a rescue lab mix and a shar pei, and a cat. I currently teach high school social studies, but I started teaching in elementary school. I know I've been blessed to have such a varied teaching experience.
Subscribe via Email
The content in this blog is the sole responsibility of Sue Jackson as an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. The use of and content of classes, services or products offered is not endorsed by Stampin’ Up!