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Animal Outing for CTS#278

CAS(E) This Sketch #278

This week’s challenge is super simple, but took me a couple of days to figure out what I was going to do.  I knew I wanted to use Animal Outing DSP and finally decided exactly what I would do.  As with the vast majority of sketch challenges with which I play along, I look at the sketch just a couple of times and then let it roll around in my head until I get an idea.  

Here’s my card:

Here’s the CTS#278 sketch that inspired my card:

The trio of adorable animals and the sentiment banner were taken directly from the sketch.   The sentiment, from the Animal Outing stamp set, was the perfect size for my banner.  I stamped the sentiment, trimmed the length, and punched the banner, albiet non-symmetrical.

Kangaroo, Iguana, and Sloth ~ Oh My!

All three of the animals came from one sheet of DSP.  This whole stack is absolutely adorable, and I had a difficult time deciding which three to use.  In the end, it came down to which ones I could get out of a piece of DSP smaller than a 6 x 6 inch square.   The animal print DSP is on the reverse side of the animals, and I thought it would calm down the Berry Burst in the mat and the strip of DSP (also from Animal Expedition) going down the front.  In order to try to further calm down the DSP patterns, I matted the Berry Burst on Pool Party, also taken from the DSP colors. 

After cropping out the squares using the Stitched Shapes framelits, I used the Soft Suede Stamping Write marker to color in the stitches in the ditches.  Then I thought that trying to mat these squares would be just too much for this sketch.  Therefore, I used a tip I picked up from Mary Deatherage, of Stamps-n-Lingers, during one of her weekly FB live videos.  I’d always outlined the borders of paper by tap, tap, tapping it in the ink pad.  Mary uses the broad tip of the markers to outline the borders.  Winner! 

Here’s a close-up of the kangaroo faux stitching in the ditch and the colored borders:

The colored borders really add dimension without adding another layer.  I love this tip and have used it quite often since I saw it.

Dimensionals, Mini and Regular

These little pieces of dimensional happiness were the finishing touch to the card.  I popped the sentiment on mini-dimensionals and tucked it under the sloth.  Regular dimensionals provided the lift needed on all three animal squares.  While I know the sloth needed to be upside down, I first placed it right side up.  I realized my mistake and very, very carefully pulled up on the square, reapplied a couple of dimensionals, and then placed it down correctly.  Yeah, me.

The simplicity of this sketch inspired my layers and mats.  I wanted something to ground the animal squares, which is why I added the DSP strip. 

Thank you for stopping by my blog and I hope you are inspired to play along with this challenge.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue 

 

Yet Another Two-fer for FabFriday 140 and CTS#277

Fab Friday 140

Fab Friday bi-weekly challenges are always fun.  The current challenge is to use all five new In-Colors 2018 – 2020.   Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick, and Pineapple Punch are all brightly saturated and pure colors.  At first I wasn’t sold on these new colors.   However, since I now have them in my hot little hands, I am in love with them.  The DSP is so much fun and is reminiscent of the In-Color DSP stacks of the past.  LOVE!

CAS(E) This Sketch #277

This weekly challenge always provides an interesting sketch from which inspiration can be drawn.  Sketch # 277 is very clean and simple with just a sentiment and one horizontal element below the sentiment.  Even though both of these challenges were rolling through my head for a few days, I did not necessarily try combine the two.  Since I wanted my Fab Friday card to be clean while incorporating the 5 colors, I figured out that I wanted to use the “celebrate” die.  That’s when I matched up the two challenges, which allowed me to use all the colors but still have a somewhat clean layout.  I hope you will see the CAS(E) inspiration in my card.

The Result

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge links:

     

The first thing I figured out was the pattern for the “celebrate” die cut.  It was relatively easy to accomplish this look.  I cropped it out of three of the In-Color DSP papers, stacked them on top of each other, and cut the letters apart.  This allowed me to line up the letters exactly no matter the color.  It also left me with letter for two additional cards.  <Happy Dance>  

In order to be able to line up all the letters again, I knew I would need a complete base on which to place the letters.  Therefore, I cropped out the sentiment from Basic Black cardstock.  I also used Basic Black as one of the mat layers to ground and unify all of the five other colors.  Even though the blue “YOU” part of the sentiment is all one piece, I also layered it on top of a black base.  Another product that allowed this piecing process to be relatively easy was my Xyron Sticker Maker.  When using this sticker maker, I use the wrong end of the SU piercing tool to rub, rub, rub before taking off the cover layer of the Xyron sandwich.

Don’t even ask about the black base layer because I cropped both pieces of the sentiment out of it.  Ugly part won’t show because with everything else layered on it.

In order to incorporate the horizontal element I simply used a knotted piece of Lovely Lipstick ribbon.  

Thank you for visiting my blog  I greatly appreciate each view.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

 

 

 

Combination of Color Throwdown #496 & CAS(E) This Sketch Retro

 
Have to Love a Two-fer!

Color Throwdown #496 is one of my favorite color combinations with black, aqua, and white.  CAS(E) This Sketch #275 is a Retro sketch from CTS#3.   I put both of these challenges together, and used on of my current fav stamp sets, Petal Pallette, and also the Sheet Music background stamp.  Petal Pallette, Swirly Bird, and Stitched Shapes die sets were also used.  WOW!  When I type everything I used, it appears that the card would be a hot mess, but I think it is actually pretty clean.

Here’s my card:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All These Parts Working Together

I had the basic card in my head, and knew I would turn to Petal Pallette yet again.  I just love that bird, the sentiments, the label die, all of it.  The rest evolved.

Pool Party is a soft color, and I wanted that to contrast with the black.   The CTS sketch called for a vertical banner on the left, but I wanted something with more movement.  Therefore, I turned to Swirly Birds die set.  I thought I needed more white space so I ran the die through the Big Shot again and used the white negative space on the left border.  I cropped out the Basic Black and Whisper White circles using the Stitched Shapes dies, and also cropped the bird. 

When I started to layer everything together, I realized the Pool Party base needed something and that’s when I decided to pull out my Sheet Music background stamp.  I used Pool Party and stamped it off once for a very subtle background.  The bird really needed to stand out, so I Bermuda Bay Stamping Write marker so it would still be aqua, but a deeper shade.  Then I decided that the white circle was just too white and blank.  I pulled out the leaves stamp from Petal Pallatte, used Pool Party stamped off once for another subtle element.  The pieces just need to be put together using dimensionals, Tombow liquid glue, a ribbon, and two Bermuda Bay enamel shapes.

Challenge Sketches

Here’s the CTS challenge:

I hope you can see the inspiration of the sketch in my card.   My circle wasn’t cropped out of the banner, but the inspiration was there.

Here’s the CTD challenge post:

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I enjoy reading comments, so please feel free to leave one.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

Twist and Pop Graduation Cards for Two Special Grads

It’s been a while……

While I have been creating cards, my DH and I have been frantically working to get our house ready to go on the market, which happened on Thursday.  It’s also the end of the school year, which means grading, grading, grading.   In the meantime, I needed to create graduation cards for my niece and nephew, as well as her bf and his gf (another blog entry is coming).  All 4 are done and were delivered today at the joint graduation party.

Is mine the only one that does this?

That was my niece’s comment.  She kept popping her card up and down and loved it.  However, she would rather have not had to share the design with her cousin, but she was ok with that.

Here’s the front and inside of the two cards:

 

My niece’s school colors are orange and black.  The new In Color of Grapefruit Grove and Basic Black fit her card perfectly.  My nephew’s school colors are blue and gold, so I used the new In Color Blueberry Bushel and Crushed Curry.  For both cards, the 6 x 6 In Color DSP stack was a perfect match, of course.   I used a retired SU graduation set for the sentiments and panels.  Pick-a-pattern made an appearance on the Grapefruit Grove card, as did the shiny Basic Black ribbon and the new Grapefruit Grove bakers twine.  My nephew’s card has a piece of the burlap ribbon, with a layer of the retired Crushed Curry ribbon tied off with the thin jute twine.

My niece kept opening and closing her card and was quite impressed with the whole popping mechanism.  On the other hand, my nephew reacted just as I thought he would – oh, wow, nice.  

Credit Where Credit is Due

I first saw this on the fb live by Mary Deatherage from Stamps-n-Lingers.  While this card looks very complicated, Mary has it thoroughly broken down and I was able to follow along while making my nephew’s card.  When I made my niece’s card, I was able to do everything without looking at the video until I got to the measurements for the mechanism and adding the book.  I remembered how to fold the mechanism, but was iffy on the measurements.  This truly is much easier than it looks.  One thing I can add though, the cardstock for the mechanism is 2.5 inches by 8.5 inches.  That’s important.  

Case This Sketch #273

Before I made my niece’s card, I saw the CTS #273 sketch and knew it would work perfectly for the card I was going to create.  I did make some minor adjustments based on the sketch, and I think it turned out peachy perfect.

Here’s the sketch:

Under the wire for WWYS # 164 but not for CTS # 268

Just in Time!

When I uploaded the link for What Will You Stamp # 164 I had 3 minutes before the collection closed.  I hadn’t even written this blog post; I just created the post, titled it, added the photo, and posted it on the challenge.  When I checked the link, I had 1 hour and one minute to create this card.  Now I can write the post.  Mission accomplished.

WWYS # 164 is to use the Petal Palette stamp set.  I love this set! The Petal Pair embossing folders arrived in my last order, so using the vine one was perfect.  This little bird is beautiful!  I’ve colored it in a variety of colors, and I’ve even done the reverse stamping technique for one of the birds, but I’ve been enjoying the Basic Black, Whisper White, and Bermuda Bay color combination lately.   I cropped the delicate vine with the Petals and More Thinlets, as wll as the banner and filigree behind the banners.   I had to cut two black banners in order to create the mat for the white banner.  In order to get the white banner totally surrounded, I needed to cut one black banner horizontally and one vertically.

Here’s my card:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case This Sketch # 268

This clean and simple layout from CTS is perfect for this stamp/thinlet/embossing folder trio.  I wanted the Bermuda Bay pieces to shine and pop on the card, but needed a panel for this challenge.   The Petal Pair embossing folder fit the bill.  I added the leaf stalks, the banners for the sentiment, and the little bird.  The leaf stalks were adhered using my Fine Tip Glue Pen (can you even imagine putting mini dimensionals on the back of that??), and mini and standard dimensionals on the banners and the bird.  

Challenge blocks

     

Your comments are greatly appreciated, so please feel free to leave a comment.

Have a Peachy Day!!

Sue

A two-fer for CTS # 267 and #tttc043

Congrats on your retirement…….but you will be missed!

I chose the bottom row for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge #043 of square, die cut, and dots.  The very first dots I thought of were the Crushed Curry, Basic Black, and Whisper White dots from Pick-a-Pattern.  I have loved this DSP set for a year and am sad to see it go.  But change happens, and new colors and DSP are on the horizon.  Demo pre-order period starts May 1st, and I am waiting with bated breathe.  In the meantime, I am waiting for my Gotta Have It All pre-order.  What a huge deal!  Details at the bottom of this post.

Back to the card…..

Here’s my card:

 

Once I knew the DSP I would use, I had to figure out the layout, so I decided to check out other challenges.  The CAS(E) This Sketch #267 for this week was perfect! The combination of these two challenges really works well!  I knew the black mat couldn’t be plain, so I ran it through the dots embossing folder for added texture without adding another pattern.  I needed something for the stripe across the top, so I put in a strip of Crushed Cury and used the Basic Black bakers twine wrapped it around three times and tied a simple knot. 

Here are the challenge boards:

       

Die Cut Decisions

I really like the Sunshine Wishes die set, so I cropped out 3 “congrats” greetings, white, Crushed Curry, and Basic Black.  Thankfully, I have the Xyron sticker made and ran all three pieces through the sticker maker.  Since I use the dryer sheet technique to get my detailed die cuts to release, the brush has been just sitting with the other tools.  I knew that the more rubbing I did before I pulled of the top sheet, the cleaner the stickers would be.  Therefore, I found that using the brush to really go over the stickers until the top layer starts to release, the cleaner the adhesive will release as well. Before running the sentiment through the Xyron, I tried different layers of color combinations, and settled on white on the bottom, Crushed Curry in the middle, with black on top. 

Once the layers and placement of the sentiment was decided, I thought I really needed something else.  I went back to the Sunshine Wishes dies and decided on the butterfly.  Once again, I cropped it in the three colors and started playing around with the layers.  I decided to use the black as the base and the white for the top.  Since a plain butterfly is boring, I daubed Crushed Curry on the white so the top would have dimension.  The butterfly was still too plain, so I used the Gold Wink of Stella on both sides.  That worked, as did the three black enamel dots for the body of the butterfly.  After adding the gold and enamel dots, the black base looked sad.  Clear Wink of Stella took care of that concern, and I was done. 

It’s difficult to take a picture of Wink of Stella, but this close-up shows the gold and the little twinkles are the bling left behind.

As promised, here’s the banner for the exclusive pre-order with three different levels of goodness!  Contact me if you are interested.  Levels start with a beginner set, there’s a middle level set, and the Gotta Have It All deal.  That’s what I ordered.  Three free items, including an exclusive to this kit’s stamp.  Can’t wait to have it delivered.

Have a Peachy Day!