Season of Thanks
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.
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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!
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Gather Together bundle, item # 153036
Gather Together stamp set, item # 150589
Gathered Leaves dies, item # 150662
Come to Gather DSP, item # 150454
2019 – 2021 In Color DSP, item # 149617
Come to Gather Ribbon Combo Pack, item # 150456
Everyday Label Punch, item # 144668
Pretty Peacock cardstock, item # 150880
Early Espresso cardstock, item # 119686
Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730
Early Espresso ink pad, item # 147114
Pretty Peacock ink pad, item # 150083
Crumb Cake Blends combo, item # 144601
Mint Macaron blends combo, item # 147283
Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item # 110755
Dimensionals, item # 104430
Absolutely Adorable Cows!
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.
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I hope you have a Peachy day!
June 26th and 27th are Special Days at SU!
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?
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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.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Have a Peachy day!
Bunny cards, lots of bunny cards
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!
Thanks for stopping by today.
Have a Peachy day!
My First Time for Best Route Suite
Once I saw my upline’s, Brian King, sketch for Case This Sketch #316, I knew I was playing along. I needed a card to go into a goodie box for my nephew in college. The Best Route Suite is perfect for a masculine card. I the DSP and the Maps Etc. TIEF for the card.
Here’s the challenge sketch:
Here’s my card:
In order to be able to cut matching diagonal angles, I first embossed the Whisper White cardstock with the TIEF. I then cut measured and cut my DSP diagonal, which gave me a guide to cut the embossed mat/background.
In order to keep this card clean and simple, I trimmed both the DSP and the embossed cardstock so I could have a small separation between both pieces. I really like the bold Blueberry Bushel peeking through the diagonal cuts.
The Rectangle Stitched framelits, one of my new favorites, provided the perfect sized cuts for the sentiment. Previously, I have had some trouble getting clean cuts with these framelits, but I think I’ve figured out what I need to do. When cropping, I ran the sandwich through the Big Shot going both ways. Then, without removing the framelit from the cardstock, I rotated it 90 degrees and ran it back and forth again. The result: clean cuts and happy me.
I did pop the sentiment layers up on dimensionals giving the card some dimension in this clean and simple card.
I also used another DSP pattern to emphasize the envelope flap. I’ve been doing that for the vast majority of cards lately and I often stamp on the front as well.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I’d love to know what you think ,so please feel free to leave a comment.
Have a Peachy day!
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!