The Gang’s All Meer For ctd574

Sale-a-Bration has started! It’s so much fun to get something for free with a qualifying purchase of $50! One of the first items I earned for free (did I say this set was free??) is the adorable The Gang’s All Meer stamp set. Who knew that meerkats could be this cute? The designers at SU! did!

Color Throwdown #574

The colors for this challenge included red, brown, and white, and neutrals could be added as well.

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s my card:

So Stinking Cute!

I’d originally made this card using Blueberry Bushel, shown here:

When I saw the colors for ctd574, I thought that the same layout with the challenge colors would be so stinking cute as well.

Therefore, I grabbed my favorite red, Cherry Cobbler, some Crumb Cake paper and ribbon, and some Cherry Cobbler DSP and started making the card.

I think the Stitched Nested Label dies fit this group of meerkats so well. The line-up of them seems to match the hexagon of the labels so well. The meerkat on the right end is one of my two favorites on this set. That single meerkat popping up out of the ground is the other favorite.

Coloring

I used the Crumb Cake blends combo for all the meerkats. Then, I went back with the Early Espresso marker to add dimension to the lines inside the merrkats. I also added a bit more spiky hair to each because I thought the spiky hairs would add a bit of spunk to each of them.

Before putting all the pieces together, I first needed to dry fit the sentiment placement before I cropped it using the Stitched Rectangle die. It just fits the spot perfectly, which is a very happy accident. The square knot using Crumb Cake ribbon also just completes the bottom part of the card.

Dimensionals were used to adhere both the group of meerkats and the single one on the sentiment.

I also stamped the single merrkat popping up out of the ground on the inside of the card and the front lower right corner of the envelope.

After adding a piece of the Cherry Cobbler DSP to the envelope flap, I’d finished the set.

Going back to the challenge colors: red – Cherry Cobbler cardstock and DSP, brown – Crumb Cake ribbon and stamping blends combo and the Early Espresso marker, white – the dots on the Cherry Cobbler DSP. The other neutral is Very Vanilla for the sentiment and focal image blocks.

As always,

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!

Sue

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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.

If you are ordering less than $150, please use the host code,  DANAAUNT, when prompted.  I use the combined rewards for gifts for customers.

The theme for the Paper Pumpkin in January, 2020 is “I’ll Bee Yours” and is available to order between now and January 10, 2020. Here’s a sneak peek:

The adorable bee coordinates with a Honey Bee stamp set and dies, which are available on January 2nd!

Sale-a-Bration starts in just a few days! I’ve been able to pre-order and have already earned The Gang’s All Meer stamp set, the Golden Honey DSP, and the metallic ribbon and sequins. Woo-Hoo! Images for each follow:

The Gang’s all Meer, free with a $50 order!
Golden Honey DSP, free during SAB with a $50 order!

Supplies Used

The Gang’s All Meer stamp set, item # 152294

Stitched Rectangle die set, item # 148551

Stitched Nested Label die set, item # 149638

Very Vanilla cardstock, item # 101650

Cherry Cobbler cardstock, item # 119685

Crumb Cake cardstock, item # 120953

Subtle 3D embossing folder, item # 151775

Regals DSP, item # 149616

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item # 147110

Crumb Cake blends combo, item # 144601

Crumb Cake ribbon, item # 138428

Dimensionals, item # 104430

Tombow liquid adhesive (my fav!), item # 110755

Very Vanilla Medium envelopes, item # 107300

Again, thank you for stopping by today!

#Elfie for ctd572

#Elfie is Absolutely Adorable!

I just love all three of the elves in the #Elfie stamp set. Color Throwdown 572 consists of aqua, green, gold, and white. I’ve wanted to do a non-traidtional Christmas color elf card, and this challenge seemed perfect for just that.

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s my card:

Meeting the Color Throwdown Challenge

In order to meet the ctd challenge, I used Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Shaded Spruce, Whisper White, and Delicata Golden Glitz.

Shaded Spruce provided the color for the base and the present. After stamping the present on a scrap piece of Shaded Spruce DSP, I fussy cut it out. I also stamped a bow in Coastal Cabana, then fussy cut that as well. The result is a fun wrapping on the present for a pop of color.

I used Pool Party blends combo for the elf’s outfit and part of the ornament. Then I used the Shaded Spruce and Bermuda Bay blends combo for the rest of the ornament. I finished it off with a touch of gold provided by the gold Wink of Stella.

While coloring the elf, I found myself wishing I had gotten the puff paint from the holiday catalog so I could give the trim on the elf’s outfit some dimension. I wound up using the Fine Tip Glue Pen and then covered each piece of trim with some Dazzling Diamonds. Even though I’d already used the gold Wink of Stella on the bell on the top of the elf’s hat, I added Dazzling Diamonds there as well.

More Than Coloring

I knew I couldn’t just put the elf panel on plain Coastal Cabana cardstock. Therefore, I ran the cardstock through my Big Shot using the Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder. Snowflakes seemed to be a must embellishment, so I grabbed the three from the Seasonal Layer Dies. I already had the Whisper White circle cropped, and the sentiment from #Elfie fit perfectly.

Using gold is part of the challenge, but I didn’t want to use some of the gold foil. I finally decided to outline the elf panel and sentiment circle using the Delicata Golden Glitz ink. Just those small touches of gold really pop off the card.

Short and sweet tonight. I must grade……. I must grade…….

As always,

Thanks so much for checking out my blog and card.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

I’m Honored to be the Featured Stamper for Color Throwdown #566

I’m Still Amazed

A week ago I was chosen as the Featured Stamper for the card I created for ctd564, which means I am now the guest star stamper for ctd566.  Honored.  Amazed.

Here’s the challenge banner for ctd566:

The colors for this week are orange, grey, and creme.  While the challenge banner is clearly for fall, I needed a card for my great-niece’s second birthday.   Here’s the card I created using Grapefruit Grove, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, and Very Vanilla:

        

These colors really worked beautifully together, and the whole creative process for this fun fold card really evolved more than being planned.

Evolving Process

When I started, I only knew the colors, that I needed a cute card for my great-niece, and I wanted to create a fun fold card.  After trying out a few different shades of orange, I decided on Grapefruit Grove mainly because of the DSP patterns for the 2018-2020 In Colors.  I played around with the patterns until I decided on the random polka dots and large gingham pattern.  

For my cute element, I chose this adorable elephant from A Little Wild stamp set and Little Loves die set.  I combined the elephant with the retired, but forever a part of my SU! products, Number of Years stamp set and die. As luck would have it, I had a piece of the Grapefruit Grove cardstock already embossed using the basketweave 3D embossing folder.  After running that piece through the Big Shot with the “2” die, I decided I needed a border.  I then cropped a piece of Smoky Slate using the “2” die.  

After stamping and cropping the elephant, I colored him using the Smoky Slate blends combo and the light Pumpkin Pie stamping blend for her toes and ears.

I used Smoky Slate for the base, and also for the sentiments on both the front and inside of the card.  The border of the 2 is Smoky Slate attached directly to the number.  I then popped the number up using dimensionals.  I thought the 2 needed a little something else without adding another pattern into the mix.  Therefore, I grabbed my clear Wink of Stella and went to town coloring the textured basketweave.

Ever Evolving Process

Here are pictures for the inside, fully open, and close-up of the Wink of Stella on the “2” parts of the card:

            

Wink of Stella is difficult to photograph, which explains the odd angle of the photo.  There’s more Wink of Stella on the weave than shows in the photo, and I was pretty stinking pleased.

I knew from the beginning that I would be using Very Vanilla for the Stitched Nested Labels.  The nested die set creates perfect borders every time.  Love! 

I found that I needed an outline so the Grapefruit Grove label would pop off the DSP.  Therefore, I used the brush end of my Basic Gray marker to create an outline without adding bulk.

The New Wonders host stamp set provided the inside sentiments, which fit perfectly on this card.  I adhered the outside label first, then lined up the label on the inside so the inside and outside lined up.  

I tied a bow using the Smoky Slate stitched ribbon, and threaded it under the 2.  Once I had the ribbon in place, I easily lined up my elephant so she didn’t float on the label. 

When I opened the card so it laid flat, I realized the back of the elephant floated on the inside of the label.  I needed something to anchor her, so I used the leaf garland die from the Little Loves die set.  I adhered the Basic Gray leaf garland right under the elephant’s back feet, and hoped I’d completed the card.  

Finishing Touches

As always, I decorated the envelope using another piece of the Grapefruit Grove DSP on the flap.  Using Smoky Slate, I stamped “Happy birthday” on the front bottom left corner.  I decided I needed some little enamel dots, which came from from the Happiness Blooms dot. 

With that, I’d finished the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  A big thanks, in advance, for taking the time to leave a comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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.

If you are ordering less than $150, please use the host code,  49KJF94R when prompted.  I use the combined rewards for gifts for customers.  

Just in case you need another reason to place an order, here’s a bigger incentive:

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 Check out the full list by clicking here!

Supplies

A Little Wild stamp set, item #  144344

Little Loves die set, item # 143743

New Wonders host cling stamp set, item # 149426

Stitched Nested Labels Dies, item # 149638

2018 – 2020 In Color DSP, item # 149618

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Smoky Slate cardstock, item # 131202

Basic Gray cardstock, item #  121044

Grapefruit Grove cardstock, item #  146972

Basket Weave 3D embossing folder, item # 151797

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 149617

Smoky Slate ink pad, item #  147113

Smoky Slate blends combo, item # 145058

Pumpkin Pie light blend, item #  144578

Happiness Blooms enamel dots, item #  148805

Medium Whisper White envelopes, item # 107301

Stamping Dimensionals, item #  104430

Tombow Liquid Adhesive (my fav!!), item # 110755

Paper Pumpkin Specials

I am super excited about the October and November Paper Pumpkin coordinating kits!  I recieved my October Paper Pumpkin card kit on Friday!!   The November kit will be the coordinating gift tags.  So excited!  In order to recieve the November kit, you will need to sign up by November 10th.  Here’s the link for you to sign up for these kits as well:    https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2155072 

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Feels Like Frost DSP for Color Throwdown 565

Feels like Frost DSP

This paper is absolutely stunning!  One side of each 6″ x 6″ sheet has a gorgeous winter photo, the other side has different silver patterns on Whisper White.  Both sides are fabulous.  Here’s the photo from the SU! holiday catalog:

Click on the image in order to view it in all its glory!  Small pictures don’t do it justice.

The paper is so gorgeous, it does all the work on this easy-peasy card, while meeting the ctd565 challenge:  lavendar, grey, and black.  

Here’s my card:

The DSP Does All the Work

I really did not want to cover up this gorgeous print.  The Stampin Up! colors in this print are Purple Posy, Highland Heather, and Smoky Slate.  

The sentiment is from the retired, but permanent stamp set on my shelves, Watercolor Christmas.  I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black on vellum cardstock.  It’s been quite a while since I had any luck using embossing powder, but I wanted to try for this card.  Therefore, I used my embossing buddy on the vellum before I stamped the sentiment.  While still wet, I covered the sentiment with clear embossing powder.  I wasn’t sure how it would come out, but it worked.  Score!  I did need to use the heat gun from the top and bottom to help keep the vellum from warping.  The embossing doesn’t show up well on the photo, but it does in person.

I cropped both the vellum and Purple Posy cardstock layer using the Layered Circles die set.  Since there wasn’t a way to easily hide the adhesive behind the sentiment, I used a make-up wedge to spread Tombow liquid adhesive over the whole Purple Posy cardstock layer.  Since the whole circle is covered with adhesive, it doesn’t show through.  Next, I ran a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock through the Big Shot in the Subtles embossing folder, turned the paper 90 degrees and ran it through again.  This gave the cardstock a hatched appearance.  I used the Layered Circles die set for this circle as well.  

Finishing Touches

Next, I matted the DSP on Basic Black cardstock to both coordinate with the sentiment and to provide a real pop against the DSP.

Finally, I tied a pieces of the black glittered organdy ribbon around the base/DSP, popped up the sentiment on dimensionals and attached it down.  I used a piece of the DSP on the envelope flap, and I was done.

Easy-peasy!  

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  A big thanks, in advance, for taking the time to leave a comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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.

If you are ordering less than $150, please use the host code,  49KJF94R when prompted.  I use the combined rewards for gifts for customers.  

 

Supplies

Feels Like Frost 6″ x 6″ Specialty DSP, item # 15044

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Smoky Slate cardstock, item # 131202

Purple Posy cardstock, item # 150881

Basic Black cardstock, item # 121045

Subtle 3D embossing folder, item # 151775

Layering Circles die set, item # 141075

Glittered Organdy Ribbon, item # 147897

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 149617

Embossing Buddy, item # 103083

Stampin’ Emboss powder clear, item # 109130

Medium Whisper White envelopes, item # 107301132708

Tombow Liquid Adhesive (my fav!!), item # 110755

Paper Pumpkin Specials

I am super excited about the October and November Paper Pumpkin coordinating kits!  I recieved my October Paper Pumpkin card kit on Friday!!   The November kit will be the coordinating gift tags.  So excited!  In order to recieve the November kit, you will need to sign up by November 10th.  Here’s the link for you to sign up for these kits as well:    https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2155072 

 

Harvest Hellos for the Fusion and Color Throwdown Challenges

Have to Love a Two-fer

As you know, I love being able to combine challenges.  In this case, I combined the colors from ctd564 and sketch from Fusion-Dragonfly.  

Here are the challenge banners:

          

Here’s my card:

Another Easy Peasy Card

Since the sketch and colors were pre-determined, this card came together so fast.  All I had to do was pick out a stamp set and DSP.  Everything else fell into place.

I used the Magnolia Lane DSP for the brown and white background.  Just that fast, and I had the first color.

Crushed Curry seemed like a fall-ish yellow color, which seems to work with this color combination.  I cropped the circle using the largest Stitched Shapes circle, then colored in the ditch using the Crushed Curry marker.  From the start, I knew I wanted this to be a get well card and needed to figure out what to do about a flat Crushed Curry circle just plopped in the middle of the card.  I decided to use the splatter stamp from Gather Together and stamped first and second generation stamps in Crushed Curry.  The splatter gives the plain circle much needed texture, especially since the sentiment is small.  Color two down, one to go. 

I chose Real Red for the apple and the base of the card.  I colored the apple using the Real Red blends combo.  In order to achieve the look of the lighter spots, I simply used the color lifter blend.  I popped up the apple using dimensionals.  Since I’d already popped up the Crushed Curry circle using dimensionals, the left side of the apple has a double layer of them.  I felt that some additions needed to be made to the card, even though I had used the third required color, . 

Finishing Touches

After squinting to check for balance (Brian King, I owe you another nickle), I thought the apple and sentiment appeared to be floating on the Crushed Curry circle.  Therefore,  I went back to the Harvest Hellos stamp set and decided to use the apple seeds to anchor the apple.  After stamping the seeds in Early Espresso, I colored them using Soft Suede. 

I still thought the card needed some sort of embellishments, so I tied a piece of linen thread around the apple stem.  Then I turned my attention to the apple seeds.  I couldn’t think of anything 3D to put over them, so I made my own “epoxy” apple seeds using the fine-tip glue pen.  Just by carefully applying glue to the seeds, and letting it thoroughly dry, I created my own seeds. 

Here’s a close-up of the seeds:

 

After using the same DSP for the envelope flap, I stamped and colored half an apple and some seeds on the envelope front.

Easy-Peasy – truly easy and quick.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  A big thanks, in advance, for taking the time to leave a comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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.

If you are ordering less than $150, please use the host code,  49KJF94R when prompted.  I use the combined rewards for gifts for customers.  

 

Supplies

Magnolia Lane DSP, item # 149484

Harvest Hellos stamp set, item # 150581

Gather Together stamp set, item # 150589

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Real Red cardstock, item # 102482

Crushed Curry cardstock, item # 131199

Soft Suede ink pad, item # 126978

Crushed Curry ink pad, item # 131173

Stitched Shapes die set, item # 145372

Real Red blends combo, item #  147935

Linen Thread, item # 104199

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 149617

Dimensionals, item # 104430

Fine-Tip glue pen, item # 138309

Medium Whisper White envelopes, item # 107301132708

Paper Pumpkin Specials

I am super excited about the October and November Paper Pumpkin coordinating kits!  One kit is for cards, the other for coordinating gift tags.  So excited!  In order to recieve the November kit, you will need to sign up by November 10th.  Here’s the link for you to sign up for these kits as well:    https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2155072 

 

New Wonders with ctd560

Color Throwdown Challenge, #560

The challenge this week included red, green, brown, and yellow using generic colors.  I wanted to make a Christmas card, so that took care of the red and green, for which I used Cherry Cobbler and Shaded Spruce.  I picked this gorgeous plaid from the Wrapped in Plaid Specialty DSP, which can be found,in the holiday catalog.   To me, this plaid pattern looks open with all the white space included in the gorgeous plaid.

So, let’s get to it.  Here’s the challenge banner:

Normally, I would have gone with a floral card, but at this point in the year, I am working on holiday cards.  I’ve created a few Christmas cards using the New Wonders host stamp set, am always pleased with how stinking cute these angels turn out.

Here’s my card:

Working within the Challenge Colors

I usually really like non-traditional Christmas colors.  However, I also think that the Shaded Spruce and Cherry Cobbler combination is gorgeous, and this plaid is fabulous!  I also colored the small angel hearts using Shaded Spruce.  Her dress was colored using the Cherry Cobbler for the dress and Shaded Spruce for the slippers. 

This beautiful sentiment is from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set, also in the holiday catalog.  The Perfectly Plaid suite contains all the necessary accessories, including the Shaded Spruce and gold ribbon.  Red and green – check.

I colored this angel’s hair using the Daffodil Delight blends combo and the Crumb Cake light blend.  The three colors give the hair some depth so her hair isn’t just flat.  Yellow – check.  

I used the Crumb Cake blends combo for the angel’s fountain pen.  The light and dark blends, along with the shading from the stamp, helps make the pen look dimensional.   Brown – check.

This card wouldn’t be complete without some bling on the wings, fountain pen, hearts and stars, and her slippers.  The Gold Wink of Stella works perfectly for the tip of the pen.  I colored everything else with Clear Wink of Stella.

Once again, dimensionals provided depth for the main section of the card.  I used the same piece of DSP for the envelope flap and then stamped a plaid Christmas tree on the bottom, right corner of the front of the envelope.  

With that, I’d finished my card.  Of course, I am cutting it down to the wire for the submission to the Color Throwdown gallery, which means it’s time to cut this off.

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

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.   I would be honored to help you do so.  For example, check out this all-inclusive kit: Notes of Kindness Card Kit, item # 148266 ($35.00).  The only thing you need to add is some Tombow liquid adhesive (item # 110755, $4.00) since the ink spot is included..  One kit, 20 cards, 5 of each of 4 designs.  Check it out!  

pink and green leaf kit

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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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To shop from the holiday catalog, available now, click on the image below: 

20190904_HOL19_en-USSupply List:

Perfectly Plaid stamp set, item # 149418

New Wonders host stamp set, item # 149426

Wrapped in Plaid DSP, item # 149596

Come to Gather DSP, item # 150454

Shaded Spruce/gold ribbon, item # 149567

Shaded Spruce cardstock, item # 146981

Daffodil Delight blends combo, item #  144603

Crumb Cake blends combo, item #  144601

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Pad, item # 126966

Momento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 132708

Clear Wink of Stella, item #  141897

Stampin’ Dimensionals, item # 104430

Mini-Stampin Dimensionals, item # 144108

Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, item # 110755