ctd595 and #GDP242 Combine for a Two-fer

I really enjoy pairing a sketch challenge with a color challenge. But, I have to say that my final card is nothing like what I thought I would create.

Here’s my card:

Here are the two challenge banners:

Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, and Whisper White

Since Color Throwdown already picked the three colors, I just had to chose a shade of turquoise. The color combination of Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, and Whisper White always seemed like a classic color combo, so my colors were set.

Like I said, the resulting card doesn’t resemble the card I started to create. However, I like the clean and simple outcome. I used Bermuda Bay for the base of the card. The bottom layer of the card front is Basic Black, with a layer of Bermuda Bay on top of that. Whisper White cardstock provides a very clean top layer. I used white Stampin’ Powder to emboss the sentiment from the Sending You Thoughts cling stamp set.

I created the Bermuda Bay center circle using a circle cropped from an uh-oh envelope and the negative over the white cardstock. Using my sponge brayer and the Bermuda Bay ink pad, I started inking the circle. I kept going around and around in a circular motion until I had a shaded circle I liked. While you can’t see it because of the sentiment banner, the center of the circle is lighter than the outside. The black scalloped border comes from a cropped inner circle and scalloped outer circle using the layering circles die set. The card I originally set out to create contained this center circle and scalloped frame.

I Wasn’t Going to do It, But I Did…

The Celebrate Sunflowers bundle came in handy for this card as well, as much as I thought I need to do something without using it. For this card, I only used the two leaves dies. I cropped three of the double leaf stem from vellum and three from Bermuda Bay. Next, I arranged them in a way that I thought would work and adhered them all down using the multipurpose liquid glue.

Using the triple banner punch, I punched out chevron ends of the black and DSP strips for the sentiment banner. If you don’t have this punch, you can always snip the chevrons. I’m just happier if I can get symmetrical ends.

The banner for the GDP challenge includes some sort of layer on the top and bottom of this horizontal card. I hope that the layers of black and Bermuda Bay kind of sort of fullfill that part of the sketch. The whole time I worked on this card, I kept trying different borders and nothing seemed to work. I finally decided that I would go with clean and simple and just move on.

After I cut a white inside layer for the card, I stamped “with a great big wish for happiness” also from Sending You Thoughts.

The only thing left was to trim down a piece of the Bermuda Bay 6 x 6 DSP for the envelope flap and this card/envelope coordinating set was finished.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Celebrate Sunflowers for ctd594 & Fusion – Enough

Obviously, I am thoroughly enjoying my pre-order of the Celebrate Sunflowers cling stamp set bundle, available in the Stampin’ Up! 2020 – 2021 annual catalog. Seeing and pre-ordering new products is just one of the perks of being a SU! demo. The quality of the stamps themselves, including all the intricate details, is the reason I fell completely in love with SU! after purchasing my first stamp set, Lovely as a Tree. I still remember my excitement after using that set for the first time, and my DH does as well. Naturally, he kind of chuckled at me, which he still does when I get excited about new “toys”.

Color Throwdown #594 and Fusion – Enough

Last night I wanted to create another sunflower card, which led to browsing challenge blogs. The colors in ctd594 seemed perfect for sunflowers. Still unsure of a layout, I browsed more and found the Fusion – Enough challenge. I’d found my color combo and sketch combination.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners:

Combining Challenges for This Two-fer

The trio of colors for ctd594 includes yellow, gray, and white. Perfect for what I wanted to do. The colors I chose Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, and Whisper White.

Since I wanted a very deep, rich color I used the Stamp-a-ratus to stamp the sunflower in Crush Curry. The Stamp-a-ratus allowed me to stamp it multiple times without worrying about lining it up. After three stampings, I made sure to let the ink dry. While waiting just a minute or two, I cleaned off the stamp and grabbed my VersaMark and clear embossing powder. Next, I stamped the sunflower in VersaMark and quickly added the clear embossing powder. Next, I used my heat tool and let the magic happen. Finally, I cropped the flower using the Sunflower Die set. While I was cropping, I used the two dies of stems and cropped them out of vellum.

Using the sketch from the Fusion challenge made creating the rest of the card relatively easy. I used Basic Gray cardstock for the base of the card. The 2019 6 x 6 neutrals DSP gave me the Basic Gray strip down the side and the Smoky Slate banner behind the sentiment. Since I was trying to keep the card as clean as possible, I used the same pattern DSP for both colors.

That gorgeous Bumblebee banner, from the 2020 – 2022 In Color 6 x 6 DSP stack, has a fabulous distressed pattern. It’s just one of the fabulous five new In Colors

The Whisper White panel has been run through the Big Shot using the Subtle 3D embossing folder. If you do not yet have this 3D folder, you need to get it. I use it constantly. The very subtle texture lends itself perfectly to clean and simple cards.

Putting It All Together

After adhering the base, layer of white cardstock and the vertical strip on the left, I went back to the Fusion sketch for the placement of the flower and the sentiment element. I adhered the Bumblee and Smoky Slate banners directly onto the white cardstock. Because I wanted the sunflower to be the focal point, I used dimensionals to pop up the sunflower, which allowed me to slip the leaf stems underneath. Since the bottom of the stems won’t show, I could use the multipurpose liquid glue to attach them to the DSP and cardstock.

The sentiment, stamped in Basic Gray from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set, also has dimensionals on the right side to pop it up evenly with the sunflower. All I needed to add was liquid adhesive to the left side of the sentiment.

Finally, I added a piece of the Bumblee DSP to the flap of the envelope. Then I stamped part of the sunflower on the front left corner and I was done, I’d finished this coordinating card/envelope set.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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#ShareSunshine for ctd591 & FabFri188

This week, Stampin’ Up! surprised their demonstrators with a PDF set of COVID-19 sentiments. I immediately used them to create cards to send to my family. This sentiment is perfect for us because, like so many other people, we have been sharing locations with tp. When we find some, we pick up as much as allowed in order to share with other family members.

Since I incorporated two different color challenges, I used one sets of colors for five cards and another set for the other five. The layout is from a sketch challenge, but I missed the deadline for that.

I am having a terrible technical time with this post tonight. Hopefully, I will be able to post the challenge banners here instead of after my card.

Here are my cards:

Using What I Had Before It Retires

It’s pretty easy to see which card matches which color challenge. For each of the challenges, I used 6 x 6 DSP from the various color families. The mats used Bermuda Bay or Rich Razzleberry. Thankfully, I had retired ribbon in Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo. In order to create a frame around the 6 x 6 DSP pieces, I used Basic Black mats.

When I printed the sentiments, I printed enough of the particular page with the tp sentiment. Isn’t it perfect?

The inside sentiment is shown below:

Cute! Appropriate, right?

When making multiple cards , I’ve found it much easier to do each element and then assembly line the card together. Therefore, I had little piles of DSP strips, sentiments cropped, ribbons,base cardstock, and black mats all cut out. I even had the dimensionals on the back of the sentiments done and they had their own pile. This allowed me to create the cards in chunks throughout my virtual teaching day in 5 minute breaks over two days. Easy Peasy really and truly.

What About the Greats?

After I had written and addressed all the cards, I thought I needed to send a card to each of my great-nieces and great-nephew.

Here are those cards:

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

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Sue

Color Combo for Fab Friday 188

Color Combo for Color Throwdown 591
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You Know You Want to…..

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Another Flowering Foils Two-Fer

Color Throwdown #589 and Freshly Made Sketches 431 seemed, to me, to be made for each other. Throw in the Flowering Foils, and I seemed to have a match made in heaven.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners that inspired my card

Flowering Florals

These SAB Specialty DSP papers take color from the blends very well. I’ve seen many cards with the uncolored DSP as well. Either way, they are gorgeous. I’ve already posted another two-fer card using this DSP and you can see that post here.

The color combination for ctd#589 is one of my all time favorites of gray, black, red, and white. The description on the color challenge includes “a neutral card with a pop of color,” This pop of red for the card base definitely fulfills the requirements.

I used my Smoky Slate blends combo to color all the petals, for the lack of a better word. While I did leave traces of outlines, I wanted to make sure I randomized the coloring patterns.

Basic Black provided the middle mat for the DSP and also the mat for the sentiment. I like the pops of black just as much as I like the pop of red. The Whisper White sentiment background provides another pop of a neutral color.

I tied a piece of the Gray Granite textured ribbon into a square knot around the DSP/black section. Then, I ran the Poppy Parade cardstock through my Big Shot using the Subtle 3D embossing folder. When I put everything together, I used dimensionals to pop up the DSP. I also put them between the sentiment block and the black mat. Then, I realized that I wanted to pop up the sentiment on the ribbon somehow. So, I used my really large glue dots to accomplish that goal. The really large glue dots provide just enough of a lift to even off the sentiment over the ribbon.

Bringing It All Together

This card would definitely fall in the easy-peasy category. As I am sure you know, I really enjoy combining challenges. This combination worked out exactly how I saw it in my head.

As always, I added a piece of DSP to the envelope flap. For this card, I used a piece of the Neutrals 6 x 6 DSP.

I stamped “With a Great Big Wish for happiness,” also from the Sending You Thoughts cling stamp set.

If you like this color combo, feel free to copy the image below:

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Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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A Two-fer with ctd585 and FMS427

I just love combining a color challenge with a sketch challenge, especially when it works out. Truth be told, the final result is not at all I started out creating.

Here’s my card, outside and inside:

Here are both challenge banners:

 

Color Throwdown 585

These four colors combine to create a beautiful combination. I had many choices for the teal requirement, but I thought Pretty Peacock would create a sharp contrast with the Calypso Coral. For my green, I chose Old Olive. I used Very Vanilla for the background, which I ran through the Big Shot with the Subtle 3D embossing folder. I also stamped the flowers on Very Vanilla so the neutral color would frame each flower. After many bouts of trial and error, I finally decided to use the basic pearls for the centers of the flowers.

Freshly Made Sketches 427

As you can see, I sort of, kind of followed the sketch. I do have the horizontal strip of paper, for which I chose to emboss using the Leaves 3D folder. The decision to just use dry embossed cardstock after trying a number of the Pretty Peacock DSP patterns. None of them really worked, so dry embossed cardstock seemed like the best choice.

Adding the Calypso Coral ribbon around the strip of cardstock helps with the movement of the card from the flowers to the ribbon, and down to the sentiment.

I used the cluster and the individual leaves from the Thoughtful Blooms stamp set (a FREE SAB item with $100 purchase) and stamped them in Old Olive. Originally, I thought I’d have leaves showing out of the bottom of the cardstock strip as well with more flowers there. Then, I decided that would stray too far from the clean cards for the Freshly Made Sketch challenge.

The last thing I needed to figure out was what to do with the senitment. I didn’t want to cover the dry-embossed strip of cardstock, so I started playing around with sentiments, what would fit, and how to include it. Finally, I decided to add an un-embossed strip of Very Vanilla under the Pretty Peacock. To help it stand out, I outlined it using an Old Olive marker.

Finishing Up

The sentiment on the inside is from Peaceful Moments, but the chain is from Thoughful Blooms. Originally, I wasn’t going to put a flower on the chain, but I had a smudge of Pretty Peacock ink and had to cover it. Happy accidents, right? At least I was able to get the three challenge colors on the Very Vanilla background, so it all worked out.

Finally, I added a piece of the Pretty Peacock DSP to the flap of a Very Vanilla envelope. Ta-da! This coordinated set was finished!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think, and every comment is greatly appreciated!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, and Smoky Slate for ctd578

I just love the color red, and Stampin’ Up! has a wide variety of reds. My very favorite is Cherry Cobbler. Give me a red, black, and white or red, tones of gray, and white, and I am in heaven. This challenge was no exception. At first, I decided to create a plaid base using the Buffalo Check background stamp. After stamping it in Basic Gray and adding Cherry Cobbler and Smoky Slate thin plaid lines, I decided I wanted to create a clean card instead.

Here’s the card I created after I changed my inital plan:

Here’s the challenge banner:

Dandelion Wishes

Dandelions remind me of my childhood on the south shore of Long Island. With those memories in mind, I decided this stamp set, with the Color Throwdown challenge colors would be a good match. I’m happy with the result. The card is clean, and the pops of Cherry Cobbler pair very well with the Basic Gray and Smoky Slate.

The whole card came together very quickly. Don’t you love when that happens? The bottom mat is Cherry Cobbler, followed by Smoky Slate, with a Whisper White card background. Next, I used Basic Gray to stamp the dandelions and for the bottom circle of the sentiment block. Smoky Slate is the middle layer of the sentiment circle, with Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White for the actual sentiment.

I added the Cherry Cobbler ribbon tied in a square knot. With that, I originally thought I was done, but decided that the front needed a little something. So, I grabbed my dark Basic Gray stamping blend and colored three pearl basic jewels. After they dried, which requires a bit of patience, I simply placed one on each of the dandelion centers. Then I stamped the trio of dandelions in Smoky Slate on the inside of the card. The image is light enough to be able to write over it without an issue. There is no greeting on the inside, leaving plenty of space to write a personal note.

I used Basic Gray to stamp the single dandelion on the front of the card. Then, I stamped a series of the dandelion trios on the envelope flap. Easy peasy.

With that, the coordinating card/envelope set was completed. A clean and simple card with a beautiful color combination that came together very quickly. Have to love it!

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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