One Card, Three Challenges!

I don’t think I’ve been able to combine three challenges into one card before. However, for this card, I combined the Global Design Project 251, Freshly Made Sketches 446, and Sunday Stamps Challenge 236. Wow! The #GDP251 challenge required an aquatic theme. FMS446 wanted a slimline card, and SSC236 is a sketch challenge.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners:

Measurements:

  • The Granny Apple Green base is 7 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored vertically at 3-1/2 inches.
  • For the front of the card, I trimmed white cardstock to 3-3/8 inches by 8-3/8 inches. I also trimmed a piece of white cardstock to 3-1/4 inches by 8-1/4 inches for the inside.
  • Since the Whale of a Time DSP measures 6 inches by 6 inches, I had to very carefully combine two pieces of DSP. I used two of the Pacific Point wave patterns for the front. I left the waves on the bottom, and combined the darker piece to the top. The final measurement for this DSP combination came out to 3-1/4 inches by 8-1/4 inches.
  • The Bumblebee DSP measures 1-1/4 inches wide by 3 inches long. Since the middle will be covered, I didn’t need to use long strips of this DSP.
  • After embossing a piece of 4-1/4 inches by 5-1/2 inches piece of white cardstock with the Seabed 3D embossing folder, I trimmed it to 3-7/8 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I trimmed the turtle DSP to 2-3/8 inches by 6 inches. Dimensionals provide the popped up height.

Assembly:

  • Once I had all my pieces trimmed, I settled on the sentiment. Using the Momento Tuxedo Black ink, I stamped the sentiment on a scrap piece of white cardstock, then cropped it using a stitched rectangle die.
  • I used a piece of the Granny Apple Green DSP from the Whale of a Time set and cropped it using the Stitched So Sweetly dies. The sentiment is adhered directly to the DSP using the multipurpose liquid glue, and there are dimensionals under the DSP.
  • Since I’d already cut all the pieces I needed, I just needed to start at the bottom and put the card together following the Sunday Stamps sketch. It took me longer to measure and cut all the pieces than it did to assemble the card.
The Inside:
  • I wanted to make this a birthday card, so I used the “Hoping all your birthday fishes come true” on the inside. I guess I didn’t think too much about it, but I decided to stamp turtles on the inside to match the front of the card instead of fish to match the sentiment. In the long run, I don’t think anyone will notice other than you and me.
  • For some reason, I really struggled with this turtle stamp. When I tried to stamp it fresh off the ink pad, I wound up with blobs. Thankfully, I started my test stamps on my grid paper. I decided to use Just Jade and Pacific Point ink and stamped all of the turtles second generation on the white cardstock.
  • Finally, I stamped some air bubbles using Pool Party.
  • Here’s the inside of the card:
  • With that, I’d finished my slimline, three challenge card. I still have to make an envelope to go with it, but am hoping it will fit in a legal size envelope.

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

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Freshly Made Sketches #444 and the Grinch

I’ve always loved Dr. Seuss, always. So much so that I’ve read everything he’s written, including his adult book, and seen his Academy Award films and his work for the Army during WWII. I can even tell you the story of how and why he wrote The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Call me crazy, but for me, the Grinch is all about hope, love, and family. That’s why my Christmas theme has been the Grinch for the past few years. As soon as I saw the Christmas Means More stamp set in the August – December mini-catalog, I knew I had to have it.

Here’s the first card I created with this new set:

Next is a look at the stamp set. Notice that all of the sentiments are from classic Christmas movies. Can you name all four of them?

Here’s the FMS444 challenge banner that inspired my card:

The card I created would have been very pretty in a simpler, cleaner form, which would be perfect for a beginner stamper. If you are reading this post now and think you couldn’t create a simpler version of this card, let me show you how you CAN do it. CAS (clean and simple) is a very good thing when creating cards and requires only a few basic supplies. Here’s a glance at the cover of the beginner brochure, which can help get to you to help you get started:

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Maybe Christmas Perhaps Means a Little Bit More

I knew right from the start that I would be using the quote from Grinch for my card. I had to use trial and error for the rest of the card. However, the result really pleases me a great deal. As a matter of fact, I think my Christmas cards to family up north will be different sentiments but in this same design.

What I Did

This whole card started with the sentiment.

  1. Using my Stamparatus, I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy on white cardstock three times to get the depth of color I wanted.
  2. After letting the ink dry thoroughly, I wiped the white cardstock with my embossing buddy to get ready for the next steps.
  3. Clean off the sentiment stamp, but don’t take it off the Stamparatus! I used my Absorber cloth to do this. Next, ink and stamp the sentiment using VersaMark. I did this three times to ensure that each and every piece of the sentiment would be adequately covered.
  4. Cover the sentiment with clear embossing powder. Tap the back of the cardstock to remove the excess powder. Using the embossing buddy will help keep stray powder from sticking to the paper.
  5. Heat set the embossing powder using my heat tool.
  6. I cropped the sentiment using the largest square in the Stitched Shapes die set. The sentiment really seemed to be calling for some bling, so I used my clear Wink of Stella to color the holly leaves and berries. Doing this added a pop of silver to the sentiment.
  7. Now for the real trial and error parts of the card: I used Night of Navy for the card base. I started with 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches. This card opens up.
  8. I cut the Balmy Blue mat to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches and adhered it to the Night of Navy base. Actually, I skipped a step. I am all about saving cardstock. Since the whole center of the Balmy Blue won’t be seen, I cropped it out of the middle using the stitched rectangle dies. It’s our secret and no one will ever know.

Decisions, Decisions

  1. The sentiment square measures 2-5/8 inches on each side. The foil paper mat under it measures 3-1/8 inches on each side. Finally, the Night of Navy mat measures 3-3/8 inches on each side.
  2. The foil print mat is the reverse side of one of the Feels Like Frost DSP pieces. This print brings in the silver to more of the card than just the holly and berries.
  3. After adhering the foil print to the navy mat, I popped dimensionals on the back of the navy. Then, I added dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and layered the pieces. Since there’s two layers of dimensionals, this card might need extra postage.
  4. The time had come to decide what to do about all the white space still left on the card. I really struggled with this decision, and love, love, love that I decided to use the brick and mortar 3D embossing folder.
  5. Next, I trimmed the white background to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. I waited until after dry embossing the background because I didn’t want the measurements to be short after using the folder.

More Decisions

  1. Now I had to decide what to do about the strip under the sentiment/mat block. At first, I thought I would use the Balmy Blue glimmer paper. However, I decided it just didn’t work. So, I grabbed the new Snowflake Splendor ribbon and decided that would be perfect. Mind you, while gorgeous, this ribbon is very stiff and making a bow for my bow-challenged self would have been really difficult. Therefore, I just wrapped the ribbon around the card, making sure that it fits just under the sentiment block to match the sketch.
  2. Once I got all these parts together, I decided the brick needed some bling as well. However, I didn’t want to use the snowflake sequins. After staring at the card front for a little while, I decided to use the clear Wink of Stella again. This time I highlighted the highest bricks for the whole card. Wink of Stella is very difficult to see in photos, but here’s a close-up :

Finishing Up

The inside white mat was cut to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches, but I haven’t glued it down yet. I am not sure what I am going to use for the inside, and didn’t want to make a mistake and have that mat already attached to the card. Once I decide, I will finish the inside.

For now, I did use the foil side of the Feels Like Frost DSP for the envelope flap. I always cut the flap piece to 6 inches by 2-5/8 inches and adhere it using multipurpose liquid glue. After trimming it down, this card/envelope set was complete.

In order to create enough Christmas cards to mail to family and friends, I am going to have to order another pack of Feels Like Frost DSP and some ribbon. I really like non-traditional Christmas colors, but think between the four sentiments in this stamp set, my cards will be easy to mass-produce. Of course, I will be posting more my Christmas cards as I continue to work on them.

An Explanation:

I have a bit of a dilemma when writing posts. You see, there’s a running guide at the bottom of the post in progress which only I can see. It has all kinds of categories used to indicate how easy the blog post is to read. My OCD struggles with this quite a bit when trying to list and explain the steps to create a card. The subheading category goes from green, to yellow, and then to red when I am writing out directions. Yeah, I can’t deal with red as it really bothers my sense of order. So, that explains why there are subheadings in the middle of the directions. I’ve tried letting a post go live with a red category and I just couldn’t do it. I know it’s an idiosyncrasy, but I just have to go with it.

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

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Poppies for FMS437

I’ll admit it, this sketch, while simple, really left me struggling for an idea. I’ve tried, and discarded, a few attempts but couldn’t find something that satisfied me. Until this morning when I pulled out my Painted Poppies stamp set.

Here’s my card front and inside:

Here’s the challenge banner:

What to Do With Five Blocks

The challenge cards from the design team and other challenge participants are so creative and do justice to the challenge sketch. Like I said, I struggled until I pulled out the Poppies DSP to create another card. A lightbulb went off and I figured out what I needed to do.

The Painted Poppies stamp set, which is carrying over (YES!), contains a single poppy and the leaf/stem combination. Three poppies and two leaf/stem combinations and I thought I finally had an idea. I used the light and dark Poppy Parade blends. In the poppy DSP, the greenery is Old Olive, so I colored mine using the Old Olive blends.

When I finished coloring, I thought this card definitely fit #simplestamping, so I stayed with that for the sentiment. Using sentiments from Sending You Thoughts, I simply stamped the sentiment on the front directly on the white cardstock.

Since I used Poppy Parade cardstock for the base of the card, I needed a Whisper White cardstock panel on the inside of the card as well. The inside sentiment continues well wishes from the front. Next, I stamped half of the stemmed poppies on the bottom, left-hand corner. Then I colored the poppies in just the light Poppy Parade blend.

Putting It Together

I did want some dimension on the front of the card, so I used dimensionals to pop the front panel off the base of the card. When I finished adhering the panel to the front I realized I had a tiny little smudge of black. I tried to use my Tombow sand eraser, specifically for ink, to no avail. Therefore, I had to come up with something as unobtrusive as possible to cover that tiny smudge. I have just a few of these black rhinestones left, and three of them on the front covered my smudge and kind of framed the flowers and sentiment.

After adhering a piece of the poppy DSP to the envelope flap, I stamped the stemmed poppies on the front, bottom left-hand corner of the envelope. Ta-da! I’d finished this card/envelope set and I think I stayed true to the sketch.

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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Ornate Garden for FMS436

The Ornate Garden suite is available now as a sneak peek for the 2020 catalog, which comes out on June 3rd. I’ve seen it and it is spectacular! As a demo, I’ve even been able to pre-order select items. My pre-order arrived yesterday and I have been playing with my new toys, er, products! Ask me how you can pre-order now as well!

Ornate Garden’s Floral DSP Does All the Work

As soon as I saw the challenge sketch I knew I was using Ornate Garden.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge banner:

The Freshly Made Sketches challenges are all about clean and simple. Since the Ornate Garden DSP does all the work and carries the card. I used three of the coordinating colors for the different mats. When I am planning a card and need more than one mat, I lay pieces of cardstock on top of each other in layers. I moved the cardstock around in different orders underneath the DSP. That’s how I decided that the Early Espresso needed to be the mat for the DSP. That mat really frames the cardstock and helps it to pop off the card.

I used Old Olive for the base mat, then topped it with Terracotta Tile. Honestly, this color didn’t impress me until I purchased the Ornate Garden products. Now, I really like how it coordinates with this suite! It’s a show stopper for this pattern! After running this mat through my Big Shot in the Subtle 3D embossing folder, I layered it on top of the Old Olive.

Following the Sketch

The sketch calls for a simple sentiment banner, but the banner I created just seemed too plain by itself, even with this fabulous font and sentiment. I decided to use the Terracotta Tile ink, the Daisy Lane stamp set, and the small daisy punch to create a daisy. After stamping and punching two daisies, I just needed to layer then together.

I used dimensionals for the layered sentiment banner and the daisy. In order to keep the daisy on the same level of the banner, I only put one dimensional on the left side of the daisy. The liquid multipurpose adhesive allowed me to glue the right side of the daisy directly onto the sentiment banner.

Finishing Touches

The clean and simple lines of this card are very pleasing to the eye, at least in my humble opinion. The only embellishment I thought I needed was for the center of the daisy. I used my clear Wink of Stella to cover just the center. It’s a very subtle touch, which works well with the challenge to keep it clean and simple.

I used the fern stamp from Daisy Lane to triple stamp the inside bottom right corner. I did the same thing to the bottom right corner of the envelope.

After adhering a piece of the same pattern DSP to the envelope flap, I had finished this card set.

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Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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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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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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