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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More Poppies for Freshly Made Sketches 423

The poppies DSP, available in the current mini-cataog, is simply stunning. The colors are rich or soft, but always vibrant and beautiful. For today’s card, I chose the DSP with the soft Pool Party background. No matter the pattern with which you choose to work, Basic Black provides a grounding neutral color.

FMS423

I’d been thinking about what to do for this challenge for a few days. While driving home from work Friday evening, the whole card came together in my head.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge banner:

The first thing I did while creating the card was to run the white cardstock through the Big Shot using the Subtle 3D embossing folder. Then, I trimmed the front down to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8. Trimming down cardstock before running it through the Big Shot for a deep embossing might cause a smaller piece than you want.

The shadows on the inside circle of DSP hints at the popped up front cover. There are so many dimensions on the backside of the front in an effort to keep it from caving in when I worked on the front.

I knew I wanted a black border around the circle, so I used the largest scalloped layering circle die. To crop out the inside of the scalloped frame, I used another of the circle dies. It required some carfeul placement, but I was able to get the frame even all the way around.

Choosing the DSP for the banners required some trial and error with different patterns from the Poppies DSP. Finally, I decided to use the Pool Party Subtles 6 x 6 DSP. The two strips needed something bold to make them stand out, so I used a strip of Basic Black. It’s a sharp contrast, but the black frame, strip, and sentiment allows the eye to travel down the card.

Finishing Touches

This wonderful two part sentiment is from the Sending You Thoughts stamp set, which is free with a qualifying order through Sale-a-Bration. Yes, Free. The inside of the card says “you’d be better already”. After stamping the front sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I cropped it using the Stitched Rectangle dies. I outlined the sentiment block using the brush end of the black Stamping Write marker. Then I used the Pool Party Stamping Write marker to outline the stitches in the ditch.

With that, I only had to stamp the front of the envelope, then adhere DSP to the envelope flap. Another card and coordinating envelope set was complete.

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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Golden Honey & Honey Bee for FMS417

Freshly Made Sketches 417

Each week, FMS crowns a new “Queen of Clean” winner. Sometimes, it’s easy to create a clean card. Sometimes it’s not. My card for FMS417 was somewhere in the middle.

Here’s the challenge sketch:

The sketch is very definitely clean, but I really, really wanted to use some of the Golden Honey DSP. Quite frankly, I adore this DSP and will be ordering another pack with my next qualifying order since it’s FREE during Sale-a-Bration! Yes, FREE I tell you!

Here’s my card:

What I Did

I needed to pick a piece of this (FREE with qualifying order) DSP that looks light and airy. This flower pattern fit the bill. The flower DSP gave me the inspiration for the focal image: the vase and flower sprays. The Honey Bee bundle makes it so easy to stamp and crop these flowers.

So Saffron’s soft pastel color coordinated beautifully with the fresh and clean challenge sketch. I didn’t color any of the flowers on the background piece of DSP. For these flowers, I wound up using the Stamping Write marker as my coloring tool of choice. I tried using the blends combo, and they just didn’t work for me. The resulting color on the flowers seemed too deep for the card, so I went with the marker. I left the stems and leaves black so I would only have three colors on the card, again looking for a clean card.

The Subtles DSP in this random dot pattern allows the vase to be playful and airy. Finally, I decided to use the smallest square die from the Stitched Shapes die set.

This happy and versatile sentiment fit beautifully inside the thinnest die from the Stitched Rectangle die set. I knew I needed something to tie the vase and sentiment together while also grounding both. I chose the Flax Ribbon and simply wrapped it around the card, adhering it in the back with double-sided tape.

This sentiment is so versation that it can be used for birthday, congratulations, supportive, or here for you cards.

Putting It Together

Using the flax ribbon meant I needed to do something to the sentiment block to make it stand out as a separate element. Therefore, I outlined it with the brush end of my Stamping Write So saffron marker.

After putting all these elements together, I originally thought I would be done with the card. I was wrong. I kept squinting at it (meaning I owe my upline, Brian King, another nickel) and decided to find a very, very subtle embellishment. Enter the Pearl Basic Jewels which I easily colored using the Stamping Blends. I used the So Saffron dark blend, and achieved the look I wanted: three tiny circle of just-there color for the centers of three flowers.

Then all I needed to do was the envelope. I stamped two of the flower sprays on the front, bottom, left corner and which I colored.

I cut a piece of the flower DSP pattern and decided I needed to color every flower. Coloring in those flowers really gives the DSP a different look. I can almost see a card with the colored flowers taking shape in my mind.

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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Supplies Used

Honey Bee stamp set, item # 151527

Detailed Bee die set, item # 151526

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Golden Honey DSP, FREE with a qualifying purchase!

Dark So Saffron blend, item # 149556

Stitched Rectangle die set, item # 148551

Stitched Shapes die set, item # 145372

Whisper cardstock, item # 100730

Basic Black cardstock, item # 121045

Subtles DSP, item # 149615

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item # 147110

5/8″ Flax Ribbon, item # 148764

Pearl Basic Jewels, item # 144219

Dimensionals, item # 104430

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

Whisper White Medium envelopes, item # 107301

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Celebrate 2020 with 2 Challenges

#tgifc244 and FMS416

The TGIF Challenge #244 and the Freshly Made Sketches #416 challenges worked together perfectly for my New Year’s card. I combined some retired SU! products with Night of Navy cardstock and ink, silver foil, and the Everything Festive stamp set from the holiday catalog for this card. The TGIF challenge gave me the ideas for the foil, and Freshly Made Sketches provided the layout. Score!

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners:

Retired Items

The specialty DSP on the front cover is from the 2018 SAB catalog. I used the last sheet on the right, and here’s an image of this retired paper:

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I can almost hear you thinking that none of these sheets have Night of Navy background. The gorgeous thing about these DSP sheets is that the background will take color easily. Therefore, I used a brayer and coated the DSP with Night of Navy ink and then wiped it off for a flawless finish.

A little hint – I tried doing the same thing on the foil side of the First Frost paper. However, it didn’t work well at all.

While I don’t have the Celebrate You thinlits any more. Before I sold them almost a year ago, I did have the forethought to crop “Celebrate” out of silver foil, so I had a few sentiments ready to use. In order to have the sentiment stand out from the foil DSP, I backed it with vellum cardstock, which is current. Hiding the adhesive was pretty easy once I used the Tombow liquid adhesive on the sentiment. After attaching the sentiment to the vellum, I placed glue behind the sentiment to adhere the vellum to the DSP. I needed to get the corners adhered, so I used the retired metallic stars.

Both Challenges are Still Open.

If you decide to play along with one or both of the challenges, I’d love to see what you create! Have fun, use pretty foils, follow the fresh and clean sketch, and celebrate 2020!

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

Sale-a-Bration is Almost Here!

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

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Free as a Bird Meets FMS413

Freshly Made Sketches 413

A friend asked me for a card for his mom, who is in a rehab center up in the Plains States. I tried to create a card using purple as one of the major colors since it’s her favorite. I also wanted to create a card with a light, springtime feel to it, because their weather is anything but springtime right now.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the FMS413 banner, which inspired the layout of my card:

I’ll admit, this sketch intrigued me, so I’ve been coming back to it for most of the week trying to figure out what I could do. The card must be clean with lots of white space around the center focal point. Today, it hit me ~ Free as a Bird.

I’ve seen so many cards on challenges and on Pinterest using a white on white base. The cards have always impressed me with their beautiful simplicity. I’ve tried it before, and always wind up going back to add texture through embossing on the background. Today, I pushed myself to leave it just white. I only added a Highland Heather outline to the popped up layer of Whisper White. This outline adds just a tiny bit of color, which added dimension. Just what I wanted.

For the Birds and the Flowers

The Free as a Bird bundle really saved me for this card. After stamping the birds, I cropped them using the Stitched Nested Label die set. My friend didn’t really want a “get well” card. I thought the “wishing you well” sentiment, from the retired Lasting Lily stamp set, would fit perfectly. Thankfully it did and doesn’t overpower the bird and flower stamp. I’ve used the Lasting Lily set twice within the past two weeks. Until two weeks ago, the stamp set had been unused.

I used Stamping Blends for all of the coloring. So Saffron blend combo and the light Soft Suede colors were used for the birds. I used a Soft Suede marker for the beaks.

After I used the Soft Suede blend combo for the branch, I decided I needed to do something to highlight the birds talons. Therefore, I using the bullet tip of a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker to trace the talons. Now, the birds don’t look like they are standing on stumps.

Old Olive blends combo provided all the color I needed for the leaves. In order to follow the challenge sketch, I needed something on the top and bottom on the left. After playing around and dry-fitting, I decided on two fussy cut leave sets. I really had to play around with the leaves, and the fussy cut flowers, quite a bit. Finally, I settled on the finished design. The leaves provide the up and down movement I needed. The flowers added the items to cover the three stars in the challenge sketch.

Original Thoughts

Originally, I thought I would color the birds with the Purple Posy blend combo and use So Saffron on the flowers. I tried that on one bird, and didn’t like it at all. Therefore, I started over, restamped everything, recolored all the branches and leaves. Then, I colored the flowers using the Purple Posy blend combo. Ta-da! I wanted the purple to be a pop of color, and it worked. At least it worked in my humble opinion.

I added a piece of the Bird Ballad DSP to the envelope flap. I also stamped and colored a single flower on the front of the envelope, and this coordinated card set is complete.

Since I was done, I sent a picture of the card set to my friend, and he approved.

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 cards.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Supplies Used

Free as a Bird bundle, item # 151123 ~~~ 10% savings

OR Free as a Bird stamp set, item # 149468

AND Stitched Nested Labels Dies, item # 149638

Bird Ballad DSP, item # 149592

So Saffron blends combo, item # 149557

Old Olive blends combo, item # 144597

Soft Suede blends combo, item # 147273

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 147111

Dimensionals, item # 104430

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

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Feels Like Frost for FMS 412

Feels Like Frost Sympathy Card

It’s been a rough almost 3 weeks. I’ve been sick, on my third round of antibiotics, and am very thankful for this week for Thanksgiving break.

However, the circle of life keeps moving on, and I needed to create a sympathy card for one of the administrators at school whose father recently passed away. I think these cards are the most difficult to create, especially for a male, and I don’t keep a stash of these cards on hand. It’s also important for me to create these cards when I need them, and this one is for a male and his family.

The Freshly Made Sketches 412 challenge really helped me with this particular card. The sketch allowed me to create a very clean card using some gorgeous DSP.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge banner:

Clean and Simple

The FMS412 sketch inspired a clean and simple card. My list of supplies was minimal as well. In addition to the base, I used a sentiment from the retired Lasting Lily stamp set. I don’t really have many sympathy sentiments, and forget that until I need another card. Therefore, I must remember to order a current stamp set for these cards. I then cropped the sentiment using the Stitched Rectangle die set.

The DSP really does all the work for this card. When I was trying to figure out the base, I wound up choosing Highland Heather, which isn’t on the coordinating color list. Purple Posy is on the list, but I wanted something bolder for the base.

At first, I thought that I would run the base through the Big Shot using the Sublte 3D embossing folder. However, I wanted clean lines, so I decided against doing that.

Dimensionals added a pop to the sentiment. The ribbon added texture and a much needed “something” to balance the card. Feels Like Frost DSP carried the whole card. I left the inside blank because a number of us needed to sign the card.

In the Freshly Made Sketches way, I finished with clean lines. In my humble opinion, it’s a beautiful card, and the sketch easily lends itself to a multitude of options.

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 cards.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

Contemplating placing an order today?  Of course you are, especially because the new Stamping Trimmer is now available!  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.

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