Elfie and Global Design Project 214

#GDP214

I almost didn’t purchase the Elfie stamp set. Almost. When putting together my most current order, I thought why not? It would be a great set for Christmas cards for friends and family who have a little one. Glory, am I glad I bought it! It’s so stinking cute!!

Here’s my card:

Here’s the #GDP214 banner:

The Learning Process

One impo.rtant thing I learned with this card: Wink of Stella needs to be used very, very carefully when working with items colored with the blends. After I completely assembled the first version of this card, I completely messed it up and needed to start over.

Very carefully I tried to peel the front panel off the tufted Cherry Cobbler background. I had to order more of the Cherry Cobbler ribbon, so I couldn’t afford to waste any. I’d used tear and tape to apply the ribbon, so there was no way it was coming off the tufted background.

I did not want to do the fussy cutting with the bow on the present box again, so I carefully used my snips to cut the whole present off the ruined panel.

Then I was ready to start coloring the elf and ornament again. I did use the blends for the elf, but Stampin’ Write markers for the ornament.

The elf’s hair was colored using the So Saffron blend combo. His skin has a base layer of ivory blend, and then I went back to highlight with the dark Petal Pink blend. His clothes were colored with the Cherry Cobbler blend combo, I used the black marker for his shoes and buttons.

Can I just ask something: does anyone else think the hair on the elf is kind of reminiscent of the elf on the Island of Misfits? Just saying.

After the fiasco with the Wink of Stella the first time, I made sure to stay away from anything colored with blends. I did use the Wink of Stella for the white trim, bell on his cap, baubles on his shoes, and on the ornament.

Final Touches

Next, I had to decide what to do for the inside. I used two sentiments from the Elfie stamp set, one on the cover and one on the inside. I also decided the inside needed some elfin cuteness. Therefore, I added the elf in the stocking and colored it using the same blends.

After stamping the same stocking elf on the front, I inserted a scrap piece of white cardstock so the blends wouldn’t bleed through. Then I colored this elf the same way as the inside one. However, I did not add Wink of Stella. Maybe I should have?

After using a piece of the Cherry Cobbler DSP for the envelope flap, the second version was done. It’s much better than the first.

As Always,

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I love reading your comments, and am really curious about the elf looking like the one from the Island of Misfits.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Just look at this new suite, Christmastime Is Here, which is available now!

Supplies

Elfie stamp set, item # 149418

Everything Festive photopolymer stamp set, item # 150566

Regals 6 x 6 DSP, item # 149616

Tufted 3D embossing folder, item # 151785

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Cherry Cobbler cardstock, item # 119685

Shaded Spruce cardstock, item # 146981

Cherry Cobbler diagonal stripe ribbon, item # 150439

Memento Tuxedo black ink pad, item # 132708

Cherry Cobbler blend combo, item # 144598

Shaded Spruce blend combo, item # 147938

Ivory blend, item # 144606

Dark Petal Pink blend, item # 146871

Wink of Stella, item # 141897

Medium Whisper White envelopes, item # 107301

Stamping Dimensionals, item #  104430

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

Mercury Glass Shines for #GDP213 and PP465

Two-fer:  Global Design Project Color Challenge and Paper Players Sketch Challeng

I love playing along with challenges, and really love when I can combine two challenges.  This week’s #GDP213’s color challenge calls for Lovely Lipstick, Old Olive, and Smoky Slate.  The Paper Players sketch challenge seemed to be designed just for these colors.

My upline and member of the GDP design team, Brian King, created this holiday card using the color challenge.   It’s so perfect, and used his card as an inspiration for my holiday card with these three colors.

Here are the challenge banners:

          

Here’s my two-fer challenge holiday card:

I’m not quite sure why the bottom mercury glass appears lighter than the top.  I tried photographing it from multiple angles and OttLite positions and it kept coming out that way.  

Mercury Glass Shines

I knew I wanted to use just Lovely Lipstick cardstock for the base of this card.  While trying to figure out which embossing folder I should use, I remembered I had an unopened pack of mercury glass sheets.  I enthusiastically pulled out the paper and cut a piece down to 4- 1/8 x 5-1/4. Next, I pulled out and cut an identically sized piece of Lovely Lipstick cardstock, paired them up and was immediately thrilled with the results.  Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remembered hearing that the mercury glass has a clear film on the front which needed to be removed for use.  Thankfully, I did that before gluing all the components down.

In order to incorporate the Smoky Slate, I tried using a piece of that cardstock for the base.  It didn’t work at all because Smoky Slate is basically the same as the mercury glass.  I decided the Smoky Slate banner for the sentiment would be enough of the color.  Since I used a piece of scrap already embossed with the Subtle 3D folder, I needed to use the Stamparatus for the sentiment.  The Stamparatus allowed me to stamp the sentiment over and over until I felt satisfied without having to worry about perfectly lining up the stamp each time.

Here’s a picture showing the similarity between the mercury glass and Smoky Slate:

The Perfectly Plaid Bundle

This photopolymer stamp set and coordinating punch provided all the elements for this card.  I used the In Color DSP for the strip behind the sentiment.  The punch easily cropped Old Olive DSP and cardstock to create the trees.  I simply stamped the focal tree in the front with Lovely Lipstick needles (berries?? decorations??) on Old Olive cardstock and popped it up on dimensionals.  In order to achieve some depth and separation between the trees, I used the brush side of the Old Olive marker to outline all three trees.  I decided to use the dark Smoky Slate blend to color the stump of the trees.

Finishing Touches

I really struggled with the finishing touches.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted to use ribbon, and if so, where would I put it.  After trying a few different placements, I decided I didn’t need ribbon after all.  

This is where the Wink of Stella came into play.  I wanted to have something else, without adding bulk or clutter so the card could remain clean.  I sed the Wink of Stella on dots, alternate stripes, and red needles on the trees.  It adds just enough sparkle without adding clutter.

I used more Lovely Lipstick DSP for the envelope flap and also stamped an Old Olive tree with Lovely Lipstick needles on the front of the envelope.  Another card set completed.  All is well.  Life is good.

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

Perfectly Plaid photopolymer stamp set, item # 149418 

Pine Tree punch, item #  149521

Perfectly Plaid bundle (save 10%), item # 151143

Mercury Glass Designer Acetate, item # 150441

In Color DSP 2018 – 2020, item # 146973

Stitched Rectangles Dies, item # 148551

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Lovely Lipstick cardstock, item #  146970

Old Olive cardstock, item # 100702

Lovely Lipstick ink pad, item # 147140

Old Olive ink pad, item # 147090

Wink of Stella, item # 141897

Medium Whisper White envelopes, item # 107301

Stamping Dimensionals, item #  104430

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

Glue dots, item # 103683  (behind the trees)

Paper Pumpkin Specials

I am super excited about the October and November Paper Pumpkin coordinating kits!  I recieved my October Paper Pumpkin card kit and it is fabulous!!   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 

Season of Thanks for Global Design Project 212

#GDP212 is CASE the Designer

CAS(E), or Copy and Selectively Edit, challenges are always inspiring, and this week’s challenge is no different.

Here is the inspiration card:

I love the off-center nest stars because they create so much interest.  The little addition of ribbon on the right side is just enough for this card.  It all combines for a gorgeous holiday card.

Here’s my CASE:

 

While I chose to center this card, I can see myself creating an off-center version in my very near future, as in tomorrow.   I did create a semi-nested layer of sycamore leaves to kind of mimic the nested stars. 

This card reminds me of my childhood.  I grew up on the south shore of Long Island, and I miss everything about fall.  Central Florida does not have fall.  As a matter of fact, it reached 90 degrees a couple of days this past week.  At this time of year, I fondly remember my childhood me raking leaves into huge piles around the yard.  The most fun of the day always involved running up to and jumping into at least one pile of those leaves.  We didn’t even mind having to rake them again (or maybe we did and there’s a block in my memory).  I remember the cool, brisk weather,  how the pile of leaves smelled and felt, and how much harder it was to rake up the crushed leaves than it was the full size ones.  

The CASEing Process

I have to admit that this card did not come together easily at all.  I had stamped and cropped/emobssed the leaves earlier this week for a different card idea altogether.  I’ve been looking at those pieces, moving them around, and setting them aside again all week.  The only thing I knew for sure before tonight was that the base mat would be Merry Merlot.  That’s it.

I’d previously stamped the large oak leaf with Merry Merlot on the same color cardstock.  I used 3 different patterns from the Come to Gather DSP for the smaller leaves.  Everything else was basically leftovers from other cards. If you saw the back of all the layers before I started putting everything together, you would have been looking through the card to my desk.  As it turned out, I really like the color combination and will be using it again.

The large oak leaf and the checked one are adhered down with glue dots.  I hoped the glue dots would give just a hint of height off the base so it wouldn’t just be flat.  After dry-fitting the other three leaves, I figured out where the dimensionals needed to go.  Some dimensionals needed to be doubled, but it’s not an issue since it will be hand-delivered.  I knew I wanted a white piece of cardstock for the sentiment, but didn’t want stark white.  Therefore, I used the splatter stamp from the Gather Together set and stamped off Pretty Peacock three times each before stamping on the banner.  The ribbon is tucked up under the three smaller oak leaves and the sentiment is popped up on two layers of dimensionals.  

Finishing Touches

After adding a piece of DSP to the envelope flap and stamping a Merry Merlot maple leaf on the front, bottom left corner of the envelope, I’d finished this set.   I now have eleven of the sixteen Thanksgiving cards I need, and November hasn’t even started yet.  All is well.  Life is good.

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

Come to Gather stamp set, item # 150589

Come to Gather DSP, item # 150454

Stitched Shapes Dies, item # 145372

Gathered Leaves die set, item # 150662

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Merry Merlot cardstock, item #  146979

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item # 150880

Merry Merlot ink pad, item # 147112

Pretty Peacock ink pad, item # 150083

Come to Gather Ribbon combo pack, item # 150456

Medium Whisper White envelopes, item # 107301

Stamping Dimensionals, item #  104430

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

Glue dots, item # 103683

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 

 

Magnolias for Global Design Project # 210

#GDP210 ~ and it’s not even Sunday evening

I’m usually right down to the wire for the GDP challenge.  Not this week.  I finished this card on Wednesday, but am just now blogging it.  

I’ll be perfectly honest, when I first saw this Magnollia Lane Suite, I was skeptical and was just going to get the stamp set, ribbon, 3D embossing folder, and DSP.  All of those things have just been sitting in their happy little homes since I got them.  About a week or so ago, I decided to try them out.  WOW!!  I now need more twine and the dies.  This set is gorgeous!!  I’ve created 3 cards using the supplies I have in the past week, one of which I created specifically for the #GDP210 challenge.

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s the front of my card:

Inspired by the Sketch

I really think the sketch inspiration shows through in my card.  The placement of the ribbon for the horizontal stripe section wound up on the bottom of the card instead of the top, basically because that placement made more sense.  Everything else followed the sketch pretty closely.

The Magnolia Lane DSP is truly beautiful, and there are a number of cards in the current catalog just begging to be CAS(E)d.  I chose the Mossy Meadow leafy DSP for the background and the semi-open white magnolia DSP for the center panel.  Both are layered on Petal Pink cardstock.  

I wanted a small scallop for the bottom border of the center panel, but couldn’t find what I wanted in my stash of products.  So, I improvised and punched out 1/2″ circles from Petal Pink 6×6 DSP.   Imagine my surprise when I dry fit the circle onto the Petal Pink mat and found that I didn’t have to trim anything off the sides.

Next came the focal panel, onto which I stamped my sentiment and one single magnolia.   Coloring these magnolias is enjoyable and peaceful.   I used the Petal Pink combo for the petals.  Since I don’t have the Mossy Meadow blends, YET, so I used the Old Olive blends combo followed up with Mossy Meadow marker to outline the leaves and veins.  

I stamped the flourish from the stamp set on the bottom of the white focal panel.  Then I decided ribbon would be better, so I tied a bow over the flourish.  All is well.  Life is Good.

Finishing Touches

I added a pink faceted dot to the top, left of the focal panel because I thought I needed to create a triangle of elements for balance.

The Mossy Meadow marker allowed me to easily outline both the focal panel and the magnolia panel.  I popped the focal panel up with dimensionals, then turned my attention to the inside sentiment.  

Here’s the inside:

Once again, I anchored the sentiment with a quick stamp of the single magnolia in Petal Pink.

I used the same Mossy Meadow leafy DSP for the envelope flap.  I stamped the flourish on the front, bottom, center of the envelope.

With that, I had finished my card and envelope.

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

Please visit my shop to order the supplies for this card.  I’d be honored to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

 

Supplies

Magnolia Lane DSP, item # 149

Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, item # 149298 

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Subtles 6×6 DSP, item # 149615

1/2″ circle punch, item # 119869

Petal Pink blends combo, item # 147272

Old Olive blends combo, item # 144597

Magnolia Lane ribbon combo pack, item # 149485

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 149617

Dimensionals, item # 104430

Medium Whisper White envelopes, item # 107301132708

Have a Peachy day! 

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 

 

 

Come to Gather with #GDP206

Give Thanks, Always

Stampin’ Up! hit it out of the park with this Come to Gather Suite, which includes traditional and non-traditional Thanksgiving colors.   While the majority of the colors are darker and traditional, there are some lighter, more southern Thanksgiving colors.  However, for this Global Design Project card, I used the darker, traditional colors., including Pretty Peacock, which I totally love in this suite.  

Let’s get right down to it; here’s the Global Design Project #206 challenge banner:

Here’s the card I created:

 

Layers and More Layers

While the challenge sketch is clean, for some reason, I went with a collage approach for my card.  In order to get all the layers and depth I wanted, I used dimensionals and mini-dimensionals.  The Pretty Peacock stamped leaf on vellum cardstock, and one of the embossed maple leaves are flat on the background.

I used dimensionals under the horizontal banner and also for the sentiment banner.  I adhered the two maple leaves in the front with Tombow liquid adhesive flat on the horizontal banner.

The double pumpkin cropped set are adhered flat on the sentiment banner.  I popped up the larger pumpkin on dimensionalson the left and Tombow on the right.  

The double bow I created using the Cajun Craze twine for this card is one of the first ones for which I’ve liked the outcome.  I used glue dots to adhere it to the very bottom of the pumpkins.  

After I dry-fit, then adhered all the pieces down, I decided I needed to add some bling.  I didn’t want to add pearls or metallics, so I grabbed my clear Wink of Stella and colored all the fully colored Cajun Craze leaves on the DSP background.  

I finished up this challenge card with the background DSP for the envelope flap.  Then, on the bottom left front corner, I stamped a large pumpkin in full strength Cajun Craze, then a stamped off double pumpkin.  

With that, another Thanksgiving card was complete.

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:

Come to Gather bundle, item # 153036

OR

Gather Together stamp set, item # 150589

Gathered Leaves Dies, item # 150662

Come to Gather DSP, item # 150454

Come to Gather ribbon pack, item # 150456

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item # 150880

Crumb Cake cardstock, item # 120953

Cajun Craze cardstock, item #  119684

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Pad, item # 150083

Cajun Craze Stampin’ Pad, item # 147085

Vellum cardstock, item # 101856

Clear Wink of Stella, item #  141897

Stampin’ Dimensionals, item # 104430

Mini-Stampin Dimensionals, item # 144108

Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, item # 110755

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free as a Bird Bundle for #GDP285 and FMS401

Free as a Bird Bundle

This stamp set and the Stitched Nested Label Dies are gorgeous, and I’ve used it for these two challenges.  I’ve also created a card with this set for another challenge, which will be posted tomorrow.  

Jumping right in, let’s look at the challenge banners:

          

Here’s the inside and outside of the card I created:

       

Easy Peasy Card

The Freshly Made Sketches challenges just beg to have clean and simple cards created.  Sometimes I have a real problem with that, but I did not today, and the Global Design Project sweet color combination just seemed to work with FMS.

My card really follows the sketch very closely.  The smaller offset circle comes from the In Color 2019 – 2021 DSP for the Rococo Rose.  The larger Mint Macaron circle comes from the Subtles DSP set.  Both circles have been outlined with their respective inks by lightly rolling the circles in their respective colors.  I decided to use Mint Macaron for the card base, topped by a layer of Whisper White, which I ran through the Subtle 3D folder.  I know I have used it a lot already, but the texture allows the whole card to have much needed white space without it being bland. After I ran the white through the Big Shot, I outlined it using the Rococo Rose ink pad.  I like the way the outlining creates a clean edge without adding bulk, so I tend to do it quite frequently.

Instead of using the triple leaf punch for this card, I chose to use sprig punch.  I already had a scrap piece of Mint Macaron stamped with the dots in Mint Macaron, so that’s what I used.

Easy Peasy Coloring with the Stamping Blends

I judged the size of the Stitched Nested Label Die by the height of the bird stamp.  She fits perfectly right inside this while allowing room for the simple sentiment, also from Free as a Bird.  I colored her using the So Saffron and Crumb Cake blends combos.  She is standing on a kind of sloppy patch created by the Mint Macaron blends combo.  I like the on purpose sloppiness and think a solid patch of Mint Macaron would be too much ink for this clean card.

As I tend to do, I colored in the stitches in the ditch using the Rococo Rose marker and thought I was finished.  Then I realized I wanted just a hint of So Saffron outlining the label, so I gently tapped each side into the ink pad.  

Time to Assemble

Assembly was easy peasy.  Everything is glued down using the Tombow liquid adhesive except the label, which sits on dimensionals for depth.  

I wanted to add just a little something something, and I remembered I have the In Color Faceted Dots.  Three of those for across the top, and I really wanted to add something down in the right corner of the label.  Thankfully, I had a Mint Macaron Faceted Dot from the Share What You Love suite.  

The card was then mounted on a white card base.  I wanted a sentiment on the inside, but did not want it just floating in space.  Therefore, I stamped another bird in So Saffron and then stamped the sentiment in the Momento Tuxedo Black, which is what I used to stamp the bird on the front.

Finishing Touches

As always, I finished by decorating the envelope.  I used a piece of the Rococo Rose DSP for the envelope flap.  Then, I stamped and colored a bird on the lower, left corner of the front of the envelope.  With that, I was done.

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 a Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad (item # 132708, $6.00) and some Tombow liquid adhesive (item # 110755, $4.00).  One kit, 20 cards, 5 of each of 4 designs.  Check it out!  

pink and green leaf kit

HOST CODE

IF you are placing an order (you know you want to do so) over $150, please contact me so you can earn all the Host Rewards for which you are entitled.  If your order is less than $150, please use YYX6FBEC for the host code.  

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!  

09.19_TH_FLYER_DSP_US

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

20190904_HOL19_en-US

 

Supply list:

Free as a Bird bundle, item # 151123

OR

Free as a Bird stamp set, item # 149468

Stitched Nested Label dies, item # 149638

2019 – 2021 In Color DSP, item # 149617

Sprig Punch, item # 148012

2-1/4 Circle punch, item # 143720

Mint Macaron cardstock, item #  138337

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Rococo Rose ink pad, item #  150080

So Saffron ink pad, item #  147109

Mint Macaron ink pad, item #  147106

Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item #  132708

So Saffron blends combo, item # 149557

Crumb Cake blends combo, item #  144601

Mint Macaron blends combo, item # 147283

2019 – 2021 In Color Faceted Dots, item # 149607

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item #   110755

Dimensionals, item # 104430