#GDP255 and 2 More for a BLOG CANDY Giveaway!

The theme for this week’s Global Design Project #255 includes the use of trees or leaves. Even though I’ve used Forever Fern quite a lot lately, I still chose it for this card.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge banner:

I could’ve chosen to use one of the new autumn sets for this card, but I had a picture in my head, and it definitely called for Forever Fern.

Let’s Get Started

  • Picking out the plaid pattern for the bottom of the card needed to be the first thing I did. The colors Cajun Craze, Shaded Spruce, and Basic Gray in this pattern had a huge amount of potential! I trimmed the plaid DSP to 1-3/4 inches by 4-1/8 inches. While I had that DSP out, I trimmed a piece to 2-1/2 inches by 6 inches for the envelope flap.
  • Next, I decided the base of the card needed to pull out the Shaded Spruce in the plaid, I used it for the base. I trimmed it to 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
  • The Whisper White layer followed my usual mat size of 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. I stamped the splotches in Basic Gray three times before reinking. originally, I thought I’d stamp sporadically. However, I got carried away and stamped all over the white cardstock.
  • I decided I needed some sort of separation between the plaid and the white cardstock. Therefore, I used a piece of the Basic Gray DSP trimmed to 1/4 inch by 4-1/8 inches.
  • Additionally, I wanted something to tie all the leaves together. So, I cropped a piece of Smoky Slate using the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes die set. To create the ring, I used the closest fitting circle from the Layered Circles die set.
  • In order to give some height to the focal arrangment of leaves and stems, I cropped a piece of the same Basic Gray pattern using the largest spray of leaves in the die set.

Stamping and Assembling

  • I stamped two leaf sprays in each of the Cajun Craze and Shaded Spruce colors. Next, I stamped the center spray in Basic Gray. Even though I now had six leaf/stem sprays, I achieved the odd number balance with the Smoky Slate cardstock ring.
  • After cropping out the stamped images, I simply played around with different arrangements before adhering anything down. Once I found an arrangment I liked, I took a picture of it, which makes it so much easier to reconstruct the arrangment.
  • I used the multipurpose liquid glue to adhere all the pieces down, starting with the ring of cardstock and working my way forward.
  • Next, I stamped the greeting in Shaded Spruce and cropped it using the Stitched Rectangle die. I placed dimensionals on the back of the sentiment panel to give it some dimension.
  • At this point, I thought I had finished the card. However, it didn’t look finished because it felt unconnected. Ribbon would have been too much. Thankfully, I had some Cajun Craze baker’s twine left from last Thanksgiving. I made a bow using a technique I’d seen on a few of Mary Deatherage’s, with Stamps-n-Lingers, FaceBook lives and her videos. Can’t for the life of me remember what she called it. This is one of the first times I’ve created one of these bows with which I was happy. I attached the bow off-centered and right where the Basic Gray DSP meets the arrangment. Since the tails are long enough to fall over the sentiment, I had connected all the elements together.
  • After I adhered and trimmed the piece of the plaid DSP to the envelope flap, I’d finished this card/envelope set.

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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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#GDP250 and ctd603 Two-fer with a Split Card

It’s true, another Forever Fern card for this two-fer. The Color Throwdown #603 challenge calls for green, orange, and yellow. I used Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, and Daffodil Delight. When paired with the Global Design Project #250 sketch challenge the colors create a completely different look to the Forever Fern stamps. Since I used the split card technique, I have a mirror image card I can use another day in another way.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners:

This technique is one of the easiest ways to get two cards out of one stamping time. Start with 1/2 sheet of cardstock, in this case I used white cardstock cut to 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches. I very, very lightly scored this piece at 4-1/4 inches just enough to see the exact middle of the cardstock. Then, I started stamping. When you get a design with which you are happy, simply cut on the 4-1/4 inch line. Ta-da! Two card fronts. I keep my other half of the card front in the back sleeve on the stamp set.

I took the picture on the left after I trimmed the piece on the right for the card front, which explains why the green leaves are off. The picture on the right shows how snug the other half of the card fits in the back sleeve of the stamp case.

Split Card Technique: Measurements

The Garden Green card base measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.

I used a piece of the 2020 Garden Green 6 x 6 DSP for the background of the card. This piece measures 4-1/4 inches by 5-1/2 inches. When picking the DSP patterns for both the green and orange mats, I decided I needed very subtle patterns so they wouldn’t clash with the Forever Fern stamped images.

While I originally thought I’d use Daffodil Delight DSP for the tilted DSP mat, I ended up using Pumpkin Pie. I wanted that tilted mat to pop off the green background mat, and the Pumpkin Pie did that much more than the yellow. The Pumpkin Pie DSP is cut to 4-7/8 inches by 3-7/8 inches.

Finally, I trimmed the white stamped cardstock to 4-78 inches by 3-7/8 inches for the outside. I also cut a piece of white for the inside of the card to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.

While I was using the paper trimmer, I cut a piece of the Pumpkin Pie DSP to 6 inches by 2-5/8 inches for the envelope flap.

Split Card Technique: Directions

I wanted the green for the largest stamp because the leaves spread out, but the dark color would be prominent. Daffodil Delight was used on the seven leaf stamp. I used Pumpkin Pie for the round berries/cotton pod looking stamp.

  • Starting with the green stamp, I alternated stamping it on the right and left of my center line score. I thought it was easier to work from the bottom up along the center line. I added the all the stamps along the bottom after I’d stamped everything else.
  • Next, I stamped the yellow leaves. I really tried to fill in-between the green sprays of leaves going up and out from the center line.
  • Then, I stamped the Pumpkin Pie round pods. Once again, I tried to have them go up the center, but also spray in towards the center of the cardstock.
  • Finally, I went back and filled in the stamps along the bottom of the card so they would all surround the sentiment.
  • I wanted to have one of each color stamp on the front, bottom left corner of the envelope, so I stamped that while I had the stamps and ink pads out.
  • The white inside panel has one of each of the colored stamps in the bottom right-hand corner.
  • I used the large THANK YOU from the Ornate Thanks stamp set for the sentiment. Using my Stamparatus made masking and placing the two parts of the stamp much, much easier.
  • The inside sentiment, from the bottom of my heart, also from Ornate Thanks, is stamped in the middle of the white cardstock inside panel.
Cropping and Assembly
  • I cropped the sentiment panel using a rectangle stitched die. Just like the sentiment, I played around with the size of the die but didn’t take pictures as I did it. Explaining the easy process in writing really needs accompanying pictures. Next time I’ll remember. I put dimensionals under the sentiment panel.
  • The bold sentiment and colors needed a bold mat. I used a Stitched So Sweetly die and cropped it from the Garden Green DSP. It was a stroke of genius luck that the cropped sentiment rectangle fit perfectly on the rectangle of the mat. I also put dimensionals under the mat.
  • Just a note: I cropped the Stitched So Sweetly mat from the DSP I used for the background of the card. Since no one can see the whole center section of that DSP, there’s no reason not to use it for the sentiment mat.
  • Finally, I assembled all the elements of the card using the multipurpose liquid adhesive for the mats and layers. Even with a double layer of dimensionals on the sentiment, it will still fit in a medium SU! envelope for the standard amount of postage.
  • After adhering and trimming the DSP to the envelope flap, I had completed this coordinated card/envelope set.

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.

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What Do the Beatles and #GDP246 Have in Common?

I know (um, hope?) I am not alone in my thinking. Raise your hand if you start singing “Hello, Hello! I don’t know why you say good-bye, I say hello!” when you are using this sentiment stamp.

Which answers the question in the title: what do these two things have in common? My card! I am kind of disappointed that neither my husband nor my daughter “got it” with the sentiment. I did put a comma in after the first “HELLO” but they still didn’t get it.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge banner from Global Design Project # 246:

I have to confess that I also wanted this to be for another challenge with a theme of “sunshine”. However, I forgot the other half of that challenge called for clean and simple. Oops!A (Somewhat) Quick Collage

When I started looking at the challenge banner for #GDP246, I immediately thought of the sunflowers. I also knew I did not want to color as many as I would need. So, I grabbed the Flowers for All Seasons 6 x 6 DSP and pulled out a couple of sheets of this pattern.

A (Somewhat) Quick Collage

Amazingly, since I knew exactly what I wanted to do, I was able to get everything together so I only needed to use the Big Shot at one time. I would save so much time if I did this for all my cards. Just saying.

Using the Sunflower Dies, I carefully and strategically cropped out nine sunflowers. It will just be our secret that some of the sunflowers on the bottom layers are only partial sunflowers. I carefully dry-fit all the flowers together before I adhered anything down.

At the same time that I cropped the sunflowers, I also cropped the leafy stems, again using the Flowers for All Seasons DSP. These leafy stems are from the same pattern that I used for the strip down the right side of the card.

While I was at the Big Shot, I ran a piece of white cardstock through it using the Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder. For so many cards, I use the more subtle embossing folders, especially for a clean and simple card. However, I thought this collage could hold its own with a pattern like all these leaves.

At this point, I used the dark Cinnamon Cider blend to color three of the pearl basic jewels. There are multiple layers of color on each one, and it’s a good idea to let the layers dry between applications.

I also thought I would need something to anchor the two sentiment ovals on the card. The new Just Jade ribbon fit the bill perfectly when I tied it in a square knot.

Finishing Up

After using the multipurpose adhesive to attach the leafy stems and flowers, I added mini-dimensionals to the back of the sentiment ovals. While I was at it, I added a leafy stem in the dotted DSP and a vellum leafy stem to the back of the ovals as well.

I added the three Cinnamon Cider pearls in a triangle formation to the front of the card. They coordinate beautifully, and become part of the collage.

Finally, I added an extra cropped sunflower to the bottom, left side of the envelope front and the dotted DSP to the envelope flap.

With that, I’d completed this card/envelope set.

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.

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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.

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It’s About Easter for #GDP235

The Global Design project challenge for this week is Easter/Spring. Tomorrow is Easter, and I haven’t finished cards. Since I have to mail them, it’s all good.

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here are two of my Easter cards for this challenge:

Short and Sweet

These adorable animals come from the Welcome Easter stamp set. The bunny is my favorite of the three, and I don’t think I’ve even used the lamb yet. The adorable bee, which I also stamped in a line across the bottom of the front of the envelope, comes from the same set. I believe it is just as cute, and necessary, as the bunny.

Since I wanted the animals to be grounded in grass, I needed to figure out what to do without stamping it. Even though there is a grass stamp in the set, I wanted something more substantial. Thankfully, the Special Day die set contains a long grass die. I cropped the die in both Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz. Then I staggered and adhered the two strips of grass to my white background. After they were completely adhered, I used the Stitched Shapes circle die to crop the animal and grass. If you decide to use this technique, you need to make sure that you run the sandwich through the Big Shot a number, more than 3, of times.

Ribbons, More Dies and an Embossing Folder

The Layering Circle dies came in very handy for this card. There are two layers of scalloped circles under the bunny and one under the chick. I really wanted to incorporate Pumpkin Pie since I used the light and dark blends to color the chick. A plain piece of cardstock as the top mat would not have worked at all. After searching through my embossing folders, I chose the tufted folder, and I’m happy with the results.

Next, I needed to find ribbon for each card. The Gray Granite fit perfectly with the same color DSP. While I colored the bunny with the Smoky Slate light and dark blends, it all works in this Pear Pizzazz, Petal pink, and Gray Granite color scheme.

Finding ribbon for the chick card was a bit more challenging. After looking through ribbon and more ribbon, as well as baker’s twine colors, I found the brand new roll of Old Olive ribbon. This ribbon is half of the ribbon combo pack from the Ornate Garden suite. Perfect!

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