Welcome back to another bi-weekly Make My Monday challenge! Our host for #214, Debbie, chose wreaths for the theme this week. When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see the projects by each of the other design team members. We’d love to see your wreath creations in our gallery!
Here’s my fun fold wreath card:
I realized that I don’t really have any stamp sets with Christmas wreaths, so I had to make my own. Once I knew this card was going to be a labor of love, I thought I needed to make it a fun fold to go all out. Full credit for this fun fold goes to Connie Stewart of Simply Simple Stamping. You can find her video here. I used the colors from the Color Throwdown 769 challenge, as shown below. I’m also entering it in the Creative Creases #70 challenge. The DSP, colors, and ribbon I used are retired, but I love the set and haven’t been able to bring myself to sell it.
Can I just say that I’m pretty stinking pleased that I “almost” figured out how to use columns in my post?
Follow the directions in Connie Stewart’s video (link above) to create the base of the card. I used Mint Macaron for the base.
The pink snowflake DSP (designer series paper) on the front measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
I also trimmed a piece of this DSP to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. Then, I punched a 1-inch circle of coordinating DSP for the envelope seal, which I ran through my XYRON create-a-sticker.
The two pieces of white cardstock on the inside flaps each measure 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
Stamping, Coloring, & Cropping:
Thankfully, I used many scraps for all the holly & berry pieces, along with the trees on the inside.
First, I stamped more than 20 holly & berry pieces using Smoky Slate ink.
Then, I added clear Wink of Stella to all the flourish pieces.
Next, I colored them using the Mint Macaron blends combo and a Blushing Bride Stamping Write Marker.
Before cropping them all out, I outlined the berries and holly using a Smoky Slate marker.
For the base of the wreath, I used two of the Stylish Shapes circles and Mossy Meadow cardstock to create a ring.
Next, I wiped down a piece of white cardstock using my embossing buddy.
Stamp the sentiment using VersaMark ink and cover with silver embossing powder.
Heat set with your heat tool and crop using the inner Stylish Shapes circle.
Use some tear & tape to adhere the sentiment circle to the back of the Mossy Meadow ring.
Adhere the first layer of holly & berry pieces to the Mossy Meadow ring using multipurpose liquid glue.
Add the second layer of holly & berry pieces using mini-dimensionals.
Adhere the ring to the front of the card using liquid glue.
Create a bow using Mint Macaron ribbon and adhere with a mini glue dot.
Stamp the ornaments and inside sentiments using Smoky Slate ink.
I colored the ornaments with the Mint Macaron blends combo and Wink of Stella clear.
I stamped the last inside sentiment using Smoky Slate ink,
I cropped the trees from white cardstock. Then, I used a blending brush and Blushing Bride ink to lightly color the trees.
I had an “oops” when I stamped the sentiment, so I simply stamped it again and cropped it with a Stylish Shape circle.
I used liquid glue to adhere the trees, sentiment, and lone holly & berry piece on the inside panels.
Stamp the three lower trees using Mint Macaron ink. Add dots of Blushing Bride using a Stamping Write marker.
With that, I’d finished this labor of love coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.
Welcome back to the Make My Monday biweekly challenge. Our host for challenge # 212, JoAnn B., chose Funny or Pun Sentiments for the theme. When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see what the rest of the design team members created. We’d love to see your creations based on our theme, so please upload them to our gallery.
I didn’t really have pun sentiments, but I do have the Hey Chuck bundle, and the sentiments are kind of pun-ny, at least in my humble opinion.
Here’s my card:
If this layout looks extremely familiar, it’s because I’ve already used it twice. It’s from Try Stampin’ on Tuesday, and you can see my other cards using the layout here and here. Can you tell I am just pleased as punch with it?
The measurements are exactly the same as both of my previous posts. The DSP comes from the Sun Prints (retired) set. The base and dominant color is Starry Sky. It’s very difficult to see, but the whole rooster and the outline, as well as the outline of the circle are all outlined with Starry Sky marker and then I added clear Wink of Stella on them.
I used one of the online exclusive Basics Embossing folders for the background of the circle.
The fence pieces are stamped with Gray Granite on Gray Granite 6 x 6 inch DSP. I used them instead of ribbon on this version of the card.
The ink for the outside and inside sentiments is Starry Sky.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a Peachy Day!
Sorry for the much abbreviated post. My husband and I are both under-the-weather.
Welcome back to the Make My Monday bi-weekly challenge! Our host for # 211, Meg, chose autumn colors for the theme. One of the advantages of MMM is how open it is for individual interpretation. When you first see my tag, you might be asking yourself how pink and white relates to autumn colors. Here in the U.S., October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the color for that cause is pink. I am in the process of making 40 of these tags for an event sponsored by the high school where I teach. The school mascot is a hornet, but this bee works, and the colors are black and gold.
Here’s a shot of 9 of the tags:
I kept the retired Honey Bee stamp and die set, and still have two packs of the DSP because it is black and gold. Last year, I made a couple of sets of tags for senior night for girls’ basketball and all the track and field seniors. Here’s a photo of one set of these:
Cropping, Stamping, and Assembling:
I used the Scalloped Contours die set for both the pink and white layers.
I used Momento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the sentiment, from the Honey Bees stamp set, on the front of the white scalloped layer.
After using the embossing buddy, I stamped groups of 6 bees on pink cardstock using VeraMark ink. I found that trying to work with more than 6 bees at a time made a mess of the embossing powder.
After I covered the bees with black embossing powder, I set each group with my heat tool.
Then, I cropped all of the bees at once.
Since I had the black school color on the tag, I decided to add some gold as well. Therefore, I used a gold ink stamp pad and dragged the edges of the pink layer through the gold ink. Four sides through ink for 40 tags. However, it didn’t take as long as I thought, and I found that I could run three tags through the ink at once and still get the coverage I wanted.
I only used multipurpose liquid glue to attach the layers. These tags will have messages written on each of them, so I wanted to keep them as level as possible.
After adhering the white and pink layers, I punched a hole in the side of each.
Here’s a video showing the easiest way I’ve found to get ribbon wider than the hole threaded through:
That’s it. I hope you find some sort of inspiration from my unconventional autumn color tags.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Have a Peachy Day!
72 Hours! October 9 – 11, 2023
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Welcome to the Make My Monday challenge # 209. Our host for this challenge, Johanna, chose create your own background for the theme. When you finish here, please visit the challenge site to see the projects created by the rest of the design team. Our hope is that you will be inspired to play along and upload your project to the gallery. We can’t wait to see what you create!
I chose to create a Christmas card. Here’s my monochromatic project:
While the card is mainly Boho Blue, with touches of white, there is some sparkle thanks to Wink of Stella.
The Boho Blue base measures 11 by 4-1/4 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
After I embossed another piece of Boho Blue cardstock using the Christmas Tidings embossing folder, I trimmed it to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
The white cardstock for the inside measures 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
I used scrap white cardstock for the sentiment.
Finally, I trimmed a piece of Boho Blue 6 x 6 inch DSP to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. I also punched a 1-inch circle for the envelope seal and then ran it through my XYRON create-a-sticker.
That’s it for the measurements.
What I Did:
After trimming the embossed Boho Blue cardstock, I outlined it using Wink of Stella.
Then, I very lightly swiped the Wink of Stella brush over the embossed cardstock. I held the brush parallel to the cardstock so that the swipes would be very light.
Even doing light swipes, I thought that there was too much shine. Therefore, I used Boho Blue ink and a blending brush to add ink over the shiny Wink of Stella. This also made the embossed piece pop off the Boho Blue base.
Since I didn’t have any Boho Blue twine, I took a length of jute and pulled the strands apart.
Then, I wrapped the twine around the embossed cardstock, and added some Elegant Essentials silver thread to the square knot.
I used a sentiment from the _____ set, and stamped it in Boho Blue ink.
I cropped the sentiment using one of the Nested Essentials dies, which can be found in the September – December mini-catalog.
Next, I added dimensionals to the back of the sentiment panel so it would straddle the jute.
Using three In Color Boho Blue enamel dots on the sentiment panel, I was able to hide a couple of small smudges of ink.
I also added dimensionals to the back of the embossed cardstock to allow for the width of the jute.
After stamping the inside sentiment in Boho Blue, I adhered it to base using multipurpose liquid glue.
With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.
You can download the following catalog, or find the link on the Stampin’ UP! website. Not surprisingly, some items have already gone on backorder. Now is the time to order your Halloween and some of your Autumn supplies.
Welcome to the bi-weekly Make My Monday challenge #209. Our host for this challenge, Heather, chose In the City for the theme. When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge website to see the creations from the rest of the design team. Part of what I love about this challenge is that the options are unlimited regarding interpretation of the challenge theme. We’d enjoy seeing your creations in our gallery and thank you for playing along with us.
There are times that a challenge theme really requires me to think outside the box. This was one of those themes. I realized that I don’t really have anything for a city themed card, except for the Les Shoppes 6 x 12 inch DSP from a paper share.
Here’s the card I created:
The Basic Black card base measures 8-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
The Balmy Blue and white background DSP (designer series paper) measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
I used one of the Scalloped Contour dies for the mat under the shoppe, which I outlined in Calypso Coral.
The DSP for the envelope flap is another pattern from Les Shoppes. I trimmed it to 6 by 2-1/2 inches. I also trimmed a piece to 1/2 by 4 inches for the bottom of the inside of the card.
I punched a 1-inch circle from the Balmy Blue DSP for the envelope seal and ran it through my XYRON create-a-sticker.
The shoppe itself is from another piece of the DSP set, which I had to fussy cut, along with the plant on the corner of the shoppe.
I used scraps of Balmy Blue and Calypso Coral for the sentiment.
The inside of the card is a piece of white cardstock trimmed to 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
What I Did:
I used multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the DSP to the black base and the white scalloped mat to the DSP.
If you don’t mind getting covered in ink, pull a piece of white baker’s twine over the Calypso Coral ink pad. You need to roll it while you are pulling it. Let it dry completely before you try using it on your card. I may or may not have done that and may have messed up the first piece of background DSP. Ok, I did mess it up. Let the baker’s twine dry completley.
After it had dried, I wrapped it around the top of the canopy of the shoppe because I wanted to create a ledge of sorts.
I added dimensionsals under the shoppe and the plant and adhered them to the scalloped contour mat.
The clear embossed sentiment comes from the Charming Sentiments die set. I’ve always liked the look of cropped sentiments but mine never seemed to turn out as planned. Therefore, I am thrilled that this set of fabulous sentiments has a coordinating die set, the Sentiment Silhouette dies.
In order to create the Calypso Coral mat, which allows the sentiment to pop against all the Balmy Blue, I cropped one of the what’s new sentiment dies. I simply cut it in half and used liquid glue to attach the piece to the back of the sentiment.
I added 3 small Calypso Coral ombre dots to finish off the front of the card..
I stamped another Charming Sentiment in Balmy Blue on the inside panel of the card and adhered it using liquid glue.
With that, I ‘d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.
You can download the following catalog, or find the link on the Stampin’ UP! website. Not surprisingly, some items have already gone on backorder. Now is the time to order your Halloween and Autumn supplies. Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing a pair of cards I made with the Autumn Suite of products.
There’s also going to be a release of ONLINE EXCLUSIVE DSP! I’m especially thrilled with the Tartan DSP! You can see previews below:
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Again, thank you for stopping by! I’d love to hear your comments or thoughts. Sue
Welcome to the new Make My Monday bi-weekly challenge #208. Our host for this challenge, Pamela, chose hobbies for the theme. I want to thank all of you who played along with my three of anything challenge #207. I really struggled to narrow it down to the top choices and enjoyed looking at all your cards..
My husband loves to fish, but it’s just been too beastly hot to go fishing lately, even in the mornings. I made this card for him and am going to mail it so it will be a complete surprise in just a few days. When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see the wide variety of hobby cards. We’d love to see your interpretation of our hobby challenge, so don’t forget to upload it to our gallery.
Since it took me quite a number of failed tries for one of my hobbies, I needed something fast. I visited Connie Stewart’s YouTube channel and found a video for this easy fun fold card. I followed all her directions and measurements, but I substituted the Gone Fishing suite of products. Happily, the bundle is back in stock. The DSP is fabulous and incorporates some of the 2023 – 2025 In Colors. I used the Pebbled Path ribbon and stamp pad, along with a touch of Wild Wheat for the lure.
The white-ish dot on the Pecan Pie flap and the fishing DSP (designer series paper) is a little Velcro closure set. The ribbon makes the flap a bit difficult to keep down, and this little Velcro thingie saves the day.
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Through Stampin' Up!, I happily share my love of papercrafting through sales, classes, small stamping group meet-ups and workshops. I think that being a teacher in my "real life", I have a unique approach to sharing my fantastic hobby. I look forward to connecting with you!