Happy Fall, Y’all for Make My Monday #157

Welcome to the Make My Monday challenge #157. Pamela chose an autumn/fall theme for the challenge starting today, September 13, 2021. I’ve seen the design team projects and they are phenomenal! I hope you will pop over to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team created. We all look forward to seeing what you create posted in our gallery!

Here’s my card:

 

When I first chose this DSP (designer series paper), I thought that I might just let the DSP do all the work.  I pulled out some Misty Moonlight, Merry Merlot, and Cinnamon Cider cardstock just to play around with the colors and DSP.  I knew I needed a “Thinking of You” card, and when I started looking for sentiments that would match what I wanted to do, I came across the  Nature’s Harvest stamp set.  While I knew I wouldn’t be using any of those sentiments, I thought I could use the dies.  With that, finding a layout that worked just fell into place.

 

Measurements:

  • I chose Cinnamon Cider for the base. It measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • The Misty Moonlight base measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. You can’t see it, but I cropped the wheat kind of die diagonally from this mat.
  • The DSP top layer measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. I also cut a piece of DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • The white cardstock for the inside panel measures 5-1/4 inches by 4 inches.
  • The Cinnamon Cider and Merry Merlot stalks were cropped from scraps. I also cropped the sentiment panel and Misty Moonlight mat from scraps.

What I Did:

  • First, I adhered the DSP to the Misty Moonlight mat.
  • Then, I started working on the bow using Early Espresso faux suede trim. I don’t put any adhesive down to hold ribbon in place when I am trying to create a bow. Since I am bow-challenged about 50% of the time. Maybe it’s because I am left-handed, but my bows wind up coming out upside down, so I need to be able to take the ribbon off and turn it around. I know I should just tie it starting from the upside down position, but that doesn’t seem to work for me. This time, I tied a pretty decent bow on the third try. Yeah, me!
  • I used liquid adhesive to adhere all three stalks on the DSP, slipping them under the ribbon one at a time.
  • Next, I stamped the sentiment, from the Peaceful Moments stamp set, on a scrap of white cardstock in Merry Merlot. Then, I cropped the sentiment using a stitched rectangle die.
  • The Misty Moonlight sentiment mat was trimmed to size. I used dimensionals under the sentiment, but adhered the mat directly to the DSP. I also put dimensionals under the Misty Moonlight mat under the DSP to accomodate the width of the faux suede ribbon.

The Inside:

Here’s the inside of the card:

  • This sentiment comes from the In Your Words host set. It’s a beautiful sentiment, isn’t it? I stamped it in Merry Merlot.
  • Those five little, tiny white stars come from the Frightfully Cute die set. I had no idea what that die was supposed to match, so I tested it on a scrap of white cardstock. Adhering them was a bit tricky. First, I put a drop of glue on a dimensional cover, only because it was sitting on my desk Using my opposable tweezers, I was able to just touch the star into the glue and then adhere it to the inside of the card. Those stars are really, really tiny, but they fit so well with this sentiment.
  • Finally, it was time to finish up. I adhered and trimmed the DSP on the envelope flap. Then, I punched a 1 inch circle from coordinating DSP and ran it through my XYRON create-a-sticker for an envelope seal.
  • With that, this coordinated card/envelope/seal set was done.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this card.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

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MMM #156 = Fun Fold Cards

Welcome to the Make My Monday challenge #156. I am hosting this challenge and chose a Fun Fold theme for the challenge starting today, August 30, 2021. I’ve seen the design team projects and they are phenomenal! I hope you will pop over to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team created. We all look forward to seeing what you create in our gallery!

I needed a special thank you card using black and gold with “hornets.” (Yes, I know these are bees, but I am taking creative license, so hornets they are.)

Here’s the front of my card:

Now for the WOW! part of this card:

The Video Makes It Easier Than It Looks!

Please don’t be intimidated when you see my card! I used a video tutorial from Connie Stewart for this fold. If you’ve seen any of her videos, you already know she loves quick cards that really WOW the recipient. This card is the same kind of card ~ truly! You will know how relatively easy it was when you follow along with the video. I’d suggest watching the 13 minute video first. Then you can go back and follow the directions for the measurements, which I’ve also included below:

  • Gold foil backing piece measures 4-1/4 inches by 5-1/2 inches
  • Black cardstock pieces:
    • Base measures 5-1/4 inches by 11 inches. Score at 1-3/4 inches, 3-1/2 inches, 5-1/4 inches, and 7 inches.
    • DSP (designer series paper): if you follow the video, you will see Connie starts with a 6 x 6 inch piece of DSP. She will walk you through the cuts needed. When you are finished, you will have:
      • 2 @ 1-1/2 inches by 5 inches,
      • 2 @ 1/2 x 3-3/4 inches,
      • 4@ 1-1/4 by 2-1/4 inches
      • 1@ 1-1/2 inches by 2 inches (I used the gold polka dot DSP)
  • I used the gold polka-dot DSP for the front sentiment panel base. This piece measures 2-1/2 inches x 2-1/2 inches.
  • The white cardstock pieces:
    • 2-14 inches by 2-1/4 inches
    • 5 inches by 7-1/2 inches, scored at 3-3/4 inches.

Assembly:

  • After all the pieces are cut, you simply assemble. I found the assembly just fell into place because I had everything precut.
  • I used the Golden Honey DSP, gold foil specialty DSP, and the Bees dies for the accents.
  • The Peaceful Moments stamp set provided the first two sentiments. Both sentiments inside the white cardstock come from the Best Year cling stamp set.

Please do try this! Connie Stewart’s video really walks you through it step-by-step. I know I will use this fun fold again and again. It’s fabulous!

After you try this, please don’t forget to upload it to the Make My Monday challenge blog! This card also qualifies for the Creative Creases challenge, so post it there as well. I can’t wait to see your creations in both challenges!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this card.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

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Again, thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I appreciate your comments and your time.

 

Anything But a Card, MMM #155

Welcome to the Make My Monday challenge #155. Mary V. chose a n Anything But a Card theme for the challenge starting today, August 16, 2021. I hope you will pop over to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team created as well. We all look forward to seeing what you create in our gallery!

My great-niece just had her 5th  mermaid themed birthday party.  I made 16 mermaid thank you tags and a matching birthday card.

Here’s one of my tags:

 

Here’s the coordinating card:

 

Both of these projects were inspired by fellow Pal, Tricia Chuba Neild.

 

What I Did:

  • Sadly, I gave the tags to my niece before I measured anything or even took pictures. I can tell you that the size of the Balmy Blue tag was based on the height of the second largest Stitched with Whimsy die. I adjusted the width so that I would have more of a tag size.
  • The mermaid tail started out with a piece of white cardstock. I used one of the Adorning Designs Decorative Masks and a blending brush. First, I used the blending brush and Magenta Madness ink with the mask. Then, I used the blending brush to lightly swirl Magenta Madness over the whole area. This process took the longest and I used 3 pieces of white cardstock for the 16 tails. I did have a hand-drawn template for the tail, and then I needed to do quite a bit of fussy cutting.
  • The Highland Heather “shell” comes from the In Symmetry stamp set. Thankfully there’s a die in the In Symmetry bundle for this “shell” so I didn’t have to fussy cut them.
  • The seaweed in the background of the tag is from a Smooth Sailing die in Soft Seafoam and Granny Apple Green.
  • After adhering all the layers down with multipurpose glue, I used the Label Me Fancy punch to punch out the space for the Gorgeous Grape ribbon.
  • Finally, I stamped the sentiment, again from In Symmetry, in Gorgeous Grape on white cardstock. Then, I just used one of the (retired) Stitched Shapes oval dies. The only dimensionals used on the tags are under the sentiment.
  • HINT: When mass-producing projects, it is much easier to create one element at a time. When you have individual piles of elements, assembly takes much less time.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this card.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

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Slimline Cards for Make My Monday Challenge #154

Welcome to the Make My Monday challenge #154. Wei chose a slimline theme for the challenge starting today, August 2, 2021. I hope you will pop over to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team created as well. We all look forward to seeing what you create in our gallery!

Here’s my card:

Before I begin, I need to let you know that this blog post will be very short, but hopefully sweet. As I’ve said before, I live in Central Florida, about halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach. We have been having heat index temperatures between 98-102 for quite a while. Saturday our air conditioning went out and my blue room, aka craft studio, is already the warmest room in the house. I feel like the Wicked Witch in that I am melting. So, short and sweet, I hope.

Measurements:

  • The Pear Pizazz base measures 9 inches by 8 inches, scored at 4 inches to create a tent card.
  • The white cardstock on the front of the card measures 3-7/8 inches by 8-7/8 inches.
  • The white cardstock for the inside panel measures 3-3/4 inches by 8-3/4 inches.
  • Everything else on the front of the card comes from scraps.
    • One day I need to explain how I keep my scraps. I always say I am using scraps, but without an explanation of how they are stored, it might not make sense.

What I Did:

  • I colored the white cardstock for the front using my blending brushes. Balmy Blue provides a nice color for the sky and lets the white clouds pop. I used Pear Pizazz for the grassy area.
  • Everything else, right down to the grass stamp, comes from the Sale-a-Bration catalog! You know what that means: FREE STUFF with a qualifying purchase.
  • The Counting Sheep stamp set is FREE with a $50 purchase, and the Sheep Dies are FREE with a $50 purchase. So, with a $100 purchase, you get the stamp set and dies FREE. FREE is good!
  • Since sheep are not always pure white, I used a blending brush and smoky slate ink to give all three sheep some color. The stamping blends made coloring their legs, ears, and faces a breeze.
  • Their adorable little party hats, also found in the stamp set and die set, are colored with Balmy Blue and Old Ol

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog. I appreciate every visit and comment.


Have a Peachy Day!
Sue

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Lovely as a Tree for Make My Monday #153

Welcome to the Make My Monday challenge #153. Debbie chose a trees theme for the challenge starting today, July 19, 2021. I hope you will pop over to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team created as well. We all look forward to seeing what you create in our gallery!

For this challenge, I used my very first Stampin’ Up! stamp set: Lovely as a Tree. I remember how excited I was at the quality of the used stamp set I’d purchased on eBay. When I purchased the stamp set, I really didn’t know anything about Stampin’ Up!. However, I was so completely in love with the details in the stamped images that I tried to get my husband just as excited. For some strange and unknown reason, he wasn’t as excited as I. This one stamp set started me on my SU! obsession journey. Yeah, that’s it – a journey.

Here’s my card:

Measurements:

  • The So Saffron base measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches to create a tent.
  • I used Whisper White for the front and the inside panel of the card. The front piece of white measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. As usual, the inside panel measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • Since I stamped the same tree image on the envelope flap, I didn’t need anything else.

Masking with Post-it notes:

Thankfully, the finished card completely matches the picture I had in my head before I started.

  • The width of the stamped image measures about 4 inches. That’s how I determined that she size of the background box I needed would measure 4-1/2 inches by 1-3/4 inches. Before I did anything else with the card, I needed to mask off the area I needed. When masking straight lines, Post-it notes are one of the best ways to accomplish a clean edge.
  • If you don’t have Post-It notes, using repositionable tape on the back of copy paper works just as well.
  • Here’s a picture of my mask:

Ink Pads and Blending Brushes, and Sentiments:

  • I started to color the panel with Basic Grey ink and a blender brush along the bottom edge. Without putting more ink on the brush, I started swirling up the marked off box. My goal was to have the grey blending into the yellow to resemble a misty morning.
  • HINT: In order to get a smooth color while using the blending brush, it helps to gently tap off the brush a couple of times.
  • Then, I started using the So Saffron ink pad and a blending brush along the top. I did reink the brush with the yellow as I worked my way down into the grey.
  • When I was satisfied with the depth of the So Saffron color, I went back to the Basic Grey. This time I gently pulled the grey color up into the yellow. I didn’t reink the brush a second time after I started pulling color upwards.
  • After I removed the post-it notes, I stamped the image from Lovely as a Tree. I purposely lined the top of the stamp up with the top edge of the colored panel. I wanted to have the bottom of the stamp run slightly over the bottom edge.
  • The sentiments on the inside and outside of the card come from the new Color and Contour stamp set. I used Smoky Slate for the sentiments.
  • Next, I stamped another tree image in the bottom, left corner on the inside panel.
  • Before adhering the front panel to the outside of the card, I used the Basic Grey Stampin’ Write Marker to outline the white cardstock. I wanted this outline to go with the misty morning, so the width of the outline varies as I went around the cardstock.
  • Finally, I adhered both pieces of white cardstock using multipurpose glue.

Thanks 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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Cats or Dogs for Make My Monday # 151

Welcome to another MMM challenge! Meg is hosting the theme of cats or dogs and I’m looking forward to seeing your creations in the gallery. Since I just posted a dogs card for Cardz 4 Guyz (you can see that here), I chose cats for this MMM.

Here’s my card:

I thoroughly enjoyed playing around with the DSP (designer series paper) to find a non-pattern with which I was happy. I used the Playful Pets stamps, coordinating die set, and both ribbons. In addition, I used the tailored label punch and a circle punch.

Measurements:

  • The Flirty Flamingo card base measures 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to form a tent card.
  • I trimmed the black mat to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The sentiment circle came from scrap white cardstock. I also trimmed a piece of white cardstock for the inside to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • The last measuring I did was for the envelope flap. I used a piece of the cats DSP and trimmed it to 2-1/2 inches by 6 inches. I adhered this directly to the envelope flap so I wouldn’t misplace it.

What I Did:

  • Without any real thought, I just started punching a bunch of tailored tags out of the cat themed DSP.
  • Happily this grumpy cat fit inside one of my circle punches. I used the layering circles die set to crop the mat for it out of scrap black.
  • This grumpy cat immediately reminded me of Garfield, which led to the use of the “Enjoy” sentiment. Hopefully, eventually, grumpy cat would smile sooner or later. Both the cat and the sentiment have dimensionals underneath them so they pop off the card.
  • Then, I just needed to play around with the DSP tags until I found something suitable. Using this removable tape helped me move things around without worrying about getting everything out of place.
  • Once I found a layout with which I was happy, I used multipurpose liquid adhesive to adhere everything down to the black mat.
  • Next, used the Label Me Fancy punch to get a slit punched out in the tip of the sentiment circle. I wrapped the ribbon and baker’s twine around the black mat and slipped one set of ends through the slit. The dimensionals really keep the sentiment from just flapping on the card.
  • I used a glue dot to adhere one of the (retired) pet trinkets to the cats collar. Then I used 3 black matte dots to embellish the sentiment.
  • I stamped “I hope your day is a real treat” on the inside and added a cropped cat to the bottom, left corner.
  • After trimming the DSP on the envelope flap, I punched a circle for the seal, which I ran through my XYRON create-a-sticker. The seal then lives inside the envelope until I am ready to use the card.
  • With that, I’d completed this card/envelope/seal coordinated set.

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.


Have a Peachy Day!
Sue

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What’s New? Since you asked, it’s The Kits Collection!

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Take a look at this video explaining what you get with your kit! Remember, the kits are all inclusive! Just add some of your own crafting basic tools, and you are good to go!

Do you live in the U.S. and need a demonstrator? If so, I’d love to talk to you!

Do You Want to Place an Order?

Of course you do!

If you are ordering less than $150.00, please use the host code shown. If you are ordering more than $150.00, please contact me first so you can get your stamping rewards!  Any order over $50 will earn a little surprise from me.

The HOST CODE through June 30, 2021 is 26AD7SA3.

Again, thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I appreciate your comments and your time.