Make My Monday #139 meets FMS #466

Welcome back to another MMM challenge. This two-week challenge asks you to create a project using something new to you. I chose the new Stampin’ Up! Paper Blooms DSP available starting on Tuesday, January 5th. Best part: This DSP can be earned FREE with a qualifying $50 purchase. FREE? Yes! It’s gorgeous paper with fresh color combinations and infinite possibilities for projects. Since it’s 12 x 12 DSP, it can also be very easily used for scrapbooking.

Without further ado, here’s my card:

Here’s a beginner version of the same card, and it’s still beautiful!

No dies, ribbon, or faceted dots were used. Still gorgeous!

Here’s the inspiration sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #466:

Freshly Made Choices

  • I used Night of Navy for the card base, trimmed to 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches forming a landscape tent card.
  • The background mat paper is from the In Good Taste DSP. It coordinates perfectly with the Pretty Blooms DSP! I trimmed this mat to 5-3/8 inches by 4-1/8 inches.
  • The Old Olive mat comes from the Regals 6 x 6 inch DSP stack. I trimmed it to 3 inches by 4-1/2 inches.
  • The new Paper Blooms DSP is trimmed to 4 inches by 3-3/4 inches. I also adhered this using the multipurpose liquid adhesive. While I had that paper in the trimmer, I trimmed a piece to 2-1/2 inches by 6 inches for the envelope flap.

Ribbon and Finishing

  • Next, I used a piece of the Old Olive ribbon, from the June – December holiday catalog, which ends at midnight tonight. I wrapped it around the two top layers and actually was able to tie it in a bow. Granted, it took me a few tries, and I had to use the bunny ear method, also new to me. I usually have to tie the bow and then remove the ribbon and turn it upside down to actually have the bow face the right direction. This extra step is necessary mainly because I am left-handed. Tie a bow on sneakers? Not a problem at all. Tie a bow in ribbon on a card? I struggle. However, I’m pretty stinking happy with this bow!
  • I cropped the Rococo Rose sentiment mat using the stitched rectangle dies. I slipped it under the ribbon and adhered it directly to the DSP using, you guessed it, my fave – multipurpose liquid adhesive.
  • The sentiment is also from a new to me stamp set, Here’s a Card. I stamped it on white using Night of Navy ink. Then, I popped it up on dimensionals over the ribbon.
  • I could’ve very easily stopped there. However, I had some of the 2019 – 2021 In Color faceted dots, so I used three of them for the centers of flowers.
  • After I adhered and trimmed the DSP on the envelope flap, I’d completed this card/envelope coordinated set.

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate and respond to comments.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Make My Monday #138 – Make Your Own Background

I can’t believe that I waited so long to get this Snowman Season stamp set! I have had an absolute blast with it, and my friends all loved their snowman cards. You can see those cards here. While the previous cards were clean and simple, this card is anything but.

Here’s my card:

Creating My Own Background – Two steps

I think the subtle variations of color in the Balmy Blue background show up better in person. Since I did not want a solid piece of colored cardstock, I used a sponge brayer. The brayer allowed me to create a very subtle texture using the Balmy Blue ink.

Once the ink completely dried, I had some fun with the snowflake stamp from Snowman Season and some VersaMark ink. First, and foremost, I made sure to use my embossing buddy all over the background. The buddy lifts oils from fingerprints, which creates cleaner images. Next, I randomly stamped the snowflakes all over the blue background. Make sure to turn the snowflake stamp so you don’t create a uniform pattern. Then I covered the snowflakes with white embossing powder, and heat set it all. Don’t you just love watching the magic happen?

I used glossy white cardstock and the fabulous curvy dies to create the snow drifts. The curvy die made the whole process so easy since I wanted to have different shaped drifts.

Here’s a look at the bundle:

QUITE CURVY VARIETY BUNDLE (ENGLISH)

I just used the plain curvy die for this card, but there are so many other combinations available. The Quite Curvy stamp set and Curvy dies bundle can be purchased separately or as a suite with all the products shown above.

Since I wanted the curvy bottom layer to lay flat against the background, so I used multipurpose liquid glue to adhere it. I used dimensionals to pop up the middle layer, However, I only put them along the bottom to allow room for the snowman to slip between the layers. The very front layer covers a happy mistake, so I just used the multipurpose liquid adhesive.

The Snowman and the Sentiment

I stamped the snowman in Momento Tuxedo Black ink onto white cardstock. Since all the pieces all punch out from the snowman punch, I created a template for stamping using a piece of scrap cardstock.

Here’s my template:

This way I know that what I stamp will line up in the punch.

After stamping, I punched out all the pieces and assembled my snowman. Easy peasy.

The Christmas Means More stamp set quickly found its way into my heart. This sentiment is one of four movie quotes contained in the stamp set. Can you guess the movie? Miracle on 34th Street! While I enjoy the remake, my favorite version features a young Natalie Wood. The set also contains a quote from ELF, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and It’s a Wonderful Life.

I chose this sentiment because the snowman reminds me of Frosty the Snowman, who possessed magical snowman skills. For me, it works. I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy and cropped it using the Rectangle Stitched die set.

Finally, I decided I wanted to add some ribbon. However, I only wanted a subtle ribbon. This polka dot tulle ribbon (my favorite!!!) fit the bill. I wrapped it around the side of the card tied a bow. The tulle added ribbon but I think the polka dots work with the rest of the card.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

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

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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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 for DECEMBER is 7Y27249U.

It’s Time to Order the January Paper Pumpkin Kit!

January? Paper Pumpkin? Order the January kit now?

YES! The order window is from now until January 10th, 2021. Here’s a small sneak peek:

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

Elegant Fall for Make My Monday #135

The card for this challenge is actually the second one I created. The first one will be my card for the Pals Blog Hop on Wednesday, 11/11/2020.

Here’s my card:

Clean and Simply Elegant

The idea for this card just blasted it’s way into my head at an unexpected time. However, once I saw it in my head, I had to create it immediately! Start to finish, even with a couple of missteps, the card took me less than 30 minutes. This card could be easily reproduced, especially now that I have the first one completed.

  • Merry Merlot seemed to be perfect for the base of the card. I trimmed the cardstock to 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, and scored it at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent fold.
  • The brushed copper foil paper is gorgeous! I trimmed a piece to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. Since I am all about saving paper, especially gorgeous foil papers, I cropped the center using one of the stitched rectangle dies so I could use it for the sentiment mat.
  • I needed two pieces of Very Vanilla cardstock, each of which measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. One piece is for the top layer of the front, the other for the inside of the card.

Now for the Magic

  • My Stamp-aratus really is the star of the card. I used the large autumn floral stamp from the cling Autumn Greetings stamp set. Before I started stamping, I needed to reink the Versamark pad. I wanted to get it down the first time, even though I would easily be able to stamp the Versamark multiple times.
  • Thankfully, I remembered to use my embossing buddy before I stamped the Versamark. I lined up the dry stamp exactly where I needed it, stamped it liberally with Versamark, then stamped the cardstock. Next, I covered the image with copper embossing powder, then heat set it using my heat tool. Gorgeous!

Here’s a close-up of the heat-embossed image:

  • Then I cropped the cardstock using the largest die from the stitched rectangles die set to give it a finished look.
  • I now had my three layers for the front of the card. On to the sentiment.
  • I repeated the steps using the Versamark to stamp the sentiment on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. After heat setting the powder, I trimmed it again using the stitched rectangle dies. I also cropped a piece of Merry Merlot for the bottom mat of the sentiment.
  • Remember when I cropped the center out of the copper brushed foil paper. I trimmed half of it for the middle sentiment mat. Now, the card front and the sentiment mat were repeating.
  • I used dimensionals under the vanilla and the Merry Merlot cardstock. My favorite adhesive, the multipurpose liquid glue, made putting the rest of the card easy to put together.
  • After adhering a piece of the Merry Merlot 6″ x 6″ DSP to the envelope flap, I’d completed my card/envelope set .

Truly, a clean and simple elegant autumn card. I’m pleased.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

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

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Of course you do! Even more so because you are now moving on to create Thanksgiving and holiday cards, right? There’s more information about the August – December 2020 mini-catalog below!

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 for NOVEMBER is CBDP2DQT.

This absolutely gorgeous bundle is now available! I already have one of the bundles and used it this past weekend. I’ll post that on Wednesday for the Pals Blog Hop!

Here are some fabulous images from Stampin’ Up! Each bundle is available separately, but if you want it all, the whole variety bundle is pictured below:

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158396 – QUITE CURVY VARIETY BUNDLE

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158396 QUITE CURVY VARIETY BUNDLE
I have this DSP! It is GORGEOUS!!!

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Masculine Card for Make My Monday # 134 and CTS # 395

One of the great things about being on a design team is that we get sneak peeks at the themes and what all the other DT members created. For this Make My Monday challenge, the theme is masculine and I made a masculine Halloween card. I have one-and-a-half Halloween cards to make, but the out-of-state ones will be mailed this evening. This card is for my nephew who is in college out-of-state. Is he too old for a Halloween card? Not at all when there’s a Chik-fil-a gift card inside! The layout for this card was inspired by this week’s CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.

Here’s my card:

I’m having a grand time with the owls from Have a Hoot and with all the greeting from Festive Corners photopolymer stamp sets.

Here’s the challenge sketch from CAS(E) this sketch, #395:

Measurements and Such

  • I used Rich Razzleberry for the base of the card. I trimmed it to 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
  • A mat between the plaid DSP and the base definitely needed to be included. I chose Basic Black and trimmed it to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The plaid DSP, from the Plaid Tidings DSP pack, is trimmed to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I used one of the rectangle stitched dies to crop some Mango Melody cardstock frame the white focal panel. The final measurement of both the Mango Melody frame and the white cardstock underneath is 2-1/4 inches by 4-1/8 inches.
  • I used the Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad to stamp all the stamped elements of this card.
  • The sentiment, spider web, and spider come from the Festive Corners stamp set.
  • I stamped the owl sitting on the branches directly onto the white cardstock. It’s important to note that I stamped it before I attached the frame. I also stamped another oil on a piece of scrap white cardstock to color and crop.
  • Since I wanted to use the Regals DSP for the owl’s cape, I also stamped the owl on a piece of the Rich Razzleberry 6 x 6 inch DSP.
  • I used the dark and light Basic Black blends combo to color the branches.

Continuing……..

  • I colored the owl using the light and dark Smoky Slate blends combo. After I finished coloring, I used the Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker to outline all of the parts of the owl.
  • I cropped the owls out of the white cardstock and the DSP. Next, I very carefully fussy cut the two pieces of the cape and used the multipurpose glue to adhere it down.
  • There are mini-dimensionals under the owl. Have I said that I really enjoy this stamp set?!?
  • While dry-fitting all the pieces, I decided that I needed something to tie the framed panel and the plaid together. I already had a cropped black spiral-ish circle thingie from the Painted Labels die set. After cutting it in half, I simply played around with the placement of it.
  • I trimmed the white cardstock for the inside to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. The inside sentiment also comes from Have a Hoot and says Have a Hoot on Halloween.
  • I trimmed a piece of the plaid DSP to 6 inches by 2-3/8 inches for the envelope flap. Next, I adhered it and trimmed it using my paper snips.
  • With that, I’d finished this card and envelope coordinated set.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

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

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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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! 

The HOST CODE for OCTOBER is CBDP2DQT.

Just Look at This DSP Special!

If you LOVE DSP and love to buy it, the special this month is just for you!

Here’s the DSP that’s included in the 15% off sale!

ARTISTRY BLOOMS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER TIS THE SEASON 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
FOREVER GREENERY DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
POINSETTIA PLACE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
TRIMMING THE TOWN DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
PLAID TIDINGS 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
TOILE TIDINGS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
PEONY GARDEN DESIGNERS SERIES PAPER
WHALE OF A TIME 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
HEARTWARMING HUGS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
MAGIC IN THIS NIGHT DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
SNOWFLAKE SPLENDOR DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
IN GOOD TASTE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
PLAYING WITH PATTERNS 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
PLAYFUL PETS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER

Don’t Forget About the Holiday Catalog Available Now!!

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Orange as the Dominant Color for Make My Monday #133

Orange in October? What could be more perfect? Without further ado, here’s my card, inside and out:

I love all the stamps and dies in this set, but the dabbing owl on the front? Absolutely my favorite! This adorable Halloween card comes to you courtesy of two stamp sets, Plaid Tidings DSP, and the Peek-a-Hoot die set. I did use the scalloped trim die from the Painted Labels die set, but ribbon would be a good substitute. The inside sentiments come from the Festive Corners stamp set.

I’m not sure which niece or nephew will be getting this card, but I’m so in love with it I might have to make many more.

Measurements

  • The base of the card is Pumpkin Pie cut to 4.1-4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches. This card is a tent card.
  • The black carstock mat on the front measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • I cropped the spider web and two of the scallop trim pieces from the center of the black mat layer. In order to get a long enough piece of the trim, I needed to overlap two pieces then trim off the ends. So stinking pleased that I was able to get the ends trimmed in the same place.
  • I trimmed the Plaid Tidings DSP to 4 inches by 3 inches. While I had the DSP handy, I trimmed another piece to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • Next, I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to 2-1/4 inches by 4 inches for the top of the outside. I also trimmed a piece to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches for the inside of the card.
  • I stamped the owls for the front and inside of the card on scrap pieces of white cardstock. . I’ve found that it’s much easier to color them before cropping them out using the die set.
  • I already had the black Everyday Label punched out. Actually, I have a pretty decent stash of various colors and various labels already punched.
  • I cropped the sentiment label using the three piece label die from the Peek-a-Hoot die set. Who knew that it would fit perfectly on the Everyday Label punch out? Score!!

Stamping, Coloring, Assembling ~ oh my!

  • The Stamp-aratus made the whole sentiment process infinitely easier than it could have been. After stamping the sentiment on the piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock, I cleaned the stamp and stamped it a couple of times in VersaMark. I used clear embossing powder then heat set it using my heat tool.
  • I colored the owls first. Since I used the light and dark Cinnamon Cider blends combo they have a very slight orange color to them. Of course, that could just be because the rest of the card has so much orange in it. I used the Pumpkin Pie marker to color the little, tiny beak. Using the Crumb Cake marker for the talons seemed like a good choice..
  • I used the light and dark Mango Melody blend combo for the cutout portions of the pumpkin on the inside. The Pumpkin Pie blends combo finished out the main part of the pumpkin.
  • The branches were colored using the Soft Suede blends combo.
  • The hanging spider by the owl recieved a layer of Wink of Stella for a little bling.
  • After using the multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the spider web, I stamped the spider from the Festive Corners stamp set.
  • Amazingly, the only dimensionals are under the black Everyday Label punchout. Since I needed to make sure the card wouldn’t need extra postage, I popped the sentiment panel up using two layers of glue dots.
  • After I finished the envelope, I’d completed this card/envelope coordinated set.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you will join our challenge this week at MakeMyMonday.com!

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

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

Colors Used:

Supplies Used:

Look at This DSP Special!

If you LOVE DSP and love to buy it, the special this month is just for you!

Here’s the DSP that’s included in the 15% off sale!

ARTISTRY BLOOMS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER TIS THE SEASON 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
FOREVER GREENERY DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
POINSETTIA PLACE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
TRIMMING THE TOWN DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
PLAID TIDINGS 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
TOILE TIDINGS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
PEONY GARDEN DESIGNERS SERIES PAPER
WHALE OF A TIME 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
HEARTWARMING HUGS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
MAGIC IN THIS NIGHT DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
SNOWFLAKE SPLENDOR DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
IN GOOD TASTE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
PLAYING WITH PATTERNS 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
PLAYFUL PETS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER

Do You Want to Place an Order?

Of course you do! Even more so because of the DSP sale, right?

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! 

The HOST CODE for OCTOBER is CBDP2DQT.

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

Use Your Scraps for the Make My Monday Challenge #132

Welcome back to another Make My Monday Challenge! This theme for the next two weeks is to use your scraps. I did exactly that, although the card really doesn’t appear to contain many scraps at all. The Pretty Peacock base had already been trimmed, the leafy background, the Pretty Peacock panel, and the cropped smaller panel were all in my “scrap” page protector. I used the inside of the Whisper White mat on the front to stamp and crop out the sentiment, making this a use of scraps. The ribbon came from my scrap ribbon jar. Even the DSP for the envelope flap came from my scrap page protector.

Here’s my card:

Forever Fern

This DSP, stamp set, and die set make my heart do a little pitter-patter! From the moment I saw it, I knew I HAD to have it all! I’ve used it quite often for a wide variety of cards for all kinds of occassions with many different colors. Everything seems to work, so far at least.

Measurements

  • The Pretty Peacock card base was trimmed to 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
  • I trimmed the white cardstock layer to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. Remember, I cropped the sentiment panel from that white cardstock using the rectangle stitched die set.
  • While I had the white cardstock out, I trimmed a piece for the inside to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches, as always.
  • As I said, I already had the other panels for the front in my “scrap” page protector and I didn’t even have to trim anything. The cropped leave pieces also came from the scrap protector.
  • The DSP for the envelope flap was a bit larger than I needed, but it was a scrap, so it worked for this card/envelope set.

My “Scrap” Solution

Organizing your paper addiction, um, collection really needs to match your own individual style. I have learned, through trial and error mainly in my classroom, what works for me. There are things I know will not work: I don’t do well with a binder filing system. I have a problem keeping up with anything that I would have to open and close. Not happening. I know I can handle using a file folder system, so that’s what I have.

I keep my 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper in the 12 x 12 inch page protectors for scrapbooks. For example, here’s my Forever Greenery DSP 12 x 12 inch protector:

The first cut I always make in the DSP is to cut it down to 6 inches by 12 inches. Once it’s cut, it goes to live in the 8-1/2 inch by 11 inch page protector, which lives inside the 12 x 12 protector.

Somewhere along the line years ago, I purchased 14 inch x 14 inch x 11 inch high metal file containers. Then I purchased two heavy duty floor rolling thingies. One holds my DSP, and another holds my 8-1/2 x 11 inch cardstock. Each color cardstock has it’s own folder. Once I start cutting cardstock, the pieces live in an 8 x 8 inch page protector inside the file folder.

Each set of 6 by 6 inch DSP also lives in an 8 x 8 inch page protector. I have those in a bin on the bottom shelf of my IKEA Raskog.

It Works for Me

Quite a different blog post for a design team challenge post. However, as long as the theme is use your scraps, I thought I’d share my scrap system. Maybe it will work for someone else as well.

That’s It for Tonight

It’s been a long week. My husband had knee replacement surgery on Tuesday and came home on Wednesday evening. I still have miles to go before I sleep tonight (comes from a poem by Robert Frost that I had to memorize in 7th grade English).

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Have a wonderful week. I can’t wait to see your scrappy cards on our challenge page!

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

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue