Scary Cute for MMM # 186

Welcome to the Make My Monday two-week challenge # 186!  I’m the host for #186, and I chose the themes of spooky and/or Halloween colors (purple, orange, green, black).  Whether you participate in Halloween or not, I hope you can find some inspiration in my card, which I CASe’d, or the other design team members.  I’m looking forward to seeing what you create, so please add your card to our gallery..  Happy crafting!

Here’s my fun fold Scary Cute card:

 

I’ll admit that I struggled with my own challenge in that I couldn’t figure out what I really wanted to do.  When my mojo is missing, I turn to Pinterest for ideas, and this time was no different.  I found inspiration in Elaine’s Creations Scary Cute card, and my mojo returned.  I didn’t copy her card exactly, but you can see just how much it inspired my own card.

Here’s Elaine’s Creation:

 

Elaine’s fussy cutting skills are off the charts!

Measurements:

  • The Parakeet Party base measures 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
  • The Basic Black measures 4 inches by 11-1/2 inches, scored at 2-5/8 and 5-1/4 inches.
  • I used two patterns of the Black and White Designs DSP (designer series paper). The larger piece measures 3-7/8 by 5 inches. The two checkerboard pieces measure 2-5/8 by 4 inches. I punched a 1-inch circle from the stars pattern DSP for the envelope seal.
  • The Basic White cardstock for the inside measures 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I used a piece of Parakeet Party 6 x 6 inch DSP for the background of the tree frame. I also cut a piece of this DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • In addition, I used a scrap piece of Parakeet Party cardstock for the front panel of trick-or-treaters.

Stamping and Cropping:

  • All the stamps and die cuts come from the Scary Cute bundle. I only used the Momento Tuxedo Black ink for this card.
  • I stamped the front panel of trick-or-treaters, BOO!, and the bats on a piece of Parakeet Party cardstock.
  • Next, I stamped the inside sentiment and fairy princess on the white cardstock.
  • HINT: When using the silhouette stamps, it’s much easier to use the Stamparatus to ensure that you get the depth of color that you want while making sure everything stays lined up correctly.
  • Next, I cropped everything I needed for both the inside and the outside. Once I had the black tree frame cropped, I used the negative leftover piece to crop the cat.
  • Any time I’ve cropped this tree frame, I’ve saved the negative pieces. Therefore, I used two of these negative pieces to crop all the bats I needed.
  • Next, I adhered the frame pieces, the cat, and the bats using multipurpose liquid glue. There are dimensionals under the finished frame.
  • I cropped the front Parakeet Party cardstock using a deckled rectangle die. Then, I outlined it using the same color marker so the edges would be clean. Next, I added a piece of the black glittery washi tape to the bottom of the panel, which grounded the trick-or-treaters so they don’t look like they are floating. I added dimensionals under this panel as well.

Assembly:

  • Before adhering the DSP pieces to the front of the card and the white cardstock panel to the inside, I added some glittery Old Olive washi tape to the bottom of the panels.
  • Then, I adhered the DSP pieces to the cardstock.
  • I wrapped a length of the gorgeous Metallic Mesh Ribbon around the top of the black easel cardstock and tied it in a bow. Then, I adhered the black base to the Parakeet Party base using multipurpose liquid glue. At the same time, I adhered the white cardstock to the inside of the card.
  • HINT: This metallic ribbon is also spectacular for Christmas cards, and I’m posting a card with it tomorrow.
  • The last pieces to add were the frame and the front sentiment.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

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Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Birthday Wishes for MMM #185

Welcome to the newest two-week Make My Monday challenge, #185.  Our host for this challenge, Mary V., chose birthday wishes 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.  After being inspired by the variety of projects, I would love to see your creation in our gallery!

My inspiration came from being tagged on a facebook post originally created by ??  I’ve spent 30 minutes searching for it and can’t find the post.  If it looks familiar to you, or know who the initial poster was, please, please let me know so I can update the post.  Her set of cards were stunning and I thought I could CASe her cards.

Here’s just three of the twelve cards I quickly and easily created after watching the video:

 

Measurements:

  • These cards were all created in a single layer. The base for each card measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • The white cardstock for the front, after trimming, measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The last measurement is for the inside white cardstock panel, which measures my usual 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
  • Next, I trimmed a coordinating piece of 6 x 6 inch DSP (designer series paper) to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for each envelope. The envelope seals were punched using a different color from the 6 x 6 inch DSP as well.

What I Did:

I figured since every picture equals one thousand words, I’d use pictures instead of words for parts of this card.

First:

 

Second:

 

Third:

 

  • I used the Hand-penned Petals for the flowers and leaves.
  • The Hand-Penned Petals stamp set contains two sets of two-stamp flowers, so I didn’t even have to color the flowers. Score! I simply stamped the outlines in Momento Tuxedo Black. Then, I used the filler stamps and my chosen ink for the flowers and leaves themselves. Easy-peasy.
  • The sentiments come from the Flowing Flowers stamp set, but just about any sentiments will work for these cards.
  • The blotches, splotches, and grain patterned stamps come from the Gorgeous Leaves stamp set.
  • Since everything is one layer, I only used multipurpose liquid glue to adhere all the pieces together.
  • Finally, I added basic pearl jewels or matte black jewels to the centers of the flowers.
  • With that, I’d finished twelve cards in one night.

Why I Made Sets of 4 Cards:

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Here’s what inspired me to start creating multiple sets of cards:

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Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

 

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Autumn Flora for MMM # 184

Welcome to the Make My Monday #184 two-week challenge!  Our host this week is also our fearless leader, Caz.  She chose autumn flora or fauna, of which I chose autumn flora.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to get inspired by the rest of the design team.  I’d love to see what you create posted in our gallery.  In the meantime stay safe and craft on.  

Here’s my autumn flora card:

 

Once again, I used the Fond of Autumn bundle of a stamp set and coordinating dies.  I usually need to make about 25 Thanksgiving cards and this year is no different.  Even though I usually create individual cards for everyone, this year I will be creating eight of each of the cards I’ve already created., including this one.  You can see my other cards using this bundle here and here.  

One of the reasons I love this bundle is because of the versatile dies for the large stamp!  The first die for the large stamp will crop the whole image at once.  However, the second die really steals the show, and I used it on this card.  The second die will crop the image into four separate pieces, as shown below:

 

Measurements:

  • The Old Olive base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 to create a tent fold card.
  • I used two of the deckled rectangle dies; one for the Crushed Curry DSP (designer series paper) layer and one for the Crumb Cake DSP layer. Both of these deckled rectangles were outlined using the Soft Suede marker.
  • I also trimmed a piece of the Crumb Cake DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. At this point, I also punched a 1 inch circle from the Crushed Curry layer for the envelope seal. The punched seal is behind the Crumb Cake DSP, so no one will be the wiser.
  • I cropped the white cardstock for the inside of the card to 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
  • That’s it for the measurements.

Stamping, Cropping, and Coloring:

  • First, I stamped the large floral image twice using my Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad. Positioned carefully, you can get both stamped images on one piece of 4-1/4 by 5-1/2 inch piece of cardstock. In addition, I stamped the single flower and single acorn from the stamp set on either bottom corner of the inside of the card.
  • I cropped one of them using the whole outline die. I cropped the second one using the four part die and colored just this one.
  • The blends I used were the combos for the following colors:
    • Mossy Meadow for the oak leaves
    • Old Olive for the smaller leaves
    • Pumpkin Pie for the berry-looking parts
    • Bumblebee (retired) for the petals of the flowers
    • Crumb Cake for the inside of the flowers and the bottom of the acorns
    • Soft Suede for the tops of the acorns.
  • I used my Blackberry Bliss marker for the seeds surrounding the center of the flowers.
  • I stamped the outside sentiment, which comes from a retired stamp set, in Soft Suede and cropped it using a die from Stylish Shapes.
  • The inside sentiment, Autumn Wishes, comes from the Fond of Autumn stamp set.
  • I used multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the inside cardstock, and both of the deckled rectangle layers. Then, I used multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the uncolored large stamp to the Crumb Cake cardstock. This allowed me to perfectly align the 4 pieces of the cropped colored stamped image. I used dimensionals under the colored image and under the sentiment banner, which I outlined with my Pumpkin Pie marker.
  • Finally, I tied a bunny ears bow and used a glue dot to adhere it on the left of the sentiment.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

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Sue

 

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Friends Forever for Make My Monday #183

Welcome to the latest Make My Monday two-week challenge. Our host for # 183, Debbie, chose “friend”ship. When you are finished here, I hope you will join us at the challenge site to see what the rest of the design team members created. I love that there’s always so many wonderful creations from which inspiration can be drawn. I hope you find something to spark an idea, and that you feel compelled to play along.

For my card, I chose the adorable Elephants on Parade bundle. I combined it with Happy Forest Friends DSP (designer series paper). I knew I wanted to make a double Z-fold card, I just had a difficult time figuring out the measurements for what I wanted to accomplish and wound up doing the card twice. It’s all good though because even the OOPS card is adorable and I’m going to take it to work and just leave it on the bookcase behind my desk.

Here’s my final card:

Since this is a fun fold, I will be entering it in the current Creative Creases challenge.  I love fun folds, and this challenge theme is always anything goes with a fun fold.  I have to make more fun folds so I can join this fun challenge more often!  Check it out if you love creating fun fold cards!

Measurements:

  • The Old Olive base measures 5-1/2 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 and 2-3/4 inches.
  • The Calypso Coral cardstock measures 8 x 4-3/4 inches, scored at 3-3/4 and 5-7/8 inches.
  • The So Saffron DSP 5-3/8 by 4-1/8 inches.
  • Both the Old Olive DSP and the leaves pattern DSP on the inside measure 2 by 5-3/8 inches. I also trimmed a piece of the leaves DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. Then, I punched a 1 inch circle from coordinating DSP for the envelope seal.
  • The tree DSP on the front measures 4-5/8 by 4-1/2 inches. I only needed half the width for the back panel of trees, so it measures 2 by 4-5/8 inches.
  • Finally, the blank white cardstock also measures 2 by 4-5/8 inches. I left it blank so I can decide on the inside sentiment when I’m ready to use the card. I temporarily attached it with repositionable tape so I can remove it when I need to stamp the sentiment.
  • All the DSP panels were adhered with my favorite adhesive, the multipurpose liquid adhesive. Before adhering the front trees DSP, I wrapped a piece of Old Olive ribbon around it and tied it in a square knot. This way, the elephants and sentiment don’t just float on the front of the card. The ribbon grounds everything.

Stamping, Coloring, and Cropping:

  • Since I used the blends for the vast majority of the coloring, I stamped all the elephant elements using the Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad.
  • Then, I used the light Petal Pink blend, dark and light Smoky Slate blends, and the light Basic Black blend for the elephants.
  • I used the Calypso Coral and So Saffron Stamping Write Markers. The black marker filled in the body of the butterflies.
  • Finally, I used the Crumb Cake blends to color the peanut.
  • I cropped the sentiment using one of the Stylish Shapes dies.
  • Everything else was cropped using the elephant dies. I decided to use some scraps of 6 x6 inch DSP to crop the balloons. Since I adhered them onto the stamped balloons, I just needed to trim off the excess . I really don’t think I could have colored the balloons half as cute as they turned out by using the DSP.
  • I used dimensionals for everything on the front panel of the card.
  • Since I didn’t want to add any more thickness to the card, I adhered everything on the back panel using multipurpose liquid glue.

With that, I’d finished this second coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

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Sue

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Awash in Beauty for a Back 2 School Make My Monday Challenge

Welcome to Make My Monday card challenge # 182!  Our host, Dawn, chose a back 2 school theme for this time around.  When you are finished here, I hope you will visit the challenge website and see what the rest of the design team members created.  I can’t wait to see your interpretation of our challenge, especially since mine needs some explaining!

Here’s my card:

 

Here’s my explanation on why this card goes with back 2 school:

Two years ago, during the summer of COVID, my daughter moved to Northern California in wine country to teach there.  About a month ago, she moved from gorgeous wine country to San Francisco to start a new teaching position there.  She’s always loved that city, and is thrilled with this new adventure.  I created this card for her to celebrate her start of a new school year in a new city.  So, you see, this card is for her own back 2 school.

 

Easy Peasy Card:

  • It took me longer to decide which colors to use than it did to create this clean-and-simple card. I simply let the DSP (designer series paper) do all the work. I didn’t even add any bling because I wanted the card to be all about the DSP.
  • The Merry Merlot base measures 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
  • I used this stunning piece of DSP, which I trimmed down to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • Next, I trimmed a coordinating piece of the DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. Then, I punched a 1-inch circle of DSP for the envelope seal, which I ran through my XYRON create-a-sticker.
  • I trimmed the white cardstock for the inside of the card to 5-1/4 by 4 inches and used a scrap piece for the sentiment banner.
  • Both sentiments come from the Color and Contour photopolymer stamp set, as does the floral spray I used for the inside and the front of the envelope. I stamped the sentiments and outlines for the floral sprays using Merry Merlot ink. Then, I stamped the flowers using Polished Pink ink.
  • After cropping the front sentiment using the smallest deckled rectangle die, I added mini-dimensionals on the underside of it. I wanted to have the sentiment rectangle stand out from the white parts of the background. Therefore, I outlined it using my Granny Apple Green Stamping Write Marker.
  • I wrapped a length of Polished Pink open-weave ribbon around the DSP and tie it in a bow.
  • Then, I adhered the sentiment over the ribbon.
  • Finally, I adhered the front and inside panels of the card using multipurpose liquid adhesive.
  • With that, I’d finished this quick and easy, clean and simple coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

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Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Christmas in August with MMM # 181

Welcome to the Make My Monday challenge, #181.  Our host for this challenge, Meg, chose Christmas in August for the theme of this two-week challenge.   When you are finished here, I hope you will visit the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team members created.  Then, I hope you’ll be inspired to play along with our challenge!

Here’s my Christmas in August card:

 

Measurements and Such:

 

  • The Evening Evergreen base measures 8-1/2 inches by 5-1/5 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • This gorgeous background specialty DSP (designer series paper) measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • I trimmed a piece of Evening Evergreen DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. Then, I punched 1-inch circle from a piece of Soft Succulent DSP for the envelope seal.
  • I cropped a piece of Evening Evergreen using a die from the Deckled Rectangle set. Then, I ran it through my cut and emboss machine using the pine needles Wintery 3D embossing folder.
  • Then, I used a blending brush and my Soft Succulent ink pad to lightly highlight the pine needles. I finished this panel by splattering clear Wink of Stella on it. Then, I very carefully used multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the wonderful snowflake to the front of the panel, after which I wrapped a length of Soft Succulent ribbon and tied it in a bow.
  • Next, I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark on Evening Evergreen cardstock, and added silver embossing powder. After using my heat tool to set the embossing powder, I cropped the sentiment using the banner die from the Stylish Shapes die set. Finally, I outlined it using the clear Wink of Stella brush to give it sparkle and added dimensionals underneath it..
  • Then, I adhered the DSP and the Evening Evergreen panel using multipurpose liquid glue. After adding the popped up sentiment, I placed five rhinestone gems randomly on the front.
  • I stamped the inside sentiment in Evening Evergreen ink on a piece of white cardstock that measures 4 by 5-1/4 inches. After adhering the inside panel, I’d completed this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

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Sue

 

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