Clean and Simple Two-fer for PPC427 & PP542

Welcome to my one card for two challenges! The Paper Craft Crew #427 calls for a clean and simple card with a minimum of layers. The Paper Players #542 provided the sketch for my two-fer card.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners:

http://papercraftcrew.com/pcc427-theme-challenge/
http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2021/05/pp542-sketch-challenge-from-jaydee.html

Let me say here that creating this card took as about as much time as it did to figure out how to get the banners and links to show up. When did that get so difficult?

#simplestamping

#simplestamping kind of doesn’t fit this card because there isn’t any stamping involved. Literally. I used some Snail Mail DSP, the Snail Dies, 6 mini-dimensionals, white cardstock, the Bark 3D embossing folder, 3 glue dots, and some multipurpose glue.

Confession time: I really had a hard time looking at the plain envelope on the front of the card. Therefore, I went back and add a little, tiny red resin heart to the seam of the flaps. I just had to do it. It’s not noticeable, really. However, in keeping with the clean and simple theme, I didn’t take another picture.

What I Did:

  • The base of the card is white cardstock. I trimmed it to 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
  • The embossed layer originally measured 4-1/4 by 5-1/2 inches. After I ran it through the bark embossing folder, I trimmed it to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The bottom piece of Bermuda Bay DSP measures 1-1/2 inches by 4-1/8 inches. While I had the DSP out, I trimmed a piece to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. Then I adhered the DSP to the flap and fussy cut it down.
  • The hearts DSP also comes from Snail Mail, as does the adorable snail and the cute little bubble greeting. I used three of the dies from the snail dies set to crop out these shapes.
  • I used two glue dots to seal down the little envelope flaps and one glue dot to secure the snail inside the envelope.
  • There’s multipurpose glue on the bottom part of the envelope to adhere to the Bermuda Bay DSP. There are 3 mini-dimensionals behind the top part so it would lay flat.
  • There are three dimensionals behind the cute little bubble sentiment.
  • Finally, I used multipurpose adhesive to adhere the card front to the base. I could’ve used dimensionals, but I really needed to give the appearance of one layer for the base.
  • That’s it. Truly! Done! I wanted to put a piece of ribbon where the DSP ended under the snail/envelope but I held myself back from doing so.

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PCC418 + PP533 + FMS 477 = Birthday Fishes

While I have been playing along with a variety of challenges, I haven’t been meeting deadlines. Today is different. Today I can meet three (!!) deadlines with one card. The inspiration for this card came from Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink. She’s been making some fabulous cards using the Whale of a Time Suite of products, so I followed her lead. Now I have two other cards in the works using the same suite.

Here’s my card:

Here are the three challenge banners:

Measurements

The layout for this card meets the Freshly Made Sketches #477 challenge. Using a lot of white space and animals meets The Paper Players challenge. Finally, the fish and turtles meet the Paper Craft Crew challenge.

After deciding what DSP pattern I wanted to use for the focal point, I cropped the paper down using the largest square die from the Stitched Shapes die set. Then I trimmed down a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock to 2-7/8 inches square for the mat.

Then, I went back to the basics, starting with the card base. I used Granny Apple Green for the base. It measures 4-1/4 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches forming a square card.

Next, I trimmed a Calypso Coral piece of DSP from the Whale of a Time 6 x 6 inch DSP for the bottom mat. This mat measures 4-1/8 inches by 4-1/8 inches.

I needed to have a bunch of white space, so I ran white cardstock through the Big Shot with the Seabed embossing folder. Then, I trimmed the paper down to 3-7/8 inches square, the cut it diagonally in half.

While I had the white cardstock handy, I trimmed a piece to 4 inches square for the inside sentiment panel.

The Evolution

When I started this card, I really thought I would just stamp the greeting on a piece of Bumblebee cardstock and trim it with a Stitched So Sweetly Die, and that would be that. Things didn’t wind up working quite the way I envisioned. Enter a shaker card, which I haven’t done since Christmas.

  • The clear medium envelopes are essential when making shaker cards. However, making a very small shaker turned out stickier than I thought. Here are a few tips I learned along the way:
    • Trim the clear envelope down to a manageable size before trying to use the tear and tape on the back of the cardstock.
    • Don’t pull the tear and tape strip covers off until you have your cardstock piece in the corner.
    • While it is necessary to fold the ends of the clear envelope back, make sure you have some give in the front so the shaker part works easily.
    • Using my opposable tweezer to add the fish to the front of the shaker works very well.
  • Using the fish die from the Shark dies, I cropped Calypso Coral and Bumblebee fish. Both are inside the shaker.
  • Then, I used glue dots to adhere the greeting to the center of the outside of the clear envelope.
  • I stamped some Calypso Coral fish all along the bottom of the inside sentiment panel. The inside “happy birthday” comes from the Woodland Wonder stamp set.

Finishing Up

  • Since the USPS charges extra postage for square cards, I used a standard medium card envelope. Therefore, I adhered and trimmed a piece of the Whale of a Time DSP to the envelope flap. Then, I punched out a circle of Granny Apple Green DSP for the seal. I have not been using anything wet to seal envelopes and have been writing “no saliva has been used to seal this envelope” on the backs. A few months ago, I realized I could create coordinating circle seals for the envelopes. I ran the seal through my little Xyron create a sticker 150. After running the circle seal through the Xyron, I just slip it into the envelope so I have everything together when I am ready to use the card.
  • With that, I’d completed this card/envelope/seal set.

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Sue

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Smooth Sailing for PCC389, and Maybe Ornate Garden, with BLOG CANDY

The Paper Craft Crew 389’s challenge is a horizontal sketch for this week. I’ve actually created two cards for this challenge. The first one used the Ornate Garden and In Good Taste DSP. I really like the way it turned out. However, when I went back to the sketch, I realized I left out a panel. So, I went back this morning and created a new card for the sketch, this time using In Good Taste, the Neutrals 6 x 6 DSP, and Sail Away DSP. This masculine card does have the panel I missed the first time. Hopefully, by the time I finish this post I will have figured out which one I will post to the challenge.

Here are my cards:

Without the panel
With the extra panel

Here’s the challenge banner:

Measurements:

Since both cards are basically the same layout, all measurements are for both cards. I am just going to focus on the Smooth Sailing card for descriptive purposes since it has the extra panel.

  • I used Night of Navy for the card base and it measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches. This card is a tent card.
  • The in Good Taste background is trimmed to 5-3/8 inches by 4-1/8 inches.
  • Next, I trimmed the Smooth Sailing instrument DSP panel to 2-1/2 inches by 3-3/4 inches. In order to have this panel stand out, I used a piece of scrap Basic Black for a 2-5/8 inches by 3-7/8 inches for a mat.
  • While I had that DSP out, I trimmed a piece to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • In order to have some continuity between the panels, I trimmed the neutrals Night of Navy DSP to 2-1/2 inches to 4 inches. The height of this panel measures 2-1/2 inches, as does the width of the Smooth Sailing DSP. I also used this DSP, trimmed to 1/2 inch by 5-1/4 inches for the bottom of the inside card panel.

Stamping, Cropping, and Finishing

  • At this point, I trimmed white cardstock piece for the inside of the card to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches, my standard measurement. Since I knew this would be a birthday card, I used the “With a great big wish for happiness” stamp from Sending You Thoughts.
  • Then, I needed three long tabs on the side. I thought the sentiments from the Special Someone stamp set would fit the bill perfectly. Using a piece of scrap Whisper White cardstock, I stamped all three sentiments.
  • Next, I stamped the anchor on the white cardstock, and on the lower, left, front corner of the envelope.
  • All the stamping for this card was done using the Momento Tuxedo black ink.
  • I used the Smooth Sailing anchor die to crop it out.
  • The actual birthday sentiment was cropped using the rectangle stitched die. I punched the first two sentiment tabs using the Classic Label punch. I’ll be using that punch with these sentiments a lot more since they fit so perfectly.
  • Finally, I assembled the card pieces. The only dimensionals used are under the “happy birthday” sentiment, under the anchor, and there’s one under the steering wheel to level it out with the anchor.
  • Since the sketch contains a ribbon, I used the Smooth Sailing bakers’s twine to loop around the steering wheel.
  • I just needed to adhere the inside panel and trim the envelope flap. With that, I’d completed this card/envelope set.

I think I have made up my mind. I think I am going to post the Ornate Garden card to the challenge. In order to post both of them, I’d have to have two different posts, so Ornate Garden it is…….unless I change my mind again.

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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A Whale of a Two-fer with PCC386 and TTTC075

Paper Craft Crew’s challenge this week calls for a horizontal card paired with their sketch. Tic-tac-toe’s challenge has a middle, vertical row that helped guide my card: green, square, and die cut. Match made in card heaven!

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners:

Tomorrow is my first day back at a brick and mortar school since the middle of March. Therefore, this post needs to be short and sweet.

What I Did

  • I chose a Granny Apple Green base for me card which measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches. This horizontal card opens up.
  • After cutting the white cardstock background to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches, I ran it through the Big Shot using the Seabed 3D embossing folder. BIG HINT: the embossing on the white cardstock is very prominent. Don’t try to trim the cardstock after you’ve embossed it because it will tear. Trust me on that.
  • I chose two different patterns of the Whale of a Time DSP for my squares. I already knew I wanted to use the Granny Apple Green turtle that appears to be looking right at the viewer. Therefore, I picked two patterns with those green colors. I cropped the DSP using the Stitched Shapes large and medium squares.
  • Then I fussy cut the turtle. As many lefties will tell you, fussy cutting can be a challenge because it’s difficult to see the borders. When I realized my borders weren’t even, I simply adhered the turtle to some white cardstock and very slowly and carefully fussy cut the turtle again.

Stamping

  • In order to get splotches on the white background, I used the splotch stamp from the Forever Fern stamp set. These splotches were stamped in Pool Party. They are barely visible, but they do give some additional dimension to the white cardstock.
  • I stamped the sentiment in Pretty Peacock, then cropped it using a stitched rectangle die.
  • The Bumblebee DSP I used for the banner in the background coordinates so well because it’s in the Whale of a Time DSP pack. I trimmed the piece and used the triple banner punch for the ends.
  • I trimmed a piece of the turtle DSP to 6 inches by 2-5/8 inches for the envelope flap. While I was working on the envelope, I stamped three Granny Apple Green turtles on the bottom, left corner of the envelope. I added some Pool Party splotched for bubbles as well.
  • Next, I trimmed the inside panel to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. Then, I stamped some splotches around the center and a Granny Apple Green turtle in the bottom, left-hand corner. I used Pretty Peacock ink for the sentiment “Whale Done!” in the center of the white cardstock.

Putting it Together

  • There are dimensionals under the sentiment block and the turtle. Doesn’t he fit perfectly in the open space on the square? In addition, his front flipper looks like it was just made to rest on the corner of the sentiment block.
  • I adhered the layers of white cardstock, the Bumblebee banner and the large square using the multipurpose liquid glue. I didn’t try to adhere the small square with just the glue since the left side of the square would lay funny because of the layers under it. Therefore, I glued the right side and used glue dots on the left. The glue dots gave the left side just enough of a pop for the whole square to lay flat.
  • The PPC sketch calls for three pieces of bling, if you will. I chose to use three of the large, clear elegant faceted gems placed in a triangle shape for balance.

With that, I’d completed this card/envelope coordinated set. The longest part of this whole card was when I had to pick out the DSP patterns.

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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In the beginning, I said short and sweet. So, this is the end for tonight.

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A Tropical Two-fer for PPC385 and CTS#381

I always enjoy creating a two-fer card, and this one is no different. As a matter of fact, once I saw the tic-tac-toe banner for this week’s Paper Craft Crew 385 challenge, everything fell into place for Case This Sketch #381. When I sat down to start creating, the card just about created itself. I chose the left vertical column using the birthday theme, tropical feel, and distressed element.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners:

Timeless Tropical

Honestly, this DSP wasn’t a top favorite when it came out for the mini-catalog from January – June. Then I started seeing cards using the DSP and it really grew on me very quickly. I combined this retired DSP with the current Timeless Tropical cling stamp set for these challenges.

Even picking the combination of the DSP patterns went fairly quickly. Once I had those, the rest just fell into place, as I said before.

Measurements

  • The Soft Suede card base measures 4-1/4″ by 11″, scored at 5-1/2″.
  • I chose the Pear Pizzazz grass cloth pattern for the largest mat of the card. I cut the mat to 4-1/8″ by 5-3/8″. In order to achieve a distressed look, I used the large nail file I keep specifically for crafts to sand all four sides.
  • Next, I cut the tropical flower DSP to 3-3/4″ by 4-7/8″. There really wasn’t a special reason for this size, I just liked the way it looked.
  • Using the Soft Suede brush tip marker, I outlined and distressed the floral DSP piece. While I’ve used the markers to outline DSP before, I needed to achieve a distressed look so I wasn’t careful about just coloring the edges.
  • Cutting the Pool Party stripes took a little bit of trial and error to find what I wanted. Each stripe is just about 1/2″ wide and 4-7/8″ long. HINT: I’ve found it is much easier to trim thin stripes on the paper trimmer by using a Post-It note. I put the sticky side of the Post-It on one of the long sides in order to be able to trim it so thin.

Directions

  • Using the brush end of the Pool Party marker, I outlined and distressed both thin stripes.
  • I love the script font in the Timeless Tropical stamp set and happily used the birthday stamp for the sentiment. I didn’t want a bold palm tree on the left side of the scrap piece of white cardstock I used for the sentiment. Therefore, I second generation stamped the palm tree using Pear Pizzazz. Next, I used Soft Suede to stamp the sentiment. After cropping the sentiment using a rectangle stitched die, I added dimensionals to the back.
  • As long as I had the Soft Suede stamp pad out, I stamped the Rest and Relax, You deserve it stamp for the inside sentiment. I also used the Pear Pizzazz to second generation palm trees on the bottom, right-hand corner. The inside white cardstock panel is 4″ by 5-1/4″ and adhered onto the card base.
  • I also stamped the palm trees on the bottom, left-hand corner on the front of the envelope. Then I made sure to close the stamp pad and moved it to the side. I may or may not have had some issues with open stamp pads.
  • Then, I went back to the front sentiment panel and cropped it using the rectangle stitched dies. I put dimensionals on the back of the sentiment and adhered it to the front of the card. Since I wanted the sentiment to stand out, I only used dimenstionals for that for the sentiment. I used the multipurpose liquid glue to adhere all the other elements to the card.
  • After adhering a piece of the Pear Pizzazz grass cloth DSP to the envelope flap, this card/envelope set was finished. A very quick card!

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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Sail Away with PCC378

Paper Craft Crew’s sketch last week was horizontal, this week’s is vertical. I decided I wanted to use the Sail Away suite of DSP, stamp set, and dies.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge banner:

DSP, Stamps, and Dies – oh my!

This DSP will retire when the new catalog goes live on June 3rd. However, the stamp set and dies will carryover. Yeah!

I tried to keep the card clean for this challenge. Instead of the splatters on the challenge sketch, I chose the sailboats DSP. The boats are cleanly sailing along and give the same kind of movement as the splatters on the challenge sketch. Instead of the splatters on the top third, I ran the white cardstock through my Big Shot using the Subtle 3D embossing folder. I made sure that the texture is horizontal so it stays in line with the sailing boats on the DSP and the front frontal circle.

The colors in the DSP set determined the colors I chose for this card. Definitely navy and white, which I used in the bordering strip running across the top of the DSP. Since I did not want to dry emboss that strip, I chose to add two die cut white ropes. I think it works to keep the horizontal elements going, but is also clean.

Adding Elements

Balmy Blue appears in other DSP patterns in this pack, so I chose it for the sea water. It works for the sea water on the front focal circle and on the bottom of the inside of the card. The boat and the sentiment were both stamped in black. After I cropped out the sailboat, I carfeully stamped some more Balmy Blue over the water on the boat stamp. I cropped the white circle using the Stitched Shapes dies and the Night of Navy circle mat using the Layered Circles die.

Dimensionals provide some height under the sentiment banner and the sailboat. I also wanted some height under the focal circle, but not that of a full dimensional. Therefore, I grabbed some of my large 1/2 inch glue dots and put three under the circle. These provide just a bit of height, and enough to even out the height of the navy strip and white rope.

I used the same Balmy Blue for the sea water on the inside, and cropped the sailboat using the die set. Since the stamp set is a cling set, I had to be careful with the placement of the inside sentiment. It would have been easier to get it straight if I used my Stamp-a-ratus.

Finally, I adhered a piece of the same DSP to the flap of the envelope. With that, I’d finished this card/envelope set.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate and respond to every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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