Plaid or Tartan for the March Sparkles Christmas Challenge # 158

Welcome to the March, 2024 edition of the Sparkles Christmas Challenge! Our host for # 158, Debbie, chose Plaid or Tartan for our theme. When you get finished here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to view the creations from the very talented members of our design team. After you’ve created your own themed card, please don’t forget to upload it to our gallery.

Speaking of galleries, I want to thank everyone for playing along with my February hosted theme of Kraft Paper. I’m honored that you played along and all the entries were so creative and individual.

Here’s my Bash Your Stash Plaid or Tartan card:

The DSP (designer series paper), the embossing folder, and the Christmas tree die set are all retired. I used them with current cardstock, sentiment, deckled rectangle dies, and gold embossing powder. I think the retired and current items worked for this card.

Measurements:

  • The Cherry Cobbler base measures 8-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • The plaid DSP measures 4 by 5-1/5 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 from the white and gold DSP for the envelope seal.
  • After embossing the white cardstock, I trimmed it to 2-3/4 by 5 inches.
  • I used a Cherry Cobbler marker and a gold Wink of Stella pen to outline the white cardstock.
  • I used a scrap piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the sentiment panel. After setting the gold embossing powder sentiment, I outlined it using the gold Wink of Stella pen.
  • The white cardstock for the inside measures 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
  • The Christmas tree was cropped from Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I used a gold and white patterned foil DSP for the zigzag on the front of the tree.
  • I stamped a retired Christmas sentiment in Cherry Cobbler ink on the inside.

I used multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the layers together. There are dimensionals under the tree. The sentiment is adhered to the tree with liquid glue, and I added dimensionals to the other side of the sentiment panel.

After I figured out what I was going to do, this Bash Your Stash card came together very quickly.

I have another post going live at 7 am ET this morning for the Creative Creases Challenge. I hope you will come back to visit to see my new-to-me stadium wave card. Here’s a sneak peek:

Thank you for stopping by today!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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It’s About Kraft Paper for the February, 2024 Sparkles Christmas Challenge

Welcome to the February, 2024 Sparkles Christmas Challenge #217! I’m the host for this month’s challenge and I chose using kraft paper as the theme. When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see the creations from the rest of the design team. We’d love for you to play along with us and post your creations to our gallery.

Here’s my card:

Measurements:

  • The Night of Navy base measures 8-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • After embossing the kraft paper with the Snowflake Sky embossing folder, I trimmed it to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • I used a piece of Night of Navy cardstock for the focal image stamp.
  • I embossed the envelope flap using the same embossing folder. Then, I punched a 1-inch circle from a piece of kraft paper to use for an envelope seal and ran it through my XYRON create-a-sticker.
  • Trim a piece of white cardstock to 4 by 5-1/4 inches for the inside of the card.

Stamping, Embossing, and Assembly:

  • First, I dry-embossed the kraft paper. Then, I gently swiped a white craft ink stamp pad over the embossing to enhance it. The craft ink needs to have ink added pretty much every time you use it. However, I didn’t add any this time so I could have more control.
  • After rubbing my embossing buddy on scraps of Night of Navy and a piece of kraft paper, I used the Magical Meadow stamp set and VersaMark ink for all the elements on the card.
  • Then, I covered all the stamped areas with white embossing powder and used my heat tool to set it.
  • I used the Magical Meadow dies to crop out the trees and the foliage behind the trees on Night of Navy.
  • I cropped the sentiment using a deckled rectangle die.
  • Next, I added dimensionals under all the cropped pieces and adhered them to the the front of the card. I did have to use a little bit of liquid glue on the top of the Night of Navy tree piece to adhere it to the embossed foliage pieces.
  • I wound a piece of Night of Navy ribbon around the kraft paper and tied it in a bow.
  • After adding the kraft paper to the base using liquid glue, I added some sequins to the center of the embossed snowflakes and one on the sentiment panel.
  • Finally, I stamped the inside sentiment on the white cardstock using Night of Navy ink and adhered the cardstock to the base using liquid glue.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Winter Wonderland for the Sparkles Christmas Challenge # 156

Welcome to the first Sparkles Christmas Challenge for 2024! We, the design team, look forward to the New Year of challenges and hope to see your creations each month. When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see the creations from the rest of the design team members. Debs is our host for challenge #156 and she chose Winter Wonderland.

Here’s my card:

I know that it’s supposed to be a Christmas card, but I need to mail a card out and, because of the time of the year, I need a New Year’s card. However, it definitely is a winter wonderland fun fold using the now retired One Horse Open Sleigh DSP (designer series paper) and silver trimmed ribbon. While this card may look like it took a long time to create, I’d put it in the easy-peasy category. There are no dimensionals, no cropping dies or punches. I adhered all the DSP using multipurpose liquid adhesive. The DSP does all the work!

Measurements and Assembly:

  • The Misty Moonlight cardstock base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 2-1/8 and 3/8 inches. That leaves the center panel measuring 4-1/4 by 5-1/2 inches.
  • This card used two pieces of the 6 x 6 inch DSP, and I was able to line everything up on the outside and inside so it all flows.
  • The two DSP panels for the outside measure 5-3/8 by 2 inches.
  • There are two panels on the inside with the same measurements.
  • The middle panel measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • I trimmed a piece of Misty Moonlight 6 x 6 inch DSP to6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • Each piece of ribbon measures about 7-1/2 inches long. I adhered the end of each piece using tear & tape adhesive so that the ribbon goes off the sides of the front panels.
  • The two sentiments, stamped in Misty Moonlight ink, were stamped directly on the DSP.
  • That’s it – easy-peasy, just don’t tell anyone and it will be our secret!

I hope you all have a very safe, healthy, and happy 2024!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Have a Peachy Year!

Sue

Bash My Stash with Reindeer for the December Sparkles Christmas Challenge # 155

Welcome back to the Sparkles monthly Christmas Challenge # 155. Our host for December, Helen, chose holiday animals for the theme. When you are finished here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see the fabulous projects from the rest of the design team members. We’d love to see your creations in our gallery, so please play along.

I’ve been posting so many polar bears lately, and you can see my most recent polar bear card here, which is a twist and pop polar bear, here. I didn’t want to post another polar bear, so I went through my stash of Christmas DSP (designer series paper) and created a set of four Christmas cards using the Peaceful Prints DSP.

Here are my reindeer and other Bash My Stash cards:

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved the red, black, and white color combination. All four cards use the Real Red, Basic Black, and Basic White colors.

Yesterday, I posted a z-fold card with measurements for the same pieces I used for the z-fold card today. You can see that post here.

You might be asking yourself where I got the black and red gingham ribbon because you somehow missed it in the catalogs. It’s actually the black and white gingham, and I used the dark Real Red blends combo to color it. Pretty nifty, isn’t it? You can use blends to color your bakers’ twine as well. HINT: Make sure you let the ribbon or twine completely dry before you try to use it on your card. Trust me on this one.

Hopefully, I have inspired you to Bash Your Own Stash. I can’t wait for this weekend so I can continue bashing mine!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Christmas Stockings for the Sparkles Christmas Challenge #154

Welcome back to the monthly Sparkles Christmas Challenges! Our host for challenge #154, Zowie, chose Christmas stockings for the theme. When you finish here, I hope you will head over to the challenge site to see what the rest of the design team created. As always, we’d love for you to play along with us and then upload your creations to our gallery.

Amazingly, the only Christmas stockings product I have is retired DSP (designer series paper) Sweet Stockings. I am actually just about finished with any card I could do for dogs, and probably have enough for two cat cards if I am careful. For this challenge, I created two cards using some of the different DSP patterns.

Here are my cards:

Not only is the DSP retired, but the Cherry Cobbler dots, ribbon, and the Framed and Festive stamp set are retired as well. The cardstock and the Stylish Shapes dies are current. Therefore, this post is going to be short and sweet.

Good to Know:

  • The cardstock bases measure 11 by 4-1/4 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
  • The mats for the front of each card measure 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • I used Mossy Meadow and Old Olive 6 x 6 inch DSP for the envelope flaps. Each piece of DSP measures 2-1/2 by 6 inches.
  • I used Stamping Write Markers to create a stitched line in the ditch of the sentiment squares.
  • HINT: Go slow and steady and be sure to use the bullet end of the marker when working on the stitches in the ditch.
  • I added dimensionals under each sentiment square so that they would straddle the ribbon.
  • This ribbon is a bit too thick to tie in a bow, so I tied it in square knots instead.
  • HINT: Whenever I am tying a square knot I repeat something I heard Connie Stewart say years ago: Left over right, pull it tight, right over left, pull only from the left. Works every time!
  • Add a glue dot under each square knot.
  • Use multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the rest of the elements together.

See….. short and sweet.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Flowers or Foliage for SCC #153 & AHSC # 544

Welcome back to the October Sparkles Christmas Challenge #153! Our host for this month, Melanie, chose flowers or foliage for the theme. When you finish here, I hope you’ll visit the challenge site to see what the rest of the design team members created. I’m always so impressed by everyone’s creations. We hope you will play along with us and then upload your creation to our gallery. I’m playing along with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #544 for the layout of my card.

Here’s my card:

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Here’s the AHSC banner:

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Measurements:

  • The Cherry Cobbler base measures 8-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • I ran a piece of white cardstock through the Cut & Emboss machine using the ferns 3D embossing folder.
  • Trim the embossed white cardstock to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • HINT: If you trim the cardstock before dry embossing it, your cardstock won’t be the size you want.
  • The Cherry Cobbler DSP (designer series paper), from the Joy of Christmas DSP in the current mini-catalog, measures 3-1/8 by 4-1/8 inches.
  • Trim an additional piece of this DSP to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • The foliage DSP, from the Joyful Specialty DSP, measures 1-1/2 by 4-1/8 inches.
  • Punch a 1-inch circle from the foliage DSP for the envelope seal. Run it through the XYRON create-a-sticker.
  • I used scrap Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the sentiment banner.
  • Trim a piece of white cardstock to 4 by 5-1/4 inches for the inside of the card.
  • That’s it for the measurements.

Assembly:

  • Use multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the cardstock and DSP to the card base.
  • First, adhere the dry embossed cardstock.
  • Next, adhere the Cherry Cobbler/Real Red DSP to the white cardstock.
  • Then, adhere the Cherry Cobbler/gold foliage DSP to the Cherry Cobbler DSP so that just a small border of the cherry DSP shows under the foliage DSP.
  • Using Read Red ribbon, tie a bow and adhere it to the DSP using a glue dot.
  • Use your embossing buddy on the scrap of Cherry Cobbler DSP.
  • Stamp the sentiment, from the Brightest Glow stamp set, using VersaMark ink.
  • Cover with gold embossing powder and heat set.
  • Crop the sentiment using the third smallest Countryside Corners die and add dimensionals to the back of it.
  • Crop two Cherry Cobbler and one gold foil branches using the Autumn Leaves die set.
  • Adhere the branches using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Adhere the sentiment.to the front of the card.
  • Stamp the inside sentiment, from the Hope & Peace stamp set, using Cherry Cobbler ink on the white cardstock.
  • Adhere to the inside of the card.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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