Holly or Ivy for Sparkles Christmas Challenge # 141

Welcome to the monthly Sparkles Christmas Challenge #141!  Our host, Dawn, chose using holly or ivy as the theme for the month of October.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site and find scores of inspiration from the members of the design team.  Each one is just gorgeous!

There are definitely times when I adore a stamp set and dies, along with the coordinating DSP, that I just can’t stop using it after it all retires.  This Whimsical Trees original bundle from Christmas 2021 falls into that category.  The coordinating DSP (designer series paper) in the pattern I used today just looks like something from Dr. Seuss, and I love anything Dr. Seuss.  

The other thing I love about this DSP is that it speaks to my love of non-traditional Christmas colors.

Here’s my holly Christmas card:

 

Measurements:

 

  • The Mossy Meadow base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • Next, I trimmed a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • I trimmed two pieces of the DSP to 4-3/4 by 3-1/2 inches for the diagonal mats. At this point, I also trimmed a piece of the green DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • The white cardstock panel for the inside of the card measures my normal 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I used scraps of Mossy Meadow and white cardstock for the labels.
  • That’s it for the measurements.

Stamping, Embossing, Coloring:

  • First, I used the holly and berry trio stamp and Blushing Bride ink to stamp on the background Blushing Bride cardstock.
  • I did the same thing with Mossy Meadow ink on the scrap I used for the background label.
  • Next, I stamped the sentiment on scrap white cardstock using Versamark ink. Then, I covered the sentiment with silver embossing powder and heat set it with my heat tool.
  • HINT: The embossing buddy is one of my essential tools for heat embossing. SU! had discontinued it for a few years, but it’s available again. The embossing additions tool kit found on page 49 of the mini-catalog can really make embossing easier! It contains the embossing buddy, an embossing tray and two brushes specifically made for brushing the errant bits of powder off your paper. I’ve had my buddy for about 4 years and it’s still going strong. In my humble opinion, it’s is well worth it to get the tool kit. Even though I already have one, it’s on my next order list.
  • I also stamped the holly leaves and berry trio in each bottom corner of the inside of the card and the envelope, and one to use for the envelope seal. After I embossed and heat set each of them, I colored them in using my Old Olive blends combo and Blushing Bride marker.
  • Then, I cropped both layers of the label using the Pretty Labels die set and added dimensionals under each.
  • Next, I wrapped a piece of Blushing Bride ribbon around the bottom label and used a piece of silver braided ribbon to secure it.
  • I added the basic pearl to cover up an oops bit of stray silver embossing powder, but it works.
  • Other than for the two labels, I used multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the piece to the card.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Clean and Simple for the Sparkles Christmas Challenges # 140

Welcome to the September edition of the monthly Sparkles Christmas challenge # 140.  Our host this month, Billie A., chose a clean and simple theme.  When you are finished here, I hope you will visit the challenge website to see the inspirational projects from the rest of the design team members.  Then, I hope you will play along with us and post your creations in our gallery!

Here’s my very clean and simple Christmas card made from pieces I already had:

 

 

Measurements and Such:

Just like my clean and simple card, this blog post will also be clean and simple.

  • The Night of Navy base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 41/4 inches.
  • I trimmed the Balmy Blue layer to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches..
  • I already had the white piece of cardstock, which I’d embossed with the snowflake wintry 3D embossing folder. When I first embossed the cardstock, I had used a blender brush with Balmy Blue ink to randomly blend color over the embossed pattern.
  • I’ve also had the large snowflake cropped out for quite some time. It was originally cropped from Smoky Slate cardstock. I used a blender brush and silver ink to give it a silvery sheen.
  • The sentiment comes from the retired Christmas Means More stamp set. I don’t think I will ever sell that set because I also have a Grinch stamp to go with the sentiments. Using my Stamparatus, I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy ink, and cleaned the stamp. Then, I reinked the stamp using Versamark ink and stamped it. I used clear embossing powder, which I heat set.
  • Next, I cropped the sentiment using the banner die from the Stylish Shapes die set. Using the Balmy Blue marker, I outlined the banner before I added dimensionals on the underside.
  • I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to 4 by 5-1/4 inches for the inside of the card and stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy Ink.
  • With the exception of the sentiment banner, I adhered the other pieces using multipurpose lliquid glue.
  • Ta-da! Finished! Clean, simple, and recycled. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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MMM#180 and Sparkles #139 Combo

Welcome to my combination card for Make My Monday #180 and Sparkles Christmas Buddies #139.  As you might know, MMM challenge run for two weeks and the Sparkles challenge runs for the month.  For the MMM challenge our host, Jackie, chose spotlighting a technique.  Helen, our host for Sparkles, chose the sentiment as a focal point.  I combined them by creating a monochromatic Balmy Blue Christmas card.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit each of the challenge sites to see what the rest of the design team members created.

Here’s my card:

 

Measurements:

  • The Balmy Blue base measures 8-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • I used the Sale-a-Bration FREE Silver and Gold 6 x 6 specialty paper and trimmed it to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches. I trimmed another piece of the specialty paper to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • I cropped the Balmy Blue sentiment panel using the Stylish Shapes dies.
  • The last measurement needed is for the white panel on the inside of the card. I trimmed that to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • That’s all for the measurements.

The Technique and Sentiment:

  • The silver and gold specialty paper comes with a white background. I used a blending brush and Balmy Blue ink to color the DSP. In the past, I’d used a brayer and ink to color specialty designer paper. Using the blending brush creates a soft background onto which more ink can be laid if desired. It’s difficult to see in the photo, but the blending brush adds a soft texture to the ink on the white paper.
  • I also colored the specialty paper for the envelope flap.
  • The sentiment comes from the Hope and Peace stamp set, found in the current mini-catalog. It’s a beautiful stamp set and I love the graceful script font. I stamped it using VersaMark on a piece of Balmy Blue cardstock. Then, I added silver embossing powder and heat set it with my heat tool. I put dimensonals under the sentiment panel.
  • Next, I added two of the wonderful snowflakes to the specialty paper carefully using multipurpose liquid glue. Then, I added the sentiment panel to the specialty paper.
  • Since I wanted to add some sparkle to the specialty paper edges. I outlined them using the clear Wink of Stella pen.
  • The Balmy Blue double-stitched ribbon can be a bit stiff at first. I ran it through my fingers like I would with curling ribbon before tying it in a bow.
  • In order to accommodate for the ribbon, I added dimensionals under the specialty paper and adhered it to the base of the card.
  • Finally, I added 7 rhinestones randomly on the front of the card.
  • After stamping the inside, I’d finished this card and coordinated envelope.

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

 

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Use Your Stars for Sparkles Buddies Challenge # 138

Welcome to the July Sparkles Buddies Christmas challenge!  Heather, our host for challenge #138, chose stars for the theme of this month’s challenge.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge page to get inspired to play along with this month’s challenge.  The possibilities are endless!

Here’s my starry card:

 

I find it difficult to part with some retired Stampin’ Up! products. This 2021 Christmas DSP (designer series paper) and the Curvy Christmas stamp set and coordinating dies still remain in my stash. At first, I thought I’d use the DSP because of the stars in the pattern. Then, when I pulled the stamp and die sets, I happily saw the star stamps and decided to use them in my card.

Measurements:

  • The Misty Moonlight base measures 11 by 4-1/4 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent fold.
  • The white layer on the front measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches. The white inside panel measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I trimmed the DSP layer to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. At this point, I also trimmed a piece to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • The Misty Moonlight cardstock measures 2-1/8 inches at it’s highest point. The cardstock measures 4 inches wide.

What I Did:

  • The process for making the card turned out to be short and sweet.
  • After cropping the Misty Moonlight cardstock with the curvy die, I wiped it down with my embossing buddy, which has returned in the 2022 – 2023 annual catalog! YEAH!
  • Next, I stamped the sentiment using VersaMark, then covered it with white embossing powder, which I heat set with my heat tool.
  • I added dimensionals to the back of this cardstock after I cropped it and heat set the sentiment.
  • Next, I wiped down the DSP with my embossing buddy. Then, I stamped the curvy line of Christmas trees and some of both sizes of the stars using Versamark. After that, I covered it all with white embossing powder and heat set it.
  • I added a Misty Moonlight ribbon wrapped around the cardstock and tied it in a square knot.
  • Then, I turned my attention to the inside of the card. Using Misty Moonlight ink, I stamped the curvy sentiment and line of Christmas trees on the inside panel.
  • All of the layers, with the exception of the cardstock on dimensionals, were adhered using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Finally, I trimmed the DSP on the envelope flap and punched a 1 inch circle for the envelope seal. As always, my XYRON create-a-sticker made the envelope seal possible.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Cute Christmas Critters for the June Sparkles Christmas Buddies Challenge

Welcome to the June Sparkles Christmas Buddies Challenge # 137.  Our host this month, Debbie, chose Cute Christmas Critters for the theme.  When you finish here, I hope you will head over to the challenge site to see all the cards from the rest of the design team members.  There’s so much inspiration to be found there.  I hope you will be inspired to play along!

Here’s my card:

 

 

I’ve been using a bunch of these self-adhesive googly eyes lately, mainly because I purchased 1200 of them from Amazon.  I originally needed ten, but went all out when I saw these and the organizational box in which they are packaged.  

I used the Try Stamping on Tuesday challenge #556 as inspiration.  The challenge ended on May 29th, but it’s still worth giving the challenge credit.  Here’s the challenge banner:

 

Easy Peasy Card:

  • The Real Red base measures 11 x 4-1/4 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent fold card.
  • I used the snowflakes from the Wintry 3D embossing folder set for the white cardstock base. Since this folder fits in the mini cut and emboss machine, I did need to run it through the full size machine twice. After I finished embossing the cardstock, I trimmed it down to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The white cardstock panel for the inside measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I also used the snowflakes embossing folder on the envelope flap. I punched a 1 inch circle from Real Red cardstock and embossed that as well for the envelope seal.
  • Using two of the stylish shapes square dies, I cropped three frames from Real Red cardstock. I arranged them on the front of the card using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Then I punched the penguin pieces from leftover black and white cardstock.

Stamping:

  • Before adhering the white body parts to the black penguin base, I stamped the Real Red scarf, the noses, and the eyes. All of these stamps come from the Penguin Place stamp set.
  • Since I stamped the eyes, I had reference points for the placement of the googly eyes. Cuteness overload!
  • Then, I adhered the white to the black cardstock bodies using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Next, I added dimensionals to the penguins’ feet and under the black cardstock part of the penguins. The penguins fit inside the Real Red frames perfectly!
  • The sentiment comes from the Best Year cling stamp set. I stamped it in Momento Tuxedo Black ink. Then, I cropped it using one of the banner dies from the stylish shapes die set. In order for the sentiment to stand out, I outlined it using my Real Red marker.
  • HINT: I absolutely loved the now retired stitched shapes die set and thought I’d never get rid of them. However, the new stylish shapes die set has replaced the retired set and I can now sell them. The new dies are awesome!
  • Amazingly, I tied a pretty decent bunny ears bow and attached it using a glue dot.
  • After stamping a sentiment from the retired Perfectly Plaid Christmas stamp set on the white cardstock for the inside, I adhered it to the base.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Fun Folds Abound for Sparkles Christmas Buddies Challenge #135

Welcome to the April, 2022 Sparkles Christmas Buddies Challenge # 135.  I am hosting this month, and chose fun folds for the theme.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge website.  The other design team members really hit it out of the park (baseball reference) with their cards!

Once again, I chose to work with the Santa’s Suit stamp set and coordinating dies.  I know I used the extra pieces I had leftover from some previous Christmas cards for March, and you can see that card here.  However, since I created the March card, I was able to purchase the retired stamp set and coordinating dies and I couldn’t be happier!  

Here’s my fun fold Christmas card:

 

I just posted another double easel card, with a link to the video from Mary Deatherage of Stamps-n-Lingers I used for directions.  You can find that post here.  The measurements for the bases of this card are the same as my previous double easel card and Mary’s card.

 

What I Did:

  • I used Cherry Cobbler for the major base and Sahara Sand for the easel base. Then, I used coordinating DSP for the layers.
  • To create the mounds of snow, I used the layering diorama dies. Who knew, right? But they worked perfectly, at least in my humble opinion.
  • To create the shadows on the layers of snow, I used a very dry blending brush and Smoky Slate ink.
  • I adhered the bottom snow mounds directly to the DSP layers. The top layers of snow mounds are popped up on dimensionals. Santa, the front sentiment, and the suit pieces also got popped up on dimensionals.
  • The suit pieces were all stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and then again using the coordinating stamps in Cherry Cobbler.
  • I used two very thin strips of black cardstock for the laundry poles and black baker’s twine for the laundry line. Those cute little clothespins are from the Santa’s Suit stamp and die sets.

I hope you like this stamp and die set because I will, in all probability be using it again as I work my way through making Christmas cards.

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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