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:

Sparkles Christmas Challenge, October 2023

Here’s the AHSC banner:

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #544

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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Twist & Pop Snowman card for the September Sparkles Challenge & Creative Creases

Welcome to the September edition of the Sparkles Christmas Challenge! Our host for this month, Caz, chose the theme of snowman for challenge # 152. When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see the wide variety of snowman cards from the rest of the design team members. I can’t wait to see what you create and upload to the gallery!

I found this fun fold videos about 6 weeks ago and knew I would be making three of these for the great-nieces and great-nephew for Christmas. MayMay, from MayMay Made It, has two videos for this fun fold. You can find the links for them here and here. The first one explains the mechanism made with one sheet of cardstock and some scoring. The second one explains how to create the snowman. She even included a pattern for the mittens which can be printed from her blog post..

Here’s the inside of my stinking adorable snowman card:

I feel like the outside is just for show, but here it is:

I will be uploading this snowman to the Creative Creases Challenge as well. You can find the link for that challenge here.

MayMay Made It:

  • I used the directions and measurements found in MayMay’s videos, with a few adjustments.
  • After I did all the scoring and folding for the white inside pop and twist part, I closed it up and trimmed an extra 1/8 off of the top and bottom so the Misty Moonlight cardstock border was more even on the inside.
  • I trimmed the mechanism that holds the mittens to an inch wide in order to accommodate the size of the mittens.
  • I adhered both mittens to the bottom parts of the mechanism.
  • HINTS:
    • Before I did anything with the snowman parts, I turned the white cardstock over and used my bone folder to try to flatten out the vertical score line as much as possible.
    • Before drawing the face, adhere the DSP 9designer series paper) you are using for the scarf. Trust me, you want to adhere this piece first
    • I used a 1-inch circle punch for the buttons. I created the dots using the biggest end of a scoring tool and white craft ink.
    • I used a banner die from the Stylish Shapes die set for the letter banners.
    • I punched the eyes with a 1/2-inch hole punch and just trimmed a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock for the nose.
    • The embossing folder for the front is included in the new mini-catalog which goes llive in just a few days. YEAH! After embossing the snowflakes, I very lightly swiped the StayzOn white ink pad over the top.
    • This card will tightly fit in the medium basic white envelopes. However, it will require extra postage.
  • MayMay’s videos are very easy to follow. I’ll be posting my other versions of this card soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Add Some Gold for the July Sparkles Christmas Buddies Challenge # 150

The host for our July, 2023 Sparkles Christmas Challenge, Billie A. chose to have us add some gold to our projects.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge website to see the projects created by the other design team members.  I’m always inspired by each of the projects.  We hope you are inspired as well and play along with our challenge.  I’m looking forward to seeing your cards in our gallery! 

Here’s my card:

 

The Polished Pink and gold DSP (designer series paper) really did all the work here.  This DSP belonged to the 2021-2023 retired In Colors which retired at the end of May. I have just enough left for a couple more cards.  Sadly the ribbon also retired this past May.  However, his card could fall into the almost easy-peesy category and be recreated using any DSP.

Details for the Card:

 

  • Trim a piece of cardstock to 4-1/4 by 11 inches. Score it at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card base.
  • Trim a piece of gold foil specialty paper to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The pink, gold, and white DSP measures 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
  • Using the Natural Prints wreath die, crop it from gold foil.
  • HINT: I am very (!!) stingy, um make that frugal, with my foil specialty papers. Therefore, I make sure to crop as much as possible from the foil piece since it will be covered with the DSP. This gold foil wreath is cropped from the center of the gold foil layer.
  • Use your embossing buddy to clean off a scrap piece of cardstock that matches the base color.
  • Stamp the sentiment from the Hope & Peace stamp set using Versamark ink
  • Cover the sentiment in gold embossing powder and heat set it.
  • Using a circle from the Stylish Shapes die set, crop the sentiment.
  • For this card, I tried something new with the edge of the sentiment circle, and it worked. I rolled the circle through the VersaMark ink pad two or three times, then added gold embossing powder. Heat setting the powder was made easier by using my opposable (reverse) tweezers. If you don’t have a pair, I highly recommend the Stampin’ Up! embossing additions tool kit. These reverse tweezers act like another hand when crafting. There are all kinds of the tweezers on the market, but the SU! ones have wider and stronger tips. The set also includes an embossing buddy (invaluable when embossing, a small brush to wipe away excess flecks of powder, and a Powder Pal, which will keep your space tidy. You can see the kit below:
  • Use multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the gold foil and DSP together.
  • Wrap a length of ribbon vertically around the left side of the foil/DSP layer and tie it in a bow.
  • Use liquid glue to attach the gold foil wreath.
  • HINT: Be very careful when using adhesives with foil specialty papers. If you get adhesive on the foil side, that piece of paper will become dull. You’ll be able to wipe off the excess glue, but you will not have shiny foil where the glue touched it.
  • Add dimensionals under the sentiment circle and adhere to the card.
  • Since the ribbon I used is very thin, I was able to use liquid glue to adhere the foil/DSP layer to the base of the card.
  • Trim a piece of white cardstock to 4 by 5-1/4 inches for the inside.
  • Trim a piece of coordinating DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. . Don’t use foil specialty paper for the flap because it won’t stand up to the wear and tear of the postal machines.
  • Finally, punch a 1-inch circle from coordinating DSP for the envelope seal.
  • With that, I finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal.

Thank you for stopping by today! 

Have a Peachy Day! 

Sue

 

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It’s About Trees for the June Sparkles Christmas Buddy Challenge

Welcome to the June Sparkles Christmas Buddy Challenge.  How is it possible that it’s already June, 2023?  The good thing is that I start my summer break on June 6th.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge website when you finish here.  Every month I am so impressed with the creative interpretations of the challenge theme by the design team members.  I look forward to seeing what you create and upload to our gallery.

Here’s my tent fold trees card:

This post is going to  be pretty short and sweet since the curvy dies and stamp set, the 3D Brick and Mortar embossing folder, and the layering dioramas dies are all retired.  The Santa’s sleigh stamp comes from a past Paper Pumpkin kit.  

However, the Starry Sky cardstock is gorgeous!  If you haven’t gotten any yet, I would strongly recommend that you do!  It’s absolutely fabulous!  

The sentiment and trees were stamped in VersaMark ink, then covered in white embossing powder and heat set with my heat tool.

I placed a few drops of silver Wink of Stella on an acrylic stamp block to get the splatters on the bottom layer of the card.  I use an empty Wink of Stella pen and just dip it in the ink on the block.  By tapping the empty pen on the lid, I created the splatters.  

HINT:  Make sure you really cover your desk even further than you think the splatters will go.  A few years ago, I made the mistake of not covering double the size of the grid paper and had a mess to clean up.  Trust me – you need more of your desk area covered than just one piece of grid paper.

The top layer of the brick cardstock is adhered directly to the white cardstock using multipurpose liquid glue.  You can’t see the underside, but it has many, many dimensionals and mini- dimensionals on it.

The ribbon bow actually is covering a tiny happy accident of an ink smudge.  Once I saw it, I couldn’t unsee it and had to do something.  

Thank you for stopping by today! 

Have a Peachy Day! 

Sue

 

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Warm Winter Clothes for the Sparkles Christmas Buddies Challenge #146

Welcome to the March edition of the monthly Sparkles Christmas Buddies challenge.  Our host for #146, Debs, chose warm winter clothes for the theme.  This challenge stays live until March 31, 2023, so you have plenty of time to add your projects to our gallery.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see what the other design team members created because the projects are as fabulous as they are varied!

My card for this month (which might be published late because I didn’t get it on the DT site early enough) uses something old, something new, and something blue.  Here’s my card:

 

Something old – the Santa’s Suit stamp set and coordinating dies.  When this bundle retired, I sold both the stamp set and the dies.  Then I saw some really adorable cards on Pinterest and needed to get another set, so I did!  I’ve already posted other cards with this set, which you can see here and here.

I used the sketch from the current Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #514 for the inspiration for my layout.  The sketch fit perfectly with my rough idea.

Here’s the challenge banner and link to the site:

 

Perfect, right?!

Measurements:

  • The Balmy Blue cardstock base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • I trimmed two pieces of the Balmy Blue 12 by 12 inch textured shimmer paper to two pieces of 5-3/8 by 4-1/8
  • Using the layered diorama dies, crop the center of one piece of the textured shimmer paper for the top layer of the card.
  • Trim a piece of the Balmy Blue 6 by 6 inch DSP (designer series paper) to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. At this point, I punched a 1 inch circle of the textured shimmer paper for the envelope seal.
  • Trim two 1 inch by 6 inch strips of the white textured shimmer paper. I cropped each using the cloud shaped die from the basic borders set.
  • I also cropped two strips of the cloud die for the inside of the card.. Then, I used a dry blending brush which I had used with blue ink to very lightly shade the stitched part of the clouds.
  • I already had 4 clouds cropped from the waves dies from the Waves of Inspiration Bundle.
  • That’s it for the measurements.

Stamping:

  • I stamped the pieces of Santa and his suit on scraps of white cardstock using the Tuxedo Black ink pad.
  • Next, I stamped the insides using Real Red ink.
  • I covered the white parts of Santa’s hat, boots, and jacket using the white pearlized enamel effects. Make sure you let this dry completely before you touch it.
  • After using the embossing buddy on a Balmy Blue cardstock scrap, I stamped the greeting using VersaMark. Then, I covered it in white embossing powder and heat set it.
  • Using a circle die from the Stylish Shapes die set, crop the sentiment.
  • Then, using a white gel pen, highlight the stitching on the circle.
  • To add shimmer to the edge of the sentiment circle, I used the clear Wink of Stella pen.
  • HINT: Through trial and error, I’ve found it’s easier to squeeze out a couple of drops of the Wink of Stella on a piece of scrap paper. Then, spread out the clear glitter ink so you can roll the circle through the ink. This will result in a cleaner edge than trying to use the pen directly on the edge.
  • Lightly splatter some Wink of Stella on the sentiment circle.
  • Punch a small hole at the top of the sentiment circle. Thread Real Red ribbon through the hole and tie a square knot.
  • Stamp the inside sentiment using the Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad.

Assembly:

 

 

  • Adhere one piece of the Balmy Blue textured shimmer paper to the card base using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Add dimensionals and some foam adhesive strips to the cropped top layer as shown below:
  • This photo also shows the placement of dimensionals on the sentiment circle.
  • Adhere one piece of the cloud textured shimmer paper to the blue textured paper using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Remove the cover on the bottom strip and dimensionals. Stagger the second cloud strip and adhere to the adhesive strips.
  • Add multipurpose glue to the cloud strip attached to the dimensionals. Remove the rest of the dimensional and foam adhesive strip covers. Line up the top layer with the bottom layer of the textured shimmer paper.
  • Use a combination of dimensionals and/or multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the Santa’s Suit pieces, the clouds, and the sentiment circle.
  • Stagger the two white cloud strips on the bottom of the inside cardstock panel. Adhere using multipurpose liquid glue and trim the excess.
  • Adhere the white cardstock to the inside base of 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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Non-Traditional Colors for Sparkles Buddy Christmas Challenge #145

Welcome to the February Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  Our host this month, Helen, chose using non-traditional Christmas colors.  I’m all about non-traditional colors for Christmas cards, so I especially enjoyed this month’s theme.  When you finish here, I hope you check out the creations from the rest of the design team on the challenge site.  Don’t forget to add your creation to the gallery!  

I created two cards for this challenge.  Here they are:

 

Non-Traditional Colors:

I used the Fitting Florets DSP (designer series paper) for both cards.  The first one uses Night of Navy, Balmy Blue and Polished Pink.  I used coordinating DSP for each envelope flap.  These pieces measure 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches.  I also punched coordinating 1 inch circles for the envelope seals.

  • The card base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • The Polished Pink DSP mat measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • Then, I used the Fitting Florets dies and stamp set, along with Polished Pink ribbon to finishe off the card.

The second card I created is a z-fold card.  I’m not sure that the colors are really non-traditional, which is why I used Polished Pink for the first card.  This z-fold uses Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, and Evening Evergreen.

 

  • The base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches. It’s scored at 2-1/8 and 4-1/4 inches to create the z-fold.
  • The DSP pieces measure 2 by 5-3/8 inches for the floral pieces. The checked piece measures 5-3/8 inches by 4-1/8 inches.
  • I stamped the two floral swags in Momento Tuxedo Black ink so I could color it with blends.I The Balmy Blue blends combo was used on the flowers. I used Night of Navy dark blend for the splashes in the swag. Then, I finished with Evening Evergreen blends combo for the leaves.
  • Since the oval outline and the floral swags would be seen on both sides I needed to make sure the back was acceptable. Therefore, I cropped an. additional oval outline and two of the floral swags on white cardstock. That way, I could use the blank swags on the back.
  • Even though there are more pieces on the z-fold card, it was relaxing to do the coloring and put it together.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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