Nature’s Prints for SSC286 and PP598

This week’s challenges from Sunday Stamps #286 and Paper Players #598 inspired me to use the Nature’s Prints Suite. I fell absolutely in love with the beautiful colors and patterns in this DSP, and will probably go through a couple of packs of it during the year it’s available.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners:

Measurements:

  • The Gray Granite base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • The Night of Navy Sun Prints DSP measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches. Then, I trimmed another piece to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • I trimmed two strips of Gray Granite DSP to 1-1/4 by 4-1/8 inches. This DSP pattern is on the reverse of the Night of Navy DSP. I also punched out a 1 inch circle to use for the envelope seal.
  • After dry embossing a piece of white cardstock using the Fern 3D embossing folder, I trimmed it to 2-1/4 by 4-1/8 inches.
  • I also trimmed a piece of white cardstock to 4 by 5-1/4 inches for the inside of the card.
  • The embellishments on the front were stamped and cropped from leftover pieces of white cardstock. I already had the heat embossed spray on the Night of Navy cardstock.
  • That’s it for the measurements.

What I Did:

  • After trimming all the pieces for the background of the card, I adhered them using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Next, I stamped the more stick-ish spray in Gray Granite on white cardstock. I also stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy. Then I cropped all three pieces using the coordinating dies.
  • I adhered the Gray Granite sprays using multipurpose liquid glue. Then, I added dimensionals under the Night of Navy spray and the sentiment banner. I did have to make sure that I only placed dimensionals on the ends of the banner to accomodate the dimensionals under the spray.
  • Before adhering the pieces, I decided to add some linen thread to the back of the Night of Navy spray. I usually don’t have much luck adding linen thread in a random pattern, I think this worked. In order to adhere the thread, I put dots of liquid adhesive on the back of the spray. Therefore, I was able to move the thread around until I was satisfied.
  • Then, I stamped the inside. First, I second generation stamped the large spray in Gray Granite on the center of the white cardstock. Next, I stamped a sentiment from Special Moments in Night of Navy over the Gray Granite spray. Honestly, I like the inside of the card more than the outside. I’m going to have to create a card using the inside for a clean and simple front.
  • 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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My Bee Obsession Continues With a Three-fer Card

Welcome back to what has become bee-central.  I promise, I’ve made other cards, but this one fit the bill for a three-fer card.  I used three card challenges for this card, The Paper Players # 593, Freshly Made Sketches # 537, and Color Throwdown # 694.

Here’s my card:

 

Here are the challenge banners that inspired the layout, color combination, and elements:

 

I used the bottom row with a punch, matte black dots, and the flower for a circle.

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Measurements:

  • The Basic Black base measures 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent-fold card.
  • The Pool Party mat measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • This woodgrain DSP comes from the Flowering Fields DSP (designer series paper). It measures 4 x 5-1/4 inches. I outlined it using a black Stamping Write Marker to make it really stand out from the Pool Party cardstock.
  • AFTER I embossed the Poppy Parade cardstock using the Painter Texture 3D embossing folder, I trimmed it to 4 inches wide. I measured up from the bottom 2-1/2 inches on each side and marked it with a tick. Then, I just eyeballed it to make the point off-center, following the FMS537 layout.
  • I used multipurpose glue to adhere all these layers together.
  • While I had my trimmer out, I trimmed a coordinating piece of DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • The white cardstock inside panel measures 4 by 5-1/4 inches.

The Front Elements:

  • I punched the black cardstock “bee” using my ladybug punch. Then, I punched two sets of wings from vellum cardstock.
  • I used some leftover Harvest Meadow DSP to trim the bee’s stripes to 1/8 inch. I trimmed them after adhering them using multipurpose glue.
  • The stinger comes from a corner of the same DSP cut down to size.
  • To create the top set of wings, I cut one of the vellum sets in half and adhered them with multipurpose glue. Then,, I added the bottom set of wings and adhered them with multipurpose glue as well. I covered the dots of glue using three matte black dots.
  • Both the inside and the outside sentiments come from the Happy and Heartfelt stamp set and stamped them with Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Next, I trimmed the front sentiment white cardstock to 3/4 inches and punched the chevron using the Banners Pick A Punch. Then, I trimmed a piece of the same DSP that I used for the bee’s stripes to 3/4 inch wide and punched the end using the banner punch. I added dimensionals under the sentiment banner.
  • Putting the Pool Party daisy layers together was easy because I already had the pieces punched from Pool Party 6 x 6 inch DSP. I used dimensionals and liquid glue to adhere the flower to the banner.
  • In order to be able to accomodate the dimensionals on the banner and flower, I needed to use a double layer of dimmensionals under the bee. Multipurpose liquid glue adhere the part of the bee that overlapped the flower and banner.
  • After adding a single matte black dot to the corner of the sentiment banner, I’d finished the front.

Finishing Up:

  • The inside sentiment is also stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Then, I used the daisy stamp from the Daisy Lane stamp set. I used Pool Party ink and stamped them off the bottom of the inside panel. I also stamped one of the daisies on the bottom left-hand corner of the envelope.
  • Next, I punched a 1 inch circle from the DSP I used for the bee and sentiment mat to make the envelope seal. Finally, I ran the circle through my XYRON create-a-sticker to finish off the envelope seal.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and seal set.

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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My Bug Obsession Continues with PP592

I think it’s completely obvious that I am completely obsessed with the ladybug builder punch!  My original plan for a card for the Paper Players Challenge #592 didn’t look anything like the final product.  

Here’s my card:

 

Here’s the challenge banner:

 

You can see my other ladybug cards here, here, here, and here.  I told you I am obsessed!

Short and Sweet:

  • The Evening Evergreen base measures 8-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches to create a tent fold.
  • AFTER I ran the Soft Succulent cardstock through my cut and emboss machine using the brick 3D embossing folder, I trimmed it to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • I wanted the brick texture to stand out so I used a blending brush and Evening Evergreen ink. After tapping the brush in the ink, I tapped it off on a piece of scrap paper because I wanted a dry-brush look. In order to highlight just the raised texture, I brushed on the diagonal. It took a few layers of ink, but it was much better to have a light hand to achieve the look I wanted.
  • I wrapped a length of Evening Evergreen ribbon around the cardstock and tied it in a square knot.
  • Next, I used a scrap of the Flowering Fields DSP (designer series paper) and cropped two circles using the new Stylish Shapes die set. If you loved the now retired Stitched Shapes die set, you will LOVE this set. Put it high on your wish list!
  • Then I started on my bee. I punched a black body and two vellum cardstock wings using the ladybug punch. I cut one set of wings in half and turned them over to create the top set of wings on this bee.
  • Every bee has to have a stinger and I cut a tiny corner piece of DSP to make this one.
  • I trimmed the strips of DSP to 1/8 inch wide for the stripes on the bee.
  • Finally, I added three black matte dots to the wings to cover my adhesive.

Finishing Up:

  • I stamped the sentiment using Early Evergreen ink and trimmed it down to size. Then, I added a very thin mat of Early Evergreen cardstock for a mat.
  • I used dimensionals under the sentiment and the bee. My favorite adhesive, multipurpose liquid glue, took care of the rest of the pieces.
  • I trimmed a piece of Early Evergreen DSP to 2-1/ by 6 inches for the envelope flap. Then, I punched a 1 inch circle from the Flowering Fields DSP for the envelope seal and ran it through my XYRON create-a-sticker.
  • 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

Santa Comes to Town with the Sparkles Christmas Buddies Challenge #134 & PP580

Welcome to the March Sparkles Christmas Buddies challenge #134!  Helen chose “Santa Comes to Town” for the theme.  Oh, what fun!  When you finish here, I hope you hop over to the challenge forum to see what all the other of the design team members created!

Here’s my Santa Comes to Town card:

 

When I first checked my stamp sets for this card, I found I didn’t have anything with a Santa! The closest I have is the two sentiments on this card from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set.  After struggling with ideas, it dawned on me that I had kept three sets of these Santa pieces, and that I knew exactly where they were.  Score!  Bonus – they were already stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black and Cherry Cobbler, which became the color combination.  

The layout for this card comes from the Paper Players #580 sketch challenge.  

Here’s the challenge banner:

 

What I Did:

  • The Cherry Cobbler card base measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • I used the Buffalo Check DSP (designer series paper) from the host DSP set Pattern Party. I just love a black and white Buffalo check and trimmed it to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The black DSP banner measures 5-3/8 inches by 1-3/8 inches.
  • Using the scalloped contour die set, I cropped the white focal panel. It needed something to make it pop, so I trimmed a piece of Cherry Cobbler DSP to 3-3/8 inches by 4-1/2 inches.
  • Next, I stamped the sentiments and added the black baker’s twine for a clothesline. I attached the knotted ends using mini glue dots.
  • Then came the fun part! I added Santa and his clothes. All these pieces are popped up on dimensionals and attached to the baker’s twine using retired mini paperclips. For added interest, I let Santa and his coat hang off the sides of the white scalloped panel.
  • Finally, I stamped another sentiment from Perfectly Plaid on the white cardstock for the inside of the card.
  • After trimming the DSP on the envelope flap, and punching a 1 inch circle for the envelope seal, 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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Sweet as a Peach Birthday for PP547

Welcome back to my little spot in the blogging universe! I created this peachy birthday card for the Paper Players #547 challenge. The clean and simple sketch inspired me to create an equally quick and easy card.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the sketch from Paper Players:

Measurements:

  • The Early Espresso base measures 5-1/2 inches x 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • After I ran the Pear Pizazz cardstock through the Big Shot in the Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder, I trimmed it down. The finished dimensions are 5-3/8 inches by 4-1/8 inches.
  • The Early Espresso mat for the DSP measures 4-1/4 inches by 3-1/8 inches.
  • Then I trimmed the DSP to 3 inches by 4-1/8 inches. Next, I trimmed a piece of the DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap and adhered it to the flap using liquid glue.
  • I also punched a 1-inch circle out of the DSP for the envelope seal. I ran it through the XYRON create-a-sticker machine and put it inside the envelope.
  • As always, the white cardstock panel on the inside measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I used scraps of white cardstock for the birthday sentiment and the stamped peach on the front of the card.

Putting the Card Together:

  • I started with the Pear Pizazz brick cardstock and used multipurpose liquid glue to adhere it to the card base.
    • HINT: I use the liquid glue so I can have a little bit of time to gently move the cardstock into place. However, sometimes I don’t notice that I missed, which happened with this card. I won’t tell you where I missed, but I used the Early Espresso marker to fix it. I simply and carefully used the brush end to outline the Pear Pizazz layer.
  • Next, I adhered the peachy DSP (designer series paper) to the Early Espresso mat.
  • Then, I wrapped a length of the Pale Papaya and white woven ribbon around the DSP and Early Espresso cardstock. The ribbon does not go all the way around. The ends are attached to the back of the cardstock using small pieces of tear-and-tape.
  • I used the birthday sentiment from the Sweet as a Peach photopolymer stamp set on scrap white cardstock using Soft Suede ink. Then, I used a stitched rectangle die to crop the sentiment. I didn’t want to add another layer to the sentiment, so I used the Early Espresso marker to outline the sentiment banner.
  • I used another piece of tear-and-tape to attach the sentiment to the ribbon.

Stamping the Peach and Leaves

  • At this point, all I needed to do for the front of the card was to stamp the peach and leaves. I used the tip for stamping the peach from the top, right-hand side of page 61 in the annual catalog.
    • After practicing on my grid paper, and trying different combinations of color, I decided to first stamp the peach using a stamped off Daffodil Delight peach.
    • Next, I used a sponge dauber to add Calypso Coral ink to the peach. Since the stamp is a DistINKtive stamp, the texture is automatically stamped. However, I did sponge more Calypso Coral ink in areas to shade the peach. The photopolymer stamp makes it very easy to line up the stamp and restamp it.
    • Finally, I used another sponge dauber and Soft Suede ink to just highlight the bottom and the top of the peach. Then, I stamped it again.
    • I’m pretty pleased with the result.
    • I repeated the process for the leaves and stem using first Pear Pizazz ink and then Old Olive ink with a dauber.
    • Finally, I used the coordinating die set to crop the peach and leaves.
  • The only place I used dimensionals was under the peach and the leaves.
  • Then, I stamped the sentiments on the inside panel and adhered it to the inside of the card.
  • With that, I’d finished this card/envelope/seal coordinated set.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.


Have a Peachy Day!
Sue

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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.

Do You Love Fun Folds?

I always enjoy finding and learning how to do a new fun fold card! If you do as well, please stop by a new challenge, Creative Creases from Debbie Mageed at The Secret Stamper! I am having a blast with her challenges and have learned some new fun folds! Join the fun at her website! My card for the current challenge is made and will be blogged before the end of the challenge this week. Here’s a sneak peek of my twist and pop graduation card for the current challenge:

Thank you so much for stopping by today.


I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.


Have a Peachy Day!
Sue

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