Easter or Spring Crafts for MMM# 145

Welcome to another Make My Monday challenge! Mary V. chose the theme for this week, Easter or Spring crafts, and I couldn’t be happier!

Here’s my card:

My niece, her husband and four year old daughter moved recently. My great-niece has been completely obsessed with the Easter Bunny for the last year. She’s now quite concerned that the Easter Bunny will not be able to find their house. So, this card will be going in the mail to her tomorrow from the “Easter Bunny”. I wrote with my right hand for part of it. Years and years ago I shattered my right wrist. Everything that rotates broke, so I lost a significant amount of range of motion and other things. It truly looks like someone with a big old hand in a glove wrote it. I said that, while getting ready for Easter, the Bunny noticed that she moved and s/he can’t wait to see the new house. Hopefully, that will make her happy.

What I Did:

  • The Calypso Coral card base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches. Then, I scored the base at 4-1/4 inches and 2-1/8 inches. Make sure you use your bone folder to really crease the score lines so the card will lay flat.
  • I used a panel of Pool Party DSP for the front panel and the envelope flap. The front panel measures 5-3/8 inches by 2 inches. The piece for the envelope flap measures 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches.
  • I colored the bunny, from the retired Welcome Easter stamp set, using the light and dark Crumb Cake blends and the Flirty Flamingo marker and dark Petal Pink blend.
  • I cropped the bunny using the medium Stitched Shape circle. The middle Pool Party layer was cropped from the layering circles die set. Next, I used the largest Stitched Shapes circle die to crop two circles using the Calypso Coral DSP for the largest layer. I wanted the back of the focal circle to be the same as the mat on the front. To accomplish this, I had to glue down the front flap or the card would open badly.

Inside

  • I really wanted to use the Arrange a Wreath die set for this card, but it’s on backorder. It should get here this week, though. therefore, I had to fussy cut the eggs from the set. I stamped two in Pool Party and two in Calypso Coral.
  • I also used the crate stamp from the Arrange a Wreath set and stamped it using Soft Suede ink on Crumb Cake cardstock. Then, I used the stitched rectangle dies to crop the crate. Dimensionals add height to the eggs and the basket.
  • All Easter baskets need grass. Therefore, I used the grass die from the Special Day die set. I adhered a piece of grass on the top of the crate and along the bottom of the inside of the card.
  • After I had everything adhered down, I decided to add a piece of Pool Party sheer ribbon to the crate. Believe me, it would be much easier to add the ribbon before adhering the crate down. Just saying.
  • Finally, I stamped “Happy Easter” in Soft Suede to the inside panel of the card.
  • After adhering and trimming the DSP on the envelope flap, I’d finished this card/envelope set. Hopefully, it will make my great-niece very happy!

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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Snail Mail Suite

I also broke down and purchased the Snail Mail Suite. I don’t know why I waited to order it, but I’m also looking forward to using this playful combination of products! My order arrived and I can’t wait to play with it! My plan is to create six cards between tomorrow and Tuesday evening so I can give them to friends on Wednesday, the last day of school before Spring Break!!

SNAIL MAIL SUITE COLLECTION (ENGLISH)
SNAIL MAIL SUITE COLLECTION (ENGLISH)
SNAIL MAIL SUITE COLLECTION (ENGLISH)

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Make My Monday #140 says HELLO!

Welcome back to another MMM challenge! This time, our design team created HELLO themed cards.

Here’s my DT card:

I’ve wanted to use the Pampered Pets stamp set for quite a while, but all the holiday cards precluded that. However, I did use a piece of the holiday plaid DSP for the background. I’ve loved this color combination since I was a teenager (according to a colleague, I went to high school with the dinosaurs, so that tells you how long I’ve loved it). The varying shares of gray in the plaid, the Real Red and Basic Black elements pop right off the page.

What I Used:

  • The Real Red base measures 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
  • The plaid DSP measures 5-3/8 inches by 4-1/8 inches. While I had the DSP out, I trimmed a piece to 2-1/2 inches by 6 inches for the envelope flap.
  • The black cardstock also measures 5-3/8 inches by 4-1/8 inches. Then I cropped the center out using the second largest stitched rectangle die. In order to give the front some dimension, I added dimensionals under the black frame.
  • I stamped the schnauzer and sentiment square on scrap white cardstock. Using the medium square from the stitched shapes die set, I cropped out the sentiment block.
  • At the same time, I trimmed a piece of white cardstock for the inside of the card to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • Growing up, we had a gray and black schnauzer named Brandy. I colored this one based on Brandy’s colors. The Smoky Slate blends combination made it easy to color him. Since I wanted a lighter stomach area, I used the color lifter blend to lighten the Smoky Slate. I added very light layers of lifter until I reached the desired color.
  • Next, I cropped the schnauzer using the Pet Die set. In order to have the dog pop off the plaid, I cropped two Real Red dogs as well. I layered these spaced slightly wider than the colored schnauzer.
  • I added a Real Red collar, but the metal bone trinket covers the majority of it. There are dimensionals under the red layers so there’s some definite dimension there.

Finishing Up

  • The perfect ribbon and baker’s twine combination, from the Pampered Pets suite, are wrapped around the plaid DSP and ties in a knot on the front.
  • I placed the dog just over the ribbon and the sentiment square, also mounted on dimensionals, straddles the ribbon. Therefore, all three ground each other on the front of the card.
  • Next, I needed to work on the envelope. After I adhered and trimmed the DSP on the envelope flap, I turned my attention to the front of the envelope.
  • I decided to stamp the back view of the schnauzer on the front of the card. In order to use blends on the envelope, I had to put a piece of scrap cardstock inside the envelope underneath the stamped image. I also used the Smoky Slate to color this cutie.
  • With that, I’d finished this card/envelope combination.

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Sue

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Let It Snow with C4G # 262

I’ve said a few times before that I live in Central Florida, about halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach. It has snowed, if you call flurries snow, a few times but not in many years. Winter for us is normally about 3 weeks long in December/January. We had near freezing temperatures a few nights ago, but the days have been in the 60s and low 70s I love this weather. My Southern California transplanted husband absolutely can not stand it.

Anyway, here’s my card for the Cardz 4 Guys # 262 challenge:

The snowflake background might look a bit familiar since I used it for another design team card, which you can see here. When I created the first one, I thought it would be good to create a second one to use at another time.

A Bit of a Repeat

I think the subtle variations of color in the Balmy Blue background show up better in person. Since I did not want a solid piece of colored cardstock, I used a sponge brayer. The brayer allowed me to create a very subtle texture using the Balmy Blue ink.

Once the ink completely dried, I had some fun with the snowflake stamp from Snowman Season and some VersaMark ink. First, and foremost, I made sure to use my embossing buddy all over the background. The buddy lifts oils from fingerprints, which creates cleaner images. Next, I randomly stamped the snowflakes all over the blue background. Make sure to turn the snowflake stamp so you don’t create a uniform pattern. Then I covered the snowflakes with white embossing powder, and heat set it all. Don’t you just love watching the magic happen?

I used glossy white cardstock and the fabulous curvy dies to create the snow drifts. The curvy die made the whole process so easy since I wanted to have different shaped drifts.

The Snowman and the Layout

Since I didn’t want to use the punched out snowman, I need to figure out what I was going to do. I finally decided that I would use the snowball juggling snowman. After stamping and coloring him, I loosely fussy cut him out so I could put him on top of the snow drift. Then, I added five elegant faceted gems for the snowballs.

The layout is from a sketch challenge. Of course, I didn’t write down what challenge it was. I used the reverse side of scraps from the First Frost DSP for the shiny diagonal pieces at the top.

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Snowmen for Cardz 4 Guys #260

I think that anytime snowmen are used on a card, happiness just flows from the card. However, I live in Florida and I have fond memories of winters on Long Island, New York. Since the northeast U.S. is going to have the biggest winter storm in 3 years later this week, I don’t think anyone up there shares my current opinion.

Here’s my card:

This card came together so quickly, I made eight more for a gathering of friends later this week.

Here are the different versions:

The basic elements of the card remained the same.

What I Did:

  • No matter the color, the base for the card measures 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to form tent cards.
  • The white cardstock on the front measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • Since I had the white out, I trimmed the inside panel of the cards to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I trimmed he Classic Christmas DSP piece for the front to 2-1/2 inches by 3-1/2 inches. At this time I also trimmed pieces for the envelope flaps to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches.
  • Next, I stamped the snowmen onto white cardstock using the Momento Tuxedo Black stamp pad. Make sure to let it dry thoroughly before trying to crop it out. I may or may not struggle with this part and may or may not wind up with smudges. You think I’d learn……
  • While I waited for the snowmen to dry, I chose and then stamped the front sentiments using the Festive Corners photopolymer stamp set. Even the MERRY sentiment is part of this versatile set!
  • After I’d stamped and colored all the corners, I ran the white cardfront through the Big Shot using either the Woodland or Subtle embossing folder.
  • Finally, I colored the snowmen’s hats and scarves using the card base color and Sahara Sand. The Pumpkin Pie marker seemed to be perfect for the carrot noses. I colored the few rocks on each with the light Basic Grey blend.
  • I used the largest oval die from Stitched Shapes to crop all the snowmen. Both the scalloped oval and plain oval mats came from the Layering Ovals die set.
  • After I had all the dimensionals on the ovals, I decided I needed something else for dimension and texture. Therefore, I used the fine tip glue pen and just applied dots of glue to the snowflakes and all the coal pieces on the snowman. Again, patience is imperative. All the ovals needed to completely dry while laying flat.

Putting It Together

  • Once I had all my pieces, I just combined everything.
  • I used dimensionals under the snowman ovals and the mat ovals.
  • The Seaside Spray ribbon is thin enough that I only needed to use some multipurpose liquid glue for the DSP piece.
  • The (retired) Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow ribbon is thicker so the DSP pieces needed a bit of height. Therefore, I used some large (really large) glue dots.
  • I used the liquid glue to attach the white cardstock pieces to the front and inside of the card.
  • After gluing the DSP to the envelope flap and trimming it, I’d finished these coordinated card and envelope sets.
  • Just a little tip I finally figured out: I’d been using adhesive to seal all my envelopes for the past 9 months because of that which shall not be named. After sealing the envelopes, I wrote “No saliva was used to seal this envelope” on the back of each. I finally thought there had to be a better way, and I actually found something that works for me! I’ve been punching out coordinating DSP circles to use as seals for the envelope flaps. Now, I don’t need to write that I didn’t use saliva because the seals make that point obvious.

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Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Christmas Owl Meets Make My Monday Challenge # 137

Welcome to another Make My Monday Challenge! Pamela chose this challenge’s theme: Christmas. I am nowhere near finished my Christmas cards, and I really need to get them in the mail ASAP. That means I now need to start mass-producing cards instead of making individual ones.

Here’s my fun fold card for this challenge:

Here are the inside panels:

The two inside panels with the text comes from the Wonders of the Season Specialty DSP, and it’s actually a story. There’s a spectacular gold and white foil pattern on the reverse side.

Fun Fold Directions – Short and Sweet

This easy-peasy fun fold starts with a cardstock base measuring 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches. It’s scored at 4-1/4 inches and 2-1/8 inches. Fold the front back at the score line and burnish the fold. That’s all it takes. From there, the card can be customized any way you want.

Shaker Card Made Easy

I really haven’t made many shaker cards in the past at all. Now, with a new, and much easier, technique I’ve been making quite a few of them.

So, what makes shaker cards so easy? Clear envelopes. Winner, winner!

Here’s the Stampin’ Up! catalog picture for the clear envelopes.

CLEAR TRANSLUCENT MEDIUM ENVELOPES

These clear beauties make the whole process a snap!

  • First, decide on the layout and measurements of your focal piece, which will form the base of your shaker card.
  • For this card, I used the largest Stitched Shapes square die for the white cardstock. The Seaside Spray square, from the Layered Squares die set, measures 3-1/2 inches by 3-1/2 inches.
  • I stamped this adorable owl from the Peek-a-Hoot stamp set on the white cardstock and on a scrap piece. After cropping the owl using the coordinating die set, I colored the branch on the white background. I used the light Smoky Slate blend for the owl’s body, dark Smoky Slate blend for the eyelids and talons.
  • The dark Seaside Spray blend and the dark Misty Moonlight blend was used for the present.
  • There’s a snowflake stamp in the Snowman Season stamp set. I used it to stamp Seaside Spray snowflakes twice before reinking. The Merry Christmas sentiment comes from the Peek-a-Hoot stamp set.

On to the Shaker Envelope

  • I will be the first to admit that I learn something new every time I make another shaker. Therefore, the following steps are by no means the be-all and end-all for directions, and if you have an easier way to do this, please share in the comments below.
  • I’ve found that I need to make sure I don’t get the insides going behind the base of the shaker. Therefore, this step of the process, for me, is still a work in progress.
  • I place a strip of Tear and Tape across the top and what will be the open side of the back of the base. This is where it gets tricky, but it’s the only tricky part. After removing the back pieces of the tear-and-tape, carefully, very, very carefully, insert the assembled base into the clear envelope. It needs to go all the way down to the very corner of the envelope and fit along the bottom of the envelope.
  • Next, trim the clear envelope on the TOP only. I have been giving myself about an inch excess on the top of the base. In addition, I haven’t been brave enough to trim the excess on the sides.
  • I’ve been using tear and tape when folding in the excess parts of the clear envelope, kind of like a present.

The Fun Part

  • Now for the fun part. I saw a video about 6 weeks ago and the demonstrator, Connie Stewart said she uses Kosher Salt for the inside of the shaker. You can see her video here. I’ve been using Kosher Salt and Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I added some snowflake sequins as well. It doesn’t take a lot of the “snow” at all. I’ve got about 1/2 tsp in my shaker and it’s almost too much.
  • Finally, fold down the top of the clear envelope, again like the end of a present, and use more tear and tape.
  • Since this shaker would have half of the back showing inside the fun fold, it needed to be a lot neater than if i had attached it all to the front of a card. Therefore, I simply trimmed a piece of Seaside Spray to 3-1/2 inches square and attached it to the back of the clear envelope.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

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Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Thankful and Make My Monday #136

Welcome to another post for the Make My Monday design team. I chose the challenge theme of Thankful. Whether you will celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday or not, there is always something for which we can all be thankful. For this card, I used the Plaid Tidings DSP, copper foil, and the Autumn Greetings stamp set.

Here’s my card:

Here’s what I did:

  • The Pretty Peacock base measures 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
  • I trimmed the copper foil mat to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. Since I didn’t want to waste the whole piece that wouldn’t be seen, I used a stitched rectangles die to crop out the middle. Now, I can use that piece on another project.
  • I needed two pieces of the Plaid Tidings DSP. The background piece measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. The second piece is for the envelope flap and measures 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches.
  • There’s also two pieces of Whisper White cardstock. I trimmed both to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. One of those pieces is for the inside. I used the other piece to create my focal panel on the front.

The Front Focal Panel

  • Next, I used my Stamp-aratus to stamp the large fall floral image using Cajun Craze on the white cardstock. Since I used the Stamp-aratus, I was able to clean the stamp after using the Cajun Craze and restamp using VersaMark.
  • After stamping the VersaMark twice, I covered the image in clear embossing powder, then used the heat tool to set the powder. Watching that magic happen is always special.
  • Then I cropped the stamped/embossed floral swag using the same stitched rectangle die I used to crop out the center of the copper foil.
  • I used scrap pieces of cardstock to create the sentiment panel. Both the sentiment mat and greeting are in Pretty Peacock. I cropped the sentiment using another stitched rectangle die. There are dimensionals under both the sentiment and the mat.
  • The double layer of dimensionals were necessary for me to be able to use the acorn trinket. I tied a piece of the copper ribbon around the focal panel and added the acorn trinker to the double square knot.
  • I stamped another sentiment from the Autumn Greetings stamp set in Pretty Peacock on the inside panel. I accented the sentiment using Cajun Craze and the falling leaves stamp.
  • Finally, I adhered the DSP to the envelope flap. With that, I’d finished this card/envelope set.

I think I am going to make some more cards using this layout. I still need a couple of Thanksgiving cards before Thursday, and this card came together rather easily.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

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Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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