We’ll Walrus Be Friends

Once again, I missed a challenge deadline. I had all the pieces for this card cut or cropped and ready to go. All that was left was to color in these adorable creatures and crop the circles with the Stitched Shapes dies. Then, I missed the deadline. However, on the positive side, I now have an adorable birthday card all ready to go!

Here’s my card:

Seaside Spray and Blends

I’ve created a few cards with We’ll Walrus Be Friends using this color combination: Seaside Spray, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White. It seems this DSP gets a workout with this stamp set as well.

The challenge for which I missed the deadline was a sketch challenge. I followed it to a T and I think it’s so stinking cute!

The Smoky Slate blends combo provided all the different shades of gray that I used. Both blends provided the colors for the walruses. Smoky Slate light blend alone allowed me to color the muzzles a lighter color. In addition, I used the color lifter blend on each of their bodies to add some dimension, even just a bit of a lift.

When I finished coloring with the blends, I used the Smoky Slate marker to emphasize the lines on the walruses, adding more dimension. The black dimensionals came in handy when I popped up all the circles and the sentiments.

Getting It All Lined Up

Years ago, my then teenage daughter got me a craft kit which included a magnetic 6×8 self-healing cutting mat and a magnetic ruler. I’m always thankful for this gift and use it often.

I lined up the bottom of the DSP with the number line so I knew my paper was straight. Then I started lining up the circles by using the magnetic ruler.

Pictures are worth a thousand words, so here’s a picture showing how easy this tool made it when lining up the circles:

I put the texture weave ribbon under the sentiment, which I popped up on black dimensionals as well.

Finishing Up

Once I got all the pieces secured, I stamped the inside of the card with a sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday. Lately I have been using some sort of coordinating stamp with the sentiments. For this card I used the two cute as a button fish.

Finally, I just had to add DSP to the envelope flap and stamp the walrus which, in my humble opinion, is the cutest in the set. Once again, I used the blends to color. What that, this set was complete.

4:30 am on Friday

At this time, I will be meeting another chaperone and twelve high school students at the airport. We are going to D.C. and have a packed 5 days. Absolutely packed. Exhausting for all of us, stressful for the chaperones, but a wonderful experience for all.

While I have cards to post, I am not sure how much will really be able to be done.

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my blog.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Coordinations for Sale-a-Bration are here!!

Coordinations for Sale-a-Bration started!!

I placed my pre-order this past weekend, which will arrive while I am out-of-town. When I get back home on the 11th, I will have a box filled with happiness waiting for me!

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Thanks for FMS419 and ctd577

Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown pair very well together, and I have done just that again today.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners:

Color Throwdown 577 and Golden Honey DSP

ctd577 calls for navy blue, pink, and green. I chose Night of Navy for the base of the card. Then I picked two Brights colors for the rest of the card: Granny Apple Green and Flirty Flamingo. I’ve already posted two cards for which I colored this fabulous DSP, and you can find these here and here. These colors pop right off the Night of Navy base, just as I hoped they would. Originally, I planned to just have a black, white, and Flirty Flamingo on the focal piece. Then, I decided to outline the stems in Granny Apple Green, and am pleased with the result.

After I photographed the card the first time, I realized I needed something else on the card. So, I grabbed some basic pearl jewels and colored them with the dark Granny Apple Green blend. I made sure to let them dry completely (don’t ask me what happens when you try to adhere them while they are still wet) and put them on the center of the full flowers.

Freshly Made Sketches 419

Now that I am typing and looking at my finished card, and the placement of the sentiment label, I realize two things. First, the flower DSP slants down instead of up. Second, the placement of the sentiment Everyday Label kind of covers the end of the slant. However, the slant is obvious when looking at the Night of Navy at the left and bottom of the DSP.

I knew that I wouldn’t be able to tie a bow with this textured ribbon, so I didn’t even try. The square knot is much cleaner than a bow and ties the DSP together with the sentiment label.

That sentiment label! I knew I wanted to use this Flirty Flamingo DSP because I really like the subtle texture of the rows of script. Then I decided to punch a Granny Appple Green label, cut it in half, and create a mat only on the top and bottom of the pink label.

In order to be able to use that matted label punch, I needed to find a way to have the sentiment pop. I already had the cropped white square. Using Night of Navy ink, I stamped the sentiment on the white square and used dimensionals to pop it up on the label. Without really trying to do so, I’d combined all three colors on the sentiment part of the card.

Finally, I stamped and colored three matching flowers from the Honey Bee stamp set. I also adhered a strip of Flirty Flamingo 6×6 DSP on the envelope flap. With that done, the card set was finished.

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my blog.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Supplies Used:

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Magnolias for Fusion and Freshly Made Sketches

A Clean Sketch

The Fusion Challenge always has options: use just the sketch, use the theme, or combine them. The theme this week is Winter. We haven’t had winter weather, or our version of it, in Florida, yet. Although we are in for a few cold days this week.

Therefore, I used just the sketch from Fusion, which also matched the Freshly Made Sketches 418. Here are both banners:

Here’s my card:

Thinking About This Sketch

A couple of the Fusion design team members created cards with stitching on the rounded panel. I thought about that for days, searched my die sets, and couldn’t come up with something for the correct shape. I finally decided to use a saucer to create that panel. Thankfully, I remembered to trace the saucer on the backside of the magnolia DSP so I didn’t have to deal with erasing pencil marks.

Since I knew I wanted to go with the Petal Pink background panel, I had to figure out what to do so the whole thing didn’t just look blah. I decided to add the Mossy Meadow liner, but then needed to tie all three papers together. That’s when I decided to use Mossy Meadow for the base of the card. I traced the saucer on Mossy Meadow, cut it out, and trimmed it down.

True to form, I cropped the Petal Pink and Mossy Meadow layers so there aren’t full sheets of cardstock under the panel. Even though I used Mossy Meadow, I think the whole card appears soft and clean.

Finishing Touches

For some reason, I had the Whisper White scalloped oval in my page protector of white “scraps”, which gave me the perfect start to a sentiment panel. I didn’t want a stark white sentiment piece, so I stamped the single magnolia in Petal Pink, and then added the sentiment in Mossy Meadow. Even with dimensionals, the plain white scalloped oval would just fade into the magnolia DSP. Therefore, I used the oval stitched shape die and cropped it in Petal Pink.

The final touch was to add a Whisper White panel to the inside of the card. I stamped the flourish from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set on the bottom of the inside panel and adhered it down.

After I added a panel of the Magnolia DSP to the envelope flap, I had finished this card and envelope set.

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my blog.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

Supplies Used:

Sale-a-Bration and the Mini-Catalog are Here!

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Feels Like Frost Christmas Cards

Feels Like Frost DSP

This gorgeous DSP really does the work for all these cards. I needed ten cards ASAP and was able to create all these within a couple of hours yesterday. Fronts, embossing, insides, envelopes, and all the sequins on the fronts and insides. The DSP makes all that possible.

Here’s my infinity shot:

There are multiples of each card, and here’s a shot of each card:

Easy Peasy

Before I cut any of the DSP, I figured out where, on the bottom of the card, I would be placing the sentiment. Then I cut all the paper and started stamping the sentiments, which I did in groups of five. I used clear stamping emboss powders after I stamped each card and then use my heat gun to set it.

After I completed the fronts, I stamped the insides of all the cards with the sentiment and snowflakes. I used the Perfectly Plaid stamp set for the insides and outsides of the card. Frosted Foliage provided the snowflake stamp, which is already in a corner pattern. Both of these stamp sets can be found in the holiday catalog.

That was it. Ten cards in just a few hours. I spent most of that time using the Fine Tip Glue Pen and my Take and Pick to adhere the snowflake sequins. I again used the snowflake stamp on the bottom left corner and the flap of the envelopes.

Here are close-ups of the snowflake sequins:

The snowflakes on the bottom left and top right both got snowflakes.

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my blog.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Supplies Used

Perfectly Plaid stamp set, item # 149418

Frosted Foliage stamp set, item # 150520

Feels Like Frost DSP, item # 150444

Snowflake Sequins, item # 150443,

Take Your Pick, item # 144107

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Night of Navy cardstock, item # 100867

Night of Navy ink pad, item # 147110

Tombow liquid adhesive (my fav!), item # 110755

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Free as a Bird Meets FMS413

Freshly Made Sketches 413

A friend asked me for a card for his mom, who is in a rehab center up in the Plains States. I tried to create a card using purple as one of the major colors since it’s her favorite. I also wanted to create a card with a light, springtime feel to it, because their weather is anything but springtime right now.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the FMS413 banner, which inspired the layout of my card:

I’ll admit, this sketch intrigued me, so I’ve been coming back to it for most of the week trying to figure out what I could do. The card must be clean with lots of white space around the center focal point. Today, it hit me ~ Free as a Bird.

I’ve seen so many cards on challenges and on Pinterest using a white on white base. The cards have always impressed me with their beautiful simplicity. I’ve tried it before, and always wind up going back to add texture through embossing on the background. Today, I pushed myself to leave it just white. I only added a Highland Heather outline to the popped up layer of Whisper White. This outline adds just a tiny bit of color, which added dimension. Just what I wanted.

For the Birds and the Flowers

The Free as a Bird bundle really saved me for this card. After stamping the birds, I cropped them using the Stitched Nested Label die set. My friend didn’t really want a “get well” card. I thought the “wishing you well” sentiment, from the retired Lasting Lily stamp set, would fit perfectly. Thankfully it did and doesn’t overpower the bird and flower stamp. I’ve used the Lasting Lily set twice within the past two weeks. Until two weeks ago, the stamp set had been unused.

I used Stamping Blends for all of the coloring. So Saffron blend combo and the light Soft Suede colors were used for the birds. I used a Soft Suede marker for the beaks.

After I used the Soft Suede blend combo for the branch, I decided I needed to do something to highlight the birds talons. Therefore, I using the bullet tip of a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker to trace the talons. Now, the birds don’t look like they are standing on stumps.

Old Olive blends combo provided all the color I needed for the leaves. In order to follow the challenge sketch, I needed something on the top and bottom on the left. After playing around and dry-fitting, I decided on two fussy cut leave sets. I really had to play around with the leaves, and the fussy cut flowers, quite a bit. Finally, I settled on the finished design. The leaves provide the up and down movement I needed. The flowers added the items to cover the three stars in the challenge sketch.

Original Thoughts

Originally, I thought I would color the birds with the Purple Posy blend combo and use So Saffron on the flowers. I tried that on one bird, and didn’t like it at all. Therefore, I started over, restamped everything, recolored all the branches and leaves. Then, I colored the flowers using the Purple Posy blend combo. Ta-da! I wanted the purple to be a pop of color, and it worked. At least it worked in my humble opinion.

I added a piece of the Bird Ballad DSP to the envelope flap. I also stamped and colored a single flower on the front of the envelope, and this coordinated card set is complete.

Since I was done, I sent a picture of the card set to my friend, and he approved.

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my cards.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

Contemplating placing an order today?  Of course you are, especially because the new Stamping Trimmer is now available!  If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be honored to work with you.  Please contact me or visit my shop to order the supplies for this card.

If you are ordering $150 or more, please contact me first so you earn all the Stamping Rewards for your order.

If you are ordering less than $150, please use the host code,  49KJF94R when prompted.  I use the combined rewards for gifts for customers.

Some MUST HAVE goodies ~~~

Paper Pumpkin ~ an all-inclusive kit delivered to you every month!

Contact me to subscribe, or order, January’s Paper Pumpkin kit! Doesn’t the floral design just scream “spring is coming”?

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Supplies Used

Free as a Bird bundle, item # 151123 ~~~ 10% savings

OR Free as a Bird stamp set, item # 149468

AND Stitched Nested Labels Dies, item # 149638

Bird Ballad DSP, item # 149592

So Saffron blends combo, item # 149557

Old Olive blends combo, item # 144597

Soft Suede blends combo, item # 147273

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 147111

Dimensionals, item # 104430

Tombow liquid adhesive (my fav!), item # 110755

Again, thank you for stopping by today!

Into the Woods for PP466

I Missed the TGIF Challenge/PP466 Two-fer

My blog has been updated and nothing looks the same on my end. I already missed the TGIF Challenge #236, for which I used the color pallet of Calypso Coral, Pear Pizazz, and Early Espresso. I didn’t have much time this week to try to figure out how to use the new format. Therefore, this post will be long enough to post for the Paper Players 466 challenge, but that’s about it. I need time to play around with the new format. I’m amazed that the way I see the editing part of the blog is just about completely different, but much more streamlined. On the visitor side, the blog looks exactly the same.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge banner from Paper Players:

Taking a Break from Holiday Cards

Even though I need more Thanksgiving cards, I just needed to take a quick break and create something non-holiday related. I created this card with a special someone in mind, and I really hope it will bring a smile to her face.

Supplies Used

I used three stamp sets for this card: Colorful Seasons (item # 143726) for the sentiment, Free as a Bird (item 149468) for the bird and leaves, and Crackle Paint (item # 148752. While I did need to fussy cut the bird and the leaves, it wasn’t too time consuming at all. Remember, when fussy cutting, turn the paper, not the scissors. Since I am left-handed, I have to be very careful to take off very thin layers. Lefties will understand why: the image to be fussy cut is underneath the scissors and very difficult to see.

There were also three die sets for this card: Layering Ovals (item # 141706), Seasonal Layers (item # 143751), and Stitched Rectangles (item # 148551). The Seasonal Layers die set provided me with the Early Espresso branch.

I colored the birds using the Calypso Coral blends combo, Soft Suede light blend, and the Early Espresso marker.

As Always,

Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit my blog and for leaving a comment. I hope to be back on track and much more familiar with the new format this weekend.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue