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

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.

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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

Again, thank you for stopping by today!

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

October’s SPOOKY InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to Spooky!

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around SPOOKY. With Halloween just around the corner, we are excited to share our spooky, fun projects with our neighbors, coworkers and family – and we’re excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

But First……Color Throwdown #564 Quickly

One of the challenges I really enjoy is the Color Throwdown challenge.  It’s even better when I can pair it with a sketch challenge, in this case the Fusion card challenge.  Last night I was over the top honored, floored, bewildered, surprised, and awestruck that my card was chosen for this week’s Color Throwdown featured stamper.  What?!?!?  I earned a place as the guest stamper on the October 23 challenge, and I am so honored.  You can see that card here

Spooky??

I have to admit I didn’t think I would be able to create a card worthy of this blog hop since I didn’t purchase anything specifically for Halloween.  Therefore, I had to get very creative with what I already had in my possession.  

I’ve used the pumpkin from Harvest Hellos quite a lot for Thanksgiving cards.  At least I had a pumpkin, and a Jack-o-Lantern face from that set.  While looking for a sentiment, I came across my Everything Festive stamp set.  

Here’s my card:

 

A Spooky Card was Born

I gathered the cardstock and DSP colors I thought I would use and got busy….. having so much fun!  The bottom base is Basic Black cardstock, with a layer of the Gorgeous Grape gingham from the Brights DSP pack.  SincemI knew this card really wanted to be a collage, I knew I needed to leave some open space.    When I started putting pieces together, I decided to use a Stamping Write Basic Black marker to color just the bats from the sentiment.  This card really needed something subtle, so I stamped the two bats four or five times before recoloring the stamp.  I didn’t want a pattern for the bats, so all my stamping needed to remain random.  

The Stamparatus really saved me when I stamped the sentiment.  With that stamping done, I cropped both the Whisper White and Gorgeous Grape using the ovals from the Stitched Shapes die set. I also used it for the Jack-o-Lantern face on my colored pumpkin and I am so happy I did that.  Because of the coloring with the light and dark Pumpkin Pie blends, I really needed a dark face so it would pop.  Using the Stamparatus allowed me to have the face as dark as I wanted and still be perfectly lined up.  

The punch from the Harvest Hellos bundle saved me from fussy cutting.  I used the Shaded Spruce DSP for the stem and leaf, then outlined each with the black marker.

Let the (Messy) Fun Begin!

When I started dry-fitting all my pieces together, I just knew something was missing.  I stamped and cropped two of the pumpkin sets from the Gather Together bundle and placed them behind my cute as a button focal pumpkin.  I still wasn’t satisfied, and thought about adding a black mat.  This did get me closer to a spooky look, but plain black cardstock didn’t seem right.

Therefore, I used the splatter stamp from Gather Together and some of the silver ink and splattered the whole piece of cardstock.  It still didn’t  it look cute and spooky, so I went another step further.  

Wink of Stella added the sparkle I really wanted. I made sure the brush end had a full load of the glitter ink, and started tapping away to create a really sparkly black base without having to use glitter (which is not really allowed in my blue/craft room).  I continued to load the brush and tap/splatter until I had an abundance of sparkle on the black.  LOVE!  

I really though I moved all of the other card elements out of the way before I started splattering.  However, the stray splatters of Wink of Stella all over the other pieces indicated I did not succeed in moving them out of the splatter zone.

Finishing Touches

Once again, I dry-fit all of my pieces,and tied a square knot in the ribbon,  then popped up the pumpkin and the sentiment using dimensionals.  After I adhered all the pieces down, I decided another little touch needed to be added.  I grabbed my dark Basic Black blend and colored three of the smallest epoxy droplets, waited for them to dy, and placed them within the collage so they made sense.

I created a coordinating envelope using a piece of the Gorgeous Grape DSP on the flap and stamped pumkins and bat on the front.  With that, I’d completed my spooky card without anything specifically purchased for Halloween.  Yeah!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Linda Krueger at the Stamp Coach. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  3. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  4. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  5. Kelly Kent at My Papercraft Journey
  6. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach

We’ll Walrus Be Friends is simply adorable!

Who Doesn’t Love a Cute Walrus?

Tonight I had a few choices of things to do:  make a card, write a blog, and/or grade 40 five paragraph essays.  So far, I am two for three, and grading will happen as soon as I can post this blog.

I’ve made a number of cards with this so stinking cute stamp set, and kow I have many more in my future.  I am already hoping it carries over in the next annual catalog.

Here’s my card:

Easy Peasy

This card came together very quickly with just a few supplies.  I purposely chose to keep it simple as an example for beginner stampers.  Of course, it would be easy to also step it up a notch and still be fabulous.

The Seaside Spray DSP is from the 2019 – 2021 In Color DSP stack.  The Seaside embossing folder is still on backorder, but I think this pattern gives the impression of moving water.  

This stamp set doesn’t have a coordinating die set, but I wanted to do some fussy cutting on the walrus to be able to pop it up on dimensionals.  However, I wanted to make sure that I was consistent with my border.  Enter my Stamparatus.  While I didn’t take a picture of how I outlined this stamp, I did think to take one for the next time I used it.  I put my paper down on the Stamparatus grid and then laid the clean stamp on top of the paper.  Using the stamp, I traced around the stamp very lightly with a pencil.  

Here’s an example of the results of tracing around the large magnolia (since I haven’t purchased the dies yet):

Since I was using my Stamparatus, I simply picked up the stamp on the acrylic pad, then stamped it back down on the cardstock.

I used the Smoky Slate blends combo for he walrus, and the light Basic Black blend for his snout.  The ice and ripples were colored with the Seaside Spray blends combo.  I then fussy cut out my walrus and carefully erased the remaining pencil marks.  Easy Peasy.  I do really like the consistent white border and the way it fits on the top of the card.

Finishing Touches

I used the Seaside Spray metallic ribbon on the lower third of this card.  I was especially bow challenged when creating this card.  Therefore, I wrapped the ribbon around the base, created a bow and used glue dots to attach it.  

The fabulous sentiment fit perfectly on one of the Nested Stitched Rectangles, which also fit perfectly on this card.  

I also used the stitched rectangle for the Whisper White frame.

I created stitches in the ditch using my Seaside Spray marker for both the frame and the sentiment rectangle.  

As I am also known to do, I stamped a different adorable walrus on the front and used a different Seaside Spray DSP pattern. 

With that, I had finished the card and envelope.  This card just makes me smile, a lot.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  A big thanks, in advance, for taking the time to leave a comment.

Supplies

2019 – 2020 In Color DSP, item # 149617

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Smoky Slate blends combo, item # 1145058

Seaside Spray blends combo, item # 149569

Seaside Spray metallic ribbon, item # 150446

Stitched Nested Rectangle Dies, item # 14855

Stamparatus, item # 146276

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 149617

Dimensionals, item # 104430

Medium Whisper White envelopes, item # 107301132708

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

Please visit my shop to order the supplies for this card.  I’d be honored to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

   

Paper Pumpkin Specials

I am super excited about the October and November Paper Pumpkin coordinating kits!  One kit is for cards, the other for coordinating gift tags.  So excited!  In order to recieve the October kit, you will need to sign up by October 10th.  Here’s the link for you to sign up for these kits as well:    https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2155072