Tropical Oasis Get Well Card

A friend’s husband has been in and out of the hospital since March 19th, unrelated to COVID. He is getting ready to have his third surgery since the 19th. Visiting hours for the hospital have been very, very limited. I made him a card to try to lift his spirits while he’s alone.

Sadly, I didn’t take a staged picture of the card before I put it in the mail. I have the one I took while the card was sitting on my well-loved piece of grid paper. Whatever works, I guess.

Here’s my card:

Tropical Oasis DSP

At first, I really didn’t plan to purchase this DSP. Then, I started seeing cards on my uplines’ facebook groups and started to think maybe I really did need it. When my DSP paper share from the mini-catalog arrived, I knew I had to have it. Like, immediately. I’m glad I ordered it when I did. It is now on the retiring list from the January – June mini-catalog. That means, when it is gone, it is gone. If you like this whole set of papers, you need to order it ASAP. This DSP has a coordinating stamp set and die set bundle. While you won’t be able to get the 10% off bundle in the new catalog, you will be able to get the sets individually.

Anyway, I needed a masculine get well card for a friend’s husband. Finding an appropriate sentiment turned out to be challenging, but I finally think I solved it. The front sentiment came from the Sending You Thoughts stamp set in the mini-catalog. For the inside, I used Sorry for Everything, specifically “I’m so very Sorry to hear you’re not feeling well.” I handwrote “STILL” before not because he’s been feeling awful for so long.

I asked my DH if the paper would fit for a masculine card. He responded that it would be if I could get rid of the pink cars. First, they are red, not pink. Second, I like the way they create a diagonal line across the front of the card.

Decisions, Decisions

Once I had the DSP cut into strips and the mat and base colors chosen, I cropped out the sentiment using the Stitched Rectangle Die. Then, I hit a creative wall.

I tried playing with different types of masculine ribbon, struggling to find something I liked. Another problem I faced was the embellishments I would use. Finally, I decided that I needed to leave it alone and come back to it another day.

The Tropical Chic dies coordinate with the tropical stamp set, which will retire at the end of the current catalog. I finally decided to try the fronds from the dies. Using the colors on the fronds on the DSP, I colored some Whisper White cardstock using Stampin’ Blends. The colors I used are Dark and Light Old Olive, Dark Pretty Peacock, and Dark Daffodil Delight. I just kept coloring in wide strips until I liked what I had. Then, I used the fronds die and cropped three fronds.

I put the three fronds between the sentiment block and the burlap ribbon on the front of the card. I used dimensionals to pop up the sentiment, with double dimensionals under the top of the sentiment block.

Truth be told, I still don’t know if I am happy with the palm fronds, especially now that I am typing this post. I might just have to go back and find something else before I mail the card.

Finally, I added a strip of DSP on the envelope flap and the card set was done and ready to be mailed.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Please stay safe, healthy, and isolated as much as possible. I miss my high school kids and the relationships we’ve formed. My heart breaks for my seniors. But, by working together and following the CDC guidelines, we can all help to flatten the curve.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Black and Gold and Bees, umm Hornets?

When I first saw the Honey Bee cling stamp set and dies, which are retiring,  and the coordinating Sale-a-Bration DSP (Designer Series Paper), Golden Honey, I knew I must have it!  I even earned a second set of the DSP papers knowing I would put everything to very good use!

How did I know this?  Because the school’s colors where I teach are Black and Gold, and the mascot is a hornet.  Perfection!  This is one of the retiring bundles which I will keep long after they have retired.

Hornets for a Sick Student

As if virtual learning isn’t enough of a change, one of my “kids” has been seriously ill during this time. I created this card tolet her know that I am thinking about her and I wish her a speedy recovery.

Here’s my card:

I didn’t want to cover up any of the DSP with a sentiment. However, I wanted to use a beehive, so I decided to combine the two elements. Using a gold Wink of Stella pen to outline the hive created a very subtle barrier between the hive and the white DSP.

I already had the large and small bees in my stash for this set. At first, I thought that I would use a strip of coordinating DSP for the border between the stripes and bees. After I used dimensionals to pop all the elements up, I realized that I had four elements on the card. My sense of balance kept telling me I needed something else.

Enter the Bow Easy

In order to appease my out of balance feeling, I grabbed the black shimmer ribbon and used my Bow-Easy to create a small bow. There are times I can make a pretty decent bow, and there are times I truly can not. This card was a can not make a bow card.

I’ve had the Bow-Easy for a few years, but am finally getting the hang of it. Mary Deatherage with Stamps-n-Lingers, used it on a card for her Saturday night live fb a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been practicing. If you are left-handed, this tool is pretty tricky. I really have to think about what I am doing because the directions and Mary’s demo are both right-handed. When I created this bow, I was very thankful to be alone in my “blue room” aka craft room. Anyone listening would’ve thought that I had someone else in here because I was talking up a storm.

Finishing Up

The base of my card is Basic Black folded to a traditional A2 card size. I added a piece of white cardstock to the inside of the card, shown below:

Since I want to have more than enough room to write a note, I place the sentiment towards the top.

Next, I had to figure out what to do about my name stamp and the SU! copyright statement because I knew ink wasn’t going to show on the black. I came up with a pretty good idea, at least I think so, and you can see it below:

This stamp is just one of the ones I have gotten from Bossy Joscie at Joscie.com. I love the font she uses for my name and a girl just has to have different stamps for different cards.

After I added some black and gold striped DSP to the envelope flap, this coordinating set was complete.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Please stay safe, healthy, and isolated as much as possible. I miss my high school kids and the relationships we’ve formed. My heart breaks for my seniors. But, by working together and following the CDC guidelines, we can all help to flatten the curve.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

Color Combo
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A Subtle Two-Fer with FabFri187 and PP486

The color challenge for the Paper Players #486 challenge consists of Seaside Spray, So Saffron, and Gray Granite. I thought those soft, subtle colors would pair very well with the Fab Friday 187 sketch challenge.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners that inspired my card:

Can I just tell you how stinking thrilled I am that I was able to get these banners next to each other??

A Rather Easy Card with an Updated Blog Site

There’s a very good reason I put off updating my blog site. Everything changes with an update and I need to learn how to use it. Therefore, this is going to be very short and sweet.

I used the Flowering Foils DSP cropped with the second largest Stitched Nesting Label die for the center panel. This pattern really caught my attention and I thought that it would make a beautiful floral pattern. I decided to use the dark Seaside Spray blend and the light So Saffron blend to color the petals. The only problem is that I kept losing the pattern as I was coloring. Hindsight is 20/20, and looking at it now, I will color the petals differently next time.

The base of the card is Gray Granite, followed by a layer of Seaside Spray. I ran the top piece of So Saffron through the Big Shot using the Subtle 3D embossing folder.

While I did use the Gray Granite marker to outline the stitches in the ditch, it looks like I used silver, which also works. The card really needed a little something to finish it off, so I used the Gray Granite textured weave ribbon tied in a square knot.

Finishing Up

Finally, I had to figure out something to do with the sentiment. I really did not want to cover up the DSP because it does all the work. Therefore, I used one of the smallest Stitched Label diesto crop the birthday sentiment stamped in Gray Granite. I trimmed the label so it would show just up to the ribbon.

Now, all I had to do was use dimensionals to pop up the DSP and the sentiment block. After adding a piece of the Subtle 6 x 6 inch DSP to the envelope flap, finished this card/envelope set.

If you like this color combo, feel free to copy the image below:

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think, and every comment is greatly appreciated!

Please stay safe, healthy, and isolated as much as possible. I miss my high school kids and the relationships we’ve formed. My heart breaks for my seniors. But, by working together and following the CDC guidelines, we can all help to flatten the curve.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Watercolor Poppies for PP483

As if you didn’t already know, I am smitten with the poppies. Initially, I wanted to try the whitewash technique for this card. However, it didn’t work and I obviously need to go back and rewatch the tutorial.

Here’s my card for The Paper Players 483 challenge:

Here’s the challenge banner:

It’s All About the Poppies

From the beginning, I knew I wanted to emboss the poppies. I did remember to use my embossing buddy before I started stamping. Thankfully! After randomly stamping the poppies on the Crumb Cake cardstock, I used the white embossing powder and my heat tool to set the powder.

Since my original whitewashing idea turned out so badly, I decided to use the Poppy Parade ink refill, some water drops, and an aqua painter. Just for reference, I used 5 Poppy Parade ink drops and five drops of water to watercolor. That combination created enough ink to cover this card. I thoroughly enjoyed my watercoloring time, especially with all this craziness surrounding us now.

The more poppies I watercolored, the more I liked the results. However, I found, by trial and error (mosty error) that the blends just made a mess. Using just the Poppy Parade marker did not create the same kind of deep color that the watercoloring created. I did try to create a darker shadowing in the center of the poppies, and that didn’t work either.

Here’s a look at my mistakes:

Now What?

Once I finished coloring, I decided that I did not want to cover up the poppies at all. However, I knew that I couldn’t just float the sentiment in the middle of the card. That’s when I thought of using vellum, which I cropped using the Stitched Rectangle dies. I also cropped some Crumb Cake cardstock, onto which I stamped the sentiment, using the same die set. Of course, adhering vellum is a challenge. In this case, I used the multipurpose glue under the inside ribbon, and under the sentiment. Since I wound up with a tiny smudge at the end of the sentiment, I decided to use a basic pearl to cover the smudge. Happy accident. That gave me a way to put drops of adhesive in the corners of the vellum under the pearls.

While I could have used the Poppy Parade ribbon, I chose the linen ribbon from the Magnolia Lane ribbon combo pack. I really like the neutrality of this ribbon against the bright poppies. The resulting card doesn’t look like the picture I had in my head at the beginning, but I love the result.

Finishing Touches

The layers on the front of the card are Crumb Cake, Basic Black, vellum, Crumb Cake, and Basic Black. I kept the pattern going and used a Crumb Cake card base.

That just left the envelope I could’ve used some Poppy Parade 6 x 6 DSP, but there is already quite a bit of bulk in the card. Therefore, I masked off the envelope flap and randomly stamped poppies on the flap. I also stamped a poppy on the lower, left-hand corner of the front of the envelope.

With that completed, this set was completed as well.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think, and every comment is greatly appreciated!

Please stay safe, healthy, and isolated as much as possible. We were on Spring Break last week, and should have gone back today. Instead, faculty has many virtual meetings over the next few days in order to be transitioned when our “kids” start on Monday. I have one daughter, but many hundreds of “kids” and I miss this year’s kids greatly.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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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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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.

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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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