Awash in Beauty for a Back 2 School Make My Monday Challenge

Welcome to Make My Monday card challenge # 182!  Our host, Dawn, chose a back 2 school theme for this time around.  When you are finished here, I hope you will visit the challenge website and see what the rest of the design team members created.  I can’t wait to see your interpretation of our challenge, especially since mine needs some explaining!

Here’s my card:

 

Here’s my explanation on why this card goes with back 2 school:

Two years ago, during the summer of COVID, my daughter moved to Northern California in wine country to teach there.  About a month ago, she moved from gorgeous wine country to San Francisco to start a new teaching position there.  She’s always loved that city, and is thrilled with this new adventure.  I created this card for her to celebrate her start of a new school year in a new city.  So, you see, this card is for her own back 2 school.

 

Easy Peasy Card:

  • It took me longer to decide which colors to use than it did to create this clean-and-simple card. I simply let the DSP (designer series paper) do all the work. I didn’t even add any bling because I wanted the card to be all about the DSP.
  • The Merry Merlot base measures 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
  • I used this stunning piece of DSP, which I trimmed down to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • Next, I trimmed a coordinating piece of the DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. Then, I punched a 1-inch circle of DSP for the envelope seal, which I ran through my XYRON create-a-sticker.
  • I trimmed the white cardstock for the inside of the card to 5-1/4 by 4 inches and used a scrap piece for the sentiment banner.
  • Both sentiments come from the Color and Contour photopolymer stamp set, as does the floral spray I used for the inside and the front of the envelope. I stamped the sentiments and outlines for the floral sprays using Merry Merlot ink. Then, I stamped the flowers using Polished Pink ink.
  • After cropping the front sentiment using the smallest deckled rectangle die, I added mini-dimensionals on the underside of it. I wanted to have the sentiment rectangle stand out from the white parts of the background. Therefore, I outlined it using my Granny Apple Green Stamping Write Marker.
  • I wrapped a length of Polished Pink open-weave ribbon around the DSP and tie it in a bow.
  • Then, I adhered the sentiment over the ribbon.
  • Finally, I adhered the front and inside panels of the card using multipurpose liquid adhesive.
  • With that, I’d finished this quick and easy, clean and simple coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Cardz 4 Galz # 159 – CAS

Welcome to another Cardz 4 Galz biweekly challenge!  Caz chose the theme for challenge # 159 and picked Clean and Simple.  When you are done here, I hope you will hop over to the challenge blog to check out the cards from all the other design team members.  There’s a great deal of inspiration all on one post!  

I’m a bit late, which seems to be the theme of my life this week, but here’s my card:

 

I only used Misty Moonlight and white cardstock for this card to keep it clean and, hopefully, simple.

Measurements and Such:

  • The Misty Moonlight base measures 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches and scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
  • I used a scrap piece of white cardstock and a blending brush to create the Misty Moonlight circle.
  • The white cardstock for the top of the card started out as 4-1/4 inches by 5-1/2 inches. I didn’t trim it down to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches until after I ran it through my Cut and Emboss machine using the pine needles 3D folder from the Wintry duo. This folder will fit in the mini Cut and Emboss, so I did have to run it through twice. Since it is a 3D folder, it’s better to wait until after the cardstock is embossed to trim it. I used dimensionals to raise up this layer.
  • While I was embossing, I also embossed the envelope flap.
  • The Christmas tree comes from the Whimsy and Wonder suite collection. There are two layers to the tree because I wound up with a happy accident. After cropping the first white tree, I thought it would be a good idea to color the whole tree with clear Wink of Stella. However, it was not such a good idea at all. That’s when I decided to crop another tree using the glossy white cardstock. I did purposely offset the top tree just a tiny bit to allow some of the Wink of Stella to show.
  • The sentiment also comes from the Whimsy and Wonder suite I stamped it in Misty Moonlight then very quickly added clear embossing powder. Then I use my heat tool to set it, then outlined the trimmed cardstock.
  • Next, I wrapped a piece of ribbon around the top layer and tied it in a simple square knot.
  • Three basic pearls finished the card off.

The Inside:

Here’s the inside, which is as clean and simple as the front:

  • As always, the inside cardstock measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • Both the sentiment and the tree can also be found in the Whimsy and Wonder suite collection.
  • I stamped off Misty Moonlight ink before stamping the tree. Then, I used a full inking for the little lights stamp.
  • Finally, I used the clear Wink of Stella to add a bit of bling on each of the lights on the tree.
  • I repeated the tree process on the front bottom left-hand corner of the envelope.
  • Tada! Done! I may be biased, but I think it turned out beautifully!

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Sue

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Cardz 4 Guyz # 255 with Fab Fri 198 and CTS#392

I’m sure that, for so many of us, the weeks are just flying by. Aren’t there days when you just don’t want to wear a mask for another whole day? I know there are for me. I’ve realized something in the past week or so: teachers rely heavily on lip-reading, and masks just complicate things exponentially.

Anyway, the theme for Cardz 4 Guyz #255 is to create a clean and simple card. Sometimes that’s easier said than done. I started going through the blogs of various challenges looking for inspiration to hit, and I found it in the sketch challenge for CAS(E) This Sketch #392 and the colors for Fab Friday 198.

Here’s my CAS masculine card for the C4G design team and the two other inspiration challenges:

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CAS is the Key for This Week

I really had to hold myself back from running the front of the Gray Granite base through the Subtle embossing folder. The only thing that held me in check was that I knew I already had enough dimension since I popped up the focal banner on dimensionals as well as the sentiment.

Measurements and Embossing

  • The base is a standard A2 card, so it measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/5 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • I trimmed a piece of Misty Moonlight to 4-1/4 inches by 3 inches to use it as the base of the focal image.
  • Next, I trimmed the Bumblebee cardstock to 4-1/8 inches by 2-7/8 inches for the middle mat. This seemed about the best way to incorporate the Bumbleebee color in my CAS masculine card.
  • The top Seaside Spray cardstock measures 4-1/8 inches by 2-3/4 inches.
  • I used a piece of scrap white cardstock for the sentiment and punched it out with the classic label punch.
  • While I had the white cardstock out, I trimmed a piece for the inside of the card to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.

Rooted in Nature

Rooted in Nature seemed to go along with the sketch from CTS, and the tree, inside and outside sentiments come from that set.

  • After carefully figuring out placement of the Misty Moonlight ribbon and the sentiment, I decided where the tree needed to be stamped.
  • Let the trial and error begin …
  • I knew I needed to use the Stamp-aratus, and that turned out to be the best decision while creating this card. After rubbing the cardstock with my embossing buddy, I stamped the tree using VersaMark three times.
  • Next, I covered the image with Smoky Slate embossing powder and then heat set it. That’s when I realized there wasn’t enough of a contrast between the Smoky Slate embossing powder and the Seaside Spray.
When at First You Don’t Succeed…….
  • Back to the Stamp-aratus for the next try. Again, thankfully I used it so I could easily line up the cardstock in the proper position. Don’t forget to use the embossing buddy now as well. This time I stamped the tree in Smoky Slate right on top of the heat set embossing powder. I did that four or five times trying to get some contrast to show up. Then, I covered the image with clear embossing powder and heat set the image again.
  • While there are places on the tree where the Smoky Slate shows through for some added depth, I still wasn’t really happy. I grabbed the Smoky Slate marker and started coloring over the tree. Imagine my delight when I realized that the marker added another element of depth by filling in all the negative space in the tree. I liked the effect so much, I outlined the whole tree with the marker as well.
  • Then, I placed a piece of the Misty Moonlight ribbon on the front. I secured the ends on the back of the focal panel using glue dots.
  • After placing dimensionals on the back of the focal panel and the sentiment, I put everything together.
  • The inside sentiment, again from Rooted in Nature, simply says “to thank you for all you do”.
  • With that, I’d finished this card for the Cardz 4 Guyz CAS design team, and the two challenges.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Have a wonderful week. I can’t wait to see your CAS masculine cards on our challenge page!

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

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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