Friends Forever for Make My Monday #183

Welcome to the latest Make My Monday two-week challenge. Our host for # 183, Debbie, chose “friend”ship. When you are finished here, I hope you will join us at the challenge site to see what the rest of the design team members created. I love that there’s always so many wonderful creations from which inspiration can be drawn. I hope you find something to spark an idea, and that you feel compelled to play along.

For my card, I chose the adorable Elephants on Parade bundle. I combined it with Happy Forest Friends DSP (designer series paper). I knew I wanted to make a double Z-fold card, I just had a difficult time figuring out the measurements for what I wanted to accomplish and wound up doing the card twice. It’s all good though because even the OOPS card is adorable and I’m going to take it to work and just leave it on the bookcase behind my desk.

Here’s my final card:

Since this is a fun fold, I will be entering it in the current Creative Creases challenge.  I love fun folds, and this challenge theme is always anything goes with a fun fold.  I have to make more fun folds so I can join this fun challenge more often!  Check it out if you love creating fun fold cards!

Measurements:

  • The Old Olive base measures 5-1/2 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 and 2-3/4 inches.
  • The Calypso Coral cardstock measures 8 x 4-3/4 inches, scored at 3-3/4 and 5-7/8 inches.
  • The So Saffron DSP 5-3/8 by 4-1/8 inches.
  • Both the Old Olive DSP and the leaves pattern DSP on the inside measure 2 by 5-3/8 inches. I also trimmed a piece of the leaves DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. Then, I punched a 1 inch circle from coordinating DSP for the envelope seal.
  • The tree DSP on the front measures 4-5/8 by 4-1/2 inches. I only needed half the width for the back panel of trees, so it measures 2 by 4-5/8 inches.
  • Finally, the blank white cardstock also measures 2 by 4-5/8 inches. I left it blank so I can decide on the inside sentiment when I’m ready to use the card. I temporarily attached it with repositionable tape so I can remove it when I need to stamp the sentiment.
  • All the DSP panels were adhered with my favorite adhesive, the multipurpose liquid adhesive. Before adhering the front trees DSP, I wrapped a piece of Old Olive ribbon around it and tied it in a square knot. This way, the elephants and sentiment don’t just float on the front of the card. The ribbon grounds everything.

Stamping, Coloring, and Cropping:

  • Since I used the blends for the vast majority of the coloring, I stamped all the elephant elements using the Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad.
  • Then, I used the light Petal Pink blend, dark and light Smoky Slate blends, and the light Basic Black blend for the elephants.
  • I used the Calypso Coral and So Saffron Stamping Write Markers. The black marker filled in the body of the butterflies.
  • Finally, I used the Crumb Cake blends to color the peanut.
  • I cropped the sentiment using one of the Stylish Shapes dies.
  • Everything else was cropped using the elephant dies. I decided to use some scraps of 6 x6 inch DSP to crop the balloons. Since I adhered them onto the stamped balloons, I just needed to trim off the excess . I really don’t think I could have colored the balloons half as cute as they turned out by using the DSP.
  • I used dimensionals for everything on the front panel of the card.
  • Since I didn’t want to add any more thickness to the card, I adhered everything on the back panel using multipurpose liquid glue.

With that, I’d finished this second coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Kindest Gnomes with Cardz 4 Guyz #303 and Pals’ Fun Fold Blog Hop

  This is my second post for today.  You can see the first one for my Cardz 4 Guyz #303 challenge here.  I’ve created the same card using different colors for the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator Fun Fold Blog Hop.  I’m all about non-traditional Christmas colors, and using shades of blue just makes me so happy!

When you finish here, I hope you will hop along with the rest of the demonstrator’s listed at the bottom of the page.  I know I will!  I’m excited to see what the rest of the team created!

Here’s my card for the Fun Fold Blog Hop:

 

Doesn’t this little guy on the front remind you of one of Snow White’s dwarfs? He’s adorable and my favorite from the Kindest Gnomes stamp set!

I found this fun fold on Connie Stewart’s YouTube channel.  It’s so much fun, and so incredibly easy!  It looks complicated, but truly it isn’t!  You can find her video here.  In all honesty, it took me longer to color the two gnomes or to create the stencil background than it did to trim all the pieces and put the fun fold together.  Please give it a try!  I’m pretty sure I will be using this fun fold many, many times!

Finishing Up:

  • The double stitched Balmy Blue and white ribbon can be a bit stiff right off the roll. I’ve found that running it through my fingers a bunch of times helps to loosen it up. I haven’t been able to tie it in a bow, but the square knot works for this card.
  • I placed dimensionals under the gnome and sentiment banner on the front.
  • Because of the thickness of the card, I didn’t want to add more dimensionals under the sentiment square. However, I did need to use something stronger than the liquid glue because of the ribbon. Therefore, I used tear-and-tape to mount the white square onto the Night of Navy square mat.
  • I used my favorite adhesive, the multipurpose liquid glue for everything else.
  • After punching a coordinating piece of DSP for the envelope seal, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Back to the Fun Fold Blog Hop:

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  I hope you will use the following links as a guide to hop along with the rest of the demonstrators participating in this Fun Fold Hop!  I just love fun folds and am looking forward to seeing what everyone else created! Amanda Howard with Papercrafting with Amanda is next up on the hop.   Enjoy!

  1. Beth McCullough
  2. Rae Burnet
  3. Jess Atkinson
  4. Melissa Seplowitz
  5. Jackie Beers
  6. Karen Finkle
  7. Debbie Mageed
  8. Lisa Ann Bernard
  9. Sue Jackson <<— YOU ARE HERE!
  10. Amanda Howard
  11. Melissa Tootle

 

 

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Kindest Gnomes for the Cardz 4 Guyz #303 Challenge

Welcome to the latest Cardz 4 Guyz #303 biweekly challenge!  Our hose this time, Melanie chose using a stencil to create a card.  I used one of the Wonderful Snowflakes as my stencil, and am rather pleased with the result.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge website to see the projects the rest of the design team created.  

Here’s my card:

 

I found this fun fold on Connie Stewart’s YouTube channel.  It’s so much fun, and so incredibly easy!  It looks complicated, but truly it isn’t!  You can find her video here

Measurements:

  • The Cherry Cobbler base measures 5-1/4 by 11 inches. It’s scored at 1-3/4 and 3-1/2 inches from either end of the length of the base.
  • I also trimmed 3 pieces of Cherry Cobbler to 1-3/4 by 4 inches for the flaps.
  • The last piece of Cherry Cobbler I trimmed is for the mat on the front of the card. It measures 3 x 3 inches.
  • I needed two pieces of Basic White cardstock. The first is for the front and the final measurement (after using the embossing folder) is a 2-7/8 inch square. The second piece goes on the inside and measures 3-3/4 by 5 inches.
  • I used a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock on which I mounted the Cherry Cobbler base. The Sahara Sand measures 5-1/2 by 4-1/4 inches.
  • After I used the snowflake as a stencil, I trimmed the cardstock to 3-3/4 by 4-7/8 inches. From that piece, I trimmed it down to three equal pieces measuring 1-3/8 by 3-3/4 inches.
  • Finally, I trimmed a piece of Cherry Cobbler DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.

The Wonderful Snowflake as a Stencil:

  • I now have one very inked up snowflake after I used it as the stencil. I found out a couple of things as I was creating the background.
  • HINT 1: I found it much easier to use the snowflake when I figured out to use a small amount of removable tape on the back of the center of the snowflake. That way I didn’t have to work so hard to keep the snowflake lined up.
  • HINT 2: I used a blending brush with Sahara Sand ink on a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock. Since the snowflake is so fragile on the outward spokes, I found it much easier to use the blending brush in outward strokes from the center rather than in a circular motion.
  • When I finished stenciling the snowflakes, I splattered clear Wink of Stella over the cardstock. As usual, the Wink of Stella doesn’t show up well in photos, so I took a close-up of it:

The Kindest Gnomes:

  • I stamped the gnomes on white cardstock using Momento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Then, I colored these cuties using the light and dark Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake blends combos.
  • I used the medium SU500 natural tone blend for the skin color and the dark Early Espresso blend for the shoes.
  • Finally, I used the light Smoky Slate blend for their beards.
  • The sentiment on the front comes from the Kindest Gnome stamp set. I stamped it in Cherry Cobbler ink then cropped it using a banner from the Stylish Shapes die set. Then, I outlined the banner using a Crumb Cake marker.
  • The last thing I did was add iridescent pearls randomly on the embossed snowflake square.

I really hope you try this fun fold! It truly is remarkably easy and people will think it took you forever. Honestly, it took longer to create the stenciled cardstock background than it did to create the whole rest of the card.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Cardz 4 Guyz #301 and the Pals’ Fun Fold Blog Hop

Welcome to the latest Cardz 4 Guyz challenge!  Billie A. chose the theme of recycling something for this challenge.  In addition, today is the day of the monthly Pals’ Fun Fold Blog Hop!  As you know, I love fun folds!  For this card, I took my inspiration, and template, from Jackie Beer’s card for the June Fun Fold Blog Hop!  I enjoyed her card and directions, so I recreated it with my recycled background for the front flap and one of the much loved gnomes.

 

Here’s my card:

Here’s the link to Jackie Beer’s card and template on her Blue Line Stamping blog:

Piggy Fun Fold for Hop

Measurements:

 

Here’s my templates, copied from Jackie’s post:

 

The white cardstock on the inside measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.

I trimmed a piece of the Sale-a-Bration DSP (designer series paper), which can be earned for FREE with a $50 purchase,  This DSP pattern of trees comes from the Rings of Love DSP, coordinates with the Rings of Nature bundle in the current mini-catalog for July – December.  This DSP is gorgeous!  Honestly, I didn’t originally think I’d get it.  However, after seeing cards with these beautiful patterns, I completely changed my mind.  

I also trimmed a piece of this DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.

Recycled Cover:

 

  • I’ve had this piece of watercolor paper for about a year just waiting for the time to use it. I created this with shaving cream, Night of Navy, and Crumb Cake reinkers. That’s it.
  • Here’s a picture of the start of this technique, but with Poppy Parade, Crushed Curry, and Mint Macaron. These colors come from the Rings of Love DSP. I spread out some shaving cream on a length of parchment paper.
  • HINT: In this case, less is more. I really should’ve used less shaving cream and less ink. However, you get the point. It’s messy, but simple. Just remember, you have to use watercolor paper. Regular cardstock will roll up.

Kindest Gnomes:

 

  • I go back to work on 08/01 after being off for the summer. Therefore, I wanted to make a card to mail for my husband to get either Monday or Tuesday when I am not home.
  • The sentiment on the front comes from the Kindest Gnomes stamp set. I paired it with this gnome. I stamped both the sentiment and the gnome using Momento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Then, I cropped the sentiment and Crumb Cake mat using the deckled rectangle dies.
  • Then, I colored the gnome using my blends in the Smoky Slate combo, the light Crumb Cake, and the Night of Navy combo. I used my black marker and So Saffron marker as well.
  • Then, I popped this guy up on dimensionals, and added him to the side of the sentiment panel.
  • The sentiment on the inside comes from the Happy & Heartfelt stamp set for the inside.
  • I didn’t want a piece of white cardstock showing when the card is folded closed. Therefore, I very carefully trimmed a piece of the recycled watercolor paper to 4-1/8 by 3/4 inches and adhered it to the white inside panel.
  • After trimming the envelope flap and punching the envelope seal, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal.

Back to the Pals’ Fun Fold Blog Hop:

When you finish here, I hope you will visit the blogs listed below.  Each one of us loves fun fold cards, and I always learns something new!  


Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

 

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Lady Bug Wishes for the April Pals Fun Fold Blog Hop

I just absolutely love the Ladybug Wishes stamp set and punch and am going to be very sad when it retires at the end of June.  However, this is a set that will have a home in my “blue room” (aka studio) for a long time.

When you finish here, I hope you will follow the Pals’ Fun Fold Blog Hop information at the bottom of my post!

Here’s my quick ladybug fun fold card:

 

Measurements:

I’ve seen this fun fold quite a bit on Pinterest and thought that I needed to just figure out the math and make one of my own.  Trust me, if you can score paper, you CAN do this!

  • The Real Red base measures 8-1/2 inches by 5-1/2 inches. Then, I scored the card at 1-3/8 inches and 2-1/8 inches. I rotated the cardstock 180 degrees and repeated the score lines. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so here’s a picture of my score lines:

  • The measurements on the right are purposely upside down because that’s how I rotated the cardstock 180 degrees.
  • The black cardstock on the front measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • All the DSP (designer series paper) I used comes from the Pattern Party host DSP set. This DSP will retire with the 2021 – 2022 annual catalog, so if you want this fabulous 48 sheet set, time is running out! I also trimmed a piece to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • The striped DSP on the front measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I trimmed the white cardstock on the reverse side of the card to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • If you want to decorate both sides of the folded parts you will need to make the following cuts: 4 panels trimmed to 4-1/8 inches by 1-1/4 inches and 2 panels trimmed to 4-1/8 inches by 5/8 inch.
  • That’s it for the trimming!

What I Did:

  • I’ve already posted a ladybug card using this same color scheme, and you can see that card here. I used vellum under each ladybug in that card, and wanted to do something similar for this card. Therefore, I stamped the large leaf from the stamp set using my VersaMark ink pad on the vellum cardstock. Next, I covered each with white embossing powder and heat set them. Finally, I fussy cut the leaves. I’m pleased with the results.
  • Then, I stamped the Real Red wings on white cardstock. The black dots are super easy to add using the dots only stamp set. After that, I punched out two black ladybug bodies and both wings. I used multipurpose liquid glue to attach the wings to the ladybug body and added dimensionals to the underside of the ladybugs.
  • These darling googly eyes came from Amazon. When I originally ordered them, I needed 6 googly eyes. Of course, I ordered a larger set than just the 6 or so. I ordered a set of 1,200 eyes in varying sizes. It comes in it’s own organizer and the eyes are self-adhesive. What more could anyone possibly want for googly eyes?! You can find the same set I used here.
  • Since I didn’t need to worry about adhesive showing through the vellum, I was able to use multipurpose liquid glue to adhere them to the DSP.
  • I used the scalloped die from the scalloped contours for the top panel. I trimmed it to 4-1/8 inches wide.
  • Before I adhered the scalloped panel to the DSP, I wrapped the end of my Real Red ribbon (from the Playful Pets ribbon set) around the scalloped panel and tied it in a bow. I used glue dots to adhere the bow to the scalloped panel. Since the ribbon is so thin, I was able to use liquid glue to attach it to the DSP.
  • I added matte black dots to each of the visible scallops.
  • The HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment comes from the Party Puffins stamp set.
  • I stamped a sentiment from the Ladybug Wishes stamp set and another ladybug on the white cardstock for the back. This ladybug is a two-stamp process. First, the ladybug is stamped in Tuxedo Black ink. Second, the Real Red insert gets stamped directly on top of the first stamp. Since the set is photopolymer, lining everything up is a snap.
  • I stamped the same ladybug on the front of the envelope and trimmed the DSP on the flap. Finally, I punched a 1 inch circle for the envelope seal. With that, I’d finished this coordinated, card, envelope, and seal set.

Pals’ Fun Fold Blog Hop!

I hope you check out the other projects created by my fellow Pals!  I’m always inspired by everyone’s creations!

 

 

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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