Fusion + TSOT561 + Pals Fun Fold Blog Hop = Cardz 4 Guyz #299

Welcome to the newest Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge!  Our host for C4G #299, Pamela, chose summer for the theme.  Both the Cardz 4 Guyz #299 and the June Pals Fun Fold Blog Hop go live on the same day, so I knew I needed to combine the two.  Then I saw the layout for Try Stampin on Tuesday #561 and knew I wanted to incorporate that layout.  The color palette inspiration comes from the Fusion card challenge.  Score!

When you are finished here, I hope you will visit the Cardz 4 Guyz challenge and the Pals Fun Fold Blog Hop, the links for which follow my blog post for the card.  

Here’s my card:



I do need to thank the design team at Try Stampin on Tuesday. They chose my card as one of the Top 3 for TSOT559. You can see that card here, which was a three-fer by combining TSOT #599, Color Throwdown #696, and the Double Trouble challenge. Thank you very much!!! Once again, I feel completely honored.

Here are the Fusion and TSOT challenge banners:

The Hippest Hippos stamp set and coordinating dies make this card too stinking cute!  You can earn each of these FREE, with a qualifying purchase, starting July 1, 2022 with Sale-a-Bration!  


  • The Poppy Parade base measures 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 2-3/4 and 5-1/2 inches.
  • I used Gray Granite following the Fusion colors, for the mat, which measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The white panel for the inside of the card also measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • After doing all the math for the layout pieces on the front of the card, I created a template, which will save so much time for the next time I want to use this layout. Here’s the template:
  • I had enough leftovers to stamp, color, and crop all the elements on the front of the card and the birds on the inside.
  • I used a piece of Basic Gray 6 x 6 DSP trimmed to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. Then, I punched a 1 inch circle from Pool Party DSP to create the envelope seal.

What I Did:

  • I started this card with my blending brush and Pool Party ink on white cardstock. The hippo dies have one for waves. Since I wasn’t happy with the waves I created for the first card I made with this set (you can see that card here), I needed to figure out something else to do. I grabbed a piece of a window sheet and cropped out a stencil of the waves. I used the stencil and worked my way up the white cardstock.
  • HINT: Make sure you move the stencil placement so that the waves form a very random pattern. Do the same thing for the clouds.
  • By working my way up the white cardstock, I was able to create darker waves at the bottom and lighter ones at the top.
  • I repeated the process for the clouds again using Pool Party ink and my blending brush.
  • Of course, I couldn’t leave the inside white piece of cardstock plain, so I added waves at the bottom and clouds at the top.
  • Here’s a picture of the well-loved stencils I created by cropping window sheets with the dies:


  • Next, I worked on the hippos, which I stamped using Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with the Smoky Slate light and dark blends combo. The hippo in the tub is actually a tutu wearing ballet hippo. However, since the challenge is to make a card for a guy (of any age), I simply cut off the tutu. I used another blending brush and Night of Navy ink to create a base on which the tub could sit.
  • Both the tub and the boat dies come with the hippo die set. I cropped each in Basic Gray cardstock. Then, I added dimension using my gray ink tones blending brush and Basic Gray ink. The effect is subtle, but I think it works.
  • Then, I used Poppy Parade cardstock and cropped the googles, breather tube, life saver and sunglasses. So stinking cute!!
  • If you use the multipurpose glue carefully and sparingly, you can easily adhere these cropped pieces to the hippos.
  • The hippo in the boat and in the tub got popped up on dimensionals.
  • The water droplets for each hippo needed some height, but not by using dimensionals. I cropped enough droplet sets to layer three droplets on top of each other. Since the Pool Party cardstock blended in with the background, I added Wink of Stella to each of the droplets.

Finishing Up:

  • The bottom horizontal panel really had me stumped. A quick perusal of my stamp sets led me to the school of fish stamp from the Whale Done stamp set. I stamped it in Pacific Point ink going across the bottom panel. Then, I added some to the waves on the inside panel as well.
  • This bottom panel also needed some sort of dimension. Therefore, I stamped the fish from Seas the Day four times using Pacific Point ink on Pool Party cardstock. I didn’t want to use dimensionals under these fish, so I adhered two fish together and then adhered them to the bottom panel.
  • The Waves of Inspiration stamp set contains a small bird, which I stamped three times across the top using Gray Granite ink.
  • The outside sentiment comes from the Catch You Later stamp set and the inside sentiment comes from Happy and Heartfelt. I stamped both using Night of Navy Ink.
  • I still needed something to hold the easel upright and settled on the birds from the Waves die set. The birds would need to be high enough to hold the easel, but I didn’t want to even begin to try to add dimensionals or foam adhesive behind the birds. Therefore, I cropped enough birds from Gray Granite cardstock to adhere five birds on top of each other. Five layers of cardstock turned out to be enough to hold up the easel.
  • Finally, I trimmed the DSP on the envelope flap and ran the 1 inch circle envelope seal through my XYRON create-a-sticker. With that, I’d finished this coordinated easel card, envelope, and seal set.

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Make My Monday #177 is All About Coloring

Welcome to the MMM #177 challenge.  Our host, Pamela, chose coloring with any medium for this two week challenge.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the MMM blog to check out what the rest of the design team members created.  I’m always so impressed by the talent of my fellow DT members.

Here’s my card:



I have a card club at the high school where I teach.  We create cards for kids undergoing cancer treatments and they are distributed through a local foundation.  I needed to create kits on which some of my club members wanted to work during the summer.  This card fit the bill for an easy card kit.  This adorable hippo and coordinating die set are in the upcoming Sale-a-Bration catalog, which goes live July 1, 2022.  You can earn the stamp set and the die set for a $50 qualifying purchase for each.



  • The Blackberry Bliss base measures 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent fold.
  • Next, I trimmed a piece of the new Host DSP (designer series paper) in the annual catalog, Design a Daydream. This 48 sheet set of DSP two-sided papers really contains some fabulous patterns and color combinations. I trimmed this piece to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches. In addition, I trimmed a piece to 2-1/2 inches by 6 inches for the envelope flap.
  • Then, I chose another pattern from this DSP in Blackberry Bliss for the strip on the front of the card. This strip measures 1/2 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The white cardstock on the front of the card measures 3-1/2 inches by 2-3/4 inches. At this point, I also trimmed a piece of white cardstock for the inside of the card measuring 5-1/4 by 4 inches.
  • I wanted a mat for the white cardstock on the front, so I trimmed a piece of Blackberry Bliss to 3-5/8 by 2-7/8 inches.
  • That’s it for the measurements.

What I Did:

  • I stamped the hippo and the sentiment on white cardstock using Momento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Then, I used my Smoky Slate dark and light blends combo to color the hippo. I also used the light Petal Pink blend for her ballet shoes, nails, and accents on her face.
  • In order to coordinate with the DSP, I used my Daffodil Delight light and dark blends for her tutu.
  • Then, I cropped her using the coordinating die set. I added dimensionals underneath her so she would pop up off the card.
  • At the same time, I cropped an umbrella, also from the Hippo die set, from black cardstock and from a piece of Blackberry Bliss 6 x 6 DSP. Then, I trimmed of the handle from the DSP umbrella and glued the top to the black cardstock. I added dimensionals under the top of the umbrella.
  • All of the rest of the pieces where adhered with multipurpose liquid glue.
  • I didn’t need to put any sentiment on the inside. The club will have a card signing day, which will include the rest of the school student body writing notes on the inside of the card. It’s an eye-opening experience because the most important sentiment that can not be used in any way is “get well soon”. In reality, some of this children won’t get well.
  • While these cards also don’t need envelopes, I wanted to include them for these card kits.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated envelope and card set.


My daughter is in town from California for my family’s annual beach week.  We’re off for the beach tomorrow.  We’ve all been going to spend a week at the beach in the same condos we’ve used for 40+ years.  The only year we missed was COVID.  We now have three generations going to beach week. 


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Have a Peachy Day!