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.

 

Measurements:

  • 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.

Vacation:

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. 

 

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

Shaped Cards for MMM #141

Welcome to another Make My Monday challenge! For this challenge, Meg chose shaped cards, not a square or rectangle. While my card looks complicated, it’s really not at all.

Here’s my card:

I found this fabulous card on Dawn Griffith’s Stampin Up YouTube channel. She gives credit to the demo from whom she got the idea. Dawn’s video is fabulous and completely step-by-step. It’s very easy to follow. I’m still practicing my video skills, and so far I haven’t had anything I would want to publish. However, aren’t we all our own worst critics? I often think about teenagers listening to me in class day after day and hearing my voice. I don’t know what I should think about that.

The most important thing you need to do when creating this card is to follow Dawn’s directions to make the template you are going to need. I used a piece of white cardstock that I had previously used to crop out a sentiment. Save your template! You can use it again and again. As a matter of fact, I already have enough trial and error pieces to create two more cards. They aren’t damaged pieces, I just decided to use the Playful Pets suite.

Here’s my template:

That’s All for Now, Fellow Crafters!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

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

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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The HOST CODE for JANUARY is 7EUAPNKA.

It’s Sale-a-Bration!

It’s Mini-Catalog Time!

Mini-catalog and/or Annual Catalog + Sale-a-Bration = FREE Products!

Take a look at the January – June Mini Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration Catalog!

If you liked the “Hey, Chick” stamp set from two years ago, you are going to LOVE these bundles!

Happy Birthday Chick and Hey Chick stamp sets! Each stamp set has it’s own coordinating die set!

Again, thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I appreciate your comments and your time.

Sale-a-Bration for the Pals Blog Hop!

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team created projects featuring “Sale-A-Bration Products.” We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments. We love hearing from you! At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

My Choice to Highlight: Flower and Field DSP

The Paper Blooms and Flower and Field DSP packs, both available as a Sale-a-Bration (SAB) freebie with a qualifying order, are gorgeous! I’ve already made 6 cards from the Paper Blooms DSP and created five from Flower and Field for this blog hop. Gorgeous, I tell you!

I made the first card for a longtime friend who is struggling right now. Then I decided that I would add four more cards from the One Sheet Wonder for this hop.

Here are my cards:

Here’s the One Sheet Wonder (OSW) I found from Pinterest:

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Truly, these cards went together so quickly, even with my current bow-challenge issues.

Measurements and Steps:

I’d already created the first card and that’s when I decided to use this DSP pattern. Then I trimmed it down to four – 6 x 6 inch pieces and then got started.

  • All the OSW cards have Basic Black bases trimmed to 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
  • I decided to highlight each of the three major colors in the DSP for the first layer. I trimmed each piece of Just Jade, Bumblebee, or Flirty Flamingo cardstock to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The top Whisper White layers measure 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. Then I ran them through the textiles embossing folder so the white space wouldn’t be so plain.
  • While I had the white cardstock at the trimmer, I trimmed down white cardstock for the insides to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • The OSW envelope flaps each needed a strip of DSP trimmed to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches. The pattern on the flaps is also from Flower and Field DSP.
  • Before I put away the DSP, I grabbed a scrap and punched out a 1 inch circle for the envelope seals. For many months I’d been using liquid adhesive to seal the envelopes and then writing “No saliva was used to seal this envelope” on every card. One day it dawned on me to punch little circles for seals. I ran the circles through my little Xyron sticker maker. Once the top layer of the Xyron film is removed, I can cut the line of stickers down to individual ones. I’ve been putting one seal inside each of the coordinating envelopes for safekeeping.

Adding Color Accents and Embellishments

  • I continued to add black accents to the card with the oval mats for each sentiment. Then I added a scalloped oval piece of the color family DSP to coordinate with the card mat. Finally, I used scraps of Whisper White for the sentiments. Thankfully, I had some brick and mortar embossed scraps, and I stamped right on the texture. One of the birthday cards is simply white cardstock, and that works just as nicely.
  • I used Just Jade and Bumblebee ribbon to create a bow for each OSW card. Honestly, I am quite bow-challenged, and my strong left-handedness only adds to the problem. I keep thinking that I’ve been able to tie my shoes since kindergarten. Why, in heaven’s name, can’t I tie an acceptable bow for a card???
  • My recent solution to my bow-challenges, for the time being, meant learning how to tie a bunny-ears bow. It’s still awkward for me, but it actually worked for these OSW cards.
  • I’d wrapped the bow around the DSP for the first pictured card. For these situations, I’ve found that I need to wrap the ribbon around, tie a bunny-ears bow, remove the ribbon and turn it upside down. Then I can slip the DSP back through the ribbon and all is well with the world. Craziness!

Touches of Basic Black

  • My cards now had a black base and a black oval under the sentiments. However, the card felt out-of-balance to me. After some trial and error, I decided to use the rope die from the Smooth Sailing die set to border the DSP panels on the four OSW cards. I needed to piece together two rope pieces on the diagonal cards, but I hid the connection under the sentiment ovals.
  • I wanted to add a little bit of something on the black centers of the flowers on the DSP but my matte black dots from the January – June mini-catalog hadn’t arrived yet. Therefore, I pulled out the fine-tip glue pen and dropped a dot on either the pink centers or the white centers. Just make sure you let the dots dry completely before touching or moving the card. Patience is the key here.
  • Here’s a close-up of the end results:

Finishing Up

  • I glued the sentiment oval directly on the scalloped DSP oval. Then I put dimensionals under the scalloped oval and attached them to the black ovals.
  • Finally, I just needed to adhere the DSP to the envelope flaps and trim them down.
  • With that, I’d completed this set of four coordinating cards/envelopes.

Back to the Pals’ Blog Hop

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on February 10th when our theme will be “Birthday Bonanza” where the design team will be sharing birthday projects that celebrate our family and friends. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft room.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop Line-up

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  5. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  6. Renae Novak at Blessed By Cards w/Renae Novak
  7. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  8. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  9. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  10. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  11. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  12. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  13. Leah O’Brien at Honey Bee Stamping & More!
  14. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  15. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  16. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  17. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  18. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping <<<<—- YOU ARE HERE
  19. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  20. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
  21. Jennifer Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  22. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  23. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  24. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  25. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  26. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  27. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  28. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  29. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

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

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Mini-catalog + Sale-a-Bration = FREE Products!

Just Look at Some of the FREE SAB Products Available with a Qualifying Purchase!

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Stay tuned for a sneak peek!

Again, thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I appreciate your time.

Let It Snow with C4G # 262

I’ve said a few times before that I live in Central Florida, about halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach. It has snowed, if you call flurries snow, a few times but not in many years. Winter for us is normally about 3 weeks long in December/January. We had near freezing temperatures a few nights ago, but the days have been in the 60s and low 70s I love this weather. My Southern California transplanted husband absolutely can not stand it.

Anyway, here’s my card for the Cardz 4 Guys # 262 challenge:

The snowflake background might look a bit familiar since I used it for another design team card, which you can see here. When I created the first one, I thought it would be good to create a second one to use at another time.

A Bit of a Repeat

I think the subtle variations of color in the Balmy Blue background show up better in person. Since I did not want a solid piece of colored cardstock, I used a sponge brayer. The brayer allowed me to create a very subtle texture using the Balmy Blue ink.

Once the ink completely dried, I had some fun with the snowflake stamp from Snowman Season and some VersaMark ink. First, and foremost, I made sure to use my embossing buddy all over the background. The buddy lifts oils from fingerprints, which creates cleaner images. Next, I randomly stamped the snowflakes all over the blue background. Make sure to turn the snowflake stamp so you don’t create a uniform pattern. Then I covered the snowflakes with white embossing powder, and heat set it all. Don’t you just love watching the magic happen?

I used glossy white cardstock and the fabulous curvy dies to create the snow drifts. The curvy die made the whole process so easy since I wanted to have different shaped drifts.

The Snowman and the Layout

Since I didn’t want to use the punched out snowman, I need to figure out what I was going to do. I finally decided that I would use the snowball juggling snowman. After stamping and coloring him, I loosely fussy cut him out so I could put him on top of the snow drift. Then, I added five elegant faceted gems for the snowballs.

The layout is from a sketch challenge. Of course, I didn’t write down what challenge it was. I used the reverse side of scraps from the First Frost DSP for the shiny diagonal pieces at the top.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

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

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Supplies Used:

Do you live in the U.S. and need a demonstrator? If so, I’d love to talk to you!

Do You Want to Place an Order?

Of course you do!

If you are ordering less than $150.00, please use the host code shown. If you are ordering more than $150.00, please contact me first so you can get your stamping rewards!  Any order over $50 will earn a little surprise from me.

The HOST CODE for JANUARY is 7EUAPNKA.

It’s Sale-a-Bration!

It’s Mini-Catalog Time!

Mini-catalog + Sale-a-Bration = FREE Products!

Here are pictures of some of the FREE items I’ve already earned!

SAB BROCHURE CATALOG

Again, thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I appreciate your time.

Random Poppies for CTS#365

I created this card for this week’s Global Design Project challenge and the Case This Sketch challenge. Even though I missed the deadline for GDP, I will still include the challenge banner in this post.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners:

Some day, soon I hope, I will figure out how to get these images side-by-side.

Poppy Repeat

I’ve already posted a card with a random poppy pattern which I watercolored and embossed. You can find that post here. I also created a monochromatic card in Balmy Blue and Basic Black, which will be posted live tomorrow in the Make My Monday card challenge DT post. Please come back tomorrow to see that card, which I think is the prettiest out of the three. All three layouts are different even though they use the large poppy stamp.

The first thing I should have done, was cut down my Whisper White top layer to the 4′ x 5.25′ size. Just believe me here, cut it down first, or definitely before you cut the three pieces apart. Don’t ask me how I know.

I just stamped random poppies on the cardstock. Then, I cut the cardstock on my trimmer to get the three pieces. Finally, I stamped the blotches in the three color challenge colors, one of each piece. It really doesn’t matter that the blotches line up perfectly and I purposefully stamped them randomly.

I’ve been itching to use this gorgeous Petal Pink ribbon and have really wanted to try to make a bow with it. I didn’t even think I could create a decent bow since I struggle so much with making them. I have heard that I should use bunny ears to create bows. However, I just don’t get it. I really need a right-handed person to sit across from me so I can learn how to do it. After a few tries, and some rearranging, I couldn’t believe I actually created a satisfactory bow!

I kept thinking birthday for this card. I used the Peaceful Moments cling stamp set to stamp the sentiment. The layered circles die set cropped all three layers. Once they were together, I popped them up on dimensionals. The sentiment circle fit perfectly over the ribbon.

Finishing Touches

Truly, that was it: stamp, cut, stamp, put together. This card is so easy that, if I had all the cardstock layers cut ahead of time, I could put ten of them together in about 30 minutes.

All I needed to do was put all the layers on the base, which is Pool Party, and add a white panel with a sentiment for the inside. I used a piece of the Pool Party 6 x 6 DSP for the envelope flap, and this card/envelope set was done.

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 two weeks ago, and should have gone back last Monday. Instead, we transitioned to virtual learning and our “kids” start today. 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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Thinking About Placing An Order?

Of course you are!

Of course you are! Even more so because of the products in the mini-catalog and the Sale-a-Bration FREE items! The HOST CODE for MARCH is WW6HSM6A. If you are ordering less than $150.00, please use the host code shown. If you are ordering more than $150.00, please contact me first so you can get your stamping rewards and FREE SAB items!

Remember, any order over $50 qualifies for at least one FREE SAB item AND some blog candy from me.

Don’t do what I have done, and put off ordering from my wish list. I seem to miss out because when these items run out, they are gone!

Sale-a-Bration ENDS at MIDNIGHT on March 31st, CST

Again, thank you very much for stopping by my blog today!