Smooth Sailing for PCC389, and Maybe Ornate Garden, with BLOG CANDY

The Paper Craft Crew 389’s challenge is a horizontal sketch for this week. I’ve actually created two cards for this challenge. The first one used the Ornate Garden and In Good Taste DSP. I really like the way it turned out. However, when I went back to the sketch, I realized I left out a panel. So, I went back this morning and created a new card for the sketch, this time using In Good Taste, the Neutrals 6 x 6 DSP, and Sail Away DSP. This masculine card does have the panel I missed the first time. Hopefully, by the time I finish this post I will have figured out which one I will post to the challenge.

Here are my cards:

Without the panel
With the extra panel

Here’s the challenge banner:


Since both cards are basically the same layout, all measurements are for both cards. I am just going to focus on the Smooth Sailing card for descriptive purposes since it has the extra panel.

  • I used Night of Navy for the card base and it measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches. This card is a tent card.
  • The in Good Taste background is trimmed to 5-3/8 inches by 4-1/8 inches.
  • Next, I trimmed the Smooth Sailing instrument DSP panel to 2-1/2 inches by 3-3/4 inches. In order to have this panel stand out, I used a piece of scrap Basic Black for a 2-5/8 inches by 3-7/8 inches for a mat.
  • While I had that DSP out, I trimmed a piece to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • In order to have some continuity between the panels, I trimmed the neutrals Night of Navy DSP to 2-1/2 inches to 4 inches. The height of this panel measures 2-1/2 inches, as does the width of the Smooth Sailing DSP. I also used this DSP, trimmed to 1/2 inch by 5-1/4 inches for the bottom of the inside card panel.

Stamping, Cropping, and Finishing

  • At this point, I trimmed white cardstock piece for the inside of the card to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches, my standard measurement. Since I knew this would be a birthday card, I used the “With a great big wish for happiness” stamp from Sending You Thoughts.
  • Then, I needed three long tabs on the side. I thought the sentiments from the Special Someone stamp set would fit the bill perfectly. Using a piece of scrap Whisper White cardstock, I stamped all three sentiments.
  • Next, I stamped the anchor on the white cardstock, and on the lower, left, front corner of the envelope.
  • All the stamping for this card was done using the Momento Tuxedo black ink.
  • I used the Smooth Sailing anchor die to crop it out.
  • The actual birthday sentiment was cropped using the rectangle stitched die. I punched the first two sentiment tabs using the Classic Label punch. I’ll be using that punch with these sentiments a lot more since they fit so perfectly.
  • Finally, I assembled the card pieces. The only dimensionals used are under the “happy birthday” sentiment, under the anchor, and there’s one under the steering wheel to level it out with the anchor.
  • Since the sketch contains a ribbon, I used the Smooth Sailing bakers’s twine to loop around the steering wheel.
  • I just needed to adhere the inside panel and trim the envelope flap. With that, I’d completed this card/envelope set.

I think I have made up my mind. I think I am going to post the Ornate Garden card to the challenge. In order to post both of them, I’d have to have two different posts, so Ornate Garden it is…….unless I change my mind again.

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

Have a Peachy Day!



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Make My Monday #125 and ctd598 – Two Cards, Circle Stencils

Welcome to the Make My Monday challenge # 125, which is all about using stencils. Until very recently, I didn’t even realize that I only have the hearts and stars Stampin’ Up! stencils, which retired a few years ago. The stars stencil would have been very helpful when trying to create this card for the InKing Royalty blog hop last week. Anyway, I really struggled with a stencil card and have two of the four cards I started ready to share with you today.

Make My Monday Challenge #125

Here’s my card:

This challenge requires stencils. After creating the ctd#598 card described below, I again used the negative space from the largest circle die in the Layering Circles die set. This time, I sponged the inner part of the circle using Pear Pizazz. When I started dry-fitting the cropped pieces over the sponged circle, I decided that I needed more stenciled images. Therefore, I used the negative space around the Forever Fern leave dies. So, I sponged a Pretty Peacock and Shaded Spruce leaves in three places around the circle.

While I was dry-fitting pieces, I realized the card needed ribbon. Therefore, I added the Mint Macaron ribbon around the center of the card, and all the layers went under that ribbon. I used my Xyron to get adhesive on the back of the vellum leaves cropped from the same die set. Looking back, I probably shouldn’t have done that. Looking back, I also decided that I probably should have added texture to the white cardstock. Then, I just needed to add the various layers and the sentiment.

I left the inside blank so a personalized note could be written on the inside. Finally, I added a piece of the Forever Greenery DSP to the envelope flap, which finished off this card/envelope set.

Color Throwdown challenge # 598

The colors for the Color Throwdown challenge #598 includes white, gold, pink, and aqua. I used these colors with the negative part of three sizes of circle punches.

Here’s that card:

Although I later realized I didn’t need to, I first masked off the center of the front of the card. Since I decided to add a strip of Whisper White to the middle of the card I really didn’t need to mask it off, but it helped figuring out the stenciling of the negative circle spaces.

What I Did:

After masking the center, I used the three negative circle stencils and sponges to sponge in a variety of circle sizes using Magenta Madness, Balmy Blue and the Delicata Gold ink pad. Sponging the gold required many layers of sponging just to get the circles I have on the card. Then, I stamped another circle of gold on a piece of scrap white and stamped it with the heart balloon stamp from the Special Someone stamp set.

Next, I stamped the raccoon and balloon string in Momento Tuxedo black on more scraps of white cardstock. Using the Special Day dies, I cropped the raccoon, heart balloon, and string pieces.

The next thing I did was to crop two pieces of Balmy Blue 6 x 6 DSP for the grass. The first piece is adhered directly onto the middle white section piece of cardstock. Then I adhered the raccoon to the first piece of DSP and added dimensionals to the second piece of grass. The dimensionals allowed me to pop up the second piece of grass so it appears that the raccoon is standing in the grass.

A mini-dimensional pops up the heart balloon. Next, I adhered the string to the raccoon and the balloon using liquid adhesive.

I used the Special Someone stamp set for the sentiments on the front of the card. Then, I layered the card front on the same Balmy Blue DSP, and used Magenta Madness for the bottom mat.

The Inside

The card base is white, as is the mat layer I trimmed for the inside. In order to create some border between the two layers of white, I used the Magenta Madness marker to outline the inside layer of white. I also stamped the raccoon on the inside with sentiments from the Sending You Thoughts stamp set.

After stamping the raccoon on the front bottom corner of the envelope, I adhered a piece of the Balmy Blue DSP to the flap. With that, I’d completed this card and envelope set.

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

Have a Peachy Day!


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