Gather Together Bundle Meets CAS(E) this sketch #377

Season of Thanks

Each Thanksgiving, I create at least 15 Thanksgiving cards for family and friends at our dinner.  I try to create a variety so that no two cards are exactly the same.  Therefore, I rely on sketch challenges for inspiration and I used CTS #377 for inspiration for the card below.  I did take some creative liberty with the sketch, but I think it is still evident in the card.

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s the card I created:

I have come to the conclusion that the non-traditional fall colors of Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron, and Early Espresso might just be my favorite in this Come to Gather DSP!

My Liberties

The horizontal banner, which is made from the 2019 – 2021 In Color DSP, definitely follows the sketch.  I knew I wanted to use the Everyday Label Punch for the sentiment with matted layers of Pretty Peacock and Early Espresso.   Early Espresso provides the cardstock for the horizontal mat and the card outline.  I also used it to stamp the maple leaf and pumpkins on vellum cardstock.  While I wanted the maple leaf to be see-through, I did not want the pumpkins see-through.  I used my dark Mint Macaron blend to color the back of the pumpkin stamps.  Then, I used the dark Crumb Cake blend on top of the Mint Macaron.  The pumpkins were then matted on cropped white cardstock.  

I miss the fall season.  I can’t begin to tell you how long it’s been since I’ve seen a real fall in person.  The maple leaf reminds me of fall on Long Island.  I really can’t get over how this gorgeous, non-traditional color combination brings happy memories to the forefront.

The placement of the sentiment starts my creative liberties.   There’s no sentiment on the sketch, so I made sure it almost exactly lined up with the horizontal band to stay within the spirit of the sketch.

Following the Sketch

When I started placing the vellum elements, I realized I would need a grounding element.  I solved this problem by using the Come to Gather Crumb Cake ribbon.   However, I still wasn’t happy with the way the maple leaf, blended into the DSP.   I thought of an open square, which I created by using two of the Stitched Shapes square dies, would solve this dilemma.  I used the splatter stamp from the Gather Together stamp set and Pretty Peacock ink to create a subtle pattern on the square.  When I put all these elements together, I decided that I had followed the sketch while also taking liberties with it.  

I struggle with collage cards, but this one pleases me and it came together relatively quickly.   As always, I finished by stamping the inside of the card, pictured below:

I had to use third generation stamping to get the maple leaf light enough for the sentiment to show, which comes from the Gather Together stamp set.  

I used a gingham print from the DSP for the envelope flap.  Then,  stamped an Early Espresso maple leaf on the front of the envelope.

With that, I had completed my card and envelope combination.

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!


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Supply list:

Gather Together bundle, item # 153036


Gather Together stamp set, item # 150589

Gathered Leaves dies, item # 150662

Come to Gather DSP, item # 150454

2019 – 2021 In Color DSP, item # 149617

Come to Gather Ribbon Combo Pack, item # 150456

Everyday Label Punch, item # 144668

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item #  150880

Early Espresso cardstock, item # 119686

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Early Espresso ink pad, item #  147114

Pretty Peacock ink pad, item #  150083

Crumb Cake Blends combo, item #  144601

Mint Macaron blends combo, item #  147283

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item #   110755

Dimensionals, item # 104430



Over the Moon for CTS #329

Absolutely Adorable Cows!

The new catalog has many “must have” products, and the Over the Moon cling mount stamp set is one of those “must haves”!  Just take a look at these cute as a button images!

I just LOVE these cows and the sentiments.  Therefore, when I saw the banner for CTS #329, I knew I was going to use one of these cows.  

Here’s the CAS(E) this Sketch banner:

I flipped the sketch and this is what I created:


This Cow Rocks Lovely Lipstick Boots

In order to create this card, I first stamped the cow and colored it with the Blends markers.  I used Light and Dark Basic Black for the spots, Light Smoky Slate for the hoofs, Ivory and Light Petal Pink for the ears and snout.  I colored her using the Light Granny Apple Green blend and light and dark Daffodil Delight for the flower.  After much thought, I decided to leave the tail white.   At the same time I decided to give her DSP boots.  Cute!  She needed some bling of her own, and the Lovely Lipstick enamel dots from the Happiness Blooms enamels fit the bill.  After creating the DSP boots (little bitty fussy cuttings),   I decided to use the In Color DSP as part of the sketch pieces, and another pattern for the envelope flap.

Rectangle Stitched Layered Rectangles 

These stitched dies are quickly becoming my go-to “must have” die set.  For this card, I used them to crop the cow, sentiment, and solid Lovely Lipstick cardstock.  Coloring in the ditch of the stitches seems to be something else I enjoy doing for emphasis. This time I used the Stamping Write Marker on the sentiment and solid cardstock.  In addition, I used the marker to outline the cow’s rectangle.

Cards, and projects, with monochromatic colors always seem to turn out to be calming.  The same is true for this card, but it also makes me smile.  I hope you got a smile from it as well.

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Wishing You Well meets Just Add Ink #464

Something New, Times Two

At one point or another, I am fairly certain that everyone buys a stamp set with all intentions of using it.  However, new sets come along and the “WOW I MUST use this set” feeling starts anew.  That’s exactly what happened with Wishing You Well.  So, the stamp set is new, and I am fairly certain I haven’t participated in the Just Add Ink challenge before.  So, two new things for this card.

Here’s the challenge banner:

The card I created is a window card and these type of cards are not necessarily difficult to create. 

Here’s my card:


I used Granny Apple Green dark and light blends to color the foliage and Soft Sea Foam marker for the recessed, for the lack of a better word, stems and leaves.  The Flirty Flamingo marker created a beautiful bow and buds on this card.  

I can hear you asking yourself where in the SU catalog can you find Granny Apple Green pearls.  It’s simple and you can do it as well!  The Stamping Blends will transform the standard pearls to any color you want.  Just color, let dry thoroughly, then add to your project.    Ta-Da!  

Creating the Window

The Rectangle Stitched Dies have become my go-to dies.  I’ve always, as much as possible punched out shapes from my mats.  These dies allow me to do that on a larger scale.  Rarely, if ever, will I create a card with a full base.  

This fabulous die set always makes creating a window card easier.  First, I needed to decide where to place the focal stamp, and then I placed the larger die.  The only tricky part was the inside Granny Apple Green layer.  I used my Sea Foam Green layer to center the next smaller die and then cropped that as well.

I did make a mistake on one of the corners of the top layer, so I used a corner rounder on each corner.  

After I was finished with everything, I realized I didn’t have room for a sentiment.  Miscalculation – check.  Once again used the Rectangle Stitched dies and figured out what size I would need for the sentiment.  It was also important that the cropped rectangle would be centered and rest on the Granny Apple Green layer.  Problem solved.

Card is Done

Now that I have used this (retired) stamp set, I can see myself using it again and again.  Isn’t that bow simple beautiful?

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