Red and Pink for Cardz 4 Galz #193

Welcome to the newest two-week Cardz 4 Galz challenge.  For challenge #193, our host, Pamela, picked Red with Pink for a color challenge.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit our challenge website to see what the rest of the design team created.  It’s always so interesting to see how each person put their individual mark on the challenge.  

Here’s my red and pink card, which pretty much evolved as I went along:


I used retired DSP (designer series paper), two of the Scalloped Contour dies, vellum cardstock, and the Framed Florets and Art Gallery stamp sets.  The bronze butterflies were completely a last minute addition.

What I Did:


  • The Poppy Parade base measures 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
  • I cropped the Petal Pink cardstock using the largest Scalloped Contours die.
  • Next, I trimmed the DSP to fit inside the frame of the scallops. It measures 3-3/8 by 4-3/4 inches. I also trimmed a piece of DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap and punched a one inch circle to use to create the envelope seal.
  • Then, I cropped the top layer of vellum cardstock using a smaller die from Scalloped Contours.
  • I stamped the flower using the stamps in the Art Gallery set using Poppy Parade ink. To get the variations in the color, I stamped off once for the base part of the flower.
  • Then I stamped the leaves and stem using Soft Suede.
  • Next, I stamped the sentiment using one from the Framed Florets stamp set in Momento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Then, I cropped the sentiment using a rectangle die. I used the coordinating dies for the flower and stem. Both pieces had dimensionals added
  • After trimming Petal Pink and Poppy Parade matting layers, I added dimensionals to the underside of the sentiment.
  • I adhered the Petal Pink scalloped layer and the DSP layers to the base of the card using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Next, I added the flower pieces and sentiment panel to the vellum. Once they were in place, I could add liquid glue to the back of the vellum so the pieces would hide the adhesive.
  • I tied a triple bow using linen thread and attached it using mini glue dots.
  • I added a piece of white cardstock measuring 5-1/4 by 4 inches using liquid glue.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

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Using Stencils for Cardz 4 Galz # 155

Welcome to the Cardz 4 Galz challenge #155. Debbie chose using stencils for this challenge.  This two week challenge starts today, September 9, 2021. I hope you will pop over to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team created as well. We all look forward to seeing what you create in our gallery!

Here’s my card using stencils:


Can you tell where I used the stencil? If you said the brick looking background, you are correct!


  • The Cajun Craze base measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • The Bumblebee mat measures 5-3/8 inches by 4-1/8 inches.
  • I stenciled on the white cardstock. It measures 5-1/4 inches by 4 inches. The cardstock vellum measures the same.
  • Your sentiment block will depend on the one you choose. My white sentiment panel measures 3-1/2 inches by 1-1/4 inches.
  • The Bumblebee mat measures 3-5/8 inches by 1-3/8 inches.
  • I decided to use Cajun Craze under the designer series paper (DSP) even though the color isn’t listed as a coordinating color. The mat for that measures 5-1/4 inches by 2-1/8 inches. The You’re a Peach DSP measures 5-1/8 inches by 2 inches.
  • I also trimmed a piece of white cardstock to 5-1/4 inches by 4 inches for the inside of the card.
  • In addition, I trimmed a piece of the DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.

What I Did:

  • I started with the stencil on the white cardstock. Since I thought that the brick-ish pattern would go well with the DSP, I used that stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks set.
  • Calypso Coral is on the list of coordinating colors for this DSP, so that’s what I used. When I finished, I thought the color was too bright for the DSP. Therefore, I grabbed a piece of vellum cardstock and trimmed it to size. I used the multipurpose liquid adhesive to adhere the vellum. to the white cardstock. Because of the sentiment and DSP blocks, I could hide almost all of the adhesive behind those blocks. I did add a very, very thin line of adhesive along the edge of the vellum to hold it down. I’ve really been looking at the card closely, and I can’t see the adhesive.
  • After creating the sentiment and DSP panels, I tied a length of the Bumblebee ribbon around the DSP panel.
  • Then, I used dimensionals to pop up the DSP panel. I also needed dimensionals on the right end of the sentiment panel. Liquid adhesive joined the left side of the sentiment panel to the DSP panel.
  • I stamped the coordinating sentiment on the white cardstock for the inside of the card and adhered it using liquid adhesive.
  • After adhering and trimming the DSP on the envelope flap, I punched a circle for the envelope seal. Every card I’ve made since COVID has a sticker seal so no saliva is used to seal the envelope shut.
  • With that, this card/coordinating envelope/envelope seal set was complete..



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Celebrate Sunflowers for ctd594 & Fusion – Enough

Obviously, I am thoroughly enjoying my pre-order of the Celebrate Sunflowers cling stamp set bundle, available in the Stampin’ Up! 2020 – 2021 annual catalog. Seeing and pre-ordering new products is just one of the perks of being a SU! demo. The quality of the stamps themselves, including all the intricate details, is the reason I fell completely in love with SU! after purchasing my first stamp set, Lovely as a Tree. I still remember my excitement after using that set for the first time, and my DH does as well. Naturally, he kind of chuckled at me, which he still does when I get excited about new “toys”.

Color Throwdown #594 and Fusion – Enough

Last night I wanted to create another sunflower card, which led to browsing challenge blogs. The colors in ctd594 seemed perfect for sunflowers. Still unsure of a layout, I browsed more and found the Fusion – Enough challenge. I’d found my color combo and sketch combination.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners:

Combining Challenges for This Two-fer

The trio of colors for ctd594 includes yellow, gray, and white. Perfect for what I wanted to do. The colors I chose Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, and Whisper White.

Since I wanted a very deep, rich color I used the Stamp-a-ratus to stamp the sunflower in Crush Curry. The Stamp-a-ratus allowed me to stamp it multiple times without worrying about lining it up. After three stampings, I made sure to let the ink dry. While waiting just a minute or two, I cleaned off the stamp and grabbed my VersaMark and clear embossing powder. Next, I stamped the sunflower in VersaMark and quickly added the clear embossing powder. Next, I used my heat tool and let the magic happen. Finally, I cropped the flower using the Sunflower Die set. While I was cropping, I used the two dies of stems and cropped them out of vellum.

Using the sketch from the Fusion challenge made creating the rest of the card relatively easy. I used Basic Gray cardstock for the base of the card. The 2019 6 x 6 neutrals DSP gave me the Basic Gray strip down the side and the Smoky Slate banner behind the sentiment. Since I was trying to keep the card as clean as possible, I used the same pattern DSP for both colors.

That gorgeous Bumblebee banner, from the 2020 – 2022 In Color 6 x 6 DSP stack, has a fabulous distressed pattern. It’s just one of the fabulous five new In Colors

The Whisper White panel has been run through the Big Shot using the Subtle 3D embossing folder. If you do not yet have this 3D folder, you need to get it. I use it constantly. The very subtle texture lends itself perfectly to clean and simple cards.

Putting It All Together

After adhering the base, layer of white cardstock and the vertical strip on the left, I went back to the Fusion sketch for the placement of the flower and the sentiment element. I adhered the Bumblee and Smoky Slate banners directly onto the white cardstock. Because I wanted the sunflower to be the focal point, I used dimensionals to pop up the sunflower, which allowed me to slip the leaf stems underneath. Since the bottom of the stems won’t show, I could use the multipurpose liquid glue to attach them to the DSP and cardstock.

The sentiment, stamped in Basic Gray from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set, also has dimensionals on the right side to pop it up evenly with the sunflower. All I needed to add was liquid adhesive to the left side of the sentiment.

Finally, I added a piece of the Bumblee DSP to the flap of the envelope. Then I stamped part of the sunflower on the front left corner and I was done, I’d finished this coordinating card/envelope set.

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

Have a Peachy Day!


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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.

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Bloom by Bloom Wiper Fold for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop


InKing Royalty February Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around BIRTHDAY. It’s always special to celebrate the birthday of someone you love, so handmade birthday cards are always fun to share. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I Didn’t Create This All in One Night

I knew I wanted to create a fun fold for this blog hop, and I found  a video tutorial  by Frances Martin for the wiper card.  So much fun!  I also found a diagram on Pinterest by Stamping with Belinda, which I tweaked just a 1/8 of an inch, so my finished card is 5.5 inches by 4.25 inches.   The number of pictures I took trying to explain the process would have made this post the length of a booklet, so please visit these two links as the directions are clear and concise.

I knew that the moving parts and the base would take some time since it’s the first time trying to create it.  Therefore, I created the front and back elements the first night and the moving base and parts was created the next night.  

Here are multiple shots of the card I created using the Bloom by Bloom DSP with the front first:

The Card Basic Elements

I used the Bloom by Bloom DSP for the background of both sides, and used a piece of vellum cardstock to tone down the DSP behind the  layered”Happy Birthday” sentiment.   In order to hold down the vellum, there is some liquid Tombow behind the sentiment, but that didn’t do anything for the corners.  Enter the Night of Navy enamel dots, which cover a glue dot holding the vellum down on the DSP.  

I layered the DSP on Mint Macaron, which I then layered on Coastal Coral.  The bases and moving parts are Call Me Clover.  

The next decisions I made all had to do with the stamp sets.  I have not recieved the Bloom by Bloom stamp set yet (I initially thought I wouldn’t need it if I had the DSP.  WRONG!) so I used the Incredible Like You photopolymer stamp set for the back greeting and flower/leaves.

Magic Happens When the Sides are Pulled Apart.

I usually run my cards past my husband (and his comments have become much more detailed and informed), and he had me pull the sides open and closed 3 or 4 times.  He loved the magic of the interaction.

Here are photos of the front and back after the card is pulled open:


I had to make another decision about a mini sentiment and flower stamp set.  I turned to the Varied Vases stamp set for the Birthday Wishes and flower stems.  Initially I thought I would cut the Birthday Wishes stamp in half to fit it on the little flap.  I tried, and even got the scissors positioned between the words, but couldn’t bring myself to cut it apart.  I decided to use the Call Me Clover Stamping Marker to color each word so I could stamp them separately.

Last, but Not Least

After all these layers, I thought for sure I would have a difficult time getting the card in the medium SU envelope.  I was pleasantly surprised when it fit in the envelope, and have pictures to proof it.  Mind you, this card is going to need extra postage, but it easily fit in the envelope.


Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at Stamp Candy.  There are some very talented people in this hop and you won’t want to miss any of them.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use the following line-up for a guide:

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  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  3. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  4. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  5. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  6. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  9. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  10. Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
  11. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  12. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  13. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  14. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps