During the holidays I have had a hard time keeping up with all the fun Challenges. This weeks Cardz4Guyz Challenge # 261 Black/Gold is a great one for a very special birthday card. My youngest turns 17 years old on December 31, 2020. (I seriously do not feel that old.) I wanted to make him a very special card because he is a very special guy.
I had to use some of my stash for this card. Wait until you see the inside!
It’s a pop-up! I think my son is going to love this!
Stampin’ Up!® Products used to make this card are as follows: Balloon Adventures stamp set, Balloon Pop-Up Thinlets™ Dies, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Sprinkles Punch, Painted Labels Dies, World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP), Golden Honey Specialty DSP, Gold Foil Sheets, Black Card Stock (CS), Whisper White CS, Memento ink, Versamark ink, Gold Emboss Powder and Gold Thread.
Thanks for stopping by to see my Cardz4Guyz Challenge #261 Black/Gold. See more black/gold or black/silver cards at the Cardz4Guyz blog HERE.
I am on day 4 of my 15-Day Christmas Card Challenge! Today I have a gorgeous poinsettia card wishing a Merry Christmas!
The Poinsettia Petals stamp set and coordinating Poinsettia Dies create the perfect poinsettia for this card. The background has a Christmas Layers Die which is in the 2020-21 Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog. The Poinsettia Petals and Poinsettia Dies are in the 2020 Aug-Dec Mini Catalog.
Measurements: Very Vanilla CS card base: 4 1/4 x 11 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches; Very Vanilla CS: 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches, 7/8 x 3 1/4 inches, 5 x 5 inches and 4 x 6 inches; Mossy Meadow CS: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches and 3 x 4 inches; and Real Red: 4 x 5 3/4 inches.
Warning: this blog is a little longer than usual so I can introduce some new products with some tips.
Stamp the sentiment ” Merry Christmas” in Mossy Meadow ink onto the 7/8 x 3 1/4 inch Very Vanilla CS. Set aside.
To make the background a little more interesting I stamped some small dots from the Gather Together stamp set in Real Red and in Mossy Meadow by Stamping Off first. Set aside.
To make it more simple to stamp all the pieces for the poinsettia, berries and leaves I used the Stamparatus. Tip: The Poinsettia Petals stamps are Photopolymer. In order to get a good image, it is helpful to use the Stamparatus Deluxe Foam Mat. The other option which I had used for quite awhile it to use the Stamparatus Foam Mat with a Silicone mat on top.
I placed the card stock I want to stamp on about 1 inch from the inner edge. Tip: If the stamp is too close to the inner edge it will not stamp all the way. Position the two leaves and the berries on one half of the 4 x 6 inch Very Vanilla CS. Trick: I wrapped my magnets in colorful duct tape with a little extra tab to grab onto. This makes it easier to pick the magnets up. It also prevents them from getting stuck together.
Apply Memento Black Ink to the stamps, close the panel and press firmly and evenly.
Turn the Very Vanilla CS and stamp onto the other side. As you can see, there is an area that did not get stamped on the upper right leaf. This is the beauty of the Stamparatus. Just apply more Memento ink, close the panel, press more firmly on the unstamped area, lift the panel and Viola! the problem area is fixed!
Using the second panel, position the three sizes of poinsettia on the 5 x 5 inch Very Vanilla CS. Repeat the process. Note: If you wanted to make, say 25 cards, that were all similar, this is the way to do it quickly. You just keep stamping until you have as many as you want. Can you tell I love my Stamparatus!
When I am done stamping I stamp onto a scrap paper to remove most of the ink. I then use my Simply Shammy moistened with water to clean the stamps. The Simply Shammy can be rinsed out although the ink does stain it a bit.
I used the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers to color the poinsettia, leaves and berries. The colors I used were: Light & Dark: Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Mossy Meadow and Old Olive. I used Light Mango Melody for the center of the poinsettia. For the berries I used the Bronze and Ivory. The images are cut with the Poinsettia Dies.
The leaves and petals of the poinsettia can be curved with the Bone Folder to add dimension to the card.
The last piece needed is the branch of leaves from the Christmas Layers Dies. I cut the branch into three smaller branches. Now we can put it all together.
Adhere the branches onto the stamped Very Vanilla CS card piece. Use a Stampin’ Dimensional on the center of the largest poinsettia and adhere it to the card piece. Add the berries. Since the petals of the poinsettia are not adhered, the berries slide right under the petals.
Use Stampin’ Dimensionals in the center of the two remaining poinsettias and adhere them to the first poinsettia. Adhere the leaves in place. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment “Merry Christmas”.
Adhere the Cherry Cobbler CS to the front of the Very Vanilla CS card base, then adhere the Mossy Meadow CS. Finish the card by adhering the poinsettia panel to the card front.
Add a little sparkle with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.
Of course, I think the card needs a little more Bling! Add the Cherry Cobbler rhinestones that are in the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels for a touch of sparkle in the background.
Viola! You have a gorgeous poinsettia card to wish someone a Merry Christmas!
Thanks for hanging in there today. This one was a little long. I wanted to be sure to introduce some new products and techniques with a few tips & tricks..
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I wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving today! This year is a little different for sure! I hope you are able to visit virtually with your friends and family. My family is getting together on Zoom. We are quite the crowd as I am the oldest of eight!
I made this card for the Cardz4guyz Challenge # 258- Thank You/Thanksgiving. I just love the Cajun Craze card stock from Stampin’ Up!® for my fall projects. The Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty Paper just looks so handsome next to the Cajun Craze card stock.
The wreath is made using the Gold Hoop Embellishment with some of the Forever Gold Laser-cut leaves for the background. The Very Vanilla foiled leaves are cut from the Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper. The Gold Twine from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack compliments the copper Acorn Trinkets. The sentiment is from a retired Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Pleasant Pheasants and is stamped in Cajun Craze ink.
Please have a nice day of Thanks. Remember to be thankful for all the joy you bring to the world. You are a very special and unique person.
Have a most wonderful day and a crafty week! Stop by Cardz4guyz.blogspot.com and see everyone’s cards for Challenge #258-Thank You/Thanksgiving.
Thank you for stopping by Theresa’s Treasures today. I am Theresa and I am a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator in Arizona, USA. Today I am taking part in Kylie Bertucci’s Monthly International Blog Highlights Gallery. The theme is- Thank You. On this gallery, you can see thank you cards made by folks from all over the world! My thank you card was so much fun to make! I hope you enjoy it. Please remember to visit the Highlights Gallery and vote for me! Thank you!
For this card I used the milk can and floral arrangement from the Country Home stamp set in the 2020-21 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. The oak and maple leaves are from the Beautiful Autumn stamp set in the 2020 Stampin’ Up! August-December Mini Catalog. The pumpkin and squash were cut from the Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper also in the Mini Catalog. Yes-I did a lot of fussy cutting!
I used the Gold Hoop Embellishment to make a sort of wreath for the arrangement. The sentiment is from the Beautiful Autumn stamp set. The background is the Brushed Metallic card stock embossed with the Tin Tile 3D embossing folder. I also used a bit of the Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper.
Viola! After much fussy cutting and arranging, trimming here and there, I settled on this arrangement for this card. Remember to say thank you often as it is always nice to be appreciated.
Please stop by the International Blog Highlights Gallery and see all the awesome Thank You cards from all over the world!
I am so excited and thankful to be part of the Top 10 Winners Hop from Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlight! Thank you to everyone who voted for my card from October’s International Blog Highlight, allowing me another opportunity to post on the Winners Hop. Ten Demonstrators from around the world will be posting today. The theme today is Thanks.
I created this card using several techniques including masking and sponging. I have fallen in love with all you can do with the Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers and the Country Home stamp set. Additional texture was added with the use of the Textured Essentials stamp set. I continued the background design on the right of the inside.
By sponging, I blended Misty Moonlight and Cajun Craze inks together to create the background. The sentiment and blotches are in Early Espresso ink. The Stampin’ Blends colors are: Misty Moonlight, Gray Granite, Smoky Slate, Just Jade, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade and Crumb Cake.
I hope you enjoyed my card. I am very thankful for all the good things; sometimes they are difficult to see, but there are many good things and good people out there.
I am so honored and excited to be participating in today’s Top 10 Winners Hop! I won a spot in the Top Ten from Kylie’s International Blog Highlight. I thank everyone who voted for my card in that hop. I was feeling very creative for this card and I hope you like it. I can’t wait to see everyone’s projects!
I used a number of stamp sets for this card. I really like to mix and match! Country Home is where you will find the milk can and flowers. The “Thank You” sentiment and the script pattern are from Very Versailles. The remainder of the stamps are from: Gathered Together, Comfort & Hope and Forever Fern. Stampin’ Up!® ink colors include: Misty Moonlight, Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, and Early Espresso.
I have been really enjoying the versatility you get with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. From the outside in on the milk can, I blended Dark Smoky Slate, Light Smokey Slate and Light Gray Granite. The flower arrangement has Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade and Calypso Coral.
I continued some of the design from the front to the inside of the card. The tiles from Country Home are stamped in Misty Moonlight. The grid pattern from Comfort & Hope is in Cinnamon Cider. The Forever Fern leaves are in Just Jade. The little splatter pattern stamped in Early Espresso (most are Stamped Off) is also from Forever Fern.
Techniques used to make this card include: Masking, Sponging, and Stamping Off.
Thank you so much for visiting today! You are at Theresa McEntee/Theresa’s Treasures. Have a very creative day!
First I just want to take a moment to remember and reflect on all of those affected by the horrific events on September 11, 2001.
For today I have a special fun fold for you. This is a little challenging, but I will give step by step instructions. Warning, there are a lot of photos to help show how I created this card.
The Country Home and Jar of Flowers stamp sets pair together nicely. I love the sunflowers because they remind me of the approaching Autumn with their golden yellow and brown colors. The pop-up box of flowers on the inside of the card is a nice surprise!
Measurements: Cajun Craze Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Crumb Cake CS: 5 1/4 x 8 inches with a score line at 4 inches, 3 3/4 x 5 inches and 1 x 3 inches; Very Vanilla CS: 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches, 3 x 5 inches, 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches and two 1 x 1 1/2 inches.
I drew dark solid lines to indicate cutting and dashed lines for scoring. You do not need to draw the lines. First you are going to cut the 5 1/4 x 8 inch Crumb Cake CS that has the score line at 4 inches. Using your Paper Trimmer place the 5 1/2 inch side on top with the left edge at 1 inch. Cut from 2 1/2 to 5 1/2 inches. Move the left edge to 2 1/2 and make the same cut.
Turn the Crumb Cake CS until the 8 inch side is on top. With the left edge at 2 1/2 inches make a score line between the cuts from 1 inch to 2 1/2 inches. Move the left edge to 5 1/2 inches and make another score line like the first. Now you can fold the card piece so that a little box pops out.
Flip the Crumb Cake card piece and place it inside the Cajun Craze CS card base to get an idea of what it will look like.
Cut the 1 x 3 inch Crumb Cake CS in half at 1 1/2 inches. Make a scoreline at 1 inch lengthwise. Trim the corners as shown. These will be the flaps for the box top. Adhere the box flaps.
Close the card piece after you adhere the box tops to ensure it will lie flat. If not, trim the corners of the flaps a little more.
Now for the stamping! Use the Memento black ink to stamp the images that will be colored with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. Tip: The Memento does not bleed as much as the regular ink when colored with the alcohol marker. Stamp the milk can from the Country Home stamp set onto the bottom of the 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inch Very Vanilla CS. Stamp the bunch of sunflowers from the Jar of Flowers stamp set above the milk can, and onto the 3 x 5 inch Very Vanilla CS. Tip: To get the best stamped image with the Photopolymer stamp, you can use the Stampin’ Pierce mat or a catalog underneath. I simply forgot to use one this time.
Use Early Espresso ink to stamp the sentiment “Happy Harvest Blessings” onto the 3/4 x 4 inch strip of Very Vanilla CS. Next stamp the sentiment “You are the happy to my day” onto the Crumb Cake insert to the right hand side of the box.
I included a lot of photos to show you how I go about coloring with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. This is just one way to go. Feel free to color how you would like. For the sunflowers I used the light and dark version of the following colors: Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Just Jade, Shaded Spruce, Calypso Coral and Cinnamon Cider.
For the small flower, I first colored in with the Light Calypso Coral. Then I colored the Dark Calypso Coral around the edges followed by coloring with the Light Calypso Coral to blend the dark into the light.
For the sunflowers I found it easier to color in the Dark Daffodil Delight first, then add the Light Daffodil Delight.
I added some Light Mango Melody to accentuate the shadows on the petals behind the other petals. I realized I had forgotten the little buds on the right, so I colored them in with the Light and Dark Calypso Coral.
I colored the center of the sunflower with the Light Cinnamon Cider leaving a ring that was not colored in. Next I colored in the very center and added some shading with the Dark Cinnamon Cider. Lastly, I colored the ring with the Light Daffodil Delight.
To color the leaves I started with the Light Just Jade, then added in some shading with the Dark Just Jade, followed by more Light Just Jade to blend the dark in. Lastly, I colored the small leaf fronds with the Dark Shaded Spruce at the base of the leaf, then the Light Shaded Spruce to finish.
The milk can is colored with the Light and Dark versions of Smoky Slate and Gray Granite.
I started with the Dark Smoky Slate and shaded in the borders of the milk can. My goal was to make it appear more rounded. I colored the right side a little more heavily than the left. Next I blended in the Light Smoky Slate followed by the Light Gray Granite. Tip: For better results I have found it easier to use the fine tip first when trying to make the colors gradated .
I added a single coat of the Light Gray Granite with the brush tip to blend everything together. I colored more shading with the Dark Smoky Slate to enhance the darker edges. You may set this aside until later.
I repeated the coloring process for the other two sunflower stamped images.
To prepare the sunflowers to be adhered to the inside of the box, I first cut off the smaller buds and fern frond one image. Next I fussy cut both images. To make them easier to adhere, I added a little tab by adhering the Very Vanilla CS 1 x 1 1/2 inch strips to the back of the sunflowers.
I placed the sunflowers in the box, being mindful to keep the edges in the middle from crossing over the 4 inch score line on the Crumb Cake CS. Next I used the Scoring Tool to score the sunflowers in line with the outer edge of the box. I folded the sunflowers along the score line.
I adhered the Very Vanilla CS tab on the back of the sunflowers to the back of the Crumb Cake CS box, being sure to keep the folded edge in line with the outer edge of the box. Before the glue dried, I closed the Crumb Cake CS to be sure everything was lined up and the card would be able to close. I opened the Crumb Cake CS and applied glue to the folded portion of the sunflowers, then closed the Crumb Cake CS card piece again to smooth it out.
Things are going to get a little easier soon. To adhere the Crumb Cake CS card piece to the Cajun Craze CS card base, first lay the piece in the card and apply adhesive to one side. Close the card and rub firmly.
Open the card and apply adhesive to the other side. Close and rub firmly.
Yay! What an awesome pop-up card!
Adhere the milk can piece to the 3 3/4 x 5 inch Crumb Cake CS, then adhere that to the front of the Cajun Craze CS card base. Be sure to adhere it to the correct side! Ask me why I know this!
Add the sentiment “Happy harvest Blessings” with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Viola! You made it through! I know that was long. The card is really awesome though. I hope you take a chance and give it a try.
Thanks so much for patiently viewing my blog today. Every once in awhile I need a challenge.
Hello and Welcome to the Cardsz 4 Guyz Challenge #249- No Patterned Paper.
This card was the #1 Winner in the Top # for the Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge!
A Good Man and Summer Days stamp sets by Stampin’ Up® make for a great pair for this Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge. This turned out to be an avid stamper type card.
I just love this quiet and peaceful moment between the man and the girl.
I decided to try something a little different and make a scene inside the card that could be seen outside the card through an oval die cut.
In order to do a Partial Die Cut to leave the little girl uncut, I came up with a novel idea. I made a smaller plate to use in my Big Shot. I took an old cracked plate and had my son cut it at 3 1/2 inches. He then filed the rough surface and rounded the corners. I am calling this “Theresa’s Small Cutting Plate”.
I adhered the front panel with the stamped man and girl to the Poppy Parade Card Stock (CS) card base with repositional tape, then placed the oval die cut on the front panel. I used sticky note tape to hold the oval in place and a Sharpie to mark the area I did not want to cut (from the top of the man’s head to his pant leg). The Big Shot sandwich from bottom to top is: Magnetic Plate, Cutting Plate, Card Stock, Oval Die cutting surface side down and finally Theresa’s Small Cutting Plate. I placed Theresa’s Small Cutting Plate as shown before running it through the Big Shot. It will only get cut where the plate covers the CS.
Here is what it looks like after running the sandwich through the Big Shot. The rest of the girl was fussy cut.
I cut an oval out of the middle of a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch sheet of Gina K. Masking Magic paper to mask the inside of the card. I sponged the sunset with the following Stampin’ Up! inks: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Terracotta Tile and Poppy Parade. I used the Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers to color the images. The Stampin’ Blend colors used are: Granny Apple Green, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Misty Moonlight, Purple Posy. Petal Pink and Flirty Flamingo. I used the light and the dark Stampin’ Blend for each color except the Flirty Flamingo. I only used the light Stampin’ Blend for that one.
Thank you so much for visiting today for my Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #249- No Patterned Paper. If you want to give this card a try, the supplies are all listed below. The supplies can be purchased from my Online Store by clicking on any of the photos below.