This started out as an experiment. I saw an interesting gatefold card in my Pinterest feed. It led to a Stampin’ Up demontrator’s blog where she did a video. This starts out as a regular gatefold card, but then you attach a horizontal flap to the top part of the left flap and another horizontal flap the lower right flap – this keeps the card closed without a belly band. Begin with a 5 x 8 ½ card base, scored at 2 1/8” at each end on the long side. The solid layers for the flaps are 2 x 5 3/8; the pattern paper layer is 1 7/8 x 5 1/4. The horizontal flaps are 2 1/2 x 3 7/8 for the solid layer and 2 1/8 x 3 3/4 for the pattern paper layer. I added an additional layer for the sentiment, cut at 2 1/8 x 3 1/2. I had to play with the layers a little bit because not only am I terrible at fractions, I’m also challenged when it comes to putting my cardstock on the right line on my cutting board. The sample card only had a sentiment on the lower flap and some lovely flowered paper at the top. The pp I chose was a small pattern from a pad by In My Mind’s Eye and needed something at the top. I had separated the Birthday Wishes stamp from Massive Message a long time ago, so stamped that on each word on one of the solid panels in Passionate Pink. The flower is from the Autumn Wreath Builder and the leaves are from the Mini Wreath Builder. I added a bit of bling from Pawsitvely Awersome in the center of the flowers. Since the card is mostly pink, I decided to enter it in Just Add Ink #516 Challenge, which this week has an inspiration photo with lots of pink. The pp also kind of picks up the turquoise in the picture. This was fun to do and I’m really pleased how it turned out.
I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve been to a movie, so I’m not familiar with too many of the ones that have been made within the last 20 years. But I do have some favorites from long ago. One of my favorite movies is “Yankee Doodle Dandy” about the life of George M. Cohan, starring James Cagney. As I was creating a lot of patriotic cards yesterday on Flag Day, it occurred to me that one would be perfect to enter in the As You See It Reel Challenge. This card was really fun to create. I used the Fireworks Stamp and Stencil set from Taylored Expressions. I stamped the starry background in Blue Denim. Then lining up the first stencil, I brushed on Blue Denim to create the first part of the fireworks burst, then brushed on Red Velvet using the second stencil to complete the burst. The focal image is the flag map from the Old Glory set from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. The sentiment from the Patriotic Mini Strips set from Taylored Expressions was perfect over the flag map. As George M. said throughout the movie and at the end “My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I thank you”.
I have been having a blast creating patriotic cards. There are some great new sets out there. I’ve had a lot of fun coloring the USA/Flag design from Stamp Simply’s Old Glory set. I had cut the USA die using red CS to create a mat for an image that I had fussy cut. I was about to toss it when I realized it would work for the Scraps Challenge at Double D. I found an irregular shaped scrap from a patriotic pack by Authentic that just fit behind the aperture. Although most of the sentiments in the PP are right side up, the flag images are upside down – a sign of distress. But I guess that’s appropriate since our country is in distress right now. I embossed the sentiment from Patriotic Sentiments, also by Stamp Simply in gold EP. The mat is Blue Denim and the card base is Kraft.
A fifth Saturday at Just Us Girls means it’s Wild Card Week. The Wild Card is to use two or more different pattern papers. The two patterns are from a patriotic pack by Authentique that’s been in my stash for a long time. I put the fireworks pattern on the top and the stars and stripes on the bottom. I found the shiny red textured strip in my stash. The die used to cut the Kraft USA map is from the die set that matches the Old Glory stamp set from the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. The sentiment is from the same set, stamped in Blue Denim. The card base is also Kraft.
For the last couple of weeks The Stamp Simply Blog has been featuring their new set Old Glory with matching dies. I ordered their Patriotic Bundle Trio, that included Patriotic Sentiments, an older set that works perfectly with Old Glory. My stamps and dies arrived yesterday and I just had to play. I love how the USA map is shown with Old Glory waving across it. It’s fun to color too – Copics R27, R24, B39 and R24. I die cut the map with the matching die, then matted it with Blue Denim and Red Hot on a Kraft card base. The sentiment was embossed in gold. I discovered this will work for the Kraft Chicks All Occasion Challenge. Independence Day is a holiday I don’t create many cards for and I’m hoping to change that with these new sets. I’m also entering The Sisterhood of Crafters Favorite Technique Challenge because two of my favorite techniques are coloring and heat embossing. This works for Double D Challenge – Begins with M (Map) too and I’m getting in just under the wire.
Beautiful Butterflies is the name of the June Kit from Simon Says Stamp. The butterflies are beautiful and such fun to color. This is a case of Suzy Plantamura’s card. I colored the butterflies with Prismas: PC918 Orange; PC939 Peach; PC1096 Kelly Green; PC1038 Neon Pink; PC993 Hot Pink; PC942 Yellow Ochre. I used the same pattern paper Suzy used. Instead of black gingham ribbon (which I didn’t have) I cut a ¾” strip of black cardstock and embossed the sentiment from the kit in white. I affixed the PP together and added the black strip before adhering to my card base. All of a sudden I noticed the butterflies in the PP were flying upside down. I was able to very gently remove the sentiment strip and flip the panel so the green dotted paper was on top. After adhering it to the card base, whoops – the panel was crooked. I very carefully removed it and was able to even it up by trimming a sliver with my Tim Holtz trimmer. Got a little glue under the plastic guard, but was able to clean that. Glad I was using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive – it is really forgiving. In spite of all the bloopers that happened I’m really pleased with the result.
It’s color week at Just Us Girls using pink, yellow, green and orange. I had a lot flowers cut using the dies from the My Monthly Hero Kit for January – love that set. I colored the flowers with various Distress Oxide inks using my blending brushes, though some of the filler leaves were cut from green cardstock. The envelope from the kit was cut from soft stone. The birthday sentiment, also from the kit fit perfectly on the envelope. The card base is lemon drop. I used the Press ‘n Seal trick to get the flowers arranged and in the envelope. I had lots of fun creating the flowers.
The inspiration photo at The Card Concept challenge was loaded with patriotic images. I used our beautiful American Flag as my inspiration. My style always tends toward CAS, but I think according to the styles on The Card Concept website, this perhaps leans more toward Clean and Layered. Using the flag stencil from Simon Says Stamp, I brushed Red Velvet ink on the stripes. Then I placed the field of stars and brushed on VersaMark and embossed in white embossing powder. Using the emboss resist technique (a first for me) I brushed Blue Denim over the stars to create the field of blue and gently wiped the excess away with a paper towel. After I trimmed the flag I realized it was too large for an A2 card, so I decided to make a slim line card – another first for me. I stamped the eagle head from Divinity Designs in Warm Cocoa and fussy cut it. I used masking so I could stamp the sentiment, also from Divinity Designs in red and blue. I used Warm Cocoa to mat the flag and the sentiment.
Spring Card Camp 2 – This incorporates Day 3 (Dry Embossing with Stencils) with Day 5 (Stencil Shading). I had trouble getting the Daisy Bouquet stencil by Simon Says Stamp embossed. It doesn’t show in the picture but you can feel it. I first sponged Warm Glow ink over the entire stencil. Then I colored with Distress Oxides with some shading with Prismas. The colors I used were Bundled Sage, PC1096, Kelly Green & PC911 Olive Green, Ripe Persimmon, PC921 Pale Vermillion, Wilted Violet PC995 Mulberry. I found a copper Permapaque pen that I used for the dots – I have no idea where I got it, but there’s also one in gold and one in silver in my stash. The sentiment from Simply the Best by Gina K Designs was stamped in Dark Sage, also by GKD. I cut the Wild Lilac border a wee bit small and it really doesn’t show well, then matted it with Fresh Asparagus on a Heavy Weight White card base. After I assembled it, I noticed that the dots in the center flower make a smiley face.