Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Song of Solomon Pop-up Squares Card

I recently purchased a file from the Silhouette Design Store called "Card Kit Pop Up Squares 5X5" and was excited to give it a try to create a wedding card and an anniversary card. The "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine" word art from Song of Solomon was also purchased in the Silhouette Design Store. I thought it would be perfect for these marriage/anniversary/romantic love-themed cards πŸ˜€. 

I have learned with new fun-fold card designs to create a template first, and I always use scrap paper or card stock I want to use up for the template, and then I keep the template with a sticky note on which I write the name of the card. This is so helpful! I like to look through my previous card templates to see the how the sizing looks and what stamps or dies will fit on the various parts of the card. If you make a lot of fun fold cards, how do you keep track of the designs? I'd love to hear your ways to organize them!

To begin making the cards (once I had finished my template), I chose a floral pattern paper and then looked for card stock in colors that would match the elements in the floral pattern. Then I created the card base and the inside pieces and glued all the pieces together. This card has a lot of layers, so I'm sending the wedding card in one of my padded envelopes and will pay the extra postage so it gets there in good shape. The anniversary card is for my best friend and her husband, so I can hand deliver that one.

The cards are very similar, and I used Hero Arts' Hero Florals Magnolia and Hero Florals Tulips for the flowers (the magnolias were embossed with gold embossing powder). I colored the flowers using my Ohuhu Honolulu alcohol markers and then fussy cut them. The sentiments (except for the verse from Song of Solomon and the word "anniversary") were also from Hero Arts sets: Blessings Stamp & Cut, Prayers Stamp & Cut, and Congrats & Happy Stamp & Cut. These sets have sentiments to cover a great variety of occasions! 

For the anniversary card, I die cut the word "blessings" out of the same light teal card stock I used for the card base and adhered it to the card front. I didn't think it showed up that well, so then I decided to die cut the word out of yellow adhesive-backed foam, and I offset it just a little to give it a shadow effect. I die cut 2 butterflies using SU! Butterfly Brilliance dies (thank you, Debbie Mageed! That set has been so handy!) and added some pearls to their bodies to embellish them. 

For the wedding card, I made a small panel using Hero Arts' Daisy Mosaic stencil and Prom Queen color lunar paste. You can't tell in the picture, but the lunar paste creates a really pretty shine and adds some cool texture. I definitely plan to make some bigger panels using that stencil and more lunar paste in the future!

A view of the anniversary card front and the inside of the wedding card:


A view of the wedding card front (you can see the stenciling with lunar paste in the lower left corner) and the inside of the anniversary card:




Close up of the anniversary card front:



Iniside views:



Close up of the wedding card front:


Inside views:





Challenges I'm entering:

https://heroarts.com/blogs/hero-arts-blog/stay-crafty-with-a-blog-named-hero-may-2023-challenge: Dance of the Flowers (unlimited entries; ends at the end of the month) Hero Arts products used in this card:  Hero Arts' Congrats and Happy Stamp & Cut, Blessings Stamp & Cut, Prayers Stamp & Cut, Daisy Mosaic Stencil, Hero Florals Magnolia, and Hero Florals Tulips

****Pammie's Inky Pinkies**** **********Challenges********** (pammiesinkypinkieschallenges.blogspot.com): Bingo: middle row vertically: die cuts, image, and sentiment (2/5; ends June 5) C10

Anything Goes with a Fun Fold for Creative Creases #58 (secretstamper.com): ATG with a fun fold (unlimited entries; ends June 9)


Allsorts challenge blog: Week 730: ATG with option to use a stencil (2/3; ends June 2)


Art Impressions Blog (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com): Fabulous Flowers (1/2; ends June 6)

Crafty Catz (craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com): ATG with option to add flowers (ends 5/31/23)

Butterfly Challenge (butterflyspotchallenge.blogspot.com): I have banana, briar rose, and baby blue colors in my cards as well as butterflies

No more challenges






 

Hero Arts Front Z Flap Graduation Card

I'm still catching up on graduation cards, and this one is for my best friend's daughter who graduated from Cornerstone University with a degree in social work. She already has a job lined up in her field and is very excited to begin this new chapter.

I chose some floral card stock for the Z Flap card base that matched the graduation hats and flowers digital pattern paper I wanted to use for the card. I also found some card stock in my stash that had small stars on it and was the right color to match the card base. I used my Silhouette Cameo 4 to cut out the pieces for the card base and all the mats, and then I did some die cutting and stamping to decorate the card. 

For the smaller flap on the outside of the card, I die cut Hero Arts Stacked Books Fancy Die and trimmed the bottom few books off of it so it would fit my panel. Then I stamped the cute little graduation bookworm from the Hero Arts Bookworm Messages stamp set. I also stamped some of the sentiments from that set to decorate the panel.
 
For the inside of the small z fold, I stamped "Congrats! Enjoy your new chapter!" from the Hero Arts Literally the Best stamp set. I adhered the z fold to the inside of the card and then worked on the flap on the right side of the card.

For the flap that goes just behind the z fold, I used black card stock to mat the graduation hats and flowers digital paper and then die cut the library card pocket and stamped the library card and the "Check you out!" sentiment from Hero Arts' Library Card Stamp & Cut set. Then I die cut the word "Congrats" from Hero Arts' Congrats and Happy Stamp & Cut set. I adhered this panel to the fold at the right side of the card. 

To finish the card, I stamped the sentiments I had used from the Bookworm Messages stamp set to decorate the inner panel on the far right side. 












Challenges I'm entering:

https://heroarts.com/blogs/hero-arts-blog/stay-crafty-with-a-blog-named-hero-may-2023-challenge: Dance of the Flowers (unlimited entries; ends at the end of the month) Hero Arts products used in this card: Hero Arts Bookworm Messages, Hero Arts Literally the Best, Hero Arts' Library Card Stamp & Cut, Hero Arts' Congrats and Happy Stamp & Cut

****Pammie's Inky Pinkies**** **********Challenges********** (pammiesinkypinkieschallenges.blogspot.com): Bingo: middle row vertically: die cuts, image (my little bookworm), and sentiment (1/5; ends June 5) C10

Dream Valley Challenges: ATG (3/3; ends June 10)  C10

Anything Goes with a Fun Fold for Creative Creases #58 (secretstamper.com): ATG with a fun fold (unlimited entries; ends June 9)

https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge: Sun, moon, and stars (I used a pattern paper with stars on it) (2/5; ends June 5)


Allsorts challenge blog: Week 730: ATG with option to use a stencil (1/3; ends June 2)


Word Art Wednesday: ATG (1/5 for the week; 3/10 for the challenge)







 

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Graduation Cap Card

It's graduation season, and I've been working on a few different graduation cards recently. This set of 3 graduation cards uses a cut file I purchased in the Silhouette Design Store. I chose green and white card stock since those are the school colors for the 3 graduates to whom I'll be giving these cards. I cut all the pieces for the card base, mat, and cap/tassel using my Silhouette Cameo 4. After sizing up the digi stamp, I did a print and cut of the Gerda Steiner Designs graduation owl for each card and colored the owls using my Ohuhu Honolulu alcohol markers. I die cut the word "Congrats" using a Hero Arts stamp and die set and stamped the "on your graduation" words from the same set. 







 Challenges I'm entering: 

Play along in our SYD Challenge - May 2023 - Gerda Steiner Designs, LLC (gsd-stamps.com): ATG with a Gerda Steiner stamp (ends at the end of the month)

Anything Goes with a Fun Fold for Creative Creases #58 (secretstamper.com): ATG with a fun fold card (Debbie, it looks like we were both thinking of graduation cards this time!) (ends June 9)

http://dreamvalleychallenges.blogspot.com/2023/05/challenge-295-anything-goes.html?m=1: ATG C10

Digi Choosday Cardmaking & Crafting Challenge: ATG (2/2; ends June 12)

Gem of A Craft Challenge (pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com): ATG (1/3; ends June 9)

Polkadoodles Cardmaking, Craft & Scrapbooking Challenge: ATG (2/2; ends June 9)

Crafty Catz (craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com): ATG with optional twist to add flowers (1/3; ends June 1)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (1/5 for the week; 1/10 for the challenge; ends June 7)

https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/: add a sentiment (2/5; ends May 1)

You're The Tops Slimline Stepper Graduation Card

 A young woman I once taught my first year as a Bible Study Fellowship Children's Leader is now graduating from high school, and I wanted to make her a very special card. I taught her starting when she was in first grade and then had her in several other BSF School Program classes as the years went on. Now she's grown into a young lady who is beautiful on the inside and the outside and who radiates Jesus' love to everyone around her. 

For the card base, I used a cut file I purchased in the Silhouette Design Store and modified it slightly so that I had an extra base for the back of the card on which to do a print and cut of the graduate's life verse that she had printed on her graduation party invitations. Hebrews 10:23 is such a wonderful verse at any stage of life: Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. I added a blue mat behind the verse since her school colors are navy blue and white. It's hard to tell in the photo, but the card base is navy blue. Then I used black for the graduation caps and the "You're the tops" sentiment. I adhered all the various layers to the different sections of the card and used foam tape to add dimension to the 4 caps that stand out from the graduation cap border toward the front of the card. 


Close up of the layers:





Challenges I'm entering:

Anything Goes with a Fun Fold for Creative Creases #58 (secretstamper.com): ATG with a fun fold card (Debbie, it looks like we were both thinking of graduation cards this time!) (ends June 9)

http://dreamvalleychallenges.blogspot.com/2023/05/challenge-295-anything-goes.html?m=1: ATG C10

https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/: Sun, Moon, and Stars (I have a star banner) (1/5; ends June 5)

Digi Choosday Cardmaking & Crafting Challenge: ATG (1/2; ends June 12)

Gem of A Craft Challenge (pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com): ATG (2/3; ends June 9)

Polkadoodles Cardmaking, Craft & Scrapbooking Challenge: ATG (1/2; ends June 9)

Crafty Catz (craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com): ATG with optional twist to add flowers (2/3; ends June 1)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (2/5 for the week; 2/10 for the challenge; ends June 7)

https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/: add a sentiment (1/5; ends May 1)

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Tulip Double Bendy Engagement Card

This card was created for a very special occasion: my daughter's engagement! Her boyfriend invited my husband and me to Florida to be there the day he proposed (they were there on vacation), and so I set about making a special card to bring with me to give her the night of the proposal. I guess you can tell I was confident she would say yesπŸ˜„! She did, and we had a wonderful weekend celebrating together!

This card design comes from Lisa Curcio's measurements and instructions found here: How to Make a 3D Fun Fold Window Card That Bends! - Lisa's Stamp Studio (lisasstampstudio.com). I modified the card a little but kept the base the same as Lisa's instructions. I chose some pretty floral card stock to decorate the base and set about cutting all the pieces for the base. Then I cut the "bendy" pieces for the front and back and die cut a window out of them. I trimmed the inner die cut from the piece that came out when I made the windows, and I stamped tulips from Hero Arts Florals Tulips stamp set onto the die cuts and colored them with Ohuhu Honolulu alcohol markers. I stamped "Congratulations" from the Hero Arts Florals Magnolia set and then stamped "on your engagement" from Hero Arts Congrats stamp and die set. I used the "Congrats" die from that same set to make a gold die cut for the back side of the card. I added a yellow gauze bow to the top of the front side of the card. Then I added some pale gold Nuvo dots to the panel with the tulip on the back of the card, added the "Love never fails" sentiment, and finished it off with a gold die cut butterfly. 

Front of the card:



Back of the card:


Side view:


Other side:



Top view:


Challenges I'm entering:

https://heroarts.com/blogs/hero-arts-blog/stay-crafty-with-a-blog-named-hero-may-2023-challenge: Dance of the Flowers (unlimited entries; ends at the end of the month)


https://butterflyspotchallenge.blogspot.com/2023/05/182-spin-butterfly-wheel-with-p-for.html?m=1: pale pink and pistachio colors; pearls; butterfly  (2/3; ends 5/28/23)

http://asyoulikeitchallenge.blogspot.com/2023/05/favourite-masculine-or-feminine-themed.html?m=1: Masculine or feminine: I prefer making feminine cards because I love floral themes and being able to add jewels, pearls, ribbon, etc. to embellish them (1/3; ends June 1)

Passion for Markers (promarkerchallenge.blogspot.com): Add a sentiment (unlimited entries; ends 5/23/23)

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/?m=1: ATG, option say it with flowers Top Rocker May 21-27



https://ilovepromarkers.blogspot.com/2023/05/challenge-535.html?m=1: ATG option of circle card (1/3; ends May 29) 

A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: ATG (unlimited entries; ends at the end of the month)

Beautiful Blossoms Challenge:      (3/6; ends at June 14)

Classic Design Challenge Blog: ATG (unlimited entries; ends at the end of the month)



A Place To Start (hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com): ATG (unlimited entries; ends at the end of the month) Top Pick May 15-21


Word Art Wednesday: ATG (4/5 for the week; 6/10 for the challenge; ends 5/24/23)


Triple B (dd-tripleb.blogspot.com): ATG with birds, blooms, and/or butterflies (3/3; ends at the end of the month)


http://letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com/2023/05/challenge-195-ag-ribbon-lace-twine-use.html?m=1: ATG with option of ribbon, lace, or twine (I used ribbon) (3/3; ends at the end of the month) 





Meow-ch! Get Well Card

A fellow sister in Christ from my church recently fell and broke her hip, and I thought it might lift her spirits to receive a funny get well card. She's been dealing with a lot of very serious health issues over the past few years, so I've sent several pretty floral cards with encouraging scriptures in them, but this time around I thought I would go for something humorous that might bring some much-needed levity. 

Awhile back I won the Art Impressions card challege and chose this darling cat-themed set as my prize. Thanks, AI! I used 2 of the cat stamps and 4 of the sentiments when I made this card (this set has so many options!), and I colored the kitties using my Ohuhu Honolulu alcohol markers. I fussy cut the kitties and used dies to cut out the sentiments. 

I chose an accordion style card base so I could use the panels to fit all the details I wanted to include. I used a paw print stamp to create a random pattern of paw prints on two of the panels that seemed kind of plain otherwise. I used Art Glitter glue and foam tape to adhere everything to the card base. 










 Challenges I’m entering:

https://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/2023/05/furries-and-feathers-challenge-351-week.html?m=1: Furries and Feathers (2/2: ends May 25) Top Spot winner 5/25/23 I chose the Bus Cubbies stamp and die set as my prize (it arrived 5/30/23)


https://www.mftstamps.com/blogs/news/cc211: colors: pink, purple, green, and blue (ends May 24)

https://doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com/?m=1: Thing 1: Kraft card base Thing 3: cats Thing 2: entered Crafters Cafe Challenge (1/4; ends May 29) 




https://ilovepromarkers.blogspot.com/2023/05/challenge-535.html?m=1: ATG option of circle card (2/3; ends May 29) 


Have a Slothsome Birthday Card

My oldest son will be turning 26 next week, so I created a fun sloth-themed card for him using a stamp set by Art Impressions. I used an old Spellbinders die set to create the shaped card and the tree the sloth is hanging from. I colored the tree leaves and the stamped sloth with Ohuhu Honolulu alcohol markers and adhered him to the tree. I used a cloud stencil by Trinity Stamps and 2 colors of blue ink to create the background. 

For the inside of the card, I used 2 sentiments from the AI sloth set and die cut them with light blue die cut mats behind them. I think my son will get a chuckle out of the “I love you slow much” sentiment! I think that’s my favorite sentiment in the set!πŸ˜‚






Challenges I’m entering:


https://doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com/?m=1: Thing 1: Kraft card base Thing 3: sloth Thing 2: entered Crafters Cafe Challenge (2/4; ends May 29)


http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/2023/05/weeks-595-596-anything-goes.html?m=1: ATG (3/5 for the week; 5/10 for the challenge; ends May 24)

Isaiah 43:2 Nautical Card

My friend Debbie Mageed at https://secretstamper.com/ recently recommended a few card makers she follows for fun fold card designs, and this card design comes from one of them: Jackie Bolhuis of KlompenStampers. Jackie features 4 fun fold card templates a month that she showcases in one YouTube video each month, and it’s fun to watch her guide her husband through all the measurements to help him make the 4 fun fold card templates (she has him create the templates and then she also shows the cards she made and decorated using the templates). She’s been doing the template videos for a year now, so I want to go back to see the previous videos, but the one from this month had some great ideas, including this easy fun fold card design.

I needed a card to encourage some missionary friends who just got the news that the husband has stage 4 lymphoma. They are going to fly back to the US for treatments, and they have young children who have lived overseas their entire lives, so this is going to be a challenging time for the whole family. Isaiah 43:2 is such a comforting verse because it reminds us to expect suffering (“when you go through deep waters” rather than “if you go through deep waters”) and more importantly, to know that God will be with us in those times (“I will be with you”). If you are experiencing a time of suffering, I pray that this verse will comfort you. God is faithful and keeps all His promises. 

To make the card, I used Kraft card for the base and cut and scored it according to Jackie’s instructions. Then I cut the nautical-theme design paper to fit the top and bottom sections. For the middle section, I used a SU! embossing folder to emboss an ocean-themed pattern onto white card stock and then cut it down to fit that section of the card. I then stamped the whale from a SU! stamp set and cut him out using the coordinating punch. I added some pearlescent gems to embellish the front panel and adhered the two sentiment panels with the verse from Isaiah using foam tape. To finish embellishing the card, I stamped and die cut a sand dollar and sea star and adhered them to the bottom panel. 




Folded:


Unfolded:


Closer look at the embossed panel:


Another angle:


Challenges I’m entering:

https://doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com/?m=1: Thing 1: Kraft card base Thing 3: cats Thing 2: entered Crafters Cafe Challenge (3/4; ends May 29)


http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/2023/05/weeks-595-596-anything-goes.html?m=1: ATG 3/5 for the week; 5/10 for the challenge; ends May 24)



 

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Psalm 121 Mystery Monday Stamping Card

I've been following Sharon Armstrong's Mystery Monday stamping for a couple months now, and I really enjoy looking at the cards participants post in her FB group each week, but until last night, I had never participated myself. I kept meaning to do it and then not having my supplies ready on Monday night. The way it works is that Sharon gives "clues" each week in an email on Sunday so participants can cut the pieces needed for the mystery card and gather any supplies for assembling the card. Then on Monday night at 8 pm EST, she reveals the rest of the clues so participants can make a card together using all the papers and supplies listed on the first clue.

I chose my card stock and pattern papers and cut them according to the measurements given in Sharon's Sunday's email and then followed the clues during the Mystery Monday Youtube live last night. I wanted to make a card for a friend dealing with chronic pain from rheumatoid arthritis, so I chose a pretty floral theme and fitting sentiments. While I did follow Sharon's instructions for the card front, I wound up cutting the A2 card base in half and adhering it to a larger piece of patterned paper and then adhering all those layers to a 5X7 card base. That allowed me to bring in a few more layers and have room for the large magnolia flower I stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder and then colored with my Ohuhu Honolu markers. The magnolia stamp and the "Wishing you well" sentiment are from the Hero Arts Florals Magnolia stamp set. There is a matching die to die cut the magnolia flower, but since I don't have that, I just fussy cut the flower. I adhered it to the card with foam tape. Then I added some pale gold Nuvo drops on the sentiment panel. The panel behind the floral pattern papers was embossed to add a bit more texture and dimension. 

For the inside of the card, I stenciled a Papertrey Ink floral pattern onto some white card stock using yellow ink and then stenciled a Crafter's Companion mini stencil using pink ink to the center of the panel. I really like the depth of the double stenciling. Then I stamped Verve's word art of Psalm 121:1-2: "I lift my eyes to the hills--where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord." What a good reminder in challenging times to look to the Lord for help! He truly is our source of help and comfort. 

I die cut the center section with the scripture verse and then popped that part up on foam tape while using Art Glitter glue to adhere the frame around it. The die I used has stitching both inside and outside the cut line, so I thought that extra detail would work well here. To finish off the inside, I die cut two butterflies using Spellbinders dies and added some pearls to them. 


Close up of the sentiment:


Close up of the magnolia flower:


View of the card when opened:


View of the double stenciled panel:


Close up of the verse:




Challenges I'm entering: 

Stay Crafty with A Blog Named Hero: May 2023 Challenge | Hero Arts: Dance of the Flowers (ends 6/4/23) I used the Hero Arts Florals Magnolia stamp set 

Stamping Sensations: ATG with option to add stenciling (3/3; ends at the end of the month)

We Love Stamping: ATG with option "In the Garden" (3/3; ends at the end of the month)

A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: ATG (unlimited entries; ends at the end of the month)

Beautiful Blossoms Challenge:      (2/6; ends at June 14)

Classic Design Challenge Blog: ATG (unlimited entries; ends at the end of the month)

The Diva's that cut ....paper! (die-cut-divas.blogspot.com): Tic Tac Toe (I have the bottom row: bling-pearls on the butterflies, butterflies, and pattern paper) (4/4; ends at the end of the month)

Incy Wincy Designs Challenge -1st to the 25th every month: Fun folds and/or summer fun (5/5; ends at the end of the month)

Let's Craft and Create (letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com): ATG (3/3; ends at the end of the month)

Scribble Challenge (rabiscochallenge.blogspot.com): ATG (5/5; ends at the end of the month)


Allsorts challenge blog: Embellish it (2/3; ends 5/18/23)

 613 Avenue Create (avenue613.blogspot.com): ATG with optional twist "Say it with flowers" (3/3; ends at the end of the month)


Creative Fingers Challenge Blog: ATG (3/3; ends 5/18/23)

The Paper Shelter: Add texture (I embossed the magnolia flower with gold embossing powder and used an embossing folder) (2/2; ends 5/17/23)

The Paper Funday Challenges: ATG with option to emboss it (I embossed my magnolia flower stamp and used an embossing folder) (2/6; ends at the end of the month)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (2/5 for the week; 2/10 for the challenge; ends 5/24/23)


Triple B (dd-tripleb.blogspot.com): ATG with birds, blooms, and/or butterflies (2/3; ends at the end of the month)

Can You Handle The Pressure? (cyhtp.blogspot.com): ATG with an embossing folder and the optional theme of florals (2/3; ends 5/24/23)

A Place To Start (hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com): ATG (unlimited entries; ends at the end of the month)

https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/: Stencil it (1/5; ends 5/17/23)

Crazy is our fame - STENCILS are our game! (stencilfun.blogspot.com): ATG with stencils, option of Flowers (1/3; ends June 3) I hope it's ok to have the stenciled work on the inside of the card. Please delete my entry if not. 

Passion for Markers (promarkerchallenge.blogspot.com): Add a sentiment (unlimited entries; ends 5/23/23)