Autumn · Challenges · Paper Crafting · Seasonal · Stampin Up · Thinking of You

“Mystery Card” with Stampin’ Up Give Thanks and Up North Stampin’ | DancesWithHooves Paper Design

Wednesday I had the pleasure of participating in a fun “Mystery Card” challenge with Mary Hanson of Up North Stampin’.  Throughout the day, she posted clues for us to use to end up creating a card – when we didn’t know where we were headed with it!  I had to wait until after work to play along, and at that point played catch up, but here are the clues she shared:

Clue #1: Gather your supplies.  For this project, we needed:

  • 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” Color Cardstock (CS) scored at 4-1/4” to form card base
  • 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” of same Color Cardstock as your card base
  • 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” of coordinating 2nd Color Cardstock
  • Scrap of White Cardstock
  • 4” x 5-1/4” White CS for back of card
  • Embossing folder
  • 15” coordinating ribbon
  • Stitched Nested dies if you have them, otherwise a circle, square or rectangle die or punch that takes up the middle portion of the card front.
  • Stamp set with small images and coordinating ink.
  • Small Sentiment if desired.
  • Adhesive and Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Pearls, sequins, or anything else you want to jazz up your card

Clue #2:  Run the 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” same Color cardstock through the die cutting machine with an Embossing folder of your choice.  If you don’t have an embossing folder, go on to Clue #3.

Clue #3  Decide if your card will be landscape (sideways) or portrait (up and down). Run the embossed piece and the front of the card, lined up together, through the die cutting machine with the second largest Stitched Nested die or other die centered, but leave room for your ribbon at the top.

Clue #4 Wrap your ribbon around the back of the embossed piece at the top and glue to the front of the card base. Finish tying your knot or bow. The back of the ribbon is between the two layers so it doesn’t show.  Adhere the embossed top layer to the card with dimensionals.

Clue #5:  Run the 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” of coordinating 2nd Color cardstock through the die cutting machine with the second largest Stitched Nested die (or same die you used earlier) centered on the cardstock. Shut the front of the card and this piece should fit perfectly in the opening. Adhere it to the inside of the card.

Clue #6: Run the scrap of White cardstock through the die cutting machine with the third largest Stitched Nested (or next size smaller of the die you used). Stamp and decorate this White CS piece as desired. Pop this White CS layer up on Stampin’ Dimensionals and center on the inside of the card.

Clue #7: Add the 4” x 5-1/4” White cardstock to the back of card for a place to write. Decorate the edges of this layer and also the envelope.

Clue #8: Add anything else you want to jazz up your card. For an extra challenge- use some of the leftover pieces and make a second card. 😊 Wait for the “Mystery Stamping Done” post and post your finished cards there. Please like and comment on the other cards posted.

And here is what I ended up with!  (Granted, when I first took photos this morning I realized I had forgotten the dimensionals last night and had to do a re-do of the photos after I added those, in better light anyhow. 🙂 )  My jazz it up was with colored pencils and, of course glitter – of course! 😀 Most of the below pictures were taken pre-dimensionals.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today – you make my day when you do! 🙂

Blessings,

Chrissy

This card can also be found in my gallery on SplitCoast; “recipe” below includes keywords specific to SplitCoast Stampers challenges. 

Title:  Mystery of Thanks
SCS Keywords: Up North Stampin, Give Thanks, Autumn, Fall, Window Card 
Stamps: Give Thanks 
Ink: Cajun Craze, Just Jade 
Paper: White, Cajun Craze, Just Jade 
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Window card/Mystery Card, dry embossing, die cutting, colored pencil coloring
Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Dies, Subtle embossing folder, colored pencils, Wink of Stella Glitter Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Ribbon
Altenew · Color Challenges (Tuesdays) · Paper Crafting · Stampin Up · Thinking of You

Celebrating 800 Color Challenges at SplitCoast Stampers – with Stampin’ Up Lovely You Bundle | DancesWithHooves Paper Design

 

I think in the 10 or so years I have been a member of Split Coast Stampers I have loved and enjoyed each of the groupings of amazing challenges they so kindly offer. But two of my favorite have been the sketch challenges and the color challenges. Both always seem to get my creative juices flowing and stand in to get me started on a design when I am starting from scratch without anything on my mind other than an end result that is needed for a special someone or special occasion.

So when I saw they were celebrating 800 color challenges this week, I knew I had to jump in and celebrate along with the rest of the friendly crafters at SCS!

The occasion that I wanted to design something for is a kind neighbor’s upcoming retirement. She and her husband have been wonderful both to my husband prior to our marriage and to us as a couple and when the day comes that we will move they will be one of the things we will certainly miss about our current home.

With a new stamp set that I wanted to play with to make something for her, my eyes rested on one of the color combinations as being just about perfect – I think the combination kind of speaks to her heritage and the heritage of their family which is very Norwegian. (I guess the card might look a little Scandinavian also but hey, it seems we’re all pretty closely related between those two camps!) He he

The background I made I turned into two panels, so I created a second card to be able to send as needed to another person in need of a paper hug.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, and congratulations to the color challenge team on 800 amazing color challenges at my favorite place on the web!

Blessings and prayers for health and happiness to you all,

Chrissy

This card can also be found in my gallery on SplitCoast; “recipe” below includes keywords specific to SplitCoast Stampers challenges. 

Title: CC800 Lovely You
SCS Keywords: CC800, Stampin Up, Altenew
Stamps: Lovely You
Ink: Old Olive, Baja Breeze (for Pool Party), Poppy Parade, Amaglam Black (Gina K)
Paper: Old Olive, Baja Breeze (for Pool Party), Poppy Parade, Neenah Solar White 80#
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Dry Embossing, DIY Background
Accessories:; Silver thread, foam board, Oxford embossing folder (Cuttlebug) >
Color Challenges (Tuesdays) · Paper Crafting · Seasonal · Spring · Stampin Up · Summer · Sympathy · Weddings

CC799 Split-Card Technique with Stampin’ Up Forever Fern Bundle (CASE) | DancesWithHooves Paper Design

With new stamps to play with arriving Wednesday, I was eager to play, but so eager my brain couldn’t focus!  So, I turned first to the Split Coast Color Challenge for the week (CC799), then found some lovely samples online… several of which I hope to try my hand at eventually!  However, I settled on one, and chose to CASE this lovely card by Wendy Cranford – two for one?!  Now, we’re talking.  Because some times you just want to craft, but you can’t think of how to get started!

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When I started these cards, I did not know who, or what, they were for.  I had them pretty well finished up Wednesday night before bed, but with a new book calling my name and the sky growing darker, I put it aside with still the sentiments and recipients undecided.

But I did have some friends out my window:

I awoke Thursday morning and realized I knew Who could help me with the final decisions for the design, and said a simple prayer to God as I began my workday to please help show me who and what these cards were for.

By evening, I received a phone call, as I finished gluing pieces together, that one of my mom’s oldest and dearest friends has just received a scary diagnosis.  And the first card found it’s home.

The second card is a lighter, more cheerful occasion – the wedding anniversary of a wonderful couple who I had the privilege of working with for four years and miss often!

Glitter, of course… though it was hard to capture it (and the true color of the embellishments) on camera. 🙂

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today – you make my day when you do! 🙂

Blessings,

Chrissy

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This card can also be found in my gallery on SplitCoast; “recipe” below includes keywords specific to SplitCoast Stampers challenges. 

Title: CC799 Forever Ferns for Friends 
SCS Keywords: CC799,  
Stamps: Forever Fern (Stampin’ Up) 
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Bashful Blue (for Balmy Blue), Soft Seafoam, Gray Granite
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Bashful Blue (for Balmy Blue), Soft Seafoam, 
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Split-Card Technique, Die cutting/embossing,
Accessories: Forever Fern dies, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen, Gelly Roll Glitter Pen
Paper Crafting · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays) · Stampin Up · Thinking of You

SC806 Thankful For You | DancesWithHooves Paper Design

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Great sketch this past week over at SplitCoast Stampers!  It was just what I needed to craft a card in short order for my boss, who is set to retire very soon.

Her favorite color is purple – something I am not too comfortable working with, so this was a bit of a stretch.  I made it nature-inspired to give me something I am comfortable to work with, and set out.  I hope you like the finished result!

 

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I just cannot get over the depth and detail in this “3D” embossing folder – as soon as I cranked it through my Big Shot and took a peek at the result, I could hardly believe my eyes!  It’s incredible!  

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog today – you make my day when you do! 🙂

Blessings,

Chrissy

This card can also be found in my gallery on SplitCoast; “recipe” below includes keywords specific to SplitCoast Stampers challenges. 

Title: SC806 Thankful For You
SCS Keywords: SC806, Stampin Up
Stamps: Trees Three (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Perfectly Plum, Pear Pizzaz, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery, Early Espresso
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Embossing, die cutting, brayered background
Accessories: Country Floral embossing folder, twine, nested stitched dies from SU, Gelly Roll Glitter Pen (*added to the floral buds in the tree the day after I took these pictures)