Luck Strikes

It’s your lucky day, readers! Two posts in the same day! Has lightning struck twice? No, I’m just in a card challenge frenzy! There were so many inspiring ideas this week that I just had to participate in them all.

This card was inspired by the Mojo Monday challenge for this week.

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Having just created a star themed card last week, I decided to go with a different shape: Lightning Bolts! Spring isn’t just about sunny days and flowers, we also need those Spring showers to help green everything up!

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To tie everything in this card together, I put a black border around everything. It all started with those cute little raindrops in the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper, then spread to the clouds from Balloon Celebrations, which I drew by hand since there wasn’t a coordinating outline stamp. I would like to point out that these lines are not quite perfect ON PURPOSE. The raindrops are a little off center with their outlines, so I tried to match that style.

Where was I? Oh, black borders. Yes. I also added thin black borders around each of the paper panels. Black is a really stark and strong color, so thin, thin border stand out just as well as a thicker border would in a different color.

In the end, all these black borders around things give this card a bit of a comic book look.

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Tips:

All the lightning bolts are the same stamp! I just shortened them to different lengths and drew a solid black line across the top of the shape.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up

Paper: Wildflower Fields (c) Stampin’ Up

Stamp Sets: And Many More, Balloon Celebration, Calling All Heroes (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Tuxedo Black (c) Memento

Other: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, Dimensionals

A Handwritten Hello (to you)

This is a simple card, fit for any occasion! The sentiment in this case is my own handwriting cut out using Adobe Illustrator, a tablet, and a Cricut Explore Air. There are also several dies available from a variety of vendors that give the same effect. No matter what method you choose, it turns out so cute!

This is a great card for showing off beautiful designer papers. This design gives the paper a lot of room to show off. Look how lovely!

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If you have a Cricut, you can use this image to cut out your own “happy” or “hello” sentiments. If you use this image, I’d love it if you could link back so I can see what you’ve made!

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If you’d like to cut out your own handwriting, here’s the steps I used:

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If you don’t have a Cricut you can get sentiment dies at Stampin’ Up (Greetings Thinlits Dies, Hello You Thinlits Dies) or Papertrey Ink (Bloomin’ Cute Sentiments Die). I’m sure there are more companies that make them, too!

Happy card making!

Materials used:

Technology: Cricut Explore Air, Adobe Illustrator, Drawing Tablet

Paper: Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Cardstock: Whisper White, Cucumber Crush

Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone (c) Stampin’ Up

 

 

Happy By The Dozen

I made a card for my husband… then I liked it so much I made a dozen more. The base for this card couldn’t be simpler.

  1. Four strips of washi tape in happy colors run diagonally across a white panel (3.75 x 5).
  2. Add a border in a coordinating color (4 x 5.25).
  3. Add a happy shape on top. There are so many options here! I used penguins, sentiments cut out in white, banners, and butterflies.

I’d like to admit here that I love washi tape. It is so happy! It is also so easy to use, being by far the most forgiving tape I’ve ever worked with. Even if it gets stuck to itself, it is easy to separate it again and it is still usable!

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For the sentiments on these cards, I created an image of the words “happy” and “hello” in a cursive font I liked*, uploaded it into Cricut’s Design Software, and cut them out. There are also dies available from Stampin’ Up and other scrapbooking / card making companies that create the same effect.

*I also played with cutting out my own handwriting on the Cricut. There us an example of that in the banner image on the upper right blue card.

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These penguins are so lighthearted and fun! They are from Stampin’ Up’s Snowplace Stamp Set. With coordinating dies, they are so easy to cut out and pop onto a card!

Even while writing this post, more possibilities for cards are springing to mind. I’d love to try mixing this with Botanical Blossoms Dies, Butterfly Thinlit Dies, or the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies all (c) Stampin’ Up. If you make a card like this, I’d love to see what variations you come up with!

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Materials used:

Cricut Explore Air

Snowplace Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Elegant Butterfly Punch (c) Stampin’ Up

Washi Tape in a variety of colors (some (c) Stampin’ Up, the rest by Recollections)

Cardstock in lime, aqua, tangerine, and white.