Warm Greetings For You

This card was inspired by TWO challenges. The first is the Global Design Project Challenge #038. The second is TGIF Challenge #58.

I featured some of my favorite things on this card. It makes me so happy to be able to combine so many of them!

  1. Washi tape! It’s so easy to use and completely repositionable in case you are like me and tape it down crooked the first time.
  2. Color your own DSP! This designer series paper is the Wildflower DSP from Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-bration. It is white with black, perfect for coloring.
  3. Intricate thinlit dies! The leafy shape comes from the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies from Stampin’ Up! I haven’t gotten to use it yet… I may have been distracted by the rose images that come in the set prior to now… but that leaf is beautiful too!

Tip: My Rose Garden leaf cutout is cut in half so not a lot of the image is hidden behind the greeting. This effectively stretched out the shape so it is longer looking than normal.

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Don’t be afraid to color! This paper is so “sketchy” that if you color outside the lines it looks completely normal. I colored these with the wide end of my Stampin’ Write markers without worrying about staying in the lines in the least… and it looks great! (This is my not-so-humble opinion. If you have a different one, keep it to yourself so I may remain happily delusional.)

In all seriousness, many papers and stamps have a loose artistic quality to them and coloring them loosely actually adds to the unity of the entire card, because the stamps, paper, and coloring are all done in a similar “loose” style.

I think my art teacher is showing.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Wildflower Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Rose Garden Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Accessories: Beach House Washi Tape, 2014-2016 In-Color Washi Tape (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals

Bold is Beautiful

Today is SO exciting!

First, I was selected as an honorable at the Global Design Project for last week’s challenge. Thank you SO much to the GDP team! There were so many great cards entered from all around the world, I am humbled to have been mentioned!

Second, the new Stampin’ Up catalog begins today! I am picking up my catalog live and in person next week, so I’ve been pouring over the new items on the website. Squee! There are so many cute things!

For today’s card, I am sharing one of the things that I am very glad did not retire. Rose Garden Thinlits are one of my favorites! The image is so bold and beautiful.

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I used the stained glass technique to create this image. I’ve described it before, so here are the abbreviated steps:

  1. Cut out one image in black. Save the outline.
  2. Cut out one image in color. Save the itty bitty pieces.
  3. Cover a piece of black background paper completely with snail adhesive. Glue on the outline first, then fill in the itty bitty pieces.
  4. Trim off the edges of the background paper.

In addition to the bold rose image, I also played around with the layers a bit. The polka dot pattern (from the Pretty Petals DSP) is the farthest back layer. The white is raised up on one layer of dimensionals and the rose is raised up another layer.

The bold rose fills up a card so nicely, that a sentiment is not necessary. This means that this card works well for a plethora of occasions!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Rose Garden Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals

Dandelion Delight

This card is a submission for the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #49.

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Dandelions are flowers, too! My two year old son just learned about dandelions this Spring. He gave me my first little bouquet of yellow dandelions about two weeks ago. Squee! Then they started going to seed and we have been blowing on them to make wishes. (I’m sure our neighbors are very happy with us!)

Getting my first dendelion bouquet reminded me of this poem:

A rose can say I Love You,
Orchids can enthrall;
But a weed bouquet in a chubby fist,
Oh my, that says it all!

-From Raising Boys, by Roberta I. Teague

So, since I’ve had dandelions on my mind, my flower card became a dandelion card!

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All the stamps used in this card came from the set Balloon Celebrations by Stampin’ Up! The dandelion started as a dotted circle, then I added two balloon strings to make the stem. There are two sizes of dandelion seed that I added in small bunches, as if most of the seeds have already blown off. Two seeds are flying away.

The sun in the background is built using the balloon string over and over in a radiating pattern; I drew a dot where I wanted my dandelion seed to go, then connected all the lines to that dot. I added Hello Honey ink using a sponge (is circular rubbing motions) gradually graduating the color so it is lighter in the center.

The dandelion fluff paper is from the Wildflower Designer Series pack from Sale-a-bration.

All the circular shapes are popped up on dimensionals.

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Materials:

Cardstock: Pacific Point, Whisper White

Paper: Wildflower Designer Series Paper

Stamps: Balloon Celebrations

Ink: Pacific Point, Hello Honey

Other: Sponge, Dimensionals, Gold ribbon

Rose Garden Sonnet

Oh, Rose Garden Thinlit Dies! If I was Shakespeare I would write a sonnet for you. Alas, I am not that kind of artist. I must instead express my appreciation in another way, by making cards, for example.

I recently posted my first card made using the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies from Stampin’ Up! If you missed it, you can read it here: Yellow Rose Wonder +10 Cards That Inspire Me. I was so inspired, in fact, that I made several more cards using this die set. Here is my third Rose Garden card. There will be more…

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I created this card by die cutting the rose image and saving the white paper that it was cut out of. The rose is lifted up by several very tiny dimensionals. Peeking out from beneath the rose is a pool party confetti paper from the Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack from Stampin’ Up! It’s a nice soft color and pattern that don’t distract too much from the beauty of the rose image. To finish it off, I added a border, a greeting, and some accents in Melon Mambo.

After this project, I’m really looking forward to the dimensional strips that Stampin’ Up is coming out with in the new catalog. They will make future projects like this much easier!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Pool Party, Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: What I Love, Perfect Pairings stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies and Punches: Project Life Corner Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Botanical Blooms Thinlit Dies, Rose Garden Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Radiating Lions

My amazing Stampin’ Up Demonstrator, Jan V, issued our card club a triple challenge this month! (See the first challenge here.) The second challenge was to find an image in a magazine and make a card inspired by the image or color scheme.

I do most of my reading of articles and things online. The only magazine that actually gets delivered to our house is Healthy Cooking, so this was an interesting challenge indeed!  I found a whimsical waffle advertisement with a primary color scheme and turned it into this bright and cheerful card.

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I love how the little red lion noses mimic the color and shape of the strawberries! These were easy to color with the skinny end of a Stampin’ Write Marker.

Mind the Gap! I stamped both layers of this card at the same time so the lions would match up perfectly. When you stamp on two layers of paper, there is a little area where the papers overlap that doesn’t get inked because the papers are at slightly different elevations. This is okay, though, because once a colorful border is added around the stamped layers, you can’t see the gap any more!

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Layers and layers! I like to add three dimensional aspects to my cards. The center panel is raised one level with dimensionals and the sentiment and one of the lions are raised yet another level. This adds texture and depth and I think makes a card more interesting.

This is a festive color scheme and card for any occasion. I sent this one to a good friend that is having a baby soon.

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Crushed Curry, Real Red (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Zoo Babies, Perfect Pairings stamp sets  (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker  (c) Stampin’ Up!