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!

Polaroid Plane

This card is inspired by the Pals Paper Arts challenge #300. Woah, congrats on 300 challenges!

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I love this layout. It was so easy to come up with ideas, I probably could have made about 10 cards using this layout. Someday I probably will. What a great sketch!

I started out with an exact square with a thin border all the way around it, but once I stamped the plane and started adding color, I realized it needed to be a polaroid shaped frame instead of square.

The plane stamp is from The Sky is the Limit stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I sponged Pool Party ink to make the sky color. I used Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry Markers to color the body of the plane (these colors look way more vibrant in these photos than they are in real life for some reason). I used a sentiment from the And Many More stamp set from Stampin’ Up! The background stripe is from It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack, also from Stampin’ Up!

The sentiment could easily be switched out and this could make a great Father’s Day card or masculine birthday card.

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This plane stamp always reminds me of my uncle, who loves planes and loves to visit Oshkosh for the annual plane show, and basically taught me everything I know (and several things I have forgotten) about planes. He has a great t-shirt that has an image of a plane on floats, and another plane similar to the one above. It is captioned, “See plane, buy plane.”

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Materials:

Cardstock: Light Grey (was wishing for Smoky Slate), Whisper White

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Other: Sponge, Dimensionals, Bermuda Bay & Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers

Oh Boy!

My card today was inspired by the Global Design Project challenge #035!

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This was a tough one because the only thing I own that is even remotely related to Project Life is the corner rounding punch. This means I had to think a little more outside the box. These extra challenges can be extra fun, and this one certainly was!

I decided to make a standard sized card, but have the layout mimic a Project Life page. The first thing I had to do was math. Lots of math. Math helped me figure out exactly what size to make my miniature project life cards so they would fit perfectly on my card. For those of you who actually use Project Life pockets with cards already pre-cut to the exact right dimensions… I hope you realize how much time and headache you are saving by not having to measure and cut!

If you want to make a card like mine, I’ll spare you the math headache. Here are the panel sizes I used:

Left two panels: 2 and 9/16 inches tall by 1 and 15/16 inches wide.

Top and bottom right side panels:  1 and 1/2 inches tall by 1 and 15/16 inches wide.

Center tight side panel: 2 inches tall by 1 and 15/16 inches wide.

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Next, I set out to make my miniature panels. I had to have at least one “photograph” so I turned to an old retired stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called Dear Heart. It has these adorable little boy’s faces with all different hairstyles and hats and is super cute. I hand drew some simple bodies for them with the skinny side of my Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker. Then I colored it in using mostly the colors from my chosen color scheme with a couple of accent colors added in.

Scrap heap romance: When I trim my papers, I don’t throw the scraps away right away. (The garbage can is all the way over there…) Once I have a sizable little heap, I pull out any little strips of solid colors (throw away all the white ones) and mix and match them to find new and interesting color schemes that I hadn’t thought of before. Many times those scrap strips can even be used in a card! That’s what happened with the two striped panels in this card!

I had a raindrop patterned Designer Series Paper (from the Wildflower Sale-a-bration pack) that was sitting out on my desk and happened to match one of my color strips. That quickly got incorporated and even gave me the idea for the mini story on this card!

I cropped the corners of everything to make it look even more Project Life-y. The normal Project Life Corner Punch was too big for these mini cards, so instead I used the curved part of the Cupcake Builder Punch (not quite as exact) and rounded out any imperfect corners with a pair of scissors.

Whew! This card took a long time to assemble, but it was so much fun!

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Stamps: Dear Heart* Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Inks: Staz-On Black

Dies and punches: Word Bubble Framelit* Dies, Project Life Corner Punch, Cupcake Builder* Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Write Markers: Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Hello Honey (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals

*These are retired or soon to be retired! I had to work with what I had!

The Sky Is The Limit

This card was inspired by the TGIF Challenge #54.

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These are my very favorite colors, and I’m not being facetious in the least. My bedrooms growing up were all papered and painted in these colors. My bridesmaids wore these colors when I got married. At least half of the clothing I own features these colors. When I saw this color challenge, I knew I needed to play along.

On the day that I made this card, I was feeling a little down because my husband will be leaving for a week on a business trip. It’s a little sappy, I know; it’s only a week, but I will miss him. Using my very favorite colors to make a card was the perfect way to both express my feelings and cheer myself up. This card features both rain clouds and a little sunlight peeking through.

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This card grew very organically. Almost everything on it started with, “I wonder what it would look like if I….”

This is where I normally would put the directions for how to make this card, but my husband is telling me that it’s way past my bedtime. It’s his last night here before he leaves, so I should probably listen to him. I’ll have six other nights this week to stay up late stamping and blogging… I guess every cloud does have a silver lining.

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Color Scheme: Island Indigo (and Bermuda Bay), Pool Party, Crushed Curry

Materials Used:

Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up

Inks: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up

Stamps: Dashed Line Stamp, generic clearance bin stamp (was wishing for Gorgeous Grunge), The Sky Is The Limit Stamp Set, Balloon Celebration Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Punches and Dies: Circle Dies, Cupcake Builder Punch, Balloon Bouquet Punch (c) Stampin’ Up

Other: Post-it Notes, Sponge, Dimensionals (c) Stampin’ Up

Hello, Green!

Today’s card was inspired by the Global Design Project Challenge #034.GDP034 sketch

This challenge is simple and simply lovely!

I did a wash on watercolor paper with Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi and a touch of Lost Lagoon. When doing washes, it helps to use washi tape to hold the paper down until after it is dry; this keeps it from curling. One cool thing about Stampin’ Up! inks is that you can gently squeeze the lid down while it is closed, then when you open it there is a little bit of excess ink on the inside of the cover! This makes it really easy to watercolor.

Watercolor washes are a surprise every time. You never know how it will turn out… and I love how this one looks! It really shows off the Wild Wasabi: a green that doesn’t get nearly enough love.

Watercolor paper has a lot of tooth, meaning that the texture is bumpy rather than smooth. That makes it GREAT for clinging onto water. It also makes it terrible for stamping a clean image, because the ink only wants to stick to the parts of the paper that stick up. Rather than put my greeting directly onto the watercolor paper, I chose to stamp on vellum (with Staz-On ink) and layer it on top.

Add all this to a Wild Wasabi base card and… voila!

Thanks to everyone from the Global Design Team for running this challenge and happy stamping to all!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Wild Wasabi (c) Stampin’ up!

Ink: Staz-On Black, Wild Wasabi, Lost Lagoon, Daffodil Delight (c) Stampin’ up!

Stamps: Hello Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ up!

Other: Watercolor Paper, Watercolor Brush, Vellum