Happy Birthday Little Sunshine

Today’s card was inspired by the Seize the Birthday Challenge: Sunshine Theme!

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I kept this card clean and simple, opting for a wide center panel with a thin border of Basic Black and a strip of Crushed Curry patterned paper from It’s My Birthday Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!

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The Little Sunshine stamp (from the Hello stamp set by Stampin’ Up!) was stamped on vellum so the Happy Birthday stamp (from Happy Birthday Everyone) could shine through.

Vellum is clear, so it is sometimes (read: nearly always) difficult to figure out how to stick it to the card without the adhesive being really obvious. In this card, I used two glue dots, placed right at the ends of the straight lines that go through the sentiment. Glue dots work really well for this: they are strong, clear, small, and easy to camouflage under a stamped sentiment or an embellishment of some kind.

This clean and simple card would be a great birthday card for a baby…or really anyone whom you consider your sunshine! This card, or one of a similar layout, would make a great swap. It would be really easy to make multiples.

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Tip: I use Staz-On ink when stamping on vellum. It is a very permanent ink that is resistant to smudging and it sticks to everything, including really smooth surfaces like vellum.

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone, Hello (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Staz-On Black, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Vellum

A Shower of Babies

A friend of mine just had a baby boy and a coworker adopted twin baby girls! I made two dozen of the little blue thank you cards with a variety of animals and a single coral congrats card. Of course, I forgot to take a picture of all the thank you cards together before wrapping them up as a gift. I didn’t want to redo all the wrapping, so I had to wait to get a thank you back in the mail to take the picture!

Both the boy and girl versions of this card have the same layout, with just a few minor variations in numbers of balloons and types of animals.

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Thank you cards like these are a great way to use up some designer series paper. Even after making 24 of these cards, I still only used one and a half sheets of this Mint Macaron paper from the It’s My Party Paper Stack. It goes a really long way!

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I cut cloud shaped masks out of post-it notes, basing the shape in the clouds in the Balloon Celebrations stamp set, but making them a bit bigger. I sponged the sky using soft Soft Sky ink, then reused the clouds on the next card!

The animals come from Zoo Babies and Thankful Forest Friends. All were fussy cut. Yup, ALL 25. The Balloons come from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set and are punched out using the Balloon Bouquet punch. All of these are from Stampin’ Up!

Strings on balloons are hand drawn. I place things where I want them, put a little dot where each end of the string will be, move all the pieces out of the way, and attempt to draw a straight-ish line. Each end of the string is tied with a little teardrop shaped loop.

Thanks for visiting, happy stamping!

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pretty Petals, It’s My Party Designer Series Papers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamp Sets: Zoo Babies, Thankful Forest Friends, Perfect Pairs, Balloon Celebrations, Mystery Stamp Set* (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Marina Mist, Soft Sky (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches: Balloon Bouquet Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Sponge, Post-It Notes, Basic Grey Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

*I borrowed the “Thanks to you…” stamp from my mom, but forgot to write down the name of the stamp set and cannot find it online anywhere. Sorry!

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!

A Colorful Zoo

Today’s card is inspired by Global Design Project’s challenge #033.

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This challenge (out of the insane five that I attempted) took up most of my brain power for the week. Every piece of Designer Series Paper that contained these colors was spread out on my workspace for days and I stared at them even while working on other cards. I finally dreamed up a layout I thought might work while I was at work and drew it out on a post-it note. At home, I cut out most of the pieces I would need for that sketch and put them in a pile while I cut up the rest. The random arrangement of that pile gave me a whole new idea, so I scrapped the post-it sketch and winged it!

This card truly had a life of it’s own.

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Whew! That one took a lot of brain cells. I feel like I learned a lot making this card, though. It definitely stretched me. Thanks for the challenge Global Design Project!

Note:

I tried to lighten up these photos a little bit because they looked really shadowy. As a result the colors ended up a little brighter looking than they are in real life. My navy blue (which I substituted for Night of Navy) especially looks more like a royal blue. Sorry about that!

Materials used:

Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up! and Navy

Paper: Going Places, Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Zoo Babies Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Circle Dies, Dimensionals