Balloon Adventures

This card was inspired by Mojo Monday Challege #446.

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This was such a fun challenge! I thought of the idea immediately on Monday when I first saw it and didn’t get a chance to actually make the card until Friday. The idea was rattling around in my head ALL week.

For this challenge, I replaced stars with balloons and the scallop shape became my scalloped circle clouds in the background. I’ve seen several other people use scalloped circles as a mask to create clouds, but this is the first time I have tried it. It turned out great… the third time I tried it. Practice makes perfect I guess.

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Try this at home!

Create a sponged cloud background:

  1. You need 1-2 scalloped circles punched out. Use post-it paper so it is easy to move around, or attach it to your background paper using washi tape.
  2. Start at the top of your background. Attach your circles onto the background.
  3. Sponge a light colored ink at on the top of the scalloped circle. Option 1: Daub your sponge up and down. This results in in a stippled or speckled coloring. Option 2: Wipe your sponge in small circles to add the color. This results in smooth coloring.
  4. Move your scalloped circles down the paper. Sponge more color on the top of the shape. Repeat until you reach the bottom of the paper.

Tips:

  1. Start your sponging ON the cloud mask, NOT on your nice background paper. That first daub of the sponge can look a lot darker than the rest of your sky. Stamp it off a little so you don’t get such an intense color at first. This is what happened in attempt #1. Oops.
  2. Don’t let the clouds create an x shape. If you are moving your clouds down the page, don’t let your new cloud criss-cross an existing cloud. This looks really, really strange. This was how attempt #2 failed. Learn from my mistake.

After making the sky, the rest of the card was pretty simple to make. The monkey is from the Zoo Babies Stamp, stamped in Tip Top Taupe and cut out by hand. The balloons are punched out using the Balloon Bouquet Punch. The strings are drawn with a Basic Grey Stampin’ Write Marker. Basic Black wold have been too strong with how soft the rest of the colors are. All of these items are from Stampin’ Up!

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+Tip Top Taupe: Oops! I forgot to include Tip Top Taupe (for that cute little monkey) in the above color combination.

Materials Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight

Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Pool Party

Stamps: Zoo Babies

Punches and Dies: Scalloped Circle Punch, Balloon Bouquet Punch

Other: Sponge, Basic Grey Stampin’ Write Marker

Balloon Celebrations Bicycle

This card was inspired by the Paper Players challenge #293.

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I had to get creative for this challenge! I didn’t have any bicycle paper or stamps or anything! I did have a couple of cute wheel-like stamps from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

From there I used left over paper strips I had trimmed off the edge of a previous card to build my own bicycle! I rounded the ends of the strips, then used glue dots to stick everything together. All these tiny pieces liked to slide around as I worked with them… it was definitely NOT easy. It was worth it though!

After building the bicycle I added embellishments. The balloon and dandelion seed flowers are also stamps from Balloon Celebrations. I created the basket using the Cupcake Builder Punch from Stampin’ Up! and cut it smaller to fit on the front of this little bicycle.

Only one photo today; my camera battery died mid-photo shoot!

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Blushing Bride (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Balloon Celebrations (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

 

 

Happy Birthday Botanicals

This is a birthday card I made for my mom, who got me started stamping. I created a card and decorated her gift with coordinating flowers created with the Botanical Builders Framelit Dies from Stampin’ Up!

Petals up or petals down? One of the flowers creates petals with a sort of halo, or second petal layer around them. I’ve been experimenting with these. Sometimes I put the petals down and leave the halo up (like on the Pool Party flower on the gift) and other times I do the opposite (like with the Melon Mambo flower on the card).

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Pattern Bonanza! Instead of using the coordinating stamp set on the leaves and flowers, I added my own patterns. With Stampin’ Write Markers, I opted to add stripes and polka dots, which gives the flowers a little more pop, like in Pop Art. I think it makes these flowers a little less serious and a little more whimsical. It might seem intimidating to break away from stamps and draw freehand, but these patterns are so easy to draw and so darn cute!

A little lift!  These Botanical Builder dies are so great for adding depth to a card. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise some of them up off the background paper. I also curled the edges of both petals and leaves the lift them up even farther. For flowers with multiple layers, each layer of petals is more and more curled so the inside layers have the most lift of all.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Pool Party, Old Olive, So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Punches and Dies: Project Life Corner Punch, Botanical Builders Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Write Markers: Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Old Olive (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals

Party Party Party!

This card was inspired by the Paper Players Challenge #292. Unfortunately my card making and posting schedules didn’t quite line up for me to get this linked up to the challenge before it ended. However, this layout is so just so wonderful I had to make a card for it anyway.

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I made some of my own patterned paper using stamps from the Create A Cupcake and Hello, both (c) Stampin’ Up! The sentiment also comes from Create A Cupcake. The background was embossed with the Alphabet Press embossing folder (c) Stampin’ Up.

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This card was incredibly simple to make, and I love the layout. This would be a great card for a swap or other occasion when you need to make large numbers of cards.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Pool Party (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Calypso Coral, Pool Party (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Alphabet Press Textured Embossing Folder (c) Stampin’ Up!

B is for Birthday, Z is for Zebra

I am in a birthday kind of mood. There are several birthdays coming up in my family and friend group in the next month, so I’ve had lots and lots of birthday ideas floating around in my head. Since I have been so birthday focused, it seemed like a good time to play along with a Seize the Birthday Challenge. Their theme this week is “Anything Goes”.

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My mom got me into stamping by convincing me to join her card club. We often share stamp sets and trade back and forth, effectively doubling the number of stamp sets we have access to. I recently borrowed the Zoo Babies stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up! from her. They are so cute! They are perfect for birthdays, baby showers, and many other occasions. I’ve been using them in all kinds of cards! I decided wanted to do a card that featured a zebra from that set.

Next, card I dug through my Basket of Lost Dreams. What’s that, you ask? It’s a basket (or bucket or box) of papers that were stamped or cut for other projects and never got used. I often stamp multiples trying to choose the best color, or get carried away with builder punches and punch out a whole sheet of balloons when I only really need one. I used to call this my scrap pile, until I learned that Brian King (one of my favorite card artists) also has a bucket of scraps like this, but he calls it his the Bucket of Lost Dreams. What a great idea! I’ll have to send him a nickle…

Anyway, I found several “lost dreams” in black, white, and vellum. These seemed perfect for a zebra’s birthday party! There was even a birthday hat, stamped and ready to go.

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I needed a little splash of color to coordinate with the zebra’s birthday hat, so I added a skinny stripe of Watermelon Wonder around the edge. What size makes a “skinny” stripe? I’m so glad you asked.

Recipe for a Perfect Skinny Border:

  1. Card Size (black): 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches
  2. Outer Panel (pink): 5 1/4 x 4 inches (or the previous size, minus 1/4 inch)
  3. Inner Panel (white): 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 (or the previous size minus 1/8 inch)

There we have it, an Anything Goes, Lost Dreams, Skinny Stripe, Zebra Birthday Bash card!

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Materials Used:

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

Ink: Tuxedo Black (c) Memento, Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Circle Dies, Word Bubble Framelits (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Vellum, Dimensionals