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

Welcome to the Party

This card was inspired by the Pals Paper Arts challenge #298.

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I love this sketch! It’s so simple, but there are so many possibilities. I will definitely be using this one again; I have so many more ideas for it!

I chose the color combinations for this card by searching through my scraps and finding colors that looked beautiful together. These scraps became the stripes in the first panel. I thought I had two stripes of Watermelon Wonder… but I think now that one of them was a sneaky Melon Mambo that wanted to come party on my card. I like it though, it can stay.

I got to use my new cupcake builder punch for this card, which is so much fun. My cupcake is held up with dimensionals (and a hidden rectangle of cardstock for added stability), except for the little candle flames which are attached directly to the paper.

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Hello Honey, Pool Party, Blackberry Bliss, and Melon Mambo (I think) (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches: Project Life Corner Punch, Cupcake Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimentionals

 

1 + 1 = Cupcakes

Inspiration for this card comes from Mojo Monday’s sketch #446.

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I just got the cupcake builder punch from Stampin’ Up! this week. Wahoo! This has been on my wish list for a long time. I actually asked for it for Christmas, so I couldn’t buy it for myself until after Christmas… and then a whole new catalog came out and I got quite distracted for awhile by all the awesome items in the Occasions catalog. You understand, right?

Now that it is retiring, I had to snatch it up before it is gone forever!

For my first card using the cupcake builder punch I paired it with Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper. How could I not? This punch and this paper were made for each other. Sometimes I feel brilliant for combing punches, stamps, or papers that no one has ever thought of combining before. That is not the case with this card. It is as easy as adding 1 +1 to see how well this punch and paper go together.

Though the concept for this card was easy to come up with, making it was still incredibly fun! I embossed the back panel for some added texture and added a thin white outline around the outside. The cupcake was punched out of Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, and Hello Honey. I added the vertical stripes with a Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write marker. I didn’t use a ruler or anything, instead preferring the hand drawn, not-quite-perfect look of the stripes.

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Tip:

  1. When you add paper on top of embossed paper, using Snail adhesive by itself is not going to work as well as it would when attaching two flat pieces of paper. There isn’t as much surface area for it to grab. This would cause your paper to fall right off your card an hour after you made it when you are trying to photograph it for your blog. Not that I would know this from direct experience or anything. Use some glue dots for added stickiness!
  2. If you want to have a cupcake pop out with dimensionals, you might notice that it is a little difficult the get the top and bottom halves of the cupcake to stick together well enough. After all, there isn’t a lot over overlap between the two shapes to stick them together. I solved this by adding a little rectangle behind the cupcake and glued both halves of the cupcake to the rectangle. This adds stability and extra support for the cupcake shape.

Happy Saturday and thanks for visiting!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Hello Honey, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

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

Other: Dimensionals