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

 

 

 

Plane Ol’ Birthday

This card was for my sister’s boyfriend’s birthday. His whole family and my whole family got together to celebrate… so it’s pretty serious business.

The layout was inspired by the TGIF Challenge #50. I didn’t get around to posting it anywhere near in time to officially participate, but I’ll give them a shout out anyway!

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This design is SO versatile. I will definitely be using it again!

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The airplane comes from The Sky is the Limit stamp set and the paper is from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack, both from Stampin’ Up. (Psst…I think they were made for each other!) I love the look of the old fashioned airplane with the old fashioned blue prints!

I used Stampin’ Write markers to highlight and color the airplane and the sentiment. I used a complimentary color to color in the plane. Art word of the day! Complimentary means two colors are on the exact opposite sides of the color wheel, like blue and orange (or Lost Lagoon and Tangelo Twist). Complimentary colors create a lot of contrast, which causes an area of an image to stand out.

In plain English, the airplane really pops out at you!

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I love the little smoke cloud! I drew this by hand, because the stamp that comes in the set has a smoke trail… but it makes a heart shape, which could have been a little awkward to use on my sister’s boyfriend’s birthday card.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Basic Black, Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up

Paper: Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up

Stamps: The Sky is the Limit (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Memento’s Tuxedo Black

Other: Smokey Slate, Basic Black, Tangelo Twist* Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up, Dimensionals

*Or possibly Tangerine Tango… or maybe Pumpkin Pie… I can’t remember!!

Shining Birthday Card

My card today is response to the challenge issued by the Global Design Project team.

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I am not really a light pink kind of girl. I mean, it’s pretty in sunsets and everything, but I like much bolder colors. Teal, red-orange, navy, majenta…

So my card is a very loose interpretation of Krista Frattin’s card. Stripes? Check. Shiny silver accent? Check. Scrolly cursive sentiment? Check! Pink…

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… Check! Now Melon Mambo is my kind of pink!

I didn’t have a stamp that said “shine” but I did create some shine on this card and I’m really excited about it!

Using the magical combination of Adobe Illustrator, a drawing tablet, and a Cricut Explore Air, I drew some fun mussy circle shapes and cut them out in silver cardstock. These shapes are similar to some stickers that were part of a paper pumpkin kit from February. You can see the video here.

I needed some of these circles! Since they aren’t available from Stampin’ Up I created some of my own! (Spoiler: Not available…yet. I’ve seen some sneak peeks that indicate that something like this is coming. Want more catalog spoilers, check Kylie Bertucci’s blog.)

If you can’t wait and are fortunate enough to own a Cricut Explore Air or another cutting machine that can read png images, here are my illustrations, free for your use! If you do use them, please link me a photo of your project, I’d love to see what you come up with!

Tips:

  1. Make sure your paper is REALLY stuck down well on the cutting mat. I had some trouble the first time with the images coming unstuck before they were finished cutting!
  2. Choose a setting one or two notches higher than cardstock for Stampin’ Up or other thick cardstocks. The regular setting just won’t cut it all the way through.
  3. Open these images in another tab to save them at full size and resolution.

Thanks for visiting me today!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up, Silver Cardstock (c) Craft Smith

Stamps: The Sky is the Limit (c) Stampin’ Up

Other: Dimensionals, Cricut Explore Air