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

 

 

Dinosaurs Up to the Challenge

These dinosaur cards were inspired by this Mojo Monday challenge #444. I really like this particular challenge. It has resulted in SO many awesome cards! Go take a look for yourself!

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The official art term of the day that relates to this challenge is triptych. A Triptych is a work of art divided into three parts. This was a very common way to create artwork for Christian religious displays above altars in the Renaissance period. These paintings even folded closed, like a giant card!

Enough history… let’s move on to ancient history!

I decided that I wanted to feature dinosaurs in this challenge. Have I mentioned that No Bones About It from Stampin’ Up is one of my favorite stamp sets? I’m excited that it is not retiring when the new catalog comes out! I already have it, of course, but not retiring means people will continue to use it and post more ideas using the set. Wahoo!

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This card (above) is my official entry for the challenge, but I couldn’t help make another and still another!

All three cards use a technique of stamping on a solid colored paper to create my own patterned paper. Wanda Cullen also used this idea for this challenge, and I loved it!

The best advice I ever got about stamping my own paper was from my Stampin’ Up demonstrator, Jan. She says that if you want a background to look “random” you shouldn’t stamp it randomly at all! Start with a triangle, then wherever you have two points of a triangle, add a third point. Keep building up until you have the whole paper covered in triangles. This works so well! Thanks for the awesome advice Jan!

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I realized after the first card that I had chosen an herbivore dinosaur to go with the leafy background, so I chose a carnivorous dinosaur to go with the bony background, thus completing the food chain.

The third and final card was also supposed to be a triptych, but it didn’t behave itself in the slightest. Three white panels were too bright with the background, so it got cut down to one. The circles started their own little party and invited a wacky spiral shape to join in the fun (more about that in my next post). In the end, this is my favorite of the three cards.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up

Paper: Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon

Other: Circle Dies, Dimensionals, Silver Cardstock, Cricut Explore Air

Sea Street Love

My dad has loved aquariums for as long as I can remember. He taught my sisters and I how to care for fish when we were little,  taught us to identify different kinds of tropical fish, took us snorkeling, and instilled a love in us for petting sting rays.

I have never met someone that loved aquariums as much as he does… until my son came along. He seems to have inherited my dad’s fascination for watching aquatic life.

I took the two of them to the aquarium recently and there was an octopus there that was very actively climbing all around his tank. We watched him for a long time, or as long as we could before the toddler among us got bored and wanted to see other things

The Octopus became the mascot of that trip.

For Valentine’s Day I made my dad this sweet card using the Octopus stamp from the Sea Street stamp set by Stampin’ Up.

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I outlined the octopus in black using a Stampin’ Write marker. The fine tipped side works great for these little details. I love how the added black makes the image pop! It also gives the card a strong sense of unity.

Art Word Alert! Unity is a cohesiveness that brings all the elements of a piece of artwork together. It means that nothing sticks out or looks like it doesn’t belong.

In my card, I used black hand drawn lines for the string holding the banners and on the banners themselves. I also outlined the balloon and the octopus to bring the same hand drawn aspect to the rest of the card, and voila, unity!

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Materials used:

Stamps: Sea Street, Balloon Builders, and Setting Sail all (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up

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

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

Other: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, Dimensionals

No Bones About It, It’s Your Birthday!

No Bones About It (c) Stampin’ Up is the first stamp I ever purchased, and I continue to find new ways to use it. If you receive a birthday card from me with a dinosaur on it… I promise I’m not trying to call you old. I just love how playful these dinosaur shapes are!

Make a peek through card like mine:

  1. Choose a background panel to peek through. Cut it to 4 x 5 1/4. I used a page from Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up.
  2. Cut a panel in white or ivory to layer on top of your patterned paper. It should be 3 1/2 x 4 1/4.
  3. Stamp a bouquet of leaves growing out of the corner. I used a long skinny fern from No Bones About It and found that it almost perfectly matched the leaves from the paper. I also used two of the leaves from Light Hearted Leaves (c) Stampin’ Up to add some variety. I used Old Olive Ink (c) Stampin’ Up to coordinate with my Pretty Petals paper. Some of the leaves were stamped off on another piece of paper first to lighten the color.
  4. Cut diagonally across the paper, through the bouquet of leaves. This creates the stripe of patterned paper peeking through.
  5. Stamp and cut out a dinosaur and some leaves (or other images that match your theme) and create a collage at one side of your peek through stripe. Use dimensionals to pop these shapes out at different elevations. For my card, I used Calypso Coral to stamp a No Bones About It stegosaurus and used Pool Party to give him some spots. I also cut out some larger flowers from another piece of the Pretty Petals paper.
  6. Stamp a sentiment onto a strip of paper and cut one end to create a banner. Add this to the top of the card. I used a sentiment from the set And Many More (c) Stampin Up; these stamps are the perfect size and shape to use with banners and word bubbles.

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It took me a little bit of fussing around to arrange everything the way I wanted it. In the end I love how it turned out.

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(This is one of my favorite color combinations. I’ve used it before and I’ll use it again!)

Materials Used:

Stamps: No Bones About It, And Many More, Light Hearted Leaves Stamp Sets all (c) Stampin’ Up <– LHL is now retired. You could substitute pretty much any leaf stamp for this and it would still be cute.

Designer Paper: Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up

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

Other: Stampin’ Dimensionals

Jelly Bean Builders

The Balloon Builders set from Stampin’ Up is a lot of fun. There are countless kinds of balloon animals to build and the regular shaped balloons coordinate with the Balloon Bouquet punch. Additionally there is a hidden Easter Bonus, that I first discovered being used by Carolina Evans. One of the balloon shapes makes PERFECT jelly beans! Jelly beans are perfect for Easter, birthdays, or any festive occasion card. Thanks for the idea!

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I am still amazed by the details you get when you stamp these images. They have shading to them, they are shiny… and you get all that from little pixel stamp dots! I’m still surprised that the ink doesn’t clog up all those fine details, but they come out perfect every time!

This card is quick and easy and FUN to make, and would be perfect if you needed to make a whole bunch of cards all the same: Make it for a swap, send it out to all the relatives on Easter, or make party invitations!

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Materials used:

Ink: Melon Mambo, Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant (c) Stampin’ Up

Cardstock: Whisper White, Generic pink (though I was wishing for Melon Mambo… use your imagination!)

Other: Circle die set, yellow ribbon, Polka Dot embossing folder (c) Darice