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

 

 

 

A Retro Hello and a Floral Thanks

My card today is in response to the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #297.

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I must admit, I substituted a different yellow paper. I thought I didn’t have any Daffodil Delight paper… and then after I had completed the card I found that I did indeed have two whole sheets of it. My slight substitution turned a pleasant Spring color palette into a more vibrant retro version.

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It works, though! The font and rounded corners remind me of an old television show or commercial.

This card is really simple to make.

  1. Cut strips of colored paper in varying widths.
  2. Adhere them to a piece of background paper.
  3. Trim the background paper to the correct size and shape.
  4. Add a second panel, slightly larger in size to add a border.
  5. In a contrasting color, add a cutout sentiment on top with glue dots or tiny dimensional pieces.

The sentiment could be one cut using a die OR if you have a paper cutting machine, such as a Cricut Explore Air, you could cut out any font you like!

Speaking of fonts, I created this “hello” cutout and the “thanks” and “congrats” cutouts shown below using the trusty combination of Adobe Illustrator and a drawing tablet.

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This card uses Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper and Mint Macaroon, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla cardstock (c) Stampin’ Up. The large sentiment is separated from the busy background by a solid colored oval so it stands out. The black outlines really make the shapes and colors pop!

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If you have a Cricut Explore Air or a similar paper cutting machine, feel free to use my png images in your own projects! It would be awesome if you linked back here so I could see what you created with them!

I recommend opening these images in a separate tab in order to save them at their full resolution.

 

Thanks for visiting! Happy papercrafting!

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