Bold is Beautiful

Today is SO exciting!

First, I was selected as an honorable at the Global Design Project for last week’s challenge. Thank you SO much to the GDP team! There were so many great cards entered from all around the world, I am humbled to have been mentioned!

Second, the new Stampin’ Up catalog begins today! I am picking up my catalog live and in person next week, so I’ve been pouring over the new items on the website. Squee! There are so many cute things!

For today’s card, I am sharing one of the things that I am very glad did not retire. Rose Garden Thinlits are one of my favorites! The image is so bold and beautiful.

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I used the stained glass technique to create this image. I’ve described it before, so here are the abbreviated steps:

  1. Cut out one image in black. Save the outline.
  2. Cut out one image in color. Save the itty bitty pieces.
  3. Cover a piece of black background paper completely with snail adhesive. Glue on the outline first, then fill in the itty bitty pieces.
  4. Trim off the edges of the background paper.

In addition to the bold rose image, I also played around with the layers a bit. The polka dot pattern (from the Pretty Petals DSP) is the farthest back layer. The white is raised up on one layer of dimensionals and the rose is raised up another layer.

The bold rose fills up a card so nicely, that a sentiment is not necessary. This means that this card works well for a plethora of occasions!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Dies: Rose Garden Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals

World On A String

This card was inspired by the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #302.

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Hey wait a minute… were those balloons always those colors? Nope! This is what It’s My Party Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up! normally looks like:

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I decided that I wanted to experiment with a little bit different color scheme, so I reached for my Stampin’ Write markers to coloring. I changed the Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, and Whisper White balloons into Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, and Pool Party, respectively.

Dark Over Light: When coloring over colored designer series paper, it works best to color a darker color over a lighter color. It also helps if the color you are covering up is similar in hue to the marker color going over it. The marker ink will be a little translucent, so you want whatever color is shining trough underneath to work well with the marker color on top. For example, it works well to cover Mint Macaron with Bermuda Bay, but it wouldn’t work as well to try and cover it with Tangerine Tango.

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After coloring my background paper, I continued on with a balloon and ribbon theme for the rest of the card. The balloon outline and star patterned background come from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set. The sentiment is from the Balloon Builders stamp set. Both sets are by Stampin’ Up!

Masking: To make a star background, stamp an extra balloon image on a Post-It Note, cut it out, and stick it on top of the stamped balloon and sentiment. Then, go to town stamping stars without fear of messing up the sentiment below! For new stampers: this is called the “masking technique”.

Easy Banners: I added banners with hand-cut points on the bottom; no fancy trimmers or punches for me! To make sure the points are even, cut a slit up from the middle of a paper strip, then cut in from the two bottom corners up to the top of the slit. So easy! With all the money you will save on fancy trimmers, you can get more stamps instead! Yippee! I also curled up the ends of my banners to give them a bit of a three dimensional effect.

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Melting Ribbon: I added a generic yellow ribbon. To keep it from fraying on the ends I ran the edge through a lighter flame to melt them slightly.

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It’s okay to redo! When I first made this card, the tilted yellow square behind the sentiment and the outer card border were both white. After a weekend up at the cabin I returned home to photograph and post about this card… but first I decided that it needed more color to draw out those brightly colored balloons from the designer series paper!

Card CPR: I used snail to attach these layers together, normally it’s considered a pretty permanent adhesive. However, if you breathe on it as you slowly peel the papers apart, it is possible to separate them again without ripping the papers (even after a whole weekend away). My amazing demonstrator Jan V. calls this “Card CPR”.

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Materials:

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Balloon Builders, Balloon Celebrations (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Pool Party, Cucumber Crush, Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Fire, Generic Yellow Ribbon, Plenty of Hot Air

Rose Garden Sonnet

Oh, Rose Garden Thinlit Dies! If I was Shakespeare I would write a sonnet for you. Alas, I am not that kind of artist. I must instead express my appreciation in another way, by making cards, for example.

I recently posted my first card made using the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies from Stampin’ Up! If you missed it, you can read it here: Yellow Rose Wonder +10 Cards That Inspire Me. I was so inspired, in fact, that I made several more cards using this die set. Here is my third Rose Garden card. There will be more…

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I created this card by die cutting the rose image and saving the white paper that it was cut out of. The rose is lifted up by several very tiny dimensionals. Peeking out from beneath the rose is a pool party confetti paper from the Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack from Stampin’ Up! It’s a nice soft color and pattern that don’t distract too much from the beauty of the rose image. To finish it off, I added a border, a greeting, and some accents in Melon Mambo.

After this project, I’m really looking forward to the dimensional strips that Stampin’ Up is coming out with in the new catalog. They will make future projects like this much easier!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Pool Party, Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: What I Love, Perfect Pairings stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies and Punches: Project Life Corner Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Botanical Blooms Thinlit Dies, Rose Garden Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Snow Place Like A Tropical Place

These two cards are in response to two challenges. The first challenge is from The Paper Players.

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I went with a “wild” penguin card for the Paper Players’ challenge.

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This penguin from the Snow Place stamp set by Stampin’ Up! are far too much fun to use only in the winter. I thought that a wild animal challenge would be the perfect time for this little guy to take a break from the arctic, don a wild Hawaiian shirt, and visit the tropics!

Tip: Make a simple Hawaiian shirt using the bottom of the cupcake from Stampin’ Up!’s Cupcake Builder Punch. Just turn if upside down, trim off the scallops, cut it in half, and fold down the corners for the collar.

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He makes me with I was going on vacation, too!

The second challenge came from TGIF Challenges. They selected me as their challenge winner last week, for which I am SO honored. Thanks again! Here is the current challenge:

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I made a tropical d.i.y. designer paper to use for my four panels in this card.

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I used a masking technique to create this colorful floral pattern with Botanical Blooms stamps from Stampin’ Up! First, I stamped the flowers in Crushed Curry. I stamped additional flowers on a couple of post-it notes. I cut out the post-it note flowers and used them to cover up the one on my paper. Then, I could stamp leaves and background flowers in the background without getting the ink on my foreground flowers.

Tips: Cut through a couple of post-it notes at once to speed up the process of making several masks at once!

I also used the masking technique to give the penguin his sunglasses.

Bonus Tip: Stampin’ Write Markers are a great way to do touch ups or fill any white gaps that might have been left behind by your post-it mask.

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This card reminded me of some advice from some very wise people. The first is my mom who warns on any construction or craft project, “Measure twice, cut once.” I did not remember this in time… which brings me to Tim Gunn of Project Runway who says, “Make it work!” After trimming one of my four panels too short, I trimmed the one on the opposite side to match. I actually like the asymmetrical look better than when all they were all the same size.

Tip: Turn your mistakes into opportunities to try something different!

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Thanks for visiting!

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento’s Tuxedo Black, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Calling All Heroes, Snow Place, Perfect Pairings, Botanical Blooms (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches: Decorative Label Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Post-It Notes, Dimensionals, Stampin’ Write Markers in Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Basic Grey (c) Stampin’ Up!

Radiating Lions

My amazing Stampin’ Up Demonstrator, Jan V, issued our card club a triple challenge this month! (See the first challenge here.) The second challenge was to find an image in a magazine and make a card inspired by the image or color scheme.

I do most of my reading of articles and things online. The only magazine that actually gets delivered to our house is Healthy Cooking, so this was an interesting challenge indeed!  I found a whimsical waffle advertisement with a primary color scheme and turned it into this bright and cheerful card.

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I love how the little red lion noses mimic the color and shape of the strawberries! These were easy to color with the skinny end of a Stampin’ Write Marker.

Mind the Gap! I stamped both layers of this card at the same time so the lions would match up perfectly. When you stamp on two layers of paper, there is a little area where the papers overlap that doesn’t get inked because the papers are at slightly different elevations. This is okay, though, because once a colorful border is added around the stamped layers, you can’t see the gap any more!

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Layers and layers! I like to add three dimensional aspects to my cards. The center panel is raised one level with dimensionals and the sentiment and one of the lions are raised yet another level. This adds texture and depth and I think makes a card more interesting.

This is a festive color scheme and card for any occasion. I sent this one to a good friend that is having a baby soon.

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Crushed Curry, Real Red (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Zoo Babies, Perfect Pairings stamp sets  (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker  (c) Stampin’ Up!