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.

RadiatingLions4

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!

RadiatingLions2

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.

Color Combo 22.png

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!

The Sky Is The Limit

This card was inspired by the TGIF Challenge #54.

TGIF MAY 2016 New Challenges-004

These are my very favorite colors, and I’m not being facetious in the least. My bedrooms growing up were all papered and painted in these colors. My bridesmaids wore these colors when I got married. At least half of the clothing I own features these colors. When I saw this color challenge, I knew I needed to play along.

On the day that I made this card, I was feeling a little down because my husband will be leaving for a week on a business trip. It’s a little sappy, I know; it’s only a week, but I will miss him. Using my very favorite colors to make a card was the perfect way to both express my feelings and cheer myself up. This card features both rain clouds and a little sunlight peeking through.

TheSkyIsTheLimit2

This card grew very organically. Almost everything on it started with, “I wonder what it would look like if I….”

This is where I normally would put the directions for how to make this card, but my husband is telling me that it’s way past my bedtime. It’s his last night here before he leaves, so I should probably listen to him. I’ll have six other nights this week to stay up late stamping and blogging… I guess every cloud does have a silver lining.

TheSkyIsTheLimit3

Color Scheme: Island Indigo (and Bermuda Bay), Pool Party, Crushed Curry

Materials Used:

Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up

Inks: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up

Stamps: Dashed Line Stamp, generic clearance bin stamp (was wishing for Gorgeous Grunge), The Sky Is The Limit Stamp Set, Balloon Celebration Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

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

Other: Post-it Notes, Sponge, Dimensionals (c) Stampin’ Up

A Retro Hello and a Floral Thanks

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

PPA297

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.

RetroHello2.png

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.

PrettyPetalsThanks

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!

PrettyPetalsThanks2

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!

Poppies: Bold Outlines using the Cricut Explore Air

I love the look of bold flower outlines. Ever since seeing a sneak peek of Stampin’ Up’s Rose Wonder Thinlit Dies on Mary Fish’s blog, Stampin’ Pretty, I literally could not wait to get my hands on this die. I couldn’t even order it yet! While I waited, I decided to make my own image inspired by Rose Wonder, but using a different type of flower.

I am fortunate enough to have access to a couple of really fun art tools: Adobe Illustrator, a drawing tablet, and a Cricut Explore Air. I can use these to design my own images and cut them out. They look very similar to die cutouts and gave me the bold outlines I was looking for.

This image works well over a watercolor wash, as in the “Congratulations” card above. I especially like it over bright spring colors, like these ones:

Color Combo 4

I didn’t stop there, though…

CricutPoppies1

I also created this birthday card, by using a layer of Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (c) Stamping Up under a layer of vellum. The vellum softens the bold design of the paper so the shape of the poppies takes center stage.

CricutPoppies2

Color Combo 3

If you would like to create cards similar to those above and you are lucky enough to have access to a Cricut Explore Air, feel free to use my Poppies image. Just leave me a comment to let me know you used it, so I know it was appreciated! If you post an image of your card somewhere, I’d love to see what you made; please leave a link!

I’ve included the image below, full size. Just save it to your computer, then import it into Cricut’s Design Space. If you don’t know how to import images, there is a great explanation at the Sew Woodsy blog, here.

Poppies 3

The above cards were made using the following materials:

Basic Black Cardstock (c) Stampin’ Up (or an approximate equivalent)

Water color paper

Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up <- I drew with the markers on my clear blocks to get a bit of ink on it, then scooped that up with a paintbrush to do the wash.

Paint brush

Sky is the Limit Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Vellum

Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (c) Stamping Up

StazOn Black Ink

Adobe Illustrator

Drawing Tablet

Cricut Explore Air