Perfect Simplicity

For today’s card, I returned to the Rose Garden thinlit dies.

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The rose image stamped out from the largest die in this set is so beautiful, you hardly have to do anything to it to make a card. This card features two roses, two leaves, and a plain white background; simple!

To make a card like this, I cut a rose in Bermuda Bay and one in Daffodil Delight. I carefully trimmed off the leaves, rounding the edges so it looked like they were never there in the first place. I also cut out two leaves in Wild Wasabi; I didn’t cut a whole rose out for these. I just cut a piece big enough for a leaf, ran the leaf part of the die through the machine, and backed it out again.

Optional: You can save the petal pieces that are cut out from the rose to create neat stained glass effects! For example, I used the Daffodil Delight petals to make this card.

Once my pieces were ready to go, I laid them out on my card. The two roses overlap, so I trimmed the Daffodil Delight rose so it would look like it was behind the Bermuda Bay one. I adhered the roses and leaves to the white card panel and trimmed all the edges where they overlapped.

The trickiest part is that the ends like to stick up if they aren’t glued down really well. If you use liquid glue, make sure to use very tiny dots so the glue doesn’t squeeze out and make a mess. If you use glue dots (like I did) glue down every single loose end around the edges of the card. These loose ends love to catch on things, then get bent at awkward angles, and don’t look nearly as pretty. It is a hassle to put a glue dot (or dot of liquid glue) on every little piece, but it is totally worth it!

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Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

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Materials:

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

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

Other: Glue Dots

Happy for Kim VanDiepen’s Inspiration

Today’s card is inspired by Pals Paper Arts challenge #305.

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I love the way Island Indigo looks with Pool Party. These same colors could be on a masculine card, a sympathy card, a baby card, or a birthday card!

I had two goals in making this card. One was to use washi tape, because I had to leave it out of my last card. The Second was to use my new Hello You thinlit dies to make two-tone words.

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To make two-tone words I had to make two tone paper first. I used whisper white paper and sponged Pool Party ink on the bottom inch or so of the paper, darker at the very bottom and disappearing into white. About three inches above that I started sponging Island Indigo and faded it the opposite direction, so as it got closer to the Pool Party, it got lighter and lighter.

Next, I cut out my words. With the Hello You thinlits, I find it helpful to use a double layer of wax paper between the paper and the die. It keeps the words I cut out nice and smooth, so they don’t pick up little bumps from the holes you use to poke out the paper if it gets stuck in the die.

Finally, I created some long and skinny layers to go beneath my thinlit word. I used a strip of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack, an extra strip of the sponged paper created above, Beach House Washi Tape, and a strip of vellum. I arranged these in a little collage, with the vellum strip on the top so the colors were softened a bit and the thinlit word could be easily read.

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Deciding which layers to use and how to arrange them was SO difficult. I love this mini collage look, where there are several layers beneath the focal point and lots of white space around the rest of the card… but I am definitely still learning how to make it work and look good. I ended up with a pile of rejected elements for this card that was larger than the pile of things that actually made it onto the card!

When I got stuck on this particular card, I turned to Kim VanDiepen’s blog at stampinbythesea.com for inspiration. She does an amazing job of adding layers while keeping her cards looking clean and fresh. I love her style! A small dose of her pintrest page had me inspired again, and I was back to the office to bust my creative block and finish up this card! Thanks, Kim!

For those of you who haven’t been to Kim’s blog, here are some of my favorite cards she has made:

(It’s so hard to pick just a few!)

Where do you turn for inspiration when you get stuck?

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Materials:

Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Hello You Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: vellum, Beach House Washi Tape (c) Stampin’ Up!

Hello, Favorites!

This card was inspired by the Stamp Ink Paper challenge #52 and Can You Case It challenge #124.

It just so happens that watercolor is one of my favorite things, so these challenges worked magic together. I got to use my favorite colors of all time, two favorite techniques, and a brand new die set that has jumped right to the top of my favorite stamping tools.

Pardon me in advance for the excessive exclamation points throughout the rest of this post. I just got so excited by these challenges and how this card turned out in the end!

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First, my favorite colors: Crushed Curry is the brightest and possibly happiest of of the yellows from Stampin’ Up! It’s strong enough to be used with dark colors without looking wimpy or getting overshadowed. Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo are both in the “teal” family. I’m nuts about teal and have been since I was little. I LOVE teal! From wallpaper, to bridesmaid dresses, to my blog logo, to the shirt I was wearing when I created this card (and about 1/3 of the rest of my wardrobe) I have chosen to surround myself with variations on this color for as long as I can remember. Bermuda Bay is a warm tropical teal that works well with bright colors to create a festive feel. Island Indigo is a twilight sky teal that is rich and bold; it works equally well in jubilant and somber settings.

Second, watercolor! I have loved watercolor ever since I had those coloring books that came with the little palette printed at the bottom of the page; when you added water they became paint that you could use to fill in the pictures. I learned how to do real watercolor in a high school art class. I only started using watercolor to make cards recently… I guess I technically started making all kinds of cards recently! Anyway, I love watercolor effects on cards! This particular effect is called a wash and there are two simple steps:

  1. Get the paper wet. Wherever the outer edge of the water is will be the outer edge of your painted shape.
  2. Add ink to the water on the paper. I use my Stampin’ Up! ink pads, give them a little squeeze while they are closed, then use the excess ink on the inside of the lids. Ink refills are also a great source of inky color.

Okay, three steps. You also have to let it dry. I use a little spare washi tape or masking tape to stick the paper to my table so the water will not make the paper buckle (as much).

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Third, layers! I really like adding layers to cards. I especially like thin layers of black, since they make the card looks so bold and exciting! The contrast between the black and the white is incredibly eye catching. It reminds me of comic books, to have every panel outlined in black. These particular black outlines are just 1/16″ all the way around. You don’t need much black to make a big impact!

Fourth, new thinlits! I was so excited to get these in the mail that I immediately ran down to my office to “just cut out one word to see how it looked” and didn’t emerge again until this card was complete. This little thinlit was just so inspiring that I couldn’t wait to create with it! I’ve only had this set two days and it is already my favorite.

In the end, I just LOVE how this card turned out! Imagine that, using all* your favorite things and ending up really liking the card in the end.

*My final favorite thing is washi tape, but I couldn’t figure out a way to incorporate it into this card. My next card will have to use washi tape to make up for it.

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

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

Paper: watercolor paper, Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Hello You Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: paintbrush, water

 

Wildflowers

This card was inspired by Global Design Project challenge #039!

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This challenge comes at the perfect time; my mom is going to be having surgery in two weeks. It’s not an emergency, but is still pretty major. Along with a card, I’m planning lots of meals and pampering.

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The layout for this card is based on two equal sized panels set at angles. I added washi tape at the top to make it look like the panels are attached with tape, though they actually have snail adhesive holding them to the card as well.

The back panel is Wildflower Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up and uses one of my favorite color combinations! The front panel is stamped with Botanical Blooms stamps and accented with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Wildflowers Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Hello Honey, Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Sweetly Framed (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Basic Black, Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: 2014-2016 In Color Washi Tape,

Stripes and Cakes

I’ve been having lots of fun drawing on my designer series papers lately. For today’s card I spiced up a Pacific Point striped paper from the Pretty Petals Paper Stack by Stampin’ Up! The Pacific Point color is dark enough that adding Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight stripes doesn’t affect the existing color very much if it overlaps… and where it does overlap to make a little purple, it looks artsy.

I only made a little scrap, but using careful positioning, I was able to cut out six cupcake papers using the Cupcake Builder Punch from Stampin’ Up!  That was enough to make two cards. Woo!

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In this first card I cut three panels out of white paper and rounded the corner using the Project Life Corner Rounder punch. The size of the panels was 4-3/4”x 1 (plus a hair)”. This reminds me a bit of a shop window.

I added a little HB flag as an accent… but I had the stamp to inky at first and the letters were not visible. Of course I’d already glued everything together, so it was time for a cover up! I stamped and cut another little flag and placed it right over the top of my flubbed first flag with a glue dot. This actually give the flag a little of a three dimensional effect, a positive side effect!

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In this second card, the stripes go horizontally, but the cupcakes go vertically! After several different arrangements, I decided to place them in a whimsically wobbly cupcake stack.

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The cherries on top of the cupcake are punched out of the leftover scraps of the striped paper and are so much fun! I know cherries aren’t really striped… but cupcakes can’t really stack up like that either. In the world of art anything can happen!

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Thanks for visiting, happy stamping!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Stamps: Cupcake Party (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punch: Cupcake Builder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals