Dandelion Delight

This card is a submission for the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #49.

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Dandelions are flowers, too! My two year old son just learned about dandelions this Spring. He gave me my first little bouquet of yellow dandelions about two weeks ago. Squee! Then they started going to seed and we have been blowing on them to make wishes. (I’m sure our neighbors are very happy with us!)

Getting my first dendelion bouquet reminded me of this poem:

A rose can say I Love You,
Orchids can enthrall;
But a weed bouquet in a chubby fist,
Oh my, that says it all!

-From Raising Boys, by Roberta I. Teague

So, since I’ve had dandelions on my mind, my flower card became a dandelion card!

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All the stamps used in this card came from the set Balloon Celebrations by Stampin’ Up! The dandelion started as a dotted circle, then I added two balloon strings to make the stem. There are two sizes of dandelion seed that I added in small bunches, as if most of the seeds have already blown off. Two seeds are flying away.

The sun in the background is built using the balloon string over and over in a radiating pattern; I drew a dot where I wanted my dandelion seed to go, then connected all the lines to that dot. I added Hello Honey ink using a sponge (is circular rubbing motions) gradually graduating the color so it is lighter in the center.

The dandelion fluff paper is from the Wildflower Designer Series pack from Sale-a-bration.

All the circular shapes are popped up on dimensionals.

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Materials:

Cardstock: Pacific Point, Whisper White

Paper: Wildflower Designer Series Paper

Stamps: Balloon Celebrations

Ink: Pacific Point, Hello Honey

Other: Sponge, Dimensionals, Gold ribbon

20,000 Leagues of Missing You

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #037.

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I was also inspired by Crystal Komara over at Super Stamp Girl. Go check out her blog! Every card she makes is amazing and it is well worth the visit. She made this gorgeous card for the same GDP challenge:

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I loved how she used mostly Island Indigo to make this beautiful background. I wanted to make a pretty background, too!

That’s about where the CASEing (copy and selectively edit) similarities end, though. Once this card got started, it totally had a mind of it’s own.

I started by sponging Island Indigo ink onto a piece of Mint Macaron paper, using circular motions to apply the ink from the outer corners into the center. As soon as I finished, I realized it looked like I was underwater, looking up. I pulled out the little school of fish stamp from the Stampin’ Up! set, Sea Street. I inked the fish in Tip Top Taupe and stamped them off once or twice before stamping them on the paper. This gives the effect of depth, making some of the fish look farther away.

I made the seaweed using the stamp sets Light Hearted Leaves and No Bones About It, both from Stampin’ Up! I layered these in from the edges, from every direction, so it looked like weeds were growing up all around me.

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The Tip Top Taupe color was perfect for creating a parchment look to my sentiment from the Going Global stamp set from Stampin’ Up! Again, I sponged on a little extra ink to give it a distressed look, like an old pirate map. I stamped the sentiment an extra time so I could fussy cut the “Love” banner and pop it up on dimensionals.

I finished the whole thing off with some vellum accent layers behind the sentiment, including one cut from the Botanical Builder Framelit Dies, again from Stampin’ Up! It looks just like seaweed!

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron

Stamp Sets: Going Global, Sea Street, Lighthearted Leaves, No Bones About It

Ink: Island Indigo, Tip Top Taupe

Dies: Circles Dies, Botanical Builder Dies

Other: Vellum, Dimensionals, Sponge

Here For You

My card today was inspired by a Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #48.

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This card will be going on a journey in the mail to a friend of mine that is having a baby some time in the next three weeks. I know how tough that waiting can be in the home stretch and wanted to show my support for her!

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To make this card I used Wildflower Designer Series Paper (from Sale-a-bration), the bear from the Thankful Forest Friends stamp set, a sentiment from the And Many More stamp set, and one tiny stamp from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set. All of these products are from Stampin’ Up! though all but the tiny dandelion are retired or retiring soon.

Tip: Stampin’ Write Markers are amazing! I didn’t have a Chocolate Chip ink pad for my bear, so I had to get creative; I used the Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write marker to add ink to my stamp. Then, since it didn’t stamp very dark, I colored a second layer of ink over the top of it. It worked great and gave the bear a dark, rich color.

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I normally love lots of colorful layers and frames around everything, but this card really wanted to be clean and simple. I tried each color around the border, but none of them looked nearly as nice as plain white. I normally have to try extra hard to keep a card clean and simple, but this time it was easy!

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Materials used:

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

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

Ink: Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Thankful Forest Friends, Balloon Celebrations, And Many More stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Polaroid Plane

This card is inspired by the Pals Paper Arts challenge #300. Woah, congrats on 300 challenges!

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I love this layout. It was so easy to come up with ideas, I probably could have made about 10 cards using this layout. Someday I probably will. What a great sketch!

I started out with an exact square with a thin border all the way around it, but once I stamped the plane and started adding color, I realized it needed to be a polaroid shaped frame instead of square.

The plane stamp is from The Sky is the Limit stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I sponged Pool Party ink to make the sky color. I used Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry Markers to color the body of the plane (these colors look way more vibrant in these photos than they are in real life for some reason). I used a sentiment from the And Many More stamp set from Stampin’ Up! The background stripe is from It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack, also from Stampin’ Up!

The sentiment could easily be switched out and this could make a great Father’s Day card or masculine birthday card.

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This plane stamp always reminds me of my uncle, who loves planes and loves to visit Oshkosh for the annual plane show, and basically taught me everything I know (and several things I have forgotten) about planes. He has a great t-shirt that has an image of a plane on floats, and another plane similar to the one above. It is captioned, “See plane, buy plane.”

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Materials:

Cardstock: Light Grey (was wishing for Smoky Slate), Whisper White

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Other: Sponge, Dimensionals, Bermuda Bay & Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers

Oh Boy!

My card today was inspired by the Global Design Project challenge #035!

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This was a tough one because the only thing I own that is even remotely related to Project Life is the corner rounding punch. This means I had to think a little more outside the box. These extra challenges can be extra fun, and this one certainly was!

I decided to make a standard sized card, but have the layout mimic a Project Life page. The first thing I had to do was math. Lots of math. Math helped me figure out exactly what size to make my miniature project life cards so they would fit perfectly on my card. For those of you who actually use Project Life pockets with cards already pre-cut to the exact right dimensions… I hope you realize how much time and headache you are saving by not having to measure and cut!

If you want to make a card like mine, I’ll spare you the math headache. Here are the panel sizes I used:

Left two panels: 2 and 9/16 inches tall by 1 and 15/16 inches wide.

Top and bottom right side panels:  1 and 1/2 inches tall by 1 and 15/16 inches wide.

Center tight side panel: 2 inches tall by 1 and 15/16 inches wide.

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Next, I set out to make my miniature panels. I had to have at least one “photograph” so I turned to an old retired stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called Dear Heart. It has these adorable little boy’s faces with all different hairstyles and hats and is super cute. I hand drew some simple bodies for them with the skinny side of my Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker. Then I colored it in using mostly the colors from my chosen color scheme with a couple of accent colors added in.

Scrap heap romance: When I trim my papers, I don’t throw the scraps away right away. (The garbage can is all the way over there…) Once I have a sizable little heap, I pull out any little strips of solid colors (throw away all the white ones) and mix and match them to find new and interesting color schemes that I hadn’t thought of before. Many times those scrap strips can even be used in a card! That’s what happened with the two striped panels in this card!

I had a raindrop patterned Designer Series Paper (from the Wildflower Sale-a-bration pack) that was sitting out on my desk and happened to match one of my color strips. That quickly got incorporated and even gave me the idea for the mini story on this card!

I cropped the corners of everything to make it look even more Project Life-y. The normal Project Life Corner Punch was too big for these mini cards, so instead I used the curved part of the Cupcake Builder Punch (not quite as exact) and rounded out any imperfect corners with a pair of scissors.

Whew! This card took a long time to assemble, but it was so much fun!

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Wildflower* Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Dear Heart* Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Inks: Staz-On Black

Dies and punches: Word Bubble Framelit* Dies, Project Life Corner Punch, Cupcake Builder* Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Write Markers: Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Hello Honey (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals

*These are retired or soon to be retired! I had to work with what I had!