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

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