Mojo Mini Doughnut

This card was inspired by my delicious breakfast, the letter M, and by Mojo Monday’s Challenge #449.

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I created my own mini doughnut using only circles for this whimsical card.

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Large circle: 1-1/2″

Medium circle: 1-1/4″

Small circle (holes): 1/2″

When cutting the holes in the larger circle pieces, position the hole slightly off center toward the top. When putting the two pieces together, line up the tops of the two circles. This will create the look of a 3 dimensional doughnut!

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I framed my doughnut on a white circle with pierced border.

Paper piercing packs are so cheap, you can any mouse pad or piece of foam as a backing, and a sewing needle or thumb tack works well to poke holes. It’s so cheap to try this technique that you will save enough money to buy a whole ‘nother stamp set.

I stamped “so sweet” on a small piece of cardstock and attached it to the card using washi tape that coordinates with my designer series papers. (Okay, so there is also some snail adhesive back there to hold it down.)

I LOVE washi tape and I love finding cute little ways to use it! Even though this is a small piece of tape, it adds a lot to this card: texture, balance, and unity.

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Materials:

Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White

Paper: Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper

Stamp sets: Sweetly Framed stamp set

Ink: Bermuda Bay

Paper piercing and cutting: Circle dies, Thumb tack, mouse pad, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack

Other: Dimensionals, Cherry on Top Washi Tape

 

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!

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!

Balloon Adventures

This card was inspired by Mojo Monday Challege #446.

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This was such a fun challenge! I thought of the idea immediately on Monday when I first saw it and didn’t get a chance to actually make the card until Friday. The idea was rattling around in my head ALL week.

For this challenge, I replaced stars with balloons and the scallop shape became my scalloped circle clouds in the background. I’ve seen several other people use scalloped circles as a mask to create clouds, but this is the first time I have tried it. It turned out great… the third time I tried it. Practice makes perfect I guess.

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Try this at home!

Create a sponged cloud background:

  1. You need 1-2 scalloped circles punched out. Use post-it paper so it is easy to move around, or attach it to your background paper using washi tape.
  2. Start at the top of your background. Attach your circles onto the background.
  3. Sponge a light colored ink at on the top of the scalloped circle. Option 1: Daub your sponge up and down. This results in in a stippled or speckled coloring. Option 2: Wipe your sponge in small circles to add the color. This results in smooth coloring.
  4. Move your scalloped circles down the paper. Sponge more color on the top of the shape. Repeat until you reach the bottom of the paper.

Tips:

  1. Start your sponging ON the cloud mask, NOT on your nice background paper. That first daub of the sponge can look a lot darker than the rest of your sky. Stamp it off a little so you don’t get such an intense color at first. This is what happened in attempt #1. Oops.
  2. Don’t let the clouds create an x shape. If you are moving your clouds down the page, don’t let your new cloud criss-cross an existing cloud. This looks really, really strange. This was how attempt #2 failed. Learn from my mistake.

After making the sky, the rest of the card was pretty simple to make. The monkey is from the Zoo Babies Stamp, stamped in Tip Top Taupe and cut out by hand. The balloons are punched out using the Balloon Bouquet Punch. The strings are drawn with a Basic Grey Stampin’ Write Marker. Basic Black wold have been too strong with how soft the rest of the colors are. All of these items are from Stampin’ Up!

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+Tip Top Taupe: Oops! I forgot to include Tip Top Taupe (for that cute little monkey) in the above color combination.

Materials Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight

Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Pool Party

Stamps: Zoo Babies

Punches and Dies: Scalloped Circle Punch, Balloon Bouquet Punch

Other: Sponge, Basic Grey Stampin’ Write Marker

A Colorful Zoo

Today’s card is inspired by Global Design Project’s challenge #033.

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This challenge (out of the insane five that I attempted) took up most of my brain power for the week. Every piece of Designer Series Paper that contained these colors was spread out on my workspace for days and I stared at them even while working on other cards. I finally dreamed up a layout I thought might work while I was at work and drew it out on a post-it note. At home, I cut out most of the pieces I would need for that sketch and put them in a pile while I cut up the rest. The random arrangement of that pile gave me a whole new idea, so I scrapped the post-it sketch and winged it!

This card truly had a life of it’s own.

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Whew! That one took a lot of brain cells. I feel like I learned a lot making this card, though. It definitely stretched me. Thanks for the challenge Global Design Project!

Note:

I tried to lighten up these photos a little bit because they looked really shadowy. As a result the colors ended up a little brighter looking than they are in real life. My navy blue (which I substituted for Night of Navy) especially looks more like a royal blue. Sorry about that!

Materials used:

Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up! and Navy

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

Stamps: Zoo Babies Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Circle Dies, Dimensionals