A Night Downtown

This card was inspired by the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #50.

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I maaaay have taken some liberties in interpreting what shape to use for the circle. Instead of a circle I used a Tyrannosaurus Rex stomping around downtown. That seemed like a lot more fun to me!

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I stamped the city twice using an old set called Calling All Heroes from Stampin’ Up! One city was placed directly on the background panel and I fussy cut out the other one and popped it up on dimensionals.

The dinosaur is stamped in Watermelon Wonder and is also fussy cut. The dino comes from a set called No Bones About It, also from Stampin’ Up! The sentiment (RAWR) also comes from that set. I used a Post-It to cover up the rest of the sentiment. Luckily I didn’t have to fussy cut the word bubble, there’s a framelit for that! The set is called, logically enough, Word Bubble Framelit Dies.

This would make a great birthday card for a kid… or if your adult friends are anything like mine, they would also enjoy a dinosaur card!

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Tip: A Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker works great to darken stamped images if you want them really, really black and don’t mind spenind a little extra effort coloring.

Thanks for visiting! Happy Stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: No Bones About It, Calling All Heroes stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Word Bubble Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dino-rrific 2nd Birthday

My son turned two this month: my how the time flies!

I tried to make his birthday card as interactive as possible. The front of the card features four flaps with brightly colored dinosaurs hidden underneath.

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The inside of the card features a pop up volcano and palm trees- slightly risky that a toddler would rip these off, but I figured the entire card probably wouldn’t last long. I free cut these using scissors. The ground has dinosaur bones stamped on it, like fossils. Finally, there are two dinosaurs that are attached with velcro to their matching fossil.

My son loved playing hide-and-seek with the dinosaurs hiding behind the volcano! They were a big hit!

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Happy Memorial Day and have fun stamping!

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Materials:

Stamp Sets: No Bones About It

Dies: Word Bubble Framelit Dies

Cardstock: Red, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Green

Ink: Real Red, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Old Olive

 

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!