Watermelon Ice Cream

Today’s card was created for TGIF Challenge #63!

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This is such a cute concept for a sketch and I had a lot of fun with it!

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Ever since the Foxy Friends stamp set first came out I’ve been wanting to make this little guy! I realized almost immediately that this ice cream cone stamp from the Snow Place stamp set would fit perfectly in those little paws! Finally, the day has come!

The little raccon turned out to be a little fussy to make, but he was well worth it. For example, to get those paws looking like they are holding the ice cream, they have to be fussy cut out and attached to a background. That meant ALL the pieces had to be fussy cut out for consistency (art word: unity). The double layer makes him nice and solid for popping up on dimensionals!

Rewind a bit. Stamping comes before fussy cutting! To stamp the raccoon body I used one layer of smokey slate. To stamp the mask and tail stripes I stamped Smokey Slate three more times for a total of four layers! I wanted it nice and dark. Luckily these are photopolymer stamps, so they are completely clear and stamping an image right on top of another is relatively easy.

Notice how this particular stamp doesn’t have an extra little bump for feet? There is a cute paw print stamp in the set that fits perfectly on here to make it look like the little feet are turned up and facing towards you. I intended to stamp it on here… but I forgot until the little guy was already up on dimentionals! Oh well, next time!

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In comparison, the ice cream cone was easy! Stamped with black, colored with Watermelon Wonder and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Markers, and cut out!

Once I positioned the raccoon where I wanted him to be, I lined lined up my ice cream cone stamp with the one the raccoon is eating and stamped a whole row in Watermelon Wonder. These were colored with lighter versions of the original with Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand markers. I really wanted the primary ice cream cone to stand out. The colors still weren’t quite light enough for the background cones, so I put down a strip of vellum, and voila!

Confession time: I intended to use polka dot Watermelon Wonder paper in the background, but I confused my designer series papers and used Flirty Flamingo instead. I had already glued everything together when I realized. I could have fixed it, but I liked the gradient of pinks it created so I left it. I love happy accidents!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Balloon Celebrations, Snow Place, Foxy Friends (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Punch: Fussy Cutting only!

Markers: Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Vellum, dimensionals

 

Time For A Party

Woo! I’m back from vacation! I have missed challenges and posting! So, for today’s card I have a double challenge for you! You can tell I’m excited by all the exclamation points.

The challenges that inspired this card are Global Design Project Challenge #043

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and Pals Paper Arts #308!

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I have been so excited to use the new Fox Builder Punch from Stampin’ Up! and it works really well with accessories from other stamp sets. In this case I paired it with a party hat from the Sale-a-bration set called Hello, also from Stampin’ Up!

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A note about legs. Sadly the punch does not punch out legs for this cute little fox. There is a stamp… but it doesn’t look quite right to me if the legs don’t stick down a little bit from his body, because it flattens out the poor guy and spoils any 3D effect. To fix that, I stamped on a separate piece of paper and fussy cut out the tiny little legs. Now he is ready to be raised up on dimensionals!

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I also got to use a new paper from the Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!, though not a piece that actually has pink on it. I love the bold black and white patterns that come in this stack, and have been dying to use them!

I stamped and fussy cut a party hat (from the Hello set). I also tried the party hat from the No Bones About It set… but it was sadly too small, so I had to use a retired stamp instead. Ah well.

Thanks for visiting, I’m glad to be back! Happy stamping!

Colors:

Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black

Materials:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Foxy Friends, Hello stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Wild Wasabi (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punch: Fox Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Oval cut using Cricut Explore Air

 

Up Up and Away

I created a card earlier this week with a gradient effect from Island Indigo to Pool Party and used the Hello You Thinlit Dies from Stampin’ Up! to cut out the word “Hello”. To see that card, click here! The scraps were so pretty, though, that I couldn’t throw them away. Instead, I made the card you see below!

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The layout for this card is super simple, the list of materials is quite short, and the techniques are fairly simple. The only part that is a little tricky is getting all the pieces inside the letters glued down in their rightful places. I used glue dots to attach all those little puzzle pieces. They worked great and left the card nice and clean looking!

If you make this card from scratch instead of using scraps from another card, it might be easier to sponge the gradient on a solid piece of paper, cut out the thinlit word from black paper, and put the thinlit word on top or the gradient background.

The balloon strings are drawn with a white colored pencil. They are just straight lines with little loops at the ends to look like bows.

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Thanks for visiting!

I am away for a long weekend, but if you have any comments or questions I can answer them as soon as I get back!

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Materials:

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

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

Dies and Punches: Hello You Thinlit Dies, Balloon Bouquet Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, white colored pencil

Wishful Coyote + Tilted Panel Tutorial

After making this card I was asked how to make tilted panels. To cover it in more detail, I decided that a tutorial was in order! It’s a whole lot easier to understand steps when you can SEE them, so here are lots and lots of pictures (and some words) to walk you through the steps:

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The final piece that isn’t covered in the tutorial is how to decorate the card! The coyote and star were cut/punched out of Very Vanilla cardstock using a Cricut Explore Air and Stampin’ Up!’s Fox Builder Punch, respectively. I colored both by sponging on Delightful Dijon around the edges. I put the pieces on scrap paper, ink up the sponge, then use circular motions to add the ink. I actually put the majority of the sponge on the scrap paper and only let the very edges touch the paper that I’m coloring. This prevents dark splotches that you can sometimes get when putting a freshly inked sponge straight onto the paper.

After coloring, I adhered everything together! I used glue dots for all those little coyote pieces, then decided that he needed a more sturdy backing, so I cut out a second set of coyote pieces and doubled up on the thickness using regular glue. Once he felt nice and solid, I could pop him up on dimensionals.

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The black stripe behind the fox is bakers twine wrapped around the card several times. It’s tied and glued in the back. Bakers twine is kind of thick, so the Very Vanilla panel is also popped up on dimensionals.

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As a heads up, I will be gone for an extended weekend this coming Friday through Monday. I will schedule a post while I’m gone, but I won’t be available to answer additional questions over the weekend. Please feel free to ask anyway, just be aware that I can’t answer until I get back.

Have a great weekend, everyone, and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Delightful Dijon, Crumb Cake (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Enjoy the Little Things, Foxy Friends (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punch: Fox Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Accessories: Black twine

Other: Star shaped punch or die (I cut this one out using a Cricut Explore Air), dimensionals, sponge

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