Moon Rabbit

This is my third post today (I said I had a pile of cards to share!) Check out the other two cards here and here if you missed them.

I made this card for two challenges! The first is Pals Paper Arts Challenge #310!

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Then, because I love the color scheme I did another card for Global Design Project #045!

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I played around with the arrangement of the elements a lot on this card to get the balance just right. In the end, the sketch was turned upside down and had an extra circle added.

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The grey polka dot paper reminds me of a moon, which makes this cute little rabbit an astronaut.  The rabbit was made using the Fox Builder Punch. I turned the head shape upside down so his cheeks would be down lower. I also used the fox cheek shape, cut it in half, rounded the corners, and used it as the rabbit’s back feet. The ears also use that shape. The front feet were stamped then fussy cut out, because I think it looks more 3D to have the feet stick down a little bit.

I had to do a lot of rearranging on this card in order to make the balance right. Most of the time spent making the card, actually. I tilted the rabbit this way and that, moved the circles around several different ways… and finally the perfect balance was achieved by added a little HB (Happy Birthday) flag. Sometimes the smallest elements make a big difference! The flag was inspired by the little HB flag stamp from the Cupcake Builder stamp set by Stampin’ Up! but I made it larger so it would maatch the size of the rabbit. The HB is written in white colored pencil.

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Thanks for visiting! Happy stamping!

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Materials:

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

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

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

Stamps: Foxy Friends Stamp Set

Punches and Dies: Circle Dies, Fox Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimentionals, white colored pencil, sponge

 

Keeping Cool in Summer

This is my second post today! If you missed the first post, you can see it here.

This card was made for Global Design Project Challenge #045!

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I know it is summer and it is supposed to be hot… but the heat has been going above and beyond for the past week. When I made this card it was about 94 degrees outside with a humidity of 60%, which put our heat index at 110 degrees. Yikes!

I thought an ice cream cone card would be just perfect to help combat the heat, especially if I stayed in our nice cool basement while I made it.  I did have to substitute Tip Top Taupe for Smokey Slate in the challenge, because who would want to eat a gray ice cream cone?

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The ice cream and cone were made using the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set. I stamped the top and bottom scoops onto Melon Mambo paper and used the Tree Builder Punch to punch out the shapes. The center scoop is white paper that I sponged lightly using Melon Mambo ink.

The polka dot papers are both designs from Pop of Pink Designer Series paper by Stampin’ Up!

I added Basic Black borders around the panels, which gives the card a Pop Art look, especially when combined with polka dots.

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Stay cool everyone, and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Tip Top Taupe (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Stamps: Sprinkles of Life stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

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

Other: dimensionals

 

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