Starlit Celebration

This card is dedicated to celebrations, including the one at Paper Players! Congratulations on Challenge 300!

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Above the tulle and candlelight, two balloons float amidst the stars. The two balloons are nestled close together, finding a quiet moment amidst the festivities to just lean up against each other.

I chose not to include a sentiment on this card, in part to keep it simple, but also because in my imagination this same view of the stars could be at a wedding or many years later at an anniversary celebration. This timeless love story reminds me of my own grandparents who celebrated 67 years of marriage. They passed away exactly two weeks apart; my grandfather, who was normally in excellent health for a 91 year old, couldn’t live without my grandma.

Like two balloons whose strings have been cut, floating away through the stars…

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Now that I have you all tearing up… let’s talk about how to make this card!

The background paper is from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack from Stampin’ Up! The sheer tulle drapes are made of vellum that I cut with large circular dies into crescent shapes. I made sure one end came to a point, but didn’t worry about the other end, because I knew it wouldn’t fit on the card anyway. I didn’t measure or plan these precisely. Rather, I cut several and laid them on the paper to see what worked. I trimmed off anything that hung over the edges.

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The balloons were punched out of Whistper White cardstock using the Balloon Bouquet punch from Stampin’ Up! I sponged on just a little bit of color to make them look three dimensional. The Might of Navy shadow on the top and the Watermelon Wonder (with a hint of Daffodil Delight) highlighting below make the balloons look like they are lit from below with candlelight, firelight, or holiday lights from the party.

The bottoms of the balloons are attached directly to the background paper, but the tops are propped up on dimensionals to add to the illusion of depth. Finally, I used a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to add strings to the balloons, which are only visible on the balloon’s neck and up against the tulle.

Thanks for visiting! I hope that you have cause to celebrate this summer!

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Materials used:

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

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

Ink: Basic Black, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Circle Dies

Markers: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: vellum, sponge, dimensionals

Complementary Flowers

This card features one of my favorite color schemes! The official art term for this type of color scheme is “complimentary” color scheme, meaning the colors are on the exact opposite sides of the color wheel.

Here’s what this color scheme looks like on a color wheel:

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This image comes from color.adobe.com, a great tool for all artists who use color!

See how far apart those colors are? Okay, not exact opposites, but pretty darn close. When colors from far apart on the color wheel are juxtaposed, they create a lot of contrast which can make the elements on a card really pop!

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If you, too, like a lot of contrast, try this color combination!

Lessons learned: I attached my ribbon using snail adhesive, but I didn’t think I needed to cover the entire back of the ribbon with it. It looked fine at first, but the ribbon loosened up just a little bit and it sags just a tiny bit where there wasn’t adhesive. Learn from my mistake and make sure your ribbon is firmly attached!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Materials used:

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

Ink: Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: What I Love stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: watermelon colored ribbon, pear colored ribbon

 

Wildflowers

This card was inspired by Global Design Project challenge #039!

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This challenge comes at the perfect time; my mom is going to be having surgery in two weeks. It’s not an emergency, but is still pretty major. Along with a card, I’m planning lots of meals and pampering.

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The layout for this card is based on two equal sized panels set at angles. I added washi tape at the top to make it look like the panels are attached with tape, though they actually have snail adhesive holding them to the card as well.

The back panel is Wildflower Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up and uses one of my favorite color combinations! The front panel is stamped with Botanical Blooms stamps and accented with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Wildflowers Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Hello Honey, Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Sweetly Framed (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Basic Black, Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: 2014-2016 In Color Washi Tape,

Compass Challenged

This card was inspired by the color challenge at Stamp Ink Paper (#303).

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I substituted Tip Top Taupe for Sahara Sand. I did lots of coloring on stamped images and on DSPs for this card.  I would normally share more… but my two year old son has come down with Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. I already made this  card so I thought I’d better post it quick.

Happy stamping!

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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