Luck Strikes

It’s your lucky day, readers! Two posts in the same day! Has lightning struck twice? No, I’m just in a card challenge frenzy! There were so many inspiring ideas this week that I just had to participate in them all.

This card was inspired by the Mojo Monday challenge for this week.

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Having just created a star themed card last week, I decided to go with a different shape: Lightning Bolts! Spring isn’t just about sunny days and flowers, we also need those Spring showers to help green everything up!

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To tie everything in this card together, I put a black border around everything. It all started with those cute little raindrops in the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper, then spread to the clouds from Balloon Celebrations, which I drew by hand since there wasn’t a coordinating outline stamp. I would like to point out that these lines are not quite perfect ON PURPOSE. The raindrops are a little off center with their outlines, so I tried to match that style.

Where was I? Oh, black borders. Yes. I also added thin black borders around each of the paper panels. Black is a really stark and strong color, so thin, thin border stand out just as well as a thicker border would in a different color.

In the end, all these black borders around things give this card a bit of a comic book look.

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Tips:

All the lightning bolts are the same stamp! I just shortened them to different lengths and drew a solid black line across the top of the shape.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up

Paper: Wildflower Fields (c) Stampin’ Up

Stamp Sets: And Many More, Balloon Celebration, Calling All Heroes (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Tuxedo Black (c) Memento

Other: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, Dimensionals

Happy Spring

Happy Spring everyone! It was 75 degrees today and sunny with just a few puffy white clouds. It couldn’t have been a nicer spring day!

This card was inspired by nice weather and the current Global Design Project theme.

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For this card I used a stamp set from Papertrey called Spring Borders. The adorable little bunnies come all in a row, but I cut them all apart so they could each be on their own little circle. The stamp set also comes with a line of grass, which I layered on the bottom of the circle to make lots of grass (in Wild Wasabi). I drew in little flower fluffs with Stampin’ Write markers (Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry).

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The rabbits are colored with a  variety of the neutral colored Stampin’ Write markers… I no longer remember which ones, I’m afraid. I used all of them, then picked out the bunnies I liked best.

This was a surprisingly fussy little card. There are tiny dimensionals behind the rabbits, lots of coloring with very fine tipped markers, and then the circles have to be placed so precisely!

In the end I’m very pleased with it.

Even photographing this card was fussy. I couldn’t get the lighting right, and then things looked blurry or too washed out. Never fear, though, my helpful photography assistant and got everything straightened out.

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Materials used:

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

Markers: Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Neutral Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up

Other: Circle Dies, 1 13/15 inch Tag Punch, Dimensionals, Corner Rounding Punch (c) Becky Higgins, Green Ribbon

 

Balloon Builders Love

I made this for my in-laws for Valentine’s Day, but it is a great card for anniversaries, weddings, and birthdays for loved ones.

First, I used Balloon Builders (c) Stampin’ Up to create the flamingos. This looks simple enough, but getting all the pieces of the flamingos lined up in the correct place was a bit of a challenge! My advice would be to start at the beak and work your way out and down. If you start at the body (like I did on my first attempt) you might find that you’ve made the flamingos too close together or too far apart for what was envisioned.

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After stamping the flamingos in Watermelon Wonder and Basic Black, I fuzzy cut them out. Using dimensionals I made them pop out a bit from the background. The background is a piece of paper from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up. Confession time: this paper actually uses very vanilla words and I put it on white cardstock. Forgive me, fellow card makers!

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Materials:

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

Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up

Stamps: Balloon Builders Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Other: Dimensionals

Lucky Stars Thank You Card

Inspiration for my card today comes from the Mojo Monday design sketch #442. This is my first official entry in a contest! Yay!

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I wanted to try out some of the new papers designer series paper I got recently, so I pulled out this cute Melon Mambo star paper from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack. The Going Global Stamp Set had some perfect star themed stamps to go with it.

This was starting to look like an adventuresome card, so it needed an explorer. I chose this cute little penguin to go adventuring under the stars. Voila, a card is born! Or rather made.

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Okay, okay… I know it isn’t really winter any more… I just think this penguin stamp is so cute!

I put black around the edges of the melon mambo papers to give them a little more weight. They just looked a little wimpy without them. I love how bold this turned out!

For the first time, I thought I’d try my hand at making one of these images that shows all the different materials I used. These are great  for all visual learner types like me.

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Materials Used:

Ink: Versamark Basic Black

Stamps: Going Global and Snow Place Stamp Sets (c) Stampin’ Up

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White

Other: Medium Star Punch, Dimensionals

 

A Handwritten Hello (to you)

This is a simple card, fit for any occasion! The sentiment in this case is my own handwriting cut out using Adobe Illustrator, a tablet, and a Cricut Explore Air. There are also several dies available from a variety of vendors that give the same effect. No matter what method you choose, it turns out so cute!

This is a great card for showing off beautiful designer papers. This design gives the paper a lot of room to show off. Look how lovely!

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If you have a Cricut, you can use this image to cut out your own “happy” or “hello” sentiments. If you use this image, I’d love it if you could link back so I can see what you’ve made!

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If you’d like to cut out your own handwriting, here’s the steps I used:

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If you don’t have a Cricut you can get sentiment dies at Stampin’ Up (Greetings Thinlits Dies, Hello You Thinlits Dies) or Papertrey Ink (Bloomin’ Cute Sentiments Die). I’m sure there are more companies that make them, too!

Happy card making!

Materials used:

Technology: Cricut Explore Air, Adobe Illustrator, Drawing Tablet

Paper: Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Cardstock: Whisper White, Cucumber Crush

Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone (c) Stampin’ Up