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

 

Thanks to an Amazing Sister

I made this card for my sister who recently came to stay at our house for a whole weekend to watch my son and our various pets. They all survived, even my sister!

This card is easy to create, but turns out stunning!

It’s a little difficult to tell, since I was in a rush and had shaky hands when photographing these cards (so sorry, all!) but the white word is actually inlaid in the Blackberry Bliss background. I don’t recommend doing this. It’s not that it is really difficult, but it is so much easier and just as effective to just put the white word right on the background without the fuss of the inlay.

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One of the flowers comes with the Hello You thinlit dies and the other comes from the Botanical Builder Dies, both from Stampin’ Up! I cut out several and added a couple here and there until the card seemed full enough and balanced.  I used the squinting technique, patented by Brian King (and if you, dear readers, use it on the following images, they might not look quite so blurry). Brian, I’ve started a jar of nickles for you, because I do this all the time! When I’ve got enough to buy a stamp (the kind you put on an envelope) I’ll send you what I owe!

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Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

At the time you read this, I am probably covered in mosquito bites, sunburned to a crisp, and starting to think longingly of air conditioning! See you again soon, dear readers!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Hello You Thinlit Dies, Botanical Builder Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Rose Garden: Make 1, Get 1 Free

When using Rose Garden thinlit dies, cutting out the dies one time creates materials for two different cards! I sponged Melon Mambo ink on Calypso Coral paper to create a two-tone (some call it ombre) effect. I used the petals to make a stained glass rose on a previous card.

That left me with this gorgeous cutout!

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This photo sadly doesn’t do the colors justice. Blackberry Bliss is so much richer in real life and the two-tone colors of the rose are more vibrant. No amount of photo manipulation was going to make it perfect. Hopefully you get the idea!

As I hinted, I put the rose cutout on top of Blackberry Bliss paper, with another layer of Watermelon Wonder behind it.

Wait a minute, there wasn’t any Watermelon Wonder in this card!

As it turns out, when Calypso Coral and Melon Mambo mix, you get Watermelon Wonder! Neat!

I finished off this card by cropping opposing corners with the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch.

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Materials:

Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Watermelon Wonder, Blackberry Bliss (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Melon Mambo, Blackberry Bliss (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Sky is the Limit (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Rose Garden Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals

Washi Thanks

I’m thankful for… family, friends, good food… and washi tape!

I know it is a little early for Thanksgiving, but everything I needed for this card was sitting there asking to be used! I already had a Leaflet framelit cut out from making leaf stencils for a previous card, I got carried away with Hello You thinlits when I first got them and had a whole stack of words waiting to be used, and washi tape is so easy it’s always ready to go!

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Order of operations is important for this card! I always cut out all the pieces and dry fit them together before adding adhesive; it’s a good habit to get into. In this case, the washi tape was added to the top white panel and the right edge was wrapped around the back of the paper for a nice crisp edge. It’s important to do that before gluing the Blackberry Bliss layer, or there wouldn’t be a back side to wrap the tape around!

As usual, vellum is tricky to get glued down without the glue being obvious. That’s what we get for using clear paper, I suppose. For this card, I used glue dots on the “nks” of “thanks” and attached the word and the leaf together first. Then, wherever the “nks” was covering I could hide the glue dots to hold the leaf in place.

A couple more glue dots for the “tha” and this card was complete!

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I’m gone for a week of cabin relaxation, quality family time, and bare bones crafting! I’ve packed a limited amount of card making materials, including some brand new things I haven’t had a chance to try out yet! It was very difficult to determine which supplies were the most important to pack and which ones I could leave behind. When I get back, I’ll let you know how it went!

Happy stamping to all and to all US residents Happy 4th!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Leaflet Framelit Dies, Hello You Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Vellum, Color Me Autumn and Cherry On Top Washi Tape (c) Stampin’ Up!

 

Celebrate Circles

I created this card to celebrate my favorite summer color combination! I took out all the Designer Series Papers I had that used Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, and Crushed Curry and spread them out ALL over the floor of my office and joyfully mixed and matched them. It was so much fun!

I decided to create a grid pattern with lots of layered circles. Circles are great. Circle dies were one of the first card making tools that I invested in, and they were so worth it! I use circles in so many different card layouts! Stampin’ Up! has a new set of layering circle dies that also include scalloped circles… I can’t wait to get my hands on these!

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I used another favorite to add a little pop to my card… dimensionals! The center circle layer is raised up on dimensionals for extra depth.

I will be off on vacation the week of the 4th of July. I have some things to share with you while I’m gone, but I will be unable to answer any questions until I get back. I am taking all sorts of my new card making things with me on vacation that I’ve been too busy to try out yet… and I’m so excited!

For US readers: I hope you all have a wonderful holiday! For everyone: Happy Stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pretty Petals, It’s My Party, Cherry On Top Designer Series Papers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: And Many More (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Circle Dies

Other: dimensionals, Cherry On Top Washi Tape (c) Stampin’ Up!