Christmas In July

Today’s card is in response to Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #56!

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The designers over at S.I.P. have it right! It is never too early to start thinking about Christmas cards! The closer you get to the actual holiday, the less time there is to do all the shopping, bake all the cookies, trim all the trees, take holiday photos, and, oh yeah, make Christmas Cards.

It can sneak up on you, and by the time you finish all the Christmas tasks, you might find yourself thinking, “It’s Christmas already?”

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I made this little deer out using the Fox Builder Punch and the Foxy Friends stamp set from Stampin’ Up! The coordinating stamp set comes with little antler stamps, but real reindeer have HUGE antlers! (I just saw some at the zoo this weekend, so I am an expert on this subject.) I opted to use the Tree Builder Punch to make some slightly larger antlers.

The paper is Stampin’ Up!’s new This Christmas Designer Series Paper. It normally pairs with Very Vanilla, but I chose a piece that didn’t have any so I could put it with crisp, sharp Whisper White. Vanilla gives Christmas cards a more traditional look, while white seems more modern to me.

I finished off the card with a greeting from the Snow Place stamp set. It normally says, “Snow Way! It’s Christmas Already?” I covered up part of the sentiment using Post-It Notes for inking, then removed them for stamping. What a perfect saying for a Christmas in July challenge!

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Thanks for visiting! Merry stamping and to all a good night!

 

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Materials:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Tip Top Taupe (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: This Christmas Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tip Top Taupe (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches: Fox Builder Punch, Tree Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Shiny red cardstock, standard size hole punch

 

Happiness Is Polka Dots and Rainbows

Today’s card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #244!

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Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved rainbows. My sisters and I knew which weather conditions and times of day were ripe for rainbows, and if one of us spotted one, we’d alert each other by shouting, “Rainbow! Rainbow!” and running out into the driveway to gawk at it. As we grew up we joked that if we started a band, it would be called “Rainbow Alarm”.

I also love polka dots, though maybe not quite as much as rainbows. If I had to design a designer series paper, it would certainly be a whole stack of papers with different sized polka dots in every color.

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This card was incredibly easy to make.I had several words from the Hello You die set from Stampin’ Up! already cut out (I tend to get carried away and cut more than I need) and I had a stack of white ovals already cut out. I made my own ovals in Illustrator and cut them out with the Cricut Explore Air.

All I had to do was add color! And trim the background paper.

To add the color, I sponged Crushed Curry ink onto the middle section of the oval (using circular rubbing motions and starting the sponge off the side of the paper). In the same way I added Watermelon Wonder ink to one side and Island Indigo to the other side, letting them overlap the Crushed Curry.

Add glue and some dimensionals and the card is complete!

So simple, and yet it still makes me as happy as a card that I’ve spent hours laboring over! Maybe even happier!

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Happy stamping and thanks for visiting!

Colors:

Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Smokey Slate

Materials:

Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Hello You (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Sponge, Oval cut using Cricut Explore Air

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