CASEing Mary Fish

To many in the paper crafting community, CASE means “Copy and Selectively Edit”. There are a few variations on the acronym, but they mean the same thing for the most part: find a card you love and copy it…. but make it your own!

The inspiration for this card came from a thank you card by Mary Fish. Her card is here:

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Isn’t it gorgeous?! I loved her bold colors and the way she created her own frame out of designer series paper. Mary also has an excellent eye for balance: she knows exactly when and where to add a little accent, like that little pink candy dot next to her sentiment!

This card is SO beautiful that I wanted to make one just like it. The trouble was… I didn’t have a single one of the Stampin’ Up products she used! After writing them all down on my wish list, I set out to recreate her card using the things I did have. Here’s what I came up with:

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I used Calypso Coral cardstock for the outer frame, which coordinated with the polka dot patterned paper found in the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack.

The flowers and the sentiment both come from the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Know What I Love. This is such a pretty set to only be around for such a short time!

The sentiment is stamped on a banner shape which I hand cut on both sides to balance it, because I didn’t have any candy dots. To give it added lift, I curled up the ends by scraping it with my fingernail. This is similar to curling a ribbon with a pair of scissors, but on a much smaller scale.

In the end, this card turned out to be perfect for any thankful occasion, Lovely!

Mary, thanks for being such an inspiration!

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Materials Used:

Stamps: Know What I Love (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Memento’s Tuxedo Black

Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up

Paper: Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up

Other: Circle Dies, Dimensionals

Plane Ol’ Birthday

This card was for my sister’s boyfriend’s birthday. His whole family and my whole family got together to celebrate… so it’s pretty serious business.

The layout was inspired by the TGIF Challenge #50. I didn’t get around to posting it anywhere near in time to officially participate, but I’ll give them a shout out anyway!

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This design is SO versatile. I will definitely be using it again!

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The airplane comes from The Sky is the Limit stamp set and the paper is from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack, both from Stampin’ Up. (Psst…I think they were made for each other!) I love the look of the old fashioned airplane with the old fashioned blue prints!

I used Stampin’ Write markers to highlight and color the airplane and the sentiment. I used a complimentary color to color in the plane. Art word of the day! Complimentary means two colors are on the exact opposite sides of the color wheel, like blue and orange (or Lost Lagoon and Tangelo Twist). Complimentary colors create a lot of contrast, which causes an area of an image to stand out.

In plain English, the airplane really pops out at you!

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I love the little smoke cloud! I drew this by hand, because the stamp that comes in the set has a smoke trail… but it makes a heart shape, which could have been a little awkward to use on my sister’s boyfriend’s birthday card.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Basic Black, Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up

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

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

Ink: Memento’s Tuxedo Black

Other: Smokey Slate, Basic Black, Tangelo Twist* Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up, Dimensionals

*Or possibly Tangerine Tango… or maybe Pumpkin Pie… I can’t remember!!

A Retro Hello and a Floral Thanks

My card today is in response to the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #297.

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I must admit, I substituted a different yellow paper. I thought I didn’t have any Daffodil Delight paper… and then after I had completed the card I found that I did indeed have two whole sheets of it. My slight substitution turned a pleasant Spring color palette into a more vibrant retro version.

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It works, though! The font and rounded corners remind me of an old television show or commercial.

This card is really simple to make.

  1. Cut strips of colored paper in varying widths.
  2. Adhere them to a piece of background paper.
  3. Trim the background paper to the correct size and shape.
  4. Add a second panel, slightly larger in size to add a border.
  5. In a contrasting color, add a cutout sentiment on top with glue dots or tiny dimensional pieces.

The sentiment could be one cut using a die OR if you have a paper cutting machine, such as a Cricut Explore Air, you could cut out any font you like!

Speaking of fonts, I created this “hello” cutout and the “thanks” and “congrats” cutouts shown below using the trusty combination of Adobe Illustrator and a drawing tablet.

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This card uses Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper and Mint Macaroon, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla cardstock (c) Stampin’ Up. The large sentiment is separated from the busy background by a solid colored oval so it stands out. The black outlines really make the shapes and colors pop!

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If you have a Cricut Explore Air or a similar paper cutting machine, feel free to use my png images in your own projects! It would be awesome if you linked back here so I could see what you created with them!

I recommend opening these images in a separate tab in order to save them at their full resolution.

 

Thanks for visiting! Happy papercrafting!

Shining Birthday Card

My card today is response to the challenge issued by the Global Design Project team.

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I am not really a light pink kind of girl. I mean, it’s pretty in sunsets and everything, but I like much bolder colors. Teal, red-orange, navy, majenta…

So my card is a very loose interpretation of Krista Frattin’s card. Stripes? Check. Shiny silver accent? Check. Scrolly cursive sentiment? Check! Pink…

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… Check! Now Melon Mambo is my kind of pink!

I didn’t have a stamp that said “shine” but I did create some shine on this card and I’m really excited about it!

Using the magical combination of Adobe Illustrator, a drawing tablet, and a Cricut Explore Air, I drew some fun mussy circle shapes and cut them out in silver cardstock. These shapes are similar to some stickers that were part of a paper pumpkin kit from February. You can see the video here.

I needed some of these circles! Since they aren’t available from Stampin’ Up I created some of my own! (Spoiler: Not available…yet. I’ve seen some sneak peeks that indicate that something like this is coming. Want more catalog spoilers, check Kylie Bertucci’s blog.)

If you can’t wait and are fortunate enough to own a Cricut Explore Air or another cutting machine that can read png images, here are my illustrations, free for your use! If you do use them, please link me a photo of your project, I’d love to see what you come up with!

Tips:

  1. Make sure your paper is REALLY stuck down well on the cutting mat. I had some trouble the first time with the images coming unstuck before they were finished cutting!
  2. Choose a setting one or two notches higher than cardstock for Stampin’ Up or other thick cardstocks. The regular setting just won’t cut it all the way through.
  3. Open these images in another tab to save them at full size and resolution.

Thanks for visiting me today!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up, Silver Cardstock (c) Craft Smith

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

Other: Dimensionals, Cricut Explore Air

 

 

Dinosaurs Up to the Challenge

These dinosaur cards were inspired by this Mojo Monday challenge #444. I really like this particular challenge. It has resulted in SO many awesome cards! Go take a look for yourself!

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The official art term of the day that relates to this challenge is triptych. A Triptych is a work of art divided into three parts. This was a very common way to create artwork for Christian religious displays above altars in the Renaissance period. These paintings even folded closed, like a giant card!

Enough history… let’s move on to ancient history!

I decided that I wanted to feature dinosaurs in this challenge. Have I mentioned that No Bones About It from Stampin’ Up is one of my favorite stamp sets? I’m excited that it is not retiring when the new catalog comes out! I already have it, of course, but not retiring means people will continue to use it and post more ideas using the set. Wahoo!

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This card (above) is my official entry for the challenge, but I couldn’t help make another and still another!

All three cards use a technique of stamping on a solid colored paper to create my own patterned paper. Wanda Cullen also used this idea for this challenge, and I loved it!

The best advice I ever got about stamping my own paper was from my Stampin’ Up demonstrator, Jan. She says that if you want a background to look “random” you shouldn’t stamp it randomly at all! Start with a triangle, then wherever you have two points of a triangle, add a third point. Keep building up until you have the whole paper covered in triangles. This works so well! Thanks for the awesome advice Jan!

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I realized after the first card that I had chosen an herbivore dinosaur to go with the leafy background, so I chose a carnivorous dinosaur to go with the bony background, thus completing the food chain.

The third and final card was also supposed to be a triptych, but it didn’t behave itself in the slightest. Three white panels were too bright with the background, so it got cut down to one. The circles started their own little party and invited a wacky spiral shape to join in the fun (more about that in my next post). In the end, this is my favorite of the three cards.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up

Paper: Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon

Other: Circle Dies, Dimensionals, Silver Cardstock, Cricut Explore Air