Oh Boy!

My card today was inspired by the Global Design Project challenge #035!

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This was a tough one because the only thing I own that is even remotely related to Project Life is the corner rounding punch. This means I had to think a little more outside the box. These extra challenges can be extra fun, and this one certainly was!

I decided to make a standard sized card, but have the layout mimic a Project Life page. The first thing I had to do was math. Lots of math. Math helped me figure out exactly what size to make my miniature project life cards so they would fit perfectly on my card. For those of you who actually use Project Life pockets with cards already pre-cut to the exact right dimensions… I hope you realize how much time and headache you are saving by not having to measure and cut!

If you want to make a card like mine, I’ll spare you the math headache. Here are the panel sizes I used:

Left two panels: 2 and 9/16 inches tall by 1 and 15/16 inches wide.

Top and bottom right side panels:  1 and 1/2 inches tall by 1 and 15/16 inches wide.

Center tight side panel: 2 inches tall by 1 and 15/16 inches wide.

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Next, I set out to make my miniature panels. I had to have at least one “photograph” so I turned to an old retired stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called Dear Heart. It has these adorable little boy’s faces with all different hairstyles and hats and is super cute. I hand drew some simple bodies for them with the skinny side of my Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker. Then I colored it in using mostly the colors from my chosen color scheme with a couple of accent colors added in.

Scrap heap romance: When I trim my papers, I don’t throw the scraps away right away. (The garbage can is all the way over there…) Once I have a sizable little heap, I pull out any little strips of solid colors (throw away all the white ones) and mix and match them to find new and interesting color schemes that I hadn’t thought of before. Many times those scrap strips can even be used in a card! That’s what happened with the two striped panels in this card!

I had a raindrop patterned Designer Series Paper (from the Wildflower Sale-a-bration pack) that was sitting out on my desk and happened to match one of my color strips. That quickly got incorporated and even gave me the idea for the mini story on this card!

I cropped the corners of everything to make it look even more Project Life-y. The normal Project Life Corner Punch was too big for these mini cards, so instead I used the curved part of the Cupcake Builder Punch (not quite as exact) and rounded out any imperfect corners with a pair of scissors.

Whew! This card took a long time to assemble, but it was so much fun!

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Wildflower* Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Dear Heart* Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Inks: Staz-On Black

Dies and punches: Word Bubble Framelit* Dies, Project Life Corner Punch, Cupcake Builder* Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Write Markers: Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Hello Honey (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals

*These are retired or soon to be retired! I had to work with what I had!

Get the Mojo Flowing

This card design was inspired by Mojo Monday’s Challenge #447.

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I get Blank Page Syndrome sometimes. This is similar to writer’s block, but is more inclusive of people who aren’t using words. It occurs when a person, like me, sits down to create something and gets stuck. That blank page, that squeaky clean stamping area, that nothingness staring back at me is very daunting. It makes it hard to get started sometimes.

Once I’m in the groove, I get lots of ideas… more than I can ever actually create. So when I am in the groove, I do future me a favor to help jump start my groove again. Rather than leaving my workspace 100% empty, I try to leave out something to inspire me later. Sometimes it is inkpads that correspond to a color scheme I’d like to try. Other times I leave out a card that I recently made that I am especially proud of. Still other times, I will sketch out an idea on a post-it note and stick it where I will be sure to see it again.

For this card, I knew ahead of time what colors I wanted to use, so I took out all the scraps of designer series paper I had in those colors and left them in a little pile.

Sure enough, when I came back to my stamping area the next time I went, “Ooo!” and got right into card making. Blank Page Syndrome… cured!

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: It’s My Party, Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stacks (c) Stampin’ Up!

Inks: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Sea Street Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Circle Dies, Vellum, Dimensionals, Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

A Minute Before Midnight

This is a last minute entry for the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #171.

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Last minute means only pictures for now, because it is past my bedtime!  I will add witticisms and directions for how to make this card tomorrow when I am more awake!


 

Tomorrow has arrived! Hooray!

This card is for a “Clean and Simple” challenge, and making a card simpler and cleaner is often a challenge all on it’s own, whether or not you are trying to stick to a certain sketch idea or a particular color scheme. I stuck with a single color for this card: Lost Lagoon from Stampin’ Up!

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I tried a new splatter technique I hadn’t used before. To use this technique, you take a Stampin’ Write marker and use the inside of the cap to flick the tip at the paper. This results in several small, dark spatters as opposed to the larger lighter spatters one might achieve by using a paint brush, water, and ink to spatter the paper. I was a little worried that this might damage the marker tip, but it survived completely unscathed. This is definitely a technique I will have to remember for the future when I need a little background texture.

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You can really see how dimensionals add layers to this card in the above image.

I didn’t really intend for this card to be a sad card, but I think it could work very well as a sympathy card.

Thanks for visiting!

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Materials used:

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

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

Ink: Lost Lagoon (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Other: Dimensionals, Lost Lagoon Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Know What I Love? Mom

My mom occasionally reads my blog (Hi Mom! Love you like crazy!) so I couldn’t post this until after Mother’s Day. I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise.

Now that this card has been safely delivered, I can post about it here!

New Technique! I tried a glue resist for the first time. First, I stamped the flower from the stamp set What I Love from Stampin’ Up! Then, with a paintbrush I added a thin layer of Elmer’s glue on top of the flowers. After this was dry I sponged on Pear Pizazz, Blushing Bride, and So Saffron ink using circular rubbing motions.

Where I added glue the ink wasn’t able to stick to the cardstock as well as it did in other areas, so the color is much lighter. I had thought that the flowers would be pure white, but they weren’t. Later I will experiment with different types of glue or more layers to see what happens. I do like how this turned out even though it wasn’t expected, so those experiments will have to wait!

I added a black circle and additional pure Whisper White flowers using dimensionals to add depth.

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For those that were wondering, my mom loved the card and we had a lovely Mother’s Day!

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Materials used:

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

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Pear Pizazz, Blushing Bride, So Saffron (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: And Many More, What I Love (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Circle Dies

Other: Sponge, Dimensionals

The Sky Is The Limit

This card was inspired by the TGIF Challenge #54.

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These are my very favorite colors, and I’m not being facetious in the least. My bedrooms growing up were all papered and painted in these colors. My bridesmaids wore these colors when I got married. At least half of the clothing I own features these colors. When I saw this color challenge, I knew I needed to play along.

On the day that I made this card, I was feeling a little down because my husband will be leaving for a week on a business trip. It’s a little sappy, I know; it’s only a week, but I will miss him. Using my very favorite colors to make a card was the perfect way to both express my feelings and cheer myself up. This card features both rain clouds and a little sunlight peeking through.

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This card grew very organically. Almost everything on it started with, “I wonder what it would look like if I….”

This is where I normally would put the directions for how to make this card, but my husband is telling me that it’s way past my bedtime. It’s his last night here before he leaves, so I should probably listen to him. I’ll have six other nights this week to stay up late stamping and blogging… I guess every cloud does have a silver lining.

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Color Scheme: Island Indigo (and Bermuda Bay), Pool Party, Crushed Curry

Materials Used:

Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up

Inks: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up

Stamps: Dashed Line Stamp, generic clearance bin stamp (was wishing for Gorgeous Grunge), The Sky Is The Limit Stamp Set, Balloon Celebration Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Punches and Dies: Circle Dies, Cupcake Builder Punch, Balloon Bouquet Punch (c) Stampin’ Up

Other: Post-it Notes, Sponge, Dimensionals (c) Stampin’ Up