A Shower of Babies

A friend of mine just had a baby boy and a coworker adopted twin baby girls! I made two dozen of the little blue thank you cards with a variety of animals and a single coral congrats card. Of course, I forgot to take a picture of all the thank you cards together before wrapping them up as a gift. I didn’t want to redo all the wrapping, so I had to wait to get a thank you back in the mail to take the picture!

Both the boy and girl versions of this card have the same layout, with just a few minor variations in numbers of balloons and types of animals.

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Thank you cards like these are a great way to use up some designer series paper. Even after making 24 of these cards, I still only used one and a half sheets of this Mint Macaron paper from the It’s My Party Paper Stack. It goes a really long way!

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I cut cloud shaped masks out of post-it notes, basing the shape in the clouds in the Balloon Celebrations stamp set, but making them a bit bigger. I sponged the sky using soft Soft Sky ink, then reused the clouds on the next card!

The animals come from Zoo Babies and Thankful Forest Friends. All were fussy cut. Yup, ALL 25. The Balloons come from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set and are punched out using the Balloon Bouquet punch. All of these are from Stampin’ Up!

Strings on balloons are hand drawn. I place things where I want them, put a little dot where each end of the string will be, move all the pieces out of the way, and attempt to draw a straight-ish line. Each end of the string is tied with a little teardrop shaped loop.

Thanks for visiting, happy stamping!

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Materials Used:

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

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

Stamp Sets: Zoo Babies, Thankful Forest Friends, Perfect Pairs, Balloon Celebrations, Mystery Stamp Set* (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Marina Mist, Soft Sky (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches: Balloon Bouquet Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Sponge, Post-It Notes, Basic Grey Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

*I borrowed the “Thanks to you…” stamp from my mom, but forgot to write down the name of the stamp set and cannot find it online anywhere. Sorry!

Compass Challenged

This card was inspired by the color challenge at Stamp Ink Paper (#303).

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I substituted Tip Top Taupe for Sahara Sand. I did lots of coloring on stamped images and on DSPs for this card.  I would normally share more… but my two year old son has come down with Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. I already made this  card so I thought I’d better post it quick.

Happy stamping!

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You Send Me Soaring, Rochelle Blok

This card was created for TGIF challenge #57.

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I LOVE this challenge idea! What a great way to spread the love and let people know you loved what they made! I had so many favorites, it was really tough to choose…

I chose to CASE (copy and selectively edit) a card by Rochelle Blok.

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Rochelle made this gorgeous (or should we say handsome) masculine-friendly congratulations card for the make-a-manly-card challenge. I love the stripes, love the layout, love the accents, love everything about this card!

I decided to change up the color scheme to make a girly version for all the female champs out there. Here is my card:

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I used this gold trim on a doublet I sewed for my husband’s renaissance costume. It took hundreds of pins and hours of squinting at a sewing machine to get it looking just right. On this card, it took a couple of glue dots and a matter of moments to get it attached perfectly. This is why I paper craft instead of sew. 🙂

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Happy stamping!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Sky Is The Limit (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Mint Ribbon, Gold Trim, Bell, Dimensionals

 

Bold is Beautiful

Today is SO exciting!

First, I was selected as an honorable at the Global Design Project for last week’s challenge. Thank you SO much to the GDP team! There were so many great cards entered from all around the world, I am humbled to have been mentioned!

Second, the new Stampin’ Up catalog begins today! I am picking up my catalog live and in person next week, so I’ve been pouring over the new items on the website. Squee! There are so many cute things!

For today’s card, I am sharing one of the things that I am very glad did not retire. Rose Garden Thinlits are one of my favorites! The image is so bold and beautiful.

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I used the stained glass technique to create this image. I’ve described it before, so here are the abbreviated steps:

  1. Cut out one image in black. Save the outline.
  2. Cut out one image in color. Save the itty bitty pieces.
  3. Cover a piece of black background paper completely with snail adhesive. Glue on the outline first, then fill in the itty bitty pieces.
  4. Trim off the edges of the background paper.

In addition to the bold rose image, I also played around with the layers a bit. The polka dot pattern (from the Pretty Petals DSP) is the farthest back layer. The white is raised up on one layer of dimensionals and the rose is raised up another layer.

The bold rose fills up a card so nicely, that a sentiment is not necessary. This means that this card works well for a plethora of occasions!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

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

Other: Dimensionals

Snow Place Like A Tropical Place

These two cards are in response to two challenges. The first challenge is from The Paper Players.

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I went with a “wild” penguin card for the Paper Players’ challenge.

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This penguin from the Snow Place stamp set by Stampin’ Up! are far too much fun to use only in the winter. I thought that a wild animal challenge would be the perfect time for this little guy to take a break from the arctic, don a wild Hawaiian shirt, and visit the tropics!

Tip: Make a simple Hawaiian shirt using the bottom of the cupcake from Stampin’ Up!’s Cupcake Builder Punch. Just turn if upside down, trim off the scallops, cut it in half, and fold down the corners for the collar.

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He makes me with I was going on vacation, too!

The second challenge came from TGIF Challenges. They selected me as their challenge winner last week, for which I am SO honored. Thanks again! Here is the current challenge:

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I made a tropical d.i.y. designer paper to use for my four panels in this card.

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I used a masking technique to create this colorful floral pattern with Botanical Blooms stamps from Stampin’ Up! First, I stamped the flowers in Crushed Curry. I stamped additional flowers on a couple of post-it notes. I cut out the post-it note flowers and used them to cover up the one on my paper. Then, I could stamp leaves and background flowers in the background without getting the ink on my foreground flowers.

Tips: Cut through a couple of post-it notes at once to speed up the process of making several masks at once!

I also used the masking technique to give the penguin his sunglasses.

Bonus Tip: Stampin’ Write Markers are a great way to do touch ups or fill any white gaps that might have been left behind by your post-it mask.

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This card reminded me of some advice from some very wise people. The first is my mom who warns on any construction or craft project, “Measure twice, cut once.” I did not remember this in time… which brings me to Tim Gunn of Project Runway who says, “Make it work!” After trimming one of my four panels too short, I trimmed the one on the opposite side to match. I actually like the asymmetrical look better than when all they were all the same size.

Tip: Turn your mistakes into opportunities to try something different!

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Thanks for visiting!

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Materials Used:

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

Ink: Memento’s Tuxedo Black, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Calling All Heroes, Snow Place, Perfect Pairings, Botanical Blooms (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches: Decorative Label Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Post-It Notes, Dimensionals, Stampin’ Write Markers in Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Basic Grey (c) Stampin’ Up!