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!

Polaroid Plane

This card is inspired by the Pals Paper Arts challenge #300. Woah, congrats on 300 challenges!

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I love this layout. It was so easy to come up with ideas, I probably could have made about 10 cards using this layout. Someday I probably will. What a great sketch!

I started out with an exact square with a thin border all the way around it, but once I stamped the plane and started adding color, I realized it needed to be a polaroid shaped frame instead of square.

The plane stamp is from The Sky is the Limit stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I sponged Pool Party ink to make the sky color. I used Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry Markers to color the body of the plane (these colors look way more vibrant in these photos than they are in real life for some reason). I used a sentiment from the And Many More stamp set from Stampin’ Up! The background stripe is from It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack, also from Stampin’ Up!

The sentiment could easily be switched out and this could make a great Father’s Day card or masculine birthday card.

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This plane stamp always reminds me of my uncle, who loves planes and loves to visit Oshkosh for the annual plane show, and basically taught me everything I know (and several things I have forgotten) about planes. He has a great t-shirt that has an image of a plane on floats, and another plane similar to the one above. It is captioned, “See plane, buy plane.”

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Materials:

Cardstock: Light Grey (was wishing for Smoky Slate), Whisper White

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Other: Sponge, Dimensionals, Bermuda Bay & Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers

Yellow Rose Wonder +10 Cards that Inspire Me

The Rose Garden Thinlit Dies from Stanpin’ Up! are SO beautiful! They create such a nice bold outline and such a beautiful image. They are naturally so lovely that you don’t have to do anything to it to make it a gorgeous card. You can literally cut one out in any color paper and glue it straight on a blank white card and it will be beautiful.

Since this is such a strong image making a card that looks unique and different from what anyone else has made is actually a bit of a challenge. First, the image takes up a lot of space, so there isn’t a lot of left over room to work with. Second, you want the rose to stand out, so you have to be careful to choose backgrounds that are not too distracting; most patterned papers won’t work. Third, this set is so popular that everyone and their aunt has already tried the basics (not that the basics aren’t lovely).

After much deliberation and testing, and many, many drafts later I finally came up with a Rose Garden card that was truly my own.

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Fancy, right? Here’s how I made it, if you’s like to make one too:

  1. Layer Basic Black Card 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded in half, Whisper White 4 x 5 1/4, and Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper 3 3/4 x 5.
  2. Use Project Life Corner Rounder Punch to add curved corners to all layers before adhering them together.
  3. Use the large Rose Garden Die to cut a black rose. Cut off the larger of the two leaves. Use tiny pieces of dimensionals to adhere the rose to the card.
  4. Add a thin strip of basic black, a 1/2 inch wide.
  5. Stamp the rose frame from the Four Frames* stamp set and the sentiment from the What I Love* stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black. Color in the roses with a Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker. *These are both (c) Stampin’ Up! sets, but are sadly retired.
  6. Punch out the frame and sentiment with the Decorative Label Punch (c) Stampin’ Up! and attach it to the black strip using dimensionals.
  7. Add a 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White layer inside the card. Punch corners with the Project Life Corner Punch.
  8. If desired, glue the extra leaf you cut off the rose to the inside as an embellishment.

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Materials used:

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

Paper: Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Four Frames, What I Love stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies and Punches: Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Rose Garden Thinlit Dies, Decorative Label Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

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And now… I present to you some of my favorite cards made with the Rose Garden Thinlit dies! I selected each of these because they were unique and beautiful. All of these artists are thinking outside the box and coming up with great new ideas for ways to use this die.

Click the artist’s names to visit the exact blog page where they posted their amazing cards! Don’t forget to leave them comments telling them how awesome they are!

Dena Rekow of The Creativity Cave

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Dena has an amazing tutorial on how to create the stained glass look in the above card. Knowing how to do this technique will be super useful if you want to CASE her card or any of the stained glass cards below.

Dena Rekow of the Creativity Cave (again)

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Sharlene Meyer of Magpie Creates

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Beth McAlexander of Card Creations by Beth

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Rachel Tessman of Stamp Your Art Out

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Alison Solven of Stamp Crazy with Alison

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Shelly Godby of Stamping Smiles

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Genna Giford of The Stampers’ Mess

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Mary Deatherage of Stamps-N-Lingers

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Patsy Waggoner of Stamps to Die For

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Thanks to ALL of you for inspiring me!

 

Thanks a Leaf

In addition to online challenges,  my amazing Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Jan V, issues challenges for our card club each month. One of the challenges was to try a new technique that we’ve never used before. Exciting!

I have not done very much with sponging; I’ve only done a sky background once or twice on a card at club. I’ve NEVER used a stencil before.

I heard that you could make your own stencils out of vellum and framelit dies, so I decided to give that a try.

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This was my process:

  1. Cut a sheet of vellum into quarters.
  2. Use Leaflets Framelit Dies to cut leaf shapes in the middle. This is now my stencil.
  3. Position the stencil over a white card, in the orientation that I wanted.
  4. Use Washi tape on one edge to hold both the white card and the stencil in place. This prevents slips and lets you lift up the stencil to check your progress. The washi tape does not damage the paper.
  5. Use a piece of sponge to dab on the lightest color first, then the next lightest, then the darkest. The colors will mix, so choose colors that are analogous (near each other on the color wheel) to avoid getting muddy browns when colors are mixed.

For a two-tone greeting:

  1. Ink the greeting in the lighter color first.
  2. Hold the greeting at a slight angle and touch gently to the darker color ink pad. Only the top or bottom of the saying should contact the pad.
  3. CHECK your stamp before stamping! There may have been a little added ink around the edge of the stamp. Clean this off before stamping on your lovely card!

 

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Tip:

If you plan on using the same stencil for more than one image, wait for the ink on the stencil to dry before stamping the second one! Ink takes longer to dry on vellum than on paper. If you try it when the ink is still wet, you could get dark ink on your light colored sponge and ink pad or on your card.
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I liked this technique quite a lot. It was much easier than I expected and the results are stunning.  The edges are so crisp and clean. I would definitely recommend trying this!

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(That’s right, no orange! Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder made a lovely mix!)

Materials Used:

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

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder, Blackberry Bliss (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Leaflets Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Sponge pieces, Vellum