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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A Night Downtown

This card was inspired by the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #50.

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I maaaay have taken some liberties in interpreting what shape to use for the circle. Instead of a circle I used a Tyrannosaurus Rex stomping around downtown. That seemed like a lot more fun to me!

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I stamped the city twice using an old set called Calling All Heroes from Stampin’ Up! One city was placed directly on the background panel and I fussy cut out the other one and popped it up on dimensionals.

The dinosaur is stamped in Watermelon Wonder and is also fussy cut. The dino comes from a set called No Bones About It, also from Stampin’ Up! The sentiment (RAWR) also comes from that set. I used a Post-It to cover up the rest of the sentiment. Luckily I didn’t have to fussy cut the word bubble, there’s a framelit for that! The set is called, logically enough, Word Bubble Framelit Dies.

This would make a great birthday card for a kid… or if your adult friends are anything like mine, they would also enjoy a dinosaur card!

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Tip: A Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker works great to darken stamped images if you want them really, really black and don’t mind spenind a little extra effort coloring.

Thanks for visiting! Happy Stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: No Bones About It, Calling All Heroes stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Word Bubble Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Cool Party Penguin

This card was inspired by Mojo Monday challenge #450.

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Recognize that paper? It is It’s My Party Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up! with a few modifications. Here’s what it normally looks like:

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I learned some interesting things about colors while making this card. I figured that Cucumber Crush could adequately cover the Crushed Curry Balloons, and it did, but the resulting color was very close to Old Olive and not very much like Cucumber Crush at all. Similarly, Elegant Eggplant + Melon Mambo = Rich Razzleberry.

I love how changing the colors completely changes the feel of a paper, even though the pattern is the same. Without the color change, this penguin would have been headed off to his niece’s birthday party. With the new colors, he’s heading instead to a snazzy New Year’s celebration.

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This is the first time I tried to use actual string, thread really, instead of drawing or stamping balloon strings. Here’s how I did it:

  1. Put a glue dot on the back of the balloon, just above the neck of the balloon.
  2. Secure the end of the thread on the glue dot, leaving a little bit of a tail.
  3. Wrap the long end of the thread around the balloon neck, secure once again on the glue dot.
  4. Create a small loop so thread is now pointing downward, secure one last time on the glue dot.
  5. For added security, add another glue dot on top of the thread like a glue dot sandwich.
  6. Attach the dimensional that holds the balloon on top of the glue dot sandwich so there is no space for it to wiggle loose.

If all that doesn’t hold it, I don’t know what will.

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I used Post-It Notes on the penguin’s neck so the tie would only appear on the white part of the penguin. I love his little tie! I never in a million years would let my husband out of the house wearing this tie… but somehow it looks adorable on this little guy!

Tips for ribbon:

  1. Melt the ends with a lighter so they don’t fray.
  2. Have one piece of ribbon go all the way across the card and tie a second, separate piece around it.
  3. Secure a single knot with glue dots so it doesn’t come untied.

That’s all for today, happy stamping everyone!

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This is a classic “cool” color scheme.

Cardstock: Basic Black, Pool Party, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Snow Place Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Elegant Eggplant, Cucumber Crush, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, So Saffron, Old Olive, Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches and Dies: Balloon Bouquet Punch, Snow Friends Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Generic Purple Ribbon, Gold Thread, Vellum

Warm Greetings For You

This card was inspired by TWO challenges. The first is the Global Design Project Challenge #038. The second is TGIF Challenge #58.

I featured some of my favorite things on this card. It makes me so happy to be able to combine so many of them!

  1. Washi tape! It’s so easy to use and completely repositionable in case you are like me and tape it down crooked the first time.
  2. Color your own DSP! This designer series paper is the Wildflower DSP from Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-bration. It is white with black, perfect for coloring.
  3. Intricate thinlit dies! The leafy shape comes from the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies from Stampin’ Up! I haven’t gotten to use it yet… I may have been distracted by the rose images that come in the set prior to now… but that leaf is beautiful too!

Tip: My Rose Garden leaf cutout is cut in half so not a lot of the image is hidden behind the greeting. This effectively stretched out the shape so it is longer looking than normal.

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Don’t be afraid to color! This paper is so “sketchy” that if you color outside the lines it looks completely normal. I colored these with the wide end of my Stampin’ Write markers without worrying about staying in the lines in the least… and it looks great! (This is my not-so-humble opinion. If you have a different one, keep it to yourself so I may remain happily delusional.)

In all seriousness, many papers and stamps have a loose artistic quality to them and coloring them loosely actually adds to the unity of the entire card, because the stamps, paper, and coloring are all done in a similar “loose” style.

I think my art teacher is showing.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Markers: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Accessories: Beach House Washi Tape, 2014-2016 In-Color Washi Tape (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals