Balloon Builders Love

I made this for my in-laws for Valentine’s Day, but it is a great card for anniversaries, weddings, and birthdays for loved ones.

First, I used Balloon Builders (c) Stampin’ Up to create the flamingos. This looks simple enough, but getting all the pieces of the flamingos lined up in the correct place was a bit of a challenge! My advice would be to start at the beak and work your way out and down. If you start at the body (like I did on my first attempt) you might find that you’ve made the flamingos too close together or too far apart for what was envisioned.

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After stamping the flamingos in Watermelon Wonder and Basic Black, I fuzzy cut them out. Using dimensionals I made them pop out a bit from the background. The background is a piece of paper from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up. Confession time: this paper actually uses very vanilla words and I put it on white cardstock. Forgive me, fellow card makers!

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Materials:

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

Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up

Stamps: Balloon Builders Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Other: Dimensionals

Lucky Stars Thank You Card

Inspiration for my card today comes from the Mojo Monday design sketch #442. This is my first official entry in a contest! Yay!

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I wanted to try out some of the new papers designer series paper I got recently, so I pulled out this cute Melon Mambo star paper from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack. The Going Global Stamp Set had some perfect star themed stamps to go with it.

This was starting to look like an adventuresome card, so it needed an explorer. I chose this cute little penguin to go adventuring under the stars. Voila, a card is born! Or rather made.

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Okay, okay… I know it isn’t really winter any more… I just think this penguin stamp is so cute!

I put black around the edges of the melon mambo papers to give them a little more weight. They just looked a little wimpy without them. I love how bold this turned out!

For the first time, I thought I’d try my hand at making one of these images that shows all the different materials I used. These are great  for all visual learner types like me.

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Materials Used:

Ink: Versamark Basic Black

Stamps: Going Global and Snow Place Stamp Sets (c) Stampin’ Up

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

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White

Other: Medium Star Punch, Dimensionals

 

A Handwritten Hello (to you)

This is a simple card, fit for any occasion! The sentiment in this case is my own handwriting cut out using Adobe Illustrator, a tablet, and a Cricut Explore Air. There are also several dies available from a variety of vendors that give the same effect. No matter what method you choose, it turns out so cute!

This is a great card for showing off beautiful designer papers. This design gives the paper a lot of room to show off. Look how lovely!

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If you have a Cricut, you can use this image to cut out your own “happy” or “hello” sentiments. If you use this image, I’d love it if you could link back so I can see what you’ve made!

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If you’d like to cut out your own handwriting, here’s the steps I used:

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If you don’t have a Cricut you can get sentiment dies at Stampin’ Up (Greetings Thinlits Dies, Hello You Thinlits Dies) or Papertrey Ink (Bloomin’ Cute Sentiments Die). I’m sure there are more companies that make them, too!

Happy card making!

Materials used:

Technology: Cricut Explore Air, Adobe Illustrator, Drawing Tablet

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

Cardstock: Whisper White, Cucumber Crush

Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone (c) Stampin’ Up

 

 

Sea Street Love

My dad has loved aquariums for as long as I can remember. He taught my sisters and I how to care for fish when we were little,  taught us to identify different kinds of tropical fish, took us snorkeling, and instilled a love in us for petting sting rays.

I have never met someone that loved aquariums as much as he does… until my son came along. He seems to have inherited my dad’s fascination for watching aquatic life.

I took the two of them to the aquarium recently and there was an octopus there that was very actively climbing all around his tank. We watched him for a long time, or as long as we could before the toddler among us got bored and wanted to see other things

The Octopus became the mascot of that trip.

For Valentine’s Day I made my dad this sweet card using the Octopus stamp from the Sea Street stamp set by Stampin’ Up.

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I outlined the octopus in black using a Stampin’ Write marker. The fine tipped side works great for these little details. I love how the added black makes the image pop! It also gives the card a strong sense of unity.

Art Word Alert! Unity is a cohesiveness that brings all the elements of a piece of artwork together. It means that nothing sticks out or looks like it doesn’t belong.

In my card, I used black hand drawn lines for the string holding the banners and on the banners themselves. I also outlined the balloon and the octopus to bring the same hand drawn aspect to the rest of the card, and voila, unity!

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Materials used:

Stamps: Sea Street, Balloon Builders, and Setting Sail all (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up

Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Basic Clack, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up

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

Other: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, Dimensionals

Happy By The Dozen

I made a card for my husband… then I liked it so much I made a dozen more. The base for this card couldn’t be simpler.

  1. Four strips of washi tape in happy colors run diagonally across a white panel (3.75 x 5).
  2. Add a border in a coordinating color (4 x 5.25).
  3. Add a happy shape on top. There are so many options here! I used penguins, sentiments cut out in white, banners, and butterflies.

I’d like to admit here that I love washi tape. It is so happy! It is also so easy to use, being by far the most forgiving tape I’ve ever worked with. Even if it gets stuck to itself, it is easy to separate it again and it is still usable!

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For the sentiments on these cards, I created an image of the words “happy” and “hello” in a cursive font I liked*, uploaded it into Cricut’s Design Software, and cut them out. There are also dies available from Stampin’ Up and other scrapbooking / card making companies that create the same effect.

*I also played with cutting out my own handwriting on the Cricut. There us an example of that in the banner image on the upper right blue card.

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These penguins are so lighthearted and fun! They are from Stampin’ Up’s Snowplace Stamp Set. With coordinating dies, they are so easy to cut out and pop onto a card!

Even while writing this post, more possibilities for cards are springing to mind. I’d love to try mixing this with Botanical Blossoms Dies, Butterfly Thinlit Dies, or the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies all (c) Stampin’ Up. If you make a card like this, I’d love to see what variations you come up with!

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Materials used:

Cricut Explore Air

Snowplace Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Elegant Butterfly Punch (c) Stampin’ Up

Washi Tape in a variety of colors (some (c) Stampin’ Up, the rest by Recollections)

Cardstock in lime, aqua, tangerine, and white.