Keeping Cool in Summer

This is my second post today! If you missed the first post, you can see it here.

This card was made for Global Design Project Challenge #045!

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I know it is summer and it is supposed to be hot… but the heat has been going above and beyond for the past week. When I made this card it was about 94 degrees outside with a humidity of 60%, which put our heat index at 110 degrees. Yikes!

I thought an ice cream cone card would be just perfect to help combat the heat, especially if I stayed in our nice cool basement while I made it.  I did have to substitute Tip Top Taupe for Smokey Slate in the challenge, because who would want to eat a gray ice cream cone?

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The ice cream and cone were made using the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set. I stamped the top and bottom scoops onto Melon Mambo paper and used the Tree Builder Punch to punch out the shapes. The center scoop is white paper that I sponged lightly using Melon Mambo ink.

The polka dot papers are both designs from Pop of Pink Designer Series paper by Stampin’ Up!

I added Basic Black borders around the panels, which gives the card a Pop Art look, especially when combined with polka dots.

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Stay cool everyone, and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Tip Top Taupe (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Sprinkles of Life stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Punch: Tree Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals

 

Celebrate Today in Black and White

 

This card was made in response to Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #57.

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Hello again, readers! I’m happy to announce that I am back! I’ve had a crazy busy month, filled with trips, events, and a busy work schedule, but things are finally settling back to normal. I’m excited to be writing and sharing cards once again and I’ve got a whole pile waiting for you!

This is a simple fancy folded ‘Z’ card. The front of the card has been folded back in half and the white panel on the front lines up with the inner white panel. Start with a half sheet of cardstock (5-1/2 x 11). Score at 4-1/4, flip over, score at 2-1/8, then crease both folds. This is what it looks like from the top:

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I decorated the left panel with Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! I love the bold designs in this paper stack and they are perfect for this challenge.

I cut out a small rose shape from the Rose Garden Thinlit Die set and glued it in the corner of the front white panel. I trimmed the corner off around the rose petals so a little bit of the inside of the card showed through.

On the inside of the card I added a little bit of metallic silver washi tape as an accent.

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Finally, I finished off the card by adding the sentiment from the Enjoy the Little Things stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

Thanks for visiting and for your patience while I was gone! Happy stamping!

Materials:

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

Paper: Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Stamps: Enjoy the Little Things stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Other: silver washi tape

Watermelon Ice Cream

Today’s card was created for TGIF Challenge #63!

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This is such a cute concept for a sketch and I had a lot of fun with it!

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Ever since the Foxy Friends stamp set first came out I’ve been wanting to make this little guy! I realized almost immediately that this ice cream cone stamp from the Snow Place stamp set would fit perfectly in those little paws! Finally, the day has come!

The little raccon turned out to be a little fussy to make, but he was well worth it. For example, to get those paws looking like they are holding the ice cream, they have to be fussy cut out and attached to a background. That meant ALL the pieces had to be fussy cut out for consistency (art word: unity). The double layer makes him nice and solid for popping up on dimensionals!

Rewind a bit. Stamping comes before fussy cutting! To stamp the raccoon body I used one layer of smokey slate. To stamp the mask and tail stripes I stamped Smokey Slate three more times for a total of four layers! I wanted it nice and dark. Luckily these are photopolymer stamps, so they are completely clear and stamping an image right on top of another is relatively easy.

Notice how this particular stamp doesn’t have an extra little bump for feet? There is a cute paw print stamp in the set that fits perfectly on here to make it look like the little feet are turned up and facing towards you. I intended to stamp it on here… but I forgot until the little guy was already up on dimentionals! Oh well, next time!

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In comparison, the ice cream cone was easy! Stamped with black, colored with Watermelon Wonder and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Markers, and cut out!

Once I positioned the raccoon where I wanted him to be, I lined lined up my ice cream cone stamp with the one the raccoon is eating and stamped a whole row in Watermelon Wonder. These were colored with lighter versions of the original with Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand markers. I really wanted the primary ice cream cone to stand out. The colors still weren’t quite light enough for the background cones, so I put down a strip of vellum, and voila!

Confession time: I intended to use polka dot Watermelon Wonder paper in the background, but I confused my designer series papers and used Flirty Flamingo instead. I had already glued everything together when I realized. I could have fixed it, but I liked the gradient of pinks it created so I left it. I love happy accidents!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

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

Paper: 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Balloon Celebrations, Snow Place, Foxy Friends (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Punch: Fussy Cutting only!

Markers: Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Vellum, dimensionals

 

Christmas In July

Today’s card is in response to Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #56!

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The designers over at S.I.P. have it right! It is never too early to start thinking about Christmas cards! The closer you get to the actual holiday, the less time there is to do all the shopping, bake all the cookies, trim all the trees, take holiday photos, and, oh yeah, make Christmas Cards.

It can sneak up on you, and by the time you finish all the Christmas tasks, you might find yourself thinking, “It’s Christmas already?”

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I made this little deer out using the Fox Builder Punch and the Foxy Friends stamp set from Stampin’ Up! The coordinating stamp set comes with little antler stamps, but real reindeer have HUGE antlers! (I just saw some at the zoo this weekend, so I am an expert on this subject.) I opted to use the Tree Builder Punch to make some slightly larger antlers.

The paper is Stampin’ Up!’s new This Christmas Designer Series Paper. It normally pairs with Very Vanilla, but I chose a piece that didn’t have any so I could put it with crisp, sharp Whisper White. Vanilla gives Christmas cards a more traditional look, while white seems more modern to me.

I finished off the card with a greeting from the Snow Place stamp set. It normally says, “Snow Way! It’s Christmas Already?” I covered up part of the sentiment using Post-It Notes for inking, then removed them for stamping. What a perfect saying for a Christmas in July challenge!

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Thanks for visiting! Merry stamping and to all a good night!

 

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Materials:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Tip Top Taupe (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: This Christmas Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Foxy Friends, Snow Place (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tip Top Taupe (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches: Fox Builder Punch, Tree Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Shiny red cardstock, standard size hole punch

 

Happiness Is Polka Dots and Rainbows

Today’s card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #244!

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Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved rainbows. My sisters and I knew which weather conditions and times of day were ripe for rainbows, and if one of us spotted one, we’d alert each other by shouting, “Rainbow! Rainbow!” and running out into the driveway to gawk at it. As we grew up we joked that if we started a band, it would be called “Rainbow Alarm”.

I also love polka dots, though maybe not quite as much as rainbows. If I had to design a designer series paper, it would certainly be a whole stack of papers with different sized polka dots in every color.

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This card was incredibly easy to make.I had several words from the Hello You die set from Stampin’ Up! already cut out (I tend to get carried away and cut more than I need) and I had a stack of white ovals already cut out. I made my own ovals in Illustrator and cut them out with the Cricut Explore Air.

All I had to do was add color! And trim the background paper.

To add the color, I sponged Crushed Curry ink onto the middle section of the oval (using circular rubbing motions and starting the sponge off the side of the paper). In the same way I added Watermelon Wonder ink to one side and Island Indigo to the other side, letting them overlap the Crushed Curry.

Add glue and some dimensionals and the card is complete!

So simple, and yet it still makes me as happy as a card that I’ve spent hours laboring over! Maybe even happier!

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Happy stamping and thanks for visiting!

Colors:

Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Smokey Slate

Materials:

Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Hello You (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Sponge, Oval cut using Cricut Explore Air