Party Animal

Here’s a fun birthday card for anyone, guy or gal, ages 0-99+!

I love this iconic paper from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!  It’s got a ready made color scheme that is fun and festive without being too gender oriented.

With this card I was trying out a “Split Card”. This term was invented by Dena Rekow and she has a great demonstration of how to make this type of card here.  I did not realize when I created this card that Dena would be featured in a CASE (Cope and Selectively Edit) Blog Hop; I CASEd her without even knowing it because she’s so awesome. Congrats Dena!

Here is just one of Dena’s Split Cards that inspired me. They are all amazing, how can you pick just one?

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Several of the other artists participating in the Dena Rekow Blog Hop also chose to create split cards. I love it! Check out the hop here!

This type of card is actually much easier to make than I thought it would be. I created these layers exactly as if I was going to make a normal sized rectangle card. Then I stuck it in my paper trimmer at the angle I wanted the opening and sliced it. To create the opening of 1 inch, I trimmed 1 inch off the bottom of the white card layer. It took a little bit of math and careful measuring to get all the layers trimmed so that the borders were the same size all the way around (1 inch, plus the size of the border for each layer).

Tip: After creating the angle, make any adjustments to the size by trimming off the straight edge, NOT the angled edge! It’s much more difficult to match that same angle on top and bottom than it is to just take a little off the straight side.

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Split cards are definitely on-trend these days! Thanks Dena for showing us all how to make them and for inspiring us every day!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Mint Macaroon, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Zoo Babies, Balloon Builder stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches: Project Life Corner Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals

Hello, Green!

Today’s card was inspired by the Global Design Project Challenge #034.GDP034 sketch

This challenge is simple and simply lovely!

I did a wash on watercolor paper with Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi and a touch of Lost Lagoon. When doing washes, it helps to use washi tape to hold the paper down until after it is dry; this keeps it from curling. One cool thing about Stampin’ Up! inks is that you can gently squeeze the lid down while it is closed, then when you open it there is a little bit of excess ink on the inside of the cover! This makes it really easy to watercolor.

Watercolor washes are a surprise every time. You never know how it will turn out… and I love how this one looks! It really shows off the Wild Wasabi: a green that doesn’t get nearly enough love.

Watercolor paper has a lot of tooth, meaning that the texture is bumpy rather than smooth. That makes it GREAT for clinging onto water. It also makes it terrible for stamping a clean image, because the ink only wants to stick to the parts of the paper that stick up. Rather than put my greeting directly onto the watercolor paper, I chose to stamp on vellum (with Staz-On ink) and layer it on top.

Add all this to a Wild Wasabi base card and… voila!

Thanks to everyone from the Global Design Team for running this challenge and happy stamping to all!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Wild Wasabi (c) Stampin’ up!

Ink: Staz-On Black, Wild Wasabi, Lost Lagoon, Daffodil Delight (c) Stampin’ up!

Stamps: Hello Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ up!

Other: Watercolor Paper, Watercolor Brush, Vellum

Balloon Adventures

This card was inspired by Mojo Monday Challege #446.

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This was such a fun challenge! I thought of the idea immediately on Monday when I first saw it and didn’t get a chance to actually make the card until Friday. The idea was rattling around in my head ALL week.

For this challenge, I replaced stars with balloons and the scallop shape became my scalloped circle clouds in the background. I’ve seen several other people use scalloped circles as a mask to create clouds, but this is the first time I have tried it. It turned out great… the third time I tried it. Practice makes perfect I guess.

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Try this at home!

Create a sponged cloud background:

  1. You need 1-2 scalloped circles punched out. Use post-it paper so it is easy to move around, or attach it to your background paper using washi tape.
  2. Start at the top of your background. Attach your circles onto the background.
  3. Sponge a light colored ink at on the top of the scalloped circle. Option 1: Daub your sponge up and down. This results in in a stippled or speckled coloring. Option 2: Wipe your sponge in small circles to add the color. This results in smooth coloring.
  4. Move your scalloped circles down the paper. Sponge more color on the top of the shape. Repeat until you reach the bottom of the paper.

Tips:

  1. Start your sponging ON the cloud mask, NOT on your nice background paper. That first daub of the sponge can look a lot darker than the rest of your sky. Stamp it off a little so you don’t get such an intense color at first. This is what happened in attempt #1. Oops.
  2. Don’t let the clouds create an x shape. If you are moving your clouds down the page, don’t let your new cloud criss-cross an existing cloud. This looks really, really strange. This was how attempt #2 failed. Learn from my mistake.

After making the sky, the rest of the card was pretty simple to make. The monkey is from the Zoo Babies Stamp, stamped in Tip Top Taupe and cut out by hand. The balloons are punched out using the Balloon Bouquet Punch. The strings are drawn with a Basic Grey Stampin’ Write Marker. Basic Black wold have been too strong with how soft the rest of the colors are. All of these items are from Stampin’ Up!

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+Tip Top Taupe: Oops! I forgot to include Tip Top Taupe (for that cute little monkey) in the above color combination.

Materials Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight

Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Pool Party

Stamps: Zoo Babies

Punches and Dies: Scalloped Circle Punch, Balloon Bouquet Punch

Other: Sponge, Basic Grey Stampin’ Write Marker

Balloon Celebrations Bicycle

This card was inspired by the Paper Players challenge #293.

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I had to get creative for this challenge! I didn’t have any bicycle paper or stamps or anything! I did have a couple of cute wheel-like stamps from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

From there I used left over paper strips I had trimmed off the edge of a previous card to build my own bicycle! I rounded the ends of the strips, then used glue dots to stick everything together. All these tiny pieces liked to slide around as I worked with them… it was definitely NOT easy. It was worth it though!

After building the bicycle I added embellishments. The balloon and dandelion seed flowers are also stamps from Balloon Celebrations. I created the basket using the Cupcake Builder Punch from Stampin’ Up! and cut it smaller to fit on the front of this little bicycle.

Only one photo today; my camera battery died mid-photo shoot!

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Materials Used:

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

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

Stamps: Balloon Celebrations (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

 

 

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!