Strawberry Surprise

First, I would like to thank the design team at Global Design Project for selecting my ice cream card as an honorable mention for last week’s challenge! I play along for the inspiration and all the amazing ideas I get from seeing everyone’s cards… but it is always nice to have recognition as well. I am incredibly honored!

This card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #246!

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I chose a strawberry pattern paper from Stampin’ Up!’s Fruit Stand designer series paper collection.  I love this paper, but it certainly was a challenge to work with on a card that was supposed to be clean and simple; this paper has a lot going on!

I tried several different versions of this card and they were all getting too busy for my taste. I did two different things to try and calm this card down.

First, I used bold black outlines. The black stripe across the card brings a lot of stability to the card’s design. Horizontal lines subconsciously remind our brains of oceans, beds, and other calming flat things. This particular line is also very dark, giving it a lot of weight, and therefore even more stability.

There wasn’t any black in the designer series paper, though, so on it’s own this black stripe would have looked a little out of place. To tie everything together, I hand outlined the strawberries and leaves on the designer series paper using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Strawberry Fields

Second, I simplified the design further by taking off the tag and making it a stand alone element. I now have a coordinating card and gift tag! I designed the tag shape using Adobe Illustrator and cut it out using the Cricut Air Explore. If you’ve got a fancy paper cutting machine, I’ve included the image below. Feel free to use, but if you do, I’d appreciate if you left a comment or sent back a picture of what you made with it!

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Wondering how I made these cute little strawberries? Can you guess? I’ll give you a clue: punches!

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The strawberries are actually balloons, punched out using the Balloon Bouquet punch from Stampin’ Up! I just cut off the “neck” of the balloon (that’s what the part is called where the air goes in). The green top of the strawberry was punched out using the Fox Builder punch. The shape that is normally the bottom of the fox’s face is also perfect for leaves, if you double it up! I finished off the strawberries with a couple of white colored pencil seeds- really just some quick scribbly shapes.

Finally, the stamp on the tag comes from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, which has lots of cute, friendly little phrases that fit perfectly on small areas like tag fronts.

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Note: Fruit Stand paper technically coordinates with Watermelon Wonder and NOT Real Red, but with the watercolor effect some of the strawberries look much darker and I think it looks just as nice paired with Real Red.


Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, Real Red (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

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

Punches: Fox Builder, Balloon Bouquet Punches (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker

Other: dimensionals, white colored pencil, Cricut Explore Air


Moon Rabbit

This is my third post today (I said I had a pile of cards to share!) Check out the other two cards here and here if you missed them.

I made this card for two challenges! The first is Pals Paper Arts Challenge #310!


Then, because I love the color scheme I did another card for Global Design Project #045!


I played around with the arrangement of the elements a lot on this card to get the balance just right. In the end, the sketch was turned upside down and had an extra circle added.

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The grey polka dot paper reminds me of a moon, which makes this cute little rabbit an astronaut.  The rabbit was made using the Fox Builder Punch. I turned the head shape upside down so his cheeks would be down lower. I also used the fox cheek shape, cut it in half, rounded the corners, and used it as the rabbit’s back feet. The ears also use that shape. The front feet were stamped then fussy cut out, because I think it looks more 3D to have the feet stick down a little bit.

I had to do a lot of rearranging on this card in order to make the balance right. Most of the time spent making the card, actually. I tilted the rabbit this way and that, moved the circles around several different ways… and finally the perfect balance was achieved by added a little HB (Happy Birthday) flag. Sometimes the smallest elements make a big difference! The flag was inspired by the little HB flag stamp from the Cupcake Builder stamp set by Stampin’ Up! but I made it larger so it would maatch the size of the rabbit. The HB is written in white colored pencil.

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Thanks for visiting! Happy stamping!

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

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

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

Stamps: Foxy Friends Stamp Set

Punches and Dies: Circle Dies, Fox Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimentionals, white colored pencil, sponge


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!


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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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.


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!


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!


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!


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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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