Blue Roses Too

Today’s card uses Rose Garden Thinlit Dies from Stampin’ Up! I cut out the image in white first, to get the outline. I glued this outline onto a rectangular piece of white cardstock using snail adhesive; I basically covered the entire rectangle with adhesive.

Then I cut out the image again in Bermuda Bay and Pool Party. I placed the petal pieces inside the white outline like completing a puzzle. Once all the spaces were filled, I cut along the edges of the rose to remove the background rectangle.

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I used the Project Life Corner Rounding Punch to curve all the edges of the background panels. In my opinion this step makes a card look a little more formal or fancy.

Panel sizes: White Card (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″), Bermuda Bay Panel (4″ x 5-1/4″), 2 Pool Party Panels (3-3/4″ x 2-7/16″)

One simple stamp finishes off this card from the What I Love stamp set from Sale-a-bration. I love this scroll-y font, so elegant!

This card makes me think of the song “What a Wonderful World” so now I will be singing it the rest of the day!

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This is a crazy month, with lots of camping and cabin trips packed in! It’s lots of fun… but it means I can’t participate in most of my favorite card challenges. I still have lots of cards to share with you though, so keep checking back!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

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

Stamps: What I Love (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Other: dimensionals

Perfect Simplicity

For today’s card, I returned to the Rose Garden thinlit dies.

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The rose image stamped out from the largest die in this set is so beautiful, you hardly have to do anything to it to make a card. This card features two roses, two leaves, and a plain white background; simple!

To make a card like this, I cut a rose in Bermuda Bay and one in Daffodil Delight. I carefully trimmed off the leaves, rounding the edges so it looked like they were never there in the first place. I also cut out two leaves in Wild Wasabi; I didn’t cut a whole rose out for these. I just cut a piece big enough for a leaf, ran the leaf part of the die through the machine, and backed it out again.

Optional: You can save the petal pieces that are cut out from the rose to create neat stained glass effects! For example, I used the Daffodil Delight petals to make this card.

Once my pieces were ready to go, I laid them out on my card. The two roses overlap, so I trimmed the Daffodil Delight rose so it would look like it was behind the Bermuda Bay one. I adhered the roses and leaves to the white card panel and trimmed all the edges where they overlapped.

The trickiest part is that the ends like to stick up if they aren’t glued down really well. If you use liquid glue, make sure to use very tiny dots so the glue doesn’t squeeze out and make a mess. If you use glue dots (like I did) glue down every single loose end around the edges of the card. These loose ends love to catch on things, then get bent at awkward angles, and don’t look nearly as pretty. It is a hassle to put a glue dot (or dot of liquid glue) on every little piece, but it is totally worth it!

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Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Other: Glue Dots

Up Up and Away

I created a card earlier this week with a gradient effect from Island Indigo to Pool Party and used the Hello You Thinlit Dies from Stampin’ Up! to cut out the word “Hello”. To see that card, click here! The scraps were so pretty, though, that I couldn’t throw them away. Instead, I made the card you see below!

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The layout for this card is super simple, the list of materials is quite short, and the techniques are fairly simple. The only part that is a little tricky is getting all the pieces inside the letters glued down in their rightful places. I used glue dots to attach all those little puzzle pieces. They worked great and left the card nice and clean looking!

If you make this card from scratch instead of using scraps from another card, it might be easier to sponge the gradient on a solid piece of paper, cut out the thinlit word from black paper, and put the thinlit word on top or the gradient background.

The balloon strings are drawn with a white colored pencil. They are just straight lines with little loops at the ends to look like bows.

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Thanks for visiting!

I am away for a long weekend, but if you have any comments or questions I can answer them as soon as I get back!

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Materials:

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

Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies and Punches: Hello You Thinlit Dies, Balloon Bouquet Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, white colored pencil

Wishful Coyote + Tilted Panel Tutorial

After making this card I was asked how to make tilted panels. To cover it in more detail, I decided that a tutorial was in order! It’s a whole lot easier to understand steps when you can SEE them, so here are lots and lots of pictures (and some words) to walk you through the steps:

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The final piece that isn’t covered in the tutorial is how to decorate the card! The coyote and star were cut/punched out of Very Vanilla cardstock using a Cricut Explore Air and Stampin’ Up!’s Fox Builder Punch, respectively. I colored both by sponging on Delightful Dijon around the edges. I put the pieces on scrap paper, ink up the sponge, then use circular motions to add the ink. I actually put the majority of the sponge on the scrap paper and only let the very edges touch the paper that I’m coloring. This prevents dark splotches that you can sometimes get when putting a freshly inked sponge straight onto the paper.

After coloring, I adhered everything together! I used glue dots for all those little coyote pieces, then decided that he needed a more sturdy backing, so I cut out a second set of coyote pieces and doubled up on the thickness using regular glue. Once he felt nice and solid, I could pop him up on dimensionals.

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The black stripe behind the fox is bakers twine wrapped around the card several times. It’s tied and glued in the back. Bakers twine is kind of thick, so the Very Vanilla panel is also popped up on dimensionals.

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As a heads up, I will be gone for an extended weekend this coming Friday through Monday. I will schedule a post while I’m gone, but I won’t be available to answer additional questions over the weekend. Please feel free to ask anyway, just be aware that I can’t answer until I get back.

Have a great weekend, everyone, and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Delightful Dijon, Crumb Cake (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Enjoy the Little Things, Foxy Friends (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Accessories: Black twine

Other: Star shaped punch or die (I cut this one out using a Cricut Explore Air), dimensionals, sponge

Starlit Celebration

This card is dedicated to celebrations, including the one at Paper Players! Congratulations on Challenge 300!

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Above the tulle and candlelight, two balloons float amidst the stars. The two balloons are nestled close together, finding a quiet moment amidst the festivities to just lean up against each other.

I chose not to include a sentiment on this card, in part to keep it simple, but also because in my imagination this same view of the stars could be at a wedding or many years later at an anniversary celebration. This timeless love story reminds me of my own grandparents who celebrated 67 years of marriage. They passed away exactly two weeks apart; my grandfather, who was normally in excellent health for a 91 year old, couldn’t live without my grandma.

Like two balloons whose strings have been cut, floating away through the stars…

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Now that I have you all tearing up… let’s talk about how to make this card!

The background paper is from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack from Stampin’ Up! The sheer tulle drapes are made of vellum that I cut with large circular dies into crescent shapes. I made sure one end came to a point, but didn’t worry about the other end, because I knew it wouldn’t fit on the card anyway. I didn’t measure or plan these precisely. Rather, I cut several and laid them on the paper to see what worked. I trimmed off anything that hung over the edges.

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The balloons were punched out of Whistper White cardstock using the Balloon Bouquet punch from Stampin’ Up! I sponged on just a little bit of color to make them look three dimensional. The Might of Navy shadow on the top and the Watermelon Wonder (with a hint of Daffodil Delight) highlighting below make the balloons look like they are lit from below with candlelight, firelight, or holiday lights from the party.

The bottoms of the balloons are attached directly to the background paper, but the tops are propped up on dimensionals to add to the illusion of depth. Finally, I used a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to add strings to the balloons, which are only visible on the balloon’s neck and up against the tulle.

Thanks for visiting! I hope that you have cause to celebrate this summer!

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Materials used:

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

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

Ink: Basic Black, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Circle Dies

Markers: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: vellum, sponge, dimensionals