Welcome to the Party

This card was inspired by the Pals Paper Arts challenge #298.

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I love this sketch! It’s so simple, but there are so many possibilities. I will definitely be using this one again; I have so many more ideas for it!

I chose the color combinations for this card by searching through my scraps and finding colors that looked beautiful together. These scraps became the stripes in the first panel. I thought I had two stripes of Watermelon Wonder… but I think now that one of them was a sneaky Melon Mambo that wanted to come party on my card. I like it though, it can stay.

I got to use my new cupcake builder punch for this card, which is so much fun. My cupcake is held up with dimensionals (and a hidden rectangle of cardstock for added stability), except for the little candle flames which are attached directly to the paper.

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Hello Honey, Pool Party, Blackberry Bliss, and Melon Mambo (I think) (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Other: Dimentionals

 

1 + 1 = Cupcakes

Inspiration for this card comes from Mojo Monday’s sketch #446.

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I just got the cupcake builder punch from Stampin’ Up! this week. Wahoo! This has been on my wish list for a long time. I actually asked for it for Christmas, so I couldn’t buy it for myself until after Christmas… and then a whole new catalog came out and I got quite distracted for awhile by all the awesome items in the Occasions catalog. You understand, right?

Now that it is retiring, I had to snatch it up before it is gone forever!

For my first card using the cupcake builder punch I paired it with Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper. How could I not? This punch and this paper were made for each other. Sometimes I feel brilliant for combing punches, stamps, or papers that no one has ever thought of combining before. That is not the case with this card. It is as easy as adding 1 +1 to see how well this punch and paper go together.

Though the concept for this card was easy to come up with, making it was still incredibly fun! I embossed the back panel for some added texture and added a thin white outline around the outside. The cupcake was punched out of Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, and Hello Honey. I added the vertical stripes with a Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write marker. I didn’t use a ruler or anything, instead preferring the hand drawn, not-quite-perfect look of the stripes.

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Tip:

  1. When you add paper on top of embossed paper, using Snail adhesive by itself is not going to work as well as it would when attaching two flat pieces of paper. There isn’t as much surface area for it to grab. This would cause your paper to fall right off your card an hour after you made it when you are trying to photograph it for your blog. Not that I would know this from direct experience or anything. Use some glue dots for added stickiness!
  2. If you want to have a cupcake pop out with dimensionals, you might notice that it is a little difficult the get the top and bottom halves of the cupcake to stick together well enough. After all, there isn’t a lot over overlap between the two shapes to stick them together. I solved this by adding a little rectangle behind the cupcake and glued both halves of the cupcake to the rectangle. This adds stability and extra support for the cupcake shape.

Happy Saturday and thanks for visiting!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Hello Honey, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

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

Other: Dimensionals

 

 

 

CASEing Mary Fish

To many in the paper crafting community, CASE means “Copy and Selectively Edit”. There are a few variations on the acronym, but they mean the same thing for the most part: find a card you love and copy it…. but make it your own!

The inspiration for this card came from a thank you card by Mary Fish. Her card is here:

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Isn’t it gorgeous?! I loved her bold colors and the way she created her own frame out of designer series paper. Mary also has an excellent eye for balance: she knows exactly when and where to add a little accent, like that little pink candy dot next to her sentiment!

This card is SO beautiful that I wanted to make one just like it. The trouble was… I didn’t have a single one of the Stampin’ Up products she used! After writing them all down on my wish list, I set out to recreate her card using the things I did have. Here’s what I came up with:

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I used Calypso Coral cardstock for the outer frame, which coordinated with the polka dot patterned paper found in the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack.

The flowers and the sentiment both come from the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Know What I Love. This is such a pretty set to only be around for such a short time!

The sentiment is stamped on a banner shape which I hand cut on both sides to balance it, because I didn’t have any candy dots. To give it added lift, I curled up the ends by scraping it with my fingernail. This is similar to curling a ribbon with a pair of scissors, but on a much smaller scale.

In the end, this card turned out to be perfect for any thankful occasion, Lovely!

Mary, thanks for being such an inspiration!

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Materials Used:

Stamps: Know What I Love (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Memento’s Tuxedo Black

Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up

Paper: Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up

Other: Circle Dies, Dimensionals

Plane Ol’ Birthday

This card was for my sister’s boyfriend’s birthday. His whole family and my whole family got together to celebrate… so it’s pretty serious business.

The layout was inspired by the TGIF Challenge #50. I didn’t get around to posting it anywhere near in time to officially participate, but I’ll give them a shout out anyway!

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This design is SO versatile. I will definitely be using it again!

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The airplane comes from The Sky is the Limit stamp set and the paper is from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack, both from Stampin’ Up. (Psst…I think they were made for each other!) I love the look of the old fashioned airplane with the old fashioned blue prints!

I used Stampin’ Write markers to highlight and color the airplane and the sentiment. I used a complimentary color to color in the plane. Art word of the day! Complimentary means two colors are on the exact opposite sides of the color wheel, like blue and orange (or Lost Lagoon and Tangelo Twist). Complimentary colors create a lot of contrast, which causes an area of an image to stand out.

In plain English, the airplane really pops out at you!

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I love the little smoke cloud! I drew this by hand, because the stamp that comes in the set has a smoke trail… but it makes a heart shape, which could have been a little awkward to use on my sister’s boyfriend’s birthday card.

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Materials Used:

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

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

Stamps: The Sky is the Limit (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Memento’s Tuxedo Black

Other: Smokey Slate, Basic Black, Tangelo Twist* Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up, Dimensionals

*Or possibly Tangerine Tango… or maybe Pumpkin Pie… I can’t remember!!

A Retro Hello and a Floral Thanks

My card today is in response to the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #297.

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I must admit, I substituted a different yellow paper. I thought I didn’t have any Daffodil Delight paper… and then after I had completed the card I found that I did indeed have two whole sheets of it. My slight substitution turned a pleasant Spring color palette into a more vibrant retro version.

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It works, though! The font and rounded corners remind me of an old television show or commercial.

This card is really simple to make.

  1. Cut strips of colored paper in varying widths.
  2. Adhere them to a piece of background paper.
  3. Trim the background paper to the correct size and shape.
  4. Add a second panel, slightly larger in size to add a border.
  5. In a contrasting color, add a cutout sentiment on top with glue dots or tiny dimensional pieces.

The sentiment could be one cut using a die OR if you have a paper cutting machine, such as a Cricut Explore Air, you could cut out any font you like!

Speaking of fonts, I created this “hello” cutout and the “thanks” and “congrats” cutouts shown below using the trusty combination of Adobe Illustrator and a drawing tablet.

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This card uses Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper and Mint Macaroon, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla cardstock (c) Stampin’ Up. The large sentiment is separated from the busy background by a solid colored oval so it stands out. The black outlines really make the shapes and colors pop!

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If you have a Cricut Explore Air or a similar paper cutting machine, feel free to use my png images in your own projects! It would be awesome if you linked back here so I could see what you created with them!

I recommend opening these images in a separate tab in order to save them at their full resolution.

 

Thanks for visiting! Happy papercrafting!