Dandelion Delight

This card is a submission for the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #49.

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Dandelions are flowers, too! My two year old son just learned about dandelions this Spring. He gave me my first little bouquet of yellow dandelions about two weeks ago. Squee! Then they started going to seed and we have been blowing on them to make wishes. (I’m sure our neighbors are very happy with us!)

Getting my first dendelion bouquet reminded me of this poem:

A rose can say I Love You,
Orchids can enthrall;
But a weed bouquet in a chubby fist,
Oh my, that says it all!

-From Raising Boys, by Roberta I. Teague

So, since I’ve had dandelions on my mind, my flower card became a dandelion card!

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All the stamps used in this card came from the set Balloon Celebrations by Stampin’ Up! The dandelion started as a dotted circle, then I added two balloon strings to make the stem. There are two sizes of dandelion seed that I added in small bunches, as if most of the seeds have already blown off. Two seeds are flying away.

The sun in the background is built using the balloon string over and over in a radiating pattern; I drew a dot where I wanted my dandelion seed to go, then connected all the lines to that dot. I added Hello Honey ink using a sponge (is circular rubbing motions) gradually graduating the color so it is lighter in the center.

The dandelion fluff paper is from the Wildflower Designer Series pack from Sale-a-bration.

All the circular shapes are popped up on dimensionals.

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Materials:

Cardstock: Pacific Point, Whisper White

Paper: Wildflower Designer Series Paper

Stamps: Balloon Celebrations

Ink: Pacific Point, Hello Honey

Other: Sponge, Dimensionals, Gold ribbon

20,000 Leagues of Missing You

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #037.

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I was also inspired by Crystal Komara over at Super Stamp Girl. Go check out her blog! Every card she makes is amazing and it is well worth the visit. She made this gorgeous card for the same GDP challenge:

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I loved how she used mostly Island Indigo to make this beautiful background. I wanted to make a pretty background, too!

That’s about where the CASEing (copy and selectively edit) similarities end, though. Once this card got started, it totally had a mind of it’s own.

I started by sponging Island Indigo ink onto a piece of Mint Macaron paper, using circular motions to apply the ink from the outer corners into the center. As soon as I finished, I realized it looked like I was underwater, looking up. I pulled out the little school of fish stamp from the Stampin’ Up! set, Sea Street. I inked the fish in Tip Top Taupe and stamped them off once or twice before stamping them on the paper. This gives the effect of depth, making some of the fish look farther away.

I made the seaweed using the stamp sets Light Hearted Leaves and No Bones About It, both from Stampin’ Up! I layered these in from the edges, from every direction, so it looked like weeds were growing up all around me.

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The Tip Top Taupe color was perfect for creating a parchment look to my sentiment from the Going Global stamp set from Stampin’ Up! Again, I sponged on a little extra ink to give it a distressed look, like an old pirate map. I stamped the sentiment an extra time so I could fussy cut the “Love” banner and pop it up on dimensionals.

I finished the whole thing off with some vellum accent layers behind the sentiment, including one cut from the Botanical Builder Framelit Dies, again from Stampin’ Up! It looks just like seaweed!

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron

Stamp Sets: Going Global, Sea Street, Lighthearted Leaves, No Bones About It

Ink: Island Indigo, Tip Top Taupe

Dies: Circles Dies, Botanical Builder Dies

Other: Vellum, Dimensionals, Sponge

Mojo Mini Doughnut

This card was inspired by my delicious breakfast, the letter M, and by Mojo Monday’s Challenge #449.

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I created my own mini doughnut using only circles for this whimsical card.

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Large circle: 1-1/2″

Medium circle: 1-1/4″

Small circle (holes): 1/2″

When cutting the holes in the larger circle pieces, position the hole slightly off center toward the top. When putting the two pieces together, line up the tops of the two circles. This will create the look of a 3 dimensional doughnut!

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I framed my doughnut on a white circle with pierced border.

Paper piercing packs are so cheap, you can any mouse pad or piece of foam as a backing, and a sewing needle or thumb tack works well to poke holes. It’s so cheap to try this technique that you will save enough money to buy a whole ‘nother stamp set.

I stamped “so sweet” on a small piece of cardstock and attached it to the card using washi tape that coordinates with my designer series papers. (Okay, so there is also some snail adhesive back there to hold it down.)

I LOVE washi tape and I love finding cute little ways to use it! Even though this is a small piece of tape, it adds a lot to this card: texture, balance, and unity.

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Materials:

Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White

Paper: Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper

Stamp sets: Sweetly Framed stamp set

Ink: Bermuda Bay

Paper piercing and cutting: Circle dies, Thumb tack, mouse pad, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack

Other: Dimensionals, Cherry on Top Washi Tape

 

Rose Garden Sonnet

Oh, Rose Garden Thinlit Dies! If I was Shakespeare I would write a sonnet for you. Alas, I am not that kind of artist. I must instead express my appreciation in another way, by making cards, for example.

I recently posted my first card made using the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies from Stampin’ Up! If you missed it, you can read it here: Yellow Rose Wonder +10 Cards That Inspire Me. I was so inspired, in fact, that I made several more cards using this die set. Here is my third Rose Garden card. There will be more…

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I created this card by die cutting the rose image and saving the white paper that it was cut out of. The rose is lifted up by several very tiny dimensionals. Peeking out from beneath the rose is a pool party confetti paper from the Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack from Stampin’ Up! It’s a nice soft color and pattern that don’t distract too much from the beauty of the rose image. To finish it off, I added a border, a greeting, and some accents in Melon Mambo.

After this project, I’m really looking forward to the dimensional strips that Stampin’ Up is coming out with in the new catalog. They will make future projects like this much easier!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Pool Party, Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: What I Love, Perfect Pairings stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies and Punches: Project Life Corner Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Botanical Blooms Thinlit Dies, Rose Garden Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Simply My Favorite Colors

This cards was inspired by the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #301.

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Teal and yellow are my all time favorite colors. By “all time” I literally mean for as long as I can remember and probably until I die. I love these colors!

That said, for this challenge I felt a lot of pressure to make something extra amazing. I put it off to the last day trying to decide what that extra amazingness would consist of. In the end, I decided to go with some nice layers and a hint of designer series paper.

Once I got started, this card just came together almost on it’s own. It was so simple and easy… what did I wait this long for?

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When I first tested my stamp, my ink pad was too “juicy” meaning it had too much ink in it. When too much ink sticks to the thin lines of letters like in this stamp, the letters get bloated looking, going from fat to thin and fat again. They look a bit like snakes that have eaten an entire family of squirrels.

Eventually I will use up enough of the ink that this issue will go away on it’s own. For now, though, I had to figure out how to get a clean stamped image. I ended up using a sponge to soak up a little extra ink from the pad, then sponged it onto the stamp to more evenly distribute the ink. This resulted in an image that was about halfway between “full strength” stamping and “stamped off” strength (when you stamp on a piece of scratch paper before stamping on your card).

I call this the “Sponge On” method! It worked great! If you try this at home, be careful to wipe any excess ink that gets sponged onto the edges of the stamp’s backing so you don’t stamp any unintended halos around your image.

Panel sizes:

Card size: 5-1/2″ by 4-1/4″ Bermuda Bay

Panel 1: 5-1/8 by 3-7/8″ Pool Party (or the card size minus 3/8″)

Panel 2: 4″ by 2-3/4″ Bermuda Bay (or card size minus 1-1/2″)

Panel 3: 3-5/8″ by 2-3/8″ Pool Party (or card size minus 1-1/2 and minus another 3/8″, 1-7/8″ total)

Striped Panel: by 2″ by 3-7/8″ It’s My Party DSP

Tip: Perhaps you can tell from the way I have listed my measurements… if my panels are going to have dimensions that decrease evenly from the size of the card, I find it much easier to measure the amount I am cutting off. So I’ll cut a panel the same size as the card then quickly cut off an inch and a half rather than try to figure out the math for 4-1/4 minus 1-1/2 = ? This might use a little more paper, but it saves a lot of time!

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I drew the string for the balloon with a Basic Grey Stampin’ Write marker.

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Materials:

Cardstock: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone, Balloon Celebrations (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches: Balloon Bouquet Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Sponge, Dimensionals