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

Cake Party

This card layout was inspired by Mojo Monday challenge #448.

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Having remembered earlier this week that it is possible to color on Designer Series Paper to customize it, I decided I wanted to do some more coloring! I chose a paper that I hadn’t used before that was perfect for the occasion.

Recognize it? This is from the Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up! Normally it is Watermelon Wonder with Whisper White cakes on it. I colored all those cute little cakes in with Pool Party, Pacific Point, and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write markers. It started as an experiment to see if I liked it… and I definitely did! Now I want to see what other papers I have that would be good for coloring!

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You don’t have to color perfectly. Don’t be afraid to try! I definitely did not stay in the lines completely, but the overall effect is so cute that we don’t notice tiny imperfections (or if we do, we are too polite to comment).

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I’m sitting outside in the (finally) warm sunshine and these summery colors remind me of cool and tasty tropical drinks.

Have a good weekend and happy stamping everyone!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up

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

Ink: Pacific Point (c) Stampin’ Up

Stamps: Create A Cupcake stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up

Other: Dimensionals, Pacific Point, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up

Here For You

My card today was inspired by a Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #48.

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This card will be going on a journey in the mail to a friend of mine that is having a baby some time in the next three weeks. I know how tough that waiting can be in the home stretch and wanted to show my support for her!

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To make this card I used Wildflower Designer Series Paper (from Sale-a-bration), the bear from the Thankful Forest Friends stamp set, a sentiment from the And Many More stamp set, and one tiny stamp from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set. All of these products are from Stampin’ Up! though all but the tiny dandelion are retired or retiring soon.

Tip: Stampin’ Write Markers are amazing! I didn’t have a Chocolate Chip ink pad for my bear, so I had to get creative; I used the Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write marker to add ink to my stamp. Then, since it didn’t stamp very dark, I colored a second layer of ink over the top of it. It worked great and gave the bear a dark, rich color.

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I normally love lots of colorful layers and frames around everything, but this card really wanted to be clean and simple. I tried each color around the border, but none of them looked nearly as nice as plain white. I normally have to try extra hard to keep a card clean and simple, but this time it was easy!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Pool Party, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Wildflower Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Thankful Forest Friends, Balloon Celebrations, And Many More stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!