It was SO nice to be back enjoying some leisure time in my studio. A dear friend has a birthday this week and I wanted to make her an extra special card. I was inspired by the CQC 280 Color Challenge (though, I admit the Wisteria Wonder was causing me some difficulties – but, a simple candy dot on the flower, allowed me to incorporate the color) and decided some paper quilting was in order to blend these beautiful colors. I didn’t have any Blackberry Bliss DSP, so I selected a Delicate Doily stamp and proceeded to make my own DSP. One inch squares punched from the center of each Blackberry Bliss doily gave me a complimentary DSP to the Birthday Basics Raspberry Ripple I had selected. I cut each one inch square into triangles and proceeded with my layout, which is this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge. For the greeting, a stamped a Flowering Flourish, then heat embossed a black greeting on top of the flourish. Time to get the card in the mail and then off to work I go – have a wonderful Monday everyone!
What is it about teddy bears that makes them just SO adorable?! Teddy bears seem to span the ages — I don’t think a person ever gets too old to enjoy a teddy bear, do you?! This week’s Paper Players’ challenge is to design a child’s CAS birthday card. After browsing through my stamps and not coming up with anything I wanted to use, I decided a punch art card was in order. After all, what child doesn’t delight in a teddy bear?! So I grabbed my circle and oval punches and started punching — a few minutes later, I had this little cub peeking in to say “Happy Birthday!” CAS cards are always a challenge for me; but, I found this DSP to work perfectly for a card with minimal layers. This particular DSP has exactly 4” between like-colored stripes; so, I aligned the paper in my paper trimmer in such a way that the Melon Mambo lines served as my outside edges which allowed the DSP to blend perfectly with the base of the card when it was assembled. Now for the ultimate question, do bears have tails? If so, what would you do to add a tail to this bear; I’d love to hear your answers!
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Bring on the Cake
STAMPIN UP INK: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Sweet Taffy DSP
ACCESSORIES: Punches: 2 x 1-3/8 Oval (body and bottom of face), 1-3/4 Circle (head), 1” Circle (ears), ¾” Circle (paws), Itty Bitty Circle punch (nose), Boho Flower and Itty Bitty Scallop Circle (Hair Ribbon), rhinestone, candy dots, Melon Mambo polka dot ribbon, wiggly eyes, sponges
My daughter’s birthday was last week; but, our schedules didn’t allow us to get together and celebrate until tonight. When I asked her if there was anything special she’d like for her birthday; she said she really didn’t “need” anything and was just saving her money toward the new puppy she hopes to buy before the end of the year. So, I set to work on creating a cute dog birthday card in which to enclose my contribution toward her new puppy. I used the Retrosketch layout as the basis for her card and incorporated the Paper Players diagonal tic-tac-toe (ribbon, patterned paper, embossing) into the design. The card is fairly straightforward other than the background starburst. I wasn’t happy with any single solid color serving as the matte, so I decided to cut 4 different colored starburst mattes into quarters and then pieced together a four-colored background to correspond with the Birthday Basics DSP. I was quite pleased with the color wheel effect the matte brought to the card.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Teeny Tiny Wishes
NON STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Recollections Woof-Woof, Stampabilities Balloons, Endless Creations Inc. Polka Dots
STAMPIN UP INK: Blendabilities Skin Tone Assortment, Rich Razzleberry dark blendabilities, Bermuda Bay, White Gel
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Bermuda Bay, Crisp Cantaloupe, Summer Starfruit, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Watercolour Wonder, Bermuda Bay DSP, Birthday Basics
ACCESSORIES: Bermuda Bay taffeta ribbon, white baker’s twine, rhinestone, Polka Dot EF, Starburst die, heart punch
I have a confession to make. I love making cards for the special people in my life (no secret there); but, I’m TERRIBLE at actually getting the cards in the mail on time. Does anybody else face that problem?!
My long-time friend and SU upline, Cindy Brumbaugh, had a birthday this week and I wanted to make a special card for her; I used the Retrosketch challenge for the layout featuring the soft, feminine Blushing Bride color. I’ve recently been using stamps for my backgrounds and found myself once again implementing that technique with this card. While the Flowering Flourishes serve as the focal image of the card; they are also peeking through from the background, tying the entire card together.
Cindy’s birthday has come and gone and guess what’s still sitting on my desk?! Thankfully, I was able to share her card with her electronically and I will hand deliver it to her soon!
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Flowering Flourishes, And Many More
STAMPIN UP INK: Blushing Bride
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Whisper White, Blushing Bride CS & DSP
ACCESSORIES: Modern Label punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, corner rounder, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, pearls, Blushing Bride pearls, glue dots, dimensionals
This was a quick and easy card using the colors from this week’s ColourQ challenge. The cupcake cup holder was made by stamping Lucky Limeade onto the Daffodil Delight DSP from the Gingham Garden pack. I used the same DSP for the cherry which was stamped with Melon Mambo. The distressed polka dot background was an afterthought; but, I was pleased with how it tied all aspects of the card together.
STAMP(S): Distressed Dots Background, Create a Cupcake, Sassy Salutations
STAMPIN UP INK: Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade, Tempting Turquoise
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Gingham Garden DSP
ACCESSORIES: Polka Dot EF, Cupcake punch
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My display window is beginning to overflow with paper blossoms. This flower pot is my newest addition and features Pals Paper Arts colors of the week. I watched a tutorial on You Tube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir-nDyJoGvE , and then started punching. After deciding on my flower shapes, I sponged the edges with matching ink.
The leaves were applied primarily with Tombo glue and the flowers were applied with Dimensionals onto the interior card that is inserted into the flower pot.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Petite Pairs, Secret Garden
STAMPIN UP INK: Rose Red, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Rose Red, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, I Am Me DSP
ACCESSORIES: Scallop Trim Border Punch, 1-3/4” Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Secret Garden Leaves die, white brads, Wild Wasabi grosgrain stitched ribbon, daubers, paper piercer
The challenge from SUO this week was to design a project using a banner. I have to confess, I haven’t been a big banner lover and had actually never made one before. But, I saw a card by Susie Hanich Brown today which inspired me in the design of this card. In addition to the banner in the upper corner, I carried the banner theme to accent the greeting, by placing a banner piece on each side of the greeting. This card features 2014 Sale-a-bration items, along with some 2013 Sale-a-bration Pool Party ribbon accents.
STAMPIN UP STAMPS: Banner Blast, See Ya Later
STAMPIN UP INK: Pool Party, Basic Black, Versamark
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Sweet Sorbet, Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White
ACCESSORIES: Pool Party ribbon, silver brads, banner punch, polka dot EF, white embossing powder, heat gun, dimensionals