Stampin Up Birthday Fiesta Card for Mojo Monday #461

Hi there stampers and happy hump day!  For today's card I am playing along over on the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge to create this fun birthday card using Birthday Fiesta bundle from Stampin Up!  The sketch for this week is below:

I started with a piece of whisper white cardstock cut to 4.25 x 5.5 and used several images from the Birthday Fiesta stamp set to create my own patterned paper.  I used the catus and two flower images from the set and stamped the entire piece using emerald envy, melon mambo, and crushed curry inks. I then stamped the llama image in soft suede and added the blanket pattern using melon mambo.  I used the coordinating Fiesta Time Framelits to cut the llama out.

I then inked up an entire paper doily using the emerald envy stamp pad and cut a circle from melon mambo cardstock using the retired circle framelits.  I then inked up the edges of the melon mambo circle with some emerald envy using a sponge.  

I cut down the patterned piece to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 and adhered the doily to the center using Tombow Multipurpose glue.  I adhered the melon mambo circle using some snail adhesive.  I then stamped the  sentiment onto a piece of vellum using versamark ink and heat set the sentiment with copper embossing powder.  I adhered the vellum onto the front of the card by folding the sides to the back and using masking tape to hold the sides down.  I adhered the llama to the front with dimensionals.

I adhered the entire piece to an A2 top folding card base made from emerald envy cardstock.  I then added some Wink of Stella to the blanket on the llama to give the card more bling and shine.  That finished the card.  To see how I made the card, you can watch my video in HD on my YouTube channel HERE, or watch below:

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Photo Album for Savannah

Happy weekend stampers!  Today's project was a hard one to make, not creative wise but more emotional.  One of my best friends recently lost his dog to a tragic accident and I wanted to do something special for him and his girlfriend.  I knew just a card wouldn't be enough as I loved his dog and was heart broken when she passed away.  I decided to make a photo album instead of a card.  
I do not have a lot of experience making photo albums so wasn't sure how it would all come together.  I made a very basic constructed album and am happy with the end result.

I started with 8.5 x 11 inch soft suede cardstock and cut two pieces in half on the 8.5 side to give me 4 pieces of 4.25 x 11 sized cardstock.  I then scored three of the pieces in half at the 5.5 mark.  I only needed three of the four I cut.  After scoring at 5.5, on two of the pieces I scored them again at the 1/2 inch mark from each long side so when you folded the piece in half the result was a 5.5 x 4.25 card with score marks at the 1/2 inch on each of the long sides.  

I then glued one piece to the other by adhering two of the 1/2 inch score marks together to form one long accordion style piece of cardstock.  For the outer cover, I took the remaining piece of cardstock and scored it at the 5.5 mark but then scored another 1/2 from each side of the 5.5 score mark.  This would allow additional room to glue the other pieces to the center and still be able to close the cover.  

I cut a heart shape out of the front cover using some retired heart framelits I had in my stash.  I then cut a heart frame from some real red cardstock using the same framelits and glued to the front of the cover.  I cut out the love sentiment from the Sunshine Wishes thinlits out of some silver glimmer paper and adhered to the front as well.  I then added the pictures and some black frames I made using basic black cardstock and retired square framelits.  I added some hearts made from punches to decorate the pictures.

I am so happy to have this project completed.  I have been looking at the pictures for a couple weeks and was just too sad to put the album together but I really wanted to do something special for my BFF.  I hope this brings them smiles and memories of all the times they shared with sweet Savannah. She was a great dog and will be missed.

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Rainbow Layered Star Birthday Card

Hi there stampers and happy Thursday!  Today's card was inspired by Jennifer McGuire who has the most amazing cards!  If you aren't following her blog and YouTube channel, well you are missing out so get over there and subscribe.  She had a video showing the technique for this card and it just blew my mind.  I knew I wanted to CASE her creation but make my card a rainbow.  Go check out her blog post HERE to see where I got this idea.
I started with a rainbow of colors cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 pieces.  The colors I am working with in rainbow order are: real red, pumpkin pie, daffodil delight, pear pizzazz, pool party, marina mist, and wisteria wonder.  I took the fourth die from the center of the Star Framelits and cut out the star image from the same location of each color of cardstock.  How I did this is I worked with two pieces at a time, placed the star die in the middle towards the top and secured it with tape, then sent it through my big shot.  This left an impression in the next cardstock below so I could use that to align the die perfectly and add another piece behind to get the indention in that piece.  I continued this process until all colors had been cut with the star die.

I then cut each piece using my paper trimmer in the same place across the star which was at the 3 3/4 inch mark on the trimmer.  After cutting all the layers, I begin glueing them together in rainbow order.  I started with the bottom pieces and using the indention from the star die, I lined up each piece on top to the indention from the star and glued it down.  I did the same with the top pieces.  I then cut the next size down star die out of all the same colors.  I then glued all the stars together in same color order.

I then glued the stacked star layers on the top and bottom of an A2 top folding card base made from thick whisper white cardstock.  I used my scissors to cut off the excess that was hanging off each end.  I should have paid more attention to where I lined the top of the star up to the top of the card.  After I glued it down to the card front and cut the excess off, I realized I glued it down too far up which resulted in me cutting the top of the star off.  However I wasn't going to start over so I just went with it.  

To finish the card, I glued the stacked star in the center of the layers and added some sparkle from my Spectrum Noir clear sparkle. I then heat embossed in white embossing powder the sentiment from Me=Grateful stamp set.  

I did film the process for making this card and am working on editing the video.  I will have the video up soon on my YouTube channel so stayed tuned for that.  If you are not a subscriber to my channel, head on over and subscribe HERE.  Be sure to also subscribe to Jennifer McGuire as I mentioned earlier in my blog post.

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Stampin Up Falling Flowers Watercolor Birthday Card Using Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors

Hi there stampers!  I have a gorgeous watercolor card to share with you today including a video to show you how to make it yourself.  I used the Falling Flowers stamp set and coordinating May Flowers thinlits.  I just love this bundle as the flowers are perfect for watercoloring.  In the video I show you how easy Stampin Up makes it to line up the thinlits with the stamp to get perfect die cut images.  
I started with a piece of watercolor paper and working on the smooth side I stamped all the images using Versamark ink and heat set them with white embossing powder.  I stamped several of each image as I knew I wanted to create floral arrangements on the corners of my card.  After heat embossing the images, I watercolored each image using the Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. 
I applied clean, clear water to each heat embossed image before applying the watercolor.  The great thing about watercoloring heat embossed images is the raised edges of the heat embossing keeps the color from spreading and mixing.  I heat set all the images before using the coordinating dies to cut them out using my Big Shot.

I cut out a frame from some retired Shine On DSP using Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle dies.  I created an A2 top folding card base from thick whisper white cardstock and sponged on pool party ink to the front of the card.  After sponging on the pool party ink, I glued the Shine On frame to the front and started to arrange my die cut images to create floral arrangements.  After arranging all my die cuts I used some Press n' Seal to pick up all the die cuts at the same time and to keep my original arrangement.  

I then used the painted friend die from Simon Says Stamp to cut out the sentiment from some silver glimmer paper and from a piece of fun foam.  I glued the glimmer die cut to the from cut piece to give the sentiment some dimension.  I then glued the floral arrangements to the front of the card along with the friend sentiment.  

I then stamped the happy birthday sentiment from the Birthday Banners stamp set in some Versafine Onyx black ink and heat set using clear embossing powder onto some vellum.  This was adhered to the front of the card using foam adhesive.  

I have started to finish the inside of my cards when I make them so they are ready to mail to friends and family.  I adhered the middle piece of that frame to the inside and cut out an additional sentiment from the Birthday Banners stamp set with the coordinating dies.

You can watch my video on how to make this card on my YouTube channel HERE, or watch below:

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Mojo Monday 458 & Pals Paper Arts 311 Bella and Friends

Happy Sunday stampers!  It is Sunday Funday and I have a card to share with you that is for two online card challenges.  I was struggling with my creative juices and made one card that was a flop so I was in a stamping funk.  When I usually lose my creative mojo, I go out to the online card challenges for all kinds of inspiration.  This time I selected two challenges to get those creative juices flowing.  I created a card for Mojo Monday 458 sketch challenge AND Pals Paper Arts color challenge 311.  Playing along with both challenges got me my card layout and my color scheme!  Whew, creative juices were back flowing.  

I have been wanting to create a card with the Bella and Friends stamp set because the little dog images in this set are so stinking adorable.  I needed to create a card for my neighbor who had to suddenly put his dog down and thought this stamp set would be perfect.  I started with an A2 top folding card base made from thick whisper white and layered a smaller piece of smoky slate onto the front following along with the sketch design.  For the designer series paper I wanted to pull in the marina mist color in the PPA challenge so I had to do some serious digging in my DSP stash to find paper that would work.  I cut down that layer and added it to the card front as well.  

I decided I wanted to watercolor the image from the stamp set so I got a piece of watercolor paper and stamped the image using Archival Basic Black ink.  This ink gives a crisp stamped image and is waterproof so perfect for watercoloring.  I also stamped the bird on a scrap piece of watercolor paper as I knew I would be fussy cutting him out and adhering him with dimensionals.  I watercolored the image using marina mist, pink pirouette, and smoky slate.  I used an aqua painter to lay down the color and then added a wash of marina mist around the entire image to give the appearance of sky.  I cut down the watercolor piece leaving the ballon string and fussy cut the ballon out so it popped from the image.  I stamped the balloon onto a scrap of pink pirouette and fussy cut the balloon out before adhering to the watercolor image with dimensionals. 

I cut out two banners from marina mist and pink pirouette cardstock and embossed them both using the Happy Heart embossing folder.  I stamped the sending hugs sentiment from Feather Together making sure to admit the 'and' part of the sentiment using Archival Basic Black ink onto a piece of vellum.  I cut out the vellum piece to make a small banner.  I adhered the watercolor piece and the banners to the front of the card and that finished it off.

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Detailed Floral Thinlits and Affectionately Yours DSP Peek-a-Boo Layer Card

Happy Hump Day!  I have been seeing lots of cards using this technique but I wasn't sure exactly the official name for it.  I am calling it Peek-a-Boo Layer Card where you have DSP peeking through layers of other cardstock.  For my card I decided to have the floral detail from the gorgeous Detailed Floral Thinlits be my peek-a-boo focus.

I started with a piece of the blue floral patterned paper from the Affectionately Yours DSP and cut that to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8.  I used my paper trimmer to cut a piece out diagonally across the DSP starting at one corner and increasing the angle to cut out the size I wanted.  There really is no measurements for this technique as each card will come out differently depending on how big or small diagonal piece you cut from your first layer of cardstock or DSP.  

I then cut out a piece of night of navy cardstock (cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2) using the larger floral die from the Detailed Floral Thinlits.  I did not use the additional edge piece as I did not want to cut this out completely from the cardstock but instead have the floral die intact within the piece of night of navy.  Does that make sense?  I then cut down this piece starting at the solid corner and cut it to line up perfectly between my pieces of DSP.  

I then took a couple of strips of whisper white and applied Versamark ink over the entire strip.  I then heat embossed the strips with the new gorgeous copper embossing powder.  This stuff is so so gorgeous!  I then added those strips to each side of the DSP that was going to be my inside peek-a-boo window framing the floral die cut.  It took some time to piece all this together to be honest.  It was a challenge to get each piece in the exact place to maintain an even card front.  I used some post it notes to hold certain pieces in place while I figured out other strips.  I wish I had more detailed instructions on how I pieced it all together but honestly, it was trial and error just adjusting them until I got perfect placement.

I then adhered the entire peek-a-boo panel onto an A2 landscape folding card base made from crumb cake using foam adhesive for some added dimension.  I then stamped a few of the flowers from the Love & Affection stamp set with Versamark ink onto some vellum and heat embossed those with some more of that copper embossing powder.  I stamped the hello sentiment from the Banners For You stamp set onto some night of navy and again used the copper embossing powder to heat emboss the sentiment.  I added those element to the top of my diagonal focal point and that finished the card.

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Foxy Friends Frame Card

Hi there stampers!  For today's card I finally got to play with the new Foxy Friends stamp set from the new annual catalog.  I immediately fell in love with this whole suite when I saw it in the catalog but haven't gotten around to making something with the stamps.  I did the whole Critter Mania video series featuring the new fox builder punch but had not yet used the coordinating stamp set.  Well I am in love!  The stamps in this set are just adorable!

I started with an A2 top folding card base made from thick whisper white cardstock that I layered a piece of mint macaron and retired In Color envelope paper onto the front decreasing the layer by 1/8 inch for each piece.  I then used the layering square framelits to cut out the window in the front of the card.  I cut out the larger scallop square out of some mint macron and then used the same square that I used for the window to make a frame by cutting out the center of the mint macron piece.  I adhered the frame around the window and added the stamped heart though bubble from the Foxy Friends stamp set that I stamped onto some whisper white with watermelon wonder ink.  I then stamped the nut from the stamp set Acorny Thank You with island indigo ink onto some whisper white and cut that out using the coordinating acorn punch.  I added some wink of stella to give the nut extra bling.  I  then added a strip of watermelon wonder cardstock across the bottom and adhered the nut with dimensionals.

The inside of the card is where I created my squirrel scene that peeks out of the frame on the front of the card.  I adhered a piece of the wood pattern retired DSP called Into the Woods and then added a piece of pool party cardstock on top.  I stamped the wood stump in soft suede, the mushrooms in watermelon wonder, and the squirrel in smoky slate.  I used the coordinating Fox Builder punch to cut out the squirrel and fussy cut the rest of the images.  I then adhered them onto the pool party piece with dimensionals.  I added a grassy hill made from some retired In Color DSP to the bottom of the scene that I cut out using the circle framelits to give the DSP a hill shape.  I stamped the sentiment from the Acorny Thank You stamp set on the bottom with Archival Basic Black ink and heat set with clear embossing powder.

This card is making it's way across the Atlantic Ocean to a friend in the UK.  She loves squirrels so I thought this little critter would be perfect to send!

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