Friday, May 27, 2016

2016 VC Rocks Blog Hop

Hi Stampin' friends,

It's time again for the VC Rocks Blog Hop. This month's theme is "Cruisin' for Special Occasions".
Now what could be more special than celebrating my little granddaughter's First Birthday!
And just as special, is big sister's birthday #5, both happening in June!


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Both cards use the 'Cherry on Top' Designer Paper Series 6 x 6 paper stack, and the 'Number of Years' stamp set with matching framelits.  (I am in love with this set!)

This card uses 2 circles that I turned into balloons. The balloons are Crushed Curry embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. The Pool Party balloon is lightly sponged with the same color to give it a little dimension.

I added Bermuda Bay baker's twine for the strings on the balloons, and stamped the words and #1 in Watermelon Wonder.





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This card uses a retired Sale-a-bration stamp set named "Big Day". I love the cake in this set. I used Tip Top Taupe to stamp the cake and Watermelon Wonder, stamped off, to stamp the sentiment.

The card seemed like it needed just a little something more, so I randomly added little drops of Silver Dazzling Diamonds in the white section.










Thanks for stopping by to check out the Special Occasion cards.

Now, hop on over to VC Rocks and see the other special occasion cards submitted by other in the group.




Thursday, May 12, 2016

Celebrating Spring and April Paper Pumpkin 2016

HI Stamping Friends,

Today's post features the April Paper Pumpkin. This month came with a free stamp set to celebrate Paper Pumpkin's 3rd birthday and the mailing of their 1 millionth kit!

Here is the little wreath that you can make according to package directions.
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I made one and hung it up at my work. Things just had to start looking a little more springy!

This kit, as I mentioned, came with an extra stamp set.

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The stamp set on the left is the bonus stamp set. It's very cute, and of course, I can't just make cards according to package directions.










On the Paper Pumpkin Facebook page, many group members created a one sheet wonder with the bonus stamp set. I took this as a challenge.

Here is what I came up with:

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How do you make a OSW (one sheet wonder)?

First you start with the flower stamp, stamping randomly. Then add the green leafy stamp. The stamp set has a little square lined stamp that I used to do the yellow center of the flowers, and then I added a little blue for an accent.







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Here is the pattern to cut up the sheet that you created. You don't have to cut it in this pattern, but it will give you some place to start.

You can just cut it into rectangles like the top of the pattern.












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Here are the cards I made. I used mostly extra pieces from the kit.

I didn't add much besides white card stock, and some Mossy Meadow, Daffodil, and Pool Party card stock as back grounds to mount the cut pieces on.

I also added a little ribbon on a couple of the cards.






The thing about a one sheet wonder is that they can make 9 to 12 cards, depending on how you cut them. If you make just straight cuts, you can make the cards all the same if you want. Doing it the way I did gives me a variety of cards.

Don't be afraid to experiment. You can use any type of stamp set that you like. (It doesn't have to be flowers!)

Happy Stamping!






Thursday, April 14, 2016

March 16 Paper Pumpkin and a Male Birthday

Hi Stampers,

I finally got back to stamping and I'm featuring the March Paper Pumpkin with a few alternates.

First, I want to show you a male birthday card I created. This card followed a sketch from one of my favorite sites, "Stampin' Gals Gone Wild".  She has some great sketches.

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Male Birthday
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The Sketch

Here is my card. The car is from a set named "Guy Greetings".

The designer series paper (DSP) is a 6 x 6 stack named "Go Wild".

The little dots or gems next to the car are small rhinestones colored with a black sharpie.

This sketch is such a nice, simple, and versatile design.




Now for the March Paper Pumpkin I told you about last month. This month was the 3rd Birthday for Paper Pumpkin, and they shipped their 1 MILLIONTH Kit!!


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Here is the card made according to package directions.

This kit made 4 cards, 4 envelopes, 4 gift card holders, and 4 little cards for the holders.

They are just right for birthdays, graduations, or just a thinking of you card.








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Here is my first alternate card with this kit. You might have noticed that I used the same sketch above.

The patterned paper is from one of the envelopes.

When you get your kits, don't be afraid of cutting up the paper or envelopes. They usually are decorative and can be incorporated into cards.








Here is one more alternative. Can you see the difference between them?

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The left one does not have the 3 little green beads on the center square. I couldn't decide which one I liked better or looked better. What do you think? I'd love to hear your comments.

Next month's paper pumpkin we get a free stamp set in the kit as a birthday present to us. I'm excited to see it.
It will be here soon.

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Keep Stamping!!