Friday, June 26, 2015

New Things

Hi Stampers,

I'm sorry it's been such a long time since my last post. Wow! I looked back and it's been almost a month! I generally post around mid month with pictures made from my Paper Pumpkin, but mine came late, and then I was in the midst of making cards for swaps.

This is one of the swaps I'm involved in. Actually, it's a virtual swap because it's all on-line! It's called a Blog Hop.

The blog challenge was titled "CELEBRATE THE NEW".
The challenge was to use new Stampin' Up! products for our cards.
I was able to use almost all new products for my card, but I did have to fall back on the Painted Blooms Cotton Twine (whisper white) from the last Occasions catalog.

Here is the 'recipe' to make this card:

Stamp Set:
Sprinkles of Life

Tip Top Taupe
Watermelon Wonder

Designer Paper:
Cherry on Top 6 x 6 pack

Crushed Curry
Early Espresso

Accessories: Whisper White cotton twine and Dazzling Details

I used the Watermelon Wonder and a blender pen to color the 2 side cupcakes, but the photo doesn't do the color justice. The color is brighter and pinker then as it appears. It's also hard to see, but I used the dazzling details on the flames of the candles. (I used a color pencil to color the flames.)

In a week or so, I'll post pictures of other cards that I made for other swaps, but first there is another new thing in my life. I have to (get to!) visit my newest granddaughter.

Enjoy all  the new things that are happening in your life and hop on over to the other blogs to see some more great cards!  Click here: VC Rocks! to connect to the blog hop.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sketch challenge #188

It's time for another Freshly Made Sketch Challenge.
I find sketches are great place to start when you need a card.

For this card, I needed a birthday card for my sweet granddaughter who loves pink. (She is turning 4!)

I used the Cheerful Critters stamp set with Regal Rose, Rose Red, and Old Olive cardstock. For the flowers, I used the Petite Petals punch and the flower from Itty Bitty Accents Punch pack.

I extended the olive below the flowers because it reminds me of the grass. I added dazzling details to the center of the flowers. I thought about adding texture to the pink background, but decided against it.

Here is the sketch that I based the card on.

Inspiration comes from many places. In my case, I needed a birthday card, I knew she loves pink, and Freshly Made Sketches posted this sketch. Everything I needed to make a special card for my granddaughter.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

May Paper Pumpkin and a Tale of Two Cards

May Paper Pumpkin is here! It's such a cute set. You can make 6 cards and 4 gift bags.
Here's the card and bag I made according to the package directions.

Here are a couple of alternative cards that I made.

This card I made by cutting the front and back of the card apart. I then cut the striped section at 2 1/2 and the blue section at 3 inches.

I attached the balloon string with glue dots.

This card uses a 1 1/2 inch strip of the striped paper,and the belly band from the bag, along with a tag.

And now: A Tale of Two Cards
This card struggled to come into being. I wanted to have Calypso Coral balloons too, but it was nowhere to be found. I thought to myself, "I thought for sure I have that color." But I looked and looked, and no Calypso Coral.

So, I used the Island Indigo from this kit and Daffodil Delight from a previous paper pumpkin kit. I decided that a blue and yellow card should look ok.

Along the way, there was a smudge on the yellow balloon (conveniently covered up with the little blue heart) and a another smudge along the top left. I added a part of another blue balloon, making it look like it was there all the time. In card making, you have to improvise!

Well, the time came to photograph the card, so I had to tidy up my craft table. Low and behold, under some papers, what did I find?? Yes, it was the Calypso Coral ink !!!

It was back to the craft table, and start another card. Just like the card above, but with coral balloons.

I think it does look better with the 3rd color.

I hope you are inspired to create! Don't get too frustrated when stuff happens. It is just paper after all!

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