Global Design Project Theme: Balloons
The challenge this week was to use balloons: hot air, word balloons, or party balloons. Tomorrow starts a new Stampin’ Up! ordering quarter, and the Above the Clouds bundle (item 151135) is on my list! Isn’t it fabulous?
However, I pulled out the retired Lift Me Up clear mount stamp set, and started working. I knew what I wanted to do, but I had somewhat of a problem bringing the whole card together.
Here’s my card:
Here’s the #GDP195 challenge banner:
Creating the Layers
I’m fairly certain that we’ve all started watching videos, click to another, then another, then another, etc. I know I have, and in one of those video hops, I saw someone using a various circle punches to create a template for clouds. Here’s mine using Balmy Blue:
Please excuse my 18 year old, well-loved self-healing mat. If I could find another one exactly like it, I would get it in a hot minute.
To create the layers of the clouds, I just kept turning and sponging, turning and sponging, starting at the bottom. This is actually the back side of the first attempt, which turned out too dark so I started over. I’m pleased with the layers of clouds and especially the lighter and white spaces that were left.
Next came the hot air balloons. In order to be able to use my blends to color in the balloons, I stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black. I used the light and dark blends in Calypso Coral, Highland Heather, and So Saffron. Next came fussy cutting for the 3 balloons. I chose the sentiment from the same stamp set and used the Pretty Label punch because I thought it looked like the clouds.
When I dry-fit the pieces together, I knew it needed something, and not a ribbon. I pulled out the SU rhinestones and used the string of small rhinestones on the Highland Heather balloon. Then I had to walk away because I couldn’t figure out what else was missing.
During dinner, I had an ah-ha moment, so I stamped the three clouds from the same stamp set, and fussy cut them out. I’m actually much happier because now there is an odd number of elements on the card. Balance has been achieved.
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Bunny cards, lots of bunny cards
I’d made 20 Easter cards for my great nieces, ages 18 months and 2.5 years, to take to school and day care on Thursday. So, so cute, and they would have been good for the CTS and Color Throwdown challenges.
Here are just some of those cards since I’d already delivered some of them:
and the inside:
The Gingham Gala DSP came in very, very handy for this card, as did the Best Bunny stamp and punch. I did find out that it is much, much easier to stamp, then color all those bunny pieces before punching them out! Just believe me here.
All Those Parts and Pieces
Any time I am doing a mass production of cards I do all the parts needed first. For this card, that meant running cardstock through the Subtle TIEF in the Big Shot and then cutting down into strips. Then I used the two largest ovals from the Stitched Shapes die set out of various colors of cardstock. The mats for all these cards have ovals cropped out of them, but no one else knows once the gingham DSP covers them up. The DSP was all cut down to 4 x 5.25 inches. Next were 40 Pretty Label Punch pieces, since each card required two pieces. I used the retired “Happy Easter” stamp for the front and the Best Bunny stamps for the inside.
In between all these pieces, I was stamping, coloring, and punching bunnies. At one point, I just had piles of bunny pieces all over my grid paper on my desk.
About halfway through these cards, I realized I hadn’t counted all the steps needed for each card. However, by then I was too far into it and didn’t want to really know how much was left.
The Two-fer Card
While I was working on all these, I just happened to check the challenges for the week. I found out that, unknowingly I had nailed the CTS sketch for the week. When I checked the Color Throwdown challenge, I knew that I could cover both challenges with one card. Color Throwdown was orange, blue, and yellow. BAM!
Here’s that card:
Next, I Needed Another 20 Easter Cards for Me
But those cards will be shared on Wednesday, with another version, for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop. It’s another fun fold card, but it’s one of the easiest I’ve even done. Stay tuned!
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Springtime Foils DSP is phenomenal!
I should’ve ordered more during Sale-a-Bration so I could have gotten more of this DSP set. I’ve loved DSP before, but not like this obsession. I saw a FB live how-to video by Mary from Stamps-n-Lingers about the black ice technique with this DSP. Oh! My! Glory! I fell in love the first time I did it, and have done it many times since.
Bermuda Bay is my new favorite color.
I’ve done the black ice technique with Basic Black, and will share those beautiful results in an upcoming post, then with Pool Party. When I used Bermuda Bay on the Springtime Foils, I was in complete awe of the result. Absolutely stunning.
Here’s my card:
Global Design Project # 132 is a CASE the designer, the very talented Stesha Bloodhart, challenge this week. Here’s her card:
Stesha used the Petal Palette stamp and die set, and I used the same set. I didn’t want the bird to be the Bermuda Bay, but did want it to be in the same color family, so I chose to use the Pool Party Stamping Write Marker. The sentiment is also from the Petal Pallete set. I used the die set to crop the bird, the branches, the sentiment tag, and the “banner” under the Pretty Label Punch.
After punching the label from Bermuda Bay, I used the smallest flower stamp and Bermuda Bay ink to give the label some very subtle texture. After adding gold thread to the back of the punch, I popped it up on dimensionals, placed it over the black banner, and placed the sentiment over the punch. I added the bird to the top of the punch and thought the card needed some height, so I slipped the branches behind the label. Sometimes I really wish I would make those decisions before adhering the dimensionals just to make the whole process easier. Maybe next time. A small, black rhinestone (from the holiday catalog) finished off the bird.
Petal Pallette Birthday card
I don’t think the photo does the card justice because, in person, the depth of the Bermuda Bay ink is gorgeous. The silver and gold foil accents show up perfectly without distortion. I’m so looking forward to using every bit of this DSP until I completely run out. Usually I have a hard time cutting up gorgeous DSP, but not this time. The possibilities are endless.
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Tic Tac Toe Challenge No. 041
The #tttc each week offers 9 possible card combinations. This week, I chose the top horizontal line of circle, flower, and die cut. I tried combining it with the color challenge from Fab Friday #134 which is Powder Pink, Night of Navy, So Saffron, and Soft Sky. What I got was a soft and sweet thank you card, even with the Night of Navy paper and ink. I also substituted Pool Party for the Soft Sky.
Here’s my card:
Here’s the #tttc041 challenge:
The soft and sweet elements
I used Night of Navy for the base of the card, the ink for the sentiment, and Stamping Write Marker for the outline of the Pretty Label Punch. I am getting better at using the marker to outline, as long as I remember to keep the marker below the punch. It’s possible to control the outline by angling the thick side of the marker on the outline.
The DSP is from the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP pack. Some of these sheets are soft and others are bold, but they are all lovely. Powder Pink flowers on the top, and the substitution of Pool Party on the bottom.
The die cut is from the Stitched Shapes die set. I love this set, use it often, and many times I use a Stamping Write marker to draw an outline in the ditch of the shapes. The So Saffron circle and mat under the DSP cover that color challenge.
When I got the elements together, I decided that it needed something, so I grabbed my Subtles enamel shapes. There are 4 Powder Pink enamel dots in the 4 whole flowers on the top. It just worked out that they surround the die cut circle. There are 3 Pool Party enamel shapes on the bottom in a triangle.
The sentiment is from the All Things Thanks stamp set. I had to use the Stamping Write marker to color just the parts of the sentiment that I wanted. However, I love this font and have colored it in many times to use just the “thank you” portion of the stamp.
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Fab Friday # 130
Fab Friday Fab Five picks came out on Friday and I couldn’t have been more honored! My panda birthday card was one of the Fab Fives, and I couldn’t have been more tickled! You can see that card, and all the other entries and Fab Five picks here. It’s the second time I’ve been a Fab Five pick, and I am very thankful for the honor.
Global Design Project #125
This week’s challenge is a color challenge using Melon Mambo, Dapper Denim, and Daffodil Delight. I love all of these colors individually, and they really pop when put together. This fun color combination just screamed flower to me, hence the use of the Daisy punch and stamp.
Here’s my card:
Now that I look more closely, I think the circle cropped using the Stitched Shapes circle die and the mat for the DSP are Crushed Curry. However, since the flower is definitely Daffodil Delight, it still counts, right? The Melon Mambo mats for the Pretty Label Punch and the card base and the ink on the sentiment take care of color # 2. I used one of my very favorite DSP stacks for the 2016 – 2018 In Colors. These two-sided papers are bright and cheery florals, stripes, words, and dots. Love!
The daisy is from the Delightful Daisy stamp set and was cropped using the coordinating punch. Such a fun combination! I wanted to make sure it popped off the Dapper Denim DSP, so I cropped out a circle in what turns out to be Crushed Curry.
Last color was Melon Mambo as the label and sentiment colors. The Beautiful You stamp set provided the sentiment. I thought that it was generic enough to make this a birthday celebration card as well as a card to celebrate an accomplishment, job change, etc.
Here’s the color challenge for GDP#125:
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