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A Birthday Bike Ride

This card was made for two great challenges this week:

Retro Rubber Challenge Blog #106"Mad About Stripes" - and -

Always Fun Challenge #102"Dogs or Cats"
I was inspired by the card made by Sara with her lovely purple card at Sentiments by Sara. I change the colors, some of her design, and added a puppy. 

I wanted the inside of the wheels to be clear so you could see behind the bike... little did I know what I was getting into! I first stamped the wheels on heavy white cardstock, then used the circle die from the Stampin' Up! (SU) "Build a Bike" framelits dies to cut out the entire wheels. Then using a smaller Sizzix circle die, I cut out the inside of the wheel to get rid of the spokes. Next, I used the wheel stamp with Stazon black ink and stamped the wheels onto stiff acetate. Then stamped the rim of the tire on the acetate using Stazon Mustard ink on the acetate. If I were to do it over, I would have found an even smaller die and only cut the spokes ou…
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WWC213 - Karen's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

This masculine card was made as a Design Team card for Watercooler Wednesday #213 - Karen's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challengeusing a retired 1996 Stampin' Up! (SU) stamp set called "Fishin'".
The inch wide SU Pool Party cardstock strip was stamped with the string of fish from this stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the trout using SU Stampin' Write markers in Mint Melody and Pretty in Pink colors. 

On either side of the card front where the fish strip was going to go, I used a scoring board and score tool to put two scored lines 1/8" apart (scored from the back of the panel so the raised score line would be on the front of the panel). Then I glued the fish panel between the score lines.

The cattails and fly rod were stamped using SU Early Espresso ink. I used a slightly damp Aqua Painter to drag the color of the cattail heads and the handle of the fishing rod in toward the center of each. This gave a slight brown tint to the hea…

Happy 4th Birthday!

Made for my granddaughter's 4th birthday. She loves the color purple, animals and balloons. So I wrapped them up into one birthday card for her!
The sketch is from Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #400 which required the inclusion of three rectangles, and the use of your favorite patterns. 

The kangaroo is cut from a pattern paper from the Stampin' Up! (SU) "Animal Expedition" designer series paper. The animal pattern and berry colored pattern behind that are from the same paper pack. The leafy background is from the retired SU "Botanical Gardens" pack.
The balloon was punched from SU Elegant Eggplant cardstock, then three white punched "4's" were glued together as a stack, then glued to the balloon. The entire balloon was inked with clear Versamark, then coated with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, and heat set. In the photo you can see a bit of light reflecting off the shiny embellishment that results.

I felt the kangaroo just looked to plain …

WWC212 - Tristan's "All About Occasions" Challenge

This card was made as a Design Team inspiration for Watercooler Wednesday WWC212 - Tristan's "All About Occasions" Challenge.

I used an unusual combination of Stampin' Up! (SU) stamp sets, especially so for the "dandelion seed-bearing puffs", which were made using the shadowed underside of the balloon from the SU "Balloon Celebration" stamp set. The smaller of the two undersides in the set is perfect for the floating puff. The "dandelion head" is the circular shape that was meant to decorate balloons in that same stamp set.

The speckles floating in the air were created with the "spots" stamp from SU's "Gorgeous Grunge". The fuzzy background is the SU "Bokeh Dots" stamped in Night of Navy.

Before I mounted the dandelion panel on the Night of Navy blue mat, I scored 5 lines diagonally from lower left to upper right on the mat. The assembled panel was attached to the card base using adhesive foam strips.

I hadn…

Succulent Sympathy

This card was made as a Design Team card for Try Stampin' on Tuesday #399 sketch and/or photo challenge (https://TryStampinOnTuesday.blogspot.com).


The photos were succulent gardens, so when I saw the sketch with the large half-circle on the right, I knew right away I wanted to try making a 3D succulent card. I don't have the 2017 Stampin' Up! (SU) "Succulents Framelits Dies", so I looked online for digital cut files in SVG format. I found a wonderful Cricut designer named Jennifer Maker whose blog features succulent cut files (https://jennifermaker.com/felt-succulents-easy/). They are for felt, but I used it with SU Mint Macaron cardstock and it worked beautifully on my ScanNCut2! 

The technique for coloring the succulents is super easy! You can find Susan Levasseur's YouTube tutorial at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbcG4vfGZFE

Susan used the SU Gorgeous Grunge dotted stamp with SU Whisper White ink to "spot" both sides of all the succulent leaves…

Amazing Birthday

This birthday card was made for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #306 :
When I saw the sketch, I recalled that I had made a card some time ago using a technique called Ink, Spray & Smashthat resulted in two pretty marbled backgrounds - and I had used only one of the two. Sure enough, I went digging in my stash drawer and found the gorgeous marbled background that would be just perfect for the sketch! It was created with glossy cardstock and Stampin' Up! (SU) dye re-inkers. You simply dot the cardstock with color, spray it with water, and smash it against the second glossy cardstock.

I cut the colorful panel down to 4"x5-1/4" to fit on a standard A2 cardbase. The pink ribbon was wrapped around to the back of the card and taped, then using a Bow-Easy bowmaker, I tied a double bow, and attached it to the card front with a mini glue dot.

The main panel was glued to the card base using Tombo.

I am rating the difficulty of this card as a "1" out of a possible "5…

WWC211 - Kath's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Made this anniversary card for my daughter and her husband. It's a bit feminine, but I think he will appreciate it, too. It was made as a Design Team member inspiration card for Watercooler Wednesday Challenge WWC211 - Kath's Feminine "Anything Goes".
The main panel is Stampin' Up! (SU) Whisper White cardstock that I misted with water before putting it into the extra deep embossing folder (prevents paper from tearing or breaking), then running through my Big Shot.

The tropical hibiscus blossoms are from the new SU "Humming Along" set. I stamped them using Versamark onto the retired Groovy Guava cardstock. Then covered with gold embossing powder and heat set. Each blossom was fussy cut with paper snips. I used four different marker colors to create the "throat" of the flowers, then covered the entire blossom with clear Wink of Stella. It gave the flowers a shimmery satin look that I really like! I used the leaf stamp from the same set and similar…