Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Paper Pumpkin Sunshine Card Alternative

I adore the finished look of this card!  It's gorgeous and shimmery in real life.

At first glance it may not look like I haven't altered the original card base, but I did.  I fully deconstructed the front of the card.  First I used a Layering Circle Die to remove the gold center circle.  Then I cut all the sunburst rays apart and numbered them on their backs.  With Crushed Curry, Bumble Bee, and Mango Melody I sponged each ray keeping it darker in the centers and lighter towards the outer ends.  When I put the rays back together I intentionally overlapped and gapped the pieces to create a subtle bit of dimension.  I love how slivers of white peek through giving this card a stunning look.


Pull out your beach, shell, or underwater themed stamps, create a fabulous card. and link up with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I grabbed the Timless Tropical Stamp Set and the In the Tropics Dies to make a fold out style card fit for this inspiration theme challenge.

When you untie the Linen Threads this card pulls out to reveal a grand row of palms. and the balance of the sentiment.

Here is a close up look of the greeting.  Colors for the image are Grey Granite and Pool Party.  I used Stampin' Write Markers to ink up the image in two-tones.  For the "aloha" I used a scrap of Brass Foil Paper.  Oh, how I love the color and sheen of this new foil.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

From All of Us Monday Montage

Welcome one and all to our Monday Montage Blog Hop.  For today I thought I would share this adorable and spirited From All of Us card.  Isn't it cute?

I stamped a background of Coastal Cabana and Mint Macaron using the Swirly Frames Stamp Set to make a stylish backdrop for the gang of animals.  I watercolored the critters with Grey Granite, Petal Pink, Mint Macaron, and Coastal Cabana.

Thanks for joining us this week for a Monday Montage Blog Hop.  Be sure to visit each site for some fun stampin' inspiration.  Next up is Julie Warnick or if you're hopping backwards you'll be visiting Dani Dziama.

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Creation Station In Colors

Happy July to everyone and a big welcome to our Creation Station monthly blog hop.  For our theme this July we were to create with the new 2020-2022 In Colors.  We could use any combination of the new colors along with Whisper White.  I chose to use all five to make an Accordion Foldout Folio Sampler featuring Misty Moonlight, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Bumble Bee, and Cinnamon Cider.

I have used some fabulous stamps and dies to put together this unique dimensional mini-album.  It's made of one sheet of Whisper White, a couple cover panels, and lots of additional pieces to create layers of color and dimension.  (Scroll down for pattern and folding instructions)

To complete the project and secure my portfolio closed, like a book, I made a belly band which slides on and off for easy access.  I really prefer the use of belly bands to maintain my original design/look.  

Here is the cutting and scoring instruction sheet.

And this includes the folding instructions.

Here's a closer look and the alternating accordion folds.

I used five die sets for this accordion folio.  First you saw the Poppy Moments Dies used for the belly band.  Now on the inside I have used the Playful Alpabet and Well Written Dies.  What's really awesome is the thickness of the Playful Alphabet die cuts used for "fur pals" and "nana/bruno."  I cut those from cardstock and Dimensional Sheets for perfectly shaped dimensionals.

For the photos of Nana and Bruno I added an ombre effect to each picture.  Each two color ombre was a combination of the new In Colors.  You can really see this effect on the picture mounted on the Misty Moonlight DSP with the text pattern.  These ombre washes of color bring a fun sense of cohesion to the finished look.

If you're like me you're loving the new In Colors.  Next in our hop is the fabulous Julie Beltramo.  I'm alway in awe with her handmade stamped projects.  Enjoy the hop and as always happy stampin'.

Products Used
2020-2022 In Color Asst. Cardstock Pack | Whisper White Cardstock | 2020-2022 In Color 6x6 DSP
Poppy Moments Dies | Well Written Dies | Playful Alphabet Dies
Stitched Shapes Dies | Stitched So Sweetly Dies
Free as a Bird Stamp Set | Misty Moonlight Ink Pad
Butterfly Duet Punch | Delightful Tag Topper Punch
Rainbow Glimmer Paper | Foam Adhesive Sheets
Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack | 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots

Friday, July 3, 2020

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

And More with A Box of Sunshine

Today I'll share a quick post featuring the last few cards I created using June's A box of Sunshine Paper Pumpkin Kit.  These first two cards are what I call "cut away" style cards.  I simply cut a slice out of the card front to expose the inside which then gives a bit of added flair and dimension.

For this Mini Paper Pumpkin Box I was super inspired by one of the alternative projects that Stampin' Up! shared on the instruction sheet enclosed with the kit.

I added remnants from the black and white label sheets to frame the focal sunburst and sunshine greeting.  To cut the clouds I used the retired Rainbow Builder Dies.  In the current SU! catalog you can find a perfect die to cut clouds in the So Happy Dies set.

With most of the PP kits I will use the punch out remnants as stencils.  This one with the lemons and leaves was a no brainer for making a few sweet and sassy yellow-black-white cards.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

More to the Box of Sunshine

Here are several more alternative projects using the A Box of Sunshine Paper Pumpkin Kit.

This first card is super quick and simple.  I call this style of card a "slit" card.  All you do is cut a slit from the folded scoreline to the edge and glue it down.  For this card I adhered just the edges to create a gift card pocket.

These next two 3D projects are made by using one of the preprinted card bases.  Below are instruction cards for cutting and assembling of a Bottle Buddy and a Trident Gum Slider.

A Box of Sunshine Paper Pumpkin Thing

Welcome to another fun and fabulous "A Paper Pumpkin Thing" blog hop.  I'm sure you know that this month kit is called A Box of Sunshine.  It is just that.  It's bright and cheery, watercolored and visually textural, finished with subtle gold details--it is a box of sunshine.

This card is a quick and easy alternative.  First, reverse the fold so the printed design is on the inside. Then fold the printed side outward and stamp the inside to create a border and add some fun contrast.

This stacked easel card is easy.  Start with a 4 1/4" x 11" top fold card base.  Cut another piece of 4" x 11" cardstock and score along the long edge at 2 7/8" and 5 3/4".

This bag style box is made with one full card base and (2) added pieces of paper.  

Grab you box of sunshine and create lovely things to spread happiness to your friends.  You'll be thrilled with the beautiful things you can make and bright ray of hope you can share.