ABC Challenges ~ Birthday Card Challenge

Hi everyone!  I had an awful cold and then I got better and now it's back again so I haven't been feeling well enough to post any cards last week.  I still have a cough that just won't go away, but everyday I'm getting better.  Hopefully I'll be posting more this week.

Today's card I made for this week's ABC blog challenge.  Since it's my birthday this week, and my husband's birthday, and my little girl's birthday, I thought it would be nice to have a birthday challenge.  So this week at ABC challenges we are making birthday cards.  You can create any birthday card you would like so come on over and enter your card, we'd love to visit your blog!
My card was fairly easy to make.  I stamped the birthday banner along the top using rich razzleberry ink and the banner didn't quite reach all the way to the end of the card stock so I simply used my rich razzleberry marker to draw in the rest of the banner.  I added the cut out balloon on top of where the stamped image ended to hide where I began to draw in the banner.

For my main balloon image, I stamped the balloon strings using rich razzleberry ink and then I stamped the image again, but the second time I colored it using my SU markers.  I wanted to balloons to be different colors and using markers is the easiest way to do that.  Then I stamped the balloons again using my markers and I cut them out and placed a dimensional under each to to pop them up.  I also stamped a few more balloons to add onto my card and then I took a small piece of twine to create a bow and I place the bows on a few of the balloons using a glue dot.

The technique I used on the balloons in my image is called spotlighting.  And if you're not sure what that technique is here is a tutorial I found on splitcoast stampers.  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great evening!

Stamps:  Patterned Party
Card Stock:  White, Rich Razzleberry, DSP- International Bazaar
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry
Supplies:  Twine, SU Markers, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Scissors- for cutting out balloons, dimensionals, Glue Dots
Technique:  Spotlighting

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ABC Inspiration Challenge

Good morning!  It's Monday and time for another challenge over at ABC challenges.  This week is our very first inspiration challenge based on the photo below.  I love this photo; it's so pretty with the snow on the trees and the red cardinal.  There are so many possibilities with this inspiration photo so I hope you will take a few minutes and play along with us.  We'd love to visit your blogs!

I decided to create a Valentine's Day card with a touch of red.  My background is dry embossed using the Chevron and Perfect Polka Dots embossing folders.  Then I ran my white card base through my big shot using the Chevron folder and I only partly inserted it as to only emboss the bottom half.  Then I turned my card base around and embossed the top half using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. 

Once my embossing was complete I added two rows of dry embossing in the middle (between both embossed areas) using my simply score board.  I usually add the score lines to help define and separate embossed areas.  Then I added my red ribbon and place my card base onto my card.  In case you're wondering why I sometimes layer a white card base onto a white card, I usually do that because I don't like being able to see the ribbon from the inside and the double embossing is so much easier when you're working with a card front rather than the entire card.

Next, I cut out a scallop envelope using the scallop envelope die and I folded it and taped it together.  I left the top part of the envelope open so that I could stick some hearts partially inside it.  The envelope was placed on my card using dimensionals.

I began cutting out some red and white hearts using Hearts Embosslit and would you believe this is the first time I'm using this embosslit?  Yep, I never used it before, but I really like and I'm glad I ordered it!  Then I just began randomly placing the hearts on my envelope.  I have some layered and I used glue dots and dimensionals to adhere them.  Lastly, I stamped my valentine sentiment.  Here's a close up photo of the envelope with the hearts.

I hope you liked the card I made today!  I'm happy with the way all the hearts turned out.  The embosslit is so quick and easy to use since it embosses and cuts all at the same time.  *Here's a tip*- If you don't have this embosslit you could punch out some hearts and then embossing them using some embossing folders.  It's a little more work, but you'll get the same results.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!  I'm off to get my housework started!

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  White, Real Red
Ink:  Real Red
Supplies:  Ribbon, Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Fashionable Hearts Embosslit, Simply Scoring Tool, Scallop Envelope Die, Dimensionals, Glue Dots
Technique:  Dry Embossing

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Two By Two Baby Cards

Good Morning!  I needed to make some baby cards.  I have to catch up on my stash of birthday and baby cards.  When I bought this stamp I thought it would make really cute baby cards and since I spent so much time coloring I tried to keep the rest of my card simple.

I stamped the image using black stazon ink and then I colored it using SU markers.  I added some twine and a clip with a piece of ribbon tied on it for my embellishments.

Stamps:  Two By Two
Card Stock:  So Saffron, White, Subtles- designer series paper stack for the baja breeze dsp
Ink:  Black Stazon
Supplies:  Ribbon, Twine, Swirl Clip, SU Markers, Dimensionals, Coluzzle- for cutting out circle of image

Here's another baby card I made using the same image.  Actually I almost always stamp 2 images when I am coloring them in case I make a mistake with one and it just so happens that my coloring went pretty well this time so I ended up with an extra image and I didn't want it to go to waste and so I decided to make another card.

This one is pretty simple as well.  I colored in the image using my SU markers and I colored this image a little differently.  The background on this card is dry embossed using the perfect polka dots embossing folder. 

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop on by.  I am feeling better and hopefully I'll be back to my normal stamping and blogging routine next week.  Have a great weekend!

Stamps:  Two By Two
Card Stock:  White, Cherry Cobbler, Subtles- designer series paper stack- for the so saffron dsp
Ink:  Black Stazon
Supplies:  Ribbon, SU Markers, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Technique:  Dry Embossing

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ABC Challenges- Clean & Simple Cards

I haven't been posting in a few days.  I seem to have lost my mojo and my family and I have been sick.  I'm slowly starting to feel better and I wanted to make a card for this week's ABC blog challenge.  This week we are making Clean & Simple cards and as many of you know CAS cards are my very favorite.  There's still time to play along.

I colored the stamp using my SU markers and then I stamped the image onto my white card stock.  Once that was finished I simply added a few score lines (leaving some room in the middle for my ribbon) and then I added my ribbon.  Super quick and easy!

I hope you like my card!  Thanks for stopping by!  If any of you would be willing to help us spread the word about our ne challenge blog I would greatly appreciate!
Stamps:  You Are Loved
Card Stock:  White, Raspberry Ripple, Basic Gray
Ink:  None
Supplies:  SU Markers- Raspberry Ripple, Basic Gray, Gumball Green, Ribbon, Twine, Simply Scoring Tool
Technique:  Dry Embossing

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Splitcoast Creative Crew Challenges

Hi everyone and Happy New Year to you all!  I have some exciting news to share with you.  I have been asked to be a member of the Creative Crew on Splitcoast Stampers.  Of course I was honored and more than happy to accept so for the next few months I will be posting cards that I make for those challenges.  Here is a link to the creative crew challenges.  Once you are on that page simply click on the month you would like to view.  These cards are for my January challenges.

The challenge I made this card for was for us to focus on the new designer series paper found in the spring catalog.  We were to choose our favorite DSP.  Well since I haven't placed my order for the spring catalog I had to improvise.  I decided to create my own dsp and my inspiration came from the new Sunshine & Sprinkles dsp in the spring catalog.  I created the polka dots using my ink pads and a pencil eraser.

My background was dry embossed using the perfect polka dots embossing folder and towards the bottom of my card I added three rows of paper piercing.  My melon mambo layer was scored using my simply score tool and then I folded it at each line and placed it onto my card using tombow glue.

My drink images were stamped and I stamped an extra of the daffodil delight glass and I cut it out and placed a dimensional underneath it to raise it up a bit and then I stamped the same stamp again using melon mambo ink and I cut out the liquid portion of the drink and I placed that on top of my image.

Lastly I added my ribbon, sentiment, button with twine, and some glittler on the drink images.  I hope you like my card; I really like how colorful it turned out.

Stamps:  Happy Hour
Card Stock:  White, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Basic Gray
Supplies:  Ribbon, Button, Twine, Simply Score Tool, Dimensionals, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Scissors, Word Window Punch, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 2 Way Glue Pen, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Pencil
Technique:  Dry Embossing, Paper Piecing, Paper Piercing

The challenge for this card was to create an anniversary card since it's Stampin' Up's 25th anniversary.  We were also to use the sketch below.  I kept this card fairly simple and most of my time was spent stamping.  I first stamped the flower stem and then I stamped the flowers and once that was finished I stamped over my entire image panel using the En Francais background stamp and crumb cake ink.  My image panel was placed onto my card using dimensionals.

My background was dry embossed using my big shot and vintage wallpaper embossing folder and to complete my card I added my ribbon and some twine holding my happy anniversary sentiment which I punched out using my word window punch.
Stamps:  Field Flowers, Teeny Tiny Wishes, En Francais
Card Stock:  White, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi
Ink:  Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake
Supplies:  Ribbon, Twine, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder
Technique:  Dry Embossing, 2 Step Stampin'

This card was made for our SIP challenge.  We were to create a card using just stamps, inks and paper.  I also used ribbon, a button, and twine for my embellishment.  I stamped the heart image and cut them out using my scissors.  Then I stamped the red one again and cut out the bird and butterfly image and I placed it on my gray heart.  The gray heart also has dimensionals under it.  My sentiment layer was notched at the end using my scissors and that's about it for this card.  Hope you like it!

Stamps:  You Are Loved
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Real Red, Basic Gray, DSP- Pawsitively Prints- retired
Ink:  Basic Gray, Real Red
Supplies:  Ribbon, Button, Twine, Scissors, Tombow Multi Glue, Dimensionals

I decided to make two cards for the SIP - stamps ink paper challenge.  On this card I did add some ribbon and twine.  I used the seamless tiers technique or sometimes referred to as triple stamping.  I posted a video awhile ago on how to create a card using this technique so if you'd like to see that video you will find it here.

Once I had my white card stock cut I simply began stamping my flower images.  I stamped randomly using baja blue ink and then in-between I added some stem/leaves using crumb cake ink.   Then I added my ribbon and twine tied onto the sentiment onto my first layer.  Then all I needed to do was to finish assembling my card and that's it, super easy!  My sentiment layer was a rectangle I cut using my paper trimmer.

Stamps:  Stippled Blossoms, Petite Pairs
Card Stock:  White, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake
Supplies:  Ribbon, Twine, Hole Punch for sentiment layer
Technique:  Triple Stamping, Seamless Tiers
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