Thursday, July 14, 2011

Rainbow Birthday

This is blogging from the road... please excuse any autocorrect weirdness!
I made this card for my daughter a couple of weeks ago, knowing we would not be home on her birthday (which falls on Saturday). She's a colorful kid, and I wanted to make her a colorful card. Between that and all the rainbow inspiration out in blogland lately, this was a snap to design.
For the rainbow panel, I colored in a half sheet of watercolor paper with watercolor crayons and spritzed generously with water. I then used an aquapainter to blend the colors. It was a quick and easy process. While the panel was still wet, I sprayed it with vanilla Smooch spritz. I mounted the dry panel on a crimped piece of Pacific Point cardstock. The base is Tempting Turquoise stamped with the cupcake top from the Create a Cupcake stamp set, using white craft ink. Every time I see that shape, I think "Cloud!" The turquoise piece was then also sprayed with vanilla spritz. The sentiment is from Swirly & Curly Verses. I colored the balloons with Real Red and Pacific Point markers.
Hope she likes it! Colorful, fun, and sparkly, just like she is!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Baby Card Do-Over

I made a card for my daughter's friend. Turns out, I should have asked how to spell her name. Sigh. The very next night, I made a new card. I had some more Baby Tees that I had wheeled out, so I asked for some colors and got to work.

Sorry for the weird color, I was chasing daylight and it was cloudy. Anyway, I used matching cardstock and markers to create this little cutie. Notice, NO NAME. I did put a Congratulations stamp inside. I colored the onesies, punched the flowers, and started gluing it all together.

I just knew when I saw the triple layer punches in the summer mini that they would be in the big catalog, too. I was right! Why put out all that energy and effort to make a punch if it isn't going to be part of the main lineup?
I love layering different colors together. I knew I wanted white flowers, so I punched bottom layers out of the colors I used in the onesies. Mostly In Colors, of course! I love the way Wisteria Wonder and Concord Crush look together.

I trimmed out and popped up the onesies on dimensionals, as well as a few of the flowers. I punched one flower out of the Pink Pirouette card stock and stuck it to the envelope with a Basic Rhinestone. We decided bling would be overkill here, much as we love it!

All supplies Stampin' Up:
Stamp: Baby Tees Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Black (used with Jumbo Handle)
Markers and Card Stock: Blushing Bride, Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette. Whisper White card stock.
Punches: Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch

Saturday, July 2, 2011

PPA100 - Clear Embossing

Happy 100 to the Pals Paper Arts challenge site! The challenge this week is to showcase a favorite technique. My favorite thing to do is clear emboss for a tone-on-tone look, paired with clean and simple card design. I put this together last night - the hardest part was coming up with the colors! My goal was to showcase the technique and leave it at that.

My 12 year old declared it a masterpiece. She said she wanted it for her birthday, then started talking about Warhol. ???!!! Hello? She's 12! (And of course she was right, that was the inspiration.) Then we had to talk about some of his more famous pieces... and the conversation deteriorated from there. We were, after all, having a Parks & Recreation marathon via Netflix. I had at one point considered using NO sentiment and just making a 4.25" square card but I just couldn't do it.

This is a standard 5.5x4.25" card. The squares are each 2x2. To ensure the colors all came out in one big square, I mounted them on a 4" piece of cardstock before putting it all down on the card front. I used markers to match the card stock to color the music notes and bird on the sentiment. I'm getting as much mileage as I can out of that hostess set before the mini ends! OH WAIT. That doesn't happen until the end of August. LOTS of time! :) I also had to use some brand new items from the 2011-12 catalog, the new In Color Calypso Coral and the Delicate Doily set - which had been on backorder and showed up on Thursday!

Anyway, hope you like it, it's definitely simple but I love the way it turned out.

All supplies Stampin Up:
Stamp Sets: Delicate Doilies, Swirls & Curls Verses
Card Stock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Versamark, StazOn Jet Black
Markers: Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise
Other: Clear embossing powder, XL Oval Punch