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Stampin’ Up!’s Affectionately Yours

Aren’t these bumble bees adorable?  They’re easy as one, two, three… with Stampin’ Up!’s Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits Dies and your Big Shot!

I’m spending the week going through all those sticky tabs I put on my 2016-2017 Annual Catalog last year. Today’s card showcases the pretty “Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper”. This paper pack is fun and colorful.  It features a few of the soon to retire “2015-2017 In Colors”, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder.

Here’s today’s “How To”:

  • I started with a Tip Top Taupe A-2 card base and added a thin Whisper White layer.
  • My third layer (4″ X 5 1/4″) is the random dot pattern from the Affectionately Yours DSP.
  • The Floral layer measures 2 1/2″ X 5″‘.
  • With my Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, I punched a quick tag to display more of the patterned paper and to give my design a little more of a “collage” look.  You can see that piece sticking out of the right side of the floral layer.
  • I gave my Big Shot a work out using my Layering Squares Framelits… easy, easy, easy to crop.
  • My Big Shot cropped two bumble bees from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.
  • I hand cropped a sentiment banner using one of the sentiments from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set with Night of Navy ink.

 

Design Tips:

  • My color inspiration came from the patterned paper.
  • The “focal point” (center collage) includes my sentiment banner, which is typical. Usually a sentiment is included in the focal point of a card design, or the sentiment IS the focal point.
  • I followed the typical design “rule of thirds” repeatedly in this card.  There are three layered squares, three embellishments (two bumble bees and a White Perfect Accent dot), and three different paper patterns.
  • The design is balanced since the “weight” of the design is in the collage near the center of the card and is anchored by the floral strip and sentiment banner.
  • The color white balances the colors from the first card layer to the top Perfect Accent dot. White flows from bottom to top holding all the colors together. It’s a great neutral.

So, pick out your favorite patterned paper, crop a few cool shapes, embellish, balance and create something fun and colorful!

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A Swirly Celebration For GDP061

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Today, I thought I would check in on the Global Design Project’s Challenge Blog to see what I’ve been missing and saw today’s Color Challenge.  The colors immediately inspired me to go to the “Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies and just have some fun.  Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum and Basic Black: This combination is bright and cheerful and I immediately thought I should celebrate something.  So, I’ll celebrate the Design Team… Thank you, Design Team!

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Design Tips:  Color Balance and Pattern Repeat

  • The large Basic Black circle (my focal point anchor, inspired by the swirls) on the Very Vanilla card layer was a perfect start.  Both colors are neutral.
  • I punched a 1 3/4″ circle  into the side of the large cropped circle for dimension and to also bring the color balance through to the focal point.  There would have been too much black on the left side of the design.  The thin black edge the punched circle created gives balance to the cropped swirly scribbles because it repeats the pattern.
  • The largest Sweet Sugarplum swirly is balanced by the Sweet Sugarplum card base as is the solid Sweet Sugarplum circle (which is the center of the cropped swirly).  It’s always fun to use those left over pieces, isn’t it?
  • The smaller Emerald Envy swirlys certainly add the fun to this design, but I had to balance them with some Emerald Envy ink splatters.  The ink splatters not only help balance the smaller swirlys, they balance that color as well.
  • Lots of “pattern repeat” helps pull the design together…. circles and swirlys everywhere… even the sentiment font is “round”!
  • A little bit of “bling” adds excitement to the swirly fun.

Note:  When ever you have a lot of “pattern repeat” a design will most always work.  As most of you know, I recently moved into a new home and decided I was going to start with a “clean slate”.  I moved in with very little and purchased most everything new.  I had fun with the shopping and decorating process and realized I applied much of my card designing skills to creating my new space… neutrals with pops of bold color and lots of pattern repeat, and of course, I had to add the “bling”.  It works!

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So grab some swirly shapes, splatter some ink, add a little bling and create something fun!

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All the products for this project are from Stampin’ Up!’s 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.

Stampin’ Again With Paisleys & Posies

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The first item on my Wish List  from the Holiday Catalog was the Petals and Paisleys Product Suite…  it’s just stunning, and paisley is very “in” right now.

The stamps, matching framelits and Specialty Designer Series Paper made it so easy to put this card together.  Honestly, the hardest part for me was deciding which color combination to pull from the patterned paper.  I’ve always been partial to the blues and yellows together so I went with Night of Navy and Delightful Dijon… I added a little Rich Razzelberry just for fun.

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This was another project from my Stamp Club last week.  Simple and easy… the Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper does the work for you.

  • Start with a Very Vanilla card base  – 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″;
  • Add a 4 1/4″ square of Night of Navy card stock as the first layer;
  • The Delightful Dijon layer is 3 1/4″ X 4″ topped with a 3″ X 3 3/4″ layer of Petals and Paisleys.
  • The “Focal Point” polka dot layer is 3″ X 2 1/4″ and is the backdrop for three stamped and cropped images from the Paisleys and Posies stamp set.  The “Focal Point” layer also anchors the sentiment layer.

Design Tips:

  • The “Focal Point” almost always involves your sentiment;
  • The three elements on the focal point layer anchor the sentiment layer and give the left side of the design balance.
  • I used the “Rule of Thirds” generously in this card… there are three base layers (Night of Navy, Delightful Dijon, Petals and Paisleys DSP) on the right of the design and three layers on the left (the polka dot DSP, the stamped images, and the sentiment).  There are also three stamped elements anchoring the sentiment.
  • I always enjoy taking a look at the different elements of a design, and have to admit that I don’t always realize I’m working with the “rules”.  It’s more fun for me to just let it happen then take a look.

I hope you enjoy today’s post, so grab some beautiful patterned paper, crop a few images, add a layer or two and create something very pretty!

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Paisleys & Posies Photopolymer Bundle (Stamp set and Framelits)

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Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper

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First Sight and Pretty Petals

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Just playing with patterned paper again.  Here’s another Simple Sunday Sampler.

This project was quick and easy.  Here’s the “How to” and a few Design Tips:

  • Pull out some of your favorite patterned paper and choose three coordinating patterns.  For  this project, I used patterns from Stampin’ Up!’s “Pretty Petals” Designer Series Paper Stack.
  • Design Tip:  Always use the same or similar color palette, or similar patterns (either curvy or straight lines – which include florals and graphics).  If you use both curvy and straight lines, make sure the elements (focal point, embellishments, sentiment, etc.) in your design are both curvy and straight.  You need this for design “balance”.
  • I used a standard A-2 card base in Whisper White – 5 l/2″ X 4 1/4″;
  • The black polka dot pattern strip in the background is 2 1/2″ X 4 1/4″,
  • My “anchor” horizontal strip is 5″ X 3 1/4″,
  • The sentiment banner is 1″ X 4″
  • For this card, I cropped some flowers with the “Flower Fair” framelits dies and added some Baker’s Twine for just a little embellishment.
  • Design Tip:  Because my patterns are so busy, there wasn’t much embellishment necessary.
  • The “forever FRIENDS” sentiment from “First Sight” is stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and the font is a good match to the patterned paper.

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So, here’s a simple and quick project you can create with your favorite ingredients.

Enjoy your Sunday Stampin’!

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GDP #025 – Blooming Birthday

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What a sweet Color Challenge over at the Global Design Project!  Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray and Smoky Slate are so pretty together… Spring is in the air.

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Here’s a quick “can do” for you:

  • The Basic Gray card base is A-2 – 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″;
  • The Whisper White second layer is 4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″,
  • The Daffodil Delight polka dot layer is 2 1/2″ X 4 1/8″,
  • The scalloped edgelit is cropped using Smoky Slate card stock and I cut it just enough to tuck behind the patterned paper.
  • To get those little blooms into the right spot, I measured up 2 1/2″ from the base of my Whisper White layer and knowing that each “scallop” is one inch wide, I made sure the dots were  an inch apart starting from the center out.
  • Stamp the center flower stem first, then stamp a stem on each side.  Use your pencil marks as a guide and… the stamp is photopolymer, so you’ll see your marks easily.
  • Add your flower, which I stamped with Daffodil Delight ink.
  • A few Whisper White Candy Dots and some Basic Gray Baker’s Twine from a past Paper Pumpkin Kit is all the embellishment needed.

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Stampin’ Up! Supplies Used:  

  • Card Stock – Basic gray, Whisper White, Smoky Slate and Brights Designer Series Paper Stack;
  • Stamp Set – Flower Patch from Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Catalog;
  • Embellishments – Neutrals Collection Candy Dots and Basic Gray Banker’s Twine.
  • Tools – Large Scalloped Edgelit from Stampin’ Up! (retired).

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