Smile!

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Smile! It's another Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge. What beautiful Spring into Summer colors the Design Team chose! Primrose Petals, Gumball Green and Whisper White. 

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The color choices remind me of the Spring and Summer seasons. Primrose Petals is warm, just like those breezy Summer Days, and Gumball Green is cool, like our crisp Spring nights.  

Taking you back a few posts to my "Card Design Posts", these colors are called "complementary colors" and are opposite each other on the color wheel.  They say opposites attract… Primrose Petals and Gumball Green certainly do.

This design is another pretty "Clean and Simple", and I think the Wow! factor here is the "Smile" sentiment. This is from one of Stampin' Up!'s new stamp sets called "Happy Day". 

Smile, it's a Happy Day!

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Stampin Up Supplies Used:  Cardstock – Whisper White. Ink – Primrose Petals. Stamp Sets – Secret Garden and Happy Day. Tools – 1" Circle Punch, Floral Frames Framelits. Stampin' Dimensionals and Paper Snips.

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Circles to Squares in Soho

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I had an entirely different post planned for you today, but got a little sidetracked by this very interesting design.

I was wandering through some paper crafters' sites and came across the design for this card. It was created by Sharon Harnist of Paperfections. I changed up the color scheme and added different style stamping, but the general design is the same.

Here I used a Very Vanilla card base with Stampin' Up's new Soho Subway Designer Series Paper. My sentiment is from the Vintage Verses stamp set and my stamped embellishment is from the Kindness Matters stamp set. Both are stamped with Early Espresso ink.

This card was very easy to create and lots of fun. If you like punch art and love to play with patterned paper, give this a try. 

Here's the how to:

  • Punch 9 1 1/2" circles and score at 1/4" on all sides. 
  • Fold the scored edges in toward the center.
  • This creates a 1" square.
  • Attach the squares to your card base to create a pattern you like.

That's it, you're done! 

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Cupcakes For Riley!

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My great niece, Riley, turned three this week and this was my card for her.

Quick & Easy cupcakes in Pretty In Pink! Stampin' Up!'s Cupcake Builder Punch, is the perfect tool for this very easy card. A few quick punches, some Pretty In Pink Sclloped Ribbon, a few layers and a "Sassy" sentiment from the Sassy Salutations stamp set. That's all there is to this adorable birthday wish.

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Happy Birthday Graphic

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Happy Monday Stampers!

In my past several posts, I've been showcasing lots of flowers. I do have a bit of a flower fetish, but it's more contained than my patterned paper fetish. Thank goodness, I'm not sure I could handle two full blown fetishes!

Today, I thought I would get a little graphic design going with no flowers or patterned paper. It's no secret that I've been learning a little more about "color" and sharing much of that with you here in my blog posts. I promise I'll continue to share as I become more expert. We can take our card designing journey together. I don't mind if you don't! 

Today's card is my latest experiment with color. My inspiration for this card came from Laura Bassen. Of course, I switched the design up a bit. This is another Quick & Easy without a doubt. Just punch some squares, round all the corners or just two, and place your "art" wherever you please. It'll be beautiful, I promise!  Give some color combinations a try…it's fun!

COLOR DESIGN TIP: Black is "the presence of all color" and white is the "absence of all color". Neutral colors are made up of whites, browns, greys, and blacks. When using blacks, whites, and neutrals, they can stand alone or you can add "color" and your color balance will be fine. The neutrals can accent, balance and/or ground your colors. In the case of my "Happy Birthday Graphic" card, the neutral is both balancing and grounding my colors. Cool, isn't it?…but my colors are warm. We'll talk about color Temperature next time.

Take a look at my card below from a past post. This card is quiet and sophisticated, and technically has no color!!!


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Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: Cardstock – Basic Black, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette. Stamp Set – From My Heart.  Ink – Jet Black Staz On. Tools – 1 3/8" square, 1" square, and 3/16" corner punches, Stampin' Dimensionals.

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A Birthday Party Hat

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Hello Saturday…It's the weekend, and here's a great party hat and my Card Design Tip #1.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again…yes, I am a patterned paper addict! I love to look at patterned paper and I love to create with it.

In this card, the adorable party hat is surely a hit, but the patterned paper does all the work. All I did was make the cuts. Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper featured here is "Sent With Love", and the colors featured are Real Red, Pool Party, Island Indigo and Whisper White.

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Here's the "How To":

  • Cut a standard 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" A-2 card from Real Red card stock;
  • Layer on a Whisper White band across the card measuring 2 3/8" X 5 1/2";
  • Add a second layer across the card onto the Whisper Shite measuring 5 1/2" X 2 1/4";
  • The awning (wider) stripe paper is 5/8" X 2 1/4";
  • The Pool Party center pattern is 2 1/4" X 3";
  • I hand cropped the banner and stamped it with my sentiment using Island Indigo ink. The Sentiment is from the Henry Says stamp set and Henry is as cute as cute can be!
  • Punch one "party hat" in Real Red, one "party hat" in Whisper White and one "party hat" in some coordinating patterned paper using the Petite Pennants Builder punch.
  • I punched holes in the Real Red "party hat" with a 1/4" circle punch to look like polka dots and layered Real Red hat onto the Whisper White hat, then layered both onto the patterned paper, dropping the patterned paper slightly at the bottom.
  • For the pom-pom on the party hat, I punched one large circle from the Owl Builder Punch from Island Indigo card stock and one from Real Red card stock;
  • I used my 1/16" circle punch to punch a tiny hole in the center of both circles and slipped in a Whisper White brad;
  • With my paper snips, I snipped around only the Real Red circle and fanned the edges upward to look like a pom-pom.

(As promised, here is my first of a series of posts with an easy card design tip.)

DESIGN TIP 1: THE GALLON/QUART/PINT RULE. In card designing, any card design will work when you choose a tri-color scheme, but remember to think of each color as "milk" (or whatever your favorite beverage might be). Use a "gallon" of one color, a "quart" of another, and a "pint" of your third color. Remembering this will always give you a color design masterpiece!

Take another look at my card today. My "gallon" is Real Red; my "quart" is Pool Party and my "pint" is Island Indigo. (My neutral in this card is Whisper White and neutrals are for another post). Now try to imagine this card without the Island Indigo…and replace the Island Indigo with, Real Red or Pool Party…go ahead, take another look with the replacement colors…kind of boring, right?

You probably wouldn't even come back to read any more of my posts or look at any of my other cards…but because I added just a "pint" of Island Indigo…the card comes alive! 

Try using this Design Rule on your next card and let me know how you do. I'd love to hear from you.


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Henry Says Stamp Set                Sent With Love Designer Paper

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