I know I am not alone when I say I have a lot of patterned paper (DSP). I have some patterns from when I first started stamping in 2002 – and I’m still keeping those scraps for a rainy day…sigh. Thank goodness there are cardmakers who do use patterned paper and who share their inspiration. Dawn Olchefske posted this card on her blog and I knew I’d be able to use up even the smallest scraps of my DSP.
Send A Smile 4 Kids (SAS4kids) collects handmade cards (blank inside) for 15 Childrens Hospitals across the US. The cards are used by the nurses and staff to bring cheer to their 1 to 19 year old patients and their patients’ families. SAS4kids has two monthly challenges and the challenge I am submitting this card for is their Anything 4 Kids. What kid (or adult) doesn’t thrill when seeing a stack of presents topped with a big bow. I have a girlie version and a boyish version.
The bottom gift is 3″ wide by 1.25″ high and its lid is 3.25″ wide by 0.25″ high. The top gift is 2.75″ wide by 1.25″ high and its lid is 3″ wide by 0.25″ high. I used my MISTI and a retired SU! stamp set to stamp the sentiment just below the stacked presents. The bow is made using the SU! bow builder punch. To keep the bow poufy, I stuffed each side with cotton pulled from a cotton ball. These cards are not intended to be mailed but to be hand-delivered to the patients at one of the childrens’ hospitals who benefit from the SAS4kids volunteer efforts. But because I did stuff the bow with cotton, the cards could be mailed.
Entered in the following challenges:
SAS4kids – Anything Goes for Kids Challenge
Stamps: It’s Your Birthday(SU! retired)
Ink: SU Calpyso Coral, Pear Pizzazz
Paper: SU Melon Mambo, Summer Sun; Neenah Solar White #100; TAC Kaleidoscope Girlz (retired), TAC Hip-Hop (retired)
Other: MISTI (My Sweet Petunia), SU Bow Builder Punch
Oh, I soooo was not going to sign up for the Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription. I want to know what I’m getting, not be surprised. But when the absolutely fabulous May 2015 kit was sneak-peeked for 24 hours, I caved and signed so I could get THAT kit (and also get past kits as supplies allow)! The kit makes 6 cards and 4 gift bags which are cute and perfectly designed … but it’s the alternate designs posted on Pinterest and Splitcoast Stampers that encouraged me to branch out from the original kit’s designs. I cut the striped card base and matted it to Island Indigo which was then adhered to a white card base (my preferred card design). After I stamped the ‘celebrate’ sentiment (doesn’t it look festive with the extra flourishes?), I adhered it to a scrap of Daffodil Delight cardstock and trimmed out a matted banner. The balloon diecut is the perfect size for the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment (and the card front) in general. I am now on the lookout for a similarly sized balloon die to make my own balloon embellishments.
The inside of the card is from the Big Day stamp set (SaleABration 2015) and of course my envelope was decorated – the balloon stamp is separate from the balloon string, so I was able to flip the string to create the middle stamped string. I like how the balloon colors overlap to emulate transparent balloons.
I made this card specifically to send to a soon-to-be 16 year old boy. His mother requested via social media for a card shower, and I am happy to oblige. This card was mailed today. I also made a few extra to put in this month’s SAS4kids box.
Stamps Ink Paper sketch challenge
Muse birthday challenge – I interpreted the inspiration card with my balloon
Stamps: SU Paper Pumpkin May 2015 Birthday Bundle, SU Big Day (retired 2015 SaleABration)
Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; SU Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Paper Pumpkin patterned paper
Ink: Versamark, SU Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral; SU marker Daffodil Delight
Other: Anti-static bag, white detail embossing powder, heat tool, foam tape, SU Calypso Coral/White thick twine
I practice lots of techniques and keep the pieces in a drawer ‘for later.’ This particular background was created by floating alcohol ink drops on water and then smooshing the glossy paper facedown into the ink. It just begged for a white embossed image, don’t you think? Something nice and solid against the bright colors. I used my alphabet rotary stamp from SU to personalize the happy birthday sentiment for my dear hubby. He really liked it
Entered in the following challenges:
Cards in Envy – birthday party
Crazy 4 Challenges – Admit You’re Happy Month
Our Daily Bread Designs – ODBDSLC249 Color Challenge
Stamps: Silhouette Highland (Sheena Douglass), SU Alphabet Rotary Stamp
Ink: various alcohol inks, Versamark, Memories Black
Paper: Glossy White, Neenah Solar White #100, Basic Black
Other: Detail White embossing powder, heat tool