Thursday, April 30, 2020

April 2020 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Project - My Wonderful Family

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I have an alternative project for you using the April 2020 Paper Pumpkin Kit My Wonderful Family and a few additional supplies. The April Kit was all about family and sharing how you feel about them; sharing a little love, and sharing a smile.  If you are wondering what Paper Pumpkin is:  Well it's Stampin' Up! Monthly Subscription Craft Kit!  It's sent right to your mailbox each month.  It contains everything you need to complete that month's featured projects.  You also get an exclusive stamp set, Ink Spot, and instructions each month all for only $22 in the US.  Each month I share at least one alternative with you here and I am part of the First Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop each month.  Today's post was supposed to have been part of  that hop but I didn't get done by the deadline so I am sharing my card with you anyway.  Here's a look at my Alternative Project for this month.  

Paper Pumpkin Alternative, April 2020 Alternative Paper Pumpkin Project, Rick Adkins, Stampin' Up!, Paper Pumpkin

The April Kit had some really cute products inside and the stamp set was a great one.  Inside this month's little orange box was supplies to make eight cards with all the die cut pieces, card bases (scored ready to go) envelopes, adhesive dots, banners, little shimmery pearls in Soft Seafoam and Crushed Curry, and some Melon Mambo Ribbon.  I forgot to mention the stamp set and the ink spot; which for this month was Pear Pizzazz.  If you are just starting out as a crafter or want something crafty to do as a family Paper Pumpkin is a perfect solution.  

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For my Card this month I started out with a piece of Pear Pizzazz Cardstock and cut it down to 4 1/4 x 11 and then scored it at 5 1/2.  I folded the card base and burnished it with my bone folder.  I then cut the other half of the Pear Pizzazz Cardstock down to 4 x 5 1/4.  With this layer I used the tree top image and inked it up in Pear Pizzazz Ink and stamped it all around this layer.  Next I used the same image and took Soft Seafoam Classic Ink and then did the Rock n Roll Technique and inked the edges in Pear Pizzazz ink before stamping it down onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  I repeated the inking and stamping process again so that I had two of the tree tops.  I then used my Paper Snips and cut it out.  

Paper Pumpkin Alternative, April 2020 Alternative Paper Pumpkin Project, Rick Adkins, Stampin' Up!, Paper Pumpkin

I took my Pear Pizzazz layer and popped it up on Stampin' Dimensionals and placed it on my card base.  I then took one of the die cuts from the kit, the one with the soft seafoam background and writing and cut it out with the Largest scalloped stitched rectangle die in the Stitched So Sweetly Dies to cut this out as my next layer and placed it on the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.  This project uses a lot of Dimensionals by the way.  I then attached the tree truck with a little liquid glue.  After the glue dried I added the two tree tops that I stamped above.   Those were added with Stampin' Dimensionals.  

Paper Pumpkin Alternative, April 2020 Alternative Paper Pumpkin Project, Rick Adkins, Stampin' Up!, Paper Pumpkin

To finish off my card I took one of the Soft Seafoam banners from the kit and stamped my outside sentiment on.  I layered one of the Crushed Curry pieces on the stitched scalloped rectangle and placed my banner on top of that with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I then added two of the die cut birds from the kit and one of the die cut butterflies.  Next I added a few of the Shimmery Pearls from the kit around the card.  I then added a piece of whisper white cut at 4 x 5 1/4 stamped with my inside sentiment to the inside of the card.  Before adding it to the inside I did stamp the tree top in two of the corner one at the top and one at the bottom as a little tie in to the front in Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink.  

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Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Fun Card to Make During the Pandemic

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you a card that I made using the new digital download by Stampin' Up!.  They are doing fundraising event from April 28 till at least June 2, raising money for the Covid19 Relief Fund.  Stampin' Up! has designed a set of digital images and sentiments that can be purchased and all the proceeds go to the fundraiser.  There are some super cute images and fun sentiments in the PDF that are so timely.  I created my cards today with two of the images from the download.  Here's a look at my cards. 

Tips & Tricks: 

This is a super easy card to put together once you have the Covid19 Giveback PDF.  You simply print it off onto Whisper White Cardstock from your home printer, and you're good to go.  The PDF has 15 pages of digital images for you to use and let me just say that's a lot of cards.  Once I had mine printed off I picked out which images I wanted to use and used my Layering Circle dies to cut them and two scalloped circles out.  My scalloped circles where cut from Calypso Coral Cardstock.  I used some of the Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper as the backdrop for the images.  I did add a little coloring to my images to make them stand out a little bit more.  I just used the Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends Combo Pack and the Color Lifter.  

I also added a little of the Bermuda Bay Striped Ribbon to the card and some of the Glitter Enamel dots to add a little more interest to the simple card design.  My card base for both cards was a piece of Bermuda Bay Cardstock that I cut to 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2.  I popped both the scalloped circle and the printed circle up on Stampin' Dimensionals to have a couple different layers to the card.  

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I just adore this new digital images from Stampin' Up! I think they are fun and they make me laugh.  A lot of them made me laugh out loud when I printed the PDF.  In Case you are wondering Stampin' Up! nor Demonstrators profit from the sale of the PDF all the money raised will be sent to the two charities.  So with that being said if you would like to purchase one I will link to the website where you can order directly here, and the image below.  If you would like to purchase the the other supplies that I used today I will link them below in the Product Supply List.  Thanks for dropping by today I hope that you have a wonderful day and I will see you tomorrow for another post.  

Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Tea Together for The Spot Challenge #108 Mother's Day

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am sharing with my card for this weeks challenge at The Spot.  The theme for this weeks challenge is Mother's Day.  Everyone created projects for mother's day or to support of their mom.  I picked the Tea Together Stamp Set to feature on my project today.  One because it had a beautiful tea set, roses, and wonderful fonts.  And, secondly it was the perfect image to create a fun scene card with my stampin' blends.  Here's a look at my card. 

I started my card by stamping the tea pot and tea cup from the stamp set and added the rose buds and flower to both.  I stamped in tuxedo black ink and colored the pot and cup in with Balmy Blue Blends and added just a little color lifter to blend out the lightest color.  I colored the roses and flowers in Flirty Flamingo and Mint Macaron Blends.  To color the handles, top, and bottom of the cup I used a combination of So Saffron, Mango Melody, and Soft Suede to create the golden color.  

After coloring the cup and teapot in I set them aside to create the background.  I masked off part of the card to stamp the rose wall paper in the background.  Once I had all the roses stamped I removed the post it tape and was able to color both the wall paper and the table.  I started by coloring all the roses with Rococo Rose Blends, and Mint Macaron.  I colored the background with So Saffron blends with a couple layers of color.  I colored one layer of each color let it dry and then added another layer of color and blended it all out.  I then started to work on the table.  

For the table I used Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, and Bronze blends.  I added a little color lifter here and there to add a little texture.  To achieve the wood grain look it's a matter of keep layering and not stopping when you think it's not looking good, keep going and you will get the look you want.  Once I had everything colored I took the matching dies and cut out the tea cup and the teapot.  I then stamped the sentiment on to the card front.  I added the finished panel to a whisper white mat.  Everything was added to a Rococo Rose Card base.  

Once everything was cut out and added to the card front it was time to finish building the card.  I added a little of the Rococo Rose Scalloped Linen Ribbon between the wall and table to give the look of a trim.  I popped up the teapot with dimensionals as well as the tea cup.  I finished off the card by adding a few of the So Saffron Sequins from the Iridescent Sequins Assortment.  You can play along with use this week and check out what the other design team members came up with by clicking here.  Thanks for dropping by today, If you need any of the products you've seen today you can order them in my online store.  Some of the items are on the Last Chance List so don't wait to long.  
Happy Stampin'
Rick Adkins 

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