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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Card Café - Week 10

Starting this month, Pink Paper Bakery will be having a monthly drawing for those who participate each week in the Card Café. For each entry (maximum of three entries per week), your name will be submitted into a raffle for a prize for that month. The winner will be announced the first Saturday of the following month. This month's prize is a 6" x 6" sampler of the Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper, as well as matching card bases and buttons!

This week's Card Café challenge is a technique challenge, masking (or reverse masking). For those of you who aren't familiar with masking or reverse masking, check out these examples.

Masking gives you the effect of an object in front of another without an actual extra layer. In this sample, the flower on the left was masked while the 'background' leaves were stamped.

To mask, stamp your image on your card stock, then stamp again on a Post-it note. Cut the image out of the Post-it (cutting to the inside of the lines), lay it on top of your image on your card stock to act like a mask, then stamp your background image. When you remove the Post-it image, you will be left with a foreground and a background image, like the flower and leaves below.
Reverse masking is not actually masking the image itself, but masking an area that you want images, or ink to remain inside.
A mask was created from a sheet of vellum, to protect the white space beyond the rectangle. Ink was sponged inside the rectangle, and then the mask was removed before the stamping was done. You can keep all of your images inside, by removing the mask last.

Now it's your turn!


  • Please link to your blog post, not your blog main page.
  • Backdated and/ or backlinked entries are allowed if posted within the last week.
  • Link back to Pink Paper Bakery's challenge post in your blog post.
  • Maximum of three entries.
  • It is okay to combine challenges.
  • You may use any brand of products.
  • For color challenges, similar colors may be substituted.
  • Optional: Grab a badge to display on your blog!

    We can't wait to see what you create!
    Barbara Wetmore

    Sera Lewis



    Friday, September 28, 2012

    Lazy Gal's Challenge

    This age of the wonderful worldwide web we live in can provide so much inspiration right at your fingertips.  There are tons of fabulous blogs out there that offer color challenges, layout challenges, product challenges, theme challenges, the list goes on and on.
     Wanna know what challenged and inspired me for this card?  Laziness.  I wanted to make a card without having to leave my seat here at my work space.  The organized mess that surrounds me made it very easy.  There is a pile of scrap card stock in varying sizes and colors strewn to the right of my computer.  To the left, I have stacks of stamp sets, some in their proper cases, many more of them turned upside down with ink still on them.  Most of my cutting tools, adhesives, and accessories are actually in their proper places in the drawers of my desk.  I could even reach my markers if I.....really........str....e.......tch!
    Now, if only there was some way the dinner dishes could get washed while I sit here on my butt.

    Now isn't that great use of a scrap of card stock?


    • Real Red card base
    • Baja Breeze card stock cut to 5" by 3"
    • Whisper White card stock cut to 4" by 4".  Stamp your image near the top of the sheet, then tear the card stock at about an inch from the bottom.  Reattach the torn piece. then you have a nice little 'layer' of snow under your men.
    • Stampin UP Frosty Friends stamped with Stazon ink.
    • Sweet Essentials stamped in Stazon ink.
    • Bright Buttons in Real Red, Bakers Twine in Pool Party, and Dazzling Details 
    • Real Red, Baja Breeze, and Pumpkin Pie markers used to color in the snow men.

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Scentsational Color Combo

    I really like this week's color challenge on Pink Paper Bakery! I had to make at least one more card using these colors. Also, I'm finding lately that gray is my neutral color of choice, except when it comes to my hair, of course ☺.


    • Stamps: Scentsational Seasons, Snow Swirled, Teeny Tiny Wishes
    • Paper
      • Basic Gray - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
      • Island Indigo 1" x 5" (punched) and 2 3/4 x 3 1/2
      • Pool Party 1" x 5"
      • Whisper White 2 1/2" x 3 1/4"
      • Summer Smooches DSP - 1/2" x 2 1/2"
    • Ink: Pool Party, Basic Gray, Lucky Limeade
    • Tools and Accessories: Holiday Collection Framelits, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Brights Buttons, Basic Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    Simple and Elegant Look

    I just returned from vacation and wanted to post a card that was simple and elegant looking.  I CASEd this card from another demonstrator awhile ago but love how simple it is yet striking.  I love the colors and simplicity of this card with the butterflies and a simple word to greet the receiver when they open the envelope.  Enjoy!
    Elegant Butterfly Punch #127526
    Papillon Potpourri stamp set #123757 WM or #123759 CM
    World Treasures stamp set for greeting#126765 WM or #126767
    Fancy Fan Embossing Folder #127751
    Very Vanilla and Primrose Petals card stock
    Primrose Petals ink and ribbon

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    Create a Cupcake

    A friend who recently started stamping gave me a challenge. She wanted to make a card but had limited items. She had a ton of  Daffodil Delight card stock, Getting Started DSP, a variety pack of Neutrals card stock, and REALLY wanted to use create a cupcake. So I found a nice layout and plugged in the pieces. Voila!
    • Daffodil Delight card stock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, fold.
    • Whisper White card stock 5 1/4 x 4
    • Brights Designer Series Paper (cuz I didn't have the Getting Started DSP) 4 x 2
    • Early Espresso 4 1/2 x 2
    • Create a Cupcake stamp set (121915)
    • Cupcake Builder Punch (118074)
    • 1 3/4 Circle Punch (119850)
    • Basic Pearls (119247)
    • Dimensionals (104430)
    Bakers Tip: The top of the cupcake is inked in Daffodil Delight on Whisper White card stock and the bottom is inked in Early Espresso onto Early Espresso card stock. Then punch out. Cupcake and circle are on dimensionals.

    Monday, September 24, 2012

    Magnificent Monday

    Magnificent Monday Guest: Heidi Boos!

    When this card came to life on paper, I was very excited about it! I have to admit, the process was a bit tedious for all of the extra little details, but I think it was so worth it in the end! I am usually a clean and simple kind of gal, but sometimes details are necessary...and fun! The new Elegant Butterfly punch is a recent favorite of mine (and one of my new toys!), so being able to create a card using this punch was on the top of my list! I think my favorite thing about this card is the dimension it has. One of my customers asked me recently at an event, “You sure do like using Dimensionals, don’t you?” Why, yes…yes, I do! I think it gives the card that “pop” it needs!

    Card Recipe
    Stamp Set: Daydream Medallions, Itty Bitty Banners
    Paper: Whisper White, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Patio Party DSP
    Ink: Pool Party, Primrose Petals
    Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals
    Tools: Big Shot, Floral Frames Framelits, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
    Thanks for sharing with us, Heidi!

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

    Simple Thanksgiving Card

    Two things I love to have on my cards are watercolor, and texture and this card has both! 

     I enjoy the fact that you can watercolor with so many different supplies. I am pretty sure I have done every watercolor technique that is out there, but my favorite has to be using watercolor crayons and a blender pen.  

    Here is a cute little Thanksgiving card:

    • Full of Blessings stamp set
    • Watercolor Wonder™ crayons - Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Garden Green, Always Artichoke, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard
    • Early Espresso classic ink
    • Staz On Jet Black Ink
    • Very Vanilla card stock
    • Pumpkin Pie card stock
    • Early Espresso card stock
    • Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder
    • Square Lattice embossing folder
    • Labels Collection framelits
    • Big Shot
    • Stampin' Dimentsionals

    Saturday, September 22, 2012

    Card Café - Virtual Card Swap

    This weeks challenge is a color combination. We were inspired by this bedroom which highlights two hot fall colors, lime green and gray, and is complimented by pretty blues.

    Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Basic Gray


  • Please link to your blog post, not your blog main page.
  • Backdated and/ or backlinked entries are allowed if posted within the last week.
  • Link back to Pink Paper Bakery's challenge post in your blog post.
  • You may post multiple times.
  • It is okay to combine challenges.
  • You may use any brand of products.  
  • For color challenges, similar colors may be substituted.
  • Optional: Grab a badge to display on your blog!

  • Make your sample and use the Linky Tool below to link to your blog. If you want to participate and don't have a blog, email your submission to pinkpaperbakery@gmail.com by 3:00pm (Eastern Time) on Friday. Your card will be posted within 24hrs (most likely same day).

    Deena Boos

    Deena Boos/ My Home Grown Art
    Jen Austin
    Barbara Wetmore

    Jenny Wood

    We can't wait to see what you create!

    Friday, September 21, 2012

    She's Gone Country

    Countryside, that is.  I have recently acquired this stamp set, and I have to tell you,  I didn't love it at first, but it is growing on me.  It might have something to do with the feel of fall in the air, but I am loving this pickup truck!  And who doesn't have some kind of memory of an old pick up truck?  Mine is of a friend's dad.  He would roll up to our high school softball games in his big, brown, loud, old pickup.  And if you heard that thing revving up with a couple of innings still left to play, you'd probably have to give that friend a ride home after the game, since her old man had seen enough of our sorry display of softball.  Happy Fall, y'all.

    • Countryside stamp set
    • Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
    • Crumb Cake card base
    • Confetti White card stock cut to 3 3/4" by 3 1/4"
    • 3 1/4" strip of Cherry Cobbler card stock
    • 3 1/4" by 1" strip of Baja Breeze card stock
    • Vintage Brad
    • Chocolate Chip ink pad
    • Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, and More Mustard ink pads used with blender pens.

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    Make A Cake Fall Colors

    I'm not one who generally knows how to be fashionable. Out of curiosity (for card making sake), I looked online to see the Fall 2012 color trends. Who knew that bright colors are hot for this fall and winter? I think it's a brilliant idea to bring fun colors through the cold seasons. I do have some hot pink (or Melon Mambo as we stampers call it) sweatpants. I don't really wear them in public, except when I wear them to bed, and I don't change to take my son to school the next morning. I know I'm not the only one who takes their kids to school in PJs! I guess I'm going to need to go shopping to pull in some bright colors into my fall/winter wardrobe. For now, I'll pull some of those colors into my artwork.

    • Stamp Sets
      • Make a Cake
      • Memorable Moments
    • Paper
      • Whisper White card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and scrap for 2 1/2" circle
      • Basic Gray card stock - 4" x 5 1/4"
      • Daffodil Delight card stock scrap
      • Brights Collection Designer Series Paper Pack - 5/8" strips
    • Ink
      • Melon Mambo, Basic Gray, and Daffodil Delight
    • Tools and Accessories
      • Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
      • 2 1/2" circle punch
      • Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
      • Basic Rhinestones
      • Stampin' Dimensionals
      • Stamp-a-ma-jig

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    A Card Worth Waiting For

    Today’s card is a card worth receiving and waiting for.  It isn’t very labor intensive but requires some patience in the drying time.   BTW, patience is not one of my best virtues but I’m working on it.  I started with an unusual color combination taken straight from the new Festival of Prints DSP pack – Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.  I started with a simple layout and added some sparkle with Champagne Shimmer Paint spritzed on the flowers.  
    Follow these steps to make your own card worth waiting for:
    1. Add 2 DSP layers of varying sizes to a Crumb Cake card base.
    2. add DSP layers and Doily
    3. Add a Very Vanilla doily cut from the Delicate Doilies Sizzlit die.  This can either be centered on your card or positioned to the left side of the card on top of the DSP layers
    4. Add shimmery flower held together with an Antique Brad.    
    • To create flower, punch 2 Cherry Cobbler and 1 Island Indigo flowers with the Fancy Flower punch.  Spray flowers with water to make them pliable.   
      sprayed flowers with water
    •  Shape and form the flower however you would like.  I rolled the edges of 2 flowers down and then pinched the edges of 1 flower together in an upwards direction to give some dimension to my flower.    
    roll petals down
    pinch petals together in an upwards direction
    • Let the flowers dry (30-60 mins.) and then attach them together using an Antique Brad (alternating colors).   
    Flower put together with antique brad & spritzed with shimmer paint mixture
    • Spritz the flowers with a mixture of Champagne Shimmer Paint and rubbing alcohol (mix these items together in an old Stamping’ Mist bottle or use the new Stamping’ Misters).  You can spritz the flowers with this mixture before putting them together or after they have dried.  
    Spritzed before putting them together (this is an option)
    •  Let shimmery flowers dry (I let mine dry overnight just in case).  Attach to your completed card using dimensional (stack 2 dimensional on top of each other to allow your flower petals to not be mushed down).
    My new favorite layout!
    Wouldn’t you love to receive a card like this?  It is so simple to make, takes a bit of patience with the drying time but is definitely a card worth waiting for in my opinion.  Enjoy!

    Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake card stock
    Fancy Flower Punch
    Delicate Doilies Sizzlit die
    Champagne Shimmer Paint
    Stamping’ Misters
    Antique Brads

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

    Button Buddies

    I made a Costco trip today...and there was that dang Pumpkin Pie! Ahhh, so good and so cheap! But I didn't do it! Well not today anyway. So I came home and got out my Stampin' Up! Pumpkin Pie card stock and used the sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping. This what I came up with. By the way, it didn't help curb the pumpkin pie craving.


    Crumb Cake card stock (8 1/2 x 5 1/2) fold in half.
    Pumpkin Pie card stock (5 1/4 x 4)
    Whisper White card stock, 1inch circle punch
    Adhere the circles and run through the Sizzix Big Shot with the square lattice embossing folder
    Crumb cake card stock  (5 1/2 x 1 1/2)
    Whisper white card stock (5 1/2 x 1 1/4)
    Happy Thanksgiving greeting in Crumb Cake
    Button Buddies (Pumpkin)
    Pumpkin Pie Designer Button

    Monday, September 17, 2012

    Triple Time With Snowflake Soiree

    Magnificent Monday Guest: Jennifer Timko!
    Visit Jennifer's blog for card stock dimensions.

    Stamps:  Snowflake Soiree, Teeny Tiny Wishes;
    Paper:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler;
    Ink:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake;
    Accessories:  Big Shot, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Early Espresso 3-1/2" Tulle Ribbon, Brushed Bronze Button, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

    The key to the technique is the illusion that you have stamped multiple times and magically lined them up perfectly.  So I started with a base of Very Vanilla.  I cut two smaller rectangles of Very Vanilla and another larger rectangle of the same.  Attach them to the base using a repositionable glue since you will need to pull them back up and attach their "frames".  Once you have these in place, stamp your images.  You will need to apply a little extra pressure to the stamping to minimize the gap that will happen where the layers meet.  Now I like to use 1/8" borders (and did here) but a wider border is a bit more forgiving in the "magic" of this technique.  You may need to play with it a bit to find what works best for you.  After I stamped, I embossed the image using the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder.  I found that this helps in the reassembly part since you can use the embossing pattern as an additional guide.  Now, you carefully (take your time) pull the layers apart and then attach the back border panels (frames) to the layers.  The base of this card is Cherry Cobbler.  I folded a small piece of the Early Espresso 3-1/2" Tulle Ribbon in thirds and tied on a Brushed Bronze Button with some Linen Thread.  The middle panel is raised up on Dimensionals.  Finally, I added the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes (I inked only part of the stamp with a Stampin' Write Marker) and punched it out with the Jewelry Tag Punch and attached with Mini Glue Dots.
    Thanks for sharing with us, Jennifer!

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

    Pumpkin tea light

    I am a little late getting my post up today......I won't lie, the card I was working on to post for today  was not turning out how I would have liked it to, so I gave up.  Sometimes, it is better to walk away from a project and come back later.  However, I have a lovely paper pumpkin to share.  I have made paper pumpkins before, but this one is by far my favorite.  I totally CASEd the idea from Connie Stewart, who has a really nice video of how she put it together.

    • Cajun Craze classic ink
    • Chocolate Chip card stock
    • Old Olive card stock
    • Tangerine Tango card stock
    • Vellum card stock
    • Blossom Punch
    • 1 3/8 inch circle punch
    • Blossom Petals Builder punch
    • Labels Collection framelits
    • Lacy Brocade embossing folder
    • Chocolate Chip 1 1/4" wide Grosgrain Striped Ribbon (retired)
    • Big Shot

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