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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Missing Tooth Punch Art Card

My inspiration for today's card came from my recent experience with chipping a tooth.  Unfortunately, my daughter was a little excited about returning to dance class after our vacation.  While I was helping her get dressed, she jumped up and hit my chin.  My bottom tooth chipped and I had to visit the dentist first thing this morning.  Looks like I may need a root canal and a cap to make my tooth more comfortable since I'm still in so much pain :(  So I decided to use my experience to make a card for a child who has lost a tooth. 
Hippo who lost a tooth
Close up of hippo

Tooth created from Small Oval and Bitty Butterfly punches
To create hippo I used the following punches and sponged the edges 
of the punched pieces before assembling:
2 ½ ” Circle for body
1 3/8″ Circle for head
Extra-Large Oval for mouth - punch 2; punched out the lower lip/mouth of hippo by putting extra-large oval punched piece into the extra-large oval punch a second time and punching out a huge chunk of the oval
Small Oval for teeth - punch 3; punched out teeth by putting small oval punched piece into small oval punch a second time and punching out 1/2 of the oval
Bitty Butterfly for teeth marks at top of teeth - fed small oval punched pieces into bitty butterfly punch where the bottom wings come together
¾” Circle for ears - punch 2
½” Circle for inside of ears - punch 2

Itty Bitty Circle from Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack for eyes- punch 2
Modern Label for legs/feet - punch 2

I think this would make a great "Congratulations on using your first tooth!" card.  I will be making up a few of these to use for my friends' kids soon.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 ½ ”  Circle Punch #120906
1 3/8" Circle Punch #119860
Extra-Large Punch  # 119859
Small Oval Punch #120908
Bitty Butterfly Punch #129406
¾” Circle Punch #119873
½” Circle Punch #119869
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309
Model Label Punch #119849
Window Frames Collection framelits (used as a layer behind hippo) #129021
Smoky Slate, Whisper White and Pink Pirouette card stock
Basic Gray ink for sponging on hippo pieces
Smoky Slate ink for "congratulations" greeting on card
uni-ball Signo Gel Pen for adding hippo's nostrils

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fun With Designer Typset

My friend had a shark themed birthday party for her 5 year old son. Well, Stampin' Up! doesn't have any shark sets, so I had to improvise. I was not sure what to do with the Gorgeous Grunge set we received at Convention, but now I am so glad we got it! It made my card complete!


Crumb Cake card stock cut out with Apothecary Accents Framelits. I free handed the lines to make the shape of a surfboard.





 
 
 Trim off the excess
 
 Use the framelit to trim down the card stock on both sides in shape of a surf board.
 
For the Sky, 1 3/8" circle punch, use snail to hold the circle down and sponge around.
For the sun, use the paper you punch the whole with to cover the sky and sponge in the circle.
 
Ingredients:
  • Stamps: Designer Typeset Photopolymer, Gorgeous Grunge Woodgrain background
  • Paper: Crumb Cake - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
    • Whisper White - 5 1/4" x 4"
    • Marina Mist - 4" x 1 1/2" (tear)
    • Soft Sky - 4" x 1" (tear)
  • Ink: Soft Sky, So Saffron, Soft Suede, Real Red
  • Tools & Accessories: Apothecary Accents Framelits
    • 1 3/8" Circle Punch
    • Boho Blossom Punch
    • Sponge

Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Muse: Missing the Beach


I found my inspiration for today from Pinterest.  The card can be found at Splitcoast Stampers by clicking here.  I love the subtle colors and best of all, it reminds me of the beach.  The "missing you" sentiment is perfect for how I feel today.  My family and I just returned from a week at the beach and I'm missing the sound of the waves and the sand between my toes already.  If only I could live at the beach, life would be much calmer all the time.  Since I can't move to the beach and live forever, this card will be inspiration for me to create a beach card to hang by my desk to remind me of my relaxing times at the beach.  I'll have to add some sand to my beach card that I keep finding while doing laundry and cleaning out my car :)

Thank you to Dina Kowal for the great beach inspiration today.  If you would like to check out her adorable card ideas on her blog by clicking here.  She has wonderful ideas and lots of beach themed cards as well.  Enjoy!


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Thanks -- a bunch!





If you've ever been a team parent, a room parent, a co-worker, you name it -- you've probably had a time where you've needed to come up with a ton of teeny gifts fast. The Chalk Talk bundle to the rescue!

I was able to whip up two sets of a dozen gift tags in about 30 minutes. And they are super-cute as well as super-easy! I took the opportunity to play with all the new in-colors. If you stuck to a single color, you'd be done almost before you started.

Ingredients
Ink:
  • Baked Brown Sugar
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Crisp Cantaloupe
  • Pistachio Pudding
  • Strawberry Slush
Stamp set:
  • Chalk Talk
Paper and card:
  • In Color cardstock 
  • Whisper White
Accessories:

  • Chalk Talk framelits
  • Magnetic platform
  • Itty Bitty Shapes punch
  • Owl Builder punch (just the heart)
  • Rhinestones
Baker's secret:
I find that the hole framelits fight with the frame framelits on the magnetic platform when I run them through the Big Shot at the same time. When I'm doing more than one label, I run them through twice -- once for the label outline and once for the hole. (I cut the hole in one label and the outline of a 2d in the same pass, so it's only one extra run.)



Friday, July 26, 2013

Tag It Santa


You're probably tired of hearing all about convention. If that's the case, just look at the picture and carry on.  I'm still on a StampinUP high, and I'm not ready to stop talking about it! The presentations and displays were exciting and beautiful, the 5,800 demonstrators were crazy and fun, and the 80's cover band that played on Friday night was awesome!  If any of you readers out there want to listen to more, let me know!  I could talk your ears off about how fabulous StampinUP's 25th celebration was for this girl!

 I was really excited to check out the Freshly Made Sketches Blog to see what inspiration they had in store, especially because we were lucky enough to share a table with Cindy Hall, one of their fabulous designers, at convention on Saturday.  It was great to meet you and your friends, Cindy!

Ingredients:

  • StampinUP stamp sets: Tag It and Oh, Goodie!
  • Card stock: 
      • Gumball Green card base
      • Real Red cut to 4 1/4" by 2 3/4"
      • Whisper White cut to 4 1/4" by 2 1/4"
      • Basic Gray tag
  • Supplies:
      • Big Shot
      • Chalk Talk Framelits (Free from Prize Patrol!!!!!!!)
      • Chevron Embossing Folder
      • Gumball Green ink
      • Real Red ink
      • Basic Gray ink
  • Accessories:
      • Real Red stitched grosgrain ribbon
      • Gumball Green satin stitched ribbon







Thursday, July 25, 2013

Make your emboss image pop!

Embossing gives such a professional look to cards; I just love it! Naturals Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper is awesome because the embossing is already done for you with several clear embossed designs. I have an addiction to paper with lines (like notebook paper), so I chose the pattern with lines and flowers to work with. Well actually, there wasn't much work to do because the paper already has an embossed design, so I just had to help it stand out and add some finishing touches.

 I sponged Whisper White Craft ink over the top of the paper to make the design pop. Then I stamped a couple of butterflies from Papillon Potpourri and added those to my card. To keep with the notebook look, I added a 'spine' of Basic Black card stock, embossed with the Needlepoint Border embossing folder.
I finished the card off with a sentiment from Express Yourself (hostess set), on a Whisper White banner, and an Antique brad. Last I popped up the entire top layer of the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Ingredients:
  • Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, and Express Yourself (hostess set)
  • Paper:
    • Whisper White card stock - 4 1/4" x 11" (scored at 5 1/2"), and 5/8" x 3"
    • Naturals Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper - 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
    • Basic Black card stock - 1/2" x 4 3/4"
  • Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White Craft
  • Tools & Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
    • Needlepoint Border embossing folder
    • Bitty Butterfly punch
    • Antique Brad
    • Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Backyard Basics - hello Sweet Friend Card

Hello Sweet Friends!  All of us bakers have returned from Stampin' Up!'s Convention and I'm already going through withdrawls.  To help deal with my withdrawls, I've gone to the beach with my family for a week.  It's not the same type of vacation as having lots of fun with my Stampin' Up! demonstrator friends but there's nothing like being at the beach to help you unwind after such an awesome trip.  Plus, get your mind going some more about all the new and exciting products coming out with the Holiday Catalog on August 1st!

Until then, here's another card I created to swap with other demonstrators at convention.  I created it by embossing a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock using the Honeycomb Embossing Folder.  Added it to an Early Expresso card base.  I stamped the bee image from the Backyard Basics stamp set in Early Expresso onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock and cut it out using the matching framelits.  I love these things!  I wanted the bee to look like it was going to it's beehive so I punched out 3 - Daffodil Delight pieces of card stock using the Hexagon Punch.  To add a bit of dimension, I sponged around the edges of each punched piece of Daffodil Delight card stock and glued them to the Honeycomb Embossed Layer.  I also stamped a greeting from the Six-Sided Sampler stamp set and punched it out using the Hexagon Punch as well.  I added this  punched layer to the Whisper White background layer with a dimensional. I also added the bee with a dimensional.
Ingredients:
Backyard Basics stamp set #129255 WM or #129258 CM
Backyard Basics Framelits #129380
Six-Sided Sampler stamp set #130953 WM or #130956 CM
Hexagon Punch #130919
Honeycomb Embossing Folder #129378
Early Espresso ink
Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso and Whisper White card stock
Dimensionals

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday's muse: Pennants

I love this design from Mary Brown at stampercamper.

Brights mixed with a neutral, that oh so shiny happy sentiment? There's a lot to love.

When I use this card as inspiration, I'll start with the layered white base, add some DSP, and get really bold with ink. Sounds like a plan!


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Thank You and Welcome to PPB

Bakers of Pink Paper Bakery with the CEO & Co-founder of SU! - Shelli Gardner
Blog Readers and SU! Demos,

Thank you for all the kind words and encouragement from all of the demonstrators we met at Stampin' Up!'s Convention this week!  We loved meeting you and talking with you all. If you are new to our blog, we welcome you to a tasty experience as you discover all of our paper creations. We look forward to hearing from you so please leave your comments at the end of our blog posts.

Love,
All of the bakers at Pink Paper Bakery

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hybrid project: Life list journal



For my 40th birthday, several of my closest sister-friends and I went to a spa in the NC mountains for a long weekend. I made journals for each of us in which we could list the things we want to do in this life. Big things, small things, odd things. I look at my list each year in my birthday month -- adding new things and checking off the things I've done. I really enjoy my journal, and now I make versions of them for friends often.

Here's one I made for a friend recently. It's a mix of paper/stamps/glue and My Digital Studio. I'm having fun using the coordinating digital and traditional Epic Day kits! 

Ingredients
Ink:
  • Basic Grey
  • Calypso Coral
Stamp set:
  • Label Love
  • Lovely Letters Alphabet (retired)
Paper and card:
  • Whisper White 
  • This and That Epic Day DSP 
Accessories:
  • This and That Epic Day digital studio designer set
  • Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers
  • Artisan Label punch
  • Itty Bitty Shapes punch
  • Calypso Coral ribbon
  • Pearls

Behind the scenes: 
The cover for the journal originally looked like this.

 I left it on the display easel on my desk for a few days. After I looked at it for a while, I decided that the cover was BORING. So, I added more paper, some punches, and pearls. I like the revised version MUCH better. :-)




Friday, July 19, 2013

Handmade Happy Birthday

I am a very lucky girl.  My life is blessed with so many girlfriends.  One, in particular, goes all the way back to Kindergarten.   In the summer, we used to climb her weeping willow tree, sunbathe around my pool, play tennis, make ice cream sundaes, and ride our ten speeds all over town. I think of her a lot during the summer months, when I'm doing some of these kinds of things with my family.

We went to different colleges then I moved out of state. Since we've been apart, we've always enjoyed the old-fashioned, hand written word, sent through snail mail.  We've also started sending each other handmade gifts when our birthdays roll around, or at least close to those birthdays!


It's hard coming up with something different and creative every year, but it's always  fun.  Her baby is starting Kindergarten this year, and I thought it would be nice to send her a handful of 3 by 3 notes to add to her kids' lunches.  You could use any happy little stamp set for something like this, but I liked the idea of these animals having something to say.

I think you're purrrrfect.
                                                              
You quack me up.

                                                     
Ewe get the idea.

                                                       
Ingredients:

  • Storybook Friends stamp set
  • Under the Big Top stamp set (retired)
  • Designer Typeset Photopolymer stamp set
  • Early Espresso ink pad
  • Going Gray ink pad
  • White card stock cut to 3" by 3"
  • Assorted colored card stock cut to 3 1/4" by 3 1/4'
  • Fancy Favor Box Bigz Die (retired) used to create the box

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Salt Lake City, and swap card share

Jen, Alicia, Jenny, and I have arrived safely in Salt Lake City, UT! We had a long day of traveling, but it was so fun chatting with other Stampin' Up! demonstrators on the flight!

After arriving in Salt Lake, we arrived at the Marriott, which was a different Marriott then I thought I had booked. Thankfully my girls remained upbeat, and we dragged our suitcases back to Jenny's car, and drove to the correct Marriott (only a few blocks away).

We did some walking around the city, and ate at the fabulous Red Iguana; delicious Mexican food! Sorry, we have no pictures of our city adventure, but I do have a card to share! I cranked out several of this card to swap with fellow demonstrators later today!


Ingredients:
  • Stamps: Backyard Basics
  • Paper:
    • Whisper White card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper - 1" x 5 1/2"
  • Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
    • Backyard Basics framelits
    • Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Going To Convention with Label Love & Background Builders!

Watch out Salt Lake City.  Here we come!  Most of the bakers here at Pink Paper Bakery are attending Stampin' Up!'s Convention this week.  It's their 25th Anniversary!  Today we are leaving on a jet plane to join thousands and thousands of other creative demonstrators in Salt Lake City.  At Convention, Leadership, Regionals and other Stampin' Up! events, demonstrators have the opportunity to swap cards.  We create multiples of our card(s) and "swap" them with other demonstrators.  I have created 5 different card designs and have been sharing them with you the past 2 weeks and I will be sharing the last 2 swap cards over the next few weeks.  Here is a card I will be swapping at convention this week:
I LOVE how this card turned out!
This card is so simple to create but really creates quite the "WOW" factor with the punch of colors.  Start by embossing your Calypso Coral card base with either the Chevron Embossing Folder or the Argyle Embossing Folder.  Create your own background by using one of the Background Builders stamps.  I chose  the large wording stamp from this set , stamped it in Crumb Cake on a 3 1/4" x 3 7/8" piece of Very Vanilla card stock and stamped it over and over again until it filled up the white space on the card stock.  FYI: You could always use a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig if you are looking to have your background appear even and completely lined up.  I just chose to use my stamp as my guide to make my word images line up.  Add it to a 3 3/8" x 4" Crumb Cake layer and adhere right onto the Calypso Coral card base.  Next, stamp one of the Label Love messages in Bermuda Bay onto a scrap piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  Punch it out using the Artisan Label Punch and add it to a Crumb Cake punch layer by using dimensionals.  Use the Decorative Label Punch to create the Crumb Cake punch layer. Add a piece of Calypso Coral Chevron Ribbon to the back of the Crumb Cake Decorative Label Punch using a bit of snail and trim the ends of the ribbon to give it a banner/ribbon look.  Add the whole Label Love punch and Calypso Coral Ribbon layer to the card.  You're finished!  Simple, easy and "WOW"!
Used the Argyle Embossing Folder and a different Label Love stamp for this card.  Plus, I sponged the edges of the Label Love message with Calypso Coral to add a little more "WOW."
Ingredients:
Label Love stamp set #130619 WM or #130622 CM
Background Builders stamp set #129147 WM or #129150 CM
Decorative Label Punch #120907
Artisan Label Punch #130920
Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon (my new fav!) #130018
Chevron Embossing Folder or Argyle Embossing Folder
Calypso Coral & Crumb Cake ink and card stock

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Stampin' Up! Convention 2013! Woohoo!

Today, Jen, Alicia, Jenny and I are packing up our scissors, glue, and swap cards, because tomorrow we are heading to Salt Lake City for Stampin' Up!s 2013 convention! Woohoo! We wish we could take Sera with us, but she will be enjoying a cruise  (so we don't feel too terrible). We will be thinking of her though, and all of you, as the four of of geek it out in Salt Lake City!

We wanted to show our pride for Pink Paper Bakery, so we will be wearing pink aprons that we made using the My Digital Studio program and iron on transfers (My Digital Studio rocks!)! I told you we would be geeking it out!

For you convention goers, stop us and say hi; we would love to meet you!! For those who are not going, check back for updates, or subscribe to our email updates, so you don't miss out on fun photos and updates!




Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday's Muse, Janet Yates

As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I love having access to Stampin' Connection; a website full of ideas from thousands of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators! I came across this sample in the gallery, and it made me smile! I love making cutesy cards, but they aren't for everyone. These emoti-cards designed by Janet Yates, are a great way to brighten someone's day! I love how the emotes say it all; no need for extras on these cards!



Janet wrote that she used circle punches for almost all of the emotes. She used the 1 3/4", 1' and the small circle from the Punch Pack, and she free had cut the straight lines. 

The sentiment sets she used are Teeny Tiny Wishes and Petite Pairs. 

Super cute, Janet!! I can't wait to make some of these myself!




Saturday, July 13, 2013

Clean and simple: Big day



Today I'm letting the DSP do the talking on this quick and simple card. The Modern Medley DSP goes with EVERYTHING, so it's fun to mix and match. I like that it's black and cream instead of the expected black and white. Here, I've paired it with some Melon Mambo paper from the Brights Pattern Stack.

Want to kick this card up a level? You might put a rosette (I can't get used to calling them lollies) under the tag for extra ooomph.




Ingredients
Ink:
  • Basic Black
Stamp set:
  • Chalk Talk
Paper and card:
  • Basic Black card base; 
  • Modern Medley DSP cut to 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Melon Mambo cut to 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" 
Accessories:
  • Dimensionals
  • Chalk Talk framelits
  • Magnetic platform 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Christmas in July...ugh!

I honestly cannot even consider thoughts of the holidays when I am enjoying the pool and the popsicles and all the great things that go with SUMMER!!  However, when I got completely stuck with the birthday card I was working on, I started hopping around the web for some sketch ideas.  The Paper Players had a silly Christmas in July challenge, that I scoffed at and continued looking.  Then, I found a simple layout on the Mojo Monday Blog that piqued my interest.  Somehow, that Christmas in July theme had remained in my creative lobe, and this is what became of the two!



Ingredients:

  • Pistachio Pudding card base
  • Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/4" by 4"
  • Real Red card stock cut to 2" by 3 3/4"
  • In-color Designer Series Paper Stack cut to 1 1/4" by 4"
  • Baked Brown Sugar card stock cut to 1" by 4"
  • Baked Brown Sugar ink pad
  • Real Red, Baked Brown Sugar, and Pistachio Pudding markers
  • 1 3/4" circle punch
  • Happy Hour Stampin'UP! stamp set
  • Polka Dot embossing folder
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Watercolor Dahlia

I saw a beautiful picture of a pink and yellow dahlia, so I thought I’d try a little multi-color water coloring with my Regarding Dahlias stamp set. Water coloring is so simple with the Aqua painter! With Whisper White card stock you need to be careful to not saturate it, as it really wasn’t meant for water coloring. Watercolor paper works SO much better (but I like that this paper is smooth), and you can really take your time and add some great depth with watercolor paper. The dahlia that I saw was very soft in color, so that’s what I went for here. Unfortunately it turned out a little to yellow for my liking. If I would have used watercolor paper, I would have been able to add more color…next time!






I started by stamping the dahlia with StazOn ink. I lightly washed the entire flower with So Saffron ink and my Aqua Painter. I went back and added Blushing Bride to the petals, blending it into the Saffron. I added a sentiment, and then embossed the bottom portion of the card stock with the Perfect Polka dots embossing folder.

To get a perfect little knot, I used two separate pieces of ribbon; one to wrap around the card, and a small piece to tie a knot.




Stampin' Supplies:
  • Stamp Sets: Regarding Dahlias, Four You
  • Paper:
    • Blushing Bride card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Basic Black card stock - 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
    • Whisper White card stock - 3 3/4" x 5"
  • Ink: Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Jet Black StazOn
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die-Cutting machine
    • Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder
    • 1/8" Black Taffeta ribbon
    • Aqua Painter



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