Hello stampers, crafters, and friends.  I hope that you are having a wonderful day, wow what a week!   I had a big retreat for Demonstrators over the weekend that myself and three other demonstrators held.   I am a little worn out, but I sat down a little Sunday night and created my card for this weeks Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge.

I also had to come up with a few birthday cards, and a couple wedding cards.  So as I was working on the birthday cards, I had my inspiration for this weeks card.  I knew I wanted to do a birthday card, so I started with the sketch with I will show you in a little bit.  I mean we all need birthday cards, so why not use the design sketch for inspiration.  So here’s my card for this weeks sketch challenge.

This weeks sketch for the Paper Craft Crew’s weekly challenge is a very versatile, fun, and imaginative sketch.  This weeks sketch leaves everything open to the creator.  If you need more inspiration you can visit the Paper Craft Crews website by clicking here or by clicking on the sketch challenge image.  The design team as always have done a fabulous job as always this week.  You will be able to make this weeks sketch anything your little heart desires.  I know that you are dying to see this weeks sketch challenge so without any further ado here’s this weeks sketch.

paper craft crew, PCC234, papercrafting, cardmaking, weekly sketch challenge, challenges, #rickadkins, #rckinsonstudio

Tips & Tricks:

I am sure that you are wondering where the paper with all the words came from?  Stampin' Up!, Sweet Cupcake, Cupcake Cutout Framelits, Balloon Adventures, Big On Birthdays, Classic Lable Punch, Peekaboo Peach classic ink, Carried Away Designer Series Paper, #rickadkins, #rckinsonstudioWell I created it using three different stamp sets that featured birthdays.  I took all the birthday sentiments from Sweet Cupcakes, Balloon Adventures, and Big On Birthdays and arranged them in my Stamp Positioner (by Hampton Arts) and inked them all up in Peekaboo Peach classic ink.  Once I had them all inked up I stamped them down.  I used the stamp positioner to create the card front because with that many stamps I wanted to make sure that I would be able to restamp the images if some did not turn out correctly.  This is sometimes a problem when using different stamp sets because not all stamps are the same depth, usually this is not a problem when using sets from the same company.  But, to be on the safe side it is always better to use the stamp positioner.  There are many out on the market today I picked the one that was the most cost effective for me.  Until Stampin’ Up! comes out with one or works with a company to create one I had to go with one from another company.

Once I had the front of the card stamped I cut a strip of the Sale-A-Bration Carried Away Designer Series Paper (we are in the final days of Sale-a-bration and all these exclusive items are now only while supplies last.  The Card tin was announced today that they have depleted their inventory and is no longer available. and attached it to a strip of Peekaboo Peach cardstock.  I wrapped some Tangerine Tango baker’s twine around this layer three times and attached it using fast fuse to the card front.

I still needed something to make the card pop so I used some of 2016-2018 enamel shapes to make the top pop.  and to tie in the Peekaboo Peach just a little more.   I stamped the cupcake base in Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder Classic Ink, and the frosting of the cupcake in Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder.   It added just the right amount of intensity to the frosting.

To finish off the card I stamped the happy birthday in versamark ink on smokey slate cardstock and heat embossed it with white stampin embossed powder.  Once this was done I punched it out using the classic label punch and placed this on the cupcake using a strip of stampin’ dimensional bones.

Stampin' Up!, Sweet Cupcake, Balloon Adventure, Big On Birthday, Cupcake Cutouts Framelits, classic lable punch, heat embossing, 2016-18 enamel shapes, #rickadkins, #rckinsmonstudio

Once I had the outside finished it was time to work on inside of the card.  I used a piece of whisper white cardstock and a strip of the Carried Away Designer Series Paper.  I stamped the sentiment on the inside using Peekaboo Peach & Watermelon Wonder Classic Ink.  I am going to say it now that when June comes and we have five new incolors to replace the 2015-2017 In colors I am going to be very upset. Watermelon Wonder is one of my favorite colors, I use it a lot, and I am going to be very, very sad when it’s gone.   All these colors I have a very fondness too.  If you are like me and love these colors you will differently want to go ahead and pick them up in my online store now.  When the retirement list is announced these will be the first thing that goes.  Last year the retiring In colors sold out within hours and minutes even.   So make sure that you go ahead and get those items you need/want now before they are gone.

Hover & Pin It:

The photo below shows key products for today’s project idea that you can save or pin to Pinterest.  If you are viewing this post by email, you will need to click the title of the post to access my blog and pin.   You can view my entire project recipes by visiting my Project Recipe Pinterest board by clicking here!  Make sure that you follow my board to be notified when a new project recipe is added.

Thanks for dropping by today, I hope that you have a wonderful day.   If you need any of the products you have seen today you can pick them up in my online store, by clicking here, clicking on the Shop tab above or by clicking on the product in the product list below.  I hope that you will take some time this week and play along with us with this weeks challenge.  You can visit the Paper Craft Crew challenge page by clicking on the sketch image above r by clicking here!   I look forward to seeing what you create with this week’s challenge.

Product List: