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Monday, March 27, 2017

So Very Much, Flower Shop, Thank You Card, 2017 Sale-a-Bration

Here's another card I found while surfing the web.  I wanted to find something to make using the "So Very Much" set.  I wanted to make a few more cards with it before it retired at the end of the month.  

I changed the flower and the decorative paper on here, plus I changed the background layer. I do love white on white but this card needed a touch of color since the decorative paper was so light in color.  You can see the original card here.  

The base is a folded half-sheet of Blushing Bride.  Next I took a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White and stamped the "Thank You" with VersaMark and heat embossed it in gold.  Then I cut off 3/4" from the bottom and an angled cut along the "you".  I just eyed the bottom of the "Y" and the swirl on the end of the "u" and cut.  You don't need to be perfect here.  It kind of matters how far you have that opening on the left side.  You need to find an object  that will cover both slices.  I
used a flower from the "Flower Shop" set.  I have a feeling that set is going to retire in June.  I will miss that set. I've had a lot of fun with it.  And if it stays, you will see more cards in the future made using it!!!

I took another piece of white cardstock cut 4" x 5-1/4" and I taped a piece of decorative paper cut the same size to it.  Then I took Dimensionals and set the top and bottom panels in place.  I added a Dimensional to the center of the flower and set it in place on the left side.  The original card had a couple of other flowers added to the right of the large flower but I thought the image on the paper took care of that for me.  I was happy with how it looked.    And that was it.  Another quick card.

I do want to note that I did use 4" x 5-1/4" piece of decorative paper (mine was from the Blossoms & Bliss pack), I was going to use a scrap piece but the Dimensionals allowed you to see under it and the scrap piece looked ugly, so I went with a larger piece.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

February 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternative Card

Today I thought I would play with February's Paper Pumpkin  Kit since I found an fun and cute alternative card made using it.  I found it on Pinterest.  You can see the original card here. I didn't care for the invitation layout in the kit, I don't do party invites, so I was on the lookout for some other cards to make with the kit.  I did make a couple a while back. You can see one of them by clicking here.  And the other by clicking here.  I like the second one more than the first.  And of the three this would be my second favorite!

This was fun, quick and easy to make.  The flame was already die cut, I just had to punch it out.  

So to start the card out I took a half sheet of Night of Navy.  I cut it on the short side at 4-1/4" and then folded it in half.  I usually score mine.  Paper has a grain and if you fold against the grain, the edge is not always sharp.  So I just score it and I'm sure of a nice fold.

Next I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 4-1/4" x 2-1/4" and I stamped the words and the hash mark image onto it.  The words were stamped using Night of Navy ink and the hash mark image was stamped using Flirty Flamingo.  I set it in place on the card base.  The bottom of the word piece is 3/4" from the bottom of the card, if that helps you with placement.  Or you can just eye it.

Then I cut the invitation holder.  I cut it 3-1/4" x 1-1/2".  I glued the flame to the top and I also used a little Scotch tape on it to hold it while I worked in it.  I didn't want to use a glue dot to attach it, I don't think they hold all that well with glitter papers.  I just left the tape on the back, no one was going to see it.  

Next, I tied a piece of Baker's Twine around it.  I didn't have the thick twine that was used in the original card, but like I said before, I'm trying to make do with what I have.  It still looks cute!

I added Dimensionals to the back and set it in place on top of the word panel.  The bottom of the candle is about 1/4" from the bottom of the card.  You can center it with your eye on the word panel as well. And that's it!  Super simple and a great use of the Paper Pumpkin pieces left in the box!

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Detailed Dragonfly, Dragonfly Dreams, Dutch Door Card Technique

Today I'm going to share with you a card I got at one of Terri's Tuesday Technique Nights.  This card was made by Tanya.  She's a fun lady and a great stamper.

It's a very fun and easy technique. You can see how to do it by clicking here.  Plus you get to see another card made using that same technique. 

The "Falling in Love" Designer Series Paper was used on the front panel.  It was cut 2" x 5-1/4". The dragonflies were die cut from Sweet Sugarplum cardstock.  One of my favorite colors lately!!!

The inside of the card, on the upper part was stamped with the dots image that comes with the "Dragonfly Dreams" set.  They were stamped using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  I do not know where the words came from. I looked through the 2017 Occasions catalog, but I didn't find them in there.  But there are lots of birthday greetings in the Occasions catalog and in the regular catalog that will work. You probably have one you like to use a lot, I know I do!  Oh and on each side of the "happy" are pearls.  It's a very fun and easy technique to do.  Give it a try!

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Balloon Adventures Card Winner

And the winner of the drawing for this card is Gloria AND Christi.  I had some left over from the card swap and since there were only two entrants I thought both of then deserved to win!!!

What next?  Email me with your snail mail address and I will send the card out to you.  You can locate my email address to the right sidebar where it reads: "Got a Question".  It's the second item down on the sidebar.

Thank you both for playing along!

Friday, March 24, 2017

So Detailed, Rose Wonder, Wedding Card, 2017 Sale a Brations and Occasions Catalog

How I ended up at Just Judy Designs, I don't know.  I think it was through a link from another link from a blog I was looking at from a link I was on from another blog!  Doesn't matter, what matters is, I was there and I found this fun card (sort of) there.  I say "sort of" because I changed a few little things on it.  You can see Judy's card here.  

I used the new "Glimmer Paper" Assortment Pack from the Sale a Brations book.  It's one of the new items they added half way through the sale.  I've seen a few cards made using it and I had to copy them. Though I can't find them now but I did find this one.  It's such a pretty wedding card. I changed the decorative paper strip and I didn't add a bow, I added a twist of ribbon.  Oh and my ribbon is a different color from Judy's.  I think the color of my cardstock may be different too.

For my card I used a folded half sheet of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock.  Then I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I added a 1-1/2" x 5-1/4" piece of decorative paper.  Mine is from the "Falling in Love" 12" x 12" pack.  I taped it to the left side of the Whisper White cardstock, but I did NOT tape all the edges. I only taped half way across the top and bottom and all of the left side. I left the right side open because the flower piece has a tab that I slipped under the decorative paper.  I used my favorite gluing method to get the glue to the back of the lacy flowers.  I take a piece of waxed paper a bit larger than the piece that needs gluing.  Then I pour some white glue onto the waxed paper. I fold the paper in half and take my bone folder and smooth out the glue.  I make sure it's covered enough so when I set my piece on top of it, it's all covered.  Once my piece is sitting on top of the glue, I take another piece of waxed paper and set it on top.  I press the piece into the glue.  I remove the top piece of waxed paper and toss it. Then I take the piece and slightly peel it back and grab an edge and remove it from the waxed paper.  I set it in place on my cardstock and I press it down so it sticks.

Next I took my ribbon and taped the edges to the back of the card.  I took a 5" piece and made a loop. I taped the loop with snail tape so it stayed together and I set it aside.  

I took a 1-1/4" piece of Vellum cardstock and cut it 4-1/4" long.  Then I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock (scrap pieces work well here) and I cut it 1" x 2-5/8". I stamped the "Wedding Wishes" from the "Rose Wonder" set on it using Soft Suede ink.  Then I taped that piece to the vellum. But before I taped it, I slid the vellum under the ribbon and checked out how far the edge was from the Whisper White piece.  You don't want the word piece all the way to the end.  Give it some room. Once I taped the words in place, I added tape to the back of the Vellum and set it in place under the ribbon. I did add a glue dot to the ribbon, above the word piece.  The gap was too much to leave alone.  

And finally I added that twisted piece of ribbon.  I taped the back with snail, only in the middle and I slid it under the long ribbon.  I didn't add tape or a glue dot to the top of the ribbon but now that I look at my card, I am going to add it once I'm done posting this.  The twisted ribbon makes it pop up a bit more than I like.  

I REALLY like how this card turned out.  I knew I was going to like it a lot, so I made two of them! One to use and one to keep or sell.  It was a fun card to make too. I LOVE this new glitter paper.  I hope that Stampin' Up! comes up with some other new glitter paper colors in the June catalog.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Avant-Garden, Birthday Card, 2017 Sale-a-Bration

I'm looking at this card and thinking how fun this would be to make a set of these in different colors and maybe for different occasions other than just birthday.  Though a pack of just birthday cards would be fine too.  I know I have more than 4 friends and relatives that have birthday!! LOL

I found this card on Pinterest.  You can see the original one here. It was done in a green color.  I didn't spend much time looking at the color to determine what green it was.  I didn't want to make a green card, I wanted something in the orange family. I was going to use Pumpkin Pie but I decided to go with Calypso Coral.  I liked both but when I looked at the stash of cardstock, I had more Calypso Coral than  I did Pumpkin Pie.

The base of the card is a folded half sheet of Whisper White cardstock.  I cut another piece of Whisper White to 5-1/2" x 2-1/4".  I cut a piece of Calypso Coral 5-1/2" x 2-1/2".  And that was it for paper cutting.

Next I stamped the flower using Calypso Coral ink.  Then I stamped the words using black Memento ink.  I set it aside and worked on the base part of the card. 

I took the Calypso Coral layer piece and set it on top of the base of the card and set it where I want it to be.  Then I moved it over to the left about a half an inch and drew a light pencil line from top to bottom.  It doesn't have to be a straight line.  Just make it light so it won't show through the back. That way you won't have to erase it.  I took the dotted image from the set and stamped over the line. I did stamp on the line but mostly to the right of the line.  It doesn't really matter, since the line will be hidden by the layer.  I stamped the dots and then stamped again without inking.  There's a nice mix of light and dark stamping, going from light to dark (left to right).  And that was it.  Super easy.  See why it would be fun to make a pack of card using this layout? And doing them in different colors too!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Stylized Birthday, Avant-Garden, 2017 Sale-a-Bration, Birthday Card

I just had to play with this fun "Avant-Garden" set again.  I am going to be sorry to see it retire at the end of the month. I just love the "Stylized Birthday" stamp.  It takes up a lot of real estate so you don't have to do a whole lot to a card. Where the flowers are I could have used decorative paper and had a nice effect as well.  

For this card I used Sweet Sugarplum cardstock and ink. Whisper White cardstock, Pear Pizzazz ink and Soft Suede ink.

I stamped the birthday greetings on first using Pear Pizzazz ink.  Then I stamped the flowers.  Some I stamped again without inking up the image again. I used Sweet Sugarplum on the flowers. Then I stamped the center of the flowers using Soft Suede and on the lighter flowers I didn't ink up the image again.  I did the same for the leaves and stems but I used Pear Pizzazz ink on them.  I just randomly stamped the leaves where I thought they should be and tried to make the lighter leaves by the lighter flowers, for the most part.  

This was a very fun and super quick card to make.  I wish Stampin' Up! would make a "Happy Mother's Day" as big as the "Happy Birthday" and with the same font.  It's so pretty!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Balloon Adventure, Birthday Card, Stamping Technique, 2017 Occasions Catalog

Here is my card for the swap I am going to be participating in tonight at Terri's Technique Tuesday.  The front of the card is on the right and the inside of the card is on the left.  Click on the photo for a closer view.  

The technique used here is called "Floating Pop-up".  For this card you need to cut 3 pieces for layering the front, inside cover and inside bottom.  You need to cover the inside front because you have to hide part of the Window Sheet.  Perhaps not so much hide it as keeping it held in place to get the effect of it floating or popping up.  

The package for my pop up is just cut decorative paper.  But I had to use 2 pieces together because the Window Sheet piece needs to go inside.  That Window Sheet was cut 1/2" wide and 3" long.  Scoring one end at 1/2".  That's the part that gets taped under the inside cover piece.  You need to stamp and decorate all of those pieces before you assemble the card.  

It was fun to make and I'm excited to see what cards I get in exchange!!  I will share them with you!

The instructions I have for this technique is to cut the card base 4-1/4" x 11".  Score at 5-1/2" and fold.  I already mentioned the Window Sheet above. And you decide what you want for the pop up part and make two so you can tape them back to back with the window sheet between it. Making two also helps it be not so flimsy too.  For mine, I did trim my Window Sheet down by a half inch because it was too long and just made the package flop over.  

It was a fun card to make.  I made an extra one so I will be offering one up for grabs in a drawing of those who leave a comment.  I'm not groping for comments. So just saying "pick me" will be just fine. I will do a random drawing on Sunday March 24, 2017.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, March 20, 2017

So Very Much, Thank You Card, 2017 Sale-a-Bration

Here's another fun card I found while surfing the net.  You can see the original card here.  I did not add the texture to the top part or the rhinestones.  I kept it more plain and simple looking.  

This was a very easy card to make. It seems that the larger the words are on a card, the less you have to do to it!  I'm going to miss this big "Thank You" from the "So Very Much" Sale-a-Bration set.  I will be selling it in my web store sometime next month.  Probably after the 15th (tax time!!! UGH!).  

To make this card I took a folded half sheet of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock.  I took a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the "Thank you" at the top part using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  Then I took a 4" x 1-1/2" piece of the "Blooms & Bliss" decorative paper.  Actually, mine was a scrap. It's always nice when you can use up those scraps.  I sponged the edges with Sweet Sugarplum ink.  I taped it to the white cardstock and then tied a Sweet Sugarplum ribbon around it.  I taped it on to the front of the card base and that was it.  Super simple and such a sweet looking card!

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

So Very Much, Delicate Details, Thank you Card, 2017 Sale-a-Bration

Because it was so pretty, that's why!! LOL  I found this fun card on Pinterest and I just HAD to make it.  You can see the original card here.  I only omitted the "so very much" words. Other than that, it's exactly the same.

I thought it looked like a pretty simple card to make.  Well, it takes a good eye to get the lines straight.  The lines on the bottom are really straight, it just looks a bit off because the card angle and it being open on that side.  I cheated and drew a light pencil line where I wanted the most solid part of that image to be.  I measured both sides and when I went to stamp I stamped on top of the pencil lines on each side.  Couldn't go wrong doing it that way.  Repeat for the other 3.  

The base of this card is a folded half sheet of Real Red cardstock.  The "Thank you" was stamped using Real Red ink.  I did stamp the words first so I knew where the lace images had to be put and how much space I had to work with. 

The lace images are stamped using Real Red on the larger one and Pink Pirouette on the thinner one.  And that's it.  Super simple and so elegant looking and such a short post today!! LOL

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Balloon Adventure, Shadow Box Card Technique, 2017 Occasions Catalog

Today I'm going to share with you a card I made at Terri's Technique Tuesday night.  This is called the "Shadow Box Card" technique.  Before you begin working on your "Shadow Box" card, be sure to read the instructions first. You don't want to miss a step or tape where you shouldn't.

We bagan with a 5-1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock (Whisper White was used here) and we scored it at 3/8", 4-1/8", 4-5/8" and 8-3/8".  We cut the window image between the 3/8" and 4-1/8" score lines. Fold all score lines into mountain folds.  

Next we folded the card on the second score line (4-1/8") resulting in two panels on top and three panels underneath.  You can decorate the 4th panel if you want (it's between the 4-1/8" and 4-5/8" scores). You need to do that before you go on (if desired).  Apply strong tape along the 3/8" panel and fold the card on the last score line (8-3/8") onto the top to adhere the 3/8" panel to the last panel, creating a shadow box. 
Apply adhesive to the last panel (on top) to adhere a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" cardstock to create the front of the card.  Camouflage the seam with a ribbon or layering  cardstock on both sides.  And then you decorate and embellish it as desired.  

Click on the second photo to get a closer look at the fold lines.  That 3/8" panel is actually the "spine" of the box (on the left side).  

Looking at the ribbon on both photos, that is where the seam is hidden.  I hope this makes sense to you.  When I was assembling my card, I thought it was so odd that the front was shorter then the back when I was closing it (before taping) to see what it looked like. At first I thought I scored wrong.  But later learned that we were adding that 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" panel to the front and covering the seam with ribbon. Then it closed nicely and was the same size as the back of the card!

It was a fun technique to learn.  For the center of ours, we used the "Balloon Adventures" set and dies. It's such a cool looking card and a cool technique!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Avant-Garden, So Very Much, 2017 Occasions Catalog

I found this fun card while surfing on the net.  You can see the original one here.  I liked the idea that I could combine the "Avant-Garden" and "So Very Much" sets together. I LOVE the large "Thank You" from the "So Very Much" set. It takes up a lot of "real estate" when you're stamping.  I was using it pretty much alone on a card with a little embellishment but when I saw how these two stamps worked together so well, I just had to make it.  It's very simple to do too!

First you need a folded half sheet of Pear Pizzazz cardstock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" Whisper White sheet.  The "Thank You" was stamped using Pear Pizzazz ink.  Then I stamped the flowers from the "Avant Garden" set.  I used Daffodil Delight ink.  I stamped once and then stamped another flower without inking the image again (referred to as second generation stamping).  I did that twice and I made 4 solid Daffodil Delight flowers.  For the center of each flower I used Soft Suede ink.  I don't believe anything was added to the flower centers on the original card. I used Pear Pizzazz ink for the stems and leaves.  Some leaves were stamped second generation.  After I finished the flowers and leaves, I could then clearly see the space open for sort of centering my words under the "Thank You".  I was going to stamp them right after the "Thank You" but I decided to wait because I wasn't how much space would be open there. It's not that you can't stamp the words, but it's better to wait so you can see the area to stamp in better.

This was a fun card to make and I can see myself making more.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Avant-Garden, Tin of Cards, Birthday Card, 2017 Sale-a-Bration

I honestly don't know how I ended up on YouTube when I was looking for a card to make.  I may have seen the card and clicked on a link.  I don't know.  But I'm glad I did because this was a fun card to make.

I didn't have any of the current sequins but I did have some left over from the October 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit, so I used a few of them.  And it worked!!! LOL

For this card I used a folded half sheet of Dapper Denim for the base.  On top of that is a piece of Whisper White cut 4" x 5-1/4".

I then die cut a circle from the "Stitched Shapes" framelits.  I actually die cut two. One of Whisper White and one of scrap cardstock so I could trace around it.  I didn't want to trace around the circle I'm going to stamp on because I'm known for slipping and drawing on the circle.  Plus I didn't want to get pencil (graphite) on the edges of the circle.  Sometimes it can smear. And I didn't want to try to erase that on the edges.  So it was just easier to make an extra circle.  Plus I put it in the package with the dies when I was done so I don't have to ever cut another extra one out (unless I ruin this one beyond reuse!).  I stamped the "happy birthday" from the "Tin of Cards" set.  There is a "Happy Birthday Wishes" in the "Avant-Garden" set but I liked these words better, the font flowed with the flowers better.  

So the words are stamped and set aside.  I then took the other circle and set it in place on the card and traced lightly around it.  Now if you don't have one, I highly recommend a kneaded eraser.  When I was in high school they were called kneadable erasers.  They erase pencil marks without ruining the paper and leave no trace behind.  I've gotten mine at Michael's.  And it's one of those items that don't go on sale, so when they have a big coupon sale, you can use it on that.  They aren't that expensive but if you don't know what to use your coupon on, this is it!!  They last a very long time too.  I cut mine in half and keep one at my worktable and one in my pencil pack.  You can shape it to a point or what ever shape you like.  We use to flatten them out and press them to our mouth and blow big and very loud bubbles with them.  Now that I think of it, I wonder if the students in the entire art department did that.  GROSS!!! Okay, so much for reminiscing!!! LOL   

Next I stamped the flowers beginning with Pool Party and then Dapper Denim.  I stamped the leaves using Wild Wasabi and Mint Macaron.  The video said to stamp off.  I didn't do that.  I liked them more solid.  It fit with the darker colors of the flowers.  The Mint Macaron gave the illusion of stamping off, so I thought it all balanced out.  The flower centers were done using Chocolate Chip ink.  The dots were also Chocolate Chip ink.  

Next I wrapped and taped some copper thread around the bottom part of the card.  Then I taped the card in place on the Dapper Denim base.  I set the words in place using Dimensionals and then glued the sequins in place.  And that was it!

I thought it was a fun card to make.  You can watch that YouTube video of it here.  My card looks very close to the original except I did not use copper embossing powder on mine, I didn't have any.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Avant-Garden, 2017 Sale-a-Brations, Notebooks, Weekend Project

I don't make these notebooks as often as I use to. I do make up a bunch with other images on them for the fall craft fairs and they always sell out. I "bill them" as a stocking stuffer  and they go like hotcakes!  They are practical and useful. A perfect stocking stuffer for females!!  I need to find some little kid images and make some for children too.  I suppose I could use the "Pretty Kitty" or "Barnyard Babies" sets that I have to make them for children.  As long as the image fits in the 2" x 2" white area.  I will look into that this weekend.

So, onto these notebooks.  I used Watermelon Wonder for my color.  I used a piece of cardstock for the front of the notebook and a 2" x 2" square of Whisper White to decorate the front.  I stamped the flower using Watermelon Wonder ink and Chocolate Chip ink for the center of the flower.  I used Pear Pizzazz for the leaves, some stamped directly from the ink pad and some with out inking the image up again. It gives it more color and some depth.  The "notes" is from a stamp I had made many years ago.  It keeps on stamping!!!

I use the Rubi Coil machine to punch my paper and to punch the cover and backing.  The backing I use is the cardboard found in the decorative papers.  I have a lot of it on hand!!  

I use to sell these in the web store (undecorated), just the cover but with the colors changing so much I couldn't keep up with the added work.  But if you are interested in them, you can email me.  My email address is located in the right side bar where it reads "Got a Question".  Click on that and you will see my email.  I don't like to put it in my posts, hackers can get at it pretty easy there. So I play on the cautionary side.  

These are fun gifts to give out.  The are also a fun make n take that really help promote the sale of a stamp set.  I love giving them as gifts.  Such a fun thing to give away.  I do wrap them in a clear cellophane when giving them as a gift or selling them at craft fairs.  I leave one open at the craft fair so people can see that it's just copier paper cut up for the inside.  

I have a link to my other notebooks.  Click here. Some are larger size ones, some are altered notebooks and in the mix you will see the smaller ones.  They measure 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" plus a little height on top from the spirals.  

I LOVE making these.  You may see more in the near future.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,