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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Christmas Hang Your Stocking Thinlits Die Christmas Card

Here is a fun card I made using the new "Christmas Stockings"Thinlits dies.  I made this for Terri's Holiday Extravaganza event. 

I was just playing around with some pieces and ideas and this is what I came up with.

I used the new Emerald Envy card stock for the base of the card. Then I used a piece of Whisper White that was cut 4-5/8" x 3-1/2".

I cut the Real Red glitter paper 3" x 4-1/8".

I cut the Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper 2-7/8" x 4". 

I used the "Layering Circles" Framelits Dies for the circles. I used two smallest ones.  To cut the circles so they are centered, I used a post it notes to "tape" the two pieces together so they wouldn't shift when going through the Big Shot.  The red piece didn't cut all the way through. I didn't expect it to, this card stock is VERY thick. But it did leave a mark so I was able to set the die back in place and run it though the Big Shot without the Dazzling Diamonds piece.  Then I took the next larger circle and lined it up on the Dazzling Diamonds piece and used post it notes to hold it in place.  I ran it through the Big Shot and then I glued the two layers together.  I don't have much luck with tape and the glitter paper.  It seems to be sticking and in a day or two it's shifted or come off, so now I just glue.

I also glued the words and holly with berries on.  

I stamped the tree using Emerald Envy ink.  Then I took the little pieces that were from the stocking with the snowflake in the center and I cut them to fit the tree. The tree needed something and the rhinestone on top that I colored with a yellow Sharpie. It was pretty, but it wasn't enough.  So I was thinking of what I could add, maybe more rhinestones colored like bulbs???  No, they were too big for that little tree.  I noticed one of those little strip pieces on my worktable and I set it across the bottom "branches" of the tree and I thought it may work. So I cut up three pieces and set them in place and I liked what I saw so I glued them down! I even took a tiny piece and added it to one of the berries to give it the look of being shiny!! 

To assemble this card you need to have everything done first, including adding the words.  Tape the Whisper White layer in place on top of the Emerald Envy piece.  Then take the glued glitter paper layers and add Dimensionals around the circle (on the backside).  Hover over the tree piece and set the glitter layers on top. Turn the piece over again and add more Dimesionals around the back and add some snail tape to the back of the tree piece.  Line this piece up over the Whisper White layer and press in place.  And that's it!  You can embellish a little more on the front if you wish, but you can't stamp on it, the top layer is not solid enough to allow you to get a clean image.

I have always loved using this layout.  It's my favorite.  I have used it for many years.  Whenever I get a small image, this layout is my go to one!!

Thank you ever so much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, September 26, 2016

A Christmas Stockings Thinlits, Hang Your Stocking, Test Tube Holder Tutorial Holiday Gift

Today I am going to share with you a 3-D item I made for Terri's Holiday Extravaganza.  I demoed the "Hang Your Stockings" and "Christmas Stockings Thinlits" bundle.  It was a fun time and it was super fun making things to show! The last Extravaganza I demoed at this past summer, I just had cards.  So I thought some 3-D stuff and other non card items would be fun to show too, along with cards.  

I was thrilled to be able to play with this fun set (bundle).  I LOVE Christmas stockings and mittens.  There's no mittens in this set but that's okay. Maybe next year!!! I probably would have concentrated more on one than the other anyway! 

I found a fun template to make the holder at Split Coast Stampers.  I did struggle with their pattern though.  I thought something was wrong with the measurements at the beginning.  I made my first and second holder out of copier paper to make sure I got everything right before I got out the card stock.  Both times it didn't work.  I found that if I score my card stock at 3/8", 1-5/8", 4-1/4", 5-1/2" I got the pattern to work better.  My issue with it was the top flap.  It just wasn't long enough.  I followed the instructions for scoring twice, taking care to be accurate and both times I couldn't get it to work.  Give it a try on copier paper and see if maybe it was me reading something wrong.  Or just use these score lines.  You will still need to go to Split Coast Stampers (linked above) and follow the scoring for the short side and then back to the long side to add partial score lines.  I only had issues with the first 2 score lines, the rest was fine.

Anyway, back to this fun holder.  I had gotten some test tubes at Oriental Trading a few years ago.  I don't know if they still sell them but you can always look and you can always Google it, someone is selling some.

I used smallest "Layering Circles" Framelits for the hole for the test tube.  I filled my test tube with red and green spiced gum drops.  I thought it was Christmasy.  It's September and all I can find in the stores is Halloween candy.  There's always Starlight Mints but they won't fit in the test tube.  And there's Red Hots and there's always M & M's.  

I cut out the stocking using the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter paper.  I used the red glitter paper for the stocking cuff, heel and toe.  I cut out a Wild Wasabi bow using the "Christmas Stockings" Thinlits dies.  That die package has lots of fun pieces in it.  I wanted to use the Holly and Berries but the berries got lost in the cuff of the stocking so I switched to the bow instead.  I think the center of the bow could use a rhinestone or pearl. I'll be adding one or the other after I post this.  I always notice things after I think I'm done with the project.

For the base of my holder I used Whisper White card stock.  I used the Real Red striped paper from the 12" x 12" Brights paper stack.  I thought it looked festive!!!  The words are from the "Hang Your Stocking" set.  I am playing with the bundle so you get the best of both worlds!!!  I glued the words in place and wrapped a piece of paper around them and then held it down with a rubber band and set it aside to dry.  And that was it. 

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Hang Your Stocking and Christmas Stockings Thinlits Christmas Card

While surfing the net I found a great Christmas card to make with the fun "Hang Your Stocking" stamp set and the "Christmas Stockings" Thinlits dies.  It just seems now that since most of the stamp sets that come out have matching dies, I don't like to cut anything anymore!!!  I've gotten lazy!! Once in a while I will cut something but not if I have to make a bunch!!!  See, lazy!!! I'm SO spoiled by these dies!

I found this card at "Song of my Heart Stampers" site.  I thought it would be fun to create.  I got the green stocking a little crooked but it's still a pretty card. I did change the card a little too, I didn't have the same decorative paper, so I just used Real Red from the Decorative Paper 12" x 12" stack.  I'm excited to play with this bundle more!!

To make this card I cut a half sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I cut off 1/2" from the bottom front of the card.  I added a 3/4" piece of the Real Red Decorative Paper to the inside. I have not done a card like that in a VERY long time. I forget to add that type of color to my cards.

I die cut the red stocking and stocking top. I taped the stocking top in place.  I added Dimensionals to the back of the stocking but I didn't remove the protective layer yet.  I needed to set it in the center of the card to see where I needed to stamp the stockings.  I stamped the Soft Sky stocking next and then the Cucumber Crush stocking.

When I cut out the red stocking, I cut the bow, berries and the holly leaves all at the same time.  I like to try to cut as much as I can in one run though my Big Shot.  Once I got the stockings stamped I set the red stocking in place.  I added the holly and berries on the left stocking and the bow on the right stocking.  For that bow, I took a glue dot and folded it in half and then in half again so it would give the bow a little dimension but not too much.  And that was it.  Very fun and super simple.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Swirly Scribbles Snowman using Spritz Your Color Technique

I can not even begin to tell you how much fun I had making this card. I LOVE the "Swirly Scribbles" framelits that go with the "Swirly Bird" stamp set.  I saw a snowman on Pinterest somewhere that used the 3 sizes as a snowman, so I took it one step further.  I added a hat, eyes, smile, nose and buttons.  

I set the now in place using a slice of a Dimensional.  

The hat is from the "Snow Place" set and the "Snow Friends" framelits.  I colored the band of the hat in using the Daffodil Delight marker. 

I colored some pearls in using a black Sharpie marker.  It doesn't take long to dry, but I colored them first and set them aside while I worked on the card.  I wanted to make sure it was 100% dry!

The hat was set in place using Dimensionals.

I used a left over snowflake from the "Hang Your Stocking" die.  I thought it was a nice touch.  

I die cut the snowman swirls and the snowflake out of the Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper.  

I used the "Falling Snow" embossing folder.

And I also used the "Spritz Your Color" technique for the background.  I added a little "Wink of Stella" to the spritzing bottle and got a nice little shimmer to the paper. You can find the instructions for the "Spritz Your Color" technique here.  

This was a very fun card to make and I may be keeping it for a long time!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, September 23, 2016

Spritz Your Color Technique using Flowering Flourishes, Sympathy Card

This is one of the cards I received in a swap. It was made by Nancy. The technique was "Spritz Your Color."  

Terri has two new techniques to teach the group every month. This was last month's technique. The swap theme is to make a card using one of the techniques from the prior month.

You can find the instructions for the spritzing technique here.

I've had a lot of fun with this technique.  I am working on a fun card using that technique in the background.  I may have it ready to show you tomorrow.  Plus I found a few other fun things you can do with this technique that I know you will want to hear about and see what's done!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda
 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Spritz Your Color, Stamping Technique, Masculine Fall Card

I an not sure what set these trees are from. I think it may be the August or September monthly special stamp set. I know it's new but it's not in the catalog or the Holiday Occasions catalog.

This is a fun technique.  This is the card that Terri had us make to learn the technique.  You can see how to make the technique here.  

It's fun and easy and no two cards will look alike!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Thank you Laura, the set the trees are from is called "Thoughtful Branches."
Edited 9-23-16

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Elf Kisses Kit Post

I get a lot of emails asking how to find the Elf Kits post, so I thought I would post it here.  It has been 4 years since I posted it and there's a lot of posts to go though to find it if you don't do searches or know how to find it, and here it is!!!

These make GREAT Teacher to Student gifts! They are also nice little items for stocking stuffers, something for the mail carrier, the cashier, bank teller, etc. These are available year round. 

Here's another gem I found on Pinterest.  One of a billion things I've found on there. But what is different about this pin is I actually made it!!!  Shocker.  I spend SO much time pinning things and so little time making the things I find. Well, I managed to find some time to make these.  They were very fun to make too.  I LOVE the punch art stuff.

The punches used here are as follows:  The bulb punch for the head, a petal punch was used for the hat.  Ovals were cut and trimmed for the brim, the bird wing was used for the ears and round circle punches for the eyes, nose and the tip of the hat.  

The elf was found here at the Paper Den.  The instructions were not included so I just winged it!  I think they turned out cute though I wish I would have had that top fold closer to the words.  But it's still cute and it does it's job!  

The original one had mixed Hershey Kisses in the bag but I was thinking green.  When I think of elves I think of them wearing green.  So then their kisses should be green too, right?  

The cute poem reads:  
With Little elf eyes watching you,
There's not a lot that
Santa misses,
So to help you be good today,
Here's a bunch of sweet
Elf kisses.

Author Kimberly Elliott

You can see Kim's blog by clicking here.

I hope you get your Elf kisses to help you be good this holiday season!  You don't have many days left to be good!!! LOL

Thank you for stopping by today,
Wanda
YES, kits are still available. I had difficulty getting the photo orientated right but you can still see all the parts.  You get enough parts to make 12 elves.  If you are interested in purchasing a kit, please email me.  My web store has been updated and you can order right from the store.  My email address is located on the sidebar under "Got a Question."  It's the second item on the sidebar.  The cost of the kit is $3.00 plus shipping in the USA. If you have trouble finding my email address:  wanda at CyberNetik dot net or you can click
Order your kits here.


(Edited on 9-18-16) I have kits available for you to make your own "Elf Kisses" elves.   Kits will be available year round.  Kits will be available until I post that I no longer have any.  Kits can be ordered HERE.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Spooky Fun, Halloween Card, Spritz Your Color Technique

This is my card for the swap tonight at Terri's Technique Tuesday.  The technique is called "Spritz Your Color".  You just stamp your image using Staz On ink and you spritz your color on. I stamped after and I used Memento ink.  So there's a couple ways you can stamp.  

To get the colors, you fill your misting bottle with rubbing alcohol and add 10 drops or more of inker. Leave space in your spritzer bottle for the sprayer part to go back in.  Shake it to mix.  Spray your paper and allow to dry.  Here I used 4 colors.  I first sprayed with Emerald Envy. Then I added Marina Mist.  Then I added Night of Navy at the top.  I added a light spritz of Real Red.  Then I added another spray of Marina Mist.  Oh, I forgot to mention, I added about 10 drops from my Wink of Stella pen to the bottle to get a light glitter/glimmer to the paper.  Remember the glimmer paper that Stampin' Up! use to carry?  Just take a spritzer bottle and add rubbing alcohol and Wink of Stella without any color and spray your paper.  Viola, glimmer paper!!!

Okay, after my paper dried, which didn't take all that long, by the time I was done spraying my 12 pieces they were dry.  And if they weren't, there's always other cutting to do before the card was assembled.  But anyway, after they were dry I stamped the bats from the "Spooky Fun" set.  

The moon is from a piece of Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper and I spritzed it with Daffodil Delight and Dijon Mustard.  That paper takes longer to dry.  Oh and the more you spritz on it, the more you may have to dab off with a paper towel.  The ink does not dry on the glitter very well, so you may get color on your hands if you spray too much.

This was a very fun card to make and I'm excited to see what the other gals are doing with this technique.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, September 19, 2016

Flourish Thinlits, Tin of Cards, Masculine Birthday Card

I thought it was kind of fun to make a fallish card today.  The weather has warmed up a little here so it still feels like summer out and not so much like fall, but the calendar is telling me different!!!

I found inspiration for this card at Mary's "Stamper Camper's Corner" blog.  It was another one of those "make do with what you have" card.  The changes to my card are that panel on the inside of the card, the center leaf, the words and the dots.  

I'm not sure how Mary made her card but I will tell you how I made mine.  

The card is made using a folded half sheet of Rich Razzleberry card stock.  I cut off the front edge 3/8".  I cut a piece of "Floral Boutique" Decorative Series Paper.  I liked this dotted piece.  It didn't have flowers on it, it was dark enough and it seemed to fit with the dots on the front.  It worked for me!!  So before I taped that on the inside, I cut a piece of Whisper White card stock 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" and taped it in place.  Then I cut that blue dotted strip 1" wide x 5-1/2" long.  I taped it in place on the edge of the card.

I cut the front Whisper White panel piece 3-1/2" x 5-3/8".  I die cut the leaves from the "Flourish" Thinlits pack.  I cut one of each of the colors, Night of Navy, Cajun Craze, and Rich Razzleberry .

The words were stamped using Night of Navy ink and the "Tin of Cards" stamp set.

The dots are from the retired "Candy Dots". I didn't have any of the new enamel ones, but demonstrators know how to substitute what is current from what is retired!!!  I need to use up some of my retired stuff, and it's easy enough to substitute.

And that was it. It was very fun and easy to make.

Oh and my tip here, I used waxed paper between the die and the card stock.  I find the dryer sheet leaves a film behind that the tape sometimes doesn't like to stick to.  The waxed paper has not failed me yet.  And to glue it in place, I used white glue on a piece of waxed paper. I folded it in half to get the glue to spread more evenly.  I opened it, set the leaf in place and put another piece of waxed paper over it.  I pressed down to get the ink to go on the back of the leaf and then set the leaf in place.  It's a super quick way to get the glue on those intricate pieces.  It makes me like to play with them more. Easy to cut and easy to glue. LOVE it!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weathered Together, Friendship Card , Shaker Card Technique

Today I'm going to share with you a card that I received in one of the technique swaps I was in. This card was made by Shelly. I don't have this "Weathered Together" set.  I saw it the catalog but there's too many other sets I thought I would have more fun with, but after seeing this, I'm thinking of adding it to my wishlist.  The words "I have enough stuff" are falling on deaf ears lately!!! LOL

This is a very easy card to make and if you use the new "Foam Adhesive Strips" it's even easier.  These strips are the perfect height and they each are around 9" long so you don't have to piece as you go, unless you're using up little bits left from other projects.  The strip bends nicely and allows you to follow many shapes and forms.  I an thrilled with this product!!  It sure makes making shaker cards SO much easier and quicker!

This is a fun technique. Click here for the instructions to make a shaker care.  Click here to see the fun card I made for the swap.  These are fun to make, give it a try!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, September 16, 2016

Tin of Cards, Flourishing Thinlits Birthday Card

I found a fun card at "Freshly Made Sketches".  I don't often play with their sketches, but I liked this layout and I liked a card I found on there.  Actually, there were a few cards on there I found that I liked.  I hope I have time to make them!  

I used the "Pop of Pink" Washi tape for the background of my card. I need to use my Washi tapes more, I end up with lots left on the roll before they retire.  

Okay, after the Washi tape, I stamped the words from the "Tin of Cards" set.  Then I die cut a 2-3/8" circle with the Circle Framelits.  I also cut a scalloped layer that was just a touch bigger than the circle.  The scalloped layer is not on the original card.  I set the circles in place with Dimensionals.

I die cut the flower piece using Melon Mambo card stock and glued it in place.  I added a few rhinestones to my card. 

This was a super fun and quick card to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Fresh Fruit Friendship Card Vellum View Technique

Today I'm going to share with you a card I got at one of the Tuesday Technique night swaps I attended.  This card was made by Kara. 

This card was made using the "Fresh Fruit" set. A set I do not have.  I bought a fruit set several years back and hardly used it, I don't find a need for fruit sets.  I think if I did canning I may find it more useful.  Plus there's SO many other sets that I have on my list that I want to play with!!

This is a very fun technique to do, it's super simple and very elegant looking.  

You can find the instructions for this technique here.  It makes beautiful wedding cards!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Pretty Kitty Friendship Card

Did you ever buy a stamp set that you really had no use for but just had to have it?  Well, that is what I did with the "Pretty Kitty" set.  I LOVE cats and I just HAD to have this set.  I had it on my wish list but it was way down toward the bottom.  I only wanted it because it had cute kitties on it.  So today I thought I would make a card with it, after all I bought the set to use, right????  

I colored in my image using markers, except for the kitty, I used a Smoky Slate marker and a blender pen.  I didn't want the kitty to be too dark.

The decorative paper is from the "Serene Scenery" 6" x 4" decorative paper stack.  The back side of that pretty green piece is the dotted piece.  One side of the paper is a photographic image and the other side is the regular type of colored images we are use to seeing.  It's kind of fun to mix the two.

The words are from the "Pretty Kitty" set.  I thought I would send this card off to a friend who's been having a lot of things going on in her life all at once!!!  I'd be overwhelmed but she's strong and is hanging in there.

This was a fun card to make and I do not regret buying the set.  I'm hoping to play with it more, but with the holidays just around the corner, I'm thinking it won't be until January that I will be playing with it again.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A You've Got This, Wetlands, Birthday Card

I found a fun card made by Rachael at My Stampin' Haven, so I thought I'd make one.  I copied it almost exactly.  The only difference is that I added more rhinestones on the background.  I did like it plain but something told me to add them.

The base of this card is a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock.  It was cut on the short side so this card opens from the bottom.

I stamped the background image using Rich Razzleberry ink.  
The flower was stamped using Versa Mark and black embossing powder.  I trimmed it up by hand (fussy cutting again!!!) and colored the petals in using a blender pen and Rich Razzleberry ink.  The center of the flower is colored in using a Daffodil Delight marker.  

I die cut a circle and then stamped the word from the "Wetlands" set.  Normally I would stamp the words and then cut it out.  But the circle was big enough that I was able to get by stamping on it.  

I cut a 5/8" strip of Basic Black card stock and snipped the end to give it that ribbon look.  I set it in place on the card base.  Then I set the circle in place using Dimensionals.  I set the flower on top using Dimensionals.

I tied a silver cord bow and set it in place with a glue dot.  I added a rhinestone to the center.  Here I also added it with a glue dot, I wanted to make sure it stuck well. Those little glue dots hold very well.  Then I added some rhinestones around the front of the card and that was it!!

Even with the fussy cutting, it went together pretty fast.  I do like how it turned out.  And I'm a BIG fan of Rich Razzleberry.  With fall around the corner, it's fun to use the richer colors again.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda