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Thursday, May 05, 2016

A Tower or Box Technique Birthday Card

Today I have a very fun technique for you.  It goes by two different names, a Tower Card or a Box Card. 

It's not as difficult as it looks either.  Not only does it have two names, but there are two methods of making this card. Back in April I had made one of these cards.  Mine was called the Tower Card Technique.  You can see my card here. It is done a little differently than the one I'm going to talk about here.   Both are nice and both are easy to do. Though the one I did back in April has more pieces to it. It's all in how much you want to embellish it!

I did this form of the technique at Terri's Technique Tuesday. For this card, you cut your card stock 5-1/2 x 8-1/2".  Then you score it in three places.  I score the center first, that is at 4-1/4"  Then you need to score the other two sides in half at 2-1/8" each.  Now you fold the center in half like you normally fold a card.  Open it up and take the edges and fold them to the center.  Take a 4" x 4" piece of Designer Paper and tape it on over the "closed" card.  You want those raw edges to be in the middle of the card and the Decorative Paper is going to cover them.  Then we stamped the words on and punched out a 2-1/2" circle.  Card stock was textured and the balloons were punched out.  We tied Baker's Twine around the ends of the balloons.  Terri also showed us another fun thing.  We took the back of our scissors (not the blade), the scissors were closed.  And you pull the ribbon across it with your thumb like you would do for curling ribbon and the twine curled just enough to be cute!!!  What a clever idea!!  I LOVED it!

You can add white card stock or more decorative paper to the back and write you sentiment there.  It's a lot of fun and SUPER easy.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

A Bear Hugs Peek-a-Boo Technique Card

I do not have the "Bear Hugs" stamp set or matching Framelits Dies.  I like bears but I didn't like the way the fur was done on them.  It reminds me of the hair legs on the adults in the "South Park" show.  I look at it and I just can't think bear.  I do like the flowers, heart and fish in the set but I couldn't justify buying the set just for those images.

Anyway, this was a card from one of the swaps at Terri's Technique Tuesdays.  It was made by Shelly. I LOVE the decorative paper, it's from the "Love Blooms" 6" x 6" paper stack.  I LOVE those paper stacks and I hope to see more of them in the new catalog.  

This Peek-a-Boo technique is very fun to do and it's super easy.  You can find the instructions here.  

Have fun making these, they give the front of the card a new refreshing look!

Thank you for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

A Guy Greetings Z-fold Technique Father's Day Card

With time flying by so quickly, I thought I would start making some Father's Day cards.  I find them super easy to come up with when you use the "Guy Greetings" set.  There's lots of images in there to play with. And lots of words too!  Grandpa, uncle, brother and husband too!!!  See, I told you there are lots, plus other words to use on top and inside the card. 

For my card I used the "Z-fold" technique. It's an easy and fun technique fold.  Cut your card stock 4-1/4" x 11".  Score and fold at 5-1/2" and then score and fold the front of the card at 2-3/4".  Fold the card as shown in the photo.  It's easy to do.  Just fold the card in half like you normally would.  Then take the edge of the front of the card and fold it towards the center fold.  

I used the "Going Places" paper stack for my decorative papers.  I cut the inside piece 4" x 5-1/4" and the front piece 2-1/2" x 4".

I stamped my car and punched it out with the 2-1/2" circle punch and then I used the 2-3/4" circle Framelit.  Now the tricky part, well, maybe not so tricky as much as paying attention!  Make sure you only tape the part of the circle that will be stuck to the front panel.  The first time I made one of these, I had taped the image onto the circle and then I turned it over and taped the back of that whole circle! My card was stuck shut!!! LOL  You've been informed ahead of time!!!

This is a fun fold technique to do and it also makes a SUPER quick and fun card!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, May 02, 2016

A Guy Greetings Masculine Card

I found this fun card on Pinterest It was made by Leanne at Wee Inklings.  You can see her card here.  

It was a fun card to make.  I used the 2-1/2" circle punch to punch out the row of hats and shoes image.  Then I used the size a little larger in the circle framelits to make a nice layer behind the image layer.

The base of my card is Whisper White.  The base of the original card was Lost Lagoon.  I only had a quarter of a sheet of Lost Lagoon left and I didn't want to open the new package since this color is retiring at the end of the year.  

My decorative paper may be retired already, I don't remember.  I know I bought it when it first came out and I did not repurchase it in the current catalog.  I figured I could squeak by if the designs had changed.  I buy those packs and NEVER use them up.  I don't even think I even use up a single design in any of the colors in the pack. So I couldn't justify buying another pack of the same colors, even if the images had changed.  Anyway, I cut my strips 3-1/2" x 1-1/4" .  The Basic Black piece was cut 4-1/4" long by 1-3/4" wide.  I just played around with them until they set where it was pleasing to my eye.  

The "DAD" is in the "Guy Greetings" set. I stamped it using Lost Lagoon ink and punched it with the 3 size ribbon end punch.  I'm not sure what the name of that punch is.  Unfortunately I am not near my catalog to look it up.  I tucked the tag between the layers. 

The focal layer is set in place using Dimensionals.

It as a very simple and quick card to make. I think it would be a wonderful Father's Day card but it also makes a nice Birthday card for dad too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, May 01, 2016

A Z- Fold Swinging Technique Band Masculine Birthday Card

A while back I made a fun card using this "Swinging Band" technique.  It's so easy to do and gives the card a new refreshing and fun look.

This is the card we made at Terri's fun Technique Tuesday night class.  You can see my card here. The instructions for this technique can also be found there.

It's quick, easy and fun!  Give it a try.

Thank you for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Birthday Bouquet and Rose Wonder Birthday Card

WOW, what a fun and simple card this was to make.  Plus it was quick.

I found this card at Stampin With Marcy.  I thought it was such a pretty card that I had to make one.  I didn't have the wording that Marcy used, and I didn't need one with the wording she used, so I changed it to a birthday card.

I SO love this "Birthday Bouquet" decorative paper.  It's soft and sweet looking.  It just makes me feel calm and happy looking at it.  

The words are from the "Rose Wonder" set.  I need to get use to using that Happy Birthday because my favorite from the "Wetlands" is retiring.  Not that I can't use it but I try to stick to current product in my posts.  Though I have been known to use retired things now and then just because I didn't own anything else that would work!

This was a super fun card to make and one of my favorite things, it was super quick.  Though I am getting in the mood for one of my favorite "many layers" cards.  I haven't done one in a while and I have some sets I think I could have fun playing with using lots of layers!! So stay tuned!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, April 29, 2016

A Rose Wonder and Rose Garden Sympathy Card

I saw this elegant looking sympathy card on Pinterest using the "Rose Garden" Thinlits and the "Rose Wonder" stamp set. I found the original card here.  I didn't add the ribbon.  For two reasons, one I didn't have that ribbon and two it cost more to mail a card when there is a ribbon knot on it.  I tried to keep this card as clean and simple as possible.  And in doing that it made it super easy to make too.

I use my Xyron machine to put a sticky back on my cut outs. You just out your card stock in the front of the machine, crank the handle and the card stock comes out the back with a layer of double sided sticky attached to it. The back side had a protective layer so you can remove it when you are ready to set your image in place.  Before I bought that machine, I use to spray the pieces with some 3M spray glue.  And before that I used white glue and a toothpick.  I find the Xyron a much easier and quicker way to go.  I don't use it often so I don't complain about how often I run out of the sticky stuff.  I think it goes a long way. I do make sure my paper is as wide as the machine allows. And I keep the scraps because I can always cut more images out when I need them.

The words here are from the "Rose Wonder" set.  I stamped them using black Memento ink. I fussy cut the frame and I set it in place using Dimensionals.

It is very elegant looking.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Botanical Builders Box Pleat Technique Mother's Day Card

Today I am going to share with you one of the cards I received in the latest swap.  This technique is the Box Pleat.  You can see the card I had made using that technique here and there's a link to the easy instructions.  

This card was made by Nancy.  I love how she used the pleats on both sides of the card.

Here's a tip if you are planning on making a number of these cards.  Score your big sheet of decorative paper first and then cut the strips.  It will save you a lot of time.  Oh and if you are thinking of buying something from Stampin' Up!, I highly recommend the "Botanical Builders" framelits.  I have gotten a lot of miles out of those!  I still like them and will be using them for a long time to come.  And here's a tip when cutting out a flower.  Use scrap pieces or cut your card stock to fit the item. Then load up your Sizzix plate with other flowers and parts so you get a bunch of extra pieces to have on hand.  Why not run more than one or two things through at a time.  Now when you need a quick card you will have the pieces or most of them!  It saves a lot of time.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Rose Wonder and Botanical Blossoms Birthday Card

Hello!  Glad to have you back.  Today I want to share a fun and super easy card with you.  I found a card made by LeAnne Pugliese at Wee Inklings.  I'm sorry but I can't find her exact card.  Mine is very similar to hers.  Where I have the flower, she had a layered stamped bird and I used different words than she did.  But the layout is the same.  It was the layout that really got my attention.  

To make this card I took a half sheet of Whisper White card stock that was cut at 4-1/4" x 11".  I folded it in half.  Then I took a piece of the "Love Blooms" decorative paper from the 2016 Occasions catalog.  I set it across the bottom left corner and taped it in place. I trimmed any excess with a scissors. Then I took a strip of another design in that same pack and I made sure I had a factory cut edge and I kind of cut the rest of the piece at an angle.  I taped it in place and I had to trim up the three edges.  And that was it.  Now it was ready to embellish and stamp.  First I stamped.  I wasn't going to waste my time with the embellishment if I messed up on the words.  One thing I often do in cases like this is, I will use removable tape on the decorative paper, just in case I mess up. Yup, I've been known to really mess up a card!!!  I don't share everything with you on here!!!  Those types you would end up rolling your eyes at me. So I spare you from getting your eyes lodged in the back of your head!  LOL

Once I got the words on I took out the "Botanical Builders" framelits and cut my pieces.  I used Whisper White, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz.  I used a Candy Dot in the center of the flower.  I set the flower in place using a Dimensional.  And that was it.  Easy Peasy and super quick!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Petite Petals and Teeny Tiny Wishes Birthday Card

I wanted to make a card using a piece of Lost Lagoon. It's such a pretty color.  I have some pieces plus a whole package left and it's going to be retiring in a little over a month.  SO sad, but I knew that going into it!!

For my fun card I took a half sheet of the Lost Lagoon.  I added a layer of Basic Black that measures 3-1/4" x 3-1/4".  I cut a piece of Whisper White to measure 3" x 3".  I punched out 4 leaves from the retiring "Bird Builder" punch.  I am going to miss that punch, mostly for the leaves.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there will be a new leaf punch or die. 

I stamped the "Petite Petals" flowers using Lost Lagoon ink. I punched them out with the little matching flower end. Fortunately this set is not retiring, nor is the punch!!

I set the flowers in place using Dimensionals.  In the center of each flower I added some enamel dots.  Those will be retiring too.  I am actually trying hard to use up some of these fun supplies.  I don't know why I hang onto them until they are close to retiring.  I could be using them all along.  Sometimes I forget about them and sometimes I just don't want to use them because I'm afraid of using them up.  Now that would only result in buying more if I REALLY liked them.  SO what's the issue here Wanda????  LOL  A moment on the analyst's couch might be in order here !!! LOL 

Okay, back to the rest of my card.  The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set (which is not retiring, but the "Word Window Punch" and the "Label Punch" are.  How am I going to make pretty layers without those two punches???).  

This was a fun set to make.  It was super easy and quick to make.  If you need a fun quick card, this is the way to go.  This would be a very pretty Mother's Day, Get Well, or Thinking of You card too.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, April 25, 2016

A Blossom Builder Thinking of You Card

I found a fun card made by Tina at Stampin' Studio.  I did change the colors and the orientation of the flower and words but the concept is the same.

I like the layout of her card, so I put it in one of my many Pinterest folders to save for another day.  Well, today is that day! 

The base of my card is a folded half sheet of Poop Party.  I used a tiny strip of decorative paper from the "Botanical Gardens" paper pack.  I used the 3 Way punch to make a nice ribbon end look.  I used the 2-1/2" circle punch and a 2" circle punch for the circle frame. I punched it out of Crushed Curry.  The flower was cut using Cajun Craze.  And for the flower center I used some scrap Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight.  A Pool Party Candy Dot was added to the very center.  I set the flower on the ring with the leaf behind it using a Dimensiona.  To make sure the leaf is in the right stop, I set the leaf on the Dimensional and then I decide where I'm going to set the Dimensional on the back of the flower. That way I don't need to use any additional tape for the leaf. It can be difficult to attach something that thin without making a tape mess.  

The words are from the "Sheltering Tree" set.  I an in dire need of some new word sets.  I hope there are some fun ones in the new upcoming 2016-2017 Catalog.

This was a quick and fun card to make.  I love the business of it yet it has a simplistic look to it.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Sunday, April 24, 2016

A By the Tide Magic Card Technique Birthday Card

Today I am going to share with you one of the cards I received at Terri's recent Technique Tuesday night.  The technique the prior month was the "Magic Card".  These are very fun to make and when you pull the tab, it's like magic!!!

I made one several months back, you can see that card here.  There is also a link to the instructions.   And there is another sample here you can see.  I used the "Sheltering Tree" stamp set to make that one.  

This technique has been around for quite some time but I had never tried it. I've received several cards using the technique and have liked what I saw but I just never took the time to do it.  And when I did finally do it, I was surprised at how little time it actually took.

The card posted here today was made by Tanya.  I like how she just stamped the sea horses on the window sheet and then stamped the ocean fern and fish using different colors.  There was no other coloring involved.  Just two different color inks. Though on the front she took some extra time to color and cut out the shells and starfish.  This card has lots of dimension to it. Plus, who doesn't love a mechanical card?  Especially when "magic" is involved!!! LOL

These are fun to make. Give it a try.  And thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda



Saturday, April 23, 2016

Blossom Builder and Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Bath Salts Gift Bag Weekend Project

While looking though my notebooks, I ran across a recipe for bath salts.  I have not made any in a long time.  They are super easy to make and the link to my easy recipe can be found below. 

For my bag I used the "Birthday Bouquet" decorative paper. I took a 5/8" x 10-1/2" strip of Mint Macaron card stock to make a band for the bag.  I didn't like the idea of stapling the bag closed.  It's too pretty of a paper to do that plus the paper will probably rip when someone opens it.  I embellished the band with a flower and leaf from the "Blossom Builder" Thinlit set. I also cut the heart out from the "Mini Treat Bag" Thinlits. I cut the Mint Macaron and Whisper White at the same time.  I trimmed the edges of the white so it would have a nice border around the heart.  Next I took the "My Friend" from the "Six Sided Sampler" set and stamped the white heart. I taped the two hearts together and added a flower.

Next I mixed up a batch of bath salts.  You can pour as much 
as you want in the baggie.  I get my baggies at Wal-Mart in their craft section.  My bag was a little large so only one fit in the gift bag.  I usually make smaller ones. That way you can say something like "empty the entire contents of one bag into your bath water, relax and enjoy".  Now I will have to change mine to "add one Tablespoonful to your bath water, relax and enjoy." 

When you make these, it's best to include an ingredients list and directions.  Especially if you make them to sell.  A tip on making the bath salts.  Use a glass bowl to mix it in.  Plastic bowls will hold the smell of the fragrance oils and some of them will start to "melt" the plastic.  They are fine in the plastic bags after they've been thoroughly mixed. I don't know how long they will keep in the plastic bag.  Most people use them soon after they receive them, so I have no feedback on that part.  

You can find my recipe here.  Sometimes you can find a good price on Epsom Salts at Walgreen's, but I usually get mine at Wal-Mart.  

Have fun making these!  They make great gifts for friends, teachers, customer appreciation, hostess appreciation, co-workers, and stocking stuffers.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Botanical Builder & English Garden Lip Balm Holder Weekend Project

Today I wanted to play with something more 3-D than just a card. I had opened up one of the drawers in my workroom and I saw a tube of lip balm.  I had not made a lip balm holder in a long time and there's been so many stamp sets that have come and gone since then that would have been great for this project.  

The pattern is a very simple one and I had found it on Split Coast Stampers.  Here's a little tip for you though.  Not all lip balms are the same height or roundness.  You will need to adjust the top and bottom four cuts so you can add your lip balm.  I would cut and score a piece of copier paper and practice with that before I cut my decorative paper.  

I used the "English Garden" decorative paper here. I embellished it with a flower from the "Botanical Builders" framelit dies.  In the center I added a Daffodil Delight candy dot.  Those are retiring and I have a lot of them to use up! I'm such a hoarder.

Now before I assembled the front, I layered my decorative paper on a piece of Mossy Meadow card stock.  I took some ribbon (mine is retired but I need to start using things up around here) and I taped it to the front center of the holder. Then I glued the layers in place.  You really do need to use glue here because tape just won't hold.  Unless you use some really strong tape.  I prefer the glue because I know that once it dries it's going to hold.  I did set a punch on top of it while the glue was setting up and while I was working on the flower and leaf.  

The reason this lip balm is white is because it is designed for you to add your information on it.  Print it out on a label and wrap it around the lip balm.  Now when you give these to your customers or potential customers they will have your info.  Business cards get lost, misplaces or tossed, but most people hang on to their lip balms!!  LOL

Here is another tip for you if you are planning on making a lot of these.  Print out the pattern from Split Coast Stampers.  Cut it out and use it as a template.  Make sure you mark your top and bottom lines so your holder is custom made for your lip balms.  Those top and bottom lines are what keep the lip balm from falling out of the holder.

These are very fun and really quick to make (and a template would speed up the process!).  Click here to see the Valentine's Day one I made. I made a Halloween one that included a little mirror tile on the inside!  I can't find the link to that, sorry.  I buy my bulk lip balms here.  Have fun making these!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda