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Saturday, February 06, 2016

A Botanical Builders Birthday Card with Gorgeous Grunge and Sky is the Limit

I found this pretty "Botanical Builders" card on Susan's "Crafty Ducky Doodah" blog.  I liked the card but did change it just a little.  I wanted to make it into a birthday card and my favorite birthday words are from the "Sky is the Limit" set. I used Basic Gray ink for them.  I am still loving the "Gorgeous Grunge" set and I used the dotted splash here with Smoky Slate ink.

I cut out the flower using Pink Pirouette card stock and sponged the edges with Pink Pirouette ink.  I cut out the center piece using Whisper White card stock and sponged the center with Pink Pirouette ink.  Now wishing I would have used Daffodil Delight for a little more contrast.  I put the pieces together and added the rhinestone.

The leaves are cut from Pear Pizzazz card stock. I set the leaves in place with a dot of glue.  Then I added the flower using a Dimensional.  And it was done.  This is a super fun, simple and quick framelit set to play with.  Even without the matching stamp set you can make beautiful flowers.  This card was made with just the framelits.

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Friday, February 05, 2016

A Botanical Blooms, Botanical Builder, and Sky is the Limit Birthday Card

While trying to declutter my workroom, I ran across a card that had this very layout.  I thought that the "Botanical Blooms" and "Botanical Builder" Framelits would work well with it and it did!!  I am happy with the way it turned out.  I had a lot of fun making it.  I think, because I was in the mood to play with lots of layers today!

If  you want to make one, please read on for the measurements.

I used Watermelon Wonder for the base of my card. Basic Black was used for the layers and all the panels were done using Whisper White.

After I had cut my Whisper White pieces, I stamped them with the little flower cluster image.  I used Watermelon Wonder ink and stamped off twice before I stamped on the card stock.  I sponged all of the edges and then I taped them on the Basic Black layers.  From there I began the embellishments.  Oh, the words are from the "Sky is the Limit" Sale-a-Bration set.  I told you I was going to be using those words a lot!!  Plus they fit perfectly into that top space.  

The card stock colors used here are Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, and in the center of the largest flower I used Lost Lagoon.  I also cut out a couple of little flowers using Pear Pizzazz and cut them up for little leaves for the little flowers.

I used the new "It's my Party" candy dots for the center of the flowers.  The green isn't exact but it blends well with the card stock so I ran with it!

Okay, now the measurements.  For the Basic Black layer cut one of each of the following:
2-1/4" x 4", 2-1/8" x 7/8", 2-1/8" x 1-1/2", and 2-1/2" x 1-3/4".  

For the Whisper White pieces, cut one of each of the following:
2" x 3-3/4", 1-7/8" x 5/8", 1-7/8" x 1-1/4", and 2-1/4" x 1-1/2".

There you go, now have fun playing!  I have always loved this layout and I am hoping to use it again with some other stamp set I have!!

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

A Sky is the Limit and Botanical Framelits 2016 Occasions Catalog Birthday Card

I buy Washi tape and use it so very little.  I love the stuff but don't often think to grab some and slap it on a card and embellish!  Well, today was the day to slap on some tape and play!  

I loved these three Washi tape colors together. They have a warm look to them.  I have a little container filled with flowers and flower pieces pre-cut from the "Botanicals" Framelits.  When I make a card with them I am often not sure what colors I am going to use so I make a bunch of flowers and then play with the colors until I find the ones I like that go together. And sometimes I only find one flower, thus resulting in a lot of extra flowers and pieces.  So today I didn't have to visit my Big Shot once!  I had everything I needed in my little container.  

I LOVE the font on the "Happy Birthday."  It's from the "Sky is the Limit" Sale-a-Brations catalog.  Which is too bad because that means it will be retiring at the end of March.  So you might be seeing it on a lot of cards between now and then!

This was a fun card to make and SUPER quick too!!

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

A Sky is the Limit Masculine 2016 Sale-a-Bration Birthday Card

This was one of those sets in in the 2016 Sale-a-Bration catalog that I just HAD to have.  I don't know what it was about the plane but I was drawn to it.  I also saw this card made by Marcy on Pinterest and I just HAD to copy it.  

I loved the simplicity of it.  Plus it was very easy to make too.  I cut out a 2-3/4" circle and used it as my template so I could sponge my Sahara Sand ink on.  I'm assuming it is what Marcy used but I didn't have any instructions so I just winged it!! No pun in tended!!! LOL

I used the "Happy Birthday" from the set.  The original card used the "You Send Me Soaring" words.  I just thought I would make mine into a birthday card instead.  It is something I would get more use out of.

I wasn't sure what color the sequins used were, so I just colored mine with a black Sharpie marker.  I glued them in place.

I added a layer of Basic Black card stock behind the focal piece.  The Whisper White base piece was cut at 4'1/4" x 11" and scored at 5-1/2".  And that's it!  Super easy and extremely quick!

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

A Birthday Blooms Birthday Card 2016 Occasions Catalog

This is going to be a quick post.  I'm not feeling very well today and need to get back to the warmth of my 3 blankets.  I just can't seem to get warm enough today.  

Today's card is one from Terri's FABULOUS Stamp-a-Stacks.

We used the beautiful "Birthday Bouquet" decorative paper that is from the 2016 Occasions catalog.  I have a couple of packs of this paper and I need to make a bunch of cards with it before the catalog expires!

Pool Party card stock was used for the base of the card.  Then a piece of the decorative paper was added. Next we stamped our words using the "Birthday Blooms" stamp set.  We tied some pretty Pool Party Glitter Ribbon around the tag that was punched using the "Banner Triple Punch".  I don't use that punch as much as I should be.  There's SO many fun layers you can make with it being it's a triple punch!

The flowers were done using the "Petite Petal" punch.  The Blushing Bride card stock was colored with some "Wink of Stella" clear before we punched out the flowers.  The flowers were set in place using a spring/branch from the "Bird Builder" punch and a Dimensional.

I loved all the cards we made but if I had to pick one, this would be it!!!  I think it's mostly because of the soft colors and it's got a spring look to it.  I say this as we are knee deep in a snowstorm today!  Spring will be here soon!!!  LOL

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Monday, February 01, 2016

A Botanicals for You and Botanical Builder Card

Today's card is another versatile card.  This card can be used for a number of different occasions.  I have not designated it to any one event.  That leaves it open if something should come up that I'm not prepared for!

This was a fun card to make. It has lots of things going on!  The base of the card is Mossy Meadow.  On top of that I added a trimmed piece of "Botanical Gardens" decorative paper.  Then I added a trimmed piece of the "Botanical Gardens" vellum paper.

On top of that I added a trimmed piece of Cajun Craze.  The words were stamped on Whisper White card stock with the new Basic Black ink.  I taped that on top of the vellum and then I taped the vellum onto the decorative paper.  I only taped behind the Cajun Craze card stock so the tape wouldn't show on the front.  

After setting the vellum piece in place, I added the flowers and leaves.  Those were set in place using Dimensionals.  I also added a little bit of "Wink of Stella" on the tips of the flower centers.  And in the very center of the flower is a "It's My Party" enamel dot!  And that's it.  Super easy card to make.  

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Going Global Dad Birthday or Father's Day Card

This card could be used as either a dad's birthday or Father's Day card.  I found this card while surfing the net and traced it back to "StampWithPeggy".  I have been working my way through all of the stamps I got and this was one I hadn't played with yet. 

What drew me to Peggy's card was mostly the colors.  I LOVE these colors together.   What I also like is that it can be either a Father's Day or birthday card because the words don't pin it down to one or the other.

I used the World Traveler" embossing folder, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla card stock, and a brayer to make the background.  The paper is from the "Going Places "paper stack.  There's SO many fun images in that stack.  I am excited to play with some of them with the "Open Sea" set.

I stamped the globe image on some of the decorative paper too.  I like the look it created.  Then I punched it out with the 2" circle punch.

The yellow dotted strip was set in place with Dimensionals. The globe piece was taped on top of that but one Dimensional was added to the top to keep it level.  Then the words were set in place with Dimensionals. The other layers were just taped in place (no Dimensionals).

I just love the looks of this card.  I wish I would have found out that the big dipper that Peggy had on her Very Vanilla background was in the "Going Global" stamp set. I should look at all of the images in a set before I start stamping!!!  Oh well.  I still like the card the way it is.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Botanicals for You Card

While looking through the 2016 Sale-a-Brations catalog, this card caught my eye, which is one of the reasons why I chose this as my free set. I did change it a little.  Instead of a white card, I used Old Olive for the base and then added the layer on the front.  I liked the one in the catalog but I thought it could use a little bit more color.

I used Real Red, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, and Old Olive inks. This is a fun set to play with.  And there's lots of pieces to it too!!

It's a great set to play with to make cards with lots of fun colors. There's a few word images to go with it too.  I think I can have fun making many different card layouts with this set.  Or mixing it with other sets as well!

I am looking forward to playing with it again!

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Friday, January 29, 2016

A Botanical Blooms and Botanical Builder Birthday Card

I'm not a big fan of a lot of green. I needed to challenge myself to use it more. This card's background is pretty green!!!  I tried to tone it all down with some other fun and bright colors.  My eye is now drawn to the Melon Mambo flower and then to the green!  

I used the "Wetlands" set for the words.  

I stamped the background with leaf veins from the "Botanical Blooms" set.  I die cut some flower and flower centers using Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip and Tip Top Taupe card stock.  The two flowers are set in place using Dimensionals.  In the center of the two flowers I used the new "It's my Party" enamel dots.  

The decorative papers are from the "Cherry on Top" stack and the "It's my Party" 12" x 12" stack.  

It was a fun card to make, but pretty green!!! LOL

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

An In The Meadow Masculine Card

This is one of the new stamps in the 2016 Occasions catalog.  It's called "In the Meadow".  Every time I see the title of this set I want to add "we can build a snowman!".  LOL 

This is one of the cards I made at Terri's very fun Stamp-a-Stack. We used Crumb Cake and Early Espresso card stock.  There's also some Early Espresso ribbon here.  The images were stamped using Early Espresso ink.  I added a couple of extra Early Espresso 2-1/2" circles to the back of the deers so the image would stand out more.  

This was a fun and super quick card to make.  I didn't add any words because I'm not sure what I want to use it for.  It could be for a masculine birthday, Father's Day or even a sympathy card.  

I like simple cards.  They have such a clean look to them!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Playful Pals Polar Bear

These "Playful Pals" are so much fun!  I thought I would make a polar bear.  There's so many fun pieces to the stamp set and to the "Pyramid Pals" Thinlit dies.  All of the pieces here were done with the dies except for the smirk!  I just used a paper punch and then punched a little sliver off the edge.  Oh, and the eyes were also done using a small paper punch.  

Now when you make these fun pyramids, be mindful as to whether or not you want the pyramids to open or to be glued shut.  Since you have to cut out two pieces to form the pyramid, I glue them one at a time.  After I glue the first one, I will glue the bottom only to the second piece and insert it inside the first half I glued.  Now you can see which side you need to glue to have a pyramid that opens or one that is glued shut.  Ones that open are nice because you can put candies or other things inside them. They make great kids party favors.  They also make great co-workers gifts too!!  There's LOTS of ideas you can come up with for uses for these adorable boxes.

A tip if you are using the glitter papers.  You will need to use a large paper clip to hold the seam in place while it dries.  With card stock you just add glue, run your bone folder over the seam and it's good to go. But this glitter paper needs a little more help and time.

These are SO much fun and I have a few ideas for more!!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Perfect Pairings and Botanical Builders Framelits Birthday Card

I found a card by Wendy at "Luvin' Stampin". I wasn't able to go directly to her post.  I did find her card.  But if you go to her dot com site you can see this card and any details she has about it. I'm not sure why I was not able to click on her post title and get the whole link.  But you can still get there the long way!

I changed the card a bit too.  I used Real Red instead of the pink color that Wendy used.  And I changed the words.  Though I do need a thank you card, I wanted to make a birthday card instead. I see a lot of potential for this card.  I can see adding some flowers from the "Botanical Blooms" set.  I may have to play with that idea.  But not today or tomorrow. I need to play with some of the other sets I bought first.  Though I do have to admit the "Botanical Blooms" and matching framelits is my favorite.  

I do love red, black, and white cards.  When I saw Wendy's card, I knew I wanted to try it in these colors.  They are just striking.  

This was a simple card to make.  It has a clean and simple look too.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

A Guy Greetings and Happy Birthday, Everyone Birthday Card

Today I thought I would step outside of the Occasions catalog and make my brother-n-law a birthday card.  If I get it in the mail tomorrow he will actually get a card from me on time!!  Yup, the new year is off to a great start so far!!  I haven't missed one yet!  

I used the "World Map" background stamp.  I stamped the image on Crumb Cake card stock using Soft Suede ink.

The base of my card is Cherry Cobbler.  I used Early Espresso ink on the car and the "happy Birthday".  And the "Happy Birthday" above the card was done using Cherry Cobbler ink. 

Now this is what you get when you take pieces of card stock that has images and words already stamped on them and you try to put a card together.  Nothing like being overly "happy" about the "Happy Birthday's!"  LOL  Oh well, maybe he won't notice.  Or maybe he will think I want him to have a doubly happy birthday!!! I tried to remove the layers but Dimensionals hold things together SO well.  Oopsie!!!  At least the inside doesn't have a third "Happy Birthday" stamped in it!!! LOL I would hate to be redundant!!! LOL

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Bloomin' Love and Bloomin' Hearts Card

A Valentine's Day card or a simple "I Love You" card, either works!  I have moved on (a little) to some other stamps and dies that I have.  I thought this heart was so lacy looking and I thought it would be a lot of fun.  It wasn't at first but after I got my new "Big Shot Die Brush" I just run the bristles over the die and those little pieces just pop off and I remove my design and it's clean!!  No poking, trying to get those little pieces off.  I LOVE it and now I can see myself using this die a lot!!  Oh, don't roll your eyes!  I won't use it 10 days in a row!!! LOL  I have lots of new stuff to play with and I'm excited to give them a try. But I keep wanting to go back to the "Botanical Builder" die and stamp set.  You can actually make a card with just the dies alone, no stamps needed.  But I like to add some ink to my cards sometimes!  Like today's card.  I didn't stamp anything but the wording.  I did sponge on some Rose Red to the center of each flower.  I thought it could use a touch of color!

I used a piece of decorative paper from the "Love Blooms" paper stack.  I set it in place on a trimmed quarter piece of Basic Black card stock.  Then I added the flowers.  They come with the "Bloomin' Love" Thinlits die.  Now a word to the wise.  Don't get too excited about adding the cute flowers.  Tape the piece on top of the Very Vanilla card base first or you'll crush your flowers.  

To make my flowers rounded I used glue dots to stick the pieces together and then I set them in the palm of my hand and used the end of a Bic pen and pressed in the center.  The petals curled up just enough to be SO darn cute!  I added some leaves using Wild Wasabi card stock and the large flower die.  I cut the petals off and added them as leaves.  I thought the card needed a little more color.  I like the green on it.  Then I added a pearl to the center of each flower.  Each flower was set in place using a Dimensional.  Each flower also has a little bit of glamour to it.  I used the new "Wink of Stella" clear and just ran the bristles across the tips of each flower.  Click on the photo to get a closer view.  It's a lot prettier in real life.

The words are from the "Bloomin' Love" set.  

This was a super fun card to make and having that die brush really helps out a lot!!!

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