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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A You've Got This and Wetlands Birthday Card

I was inspired by the colors of the "You've Got This" card I found by Carolina at Studio Evans.  I LOVED the colors she used.  The new Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe were used here.  

This was such an easy card to make.  The background was stamped off once.  The flower, stem and leaves were colored in using a blender pen. 

The words are from the "Wetlands" set.  I layered it with Mint Macaron.  I set the words in place using Dimensionals. 

I liked making this card and I think it would be fun to make a set of these as a gift!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Teeny Tiny Wishes Butterfly Die Birthday Card

Several posts ago I made a masculine card using the black and white decorative paper and the black card stock.  Since I had cut the paper on the diagonal, I was able to make another card front with it.  I put it together and set it aside.  You can see that masculine card here.  

While looking for something else on my worktable I ran across this card front and wondered what to do with it. I found a butterfly.  It was in Pacific Point.  I didn't want that color so I cut one out of Basic Black.  Then I sat for a bit wondering what to do with it.

I rarely use the paper doilies and I thought that would be pretty. It would keep with the black and white theme I had begun!

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I affixed the butterfly using pieces of Dimensionals.  I added some pearls down the center of the butterfly, still keeping with the black and white theme I had going on.  

I like the way this card turned out.  It was fun to make and it was very quick because there wasn't a whole lot to do to make it!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Garden in Bloom Friendship Card

I have a friend that I was thinking about off and on all day today so I thought I would make a card and get it off in the mail to her tomorrow.  I used the "Garden in Bloom" set to make this card.

The base of my card is Basic Black. The next layer is Pear Pizzazz and then Whisper White on top.  I stamped the flowers and cut them out.  I used Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Pumpkin Pie inks on the flowers.  I had to fussy cut them out, there are no dies or punches for these flowers.  I also stamped and fussy cut the leaves too.  I scrunched them together and liked the way they landed so I taped them together on the backside.  Then I used double sided tape on the back to set them in place on the card.  But before I set them in place I cut a 1" x 3-1/2" piece of decorative paper.  I added a little strip of Pear Pizzazz on top of the decorative paper.  I am thinking now that I should have used Basic Black for that little strip.  

The words are from the "Garden in Bloom" set.  It's always fun when there's words in the set that fit what you want to say without having to find another set to use.  Though I don't mind combining sets (when I'm not feeling too lazy to get up and find one!!! LOL).  I have used this set a few times and am looking forward to using it again.  It's got SO many possibilities!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Barnyard Babies Card

I'm not sure but I think this may fall under the category of a "thinking of you" card. 

This is one of my favorite layouts.  Later in this post I'll give you the dimensions of each layer and how to do that center so that both layers are centered.  It's a lot easier than it looks!!!  I like to use this layout when I have small images to become my focal point.

Here I used the little duck to make my patterned piece.  I colored it in using Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie markers.   I cut that piece 2-7/8" x 3-7/8".  The Basic Black layer behind it was cut 3" x 4".  The Whisper White layer behind that was cut 3-1/2" x 4-5/8".  I don't normally add the next layer but the card looked too washed out without it.  I cut it 3-5/8" x 4-3/4".  And the base of the card is a piece of Daffodil Delight cut on the short side at 4-1/4".  I folded it at 5-1/2".  

Next I stamped the larger duck and colored it in using the same colors as the little duck.  That piece was just scrap but it needs to measure at least 2" x 2".  For that front panel "trick", you will need to put a little bit of removable tape on the upper center of the card.  I try to put it at the point that I think the circle will be punched from.  Make sure you line the edges of those two pieces up.  You want it to look like it's a finished piece.  Once you get it lined up, take your 1-1/4" circle punch and place the piece inside.  Drop it down until it hits the bottom of the punch.  Look at each side of the punch to make sure they look even.  Punch out the circle.  Next take the 1-3/8" circle punch and punch the decorated piece again.  Make sure you line it up so it looks like it's even or close to even all the way around.  It's a little difficult to see because you're not punching off much.  If you are using decorative paper instead of card stock on this piece, you will want to put a piece of scrap copier paper behind it or the circle will rip as you try to punch it.  That paper is too thin to use this trick on!

Now to assemble the card.  Tape the top 2 layers together, lining up the circles and edges.  Add Dimensionals around the circle on the backside.  Center your image on the 2" x 2" piece and set it in place. Add Dimensionals around the rest of that piece and set it aside.  Take the next layer or two if you needed to add that extra layer and tape them together.  Then tape them to the front of the card.  Now tape the focal layer to the front of the card.  And finally, I added some words.  You can tie a ribbon around the front and add a bow but you need to do this before you tape it to the front.  

I had fun making this card.  Once again, I was in the coloring mood!!!  Plus these little ducks are so darn cute!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today, and I hope your day is just ducky too!

A Wild About Flowers Birthday Card

Today I wanted to play with the "Wild about Flowers" set.  I am kind of wishing I would have picked a different color for the stems.  I like Wild Wasabi but I think it was a bit too bright of a green for the Melon Mambo.  The colors go well together, it's just that they are both too bright.  It almost has a glow to it!!!  

This was a super easy card to make.  First I stamped the stem piece, then the flowers.  I layered the pieces and I had a piece of Whisper White that I had already embossed the brick wall onto it, so I thought I might as well use it.  I mean, what was I saving it for???  I no longer hoard my papers!!!  I try to use them up before they retire, which is next to impossible but I do try, unlike before.  I would just hang onto them and then they would retire. How sad is that?  LOL

Anyway, this was a fun card to make and if I were to do it again, I would hold back on all of that Melon Mambo or switch the color of green I used.  Oh, I forgot to mention, the words were done on my computer.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A You've Got This Greeting Card

One of the things I like most about the "You've Got This" stamp set is that it is very versatile.  I did not add any words to this card because it can be used for several occasions.  There's Mother's Day, Thinking of You, Birthdays, Thank you, Get Well, and even a Sympathy card.  

I colored the flower in using Wisteria Wonder and a blender pen. The center of the flower is Daffodil Delight and the petals and stem are colored in using Wild Wasabi.  

The base of this card is Whisper White.  A layer of Basic Black was set on top of it and a layer of Wisteria Wonder on top of that.  I added a piece of Wisteria Wonder decorative paper to the bottom of the Wisteria Wonder card stock.  I added a ribbon before attaching it to the Basic Black layer.

After I colored in the flower I used the oval Framelits die and cut it out.  Normally I stamp the flower, cut it out, and then color it. I don't know why. It doesn't really matter.  Though when you think of it, stamping the image, coloring and then cutting would be better.  If you cut it out and ruined it during the coloring then you wasted a step!!!  Such methodical thinking just to make a card!!! LOL

Anyway, I had also cut out a larger oval using Basic Black and layered it behind the flower piece.  And that was it.  There is some space under the flower petals on the right to use some words from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  You may want to do that before you assemble the card.  And you can always stamp the words separate, cut or punch them out and add them to the card.  And of course, you can always just leave it blank!! I like the looks of this card and I did have fun making it.  I think it's because I'm still in the mood to color!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, July 24, 2015

A You've Got this Birthday Card

To make this "You've Got This" birthday card I stamped the flower using the Versa Mark pad and white embossing powder.  I colored in the flower using Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, and Wild Wasabi markers and a blender pen.  I colored in the whole flower first and then I came back with another layer of color. You can do this up to three times before the card stock begins to slough.  Sometimes you can get by with it if you aren't too aggressive with the pen.  You do need to remember to pat the flower down after each coloring.  The ink beads up on the embossing powdered lines.

The words are from my computer and set in place using a layer of Calypso Coral and a scalloped circle using Wild Wasabi.  This piece was set in place using Dimensionals.

This was a fun card to make and I LOVE coloring!!!  I like to keep my blender pen very wet so the color goes on smoother. Click here to learn how to take your pen apart.  There you will find a link to the recipe to refill it.  If the tip of your pen is wore down to the point to where it's soft and you can no longer do details, you may want to just skip the refill and get a new pen.  Or you could refill it and use it in large areas.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Traveler and Wetlands Masculine Birthday Card

While surfing the net I ran across a card that I had to copy the elements I liked the most.  I found this card made by Justin at JKCards.  I liked the map with the vellum on top.  I don't play with vellum much so maybe that is why this card intrigued me. I like the World Map background stamp.  The ship is stamped on the vellum using black StazOn.  

The words are from the "Wetlands" set and I punched them out with the oval punch. I added an oval scallop in Pacific Point for the layer.  I also layered the the map in Pacific Point.  Oh and the map was stamped using Pacific Point ink.

This is a very quick and easy card to make.  I am thinking I want to play with vellum more!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A You've Got This Birthday Card

I am really liking this "You've Got This" stamp set and I think I'm going to have to order it.  

Once again I did some fussy cutting here.  I don't like to fussy cut but sometimes you just have to and there are actually times I'm in the mood for it too!!!  Today I was in the mood to color and in the mood to cut!!!  

I used a blender pen and Pink Pirouette, Daffodil Delight, and Wild Wasabi ink pads.  The background was done using the White Craft ink.  I REALLY like this background stamp.  It comes with the set!!!  You can use this background on other stamp sets.  Another reason I want to get this set.

The words were done on my computer.  I set the flower and the words in place using Dimensionals.  It doesn't get much simpler than this!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A You've Got This Birthday Card

Okay, I have to admit. I do love that "Irresistibly Yours" Specialty Designer Series Paper but I don't like coloring it.  Maybe it's the black ink.  I have not tried any other colors.  I inked it all up with a sponge and then wiped it off the white part with a paper towel.  It all didn't come off the white part so I took another paper towel and sprayed it with some rubbing alcohol and carefully wiped the white areas. On a few of the stripes I had to use a Q-tip sprayed with rubbing alcohol.  But I did manage to get the white ares looking white.  

Once I got the striped piece done I set it aside to dry.  I cut the base piece 8-1/2" x 5-1/2".  I folded it in half on the long side.  I cut a piece of gold card stock 5-1/4" x 4" and then I cut the striped paper 5-1/8" x 3-7/8".  

I stamped the flower from the "You've Got This" set.  I colored it using a Blender Pen and the Blackberry Bliss ink pad. The center of the flower is Daffodil Delight, and the stem of the flower is Pear Pizzazz.  I fussy cut the flower out (by hand).  

Next I used the Circle Framelits and cut a 2-3/8" circle using Whisper White card stock.  The Basic Black circle was cut using the 2-1/2" punch.  

I punched out a black scalloped circle.  Then a brushed gold circle using the 1-3/8" circle punch.  The words were done on my computer and I used the 1-1/4" circle punch.

I set the flower and the word circle in place using Dimensionals.  The larger circle was just taped directly to the striped area.  

This was a very fun card to make.  I must have been in the mood to cut because normally I would avoid things like that!!!  

Give that background a try and let me know what you think!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, July 20, 2015

A You've Got This Wetlands Perpetual Birthday Calendar Birthday Card

WOW!  That was a long title.  I wanted to get all the stamps I used in the title!!! It went clear into tomorrow!!! LOL

I love the look of this flower.  This is another set that I borrowed and I do believe I'm going to have to buy.  This set has a wonderful background stamp that comes with it and I just HAVE to have it!!! There is the new "Watercolor Wash" background stamp that I tried out but I was not as thrilled with it as I was the background that comes with this set.  I will make a card using it in a few days and show you, or you can look it up on the net by Googling the "You've Got This" set by Stampin' Up!.  I always add the company name, then Google can sort through the images easier and find me exactly what I want.  Be sure to click on "Images".  First there's "Web", then "Images", and so on.  Then you get to see lots of photos of cards and projects made.  If you click on an image, it will single it out and enlarge it.  Then to the right of that you can "visit" the page and you will be taken to the creator of that particular item.  As simple as that!!!

Okay, enough about that.  Let's talk about this card.

I used Watermelon Wonder for the base of the card.  Then I added a layer of Basic Black, and on top of that I added the focal piece.

I colored in the flower and stem using a blender pen and the ink pad.  The words are from the "Wetlands" set.  And the are behind the words was done using a stamp from the "Perpetual Birthday Calendar" set.  I stamped off once.  The image was way too dark to just ink and stamp directly.

I tied a ribbon around the edge before I attached the focal piece to the Basic Black card stock piece.  

This was a very fun card to make.  I was SO in the mood to color!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, July 19, 2015

A Guy Greetings Masculine Birthday Card

Today's card was copied from a card that Carol from Carol Payne Stamps made.  I tried to find it on her blog but was unsuccessful.  I copied it pretty close.  I did add texture to the Crumb Cake card stock and I did add a layer of Early Espresso to the left panel with the cars and map stamped on it.  I'm not sure how Carol did the background on the panel.  I think she had some card stock with a grid on it.  But I thought the World Map background stamp would work just fine.  It has to do with travel, so it keeps with the theme!!

The base of the card is Marina Mist.  It was cut on the short side and folded in half.  The Crumb Cake layer was added.  Then the panel.  The circle around the car was cut using the Circle Framelits.  The Early Espresso layer behind it was punched using the 2-1/2" circle punch.  The words come with this set.  I stamped them and then punched them out using the "Banner Triple" punch. I can't even begin to tell you how fun that punch is.  You cut your card stock 1", 1-1/2" or 2" and you can make 3 different width banners.  It's great for layering them too!!  I don't have one (yet).  I used a friends punch to make this card.  I used her stamp set too.  I have that set on my wishlist too. It's a wonderful masculine set.  It's filled with images plus words.  Even words for brother, uncle, son, dad, father and grandpa.  It's a very impressive set!!!  I played with it for a while when I had it and I'll be showing other cards using it, once I get them assembled!

This was a fun card to make. It went together really quick too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, July 17, 2015

A Guy Greetings Masculine Card

Today I'm going to share with you a very versatile card.  This card can be used for quite a number of occasions.  From retirement to birthdays!  Add Father's Day in there, Get Well, Thank You, Thinking of You.  It can be for a brother, husband, uncle, friend and yes, even dad!!!

With this card layout you can make one card for now and save one for later.  Or you can make two right away if you need them.  I only needed one card so I have the other waiting for whatever pops into this busy brain!!!  I put my decorative paper on top of the Basic Black card stock and I cut both layers at one time.  I did it that way because I wanted them to both be even and have the same cut.  I did put the other two halves together but I set them aside for another day.  

I like this layout because it's not only easy, but it's also quick and pleasing to the eye!!  Had there not been words under the shoes, I may have stamped something in the bottom left corner and embossed it in white.  

It's a little difficult to see here but the shoes have a Basic Black layer around them.  That piece was set in place using Dimensionals.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Wetlands Masculine Card

I thought I would play with the Camouflage Technique a little bit today.   You can find that technique here.  I thought it was odd that so much red came out of my Soft Suede ink pad. But it's okay, I still like the looks of it.  If I really wanted, I could have scrunched it up one more time and dragged some Early Espresso over the whole thing.

I colored in the duck using Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, and Pumpkin Pie markers.  Plus I added a little Soft Suede to the bottom of the marsh to kind of hide the white area it created.  

This was a super fun and easy card to make.  Plus it makes a great masculine card!!!

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