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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

A Traveler and World Map Circle Thinlits Card

I don't use my Circle Card Thinlits cutter very often.  I forget I have it until I run across a card that has used it.  I found this card (or something like it!!! LOL) made by Mary at Mary's Craft Room.  I thought it was such a great masculine card and I would get to use the Circle Card Thinlits! You can see her card here.  I changed the greeting but other than that it's a very close copy!!! 

This was a very easy card to make.  I first stamped the "World Map" and set it aside.  Then I took a piece of scrap paper and cut out the card.  I did this so I would know the placement of the map.  I wanted to cut both at the same time so I would get the inside round part right.  I trimmed the top, right side, and the bottom.  I lined up the map on the Early Espresso card stock and then I cut the pieces out.  

The camera and the train were stamped using Early Espresso ink.  The train was punched out using a 2-1/2" circle punch.  The camera was fussy cut.  The scallop was punched out and the words were done on my computer and punched out using the 1-3/8" circle punch.

It was a pretty quick card to make!  And it's a wonderful masculine card.  On the inside (behind the train), I punched out a 2-1/2" Very Vanilla Circle so something could be written on the card to the person receiving it!

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Monday, August 31, 2015

A Guy Greetings Masculine Birthday Card

If you are needing a quick and simple masculine birthday card, this is the way to go!!!  It doesn't get much more simpler than this.  Well, I suppose if you don't add the layers but then it would be a bit boring too!!  I like simple!  With Night of Navy, stamp a car and stamp the words.  I trimmed them up to look equal all the way around and I layered them with Night of Navy card stock.  The ribbon piece is also Night of Navy.  I was going to use some decorative paper but in looking though my paper stacks, I realized that I did not have the current Regals stack of paper.  I could have used last year's retired ones but I when I was heading for it, I saw the ribbon and went that route!  It worked out just fine.  The decorative paper may have been a bit too busy. I know it would have taken away from this clean and simple look!

I set the car and the words in place using Dimensionals.  I taped the ribbon onto the textured card stock and then glued that to a folded half sheet of Night of Navy.  I glue textured pieces because I feel that the tape doesn't stick as well.  There's too many hills and valleys and the tape doesn't make a solid contact.  I could use the Sticky Strip but it's just easier for me to glue.  Using the Sticky Strip would involve getting off my comfy chair and heading on over to my shelf to find the tape!!!   We can't have that now, can we?  LOL

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Sparkly Season Birthday Card

I'm excited to share this card with you today.  My sister had brought over a birthday cake layered card that I thought would be fun to remake.  The only thing was, it was done a while ago and all the items on it are retired.  Not that we can't use our imaginations and our current resources and redo it!  Like I just did today.  
When I saw this ballerina, I knew what I wanted to do with it.  This cake card came to mind.  I did struggle a little with it because I was just going to use the ballerina only and not the globe look.  But after stamping just the ballerina on the card stock I didn't like what I saw.  So I decided to use the globe and I'm glad I did. This is such a great card for a little girl, or for someone who LOVES ballerinas!
There's 3 pieces to the cake and they fold opposite of each other when assembled.  The measurements for this cake (which are different than the ones I saw on the original card due to the length of the ballerina.  You can adjust your cake pieces to the length of your focal item.  I just made sure the next two layers looked like they were in proportion to the rest of the cake.  So, for my pieces I cut the following out of decorative paper, 4-3/4" x 3/4", 6" x 2-1/2", and  8" x 1-3/4".   For the base of the cake use the 8" piece and fold it in half, but keep in mind which design you want on the bottom.  For the center piece use the 6" piece and fold it in half.  Again, you need to pay attention to the design you want.  If there is words on the decorative paper you will also need to pay attention to their orientation.  This piece will be added with the fold on the right side.  And for the top piece you will fold that piece in half and the paper (on my card) has the same side showing as the bottom layer of the cake.  

Once I had those pieces folded I used a corner rounder on the top corners of all three pieces.  I set them aside to work on the globe.  I stamped the globe and then the ballerina. I cut it out with the die that is in the "Seasonal Frames" Thinlits dies.  I colored in the ballerina and then I stamped the dots using VersaMark and some Heat and Stick powder.  I stamped the base of the globe and cut it out by hand, no die for that one.  

So to assemble my card, I first took a 1/4 sheet of Whisper White card stock for the base.  Then I took a piece of Pink Pirouette and added some texture with an embossing folder and I attached it to the base of the card. I glued my piece on because I think it holds better on textured pieces than tape does.  Then I took the base of the cake piece and I also glued that piece on, only because it was going on top of a textured piece. The bottom and side edges of the bottom of the cake piece needs to line up with the textured piece. Next I took the center piece and centered it on the opened cake bottom piece. Make sure this piece opens from left to right.  I left it that piece open and then taped the cake top piece on the inside of the center piece. I added the globe base to the inside of the top layer.  I also added a scalloped circle with the words that I had printed from my computer.  Then I folded the cake pieces shut and lined up the ballerina globe piece and glued it in place.  A bow was added to the base layer of the cake and the card was done.  It sounds a lot more complicated than it is.  I cut my pieces out of scrap copier paper first so I could better understand how to assemble them.  It was a very fun card to make and I could see myself making more in the future!!

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Guy Greetings, Gorgeous Grunge, and Wetlands Dad Birthday Card

Yup, another monochromatic card and again in black and white! That's only because I had cut out two cars and layered both of them yesterday.  It's something I often do and then I set the other one aside to get lost so I can find it someday and am happy because I found something almost finished!!! Crazy thinking!!!! LOL  Well, as per the norm for me, I did leave the layered circle on my worktable but it didn't get covered up or moved to the corner.  I actually used it, as you can see.   This card could use a little work on the greetings panel.  I wished I would have done the dots stamping off once.  I think the black dots are just a bit too dark for the greetings.  I do like this "Gorgeous Greetings" set.  I especially like the background on the large panel.  I think it would be a fun background for a cow focal image!!!  Anyway, this card is okay!  It was still fun to make and if you need a quick card, the one from yesterday was quicker but this one didn't take long either!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

A Guy Greetings Birthday Card for Dad!

Today I opened up my 12 x 12 Neutrals paper pack.  I thought the striped piece would be great with the car from the "Guy Greetings" set.  This is a typical black and white card.  The words are from the "Happy Birthday, Everyone" set.  The car and words were also layered in black, and the base of the card is black.  WOW, this is a sort post. There's not a lot to say about this card.  It's a quick and simple one!!

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Skipping Stones Design August Challenge

Today I'm going to share a card I made for the Skipping Stone Design August Challenge.  I struggled a little with my card.  I had originally stamped the card using two shades of green and then colored in the round areas on the tree with blue, red, yellow, and orange.  I added some Stickles and glitter to those colored spots.  Then I had die cut a window and added a piece of transparency to it.  Then I added some more Stickles and glitter to make it look like there was snow on the window.  As it was drying I thought I would play with the set again and that is when I came up with the card I have here.  I do like how it turned out.  So much so that I abandoned the first tree for this one!

 I had stamped the tree here using VersaMark and I heat set gold embossing powder.  Then I took an olive colored ink pad and a blender pen and colored in the tree.  I added some rhinestones that I had colored with Sharpie markers.  The tree was set in place using sticky foam dots.  I like to buy the foam tape and punch out my own dots using a regular paper punch.  I wipe the sticky part with a rubbing alcohol pad and then punch. If you punch without the alcohol, you will have dots stuck to your punch. Plus you will still be getting out the alcohol wipes to clean off your punch!  Just thought I would save you some time and frustration. And yes, I'm speaking from experience!!! LOL

I found some fun Christmas decorative paper from the "Christmas & Winter stack from DCWV.  I layered my card in a pale green. The base of the card is white.  I added some green snowflakes using the Martha Stewart punch.  I know, green snowflakes!!!But it worked!!  And I liked it and that is what was even more important!!!  LOL  I added some very large clear rhinestones to the center of the snowflakes.  And I added some small rhinestones to the decorative paper.  I was going to color them the same as what was on the tree but the more I thought about how it would distract from the tree I decided to leave them clear, and I'm glad I did.

And while rummaging through my embossing folders I found a fun snowflake background one by Cricut.  

So to assemble the card. I folded a half sheet of white card stock on the long side.  Then I added a piece of green card stock.  Then the snowflake piece.  The decorative paper was then added and on top of that was the tree panel that I layered with green.  Randomly place the snowflakes on the card and the rhinestones and you're done!!

The tree stamp comes in the set you see above.  You can purchase it in the Skipping Stones Design store.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Sparkly Season and Happy Scenes Halloween Card

My sister left me with her new stamp sets and I'm playing!  I've got lots of ideas and there's lots of stamp sets!!! Today I thought I would make another Halloween card.  I saw one on  a card on Pinterest and traced it  back to Mary Fish.  Here is her card.  I didn't have the same background paper as she did so I used the spider web from the "Happy Scenes" set.  I did change it a little.  I do like how mine turned out.  

I love it that this set has matching dies with it too!!!  Stampin' Up! is making me never want to cut out anything ever again!!! LOL

For my card I used a folded half sheet of Whisper White.  I stamped the corners with the spider we set from the "Happy Scenes" set.  Then I took a piece of Pumpkin Pie decorative paper and stamped the pumpkin face on it.  I used the die and cut out the hole in the center.  I stamped the "GREETINS" that came with the "Sparkly Season" set.  I stamped the stem using Old Olive ink and colored it in with Pear Pizzazz.  

The "spooky" die comes with the die set.  I set it in place above the "greetings".  I layered the focal piece with Pumpkin Pie card stock and I set it in place using Dimensionals.  It's a pretty simple card to make!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Happy Scenes Halloween Card

Today my sister dropped of some stuff for me and this was something that was in the bag!!!  It's the "Happy Scenes" set from the new Occasions catalog!!!  I thought it would be a great set to play with because it covers fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and winter!  All that in one set!!! So I'm sure you can see my wheels turning with this set!  I have LOTS of plans for it!!  Ideas were popping all afternoon.  The first card I wanted to make was a fall card but it ended up being a Halloween card.  Which is fine because I like Halloween too!  I didn't have any current Halloween decorative paper so I used the standard pads and went from there.

I used the striped Pumpkin Pie paper for my first colored panel.  Then some dotted Old Olive.  On top of that is my stamped image and I set it place using Dimensionals.  

To color in my image I used markers and sponges!! First I colored in the leaves and pumpkins with the Pumpkin Pie marker.   Then I sponged the ground with Old Olive.  I sponged the sky with Soft Sky and then I added a little Smoky Slate to the sky.  I sponged in circles to give the sky the look of a windy day.  I sponged the sky edges of the panel with Soft Sky and the ground edges were sponged with Old Olive. I layered each panel with Early Espresso.

On the Whisper White piece I stamped the words, which came with the set!!!  I had a lot of fun creating this card today!!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A By the Sea, Gorgeous Grunge and Happy Birthday, Everyone Masculine Birthday Card

Today I was trying to go for the postage/envelope look. I sort of succeeded.  I did have fun creating this card.  I think if I were to do it again, I may have tried other colors but for today, it is what it is!!!

I stamped the fish on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock and colored it in.  I took a 1" square punch and punched the fish head out.  I set this piece aside.

Next I stamped the "happy Birthday" from the "Happy Birthday, Everyone" set using black Memento ink.  I layered it with Island Indigo. I added Dimensionals to the back and set the piece aside.  

I used Whisper White as the base of my card.  I added a piece of Island Indigo card stock.  For the Soft Sky piece, I used Island Indigo ink and the see weed image stamped off.  It doesn't show up well in the photo, but in real life you can see it.  Then I added some stamped off dots from the Gorgeous Grunge set. Then I used the embossing folder and textured that piece.  Oh, but before I did that I added a little piece of tape to my fish part and I set it in place on the card.  I then stamped the anchor from the "By the Sea" set. Now if you are going to recreate this card, I would recommend stamping the anchor image where you think it should go and then stamping the anchor again on the edge of the fish piece.  Once it's textured then you can match them up.  I was able to match it up enough but it would have been easier had the two anchors been stamped separately.  I taped the fish and Island Indigo piece in place.  Then I added the words.  As simple as that.  I like it.  It's a great card for the fisherman in your life!!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

A For the New Two Wedding Card

I LOVE red and white cards and what a better occasion to make them than for a wedding!!  Well, and for Valentine's Day too but that's a long time away!!

I borrowed my sister's "For the New Two" set.  I had stamped a few images from it the last time we were together stamping and I misplaced them.  I did find them, it turns out I had actually put them away. I can never find anything once I've put it away!!! LOL I like to leave my stuff sit out, I know where it is!!! It kind of reminds me of my dad.  He had the most messiest workbench but he knew where everything was on it.  He even knew if you borrowed a tool and put it back because it was not in the exact place he had set it!!  I think that messy habit has rubbed off on me!!! UGH!!!  Though my worktables are not that messy!!

Okay, let's talk about this card.  It's a pretty simple card to make.  I used an embossing folder for the background.  I stamped the words and I layered everything.  That pretty much sums it up.

The base of the card is a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock. I don't have very many background texture folders so you will see the same ones quite often on my cards.  I added it on top of a piece of Real Red card stock.  I added a piece of ribbon to those two layers before I taped them onto the Whisper White. The words were layered on top of a piece of Real Red and set in place using Dimensionals.   I tied a bow and used a large pop up glue dot to set it in place on the card.

I will share with you a little trick I use when adding color like I did here on the heart.  I stamped the words using Memento black ink. Then I took my blender pen and removed the color on the heart.  Next I took my Real Red marker and colored in the heart.  I huffed on the words and then stamped them.  The heart was not as dark as I wanted it so I colored it in a little with the drawing tip of the marker.  For me, adding color this way is a lot quicker than using a marker on the whole piece.  Plus it keeps your markers from getting wore down too!

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

A For the New Two Wedding Card

I borrowed my sister's "For the New Two" stamp set.  I had stamped a few images from the set the last time we were together stamping but I had misplaced them.  I did find them.  Believe it or not, I had actually put them away, in a place where I would remember where they were!!!  Right!!! That doesn't work anymore.  If I don't write it down or don't put it away, I won't remember!!!  UGH!

Anyway, I had borrowed her set and I thought I would play with it tonight.  I think I'm going to have to give her set back. I don't feel very creative with it. I do not like how this card turned out at all.  It needs a LOT of help!!!  What I was going for here was the words on the paper doily and from there I didn't have any plans.  It's SO obvious by the way the card turned out.  UGH!!  As in UGH-LY!  LOL  I don't have a clue as to how to even improve it!  So it will be put in my stash and maybe used for one of those weddings of a very distant relative that I have never met or met when I was a kid!!! LOL  Or not at all!

I never promised you that all of my cards would be winners!  I share the good, the bad, and obviously the ugly!!!  LOL

Thank you for hanging in there today,

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A Wild About Flowers and Wetlands Birthday Card

Today I have another card for you from Terri's most wonderful Stamp a Stack.  This is such an elegant card.  I try to put the cards I make in order of my favorite and I find that extremely difficult to do because Terri always has such wonderful and fun cards for us to make.  I love the simplicity of the layout on this card yet it has a lot of movement to it.  

We used the English Garden Designer on the Mossy Meadow Banner piece.  I got to play with the new Triple Banner punch.  I LOVE it.  You can make 3 different size banners that all layer nicely on top of each other.

The "Wild About Flowers"set was used to make the stems and the flowers were punched using the "Itty Bitty Accents" punch. They were set in place with glue dots and a tiny pearl was added to the center of each one.  

The layered circle with the flowers on it was set in place using Dimensionals.  

I stamped the words on using the "Wetlands" set.  As simple as that.  And A quick card too.  This would be a great layout for a swap because you can whip up a bunch of these in no time!

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Friday, August 21, 2015

The Wilderness Awaits Technique Card

Tuesday evening Terri held her Technique night for her downline.  I was able to participate in the swap that night and this is one of the cards I received.  It's done using the Camouflage technique that was taught the previous month.  It's a fun technique and the instructions for it can be found here.  

The set used here is "The Wilderness Awaits".  I want this set!!! It's on my wishlist!!!  I tend to purchase the masculine sets because there's not very many of them!!

This was a fun swap and I have a few more cards to share with you later.  I have other cards that I've been working on so I'll fill in with the swap cards as the days go by.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Happy Birthday, Everyone, Crazy about You, Petite Petals and Flower Shop Birthday Card

I don't know why I don't use the Bermuda Bay color more.  It's such a beautiful blue!!! I was playing around with some scrap pieces of Bermuda Bay decorative paper and one thing lead to another and the next thing I knew I was layering them with Basic Gray card stock.  SO I had these two layerd strips waiting for an idea to come.  I was looking at my worktable and there were the "happy Birthday" words stamped on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  It was stamped crooked so I got another piece of card stock and stamped it straight.  I like how large the words were.  Now I had 3 panels!!  

I had seen a card that had 3 flowers layered.  I didn't have the base flower so I took the flower from the "Crazy about You" set and stamped it using Bermuda Bay ink.  I decided to go with that flower mostly because it had a punch!  I wasn't in the mood to fussy cut today! I used the "Flower Shop" set for the second flower and the "Petite Petals" for the smaller flower in the center.  I set that smaller flower in place using Dimensionals. and  added a crystal rhinestone to the center.  I did color the top two flowers in using a blender pen and the Bermuda Bay ink pad.  

I added a dotted textured background that was layered with Basic Gray and set on the Bermuda Bay card base.  I do like how this card turned out and it's a whole lot prettier in person!

This was a simple card to make.  Layering does take a little time, but it's SO worth it!!!

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