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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Pinewood Planks, November 2018 Paper Pumpkin, Alternative Christmas Card

Today I found another fun and stunning card using the November 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit.  I can not believe all the beautiful alternative cards I've found using this set. And to be honest here, I have not made a single card from the kit they way they were presented in the kit. I've been having too much fun finding all of these fabulous alternative cards. I usually do alternative cards when I'm not fond of the original card. I do like the original card but the ones I've found have been better!!!

I found this one on Pinterest. Click here to see it. It's SO darn adorable.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Cherry Cobbler. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Very Vanilla that was textured using the "Pinewood Planks" embossing folder. I set it in place using snail tape.

Next I took one of the plaid pieces from the Paper Pumpkin kit and cut it at 2-1/4".  It's already cut 4" on the other side.  I cut 3/8" strips of the gold foil card stock and taped the strips to the back of the plaid card stock.  I have very little gold foil card stock left and I feel like I'm actually treating it like gold!!! LOL  After taping the gold strips to the back, I taped that whole piece to the card front, on top of the Very Vanilla piece.  

Next I took two of the branches from the kit and set them in place on the plaid piece. I didn't tape them down yet, I needed to work on the placement. I used glue dots to set them in place.

The words are from the Paper Pumpkin kit and I stamped them using the Cherry Cobbler ink that came with the kit.  I set the word piece in place using Dimensionals (that came with the kit).

I tied a bow with the wide thread from the kit and the final touch was some sequins that came with the kit.  The sequins were already attached to glue dots so you just removed it from the plastic backing and stuck them in place.  And there you have it. A fun, quick and adorable card!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Signs of Santa, Christmas Card, 2018 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I was really struggling with how to use this Christmas bulb Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "All is Bright" 12" x 12" pack.  I remembered this layout and I ran with it and I was happy that I was able to use that DSP in a way that I liked.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I cut the DSP 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".

The measurements for making the "Raised Panel" technique  part can be found here.  

I stamped the Santa from the "Signs of Santa" set using black Memento ink.  I colored him in with Blends markers, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, Powder Pink.  I die cut him and then I die cut a Whisper White circle and a Real Red scalloped circle.  I taped those two circles together and set them in place on the card front using a little bit of glue. I didn't want to use tape, I needed to be able to move it a bit if I didn't like where it landed.  I set the Santa in place using Dimensionals.

The words are from the "Signs of Santa" set and I stamped them before I set the panels in place.

The bundle came with the stamp set and the dies. In the dies where I found the one to die cut the Santa out was also three different sized snowflake dies. I cut some out to place on the card front because I knew it would look too blah if I left it plain.  I added a clear rhinestone to the center of each snowflake to give the card some sparkle.  

This was a fun card to make and I was SO thrilled that I could use that bulb paper.  That was a very big challenge for me.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Santa's Workshop, Beautiful Blizzard, Christmas Card

This card needs some wording!!!  And just after typing that I removed the oval from the card front (carefully) and added the "Season's Greetings" from the "Beautiful Blizzard" set.  I used Poppy Parade to stamp them.  And now I like the card much better.  What do you think?

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Poppy Parade.  From the center of that piece I die cut the scalloped oval.

I die cut the stitched oval from a piece of Whisper White card stock that I sprayed with a mist of Balmy Blue ink and rubbing alcohol.  I set it aside to dry before I die cut it.  Once it was dry I taped those two ovals together.

While it was drying I had fussy cut the Santa from the "Santa's Workshop" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP).  I added some Wink of Stella to the gold parts on the sled and I also added some to the fuzzy pieces on the image.  I set the sleigh in place on the ovals.

I cut a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White card stock and added the striped piece of SDSP to the bottom.  This piece measures 1-3/8" x 5-1/8".  I taped that piece in place and then I taped the Whisper White piece to the Poppy Parade piece.

I set the ovals in place using Dimensionals.  Then I removed the ovals so I could add the words.  So, if you're going to add the words, do it before you set the ovals down! And I did move the oval down closer to the bottom edge to give the card a bit more balance with the words.

I do like the card much better with the words on it. 

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, December 10, 2018

Snowflake Sentiments, All is Bright, Christmas Card

Did you ever see a card on the internet that you just HAD to make?  Well, this is one that I wanted to make REALLY bad.  I struggled to find some words that would fit in the space but I did manage to do it.  It's not how I would like the card to be, but it will work.  I found the original card on Pinterest.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of that I had cut 1/4" x 5-1/2" piece strips (two of them) of the gold foil card stock.  I didn't have much left and I didn't want to use a 4" x 5-1/4" piece because that would be such a waste. I taped those strips to each side of the card front.

The words are from the "Snowflake Sentiments" set. I did mask off the "from our family to yours".  I stamped the words using Crumb Cake ink.  I'm thinking that Soft Suede would work too.  I stamped those words on a 5-1/2" x 2-1/2" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I should have trimmed the sides a bit so more of the bulb image could show.  

The bulb image is from the "All is Bright" 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper pack (DSP).  I cut the DSP 5-1/2" x 2".  I could have cut it thinner because the amount showing is less than 2". 

The Whisper White piece on the right side was cut 5-1/2" x 3/4".  I set both Whisper White in place using Dimensionals.  And the card was done.  It's a very quick layout to play with. I do like the looks of it but I think that maybe texturing the Whisper White pieces on the front might be prettier.  Maybe!  I don't think I'd like the words textured though.  Rethinking that I would probably add the words separately if I were to texture the pieces.  But for now, it is what it is!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Signs of Santa, Santa's Signpost, Christmas Card, Stampin' Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog

This was a very fun card to make. I SO love this Santa.  I used him on our Christmas card this year.  You will get to see it on Christmas day (as usual).

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Cherry Cobbler.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Very Vanilla that was textured using the fun "Cable Knit" embossing folder. I did mist my card stock before I embossed it because I was afraid it might crack or tear. I just lean on the cautious side when I emboss with these deep embossing folders.  

I cut a 4-3/8" x 3-1/8" piece of Cherry Cobbler.  On top of that is a 4-1/4" x 3" piece of card stock from the November 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit.  I have not made a single card from that kit the way it was intended.  Though I do like the original cards, I'm having too much fun finding alternative cards.  Now if you don't have this card stock, you can always substitute it for something else.  I think any card stock that has a Christmas theme would work with this layout. I taped those two layers together and set them in place on the card using Dimensionals.

The white rectangle piece also came with the kit but you can use a 2-1/2" x 1-7/8" piece of Whisper White or Very Vanilla card stock.  You can also punch the edges or round the edges. Or you can just leave them pointed.

I added the greens from the Paper Pumpkin kit. I set them in place with snail tape. You can also use glue dots. 

I set the Whisper White rectangle on top of the greens using Dimensionals..

I stamped the Santa from the "Signs of Santa" and "Santa's Signpost" stamp set and matching dies.  I colored him using the Blends markers.  Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Petal Pink and Smoky Slate.  I set Santa in place on top using Dimensionals. Lots of layers of Dimensionals here.  But the card isn't really all that thick. Not enough to cause it to have extra postage.  

And for the final touch, I added gold sequins to the card front.  It was just enough to give it some fun sparkle!

This was a very fun card to make and I can see myself making more.  But I did find a few other cards I'd like to make or change a bit.  This card is an original!!  Shocker, huh? LOL

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Snowflake Sentiments, Seasonal Chums, Snowflake Christmas Card

I found this fun card on Pinterest but it wasn't done using Stampin' Up! products, so I thought I would see what I had in my stamp sets and what I could come up with.  And this is what I did!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.

I cut the three squares using the "Stitched" framelet dies using glossy card stock.  I  used glossy card stock because I hadn't read what was used in the original card.  Had I read I may or may not have used watercolor.  The original card using some stuff called "Color Burst" which I can only imaging that it is something like "Brusho".  I may have to try that another day using "Brusho".

I stamped my snowflakes from the "Snowflake Sentiments" set using VersaMark.  I embossed them with white embossing powder.  I took a mister that had rubbing alcohol and Pool Party ink in it and misted the three pieces at one time.  I mixed up some Pacific Point ink with rubbing alcohol and misted the pieces but not directly over the top, I wanted some of the Pool Party color to still show.  

I let the pieces dry and then I taped them to the card. I stamped the words from the "Seasonal Chums" set using black Memento ink.  After I stamped them I wished I had used Pacific Point ink. It would have given the card a softer look. But after all was said and done, I do like how it turned out.

It was a simple card to make. I can't say it was quick but had I sped up the drying using the embossing heat tool (at a safe enough distance not to remelt the embossing powder) it may have dried faster.  But I was in no hurry to make the card so I just let it dry naturally.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, December 07, 2018

Snowfall, Beautiful Blizzard, Christmas Card, 2018 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I found this fun card on Pinterest.  I thought it would be a fun card to make but I did struggle with it and ended up changing the size of the snowflakes and now I don't like it as much!!!

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 5" x 3-3/4" piece of silver foil card stock.  On top of that is a 4-7/8" x 3-5/8" piece of Whisper White card stock.

I stamped the words from the "Beautiful Blizzard" using VersaMark. I embossed the words using silver embossing powder.

I die cut the snowflakes from the "Snowfall" thinlits dies using the silver foil card stock. I did not cut the snowflakes from the 5" x 3-3/4" piece I used for the layer.  I wasn't sure if it would show through being the silver foil card stock is so thick.  I could have tried to line them up but the more I run the silver foil through the Big Shot, the more chances I have of marking up the foil.  I wanted to keep it smooth and pristine looking.

The snowflakes were set in place with a small glue dot.  In the center of each snowflake was placed a medium crystal rhinestone.

This was a simple card to make but I think I would have been happier had the snowflakes been larger. I just couldn't make them work using the visual I had to work with.  The original card gave no measurements.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Signs of Santa, Santa's Workshop, Christmas Gift Tag

It's time to take a break from making cards so I could make some much needed gift tags. These were fun to make too. All I need to do is add the string or ribbon and it's ready for the package!

The base of this tag is a scrap piece of Real Red card stock. I stamped it using black Memento ink on the "Buffalo Check" background image.  When I made more of these, I used a 4" x 4" piece of card stock so I could get two with one stamping.  I find some background stamps difficult to work with.

I used the "Scalloped Tag Topper" punch on one end of the tag. 

Next I cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock 2-3/4" x 1-3/4".  I used the white chalk marker and made dots on the piece. I taped this to the tag.

I die cut the elf from the "Santa's Workshop" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP).  I cut this little guy from the paper first using a scissors. I didn't want to go to my cutter to do this because I would end up cutting through another image that I want to use on a different tag or card in the near future.  In rough cutting this little guy out I had a couple of small fuzzy snowflakes with it. I did fussy cut those out but they were easy because it was all straight cutting and just snipping.  I die cut the elf and set him in place on the Crumb Cake piece using Dimensionals. 

I found a Dazzling Diamonds snowflake in my stash. Oh, who am I kidding, it was on my worktable under a bunch of stuff!!! LOL  I set that snowflake in place in the upper left corner using a small glue dot.  I also set the other two snowflakes in place using glue dots.

I punched out the banner from the "Duet Banners" punch using Whisper White card stock.

The words are from the "Signs of Santa". I stamped it using black Memento ink.  I set that banner in place using Dimensionals.  I regret it now because it's more difficult to write a name on it.  Fortunately I didn't put all of my tags together yet, just this one so I could show you today.

And for a final touch I added a rhinestone to the upper left snowflake and the tag was done.  Cute isn't it?  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Hearts Come Home, Snowfall Thinlits, Christmas Card


Grab some snowflakes and whip up this super quick card.  

I did have a few of the snowflakes on hand but I still had to die cut a couple, so it's not like I was entirely using stuff I had on hand.  But even if I had to die cut all of the snowflakes, this card still wouldn't take that long to make.

The base of my card is a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I die cut most of the snowflakes from the "Snowfall" Thinlits dies.  The center snowflake on the largest one was from a Christmas stocking set that retired last year. I still had a few snowflakes sitting around here.  That snowflake was die cut using the Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper.

The center snowflake on the largest snowflake was die cut from the silver foil card stock.  I had that one sitting on my worktable from another project.

The other snowflakes are all die cut using Whisper White card stock.

I stamped the "Joy" from the "Hearts Come Home" set.  I masked off the rest of the "to the world" on the stamp so I could just use the "Joy" like was done on the original card I found on Pinterest.  It's not a Stampin' Up! card but you can use what you have and make other cards into ones using Stampin' Up! products.  I used black Memento ink to stamp the "Joy".  

I used glue dots to set the smaller snowflakes in place. I set the larger snowflake in place using a Dimensional.  I used glue dots to add the other two snowflakes to the larger one.

I got out my scoring board and scored lines from the top of the card stock to the tip of the snowflakes. I turned the card over and redid those lines so they would look like a bump on the front of the card and not an indentation.  It looks more like a string if it's not indented.  

Once I was done with that I added rhinestones to the center of each snowflake and the card was complete. 

I thought it was a fun, quick and very pretty card to make

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Seasonal Chums, All is Bright, Christmas Card

Today's card is a fun, easy and quick one!  

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. This card opens on the right.

On top of that is a 2" x 5" piece of gold foil card stock.  I taped it to the left on the card base.

I cut a piece of the "All is Bright" Designer Series Paper (DSP) cut 2-3/8 x 4-1/4".  I taped that in place over the gold foil card stock.

I die cut a stitched circle using the gold foil card stock.  This circle is about 1-7/8".  I punched out a 1-1/2" circle of Crumb Cake and taped it to the gold foil stitched circle.  

The words are from the "Seasonal Chums" set. I stamped them using Soft Suede ink. I die cut them with 1-3/8" circle die.  I cut the words a bit high on the circle so I could add the rhinestones.

The three circles were all taped together and set in place on the card using Dimensonals.  And that was it.  VERY simple, quick and super easy!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, December 03, 2018

November 2018 Paper Pumpkin, Christmas Card

WOW, this is one of those Paper Pumpkin kits that just keeps on giving!!  You can get at least 16 cards from this kit, or even more depending on how narrow you cut the plaid papers.

I worked up this card after seeing one on Pinterest.  I did change it a little.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Crumb Cake.  Though this piece was one that was in the kit so it's Crumb Cake on outside and white on the inside.

I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the top of the card base.  I cut a strip of the plaid card stock at 1-1/2" x 5-1/4".  I taped that strip to the bottom of the Whisper White piece.

The words are from the November 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit. I stamped them on the square piece that came with the kit.  I stamped the words using Cherry Cobbler ink.  It's the same color ink that comes with the kit.  You get a small ink spot in the kit.  I added Dimensionals to the back and set it on the card front but I didn't remove the protective pieces. I didn't want to stick it just yet. I needed to see where the branches were going to go.

The branches were also in the kit. I punched out two of them and set them on the card. I then added the word piece.  I just used snail to hold them in place.  

I tied a bow with the thick twine that came in the kit and I attached it with a glue dot that came in the kit as well.  I added some sequins that came in the kit. These sequins already have sticky dots on the backs of them.  Makes it easy to add to your project.

And that was it.  I am liking all the altered cards I have made and found on the net.  You can use these layouts with your own papers.  The square is about 2-1/2" x 2", so you can cut your own too.  I have found DMC floss works for the twine. I'm sure there's a color match for Cherry Cobbler.  I don't often put bows on my cards. Mostly because I don't have the matching colors. I don't often buy ribbons.

This was a fun card to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Beautiful Blizzard, Snowfall Thinlits Dies, Christmas Card

Today's card would be a great female Christmas card.  I thought it would be fun to play with the Powder Pink ink and card stock today.  And of course the "Beautiful Blizzard" stamp set and the "Snowfall" thinlits dies.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Powder Pink card stock. I die cut the center snowflake from the center of that piece before I taped it to the card base.  I used Wink of Stella on this snowflake and I set it aside to dry.

I cut a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I stamped the background image from the "Beautiful Blizzard" stamp set. I inked it up with Powder Pink and stamped it on the card.  I turned the image 180 degrees, inked it up again and stamped below the first image I stamped.  

The words are from the "Beautiful Blizzard" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink.

I die cut the large and smallest snowflake using Whisper White card stock.  

I taped the large snowflake in place. Then the Powder Pink one on top of it.  I used a glue dot to set the smallest white snowflake in place. I added a tiny rhinestone to the center and the card was done.

It was a pretty quick card to make and an adorable pink card for a special little girl!! I did struggle with it because this is SO out of my element (color wise). I wanted to grab the Balmy Blue ink pad and card stock but I decided to step out of my box and go for it!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Buffalo Check, Beautiful Blizzard, Christmas Card

I'm not a bit fan of black and white Christmas cards.  Rethinking this, I should have gone with a blue, red or even green.  But I had some shimmery black ribbon sitting on my worktable so I just went with it.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I cut it in half on the short 8-1/2" side.  This card opens from the bottom.

I cut a quarter sheet of Whisper White card stock and inked up the "Buffalo Check" stamp with black Memento ink and stamped the image.  I did set it up on my Stamparatus so I could get a dark image.  I should have cut my piece of card stock larger, larger than the stamp image, because I had no where to put the magnet.  SO I ended up using some repostionable tape on the back and taping it to the paper on the Stamparatus.  I needed this piece of paper to be in a fixed spot in the event I needed to reink and stamp again. I actually inked and stamped a total of three times to get the solid image I was looking for.  Note here.  Don't rub your ink pad across the stamp.  See on the left side there's a black dot in the lighter part?  That's a little bit of fuzz or fabric from rubbing the ink pad.  So now that you know that your image will be perfect.  I cut this piece down to 4" x 2-3/4" and I taped it to a  4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White.  

Next I stamped the words from the "Beautiful Blizzard" set using black Memento ink.  I also used the black Memento ink on that.

I cut a 6" piece off the black shimmer ribbon and taped the ends to the back of the 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I then taped the entire piece to the card base.  I took the end of the leftover ribbon and tied a knot to the left side of the taped on piece of ribbon.  

I also found a Dazzling Diamond glitter paper snowflake so I used a glue dot and taped it in place on the card. It just seemed empty on the upper part of the card.  I used a black rhinestone from the "Faceted Dots" pack.  And that was it.

This was a fun card to make but I think I would use a different color if I ever make another one.  Black is not a great color for Christmas (in my opinion)!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, November 30, 2018

Waterfront, Sheltering Tree, Thinking of You Card

Today I needed to make a "thinking of you" card.  I wanted to use a set that looked masculine since the card was for a guy.  I took out the "Waterfront" set and tried to work in darker fallish colors and this is what I came up with.  I have a stack of ink pads to put back, I used a lot of colors here.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Bermuda Bay card stock.  On top of that I taped a piece of 4" x 5-1/4" Whisper White card stock.  The dotted paper is from the "Brights" 6" x 6" paper stack.  There's a lot of fun papers in those stacks. I cut it 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" and I taped it to the Whisper White piece.

I cut the "frame" piece 3" x 3-3/4" using Whisper White card stock. I die cut a 2" square from the center. I didn't use the 2" square to stamp on. I cut a 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" piece of Whisper White for that.

First I stamped the mountain using Crumb Cake ink.  Then I stamped the trees suing Shaded Spruce. The orange piece is actually two colors. First I stamped it using Sahara Sand and then I inked the image up with Pumpkin Pie and stamped over it.  The Stamparatus was used for that. 

Next was the water. I stamped that using Pool party and the darker part was stamped using Bermuda Bay ink.  The sun was stamped using So Saffron ink.

The words are from the "Sheltering Tree" set and I stamped those using black Memento ink.

I added Dimensionals to the back of the frame piece. I set the stamped mountain piece in place and added some snail to the back of it so it could stick to the dotted paper.  And that was it.

It was a pretty simple card to make, it just took a lot of colors and cleaning of stamps. But isn't that what stamping is all about??

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda