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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Painted Harvest, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Fall Birthday Card, 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I found this fun card on Pinterest. It caught my eye because of the background, which mine turned out darker than the one posted.  I was tempted to use Soft Smoke instead of Early Espresso stamped off twice.  But it's still pretty.  You can see the original card here.  

This was very easy to make.  The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Early Espresso card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Early Espresso card stock cut 5" x 3-3/4". Yup, you read that right, Early Espresso on top of Early Espresso.  I think I would have chosen Cajun Craze for the base instead, but I was just going by what I saw, because what I saw I did like.  And the top layer is Very Vanilla.

I stamped the flowers on the Very Vanilla using Early Espresso ink and stamping off twice before I stamped on the card stock.  Then I added a 1-1/2" x 3-3/4"piece of "Painted Autumn" Decorative Series Paper (DSP).  I stamped the words from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set using Early Espresso ink.  I taped it to the Early Espresso piece of card stock and then tied some jute around it and knotted it.  

I stamped another flower using Crushed Curry first and then Tangerine Tango on top of that.  The center of the flower is Early Espresso.  Then the flower was die cut using the stitched circle die.

Next I stamped the leaves and the leaf veins using Lemon Line Twist.  I punched them out and set them on the back of the die cut circle using Dimensionals.  The Dimensionals were on double duty.  There were to raise the flower up and at the same time the stems caught a little of it and it held them in place as well.  And for the final step, I added Dimensionals to the back of the front panel and set it in place and the card was done. 

I still like how this card looks, even though my background is a little darker.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Seasonal Layers from the Colorful Season Bundle, Fall Masculine Card, Polished Stone Technique

Here is another "Polished Stone" technique sample.  With the return of the glossy card stock, it's fun to play with some of these old techniques.  Though Stampin' Up! does not carry the gold or silver inkers anymore, the technique had to be modified.  Water was used instead of rubbing alcohol and Wink of Stella was used instead of the gold or silver inkers.  And as usual, other colors of inkers were used.

This card was from the latest swap I attended at Terri's Technique night.  Tanya was the designer of this fun card. The base of her card is Crushed Curry, then the glossy card stock that was colored using the new technique. She added a strip of Pumpkin Pie and on top of that is a piece of the burlap ribbon.  She die cut three leaves, one of Crushed Curry, one of Cajun Craze and one of Pumpkin Pie.  She tied a linen bow at the end of the leaf stems.  It's a pretty simple card to make.  You can see my swap card here.  I used a strip of the technique card stock on my card. 

The original "Polished Stone" technique instructions can be found here.  

This is a fun and effective technique to play with.  Give it a try.  I do highly recommend rubber gloves or your fingers could get just as colorful as the glossy card stock!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, October 20, 2017

Hometown Greetings, Oh What Fun, Christmas Card, Polished Stone Technique

I'm trying not to make too many Christmas cards right now. It's still Halloween and fall, so I want to concentrate more on those two themes for now.  I have a few fun sets to use and I want to make sure I play with them enough because more than likely they will not find their way to the new 2018-2019 Catalog.

This is a very simple card to make.  Once the Polished Stone Technique is dry then you can cut the circle. You can see how to do the Polished Stone technique by clicking here. What I did here was I die cut the house line from the "Hometown Greetings" Edgelets set using Whisper White card stock.  The Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper would be pretty too, but you can't stamp the words on the bottom part.  If I would have opted to go that way, I would have moved the house line down so more of the sky was visible and then I would have just stamped the words on the card base.

So, after I got the house line die cut, I used a large round die and cut the sky piece and the edgelet images at the same time. I stamped the words from the "Oh, What Fun" set using Night of Navy ink and then I taped those two pieces together.

I added Dimensionals to the back and taped it to a half sheet of Whisper White that was cut on the short side at 4-1/4".  This card opens from the bottom. And that was it.  Why didn't I think of this card earlier?  I could be done with my Christmas cards by now!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Guy Greetings, Masculine Birthday Card, Tarnished Foil Technique

I saw this "Tarnished Foil" technique and had to give it a try. I found a card on Pinterest showing the beautiful image and I wondered how the background was done and what it was called. You can see that card I found here. And P.S., I didn't copy that card, I created my own. Mostly because the images used in the linked card are retired. 

There's several steps to creating this technique.  First I took a piece of the silver foil card stock. I cut it 4" x 5-1/4".  I should not have cut it at all.  That way you can trim up the edges nicer. 

Next I ran it through the Big Shot using the wood grain embossing folder.

Then you take your StazOn black pad and run it over the surface. I did press harder on the wider areas of the embossed piece.  Then you take your embossing buddy and wipe it over the whole card.

Next you take your Versa Mark pad and tap it all over the place.  I think it would look better if you swirled it instead of tapped it, then you don't get those sharp corner edges from the pad.  Now sprinkle it with silver embossing powder and heat it up.

Take your StazOn pad and go over it again, followed by the stamping buddy.  Then you take the Versa Mark pad again and tap around the front.  This time you will be adding copper embossing powder.  I had to take my fingers and rub some off where it was looking like there were sharp corners.  You can rub off as little or as much as you want.  Then use your embossing heat tool and melt the powder.  I found the copper to be thicker than the silver, so I stopped and brushed off more of the powder before I continued.  And your final step is to go over the top with the black StazOn again.  And you are done. It's not hard to do, just a lot of steps to get there!

The base of my card is a folded half sheet of Cajun Craze.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black.  On top of that is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of the finished Silver Foil card stock.  I taped the foil piece to the black and I added the black glitter ribbon. Then I wrapped and tied the copper thread. I ran the thread around the card about 6 or 7 times and tied it in a knot on the front.

I decided to use the "Guy Greetings" set.  I stamped the car and words using Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  Then I die cut them with the oval Framelits.  And I die cut scalloped ovals for the layer.  I set those in place using Dimensionals and my card was done!!!  I LOVE the look of this technique and it is SO much prettier in person.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Colorful Season, Seasonal Layers, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Masculine Birthday Card, Marbling Technique

Well, if this wasn't a fun and simple looking card.  It actually wasn't that bad to make either.  It's done kind of like you would with polished stone, except you use water on the cotton ball with the ink refills. I used the heat tool to dry the card stock faster.  Yes, card stock, not glossy paper, just regular Whisper White card stock.

After the paper was dry I stamped the skeleton leaf image from the "Colorful Season" set, using Cajun Craze ink.  Then I die cut it out using "Seasonal Layers" Thinlits die. 

I set the leaf in place but didn't affix it. I wanted to see where it should go so I could stamp the words.  I stamped the words using Cajun Craze ink and they were from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set.  I used Dimensionals behind the leaf and set it in place above the words.  And that was it.

The colors I used on the leaf were Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip and Tangerine Tango.  My cotton ball was pretty wet (with water). I did use a rubber glove.  If you don't have any, grab a sandwich bag or some other type of plastic bag and use it to pick up the cotton ball.  

This was very fun to make.  I wish I would have colored a larger piece of card stock.  My piece was only 2-1/8" x 2-3/4".  I was going to use that as a background layer.  Don't add any green to your inks. I thought it would look great, boy was I wrong. I tossed it and started over.  More yellows could be added, but stay away from the greens.  Have fun with this.  

Thank you SO very much for visiting today,

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Colorful Season, Seasonal Layers, Rose Wonder, Masculine Birthday Card, Polishes Stone Technique

This was a fun card to make.  It's my swap card for tonight. It has lots of pieces.  I suppose if you were only making one it wouldn't seem like lots, but I had a number of them to make and I thought it was a lot of die cut work.  But I also thought it was SO worth it!!  I do like how the card turned out.

First I did the "Polished Stone" technique.  And you can see how to do the polished stone technique by clicking here.  I set them aside to dry while I worked on the other elements of the card.

First I stamped the leaves and then die cut them out.  Then I sponged the edges.  You can see how I did the leaves by clicking here.  

The words are from the "Rose Wonder" set and I used the oval die to cut them out and the scalloped oval for the Cajun Craze layer behind it.

I cut a 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" square of Chocolate Chip card stock to go under the leaves.  I worked off that square to assemble the leaves.  The first two leaves were just taped on, the third one was set in place with a Dimensional. The Copper Foil leaf frame was set in place with a glue dot and the little Garden Green leaf was glued in place.

I added the word layers.  I used Dimensionals only at the bottom of the oval.  Assembling them was fun, not to mention it was the last thing you do before the card is finished!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, October 16, 2017

Guy Greetings, Masculine Birthday Card

I found this super easy and quick masculine card on Pinterest.  You can see the original card here.  I thought it looked like it would be an easy card to make since there's not a lot to it.  It is!

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Wild Wasabi card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Garden Green card stock.  You will also need a scrap piece of Basic Black cut 4" x 1-3/8".  And then your Decorative Series Paper (DSP).  Mine is from the "Wood Texture" DSP 6" x 6" pack.  The piece I used here was cut 1-1/2" x 4".

I taped the DSP to the Basic Black piece.  I taped that piece in place on the Garden Green card stock about 1-1/4" from the top.  Then I got out my scoring board and marked to little scorelines on each side of the DSP layer.  I turned the card stock over, found those lines and scored them on the backside.  It just looked nicer with the grooves on the front instead. I stamped the words from the "Guy Greetings" set using Basic Black ink and I taped the Garden Green layer to the Wild Wasabi base.  And that was it.  Such a super quick and easy card to make!

Now I'm off to work on my card for the Tuesday night swap.

Thank you SO much for stopping by,

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Colorful Season Bundle, 2017 Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog, Masculine Birthday Card

I found this fun layout on Pinterest.  You can see the original card here.  I should have used the smaller squares, but oh well, I know better now.  I love how quick and easy this card was to make.  How fun would this layout be with other focal images?  I'm going to have to give it a try some other time.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I die cut the 4 stitched squares using Soft Suede card stock.

The leaf is copper foil card stock and was die cut using the "Colorful Season" bundle.  I LOVE that bundle, it's so fun to play with and has several seasons in it!  I set that leaf in place using a Dimensional.

The words are from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set and I stamped them using Soft Suede ink.  And that was it.  A very fun and quick card to make.  I can't wait to play with this layout again but using the next size smaller square.  Stay tuned for that one!!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Painted Harvest, Birthday Card, 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I took a photo of a card SO much like this at Terri's wonderful Stamp a Stack on Thursday. She has lots of cards on display.  The Stamp-a-Stack was such a fun time. I'll share those cards with you as the days go on.  I have a few others to share with you first.  There is Holiday Stamp-a-Stack coming up next month.  If you live in or near the Champlain or Brooklyn Park area I would love for you to come and meet you there. I know some of you have asked to meet me.  I'll post when the next one is and then you can email me for more details.  You can always email me anytime with any questions.  My email is found on the right sidebar under "Got a question".  

So, now let's talk about this fun card.  I took a photo of it because I knew I wanted to copy it.  I wanted to use that Decorative Series Paper (DSP). It was one in the package that I was struggling with because I found it a bit too busy for my taste.  But when I saw this card I knew I could use at least a little of the 2 matching sheets in the "Painted Autumn" DSP 12" x 12" pack.  

I stamped the flower from the "Painted Harvest" set using Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze ink. The center of the flower and the words were stamped using Soft Suede.  The words are from the "Rose Wonder" set.  It's one of my go to sets for a fun birthday greeting.

The base of this card is a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a piece of Chocolate Chip (or you can use Early Espresso), cut 2-3/4" x 5-1/4".  The Crushed Curry piece of card stock was cut 2-1/2" x 5" and the DSP was cut 2-1/4" x 4-3/4".  I taped those layers together and set them on top of the card front.  I stamped the words on and then I taped the layers to the card front. I needed to see where the words went before taping. I could have taped than stamped but somehow I always ruin the stamping. It must be some mental thing because when I don't tape first I don't mess up!!!  Strange, huh?  LOL  

Next I die cut the flower and added a scalloped Cajun Craze circle for a layer behind it.  Then I set it in place on the card using Dimensionals.  I tied a knot in a piece of Crushed Curry "Mini Chevron" ribbon and I set it in place with a glue dot.  And that was it.  Super fun and very easy!  Plus it's a great masculine birthday card.  It would also make a great thinking of you card or even a sympathy card.

Thank you ever so much for visiting today,

Friday, October 13, 2017

Night in Bethlehem, Polished Stone Technique

Do you remember the "Polished Stone Technique"?  Well, now with the glossy card stock back in the catalog we can do polished stone once again!!  For this technique, on this particular card, we did it a little bit differently.  We used water on the cotton ball and the inkers as you normally would but we used "Wink of Stella" for the shimmery part.  It's VERY pretty on here and I do like how it looked. Of course, this photo does not do the card justice.

The "Night in Bethlehem" set was used here.  The city and star were cut out using the silver foil paper.  The star was set in place using a Dimensional and the city was just taped in place.

Give this technique a try.  I think I'm going to do this technique for the swap next week. I have an idea for a card in my head. I hope it turns out on paper what I'm seeing in my head!!! LOL

The instructions for the polished stone technique can be found by clicking here.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Beautiful Bouquet, Butterfly Thinlit, Birthday Card

This was a super fun and easy birthday card to make.  This photo does not do the card justice. The butterfly was die cut using the silver glitter paper.  It's VERY elegant looking.  It would make a lovely wedding or anniversary card too.

The base of this card is a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Smoky Slate card stock.  On top of that is the 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock.  

Smoky Slate ink was used to make the splatters.  They were from the "Timeless Textures" set.  You need to stamp a lot of them because the stamp is rather small.

Next the silver foil strip was added.  It measures 5" x 1/2".  Then the butterfly was die cut and set in place with Dimensionals.  And lastly the words were from the "Beautiful Bouquet" set and were stamped using Smoky Slate ink. They were die cut using the oval Framelits and the scalloped layer was done using Smoky Slate card stock. The words were taped together and set in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  Ya gotta love those super easy and yet very elegant looking cards.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Painted Harvest, You've Got This, Get Well Card

I was thinking about making a Halloween card today because there's only 20 more days until Halloween and I haven't made that many cards.  Not that I need that many but I do like to make Halloween cards in October!  But my brain had another idea instead.

I saw the "Painted Harvest" set sitting out and thought I would play with it. There's so many fun color combinations you can use with this set.  Here I used Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango.  I  like those two colors together.  I wanted to make an actual flower so I hunted in my sets for a nice stem.  I was going to use the "Tranquil Tulips" set but I didn't really like the stem and leaves.  Especially the stem, it was too thin to support a big sunflower like this.  So I kept looking and then I ran across the "You've Got This" set and liked that stem so much better.  I stamped the stem using Pear Pizzazz ink.  I did have to mask a bit of the top part of the image off.  The stem and flower are one piece on that stamp.  I colored in the leaf with the Pear Pizzazz marker.  The center of the flower is Soft Suede.

The words are from my computer.  I need to finish getting the word sets done and in my web store but there's so many other things occupying my time lately.  But I will eventually get them done.  I die cut them out and I also die cut a Chocolate Chip scalloped piece for the back layer. 

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Chocolate Chip card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock.  I was going to go with Tangerine Tango but once I set the card stock in place it was too dark.  The Crushed Curry ink mellowed out the Tangerine Tango ink in the flower and the fusion of the two made Pumpkin Pie card stock look much better.

I taped the Whisper White stamped piece in place.  That piece was cut 3-3/4" x 5".  And then I set the words in place using Dimensionals.

And that was it. Pretty simple and just plain pretty!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Creep it Real, Halloween Card

I was having some fun with the "Creep it Real" set.  I thought I would play with some of the other images in the set.  I LOVE the candy corn images, even though I'm not a big fan of eating candy corn.  

The "trick or treat" words have the three little candies on the stamp.  If you just wanted the words, you can mask off the candy.  I thought the candy was cute, though as I look at the card now I think I should have masked it off, they really don't blend in well with the candy corn.  Oh well.  I think it's cute the way it is.

I didn't buy any Halloween Decorative Series Paper (DSP).  My DSP came from the "Painted Autumn" DSP 12" x 12" pack.  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Tangerine Tango.  On top of that is the DSP and then a 2-1/4" x 3-3/4" piece of Basic Black and the top layer is a 3-3/4" x 2" piece of Whisper White.

This was super easy to make, even with the coloring.  Sometimes I love to color and other times I don't.  I guess it just depends what mood I'm in.  And today I was in the mood for a little coloring.  I used Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight markers.  It went pretty fast too! 

It was a fun card to make and I do like how it turned out.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, October 09, 2017

Colorful Season, Double Dutch Door Technique

Today I'm going to share with you a card I made at one of Terri's Tuesday Technique Nights.  This is called the "Double Dutch Door" technique.  It's super easy to do too! You can find the instructions to do this technique here.

The color used here is Old Olive.  The Decorative Series Paper (DSP) is from the "Color Theory" pack.  This DSP comes in a 6" x 6" stack.  I LOVE these stacks, there is a lot of paper in them and I have yet to use one up!

The leaf is from the Colorful Season" set.  Well, it's actually from the "Seasonal Layers" Thinlits set.  It's die cut using the gold foil paper.  You really can't see that in the photo, but the gold foil is REALLY pretty on here.

The top layers are set in place using Dimensionals.  Make sure you only use tape or Dimensionals on the upper part or you will tape your card shut!  (Been there, done that! and not so proud of it!  LOL).

It's a very simple and fun technique to do, so give it a try!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,