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Friday, August 26, 2016

An In the Meadow and Flourishing Phrases Masculine Sympathy Card and Sponged Panel Technique

Here is another card I copied from the "Really Robin Stamps" site.  On August 23rd I had made a card from her site using this "Sponged Panel" technique.  I liked the cards I saw on there so I had to make a couple of them.  They are fun and quick to do too.  And I like the effect.  You can take an image that you would often color in and not even have to do that!! How great is that?  LOL

You can find the instructions for this card here. It's all the same except for a different image from the "In the Meadow" set. 

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 2016 Paper Pumpkin Alternate Friendship Card

There's some pieces in my August 2016 "Paper Pumpkin" kit that I didn't care to use.  I don't have much use for smaller cards so I thought I would take the pieces and make up my own card.

I did use the large Mint Macaron piece for the base of the card.  I took a piece of Cajun Craze card stock and cut a layer to fit the piece I cut from the medium size card in the kit. That piece is printed on both sides so you can make 6 cards like this with it.  I don't plan to do that because this card is just "okay".  I have other ideas to try with this kit.  

I used the strip of Cajun Craze that came in the kit and I took the little wooden leafy looking thing and tied a piece of the Early Espresso string to it and set it in place with a pop up glue dot that I folded in half.  A Dimensional might have been a better choice, but they were not in front of me at the time!!!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Rose Wonder and Flourish Thinlits Birthday Card

I found this fun card at Deborah's "Cards Paper and Scraps" blog.  And as usual, I did change it a little.  Mostly because I was using what I had.  I didn't have the same words she used (I don't know what set her words were from, she didn't list it). I used the words from the "Rose Wonder set and made it work.

I didn't have the same decorative paper for the left side, so I used some from the Neutrals 12" x 12" stack.  

I didn't have the Emerald Green enamel dots.  So I took some pearls and a dark red Sharpie marker and colored them in.

There were a couple of things on this card that I thought were a new and fun idea.  I liked how the leaf hung over the word panel.  Probably not so new but it's not done very often.  I also like how the border piece behind the words was left solid instead of open like it's suppose to be.  It made for a nice border edging.  I thought it was a bit tough to keep all of the pieces in place.  I even tried the Press & Seal paper.  That was a HUGE mistake.  I ended up running it though my Big Shot and then turning the plates upside down so the little pieces would stay in place. Then I cut a 1/4" strip of Basic Black card stock and ran tape across it.  I set it in place on the backside of the border piece and carefully removed it from the Thinlit.  A few pieces didn't want to stick so I had to press them in place and try again.  It took a couple of minutes but I did get it to work.

I like how the card turned out. It's a little different than Deborah's but it's still pretty much the same!!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

An In the Meadow and Flourishing Phrases Masculine Sympathy Card and Sponged Panel Technique

I have not done a sponged panel card in a very long time.  I used my square dies to cut out the center of a piece of card stock so I could use it as a template.  

I used post it notes and wrapped them from the front to the back to hold the frame template in place.  Then I sponged the ink on. First I used Soft Sky and sponged the whole area in. Next I used Marina Mist and sponged from the top to somewhere near the middle.  And at the very top I sponged in some Pacific Point ink.  

I removed the mask and stamped the trees from "In the Meadow" set.  That is a set I have not used as much as I had hoped to when I bought it.  I usually buy a couple of masculine sets because I never seem to have enough masculine cards in my stash, let alone masculine sympathy cards.

The words are from the "Flourishing Phrases" set.  

I found this fun card at "Really Robin Stamps."   And as usual I did change it a little.  Of course the sky part will always be changed, there's now way to make the two exactly the same.  And I added a White Enamel Dot that I colored in with a black Sharpie marker, instead of a button.  I didn't order any of the current buttons.  I'm trying to make do without.  I have so many retired things here that I need to sell. UGH!!  Oh, and there's two more fun cards on that site using the framed template.  I am going to make one of them and when I do I will share it with you. 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

A Timeless Textures and Wetlands Birthday Card

While surfing for something else on the internet, I ran across this fun card.  I LOVED the black and grays in this card.  The original card can be found here at Danielle's "Mrs. Brightside" web site.  I changed it a little.  She used Washi tape on her card.  I didn't buy the black Washi tape.  Though I do like it but I doubt I will be adding it to my wish list.  I have a ton of Washi tape that retires before I can use it all  up. I don't need anymore right now.  So what I did instead was I added black Baker's Twine to the front of the card.  I also changed the focal part of the card.

I used the birthday greetings from the "Wetlands" stamp set. I used the oval circle and scalloped Framelits on the words. I set them in place using Dimensionals.

This is a pretty simple card to make and I just LOVE the grays and black.  The lacy leaf looking thing was stamped using Soft Smoke. The "coffee rings" image was stamped using Basic Gray ink. The dots were done using Memento black ink.  I stamped the words in black.

I think I would like to do this in another color combo sometime.  I have a feeling I won't be parting with this card, I REALLY like how it looks!!!!

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Papillon Potpourri and August 2016 Paper Pumpkin Alternate Card

I got my August Paper Pumpkin kit last week and I didn't have time to play with it.  I opened it up and was delighted that it was filled with card stuff instead of 3D things.  I prefer to make cards with my kit.

The brightly colored focal piece is really a pocket card that I trimmed up so I could use it on a full size card.  There's 3 of those pocket cards in the kit. They are printed on both sides so I can make 6 focal pieces with it.  I may make one pocket card but I'm not sure. For now I'm going to play with them cut up.

I stamped the "For You" that came in the kit.  I used Memento Black ink on it. The kit came with Early Espresso.

For my background I stamped the little flower that came in the kit. I used Smoky Slate and I stamped off once before I stamped it on the card.

I stamped the butterfly from the "Papillon Potpourri" set using the Smoky Slate ink directly from the pad.  Then I punched it out.  The main color in the focal piece is Mint Macaron, so I used that for the back border layer, the focal piece layer and for the butterfly.  I set the focal piece and the butterfly in place using Dimensionals.  I added some pearls to the butterfly and that was it.

You can see other Paper Pumpkin ideas here.  

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Thoughtful Branches and Hardwood Background Masculine Stamp a Stack Card

Today I'm going to share with you a card I made at Terri's terrific Stamp a Stack a couple of weeks ago. I have a lot of fun making her cards. She keeps them simple enough and yet inviting and pretty.  Well, this one isn't "pretty", I don't call masculine cards "pretty."  This card is very nice and attractive.  

We used Whisper White card stock for the base. Then we stamped the "Hardwood" background on using Memento Black ink.

Then the trees are from the new "Thoughtful Branches" set and were stamped using the Memento Black ink.  They were set in place with double sided tape. Then we tore a piece of Basic Black card stock and added it to the bottom of the focal panel using Dimensionals.  The whole panel was set in place on the card using Dimensionals.  

And that was it.  Super easy, super fun and a very nice looking masculine card.  It can be used for a number of occasions.  A birthday, thinking of you, thank you, get well and even a sympathy card.  I had a great time at the Stamp a Stack and this was another great card!!

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Friday, August 19, 2016

A Gift of Love, Flourishing Phrases and Papillon Potpourri Friendship Card

I found this fun card on the internet.  I had most of the stuff to make it, so I thought I'd give it a try. I loved the layout and I think that is want attracted me to this card.  I did change it a little. I didn't have the same words and I added a butterfly instead of a bow.  You can see the original card here at "Beth's Fancy Stamping."  
For this card you need a folded half sheet of Blushing Bride.  Then a 1/4 piece of Whisper White cut down to 4" x 5-1/4".  I used the lacy looking border from the "Flourish" thinlits.  The border is not long enough to go across the card. I cut it and hid the space under the focal panel. 

The flower is from the "Gift of Love" Hostess set.  It's a two step stamping set.  What that means is you don't need to color.  Just stamp the outline part and then add the color using the other coordinating stamps in the set.  I have the clear set (I'm not sure if that's the only way it comes) and you can see through the clear block to know exactly where you are going to add the second step. And you don't need a Stamp-a-ma-jig to do it!!

The words are from the "Flourishing Phrases" set.  I took a sharpie marker and added some soft pink to the pearls to give them some color.  I set the focal panel, the word circles and the butterfly in place using Dimensionals.  

I thought it was fun layout to play with and I do like how it turned out.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Love You Lots, Swirly Scribbles and Teeny Tiny Wishes Thinking of You Card

I found a fun card on Pinterest that had a cute frog on it and used this layout.  I found the card at "The Paper Players" but there was no direct link to the card I saw.  I looked around for it for a little while but then I just had to give up. See why it's important to link directly from the image you are posting on Pinterest than linking from the entire site.  If you want your card visible, you need to link directly.

For my card I used a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. The background layer is from the "Serene Scenery" paper stack.  On top of that I added a layer of Crumb Cake and then another piece of paper from the "Serene Scenery" pack.  

I used the "Swirly Scribbles" circle like "thing" dies. I cut the large one using Wild Wasabi and the smaller one I used Pool Party card stock.

The frog is from the "Love You Lots" Hostess set. I fussy cut it out. I colored it in using the Wild Wasabi marker and a blender pen.  I set him in place using Dimensionals.

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set. I used a strip of Wild Wasabi behind it and I set that in place using Dimensionals.

This was a very fun card to make, even with the fussy cutting.  I like how it turned out.  It's not the same frog as the original card but it's a current one from the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! catalog.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Wetlands Masculine Birthday Card

Today I am going to share with you one of the cards I made at Terri's VERY fun Technique Tuesday nights.  The technique used here is the "Shaker Card".  I had not done one of those in a long time and it was a fun refresher class to take. Plus Stampin' Up! has that new "Foam Adhesive Strips" package. Those strips are nice, they bend so you can form the circles you need.  

The tree embossing folder was used here and I'm not sure what set the bird is from (obviously I don't own it or I'd know - well, that may not always be true either, I don't know what I own until I look! I looked, I don't own it!).  The words are from the "Wetlands" set.  I use those words often. I like the two different fonts on it and I LOVE the size of it.  It's my go to set for Happy Birthday wording.

This was a fun technique to do.  Yesterday I posted the card I made for the swap. You can see that card here. There you will also find instructions on how you can make your own.

Today's card was made by Mary.  I LOVE it when I receive masculine cards.  This one is perfect!!!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Stylized Happy Birthday Shaker Technique Card

Tonight I am at Terri's very fun and informative "Tuesday Technique" night.  I'm excited to see what two techniques she has for the group!!!  Last time the group met we made the "Vellum View" technique (you can see my "Velllum View" card here) and the "Shaker Card" technique (you can see the shaker card here).  I had not done a shaker card in a very long time. I like them on a card, it gives the card a little interaction with the one who receives it.  I misspoke when I said I like shaker cards.  After making a dozen of these, that thought is on hold for a while!!! LOL  I don't know why I think I have to make cards with TONS of pieces for swaps!!!  Maybe because I did like the looks of the card.  Okay, to be honest, it is fun (to make one!!!).  LOL

For my card I used the "Stylized Birthday" set for the words. I was SO glad that Stampin' Up! had a large happy birthday stamp again, I love working with it.

The balloons were made using the balloon punch.  I first punched out the small balloon and then lined up the larger one over it and centered it as much as I could and punched it out.  Then I had to punch out a full large balloon for the backing.  Once I had my pieces cut out, I took a piece of "Window Sheet" and glued it to the inside of the balloon ring. If you are making just one card you will need to let it dry for a little while.  If you're making a bunch like I did, by the time you are done the first ones you did will be dry or dry enough.  Trim the "Window Sheet" to fit the balloon.  I don't recommend using your punch for the "Window Sheets".  I used a punch on them once and my punch got ruined.  They trim up pretty fast. 

Next I took the new "Foam Adhesive Strips" and I cut then in half the long way, so they weren't as wide.  If I would have used them right from the package you would see them and have a sticky mess all over the place.  I put the foam around the balloon.

I punched out some stars from the star border punch using the white glitter paper.  I piled the stars up in the middle of the solid balloon.  I made sure the glitter was facing up. The first one I didn't and I thought shaking would make them turn but they don't.  Then I hovered over the balloon and stuck the balloon frame to the balloon back.  And that's it.  Repeat for as many balloons as  you need or can stand to make!!! LOL

I set the words in place using regular Dimenisonals and the balloons were set in place using mini glue dots.  I wanted something stronger than snail tape.  

I do like how this card turned out and I think it will be a fun swap card!

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Monday, August 15, 2016

A Flower Patch, Flourishing Phrases and Playful Pallet Washi Tape Congratulations Card

Okay, before you say anything, I will confess to you how much I do NOT pay attention to things.  I stamped the flower using Peekaboo Peach ink and then I fussy cut it out. I didn't need to, I also have the Thinlit dies that go with the set.  Duh! And it's not that I couldn't find it.  I have it rubber banded to the set and I took the rubber band off and had it around my wrist.  Not one of those clues eluded me to look at the dies to see if I didn't have to fussy cut!!! LOL  Okay, now with that confession aside, I would have had to fussy cut the center 5 petal piece.  I had stamped the image twice and cut the center flower out.  It wasn't my original thought but when I saw there was a piece of lint or something that was on the stamp and transferred to the paper, I had to either re-stamp the image or cover it up somehow.  I thought about taking some ink and tapping it on so it would blend but sometimes that shows, so I decided to stamp the image again, making sure I got the center on my scrap piece of card stock, and I cut it out by hand.  It wasn't bad, after all, I had just cut the big flower!!! LOL

I cut my card stock as follows.  I used a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock.  Then i took a piece of the Flirty Flamingo and cut it 4" x 5-1/4".  Then I took a piece of Blushing Bride and cut it 3-3/4" x 5".  And the focal Whisper White piece was cut 3-5/8" x 4-7/8".  

Next I took the "Playful Petals" Washi tape and set it across the panel at an angle.  I set the flower on where I wanted it but didn't set it in place yet.  I wanted to see where to stamp the Emerald Envy leaf. Then I set the flower in place using a Dimensional.  The center flower piece was added with a Dimensional as well. I added a pearl to the center of that.  

The words are from the "Flourishing Phrases" set.  I do have to admit, that is a great set to have.  Lots of fun words to use on a large variety of cards.  And that was it!  If I had used the die to cut the flower it would have gone much faster but all in all it really didn't take long to make. I do like how it turned out!

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

A Tin of Cards Congratulations Stamp a Stack Card

Today I'm going to share with you another card I made at Terri's fun Stamp a Stack last week.  These are super easy and fun Congratulations cards.  There were other words to pick from but this is what I liked best for my cards. 

The decorative paper is from the "Moroccan' Designer Series Paper.  I have not purchased that paper but now that I see it in smaller pieces, I am liking it much more.  I thought the sheets looked too busy and I need to stop and remind myself to step outside the box and see the "smaller" picture instead of the big one!  These sure did make a festive looking card!

We used the 'Decorative Label Punch" on the Early Espresso words and set them in place with Dimensionals. 

See, I told you it was super easy and fun!!

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

A Watercolor Wash Background Birthday Card

Today I am going to share with you a card I made at Terri's FABULOUS Stamp a Stack a couple of nights ago.  She always has such fun and creative cards.  Some are quick to make and some take a little bit longer but there's not that take so much time that you don't like making it.  I LOVE layers so I'm okay with any type of cards.  But there are times when I'm just ready for some quick and simple ones.  

This one was easy to do.  First we stamped the background using Smoky Slate.

Next we stamped the words and punched the ends of the Whisper White card stock and the Sweet Sugarplum card stock.  Those two were taped together and then the string was added. 

The butterfly was punched from Sweet Sugarplum decorative paper and set in place with a dimensional. 3 pearls were added to the butterfly and that was it.  Easy peasy. Quick and cute!!!

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