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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Beautiful You, Birthday Card, 2017 Occasions Catalog

I saw a fun card (looks a lot like this one  LOL) on the net and I wanted to try to duplicate it.  The original card can be found here.  It has a stitched or faux stitched edge around the Crumb Cake card stock.  I didn't have the means to make the edges like that, so I just left them plain.  But they really do need a little something.  I suppose I could have sponged them.  It's too late now, the top layer is set in place using Dimensionals, and there's no getting it off without marking up that piece.  So it is what it is.

The base of my card is Whisper White.  I stamped the image and then used the new Watercolor Pencils.  I blended the color in using a blender pen.  For the skin I used the Calypso Coral color.  I lightly colored it on the skin areas and used the blender pen to soften the color.  There was no pink in the pack so, I had to do the best I could.  I'm glad that color worked because I LOVE using watercolor pencils.

The words came from the set.  It's a fun set and there's LOTS of images and words to play with.  I have seen many cards that I want to try to make.  Plus I'd like to come up with some original ones too!!

This was a super easy card to make. I do like the look of it.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Moon Baby, Baby Boy Card, 2017 Occasions Catalog

Today I thought I would give another image from the "Moon Baby" set a try.  I LOVE this sleeping baby on the moon. Since I made a girl card yesterday, I thought I would try a boy one today.  Though I think I may make one of these in pink and one in a green, maybe Pear Pizzazz, a soft green, so I have one for those who don't know what they are having.

For this card I used a folded half sheet of Basic Black cardstock.  Then I added a 4" x 5-1/5" of Bermuda Bay decorative paper from the 12" x 12" stacks.  I stamped the image on a 3" x 3-1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock. Then I colored the images in. I was going to add some Dazzling Diamonds to the stars but I decided not to.  I still might do it though, I think it could use a little sparkle.

Once I colored the image in, I layered it on a piece 3-1/8" x 3-3/8" piece of Basic Black cardstock.  I stamped the words and used the oval dies to cut them out plus the scalloped layer behind it.  I taped the baby panel in place on top of the decorative paper.  And for the words, I used Dimensionals behind them to give the card some depth. Originally I was going to have the card landscape instead of portrait but I couldn't get the words to look right on it, so I turned the cardstock and this is what I ended up with.  I like it, I think it turned out just fine.

The inside of the card reads: "do you know how loved you are?"  Isn't that just the sweetest?  

This was a fun card to make and I could see myself making some more.  They were fun and easy enough to do.

Thank you ever so much for stopping by today,

Monday, January 16, 2017

Baby Moon, Baby Girl Card

I am going to be in need of a girl baby shower card so I thought I would try to get a jump on things this year and be prepared.  I am going to make a pair of cute baby booties (I'll show you them when I finish them) and go shopping for something else.  But I wanted to make a card and this is what I came up with.

I used the "Baby Moon" set.  I have not played with it yet and thought I'd better.  I think this is the first baby set I've bought in a long time.  I don't usually make baby cards, but that doesn't mean that people don't shop for them.  So I plan to make some for the fall craft fairs.  

This card was very easy to make and I wish I would have "assembly lined" it.  Cutting all the pieces at the same time. But I didn't know where I was going with the image before I started.  But it was simple enough so I can make a few more easily.  The paper is still sitting out (like that surprises you!!! LOL), and of course, the stamp set is not put away!!!  That's SO me!

I used Basic Black cardstock for the base, Whisper White cardstock for the top of the front and the image.  And I used Pink Pirouette decorative paper from the 12" x 12" stack.  My stack is getting thinner but it's still pretty full.  I LOVE those stacks but I do need to use them more.  I cut my decorative paper piece 3" x  4".

This set has stars in it, so I used Daffodil Delight and stamped some stars on the top panel.  The words are also in the set and I stamped them using black Memento ink. The top panel was cut 2-1/4" x 4".  It was set in place right on top of the Basic Black card base.  

I stamped and colored in the baby. I used a 2" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock and a 2-1/8" x 4-1/8" piece of Basic Black cardstock for the layer.  

I tied a ribbon around the focal panel.  I used some retired ribbon.  I thought I should start using it up, you demonstrators who read my blog will just substitute it with current ribbon.  I substitute ribbon all the time because I don't have it.  And after giving it some thought, I figured that using retired ribbon is about the same thing, it will be replace by current or other ribbon by someone else that does not have the same product used in photos!  SO on that note, I will be using some of my retired ribbons now and then.  Once the ribbon was tied on, I added Dimensionals to the back and set the panel in place.  That was it.  Super easy, super quick and pretty darn cute!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Flourishing Thinlits, Falling in Love DSP, Get Well Card

Simple cards at their best!!!  I had a left over piece of scrap from yesterday's "Bloomin' Love" card so I thought I would use it on today's card since the Perfect Plum color went well with it. 

I die cut the image using the "Flourishing" Thinlits die.  I did use waxed paper between the die and the cardstock to make it easier to remove from the die.  And yes, it REALLY does help!

The base of my card is Perfect Plum.  I added a layer of Very Vanilla cut 5-3/8" x 4-1/4".  Then I trimmed up the edge of my scrap "Falling in Love" Decorative Series Paper (DSP).  I trimmed 1/8" inch off so it measured 2" x 5-1/4".  

I glued the flourish in place.  To do this in a neat way that will cover the whole image, you need to spread some glue on a piece of waxed paper.  I spread the glue and folded the waxed paper in half. Then I took my bone folder and spread the glue evenly, you don't want thick blobs.  I made sure my piece of waxed paper was big enough for my image first.  Once the clue was spread I opened the waxed paper and then set my piece on top. I took another piece of waxed paper around the same size, preferably larger and pressed it on top. I ran my hand over the are to make sure the glue got to every part.  Then I removed the top piece of waxed paper.  I picked up the bottom piece and rolled it a bit so my image would lift off it.  I took that edge and gently pulled my image from the glue.  I set the image in place and pressed to make sure it stuck.  So quick and SO neat, oh and pretty easy too!!

The words were done on my computer.  Today I worked on the "Get Well Soon" wording for the PDF file I'm creating to add to my web store.  The one in there was designed for the 1-1/4" punch and scalloped circle punch.  It's an okay set of words but it's time for something new and fun.

I printed the words out on Very Vanilla cardstock.  Then I used the stitched oval to punch them out.  I used the scalloped oval die and Crumb Cake cardstock for the back layer. I set the words in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  Pretty simple. Not a lot of pieces and it was a quick card to put together.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Bloomin' Love, Anniversary Card

I made this card for our son and daughter-in-laws anniversary.  I can't believe it's been 5 years already.  Time is flying by SO fast.  

This was a very fun card to make and not all that difficult either.  I used Crumb Cake cardstock for the base.  Then a piece of Very Vanilla cut at 5-3/8" x 4-1/4".  I trimmed up a piece of the "Falling in Love" Decorative Series Paper (DSP) to 5-1/4" x 4".

I die cut the heart using the "Bloomin' Hearts" Thinlits and Sweet Sugarplum cardstock.  

The heart in the center was done by using the heart image from the "Bloomin' Love" stamp set.  It was stamped using Sweet Sugarplum ink and stamped off once, on Very Vanilla cardstock.  Then it was cut out using the "Hearts" Framelits. When I cut the hearts out I cut the flowers out at the same time.  I sponged the edges of the center of the flowers using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  I put them together and set them in place with tiny glue dots.  I set a half pearl in the center of each.  I also use glue dots to set the larger lacy looking heart in place.  

For the Very Vanilla heart, I used Dimensionals to set it in place.  The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I used Crumb Cake ink to stamp them.  The banner is from the "Bloomin' Love" set and it was stamped using Sweet Sugarplum ink and fussy cut by hand. UGH!!!  You know how much I do NOT like to cut things out by hand anymore.  Stampin' Up! has spoiled me with all of those fun dies!

This was a pretty easy card to make and assemble.  It was fun to do too!  I wouldn't think twice about making more!!  I LOVE that DSP!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, January 13, 2017

Cool Treats, Birthday Card, 2017 Occasions Catalog

Today I'm going to share with you one of the cards I made last night at Terri's FABULOUS Stamp a Stack.  

I LOVE the Watermelon Wonder and Peekaboo Peach together.  The decorative paper is from the "Tasty Treats" Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I don't have that paper so I won't be making any more cards like that but I have other retired papers that I can use to make cards similar to this and use up some of that stash I have.  UGH!!  I need to get cracking and us the papers instead of hoarding them.  Plus, when you use DSP, you cover a lot of the card with a printed design so you don't have to stamp as much!!!  A big DUH there!! Think of the time I would save doing that!!!

This was a fun card to make.  We used the "Banner Triple" Punch.  We punched first and then stamped our words.  How smart is that??  I usually stamp and then punch and then punch off my wording!  The words were set in place using Dimensionals.  Three rhinestones were added under the words for a little bling!  I LOVE it!  Such a fun card!!!  It's great for any age too!

Thank you ever so much for stopping by today, it's much appreciated!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Swirly Bird, Mini Treats Bag Die, Sending Love Decorative Series Paper

Today I thought I would make a bird food Valentine.  I have not made one in a while.  I LOVE making these. 

For this one I used the "Mini Treat Bag" Thinlits die.  I used the hearts thinlits.  I typed up the words and printed them out. Then I die cut them.  I taped them on once I glued the bag together. I used "Sending Love" Decorative Series Paper.

I stamped the bird and fussy cut it out.  I set the bird in place using a Dimensional.

I tied a ribbon around it to finished it off.  

I filled little zip bag with bird seeds and added it to the bag.

You can see one I did several years ago, just click here.  The poem is there too, so if you wanted to make some, you can just do a cut and paste.  Then you don't have to type.  If I can avoid typing, I will.

These are fun to make and to give away.

Thank you for visiting today,

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Beautiful You Birthday Card, No Line Watercolor Technique, 2017 Occasions Catalog

I have never tried the "No Line Watercolor" technique before and I've always wanted to.  While surfing the net someone's post referred to this technique, so I thought it was time to give it a try.  It does take a little time to do, but then again, when you work with watercolors, they always take time.  You can't work the whole piece at one time.  You work the wet area and then move on to let it dry and work another area. That is the real secret to watercoloring.

To do this technique with this image from the "Beautiful You" set, I stamped it using Smoky Slate stamped off once. You want the original lines to be very faint.  You will be blending these lines in with the brush and the color as you go. So if I would have used a darker ink, the flesh tones would have had more grey in them.  You need to slowly work the lines away while adding color to the area at the same time.

I started out by wetting the dress area.  I used Daffodil Delight to color it all in.  I worked the edges to get the lines to disappear.  I did that with each area I worked.  Once I got the Daffodil Delight on, I moved on to the hat and allowed the dress to dry some.  From the hat I moved to the arms and then the legs.  I came back to those areas several times adding a darker tone of the color I was working with.  On the dress I also added Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango and then Cajun Craze.  

It's a fun technique but I'm not too sure I would do it again, it did take a lot of time.

Once it was dry I cut it using the circle dies and I also die cut a circle scallop.  The words are from the set and I used the oval dies on the layers.  

The decorative paper is from the Serene Scenery 6" x 6" paper stack.  The base of the card is Smoky Slate.  I added a strip of Delightful Dijon on the front.  The image and words were set in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Balloon Adventures, Birthday Card, 2017 Occasions Catalog

Today I'm going to share with you a birthday card I received from my friend and a fabulous demonstrator Terri.  I saw this set in the new 2017 Occasions catalog but I passed it up. There were other sets that I wanted instead.  It was quite a long wish list that needed thinning out.  And I mean REALLY thin!  I think I liked almost everything in that catalog!  Oh, what's new?  I always like most of the stuff in the catalogs.  I wanted to be more picky when it came to what I buy.  I would have from the time it arrives until May 31st to play with them.  A little longer than the holiday one!  So, I could add a few extra things to play with. But I had to keep in mind that I still have things from the 2016 - 2107 catalog that I have not played with yet, or have not played with enough. Anyway, long story short, I did order this bundle.  I get the stamps plus the dies.  Such a deal.  I will make some fun cards and post them on here when I do.

For this card, I can sort of guide you through it. I say sort of because I didn't make it.  The base of the card is a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock that was cut on the short side.  The Decorative Series Paper (DSP) is called "Party Animal".  I like how Terri added a thin strip of Daffodil Delight behind the layers. And I like how it's open in the center.  

The words are from the "Balloon Adventures" stamping set. 

The balloons here are made with the die cut that is from the "Balloon Pop-up Thinlits Dies.  When you buy the bundle you get both sets plus 10% the original price of each. I love the bows that come with the dies too.  How fun is that?  Baker's Twine was curled and added to the balloons.  I think I'm going to have a LOT of fun with this set.

When I opened the envelope, the card was opened and folded backwards.  I thought it was odd but then I realized that in doing that the images stay nice after going through the postal system!!  Such a smart idea!

This looks like a fun set and I'll be sharing some cards with you soon!

Thank you for stopping by today,

Monday, January 09, 2017

Avant-Garden, Birthday Card, 2017 Sale-a-Bration

I wanted to play with the "Avant-Garden" set again but I wanted to use the flower cluster this time.  Though I do think I like the single flower better, I knew I had to give this image a try. I want to try to use every image in my sets. Many times I buy a set for just one image in it.  So sad!!!  SO I am challenging myself to use more images in each set. Hopefully all of the images!  That would be ideal!  Other than a couple of word images in this set, I have used the bulk of them! That makes me happy since this is a Sale-a-Brations set and retires on March 31st.  It seems like a long enough time, but when you mix it with the new sets in the new Occasions catalog, it really isn't!

So, onto my card. It's a very simple card to make.  The base of my card is Basic Black. The next layer is Whisper White cut 4_ x 5-1/4".  Then I cut a piece of the dotted green paper from the "Serene Scenes" 6" x 6" pad.  The color on the front said it was Old Olive but when I cut a piece of Old Olive card stock for my layer, it looked too green, so I went with Pear Pizzazz.  I stamped my image and then I trimmed it up and from there I measured it and cut my layers 1/8" larger.

The words were done on my computer. I'll be working on the PDF for them this weekend and it should be in my web store a couple of days after that (unless I can enter it in by myself without any help).  There is a very nice "Happy Birthday Wishes" in the set that fits nicely in the oval and scalloped oval dies that you see used here.  I just happened to have had these words already die cut and I thought I would use them.  The lazy part in me shows up every now and then!!!  LOL
The flower was colored in using Pear Pizzazz for the stem, leaves and under the flowers.  And the flowers were colored in using Wisteria Wonder.  I just colored directly from the marker, no blending. You gotta LOVE that!!!  And that was it.  Simple, quick and easy!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Pivot Twist Pop-Up Technique, Friendship Card

Here is a card I received in Terri's Technique Night swap. This is the "Pivot Twist Pop-up" Technique.  It's a whole lot easier than it looks.  Trust me on this one!  I have a link to the instructions and some tips in that link that will save you some time, frustration and confusion!!!  So please read the whole post before you head out to the link! Click here to be directed to the instructions.

This card was made by Julie.  I am not sure what set she used. But I will try to find it in the catalog and update my post.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Beautiful You, Birthday Card, 2017 Occasions Catalog

So, it's onto something new and different.  I wanted this set because it reminded me of the "Seaside Sketches" that has long been retired (I still have my set but will soon be parting with a lot of my retired sets).  It could be that it was the same artist. I don't know, I knew I liked it and wanted to play with it.

I used some "Pop of Pink" Washi tape for the strips on the left side and bottom.

Then I stamped the image and cut it with the oval Framelit.  I was disappointed though, I wanted a Melon Mambo Oval scallop behind it but there wasn't one large enough.  Bummer. So I ended up sponging the edges.  Not the look I wanted but it has to do.  

The words were done on my computer using the Curlz and Cambria fonts.  I am planning on making a PDF purchased download with a number of sentiments on it.  I had ones in my store that went well with the 1-1/4" circle punch but it's time for something new.  It will take a while because I have a TON of things going on and it's only January!!! LOL  I'll post it on here when it's ready.

This was a very fun and easy card to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, January 06, 2017

In the Meadow, Masculine Card, Reflections Technique

This card was made by Tawna.  I received it in a technique swap last month. I didn't do he "Reflections" technique for my swap, I had done the  "Pivot Twist Pop-up" technique. You can see my swap card here.  For this technique, we just stamped out image and then we stamped it again on piece of Window Sheet.  Use regular ink, not StazOn.  You want the ink to be wet on your Window Sheet, not dry.  Once you stamp it, turn the Window Sheet upside down and line it up with the image stamped on the cardstock and press down.  And that's it.  Color it in as desired.

I like the looks of this card, it would make great masculine Birthday card, Father's Day card, or even a masculine Sympathy card.

This is a super easy technique to do, give it a try.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Avant Garden, Birthday Card

First of all, I don't make very many cards that are landscape, I usually make them portrait and the fold is on the left side.  Well, the fold is on the left side here, so maybe that is why it didn't seem very different to me when making it.  Such a creature of habit.

While looking for some samples of the Sale-a-Bration set "Avant Garden", I ran across one I liked the colors of.  I was going to copy the card but decided to go in a different direction with it. You can see the card I found on Pinterest by clicking here.  I liked the flower cluster the most, so I proceeded to copy it some what.  

I did have to cut two masks so I could get the flowers in there nicely and the leaves as well.  I stamped the So Saffron flower first.  Then I covered it with a mask and stamped the Peekaboo Peach flower.  I masked that and then stamped the Delightful Dijon flower.  Then I stamped the leaf images using Pear Pizzazz ink.  I did have to move the masks around so I could stamp where I needed without the green getting on my flowers.   The center of the flower was open.  I didn't pay attention to the details on the one I saw on Pinterest, so I didn't move my flowers in close enough to cover that hole.  Fortunately the set had a stamen image so I inked it up with Soft Suede and stamped it in the middle.  I was glad it worked out that way because I was able to use Soft Suede cardstock for my layers and the base of my card.  

The words were done on my computer.  Someone had asked about the fonts I used.  Curlz for the "birthday" and Cambria for the "wishes".  I set the image and the words in place using Dimensionals.

As I look at the card, I am pleased with how it turned out but I think a little strip of Soft Suede between the two pieces of Pear Pizzazz Decorative Paper would have given it a nice touch.  It's too late to do anything about it because the Dimensionals will rip the Decorative Paper if I try to remove the images. But for future reference, I will make a mental note of that (which will get lost up there and never surface again!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,