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Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Balloon Celebration and Balloon Bouquet Birthday Card - 2016 Occasions

Today I am going to share a fun and easy card with you.  I used the new "Balloon Bouquet" punch.  I used the white gel pen to make the marks on the upper side of the balloons.

I used the "Decorative Dots" embossing folder.  The decorative paper is from the "It's my Party" 12" x 12" paper stack.  There's so much paper in that pack and I want to try to use as much of it as I can but when I add such a tiny amount to a card, it will take forever to use it up!!!  LOL

I layered the dotted paper on top of a piece of Whisper White, leaving a very little border.  I set that piece in place on the card using Dimensionals.  The balloons were also set in place on the card using Dimensionals.

And the words are from the "Balloon Celebration" set that Katie left here for me to play with!  Thank you Katie!

This was a very easy card to make. It's bright and festive and it does scream "Happy Birthday"!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, February 12, 2016

A Balloon Celebration and Balloon Bouquet Punch Birthday Cards

Today I'm going to share with you the final cards I had made at Terri's FABULOUS Stamp-a-Stack.  These were such fun cards to make. They are SO festive looking too!

The decorative paper is from that giant 12" x 12" paper stack called "It's my Party."  I say "giant" because it contains 48 sheets of double sided paper!  There's SO many fun designs in it too!

The balloon stems were stamped.  The balloons were punched out and then taped to the front of the card.

It was a very simple card to make.  I added the white curved lines on the balloons using the white gel pen.  I just thought they needed something more.  I did it on one that was put together and found that it would be better if you do it on the balloons before you tape them in place.

This was a very fun card to make.  I had a great time at the Stamp-a-Stack and I'm looking forward to the next one in March!!!  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Blossoms Builder and Wetlands Birthday Card

I just can't seem to get enough of this "Blossoms Builder" Thinlits die set.  I have hardly used the "Botanical Blossoms" set.  The Thinlits seem to just fine on their own.  But it is nice to have some of the images in the stamp set to use now and then too. 

I also use the GIANT "It's my Party" 12" x 12" paper stack.  It's SO full of fun papers.  I am thrilled with it.  It's got a lot of bright cherry pages in it!  Well, so it should.  It was designed for birthdays!!!  LOL

Today's card was pretty simple.  I just took some of the fun decorative paper and layered it on the card.  I used the oval dies and cut out a black back layer oval and the white focal oval.

The words are from the "Wetlands" set.  I set them in place using Dimensionals.

The flower was also set in place using Dimensionals.  And the center of the flower is one of the "It's my Party" enamel dots.  Those are such fun things to play with too.

I had a lot of fun making this card!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Botanical Builder, Gorgeous Grunge, and Sky is the Limit Birthday card

WOW, today's card has lots of stuff going on in it!  I used the "Sky is the Limit" set for the words.  I love the font they use.

I used Bermuda Bay ink and the "Gorgeous Grunge" dotted splatter image on the Whisper White card front.

The base of the card is a folded half sheet of Bermuda Bay.

I cut two 2" square pieces of decorative paper to fit behind the 1-3/8" circles.  I set that paper in place using Dimensionals.

Then I proceeded to cut out the flower, the flower components, and the leaves.  I set the flower in place using a Dimensional.

This was a very fun card to make.  When I was cutting out my flower parts, I ran some scrap pieces of card stock along with other dies so I could have some extra pieces on hand.  Why not, I was cranking the platform through the machine anyway.  Why not fill it up with other flowers and parts?  Now when I need a quick card, i will have parts available to either make a partial or whole card.  

Oh, I almost forgot.  In the center of my flower is one of the new "It's my Party" enamel dots.  Okay, I think that about covers it.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Playful Pals and Pyramid Pals Cookie Monster Box

I am having a lot of fun with these "Playful Pals" .There's so many fun pieces to the stamp set and to the "Pyramid Pals" Thinlit dies.  

Today I thought I would incorporate some other punches with the set.  

I thought a Cookie Monster critter would be fun.  Oh and it was super easy to do too.  I used a scalloped circle and some round punches.  It doesn't get any easier than that.  

A tip from one of my previous posts:
Now when you make these fun pyramids, be mindful as to whether or not you want the pyramids to open or to be glued shut.  Since you have to cut out two pieces to form the pyramid, I glue them one at a time.  After I glue the first one, I will glue the bottom only to the second piece and insert it inside the first half I glued.  Now you can see which side you need to glue to have a pyramid that opens or one that is glued shut.  Ones that open are nice because you can put candies or other things inside them. They make great kids party favors.  They also make great co-workers gifts too!!  There's LOTS of ideas you can come up with for uses for these adorable boxes.

A tip if you are using the glitter papers.  You will need to use a large paper clip to hold the seam in place while it dries.  With card stock you just add glue, run your bone folder over the seam and it's good to go. But this glitter paper needs a little more help and time.

So if your little kiddies love Cookie Monster, you can make a whole herd of them!!!  This one is open in the back so I can add some little cookies inside as a treat for my little grand-monster!!! LOL  I think she would get a big kick out of him.  Plus I know she'd love the cookies.

I had used Pacific Point here for him.  I also stamped the curls on using Pacific Point ink.  What took the longest to make this was getting all the punches out!!!  

These are SO much fun and I have a few more to show you soon!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, February 06, 2016

A Botanical Builders Birthday Card with Gorgeous Grunge and Sky is the Limit

I found this pretty "Botanical Builders" card on Susan's "Crafty Ducky Doodah" blog.  I liked the card but did change it just a little.  I wanted to make it into a birthday card and my favorite birthday words are from the "Sky is the Limit" set. I used Basic Gray ink for them.  I am still loving the "Gorgeous Grunge" set and I used the dotted splash here with Smoky Slate ink.

I cut out the flower using Pink Pirouette card stock and sponged the edges with Pink Pirouette ink.  I cut out the center piece using Whisper White card stock and sponged the center with Pink Pirouette ink.  Now wishing I would have used Daffodil Delight for a little more contrast.  I put the pieces together and added the rhinestone.

The leaves are cut from Pear Pizzazz card stock. I set the leaves in place with a dot of glue.  Then I added the flower using a Dimensional.  And it was done.  This is a super fun, simple and quick framelit set to play with.  Even without the matching stamp set you can make beautiful flowers.  This card was made with just the framelits.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, February 05, 2016

A Botanical Blooms, Botanical Builder, and Sky is the Limit Birthday Card

While trying to declutter my workroom, I ran across a card that had this very layout.  I thought that the "Botanical Blooms" and "Botanical Builder" Framelits would work well with it and it did!!  I am happy with the way it turned out.  I had a lot of fun making it.  I think, because I was in the mood to play with lots of layers today!

If  you want to make one, please read on for the measurements.

I used Watermelon Wonder for the base of my card. Basic Black was used for the layers and all the panels were done using Whisper White.

After I had cut my Whisper White pieces, I stamped them with the little flower cluster image.  I used Watermelon Wonder ink and stamped off twice before I stamped on the card stock.  I sponged all of the edges and then I taped them on the Basic Black layers.  From there I began the embellishments.  Oh, the words are from the "Sky is the Limit" Sale-a-Bration set.  I told you I was going to be using those words a lot!!  Plus they fit perfectly into that top space.  

The card stock colors used here are Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, and in the center of the largest flower I used Lost Lagoon.  I also cut out a couple of little flowers using Pear Pizzazz and cut them up for little leaves for the little flowers.

I used the new "It's my Party" candy dots for the center of the flowers.  The green isn't exact but it blends well with the card stock so I ran with it!

Okay, now the measurements.  For the Basic Black layer cut one of each of the following:
2-1/4" x 4", 2-1/8" x 7/8", 2-1/8" x 1-1/2", and 2-1/2" x 1-3/4".  

For the Whisper White pieces, cut one of each of the following:
2" x 3-3/4", 1-7/8" x 5/8", 1-7/8" x 1-1/4", and 2-1/4" x 1-1/2".

There you go, now have fun playing!  I have always loved this layout and I am hoping to use it again with some other stamp set I have!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, February 04, 2016

A Sky is the Limit and Botanical Framelits 2016 Occasions Catalog Birthday Card

I buy Washi tape and use it so very little.  I love the stuff but don't often think to grab some and slap it on a card and embellish!  Well, today was the day to slap on some tape and play!  

I loved these three Washi tape colors together. They have a warm look to them.  I have a little container filled with flowers and flower pieces pre-cut from the "Botanicals" Framelits.  When I make a card with them I am often not sure what colors I am going to use so I make a bunch of flowers and then play with the colors until I find the ones I like that go together. And sometimes I only find one flower, thus resulting in a lot of extra flowers and pieces.  So today I didn't have to visit my Big Shot once!  I had everything I needed in my little container.  

I LOVE the font on the "Happy Birthday."  It's from the "Sky is the Limit" Sale-a-Brations catalog.  Which is too bad because that means it will be retiring at the end of March.  So you might be seeing it on a lot of cards between now and then!

This was a fun card to make and SUPER quick too!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

A Sky is the Limit Masculine 2016 Sale-a-Bration Birthday Card

This was one of those sets in in the 2016 Sale-a-Bration catalog that I just HAD to have.  I don't know what it was about the plane but I was drawn to it.  I also saw this card made by Marcy on Pinterest and I just HAD to copy it.  

I loved the simplicity of it.  Plus it was very easy to make too.  I cut out a 2-3/4" circle and used it as my template so I could sponge my Sahara Sand ink on.  I'm assuming it is what Marcy used but I didn't have any instructions so I just winged it!! No pun in tended!!! LOL

I used the "Happy Birthday" from the set.  The original card used the "You Send Me Soaring" words.  I just thought I would make mine into a birthday card instead.  It is something I would get more use out of.

I wasn't sure what color the sequins used were, so I just colored mine with a black Sharpie marker.  I glued them in place.

I added a layer of Basic Black card stock behind the focal piece.  The Whisper White base piece was cut at 4'1/4" x 11" and scored at 5-1/2".  And that's it!  Super easy and extremely quick!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

A Birthday Blooms Birthday Card 2016 Occasions Catalog

This is going to be a quick post.  I'm not feeling very well today and need to get back to the warmth of my 3 blankets.  I just can't seem to get warm enough today.  

Today's card is one from Terri's FABULOUS Stamp-a-Stacks.

We used the beautiful "Birthday Bouquet" decorative paper that is from the 2016 Occasions catalog.  I have a couple of packs of this paper and I need to make a bunch of cards with it before the catalog expires!

Pool Party card stock was used for the base of the card.  Then a piece of the decorative paper was added. Next we stamped our words using the "Birthday Blooms" stamp set.  We tied some pretty Pool Party Glitter Ribbon around the tag that was punched using the "Banner Triple Punch".  I don't use that punch as much as I should be.  There's SO many fun layers you can make with it being it's a triple punch!

The flowers were done using the "Petite Petal" punch.  The Blushing Bride card stock was colored with some "Wink of Stella" clear before we punched out the flowers.  The flowers were set in place using a spring/branch from the "Bird Builder" punch and a Dimensional.

I loved all the cards we made but if I had to pick one, this would be it!!!  I think it's mostly because of the soft colors and it's got a spring look to it.  I say this as we are knee deep in a snowstorm today!  Spring will be here soon!!!  LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, February 01, 2016

A Botanicals for You and Botanical Builder Card

Today's card is another versatile card.  This card can be used for a number of different occasions.  I have not designated it to any one event.  That leaves it open if something should come up that I'm not prepared for!

This was a fun card to make. It has lots of things going on!  The base of the card is Mossy Meadow.  On top of that I added a trimmed piece of "Botanical Gardens" decorative paper.  Then I added a trimmed piece of the "Botanical Gardens" vellum paper.

On top of that I added a trimmed piece of Cajun Craze.  The words were stamped on Whisper White card stock with the new Basic Black ink.  I taped that on top of the vellum and then I taped the vellum onto the decorative paper.  I only taped behind the Cajun Craze card stock so the tape wouldn't show on the front.  

After setting the vellum piece in place, I added the flowers and leaves.  Those were set in place using Dimensionals.  I also added a little bit of "Wink of Stella" on the tips of the flower centers.  And in the very center of the flower is a "It's My Party" enamel dot!  And that's it.  Super easy card to make.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Going Global Dad Birthday or Father's Day Card

This card could be used as either a dad's birthday or Father's Day card.  I found this card while surfing the net and traced it back to "StampWithPeggy".  I have been working my way through all of the stamps I got and this was one I hadn't played with yet. 

What drew me to Peggy's card was mostly the colors.  I LOVE these colors together.   What I also like is that it can be either a Father's Day or birthday card because the words don't pin it down to one or the other.

I used the World Traveler" embossing folder, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla card stock, and a brayer to make the background.  The paper is from the "Going Places "paper stack.  There's SO many fun images in that stack.  I am excited to play with some of them with the "Open Sea" set.

I stamped the globe image on some of the decorative paper too.  I like the look it created.  Then I punched it out with the 2" circle punch.

The yellow dotted strip was set in place with Dimensionals. The globe piece was taped on top of that but one Dimensional was added to the top to keep it level.  Then the words were set in place with Dimensionals. The other layers were just taped in place (no Dimensionals).

I just love the looks of this card.  I wish I would have found out that the big dipper that Peggy had on her Very Vanilla background was in the "Going Global" stamp set. I should look at all of the images in a set before I start stamping!!!  Oh well.  I still like the card the way it is.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Botanicals for You Card

While looking through the 2016 Sale-a-Brations catalog, this card caught my eye, which is one of the reasons why I chose this as my free set. I did change it a little.  Instead of a white card, I used Old Olive for the base and then added the layer on the front.  I liked the one in the catalog but I thought it could use a little bit more color.

I used Real Red, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, and Old Olive inks. This is a fun set to play with.  And there's lots of pieces to it too!!

It's a great set to play with to make cards with lots of fun colors. There's a few word images to go with it too.  I think I can have fun making many different card layouts with this set.  Or mixing it with other sets as well!

I am looking forward to playing with it again!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, January 29, 2016

A Botanical Blooms and Botanical Builder Birthday Card

I'm not a big fan of a lot of green. I needed to challenge myself to use it more. This card's background is pretty green!!!  I tried to tone it all down with some other fun and bright colors.  My eye is now drawn to the Melon Mambo flower and then to the green!  

I used the "Wetlands" set for the words.  

I stamped the background with leaf veins from the "Botanical Blooms" set.  I die cut some flower and flower centers using Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip and Tip Top Taupe card stock.  The two flowers are set in place using Dimensionals.  In the center of the two flowers I used the new "It's my Party" enamel dots.  

The decorative papers are from the "Cherry on Top" stack and the "It's my Party" 12" x 12" stack.  

It was a fun card to make, but pretty green!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,