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Sunday, April 23, 2017

March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card, Mother's Day

I didn't use my March 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit the way it was intended to be used.  I didn't have any use for the muslin bunny bags.  So I went out on the net in search of some alternative ideas for the kit.  There sure are a LOT of other uses for the set. I was amazed.  

I found this fun card by doing a search on Pinterest. You can see the original card here

I did have to fussy cut the Very Vanilla outer part of the flower.  

The ink used here is "Sweet Sugarplum". The base of the card is Very Vanilla.

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.

This was a fun, quick and simple card to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Swirly Bird, Timeless Texture, Gorgeous Grunge, Father's Day Card

I found this fun card while surfing the net.  I just couldn't help myself, I just HAD to make it.  Isn't this just a fun card? I found it here

To make this card you will need a folded half-sheet of Emerald Envy.  You need to cut it on the short side.  I cut the front panel in half.  Then I cut a Crushed Curry piece 5" x 3-3/4" and a Whisper White piece cut 4-3/4" x 3-1/2".  

I stamped the center part of the tractor using the "Gorgeous Grunge" set, then the rest of the tractor parts were added.  The wheels are from the "Swirly Bird" set.  

After the wheels were stamped, I punched out two different size circles for the hubs of the wheels. And then two bolts were added to the center of each wheel.

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I thought this would be a perfect "Father's Day" card.

Isn't it fun?

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, April 21, 2017

Best Birds, Birthday Card, Pop-up Technique

And here is another Pop-up Technique swap card I received last month.  This card was made by Tanya.  I do not have the Best Birds set or matching dies.  I do like the bird, I have played with it a little but again, I can't have all the sets, it's not in my budget plus my workroom is getting pretty full! I never thought I could fill it up, but I managed!

This is a fun and easy technique.  You can read how to do it here.

I love how Tanya has the bird inside floating on the branch. You can't see it because I'm not good at taking photos!!  But when you open the card it gives the illusion of the bird landing on the branch. Pretty amazing!!

I do recommend you give this simple technique a try.  Soon you will be wanting to make a ton of floating cards!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today,

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Floating Pop-up Card Technique, Falling Flowers, May Flowers Framelits, Birthday Card

Here is a fun card I received in the "Floating Pop-up" technique swap last month.  I had it sitting on my worktable waiting to be added to my blog, but I had so many other things going on that it kept getting pushed back.

This card was made by Julie.  She used Peek-a-Boo Peach for the base of the card.  A folded half-sheet.  Then she added a layer of Flirty Flamingo cut 4" x 5-1/4".   Then she added a piece of the in colors 12" x 12" decorative paper pack.  The polka dots are so darn cute.

Next she die cut a scalloped square of Flirty Flamingo.  On top of that she glued the flower that was die cut from Dazzling Diamonds cardstcok.  The hearts in the corners are actually pieces from inside that die cut flower.  Pretty cool, huh?  

The inside of the card was decorated using the "Falling Flowers" set.

The instructions for this card can be found here.

These are very fun to make and a fun surprise for the one who receives the card!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Moon Baby, Baby Card, 2017 Occasions Catalog

I don't usually buy baby stamp sets.  I find I don't use them enough to justify buying them.  But this set was just too darn cute to pass up. I fell in love with the baby sleeping on the moon image and that is what sold me on the set.  I made a card using that image back in January.  You can see that card here.  There's several other images in the set yet to be used.  I plan on trying them all out!  Lucky you!!! LOL  The stamps (wood mount) fit in the container like a puzzle!  I have to only take one out at a time so I remember how to put them back in.  

I was snooping around at Clair Daly's site and I found this fun baby card to make. I used different colored paper because I didn't have what she used.  But it's okay, this is a boy or girl card.  You can see the original card here.  

I used the green paper from the "Blossoms and Bliss" decorative 12" x 12" pack. I cut that paper 4" x 5-1/4".  Then I stamped the baby onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock that was 2" wide by "very long" so I could punch and then trim it to  4-1/4".  While my stamp pad was still dirty, I inked it up again and stamped the image on a scrap piece of the decorative "Blooms & Bliss" paper.  And then I stamped the umbrella on a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock.  I cut out the sleeper part and the umbrella.  I taped them in place.  I also colored in the face and hands of the baby. I colored in the hair and added a little Pink Pirouette for the cheeks.  

I cut a piece of decorative paper from the "Falling in Love" pack of paper to 1" x 6".  After punching the end I cut it to 4-3/4" long.  I added Dimensionals to that strip and stuck it to the back of the stamped white piece.  I tied some linen thread to the top and when I tied the knot, I added a 4" piece of cream "Lace Trim" to it. I had folded that 4" piece in half and tied the middle of it with the linen thread.  I then cut the edges at an angle after cutting the one end that was a loop.  In other words, I cut the loop open and then I had four ends to trim up.  

I stamped the "Hello Baby" image twice and used the Modern Label punch to punch them out.  I could have trimmed them a bit closer to the words but then why use the punch??  I think it looks fine as it is.  The white showing on "hello" is at the top and there is more white showing on the "baby" at the bottom.  It all balances out.  I taped those pieces in place, but I only taped the left sides of each one.  

I added rhinestones and I also added a pearl to the top of the umbrella, you can kind of see it.  Click on the photo for a closer view. And the card was done.  Such a sweet and cute baby card!!!  Into my stash it goes, I have no need for one right now!!  See why I don't usually buy baby sets???

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Beautiful You, Birthday Card, Oval Ring Pop-up Technique

Last month at Terri's Tuesday Technique night we learned now to do the "Oval Ring Pop-up" technique.  It's a pretty simple technique and I will be sharing the directions with you tomorrow.   I have a card that we made that night using the technique.  I should have posted that card first and then this one but this one is my card for tonight's swap.

I used Blushing Bride for the base of my card. I cut it on the 8-1/2" side, so the card opens from the bottom.  For this technique it doesn't matter where your card opens.  Though I don't think a gate fold would work!!

I used a 2" x 5-1/4" piece of the "Blossoms & Bliss" Decorative Series Paper (DSP).  I taped all around the edges and just before I set it in place I added a half a doily from the "Lace Doily" pack from the 2017 Occasions catalog.  Those doilies are going to be expiring at the end of May.  I thought I would play with them more and try to use them up! That would be a first for me!  I'm such a hoarder!

The words are from the "Wetlands" set.  That set is retiring at the end of May. I'm going to miss that set.  I LOVED using the words from that set on many of the cards I've made.  But I'm sure that Stampin' Up! will come up with some other fun masculine sets with great words in them.

In the upper right corner of the card I added a "Petite Petals" flower.  That set along with the punch will be retiring at the end of May too.  Such a sweet little set!

And the inside of the card is kind of hard to explain, but it's the "Oval Ring Pop-up" and tomorrow I will tell you how it's done.  So for now you can ooooh and aaaaah at it!!! Or gaze at it with a puzzled look on your face!!! LOL

I am sort of in a rush to get this posted.  I need to get a nap in before I have to leave for Technique night.  Not many of you know but on March 30th I had a total hip replacement and I have been recovering from it.  I used a walker for almost a week and now I'm just using the cane. I don't use it for support as much but I still need it for stride.  If I don't use it I wobble a bit and if I don't continue to use it for the wobble, then I will wobble the rest of my life.  So I'll use the cane!  It's not like it's going to be forever, so why not?  Anyway, I had pre-posted to my blog for a couple of weeks so I wouldn't have to think about it.  Plus being on some heavy duty pain killers (heavy duty to me anyway), I was too tired to even think of going in my workroom.  And last week, the 2nd week out of surgery I was back at my worktable stamping.  Today I'm at my worktable yawning!!  Some days are more productive than others.  I'm doing fine. I can walk up and down stairs like I use to do, no more baby stepping. I can bend over and pick things up off the floor. I can cross my legs (if I want, I usually don't because it's not good for your circulation).  I can do anything I want to do.  I had a wonderful surgeon and great care in the hospital.  I was walking 4 hours after surgery.  I whipped through the exercises in PT class.  I was doing some before surgery and I think that helped with my quick recovery too.  I still get tired because I try to do too much in a day.  I think I'm making up for lost time!  But all in all I can not complain. It went well, mission accomplished and my hip is no longer in pain!  YAY!

Stop back tomorrow for the instructions and an even prettier card!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, April 17, 2017

Guy Greetings, Father's Day Card, Urban Underground

Today I thought I would mix the "Urban Underground" Decorative Series Paper (DSP) with the "Guy Greetings" set.

This was a super easy Father's Day card to make.  The base is a folded half-sheet of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Then a layer of Basic Black cut 4" x 5-1/4" was taped on top.  Then the "Urban Underground" DSP was added.  That piece was cut 3-3/4" x 5".

The car was stamped to the right of a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut 2-1/8" x 3-1/4". A layer of Basic Black was cut 2-3/" x 3-1/2".  A piece of Baker's Twine was tied around it.  I didn't have any black so I used a Sharpe marker to color it.

That panel was set in place using Dimensionals.

The inside of the card reads: Happy Father's Day.  An image that is included in the "Guy Greetings" stamp set.

And that was it.  Super easy, quick and fun.  And ready for Father's Day!

Thank you for stopping by today,

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Beautiful You, Birthday Card, 2017 Occasions Catalog

Here is a fun and beautiful card I made at Terri's last Stamp a Stack. All of the cards were fabulous and it's so difficult to pick a favorite. There are times when I can pick one out as my most favorite but this time I just couldn't.  They were all wonderful!

The base of this card is Whisper White.  Then a layer of Flirty Flamingo was used for the background layer. It was cut 1/4" x 4".  

Then the Basic Black layer was added. It was cut 3-1/4" x 4-1/4".

The lady was stamped on a 3" x 3" piece of Whisper White card stock and colored in using a Blender Pen and Flirty Flamingo inker.  A dot was put in the cover of a button container and we just touch the pen to the ink and color. Pretty simple!

The words were stamped and then punched out.  A Flirty Flamingo Touched Ribbon bow was added with a Glue Dot.  Pretty simple but yet so elegant looking!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Festive Birthday, Build a Birthday, Dutch Door Technique

Today's card was one I received in the "Dutch Door" technique swap that we learned to make at Terri's Technique Tuesday.

I do not know the name of the stamp set used here. I looked through the catalog twice and didn't see it.  I probably missed it (twice!!!).  This card was made by the talented Nancy S.  

This is a very fun technique.  I LOVE the colors of this card. It's so festive looking.  Plus after seeing the "Elegant Dots" embossing folder piece on the background, I now feel I NEED to own it!!!  I have so many embossing folders but never the right ones!! LOL  That's the excuse I use when I want a new one!!  Whatever works, right?  LOL

You can see the technique for this card here.    These are easy and fun and super quick to make.  They don't take a lot of cardstock either!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thank you Mary.  The stamp set used here is called Build a Birthday, and it's retiring on May 31, 2017.  edited 4-23-17

Friday, April 14, 2017

Birthday Blast, Star Blast, Birthday Card, 2017 Occasions Catalog. Dutch Fold Technique

Today I'm going to share with you a fun technique card I received in a swap.  The technique is called "Dutch Fold".  It's a very simple technique, if you do it right.  When I made mine, I didn't follow the instructions.  You can see my card here.  And the instructions to make it are there as well.  Just remember to cut the front piece and add it on separate!!!  I cut the top part of the card off. All that does is creates an open topped card.  

I do not know who made this card, I'm thinking it was a fellow stamper, Julie.  

The set used here is the "Birthday Blast" and "Star Blast" edgelits dies.  As I look at this card I am seeing that it was made the same way I did mine!!!  LOL  It just seemed like the logical way to make the card.

This is a fun technique to do, and very easy.  The colors used here are Basic Black and Peekaboo Peach.  I need to use that color more, it's so soft and spring like.  With the snow all gone here and the trees budding, spring colors are SO welcomed.  I even saw my first robin on the 16th.  Poor thing. It's so cold out there.  That warm spell we had must have fooled them into flying north. 

This is such a fun birthday card!  The stars are attached to the front of the card. Pictures don't always show what is going on!

Thank you so much for stopping by today,

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Beautiful You, Birthday Card, 2017 Occasions Catalog

I found this fun card on Pinterest and I just had to make it. You know how that goes!!!  You can see that card here.  I tried to get to the original post through the link.  It did take me there but you have to sign up to view the site and I just didn't want to sign up for another web site.

My plan was to make two cards.  I wasn't fond of the idea of fussy cutting out the dress and hat, let alone twice.  But there was something good on TV, so I figured "why not?"!  

I used the "Sending Love" 6" x 6" decorative paper from the 2017 Occasions catalog.  It was with the other Valentine's Day stuff.  That was another reason why I wanted to make this card.  I had hardly touched that pack of paper.  

It was a pretty easy card to make.  First I cut and folded the half sheets of Whisper White cardstock for the base of each card.  Then I cut the decorative paper.  I only used one sheet (see why it's difficult to use up a pack of them? LOL).  I cut the left panels 5-1/8" x 2".  The piece that was left was big enough to stamp the image on twice. After stamping them, I set them aside to dry and cut the panel pieces.  The Whisper White was cut 2-1/4" x 3-1/2".  The Basic Black piece behind it was cut 2-1/2" x 3-3/4".  

Next I fussy cut the dress and hat.  I glued them in place. It was much easier than taping.  

The top image has the words stamped in an oval and layered in a Real Red oval.  I had to do that because when I stamped the words, the edge of the stamp caught the ink pad and I pressed too hard on my cardstock and got a nasty ugly looking line under my wording.  So I thought I would cover it up with the ovals.  It worked!!! YAY!!  Now had I not told you that, you would have just thought I was trying out some fun layering for the words!!!  Oh, wait.  Yup, that's what I was doing!!! LOL

The focal piece was taped together and Dimensionals were added to the back to set it in place.  

It was a fun card to make but I don't think I would like to make a bunch of them at one time.  I'm not a big fan of fussy cutting anymore!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lovely as a Tree, Sympathy Card, Stamp a Stack

You can never go wrong with the "Lovely as a Tree" set.  It can be used for a number of occasions.  I mostly used it for masculine cards.  

I really liked the use of the "Falling in Love" Decorative Series Paper (DSP) here.  It gives it a nice background that could be masculine or feminine.

This is another card from Terri's Stamp a Stack. We stamped the tree onto the pre-cut oval. There were other options for images, but I chose the tree.  

Then we folded the base of the card, which was a half sheet of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The DSP was added and then the metallic gold cardstock band was taped in place.  It's cut 4" x 3/4".  The tree piece was set in place using Dimensionals.

I stamped the words on at home.  I liked the font on these words.  They are from the "Rose Wonder" set.  I stamped them using Soft Suede ink. I thought black would be too dark against the pretty background.  And that was it.  Super easy and super fun!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Nailed It, Masculine Card, Stamp a Stack, 2017 Occasions Catalog

Today I'm going to share with you three masculine cards I made at Terri's FABULOUS Stamp a Stack.  

This is from the "Nailed It" set.  I love it and look forward to it when Stampin' Up! comes out with new masculine sets. They are in demand!!!  This is a fun set.  It has a saw, hammer, screwdriver, and wrench.  Plus there's smaller images such as nails, screws, bolts, and a screw head.  Plus there's a fun pack of Decorative Series Paper (DSP) called "Urban Underground" and there's matching framelit dies called "Build It".  Now you know how much I LOVE it when a set comes with dies.  NO fussy cutting.  These cards did not require the dies, just the images, plus the embellishments I forgot to tell you about.  There's a container that has metal screw heads, bolt heads and stars in it.  How fun!!!  You can see those in the photo.

The words are from the "Suite Sentiments" set in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.

These were very fun to make and I REALLY love having yet another masculine set to play with.  

These cards can be used for birthdays or Father's Day.  Though I think I would like it to say "Happy Father's Day" on the front if that was the occasion I was going to be using it for.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, April 10, 2017

Gorgeous Grunge, Dragonfly Dreams, Rose Wonder, Stamp a Stack, 2017 Occasions Catalog

Here's a card I made at Terri's FABULOUS Stamp a Stack.  I LOVE this dragonfly die but I did not buy the set. I had too many others on my wishlist and my budget didn't even allow me to get all of the ones I wanted.  But one of the nice things about a Stamp a Stack is, many times you get to play with stamp sets that you don't own!! So at least I got to play with the dragonfly.  

To make this card, we took a folded half sheet of Whisper White and stamped the dots from the "Gorgeous Grunge" set on using Smoky Slate ink.  Then the strip of Copper Foil Paper was added.  It measured 5" x 3/4".  The dragonfly was set in place with a Dimensional and 3 rhinestones were added down the center of it, just below the head.

Then a few rhinestones were added to the background. I took mine home with me to stamp the words because I wanted to use the "Happy Birthday" from the "Rose Wonder" set.  They are such pretty fonts.

This was a very fun card to make and super quick too!  And it can be either a masculine or feminine birthday card!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,