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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Guy Greetings, Masculine Birthday Card, Embossing Paste Technique

Today I was at Terri's fun Stamping Extravaganza.  That is where you get to see all of the newest items in the catalog and you can see free demonstrations.  I was demonstrating the "Embossing Paste".  I have had fun with this technique in the past and I was thrilled to see that Stampin' Up! is not carrying it.  I have a container of what is called "Paper Paste", it's the same thing as "Embossing Paste". But when comparing the two, I found the Stampin' Up! brand better.  It was much creamier and smoother to work with.  It's a bit looser too, not so thick, but it's not runny either.  It's like the consistency of cold cream that has a light scent of interior house paint, which I find to be a pleasant smell.  Though I only smelled that smell when I put my nose to the container.  While I was working with it I didn't smell a thing.

So, for this card I had taken some of the "Embossing Paste" and mixed in one drop of Chocolate Chip inker.  Then I used the bricks mask available in the new catalog.  I took one of the pallet knives from the new set and smeared the paste over the mask until I got it where I wanted it and then I scraped it off with a wider pallet knife.  I set it aside to dry while I worked on the other components of the card.

For the card and the words I used the "Guy Greetings" set.  I stamped  the car and words using Early Espresso ink.  I die cut them out with the oval dies.  I used Early Espresso card stock for the oval layers and for the base of this card.

It's very simple to do. I had a great time playing with the paste and also making this card!  The paste leaves such a nice background texture on the card.  I found that if (before removing the mask) I put a little bit of paste on a sponge I could get the paste to lift up a bit higher and make a rougher texture that felt and looked more like brick.  I added a little paste to the sponge because a dry sponge would just lift off the paste you initially set down.  You could also use a different color paste to sponge on to get an even deeper depth.  There's SO many fun things you can do with this "Embossing Paste".

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, June 23, 2017

Daisy Delight, Birthday Card, Accordion Fold Technique, 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I'm looking at my past posts trying to find the card I made for Terri's Tuesday Technique Night but I couldn't find it. So that means I need to tell you how to do this "Accordion Fold" technique.  It's a fun fold to do and there's SO many sides to decorate or to leave as is.  This card was made by Tanya.

To make this card you will need a piece of cardstock cut 8-1/2" x 11".  Score the long side at 1-1/4", 4", and 6-3/4". Fold the smallest piece valley, the next score mark mountain and the last score mark valley.  And that's it.  Just decorate as desired.  

Tanya used the "Daisy Delight" bundle to make this card. In the bundle you get the stamp set and dies. The decorative paper and Faceted Gems" are purchased separate but they are a must have!!

Since I didn't post my swap I will have to share it with you tomorrow.  I really thought I did.  I try to wait until Technique Night to post it but I totally forgot.  Forgetting has been kind of a trend with me lately!  UGH!!

Anyway, it's a simple and very fun fold.  A vertical greeting would be something fun to add to that small front flap.  I look at this layout with SO many other possibilities in mind.  Play with it and see what you can come up with.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Timeless Textures, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Thank You Card

I needed to make a thank you card for a special friend who is doing me a big favor.  I wanted to make a card with a bit more pizzazz to it than just a few layers and a "thank you" attached.  I surfed the net and found a fun card that I copied a lot of the elements in it.  You can see that card here.  I did make some changes though. I added a scallop to the background circle layer. 

I used the "Timeless Textures" set for the lacy filigree in the background.  The original card had splatters.  I did like the splatters, but I thought the filigree thing would look more elegant with the roses. I stamped off using Sweet Sugar Plum ink.  

I stamped the flowers using Pirouette Pink and Sweet Sugar Plum inks. I fussy cut each one out.  I stamped the leaves using Pear Pizzazz cardstock and Wild Wasabi ink.  I fussy cut those out.  And for those pod things, I stamped them using Pear Pizzazz ink.  I colored in the top with Daffodil Delight and the bottom part using Pear Pizzazz markers.  And again, I fussy cut those out.  

For the ribbon piece, I cut a 1" x 3" piece of Whisper White cardstock. Then I cut a 1-1/4" piece of Sweet Sugar Plum cardstock for the layer behind it.  I used the "Banner Triple" punch and punched one end of each.  I taped the layers together and trimmed the top part as needed.  

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I used Rich Razzleberry ink and I punched it out using the "Classic Label" punch. I also punched out two more using Sweet Sugar Plum cardstock and I layered one on the top of the word piece and one on the bottom. 

I used a lot of Dimensionals on this card. There's a lot of depth to this card.  I'm pleased at how this card turned out.  I think my friend will like it too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Thinlits, Rubberband Technique Card

Today I am going to share with you a fun and easy technique.  Plus a fun fold too.

The base of this card is a 1/4-sheet of Lemon Lime Twist.  This is a color I need to learn to like, I'm not a limy color fan so I think it will have to grow on me.  

There is a layer of Basic Black cardstock that measures 3/1/4" x 4-1/2"  The Whisper White piece is cut 3-1/4" x 8-1/2" and folded in half.

Next we took second largest clear block and stamped Lemon Lime Twist ink on it.  On this block were many twisted rubber bands wrapped around it.  They did not cross over on each other, they were all next to the block. If you overlap them you will only be able to stamp the highest part.  So you ink up and stamp the bands on the cardstock, inking and moving the block at different angles.  Each time I stamped I had fresh ink, there was no stamping off stamping.  

We tied a black ribbon around the front by the fold and then added the "Happy Birthday".  The words were die cut with the sticky sheet behind the cardstock so when we were ready, we just removed the backing and stuck the words to the front.  This was a very fun technique to play with. I think I may do this technique for the next technique night swap!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Background Bits Hostess Set Card

I am not sure why I bought the "Background Bits" Hostess set but once I opened it I saw some fun possibilities with it.  I came up with this simple card.  I'm not sure what occasion it is for but it has a lot of possibilities.  

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White cardstock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Fresh Fig cardstock. And on top of that is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock.

I took the scalloped circle die and cut my circle from the center of the Fresh Fig layer before it was set in place.  That way I didn't waste any cardstock.

I used the Wild Wasabi marker and what I thought was the Fresh Fig marker to color in the flowers.  I had inadvertently used Berry Burst, but it's still pretty.  And I think the Fresh Fig may have been too dark for the flowers.  Once they were stamped I die cut them with the circle die.  Then I taped that to the scalloped die.

I stamped the lined unreadable image using Fresh Fig ink. I wrapped some gold thread around the Whisper White piece and then I took some more of the gold thread and wrapped it around a scrap piece of cardstock and cut it like you would when you make a pom pom.  I tied those little pieces in place.  I did add a dot of glue so they stayed.  They did like to slip out of the knot.
Next I taped the Whisper White focal piece to the Fresh Fig layer.  I added Dimensionals to the Fresh Fig layer and taped that on the card base and the card was done.  It would make a great Thinking of you, Friendship, Get Well, Sympathy or even a fun Birthday Card.

There are many cards on my blog that can be made in under 20 minutes.  Click here to see them.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Stylized Birthday, Birthday Memories, Birthday Card

I have had a lot of fun with the "Stylized Birthday" stamp. It's in a box all by itself!  What I like most about it is the size.  It takes up a lot of space, which allows you to use those little images.

For my card I used a folded half sheet of the new Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.  I hope to use this more, I'm not fond of the color and I'm hoping it will grow on me. I  used it here because it matched the dots in the DSP.  The Decorative Series Paper (DSP) used here is from the "Birthday Memories" 12" x 12" pack.  I cut it 5" x 1-7/8" and the Pumpkin Pie layer behind it was cut 5-1/8" x 2".  I taped the layers in place on the front left.  Then I stamped the words using the "Stylized Birthday" image and Basic Black ink.  I trimmed the piece to 2-1/2" x 2-3/4".  The Pumpkin Pie layer behind it measures 2-3/8" x 2-7/8".  I taped the layers together and then taped that on top of the dotted DSP piece.

Next I punched out a balloon from the DSP and added a few Dimensionals behind it.  I left the bottom open so I could add the Baker's Twine and then the Dimensional on top to hold it in place.  I took my scissors (closed) and curled the twine like you would curling ribbon. But be sure your scissors are closed. Oh and you really only have one shot at it, if you try to curl it again it probably own't work.  I have on occasion been able to redo it but most of them time it won't work again.  Then I end up wetting the twine and wrapping it around a toothpick and letting it dry.

And for the final element on the front, I cut one of the gifts from the DSP and set it in place with Dimensionals.  So, there you have it.  A very fun and quick card to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Tranquil Tulips, Beautiful Bouquet, Birthday Card

I was looking for some samples on Google for the "Tranquil Tulips" set and I ran across one something like this.  I say "something like it" because I did change the wording, but for the most part, it looks like the card you can view here.  

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Early Espresso cardstock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of the new in color "Powdered Pink".  I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 2-1/4" x 4-1/2".  I stamped the leaves using the new Lemon Lime Twist ink pad.  The flowers were stamped using Powdered Pink ink and cut out by hand.  I know, fussy cutting UGH!!!  The bud things were stamped using Early Espresso ink and again cut out by hand. The center of the flowers were stamped using Early Espresso ink as well as the words.  The words are from the "Beautiful Bouquet" set.  I die cut them using the stitched oval die and then layered with the scalloped oval die.

The flowers, bud things and word layer piece were all set in place using Dimenionals.  And that was it.  It's a pretty simple card to make and even with the fussy cutting, it really didn't take that long to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Going Far, Colorful Seasons, Birthday Card, 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Today I'm going to share with you another set of cards I made at Terri's fun Stamp-a-Stack last week.  This was super easy with a very fun fold!!  

You will need a piece of cardstock cut 6-1/2" x 5-1/2" and score it at 2-1/8".  Fold it inward on the score line.  A piece of decorative paper from the "Color Theory" Designer Series Paper (DSP) was cut 2" x 5-1/8" and taped in place on the front of the card. 

Next you will need a piece of Whisper White cut 3" x 6" and folded it in half.  Stamp your words on it and tape it in place, centering it on the inside of the card.  Now you have to remember to stamp it with the folded edge on the outside. My first one I stamped like I would normally stamp a card and when I went to tape it in place I remembered the instructions I was given at the door when I received my packet of card supplies.  So much for having a good memory anymore!!! LOL  But I know the measurements and I have that same stamp, so I planned to make myself a new piece when I got home.  But I haven't done that yet.  I'm sure I will be getting at that tomorrow so I can clear those cards off my worktable. I'm trying REALLY hard to keep it clean. So far so good!

I do like this layout and I plan on using it again with other images.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, June 16, 2017

Birthday Delivery, Birthday Memories, Birthday Card

Well, if this wasn't one of the easiest cards I've made in a while.  The only stamping was the "Happy Birthday" from the "Birthday Delivery".  The rest was decorative paper.  Yup, you read that right! I found this card on Google search.  I thought it was a good way to use the red and white decorative paper from the "Birthday Memories" 12" x 12" Decorative Series Paper (DSP).  You can see the original card here.  

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Real Red.  On top of that is the layered Whisper White piece that was cut 4" x 5-1/4".  I took the red and white DSP and cut it 1-3/4" x 5-1/4".  The striped paper was cut 1" x 5-1/4".  I taped the striped piece to the red and white piece, I made sure the pieces together measured 2-1/8", or close to it.  You don't need to be exact, who's going to measure???  Once I got the striped piece onto the red and white piece I taped them to the left side of the Whisper White piece.  

Next I stamped the words from the "Birthday Delivery" set using Real Red ink.  I used the Stitched Oval Thinlit to cut them out. I also die cut the hat from the "Birthday Memories" DSP.  I set the word oval in place using Dimensionals and I added small Dimensionals to set it in place.  And that was it. Super easy and very quick to make.  What a fun birthday card!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Birthday Delivery, Birthday Card

Here's another card I found on Pinterest.  The original card can be seen here, I believe the wording is in German.  I changed the wording, the wording color and placement.  

This card was fun and easy to make.  No coloring involved at all.  I die cut the girl from a sheet of decorative paper from the 12" x 12" "Birthday Memories" decorative paper pack.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Pool Party cardstock.  A piece of 4" x 5-1/4" of Whisper White was used for the top.   

I stamped the Pool Party does first.  I did stamp off once before stamping on the cardstock.  Then I added the Basic Black circles, directly from the ink pad.

I took some gold thread and wrapped it around 4 fingers four times and taped it at the center of the stamped area.

I die cut the little girl out and set her in place with Dimensionals. And then I stamped the words from the "Birthday Delivery" set using Real Red ink.  

This was another very simple and quick card to make.  I hope in the future that Stampin' Up! will come up with more dies that go with the decorative papers.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Birthday Delivery, Birthday Card, 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I found this gem on Pinterest!  I thought it was so darn cute that I had to copy it.  I pretty much copied it exactly except for the balloons.  I die cut them from the same paper the background paper came from. You can see the original card here.  

The base of this card is a folded pieced of Whisper White cardstock.  On top of that is a piece of 4" x 5-1/4" "Birthday Memories" Decorative Series Paper (DSP).

Next I die cut the stitched oval and then I die cut the fox image from a piece of the DSP.  I die cut the balloons and then began to assemble that part of the card.  I set the balloons in the order I wanted them and then I used Scotch tape to hold them in place.  Then I took the Baker's Twine and added it to the back of each balloon, holding it in place using Dimensionals.  I set the fox in place but I didn't attach it right away.  I needed to see where the balloon strings should go.  I added a piece of a Dimensional there and stuck the balloon strings to it.  Then I added Dimensionals to the fox and set him in place.  He's so darn cute!

I stamped the words on a 5/8" x 4-1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock using Pacific Point ink.  I used the "Banner Triple" punch on the ends of the piece.    

It's such an adorable card.  I also just LOVE that background paper!! It's SO festive.

Thank you ever so much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tranquil Tulips, Birthday Card

This is a very fun card to make.  It's also very easy too.  I posted a card yesterday using the "Tranquil Tulips" set and I thought I would come up with one on my own.  So here it is!

I used a folded half sheet of Pool Party cardstock for the base of my card.  Then I cut the front of the card in half at 2-1/8". I saved that piece I cut off and used it for the flower panel.  I did trim that panel to 4-1/4".  The Whisper White piece I stamped on measured 4-1/8" x 2".

I stamped the flower using Pool Party and Old Olive ink. And for the center of the flower I used Early Espresso ink.

The decorative paper is from the "Whole Lots of Lovely" 12" x 12" paper pack.  That pack has so many adorable designs in it.

I wrapped and tied a Whisper White Classic Weave ribbon around the card.  I added the stamped panel using Dimensionals.  Be sure to only add the Dimensionals to the left side of the card or you will be taping your card shut.  And no, I did NOT tape mine shut (this time!!!!).  I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock to the inside and the card was done!  See, I told you it was easy!

This is a very versatile card. It could be used as a birthday, thinking of you, get well or a sympathy card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, June 12, 2017

Tranquil Tulips, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Birthday Card

I just couldn't resist getting the "Tranquil Tulips" Hostess set. I thought it had a lot of potential and I'm right.  There's LOTS of occasions this set can be used for.  

This is a very simple card to make and what is most amazing about this set is, you don't have to stamp off to get that lighter layered look.  It makes stamping the flowers so much easier and quicker.

The base if this card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White cardstock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Berry Burst, one of the new 2017-2019 in colors.  It's SO pretty!!! The top layer is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White cardstock.

I first stamped the stems using Pear Pizzazz ink. Then I added the flowers using the new Berry Burst ink.  For the centers of the flowers I used Chocolate Chip ink

I stamped the words using Always Artichoke ink and the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set.  And that was it.  A super simple and quick card to make!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Flowering Flourishes, Sheltering Tree, Butterfly Thinlits, Thinking of You Card

I found a pretty card on Pinterest and I thought I could work with it a bit using what is current to create a card much like it.  This is what I ended up with.  I do like it, I think it's very elegant looking. You can see the original card here.

This is a very simple card to make.  The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White cardstock.  Then a 4" x 5-1/2" piece of Basic Black cardstock was added.  Then I used a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White for the focal panel.

I stamped the flower image from the "Flowering Flourishes" set.  Then I die cut the "Butterfly" thinlits.  I used Dimensionals to set the butterfly in place.  The words are from the "Sheltering Tree" set.  I added some pearls to the butterfly and the flower image and that was it!  Super quick, easy, fun and yet elegant. And I was able to use all current images!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda