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Sunday, August 02, 2015

Skipping Stones Design Blog Hop Day Two

This is the second day of the Skipping Stones Design Blog Hop!  It was so fun seeing what my fellow Design Team members made with the stamp sets. This is a very talented group of ladies.  Have fun hopping today, and don't forget there  is a prize up for grabs too!!  It's a $25 credit to shop at Skipping Stones Designs (SSD)!!   To be eligible you must become a follower of the SSD blog and leave a comment at each stop as well as on the blog.  Commenting will be left open until August 8th and the winner will be announced on Monday August 10th!  So this gives everyone time to hop and leave comments at each of the different stops. 

You came from Carolyn's wonderful site.  But if you missed it and ended up here, you can hop on over there using the link below.  When you finish reading my post, your next stop is atTeresa's wonderful site.  Have fun hopping!

Coralynn - your 1st stop
Wanda  (you are here!)
Skipping Stones (be sure to become a follower on the Skipping Stones Design site)

My card today is just a simple 3 snowflake card.  I used a piece of decorative paper from the Recollections"Jolly Holiday" paper stack.  I stamped and punched out 3 snowflakes and set them in place using a double sided foam piece.  I added rhinestones to give the snowflake a little sparkle.  I stamped the words on and added colored rhinestones to make the image pop more.  This is a very fun set to play with.  Below is a picture of all the images in the set.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, August 01, 2015

A Garden in Bloom Wetlands Birthday Card

I found a fun card made by Andrea at Snippets.  I thought it was such a fun and cheery looking card that I had to make one. I did place my flowers a little differently than Andrea did.  I loved the colors she used too.  

So let's begin.  The base of the card is Soft Suede. The next layer is Pear Pizzazz. Then I added my stamped Whisper White piece.

I changed the colors a bit.  I stamped the outline and the center of the flowers using Soft Suede ink. The petals are stamped using Crushed Curry. The highlights on the flower are stamped using Delightful Dijon.  The stems and the outlines of the leaves are stamped using Mossy Meadow and the inside of the leaves are stamped with Pear Pizzazz.  

The words came from the "Wetlands" set and were stamped using Soft Suede.  And that was it. It's such a quick and simple card to make.  The "Garden in Bloom" is a very fun set to play with!  There's still some stamps in the set I have not played with yet but am eyeing them as I type!!!  (hence any typos!! LOL)

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Skipping Stones Designs Blog Hop

I hope you will enjoy all the amazing design team projects and give my fellow team members a warm welcome as well.  They are an amazing group of ladies.  Oh and there is a prize up for grabs too!!  It's a $25 credit to shop at Skipping Stones Designs (SSD)!!  

To be eligible you must become a follower of the SSD blog and leave a comment at each stop as well as on the blog.  Commenting will be left open until August 8th and the winner will be announced on Monday August 10th!  So this gives everyone time to hop and leave comments at each of the different stops.  

Let the Blog Hop continue!!

You came from Carolyn's wonderful site.  But if you missed it and ended up here, you can hop on over there using the link below.  When you finish reading my post, your next stop is at Teresa's wonderful site.  Have fun hopping!

Coralynn - your 1st stop
Wanda  (you are here!)
Skipping Stones (be sure to become a follower on the Skipping Stones Design site)

My card is a shaker card.  I cut out the bulb image and layered it with some foam tape to keep the tiny little no-hole beads inside.  I added some colored rhinestones, silver cord, and a red ribbon.  My decorative paper came from the Jolly Holiday  Recollections paper pack. This was a fun card to make and the set has a lot more stamps to play with!!  You'll see posts using those images as I finish them!  Have a look at this wonderful stamp set.

Here is the link to the SSD store! Have fun shopping!!!


Have a great time with the Blog Hop!
Wanda

Friday, July 31, 2015

A The Wilderness Awaits Wetlands Masculine Birthday Card

Today I played with the "The Wilderness Awaits" set.  I love to color but when it comes to coloring animals I often have trouble.  I colored the deer in using Tip Top Taupe ink and a blender pen.  I added a little Delightful Dijon on top of the Tip Top Taupe.  I'm not thrilled with it but it will do.  The rock was colored in using Smoky Slate.  And I sponged the edges using Tip Top Taupe.

The words are from the "Wetlands" set.  And I added a piece of Delightful Dijon decorative paper to the wood textured Crumb Cake background.

It was a simple card to make other than the trouble with the coloring.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Skipping Stone Designs

I have some fun news to share with you! In July I was asked if I would be interested in being on the Design Team for Skipping Stones Designs.  I have been asked in the past by other companies and have turned them down due to lack of time but this time I looked at what I had going on in my life and realized I could work making some cards and projects into my life!  

The store has it's Grand Reopening/New Release Blog Hop on August 1st.   Skipping Stones Designs has been around since 2005 but unofficially closed down for a few years while the owner, Heather Timmins took some time off to graduate from school, and she finally did! Congratulations Heather!!  Now she is back with a new design team that I get to be a part of, there's new stamps and more...

Stop back tomorrow for the blog hop and your chance to win a great prize from Skipping Stones Designs.     

And you can see the card I made using the Skipping Stones Designs.  Oh and me and my fellow team members are called Stamp Tramps!!! LOL!!!

See you tomorrow for all the fun!
Wanda

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Guy Greetings Masculine Birthday Card

It's been a few days since I've posted a masculine card.  It is my hopes in August to post a few more masculine cards per week than I usually do.  It's difficult to find masculine card samples.  I suppose that has something to do with the small amount of masculine sets out there!!!  It makes sense!!  

Okay, onto this fun card. Peggy at Stamping with Peggy had a card posted and I liked the splatter on the top and the stripes on the bottom.  I changed the location of the car and I added the words.  I also added more layers and in a different color too.  Hers is in Basic Gray. I like her sample too!  I did mine in Early Espresso. I also use the Tip Top Taupe ink and card stock because the decorative paper from the "Cherry on Top" 6" x 6" stack.  I flipped through the stack looking for something masculine and I was thrilled when I saw the stripes and even more thrilled that they were in a "masculine" color!!!  So I was able to make this card  using some ideas from Peggy's card and then adding a bit more to it!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A You've Got This and Wetlands Birthday Card

I was inspired by the colors of the "You've Got This" card I found by Carolina at Studio Evans.  I LOVED the colors she used.  The new Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe were used here.  

This was such an easy card to make.  The background was stamped off once.  The flower, stem and leaves were colored in using a blender pen. 

The words are from the "Wetlands" set.  I layered it with Mint Macaron.  I set the words in place using Dimensionals. 

I liked making this card and I think it would be fun to make a set of these as a gift!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Teeny Tiny Wishes Butterfly Die Birthday Card

Several posts ago I made a masculine card using the black and white decorative paper and the black card stock.  Since I had cut the paper on the diagonal, I was able to make another card front with it.  I put it together and set it aside.  You can see that masculine card here.  

While looking for something else on my worktable I ran across this card front and wondered what to do with it. I found a butterfly.  It was in Pacific Point.  I didn't want that color so I cut one out of Basic Black.  Then I sat for a bit wondering what to do with it.

I rarely use the paper doilies and I thought that would be pretty. It would keep with the black and white theme I had begun!

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I affixed the butterfly using pieces of Dimensionals.  I added some pearls down the center of the butterfly, still keeping with the black and white theme I had going on.  

I like the way this card turned out.  It was fun to make and it was very quick because there wasn't a whole lot to do to make it!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Garden in Bloom Friendship Card

I have a friend that I was thinking about off and on all day today so I thought I would make a card and get it off in the mail to her tomorrow.  I used the "Garden in Bloom" set to make this card.

The base of my card is Basic Black. The next layer is Pear Pizzazz and then Whisper White on top.  I stamped the flowers and cut them out.  I used Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Pumpkin Pie inks on the flowers.  I had to fussy cut them out, there are no dies or punches for these flowers.  I also stamped and fussy cut the leaves too.  I scrunched them together and liked the way they landed so I taped them together on the backside.  Then I used double sided tape on the back to set them in place on the card.  But before I set them in place I cut a 1" x 3-1/2" piece of decorative paper.  I added a little strip of Pear Pizzazz on top of the decorative paper.  I am thinking now that I should have used Basic Black for that little strip.  

The words are from the "Garden in Bloom" set.  It's always fun when there's words in the set that fit what you want to say without having to find another set to use.  Though I don't mind combining sets (when I'm not feeling too lazy to get up and find one!!! LOL).  I have used this set a few times and am looking forward to using it again.  It's got SO many possibilities!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Barnyard Babies Card

I'm not sure but I think this may fall under the category of a "thinking of you" card. 

This is one of my favorite layouts.  Later in this post I'll give you the dimensions of each layer and how to do that center so that both layers are centered.  It's a lot easier than it looks!!!  I like to use this layout when I have small images to become my focal point.

Here I used the little duck to make my patterned piece.  I colored it in using Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie markers.   I cut that piece 2-7/8" x 3-7/8".  The Basic Black layer behind it was cut 3" x 4".  The Whisper White layer behind that was cut 3-1/2" x 4-5/8".  I don't normally add the next layer but the card looked too washed out without it.  I cut it 3-5/8" x 4-3/4".  And the base of the card is a piece of Daffodil Delight cut on the short side at 4-1/4".  I folded it at 5-1/2".  

Next I stamped the larger duck and colored it in using the same colors as the little duck.  That piece was just scrap but it needs to measure at least 2" x 2".  For that front panel "trick", you will need to put a little bit of removable tape on the upper center of the card.  I try to put it at the point that I think the circle will be punched from.  Make sure you line the edges of those two pieces up.  You want it to look like it's a finished piece.  Once you get it lined up, take your 1-1/4" circle punch and place the piece inside.  Drop it down until it hits the bottom of the punch.  Look at each side of the punch to make sure they look even.  Punch out the circle.  Next take the 1-3/8" circle punch and punch the decorated piece again.  Make sure you line it up so it looks like it's even or close to even all the way around.  It's a little difficult to see because you're not punching off much.  If you are using decorative paper instead of card stock on this piece, you will want to put a piece of scrap copier paper behind it or the circle will rip as you try to punch it.  That paper is too thin to use this trick on!

Now to assemble the card.  Tape the top 2 layers together, lining up the circles and edges.  Add Dimensionals around the circle on the backside.  Center your image on the 2" x 2" piece and set it in place. Add Dimensionals around the rest of that piece and set it aside.  Take the next layer or two if you needed to add that extra layer and tape them together.  Then tape them to the front of the card.  Now tape the focal layer to the front of the card.  And finally, I added some words.  You can tie a ribbon around the front and add a bow but you need to do this before you tape it to the front.  

I had fun making this card.  Once again, I was in the coloring mood!!!  Plus these little ducks are so darn cute!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today, and I hope your day is just ducky too!
Wanda

A Wild About Flowers Birthday Card

Today I wanted to play with the "Wild about Flowers" set.  I am kind of wishing I would have picked a different color for the stems.  I like Wild Wasabi but I think it was a bit too bright of a green for the Melon Mambo.  The colors go well together, it's just that they are both too bright.  It almost has a glow to it!!!  

This was a super easy card to make.  First I stamped the stem piece, then the flowers.  I layered the pieces and I had a piece of Whisper White that I had already embossed the brick wall onto it, so I thought I might as well use it.  I mean, what was I saving it for???  I no longer hoard my papers!!!  I try to use them up before they retire, which is next to impossible but I do try, unlike before.  I would just hang onto them and then they would retire. How sad is that?  LOL

Anyway, this was a fun card to make and if I were to do it again, I would hold back on all of that Melon Mambo or switch the color of green I used.  Oh, I forgot to mention, the words were done on my computer.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A You've Got This Greeting Card

One of the things I like most about the "You've Got This" stamp set is that it is very versatile.  I did not add any words to this card because it can be used for several occasions.  There's Mother's Day, Thinking of You, Birthdays, Thank you, Get Well, and even a Sympathy card.  

I colored the flower in using Wisteria Wonder and a blender pen. The center of the flower is Daffodil Delight and the petals and stem are colored in using Wild Wasabi.  

The base of this card is Whisper White.  A layer of Basic Black was set on top of it and a layer of Wisteria Wonder on top of that.  I added a piece of Wisteria Wonder decorative paper to the bottom of the Wisteria Wonder card stock.  I added a ribbon before attaching it to the Basic Black layer.

After I colored in the flower I used the oval Framelits die and cut it out.  Normally I stamp the flower, cut it out, and then color it. I don't know why. It doesn't really matter.  Though when you think of it, stamping the image, coloring and then cutting would be better.  If you cut it out and ruined it during the coloring then you wasted a step!!!  Such methodical thinking just to make a card!!! LOL

Anyway, I had also cut out a larger oval using Basic Black and layered it behind the flower piece.  And that was it.  There is some space under the flower petals on the right to use some words from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  You may want to do that before you assemble the card.  And you can always stamp the words separate, cut or punch them out and add them to the card.  And of course, you can always just leave it blank!! I like the looks of this card and I did have fun making it.  I think it's because I'm still in the mood to color!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, July 24, 2015

A You've Got this Birthday Card

To make this "You've Got This" birthday card I stamped the flower using the Versa Mark pad and white embossing powder.  I colored in the flower using Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, and Wild Wasabi markers and a blender pen.  I colored in the whole flower first and then I came back with another layer of color. You can do this up to three times before the card stock begins to slough.  Sometimes you can get by with it if you aren't too aggressive with the pen.  You do need to remember to pat the flower down after each coloring.  The ink beads up on the embossing powdered lines.

The words are from my computer and set in place using a layer of Calypso Coral and a scalloped circle using Wild Wasabi.  This piece was set in place using Dimensionals.

This was a fun card to make and I LOVE coloring!!!  I like to keep my blender pen very wet so the color goes on smoother. Click here to learn how to take your pen apart.  There you will find a link to the recipe to refill it.  If the tip of your pen is wore down to the point to where it's soft and you can no longer do details, you may want to just skip the refill and get a new pen.  Or you could refill it and use it in large areas.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Traveler and Wetlands Masculine Birthday Card

While surfing the net I ran across a card that I had to copy the elements I liked the most.  I found this card made by Justin at JKCards.  I liked the map with the vellum on top.  I don't play with vellum much so maybe that is why this card intrigued me. I like the World Map background stamp.  The ship is stamped on the vellum using black StazOn.  

The words are from the "Wetlands" set and I punched them out with the oval punch. I added an oval scallop in Pacific Point for the layer.  I also layered the the map in Pacific Point.  Oh and the map was stamped using Pacific Point ink.

This is a very quick and easy card to make.  I am thinking I want to play with vellum more!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda