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Monday, February 20, 2017

Beautiful You, Avant-Garden, Birthday Card

Today I thought I would dig out another set and play with it. I had a lot of fun making this card.  I LOVE making red, white and black cards anyway and this lady fit the bill perfectly.  

I'm betting you are anxious to know how I made this card!!! LOLThe base of my card is a folded half sheet of Basic Black cardstock.  I added a 4" x 5-1/4" of Whisper White cardstock on top of that.  

For the fun layered panels I used Real Red cardstock that was cut 4" x 1-3/4".  The Basic Black layer behind it was cut 4" x 1-7/8".  

The other panel was a piece of Decorative Paper from the 12" x 12" Brights pack.  I loved those large dots and I thought it would look nice with the lady image.  I cut that dotted paper 4" x 1-1/2". The Basic Black layer was cut 4-1/8" x  1-3/8".  

The focal panel was cut 3" x 2" and the Basic Black layer was cut 3-1/8" x 2-1/8".  I used watercolor paper for the focal panel.  

The words are from the "Avant-Garden" set.  I just thought that font is so sweet looking.  The set does come with birthday wishes but it added the word "gorgeous" but I wasn't so fond of it so I found a different greeting.  This would also make a great Mother's Day card (if you can find the wording to fit in that area, or you can add it on the inside.  

To color in the image I used the Real Red marker and a blender pen.  I scribbled the marker on one of my clear stamping blocks and picked up the color with a blender pen. I colored the sides and then moved towards the center.  By the time I got to the center it was coloring pretty light.  I always started on the sides so I didn't get the center too dark.  I did the same with the skin.  I used Pirouette Pink for that.  For the shadowing, I used the Basic Gray watercolor pencil. I colored around the image and then I took the blender pen and rubbed the color in.  It's a lot easier than it sounds.  Oh and I used the smoother side of the watercolor paper.  I know you're suppose to use the other side but it was too textured to get a crisp image.  

I taped all the layers in place and then I added the words using Dimensionals.  

And no, I didn't find this card on Pinterest!!!  I designed it all by myself!!  LOL  And I think I'm going to hang on to this card for a while.  I kind of like it!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Avant-Garden, 2017 Sale A Bration

Today I thought I would play with the other flower in the "Avant-Garden" stamp set.  I have made a card using this set before but I am finding it a more difficult one to work with than the other flower.  This flower could have used some leaves.  There was not a detailed leaf image in the set so it's a bare stem.  I thought about adding some wording across the stem area.  It surely needs something.

I used Pumpkin Pie card stock on a folded half sheet of Whisper White.  I stamped the image on Whisper White and die cut it with the oval cutters.  I added some Pumpkin Pie dots from one of the images in the set.  

I added the doily at the bottom but it's still not enough.  I'm still leaning towards some wording across the middle.

You give it a try with some wording or something else to give it a punch.  Email me your photo and I'll post it on here and show everyone what it really should look like!!! LOL

They all can't be winners!

Thank you SO much for baring with me today!! LOL

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tasty Treats, Birthday Card, 2017 Sale a Bration

Okay, hot off my worktable!!!  I did not find this one on the internet.  But after I post this, you can find it there!! I didn't go surfing this time.  I actually sat down and gave the card some thought and color!  And this is what I ended up with.  

I used Basic Black cardstock for the base of this card and for the layers.  I used a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Pool Party for the layer on top of the base of the card.  On top of that is a piece of "Tasty Treats" specialty paper that was cut 4" x 5-1/4" and cut in half the long way.  I taped it in place on top of the Pool Party piece.  Make sure to line up the left and bottom edges.

Next I cut a piece of the "Tasty Treats" specialty paper 1-1/2" x 3".  The black layer is cut 1-3/8" x 3-1/8".  The focal piece is Whisper White and cut 2-1/4" x 3-1/4" and the black layer behind it is cut 2-3/8" x 3-3/8".  

The truck was stamped and fussy cut out.  I colored it using Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight ink and a blender pen.  The windows on the truck were cut out.  I set it in place on the white panel and drew a light line with a pencil on the window edge so I could line up the cupcakes.  I stamped the cupcakes and colored them in with Flirty Flamingo ink and Sahara Sand markers. I stamped th wrods on and then I set the truck in place using Dimensionals.  The inside reads: "Happy Birthday, now where's the cake?"  Cute, huh?  LOL

This was a fun card to make and I think I need to stay away from Pinterest for a while and come up with my own stuff, like I use to do a couple of years ago.  I just started finding fun and cute things on the net and had to make them.  I'm sure I will still do that, because there are some things that I would just LOVE to make.  Especially some of the ones with less layers.  Though I LOVE layers and those of you who know me know I LOVE to make cards with lots of layers!!!  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, February 17, 2017

Hey Chick, Birthday Card, 2017 Sale A Brations

So, does this card speak to you as a birthday card or a friendship card?  I was thinking birthday card at first and then I started thinking.  UGH.  Don't think!!! LOL  I'm going to present it as a birthday card.  If I don't use it, I will be selling it and let the buyer purchase it as whatever they think it is!!

I found this card on Pinterest.  I changed the color of the hen and the Baker's Twine.  I didn't have any solid red, so I went with what I had on hand.  I could have taken a red Sharpe and colored the twine but I was too lazy!!!

The base of this card is a folded half sheet of Real Red card stock. Then a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock. On top of that is a 3-3/8" x 5" piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.  I stamped all of the chickens from the set onto the Crumb Cake piece using Crumb Cake ink.  

Before I taped the Chocolate Chip cardstock down I cut the oval for the chicken right in the center.  No one will ever know it's not a solid piece of cardstock.  It's a great way to save on cardstock when you don't have a scrap piece for what you need.  I did have to use a piece of Real Red cardstock for the scalloped oval. I didn't have any scrap, so I had to use a 1/4 sheet piece.

I stamped the chicken and die cut the oval.  Then I colored it in.  I don't color before I cut.  I've wasted so much time doing that in the past. I would ruin the image after it was all colored.  So now I color after cutting.  I added the words using Crumb Cake ink.

It was a fun card to make and I got to finally use every chicken in the set!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Avant-Garden, So Very Much, Thank You Card

Okay.  Yes, the "So Very Much" set was still sitting on my worktable.  But I actually had to go to the shelf and take out the "Avant-Garden" set. I had put it back where it belonged.  I know, I was kind of shocked myself.  I was looking for it on my worktable!!! I must have had a confusing day to actually put something away the same day I used it!!! LOL

So, lets get on to this super easy and fun card I found on Pinterest.  You can see the original one here.  I only made one change, I did a fussy cut on the top flower.  I thought the card needed a little dimension to it.   

I stamped the "Thank You" on a folded half sheet of Whisper White cardstock.  I wanted to use a lighter color than black so I used Early Espresso.  I had to laugh after I stamped the words, they look black!!! LOL  But it's okay, it's a nice clean crisp image and I'm happy with it.  

If you look at the original card you will see the flowers on the bottom have some marks on them.  I wasn't sure what it was. I thought maybe a shadow. But I stamped my first flower, the one on the top and then I stamped the one on the middle right.  Then I thought, I should make a fussy cut flower for the top left one, so I stamped on a piece of scrap and I saw that mark on my flower.  It was part of the tail of the "u".  Fortunately my flower with the mark on it was on scrap paper, so I just stamped another one.  So, if you are going to remake this card, make sure you clean off your stamp after you stamp over the word part.  I didn't really clean off the stamp, I just stamped on some scrap paper until the stamp was fairly clean.  I stamped the last flower and then moved on to the flower center.  

Next I fussy cut the flower out.  I set it aside and stamped the stems and leaves.  I added the fussy cut flower using Dimensionals and that was it. I thought it was a very simple, quick and clean card to make!  I think I'm going to miss the "Avant-Garden" and the "So Very Much" sets at the end of March.  You can look for them in my web store on April 1st.  No fooling!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

So Very Much, Thank You Card, With Botanical Builders

I was going to title this, "Bits and Pieces" but I thought I should stick with the actual piece names.  I have this bowl on my worktable that gets covered up with papers and once in a while I remember it's there and today was one of those times.  It's full of bits and pieces from other projects. I just can't seem to toss them out.  I figure I may use them sometime.  Well, today I found a fun use for a few of those pieces.

I used the "So Very Much" Sale-a-Bration set for the words. I LOVE those larger words for cards. They take up a lot of space and you just need a little embellishment and it's done.  And sometimes you don't even need to add a think, the words just stand a lone.  These would stand alone because they are large enough.

I found a Melon Mambo flower that was cut using the "Botanical Builders" Framelit Dies.  The leaf was also from that set.  The tiny flowers too!!  They were lost among a bunch of other pieces in that bowl.  That bowl is pretty full!!

Edited on 2-16-17:   The color of the small flowers are Bermuda Bay and Pool Party

I set the image on a folded half sheet of Bermuda Bay cardstock.

I set rhinestones in the center of each of the flowers to give it a little bling and it was done!!  Super quick because everything was done already!! Such a deal!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Avant-Garden, Birthday Card, 2017 Sale a Brations

You guessed it, I did not put this stamp set away.  And you know what that means (other than I'm a messy stamper!), it means I am going to use it again. After all, it was just sitting there.  But like I said the other day, this set is really starting to grow on me.  I don't like to fussy cut but for this card I'm willing to make an exception!

I found this card on Pinterest.  You can see it here.  I did change it a little.  I changed the colors because I didn't know what color was used in the original card, so I went with the color I thought I would like. 

The base of my card is folded half sheet of Smoky Slate.  On top of that is a piece of Pear Pizzazz cut 3-1/4" x 4-1/2".  On top of that is a piece of Whisper White cut 3" x 4-1/4".  A piece of Washi tape from the "Pop of Pink" rolls was added to the right side.  Then I cut a piece of Whisper White 2-3/8" x 4-1/4".  I stamped the flower on it using Rose Red, it's a color I don't use very often and I thought I should take it off the rack and dust it off!!  I stamped the stem and leaf using Pear Pizzazz ink.  The words were stamped using black Memento ink.  I did stamp a second flower. I added the center to the flower using black Memento ink.  Then I fussy cut it out. Actually, I stamped all of the flowers at the same time so when it was time to cut out the flower I knew it would be dry.  Before attaching the stamped flower piece in place I tied some black thread around it.  I didn't have any black Baker's Twine and I didn't feel like coloring any with my Sharpe marker, so I took some embroidery floss and tied it around the piece. Then I taped it in place on top of the piece that has the Washi tape on it.  

I added Dimensionals to the stamped panel piece and set it on top of the Pear Pizzazz piece.  Then that was taped on top of the Smoky Slate card base.

It's a pretty simple card to make, just a lot of pieces to deal with.  I do like how it turned out.  Oh, and the original card does not have the flower cut out.  I just thought this flower looked SO much better when it was layered like that.

Thank you ever so much for stopping by today,

Monday, February 13, 2017

Avant-Garden, Birthday Card, 2017 Sale A Brations

I'm really starting to like this "Avant-Garden" stamp set. At first I thought it was a bit blah.  I do like the images better when I have to fussy cut another flower to lay on top.  This flower needed some depth.  But then again it's fussy cutting and I don't like doing that.  I do if I REALLY have to!!! LOL

This card was found on Pinterest by stampdog.  You can see the original card here.  I did change a few things on it but it's pretty close.  Not that I was going for a total copy or close, I just liked the flower panel the most out of the card.

I changed the color of the ribbon and the color of the base of the card.  I used Whisper White for my base.

I used Pirouette Pink and the "Falling Hearts" embossing folder.

I cut the flower panel to 2-1/4" x 4-1/2".  The Chocolate Chip layer was cut 2-1/2" x 4-3/4".  I used some left over ribbon I had because I didn't have any Mint Macaron ribbon.  I changed the leaf and stem color from Mint Macaron to Pear Pizzazz.  I did have the mint ink but the ribbon I had didn't go with it.  

I did mask the flowers so I could stamp the stems.  I had used this set before with masks so I only had to cut out one more mask, so I didn't whine too much making it!!!  LOL

So, this is how it turned out.  I like it!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hey Chick, Birthday Card, 2017 Sale a Bration

I wanted to play with watercolor paper and I wanted to play with the "Hey Chick" Sale a Bration set.  I found a card on Pinterest.  You can see it here. I changed it a bit.  Oh and by the way, the background on the chicken is not as dark in person as it is in the photo.  

I alos got to play with the hexagon embossing folder too.  It's one of those thick ones like the knitted one from Christmas. I like to mist them first so the impression is deep, crisp and not torn.  Do that first so it has time to dry.  Then do your watercoloring so it has time to dry.  There's plenty of things to do in the meantime.

Cut the base of your card.  I cut mine from a folded half sheet of Basic Gray cardstock.  The hexagon piece was done using Smoky Slate.

I used the decorative paper from the "Urban Underground" package.  

I layered the chicken on a die cut circle of Cherry Cobbler.  And the words are from the same set. I used the oval sets to cut them out.  I set the chicken piece and the word piece in place using Dimensionals.  Everything else was taped flat.  It is a little different than the original card but that's okay, I like this too.  Though that background is bugging me, it's sticking out like a sore thumb!  LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, February 10, 2017

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

I've been finding a few "Avant-Garden" cards that I just have to try to duplicate.  This was one of them.  I often forget how you can take an image from the set and make your own "ribbon" band.  The flower center was used to make the strip behind the flower panel. You can see the one I found on Pinterest by clicking here.  

This was a super simple card to make.

First I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 4-1/4" x 11" (cut a sheet in half on the short side).  I folded it in half and set it aside.

Next I took a piece of Old Olive cardstock and cut it 4-1/4" x 2-3/4".  I stamped the flower from "Avant-Garden" using Old Olive ink. I taped it in place on the bottom half of the front of the card.

I took a scrap piece of Whisper White and stamped the flower center across it using Daffodil Delight ink.  I trimmed the strip to 1/2" x 4-1/4". I added a layer of Daffodil Delight behind it.  I was going to add a 1/4" to the width but I thought it would be too much yellow showing but only cutting it 1/8" larger was not quite enough, so I went somewhere in between.  I taped those two pieces together and taped it to the card. The yellow is on top of the green. I used the white strip as my guideline to get both sides even.

I stamped the flower onto a piece of 2-3/4" x 3-3/4" Whisper White cardstock using Daffodil Delight ink. I also stamped another flower on a piece of scrap card stock. Then I stamped the flower center using black Memento ink. That piece I fussy cut out.  Next I stamped the flower stem and leaves. I also stamped a leaf on a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock and fussy cut it out.  I stamped the sentiment from the "Wetlands" set using black Memento ink.  

I set the fussy cut pieces in place using Dimensionals. I set the whole panel in place using Dimensionals. And it was done!!  It as a very quick and easy card to make, plus I think it has an elegant look to it!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Tasty Trucks, Birthday Card, 2017 Sale-a-Bration

I am in need of a Valentine's Day card but I thought I should play with my "Tasty Trucks" set.  I do need a birthday card too, so this one may be in the running.  It depends on how I feel about the next birthday card I want to make!!!  You know me, I always have to make a "fresh" one every time I'm in need of a card.  I used to have a huge stash of cards but I started selling them and sometimes giving them away on my blog.

Today's card was pretty much copied from a card I found at Pinterest by Christy at The Stamp Cycle.   You can see the original card here.  It's a link to the one I found on Pinterest. I went to her blog using the link from the card on Pinterest but it didn't take me directly to the card and I didn't have time to page through the blog to find it.  

I used a folded half sheet of Pool Party cardstock for the base of my card.  Then I added a layer of Watermelon Wonder.  I used the "Tasty Treats Specialty Paper" for the top layer.  I thought the popsicles would go well with the images on the truck.

I colored the truck using the Watermelon Wonder marker and a blender pen. I stamped and cut out those little pieces of food.  UGH!! Super tiny fussy cutting, it's the worst!!! LOL I set them in place using Dimensionals.  The Pool Party circle was also set in place with Dimensionals.  So that makes 3 layers of Dimensionals.  The circles, the truck and the food in the window!  But it looks so cute that way!

It was a fun card to make but I don't think I will make another one!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

The Winner of the Best Bird, Birthday Card is......

And the winner of the "Best Bird" card is Kathy B.  Please email me with your snail mail address. My email can be found on the right side bar under "Got a Question."  If you have trouble with that link you can always leave your snail mail address in a comment.  I promise I won't publish it!  I moderate every comment so I am the only one who will see it.  Congratulations Kathy, please contact me by 2-19-17.

Thank you all for playing along,

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

So Very Much, Avant-Garden, Thank You Card, 2017 Sale a Bration

I LOVE this big "Thank You" in the free Sale-a-Brations 2017 catalog.  It takes up so much space that you can get by with little to no additional stamping.  I'm sure you're wondering how that could be.  Click here to see a thank you card I made for a birthday gift I received.  And click here to see the card I made for a Christmas gift I received. I REALLY like that thank you card! And today's card was done with stamping!

I stamped my image by lining up the block (my set is a wooden one) on the right and bottom so the words were over to the right and bottom to give me more room on the left and top to add an image.  Or to add something punched or die cut.

I stamped the flower from the "Avant-Garden" set, using Sweet Sugarplum ink. Then I stamped it again on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock and fussy cut it out.

I took the stem and curved it so it would bend towards the words.  If I would have left it as it was it would have been heading towards the left side and I didn't want that look.  That is one of the nice things about the clear stamps, you can manipulate them to a degree and they bend back!

I stamped the stem and leaves using Pear Pizzazz.  And that was it.  I added the flower on top with Dimensionals and I taped the Whisper White focal piece on a folded half piece of Rich Razzleberry.

I think it's a very elegant looking "Thank You" card.  It's too bad this image is a Sale-a-Bration one. That means it's not going to be available after March 31st.  So it's best to use it a lot now while it's still current!! And the same with the "Avant-Garden" set too!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Avant-Garden, Birthday Card, 2017 Sale a Bration

While surfing the net for some thing fun to make using the "Avant-Garden" 2017 Sale-a-Bration set, I found this beauty.  You can see the original made by Elvira here.  I think it's German by the wording stamped on her cards. But does it really matter?  No, beauty is beauty in any language!!

For this card I used a folded half sheet of Rich Razzleberry. Then I took a quarter sheet of Whisper White and ran it through the Big Shot using the "Falling Hearts" embossing folder.  Then I trimmed it to 4" x 5-1/4"

Next I took a piece of the decorative paper from the "Falling in Love" pack and trimmed it to 1-5/8" x 5-1/4".  The Rich Razzleberry layer behind it is cut 1-7/8" x 5-1/4".  

I stamped the flower using the new Sweet Sugarplum ink.  I stamped two flowers, one for the oval and one to fussy cut out!!! UGH!!!  LOL  I stamped the stem and leaves using Pear Pizzazzink.  The center of the flower I fussy cut is stamped using Rich Razzleberry.

I used the stitched oval die here and an oval scalloped die to layer behind it.  I set the pieces on the Whisper White background to see where to place the words from the "Wetlands" set.  I stamped them in the right corner and I made a mess of it so I stamped them in the left corner and used the panel to cover up my mistake!!  Whatever it takes, right?  I kind of like that strip on the right side. I'm so used to adding it on the left that it is nice to change it up now and then and if takes a mistake to make me see that change is needed, then so be it!! Bottom line here is, the card looks good and no one will know about the horrible stamp job under that panel.  

I set the oval in place using Dimensionals.  I also set the flower I fussy cut out in place using Dimensionals as well.  It was a very fun and simple card to make.

Thank you ever so much for visiting today,