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Monday, July 25, 2016

A Botanical Builder and Petite Pairs Thank You Card

I had some scraps of "Bloom & Bliss" Designers Series Paper (DSP) and I was going to toss them because they were only about an inch wide.  But if you know me like my family does, you know I can't throw anything away!  You know what happens when you do!  That's when you need it!  LOL

This card was very fun to make.  I used Rich Razzleberry for the base of the card.  Then I added a layer of Crumb Cake and then the Whisper White piece that I stamped on.  I stamped the ferny looking image from the "Timeless Textures" set using Crumb Cake ink that I stamped off once. Then I stamped some dots from that same set using Blushing Bride ink.  I stamped it directly and then stamped again for a lighter color pink.

I took my 1" pieces of DSP and used the triple banner punch on the ends.  I used the next size up to make the layer but it was too big, so I had to trim it up a bit on each side.  I stamped the words on a piece of Whisper White and layered it with Crumb Cake like I did the other two DSP pieces.

The flower, flower center, and the leaves are from the "Botanical Builders" Framelits set.  I like to take a chop stick and curl the edges of the flower petals before I attach it to my card.  I have torn petals of doing that before but if you're adding a center to the flower it's easy to hide the tear!  I set my flower in place using a pop up glue dot (I'm low on Dimensionals) and I added the leaves to the dot too, before I set it in place on the card.  I added a "White Perfect Accents" dot to the center of the flower.  I suppose I could have colored it with a permanent marker to make it pop more but I didn't think of it until now. 

I thought it was a very fun card to make. It has lots of pieces, which I often like to play with and it's got lots of colorful movement to it.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A Swirly Scribbles, Botanical Builder, Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Birthday Card

There's LOTS of stuff going on with this card.  I started out with a scrap piece of Blossoms & Bliss decorative paper. Then I added the Crumb Cake scribble ring from "Swirly Scribbles".  And then I began to embellish it with lots of pieces of things in my stash.  I had leaves from "Botanical Builder" and "Swirly Scribbles" Thinlits.  I added the smaller flowers from "Bloomin' Hearts",  and "Botanical Builder".  

I set the swirly ring in place using Dimensionals, but I only put them were the flowers were. So if you were to think of the ring as a clock, the Dimensionals would be placed at 2,4, and 7 o'clock.  

I added pearls to the center of all of the flowers.  

The words are from the "Petite Pairs" stamp set.  

This was a fun card to make and it was fun to dig in my stash and see what would work.  I did have to cut some blue flowers out though, I don't have that big of a color variety in my stash!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Touches of Texture, Timeless Textures and Happy Happenings Birthday Card

You're not seeing double.  Or are you?  LOL  I wasn't sure what color I wanted to make the background of this card, so I thought I would make both and see which one would be better.  I still can't decide?  Can you?

I used the "Touches of Texture" stamp set for the flowers and the misty looking background on the large layer.  I stamped them using Dapper Denim ink. I also used "Timeless Textures" for the ring marks showing on the right side.

The flowers were stamped using Dapper Denim and Delightful Dijon ink.  

The top card was made using Crumb Cake card stock with a Dapper Denim base.  I sponged the edges using Crumb Cake. I stamped the flower image using Crumb Cake ink and Very Vanilla card stock.  I wish I would have layered that piece in Dapper Denim card stock, it kind of got lost on the card.  
The bottom card was made the same way except I used Sahara Sand for the ink and card stock.  And again, I wished I would have stepped back from it so I could see that it needed a layer of Dapper Denim on the flower panel.  But what's done is done. 

Anyway, you pick which you like better, the Crumb Cake or the Sahara Sand.  Just leave a comment and I'll do a random drawing and send the winner the card they think is better. Don't include any personal info.  I'll do the drawing and let the winner know how to connect.

Have fun and thanks for helping me pick!  Good luck to you!

Edited 7-25-2016: I forgot to add that I will do the random drawing for the card on Saturday July 30, 2016.

Thank you for visiting today,

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Swirly Bird and Stylized Birthday Card

I found this really fun card made by Tracy at "Bedlam and Butterflies".  I was going to copy it but then I ran across a fun card layout in my workroom and I thought I'd combine the too.  I wished I would have found that layout before I had stamped the images, I would have moved them down further in that right corner to make a little more room for the words. 

Anyway, it was still a fun card to make.  I used Crushed Curry for the base of the card.  Actually it was only 1/4 sheet of card stock.  I took a 2" x 5-1/2" piece of Crushed Curry decorative paper and folded it in half.  I taped one side to the back of the card and on the other half I taped a piece of Whisper White card stock.  The decorative paper was strong enough to support that top layered panel.

I stamped the words using Memento black ink and cut it close to the words.  I layered it with a piece of Crushed Curry card stock that was cut 3/16" larger.  I was going to go 1/4" but I needed some extra space so I didn't cut off the image when the Happy Birthday part was closed. It worked out and I do like how it looks.  

I LOVE the "Swirly Bird" set but I'm not fond of fussy cutting.  I thought the set had a bird die with it.  But no!  I had to cut it by hand.  Oh well, at least I only needed one!  I did add some tiny pearls to the centers of each of the flowers and to the bird's eye.  I thought it needed a little more depth and texture.

This was a fun card to make and I thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Sliding Star Paper Airplane Greeting Spinner Card

Here is another card I had made for Terri's fabulous Stamping Extravaganza.  I had the privilege of demoing for her there.  These spinner cards are super easy and fun to make.

I used the curved bar for the spinner on this card. Though I do prefer the full circle one, it gets a better spin and seems to be more fun.

I used the paper airplane stamp and die to make this card.  The "Sliding Star" framelets is a very fun die pack to play with.  Pare it up with the "Swirly Bird" set and you can stamp the images and cut them out too!  I like the wording that goes with each image too.  This one reads "The sky's the limit!".  How fun is that?  

You can find some tips here.  It's from the full circle one but most of the steps can be used for this curved bar slider too.   

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Flourishing Phrases and Flourish Thinlits Sympathy Card

Today I was playing with the "Flourishing Phrases" and "Flourish" Thinlits.  I thought I'd make a sympathy card.  I like the way the font was and I liked how it fit so well in that bottom corner.  

My focal panel measures 5" x 3-3/4".  I cut a piece of scrap card stock 2-1/2" x 3-3/4".  I centered it on the focal panel piece and traced around it with the Basic Black marker.  Then I stamped the wording. I cut the flowering part out of Basic Black card stock and glued it in place.  I like to glue the easy way.  I take a piece of waxed paper and spread some white glue on it. I fold the waxed paper in half, smoosh it together and then open it.  I set the image to be glued on top.  I light ly press the card stock areas with a toothpick and then remove the image.  I set it place and check to make sure there's no glue showing.  I remove any excess glue with a toothpick.  I taped all the layers together and it was done.

For the final touch I added pearls to the flourish.  As simple as that!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Swirly Bird and Snow Place Christmas Card

I promise I won't do another Christmas in July card!  I'm not a big fan of Christmas in July.  I'm not in the Christmas spirit this time of year. I like to go to the stores when the Christmas music is playing and the store is all aglow with Christmas items and smells too! So with that said, I will hold off for a few months before I make any more Christmas cards.

I had the "Swirly Bird" bundle for a few days making card and this card came to mind.  SO I cut out the front panel and set it aside for a day that I had time to play with it and see if what was in my head would come out well on paper.  It did, I like how it ended up/.

I used the "Snow Place" set and matching die for the snowman, hat and holly.  I especially loved the holly.  It was fun to just stamp it and use the die to cut it out.  Fussy cutting is something I'm not all that fond of and especially on small tiny pieces.

First I stamped the snowflakes using the white craft ink.  I set it aside to give it time to dry.  Next I punched out a 2-1/2" circle of Whisper White and tore it for the snow. Then I stamped the snowman, arms, hat and holly.  I took a red Sharpie and colored the rhinestones in and set them aside to dry while I hunted down my glue dots.  I used those to put the holly in place on the hat and the word panel.  The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I was going to use some wording from the "Snow Place" set but I forgot and I knew I couldn't stamp it once I got the card front on the card base. I've tried that before, it just doesn't work!  I like the words from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I punched the words close to the edge so I had an open space on the left to add the holly.  The words are set in place using Dimensionals.  

Click here for some information on how to assemble the spinner cards.  There's some tips there that will help you too.  I think they are fun and very easy to make.  I might just have to break down and buy the bundle!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Swirly Scribbles and Flourishing Phrases Wedding Card

Today I thought I would make a card that I saw on Pinterest that I just HAD to try.  I thought it was such a lovely card.  It was made by Becky at Stamp That.  Her card was a friendship "hello" card. I didn't need one of those but I thought I could stand to have a wedding card in my stash.  

The flowers were done using the "Swirly Scribbles" Thinlits die and the "Flourishing Phrases" word set.  

The flowers were cut using Daffodil Delight card stock and the leaves were cut using Pear Pizzazz card stock.

I added a few more rhinestones that Becky did, but after all it was a wedding card and needed a touch more bling!!!

This was a fun card to make.  I am SO loving this Swirly Scribbles and Swirly Bird stamp set!  They sure do make for easy cards!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Sliding Star and Shooting Star Bee Spinner Friendship Card

I LOVE this new spinning card die!  And of course the stamp set that goes along with it.  I had the honor of demoing the bundle on Saturday at Terri's Catalog Extravaganza.  It was such a great time.  I demoed back in February and had a great time then too.  I'm hoping to be asked again to demo.  I LOVED every minute of it!  I got to sit between two fabulous ladies, Colleen and Julie!  The day couldn't have been better!

This was one of the cards I made for the event.  I stamped the beehive using Crushed Curry card stock and ink.  There was a Framelit to cut it out for me!  All of the bees were stamped using black Memento ink.  All were cut using the coordinating Framelit dies. Had there been no die for those little bees, there would only be three on my card!!  After fussing cutting 3 I would have quit.  I could have cut hundreds with that die!  SO fun and super easy!!!

Stampin' Up! has some new fun foam tape in strip form.  It's twice the thickness of a Dimensional.  It's perfect for making these cards.  Plus it's perfect for shaker cards.  You can go around the whole circle on a shaker card without a single gap!  For this card I did have a gap on the center left and right sides.  You need to have room for the pennies to spin around.  It's not fun if they don't spin.  A little gap on the back is fine, it isn't that big, so there was still a lot of support for the weight of the pennies.  You can use washers, but sad to say, pennies were cheaper.  I just love how the bee in the circle would just spin around the area.  It's SO darn cute.

I LOVED playing with this set.  I have more cards that I will share with you soon.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, July 16, 2016

An You've Got This and Flourishing Phrases Framed Art

I have not done a 3-D stamped item in a very long time.  So, I thought I would give it a try.  I had gotten some fun frames at The Dollar Store and I thought I'd have some fun.

I took a piece of decorative paper from the "Blossoms & Bliss" pack and cut it to the size of the mat that came with the frame.  I ran tape all across the back of the paper.  Then I set it on top of the mat and pressed it in place.  Then I took my craft knife and cut out the center opening.  

I took a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the background that comes with the  "You've Got This" set.  Then I stamped the flower and fussy cut it out.  I don't cut perfect though it looks like I do.  There is a secret to that. First of all you do need to cut as close to the edge of the lines as possible.  It always seems like there's some white showing and that's okay.  After you color in your image then you take a black marker and run it along the edges of the image.  All of those irregular cut marks just blend in.  Give it a try, you'll be amazed.

The words are from the "Flourishing Phrases" stamp set.  They just seemed to be perfect for the person I'm going to give this to.

I did have fun making this and I think I'm going to see what other stuff I have sitting in drawers in my workroom. I'm sure there's LOTS of 3-D art stuff in them!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, July 15, 2016

A Botanical Builder and Flourishing Phrases Thank You Card

Today I needed to make a thank you card.  I was hoping to find a very large worded "thank you" in my stamp sets but this was the largest one I had.  So I had to make it work.  I die cut it and also die cut the oval scallop.  I much prefer the punches over the dies for these shapes.  It takes longer to cut these out than it did to punch them. 

I had a piece of the "Blooms & Bliss" decorative paper (DSP) sitting on my worktable and I thought I should try to use it up.  God forbid I just put it away!!!  LOL

I looked on the package of the DSP and got the colors used on the paper.  The base of my card is Mint Macaron. I added a layer of Sahara Sand and then a trimmed piece of Island Indigo.  The circle/ring of Island Indigo was a left over piece from making a spinner card.  I hated to toss those out.  They are perfectly round!!!  I taped the DSP to the Island Indigo and taped that to the Sahara Sand and then taped that to the Mint Macaron card base.  Then I took Dimensionals and added them to the back of the ring.  I set the ring in place and then embellished it with the "Botanical Builder' flower and some leaves I had in my stash from the "Rose Garden Thinlits" set.

I set the flower in place using a pop up glue dot.  I'm running low on Dimensionals.  UGH!  The words are from the "Flourishing Phrases" set and I set them in place using Dimensionals.  

This was a fun card to make and I think my friend is going to like it!

Thank you for visiting today,

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Petite Pairs Birthday Card

As I was looking around my workroom I ran across some scraps and images just sitting there.  I'm pretty sure they were sitting out because I didn't want to take the time to put them away.  But as I was looking at them today, I thought I could take the stamped flower I found along with the two pieces of decorative paper and whip up a card.  

I used Island Indigo for the base of the card and for the layers.

The words are from the "Petite Pairs" set.  I used the oval and scalloped oval thinlits.  Or are they framelits?  I don't know what the difference is between the two.

I set the flower and the words in place using Dimensionals.

It was a super quick card to make.  My July Paper Pumpkin is on it's way.  I need to play with my June one!!  I have several Paper Pumpkin posts, you can see the others here.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Swirly Bird and Swirly Thinlits Anniversary Card

I found this fun card while surfing the net.  I thought it was SO pretty and I just had to have a copy of it!!  I did change it a little but I like them both. The original card was made by Ingrid at Stamp-ing.  You can see her card here.

I thought it was a lot of work. There is a lot of stamping and a lot of die cutting.  The background on the larger flowers was fussy cut. Not one of my favorite things to do anymore.  

After they were fussy cut I cut the center  pieces, colored them with the "Wink of Stella" and set them in place with white glue.  The colors of those flowers are Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky and Blush Blossom.

Next I stamped and die cut the other flowers and leaves.  The smallest flowers are stamped using Daffodil Delight and the other little larger flowers were stamped using Rose Red. The leaves were stamped using Pear Pizzazz and the veins in the leaves were stamped using Wild Wasabi.

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set. And the "Falling Snow" embossing folder was used for the top layer background.  For the base of the card I used Soft Sky ink and the larger flower image. 

All the flowers were set in place using Dimensionals.  Lots of Dimensionals are used on this card! One all the flowers were added then some tiny pearls were set in the centers of each.

This card was easy enough to do but it did take a little while to make.  I would probably make another one because I do like how it looks.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A Gift of Love Thank You Card

Today I wanted to play withe the "Gift of Love" stamp set.  I got it but have not played with it at all.  I think it may be because I have a lot of other sets I'm playing with and also because I didn't think it was challenging enough for me.  This is a two step stamping set.  You stamp the flower outline image and then you stamp the flowers with one color and the leaves with another.  Or would that be 3 step???  I think the next time I use this set I may just color in the image to get a nicer light and dark contrast using the blender pen.  I did find it helpful to set the flower stamp on top of the stamped flowers to line it up better, but I still missed the mark!  I did a little better with the leaves.  It's a pretty image but like I said, I'm going to try my hand with coloring it in next time.

I chose this Sweet Sugarplum color card stock because there was a piece of the "Bloom & Bliss" decorative paper sitting by my cutter.  I was too lazy to put it away, so why not use it!!!  

The words are also from this set  I didn't really like how high I had to place them, but I didn't want to cut off the flower.  I should have, I think it would have looked better.  Dooley noted!

It was a fun card to make though.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,