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Thursday, May 26, 2016

A By the Tide Work of Art and Guy Greetings Father's Day Card

I found a fun card on Split Coast Stampers that used the fish from "By the Tide" and the arch/brush stroke image from "Work of Art" It was made by Janet. I went to her website to try to find the card but I had no luck.  There was no direct link to it and she didn't list how the card was made.  SO I was on my own.  You can see her card here, it is very soft and subtle looking.  I really liked it but I was unable to find how she got her background colors. 

In light of that, I will share with you how I made mine.  First I took Pacific Point and inked up the "Work of Art" image.  I stamped it once at the top and I repeated stamping it 2 more times without inking it up again.  Then I took Old Olive and I stamped it just below the Pacific Point and stamped 3 (yes 3) more times without inking it up again.  Then I took Marina Mist and stamped just under the Old Olive, again stamping 2 more times.  And lastly I used So Saffron.  I stamped it over the Old Olive and I stamped it a total of 4 times.  One thing nice about doing this is, if there is a spot you don't like much or it has an open space to it, you can always fill it in with one of the colors that has been stamped off one to three times!  Stamp the fish using black ink and it's ready to trim and layer.

Now for the card itself.  I used Whisper White for the base of my card.  Then I added a piece of Marina Mist that I textured using the "Softly Falling" embossing folder.  Then I trimmed up the fish image and sponged the edges with Pacific Point ink. I layered it with Pacific Point card stock.

The words are from the "Guy Greetings" set. I sponged the edges and then layered it with Pacific Point card stock.  I set the fish layer in place using Dimensionals.  For the word layer I used Dimensionals on the bottom and left side and taped the top and right side to the fish layer.  And that was it.  It's pretty simple to do, though I do with I knew what colors were used in the one that inspired me.  But it's okay, I have this card with murkier water!!! LOL

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Timeless Textures and Happy Birthday Everyone Birthday Card

Playing with the "Timeless Textures" stamp set that I just HAD to have but haven't touched much at all. Actually, I made the mistake (as usual) of ordering too many stamp sets and then not playing with them all equally.  I tend to latch on to a few that I find really fun or easy to play with and the next thing I know I run across a set that I forgot I had.

I am going to miss the "Happy Birthday, Everyone" set.  I LOVED that huge happy birthday.  It filled up the front of a card nicely. But I'm sure I will find something else to replace it.  I stamped mine using Tempting Turquoise and layered it with Tempting Turquoise card stock.  The background was done using the "Timeless textures" set.  There's 9 fun elements in that set to play with. It was fun stamped them where ever I wanted.  I used Crumb Cake for some of the elements oh and there's a splash of Calypso Coral on there too.

It was a super fun card to make.  I like these colors together.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Timeless Textures and Teeny Tiny Wishes Monochromatic Card

I really wanted to make this into a birthday card but I couldn't find the stamp.  It must have gotten out and is hiding somewhere in my workroom. It will show up, they always do! So I decided I would make this into a pretty Mother's Day card instead. I do want to make another one when I find the birthday image.

For this card I used the last piece of Lost Lagoon I have. I think it's the last piece anyway.  I thought I had said that once before and a couple of pieces showed up. I do have a full package but I don't want to open it.  I will sell it after it retires.  

So, let's talk about this card.  I used Whisper White and Lost Lagoon. I have not made a Monochromatic card in a while.  

I used 4 of the images from the "Timeless Textures" set.  There's 9 images in the set all together. There was one more I wanted to use but I refrained.  I didn't want the card to look too cluttered.  

I die cut the flower using the Botanical Builder Framelits.  I cut it from the Lost Lagoon layer.  I cut it from about the spot where the flower set.  It doesn't matter where it's cut from, it shouldn't show through the Whisper White card stock.  I set the flower in place with a Dimensional and used a small glue dot to set the flower center in place.  

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I normally use the Word Window punch, but it's retiring so I thought I would try to imitate the new punch that replaced it.  I trimmed the ends so they were pointed like in the book.  I do like the punch and it's a must for the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  

Oh and the center of the flower is a retiring candy dot.  I didn't have one in Lost Lagoon so I used a Bermuda Bay one.  Shhhh, don't tell anyone!!!  It blended in well and only those who read this will know it doesn't match exactly.  It's VERY difficult to tell that it is not Lost Lagoon.  

It was a pretty simple and quick card to make!  I do like how it turned out.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

An In the Meadow and You've Got This Masculine Birthday Card

Oh my goodness. My coloring on the deer is just horrible.  As the ink dried the image got worse.  A big ISH on this card. Maybe a little Garden Green sponged on the leaf area of the tree might help.  Well, it won't help the deer but it will take your eyes away from it for a moment!! LOL

I liked the concept here, I just wish it would have turned out better.  I may add the Garden Green, but what I'd really like to do is redo the whole card.

Let's pretend it's nice!!!  LOL  To make this card you will need the background image from the "You've Got This" set. I stamped off twice and it was still to dark. Next I cut out a mask for the deer.  I stamped the deer and then set the mask on top.  I stamped the trees and the words (from the "Wetlands" set).  I colored in the deer using a blender pen and Soft Suede ink.  I didn't realize how much red was in that ink.
The deer could have been a softer color too.  Oh well, what's done is done and like I've said before, they all can't be winners.  And lucky you, I share the good, the bad, and the ugly with you!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today (and I apologize for such an ugly card, PLEASE come back tomorrow, it will be a better card, I PROMISE!!!),

Sunday, May 22, 2016

An English Garden and Paper Pumpkin Birthday Card

I thought I would try to use up some of my Designer Series Paper (DSP) before it retires at the end of the month. With the size piece here, it will take me until 2020 to finish up the pack I have!!!  Why do I do this? I have great intentions of using the DSP and I end up using a very small piece to make my card.  UGH!!!  LOL

Okay, onto this card.  It's a very quick and simple card to make.  I cut my DSP 2" x 4-1/4".  I cut the Cherry Cobbler layer 2-1/4" x 4-1/2".  I textured the Pink Pirouette using the "Falling Snow" (I think that's the name, or is it "Softly Falling"?) embossing folder.  

I stamped the words from the May 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit. I used the 3 in 1 ribbon punch on the end and then I trimmed the other end.  I repeated that for the Cherry Cobbler layer but I made the strip 1/4" wider.  I had a long strip so I trimmed it after I taped the white piece in place.  I set the words on using Dimensionals and that was it.  Super easy, and super quick!

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

A Garden in Bloom Birthday Card

The "Garden in Bloom" card is one I don't play with much at all. I may have when I first bought it, I don't remember.  But if I did, I probably played it to death!! I'm SO guilty of doing that with a stamp set.  At times it feels like it's the only set I own!  So, the other day I was looking through my stamp sets and I saw the "Garden in Bloom" and grabbed it off the shelf. I searched the net for a fun sample to either inspire me or to copy.  I ended up with the copy, I wasn't feeling very creative.
I don't remember where I found this card.  My computer had to do and update right in the middle of everything and the window I had open with the original card got closed and I wasn't able to find it.  So, if you know who make a card very similar to this one, please let me know so I can give them the credit they are due and a link back to their blog.

The original card had those tiny little flowers stamped in Melon Mambo, the same color as the larger flower.  I used Tempting Turquoise to color mine.  I thought the card, as pretty as it was, needed a little more color.  I do like that blue popping out from the banner (which we'll talk about later).  The flower was fussy cut and set in place using a Dimensional.  Oh, and then all of a sudden it clicked!!!  That is why I don't use the set much.  Fussy cutting. I'm SO spoiled by punches and dies that when it comes to fussy cutting I tend to bypass a set.  It really depends on the mood I'm in or the time I have to make and post the card.  I also fussy cut the two leaves that were stamped using Pear Pizzazz.

The base of the card is a folded half sheet of Melon Mambo.  The words are from the April 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit.

Now lets talk about that banner.  UGH!!!  Is there a formula for figuring out how long to cut the card stock on those pieces before they are punched?  What I ended up doing, after ruining 2 of them was I punched one end.  Then I took the piece that was punched out and set it on the other end of the strip and I set the whole thing on top of the card so I knew how much I needed to slide the piece to get my desired length.  I did the same with the black border.  

I was in the mood for fussy cutting, only because there wasn't a lot of pieces to cut and there was something interesting on the tv!  I did like making the card and I do like how it turned out.

Edited 5-22-16:  I found the original card.  It was made by Amy K and you can see it here.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

A Guy Greetings Masculine Birthday Card with the Z Fold Swinging Technique

I do like playing with this "Z Fold Swinging" technique.  It's very easy to do and fun.  There's other ways you can dress it up too.  I could have added another matching sized rectangle onto the inside strip so when the card closed you couldn't tell it was there.  Once opened it would reveal words or some handwritten sentiment.  But I didn't.  I stuck to the simpler look.  I will have to give that a try sometime and show you.

You can find the instructions for this fun technique here.  I have made several of them on my site so far.  I just think they are a fun and different way to give a card.  Traditional folds are okay, but once in a while you do need to try something new!!  And if you don't like it, well, at least you know you tried!

For my card I used the "Guy Greetings" for the car and the words.  I stamped them in Early Espresso so they blended better with the striped paper.  The papers here are from the "Going Places" 6" x 6" paper stack.  That stack was a lot of fun and it has great masculine images in it. Too bad it's retiring at the end of the month.  I'm hoping for a new and fun masculine paper stack. What I like about the stacks the most is, I get a lot of paper that is cut to a size that I like better. Easy to trim up and a nice variety to play with.  

This was a fun card to make.  Give this technique a try if you have not tried it yet.  You'll see how easy it is to do.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

An In the Meadow Masculine and Guy Greeting Card

Today I wanted to make another masculine card but I didn't want to use the "Guy Greetings" images again.  Though I did use the "Dad" word stamp from that set.  So with not wanting to use those images in mind, I had to go to my stamp sets and see what I had available to use.  I found "In the Meadow."  Yet another set I have not used much.  

This card has a number of layers but it wasn't difficult to make.  

For the base of my card I used Crumb Cake.  Crumb Cake ink was also used.  Then the next layer is Bermuda Bay.  On top of that is Lost Lagoon and then the Whisper White piece with the stars embossed on it.

The smaller layer is a piece of dotted decorative paper in Bermuda Bay.  I really wanted the other side of that paper but by the time I had remembered that, I had tape all over it.  So it's polka dotted! I taped it in place on top of the starred paper.

Then I stamped the deer and trimmed the image.  I cut a layer of Crumb Cake for it.  I set that layer in place using Dimensionals.  

The "Dad" was stamped using Crumb Cake, punched out with the 3/4" circle punch and then the Crumb Cake card stock was cut out with the 1" circle punch.  It was taped in place.  And that was it.  Super easy, just a lot of layers.  And I do LOVE layers on my cards!!!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Garden in Bloom and May 2016 Paper Pumpkin Birthday Card

 I was surfing the net to see what fun card using the "Garden in Bloom" stamp set. I have not played with this set much so I thought I would go hunting for something fun to make using it.  I ran across this card made by Andrea at Snippets. It was a quick and easy card to make.  Andrea had added pearls between the butterflies and I was going to do that but I forgot.  I will be doing that after I post here.

For my card I used the same colors for the butterflies as Andrea did.  They are Hello Honey, Calypso Coral, and Marina Mist.  I stamped the outline and words in Basic Black.  

The words are from the May Paper Pumpkin kit.  I was trying to go through my stamp sets to find a nice happy birthday that was on one line.  

The little heart is from the same Paper Pumpkin kit.  I used Calypso Coral to stamp it.  I added it because I didn't get the words centered.  It was a great way to balance it all out!!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A Guy Greetings Dad Birthday Card

On the piece of card stock I ran across yesterday that had the card on actually had two of them stamped on it.  I debated whether to make another masculine card or put it aside and make something different.  Well, putting it aside is what gets me in trouble in my workroom.  I have piles of stuff that has been put aside.  So I thought I would use this and there'd be one less thing to deal with in the pile!

The card was stamped using the "Guy Greetings" set.  It's such a fun set, not only because it has some nice guy images in it, but it's also got LOTS of words, dad, grandpa, uncle,  and brother. There's Father's Day, Congratulations, and Happy Birthday.   Plus there's several more.  It's  a great masculine set for the money!  I have used it often.  And I've used the words from this set on other masculine cards.  

This card was simple to make.  I trimmed the car to 2-1/4" x 2-1/4".  Then I cut a piece of Soft Suede to 2-1/2" x 2-1/2".  I cut a piece of the "English Garden" decorative paper to 2-1/2" x 3-3/4" and the Soft Suede layer was trimmed to 2-3/4" x 4".

I stamped "Dad" and punched it out using the 3/4" circle punch.  Then I punched out a 1" circle of Soft Suede.  I set the car and the words in place using Dimensionals.  Shhhh, don't tell everyone how quick and simple this card was to make!!

This set will allow you to have fun with the masculine cards you need to make.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

A Guy Greetings Birthday Card

I never seem to have enough masculine cards.  Today I ran across this car that I had stamped a while ago and I thought I would put it together with some paper and card stock and see what I get.

I found the decorative papers in the "Going Places" paper stack.  It was a fun stack and is retiring at the end of the month. So may pages left, so little time!!!

The base of my card is Soft Suede.  I layered the image with Mossy Meadow and Soft Suede.  I originally had it layered in Mossy Meadow but it blended in with the background too much so I needed to add a little more contrast.  

The map was also layered the same way as the car.  

I set the car in place using Dimensionals and that was it. Super easy and very quick to make!  And I have a masculine birthday card to add to my little stash!!!

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

A Timeless Textures Botanical Builders and Rose Wonder Birthday Card

Today I was surfing the net for a fun card to make using the "Timeless Textures" set. I saw one a while back which impelled me to buy the set but I didn't save the image, so I had to go surfing.  This little gem by Kelly from "My Papercraft Journey" caught my eye and I thought I'd give it a try. It looked simple enough to get my feet wet with this set.  It has an elegant look to it that I often like to see in cards.

To make this card I used Tip Top Taupe for the base of the card. Than a trimmed quarter sheet of Mint Macaron.  On top of that is the Whisper White. 

On the Whisper White layer I stamped the dotted bar image first.  Then the leafy looking one, both using Mint Macaron ink.  

The words I used are from the "Rose Wonder" set.  I don't know what set teh words that Kelly used are from, she didn't list it and I didn't have it.  

The flower was made using the "Botanical Builders" Framelits. I set it in place using a Dimensional. A glue dot holds the center piece of the flower in place and I added a pearl to mine.

This card went together very quickly and even though it's not the same as Kelly's card, I do like how it turned out.  This card could be used for a number of occasions other than birthdays, like sympathy, thinking of you, friendship, and Mother's Day.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

March Paper Pumpkin Birthday Card

The March 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit came with the fun "Happy Birthday" words that you see here.  It also came with the balloon image you see in the circle.  Oh and don't forget about that cute little flower image that was used on the background!

The piece where the Happy Birthday was stamped comes the way you see it.  I added a piece of decorative paper to the left for some balance to the card.  It needed something darker and that did the job.

I have not played much with my April Paper Pumpkin.  It was a wreath.  I don't do wreaths so I probably won't be putting that one together but I think I can use those leaves from the wreath on other cards.  Plus that kit came with some pretty fun images to play with.  I did make one card with it so far. You can see that card here.  I just got notice that the May kit is on it's way!!  I look forward to them! If I don't like the project (which isn't very often), I can always do something else with the things in the kit.  And if I don't feel creative, I surf the net to see what other people have done with their kits or the left over items from their kits.

These kits are fun to do and if you'd like to order them just click here.  My friend Terri can get you set up.  

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Friday, May 13, 2016

A Happy Birthday Everyone Botanical Builder Birthday Bouquet Birthday Card

Here's a super quick card to make. You can use up your fun pieces of scrap decorative paper. My decorative paper is from the "Birthday Bouquet" pack.

Once again I am using the "Happy Birthday, Everyone" set.  I just love how quickly you can whip up a card with those big letters.  

This was an easy card to make too.  A couple of layers, very little stamping, and a piece of scrap decorative paper.  It doesn't get much simpler than that!  I think it would be a little bit prettier if the base of the card would have been Mossy Meadow instead of just the Whisper White.  It would still be quick and easy!!

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