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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Easter

With Easter being a day away and so many things to do, I have decided to take the weekend off from stamping. I will be back on Monday with some fun new card to share with you.

Have a fun, safe and happy weekend,
Wanda

Friday, April 19, 2019

Share What You Love, Healing Hugs, Get Well Card

I'm a bit disappointed in my card today.  My plan was to make a quick and easy get well card.  I did succeed in making it quick and easy but I had an issue with my ink pad. I used a small ink spot to ink up the words. I had them set up in the Stamparatus so I would be sure to get them straight.  The ink pad must have had a fabric issue and a piece of it got on the letter and got impressed onto the card stock. I had to wait until the ink to dry to remove the fuzz.  And now the "p" has a blotch on the bottom part.  GRRR.  I could have redone the card but I didn't have time.  I don't often check my images before I put them to paper after inking them. I guess it's a lesson learned. The words are from the "Healing Hugs" set.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 4-7/8" x 3-3/8" piece of Berry Burst card stock.  And on top of that is a piece of Designer Series Paper from the "Share What You Love" 12" x 12" pack.  It was trimmed to 4-3/4" x 3-1/4".  After stamping the words I taped the DSP to the Berry Burst piece.  I set the layers on top of the card front using Dimensionals.

I told you it was a quick and simple card but I'm not happy with the ink blotch.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Petals & More, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Birthday Card

Today I thought I would try something different in card making.  Well, new to me. I don't know why!  LOL

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I had cut my card stock in half on the 8-1/2" side.  My card was to be folded at the top and open from the bottom.  By the time I had gotten all of my cut pieces to my worktable, I had a regular folded card.  I don't even know where that came from. The other piece will be saved for another card I want to open from the bottom or I'll just cut it  and use it.

The top layer was cut 4-7/8" x 3-5/8".  I used the "Stitched Rectangle" die that measured about 3-1/8" x 2-7/8".  I centered it and ran it through my Big Shot and cut it out.  I save those inside pieces for another project (someday!!).  

I cut a 3-3/4" x 2-1/2" piece of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Share What You Love" 12" x 12" paper pack.  

And I die cut a Mossy Meadow branch from the "Petals & More" set that was bundled with the "Petal Palatte" set.  Which is retiring at the end of May.  I LOVE this set and I'm going to miss it. I will have to find a fun card using the bird and make it before it retires.  

I stamped the words from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set, which is also retiring at the end of May.  I used black Memento ink to stamp them. I also used the Stamparatus to line it up so I could get it straight.  Buying some graph paper and cutting it to fit helps. I found some cheap thin graph paper at the Dollar Tree.  I didn't need anything nice. I just wanted to have some on hand so I can get my wording straight at a low cost.  Having to move the words and re-stamp, sometimes several times causes me to use a bit of graph paper.  Though I did learn to cut it into smaller pieces and only set it on the area that I am going to be stamping.  Okay. Once the words were stamped I was ready to assemble my card.

I used Dimensionals and set the DSP in place.  I added more Dimensionals to the edges of my piece, making sure not to add any to the back of the DSP, it would raise the card up too high.  I set that panel in place using the Dimensionals on the edge plus some snail in the middle (on the backside of the DSP.

I trimmed the end of the branch a bit and added a little bit of glue to some of the leaves and set it in place. I did set it in place before adding the glue so I would know where to place it.  After making sure the leaves stuck in place I was done!

I thought it was a quick and easy card to make.  I like this layout and I'm going to see if I can't come up with something better than the branch for the accent.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Butterfly Beauty, Dandelion Wishes, Get Well Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

I found today's card on Pinterest. I thought it was such a fun card that I just had to make it. You can see the original card here.  There are no instructions so I will share with you how I made my version.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock. This card opens on the right. 

I took a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Soft Sea Foam card stock and textured it using the "Layered Leaves" embossing folder. I taped that layer on the front of the card base.

Next I die cut the butterflies using the thicker "Butterfly Beauty" thinlits dies. I cut a Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry from the die.  I cut out the large butterfly from the Daffodil Delight card stock.  I cut the Calypso Coral butterfly that was on the top left wing of the large butterfly and the small butterfly came from the one on the upper right wing of the large butterfly. 

I die cut the thin butterflies die using Basic Black card stock.  I glued the Daffodil Delight butterfly to the black piece.  Then I glued the Calypso Coral one and the small one was done independently. Cutting the smaller butterfly from the large right wing caused the upper part of the right wing to look funny but it's okay because the word circle will hide it. I taped the double butterfly piece in place  on the front of the card using snail tape. 

The words are from the "Dandelion Wishes" set. I stamped them on Whisper White card stock using black Memento ink.  I set the words in place using Dimensionals. 

The smaller butterfly was set in place by adding some snail tape to the right wings where they would touch the circle and a piece of Dimensional along the center of the body.  And that was it.  It is pretty quick to make. I didn't care much for gluing the black to the colored pieces but as the glue dried it began to grow on me!  Once I got the card put together, I REALLY liked it!  I can see myself making another one someday.

The butterfly set (Butterfly Gala) and the matching dies are retiring at the end of May and the "Daffodil Delight" set is also retiring.  I really like that set and am sad to see that one leave.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Beauty Abounds, Dandelion Wishes, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, Get Well Card

Tonight I will be participating in a card swap and here is my card.  The technique is called "The Window Card".  It's very easy to do too!  I made one earlier last month.  You can see it here.  There you will also find the instructions for it.  I'm just going to post here the materials I used to make this one.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Crushed Curry.  The inside is an 8" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.

I had used the "Stitched Rectangles" dies to make the openings on the card.  

For the front I used a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Share What You Love" 12' x 12" paper pack.  
I had followed the instructions I had written up and did find that I should have cut the DSP 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" instead of 5" x 3-7/8".  There was too much space between the top and bottom of the card.  The DSP needed to be a little longer.  

The words I used are from the "Dandelion Wishes" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink.  I did shut the card and traced around the opening so I could see where I needed to stamp.  I drew lightly and erased using a kneadable eraser (I highly recommend them, they remove only the graphite and don't ruin the paper).  I used the Stamparatus to do all of my stamping. I was making 10 cards so it was just easier to set it up to mass produce like that. If you think 10 cards is mass producing!  LOL

I used Mango Melody to stamp the  bubble images from the "Beauty Abounds" set.  

I die cut a butterfly from the "Butterfly Beauty" thinlits dies.  It's a big die and I just used one of the butterflies and trimmed the wing a bit.  The butterfly was cut from Mint Macaron card stock.   I glued it in place on the thicker part of the bottom wings.  

This was a pretty simple card to make and I would think that if I were making just one card it wouldn't take very long.  What I didn't like doing, when making this many was the die cutting of the rectangles.  But I survived it!! LOL

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Beauty Abounds, Butterfly Gala, Thank You Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

Today's card is a quick and simple one.  I love using the "Beauty Abounds" set.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I cut the sheet in half on the 8-1/2" side so this card is folded at the top and opens at the bottom.

I stamped the flowery vine image using black Memento ink.  

Then I took the large circle/bubble images and stamped them using Daffodil Delight.  That one is towards the bottom of the vine.  

Next I took the smaller circle/bubble images and stamped some more Daffodil Delight ones.  I cleaned off the stamp and then stamped the same image using Highland Heather ink.  I just filled in the open areas.

The words are from the "Butterfly Gala" set. I stamped them on a 1-1/4" x 3" piece of Whisper White card stock using black Memento ink.  I cut a 1-3/8" x 3-1/8" piece of Highland Heather card stock for the layer. I set the words in place using Dimensinals. 

The butterfly is from the "Butterfly Beauty" thinlits.  It was cut from Daffodil Delight card stock.  I took my Basic Black marker and colored in the areas you see in black.  I set the butterfly in place with a small piece of Dimensional.  And that was it.  It's a very fun and quick card to make.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Beautiful Promenade, Mother's Day Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

At first I was wondering why I bought this set but now that I've played with it a bit more I am liking it. Especially because it has matching die cuts!  You know me and fussy cutting!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 5" x 3-3/4" piece of Highland Heather card stock.  And on top of that is a 4-7/8" x 3-3/8" piece of Whisper White that I textured using the "Tufted" embossing folder.  I taped the embossed layer to the Highland Heather layer.

I stamped the flower on a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock using Gorgeous Grape ink.  This stamp is a two step one, so I had stamped the outer part first and then I stamped the inside lines. I think they are a bit too dark and maybe stamping off once might have done the trick, but it is what it is for this card!

I almost fussy cut the flower and then I remembered that I had bought the bundle, so I had the stamps and the matching dies.  Yay!!!  So when I die cut the flower I also die cut some leaves using a scrap piece of Granny Apple Green card stock.  

I took a strip I had cut off when cutting the Highland Heather piece and I cut it to 3-3/8" long and I left the width as it was.  I taped that strip about 1-1/8" up from the bottom of the embossed piece.  Then I added the flower using Dimensionals.  I glued the leaves in place.  

The words were from my computer.  I ran across a stash of stuff and those were in it so I thought I would us them.  No more hoarding! (ya, right!  LOL).  I had punched the out using the "Classic Label" punch but I ended up cutting the ends off to make it fit.  I don't like that part of the Highland Heather strip showing so I think I may add another leaf there to cover it some.

I set the Highland Heather and Whisper White layers on top of the card front using Dimensionals. 

And to complete the card I added some purple sequins that I had.  They are not from Stampin' Up! but they matched and made the card prettier.

This was a fun card to make and I look forward to playing with this set again.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Friday, April 12, 2019

Geared Up Garage, Father's Day Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

Before I put the "Geared Up Garage" stamp set away, I thought I would make one more card.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Best Route" 12" x 12" paper pack. 

I cut a 2" x 4-1/2" piece of DSP from the same pack, just a different design.  I layered it using a piece of Basic Black cut 2-1/8" x 4-3/8".  I set that piece in place using snail tape.

I die cut a 2-1/8" Whisper White circle and I set it in place using snail tape.

The car was made using Night of Navy card stock that I embossed using Versa Mark and white embossing powder.  I die cut the car and set it in place using Dimenisonals.

I die cut the gears using a scrap piece of Smoky Slate card stock.  I glued that piece in place.

The words are from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set. I stamped them using Night of Navy ink. I punched them out using the "Classic Label" punch. I set the words in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  This is a pretty simple card to make and it went together rather quickly.  It was fun to make too.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Geared Up Garage, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, Father's Day Card, Masculine Card

Today I thought I would play with the "Geared Up Garage" stamp set and matching dies.  I have mixed feelings about this set. I bought it because it was a masculine set and there aren't very many masculine sets available.  Maybe if I had done something with the background, instead of just Whisper White, it might look batter.  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock.  On top that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White. 

I stamped the words from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set using black Memento ink.  

I stamped the car from the "Geared Up Garage" set using black Memento ink.  I die cut the car using the "Garage Gears" die cuts.  I colored the car using the light and dark Real Red Blends pens.  

I die cut the gears using the "Garage Gears" die cuts. I set the gears in place using small glue dots.  I was going to use glue but there was this little sheet of almost used up glue dots.  And I still didn't use them all up! UGH!!!

I set the car in place using Dimensionals and that was it. 

I may go back and add something to the larger open areas.  I just feel that they need something.

This was a very fun card to make.  

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Amazing Life, Beautiful Bouquet, Swirly Scribbles, Birthday Card

Yesterday I made a card using the "Amazing Life" set. I had to fussy cut the flowers and I whined a little!  And there were only two yesterday. But today I didn't whine because I was so loving those little flowers that I didn't mind the cutting.  Plus it's amazing how much you can cut when you have the tv on!!!  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of it is a piece of Old Olive cut 4" x 5-1/4".  I cut a piece of Whisper White 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" for my focal piece. This card opens at the bottom.  

I cut a 1" x 5-1/8" strip of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Share What You Love" 12" x 12" paper pack.  I taped it to the Whisper White piece, about 1/2" up from the bottom of the card.

Next I die cut two Old Olive scribble circles from the "Swirly Scribbles" die cut set.  I glued the two together and glued it to the card front.

Then I stamped the words from the "Beautiful Bouquet" set using black Memento ink.

I stamped a bunch of flowers from the "Amazing Life" set using black Memento ink.  I used 8 of them!  I only cut 9 so it's not like I wasted my fussy cutting!!!  I colored the flowers using the Blends pens.  I used both light and dark Pool Party, Highland Heather, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo and Old Olive for the leaves.

I stamped the cake from the "Amazing Life" set using black Memento ink.  I colored the cake using the same colors as the flowers (except for the Old Olive).  I taped the cake in place with snail tape.

I added the flowers using small Dimensionals.  And that was it.

I had fun making this card.  I really love those little flowers.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Amazing Live, Birthday Card, 2019 Occasions Catalog

While looking on Pinterest today, I ran across this card. I clicked on it to make it larger. I left it on the screen as I made my copy.  I closed that window and was going to go back to where I had originally found the image and then Pinterest pops up something about new pins for me to see and I lost the original card. So if you made this card or know who did, please let me know so I can give credit.

This is a very simple card to make.  First I took a folded half sheet of Mint Macaron and stamped the images in the two corners using Mint Macaron ink. I also used my Stamparatus so I only had to line up the stamp once.  I LOVE the Stamparatus because if you don't get enough ink on the image, you can always reink and stamp again.  I have become dependent on it and I feel that it has made my cards better.

Next I cut a 2-1/8" x 3-3/4" piece of Whisper White.  I lined up the cake image and the word image on my Stamparatus and I stamped the two at the same time.  

I stamped the two flowers and fussy cut them.  UGH!  I know, fussy cutting. But it was only two so it was okay, I survived!!! LOL

I colored the cake, the word "cake", and the flowers in using the light Mint Macaron Blends pen and then I came back in using the dark Mint Macaron pen on the word, on the flame and loopy part of the  cake and on the center of the flowers.

I used the light and dark Old Olive Blends pen for the leaves. 

I taped the two layers together and set them in place on the card base using Dimensionals.  I added a Dimensional to the back of the flowers and set them in place.  The original card does not have tiny pearls in the center of the flowers. I thought it would look good there and it does.  And that was it.  Super simple and cute too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, April 08, 2019

Animal Expedition, Better Together, Children's Birthday Card

I did not buy the set and dies that go with the "Animal Expedition" Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I just thought I would get the DSP and cut out the images and use them on cards.  Me cut things out?  I've gotten SO spoiled by the matching dies that it's a chore to fussy cut.  SO lazy!! LOL

I had cut the DSP a while ago and didn't do anything with it. I had other cards I wanted to make and this got pushed aside.  While cleaning up the piles of papers before stampers come over I ran across this and thought I should make a card so it doesn't get lost or ruined.  I mean, it was about 1/3 of the way done!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Tranquil Tide card stock.  This card opens on the right side.

I cut a piece of DSP 4" x 5-1/4", it's the top piece.  The bottom piece was cut 1-3/4" x 4".  I taped it over the top of the other piece.  Both pieces are from the "Animal Expedition" 12" x 12" DSP pack.  I also cut an 1/4" x 4" piece of Tranquil Tide card stock and I glued that strip over the seam where the two pieces of DSP meet.

The words are from the "Better Together" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink.  I liked the font used here, it has a fun, pleasing to children look to it.  I die cut it using a circle die and I die cut a Tranquil Tide scalloped circle that was a little bit bigger than the word circle.  

I had some enamel dots left over and I thought I'd add them to the bottom of the words for a bit of color.  And that was it.  

It was a fun and quick card to make.  I think it will make a child smile.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Just Because, Perennial Birthday, Birthday Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

Today I played with the "Polaroid" technique.  It's a fun and easy technique and take up most of your card so you can whip up a card in no time.  Well, depending on what you put on it for your image.  You can find the instructions for this technique here.  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Share What You Love" 12" x 12" package.  I taped it directly to the card front.

Then I cut the card stock for the Polaroid piece.  I used the cut out piece to stamp my image on.  I used the image from the "Just Because" set from the 2019 Occasions catalog.  I colored in the planter using light and dark Petal Pink Blends. And I colored in the leaves using the light and dark Mint Macaron Blends.  I used a blender pen and the Smoky Slate marker to color the background.  I think it would have looked better if I would have colored in the entire background. 

The words are from the "Perennial Birthday" set and I used black Memento ink to stamp them.  

I ended up cutting another piece of card stock just a hair shorter than the Polaroid piece. I set the Polaroid piece on top and then taped the square in place.  I removed the Polaroid piece and added my Dimensionals to the back and then set it in place on the card front using snail tape.  And that was it.  A super quick and easy card to make.  I may make another one tomorrow using this. I really like this technique.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Saturday, April 06, 2019

This Little Piggy, Perennial Birthday, Birthday Card

I was planning on playing with some new sets from the 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog and I ran across the "This Little Piggy" set and my whole thought process changed. I was distracted by a cute little piggy!!  LOL  It's okay though, I'm guessing this set might be retiring soon, so I thought I would play with it for probably one last time, since I have so many other sets to play with I might not get back to it.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Powder Pink.  On top of that is a 4-1/2" x 3-1/8" piece of Whisper White card stock.  And taped to that is a 4-3/8" x 3" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Garden Impressions" 6" x 6" pack.  

I die cut a piece of Melon Mambo card stock using the "Stitched Rectangles" dies.  I used the 4th and 5th largest ones.  I stamped the piggy image using black Memento ink. I did mask off the words so I could make it a birthday card.  I die cut it using the 4th smallest stitched die.  And then I die cut the Melon Mambo layer using the 5th largest die.  

I colored the piggy in using Light and Dark Petal Pink Blends.  I colored the whole piggy in with light first and then added the highlights.  I colored the flower petals in using the Light Bermuda Bay Blends.  The center of the flower was colored in using the Daffodil Delight Blends and the leaf was colored in using the Light Old Olive Blends pen.  I LOVE using those pens, it makes coloring so effortless and smooth looking.

I taped those two together and then I added Dimensionals to the back and set the image in place over the DSP piece. 

The words are from the Perennial Birthday set and were stamped using Melon Mambo ink.  I think black Memento ink would have been better, but it still looks fine with the Melon Mambo.  

This was a very easy and quick card to make.  I can see myself using this layout again in the near future.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda