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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Happy Scenes Halloween Card

Today my sister dropped of some stuff for me and this was something that was in the bag!!!  It's the "Happy Scenes" set from the new Occasions catalog!!!  I thought it would be a great set to play with because it covers fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and winter!  All that in one set!!! So I'm sure you can see my wheels turning with this set!  I have LOTS of plans for it!!  Ideas were popping all afternoon.  The first card I wanted to make was a fall card but it ended up being a Halloween card.  Which is fine because I like Halloween too!  I didn't have any current Halloween decorative paper so I used the standard pads and went from there.

I used the striped Pumpkin Pie paper for my first colored panel.  Then some dotted Old Olive.  On top of that is my stamped image and I set it place using Dimensionals.  

To color in my image I used markers and sponges!! First I colored in the leaves and pumpkins with the Pumpkin Pie marker.   Then I sponged the ground with Old Olive.  I sponged the sky with Soft Sky and then I added a little Smoky Slate to the sky.  I sponged in circles to give the sky the look of a windy day.  I sponged the sky edges of the panel with Soft Sky and the ground edges were sponged with Old Olive. I layered each panel with Early Espresso.

On the Whisper White piece I stamped the words, which came with the set!!!  I had a lot of fun creating this card today!!

Thank you SO much for visiting,

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A By the Sea, Gorgeous Grunge and Happy Birthday, Everyone Masculine Birthday Card

Today I was trying to go for the postage/envelope look. I sort of succeeded.  I did have fun creating this card.  I think if I were to do it again, I may have tried other colors but for today, it is what it is!!!

I stamped the fish on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock and colored it in.  I took a 1" square punch and punched the fish head out.  I set this piece aside.

Next I stamped the "happy Birthday" from the "Happy Birthday, Everyone" set using black Memento ink.  I layered it with Island Indigo. I added Dimensionals to the back and set the piece aside.  

I used Whisper White as the base of my card.  I added a piece of Island Indigo card stock.  For the Soft Sky piece, I used Island Indigo ink and the see weed image stamped off.  It doesn't show up well in the photo, but in real life you can see it.  Then I added some stamped off dots from the Gorgeous Grunge set. Then I used the embossing folder and textured that piece.  Oh, but before I did that I added a little piece of tape to my fish part and I set it in place on the card.  I then stamped the anchor from the "By the Sea" set. Now if you are going to recreate this card, I would recommend stamping the anchor image where you think it should go and then stamping the anchor again on the edge of the fish piece.  Once it's textured then you can match them up.  I was able to match it up enough but it would have been easier had the two anchors been stamped separately.  I taped the fish and Island Indigo piece in place.  Then I added the words.  As simple as that.  I like it.  It's a great card for the fisherman in your life!!

Thank you ever SO much for stopping by today,

Monday, August 24, 2015

A For the New Two Wedding Card

I LOVE red and white cards and what a better occasion to make them than for a wedding!!  Well, and for Valentine's Day too but that's a long time away!!

I borrowed my sister's "For the New Two" set.  I had stamped a few images from it the last time we were together stamping and I misplaced them.  I did find them, it turns out I had actually put them away. I can never find anything once I've put it away!!! LOL I like to leave my stuff sit out, I know where it is!!! It kind of reminds me of my dad.  He had the most messiest workbench but he knew where everything was on it.  He even knew if you borrowed a tool and put it back because it was not in the exact place he had set it!!  I think that messy habit has rubbed off on me!!! UGH!!!  Though my worktables are not that messy!!

Okay, let's talk about this card.  It's a pretty simple card to make.  I used an embossing folder for the background.  I stamped the words and I layered everything.  That pretty much sums it up.

The base of the card is a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock. I don't have very many background texture folders so you will see the same ones quite often on my cards.  I added it on top of a piece of Real Red card stock.  I added a piece of ribbon to those two layers before I taped them onto the Whisper White. The words were layered on top of a piece of Real Red and set in place using Dimensionals.   I tied a bow and used a large pop up glue dot to set it in place on the card.

I will share with you a little trick I use when adding color like I did here on the heart.  I stamped the words using Memento black ink. Then I took my blender pen and removed the color on the heart.  Next I took my Real Red marker and colored in the heart.  I huffed on the words and then stamped them.  The heart was not as dark as I wanted it so I colored it in a little with the drawing tip of the marker.  For me, adding color this way is a lot quicker than using a marker on the whole piece.  Plus it keeps your markers from getting wore down too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A For the New Two Wedding Card

I borrowed my sister's "For the New Two" stamp set.  I had stamped a few images from the set the last time we were together stamping but I had misplaced them.  I did find them.  Believe it or not, I had actually put them away, in a place where I would remember where they were!!!  Right!!! That doesn't work anymore.  If I don't write it down or don't put it away, I won't remember!!!  UGH!

Anyway, I had borrowed her set and I thought I would play with it tonight.  I think I'm going to have to give her set back. I don't feel very creative with it. I do not like how this card turned out at all.  It needs a LOT of help!!!  What I was going for here was the words on the paper doily and from there I didn't have any plans.  It's SO obvious by the way the card turned out.  UGH!!  As in UGH-LY!  LOL  I don't have a clue as to how to even improve it!  So it will be put in my stash and maybe used for one of those weddings of a very distant relative that I have never met or met when I was a kid!!! LOL  Or not at all!

I never promised you that all of my cards would be winners!  I share the good, the bad, and obviously the ugly!!!  LOL

Thank you for hanging in there today,

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A Wild About Flowers and Wetlands Birthday Card

Today I have another card for you from Terri's most wonderful Stamp a Stack.  This is such an elegant card.  I try to put the cards I make in order of my favorite and I find that extremely difficult to do because Terri always has such wonderful and fun cards for us to make.  I love the simplicity of the layout on this card yet it has a lot of movement to it.  

We used the English Garden Designer on the Mossy Meadow Banner piece.  I got to play with the new Triple Banner punch.  I LOVE it.  You can make 3 different size banners that all layer nicely on top of each other.

The "Wild About Flowers"set was used to make the stems and the flowers were punched using the "Itty Bitty Accents" punch. They were set in place with glue dots and a tiny pearl was added to the center of each one.  

The layered circle with the flowers on it was set in place using Dimensionals.  

I stamped the words on using the "Wetlands" set.  As simple as that.  And A quick card too.  This would be a great layout for a swap because you can whip up a bunch of these in no time!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Wilderness Awaits Technique Card

Tuesday evening Terri held her Technique night for her downline.  I was able to participate in the swap that night and this is one of the cards I received.  It's done using the Camouflage technique that was taught the previous month.  It's a fun technique and the instructions for it can be found here.  

The set used here is "The Wilderness Awaits".  I want this set!!! It's on my wishlist!!!  I tend to purchase the masculine sets because there's not very many of them!!

This was a fun swap and I have a few more cards to share with you later.  I have other cards that I've been working on so I'll fill in with the swap cards as the days go by.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Happy Birthday, Everyone, Crazy about You, Petite Petals and Flower Shop Birthday Card

I don't know why I don't use the Bermuda Bay color more.  It's such a beautiful blue!!! I was playing around with some scrap pieces of Bermuda Bay decorative paper and one thing lead to another and the next thing I knew I was layering them with Basic Gray card stock.  SO I had these two layerd strips waiting for an idea to come.  I was looking at my worktable and there were the "happy Birthday" words stamped on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  It was stamped crooked so I got another piece of card stock and stamped it straight.  I like how large the words were.  Now I had 3 panels!!  

I had seen a card that had 3 flowers layered.  I didn't have the base flower so I took the flower from the "Crazy about You" set and stamped it using Bermuda Bay ink.  I decided to go with that flower mostly because it had a punch!  I wasn't in the mood to fussy cut today! I used the "Flower Shop" set for the second flower and the "Petite Petals" for the smaller flower in the center.  I set that smaller flower in place using Dimensionals. and  added a crystal rhinestone to the center.  I did color the top two flowers in using a blender pen and the Bermuda Bay ink pad.  

I added a dotted textured background that was layered with Basic Gray and set on the Bermuda Bay card base.  I do like how this card turned out and it's a whole lot prettier in person!

This was a simple card to make.  Layering does take a little time, but it's SO worth it!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Watercolor Words Birthday Card Stamp a Stack

Today I'm going to share with you a card I made at Terri's Stamp a Stack last week.  Actually, it's 3 cards.  We used the "English Garden" decorative papers and the "Watercolor Words".  I think I'm going to have to put that set on my wishlist.  I LOVE the large lettering.

The base of our card is Whisper White.  We layered the papers and the word panel using Soft Suede.  The butterfly was punched out and 3 little pearls were added down the center of the butterfly.

This was a super fun and quick card to make.  I just LOVE that "English Garden" decorative paper.  I need to use it more, my goal is to use it up.  I think it will be an easy task.  I hate it when I hoard my decorative papers.  I hoard them and then they retire. So in the next few weeks, I will make an effort to use the pack!!!

I had a great time at the Stamp a Stack and I LOVED all the cards that I made!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A You've Got This Wetlands Birthday Card

It just dawned on me that I don't emboss very much at all anymore.  I don't know why, I like doing it and I like the looks of it when it's done.  I guess I just have too many other things I like doing better.  Or it could be that there are only certain things that look nice embossed???  I don't know but for today I do know that I like embossing this flower in gold and I like how it turned out against the Basic Black background!  I  used my VersaMark pad and stamped the image on the card stock.  Then I sprinkled the gold embossing powder.  I heated the powder from the back side of the image.  I have found that I tend to blow off too much of the powder when I emboss from the front.  Once it's melted enough, I will come in the front and finish the melting of it.  

I used Crushed Curry Designer Series Paper Stack (12" x 12") and Crushed Curry card stock for the round scallop layering the words.  The words are from the "Wetlands" set and were stamped with the black Memento ink pad.  That pad ranks right up there with the black StazOn, except this ink washes off the rubber nicely! 

I set the flower layered panel and the word layered scallop in place on the card using Dimensionals.  It gave the simple looking card some depth.

I do like how this card turned out and I do like how simple it was to make.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, August 17, 2015

A Guy Greetings Masculine Birthday Card

I wasn't going for a Patriotic look but I got it with this card.  I had a piece of Night of Navy decorative paper cut and I thought I would use it before it got damaged.  I had stamped the car from the "Guy Greetings" set using the black Memento ink.  The words were then stamped using Cherry Cobbler.  With that being said, I had to use Cherry Cobbler card stock to match the words! Hence the Red, White and Blue card!!!  It would be an ideal card if someone needed a masculine birthday card on the 4th of July!!!

This was a fun card to make.  I put Dimensionals on the car panel and the bottom word panel.  I also added 3 Candy Dots to the bottom of the car panel to break up the flow of the card.  

This was a super simple and quick card to make!!

Thank you every SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A Watercolor Wash Background Birthday

I do like this new Mint Macaron color but I really think it looks a lot like the old Sage Shadow color that Stampin' Up! use to sell. I may have to just hang onto those old colors to see which ones come back!!!!

This is one of the cards that I made at Terri's super fun and always FABULOUS Stamp a Stacks.  The background image was stamped using Mint Macaron ink and the Watercolor Wash background stamp.  I tried that stamp a few weeks ago and did not like it as well as I liked the background stamp that came with the "You've Got This" set.  I like it but not as well.

Then we taped the doily in place.  Next we stamped the words we wanted to use.  I made my card into a birthday card and I'm sorry, but I don't know what set those words came from.  Then they were punched out using the 2-1/2" circle punch.  Then the flower was punched out using the in colors decorative paper pack.  A small flower was punched out and the petals were clipped.  Yup, every petal!!  That was set in place using a Dimensional.  A pearl was added to the center and that was it.  Super easy and super quick too!! Oh and don't forget, super cute!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Wilderness Awaits Masculine Card

Today I am going to share with you a card I made at Terri's FABULOUS Stamp A Stack last night.  I had such a great time making cards with such great people!!!

This was a fun card to make.  It's almost impossible to see here but this is just a 1/4 sheet of card stock for the base of the card.  The "Hardwood" background image/piece is a 7-1/2" piece of Tip Top Taupe card stock folded in half. Inside that is where you'd write your sentiment.  

 The tag with the dog image is taped on top of the hardwood image.  A piece of black stitched ribbon was tied onto the tag before it was set in place.

This was such a fun card to make and very easy too!  It's a great masculine card that can be used for several masculine occasions!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Elephant Fry Box Party Favor Skipping Stone Designs

Summer is time for those movies in the park, a backyard movie or just something fun for your family reunion.  Today I have for you a sneak peek of the fry box I made using the fun Elephant stamp by Stepping Stone Designs.  You can see the whole card here.  

You can get a free fry box template here.  Just put your favorite card stock in your printer (if it can handle thicker paper) and print it out.  Or you can print it out on copier paper and use it as a pattern.

Before I put my box together I pierced some holes along the tops of the back and front of the box.  I sewed (with a needle!!!) some Baker's Twine through the holes.  On the back piece I tied a bow. It's a bit difficult to see because of the peanuts.  I did glue the fry box together.  I find that glue holds a lot better than tape. 

I stamped the elephant on gray polka dot decorative paper and fussy cut him out!  I used a gel pen to color in the toes, tusks, and ears.  I colored the ears in so I could take a pink marker and color them in.  

I punched out a scalloped circle and attached it to the fry box.  I used glue because of the arch of the box I didn't think tape would hold.  And I also glued the elephant.  

These fry boxes go together quickly so if you need to make a lot you can mass produce them in a few hours. I would recommend you cut and glue the fry boxes and set them aside to set up.  I don't recommend gluing on the scalloped circle because of the arch of the box may cause the circle to bend, pinch or fold.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A Wild about Flowers and Wetlands Birthday Card

I have played with this layout earlier this year and I recall liking how the card turned out.  I think I had used the "Lotus Blossom" stamp that was from the Sale A Brations catalog.  

Today I thought I would play with the "Wild about Flowers" set and this layout came to mind.

I used Melon Mambo for my color.  I also used the Melon Mambo decorative paper.  The back of the polka dotted piece has the words.  Funny thing here, the piece that the words are on is a scrap piece from the dotted piece!!!  Glad I didn't have to through it away.  Okay, I did toss it in the recycling basket but after realizing where I was going with the layout, I went dumpster diving and got it out!!!  LOL  I don't mind "dumpster diving" in the recycling paper waste basket!!! There's never anything icky in it!!! LOL

The words are from the "Wetlands" set.  I like using that set for the words because they fit so nicely in the oval punch..  

The flower was stamped using Melon Mambo and the stem part is Pear Pizzazz.  There's not a lot of stamping to do on this card, even though it looks like there's a lot to it.  A few layers but it's SO worth it!

I had fun making this  card and I like the layout.  I will probably use it again sometime!  Maybe with a masculine card. Now that would be a challenge for me. Maybe later in the week!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,