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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Gorgeous Grunge

I found this card on the net.  It was made by Becky at Scrappin' and Stampin' in GJ.  I'm not sure what the GJ means, I didn't find anything on her blog that said what it means but it's where she's stamping!!!  

I did make a little change to it.  I didn't have any real buttons so I used the Sizzlet ones and I'm ok with that.  Now the card can be mailed without any extra postage.  And I used a different texture on the side.  I didn't have the Chevron folder so I just used what I had.  

The words are from the "Express Yourself" hostess set and the set used here is "Gorgeous Grunge".  The more stuff I see made with this set the better I like it.  I wasn't too sure of why I had bought it but now I'm glad I did.  


The colors used here are Island Indigo, Strawberry Slush, Smoky Slate and the buttons were done using Pool Party cardstock.


This was a very simple card to make.  It does have a lot going on in it but it's actually pretty simple to do!  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, August 30, 2013

Field Flowers Meets Flower Shop

Here is another card I found at Becky's Stampin and Scrapping blog.  The moment I laid my eyes on this I knew I just HAD to make it.  

The base of the card is Whisper White.  The Pear Pizzazz layer is cut 3-1/4" x 4-1/2".  The dotted layer is cut 1/8" smaller on two edges.  I did stamp the flower stem from the "Field Flowers" set before I ran it through the Dotted embossing folder.  

The flowers are from the "Flower Shop" set and they were stamped with VersaMark and embossed with white embossing powder on vellum paper.  Then they were punched out and set in place on the stems.  A large pearl was set in the centers of both of them.  

A ribbon bow was added to the stem area of the card.  The words were stamped using the Petite Pairs set and punched out with the oval punch.  And to finish that off the oval scallop punch was used for the layer behind the words.  

This was a very simple card to do and I didn't even mind using the embossing powder and heat tool!!!  That is how bad I wanted to make this card!!!  This would also be a very pretty get well card, thank you card, thinking of you card, Mother's Day card, and even a sympathy card.  But I opted for a birthday card.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp

I made this card using the new "Another Thank You" photopolymer stamp set.  I LOVE that set.  It's completely clear.  You can see exactly where you are stamping the image (providing you are using the clear blocks with it).  

This card is very simple to make.  I took a half sheet of Whisper White cardstock and folded it in half.  Then I took a 1/4 sheet of card stock and cut 1/8" off a short side and a long side.  

Next I cut my decorative paper 1-1/4" x 3".  The length can vary depending on how big the bottom image is going to be.  

My colors here are just the Coastal Cabana, ink, decorative paper, and ribbon.  

This is quick, simple and pretty too!

Note added on 8-30-13: The ribbon is the new Stretch Ruffle Trim

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Gorgeous Grunge Thank You Card

Today's card was cased at "Scrappin' and Stampin'.  I have found some fun cards there.  Check out Becky's  blog if you have some time.

I liked this card because it reminded me of those melted crayon pictures I've seen on the net.  I want to make one of them someday too!  I will probably gather the crayons a week or so after school starts.  That's when the stores start clearancing them out.  I buy my craft scissors at that time too.  I go through a lot of them with beading.  The FireLine just wrecks scissors and I avoid using my good scissors on that stuff!  

Ok, onto this fun card.  I started out with the Daffodil Delight in the center.  Then I used Garden Green, Pacific Point and Eggplant Envy.  Then on the other side of the yellow I used Pumpkin Pie, Real Red and then I finished off that end with Eggplant Envy.  After I stamped the lines I cut my cardstock.  And get this, I didn't even use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to do this!!!  It was easy enough to line up the image.  I buy the clear block stamp sets so I can see through the block to know where the image will go.


The words are from the new"Another Thank You" Photopolymer stamp set.  I LOVE them! They are totally clear and you can see EXACTLY where they are going to stamp.  And they stick extremely well to the clear blocks.  You can even scrub hard on your stamp scrubber and they don't come off.  I hope Stampin' Up! comes out with more of these.  And they are a lot cheaper than the other stamp sets!!!  I LOVE that too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Gorgeous Grunge Birthday

I found this card at "Dawn's Stamping Thoughts" blog. I had been blog surfing and I ran across this card that Dawn had posted and I just LOVED it.  It is really SO much prettier in person.  There is a slight difference in my card.  I used some in color decorative paper.  I didn't have the black paper that she had used.  But it still worked.  Oh and I changed the words and the way they were cut out.  Plus I added some rhinestones to the butterfly.  I just thought this was such a stunning card that I actually obsessed about it until I finished making it!!!  LOL  I have to say, I was very pleased with it when I finished it.  I love the colors and the layout is nice too.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,Wanda  

Monday, August 26, 2013

A Flower Shop Birthday

Today my card is cased (sort of) from Amy at "Amy's Paper Crafts." I say "sort of" because I made a few subtle changes.  I didn't have the same scallop dies or the same wording or the same decorative paper.  But the layout is the same. It looks a lot like Amy's card but in a different color scheme.  I did change the flowers too.  She had made only one flower using this image and the other two were done using two of the other flowers in the set.  It was a fun card to make though!!!

I started out with a half sheet of white folded in half.  Then a piece of the in color decorative paper cut at 4" x 5-1/4".  The white strip is cut at 5-1/4" x 1-7/8".  The black strip was a bit trickier.  I used the Edgelits Adorning Accents die.  I cut one side and then I set the white piece on top and lined up the die to match the already cut side.  I set in place on my cardstock using a couple of sticky notes.  I taped the black piece to the white and then added the ribbon.  I cut my ribbon and taped the ends to the backside.  Then I tied a bow to the front.  I prefer to do that on my cards because it's not only easier but I can always get my bow in the exact spot where I want it!  

I stamped the words on, they are from the "Simply Sketched" set and then I taped the decorative paper to the front of the card.  I did mark the center of the white piece so I knew where to put the yellow flower and then I just eyed it for the other two flowers.  I used the Boho Flower punch to get the pieces for the centers of the flowers and lastly I added a large pearl to the center of each flower.  Oh and the flowers were set in place using Dimensionals.  As simple as that.  It sounds like a lot of stuff but it went together very quickly. Hmm, could that be because the flowers are punched out and not cut by hand???  Ya gotta LOVE that!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Blooming With Kindness

While surfing the net and of course Pinterest I ran across this fun card.  I am so loving the simplicity of it and yet it has an elegant look to it.  I can see doing these as a set of cards for a gift for a friend and using different colors too!  I may give that a try in a few days.  I have a list of things I want to make first.  I'd LOVE for that list to stop growing for a while!!! LOL

Ok, so onto this fun card.  I found it at Scrapin' and Stamping.  

To make this card I used Primrose Petals cardstock and ink pad.  I stamped the large Blooming with Kindness image on the bottom part of the folded cardstock.  I used ink instead of VersaMark.  VersaMark would probably show up a little bit lighter.  I didn't even think about using it because I had the ink there and I didn't want to wash off my rubber stamp to use ink on it later.  Talk about lazy!!! LOL 

My Whisper White focal panel is cut 3" x 4-3/8" and the Basic Black piece behind it is cut 3-1/8" x 4-1/2".  I stamped the flower on the white piece and then I just used the stamp again (without reinking it) on the right side and then I stamped on the cardstock in the bottom center and off to the right a little where there was a white gap that I didn't like seeing.  All that from one inking!


The words are done in black StazOn using the Simply Sketched set.  And that was it.  Talk about quick, simple and elegant all in one card.


Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Mixed Bunch Accordion Fold Technique

Last week I participated in a card swap.  I have not been in one of those in a very long time and it was super fun.  I will share my card with you in a few weeks.  Mine had a Christmas theme and personally I think it's a bit too early for Christmas things.  After Labor Day maybe!

The gals usually put their names on their swap cards but this one had no name.  So if you know who made this card please let me know so I can give them credit.

I love the versatility of this card too.  The bottom is open to add wording if you like or just send as is for several occasions.  I am fond of black and white cards too!

To do the accordion fold you just cut your 12" piece of card stock to 3/4" wide, to whatever width you want and score every 1/4".  Then you just fold like an accordion.  I glued my seams together, I didn't think the tape would hold well enough.  Glue dots to hold down the piece is very helpful too.  I set mine on glue dots and then I used hot glue to hold them more permanently.  And on my card I did not use 12" paper, I used the 11" card stock.  It was harder to fold but I got the same results.  I think if I had used decorative paper I would not have needed hot glue, a glue dot would have worked just fine.

The background paper here was done using one of the small "Mixed Bunch" images.  And the decorative paper is from the "Modern Medley" pack. I have the pack but haven't used it yet.  Don't ask what I'm waiting for!!! I'm not hoarding it, I just haven't been that creative to dig it out and play with it!


This is such a pretty card and I think I could see myself making some in the future.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, August 23, 2013

By the Tide Masculine Card

I was having some fun with my embossing tool.  Sometimes I'm into embossing and other times I try to avoid it. I guess it's a "mood" thing for me!  And today's card shows I was in the mood to emboss!  I embossed the background where I stamped the "Off the Grid" image.  And I also stamped the "gorgeous Grunge" splash and dots.  

The words in the small almost hidden panel are from the "By the Tide" set and they are stamped using Soft Suede.  It almost looks like they are embossed too.  

The front panel is done using the ferny looking embossed thing!  

To get the fun looking background colors I used my sponge and ink pads.  My cardstock is Very Vanilla and I first sponged on Daffodil Delight, then the Pistachio Pudding.  Next I used Coastal Cabana and then I lightly used some Pacific Point.  On the focal piece I used a lot more Pacific Point and I kept the Daffodil Delight and Pistachio Pudding to the middle around the sea fern.  

My splatters in the background were done using Pacific Point ink.  And for the tiny word panel I kept the sponging to the lighter colors.  The focal panel was set in place using Dimensionals and that was it!  Pretty easy, just a little time consuming.

Edited on 8-26-13: The original post title was "By the Sea Masculine Card"  The set is called "By the Tide".  Oops!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Fitting Occasion Birthday Card

I have not played with the "A Fitting Occasion" set much at all.  I wanted it because it covered a lot of occasions but the pieces in the set are small so you need to find the perfect layout for these small pieces.

This is one of my favorite layouts.  I have played with it for quite a few years now and I make several cards a year using it.  And it happens to be perfect for this set.

And another reason I decided to use this set was that I needed to make a new card using this layout.  Someone had ruined my display card and it was looking pretty shabby sitting on the ledge in my workroom.  

I am not so fond of the colors I picked but I saw some other small images that I will be wanting to use this layout on in the near future so I'm ok with this card (for now)!!! 

I don't remember what post has the measurements so I will just list them again here (though they could be found on the sidebar under "measurements", possibly or probably!!!  But first I must share with you where I had gotten the layout from.  It's from Kwerner Design Blog.  

Now for the measurements.  The base of the card is a half sheet of cardstock cut on the short side at 4-1/4".  Fold it in half.  The white piece is cut at 3-1/2" x 4-5/8".  The next layer is cut 3" x 4-1/8" and the decorative paper layer is cut 2-7/7" x 4".  I lightly tape the decorative paper layer and the next one together where the circle will be cut out.  And here's the trick to cutting the circles out. Once the decorative paper is lined up on the next layer and there is a little bit of tape close to where you are punching out the circle, center the sides of the 1-1/4" circle punch and punch from the end between 1/2" to 3/4".  The tape will more than likely be in the circle that is punched out.  You don't need that piece but you can save it for a future project.  Next take the decorative paper piece and set a piece of scrap copier paper behind it and take the 1-3/8" circle punch and line up the punched circle.  Here you will be punching a thin ring off that punched circle.  When you are done the two layers and two punched circles will line up perfectly.  I hope I explained that clearly.  


The stamped piece was done on a scrap piece of Whisper White and set in place with Dimensionals on the back of the two top layers.  Before that top layer is set in place you will need to add the ribbon.  Then set that piece on top of the Whisper White piece, which should be set on the card base before you add the top layers.  And that's it!!! It's not that difficult to make at all!  Give it a try and let me know how you do!

Thank you ever so much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Label Love & Chalk Talk Famelits

Framelits happen to be one of my favorite cutting tools to use.  Though a punch is quicker and just as fun but not if you have to do a LOT of them.  With Framelits I can cut at least two pieces of cardstock at a time.  I have not tried three, I didn't want to push my luck. It's extremely difficult to punch 2 pieces of cardstock at a time.  It's not impossible but it takes a lot more effort and your hands will get tired before you complete a big project!!  Trust me on that one.  And another great plus to Framelits, I have yet to have one go dull on me.  

This was a quick and fun card to make.  And as I am looking at it while I type up this post I can see that I got the "Label Love" Happy Birthday image crooked.  I thought it looked straight when I stuck it on there.  UGH!! I think an appointment to the eye doctor may be in order!!! LOL


The decorative paper is from the "Gingham Garden" pack.  This pack has SO many fun images!  

The color used here are: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White and Pacific Point.  The ink is Old Olive and I added a piece of Daffodil Ribbon.  It's a quick card to put together.  I just wanted to play with the "Chalk Talk" Framelit.  I have lots of plans for that Framelit!!!  


Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Rev up the Fun! Masculine Card

This is one of the cards I did at Terri's Stamp a Stack last week.  Now this Chevron border punch was not on my wish list at all.  I saw it in the catalog and it did not interest me in the least.  Well, now it does!!! LOL  I guess I had to see it in person to know how fun it can be!   I can now see many things that I can do with it.  UGH, another thing to add to the ever growing list of stuff I want!  

The cardstock used here is Island Indigo.  It's such a pretty color of blue, isn't it?  

The Very Vanilla piece was cut at 4" x 10-1/2" and then folded in half.  Then the Chevron punch was used through two thicknesses of the Very Vanilla.  In doing that you can now see the blue from the base piece (which was cut 4-1/4" x 5-1/2").  

The set used here is the "Rev up the Fun!" set.  Another item that I will be adding to my wishlist.  I don't have enough masculine sets.  Though I did save the really nice detailed motorcycle stamp from a couple of catalogs ago and I think it would fit in the 2-1/2" circle.  The larger 3" circle was done on the Big Shot with the "3" Circle Original Die".  And last but not least, the decorative paper is from the "Soho Subway" pack.  When you see it all put together here it's so pleasing to the eye.  Terri has a great eye for this stuff!  I think I need her to come over and give me some decorating tips.  I'm one that just hangs up what I like regardless if it goes with the other stuff in the room!  

This was such a fun card to make and I LOVE the layout!  I will be making more like this in the future using what "stuff" I have (after I get my hands on that Chevron punch!).  I do know the ship from "The Open Sea" set works in that 2-1/2" circle too!  I will show you that one tomorrow!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, August 19, 2013

Label Love and Gingham Garden Washi Tape

Today's card is from Terri's Stamp A Stack last Thursday.  There were 5 cards to make and I thought this was my favorite.  All of them are so wonderful and I know the next card I post from that night I will tell you it was my favorite!!!  It's hard to pick.  I guess it depends on what day of the week it is or what mood I'm in.  Today I must be in a bright and cheery mood!!!  LOL

This card was fun to make. I am SO loving Washi tape.  We just took the tape and ran some of it across the bottom of the card and wrapped it around the back about 1/4" and that's it. Because it's tape, it sticks (hence the word tape in the name of it!!), there's no gluing or cutting of anything.  I LOVE that.  On one of my previous posts I put some tape down on cardstock and punched it out.  LOTS of things you can do with Washi tape!

The words are from the "Label Love" set.  We stamped the words and then punched them out.  Then we punched out a Melon Mambo piece and a Daffodil Delight piece and cut them in half.  Then we layered them behind the stamped piece to give the illusion of a larger label punch!!  Fun and fabulous idea.

This card went together so quickly.  That is another reason why I am SO loving the Washi tape!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Flower Shop Birthday Card

I found this card by Julia at Paper into Love while surfing over a week ago.  I became obsessed by it.  I couldn't wait to find time to recreate it.  I just loved the colors and of course this fun image from the set of 6 flowers.  This card is such a bright and cheery one too!  It just makes me feel happy when I look at it.

It was super easy to make too.  The ink colors used here are Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Daffodil Delight, Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush.  The words were done using black StazOn.  And those words are from the "Perfect Pairs" set.  

The base of the card is Pistachio Pudding and the centers have the new Dazzling Diamonds replacement.  I'm not sure of what the name of that product is right now.  I don't have my catalog with me right now and my memory fails me. 

This was a very fun card to make and I would love to make more.  This is the kind of card you would want to do on an assembly line type setup.  Just lay out the cardstock and stamp all of one color first and them move on to the next and so on.  I didn't like making just one card only because I had to wash off the ink from the first color and move to the next and make sure the stamp was dry.  It would have been SO much easier making 4 cards at one time.  But much to my regret I didn't.  This would make such a pretty get well card too!  And a thinking of you card as well!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Morning Meadow Birthday Wish

This flower image was mostly the reason I wanted this "Morning Meadow" set.  There is just something about it that catches my eye.

I stamped the image using Daffodil Delight.  And I also used Daffodil Delight cardstock.  I used the "Beautifully Baroque" embossing folder.   And the words are from the "Simply Sketched" set.  It all makes for such a pretty combination.  Now this card I could see done in different colors to be used as a great gift pack.

There's not a whole lot to say about this card because it's so simple to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, August 16, 2013

A Too Kind Happy Birthday

I really like this flower in the "Too Kind" two step stamping set.  I don't always do the second step.  I think a single step is sometimes just elegant.  I just wanted a single flower on the card and that is exactly what I got.

I used the new "Beautifully Baroque" embossing folder on the Cherry Cobbler background.  The ink used here is Cherry Cobbler and Pistachio Pudding.  The words were done on the computer and punched out.  This is a super easy card to make and I think this would be a fun one to make into a set of cards for a gift.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Simply Sketched Season of Style

For today's card I thought I would play with the new "Season's of Style" decorative paper.  It's suppose to be Christmas paper but I thought I would try to make a birthday card with it.  Well, it looks like a holiday birthday card to me.  Maybe if I wouldn't have used that image or maybe if I wouldn't have colored the berries in using red!!!  LOL  Fortunately for me I do need a holiday birthday card so it worked out for me.

The base of my card is Early Espresso.  The next layer is Cherry Cobbler.  I used Cherry Cobbler ink on the background and was a bit surprised at how dark it looked on the cardstock.  I wasn't expecting that at all.  It looks more like Early Espresso than it does Cherry Cobbler.  Next time I will use VersaMark (if I remember the effect I got this time)!!  I do like how it turned out anyway.


The layers are done using Early Espresso and the Season of Style decorative paper.  The large Early Espresso piece is cut 3-1/8" x 2-3/4" and the decorative paper was cut 3" x 2-5/8".  Then I cut an Early Espresso layer 2" x 2-3/4" and the decorative paper is cut 1-7/8" x 2-5/8". The focal piece is cut 3-1/4" x 1-5/8" on Early Espresso layer.  The stamped piece is cut 3-1/8" x 1-1/2".  And the words are from the Simply Sketched set and punched out with an oval punch and the scalloped oval for the back layer.  Easy enough to make but has a bit of "Christmas" to it, doesn't it?

Thank you for stopping by today,
Wand
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Simply Sketched Thinking of You

I'm not overly fond of this card.  This is not exactly what I was thinking of when I started making the card.  I like the colors but not so much how it all went together.  Though I don't know what else I could have done to change it.  This was the layout I wanted.  I suppose I could have cut the center panel above and below the flowers and then added another panel.  I don't know.  This is what I ended up with.

I used the Pistachio Pudding for the base of my card and Crisp Cantaloupe for the accent color.

I took the "Sending Good Thoughts your way" words from the set and I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig and repeated the words all the way down the center.  That part was what I had in mind and I like how that turned out.  But it was after I added the flower that the card went awry!  But not to worry.  I have a card I'm working on for tomorrow that I know you will like MUCH better!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Morning Meadow Birthday

Today I was at Ingrid's "The Creative Grove" blog and found a fun card to copy!!!  I loved the colors she used on this card.  The Coastal Cabana is such a soft summery color.  And the Crisp Cantaloupe is such a nice complementing color.  My card is a little different than Ingrid's.  I added different words in an oval and the oval scallop.  I could not find the direct link to her card and I did spend a few minutes trying to search for it.  She has some fun cards on her blog that are worth taking a look at. 

The base of this card is Whisper White.  The first layer is Coastal Cabana and the top layer is a piece of Whisper White and it was textured using the Modern Mosaic embossing folder.  The stamp sets used here are "Mosaic Madness" and "Express Yourself" for the words.


Punches used here are the Mosaic punch, the tiny flower punch, an oval punch and the scalloped oval punch.  

I used Coastal Cabana ink instead of VersaMark.  I like the look of matching ink on the cardstock.  It shows up a bit darker than the VersaMark does.  Plus it's easier to wash off my stamp.  


I not only found this to be easy to make but pleasing to the eye too.  These colors go so well together.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, August 12, 2013

Season of Style meets Bring on the Cake

I had bought the "Season of Style" decorative paper stack pack.  You sure get a lot of paper in those!  As I was looking at it I realized that if I am not going to be making Christmas cards with the papers I will have a lot of paper on my hands and I am not making our Christmas cards with that paper so I need to find other uses for it from now until January 2nd!! 

I thought I would try to use this design on a birthday card and it worked!!  I have used this layout before and found it to be a fun one.  As long as you have something in that focal space that is large enough.  I actually got two triangles out of one sheet of the paper.  I set the other piece aside for a different card sometime down the road!!!  That translates into: "When I think of something to do with it!"  LOL


The base of my card is Cherry Cobbler.  I taped the decorative paper on top of the Whisper White piece.  The words are from the "Bring on the Cake" set and the cute little butterfly is from the "Papillon Potpourri" set .  I added 3 of the tiniest pearls down the center of the butterfly.  And that was it.  Very simple.  I think coloring in "Birthday" was the most time consuming part of the card!  Every time I color in words like that I always try to be so careful not to go outside the line and then I get close to the line and the thoughts are still "don't go outside the line" and the next thing I know I colored outside the line!!!  What is up with that?  LOL   Silly me!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Mixed Bunch, Morning Meadow & Washi Tape

This card came into being by accident.  I had punched out the flower from the "Mixed Bunch" punch.  I needed that flower for a different project.  Then on that piece of cardstock I had stamped a birthday sentiment in the upper right corner to see how it looked and I set it aside.  Later that day I had stamped and punched out the "Morning Meadow" flower and I didn't have the right color so I set it aside.  I landed on top of the "Mixed Bunch" opening on that scrap paper.  Well, next thing I knew the ideas started flowing.

I took a new piece of Whisper White cardstock and punched out the large flower.  I set it on top of a piece of the Primrose Petals colored cardstock.  I liked what I saw and the rest is history!!  


I added the Washi tape which fortunately blended with the Primrose Petals.  I stamped the words using Midnight Muse ink.  I added some rhinestones and a molded clay flower in the center of the paper flower.  Oh and don't forget the little rhinestone in the middle of that cute little molded flower!!!

This was a very simple and quick card to make.  I am REALLY loving that Washi Tape.  And this is coming from someone who said they weren't going to buy it because they couldn't see any use for it!!! You can get the same effect from strips of paper but the tape sticks and there's nothing left to do but trim the edges!!  Now I can't wait to play with the Halloween Washi Tape!!



And now I will put the tape aside and the flower set (for a day or so) and play with something else!!  You will have to stop back to see what that is tomorrow!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Morning Meadow and Secret Garden Washi Tape

Fun, fun, fun!!!  Today's card comes to by Jenny at "Stamping Moments".  I had done a search for Washi Tape to see what I could come up with to use it on.  I was having second thought on my purchase of it until I found Jenny's blog. 


This is a very simple card to make.  The base is Strawberry Slush and so are the two flowers on the left.  One is stamped from the "Morning Meadow" set and the other is just punched form Strawberry Slush cardstock.  The yellow is Daffodil Delight.  The flower is also  from the "Morning Meadow" set.  I got that set because of the longer Asian looking flower not for the punchable flower!!  But I do like this new flower.  I also like how Jenny punched out a solid cardstock flower to go behind the stamped ones.  It gives it a bit of depth.  

Oh and don't forget the rhinestones. That bling on the card is such a nice touch!  And the words are also from the same "Morning Meadow" set.


The Washi Tape was fun to use.  I clipped the ends into the ribbon edge looking points.  I didn't care much for doing that because the tape is just that, tape and it's sticky and hard to cut in that way.  It's not hard to cut, just hard to do the "V" thing.  Oh and if you get the tape down on your paper and it's crooked you can slowly remove it but then it curls up and then it's a bit more difficult to work with.  But after the second time of setting that far left strip in place I was able to add the other two with ease.  


Isn't this just a cute and festive card?  I'm SO glad I ran across it!!  I just HAD to make it!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Friday, August 09, 2013

Flower Shop meets Flowering Flourishes

I had made a card like this a while back using the "Flowering Flourishes" set and "Teeny Tiny Wishes" for the birthday greeting. I had that card sitting on the ledge in my workroom and I thought how pretty it might look with a flower on it. We all know how this scenario goes.  What looks good in my thoughts doesn't always turn out so good on paper.  And lucky you, I share it with you anyway!!! LOL


This card turned out ok. Not as pretty as I imagined it but it's doable!  


I used Gumball Green for the cardstock and ink.  The flower was stamped using Primrose petals on Strawberry Slush cardstock.  I found the most difficult part of this card was to get that flourish in the right spot.  So of course I (finally) got out the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig.  I have a couple of sheets of cardstock of failures.  Live and learn?  Me?  *giggles*  Maybe someday!  

Oh and I almost forgot. For the center of the flower I used glue and Dazzling Diamonds. The glue was still wet when I took the photo.  It did dry clear and it sparkles SO pretty!


My original card can be found here along with the measurements if you want to make one yourself.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda 

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Molds

I've been playing a lot with the Blossoms part of the "Buttons & Blossoms" molds.  I am having more fun with the blossoms because I can take them out of the mold right away and set them aside to dry.  With the buttons I tend to leave them dry in the mold so they don't distort.  I have not had a lot of luck removing the larger button without some distortion of some kind.  I make a few buttons when I make the flowers but the flowers pile up faster than the buttons because of the ease of removal.  I'm looking at this photo and noticing that I need more yellow flowers and I need white ones.  I had quite a few white ones but used a lot of them on cards.  Hmmm, I guess white is the favorable color!!  It does go with almost everything!  And when you make the white ones you can color them in with markers too.  Yup, I tried that and I did like doing that.  I colored one using Pink Pirouette and then used a darker pink to highlight the tips of the petals and the center of the flower.  It turned out pretty and I forgot to take a picture of it before I used it!  Silly me!


These molds are very fun to play with and I hope that Stampin' Up! comes out with more.  

I'm off to make more flowers.  I mixed up a bunch of colors the other night and used up my package of clay!!!  Now I am making flowers and buttons with the mixed clay so I have some on hand when I need them!  


To aid in the drying process I took some tulle and taped it to a plastic container so the air could flow through.  I set the flowers on the tulle to dry and they don't take half as long to dry and best part, I don't have to turn them over.

So if you have these fun molds go make some flowers and buttons for your card projects.  Just remember to use gloves when mixing the inker to the clay.  It's messy but once you get the ink mixed in you can use your bare hands to work with the clay and get it in the molds.  Weird, huh?  I don't make the rules!!! LOL

Thank you for stopping by today,
Wanda

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

A Mixed Bunch Birthday

I know, it's another "Mixed Bunch" card.  I just can't help myself.  I find these pretties and I just HAVE to make them!

I found this card via Google Images. I was able to see a watermark on the card from "Stamping to Share".  Now there was not a direct link to this card but just to that website.  But the site does have a lot of fun samples so it would be worth the look (if you have time).


Okay, let's talk about this card.  It's an extremely easy card to make.  I took a half sheet of Pacific Point and folded it in half.  Then I took a 1/4 sheet of Whisper White and trimmed 2 sizes by 1/8".  Then I stamped the flowers on using Marina Mist.  The leaves were cut using the leaf Sixxlet and Pacific Point cardstock.  The larger flower was stamped and then punched using Marina Mist ink.  It was set in place using Dimensionals.  A clay flower was added to the center and the words in the upper corner are from the "Simply Sketched" set.  As simple as that.  Seriously! And it's pretty too!  I did omit the ribbon on the card because I didn't have any and I did like the cleaner look of the card without it. 

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Mixed Bouquet and Simply Pressed Clay Flower

I am still having a lot of fun with the Mixed Bouquet set.  And I'm having fun with my hands in that clay!  I LOVE playing with clay, any kind of clay!  My favorite is earthenware but I don't have a kiln so the next best thing is the polymer clay.  This air dry clay is fun but you have to be a little patient and wait for it to dry.  Or be smart and make a bunch of flowers and buttons up a head of time and put them with the rest of your stash!!  Fortunately I had this flower made up ahead of time.  I had also made some Coastal Cabana flowers and they really matched the Pool Party color.  I was a bit surprised. I had sat one of those flowers in the middle and it was ok and like I said, it matched.  But when I set a white flower there I knew that was the color that belonged in the center!

This was a very easy card to make. You can do this two ways.  You can use white for your base or you can use the colored cardstock.  I used the colored cardstock since my white is running very low at the moment.  I took a quarter sheet of white and stamped flowers all over it and then cut it in half on the short side.  I now have an extra strip to make a different card in the near future.


This was a very fun card to make too.  Just emboss the cardstock, stamp the little background flowers, add a ribbon and then the flower (which is on Dimensionals).  So quick, so easy and pretty too!

And on that note I'm going to post this, it's starting to hail out and I want to shut the computer down.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, August 05, 2013

A Summer Silhouettes Birthday

Today I have a card to share with you that I found at Julia's Paper in to Love blog.  I don't have a direct link to this card, sometimes when you find a card on Pinterest or a Google Images search you don't always get all of the information.  But hop on over to Julia's blog and see her other posts.  She has some pretties over there that are worth looking at!

For the border piece on my card I used the Gingham Garden decorative paper.  Not a favorite side of the paper but it worked or this card.  

The flowers are stamped using Daffodil Delight and the stems are done using Wild Wasabi.  

The words are from the "Simply Sketched" set and are stamped using black StazOn.  They were punched out using the large oval punch and the scallop is a scrap piece of Daffodil Delight.  It was set in place using Dimensionals.  

I used the scalloped border punch and then a piece of Daffodil Delight ribbon.  That was one of the differences in my card and the decorative paper.  That focal piece was set in place using Dimensionals and the card was done.  Easy peasy and pretty too!  If you'd like to make this card the center panel was cut 4-1/4" x 3" before punching.  And the decorative paper strip is 5-1/2" x 1-1/4".

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Mixed Bouquet Light on White Birthday Card

I do like the white on white cards and light on white too!  I have not made one of these in a long time.  I love working with color so white or light on white cards aren't mad often by me.

This one was easy enough to make and no, I did not use the Stamp-a-ma-jig like I told you to use a couple of posts ago.  But his card I got it right so I didn't have to redo it.  And I think it it was a bit crooked the flower would have hidden it anyway.  

The flower is from the "Mixed Bouquet" set.  The band is from the "Summer Silhouettes" set, the words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set, and the image behind the flower is from the "Flowering Flourishes" set.  The cardstock used here is Whisper White and Smoky Slate and the ink was Smoky Slate.  The flower was set in place using Dimensionals and I added a large rhinestone to the center of  it and it was done!  Quick, simple and clean looking!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, August 03, 2013

A Summer Silhouettes Birthday

I am still loving Marina Mist.  I have loved it since it was first introduced and it's still one of my favorites.  

I used Whisper White for the base of my card and the Marina Mist for the accent color.


I used Chocolate Chip ink to stamp the big leaves and stem.  The flowers were stamped using Marina Mist.  And the tiny buds were stamped using Crumb Cake.


The words are from the "Simply Sketched" set (again!) and punched with the oval punch and oval scalloped punch.  I added a butterfly to the sky to fill in that open area and the final touch was a pearl on the center of the butterfly and tinier ones on the center of the little flowers. 

This was a quick and fun card to make and I can see myself making more!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, August 02, 2013

Mixed Bouquet ala Rock n Roll n Roll Technique

I have not done the Rock n Roll technique in a long time.  I don't know why, it's easy and quick enough.  You just stamp your image with a light color and take the darker color and roll the image along the edges to pick up a bit of ink and then stamp.  Not hard at all!!!  

This card is one of those that you can whip up in no time.  I used a 2" strip of decorative paper at the bottom.  My color here is Strawberry Slush.  The ink I used for the flower is Daffodil Delight and then the Strawberry Slush on the edges.  I punched it out and set it in place using Dimensionals. 


The words are from the "Express Yourself" set and I stamped them using Chocolate Chip ink.  Black just seemed too dark for this pretty flower.  


Notice the center of the flower?  I made that using the rose mold and clay I colored using Strawberry Slush ink refill.  Wear gloves when you mix the ink with the clay.  Once it's mixed then you can use your bare hands and they don't get stained.  The flower in the center added a lot to the card.  Those flowers are easy to do and don't take long.  I do allow them to dry overnight before I use them though.  The buttons take a lot longer to make.  I have a lot of trouble with them distorting if I take them out of the mold right away.  So I just let them dry in the mold.  I make more flowers than I do the buttons because of that. 

Ok, back to the card.  I had done a Google Images search the other day and this is one of the cards that came up and I liked it so I left the window open so I would remember to copy it.  Once again there is no name to go with the photo.  So if this is your card, please let me know so I can give you credit and a link back to your blog.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, August 01, 2013

A Summer Silhouettes Birthday

Today I found this card and just HAD to make it.  I found it using a Google Images search and it wasn't linked to anyone's name or blog.  So if this is your card, please let me know so I can give you credit and a link back to your blog.  

It was a fun card to make, though I did find that bottom strip a bit challenging.  I had trouble getting it straight.  It took me 3 times before I finally got it right.  UGH!  Since I don't have a link for you to go see the original card I will tell you what the differences are. I used different designer paper for that little ribbon looking strip and I used different wording.  My words came from the "Simply Sketched" set.  One of my favorite for the words (the images are nice too but I am using the words more than the images).  

The leaves are done using Pistachio Pudding.  Such a pretty color green.  The cardstock and yellow ink is Crushed Curry.  Now that is a color I hardly use.  I'm not sure why either.  It's pretty enough but not bright like the Daffodil Delight.  Maybe come fall I will be using it more.  But on this card it's very pretty and pleasing to the eye.  The words and stems were done using black StazOn.  It's basically a simple and quick card.  And if you have a Stamp-a-ma-jig, I highly recommend it to do that bottom part straight.  It will save you a lot of time redoing it.  I need to practice what I preach!  LOL  If I ever make another one I will definitely be using the Stamp-a-ma-jig!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda