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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Perfectly Penned Papillon Potpourri

I decided not to make a Halloween card but I do want to wish you a Happy Halloween!  I also decided not to make a Halloween card for today.  I'm all Halloween carded out!!! LOL  I made quite a few Halloween cards this month and I don't usually do that many!  So I thought I would make the last thank you card I needed to get done instead.  

I had found this card on Pinterest and I had closed the window before I copied the link over.  The original card used a larger butterfly and the butterfly was up a bit higher on the card.  I thought I would put the butterfly in the "U" shaped area.  I assumed that was why that area was cut like that.

The original card did not have a creator on it and the link to it actually lead to Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' Connection site.  That site is for demonstrators only but I did get that far in hopes of finding who created this fun card.


The original card also had ribbon running across the front where I have the textured white strip.  I didn't have any thin Calypso Coral ribbon or I would have added it.

This card was easy to make.  I first cut the Basic Black card stock in half on the short side.  Then I folded it in half.  I cut off some of the black card stock (1-3/4" too be exact).  Then I cut my decorative paper and added just a little bit of tape to hold it in place.  I used the 1-1/2" circle cutter and punched the half circle.  Then I took a piece of scrap copier paper and set it behind the decorative paper and used the 1-3/4" circle cutter and cut a little more off the circle.  Then I taped that piece in place.  


I punched the scallop piece and added that white strip to it.  


The words are from the "Perfectly Penned" set and the butterfly is from the "Papillon Potpourri" set.  And my color of ink is the Calypso Coral.



I can see making a set of these as a gift.  The "Perfectly Penned" set has enough words to make a set of 4 different cards.  Hmmm, I may just have to try that.  Like I said, it's an easy card to make and quick too!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Open Sea Masculine Birthday Card

I needed to make a masculine card and as I was looking through some cards I had downloaded I found this card.  Well, not this exact card but one very similar to it!!!  I had originally found the card at 
Cheryl Ann's Stamping Spot.  There was no direct link to the card.  I did try to find it on her site but had no luck.  I did change the compass on my card.  I didn't intentionally change it, I just didn't pay attention that the direction letters were cut off in a smaller circle.  But it's okay, I like the way this turned out anyway.  

It was a fun and quick card to make.  I did emboss the anchors in clear on the background.  And I did not use the Stamp-a-ma-jig when stamping the ships log image on the background.  I probably should have but I got it close enough!  After stamping the ships log image, I did sponge on a little Soft Sky.  My first mistake. I should have embossed the anchors first and then sponge in the Soft Sky.  I also sponged in Marina Mist, and that was after the embossing!  The embossing was about the most time consuming part of the card and actually it didn't take all that long to do.  And that is about it. Not a lot to this card but it looks busy enough!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Flowering Flourishes Flower Shop

I like it when I can take a stamp set and make a card that will fit into any season.  I took the "Flowering Flourishes" and colored in the images with markers.  I used Always Artichoke and Pumpkin Pie.  It doesn't get much closer to fall than that!!!

I was going to just punch out some little flowers to cover the little ones on the flourish but I decided to go ahead and go BIG!  I used the flower from the "Morning Meadow" set.  I stamped it using Pumpkin Pie in and then I punched the images out.  I punched out a tiny Chocolate Chip flower for the center.  Once I got it in place I thought it looked too dark and blah so I added a punched white circle.  That made the center look too bright.  So I thought I would tone it down a bit by taking the Chocolate Chip marker and dotting the center.  That did the trick!  

The words are from the "Simply Sketched" set.  I love the size words in that set.  Though usually I layer them but for this card I wanted the focal point to be the two flowers on the top.  Are your eyes drawn to those two flowers?  If so then I did my job right!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, October 28, 2013

Mosaic Madness Thank You Card


I found this fun card on Pinterest.  You can see it here.  I did change the wording part on the card.  I didn't have the stamp that was used for the words so I too the words from the "Six-Sided Sampler" set and punched it out using the Mosaic punch.  I had also punched out 2 blank Tempting Turquoise pieces to layer behind the words.  I had set that in place using Dimensionals.  The three punched pieces on the left side are also set in place using Dimensionals.  

It's a little difficult to see but the centers of those three pieces on the left have rhinestones in the center.  A little bling goes a long way!  It looks SO pretty in person.  


It's a very quick and easy card to make.  If I were to make another one I think I would sponge the word piece or find a different word image to use.  It's kind of blah in that bottom corner.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Monochromatic Flower Shop Thank You

I am still working on the thank you cards I need to get out this week.  Today I thought I would try a monochromatic card.  I have not made one of those in a while.  

I used the decorative paper from the "Modern Medley" pack.  I cut 3/4" strips.  I cut these strip pretty long.  I just trimmed them off a 6" x 6" piece.  Then I taped them to a thin strip of scrap card stock so I could get them evenly spaced apart before I attempted to do that on the card front.  Plus I was able to take that piece to the paper trimmer and cut my angle on all three at the same time.


The "Thanks so much" came from the Simply Sketched Hostess set.  I used the oval punch and oval scallop.  I set the words in place using Dimensionals.  I had also used Dimensionals on the flowers.  And now as I'm looking at the card I can see that I forgot to put the pearls on the center of the flowers!!! UGH!!  Ok, now you have to imagine the center of the flowers with pearls in them!!!  LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Papillon Potpourri Birthday Card

Today's card comes to you from one of Terri's Stamp-a-Stacks.  I can't remember when I had made this card.  I have several from previous Stamp-a-Stacks that I have saved.  I haven't used them because I thought they were just TOO pretty!!! LOL  

This was a very easy card to put together.  Of course I didn't have to do any of the cutting.  It was all done for me.  That is one of the best things about a Stamp-a-Stack!  

Terri has been making her cards so that you can add your own embellishments as you wish.  I have not embellished mine but I'm thinking about a little string of pearls going down the center of the butterfly and maybe a line of 3 on the bottom right side??  What do you think?  Then again plain is good too.  It's such a pretty card that even if I didn't do a thing more to it I think it would hold it's own in the "pretty card" category!  

The pretty decorative paper is from the Venetian Romance pack.  It was such a pretty pack that I just had to buy it!  And the color of card stock that goes so well with it is the Crisp Cantaloupe.  One of my favorites!!

Thank you ever SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Friday, October 25, 2013

Envelope Punch Board Halloween Candy Holder Weekend Project

Today I wanted to make hubby a candy holder for Halloween.  I used the new Envelope Punch Board to do this.  I made a candy bar holder earlier this month, you can view that by clicking here.  You will want to refer to that post for making the top tabs.  

For the base of this holder I cut my Basic Black card stock 9" x 6-3/4".  I scored the piece at 3-7/8" and 5".  I made the tabs and then I decorated it with stuff I had sitting around here.  I was going to go with stamping but I thought I would use up some of the things I had in my stash.


I don't know where the pumpkin paper came from, it was in my container of papers.  I loved the colors and the cute pumpkins and it had a brightness to it that drew me to it so I thought I would go with it!  I used Lucky Limeade for the layer behind the pumpkin paper.  I taped the layers on top of the front of the candy holder.  

For the inside band I took a 1-1/4" piece of Basic Black card stock that was cut 11" long.  I eyed the center of it and wrapped it around the box of candy.  Then I used my bone folder to make sharp creases.  I glued the strip to the inside.  Then I added some fun Washi tape I had to the strip.  

The front decorative paper measured 6" x 2-5/8" and the layer behind it measures 6-1/4" x 2-7/8".  You could use the same size layers and add it to the inside of the box on top of the strip.  The strip is a must do though or the candy box will fall out. I suppose you could use glue dots to hold the candy box in place but then it will rip the paper or the box or both when you remove the candy.  I like using the bands.  The candy stays in place unless you turn the holder upside down!

One of the sticker packs I found had some fun monsters in it so I added one to the front of the candy holder and some to the front and back tabs.  I did set the monster on top of a 2-1/4" Basic Black scalloped circle and I set it in place on the front using Dimensionals.  The "Eek!" is also from a sticker pack.  I had fun playing with some of the things I have had laying around in my workroom for a long time.  It's time to start using these things up. You can easily convert this to all Stampin' Up! products and make some fun Halloween candy gifts.  This pack of candy is a 3.4 oz box.  Hubby is going to LOVE it!!!  I won't even have to hide it.  I will set it on the counter in my workroom and he will never even know it's there!  

I have great plans for making some of these for Christmas in a few weeks.  Once October is over I will be posting some fun Christmas things but not until then!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Morning Meadow

I thought I would give the "Morning Meadow" set a fall look.  Though I'm not sure what kind of flowers those are inside the oval (I'm not so good at knowing my flowers - when I go to Linders in the spring I pick out what I think are pretty and before I buy them I ask the person on duty if these flowers will get along!  LOL).  

I just colored the flowers using the Pumpkin Pie marker and I colored in the stems using the Garden Green marker.  The larger flower is from the same set.  I stamped it using the Pumpkin Pie ink pad and I punched it out with the flower punch.  I used the oval die and the Dotted folder on this card too.  And LOTS of Dimensionals.  The dotted piece is set on top of a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock and there's quite a few Dimensionals back there holding it on!  And the flower is set in place using Dimesionals too.  

The flower in front has a large pearl in the center and the smaller flowers in the oval have tiny pearls added to them too.  It gives them a softer look.  


It's a very easy card to make and an extremely versatile one too.  I can see this as a birthday card, a thinking of you card or even a get well card.


Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Summer Silhouettes

I found this fun card on Pinterest.  I believe it was by Deena Boos.  I can not find the original card.  I had the image in Pinterest but I didn't pin it.  I just had the card open.  I clicked on the image and I got lost somewhere in cyberspace!  I did try to find the card on her site but I have no idea how far it goes back.  So if you know the direct link please let me know so I can add it to my post and give her proper credit.  But don't look at her card too long.  She did a much better job on it than I did!  LOL  I didn't get my background as smooth looking as she did.  This was my third attempt at that background.  First I smeared the sponge around and it made a dark mess.  Then I took a sponge dauber and smeared the ink around and got another dark mess.  And here I just tapped on the color and I have a blotchy background but at least it's not a dark mess!

I took a scrap piece of card stock and my square punch and punched out the center so I had a square template to sponge in.  Then I did my sponging.  Once I was done with that I stamped on the stems, then the flower tips and finally the words. 

I taped a piece of Garden Green (to match the ink pad) to the Sahara Sand piece.  The top piece is set in place using Dimensionals.  But before I set it in place I attached the ribbon to it.  It's a pretty simple card to make once you get over the blotchy background!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Betsy's Blossoms with a Fall Touch

Today I needed to make a thank you card.  Actually I need to make several thank you cards.  So I began with this one.  I had found a pretty spring colored card using the "Betsy's Blossoms" set, it was made by Wendy Weixler.  I tried to find the card on her site but I had downloaded this card a while back and of course with no link to it.  UGH!  So if you know the link to her card, please let me know so I can add it to this post. 

Since it is fall I thought I would use darker colors instead of the bright spring tones. I did change up the bottom part of the card a bit too.  I didn't have the same ribbon so I used what I had and added a strip of Tangerine Tango card stock on top of it. Then I printed out the "Thank you" words on my computer and punched them out using the 1-1/4" circle punch.  I had punched out a 1-3/8" circle from Tangerine Tango card stock.  And the scallop is punched from Pumpkin Pie card stock.  

The base of the card is a half sheet of Midnight Muse and the layer on top of that is Tangerine Tango.  I did have to cut the flowers out, which I didn't care much for since there are SO many sets out there that have dies or punches with them.  I have gotten spoiled rather quickly with the punches and dies! LOL

This was a very fun card to make and it will be going out in the mail tomorrow.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, October 21, 2013

Halloween Hello Candy Gifts Weekend Project

Today I was playing with some small clear boxes I had gotten w while back at ClearBags.com.  It's a fun online place to shop!  

These boxes are not very big at all, as you can tell by the candy corns inside.  They measure 1" x 1" x 3".  I filled them with candy corns and then I just added a little Halloween Washi tape to the top of each box.  

A had stamped the candy corns from the "Halloween Hello" set and I colored them in with markers.  I punched it out using the 1-1/4" circle punch.  Then I punched out 1-3/8" Pumpkin Pie circles.  And then I punched out black scalloped circles.  I assembled the layers and set them on top of the Washi tape using Glue Dots.  I needed something that would stick well to the tape.  And that was it.  So quick and easy to do!  These are for my coworkers.  I'm going to bring them into work this week to make sure everyone gets them before Halloween.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Best of Halloween and Halloween Hello Candy Bar Wrapper Weekend Project

Just a little more Halloween before I move on to the remaining holidays.  I just couldn't help myself here.  I was at the grocery store and saw this cute candy bar that looked like money so I thought I would have a little fun on my computer today.  I have not played with my Print Artist (PA) program in a while so I thought it was time.  I suppose this could be done on any graphic program but I'm parcel to PA because I've been using it for over 20 years.  I think my first one was PA 2.5 and I believe they are at 24!  I've stuck with the changes.  I miss a few of the features of the earlier ones but I've managed to grow along with the program as it evolved.  Okay, enough about that.  Let's talk about this fun candy bar wrapper that you can download for free to make your own.  You have to stamp on them yourself of course!!  

The images I used here came from the "Best of Halloween" and "Halloween Hello"  I stamped the images using black StazOn.  I colored in the candies using the Pumpkin Pie marker and the moon and windows of the house were colored in using the Daffodil Delight marker.  And that was it.  SO simple and SO quick that you can make a bunch of them in no time.  They're great for classmates, coworkers and even those little trick or treater's that come to your door.

The wrapper prints out with cutting instructions to help you save as much of the remaining card stock as possible.  You can't get two off one sheet but you could try it using 12" card stock.  I am not sure on that but I do know the piece is cut at 6" on the one length.  You may want to experiment first before you use your 12" x 12" card stock.

You can find the free template here.

Have fun making these and thank you ever SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Saturday, October 19, 2013

It's Pumpkin Time!

Last night was beading night.  Every 3rd Friday of the month there is a great group of gals who meet to bead, chat and have fun!  The group keeps growing growing.  We all have a great time and we get to see and visit with each other.  We also share what we have made since the last time we were together.  Some have quite a few new things to share while others have a few or even none!  Not everyone gets time to play with beads.  I had brought 3 bracelets with me.  One of them was this pumpkin bracelet.  I had made the pumpkins using Sculpey polymer clay.  I rolled them, detailed them and then baked them on a rod.  I put Sculpey glaze on them and let them dry.  The next day I assembled the bracelet.  I had made these last year but I couldn't find the same color of green leaves.  But I am really liking the darker color leaves.  So now if I can't find the one color I can always opt for the other color!  You can see the other pumpkin bracelet here, the one that used the lighter green leaves.

I was informed yesterday that my new beading website and store is almost ready and I will be adding some pumpkin bracelets to the store!  I will keep you posted on that.  I do have a few more pumpkins on hand so if you want a bracelet before the webstore goes online just email me and we can discuss the details! A note to you Spammers and Phishers, my ISP has a great spamming filter so you will just be wasting your time trying to fill my email box with your junk.  What I find so sad about these people is, do they really think we will buy anything they are trying to sell, especially the way they go about it?  I will never buy anything from anyone who got my email address from some other source and constantly emailing me to purchase things.  Fortunately I won't see those emails to see what their junk is that they think I can't live without.  Ok, off my soapbox now!  LOL

Because I was SO into beading last night I did not have time to play with rubber stamps.  I am working on a fun project and I will be sharing that with you when I have it finished.

Thank you ever so much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Friday, October 18, 2013

Serene Silhouettes Caught in Crystal Technique


A while back I showed how to do the "Caught in Crystal" technique.  Tuesday night at Terri's Technique Night, she demonstrated how to do this technique. It was fun to revisit it.  

The card here was made by Terri, actually it was the one she demonstrated!  


Another fun thing that Terri did on this card was to color the rhinestones with a black permanent marker.  Such a fun way to add colored bling to your cards.  And yes, it works with other colored permanent markers.  

If you'd like to try this technique just click here and you will be taken to the post where you can find the instructions to make your own!  The instructions show a pretty fall card.  And these are a prefect way to make some pretty masculine cards!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, October 17, 2013

A Halloween Hello

I was surfing blogs and ran across a cute Halloween card by Kath at All That Scrap.  Cute and simple.  Actually the original card is a bit simpler than this one.  Her card has "Happy Halloween" stamped on the top portion with the pumpkin in the image colored in orange.  I didn't have that stamp set so I decided to just use the skull image from the "Halloween Hello" and use circle punches to dress it up a bit.  I chose the skull because of the skull and crossbones in the Halloween Washi tape.  I have used SO much of that Washi tape and there's still a lot left on the spool.  It's SO fun and easy to work with and it really decorates up a card in no time and with little effort!  Ya know ya gotta LOVE that!  LOL


I also changed the background.  The original card has Very Vanilla for the background but I decided to punch up the color a bit and use Pumpkin Pie.  I thought about using black and it was a tough choice but I went with the Pumpkin Pie and I was happy with the way it turned out.  So if you are in need of a simple and quick card, grab your Halloween Washi tape and the "Halloween Hello" set and have some fun!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Timeless Talk Masculine Card


I called this a masculine card but it could be used for either.  I just thought it would be a perfect masculine card though.  No ribbons, no buttons or bows!  

This is one of the cards I made at Terri's fun Stamp a Stack last week.  My sister and I always have such a great time at them.  We get to chat and make lots of cards at the same time!!


The "Timeless Talk" set was used to make this card.  I didn't finish my card at the Stamp a Stack because I wanted to use some different words so I just stamped the image and took the rest home with me.  I also changed up the card just a bit.  Terri didn't have that smaller circle on the side like that.  But we all have our own tastes and this is what I did with the card!  The words are from the "Petite Pairs" set, which is set in place using Dimensionals.  And the decorative paper is from the "Modern Medley" decorative paper pack. This is such a simple card to put together.  Though I didn't have to do any of the cutting so I can say it was simple!!!

I do like how the card turned out and I think I may be using this layout again in the future!!!  I have some fun winter cards in mind.  Let's just hope I remember them next month.  Like I said yesterday, I'm not going to be doing any Christmas cards or projects in October!

I am thinking that you may be interested in some measurements!  The large black circle is 3" and the Very Vanilla one on top of it is 2-1/2".  The small black circle is 1-3/4" and the Very Vanilla one on top of it is 1-3/8".  The strip on the side is cut 2" x 4-1/4" and the music paper is cut 1-3/4" x 4".  And there you have it!  Now go make some!

Thank you a bunch for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Halloween Hello Tic Tac Holder Weekend Project

I thought I would play with the new Envelop Maker again.  I am SO into those file folder cards.  I thought it would be fun to make a Tic Tac folder holder!

It's a lot easier to make than it looks.

First you need a piece of Basic Black card stock that measures 7-5/8" x 2-1/2".  Insert the short end into the cutter part of the envelope maker.  On my envelope maker I took a permanent marker and made a line right down the center of the cutter opening.  This way I know where center is each time I need to make a file folder card.  So once I got the left side cut I just slid the piece over and lined it up on my marker line and punched out the other side.  I flipped the strip around and did the same for the other end.


Next I folded the piece in half.  I set the Tic Tacs inside the holder and folded the front piece up over the Tic Tacs.  Then I used my bone folder to make nice sharp creases.  Scoring lines are measured at 3-3/4" and 4-3/8" if you need measurements!


Next I cut my decorative paper piece, it measures 2-1/4" x 2-7/8".  Then I used the Envelope Maker on the corners like I did for the Basic Black piece.  Once punched I taped it in place.

I stamped the witch from the "Halloween Hello" set.  I punched her out using the 1-1/4" circle punch, then the Pumpkin Pie piece using the 1-3/8" circle punch and then the scallop circle punch.  I taped them together and set them on the front of the piece using Dimensionals.  

On the inside I just took a scrap piece of Basic Black card stock to make a band for the Tic Tac case to sit.  I don't have any measurements as it was a piece of scrap.  I set my scrap strip on top of the Tic Tac container and centered it.  You do need a piece long enough to wrap around the sides and to the back. It only needs to go about a 1/2" around the back.  That is the part of the strip you will be gluing to the inside of the holder.  Once I got my strip wrapped around the container I removed it and used my bone folder to get some nice crisp folds.  Then I set it back on the container.  I added glue to the back of the strip on each side and set the container inside the holder.  Make sure the container bottom is at the bottom of the holder.  Hold in the sides of the strip so it's tight against the container and press down onto the inside of the holder.  I closed the front part and set a punch on top of it for weight to hold it down while the glue set.

Next I used the Modern Label punch and punched out a Pumpkin Pie piece.  The "Happy Halloween" came from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I stamped it using black StazOn and punched it out with the "Word Window" punch.  I taped it to the Pumpkin Pie piece and I taped that in place on the tab of the holder.  


After I got this all posted I thought the witch could use a little color so I put a moon behind her by punching a circle from card stock, using that as my template I then sponged on Daffodil Delight.  And on the inside strip around the Tic Tacs I used some Washi tape to dress that up as well.  I seem to see these things after I've gotten the photos taken and the post almost all done!!  

This was a fun little project and I can't wait to try it with my Christmas stamps next month.  I'm not going to post anything Christmas this month at all.  The season arrives fast enough as it is.  I have a few more Halloween things to post and some fall stuff.  I have plenty to keep me going so I won't be posting Christmas this month.  

Have fun making these!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Monday, October 14, 2013

Wetlands Masculine Card

The "Wetlands" set is a perfect set to make masculine cards.  I never seem to have enough masculine cards, do you?

For my card I used the "Woodgrain" embossing folder on a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I taped that to a folded half sheet of Soft Suede card stock.

Next I cut the bottom panel using Soft Suede card stock and Soft Suede from the Designer Paper pack.  I taped the two together and then I added some ribbon around the panel.  


I stamped the goose, layered it and set it in place using Dimensionals.  The birthday greetings came from the "Label Love" set.  I stamped it and then punched it out.  Then I punched out a piece of Soft Suede and layered it behind the words but I only layered it at the top of it.  I could have cut the piece in half and put half at the bottom and half at the top but the bottom piece would have just gotten lost in the background.  I think it turned out just fine with only one part layered.  Once I got done with that I set it in place on the card using Dimensionals.  And that was it!  Super simple and a very quick card to produce too!


Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Halloween Hello

I just can't seem to get enough of that Washi tape!  It's such fun to play with and it can help you whip up a card in no time!  I did see somewhere on the net (probably in Pinterest) that you can make your own.  The technique was familiar to me because I have used it in some of my clay pieces.  For the clay I just took a piece of clay and used liquid clay to get my printed piece of paper to stick to it.  I then baked the clay and when it cooled I dampened the paper and sluffed it off the clay. The same type of sluffing thing is done when making your own Washi tape.  You take your decorative paper or stamped paper and lay it face down on the sticky side of some transparent tape.  Then you wet the paper and sluff it off.  But with this technique you will have to add some sticky to your handmade Washi tape.  Your tape will have that transparent look to it like the store bought stuff has.  

Anyway, today we are using the "real" stuff so we don't have to spend any extra time making tape.  But now you know how to do it!!!


For my card I took a quarter sheet of Whisper White and used the Dotted embossing folder on it.  Then I trimmed it to 4" x 5-1/4".  I added my Washi tape.  I started with the black strip and then I added the orange.  I also used my bone folder to press the tape in place.  I wanted to flatten down all the dots under the tape.  They still stick up a little but not as much as they did before the flattening.  

Next I stamped the skull from the "Halloween Hello" set.  I used Black StazOn.  I like that stuff a lot.  It dries fast and has a crisp look to it.  I used the 1-1/4" circle and punched it out.  Then I used the 1-3/8" circle and punched a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock.  And then the Basic Black scallop.  I taped those three layers together and set them in place on the card using Dimensionals.  Then I set the dotted piece in place using Dimensionals too.  And that was it.  Super easy and super quick!  I'm hoping that Stampin' Up! comes up with some birthday and wedding Washi tape.  Wouldn't that be fun?

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Perfect Pairs & Hexagon Punch Card


Today I'm going to share with you another card that Terri had at her wonderful Stamp a Stack Thursday evening.  

This is a very simple and quick card to make.  It can be used for a variety of occasions too, just by changing the wording.


For this card we used the Hexagon punch along with the decorative papers.  You can use any decorative papers you wish to make the card more unique to your taste!  Personally I LOVE the polka dots here and the colors.

I did use a different word stamp though.  I did not finish my card that night.  I took it home to make mine a "Happy Birthday" card.  I used the "Perfect Pairs" stamp set and then punched the words out with the Hexagon punch.  The word piece was set in place using Dimensionals.  So simple yet adorable!!! If you need to whip up a card quick, this is the one to make!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Friday, October 11, 2013

Magnificent Maple Card

I was at Terri's FABULOUS Stamp-a-Stack (SAS) tonight and had a great time.  I got to not only make cards but I got to visit with my sister too!


This card is a lot of fun because it's got a "different" fold to it.  I didn't take a photo of the card open so you can see what I mean but I think I can explain it enough so you will know what I mean.  The "Top Note" die cut piece is taped to the solid Crushed Curry card stock.  The tape is on the left half of the "Top Note" piece.  So when you open the card you just take the right side of the "Top Note" piece and open the card to the left.  

The base of the card stock is cut at 4-1/4" x 11" and folded in half.  The front panel of the card is cut in half. I suppose you could cut the piece at 8-1/2" and fold it at 5-1/2".  Then you wouldn't have much wasted card stock.  


The leaf and words are stamped using the Crushed Curry as well.  And the decorative paper is from the "Sweater Weather" pack.  Unfortunately I don't own anything but the Crushed Curry ink pad and the "Top Note" die.  


This was such a fun card to make!! I can't wait to show you the other cards we made.  I will be adding them now and then in between my other creations and finds!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda



Thursday, October 10, 2013

Timeless Talk

Don't ask me what I was thinking here!!!  I should not have added that big blue Pacific Point punched piece, it just ruined the whole card.  I should have just sponged the edges and it would have looked a lot better.

I used the "Timeless Talk" set to make this card.  It's a fun and easy set to work with but I tend to make things more difficult than they need to be!

I like the colors here and I do like the layout, it's just that big blue punched piece that is throwing the whole card off.  And I can't remove it either! UGH!


So you get to see the good, the bad and the ugly on my blog!  LOL  Fortunately the bad and ugly don't show up too often!  

I did add a little bling to the card too.  The phone has some pearls on it as well as the "Hello there" image in the upper left corner.  I needed to do something to help it out!!!


Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Wetlands Masculine Birthday Card

Once again I find myself scrambling to find a masculine card I like.  SO I bought the "Wetlands" set so I could make more masculine cards.  I had made a card at Terri's Stamp a Stack a while back that used the "Wetlands" set and I knew I would have to get that set sometime.  And that time finally came.  The set arrived last week but I have not had a lot of time to play with my new stuff!  

This card is NOT my design.  I found it at "Julie's Stampin' Spot" blog.  

I used Basic Black card stock for the base of the card.  Sahara Sand for the layer and Garden Green for the textured strip.  The texture is from the new "Pretty Print" embossing folder.  I embossed a 1/4 sheet of card stock and I figured I could use it to make another card later.  I was going to make two cards, one for the person it was intended for and the second for my stash!!!  Gotta keep adding to that stash!!!  LOL

I didn't make my card exactly like the one on Julie's blog but it's close.  I did make a mask for the bird so I could get the shafts of wheat on the background.  I saved my mask inside the case of the set so it could be used again.   The bird image was set in place using Dimensionals and everything else was just taped in place.  

The words on the card are also from the "Wetlands" set.  Such a deal, huh?   It's a quick and simple card to make and PERFECT for the guys!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Flower Shop & Gingham Garden Washi Tape


Today I needed a thank you card. And yes, I do have a lot of them in my stash of cards but I like to make a fresh new one!!  So I thought I would use some Washi tape and the "Flower Shop" stamp set and punch.  I wanted to make a quick, cute and easy card.  This one foot the bill!  I did get the "Thank you" crooked though.  It is one of the new polymer clear stamps from the "Another Thank You" set. I'm a little disappointed in the set though.  The words are not stamping crisp and clear and I don't know why.  

And why did it stamp crooked?  I had every opportunity to get it straight.  It's a clear stamp on a clear block.  How could I mess that up?  But I did!!! LOL


I think it would be fun to make a set of different occasion cards as a pack of cards for a gift and use this image/layout but different words for different occasions on the fronts.  

I used Tempting Turquoise for the flower and the layer behind the stamped piece.  It's such a pretty color and it's also in the bottom strip of Washi tape.


It's a fun card to make.  Just do a better job than I did on getting the words straight! LOL

Thank you ever so much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, October 07, 2013

A Flower Shop Birthday

I wish the burlap came in different colors.  Wouldn't it be fun to make this card using different colors?  It's such a beautiful card.  I made it at Terri's Stamp A Stack last month.  


It's such an easy card and yet SO beautiful too!  

The words are from the "Perfectly Penned" set and the "Flower Shop" set was also used here.  


The colors are Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.  A Dimensional was used to add the flower to the burlap.  Oh and don't forget the beautiful pearl added to the center of the flower!  SO pretty!  Terri is ever so creative.  Her Stamp A Stacks are always a great hit and the cards are always SO gorgeous too!  I don't know where she keeps coming up with the ideas but she does.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Gorgeous Grunge Notebook Weekend Project

Here's a fun weekend project.  I took a small 2-1/4" x 4" notebook that I had gotten at Oriental Trading a long time ago and I thought I would dress up the front of it. 


I took a piece of Whisper White and stamped the drops of liquid image on it.  Then I stamped some Daffodil Delight dots all over it and finally I stamped the grid from "Off the Grid". I used VersaMark to stamp it and then I embossed it using gold embossing powder.  

Next I mixed up some Tempting Turquoise and rubbing alcohol and sprayed a little of it on the paper.  While that was drying I took out my Washi tape and decided what colors I was going to use and cut a very thin strip of Tempting Turquoise card stock.  I got out my candy dots and I was ready to add the tape.  I wanted to give the card stock a little time for the alcohol to evaporate. 


I stamped the word "notes" on the top corner.  It was from a stamp I had made via Stampin' Up! a few years ago.  Next I taped the piece on top of the notebook.  Then I added the tape and the turquoise strip and then the dots.  The dots did not want to stick to the tape so I used Crystal Effects to set them in place.  

For the final touch I added the yellow gingham Washi tape to the spine of the notebook.  It was exactly what the notebook needed.  It was finished!  SO simple and so quick too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Halloween Hello Candy Holder Card Weekend Project

 Ok, first of all the top photo doesn't do the card justice.  I couldn't get the think to stay shut so you could see the "Trick or Treat" words that are on the inside.  They lined up just along the edge of the front. But you can imagine it, right?  

The inside has a little pocket to hold a Hershey bar.  
I added some Washi tape to it and I stamped and cut out 3 skulls from the "Halloween Hello" set.  


The front of the card has the owl in the tree from the "Best of Halloween" set.  I punched out a 1" circle and sponged in some Daffodil Delight to make a moon.  

The measurements for this card are as follows:
Cut your card stock 6" wide x 7-3/4" long.
On the long side score the piece at 3-1/4" and 3-1/2"
Cut your decorative paper 6" x 3-9/16".  

Tape the decorative paper in place then follow the instructions found here for cutting the tabs.  
The Pumpkin Pie piece is cut 6-1/2" x 1-5/8".  Score at 1/4", 1/2", 6" and 6-1/4".  Decorate before adding to the inside of the card.

To add the strip to the inside of the card just glue the end scored piece to the inside of the card.  Make sure you line up the bottom edge with the second score mark on the card.  Repeat for the other side.  With this piece right at the score line on the card the candy bar won't fall out.  

Tape the little ends of the candy bar to the back of the bar.  You don't want them sticking out.  The candy bar looks better in the pocket with those ends taped back.  

Decorate it as you please!  It's a lot of fun and SO cute!

Just a little note here:  This card is a little longer than the regular handmade greeting cards but that's ok, you can use your new Envelope Maker and make a fabulous envelope for it yourself!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Friday, October 04, 2013

Greeting Card Kids Halloween Card


Just because you like something SO much doesn't mean you have to use it on every card.  I SO love the Washi tape and as I was finishing up this Halloween card I thought I would add a strip of the orange Washi tape.  As I was assembling the card I saw how ugly it looked on it.  I should have left it off.  I didn't want to try to remove it.  I've had problems with my paper ripping when I've done that.  SO I just left it for you all to see what NOT to do!!! It's not too wide that I can't cover it with a strip of card stock punched with the Ribbon punch.  I will be doing that later and adding it to my card to cover that Washi tap!

So onto the rest of the card.  I used the Greeting Card Kids set (one that I am betting will retire come spring!) and the Delightful Dozen word set.  I masked over the pumpkin on the image and just stamped the words using black StazOn. 



I colored in the girl using markers and a blender pen.  I had not colored like that in a while and found it a bit relaxing.  I punched out the girl using the 2-1/2" circle punch and sponged the edges using Pumpkin Pie ink.  

I used the Venetian Romance decorative paper on the left side. And of course the Washi tape, ugh!!!  And I added a paper doily behind the little girl image.  



It was a fun card to do up until the Washi tape!  Lesson learned.  I think I should put strips of Washi tape on a piece of card stock and trim them down so I can just lay them on my card before I make it permanent and see if I like it or not.  Now why didn't I think of that sooner?  LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda
The following post will explain this card better.  I was able to remove the Washi tape without ripping my decorative paper or card stock.  I was surprised!!  So I took a photo of it to show you how much better it looked without the tape!  Now read the next post for the details on this card.

Happy Stampin'
Wanda

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Best of Halloween File Folder Card

 Oh my goodness, I can't even begin to tell you how easy and fun these folder cards are to make.  I was at Terri's Open House last month and there was a demo for this wonderful envelope maker.  Now who wouldn't want an envelope maker?  Especially when you can make any size envelopes out of any paper you wish!  I'm thinking it's a great way to use up some decorative papers!!!  Just click on Terri's link and order yourself one!  Item #133774.  It's $19.95 and it has lots of measurements on there to make any size envelope you want!!!  You can't go wrong with something like that!


I found the tutorial to make this cute file folder card here.  I didn't make my image the same as the one in the video.  I didn't have all of the circle punches, dies, etc.  So I just made my focal piece smaller and stamped the "Trick or Treat" on the inside.  Isn't it just adorable? I have LOTS of plans for file folder cards!!!


The stamps I used today came from the "Best of Halloween" set.  Personally I like the house and bird in the tree images a lot better in the smaller sizes.  I find them easier to work into a card and much easier to ink up.  I mean that it is easier to get the ink to cover the smaller images than the larger ones.  Especially ones that have lots of solid rubber on them to ink up!

I thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Best of Halloween Haunted House

I don't normally make many Halloween cards but it seems like I've been making a lot of them lately!


For this card I used a scrap piece of decorative paper from the "Witches' Brew" pack.  I layered it on top of a piece of Basic Black card stock.  I added some Washi tape to the top and bottom of it.  
I stamped the house using black StazOn.  I colored in the moon and windows using Daffodil Delight.  I punched it out using a 1-3/4" circle.  The Pumpkin Pie is cut out using a 2" circle punch and the scallop is from the Circle Card Thinlits.  



If you make this card, be sure to tie the ribbon around the piece before you tape it in place.  

Oh and the "Happy Halloween" is from the "Delightful Dozen" set.  This was a quick and easy card to make too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Morning Meadow

I was attempting to make a congratulations card for a friend and I smeared the tip of the flower so this card will either have to be redone or I will have to make a different one.


I used the Christmas Washi tape here.  I looked in the mini catalog to see what color the Washi tape was but I didn't find it, so I tried matching colors.  It looked like it was Raspberry Ripple so I ran with it.

I colored in the flowers with Raspberry Ripple, the leaves with Wild Wasabi and the stems with Soft Suede.  


I added a couple of the candy dots to the Washi tape and that was it.  Super simple, just remember to let the ink dry before you touch it!  Lesson learned! 

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda