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Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Flower Shop Birthday


The last day to play with Gingham Garden before it retires.  I thought it was such a fun and festive pack of paper.  And no, I did not use mine all up!  It is rare if I do that, but I do not hoard my papers anymore.  I do use them, I just don't use them up.  There's that fine line there of using them up and then wanting another pack.  So maybe subconsciously I just use enough of it to make me happy but not all of it so I won't feel sad it's gone or I won't have to purchase another pack???  I'm not sure what it is but all I know is, it's rare for me to use up a whole package of the paper!


For this card I used Strawberry Slush for the base.  On top of that is a piece of Whisper White using the Polka Dot background folder.  The Gingham Garden decorative paper was used on the next layer along with a layer of Strawberry Slush.  


The words are from the Wetlands set. It's one of my favorite sets for words, mostly because I like the size and font.  

I stamped the flower using Strawberry Slush and punched it out.  I set it in place using a Dimensional.  The center has a pearl that was colored using a black Sharpie marker.  



This is a very easy and quick card to make.  And of course I had found it on the net.  You can view the original card here.  You won't see much of a difference, I pretty much copied it as it was.  I just liked it SO much!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Friday, May 30, 2014

A Wetlands Masculine Card

Today I thought I would make a masculine card. I was thinking more on the lines of a Father's Day card but after I decided what I was going to add below the goose I realized there was no room for words.  Though looking at the top left corner of the goose image, I think I might be able to find something in the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set!!!  I do like this "Wetlands" set.  It's a great one for making masculine cards.  

This card could be used for Father's Day, for a Get Well card, and even a guy's Birthday Card.  

I also LOVE the "Hardwood" background stamp.  It's the detail in the image that makes me really like it.  It just creates the real look of wood.  

This was a very quick and simple card to make.

I stamped the goose on Very Vanilla card stock and then cut around it to form a square.  Then I made a Crumb Cake layer for it.  The weeds were stamped on Very Vanilla card stock using Crumb Cake ink. I punched them out using the 1-1/4" square punch and the Crumb Cake layer was punched out with the 1-3/8" square punch.  The base of the card is Crumb Cake.  The Hardwood image was stamped using Early Espresso on Soft Suede card stock.  And that is it.  Very simple!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Celery

My sweet friend and co-worker Amanda's husband built me a raised garden bed.  It's on legs and it's at the right height to just stand there and garden!!!  I have not had time to plant anything yet but tonight I thought I should at least plant my celery plant in it.  
I started this plant from the end of my celery.  I saw it on Pinterest so I thought I would give it a try.  It was in some section that referred to it as "food from garbage."  I don't much care for that wording.  There were other vegetables you could make grow again too.  I know one of them was carrots.  We did plant a few potatoes in large planters.  They were sprouting in the bag so we figured we'd give it a try.  I would also like to plant some garlic but it sounds like it's a bit trickier to plant than the easier stuff!  Maybe next year!!

Now this is not my first attempt at this. I had tried it earlier this year but I didn't think it was growing so I tossed it out.  But with this one I left it in water for almost a month before I saw any growth on it!  And once it started growing it grew.  It took almost 2 months for any roots to show.  The leaves were starting to yellow so I thought I should plant it.  It was big enough that just water alone was not enough for it anymore.  So I planted it outside in my new standing garden and I will keep an eye on it.  I'll post on here from time to time on how it's doing.  I also planted 3 tomato plants in the garden too.  I have some other vegetable seeds in wet paper towels that are rooting so I will be planting them tomorrow evening.  I put the seeds in a paper towel and fold it into quarters.  I set that in a bowl and get it sopping wet.  In a few days I can see which seeds are starting to sprout and those are the ones I plant.  The sprout is the root so it's easy to know which way to put it in the dirt too!

I have some more celery in the refrigerator that I will have to see if I can get it to grow too!  It was fun having it on my counter.  It was nice to see something green when things outside were still so brown.  Not anymore.  It's not only greened up here but it's warmed up as well!  

So there you have it, a free celery plant!!

Thanks for putting up with my weirdness!!
Wanda

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Simply Sketched

I am going to miss the "Simply Sketched" set.  Or am I???  I may just keep it.  It's a fun and easy set to work with.  I made this card in no time at all.  I LOVE black and white cards.  Ok, Very Vanilla and black cards!!!

I used the Modern Medley decorative paper and the Dotted embossing folder, plus a piece of black 1/4" ribbon.

The bird was stamped using black StazOn and all the pieces were layered.  The base of the card is black.  So simple and SO quick!

Thank you for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Flower Shop Birthday

I found this card on Pinterest.  Where else???  LOL  I spend a considerable amount of time on there.  I just wish I would spend the same amount of time making things as I do finding them.  I think I will need 3 lifetimes to make everything I've pinned!!! Sound familiar?  

Anyway, I found this pretty card made by Deena and I just had to make it.  I LOVE Washi tape and I was in the mood to play with it.  This card was such a bright and cheery looking one that I just HAD to copy it.  I pretty much copied it exact except the wording is different and I also added pearls to the center of each flower.  

I like using Washi tape because it is quick and easy to use.  Just tape it on and tear the ends.  Or you can cut the ends if you want a cleaner look. The center yellow pieces were wrapped around the card stock and the other two colors were torn at the ends.

The flowers are from the "Flower Shop" set and set in place using Dimensionals.  Pearls were added to the center of each flower and it was a done deal!!!  So simple and every so quick.  Just the way I like it!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Beautiful Wings Birthday Card

Today's card is an extremely simple one.  I used the Beautiful Wings Sizzlit and cut out Whisper White and Strawberry Slush butterflies.  I added them to a layered piece of Strawberry Slush decorative paper and card stock.  

I used the scalloped circle and layered a piece of  Strawberry Slush on top of that.  The words are from my computer.  

The butterflies and word layers were set in place on the card using Dimensionals.  It's a very simple and super quick card to make.  I always have a stash of words printed from my computer so I can use them to make these super quick cards.  It's kind of plain but it will do in a pinch!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, May 26, 2014

Flowering Flourishes Morning Meadow and Petite Petals

Just a lovely bunch of flowers!  I have always had a lot of fun with the Flowering Flourishes set.  It makes such a pretty leafy background when adding flowers to it. 

The flowers I used the soon to retire Morning Meadow set for the flower.  It's the only one that fits the punch that is a solid color when stamped.  I'm going to miss that flower.  I also used the Petite Petals for the other two flowers.  The one in the center of the large flower was stamped off to give it a lighter color.  I stamped the flowers using Crushed Cantaloupe.

I stamped the Flowering Flourish image using Pistachio Pudding.  I set the flowers in place using Dimensionals and the flower in the center of the large one was just taped in place.  I added some pearls and the words and it was done.  My words are from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set, which I was SO glad to hear will be found in the new catalog!!! YAY!!!  I use it on a lot of card (if you didn't notice that already!!!).

This was a very fun and quick card to make and I can see myself making more like this.  I was thinking of making a set of cards using different wording on each card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Gorgeous Grunge Birthday Card

I found this card made by Becky at Scrappin' and Stampin' in GJ.  I thought it was too pretty to pass up.  I did have some trouble with the homey comb die.  The paper kept getting stuck in it and when I would try to get it out, no matter how careful I was, it would rip.  GRRRR.  So after some experimenting I ended up using a piece of glossy card stock and I was able to remove that without any problems.  But the experimenting didn't end there.  I discovered that if I added a piece of copier paper first and then my decorative paper, I was able to remove the decorative paper in one piece.  And I left the copier paper stuck in the die so I can just use the papers I need.  I have not experimented with that yet.  I just know that a piece of copier paper first allowed me to remove the decorative paper with no tearing.  Let me know if that works for you.  Be sure you remove all the pieces that pop out first.

Ok, back to this pretty card.  I took my glossy card stock with the honey comb design on it and used it as a stencil.  I sponged on the Daffodil Delight.  Then I stamped the lines and dots from the Gorgeous Grunge set.  I used black StazOn for that.  I used the butterfly Sizzlit die and cut out the butterflies using Basic Black and Daffodil Delight card stock.  

I used the Modern Label and Word Window punch along with the Teeny Tiny Wishes set for my words.  I set the black butterfly and the Modern Label piece in place with Dimensionals.  I added some rhinestones and I taped that focal piece to a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock.  My focal piece was cut 5" x 3-3/4".  

I think it's a very pretty card.  I like how the stenciling looks.  I've always been fond of stenciling.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Petite Petals and Hardwood Birthday Card

I am totally stepping out of my element here by using gray. It's not my first color of choice. Actually, it's WAY down on the list!!!  I had a piece of the Hardwood stamped in Smoky Slate that I used on a card a couple of days ago and I thought I should use it.  I was inspired by a card I found by Becky at  Scrappin' and Stamping.  Sorry, it's not a direct link to the card.  I don't know how to do that on her website.  I can't just click the date of the post and copy the info over.  So you are just going to have to scroll down until you see it.  It's her May 21, 2014 post.

I stamped my flowers using Crisp Cantaloupe and the leaves were punched out using the Bird Builder stamp and Pear Pizzazz card stock.  I added some of the Candy Dots to the center of each flower.  I thought I should use them. I bought them last year and have used less than half of them so I figured I would be good for another year!!!  I set the flowers in place using Dimensionals and then I added the leaves behind them.  

The words are from Teeny Tiny Wishes, a set I was SO glad to see didn't retire!  And I set that in place on the Modern Label punched piece.  

This was a very fun card to make and even if I had to stamp the Hardwood background (instead of having a piece already stamped) it would still be a quick card to make. Oh and did I mention that it was easy too?

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, May 23, 2014

A Flower Shop Petite Petals Mixed Bunch and Wet Lands Birthday Card

Wow, that was a long title for this post, wasn't it?  I was surprised at all the sets that were used to make this card.  But the bigger surprise is how quickly it was to make this card because each one of those flowers (from 3 different sets) have matching punches! That makes those my favorite sets!!!

The words on this card are from the Wetlands set.  

I also used some of the Strawberry Slush Stretch Ruffle Trim.  I have used it on a lot of cards and still have a lot left.  I hate it when these things retire and I have a lot left.  I'm going to make some more cards like this to help use up more of it.  It was a fun card and like I had mentioned, it was quick so I won't mind making more.  

I had found this card made by Becky at Scrappin' and Stampin'.  I'm sorry that I could not find the direct link to Becky's card.  I find it difficult on her blog to do that.  I'm not sure why but I just can't.  But this way it will allow you to surf her posts and see what other fun cards she has!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Petite Petals Birthday Cards


I found a fun card made by Becky at Scrappin' and Stampin'. I thought it was unique and pretty at the same time.  I don't usually work with the grays much. Here Basic Gray and Smoky Slate are used, along with Marina Mist.  

You can color the rhinestones using your new Blendabilities.  Now you can have matching rhinestones!!!  Throw some on anywhere on the card for a bit of added sparkle and color!

The words on this card are from the retired Family Reunion set.  I couldn't find any other words that would be large enough and still fit in that space.  I suppose I could have printed them out on my computer but I spend WAY too much time trying to find a font I would like to use.  Just go with a stamp you have that fits in the spot!!  

A 2-1/8" circle was cut out of a stamped piece of Whisper White card stock. The Hardwood image was stamped in the Smoky Slate.  If you look at the original card, Becky's ink looks a bit lighter.  Either she stamped off once (which I doubt because it would be much lighter) or her ink pad is a bit lighter than mine.  But it really doesn't matter, both look great.  

I set the flowers and the happy birthday word piece in place using Dimensionals.

This was a very simple and quick card to make.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Papillon Potpourri Birthday Negative Space Technique

Isn't this a very pretty card? I just LOVE it.  I found it Julie's Stamping Spot blog.  It was just TOO pretty to pass up.  And it was easy to make too.  Plus it's a better example of the Negative Space technique.  

First I punched out the butterflies.  Then I used the label looking punch.  I don't remember what the name of it is.  And then I used that same punch on the 3 colors of decorative paper.  I did trim the decorative paper after I punched it so it wouldn't show.  The decorative paper was attached to the label punched piece using Dimensionals.  Before I set the butterflies in place I stamped the flowered butterfly using Crisp Cantaloupe ink. I added the antenna using Baked Brown Sugar ink. 

The words are done using the Teeny Tiny Wishes set and Baked Brown Sugar ink.  

The butterflies were set in place using glue dots.  I tried the Snail tape and as you can see on the first butterfly it bent it.  Once that front panel was done I added Dimensionals to the back of it and set it in place on a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wetlands and Watercolor Wonder Punch Negative Space Technique

I found a fun and quick technique to do!  It's called Negative Space Punch Technique.  It's very easy to do too! 

For this super simple looking card I just punched the butterfly using Whisper White card stock.  Then I punched a 2-1/2" circle, centering the butterfly. Tape some pretty decorative paper behind the butterfly.  I used Watercolor Wonder here.  I thought it was SO pretty behind the butterfly.  

Next you just set the butterfly piece in place using Dimensionals.  

The words here are from the Wetlands set, stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe, and they were set in place using Dimensionals too.  

The base of my card is Whisper White and the top Dotted textured piece is Crisp Cantaloupe.

See, I told you it was an easy technique!  And pretty too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Too Kind Birthday

I thought I would play with some retiring stuff today.  Since the Too Kind set was still sitting out I decided that would be the one to play with.  So from there I used the Dotted folder and made my foreground piece.  I punched out the oval though after doing that I thought maybe I should have done the oval first so the dots wouldn't have gotten smashed.  And a thought just came to me, I could have used my stylus to bring the dots back out on the card stock.  DUH!  I've had a lot of "DUH" moments lately!!!

Moving on here.  I used Primrose Petals for the flower.  I didn't plan that flower out very well.  I could have moved it over just a bit and the whole flower could have fit in the window.  The other option (not a favorite of mine) would have been to cut out the flower and set it in place with Dimensionals.  It's not that I don't like what I see but it could use a bit of improvement.  

I added a small butterfly to the upper right corner, setting it in place with a Dimensional cut in half.  

The words were done on my computer and I set them in place using Dimensionals.  There's LOTS of Dimensionals on this card!!! This card can be used for other occasions too.  I'm seeing a get well card, a Mother's Day card, a thinking of you card, and even a sympathy card.  

I like this layout and I like how easy this card is to make.  I can see myself making more like this with other "things" in the center!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Too Kind Birthday Card


This card was made by nyingrid on Split Coast Stampers.  I loved it the minute I saw it.  I thought it was such a clean and simple looking card and I knew I had to make one.  And of course I did change it up a little bu only in the wording part.  I didn't stamp directly on the card like she did.  I often make mistakes when doing that so I find that stamping on a scrap piece and adding it as a layer works best for me.  

This is a very easy card to make too.  It would be great as a gift set with other occasions in the pack. 


The colors used here are Crisp Cantaloupe and Wild Wasabi inks and card stock.  The darker layer is a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock.  The words on mine were done on the computer.  I printed out a bunch and have them in my stash for when I need a grab and go card!  SO simple and quick to make.  If you need a card fast, this is the way to go!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda




Friday, May 16, 2014

A Morning Meadow, Off the Grid, and Flower Shop Birthday

These stamps are soon to be retired.  The Off the Grid, which I just love, the Field Flowers, and Morning Meadow.  Fortunately the Flower Shop set and punch will still be available.  I love stamps that have matching punches.

There is SO much wrong with this card as I am looking at it on here.  I don't know why the words aren't sticking well, unless I was in such a hurry to affix them that I didn't press down after lining it up!!!  Sounds like something I would do (and it's an easy fix).  Oh and were did those pearls go that I was going to put in the center of each flower?    I knew I had taken them off the backing and set them somewhere.  And I did find them.  Stuck to my sleeve!!!  Nice!  Okay, with all the mess out of the way, lets talk positive about this card for a minute!

The base of my card is a half sheet of Whisper White.  I cut a piece of Whisper White 4" x 5-1/4" and I stamped the Off the Grid image using Crumb Cake ink.  Then I stamped the flower stem from Field Flowers using Wild Wasabi ink.  The flowers were from the Morning Meadow set.  That was a fun and cute set to play with.  The words are from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  I can't find my retired sheet so I'm not sure if it's retiring or not, but I don't think it is.  I hope not, I use it a lot!!!


The flowers were stamped using Crisp Cantaloupe and punched out.  They were set in place using Dimensionals and so were the words, along with the 4" x 5-1/4" piece of card stock that is stamped on. This card has a lot of dimension.  Maybe that is why I liked it so much when I saw it on the web.  I replaced the flowers with the Morning Meadow flower.  I really didn't want to do all of that fussy cutting that was on the original card.  You can see that card here at Scrapped Lives.  There's some fun things on that website!

This was a very fun card to make and it's even prettier with the half pearls in the center of the flowers and not on my sleeve!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Simply Sketched Birthday


The Simply Sketched set is soon to retire. It was a very fun and easy Hostess set to play with.  I especially loved this flower.  I had made a stencil of the flower and the bud and kept it with the stamp set.  I would line it up and sponge on the color.  So quick and simple.  I am really hoping that another set will come out that will be just as easy to work with when you need a quick card!

The base of my card is Strawberry Slush.  I did color in the stems of the flower with Pistachio Pudding.  It looks like I stuck with the in colors here!

The words are from the Wetlands set.  I set the words and the flower in place using Dimensionals.  



The background was done using the Dotted embossing folder and that was it.  


See, I told you it was a quick and easy card to make!!!  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Too Kind

While on Pinterest (as usual) I found a fun card to make.  It didn't take a lot of time either!  I am loving cards like that lately!!!  This card was made by Loll at Stamping with Loll.  

I used Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight for my yellows.  The decorative paper came from the large paper tablet pack.  The words were done on my computer and punched out.  

To make this card you just need a small piece of the decorative paper.  Mine measured 1-1/4" x 4-1/4".  I taped it to the edge of the white card stock which measured 2-3/4" x 4-3/4".  Once the decorative paper was added to the stamped piece I put Dimensionals on the back and set it in place on the card stock base.  Then the words were done and Dimensionals were added to them as well.  And that was it.  SO simple and ever SO quick!


Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Flower Shop Birthday

Here is a fun and easy card I found made by Susan at Stamping Art.  I am not a big fan of paper piercing, mostly because it takes a while to do it nicely!!!  Key word here being "nicely!"  Things like that I prefer to get them over quickly!!!  I was going to omit them but it did add a nice touch to the card.  

I did change the wording but I put it in the same place.  And it looks like my foreground card stock is cut too large.  The decorative paper doesn't show much.  But you get a hint of it and it is still pretty!

The butterfly is from the Papillon Potpouri butterfly stamp set.  A set I love mostly because it has matching punches!!!  You know me and those matching punches!!!  The flower is from the Flower Shop set and the large flower punch was used on the Whisper White card stock to create that "window" for the Flower Shop flower to sit in.  


The color used here is Strawberry Slush.  It's such a bright and pretty color. It creates such a happy feeling for me.  


Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, May 12, 2014

A Petite Petals Birthday

Here's a very fun and quick card to make.  Personally I think any stamp that has a matching punch will make it quick for me to make cards!!!

Today I used decorative paper from the Fresh Prints paper pack.  I have not used that pack as much as I thought I would. The layer behind it is Crumb Cake and the base of the card is Whisper White.  

I used Coastal Cabana card stock behind the focal layer.  The ink used here is also Coastal Cabana.  I stamped the flowers from the Petite Petals set and I punched them out.  I LOVE that part.  One punch and boom, the flower is all cut out!  And I used some Coastal Cabana stretch ruffle trim.  I have not used that much at all either.  UGH!  I am going to have to cut down on my shopping so I get more use out of the stuff I get.  

And the words are from the Wetlands set.  I added pearls to the center of each flower.  A fun and quick card to do!  Plus I LOVE this layout!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Springtime Hello


I had bought the Springtime Hello set but only used the bumble bee in it.  So today I thought I would whip up a birthday card using the pretty flower image in it.  

I colored the flower in using markers and I huffed on it before I stamped it.  

The colors I used here are Strawberry Slush and Pistachio Pudding card stock and markers. Plus I used the Daffodil Delight marker in the center of the flowers.  

The words are from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set.  

The top two layers are set in place using Dimensionals.

Punching the hole with the layer is a bit tricky but once you figure out how to do it, it's rather easy.  I add a little mark of tape on the card stock where I think the hole is going to be punched at.  It's ok if you don't get it exact.  You mostly want the card stock and the decorative paper to stay together so you can punch them.  Line them up as you would for a layer.  Then take the smaller punch (here I used the 1-1/4" circle punch) and punch out both pieces at once.  Next take the decorative paper and the 1-3/8" circle punch and punch out a little ring.  Try to center it.  But before you punch place a piece of copier paper behind it or it won't punch nice.  Once it's punched tape it in place on top of the card stock.  It's easy to do but you do need to practice with it a little before venturing into the good papers and card stock!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mother's Day Gift

I don't know why I have so much trouble with the orientation of these photos on here!  UGH!  So you have to look at it this way, sorry.


This is the necklace I made for my daughter-in-law.  Our granddaughter Paige was born before Mother's Day last year so this is our daughter-in-law's first Mother's Day.  

I took a copper disk and hammered the edges a bit and then stamped the words:  "your first breath took mine away".  I had gotten the letter "P" for Paige at Hobby Lobby.  Then the fun part and my most favorite part!  I had taken a profile photo of Paige and shrunk it down to about the size of a quarter and I printed it out.  I had to make sure I had a picture of her that had a very light background so I could get a good outline of her head.  Then I cut her little head out of the copier paper.  I had purchased some PMC 3 silver (Precious Metal Clay) and I rolled a bit out thinly onto my work surface.  I set the paper head on top and traced around it with a thin needle.  I poked a hole in the top for the jump ring to go in and I let it dry for a couple of hour.  Then I sanded it very smooth. The more sanding you do at this point, the less you do later!!!  Something very important to always remember!  Once I got it smooth on the flat sides and all edges it was ready to "fire".  


I set the head on a fireproof kiln brick and got my micro torch out and began the firing process.  Once it was done and cool I sanded it quite a bit.  I had some marks on it from the binders being burnt off. And when the sanding was done I used silver polish and I polished it up.  Once the PMC silver clay is fired it is .999 find sterling silver.  How cool is that?  I polished the head to a mirrored shine.  It turned out a lot prettier than it looks in the photo.  It's a beautiful piece of silver and it's got a special meaning to it because it's the profile of my granddaughter!  So this is what I gave to my daughter-in-law for Mother's Day!

And a Happy Mother's Day to you all too!

Thank you for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, May 09, 2014

By the Tide Father's Day Card

Well, now it's time to move into making some Father's Day cards.  I have no one to give these to anymore so I don't make many of them.  But I do like to have some on hand as samples for the gals who come over to stamp.  

I found this card on Pinterest.  It's made by Deena at My Home Grown Art.  I thought it looked like a fun and yet simple card to make.  Plus it was using the By the Tide set and I have not played with that one enough!   I have seen lots of samples using this set and have pinned them but that is as far as it gets.  I think that's as far as it gets with most of my pins on Pinterest.  I think I'm addicted to pinning!!!!  LOL

For my card I used Smoky Slate for the base.  I added a layer of Pacific Point and then the Whisper White. My inks are also Smoky Slate for the fern (stamped off once) and Pacific Point for the shell and words.  The words are from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set.  I used Baker's Twine to wrap around the card.  I didn't tie a bow.  I just taped the ends to the back.   And then I tore the paper.  I have not torn my paper in a while.  I don't make a lot of cards that I find I can tear the paper and have it look like it was meant to be!!!  So it was kind of fun to tear the paper!!!

This was a very fun card to make and extremely simple too!  An easy layout with minimal color but yet effective.  A perfect Father's Day card!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Flower Shop Mother's Day Card

I found a pretty thank you card on Becky's at Scrappin' and Stampin' in GJ on her April 14th post. (Sorry, I do not know what GJ means, I looked on the blog but I didn't see it spelled out anywhere).

I am still in the Mother's Day card mode.  And did you notice today that I actually got the whole card in the photo?? LOL  

For my card I used Whisper White as the base of the card.  Strawberry Slush was the color of choice here.  I stamped the flower on the ink pad, stamped on the card and then stamped on it once more. I repeated this a couple more times and then I filled in any open spaces with the stamp without reinking it.  

The flower was stamped, punched out and then set in place using Dimensionals.  A large pearl was added to the center. 

The words are from the My Mother set and stamped using black StazOn.


This card went together so quickly.  I think this would not only make a great thank you card like Becky made but it would be a wonderful get well and birthday card too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

By the Tide Father's Day Card

Oh my, am I ever horrible at taking photos!  I got the majority of the card in.  I need some practice!!!  


Ok, lets move on to this fun Father's Day card.  I found this card made by Nancy at Canopy Crafts. I did change it a lot.  What attracted me about her card was the circle and how the fish were in placement behind and in front of the circle.  I also liked the Off the Grid image along with the Gorgeous Grunge dots.  

Nancy's card is very fun and pleasing to the eye.  I would liked to have copied it but I didn't have the background paper she used so I went with what I had and that resulted in me changing the colors.  I like both cards.  They are unique in their own way.  


I am happy with the colors here and how the card turned out.  I do not like cutting out things by hand (the fish here) so I can say that I don't see myself making too many cards like this in the near future!!! Give me a stamp set with a matching punch and I'm extremely happy!!!

The words on my card are from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set.  I used Gumball Green for the fish and the label.  Whisper White card stock for the focal piece and the base of the card is Smoky Slate.  I used Early Espresso to stamp the fish.  The decorative paper is from the Watercolor Wonder decorative paper pack.  For the dots I used Pacific Point and I did stamp off once.  The circle measures 2".  And finally, Off the Grid was stamped using Smoky Slate.  The card really wasn't that difficult to do but like I said, I don't like cutting out things by hand.   

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, May 05, 2014

A Wetlands Birthday Card

When I think of the Wetlands set I think of a masculine card.  Well, this one isn't very masculine, is it?  I could hardly make a masculine card using the Gingham Garden Decorative paper.  I had a scrap of it sitting on my worktable and I thought I would use it to whip up a quick card.  And let me tell you.  If you need a quick card, this is the way to go.  From start to finish I had a card in under 10 minutes.

I started out with a half sheet of Whisper White and folded it in half.  Then I took a piece of Melon Mambo and cut it to 4" x 5-1/4".  Then I took a piece of Whisper White and cut it to 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  Next I used the Dotted embossing folder and made the dots on the card stock.  I usually do it first and then cut the card stock but I had already cut it and then realized it would look better embossed.  It worked out fine, it didn't shrink at all after being embossed.  That sometimes happens with the card stock.

Then I took my scrap piece of decorative paper and cut it to 1-3/4" x 4-1/4".  And I layered a piece of Melon Mambo behind it, adding 1/8" to two sides.  


I used the words from the Wetlands set and stamped them using black StazOn. I punched them out using the large oval punch and I punched out a piece of Melon Mambo using the Scalloped oval punch.  I put the decorative paper panel on using Dimensionals and I used one Dimensional on the right side of the oval and some double sided tape on the other side and set it in place on the card.  And ta dah, it was done!  I told you it was quick and it's easy too!  So if you need a card in a hurry you can whip one up in no time using this layout!  Don't throw those scraps away!!! They do come in handy!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Petite Flowers Mother's Day Card

I found this fun Petite Petals card made by Mel on Split Coast Stampers.  I did change it a little.  I added the Dotted embossed background and the words along with the Modern Label punch are different.  

I used Cherry Cobbler ink and card stock.  I used a 1" punch to do the squares where the flowers are.  To get those squares where they needed to be I had first punched out the center one.  Then I took the square piece and traced it next to the center square to make sure it was where I wanted it to be.  Then I did the same with the other side so they were even.  Next I put the piece with the three punched squares on top of the Cherry Cobbler piece.  I taped the punched out squares into place and then removed the front piece.  I had not embossed it yet.  You want to wait to do that because you don't want that background where the flowers go to be dotted.  


I stamped and punched the flowers and set them in place using Dimensionals.  The Dotted piece is also set in place using Dimensionals.  I punched out the label piece using the card stock that is behind the dotted piece.  I didn't want to get out a new piece of Cherry Cobbler just for the label.  And no one can see it, it's behind the Dotted white piece.  

The words are from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set and they were set in place using Dimensionals too.  Lot of Dimensionals are used on this card!!  Oh, I almost forgot about the flowers.  They are stamped using Cherry Cobbler ink and punched out.  After they were set in place using Dimensionals, I added a pearl to the center of each one.  

A very simple card to make.  And I LOVE red and white cards!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, May 02, 2014

A Petite Petals Birthday

I have not used the Hardwood background stamp much so today I thought I would play with it and see what I could come up with.  Those little flowers from the Petite Petals set remind me of forget-me-nots.  I thought it would be fun to do the flowers in blue.  And of course blues and browns go together well, so I ran with that too!  

Because the flowers were punched out, this card went together rather quickly.  I just kept adding flowers until I ran out of the ones I stamped and punched. I thought I might have some left but I didn't.  Actually the card looks like it could use a few more on that left side.  But it is what it is!  


The words on my card came from the Wetlands set and I stamped them using the Early Espresso ink pad.  This was a fun card to make and I can see myself making more like this mostly because it was quick and easy to do!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, May 01, 2014

A Flower Shop and Petite Petals Mother's Day Card

I found a very pretty card at Laurie's "Stamping Up North" blog.  Her card was done using a feather image.  I thought it was pretty but what I really loved about the card was the colors.  So taking those colors I thought I would make a pretty card like hers.  

The colors here are Marina Mist, Baja Breeze and Baked Brown Sugar.  And the words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  

The technique here is called "Embossed Resist."  It's where you use white or clear embossing powder and then you sponge ink over the top of it.  The embossed image emerges from the white card stock and you can then see it.  

There is also another technique used here, Masking.  The masking part here is the top and bottom part of the card.  I taped down a piece of copier paper on each end and then I did my embossing and after that I left it on to do my sponging.  I did use removable tape to do this.  That is simple masking.  There are other cards and projects that involve more complex masking where you cut out the image and tape the mask over it and sponge.  You can find lots of masking samples on the internet.

This was a fun and very quick card to make.  I tend to not heat emboss much because it means I have to get off my chair and go across the room to do that!!!  So lazy some days!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda