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Monday, February 29, 2016

Have a Cup Magic Window Technique Card 2016 Occasions Catalog

Today I'm going to share a fun technique with you. We made this card at Terri's Technique Tuesday class. This card was created using the "Have a Cup" set from the 2016 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.  I do not have this set and I'm not sure if I'm going to purchase it or not.  I have so many sets to play with and some I have not touched yet.  

For this card we stamped the focal image and added a piece of decorative paper to the left side of the front of the gate folded card.

Then we proceeded to make the inside.

I have instructions here for one I made a while back.  I thought I had taken a photo of it, but I guess I didn't.  Or if I did, it's so lost in all of the photos of my camera.  I'll have to do some searching one of these days.

Anyway, here is the measurements I used to make my card.  You can change the measurements of the side pieces and the size of the opening you make, to fit your card. 

Card base 11" x 4-1/4"
2 Outside panels 2-1/2" x 4"
2 Inside panels 2-1/2" x 4"
Center panel and decorative layer on center panel 5-1/4" x 4"
2-3/8" circle saved from cutting inside panel
Two 4-1/4" x 3" for mechanism
Cardstock scraps for punching flowers

When gluing the mechanism pieces to the inside of the panels (along the fold line) you need to do them both at the same time so you can slide the glued ends to line up evenly on the top and bottom or the aperture will be off. Glue must be used to add the words so it can be moved around to center it.

You can find a simplified version of this card here on YouTube.  The instructions above are for a more embellished card.  Keeping them simple works well too.  The card pictured here was done using the new 3 size Ribbon punch.  That simplified the opening a lot.  For mine I had to measure and cut and then duplicate that for the second half.  On the card pictured we just punched both pieces.  The YouTube video is easy to follow and I think you should be able to make one like pictured here.  I will try to find the original card I made.

These are a fun and very unique card.  I am working on another one for next months swap.  There's a lot of cutting of pieces on the one I'm making. It's not so bad if you're making just one, but it's a swap so I am making more than one.  I think I'm done cutting the pieces now and it's just a matter of stamping and assembling.  I'll share it with you when I'm done, or when it's swap time!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, February 28, 2016

February Paper Pumpkin Thinking of You Card

I have to laugh when I open up my Paper Pumpkin box and it says something about 30 minutes of fun. It takes me at least 10 to look over all the stuff in the box and think of the other fun I can have with it after I'm done putting the cards together.  I do take longer than 30 minutes to but the cards together though.  I take my time when I make cards.  I like to try my best to get things straight.  Most of the time I do, but there are times when I just can't (and who knows why!!!).  

This was a very quick card because the background was already printed out.  I added some sequins to it and then the words on the top.  So of the 3 different styles in the box, this one was the quickest.  What I do like about the stamps that came with the set is, there are 5 different flower images that can be used on the inside of the card, or to create another card front.  Not exactly like this one but you can make something very pretty too!

I LOVE getting my Paper Pumpkin box every month, it's been fun!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, February 27, 2016

A Flower Shop Punch and English Garden Birthday Card

This is a card I received in our last swap.  It was made by Mary.  She has a great eye for color!

She used the "Flower Shop" punch. I don't think it's called that but it is for now!!!  It's the same punch  you use with the "Flower Shop" set.

We played with the Peek-a-Boo Technique.  It's a very fun and ever SO simple technique.  And look now cool it looks.  I've seen other cards done using this technique and they cut the piece not quite as wide (here it's cut 4" wide x 5-1/4" long).  Cutting it less than 4" gives you more room to stamp words.  I like both ways, each are just as easy.  You can see how to do the technique here.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, February 26, 2016

Playful Pals and Disney's Olaf from Frozen Pyramid Pal Thinlit Die Box

I LOVE using the "Pyramid Pal" Thinlits.  You are only limited by your imagination with this set and matching dies. I do like the movie "Frozen" and Olaf is an adorable character. So, why not make one!  

I used the Dazzling Diamonds card stock.  This paper is a little bit trickier to work with than regular card stock.  It's stiffer.  I had to use clips to hold the seams together to allow them to set up.  I used glue and not tape.  Because the paper was so stiff, there was no way the tape was going to hold for long.

I used some oval and round punches as well.  For the nose I just cut a wedge of Pumpkin Pie card stock and used a Pumpkin Pie marker and drew on some lines.

The top of his head is the toes from the frog die.  He was simple to make but like I said, you need to clip the seams together until they are set up.  For the pieces, I used both glue and tape.  I didn't want to sit there and hold pieces in place so I used tape and glue. I knew the tape would hold while the glue dried.  It was like getting the best of both worlds!!

I left the back open, I didn't glue it shut.  That way he could be used as a party favor or a gift box.

Isn't he adorable?  Please remember if you make these, you can not sell them unless you contact Disney and get a contract with them.  Olaf (and any other Disney character) has a copy right and you will be infringing on it if you sell their images.  It's best to check into things before you sell products that you don't own the rights to!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, February 25, 2016

A Peek-a-Boo Technique Birthday Card

Today I am going to share with you one of the cards I received in the last swap I attended.  This was from the Peek-a-boo Technique.  You can see how to do this technique here. It's a very easy and quick one.  Plus I love that you get to see three colors at one time. You get the base of the card and then the decorative paper along with the back side of that piece of decorative paper.  

The decorative paper used here is from the "Perfectly Artistic" 12" x 12" paper pack that is from the 2016 Sale-a-Bration catalog.  Tanya made this card and made great use of the decorative paper.  I love how she tied it in with the octopus.  Cute, huh?  

This was a fun swap and I got some great card samples using this technique.

Thank you for stopping by today,
Wanda

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

February Paper Pumpkin Birthday Card

Today I put together one of the 3 sets of cards in my February "Paper Pumpkin".  

These were fun and so quick and simple to make.  I just folded the card in half.  This card had the blue splatter dots on it already. 

All the flowers and leaves are a peel and stick.  How can you not love that?

I stamped the words on the pre-cut banner and used glue dots to set it in place.  Everything comes with this kit, including the glue dots.

Then I added glue dots to the sequins and set them in place. It's just that simple and quick.  There are two more designs in the box to play with it.  I didn't have time today to finish the other two designs.  I will share them with you when I get them done.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Playful Pals Angry Bird Pyramid Pal Thinlit


Today I would like to share with you one of the fun "Playful Pals" Pyramid Pal Thinlit's die box I made.  

As you can see it's the red Angry Bird.  I played that game for a while but I'm not that great at projectories so I ended up giving up.  I wasn't having fun with it anymore.  But, I did have fun making this guy.

I made my red pyramid (leaving the back open for candies or gifts) and then I punched out some circled and cut some lines. I just found a picture of the red angry bird and went from there.  The top of the head "hair" was from a die in the package.  It made a fringe piece.  I just rolled it and glued it up.

Yup, as simple as that.  These critters are SO quick and easy to make.  And REALLY fun too!!  They don't take much card stock and you can use scraps for the details.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, February 22, 2016

A Happy Birthday Everyone and Botanical Builder Birthday Card

Oh, you guessed it.  I left the "Happy Birthday, Everyone" out!!  It was clean and dry and waiting to go back into it's container.  I had a scrap piece of black and white dotted paper from the "Neutral's" pack so I thought I would make a monochromatic card.  I have not made one of those in a long time.  I don't often do black and white, I tend to go red and white!  But this was the paper that was sitting out so I went with it.  I'm trying to clean up my workroom and pieces of scrap papers are popping up.  It's nice to use them.

SO what I did here was I cut my dotted paper 1-3/4" x 4".  I taped it to a piece of Whisper White that was cut 4" x 5-1/4".  I set the decorative paper on the card stock so I could see where the words should go.  That was the tricky part.  After stamping the words I taped the paper in place.  Then I taped a piece of ribbon onto the back and wrapped it around the card front and I taped it to the other side on the back.  I taped that piece on a folded half sheet of Basic Black card stock.

It needed something more, so I looked in my stash of die cut flowers and I was going to use one of the larger ones that I keep using on cards but today I thought I would step out of that box and try a smaller flower.  I found one and I added a center to it, which consisted of two star like pieces glued together.  I pressed them in the center in the palm of my hand so they could curl up a bit and then I glued them to the center of the flower.  I added a Dimensional to the back of the flower and set it in place on the card.  I wanted a leaf but they were all a bit too big, so I took one of the ferny looking leaves and cut it off somewhere in the middle.  Now it was the perfect length for this little flower!  I used glue to set it in place.  And that was it.  A simple and elegant looking birthday card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, February 21, 2016

A Happy Birthday Everyone and Botanical Builder Flower Birthday Card

I am on a quest to use more decorative papers.  I have an open package of the 12" x 12" "Botanical Gardens" paper and another full package too!  So I'd better get moving!!! LOL

I LOVE the large "Happy Birthday" from the "Happy Birthday, Everyone" set.  It takes up a lot of the card and it can do one of two things. It can fill up a card or it can limit you as to what more you can do under the words.  I look at it as it filling up the card.  I can always add layers and if something is big, it can hid the pieces that I may have cut too big, or didn't have enough of the border card stock on the top.  No one would know.  I did have enough here but I have done that in the past.  I've hidden an edge that didn't have enough border.  

Today I just wanted the card to show off some of the decorative paper under the greetings.  I added the flower in the corner.  I had it in my stash of pieces I had cut out when I was cutting out other pieces.  I want to make my pass through the Big Shot worth while, so I add other dies and card stock and just add them to a little container I have.  When I need one I first check the container and if I don't have what I want I will make a new one but I will again add other dies in my pass through the Big Shot.  Don't waste that pass!!!

This was a fun and easy card to make.  I love it when I can make cards with several layers.  You know how much I love layers!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Thoughts and Prayers Framed Spotlighting Technique

Today I'm going to show you a card we made at Terri's Technique Tuesday class.  If you recall the "Spotlighting" technique where you often stamp the image in one color and then stamp it again and color in a certain area.  Then you punch out that area and set in place on the original image. That part of the card is now spotlighted.  Well, here we have "Framed Spotlighting".  This is where you find the area you want highlighted and you put a frame around it.  Here we stamped the image from the "Thoughts & Prayers" set and set a punched ring in place over part of the area.  Then we punched out some flowers and put them in the circle to highlight that area.  It's a very simple and quick technique to do.  And it created a nice effect.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, February 19, 2016

A Botanical Builder Hexagon Birthday Card

Today I wanted to play with the Hexagon punch.  I am thinking that it will be retiring soon.  It's one of those punches I don't play with much at all. 

I used the multi-colored dotted paper from the "Birthday Bouquet" 12" x 12" decorative paper pack.  I punched out the hexagons and then taped them on a piece of Mint Macaron card stock.  I trimmed each edge.  I didn't care much for that part but I REALLY wanted a border around the hexagons.  I made 5 of them!  I set them in place on the left side of the card using Snail tape.

The flower is Blush Blossom.  I sponged the edges before I assembled it.  I set it in place using a Dimensional.  I added a couple of Mossy Meadow fern leaves and an enamel dot in the center.

The words are from the "Sky is the Limit" set and they were stamped using Mossy Meadow ink.

This was an okay card to make.  I don't think I will be making another one and I don't think I will be too sad if the hexagon punch retires!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda
 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

A Botnical Builder and Flower Patch Birthday Card

I wished that the "Botanical Blooms" would have had a stem image.  I found one that I liked in the "Flower Patch" stamp set. 

The base of my card is Whisper White.  The decorative paper is from the "Cherry on Top" 6" x 6" paper stack.  I liked the little triangle "dots" on the paper and I just had to play with it. 

I stamped the stem from the "Flower Patch" set using Pear Pizzazz.

The words are from the "Sky is the Limit" set.

The flower was cut using Calypso Coral and the "Botanical Builder" Framelits.  The word panel was set in place using Dimensionals, as well as the flower.

The center of the flower has a "It's my Party" enamel dot.

This was a super easy and very fun card to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Just for You 2016 Sale-a-Bration Gift Tote Weekend Project

I have not done a "Weekend Project" in a while.  I saw this idea on the net somewhere.  More than likely on Pinterest. My friend Terri came to mind when I saw it.  I wanted to make one for her SO badly.  I happened to have a pack of the large Stampin' Up! cases on hand.  SO, with that in mind, I decided I needed one too!  

What you need to make this is the large wood block case. A door/drawer handle.  Decorative paper and any stamp set you wish to use.  Here I used the "Just for You" Sale-a-Bration set.

Now when I was reading on how someone had made their case, they had their hubby drill holes in the case.  Well, I didn't want to bother my hubby to drill some holes.  I didn't want to drill the holes either.  So what I did was I took a large sewing needle, I lit a candle and then I heated up the needle. Before I did all of this, I had the case marked where the holes need to go.  Next I put the needle in the flame and heated it up.  I poked it into the marked hole and it melted a nice hole in the case.  The screws are pointed and screwed into the holes I made nicely.  You just need a starter hole or your plastic case will crack.  

The screws that come with the handles are way too long.  They are meant for cupboards and or drawers so they go through a thick piece of wood.  These cases are not thick at all.  I read that the gal had her hubby cut off the screws.  That is not an easy task, screws are made of pretty hard metal.  I thought about getting my Dremmel out and putting on the cutting disk but It didn't sound like something I wanted to do. I'd never done it before and wasn't sure how good I would be at it.  SO, I went to the local Ace Hardware store and a nice sales person helped me find what I needed.  I told him I needed some screws that were like the ones in the package but very short, near or under 1". The color didn't matter, which made the task easier for the guy to find them.  The were $.27 each.  I didn't think it was out of line, it was what I needed.  SO I got my 4 screws and went home to work on my totes.  

I had bought my handles at Lowe's for $1.47 each.  Not a bad deal there either.  They are white plastic.

For this tote I used some decorative paper from the "Birthday Bouquet" paper pack.  I used a different design from that same pack for my tote.  I liked just the look of the paper as the design but I really wanted to add something more.  SO I got out the "Just for You" set and stamped the words using Mossy Meadow.  I added a few Blushing Bride flowers.  I used the tip of a Crazy Glue bottle and Melon Mambo for the flower centers.  I used Pear Pizzazz ink for the little bud leaf things!  I sponged the edges using Blushing Bride ink and then sponged the very edge using Melon Mambo.  I layered the word using Pool Party and then Blushing Bride card stock.  

I think it turned out great!  I filled it with a few fun things for Terri and gave it to her last night!!

I wish I had more cases, more handles, and more screws so I could make a bunch of these to be more organized with my "stuff"!  I think I will be getting more cases when I order again.  In the meantime I will be getting some handles and screws so I'm ready!!!  I think they would look great on a shelf. Just grab and go.  In my tote I put my stamping supplies.  Scissors, tape runner, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, a pencil and an eraser.  I'm good to go!!  Now I can't wait to use it!

Have fun with these!!  Imagine how organized you can be with these totes lined up on your shelf!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Love You Sew 2016 Occasions Hostess Set Card

Tonight I am participating in a technique swap. Back in December, at the last technique night we learned this fun "Peek-a-Boo" technique.  It's super easy to do and ever SO cute.  I've seen a several done making the center cut longer so more of the right side is open for larger wording.  I've also seen the left side made smaller leaving the right side over half exposed.  It's the way the corners are folded back that make the technique so fun, adorable and effective.

For my card I used the "Love You Sew" 2016 Occasions Hostess set. I stamped the buttons using Wild Wasabi ink.  I punched them out and then set them in place using Dimensionals.  I stamped the scissors and fussy cut them out.  That part wasn't as fun but when you have a good movie on tv it's okay!!! LOL

I colored the blades of the scissors with the Smoky Slate marker.  I slid one tip behind the fold and taped the scissors in place.  I thought it would give it the look of those scissors cutting the paper back.  I wanted this set because of scissors image.  I thought it was "sew" darn cute!!! LOL

The decorative paper I used is from the "Love Blossoms" 6" x 6" paper stack.  I needed to make 9 cards for this swap and there wasn't enough of each color so I ended up making 3 different ones.  I liked them all, but this one was my favorite.

You can find this fun technique here.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, February 15, 2016

A Botanical Builder View Master Technique Birthday Card

Today I played with the "View Master" technique.  This is another one of those techniques that I've always wanted to try but didn't because it looked like it was too difficult.  I found a good tutorial on Split Coast Stampers.  I did change a few things to make it quicker and easier to do.  I used the Framelits circle dies instead of a Coluzzle.  As long as the disk is smaller than the inside of the card/layers, you are okay.  I also penciled the circles in on my disk, making them about 1/4" apart.  And I marked them on the side where the dial part is so I would know not to stamp above that mark or the image would show through in the upper window. I covered my brad with the leaf of the flower so it doesn't show at all.  Making the card look even more mesmerizing! It was a very fun card to make.  I just wished I had other images to use but there's not a lot of small current images to be had lately. What's up with that?     

I used the "Petite Pairs" set for the words.  And for the third window I used a flower from the "Petite Petals" set.  

I used the decorative paper from the "It's My Party" 12" x 12" paper stack.  I told you I was trying to use it up!  I know it won't happen but I'm working on it!  It would be a first for me!!  Though one thing nice about left over 12" x 12" paper, you can make fun gift bags with it.  You can find a really easy tutorial for the bag here.  

I used the Botanical Builder from the 2016 Occasions catalog to make my flowers and the leaves.  The center of the tiny flowers are just 1/8" punched circles of card stock.  The larger flower has an enamel dot in it's center.  

I was very pleased with how my card turned out.  Keep in mind when you are making these that you can not use anything 3-D on the disk.  It will not turn easily and will create a bump on the front of your card.  Just keep it flat and use inked images only. Cut your card stock and copier paper circle at the same time.  I saved my copier paper disk so I won't have to spend any time making another one when I am ready to play with this technique again.  I don't think I encountered any other issues. It was fun to make and I would LOVE to make another one sometime soon!

Have fun with this technique!  I really did enjoy playing with it!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sky is the Limit Graduation Hat Fold Technique

Don't look at the clip on the left of the cap.  It is there to hold the card completely closed so I could take as flat a photo as possible. Now that you're ignoring it, let me tell you about this card!!!

I've always wanted to make one of those graduation cap cards.  I don't often need graduation cards but it's nice to know how to make one with the cap when you do need one. Not all graduations happen in June anymore (when the card companies have their graduation cards out).  This is a fun card because on the inside there is a pocket to put a gift card or cash for the graduate.  You can also write on the top inside of the cap so the bottom part stays nice looking, plus you don't have to try to keep your words in a little area hoping that you didn't write too much and it shows when the cap is down.  

The words I used here are from the "Sky is the Limit" set from the 2016 Sale-a-Bration catalog.  The words inside the cap are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  There's not a lot of graduation sets available and there's not a lot of sets with wording that will work either.  You sometimes have to be very creative!!!

I found some super easy instructions to make this cap card here on YouTube.  You'll be amazed at how simple it is.  I used a scrap piece of card stock (by scrap I mean, a large piece that was ruined) and I could have just used a regular good piece because it worked out the very first try!!

Now I can make a graduation card any time I need one!!  And it's even better than the store one because it has a pocket!!

Updated 2-15-16:  Sorry, I forgot to add the YouTube video link.  It's now there so you can have fun making these!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Balloon Celebration and Balloon Bouquet Birthday Card - 2016 Occasions

Today I am going to share a fun and easy card with you.  I used the new "Balloon Bouquet" punch.  I used the white gel pen to make the marks on the upper side of the balloons.

I used the "Decorative Dots" embossing folder.  The decorative paper is from the "It's my Party" 12" x 12" paper stack.  There's so much paper in that pack and I want to try to use as much of it as I can but when I add such a tiny amount to a card, it will take forever to use it up!!!  LOL

I layered the dotted paper on top of a piece of Whisper White, leaving a very little border.  I set that piece in place on the card using Dimensionals.  The balloons were also set in place on the card using Dimensionals.

And the words are from the "Balloon Celebration" set that Katie left here for me to play with!  Thank you Katie!

This was a very easy card to make. It's bright and festive and it does scream "Happy Birthday"!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, February 12, 2016

A Balloon Celebration and Balloon Bouquet Punch Birthday Cards

Today I'm going to share with you the final cards I had made at Terri's FABULOUS Stamp-a-Stack.  These were such fun cards to make. They are SO festive looking too!

The decorative paper is from that giant 12" x 12" paper stack called "It's my Party."  I say "giant" because it contains 48 sheets of double sided paper!  There's SO many fun designs in it too!

The balloon stems were stamped.  The balloons were punched out and then taped to the front of the card.

It was a very simple card to make.  I added the white curved lines on the balloons using the white gel pen.  I just thought they needed something more.  I did it on one that was put together and found that it would be better if you do it on the balloons before you tape them in place.

This was a very fun card to make.  I had a great time at the Stamp-a-Stack and I'm looking forward to the next one in March!!!  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Blossoms Builder and Wetlands Birthday Card

I just can't seem to get enough of this "Blossoms Builder" Thinlits die set.  I have hardly used the "Botanical Blossoms" set.  The Thinlits seem to just fine on their own.  But it is nice to have some of the images in the stamp set to use now and then too. 

I also use the GIANT "It's my Party" 12" x 12" paper stack.  It's SO full of fun papers.  I am thrilled with it.  It's got a lot of bright cherry pages in it!  Well, so it should.  It was designed for birthdays!!!  LOL

Today's card was pretty simple.  I just took some of the fun decorative paper and layered it on the card.  I used the oval dies and cut out a black back layer oval and the white focal oval.

The words are from the "Wetlands" set.  I set them in place using Dimensionals.

The flower was also set in place using Dimensionals.  And the center of the flower is one of the "It's my Party" enamel dots.  Those are such fun things to play with too.

I had a lot of fun making this card!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Botanical Builder, Gorgeous Grunge, and Sky is the Limit Birthday card

WOW, today's card has lots of stuff going on in it!  I used the "Sky is the Limit" set for the words.  I love the font they use.

I used Bermuda Bay ink and the "Gorgeous Grunge" dotted splatter image on the Whisper White card front.

The base of the card is a folded half sheet of Bermuda Bay.

I cut two 2" square pieces of decorative paper to fit behind the 1-3/8" circles.  I set that paper in place using Dimensionals.

Then I proceeded to cut out the flower, the flower components, and the leaves.  I set the flower in place using a Dimensional.

This was a very fun card to make.  When I was cutting out my flower parts, I ran some scrap pieces of card stock along with other dies so I could have some extra pieces on hand.  Why not, I was cranking the platform through the machine anyway.  Why not fill it up with other flowers and parts?  Now when I need a quick card, i will have parts available to either make a partial or whole card.  

Oh, I almost forgot.  In the center of my flower is one of the new "It's my Party" enamel dots.  Okay, I think that about covers it.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Playful Pals and Pyramid Pals Cookie Monster Box

I am having a lot of fun with these "Playful Pals" .There's so many fun pieces to the stamp set and to the "Pyramid Pals" Thinlit dies.  

Today I thought I would incorporate some other punches with the set.  

I thought a Cookie Monster critter would be fun.  Oh and it was super easy to do too.  I used a scalloped circle and some round punches.  It doesn't get any easier than that.  

A tip from one of my previous posts:
Now when you make these fun pyramids, be mindful as to whether or not you want the pyramids to open or to be glued shut.  Since you have to cut out two pieces to form the pyramid, I glue them one at a time.  After I glue the first one, I will glue the bottom only to the second piece and insert it inside the first half I glued.  Now you can see which side you need to glue to have a pyramid that opens or one that is glued shut.  Ones that open are nice because you can put candies or other things inside them. They make great kids party favors.  They also make great co-workers gifts too!!  There's LOTS of ideas you can come up with for uses for these adorable boxes.

A tip if you are using the glitter papers.  You will need to use a large paper clip to hold the seam in place while it dries.  With card stock you just add glue, run your bone folder over the seam and it's good to go. But this glitter paper needs a little more help and time.

So if your little kiddies love Cookie Monster, you can make a whole herd of them!!!  This one is open in the back so I can add some little cookies inside as a treat for my little grand-monster!!! LOL  I think she would get a big kick out of him.  Plus I know she'd love the cookies.

I had used Pacific Point here for him.  I also stamped the curls on using Pacific Point ink.  What took the longest to make this was getting all the punches out!!!  

These are SO much fun and I have a few more to show you soon!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, February 06, 2016

A Botanical Builders Birthday Card with Gorgeous Grunge and Sky is the Limit

I found this pretty "Botanical Builders" card on Susan's "Crafty Ducky Doodah" blog.  I liked the card but did change it just a little.  I wanted to make it into a birthday card and my favorite birthday words are from the "Sky is the Limit" set. I used Basic Gray ink for them.  I am still loving the "Gorgeous Grunge" set and I used the dotted splash here with Smoky Slate ink.

I cut out the flower using Pink Pirouette card stock and sponged the edges with Pink Pirouette ink.  I cut out the center piece using Whisper White card stock and sponged the center with Pink Pirouette ink.  Now wishing I would have used Daffodil Delight for a little more contrast.  I put the pieces together and added the rhinestone.

The leaves are cut from Pear Pizzazz card stock. I set the leaves in place with a dot of glue.  Then I added the flower using a Dimensional.  And it was done.  This is a super fun, simple and quick framelit set to play with.  Even without the matching stamp set you can make beautiful flowers.  This card was made with just the framelits.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, February 05, 2016

A Botanical Blooms, Botanical Builder, and Sky is the Limit Birthday Card

While trying to declutter my workroom, I ran across a card that had this very layout.  I thought that the "Botanical Blooms" and "Botanical Builder" Framelits would work well with it and it did!!  I am happy with the way it turned out.  I had a lot of fun making it.  I think, because I was in the mood to play with lots of layers today!

If  you want to make one, please read on for the measurements.

I used Watermelon Wonder for the base of my card. Basic Black was used for the layers and all the panels were done using Whisper White.

After I had cut my Whisper White pieces, I stamped them with the little flower cluster image.  I used Watermelon Wonder ink and stamped off twice before I stamped on the card stock.  I sponged all of the edges and then I taped them on the Basic Black layers.  From there I began the embellishments.  Oh, the words are from the "Sky is the Limit" Sale-a-Bration set.  I told you I was going to be using those words a lot!!  Plus they fit perfectly into that top space.  

The card stock colors used here are Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, and in the center of the largest flower I used Lost Lagoon.  I also cut out a couple of little flowers using Pear Pizzazz and cut them up for little leaves for the little flowers.

I used the new "It's my Party" candy dots for the center of the flowers.  The green isn't exact but it blends well with the card stock so I ran with it!

Okay, now the measurements.  For the Basic Black layer cut one of each of the following:
2-1/4" x 4", 2-1/8" x 7/8", 2-1/8" x 1-1/2", and 2-1/2" x 1-3/4".  

For the Whisper White pieces, cut one of each of the following:
2" x 3-3/4", 1-7/8" x 5/8", 1-7/8" x 1-1/4", and 2-1/4" x 1-1/2".

There you go, now have fun playing!  I have always loved this layout and I am hoping to use it again with some other stamp set I have!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, February 04, 2016

A Sky is the Limit and Botanical Framelits 2016 Occasions Catalog Birthday Card

I buy Washi tape and use it so very little.  I love the stuff but don't often think to grab some and slap it on a card and embellish!  Well, today was the day to slap on some tape and play!  

I loved these three Washi tape colors together. They have a warm look to them.  I have a little container filled with flowers and flower pieces pre-cut from the "Botanicals" Framelits.  When I make a card with them I am often not sure what colors I am going to use so I make a bunch of flowers and then play with the colors until I find the ones I like that go together. And sometimes I only find one flower, thus resulting in a lot of extra flowers and pieces.  So today I didn't have to visit my Big Shot once!  I had everything I needed in my little container.  

I LOVE the font on the "Happy Birthday."  It's from the "Sky is the Limit" Sale-a-Brations catalog.  Which is too bad because that means it will be retiring at the end of March.  So you might be seeing it on a lot of cards between now and then!

This was a fun card to make and SUPER quick too!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

A Sky is the Limit Masculine 2016 Sale-a-Bration Birthday Card

This was one of those sets in in the 2016 Sale-a-Bration catalog that I just HAD to have.  I don't know what it was about the plane but I was drawn to it.  I also saw this card made by Marcy on Pinterest and I just HAD to copy it.  

I loved the simplicity of it.  Plus it was very easy to make too.  I cut out a 2-3/4" circle and used it as my template so I could sponge my Sahara Sand ink on.  I'm assuming it is what Marcy used but I didn't have any instructions so I just winged it!! No pun in tended!!! LOL

I used the "Happy Birthday" from the set.  The original card used the "You Send Me Soaring" words.  I just thought I would make mine into a birthday card instead.  It is something I would get more use out of.

I wasn't sure what color the sequins used were, so I just colored mine with a black Sharpie marker.  I glued them in place.

I added a layer of Basic Black card stock behind the focal piece.  The Whisper White base piece was cut at 4'1/4" x 11" and scored at 5-1/2".  And that's it!  Super easy and extremely quick!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

A Birthday Blooms Birthday Card 2016 Occasions Catalog

This is going to be a quick post.  I'm not feeling very well today and need to get back to the warmth of my 3 blankets.  I just can't seem to get warm enough today.  

Today's card is one from Terri's FABULOUS Stamp-a-Stacks.

We used the beautiful "Birthday Bouquet" decorative paper that is from the 2016 Occasions catalog.  I have a couple of packs of this paper and I need to make a bunch of cards with it before the catalog expires!

Pool Party card stock was used for the base of the card.  Then a piece of the decorative paper was added. Next we stamped our words using the "Birthday Blooms" stamp set.  We tied some pretty Pool Party Glitter Ribbon around the tag that was punched using the "Banner Triple Punch".  I don't use that punch as much as I should be.  There's SO many fun layers you can make with it being it's a triple punch!

The flowers were done using the "Petite Petal" punch.  The Blushing Bride card stock was colored with some "Wink of Stella" clear before we punched out the flowers.  The flowers were set in place using a spring/branch from the "Bird Builder" punch and a Dimensional.

I loved all the cards we made but if I had to pick one, this would be it!!!  I think it's mostly because of the soft colors and it's got a spring look to it.  I say this as we are knee deep in a snowstorm today!  Spring will be here soon!!!  LOL


Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, February 01, 2016

A Botanicals for You and Botanical Builder Card

Today's card is another versatile card.  This card can be used for a number of different occasions.  I have not designated it to any one event.  That leaves it open if something should come up that I'm not prepared for!

This was a fun card to make. It has lots of things going on!  The base of the card is Mossy Meadow.  On top of that I added a trimmed piece of "Botanical Gardens" decorative paper.  Then I added a trimmed piece of the "Botanical Gardens" vellum paper.

On top of that I added a trimmed piece of Cajun Craze.  The words were stamped on Whisper White card stock with the new Basic Black ink.  I taped that on top of the vellum and then I taped the vellum onto the decorative paper.  I only taped behind the Cajun Craze card stock so the tape wouldn't show on the front.  

After setting the vellum piece in place, I added the flowers and leaves.  Those were set in place using Dimensionals.  I also added a little bit of "Wink of Stella" on the tips of the flower centers.  And in the very center of the flower is a "It's My Party" enamel dot!  And that's it.  Super easy card to make.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda