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Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Flourishing Phrases Thank You Card

Today I got out the new "Flourishing Phrases" set and thought I would see what I could do with it.  It's a pretty set but not as easy to work with than I thought it would be.  

I stamped the flower using Calypso Coral and then I stamped another one using Flirty Flamingo.  I cut out that piece.  Then I stamped part of the flower using Daffodil Delight, I only stamped part of it because all I needed was the center.  I cut that piece out too.  I set the center and the next flower layer in place using Dimensionals.

I die cut the leaves using Pear Pizzazz card stock.  And that border was cut using Basic Black card stock.

I stamped the words with the black Memento ink.  And that was it.  This was a quick card to make, even with the fussy cutting.  

There is a little trick I used to glue the die cut pieces.  I saved a strip from my glue dots and scribbled white glue all over it and then set the strip on top.  Then I set it in place on top of the card stock.  I did the same with the leaves.  If you don't use glue dots much, you can let the glue on the strip dry and then remove it so you can reuse the strip or you can use waxed paper.  I use waxed paper because I don't use a lot of glue dots.  

I do like how this card turned out.  Now I need to see what else I can do with this set.  It's kind of expensive when you buy both the stamp set and the dies, even if they are at a bundled price.  So with that in mind, I need to fine something else to do with it!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda
 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Papillon Potpourri Designer Tin of Cards and Blooms and Bliss Birthday Card

I have not played with the "Papillon Potpourri" stamp set in a long while.  I LOVE butterflies but there are so many other new sets to play with that I tend to forget about the old ones that I really enjoy.  So today I dug out the stamp set and stamped my butterfly.  I colored it in with a blender pen and Rich Razzleberry.  I used the Rich Razzleberry paper from the "Blooms and Bliss" 12" x 12" decorative paper pack.  I thought the marker would blend better with the paper but it didn't, and it looks even more off in the photo than it does in real life.

The words are from the "Designer Tin of Cards" set.  I masked off the rest of the words on the stamp with a post it note so I could just use the "Happy Birthday".

I don't have any colored Baker's Twine so I just used some white that I had sitting around.  You can substitute ribbon there too.  I didn't have any of that either!!

I rounded the corners with the 1" circle punch.  Just slip the corner of the paper inside the punch and clip it.  I taped the decorative paper in place.  I used Dimensionals on the Whisper White piece and on the butterfly.  And that was it.  Super easy and super quick.  Plus it's got an elegant look to it.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Thoughtful Banners and Open Panel Technique

Here is another fun card using the "Open Panel" stamping technique.  It's a very easy technique. You can see how to make this fun technique here.  This card was made by shelly and as you can see, it was flipped so the fold is on the long side of the card.  I have not done one with that orientation but I'm going to have to give it a try.  I like how it looks. 

A little note here, you can make those panels as large or as small as you want.  The main concept here is to get the bottom panel positioned so that when you add the focal panel, it equals the size of the back of the card.  Plus this is such a fabulous way to use up those strips of decorative paper that you hang onto and don't know what to do with.  Well, now you do!!!

Have fun with this technique!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Monday, June 27, 2016

A Balloon Builder and Wetlands Birthday Open Panel Technique Card

Here is another "Open Panel" Technique card.  This is the one that Terri used to demonstrate how to make them.  I LOVE how she uses the "Falling Snow" embossing folder to create the dots on the balloons.  Then the balloons are punched out and set in place on the stamped strings.  It's a very simple design but SO cute.  

To find out how to make this super fun and easy technique, click here.  

I used the words from the "Wetlands" set.  They are my go to words for birthday wishes!


The colors used here are Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder and Blushing Bride.  


Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Balloon Celebration and Wetlands Birthday Card

Last week my friend Katie brought her "Balloon Celebration" set for me to play with.  I stamped the balloons using Mint Macaron and Pool Party.  I used Smoky Slate for the stems. 

The words are from the "Wetlands" set.  They are my most favorite shaped words to use.  It reminds me of the "Sincere Salutations" set.  All of those fit nicely in the oval punch.  I used the retired scalloped oval punch for the layer behind the words.  I'm not sure what I will be using in the future.  I may have to break down and get the new oval dies.  I prefer punches.  They are easier to use.  They are easier to line up, and they are SO much quicker.  Plus they don't waste as much card stock as dies do.  But it is what it is.

I set the word layer in place using Dimensionals and that was it.  Now that I am seeing the image on the screen, it's very blah looking. Especially the background.  I guess I won't be making cards like that anymore!!!  Oh come on, now and then I end up making a blah card.  So we just call it a "simple" looking card and move on. And once again I say, "they all can't be winners!!!"  LOL  I'm in the mood to make something with LOTS of layers.  I will have to see what I can come up with tomorrow.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Guy Greetings Graduation Card

Today I was still playing with the "Open Panel" Technique. It's so fun and it's a great way to use up the smaller pieces of decorative paper you have laying around.  You can see my first card along with the measurements and instructions here. I made sure the "here" link is working.  I'm notorious for not adding it!!  But I thank my readers for reminding me it isn't working!! Someone has to watch me, I can't watch myself all the time!!! LOL 

For my card I used some scraps from the "Neutrals" Decorative Paper Stack.  Since I was making this card for a female, I was able to use the flowered paper.  The flowered paper used here is Smoky Slate.  I wanted something lighter than the black.  It would have been too dark.  I have no idea what the school colors are, we just got a photo invitation.  It's for a very distance cousin whom I've never met in my life!! So hopefully they won't be concerned with the colors!!

The hat was a framelit die that a friend of mine had brought over.  I used some retired black glitter paper to make it.  I set the hat in place using Dimensionals.  I had cut out several of them for future use.  It's always good to have a few extra cards on hand.

The words are from the "Guy Greetings" set.  I stamped them with black Memento ink.  I did use the new Basic Black ink and after taping the back I turned it over and set it on the layer, I ran my finger across the words to get it to stick better and the ink smeared.  I thought it was dry.  It looked dry and it had plenty of time to dry.  I was very disappointed and got out the Memento ink.  I taped it in place, no Dimensionals.

It was a pretty easy card to make.  I wish Stampin' Up! would come up with some celebration dies like that.  Maybe some shamrocks, Easter eggs, pumpkins, etc.  You get the picture. But I do especially like this graduation cap.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Friday, June 24, 2016

A Timeless Textures and Botanical Builders Birthday Card

Several weeks ago I had made 4 of these cards. Well, I stamped the images, I die cut the "Botanical Builders" flower and flower center.  I added the candy dot to the center.  This was all before the candy dots retired. I put them in an empty case.  One of those thin ones that the clear stamps come in. They were for a road trip project.  I was going to be in the car for a little white and I needed something to work on.  That road trip was cancelled and I forgot about the project.  I ran across it the other day and thought I should put the 4 cards together and be done with them!  Trying to clean up some clutter in my workroom.  

This was a fun card to make. I used Whisper White for the base of my card.  Then a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Marina Mist for the layer.  Before I taped the layer in place I cut out the flower on that very piece of card stock.  No one will ever know!!

I stamped the images on a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock, using Marina Mist ink and the Timeless Textures stamp set.  I used the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" for the words.

I set the flower in place using Dimensionals. And the candy dot in the center.  It was a simple card to make and very fun. I love just stamping images anywhere and have it turn out "fun"!  LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Guy Greetings Masculine Birthday Card Open Panel Technique

Here is another "Open Panel" technique card.  I had some scrap paper sitting around.  This paper is retired, but you can find some fun black dotted paper or other design paper in the Neutrals 12' x 12" paper stack. Or even in some of the other Designer Paper Series packs.  There's lots of fun new papers this year.  Anyway, I was using what I found.

I stamped the hats using Smoky Slate ink. I did not use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to do it, I just eyeballed. it.  It made a fun background paper.  The car was stamped using Basic Black ink and so were the words.

You can find the directions to do this fun "Open Panel" technique here.  It is a very easy technique.  I like how it reveals the inside of the card on the sides.  You can either stamp something in that opening or stamp your wording over the panel so it doesn't show until the card is opened.  There's lots you can do with this fun technique.  You can even flip it like the card from yesterday was.  I like that look too.  You can see that card here.  So give it a try!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Bella & Friends Birthday Card Open Panel Technique

Today's card comes to you via Terri's Tuesday Technique night.  It was made by Julie.  I didn't want to buy this set but now I'm thinking about adding it to my wishlist. I still want the cat set below it on page 101 of the 2016-22017 catalog. I LOVE cats but after seeing Julie's card, I may want to get the dog set too.  And it looks like she used the new circles and scallops framelits too.  I LOVE the smaller scallops.  Too darn cute.

The technique used here is the "Open Panel" one. It's super easy to do. I have made several of these and they are fun.  You can see my card here and you'll also find the instructions for it there as well.  Be sure to check it out.  There's another link on there that leads you to the first card I made using this technique.  There's SO many fun possibilities with this technique.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

An Open Panel Technique Swirly Bird Flourishing Phrases Botanical Builders Thank You Card

This card technique is called "Open Panel".  It's an easy technique to do plus it's fun and different!

I did this technique back in March.  You can see my card here.  There is also a link to the card where I got the idea from.  


It's pretty simple. You cut your card stock base 7-1/2" x 4-1/4" and score it at 5-1/2"  Then you cut your bottom panel. You can cut it any size you wish, just make sure you leave enough for an opening in the middle.  Here the bottom was cut 2" x 4-1/4".  And the focal panel was cut 2-1/4" x 4-1/4" and then a layer was added behind it.  I used Blushing Bride on mine.  

I stamped some words on the inside and a little Sweet Sugarplum flower next to them.  The flowers shows when the card is closed but not the words.  The words are from the "Flourishing Phrases" set. The flower was cut from the "Botanical Builders" framelits and the decorative paper is from the "Blooms and Bliss" Decorative Paper Series.  



My swap cards are ready for tonight!!


Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, June 20, 2016

Pop-up Technique Flourishing Phrases Just a Note Card

This is a super easy technique. It kind of reminds me of a the backwards Gate Fold.  

For this technique I cut my card stock 8" x 5-1/2". Score at 2" and 3".  Turn the card stock and repeat for the other end.

Cut the decorative paper strips 5-1/4" x 1-3/4".  You will need two this size.  And cut the front panel one 5-1/4" x 2". 

I used the flower from the "Petite Petals" punch and the "Botanical Builders" framelits.  I punched them out using Tempting Turquoise ink.

The words are from the "Flourishing Phrases" set.  I stamped them using Island Indigo ink. 

On the back you can add a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to write your sentiment on.  It's optional but it does help to have some place to write.

This is quick and fun technique.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Floral Phrases Wedding Card

This is one of the cards I made Thursday night at Terri's fun Stamp A Stack.  I made all three of mine into wedding cards.  I think it would be pretty as an anniversary card too but I had wedding on my mind.  Which was a good thing because I needed a card on Saturday for a wedding and I didn't have one ready.  

This was a fun card to make.  I LOVE the new "Floral Bouquet" Decorative Series Paper (DSP). It matches the flower in the "Floral Phrases" stamp set.  A set I don't have.  I'm not sure if I'm going to get it or not.  I have so many other fun sets to play with and when I get too many sets I tend to play with some more than others and once in a while some new news I never play with at all.  SO sad.  So I try to limit myself when I can but sometimes it is difficult, especially when there are so many new ones in the catalog that I just HAVE to have!!! You know how that goes!!

The new doily was used for this card too. It's a little smaller than the old ones, which is nice because I thought it was difficult to work the larger ones on some cards.  These promise to be fun.  I just wish they would make them in a bright white and the vanilla looking color.  When you put them with white card stock they look vanilla and when you put them with the vanilla card stock they look a bit too light.  I suppose you could always mist them with a color.  It's a thought.

I do like the looks of this card.  It does look like a wedding card!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Swirly Bird Birthday Card

I found this fun card by Nadine at "Stempelmami".  I thought it was such a pretty card that I had to make one for myself! 

To make this card I used a folded half sheet of Whisper White.  I cut my Whisper White focal piece 3-1/2" x 4-1/2".  I cut the Sweet Sugarplum layer 3-2/4" x 4-3/4".  I set the focal piece on top of the folded piece and stamped the little flowers using Sweet Sugarplum ink and the rose looking flower was stamped in Daffodil Delight (do that one first). I stamped over the edge as you can see on the right side of the layers.  It's kind of like that "Triple Stamping" technique, but more like double!!

I cut the flowers using Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo card stock.  The leaves were stamped using Pear Pizzazz ink stamped off once so the veins stamped normally would show better.  Then they were cut with the "Swirly Scribbles" framelits.  I did sponge the edges of the leaves so you couldn't see the white and you can't see that they weren't even on each side!!

The words are from the May 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit.  I was looking in my stamp sets for words that were long like that.  These two words are separate so I put them together on the clear block and stamped them both at the same time.

It was a very fun card to make.  It's so colorful and cheery looking.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, June 17, 2016

A Blossom and Bliss Designer Paper and Mixed Borders Birthday Card


Today's card is from Terri's very fun Stamp a Stack I was at last night.  

This was a very simple and fun card to make.  The stamped image is from the "Mixed Borders" set.  The decorative paper is from the Bloosom and Bliss paper pack.  I want to order both of these!!

The base of the card is a folded half sheet of Whisper White.  Then we added the piece of decorative paper and then a strip of Mint Macron card stock.  

The words were set in place with Dimensionals.  The flowers are from the Blossom Bunch punch.  They were stuck together with glue dots and a pearl in the middle.  As simple as that and SO pretty!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, June 16, 2016

A Butterfly Thinlit Touches of Texture and Timeless Textures Anniversary Card

I thought I would play with the "Butteflies" Thinlit today. And what would go well with it?  "Timeless Textures" and the new "Touches of Texture".  I have not played much with the new "Touches of Texture" though it does have a lot of fun elements in it. 

I used a folded half sheet of Whisper White for the base of my card. Then a layer of Pool Party.  On top of that is the 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White that I did my stamping on. 

I cut the butterfly out and set it on top of the Whisper White piece.  Then I took the dotted splatter image from the "Touches of Texture" set and inked it up with Sahara Sand.  I moved he butterfly and stamped it towards the bottom right corner.  I inked it up again and stamped it towards the top left corner. I left room for words.    

Then I took the fleur lacy image and stamped it 4 times on the card stock using Blushing Bride ink.  

I took the coffee rings looking image and stamped it 3 times on the card stock using Pool Party ink.

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set and I stamped them using Pool Party ink.

I added some pearls to the butterfly and I set it in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it. Super easy and very fun to make!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A Stylized Birthday Botanical Builders and Serene Scenery Birthday Card

I told you I was going to use the backside of the "Serene Scenery" decorative paper from the 6" x 6" stack.  I thought these tiny dots were so cute. The other side has a pretty blue and misty looking white in it. I'm not sure if it's water or if it's sky.  Either way it's pretty.  But I opted for the dotted side because I thought it was cute!

I used Marina Mist for the flower and Island Indigo for the center of the flower.  In the very center I added a "White Perfect Accent".  The leaf is cut from Pear Pizzazz card stock.

The words are from the "Stylized Birthday" stamp.  It's a lone stamp, no set, just one stamp!!! I LOVE it because it's big words and you don't need to do much around it.  A flower and a leaf and it's done!!!  I stamped the words and then I trimmed them down to where I thought it looked best.  I then cut an Island Indigo piece for the layer.  I set them in place with Dimensionals.  Then I set the flower and leaf in place with Dimensionals and it was done.  It was a very simple and quick card to make.  And I REALLY do like this one!!  I want to try this again!!!  Stay tuned, I have a new idea for it!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A Flourishing Phrases Swirly Scribbles and Rose Garden Sympathy Card

I did not need a sympathy card.  I was looking for some words that would fit in that bottom area nice those were the ones that I found. They are from the "Flourishing Phrases" set.  I stamped them using Soft Suede ink.

The base of my card is Very Vanilla.  I used  a piece of fabric paper from the "Serene Scenery" decorative paper stack. This is a great stack of paper.  It's got a lot of images that are photographed and on the backside is regular very fun printed images.  I may be using the backsides more than the front!

The roses are from the "Swirly Scribbles" Framelits.  The leaves are from the "Rose Garden" Framelits.  

I cut my Very Vanilla piece 4 x 2-3/4" and I cut the Soft Suede layer 4-1/4" x 3".  I stamped the words and then I began to assemble the flowers and leaves.  I Peekaboo Peach, So Saffron and Rose Red for the flowers.  The leaves were done using Pear Pizzazz and Wild Wasabi card stock.  I set the focal panel in place using Dimensionals.  

This card turned out okay. Oh and in person, the decorative paper strip does go better with the card stock than it does in the photo.  This is not one of my favorite cards and I probably won't make another one.  I like the "Swirly Scribbles" but not so much on this card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, June 13, 2016

A Guy Greetings and Serene Scenery Father's Day Card

This card started out to be a more complex card than this super simple one.  And there's nothing wrong with that.  I struggled with this card for about a half hour.  I had a car stamped out and layered to go with this layer.  I didn't like how the image from the "Serene Scenery" paper stack didn't show very well with that larger car image and words.  So I thought maybe I'd find some smaller words and work with that.  I didn't.  I removed the car and there sat the words.  I slid them over and up to the right corner and that was it.  I liked what I saw. I was able to see the wild grass (or weeds) and just the words.  I like it just the way it is.

The words are from the "Guy Greetings" set. I layered them on Basic Black card stock and set them in place with Dimensionals.  And that was it.  SO super simple!!!  I wish I would have had this idea right away.  I would have been done with this card in 5 minutes!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda
 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

A Swirly Bird Swirly Scribbles Botanical Builders Birthday Card

Okay, you probably want me to put these sets away and play with something else. I've been playing with them mostly because they are still sitting out!!!

This is a very fun and easy card to make.  Beginning with the base, I used a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock that was cut on the short side.  Meaning, this card opens from the bottom and the fold is at the top.

Next I cut a layer of Sweet Sugarplum card stock 4" x 5-1/4". I cut the piece of Whisper White card stock 5" x 3/34".  

I die cut the swirly flower rings using Sweet Sugarplum card stock. \

I cut the flower to the left using a piece of the Peekaboo Peach card stock and the Botanical Builders framelits. The center of the flower is a piece of Very Vanilla. The leaf is cut from a piece of Mint Macaron.  I opted to go with solid leaf because there was too much airy stuff going on with the swirly flower.

I stamped the cute little flowers using the new Dapper Denim ink.  That was the last ink I had left to open.  Hmmm, I wonder if that means I won't be using it as often as I am using the other colors??? That's kind of how I operate!  I placed a tiny little pearl in the center of each of the little flowers.  I colored a larger pearl using a violet Sharpie marker and placed it in the center of the main flower. 

I used a large pop up glue dot on the back of the flower. I added the leaf to that glue dot and then set the flower in place on the swirly rings.  I added the Very Vanilla flower center and then the pearl.

The words are from the "Wetlands" set and stamped using Mint Macaron ink.  And that was it. Pretty easy and pretty quick!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, June 11, 2016

A Swirly Bird Timeless Textures and Botanical Builders Birthday Card

I also used the Framelits that go with the "Swirly Bird" set here.  They are the Sweet Sugarplum images.  I was just messing around with the dies and looking in my stash of die cut stuff and put this card together.  I didn't have the "Swirly Scribbles" Framlits pre-cut but everything else was.  I love it when I can just lok at teh stuff I have on hand and add a few elements to it and end up with a fun card.

I am still stuck on those "Timeless Texture" images.  I so LOVE that set.  

I have been seeing in comments lately that there are new viewers who are not only new to my blog but new to stamping.  So in light of that I will try to include as much information on my cards as I can remember!!! Please note that I'm getting old and forgetful!!! LOL

So lets begin at the base and work our way to the top.  I started out with a folded half sheet of Whisper White.  I added a piece of the Sweet Sugarplum cut 4" x 5-1/4".  I cut a piece of Whisper White 5" x 3-3/4".

Next I cut out the "Swirly Scribbles" circles.  They are both the same size and both are cut from Sweet Sugarplum card stock.  I set them on top of my white layer to see how I would like them arranged.  Then I took out my Pool Party flower that was cut using the "Botanical Builders" Framelits.  I set it on the circles to see how I would like to place it.  Once I was happy with how it was going to look. I cut out a leaf using Pear Pizzazz card stock.  I set it in place where I thought it would look best.  Then I cut another piece of Whisper White card stock to stamp on because I didn't want to mess up what I had in front of me.  I stamped the circles from the "Swirly Bird" set.  Next I stamped the fluerettes using Pear Pizzazz ink. Then I adhered the die cut pieces on top of the stamped circles.  After that I added the flower using a Dimenisonal with the leaf attached to it.  It makes setting the leaf and flower in place easier.  Well, for me it does. I often set the leaf on the Dimensional and then hover the flower over it to see which way it looks best coming out of the back of the flower. Once that was in place I die cut some pieces for the center of the flower.  I used "Perfect White Accents" for the flower centers.  On the Pool Party flower I colored the center using a Sharpie.  I have a pencil case full of many colors of Sharpies!!  It's so much fun to find one that kind of matched. 

The words are from the "Wetlands" set.  I stamped them using Pear Pizzazz ink.  And I think that about covers it!

This was a very fun card to make.  I love playing around with pieces.  I think I'm going to die cut more pieces to have on hand so I can just mix & match and have some fun playing and creating.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, June 10, 2016

A Timeless Textures Swirly Bird Touches of Texture and Botanical Builders Birthday Card

I just can't leave that "Timeless Textures" set alone.  I used the flourish image on the background.  I stamped off the Crumb Cake ink once.  I sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink.  Before I stamped the Peekaboo Peach "Swirly Bird" flowers I cut the three squares at 1-1/8" x 1-1/8" each.  I stamped them with the "Touches of Texture" Dotted image and then I sponged the edges.  I set them in place with Dimensionals and then I stamped the "Swirly Bird" flowers. The leaves were stamped from the "Swirly Bird" set using Pear Pizzazz ink. 

The flower was cut using the "Botanical Builders" framelits and Peekaboo Peach card stock.  The leaf was cut using Pear Pizzazz card stock.

The words are from the "Wetlands" set and I stamped them using Pear Pizzazz ink.  

I set the focal piece in place on top of a piece of Peekaboo Peach card stock and that was set in place on top of a folded half sheet of Crumb Cake card stock.

I added pearls and the card was done!  I like how it turned out.  It was a fun card to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, June 09, 2016

A Flower Shop Z-Fold Swinging Band Technique Birthday Card

This technique can be found on the internet under a couple different names.  One is the "Z-Fold Swing" Technique.  The other I've seen is the ""Z-Fold Swinging Band" Technique.  They are one in the same.  And they are super easy and fun to do.

This card I received in the latest Technique Tuesday swap.  It was made by Mary! It's such a pretty card.  You can see my first card here.  I remembered the link this time!!!  I don't know where my mind goes when I'm typing these posts.  Ok, I do know where it goes.  I am looking at the card I'm posting and being my worst critic or I'm looking at it and seeing it in another stamp set and wanting to make it right away.  But by the time I'm done with the post and cleaned up my work area I have long forgotten where I was going with the card.  Lots of great (and some may not be so great) card ideas have flown in one ear and out the other!!! LOL  I'm happy when one of them actually sticks!!!

Give this fun technique a try.  You'll be surprised at how easy it is to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

A Timeless Textures Botanical Builders and Wetlands Birthday Card

As you can see I have not put away the "Timeless Textures" set yet.  It's kind of how I operate, isn't it?  If you look back on my posts you will see some back to back same set cards. Well, history is repeating itself!!!  I am having a lot of fun playing with the "Timeless Textures" sets.  I have lots of ideas for it but I don't want to just keeping making cards using that set.  I will make more in a few days and give you a break!  

For my card today I used the Flirty Flamingo ink and card stock.  I stamped the "Timeless Textures' images using Crumb Cake ink that was stamped off.  I also stamped off using the Flirty Flamingo ink, except for the words, those were done directly from the ink pad.  

The flower was made using the "Botanical Builder" framelits. I lightly sponged the edges using Crumb Cake ink.  The very center of the flower is one of those "White Perfect Accents dots.  I colored it in using a yellow Sharpie.  The leaf was cut from a scrap piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock.  I set the flower in place using a large glue dot.  I'm low on Dimensionals.  

I had fun making this card.  When I stamped off the images, I stamped them onto another piece of card stock.  It isn't as soft looking as this background is.  I'm going to hang onto it and I'm sure something will come to mind that I can use it with.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

A Botanical Builders Tower or Box Card Stamping Technique

This is one of the cards I had received in the last Technique Tuesday Night swap.  This card was made by Tanya.  It's SO pretty.  I'm not a big fan of this technique but on the other hand I like it because it's easy and different!!!!  

I have made this technique before and you can see my card here.  There you will also find the link I used to make my card.  

I don't know what stamp set was used to make this card, which means I don't own it.  But I do recognize the "Botanical Builder" leaves.

I think the colors of the base of the card is Rich Razzleberry and the leaves look like Old Olive.  I do love those three pearls on the bottom of the focal piece.  It gave it a very elegant look.  And I always love the brick background.  It is so versatile.  I often use it on masculine cards and rarely on the more feminine ones.  I'm going to have to challenge myself to try that more.

Edited June 8, 2016. I forgot to add the link to the "here" in the second paragraph.  Sorry.
Edited June 12, 2016.  A reader left a comment on the sets used in this fun card. The words are from the "Butterfly Basics" set.  The flower is from the "Birthday Blossoms" set  Thank you Lisa for that much needed information.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, June 06, 2016

A Timeless Textures Wetlands Botanical Blooms and Butterfly Thinlits Thinking of You Card

WOW, that title was a mouthful!!! LOL  I was in need of a get well card but I didn't have any current sets with the wording "Get Well."  "Thinking of You" from the "Wetlands" set had to do.  I guess it still gets the message across.  

For my card I used Crumb Cake card stock for the base. Blushing Bride was used for the layer and the butterfly.  The butterfly is from the "Butterflies" thinlits.  

I stamped the Crumb Cake images using the "Timeless Textures" stamp set.  I did stamp off once before stamping onto the Whisper White card stock.  The words were done right from the ink pad.

The flowers came from the "Botanical Blooms" stamp set.  I stamped them using Blushing Bride ink.  I added the "White Perfect Accents" to the center of each flower and on the middle of the butterfly.  

I set the butterfly in place using Dimensionals and that was all.  It was a pretty simple card to make and I do like how it turned out.  Now to write inside and get it off in the mail!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, June 05, 2016

A Z-Fold Swing Technique Birthday Card

Today I am going to share with you a card I received in the last Tuesday Technique swap I participated in.  This card was made by Shelly, she's such a creative stamper.

I do not know the name of this stamp set but when I find it I will edit and update this post. 

I have done this technique before. You can see my card here.  There you will find a link for directions on how to make your own.  the technique is called Z-fold Swing Card.  I've also seen it called a Z-fold Banded Card.  It may even be called by other names too.  

It's a very easy technique to do. I like that it's very different from the average card.  I like to see that once in a while.

It's a fun technique, give it a try!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, June 04, 2016

A Botanical Builder and May Paper Pumpkin Birthday Card

I was going to make a monochromatic card but, as much as I think they are elegant, I really like a touch of color.  

I don't often play with that long framelit in the set.  The one that is on the left side.  It created a nice touch.  I don't know why I don't use it, I do like it.  It cuts easy and the pieces are super easy to remove.  So what's the problem???  

I used the new Flirty Flamingo card stock for the flower and Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.  Of all the leaves in that set, I do like this one best.  I did struggle with getting it out of the framelit, even with that sponge base and bristle tool.  I went back to using waxed paper and now I LOVE this leaf even more!!!  The waxed paper makes the image come out right away.  Sometimes the image stays on the card stock after I lift off the framelit.  That makes it easy to remove the waxed paper and the image from the card stock.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!  I even used it on the black center piece for the flower.  Same thing, it came out nicely!  That tool to remove the images is nice and it works really well for decorative paper, but I find it more difficult for card stock!  So I will use mine on the decorative papers and waxed paper on the card stock.  Whatever makes me the happiest!!!

So, back to my card.  I set the flower in place with a pop up glue dot.  I was going to use a Dimensional but that meant that I needed to get out of my chair!!  I had moved them and didn't put them back!  I'm SO lazy!!! LOL  The glue dot was great though, I was adding two leaves to it too and that didn't leave a lot of sticky area left.  But as sticky as those dots are I found it stuck very well.  I added the black center to the flower and a pearl on top of that.  

The words are from the May 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit.  They are separate and I set them togther on my clear block so I could use them at the same time.  They are still on my block. I have plans to use them again soon so I didn't want to put them back yet. 

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, June 03, 2016

Blossom Builder Tower or Box Fold Card Birthday Card

The Tower or Box Fold Card is a fun card to make.  It's actually very simple to do too! You can't ask for more than that!!!

This is one of the cards I received in latest technique swap. This one was made by my sister Denise.

The base of this card is Real Red as well as the flower created using the "Botanical Blossoms" Framelits.  

You can see my card here.  There is a link to the instructions there.  It's an easy to follow video.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, June 02, 2016

A Blossom Builder Playful Palette Washi Tape and Wetlands Birthday

Do you have lots of Washi tape left over from the last catalog and occasions catalogs?  Me too.  I never seem to use them up.  Many of them look like I've barely put a dent in them.  I got to play with the new "Playful Palette" Washi tape today. I really like these fun colors.  

To compliment the tape I added a Watermelon Wonder "Blossom Builder" flower on top of the tape.  The leaf was made using Mint Macaron card stock.  I chose to put the green striped tape on the outside of the three strips because I was adding the green leaf and I wanted it to be more visible and not blend in and get lost.

The words are from the "Wetlands" set and were stamped using Mint Macaron ink.  

The base of the card was cut at the 4-1/4" mark on the short side and then folded in half.  This card opens from the bottom.  I cut the top layer 5-1/8" x 3-7/8".  I set the top panel in place using Dimensionals.  Now that I look at this card, I think I should have added a layer of Mint Macaron behind the top layer for a little more contrast.  Oh well, it is what it is.  And I am okay with the way it turned out.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

A Botanical Builder and April 2016 Paper Pumpkin Birthday Card

I found a pretty sympathy card at Kathy's Blog.  I liked the soft subtle look of the card.  Kathy used the retired Lost Lagoon for her colored card stock.  I didn't have any left so I got out a piece of the Mint Macaron and was pretty pleased with how it looked.

The words are from April 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit.  Hmmm, I just remembered I have not put my May kit together yet.  I guess that's a project for this coming weekend.

Anyway, back to this card.  The flowers are from the Botanical Builders.  I find I'm using the Framelits more than I am using the coordinating stamp set.  

The flowers are set in place using Dimensionals.  I added the centers of the flowers and the leaves with small glue dots. Pearls were added to the center of each flower and it just finished off the flower nicely!

I thought this was a fun card to make and I do like how it turned out, even if it's not Lost Lagoon or a sympathy card.  I need to see if I have any current sympathy sets.  Mental notes all over this post!!! LOL  I am really liking the Mint Macron color.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda