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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

An In the Meadow Masculine Birthday Card and Sponged Panel Technique

Today I'm going to share with you another "Framed Sponged Panel" technique card I made.  I was at "Really Robin Stamps" site about a week ago and saw a couple of cards there that I just had to make.  I posted one on 8-23-16.  You can see that card here.  There were three cards on that site that I liked. The third one I did like but I didn't have the word stamp for it so I thought I would use the deer from the "In the Meadow" set.  The words here are from the "Better Together" set.  

You can find the instructions to make this card here.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda




Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A Thoughts & Prayers and Better Together Sympathy Card

Today I am in need of a sympathy card.  My cousin passed away yesterday.  She was diagnosed in February of cancer and died on Monday, just a little over 6 months.  It's so sad. So I thought I would find a sympathy card on the net I liked. I do like this one but not enough.  I'm going to give it another try. I want something with a little color to it.

I found this card at Split Coast Stampers.  You can see the original card here.  

It's a very easy card to make.  I cut my card stock on the short side at 4-1/4" and I folded it in half.  I did stamp the image first.  I didn't have the same words that were used in the original card but the ones I found worked just fine.  They are from the "Better Together" set.  I just needed something that was large enough and long enough to fit under that image.

Then I scored the back side of the front of the card.  I colored in some pearls with a black Sharpie marker and added them to the card.  See, I told you it was simple.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, August 29, 2016

Flourishing Phrases and Rose Wonder Birthday, Wedding and Sympathy Cards

Today I'm going to share with you these cards I made at Terri's fun Stamp-a-Stack.  She always has fun cards. Some very simple and others average.  Once in a great while there is something that has to be fussy cut but it's okay. It's always fun stamping with your friends, so if you have to fussy cut, you have someone to chat with while you are doing it.  

This card has a Whisper White base.  The stamped layer is Calypso Coral.  I don't use that color very often but I'm sure I will. I said that about Blushing Bride and the next thing I knew I had to order a new pack of it!

We used the Triple Banner punch for the word piece.  And those words were stamped using Calypso Coral ink.

It was a fun set of cards to make and it was a fun time at the Stamp-a-Stack.


Thank you so much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Garden in Bloom and Better Together Birthday Card

I'm hanging onto summer a little longer with these lighter color cards.  Though I'm not a big fan of summer, I do hate to see all the pretty flowers go away. And it seems like after Labor Day I'm making fall, Halloween, and Christmas cards. I can make fall colored flowers with this "Garden in Bloom" set but I usually don't because by then I'm into all the new stuff in the Holiday Occasions catalog.  

This is actually a technique, the "One Sheet Wonder".  I didn't use a full sheet of card stock to do this technique though.  I used a quarter sheet and got 2 cards out of it.

First I took the flower outline and I stamped flowers all over the card stock.  Then I took the petals image and stamped off with the Pacific Point ink and then onto my flower outline.  I stamped the centers with Daffodil Delight and the small flower center stamp in the set.  And for the Pear Pizzazz I used a sponge dauber and went all around the flowers.  Then I cut two 2" strips, which left 1/4" scrap.  I suppose you could use it for something else, but I just put it in recycling.

The words are from the "Better Together" set.  I stamped them using Pacific Point ink and then layered it with the "Layering Ovals Framelits".  I set those layers on using Dimensionals.

It was a quick and simple 2 cards!!  Imagine if you did use a full sheet, you could make 8 matching cards in no time at all!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, August 27, 2016

August Paper Pumpkin Alternate Card

Here's another card I made using the August "Paper Pumpkin" kit.  The brightly colored panels are smaller note cards from the kit. I didn't have a use for the smaller note cards so I cut them up.  The front panel is from the note pocket.  I trimmed it at the score lines and tossed out the ends with the double sided tape on them.  And those pieces are printed on both sides so I can get 6 pieces out of it.  It sounds like a challenge!!!

The circle is in the kit but the layer behind it isn't.  I cut that out with the circle thinlits dies using Bermuda Bay card stock.  I used that same color on the panel layers too.

I set the circle in place using Dimensionals.

It's a pretty simple and quick alternative card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, August 26, 2016

An In the Meadow and Flourishing Phrases Masculine Sympathy Card and Sponged Panel Technique

Here is another card I copied from the "Really Robin Stamps" site.  On August 23rd I had made a card from her site using this "Sponged Panel" technique.  I liked the cards I saw on there so I had to make a couple of them.  They are fun and quick to do too.  And I like the effect.  You can take an image that you would often color in and not even have to do that!! How great is that?  LOL

You can find the instructions for this card here. It's all the same except for a different image from the "In the Meadow" set. 


Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda




Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 2016 Paper Pumpkin Alternate Friendship Card

There's some pieces in my August 2016 "Paper Pumpkin" kit that I didn't care to use.  I don't have much use for smaller cards so I thought I would take the pieces and make up my own card.

I did use the large Mint Macaron piece for the base of the card.  I took a piece of Cajun Craze card stock and cut a layer to fit the piece I cut from the medium size card in the kit. That piece is printed on both sides so you can make 6 cards like this with it.  I don't plan to do that because this card is just "okay".  I have other ideas to try with this kit.  

I used the strip of Cajun Craze that came in the kit and I took the little wooden leafy looking thing and tied a piece of the Early Espresso string to it and set it in place with a pop up glue dot that I folded in half.  A Dimensional might have been a better choice, but they were not in front of me at the time!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Rose Wonder and Flourish Thinlits Birthday Card

I found this fun card at Deborah's "Cards Paper and Scraps" blog.  And as usual, I did change it a little.  Mostly because I was using what I had.  I didn't have the same words she used (I don't know what set her words were from, she didn't list it). I used the words from the "Rose Wonder set and made it work.

I didn't have the same decorative paper for the left side, so I used some from the Neutrals 12" x 12" stack.  

I didn't have the Emerald Green enamel dots.  So I took some pearls and a dark red Sharpie marker and colored them in.

There were a couple of things on this card that I thought were a new and fun idea.  I liked how the leaf hung over the word panel.  Probably not so new but it's not done very often.  I also like how the border piece behind the words was left solid instead of open like it's suppose to be.  It made for a nice border edging.  I thought it was a bit tough to keep all of the pieces in place.  I even tried the Press & Seal paper.  That was a HUGE mistake.  I ended up running it though my Big Shot and then turning the plates upside down so the little pieces would stay in place. Then I cut a 1/4" strip of Basic Black card stock and ran tape across it.  I set it in place on the backside of the border piece and carefully removed it from the Thinlit.  A few pieces didn't want to stick so I had to press them in place and try again.  It took a couple of minutes but I did get it to work.

I like how the card turned out. It's a little different than Deborah's but it's still pretty much the same!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda




Tuesday, August 23, 2016

An In the Meadow and Flourishing Phrases Masculine Sympathy Card and Sponged Panel Technique

I have not done a sponged panel card in a very long time.  I used my square dies to cut out the center of a piece of card stock so I could use it as a template.  

I used post it notes and wrapped them from the front to the back to hold the frame template in place.  Then I sponged the ink on. First I used Soft Sky and sponged the whole area in. Next I used Marina Mist and sponged from the top to somewhere near the middle.  And at the very top I sponged in some Pacific Point ink.  

I removed the mask and stamped the trees from "In the Meadow" set.  That is a set I have not used as much as I had hoped to when I bought it.  I usually buy a couple of masculine sets because I never seem to have enough masculine cards in my stash, let alone masculine sympathy cards.

The words are from the "Flourishing Phrases" set.  

I found this fun card at "Really Robin Stamps."   And as usual I did change it a little.  Of course the sky part will always be changed, there's now way to make the two exactly the same.  And I added a White Enamel Dot that I colored in with a black Sharpie marker, instead of a button.  I didn't order any of the current buttons.  I'm trying to make do without.  I have so many retired things here that I need to sell. UGH!!  Oh, and there's two more fun cards on that site using the framed template.  I am going to make one of them and when I do I will share it with you. 

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, August 22, 2016

A Timeless Textures and Wetlands Birthday Card

While surfing for something else on the internet, I ran across this fun card.  I LOVED the black and grays in this card.  The original card can be found here at Danielle's "Mrs. Brightside" web site.  I changed it a little.  She used Washi tape on her card.  I didn't buy the black Washi tape.  Though I do like it but I doubt I will be adding it to my wish list.  I have a ton of Washi tape that retires before I can use it all  up. I don't need anymore right now.  So what I did instead was I added black Baker's Twine to the front of the card.  I also changed the focal part of the card.


I used the birthday greetings from the "Wetlands" stamp set. I used the oval circle and scalloped Framelits on the words. I set them in place using Dimensionals.

This is a pretty simple card to make and I just LOVE the grays and black.  The lacy leaf looking thing was stamped using Soft Smoke. The "coffee rings" image was stamped using Basic Gray ink. The dots were done using Memento black ink.  I stamped the words in black.

I think I would like to do this in another color combo sometime.  I have a feeling I won't be parting with this card, I REALLY like how it looks!!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Papillon Potpourri and August 2016 Paper Pumpkin Alternate Card

I got my August Paper Pumpkin kit last week and I didn't have time to play with it.  I opened it up and was delighted that it was filled with card stuff instead of 3D things.  I prefer to make cards with my kit.

The brightly colored focal piece is really a pocket card that I trimmed up so I could use it on a full size card.  There's 3 of those pocket cards in the kit. They are printed on both sides so I can make 6 focal pieces with it.  I may make one pocket card but I'm not sure. For now I'm going to play with them cut up.

I stamped the "For You" that came in the kit.  I used Memento Black ink on it. The kit came with Early Espresso.

For my background I stamped the little flower that came in the kit. I used Smoky Slate and I stamped off once before I stamped it on the card.

I stamped the butterfly from the "Papillon Potpourri" set using the Smoky Slate ink directly from the pad.  Then I punched it out.  The main color in the focal piece is Mint Macaron, so I used that for the back border layer, the focal piece layer and for the butterfly.  I set the focal piece and the butterfly in place using Dimensionals.  I added some pearls to the butterfly and that was it.

You can see other Paper Pumpkin ideas here.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Thoughtful Branches and Hardwood Background Masculine Stamp a Stack Card


Today I'm going to share with you a card I made at Terri's terrific Stamp a Stack a couple of weeks ago. I have a lot of fun making her cards. She keeps them simple enough and yet inviting and pretty.  Well, this one isn't "pretty", I don't call masculine cards "pretty."  This card is very nice and attractive.  

We used Whisper White card stock for the base. Then we stamped the "Hardwood" background on using Memento Black ink.

Then the trees are from the new "Thoughtful Branches" set and were stamped using the Memento Black ink.  They were set in place with double sided tape. Then we tore a piece of Basic Black card stock and added it to the bottom of the focal panel using Dimensionals.  The whole panel was set in place on the card using Dimensionals.  

And that was it.  Super easy, super fun and a very nice looking masculine card.  It can be used for a number of occasions.  A birthday, thinking of you, thank you, get well and even a sympathy card.  I had a great time at the Stamp a Stack and this was another great card!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda  
 

Friday, August 19, 2016

A Gift of Love, Flourishing Phrases and Papillon Potpourri Friendship Card

I found this fun card on the internet.  I had most of the stuff to make it, so I thought I'd give it a try. I loved the layout and I think that is want attracted me to this card.  I did change it a little. I didn't have the same words and I added a butterfly instead of a bow.  You can see the original card here at "Beth's Fancy Stamping."  
For this card you need a folded half sheet of Blushing Bride.  Then a 1/4 piece of Whisper White cut down to 4" x 5-1/4".  I used the lacy looking border from the "Flourish" thinlits.  The border is not long enough to go across the card. I cut it and hid the space under the focal panel. 

The flower is from the "Gift of Love" Hostess set.  It's a two step stamping set.  What that means is you don't need to color.  Just stamp the outline part and then add the color using the other coordinating stamps in the set.  I have the clear set (I'm not sure if that's the only way it comes) and you can see through the clear block to know exactly where you are going to add the second step. And you don't need a Stamp-a-ma-jig to do it!!

The words are from the "Flourishing Phrases" set.  I took a sharpie marker and added some soft pink to the pearls to give them some color.  I set the focal panel, the word circles and the butterfly in place using Dimensionals.  

I thought it was fun layout to play with and I do like how it turned out.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Love You Lots, Swirly Scribbles and Teeny Tiny Wishes Thinking of You Card

I found a fun card on Pinterest that had a cute frog on it and used this layout.  I found the card at "The Paper Players" but there was no direct link to the card I saw.  I looked around for it for a little while but then I just had to give up. See why it's important to link directly from the image you are posting on Pinterest than linking from the entire site.  If you want your card visible, you need to link directly.

For my card I used a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. The background layer is from the "Serene Scenery" paper stack.  On top of that I added a layer of Crumb Cake and then another piece of paper from the "Serene Scenery" pack.  

I used the "Swirly Scribbles" circle like "thing" dies. I cut the large one using Wild Wasabi and the smaller one I used Pool Party card stock.

The frog is from the "Love You Lots" Hostess set. I fussy cut it out. I colored it in using the Wild Wasabi marker and a blender pen.  I set him in place using Dimensionals.

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set. I used a strip of Wild Wasabi behind it and I set that in place using Dimensionals.

This was a very fun card to make, even with the fussy cutting.  I like how it turned out.  It's not the same frog as the original card but it's a current one from the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! catalog.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Wetlands Masculine Birthday Card

Today I am going to share with you one of the cards I made at Terri's VERY fun Technique Tuesday nights.  The technique used here is the "Shaker Card".  I had not done one of those in a long time and it was a fun refresher class to take. Plus Stampin' Up! has that new "Foam Adhesive Strips" package. Those strips are nice, they bend so you can form the circles you need.  

The tree embossing folder was used here and I'm not sure what set the bird is from (obviously I don't own it or I'd know - well, that may not always be true either, I don't know what I own until I look! I looked, I don't own it!).  The words are from the "Wetlands" set.  I use those words often. I like the two different fonts on it and I LOVE the size of it.  It's my go to set for Happy Birthday wording.

This was a fun technique to do.  Yesterday I posted the card I made for the swap. You can see that card here. There you will also find instructions on how you can make your own.

Today's card was made by Mary.  I LOVE it when I receive masculine cards.  This one is perfect!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Stylized Happy Birthday Shaker Technique Card

Tonight I am at Terri's very fun and informative "Tuesday Technique" night.  I'm excited to see what two techniques she has for the group!!!  Last time the group met we made the "Vellum View" technique (you can see my "Velllum View" card here) and the "Shaker Card" technique (you can see the shaker card here).  I had not done a shaker card in a very long time. I like them on a card, it gives the card a little interaction with the one who receives it.  I misspoke when I said I like shaker cards.  After making a dozen of these, that thought is on hold for a while!!! LOL  I don't know why I think I have to make cards with TONS of pieces for swaps!!!  Maybe because I did like the looks of the card.  Okay, to be honest, it is fun (to make one!!!).  LOL

For my card I used the "Stylized Birthday" set for the words. I was SO glad that Stampin' Up! had a large happy birthday stamp again, I love working with it.

The balloons were made using the balloon punch.  I first punched out the small balloon and then lined up the larger one over it and centered it as much as I could and punched it out.  Then I had to punch out a full large balloon for the backing.  Once I had my pieces cut out, I took a piece of "Window Sheet" and glued it to the inside of the balloon ring. If you are making just one card you will need to let it dry for a little while.  If you're making a bunch like I did, by the time you are done the first ones you did will be dry or dry enough.  Trim the "Window Sheet" to fit the balloon.  I don't recommend using your punch for the "Window Sheets".  I used a punch on them once and my punch got ruined.  They trim up pretty fast. 

Next I took the new "Foam Adhesive Strips" and I cut then in half the long way, so they weren't as wide.  If I would have used them right from the package you would see them and have a sticky mess all over the place.  I put the foam around the balloon.

I punched out some stars from the star border punch using the white glitter paper.  I piled the stars up in the middle of the solid balloon.  I made sure the glitter was facing up. The first one I didn't and I thought shaking would make them turn but they don't.  Then I hovered over the balloon and stuck the balloon frame to the balloon back.  And that's it.  Repeat for as many balloons as  you need or can stand to make!!! LOL

I set the words in place using regular Dimenisonals and the balloons were set in place using mini glue dots.  I wanted something stronger than snail tape.  

I do like how this card turned out and I think it will be a fun swap card!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, August 15, 2016

A Flower Patch, Flourishing Phrases and Playful Pallet Washi Tape Congratulations Card

Okay, before you say anything, I will confess to you how much I do NOT pay attention to things.  I stamped the flower using Peekaboo Peach ink and then I fussy cut it out. I didn't need to, I also have the Thinlit dies that go with the set.  Duh! And it's not that I couldn't find it.  I have it rubber banded to the set and I took the rubber band off and had it around my wrist.  Not one of those clues eluded me to look at the dies to see if I didn't have to fussy cut!!! LOL  Okay, now with that confession aside, I would have had to fussy cut the center 5 petal piece.  I had stamped the image twice and cut the center flower out.  It wasn't my original thought but when I saw there was a piece of lint or something that was on the stamp and transferred to the paper, I had to either re-stamp the image or cover it up somehow.  I thought about taking some ink and tapping it on so it would blend but sometimes that shows, so I decided to stamp the image again, making sure I got the center on my scrap piece of card stock, and I cut it out by hand.  It wasn't bad, after all, I had just cut the big flower!!! LOL

I cut my card stock as follows.  I used a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock.  Then i took a piece of the Flirty Flamingo and cut it 4" x 5-1/4".  Then I took a piece of Blushing Bride and cut it 3-3/4" x 5".  And the focal Whisper White piece was cut 3-5/8" x 4-7/8".  

Next I took the "Playful Petals" Washi tape and set it across the panel at an angle.  I set the flower on where I wanted it but didn't set it in place yet.  I wanted to see where to stamp the Emerald Envy leaf. Then I set the flower in place using a Dimensional.  The center flower piece was added with a Dimensional as well. I added a pearl to the center of that.  

The words are from the "Flourishing Phrases" set.  I do have to admit, that is a great set to have.  Lots of fun words to use on a large variety of cards.  And that was it!  If I had used the die to cut the flower it would have gone much faster but all in all it really didn't take long to make. I do like how it turned out!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, August 14, 2016

A Tin of Cards Congratulations Stamp a Stack Card

Today I'm going to share with you another card I made at Terri's fun Stamp a Stack last week.  These are super easy and fun Congratulations cards.  There were other words to pick from but this is what I liked best for my cards. 

The decorative paper is from the "Moroccan' Designer Series Paper.  I have not purchased that paper but now that I see it in smaller pieces, I am liking it much more.  I thought the sheets looked too busy and I need to stop and remind myself to step outside the box and see the "smaller" picture instead of the big one!  These sure did make a festive looking card!

We used the 'Decorative Label Punch" on the Early Espresso words and set them in place with Dimensionals. 

See, I told you it was super easy and fun!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, August 13, 2016

A Watercolor Wash Background Birthday Card

Today I am going to share with you a card I made at Terri's FABULOUS Stamp a Stack a couple of nights ago.  She always has such fun and creative cards.  Some are quick to make and some take a little bit longer but there's not that take so much time that you don't like making it.  I LOVE layers so I'm okay with any type of cards.  But there are times when I'm just ready for some quick and simple ones.  

This one was easy to do.  First we stamped the background using Smoky Slate.

Next we stamped the words and punched the ends of the Whisper White card stock and the Sweet Sugarplum card stock.  Those two were taped together and then the string was added. 

The butterfly was punched from Sweet Sugarplum decorative paper and set in place with a dimensional. 3 pearls were added to the butterfly and that was it.  Easy peasy. Quick and cute!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, August 12, 2016

Botanical Builder, Timeless Textures, Touches of Texture Thank You Card

This was a very fun card to make.  In face I made 4 of them. 3 of which went to 3 wonderful ladies who left comments on my post from July 23rd.  You can see that post here.  I was going to do a random drawing but since it was only 3 people who commented. I decided not to do the drawing mainly because I didn't like the way that card turned out.  SO, they each get one of that looks close to this one.

I do like this card, but if I was to do it over, I would have made the card as long as the card front so there'd be no top or bottom border.  But it's okay, I still like it.

I used So Saffron for the decorative paper.  The card stock colors are Peekaboo Peach and So Saffron. I also added Pear Pizzazz leaves.
Now this is not my original idea. I had found it on the internet.  And I was not able to find where I got the original card from. My computer now runs on Linux (my son thought it would be better - if you like rebooting every time you want to use it, though I don't see how that is better!!).  Anyway, I lost the site where I was at when I had to reboot.  All I remember was that it was a typepad site.  So, if this is your card (with a few minor changes) or if you know who made a card similar to this one, please let me know so I can give that person the credit that is due to them.

What I found fun about this card was the gold glitter paper centers.  Oh and the "Timeless Textures" images I added. That was not on the original card.  

The words are from the Hostess "Gift of Love" set.  I need to play with that set a bit more, it's got some fun elements to it.

I thank you so very much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Swirly Scribbles and Teeny Tiny Wishes Halloween Card

I know it's a little early for Halloween but I found a card similar to this made by Mena at Personally Yours. She had two pumpkins on her card, which I liked.  But when I was cutting out my scribbly circles, I like to use up the piece of card stock so I cut out a few more and when I brought them to my worktable, three had landed on my paper and I thought I would run with that.

This is a very simple card to make.  I just cut out the circles with the die from the "Swirly Scribbles" set and glued them in place.  I've shared the way I glue before but I will again. I just add some white glue to a piece of waxed paper and if the glue is too thick I fold the waxed paper in half and then open it back up.  I set the piece on the glue and lightly tap the card stock so it picks up some glue and I set it in place on the card.  Same with the leaves.  I already had the glue on the waxed paper, so why not use it up.

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I hope Stampin' Up! doesn't retire it for a long time, I have so much fun with it.

Have fun making this card.  I did!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda
 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A Rose Wonder Papillon Potpourri Sympathy Card

There's several elements used in this card.  I didn't mention in the title that I also used the "Softly Falling" embossing folder. I had made the circle and then embossed it.  I didn't want a 1/4 sheet of embossed card stock.  Though when I think about it, sometime down the road I'll be embossing a small piece again.  Oh well.  LOL

For this card I used a folded half-sheet of Perfect Plum card stock.  I cut it in half on the short side, which means this card opens at the bottom.  

I cut a square of Whisper White card stock 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" and the top square was cut 3" x 3".  

I die cut a scalloped circle using Perfect Plum card stock and layered it behind the white textured circle.  

I stamped the butterfly from the "Papillon Potpourri" set. The ink I used on this card is Perfect Plum. 

The words are from the "Rose Wonder" set.  I like the fonts that were used to create those words.  

I set the circle on top of the smaller square.  I let it hang over the edge a bit and I trimmed off the excess. Then I  set the squares in place using Dimensionals.  I set the main panel (that measures 4" x 5-1/4") in place with tape.  The butterfly was set in place using a trimmed Dimensional.

I found this fun layout at Arlene's "Water Dots" website.  I changed it a little but not too much, only because I didn't have the same stamps she used.  

This card was pretty simple to make.  I was able to make it in under 20 minutes.  I have a lot of cards on my blog that can be made in under 20 minutes.  Click here to see them.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

A Touches of Texture July 2016 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Birthday Card

I'm still working on using up the pieces in my July 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit.  I did make one of the boxes but that was all I really needed, so I'm trying to use up the pieces to create cards.  I wish Stampin' Up! had a page to go to with alternative ideas for kits you didn't enjoy as much as you thought you would.  Or like me, to make cards out of the pieces I didn't want to use.  I'd LOVE that job!!!  How fun would that be?

Anyway, onto this card.  I took one of the boxes and laid it out flat on the paper cutter.  I cut a rectangle and a triangle and I layered them with Basic Black card stock.  You can still see the score marks in the layered piece but I thought it just gave the piece a little more character.

I used the "Touches of Texture" set for the flowers.  I colored them in using markers and a blender pen.  I layered it with a piece of Basic Black card stock and I set it in place on the card with Dimensionals. 

I played around with the layout until I found one that was pleasing to my eye and this is what I ended up with.  I think it worked.  I colored in 3 "White Accents" with a Sharpie marker and added them to the left side of the card.  I used the birthday greetings from the "Petite Pairs" set.

The base of the card is Basic Black. I added a layer of Daffodil Delight (though I think it would look better if it were the other way around) and I added the Whisper White layer and finished it off from there.

I did have fun playing with these pieces.  I still have more pieces, but I think I'll save them for another day.  

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

And the Winner is.....

A couple of weeks back I had made two versions of a card.  You can see that card here.  I asked which version of the card was better.  Three people responded,  Christi, Lynn G. and Kristi K.  I am not holding the random drawing for the not so pretty card.  I didn't care for it much and I really didn't want to send it off to someone else either.  SO, I have made a new card and each of those gals will get one. Please send me your snail mail address.  My email address is located on the right sidebar, the second item, "Got a Question".  I will send you each a much prettier card.  I will post that card on my blog in a few day.  

I apologize for not doing the drawing sooner too, I'm old and slow!!! LOL

Thanks SO much for participating,
Wanda

Monday, August 08, 2016

A Butterfly Thinlit Better Together and Flourish Thinlits Birthday Card

I LOVE that lattice flowery looking border on the left of this card.  It's a fun to look at and fun to play with.  At first I wasn't all that fond of it because I thought it was difficult to glue in place.  But I found that if I spread some white glue on waxed paper and set the piece directly in it.  I gently pressed it into the glue.  Not too hard because I didn't want glue oozing on top of the image.  I set it in place and took a toothpick to any little bits of glue that may have oozed out.

I layered the lattice looking piece on top of a 7/8" piece of Whisper White and I layered that on top of a 1-1/8" piece of Basic Black.  

I cut out a Rose Red butterfly using the "Butterfly" thinlit.  I set it in place using Dimensionals.  I added some pearls down the center to give it a bit of glitz!!

The words are from the "Better Together" set.  And that was it. Pretty quick and simple too!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Love You Lots Open Panel Technique Card

This is the last swap card I had received.  It was made by Deb.  This was from Terri's Tuesday Technique night swap.  I LOVE the colors she used.  

You can't see it but the hedgehogs that are from the "Love You Lots" set have "Wink of Stella" on their backs.  When the light catches it you can see the glimmer!

I love the little flowers she used in the corners. I don't know what set those are from (which usually means I don't own the set or I would tell you!!!).  She set them in place using a cut Dimensional and added a tiny little pearl to the center.

The Open Panel Technique is a very easy and fun technique to do.  And see how cut a card can be when you use it?  You can find out how to do this technique by clicking here.  My card is portrait and Deb did hers landscape.  Either way is fun!

Thank you Laura for leaving a comment about the Thinlits die.  Laura let me know that it is from the "Sunshine Wishes" Thinlits die set.  I think I'll be adding that one to my wishlist!!!  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Sliding Star and Shooting Star Bee Spinner Friendship Card

Here is another card I had made for Terri's fabulous Stamping Extravaganza.  I had the privilege of demoing for her there.  These spinner cards are super easy and fun to make.

I used the curved bar for the spinner on this card. Though I do prefer the full circle one, it gets a better spin and seems to be more fun.

Here I used the Bee images.  I LOVE it that I didn't have to fussy cut each one of those little bees.  If I had there would only be 3 on the card.  After that I'm bored or my hands are tired.  But with that little bee die I could cut them out all day long!!!

I also used the "Wink of Stella" on the bees wings.  It gave them that pretty sparkle and made the wings stand out more.

For my background I used the "Softly Falling" embossing folder. I thought the background could use a little bit of texture and since the hexagon folder was retired, this was the best I could do. I do like how it looks on here.  

You can find some tips here.  It's from the full circle one but most of the steps can be used for this curved bar slider too. There's some common mistakes that are made when making these and the tips on that link will help you avoid the.

These are fun and super easy to make. Kids love to play with them too.  Okay, I love to play with them myself!!! It's fun to watch them spin.  I always test my cards to make sure they spin. I give them at least 50 spins!!!  Only because I'm having fun watching the image on the pennies spin around!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, August 05, 2016

The Wilderness Awaits Masculine Open Panel Technique Card

This is one of the cards I received in Terri's Technique Tuesday swap.  It was made by Mary. She used two techniques here.  One is the "Camouflage" technique, which you can see how to make here.  And the other is the "Open Panel" technique.  You can see how to make that technique here.  

Mary also used the "Lovely as a Tree" set to make the tree line on the inside of the card. What a fun masculine card this is! 

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Thursday, August 04, 2016

A Wild About Flowers Open Panel Technique Card

Here's a super fun technique for you.  I received this card in a swap.  Though I don't know where I put the card once I took a photo of it, so I can't tell you who made it, sorry.  Once I find out, I will be sure to edit this post to let you know.  

This technique is called "Open Panel" and it's very easy to do.  If you plan your panel just right you could use the piece you cut off for the front focal panel.  I don't usually do it that way because I like to make my focal panel a little wider than that piece I had cut off.  You can always use it for something else later.

You can find the instructions for this technique here.  I LOVE using the Decorative Series Paper for my panels.  It gives the card a nice finished look plus it adds some fun color and design to it.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

A Floral Bouquet Vellum View Technique Card

What a fun and effective technique card this is.  I LOVE the vellum card stock.  It's so much thicker than the regular vellum and it's perfect for making a card with.  It's nice and firm and holds up well.

To make this fun card you just take a folded half-sheet of Vellum card stock.  

Next fold a 6" x 4" piece of card stock in half.  Decorate as desired.  The "Floral Bouquet" Decorative Series Paper was used here. When finished you will just tape the back of that card stock piece to the center of the inside of the vellum piece.  

Add some image to the front of the vellum and that's it.  It's a super easy and fun technique to do.  Plus it's got such an elegant and rich look to it too!!

I had to take 3 photos so you could see what I was talking about.  The first one is of the front of the card. The second one is the inside of the card and it's showing the front of the decorated card stock piece.  The third photo is showing the inside of that decorated card stock piece.  See, I told you it was easy.

It's also a super quick card to make, it can be done in under 20 minutes.  I have a lot of cards on my blog that can be made under 20 minutes.  Click here to see them.  

Get yourself a package of the Vellum card stock and grab some of your decorative paper out of your stash and have some fun.  It's a perfect way to use up some of that stash too! 

This card looks like a lovely birthday, thank you, get well or thinking of you card.  There's no wording referring to that on the card but it can be used for several occasions.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Tuesday, August 02, 2016

A Drapery Fold Technique Friendship Card

The "Drapery Fold" technique is a very fun and easy one to do.  I made one several years back and you can view it here.  You can also find the instructions to make this fun fold there as well.

This one was done at Terri's Technique Tuesday class.  I wasn't able to attend but my sister brought me home the technique cards and sheets. I especially like this technique because you can use up some of that decorative paper stash!  Plus this technique is versatile too. You can cut the paper shorter so you have space at the top for words too.  It's such a cute technique.  Find some fun decorative paper and give it a try.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, August 01, 2016

For the New Two Wedding Card

Quite some time ago my sister was over and she had brought her "For the New Two" set with.  I had made a couple of cards with it and then stamped some images and tucked them in an envelope.  I was looking through this HUGE stack of envelopes and I found this image.  It was stamped in black and the leaves were colored using Garden Green and Real Red markers.  I thought I would make a card and this is what I came up with.

I used the Botanical Builder and Real Red card stock for the flower, scalloped layer and the base of the card.  The base of this card is a little different. I used a 1/4 sheet of Real Red card stock.  For the white piece, I cut a piece of Whisper White 5-1/4" x 8" and I folded it in half.  Then I textured it with the "Festive" embossing folder.  Because I had already folded the card stock, I could see where the half way mark was so I didn't go over it when embossing.

The word piece was set in place using Dimensionals.  The flower was set in place using a Pop-up Glue Dot. I added the leaved before I set the flower in place.  

This was a fun card to make and you can't go wrong with the cheeriness of red and white together!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda