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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Beautiful You, Mother's Day Card

While at Terri's Technique Tuesday last week, I took a photo of a card on one of her display boards that I just HAD to make.  The only change I made to it was the wording.  The original card had the words "Life may not be the party we had hoped for but while we're here we might as well dance".  They were stamped directly onto the soon to retire "Falling in Love" Decorative Series Paper (DSP).  

The quarter piece of paper doily in the corner is also retiring.  The Rhinestones are retiring but will appear in the catalog again but not in the long strips, only as single rhinestones.  I like that, I don't often use a strip of rhinestones or pearls.  Plus it's not that difficult to line a few up if you need them in a line.  I'm just glad they are still keeping them in the catalog.  They add so much to a card.

So to make this card, I used a folded half sheet of Sahara Sand cardstock.  Then I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of the "Falling in Love" DSP.  Then I stamped the dancing lady from the "Beautiful You" set using black Memento ink.  Next I added the quarter doily.  I used the vanilla colored side.

I took my Blushing Bride marker and colored in the dress. I colored in the hat using the Sahara Sand marker.  

I printed out the words on my computer and die cut them with the ovals.  The scalloped oval is a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock.  I set it in place using Dimensionals.

And for the final touch I added 3 rhinestones and the card was done!  SO simple, very quick, and a lovely Mother's Day card. I may make some more and make them into birthday cards.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda  

Monday, April 24, 2017

Nailed It, Father's Day Card

Here's a fun card I made.  I SO love the "Nailed It" set and the "Build It" Framelits. 

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Delightful Dijon.

The Very Vanilla layer is 3-1/2" x 4-5/8".  On top of that is a piece of 4-1/8 x 3".  The decorative paper is cut 4" x 2-7/8". The decorative paper is from the "Urban Underground" Decorative Series Paper Pack (DSP).   

The words were stamped using the images from the "Nailed It" set.  The ink used there is Basic Gray.  I set a layer of Basic Gray card stock behind it and I had to fussy cut it.  I taped it in place and then trimmed up the Basic Gray.  That piece was set in place using Dimensionals.

The tools on the DSP were made using the "Build It" Framelits and silver foil paper.  I set the smaller ones in place using tape and the wrench was set in place using Dimensionals.  

I also added a screw head "Urban Underground" embellishment.  Those are SO darn cute.

This is a super simple and quick Father's Day!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, April 23, 2017

March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card, Mother's Day

I didn't use my March 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit the way it was intended to be used.  I didn't have any use for the muslin bunny bags.  So I went out on the net in search of some alternative ideas for the kit.  There sure are a LOT of other uses for the set. I was amazed.  

I found this fun card by doing a search on Pinterest. You can see the original card here

I did have to fussy cut the Very Vanilla outer part of the flower.  

The ink used here is "Sweet Sugarplum". The base of the card is Very Vanilla.

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.

This was a fun, quick and simple card to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Swirly Bird, Timeless Texture, Gorgeous Grunge, Father's Day Card

I found this fun card while surfing the net.  I just couldn't help myself, I just HAD to make it.  Isn't this just a fun card? I found it here

To make this card you will need a folded half-sheet of Emerald Envy.  You need to cut it on the short side.  I cut the front panel in half.  Then I cut a Crushed Curry piece 5" x 3-3/4" and a Whisper White piece cut 4-3/4" x 3-1/2".  

I stamped the center part of the tractor using the "Gorgeous Grunge" set, then the rest of the tractor parts were added.  The wheels are from the "Swirly Bird" set.  

After the wheels were stamped, I punched out two different size circles for the hubs of the wheels. And then two bolts were added to the center of each wheel.

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I thought this would be a perfect "Father's Day" card.

Isn't it fun?

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, April 21, 2017

Best Birds, Birthday Card, Pop-up Technique

And here is another Pop-up Technique swap card I received last month.  This card was made by Tanya.  I do not have the Best Birds set or matching dies.  I do like the bird, I have played with it a little but again, I can't have all the sets, it's not in my budget plus my workroom is getting pretty full! I never thought I could fill it up, but I managed!

This is a fun and easy technique.  You can read how to do it here.

I love how Tanya has the bird inside floating on the branch. You can't see it because I'm not good at taking photos!!  But when you open the card it gives the illusion of the bird landing on the branch. Pretty amazing!!

I do recommend you give this simple technique a try.  Soon you will be wanting to make a ton of floating cards!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Floating Pop-up Card Technique, Falling Flowers, May Flowers Framelits, Birthday Card

Here is a fun card I received in the "Floating Pop-up" technique swap last month.  I had it sitting on my worktable waiting to be added to my blog, but I had so many other things going on that it kept getting pushed back.

This card was made by Julie.  She used Peek-a-Boo Peach for the base of the card.  A folded half-sheet.  Then she added a layer of Flirty Flamingo cut 4" x 5-1/4".   Then she added a piece of the in colors 12" x 12" decorative paper pack.  The polka dots are so darn cute.

Next she die cut a scalloped square of Flirty Flamingo.  On top of that she glued the flower that was die cut from Dazzling Diamonds cardstcok.  The hearts in the corners are actually pieces from inside that die cut flower.  Pretty cool, huh?  

The inside of the card was decorated using the "Falling Flowers" set.

The instructions for this card can be found here.

These are very fun to make and a fun surprise for the one who receives the card!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Moon Baby, Baby Card, 2017 Occasions Catalog

I don't usually buy baby stamp sets.  I find I don't use them enough to justify buying them.  But this set was just too darn cute to pass up. I fell in love with the baby sleeping on the moon image and that is what sold me on the set.  I made a card using that image back in January.  You can see that card here.  There's several other images in the set yet to be used.  I plan on trying them all out!  Lucky you!!! LOL  The stamps (wood mount) fit in the container like a puzzle!  I have to only take one out at a time so I remember how to put them back in.  

I was snooping around at Clair Daly's site and I found this fun baby card to make. I used different colored paper because I didn't have what she used.  But it's okay, this is a boy or girl card.  You can see the original card here.  

I used the green paper from the "Blossoms and Bliss" decorative 12" x 12" pack. I cut that paper 4" x 5-1/4".  Then I stamped the baby onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock that was 2" wide by "very long" so I could punch and then trim it to  4-1/4".  While my stamp pad was still dirty, I inked it up again and stamped the image on a scrap piece of the decorative "Blooms & Bliss" paper.  And then I stamped the umbrella on a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock.  I cut out the sleeper part and the umbrella.  I taped them in place.  I also colored in the face and hands of the baby. I colored in the hair and added a little Pink Pirouette for the cheeks.  

I cut a piece of decorative paper from the "Falling in Love" pack of paper to 1" x 6".  After punching the end I cut it to 4-3/4" long.  I added Dimensionals to that strip and stuck it to the back of the stamped white piece.  I tied some linen thread to the top and when I tied the knot, I added a 4" piece of cream "Lace Trim" to it. I had folded that 4" piece in half and tied the middle of it with the linen thread.  I then cut the edges at an angle after cutting the one end that was a loop.  In other words, I cut the loop open and then I had four ends to trim up.  

I stamped the "Hello Baby" image twice and used the Modern Label punch to punch them out.  I could have trimmed them a bit closer to the words but then why use the punch??  I think it looks fine as it is.  The white showing on "hello" is at the top and there is more white showing on the "baby" at the bottom.  It all balances out.  I taped those pieces in place, but I only taped the left sides of each one.  

I added rhinestones and I also added a pearl to the top of the umbrella, you can kind of see it.  Click on the photo for a closer view. And the card was done.  Such a sweet and cute baby card!!!  Into my stash it goes, I have no need for one right now!!  See why I don't usually buy baby sets???

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Beautiful You, Birthday Card, Oval Ring Pop-up Technique

Last month at Terri's Tuesday Technique night we learned now to do the "Oval Ring Pop-up" technique.  It's a pretty simple technique and I will be sharing the directions with you tomorrow.   I have a card that we made that night using the technique.  I should have posted that card first and then this one but this one is my card for tonight's swap.

I used Blushing Bride for the base of my card. I cut it on the 8-1/2" side, so the card opens from the bottom.  For this technique it doesn't matter where your card opens.  Though I don't think a gate fold would work!!

I used a 2" x 5-1/4" piece of the "Blossoms & Bliss" Decorative Series Paper (DSP).  I taped all around the edges and just before I set it in place I added a half a doily from the "Lace Doily" pack from the 2017 Occasions catalog.  Those doilies are going to be expiring at the end of May.  I thought I would play with them more and try to use them up! That would be a first for me!  I'm such a hoarder!

The words are from the "Wetlands" set.  That set is retiring at the end of May. I'm going to miss that set.  I LOVED using the words from that set on many of the cards I've made.  But I'm sure that Stampin' Up! will come up with some other fun masculine sets with great words in them.

In the upper right corner of the card I added a "Petite Petals" flower.  That set along with the punch will be retiring at the end of May too.  Such a sweet little set!

And the inside of the card is kind of hard to explain, but it's the "Oval Ring Pop-up" and tomorrow I will tell you how it's done.  So for now you can ooooh and aaaaah at it!!! Or gaze at it with a puzzled look on your face!!! LOL

I am sort of in a rush to get this posted.  I need to get a nap in before I have to leave for Technique night.  Not many of you know but on March 30th I had a total hip replacement and I have been recovering from it.  I used a walker for almost a week and now I'm just using the cane. I don't use it for support as much but I still need it for stride.  If I don't use it I wobble a bit and if I don't continue to use it for the wobble, then I will wobble the rest of my life.  So I'll use the cane!  It's not like it's going to be forever, so why not?  Anyway, I had pre-posted to my blog for a couple of weeks so I wouldn't have to think about it.  Plus being on some heavy duty pain killers (heavy duty to me anyway), I was too tired to even think of going in my workroom.  And last week, the 2nd week out of surgery I was back at my worktable stamping.  Today I'm at my worktable yawning!!  Some days are more productive than others.  I'm doing fine. I can walk up and down stairs like I use to do, no more baby stepping. I can bend over and pick things up off the floor. I can cross my legs (if I want, I usually don't because it's not good for your circulation).  I can do anything I want to do.  I had a wonderful surgeon and great care in the hospital.  I was walking 4 hours after surgery.  I whipped through the exercises in PT class.  I was doing some before surgery and I think that helped with my quick recovery too.  I still get tired because I try to do too much in a day.  I think I'm making up for lost time!  But all in all I can not complain. It went well, mission accomplished and my hip is no longer in pain!  YAY!

Stop back tomorrow for the instructions and an even prettier card!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, April 17, 2017

Guy Greetings, Father's Day Card, Urban Underground

Today I thought I would mix the "Urban Underground" Decorative Series Paper (DSP) with the "Guy Greetings" set.

This was a super easy Father's Day card to make.  The base is a folded half-sheet of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Then a layer of Basic Black cut 4" x 5-1/4" was taped on top.  Then the "Urban Underground" DSP was added.  That piece was cut 3-3/4" x 5".

The car was stamped to the right of a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut 2-1/8" x 3-1/4". A layer of Basic Black was cut 2-3/" x 3-1/2".  A piece of Baker's Twine was tied around it.  I didn't have any black so I used a Sharpe marker to color it.

That panel was set in place using Dimensionals.

The inside of the card reads: Happy Father's Day.  An image that is included in the "Guy Greetings" stamp set.

And that was it.  Super easy, quick and fun.  And ready for Father's Day!

Thank you for stopping by today,
Wanda

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Beautiful You, Birthday Card, 2017 Occasions Catalog

Here is a fun and beautiful card I made at Terri's last Stamp a Stack. All of the cards were fabulous and it's so difficult to pick a favorite. There are times when I can pick one out as my most favorite but this time I just couldn't.  They were all wonderful!

The base of this card is Whisper White.  Then a layer of Flirty Flamingo was used for the background layer. It was cut 1/4" x 4".  

Then the Basic Black layer was added. It was cut 3-1/4" x 4-1/4".

The lady was stamped on a 3" x 3" piece of Whisper White card stock and colored in using a Blender Pen and Flirty Flamingo inker.  A dot was put in the cover of a button container and we just touch the pen to the ink and color. Pretty simple!

The words were stamped and then punched out.  A Flirty Flamingo Touched Ribbon bow was added with a Glue Dot.  Pretty simple but yet so elegant looking!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda
 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Festive Birthday, Build a Birthday, Dutch Door Technique

Today's card was one I received in the "Dutch Door" technique swap that we learned to make at Terri's Technique Tuesday.

I do not know the name of the stamp set used here. I looked through the catalog twice and didn't see it.  I probably missed it (twice!!!).  This card was made by the talented Nancy S.  

This is a very fun technique.  I LOVE the colors of this card. It's so festive looking.  Plus after seeing the "Elegant Dots" embossing folder piece on the background, I now feel I NEED to own it!!!  I have so many embossing folders but never the right ones!! LOL  That's the excuse I use when I want a new one!!  Whatever works, right?  LOL

You can see the technique for this card here.    These are easy and fun and super quick to make.  They don't take a lot of cardstock either!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Thank you Mary.  The stamp set used here is called Build a Birthday, and it's retiring on May 31, 2017.  edited 4-23-17

Friday, April 14, 2017

Birthday Blast, Star Blast, Birthday Card, 2017 Occasions Catalog. Dutch Fold Technique

Today I'm going to share with you a fun technique card I received in a swap.  The technique is called "Dutch Fold".  It's a very simple technique, if you do it right.  When I made mine, I didn't follow the instructions.  You can see my card here.  And the instructions to make it are there as well.  Just remember to cut the front piece and add it on separate!!!  I cut the top part of the card off. All that does is creates an open topped card.  

I do not know who made this card, I'm thinking it was a fellow stamper, Julie.  

The set used here is the "Birthday Blast" and "Star Blast" edgelits dies.  As I look at this card I am seeing that it was made the same way I did mine!!!  LOL  It just seemed like the logical way to make the card.

This is a fun technique to do, and very easy.  The colors used here are Basic Black and Peekaboo Peach.  I need to use that color more, it's so soft and spring like.  With the snow all gone here and the trees budding, spring colors are SO welcomed.  I even saw my first robin on the 16th.  Poor thing. It's so cold out there.  That warm spell we had must have fooled them into flying north. 

This is such a fun birthday card!  The stars are attached to the front of the card. Pictures don't always show what is going on!

Thank you so much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Beautiful You, Birthday Card, 2017 Occasions Catalog

I found this fun card on Pinterest and I just had to make it. You know how that goes!!!  You can see that card here.  I tried to get to the original post through the link.  It did take me there but you have to sign up to view the site and I just didn't want to sign up for another web site.

My plan was to make two cards.  I wasn't fond of the idea of fussy cutting out the dress and hat, let alone twice.  But there was something good on TV, so I figured "why not?"!  

I used the "Sending Love" 6" x 6" decorative paper from the 2017 Occasions catalog.  It was with the other Valentine's Day stuff.  That was another reason why I wanted to make this card.  I had hardly touched that pack of paper.  

It was a pretty easy card to make.  First I cut and folded the half sheets of Whisper White cardstock for the base of each card.  Then I cut the decorative paper.  I only used one sheet (see why it's difficult to use up a pack of them? LOL).  I cut the left panels 5-1/8" x 2".  The piece that was left was big enough to stamp the image on twice. After stamping them, I set them aside to dry and cut the panel pieces.  The Whisper White was cut 2-1/4" x 3-1/2".  The Basic Black piece behind it was cut 2-1/2" x 3-3/4".  

Next I fussy cut the dress and hat.  I glued them in place. It was much easier than taping.  

The top image has the words stamped in an oval and layered in a Real Red oval.  I had to do that because when I stamped the words, the edge of the stamp caught the ink pad and I pressed too hard on my cardstock and got a nasty ugly looking line under my wording.  So I thought I would cover it up with the ovals.  It worked!!! YAY!!  Now had I not told you that, you would have just thought I was trying out some fun layering for the words!!!  Oh, wait.  Yup, that's what I was doing!!! LOL

The focal piece was taped together and Dimensionals were added to the back to set it in place.  

It was a fun card to make but I don't think I would like to make a bunch of them at one time.  I'm not a big fan of fussy cutting anymore!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lovely as a Tree, Sympathy Card, Stamp a Stack

You can never go wrong with the "Lovely as a Tree" set.  It can be used for a number of occasions.  I mostly used it for masculine cards.  

I really liked the use of the "Falling in Love" Decorative Series Paper (DSP) here.  It gives it a nice background that could be masculine or feminine.

This is another card from Terri's Stamp a Stack. We stamped the tree onto the pre-cut oval. There were other options for images, but I chose the tree.  

Then we folded the base of the card, which was a half sheet of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The DSP was added and then the metallic gold cardstock band was taped in place.  It's cut 4" x 3/4".  The tree piece was set in place using Dimensionals.

I stamped the words on at home.  I liked the font on these words.  They are from the "Rose Wonder" set.  I stamped them using Soft Suede ink. I thought black would be too dark against the pretty background.  And that was it.  Super easy and super fun!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Nailed It, Masculine Card, Stamp a Stack, 2017 Occasions Catalog

Today I'm going to share with you three masculine cards I made at Terri's FABULOUS Stamp a Stack.  

This is from the "Nailed It" set.  I love it and look forward to it when Stampin' Up! comes out with new masculine sets. They are in demand!!!  This is a fun set.  It has a saw, hammer, screwdriver, and wrench.  Plus there's smaller images such as nails, screws, bolts, and a screw head.  Plus there's a fun pack of Decorative Series Paper (DSP) called "Urban Underground" and there's matching framelit dies called "Build It".  Now you know how much I LOVE it when a set comes with dies.  NO fussy cutting.  These cards did not require the dies, just the images, plus the embellishments I forgot to tell you about.  There's a container that has metal screw heads, bolt heads and stars in it.  How fun!!!  You can see those in the photo.

The words are from the "Suite Sentiments" set in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.

These were very fun to make and I REALLY love having yet another masculine set to play with.  

These cards can be used for birthdays or Father's Day.  Though I think I would like it to say "Happy Father's Day" on the front if that was the occasion I was going to be using it for.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, April 10, 2017

Gorgeous Grunge, Dragonfly Dreams, Rose Wonder, Stamp a Stack, 2017 Occasions Catalog

Here's a card I made at Terri's FABULOUS Stamp a Stack.  I LOVE this dragonfly die but I did not buy the set. I had too many others on my wishlist and my budget didn't even allow me to get all of the ones I wanted.  But one of the nice things about a Stamp a Stack is, many times you get to play with stamp sets that you don't own!! So at least I got to play with the dragonfly.  

To make this card, we took a folded half sheet of Whisper White and stamped the dots from the "Gorgeous Grunge" set on using Smoky Slate ink.  Then the strip of Copper Foil Paper was added.  It measured 5" x 3/4".  The dragonfly was set in place with a Dimensional and 3 rhinestones were added down the center of it, just below the head.

Then a few rhinestones were added to the background. I took mine home with me to stamp the words because I wanted to use the "Happy Birthday" from the "Rose Wonder" set.  They are such pretty fonts.

This was a very fun card to make and super quick too!  And it can be either a masculine or feminine birthday card!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Nailed It, Build It, Gorgeous Grunge, Father's Day Card

It's a little early for Father's Day but I am really liking this new "Nailed It" set that has the "Build It" Framelit Dies to go along with it.  No fussy cutting here!  I especially LOVE the screw and bolt dies.  

For this card I used Basic Gray cardstock for the base, a folded half sheet.  Then I took a piece of the decorative paper from the "Urban Underground" Decorative Series Paper pack (DSP).  I cut that piece 4" x 5-1/4".  I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3-3/4" x 5".  

I used the splatter image from the "Gorgeous Grunge" set.  I stamped it using Basic Gray ink.  Next I die cut 3 pieces of DSP and set them on top of the splattered ink images.

I stamped the "Happy Father's Day" image using a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I die cut it and set it in the center of the other die cut pieces using Dimensionals.

I die cut some screws and bolts using silver metallic paper.  I wasn't thinking when I was cutting out the other pieces, but I could have cut the screws and bolts out at the same time.  So much for planning ahead!! LOL  They were easy and quick to cut out but the fact is, I could have done them all at once and saved myself some time.  But what's done is done and if I use it again, I will know to cut them out at the same time!

There's not a whole lot to this card. I found it super easy to make. I found a card that used the colors of the hexagons but I can't find it now.  I changed it a lot, so if you did find it, you may not notice the 3 hexagons on the Whisper White piece were the same.

It'a very easy and fun card to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Guy Greetings, Masculine Birthday Card

While looking at the piles of stuff on my worktable I spied this car from the "Guy Greetings" set.  It was already stamped, die cut and layered.  What was it doing there?  I examined it and found nothing wrong with it, no errors in stamping. It's not off center. It inked clearly. So why it was just sitting there will remain a mystery unless it all comes back to me how it got there!!! And we know that won't happen.  LOL

Even if the card wasn't ready to go, this would be a super simple card to make.  I used the "Peek-a-Boo" technique to do the decorative layer.  You can see how to do that simple technique here.  There's several cards posted there to view.  

The "Guy Greetings" set also had the "Happy Birthday" greetings in it as well. SO, I got out that set and stamped the words using Dapper Denim ink.

That printed layer is from the in color 12" x 12" paper pack.  I need to use it more.  These colors expire soon and the pack was hardly used.  Story of my life when it comes to those paper packs!  But I gotta have them!!!

After doing the technique and stamping the words, I set the car in place using Dimensionals. And that was it.  Super simple and quick!

This would also make a great Father's Day card!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, April 07, 2017

Beautiful You, Birthday Card, 2017 Occasions Catalog

My sweet friend Colleen C. gave me this beautiful card.  The Decorative Series Paper (DSP) is from the "Fruit Stand pack. I looked in the catalog for this and kept passing it by.  All I saw was the fruit and not what was on the other side. It's pretty paper!!  This color is Peekaboo Peach.  

The base of this card is a folded half sheet of Peekaboo Peach cardstock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Then the "Fruit Stand" papers were set on top of that.  They were cut 3-3/4" x 2" for the bottom piece, and the top piece was cut 3-3/4" x 3".  A piece of Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon was added to hide where the two pieces of DSP meet or overlap, depends on how you cut your pieces. I tend to cut a little longer and just overlap a little. Not too much or the ribbon won't cover it.

The image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White that was cut 4" x 2-1/2".  Then it was colored in using a blender pen and the Peekaboo Peach ink pad.  The "Floral Affection" embossing folder was used on top of the image.  I love the looks of that effect.  It was then set on a piece of Peekaboo Peach cut 4-1/4" x 2-3/4".  It was set in place using Dimensionals.  Then three silver sequins were added and it was done.

A pretty quick and simple card. I LOVE the colors here.  Now I want to buy the "Floral Affection" embossing folder set. GRRR There are two smaller folders in that set.  I will add it to my wishlist!

Thank you so much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Bloomin' Love, Dutch Door Technique Card

Here's another card I had received in the technique swap last month. It's called the "Dutch Door" technique and it's super simple to do.  Click here to see the card I made for the swap. The instructions to do this simple technique can also be found there.

This card was made by Shelly at Terri's Tuesday Technique night.  

This card was made using a quarter sheet of Whisper White cardstock. The piece was dry embossed with the the Happy Heart embossing folder.  Then the Dutch Door was added.

On the front of the door, the paper from the "Floral Boutique" Decorative Series Paper (DSP) was cut 5-1/4" x 2".  

The heart from the "Bloomin' Love" set was stamped using Night of Navy ink and die cut with the 2-3/8" circle framelit.

Then the Dazzling Diamonds scalloped circle was cut using the framelit that measures around 2-3/4". I LOVE this glittery paper.  It's so sparkly and it can really jazz up a card. It's kind of hard to see it in the photo, but if you click on the photo you can get a better look. If you don't have any of the glittery paper, you can always just use Whisper White and it will still look pretty and you can color in some "Wink of Stella" if you have some.

The heart piece was set in place on the glittery piece using Dimensionals.  You need something stickier than just tape runner.  There's also three rhinestones added to that heart.  Again, click on the photo to see them.  

Now for the tricky part.  Only tape half of the heart.  The left half.  Set it in place on half of the Dutch Door and you're done!!

Wasn't that fun and easy?  Oh and pretty too!!!

This can be used as a Wedding card, an Anniversary card and a Valentine's day card.  Or just a card to let someone know you love them!!

Thank you so much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

In the Meadow, Reflections or Mirror Image Technique, Masculine Card,

This is a card I had received in a swap.  The set used here is "In the Meadow" and the technique is the "Reflections or Mirror Image" technique.  It's very easy to do.  

I made a card a while back using this technique and the "Traveler" set.  You can see that card here.  The instructions to do this technique can also be found there.  

It's a very easy, fun and quick technique to do.  Really!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Rose Wonder, Flourish Thinlits, 2017 Occasions

I looked at a number of images at Clair's "Clair Daly Creates" blog and when I saw this one, I thought I could make it. Especially when I saw that I had the Perfect Plumb flower already cut out just waiting for me to find something to do with it.  Well, today was the day!!!  You can see Clair's card here.  

I used a folded half-sheet of Sahara Sand cardstock for the base of the card. I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of "Falling in Love" decorative 12" x 12" paper for the background layer.

I glued the Perfect Plumb flower in place using my waxed paper and glue method.  I put some glue on waxed paper and fold it in half. You do need to make sure the waxed paper is big enough for you image.  Then I take my bone folder and spread the glue around evenly.  I open up the waxed paper. I set the image on top of the glue and I place another piece of waxed paper over the top and press down to get the glue on the back of the image.  I remove the top piece of waxed paper and I take off the image.  I immediately set it in place on the background.  You need to have that background ready to go before you play with the glue!  Throw away the waxed paper so you don't make a mess.

I got to play with the new doilies again too!  I'm hoping to use them up before the end of the 2017 Occasions Catalog expires.  I cut a 2" circle using a piece of decorative paper from the "Falling in Love" 12" x 12" paper pack. Then I set the doily on top with glue. I only glued on the center part.  I set it aside to dry while I wrapped some linen thread around the decorative paper.  Be careful, the paper is more fragile than cardstock.  I tied it in a knot and in that knot I added a 4" folded piece of the vanilla "Lace Trim". I cut the loop on it and angled the ends.  Then I added tape to the back of the 2" trimmed circle and set it in place on the background piece.  

The words were from the "Rose Wonder" set.  I stamped them, then the border and I die cut the piece out. I forgot about that piece. I was SO happy that I didn't have to fussy cut that piece!!   I added some pearls around and that was it.  

This was such a fun and pretty birthday card.  I have a very special person I'm giving this to.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, April 03, 2017

February 2017 Paper Pumpkin, Graduation Card, Alternative Card

I'm always on the lookout for cards to make using the Paper Pumpkin kits.  I either have pieces left over from my kits or the kit just didn't fit my needs and is sitting there waiting for me to find something to do with it.

Well, the February 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit still has some pieces left in the box.  I did not use the kit the way it was shipped to me.  I didn't have any use for invitations.  So, this was one of those kits that I was searching for something different to make. And by different, I mean cards.  I prefer cards with these kits.  I use a lot of cards so, it's cards I want to make.

This one was super easy.  I think it would make a great graduation card.  I found the card on Pinterest.  You can see it by clicking here.

I took a half sheet of Whisper White cardstock and folded it in half.  Then I cut some strips of the cardstock in the kit and just taped them in place, spacing them about equally apart.  You don't have to be exact in the size of the strips. The center one is 3/8" and the other two are a bit smaller than that.  They were cut at the score line of the original piece.  I didn't have to measure the length.

I used my Star framelets dies and cut out two stars. One of Dapper Denim and the other of the gold glitter paper.  I tied a piece of Dapper Denim around the front part of the card and tied a bow.  Then I added the stars using Dimensionals.  

It was a super easy card to make and I think it will be a wonderful graduation card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Botanical Builders, February 2017 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card, Stylized Birthday Birthday Card,

I have a lot of fun with the "Stylized Birthday" stamp. I especially like it because it's large. It covers a lot of area so you don't need to add a bunch of stuff to make the card look nice.

Here I used a piece of cardstock from the February 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit.  I didn't finish working on the stuff in my kit so I thought I would use the pieces on future cards.  I cut that piece  2-1/2" x 5".  I cut a layer of Night of Navy 2-3/4" x 5-1/4".  I set that layer in place using snail tape.

I stamped the words and trimmed them to 2" x 2-1/2".  I added a Night of Navy layer measuring 2-1/4" x 2-1/2".  I set that layer in place using Dimensionals.

I die cut a flower using the "Botanical Builders" framelit dies.  I cut the flower using Calypso Coral and the center is Whisper White. I added a white "Perfect Accents" dot to the center. I had colored that dot with a yellow Sharpe marker.  I used a glue dot to set that flower in place on the corner of the birthday layer and that was it.  Super easy, quick and fun too!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, April 01, 2017

March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card, Easter Card

Today I thought I would play with the March 2017 Paper Pumpkin.  I am one who likes full-size cards so I took the note card and cut it in half to use the more solid colored piece.  Using this layout allowed me to make the full-size card I was looking for.

For this card I used a folded half-sheet of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock. I cut off 1" from the right front.

I cut a piece of decorative paper from the "Blooms & Bliss" pack to 3" x 5-1/4".

For that inside piece, I cut a piece of Raspberry Ripple 6-1/2" x 3-1/4".  The dotted piece on top is from the Paper Pumpkin Kit.  I set that on top (this little card opens from left to right). I also added a piece of Whisper White to the inside. It measured 3" x 3" (the same as that dotted piece on the front).

Next I stamped the bunny face. I punched it out with the 1-3/8" circle punch.  I stamped the ears and fussy cut them out. I colored the inside of the ears with the Blush Blossom marker.  I made sure I left a little bit of extra paper at the ends of the ears to tape them behind the head piece.  If you forget, you can just tape the head on first and then try to get the ears on the edge of the head circle.  When I got done with the face, I did take a Q-tip and Blush Blossom ink and added a little blush on both sides of the nose.  I also colored the eye dots in with Pool Party ink.  I didn't like how blah the face edge looked, so I took a sponge and sponged the edges with Blush Blossom ink.  I still didn't like it so I took my Basic Black marker and ran it around the edge of the face.  It looked more like it was a stamped circle and it fit better with the black edges on the ears.  I set it in place on the smaller card.  I tied a piece of white Baker's Twine to the fold of the little card.

I taped the back of the little card and set it in place on the inside of the larger card.  See the photo for the placement.  

It's an easy and fun layout, plus I got to make a full-size card using the Paper Pumpkin kit!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, March 31, 2017

So Very Much, Thank You Card, 2017 Sale A Bration Catalog

This was a fun card and a very wonderful find while surfing the intenet.  I wanted to make one last "Thank You" card using the "So Very Much" set.  It's retiring at the end of the month and I'm going to miss it.  

The original card was made by Clare at Clare Daly Creates.  As usual I did change it a little.  It's not often I copy a card exactly and it's mostly because I don't have the same elements to make the card as the original designer used.  And there are times I think something could be changed to please my eye more.  In this case it was because I didn't have the ribbon or the flower punch.  Or was it a die? Now that I think about it, it was a die from "Botanical Builders" and I have it!! Oh well, this is what I ended up with and I like it.

The base of the card is a folded half sheet of Sahara Sand cardstock.  I hardly use that color at all. In fact the package that mine is in is so old, it said there's 40 sheets in the pack. Way back when you got more pieces per pack for some of the neutral colors.  I should try to use it more with this decorative paper.  It will retire and I will still have paper left (as usual!!!).  

I stamped the "Thank You" on Whisper White cardstock using VersaMark and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I trimmed the piece to 3-3/8" x 4".  I cut a piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock 3-3/4" x 4" for the layer under it.  

The decorative paper is from the "Falling in Love" 12" x 12" pack found in the 2017 Occasions catalog. (I want to make some wedding or anniversary cards using this paper).  I cut that decorative paper 4" x 5-1/4".  I taped it in place on top of the Sahara Sand card base.  Then I added the word layers.

Next I cut a doily in half.  These are the new doilies from the 2017 Occasions catalog. You use both pieces on the card.  The white side is behind and the vanilla side is on top.  Move them over slightly so you can see that there's two halves. I taped them together and then taped them onto the card. I didn't have the gold and white ribbon from the 2017 Sale a Bration catalog, so I used some Sweet Sugarplum Ruched ribbon from the regular catalog.  It worked just fine.  I punched out a flower and set it in the palm of my hand.  I took the end of an ink pen and pressed the center of the flower into my hand to get the flower to bend and cup.  I set it in place using a glue dot.  And I added a pearl to the center.

I added a 4-1/2" piece of folded ribbon to the top of the doilies.  Then I stamped the words, the ones here came from the "So Very Much" set.  I punched it out with the "Classic Label" punch.  I added Dimensionals to each end and set it in place over the folded ribbon.  And that was it.  It's a very easy and beautiful card to make!  And I do like how it turned out.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Avant-Garden, Birthday Card, Mattify/Distressed Butterfly Technique

Here's a quick, fun and easy technique to try. I've seen it called "Mattify" and I've seen it called "Distressed Foil". Either one works for me! Though with the title of my post, you can see I went with "Mattify".  I just thought it sounded more fun. "Distressed" kind of has a darker feeling to it, kind of like depressed.  Where "Mattify" sounds fun and intriguing!

So to do this technique, you will need some sandpaper or sanding block.  Mine was 150 grit.  You don't want it to coarse or it will dig into the foil paper and ruin it.  I took my sandpaper and gently went back and forth four to five times. Then I turned the paper and repeated that.  The back and forth was nice but when I went up and down I liked the effect much better.  Either way is okay, it's all in what you are looking for.

To make the card, I used a folded half-sheet of Whisper White cardstock for the base.  I took a piece of "Blooms & Bliss" Decorative Series Paper (DSP) and cut it 1-7/8" x 4-1/2".  I took a scrap piece of Island Indigo cardstock and cut it 2" x 4-5/8".  I taped the two together and then taped them in place on the front of the card.

Next I punched the butterflies out and set them in place with Dimensionals.  I added three tiny pearls down the center of each one.

I stamped the words from the "Avant-Garden" set and die cut them out with the oval thinlits.  Then I die cut an oval scallop using Island Indigo cardstock.  I taped the words to the scalloped oval and I set them in place with Dimensionals.  And that was it!!  Super easy, quick and a fun new technique!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Avant-Garden, Mother's Day Card, 2017 Sale a Bration

I know it's a little early for a Mother's Day card, but I thought I would make one anyway.  I am pinched for time lately and I am planning ahead. 

This was a fun card to make and where I put the "happy mother's day" words, you can add birthday, thinking of you or even a valentine's day sentiment. 

For this card I used a folded half-sheet of Crumb Cake cardstock.  I also used Crumb Cake cardstock for the layers.

I took a piece of the "Falling in Love" Decorative Series Paper (DSP) and cut the end that had the least hearts to use for the background layer.  That background layer measured 4" x 5-1/4".  Be sure to have the hearts going the right direction before you cut the DSP.  

Next I took the bottom part of the DSP with all the hearts and cut one 1-3/8" x 3-3/4" and the other was cut 1-3/8" x 3-1/8".  I cut the Crumb Cake layers 1-5/8" x 4" and 1-5/8" x 3-3/8".  I taped those layers together and then taped them to the front of the card on top of the DSP background layer.

I took a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and cut it 3-1/4" x 1-1/4".  I cut the Crumb Cake layer 3-1/2" x 1-1/2".  

I stamped the top part of the flower leaving a little over 1/4" at the top.  Then I stamped another flower on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. I used Blushing Bride ink for the flowers.  Then I stamped the stem and leaves using Pear Pizzazz.  I stamped the center of the flower using Soft Suede ink.  Actually, I did that right after I stamped the flowers to give it a chance to dry before I had to fussy cut it out.  Once the flower was cut out, I added some Dimensionals behind it and set it in place on top of the other stamped flower.  I did turn it a little to give the flower the look of being a more full flower.  I thought it looked kind of blah, so I took my "Wink of Stella" pen and colored over the flower.  It didn't show up in the photo but trust me, it did make a big difference.  "Wink of Stella" is a nice way to add a little sparkle to your work without making it look like a glittered after thought. Once I was done with that, I added Dimensionals to the back and set it in place on top of the heart panels.

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I hope they don't retire it, it covers every holiday and yearly event.  Though I don't think St. Patrick's Day is in there, but then again, I never send out cards for that day anyway!!! LOL  I stamped the words using Soft Suede ink and I used the Classic Label punch to punch them out.  I set them in place using Dimensionals. 

This was a fun card to make.  I was back in my element. I have always LOVED to make cards with lots of layers.  But I know not everyone likes to do that so many times I will keep the layers down to a minimum.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Avant-Garden, Get Well Card, 2017 Occasions Catalog

Well, it doesn't get much simpler than this!!!  What a fun and quick card to make.

I took a half sheet of Whisper White cardstock and folded it in half.  Then I made score lines starting at 3/8" away from the center fold line and I made a total of 5 that were 1/4" apart.  

I stamped the flower using Daffodil Delight. I also stamped it again but turned it a little and I did not ink it up again.  I stamped the center using Soft Suede ink and the stem and leaves were stamped using Pear Pizzazz ink.  

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set and I stamped them using Soft Suede ink.  And that was it.  

Just a note here.  When you are stamping words close to a true edge (the bottom edge of the card in this case) you really need to make sure you get it as straight as you can.  Further up on the card it wouldn't have been so noticeable that it was crooked.  But it is what it is, a handmade card!!!

I LOVE this layout.  I want to see if I have other flower images to play with!!! I may be trying this again!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, March 27, 2017

So Very Much, Flower Shop, Thank You Card, 2017 Sale-a-Bration

Here's another card I found while surfing the web.  I wanted to find something to make using the "So Very Much" set.  I wanted to make a few more cards with it before it retired at the end of the month.  

I changed the flower and the decorative paper on here, plus I changed the background layer. I do love white on white but this card needed a touch of color since the decorative paper was so light in color.  You can see the original card here.  

The base is a folded half-sheet of Blushing Bride.  Next I took a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White and stamped the "Thank You" with VersaMark and heat embossed it in gold.  Then I cut off 3/4" from the bottom and an angled cut along the "you".  I just eyed the bottom of the "Y" and the swirl on the end of the "u" and cut.  You don't need to be perfect here.  It kind of matters how far you have that opening on the left side.  You need to find an object  that will cover both slices.  I
used a flower from the "Flower Shop" set.  I have a feeling that set is going to retire in June.  I will miss that set. I've had a lot of fun with it.  And if it stays, you will see more cards in the future made using it!!!

I took another piece of white cardstock cut 4" x 5-1/4" and I taped a piece of decorative paper cut the same size to it.  Then I took Dimensionals and set the top and bottom panels in place.  I added a Dimensional to the center of the flower and set it in place on the left side.  The original card had a couple of other flowers added to the right of the large flower but I thought the image on the paper took care of that for me.  I was happy with how it looked.    And that was it.  Another quick card.

I do want to note that I did use 4" x 5-1/4" piece of decorative paper (mine was from the Blossoms & Bliss pack), I was going to use a scrap piece but the Dimensionals allowed you to see under it and the scrap piece looked ugly, so I went with a larger piece.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, March 26, 2017

February 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternative Card

Today I thought I would play with February's Paper Pumpkin  Kit since I found an fun and cute alternative card made using it.  I found it on Pinterest.  You can see the original card here. I didn't care for the invitation layout in the kit, I don't do party invites, so I was on the lookout for some other cards to make with the kit.  I did make a couple a while back. You can see one of them by clicking here.  And the other by clicking here.  I like the second one more than the first.  And of the three this would be my second favorite!

This was fun, quick and easy to make.  The flame was already die cut, I just had to punch it out.  

So to start the card out I took a half sheet of Night of Navy.  I cut it on the short side at 4-1/4" and then folded it in half.  I usually score mine.  Paper has a grain and if you fold against the grain, the edge is not always sharp.  So I just score it and I'm sure of a nice fold.

Next I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 4-1/4" x 2-1/4" and I stamped the words and the hash mark image onto it.  The words were stamped using Night of Navy ink and the hash mark image was stamped using Flirty Flamingo.  I set it in place on the card base.  The bottom of the word piece is 3/4" from the bottom of the card, if that helps you with placement.  Or you can just eye it.

Then I cut the invitation holder.  I cut it 3-1/4" x 1-1/2".  I glued the flame to the top and I also used a little Scotch tape on it to hold it while I worked in it.  I didn't want to use a glue dot to attach it, I don't think they hold all that well with glitter papers.  I just left the tape on the back, no one was going to see it.  

Next, I tied a piece of Baker's Twine around it.  I didn't have the thick twine that was used in the original card, but like I said before, I'm trying to make do with what I have.  It still looks cute!

I added Dimensionals to the back and set it in place on top of the word panel.  The bottom of the candle is about 1/4" from the bottom of the card.  You can center it with your eye on the word panel as well. And that's it!  Super simple and a great use of the Paper Pumpkin pieces left in the box!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Detailed Dragonfly, Dragonfly Dreams, Dutch Door Card Technique

Today I'm going to share with you a card I got at one of Terri's Tuesday Technique Nights.  This card was made by Tanya.  She's a fun lady and a great stamper.

It's a very fun and easy technique. You can see how to do it by clicking here.  Plus you get to see another card made using that same technique. 

The "Falling in Love" Designer Series Paper was used on the front panel.  It was cut 2" x 5-1/4". The dragonflies were die cut from Sweet Sugarplum cardstock.  One of my favorite colors lately!!!

The inside of the card, on the upper part was stamped with the dots image that comes with the "Dragonfly Dreams" set.  They were stamped using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  I do not know where the words came from. I looked through the 2017 Occasions catalog, but I didn't find them in there.  But there are lots of birthday greetings in the Occasions catalog and in the regular catalog that will work. You probably have one you like to use a lot, I know I do!  Oh and on each side of the "happy" are pearls.  It's a very fun and easy technique to do.  Give it a try!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Balloon Adventures Card Winner

And the winner of the drawing for this card is Gloria AND Christi.  I had some left over from the card swap and since there were only two entrants I thought both of then deserved to win!!!

What next?  Email me with your snail mail address and I will send the card out to you.  You can locate my email address to the right sidebar where it reads: "Got a Question".  It's the second item down on the sidebar.

Thank you both for playing along!
Wanda

Friday, March 24, 2017

So Detailed, Rose Wonder, Wedding Card, 2017 Sale a Brations and Occasions Catalog

How I ended up at Just Judy Designs, I don't know.  I think it was through a link from another link from a blog I was looking at from a link I was on from another blog!  Doesn't matter, what matters is, I was there and I found this fun card (sort of) there.  I say "sort of" because I changed a few little things on it.  You can see Judy's card here.  

I used the new "Glimmer Paper" Assortment Pack from the Sale a Brations book.  It's one of the new items they added half way through the sale.  I've seen a few cards made using it and I had to copy them. Though I can't find them now but I did find this one.  It's such a pretty wedding card. I changed the decorative paper strip and I didn't add a bow, I added a twist of ribbon.  Oh and my ribbon is a different color from Judy's.  I think the color of my cardstock may be different too.

For my card I used a folded half sheet of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock.  Then I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I added a 1-1/2" x 5-1/4" piece of decorative paper.  Mine is from the "Falling in Love" 12" x 12" pack.  I taped it to the left side of the Whisper White cardstock, but I did NOT tape all the edges. I only taped half way across the top and bottom and all of the left side. I left the right side open because the flower piece has a tab that I slipped under the decorative paper.  I used my favorite gluing method to get the glue to the back of the lacy flowers.  I take a piece of waxed paper a bit larger than the piece that needs gluing.  Then I pour some white glue onto the waxed paper. I fold the paper in half and take my bone folder and smooth out the glue.  I make sure it's covered enough so when I set my piece on top of it, it's all covered.  Once my piece is sitting on top of the glue, I take another piece of waxed paper and set it on top.  I press the piece into the glue.  I remove the top piece of waxed paper and toss it. Then I take the piece and slightly peel it back and grab an edge and remove it from the waxed paper.  I set it in place on my cardstock and I press it down so it sticks.

Next I took my ribbon and taped the edges to the back of the card.  I took a 5" piece and made a loop. I taped the loop with snail tape so it stayed together and I set it aside.  

I took a 1-1/4" piece of Vellum cardstock and cut it 4-1/4" long.  Then I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock (scrap pieces work well here) and I cut it 1" x 2-5/8". I stamped the "Wedding Wishes" from the "Rose Wonder" set on it using Soft Suede ink.  Then I taped that piece to the vellum. But before I taped it, I slid the vellum under the ribbon and checked out how far the edge was from the Whisper White piece.  You don't want the word piece all the way to the end.  Give it some room. Once I taped the words in place, I added tape to the back of the Vellum and set it in place under the ribbon. I did add a glue dot to the ribbon, above the word piece.  The gap was too much to leave alone.  

And finally I added that twisted piece of ribbon.  I taped the back with snail, only in the middle and I slid it under the long ribbon.  I didn't add tape or a glue dot to the top of the ribbon but now that I look at my card, I am going to add it once I'm done posting this.  The twisted ribbon makes it pop up a bit more than I like.  

I REALLY like how this card turned out.  I knew I was going to like it a lot, so I made two of them! One to use and one to keep or sell.  It was a fun card to make too. I LOVE this new glitter paper.  I hope that Stampin' Up! comes up with some other new glitter paper colors in the June catalog.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Avant-Garden, Birthday Card, 2017 Sale-a-Bration

I'm looking at this card and thinking how fun this would be to make a set of these in different colors and maybe for different occasions other than just birthday.  Though a pack of just birthday cards would be fine too.  I know I have more than 4 friends and relatives that have birthday!! LOL

I found this card on Pinterest.  You can see the original one here. It was done in a green color.  I didn't spend much time looking at the color to determine what green it was.  I didn't want to make a green card, I wanted something in the orange family. I was going to use Pumpkin Pie but I decided to go with Calypso Coral.  I liked both but when I looked at the stash of cardstock, I had more Calypso Coral than  I did Pumpkin Pie.

The base of the card is a folded half sheet of Whisper White cardstock.  I cut another piece of Whisper White to 5-1/2" x 2-1/4".  I cut a piece of Calypso Coral 5-1/2" x 2-1/2".  And that was it for paper cutting.

Next I stamped the flower using Calypso Coral ink.  Then I stamped the words using black Memento ink.  I set it aside and worked on the base part of the card. 

I took the Calypso Coral layer piece and set it on top of the base of the card and set it where I want it to be.  Then I moved it over to the left about a half an inch and drew a light pencil line from top to bottom.  It doesn't have to be a straight line.  Just make it light so it won't show through the back. That way you won't have to erase it.  I took the dotted image from the set and stamped over the line. I did stamp on the line but mostly to the right of the line.  It doesn't really matter, since the line will be hidden by the layer.  I stamped the dots and then stamped again without inking.  There's a nice mix of light and dark stamping, going from light to dark (left to right).  And that was it.  Super easy.  See why it would be fun to make a pack of card using this layout? And doing them in different colors too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Stylized Birthday, Avant-Garden, 2017 Sale-a-Bration, Birthday Card

I just had to play with this fun "Avant-Garden" set again.  I am going to be sorry to see it retire at the end of the month. I just love the "Stylized Birthday" stamp.  It takes up a lot of real estate so you don't have to do a whole lot to a card. Where the flowers are I could have used decorative paper and had a nice effect as well.  

For this card I used Sweet Sugarplum cardstock and ink. Whisper White cardstock, Pear Pizzazz ink and Soft Suede ink.

I stamped the birthday greetings on first using Pear Pizzazz ink.  Then I stamped the flowers.  Some I stamped again without inking up the image again. I used Sweet Sugarplum on the flowers. Then I stamped the center of the flowers using Soft Suede and on the lighter flowers I didn't ink up the image again.  I did the same for the leaves and stems but I used Pear Pizzazz ink on them.  I just randomly stamped the leaves where I thought they should be and tried to make the lighter leaves by the lighter flowers, for the most part.  

This was a very fun and super quick card to make.  I wish Stampin' Up! would make a "Happy Mother's Day" as big as the "Happy Birthday" and with the same font.  It's so pretty!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Balloon Adventure, Birthday Card, Stamping Technique, 2017 Occasions Catalog

Here is my card for the swap I am going to be participating in tonight at Terri's Technique Tuesday.  The front of the card is on the right and the inside of the card is on the left.  Click on the photo for a closer view.  

The technique used here is called "Floating Pop-up".  For this card you need to cut 3 pieces for layering the front, inside cover and inside bottom.  You need to cover the inside front because you have to hide part of the Window Sheet.  Perhaps not so much hide it as keeping it held in place to get the effect of it floating or popping up.  

The package for my pop up is just cut decorative paper.  But I had to use 2 pieces together because the Window Sheet piece needs to go inside.  That Window Sheet was cut 1/2" wide and 3" long.  Scoring one end at 1/2".  That's the part that gets taped under the inside cover piece.  You need to stamp and decorate all of those pieces before you assemble the card.  

It was fun to make and I'm excited to see what cards I get in exchange!!  I will share them with you!

The instructions I have for this technique is to cut the card base 4-1/4" x 11".  Score at 5-1/2" and fold.  I already mentioned the Window Sheet above. And you decide what you want for the pop up part and make two so you can tape them back to back with the window sheet between it. Making two also helps it be not so flimsy too.  For mine, I did trim my Window Sheet down by a half inch because it was too long and just made the package flop over.  

It was a fun card to make.  I made an extra one so I will be offering one up for grabs in a drawing of those who leave a comment.  I'm not groping for comments. So just saying "pick me" will be just fine. I will do a random drawing on Sunday March 24, 2017.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda