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Monday, April 30, 2018

You've Got This, Southern Serenade, Birthday Card

The "You've Got This" set is going to be retiring at the end of May.  I liked playing with this set. I have made a lot of cards using it so I won't be too disappointed when it retires.  I don't care for fussy cutting and if I have to fussy cut, I do like it to be simple.  The stem of this flower is not fun but I stuck with it and toughed it out!! LOL  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. 

I took a 2" x 5" piece of the olive and silver stripped foil "Sweet Soiree" Decorative Series Specialty Paper (DSSP).  The Specialty word is added because these papers have silver foil on them.  I was going to layer this DSSP but I decided to just leave it as it was.  I wanted to make this card very simple and yet elegant looking.

Like I said, I had fussy cut the flower and then colored it with Calypso Coral Blends markers. I colored the leaves and stem using the Old Olive Blends markers.  And the center is colored using Daffodil Delight Blends. I LOVE those markers, they allow you to quick scribble, or for a better more artistic choice of words, scrubbed in the base color.  Then you come along with the second color and add the darker spots.  So quick and easy.  I set the flower in place using Dimensionals and Dimensional pieces.

The words are from the "Southern Serenade" set.  I stamped them using black Memento ink.  And there you have it.  A card you can stamp, color and assemble all in under 20 minutes.  I have LOTS of cards on my blog that you can make in under 20 minutes.  Click here to be taken to them.  There's over 1500 cards there!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Perennial Birthday, Butterflies Thinlits, Birthday Card

Saying goodbye to the "Butterflies" thinlits.  I have used this die SO much and still love using it. I may hang on to it for a while longer, unless something better is coming out.  I can only imagine what is replacing it is better.  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 4-1/4" piece of retiring Wisteria Wonder card stock.  I textured it with the "Garden Trellis" embossing folder. I knew I had it. A few days ago I had to use a retired folder because I couldn't find this one and I almost talked myself into believing that I hadn't purchased it, just wanted it really bad!!! LOL  But I did purchase it and I used it here!!

I cut a 4-3/4" x 1-3/4" piece of retiring Elegant Eggplant card stock. On top of that is a scrap piece of the "Delightful Daisy" Decorative Series Paper (DSP).  I cut that strip 4-1/2" x 1-1/2". 

The words are from the "Perennial Birthday" set.  I stamped it using Elegant Eggplant ink on a 1" x 3-1/2" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I layered it with a 3-3/4" x 1-1/4" piece of Elegant Eggplant card stock.  

I took a half a paper doily and taped it to the back side of the DSP panel.  I taped it in place on top of the card.  Then I added the word panel using Dimensionals.  

I die cut the butterfly using Elegant Eggplant card stock.  I set it in place using Dimensional pieces.  I added 3 pearls down the center and one little pearl on the bottom left of the word panel.  Only because I had ink on the edge of the rubber stamp and it transferred to the card stock. I didn't want to make a new one so I covered the mark.  Or...., it just looked pretty there. Ya, that's it. It just looked pretty there!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

And the Winner is....

The winner of the card drawing is HJ.  Please look to the right side of my blog and you will see the "Got a Question" icon.  There you can securely email me your snail mail address. 

Now because there were three entries and I am feeling very generous, I am going to send some other cards I had made to the other two who left comments.  So, Melanie and Shirley, please also look to the right sidebar and click the icon to send me your snail mail address. 

Thank you SO much for playing.  I need to do this more often. I use to try to do it once a month, but I forget!! 

Hope to hear from all of you soon,
Wanda

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Petal Palette, Birthday Card, Impossible Card Technique, Weekend Project

 Actually, this "Impossible Card" technique is not impossible and it's pretty easy.  It just has a lot of pieces and a lot of snipping.  But once you make one you will be able to make many more with ease.  I found the instructions on YouTube. I will provide you the link.  I had found two. One had great measurements and the other showed more embellishing.  The first one also used a long strip and the second one used shorter strips. I went with the shorter strips. They are called stabilizers. 

There are a couple of important things to remember.  When making the top layers for the decorative paper, you do need to pay attention to which side you are cutting and which side you want on your card.  And you also need to pay attention to the size item you put on the pop-up part.  It has to close and fit in the envelope.  Mine hangs over just a little but not enough so it won't slip into the envelope easily.  Other than that I didn't do a lot of thinking once I knew what I was doing. I did make my template first and then played the video again to assemble it.  Now I was not paying attention to the orientation of the base of my card so my wider part is on the right.  It's okay, I just had to make sure I cut my other pieces the right direction so the would look and lay right on my card.  
I found the measurements and instructions here.  And I found this video to have better embellishment ideas.

I followed the measurements in the first video and my strips measured 1-1/4" x 3-1/2" for the card stock and 1-1/8" x 3-3/8" for the decorative paper.  You can make those strips any size you want, just as long as they go from one side to another.  Without them the card wouldn't lay straight, it would be very loose feeling.  You will see what I mean when you make your template.  

And on the focal panel, you can use just words on there if you like and embellish the card more.  You do not want to put anything on there that is too large, as I described above.  

For my card I used the Decorative Series Paper (DSP) from the "Delightful Daisy" pack.  I had one of those lacy pieces sitting on my worktable from some previous die cutting. I had used the sticky sheet so it was now a sticker. I removed the backing and stuck the piece to the back of my card.  I was thinking it probably should have been made using Soft Suede, because my layers were Soft Suede but then I realized it wouldn't have shown up as nice as the black does. 

On the front I used the flower from the "Petal Palette" bundle. I colored the flowers with Calypso Coral markers. And the leaves with the Old Olive markers.  Same with the bird.  I set the flowers in place using Dimensionals.  I am not sure where the words were from, they were sitting on my worktable and I thought I would just use them. I was going to use the "thank you" that came with the set but they were a bit long. They did fit but I wanted something more short and sweet looking and the oval piece I had found worked perfectly.  I set the words in place with Dimensionals too.  Everything else was just taped flat. 

To mail this I will lay the flower piece flat, with the flowers showing.  When the envelope is opened that panel will pop up.  You can add a white piece to the back of that panel to write on. Or you can add a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" piece to the bottom and write on the back of that.  I like the idea of a white piece on the bottom of the card. It covers the openings and hides the strip things that look a little messy on the back.  But it's all in what you want to do, it's your card!!! I just think it's a cool looking card!! Something fun and new!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, April 27, 2018

Thoughts and Prayers, Sympathy Card

Here is a set that is soon to retire. It's been around a very long time. I have not had to use it a lot but it was a nice go to set for a quick card. Unlike birthdays, you know when they are coming so you don't often have to make a quick card but sympathy cards are different.  I'm hoping that what replaces it will be just as nice or better!

To make this card I used a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I cut two strips 1-5/8" x 3-7/8" using the "Fresh Florals" Decorative Series Paper with the 2018-2018 in colors.  I cut two strips of Tranquil Tide card stock 1-3/4" x 4". I taped those two layers together.  Then I taped those layers to the card front. 

Next I cut a 3-3/4" x 2-1/2" piece of Whisper White and I stamped the image on it using Tranquil Tide ink.  The words are from the same set and I also stamped them using Tranquil Tide ink.  I cut a 3-7/8" x 2-5/8" piece of Tranquil Tide for the layer.  I taped those two pieces together. 

I tied a ribbon around the card front and knotted it.  I added Dimensionals to the image layer and set it in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  A pretty quick and simple sympathy card.  Though the flowers are pretty enough to convert this into a thank you, get well, birthday, Mother's Day or a thinking of you card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Moon Baby, Baby Card

I had loved this "Moon Baby" set since the first time I laid eyes on it. And it's going to be retiring.  That makes me sad, it was such a cute baby set.

I had found this card on a board that my demonstrator Terri has.  I thought this card would be fun to make.  The original card had a different doily.  It was one of those that were white on one side and vanilla on the other.  I just used the doilies that are in the current catalog. I also changed the color of the lamb. The original one had the body of the lamb colored in and it just looked off to me.  The bunny on the original was a bit more pink too.  So this is how I colored them in.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I stamped the images (the come all on one block) using black Memento ink.  The piece of Whisper White they were stamped on measures 1-7/8" x 3".  I layered Daffodil Delight behind it.  That piece measured 2" x 3-1/8".  

I cut a doily in half and taped it to the bottom part of the image panel.  I cut 3 bumps of a doily and set it in place on the upper right of the image panel.  I taped those layers in place on the card front.  Then I stamped the "Twinkle, twinkle, little star..." words.  I added the star and colored it in with the Daffodil Delight marker.  The animals were colored in using Blends pens.  I still have some Blendabilities pens and I may have used them too.  I just didn't want to use ink and a blender pen.  I stamped the "Do you know how loved you are" words on the inside. I don't often add words to the inside but when the outside words end with "..." you kind of need to put something on the inside!!!

I didn't have any current Daffodil Delight ribbon, so I used some retired stuff.  I need to start using that more.  Those of you who CASE (Copy And Study Everything) my cards for swaps that require current items know what to use!!!  So I will be using a bit more retired ribbons on my cards in the near future. But I will suggest what can be used that is current, if that helps you out.  I just need to get rid of some of my stash without giving it all away or selling it for pennies on the dollar.  SO that's my story on the retired ribbon use!!! LOL

I'm looking forward to making a few more "Moon Baby" cards before the end of May.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Delightful Daisy, Rose Wonder, Birthday Card

It's not a thank you card!!!  Don't fall over!!! LOL I know I've made a lot of thank you cards lately because I was in need of them.  I might need a couple more but I don't need them right away. I now need to sit down and write out the thank you cards. 

This was a very simple and fun card to make. I had a scrap piece of the daisy paper from the "Delightful Daisy" Designer Series Paper (DSP).  My DSP measures 1-7/8" x 5-1/4".  The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Night of Navy card stock. I taped the DSP strip to the card base about 1" from the fold.  This card opens from the bottom, so the fold is on the top. 

I cut two Whisper White strips.  The top one is 5-1/4" x 1-1/4" and the bottom one is 5-1/4" x 1-5/8".  I cut two pieces of Daffodil Delight card stock.  The top one measures 5-1/4" x 1-3/8" and the bottom piece was cut 5-1/4" x 1-3/4".  

I stamped the words from the "Rose Wonder" set using Night of Navy ink.  They were stamped on the larger, bottom piece of Whisper White piece.  

I stamped two flowers using Night of Navy ink. I punched them out.  I stamped a scrap piece of Daffodil Delight card stock and using Crushed Curry ink for the center of the flower. I punched that piece out using a 3/4" circle punch.  

Now for the assembly.  I curled the petal of the flowers using my bone folder. Then I taped the two flowers together and then the flower center. I used Wink of Stella on the center of the flower and set it aside to dry.

I taped the Daffodil Delight pieces to their corresponding Whisper White pieces.  I set those pieces in place using Dimensionals. The smaller/thinner one on the top and the wider one with the words on the bottom.  I set the flower in place using a Dimensional.  And that was it.  

This was a very fun, quick and easy card to make.  And it wasn't a thank you card.  

And the best part of this card is, I made two of them!!!  Yup, one for me and one for some lucky reader!!!  Just leave a comment, you don't have to say much, I'm not groping for compliments.  You can just say "pick me" or "I want it", or whatever comes to your mind. I will have a random drawing  on Sunday April 29, 2018 and the winner will receive the card in the mail (I had to add the date because someone will come along months or years later and enter, so to avoid that I included the date).

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Petal Palette, Flourishing Phrases, Thank You Card, 2018 Occasions Catalog

Okay, as you are looking at this card, please imagine the background being done with the "Garden Trellis" embossing folder.  Either I have misplaced mine or I don't own it.  Though I thought I had it.  Obviously I need to clean up my workroom!!!  So with that said, I'll proceed to tell you how I made this pretty card.  Yup, still on my quest to make my thank you cards.  I did make 12 of these. Well, I will have 12 later today after I finish this post!!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of that is the Basic Black "Garden Trellis" texture. That piece measures 3-1/2" x 4-3/4". 

I stamped and die cut the flowers from the "Petal Palette" set.  I colored the flowers with the Red Blends pens and the leaves with the Old Olive Blends pens. 

I die cut an oval that is about 2-1/2" long. I stamped the thank you from the "Flourishing Phrases" set using black Memento ink.  I set the oval in place using Dimensionals and I set the flowers in place using snail tape on the inner part and Dimensionals on the outer.  And that was it. It's a pretty quick and simple card to make.  Yet it's SO pretty!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, April 23, 2018

Truly Tailored, Guy Greetings, Rose Wonder, Masculine Card, Father's Day Card

I wanted to play with the "Truly Tailored" set a few more times before it is retired.  I thought it was a fun set and a great guy set, but it will not be found in the new 2018-2019 catalog.  It makes me sad because there are not very many masculine sets as it is and this one was quick and easy to whip up cards with.  So I need to play with it a bit more in the next month plus.

This card was found on Pinterest.  I added the greetings to it and I changed the wording in the upper part as well. 

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Night of Navy card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White, which should have been Very Vanilla.  On top of that is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Tranquil Tide.  I scored that piece every 1/4". 

I took some scrap pieces of the "True Gentleman" Decorative Series Paper (DSP) and cut them into 2", 1-1/2" and 1" strips.  I didn't measure how long they were but they do need to be at least 5" long.  My middle piece was not long enough and you can't see the ribbon cut on the end.  But it's still nice looking and I'm thinking that had I not said anything, you would not have noticed!!! LOL  I taped those strips in place on the scored piece and then I trimmed them across the top.

Next I stamped the "to a classy kind of guy"image from the "Truly Tailored" set using Night of Navy ink. I fussy cut around the image closer to the inked lines.  I did that because I wanted the Night of Navy card stock layer to show.  I stamped and fussy cut a bow tie using Tranquil Tide ink.  I set it in place with cut pieces of Dimensionals.  I used my Night of Navy marker on the center of the bow tie.
I took an 8" piece of the corduroy ribbon and taped it in place on the card.  I set the word piece over it using Dimensionals. I added the Dimensionals to the ends and left the center open, I didn't want them stuck to the ribbon.

The "Happy Father's Day" is from the soon to be retiring "Guy Greetings" set. I stamped them in Night of Navy and die cut them using the die from the "Rose Wonder" bundle.  I sponged the edges and set them in place using Dimenisonals. 

I taped all the layers together and I added a piece of Very Vanilla on the inside for writing on and the card was done. It was a pretty simple card to make, even with the fussy cutting!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Petal Palette, Daisy Delight, Thank You Card, 2018 Occasions Catalog

Still making thank you cards. Though most of the cards I have been making can be made into birthday, get well, thinking of you, Mother's Day, etc.  But I am in need of a LOT of thank you cards at the moment.  I found this one on Pinterest.  I did change the card a little and I do like how it looks.  

This was a pretty quick and simple card to make and I do plan on making some more of these. 

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Crumb Cake card stock.  On top of that is a 5-1/2" x 3-1/2" piece of Basic Black.  On top of that is a 5-1/2" x 3-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.

I cut a 3/4" x 3-3/4" piece of Basic Black for the strip.  On top of that strip I had die cut a the lacy looking strip from the "Petal Palette" dies. I cut it using the sticky paper so it became a sticker to set in place.

The flowers are from the "Petal Palette" set. I die cut them and colored them with the Blends markers.  There's some new ones coming in the new catalog. I'm anxious to see what the colors will be!!!  I set the flowers in place using Dimensionals.

The words are from the "Daisy Delight" set.  I stamped them using black Memento ink.  And that was it. Pretty quick and easy.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Petal Palette, Thank You Card, Telescope Panel Stamping Technique, 2018 Occasions Catalog

I have not made too many cards using the "Telescope Panel" technique. It's easy enough to do.  I had always wondered how it was done. I had done this technique several years ago and it all made sense.  There is a video that explains the technique here.  I found this card on Pinterest.  I changed the color and I didn't add the bow or the gems because I'm trying to keep the mailing costs down.

I only made one of these.  As I was making it, I thought about making two but then I remembered why I didn't like to do this technique.  It was difficult to see where to color. I struggled with the flowers in a few places but I did manage to get them all the correct colors.  It is much easier if it's done monochromatic.  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  My card opens on the right and the fold is on the left.  I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock and a 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" piece of Whisper White card stock. I used removable tape and centered the smaller piece to the larger piece.  Then I stamped the flower images, crossing over the pieces of card stock.  Once done I removed the smaller piece and cut a 2-3/8" x 3-3/8" piece of Basic Black for a layer. I colored in the images using Blends markers.  

I lined up the smaller image on top of what was left of the image on the larger piece and taped it in place.  Then I taped those layers to the card base and that was it.  Like I said, it was easy enough to do but for me, the coloring was the difficult part.  

I do like how it turned out and it goes in the pile of cards to be sent out soon!!  I need to find easier ones so I can make several of them at a time!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, April 20, 2018

Petal Palette, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Thank You Card

Here's another fun card I found on Pinterest.  I loved the background paper.  Mine is different from the original card in that I did not use the ribbon on the front because I didn't have any and I used the stamps in the set for the background.  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Pool Party card stock.  The next layer is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black card stock.  On top of that is a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White card stock and on top of that is a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of vellum.  I actually made two of these cards because I had a half-sheet of Whisper White card stock sitting out. There are two smaller flower images in the set and I set them in place on one clear block and stamped all over that half-sheet. I trimmed that paper to 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  I colored my flowers in using Soft Suede ink and a blender pen and the Pool Party Blends marker.  The leaves were colored in with Garden Green and a blender pen.

I die cut that lacy looking piece using Soft Suede card stock.  I cut a 1-1/4" x 3-5/8" piece of Pool Party card stock and punched it with the Triple Banner punch.  I think that is what that punch is called.

I die cut the largest stitched circle using Whisper White card stock.  I stamped and die cut the flower and bird.  

I colored the flower using the Pool Party Blends pens. I colored the leaves in using Garden Green ink and a blender pen.  I colored the bird in using Soft Suede and a blender pen.

To assemble my card I taped the stamped and colored Whisper White piece to the Basic Black piece.  Then I taped the vellum on top of that.  I taped all of those onto the Pool Party card base. I taped the banner piece 1" up from the bottom of the card base. Then I taped the circle in place. I set the flower in place so I could see how much space I had to stamp. I stamped the words from the soon to be retiring "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I'm REALLY going to miss that set. It covered every occasion.  After stamping, I set the circle in place at a 1/2" from the left side and 1-1/4" up from the bottom.  Then I set that lacy piece in place. I had die cut mine on sticky paper so it became a sticker. It's too difficult to glue or tape it in place. Next I set the flower in place using Dimensionals and the bird was set in place with Dimensionals. I was careful to only put the Dimensionals on the tail and far left body of the bird.  And that was it.  I REALLY like this card.  I have not played with vellum in a long time and I really like the look of it. I have some REALLY busy decorative paper that could be muted using vellum.  Wheels are churning!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Petal Palette, Thank You Card, 2018 Occasions Catalog

Yup, I'm still working on the ton of thank you cards I need to make.  I don't want to make them all the same or I will get bored with them and no one will get a card!!!  I have made some duplicates, I have to or I won't get the cards out for a couple of month!!!

So, onto this pretty card. I can't take total credit for it, I found it on Pinterest and you can see it here.  I changed it up a little. I added the panel on the left and the words are different.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. I also layered my Decorative Series Papers (DSP) with Basic Black card stock.  The piece next to the card base was cut 3-3/4" X 5-1/2".  The DSP layer was cut 3-5/8" x 5-1/2".  The strip of Basic Black was cut 1-5/8" x 4-5/8" and the strip of DSP was cut 1-1/2" x  4-1/2".  The larger layers were just taped in place, no Dimensionals added there.  I did add Dimensionals to the long panel.

I die cut the second largest stitched circle using Whisper White card stock.  I also die cut a branch, and after stamping the bird and flower from the "Petal Palette" set I die cut them too.  I stamped the words and die cut them using the shape that came with the set/bundle.  

I colored the bird in using the Berry Burst marker and a blender pen.  I used Soft Suede and the blender pen for the top part of the bird.  The flower was stamped off once using Berry Burst ink and then die cut.  

I set the branch in place using a couple of Dimensionals.  They are placed where the bird sits and also where the flower sits.  It's such a thin branch and you don't want the Dimensionals to show.

The words were set in place with a Dimensional on the right side and just taped on top of the panel on the left side.  I added a tiny pearl to the center of the flower and that was it.

I think it's a very pretty card. It's got a lot of parts to it and that's why I only made one. I need to find a card that I can quick whip up several at one time.

Oh, I almost forgot.  The DSP is from the "Fresh Florals" 12" x 12" in color paper pack.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Matchbook Candy Holder, Flower Shop, Petal Palette, Weekend Project

I have not made a matchbook candy holder in a while.  These are very fun and super quick to make.  Well, depending on how much you embellish the front!!  But the holder itself is super quick to make.

For mine I took a piece of Powder Pink card stock cut 5-1/4" x 2-1/8".  You will need to score it at 2", 4-1/4" and 4-3/4".  Fold the 1/4" scored piece and fold the next score.  You are folding these two scored lines over each other. See the photo below.  You will be slipping your Lifesaver under the folded scored parts and stapling it in place. I like to use the tiny stampers because you have to really work that candy to the other end to get the regular sized ones to not crush your candy.  Once the candy is stapled in place you are ready to decorate the front any way you'd like.

For mine I used the soon to be retiring "Flower Shop" set. I stamped my flower using Rose Red ink on Rose Red card stock.  I punched the flower out.  I also punched out a leaf using Garden Green card stock.  I took my stylus and curled the leaves of the flower.  Then I took the 3/4" circle punch and punched out a Crushed Curry circle for the center of the flower. I set the flower center in place using a glue dot.  I set the flower in place using a Dimensional. I stuck the leaf to the Dimensionals before I stuck the piece in place.  

I stamped the "thank you" from the "Petal Palette" set using black Memento ink.  I punched it out using the "Classic Label" punch.  I set it in place using glue dots.  Dimensionals just didn't seem to work well there.  And that was it.  Ready for gift giving.  I am thinking of making some of these with a Christmas theme this year for the mail carrier, cashiers I encounter, bank tellers, etc.  It's always fun to brighten up someone's day with something so simple as this.

These make a great customer and hostess appreciation gift, teacher's gifts, rewards in excellence gifts, Easter, Get Well, Halloween, almost any occasion you can think of! I made a Christmas holiday one, you can see it by clicking here.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Myths & Magic, Magical Day, 2018 Occasions Catalog, Children's Card

This card is not quite what I had in my head but this is what came out on paper!! I was working towards a more watery looking background.  I used the "Seaside" embossing folder on some Soft Sky card stock. I dragged the Old Olive pad across the top and in a couple of spots I pressesed harder to get some ink on the non-textured parts.  I did the same with the Bermuda Bay ink pad. I taped that layer to a folded half-sheet of Marina Mist card stock.

I fussy cut the mermaid from the "Myths & Magic" Specialty paper pack.  The bubbly oval was also from that same pack.  I die cut a Bermuda Bay scalloped oval.  The ovals were taped together and the mermaid was set in place using Dimensionals.  I did take my matching, or close to matching markers and rand them along the edges where I cut so no white was showing. I should have done it on the skin, you can see the white.  Especially if you click on the photo, but I know you won't do that to look at my errors!!! LOL

I wound up some linen thread and set it in place on the card front using a glue dot.

I set the oval in place using Dimensionals and I added 3 pearls for bubbles.  It's an okay card, but not what was in my head.  It was fun to make, except for the fussy cutting but I managed to survive it with no cuts or cursing!!! LOL

I may save this card for my granddaughter.  She wants to be a mermaid when she grows up!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, April 16, 2018

Tranquil Tulips, Petal Palette, Thank You Card, 2018 Occasions Catalog

This is a very fun technique to do. It's called the "Eclipse" technique.  I find it more of a framed technique then an eclipse but I didn't name it, so we will call it the "Eclipse" technique.  It's super simple to do too!!!  I found this fun card on Pinterest.  I did not use the ribbon as I am sending the card in the mail and I didn't want to pay extra. I have 30 more cards to mail and it gets to be quite expensive now a days!!!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of soon to be retired Rose Red card stock.  And on top of that is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock. 

I stamped the flowers from the "Tranquil Tulips" Hostess set (soon to retire and look for it in my web store then).  I stamped them using Rose Red ink.  The leaves were stamped using Old Olive.  First stamp the leaf set of 3 stems so you know where to stamp the flowers.  I used Early Espresso ink on the flower centers.

Once the flowers were stamped I took out the second largest stitched square die and a regular square die that was 2 sizes smaller (the width of the frame is 1/4"), I set the frames together on the image and secured them with post it notes. I die cut them.  

Next I taped the stamped piece to the Rose Red piece.  I set the stitched square back in place and I added tape to the back of the center of the square and taped it in place.  I removed the stitched square piece and added Dimensionals to the back and set it in place.  See, as simple as that.

The words are from the "Petal Palette" set.  I stamped them using black Memento. I wished I had used Basic Gray, it would have been just a touch softer looking.  But I still like how it turned out. 

The original card has a Rose Red ribbon wrapped around the two top layers. I didn't have any ribbon in Rose Red, plus I am mailing my card so I needed to keep the cost of sending it down. I just taped those two layers to the card base.  This technique is a very simple and quick one.  Plus it's fun and different!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Magical Day, Birthday Card, 2018 Occasions Catalog

I was very sad when I read that the "Magical Day" set did not make it into the new 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! catalog.  It's such a fun kids set.  So I need to play with it some before now and the end of May.  

I found a fun card on Pinterest and thought I would recreate it.  I changed the colors but I kept the whole layout.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Pacific Point card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I used some retired Washi tape and taped off the right side and about 1/3rd the way up.  That line is just above the silver glitter paper line.  I sponged on some Pacific Point ink until I got the color I was looking for.  Remember, when sponging like that, your paper will be darker than you think!!  I was going for dark, so I was happy with what I got.

I stamped on some Pacific Point stars that came in the "Magical Day" set.

Next I stamped the wizard and die cut him out.  Another reason I am going to miss this set very much.  I colored him in with the Bermuda marker and a Blender Pen.  I colored his skin with Blushing Bride and the Blender Pen.  

I found a strip of the silver glitter paper, it measured just over 1/2" wide x 4" long.  I taped it in place.  I stamped the words from the "Magical Day" set using Basic Gray ink.

I set the wizard in place using Dimensionals.  I  punched out a 3/4" circle of Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper (which is retiring too) and set it in place using a Dimensional.  And that was it. It's a pretty quick and simple card to make.  I had fun making it and would love to make a few more!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Garden in Bloom, Thank You Card, Petal Palatte

The "Garden in Bloom" set is going to be retiring at the end of May.  It was a fun set to play with. I have made prettier cards with it than this one.  I don't know what I was thinking when I was working on it.  But I'm still on my quest to make a ton of much needed thank you cards.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of the soon to retire Marina Mist.  I used a 4-3/4" x 1-3/4" piece of "Whole Lot of Lovely" Decorative Series Paper (DSP).  

I cut the Whisper White piece 2-3/4" x 3-3/4" and stamped the flower using Marina Mist.  This is a three step stamped flower.  The stem and leaves were stamped using Old Olive ink. I layered this piece using Bermuda Bay card stock that was cut 2-7/8" x 3-7/8".

I stamped the words from the "Petal Palatte" set using Memento black ink.

I taped the DSP down on the left side and I added Dimensionals to the focal layers and set them in place on top of the DSP.  I used the "Wink of Stella" pen on the flower to give it a little bit of shimmer.  And that was it.  It was a pretty quick and easy card to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, April 13, 2018

Petal Palatte, Thank You Card, 2018 Occasions Catalog

I was SO happy to find that this set will be in the new 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! catalog.  I'm still working on my need for 30+ thank you cards.

This card was an easy one.  I found on on Pinterest that I liked but I didn't make it the same way. I was drawn to the flower being in the left corner, the dots and the lacy looking border thing.  The original card has a bird on it too. I did like the bird but I liked the look of keeping things simple. 

The base, actually the whole card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  

I stamped the flower piece and die cut it.  I set it in the corner to see where to stamp the leaves.  I used Old Olive, stamped once and then stamped again.  I did that 3 times for a total of 6 bunches of leaves. 

I colored the flower using the Calypso Coral Blends pens.  I colored the leaves using the Old Olive Blends pens.  

I die cut the black lacy image. I did use some double stick paper with it to cut it out so it became a sticker.  My sticker paper is a little old and the lacy thing didn't want to stick very sell, so I headed it up with the embossing heat tool and the image is now very secure.  I forgot to stamp the Calypso Coral dots so I ended up doing it after the lacy thing was set in place.  Not fond of how that turned out, but it is what it is!

I set the flower piece in place using Dimensionals and I stamped the "thank you" using Basic Gray ink.

And that was it. I told you it was very easy to make!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Truly Tailored, Masculine Card, Retiring Stampin' Up! Set, 2018 Occasions Catalog

It makes me sad to see this set leave.  There's just not enough masculine sets.  And the ones they have don't even compare to the amount of female sets.  This was a fun set to play with and it expires on May 31st.  I pulled all the sets that will be retiring and I plan on playing with them a LOT before they retire.  

I found this card on Terri's display board a month or so ago and I took a photo of it with my phone. (Terri has a new blog) The image has been in my phone and about 100 photos later I thought I would look at what's on my phone.  And there it was.  Well, not quite like this.  The bottom of the original card had some stamped splashes on it and the words "P.S. Happy Birthday".  I thought I would use a retired mustache since I had die cut a couple of extras and put them in the "Truly Tailored" set.  

This card is very easy to make and if you don't have the mustache, you can either add words there, move the circle down further or leave it open.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that I added two pieces of card stock and one piece of Decorative Series Paper (DSP) from the "True Gentleman" paper.  I cut those strips 1-1/4" x 3".  I added a piece of the Night of Navy corduroy ribbon to the bottom of where the strips ended.  I taped them to the back of the Whisper White piece. 

I stamped the words using Night of Navy ink and I die cut them with the 2-3/8" circle die. I die cut a black scalloped circle that was just a little bigger than the white circle. I taped those pieces together and added Dimensionals to the back.  I made sure that the Dimensionals didn't touch the ribbon.  It would cause the circle to sit crooked.

I added Dimensionals to the back of the mustache and set it in place.  I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of white card stock to the inside for writing and that was it!!

This was a very easy and fun card to make.  What a great way to use up some strips of DSP!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Petal Palate, Thank You Card, 2018 Occasions Catalog

I found this fun card on Split Coast Stampers.  I had the Decorative Series Paper (DSP) so I thought I would run with it. This will put a tiny dent in the thank you cards I need to make.  I am having fun making them because I'm not making them all the same. I think I would go crazy, it would be very boring after a while making the same card over and over and as many times as I need.  UGH!  So, mixing it up works for me.  And who's going to know or even care that I didn't make the same card for everyone???

Click on the photo and you can get a closer view of the cards. 

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black.  On top of that is a piece of Whisper White cut 4" x 5-1/4" and on top of that is a piece of the "Sweet Soiree" DSP cut 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  I had cut a piece of copier paper the same size and marked on it where I wanted the card to angle out. I marked the right side with on dot and I marked the left side with two dots.  The bottom piece is marked at 3/4".  The next mark is at 2-3/4".  I cut all three at the same time. I just cut from one mark on the left to the single mark on the right and repeated for the other mark. I now had two pieces to tape in place on top of the Whisper White piece. It was easy to tape it, just line up the top and side edges and then line up the bottom and side edges.  If the tips on the right don't line up right, not a problem, the flower will cover it.  I stamped my words close to the left side. I wasn't sure how much space I would have on the right side of the words, as you can tell on the blue flowered card (that was the first one I made).

Next I took my stamped and die cut flower from the "Petal Palate" set  (I have LOTS of those ready to color) and I used my blender pen and Marina Mist on the top left one, I used the Daffodil Delight Blends on the top right one and I used Rich Razzleberry and a blender pen on the bottom one.  I think my favorite one is the bottom one.  I had colored the leaves using the Old Olive Blends pens.

I die cut some of the leaves from the "Petal Palate" bundle.  The dies for that are called "Petals and More".  They were cut from Whisper White card stock.  The Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper would be pretty too but I have more white on hand than I do the glitter paper.  I cut two branches for each card. I set them in place behind the flower.  I set the flower in place using Dimensionals. 

Add a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the inside and the card is done!!

It's a very pretty card and I will be happy to be sending it off in the mail soon.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Petal Palate, Thank You Card, 2018 Occasions Catalog

I am in need of quite a number of thank you cards, so I'm going to be making many of my cards as a thank you card, but you can change the wording as needed.  This would be a wonderful Mother's Day, Get Well, Thinking of You and Birthday card.

This was a very simple card to make.  I stamped the flower piece and die cut it out.  Then I colored it using the Calypso Coral Blends markers.  I colored the leaves using the Old Olive Blends.  

I used a folded half-sheet of Calypso Coral card stock for the base of this card.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of card stock.  I set the colored flower on top to see where I want to place the leaves.  I stamped those leaves using Pear Pizzazz ink.  I stamped them four times. I stamped once and then again before inking up the image again. I did that twice.

I set the flowers in place using Dimensionals.  I stamped the words from the same "Petal Palate" set. 

I colored on top of the flowers with the "Wink of Stella" pen.  You can't see it here but there's a pretty sparkle on the flowers.  And that was it.  SO quick and simple and yet so lovely!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, April 09, 2018

March 2018 Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card, Birthday Card

Here's another card I made using the March 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit.  

For this card, I fussy cut the rose. I mostly based this card on the layout I used yesterday.  I had a half-sheet of Crumb Cake card stock and a half a note card yet to use, so that's part of the reason for the sort of same layout.  No doily this time. This time I used all of the items from the kit except for the Crumb Cake card base.

The Rich Razzleberry layer is from cutting one of the note cards in half. And I trimmed off 1/4" from the long side so it measured 3-1/2" x 4-3/4".  I cut the rose stamped Crumb Cake background note card to 3" x 4-1/4".  

In the kit there is an envelope with a rose on the front. I fussy cut that rose.  On the back side of that envelope is the dotted Rich Razzleberry card stock that I cut at 1" x 4".  I used the "Banner Triple" punch (not included in the kit) to make the end of the strip pointed. I taped that piece in place.  I used Dimensionals to set the rose in place and then I added the leaves from the kit.  Next I stamped the words from the kit using Rich Razzleberry ink (not in the kit) and I set them in place using Dimensionals.  I added to Rich Razzleberry pearls that are found in the kit.  For a final touch, I colored the flower in using the "Wink of Stella" pen (not included in the kit).

The Rich Razzleberry layer was set in place using Dimensionals.  Oh and I added some Wink of Stella to the rose bud, but only to the pink part.  And that was it.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, April 08, 2018

You've Got This, March 2018 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card, Birthday Card

Today I had some time to play with my March 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit.  I was just going to put the kit together as it was, I do like the kit, but....

I had a flower left from the "You've Got This" set. When I made my card yesterday, I had stamped and colored 2 flowers.  My thinking was to make two cards, one a Mother's Day card and one a Birthday card.  But I only made the one card and that was it.  

So, when I opened up my Paper Pumpkin kit and saw the colors, I looked to my left and there on my messy worktable was the flower I had colored in.  Well, the gears started turning and this is what I came up with.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Crumb Cake (not included in the kit).  On top of that is a Rich Razzleberry piece of card stock that I trimmed 1/4" off the side so it measures 3-1/2" x 4-3/4", plus I cut the piece in half.  It's folded for a note card.  I have mixed feelings about doing that.  I go from a kit that has 8 or 10 or 12 cards in it to 25 or 30!!! Exaggerating here but it seems that in doing this I double the amount of stamping and card making I need to do and still don't have the time for.  But after seeing this, I now wished I would have stamped more of this flower.  But I guess that gives me more room for those gears to get going again and come up with something more, right?  LOL  I say good luck with that!!! LOL

Okay, after the Rich Razzleberry piece, I took one of the four pieces with the roses stamped on it and cut 1/4" off the side of that too, it now measures 3" x 4-1/4". I taped it to the Rich Razzleberry piece.  I added the half doily (not included in the kit" and I cut a 3" piece of the ribbon that came with the kit. I added snail tape to the back and placed it over the edge of the doily.  I wound up some gold thread (not included in the kit) around my fingers and stuck the loops to a glue dot and stuck it to the card front.  I added Dimensionals to the flower and set it in place, moving it over just enough to cover the edge of the doily.

The words are from the kit and were stamped using Rich Razzleberry ink (not included in the kit).  The label the words are stamped on was in the kit. I sponged the edges with Rich Razzleberry ink and set them in place on top of the card front as you see in the photo. I had used Dimensionals to set the label piece in place.  And that was it. Pretty simple (especially since the flower was already cut and colored!!!).

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Guy Greetings, Truly Tailored, True Gentleman, Father's Day Card, 2018 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

I think I'm in the Mother's Day/Father's Day card mode.  I hope to get out of it soon, there's other cards I want to make!!!  I need to make some retirement cards, thank you cards and graduation cards too!  Plus anything else that crosses this busy brain!

I found a fun card on Pinterest and I was going to copy it but I ended up changing it.  What I liked most about the card was the use of the "Tailored Tag" punch and the "True Gentleman" Decorative Series Paper (DSP) and the corduroy ribbon.  I punched out my pieces using the "True Gentleman" DSP like I had seen on the original card. I was starting to set the pieces on the folded half-sheet of Night of Navy when I decided I didn't like the inside of my card to be dark. Not that I couldn't add a piece of Very Vanilla inside to write on, I just didn't want all that dark. So I cut my card stock to 4" x 5-1/4".  I taped down my punched pieces.  I wrapped a piece of the corduroy ribbon around the card front and taped the ends on the back.  I taped it in place on top of a folded half-sheet of Very Vanilla that was scored at 5-1/2".  This card was to open at the top. 

I stamped the words from the "Guy Greetings" set using Night of Navy card stock.  I added the bow tie from the "Truly Tailored" set using Night of Navy ink.  I die cut it using the stitched oval.  I was going to go with round but I needed a round circle that was WAY too big for the card.  I die cut a scalloped oval using Tranquil Tide card stock.  I taped those two pieces together and I added Dimensionals to the back.  I didn't expose the sticky side yet, I needed to see where I liked this oval best. I centered it, but I didn't like how it looked, so I turned the card so not it opens on the left side and I moved the words over a little so they weren't perfectly centered.  Though perfectly centered would look better now that I see it on the screen. Anyway, I do like how it turned out and it was a super quick card to make once I knew what direction I was going with it.

This would make a great dad birthday card or retirement card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, April 06, 2018

You've Got This, Petal Palette, Mother's Day Card

I thought I would make some Mother's Day cards since it's about a month away.  I used an old retired set for the words. It's from the "Delightful Dozen" set.  

Now to look at this card you would think that the leaves are sticking beyond the edges of the card. They are not, it's just the horrible way I take photos!! LOL

This is a very easy card to make.  First I stamped the flower from the "You've Got This" set using VersaMark ink. Then I embossed it using gold embossing powder.  I colored it in with the Blends markers. I love coloring with them. I think this one I may have used the Blendabilities because I still have them.  My Old Olive dried up but I just added some rubbing alcohol to it (the 91%) and it writes and colors again!

I die cut the largest Stitched circle and stamped the words from the "Delightful Dozen" set.  I set the flower in place using Dimensionals.

Next I stamped the burlap background image from the "You've Got This" set using Crumb Cake ink.  
Then I stamped the leaves from the "Petal Palate" set using Pear Pizzazz ink.  I inked the image once and stamped three times.  Then I added some die cut branches from the "Petal Palette" bundle. I used Crumb Cake, Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz card stock.  I taped them to the back of the circle along with some find gold thread I had wound around my fingers.  I set the circle in place using Dimensionals And for the final touch I added a loop of lace to the circle around the 5 o'clock position.  You really have to look for it to see it!! And that was it.  I find it kind of messy looking, especially on the screen here!  In real life it's messy looking!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, April 05, 2018

You're Inspiring, Petal Palate, 2018 Occasions Catalog, Birthday Card

Today was doily day!!! I was in the mood to make a card with a doily and this is what I came up with . It's a very easy card to make. There's very little stamping, it's mostly made up of die cuts.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Rich Razzleberry.  The fold is on the left side (what I refer to as a "normal" card! LOL).  I cut the Very Vanilla 4" x 5-1/4".  

I cut a doily in half and added the ribbon looking die cut piece. I had die cut that using Whisper White card stock.  I had run a very thin piece of Pink Pirouette card stock through the loops on the lacy ribbon die cut piece. Not much of it shows, just what you see under the bird.  I was just messing around and thought it would look pretty. It does in real life!

I die cut the branchy pieces using Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz card stock.  I punched out some leaves using Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz card stock.  

I stamped the flower and the bird and colored them using the new Blends markers.  I uses Old Olive light and dark for the leaves and I used Rich Razzleberry light and dark for the roses.  I used Pink Pirouette for the birds belly and light and dark Crumb Cake for the upper part of the bird.  

The words are from the "You're Inspiring" set.  I stamped them using Always Artichoke ink. I die cut it with the oval die. I also die cut a scalloped oval for a layer.

I taped the ribbon strip to the doily.  I set the doily on the Very Vanilla piece and then I stamped the leaves from the "Petal Palate" set. I used Always Artichoke ink. I stamped off twice before I stamped on the card stock twice.  I did this two more times.  

I set my doily piece back on the card stock and set the Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz branch-like pieces behind it. When I liked where they were at, I carefully held them in place and turned the doily over and taped the branches in place.  I slipped in the punched branches after I sponged the edges with Old Olive on both.  I taped the doily to the card front.  Then I set the rose piece in place using Dimensionals. I added the bird and the words using Dimensionals.  

I took the Wink of Stella pen and colored over the flowers and the birds belly.  After that was dry, I added pearls to the flowers and then around the card.  I added one on top of the "Happy Birthday" and three below it.  

Even with all the pieces on this card, it went together pretty fast. I did have fun making it and I do like how it turned out!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Petal Palate, You're Inspiring, Birthday Card, 2018 Occasions Catalog

I am really loving this "Petals Palate" set.  I LOVE these flowers and there's a die that goes along with them!!!  NO fussy cutting.  Color me happy!!! LOL   

This card was very easy and quick to make. 

The base is a folded half-sheet of Crumb Cake card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Pink Pirouette. And the Whisper White piece was cut 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  I embossed it with the "Petal Pair" Textured Impressions embossing folder.  I should try out the flower one in the pack one of these days!!

I like using the textured embossing folder on the smaller piece instead of just on a card front like I did on a card a few days ago.  You can see that card here.  It seemed to make the front of the card feel weak.

I had die cut the branch using the dies from the "Petal Palate" bundle.  After die cutting the flower piece, I colored it using the Pink Pirouette and Old Olive Blends markers.  They make coloring so quick and easy.  You just scribble!!!  I'm extremely good at scribbling!!  Once the coloring was done I taped some pieces of the Crumb Cake branch to the back.  I added Dimensionals. I made sure they Dimensionals covered the branch pieces.  I also added some loops of linen thread to the back of the flower piece.  I removed the protective tape from the Dimensionals and I set the flower piece in place.

The words are from the "You're Inspiring" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink.  I added some Wink of Stella to the flowers and that was it.  A very quick and fun card to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today, 
Wanda

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Birthday Delivery, Birthday Card

What on earth was I thinking??? LOL  I found this fun card on Pinterest.  I thought it would be fun to do. I was assuming that most of the stuff was die cut.  The only thing on the original card that was die cut was the girl.  I picked a different cake so I could die cut it.  I didn't have it in me to cut out another piece!!! Don't get me wrong, I do like the card, I just would NEVER make another one due to all the fussy cutting.

I had to fussy cut the 3 packages, the party hat and the balloon.  Once I got those cut, I die cut the girl and the cake.

I stamped the words from the "Birthday Delivery" set  using Night of Navy ink.

I took a 5" x 2-1/2" piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the words on using Sahara Sand ink.  I used the stitched oval to cut them out and a scalloped oval that was large enough to make a layer behind the work oval. That oval was cut using Crumb Cake card stock.  I put Dimensionals on the back and I taped a piece of ribbon behind the ovals (I trimmed the ends after I was done assembling the card).

The piece behind it is from the "Birthday Memories" Decorative Series Paper (DSP) 12" x 12" pack that I cut 4-1/4" x 3-1/2".  The other items I fussy cut out were from this same DSP pack.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Crumb Cake card stock. On top of that I taped the DSP piece on top.  Then the Whisper White sheet.  I set the cake in place using Dimensionals.  And then the little girl was set in place with Dimensionals.  I added a small Dimensional to the hat and placed it on the girls head.  The packages were taped down. I did have to lift the corner of the cake to add the blue package.  I decided to add the balloon. I fussy cut it out and set it in place using a Dimensional.  I tied a piece of Baker's Twine to the balloon.  I had taken my scissors and curled the twine, just like you do with curling ribbon but you don't open the scissors. I did add a dot of glue to the knot and a dot to the DSP to hold that circular curl in place.  Putting it together was fun but not so much the fussy cutting.  I do like the card and it will be fun to give it to someone special for their birthday!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, April 02, 2018

Petal Palate, Daisy Delight, 2018 Occasions Catalog

I just couldn't help but play with the "Petal Palate" stamp set and dies today.  It's snowing here in central Minnesota and the poor robins have landed!!!  So I was thinking spring and wanted to play with this set.

This card has a lot of things going on.  First the background of the 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Crumb Cake was textured using the "Seaside" embossing folder.

I cut a piece of cardboard off the box my stamps were delivered in and ripped back the top layer, exposing the ribbing inside.  I stamped VersaMark on the ribbing and embossed it with white and heat set it.  I had cut that strip 1-1/2" x 3-1/2".  

I stamped two flowers from the "Daisy Delight" set using Crumb Cake ink. I colored them in using the Crushed Curry marker and a blender pen. I taped the two pieces together and set them aside.

I die cut some leaves and stems from the "Petal Palate" set using Soft Suede, Whisper White and Pear Pizzazz card stock.  I also punched out 3 sets of leaves using the "Leaf Punch" found in the 2018 Occasions Catalog.  I punched them out using Pear Pizzazz card stock and sponged the edges using Pear Pizzazz ink.

I stamped the bird using Soft Suede ink. I colored in the belly using the Cajun Craze marker and a blender pen. I also colored in the top part of the bird using the Crumb Cake maker and a blender pen.

To assemble, I took a folded half sheet of Pear Pizzazz card stock and used that for the base of the card.  Then I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Crushed Curry and the embossed Crumb Cake piece went on top of that.

Next I taped the cardboard piece in place and added the flower to it and then began filling in around the flower with the other elements I had punched and die cut out.  I added 3 pieces of the tiny gold sequin mini trim, I glued them in place.  I added a gold/amber tone Faceted Gem to the center of the daisy.  I colored some rhinestones using the bronze "Blends" marker.  I placed them around the card.  

I added Dimensionals to the bird, I double stacked them on the tail because of the front part of the bird being on the flower it made the tail stick more flat to the card front.  Added the doubled Dimensional made the tail stand more level.

I wasn't sure what occasion I was going to use this for, so I just left it as it is.  I could add some small wording at the top above the cardboard piece where it looks open or at the bottom right where it is more open.  Or I could just leave it as it is!!

I do like how this card turned out. Once in a while I like to make cards with lots of pieces but most of the time lately I have been leaning towards the quicker easier cards. I LOVE it when I have some time to be creative. So this is from my little mind and it can actually be creative when I have some time to spare!!  LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Petal Palette, Beautiful Bouquet, Birthday Card

While looking around Pinterest I found this beautiful card to make.  I just couldn't help myself, I thought it was just too darn pretty to pass up.

It's a pretty easy card to make too.

I took a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock and I embossed the left side with the new "Petal Pair" embossing folders.  They are only about 2-1/4" wide and there's two styles in the pack. I set that aside while I die cut the other things out.

I die cut the lacy looking border piece on the left of the focal piece. I die cut the large leafy branch and then the little flower in the corner. I die cut them all of Whisper White card stock.

I stamped the flowers and die cut them out. I colored them using markers and a blender pen.  I used Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive.  

The words are from the "Beautiful Bouquet" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink. I die cut the with a scalloped die but I wasn't paying attention. I wanted to cut them with a smooth die.  But it still looks nice. I taped those two layers together. 

I cut a piece of Pool Party card stock 4-1/2" x 3-1/2".  Before I taped on the 4-3/8" x 3-3/8" piece of Whisper White, I die cut the scalloped oval.  I then taped the Whisper White piece in place and began to assemble the card.

I added Dimensionals to the back of the Pool Party piece.  Then I glued the lacy looking piece to the left of the card, leaving about 1/4" on the side and nothing at the top.  I taped the branch where it hides under the wording.  You will have to eye it but it's easy to do and you really can't ruin this card.  I added Dimensionals to the roses and set them in place on the bottom left of the card. I added some Dimensionals to the word piece. Where it covers the roses I added snail tape.  I slipped the tiny flower piece under the oval and that was it!  It looks a lot harder than it is. It just has a lot of pieces, that's all.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda