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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Varied Vases, Thank You Card, Stampin' Up! 2018-2019 Catalog

Here is a card I copied from Terri's sample board at her last Stamping Extravaganza in Brooklyn Park.  That was a fun time. There were lots of demos of new products from the catalog.  

This was a fun and easy card to make.  The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of So Saffron card stock. On top of that is a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Basic Black. And the Whisper White piece was cut 3-3/4" x 5".  The flower strip is from the "Share What You Love" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP).  You can't see it in the photo, but the small flowers have a very pretty shimmer to them.  That piece was cut 5" x 1-1/2".  

On the Whisper White piece I scored it every 3/8".  I taped the strip in place and then added a piece of the burlap ribbon.  It would have been a little longer but I cut the angle wrong. I wanted it cut like in the photo but my first cut was the same as the other end. I could have used it but it wasn't what I wanted, so it's now short, which isn't what I wanted either!!! LOL  *laughs and rolls eyes while shaking head*

The flower was stamped on a piece of So Saffron card stock. It was stamped 3 times and it was fussy cut. UGH!  But it was the only thing I had to fussy cut so it was okay.  I stamped the vase from the "Varied Vases" set using black Memento ink.  I die cut it with the stitched oval and then I stamped th words. You can stamp the words first and then die cut, it really doesn't matter, just get them close to the bottom of the vase. I added a scalloped oval layer behind it and set it in place using Dimensionals. I set the flowers in place using Dimensionals as well.  I added tiny pearls to the center of each flower.  I remembered this time!!!  I took a piece of linen thread and tied a bow and glued it in place.  And that was it. Pretty quick and simple.  This is not one of the colors I would normally use, but I do like it.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, June 29, 2018

Varied Vases, Birthday Card, 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I found this fun card on Pinterest.  I did change the color and the wording. Not because I didn't like the original, it was because I didn't have what I needed to make it.  Meaning, I had borrowed the punch and stamped a few images and returned the punch. So I'm working with the punched images I have.  Plus it doesn't hurt to see that the card works well in other colors too!

The base of my card is the new Gorgeous Grape. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Highland Heather.  And the Whisper White piece is cut 3-3/4" x 5".

I took one of the new "Pearlized Doilies" and colored the back side of it with the Highland Heather marker. I only colored the first two rounds and then the lines that go towards the center. I didn't color in the whole doily, there was no need to, the rest of it is hidden.  Don't waste your time!  I set it aside to try.

Then I die cut a Gorgeous Grape circle. It measures about 2-1/8".  And next I stamped the flower using Gorgeous Grape ink. I used the Highland Heather and the petals image to color in all the petals at once. I LOVE the clear stamps because I was able to stamp that part and get it where it needs to go.  No guessing at all there!

I stamped the words from the same set using Gorgeous Grape onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  Isn't the font there sweet? I cut that strip 2-1/8" x 1/2".  I cut a piece of Gorgeous Grape 2-3/8" x 3/4".  I snipped one end to give a ribbon look. I did this for both the Whisper White and the Gorgeous Grape piece.

Now to assemble.  I taped the Highland Heather down first.  Then I taped the doily in place. I tied a ribbon around the Whisper White piece.  Then I taped the flower image to the Gorgeous Grape circle. I set that in place with Dimensionals. I added a Dimensional to the back of the vase piece and set that in place.  I set the words in place with Dimensionals and that was it.  It was a pretty easy card to make. I was going to add some tiny pearls to the center of each flower but I forgot to do it and too the photo. I have been having issues with my phone sending out emails so I won't be correcting that for you. Just imagine little tiny pearls in the center of each flower.  Better yet, add them to the card you are going to make!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Petal Palette, Thank You Card

Today I was going to copy a card right out of the 2018-2019 catalog but I switched gears part way though.  The original card can be found on page 119. I don't usually copy anything from the catalog because I don't usually look at the catalog for ideas, I'm often found on the net.  

This card was pretty simple to do.  The base of the card is the new Balmy Blue, a half sheet that was folded in half. This card opens on the right.

I stamped the large leaf from the set using Balmy Blue ink. Then I stamped the leaf more towards the center but I didn't ink it again. Then I took the dotted image from the same "Petal Palette" set and I stamped off once and stamped on the right edge. I also stamped below it, parallel to the bottom of the card but the word piece hides most of it. I continued to stamp the dotted piece (stamping off first) three more times in a fan or angled formation.  Click on the photo for a closer view.  

I die cut the leaves using the new Soft Sea Foam green color. I used glue dots to hold it in place at the bottom and I cut a glue dot in half and used it on a couple of the larger leaves to make the top part stick a little more.  I die cut the lacy looking image using the Dazzling Diamonds (or whatever it is called) card stock. I used a sticky sheet behind it so it became a sticker. It makes it easier to affix to the card front.

I stamped the words using Smoky Slate ink and I die cut them with the fun label die in the bundle.  I stamped the bird using Smoky Slate as well. I colored it with the Balmy Blue marker and a Blender Pen. I also used a little Soft Suede to color in the face/head.  I set the bird and the words in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  It was pretty easy but nothing like the catalog sample!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Wood Textures Decorative Series Paper, Masculine Birthday Card

I thought it was time for a masculine card. I don't make them very often and I should make them more often.  I found this fun card on Pinterest and I thought it would be fun to try.  There are no instructions for measurements and I'm pretty sure I cut the pieces too small but the card turned out fine so I'm not going to complain. But if you want to make it more like the original card, try adding 1/8" to two sides of the rectangle pieces.  

So my version of this card is as follows.  The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Early Expresso card stock.  This card opens on the fright side.

On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Sahara Sand card stock. 

I cut the wood pieces from the "Wood Textures" Decorative Series Paper (DSP).  They measured 2" x 1-3/8".  The Early Espresso Layers behind them were cut 2-1/4" x 1-5/8".  

The word square was cut 2" x 2" and the Early Espresso layer was cut 2-1/4" x 2-1/4".  The words are from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink. I set that piece in place using Dimensionals.  All of the other pieces were taped in place.

This was a fun card to make and very masculine!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Bokeh Dots, Dragonfly Dreams, Better Together, Sympathy Card

Today's card features the "Bokeh Dots" stamp set.  There is the "Bokeh" technique but I have only tried it once.  When I saw that there was a stamp all ready to make the dots for you, I was all for it.  The stamp is a bit tricky to work with.  You really need a fairly dry stamp pad to get the ink to go on nicely.  My Balmy Blue ink pad is brand new and very wet. I even tried stamping off once. I got better detail but one end was just too light.  Oh and you REALLY need the new Chamois stamp cleaner. Any little thing left behind from your stamp scrubber, baby wipes or towel will stick to this image.  Plus the new Chamois cleans your stamps really well and they are not wet like they are with the stamp and scrub thing. You rinse out the Chamois when you are done and let it dry out. It feels like egg carton material when it's dry.  I LOVE using it to clean my stamps.

Anyway, back to my card.  I ended up keeping the image that has a bit too much ink on the stamp. I covered the worst parts with the dragonfly.  I stamped the "Bokeh" image using Balmy Blue ink. I trimmed the edges and then I added a 2-1/4" x 3-3/8" piece of Balmy Blue card stock.  I set that piece in place using Dimensionals.  

The words are from the "Better Together" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink.  

I die cut the dragonfly from the "Dragonfly Dreams, Detailed Dragonfly" thinlits dies.  I set him in place with pieces of Dimensional at the thickest part of the body.  And that was it.  If I hadn't struggled so much with the "Bokeh" piece the card would have been a super breeze and done in under 10 minutes!  Let me know if you have any tricks for getting that image to stamp better.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, June 25, 2018

Wonderful Moments, For the Bride Card, 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Today I thought I would make a pretty bridal card.  I bought the new "Wonderful Moments" stamp set and had not used it yet.  There's two more images in the set plus LOTS of words, dots, a package and some balloons.  One of the women is standing with her back to us and an arm extended to hold a package or the balloons or a bouquet of flowers. The other woman is pregnant. I can't wait to play with that one the next time I take that set out.

But for today's card I opted to make it a bridal card.  I used the "Delicate Lace" edgelets dies again. I think it creates such a pretty border/edge.

The base of my car is a folded half-sheet of Smoky Slate. On top of that is a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Whisper White that I die cut and then stamped on.  I stamped the image using Smoky Slate ink.  I also stamped the words using Smoky Slate ink and I layered them using Smoky Slate card stock.  I wrapped white Baker's Twine about five times around the end of the edgelets and I tied a bow about 1/4th up from the bottom of the card. I added a glue dot to the back of the twine to keep it in place. I also added a small one behind the bow to hold it in place in the front.

I taped the Whisper White die cut piece on the Smoky Slate card base. I did add some snail to the solid areas of the lacy part to help keep that in place.

I colored the woman in using the Petal Pink marker and a blender pen. I used the Soft Suede marker and a blender pen for the hair. I also colored in the flowers using Petal Pink and Pear Pizzazz markers. I didn't use a blender pen on the flowers.  

I set the words in place with a Dimensional and the card was done.

I do like how this card turned out.  Too bad the set doesn't have a groom with it.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Love What You Do, Thank You Card, 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I just HAD to have this pretty "Delicate Lace" edglits dies.  I have had them for a couple of weeks now and have not played with them.  There's three designs in the package. This is the largest one. I think this would be pretty on a wedding or anniversary card too.

I found a fun sample on Pinterest and I thought I would give it a try. What did I have to lose, right?  I did change it a little.  I used black Memento ink for the image and the words instead of Flirty Flamingo.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Flirty Flamingo card stock. This card opens at the bottom.  I cut a 2-1/8" x 5-1/2" piece of Vellum and taped it on the bottom edge (of the Vellum) to the top part of the card base. You don't want the tape to show so the tape is on the opposite edge. Does that make sense?  If you would tape the Vellum to the top edge of the card where the fold is you would be able to see the tape, so you tape it at the other end and leave the top loose.

Next I took a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Whisper White card stock and die cut the edge. 

I stamped the flowers and the words from the "Love What You Do" set. I used black Memento ink for that.  I used the Flirty Flamingo marker to color in the flowers. I don't have the Blends yet, so I just colored with the marker. I colored over the center part and it got a little darker. It worked out fine!!  I tied a ribbon around the card and knotted it. I added a glue dot behind the knot to hold the ribbon in place.  I'm not sure if the ribbon is current but it's what I used. 

This was a very quick and simple card to make.  Like I said, this would be a very pretty wedding or anniversary card too!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Petal Palette, Wedding Card, Anniversary Card

Today I attended Terri's Stamping Extravaganza. I got to see a lot of the new products in the catalog being demonstrated or samples shown. It lets you see things upfront and close to know if you really want to buy them. 

And that brings me to why you are seeing this card.  There is a card contest and this is the card I am entering.  It was very easy to make and I will tell you how I did it so you can whip up a few for upcoming weddings and or anniversaries.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  This card opens on the right.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.

I textured a piece of Whisper White card stock using one of the embossing folders from the "Petal Pair" pack.  I cut a square from for my card.  I took the front piece and die cut a circle in it. It's a little off to the left.  I also took that circle and one that is a little larger and die cut a ring to go around that circle. I used the glitter paper for the ring.  I also used that glitter paper for the flowers, I cut two and the lacy bar.  The bird was stamped on Whisper White card stock using black Memento ink and so were the words.  The fun tag that the words are on are from the same "Petal Palette" set.  Once I got everything die cut I colored the bird. I used Balmy Blue and a blender pen for the belly of the bird. I used Soft Suede and a blender pen for the wing and face of the bird.  And now I was ready to assemble the card.

I glued the ring to the circle opening.  I added the flowers using glue on the parts that would be touching the card stock. I had poured some white glue on a piece of plastic, (I used Aleen's Tacky Glue) and I just touched the pieces to the glue. It made it easier than trying to actually put glue on the spots I needed it to be on.  I pressed those pieces in place.  The lacy piece was actually die cut with the double sided sticky paper so it was just a peel and stick thing. After setting that in place I added the bird using the small Dimensionals.  I added the words with the original size Dimensionals.  Then I added the embossed piece to the back of the circle. I used Dimensionals to set it in place.  Then I added Dimensionals to the back of the front panel and affixed it to the card base.  It's a pretty quick and easy card to make, plus I thought it was very pretty.  I had found it on the net but I couldn't find where, so if you know who made this card, please let me know so I can give them credit and a link back to their blog.

After making this card and seeing how easy and quick it was, I do want to make a few to have on hand.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, June 22, 2018

Varied Vases, Itty Bitty Greetings, Birthday Card, 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Today's card looked SO much prettier in my head than it does on paper.  Maybe I need to try it in a different color or maybe I need to just walk away from the whole idea!!!  LOL

I used the "Varied Vases" set and the matching punch. I stamped the vase using Smoky Slate ink. I think the Gray Granite would look better but I forgot to order that color! DUH!  I tried stamping off but Smoky Slate was just too light so I went full strength.

I stamped the flowers and colored them in with the Real Red marker. I added a pearl to the center of each flower. The tiniest pearl for the turned flower and the next size for the higher flower.

I set the vase on the card front to see where I needed to stamp the ledge piece from the "Varied Vases" set. I used Post it notes on either side  because I didn't want the whole long border. I stamped that using Smoky Slate ink. I colored it in with the Balmy Blue marker.

The words are from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set. I stamped those using black Memento ink.

I set the vase in place with Dimensionals and I added some pearls to fancy it up a bit.  It needed all the help it could get.  I added some Wink of Stella to the flowers too, but it doesn't show up on the photo.

It was a fun card to make and if I were to try to attempt this again there's a few things I would try. I think the vase might look better in vellum. I would stamp the entire stems so it shows through the vase and I would color part of the vase with Balmy Blue so it would look like water in the vase.  

So to make my card I used a folded half-sheet of Smoky Slate card stock. It was cut in half on the 8-1/2" side.  This card opens from the bottom. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Balmy Blue. And the focal piece is 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  It's a quick and easy card to make and I think it would be pretty with the right combo of colors!!

Thank you SO much for tolerating my kerfuffle!!!
Wanda

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Varied Vases, Thank You Card, Garden Trellis, 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Here's another card using the "Varied Vases."  It's much like  yesterday's card but I used the "Garden Trellis" embossing folder instead of the "Layered Leaves" one.  I like them both.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. This card opens from the left.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White that was textured with the "Garden Trellis" embossing folder.  I taped it in place on the card base. On the one yesterday, that piece was set in place with Dimensionals.  That's what I was planning on doing but I grabbed my tape and by the time I was done it dawned on me that I wanted to set it in place with Dimensionals.  Now I could have gotten my Embossing Buddy or baby powder and rub it across the back to make the tape no longer sticky but I just left it as it is.

On top of the embossed piece is a 3-1/8" x 4-1/8" piece of Basic Black card stock. And on top of that is a 3" x 4" piece of the "Share What You Love" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP).

I die cut a Basic Black scalloped oval and I die cut a Whisper White oval.  I stamped the flower images using Pear Pizzazz ink.  The vase was stamped using Rich Razzleberry ink. I punched it out (along with the other two vases, leaf and tulip on the punch, I will save them for a later date!).  I set the vase in place using small Dimensionals.

The words are from the "Varied Vases" set and I stamped them using black Memento ink. I die cut them with the smallest oval and I die cut the smallest scalloped oval.  And once again I didn't die cut the small black oval from the larger one to save paper because I forgot.   I taped the top part of the words and added a Dimensional to the bottom part and the card was done.  I LOVE this new SDSP and the "Varied Vases" stamp set together!!! 

This was a very fun card to make and I do like it. 

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Varied Vases, Beautiful Bouquet, Birthday Card

This was a very fun card to make. I borrowed Terri's "Vase Builder" punch.  Psssst.  Take a look at Terri's blog, she has  a lot of fun things on it!!! But come back here to see how I made this card.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  This card is cut in half on the 8-1/2" side. It opens from the bottom.

On top of the base is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White that was textured using the "Layered Leaves" embossing folder.  On top of that is a 3-1/8" x 4-1/8" piece of Basic Black card stock. On top of that is a 3" x 4" piece of the "Share What You Love" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP).  

I stamped the flower stems on a piece of Whisper White card stock and then die cut with the 2-1/2" oval die, or somewhere close to that.  And I die cut a Basic Black scalloped oval for the layer behind the flower oval.

I stamped the vase and punched it out. I will give you a tip on that punching later in this post.

The words are from the "Beautiful Bouquet" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink. I die cut them with the smallest die cut in the set. I also die cut a small scalloped layer for the words. 

To assemble my card I used Dimensionals to set the 4" x 5-1/4" embossed Whisper White piece. I taped the black and the SDSP piece directly to the embossed layer.  I also taped the oval layers directly to the SDSP.  I used a couple of Dimensionals on the vase. And I used Dimensionals to add the words. I colored the vase in with Wink of Stella to give it a little bit of a sparkle.  

Now the tip you've been anxiously waiting for.  Punching out just one item with your punch can ruin your punch.  Take a piece of card stock and punch out all of the images.  Then put your stamped in the opening of the punched items.  Set a clear block on top and you can stamp all at one time and punch at one time.  I took my blender pen and removed the Pool Party ink from the flower and colored it in with a Real Red marker so I can use that tulip at another time.  And I can use those other vases at another time too.  And I know that my punch is punching level and will last for quite a while. So, there's your tip. It's great words of wisdom so you don't ruin your punch. I did have a punch ruined because I was punching just one item from it.  Punches are not cheap, so take care of them!!  (Yes mom!!!  LOL)

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Beautiful Bouquet, Love What You Do, Birthday Card, Fold Technique

Today I found a very fun fold card technique.  You can see the original card and the instructions for it here, just in case I miss something while I try to explain it to you.

You begin with a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" piece of card stock for the base.  One video I saw said to cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock for the back of the card where you can write on. I don't like that idea, there is plenty of room to write on the inside.

On top of the card base I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock. Oh, the base of my card is Soft Sea Foam.
And on top of that is a 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" piece of Soft Sea Foam.  You can wait to add that piece if you want. I waited until I was done with the Whisper White folded piece. It was just easier for me to line it up.  But either way works.

Next I cut the Whisper White piece 4-1/4" x 11".  You will be able to make two cards from one sheet of Whisper White card stock. Once it's cut you will need to score it on the long side at 1-1/2", 3", 5-1/2" and 8". Then you will fold them beginning with the 1-1/2" score, mountain then valley, then mountain and the last fold is valley.

Now you will want to stamp your images or words before adding the decorative papers.

The decorative papers are from the "Subtles" 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. There's 40 sheets of fun in those packs.  I used three different designs of the DSP.  The large dotted DSP on the front was cut 4" x 1-1/4".  The stripped DSP was cut 4" x 2-1/4" and the larger piece with tiny dots all over is measured 4" x 2-3/4". 

The words on the front of my card are from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set. The words "forever young" on the inside are from the same set.  The flowers on the inside panel are from the "Love What You Do'' set. And the flowers on the front were stamped and die cut from the "Beautiful Bouquet" set.

I colored the flowers using the Merry Merlot marker. I stamped the flowers on the front using the Merry Merlot ink pad.  I die cut them and set them on the front using tiny Dimensionals. I added a pearl to the center of each flower.  

The Happy Birthday" from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set was stamped using black Memento ink. I die cut it with the 1-7/8" x 1-7/8" square die. And the layer was cut with the scalloped square die and Pear Pizzazz card stock.  Once this Whisper White piece is all folded, stamped and decorated then it was taped to the Soft Sea Foam piece of card stock.  The words on the front were added last.

I hope I explained this well enough for you. You can always refer to the video for more help.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, June 18, 2018

Sweet Baby, Cable Knit Texture, Baby Girl Card

I am in need of a baby girl card so I thought I would play with the new "Sweet Baby" set.  I wasn't sure where I was going to go with it. I surfed the net to see what I could find to copy or for inspiration but there isn't much out there yet.  So I had to make up something myself.  UGH!!! And this is what I came up with.  It was actually pretty simple.

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 Powder Pink card stock.  I didn't cut it to size until after I had textured it.  There could be some shrinkage with these types of folders. I did mist the paper before I embossed it so it wouldn't crush or rip the card stock.

I stamped the baby, words and bottle on a piece of Whisper White card stock. I die cut the bottle with the bottle die that is in the bundle when you buy the set and dies together.  The baby and words were cut with oval dies.  I also cut 2 scalloped dies using Daffodil Delight card stock for the layers.  I colored the baby with markers and a blender pen.  I taped the layers together and I set the ovals in place using Dimensionals.  I glued the bottle in place.  The inside reads"Cute and cuddly, soft and sweet ~ someone to make your life complete."  Those words came with the "Sweet Baby" set.  And the card is ready to go!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Varied Vases, Birthday Card, 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I found this fun card on Pinerest.  What caught my eye was that fun colorful dotted background paper.  Oh and I actually have it!!!  It's from the "Share What You Love" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP).  The ohter side of this paper is pretty too, it's got some pretty peachy looking flowers and some shimmer!! The shimmer is why it's called SDSP.

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 Basic Black card stock.  And on top of that is a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of the SDSP.

Next I stamped the vase from the "Varied Vases" set on a piece of scrap card stock using Mint Macaron ink.

On a separate piece of Whisper White card stock I stamped the flower stems using Mint Macaron.  Then I stamped the flowers using Daffodil Delight and then I stamped the leaves. I also used the fun solid images to fill in the flowers and the leaves.  The flowers I didn't stamp off but the leaves I did.  Looking back I think I would have used Crushed Curry for the outline of the flowers and still use the Daffodil Delight for the colored part. I colored the flowers with Wink of Stella to add some shimmer.

I die cut the flower piece with the Stitched Oval dies. I die cut a large oval scallop using Basic Black  card stock. And no, I didn't cut it from the layer behind the SDSP, it slipped my mind.  Oh well!!  I taped the ovals together. I added some pearls the the flowers and then I set the vase in place using a few Dimensional pieces.  I added some pearls to the vase. I thought it could use a little something.  

I set the oval in place using Dimensionals.  I stamped the words using black Memento ink on Whisper White card stock. I punched them out with the Classic Labels punch. I set them in place with Dimensionals.  And that was it.  Don't you just LOVE that dotted background?  It's so colorful and festive looking.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Healing Hugs, Special Celebration, Congratulations Card

Here's a quick and fun card to play with!  I think the "Healing Hugs" set is a lot like the "Heartfelt Blooms" Sale-a-Bration set that was available earlier this year. You just ink it up and the image is designed to give you all of that beautiful depth!  

So, for the base of my card I used a folded half-sheet of Rich Razzleberry card stock.  This card opens at the bottom.  On top of that I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Rich Razzleberry and used the new "Tuffted" embossing folder.  I did mist my card stock before I embossed it. I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out and I wanted to make sure it didn't ruin my card stock.  I set it aside to dry.

I stamped the flower from the "Healing Hugs" on Whisper White card stock. I die cut it with a stitched circle.  Then I die cut a scalloped circle using Daffodil Delight card stock.  I stamped the leaves using Old Olive ink and fussy cut them out.  It wasn't bad, they are together so you just cut around the outer edge, it was pretty quick and simple. 

The words are from the "Special Celebrations" set and I stamped them using black Memento ink.  The piece I stamped them on 2-3/4" x 3/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.

To assemble my card I added Dimensionals to the embossed piece and set them in place on the card base.  I taped the circle layers together and added that to the card front using Dimensionals.  The words were also added with Dimensionals.  I slipped the leaves in between the two circles and that was it.

I thought it was a pretty quick card to make.  I just had to play with that "Tuffted" folder. It reminds me of a satin pillow (but not in Rich Razzleberry!!! LOL).

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, June 15, 2018

Love What You Do, Itty Bitty Greetings, Birthday Card

Today's card was a super quick and easy card to do.  Now I am saying easy because I used the Blends Markers for coloring the flowers. All you do is color first with the lighter color and then add some color from the darker one. Here I added it to the bottom part of the flower. And that is it!!! You can also do this with a blender pen but the paper only allows you to color over the same area a few times and then it starts to pill.  You know, those little bits of paper that start to roll in little balls on your work, or I should say, overworked work!  Alcohol markers do not do that. They bleed through so be careful what is behind the piece you are coloring.

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 Whisper White card stock.

I cut a 5" x 2-1/4" piece of Mossy Meadow card stock and on top of that I taped a piece of the new "Share What You  Love" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP). I taped those layers in place on the 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock. Then I cut a 3-1/2" x 2-1/4" piece of Mossy Meadow card stock and the Whisper White layer on top of that was cut 3-1/4" x 2". I stamped the image and colored the flowers using the Rich Razzleberry Blends markers. I set that piece in place using Dimensionals.  

The words are from the new "Itty Bitty Greetings" set.  I stamped them using black Memento ink.  That is the same ink I used on the flowers.  And that was it. The SDSP pretty much carries the background of the card and the flowers on the focal piece were just enough to make the card elegant looking.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Love What You Do, Thank You Card

Playing again with the new stuff!!!  I will try not to play with one set too long, even though it's a lot of fun. I have to remember that I can always come back to the set in the near future!

The "Love What You Do" set is very fun to play with. I found a card on Pinterest that used the shaded background image and I thought it was a very fun look. So, why not give it a try and see if it's as easy as it looks.  It is!

The base of my card is a folded half piece of Powder Pink card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.

I stamped the background image using Powder Pink ink.  I stamped the flowers and the words using Fresh Fig ink. I don't think I've ever used that ink since I bought it.  I don't use the in colors much. In fact, this time I didn't buy and of the in colors.  It's such a big expense and with the newly changed color lineup, it just wasn't in the budget.  Anyway, after I stamped the flowers and words, I used the fun small shadow type stamp in the set.  It's the smallest one. I stamped it using Petal Pink ink. I didn't think it looked dark enough so I stamped it again so it was nice and dark.  I had tried to stamp off on the large background image but it was WAY too light.  But I managed to get the flower petals to have some color and I think it's a very pretty card.

This was a super easy and quick card to make. I am having fun with this new set.  There's lots more stuff in it to play with!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Love What You Do, Itty Bitty Greetings, Sympathy Card, 2018 Stampin' Up! Catalog

New stuff!!!!  YAY. My order came yesterday and I'm now playing with some new stuff.  

This card was made using the "Love What You Do" and the "Itty Bitty Greetings" stamp set.  I used the "Share What You Love" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP). The specialty in this paper is the shimmer on the flowers. It doesn't show up on the photo, but in real life it's very pretty.

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 Rich Razzleberry that was textured using the "Garden Trellis" embossing folder.

I taped a 1-3/4" x 5-1/4" strip of the SDSP on the left side.

I stamped the flower image from the "Love What You Do" set using black Memento ink on Whisper White card stock. I die cut it with an oval die. I die cut a Tranquil Tide scalloped oval to layer it. I set those layers in place with Dimensionals. I colored the flower in using the Rich Razzleberry Blends markers.  I LOVE those markers.  They make coloring SO easy and so pretty!!

I stamped the words from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set using Whisper White card stock and black Memento ink. I punched them out with the "Classic Label" punch. I also punched out two of Tranquil tied and layered them behind the words. I set the words in place with a Dimensional on the right side and snail tape on the left.  And that was it.  A pretty quick and simple card to make.

This was a very fun card to make and a good start to playing with my new stuff!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Dragonfly Dreams, You're Inspiring, Detailed Dragonflies, Birthday Card

Today's card was a fun and easy one to make. I found a card on Pinterest and I changed it up a little.

I'm not sure of the colors in the original card, but I am thinking the card base there was Tip Top Taupe. I used a folded half-sheet of Soft Suede. I cut my card stock in half on the 8-1/2" side. This card is folded at the top and opens at the bottom.

On top of the card base is a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Bermuda Bay.  The focal piece is Whisper White and was cut 3-3/4" x 5".

The "Dragonfly Dreams" bundle was used here. When I say bundle it means the stamp set and dies that match. The dies are actually called "Detailed Dragonflies" I die cut the dragonfly grouping using Bermuda Bay card stock. I colored it with Wink of Stella and set it aside.

On the Whisper White piece I stamped the bubbles from the "You're Inspiring" set. I used Crumb Cake ink and Bermuda Bay ink. The original card used the dotted images from the "Dragonfly Dreams" set. I thought the dragonflies got lost in it. I actually stamped it with the solid dots and found I liked these lighter bubble looking dots so much better.  It gave the card a little softer look. 

The words are also from the "You're Inspiring" set. That was why I took the set out and that is where I discovered the bubbles!!!  Meant to be, right?  I stamped the words using Crumb Cake ink, though I think Soft Suede would have been better and that was what I thought I was stamping it with but no, I didn't read!!  It's okay, I just think it would look better with darker words. So I have made all the mistakes for you and now your card can be wonderful!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, June 11, 2018

Dragonfly Dreams, Timeless Textures, You're Inspiring, Birthday Card

I'm still biding my time waiting for my new stuff to arrive!!!  I found this fun card on Pinterest and I had everything to make it.  I didn't use the same colors but it's close enough for me!!!

The base of this card is a folded half sheet of Early Espresso card stock.  It's cut in half on the 8-1/2" side, so this card opens at the bottom.

On top of the card base is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Crushed Curry.

The next layer is a 4-3/4" x 3-1/4" piece of Early Espresso card stock and the focal piece is Whisper White cut 4-1/2" x 3". 

I die cut a dragonfly from the "Dragonfly Dreams" bundle. I die cut it in Early Espresso and colored over it using the Wink of Stella pen.

Now for the fun part.  I took my sponge dauber and sponged on some Crushed Curry ink. I did twist the dauber to scrub the color onto the card stock. Then I came in with some Pumpkin Pie ink and did the same thing, plus I lightly added some around the open areas.  Next I took the ferny looking image from the "Timeless Textures" set and stamped off once using Bermuda Bay ink.  And for the final bit of color, I used the dotted image from the "Timeless Textures" and Early Espresso ink stamped off twice. I just dotted it on.

The words are from the "You're Inspiring" set and I stamped them using Early Espresso ink.  And that was it!

I taped the Crushed Curry to the card base.  I taped the Whisper White piece to the Early Espresso piece and I set that on the card using Dimensionals.  I added two pieces of Dimensionals to the upper part of the dragon fly and set it in place on the card.  

I thought this was a fun card to make.  And pretty too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Touches of Texture, Thoughtful Banners, Thank You Card

While biding my time waiting for my new stuff to come, I ran across a pretty card on Pinterest.  I did change it a little but for the most part it's the same.

This was a fun and simple card to make.  The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Crumb Cake card stock.  I sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink. On top of that is 4" x 5-1/4" Early Espresso card stock. And the focal Crumb Cake part of the card is 3-3/4" x 5".  

First I stamped the flower from the "Touches of Texture" image using Crumb Cake, stamped off once.  I stamped three of them.  Then I stamped the flower branch image. I stamped directly from the ink pad.  I stamped the dragonfly right from the ink pad. Then I stamped the speckled images straight from the ink pad and once again without reinking.  

I colored the flowers with So Saffron ink and a blender pen.  I also colored the dragonfly wings with So Saffron ink.  I colored the body with Soft Suede ink.

The words are from the "Thoughtful Banners" set. I stamped the banner using Soft Suede ink and then I stamped the words.  I punched the banner out and added Dimensionals to the back.

I took a piece of the lacy ribbon and set it in place on the Crumb Cake card stock. I taped the layers together and then I set the words in place.  I even added the tiny pearls before I posted the photo. Pretty, huh?  And that was it!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda




Saturday, June 09, 2018

Petal Palette, Timeless Textures, Thank You Card

Once again I have another one of those cards that looked SO much better in my head than it did on paper.  

I wanted to make a card using the bird from the "Petal Palette" set (check). And I wanted my card cut off a little at the bottom (check).  It's the rest of the "checks" I had trouble with.

I took a half sheet of Whisper White card stock that was cut in half on the 8-1/2" side. I folded it in half and cut 1" off the bottom of the front of the card. I opened the card and used the image that looked kind of grainy and I stamped Crumb Cake ink on the card in a fan shape. I stamped that image starting at the left and I continued inking and stamping off once for a total of 6 times. Click on the photo so see that image closer.  It's the one closest to the birds back.  After looking at it I didn't think it was enough so I took the ferny looking image and stamped off twice and then I stamped it on my card for a total of 3 times.  Then I actually said "UGH"!  Which I think was short for "ugly"!!!  LOL

I got out the branch die from the "Petal Palette" bundle and die cut it using Pear Pizzazz.  I did cut off a few of the lower branches and placed them in the open areas.  But before I taped them in place I took some copper cord and wrapped it around my fingers to form some loops. The loops looked a lot nicer before they got tangled in the branches!!!  Helpful hit here. Make sure your loops are secure on the card before moving on to anything else!  I tried to fix them as much as I could.  Then I added the branches.  I set the die cut bird in place using Dimensionals.  I had colored the bird using the Pumpkin Pie and Crumb Cake Blends markers. 

The words are from the "Petal Palette" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink.  And for the final touch I used some enamel dots I had to cover up some of the Crumb Cake ink that I have no idea how it got on the card. I didn't see any on my hands but it got on the card in 2 places. So I balanced out the dots by adding more.  And there you have it, something totally different than what I had in mind!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, June 08, 2018

Touches of Textures, Flourishing Phrases, Sympathy Card

So today I thought I would try the same card as yesterday but used markers instead of gold embossing.  And I like this look too.

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

The white panel is 4-1/2" x 2-1/4".  The Flirty Flamingo piece is cut 4-5/8" x 2-3/8".  You want just a sliver of the color to show.

I stamped the flower using the "Touches of Texture" set and the words are from the "Flourishing Phrases" set. I stamped both using black Memento ink.

I colored the flowers using the Flirty Flamingo marker and I colored the leaves using the Mint Macaron marker.

I taped the two layers together and tied a ribbon around them. I added Dimensionals to the back and set the layers in place.  Super easy and such a nice sympathy card.  And once again, after seeing it on my computer screen I realized that I needed to add tiny pearls to the center of each flower.  It can go either way there. It's just as pretty without as it is with them.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Touches of Texture, Flourishing Phrases, Sympathy Card

Today I found an extremely beautiful sympathy card on Pinterest.  I am not a big fan of heat embossing. I'm not sure why. I think because it doesn't show the immediate results like ink stamping does. Plus you need to use that powder resin bag thing to avoid static and not get powder where you don't want it.  Too many steps I guess.  But I went ahead and did it anyway!!! And I'm glad I did. LOL  

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 2-1/4" x 4-3/4" piece of Whisper White. I used VersaMark to stamp the flower from the "Touches of Texture" set and the words from the "Flourishing Phrases" set.  Before I stamped it, I ran the "Embossing Buddy" across the card stock.  After stamping I sprinkled it with gold embossing powder. I heat set the powder. 

Next I cut a gold foil piece of card stock 2-3/8" x 4-7/8". I taped those layers together.  I tied them with some gold ribbon I had. Then I set the panel in place on the card using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  It was such a simple and quick card to make, plus it's SO elegant looking.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Touches of Texture, Beautiful Bouquet, Birthday Card

"Find something else" was the words in my head today when I was looking at my stamp sets and my eyes fell on the "Petite Palette" set. I've been playing with that set SO much and I still like playing with it but I need to find something else to play with until my new stuff comes. So I took out the "Touches of Texture" set and thought I would play with the pretty flowers.  

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 Pool Party card stock.  And on top of that is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock that was textured using the "Layered Leaves" embossing folder.  I didn't cut my card stock until after I textured it. Sometimes the card stock is smaller once textured.

I took a 2-1/4" x 4-1/4" piece of white card stock and stamped the flower on it. I colored the flower with Pool Party and Old Olive Blends markers. I cut a 2-3/8" x 4-3/8" piece of Pool Party card stock for the layer. Before I taped those layers together, I die cut the scalloped oval from the center.  No one will know you did that!!

I stamped the birthday greetings from the "Beautiful Bouquet" set and I die cut them with the oval die.  I taped all of the layers in this card together.  I set the flower piece in place with Dimensionals and I taped one side of the oval and added Dimensionals to the other side of the oval and it was set in place.  And that was it.  I thought this card went together quickly.  After looking at it here on the screen I decided to use Wink of Stella on the flowers and I did add little pearls to the center of the 5 flowers.  So cute!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Colorful Season, Greeting Card

I did not have time today to make a card so I am going to share a card I made at a Card Buffet last month.  If you are not familiar with what a card buffet is, well I will tell you.  First you find a seat to sit and that is your space the entire time, no moving from table to table.  Then you pick a tote that has a card that is of interest to you.  In that tote is everything you need to make that card.  All of the card stock is cut, the ink pads are in there along with the accessories needed to make that card.  So, this is one of the cards I chose.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Blush Bride card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Calypso Coral.  And on top of that is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock.

First I stamped the branched using Soft Suede ink.  Then I added the flowers using Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride.  The words are from the same "Colorful Season" set. They were stamped using Soft Suede ink. Pearls were added to the flowers and that was it.

It was a pretty simple card and very fun to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, June 04, 2018

Waterfront, Beautiful Bouquet, Masculine Birthday Card

I'm not a big fan of watercolor stamping but every now and then one needs to step outside their box.  I much prefer to stay inside my box!!! LOL

I took a piece of watercolor paper and misted it. You can run it under the faucet and shake it off.  You want the water to absorb into the paper and not puddle on top.  I set it aside while I got the "Waterfront" stamp set out and my ink pads, Pool Party, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Daffodil Delight and Smoky Slate.

I inked up the mountain with Smoky Slate and I misted it once about 6" away from the image. I stamped it on my watercolor paper.  I misted every image that I stamped on the watercolor paper. Next I stamped Old Olive on the double lined looking image.  Then I stamped the water part using Pool Party.  I used Daffodil Delight to stamp the round image for the sun. And I had stamped the trees last. I did put a post it note along the "shoreline" because I didn't want all the trunks showing.  

I die cut the image with the largest stitched oval.  I used the embossing tool to dry the image. I did leave the image in the Stitched Oval die. I turned it over a few times while I was drying it.

I die cut a Soft Suede scalloped circle for the layer.

I took the dotted image and stamped Pool Party ink on the Pool Party card stock and cut the pieces 1-1/8" x 1-1/8".  I cut the layers of Soft Suede 1-1/4" x 1-1/4".  You need three of each of these.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of white card stock. On top of that is a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Pool Party card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of white card stock.  

I taped the squares in place. I set the oval on top using Dimensionals and I stamped the words from the "Beautiful Bouquet" set using Mossy Meadow ink.  And that was it.  It was okay to do but like I said, I'm not a big fan of watercolor stamping. I like my images crisp and clean looking!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Daisy Delight, Thank You Card

Do you ever have stamp sets that you only use one or two images in the set?  Me either!!! LOL I discovered there was other images in my "Daisy Delight" set so I thought I would use them today.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Old Olive card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock. 

First I stamped the stems using Old Olive ink. Then I stamped the outline image of the flowers using Bermuda Bay ink. I stamped the solid part using Pool Party ink.  The words are from the same set so I stamped them using Old Olive ink.

I don't have any current ribbon so I took a piece of the Pool Party Shimmer ribbon.  You can substitute for whatever is current.  I am going to be using some retired ribbons in my cards just to use it up. I have too many and I need to get my stash down some.

I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the inside of the card and I stamped "... for your kindness." on the inside.  And for the final touch I added some rhinestones.  I HAD to. On the last flower, the edge of the image got some ink on it and it transferred over to the card and I had to hide it!!  Plus it did look a bit to plain.  This was a very fun card to make and very quick too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Petite Palette, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Birthday Card

As I was looking at my Pinterest feed I ran across this card and thought it would be fun to make.  Not only fun but quick and easy too!  And seriously, it was all of the above!

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Sahara Sand.  That's a color I don't hardly use at all. I think I'm still on the first package of it that I bought when it came into being!  On top of that is a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Calypso Coral.  I chose Calypso Coral because I had the Blends to go with it.  Actually mine are the Blendabilities and they are a little darker than the new Blends. I will probably replace them but for now this is what I have.  Though I do like the Blends better, they open easier.  I seem to struggle to open the Blendabilities ones.

The focal piece is a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White card stock. I textured it with the "Petal Pair" embossing folder. I started it about 1-1/2" down from the top.

Next I stamped and die cut the flowers image from the "Petal Palette" set.I also die cut the branch piece. I used the double sided sticky paper so it was a sticker.  No gluing those thin pieces for me!!! I'm SO spoiled.

I taped the layers together.  I set the branch in place.  I set the flowers on top to see where it was going to be affixed permanently.  I stuck the branch in place. I did cut off a couple small parts off the left side and moved them to where they would be seen.  You can do that after you set the flowers in place. After coloring the flowers, I added Dimensionals to the back and set them in place. 

The words are from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set.  I stamped them using black Memento ink.  I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the inside and that was it.  A very fun, quick and easy card to make!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, June 01, 2018

Painted Harvest, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Birthday Card

I had stopped playing with the "Painted Harvest" set because I really don't like to fussy cut anymore.  But tonight I was in the mood, so I grabbed that set and began to create and this is what I came up with.

The base of my card is a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock.  This piece was cut on the 8-1/2" and it opens from the bottom.  After I cut it I scored it at 5-1/2" and then used the leaf folder and embossed half the card.  Scoring and folding it first allows you to see the half way mark.

Next I die cut the square. I used the largest Stitched square  die and the 1-15/16" regular square die.  I "taped" them together using post it notes.  You can also use some Washi tape. I don't care for that method, I've had too many tear my work. I think the Big Shot squished it too tightly and the tape sticks even harder.  I just stick with the post it notes. You can use them several times, unlike the Washi tape, especially if it rips your work!

I stamped the "happy birthday" from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set using black Memento ink.  Then I punched it with the "Classic Label" punch.  I was going to cut the points off on the ends but I decided to leave them.  After I saw how it looked on the screen as I am typing this, I took the card and snipped off the right end.  The left end is hidden under the leaf.  I had set the word piece in place using glue. I glued on the back side of the stitched frame along the narrow edge, just before the stitching.  I set the words in place and I took a small piece of scotch tape and taped it together because I didn't want to wait for the glue to dry.

Then I stamped the flower. I used Bermuda Bay for my color. And I fussy cut it out!!! The leaf was stamped using Old Olive ink on Old Olive card stock. I punched it out with the leaf punch. I had made two of them.  I took some linen thread and wrapped it around my fingers and set it in place using a glue dot.  I didn't have any linen thread so I used a couple of pieces off the burlap ribbon.  Then I added Dimensionals to the bottom left corner of the frame. One at the corner and one more on either side of the corner one for a total of three Dimensionals.  I set the flower in place.  Then I took a glue dot and made sure it was only on the bottom side of the leaf stem. I slipped it under the flower and stuck it to the frame.  I repeated this for the top leaf.  And the card was done.  

Even though I had to do fussy cutting, I did have fun making this card and I do like how it turned out.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda