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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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

I finally got to play with the pretty flower die that is sold as a bundle with the "Abstract Impressions. It's called "Springtime Impressions".  

I die cut the flower piece using Bermuda Bay card stock. I used the sticky paper behind it so after die cutting it, it is now a sticker. I HATE gluing intricate things like that.  I avoid them at all costs but with the double sided sticky sheet I am now using these things a lot more and loving it! I stuck that flower image to the left side of the folded half-sheet of Bermuda Bay card stock.

Next I took a 3-3/4" x 2-1/8" piece of Whisper White and stamped the leaves/stems using Soft Sea Foam with the thickest leaves image. And I used Pear Pizzazz for the thinner leaves image.  I stamped the flowers using Bermuda Bay ink and I stamped the highlights of the flowers using Night of Navy.  I cut a Night of Navy piece 3-7/8" x 2-1/4" for the layer. I taped it to the stamped flower layer. I taped those layers to the card front.  Then I added a piece of the retired corduroy Night of Navy ribbon.

The words are from the "Love What You Do" set. I stamped them using Night of Navy ink. I die cut a scalloped oval in Night of Navy at the same time I die cut the word oval. I taped those two pieces together.  I set the oval in place on the card using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  This card was a lot quicker to make than I thought it would be.

It was a very fun card to make and I can see myself making another one.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

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

I colored in the flowers using the new Highland Heather Blends pens.  It didn't turn out muddy because the pens are alcohol based.  I'm glad it turned out pretty. I was hesitant about coloring them.  You can find the original post here and you will understand more of what I'm talking about.

Thanks for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, July 30, 2018

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

Today's card is kind of plain.  I was thinking about coloring in the flowers but when you have green in the background of your image and you add color, you could end up with mud.  I didn't want to make mud today!! Perhaps the Blends markers may work better, they won't lift the watercolor off, they are alcohol base.  I will have to think about it and if I decide to give it a try, I will post it on here!

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. The Mint Macaron is cut 5-1/8" x 3-7/8".  

The Whisper White focal piece is cut 4-1/8" x 2-7/8" and the Basic Black layer behind it is cut 4-1/4" x 4".  

I stamped the "Bokeh Dots" sparkle image using Mint Macaron ink.  My ink pad is still a bit too juicy and I don't always get a crisp image.  But this one was okay.  I added a post it note to the bottom edge of the sparkle image and stamped the flowers from the "Love What You Do" set using black Memento ink. The words are from the same set and they were also stamped using black Memento ink.

I cut a 1-1/4" x 5-1/8 strip of the dotted Mint Macaron Decorative Series Paper (DSP).  I love the DSP this year, it's not as expensive and it's not the 12" x 12" sheets.  I have yet to use a full pack of the 12" x 12" and I have yet to use up a full pack of 6" x 6" stacks from years past.  And when you only us a little strip like this, UGH, it takes forever!!! LOL   I taped that strip in place on the Mint Macaron piece of card stock. Then I taped that to the Basic Black piece and I taped those to the card base.

I added the Basic Black layer to the focal piece and I set those in place using Dimensionals.  And there you have it.  A kind of blah card.  I am thinking of using the Highland Heather Blends on the flowers and I may just do it. I'll post it if and when I do it.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Abstract Impressions, Itty Bitty Greetings, Get Well Card, 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Today I was having some fun with the "Trellis" embossing folder.  I had embossed a piece of Melon Mango and had no idea what to do with it.  The "Abstract Impressions" set we still sitting out so I thought I would stamp a flower using the Melon Mango and Pumpkin Pie ink (which were still sitting out - imagine that!!!).  After I stamped the flower I grabbed my book of Split Coast Sketches and found sketch  SC167 and thought I would work with it and this is what I ended up with. I had also added two leaves using Pear Pizzazz ink.  Almost forgot about the leaves.

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 embossed Melon Mango card stock. 

I cut two pieces of the "Share What You Love" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP).  I have not been using the special sides much!!  The special sides have a shimmer added to the flowers and other images. It's pretty but I found this side to be of interest to me for some reason.  These colors ended up making the card look more like a fall card. But that's okay, I like the colors anyway. I cut those rectangles 1-5/8" x 2-1/2".  I cut the Basic Black layers 1-3/4" x 2-5/8".  I taped those layers together and then set them in place, centered on the front using Dimensionals.

The flower was die cut with the 2-7/16" circle die and a Basic Black scallop was added. This scallop was the next size larger than the circle.  The words are from the "Itty Bitty Greetings". I stamped them using black Memento ink. I taped those two pieces together and taped the right and left side to the top of the rectangles.  And that was it.  It was a pretty quick card to make, much to my surprise since I hadn't a clue where I was going with it at first!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Healing Hug, Abstract Impressions, Get Well Card, 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

This new "Abstract Impressions" set is a very fun one to play with and you can whip up some quick and pretty cards with it too. I am on limited stamping time today and I took out this set with nothing in mind.  I took the big rose piece and then this idea popped into my head!! And this is what it looked like in my head too!!! LOL That doesn't always happen.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Daffodil Delight. On top of that is a 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" piece of Basic Black.  And the focal piece is cut 3-3/8" x 4-5/8". 

I stamped the large flowers from the "Abstract Impressions" set.  I used Highland Heather on the thickest flower image. I then stamped the flower details using the thinnest flower image. There's a third one but I didn't have three purples so I just used the two images.  I used Gorgeous Grape for the thinnest flower image. 

The yellow flower was stamped using the thickest flower and Daffodil Delight ink. I stamped the detail image using Cajun Craze ink. 

The leaves were stamped using the butterfly wings image. I used Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.

The words are from the "Healing Hugs" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink. 

I taped the Basic Black layer to the Whisper White piece and I set those two layers in place on the card front using Dimensionals.  And that was it. A super quick and easy card to make. Oh and pretty too!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Abstract Impressions, Thank You Card, 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I found a fun card on Pinterest that I just had to make. I didn't have all of the same materials used but I managed to recreate it with what I had. I did not purchase the in colors this time around. It's a huge expense (around $80) to get the in colors, ink pad, markers, card stock and ink refills so I opted to pass this time. It was a decision that I was able to make pretty easily as I looked at the prior in colors and all the card stock that was left over before it retired. I don't use them enough so I decided not to purchase them. I believe the original card was made using the new in colors.  I managed to make it without it.  So here is how I did it using the "Abstract Impressions" set:

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Daffodil Delight. The original card was made using Pineapple Punch. It's a brighter yellow. The Basic Black layer was cut 4" x 5-1/4". The Whisper White layer was cut 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".

I stamped the large flower using Calypso Coral. The original card used Grapefruit Grove. I stamped the background (thicker image) using Calypso Coral stamped off once. Then I used the thinner flower image with Calypso Coral straight from the ink pad.

The round flowers were made using Mango Melody for the thicker image and I used Pumpkin Pie for the detail image.  I don't know what colors were used on the original card.

The yellow flower was made using the thicker flower image and Daffodil Delight ink stamped off once. The detail image was stamped directly from the ink pad. 

The leaves were stamped using Granny Apple Green. I think the original card used the new Call Me Clover.  The tiny leaves on the orange flowers are the inside of the butterfly wings. How fun to use that for leaves.

I stamped the dragonfly body using black memento ink and the wings were stamped using Mango Melody ink. 

The words are from the same set. It would have been fun to have a happy birthday in that set too but I can use a thank you card too! The words were stamped using black Memento ink. They were punched out using the "Tailored Tag" punch. 

A piece of black baker's twine was tied around the card and then the words were set in place using Dimensionals.  A tip here. The twine was added and then the punched piece was set on the card to see exactly where the word piece should go. I didn't want it to cover too much of my flowers, so I found the right spot to place them.  Once they were in place I taped the Whisper White piece to the Basic Black piece. Then I taped those two layers to the card base. I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the inside of the card and that was it!

I think it's such a pretty card and I just had to make one. Even with the colors I used, I think it's such a bright and cheery color!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Abstract Impressions, Friendly Expressions, Thank You Card, 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Today's card is super simple. You don't even have to be perfect at the bottom but if you feel you need your flower line to be straight, you can mark it with tiny pencil lines and erase them when you are done with the card.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Real Red card stock. On top of that is a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Basic Black card stock. And the focal piece is cut 4" x 5-1/4".  

I stamped the leaf/blade/stem image that had the most leaves using Lemon Lime Twist ink.  Then I stamped the other leaf image using Granny Apple Green ink.

I used Real Red for the flowers. 

The words are from the "Friendly Expressions" 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 of the card and that was it. No Dimensionals, bobbles or ribbons.  A clean and simple card. Oh and a very quick one too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Dandelion Wishes, Get Well Card, 2018 - 2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I took the day off yesterday. I was visiting some friends from high school and when I got home I had a lot of things to do and couldn't squeeze in a card. It was kind of sad because I LOVE spending time in my workroom, even though it's such a mess!  And speaking of a mess, I was looking at the mess on my worktable and I saw the layered rectangle and thought I should work it into a card. 

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

The black layer is 4-1/8" x 3-1/8". The "Share What You Love" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP) was cut 4" x 3".  I tied a piece of the Whisper White sheer 1/8" ribbon around it and tied a knot. I set it in place with Dimensionals.

I also had the black scalloped oval laying on my worktable. I stamped the words from the "Dandelion Wishes" set using black Memento ink. I die cut it with an oval that went with the scalloped oval.  I taped those two pieces together. I set the oval in place using Dimensionals. I only added them to 3/4 of the oval, there's no need to cover the entire back, it's raised too high to stick to the Whisper White piece. Plus that would bend the oval!

This was a very fun and easy card to make. I wish it wouldn't have sat on my worktable for so long!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Waterfront, Perennial Birthday, Masculine birthday Card

I can't believe how horrible I am at taking photos with my camera.  I'm REALLY good with my 35 mm camera but when it comes to the camera phone. Well, you can see for yourself!!!  But you get the gist of the image and it's almost always in focus, it's just almost always crooked that's all! LOL

Oh and I'm not sure why I can't get my text to be "normal" instead of below my image.  But I'm leaving it because I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what was wrong and I give up. SO it is what it is today!

Today's card was a super fun and easy card to make. At least that went well!  LOL

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of that is a 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" piece of Soft Sued card stock.  And the Whisper White focal piece was cut 4-7/8" x 3-5/8".  

I used the "Waterfront" set to make this card. The mountain was stamped first and I used Soft Suede card stock. I stamped off once and then on the Whisper White piece.  Next I stamped the "grass" using the new Granny Apple Green.  It gives it the look of spring. I will have to try this in the fall using a darker green for the "grass" and a darker blue for the water and see if it gives the feeling of the season! And then again by the time fall rolls around I will have forgotten I was thinking of doing that!!! LOL

Okay, after I added the "grass" I stamped the trees using Garden Green. I wish I would have taken the Early Espresso marker and drawn in the trunks. It would give the trees a little more definition.  The water was stamped using the new Balmy Blue and I did stamp off once before stamping on the Whisper White.

The words are from the "Perennial Birthday" set and were stamped using Soft Suede, right from the ink pad, not stamped off.  And that was it.  I just taped the layers together and I was done!  As quick and simple as that. And it's such a wonderful masculine card. It would also make a great masculine get well card or even a Father's Day card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Itty Bitty Greetings, Sympathy, Get Well or Thinking of You Card, Flourish Thinlits

I found a card on Pinterest and I thought it would be fun to try to recreate it.  Here is my version.  It's a bit different than the original.

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

I took a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock and daubbered some daffodil delight on it. I did it kind of like five dots on a dice. I made them the size of a quarter. Next I came in with some Granny Apple Green and added it between the dots.  And then I added some Pear Pizzazz. I filled in the open areas with it.  I took a 1" circle punch and punched out three circles. I made sure each one caught some Daffodil Delight.  I set them in place with Dimensionals. I wished I had moved mine over a little more to the left though.

I die cut a leaf branch "thing" from the "Flourish Thinlits" dies using gold foil paper. I set it in place on top of the circles.

I stamped the words from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set using Pear Pizzazz ink. And that was it. It's a quick and simple card.  This would be fun to do with Christmas colors and something Christmasy on top of the circles.  Do you think I will remember that when the Christmas stamps come out? Probably not!  LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, July 20, 2018

Love What You Do, Itty Bitty Greetings, Share What You Love DSP, 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

This card is SO pretty. I LOVE these colors together. I found this card on Pinterest. It was pretty simple to make and it does have several pieces to it.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Mint Macaron. The contrasting color is Tranquil Tide.  I think that is a beautiful color and I have played with it a lot. The "Decorative Series Paper (DSP) is from the "Share What You Love". I cut that piece 1-5/8" x 5-1/8".  The Tranquil Tide Stitched Squares are die cut using the second smallest square. I cut three of them. I set them in place on the left side of the card.

I stamped the flowers from the "Love What You Do" set. They were stamped using Versa Mark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I colored the flowers in using the two Bermuda Bay Blends markers. I had colored the flowers in when I originally thought the stitched squares were Bermuda Bay. I had to do some removal on the card after realizing the color was wrong.  But I didn't want to redo the flowers and I thought they color of them blended in just fine.  I took the light Soft Sea Foam Blends and just scribbled over the entire image.  I did color over the colored images. When you do this, you want to make sure the ink is dry or it will smear.  I set that stitched oval in place using Dimensionals.

The words are from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set. I die cut them with the smallest oval die. I sponged the edges with Mint Macaron ink. I set the words in place using Dimensionals. I added a 4" x %-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the inside of the card and it was done. 

This was a fun card to make (once I figured out the colors) and I think I would still use the Bermuda Bay for the coloring of the flowers.  The other option is to use the Tranquil Tide marker or ink pad and a blender pen. I much prefer the Blends pens.  They are easy to work with and color so evenly with no lines. Oh and if you color in one spot more than a couple of times, the area will get a little darker but it won't make the paper pill. 

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sweet Baby, Itty Bitty Greetings, Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper, 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Today I'm going to share with you another card I made using the "Animal Expedition" Decorative Series Paper (DSP). 

This is a very quick and simple card to make.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Soft Sea Foam. This card opens on the right. 

The Basic Black layer is cut 4" x 5-1/4".  I didn't plan very well or I would have cut the scalloped oval from the center of that black layer. No one will ever know.  But I wasn't sure what color I was going to use for my scallop and by the time I figured out the color, I had already cut it.  I usually say next, "live and learn" but I don't learn!!! LOL  And the top piece is from the "Twinkle Twinkle" DSP. I cut that piece 3-3/4" x 5".  

I fussy cut the kangaroo from the "Animal Expedition". I fussy cut it because I didn't buy the bundle with the stamps and dies.  I couldn't justify it because it will only be available for one year, like the "Special Delivery" set was.  Now there a lesson was learned!!!  When I saw the DSP I thought I would just get that and make some cards and fussy cut the images.  SO that is what I did today.

I had die cut the largest scalloped oval using Basic Black card stock.  The Whisper White was die cut from the largest stitched oval die.  I taped those two pieces together. I added Dimensionals to the back and set it in place on the card. I then added the kangaroo using Dimensionals.

The words are from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" and I stamped them using black Memento ink.  I punched them out using the "Classic Label" punch. I set them in place with small Dimensionals.

I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the inside and stamped some words from the "Sweet Baby" set.  And that was it.  I thought it was a fun card and I didn't mind fussy cutting this kangaroo, there wasn't a lot of thin or tight turns on it!! It was pretty simple cutting.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Abstract Impressions, Get Well Card, 2019-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I found a fun and cherry card on Pinterest that I just HAD to make.  Just looking at it made me feel happy.  It's SO cheerful.  And it was a very quick and simple card to make.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  This card was cut on the 8-1/2" side at 4-1/4"  This card opens at the bottom.

I the 4th largest square scallop die and the largest stitched square die to make the focal piece.

The first thing I stamped were the words. From there I knew where to go with the leaves.

The leaves were stamped using Lemon Lime Twist first and using the leaves image that has the most leaves.  Then I used Granny Apple Green for the leaves that had the least amount in the image.  I only stamped them once on the left side and once on the right. I didn't stamp any more than that because the focal image would hide the rest.

I took the stitched square and stamped the leaves the same way. Then I took the flower image and stamped it using Crushed Curry ink.  The highlights were stamped using Mango Melody ink. That was the first time I used that color.  What a pretty color!  And that was it for the stamping.

I taped the squares together and I set it in place with Dimensionals.  And guess what?  You're done!!  And it's SO cheerful.  What a pretty get well card!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Animal Outing, Animal Expedition, Children's Birthday Card, 2018 - 2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

While not being on Pinterest, I was surfing the net and ran across a fun card that I thought I would try to make.  I found the card at Cindy Lee Bee Designs.

I said "try" to make it because all I bought was the "Animal Expedition" Decorative Series Paper (DSP).  I had bought that one set last year, the one with the cake and chef with the matching dies and the DSP that you could die cut images from.  And then it was no longer available. SO that is what I felt was going to happen with this "Animal Outing" bundle. There's lots of fun accessories to this set. The leaf ribbon and wooden frame elements.  It's all a lot of fun but it won't be in the catalog next year so I just couldn't justify buying the stamps and die bundle for $45.00 plus $11.00 for the DSP. So I thought I would just squeak by buying just the DSP and fussing cutting what I needed. There's two sheets full of fun animals to fussy cut.

I used my computer to make the words and I googled the RGB color code for the Cherry Cobbler ink.  The words are not the same font as the ones in the set but like I said, I just couldn't justify buying it.

I do like how it turned out and I think I will have a lot of fun with the other cute animals in the DSP package.  I don't care much for fussy cutting but if I'm only making one every now and then I think I will survive. 

I think this would also make a cute Valentine's Day card.  I may have to save one giraffe with the frog for February!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, July 16, 2018

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

I found a fun card on Pinterest but after I began assembling it, I didn't think it was all that fun. It's pretty but not all that fun to make.  Well, the flower part anyway. The rest was easy and fun!

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

I used the square scalloped die and a square die (not scalloped) to make the scalloped frame out of Mint Macaron card stock.  I didn't use the largest scalloped square, it was the second largest one in the package.  

The Whisper White square was cut using the same square die that was used on the inside of the Mint Macaron frame.

I stamped the vase using Smoky Slate and the "Varied Vases" stamp set.  I stamped the flowers.  I had better luck with the flowers when I punched them out using Whisper White card stock. I stamped the black tulip outline and then I stamped the flower. I used Melon Mambo on four of them and I used the image again without inking on the other four. I stamped some Mint Macaron stems on the Whisper White square.  You can't see them, so don't bother!!  I stamped some leaves using Mint Macron ink.  Then I punched out some Mint Macaron leaves and I was ready to assemble.  I was kind of excited about it, at first!!! LOL

I set the vase in place using Dimensionals. Then I added the flowers using Dimensionals. I used glue dots to add the leaves.  The flower assembly was not fun. I lost all of the Mint Macaron stems, but it's okay, I think having all of the flowers bunched together like I have mine makes bunch look fuller. 

Once I got done assembling the flowers I was ready to add the frame.  I used glue dot pieces on the top, bottom and left corners of the frame. You may want to work on your grid paper to get the frame even from top to corner on both the left and right. If it's off a bit, it will show a lot!  Once I got those three corners set in place I added three small Dimensionals to the Whisper White square. I added one in the top and bottom left corners and one just under the vase.  I slipped the piece into the right side of the frame. I pressed the left side down to set the piece in place.

The words are from the "Petal Palate" set and I stamped them using black Memento ink.

I would do this layout again but not with a bunch of flowers.  Maybe a single flower in the vase??? Not sure if I would even use the "Varied Vases" for the next one.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Dandelion Wishes, Better Together, Sympathy Card, 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Today's card was a very quick card to make.  If you like sponging then you are in for a fun time!! I found this card on Pinterest and changed it a little.  I just thought it was a lovely card.  To me it looked like a sympathy card so that is the direction I took the card.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  It was cut on the 8-1/2" side at 4-1/4".  This card opens from the bottom.

I took a piece of copier paper and masked off the top part about 1/2" from the top and sponged area is about 1-5/8".  I used removable tape to hold my copier paper down. You could use painter's tape or some Washi tape but I've had problems with both of them ripping my paper, so I just use removable tape runner and play it safe.

I sponged on Pool Party. I covered the whole area.  Then I came in with some Bermuda Bay. I added my colors using  a circular motion.

I stamped the dandelion from the "Dandelion Wishes" set using black Memento ink.  The words are from the "Better Together" set. I also stamped them using black Memento ink.  And that was it.

For as simple as this card is, it has a look of elegance and serenity to it.  That is why I thought it would make a great sympathy card.  I hadn't sponged on a card in a while and I rather enjoyed it.  You must remember when sponging that when you remove the masks the area sponged will be darker than it looked while you were sponging. I don't know why that is but I often think I have the color just right and when I remove my masks it's a whole lot darker than I wanted.  Like today's card. A little lighter would be nicer but I still like how it turned out.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, July 14, 2018

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

Today I added some "Gallery Grunge" to the "Varied Vases" set.  I used the muted dots in the "Gallery Grunge" set on the background of this card. I think it gave the card a nicer look than just a plain white background.  This was a very fun and easy card to make.

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 Melon Mambo.  And on top of that is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White.  

I die cut an oval using the stitched ovals. I die cut a Smoky Slate stitched oval. I used the largest one in the set for that.  And I die cut a Whisper White scalloped oval for the layer behind the Smoky Slate stitched oval.  It doesn't show up well on here but in person it looks REALLY nice and a bit elegant!

I stamped the vase using Smoky Slate ink and I punched it out.  I stamped the flower on the Whisper White oval using Garden Green ink. Then I stamped the flower petals image using Melon Mambo ink.  I set the vase in place using Dimensionals.

I taped the oval layers together and added Dimensionals to the back, but I didn't set it in place yet. I needed to stamp the scalloped edge image first. I did that using Melon Mambo ink. Next I stamped the "Gallery Grunge" muted dots. I used Smoky Slate ink and stamped off once before stamping it on the background.  Then I added a piece of the Whisper White "Sheer 1/8" Ribbon" and taped the ends on the back.  Then I stamped the words using black Memento ink.  

I taped large layers together and then I set the oval in place.  This was a very fun card to make and I didn't think it took my time at all to create.  I am SO loving the gray with the Melon Mambo!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, July 13, 2018

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

Today's card is from Pinterest. I thought it was such an elegant looking card.  And it wasn't that difficult to do either. It took me a while because I was being interrupted a lot and by the time I got it done I couldn't figure out how much time I had into it!!!  UGH!!  But all in all I don't think it was that much time. Just from the looks of it, it doesn't look that bad.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of that is a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Highland Heather card stock. And the top Whisper White piece was cut 4" x 5-1/4".  

That top piece was embossed using the new "Lovely Floral" embossing folder. I did mist my card a bit with distilled water because the first time I embossed it, the paper wrinkled at the bottom.  A lot!!!

I die cut the largest Stitched Circle in the pack and set it aside.  I cut a thin strip of Whisper White card stock and stamped the loopy border on a 1/4" piece. I used black Memento ink for that. The strip, vase and flowers are all from the new "Varied Vases" set I stamped the vase and punched it out. I stamped the flower and fussy cut it out. Yup, I fussy cut on here!  The words are from the "Beautiful You" set and I stamped them using black Memento ink.  I punched the leaves using Pear Pizzazz card stock.

So to assemble the card, I taped the Highland Heather piece to the embossed Whisper White piece.  I added the loopy strip piece. I set the large circle in place using Dimensionals.  I taped the leaves in place and then I taped the flower in place. I set the vase in place using Dimensionals.  The words were die cut with a circle die and set in place using Dimensionals. I taped it all to the card base and then I added some tiny pearls to the flowers and three pearls to the word piece. It was such a large circle, so when I die cut it I cut it so there was more room at the bottom to add the pearls or it would have looked empty above and below the words.  And that was it.  It was fun to make. I love it when I get all the pieces done and it's assembly time!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Abstract Impressions, You're Inspiring, Birthday Card, 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Several years back Stampin' Up! had a flower stamp much like this. I don't know the name of it though. But the stamp wasn't clear and as easy to line up as the set of today!  Like it's a modern day and the other set was so archaic!!  LOL  Just saying, the clear stamps are SO much easier to work with than the red rubber ones.

I found a card on Pinterest and I copied most of it.  I did change the color and I didn't add the rihinestones.  Though I think I might add them, the card looks like it could use a little something more.

So to make my version, I used a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Gorgeous Grape.  And on top of that is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock.

I used the new "Abstract Impressions" set for this card. First I stamped the light grass. I used Granny Apple Green and stamped off once.  Next I used the other grass image. I used Granny Apple Green straight from the ink pad.  Then I stamped the light round flowers. I used Gorgeous Grape and stamped off once.  Then I used the flower highlight stamp image and Gorgeous Grape straight from the ink pad.  

The words are from the "You're Inspiring" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink.

I tied a ribbon around the stamped piece.  I used some retired ribbon because I had to. I have SO much ribbon that I need to start using it up. I don't have much for current colors so I need to make due with what I have.

I taped the stamped panel to the Gorgeous Grape panel and I taped both of them to the card base.  And it was as simple and quick as that!!  Oh and fun too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Dandelion Wishes, Bokeh Dots, Get Well Card, Stampin' Up! 2018-2019 Catalog

Today I'm playing with a new set and a new color.  I had ordered a few things and they came yesterday, so I've been playing.

This was a quick and fun card to make. 

The base of this card is a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"piece of the new Gray Granite card stock. And yes, you did read those measurements right.  The card opens using the Whisper White piece.  That piece was cut 7" x 4-3/4".  It was folded in half on the long side.  It opens on the right.  Behind it is a 7-1/8" x 4-7/8" piece of the new Highland Heather card stock.

I stamped the "Bokeh" image using Highland Heather ink. I did use my sponge dauber to make sure the ink was evenly distributed on the card. This image is a bit tricky to work with. If you have a very juicy pad like I did, the image will be or could be more solid than you want.  If you don't get enough ink it will not show the details.  So inking it up first and then using the dauber to even it out works best for me.  

Next I stamped the dandelion image from the "Dandelion Wishes" set and the words are from that same set. I stamped those using black Memento ink.  And that was it. This card was super quick and easy to make.  I am really liking the two new purple colors, the Highland Heather and the Gorgeous Grape.  I have not played with the grape color yet but I will be soon, I'm sure!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Dandelion Wishes, Bokeh Dots, Itty Bitty Greetings, Sympathy Card

I suppose this could also be a get well card but with the seeds blowing in the wind it looked more like a sympathy card to me than a get well card.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Balmy Blue card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black card stock.  I stamped the "Bokeh Dots" image on a scrap piece of card stock using Balmy Blue ink. I trimmed the edges. I set that piece on top of the 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White card stock and then stamped the "Dandelion Wishes" image using black Memento ink. I removed the "Bokeh Dots" piece and added a 1/8" larger layer of Basic Black card stock.  You will have to measure it yourself because it will be different than what I have because of the trimming of the "Bokeh Dots" image.  Then I taped those two layers to the Whisper White piece.

The words are from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" 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 of the card and that was it.

I did have an issue with the "Bokeh Dots" image.  My new Balmy Blue ink pad was pretty juicy and the image looked too muted, so much of the detail was missing.  SO I used a sponge dauber and blotted the ink off the stamp and then I stamped it on my card stock.  It turned out much better.

This was a fun and easy card to make.  The "Dandelion Wishes" set just arrived today and I had to play with it.  I LOVE it that you can take the stamps right out of the package and play. I'm not a big fan of wood mount stamp set anymore. I especially love the clear ones. I can see where I'm setting things.  And they are easy to use in the Stamparatus too!!  The red rubber ones that you use the clear blocks for (like the "Dandelion Wishes" set is) can be used in the Stamparatus too but it may take a few practice stampings to get it right. But then you can stamp several at a time without relining things up!!

I did have fun making this card and I hope you enjoy it too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, July 09, 2018

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

I'm not sure what happened to my post yesterday. When I looked today it was not on my blog.  So here it is.  

I found a pretty bridal card on Pinterest and made a few little changes. 

The base of this 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 that was textured using the "Garden Trellis" embossing folder and a circle was die cut in the upper middle. The circles is about 2-1/2". I recommend cutting the circle first and then using the embossing folder. I did it the opposite way and it squished the texture. So I needed to match the texture with the folder and run it through again.  It's a little off at the top but I kept it anyway. So make sure you cut the circle first!!!  Please learn from my mistakes!! LOL

Before stamping the bride from the "For the Bride" set I traced the circle opening lightly with a pencil. I stamped the image in the circle and waited  a few minutes for it to dry and then I erased it with an art gum/kneadable eraser.  These erasers are the best and I highly recommend you have one in your work area.  You can actually knead them. Sometimes I shape mine into points for tiny areas. I have even removed a pea size and replaced the eraser in my mechanical pencil. I won't be without one of these erasers.  The best thing about them is they do not rip your paper. They only erase the pencil marks. Now if you press hard on your paper and indent it, it won't remove that. And if the indentation is really deep, it may not even remove the graphite.  I usually use it when I lightly mark my paper for positioning of words or other items. I erase the pencil marks with no problem.  Okay, sales pitch over!! LOL  After I stamped the bride, I colored her in using Blends markers. Next I taped the textured piece in place.

The words are from the "Wonderful Moments" set. There's even the word border image in the set. I stamped that first and then the congratulations. I punched that piece out with the "Classic Label" punch. I set it in place on the card using Dimensionals.  And that was it. I thought it was a pretty quick and simple bridal card.  I really wished that set would have had a groom with it to so you could make an elegant wedding card. But the set reads "For the Bride" so it's just bridal stuff!

I can see myself making more cards like this. Mostly because it was easy, simple and quick!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Vivid Vases to Varied Vases

Back in 2014 Stampin' Up! came out with the "Vivid Vases" set.  And in 2018 they now have the "Varied Vases" set. They are kind of similar, mostly in the theme. They are vases and they have flowers.  Except for the "Varied Vases has a matching punch to punch out the vases, leaves and a tulip flower.  I like that idea and I would like it even better once my punch arrives.  Yup, still whining about not ordering the punch the same time I ordered the set. I don't know what I was thinking!!!  But it will be here soon so you won't have to here me whine about that anymore. Not to worry though, I'm sure I will come up with something else to whine about!! Pretty much a guarantee!!!  LOL

I made this card in June of 2014, a little over 4 years ago.  I was thinking of making a card similar to this once the punch arrives. I just love the look of this card. It's so bright and cheery.  You can see my 2014 post here.

I thought I would share this with you so it's fresh in your memory when I try to recreate it (but better). Oh and please keep in mind that what is in my head doesn't always come out the same on paper!!!  I don't know how that happens!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Saturday, July 07, 2018

Wonderful Moments, Lovely Floral, Birthday Card, 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Some people save the tiniest pieces of scrap paper!!  Yup, that would be me, but only when it comes to the Decorative Series Paper (DSP) or the Specialty Decorative Series Paper (SDSP). Some of that stuff is pretty expensive. Actually, I don't  usually save pieces that small but it was in with a stack of other pieces and I had just grabbed them all and slid them in the wrapper with the rest of the SDSP.  Kind of glad I did, it came in handy for this card.  I wanted a small piece of SDSP for the bottom part of the card. I didn't want a bigger piece because of the "Lovely Floral" embossing on the 4" x 5-1/4" Mint Macaron piece. Plus I wanted to use a half of a pearlized doily on the card. So with all of the things I wanted on the card, I needed to work small.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is the embossed Mint Macaron piece.  I taped that piece to the card base.

I cut a 1-1/8" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock and the SDSP was cut 7/8" x 4". I taped those two pieces together.  I tied a ribbon around the left side of the taped strips.  I added some tape to the back at the bottom center so I could add the pearlized doily.  Then I taped all of that to the card front.

Next I stamped the words from the "Wonderful Moments" set using black Memento ink.  I punched them out using the "Classic Label" punch.  I set that piece in piece in place using Dimenisonals. I centered it as well as I could.

This was a fun and quick card to make and a great way to stretch a sheet of the "Share What You Love" SDSP if you are going to demo it or use it at a Stamp A Stack.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, July 06, 2018

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

I found a fun card on Pinterest but I didn't have the flower stamp, so I improvised! I loved the colors and especially the layout.  And this is what I did with it.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Rich Razzleberry card stock.  On top of that and to the left is a 3-1/2" x 3-3/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  It was set in place about 1/2" from the left side.

The "Share What You Love" Specialty Decorative Series Paper (SDSP) was cut 1-3/4" x 4-1/4".  I punched the ends and then measuring from the bottom tip to the bottom tip it now measures 4-1/8".  I wrapped some white Baker's Twine around it three times and tied a bow. I cut a 1" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock punched the ends too.  This piece now measures from tip to tip 3-1/8" or very close to that. It doesn't need to be exact.  I stamped the words from the "Love What You Do" set using Rich Razzleberry ink.  The words from the "Delightful Daisy" set were just too big for that strip.  

Next I stamped the flower image from the "Delightful Daisy" set. I made and punched out two of them. I taped them together in the center.  I added a faceted gem to the center of the flower, it was one of the amber colored ones.  I punched three leaves form the triple leaf punch using Old Olive card stock.  And I wound some gold thread about about 6 or 7 times around my fingers and secured them with a glue dot.  

To assemble the card I taped the white piece on the left side.  Then I taped the SDSP on.  The tip on the right is about 1/2" from the edge of the side of the card.  I taped the flower in place but I only taped the bottom part of the flower. I had curled the top petals but not the bottom.  I tucked in two of the triple leaf pieces on the top and one on the bottom. I just used snail to hold them in place.  I added the gold thread. The glue dot that was holding it together was enough to set it in place behind the flower.  The word piece was set in place with Dimensionals and that was it.

I thought it was such a fun layout and it was very easy to make too.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, July 05, 2018

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


I wanted to play with the "Varied Vases" set (again!).  I have a few sets that I am SO loving to play with and I have a feeling that the other sets I have will sit in their containers and maybe get used once in a great while. I think that happens when I impulse buy!!

Anyway, back to the card for today. I found it on Pinterest but I didn't get any information about it. I couldn't read who the artist was.  And if you click on the photo it takes you back to Pinterest, not to the blog were it came from. It obviously wasn't posted right in Pinterest. So I did my best making it and playing with some fun colors.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Soft Sea Foam. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black.  On top of that is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Flirty Flamingo.  And the Whisper White piece is 3-1/2" x 4-3/4".  Lots of layers on this card!

First I stamped the black edge bar piece from the "Varied Vases" set using black Memento ink.  Next I stamped the vase. Once again I didn't have the punch but I did punch out a few Whisper White pieces using the punch Terri borrowed me.  She's SO good to me.  I used the Stamperatus to line up the vase outline and I stamped it over the punched out piece.  Usually you stamp and then punch but I didn't have that luxury.  But with the Stamperatus you can stamp almost anything that has already been punched out!!And with precision!! I colored the vase using Pear Pizzazz ink.  

Next I set the vase on the black border line and marked where I was going to stamp the flower outline image. I stamped that image using black Memento ink.  Then I set the vase in place to see where to mark the card front for the leaves.  I stamped the leaves using Pear Pizzazz ink.

I lined up the solid part of the flower on the outline image and I stamped it using Flirty Flamingo ink.

I set the vase in place using Dimensionals.  And I stamped the words to the right of the vase using black Memento ink. The words are also from the "Varied Vases" set.


This card went together pretty quickly. I thought it was fun to make and I think I would make more but using it as a get well, thinking of you or a thank you card.  The single flower seems to fit those events better.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Love What You Do, Share What You Love, Lovely Floral Embossing Folder, Thank You Card

If you are in need of a pretty, fun and quick card, this is the one for you.  The "Lovely Floral" embossing folder flower takes up a lot of real estate on the Whisper White piece. I cut a 1-1/8" x 3-3/4" strip of the "Share What You Love" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP).  And the words are from the "Love What You Do" set. I found this card on Pinterest and made some minor changes but for the most part it's copied!!!

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Pear Pizzazz. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black card stock.  And the Whisper White focal piece is cut 3-3/4" x 5".

I embossed the Whisper White piece and then taped the SDSP strip to the bottom.  I tied a ribbon around it. I used some old Certainly Celery ribbon that I had in my stash. It's in the same color group so it went well with the card. I didn't have any current greens to go with the card, so I just made do with what I had.

I taped the focal piece to the Basic Black piece and I taped those layers to the card base.

I stamped the words on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock. I die cut them with the oval die and then I die cut a black scalloped oval from a scrap piece of Basic Black. Now once again, had I been paying attention, I would have die cut the scalloped oval from the center of the Basic Black piece I used as a layer.  But I wasn't thinking!!!  And again, I did have a scrap piece to use up, so either way it's okay.  I taped the words to the scalloped oval. I set them in place with Dimensionals.  I fussy cut a flower from the SDSP pack and taped the bottom two petals and used a dimensional on the petal that is about at the 1 o'clock position.  And that was it.  Super quick, easy and very pretty.  This card caught my eye on Pinterest and I just had to make it. 

I just love that embossing folder. The flower is SO pretty. I sure do have some plans for it. I hope it turns out on paper as good as it looks in my head!!! We have all seen what could happen there!!! LOL

It would make a lovely get well card, thinking of you card, birthday card and Mother's Day card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, July 02, 2018

Healing Hugs, Get Well Card, 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I have a feeling I am going to be running out of this fabulous Specialty Decorative Series Paper (SDSP).  The large flowers on this piece shimmer.  That's what makes this SDSP instead of just DSP.  This pack is called "Share What You Love."  

I mostly copied a card by Sandi MacIver. I subscribe to her blog and this was a card she was featuring.  I LOVE the colors and especially that new SDSP.  SO I set out to recreate her card. I didn't have the wording she used so I looked through my stamps to see what would take up a nice amount of real estate in the second to the largest stitched circle die.  I came up with the "Get Well Soon" from the "Healing Hugs" set. It fit perfectly enough.  I also didn't have the flower. But it turned out I did.  It's from different sheet in the SDSP pack. Oh well, live and learn, right?  I still like how mine turned out so I am not complaining or planning on redoing it.

To make the card I folded a 1/2 sheet of Mint Macaron card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black card stock.  And the SDSP was cut 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  

I cut a 1-1/2" x 5-1/8" piece of vellum for the strip behind the word circle.

I stamped the words on Crumb Cake card stock using black Memento ink.  I fussy cut the flower from a scrap piece of the SDSP. 

I taped the SDSP piece to the Basic Black piece. Then I tied the black Baker's Twine around those two layers three times and I died a bow. I slipped the vellum under the twine and centered it. I added a glue dot between the vellum and the SDSP where the knot is so it wouldn't show. And I added another one where I knew the circle would be covering it.  

I set the words in place using Dimensionals. I used a glue dot to attach the fussy cut flower and I added a couple of gold sequins to the stitched circle.  And that was it.  I thought it was a fun card and it seems like you can't go wrong with this new SDSP. The colors are so rich and pleasing to the eye.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Sunday, July 01, 2018

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

While at Terri's Stamping Extravaganza last month I saw this pretty card and just had to make it.  It was actually pretty simple to make.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Mint Macaron. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Night of Navy. On top of the Night of Navy is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White. And on top of the Whisper White is a 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" piece of the "Share What You Love" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP). The shimmer on the paper is on the larger flowers (in the upper left corner is one of them).  It's VERY pretty in person. I cut that SDSP 3-1/2" down from the top on the left side and 2" down from the top on the right side.  I cut a 2" x 3" piece of Mint Macaron card stock and punched the end to make the ribbon looking piece. You can also snip from the corner to the center and make your own ribbon end without using a punch. I'm lazy so I used the punch!  I centered and taped this piece to the back of the SDSP.  

The original card used some Night of Navy ribbon. I didn't have any so I used a piece of Night of Navy card stock. I cut it 3-1/2" x 1/2".  I centered the ribbon as much as I could knowing that the circles were going to be in the middle. 

I stamped the words from the "Varied Vases" set using Night of Navy ink. You want to do this before you put the layers together. My Night of Navy looks pretty dark. I had to take my pad and swipe it across a piece of copier paper to see if it really was Night of Navy.  It is!!

For me the tricky part came. I do not have the vases punch yet, so when I borrowed one for a few days I punched a few Whisper White pieces and I set them in a container on my worktable.  I used one of those blank vases and I stamped the image on it using my Stamparatus.  I took the punched piece and lined it up with the vase image. Then I set the vase image on the left side of the Stamparatus and I closed it. Oh, I did have some removable tape on the back of the blank so it would stay in place.  I inked up the image and stamped and it was perfect!!!  

Next I stamped the flower on a piece of Whisper White card stock. I did cover part of the stem because the first one I did the stem was visible at the bottom of the vase.  It's a pretty long stem!  I colored the flower in with the Mint Macaron marker because I assembled it before I realized I should have stamped the flower parts in.  But either way is okay.  And this time I remembered to add the tiny pearls to the center of the flowers!!  See them in the photo! They are actually there, you don't need to imagine them! LOL  

I had cut a circle of Night of Navy that was the next size larger than the one for the flower.  I taped those two pieces together and then I added Dimensionals to the back. I set the circle layers in place over the strip of Night of Navy.  Then I added the vase using Dimensionals.  

And there you have it a very lovely layered "Varied Vases" birthday card.  So pretty too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda