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Monday, December 31, 2018

Varied Vases, Thinking of You Card

I have not played with the "Varied Vases" set much this year and today is the last day of the year, so I thought I would squeeze it in!

I am totally out of "Thinking of You" cards so I will be making some in the upcoming weeks.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 5" x 2-1/2" piece of Petal Pink card stock.  I die cut the scalloped oval from that piece. I made sure I centered it because there wasn't any room for error.

I cut a piece of the "Share What You Love" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP) 4-7/8" x 2-3/8". I taped the two layers together and I then taped them to the card base.

I stamped the vase from the "Varied Vases" on Petal Pink card stock using black Memento ink.  I punched it out and set it aside while I die cut the stitched oval to fit the scalloped oval.

I used my Stamperatus to get the flowers in place on the oval.  The flowers are from the "Varied Vases" set.  I taped the ovals together.  I added Dimensionals to the vase and set it in place on the oval.  I colored three tiny pearls using the Blends Petal Pink marker.  I set those in place on the flowers.

The words are from the retired "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set. It was the only set I had that had small "thinking of you" words. I stamped them in black Memento ink.

I added Dimensionals to the ovals and set them in place and then I added a Dimensional to the right side of the word piece and snail tape to the left side and set the words in place.

This was a fun and quick card to make and I'm on my way to creating my stash of "thinking of you" cards!!!

I wish you all the best in the new year and I thank you ever SO much for visiting my blog,
Wanda

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Dandelion Wishes, Sheltering Tree, Bokeh, Thinking of You Card

Today I thought I would play with the "Dandelion Wishes" set.  I am out of "thinking of you" cards and this set came to mind. I did a search on Pinterest and I found a card that I sort of copied. You can see the original card here.

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

On top of the base is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Gorgeous Grape card stock. I cut a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White and I was ready to stamp the "Bokeh" image.

I stamped the "Bokeh" image using Highland Heather ink.  I cut the image out on the paper cutter.  I stamped the dandelions from the "Dandelion Wishes" set using Gorgeous Grape ink.  I stamped them three times, inking each time.

I layered the "Bokeh" piece using a 2-1/4" x 3-3/8" Gorgeous Grape card stock.  I taped those two layers together and set it on the Whisper White piece to see where I needed to stamp the words.

The words are from the "Sheltering Tree" set. I used Gorgeous Grape to stamp them. I taped all of the layers together and set them in place on the card base and the card was done.

I thought it was a pretty quick card to make, basically. I had originally wanted to use a blue to make the card but ended up with the purples.  I think I like them much better!

I'm still fighting a cold so if my sentences don't make sense, that is why.  This cold is getting the best of me.  I rarely get sick and I'm not gracious at being sick!!! I don't have the time for it (who does). I just want it to go away quickly!  I hope none of you get this, it's awful!  

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Thursday, December 27, 2018

Waterfront, Flourishing Phrases, Thank You Card

I need to make some wintry or Christmas thank you cards.  I thought I'd start with this one since it was easy and quick.  And that is what I need right now with this horrid cold thing I'm fighting.  I found a card here and liked the look and did what I thought looked right! 

The base of this card is a folded piece of Whisper White card stock.  This card opens on the right.  

I cut the Whisper White piece that I stamped on at 5" x 3-3/4".  First I stamped the horizon with the long line piece in the "Waterfront" set.  I used black Memento ink.  After stamping the horizon on the right side, I moved the stamp over and without inking it up again I stamped it on the left on the horizon line.  I cleaned the stamp and inked it up with Balmy Blue. I stamped off and added some more horizon lines under the black horizon line.

Next I inked up the large background stamp from the set and stamped off once. I stamped the background in three places plus I stamped the same image on the front in the water.  

And then I stamped the trees using black Memento ink.  It looks like it was stamped off but it's not, the design in the stamp makes it look like that.

The words are from the "Flourishing Phrases" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink.  And that was it.  Super easy and quick to make.  I think this would be pretty using Highland Heather ink!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Signs of Santa, Santa's Workshop, 3D Stamping

This was sitting on my worktable on Christmas eve but I didn't have time to tape it all together.  It was such a busy day.  Yesterday I had pre-posted our Christmas card because it was not only a busy day but it was Christmas Day and I don't often get to my workroom on Christmas Day.  I spent most of today wrapped up in a blanket trying to stay warm. I have caught some nasty cold bug that makes me cough all night and I don't get any sleep.  Nice!!! I wasn't going to post anything Christmas after Christmas but since I had this almost done I thought I would go ahead and post it.  Plus I feel too lightheaded to be in my workroom anyway!  I hope none of you get this awful thing going around. Coughing, plugged ears (well ear, it's effecting my right side), swollen right glands, sore throat (right side), plugged nose, runny nose, sneezing, watering eyes and a head ache along with the chills.  Doesn't that sound like a fun time. Oh and being it's the day after Christmas, at our house it's the hubby's birthday.  Sorry hubby, I am not up for going out to dinner for your birthday.

Okay, onto this fun project.  The base of this Whisper White piece is cut 3-1/8" x 9-1/2".  I ran added some texture using the "Softly Falling" embossing folder.  I only textured the center of the strip.  

I had die cut these pieces from the "Santa's Workshop" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP).  I stamped the "North Pole" words from the "Signs of Santa" set.  I set all of the die cut pieces in place using Dimensionals.  
I got these cookies at Aldi.  They have some fun things to add a wrapper around and dress up!!  These would be fun to "dress up" for Valentine's Day!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  I look forward to a new year of card crafting!

Thank you for stopping by, 
Wanda

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Signs of Santa, Santa's Workshop, Swirly Bird, Christmas Card

Merry Christmas. I hope this day is bringing you lots of joy!  Mine is consisting of making a nice dinner to be ready at noon. A friend is coming over to eat and watch a movie. I have a couple of gifts I made for her to make her day a bit more merry. Like spending it with me isn't enough!!! LOL  In the evening we will visit with my mom and exchange gifts then.  And then it's back home to crash!  Tomorrow is hubby's birthday, so it's another day of celebrating.  Christmas Eve is spent with our son and his family.  Lots of activities around those 3 days!  And some of the days to follow.  The 28th is my day. There's nothing going on and I am not going to do a thing!! It's my day. I may just head to my workroom and stamp all day.  And maybe clean up (maybe!!! LOL).

The card I have here today is the one I made for our annual Christmas card. I had actually had it done before December 1st!!  I have not been that organized and ahead of schedule in a long time. It felt good. The only bad thing was that I didn't make enough.  But I managed to send out other cards, so cards did get sent!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On the left side is a 5" x 1-3/8" strip of Poppy Parade card stock. I had taped a 4-7/8" x 1-1/4" strip of the dotted paper from the "Santa's Workshop" Designer Series Paper pack.

I stamped and die cut the Santa. He is from the "Signs of Santa" set. I colored him after he was die cut.  I used to color and then cut but I've had the dies shift on me and ruin everything, so now I stamp, cut and then color.  

The swirl is from the "Swirly Bird" bundle. I die cut them using the Dazzling Diamonds card stock. I glued it in place. I put the glue on the thickest parts and then I used a toothpick to stick it anywhere it was sticking up.

I stamped the words from the "Signs of Santa" set using Poppy Parade ink.  On the inside I stamped the rest of the words from the set ". . . and more".

I set Santa in place using Dimensionals and the card was done.  It was a quick card for me to make this year.  Or I thought it was anyway.  I did it in phases. I took an empty stamp case and I put a post it note on it with a list of what I needed to cut out.  I would cut things out when I needed to stretch my legs or if I felt I'd better take a minute or two to cut something out.  And all of a sudden I was ready to color!  Then I was ready to assemble.  It didn't feel like such a chore this year either!  

I was happy with the way our card turned out and I'm sure those who received the card were surprised that it wasn't a snowman. I usually send cards with a snowman on it!!  Sometimes it's good to change things up a bit!

I hope your Christmas is merry and I wish you much love and happiness in the New Year!
Wanda

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Snow is Glistening, Snowfall Thinlits, Christmas Card

Only a couple more days of Christmas cards and then I have to play with my other stuff until I can order from the new 2019 Spring Occasions catalog.  I will plan better with the new stuff. I am only going to order a few sets. When I order most of the things I want or like, I end up not playing with them much and they end up retiring before I got to get enough use out of them to justify putting them away to make room for more new ones I won't have time to play with!!  Such a vicious cycle.  But I'm learning!!!

Today's card was found on Pinterest.  I thought it was such a pretty card, though I am very partial to snowflakes and snow.

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 Whisper White.

I die cut the snowflake from the 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White.  Then I stamped the words from the "Snow is Glistening" set using Balmy Blue ink.  I taped the 4" x 5-1/4" piece to the card base.

Next I glued the center part of the die cut snowflake and set it in place over the open space on the 4" x 5-1/4" piece.  It's taped on so the smaller tips are place over the space where the larger tips were cut out. 

I stamped the center snowflake using Balmy Blue ink and I die cut it out. I glued it in place and I added a crystal rhinestone to the center.  I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card and it was done!  How fun!

I LOVE this snowflake card!

Thank you for stopping by today,
Wanda

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Seasonal Chums, Santa's Workshop, Christmas Card

Wow, this card has a very busy background.  I was making a card a week or so back and I had accidentally taped the wrong side of the Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Have you ever done that?  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, so I set it aside for another day.  Today is that day!

I had die cut the circles for yesterday's card but the dies I used were too large, so I set those aside.  I happened to set them on top of the "Santa's Workshop" DSP card.  Now I knew what I was going to do with it.

I had die cut a Mrs. Claus because it was a scrap and there was still a whole Mrs. Claus on it, so why not cut it out, right??? LOL  I had fussy cut a peppermint but realized I had a retired 3/8" circle punch that did the job nicely.  See, not getting rid of all the retired stuff is a good thing. It saved me from fussy cutting.  

First I stamped the words on the stitched circle. They are from the "Seasonal Chums" set and I stamped them using Poppy Parade.  I then taped that circle to the Poppy Parade scalloped circle.  I set Mrs. Claus and the peppermints in place using Dimensionals.

I set the whole thing in place on the card front using Dimensionals and the card was done. 

It's an okay card but I think the background is a bit too busy for my taste!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Friday, December 21, 2018

Hearts Come Home, Seasonal Chums, Christmas Card

Today's card was a fun and quick one.  Though I'm not so fond of using markers on the rubber stamps anymore when I can just set it up on the Stamperatus and work on it from there.  I wanted my ink a bit darker on the house and if I had use the Stamperaus I would have gotten what I was looking for.  But what I ended up with is fine too.  I found this card on Pinterest.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Poppy Parade card stock. On top of that is a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Whisper White that I textured using the "Softly Falling" embossing folder.

I die cut a medium size Poppy Parade scalloped circle and I die cut the second largest stitched circle.

I stamped the house first. It's from the "Hearts Come Home" set. I thought I would use that set a bit more because I'm pretty sure it's going to retire. I had used the Poppy Parade marker and a Smoky Slate marker to color in the house and roof.  I stamped the roof again and fussy cut it out.  I set the roof in place using Dimensionals and the more I look at it, I am thinking it's just sticking out too much and looks SO out of place.

The trees are from the same set and I stamped them using Old Olive on the larger ones and Pear Pizzazz on the smaller ones.  

The words are from the "Seasonal Chums" set (that will probably be retiring soon too).  I stamped them using Smoky Slate ink.

I taped the circles together and taped them to the Whisper White piece. The Whisper White piece was taped to the card base.  I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of  Whisper White to the inside of the card and it was done.

It's a very quick card to make and I'd like it much better if the roof wasn't set in place with Dimensionals!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Snow is Glistening, Christmas Card

Today's card was a fun one to do. It was also quick and easy.  This time of the year easy is always good! I found the original card here.  

The base of the 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 that I stamped snowflakes on from the "Snow is Glistening" set.  I used Balmy Blue to stamp those snowflakes. Once the snowflakes were stamped, I taped that layer in place.

I punched out four 1-3/8" squares.  The first square I had done, I stamped the snowflake first and then punched it out. But I realized it would be easier to punch and then stamp.  Opposite of what I'm used to doing.

I used Pacific Point, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green and Balmy Blue for the colors.

I set the squares in place using Dimensionals.  I would like to know if there is an easier way to set these squares in place other than eyeing it?  Is there any tips or tricks to this?  I like doing these squares.  Well, actually I like the looks of it. Doing them is a bit more difficult (for me anyway).  I see so many cards made using this four square look and they are just perfect.  HOW???  Any tips would be helpful.

Even with the issue of lining up the squares, I did have fun making it and I REALLY like the colors.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Hearts Come Home, Snow is Glistening, Christmas Card, 2018 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Well, I wish I had seen this card a month or so ago. It's a super simple and quick card to make.  I am pretty sure this set will be retiring and of course there will be something else I will like in the new stuff, so...  But I think I may make a few so I have some extra on hand for those last minute cards.  This year I did not make enough cards so I ended up sending out store bought ones!  *gasps*  Yes, you read that right!!! It will probably take me longer to type how to make it than it did to make it.  You can see the original here. I did change it a little.  

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 Poppy Parade. I was going to use Real Red but I had more Poppy Parade than the Real Red, so I went with that.

The Whisper White layer on the top was cut 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  

I stamped the house on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock. The house is from the "Hearts Come Home" set.  I used Poppy Parade ink to stamp it.  I used the 1-1/8" square punch to punch it out.  I used the 1-1/4" square punch for the Poppy Parade layer.  I cut that layer from the 4" x 5-1/4" layer.  No one will see there's a square punched in the layer.  

I taped the house layers together and taped them to the card front.  I needed to see where I wanted the words to go.  The words are from the "Hearts Come Home" set. I stamped them using Basic Gray ink. I didn't want to use black because I thought it would really pop and I want the focal point to be the reds.

The snowflake is from the "Snow is Glistening" set.  The original card had a tiny heart stamped there but I didn't have one.  Well, maybe I do but it would take a lot of digging in the retired sets to find it.  I stamped that snowflake using Poppy Parade ink.  

I taped the layers together and the card was done.

Such a quick and sweet looking card!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Seasonal Chums, Beautiful Blizzard, Candy Bar Sleeve or Holder

Surprise!  Another post that does not involve the November 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit!!!  Though I was tempted. There's still some stuff left over to make a few more cards! But today I thought I would go 3-D. I have not made a 3-D item in quite a while.

This is a candy bar sleeve.  Though the photo is horrible, it just looks like a tall bookmark.  These are very easy to make and it's up to you how much time you want to put into them in decorations and embellishments.  

The wrapper was cut 5-1/2" x 6-1/2". The instructions for scoring can be found here.  I use Whisper White card stock and I stamped snowflakes from the "Beautiful Blizzard" set and Balmy Blue ink.  Then I scored it.

I cut a 4-1/4" x 2" piece of Pacific Point for the back layer. I cut a 4" x 1-3/4" piece of Balmy Blue that I used the same snowflake stamps with Whisper White ink.  Stamp this piece first and set it aside to dry. Whisper White ink takes a little while to dry. You can also heat set it to get it to dry faster.

I cut a strip of Whisper White 1-3/4" wide and I tore each end so I had a flat end to line up on the Balmy Blue strip. I tore one a bit higher than the other. It gives the look of some depth.

I stamped the snowman from the "Seasonal Chums" set and I die cut it out. I trimmed the top of the hat so it was nice and round.  I colored in the snowman using markers. I used Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Garden Green and Petal Pink. 

Everything is taped on the wrapper flat except for the top piece of snow. I used Dimensionals on that piece.

The words are from the "Seasonal Chums" set and I punched them out with a 1" circle punch and the Pacific Point circle behind it is 1-1/2".  I taped those together and I taped them in place on the wrapper.

The most difficult part of this Hershey bar sleeve was trying to explain to a 5 year old what "prop candy" is.  This candy bar has been used for many 3-D items. It's very old and not fit for human consumption.  I even wrote on the wrapper "DO NOT EAT" and pointed to the expiration date!  I just don't sell these with the candy bars. It's easier to sell a package of wrappers than it is to sell a single one with the candy bar inside.  Well, it is more difficult in the area I live in.  So I use one candy bar over and over.  

These are very fun to make and fun to give away!

I'm glad you stopped by today. Thank you,
Wanda

Monday, December 17, 2018

Hearts Come Home, Hometown Greetings, Salted Card Technique

Today's card does not contain anything from the November 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit!!!  LOL

I found this fun card on the internet and thought I would work in a technique with it and this is what I came up with.

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

I added a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Balmy Blue card stock.

I cut a piece of Whisper White measuring 3-3/4" x 5" and I textured it with the "Softly Falling" embossing folder.  I embossed and then I cut but I ended up squishing some of the texture, so with this folder, it's better to cut first and then emboss.

I used my square and stitched square dies to make the framed part of this card.

The Crumb Cake layer measures about 2-7/8" x 2-7/8".  I cut the sky piece 2-5/8" x 2-5/8".  It's the same size as the Stitched frame. The inside of the square was cut out at 1-7/8" x 1-7/8". 

I die cut the house and church images from the "Hometown Greetings" die cut set using Whisper White card stock.

The blue background was a fun technique.  I took a piece of glossy card stock and colored it with a mixture of water and Balmy Blue ink.  I sprinkled table salt on it and set it aside to dry.  You might want to do this before you begin making the card.  You could heat set the glossy card stock but I would recommend doing it on a low heat and doing it from the backside of the piece, you don't want the salt to blow off.

Once the background piece was dry I taped the bottom parts of the church piece and the house with tree piece to it.  You can pick and choose which images you like from the die cut pieces.  I wanted the snowman to be in it but it didn't work out that way.  But it's still cute the way it is. After taping them down I taped that square to the Crumb Cake square.  I added Dimensionals to the stitched square frame and set it in place on top of the house and church piece.  I set all this in place on the card front using tape and just a touch of glue on the center.

The words are from the "Hearts Come Home" set. I stamped them using Balmy Blue ink. I die cut them with the oval die and I set them in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.

I LOVE the look of the salted technique. You never get the same image twice.  And on this card it looks like a wintry sky.  Well, I think it does anyway!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda




Sunday, December 16, 2018

Snowfall, Snow is Glistening, Christmas Card

I found this card on Pinterest.  I didn't have some of the elements but this is what I came up with using what I had.  I'm not overly fond of it but it's here for all to see! LOL

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Balmy Blue card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock that I had misted with Balmy Blue ink mixed with 91% rubbing alcohol.  

I used a 1/2" circle punch to clip the corners.

The snowflakes are from the "Snowfall" thinlits dies.  I die cut the long one on the right using Balmy Blue card stock. I also die cut two other single snowflakes on the Balmy Blue card stock.

I didn't have the silver glitter paper, so I used the Dazzling Diamonds card stock to cut out the three snowflakes.

I set the long strand of snowflakes using glue dots.  I set all of the other snowflakes in place using glue dots too.  

I wrapped a piece of the silver edged white ribbon around the card and taped the edges on the backside. 

I stamped the words from the "Snow is Glistening" set. I used Smoky Slate ink on Whisper White card stock. I trimmed that piece to 3/4" x 3".  I set it in place on top of the ribbon using Dimensionals.  I added a white Baker's Twine bow and set it in place with a glue dot.

I set the misted piece in place using Dimensionals. I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock on the inside and the card was done!  

I thought it was a pretty simple card to make and I think the silver glitter paper would have been much prettier.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Warm Hearted, Christmas Card, using Santa's Workshop Specialty Designer Series Paper

It's NOT a Paper Pumpkin card!!!  I wanted to continue using the pieces in my November Paper Pumpkin kit but I know I've made and posted a lot of cards from the kit so I thought I should try something else!!!

I had this strip of red and fuzzy white striped paper from the "Santa's Workshop" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP).  That strip measures 1-3/8" x 4-3/4".  I don't like to throw out scraps and sometimes I actually use them! I liked this SDSP because the white is felted. It's so soft and fuzzy!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of that is the strip of SDSP. I layered it with a 1-1/2" x 4-7/8" piece of Poppy Parade card stock.

I die cut a Poppy Parade oval while I still had the card stock out.

I stamped the words from the "Warm Hearted" set using Poppy Parade ink on Whisper White card stock. I die cut them with an oval die. I cut the words so there was a larger space at the bottom.  I taped the two ovals together and set them in place using Dimensionals. 

At the bottom of the word oval I had punched out two Old Olive card stock sprigs using the "Sprig" punch. I used glue dots to hold the two springs together and I used another glue dot to affix the springs to the Whisper White piece.  

I colored three crystal rhinestones using the Real Red Blends pen. I set them in place on the sprigs and the card was done.

It's a quick, clean and simple card.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Christmas Card using the November 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit, Alternative Card

Okay, I will try not to post any more cards using the November 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit.  It's just too much fun.  Though I can't promise I won't, I will try not to. I do have other Christmas stamp sets. REALLY!!! LOL

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Cherry Cobbler card stock. This card opens at the bottom.

On top of the card base is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Very Vanilla.  In my little tote that I keep the kit pieces in, I had found the strip of plaid card stock (everything here comes with the kit except the Cherry Cobbler card stock). My piece of plaid card stock measures 2" x 5-1/4".  I added a 3/8" piece of the gold foil card stock to the top edge of the plaid card stock and I taped them in place on the bottom of the card.

Next I stamped the words  using Cherry Cobbler ink.  

I took two of the branch pieces and set them in place on the plaid piece using glue dots.  I tied a bow and set it in place with glue dots as well.

I added some gold sequins on the top part and the card was done!

It's a quick and pleasing to look at card. I did have fun making it and that is what counts the most!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wadna

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Pinewood Planks, November 2018 Paper Pumpkin, Alternative Christmas Card

Today I found another fun and stunning card using the November 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit.  I can not believe all the beautiful alternative cards I've found using this set. And to be honest here, I have not made a single card from the kit they way they were presented in the kit. I've been having too much fun finding all of these fabulous alternative cards. I usually do alternative cards when I'm not fond of the original card. I do like the original card but the ones I've found have been better!!!

I found this one on Pinterest. Click here to see it. It's SO darn adorable.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Cherry Cobbler. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Very Vanilla that was textured using the "Pinewood Planks" embossing folder. I set it in place using snail tape.

Next I took one of the plaid pieces from the Paper Pumpkin kit and cut it at 2-1/4".  It's already cut 4" on the other side.  I cut 3/8" strips of the gold foil card stock and taped the strips to the back of the plaid card stock.  I have very little gold foil card stock left and I feel like I'm actually treating it like gold!!! LOL  After taping the gold strips to the back, I taped that whole piece to the card front, on top of the Very Vanilla piece.  

Next I took two of the branches from the kit and set them in place on the plaid piece. I didn't tape them down yet, I needed to work on the placement. I used glue dots to set them in place.

The words are from the Paper Pumpkin kit and I stamped them using the Cherry Cobbler ink that came with the kit.  I set the word piece in place using Dimensionals (that came with the kit).

I tied a bow with the wide thread from the kit and the final touch was some sequins that came with the kit.  The sequins were already attached to glue dots so you just removed it from the plastic backing and stuck them in place.  And there you have it. A fun, quick and adorable card!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Signs of Santa, Christmas Card, 2018 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I was really struggling with how to use this Christmas bulb Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "All is Bright" 12" x 12" pack.  I remembered this layout and I ran with it and I was happy that I was able to use that DSP in a way that I liked.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I cut the DSP 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".

The measurements for making the "Raised Panel" technique  part can be found here.  

I stamped the Santa from the "Signs of Santa" set using black Memento ink.  I colored him in with Blends markers, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, Powder Pink.  I die cut him and then I die cut a Whisper White circle and a Real Red scalloped circle.  I taped those two circles together and set them in place on the card front using a little bit of glue. I didn't want to use tape, I needed to be able to move it a bit if I didn't like where it landed.  I set the Santa in place using Dimensionals.

The words are from the "Signs of Santa" set and I stamped them before I set the panels in place.

The bundle came with the stamp set and the dies. In the dies where I found the one to die cut the Santa out was also three different sized snowflake dies. I cut some out to place on the card front because I knew it would look too blah if I left it plain.  I added a clear rhinestone to the center of each snowflake to give the card some sparkle.  

This was a fun card to make and I was SO thrilled that I could use that bulb paper.  That was a very big challenge for me.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Santa's Workshop, Beautiful Blizzard, Christmas Card

This card needs some wording!!!  And just after typing that I removed the oval from the card front (carefully) and added the "Season's Greetings" from the "Beautiful Blizzard" set.  I used Poppy Parade to stamp them.  And now I like the card much better.  What do you think?

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Poppy Parade.  From the center of that piece I die cut the scalloped oval.

I die cut the stitched oval from a piece of Whisper White card stock that I sprayed with a mist of Balmy Blue ink and rubbing alcohol.  I set it aside to dry before I die cut it.  Once it was dry I taped those two ovals together.

While it was drying I had fussy cut the Santa from the "Santa's Workshop" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP).  I added some Wink of Stella to the gold parts on the sled and I also added some to the fuzzy pieces on the image.  I set the sleigh in place on the ovals.

I cut a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White card stock and added the striped piece of SDSP to the bottom.  This piece measures 1-3/8" x 5-1/8".  I taped that piece in place and then I taped the Whisper White piece to the Poppy Parade piece.

I set the ovals in place using Dimensionals.  Then I removed the ovals so I could add the words.  So, if you're going to add the words, do it before you set the ovals down! And I did move the oval down closer to the bottom edge to give the card a bit more balance with the words.

I do like the card much better with the words on it. 

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, December 10, 2018

Snowflake Sentiments, All is Bright, Christmas Card

Did you ever see a card on the internet that you just HAD to make?  Well, this is one that I wanted to make REALLY bad.  I struggled to find some words that would fit in the space but I did manage to do it.  It's not how I would like the card to be, but it will work.  I found the original card on Pinterest.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of that I had cut 1/4" x 5-1/2" piece strips (two of them) of the gold foil card stock.  I didn't have much left and I didn't want to use a 4" x 5-1/4" piece because that would be such a waste. I taped those strips to each side of the card front.

The words are from the "Snowflake Sentiments" set. I did mask off the "from our family to yours".  I stamped the words using Crumb Cake ink.  I'm thinking that Soft Suede would work too.  I stamped those words on a 5-1/2" x 2-1/2" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I should have trimmed the sides a bit so more of the bulb image could show.  

The bulb image is from the "All is Bright" 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper pack (DSP).  I cut the DSP 5-1/2" x 2".  I could have cut it thinner because the amount showing is less than 2". 

The Whisper White piece on the right side was cut 5-1/2" x 3/4".  I set both Whisper White in place using Dimensionals.  And the card was done.  It's a very quick layout to play with. I do like the looks of it but I think that maybe texturing the Whisper White pieces on the front might be prettier.  Maybe!  I don't think I'd like the words textured though.  Rethinking that I would probably add the words separately if I were to texture the pieces.  But for now, it is what it is!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Signs of Santa, Santa's Signpost, Christmas Card, Stampin' Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog

This was a very fun card to make. I SO love this Santa.  I used him on our Christmas card this year.  You will get to see it on Christmas day (as usual).

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Cherry Cobbler.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Very Vanilla that was textured using the fun "Cable Knit" embossing folder. I did mist my card stock before I embossed it because I was afraid it might crack or tear. I just lean on the cautious side when I emboss with these deep embossing folders.  

I cut a 4-3/8" x 3-1/8" piece of Cherry Cobbler.  On top of that is a 4-1/4" x 3" piece of card stock from the November 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit.  I have not made a single card from that kit the way it was intended.  Though I do like the original cards, I'm having too much fun finding alternative cards.  Now if you don't have this card stock, you can always substitute it for something else.  I think any card stock that has a Christmas theme would work with this layout. I taped those two layers together and set them in place on the card using Dimensionals.

The white rectangle piece also came with the kit but you can use a 2-1/2" x 1-7/8" piece of Whisper White or Very Vanilla card stock.  You can also punch the edges or round the edges. Or you can just leave them pointed.

I added the greens from the Paper Pumpkin kit. I set them in place with snail tape. You can also use glue dots. 

I set the Whisper White rectangle on top of the greens using Dimensionals..

I stamped the Santa from the "Signs of Santa" and "Santa's Signpost" stamp set and matching dies.  I colored him using the Blends markers.  Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Petal Pink and Smoky Slate.  I set Santa in place on top using Dimensionals. Lots of layers of Dimensionals here.  But the card isn't really all that thick. Not enough to cause it to have extra postage.  

And for the final touch, I added gold sequins to the card front.  It was just enough to give it some fun sparkle!

This was a very fun card to make and I can see myself making more.  But I did find a few other cards I'd like to make or change a bit.  This card is an original!!  Shocker, huh? LOL

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Snowflake Sentiments, Seasonal Chums, Snowflake Christmas Card

I found this fun card on Pinterest but it wasn't done using Stampin' Up! products, so I thought I would see what I had in my stamp sets and what I could come up with.  And this is what I did!

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 the three squares using the "Stitched" framelet dies using glossy card stock.  I  used glossy card stock because I hadn't read what was used in the original card.  Had I read I may or may not have used watercolor.  The original card using some stuff called "Color Burst" which I can only imaging that it is something like "Brusho".  I may have to try that another day using "Brusho".

I stamped my snowflakes from the "Snowflake Sentiments" set using VersaMark.  I embossed them with white embossing powder.  I took a mister that had rubbing alcohol and Pool Party ink in it and misted the three pieces at one time.  I mixed up some Pacific Point ink with rubbing alcohol and misted the pieces but not directly over the top, I wanted some of the Pool Party color to still show.  

I let the pieces dry and then I taped them to the card. I stamped the words from the "Seasonal Chums" set using black Memento ink.  After I stamped them I wished I had used Pacific Point ink. It would have given the card a softer look. But after all was said and done, I do like how it turned out.

It was a simple card to make. I can't say it was quick but had I sped up the drying using the embossing heat tool (at a safe enough distance not to remelt the embossing powder) it may have dried faster.  But I was in no hurry to make the card so I just let it dry naturally.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, December 07, 2018

Snowfall, Beautiful Blizzard, Christmas Card, 2018 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I found this fun card on Pinterest.  I thought it would be a fun card to make but I did struggle with it and ended up changing the size of the snowflakes and now I don't like it as much!!!

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 5" x 3-3/4" piece of silver foil card stock.  On top of that is a 4-7/8" x 3-5/8" piece of Whisper White card stock.

I stamped the words from the "Beautiful Blizzard" using VersaMark. I embossed the words using silver embossing powder.

I die cut the snowflakes from the "Snowfall" thinlits dies using the silver foil card stock. I did not cut the snowflakes from the 5" x 3-3/4" piece I used for the layer.  I wasn't sure if it would show through being the silver foil card stock is so thick.  I could have tried to line them up but the more I run the silver foil through the Big Shot, the more chances I have of marking up the foil.  I wanted to keep it smooth and pristine looking.

The snowflakes were set in place with a small glue dot.  In the center of each snowflake was placed a medium crystal rhinestone.

This was a simple card to make but I think I would have been happier had the snowflakes been larger. I just couldn't make them work using the visual I had to work with.  The original card gave no measurements.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Signs of Santa, Santa's Workshop, Christmas Gift Tag

It's time to take a break from making cards so I could make some much needed gift tags. These were fun to make too. All I need to do is add the string or ribbon and it's ready for the package!

The base of this tag is a scrap piece of Real Red card stock. I stamped it using black Memento ink on the "Buffalo Check" background image.  When I made more of these, I used a 4" x 4" piece of card stock so I could get two with one stamping.  I find some background stamps difficult to work with.

I used the "Scalloped Tag Topper" punch on one end of the tag. 

Next I cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock 2-3/4" x 1-3/4".  I used the white chalk marker and made dots on the piece. I taped this to the tag.

I die cut the elf from the "Santa's Workshop" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP).  I cut this little guy from the paper first using a scissors. I didn't want to go to my cutter to do this because I would end up cutting through another image that I want to use on a different tag or card in the near future.  In rough cutting this little guy out I had a couple of small fuzzy snowflakes with it. I did fussy cut those out but they were easy because it was all straight cutting and just snipping.  I die cut the elf and set him in place on the Crumb Cake piece using Dimensionals. 

I found a Dazzling Diamonds snowflake in my stash. Oh, who am I kidding, it was on my worktable under a bunch of stuff!!! LOL  I set that snowflake in place in the upper left corner using a small glue dot.  I also set the other two snowflakes in place using glue dots.

I punched out the banner from the "Duet Banners" punch using Whisper White card stock.

The words are from the "Signs of Santa". I stamped it using black Memento ink.  I set that banner in place using Dimensionals.  I regret it now because it's more difficult to write a name on it.  Fortunately I didn't put all of my tags together yet, just this one so I could show you today.

And for a final touch I added a rhinestone to the upper left snowflake and the tag was done.  Cute isn't it?  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Hearts Come Home, Snowfall Thinlits, Christmas Card


Grab some snowflakes and whip up this super quick card.  

I did have a few of the snowflakes on hand but I still had to die cut a couple, so it's not like I was entirely using stuff I had on hand.  But even if I had to die cut all of the snowflakes, this card still wouldn't take that long to make.

The base of my card is a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I die cut most of the snowflakes from the "Snowfall" Thinlits dies.  The center snowflake on the largest one was from a Christmas stocking set that retired last year. I still had a few snowflakes sitting around here.  That snowflake was die cut using the Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper.

The center snowflake on the largest snowflake was die cut from the silver foil card stock.  I had that one sitting on my worktable from another project.

The other snowflakes are all die cut using Whisper White card stock.

I stamped the "Joy" from the "Hearts Come Home" set.  I masked off the rest of the "to the world" on the stamp so I could just use the "Joy" like was done on the original card I found on Pinterest.  It's not a Stampin' Up! card but you can use what you have and make other cards into ones using Stampin' Up! products.  I used black Memento ink to stamp the "Joy".  

I used glue dots to set the smaller snowflakes in place. I set the larger snowflake in place using a Dimensional.  I used glue dots to add the other two snowflakes to the larger one.

I got out my scoring board and scored lines from the top of the card stock to the tip of the snowflakes. I turned the card over and redid those lines so they would look like a bump on the front of the card and not an indentation.  It looks more like a string if it's not indented.  

Once I was done with that I added rhinestones to the center of each snowflake and the card was complete. 

I thought it was a fun, quick and very pretty card to make

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Seasonal Chums, All is Bright, Christmas Card

Today's card is a fun, easy and quick one!  

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. This card opens on the right.

On top of that is a 2" x 5" piece of gold foil card stock.  I taped it to the left on the card base.

I cut a piece of the "All is Bright" Designer Series Paper (DSP) cut 2-3/8 x 4-1/4".  I taped that in place over the gold foil card stock.

I die cut a stitched circle using the gold foil card stock.  This circle is about 1-7/8".  I punched out a 1-1/2" circle of Crumb Cake and taped it to the gold foil stitched circle.  

The words are from the "Seasonal Chums" set. I stamped them using Soft Suede ink. I die cut them with 1-3/8" circle die.  I cut the words a bit high on the circle so I could add the rhinestones.

The three circles were all taped together and set in place on the card using Dimensonals.  And that was it.  VERY simple, quick and super easy!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, December 03, 2018

November 2018 Paper Pumpkin, Christmas Card

WOW, this is one of those Paper Pumpkin kits that just keeps on giving!!  You can get at least 16 cards from this kit, or even more depending on how narrow you cut the plaid papers.

I worked up this card after seeing one on Pinterest.  I did change it a little.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Crumb Cake.  Though this piece was one that was in the kit so it's Crumb Cake on outside and white on the inside.

I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the top of the card base.  I cut a strip of the plaid card stock at 1-1/2" x 5-1/4".  I taped that strip to the bottom of the Whisper White piece.

The words are from the November 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit. I stamped them on the square piece that came with the kit.  I stamped the words using Cherry Cobbler ink.  It's the same color ink that comes with the kit.  You get a small ink spot in the kit.  I added Dimensionals to the back and set it on the card front but I didn't remove the protective pieces. I didn't want to stick it just yet. I needed to see where the branches were going to go.

The branches were also in the kit. I punched out two of them and set them on the card. I then added the word piece.  I just used snail to hold them in place.  

I tied a bow with the thick twine that came in the kit and I attached it with a glue dot that came in the kit as well.  I added some sequins that came in the kit. These sequins already have sticky dots on the backs of them.  Makes it easy to add to your project.

And that was it.  I am liking all the altered cards I have made and found on the net.  You can use these layouts with your own papers.  The square is about 2-1/2" x 2", so you can cut your own too.  I have found DMC floss works for the twine. I'm sure there's a color match for Cherry Cobbler.  I don't often put bows on my cards. Mostly because I don't have the matching colors. I don't often buy ribbons.

This was a fun card to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Beautiful Blizzard, Snowfall Thinlits Dies, Christmas Card

Today's card would be a great female Christmas card.  I thought it would be fun to play with the Powder Pink ink and card stock today.  And of course the "Beautiful Blizzard" stamp set and the "Snowfall" thinlits dies.

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 die cut the center snowflake from the center of that piece before I taped it to the card base.  I used Wink of Stella on this snowflake and I set it aside to dry.

I cut a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I stamped the background image from the "Beautiful Blizzard" stamp set. I inked it up with Powder Pink and stamped it on the card.  I turned the image 180 degrees, inked it up again and stamped below the first image I stamped.  

The words are from the "Beautiful Blizzard" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink.

I die cut the large and smallest snowflake using Whisper White card stock.  

I taped the large snowflake in place. Then the Powder Pink one on top of it.  I used a glue dot to set the smallest white snowflake in place. I added a tiny rhinestone to the center and the card was done.

It was a pretty quick card to make and an adorable pink card for a special little girl!! I did struggle with it because this is SO out of my element (color wise). I wanted to grab the Balmy Blue ink pad and card stock but I decided to step out of my box and go for it!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Buffalo Check, Beautiful Blizzard, Christmas Card

I'm not a bit fan of black and white Christmas cards.  Rethinking this, I should have gone with a blue, red or even green.  But I had some shimmery black ribbon sitting on my worktable so I just went with it.

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

I cut a quarter sheet of Whisper White card stock and inked up the "Buffalo Check" stamp with black Memento ink and stamped the image.  I did set it up on my Stamparatus so I could get a dark image.  I should have cut my piece of card stock larger, larger than the stamp image, because I had no where to put the magnet.  SO I ended up using some repostionable tape on the back and taping it to the paper on the Stamparatus.  I needed this piece of paper to be in a fixed spot in the event I needed to reink and stamp again. I actually inked and stamped a total of three times to get the solid image I was looking for.  Note here.  Don't rub your ink pad across the stamp.  See on the left side there's a black dot in the lighter part?  That's a little bit of fuzz or fabric from rubbing the ink pad.  So now that you know that your image will be perfect.  I cut this piece down to 4" x 2-3/4" and I taped it to a  4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White.  

Next I stamped the words from the "Beautiful Blizzard" set using black Memento ink.  I also used the black Memento ink on that.

I cut a 6" piece off the black shimmer ribbon and taped the ends to the back of the 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I then taped the entire piece to the card base.  I took the end of the leftover ribbon and tied a knot to the left side of the taped on piece of ribbon.  

I also found a Dazzling Diamond glitter paper snowflake so I used a glue dot and taped it in place on the card. It just seemed empty on the upper part of the card.  I used a black rhinestone from the "Faceted Dots" pack.  And that was it.

This was a fun card to make but I think I would use a different color if I ever make another one.  Black is not a great color for Christmas (in my opinion)!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda