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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Beauty Abounds, Healing Hugs, Get Well Card, 2019 Occasions Catalog, 2019 Sale-a-Bration

I found a pretty card on Pinterest that I thought I'd give a try to.  I had bought the "Beauty Abounds" butterfly bundle.  I LOVE all of the butterfly dies that come in that bundle.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Daffodil Delight card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black and on top of that is a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of "Botanical Butterflies" Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I taped the Basic Black layer and the DSP together.  

I cut a 2-1/2" x 3-7/8" piece of Whisper White card stock. I stamped the words from the "Healing Hugs" set using black Memento ink.  I cut a 2-3/8" x 3-7/8" piece of Basic Black for the layer.  I taped those two layers together and then taped them to the DSP.

I stamped the floral image from the "Beauty Abounds" set using black Memento ink. I colored the flowers using Highland Heather light and dark Blends and Granny Apple Green light and dark Blends.  Then the image was die cut using the stitched rectangles.  I cut a Basic Black layer to fit the rectangle.  I taped the two together and I set them in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals.  Adding Dimensionals only where the piece will touch the word panel.

I die cut some tiny butterflies from the "Butterfly Beauty" thinlits dies.  I set them in place with a small dot of glue.  I added a few crystal rhinestones.  I set the whole thing in place on the card base using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  I thought it was a pretty quick and simple card to make.  I can't express enough how easy Blends make coloring!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Geared Up Garage, Masculine Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

I took the day off yesterday because I was not feeling well.  I have the influenza stuff that is going around.  I thought I had this stuff the day after Christmas and for the following three weeks but it was either something else or it didn't take hold fully.  I'm SO tired of coughing. I slept for a total of 36 hours straight.  I've never slept that long in my life!  Today I'm feeling a little better, I still have the nagging cough but the body aches, headache a teeth hurting are gone. The cough could go away anytime and I'd like unplugged ears but I'll take it a little bit each day.  I read up on this and it takes about 10 days to get over it.  10 days feels SO long.  But last month, on December 15th, 10 days didn't feel long at all!!! LOL It's all about perspective!!

Okay, onto this fun card.  I had gotten the "Geared Up Garage" set and the matching dies.  This was a pretty simple card to make.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock. On top of that is a piece of the "Classic Garage" Designer Series Paper (DSP). The yellow piece on here is the backside of the traffic sign paper.  The traffic signs piece was cut at 1-1/2" and the other side was cut at 3-3/4".  I cut a 1/2" strip of Basic Black to hide where the two pieces meet.

I cut the Whisper White piece of card stock 3-3/8" x 3-1/8"  I set the words and the card from the "Geared Up Garage" set on my Stamparatus. I inked both up at the same time and stamped the image.  I colored the card using the dark Daffodil Blends marker. I added light Smoky Slate to the bottom of the card for the shadow and dark Smoky Slate for some of the chrome on the car.

I die cut the gears using silver foil paper and I set them in place using a bit of glue.

I think it was a fun card to make.  I did find this card on the net and I changed it a bit.  You can see the original card here.  

And now I'm off to curl up with a couple of blankets and veg for the night.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, January 28, 2019

Home to Roost, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, 2019 Stamin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

Here's a fun card I thought I would give a try to.  I am sure I got the colors wrong but I gave it my view and I ran with my thoughts on the colors.  You can see the original card here.

The  base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Crumb Cake card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Bermuda Bay card stock that I textured with an embossing folder that was in the 2018 Holiday Catalog. I don't remember the name of it. It would be great if the name could be added to the folder itself.  But since it isn't you'll just have to look it up.  I sponged Early Espresso ink on the edges and top of the textured parts.  I taped the piece in place on top of the card base.  

I stamped the rooster from the "Home to Roost" Sale-a-Bration set using black Memento ink.  I colored it using most of the colors from the last rooster card I made. You can see that card here and find the colors used there as well.  I did color the bottom part of the rooster a little darker using Crumb Cake Blends.  After coloring, I stamped the weeds from the same set. I stamped them using Early Espresso ink.  I die cut the rooster piece out using the largest stitched circle die. I die cut a Crumb Cake scalloped cirlce.  I sponged both and then taped them together.  I set the circle in place using Dimenisonals.

I didn't have the new cracked paint background but I did have my retired one, so I used it.  I stamped a piece of Cherry Cobbler and the ink used was Early Espresso. I also sponged the edges of the Cherry Cobbler strip. I taped the strip in place and then I set the rooster in place using Dimenisonals.  

The words are from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set. I stamped them using Early Espresso ink on a scrap piece of Crumb Cake card stock.  I punched it out using the "Classic Label" punch. I set the words in place using Dimensionals.  I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the inside of the card and it was done.

I thought this was a fun card to make.  Sorry about having to send you to my rooster post from the other day for the colors. I'm typing this up in a hurry because that horrid cold I had at Christmas and through most of this month came back. I had insomnia and when I don't get my sleep I get sick and now I'm sick again. I'm SO sick of coughing.  I hope none of you catch this, it's awful.  I'm whining so much about it because I rarely get sick, but when I do, I do.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, January 27, 2019

So Hoppy Together, Itty Bitty Greetings, 2019 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

This was one of the first Sale-a-Bration sets that I just had to have.  It was my first choice.  I think these frogs are adorable. The set is called "So Hoppy Together".

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Old Olive card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black card stock.  And on top of that is a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White. I did not add this piece until I was done stamping the words. 

I cut the focal piece 2-1/4" x 4".  I cut the Basic Black layer 2-3/8" x 4-1/8".  I stamped the frog on a unicycle using black Memento ink. And then I stamped the flies.  They are on a single stamp so you don't have to mess around stamping it three times. I set the layered panel on top of the Whisper White to see where to stamp the words.  The words are from the "Itty Bitty Greeting" set.

I colored the frog in using the Old Olive Blends.  I colored in the tire, petals, seat and bar going down the center using the light Smoky Slate Blends.  I colored the flies bodies in using the Daffodil Delight Blends.  I also colored the eyes of the frog with the same yellow but I did it after I posted the photo on here.  

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from the Animal Expedition" 12" x 12" paper pack.  I cut the piece 2" x 3-1/2".  I punched it using the "Banner Triple" punch. 

I added Dimensionals to the frog layers. I set the banner piece in place but didn't tape it down. I hovered the frog layer over the card where I wanted it to go and tilted it just enough so only the banner piece stuck to it.  I added some snail tape to where the banner piece covered the Dimensionals.  I added some tape to the tips of the banner piece and I set the panel in place. 

I added some glitter enamel dots to the front of the card and it was done. I like those glitter dots because they are not raised too high and it won't cost you extra postage.  I'd like to see some that look like the rhinestones, wouldn't that be fun?

This would be a great children's card, huh???

This was a fun card to make and I had a great time playing with the frog set.  Funny thing here, I don't like real frogs but cartoon ones are adorable.  Though I can say that about most things!  LOL

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Beauty Abounds, Botanical Butterfly, Pernnial Birthday, Stampin' Up! 2019 Sale-a-Bration, Birthday Card

Today I was at Terri's Stamping Extravaganza.  It's a fun time and a great way to see the new items in the Sale-a-Bration and Occasions catalog first hand.  Lots of fun samples and inspiration.  It's a chance to see the items up close and personal.  A chance to ask questions and learn a little too!  There's even drawings for Stampin' Up! products every hour. Ticket entries at the door when you come in and free items above and beyond the Sale-a-Bration ones when you make qualifying purchases.  I had a great time and took LOTS of photos.  Today's card was inspired by one of the photos I took.  The original card used the Grapefruit Grove color. I did not buy any of the in colors this time around. And the base of the original card was a folded half-sheet of the Grapefruit Grove card stock.  Here I used Whisper White.

I textured the 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Highland Heather using the new "Lace Dynamic" embossing folder.  It's SO pretty!

I cut the Whisper White layer on top at 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" and I cut the 3" x 3" piece of gingham Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the 6" x 6" Gingham Gala pack.  You could make 4 cards from one sheet with this layout.

I took a 2-1/8" circle and I stamped the bubbles from the "Beauty Abounds" stamp set using Highland Heather ink.  I stamped again without inking up the stamp again.

The butterfly is from the "Botanical Butterfly" DSP pack.  I punched out the butterfly using the new paper punch.  

The words are from the "Perennial Birthday" set. I stamped them using Highland Heather ink.  I stamped them on a 3-3/8" x 1-7/8" strip of Whisper White card stock. 

I taped the Highland Heather embossed piece to the card base.  Then I taped the Whisper White piece to the gingham piece and set it in place using Dimensionals.  I set the circle in place with Dimensionals.  And I added a Dimensional to the butterfly and set it on top of the circle but a bit off center.  The words were set in place using Dimensionals as well.  

This was a fun card to make and I can see myself making 3 more using this layout!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, January 25, 2019

Daisy Delight, Botanical Butterfly, 2019 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

I'm SO loving this "Botanical Butterfly" Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I got it  free in the Stampin' Up! 2019 Sale-a-Bration catalog.  Yup, free.  The punch to punch the butterfly out wasn't free but you can always fussy cut it out if you don't have the punch.  Not one of my favorite things to do but I will do it if I only have to cut one!!!  SO lazy!!!  

I found this card on Pinterest.  You can see the original card here.  I did change the words. I wanted something more bold.  

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 Basic Black card stock.  And on top of that the Whisper White piece was cut 3-3/4" x 5".  

I cut a 2" x 3-3/4" piece of the "Botanical Butterfly" DSP.  I taped it on the Whisper White layer. I cut a 1/4" x 3-3/4" piece of the checkered DSP, from the same pack. I taped it to the edge of the butterfly DSP.

In the paper pack I found the sheet that has the larger butterflies on it.  The ones that fit in the butterfly punch. I punched out a orange one. The original card has a different color. I don't remember but you will see it if you pop over there.  Before I added the butterfly, I stamped the words. The words are from the "Daisy Delight" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink.  Next I added the butterfly, attaching it with a Dimensional.  I drew in the dotted lines and the card was done.

This was a very fun card to make and I had a fun time with it.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Butterfly Gala, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Birthday Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

Isn't this a fun card?  The minute I saw it on Pinterest I knew I HAD to make it.  You can see the original card here.  I changed the wording, that's all.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock and I set the stitched rectangle die on top so I could see where the words needed to go.  I made a tiny pencil mark.  The words are from the "Happy Birthday, Gorgeous" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink.

After stamping the words, I die cut the stitched rectangle.  I had to guess at what size I needed. I  had to do a lot of guessing here since the photo didn't lead to a link that gave me any info.  After die cutting the rectangle, the 1-3/4" x 3-3/4" rectangle. 

Next I textured it with the "Subtle" embossing folder.  This folder makes the card stock look like it's linen.  

I stamped the "Sheet Music" image using black Memento ink on a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" Whisper White card stock.  I cut the piece to 4-1/2" x 2-1/8".  I taped it to the opening.  I also cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White and taped it to the back of the piece. After you texture the piece, it feels flimsy and I wanted to set it up on Dimensionals and it would sag a lot without any support.

I had stamped the butterflies from the "Butterfly Gala" set and after punching them out I was looking closely as to how to go about coloring them.  And then it dawned on me that these butterflies are from the "Botanical Butterfly" Designer Series Paper" that is one of the Sale-a-Bration" items you can pick from.  I set those butterflies in place with Dimensionals and the card was done.  I was SO glad I didn't have to to try to color them and try to make it look like the ones in the photo!!! I'd still be coloring!  LOL

I just LOVE the look of this card.  There is something about it, isn't there?

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Home to Roost, 2019 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration, Note Card

Today I wanted to play with the "Home to Roost" 2019 Sale-a-Bration set but I wanted to find a card that would be worthy of the time I put into it.  I'm saying that because I'm working on limited time today and wanted something quick but something that didn't look like I threw it together.

This card took a little more time than I had thought but it was because of my messy worktable. I misplaced my stitched die. I had to go over to my Blends pens and actually sort out the ones that weren't Blends so I could use all current markers.  I did learn that the Blendabilities have a square cap on the end and the Blends are more oval. Why did I not notice that before?

This was a fun card to make and I was going to make two but I had put the wrong die on the card stock and cut a scalloped square in Whisper White card stock.  So once I got all the materials needed I started in.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. You can use any color you want because the "Wood Texture" 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper (DSP) covers the whole front.  There's lots of papers in that pack and many of them will work on this background.

I cut my DSP 4" x 5-1/4" and I taped it in place on the card base.

I used the largest stitched die and cut a Whisper White piece.  This piece measures 2-5/8" x 2-5/8" and the layer behind it is Basic Black card stock and measures 2-3/4" x 2-3/4".  I the rooster image from the "Home to Roost" set. I set the rooster up in the Stamparatus and stamped it.  I was glad I did. Sometimes I have problems stamping an image for the very first time.  It's like there is a factory film on the image. So setting it in the Stamparatus, I was able to reink and restamp it.  And not it's a very nice darkly stamped image.  I colored the rooster using Blends markers, Bermuda Bay (light and dark), Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie (light), Soft Suede (light) and Real Red.  

I stamped the words on a 3/4" x 4-1/4" piece of Real Red card stock.  I stamped them using Versa Mark and I embossed it with white embossing powder.  I layered it with a 7/8" x 4-1/4" piece of Basic Black card stock.  I taped the layers together.

I took some hemp twine and made a bow. I tied a knot in the bow and added a glue dot to the back to hold it in place.

I set the rooster layer in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  It was a fun card to make and very easy.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Butterfly Gala, Thinking of You Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

You will never guess where I got the inspiration for this card.  Awww, you did guess it.  Pinterest!!! LOL  

This was a fun card to make and I did change it a bit.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Balmy Blue card stock.  This card opens on the right.

I cut a 1" strip of the "Botanical Butterfly" Designer Series Paper (DSP). I cut that strip into 4" pieces.  You can make a lot of cards using 1" strips.  12 cards to be exact!!! I made two because I cut two strips before I did the math!  I cut the Basic Black layer 1-1/2" x 4-1/8".  I taped the DSP to the Basic Black strips and set them in place on the card front using snail tape. The original card cut the strips at 3/4".  You can make even more than 12 from one sheet!!  After two I'm pretty much spent.  Christmas card making drains me!!! LOL

The words are also from the "Butterfly Gala" set. I don't often make "note" cards but the other words in the set didn't fit the front as well.  I cut it on the paper cutter after stamping. It ended up measuring 7/8" x 2-1/8" and the Basic Black layer measures 1" x 2-1/4". I set it in place using Dimensionals.

I had stamped the butterfly from the "Butterfly Gala" set using black Memento ink and then I stmaped the wings using Mango Melody ink on the top part and Pumpkin Pie ink on the bottom. I used the matching punch to punch it out. The image also stamps (at the same time) a smaller butterfly and the punch punches them both out at the same time.  So I have some little butterflies to play with down the road.  I added a strip of Dimensionals down the center of the back of the butterfly and set it in place on the word piece.  I colored the butterfly using Wink of Stella to give it a nice shimmer.

This was a fun card to make.  It's a super easy layout and a great way to use busy background paper.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


  

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Hello Cupcake, 2019 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration, Birthday Card

I found a fun card on Pinterest using the 2019 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration "Hello Cupcake" set.  I did change it a little.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Mango Melody card stock. This card opens on the side.

I took a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock and textured it using the "Subtle" embossing folder.  I cut the embossed piece on the diagonal.  I just lined up the tips of the corners on the line on the cutter where the blade had cut. That was the easiest way for me to do that.  Then I knew I'd get the angle right.  

I took a piece of the Mango Melody Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the 6" x 6" Brights paper pack.  I cut the DSP 4" x 5-1/4" the same way I cut the Whisper White textured piece.  You can make two cards doing this.  

I stamped the words from the "Hello Cupcake" set using black Memento ink on the Mango Melody DSP.  I turned the piece over and I lined up the diagonal edge with the diagonal edge of the Whisper White textured piece and I taped them together with a little bit of scotch tape.  Next I taped the piece in place on the card base.  

I stamped the cupcake "wrapper" using Soft Suede ink on Whisper White card stock. The cupcake was stamped using So Saffron ink and I stamped the frosting using Mango Melody ink.  

I added the sprinkles and the heart pick using Soft Suede ink.  I cut the image using the largest stitched oval die. I set the oval in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  This was a very fun card to make. I LOVE the colors too!  I thought this was an easy card to make too.  I used the Stamparatus to line up the cupcake parts.  Though they are clear stamps so you can see through them. But I'm SO spoiled by the Stamparatus that I use it way more than I need to.  But it's nice to be able to ink your image up again if it didn't get dark enough or inked right, and you can stamp in the same exact spot and not ruin your image.  Ya gotta LOVE that!!! I sure do!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Lasting Lily, Beautiful Promenade, Sympathy Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

I struggled a bit making this card.  I saw it on Pinterest and I tried to copy it. You can see the original card here.  

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Fresh Fig card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I cut a 2-1/8" x 5-1/4" piece of the "Petal Promenade" Designer Series Paper (DSP). I taped the DSP to the Whisper White background layer and I taped those two to the card base.

I stamped the words from the "Lasting Lily" stamp set using Fresh Fig ink and I die cut it with the Stitched oval die.  I also die cut a scalloped oval using Fresh Fig card stock.

I stamped the flower from the "Beautiful Promenade" set and I sponged on the color using Fresh Fit (lightly) and Flirty Flamingo (lightly).  I colored over the flower with Wink of Stella to give it some sparkle. I set the flower in place uisng Dimensionals.

Next I punched the leaves from the "Sprig" punch using Garden Green card stock. After I set it in place I was thinking that I probably should have used Mossy Meadow card stock.  This green just sticks out way too much.

I added Dimensionals to the back of the flower and stuck the sprigs to it. I set the flower in place on the ovals.  I added Dimensionals to the oval layers and I set it in place on the card front.

I added three of the Petal Pink rhinestone gems to the card and it was done.  I'm REALLY hoping I can take the springs off and add them using the Mossy Meadow card stock colored ones.  FYI, I did try with no luck.  So they will be Garden Green!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Friday, January 18, 2019

Butterfly Gala, Beauty Abounds, Thinking of You Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration and Occasions

I found a fun card on Pinterest that I thought I would give a try at making. I did change it a little.

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

On top of the card base I die cut a "Stitched Rectangle". I used the second largest die on the Highland Heather card stock piece. And on the focal Whisper White piece I used the fourth largest die.  I taped the Highland Heather piece to the card base.

I stamped the bubbles using Highland Heather ink, I did stamp off once before I stamped on the card stock.  I stamped them several times. There's two bubble images in the "Beauty Abounds" set.  The tiny dots are also from that set and I stamped them using Balmy Blue stamped off and also with Gorgeous Grape stamped off twice.  I stamped the tiny butterfly from the "Beauty Abounds" set using Balmy Blue and stamped off twice.

I stamped the butterfly from the "Butterfly Gala" using black Memento ink. I punched it out with the matching punch.  I colored it using a Balmy Blue marker and a blender pen (I didn't have the Balmy Blue Blends pen).  I colored in the butterfly with the light Highland Heather Blends marker.  

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

I stuck a glue dot in the middle of the piece and added some wrapped strands of gold thread.  I added a Dimensional to the back of the butterfly and set it in place.  I added Dimensionals to the back of the focal piece and set it in place on top of the Highland Heather piece.  

This was a fun card to make.  I love the colors.  This makes me long for spring. I even wrote down a recipe of ingredients to boil to make your house smell like spring.  I just have to buy a couple of limes and some thyme.  I've never bought thyme before and I'm not sure if it's a seasonal herb or not. I guess I'll find out the next time I go to the store.  I have vanilla and one other extract I don't recall.  When I make it and IF it smells like spring I will share the recipe with you!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Hello Cupcake, 2019 Sale-a-Bration, Birthday Card

Today I needed to make a birthday card and I thought I'd be a little creative with the colors!

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

I added a 5-1/4" x 2" piece of Flirty Flamingo Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the 6" x 6" "Brights" pack.  I taped the DSP to the left side using snail tape.

Using Whisper White card stock, I die cut a stitched rectangle from the new "Rectangle Stitches Framelits" dies.  I was surprised at how many rectangles are in that package!  I also die cut the next largest one using Berry Burst card stock.

I stamped the bottom part of the cupcake first using Soft Suede ink.

The words were stamped next using Berry Burst ink.

Then I stamped the frosting using Flirty Flamingo ink. I stamped the sprinkles and the heart pick using Berry Burst ink.

I taped the layers together and set them in place using Dimensionals and the card was done.  

This was a very quick card to make and to assemble.  I am liking how these two colors are working well together.  It takes your eyes and mind a few minutes to accept the two colors but once it does, they look fantastic together!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lasting Lily, Sympathy Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

I was looking on the net for some inspiration for the Sale-a-Bration "Lasting Lily" set.  Here is what I found, though I did change it a little because I didn't have the same die cut for the words, or the sequins or the Baker's Twine.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I added a 4-1/4" x 2" piece of the Highland Heather gingham Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the 6" x 6" "Gingham Gala" DSP pack in the 2019 Occasions catalog.  I taped it in place using snail tape.

I cut 3" x 4-3/4" piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the flower images from the "Lasting Lily" set using Highland Heather ink. I stamped the stems using Old Olive ink.  And the words, that are included in the set, were stamped using Highland Heather ink and then punched out using the "Pretty Label" punch.  I sponged the edges on the word piece.

I set the flower piece in place using Dimensionals and I set the word piece in place using Dimensionals as well.

This was a very simple and quick card to make.  I think I would like to make some for Mother's Day or birthdays.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

So Hoppy Together, 2019 Sale-a-Bration Card

Today I wanted to play with the "So Hoppy Together" Sale-a-Bration set.  I think the frogs on the set are just too stinkin' cute!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  This card opens at the side.

I took a 2" x 4-3/4" piece of the "Animal Expedition" Designer Series Paper (DSP) and taped it to a 2-1/4" x 5" piece of Tranquil Tide card stock.

I stamped the frog on a 3-3/8" x 2-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock. I stamped the frog using black memento ink.  I colored the frog in using the Light Daffodil Delight Blends Pen.  Then I colored all but the belly using the light Old Olive Blends Pen. I colored the belly using the Granny Apple Green marker because I didn't have that in the Blends.  I colored the bike in using the Smoky Slate, Soft Suede and Basic Black markers.  I don't have all of the Blends colors but I'm working on it!! I LOVE alcohol markers!!! They color evenly and blend in nicely (hence the name "Blends"). I taped a 3-5/8" x 2-1/2" piece of Tranquil Tide card stock to the frog image.  I set those layers in place using Dimensionals.  

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

I thought this was a pretty fun and easy card to make.  But anytime you can use DSP it makes the card creating go so much faster.  There's some flies in this set. I would like to make a background using them sometime.  I have put that idea down on my list and hope to do it sometime soon.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, January 14, 2019

Butterfly Gala, 2019 Occasions Catalog, Thank You Card, Botanical Butterfly

Well, isn't this a fun set to play with?  I can't wait to stamp some more cards with it.  I'm loving the butterflies in it!  The "Butterfly Gala" set has both butterflies and words to the set. 

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  This card opens at the bottom.

First I took a quarter sheet of Whisper White card stock and I stamped the butterfly using black Memento ink.  I chose the one that looked like a Monarch butterfly. I set up the stamp in the Stamparatus because I knew I needed to make at least three.  Since I used a quarter sheet of card stock, I planned on making four sets.  I say sets because the butterfly also has a small one attached to it so when you punch it out they are both lined up together.  Very cleaver! 

Next I stamped the top part of the butterfly using Pumpkin Pie ink.  Then I stamped the bottom part of the butterfly, again using Pumpkin Pie ink.

I lined up the body pieces and stamped them using black Memento ink.  Then I stamped the antennas but once I was ready to punch the butterflies out I realized I shouldn't have stamped them.  But what is done is done and I proceeded forward!

I cut a 2" x 3-3/4" piece of the small buffalo check paper from the "Botanical Butterfly" Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I taped the DSP in place on the left side of the card front.  

I set the butterflies on the card front for placement but I didn't stick them down.  The words are also from the "Butterfly Gala" set using black Memento ink. 

Then I set the butterflies in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  Super easy and quick card. I LOVE that punch!! I don't think I would like fussy cutting all of those butterflies.  Maybe one but not three.  I punched four because I stamped for. Now I have an extra one plus for tiny ones to play with later!!!

This was a fun card to make and these butterflies are making me wish for spring to be here.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Lovely Lattice, Special Celebrations, Anniversary Card, 2019 Sale-a-Bration

Today I needed to make an anniversary card. I thought the new "Lovely Lattice" Sale-a-Bration set would be a perfect set to use.  

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 3-3/4" x 4-1/4" piece of Calypso Coral card stock. The Whisper White piece was cut 3-1/2" x 4".  

I stamped the image using Basic Gray ink.  I had also set up that piece of card stock in my Stamparatus so I could restamp it in the event it didn't stamp clearly in any part.  There were some spots that didn't stamp clearly so I just inked it up and stamped it again.  The Stamparatus holds the paper in the exact spot you placed it and held down with a super strong magnet.  It's almost impossible not stamp in the same exact spot. I LOVE it. now I know I can get my images stamped super clear. It gives the card a more professional look.  I also own two MISTI's.  A small one and a large one. The Stamparatus is in between those two sizes.  I do like the extra plate with the Stamparatus so I can stamp two things on one image.  Let's pretend that I stamped the floral image on the card front along with the words. On one plate I could set up the flower part and on the other I could set up the words.I can ink up the flowers and stamp it then use the next plate to stamp the words without moving the paper.  That was a poor example because there would be enough room to place the flowers and the words on one plate.  I would still use all three of my tools. I like them all.  

Okay, back to my card.  After stamping the flower image, I colored the scallops on the lace with the Sahara Sand marker.

I used the Calypso Coral Blends markers (light and dark) for the flowers and Daffodil Delight (light and dark) for the flower centers. I used Old Olive (light and dark) for the leaves and stems.  Coloring with Blends makes coloring go so quickly and smoothly.  Blends actually blend.  When you color over a spot you already colored it doesn't leave a mark that showed you colored over it twice.  It just blends in.  OH SO NICE!!!

The words are from the "Special Celebrations" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink. I wanted them darker than Basic Gray.

I taped the layers together and set them in place with Dimensionals and the card was done.

This was a fun card to make and I sent it off with our son this afternoon when he picked up our granddaughters who spent most of the day with us just having fun.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Hello Cupcake, 2019 Sale-a-Bration, Birthday Card

I found this fun card on Pinterest using the new "Hello Cupcake" Sale-a-Bration set.  As I was working this card up I was thinking of all the fun I could have making cards with this set. I can't wait to play and show them to you.  But, even though the stamp set will still be sitting on my worktable, I won't be using it tomorrow. I need to make an anniversary card. I'm hoping there is a new set to use to make one!!!  

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" piece of Pool Party card stock.  And the Whisper White focal piece is cut 3-1/2" x 4-1/2".  

I used Soft Suede to stamp the bottom part of the cupcake.  There's the "cake" part showing that was stamped using Bermuda Bay ink.  The top of the cupcake was stamped using Pool Party ink.  The words, sprinkles and the heart piece were all stamped using Bermuda Bay ink.

I taped the top two layers together and then set them in place on the card base using Dimensionals.

I thought this was a fun looking card.  The colors were pleasing to the eyes.  It went together quickly and it was actually fun to make. I think when I use this set again, I will use more realistic colors.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Friday, January 11, 2019

Botanical Butterfly, By the Bay, Thinking of You Card

NEW STUFF!!!  Yay!!  If you lived in my neighborhood you may have heard me scream when I saw the box on my porch!  I was SO excited to play with the new stuff!  I cut the box open and I was taking things out and setting them on my worktable. I even broke the box down before I took a good look at the new stuff!  It was SO cold that I couldn't touch it for long, it actually made my fingers hurt.  I needed to make a quick decision as to which cold set I was going to warm up to play with!!! LOL

I opened the package of "Botanical Butterfly" Designer Series Paper (DSP).  The butterflies on the very first page were SO beautiful.  I fussy cut two out.  I took another piece of the DSP, the light and dark green piece that I used on the strip here.  I cut that strip 2" x 4-3/4".  What's bad about the butterfly paper is, the backside is a fun small black buffalo check.  But I got two packages of that paper so I'm sure I will be using the butterflies in one pack and the check in the other!!  These packages were free, they are part of the Sale-a-Bration that started last week!  I have been anxiously awaiting my order so I could play with some fun new stuff.  After cutting the butterflies I was thinking of spring while my fingers were still cold from handling the stamp sets!!! LOL  Winter isn't over yet, it's just started.  But one can think of spring, right?  LOL

This was a fun and super easy card to make.  The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is the light and dark DSP strip.  The black layer behind the strip was cut 2-1/8 x 4-7/8".  I taped those two layers together and I taped them to the card base.

The words are from the "By the Bay" set.  I stamped them using black Memento ink.  This is another Sale-a-Bration set. I liked it because it seemed like a great masculine set. 

I fussy cut the butterflies and I set them in place on the DSP panel using strips of Dimensional. I cut them thin enough and ran them along the body of the butterfly.  And that is it.  The butterflies were already colored so I really didn't do a lot to make this card.  I did cut out two strips of the DSP and I think I'm going to make another butterfly card but I will probably make it a birthday card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Blooms & Wishes, Sheltering Tree, Thinking of You Card

While looking through my stamps for something to play with, I ran across the "Blooms & Wishes" set and from the looks of the set, I had not used it yet!  WHAT???  That is SO unheard of. I did a search on my blog and nope, I have not used this set!!  

I made a quick and simple card with this "Blooms & Wishes" set.  The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I stamped the flower on a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock using Highland Heather ink.  I stamped the center of the flower using Gorgeous Grape ink.  I fussy cut the flower out. 

Next I set the flower on top of the card front to see where I was going to stamp all the greens.  There's four small leaf and sprig images in this set and I used them all to make the background behind the flower.  On the thick leaves images, I stamped using Granny Apple Green ink and I stamped again on the card front without inking it up again.  I stamped these images in a circle.  It's a big old ugly mess under the flower but once the flower was set in place it actually came all together and looks nice!!

Before adding the flower, I stamped the words from the "Sheltering Tree" set using Gorgeous Grape ink. 

I attached the flower using Dimensionals.  I added a crystal rhinestone to the center of the flower and the card was done! 

It was very quick and simple and a little pretty too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Snow is Glistening, Thoughtful Banners, Thank You Card

Today I needed to make a few thank you cards and since I still had stuff sitting out from yesterday, I thought I would work that template one up like you're supposed to. (And it turned out!!!  YAY!!!)  If you click here you can see how to use that template in yesterday's post.  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White cards stock.  This card opens at the bottom.

I used the template to make my snowflake circle image.  I'm sure you could do the same type of circle if you lightly traced a circle onto the card stock and then stamped the snowflakes around it.  Though the template does position them perfectly.  I stamped my snowflakes from the "Snow is Glistening" set using Balmy Blue ink.  I layered the snowflakes with a 3" x 3" piece of Balmy Blue card stock. The piece the snowflakes are stamped on measures 2-7/8" x 2-7/8". It was made using the square die. You will need to use the square die to make the template and to also make the squares you want to stamp on, they need to fit in the template.  

The words are from the "Thoughtful Banners" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink.

I cut two 1" strips of Designer Series Paper from the "Subtles" 6" x 6" paper stack.  I cut one at 5-1/2" and the other at 4-1/4".  I taped them in place. It doesn't matter which one you tape on first.  Then I added the snowflake layers using Dimensionals.  And for the final touch I added crystal rhinestones to the center of each snowflake.  

What is really sad here is that I feel like I'm biding my time playing with the stamps sets I have while waiting for my order to arrive.  Which is kind of true but if the new stuff hadn't been available to order yet, I'd be playing with these sets and not whining about it!!! LOL I'm just anxious to play with the new stuff.  Oh my, I'm reverting back to a child!!! LOL

This was a fun card to make. I especially liked the simplicity in the layout.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Abstract Impressions, Thank You Card

A while back I made a pretty card using the "Abstract Impressions" flower in a circle.  I totally forgot how I made it. I should have done a search on my blog to find that card. Well, I did do a search but after I made the card and wondered why it looked so sparse!!! The original card can be found here, nice and full and not sparse!  The card I had made can be found here.  I liked the colors of the original card but I didn't have the Berry Burst ribbon.  Now that I had the ribbon I wanted to make that card and I made it wrong!!

I have been keeping this Cajun Craze template in my Stamparatus for safe keeping, along with the square that fits in the middle of it.  This template was so you could stamp that 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" square.  And now I don't remember what that template was for.  So I surfed my blog and found it.  Click here to see why you would use a template like the one pictured below.  Plus it will tell you how to make that template too. Then you can save it and wonder why! LOL

The base of the 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 silver foil card stock. And the focal piece is cut 4" x 5-1/4".  I did use the template to stamp the flowers. I just taped my focal piece on the back of the template with removable tape. I centered it first.  Then I just stamped the large flower using Berry Burst ink, stamped off once. I stamped on every section. Then I used the smaller flower and stamped with Berry Burst on top of each flower.  I removed the focal piece and stamped the leaves using Granny Apple Green ink.  I added a few more leaves to fill in the gaps. 

The words are from the same "Abstract Impressions" set. I used black Memento ink to stamp them.  I used a medium glue dot to stick the tiny silver sequin ribbon to the wreath and then I added another glue dot on top to stick the ribbon in place.

I added rhinestones to the center of each flower and it was fun.  I laugh because I wanted to make this card SO bad and I still messed it up. But it ended up being a pretty mess but it still wasn't what I wanted!!! I'll still use it though, it was a happy accident!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, January 07, 2019

Abstract Impressions, Springtime Impressions, Sheltering Tree, Thinking of You Card

Today's card was a very fun and easy card to make.  The base of the 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 Gorgeous Grape card stock. 

I die cut the flowered layer from the "Springtime Impressions" dies using Highland Heather card stock. 

I die cut a stitched oval using Whisper White card stock.  And yes, I did cut the oval before I stamped on it. I needed to know what kind of space I had to work with.

I stamped the stems part using Pear Pizzazz on the thicker stems and Granny Apple green on the thinner stems from the Abstract Impressions set.

I stamped the flowers using Highland Heather ink. And I stamped the highlights using Gorgeous Grape ink. I set the oval in place using Dimensionals.

The words are from the "Sheltering Tree" set. I stamped them using Gorgeous Grape ink. I taped the center part of the word strip and set it on top of the oval.  And that was it.  

I need to play with this set more. It's such a fun and easy set to use.  Maybe tomorrow!!!  (Because I'm not putting it away today, I have other things to do than clean off my worktable!!! LOL).

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Dragonfly Dreams, Thank You Card

Today the "Dragonfly Dreams" set came to mind so I grabbed it off the shelf and looked on Pinterest to make something with it since my mind is still a bit foggy from this whatever it is I caught.  It's some kind of plague!!! LOL You can see the original card here.  I did change a few things on it.

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 card stock. 

I cut a 5-1/4" x 2" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Best Route" 12" x 12" paper pack.  I taped the DSP to the bottom of the  5-1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock after I had stamped the dragonflies.  The dragon flies were stamped using Gray Granite ink.  I was thinking that I should have stamped off but I kind of like them darker.  After they were stamped and the DSP was taped in place I added a 5-1/4" x 1/2" piece of Gray Granite card stock.

I used Versa Mark to stamp the dragonfly and I embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I die cut it out.  I couldn't imagine fussy cutting the body of this dragon fly!!! That would be a lot of work.

I stamped the words from the same set using Gray Granite ink and I die cut them with the second largest stitched circle die.  I set the circle in place using Dimensionals.  I used snail on part of the dragonfly and I set it in place on the circle. 

I added Dimensionals to the 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock and set it in place on top of the card base.  And that was it.

I thought this was an easy card to make and kind of fun. It's a little different that what I usually make (mostly the top background) but there is something about it that I like.

Thank you so much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Healing Hugs, Get Well Card

Well, you should know me by now. If the set is still sitting out (which usually means I was too lazy to put it away!), I will make another fun card with it.  I found this card here. 

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Gorgeous Grape card stock.  On top of that I layered a 2-1/8" x 5" piece of Highland Heather and a 1-7/8" x 4-3/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.

Next I stamped the flower on some scrap Whisper White card stock.  I set it aside to dry a bit before I fussy cut it out.  While it was drying, I stamped the words from the "Healing Hugs" set using Granny Apple Green ink.  I used the Stamparatus to do the words and that is why they are darker than the leaves. I stamped the words several times to get them all nice and dark and evenly colored.

After I fussy cut the flower from the "Healing Hugs" set that I stamped with Gorgeous Grape ink, I fussy cut it out.  I set it on top of the word strip and then I stamped the leaves. I needed to see where the leaves needed to go.  There's lots of play with the leaves so I was good pretty much wherever I stamped them on that corner.  I taped the flower in place but only on the part that was touching the Whisper White word panel.  Then I taped the two layers together.  I added Dimensionals to the back of the word layers.  I didn't press them in place. I needed to cut a doily in half and tape it under the word panel in the area the flower is in. 
I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card. I stamped the little flower image using Granny Apple Green ink and then I stamped the words using Gorgeous Grape ink.  And the card was done.

I thought it was a pretty quick card to make, even with the fussy cutting (which I HATE to do now that there are so many dies to go with cards - they have made me a lazy stamper!!! LOL).

There are over 1700 cards on my blog that can be made in under 20 minutes.  Click here to be taken to the link.

Update on the health issue.  I think I am now back among the living.  Not 100% but at lease I have a voice now.  Though I can't yell or it cuts out.  So hubby is safe for one more day!!! LOL  The cough is hanging in there as well as the stuffy nose.  UGH!! But I can't complain, it's SO much better than it was before!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Friday, January 04, 2019

Healing Hugs, Get Well Card

The choice of stamp set I wanted to play with today is the "Healing Hugs".  I bought this because it reminded me a bit of the 2018 Sale-a-Brations flower.  But this one isn't quite as nice, though it's still easy to work with and quick to do.

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

I stamped the flower (which I wished I had moved it up just a bit more) using Berry Burst ink.  I made a mask and covered the flower and stamped the leaves using Granny Apple Green.

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

I took a piece of the Berry Burst Metallic-edge ribbon and taped the ends to the back of the focal piece.  I taped all the layers together.  I slipped the ribbon (still on the spool) under the ribbon I taped in place and I tied a knot. I cut the ends and slid it along to a spot where I thought it looked best.  And that was it. 

I needed a super quick card to make today. I'm still not feeling well, though I am feeling better.  This cough is just hanging in there.  I hope none of you get this, it's awful. And today is my birthday. It started with a package on the counter for me when I woke up this morning. Then an email from a sweet friend with the Casey Jones "Happy Happy Birthday" song on it!!! A bit of nostalgia (not saying how old I am, but my mom had a bread box and our phone had a dial on it!!! LOL I had ordered my groceries yesterday and I picked them up today. I had no energy to go shopping myself. And then I went to lunch with a dear friend. I had a great day!  Hubby brought dinner home and after dinner we had Bundtlets from "Nothing Bundt Cakes".  Mine was lemon!!! YUM!!!! And my day was topped off by the granddaughters (3 & 5) singing Happy Birthday to me over the phone before they went off to bed.  It melted my heart.  It was a grand day!

Thank you SO much for visiting my blog today. It really does mean a lot to me.
Wanda

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Abstract Impressions, Perennial Birthday, Ribbon Border Punch, Birthday Card

Today I wanted to play with the "Abstract Impressions" set.  I found this card on Pinterest. I had a piece of the Poppy Parade Designer Series Paper from the 6" x 6" DSP pack.  It was cut 4-1/4" x 3-1/2".  Had it been a little longer the card would have looked more like the original.  But since you haven't gone and looked at the original, this looks great, right???  LOL

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. This was cut on the 8-1/2" side and folded at 5-1/2".  This card opens at the bottom.

I punched out the Poppy Parade border using the "Ribbon Border Punch". I forgot that was not retired.  I have not used mine much.  I taped it to the edge of the DSP and then I taped the DSP to the card front.

The words are from the "Perennial Birthday" set. I stamped them using Poppy Parade ink.

I stamped the stems of the floral image first. I used the thickest stems first with Pear Pizzazz ink. My ink pad needs ink!  And then I stamped the thinner ones using Granny Apple Green.

I stamped the flowers using Daffodil Delight and the highlights were done using Crushed Curry.  I should have used the Mango Melody, it would have been a little darker.

I die cut the flowers using the second largest stitched oval die.  The original was done using the largest die. I die cut the scalloped oval using Granny Apple Green card stock.  I taped those two layers together and set them on the card using Dimensionals.

It's a pretty easy and quick card to make. I think it would also make a great thank you,, get well, thinking of you or Mother's Day card.  I like this layout and I LOVE the ribbon border!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Dandelion Wishes, Sheltering Tree, Thinking of You Card

Today I wanted to play with the "Dandelion Wishes" set.  I found a scrap of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the 6" x 6" Subtles stack.  It's fun when you can actually use these small pieces. I tend to save all the pieces so I'm even more thrilled when I actually use them!

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Highland Heather.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Gorgeous Grape card stock.  On top of that is a 4-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White card stock.

The DSP strip measures 1-1/4" x 4-1/8".  The Gorgeous Grape layer measures 1-3/8" x 4-1/4".  I taped that onto the Whisper White layer.

I stamped the words from the "Sheltering Tree" set using Gorgeous Grape ink.

I cut a 3" x 3-1/4" piece of Highland Heather. I stamped the "Dandelion Wishes" image on it using Gorgeous Grape ink. I cut the layer behind it at 3-1/8" x 3-3/8". I taped those two layers together and set them in place on the card front using Dimensionals.

I added a rhinestone to the center of each dandelion.

I also added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the inside of the card and it was done.

This was a very quick card to make and super easy!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Waterfront, Sheltering Tree, Thinking of You Card

Today's find is from Pinterest, with a little change but not much.  You can see the original card here.  I was looking for something that used the "Waterfront" set because it was still sitting out on my worktable (along with 150 other things!!!). And being in need of thinking of you cards, I thought this image would work nicely.

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 Tranquil Tide card stock.  And the focal piece measures 3-7/8" x 5-1/8". 

First I stamped the long image from the set. Here I used it as the land. I stamped it once, inked up my stamp and stamped again above and over a little from my first stamping.  Then I moved it to the other side and up just a bit and stamped again without inking it up.

Next I stamped the background. I inked up the stamp and stamped off twice before stamping on my card stock. I had done it on a previous piece only stamping off once and the background was too dark for the trees.  So here I stamped the image to the left and then to the right and then above without inking the image again. I tried to get as much ink off that stamp as I could!

Then I added the trees. I set it up in my Stamperatus and I ended up inking the trees three times to get them dark enough to show up nicely.

The words are from the "Sheltering Tree" set. I also used the Stamperatus for them because I wanted to get them straight and dark enough!  I LOVE that tool!!!  It's a must have!

I do like how this card turned out.  The original card didn't have instructions so I had to wing it and now you can follow along here and make one yourself!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda