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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Lovely Lattice, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Birthday Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

It was a difficult decision to figure out which Sale-a-Bration set I was going to play with today.  It will be the last time I will be posting images from them on here since they retire tomorrow.  I was looking through the ton of cards I had saved from Pinterest and I thought this one looked pretty.  I LOVE the Coastal Cabana color and I wish that Stampin' Up! would come out with them in the Blends. I miss that color.  You can see the original card here.  My card is a little different but it's okay, I like how it looks.

This is an easy card to make though it did take a little time to color.

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

The Whisper White piece was cut 3-1/2" x 4-3/4".  I stamped the image from the "Lovely Lattice" set using black Memento ink.  I colored the leaves in using Granny Apple Green Blends markers.  I colored the flowers in using a blender pen and the Bermuda Bay marker.  The centers of the flowers were colored in using the Daffodil Delight marker. That was the part that took the longest.  It really didn't take all that long to color and I was in the mood to color so I think it went quickly.  

After coloring, I added the words from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set using black Memento ink.

I had a piece of the Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green ribbon from a package of card stock (as a gift).  It came in handy.  I wrapped the ribbon around the top of the Whisper White piece and tied a bow.  I stuck a few tiny glue dots around to hold it in place.

I added Dimensionals to the back and set it in place on the card base. I like how the card lines up with the top edge and not centered all around.  I didn't pay attention when I was cutting it and I'm thinking that length should be about 3/8" longer.  So the card stock should be cut 3-1/2" x 5-1/8".  I like this layout and I think I may try using it again on another image. Hopefully in the near future!

I do like how the card turned out and it was fun to just sit and color for a little while.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Painted Season, Southern Serenade, Birthday Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

Oh no, only one more day and all the fun Sale-a-Bration sets will be retired.  I didn't play with the frog set enough.  And there's other ones I didn't pay much attention to.  I will end up putting them in my web store. I just can't hang onto retired sets anymore. My workroom is getting too full. I will let you know when they go in the store.  It will be a little while because it takes time to take the photo, weigh the package, get all that info and measurements put in the web store so by the time you see it, it's just a paragraph with a link to purchase!  

Today's card comes to you from the "Painted Seasons" Sale-a-Bration set and the "Painted Seasons" 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.  I found the card on Pinterest.  I didn't have the ribbon that was used on the original card, so I made a few little changes and got the card to work for me!

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 the "Painted Seasons" DSP.  That will be retiring too after tomorrow.
I took a scrap piece of Whisper White and stamped the flower from the "Painted Season" set using Poppy Parade ink.  I colored the center of the flower with the Early Espresso marker.  I fussy cut the image out. I did not invest in the die cuts. 

I cut a 4" x 2" piece of Whisper White card stock and after setting the flower on the left side, I could determine where I wanted to stamp the leaf.  I used Shaded Spruce to stamp it.  I didn't have the Call Me Clover ink pad, I didn't invest in any of the in colors this time around.  It was too big of an expense for me.  After stamping the leaf, I stamped the words from the "Southern Serenade" set.  I love the font.  It seemed to fit well with the flowers.  I set that panel in place on the card using Dimensionals.

Next I set the flower in place with Dimensionals and I added a few pearls. Oh, I also colored in the center of the flower with Wink of Stella to give it some sparkle, and of course it doesn't show up in the photo.  And that was it.  This was a very quick card to make and a great way to use up some DSP!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Friday, March 29, 2019

Painted Seasons, Southern Serenade, Birthday Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Brations

You are not going to believe this!  I needed a sympathy card and I was going to make one but I just couldn't get myself to do it.  But I did have one in my stash that I am using.  Yes, I actually am using a card in my stash. I hope you were sitting down for that!!! LOL

I had taken out the "Painted Seasons" Sale-a-Brations set.  I have not played with this one much.  It became available on March 1st and by the time it arrives you only have about 20 days to play with it.  And with me, in those 20 days I've already forgot I have it!!!  UGH!  

So today I thought I would play with it since it is retiring in 2 days.  I may make another card using it tomorrow.  It's a fun and easy set to use.  I LOVE the pine cone in it but that just seems like a fall image. 

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

I cut a 5" x 1-7/8" piece of the "Painted Seasons" Designer Series Paper (DSP) and I taped it to a 5-1/8" x 2" piece of Granny Apple Green card stock.

The image was stamped on a piece of 2-1/4" x 3" piece of Whisper White card stock using Pool Party ink.  And the words are from the "Southern Serenade" set and were stamped using Shaded Spruce ink.  I taped that to a 2-3/8" x 3-1/8" piece of Pool Party card stock.  I tied a piece of white Baker's Twine around the panel.  I set it in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it. It's a very quick and easy card to make.  It may have been a good sympathy card but I didn't have any words that would fit in that small area.

I forgot to add, I colored the image in using a Wink of Stella pen.  It's difficult to see in the photo.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Thursday, March 28, 2019

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

I don't visit Split Coast Stampers as much as I used to do.  I mostly look around on Pinterest now a days!  But today I was on Split Coast Stampers and I ran across this card.  I LOVED the whole frame idea.  Though their frame was different and so was the bottom edging. But I like it just the same.  You can see the original card here.  

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

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that I taped a 1-3/4" piece of the Soft Sea Foam Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the 6" x 6" Subtles pack.  

Next I took a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White and using the smallest of the "Delicate Lace" die cuts, I die cut the bottom edge.  Then I trimmed the straight end so the 4-1/2" x 4".  I taped it on top of the 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White.  The lacy edge allows the stripes of the DSP to show through.  I really like that look.  

Then I stamped the pieces to the cupcake.  There are four, the bottom, the "cake" part, the frosting and the heart. I stamped the bottom and the heart using Soft Sea Foam ink.  I stamped the "cake" part using Soft Suede ink and the frosting was done using Petal Pink ink. I die cut those four pieces.  I taped the "cake" piece to the cupcake bottom using snail on the edge and then I added a little bit of scotch tape to hold it together better on the backside.  I used Dimensionals to set it in place.  I added the frosting with Dimensionals.  I didn't add the heart until later.

I needed to figure out how to make a cute frame. The frame in the original card has the scallops on the inside.  SO cute.  But I didn't have a die like that so I'm working with what I have.  I used the scalloped square die for the outer edge, the stitched square die for the next frame and a smaller square for the center opening.  I die cut the outer two first. I wasn't paying attention or I could have done all three at the same time because they all fit within each other.  But now you know, so you can save yourself a whole 30 seconds!!! LOL  I did cut the Petal Pink card stock on the paper cutter. It measures 2-1/8" x 2-1/8".  

I put the two frame pieces together, face side down and I took some Washi tape and taped them together. Scotch tape will work for this too. I just wan't sure what I was doing at the time. The frame pieces were now one.

I stamped the words from the "Hello Cupcake" set using black Memento ink.  Then I lined the frame up to see how it looked and I taped the frame to the word piece.  I set the frame in place using snail tape.

I set the cupcake pieces in place using Dimenisonals. 

And for the final touch I added some sequins from the "Iridescent Sequins" assortment pack.  I glued them in place and I also glued the heart.  I had set it aside because I didn't want to take the glue out for just one thing when I knew I would be using it for the sequins.

I added Wink of Stella to the heart and then card was done.  I think it's just TOO stinkin' cute and I really LOVE that frame!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Questions?

Sometimes I get comments left on posts that ask me questions.  I can not reply to questions that way. I can only leave a comment with the answer and hope the one asking the question comes back to read it.  But how would they know there's a comment there that is related to their question?  They don't.  

On the right sidebar of my blog is  "Got A Question" and below that is a link to my email address.  Just click on that and you can email me your questions and I will be able to get back to you.  

But now that you know you can also check back in the comments section, you have two options for your answers!

Have a great day,
Wanda

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Beautiful Bouquet, Botanical Butterfly, Birthday Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

Today's card was a fun and simple one.  I found it while surfing the net.  You can see the original card here.  

I don't usually use that large of a background piece and as I look at the card I think I would have worked this one out a little differently.  

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that I taped a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Balmy Blue card stock. 

I cut the gingham from the 6" x 6" "Gingham Gala" Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.  It measures 3-3/4" x 5".  I taped it to the Balmy Blue piece.

The words are from the "Beautiful Bouquet" set. I stamped them on Whisper White card stock using black Memento ink.  I die cut the words using the "Stitched Circle" die.  

I took a piece of 5/8" wide white ribbon.  My ribbon is retired.  I didn't have the ribbon that was used on the original card.  I set the ribbon in place using glue dots.

I added some Dimensionals to the stitched circle and set it in place over the ribbon.

I punched out a butterfly from the "Botanical Butterfly" 12" x 12" DSP.  There's a whole sheet (two of them actually) of butterflies that are just black and white and waiting to be colored.  I punched the butterfly out using the "Butterfly Duet" punch.  I took the Balmy Blue sponge dauber and rubbed on some blue.  And then I took the Granny Apple Green sponge dauber and sponged it on the outer parts of the leaves.  I don't wash my daubers, I have them in a little case and they are each labeled.  That way I don't have to wash them.  I wait until I'm almost out of sponges and daubers before I wash them.  But now I know I have some ready when I need them.  After sponging the butterfly I set it in place using a Dimensional.  I bent the wings up a little. I often wonder if they just go flat when you mail the card.  

And for the final touch I added three sequins from the "Iridescent Sequin" assortment.  I just set them in place with a little white glue.  And that was it.

This was a very quick and simple card to make.  I LOVE playing with those butterflies.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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

Only 5 days left and this "Hello Cupcake" set will be retiring.  I am hanging on to mine for a while longer since I did purchase the matching dies. I plan to make more cards in the near future.  What's sad about the Sale-a-Bration ending soon is that I have not played with the sets as much as I would have liked to. I just get too many and then end up picking a few and stick with them.  I always tell myself, no more than 4 new Sale-a-Bration sets.  It doesn't work. I didn't listen as a child, why would I listen now?  LOL

This was a 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" x 5-1/4" piece of Melon Mambo card stock.  And then a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White card stock goes on top of that one.  Before that piece was taped on I stamped the "sprinkles" image on the right corners of the panel using Melon Mambo ink.

I cut a 1-3/4" piece of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Garden Impressions" 6" x 6" pack.  I did cut that piece so I could make two more cards.  I tend to put pieces back in the package and never use them again.  I taped the DSP to the Whisper White piece that has the sprinkles in the corners.

With the thought of making more cards using the DSP, I decided to take out my Stamparatus and stamp the cupcake pieces using it.  I cut three 2-3/8" x 3-7/8" pieces of Whisper White.  I set it up in the Stamparatus and stamped the cupcake bottom using Soft Suede ink. I stamped the other two pieces when I was done with the first one.  Then I stamped the "cake" part using So Saffron ink. I repeated this on the other two pieces.  The "frosting" was stamped using Melon Mambo ink.  I stamped the other two pieces.  And lastly I stamped the sprinkles and the words at the same time.  Both were done using Early Espresso ink.  I stamped the other two and I had 3 cards ready to put together and very quickly too!

I taped the Whisper White piece with the Melon Mambo sprinkles in the corners on top of the Melon Mambo piece of card stock.  I taped those two layers to the card base.  Next I taped the cupcake image to the 2-1/2" x 4" piece of Melon Mambo card stock.  I set those layers in place using Dimensionals.  

This is a very quick and easy card to make.  Now I'm off to tape the other two together!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, March 25, 2019

Home To Roost, Birthday Card, Masculine Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

It's getting down to the wire here.  Sale-a-Bration ends in 6 days.  I still have lots of fun things I found on the net to make but they will have to be set aside for another time. Which translates into "you're never going to make them!" 

This was a fun card.  Very easy to make.  It does have a few pieces to it but it wasn't bad at all.  I found it on Pinterest. You can see the original card here.  The only thing I changed were the words.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Very Vanilla that I covered the upper 3/4 with roosters.  I colored in the head part of the rooster using the Real Red marker.

I took a 2" x 4" piece of Real Red card stock and textured it with the "Pinewood Planks" embossing folder.  I taped it to the bottom of the Very Vanilla piece.  I added a 1/2" x 4" strip of Basic Black card stock.  I think it should have been 3/4" instead but it still worked. I taped that over the edge of the Real Red piece, overlapping it a little.

I stamped the rooster on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla and I die cut it using the stitched circle die. And I die cut a Basic Black scalloped circle at the same time. It just saves time when you can run more than one item through.  I taped the two layers together.  I colored the rooster like I did with the others.  I set the layers in place using Dimensionals.  

Next I stamped the words from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set using black Memento ink. I punched it out using the "Classic Labels" punch.  I added glue to the right side of the piece and a Dimensionals to the left side and set it in place on the card.

And for the final item, I took some linen thread and made a bow.  I used a plastic fork and wrapped it around the tines three or four times.  Before I wrapped it I cut a piece and set it between the middle tines.  Then I wrapped the thread around. I took the cut piece and tied the loops together.  I have seen where you thread the ends through and tie the knot. I did try that but the loops didn't stay in place very nice.  I just clipped the ends that were wrapped around so they weren't visible and the glue dot held them in place. I trimmed the ends of the piece I used to tie it together and it was ready to be set in place on the rooster. 

This is such a bright and vibrant card.  SO masculine too!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Painted Season, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Birthday Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

Today I found this fun card by Jan at "Thinking Stamping".  What really caught my attention was, not only the color (I LOVE that Pacific Point blue) but the layout.  Usually the layers are centered or to the left.  I LOVE it that they are all gathered at the right corner.  

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Pacific Point card stock.  On top of that is a 5" x 3-3/4" piece of Sahara Sand.  Be sure to tape it to the upper right corner.  

The Whisper White piece was cut 4-7/8" x 3-5/8".  I stamped the flower from the "Painted Season" set using Pacific Point ink. I made a mask using a post it note. I had it in the stamp set from a previous stamping.  They can be used over and over.  I set the mask over the flower and then I stamped the larger Old Olive leaves.  The tiny leaves were stamped using Sahara Sand.  And the words are from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set and I used Sahara Sand to stamp them.

I added three crystal rhinestones and then a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White was added to the inside and the card was done.

This was a very quick card to make but I'm still loving the layout. When I compare the two cards, I think the Sahara Sand should have been cut 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" and the Whisper White piece cut 5" x 3-3/4".  I think mine has a little too much Pacific Point card stock showing. Though I still think it's pretty.  Now I want to try this with some other images.  It's just so different yet attractive.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Saturday, March 23, 2019

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

Today is my younger sister's birthday.  You all know I have cards in my stash but I always feel I need to make a "fresh" card when I need one.  Though there are times I have used cards in my stash.

Today's card was made using the "Hello Cupcake" set and the matching die.  It's too bad this is a Sale-a-Bration set and will be retiring 8 days.  I've had a lot of fun with this set and I will be hanging onto mine for a while.  I find it versatile. I can use it for adults or children.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 2-1/8" x 4-1/4" piece of Melon Mambo Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Brights 6" x 6" pack.  I taped that piece in place on the right.

I had added some Wink of Stella on the frosting piece.  The Wink of Stella caused the ink to bleed, which was a good thing, it made the frosting look more pink in the white areas.  I tried to stay away from the Early Espresso sprinkles, I didn't want the brown to get into the pink.

I die cut a "Stitched Oval" using the largest die in the pack. I die cut it using Melon Mambo card stock.  Then I die cut the largest scalloped oval using Basic Black card stock. I taped those two layers together and taped them to the front of the card. 

Then I stamped the cupcake bottom using Crumb Cake ink. The "cake" part was stamped using So Saffron ink and the frosting was stamped using Melon Mambo. I added some "sprinkles" using Early Espresso ink. I die cut all three pieces out.

I taped the "cake" part to the cupcake bottom. The cupcake bottom is on top of the "cake" part.  I taped those two pieces in place on the oval.  I added the frosting piece using Dimensionals.

The words are from the "Hello Cupcake" set and I stamped them using black Memento ink.  And that was it.  This was a fun and easy card to make.  

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Friday, March 22, 2019

Beaded Bracelet

Today I took the day off from card making and thought I would play with some beads. I had found this fun bracelet on You Tube. It was easy to follow, though I did modify it a bit so it was more solid and not so wobbly.  

I just needed a break from stamping and I had missed beading. 

I plan to make some of these and put them in my web store.  I will be back to card making tomorrow.

I'm off to make some more bracelets!

Have a wonderful day,
Wanda

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Butterfly Beauty Thinlits, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up! 2019 Occasions Catalog

Today I thought I would play with the "Butterfly Beauty" thinlits.  I think these butterflies are SO pretty.  They are fun to work with and not as difficult to get out of the cutting die as I thought they would be.  This set has two butterfly dies in it, plus other smaller ones and other items.  The two dies compliment each other.  You cut the thicker winged die (like the one posted here) and then you can cut the thinner one using a different color and tape the two together to get a beautiful effect. I will have to give it a try next week sometime.

Today's card is a very easy one.  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.  And on top of that is a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Floral Romance" 12" x 12" pack.  Both of these items can be found in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.

I taped the DSP to the Basic Black layer and then I cut the butterflies.

I added small Dimensionals to the thicker parts of the wings.  I set the butterflies in place.

The words are from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set. I used black Memento ink to stamp them.  I punched them with the "Classic Label" punch.  I set them in place using a small Dimensional on the right and glue on the rest of it. 

I colored a couple of the "Glitter Enamel Dots" using a black Sharpie.  I let them dry a few minutes before I took them off the backing the come on.  I set them in place on the birthday strip and that was it. 

I think it's a very lovely card and it's SUPER easy to make too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Beautiful Bouquet, Botanical Butterfly, Birthday Card, 2019 Sale-a-Brations Catalog

Today's card comes from a Stamp a Stack that I attended. It was not one of the cards to make but it was one that was on display. I took a picture of it because I wanted to make it. 

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Crushed Curry.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black.  The largest oval can be die cut from it's center before it's taped in place.  This saves some card stock if you don't have any scrap to get rid of.

I cut a piece of Very Vanilla 3-3/4" x 5".  I added this piece of Very Vanilla because the next layers needed some support and didn't fit well.  I cut a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Crushed Curry and textured it using the "Corrugated" embossing folder.  Now doing this made the card less than 3-3/4" wide.  I taped the piece in place on top of the Very Vanilla, making sure the right edges lined up.  The left edge had a gap.  But that's okay, the Designer Series Paper (DSP) will cover it.

I cut the DSP from the "Botanical Butterfly" 12" x 12" pack to 5" x 2-3/4".  I also cut a strip of Basic Black card stock that measured 1/2" x 5".  I ran a strip of tape along the edge of the DSP on the back side and lined up the strip of black so there was about 1/4" of it showing.  I added tape to entire piece and set it in place on the Very Vanilla and Crushed Curry piece.  I made sure the left side lined up and covered the little bit of Very Vanilla showing.  Then I taped this all to the card base.

Next I die cut a scalloped oval using Crushed Curry.  I also die cut a Very Vanilla "Stitched" oval.  I did die cut it before I stamped the words. Using the Stamparatus allows me to do that with no worries about getting it straight.  

The words are from the "Beautiful Boutique" set using black Memento ink.  I taped the stitched oval on top of the other two ovals. I added the ovals to the card front using a Dimensional.

I punched out a butterfly from the "Botanical Butterfly" 12" x 12" pack.  I set it in place using a Dimensional.  I added a few sequins to dress up the front a little bit.  

And lastly I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Very Vanilla to the inside for writing on.

This was a fun card to make and my changes to it were the textured Crushed Curry piece and added the sequins.  The original card had a black Baker's Twine bow under the words.  I didn't like that look so I added sequins.

I am happy with the way the card turned out.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Butterfly Gala, Beautiful Bouquet, Birthday Card, Faux Tarnish Technique

Tonight I will be attending a swap and here is the card I made for it.  This card is for a technique swap.  The technique is called "Faux Tarnish".  It's a simple technique.  You texture some foil card stock and then run your black Staz On ink pad over it.  Give it a few seconds to dry and then wipe it with a tissue and it's ready to do what you need to do with it!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White that I first embossed with gold butterflies from the "Butterfly Gala" stamp set.  I also used gold embossing powder for the words from the "Beautiful Boutique" set. 

Next I cut a 1/2" x 5-1/4" strip of scrap card stock and a 2-1/8" x 5-1/4" of scrap card stock. I used some repositional tape on the inside edges.  I set the pieces in place and sponged over the butterflies using Daffodil Delight ink. I sponged from the bottom to about 3/4" up.  Then from the top to about 2/3's down I sponged on Flirty Flamingo ink.

I had textured my gold foil card stock using the "Lace" Dynamic Textured Impressions embossing folder.  I ran my black Staz On pad over the textured piece and set it aside to dry a bit.  Then I wiped it off with a tissue.  Not much came off onto the tissue.  By the time I was done putting away my ink pads (yes, I was actually putting stuff away!!!) the ink was dry. I punched out the tiny butterfly from the "Butterfly Duet" punch. 

I set the 4" x 5-1/4" piece in place using Dimenisonals and I added the small foil butterfly using a single small Dimensional.  And that was it.

I do like how this looks and I think I would like to try this again but using black ink on the butterflies instead of the gold embossing powder.  I used the gold embossing powder because I had gold foil paper and I needed the technique to flow with the card.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, March 18, 2019

Sheltering Tree, February 2019 Paper Pumpkin, Thinking of You Card

Today I thought I would play a bit with the February 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit.  I had some items still in the box.  So today I took that box out and there were three images just like this.  I grabbed my Stamparatus and off I went!

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Gray.  The light gray layer that is on top of the card base is from the kit.  It's actually a folded half sheet of some printed grey.  I trimmed it to 4-1/8" x 5-3/8".  I cut another piece of Basic Gray at 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  And the focal piece I cut at 3-3/4" x 5".

I took out my Stamparatus and set the printed image in it.  The words are from the "Sheltering Tree" set.  I stamped them using black Memento ink. I used the Stamparatus for a couple of reasons.  I wanted the words to be as straight as I could get them.  These really are straight, the way the photo was taken makes them look crooked.  The card opened up on my board and I just angled the camera to get the photo.  And I used the Stamparatus because I was going to make all three of the cards the same.

I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the inside and the card was done.  The kit also came with envelopes and I had some left so I paired the cards up with envelopes and they are done!!! 

This card went together REALLY fast!  I like how this looks and the image and words go perfectly together.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Butterfly Gala, Hello Cupcake, Beauty Abounds, Birthday Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions and Sale-a-Brations

Here's a fun and pretty card I found on Pinterest.  I just had to make it.  Looking at it just gave me a happy feeling.  The feeling that soon all of this snow we have will be gone and we will see green grass on the ground once again!  You can see the original card here.  There was no link to get any info from it so I had to wing it.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Melon Mambo.  And the focal piece is Whisper White cut 3-7/8" x 5-1/2".

First I stamped the words using the "Hello Cupcake" set and black Memento ink.  I die cut them using the "Stitched Circles" dies.  I took the circle and lightly traced around it with a pencil. I tried to get it as centered as I could by eyeing it, without measuring.

I stamped the bubbles using the "Beauty Abounds" set. I used the larger bubbles and Melon Mambo ink. I stamped them in two spots on the card front.  Then I stamped the green ones. I used Pear Pizzazz for that.  The original card looked like it used, perhaps Garden Green. I thought it made it look too Christmasy, so I went with the Pear Pizzazz.  Granny Apple Green would be good too! I stamped the smaller bubbles image using the Pear Pizzazz ink. I stamped them near the top butterfly and near the bottom butterfly.  

Next I stamped the tiny dots image using Melon Mambo ink.  I erased the pencil marks with my kneadable eraser.  If you don't own one, I highly recommend you get one. It only removed the graphite without harming the paper in any way.  It didn't smear my ink either!

I took some gold thread and wrapped it around my spread fingers about 4 times and set the raw ends to the middle and then stuck it to the focal piece using a glue dot.  Then I set the word circle in place using Dimensionals.

I stamped the butterflies from the "Butterfly Gala" set using black Memento ink.  I sponged on the color using Melon Mambo ink.  I thought about using the Blends Pens but there isn't a Melon Mambo set and I thought the marker might be too dark. If I wanted my sponging darker, I could just sponge some more. I felt I had more control over it with the sponge.  I punched the butterflies out using the "Butterfly Duo" punch.  

Then I stamped the tiny butterflies from the "Beauty Abounds" set using Smoky Slate ink that I stamped off once before stamping on the focal piece.  

I set the butterflies in place using Dimensionals and the card was done.

Isn't it pretty?  I would love to make another one in purple and yellow or maybe purple and orange.  This was a very fun and easy card to make.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Just Because, Mother's Day Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

I thought I would get a few Mother's Day cards going since I need to have some ready for the annual garage sale. I often gifts and cards to go with them.  It makes the kids happy that they have something fun for mom plus a card.  The sale is the Saturday before Mother's Day and it's just crazy here but you sell tons of your stuff!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Gray Granite.  On top of that is a 5" x 3-3/4" piece of the  Highland Heather Gingham Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the 6" x 6" "Gingham Gala" pack.

I stamped the flower pot image from the "Just Because" set.  That is a fun set and it's got other sentiments in it too, plus another leafy green thing in a pot and a plant in a pot.  I have masked off the words and just stamped the image and added other wording.  It's pretty versatile.

I die cut the image using one of the Stitched Rectangle dies.  I cut a Granny Apple Green layer 1/8" larger than the stitched layer. 

Next I colored in the image using the Blends markers. The background is the light Highland Heather. The pot was colored in using a light gray.  The flowers were colored in using both light and dark Daffodil Delight.  And the leaves were colored in using both light and dark Granny Apple Green pens.  I LOVE coloring with the blends. It's quick, easy and it looks like you know how to color well!

I taped those two layers together and set the focal piece in place using Dimensionals.

This was a very simple, quick and pretty card to make.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Friday, March 15, 2019

Painted Season, Just Because, Thinking of You Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

Here's a sweet and easy card for today's post. 

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 Pear Pizzazz card stock.  And the Whisper White focal piece measures 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".

I stamped the flowers from the "Painted Season" set using Melon Mambo ink.  I also made a couple of mask by stamping on some post it notes and fussy cutting around them.  A tip when making masks:  Be sure to cut inside the lines. I cut about 1/16" inside the lines.  That way when you set the mask down you will get a nice close stamped image. If you look at the flower on the bottom right. Look at the petal around the 10 o'clock position. See how close the leaf is to the petal?  Now look at the same flower around the 6 or 7 o'clock position.  I didn't cut enough away on the mask and you can see a gap between the leaf and the petal.  I know, you probably wouldn't have noticed it had I not pointed it out to you but I'm showing you why it's best to cut away a bit more of the image.  In time you will learn about how much to cut away to get that nice flushed look.

I had stamped the leaves from the same set using Pear Pizzazz ink.  The Granny Apple Green ink may have been a bit brighter but I'm not quite ready for that bright of green right now!

The words are from the "Just Because" set.  I wanted some larger "Thinking of You" wording but couldn't find any stand alone ones.  So I took these from the "Just Because" set and masked off the flower pot.  I did set this up in my Stamparatus so I could get them straight but I wasn't paying attention to getting them more centered.  But it's okay. I like how the card turned out and that's what counts!

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

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Geared Up Garage, Masculine Card, Father's Day Card, 2019 Occasions Catalog

I bought this fun "Geared Up Garage" set because it leaned towards the masculine side. I tend to buy most of the masculine sets because there aren't very many.

This is a very easy card to make and I was sad that I didn't have a larger "Happy Father's Day" image.  It needed something larger in that spot and the one that came with the set was a lot larger and would take away from the layout of the card.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Night of Navy card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock. I taped it to the card base.

I cut a piece of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the 12" x 12" "Best Route" pack.  I cut the DSP 2-1/4" x 3-3/4".  I cut a piece of Night of Navy card stock at 2-3/8" x 3-7/8" for the layer. I taped those layers together and then taped them to the card front.  

I stamped the car using Whisper White card stock and I used one of the "Stitched Rectangles" dies to cut it out with. I also cut a layer behind it using Night of Navy card stock. The Night of Navy was cut about 1/8" wider than what the stitched piece was cut.  I taped those two layers together.  I set the layers in place using Dimensionals.

I stamped the words from the retired "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set using black Memento ink.

This was a fun card to make and I will be using this set again in the near future.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Butterfly Gala, Better Together, Birthday Card

Today's card is a quick and easy one.  I found the card on Pinterest. You can see the original card here.  I had used a piece of Decorative Series Paper (DSP) that was left over from a previous card.  You can see that card here.  

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 5-1/7" piece of Whisper White.

I took a piece of the "Gingham Gala" DSP that I had left over from a card I made a couple of weeks back. I had taken a piece of the Balmy Blue DSP and used a black marker and a ruler to make lines on it.  It changes the whole look of the paper.  There was just enough scrap left to make this card.  that piece measured 1-3/4" x 5-1/8".  I taped it in place on the top layer.

I added a piece of Balmy Blue ribbon to the edge of the DSP. I taped the ends on the back.  When I set that piece in place on the card base using Dimensionals, I made sure that a Dimensional was stuck to the ribbon to make it even more secure!  

I stamped the words from the "Better Together" set using black Memento ink on Whisper White card stock.  I die cut them using the oval dies.  I die cut a Balmy Blue oval a bit larger and then a Basic Black oval just a bit larger than the Balmy Blue one.  I taped all those ovals together and set them in place using snail tape.

I stamped the butterflies from the "Butterfly Gala" stamp set using black Memento ink on Balmy Blue card stock.  I punched them out with the "Butterfly Duo" punch.  I set them in place using Dimensionals.  I colored over the wings with the Wink of Stella marker and that was it.  I am still thinking about adding some sequins or some enamel dots to the card.  At first I thought it looked good without them but I'm thinking it needs a little something more after all.

This was a fun card to make and super easy.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Painted Seasons, Beauty Abounds, Thank You Card

I have this "Painted Seasons" set and I'm wondering what I saw on the net that intrigued me to want to own this set.  I have no idea.  So I set out to make a card using it and this is what I came up with.
The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Cajun Craze card stock.  This piece was cut in half on the 8-1/2" side.  This card is folded at the top and opens at the bottomI cut an Early Espresso layer 3-3/8" x 4-5/8".  The Cajun Craze layer on top of that is cut 3-1/4" x 4-1/2".  

I cut a 3-1/4" x 1-7/8" piece from a sheet from the "Painted Seasons" Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I taped it to the bottom of the front focal panel.  Normally I stamp my wording first but I wasn't sure where I was going with this card so I just went out of my normal sequence.  I had cut a 3/8" x 3-1/4" strip of Early Espresso strip to cover the top part of the DSP.  

I stamped the flower from the "Painted Seasons" set using Cajun Craze ink and the center of the flower was colored in with the Early Espresso marker.  I fussy cut it out.  Though if I were to make another card like this, I would just stamp the flower and die cut it with the stitched circle die.  

I punched out 3 Shaded Spruce spring pieces using the "Sprig" punch.  I used glue dots to hold them in place and then I added the circle over them using Dimensionals.  

The words are from the "Beautiful Bouquet" set using black Memento ink.

I set the focal panel in place using Dimenisonals.

This was a pretty easy card to make but it is kind of blah.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, March 11, 2019

Better Together, Southern Serenade, Petal Promenade DSP, Wedding or Anniversary Card

I found this beautiful card on the internet.  You can see the original card here.  I changed the words but other than that it's pretty much copied.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Gray Granite. Petal Pink card stock and ink are used to make this card. Plus Very Vanilla card stock.  The flowers are from the "Petal Promenade" 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper Pack.  

The words are from the "Better Together" set and the lacy background is from the "Southern Serenade" set. I inked it up with Petal Pink ink and stamped off once.  I tried it directly from the pad but it's too dark.  I had set the image layer in place using Dimensionals.  

You can find all of the information and measurements needed to make this card at the link provided.  But as I was typing that I had remembered a card I used to love to make and when I went to my post and clicked on the link, the link was no longer valid.  Either the site was taken down or it became private.  SO, I will provide the measurements here.  But be sure to check out the original card.

Cut your pieces as follows:

Gray Granite — 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
Petal Pink — 4″ x 5 1/4″Gray Granite — 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″Very Vanilla — 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″Gray Granite — 2-1/2″ x 4″Very Vanilla — 2-3/8″ x 3-7/8″Petal Promenade DSP – 2-1/4″ x 3-3/4″. At the original site, I found the last measurement to be wrong, so I corrected it here.  It should be 3-3/4" instead of 3-1/2". I realized that after I had cut my DSP.  Hopefully I can find some other use for it in the near future.

This was a very fun card to make. I just think it's SO stunning. This would make a great wedding or anniversary card.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda



Saturday, March 09, 2019

Happy Birthday Gorgeous, February 2019 Paper Pumpkin Birthday Card

I thought I would play with the Paper Pumpkin kit one more time before I moved on to something else.  I was going to make one card but when you cut the succulent image in half you end up with two pieces and that means two cards. I could have saved it for a later date but I had everything out so I went ahead and made two.  I was torn between using a black background or the gray.  Once I finished the cards and had them side by side, I leaned more towards the gray.

The base of both card is a half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  For the top card I used a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Gray card stock. I stamped the flower image from the Paper Pumpkin kit using Basic Gray ink. The second card was just a solid piece of Basic Black card stock.

I cut the succulent image 1-7/8" x 4-3/4".  I cut the layer behind it to 2-1/8" x 5".  

The words are from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set. I stamped the top one using black Memento ink and the bottom one using Basic Gray ink.  I stamped them on a Whisper White piece of card stock that I had die cut using the "Stitched Rectangle" dies.  It measures almost 3-1/2" by almost 2-1/4".  These dies are not right on the quarter or 1/8" marks.  I cut my layers 2-1/2" x 3-7/8".  After cutting them I stamped the words. You can do them first and line up the died or you can die cut them and stamp later. I taped all of the layers together.

I took some black Baker's Twine from the Paper Pumpkin kit and wrapped it around the panel three times. I tied a knot and then a bow.  

The kit also came with some silver round dots that I colored black using a Sharpie.  Let it dry for a little bit before using them.  I measured the bottom ones and guessed with the top.  Can you tell?  LOL  I had taped the pieces to the card base and the focal panel was added using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  You don't need to have the Paper Pumpkin Kit to make a card like this.  You can just use whatever fun paper you have and use this layout.  I have used this layout a lot.  You may not have noticed because of the different colors of paper or different words and size of the focal panel.  Use circles for a different look.  Mix it up some!

These were fun to make and I can see myself making more!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, March 08, 2019

Sheltering Tree, February 2019 Paper Pumpkin, Thinking of You Card

Today's card was a super quick and easy one.  I found they layout on this card on Pinterest. You can see the original card here.  I only changed the words.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Gray Granite card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/2" piece of the card stock that was in the Paper Pumpkin kit.  It's actually the card, it's folded in half so you can get two pieces out of one card.  

I cut the image from the Paper Pumpkin kit to 2" x 4-1/2".  I cut a Fresh Fig card stock layer at 2-1/4" x 4-3/4".  I taped the two layers together and before I taped them to the card front, I stamped the words.  They are from the "Sheltering Tree" set and I stamped them using Fresh Fig ink.  And that was it.  It's a fun card to make, plus it's super easy and quick.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Touches of Texture, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Love What You Do, Birthday Card

Today I thought I would play with a simple technique.  It's just called a "Window" card.  I wanted to play with the new Stitched Rectangle dies.  

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Berry Burst card stock. I chose that color because I still have quite a bit left and it will be retiring in a couple more months.  It went well with the "Love What You Do" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP).  

The inside of the card is a half-sheet of Whisper White card stock cut to 8" x 5-1/4" and then folded in half.

The size rectangle you need depends on the image you are wanting to display.  Here I used the flowers from the "Touches of Texture" set.  I think they are SO sweet looking plus they went well with the SDSP.  I cut the  SDSP first.  I centered the die and stuck it in place using a couple of sticky notes.  I die cut it and saved the center. I may use it on another project in the near future.  The SDSP measured 5-1/8" x 3-7/8".  

Next I cut the front of the Berry Burst base.  I had set the SDSP piece on top and eyed where the next die should be. I also set it in place with sticky notes.  I die cut it and saved the center for another day.  

I lined up the Whisper White inside piece but I didn't tape it in place.  I took a pencil and lightly drew around the rectangle so I knew where to stamp my image.

I stamped the flower from the "Touches of Texture" set using black Memento ink.  I colored them in using Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo and Petal Pink markers.  I colored the center part of the larger flowers with Petal Pink again to give them a deeper color. 

After I was done coloring I erased the pencil marks.  I have a kneadable art gum eraser. I LOVE using these erasers and will us nothing else.  They remove the graphite without removing or marking up the surface at all. You can get these in the drawing section at your local craft store.  They last for many years and they are reasonably priced.  Use your coupons and get even a better deal on it.  I prefer Faber-Castell because it's a brand I have used for a very long time. I even take small pieces off of it, about the size of a large pea and put them in the end of my mechanical pencils.  Because they are kneadable you are able to mold them.  We used to flatten them out and press them against our lips and blow through them and make a bubble that actually popped.  The art teachers didn't appreciate it at all!! LOL

Okay, where was I?  After erasing, I stamped the words from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set using black Memento ink. I punched them out using the "Classic Label" punch and I set them in place using Dimensionals. 

I added very tiny pearls to the center of the flowers and the card was done.

I think the most difficult part of this was lining up the rectangles.  If I were to do this again, and I probably will, I will die cut them out of copier paper first so I can fold and measure and get things centered more.  

This was a fun card and a pretty easy technique.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Botanical Butterfly, Beautiful Bouquet, Thank You Card, Flip Flap Technique

I found a fun technique on the internet. It's called "Flip Flap".  I had lost the site and Googled "Flip Flap" and there's other techniques out there that are different.  It's a different technique with a familiar name.  Here is the link to the one I'm posting today, click here to see that video.  The video is well done and easy to follow.  This technique is really very easy to do too!  I did have a little problem getting the image centered so enough of the tab stuck out to be able to grab it to open the front.

The front opens to reveal the words.  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Rich Razzleberry.  I used the Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP) from the "Share What You Love" 12" x 12" pack.  

I used Old Olive card stock for the accent color.  I didn't take a picture but the words on the inside are from the "Beautiful Boutique" set.  I used the "Thanks a Bunch" stamp.  

The butterfly on the front of my card is from the "Botanical Butterfly" DSP 12" x 12" pack in the Sale-a-Brations catalog.  

Go check the video out and have fun making one of these cards.  Once you watch the video you will better understand what you are looking like on my card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Beauty Abounds, Just Because, Thinking of You Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

I ran across this card on Pinterest. You can see the original one here.  I thought it was such a fun card and I did change it just a little.

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 Calypso Coral. I die cut the scalloped oval from the center of that piece.

The focal piece is Whisper White cut at 3-3/4" x 5". 

First I stamped the long vine image using Granny Apple Green ink.  

Then I took the Balmy Blue ink pad and the smallest bubbles image and stamped it in around the card.  In the upper left corner I did use the larger bubble image and then I realized I wanted the smaller one. Not a big deal, it still looks fine.

Next I took the Calypso Coral ink pad and added some more bubbles around the card. Plus I added the dotted image too. I stamped it three times on the card. 

I punched out the butterflies from the "Botanical Butterflies" Designer Series Paper (DSP).  

The words are from the "Just Because" set. I masked the image and stamped the words using Granny Apple Green ink.  I die cut an oval that fit the Calypso Coral oval.  I set that oval in place using Dimensionals.

I set the top two butterflies in place using Dimensionals.

Next I stamped the Granny Apple Green butterfly that is in the "Beauty Abounds" set.  I waited to stamp it because I wanted to make sure of the placing of it.  Once you add the first two butterflies, then you can see where that one needs to go to balance out the three.  

I used a couple of tiny glue dots to the left side of the little butterfly and I set it in place on the ovals.  And that was it.

This was a very easy and fun card to make.  I LOVE the colors here.  It's colors I wouldn't normally put together myself.  But when I saw this I thought it was a very bright and cheery card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda 

Monday, March 04, 2019

Just Because, Thinking of You Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

I was looking on the internet to see what I could be inspired by using the "Just Because" set.  I loved the way this one card was colored so I ran with it.  I have no information on the card, only a link for you to see it.  Click here to see that card.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that I cut three 1/2" strips of the green leafy looking image from the "Share What You Love" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP).  I cut them to 5" long each.  I centered the first one and then eyed the other two.  I just wanted to make sure they were inside the rectangle and I did just that with room to spare.

I stamped the potted plant image from the "Just Because" set from the 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.  I used black Memento ink.  I had cut that piece 2-7/8" x 3-7/8"/

I colored in the image using the Blends pens.  I tried to color it like the image I had found on the net.  First I took the light Old Olive pen and colored the tips of the leaves and a little bit towards the center. I wanted to make sure I left the center of the leaves uncolored.  Then I took the dark Old Olive pen and colored the leaves from the stems out towards the center.  I did go back with the light Old Olive pen and colored on some of the leaves that had too much white showing.

For the planter I used the Bronze pen and colored it but made sure I left a strip down the left side. I tried using the green Painter's tape but the ink bled a bit so I just had to wing it.  When I was done with the Bronze pen I took the light Calypso Coral pen and colored over the pot.  I wanted to try to get a nice terracotta color.  It's close!  I like the color and that is what's important.  I did take the color lifter pen and colored up and down on the white strip  to try to smooth out that line and yet give it a bit of a fuzzy look.  That worked too and I like the effect.

I cut a piece of Mossy Meadow for the back layer.  It measured 3" x 4".  I taped the two layers together and set them in place on top of the SDSP strips using Dimensionals and that was it.

This was a super easy, quick and fun card to make. I can see myself making more.

Thank you for stopping by today,
Wanda


Sunday, March 03, 2019

Lasting Lily, Just Because, Thinking of You Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions and Sale-a-Brations Catalogs

Today's card is a perfect example of why you should keep your work area clean.  I had some card stock sitting out from another project and I didn't pay attention when I was making my card and the next think I knew I had a darker green around the flower piece.  It is what it is, I can't fix it but I'm sharing it with you so you can see what happens when you don't put your stuff away.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that I layered a piece of the Highland Heather gingham card stock from the 6" x 6" paper pack.  I cut that paper 1-3/4" x 4-1/2".  I cut a 1-7/8" x 4-5/8" piece of Mint Macaron card stock for the layer.

I stamped the flower stem on a 2" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I added a flower from one of the other images in the "Lasting Lilly" set.  I stamped the flower on a piece of Whisper White card stock and using Mint Macaron ink, I stamped the bottom part of the flower.  I fussy cut the flower and set it in place using Dimensionals. I layered the flower panel on a 2-1/8" x 4-1/8" what was supposed to be Mint Macaron but it ended up being Coastal Cabana.  I can distinguish between the two colors but I was cutting my pieces as I needed them instead of cutting all at one time.  And that is how I grabbed the wrong color. I taped those two layers together and then taped them to the card front.

The words are from the "Just Because" set.  It's from the 2019 Occasions catalog.  It's the first time I've used it.  I've been so busy playing with the Sale-a-Bration sets that I have not been playing with the other ones I bought. I die cut them using the oval die and I die cut a scalloped oval and that was when I realized the card stock color issue!  I taped the ovals together and then set them in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  Now I'm off to clean up my scrap papers sitting by my paper cutter and I need to clean up my worktable so I can start another card. I want to play with the "Just Because" set!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, March 02, 2019

This Little Piggy, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Wiper, Gift Card Holder, Flinger, Birthday Card

 About a year and a half ago I had made a "Wiper" card.  That is a very fun technique. That card was a flat one. This one opens up almost like a diorama type card.  You can see my wiper card here.  I found a couple of cards on the web that I thought I would combine.  I found a video on how to make the wiper card and I was a bit disappointed because the measurements for the main pieces and top layers were wrong and I only had one large 6" x 6" piece of the DSP from the "How Sweet It Is" pack.  She says to cut the card stock 4-1/4" x 6-1/4". I backed up the video several times to make sure I got those measurements right.  I did, she didn't.  They should measure 4-1/4" x 7".  And that also threw off the front DSP panel and Whisper White layers.  Those were 4-1/8" x 4-7/8" for the Whisper White piece, but it really should be 4-1/4" x 5".  And the DSP was cut at 4" x 4-3/4" and it should be 4-1/8" x 4-7/8".  Okay, with that out of the way you can follow the rest of her video or you can find another one out there, there's LOTS of them.  You can see her video here.  

I didn't follow the instructions as she went along. I did not add the wiper piece and then glue the sides. I was making a pig in a window because I saw one on the net that I thought was cute. And you can see that one here.  I worked with the wiper piece and I ended up cutting it at 3/4" wide.  I also tapered it from the end that is stuck to the back of the pig to a bit beyond the back of the pig.  Click on the top photo and you can see that.  I was showing above the pigs back and I didn't like the look of it.  There may be a clever way to hide that better.  Maybe a circle behind the pig and then the wiper but after struggling with the cutting errors, I was a bit too frustrated and disappointed to give more attention to my card.  And as I look at it, maybe a circle on top of the wiper and then the pig on top of that may be a nice look.  Also, stamping and cutting out another pig and gluing it to the back of the first pig would hid the wiper on the back. I may still stamp and cut one out to hide that.  I don't think it would be necessary but this card also had a gift card/money holder slot on the back. 

And I thought it would be cute to have the pig hold a present since it was a birthday card.  Oh, but I didn't just stop there.  When I saw how the lady opened up the wiper card, it was kind of a fast motion, my brain thought flinger card.  Like my workroom floor didn't have enough tiny bits of paper on it.  Nothing a good vacuuming wouldn't take care of.  UGH!! 

To make the flinger holder part, I took a 1" x 8" cellophane bag and cut it to 7/8" long.  And I also cut a little elongated "U" shape on the front edge so I could open it easier. I thought it was hard to open with the edges even.  I added some punched out dots from my Rubi Coil punch machine and I gave the card a try. What a mess!! LOL  It worked and it's fun!

I think I would also take a circle punch, somewhere around 1" and punch the top part of the gift card holder (in the center) to make it easier to grab the gift card and remove it.  Maybe I'll rework this card and make it the right way and with the fun changes.

So if you give this card a try be aware of the size paper you are cutting. Perhaps you can just cut some from copier paper first to make sure the measurements are accurate.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda