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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Lovely as a Tree, Itty Bitty Greetings, Sympathy Card

Since the "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set will be retiring soon, I thought I would make a card using it.  It's been a while since I've played with this set. I looked at the wooden blocks on my set and they have the date 2001 on them.  This set has been around a very long time! So I guess it's okay that it is retiring.  And being that I have not played much with it anymore, it's even more okay!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Balmy Blue card stock.  On top of that is a 4-5/8" x 3-3/8" piece of Basic Black card stock.  The Whisper White focal piece was cut 4-1/2" x 3-1/4".  

I stamped the trees using black Memento ink.  Then I sponged in some Balmy Blue ink and then I added a little bit of Melon Mambo ink. 

The words are from the "Itty Bitt Greeting" and I stamped them using black Memento ink. 

I taped the Whisper White piece to the Basic Black piece and set those layers in place using Dimenisonals.  And that was it.  

This was a pretty quick and easy card to make.  

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, April 29, 2019

Beautiful Bouquet, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Birthday Card

While looking on Pinterest, I found a card that caught my eye.  I was intrigued by the corrugated piece.  I had not purchased the "Corrugated" embossing folder but I remembered I had a piece of corrugated card stock left over in my April Paper Pumpkin kit and I made it work.  You can see the original card here. I did change it some but the basics of it is there!

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 2-5/8" x almost 4" rectangle stitched die cut.  

I die cut the corrugated circle was cut using the 2-1/8" circle die.  I also cut another circle using Whisper White card stock.  I cut the corrugated circle in half and taped it to the bottom of the Whisper White circle.  

Then I went on a search for a set I had that contained small enough flowers to look good in the space I had to work with.  I used the "Beautiful Boutique" set. I stamped the flowers using Berry Burst ink. I die cut them along with the leaves from the same set which I had stamped using Old Olive ink.

The words are from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set using black Memento ink.  I had set the corrugated circle on the rectangle so I could eye where the words would be stamped.  Once the words were stamped, I was ready to assemble.

I added a ribbon to the stitched rectangle.  I cut a 3-3/4" piece and taped the ends to the back of the rectangle.  I slipped the end of the ribbon (still on the spool) under the taped ribbon and tied a knot and then I cut the ribbon.  Less waste doing it that way.

I added Dimensionals to the stitched rectangle and set it in place on top of the card base.

I added a small Dimensional to each flower and set them in place on the circles.  I glued the leaves in place, tape just wouldn't work, I had trouble slipping them in.  I set the circle in place using Dimenisonals and the card was done!  I like this layout.  This was a fun card to make and I do like how it turned out.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda
 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Healing Hugs, Get Well Card

I have a lot of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Petal Promenade" 12" x 12" pack.  It's probably because I had purchased two packs and merged them.  So now I'm on a quest to use it up.  I don't usually use a large piece of DSP but the flowers on here were too pretty to totally cover or to just use a little piece.

Today's card is a very quick and simple card to make.

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

I cut a 1" x 4-1/4" strip of Blushing Bride card stock and tried to center it as much as I could on the card front. 

I stamped the words from the "Healing Hugs" set using Mossy Meadow ink.  I die cut them with an oval die and then I die cut a Mossy Meadow scalloped oval just a little larger than the word oval.  I set the oval in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it. I told you it was quick and simple!!  And I think it's kind of pretty too!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Birthday Card, April 2019 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card

Today's card was fun to make.  I found a card on the internet that used the "Healing Hugs" set.  I couldn't find the actual card.  The link provided only brought me to the site. I did spend a little time searching for the card but I gave up. Here's the link to the site.  The card looks similar.  You might be able to view the original card here

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Soft Sea Foam card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Soft Sea Foam that was textured using the "Tufted" embossing folder.  

Next I took a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the leaves from the April 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit. I used Versa Mark to stamp them and then I embossed them with white embossing powder.  I sponged in Fresh Fig and Mossy Meadow ink.  I wiped off the surface, ink does not dry on top of embossing.  That piece measured 5-1/4" x 2-1/8".  I taped that piece to the textured Soft Sea Foam piece.  

I taped a strip of the "Polka Dot" Tulle ribbon over the seam.  Then I took another piece of the ribbon and tied a bow right to the strip I taped down.  I like to do my bows that way because I can slide it and position it much easier.

I stamped the flower using Fresh Fig ink and I stamped three leaves using Mossy Meadow ink. I fussy cut them all.  I also colored both of them with Wink of Stella.  The Wink of Stella picks up the color of the ink and spreads it around as you color over the surface.  I like that effect.  The flower and leaves needed something more than just the ink outlines.  

I stamped the words using Mossy Meadow ink. I die cut them with an oval die and I also die cut a Mossy Meadow scalloped oval.  I taped those two pieces together.  

I set the flower in place using Dimensionals.  I set the leaves in place using Dimensionals.  And the words were also set in place using Dimensionals.  And then I set the whole panel in place using Dimensionals.  Lots of Dimensionals here!!!

I really like how this card turned out and I will be giving it to my mom on her birthday.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Waterfront, Woodland, Southern Serenade, Masculine Birthday Card

Today's card was easy and fun to make.  My plan for today was to make a masculine birthday card and it worked out. 

The base of my 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 Tranquil Tide card stock.  And on top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White that was embossed using the "Woodland" embossing folder.  This is such a cool folder. I LOVE those trees.

Next I took a piece of Whisper White card stock that was cut 3-5/8" x 2-3/4".  I stamped the mountain image from the "Waterfront" set.  I used Soft Suede ink and I did stamp off once before stamping on my card stock.  The grassy area below the mountain was done by stamping off once using Tranquil Tide ink.  Looking at the image on my computer, I'm thinking that I should have used Soft Suede there too.  To the right I stamped the "land" using Tranquil Tide ink.  I also stamped the trees using Tranquil Tide. I used my Stamparatus and stamped the tree a couple of times to get it darker.  And the water was stamped using Pool Party ink and stamping off once.  I added dots to the piece using Pool Party ink and stamping off once each time. I taped the image layer to the Tranquil Tide layer.  If you want you can die cut the scalloped circle from the center of the Tranquil Tide piece no one will know. I often forget to do that (like today) but I had some small scrap so I used that. 

The words are from the "Southern Serenade" set and I used Soft Suede ink to stamp them.  I die cut the circle and taped it to the Tranquil Tide scalloped circle. 

I set the focal image in place using Dimensionals and I added a couple of Dimensionals to the bottom of the circle and a little bit of snail on the right side of the circle and I set that in place on the bottom left side of the card.  And that was it.  

I thought it was a fun card to make. I really like the "Waterfront" set and I've had a lot of fun with it.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Southern Serenade, Itty Bitty Greetings, Mother's Day Card

Today I thought I would make another Mother's Day card.  I really like the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Share What You Love" 12" x 12" package.  There's SO many pretty images in that pack.  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Mossy Meadow card stock.  This card opens on the right side.  On top of that is the DSP that was cut 4" x 5-1/4".

I took a piece from the corrugated piece of card stock that was in the April 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit.  You could use a piece of embossed card stock here if you want something with texture.  My piece was cut 4" x 1-5/8".  I taped that strip on top of the DSP.

I stamped the flower from the "Southern Serenade" set using black Memento ink.  I colored it in using the Calypso Coral and Old Olive, light and dark Blends.  And the centers of the flowers were colored in using the dark Daffodil Delight Blends.  After coloring I die cut the image using an oval die. I also die cut a scalloped oval using Mossy Meadow card stock. I taped the two ovals together and set them in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals. 

The words are from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set.  I stamped them using black Memento ink.  I punched them out using the "Classic Label" punch.  I set the words in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  This was a quick and easy card to make.  Coloring with Blends is a whole lot easier than using markers or a blender pen.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Mother's Day Card, April 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternative Card

I thought I would post one more Paper Pumpkin card before I moved on to other stamp sets.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that I had cut a printed piece from the Paper Pumpkin kit that measures 3-3/8" x 4-5/8".  I cut a piece of Crushed Curry at 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" for the layer behind the printed piece.  I centered and taped it to the card base.

Next I took the strip that was left from making yesterday's card and I cut it in half at 7/8" x 5".  I taped the strips to the top of the printed piece.

Then I stamped the flower the same way as I did yesterday, using the printed card stock from the kit and masking the flower so I could stamp the leaves.  The flower was stamped using Flirty Flamingo and the leaves were stamped using Mint Macaron.  This piece measures 3" x 2-5/8"  I cut a piece of Crushed Curry at 3-1/8" x 2-3/4" and taped it to the stamped flower piece.  I set that piece in place using Dimensionals.  

The words are from the set and I stamped them using Gray Granite ink.  It's the color that came in the Paper Pumpkin kit.  I punched them out using the 1-3/8" circle punch and the 1-3/4" circle punch was used to punch a Crushed Curry circle for the layer.  I taped those two layers together and set them on the card using a Dimensional at the bottom and snail tape at the top.  The kit comes with some fun colored enamel dots. I wanted to add one under the word "day" but I couldn't fine them in my mess. I will be adding that when they are found. I planned on using the Flirty Flamingo colored dot, the largest one.  Let's home I find them!!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

2019 Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin, Thank You Card

Today I thought I should take out my April Paper Pumpkin kit.  The kit contained note card size cards which I am not a big fan of.

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

The yellow strip on the side was a part of one of the note cards in the kit.  I cut it in half and layered it with a piece of Crushed Curry that was cut 1/8" larger around than the strip.  I taped it in place on the front of the card.  

I took one of the printed piece that had green and yellow colors on it.  I stamped the flower using Flirty Flamingo ink.  I also made a mask of the flower so I could stamp the leaves and make them look like they were behind the flower.  I stamped the leaves using Mint Macaron ink. That piece measured 3-1/8" x 3".  I cut the Crushed Curry at 3-1/4" x 3-1/8". I taped those two layers together. 

The words are from the kit and so is the die that the words were stamped on.  I stamped the words using Gray Granite ink.  

To assemble the card, I taped the long strip to the left side of the front of the card.  Then I took the Baker's twine that came in the kit and wrapped it around my fingers to make the loops.  I set the loops in place using glue dots.  

Next I set the flower layer in place using Dimensionals.  The words were also set in place using Dimensionals.

The kit also has those cute little enamel dots in it.  I set three of the smallest green ones along the bottom of the card and it was done!

This was a fun card to make and I have lots more pieces to this kit to play with.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, April 22, 2019

Waterfront, Itty Bitty Greetings, Masculine Birthday or Father's Day Card

It was nice to have a couple of days off from card making.  Not that it's a tough "job" but I usually make a card every day and with holiday weekends and extra stuff to do, finding time to make a card can sometimes be stressful. I don't like my card making to ever be stressful, it would take the fun out of it.  

I found this card on the internet.  I was looking to make a Father's Day card and this one was perfect.  It can also be used as a dad birthday card too!  You can see the original card here.  

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Tranquil Tide card stock.  The layers on top are as follows.  I cut a piece of Very Vanilla 4" x 5-1/4" and the top layer was cut 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  I stamped the top layer crackled layer using the retired "Weathered" background stamp. I had not gotten around to selling it yet (along with other background stamps!) and now I'm glad I still have it.  It is different than the current one but you get the idea.  I sponged the edges using Crumb Cake ink.

I stamped the image on a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  First I stamped the mountains using Crumb Cake ink and the lighter mountain was stamped after the first one was stamped but the image was not inked up again. I just used what was left on the stamp.

Next I stamped the grassy area using Pear Pizzazz ink.

Then the Pool Party water area as stamped.

The trees were stamped using Tranquil Tide ink.  

The sun was stamped using Daffodil Delight ink.

The dots in the sky were stamped using Crumb Cake ink that has been stamped off.  I'm thinking they should have been stamped off twice.

I taped the two Very Vanilla layers together and tied some linen thread around them.  I added Dimensionals to the back and set them in place on the card base.

I die cut the stamped image using the largest oval stamp in the set and then I sponged the edges using Crumb Cake ink.  I added Dimenisonals to the back and set it in place on top of the crackled area.  

The words are from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set. I stamped them using Crumb Cake ink and punched them using the Classic Label punch. I added a small Dimensional to the left side and snail tape to the rest of the piece and I set it in place on part of the oval.  And that was it.  

I thought it was a fun and easy card to make.  This one would be a super easy one to duplicate using the Stamparatus.  I'm not sure if this set is retiring or not. I didn't look at the list. But for now it's a current set.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Easter

With Easter being a day away and so many things to do, I have decided to take the weekend off from stamping. I will be back on Monday with some fun new card to share with you.

Have a fun, safe and happy weekend,
Wanda

Friday, April 19, 2019

Share What You Love, Healing Hugs, Get Well Card

I'm a bit disappointed in my card today.  My plan was to make a quick and easy get well card.  I did succeed in making it quick and easy but I had an issue with my ink pad. I used a small ink spot to ink up the words. I had them set up in the Stamparatus so I would be sure to get them straight.  The ink pad must have had a fabric issue and a piece of it got on the letter and got impressed onto the card stock. I had to wait until the ink to dry to remove the fuzz.  And now the "p" has a blotch on the bottom part.  GRRR.  I could have redone the card but I didn't have time.  I don't often check my images before I put them to paper after inking them. I guess it's a lesson learned. The words are from the "Healing Hugs" set.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 4-7/8" x 3-3/8" piece of Berry Burst card stock.  And on top of that is a piece of Designer Series Paper from the "Share What You Love" 12" x 12" pack.  It was trimmed to 4-3/4" x 3-1/4".  After stamping the words I taped the DSP to the Berry Burst piece.  I set the layers on top of the card front using Dimensionals.

I told you it was a quick and simple card but I'm not happy with the ink blotch.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Petals & More, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Birthday Card

Today I thought I would try something different in card making.  Well, new to me. I don't know why!  LOL

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I had cut my card stock in half on the 8-1/2" side.  My card was to be folded at the top and open from the bottom.  By the time I had gotten all of my cut pieces to my worktable, I had a regular folded card.  I don't even know where that came from. The other piece will be saved for another card I want to open from the bottom or I'll just cut it  and use it.

The top layer was cut 4-7/8" x 3-5/8".  I used the "Stitched Rectangle" die that measured about 3-1/8" x 2-7/8".  I centered it and ran it through my Big Shot and cut it out.  I save those inside pieces for another project (someday!!).  

I cut a 3-3/4" x 2-1/2" piece of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Share What You Love" 12" x 12" paper pack.  

And I die cut a Mossy Meadow branch from the "Petals & More" set that was bundled with the "Petal Palatte" set.  Which is retiring at the end of May.  I LOVE this set and I'm going to miss it. I will have to find a fun card using the bird and make it before it retires.  

I stamped the words from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set, which is also retiring at the end of May.  I used black Memento ink to stamp them. I also used the Stamparatus to line it up so I could get it straight.  Buying some graph paper and cutting it to fit helps. I found some cheap thin graph paper at the Dollar Tree.  I didn't need anything nice. I just wanted to have some on hand so I can get my wording straight at a low cost.  Having to move the words and re-stamp, sometimes several times causes me to use a bit of graph paper.  Though I did learn to cut it into smaller pieces and only set it on the area that I am going to be stamping.  Okay. Once the words were stamped I was ready to assemble my card.

I used Dimensionals and set the DSP in place.  I added more Dimensionals to the edges of my piece, making sure not to add any to the back of the DSP, it would raise the card up too high.  I set that panel in place using the Dimensionals on the edge plus some snail in the middle (on the backside of the DSP.

I trimmed the end of the branch a bit and added a little bit of glue to some of the leaves and set it in place. I did set it in place before adding the glue so I would know where to place it.  After making sure the leaves stuck in place I was done!

I thought it was a quick and easy card to make.  I like this layout and I'm going to see if I can't come up with something better than the branch for the accent.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Butterfly Beauty, Dandelion Wishes, Get Well Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

I found today's card on Pinterest. I thought it was such a fun card that I just had to make it. You can see the original card here.  There are no instructions so I will share with you how I made my version.

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

I took a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Soft Sea Foam card stock and textured it using the "Layered Leaves" embossing folder. I taped that layer on the front of the card base.

Next I die cut the butterflies using the thicker "Butterfly Beauty" thinlits dies. I cut a Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry from the die.  I cut out the large butterfly from the Daffodil Delight card stock.  I cut the Calypso Coral butterfly that was on the top left wing of the large butterfly and the small butterfly came from the one on the upper right wing of the large butterfly. 

I die cut the thin butterflies die using Basic Black card stock.  I glued the Daffodil Delight butterfly to the black piece.  Then I glued the Calypso Coral one and the small one was done independently. Cutting the smaller butterfly from the large right wing caused the upper part of the right wing to look funny but it's okay because the word circle will hide it. I taped the double butterfly piece in place  on the front of the card using snail tape. 

The words are from the "Dandelion Wishes" set. I stamped them on Whisper White card stock using black Memento ink.  I set the words in place using Dimensionals. 

The smaller butterfly was set in place by adding some snail tape to the right wings where they would touch the circle and a piece of Dimensional along the center of the body.  And that was it.  It is pretty quick to make. I didn't care much for gluing the black to the colored pieces but as the glue dried it began to grow on me!  Once I got the card put together, I REALLY liked it!  I can see myself making another one someday.

The butterfly set (Butterfly Gala) and the matching dies are retiring at the end of May and the "Daffodil Delight" set is also retiring.  I really like that set and am sad to see that one leave.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Beauty Abounds, Dandelion Wishes, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, Get Well Card

Tonight I will be participating in a card swap and here is my card.  The technique is called "The Window Card".  It's very easy to do too!  I made one earlier last month.  You can see it here.  There you will also find the instructions for it.  I'm just going to post here the materials I used to make this one.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Crushed Curry.  The inside is an 8" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.

I had used the "Stitched Rectangles" dies to make the openings on the card.  

For the front I used a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Share What You Love" 12' x 12" paper pack.  
I had followed the instructions I had written up and did find that I should have cut the DSP 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" instead of 5" x 3-7/8".  There was too much space between the top and bottom of the card.  The DSP needed to be a little longer.  

The words I used are from the "Dandelion Wishes" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink.  I did shut the card and traced around the opening so I could see where I needed to stamp.  I drew lightly and erased using a kneadable eraser (I highly recommend them, they remove only the graphite and don't ruin the paper).  I used the Stamparatus to do all of my stamping. I was making 10 cards so it was just easier to set it up to mass produce like that. If you think 10 cards is mass producing!  LOL

I used Mango Melody to stamp the  bubble images from the "Beauty Abounds" set.  

I die cut a butterfly from the "Butterfly Beauty" thinlits dies.  It's a big die and I just used one of the butterflies and trimmed the wing a bit.  The butterfly was cut from Mint Macaron card stock.   I glued it in place on the thicker part of the bottom wings.  

This was a pretty simple card to make and I would think that if I were making just one card it wouldn't take very long.  What I didn't like doing, when making this many was the die cutting of the rectangles.  But I survived it!! LOL

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Beauty Abounds, Butterfly Gala, Thank You Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

Today's card is a quick and simple one.  I love using the "Beauty Abounds" set.

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

I stamped the flowery vine image using black Memento ink.  

Then I took the large circle/bubble images and stamped them using Daffodil Delight.  That one is towards the bottom of the vine.  

Next I took the smaller circle/bubble images and stamped some more Daffodil Delight ones.  I cleaned off the stamp and then stamped the same image using Highland Heather ink.  I just filled in the open areas.

The words are from the "Butterfly Gala" set. I stamped them on a 1-1/4" x 3" piece of Whisper White card stock using black Memento ink.  I cut a 1-3/8" x 3-1/8" piece of Highland Heather card stock for the layer. I set the words in place using Dimensinals. 

The butterfly is from the "Butterfly Beauty" thinlits.  It was cut from Daffodil Delight card stock.  I took my Basic Black marker and colored in the areas you see in black.  I set the butterfly in place with a small piece of Dimensional.  And that was it.  It's a very fun and quick card to make.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Beautiful Promenade, Mother's Day Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

At first I was wondering why I bought this set but now that I've played with it a bit more I am liking it. Especially because it has matching die cuts!  You know me and fussy cutting!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 5" x 3-3/4" piece of Highland Heather card stock.  And on top of that is a 4-7/8" x 3-3/8" piece of Whisper White that I textured using the "Tufted" embossing folder.  I taped the embossed layer to the Highland Heather layer.

I stamped the flower on a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock using Gorgeous Grape ink.  This stamp is a two step one, so I had stamped the outer part first and then I stamped the inside lines. I think they are a bit too dark and maybe stamping off once might have done the trick, but it is what it is for this card!

I almost fussy cut the flower and then I remembered that I had bought the bundle, so I had the stamps and the matching dies.  Yay!!!  So when I die cut the flower I also die cut some leaves using a scrap piece of Granny Apple Green card stock.  

I took a strip I had cut off when cutting the Highland Heather piece and I cut it to 3-3/8" long and I left the width as it was.  I taped that strip about 1-1/8" up from the bottom of the embossed piece.  Then I added the flower using Dimensionals.  I glued the leaves in place.  

The words were from my computer.  I ran across a stash of stuff and those were in it so I thought I would us them.  No more hoarding! (ya, right!  LOL).  I had punched the out using the "Classic Label" punch but I ended up cutting the ends off to make it fit.  I don't like that part of the Highland Heather strip showing so I think I may add another leaf there to cover it some.

I set the Highland Heather and Whisper White layers on top of the card front using Dimensionals. 

And to complete the card I added some purple sequins that I had.  They are not from Stampin' Up! but they matched and made the card prettier.

This was a fun card to make and I look forward to playing with this set again.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Friday, April 12, 2019

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

Before I put the "Geared Up Garage" stamp set away, I thought I would make one more card.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Best Route" 12" x 12" paper pack. 

I cut a 2" x 4-1/2" piece of DSP from the same pack, just a different design.  I layered it using a piece of Basic Black cut 2-1/8" x 4-3/8".  I set that piece in place using snail tape.

I die cut a 2-1/8" Whisper White circle and I set it in place using snail tape.

The car was made using Night of Navy card stock that I embossed using Versa Mark and white embossing powder.  I die cut the car and set it in place using Dimenisonals.

I die cut the gears using a scrap piece of Smoky Slate card stock.  I glued that piece in place.

The words are from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set. I stamped them using Night of Navy ink. I punched them out using the "Classic Label" punch. I set the words in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  This is a pretty simple card to make and it went together rather quickly.  It was fun to make too.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, April 11, 2019

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

Today I thought I would play with the "Geared Up Garage" stamp set and matching dies.  I have mixed feelings about this set. I bought it because it was a masculine set and there aren't very many masculine sets available.  Maybe if I had done something with the background, instead of just Whisper White, it might look batter.  

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

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

I stamped the car from the "Geared Up Garage" set using black Memento ink.  I die cut the car using the "Garage Gears" die cuts.  I colored the car using the light and dark Real Red Blends pens.  

I die cut the gears using the "Garage Gears" die cuts. I set the gears in place using small glue dots.  I was going to use glue but there was this little sheet of almost used up glue dots.  And I still didn't use them all up! UGH!!!

I set the car in place using Dimensionals and that was it. 

I may go back and add something to the larger open areas.  I just feel that they need something.

This was a very fun card to make.  

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Amazing Life, Beautiful Bouquet, Swirly Scribbles, Birthday Card

Yesterday I made a card using the "Amazing Life" set. I had to fussy cut the flowers and I whined a little!  And there were only two yesterday. But today I didn't whine because I was so loving those little flowers that I didn't mind the cutting.  Plus it's amazing how much you can cut when you have the tv on!!!  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of it is a piece of Old Olive cut 4" x 5-1/4".  I cut a piece of Whisper White 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" for my focal piece. This card opens at the bottom.  

I cut a 1" x 5-1/8" strip of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Share What You Love" 12" x 12" paper pack.  I taped it to the Whisper White piece, about 1/2" up from the bottom of the card.

Next I die cut two Old Olive scribble circles from the "Swirly Scribbles" die cut set.  I glued the two together and glued it to the card front.

Then I stamped the words from the "Beautiful Bouquet" set using black Memento ink.

I stamped a bunch of flowers from the "Amazing Life" set using black Memento ink.  I used 8 of them!  I only cut 9 so it's not like I wasted my fussy cutting!!!  I colored the flowers using the Blends pens.  I used both light and dark Pool Party, Highland Heather, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo and Old Olive for the leaves.

I stamped the cake from the "Amazing Life" set using black Memento ink.  I colored the cake using the same colors as the flowers (except for the Old Olive).  I taped the cake in place with snail tape.

I added the flowers using small Dimensionals.  And that was it.

I had fun making this card.  I really love those little flowers.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Amazing Live, Birthday Card, 2019 Occasions Catalog

While looking on Pinterest today, I ran across this card. I clicked on it to make it larger. I left it on the screen as I made my copy.  I closed that window and was going to go back to where I had originally found the image and then Pinterest pops up something about new pins for me to see and I lost the original card. So if you made this card or know who did, please let me know so I can give credit.

This is a very simple card to make.  First I took a folded half sheet of Mint Macaron and stamped the images in the two corners using Mint Macaron ink. I also used my Stamparatus so I only had to line up the stamp once.  I LOVE the Stamparatus because if you don't get enough ink on the image, you can always reink and stamp again.  I have become dependent on it and I feel that it has made my cards better.

Next I cut a 2-1/8" x 3-3/4" piece of Whisper White.  I lined up the cake image and the word image on my Stamparatus and I stamped the two at the same time.  

I stamped the two flowers and fussy cut them.  UGH!  I know, fussy cutting. But it was only two so it was okay, I survived!!! LOL

I colored the cake, the word "cake", and the flowers in using the light Mint Macaron Blends pen and then I came back in using the dark Mint Macaron pen on the word, on the flame and loopy part of the  cake and on the center of the flowers.

I used the light and dark Old Olive Blends pen for the leaves. 

I taped the two layers together and set them in place on the card base using Dimensionals.  I added a Dimensional to the back of the flowers and set them in place.  The original card does not have tiny pearls in the center of the flowers. I thought it would look good there and it does.  And that was it.  Super simple and cute too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, April 08, 2019

Animal Expedition, Better Together, Children's Birthday Card

I did not buy the set and dies that go with the "Animal Expedition" Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I just thought I would get the DSP and cut out the images and use them on cards.  Me cut things out?  I've gotten SO spoiled by the matching dies that it's a chore to fussy cut.  SO lazy!! LOL

I had cut the DSP a while ago and didn't do anything with it. I had other cards I wanted to make and this got pushed aside.  While cleaning up the piles of papers before stampers come over I ran across this and thought I should make a card so it doesn't get lost or ruined.  I mean, it was about 1/3 of the way done!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Tranquil Tide card stock.  This card opens on the right side.

I cut a piece of DSP 4" x 5-1/4", it's the top piece.  The bottom piece was cut 1-3/4" x 4".  I taped it over the top of the other piece.  Both pieces are from the "Animal Expedition" 12" x 12" DSP pack.  I also cut an 1/4" x 4" piece of Tranquil Tide card stock and I glued that strip over the seam where the two pieces of DSP meet.

The words are from the "Better Together" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink.  I liked the font used here, it has a fun, pleasing to children look to it.  I die cut it using a circle die and I die cut a Tranquil Tide scalloped circle that was a little bit bigger than the word circle.  

I had some enamel dots left over and I thought I'd add them to the bottom of the words for a bit of color.  And that was it.  

It was a fun and quick card to make.  I think it will make a child smile.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Just Because, Perennial Birthday, Birthday Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

Today I played with the "Polaroid" technique.  It's a fun and easy technique and take up most of your card so you can whip up a card in no time.  Well, depending on what you put on it for your image.  You can find the instructions for this technique here.  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Share What You Love" 12" x 12" package.  I taped it directly to the card front.

Then I cut the card stock for the Polaroid piece.  I used the cut out piece to stamp my image on.  I used the image from the "Just Because" set from the 2019 Occasions catalog.  I colored in the planter using light and dark Petal Pink Blends. And I colored in the leaves using the light and dark Mint Macaron Blends.  I used a blender pen and the Smoky Slate marker to color the background.  I think it would have looked better if I would have colored in the entire background. 

The words are from the "Perennial Birthday" set and I used black Memento ink to stamp them.  

I ended up cutting another piece of card stock just a hair shorter than the Polaroid piece. I set the Polaroid piece on top and then taped the square in place.  I removed the Polaroid piece and added my Dimensionals to the back and then set it in place on the card front using snail tape.  And that was it.  A super quick and easy card to make.  I may make another one tomorrow using this. I really like this technique.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Saturday, April 06, 2019

This Little Piggy, Perennial Birthday, Birthday Card

I was planning on playing with some new sets from the 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog and I ran across the "This Little Piggy" set and my whole thought process changed. I was distracted by a cute little piggy!!  LOL  It's okay though, I'm guessing this set might be retiring soon, so I thought I would play with it for probably one last time, since I have so many other sets to play with I might not get back to it.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Powder Pink.  On top of that is a 4-1/2" x 3-1/8" piece of Whisper White card stock.  And taped to that is a 4-3/8" x 3" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Garden Impressions" 6" x 6" pack.  

I die cut a piece of Melon Mambo card stock using the "Stitched Rectangles" dies.  I used the 4th and 5th largest ones.  I stamped the piggy image using black Memento ink. I did mask off the words so I could make it a birthday card.  I die cut it using the 4th smallest stitched die.  And then I die cut the Melon Mambo layer using the 5th largest die.  

I colored the piggy in using Light and Dark Petal Pink Blends.  I colored the whole piggy in with light first and then added the highlights.  I colored the flower petals in using the Light Bermuda Bay Blends.  The center of the flower was colored in using the Daffodil Delight Blends and the leaf was colored in using the Light Old Olive Blends pen.  I LOVE using those pens, it makes coloring so effortless and smooth looking.

I taped those two together and then I added Dimensionals to the back and set the image in place over the DSP piece. 

The words are from the Perennial Birthday set and were stamped using Melon Mambo ink.  I think black Memento ink would have been better, but it still looks fine with the Melon Mambo.  

This was a very easy and quick card to make.  I can see myself using this layout again in the near future.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Friday, April 05, 2019

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

The robins are here and feeding on our miniature crab trees.  It won't be long before the butterflies will be back. I'm anxious to see them (as are the robins, I'm sure!).  So today I thought I would play with some paper butterflies.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock. On top of that I taped Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Share What You Love" pack.  I cut the DSP at 5-1/4" x just a little over 1-7/8".  If you cut them at 1-7/8" there will be a lot more black showing.  It can be adjusted some to look okay but to balance it out you can cut the other ends of each strip to 5-1/8".  It should balance it out more.  

I took a piece of Whisper White that was cut 2-1/2" x 3-1/2".  I stamped the words from an old Paper Pumpkin kit.  I don't know which one it was, sorry.  But you can find any words you want to add there.  I was looking for "thinking of you" and this is what I came up with.  I added a 1/8" larger piece of Basic Black, cutting it at 2-3/8" x 3-3/8". I taped those layers together and adding it to the card front using Dimensionals.

The butterflies are from the "Butterfly Gala" set. I stamped the butterflies and punched them out using the "Butterfly Duet" punch.  I colored them using a sponge dauber and Melon Mambo ink.  I also sprayed them with some "Frost White Shimmer Paint" in a spritzer bottle to give them a little shimmer.  I added pearls to the centers of each butterfly to give it a bit more glamour. I set the butterflies in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  I thought it was an easy and quick card to make.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda  

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Climbing Roses, Thank You Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

I thought I would play with the "Climbing Roses" bundle before I put it back on the shelf. Yes, I often do put my stamp sets back on the shelf.  Especially when I have stampers coming over! LOL

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Very Vanilla card stock. 

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" Very Vanilla card stock for the top layer.  I took a piece of watercolor paper and I stamped the roses image using Versa Mark.  I heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  The original card (which you can see here) was done using copper embossing powder. I didn't have any, so I used the next closest color.  I die cut the flowers and I was ready for the next step.

For the coloring I took my aqua painter and I colored in the greenery first.  I went over everything that should be green using Old Olive.  I squished the cover of the ink pad and took my color from the lid.  Next I came in with some Mossy Meadow ink.  Making the darker areas more prominent. 

Next I colored in all of the flowers using Melon Mambo.  I added some Merry Merlot for the darker areas.  After I was satisfied with how it looked, I added some Soft Suede to the darker areas of the greens and then a little bit of Early Espresso.  It wasn't as difficult to color as I thought it would be.  Not when you color the lightest colors first and then come back with the darker ones.  I thought it was fun but it did take some time to do.  But today I was in the painting mood.

The words are from the same set. I also stamped them using Versa Mark and gold embossing powder.  I heat set it and then I used the new "Stitched Rectangle" dies to cut them out.  

The Very Vanilla 4" x 5-1/4" piece was splattered.  You were supposed to take your marker and tape it on the cap to let the ink flick on the card stock. I tried that, it didn't work.  I even took my scissors and flicked it on that and nothing.  I guess my markers aren't juicy enough.  I even went as far as to add ink refill to the tips of the markers and tried again and still nothing.  I took out my old trusty air art tool, the one with the bulb on it and you tighten in your marker. I just made a few splatters of Melon Mambo and Early Espresso. That part of my card was disappointing to do.

I set the Very Vanilla piece on top of the card base using Dimensionals.  Then I took some gold thread and wound it around my spread fingers about four times.  I took a glue dot and set it over the ends.  I also twisted this circle to form a figure eight so I could work with it easier on my card stock.  I set the thread in place and then I set the flower piece on using Dimenisonals.  I was careful not to put any Dimenisonals on the area where the words were going to go. 

I added Dimensionals to the words and I set them in place.  I arranged the gold thread a little and then I added some pearls that I had colored using the Real Red Blends pen.  Yup, Real Red didn't turn out so red on the pearls and I used the darker pen.  But I liked how they looked so that was what I used.

I do like how the card looks but I don't think I would ever make another one, mostly because of the time it took to make it.  I much prefer the Blends pens for my coloring.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda 


Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Climbing Roses, Thinking of You Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

Now it's time to dig into those 2019 Occasions catalog sets and have some fun. 

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

The first thing I did was I die cut the lattice piece using Whisper White card stock. I used a double-sided adhesive sheet so it would become a sticker. I wasn't up for gluing this piece in place!!!  I also used my spritzer bottle and sprayed it with "Frost White Shimmer Paint" mixed with some distilled water.  I always use distilled water at my worktable.  Tap water can get a nasty smell after a while of sitting, distilled water does not.  I set that piece aside to dry.  When it was dry I set it in place on the card front.  It was a little difficult to line up but using a ruler helped.

Next I stamped the flowers, the large image and the single flower. I die cut them and colored them using the Real Red light and dark Blends pens.  I also used the Real Red marker on the very center of the flowers and anywhere there were stamped shade lines.  I colored the leaves in using the Old Olive Blends pens.  I set this piece in place on the card using Dimensionals.   I had also colored in the small flower.

The words are from the same "Climbing Roses" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink. Then I took my Blender pen and removed the black on the word "you".  I colored in the "you" using the Real Red marker.  I die cut the piece with the fun die in the matching "Rose Trellis" thinlits die set.  I set that piece in place using Dimensionals.  I was going to add the tiny rose to the upper right on this piece but when I was moving my larger piece around while coloring, I got a little bit of marker on the word piece.  So that little rose is hiding my mistake.  Not that it was difficult to redo the piece, I just didn't want to.  My workroom is cold and I am ready to go upstairs where it's warmer.  We still have a little snow on the ground here.  Mostly the piles at the end of the driveways but it's not comfortable warm here yet.  I don't think my workroom will warm up until July!  This was a nasty cold winter.  Anyway, back to that little flower. I set it in place with a little bit of liquid glue. Anything could be used, tape or a glue dot.  And that was it. 

It was an easy card to make and I was really in the mood to do some coloring today. This is a very pretty set.  I think it would be great for a birthday, Mother's Day, get well or wedding card.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

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

Today's card is a quick and simple one.  Even quicker for me because I had stamped the image yesterday and didn't use it (like stamping an image takes a lot of time!!! LOL). I ended up masking off the words and using the upper part.

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

I cut a 2" x 4" piece of the Specialty Designer Series Paper  (SDSP) from the "Share What You Love" 12" x 12" pack. I taped it to the Melon Mambo piece and then I taped that to the front of the card.

I stamped the image from the "Just Because" set.  I colored in the flowers using the Melon Mambo marker and I colored in the leaves using the Old Olive Blends light and dark pens.  And for the vase, I colored it in using the Light Petal Pink Blends pen and then colored over it with Soft Suede and a Blender Pen.  After the coloring, I trimmed the panel down to 2" x 3-5/8".  I added a layer of Mossy Meadow that I cut at 2-1/8" x 3-3/4".  I taped the layers together.  I set them in place using Dimensionals and the card was done.

I like this layout and the SDSP.  I think the Melon Mambo piece could use some texture from an embossing folder.  But other than that, I do like the card.  

Tomorrow is Sketch Challenge day at Split Coast Stampers.  I have not done one of their challenges in a very long time. I may have to take a look tomorrow and see.  If you haven't tried one, go there and take a look.  I had started doing the challenges at SC125 (SK means Sketch Challenge).  I quit when it was in the 400's because I was working and just didn't have the time to play along.  

Monday, April 01, 2019

Just Because, Birthday Card, 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

Today's card was a quick and simple one and it shows!! It's not one of my better works but I needed to make a quick card because my schedule is packed and there's still more things to tend to.  Stamping when you are stressed is not fun!  Tomorrow I will have more time to enjoy the stamping.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Melon Mambo card stock. It opens on the right.

I cut a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock, a 3-5/8" x 4-7/8" piece of Old Olive and a 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" piece of "Share What You Love" Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP).  I taped those layers together and then taped them to the card base.

I stamped the image from the "Just Because" set. I masked off the words.  I really didn't want to make a Mother's Day card today.  I colored in the vase using the Petal Pink marker.  Then I colored over it using a Blender Pen and Crumb Cake ink.  What I did was I scribbled on one of my stamping blocks and picked up the color with the Blender Pen.  I colored in the flower petals using the Melon Mambo marker and the leaves were colored in using the Old Olive marker. It's pretty simple basic coloring.  I die cut the image with the Stitched oval die.  And I die cut a layer using Melon Mambo card stock.

The words are from the "Sheltering Tree" set and they were stamped using black Memento ink.  I trimmed them and then added a layer 1/8" larger behind it.  I set the oval in place using Dimensionals and then I added the words on top of it, centering it. I added Dimensionals to the ends of the word piece and one on the bottom center.  The top center is sitting on top of the oval.  And that was it.

This was a simple and quick card to make but the background is a bit too busy for my taste.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda