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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Good Morning Magnolia, Thinking of You Card, 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I found this card on Pinterest and thought was SO pretty. It's got such a soft look to it.  I didn't make it the way the original card was made because I don't care for that type of layout.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Petal Pink.  I cut a 1-1/8" x 5-1/4" strip of the Petal Pink striped paper from the "Magnolia Lane" Designer Series Paper (DSP).  And I cut a 3" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.

I stamped the flower image on the Whisper White piece.  I colored the flower in with both light and dark Petal Pink Blends pens.  I colored the leaves in using both light and dark Old Olive Blends pens.  I colored the center of the flower using the dark Daffodil Delight Blends pen and I colored the stem using the light Soft Suede Blends pen.

For the flower and leaves, I colored them solid with the light pen and then came back in with the dark pen.  I mostly followed the shaded areas on the flower.  You just need to think of where the sun would shine and where it wouldn't.  Where it won't reach, you color that part darker.  

Then I stamped the words from the "Magnolia Lane" set.  This set has some very nice wording in such a pretty font and it's got great flowers to stamp and color. 

After I finished the coloring I taped the DSP strip to the back of the Whisper White piece.  There isn't a whole lot to tape to it.  You want your piece to measure 4" x 5-1/4" when you are done taping.

Next I taped the piece to the card base.  I tied a pretty ribbon around the left side of the card from the "Polka Dot Tulle" ribbon spool.  It's just a simple knot and the ends are trimmed.

I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card and that was it. I just love how Blends pens make coloring so quick and easy.

I think this card is very elegant.  It would also make a great birthday, Mother's Day, thank you and even a sympathy card.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Good Morning Magnolia, Thinking of You Card, 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I found this beauty on Pinterest.  I thought it was such a fun looking card.  I liked the monochromatic look.  I think the original card was made using copper embossing powder and copper foil card stock. I didn't have either in copper so I used gold.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Very Vanilla card stock.  I took a 2-1/8" x 5-1/2" piece of copier paper and taped it down with removable tape.  Then I stamped the flower image from the "Good Morning Magnolia" set using Versa Mark.  I then embossed the flowers with gold embossing powder.  

I cut a 3-1/8" strip of gold foil card stock. Actually I cut two because the piece I had wasn't long enough (5-1/2") so I pieced it in.  The open space is under the word panel and no one will ever see it.  

I stamped the words from the "Good Morning Magnolia" set using Soft Suede ink.  I die cut the words and the gold foil card stock using the "Stitched Nested Labels" dies.  I taped them together.

Then I added a little snail tape to the front of the card where the strip was pieced in. I stuck some gold thread to the tape and then I added a piece of transparent tape to hold the threads down.

I added Dimensionals to the back of the word piece and I set it in place on the front of the card.

And that was it. This was a very easy and fun card to make. I LOVE this layout.  I saw another card using this layout and I think I may give it a try too.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, July 15, 2019

Here's a Card, Perennial Essence, Birthday Card

When I saw a card done using this "technique" (if you can call it a technique, I'm not sure what to call it) I thought it looked cool to emboss the edges.  You can see the original card here.  

To make my this card you need a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that I added 3 strips of the "Perennial Essence" Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I cut the DSP into 1-1/4" x 5-1/4" strips.  I tried to get some Versa Mark on the edges but I found that a bit difficult to do, so I ended up taking some Versa Mark refill and a make-up type foam q-tip and I smeared the edges with it.  Then I sprinkled the gold embossing powder on it and heated it.  I didn't enjoy doing that at all, though I don't usually enjoy embossing with the heat tool anyway, and I don't know why. I love how it looks when you stamp a lined image and then emboss it but I just don't find a lot of joy in the process.  Oh well, I do it when I have to.

After embossing the strips, I set them in place on the card base.

The words are from the "Here's a Card" set.  I stamped them using black Memento ink.  Then I die cut them with an oval die and I die cut a scalloped oval using gold foil card stock.  I taped the words to the foil piece and I set the foil piece in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.

There isn't a lot to making this card, it's just that darn embossing that I didn't care to do and when I look at this card, I don't care much for the look of it either.  LOL  So we know I won't be making another card like this any time soon!!! LOL

My post almost didn't happen tonight.  We had a storm come though.  Before it hit our neighborhood the lights went out.  They did flicker three times, they really did want to come back on!  LOL  SO I was in the dark for about an hour.  I had just started this post when the power went out.  But now it's done and I'll get it online in time. I was actually looking around the house to see what I could do with the amount of light that was barely coming through the windows.  Stamping wasn't one of them.  But I thought I could empty out the dishwasher and maybe Swiffer the dining room floor.  If it would have been later, I would have just gone to bed! LOL But I ended up making a peanut butter sandwich for dinner with some baby carrots and canned pears.  Couldn't use the oven, it's electric. Couldn't use the microwave, it's also electric!  And I didn't really want to go out in the storm to turn the grill on!!! So PB it is!  Easy and not many dishes!  So now I'm off to empty the dishwasher so I can put my dinner dishes in it!  And I'm charging up my phone, Kindle and my Ott light to prepare for round two of the storms.  UGH!  But the blog is done for tonight so I can shut the computer down.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Floral Essence, Beauty Abounds, To a Wild Rose, Butterfly Wishes, Birthday Card

This was a very fun card to make.  You can see the original card here.  I did change a few things though, mostly because I didn't have what was used on the original card. 

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

The focal piece is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  First I stamped the flowers from the "Floral Essence" set using Pacific Point ink.

Then I stamped the leaves. I had to hunt in my stamp sets for ones that would work.  The original post didn't give any instructions at all.  So I used the leaves from the "To a Wild Rose" set with Old Olive ink.  

Next I stamped the spray images from the "Beauty Abounds" set. I used Pacific Point ink but I did stamp off once before stamping on the focal piece.  

Then came the center of the flowers.  The original card showed it was done in the blue but I thought the centers got lost so I used Daffodil Delight ink stamped off once for the center of each flower.  It was just enough to make the flower stand out. 

I die cut an Old Olive frame using the new "Stitched Rectangle" dies. 

The words are from the "Butterfly Wishes" set. I lined up the rectangle to see where I was going to stamp the words. The words were stamped using black Memento ink. 

The frame was set in place using Dimensionals.  

This was a very quick and easy card to make.  What drew my attention to it was that fun frame!

Thank you SO much for stopping by,
Wanda

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Abstract Impressions, Tasteful Backgrounds Dies, 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Catalog

No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't make this card look pretty.  I had seen a video on using the new "Tasteful Backgrounds" dies and I liked what I saw. I still like what I saw but not on here!!! You can see the video here.  

First you have to make the colored paper by using some watercolor paper and the new "Watercolor Crystals".  You get six colors in the package. You get Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody.  I used Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape and a very little bit of Granny Apple Green.  I misted the paper between each color.  I also used a pipette to suck up some of the water that pooled.  I didn't want to sop it up with a paper towel because paper towels can leave their texture marks behind.  So after my "coloring" was done to what I thought was pretty, I did sop the water up with paper towels. I did it quickly so it wouldn't leave any marks.  Then I used my embossing tool to dry it.  I set it aside and began the work on the rest of the card.  

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.  I did die cut the scalloped circle from the center of that piece and I also die cut the scalloped oval from the center of that scalloped circle.  No one will notice anything!  

I cut a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Daffodil Delight and textured it with the new "Eyelet" embossing folder.  I taped this piece to the Melon Mambo piece.  Then I took a 7" piece of the Polka Dot Tulle ribbon and taped the ends to the back.  Then I taped the layers to the card base.

Next I die cut the largest Stitched Circle die using Whisper White card stock.  I also cut the same size from my watercolor paper.  I die cut the center of the Whisper White circle using the new "Tasteful Background" die.  I added Dimensionals to the Whisper White piece and set it in place on the watercolor piece.  I added Dimensionals to the back of the circles and set them in place on top of the card front.  

I stamped the words from the "Abstract Impressions" set using black Memento ink. I actually thought I had the word dies like the ones in the original card but I have a different set, my set is the holidays one.  I die cut the words using the oval dies.  I taped the words to the scalloped oval piece and set that in place on the front of the card with Dimensionals.  

I took a 4 inch piece of ribbon and tied a knot on the taped ribbon.  And that was it.  In the video it showed how to color the ribbon using inkers.  I didn't want to play with another mess so I passed on that idea but I thought it was great.  My fingers were a mess from the color sprinkles.  Rubber gloves would have been a good thing to use!!  LOL

This was a tough card, mostly because I had problems with picking the colors.  I'm not fond of the Daffodil Delight color on the front.  It just seems too bright.  Tomorrow's card will be SO much better.  I promise!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Friday, July 12, 2019

Beautiful Friendship, Birthday Card, 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I found this beauty on Pinterest.  I had just gotten the "Beautiful Friendship" set and was looking for some inspiration.  I've been a bit uncreative lately and I have mostly been finding pretties and making them.  You can see the original card here.  I did make some little changes.

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

I got my Stamparatus out and lined up my card stock at the bottom, making sure the left side and the bottom of the card stock were touching. That way if the card stock moves I know exactly where to place it to re-stamp.  

I set the large flower image towards the right side of the card, just about 1/4" up from the bottom.  I stamped the image using Daffodil Delight ink.  Then I turned the card stock 180 degrees and stamped the image again.  

Next I set up the two rose buds image on the Stamparatus and I stamped them using Pool Party ink. And again I turned the card stock 180 degrees and stamped the other side.  

There's two leaf stamps in the set, so I thought I would use them both.  I set them up on the Stamparatus and then inked them up using Old Olive.  I turned the card stock 180 degrees and stamped again.  

I cut a 3/4" x 5-1/8" piece of Old Olive for the strip. The original card used Daffodil Delight but I thought there was too much yellow on the card.  Pool Party may have worked but since Old Olive was used in the layer, I thought it would fit better.  And maybe only cut the strip 1/2" or 5/8" instead of 3/4".  Something to play around with some other day.  I taped that strip in place.

I took a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the smaller single rose image using Daffodil Delight ink stamped off once.  Then I stamped the words from the same set using Old Olive.  Then I die cut them using the 5th largest die in the "Stitched Nested Labels" dies.  

I set down a little bit of Tear and Tape where the word piece was to go and added some gold thread.  Then I set the word piece in place.  And that was it.  

I thought it was an easy card to make and it's SO pretty.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

The Countess Beaded Christmas Bulb

Today I finished a new design. I call it "The Countess" beaded Christmas bulb.  You don't have to run around looking for different shaped beads.  These are pretty easy to find.  This bulb uses seed beads, fire-polished beads and glass pearls.  

I'm SO horrible at taking photos. I was trying to make sure the wind wouldn't blow the dangling pieces together that I didn't notice the bulb cap was crooked.  Though I had nothing to do with that in the creation of the bulb cover.  

I like bulb covers better than the encased bulbs because of the ease of replacement.  Should this bulb break (and they can because they are super thin glass), I just go get another bulb.  With the encased ones you have to remove beads and hope you find them all and then resew the beads back onto the bulb.  Oh and another great benefit here is, you can send the mail without the worry of the bulb breaking (bulb not included!!!).  They would be easier to sell that way too.  

The PDF pattern for this bulb cover can be purchased in my secure web store.  Just click here to be taken to the store.  You can make as many as you wish to sell or to give away as gifts.  Entering it in a contest is not permitted.  

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Beautiful Friendship, Daisy Punch, Birthday Card, 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Here's another super easy, fun and adorable card.  I just love the daisy on top of the Night of Navy Designer Series Paper (DSP).  The flower just seems to pop off the paper.  And notice, there's no leaves behind the flower?  The flower just stands alone.  I found this card on Pinterest.  You can see it here.  I changed the wording and the DSP.  

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 3" piece of DSP from the 6" x 6" Neutrals Collection pack.  You can make two cards from one piece of the DSP from the 6" x 6" pack.  You can make 8 cards from a 12" x 12" sheet.

The words are from the "Beautiful Friendship" set.  They were stamped using Night of Navy ink.

Both the large and medium daisy punches were used to make the flower.  Two of each sizes were punched out.  I glued the flowers together.  After gluing the two small flowers together, I pressed the center of the flower into my slightly cupped hand with my finger.  It allowed the little flowers to curl up a little.  I did not do that with the larger flowers because I needed them to just lay flat.  I glued the small flowers to the large flowers.  I set the flower in place using Dimensionals.  I added a "Perennial Essence Floral Center" to the daisy and the card was done. 

It's just so simple and sweet looking.  I think this would be pretty using Merry Merlot or Cherry Cobbler DSP too.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Here's a Card, Medium Daisy Punch, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Catalog

I found this great card on Pinterest and with one click of the button, I lost it.  When I find it I will post the link and give credit where credit is due.  I only changed the words on this card.  The original card used the word "Smile" from the "Daisy Lane" stamp set.  And the dot on the "i" has a small rhinestone on it.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Flirty Flamingo card stock.  This card opens on the right and is folded on the left.

On top of the Flirty Flamingo is a 5" x 3-3/4" piece of Whisper White card stock. 

On top of the Whisper White card stock is a 4-7/8" x 3-5/8" piece of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the beautiful "Perennial Essence" 12" x 12" pack.  This piece of DSP was kind of difficult to use because the backside is the most prettiest dark blue with light blues background and dark purple flowers.  It's just stunning.  But I decided to go ahead and make this card.  Usually the backsides aren't as nice as the other side.  This whole pack is beautiful.  So I taped the DSP to the Whisper White piece and then that was taped to the card base.

I cut a 3-5/8" x 1" strip of Whisper White card stock.  The original card had that strip cut at 3/4" wide.  I didn't think it was wide enough for the words I was going to use.  The words came from the "Here's a Card" stamp set. I stamped them using Flirty Flamingo ink.  I taped the strip to the DSP with the bottom edge measuring about 1-7/8" up from the bottom edge of the card. 

I die cut two daisies using the "Medium Daisy" punch.  There's also a large punch and now I'm wondering if a small one is in the making.  Wouldn't that be fun?  You could make a beautiful daisy garden card with three sizes!  Okay, back to the card. I put glue on the center of the daisy and I stuck the two pieces together.  I punched out the leaf using the leaf punch and Pear Pizzazz card stock.  I taped the leaf in place and then set the daisy on top using a Dimensional.  I added the cute fuzzy center from the "Perennial Essence Floral Centers" embellishments.  These are a stick on item.  Quick, easy, cute, fuzzy and fun!  I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card and it was done. This is a very quick and easy card to make.  I can see myself making more of these using up some retired papers.  I may not use the fuzzy center because they run about $.40 each but I'm sure I will figure out something so it still looks cute.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Free as a Bird, Itty Bitty Greetings, Birthday Card, 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Sometimes my camera sees white as pink and other times it sees it as white. I don't know what is up with that.  The focal piece and the background that was used to take the photo are really white, not pink! So now that we cleared that up, we can move on.  LOL

I really wanted to play with the "Daisy Lane" set again but I had promised I would find a different set for today.  But maybe tomorrow might bring on another from "Daisy Lane".  I have seen SO many fun and easy cards using that set.  But for today, I used the "Free as a Bird" set.  I found the card here.  I thought it was SO pretty.  I just love the Balmy Blue color and I think that is what caught my eye on this card.  

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Balmy Blue card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Balmy Blue that had leaves stamped with stamped off Balmy Blue ink and then textured with the "Subtle" embossing folder.  I think that folder makes the card stock look like it's linen.  That piece was set in place on top of the card base using Dimensionals.

I stamped the birds image from the "Free as a Bird" set using black Memento ink.  I colored in the birds with Blends Pens.  I used dark Daffodil Delight for the beaks.  Calypso Coral, Balmy Blue, Old Olive and Crumb Cake, light and dark pens were used to color in the images. After coloring the images I cut it out using the second largest stitched hexagon die cut.

After coloring I realized I wanted to add some words so I looked at the set and the words on it weren't what interested me.  I thought of this card as either a get well card or a birthday card.  I got out the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set and found the get well wishes.  I stamped them using Smoky Slate ink.  I did set up my card stock in the Stamparatus and lined up the words and stamped them.  I love using that thing. It's saved me from having hit and miss inked lettering. I'm able to reink the stamp and stamp again in the exact same spot and have perfectly stamped wording.

I set a few glue dots down in the center area of where the die cut piece would go and I proceeded to stick some linen thread to it.  I found it easier than winding it around my fingers.  

Then I added Dimensionals to the back of the die cut piece and set it in place on the front of the card.  I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the inside and I was done.

This card didn't take long to make.  I was in the mood for some coloring, which usually takes longer than just stamping and die cutting but it's SO worth it.  And all in all, it didn't take long to make this card at all.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, July 08, 2019

Daisy Lane, Here's a Card, Birthday Card, 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Catalog

One more "Daisy Lane" card before I move onto another stamp set.  What was supposed to be a quick and simple card turned out to be the opposite for me.  Look at the card, does it look that difficult to you?  Well it's not but I managed to make it that way.  LOL  I found this fun and simple card here.  

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Crumb Cake card stock.  On top of that is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock.  And on top of that is the Crumb Cake focal piece that measures 3-5/8" x 4-7/8".  

I stamped the stem using Mossy Meadow ink.  Then I stamped the words from the "Here's a Card" set using Night of Navy ink.  And that's it for the stamping.  Well, on my first attempt, I had the words set up in my Stamparatus because my ink pad is a little dry and if I needed to reink, I wanted to make sure it would stamp in the exact same spot.  I had the words too close to the hinge and I had trouble getting the B to make contact.  SO, I inked it up again and pressed really hard.  I ended up with an edge of the stamp line on my card.  Yup, I inked the edges and didn't look and went ahead and stamped.  Well, not a big deal, just turn it over and try again.  I turned it over and did the same exact thing.  UGH!!!  So off to the cutter I go to cut a new piece of Crumb Cake and this time I cleaned the stamp and set the card up on a different part of the Stamparatus and I got a clear image after two stampings.  Two clean stampings!!!  Then I stamped the stem again and I was ready for the assembly.

I punched out two daisies from the large Daisy punch using Whisper White card stock.  I glued the centers together.  I set it aside while I got out my Dimensionals and the flower center from the "Perennial Essence Floral Centers" container.  These are SO darn cute.  

I taped the Whisper White piece in place and then the Crumb Cake piece on top of that.

I set the flower in place with a Dimensional and I added the flower center.  And don't forget to add a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the inside of the card.

It was a fun card to make and if you can keep your stamp edges clean it will be super easy to make too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Daisy Lane, Wiggle Worm, Birthday Card, 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I found this fun card on Pinterest and I didn't save the link before I shut down my computer.  All I remember is the lady's name is Pinky and she's a Stampin' Up! demonstrator from the UK.  If I should run across it again, I will post a link to her blog here.  I was hoping to take some time to look more at her blog.  UGH!  (edited on 7-8-19  I found the name.  It's Pinky O' Hagan and here's the link to her card). 

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 Bermuda Bay card stock.  On top of that is a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White that has a piece of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the 6" x 6" Brights stack.  I cut the piece 3-7/8" x 2-1/2" and I tore the top.  

I set the DSP on top of the Whisper White piece and lightly drew a line below the DSP paper edge so I knew how much of the stem I needed to have showing.  If I were to do this card again, I would make the DSP a lot shorter and I'd bring down the right flower to fit more in that open space.

I stamped petals from the "Daisy Lane" set, four small and two large using Bermuda Bay ink.  I punched them out and glued the centers together.  Meanwhile I stamped the words from the "Wiggle Worm" set on Whisper White card stock using Bermuda Bay ink.  I die cut them with the smallest Stitched Oval die and I added an Old Olive scalloped oval die for the back layer. 

I took the flowers and set them on the card so I could see the placement of the stems.  I stamped the stems using Old Olive ink and I colored them in using the dark Old Olive Blends pen.    

I set the flowers in place using Dimensionals.  I added clear "Faceted Gems" to the center of the flowers.  Two medium gems and one large one.

I taped the DSP on and added the word oval using Dimensionals. 

It's an easy enough card to make.  I love the colors.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Wiggle Worm, Humorous Card, Get Well Card, 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Today I wanted to play with the "Wiggle Worm" set.  I wasn't going to get this set but I remembered I had a lot of fun many years ago with a different bug set that Stampin' Up! had so I decided to buy it.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock.  On top of that I taped a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Pear Pizzazz Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the 6" x 6" Subtles pack.  You get 40 sheets in that pack and they last a very long time. I like it now that they are 6" x 6" instead of 12" x 12"  I rarely put a dent in those and they were so expensive. These are more affordable. 

I cut a strip of Whisper White card stock that measured 1-3/4" x 5-1/4".  I textured it with the "Layered Leaves" embossing folder.  I taped it to a piece of Basic Black card stock that measured 1-7/8" x 5-1/4" and I taped those to the DSP.  

I stamped the cute bug using black memento ink on a 2-1/8" x 2-1/8" square of Whisper White card stock.  I colored him in using the light Granny Apple Green Blender Pen.  Then I drew around the square body parts using the light Old Olive Blender Pen.

I colored the wings using both the light and dark Smoky Slate Blends Pens.  I colored the wings in with the light first and then went round the inside edges using the dark pen.  Click on the photo for a better view.  

I colored the mouth in using the light Flirty Flamingo Blends Pen.  

I colored the bottom part of the bug in using the dark Daffodil Delight Blends Pen.  I stamped the "highlights" around the bug bottom using Daffodil Delight ink.

After the coloring, I cut a 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock and a 2-3/8" x 2-3/8" piece of Basic Black card stock and I taped those layers together.  

The words were done on the computer. The font I used was "Curlz MT".  I don't know if I had added it to my computer or if it came with it.  I just liked the way it looked and ran with it. It's size 12 and I did bold it.  I cut the words out and it measured 2-3/4" x 1-1/2".  I cut a 2-7/8" x 1-5/8" piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock and a 3" x 1-3/4" piece of Basic Black card stock.  I taped the layers together.  I taped the word layers in place on the card front and I set the bug image in place using Dimensionals.  

And for the final touches, I put a little glue on the bug bottom and sprinkled on some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to give it a bit more glow! And I added some Wink of Stella to the wings.

I think this card was very fun to make. It makes me smile to look at it.  I love the poem.  I found it on the internet many years ago.  I tried to find the author but from what I have seen, it's anonymous but thought to be a British author because of the word "bum".  I just love it and I thought it fit well with this image.

Thank you ever SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Friday, July 05, 2019

Sailing Home, Itty Bitty Greetings, Masculine Birthday Card, 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I found today's card on Pinterest.  You can see the original card here. I had to make a few minor changes.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  The original card used the new in color Seaside Spray.  I did end up ordering the paper and ink pad. The past couple of years I have not been buying the in colors because I don't use them very often and I end up after 2 years having a lot of card stock left.  Last year I kind of wanted the Grapefruit Grove color but I refrained from ordering it and I did just fine. But this year I caved and ordered only the Seaside Spray.  Mostly because of this new "Sailing Home" set.  I am pretty sure I will be using a LOT of that card stock.  I'll keep you posted on how that is going!!! LOL

For my layers, I cut a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Balmy Blue (I think the Seaside Spray is supposed to be the right color, that is why I only have a little bit of it showing). I taped the Balmy Blue piece on top of the card base.  Then I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Night of Navy and a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White. 

I cut a 1-3/4" x 4" piece of the sail boat imaged paper from the "Come Sail Away" Designer Series Paper (DSP) 12" x 12" pack.  I set the DSP strip on top of my Whisper White piece so I would know where to stamp my images. 

I stamped the sail boat using Night of Navy ink. Then I stamped the compass using Balmy Blue ink.  I stamped the birds in Night of Navy. I used the wrong ink pad, I really wanted them to be in Balmy Blue, but it is what it is.  Then I stamped the words using Night of Navy ink. The words are from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set

I taped the Whisper White piece to the Night of Navy piece and then added the DSP strip. I tied some thread around the strip and taped the ends on the back.  I slipped a small piece of thread under the three pieces of thread and tied a bow.  Then I taped the piece on top of the Balmy Blue piece and the card was done.

It's a very quick and simple card to make. I think I would like it better with the Seaside Spray color.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Detailed Bands, Band Together, To a Wild Rose, Birthday Card, 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Oh my, isn't the brick background SO pretty?  It's called "Brick & Mortar" and it's a 3D embossing folder.  

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

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Gorgeous Grape card stock was taped to the card base.

Then I cut a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock and textured it with the "Brick & Mortar" embossing folder.  I sponged over the whole piece using Crumb Cake ink on my sponge dauber.  I taped that to the Gorgeous Grape piece.

I stamped the flower and die cut it, it's from the "To a Wild Rose" set.  The flower is a three step flower.  I stamped the outline using black Memento ink. Then I stamped the more solid piece using Highland Heather ink.  And then the darker area was stamped using the third stamp and Gorgeous Grape ink.  Then I die cut the piece.  I did use my Stamparatus to line up the other two flower stamps.

I stamped the flower center using Daffodil Delight and then die cut it out.  

The pretty lacy label piece is from the "Detailed Bands" die cut set.  I stamped the words from the "Band Together" set on Whisper White card stock and then used the die cut again to cut them out. I glued the sides of the "Detailed Bands" piece to the embossed piece.  Then I glued the word piece to the center of the band piece.

I added Dimensionals to the back of the flower and set it in place. I had stamped the leaf using two of the leaf stamps.  I used the outline one with Mossy Meadow ink and the more solid one using Old Olive.  I did not use the third leaf stamp because I didn't want my leaves that dark.  I die cut the leaves, glued the end and then slipped them under the flower.  And that was it.  I am still in awe of the background. I just love that embossing folder.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Back on Your Feet, Get Well Card, 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Catalog


Today it's back to the "Back on Your Feet" set.  I just love this turtle.  I am not sure if he's my favorite or if the giraffe is.  I'll let you know next time I color a giraffe!!!


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

On top of the card base is a piece of Crumb Cake card stock that was textured with the "Layered Leaves" 3D embossing folder.  The folder has nice dimension to it.  I then die cut it with the 3" x 4-3/8" "Stitched Rectangle" die cut.  I taped it in place.

I stamped the turtle from the "Back on Your Feet" set using black Memento ink on Whisper White card stock.  I colored him in using the Blends Pens. I used Daffodil Delight, light and dark on the belly, legs and face.  I used Old Olive, light and dark on the shell.  I colored over the face and legs with Old Olive light.  Then I colored over them again with the dark Daffodil Delight.  I outlined the shell with dark Crumb Cake.  He was fun to color.  I die cut him using the 2-1/8" x 2-1/8" "Stitched Square" die.  I also die cut an Old Olive  scalloped square for the layer behind the turtle.

The words are from the same set. I stamped them using black memento ink. I die cut them with the small oval die and I also die cut an Old Olive scalloped die for the layer. 

I set the turtle and the words in place using Dimensonals.  And I was done. But to look at it now, I'm thinking that the Whisper White card base could use something.  Maybe some texture?  I don't know. I just looks to white.  Maybe because it's a lot of white.  Maybe a layer of Old Olive behind the Crumb Cake would make that white less noticeable.  But it is what it is for today's card!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Back on Your Feet, Get Well Card, 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Today's card was made using the "Back on Your Feet" set.  I found this card on the internet and I made a few changes to it.  You can see the original card here.  I had some trouble finding card using this cute sloth.  He's not the favorite in the set so maybe that's why.  But I did find this card so I thought I would play with it and see what I end up with.

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 Crumb Cake card stock.  And on top of that is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White that was textured using the "Subtle" embossing folder.  It gives the card stock the look of linen.  

I stamped the sloth using black Memento ink on Whisper White card stock.  I colored him in using by first using the light Crumb Cake Blends pen and then using the dark in the darker areas of the image.  I discovered that if you color the image using the finer tip end you get even a lighter shade of the color. So I colored the sloth in using the pen part.  Then I came in with the brush part and for the body parts closest to the branch, I used the Crumb Cake dark Blends pen. I colored the branch in using the dark Soft Suede Blends pen.  And the leaves were colored in using the Old Olive light and dark Blends pens.  I die cut the image using the largest oval "Stitched" die.  I die cut a large scalloped oval using Mossy Meadow card stock.  The words are from the same "Back on Your Feet" set and I stamped them on a scrap piece of Whisper White using black Memento ink.  I die cut them with the oval die and I also die cut a scalloped oval for the border. When I cut the large scalloped oval, I set the small scalloped oval in the center and cut both at the same time.  I added Dimensionals to both the sloth piece and the words.

I punched out some leaves using the "Leaf" punch on Mossy Meadow and Old Olive card stock.   

I cut a strip of Designer Series Paper from the "Perennial Essence" 12" x 12" paper pack. This strip measures 1" x 5".  I taped the strip in place about 1/2" from the edge of the embossed piece.

I set the ovals in place using Dimensionals.  I slipped the leaves in behind the ovals. I used glue to hold them in place.  And that was it.  All in all it was a very easy and fun card to make.  But I have to admit that the turtle is my favorite image in the set.  I will try to use this little guy at least one more time.  I need to be fair about it.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, July 01, 2019

Here's a Card, Detailed Bands, Perennial Essence, Birthday Card

I am SO loving this new "Perennial Essence" Designer Series Paper (DSP). It just makes the card as it is.  Today's card is a super simple and quick card.

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

On top of the base I taped 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Night of Navy card stock.

I cut a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of "Perennial Essence" DSP. I taped that over the Night of Navy piece.  

Then I cut a Night of Navy piece from the "Detailed Bands" dies.  I SO love these dies.  They cut nicely and look SO pretty!  They were perfect for this card.

The words are from the "Here's a Card" and were stamped using black Memento ink.  Night of Navy ink would work well here too.  The "Detailed Bands" die set also has an oval die cut to fit in the "Detailed Bands" piece.  I taped the words to the Detailed Bands piece and then I taped the piece to the DSP.  Before I taped the piece to the DSP, I made sure the strips on each side of it were trimmed.

This was a fun card to make and super easy.  I would like to make more but I don't want to use my pretty paper for that right now.  I have a whole year to play with this paper.  I know I can order more but I want to make sure I use it up first.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda