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Monday, September 25, 2017

Special Celebration, Masculine Birthday Card

Don't you think one of those leaves from the September 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit would look great on this card?  Make the word strip a bit thinner and add the leaf?? I might have to try that but not in the next few days, I will give you some time off from those leaves!!

Now if you are in need of a super quick masculine card, this is it.  I put this card together in less than 10 minutes, from start to finish.  And that included cleaning off the stamp and putting it away.  Yup, you read that right, I actually put it away!

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Crumb Cake card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black card stock. The wood pile image is from the 6" x 6" "Wood Texture" Designer Series Paper (DSP) stack.  

I cut a 1-5/8" x 4-1/4" piece of Basic Black card stock for the layer and a 1-3/8" x 4" piece of Very Vanilla for the wording strip.  The words are from the "Special Celebrations" set and were stamped using Soft Suede ink.  I taped those two layers together and tied some linen thread around them and tied a knot.  No bows for a guys card.  I set that word panel in place using Dimensionals and the card was done.  Oh and by the way, this wasn't my idea, I found this card on Pinterest. You can see the original card here.  

But I do have to admit, this is one of the quickest cards I've ever made!

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Beautiful Bouquet, Birthday Card, September 2017 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card

Okay, this is my last Paper Pumpkin alternative card for a few days. I have a few more ideas but I want to work on some other fun sets for a little while.  I'll come back to this in a few days.  I have a couple more ideas but maybe by then I will have even more!!!  And if I don't, then I will be making duplicates of the ones I already created so I can use up the supplies in the kit!

So let's talk about this card. It's SUPER easy.  I just took the stack of leaves and tied the Baker's Twine into a bow. That came in the kit.  I took a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Very Vanilla card stock and wrapped the Baker's Twine around it 3 times and tied it in a knot.  

Next I stamped the words from the "Beautiful Bouquet" set using Old Olive ink.  I added Dimensionals to the leaf bunch and set them in place over the Baker's Twine.

I added Dimensionals to the back of the focal piece and set it in place on a folded half-sheet of Very Vanilla card stock and that was it. The card was done in no time at all!  Super simple, quick and fun!

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Beautiful Bouquet, Birthday Card, September 2017 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card, Raised Panel Technique

This is a very fun technique to do.  I especially LOVE the effect. The Decorative Series Paper (DSP) under the layers gives the card a very nice dimension.  And to use more of the September 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit here.  I LOVE this bunch of leaves and it's been fun using them on cards.  

The DSP used here is from the "Painted Autumn" pack.  The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Cajun Craze card stock. I also used Cajun Craze for the layer under the Very Vanilla.  And then the leaf cluster was added.  I forgot to stamp the words on before I set those panels in place using Dimensionals, so I had to stamp the words from the "Beautiful Boutique" set using Soft Suede ink and I layered it with a scalloped oval of Cajun Craze.  It's a fun and simple card to make. You can find the instructions here.  I was able to use a strip of DSP instead of a whole piece like I did on prior cards.  It's all in where you make your angle cut and how wide you make it.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Special Celebrations, Masculine Birthday Card, Timeless Textures, September 2017 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card,

Here's another alternative card I made with the September 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit.  I just LOVE the leaves but don't have a need for the pillow boxes or note cards, so I will be coming up with some alternative cards.  These are fun to put together and this was a very fun card to make.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Old Olive card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Very Vanilla card stock that I sponged the edges with Old Olive ink.

I used the "Timeless Textures" set for the background fun!  I used the grid image and Old Olive ink.  I stamped it partially off on the top right and bottom left.  Then I took what I refer to the coffee rings and Cajun Craze ink. I stamped once with solid ink and then I stamped again without re-inking.  I stamped that image 3 times on the front.  Then I took the dotted image and I used Soft Suede stamped off and just stamped a lot on the front, top and bottom. I said a lot because that image doesn't have very many dots, so to cover a big area you need to stamp a lot.  I used Crushed Curry for the leaf that came from the Paper Pumpkin kit.  I thought the background could use a leaf.  I think it worked.  And finally I stamped the words from the "Special Celebrations" set using Soft Suede ink.  I set this piece in place on top of the card base using Dimensionals.

I had assembled my leaves earlier and now they are all just waiting for me to come up with an idea for the background for them!! I had set the leaf in place using Dimensionals. SO much fun!!!

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Painted Autumn, September 2017 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card, Thank You Card

I received my September Paper Pumpkin kit. It has these adorable pillow boxes in it to decorate, plus note cards to go with them. I didn't need any pillow box gifts so I thought I would try something else.  I've never been a fan of note cards, but they are so easy to turn into a regular size card, so they were fine!  Except!...  When you cut the note card in half, you now have another piece to work with!!!  It's like they multiply!! LOL

For this card I played the Paper Pumpkin video on how to assemble the note card.  I had fun with it.  I LOVE the gold foil sticky leaf frame.  And once it's added on top of the pile of leaves, it creates a super elegant look.  I stuck with the leaf assembly in the video.  I even attached it to the front of the note card.  At this point, I wasn't sure where I was going with the card yet.  But after I finished it, I knew I wanted more than just a note card.  So I took a folded half sheet of Very Vanilla and cut 2" off the front edge.  

I took a piece of Decorative Series Paper (DSP) from the "Painted Autumn" pack.  I cut that piece 5" x 2".  I taped it in place. I was going to add the note card and it dawned on me that the note card opens and also the card, so I cut the note card in half and taped the left side to the left panel of the card front.  And that was it.  Kits are very fun to play with and to take off in a different direction with too.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Seasonal Chums, Creep it Real, Halloween Card, Double Dutch Door Technique

Tuesday night I was at Terri's Tuesday Technique night and this was the card I had made for the technique swap.  Last month the technique was the "Double Dutch Door". We learn the technique and then make cards and swap them the next month. So this was my card for the swap.

I used the Seasonal Chums for the pumpkin. I did not fussy cut him out but I did color him after I punched him out. I used the 1-3/4" circle punch for that. I used a scalloped die just a little bigger than the circle and die cut one out of Basic Black card stock. 

The instructions for the fold itself can be found here.  The bottom of mine didn't meet the top quite enough. The Very Vanilla on the inside shouldn't be showing through.  Not sure why that happened, but the next time I do this technique I will snug the bottom strip up to that line and trim away the excess at the bottom.  

The words are from the "Creep it Real" set.  I stamped them using black Memento ink.  The pumpkin piece was set in place using Dimensionals.  I used 3 small ones and only on the top half.  If you add more to the entire circle you will end up taping your card shut and that's not a good thing at all!

This was a fun card to make and the decorative paper from the "Painted Autumn" Decorative Series Paper (DSP) was perfect for this card. I didn't get any Halloween DSP so I had to make do with what I had!  And I think it worked out nicely!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Painted Harvest, Friendship Card, 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Saturday I attended Terri's FABULOUS Stamping Extravaganza.  It was SO busy there! Lots of people coming to see all the new products and how they are used. Plus TONS of fun samples to see and take pictures of.  This is one of the samples I just had to take a picture of. I loved the colors of these flowers and the layout, so I just had to make one!

I used Marina Mist and Night of Navy for the flower colors. The center is Crumb Cake and the leaves are Pear Pizzazz.

The top flower was fussy cut (after I had stamped it so nicely on the card stock I realized it was cut out, which is ok, more practice lining up the images) and the leaves have a matching punch!  Ya gotta love that, I know I do.

The base of the card is a folded half sheet of Marina Mist.  I have not played with that color in a while.  The top layer is Whisper White and that is it for layering.  The top flower and all three of the leaf sets were put in place using Dimensionals.  I did cut some of the stem off on the bottom flowers to it didn't look too weird (like I didn't do a few days ago on a card and it did look weird).

I added some Marina Mist dots and the card was done!  It was SUPER easy and very fun to make and now I have a card that I saw at the Extravaganza that I liked!!!  And without stealing it!!  LOL  Just kidding, I don't do that!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Santa's Suit, Oh What Fun, Christmas Card, 2017 Stmapin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Okay, one last Christmas card before I go back into fall mode.  I just couldn't resist. I got the idea in my head and it just wouldn't leave. Cyndi C., if you are reading this post, so much for me being "classy", huh?  LOL

This was fun to make. It has several layers.  I haven't made a card with lots of layers in a very long time.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Garden Green.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of "Christmas Around the World" Decorative Series Paper (DSP).  On top of the DSP is a 4-1/4" x 3" piece of Whisper White that was textured using the "Gently Falling" embossing folder. And that piece was taped to a 4-1/2" x 3-1/4" piece of Garden Green.

The words are from the "Oh What Fun" set and they were stamped using Garden Green ink.  The Whisper White piece they were stamped on measures 3/4" x 3".  The Garden Green layer measures 1"  x 3".  Or shorter, there is a lot of it hidden behind Santa.  So you can grab some scraps and make them work!!  Santa was stamped using a 1-5/8" x 2-1/8" piece of Whisper White.  I stamped him using Basic Black ink.  I colored him in with markers.  Once the markers felt like they were dry, I took my x-acto knife and cut the flap on his P.J.'s open. I added a scrap piece of Powdered Pink card stock over the opening on the back. I took the Basic Black writer side of the marker and drew the butt cheek lines.  I taped him onto the Garden Green layer and I added Dimensionals to the top and bottom of that piece and set it in place to the right of the words.  And that was it.  I just couldn't help myself!!! LOL

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Santa's Suit, Oh What Fun, Christmas Card

I know it's a bit early for Christmas cards but I got this set and I couldn't help but play with it.  I LOVE that Santa beard, it's just too stinkin' cute.  And that's not the cutest image in the set!!! I had an idea and I just had to play with it!

This is a fun layout to play with too.  Here's how I did it.  I took a half sheet of Real Red card stock. It was cut in half on the 8-1/2" side.  The next layer is the plaid Decorative Series Paper (DSP) from the "Christmas Around the World" 12" x 12" pack.  That piece was cut 4-1/8" x 5-3/8".  The next layer is a 3-1/2" x 4-1/2" piece of Whisper White card stock. The next layer is a 3" x 4-1/8" piece of the "Christmas Around the World" DSP. And on top of that is a 2-7/8" x 4" piece of the Red Glimmer paper. Oh and you need a 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" piece of Whisper White to stamp on, plus some scrap Whisper White for the words.

To make the front of this card the easy way, place the glimmer paper and the smaller DSP on top of each other.  Add a little bit of tape somewhere around the area you think the hole will be punched.  You are doing this to hold the piece together while you punch.  You don't need to add tape, you can try to hold it tightly.  Once you have the two lined up, take the 1-1/4" circle punch and slide the paper in on the shorter end and line up the sides so they look even on each side of the punch. Punch out the circle. Next take the 1-3/8" circle punch and line up the glimmer paper and punch that hole so it's a little bigger.  And there you have it.  Now tape those two pieces together.  Add Dimensionals to the back, some snail tape to the 2-1/8" x 2-1/8" stamped piece and set side.

Next I stamped the beard using Basic Black ink.  I punched out a tiny piece of glimmer paper for the nose. You can use any of the pink colored card stock or Real Red will work too.  I set that piece in place using Dimensionals.  I stamped the words using Garden Green ink and the words from the "Oh What Fun" set. I used the oval die to cut it out along with a Garden Green scalloped oval.  I taped those two pieces together and added Dimensionals to the back of it. I set the words in place and then tied a piece of "Mini Tinsel Trim" and tied it around that panel.  

Tape the 3-1/2" x 4-1/2" piece of Whisper White to the DSP.  Now you can add the glitter panel piece and you are done!

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Hearts Come Home, Hang Your Stocking, Christmas Card, Camera Lens Technique

Today I attended Terri's Stamping Extravaganza. Lots of demonstrators demoing the new items in the latest Holiday Catalog.  I was fun to be on the outside watching all the demos instead of demonstrating.  Though I do like the demonstrating part. But it was nice to change it up.  The room was full and no room for another demonstration table at all.  It was a fun time too!  I did order a snowflake embossing folder and a snowflake thinlit set.  Me and snowflakes!!!  LOL

Anyway, this was the card I brought for the display board.  Actually it was a contest where you were asked to bring a card that used all Stampin' Up! products and you were entered in some contest.  I did not put my name on the card, I didn't want to win, I just wanted a card for the display board!  This was a very fun card to make and pretty easy too.

I've heard this technique called the "Telescope" technique but when I look it up on the net, it's not like this.  I've also heard it called a "Camera Lens" technique.  I would believe that one more, because a telescope goes outward and a camera lens goes inward.  But I didn't find much under those words either.  So, I'm just calling it the "Camera Lens" technique and maybe it will catch on and everyone will be using it and calling it that! LOL

It's not all that difficult to do, even the lining up of the circles is not bad.  If you get it lined up and the edges are not straight, just trim them. No one is going to see it.  It's pretty difficult to mess this up. You can find the directions for this technique here

I will share a big tip with you though.  When adding the Dimensionals between the layers, set the layer in place first and gently bend back the top layer to add a Dimensional or two and then let go. Now your piece is in place and you can continue to add more Dimensionals without worrying about it moving.  That was the only issue I had encountered when I made my first one.  And it really wasn't a big deal, all I did was trim any card stock sticking out.  The only way you could tell that I did that was to take the card apart!  Now tell me, who does that? I certainly don't.

The houses are from the "Hearts Come Home" set. I die cut them using the Dazzling Diamonds sparkly paper.  That is such pretty paper.  Then I had some snowflakes and a "Noel" from the "Hang Your Stockings" set and I spritzed them with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and Tempting Turquoise ink.  I immediately blotted the pieces off, I didn't want them real dark. I had tried a Soft Sky snowflake but it was too light, it looked more dirty than blue.  I like how the color turned out so I ran with it.  I taped the house piece in place on top of the textured layer and I added snowflakes where I thought they would look the best and the final thing I added was the "Noel" and the card was done.  I had fun making it was was excited to bring it for the display board.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Masculine Sympathy Card, Stamping Techniques

This is one of the cards I received in Terri's Tuesday Technique Night swap.  This card was made by Tanya.  I'm not sure what set the birds are from but the chair is from the "Colorful Seasons" "Seasonal Layers" Thinlits.

The technique used here is the "Rubber Band" technique.  You can see another card I had made and how the technique is done by clicking here. It's a very fun and easy technique to do and it's very versatile.  You can do a lot of things with this technique.  

I'm not sure what category to put this in. It kind of looks like a sympathy card to me, a masculine sympathy card.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Painted Harvest, Beautiful Bouquet, Birthday Card

Oh, oh.  I think I may have a new favorite stamp set!!! LOL I just love playing with this set.  And this fun paper too.  The paper is from the "Painted Autumn" Designer Series Paper" pack.  I cut my strip 2-1/8" x 5-1/4".  I taped it in place on top of a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.

I stamped the flower using Pumpkin Pie ink on the larger back leaves image.  Then I stamped the center leaves using Tangerine Tango.  I added some Cajun Craze marker to the center ring of the stamp before I stamped it on the larger flower image.  This stamp has a lot of detail on it's own.  I probably should have stamped the Pumpkin Pie in the center part and the Tangerine Tango on the outer leaves.  Oh well, this is how we learn, right?

The center was stamped using Soft Suede stamped off once.  I tried Crumb Cake but it was too light.  

The leaves were stamped using Pear Pizzazz card stock and ink.  Oh and get this, there's a matching punch to go with it!!! YAY.  Since I did spend a few minutes fussy cutting the flower, I caught a break with the leaves!

I used the dotted stamp and stamped some Soft Suede dots all over the place.  The dots were stamped off once and then stamped on the card stock.  I also added some So Saffron dots, those I didn't stamp off, but I did stamp on other areas without inking, so in a sense I did stamp off!

I added Dimensionals to the back of the fussy cut flower and stuck the leaves on them before I set the flower in place.  I didn't like what I saw, so I stamped the center of the flower again and this time I cut it out and set it in place with Dimensionals.  I added Wink of Stella to the tips and edges of the leaves and the tips of the flower.  I also ran some around the edges of the flower center.

The wordsa are from the "Beautiful Bouquet" set and I used Soft Suede to stamp them.  And that was it.  Super fun and easy.  The flower did take a little bit of time fussy cutting it but when I am excited to make something or there is something good playing on tv, I don't mind fussy cutting at all! Oh and when I only have to do one! LOL

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Painted Harvest, Rose Wonder, Birthday Card

I got some fun stamps yesterday and I couldn't wait to play with them today.  I found this card on Pinterest.  I did not do as good of a job as the original designer did, but I had fun with it anyway!  You can see the original card here.

This card has no layers.  Not a single one!!!  I have not made a no layer card in a very long time!  

To make this card I took the larger flower image and stamped it three times using Soft Sky ink.  Inking each time.  Use a Stamp-a-ma-jig for this or a MISTI.  Next stamp the second smaller flower part three times, inking each time.  

Next I stamped the center using Crumb Cake ink and the flower center image.  There's a dotted image and I used that one a few times around the card and in the center of the flowers. I used it straight off the pad and got a couple more stampes out of it before I inked it again. Then I switched to So Saffron ink and added some yellow dots the same way I did with the Crumb Cake ones.

Then I stamped the leaves.  That is what made my card look uglier than the original card.  I have to much stem showing.  I used Pear Pizzazz ink and stamped off once.

The original card showed Wink of Stella on the card. I ran out but when I get some I'm going to be adding it to my card.

The words were stamped using Basic Black ink and the "Rose Wonder" set.  It was a fun card to make and it seemed so strange to not make layers!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Daisy Delight, Happy Birthday Thinlits, Birthday Card

This was a fun card to make.  I found this card on Pinterest. You can see the original card here. I did change it up some.  I used the same colors of (Designer Series Paper) DSP and card stock but the words were from different DSP, DSP that I don't own. The flower center is a bit different too but it worked for me!

For this card, the fold is called a "Z Fold". It's where you fold a half-sheet of card stock (Whisper White was used here) and then you fold the front in half towards the fold edge. Now if I were to redo this card I would have just cut off that 2-1/8" piece instead of folding it back.  But the original card had it folded back because the word part was on another "Z Fold" piece.  I didn't want to do that.  It makes it difficult to write on the card.  But having this leafy DSP on the inside only leaves me room to write on the back of the "Happy Birthday"  and I'm okay with that.

So, once I got the base of the card folded, I added a 1-1/8" x 5-1/4" piece of DSP from the "Delightful Daisy" 12" x 12" pack.  The leafy DSP on the inside is from the same pack. It's cut 4" x 5-1/4".  

The "Happy Birthday" is die cut using the "Happy Birthday" Thinlit.  I used Tranquil Tide card stock. I also colored over the words with the "Wink of Stella" pen.  Click on the photo to get a closer view. The Whisper White piece the words are on measures 3" x 3-3/8".  The Tranquil Tide layer measures 3-1/4" x 3-5/8".  The top part of the word panel taped to the folded top piece. 

I stamped the flower using Tranquil Tide ink. I stamped 2 flowers and taped them together. Before I taped them together I took a sponge dauber and lightly sponged some Basic Black ink around the center area. I used Daffodil Delight and stamped the flower center. I punched it out using the 1/2" circle punch. I taped it in place. I also colored the top of it with Wink of Stella. I added a Dimensional to the flower and set it place, just enough to line it up to the side and to the right enough to miss covering the words.  That was a little tricky but I managed to get it so I was able to accomplish both!!!  And that was it.  I am thinking I may cut a 3" x 3-3/8" piece of Whisper White to the inside.  I was going to keep it for me but since I am not I felt that a piece of Whisper White should go on the inside for writing.

I didn't like how the top kept popping up so I taped that "Z Fold" down and then I really liked the card!

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