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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Painted Harvest Thank You Card

I'm still trying not to post too many Christmas cards until after Thanksgiving, so here is what I found that I just had to make.  I don't use the wood background paper as much as I would like to. It's great paper for masculine cards.  I found this one on Pinterest.  You can see the original here.  I pretty much copied it as I saw it.  The center of my flower is a bit lighter but this is how it came out when I stamped it.  For the most part it's pretty similar to the one I found. 

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Early Espresso.  I cut it on the short side so this card opens from the bottom.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of the decorative wood paper. I used snail to set it in place. 

I added a half a paper doily, it's centered from top to bottom on the left side.  Next I stamped the leaves using Pear Pizzazz ink.  Then I stamped the flower using Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie.  The center of the flower is Chocolate Chip.  I stamped the flower on Very Vanilla card stock. 

I wrapped a Crushed Curry ribbon around to the back side and taped the edges down using Scotch tape.  I made a bow and set it aside.

I took a 1" strip of Very Vanilla and punched the end to give it that ribbon look.  I stamped the words using Chocolate Chip ink.  I taped it in place along the top of the ribbon edge.  

Next I set the flower in place using Dimensionals.  I taped the leaves in place and then the ribbon and that was it.  It's a pretty simple card to make and the fussy cutting of the flower (not one of my favorite things to do) didn't take all that long.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,


Monday, November 20, 2017

Pop-up Surprise Technique, Snowflake Embossing Folder, Christmas Card

 I kind of gave in and am posting a Christmas card.  I gave in for a couple of reasons. One, this is also a technique and two, our furnace went out and it's SO cold in my workroom that I needed to post something that was quick to do so I could go back upstairs where the space heater is keeping us warm.

This is a very simple technique.  You can find the directions on how to make this by clicking here.   These are fun and easy to make too.  Sorry this isn't a long post.  I'm freezing.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sheltering Tree, Colorful Season, Butterfly Thinlits, Thinking of You Card

I found a fun card on Pinterest and thought I would work with what I had to try to create what I really wanted to make!  The original card can be found here.  I did have the "Timeless Textures" set and the "Sheltering Tree" set and I just winged it with the rest of the card.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White.  I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Crushed Curry card stock.  On top of that is a piece of Whisper White cut 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  

I began with the butterfly.  I used the Butterfly Thinlits die and cut it out of Whisper White card stock.  I set it on top of the card stock to see where I should start stamping the "Thinking of you" from the "Sheltering Tree" set.  I used Crushed Curry ink.  I stamped several rows of words, ending with the "thinking of you" completely visible, like it is on the top.

I set the butterfly back on top to see where to stamp the flourish images.  I used Sahara Sand for those.  I added the coffee ring images using Smoky Slate.  And I added some dots using Sahara Sand ink but I stamped off once before stamping on the card stock.  

I stamped the flowers from the "Colorful Season" set.  I stamped them using Crushed Curry ink.  I sponged the edges because I didn't like the white showing.  I should have just die cut them from Crushed Curry card stock and it would have been a lot quicker and easier!!! My "duh" moment!  

I wrapped some gold thread around the top of the card and taped the ends on the back.  Then I taped the Whisper White piece to the Crushed Curry piece.  I set those two layers on top of the card base using Dimensionals.  Then I added the butterfly using a Dimensional.  I set the flower in place using a glue dot.  I added a pearl to the center and the card was done.  It looks somewhat like the original card I had found but there are some differences, including the orientation.  I do like how it turned out though.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Secret Pocket Technique, Birthday Card, Happy Birthday Thinlits

I received this card from my sweet friend Colleen.  It's was made using last months stamping technique "Secret Pocket".  You open the card and on the left is a little secret pocket to slip in a gift card.  What a wonderful idea.  A gift card holder and greeting card all in one!!

This card was made using Daffodil Delight for the base. I do not know what pack the Decorative Series Paper is from.  

The words are die cut from the "Happy Birthday" Thinlits die.  I found that if you add some of the "Fine Tip Glue Pen" glue to a mister bottle, you can spray on the glue and set your piece in place.  Very quick and simple, neat, clean and super easy!!!

You can see how to do this "Secret Pocket" Technique by clicking here.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, November 17, 2017

October 2017 Paper Pumpkin, Christmas Cards

 Today I'm going to share with you my October 2017 Paper Pumpkin cards.  I hadn't played with them much because I was waiting until after my outpatient surgery so I would have something to do that didn't require a lot of movement.  Not that I couldn't move around but I just didn't feel much like moving around the first day.  I did sleep a lot.  

Apparently the November Paper Pumpkin is tied in with the October one.  I don't know what that means at all, but it's on it's way and I'll fill you in on that mystery at a later date!!!

These were very fun to make.  I'm not a big fan of making shaker cards but the kit had the foam circles to make it easier.  I did my card a little backwards.  I put the foam circle on the background piece and set the front of the card over it.  I found it easier to get the card centered and I wasn't working blindly.  

I love the look of these cards. I did an alternative card that I thought was stunning and I'm hoping to give it a try on Sunday. 

The card with the trees has a big space at the bottom so I added a die cut snowflake and I also added a light blue sequin from the kit to the center of it.  It gave it a nice finishing touch.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thoughts and Prayers, Thinking of You Card

Here's a stamp set that I don't use too often but am SO glad it's not retired.  This is one of the nicest sympathy sets.  "Thoughts & Prayers" is a super easy to use set with great wording.  I found the card on Pinterest and felt the need to make it. You can see the card here.  I didn't need a sympathy card but my stash was low in that category.

To make this card I used a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is piece of Wisteria Wonder cut 4" x 5-1/4". On top of that is the focal piece of Whisper White cut 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  

I stamped the flower part using Whisper White. I lined it up at the top edge of the card and tried to balance the sides and then I stamped it. I turned it around and did the same to the bottom. 

The stitched oval was die cut from the Wisteria Wonder piece before I attached it to the Whisper White piece.  I used a scrap piece of Whisper White for the wording.  I taped those two pieces together.

The Wisteria Wonder and Whisper White focal piece were taped together and then set in place on the card base using Dimensionals.   And that was it.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Stylized Birthday, Birthday Card

I need to start a 5 minute card category, that is about how long it took to make this card.  I was amazed at how quickly it went together.  I love those larger stamps that take up a lot of real estate on a card.

To make this fun and super quick card I used a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I cut it on the long side.  This card opens at the the bottom and folds at the top.

First I stamped the words using Soft Suede ink. The words are from the  "Stylized Birthday" set. 

Next I cut a 2-3/4" x 4-1/4" piece of the daisy design from the "Painted Autumn" Designer Series Paper (DSP). I taped it in place at the bottom and then tied a piece of Crushed Curry Mini Chevron ribbon around the front and tied a knot.  I trimmed the knot and that was it.  I told you it was super quick.  This is a fun layout.  I can see making LOTS of cards using this layout and those larger "Happy Birthday" words!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Swirly Bird, Seasonal Chums, Oh What Fun, Christmas Card

I was going to try to not make Christmas cards until after Thanksgiving but this one was in my head and I had to get it out on paper.  I didn't have enough time to make another one (non-Christmas) to post today so it's going to have to be a Christmas card.

This was a VERY fun card to make. 

I knew I wanted Crumb Cake for the base. And I new I needed a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White for the top.  I wanted some fun Christmas Decorative Series Paper (DSP) and I found the paper used here in the "Christmas Around the World" 12" x 12" pack.  I used a 2" x 4" piece.  I taped it to the bottom of the Whisper White piece.  But before I did that I had taken a mister bottle and added 6 drops of Pool Party inker in it and filled it with rubbing alcohol, 91%.  I sprayed the paper and it now has a soft pool party look to it.  When it dried (which didn't take very long) I taped the DSP to the bottom.  

Then I took the "Swirly Bird" bundle and die cut the top circle "thing" using Whisper White card stock.  Because it's white I really wanted the background to have some color, that is why I misted the paper.  I set the swirl in place to see where the words would go.  I stamped the words from the "Oh What Fun" set using Dapper Denim ink. I cut my Dimensional in thin pieces and attached it to the swirl and set it in place on the top part of the card.  

I die both sizes of snowflakes from the "Seasonal Chums" bundle using the Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper.  I used glues dot to set the snowflakes in place.  I also glued to the center of the larger snowflake a sequin from the October Paper Pumpkin kit. 

I took a piece of white "Classic Weave" ribbon and wrapped it around the front of the card and taped it in the back.  I taped the panel to the card base and the card was done. 

Super easy and sweet looking.

Thank you SO much for visiting today, 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Flourishing Phrases, Thank You Card

I can not even begin to tell you how difficult it is for me to try to stay away from making and posting Christmas cards.  One slips through now and then but I'm trying to wait until after Thanksgiving.  Just a little over a week and then the greens and reds can come pouring out!!

So in trying to stay away from Christmas cards, I thought I would make a fall thank you card. I used the "Flourishing Phrases" set for the image and the words.

I stamped the image using Memento ink on a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Under that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Old Olive card stock and the base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Pumpkin Pie card stock.  

I colored the flowers in using the Pumpkin Pie alcohol pen, the leaves with the Old Olive alcohol pen and a little Daffodil Delight on that weird part of the image that I really think is a leaf and not a flower. But I've seen it colored in as a flower so I went with it, plus the card needed a little more color to it.  

The words were stamped using Soft Suede ink.  And that was it.  Easy peasy!!!  I LOVE the alcohol markers.  You can color over the area a couple of times and not get demarcation.  It's quick and vibrant.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Hometown Greetings, Merry Patterns, Christmas Card

I found a card on Pinterest that piques my interest.  I liked the look of the card but didn't have the materials.  You can see the card I am referring to here. I was so enthralled with the card that I wanted to make one.  So I looked through my stamp sets to see what would work. I found the "Hometown Greetings" Edgelits dies would be something I could work with. And this is what I ended up with.

I took some of the Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper and I die cut the three long strips of houses and the church strip as well.  The star one also fit on the piece of glitter paper I was using.  After I got them cut I did die cut 4 circles using some scrap copier paper.  I needed to cut my pieces out of something that didn't matter before I cut the glitter paper.  After finding the shapes of the snow I was looking for I traced them on the back of the glitter paper and cut them out. Then I glued the images to the shape.  I did that for a total of three shapes.  Each shape got taller than the last to it would give the circle a bit more dimension.  I used double Dimensionals.  Just one wasn't thick enough to give it the depth that I was looking for.  I used strong tape to tape the circle image to the card.  But before I did that I embossed the words using white embossing enamel.  The words are from the "Merry Patterns" set.  The words are not cut off on the top, they are fully legible, it's just the way the photo was taken being the circle is actually 6 Dimensionals thick, plus the glitter paper!  

I punched a 1" circle and used just a single layer of Dimensionals to set it in place.  I glued the stars in the sky and it was done!  

It was fun. It's not like the original card but I do like it.  And now I'm off to clean up all the glitter on my worktable!!

Thank you ever SO much for stopping by,

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Year of Cheer, Winter Wonder, Christmas Card

Today I am going to share with you a card I received from my friend Mary.  This was from a swap she attended and she gave me one of her extra cards. Such a sweetie!  Thank you Mary!

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Crumb Cake.  On top of that is a 5" x 3-3/4" piece of "Year of Cheer" Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP), the special is that there is foil on the images.  There's some fun "Year of Cheer" Washi tape on the 4-1/2" x 3-1/2" Whisper White piece that was embossed using the "Winter Wonder" texture embossing folder.  I did get this folder but I don't know where it is right now.  If you saw my worktable you would understand.  There's a HUGE mess and I'm guessing it's at the bottom of it. I need to get it cleaned up this weekend, I have stampers coming over next week.  I just don't understand why I can't keep my tables neat and tidy!  Oh well, it is what it is (right now!)

Oh and Mary added a gold faceted  gem to the center of the snowflake.  Such a simple and sweet card.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Friday, November 10, 2017

Oh What Fun, Secret Pocket Technique Christmas Card

Well, I couldn't wait to try out the technique I shared with you yesterday using a Christmas theme.  What do you think?  Pretty cute huh?  It looks like a regular card when it's closed and when you open it, it is a regular card with a pocket on the left to slip in a gift card.  Look at yesterday's post for the instructions and measurements on how to do this "Secret Pocket" technique.  I know a few people that I give gift cards to for Christmas and now I won't need to go shopping for a gift holder card.  Yay me!!!  When I made this one, I made 3 more so I have a total of 4 duplicate cards for this Christmas.  Now I just need to get the gift cards!  These are fun and quick to make and you don't need a lot of the Decorative Series Paper (DSP) to finish off the front.  I didn't add a ribbon on this one, the DSP was busy enough to not need anything more.  Plus it won't cost extra to mail this without a bow!  The stamp set I used here is "Oh What Fun".  It's from last year and it was carried over into the 2017-2018 catalog.  I bought it because it had a lot of fun wording. I really wanted just a plain "Merry Christmas" but the only one I had included the words "from our house to yours".  I could have masked it off but then the wording would have been kind of small for the space I had to fill.  This worked out fine.  Give this technique a try.  It's pretty quick to do too!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Stylized Birthday Card, Special Celebrations, Secret Pocket Gift Card Holder

Here is a fun card but it's not just a card, it's a gift card holder too!! Such a deal!

This was from Terri's Technique Tuesday night last month.  I needed to make birthday cards for my twin sister-in-laws and this card had an extra bonus for me.  Because I had to make two, I was able to show you the front and inside in one picture.

For my card I used a half-sheet of Wisteria Wonder.  My card stock was cut 4-1/4" x 11".  Score it at 5-1/2" (as usual) and at 8-3/4".  Next take a 1-1/4" circle punch and punch a half circle on the end with the 8-3/4" score, not the larger 5-1/2" side.  Fold the small panel inward and fold your card in half like you normally would.  Use some really strong tape to tape the sides of the pocket down.  You can glue them too, it just takes longer to dry.  Add a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card for writing your sentiment on.

On the front I used a 4" x 3" piece of the "Delightful Daisy" Decorative Series Paper (DSP).

The Happy Birthday is from the "Stylized Birthday" stamp.  The 2-5/8" Stitched Square Framelit was used to cut out the words.  Layered behind that is the largest scalloped square in the Squares package.  The word layers were set in place using Dimensionals.  Be careful not to add Dimensionals all over the back.  Only add them to the part of the card that is going to be on top of the DSP.  

Write your sentiment on the inside, add your gift card, pop it in an envelop and you are ready to give it!  Yup, as simple as that.  You can also add some DSP to the inside left where the gift card is but I thought it was too much work to get the half circle punched just right, especially after it's been assembled.  You could cut the piece of DSP and line it up on the end and punch the two out together, then they would look perfect!  But I left it plain. 

These are fun to make.  I want to make a few for Christmas.  I may do that tomorrow. I was trying not to do too many Christmas items before Thanksgiving, but this will give you time to order what you need (if you need anything) and you can get started on them before the holidays get away from you.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by,

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Painted Harvest, Better Together, Sympathy Card, Recessed Panel Stamping Technique

Now this is what happens when I don't put things away on my worktable. Other than making a mess, it doesn't allow me to venture out beyond what is in front of me.  I really needed to make 2 birthday cards for my twin sister-in-law's birthdays tomorrow.  I will have to work on them in the morning, maybe!

This was an easy card to make and I really like the "Recessed Panel" stamping technique.  It's pretty and fun.  Plus it's a great way to use those strips of Decorative Series Paper (DSP) you have left.  When I first made it I think I used a much larger piece, almost the same size as the card front.  Such a waste.  If you cut a piece of card stock 4" x 5-1/4" and use that to add your layers to then you don't need a full sheet of the DSP!

I used the "Painted Harvest" set for the flower.  I did fussy cut it out.  I stamped it using Peekaboo Peach and Pumpkin Pie ink.  I do prefer a much darker contrast but this is still pretty.  The leaves are punched from Pear Pizzazz card stock and added before the flower we set in place.  

The DSP is from the "Painted Autumn" pack.  My piece was a little less than 3" wide and 4" long.  Perfect for this technique.  The words are from the "Better Together" set and I used Chocolate Chip ink to stamp them.  It's such a fun and different technique. You can find the instructions for this technique here.  

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,