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Friday, February 23, 2018

We Must Celebrate, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog

A few days ago I made a fun card with these little critters.  You can see that card here.  While I was making them, I had stamped the 4 critter image on a piece of Whisper White card stock and used it as my coloring guide.  As it turned out, I liked how well they colored in and I kept this piece. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it until today when I ran across it on my worktable. I just made a super simple and quick card with it.

I used a folded half-sheet of Early Espresso card stock for the base of my card.  I trimmed a scrap piece of the 6" x 6"  "Wood Texture" Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.  My piece measures 4-1/2" x 2-3/4". The Basic Black layer behind it measures 4-5/8" x 2-7/8".  The critters were trimmed down to 2-1/8" x 4" and the Basic Black layer was cut 2-1/4" x 4-1/8".

I stamped the words and then trimmed them to 2-1/2" x 5/8" and the Basic Black layer was cut 2-5/8" x 3/4".

The critters and the words were set in place using Dimensionals.

This wasn't how the card was going to originally look.  The plan was to have the card turned and opening from the bottom.  The wood piece was going to be on the left with the critters on the right, lining up the wood with the top left corner and the critters with the bottom left corner and the words in there somewhere.  I set it aside because I was a bit frustrated on how it was looking.  As I set it aside, the wood piece turned and the critters were on top, almost like they are now and I just ran with it.  And that is how this layout came into being!

Thank you SO much for visiting,
Wanda

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Magical Day, Mermaid Birthday Card, Brusho, 2018 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

Today I thought I would play with the new "Brusho" powdered paints. I thought I would get a little creative with them since my hands were so full of ink from playing with just the "Brusho" and water alone. There's several fun elements in this card.

First I took the "Falling Snow" embossing folder and I added some Moss Green and Yellow Brusho to the inside of the folder. I sprinkled it on the side that felt the smoothest.  You can see some pretty solid yellow.  I had added it in the empty spaces. It gives the background some dimension.  Once I added my Brusho, I misted it with distilled water. I only use distilled water in my containers. Tap water has other minerals and "stuff" in it that will cause the water to get stinky if you leave it sit too long.  Distilled water doesn't. It will remain unstinky in the bottles!!  Unstinky!! New word! LOL    When I started misting I held the spray bottle well over a foot away, I didn't want a burst of spray to move my powdered paint.  I sprayed about 4 sprays and then moved in closer.  

Once the folder was sprayed I set my card stock inside. Here I used the thick card stock. I thought it would absorb the colors better than the ultra smooth card stock. I did mist my paper first. I did that just before I misted the Brusho.  Once I got my paper inside I did sandwich it in the folder. I pressed with my hands to get the ink to absorb.  I didn't want a texture on my card stock, I just wanted the impression.  You can see a lot of it on the right side of the card. This folder has a lot of dots on one end and just falling dots going up.  That's why it's called "Falling Snow"!!!  I set that aside to dry while I worked on the rest of my card.

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 Old Olive.  I stamped the mermaid from the "Magical Day" set. I colored her using the new "Blends" markers.  I LOVE playing with those markers, they are super easy to work with and you don't see a lot of demarcation in your coloring when you go over a part you already did.  Much like you see using regular markers.  After I colored her in, I die cut her using the circle dies.  She was cut out using the 1-5/8" circle.  I also cut two rings using the 1-5/8" circle and the 2-1/8" circle together.  I cut one of Old Olive and one of the Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper.  I sprayed the glitter paper ring with a mixture of 8 drops of Old Olive inker and I filled up the bottle with rubbing alcohol.  These are the Stampin' Spritzer bottles.  I used my heat tool to help it dry quicker. It does dry pretty fast but I was anxious to finish my card.  I taped the Old Olive ring to the stamped mermaid circle using Scotch tape.  Then I taped those two pieces to the Brusho colored paper. I had cut that Brusho colored paper to 3-1/4" x 3-3/4".  I set the Dazzling Diamond ring in place using Dimensionals.  

I stamped a little seahorse and punched it out using the 3/4" circle punch.  I colored it in and then set it in place using a Dimensional.

I stamped the words on a piece of Whisper White that measured 3-3/4" x 1-3/4".  I sponged the edges using Old Olive ink.  I stamped the words using black Memento ink. I taped the words down on top of the Old Olive piece and then I wrapped a piece of white ribbon around the front and taped it to the back using Scotch tape.  I then taped those layers to the card base.  I added some "Glitter Enamel Dots" to the Brusho piece and that was it.

I thought this was a very fun card to make. I really do like playing with the Brusho!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Party Pandas, Children's Birthday Card, 2018 Sale-a-Bration, Polaroid Technique,

Today I took that second piece of bubble wrap stamped background piece and combined that technique with the "Polaroid" technique.  You can see the "Polaroid" technique here.  You can find the measurements for this technique at the link provided.

I used a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Real Red card stock.  And on top of that I trimmed the bubble wrap inked piece to 3-3/4" x 5".  

I took the center of the Polaroid cut piece and used Red, Orange and Yellow "Brusho" on it using an aqua painter.  

I stamped and fussy cut the bear, plus I stamped the balloon and fussy cut it out as well.

I colored the bear's hat using markers and I colored the balloon with the orange "Brusho".  I set the bear in place using Dimensionals. The balloon was just taped to the top edge of the frame. And the frame was set in place using Dimensionals.  To get the frame and the center die cut piece to line up I set them both on my card front.  Then I held the frame piece in place while I taped the back of the center die cut piece. I set the center piece in place and then removed the frame so I could add Dimensionals to it.  It's a pretty easy thing to do.

I thought it turned out pretty darn cute and very bright and colorful for a child.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Birthday Delivery, Birthday Memories, Birthday Card

I LOVE using this Birthday Memories" Decorative Series Paper (DSP).  It's got some fun papers in the pack.  I was not so fond of that yellow paper but once it was put with the red and the focal panel, well.... I think I now like it!! LOL  There's usually a design or two in a pack of DSP that I don't like but as I work with it I end up liking it.  Ever have that happen to you?

This was a fun card to make.  The cake was die cut from the "Birthday Memories" DSP.  I set it in place using Dimensionals.  The words are from the "Birthday Delivery" set, the two were a bundle you could purchase together at a discount.  I stamped them using black Memento ink.

Now for the measurements.  

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 the red and white cake DSP.  On top of that is a 2-1/2" x 4" piece of the yellow DSP. And it's layered on a 2-5/8" x 4-1/8" piece of Basic Black card stock. 

A black card stock ribbon was next. It's cut 3/4" wide by 6" long.  I punched the end of the ribbon using the Triple Ribbon punch. I set it on top of the card, marked it and then trimmed the left end.

Next came the focal panel.  It's a piece of Whisper White card stock cut 3" x 2-1/4".  And the Basic Black layer behind it is cut 3-1/8" x 2-3/8".  I stamped the words before I taped those two layers together. The focal layers were just taped down, no Dimensionals.  Then I added Dimensionals to the cake and set it in place on the focal panel.  And that was it.  This is my card for the swap tonight!!  I had 2 months to work on it and the week before I need it I finally finished it.  I did start it last month, I had good intentions!!!  Don't we all?  LOL

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, February 19, 2018

Panda Party, Children's Birthday Card, Bubble Wrap Brusho Technique

So I found this fun card on Pinterest and it said something about "Brusho" background but it didn't tell how it was done.  It reminded me of the bubble wrap technique we did way back in 2012.  I have not done that technique since then either.  It's not difficult to do.  It required some bubble wrap and brayering ink on it.  But you really can't do that wish "Brusho".  SO I got out a piece of plastic that was from some 12" x 12" decorative paper and I sprinkled some red, then orange and then yellow "Brusho" on it and misted it with some distilled water. I always keep distilled water in my sprayer because tap water has some nasty stuff in it that can cause the water to stink after sitting for a while. 

I had my three colors about 2 inches apart and I used WAY more "Brusho" than I needed but it's okay, there's LOTS in those little pot containers. Instead of using my brayer, I just set the bubble wrap on top of the wetness and pressed it down so the colors would transfer to it.  Then I laid a piece of the thick Whisper White card stock on top.  It has a rougher feel and I thought it would absorb the color better than the ultra smooth card stock would.  I LOVE how bright and festive the colors turned out.  There was enough wet "Brusho" on the plastic to set the bubble wrap on it again and make another impression.  Then I took a piece of the thick card stock and set it right on the plastic to absorb the rest of the color.  I got 3 fun pieces of paper to play with now!!! 

I die cut the largest stitched oval and took some "Brusho" and an aqua painter and added some red, then some orange and then some yellow.  Normally you would start with the lighter color but I decided to do it this way and clean my brush after each color.  either way works.

I stamped my panda and colored the hat. I fussy cut him out and set him on the oval to see where to stamp the wording. I stamped the words from the "Panda Party" set and then I added the panda.  I taped down a piece of yellow ribbon and a strip of tiny gold sequins ribbon.  Then I added the oval using Dimensionals.  I trimmed my ribbon and sequins. I took the trimmed ends of the sequins and removed them from the threads that held them together.  I glued them in place on the oval to give it a more sparkly festive look.

Such a fun card to make and I love that background technique.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda




Sunday, February 18, 2018

Heartfelt Blooms, Black Ice Technique, 2018 Sale-a-Brations

Today I'm going to share with you a fun technique I found. It's called "Black Ice".  It's very easy to do too!

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 Basic Gray card stock. On top of that is a 4-3/8" x 3-1/8" piece of Basic Black. Then a 4-1/4" x 3" piece of Whisper White was added to the top of that.  And the silver metal foil sheet was cut 2-13/16" x 3-7/16".  You can cut yours  2-1/4" x 3-1/2" if you don't want to mess with the 1/16" thing but your white won't be showing as much.

First I took my Basic Gray piece and I ran my Basic Black Archival ink pad over it from the top to the bottom, half a side at a time. Then I turned it around 180 degrees and repeated that.

For the foil sheet, I took the same ink pad and did the same thing on it as I did the gray card stock.  Next I stamped the flower from the "Heartfelt Blooms" using the same ink.  You do need to heat set the ink.

Once it's dry, take your VersaMark pad and gently drag it across the whole piece, like you did with the black ink pad.  But you really just want gravity to be the pressure on the ink pad. You don't want it totally covered with VersaMark.  Though it's not a bad thing if it is and I'll explain what you can do  a little further down. Turn it like you did for the black ink.  Then sprinkle clear embossing powder on the entire piece and heat set it. If you happen to cover the entire thing with VersaMark, just don't let it melt into a solid clear, let it melt but let it be blotchy.  It gives the illusion of slush on the "ice".  Anyway, that is what happened to mine. I had also cut my foil paper larger and when I dragged the color from top to bottom and bottom to top I had a nice black edge, like you see on the Basic Gray card stock.  But when I trimmed the card, I lost it and I forgot to add it back on before I worked with the VersaMark.  And of course I didn't have anymore foil paper left!!! Isn't that how it goes?
After taping my image to the Whisper White piece, I added some black glitter ribbon around the bottom part of the white piece and I taped the ends on the back using Scotch tape.

Everything is taped flat, no Dimensionals.

It's a fun technique and I can't wait to play with it again.  After I get some foil paper!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, February 17, 2018

We Must Celebrate, Children's Birthday Card, 2018 Occasions Catalog

When I saw these guys stacked up on a card in Pinterest, I knew I just had to copy it.  But while I was making it I realized that the card on the original was larger than what I wanted to make, so I ended up omitting several layers.  So if you do NOT look and compare the cards, you will never know. But if you do look, you will see how pretty those decorative papers are.  I had cut my animals and stacked them like in the original card but the size was not right. There was no way to shorten it any further without making it looked cramped.  I was thinking that maybe the original card is larger than a folded half-sheet of card stock.  You can see the original card here.  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Always Artichoke. On top of that is a 3-1/2" x 5-1/8" piece of Crushed Curry.  And the focal piece is Whisper White and measures 3-3/8" x 5".

I stamped and cut out all the creatures. Two bears, two rabbits, one raccoon and one squirrel.  I used the watercolor colored pencils and a blender pen to color them in. I added Dimensionals to the back of each critter. I didn't expose the sticky part yet. I just set them in place to see where I needed to stamp the acorns, branches and that snail at the top and side.  That was the trickiest part of this card.  Once I stamped those images in and colored them I colored the floor with a blender pen and the Chocolate Chip marker.  I colored the snails and the acorns and then I added the critters. First the two bears and then the rabbits. The raccoon between the bears and the squirrel on top.  It's cute but not as adorable as the original card.  But if you don't compare you would never know!! LOL

I may add some words at the bottom, but I'm not sure yet. I kine of like it the way it is.  But it's ready for words should I need to add some!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, February 16, 2018

Flower Shop, Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts, Black Magic Faux Chalk Stamping Technique

I had been playing with the "Black Magic" technique.  That is where you stamp your image using white ink.  Allow it to dry, then color over it with colored pencils.  All I did here was instead of colored pencils I used markers and I got a faux chalk look.  It's a very soft look.  And it's easy to do. I didn't stay on the lines, I just colored over the white but I did follow the lines.  I just didn't take care to stay perfectly on the line only.  Because of the black card stock you can't see the marker that went over the lines.  I thought it was a fun discovery!!!  So here's the 2 simple steps! You can heat set the white ink if you want to work on it quicker.

1. Stamp your image using white craft ink on black card stock and allow it to dry.
2. Color over the images with the Stampin' Write markers. 

Use as a background or as a focal point.

I used the "Flower Shop" set here for my background. I colored with Pacific Point, Real Red, Daffodil Delight (in the flower centers), Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Wisteria Wonder. The words are from the "Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts" set in the new 2018 Occasions catalog. I thought it was super fun and very easy.  Give it a try and tell me what you think of this easy peasy technique!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Heartfelt Blooms, Thinking of You Card, Glitter Panel Stamping Technique, 2018 Sale-a-Bration

Honestly, I did put this stamp set away!  I actually walked over to the shelf and took it off to make this card!!! I really do love playing with this stamp though!!

I found a fun technique that used this stamp. It's called "Glitter Panels" and they are easy to do.  A bit messy, but easy.  

I took a 3-3/8" x 3-3/4" piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped my image.  Here I used Calypso Coral ink.  The orientation of my card stock was so the 3-3/8" edge was on the top.  Then I covered the piece with VersaMark and then using a mixture of clear embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  Mix them in equal parts.  I used about a half a teaspoon of each and I did have some left.  You can adjust accordingly.

Once the piece was heat set you can add more where you see it needs it.  My problem areas were near the edges.  I also stamped the words and glittered them up too.  I die cut those using the oval die and the oval scallop. I die cut the oval scallop from the Calypso Coral piece that was used as a layer on the card front.

Next I cut the stamped and glittered flower in 1-1/8" strips.  I taped those strips to the upper part of a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Basic Black card stock.  Under that piece is the Calypso Coral piece.  And before those layers were taped the the Whisper White piece, I tied a ribbon around it and made a bow. I used Dimensionals to attach the oval words.

The base of the card is a folded sheet of Whisper White card stock that was cut 4-1/4" x 11".  This card opens at the bottom.

See, I told you it was a very easy technique to do but messy!!!  Especially if you need to add more of the mixture.  The VersaMark pad gets REALLY messy. I had to use packing tape to remove the sparkle from my pad.  And then I proceeded to do the wording and add more glitter to my pad!! UGH!!!  But I use the tape again and got it all off my pad.  

Isn't it pretty?  All sparkly!!  There are well over 100 techniques on my blog. Be sure to check some of them out.  You may find one you love.  Click here to be taken directly to the technique. 

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Heartfelt Blooms, Thinking of You Card, 2018 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Brations

This is NOT what was in my head when I thought about making this card.  It looked SO much better there!!! LOL  But this is what I ended up with and lucky you, you get to see it!!!  

I thought I would play with the "Heartfelt Blooms" set since it's retiring in about 6 weeks.  I think it's my favorite because it's the easiest stamp set to work with and it creates such pretty cards.  Not so much here but there's LOTS of other samples on my blog and on the internet.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Calypso Coral.  On the front I stamped the flower image using Calypso Coral ink. I stamped it about 5 times, making sure I got the edges. Then I taped down a 5-1/4" x 2-1/4" piece of Whisper White.  I had tied a piece of the Calypso Coral Glitter Ribbon around it first.  I should have stamped the words first but I forgot. So, save yourself some time and effort and stamp the words, tie the ribbon and then tape the panel in place.  Makes so much more sense to me now!!! LOL  

I stamped the image using a piece of Whisper White card stock and Calypso Coral ink.  I die cut it with the Stitched Circle die.  Then I used the largest scalloped circle die and cut one of Calypso Coral card stock.  I taped those two pieces together.  I added a doily and then I taped the flower layer on top. It's pretty simple but not as pretty as I was hoping it would be.  But like I said, this is what I got and I had to share it with you!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Amazing Congratulations, Graduation Card, 2018 Occasions Catalog

Here's a quick and fun graduation card to make. Or a congratulations for any other event.  I needed it for a graduation, so I'm calling it a graduation card!!!

I used a folded half-sheet of Dapper Denim card stock for the base.  On top of that is a 2-5/8" x 5-1/2" piece of Pool Party. On top of that is a 2-3/8" x 5-1/2" piece of Marina Mist card stock and the focal piece measures 5-1/2" x 2-1/8".

I used the "Amazing Congratulations" set.  This was very fun to use. First I stamped the outline of the words using black Memento ink.  Then I stamped the strip that stated with a "c" using Marina Mist ink.  And then I stamped the strip that started with an "o" using Pool Party ink. It's hard to explain the stamps, they are not whole words as you can tell by the colors inside the wording.  But once you use both, the inside of the word is colored in.  Pretty cool, huh?

I added some "Glittered Enamel Dots" to the front of the image panel.  I also stamped some Dapper Denim dots and stars on the card base before I taped the strip in place.  I used both the dots and asterisk (not a star) at the same time on my stamping block. I just alternated their orientation as I stamped so it didn't look patterned.  I only stamped one row across the top and one across the bottom because the panel hid the rest of the card front.  Super easy!!  I thought it was a quick and fun card to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Monday, February 12, 2018

Waterfront, Guy Greetings, Father's Day Card, 2018 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

I keep gravitating back to this "Waterfront" stamp set that is in the new 2018 Occasions catalog. I remember last year there was a really fun set that was in the Occasions catalog and because it was SO popular I thought it would end up in the yearly catalog, but no it was not in there. So I have that same feeling about this set. I am going to be making several more cards using this fun set.  I think it's my favorite.  Though I say that about a lot of the sets I use!!! LOL  I am going to play with the Sale-a-Brations sets a bit more because those do retire at the end of March and will never be in the catalog.

So for my card today, I found it on Pinterest.  I changed it slightly. I added words at the bottom and I didn't have the stitched ovals as large as the ones that were used there. Both ovals were stitched ovals.  The one I used was the largest stitched oval and it still wasn't as large as in the original card.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper Whit card stock.  I scored it from the fold at 1/2" intervals for a total of 4 scores.  But only 3 show so if I ever do it again I will only make 2 scores.

I cut a 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" piece of Marina Mist card stock and stamped Marina Mist ink on it using the trees image.  I taped that to the front of the card.

Next I took a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the mountain using Smoky Slate. Under the mountain I stamped the long strip stamp using Pear Pizzazz.  Then I added the water image using Soft Sky.  The trees were added, but I did tape off the trunks.  I also used the Early Espresso marker after I stamped the trees in Garden Green ink.  Then I stamped the sun using So Saffron ink.

The words are from the "Guy Greetings" set and I used Night of Navy to stamp them. 

I used the largest stitched oval die and cut out the images.  Then I used the largest regular oval die and cut one using Soft Sky card stock. I taped those two layers together as you see in the photo.  Then I set those ovals in place using Dimensionals.  I did stamp the words after I added the ovals.  Something I don't usually do but the words were an afterthought.  I do like how the card turned out.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sure Do Love You, Valentine's Day Card, January 2018 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card

I thought I should make a Valentine's Day card since Valentine's Day is coming up.  This was a fun and quick card to make.  I used the new "Sure Do Love You" set to make this card.  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a piece of the "Color Theory" Designer Series Paper (DSP) stack.  I like these stacks because there's so many fun 6" x 6" papers in them.  And just like the 12" x 12" paper pack, I never seem to use them all up!  I cut that piece 4" x 5-1/4" and I taped it to the front of my card.

Next I took a 3-1/4" x 2-1/8" piece of Whisper White and I stamped the heart from the "Sure Do Love You" set using Melon Mambo ink.  

The words are from the same set and I stamped them using black Memento ink.

I cut a 3-1/2" x 2-3/8" piece of Melon Mambo card stock for the layer.  

The black piece with the metallic pink hearts is from the January "Paper Pumpkin" kit.  It was a pocket but I cut it to 3-1/2" x 2-3/8".  I taped it to the bottom left corner.  I set the layered word piece down using Dimenisonals.  And that was it.  A very quick and easy Valentine's Day card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Perennial Birthday, 2018 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, Birthday Card

Another super easy card to make.  It's all in the papers!!! 

 The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Calypso Coral.  On top of that is a piece of Decorative Series Paper (DSP) from the "Delightful Daisy" 12" x 12" pack. I cut that piece 4" x 5-1/4".  The next layer is from the "Whole Lot of Lovely" DSP. I cut that piece 1-1/2" x 4".  The layer behind it is a 1-3/4" x 4-1/4" piece of Calypso Coral.  The words are from the "Perennial Birthday" set. I stamped them on a 1-7/8" x 3" piece of Whisper White card stock.  The layer behind it is cut 2-1/8" x 3-1/4".  I stamped the words using black Memento ink and the center flower thing was stamped using Calypso Coral ink.

The center word panel was set in place using Dimensionals.

It's a very quick and easy card to make. I really like how the background looks on this card.  That Olive Green has such a rich look.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda