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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter to my Favorite Peeps! Baby Chicks Cupcakes

I wish you all a very Happy Easter.  Yesterday I baked and decorated cupcakes.  I found these on Pinterest and I pinned them thinking I would make them some time. Well, that some time came around sooner than I thought.  I had a list a mile long of things I needed to do yesterday but I didn't get to half of it because these little guys took a lot of time.  I suppose if I would have made them regular size instead of mini they wouldn't have taken as long.  But it's ok, they're just too darn cute and I'm glad I made them. They were easy to make too.

I didn't have any pipping bags so I just put my frosting (for the wings, feet and beak) in a zipper bag and clipped the tip.  Easy peasy!  And no clean up,  just toss the bag when I'm done!   I LOVE that.

You can find the step by step for these here.  Have fun with them!  They're such cute peeps!!  LOL

4-2-13 Update:  There was an error to the link on how to make these.  It's fixed now.

Happy Easter,

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Spring Sampler Mother's Day Card

Here is a very versatile card.  This can be made into a birthday card, get well card, thank you card, and a thinking of you card.  It's a fun layout to play with and the top part allows you to use those smaller images or you can use something larger because the top part has plenty of space.

The image here came from the "Spring Sampler" set.  I LOVE those types of sets.  There's a lot of images to play with and they can be used for a number of occasions.

The decorative paper used here came from the "Print Poetry" pack.  I'm on a mission to use the pack up by the end of May.  We all know it won't happen but I'm sure going to give it a try!  And it's hard to use it up when you only use 2" of a piece for a card like this!!! LOL

The words came from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I probably should have moved them down a bit but what I ended up doing (after I saw the big gap under the words) was I moved the ribbon up.  I had not affixed it to the card.  Now it's in place and it's not going anywhere!  

This was actually a very quick and simple card to make.  I LOVE this layout and I think I'll use it again sometime.  But not when I'm on a mission to use up some decorative papers!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, March 29, 2013

Thoughts & Prayers Mother's Day Card

A second attempt at finding a nice Mother's Day card that I like.  Now I do like this one but it's not going to stop me from making more.  This one is pretty but I think I can do better!  This one was very easy too.

I used the "Vintage Wallpaper" embossing folder.  I used the brayer and inked up the front flap on the inside.  Then I put my card stock inside and rolled it through the Big Shot like you would normally do.  I did use a quarter sheet of card stock and I cut it down 1/8" around when I was done.  

Next I took a piece of Whisper White card stock cut 3-7/8" x 2-7/8" and colored the image from "Thoughts & Prayers" and stamped it on the card stock.  

The words came from the "Delightful Dozen set".  I had stamped them directly on the card stock but I got it crooked and I mean CROOKED!!!  So I stamped it on a piece of scrap card stock and punched it out.  Then I sponged the edges before I set it on top of the crooked words using Dimensionals.  You can kind of see the words under it if you are looking for them but it's not noticeable.  I had to really look for them.  SO they are covered well and the card is now pretty.  And I think that mistake was meant to be because I do like the words raised on on the card.

And that is it.  Very simple and fairly quick too!  Now to go wash off the folder and brayer and dry them!  I don't like cleaning up after stamping!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Spring Sampler Mother's Day Card

Ok, now I'm on a quest to make a Mother's Day card I REALLY like.  This one was fun and easy to make but it's not doing much for me.  So this card will go into the box for the spring garage sale.  It's such a huge sale and I put some cards in it last year and almost all of them sold.  It was nice, I was then able to buy more card stock to make more cards!!! Such a vicious cycle!!! LOL

I did get to play with some more of the "Print Poetry" paper stack.  There's a lot of sheets in that little stack and I'm on a mission to try to use them all before the end of May!! Wish me luck on that one!!!

The words on the card came from the "Delightful Dozen" set.  I'll probably be using these words a lot in my upcoming Mother's Day cards because there isn't a lot of choices currently available for it.  But I do have some retired ones I may drag in now and then!  

The colors used here are Whisper White, Bubblegum Green and Raspberry Ripple.  They are fun colors but this card needs some work.  Actually, what happened here was I had cut the decorative paper and I put the tape on the wrong side. The other side of this card has a pretty flower print.  I was going to take the left over piece and use it instead but it was cut the wrong direction so I just ran with this. Maybe tomorrow or this coming weekend (if I have some down time) I will work it up the way I had originally intended and see if I like it any better!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Just Believe Emboss Resist Technique

The "Just Believe" set has to be one of my favorites.  I especially LOVE this image from the set.  It's so versatile.  It can be used for almost any occasion.  It can take on a festive look down to a somber look.  

To do the emboss resist you must first stamp the image using VersaMark or embossing "ink".  Then you sprinkle clear embossing powder on the paper and tap the excess off.  Then you  sponge over the embossed area.  Here an oval frame was made and set on top of the image and them the color was sponged on.  Once you are done with that you do need to wipe off the embossed image.  Ink tends to sit on there and could get on your fingers and smear or smudge your card.  

Once you are done with that you can embellish your image as much or as little as you wish.  Here the card was embellished with two sizes of half pearls.  

This card was made at Terri's Technique Tuesday class.  This is a very fun and effective technique.    And it was an extremely fun class.  It was a large group of gals and it was great to see them this month!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Mixed Bunch Thank You

Today I needed a thank you card and I was thinking spring at the same time.  I love purples and since Stampin' Up!'s purples are very limited I went with the Wisteria Wonder.  

I stamped the background first and then cut my card stock 1/4" less than the quarter sheet is.  

Next I found the word set I wanted to use.  These words came from the "Curly Cute" set.  After I stamped the words I cut the strip of white to fit the area I wanted it to go in.  And then I added a strip behind it, which was cut 1/4" larger.

Then I stamped the flower and punched it out.  I also punched out a 1-1/4" circle of Wisteria Wonder and I affixed a flower on top of that.  I had stamped one more of the background flowers and punched it out with a 1" circle punch.  The flower was set in place using Dimensionals and it was done.  

This is a very quick and easy card to make.  I do love playing with the Mixed Bunch set.  Mostly because the large flowers have a punch to go with them so you don't have to cut them out by hand!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, March 25, 2013

A Papillon Potpourri Borthday

I ran a cross the butterfly in my stash of "little stuff".  I thought I would work it into the card I had started but wasn't sure where I was going with.  I had the Whisper White and Bashful textured but I had no idea what I was going to do with it.  I had just used the lacy die cut and added that strip and then I was totally stuck.

I found the butterfly in my little stash and set it on the white.  I liked it but the lacy white edge looked funny.  So I walked away for a little while.  When I came back I thought I would work with the words.  The words were done on my computer and printed out on Whisper White card stock.  I used a piece of Pumpkin Pie for the circle behind the words.  And then it dawned on me that a strip of the Pumpkin Pie might be what that top piece needs.  It did need it but I still felt it needed something more or something different.  But it is what it is.  I have to walk away from it.  I drew a blank on this one!!  

So now I'm off to work on a new bracelet.  Well, it's not so new. I started it a month ago and have not had any time to work on it.  I think I need to write up the directions so I don't forget how to do it, just in case I don't get back to it for a year or more!!!  That has happened.  And what is so frustrating about that is, I forget how I made it and then it's all lost!  One day this week I will take a photo of the bracelet and post it here for you all to see.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Moving Forward

I always purchase the  Ronald McDonald set and sometimes I use all the images in the set and sometimes I don't.  I REALLY do like all of the images in this set and today I thought I would take out my set and finally play with it.  Though if I don't get to all the images or if I don't use the set at all at least I know that the money spent on it goes to a good cause.  

I used the cute little bike from this set.  Which by the way, the words on the card are attached to the image. I just masked them off and added them later.  I'm not sure if they were far enough from the edge of the tires to just punch them out but I didn't want to ruin the circle part of the card.  

I used Basic Black for the base of my card and for the layers.  The colored decorative paper came from the "Print Poetry" paper stack.   And yes, it even comes with the little flower image that you add on after.  I used markers to color in the flowers and stems and then stamped them in the basket.  It just added a nice touch of color to the card.

The card looks crooked but it really isn't (for once!!!), it's just the angle that the picture was taken at and the card is somewhat open so it distorts the image a bit.  

This is a very fun and easy card to make!  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Morning Cup

Here's a set I just HAD to have and hardly play with.  And I don't know why.  I REALLY do like the "Morning Cup" set.

Connie over at Inkspired Impressions had a card with a cute coffee cup on it and I reminded me that I had a coffee cup set.  It's the "Morning Cup" set so i went over to my shelf and got it out.  I really liked the layout that Connie used so I kind of stuck with it.  I did make my background decorative piece a bit smaller and I did make the larger background piece textured,  I changed the wording and the location of the wording as well.  I just felt that top part was too empty for me.  Had I made the decorative paper larger like Connie did there wouldn't have been so much space up there.  See what happens when you don't follow things exactly as they were?  LOL

I do like this card. I like the colors and I REALLY like the layout.  And I got to play with my "Morning Cup" set!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Friday, March 22, 2013

Papillon Butterfly Sympathy Card

Last night I had some very fun stamping gals over. It was such a fun time.  It's great to see them all and also to see what they create!  This is Tracy's creation!  It's such a pretty card.  

Tracy used the Papillon Butterfly stamp and the punch that goes with it.  I LOVE that punch.  It sure saves a LOT of time!!! You just punch instead of cut!  Though if you don't have the punch you can always cut it out by hand.  

The words came from the "Petite Pairs" set.  A set I have used often.  

This is a very easy card to make.  Your base is a half sheet of card stock that is folded in half.  The black layer is 5-1/4" x 4" and the embossed layer is 5-1/8" x 3-7/8".  

I'm not sure what size the circle and scallop punches are but just find one that the butterfly fits in and go from there.

Thank you Tracy for letting me share your beautiful card with everyone!

And I thank you all for visiting today,

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Everybunny Easter Card

Ok, last "Everybunny" card before I put the stamp set away!  I was just having some fun with the Sunshine & Sprinkles paper and this set.  They just seem to go together so well.  

My eye is really not liking this card as I'm seeing it here on the computer.  In person I didn't see it like I do on here.  I used Lucky Limeade ribbon across the bottom part of the card.  I should have used Lucky Limeade card stock and it may have blended better. My eyes keep going directly to that green ribbon! Now why didn't it do that when I was working on it?  It's still an ok card, just not as good as it could have been had I used the Lucky Limeade for the base of the card and for the scallop and layer.  But it is what it is and it will be just fine.  I know some of you say I'm too critical of myself but sometimes things just don't look exactly right and this card is one of those.  Now tell me your eyes don't go directly to that green ribbon?  

Anyway, the card is done and ready to be sent out!  

I have been reworking a beading pattern and I finally got it done.  It takes me a while to do them because I never took any classes on graphic design so I muddle through at a slow pace but I manage to get the job done!  I will post my project tomorrow and there will finally be a pattern available in my web store!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Everybunny Easter Card

I really do like this "Everybunny" stamp set and I've been having  a lot of fun with it.  From the candy header I posted yesterday to the cute Easter card I have to show you today.

The base of my card is Marina Mist.  There were SO many colors to pick from when using that cute paper from the Sunshine & Sprinkles set.  I was leaning towards the Melon Mambo but thought I would lean towards a boy color card.  Though Gumball Green or the Daffodil Delight would have worked for a boy card too.  But I'm partial to the Marina Mist color so that is what I picked.

I used the "Fancy Fan" folder on a piece of Whisper White for the background.  The next layer is the "Sunshine & Sprinkles" paper and then the image from the "Everybunny" set.

The words were done on the computer, printed out and punched with a 1-1/4" circle punch.  They were layered on an Old Olive circle and the scalloped piece was punched from a piece of Marina Mist.  A great way to use up some scraps!!!  I set the scalloped layer on the card using Dimensionals.  The card needed a bit of a punch and that was the ticket.  But yet it's not too much that it can't be mailed without adding extra postage!!! You gotta think of that when making cards you're going to mail!!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Everybunny Candy Header Easter Candy Project

Here's a fun project for you that the kids will like to help with.  If they don't eat all the Peeps that is!!!  I'm not a big Peeps fan so I don't have a problem with these cute little guys! And when did Peeps get so expensive?  I thought they  use to be a cheaper Easter candy!  Anyway, I bought a pack of them to play with!!!

I bagged up the Peeps and then checked my stamps to see what I had for Easter.  I found the "Everybunny" set and ran with it!!!  I know there's a bunny in the bag and there were bunny stamps but I REALLY liked this little chick.  I suppose I could have bought chick Peeps but I didn't.  I thought the bunnies were a lot cuter and they are flatter too, which makes them so much easier to put in bags and to actually see them in the bag.  

My bags measured 3" x 4".  I got my food acceptable bags at our local cake decorating shop.  I cut my card stock just a hair over the 3" mark wide and 5" long.  I folded it in half on the long side.  I found some fun decorative paper that I thought would be nice for Easter.  My decorative paper came from the "Sunshine & Sprinkles" pack.  Another pack of paper I won't be using up any time soon.  I am learning to scale back on my paper purchasing because I'm just not using it all before it retires.  I'm sure that is so true of many of you to.  Anyway, I cut the decorative paper to fit the front of the header and yet leave an 1/8" border around it.  Before I taped the decorative paper in place I did staple the white header piece on.  I made sure the bump parts of the staple were in the front and the smooth part was on the back.  It makes the header look so much more clean and neat.  I did take a hammer and flattened down the bumps so the decorative paper would lay nicely.

Next I stamped the chick image, colored it and then punched them out.  I punched out some Old Olive scalloped circles to layer the chick on.  I taped the layers together and then taped them to the front of the header.

I have a stash of punched out "things" and I found a bunch of Modern Label punched pieces so I pulled them out and found I had exactly enough for my little project here!  Then I went on my computer and typed out "To one of my favorite Peeps".  I had to have it print at font size 10.  Any bigger and I wouldn't have been able to get it all in the Word Window punch.  I punched them out, affixed them to the Modern Label piece and then I used the Sticky Strip tape to affix it to the front of the bag.  And that was it.  They are now ready to give out to my favorite Peeps!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, March 18, 2013

By the Tide

I got this set and I thought I should stamp something with it before it retires.  It's really not that easy of a set to work with. I do like the fish in the set.  The shell and seahorse are ok too but the lobster/crab thing doesn't do much for me.  I failed miserably in an attempt to make a card using this set.  And of course using the "Print Poetry" designer paper.  For such a little stack of paper (48 sheets) I sure am having a hard time using it up!  

I originally bought this set for the seaweed looking image.  I thought it would be fun to use parts of it when making polymer clay leaves.  It would make very pretty and realistic looking veins in the leaves.  But I wanted to stamp with it first before I get it all full of clay oils.  

I did have fun making the layers and cutting out the fish but that seaweed thing is not working well with this card.  I may be doing a remake on this one!

Thanks for bearing with me here!!!  I do try to keep the ugly posts down to a minimum!!!  I hope I'm not exceeding that already!!! LOL

Thanks for stopping by today,

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Polymer Clay at it's Funnest - Cat Beads

I started these beads a while ago and had to set them aside until I found a time when I could play with clay again.  As you can tell, clay is not high on my priority list.  Though I wish I could find a way to move it up a few notches.  I LOVE working with it and creating.  

I found a step by step on the net to make these.  Though this step by step was for the whole cat.  I only wanted to make heads.

These are what I got completed yesterday.  Right down to the glaze!  

I had watched a video on how to make your polymer clay creations even harder.  You need to take them out of the oven and immediately put them in ice water.  Well, we didn't have any ice but being in Minnesota with a few snowstorms lately, we had snow!  So last night I went outside with my bowl and filled it full of snow.  The clay only takes about 15 minutes to bake so I had to melt some of it.  I just added some water  and I had a nice soupy slush and that was all I needed.  I really don't know if it made the clay any harder but I just went with it!

These were very fun to make and if you want to make some you can find the link here.  The instructions are a follow the picture type thing so you need to pick what size you want to make your clay pieces.  Sometimes I like it when the instructions actually tell me what size to use.  And of course I didn't write it down when I made these.  But I did use the largest circle on the extruder and I cut all the pieces the same length so I could have all the cats heads the same size.  The ears were harder to keep the same size but it's ok, I like them.  I think they are cute and I think they will sell well at the Demo & Do in April!  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Open Sea Masculine Card

I am still seeing that masculine cards are hard to find.  I made this one at Terri's Stamp-a-Stack last month.  It was a fun time and a whole lot of fun cards to make.  She is SO talented and always has great cards to do.  When I do I don't venture very far from the original cards she has on display.  It's just nice to make cards when all the pieces are cut for you!  Who doesn't love that??  LOL

The image here is from the "Open Sea" set.  It's one of the few masculine sets that Stampin' Up! has in their catalog.  I wish they could make more.  I do like flowers and birds but there are SO many in the catalog and so few masculine sets.  

Anyway, back to my card.  The color card stock used here is Island Indigo.  A color I don't use much at all and that's sad because I really do like it.  I'm not sure where the matching decorative came from.  I do know that I don't own the pack of paper!  It is pretty and matches the card so well.  

I don't know why I used the "hello, dear friend" from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  It's not something I would send out to a guy!  So when I'm done with this post I'm removing that bottom layer and added the "happy birthday" words from that set to it.  Problem solved!

This was a very fun card to make and if I had to make it myself from scratch I think it would be a very quick card to do.  It's not only quick but easy and very nice looking.

Now I need to get back to my clay.  I'm a little behind on my stuff here.  Earlier I was working in a beading pattern, then some clay, I stopped to post to my blog and now it's back to clay. And of course, tomorrow I will show you what I was working on!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, March 15, 2013

A Spring Sampler Birthday

I was having some fun with the Sunshine & Sprinkles decorative paper.  I knew I needed to make a birthday card but I wasn't sure where I was going with it at first.  There was a piece of the decorative paper already cut in the pack so I took that piece and taped it to the bottom of the card and I set it aside.  I wasn't sure what I wanted to do at the top but as I looked at it and at the stamp sets I had I thought it would be fun to add three flowers across the center.  The "Spring Sampler" set had a cute flower so I thought I would use that one.  Oh, that piece was cut at 5-1/8" by 3-7/8".  I wanted a nice wide border.  

And once again I was looking at the card wondering if I should get out my Stamp-a-ma-jig so I can get my flowers straight or find something else to stamp. It's a handy tool but I hate getting it out and using it.  But once it's out I do have fun with it.  I have no idea what the issue with that is but all I know is that I try to avoid getting it out!  So to work around my little problem I decided to stamp the flowers on card stock and then cut them out individually.  After all there are only three of them, right?  LOL  So after I got them cut out I set them on the card nice and straight and I didn't like it.  So when I set them in place on the card I made sure the orientation of each of them was different and I liked it much better.  So much for lining them up the way I was thinking about doing in the first place!!!  Sheeeeesh!!! LOL  

The "happy birthday" came from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  It's one of my favorite sets to use.  Can you tell?  You can probably look back to this weeks posts and most of the cards have that set used on it!!! LOL  

I added some Lucky Limeade ribbon to the front and tied a bow on.  The ribbon is cut and taped on the back and then a piece of ribbon was slipped under the front piece and tied in a single knot.  

The flowers (yup, back to the flowers) were set in place using Dimensionals.  And the panel they are on was set on the base of the card with Dimensionals as well.  And that is it.  Very simple, very quick and cute too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Love & Sympathy

I needed a sympathy card.  Sad, I know!  My cousin died from a short battle with cancer.  The funeral is on Saturday and I've been a bit busier than I normally am so I had to make the card today.  Which I'm glad I did.  It's now done and ready to go.

I used Wild Wasabi for the base of my card and for the ink.  The flower was done using Calypso Coral.  It just went SO well with the Wild Wasabi.  

At first I was just going to go with a smooth background but I thought it may look too blah.  Once I get them put together I tend to think that I should have done something textured.  So this time I did the texture and I have no regrets!  

The flower piece was taped in place and the word piece was set in place using Dimensionals.

It was a simple card to make but I really didn't want anything to detailed.  And I didn't find this on Pinterest!!!  Shocker, I know!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spring Sampler Candy Headers Weekend Project

These were fun to make (for the most part)!  I added that part because coloring each jelly bean with a marker and stamping, repeating, repeating, repeating wasn't all that fun.  After a few inches it became robotic and I did get the paper covered that I needed to.  Once I got my "One Sheet Wonder" done I cut off pieces from it to use for the headers and then the fun began.

The jelly beans and the bunny came from the "Spring Sampler" set.  It's a fun little set and I wish I had more time to play with it.  Once the bunnies were stamped I punched them out with the 1-3/8" circle punch.  Then I used the scallop punch and punched out the Pretty in Pink pieces.  

The bags measure 2" x 3"  and the header was cut 2-1/4" x 4".  I did plan the header so I didn't have any jelly beans on the back.  I really did not enjoy coloring them.  Did I mention that before?  LOL  I folded the header piece in half on the long side and stapled it to the bag.  I stapled the header on "backwards".  Most people would staple on the front.  I staple from the back.  That way the back is smooth and the bumps of the staples are hidden by the images I add later.  I often hammer down the bumps to make them very flat.

The last thing I did was I layered the bunny image and scallop and affixed them to the header.  They are now ready for Easter! 

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Papillon Potpourri & Spring Sampler

This card was a little interesting to make.  First of all, I wanted a different texture for the background so I used the scoring board and scored a bunch of lines, thick and thin, closer and farther away.  For the thick ones I just scored a line and then moved it over just a little and scored again. It was scored not only next to the previous score line but a bit on top of it too.  They were easy enough to make though I wouldn't want to make a bunch of them for a swap! 

The flowered strip was fun.  I just used Soft Suede ink and the flower from "Spring Sampler".  Another One Sheet Wonder.  

The words are from the "Bring on the Cake" set and of course the  butterfly from the "Papillon Potpourri" set and the butterfly punch. 

The One Sheet Wonder panel and the butterfly were set in place using Dimensionals.  The rest of the layers were just taped on as usual.

The colors I used here are Whisper White, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake.  So with the scoring aside, the rest of the card went together SO quickly.  If I were to make another one I would probably do it in different colors plus I would find a different texture or technique for the background!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, March 11, 2013

Teeny Tiny Wishes and Bitty Butterfly

Now this is not completely a Pinterest found card.  I did find a card on Pinterest and I did want to recreate it but the materials were not Stampin' Up! and I didn't have the punches that were used so I decided to take what I had and try my best to reproduce the parts of the card that I REALLY liked.  I liked the look of the butterfly layer on the third circle.  And I liked the little butterflies on the loose!  The original card can be found here.  It was done using hearts and not butterflies.  

I didn't exactly get the words where I wanted them to be but it's ok, it's still appealing.  Though the more I look at it on the computer verses in person, I can see that a textured background would have been a lot prettier with this.  But it is what it is and I am not changing it!  

To make this card I used a half sheet of Whisper White card stock, folded on the long side.  The punches were from the 1-3/8" circle punch using the Sycamore Street decorative paper.  The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set and the cute little butterflies are from the new "Bitty Butterfly" punch.  It's such a cute little punch.  And of course I added some tiny pearls.  I also used the "Dotted" embossing folder on a scrap piece of Pool Party card stock and I punched out the butterflies from that piece.  

This actually was a very easy card to make!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Teeny Tiny Wishes Mother's Day Card

This was another fun card to make.  I saw this on Pinterest.  I suppose you weren't surprised at all by that!!! LOL  You can view the original card here.  I used different colors only because of the buttons I had on hand.  I did like the colors of the original card though.  But these are pretty too.

This was a lot easier to make than I thought it would be.  I thought  trying to get those strips cut exact would be a problem plus the partial circles. But it was surprisingly easy.  

Take a half sheet of Whisper White card stock and fold it in half. Set it aside.  Take a piece of Whisper White card stock and cut it 
4" x 5-1/4" and set it aside.  Next cut 3 strips of pretty decorative paper 1-5/16" each by 4".  They are cut longer than you need but it's important you have some wiggle room with this.  Now take your 1-3/8" and punch the ends.  I stacked the three pieces of decorative paper and punched them all at once.  Line them up in the punch, eye it so it looks like your even and punch about 1/3 into the decorative paper.  If you don't like how it looks stack the papers again and punch deeper or shallower.  That is why you have extra in the length.  My papers are from the Brights Collection and so are the buttons.

Take your cut piece of Whisper White and tape or glue the strips in place.  I started on the left and worked my way across.  I laid the buttons on the card stock so I could get an idea of where I wanted what colors and where I was going to affix the strips.  It's ok if some decorative paper hangs over the top, you can trim that off easily.  To set the next strip in place I just lined up the tip to the tip of the last strip.  And then I did the same for the 3rd strip.  After I finished that I punched out a 1" circle in each of the colors.  I affixed the buttons on with a glue dot.  I taped the circled under each corresponding color.  And then I stamped the words on. Mine came from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  

The top piece of card stock is set in place using Dimensionals.  But before you set it in place round the corners of the bottom only.  And there you have it.  Easy Peasy!!!  Check here for over 300 more cards you can make in 20 minutes or less.  

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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Secret Garden One Sheet Wonder Technique

I have not done the One Sheet Wonder technique in a very long time.  I saw this card on Pinterest (of course!)  You can see the original here, though I did not deviate far from it.  I thought it was such a stunning card from the minute I set my eyes on it.  And I knew I just HAD to make it.

For this technique you take a sheet of card stock.  Here I used Whisper White.  Then you stamp the images all over it.  Filling in as much or as little space as you like.  I think the upper corner and bottom center could have used just a bit more something!  You can plan these things out once you have cut off what you need for your card.  Anyway, when you are satisfied with your images then you can cut off the size pieces you want to assemble your cards.  You can get quite a few cards from one piece of card stock, depending on how big the piece your cutting is.  I could get  8 pieces of this 2-1/2" size from my sheet.  But I didn't. I put it aside for some other day.  I didn't want to make a bunch of these cards and I didn't want to use some other layout today.  So it will sit in my stash of stuff until I run across it and ooh and aah at it all over again!!! LOL

The base of this card is Crumb Cake.  There's a small piece of Midnight Muse on it and one of my favorite colors, Marina Mist!  And those are also the colors of the ink.  The Marina Mist layer is 1-1/4" x 5-1/4".  The Crumb Cake layer is 1-3/8" x 5-1/4" and the Midnight Muse layer is 1-5/8" x 5-1/4".  I did cut my One Sheet Wonder piece 2-3/4" so I had something to tape the side layers on top of.  You could butt it up against them too, it's all in how good you are at cutting and layering!  I am not and anytime I can just slap one layer on top of another I will do it!!

Once you have all the images stamped, the card goes together rather quickly.  And it was very fun to make too.  I forget how fun One Sheet Wonders are!

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Friday, March 08, 2013

Delightful Dozen Mother's Day Card

I have found some super easy and fun cards on the net to make.  And not only are they super easy and fun, they are appealing to the eye as well.  

This card I found on Pinterest.  You can see the original card here.  The original card was made using Melon Mambo.  I did not have Melon Mambo decorative paper so I went with Cherry Cobbler. The only problem that arose from that for me was that I didn't have any Cherry  Cobbler ribbon to go on the top of the card like Rosemarie used.  So I improvised.  I used a piece of decorative paper cut to look like a ribbon and I think it worked out well.  

I did not keep the orientation of the paper on the inside of the flower the same as the outside.  I set it on the center to see what it looked like and all of a sudden it just looked flat.  SO I turned the center just a bit and viola!  It took on a depth!  

I made mine into a Mother's Day card.  We have a HUGE garage sale coming up here the day before Mother's Day.  There's well over 300 homes that have sales that day plus there's food vendors, port a pots and don't forget the elusive ice cream man!  We laugh at that every year.  The guy comes around at the garage sale and then you never see or hear him the rest of the summer.  We figure he makes his fortune in one day and takes the rest of the year off.  If any of you have been around here during that sale you know how crazy it gets here.  You only have a few choices.  You have a garage sale, which is what we've done for the past couple of years because we are trying to downsize here.  You stay at home and NEVER open your garage door while the sale is on.  Or you leave early and don't come back until after 4 pm.  The traffic and the people just fill the streets.  And they come rain or shine!  Last year I had a few Mother's Day cards in a tote of cards I was selling at the sale and those were the first to go.  So I'm making a bunch more for this year's sale.   It doesn't hurt to plan ahead!  And I'm going through more stamp sets. I need to thin my inventory of them out too!  I am hoping to get them put in my web store too.  But it all takes time.

Anyway, back to this pretty card. It's very easy to make.  Just cut a piece of decorative paper 3" x 3" and punch out the flower. The larger white layer behind it is cut 3-1/2" x 3-1/2". And the Cherry Cobbler piece behind that is cut 3-5/8" x 3-5/8". I like working with square pieces, they are SO much easier to remember the dimensions when you're cutting.  

The words are from the Delightful Dozen set.  A set I have used a lot but have not used every image in it!!!  A challenge but not for this week!  I have lots of other things I found that I just HAVE to make.  Though I am finding a problem with that.  I am really liking some of these cards and I am finding that I don't want to part with them!  LOL  

Have fun making this card and thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Papillon Potpourri Butterfly Birthday Card

I saw a layout like this on Pinterest and I just had to try it with Stampin' Up! products.  I did change it a bit from the original card.  The original card can be viewed here.  I added my words to the bottom of the card and I layered behind the panels of decorative paper instead of using the distressing tool.  I am not a huge fan of distressed edges.

To make this card I started with a half sheet of Whisper White card stock and I folded it in half on the long side.  Then I cut a piece of Whisper White 4" x 5-1/4" and I rounded all the corners on it.

Next I cut the strip pieces from decorative paper.  I used the "Print Poetry" stack.  I cut each piece 1-1/4".  The long piece is cut 3", the dotted piece is cut 1-1/2" and the top piece is cut 1-1/4".  The layers are cut 1/8" larger.  They are all 1-3/8" wide by 3-1/8", 1-3/8", and 1-5/8".  I rounded all edges on the long piece. and only 3 edges on the other two pieces.  I did mess mine up when I was doing the corners.  I didn't pay attention to the layout and I had to recut my top piece.  So pay attention as you are rounding your corners.  Once the layers are put together they were set in place using Dimensionals.  I set them in place and then stamped the words, which came from the "Curly Cute" set.  

Then I stamped the butterfly and punched it out.  I did glue the butterfly in place.  I didn't think I could get enough tape on that small area and I didn't want a Dimensional to show so I just glued it.  Then I added 4 tiny pearls.  That piece was set in place on the card base using Dimensionals.

This was a pretty quick card to do and I really do like this layout!

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Elegant Butterfly Card

Oh my, isn't this card SO pretty?  I saw it on Pinterest. You can see the original card here.  I did change it slightly but not a whole lot.  

I made this card for my cousin for her birthday but I think I'm going to keep it in my stash.  When I saw it on Pinterest I REALLY liked it and when I finished making it, I still liked it.  So I think it's going to go in my stash of card samples and I'll just have to whip up another one for my cousin. I'd better get a move on it, her birthday is in a couple of days!!!  

I also got to play with the "Finishing Touches" Edgelets.  I've had them for a while and not used them.  UGH!  What's up with that?  I think it means I just have WAY too much "stuff".  

I have a few other sets that I need to play with too.  A couple of them are Sale-A-Brations sets and they will be retiring at the end of this month.  Maybe I'll make my cousin a card using one of those sets!!

This card was very easy to make too.  First I took the Whisper White card stock and used the Edgelet on it.  Then I cut the piece to measure 5-1/4" x 4".  Then I taped a piece of decorative paper measuring 5-1/4" x 1".  What a perfect way to use up scraps of decorative paper!  Now is the time to stamp the words on (like the one on Pinterest was done.  I didn't, I was trying to figure out how the butterfly was to be punched that I totally forgot.  But it worked out.  I like the way the words are done on here but I think I should have done the scalloped oval piece in the Pirouette Pink.  But it's stuck on there with Dimensionals and we all know how great those things stick!  So it's going to just have to be green!

Once the butterfly was punched, I drew the antenna in.  A couple of small butterflies were added.  They were made from the butterfly Sizzlet.  Pearls were added to the butterflies and the top layer was put in place on the Whisper White card stock base.

It's a fun card to make and easy.  Easy enough to make another one for my cousin but I'm not going to!  LOL  I will come up with something else.  

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Bordering on Romance Birthday Card

Today I thought I would play with some decorative papers.  I am on a quest to use up a whole package of decorative paper before it retires!!!  "Sunshine Sprinkles" has a lot of fun papers to play with and I'm hoping I can make a lot of different types of cards using them!

The image came from the "Bordering on Romance" set.  I colored in the image using markers and a blender pen.

The colors of the card are pretty basic.  The base of the card is Lucky Limeade.  Basic black was used for contrast and of course the image is on Whisper White.

The words were done on my computer and punched out.

I did like making this card.  The layout was fun and yet easy enough to do.  Plus the card had several layers, which you all know how much I LOVE layers!  I know that lately I've been making very simple cards.  This one is not a complex card and it really didn't take a long time to make either.  I would still consider it a simple card but maybe a little higher on one end of the spectrum!  

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Monday, March 04, 2013

A Mixed Bunch Birthday

I was in the mood to make a very simple card and this is what I came up with.  It is indeed very simple!!  I also got to play with my "Tasteful Trim" Sizzix die.  I bought this when it first came out and I never used it.  Don't ask me why I do the things I do!!  It would take a lifetime to answer that one!  LOL

For the base of my card I used a half sheet of Real Red (folded in half)  Then I took a piece of Whisper White and used the Dotted folder and ran part of it through the Big Shot.  I covered the area where the dots and plain paper meet with the Tasteful Trim piece that I did in Basic Black.

Then I stamped the words on.  Mine are from the "Curly Cute" set.  Next I stamped the flower on a scrap piece of card stock and punched it out.  I stamped the center on another piece of scrap card stock and punched it out.

I set the flower and the flower center in place using Dimensionals.  And that is it.  See, I told you it was very simple!  

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Sunday, March 03, 2013

Double Slider Card Technique

Here is the fun card technique I promised you.  These are very fun to make too!  I have made several of them and I find the hardest part is knowing what to stamp for the slider parts!  

I used the wagon from the "For the Birds" set.  I taped off the words and just used the wagon, and for the flower I used the "Bright Blossoms" set.  The words are from the "Wacky Wishes" Hostess set.  

My colors here are Daffodil Delight, and Pacific Point.  The decorative paper is from the "Summer Smooches" pack.  

Now I suppose you want the directions!!!  Well, since you asked so nicely! LOL  

Take a piece of card stock (here I used Pacific Point) and cut it in half on the short side.  Fold the piece in half and then cut 3"off the front flap.  Take that piece you cut off and glue the short edges to the inside of the card on the right (where you see the decorative paper in the photo.  Take a 1/2" or 3/4" circle punch and punch a half circle in the center, as you see in the photo.  

Next you need to find some fun decorative paper.  Cut it 2-3/8" x 4-1/8".  Punch out your circle like you did for the right side of the card.  I didn't cut my circle in the decorative paper before I glued it in place.  That is why there isn't a nice 1/8" border under the first half circle cut.  But it still looks good that way.

Now for the slider part.  Take a piece of card stock (I used Whisper White here) and cut it 3" x 2" and another piece cut 5-1/2" x 3-1/4".  Glue the smaller piece on top of the larger piece.  Glue it to the left edge of the larger piece (on the short side).  While it is drying find the images you'd like to stamp.  Insert the slider part in the card.  Just open the card up and slide the larger part under the decorative paper piece.  Make sure the smaller piece goes over it.  You can lightly mark where you want your image to be stamped.  If you feel you have enough room to stamp, go ahead and stamp your image. Or you can remove the slider and then stamp the image.  And do the same with the word part.  On my first one I stamped my image too far over to the right and you could see the flower through the tab the half punched circle created.  

Ok, once you have the images done and the slider in place you will be gluing the front flap to the back of the card.  Just run a small line of glue on the top and bottom of the front flap.  And now you need to hide that seam on the front.  Here I took a piece of Daffodil Delight and cut it 5-1/2" x 1/2".  And your card is now ready for you do decorate the front.  Once you are sure the glue is dry, push the slider part inside the card.  If the white card stock is sticking out too far from the edge on the right, you may need to trim the end of the that piece and now it's ready for you to give to someone special!   Or tuck it in your stash of cards like I do!!!

I told you they were fun to make! And wasn't it worth the wait?  LOL

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Saturday, March 02, 2013

Summer Silhouettes Stampin' Up! Card

My day had gotten away from me.  I was planning on showing you a very fun card technique but it's going to have to wait until tomorrow.  I promise!!  I spent too much time working on a pattern for a beaded bracelet I had designed.  I'm getting things ready for the Demo & Do at the Textiles Center off 280 and University Avenue.  It's coming up fast and I want to have everything ready ahead of time so I'm not stressed.  I will be teaching 3 projects there and I'm SO looking forward to it!

Ok, onto this card so I can get stuff finished up and ready for the card technique post for tomorrow!

I used the "Summer Silhouettes" set to make this card.  I found a card on Pinterest that I thought would be fun to make and I did keep it pretty close to the original card.  I added some words at the bottom and a butterfly at the top.  The original had a tag hanging from the ribbon.  And I'm not clear on what colors the original one was done in but I used Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip.  The original card can be found here.  

For the words I used the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I just took the first stamp that I reached for and was glad it wasn't Christmas or Halloween!!!  I used the Word Window punch on the words and the Modern Label punch behind it. Fortunately for me I had a bunch of them punched out.  I had some small craps of Chocolate Chip card stock and instead of tossing them I punched out some labels for future use.  And today was the "future"!

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Friday, March 01, 2013

A Spring Sampler Easter

I thought I would play with yesterday's layout again but this time using circles instead of squares.  I must say, I do like the square look much better than the circle look on this layout.  But nonetheless it's still a fun card.  

The adorable Sunshine & Sprinkles decorative paper is a lot of fun to play with.  The dots on this paper made the punched circles fit well with the whole card.  

I don't usually make many Easter cards but this set has some fun images to play with for Easter.  They would make GREAT kids cards!

For details on how to make this card just look at yesterday's post.  I have all the info posted there.  Once you have a template made these cards go together pretty fast.  

Ok, I'll put the templates away for a while.  I have to anyway, I have a fun technique for you for tomorrow!  Be sure to stop back, you aren't going to want to miss it!

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