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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Teeny Tiny Wishes & Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape

This is such a stunning card.  I was at Terri's FABULOUS Stamp-a-Stack tonight and this was one of the cards I made there.  All of her cards were wonderful and I think this time they are ALL my favorites. I can't pick one above the other.  I went there with my sister and we had a GREAT time!

To make this card you will need Night of Navy and Very Vanilla card stock.  You will also need the gold foil sheets and Brushed Gold paper.  The ink used here is black StazOn.  I  had added that sentiment when I got home.  I had forgotten to do the words.  And I also forgot that they were done in Night of Navy!!  And you know the sad part about all that?  It was only an hour ago that I had made the card and in that short time I forgot the color!!! UGH!!!  And I have to redo the words anyway, I used Whisper White card stock instead of Very Vanilla.  Time to get my eyes checked too!!! LOL

I LOVE this Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape and I especially LOVE the way Terri used it on the card. It made the card SO elegant looking.  It could be used for a birthday, thank you, wedding, anniversary, a get well, and a thinking of you card.  I just LOVE the looks of this card.

Just looking at this card makes me anxious for my Washi Tape so I can make more!! I just LOVE it (I know I said that already - several times!!! LOL).  Oh and did you notice the 3 tiny pearls on the Gold Foil Butterfly?  

This is a very quick card to make too.  It seems like all of those using Washi Tape are quick to make!  You can't bead a beautiful card and one that is done quickly now, can you?

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Thoughts & Prayers Sympathy Card

Today I thought I'd better make a sympathy card.  My husband's niece's husband's sister had a brain aneurysm and is not expected to make it.  The rest of my week is busy so I thought I should make my card now so I am ready.  

I had found a card made by Glenda at "The Stamp Camp"a while back and I had saved it .  It's a very pretty card and a bit fussy to make but so worth it.  It really did go together quickly until it came to the flowers.  Gluing them in place one at a time took a few minutes but not that long.  I LOVE the little pearls in the centers of each flower.  I did change the card a bit but not too much.  And now as I look at it I think I should have changed the orientation of the card.  Keeping the music at the top (of the new orientation), moving the flowers piece to the upper left corner and having the words in that open space under the flowers (or in this case, on the side of the flowers.  I think I may make another card and give that orientation a try. I need a birthday card and this would make a very pretty one, with music and all!!!  

My colors here are Very Vanilla, Basic Black and So Saffron.  The ink is black StazOn.  The decorative paper is from the "Modern Medley" pack and the words were done on my computer.  I was asked what size font was used on the words and I don't remember.  I had made them several years ago and put them in a PDF file for sale in my web store (click here to see them).  It's an after payment download, you get an email with instructions.  There's many greetings in the file.  They include: Thinking of You, Thank You, Happy Anniversary, Happy Birthday, With Sympathy, Get Well, Merry Christmas, Happy Father's Day, Happy Mother's Day, and Be Mine.  And there's 24 to a page.  They can be punched out with the circle or oval punch.  You can print out as many as you like and use them as you wish on cards for personal use or on cards and projects for sale.  

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Perfectly Penned and the Chevron Technique

The Chevron technique is a very fun and easy technique to do.  I found it here on YouTube.  There's lots of them out there but it was the black and white card that peeked my interest.  I LOVE black and white cards.

The instructions had you cut 5 pieces of the decorative paper 2" x 1".  You folded three of the strips one direction and the other two in the other direction.  This means you take a strip and fold the right corner over to the left side forming a 45 degree angle.  Turn the strip and repeat the same thing on the other end.  Turn the strip, not flip it over.  Both folds are on the same side.  You do this for 3 strips.  The other two strips are done the opposite.  You take the left corner and bring it to the right side forming 45 degree angle and you repeat it for the other end of the strip.  You need 2 of these folds.  Then you just put the strips together.  

To add more layers to your card you will need to shorten the length of the strips just a hair or however much you want.  The more you trim the less surface they will cover when you are done folding them.

Fun, isn't it?  And they don't take that long to make either!  I want to make some of these cards using the new Sale-a-Brations paper!

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Teeny Tiny Wishes Valentine's Day Postage Card

I honestly don't recall using the Postage Stamp punch.  I do remember buying it.  I thought it was something I just HAD to have but I don't recall making any cards using it.  Though I could have and just don't remember.  I don't remember a lot of things anymore!!! LOL

This card is a very quick and simple card to make.  I just took a 2" x 2" piece of decorative paper.  Here I used Strawberry Slush.  Then I punched a piece of Whisper White using the Postage punch.  Next I took a scrap piece of Strawberry Slush card stock and punched a small heart in it and then using the 1" square punch I centered the heart and punched it out.  That piece had Dimensionals added to it and then set in place on top of the postage punched piece.  Then the piece was taped to the decorative paper.  And finally the entire piece was taped to the card base.  I did attach the piece on with removable tape first so I knew where to put the words.  I got smart after a while of many mistakes. I stamped the words and then I added permanent tape to the piece.  Many times I have taped the piece down and then stamped the words and got them so crooked or smeared that it was unsalvageable. I hate it when that happens!!!  So lately I have been trying to outsmart the stamps by using removable tape and the results have been interesting, I actually get a great image.  Go figure!!! LOL

The words on my card are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  One of my favorite sets!!!

I can not take credit for this card though.  I found it at Jen's "Simple & Sincere" blog.

This is a very quick card to make.  I actually made 4 extra ones to make a gift set with!

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Off the Grid Valentine Envelope Punch Board Box!

That grid image from "Off the Grid" is such a fun stamp to play with.  Here I stamped it on a piece of white card stock and embossed it in gold.  I just cut it to fit my fun box I made.  Inside hides a Russell Stover Peanut Butter Heart!  

This box was very fun to make.  I had been surfing the net to find out how to make smaller boxes.  I found one that told me to cut my card stock 8" x 8" and score at the 3" mark.  It worked but the box was too big for what I wanted.  So I thought if I cut my card stock 6" x 6" and scored at 2" I may get closer to the size I am looking for and get this, I did!  I ended up with a 2-1/3" x 2-1/4" x 1-3/16" box.  Perfect for the candy!  And such a nice size to decorate too. Not too big and not too tiny!  

The words on the front are from the "Delightful Dozen" set.  I punched out two Real Red scalloped ovals and set them on the top and bottom of the large white oval.  I also punched out two Real Red small hearts.  One went on the front and the other is on the back.  It helps hold the tip of the box in place.  I didn't take a photo of it but it's just below the center.  The tip of the flap tucks in between it and the back of the box.  I just glued the bottom tip down and it provides enough space for the flap to fit in and stay shut.  I also tied a red ribbon around the box.  That alone would hold the box shut but adding the heart kept the tip down.  

I like the size of this box and I think it's going to come in handy for other things I make, including some of my clay stuff!!!  You can find the directions for the larger box here.  Like I said, I just cut my card stock 6" x 6" and scored and punched at 2" and 4".  Round one of the tips, that will be the flap of the box.  Fold on all the score lines.  Pinch in the two bottom corner pieces and glue them together and to the bottom of the box.  The original instructions just show you pinching the pieces.  I preferred to glue them so they would stay in place.  For the top two corner pieces I just clipped the one scored line next to the top of the box (on each side). I also trimmed that piece up a bit after clipping.  You will see that it looks a little too long.  Next I glued the bottom and side flaps together.  Make sure you get them even or your box will be lopsided.  I added the heart to the back of the box and then decorated the front.  Have fun with it!

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Thoughts and Prayers Birthday Card

Today I needed to make a birthday card.  It's for a January birthday but with us falling back into the deep freeze, I didn't want to make a winter theme card.  I'm really thinking spring.  I'm SO tired of being cold.  I am one who likes winter but NOT this year!!  

For this card I used the "Thoughts and Prayers" set. This set is very versatile and you know how much I LOVE to have versatile sets!!!  This would make a lovely Mother's Day card, a Thinking of You card and of course a Sympathy card too.

I used the tiny flower punch and with the end of a pen I pressed the punched flowers into a piece of Fun Foam.  I glued the flowers in place and then I took the gel pen and added some white dots to the center of each flower.  The flower stem was stamped using Chocolate Chip ink.

The words were done using my computer. I punched them out with the 1-1/4" circle punch, the Strawberry Slush circle was made with the 1-3/8" punch and the Scalloped punch was made using a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock.  

I used the Ribbon punch for the Chocolate Chip strip between the Whisper White card stock and the Strawberry Slush decorative paper.

This was a very fun and easy card to make.  I think it would make a wonderful Stamp a Stack card too!!

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Friday, January 24, 2014

A Gorgeous Grunge Valentine's Day Card

You'll never guess where I was surfing again?  Pinterest did you say?  You guessed it!!  I found a very fun card to make using the "Gorgeous Grunge" set.  I just can't seem to get enough of that set!  It's fun and different.  I LOVE that combination!  You can see the original card here.  

And as usual I did change the card some.  The original card has a butterfly on it instead of the hearts.  The plan for my card was for it to be a Valentine's Day card.  Not to say that the other card wasn't pretty, it was VERY pretty but it wasn't what I was looking for.  So I just copied it as close as I could and then added the Valentine's Day theme to it.  I like both cards but this one I have a use for!  This would also make a very pretty Mother's Day card too!  

This card has some fun elements to it.  I used gold embossing powder on the "Gorgeous Grunge" line images.  It's got a little piece of the paper doily on the left there.  It's got a couple of rhinestones, the Washi tape, Real Red and Pink Pirouette ink splotches using the "Gorgeous Grunge" set.  And the words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I'm hoping very hard that the set doesn't retire.  I LOVE using it and it has a lot of occasions in it.  Though I think I will use it even if it does retire.  

I really enjoyed making this card and I think I may make another one for Mother's Day.  I still have lots of Washi tape left.  I'm just amazed at how far that tape goes!  If you make a card like this pay special attention to getting the lines straight on the "Gorgeous Grunge" stamp.  I was able to hide it with the Pirouette Pink piece and the doily.  Maybe that is why the original designer of the card used those two elements!!!!?  If so it was smart thinking!  LOL

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hearts & Butterflies Sizzlet

No stamping on this card!  I don't make too many cards that I don't need to do any stamping on and it's kind of fun!  Not much to clean up after making the card either!!!  Such a deal!!!  LOL

For my card today I used the heart Sizzlet and the Butterfly Sizzlet.  I actually found this card on Pinterest!!! Imagine that, me on Pinterest!!! LOL  You can see the original card here.  When I saw the card I knew I just had to make it.  I had it sitting on my computer for a few days and today I was able to find some time to create (copy) it!!!  I just love to make cards that can be used for more than one occasion too.  This can be used not only for a Valentine's Day card but wouldn't it make a great thinking of you card or a pretty wedding card?

It's a very simple and quick card to make too!  You can't beat a deal like that, now can you??

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Delightful Dozen Meets Gorgeous Grunge on Valentine's Day!

I saw this Valentine's Day card on Pinterest and just HAD to remake it.  And of course I did change it a little bit.  

First of all, my card is in English!!!

My heart is done using the polka dot Real Red decorative paper.  And it appears in the photo that my vellum is not as white.  Though in real life it looks ok.  I added a small black heart to the red heart.  The original card used a star.  It was pretty but I thought since it was for Valentine's day I would use another heart. 

The words here are from the "Delightful Dozen" set.  I added a Real Red heart to cover the black dotted heart.  I used the "Gorgeous Grunge" set for the splatters and splatter dots, and for the black angled stripped strip.

I also layered the front of the card.  This was not intentional but out of desperation.  I had ruined 2 cards prior and decided I would first make a card front and attach it if and when it turned out. You know what they say, "Third time is a charm!"  This was my third attempt and this time I didn't get any of the edges of the stamp on my paper. I did turn the images upside down to ink them and that helped out a lot.  Once I got the card front done I used Dimensionals and attached it to the folded half sheet of card stock.  Kind of a waste of paper but so was ruining them!!!  

This card was fun to make (once I got past the mistakes part).  I SO love using the "Gorgeous Grunge" stamp set.  It can give a card a lot of character!

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Monday, January 20, 2014

It's TIME for the School of Silly Walks

Many (many) years ago Monty Python's Flying Circus use to be on TV.  I remember watching it when it was in reruns, I was too young for it when it first came out.  I did get most of the British humor but some did slip by!!  LOL  I do remember liking it though.  And one of the things I remember is when John Cleese was in the "School of Silly Walks".  You can find some clips of it in YouTube!  I still find it funny!

While surfing the net I ran across the "School of Silly Walks" clock and it had instructions with it.  I was hoping it would since it is something that can not be made to sell due to copyright laws on the images of John Cleese and the words "School of Silly Walks". So I downloaded the instructions and set forth to work on the clock.  I am planning on redoing it though.  Somehow I got the numbers a bit crooked.  The download has you doing the clock on a square canvas. I may go that route next time.  I had a clock so I thought I would work with it.  The download also has a clock face and a clock face with the torso to print out.  I didn't print it out, I used my Cricut to make the numbers and that is where it all went wrong!  

Anyway, I'm sure you want to make one now, don't you?  LOL  If you do you can find the information on how to do it here.  

Hubby thought it was cool and it's hanging on the wall in his office! (warts and all!)

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

En Francais Valentine's Day Card

Quick.  Simple.  Fun.  Three words that best describe this card.  I found a card much like this on Pinterest, you can see it here.  I tried to click on the photo to find more information on the card but it took me to a dead end.  I find that a lot on Pinterest.

I will tell you how I made this version of that card.  First I took a quarter piece of Crumb Cake card stock and stamped the "En Francais" background stamp on it using Soft Suede ink that was stamped off once.  Then I cut the card down to 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" and I used the envelope maker to round the corners.  Then I sponged the edges.

I took a half a paper doily and folded it over the top part of the card. I clipped the corners of it off in the back so they couldn't be seen.

I tied a piece of white Baker's Twine to the card, wrapping it around it 3 times.

I used the hearts Sizzlet and Real Red card stock. I put all the hearts from that Sizzlet on the card, including the tiniest one on the twine.  I used Dimensionals for all the hearts except for the one on the twine, for that one I just used a Glue Dot.  

I used Dimensionals on the back of the stamped piece and set it in place on top of a half sheet of card stock that was cut on the short side and then folded in half.  

It's a super easy card to make!!!

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Painter's Tape Technique and Another Thank You

Today I am going to share another "Painter's Tape" Technique card with you.

This was from a swap I attended at Terri's Tuesday Technique Night.  Once in a while I participate in the swaps.  That is, when I have time to make the cards to swap.  It's hit or miss with me but when I can join in I always come home with some of the most fantastic cards!!!  Many of them are made with products I don't own so it makes having the card even more fun!

I do not know who made this card.  There was no name on the inside to tell me.  The set used here is the clear stamp set called "Another Thank You."  The title on my post makes it sound like I'm posting yet another thank you card!!! And I am!!!  LOL

You can find out how to do the technique here.

It's a very fun technique and I've had a great time making the cards I did using it.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

A Fabulous Florets Thank You

I needed to make two thank you cards for my sister-in-laws (twins) so I make them both the same cards.  This was was fun and easy. I first created the background piece by stamping the yellow (Daffodil Delight) flower all over a 1/4 sheet of card stock.  Then I stamped the outlined flower using black StazOn.  I cut the piece at 2-1/2" x 4".  You should be able to get two pieces out of that for two cards.  This technique is called a "One Sheet Wonder".  It's were you stamp all over (usually a full sheet of card stock) and cut pieces off it using it on your cards.  It's a wonder how many cards you can make using that single sheet!

I punched out the black strip using the Ribbon punch. A punch I like to use but don't very often.  Don't ask why, I haven't a clue.

Then I stamped the greens of the flower on a 1/4 sheet of card stock.  I turned the card stock 180 degrees and stamped the image again.  I cut that piece 4-1/2" x 2" and the layer behind it is cut 1/8" larger.

The scallop was punched and a Daffodil Delight circle was punched.  The words were done on my computer.  The words and the flower in the center that is cut out were set in place using Dimensionals.  The card had to have some depth to it.  The light was a bit bright on my card, the flower doesn't really glow!

These were quick, easy and fun cards to make!

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Fabulous Florets Birthday

I love playing with the "Fabulous Florets" set.  I wish it had a punch or die to go with it though.  I had seen a card on the net that just caught my eye so I made my interpretation of it.  I didn't want to make it exactly like the one I found because of the ribbon and other factors.  You can see the original card here.  I really liked the "En Francais" background and the "Hello Doily".  Plus I liked the flower but I did change it a lot.

For my card I used the following:
Fabulous Florets
Hello Doily

En Francais
Simply Sketched
Cherry Cobbler
Smoky Slate
Black StazOn
Always Artichoke
White embossing powder

I did stamp off when doing the background. I wanted the words to be extremely light.  

I had originally stamped the green part using Wild Wasabi but it was just too light for the flowers so since I had already cut it out I just colored it in with the Always Artichoke marker  I wasn't going to cut that piece out again, it was the worst to cut out because of all the thin pieces. 

The words are from the "Simply Sketched" set and I used the oval punch and oval scalloped punch.  That piece was set in place using Dimensionals.  I am wanting to make another card using that same background but maybe different flowers and different colors too.  It was a fun card to make except for all the cutting.  Which I learned was called "fussy cutting."  Fussy is right!!! LOL

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Teeny Tiny Wishes Valentine's Day Card

Once again I found myself on Pinterest!!!  Does that surprise you?  I do spend a lot of time on there (not on purpose, it just ends up that way).  I ran across a pretty anniversary card and I thought I would convert it into a Valentine's Day card and this is what I came up with.  You can see the original here, it's from Linda's Stampin' Loft.  

It's a very easy card to make.  The embossed hearts are from the "Adorning Accents" folder.  I just trimmed the card stock to fit the top and bottom of the folder and then I cut the sides.  The piece measures 3-3/4" x 1-1/4".  I added a 1/8" larger piece of Real Red card stock behind that.  I had added the ribbon before I affixed the hearts to the layer.  

The larger background layer measures 3-5/8" x 2-5/8" and the Real Red layer behind it measures 1/8" larger.  

The Modern Label punch was used to layer the words that were stamped using the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set and the Word Window punch.  

The hearts were made using the "Fashionable Hearts Embosslit. I've used that embosslit a lot! Hearts are not just for Valentine's Day!!

This was a fun card to make too!

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Express Yourself Anniversary Card

Grab your favorite embossing folder and make a super quick anniversary card.  I was on Split Coast Stampers and I ran across a card I thought would be fun to work with.  You can see that card here.  I didn't change it much.  It was fun making it and since I had cut the embossed piece in half I was able to make two cards. But did two cards turn out?  No, of course not.  I got the words crooked.  So what I'm going to do is just put it aside and think about it off and on until I can come up with a way to use it.  When I do I will share it with you.  

For the words on this card I used the "Express Yourself" Hostess set.  The embossing folder is retired but it doesn't matter.  If you need to make one with a current folder then just substitute it for the one I used.  That's what I did with the original one on Split Coast.  

I needed to make this card for our son and daughter-in-law's second anniversary. I can't believe two years have gone by already!  So this is the card they are getting.  We will be seeing them this weekend so I'm not going to mail it.  I don't like mailing cards with rhinestones, buttons or bows on them.  Or cards with money in them either!!!  Good thing they don't read my blog, right? LOL

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Expressions Love Notes

 Today I thought I would make a Valentine's Day gift.  Some thing useful!  I have not made very many of the file folders using the "Envelope Punch Board".  You can find lots of tutorials for it on Pinterest or by just Googling it.  For a quick tutorial to how I did this one was, I punched the top left corner in the center of the board.  I marked my board with a line using a fine tip Sharpie marker.  Then I slid the piece to the left 3" and punched again.  I flipped my card stock over and repeated that.  Just past the second punch you will be cutting off that strip of card stock.  If you look in the top photo, it's the piece (in red) that would normally be covering up the words.  Cut it off and repeat for the other side.  Insert the end of the card stock on the opposite side of the punch and round your corners.

I scored my card stock at 3-3/4" and 4-1/4".  It depends on the thickness of the pad of paper you are using.  The card stock was cut 5-1/2" x 8".  You lightly mark center and you can set the edge of the pad on the card stock and eye where you need to score too.  It really does depend on the thickness of your card stock.

I glued my notepad in place.

I used the Modern Medley decorative paper on the front.  The edges were rounded with the Envelope Punch Board.  I tied a ribbon on before I set the piece in place using Dimensionals.

The "love" is from the "Expressions" Thinlits die.

For the front I took a piece of Real Red decorative paper and cut it 5-1/2" x 4" and cut it like I did for the front of the folder.  Then I trimmed the bottom.  You can trim the bottom before you tape it on or you can add more tape and wrap it around the bottom of the folder.  And that's it.  Pretty easy and quick to do!

I'm not sure if you could have just taped the decorative paper on and then punched.  I'm not sure how thick the punch board will punch.  I didn't want to find out, I didn't want to break mine! I like to play it safe when it comes to stuff like that!

Wouldn't these make a great teacher's gift?

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Field Flowers

I had made a card back in September of 2012 and I thought I would work it into a Valentine's Day card.  I had received an email asking me about the creation of the card from 2012 and after seeing it I myself became inspired!  You can see that card here.  

I used the words from the "Field Flowers" set.  And I used the Hearts Sizzlets.  I was thinking of using a Real Red heart but I opted for the Pirouette Pink one instead.  Either would be just as pretty.  

I did change the layout of the card a little bit.  The original one had the focal piece more centered.  I moved it up and added the ribbon on the first panel.  You can see the subtle differences by going to the link above.  The original card was a wedding card.  This layout can be used for lots of other occasions as well.  As long as you find something, be it words or images, to fit in the oval!

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Gorgeous Grunge Birthday

Today's card came from being inspired by a card I found on Pinterest.  You can see that card here.  

I did change it a bit.  I wanted to add more color to it so I got out the "Gorgeous Grunge" set and some bright ink pads.  I used Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, and Pacific Point.  The musical notes paper is the from the "Modern Medley" pack.  I'm almost out of the musical notes paper.  It's such a fun pack of paper!!!

The words are from the "Perfectly Penned" set.  This card went together quickly.  The part that took the longest was switching ink pads and cleaning the stamp in between!  See, I told you it went together quickly!  

I know my sister is going to like this card, these colors are what catches her eye!  

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Wetlands Masculine Birthday Card

Today I needed to head to my workroom to make a card for my nephew.  I struggled with the card a bit because I didn't have much for masculine decorative paper.  Flowery paper just wouldn't cut it!  SO I got out my paper stacks and hit the browns!

My card layout is from this weeks sketch over at Split Coast Stampers.  It's Sketch #470.  I have not done a sketch in a long time. I sort of lost interest in them and I really don't know why.  I did enjoy doing them.  Maybe, with the help of this card, I will get back into them.

I used the goose from the "Wetlands" set for my focal part.  I probably should have stamped it using Very Vanilla but what's done is done!  Whisper White seems to be my "go to" color for stamping images.

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  It's one of my "go to" sets for words!

I used a blender pen and Soft Suede ink to color in the goose and Old Olive to color in the grass.  It was a pretty simple card to make, just a lot of pieces (and you know how much I LOVE to layer - so for me I found it to be an easy card)!

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Starburst Technique Birthday Card

This card was made by Mary from Terri's Technique Night group.  It was from the swap I had participated in.  I had the card set aside and it got mixed in with the cards I had already posted (sorry Mary!).  

What a bright and fun birthday card this is. It just gives me a happy feeling when I look at it.

The technique used here is called the "Starburst Technique" and it's very easy to do. You can find the instructions for it here.  (Edited on 1/9/14 - I forgot to add the link)

Thank you Mary for letting me post your beautiful card!

And I thank YOU for stopping by today,

P.S.  I have a fun project to post this week so be sure to check back!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

A Field Flowers Birthday

I was watching a video on YouTube on the "Flash Cards" stamping.  Flash Card stamping shows you how to cut your card stock to make a bunch of panels in Whisper White (to stamp on) and in color (to use as a layer).  You're suppose to have these on hand so when you need to make a card the paper is cut and ready to go for you!  Personally I tend to cut these pieces normally and wreck several of them so by the time I'm done I get one card!! LOL  You can find that video here.  I also mentioned that video because in the left upper corner towards the end of it there was a card using the "Field Flowers" set and I thought it was pretty and wanted to make it. And with a few little changes I came up with this.  

For my card I used the Flash Card measurements and the "Field Flowers" set to create the front of this card.  The birthday greetings are from the "Wetlands" set.  They fit in that space perfectly!  And the background was textured using the Dotted embossing folder.  

My ink colors are Melon Mambo, Old Olive, and Black StazOn.  The ribbon is the 1/8" Melon Mambo Taffeta.  It's a very quick and simple card to make.  I could see myself making a lot of these for birthdays this year!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, January 06, 2014

Valentine's Day Candy Box Tutorial

Okay, you are going to have to be more creative with this than I was.  I have several to make so I tend to take the easy way out and decorate as little as possible.  This little box deserves a LOT more decorating than it has. 

There's not a whole lot to making these boxes.  I found a place on the internet that you can make your own box simply by entering in the measurements.  

Just go to the "Super Deluxe Tuckbox Template Maker" and have fun!  The measurements I entered to make this box are as follows: 8.78" x 3.75" x 1".  This size box holds 2 little Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.    It would probably hold 2 Rolos too, I didn't try it.  I was making this box to hold the peanut butter cups.  I added two hearts to the tops of the peanut butter cups.  I wanted to make the window bigger but the only way to do it was to cut it out by hand.  I didn't want to do that.  I wanted to use a punch and the oval one was the only one that would reach far enough into the box without cutting it at the corners and then being too large for the top.  So I used two oval punches and a piece of window sheet.  

Some tips for you when printing out the box you create.  Set your printer so it will print on the lightest setting. You will also need to cut a piece of card stock for the bottom of the box.  If you don't do this you will see the words that print out on the box.  There's no way to get rid of them.  Plus the bottom of the box looks prettier with some color added to it!  And when cutting out the box, there is a part on one of the flaps that has another score line and a longer cutting line (you will know what I mean once you print one out).  Do not score on that line and do not clip the line longer.  That score and cut is so you can fold the flap back further once it's opened.  It's more for a deck of cards.  Oh, there is one more thing.  The side flap has a grayed out area where you are to tape or glue.  Tape or glue on the other side of that.  It looks awful sticking to the outside of the box, only because it's not cut the same size as the side.  I think that covers the tips!

Have fun with this and PLEASE be more creative than I was!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Gorgeous Grunge Delightful Dozen Valentine's Day Card

I just realized I have an almost full package of paper doilies and I should start using them more.  And what better time to use them than for Valentine's Day cards!  

I wanted to create a look of the doily being wrapped over the piece of card stock, and from there I had no idea where I was going with the card.  I knew I wanted to have hearts on them but I wasn't sure of the color until I added the strip of Washi tape.  Wouldn't Washi tape with hearts on it be pretty???  Well, there isn't any so this is what I had to use.  Then above the Washi tape I added the lines from the "Gorgeous Grunge" set.  I need to play with that set more too. It's got such great potential, doesn't it? 

The hearts are made using the "Fashionable Hearts" embosslet and Melon Mambo card stock.  I covered the heart on the "Be my Valentine" words and then I just let the others fall where they may!  This is an extremely simple and quick card to make.  If I needed to make a bunch of Valentine's Day cards, this is one I may go with because it's got color, layers and is quick to do!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Wetlands Masculine Birthday Card

I have several masculine birthday cards I need to make this month.  This is one of them.  I was not so fond of it after I finished it but as I look at it now I think I can feel okay about mailing it out.  

I used a blender pen and the ink pads to color in the image.  I only used 3 colors to get this look too.  Though I do wish I would have used something lighter on the antlers.  I used Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Soft Sky.  It was simple enough to color in.  I do find that stamps that have lots of shaded lines in them, like the moose have, you can get by using one solid color.  Those shade lines create the darker areas for you so all you do is color in.  I did start my coloring at the belly area and worked my way up.  The further up you go the less ink is on you blender pen so the lighter the color is.  Always start in the darkest areas and work your way outward.  

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I hope it's not going to be retired but I have this sinking feeling it will be.  It's been around for a while now.  I have used it a lot, it works perfectly with the Label punch.  

I've got some fun projects in the works for you and I will be posting them as soon as I get them done, so stay tuned!

I thank you for stopping by today,

Friday, January 03, 2014

A Bright Blossoms Birthday

As we sit here in Minnesota with subzero temps I am thinking of spring and flowers.  I have several birthday cards to make this month and I really do NOT want to make them with any inklings of winter!!  "Ink"lings!!! LOL  No pun intended!!!

So I got out my "Bright Blossoms" set and thought I would make a cheery, warm and inviting birthday card.  I probably should have used some other color than black for the layering but I LOVE white on black cards!  

I saw a card on Pinterest that used the framed embossing folder and this flower so I thought I would reproduce that part of the card.  Not that the original card wasn't wonderful.  I just wanted to reproduce only a part of it.  And this is what I came up with!

I had gotten a very fun Birthday Card Keeper book from Terri last year and it's time to fill it up again!  So when I say "this one's for the book", it's actually for the book!!!  I have several more cards to make for January so I'd better get going on them.  I'd LOVE to be at least caught up each month this year.  It would be nice to be ahead but caught up works for me too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Faux Pinwheel Stamping Technique

Today's card comes from you via Terri's last Stamping Technique Night.  

These are very fun and easy to do.  And with that said, there should be no reason why I can't have 10 of them ready for the next card swap, right?  With the busy holidays behind me I should be able to work it into my schedule!!!  Let's hope so.  I think it's a fun technique and I want to participate in the swap!

I'm not sure what the name of this Decorative Specialty Paper is, I'm thinking it may be from the new mini catalog.  To make this you need to cut 2 squares of card stock measuring 2-5/8" x 2-5/8".  Cut 8 squares (4 of each of two contrasting papers) 1-1/4".  
Tape the two larger squares together so they from the 8 pointed star looking background.  On this 2 card the larger squares are black.  Then you will be adding the alternating smaller squares.  Tape the first one on you will tape the right side of it to the base.  Then go around the circle adding the other squares.  When you get to the last one, slip it under the first one you added and that's it.  Embellish the center as you will.  Add some fun textured background paper and ribbon and you're done!  See, I told you it was easy to do!  Now let' see if I can get the 10 done!!!  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year!

Today is a laid back day with not a whole lot going on.  Just the way I like to start the New Year off!  And on that note I also did not head to my workroom to play.  I took the day off from there too.  I spent some time finishing up a new beaded bulb design. I'd like to show it to you but once I got it half way put together I realized that it could use a bit more pizzazz so the bottom part is different from the top.  But once I get a new one made I will get a photo of it and share it with you.  I know it's WAY too early to be thinking about Christmas bulbs for 2014 but when an idea comes into your head (no matter what the season) you HAVE to run with it or lose it!  I've lost too many thinking that I would get around to them and never do.  So now I just drop what I'm doing and write notes or even begin the project!  

I did not make any New Year's Resolutions for this year.  I never completed the ones from years past!! LOL  It's not that they were not realistic enough, it's just that I lost interest in them!  They must not have been important enough, right?  Something went wrong somewhere there!!!  LOL  So I just decided not to make any, it's easier to keep, right?   I have plans for the New Year so it's not like I'm going into it blind or "empty handed!!"  

I have a list of some fun projects that I will be making and sharing with you.  And I'm sure you will enjoy them and some of them will keep you busy this year too!

I wish you all the VERY best in this New Year!