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Monday, March 31, 2014

Mixed Bunch, Flower Shop, and Petite Petals all Rolled into One!

I found a fun card here at Sandy Stamper's blog.  I thought it was such a pretty card.  Though I didn't want to use the new tag punch for the closure on the card.  But in looking at the card here I wished I would have used the "Dotted" embossing folder instead of the tulip border one.  That right side looks a little plain.  Maybe if I make another one I will change it.

This card used 4 sets to complete it.  Mixed Bunch was used for the larger flower, Flower Shop for the second flower and Petite Petals for the center flower.  And the fourth set was Wetlands for the words.  

A pearl was added in the middle of the Petite Petals flower.  

For the background flower I punched two from the Mixed Bunch matching punch. I cut one of the pieces in half and matched it up as best I could and then I took the full piece and added it to the back of the flower.  The top two flowers were set in place using Dimensionals.  

The decorative paper is from the Sweet Sorbet pack.  I didn't use those papers as much as I thought I was going to.  Fortunately I only got one pack of it.  

I liked the idea of stamping the words directly on the decorative paper. It isn't very often you can find decorative paper that you can stamp on.

This was a fun card to make!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Too Kind

Today I made a card that can be used for many different occasions.  I did not add any sentiments to it.  I figured what I write on the inside will determine the occasion or event.

I was a bit surprised at the color of my Elegant Eggplant ink.  It reminds me more of the Perfect Plum color than the eggplant.  The color looked fine to me until I matched it up with the Elegant Eggplant decorative paper and card stock. 

At first I thought it was the bright lighting in my workroom that made me see the colors the way I was seeing it but it looks the same in the photo as it does in real life (so it isn't me!!!).  

This was a fun card to make though.  And easy too!  I like the "Too Kind" set because it's a two-step set.  You stamp off once for the lighter color and right from the ink pad for the darker color.  As simple as that.  And I believe that technique is called "Stamping off".

I used my oval dies to cut the Whisper White and the Elegant Eggplant card stock.  The oval was set in place using Dimensionals.  And that is it!  This would make a great Stamp-a-Stack card!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, March 28, 2014

Flower Shop and Petite Petals

I found a fun card made by Patsy at "Stamps to Die For".  I pretty much copied it as she did it except for the rounded edges on the Crisp Cantaloupe and "thank you" panels.  

One other change was below the words.  I didn't have the ribbon so I improvised with the reverse side of the "Watercolor Wonder" decorative paper!  It all worked out.  I like how it turned out.

Patsy has a step by step video on how to make this card!  It's fun, quick, and very easy to make!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Happy Watercolor Birthday Card

Today's inspiration came from a card that was pinned from Constant Contact.  The link had expired so I can not show you the original card.  It was cute too.  There was green dotted paper on the left side where I used the Watercolor Wonder paper.  

The center flower was from the "Bright Blossoms set.  And I don't remember what words were used.  But it was a cute card and I just had to make one.  I simply loved the layout.

My flower came from the "Happy Watercolor" set.  I colored in the flower using a blender pen and the Daffodil Delight ink pad.  I added a bit of Crisp Cantaloupe to the center for some extra color and to help the image blend better with the decorative paper.  

The words are from the "Wetlands" set and they were stamped using black StazOn.  The final touch was the strip of ribbon just after the decorative paper.

And that was it.  Super simple to make!

Thank you ever so much for visiting today,

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Easter Blessings

I thought I would play with the "Easter Blessings" stamp today.  This is one of those stamps that won't get much use after Easter.  Though if you mask over the words you can get some use out of the flower for other occasions.

I stamped my flower using black StazOn.  I colored in the flowers using a blender pen and "Daffodil Delight" ink pad.  The leaves were colored in using a blender pen and the Pear Pizzazz ink pad.  And that was it for the coloring.  SO simple and quick.

I layered the flowers using Daffodil Delight card stock.  And the two panels were from the Watercolor Wonder pack and layered in the Daffodil Delight card stock as well.  

The three panels were set in place on the card and that was it.  Another quick and simple card!!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Faux Paper Pumpkin Gorgeous Grunge

While surfing the net and ending up at Pinterest, I found this fun card.  Upon reading about how it was made I discovered it was a "Paper Pumpkin" kit card.  UGH!  I did not join the monthly Paper Pumpkin "club".  I have liked  a lot of the kits but have never purchased any.  But this one card in particular I just loved and wanted to make in the worst way.  After finding out it was a Paper Pumpkin card I almost gave up on it.  But there was something about this card that had me obsessed!!! LOL  I just HAD to make it.  You can see the original card here at Heather's blog.  

I proceeded to get out the supplies I thought I needed to make this card.  

The first thing I did was stamp the background using "Gorgeous Grunge" and the Bermuda Bay ink pad.  I always love it when I can use the "Gorgeous Grunge" set!!!

Since the circle was a dotted stamped one I knew I would have to improvise something there.  I used dotted decorative paper instead.  I punched it out and a piece of white for a layer behind it.  

I used the Washi tape from Christmas and taped it across a piece of white card stock and trimmed it up. I tore one end and left the other straight.  The words are from the "Simply Sketched" set and were trimmed up after stamping.  I cut the sides using a scissors.  I taped a piece of the elastic ribbon to the back and before setting it in place I tied a double bow using linen thread.  

This was a fun card to make.  It's not exactly like the Paper Pumpkin one but I like it anyway!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, March 24, 2014

Flower Shop One Page Wonder Technique

One of the first techniques I learned was the "One Page Wonder".  It's an extremely easy technique that produces a lot of card pieces, depending on how big the piece is you start with.  I usually take a full sheet of card stock when I do mine.  Then you just stamp randomly all over the card stock using the same or different images and the same or complimenting colors.  

Once your sheet is full you cut off what you need to make cards. With a full sheet of card stock you can make a lot of cards.  

Here I used a 1-7/8" x 4" piece.  I layered it with Strawberry Slush.  The base of my card is also Strawberry Slush.  The top panel is Whisper White.  

I used the scoring board to make lines on the front.  Those were added after the center panel was set in place.  

The words are from the "Perfectly Penned" set.  Oh and if you hadn't noticed by the title, the flowers are from the "Flower Shop" set.

It's a very simple card to make and I got the idea for it from here.  I'm not sure if that was made using the "One Sheet Wonder" technique though. 

Thank you for visiting today,

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Petite Pairs on Hardwood Background Masculine Birthday

I have not had a chance to play with my "Hardwood" stamp.  I did use one at a Stamp-a-Stack and it was there that I probably felt I needed to own the image.  I did have trouble getting a good image off it.  I think I need to use soap on the stamp, it seems to have an oily base to it because my ink kept beading up on it.  I was not going to redo the image so I ran with the one I got.  Actually it was the second one I got.  The first one is on the backside of this one! I cut that piece to 4" x 5-1/4".

I found a piece of decorative paper that was already "ribbon" cut and sponged.  What a find, huh?  LOL  And I added an embossed Marina Mist circle to the top of it.  

I took out my "Petite Pair" set and stamped the words.  I punched them out with the 1-1/4" circle punch and then used the 1-3/8" circle punch for a border.  I set that piece in place using Dimensionals.  I added 3 Marina Mist "Candy Dots" to the circle.  I wrapped some linen thread around the panel and taped the ends on the backside.  Then I took a piece of Marina Mist decorative paper that was folded in half and punched it using the little banner punch. I made sure the fold butted up against the flat end of the punch so I could have a long piece of punched paper.  Though I did keep it folded in half.  I added glue to the inside and "hung" it over the thread and held it in place for a few seconds so the glue would set up enough to let go of it.  I added an Early Espresso "Candy Dot" to the center of that piece. 

I layered the decorated panel on a half sheet of Crumb Cake card stock and that was it.  A very quick and simple masculine card to make.  

I got my inspiration for this card from a card I found on Split Coast Stampers.  You can see that card by clicking here.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, March 21, 2014

Blessed Easter and Watercolor Wonder

I must say that this "Blessed Easter" stamp is very easy to work with.  Deciding what colors I wanted to make the tulips was the hard part.  I LOVE red tulips but today I wanted to try something different.  So I started with my background paper and I let that decide the color of the flowers.  I used the blue and green flowers from the "Watercolor Wonder" decorative paper pack.  Once I got that paper cut I set it in place on top of a folded half-sheet of Island Indigo card stock.  I used the Island Indigo ink pad and a blender pen to color in the tulips.  Yes, blue tulips.  Aren't the pretty?  And I used Bubble Gum green to color in the  leaves.  And that was it.  I layer of Island Indigo under the tulip panel and I was done.  And extremely quick card to make!!!  Are you impressed?  I was!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Gorgeous Grunge Petite Petals Birthday

I just LOVE it when I find a fun card using the "Gorgeous Grunge" set.  I can't seem to get enough of that set!  I found a fun card on Pinterest (where else?  LOL) and I thought I would play with it. I did change it a bit.  Click here to see the original card made by Heather Owens.  I like the original card but I didn't have the words used on it.  Plus I stamped my horizontal lines too low to the edge of the card so there was no room for words.  But adding them to the top corner worked out just fine too.  I like both versions of this card.  

The colors I used here are Crushed Curry ink and card stock.  Coastal Cabana ink and card stock.  Whisper White card stock.  Crisp Cantaloupe and Smoky Slate ink.  The center of each flower has a tiny rhinestone.  And the words are done using my computer.  

This was a very fun card to make too.  I can see myself making more cards like this.  It went together fast and it's so bright and cherry.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Blooming with Kindness Birthday

Today was a "Let's make a quick card" day!  I got out my "Blooming with Kindness" set, my VersaMark pad, my white embossing powder, a sponge, Crisp Cantaloupe ink pad and card stock, plus a word set.  My words came from the "Wetlands" set. 

I embossed the flower using the VersaMark and white embossing powder.  Then I sponged Crisp Cantaloupe over the embossed area and going a little beyond the embossed edges.  And that is it!  Add your words and it's all done.  Layer it on the color card stock that matches the ink you used.  Seriously, you can't get much simpler than that!  This would be a fun card to make a matching set of.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bird's Nest Earrings

Today I'm going to share with you some earrings I just finished making.  I was playing with some Swarovski pearls and wire.  I made some birds nest earrings to sell in my web store.  

I'm SO looking forward to spring and I thought that some spring type earrings would be fun to make.  What screams spring more than a nest with robin's eggs in it?  

I worked with my camera  to get a better photo. This is is the best I can do for a photo. I think it catches the detail in the wire.

You can find the earrings here in my web store.  I tried to enlarge the photo in the store.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Flower Shop Birthday

I found a sample of this card on one of Terri's display boards at her last Technique Night.  I thought it was such a pretty black and white card.  There is something about black and white and white on white cards that intrigue me!  I thought this was so pretty that I took a photo of it so I could make it sometime.   Well, that "sometime" is now!

I used a folded half sheet of Basic Black card stock for my base. Then I took a quarter sheet of Whisper White card stock and cut 1/8" off on a long and a short side.  Next I took a piece of Basic Black scrap and cut it 2-1/8" x 5-1/4".  

I ran a quarter sheet of Whisper White through the Big Shot using the "Dotted" folder.  I punched out the flowers using the "Flower Shop" matching punch.  I used a 1/2" circle punch and punched out 3 Basic Black circles from scrap.  I glued them to the center of the flowers.  Yes, glue.  You could use some Glue Dots or Sticky Strip.  You need something that will stick well to the textured paper.  I find that snail tape often comes off so that was when I started using glue. 

The flowers were set in place using Dimensionals.  They were set in the center of the line where the black and white meet.  And in the center of each flower is a rhinestone. 

Add whatever words you wish that fit in the "Word Window" punch and add a little rhinestone to the left side.  As simple as that.  

I do not know the original designer of this card because it was on a display board.  So if you made this card or know who did, please let me know so I can give them the credit that is due to them.   Thank you!

And thank you too for stopping by today,

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy Watercolor Birthday Cards Set

While checking out some "stuff" on You Tube today I ran across a fun and easy card to make.  All the instructions for these cards can be found at "Keenan Kreations' You Tube video.  She has a great how to on making these cards.  

What I found to be a fun think that I didn't know about was the use of the Dimensionals under the wings of the butterfly.  I know that doesn't sound like new news but there is new news!  I added a half a Dimensional under each wing but you do NOT expose the sticky stuff on the top.  You just stick it on the card stock under the wing and leave the top layer on.  This way it keeps the wings propped up.  What a great idea!!!  I'm thinking that the protective part is going to come off my Dimensionals so I may go back and take a paint brush with a little corn starch and make that sticky part not sticky.  Then if the one who receives it doesn't have to wonder what that loose protective piece is all about!!!  One never knows what happens in the mail!!!

These were very fun and quick to make!  After I made the first one I knew I just had to make a set of them!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Flower Shop Birthday

I found a fun card to make while surfing the net.  I spend way to much time surfing and not enough time creating.  Does that sound familiar?  LOL

I found this fun card made by Kimberly at "Stampin' By the Sea". I did change the designer paper and the color of the flowers.  I didn't have the same designer paper she used so I used the paper from the new "Fresh Prints" pack.  And because I used the paper from that pack, I needed to change the color of the flowers so it matched.  Though I do wish I had turned my strip so the red in the decorative paper showed instead of getting lost behind the flowers.  Oh well, it's still pretty.

I added buttons to the center of all of the flowers and I  used the "Word Window" punch and the "Modern Label" punch for the words on the bottom of the card.  

The base of my card is Soft Sky.  I used Coastal Cabana, Real Red and Crumb Cake ink for the flowers.  I used the "Flower Shop" stamp set and the matching punch.  I LOVE making quick flowers like that.  I could make a field of them using that punch!!!  The "Modern Mosaic" embossing folder was used for the top texture.  I loved the whole concept of Kimberly's card!!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Friday, March 14, 2014

A Papillon Potpourri Birthday

You guessed it!  Another pretty and quick card.  I wonder what would come up in a search for quick cards!!!  I just happen upon these cards and am thrilled.

I found this card at Kristie's "Kreative Kristie" Blog.  I think it was the color of the butterflies that caught my attention.  And then upon looking at the card I saw how simple it would be to recreate.  And it was extremely simple. 

Now this butterfly image was not the most favorite in my set. It is the least used of all the butterflies.  But using it on this card has changed my mind on it!  I am SO loving it.  It screams "spring", doesn't it?

The colors I used on this card are Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, and Crisp Cantaloupe.  Black StazOn was used on the words and the butterfly antenna.  I also used the heart from the "Textured Impressions" embossing folder.  I don't use those enough.  Because I wanted to use that folder (I didn't have the texture that Kristie used) I had to cut a piece of card stock to decorate and set on top of the base of my card.  It was okay though, I do like the look of the layered piece.  

And the final touch was tying the white Baker's Twine around the panel.

What a fun, easy and pretty card this is!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Petite Petals and Modern Mosaic Birthday

And yet another fun card I found while surfing.  I find such fun cards that I think to myself, "why didn't I think of that!"  Have you ever done that?  I do it all the time.  So I copy the card (giving credit of course) and then I can move on to something else.  I found this card made by "Lee at Stampinglee Yours".  

It's very simple to make.  I'm SO into simple this week.  Perhaps it's because our weather is warming up some and I'm outside more trying to keep up on the ice that is building up in the colder evenings.  I'm SO ready for spring, aren't you?  

The "Modern Mosaic" folder was used for the textured background.  The "Petite Petals" set and punch was used for the flowers.  The center of the flowers I used the 1/4" circle punch and I dotted the center with the White Chalkboard marker.  I used a small strip of black polka dotted decorative paper.  And the words are from the "Express Yourself" Hostess set.

Another card you can make in no time at all.  I am so loving that!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Petite Petals Gorgeous Grunge Birthday

Today I am thanking Margaret at Papercrafts for designing this FABULOUS card that I just couldn't take my eyes off.  And of course I HAD to make one.  

I am SO ready for spring and I thought this card had a wonderful spring "feel" to it.  It's so colorful and it just makes me happy to look at it.

Oh and it was extremely simple to make too.  The "Gorgeous Grunge" stamp set was used for those lines in the background.  And the "Perfect Petals" set was used for the flowers.  Stamp and punch, it doesn't get much easier than that.  The words are from the "Express Yourself" hostess set.  And rhinestones were added to the center of each flower.  The flowers were set in place using Dimensionals.  You can whip up a bunch of these cards in no time at all.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Gorgeous Grunge Petal Prints Birthday

Today I thought I would do a little blog surfing.  Like that's a surprise, right? LOL  I found this card at Becky's Inking in Idaho.  I saw this card and just HAD to make it!  

I used "Petal Prints" for the flower and another flower stamped another flower using Wild Wasabi to make the leaf.  

I used the "Gorgeous Grunge" set for the Crumb Cake ink for the splatter.  

And the words came from the "Express Yourself" Hostess set.  

This was a super easy card to make and a super quick one too!  Go check out link to Becky's blog and see her cards.  She used other colors for the flowers too.  What a fun gift set this would make!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, March 10, 2014

Peaceful Petals

I think this "Peaceful Petals" set has some great images in it.  It's got a couple of fun flowers, one medium size and one large.  It's got a stem of leaves and a stem with both leaves and flowers on them and it's got a leaf.  Plus there's two word stamps in it too.  It was the flower I used on today's card that made me just HAVE to have this set.  

I found a card on Lee's Stampinglee Yours blog that I thought would be fun to make using a paper doily.  I still have a lot of those doilies to use up!!!  When I see the card on the blog here I notice that I probably should have tried to double up on the doily so it would look more white than transparent.  Oh well, maybe I'll remember that another time.  

I probably could have put some words on the card too, it's kind of empty on the right side.  But leaving it blank can open the card up to be used for several different occasions/events.  

I also LOVE it when you can use decorative paper for your background. It aids in making the card go together super quick!

For my card I stamped the leaf stem on and colored it using a Blender Pen and Old Olive marker. Then I stamped the flower and cut it out.  I wish it would have had a punch!!! I've gotten SO lazy when it comes to stamping and cutting!!! Punches are SO much easier!  But cutting this flower wasn't bad and I don't think I would complain if I had to cut more out another time. Okay, you know I'll complain, I ALWAYS complain when it comes to cutting stuff out!!! LOL  Anyway, the flower was colored in using a Blender Pen and Crisp Cantaloupe and then a little Pumpkin Pie was added for highlights.  The center was colored in using Daffodil Delight.  And yes, it's as simple as that!  I just thought it was a striking card and I wanted to try to make one close to Lee's card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Watercolor Wonder Folding Photo Album Tutorial

 I found a very fun tutorial for making this great "Folding Photo Album."  You can find the tutorial here at Mariana's You Tube Post.  

My album measures 5-1/8" x 5-1/8" x 3/4"  

For the outside piece I cut a piece of Basic Black card stock 10-3/4" x 5-1/8".   I scored it at 4", 4-3/4" and 10".  Then I cut another piece of Basic Black card stock at 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" and I scored that one at 3/4". There should be enough left over from the first piece to cut the second piece.  

For the inside piece I cut a 8-1/2" x 11" piece of card stock to 10-1/4" x 5-1/8" and I scored that piece at 5-1/8".  I cut a second piece at 5-1/8" x 11".  I scored that one at 5-1/8" and at 10". Glue the two pieces together leaving the folded edge on the "third" page.  Cut one more piece at 5-1/8" x 5-1/8". This will be the fourth page. Glue this piece to the 1-1/2" folded edge. Glue it to the top of that edge so it will be hidden behind the last page.

To assemble my album I used liquid glue, Aleen's, School Glue or even a Glue Stick.  I used Aleen's Tacky glue for mine.  When making albums like this I prefer to use glue because it dries VERY firm so my album actually has some substance to it when I hold it.  It has the feeling of a hard "book board" cardboard.  

I cut some Island Indigo for my layers.  You will have to click on a photo to see that since the base of my album is Basic Black.  I chose a "basic" color because I had lots of it and I though it would be easier to build off of it with my layering.

I also chose the Watercolor Wonder decorative paper to decorate my album.  You can layer and decorate as much as you would like.  Personally I thought this was fun but a lot of time invested in it.  More than I cared to spend on it, which means I probably won't be making another one anytime soon!

I added layered "frames" and on many of them I only glued 3 edges so it became a pocket for adding more photos or for journaling.  I added stamped and punched flowers, tags, tabs and of course pockets.  There were no real diagrams on how to do each page so I was on my own.  I just kept adding different layouts for the pages and was REALLY glad when I had finished it.  I had set it aside to dry but still needed to do the front.  You can get some fun ideas using the pages posted on the link.  

For the front I used the En 'Francais background stamp.  I stamped off twice so I could get a softer image so it can be used as a background for a photo or words.    I also added a stamped and punched flower to the front.  

The album stays closed by some button magnets.  I hid them behind a couple of flowers.  You can see one of the flowers on the second photo, on the right inside the album.  See the little flower?  Behind that is a magnet.  And on the bottom photo, on the left side you can see a yellow flower.  The magnet is hidden behind that.  These are very strong magnets and the still "stick" between all that card stock.  

Be patient, these take a lot of time to make!  I made this for a friend and I'm sure she will find a use for it!  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, March 08, 2014

A Six-Sided Sampler Masculine Birthday

I found a very fun card made by Shannon at EZ Peasy Cards while I was surfing Pinterest.  I know, that really surprises you!!! LOL  I seem to live on that site lately!  Anyway, I ran across this fun masculine card that I just had to make.  I have a masculine birthday coming up in a couple of weeks and now I'm ready for it.  I think it's a perfect card for the guy I'm sending it to!  It was very easy to make.  In fact it was so easy that I made three of them.  I just had to because of the Lattice textured paper.  I ran a quarter sheet through the embossing folder and cut it to fit, which meant I had two thirds of it left.  SO, why not make 3 cards.  I have 2 other masculine birthdays coming up before the year ends plus I could always change one over to be a Father's Day card.  To make this card I used Whisper White for the base and the front focal piece.  Then I had taken the 3 textured pieces and set them in place on top of the card base.  I did glue them, only because tape doesn't like to stay stuck on the card stock once it's been textured.  I don't know why I don't have much luck with that.  But glue is ok, I'm good with that.  

Next I stamped the images from the "Six-Sided Sampler" set.  I stamped 3 of each color/image.  And then before setting them in place (using Dimensionals), I stamped the background behind them with dots from the "Gorgeous Grunge" set.  I LOVE it when I get to play with that set. I think it's my favorite go to set for background fun!!!  

I did do my wording differently.  I didn't have the words that work with the new little ribbon punch.  So, I used words that were printed on my computer, a layer of Pacific Point and a Basic Black scallop.  Oh and I forgot to mention I used Gumball Green ink for my green piece.  The word layers were set in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  Very simple, quick, and a perfect masculine card!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, March 07, 2014

A Peaceful Petals Birthday

"Peaceful Petals" was the stamp set of choice for today!  I thought I had better break it out and play with it.  I thought all of the flower images on it were pretty and it was a bit difficult to choose when it came to making this card.  

I used the pretty dotted paper from the "Sweet Sorbet" designers series paper pack.  I just love ass the designs in this pack.  It's not too often that every sheet in a pack is one that I like.  Most of the time there are a couple that are not so favorable.  Which is a good thing actually.  Then you can use the one side up!!!!  But when all the designs are great it's tough to decide which ones you want to hoard!!! LOL

For today's card I used the "Peaceful Petals" set and I colored in the image using markers and a blender Pen.  I used Crisp Cantaloupe, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight.  Black StazOn was used to stamp the images and the words.  And the words are from the "Wetlands" set.  

I used the "Dotted" embossing folder on the Pool Party card stock and the base of the card is Basic Black.  It's a pretty simple card to make using a few punches and Framelits!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Business Booster For You

 Get out your business cards and make them into something that the ones who get them keep them for a while!

I took my business card and used the new "Scalloped Tag Topper Punch" and punched it.  Then I took two sheets of copier paper and cut them the same size as my business card (before punching).  For the backing I used a piece of Whisper White card stock that was cut the same size as the business card.  Then I punched the copier paper and the Whisper White card stock.  

Stack them all together with your business card on top and tie them with some Baker's Twine. I did glue the twine because I didn't want it to come untied.  As simple as that.  Now when someone gets one of these business cards they have some note paper in their purse as well.  Your card will be in their possession a bit longer!

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Watercolor Wonder Post-it Note Holder Weekend Project

 I have not done a "Weekend Project" in a while and I thought I would play with the new scalloped tag punch to make one. 

I cut my Watercolor Wonder decorative paper 2" x 5".  I punched the scalloped edge and then proceeded to wrap the paper around my 1-1/2" x 2" sticky note paper.  I creased the edges with the bone folder.  You want them nice and sharp.  Once I was done doing that I folded the top flap shut like you would if it were all put together.  

Next I took a pencil and marked on both sides of the center scallop.  I took my craft knife and cut a line dot to dot.  This slit is for that tip of the scallop to go through to hold the cover down on the note holder.  

Then I picked out a flower I liked from the "Petite Petals" set and stamped it using Crisp Cantaloupe.  I punched it out and set it in place over the opening of the tag using a Dimensional.  I didn't really want that part of the tag to show.  Be careful not to press to hard on the flower when the top flap is shut, the Dimensional is partly exposed and can stick to your note paper.  Use a little corn starch on the exposed Dimensional to make it not sticky anymore.  You can also use some clear tape but that will show.  After adding the flower I added a Candy Dot to the center, tucked the tip of the scallop in the slit I created and it was done!  Oh SO simple and quick too!  These would be great for little Hostess Gifts, Customer Appreciation Gifts, Make n Takes or just to have for yourself!  

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

My Mother So Very Grateful

Today I played with the "My Mother" set and the "So Very Grateful" set.  The two go so well together.  

I had stamped the flowers from the "So Very Grateful" set and I had colored them with markers and a blender pen.  I used Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, and Daffodil Delight.  My card stock is Whisper White and Crisp Cantaloupe.  Pumpkin Pie card stock just seemed too dark for the flowers.  The blender pen washed out the color a bit so Crisp Cantaloupe is the better choice!

After I colored the flowers I cut around the image.  UGH!  It's called "fussy cutting" and it sure is fussy! But since I was only making one card it was ok.  I certainly wouldn't do that for a swap!  I don't enjoy cutting out images, that is why I buy sets that have punches or dies that go with them!!!

But all in all it was a fun card to make and the cutting really didn't take that long to do.

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Monday, March 03, 2014

Express Yourself with Petite Petals

I SO love the Red, Black, and White cards.  So when I saw this scrap piece of Real Red card stock on my worktable I thought I would see what I could do with it.  

I thought it would be fun to add some red "Petite Petals" flowers.  I wanted to use something that I didn't have to cut out.  These flowers have a punch that goes with it!!!  I LOVE that whole concept!!  It makes it easier and quicker to make a fun card that looks like you spent a lot of time on.  I stamped my flowers using Real Red ink and I punched them out.  Then I added a 1/4" Basic Black punched circle to the center of each flower and in the center of that black dot I added a white candy dot!  The flowers were set in place using Dimensionals.  

I added a strip of black polka dot paper on top of that red strip of paper that started this whole mess!!  And above that I used the "happy birthday" from the "Express Yourself" Hostess set.  

This is such a simple card to make.  The layout is very easy, the flowers were extremely easy to do and it's in my favorite color scheme!

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Sunday, March 02, 2014

Happy Watercolor Birthday Card

When I saw this set I knew I had to buy it!  It looked like a very fun and versatile stamp set to play with. And it is!!!

I saw this card at Terri's Stamping Technique Night last week.  I thought it was such a fun card that I had to give it a try.  I did change the words though. The original card had the dots in just one spot and it had a birthday wish across it.  I didn't have the birthday greetings image so I thought I would add more dots (stamping off) and then place the scallop words over it but yet have some of the dots show!  I like the outcome of this card.  It's fun, bright, and cheery too!  I'm SO ready to make spring like cards.  With 57" of snow laid on us this season I'm ready for it to melt and to see green again!  And what is sad is, I LOVE winter until this one!!!  It was too long, too much snow and just too darn cold.  This week I'm going to be playing in dirt!  I have a bag of dirt (in the house all warmed up) and I'm going to start some seedlings.  Once they are big enough (and the snow is gone) I'm going to put them in the small greenhouse we have and get them started for spring planting.  I'm not sure what I'm going to plant first but it's going to bloom!!!  LOL

Ok, just a few more notes here on my card.  I used the small butterfly punch and Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, and Pistachio Pudding card stock.  The little background images are stamped in those same colors.  I searched through the Candy Dots to find colors that were close to the in colors used here.  And lastly the words were done on my computer and punched out using the 1-1/4" circle punch.

Fun, quick, and easy!  Ya gotta LOVE that!

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Saturday, March 01, 2014

Love & Sympathy Thumping Technique

I found a pretty card while at Split Coast Stampers and I thought I would recreate it.  I liked the whole concept of the card but I thought the colors were too light.  Well, the flower was too light, the leaves were ok.  But of course I didn't pay attention and I colored the leaves in with Always Artichoke instead of what I thought was Old Olive!!!  But it's still pretty.  

I also used the "Thumping" technique on the flower.  I colored the flower in with Pink Pirouette and then thumped on Melon Mambo.  Thumping is where you just take your marker and sort of bounce it on the rubber.  You hold it like you're going to play the drums.  Or you can hold it however you want, just so it's lose in your hand.  Allow the marker to just tap/bounce on the stamped image.  

Once you are done, huff on the image and then stamp it.  It's an easy technique to do and fun too!

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