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Thursday, March 31, 2016

A What I Love and Perfect Pairings Sale-a-Brations Birthday Card

This was the first set that I knew I just had to have from the 2016 Sale-a-Brations catalog.  I liked that the flower was a 3 step.  When there's more than one step you tend to get very beautiful flowers. I wish this set would be in the catalog but it retires tonight at midnight.  It will be one I will be selling in my web store in a week or so. It depends on if I can figure out how to do it by myself!  

Since it is retiring tonight, I thought I would play with it one last time.  I used Tangelo Twist ink and card stock.  My decorative paper is from last year.  I had a whole package that was hardly used so I didn't purchase the new images. 

The flowered background was made using the tiny flower from the "What I Love" set.  I used Pear Pizzazz to stamp the leaves and I also used the Pear Pizzazz marker to color in the leaves.

I thought about adding a pearl to the center of the flower but I think I may just use the Daffodil Delight marker and color it in.

The words are from the "Perfect Pairings" set that also retires tonight.

This was a super easy and quick card to make. I'm going to miss these two stamp sets.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A Pedal Pusher and Happy Home Missing You 2016 Sale A Bration Card

Today I wanted to play with this fun bike image from the "Pedal Pusher" set that my friend Katie gave me!!  Such a fun set!  I love this bike. 

I like this layout too.  I took a half sheet of Lost Lagoon card stock and folded it in half.  Then I cut the front panel  to 2".  I used the scrap piece for the layer behind the bike.  

I stamped the image on Whisper White card stock and I trimmed it down.  I cut the layer from the scrap and then I colored in the image. 

I wasn't sure what I wanted for words.  I didn't care much for the ones that came with the set, so I went looking in my stamp sets and found the "Happy Home" set.  Once I saw the words in that set I knew who I was going to give this card to.  

This is an adorable set, plus it's clear images and I was able to put the basket, the flowers and the flag on the bike with no spaces at all.  They lined up perfectly!!  That is why I LOVE working with those types of stamps.

This set retires in a couple of days.  I am glad I at least got to play with it once.  I just had too many stamps to play with.  And I tell myself this every time, I'm not going to buy a bunch of stamp sets because I don't get to play with them all as much as I want to.  But I think for the most part, I do get to play more with the ones I REALLY like!

I have SO many retired stamp sets and I think I am going to start putting them in my web store soon. I need to get my workroom cleaned up, organized, plus make room for new stamps!!!  If you're interested, I will post on here when I add sets to the store.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

A Perfect Pairings Birthday Card

The "Happy Birthday" from the "Perfect Pairings" set is such a fun font.  I am going to miss this set at the end of the month when the "Sale-a-Bration" is done.

This was a fun card to make too. It's from Terri's very fun Stamp a Stack last week.  We played with the "Going Places" Designer Paper.  I wasn't thrilled with a lot of the images in that paper pack but once I saw what was being made with them I started to like it more and more. Sometimes I think I'm losing my creativity.  I don't see foresee things in papers and stamp sets like I use to.  Perhaps I just need to take a few days off and just do some looking and see what ideas I can come up with on my own. But for today, I have these fun cards to share with you.

We used Lost Lagoon for the base of our card.  I looked in my papers and I have a lot of Lost Lagoon left and that retires in a couple of months.  That means I'd better get in gear and use up as much of those in colors as possible or I will be stuck with them.  Well, not really stuck with them, there are people that will buy them (if you sell them that is!!!).  

We used the Ornate Tag Punch, punched the Very Vanilla card stock and then after sponging the edges we added the thick Baker's Twine.  I really like the feel of that stuff.  We set the tag in place using Dimensionals.  

These were quick and simple cards to make.  I LOVE this layout.  You can use it with any decorative papers and make some quick and beautiful cards.  

For a closer view of the cards, just click on the photo.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

A Paper Pumpkin Happy Birthday Card

Today I would like to share with you a card from the latest Paper Pumpkin kit. 

The base of the card is splattered with a light blue, I'm guessing Pool Party.  Then I punced out the square layers.  I stamped the words and the balloon at the same time using Bermuda Bay ink. 

The layers were set in place with Dimensionals.  The final touches were the bow below the words and the adorable light green pearls.  I LOVE the look of those pearls.  It's such a soft pretty green.

These are fun to make. I look forward to my Paper Pumpkin kit each month.  Next month (April 2016) is the 3rd anniversary of Paper Pumpkin and there is going to be an extra stamp set in the pack.  I can't wait to see what it is!!  I have such a great time with these.  It's just nice to sit down and put cards together without having to do any cutting.  It's like taking a card making vacation!!! LOL

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Bloomin' Love Wedding or Anniversary 2016 Occasions Catalog Card

Today I was busy getting things together for Easter.  We are going to my nieces house.  I have lots of things to bring. I need to make a list so I don't forget anything.  Plus I baked my son some peanut butter cookies and I also made a lemon loaf thingy to bring. It's suppose to taste like the Starbucks lemon loaf.  I wouldn't know, I have never had it.  My sister said she's had it and it's really good. I'll ask her how it turned out.  I originally was going to make it for my sister's birthday last week but I didn't pay attention to the recipe. It called for sour cream and we didn't have any and I didn't buy any when I got groceries the day before.  GRRRR.  So I ended up making her pumpkin bars for her birthday.  She likes them too, so I was safe!!!  This lemon recipe made 2 loaves but I had 3 just a bit smaller loaf pans, so I ended up with 3.  I will probably give my sister two of them and cut one up to set out on Easter.  That's the plan anyway!

Okay, onto this pretty wedding or anniversary card.  This is another one of the cards I made at Terri's fabulous Stamp a Stack.  I LOVE the look of this card. I  used the "congratulations" on my card so it could be used for either a wedding or an anniversary.

We used the "Bloomin' Love" stamp and Crumb Cake ink to make this card.  The decorative paper is from teh "Love Blooms" 12" x 12" paper pack.  It' goes so well together.

I love the simplicity of this card.  It's pretty and elegant.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

A Botanical Builder Stamp a Stack Birthday Card

Thursday night I went to Terri's super fun Stamp a Stack.  I LOVE going to her events, she always has so many fun and beautiful cards to make.  

This one was made using the Botanical Builder for the flower and the leaf.  We used the Scallop Tag Topper punch and stamped the words on it using Cajun Craze ink.  

The flower was sponged with Cajun Craze ink and then set in place using a Dimensional. The center of the flower is a White Perfect Accents colored in with a black Sharpe marker.

The tag was set in place using Dimensionals.

The decorative paper is from the "Botanical Garden" paper pack.  I have had a lot of fun making cards with that paper pack.  You can change this card so much just by adding a different panel on the left side. The paper pack has a lot of fun images that will work!!!  SO much fun!

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

A Wild about Flowers and Rose Wonder Open Panel Technique Card

I found this fun card on Pinterest but when I went to find what website it came from I couldn't.  Sorry. If you know who is the original designer of this card, please let me know so I can give them credit.  Edited 3-26-15: Thank you Bonnie. You can find a similar card here by Sharon Burkert.

I used the decorative papers from the "Pretty Petals" paper stack. I did change the bottom design from the original card.

The colors of ink I used here are Pear Pizzazz and Calypso Coral.

The stamp set is "Wild about Flowers" and the words are from the "Rose Wonder" set.  

This is an easy technique to do.  You just cut the front of the card into the size pieces you want.  If I make more, I am going to dig out some of my scrap decorative papers and then cut my card front accordingly.  It's a great way to use up scraps.  

Here I cut the panels so they were both 2".  Then I cut the decorative paper 1-3/4" x 4".  The front panel was cut 2" x 4" and the Basic Black layer was cut 2-1/4" x 4-1/4".

I didn't have any Calypso Coral ribbon so I colored a piece of white by running it across the ink pad. It was pretty blotchy so I sprayed it with rubbing alcohol and ran a paper towel over it.  The color blended well and I set it aside to dry.   Once it was dry I tied it to the panel and then set it in place with Dimensionals.  Make sure you line up the bottom well before affixing the panel.

I added the inside piece, closed the card and stamped the words in that open space.  

Super easy, very fun and ever SO quick to make!!!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A Flower Shop Sliding Bar Technique Birthday Card

Today I'm going to share with you a fun tutorial I found on You Tube.  It's a fun and easy technique.

The trick to this technique is getting enough Dimensionals in two straight lines on the back.  If you don't get enough, especially to the left side, the bar will drop down and not look so pretty. 

Oh and cut the extruding bit on the right to match the shape of the Dimensional.  You don't need that excess piece there so trim it as close to the Dimensional as possible.  That will reassure you that none of that part of the bar will show when it's slid to the left.

Pick some nice decorative paper and decorate it as much as you wish.  This card needs a lot of finesse on the bottom half. But what's done is done and I'm not adding anything to it right now. I just wanted to try this technique and I did.  And I like it!!

You can find the You Tube video here for your step by step instructions.  It's a well done video and I am sure you will be able to follow along too.  3-24-16:  Oops, I forgot to add the link before I posted.  Sorry.  You can find the instructions here.

I will give you my measurements here in case you wish to change them. I don't remember if I followed them exactly as in the video but here they are anyway.  The front panel consists of a piece of decorative paper backed with a piece of Whisper White card stock.  It needs to be firm, that is why the 2 layers.  A single layer of card stock would do the trick too, but decorative paper is just too thin. I cut it 3-3/4" x 5"

I used a 1" circle punch.  I did draw lines on the back side and cut them. Those pencil marks are not visible!

The strip is 4-1/2" x 1".  Again it's got a card stock backing.

This was fun to make and I can see myself making more!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A Botanical Builder Envelope Punch Board Gift Card Holder

I had picked up my mom a couple of gift cards and I thought the cards looked awful on the hang tags.  So I got a bug in me and decided to make mom a couple of gift card holders.

I took some retired decorative papers, mom doesn't care if they're retired, plus she doesn't even know.  LOL  

I was just going to make the envelopes but after I finished them I thought they were too blah.  SO, I added the flowers from the "Botanical Builder Framlits".  I even went that extra step and cut some small cards for the inside for mom to write on.  I even rounded the corners!!  What a good daughter!!! LOL

These were easy and fun and easy to make!  Oh, I forgot to tell you the size of the paper.  I cut it 5-1/2" x 5-1/2".  I started 2-1/4" and I made the score line.  From there you just turn the paper and line up the score line, punch and score and repeat!  Simple as that.  I did cut a little slit for the tip of the flap to fit in because I didn't want to have my mom lick dried glue!! LOL

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Monday, March 21, 2016

A Flower Shop Tunnel Card Technique Thank You Card

Today I want to share a card with you made by Tanya.  It is the Tunnel Card Technique.  This is a very fun and easy technique to do too!  You can find the instructions for this technique here.  

I do not know what set the words and flowers on the inside are from.  I don't have that set and they do not look familiar to me, though I do know they are a Stampin' Up! product.

This is such a pretty card and I LOVE how that tunnel just highlights the sentiment!

Give this technique a try, I think you will find it fun!

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Magic Window Stamping Card Technique

Today I am going to share with you another card I made  using the "Magic Window" technique.  This is such a fun technique and it is a lot easier to make than it looks.  It's just 3 pieces of card stock on the inside and the card base on the outside.  Then you embellish as you wish!!

This card was made by Nancy.  She used Blackberry Bliss for her card base.  I LOVE that color and I need to use it more! Actually I need to use the in colors from the prior year's collection, they are going to be expiring soon.  I always end up with lots of papers left over.  UGH!!  I should make using the in colors a priority!!!  

Anyway, back to this card.  Nancy also used some of the fun and pretty vellum on the front.  This is such a pretty thank you card.  

I also like that she used white card stock on the inside for her center panel.  It allows you to write on the card.  When I made mine, I did use a lighter color so the writing would show up.

My card can be found here and there is a link on that post to the instructions for this fun technique.  

Give this technique a try.  You can decorate it as much or as little as you like and it will still be a really cool card!

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Open Seas Banded Birthday Card Z Fold Technique

Today I had fun with some decorative papers.  I had gotten the "Perfectly Artistic" decorative papers and didn't play with them much because I couldn't think of what to do with them.  I saw a card on Pinterest that was laid out like this one.  It used the airplane from the "Sky is the Limit" set from the 2016 Sale-a-Bration catalog.  

Here I used the ship from "The Open Sea" set.  I stamped it in black and used the circle framlits to cut it out along with the Marina Mist circle.  

I got to play with some more of the papers from the "Going Places" 6" x 6" paper stack.  I can't say it enough, I LOVE those stacks.  There's lots of papers and lots of variety!  And because there is lots of papers in it, I don't use them up!!!

This card was fun and easy to make.  I just cut a piece of Very Vanilla 4-1/4" x 11".  I also cut a strip of Very Vanilla 11" x 1-1/4".  That piece is used for that band.

I folded my card stock in half and then I folded the front of the card in half but I folded the raw edge towards the folded edge of the card.  Just fold the front of the card back.  I hope I explained it well enough.  Just look at the photo for reference. 

After I added the decorative papers, I set the folded strip in place.  The strip is folded the same way as the card front but backwards.  With the strip laying in front of you, fold it in half.  The fold is on your right. Take the raw edge and fold it towards the right.  After you stamped and or embellish the strip add it to the card by taping the 2-1/8" piece and only tape 4-1/4" of the large part of the strip.  If you go beyond that you will be sticking the strip to the inside of the card.  You can lightly mark the area with a pencil if you need to before you tape.  

Once the band is on, you can decide where you want the circle to go.  It's an easy card to make and fun too.  I was happy with it, plus I got to play with two different decorative papers!!  YAY!!!

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Friday, March 18, 2016

A Botanicals for You and Perfectly Artistic Magic Card Technique

Today I am going to share with you a card made by Beth from our latest technique swap.  This technique is called "Magic Window".  You can see on of my other posts here and there is a link to the instructions.  

The image used here is from the Botanicals for You" from the 2016 Sale-a-Brations catalog. 

Beth used Marina Mist for the base color of her card and for the ink.  

She also used the "Perfectly Artistic" Designer Series Paper (Smoky Slate color) for the side strip.  The flowers were punched out using the Melon Mambo paper from that pack.  I have some of that paper but have not used it much.  I have found it difficult to work with.  But now that I've seen a lot of things made using it, I may give it another try!

These cards are a lot easier to make than it looks. I love how when you open the card, the window opens slowly and reveals the words.  It's magic!!! LOL  It's fun, give it a try!!

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

A Framed Spotlighting Technique Birthday Card

Today I am going to share with you one of the cards I received in the Technique swap last night. This card was made by Tanya.  I do not know what the name of the set is, so if you know it, please let me know so I can add it to my post.  I quickly paged through the catalog and occasions catalog but didn't see it.  I'm sure I passed it up. Oh, and it's obvious that I don't own this set!!!

I posted some instructions for this easy technique here.  

I have a couple more swaps to share with you later.  It was a fun swap and I had a great time playing along with the other ladies!

I have over 130 techniques on my blog.  Click here to be taken to the category! They range from very easy to a little complicated but they all have either a detailed description on how to make it or a link to where directions can be found.

Edited 3-18-16.  Thank you Ellen for letting me know the image is from the "Corner Garden" background stamp.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Love and Sympathy Thank You Card Framed Spotlighting Technique

Today I thought I would make some swap cards on behalf of my sister.  She had surgery yesterday and is unable to attend the swap tonight.  SO, I thought I would ship up some quick cards for her.  I originally wanted to make this a sympathy card but I had a difficult time trying to figure out how to add the words without it looking out of place.  I ended up using the circle that was punched out from making the ring.  I took the "thanks" photopolymer clear stamps and I arched it before I set it on the clear block.  That way I could get it to fit on the circle like you see in the photo.

The base of this card is Lost Lagoon, Whisper White and Mint Macaron.  

I stamped the flower image using Lost Lagoon.  I punched out some cute little flowers using Lost Lagoon card stock.  The ring was punched using the 1-1/2" circle punch and the 1-3/8" circle punch.  I used the 1-3/8" punch first and then lined up the other punch over it to get the ring.  That ring was set in place using Dimensional pieces.  I set the flowers in place using Glue Dots to hold them in place.  I added a little pearl to each flower.  That panel was set in place on the card using Dimensionals.  I taped and then slipped the word piece just under the focal panel.  I thought it looked like it needed a little something, so I added some more pearls to the card.  It was the best I could do in the time I had to do it.  I wished I would have thought of making cards for my sister a few days ago. Just too much going on in my life to organize a thought lately!!

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Botanical Blossoms and Botanical Gardens Magic Window Technique Card

Today's card was made for the Technique Swap tonight.  I spent a lot of time on this card.  More than I cared to but I wanted to make it and I liked the colors I was using, so how could I not spend the time on it?  You can find the info on how to do this Magic Window Technique here

The decorative paper is from the "Botanical Gardens" 12" x 12" paper pack.  That is where I started when I was beginning this card.  I liked that paper design.  From there I just picked out colors of card stock that complimented it.  

I also opted to make mine with circle punched instead of using the corners of the square punches to make the "> and <" openings.

These are fun cards to make.  It took me a while make it , not only because it had a lot of parts, but I was making 9 of them for the swap.
When I finished making the first one I was thrilled with how it turned out and I was excited to make the other 8.  I originally was going to leave the top opening empty but I didn't like how it looked so I thought I would try to add some little flowers from the "Botanical's" framelits to it.  I glued them in place because I thought that taping them in might cause them to loosen up with the opening and closing of the card.  I liked how it looked and I tried hard to get the flowers as centered as I could without getting the flowers on the other side of the opening.  I did want the card to open!!!  I think it added a lot to the center of the that opening and I was happy with the way it turned out.

Have fun making these. I like mechanical cards!

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Monday, March 14, 2016

A Wild About Flowers Thinking of You Card

I found this fun card on Pinterest.  You can see the original here.  I used different colors. I used Hello Honey, Watermelon Wonder and Tangelo Twist.  I also added the Mossy Meadow card stock layers behind the circles.  I thought they could use a bit of framing.  

It's hard to see in my photo but there are score lines behind the circles.  I added 11 of them.  I am never sure which side to use when I score like that.  Sometimes I like the bumpy side and other times I like to see the grooves.  Here I used the groove side.

The words are from the "Wetlands" set.  I tend to use that set more for the words than the images.  Not that I don't like the images, but I LOVE the font and size of the words.

Before I affixed the front panel using Dimensionals, I tied a piece of linen around the top layer a couple of times.  And that was it!  Super easy and super quick.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

A Happy Home Birthday Card

Today I thought I should play with the "Happy Home" stamp set and "Hearth and Home" Framelits. I got the Framelits at Christmas time and had fun with the set that accompanied it. In the new 2016 Occasions catalog the "Happy Home" set came out.  There's some fun images to play with in it.  I've just had too many things to play with lately and I am getting through all the fun sets.  I think I have one or two more to open and play with and then I can pick my favorites and play with them until I wear them out or until you get sick of seeing samples!!! NEVER!!!  LOL

I found this fun card on Pinterest.  It was made by Amy.  You can see her card here. I used some decorative papers from the 6" x 6" "Love Blossoms" paper stack.  I LOVE those little stacks.  I know, I say it every time I use a paper from it.  But it's SO true!  They're such a good value for the money!!  I have yet to use a pack up.  I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.  Sometimes I think it's bad because that meant I used up my favorite papers.  But yet it's good that I did use them up!  I am a paper hoarder, so it's difficult to use them all up.  And as I look at the packs of retired paper, I tend to lean towards it being a good thing to use them up!

Anyway, let's talk about this fun card.  It was super easy to make.  I guessed at the size of the decorative paper band.  Mine measured 1-1/2" x 3".  I die cut the window.  Then I stamped and colored the image.  I cut the image a bit smaller than the window so I wouldn't have any ugly edges showing.  I glued the window to the stamped image piece.  I set the window in place on top of the layers using Dimensionals.  

The greeting is from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  That set has been around for a while and I have a feeling that it will be retiring along with the "Word Window" punch.  I hope not.  That word set has greetings covering about every occasion throughout the year!  

This was a fun and quick card to make.  Blender pens are easy to work with and make coloring go quickly!

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

A Botanical Builder World of Dreams and Petite Pairs Birthday Card

This was a very fun card to make.  I LOVE that Watermelon Wonder color.  I think it looks so festive and cheery!  

Instead of using the leaf dies that comes with the "Botanical Builder" Thinlits, I used the leaves from the "World of Dreams" set.  I stamped them using Mossy Meadow.  Then I set the flower in place using Dimensionals.  I added a pearl to the center of the flower and if you look hard enough you can see the light glitter from the "Wink of Stella" I put a lot of it on the flower, from the edges to the center but you have to catch the light just right to see it. Maybe if you click on the photo you can see it better.  

The words are from the "Petite Pairs" set.  Once I got the top layer assembled I taped it to the Watermelon Wonder card stock. Then I used Dimensionals to affix the whole piece in place on top of the folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock with a 2" x 5-1/2" piece of Watermelon Wonder decorative paper.

And that was it.  It's a very simple card to make.  I had fun making it and I do like how it turned out!

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Friday, March 11, 2016

A Bloomin' Love and Bloomin' Heart Wedding Card

I found this pretty card at Stampin' with Marcy.  I only changed a couple of things.  I didn't have the heart folder that Marcy used and I didn't and the  XOXO at the bottom right corner.  I wanted to make it into a wedding card but there were no wedding words in the set, so I just left it without words.  Now it's a wedding card!

It's a very simple and quick card to make too.  The base is Crumb Cake. My Crumb Cake is a little bit different color than the newest package of it I have.  My papers are still from the old Craft card stock.  I got it way back when there were 48 sheets per pack. That was such a good value.  Anyway, I have about 10 sheets left and then I open up the current Crumb Cake paper.  

The next layer is Pink Pirouette, and then another layer of Crumb Cake.

I used the "Decorative Dots" background folder on the Crumb Cake.

The decorative paper is from the "Love Blossoms" little 6" x 6" paper stack.  Now those are a great value!  It was cut to 1-3/4" x 4" and then a Pirouette Pink layer 1/8" larger was added.

The heart was stamped using Crumb Cake ink on a 2-1/2" x 2-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock. Then it was set on a layer of Crumb Cake card stock and that was set on a layer of Pink Pirouette card stock.  Those layers were set in place using Dimensionals.  I cut 3 hearts out using the "Bloomin' Heart" Framelit.  I used Wink of Stella on the flowers but the glittery shine didn't show up in the photo. It is really pretty on it!  And that was it!

Pretty, isn't it?  See why Marcy's card caught my eye!

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Father's Day Card Using Shirt Fold Technique

I Googled "Origami Shirt Folding" to find an easy shirt to make.  Some had ties with them and some even folded into a shirt with a tie when you were done. I wanted to find a quick and easy shirt fold and I did!  There were 7 steps to this card. I didn't save the site I found this on but on the bottom of the photo that I printed out there's place to go.  There's 9 squares and they used light blue paper.  I hope that helps you find it.  You can always go to YouTube too.  There's lots of tutorials on there to show you how to fold the shirt.

For my card I used Mint Macaron for the base of the card. The shirt was made using the "It's My Party" 12" x 12" paper pack.  I used the 1/4" circle punch to make the buttons.  I thought pearls or rhinestones would be a bit too blingy for a masculine shirt!!  

Isn't this fun? I can't wait to make more!

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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

A Botanical Blossoms Balloon Celebration Birthday Card

Katie will be taking her set home with her so I thought I would surf the net and found a fun card to make. The original was made by Tracy May and you can see her card here.  She used some silver glitter paper stars on her card and I think I may add some to mine too. I do like how it looks. 

I did changed it a little. I used the flower background image from the "Botanical Blossoms" set and stamped it using Watermelon Wonder ink.  And I also used the "Falling Snow" embossing folder. The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Watermelon Wonder card stock. I do like how it turned out but I really think I'm going to go ahead and add the stars!!!

This was a super easy card to make too!

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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

A Botanical Builder and Balloon Celebration Birthday Card

Today I challenged myself to use some paper from the "Love Blossom" decorative paper stack.  It has lots of pinks in it for Valentine's Day cards.  Well, Valentine's Day is over and I am one that will set things like that aside.  Now I know there's papers in there that I could use without making a Valentine's Day card.  And I suppose some of those heart papers could be used for Mother's Day cards.  

SO today I took this rosebud paper and added it to the bottom of the folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock.  Now you can really use up your decorative paper putting that much on a card, can't you?  LOL

I once again dug in my stash of pre-cut flowers and flower pieces and this is what I came up with.  

The words are from the "Balloon Celebration" set.  It is my friend Katie's set. I think if I owned it I would probably use the words more than anything,  The balloon images are fun but the punch is nicer!  Anyway, we'll talk about that some other time when I make a balloon card.

This card was easy to make and I actually like the looks of it, even with the "Valentine's Day" paper!!! LOL

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Monday, March 07, 2016

A Botanical Garden and Balloon Celebration Birthday Card

Today's card is a bright and cheery card!!  It's got a very celebratory festive look to it.  I was looking through my "Cherry on Top" decorative paper stack and saw a piece of this dotted heart paper.  I was going to use the whole piece but decided to cut it up into trips and lay it out on top of the Daffodil Delight piece.  I took another piece from that pack (which was actually a scrap piece) and laid it across the dotted strips.  I had a flower cut out in my stash and added it to the front.  I dug deeper in my die cut stash and found more lower components!  YAY me!!!  When I cut out flowers for a card, I add pieces of card stock and cut out other flower. Why not? You're cranking the machine, you might as well fill up the plate!  Then when you want to make a card or need to make one in a hurry, you have pieces already cut out and ready to go.  

The base of my card is Tempting Turquoise, and so is the flower.  The center of the flower is Watermelon Wonder and Daffodil Delight.  I added a pearl to the center and viola, it was done!!

The words are from the "Balloon Celebration" set.  I liked how they looked with this layout!  And tha twas it.  Pretty easy and very colorful.  When I look at it, it creates a happy feeling for me!!  Bright and cheery!

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Sunday, March 06, 2016

A Rose Wonder and Rose Garden Wedding Card

Today I thought I would play with the "Rose Wonder" set and the matching "Rose Garden" Thinlits dies.  This is one set I am not all that thrilled with as I am with some of the other ones.  Perhaps that is why I have not played with it much.  

I used the thinlit dies and cut the flowers out using Basic Black card stock.  I cut my top layer of Whisper White card stock at 4" x 5-1/4".  I added a 3/8" x 5-1/4" strip of the silver glitter paper.  The reason I cut it that width was because it was from a piece that had lots of punched items from it and there was just that was what was available, so I used it!  You can make that strip any size you like.  I used glue to set it in place.  The new tear away tape would probably work well too, but I don't have any yet.

I then glued the flowers in place, along with the leaves.  I did trim the leaves after I glued them in place.  The flowers were set in pretty much riding along the edges of the card stock.

The words are from the "Rose Wonder" set. I stamped them and then punched then out with the large oval punch.  I punched out a scalloped piece of the silver glitter paper and glued the words to it.  I set that in place on the card using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  A SUPER easy wedding card!

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Saturday, March 05, 2016

An English Garden Peek a Boo Technique Birthday Card

Today I am going to share with you a card I received in our last Technique Night swap.  This card was made by Julie.  I LOVE the "English Garden" decorative paper and the backside of this paper is very stunning too!

I do not know what set the flower is from.  It looks like it was stamped using white ink and then punched out.  Once punched out it was crumpled up and then straightened out. Another flower was punched out using Soft Sky and crumpled up as well and then layered behind the first one.  I was just looking at the first flower.  It was made using Soft Sky card stock too but stamped using (I'm guessing here) Lost Lagoon.  And then that adorable sparkly rhinestone was added to the center.  

You can find how to do this quick and easy Peek-a-Boo technique here.  

This is such a pretty birthday card!!!  It's one of those I don't want to part with. I have a lot of those.  I need to get a different mindset on those types of cards.  I need to start thinking that I have to use them because hoarding them is preventing me from spreading happiness and joy!  Let's hope that sinks in!!

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Friday, March 04, 2016

A Perfect Pairings and Gorgeous Grunge Birthday Card

While looking at the piles of stuff in my workroom for some inspiration, my eyes spotted the Washi tape.  Another item I don't use often enough.

What to do with it?  I added a border of two strips on the left side of a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I used the Happy Birthday from the "Perfect Parings" word set. Under the words I used two more strips of Washi tape.  The tape I used is from the "Cherry on Top" spools.   

Before I added the horizontal pieces of tape, I stamped the splatters using the "Gorgeous Grunge" set and Watermelon Wonder ink.  I punched out a Bermuda Bay balloon and tied a piece of Baker's Twine to it.  I took my chalk marker and added a little curved line at the top left to give the balloon some dimension.  I also set it in place using Dimensionals.

I put Dimensionals on the back of the Whisper White piece and set it on top of a folded half sheet of Bermuda Bay card stock.

This was a very quick and simple card to make.  I am really liking the fun colors in this card!

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Thursday, March 03, 2016

A Balloon Celebration Birthday Card

Today I thought I would take advantage of using this set. My friend Katie left her stamp set here for me to play with. I've been busy playing with other stamps, I totally forgot I had the set.  I was looking at it and thinking of what to make.  I did struggle with this set.  I surfed the net and struggled there too. 

So after doing some stamping and punching and laying out some pieces out I ended up with this card. I am not thrilled with it.

The base of my card is a folded half sheet of Mint Macaron. The next layer is a piece of "Birthday Bouquet" decorative paper.  Then I textured a piece of Blushing Bride card stock with the "Falling Snow" folder.  And I used the "Wetlands" set for the words.  

I can't really say this was fun to make, it was a struggle.  

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

A Rose Wonder Birthday Card

While surfing through the net, looking for something in the "Rose Wonder" area, I ran across a card I thought I would like to make.  I usually look for inspiration but there are times when it ends up being copied instead!  I did change a couple things on the card but if you compare, they are extremely close. 

I found the original card made by Teneale at Teneale Williams . com. You can see her card here

The base of the card is a folded half sheet of Basic Black card stock.  The next layer is Crumb Cake cut 4" x 5-1/4".  The Whisper White piece is cut 3-1/8" x 3-5/8", and the decorative paper piece is cut 3" x 3-1/2".  

I used the "Rose Garden" Thinlits for the rose and the leaf.  

I added my words in the open area at the bottom.

This was a fun card to make. I do like that rose!

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

A Going Global and Going Places Masculine Card

What a fun card this was to make.  I remember as a kid always looking for the Big Dipper in the sky. I learned many of the constellations but the Big Dipper always seemed to be my favorite.  When I saw this "Going Global" set, I just knew I wanted to stamp the Big Dipper image first, and I did!!!

I wasn't sure what words I was going to do on the front.  I was going to use the Happy Birthday from the "Wetlands" set but I decided to go with these words from the set.  

The decorative paper came from the "Going Places" set.  The set and the papers aren't all about outer space. It's about going places.  There's maps, a compass and a lot of fun papers to go along with them. There's a fun paper in there that is begging me to pair it with "The Open Sea."  I may have to give that a try in a day or two.  I have a couple of other things lined up first.  Plus I'm still working on my swap cards.  I do a little a day because they are very involved and I don't want to get burned out making them.

This was a fun card to make and I love how this background paper went so well with the Big Dipper image.

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