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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Thoughtful Blooms, Beautiful Bouquet, Birthday Card

I found today's card on the Internet. I was looking for something to make using the "Thoughtful Blooms" Sale-a-Brations" set but this card happened to be in the mix and I clicked on it. I got out my "Thoughtful Blooms" set and was set to work on this card when I saw that it was not the right stamp set.  This card was made using the "Beautiful Bouquet" set.  I actually have that set and I have hardly used it.  And my guess is that it will be retiring this year. I hope not, I'd like to use it a bit more before it retires.  What I really need to do is to learn not to purchase so many stamp sets. That way I can use them to death and won't feel so bad when they retire.  This set also came with matching dies so you know there is a bit of an investment involved here. So onto my card.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Flirty Flamingo card stock.  This card opens at the bottom and the fold is at the top.

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock and drew a light pencil line one inch up from the bottom and one inch down from the top. This was my working area.  In the video no lines were drawn, the lady just went for it.  LOL  I couldn't I needed some guidelines. 

First I stamped the larger flower using Flirty Flamingo ink.  Here they were stamped in an "M" form.  It should be a "W" but I turned the piece around because this way looked better to me.

Then I stamped the thinner petal flowers using Grapefruit Grove ink. I had an Ink Spot from a Paper Pumpkin kit or I would have ended up using Calypso Coral instead or maybe Pumpkin Pie. I stamped them in a "W" form.  

Next I stamped the smaller flower using Petal Pink.  There's no direction to stamping them, the littler flowers are used as fill-ins.

And lastly I stamped the smallest flower shown using Flirty Flamingo ink. 

The words are from the "Sending You Thoughts" set and were stamped using black Memento ink.  I punched them out using the "Pretty Label" punch.  The edges were sponged with Flirty Flamingo and the card was ready to assemble.

I taped the Whisper White piece to the Flirty Flamingo card base.  I set the words in place using Dimensionals and some pearls were added to the largest flowers and on the white background.  And the card was done.

This was a very fun and easy card to make.  I LOVE the colors and I think that is what attracted me to it in the first place.  I'm tired of looking at snow here and I welcome the colors of spring.  With the upcoming weekend predicted to be in the lower 40's the colors will be coming soon!

Thank you SO much for taking the time to stop by,
Wanda  

Beaded Jellyfish Pendant Necklace


Today I would like to share with you a beaded jellyfish that I made.  What was most amazing was that I actually had the beads here to make it.  I have zillions of beads but when it comes to making a project, I often don't have the right size or color.  I did have to improvise a bit on the very top of the jellyfish because my opening was a bit too big, but I just kept repeating and reducing the pattern until the opening was big enough for the headpin.

This jelly fish was made using glass pearls I had actually gotten at Michael's during one of their big sales.  I liked them because they were a rainbow or maybe AB glazed white pearls.  There were four strands on one hang tag. I bought it because I liked the fact that I got four different size pearls to work with on one purchase, plus they were pretty.  Yup, pretty really sells it for me!!!

The pattern listed pink pearls for the smaller ones but I didn't have any pink. But I did have the correct size in cream, so that is what I used. I made what I had work because what I had was the right size.  I am trying not to order more stuff I don't need before I try using what I have and so far I'm doing pretty good. I will never use up my bead stash but I am sure trying to make what I have work with what I want to make.

You can get the pattern for this jellyfish here.  I will have this necklace set up for sale in my webstore.  I just wanted to make one, I didn't know what I was going to do with it.  So I decided to sell it and move on to another project I have already started.  You can see it in my secure webstore here.

Thank you so much for having a look,
Wanda

Friday, February 28, 2020

Sailing Home, Flourishing Phrases, Sympathy Card

I was thrilled to find this card on Pinterest.  You can see the original here. I made a small change.

I had taken my February 2020 Paper Pumpkin cards and cut them so I ended up with nine printed pieces of card stock to do something with later.  I had made a card using the rose colored piece a few days back.  You can see that card here.  And I set the other eight pieces of card stock aside to play with at a later date.  Well, today was that later date!

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  This card opens at the right side and the fold is on the left.

On top of card base is the card stock piece from the Paper Pumpkin kit that I cut at 4" x 5-1/2".  I used snail to set it in place.

I used the "High Seas" 3D embossing folder on a piece of Whisper White card stock that was cut 4" x 2".  Scrap pieces work well for this.  I taped that on top of the card base about 1-1/2" from the edge of the bottom of the card.

The large circle was a punched out piece from a card in the kit.  The piece was punched out so the layer had that shaped opening.  I kept the punched out pieces.  I used on on the card I made last week and I used the other two to make two of these cards.  I stamped the sail boat from the "Sailing Home" set using Shaded Spruce ink. I'm not sure what ink was suppose to match this.  None of the colors I had matched exactly but the Shaded Spruce was the closest so I went with it. I set this piece in place using Dimensionals.

The words are from the"Flourishing Phrases" set.  I have a feeling this pretty set will be retiring this year.  I hope not but it's been around for two years now and that seems to be about the norm for Stampin' Up! stamp sets.  I die cut the words using the third (out of 4) stitched ovals from the "Stitched Shapes" framelets pack.  I added snail to the left side and a couple of small Dimensionals to the right side and I set the words in place on the front of the card.

That is all there was to making this card. I liked it because it was very pleasing to the eye and it was quick and easy to make too.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Painted Poppies, Music From the Heart, Birthday Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

Today I wanted to find a quick card using the new "Painted Poppies" set.  This is what I found. You can see the original card here.  I changed the color but only by accident.  I saw Real Red instead of Poppy Parade.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Really Red card stock.  This card was cut in half on the 8-1/2" side.  I scored it at the 5-1/2" mark. This card is folded at the top and opens at the bottom. 

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black card stock for the layer. 

Then I cut a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Real Red card stock that I textured using the "Eyelet Lace" embossing folder. I taped it to the Basic Black piece.

I stamped the poppy image from the "Painted Poppies" set using black memento ink on Whisper White card stock.

I die cut the flower out using the die that came in the "Painted Poppies" bundle.

After coloring the image with the light Old Olive Blends pen and both light and dark Real Red Blends pen, I set it in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals.

I stamped the words from the "Music From the Heart" set using Versa Mark on Basic Black card stock.  I heat embossed them with white embossing powder.  This piece was cut at 3/4" x 3".  I snipped the ends to give it a ribbon look.  I set it in place using snail on the left side and a Dimensional on the right.

I added two crystal rhinestones on the front and a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White on the inside and the card was done.

I was amazed at how quickly this card went together.  I may try another one using Poppy Parade this time!  LOL

Thank you SO much for spending some time here,
Wanda

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Thoughtful Blooms, Sending you Thoughts, Birthday Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

I found this simple card while surfing the net.  I pretty much copied it as it was just using different colors.  You can see the original card here.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock was cut for the top layer.

I taped off the left side with some Washi tape. I taped off about 1-1/2".  I sponged Bermuda Bay ink on that left side.  

Then I stamped Bermuda Bay tiny flowers from the "Thoughtful Blooms" 2020 Sale-a-Bration set.  I just scattered them around that sponged area.  I set it aside to dry.

I took a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock and stamped the tiny inside flower part using Bermuda Bay.  Make sure you stamp far enough up from the edge so you can punch the whole flower out.  I started too close to the edge and I couldn't get the whole flower in the punch.  I centered the stamped tiny image and then punched it.  You will need at least 7 of them. I used 7 and the original card had 7.

I set those flowers in place using a dot of glue.  Glue dots or snail tape should work too. I just used what the original card maker said they used.  

Next I stamped the "happy birthday" from the "Sending You Thoughts" stamp set using black Memento ink.

I added pearls to the center of each flower.

Then I set the panel in place on the card base using Dimensionals.  And that was it. It's a very quick, easy and simple card to make.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda



Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Sailing Home, Itty Bitty Greetings, Friendship, Hello Card


 Today I needed to make a thinking of you card that didn't actually read "thinking of you" and this is what I came up with.  


I found this card on Pinterest. You can see the original card here. I did change it a little.  I didn't embellish it as much as the original card but it's for a guy and I think it will be just fine.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Night of Navy. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Sahara Sand.  That is a color I don't use much at all, so it was kind of fun to be able to add it to a card.

I cut the strips using the "Come Sale Away" Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I cut the DSP 4-3/4" x 1" and I cut the Night of Navy layers behind the DSP at 5" x 1-1/4".  I taped them in place using snail tape.

I cut another strip of the DSP, it was on the opposite side of the sheet with the tiny lighthouses on it, it measured 4" x 1-1/2".  I also cut a Night of Navy layer at 4" x 1-3/4".  I also set the strip in place using snail tape.

Next I stamped the lighthouse from the "Sailing Home" set using Night of Navy ink.  I die cut it with the 5th largest "Rectangle Stitched" framelets die.  Then I cut a 2-7/16" x 3-3/4" piece of Sahara Sand and a 2-9/16" x 4" piece of Night of Navy for the layers. I taped them together and set the panel on top of the card using Dimensionals.

I stamped the words from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set using Night of Navy ink.  I die cut them using the smallest and second smallest circle dies. I used Whisper White card stock for the words and Night of navy for the layer. I taped the two together and then I set them in place on the front of the card. I added a Dimensional at the 9 and 12 o'clock positions and some snail at the 3 and 6 o'clock positions.  

I added a Whisper White 4" x 5-1/4" piece to the inside and the card was done.

This was a fun and easy card to make. If you take a look at the original card you can see that AI didn't add the anchor, seaweed or the baker's twine.  The person I'm sending it to won't know the difference and personally, I think the card looks just fine without it. If I ever make another one, I may add the other elements.

Thank you SO much for taking the time to stop by today,
Wanda


Monday, February 24, 2020

Thoughtful Blooms, Here's a Card, Birthday Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

Here's a pretty card I found on the internet.  I liked the colors. I don't use the Granny Apple Green much and this was a perfect card to do so.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Granny Apple Green. This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left.

On top of the card base is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  On the bottom of that piece is a 4" x 3" piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock that was textured using the "Lace" embossing folder. I do not have the new machine that takes these 3D folders but I was able to make my machine work using the thick cardboard that comes in my Paper Pumpkin kit and my magnetic platform only. No other plates.  You can also use the thick cardboard that comes in your glitter paper or other specialty papers. You can always use the thinner cardboard (box board) from other papers or a cereal box, but you will have to use two or three to get the right thickness.  I glued on my textured piece because I don't feel that tape holds well with all of those open areas where it doesn't make contact to the card stock.

I taped a piece of ribbon around the card and taped the ends on the backside using scotch tape. Then I taped the whole piece to the card base.

I stamped the swirl of leaves from the "Thoughtful Blooms" Sale-a-Bration catalog using Granny Apple Green ink.  Then I stamped some tiny flowers using Flirty Flamingo ink. 

I thought the background on the circle could use a bit of punching up so I stamped some Smoky Slate dots from the same set.  I die cut it with the second largest circle die and I also die cut a scalloped circle for the back layer. I taped those two layers together.

I stamped the larger flower on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock and punched it out using the matching punch in the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  I set the flower in place using a Dimensional.

I set the circle layers in place using Dimensionals.  Then I added the pearls. I did color the pearl of the larger flower using the light Pumpkin Pie Blends pen.

The words are from the "Here's a Card" set.  They were stamped using black Memento ink.  I cut the strip to 1" long by 3-1/2". I tried to get the words as centered as possible.  Then I used the "Triple Banner" punch and punched the ends.  I set the words in place using Dimensionals.

I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside and the card was done.

I love the colors here. I think the bottom could use some other texture but this is what I thought would look good and ran with it.  It was fun to make and I can see myself making more using this layout.

Thank you SO much for taking the time to stop by,
Wanda


Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sending You Thoughts, Happy Birthday to You, Birthday Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

Today's card is made from leftovers!  I had time to put my February 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit together and I had parts leftover.  Some intentional and some made by me.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  

I punched out the Whisper White edging using the "Decorative Ribbon" border punch.  

I took the striped Rococo Rose paper from the Paper Pumpkin kit.  It was supposed to me a whole card but I took that paper and I cut it in half. I didn't really like the back of the card to look like the front.  Then I ended up with three 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of this color paper. I was going to make three cards like this but I thought I would pace myself here and see what else I could come up with first.  I taped that strip to the Rococo Rose piece that I had cut 1" up on the left and 2" up on the right.  After taping the strip on, I taped the piece to the card base.  Then I trimmed each side of the card, making sure the edges of the ribbon piece were flush with the sides. I used this layout on the card I made on Thursday. 

I fussy cut the cake from the "Happy Birthday to You" Sale-a-Bration set and I colored it in using the Rococo Rose ink pad cube that came with my Paper Pumpkin kit. I used my blender pen to color in the flowers.  I used my dark Daffodil Delight Blends pen to color in the center of the flowers. The Daffodil Delight light Blends for the cake frosting.  And I used the light Smoky Slate Blends pen for the cake stand. I did use my Smoky Slate marker and colored some dark areas on the cake stand. I also used my Pear Pizzazz marker for the leaves.

I stamped the words from the "Sending You Thoughts" using black Memento ink.

I took the leftover punched out circle and taped it to the front of the card on top of the Rococo Rose colored paper.  Then I set the cake in place using Dimensionals. I added some leftover sequins to the circle and the card was done.

It was fun, I like this layout and I was glad I was able to use the papers from my Paper Pumpkin kit.  So my kit now made 10 (+) cards. I still have 8 more pieces of papers to use up from the kit.  Well, knowing that now, I may just make two more of this card and move on to the next color!!  If and when I do, I will share it with you here.

Thank you so much for taking a peek today,
Wanda

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Bonanza Buddies, Best Dressed, Birthday Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Spring Mini Catalog

Today I am going to share with you a quick and simple card.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Lovely Lipstick card stock. I didn't remember having this color but obviously I do, so no more substituting it with Melon Mambo until it's used up.  Like that ever happens!!! LOL

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White and I taped a 2" x 5" piece of the "Best Dressed" Designer Series Paper (DSP) to it, making sure there is equal amounts of white showing on the two sides and bottom. 

I cut a piece of ribbon about 7" long and taped the ends around the back on the Whisper White piece.  Then I taped the piece to the card base.

I stamped the words from the "Bonanza Buddies" set using Old Olive ink. I just love these words.  I'm thinking that maybe they should have been stamped using black Memento ink, they would have shown up better.  But this worked too and it's too late to change it now.

I die cut the words using the second largest framed dies in the "Stitched So Sweetly" dies package.  

Then I took the largest framed die and die cut the Old Olive layer.  I taped the words to the Old Olive layer and then set it in place on the card using Dimensionals.

I tied a bow and glued it to the side of the Old Olive frame.

For the final touch, I added a piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card and it was done.

Super easy, quick and cute!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Friday, February 21, 2020

Happy Birthday to You, Birthday Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration Set

Here's another card I made using the "Happy Birthday to You" 2020 Sale-a-Bration set.  I am starting to like this cake image more and more.  I especially LOVE the font!!!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of that I layered some Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the ""Best Dressed" 6" x 6" paper stack.  I want to try to use larger pieces from there but these fell out when I picked up the pack, so I ran with them.

The flowery one measures 3-1/2" x 2" with a 3-3/8" x 2-1/8" layer of Whisper White behind it.

The dotted layer measures 3-1/4" x 1-3/4" with a 3-3/8" x 1-7/8" piece of Whisper White behind it.  I taped those two layers to the front of the card.  The floral one is 1/4" from the side and 1/4" from the top. 

I taped the dotted layer to the floral layer.  It's 1-1/4" from the folded edge of the card base and 1" from the top edge of the card base.

I stamped the cake using black Memento ink in Whisper White card stock. 

Next I stamped the words from the "Happy Birthday to You" set using black Memento ink. I did set it up in my Stamparatus so I could add more ink to the stamp if I had to and I did have to. My ink pad was a little dryer than I like it.

I fussy cut the cake out.  The ink had a little time to dry so it didn't smear when I cut it out.

I colored in the flowers using both light and dark Petal Pink Blends pens. I colored the leaves with the light Old Olive Blends pen. I colored in the center of the flowers with the dark Daffodil Delight Blends pen. I colored the cake with the light Daffodil Delight Blends pen.  And I colored the cake stand using the light Smoky Slate Blends pen.  

I set the cake in place using Dimenisonals and the card was done.

Such a fun card and I LOVE the DSP.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Happy Birthday To You, Birthday Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

Today's card was made using the "Happy Birthday To You" set from the 2020 Sale-a-Bration catalog. I like this cake and it's easy enough to color.  Though I did not get the matching die cuts and probably won't because in a few weeks this set, along with the dies will retire and I feel it's not a good purchase.  I fussy cut the cake and it didn't take all that long.  And you know how much I don't like to fussy cut!!  You can see the original card here.  I made a few minor changes.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I stamped the words from the "Happy Birthday To You" set using black Memento ink. On top of the card base is a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Best Dressed" 6" x 6" paper stack.  On the other side of the DSP is lipsticks, and make up tubes.  I did not buy the set that goes with this paper. I just liked the paper and I was glad that the one side had something that I could work with and liked.  

Now to work the DSP so you can get it on the card right was a little difficult for me. I was going by the look and placement of the DSP on the original card. Not a good plan since the words I used were different.  I ended up cutting about one inch of the DSP on the right side. I lined up the DSP on the cutter with the point (corner) of the left side on the cutting line and then my 1" mark on the cutting line.  My DSP measured 4" long on the left side and 2-3/4" long on the right.

I didn't have the scalloped edging. I don't know where that came from. So what I did was I took the largest "Stitched So Sweetly" rectangle dies and die cut the longest edge, cutting it close to the edge of the Whisper White card stock.  I set it aside while I worked on the cake.

I stamped the cake on Whisper White card stock and fussy cut it out.  I colored the flowers with both the light and dark Petal Pink Blends pen.  Then the leaves were colored with the light Old Olive Blends pen.  I colored the center of the flowers with the dark Daffodil Delight Blends pen. The sides of the cake were colored with the light Daffodil Delight Blends and the cake stand was colored using the light Smoky Slate Blends pen.

I set the DSP on top of the card front and then set the cake on top of that to see where the scallops would show. I cut the scallops into two pieces. I cut the one on the left about 2" long and just used the remainder for the other side. I turned the DSP over and taped the scallops on.  There is a gap under the cake but no one is going to see it.  I did have to trim the side edges of the scallops so they were straight with the sides of the card.  I taped the DSP in place.  You want to make sure the words aren't covered and when you place the cake you want to make sure the words show and the missing scallops don't!

I set the cake in place using Dimensionals and the card was done.  Now I know the dimensions of the DSP I don't feel I would have any issues making another one.  Other than a little grumbling fussy cutting the cake! LOL

Thank you SO much for taking the time to stop by today,
Wanda

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Honey Bee, Thinking of You Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

I found another fun "Honey Bee" card on the internet. You can see the original here.  There's also a video on how to make the card but I recommend you watch it first before you follow along.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Granny Apple Green.  My card open son the right and the fold is on the left.  The original card opens at the bottom and the fold is at the top.  

You will need to cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock and a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock.

On the smaller one you will die cut the beehive dome outline form.  Not the hexagon one, just the outline of the beehive.  After die cutting it, I lined it up on the larger piece of Whisper White and then traced the beehive on to it.

I stamped the beehive onto the 4" x 5-1/4" piece using Daffodil Delight ink.  I think I should have used Crushed Curry but I liked the brighter yellow.  After stamping the hive, I set it aside to dry while I worked on the other components of the card.

I used my Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight markers and colored the flowers and stems ink. Then I die cut them.  

I stamped the bee and colored in the center with the Daffodil Delight Blends pen.

I die cut the honeycomb and glued the edges of it onto the die cut opening of the beehive shape.  

I stamped the words from the "Honey Bee" set using black Memento ink. I trimmed up the edges giving them a ribbon cut. That piece measured 2-1/2" x 5/8".  I taped the words just under the honeycomb.

I took the 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White and erased the pencil lines.  I used my kneadable art gum eraser to do that.  I like to use those types of erasers because they only remove the graphite and not any paper. They don't leave a mark on the paper. And being they are kneadable you can shape them to a point or any other shape you need to.  I tend to draw pencil lines in my scoring board and I will shape my eraser to somewhat of a point and it will get inside those lines and erase my pencil marks.  Anyway, I do recommend you get one of these, they are not expensive at all and last a very long time.  Oh and they don't leave eraser stubble either!  Okay back to this piece. I taped it to the card base.

Next I set the smaller piece of Whisper White on top of the piece I just taped down. I used Dimensionals to set it in place.

I taped the flowers on and then I taped the bee.  I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card and that was it.  The card was finished. I think it's sweet looking but I do regret not using Crushed Curry instead.  I think the flowers would have shown up better.  But it is what it is and it's not like I can't make another one, right?

I will put this set aside and play with some Sale-a-brations sets since time is running out on them sooner than it is for the other sets in the mini catalog!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Honey Bee, Thinking of You Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Spring Mini Catalog

Here's a card I wanted to make. I LOVE bees and with the storms we've had last year I read that 1/3rd of the bee population was wiped out.  So this year I am planting bee attracting flowers. The bees we have need all the help they can get. So I will be having lavender growing in my yard this spring.  It's a win win. The bees love it just as much as I do! I found this card here and I did change the words.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Daffodil Delight card stock.  On top of it is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White.

I stamped the words from the "Honey Bee" bundle.  I used black Memento ink to stamp them.  Then I textured the piece using the "Subtle" embossing folder. I taped it on top of the card base.

I cut a 2-1/4" x 5-1/4" piece of the "Golden Honey" Designer Series Paper (DSP) and I taped it to a 2-1/2" x 5-1/4" piece of Daffodil Delight card stock.  I then taped those two pieces to the front of the card, centering it as much as possible.

I stamped the bee hive from the "Honey Bee" set using Daffodil Delight ink.  I die cut it with the matching "Detailed Bee" dies.  I taped it in place on the layered panels piece.

I stamped the bee from the "Honey Bee" set using black Memento ink. I die cut it out as well and I taped it to the honeycomb. 

I added some gold metallic pearls to the front of the card and I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card and it was done.

This was a very quick card to make. And SO darn cute.  I want to make more but I have only just begun with the DSP and this set, so I think I may have to pace myself.  I probably should go back to Sale-a-Bration sets because they will be retiring at the end of March whereas this set will be active from January - June 2020 as stated on the front cover of the mini catalog.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Monday, February 17, 2020

Witty-cisms, Baby Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

Here's a cute little non-gender specific baby card.  I plan on making this same layout in Balmy Blue, Flirty Flamingo and Coastal Cabana.  I won't be sharing them with you like this but I may post them all in one photo so you can see the fun colors.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left.

On top of the base is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White that was stamped with the "Buffalo Plaid" stamp using Daffodil Delight.  Set it up in your Stamparatus so you can stamp it over a couple of times to get a nice solid print.  

I wrapped a piece of white ribbon around the top layer and taped the ends on the backside.  I taped them down with scotch tape. Then I taped the whole piece to the front of the card.

I took a piece of ribbon and tied the bow on the side.

Next I stamped the baby carriage image from the "Witty-cisms" set using black Memento ink.  I die cut it using the third smallest "Stitched Nested Labels" die.  I also die cut a Crushed Curry one the next size larger and then using the next size up from that I die cut a Whisper White one for the final layer.

I colored the carriage using the Daffodil Delight marker and added a little highlight using the Crushed Curry marker.  I colored the heart in using the Flirty Flaming marker.

I taped all of those layers together and set them in place on the front of the card over the ribbon.  I used Dimensionals to set it in place and that was it.  The card was done. So cute, so easy and oh SO quick!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Bonanza Buddies, Children's Birthday Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog


I found this adorable card on Pinterest.  I thought it was so cute and I'm SO loving this "Bonanza Buddies" set/bundle.  I love it when I don't even have to stamp the characters. This one was printed on the Designer Series Paper (DSP) so you can use the matching die cut to just simply cut it out and it's good to go!


The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  And the top layer was cut at 3-3/4" x 5".

The ribbon tipped DSP pieces were cut at 4-1/2" x 2" for the Bermuda Bay piece and 1-1/2" x 4" for the yellow one.  This measurement is before they are punched with the "Triple Banner" punch.  I taped them in place on the top Whisper White piece.

I took some Bermuda Bay ribbon that I had and put it around the front of the card and taped the ends on the back.  Then I slipped a piece of ribbon under the ribbon and tied a knot. I like adding this type of knot because I can slide it and place it anywhere I want even after I tied it.

Next I die cut the second smallest "Stitched Circle" die using Whisper White card stock.  On that same piece of card stock, I stamped the words from the "Bonanza Buddies" set using black Memento ink.  I used the third smallest "Stitched Nested Labels" die to cut the words out.  I cut both the circle and words out at the same time.  

I punched out the Crushed Curry leaves from the "Spring" punch.  This is such a fun punch and I don't use it enough.  

I added Dimensionals to the back of the circle and then I taped the end of the spring to the back of the circle. I wanted it to be popped up but without the Dimensional being on top of it.  I did set a Dimensional just right so it helped stick the spring in place too. I removed the protective backing and set the circle in place.

I added Dimensionals to the back of the bird and I set it in place over the ribbon.

The words were added using Dimensionals and the card was done.

This was a very quick and easy card to make. I love the colors and especially the layout.  I try to use some of the DSP sheets sparingly because I like them so. But they will be retiring at the end of March and I will be sad if I don't make a better effort to use them up.  

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today,
Wanda



Saturday, February 15, 2020

Thoughtful Blooms, Good Morning Magnolia, Thinking of You Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration


Today I thought I would get out my sponges and see what kind of trouble I could get into with them.  I took a brand new one and cut it into 4ths.  I prefer to have my sponges a bit larger than most. I use a large clip to hold my sponge so I don't get my fingers all inky. 

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  

I lightly loaded up my sponge with Bermuda Bay ink. I gently swirled the sponge across the card stock in a elliptical motion.  It was strange to do at first because I was used to doing circles.  Once I got my oval as large as I thought I would like it, I stopped.  My oval starts about an inch from the top of the card base and is about 3" long and 2" wide.  I hope that helps you out some.

I stamped the stem from the "Thoughtful Blooms" 2020 Sale-a-Bration set using Pear Pizzazz ink.  I think I should have used Old Olive, the Pear Pizzazz is a bit on the lighter side and the Bermuda Bay showed through a bit. I did not set this up in my Stamparatus. If I had I would have inked it up and stamped over it again to make it darker.  I did the same with the leaf.  Still not thinking to set it up in the Stamparatus.  

I stamped the flower from the "Thoughtful Blooms" set using Daffodil Delight. I used the solid flower image here.  I punched it out using the matching "Small Blooms" punch.  Both the stamp set and the punch are Sale-a-Bration items.  The flower is easy enough to fussy cut out if you don't have the punch.

I stamped the words from the "Good Morning Magnolia" set. I wanted to make a "thinking of you" card.  I make a lot of birthday cards and not very many thinking of you cards and I sell out of the thinking of you cards pretty quickly at the craft fairs.  The words were stamped using Pear Pizzazz ink.

I set the flower in place using a Dimensional.  And then I added a small rhinestone to the center of the flower and the card was done.

This is a very quick, easy and simple card to make.  I think I'm going to make a few more and maybe change the color of the background.  And I WILL set up the stem and leaf in the Stamparatus to make sure I get them more solid.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Friday, February 14, 2020

Here's a Card, Birthday Card, Best Dressed DSP, 2020 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

Looking for a quick and simple card that makes a big statement without a lot of time and work?  This is it. I LOVE this layout.  It's perfect for those smaller pieces of Designer Series Paper (DSP) that you have sitting around.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Balmy Blue.  This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left.

I cut a 3" x 3" piece of DSP from the "Best Dressed" 6" x 6" paper pack.  Cutting it 3" x 3" allowed me to make 4 cards from one piece of DSP.  Plus I had a piece that was just a bit over 3" so I cut it to 3" x 3" and made five cards all together.

I cut a 3-1/8" x 4-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock and I taped the DSP to the upper part.  

I stamped the words from the "Here's a Card" set using Gorgeous Grape ink.

I took some retired ribbon that I had and wrapped it around the panel and taped the ends on the back using scotch tape.  I then taped the panel to the card base.  And VIOLA!  The card was done.

It's such a quick card to make. I was going to make a bow but I thought I would just keep it simple. Plus I was making five cards and I really wasn't in the mood to make five bows!!! SO lazy!! LOL

I can see myself using up some of my DSP stash with this layout.  I would make not only birthday cards, but thinking of you, thank you and sympathy.  This would also make a great Mother's Day card too!  And with the right DSP you could make wedding and anniversary cards as well.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today,
Wanda

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thoughtful Blooms, Small Bloom Punch, Butterfly Wishes, Birthday Card, 2020 Sale-a-Bration

Today's card came from the internet.  I found it here.  I had friends over stamping on Tuesday and Sharon and I worked on a few of these cards.  We set up the Stamparatus so we could stamp a few cards each and quickly.  It was fun. I LOVE using the Stamparatus for quick reproduction of cards.  It sure makes swapping less of an effort.  Anything to help out!

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.

The Old Olive green leaves were stamped first.  The upper one first and then the stamp was cleaned and moved to the bottom part of the card front.  Then that leave image was stamped.  

Then the diamond strip image was stamped. It too had to be stamped in two sections.  I used Soft Sea Foam for that one.

From there we were on our own with the stamping. The tiny flowers were added. The original card looks like it used Rococo Rose but I don't have that color so we used Flirty Flamingo.  The next closes color to it other than Blushing Bride.

Then we stamped the Daffodil Delight dotted image. I'm sure it's supposed to be buds or seed pods.

The large flowers were stamped on scrap card stock using Highland Heather ink and punched out with the "Small Bloom" punch.  Both the punch and the "Thoughtful Blooms" stamp set are Sale-a-Bration items. The flowers were then set in place using Dimensionals. 

The words are from the "Butterfly Wishes" set and they were stamped using black Memento ink. Then they were die cut with an oval die.

A Flirty Flamingo scalloped circle was die cut and the two ovals were taped together and set in place using Dimensionals.

And for the final touch, small rhinestones were set on the inside of each punched flower.

It's such a pretty card. It's simple and colorful.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Bonanza Buddies, Children's Birthday Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

Today's card is from Pinterest but with a few changes. You can see the original card here.  What caught my eye here was the dotted Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Birthday Buddies 12" x 12" pack.  It's festive and fun!

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Bermuda Bay card stock.  The sheet of card stock was cut in half on the short 8-1/2" side.  This card measures 4-1/4" x 11".  I scored it at 5-1/2" and folded it in half.

I taped on a piece of the DSP to the bottom of the front of the card.  My piece was 4" wide and not 4-1/4" like the original card shows.  My piece was left over in my package and I figured I could make it work.

Because my DSP wasn't wide enough, I took a scrap piece of Daffodil Delight card stock and cut it 1/4" x 4".  I glued it in place. I was going to use tape but I thought I would make a mess of it. It was much easier to draw a line of glue than to get the tape across the card perfectly. Plus my tape was wider than the strip.  

Next I die cut the tag that was in the "Bonanza Buddies" bundle.  I used Whisper White card stock to cut it.

Then I stamped the words from the "Bonanza Buddies" set using Bermuda Bay ink.

I stamped the bird on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock and colored in the beak using my Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight markers.  I did stamp the bird using my Stamparatus so I could get a nice solid black bird.  I didn't want it to have light spots or blotches.  The Stamparatus has made me a better stamper. My images are crisp and clear and look more professional.  I rarely stamp without it anymore.

I die cut the circles using the "Layering Circles" Framelits.  I die cut the small one using a scrap piece of Coastal Cabana and the scalloped circle was die cut using a scrap piece of Bermuda Bay.  I taped those two circles together and then I taped them to the tag. 

I set the tag in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals and I added the bird using Dimensionals as well.  

I taped a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside and the card was done.

This was a fun, quick and easy card to make.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Bonanza Buddies, Children's Birthday Card, Stampin' Up! 2020 Spring Catalog

I found today's card on Pinterest.  I thought it was such a cute card and I love the colors VERY much! I just can't seem to get enough of this "Bonanza Buddies" stamp set. And of course I bought the bundle so I could have the dies to go along with it.  I've gotten to where I just hate to fussy cut anything anymore so the dies are a must!  Plus they save a LOT of time.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Daffodil Delight card stock.  On top of that I had cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock and I taped a 2-1/8" x 5-1/4" piece of Bermuda Bay to the top and a 2-1/8" x 5-1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Birthday Bonanza" 12" x 12" package.  

I took a piece of Daffodil Delight ribbon that I had and I taped the ends to the back of the Whisper White piece.  Then I taped that to the card base.

Next I die cut the hexagons from the "Stitched Nested Labels" dies.  I used the second largest one for the Poppy Parade piece and the third largest one for the Whisper White piece.  After assembling I realized that I should have used the first largest one for the Poppy Parade piece and the second largest one for the Whisper White piece.  But it still worked out fine.

I stamped the Koala bear from the "Bonanza Buddies" using Smoky Slate ink.  The words were stamped using Bermuda Bay ink.  I stamped the hat separate using Daffodil delight.  I die cut it with the matching hat die.

I taped the hexagons together and then I set them in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals.  

I added a Dimensional to the hat and set it in place on the Koala's head.  I added a Bermuda Bay pompom to the tip of the hat.

I forgot to add a piece of ribbon to the left side and tie it in a know. I may do that later but I think it looks good without it too.  I also forgot to add the balloon. Now you are going to have to go look at the original card to see the ribbon and the balloon!  I will probably add the balloon after I'm done posting this. And maybe not. I think it looks fine without it too!

I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card and the card was done.

I was happy to find a card that used the ice cream cones.  That was a busy background and I wasn't sure how I was going to use it.  I had used a small piece of it on a different card.  I don't think it can be used any bigger than this or it will overtake the card.  Anyway, I like the card and I can see myself making more.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Monday, February 10, 2020

Bonanza Buddies, Children's Birthday Card, Stampin' Up! 2020 Spring Catalog

I found this fun card on the internet. I thought it was SO cute plus it used some pretty busy Designer Series Paper (DSP) that I thought I would have trouble working with.  It's just perfect here!

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 2" x 4-3/4" piece of Bermuda Bay card stock that was textured using the "Corrugated" embossing folder.  And next to it is a 2" x 4-3/4" piece of DSP from the "Birthday Bonanza" 12" x 12" package.  The DSP was taped down first and then the Bermuda Bay piece. I taped the DSP and glued the Bermuda Bay. I don't feel that tape holds that texture very well.  Plus pushing down with the tape runner can flatten the texture in parts.

I die cut the tag. There's a die cut in the "Bonanza" dies pack.  I stamped the words on it from the "Bonanza Buddies" stamp set and I set it aside while I worked on the Koala bear.

I stamped the bear using Smoky Slate ink.  I set it up in my Stamparatus so I could get a nice solid image. I stamped him twice.  Then I die cut him out. I also stamped the hat using Poppy Parade ink and I die cut that out too.  I glued the hat to the head and set it aside.

I took some Bermuda Bay ribbon (mine is retired) and I cut a piece and slipped it through the opening of the tag. I took a clip and pinched the two ends so I could have my hands free to tie the bow using Baker's Twine.  

I set the tag in place using Dimensionals.

Then I set the Koala bear in place using Dimensionals.  I added a pom pom to the tip of the hat and the card was done.

This was a very fun, easy and quick card to make.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Music From the Heart, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up! 2020 Spring Catalog

Today I decided to play with the new Stampin' Up! 2020 Spring catalog's "Music From the Heart".  I thought this set was so darn cute.  There's a fun guitar and a grand piano in the set too. I'm sure I will be playing with those in a few days.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Real Red card stock.

I stamped the images on a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock using black Memento ink.  The hearts were stamped using Real Red ink and then just stamping two more times without inking it up again.

The notes were added one at a time and I probably should have space them out a little bit more so there isn't that big space at the end of the music staff.

I stamped the treble clef and colored the heart in using my Real Red marker.  

The words are from the same set and were also stamped using black Memento ink.

I taped all the layers together and I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the inside and the card was done.

This was a very quick and easy card to make.  The part that took the longest was putting the notes on in the right spot. I wanted them to be the "Happy Birthday" song notes.  

What's fun about this card is that it can be for male or female and even teens!  But it's perfect for that music lover!!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Free as a Bird, Thank You Card, 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Today I had fun playing with the "Free as a Bird" set.  It's from the 2019-2020 catalog. I had to make it because I saw it on Pinterest and I kept thinking about it as I was looking for something else.  Obsessed?  Perhaps!  LOL  You can see the original card here.  I only made the front of the card, not the inside technique.  I have some Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Bird Ballad" 12" x 12" package that I had gotten as a gift. It was cut 4" x 6" along with some matching card stock.  I will be using this layout to make some more of these cards.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Crumb Cake card stock.  This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left.

I cut a 4" x 3" piece of Pool Party DSP from the "Subtles" 6" x 6" pack.  I cut a 4-1/4" x 3-1/4" piece of Whisper White for the layer behind it.  I think what really attracted me to this card was the colors.  The Pool Party and the Crumb Cake go so well together, it's very pleasing to the eye.  I taped the DSP to the Whisper White piece.

Then I wrapped some Polka Dot Tulle ribbon around the left side and taped the ends on the back using scotch tape.  And then I taped the piece to the front of the card base.

I cut a piece of Shimmery White card stock using the third largest "Stitched Nested Labels" die.  

I stamped the birds from the "Free as a Bird" set using black Memento ink on Whisper White card stock. I colored them in using both light and dark Crumb Cake Blends pens, dark Crushed Curry, light Old Olive and light and dark Pool Party.  After coloring, I die cut them out using the 4th largest die in the set.  I taped the two pieces together.  I set them in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals. I centered it as best as I could.  

The words are from the same set and I stamped them using black Memento ink. I cut them on the paper cutter and snipped the ends to give them that ribbon end look.  I set them in place using Dimensionals.  I was going to add them to the bottom part but I did like how the pearls looked, so I left them at the top.

I tied a bow using the Polka Dot ribbon and set it in place on top of the ribbon strip using a glue dot.

I added the three pearls at the bottom right and the card was done.  I thought it went rather quickly.  Now if you opt to do the whole technique thing on the inside of the card, it will take a little longer than just the front.  I have done that technique before and I think it's a fun and easy one to do.

I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside and the card was done.

I really do like the colors.  I want to make one as a birthday card I will be needing in a couple of weeks.

Thank you SO much for popping in today,
Wanda

Friday, February 07, 2020

Thoughtful Blooms, Thank You Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

Today I found this fun card.  I had to make a few minor changes do to lack of supplies.  But I made do with what I had and it worked. You can see the original card here.  All you get there are measurements and colors but no instructions.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Very Vanilla card stock.  This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left.

On top of the card base is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Gray Granite card stock.  

The focal piece is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Very Vanilla card stock.

I took the large four leaf image from the "Thoughtful Blooms" set and using Gray Granite ink, I stamped this image kind of in a circle around the piece.

Next I stamped the tiny flowers on the ends of that image I just stamped. I used Blushing Bride ink. The original card used Rococo Rose. I didn't buy the in colors so I had to make do with what I had.  

Then I stamped the sprig piece using Gray Granite ink. I followed that by using the buds image and Rich Razzleberry ink.

I stamped the larger flower, the solid image, using Blushing Bride ink.  And on top of that I stamped the detail image using Rich Razzleberry ink.  I also stamped a dozen of them on some scrap Very Vanilla card stock.  I punched them out using the matching "Small Bloom" punch.  Both the punch and the "Thoughtful Blooms" stamp set are from the Sale-a-Braion catalog.

I stamped the words from the same "Thoughtful Blooms" set using Rich Razzleberry ink.  I die cut it with the two smallest dies in the "Stitched So Sweetly" die set.  I die cut the larger one from the center of the Gray Granite piece of card stock that was used for the layer.  No one will ever see that piece was missing.

I took a piece of Basic Gray ribbon that I had in my stash. I'm sure it's retired.  And I taped the ends on the backside of the Gray Granite piece.  I secured the ends with transparent tape.

I taped the layers to the card base and then I added the word layers and the flowers.

I took my Rich Razzleberry dark Blends pen and colored twelve pearls to go in the center of each flower.

This was a very fun card to make and I do like how it turned out. The colors I used were close enough for me.  And if you don't look at the original card, you will never see the difference!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Thursday, February 06, 2020

Painted Poppies, Get Well Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

I thought I would put my 2020 Sale-a-Bration sets aside for a day or two and play with the "Painted Poppies" set.  I saw a fun card that I thought would be quick to make since my day was getting away from me.  This is a very quick and easy card to make.  You can see my inspiration for it here.  I just made it a regular card without the fancy opening.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Powder Pink.  Which I realized was the wrong color after I had stamped on the card. I couldn't figure out why the Petal Pink ink wasn't working for me.  The card stock should be Petal Pink.  I need to check the rest of my Petal Pink pack and see if there are more pieces in there that shouldn't be.  I need to pay better attention.

I stamped the fun splat image on the card stock using Petal Pink ink.  It will be much more subtle when you do it with the right color card stock.  

I cut a 4-1/2" x 2-3/4" piece of Flirty Flaming card stock for my layer.

I cut a 4-1/4" x 2-1/2" piece of Whisper White card stock to stamp my image from the "Painted Poppies" set.  I stamped them using black Memento ink.  I colored the flowers using both the dark and light Flirty Flamingo Blends pens.  First I colored all the flowers with the light one and then colored some with the dark.  

The words are from the "Back on Your Feet" set.  I set them up in my Stamparatus and stamped them using black Memento ink.  

I taped the two layers together and set them in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals.

I found some Flirty Flamingo ribbon that is retired. I tied a knot and glued it in place on the corner of the Whisper White panel.  

I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock on the inside and the card was done.

This was a very quick and fun card to make.  I was in need of a get well card and this one is now ready for the mailbox tomorrow morning!

Thank you ever so much for visiting today,
Wanda

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Little Ladybug, Beautiful Bouquet, Birthday Card, Spinner Popup Card Technique

Today's card was fun to make but a bit time consuming.  Mostly because of the fussy cutting.  Though I am aware that there is now a die cut for these cut ladybugs.  And there's a lot of pieces to this card. The front of my card is a bit blah because I lost interest when it came time to decorate the front.  The instructions can be found here at You Tube.  Now that I know how to make it, I can see myself making it again.  I would just do some things differently.  I'll explain later in the post.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of the thick Whisper White card stock.  I used my scoreboard to score it because it's too thick to fold nicely by hand.

I followed along with the instructions and die cut the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "From My Heart" 12" x 12" paper pack.  The piece behind the ladybug is Flirty Flamingo card stock.  

I used the "Little Ladybug" Sale-a-Bration set to make this card.

After die cutting the pieces and fussy cutting the ladybugs, I should have spent more time with the front.  But instead, I was working on the inside.  I think the upper part of the front needs some work.  Other than that, I really do like the front and I like the layout.

Next I worked on the mechanism.  It was easy enough to do, though I with the guy would use different colors instead of white on white when he demonstrates how to make these mechanisms.  But being it was a video, I could stop and replay and enlarge it on my computer.  

When assembling the mechanism, this tip will help you out.  The second part of the mechanism is added under the boxy piece, which was called the "popup mechanism".  I glued on the left side first as was shown in the video.  But I had difficulty trying to see where the other end was glued.  After gluing it wrong, I finally figured out that it needed to be glued away from the "popup mechanism"  I measured and it's 1/2" away.  And it is under the "popup mechanism" which was obvious.  Make sure you fold in the "V" part before gluing the whole "spinner mechanism" in place.  And lastly you glue on the "spinner arm".  After that is done you then assemble the inside.

I didn't pay attention to where the words needed to go so I used the ones from the "Little Ladybug" set.  It was too long.  When I went to set the flower panel in place, all the words were not visible.  So I had to start again. I used the same size piece as was instructed but I found some smaller words from the "Beautiful Bouquet" set.  I stamped them using black Memento ink on Flirty Flamingo card stock with a frame using DSP.  I did take my piece to the cutter and measured it and cut a piece for the backing. I thought it was a bit too flimsy.  I glued it to the bottom part of the "spinner arm" piece.  Then I added the ladybugs.  And lastly I added my layered flower.  For my flower layer, I didn't use the frame and insert the DSP inside it. I just made layers.  I think it was done the other way to save DSP.  At this point I didn't care. I had struggled enough trying to figure out how I was going to get the words right and trying to find the words.  

But now that it's done, I think I would like to make another one. I just need to think of what other stamp sets I would use to create this and make it quicker.  I might rethink the stitched die cut pieces and just do layers.  It would take less time.  I have made three mechanism and I don't find them difficult at all to make.  Give it a try and see what you think.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda


Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Bonanza Buddies, Best Dressed DSP, Birthday Card, Popup Gift Card Holder, 2020 Spring Catalog

Today's card is a very fun popup gift card. I love interactive cards. It's fun when I find them. It's fun when they are cool looking.  And it's even more fun when you can reproduce them!  I found the tutorial on Pinterest. It's very easy to follow, though I do recommend you watch it first before you follow along.  The guy makes a few minor mistakes that if you were following along right away, you might make the same ones and ruin your mechanism.  I skipped the card front part of the video because I just wanted to learn to make the mechanism.  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  This card opens at the bottom and the fold is at the top.  This technique works if the card opens on the right or the bottom. I suppose you could try it from the side but you won't get a very pronounced popup look.  Play around with it and see what you think. Personally, I wouldn't do it because I like the look of the way it opens on the right or bottom.

I followed the instructions for the mechanism. I cut my strip 2-3/8" x 8-1/2" and I immediately cut off two 3/8" strips on the long side. Now my piece measured 2-3/8" x 7".  That's the size you need and then you score. After the scoring, you glue and assemble.  It's very easy to do, just pay attention to the orientation of the mechanism as you are assembling it.  When you are gluing the long cut strip, that part is the back but the center score line next to it starts the panel for the front. So you have the front and back on one side until you fold it.  I had a little difficulty with that part because it was hard to see on the screen what happened. The guys hands got in the way and he folded it a bit too quick for me.  SO I played it a few times and then when I realized which was the front and which was the back I was able to figure it out better.  Oh and the two 1-1/4" strips are actually the back. So your parts are back, front, back all on one side.  It will make more sense after you watch the video.

I also got a bit confused at where to glut that tab. He measured 3/8" but didn't say exactly where.  And his card is a note card not a full-sized card.  I marked the center of the inside cover at 1/2" above the fold.  That mark is where the score line is glued and the rest of the tab is above it.  After I got that figured out, the rest was just adding glue to the back along the 3/8" strip and the two small rectangles above it.  Keep your glue away from the long folded (and glued) shaft, that is what makes the center piece roll up and with your gift card attached to it, it makes it pop up.  Again, watch the video and come back here for the clarifications.  

Now for the front of my card. I used a 2-1/2" x 3-3/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Best Dressed" 6" x 6" paper pack.  I taped the DSP to a 2-3/4" x 4" piece of Mossy Meadow card stock. I taped those two layers to the left side of the card front.

I stamped the words from the "Bonanza Buddies" set using Melon Mambo ink.  The colors used on the DSP that would match that is Lovely Lipstick. I don't have that color so I thought the next closest one was Melon Mambo and it worked nicely.  I LOVE those words.  They just create a warm and loving feeling. I die cut the words using the 2-3/8" "Stitched Circle" die.  Then I die cut a scalloped circle just a bit larger than the stitched circle.  The scalloped circle was too large to cut it from the layer to save card stock and that was okay. It's such a pretty card that it was worth the extra card stock used for the scalloped circle. I taped the circles together and set them in place on the card using Dimensionals.

I had some Baker's Twine left over from one of the Paper Pumpkin kits. I tied it in a bow and glued it just below the words on the circle.

I added my gift card using a single small glue dot.  

Isn't this a fun pop up gift card holder?  I have some birthday's coming up and I thought this would be a fun way to give a gift card. It's a lot better than it just falling out of the card.  

This would also be a great way to give out a business card, changing the wording on the front of course.  Nothing like "Happy Birthday, here's my business card!"  LOL  

And this would be a fun children's card, using a cute character inside instead of a gift card.  Or a photo of something large that you couldn't wrap up, like a skateboard, bike, etc.  Lot's of possibilities with this fun technique. 

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,
Wanda