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Monday, September 28, 2020

Dandelion Wishes, Wedding Card, Anniversary Card, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I got a "save the date" post card in the mail and that means I'm going to be needing a wedding card. I was planning on making a different card but when I saw the white and silver Designer Series Paper (DSP)  from the "Feels Like Frost" 6" x 6" stack and thought it would make a perfect wedding card.  Or an anniversary card too.  I had a strip of the DSP and on the other side was a part of a snow covered pine tree. I had cut away the prettiest part of the DSP and this is what was left. But when I turned it over and saw the white and silver part, I thought it would be a perfect way to use the piece I would have considered tossing out.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Smoky Slate card stock. It's the closest color to silver without having to use metallic card stock. This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left.

My strip was 3" wide so I cut it to 2" x 5-1/2".  Then I cut a piece of Basic Gray card stock to 2-1/8" x 5-1/2" and I taped those two pieces together.  Then I taped them to the front of the card about 1/4" away from the fold.  

I stamped the words from the "Dandelion Wishes" set using Smoky Slate ink on Whisper White card stock. I had a scrap piece of card stock so it was nice to use that up too.  I used the second largest "Stitched Circle" to die cut the words.  Then I used a Scalloped Circle die to cut the Basic Gray piece for the layer. I taped those two pieces together and I set them in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals.

When I had die cut the words I made sure I moved the die so that there would be some open space under the words. I took that remaining 1" strip of the DSP and punched out a flower using the cute "Small Bloom" punch. I put it in the palm of my hand and I pressed the center with the eraser end of a pencil so the petals would bend inward. I set the flower in place using a Dimensional and I added a pearl to the center to give it a better look.

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock was added to the inside of the card and the card was finished.

This is a very quick and easy way to make a card and it's a perfect way to use those pieces of DSP that you have sitting around.  This one was a nice surprise because of the other side being so perfect for a wedding (or anniversary) card.  I like how the card turned out and now I'm ready for a wedding I will probably not be attending due to the virus.

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

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Band Together, Birthday Card, Wedding Card, With Feels Like Frost DSP

Last year Stampin' Up! came out with the 6" x 6" "Feels Like Frost" Designer Series Paper (DSP) stack. I bought two with big plans of using them both up. But as usual I had a lot left in both packs. I did open the second one. Not sure why, I must have used up all of one design in the first pack.  Anyway, I have lots left so I need to use it up this time around.  Stampin' Up! brought it back in their 2020 Holiday Catalog. I was thrilled. It's SO pretty and easy to work with.  You can whip up a bunch of cards in no time using an easy layout and some words. Hmmm, maybe that is what I was planning on doing!

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Gorgeous Grape card stock. I cut the full sheet on the short side. Before folding this card measures 4-1/4" x 11". I scored it at 5-1/2" and folded it in half. I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside. I like to do that first so when I'm done with the front it's all done.  This card opens at the bottom and the fold is at the top.

I cut a piece of the DSP 2-1/4" x 5-1/2". The layer behind the DSP is Highland Heather card stock cut 2-3/8" x 5-1/2" and the Whisper White piece behind that was cut at 2-1/2" x 5-1/2".  I taped all those layers together and then taped them to the front of the card.  You can use any width of DSP you'd like, just cut the layers 1/8" wider.  I think I could have cut this one a 1/2" narrower and been okay with the look. But it's cut at 2-1/4" and it looks just fine.

The words are from the "Band Together" set and were stamped on Whisper White card stock using Gorgeous Grape ink. I die cut them with the 3rd smallest "Stitched Rectangles" die and I die cut a Gorgeous Grape layer using the rectangle that was the next size up. I taped those two pieces together and then I set them in place on the card using Dimensionals.  And the card was done.

This was a very quick and easy card to make and it's very pretty too!! I do like how it turned out.

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

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Halloween Card, September 2020 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card

My card today was found on the internet. I wasn't able to find a link to where it came from so (as usual) I winged it with colors and sizes. I think I nailed it!

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

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Rich Razzleberry was cut for the layer. I didn't have the spider web embossing folder so I used the "Woodland" one. I taped it to the front of the card.

A 3" x 4-1/4" piece of Crushed Curry was cut and on top of that a 2-7/8" x 4-1/8" piece of Whisper White card stock was cut.

There's a fun 6" x 6" pack of Designer Series Paper (DSP) called "Plaid Tidings". I have that DSP stack and I found the color used. I cut that piece 4-1/8" x 3/4" and I taped it to the bottom of the Whisper White piece.

The witch hat was taped on next. The original card stamped the hat. I figured I would use one already made. A flower was added to the hat using a glue dot. And I did add a little pumpkin to the hat in the area where the pumpkin is stamped on the hat. That was taped in place.

The features were stamped on the  double pumpkins using black Memento ink. I set the stamps on top of the pumpkins and then set my stamping block on top and pressed down. I inked both up at the same time and stamped them both at the same time.  I set the pumpkins in place using Dimensionals. I didn't press down on them though. I waited because I wanted to see if one of those curly things from the kit would look cute on it. I was going to use the Mossy Meadow color but it kind of got lost on the plaid DSP. The Crushed Curry colored one seemed to look better. It connected the flower in the witch hat to the bottom of the pumpkins. I liked it much better. I slipped it under the Dimensionals that were near it and then I pressed the pumpkins in place. 

I had some purple sequins and I set them in place on the front of the card using small glue dots. I was thrilled that my sequins matched the Rich Razzleberry card stock SO close. If you click on the photo you can see it more up close and personal.  

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White was added to the inside of the card and the card was done.  I thought this alternative card was SO darn cute. Worth of copying and sharing!!

Thank you ever SO much for taking the time to visit today,
Wanda

Friday, September 25, 2020

Snow Front, Itty Bitty Christmas, Winter Snow, Christmas Card, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Earlier this week Stampin' Up! had a 15% off sale on certain stamp sets.  What these stamp sets had in common was that most of them (if not all) will be retiring in the spring.  I wasn't sure I wanted to buy a stamp set that I could only use for a few months knowing that I wouldn't use them enough to justify buying them.  This "Snow Front" set was one of them. I already had the set and thought I should use it a few more times before the end of the year. It is more of a Christmas type set but could be used for a winter birthday or masculine sympathy.  So here's a fun and quick card I found on the internet that I thought I'd give a try to.  You can see the original card here

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

On top of it is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock that was textured using the "Winter Snow" embossing folder.  This has to be one of the prettiest snowflake folders I've ever seen or used.  I love the delicate snowflakes. It's SO pretty and looks so much better in real life.  I taped this piece to the card base.

I took a piece of Whisper White card stock, scrap that measured around 3" x 3".  I stamped the trees from the "Snow Front" set using Balmy Blue. I stamped a tree and then without inking the image up again I stamped another. Doing this gives the image some depth. The lighter ones look like they are in the background. I inked it up again and I did stamp off because only one large tree needed to be dark.  I took the next largest tree and did the same. I filled in areas of openness with stamped off trees. 

For the ground I used the dotted image. I stamped off once and then stamped on the card stock. I did this twice.

The deers were stamped using Night of Navy in and were only stamped once.  They have a texture to them so they don't stamp solid. If you want them solid you will have to color them in. I just left them as they were, the looked fine to me. I die cut the stamped images using the 2-1/8" circle die and I die cut a 2-7/16" circle of Night of Navy for the layer. I taped those two pieces together. 

The words are from the "Itty Bitty Christmas" set and were stamped on a scrap piece of Whisper White card. My scrap piece came from what was left from die cutting the circle.  They were stamped using Night of Navy ink and punched out using the "Classic Label" punch.  

I set the circles and words in place using Dimensionals. I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card and the card was done.  

This is a very quick and easy Christmas/Winter card to make.  I LOVE the snowflake background and I also love how quick it was to make this card. I may make a few for our Christmas card stash this year. It's a mish mash of cards. Everyone we sent to will not be getting the same card this year. I'm using what I have on hand plus what I run across that is fun to make. And maybe quick and easy too! 

Thank you SO much for taking the time to stop by and have a look,                                                          Wanda 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Halloween Card, Fall Card, Friendship Card, September 2020 Paper Pumpkin Card

Here's the second card I made today using the September 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit.  I could have posted it tomorrow but I don't want to make too many of my posts with Paper Pumpkin stuff because not everyone subscribes to it.

Here's how I made my card.  I took a half-sheet of Mossy Meadow card stock and folded it in half. This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left.

On top of tat is a 3-1/2" x 4-5/8" piece of Whisper White card stock.

I cut one of the Paper Pumpkin party favors to use for the center. I cut off the sides and kept the middle. That middle piece measures 2-1/2" x 3-5/8".  I cut the Old Olive piece 2-7/8" x 4". I put a small dot of tape at the area where I think the hole will be punched out. I need the tape there to hold the pieces together and prevent them from slipping.  I took my 1-1/4" circle punch and put the piece all the way into the punch.I eyed both sides to make sure they were as even as could be and I punched the circle.  Then I took the 1-3/8" circle punch and punched the party favor circle a little bit bigger. I eyed the punch and then punched out the thin ring. You don't need the ring so toss it in recycling. I taped those two pieces together.

The words are from the kit and were stamped on Whisper White card stock using Cajun Craze ink.  I punched them with the "Classic Label" punch.  

I took a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock, mine measured 2" x 2" and I centered it on the back side of the circle. I had set Dimensionals around the circle and I affixed the scrap piece to the front layers. 

I took some black Baker's Twine from the kit and wrapped it around the two layers and tied a bow in the front. I did add a glue dot to hold the bow where I needed it to be. I set the words above the bow using Dimensionals.

I added a Dimensional to the back of the little pumpkin in the kit and set it in the center of the punched circle. 

I glued a curly piece to the front of the card just above the words. 

The front panel was done so I added Dimensionals to the back and set it in place on top of the Whisper White piece. A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White was added to the inside and the card was done.

This was a fun card to make and it's a layout I love to use with smaller images.  

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

Thanksgiving Card, Thank You Card, September 2020 Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternative Cards

Today I'm going to share with you two cards from the September 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit. This kit has the most pieces of any kit I have ever gotten. There's SO many possibilities for cards in this kit too. I don't plan on using all the pieces in the kit but I do plan on making at least 10 different cards from it. The pieces are for party favors. I don't need any party favors so I'm designing and finding other cards to make using the pieces.  Here's what I came up with today.  The one with the Whisper White background was found on the internet but I can't find where it originated from. And the one with the  Mossy Meadow background was one I came up with.

To make the one with the Whisper White background you will need to cut a half sheet of Whisper White card stock.  It was cut on the 8-1/2" side so before folding it measures 4-1/4" x 11".  This card opens at the bottom and the fold is at the top.  

You will need to cut the scalloped piece from the ends of the party favor. Mine were left over from another card I had made. I haven't thrown anything away (yet).  You will need it to be the length of 4 scored sections. Don't cut the sections apart, keep them as one piece.  

I set the scored piece on top of the card so I could see where to stamp the words. The words are from the September 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit. They were stamped with Cajun Craze ink that came with the kit. After stamping the words I taped the scalloped piece in place.

Then I added some tape to the center of one of the lacy rectangle pieces. And I set that on top of the scalloped piece. Then I added a little tape so I could adhere the curly Mossy Meadow piece. 

The two flowers were added to each side of the lacy piece and the pumpkins piece was set in place using Dimensionals. A white Baker's Twine bow was tied and set in place with a glue dot and the and was done.  This was such a quick and simple card to make. I love all the elements in the card. It's quick and clean.

I had an issue trying to get two photos on the blog at the same time. I could get the photos on there but there was a big gap in the wording so I'm going to have to create two posts.  I'm sure you won't mind the bonus post!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,                                                                                                Wanda


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Detailed Bands, Here's a Card, Birthday Card, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I was late getting my card posted tonight because I had encountered an issue with the word piece. I'll explain later.

I used this layout once before and thought it was a fun one. It is fun but you have to get the squares lined up exactly even or you can tell it's off. It's not a forgiving frame.  I used the second smallest "Stitched Frame" die for the outer part and a small square one that fit on the inside to cut the opening. You could use a stitched one on the inside but I'm not sure now pretty that would look. I used both the stitched and the regular.  I die cut two and I also die cut one square, not stitched, using the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Flowers for Every Season" 6" x 6" stack. I clipped the corners or they would show through the openings. Now here's one of the things that took a little more time than I planned for. I had to tape the DSP to the edges of the frame. There was no overlapping of the DSP. So I took small strips of transparent tape and taped along the edges to hold the DSP in the frame.

Next I had a little issue with the word frame too. It's from the Detailed Bands dies, a part of the "Band Together" bundle. I die cut the piece using Misty Moonlight card stock. I had also used the Misty Moonlight for the squares too. I forgot to mention that in the above paragraph.  

I stamped the words from the "Here's a Card" set using black Memento ink on Whisper White card stock. I die cut them using the same die as the Misty Moonlight piece. I also had to use transparent tape to hold the Whisper White to the Misty Moonlight.  That was more time consuming than the square piece. There was hardly any Misty Moonlight card stock to stick the tape to. So I had to do it all around, covering over 80% of the edges. I wanted to pop it up using Dimensionals but I was afraid the tape wouldn't hold the words. And it would be difficult to get the Dimensionals to touch both card stocks because the Misty Moonlight was so thin and it might show on the edges. I saved the Dimensionals for the framed piece. I was able to get the Dimensionals to cover both the frame and the DSP to I knew it would stay in place. And I did add one more Dimensional to the center of the DSP for added support.

The base of my card is a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Misty Moonlight card stock.  

I cut my Whisper White piece at 11-1/2" x 4" and I folded it in half on the long side. I textured it using the "Ornate Floral" embossing folder. The card part is actually the Whisper White piece and the Misty Moonlight acts as a layer. I don't usually use this card form but I didn't have much Misty Moonlight left and it's a perfect way to save on it and yet have it on the back part of the card.

It's an easy card to make, it just took some time to make sure the pieces stick together and stay together. I like the looks of it and I think I may try this layout for a Halloween, fall, and maybe a Christmas card later this year.

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



Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Halloween Card, September 2020 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card

My Paper Pumpkin Kit arrived today. I was a bit disappointed in it because I didn't want party favors, I wanted to make cards. So I sat at my worktable and punched out the tons of die cut items in the kit. And as I was punching them out I was thinking of what else I could do with them instead of making party poppers. How could I turn these items into a card.  Kind of a MacGyver moment!  LOL This is what I came up with.

I took a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock and added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside. 

I cut a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Mango Melody and stamped the two leaves from the stamps in the kit. I used Versa Mark to do that. If you don't have Versa Mark you could use the Mango Melody ink, though you might want to stamp off once before stamping on the card stock. It depends on how much you want the leaves to show. I taped this piece to the front of the card base. 

The words are from the kit and I stamped them using the Cajun Craze ink that came in the kit. 

I took one of the party favor boxes and cut the sides off and took that center piece and cut along the score lines and got 3 pieces from it. I put the piece on my scoring board and scored the opposite side to try to flatten out that score line. Then I took my bone folder and ran it across that line on the backside. Those pieces ended up being 2-1/2" x 1-5/8".  I used two of them on my card. I also cut a Basic Black layer for each piece too. They measure 1-7/8" x 2-5/8".  I taped the striped pieces to the Basic Black layers. Then I taped those two pieces to the corners of the card as seen in the photo.  I didn't press down because I wanted to try to use some of those curly pieces. I took a Cajun Craze one and put it on the long side and I took the Mossy Meadow one and put it on the short ends. I did add a tiny amount of tape on the back of the taller loop. I pressed the pieces down on the Cajun Craze piece.

The kit came with the die cut lacy pieces so I put some glue on my craft mat and lightly touched the piece to the glue and set the piece in place on the striped piece.  

I had also cut a 1-7/8" x 2-5/8" piece of Basic Black for the center piece.  I set that piece in place with tape on the upper left and bottom right and a Dimensional on the lower left and upper right.

The pumpkins are from the kit and I stamped the faces using the stamps from the kit. I stamped them using black Memento ink. I set the pumpkins in place using Dimensionals. I thought they could use some sparkle so I colored them in using my Wink of Stella pen. 

And that was it.  It's kind of busy but that's okay. I like how it turned out.  Now to see what I can do with the other 19 party favors.  I don't think I will be making 19 cards but I'm going to try hard to use up what I can.

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

Monday, September 21, 2020

Painted Poppies, Here's a Card, Thank You Card

My September 2020 Paper Pumpkin didn't arrive today as it showed at USPS that it was supposed to. Which is okay. I needed to make a thank you card and not being sure what was going to be in the kit, I went ahead and worked with what I had.

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

I found a strip of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Flowers for Every Season" 6" x 6" stack. It measured 1-5/8" x 4-1/4". I cut a piece of the Magenta Madness card stock for the layer behind the strip. It measured 1-7/8" x 4-1/4".  

The flower is from the "Painted Poppies" set. It was stamped using black Memento ink. I die cut it with the "Painted Labels" dies. I colored it in using my Blends pens. 

The words are from the "Here's a Card" set. They were stamped using black Memento ink.

I set the flower image in place using Dimensionals and the card was done.

This was a very quick and easy card to make. Plus it's nice to be able to use the smaller pieces of scrap DSP. 

This would be a great layout to whip up a bunch of cards for many other occasions. 

Thank you SO much for taking the time to stop by today and see what I've been up to.                              Wanda 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Friendship Card, August 2020 Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternative Card, Stampin' Up!

I spent the last couple of days working on cards using the August 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit. I am down to a half a card with a daisy punched out in it. I don't think I have another card in me, plus what's left doesn't make me fell bad about putting it in the scrap bin. I made a lot of cards from this set. Only one of them was like described in the set. The rest were just other alternative cards made using the supplies in the set. I'm happy with what I got! I have not use up a kit in a long time. This was a great feeling and the September 2020 kit will be delivered tomorrow!  Just in time!  I hope I can do the same with that kit too. Them maybe I can take a kit down from my shelf and finish it up too. It would be nice to get them all finished and out of my workroom! It's trying to find spare time that is the problem.

Okay, let's talk about today's card. I found it on the internet. You can see the original card here

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of that I adhered the foam frame that came in the kit.  I removed the backing on the frame and I set the green plaid frame in place on top of it. You may want to stand up so you can hover over it to make sure you get it straight.

The vase is one of the trophy die cut images from the kit. It was cut and slipped under the foam frame just a little it.  I did add a little tape to the rest of the piece before I slipped it under the frame. 

I colored the vellum leaves from the kit using my dark Soft Sea Foam Blends pen.  I colored both sides so I had the darkest color I could get. I taped them to the card where the tape wouldn't be noticed.  And I slipped them under the vase piece a little too.

Then I took the blue plaid card and die cut four daisies from the "Medium Daisy" punch.  Then I took one of the yellow pieces from the kit and cut two daisies from it. I glued the daisies together at the center.  For the center I punched a 3/8" circle from the blue plaid piece and two from the yellow piece. I glued those pieces in place.

I set the blue flowers in place using a Dimensional on the back of each and I taped the yellow flower behind them. 

The words are from the kit and I stamped them using Pacific Point ink. I had used one of the rectangles in the kit for the words. I set them in place using small Dimensionals.

I love the look of this card. I like how colorful it is and how pretty the flowers are on it. All the colors just go so well together.

This was a fun card to make and I'm glad I ran across it on Pinterest.

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

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Geared Up Garage, Here's a Card, Garage Gears, Stampin' Up! 2020-2021 Catalog

Today I was in need of a birthday card. Monday is our son's birthday and since we will be seeing him tomorrow, I thought I would give him his card a day early.  He's a computer person, a Cloud Architect. Please don't ask, I haven't a clue. I just see fluffy clouds in the sky and think of him!!! LOL

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black card stock. And on top of that is a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of a card from the August 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit. I had punched out a daisy on one corner of the card but I still had the whole back of the card to use.  I would have to say, it's the first time in a long time that I've used 90% of the stuff in a kit!!!

I stamped the car, words, and smoke on the white cards that came in the kit.  I used Basic Black for the car and the smoke and I used Pacific Point for the words.  The car and smoke are from the "Geared Up Garage" set and the words are from the "Here's a Card" set.

I die cut the car using the matching die in the bundle I bought last year.  And I die cut the gears using the gold foil paper. I was going to use silver because it matched the gears better being they are normally silver tone metal but it didn't go well with the blue background, so I had to go with the gold. It's still pretty.  

I die cut the words using one oval die and one "Stitched" oval die. I taped those two pieces together.

Then I die cut the smoke piece using an oval die and the black layer behind it was cut with the next size up oval die.  I taped those two pieces together.

I colored the car in using the light Night of Navy Blends Pen. Super easy to color using the Blends.

I taped the gears in place and the smoke oval.

The word piece and the car were set in place using Dimensionals and the card was done.

This was a very quick and easy card to make. I don't seem to make enough masculine cards. I need to make more with this set. It came out last year and was in the catalog this year, which usually means it won't be in next years catalog.  SO, I'd better use it some more! It's great for masculine birthdays and Father's Day, masculine Get Well, or for someone who really likes cars!

I like the way the card turned out and I think our son will like it too.

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

Friday, September 18, 2020

Peaceful Moments, Stitched Lace, Thank You Card, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I have a charm swap to go to tonight and it's the perfect opportunity for me to give a friend a gift I had made for her and this card I made this morning. Before the virus hit I was in a bead group that met once a month. In March we were going to exchange charms we had made. The charms were to be made to represent ourselves. Mine are snowmen made with white round beads. A snowflake was added and a garnet. I LOVE snowmen and making snowballs and my birth month is January and garnet is the stone. Nailed it! But we didn't get to do our swap so I suggested last month that we meet in the parking lot at the place we would go bead at and place our charms in the trunk and everyone can pick one and leave theirs. It seemed the safest way to do this considering the times.  I'm looking forward to seeing my friends eyes!  Masks will be required.  It will be fun just to get out and be around friends.

One of the friends had decided she was not going to be doing metals anymore and sold me her metal supplies. I have been using them and wanting to make her something. I am still planning on making her a pair of earrings, but I did get a beautiful sterling silver and amethyst bracelet done for her. She loves purple. Oh and I bet her charm will have amethyst in it!!!  So I thought I would also make her a card. This is what I found on the internet, click here to see the original card. I changed it up a bit but it's pretty close.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Purple Posy. I didn't have any matching ink so I used Highland Heather. Though I think Purple Posy ink would have been too light anyway.

I used the "Stitched Lace" die for the background. I die cut it using Whisper White card stock. I have only used this die a few times because I hated fussy cutting the bottom edges.  When I was taking the die out of the package today I noticed a die cut strip. It was for cutting that bottom ledge. Well, that just opened a new door for me. I now like this die again and I need to use it because I'm pretty sure it will be retiring come spring. There is one thing I still don't like about it and that's getting all of those little pieces out of the die cut holes. And I have to remember to use the double sided sticky sheets because gluing this isn't fun either. Hmm, maybe it's still not all that fun!! LOL No, it's fun and I'm glad I actually looked at what was in the die cut package. I've only had this thing for over a year.

I die cut the Purple Posy piece using the "Stitched So Sweetly" dies. It was taped to the front of the card on top of the lace piece.

The words are from the "Peaceful Moments" set and were stamped using Highland Heather ink. I snipped the right end to give it a ribbon look. I didn't have any Purple Posy ribbons to add to the front like the original card did and with the word piece being wider, I thought I'd just see if I could get by without anything there. I think it worked! That word piece measured 3-1/8" x 3/4".

I punched out three flowers from the "Medium Daisy" punch and I glued them together at the centers. 

The leaves were die cut from the "Poppy Moments" die set. I used Granny Apple Green card stock. I made a little mark on the Purple Posy die cut piece so I knew where the flower would go and I taped the leaves from that center outward. Once the leaves were on I added the flower using a Dimensional. Then I added a Faceted Gem (retired) to the center of the flower. I still have a dozen or so of those left and I plan to use them up!  Rhinestones colored with Blends pens or Sharpie markers will work and so will a punched circle of card stock, colored or color it yourself. There's lots of options for the flower center. 

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

It's now ready to proudly give to my friend. I think she will love the colors and the simplicity of the card too.  Plus it's from me!! LOL

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

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Life is Beautiful, Beautiful World, Thinking of You Card, Masculine Card, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I wanted to make a masculine thinking of you card today and I found this fun one on Pinterest to make. It used the new Cinnamon Cider in-color.  I thought, "wow, I have that card stock". I had bought the variety pack so I would have some of each color.  As I was gathering my supplies I realized I didn't have the ink pad to match. No markers either so I was about to scrap it when I thought I'd just play along and see what works. You can see the original card here.

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

I cut a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Basic Black card stock for the back layer and a 3-5/8" x 4-7/8" piece of Whisper White for the focal piece.  

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from the "World of Good" 12" x 12" pack. I cut a 4-7/8" x 1-1/4" piece from the map image. This image has gold details that pick up the light so nicely.  

I didn't have the Cinnamon Cider ink pad so I was deciding if I should use Soft Suede or Cajun Craze. I ended up using the Cajun Craze, it blended best with the card base.  I stamped the globe on the right side of the Whisper White piece. You might want to set the DSP strip on the left to see how much wiggle room you have to stamp your globe. I don't tape my strip in place right away in the event that I make a mistake. It's kind of a given with me. If I tape it I will end up ruining it. If I don't tape it, it turns out fine. I set the Whisper White piece up in the Stamparatus to do all of my stamping. My ink pad wasn't inked up enough so I ended up stamping twice to get the globe dark enough.  

The words are from the "Life is Beautiful" set and I stamped them using black Memento ink.

After the stamping was done, I taped the DSP to the left side on the Whisper White piece.  Then I taped the Whisper White piece to the Basic Black Piece and both were then taped to the front of the card.

There is a fun globe die and I cut one using the gold foil card stock. I didn't have any copper foil card stock. I think it would blend better with the copper details in the DSP but I'm using what I have and it's working out just fine (so far).  The dies also have a round one so I cut one of Basic Black card stock. You can do this before you tape the Basic Black to the Whisper White piece or you can use a scrap. I had a scrap so I used that. My scrap is starting to pile up so I thought I'd better use it more.

I affixed the gold globe to the black circle and then set the two in place on the front of the card. I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card and the card was done.  

This was a very fun card to make and a perfect masculine card.  It's great for a masculine birthday, father's day, and the thinking of you card.

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

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Itty Bitty Christmas, Snowflake Splendor, Christmas Card

To quote Marvin the Martian, "delays, delays".  Every time I started working on my card I got interrupted by one thing or another. And the sad thing is, this card didn't take all that long to make, it's pretty simple and quick.  UGH.  But it's done and here's how I did it.

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

I had some strips of the snowflake Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Snowflake Splendor" 12" x 12" pack. One measured 3-3/4" x 1" and it was layered with a 1-1/4" x 4" piece of Pool Party card stock. The DSP on the top panel measured 3-3/4" x 3/4" and the Pool Party card stock back layer measured 4" x 1".  

I taped the bottom layer about 1/2" from the folded edge and about a 1/2" from the top edge. 

I taped the second panel on top of the first.

The words are from the "Itty Bitty Christmas" set. I was SO glad that set carried over from last year. It's got a lot of fun wording for the many moods of Christmas cards.

I die cut a snowflake from the "Christmas Layers" dies. I used the glitter paper and I found it a bit tough to cut. I ran it through the Big Shot three times. I set it in place on the front of the card using a small Dimensional. I colored a medium rhinestone using my dark Balmy Blue Blends Pen and I set it in place on top of the snowflake.  And the card was done.  See, it's very quick and easy to make but not if you keep getting interrupted!!!  But it did get done.  I think because it's simple and quick enough I may make several of them to add to our unusual stack of Christmas cards this year.  Not everyone is going to get the same card from us this year. I'm not making them all different but I'm not making them all the same like I usually do.

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

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Life is Beautiful, Masculine Card, Thinking of You Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Today's card was found on Pinterest and I liked the looks of it because not only of the colors but because it leaned towards the masculine side of card making.  You can see the original card here

I didn't make it exactly, I just used what I had.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Soft Suede card stock. On top of that is the focal piece of Very Vanilla that was cut at 4" x 5-1/4".  I cut a 1-1/2" x 4" strip of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Flowers for Every Season" 6" x 6" stack. And I cut a 1/4" x 4" piece of Soft Suede for the strip.

I took the Very Vanilla piece and stamped the tree from the "Life is Beautiful" set using Soft Suede ink.  Again I had an ink pad that must have had just the right amount of ink on to stamp all the detail in the tree.  Not quite as good as yesterdays image but it's close. Yesterday I used the Night of Navy ink pad that was foam. My Soft Suede ink pad is the older one that is cloth. It's still in good shape so I haven't replaced it yet.

The words are from the same set and were stamped using Soft Suede ink. The original card used the new Cinnamon Cider ink. I didn't purchase that color. 

The tree leaves were stamped using Crushed Curry ink. I stamped one on each side of the tree and then without inking, I stamped one in the middle.  Then I used the So Saffron ink and stamped it several times to fill in the open spots.  I was going to add some Cajun Craze and Pumpkin Pie but I wanted to keep the colors light.  So this is what it ended up looking like. 

I taped the DSP strip to the left side and I glued the Soft Suede strip to the edge of the DSP. The focal piece was taped to the card base and a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Very Vanilla card stock was added to the inside of the card and the card was done.

This was a fun and quick card to make and can easily be converted to a masculine birthday card or even a sympathy card.  This is a very versatile set.

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

Monday, September 14, 2020

Life is Beautiful, Thinking of You Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I was looking for a fun card to make using the "Life is Beautiful" set and I ran across this one. You can see the original here.  I thought it was pretty. I love the softness to it.  I did change the card a little. 

This is a very quick and easy card to make. I am thinking of finding my "Let it Snow" words from the "Snowman Season" set and making some for our Christmas cards.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Night of Navy card stock. On top of the Night of Navy is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Seaside Spray. And the top focal Whisper White piece was cut 3-5/8" x 4-7/8". 

The tree trunk was stamped first using Night of Navy ink. I was amazed at how pretty that image turned out. The details in the trunk and branches are nice and crisp. I usually get big globs of ink in spots I don't want. My ink pad must have just the right amount of ink on it.

Next I stamped the snow image using Seaside Spray ink. It was tamped four times.

The words are from the "Life is Beautiful" set and stamped using Night of Navy ink. The Whisper White focal panel is taped to the front of the card and the card was done. I told you it was quick and easy.  This card can be used for Thinking of You, Get Well, Birthday, and Christmas. It could be used for a thank you card after Christmas too! Lots of uses for this layout/image.

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

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Banner Year, Life is Beautiful, Thinking of You Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Today I thought I would play with the "Banner Year" set from the 2020 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  I was going to make a "Happy fall y'all" card but I don't  usually send out fall cards so I went with a thinking of you card.  There's a lot of people I think about all four seasons so this will be a perfect card.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Crushed Curry. This card opens on the bottom and the fold is at the top.

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock and taped it to the Crushed Curry card base.

I cut a 2" x 5" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Plaid Tidings" 6" x 6" paper stack. Mine was from a piece I had left from a different card I had made.  I'm not going to use up the stack 2" at a time!!! LOL  Then I cut a 2-1/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock and I taped the DSP to the bottom end of the Whisper White piece so the piece measured 5" x 3-3/4".  When I had trimmed the Rich Razzleberry piece I took the 1/4" strip and glued it to the front of my card where the DSP and the Whisper White meet.  

I was trying to figure out how to stamp the pumpkin. I didn't want to stamp it with it taped to the DSP but I couldn't figure out another way to do it without having to make pencil marks on my card and hope that I can find them or remember to erase them. So I decided to just stamp it with it already taped to the DSP. I really didn't need to have the base of the pumpkin on the Rich Razzleberry line so it didn't matter if it was taped or not.  I stamped the pumpkin from the "Banner Year" set using Pumpkin Pie ink. Then I took my markers and colored the leaf using Old Olive and the stem using Early Espresso. I huffed on it just before I stamped it on the pumpkin.

I took some linen and wrapped it three times around the focal piece and I tied a bow. I added a glue dot under the bow to hold it in place. I also took some scotch tape and taped the backside so the two pieces were a little more firm and would stay together better.

On a scrap piece of Whisper White I stamped the words from the "Life is Beautiful" set using Old Olive ink. I die cut it with the 1-5/8" circle die and I die cut a scalloped circle just a little bigger using Pumpkin Pie card stock.  When I die cut my Whisper White piece I wanted to make sure the words were closer to the top so I had room for a leaf or acorn. I had trouble deciding but I ended up with the leaf. The leaf is from the "Banner Year" set and I stamped it using Crushed Curry ink and then drew on it with my Cajun Craze marker. I fussy cut it out and set it aside. I stamped the little leaves on the circle using Crushed Curry ink that was stamped off once. The leaves are from the "Life is Beautiful" set. 

I taped the circles together and then I set them in place using Dimensionals and then I added a small Dimensional to the leaf and set it in place on the circle.

Don't forget to add a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card to complete it and make it easier to see what you write!

This was a fun card to make, even with the fussy cutting!!!  I want to play with the cute bat in this set! I'll have to think of a fun layout to make it work, it's not much bigger than the pumpkin.

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

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Framed For You, Poppy Moments, Thinking of You Card, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Today's card came from here. I thought it was so pretty that I had to give it a try. I didn't have the new watercolor paper but I still had some retired stuff so I used that instead. I'm using what I have first.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Cherry Cobbler card stock. This card opens on the bottom and the fold is on the top.

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of card stock was taped to the front of the card.

The flower was cut from watercolor paper using the "Poppy Moments" dies. I also die cut the framed flower image using the gold foil card stock. The flower center was cut using Basic Black card stock. I cut the larger center and I cut two of the smaller centers and I glued them all together.

The flower was colored in using an Aqua Painter and inkers. I first colored the entire piece with watered down Daffodil Delight ink.  Then I covered it with Cherry Cobbler watered down ink.  And then I colored the edges using Cajun Curry watered down ink.  I heat set it to dry.  Then I glued the gold foil piece to the watercolor piece.  The black center was glued on.

The leaves are from the "Poppy Moments" dies and were cut using Mossy Meadow card stock. I cut two.

I embossed a 1-3/8" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock using the "Ornate Floral" embossing folder.  I didn't have the folder that was used on the original card so I used what I had. It worked! 

The word strip was cut at 5-3/4" x 3/4".  I punched the left end using the "Triple Banner" punch. The piece didn't fit in the slot because it was too small, so I just eyed it to make sure it was as centered as possible. Then I stamped the words from the words from the "Framed for You" set using black Memento ink.  

The embossed Whisper White piece was taped on the front of the card and then the word strip. 

The leaves were taped in place and the flower was added using Dimensionals.

I didn't have the rhinestones that were used on the original card so I used some enamel dots I had. I could have colored some rhinestones but since I needed to mail this card I thought the enamel dots would go through the mail better. 

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock was added to the inside and the card was finished.

This was a fun card to make. I have not done watercoloring with ink in a long time. I do like how it turned out. It's one of those things that are kind of hard to ruin. Worst think that could happen is it would one solid color. Not a bad think it would still be pretty after you add the gold detail piece. So why not give it a try? What have you got to lose?

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

Friday, September 11, 2020

Butterfly Gala, Here's a Card, Positive Thoughts, Birthday Card, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I was reading my emails today and saw a card in it that I thought would be fun to make but I'm not a big fan of square cards or note cards. I try to make them into a regular size card.  Here's the original card and the following is what I did to change it to a regular size card. I like both.

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

A 5-1/4" x 1-3/4" piece of the Designer Series Paper from the "Subtles" 6" x 6" stack was cut and taped to the front of the card. I was going to cut it at 5" and add a layer of Blushing Bride card stock behind it but I thought I would just leave it as it is, just the polka dot piece of Blushing Bride DSP.

Then the words from the "Here's a Card" were stamped using Versa Mark and embossed with gold embossing powder. It was die cut using the second largest circle from the "Layering Circles" Framelits. I moved the circle so the words were cut towards the bottom. 

I didn't have the same leaf but I did have one that I thought would work, it's from the "Positive Thoughts" set and was stamped using Mint Macaron ink that was stamped off once. 

The butterflies are from the "Butterfly Gala" stamp set. They were stamped with Versa Mark on Vellum and embossed in gold like the words were. I colored them on the back with my dark Flirty Flamingo Blends pen. I had used the Blushing Bride light and dark pen but they were too light. I even used the Flirty Flamingo light pen but it was too light too.  I thought the dark Flirty Flamingo Blends pen would be too dark but it worked out perfectly. It was just dark enough to make the color pop and it blended in well with the DSP. 

The layer behind the Whisper White circle is a scalloped circle of Gold Foil card stock. I taped the circle to the scallop. Then I added a small Dimensional to each butterfly and set them in place on the circle. 

Dimensionals were added to the back of the circle and the circle was set in place on top of the card.  

I didn't have the gold gems for the butterflies but I did have some retired gold pearls, so I used them.  You get the idea and demonstrators know what to use to make the card with current products.  I have been just using what I have because I have so much retired stuff that I'm hanging on to but now I'm just going to substitute what I have until I run out of what I have. Then I can justify buying new and current stuff.  

And the card was finished. I like how it turned out. Doesn't look a lot like the original card except for the circle part.  I am not sure what drew me to the card but there was something about it that I liked and I was glad I could take what I liked from the card to create a card with the size I like to work with.  I thought this card was fun to make too.

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

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Life is Beautiful, Snowman Season, Winter or Christmas Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I found this fun card on Pinterest. This card was just too cute not to copy. 

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

Two 4" x 5-1/4" pieces of Whisper White card stock were cut. One for the front and one for the inside. 

I didn't have the fence that the original card had so I used one that that I had for many years.  I die cut it from a piece of Early Espresso card stock.

The tree is from the "Life is Beautiful" set and was stamped using Early Espresso ink. I stamped it on the left side and it went beyond the edge of the card stock.  You may want to move the tree up a bit, more than I did so it gives the tree more dimension or a little distance.  

The snowflake image is from the "Life is Beautiful" set and was stamped using Balmy Blue ink. 

The bottom of the card was sponged in using Balmy Blue ink and I also scrubbed a little of it into the top of the tree.

I glued the fence in place. My fence wasn't long enough so I had to cut it to stretch it out. The open are of the fence is behind the snowman and no one will ever know (unless you tell them!!!).  

The snowman is from the "Snowman Season" set and was stamped on Whisper White card stock using black Memento ink and then punched out using the matching punch.  The hat was punched from a scrap of Basic Black card stock. The arms were punched from a scrap of Early Espresso card stock, and the nose was punched from a scrap of Pumpkin Pie card stock.  I glued the nose in place. Then I glued the hat on top. The arms were glued in place on the back and were also taped in place with some scotch tape.  I colored the left side of the snow balls using my light Balmy Blue Blends pen. I cut a sliver of Real Red card stock and glued it on the hat.

The words are from the "Snowman Season" set and were stamped using Real Red ink.

The snowman was set in place using Dimensionals.  The second piece of Whisper White piece was taped to the inside of the card and the card was done.  It's just too darn cute!!!  I like this new "Life is Beautiful" set. I wasn't going to buy it out of protest. Stampin' Up! comes out with a tree set and it's in the catalog for a couple of years than it's retired.  Then a couple of yeas later a new tree is available for a couple of years and it goes on.  This is the third tree set I've bought in the time that I've been stamping.  I hope it will be around for a couple of years.

I had a fun time making this card.  Our weather has cooled down here and we even had a frost warning last night, so a snowman card isn't that far off!!! I hope we have a very long fall.

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

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Celebration Tidings, Thank You Card, Fall Card, Thanksgiving Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I found a fun card on Pinterest but I didn't have some of the elements to make it so I just used what I had and this is what I came up with.  You can see the original card here

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. The original card used Rich Razzleberry card stock for the base. I changed up the color layout.

I cut a 5-1/4" x 2" piece of Rich Razzleberry and a 5-1/4" x 2" piece of the new "Plaid Tidings" 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper (DSP). I lined up these two pieces and used transparent tape on the back to hold them together. I added snail tape to the back and set it in place on top of the Whisper White card base.

I die cut the Whisper White piece using the second largest "Stitched Nested Labels" dies. 

The word piece was cut 3/4" x 4-1/4".  I used Versa Mark and stamped the words from the "Celebration Tidings". Then I heat embossed it using white embossing powder.

The image from the "Celebration Tidings" set was used here.  I stamped the top part first and then the bottom. I set the word piece in place so I knew where to stamp the bottom image. I used my Stamparatus to do this and try to get it as even as possible.  It's a little crooked but it's close! It's handmade!

The images were colored in using the light and dark Pumpkin Pie Blends pens on the pumpkins. The leaves were colored in using the light Old Olive Blends pen and the floral part on the image was colored in using the light Rich Razzleberry Blends pen. This strip was then punched using the "Triple Banner" punch. There is not a groove in the punch but I just lined it up and made sure it was equal on both sides. I taped this piece in place.

The Whisper White piece was set in place with Dimensionals and the card was done.

I like the original one but I'm pleased with how mine turned out too.

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


Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Framed For You, Good Morning Magnolia, Thinking of You Card, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog


My card today is a very simple one to make.I LOVE the colors and I have had a lot of fun with this stamp set.

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

The Highland Heather layer was cut at 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  I die cut the 2-1/8" circle from the center of this piece.  

The Whisper White focal piece was cut at 3-3/4" x 5".  

The words are from the "Good Morning Magnolia" set. I stamped them using Gorgeous Grape ink on Whisper White card stock. I used a scrap piece. I wanted them darker than the other colors but I didn't want them to be black. The Gorgeous Grape is in the same color family so it blended in well. After stamping the words I die cut them out using the second largest "Stitched Shapes" framelits. I moved the words closer to the top of the circle so I had room for the leaf stem and flower.  The words were not large enough to fill the circle and centering them looked too blah.  You will see that when you set your circle die over the wording. 

I took the scrap piece and set it on top of the Whisper White focal piece and lightly traced around it so I could know where to stamp the stems and flowers.

The stems were stamped first using Granny Apple Green ink. I stamped them three times on the focal piece and once on the word circle.

I stamped the flowers using Highland Heather ink. I stamped them once and them stamped again above that flower but I didn't ink it up again.  I repeated this between the other two leaves.  I also stamped another dark one above the center one and stamped again next to it to fill in that area a little bit more.  Most of the spots chosen to stamp were to "fill in" the open areas.  I also stamped one flower on a scrap piece of Whisper White.  That flower was fussy cut and will be set in place on the word circle.

I taped the circles together.  Erased the pencil line with my kneadable art eraser. It's the best eraser you will every buy. It removes the graphite but does not harm the paper. They last a long time too. I cut off pieces of it and roll it into a cone shape and stick it in the end of my mechanical pencil. Those white erasers get hard and brittle. This eraser stays pliable. I highly recommend this eraser.  I added Dimensionals to the back of the circle piece and set it in place on top of the area where I erased the circle.

I fussy cut the small flower and used a small Dimensional to set it in place on top of the word circle. I added a tiny pearl to the center of the flower and the card was done.  I could add some tiny pearls to the other flowers but I think it would take away from the word piece. I like that my eye is drawn right to the words.

This was a very fun card to make and I had a lot of fun making it.  I didn't swear once!!! LOL

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

Monday, September 07, 2020

Banner Year, Plaid Tidings, Fall Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I found another layout I like that allows you to highlight smaller images. 

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  The card stock was cut on the 8-1/2" side so before it was folded it measured 4-1/4" x 11.  It was folded in half at 5-1/2". This card opens at the bottom and the fold is at the top.

I cut a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Plaid Tidings" 6" x 6" paper stack. It was cut at 4-1/4" x 2-3/4".

The border piece was die cut using the die from the "Ornate Borders" dies on Rich Razzleberry card stock. I left enough of an edge (over 1/2") so I could tape it to the DSP before taping it to the front of the card. The DSP was lined up with the bottom of the card.

The words are from the Banner Year" set and were stamped using Garden Green ink. I punched them out using the "Classic Label" punch.

The pumpkin is from the "Banner Year" set and was stamped using Pumpkin Pie ink on Whisper White card stock. The stem and leaf image (both on the same stamp) were colored in with my Soft Suede and Garden Green markers. I fussy cut the piece out and then I took the matching markers and colored around the edges to hid any of the white I missed from fussy cutting.

I die cut two circles, one from Whisper White measuring 1-1/8" and one from Rich Razzleberry card stock measuring 1-3/8".  I taped the two circles together.

I had some wine colored organza ribbon that I thought would blend in nicely. I wrapped it around the card twice to make it darker and I taped the ends on the front.  I doubled a piece of ribbon and tied a knot, trimmed the ends and set it in place using a glue dot.

I taped the circles to the top left of the card and added the pumpkin using a Dimensional. 

The words were set in place using three small Dimensionals and the card was done.

I REALLY like how my card turned out and I look forward to using this layout again. I have several stamp sets that have small images.

Thank you ever SO much for taking the time to visit today,
Wanda


Sunday, September 06, 2020

Ghoulish Goodies, Celebration Tidings, Halloween Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog


Today I thought I would give the layout I used yesterday another try.  I'm not as thrilled with this card like I was with yesterday's card.  I'm not so thrilled with the Designer Series Paper (DSP) that I purchased. Sometimes there's really bright, fun, and colorful Halloween DSP but this year there wasn't a big choice.  But I went along with it and stuck with the card to the bitter end!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of that is a 4
 x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black that I first embossed the word "EEK" from the "Ghoulish Goodies" set and white embossing powder. I stamped the words with Versa Mark and then heat set the white embossing powder on it. Then I took the "EEK" stamp and stamped all over the card with Versa Mark. It didn't show up in the photo but it's stamped all over the entire piece.  

I cut a 4" x 1-1/4" piece of DSP from the "Magic in this Night" 12" x 12" pack. I also cut a 4-1/4" x 1-1/2" piece of Basic Black for the layer.  I taped those two together and taped them on top of the card.  I colored the DSP with Wink of Stella.

I die cut two circles to make the ring. That was set in place using Dimensionals.  I colored the ring with Wink of Stella.

Then I stamped the spider from the "Celebration Tidings" set. I stamped it using black Memento ink. I punched it out using a 1" circle punch.  Then I colored the spider in using Wink of Stella.  It doesn't show up on the photo but in person it does sparkle.  Maybe if you click on the photo you can see it up close.  I'll check that out after I post this, it's something I can't do while I'm typing up the post.  I glued the spider in place on the ring and the card was done.

I was pretty disappointed in how this looks. It was SO much cooler in my head than on paper.  I may have to give this layout a rest, this one burst my bubble!!!

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

Saturday, September 05, 2020

Itty Bitty Christmas, Snowflake Splendor, Christmas Card

I found a fun layout on a card on Split Coast Stampers and I thought I would give it a try as a Christmas card.  I will be popping in a Christmas card now and then, I need to play with the sets I bought and some are Christmas. I'm trying to actually use the new sets more so I feel like I got my use out of them before they retire. You can see the card on Split Coast Stampers that I'm referring to by clicking here.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock and textured it using the new "Winter Snow" snowflake embossing folder. You will want to stamp the words before you texture the piece.  I didn't but I did set up the piece in the Stamparatus so I could stamp more than once to get a nice solid print. Stamping first is less work. I used Balmy Blue ink to stamp the words from the "Itty Bitty Christmas" words set. The "Winter Snow" folder has such soft and subtle snowflakes on it. My new favorite snowflake folder.  I also embossed a 4-1/4" x 1-1/2" piece of Whisper White card stock for the layer.

A 4" x 1-1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) was cut from the "Snowflake Splendor" 12" x 12" pack. You won't use up much DSP making this card but on the other hand you might be able to make all of your Christmas cards with the two matching 12" x 12" sheets in the package!  You can make 27 strips from one 12" x 12" sheet!!! Hmmm, maybe this will be one of our Christmas cards this year. I'm making three different ones this year. I started early and am hoping to have them all done by the end of September or mid October. I just want to be ahead of the game this year. I have been mostly on time with birthday cards this year, mostly!! Okay, back to the card. I taped the DSP to the Whisper White strip. Then the piece was taped to the 4" x 5-1/4" embossed piece.

I took a circle die and one that was the next one larger and die cut them. I die cut the smallest one first and then the larger one was lined up, taped down and then cut. I used the 1-5/8" and 1-7/8" circle dies. If you use this layout and are using a larger image to attach to the circle, you may want to use larger circles. You'll have to play around with it to see what looks best. I found that these two worked best with the small snowflake I die cut from the "Christmas Layers" dies.

I cut a thin strip from my sheet of Dimensionals and then I cut them into small strips about 1/4" long and stuck them to the back of the circle ring.  I set the ring in place over part of the DSP strip. 

The snowflake was die cut from some Balmy Blue Glimmer paper. I set it in place on the ring using some Tombow glue. I tried to only get the glue on the center of the snowflake. I knew some glue would show but it didn't matter because I was going to be adding a rhinestone or pearl there.  I found that the rhinestone was prettier. I colored it using the dark Balmy Blue Blends pen and I stuck it in place (it already had the sticky on the back of it, but if it hadn't I would have used a small glue dot.  And that completed the card.  

I REALLY like how the card turned out and I am REALLY liking this layout. I have a few more ideas for it that I'm going to have to try.

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


Friday, September 04, 2020

Flight of Fancy, Banner Year, Halloween Card. 2020 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I bought the new "Flight of Fancy" set because it has three seasons in it, Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day. Plus the Valentine's Day image could be used on an anniversary card. The set looked easy enough to play with. There was no die cut but the images can be stamped without having to be cut out. 

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock. On top of it I taped a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Magic in This Night" 12" x 12" paper pack.  I also cut a 4" x 1-3/4" piece of DSP from the same pack. I layered that piece on a 4" x 2" piece of Basic Black card stock. I centered that piece on the front of the card and set it in place using tape.

I die cut the Whisper White piece using the second largest "Stitched Nested Labels" die.  I stamped  the witch from the "Flight of Fancy" set using black Memento ink. I had taped off the swoosh marks from the back of the broom. It made the image too long for the card. It would have fit but it would have been SO close to both sides, so I thought masking it would be better. I do like how she looks without the swoosh marks. 

The words are from the "Banner Year" set and were stamped using Cajun Craze ink.

I colored the broom bristles, wand, stars and moons in her clothes and the moon using the dark Daffodil Delight Blends pen.

Then I colored in her face and hands using the light Petal Pink Blends pen. I gave her a little blushed cheeks using the dark Petal Pink Blends pen.

The tie on the broom was colored in using the light Cajun Craze Blends pen. And the broom handle was colored in using the light Soft Suede Blends pen.

The mouse was colored in using the light Smoky Slate Blends pen and so was her hair.

Her clothes and hat were colored in using the dark Blackberry Bliss Blends pen. 

I added Wink of Stella to the moon, wand tip, and the yellow in her clothes and hat.  I did fussy cut out a moon, only because I had an extra one from fussy cutting the whole image and deciding not to use it. So I colored it in and set it on top of the other moon using a half a tiny Dimensional. I used Wink of Stella on it to give it a little shimmer. 

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

I think it turned out well. I am not fond of the Halloween DSP but I will manage to work with it from now until Halloween. I won't be ordering anything more until January. I need to play with what I have.

This was a fun card to make and I think it turned out well.

Thank you SO much for taking the time to stop by and have a look today,
Wanda

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Thank You Card, Friendship Card, Congratulations Card, August 2020 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card

I was sitting at my worktable looking at the August 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit thinking that I've only made two cards from it.  Well, if you think about it, I have only used supplies for 1-1/2 cards.  UGH, I'll never get through the box at this rate!  I would REALLY like to use up all the cards in one kit before the next one arrives.  That's my goal anyway.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. Then I took a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Pacific Point card stock and I took my 1-3/8" circle punch and I slipped the corners inside the punch and punched them so I had rounded corners. I don't have the latest corner rounder. I have several retied ones and I decided I'm not going to buy any more corner punches. I'll just use circle punches. I taped the Pacific Point piece to the card base.

I cut  a 2-3/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White and rounded the top right and bottom left corners. 

I cut one of the cards from the August 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit at 2-1/2" x 3-3/4". I also rounded the top right and bottom left corners. I taped this piece to the Whisper White piece, making sure I had the rounded corners on the same side. 

A 2" x 3" piece of Whisper White was cut for the small layer on the left of the card. I took a piece of the Pacific Point ribbon that was in the kit and I taped the ends to the back of this piece. Then I glued this piece to the last two layers I had made. Make sure you don't glue on the left side or you will have issues you don't want to deal with right now.  And no, I did not do that. I didn't get my corners matched!!  LOL  

The kit has some fun vellum leaves/branches, so I took one of those and stuck it to the ribbon using a glue dot.

The round ribbon image was stamped using Pacific Point ink. I fussy cut it out. Then I die cut a small stitched circle from some Pacific Point. I had some scrap but if you don't have any, you can die cut it from the layer before you tape it to the card base.

I stamped the words from the kit using Pacific Point ink and taped them to the circle. Then I set the circle layers in place using Dimensionals. 

Dimensionals were added to the back of the round ribbon piece and it was set in place on top of the vellum branch. 

Then that whole piece was taped to the Pacific Point piece.  And the card was done.

It was a fun way to use the kit pieces to make an alternative card. And I do like how it turned out. This is a fun layout to play with too.

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


Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Ghoulish Goodies, Magic in This Night, Halloween Card, 2020 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Today I thought I would play with the new Halloween sets I bought. I wasn't sure where I was going with this card and I wasn't too thrilled with it when I got there! LOL  It's kind of blah. 

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

A 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Magic in This Night" 12" x 12" pack. On the reverse side of that piece is the black and white striped images. I cut that piece 2" x 4-3/4". I punched one end using the "Triple Banner Punch".  That piece was taped on top of the other DSP.

I die cut a label from the "Stitched So Sweetly" dies using Cajun Craze card stock. I sponged the edges with Basic Black to tone it down it bit. It practically jumped off the card. 

The cat is from the "Ghoulish Goodies" set. I stamped it using black Memento ink. Then I die cut it using the second largest "Stitched Oval" dies.  The collar on the cat was colored in using the light Cajun Craze Blends pen and the eyes were colored in using the light Granny Apple Green Blends pen.  The circle also seemed a bit bright so I sponged Basic Black ink around the edges too. Then I set the cat in place on top of the label piece using Dimensionals. 

The label piece was set in place on the front of the card using Dimenisonals.

The words are from the "Ghoulish Goodies" set. They were stamped using black Memento ink on Whisper White card stock.  I die cut them using the second smallest stitched oval die. I also sponged the edges because it was too bright.  The words were set in place using Dimensionals.  a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White was added to the inside of the card and the card was done.

This was a fun card to make but not very colorful. I tried to find some cute Halloween stamps, ones that weren't too scary for the granddaughters.  I think they will have fun with this kitty!

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