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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

All Things Fabulous, Art Gallery, Thinking of You Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I tought the card I found today was so elegant looking and of course, I just had to make one. You can see the original card here

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

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White card stock and texture it using the "Painted Texture" embossing folder. I just love the look of this folder.  The original card left that layer plain but I thought it could use some texture. I taped this to the card base, actually I glued it because I have trouble with tape sticking on textured pieces.

Next I die cut the lacy looking piece from a piece of Basic White card stock. It came from the "Fabulous Florals" dies.  I glued this piece in place. The center of each square has a solid area to add a dot of glue to and set it in place. It's set about 3/8" up and 3/8" over from the textured piece.

The flowers are from the "All Things Fabulous" set and were stamped using Highland Heather ink for the main part and Gorgeous Grape ink for the centers. Then they were die cut and set aside. When the flowers were being die cut, I also die cut the leaves from the sides of the BaicWhite piece. You need four for this card.

The Pool Party image is from the same "All Things Fabulous" set and after stamping were die cut out. You need three for this card.

Next I took some gold cording and I made the loops and set them in place with a few glue dots. Sometimes I will add a little glue or even use scotch tape to hold them down.

The flowers were set in place using Dimensionals. Make sure you don't add any Dimensionals to the left side of the right flower or it will stick up funny. This side of the flower needs to be taped to the top of the left flower. 

I used glue to slip the white leaves in place and I also used glue to slip the  Pool Party flowers in place.

The words are from the "Art Gallery" set and were stamped using Soft Suede ink and were die cut using the die from the "Art Gallery" bundle. Then they were set in place with a Dimensional on each end and doublesided tape in the middle and the card was done.

I REALLY like how this card turned out. I love how elegant it looks. It could be a nice wedding, anniversary, thank you, birthday, get well, Mother's Day and of course thinking of  you.  It's such a versatile card and stamp set.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see today's elegant and versatile card,
Wanda


Monday, July 26, 2021

Sweet Ice Cream, Birthday Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

While I was looking for something else on Pinterest, I ran across this card and there was something about it that caught my eye and I had to give it a try. I didn't have enough Bermuda Bay card stock so I improvised. 

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. The original card is done using a half-sheet of Bermuda Bay card stock. I did like that look so I just scaled down the layers to make the Basic White card base work.

The Bermuda Bay layer was cut at 4-1/8" x 5-3/8". And the Pool Party layer on top of that was cut at 4" x 5-1/4".  There, now I got the colors that were used on the original card and could have a Basic White card base. I taped the two layers together and then I taped them to the front of the card.

I cut a scrap piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Ice Cream Corner" 12" x 12" package. My scrap measured 1-1/2" wide and I cut it to 4-1/2" long. I was glad I was able to use that strip of DSP. You can make your DSP piece wider if you'd like. I just went with the piece I had. I cut a 1-5/8" x 4-5/8" piece of Bermuda Bay card stock for the layer. I taped those two layers together and then I taped it to the left side of the card.

The focal piece is cut from a piece of Basic White and it measures 2-1/4" x 3-1/4" and the Bermuda Bay layer was cut at 2-3/8" x 3-3/8".

I took the Basic White piece and I stamped the dots using the image from the "Sweet Ice Cream" set using Pool Party ink. The words were added next. They are from the same "Sweet Ice Cream" set and were stamped using Soft Suede ink.  I taped those two layers together and then taped it to the front of the card.

I stamped the ice creams using Petal Pink, Crushed Curry and Soft Sea Foam inks. I punched them out using the matching punch. I stamped the sprinkles using Soft Suede ink.

The cone was stamped using Cinnamon Cider ink and the "texture" was stamped using Soft Suede ink. I punched that piece out.

I glued the Soft Sea Foam colored ice cream to the top of the cone. Then I glued the Crushed Curry ice cream to the Soft Sea Foam ice cream and then the Petal Pink ice cream was glued in place.  I added Dimensionals to the back and I set the piece in place on the Basic White focal piece. 

I had some pale yellow rhinestones so I thought I'd add them to the focal piece and the card was done.

This was a very fun, quick and easy card to make. I SO love this ice cream set. I saw another fun and clever card made using this set and I'm thinking about giving it a try since it involves images that I have not used yet. I'd like to say that I used every image in this set before it retires (whenever that is)!

Thank you SO much for taking your time to stop by and see this fun ice cream cone birthday card,
Wanda

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Sweet Ice Cream, Birthday Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

The "Sweet Ice Cream" set/bundle is another one of my great purchases. This set is great to use for both male and female adults and children. You just can't go wrong with this set. There's also fudgesicle shaped images in the set that I haven't used yet. It's on my list! I want to try to use every image in the set. I have very few sets that I can say that. Too many times I buy a set for one or two images in it.  I bought this set for the ice cream, ice cream cone, sprinkles and the happy birthday words.  But I will be using the other images sometime soon.  Hopefully before winter when ice cold ice cream on a stick isn't tempting!!! LOL  I did find this card on Pinterest. You can see the original card here. The link didn't lead to who made the card or how it was made, so here is how I did it.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Gorgeous Grape card stock. a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White was taped to the inside.

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Highland Heather was cut for the layer. And the top Basic White piece was cut at 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  

I used the second largest "Stitched with Whimsy" die on the Basic White piece. I tried to get it as even all around as I could. I used a couple of small strips of post it note tape to hold it down so it wouldn't shift on me when I cut it.

Next I stamped the ice cream. On a large scrap of Basic White card stock, I used Gorgeous Grape to stamp all three of the ice creams with one inking. These are first, second and third generation stampings. Meaning, I didn't ink the stamp again, only once to get all three ice creams. I stamped Gorgeous Grape inked sprinkles on the two lighter ice creams.  Then I punched them out using the matching "Ice Cream Cone Builder" punch.

The cone was done using the Designer Series Paper "Ice Cream Corner".  There are two sheets full of tiny ice cream cones and on the backside is that wonderful cone paper. I punched out a cone. I glued the lightest ice cream to the top part of the cone. Then I glued the middle cone and then the dark one on top. I set the ice cream cone on top of the Basic White piece to see where the words were going to go.

The words were stamped using Gorgeous Grape ink and they are from the same "Sweet Ice Cream" set. 

Now all the stamping was done and I was ready to assemble. I taped the Basic White piece to the Highland Heather piece and I added Dimensionals to the back. It was then set in place on top of the Gorgeous Grape card base.

The ice cream was set in place using Dimensionals. I added some light purple sprinkles to the top ice cream using glue and the sprinkles form the "Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles" container.  You can't have the set without those sprinkles!!! 

I had some ribbon that matched so I used it on my card. I'm sure it's either retired or obsolete or both! But it matched close enough so I went with it.

This was a very fun, quick and easy card to make. I love the 3rd generation stamping.  Even second generation is fun too but with darker colors third is even more fun.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by today to see this sweet ice cream card!
Wanda

Saturday, July 24, 2021

All Squared Away, Birthday Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I'm still on the hunt for samples from the "All Squared Away" set that catch my eye. I want to at least feel like I've used the set enough to not feel guilty about buying it. I have made several cards using the set but not quite enough yet.  But I am finding fun ones to play with! I found my card today on Pinterest. You can see the original card here with a few minor changes.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock.  I used the largest "Stitched withWhimsy" die on the front. This die just makes the stitch marks and does not cut all the way through.  It gives the front of the card a nice border.

I die cut the flower square from the "All Squared Away" set on Pear Pizzazz card stock. 

Then I die cut the flower and the three tiny flowers using Crushed Curry card stock. 

The background behind the frame was stamped using the dotted image from the "All Squared Away" set. I lightly sponged on Balmy Blue. I wanted a light blue background and that was the lightest blue I could find. And I think it worked! I traced the square around the stamped square and when I cut it, I cut it inside the pencil lines. 

Next I glued the flower frame to the square. I chose glue becaues of the small area I had to work with plus I needed to be able to move it in case I didn't get it lined up right.  Then I set the square on top of the card so I could see where the words were going to go.

The words are from the same "All Squared Away" set and were stamped using black Memento ink.

Then the square was taped in place.

The flowers were glued in place. I colored each flower with Wink of Stella. Then pearls were added to the center of each one and the card was done.

This was a fun and easy card to make. I do like how it turned out. I could see myself making more like this.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and have a look at this squared frame card,
Wanda



Friday, July 23, 2021

Artistically Inked, Birthday Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Okay, I just had to make one more card using the "Artistically Inked" set before I put it back on the shelf. Oh and when I was done making this card, I did put the set back on the shelf. It will have a little rest while I play with some other sets! I found this card on Pinterest but I had to make a few small changes. You can see the original card here.

The base of the is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. I wanted to use a half-sheet of the Polished Pink but I had only purchased a variety package and I didn't have enough. So I worked with what I had.  I suppose I could have used Melon Mambo because it's pretty close in color but I REALLY like the Polished Pink color. So the Basic White card base had to do. And it did well!!

I cut my piece of Polished Pink to 4" x 5-1/4" and then I die cut the flower from the center of it.  My die is from the "Artistically Inked" bundle and the die package is called "Artistic Dies" Then I cut a 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" piece of Basic White for the top layer. I taped the two layers together and then I taped that to the front of the card.  

I took a scrap piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "In Colors" 6" x 6" stack. I REALLY love the designs of the papers this time around!! I cut the scrap piece to 1-1/4" x 3-7/8" and I taped it to the bottom of the top Basic White layer.

The words are from the "Artistically Inked" set and were stamped on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock using Black Memento ink. The piece was trimmed to 1/2" x 3".  Then it was set in place on the bottom part of the card using Dimensionals.

The floral piece was glued in place on the white area.

I added some small pearls to the center of the one flower and a few on the outside of the flower and the card was done.

This was a super quick and easy card to make.  I like how it turned out, even though it wasn't the same as the original card. You can make things work with limited supplies.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see today's super quick and easy card,
Wanda

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Artistically Inked, Thank You Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

It only took a nanosecond to know I just had to make this card. I love black and white cards and the rhinestones were a perfect touch. I found this card on Pinterest. You can see the original card by clicking here

This was a super quick and easy card to make. I used a double-sided sticky sheet when I die cut the image so it made the card an even quicker one!

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

I used the largest "Stitched Rectangle" die to cut the top layer piece. I love playing with them and I hope they are in the catalog for a long time to come.

Next I stamped the "thanks" from the "Artistically Inked" set using Versa Mark ink and white embossing powder.  I heated the powder and set it aside.

I had used the sticky sheet on my Basic White card stock and then I die cut the floral piece. I set it in place on the front of the card.  Then I set the piece on top of the card base using Dimensionals.

Five colored rhinestones were added and a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White was added to the inside and the card was done.  My rhinestones were already colored. I had some extra in my stash that I had colored a while back. Just use your Blends pens or Sharpie colored markers. As long as it's a permanent marker it will color on the glass rhinestones.  Mine look like the were dark Night of Navy and dark Highland Heather from the Blends pens.  They are dark enough to make the simple card look rich.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by today and see this super quick and easy card,
Wanda

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Artistically Inked, Thank You Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Once again today's card comes from the internet but with a few minor changes.  You can see the original card here.

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

I die cut the floral image using the dies from the "Artistic Dies" set that is part of the "Artistically Inked" bundle. 

After cutting I sponged it using Melon Mambo ink. I thought it could use some sparkle so I colored over the whole thing using Wink of Stella.  The Wink of Stella removed some of the ink so I thought I would add some more.  Then I thought that it took away some of the sparkle so I added more Wink of Stella.  I set it aside to dry.

While the floral piece was drying, I stamped the "thanks" from the "Artistically Inked" set using black Memento ink on Basic White card stock.  I fussy cut it out. I'm still not getting enough of that fussy cutting of the words.  I also tied a silver thread bow too so I was all ready to assemble.

The floral piece was dry and it had a lot of shimmer to it but it looked plastic. It even had a plastic feel to it. The shimmer doesn't really show up in the photo. You can click on the photo and you might be able to see it.  

I set the floral piece on top of the front of the card so I could see where to color the background. I used Blushing Bride ink to color in the background behind the floral piece. I added glue to the center area of the large flower and on the upper leaves.   

The words were set in place using three small Dimensionals.

The bow was glued in place and five clear rhinestones were added and the card was done.

This was a quick and easy card to make but I'm not as thrilled with how it looks now that I see mine in person. Perhaps I missed something?  I'm pretty sure I didn't use the same colors but it's an okay card. 

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see today's shimmery card,
Wanda

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Sweet Ice Cream, Birthday Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

The real problem with this year's new Stampin' Up! catalog was there were just too many great stamp sets in it. And the other problem was that I bought too many of them.  LOL  I have been having a lot of fun with the "Sweet Ice Cream" set and I thought I'd play with it again today. I actually did put it away the last time I used it (shocker, huh?  LOL).

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of  Melon Mambo card stock. I was going to use Flirty Flamingo but I grabbed the Melon Mambo by mistake and didn't even notice until I was ready to stamp the ice cream. Anyway, this card opens on the bottom and the fold is on the top. You can always cut it in half on the 8-1/2" side so it measures 4-1/4" x 11" and then fold it in half. Then it will open on the right and the fold will be on the left. 

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White card stock for the inside of the card and I taped it in place.

I die cut the second largest "Stitched Circle" die using Basic White card stock.  Cut the circle close to the corner because you will be using that 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" piece to stamp and punch the cone and ice cream, plus the words.

I then cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Blushing Bride card stock. I used the scalloped die that was just a bit larger than the stitched circle.  I die cut it from the center of the Blushing Bride piece of card stock. The 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Basic White card stock will hide the hole in the middle!  Fun to use the card stock so it's not so wasted. 

So the Basic White piece is taped to the Blushing Bride piece and the Blushing Bride piece is taped to the card base.

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from the "Ice Cream Corner" 12" x 12" package. The stripes on this DSP go up and down, so I had to turn the paper side ways a bit so I could get the lines at an angle. I cut the DSP at 1-3/4" x 5-1/8" and taped it to the bottom of the Basic White piece. 

The scalloped piece was cut using the die from the "Color & Contour" bundle. The dies in that bundle are wonderful. Lots of scalloped edge rectangles. I've used this scalloped die before and I LOVE it, it's very fun to play with. I taped the Melon Mambo scalloped die in place over the DSP. Make sure you don't let the edge of the DSP show where the scallops swoop up.

I taped the circles together and then set them on top of the card. I didn't tape them down yet. I needed to see where the ice cream was going to go and the words.

I stamped the cone using Cinnamon Cider ink and the lines on the cone were done using Early Espresso ink. I punched out the cone using the matching punch.

The ice creams were stamped using Melon Mambo and Blushing Bride inks. I also stamped the sprinkles using the matching colors.  

The words are from the same "Sweet Ice Cream" set and were stamped using Rich Razzleberry ink.  I fussy cut them out. I thought it was so cute on yesterday's card that I had to try it again. I'm not a fan of fussy cutting but when it's something fun it doesn't seem so bad. I really like this look.

I decided to add Dimensionals to the back of the taped circles. I set them in place on the card making sure I had room for the words at the bottom.

Then I set glued the top part of the cone in place. I chose glue so I could move it around if I needed to.

Then I added the Blushing Bride ice cream using Dimensionals. And I did the same for the Melon Mambo one but I made sure I didn't get the Dimensionals on the bottom part where they would end up on top of the other ice cream. 

The words were set in place with Dimensionals and some sprinkles were added using mono glue. Those sprinkles are from the "Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles" embellishments container.  They are SO fun and cute!  And the card was done.

I thought it was such a sweet, cute and easy card to make. I like it too because it's for an adult, teen or child.  Though I think it's a bit too pink for a guy card. 

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see this sweet birthday card,
Wanda

Monday, July 19, 2021

Artistically Inked, Thank You Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I SO love the "Artistically Inked" set and today I found a fun card on Pinterest that I thought I would try out!  You can see the original card here.  This was a pretty easy card to make.  Here's how I made it.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock.  I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White card stock and I textured it using the "Painted Texture" embossing folder.  I taped that piece to the front of the card.

Next I die cut the larger flowers image from the "Artistically Inked" bundle. The dies are called "Artistic" dies.  I used Basic White card stock to cut mine. The original card used the January 2021 Sale-a-Bration 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper (DSP) stack. I think. It's an ombre paper that was used and there was ombre DSP in the Sale-a-Brations catalog.  Anyway, I didn't have it handy, so I grabbed my Blends pens and colored.

I colored the flowers using light Highland Heather and then I came back in the centers with the dark Highland Heather pen.  

The leaves were colored using the light Old Olive Blends pen and then I colored in some dark Old Olive. And for the areas closer to the flowers I used the dark Mossy Meadow Blends pen. And that was it for the coloring.

The words are from the "Artistically Inked" set and were stamped using Old Olive ink.  I had cut the into a rectangle shape but I didn't like it so I fussy cut around them. I have never done that before with words. I do like the look and it was pretty simple to cut out.  The words were set in place using Dimenisonals.

Some silver Metallic Pearls were added to the center of the large flower and the card was done.

This was a very quick and easy card to make. I thought it was fun and I really like how the words turned out. I'm not a fan of fussy cutting, but I'd do that again!

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see this bright thank you card,
Wanda

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Hand-Penned Petals, Thank You Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Once again I found a great card on Pinterest that was quick and easy to make. I loved the colors and the layout. You can see the original card here.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. The layer is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Polished Pink card stock.

The focal piece is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Basic White.  Before I stamped my image, I cut the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "In Colors" 6" x 6" stack.  I cut it at 1-7/8" x 3-3/4".  I did tape it in place before I stamped the flower.  I didn't think that there was a possibility that I could drop the stamp and get ink on the DSP.  If I make another one I will wait to tape the DSP down, but I will set it on top to see where I need to stamp the flower and words.

The flower and words are from the "Hand-Penned Petals" set and were stamped using black Memento ink.

The set also has the solid flower petal parts, so I stamped them using Polished Pink ink. 

I didn't feel like trying to line up the leaves, so I just took my dark Mint Macaron Blends pen and colored in them. I actually just scribbled.  It didn't matter if I went outside the lines either. I don't think I did, but if I did, it didn't matter at all.  I liked coloring with the Blends pen more than I did stamping the solid parts of the flower. If I would have had the Polished Pink Blends pens I would have used them instead.  

Once the coloring part was done, I taped a 5-1/2" piece of ribbon around the front to the back and I used scotch tape to hold it in place. Then I taped the piece to the Polished Pink card stock and I taped that to the card base.

A bow was tied using the same Polished Pink ribbon and it was set in place using a large glue dot.  And the card was done.

The original card added some colored dots to the front. I didn't have those dots and I thought it looked nice the way it was. A simple and clean looking card.

This was a fun card to do and I would not think twice before making more. Though I think I would set it up in my Stamparatus so I could make several more at one time.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by today and see this simple thank you card,
Wanda

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Butterfly Brilliance, Art Gallery, Forever Fern, Thinking of You Card

What caught my eye about today's cards was the dotted holes in it. You can see the original card here. Since there is sponging involved it would be nearly impossible to copy it exactly.  Here is how I made today's card.

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

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White for the top layer.  I set this aside for now.

Then I die cut the butterflies from the "Butterfly Brilliance" set. There's individual butterflies that are open and there's a full sheet of butterflies to cut out all at once time. So now I have extra white butterflies to use on something later (maybe!).  The butterflies were sponged using Pale Papaya, Fresh Freesia and Soft Sea Foam inks. Then they were glued to the corresponding solid white butterfly.  

I did not have the same fern dies so I took the die from the "Forever Fern" bundle and I die cut two sets of leaves using Soft Sea Foam card stock.  

I set the leaves on the card and then the butterflies to see where I was going to be making the dotted holes. The "Butterfly Brilliance" bundle has the dotted dies. I have to be honest here, sometimes there's stuff in the sets that I have no idea what to so with. This dotted die was one of them.  Once I saw this card I knew I had to give it a try.  I loved the look of those dots.  Stampin' Up! should come up with a large die that makes a full set of dots on one sheet with an opening in the middle to add stuff like this layout is.  How fun would that be? I taped this piece to the front of the card.

After I die cut the dots, I glued the ferns in place.  Then I took some gold cord and wrapped it around my fingers and set it in place on top of the ferns. I did set the butterflies on top to see where the cord should go.  I set the corn in place with the larger glue dots.  

Next the butterflies were set in place using Dimensionals.  

The words are from the "Art Gallery" set and were stamped using Soft Suede ink. There's a die cut in that bundle and I used it to cut out the words. The words were set in place using a Dimensional on each end and some snail tape in the middle.  

I had some amber colored rhinestones so I added them to the bodies of the butterflies and the card was done.

After reading this, it sounded quicker to make than it did.  There was a lot of die cutting here and figuring out where the die cutting was going to be (on the dotted piece). I had die cut those dotted pieces two times on the bottom and two times on the top part. The only thing I didn't like about die cutting them was all the little dots that clung to the plate piece. They were full of static and didn't want to leave the plastic plate.

Even though my card is different, I REALLY like how it turned out. I just love how those dots just made the card more interesting.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see today's card,
Wanda

Friday, July 16, 2021

Hand-Penned Petals, Blossoms in Bloom, Color & Contour, Birthday Card

I just love the scalloped area of this card. It's what attracted me to it and I knew I had to make one. You can see the original card here. I did change it a little.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Soft Succulent card stock. On the left side is a 2" x 5-1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the 6" x 6" in color paper stack. I LOVE those stacks. There's SO much paper in them and lots of fun designs and colors. I do have to say that I like these new designs, they are SO much better than last years ones.  

I die cut the scalloped rectangle from the "Scalloped Contours" dies in the "Color & Contour" Bundle.  I used Basic White card stock. I set the piece up in my Stamparatus and stamped the words from the "Blossoms in Bloom" set using Soft Succulent ink. I set it up in my Stamparatus because I wanted to make sure I got them straight and inked well. I did have to stamp it twice because my ink didn't cover all the letters the first time. I must not have gotten the ink pad all over the words.  I don't know. But it doesn't matter because I was able to stamp again and fix it.  LOVE that Stamparatus!!! I taped this piece to the center of the card.

I stamped the flowers from the "Hand-Penned Petals" set using black Memento ink. Then I die cut them with the matching dies from the "Penned Flowers" dies.  I stamped the flowers with the detail stamp using Pale Papaya ink. And I also stamped the smaller flower using Pale Papaya ink too. I'm not sure what colors were used on the original card. I opted to go with the Pale Papaya instead of what was on the original card.

I colored the leaves in using the dark Soft Sea Foam Blends pen.  A ribbon was tied into a bow on the stem and then I added Dimensionals to the back of the flower and set it in place on the card.

I didn't have the same embellishments, so I took some rhinestones and my dark Mossy Meadow Blends pen and colored three of them and added them to the front of the card. I also added a clear rhinestone to the center of the flower, it just looked like it needed something. 

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

I really like how the card turned out and it was SO quick and easy to make.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see this quick and easy card,
Wanda



Thursday, July 15, 2021

Sweet Strawberry, Birthday Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I had seent this card on Pinterest and thought I would give it a try. I liked the background,it's what first caught my eye.  You can see the original card here.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Garden Green. I taped this piece to the front of the card.

The next layer was cut at 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  I stamped the leaves and flower image from the "Sweet Strawberry" set using Garden Green ink. I just filled the piece with the image. I taped this piece on top of the Garden Green layer.

I took a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Basic White card stock and I stamped the words from the same "Sweet Strawberry" set using Garden Green ink. I made sure it was stamped about 2" from the bottom of the piece so I had room to die cut it with a space for the flowers. I die cut it with the second largest Stitched Circle die (retired).  

I took a scrap piece of vellum and I colored it using the light Old Olive Blends pen. While it was drying I got out my circle dies and took the largest one and die cut the vellum. 

There was scrap left from the word piece so I stamped three strawberries using Poppy Parade ink. I also stamped three leaves using Granny Apple Green ink.  And I stamped three flowers using Crushed Curry ink.  I used the smallest flower so I could punch it out. There's a matching punch, the "Strawberry Builder" that has the strawberry, leaf, stem and flower.  No fussy cutting here.  Though the images are easy enough to fussy cut without too much complaining!!  

Once everything was punched out, I assembled the card.  I forgot to mention, the stems were punched out using Garden Green card stock, they were not stamped.  They were glued to the tops of the strawberries.

I taped the vellum circle in place. Then I set the word circld in place using Dimensionals. I didn't press down on it because I wanted to make sure I could slip some leaves under it if needed.

The strawberries were added next and then the leaves. I did remove the stems of the leaves so I could get them under the circle a bit easier. The flwoers were added and a pearl was placed in the center of each strawberry. One of my pearls had moved off the center and I didn't notice it until after I was almost done posting it.  But it's okay, it wasn't very sticky because I had handled it too much so I just took it off the petal of the flower and glued it in place.  And the card was done.

This was a very fun card to make. I did change it a little but for the most part it's the same.  Can one have enough birthday cards on hand?  

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see this "sweet" birthday card,
Wanda

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Artistically Inked, Birthday Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

When I finished making this card the first words out of my mouth were "close"!  I found this card on Pinterest and I thought it would be fun to make one.  You can see the original card here. Here's how I made this card.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White for the focal piece.

I took a scrap piece of Basic White card stock and added the double sided sticky paper to it so I could use it as a sticker. I just couldn't imaging gluing all of the edges on that piece.  UGH!!!  I die cut the flowers image using the die from the "Artistic Dies" set. 

Next the die cut piece was colored using Blends Pens. I didn't have the Misty Monlight or the Lovely Lipstick ones, so I substituted light Night of Navy and dark Flirty Flamingo.  I also used dark Granny Apple Green, dark Old Olive, dark Highland Heather and dark Calypso Coral Blends pens.  

I stamped the words from the "Artistically Inked" set using Smoky Slate ink on the 4" x 5-1/4" focal piece. Then I used the "Tasteful Textiles" embossing folder to texture the piece.

The flowers image was set in place on the focal piece and then the ribbon was added to the bottom. I cut a 6" piece of ribbon and taped the edges to the back. The ribbon went under the leaves on the original card. I may have moved my flower up too far.  It may have looked better if I had used Basic Gray ink so the words were darker and moved the flower down even more and omitted the ribbon. Dimenisonals were added to the back and the piece was set in place on the card base. 

I colored three rhinestones using the dark Old Olive Blends pen and set them in place on the focal piece. 

This was fun to make but I don't know if I'd make another one. The coloring was okay but I don't think I'd like to do it again.  Trying to define where a flower petal started and a leaf ended was a bit challenging.  But I am happy with the way it turned out. It's very colorful and cheery. This would also make a pretty Mother's Day card, Get Well card, Thank You card and Thinking of You card.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see this colorful birthday card,
Wanda

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Sweet Ice Cream, Birthday Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

This was such a sweet card. I saw it on Pinterest and just had to make it. I didn't have some of the same items but I made it work. You can see the original card here

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock.  On top of that is a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Basic White card stock that was textured using the "Brick & Mortar" embossing folder. I glued it to the front of the card base.

I cut a 1-5/8" x 5-1/2" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Ice Cream Corner" 12" x 12" package. I used the scalloped edge from the "Scalloped Contours" dies. I lied up the bottom edge of the die to the bottom edge of the piece of DSP.  I glued the DSP to the top of the card on the textured piece.

I stamped the ice cream tops using Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, and Bermuda Bay inks. The cone was stamped using Cinnamon Cider ink and the texture on the cones was stamped using Early Espresso ink. The sprinkles on each ice cream piece was stamped with the matching colors. I punched them out using the coordinating "Ice Cream Cone Builder" punch.  

The first ice cream piece was glued to the top of the cone.  Then it was set in place using Dimensionals. The next ice cream was glued to the card base by only adding glue to the top part of the ice cream. It was then repeated for the top piece of ice cream.

The words are from the same "Sweet Ice Cream" set and were stamped using Early Espresso ink. I used the retired "Rectangle Stitched" framelets on both of the word pieces. If you don't have those dies the peices measure 1-1/4" x 3-1/4" and 1/2" x 2-1/2".  The larger one was glued in place and the thinner one was set in place using Dimensionals.  And the card was done.

This was a very fun card to make and I was happy that the package of DSP had some striped designs to make the awning. It just seemed perfect for the card. 

This card can be used for adults, teens and children. It's just a perfect image for all ages!

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see this fun birthday card,
Wanda
 


Monday, July 12, 2021

Sweet Ice Cream, Birthday Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I have not played with the "Sweet Ice Cream" set in a while and I saw this card on Pinterest and it made the decision for me on what card to make for today! You can see the original card here. There's a few minor changes that are mostly due to not having the same products, but it's close.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. I cut the sheet of card stock in half on the short side so this piece measured 4-1/4" x 11" before I folded it in half at 5-1/2".  This card opens at the bottom and the fold is at the top.

I cut two 1-1/2" x 4-1/4" pieces of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Ice Cream Corner" 12" x 12" package. I taped one piece to the top of the card and one piece to the bottom.

Then I cut two 1/2" x 4-1/4" pieces of Rich Razzleberry card stock for the strips that will go under the center piece of DSP.  That piece is from the same "Ice Cream Corner" package and it was cut at 3-5/8" x 4-1/4".  The Rich Razzleberry strips were taped to the DSP. I put the tape on the DSP and then added the card stock strips. That way you don't have to try not to get too much tape over the edge that will show.  This piece was taped to the front of the card. I measured a little over 1-7/8" from the top of the card. It was difficult to get it equal on the top and bottom but it's close enough that no one will notice unless they get a ruler out, and who does that to a card they receive?  Well, I guess I have but only to get measurements to make one myself, but never to be critical!  

I didn't have the circle dies that were used so I got out my retired stitched circle dies and used the largest one for the Rich  Razzleberry circle and I used the 2-7/16" circle die for the Basic White piece.  But I stamped the words from the "Sweet Ice Cream" set and were stamped using Rich Razzleberry ink before I die cut the circle.  Once the words were stamped and the circle was cut, I fussy cut three ice cream cones from the DSP in the same "Ice Cream Corner" package.  I taped the left and the right one in place and I used Dimensionals for the center one.  I added Dimensionals to the back of the circle and I set the circle in place on the front of the card.

I had some ribbon that matched close enough and I made a bow and set it in place using two large glue dots. I thought the ice cream part of the cone could use something so I added some Wink of Stella and the card was done.

This was a very fun and easy card to make. I love the look of it and I can see myself making more of these.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by today to see this cute birthday card,
Wanda

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Artistically Inked, Birthday Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

This card (mostly) came from Pinterest. I was unable to find a link to the original card for instructions, all I have is a link to the image. Click here to see it. So, this is how I made it.

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

I cut a 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" piece of Evening Evergreen card stock. 

Then I cut a 3" x 4-1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Expressions in Ink" 12" x 12" package. I had a scrap piece that I was able to use.  Ya gotta love it when you can use the smaller pieces.

I die cut the flower from the "Artistic Dies" set using gold foil card stock. I did not use a sticky back sheet for it. I was thinking that I should have after I die cut it but I just glued it to the front of the card. Glue was added to the wider areas on the die cut piece, they were mostly in the center of the larger flower. It was enough to hold the piece in place.

The words are from the "Artistically Inked" set and were stamped using black Memento ink. I cut the piece to measure 5/8" x 3".  And I cut an Evening Evergreen layer that measured 3/4" x 3-1/8".  I taped the words to the layer and added Dimensionals on the back. I set the piece in place on the front of the card. The words piece is 1-3/8" up from the bottom edge of the card. 

A added 5 small white pearls to the front of the card and the card was done.

I really like this DSP, it's a card in itself!  But, like with this card, you can add just a few little items and it's now a fabulous looking card. The gold is SO rich looking.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by today and see this "fabulous looking" card,
Wanda

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Color & Contour, Pansy Patch, Birthday Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

This pretty card came from Pinterest. You can see the original card here.  I did click on the link and there is a video on how to make this card. I did click on the link and I did follow along with the video. I did skip through some stuff to get to the how to of the card. I don't often follow videos because they take way more time than to just see all the measurements and go from there. You're stopping and replaying and then going on. When it's in print, it's all in front of you. I think that vidoes are great for more difficult cards or projects.   

Here's how this card went together. The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Fresh Freesia card stock. This card opens at the bottom and the fold is at the top. 

Cut a 1" strip of Designer Series Paper (DSP) at 5-1/4" x 1".  This DSP is from the 2021-2022 in-color 6" x 6" stack.  You could make 6 cards from just one sheet!  I made one!  Though I might take out some retired DSP and give this layout a try, it's a great way to use up some of that paper in my stash.

Next I the Basic White piece was cut at 3-3/4" x 5-1/4" and the scalloped edge die was used to make the cute edging along the bottom of this piece. I lined it up so it was just above the edge of the card stock. I probably had about 1/8" of white showing. I used some post it note tape to hold it in place and then I die cut it. I set this piece aside for now.

The center panel piece was cut at 2-1/4" x 5-1/4" and was stamped using the flower from the "Color & Contour" set with black Memento ink. Christy (the designer of this card) did show how she set her stamps on her blocks so she would know how to quickly line up the solid piece. What I did was I took both stamps and found were they lined up. I then took a black Sharpie and made a dot on each stamp so I knew that would be the "top" of my stamp.  Now I never had to guess where it will line up and if I turn my first stamp, it will be easier to know where to stamp with the second one.  I just like it when I can make things easier for myself.  And just lining them up on your block without any marks works well to but you have to do it every time you use the set. Making a single dot you only have to line them up once!  Okay, back to the stamping. Once the outline part was stamped then the petal image was stamped using Fresh Freesia ink. 

The dotted images are from the same "Color & Contour" set and were stamped using Gray Granite. They were stamped over the flowers too. You don't need to be careful stamping them. 

The center of the flowers were colored in using the dark So Saffron Blends pen.

This piece was then taped to a 2-1/2" x 5-1/4" piece of Fresh Freesia card stock. This piece was then taped to the scalloped edge Basic White piece. You need to leave a 5/8" space at the top for the ribbon and for some white to show.

The "Open Weave" Fresh Freesia ribbon is cut at 7" long and attached on the backside using glue dots. I also used a little bit of scotch tape to hold it.  Then a 5" piece of ribbon was cut and slipped under the taped piece and a knot was tied. The ends were trimmed.  This piece was then taped in place on the front of the card base.

The words are from the "Pansy Patch" set using Fresh Freesia ink.  On the original card the words from the "Color & Contour" set were used. It read "You're Absolutely Amazing" but I didn't want to use that because I wasn't sure what category I would be storing it in.  It must be some type of congratulations, perhaps a "general" congratulations???  I don't know, so I went with the birthday wording.

Once the words were stamped, I die cut them with the cute dotted die from the smallest rectangle in the "Scalloped Contours" dies.  I did order the bundle.  There's even a die to cut out that flower image too!! I love the 5 rectangles in this set.  Anyway, once the words were die cut, I set them in place using Dimensionals.  In the video it's suggested you add the gems first before the Dimensionals. I add them whenever.  I often add the Dimensionals and then notice that the card could use something more. I add enough Dimensionals to the back of the piece so it's stable enough to press on something else later.

I didn't have the gems that were used on the original card so I took some rhinestones and I colored them using the dark Highland Heather Blends pen.  It was just enough purple to blend with the Fresh Freesia and no one will know they are two different colors.  Well, unless you tell them. I'm not telling.  LOL

This was a very fun card to make and I REALLY do love the look of that finely dotted large scallop. It adds a lot ot the card. And I can see myself making more using this layout. It would also make a very nice Thinking of You card, Get Well card or Mother's Day card. 

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to see this sweet birthday card,
Wanda

Friday, July 09, 2021

Color & Contour, Sweet Ice Cream, Birthday Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I still had my "Color & Contour" stamp set sitting out (imagine that! LOL) and I thought I would find another sample using it. And here's what I found. You can see the original card here

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

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black was cut for the layer and a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Basic White was cut for the images.

Using my Stamparatus, I tried to center the middle flower as much as I could by eying it. I also added the words at the same time. I lined them up as evenly as possible too and then I stamped them using black Memento ink.

Then I stamped the left flower and then the right flower, both using black Memento ink.

The solid parts of the flowers were stamped using Flirty Flamingo, Pale Papaya, and Fresh Freesia ink. 

The stamped image piece was taped to the Basic Black layer and then that was taped to the card base. 

Rhinestones were added to the center of each flower and the card was done.

This was a super quick and easy card to make. Since I had it set up in my Stamparatus, I made a few extra.  Why not, it's all set up to go, so go for it!

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see this quick birthday card,
Wanda

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Color & Contour, Get Well Card, Thinking of You Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I found this pretty card on Pinterest. It looks more difficult than it was to make. You can see the original card here. I clicked on the photo but it didn't take me to the link to the card for any directions, so here is how I made it. I don't know what it is about this card that caught my eye. Maybe it's that all the colors were so pleasing that it drew me in. I'm not sure but I'm glad it did!

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

I had a 2-1/2" x 4-1/4" piece of Blushing Bride card stock to use for the strip. I set it aside for now.

The scalloped edge rectangle is from the "Scalloped Contours" dies. It's the largest one in the set. And it was die cut on a quarter sheet of Basic White card stock. I set the piece on top of the Crumb Cake card base to see where to set the Blushing Bride piece. My piece was a tight fit. I needed it to cover the inside of the scallops. I ended up adding a little bit of snail tape to the back of the scalloped piece so I could get the piece to fill in the scallop centers. I worked with the scalloped piece and the Blushing Bride piece together because I needed the scalloped piece to be centered on the card and I needed the Blushing Bride piece to not only cover the scalloped edge pieces but to be even on top and bottom.  I did have the opportunity to trim my piece to 4-1/4" and I should have waited until I was done attaching it and then trim it. It would have saved me a lot of time!

Once I got the Blushing Bride piece on and the scalloped rectangle in place, I cut the layers for the inside of that scalloped rectangle.  I took a piece of Pale Papaya and cut it 4-5/8" x 3-5/16" and I cut the focal piece (Basic White) at 4-1/2" x 3-3/16".  

I stamped the flowers from the "Color & Contour" set using Crumb Cake for the center one. Blushing Bride for the left one and Pale Papaya for the right one. I also used the solid stamp to stamp the inside of the flowers with their matching colors.

The words were added next. They are actually separate but I added them on my Stamparatus so I could ink and stamp them both at the same time. They were stamped using Crumb Cake ink. Once the stamping was done I taped the Basic White piece to the Pale Papaya piece. I'm not sure if this is a get well card or a thinking of you card.

A linen thread was tied wrapped around the piece and tied in a bow on the front. I did have a bit of an issue with my knot. It tied very tightly but the thread around the card stock was too loose. SO instead of redoing it, I just took some scotch tape and taped it to the back so it appears to be nice and tight. Well, it is nice and tight but it's not straight across tight in the back. It's kind of a mess but it's taped down so only you know what the back of my card looks like! Don't tell anyone! LOL I added Dimensionals to the back of this layered piece. I also made sure the Dimensionals went across the linen thread to hold it down more too. That thread isn't going anywhere!

I added three half pearls to the center of each flower and a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White to the inside of the card and the card was done.

This was a fun card to make. I am REALLY liking this set so far!  I bought it because I realy liked the long stem with the three flowers on it. I'll be making a card with it sometime soon.

Thank you SO much for taking your time to see this sweet card,
Wanda

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Color & Contour, Butterfly Brilliance, Birthday Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

As you can see, I didn't put away my Melon Mambo ink. I should have. After yesterday's card I realized that it's teh color that brought the card down. And same for today.

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

I cut a 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" piece of Basic White and I set it on my scoring board. I scored the piece 1/2" down on the shorter side to the 2-1/2" mark. I  turned it a quarter turn and scored 1/2" down to the 3-3/4" mark. I turned it again and repeated the score lines until I had gone all the way around the piece. When I cut my card stock, I can feel what is the front and what is the back by the edge of the piece. It seems the front curves down ever so slightly. When I turn it over I can see the back looks and feels different than the front.  Not that most people notice this, but I do.  I did turn my piece over before I scored because I wanted the raised part to be on the front.  

Next I stamped the butterfly from the "Butterfly Brilliance" set using Melon Mambo ink. And then I stamped the flower from the "Color & Contour" set using Melon Mambo ink. They were die cut and then I set them on top of the scored piece to see where I was going to stamp the words. I stamped them using Melon Mambo ink. I should have used Old Olive or black Mememto ink.

Once the words were stamped, I set the scored piece in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals. Then I set the butterfly and flower in place using Dimensionals. I didn't press the flower down because I needed to add some greenery. I used the "Symetrical Border" punch and Old Olive card stock for the cute little leaves. I added some snail tape to the back and slid them under the flower.

A pearl was added to the center of the flower and the card was done. I think the flower could use some color as well as the butterfly.  And the birthday greeting should be a darker color.  

So after looking at the card on the screen here I often get a different prespective of it. I ended up adding some Wink of Stella to the butterfly. It picked up the Melon Mambo color and smeared it around the butterfly and the butterfly had some color. Then I did it around the center of the flower. It didn't pick up as much color but it did pick up some. It does look much better than the plain stamped image.  And I like the card much better. So then I took yesterday's card and added some Wink of Stella to the center of the flowers and out about 1/4" to 1/2" from the center and I like it SO much better too.  

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see this interesting card today.  Tomorrow I will have a better one. I promise!
Wanda

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Color & Contour, Thank You Card, One Sheet Wonder Technique, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I thought I'd play with my new "Color & Contour" set and try the "One Sheet Wonder" technique.  I do like monochromatic cards but not so much this one. But as I always do, I share the good, the bad and the ugly with you!

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

Next I took a quarter sheet of Basic White card stock and stamped the flower from the "Color & Contour" set using Melon Mambo ink. I don't know why I chose that color, maybe it's because I have a lot of card stock on hand.  I sponged the center of the flowers wih Melon Mambo ink too. After the flower were done, I cut the piece 1-3/4" wide so it measured 1-3/4" x 5-1/2".  

A Melon Mambo strip was cut for the layer. It measured 2" x 5-3/4". I taped the two pieces together. I laid them on top of the card so I could see where to place the words. Looking at the card here and still thinking it needs something, I thought that maybe I should have done the words using black Memento ink instead. There's just too much "pink" on the card.  Well, I do have a strip left because I did a full quarter sheet of flowers. I'll give it a try and see if  like it better. I'm pretty sure I will.  

After stamping the words I taped the strip down and the card was done.  This is also a great layout to use up some of those scraps of Designer Series Paper (DSP) too.  I have lots of those type pieces and you can make the strip as wide or as narrow as you wish as long as your words fit in the open area.

This is a quick card to make but I'm not a big fan. 

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by today and see today's blunder!
Wanda

Monday, July 05, 2021

Sweet Ice Cream, Pansy Petals, Birthday Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

This is such a perfect way to use some busy Designer Series Papers (DSP).  Today's DSP is from the "Pansy Petals" 12" x 12" package.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of the new Polished Pink card stock. 

I cut a 2-3/4" x 4" piece of Basic White card stock. I set a 3" x 4" piece of the DSP on top and lightly drew a pencil line. I did not want my die to cut above this line.  

The die I used is from the "Scalloped Contours" set. I don't know why I hadn't bought this sooner. I love all the dies in this set. 

Once the scalloped piece was cut I set the card stock in my Stamparatus and stamped the words from the "Sweet Ice Cream" set using Polished Pink ink.  I could have moved them down just a little bit more but it's still nice the way it is.  

The DSP was taped down first and then the scalloped piece was taped over it. 

A few pink rhinestones were added to the upper part and a 4" x 5-1/4" piece was added to the inside and the card was done.

This is a super quick and easy card to make. I love the look of it but what I love more is that I can use my busy DSP. I have a lot of DSP left from the "Flowers For Every Season" 6" x 6" pack. I tried so hard to use that stack but didn't succeed in finishing even half of it. SO this layout will help me use up some of the busier flowered sheets. 

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to see this fun, quick and easy birthday card,
Wanda

Sunday, July 04, 2021

All Squared Away, Sweet Strawberry, Thank You Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

If you've been following me long enough, you know I don't put my stamping stuff away when I'm done uisng it. Not right away anyway. It eventually gets back where it came from but not the same day I use it.  And that is why sometimes you will see a card made from the same set the following day.  Today is the next day! As I said before I found this "All Squared Away" set a bit challenging but I'm starting to come out of my shell with it.  

Here's what I came up with using the "All Squared Away" set today.

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

I cut a 5-1/2" x 1-3/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Hand Penned" 12" x 12" package. The other side of this DSP you will find some pretty flowers but I was looking for something more soft, subtle and not so busy.  The colors on the package said the DSP has the Blushing Bride color in it. I tried to stamp using it but it was too dark and didn't match the DSP. No colors I had matched that DSP. So what I ended up doing was I did stamp that dashed background image using Blushing Bride but I stamped off once. It was then close enough to the DSP color.

Then I die cut the flower image from the "All Squared Away" bundle using Basic White card stock. I taped this piece to the stamped background piece and I trimmed the edges by hand. 

I also die cut four of the flowers that matched the one in the square. I glued them together and set them aside. 

I don't have much, if any current ribbon so I took some white that is retired and I wrapped it around the card and taped the ends in the front where the square would be going. I used snail tape to hold it in place and then I added scotch tape to make sure it stayed. 

The words are from the "Sweet Strawberry" set and were stamped using black Memento ink.  Once the words were stamped I glued the flower stack to the flower on the square. Make sure you know the orientation of the flower before you glue it and try to set it in place. I was spinning that flower around a few times until I got it lined up.  I was good about lining them up well when I was stacking them but I forgot about it for the final gluing.  But I got it done and in place. Then I took my Blender Pen and Blush Blossom ink pad and added a bit of color to the stacked flower. 

The flower still needed something so I took my Wink of Stella pen and colored the whole flower. It's got a nice sparkle to it now. I could add a small rhinestone or pearl to the center of the flower but I left it as it was. I need to mail this card and I didn't want to pay the extra postage.

I set the square in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals and the card was done.

This was fun to maek and I do like how it turned out.  I will put the set away for a few days and move on to something else. But I will bring it back so I can get some more use out of it. Hopefully I'll have some more fun ideas.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see today's creation,
Wanda

Saturday, July 03, 2021

All Squared Away, Blossoms in Bloom, Get Well Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I'm not giving up on the "All Squared Away" set. I'm working on different ways to use it. Here is what I came up with today. Black might not be the best choice for a get well card but it is what it is today!

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.

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Melon Mambo card stock was taped on top of the Basic Black care base.

I cut a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Basic White card stock and textured it using the "Tasteful Textile" embossing folder. I then glued this piece on top of the Melon Mambo layer.

I die cut the tulip type flower using Basic Black card stock. Then I cut the flowers out using Melon Mambo card stock. I cut out four of each. I glued the flowers on top of each other so they were four thicknesses. I set them aside to dry.

The background behind the flowers is from the "All Squared Away" set. I stamped it using Polished Pink ink. I wanted something close in color, but lighter and not just stamped off. 

I glued the Basic Black flower frame to the stamped background piece. I trimmed it after I glued it. I had trimmed one before and I didn't get it enough room so the edges could be seen from the inside of the frame. Not pretty!  Then I glued the Melon Mambo flowers on top.  I set it aside to dry while I worked on the words.

The words are from the "Blossoms in Bloom" set and were stamped using black Memento ink on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock. I trimmed the words on the top and bottom and the strip measured 5/16" when I was done.  I cut a 7/16" strip of Basic Black card stock for the layer. I was going to just set the words on the front as they were but I thought it was too white and needed a layer. I snipped the ends of the words and my word strip measured 2-1/4" long.  I taped the words to the Basic Black strip. I lined up the left side so I only had to snip the right side when I was done.

Dimensionals were added to the square and to the words. I set them in place and then I colored over the flowers with my Wink of Stella pen to give it some sparkle.  It was just enough.

I really like the thick flowers on here. I hope you can see that in the second pic.  It's really hard to get that thickness in the photo. It's a fun thing to do. It gave the flower some dimension with little effort. 

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to see this "All Squared Away" get well card,
Wanda

Friday, July 02, 2021

Painted Poppies, Pansy Patch, Thank You Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

When I saw this card on Pinterest I knew I wanted to make it so I could keep it in my stash. This card is SO versatile. It can be used for almost any occasion you can think of, as long as the words fit in the space.  You can see the original card here

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. The original card had the front of the card textured. I left it smooth. It gave it a more elegant look.

I die cut the second largest "Ornate Layers" die using Basic White card stock. I set this piece up in my Stamparatus.  

I used the flower image from the "Painted Poppies" set using black Memento ink to stamp them. Then I stamped the gray area using the image from the "Painted Poppies" set and Smoky Slate ink that was stamped off once. I stamped that image twice. When making more than one card I am really bad at remembering to stamp off on the second one.  But when I make one I can remember.

The flower was colored in using Poppy Parade light and dark Blends pens. and the leaf and stems were colored using the dark Old Olive Blends pen.

The original card had what looked like a sequin affixed to the bottom third of the right area. I left it plain but am thinking of maybe adding something there. It is kind of empty looking. I thought maybe the speckled image would compensate for that. It really didn't, did it?

Anyway, Dimensionals were added to the back of the fancy frame piece and set in place centered on the card base and the card was done.

This is a super quick and easy card to make and it's perfect for SO many occasions.  Just find the right words to fit in the space and you can make this into almost any card  you need.  I may make a few extra and leave the bottom open to add an occasion later. Oh and no Dimensionals on the back until the words are stamped!  And don't forget to stamp off both times!!  There, if I can remember that I'll be doing good!

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to see this very versatile card,
Wanda

Thursday, July 01, 2021

Pansy Patch, Friendship Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Today's card was found on Pinterest. You can see the original card here.  I thought it would be fun to make because I hadn't used pansy die cuts to make a pansy. So here it is!  I changed it a little

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Highland Heather card stock. Are you surprised that it's not Basic White?  Most of my cards are for some odd reason!!!  

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White card stock and I textured it using the "Painted Texture" embossing folder. I set it aside.

I die cut the flower pieces using Basic White for the base of the flower. Highland Heather for the front edges of the flower and Gorgeous Grape for the top edge and the center of the flower. Had I not seen other cards using these pieces in the die set I would not have known what to do with them. I had only used two of the dies, the ones that cut the printed images from the Designer Series Paper (DSP).   The leaf pieces were cut using Mint Macaron and Shaded Spruce card stock.  I glued the leaf pieces together. Before I glued the flower pieces together, I took the yellow chalk from the "Soft Pastels" assortment and I colored in the center area of the white pieces.  Then I glued the edge pieces and the center piece in place. The leaf was glued to the flower and set aside.

The words are from the "Pansy Patch" set and were stamped using Gorgeous Grape card stock and punched out with the "Everyday Label" punch. I also punched a Highland Heather piece and cut it across on the diagonal. I taped the Highland Heather pieces to the back of the word piece. Dimensionals were added to the back of the word piece and the flower piece.

A piece of retired ribbon was attached to the side of the embossed piece and that piece was glued to the front of the card base. 

Then the words were set in place, followed by the flower piece.

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White card stock was taped to the inside and the card was done.

This was fun card to make. I like the flower pieces, though I think something is missing from the center of the flower. I'm not one who knows much about flowers. When I buy them for my flower garden I often ask the sales clerk if the ones I picked out will get along with each other. I just go by "pretty".  LOL

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see this fun pansy card,
Wanda

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

All Squared Away, Birthday Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I had been having second thoughts about buying this "All Squared Away" bundle.  I have not been finding many samples and thinking that I made a disappointing purchase.  Today I found this card on Pinterest. You can see the original here.  I thought it was striking with the red on white and easy to make too.

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

I die cut the flower from the Dies in the "All Squared Away" bundle using Basic White card stock.

I measured the piece and found that a 2" x 2" piece of Real Red card stock would be perfect for the back layer. I glued the die cut piece to the Real Red square. I set the square on top of the card so I could see where the words could go.  

The words are from the same "All Squared Away" set and were stamped using Real Red card stock.

Then the square was set in place using Dimensionals.

A rhinestone was added to the center of the flower and the card was done.

This was a super quick and easy card to make. I think it would look pretty too if there was a Real Red layer behind the white and then set on top of a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock like I did with yesterday's card.  But this one is still pretty the way it is.

I thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see this square flowered birthday card,
Wanda


Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Forever Fern, Peaceful Moments, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Today's card wasn't going to be this one. I'm not sure what I was looking for yet but when I opened up my computer and saw this card I decided to go with it. You can see the original card here. I REALLY like this set and it's probably going to retire next year, so I want to make sure I get a lot of use out of it before I shelve it and forget about it.  I maybe will dust it off once in a great while and use it but usually when they retire, I pretty much forget about them because I have more newer ones to play with.   So here's how I made this card.

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

I stamped the leaves from the "Forever Fern" set using Old Olive ink. Then I die cut them with the matching dies. I set them on top of the card base so I could see where to stamp the third branch of leaves.

I set them back on top of the newly stamped leaves to see where to stamp the dots. 

The words are from the Peaceful Moments" set and were stamped using Basic Gray ink. I punched them out using the "Label Me Fancy" punch. I used a scrap piece to make this label.

The two die cut leaf sets were put in place using Dimensionals.

Then the words were set in place using Dimensionals on the edges and double sided tape on the center area.

A few silver "Metallic Pearls" were set in place on the front of the card and the card was done.

Today's card was very quick and easy to make. I wasn't thrilled with how it turned out so I cut the front of the card off and trimmed it so I could add an Old Olive layer to it to brighten it up a bit. There was just too much white around the images and it seemed a bit blah.  I like the looks of the redo much better. I have attached both photos so you can see what I saw when I decided it needed something more. What do you think?  I do like it a whole lot better.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see both versions of today's card, 

Wanda