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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Kangaroo & Company, Baby Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

I grabbed my new "Kangaroo & Company" stamp and thought I'd make a baby card today. I was looking at my stash of cards and found a few categories that are either empty or very low. I found this card here. I didn't copy it exactly, I used different colors because I didn't want to commit to pink or blue. And I used a different texture too.

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 the Purple Posy card stock that was textured using the "Old World Paper" embossing folder. I did texture a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece before I cut it. Sometimes the piece is a bit smaller because of the texturing. So I just play it safe and texture first and then cut to size. I used glue to set the piece in place.  I don't always have good luck with the tape sticking because there's not enough contact surfaces and I didn't want to use a lot of tape.  Glue is cheaper and does a better job for me.

I also cut a 5-1/4" x 1-1/2" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Hydrangea Hill" 12" x 12" package. I also glued this piece in place.

I die cut the largest "Stitched Circle" die using Purple Posy cards stock and I die cut a scalloped circle using a piece of Whisper White card stock.  

I stamped the Kangaroo and the baby on a piece of Whisper White card stock and then I fussy cut them out.  It is common practice for me to put a rubber band or large hair band around my sets that have matching dies. I had put the die for this set around a word set. Don't ask why. But after I got all done cutting I saw the word set and wondered why it had a rubber band around it and there was the matching dies for the "Kangaroo & Company" set.  DUH!!!  Oh well, now I know.  See what happens when you buy too many sets (or when you get old). Let's just go with the too many sets, okay?  LOL  

I colored the kangaroos in using the light Crumb Cake Blends pen. I did not color the front of the larger Kangaroo. Then I took the dark Crumb Cake Blends pen and colored in some darker areas. Then I came back with the light pen and went over the dark areas to blend the colors and soften the line between the light and dark.  And if you color over your light area with the light again it will get a little darker too. I colored the ears with the light Flirty Flamingo Blends pen. I did color over that area with the light Crumb Cake to it muted the pink a bit. I also took my Basic Black marker and drew in some eyelashes. I just thought they needed some. Not as cute as I thought it would be.  Note to self: don't make eyelashes next time! LOL

I taped the little half kangaroo into the pocket of the larger one. I had cut a slit for the pocket with my craft knife. I set this piece on top of the Purple Posy circle to see where the words needed to go. The words are from the same set and I stamped them using black Memento ink.

Next I taped the kangaroos on the circle and the circle was taped to the scalloped Whisper White circle. I added Dimensionals to the back and before I set it in place I cut a piece of Whisper White ribbon that was about 5" long. I folded it in half and taped it in the middle to stay.  Then I taped it to the front of the card making sure that the bottom part of the ribbon would show about 1-1/2".  I set the circle in place over the ribbon and the card was done.

This was a fun card to make and it will be even more fun the next time I use it because I have the dies that will save me some time and frustration!!!  

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

Monday, January 25, 2021

A Touch of Ink, Thinking of You Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

Today's card was made using the 2021 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration set "A Touch of Ink".  It is a fun and versatile stamp set to play with.

I like this layout and I was hoping to use the new "Stitched Triangle" dies that I bought a while back but the largest one wasn't quite large enough for my card so I had to make my own. I'll explain how a bit later.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Highland Heather card stock.  I taped a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside.  Sometimes I like to wait until the card is all done to add it but lately I have been adding it right away so when I'm done with the front, I'm done with the card. A psychological game!  LOL

I taped a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the front of the card. Then I cut a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Hydrangea Hill" 12" x 12" package. I taped that on top of the Whisper White piece.

I took a piece of copier paper 3-1/8" x 4-3/4" and I folded it in half the long way. I took this piece to my paper cutter and cut from corner to corner. Now I had my triangle. I set this piece on top of another piece of DSP from the same "Hydrangea Hill" pack and lined up one of the longs sides along the DSP and I lightly traced the other two sides. You could cut the DSP to 3-1/8" x 4-3/4" to make the triangle but I didn't want to since my DSP was in a gift pack for placing an order from Terri Gaines. I got several half-sheets of coordinating card stock and a 4" x 6" piece of each of the designs in the "Hydrangea Hills" pack.  So I wanted to make sure I didn't waste any of it in case I need that design for a future card.  It's very pretty paper and I'm seriously thinking about ordering a pack just to use it on cards with large words added on top.  Anyway, after getting my triangle cut I taped it in place on the front of the card.

The butterfly is from the "Touch of Ink" set and I stamped it using black Memento ink.  Then I used the step 2 stamp to color in the wings. I used Highland Heather ink to color them in.

I stamped the leaves using Mossy Meadow ink and then used the step 2 stamp to color in them in. I had already grabbed my light Old Olive Blends pen and sat down at my worktable to color and I remembered that the leaves have 2 step stamping too.Every image in the set does.  So I inked up the leaves with Old Olive and I stamped them on top of the defined leaves and the leaves were done. Super quick and pretty too! When I stamped the leaves I made sure they were very close to the butterfly because I wanted to get as much of the leaves in the circle as possible.

I took my largest "Stitched Circle" die and cut out the butterfly and leaves. I set the circle in place on top of the card using Dimensionals.

Then I stamped the words from the same set using black Memento ink. I die cut them with the smallest scalloped circle die. I added Dimensionals to the right side of the circle and some tape to the left side. I set the words in place and the card was done! So quick, easy and pretty too!

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

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Butterfly Gala, Flower & Field, Thank You Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

Today I needed to make a quick card because my time was limited. I was playing with the granddaughters today and I didn't plan to make a card ahead of time. So I need to get a card posted quickly on here before the deadline. But I didn't want a card that looked like I just threw one together because I didn't have a lot of time to stamp. I found this card on Pinterest.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Bermuda Bay 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 the dotted Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Flower & Field" 12" x 12" package. I really like all the images in this pack. Well, not all of them. The dotted piece is pretty but I didn't care much for the images on the other side but it worked out because I won't have to feel sad when I have to decide which side to use.  That worked out well! LOL

I cut a piece of Bermuda Bay card stock that measures 4" x 3-1/4".  Then I cut a piece of the DSP from the same "Flower & Field" pack at 3" x 3-7/8".  I cut the piece into 3 one inch strips that are 3-7/8" long each. I taped the strips to the card stock.

The words are from the "Butterfly Gala" and were stamped using black Memento ink. I used the second smallest long rectangle from the "Rectangle Stitches" Framelets dies package.  

I taped the three 1" strip to the Bermuda Bay piece and I set that piece in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals.  I lined up the two sides and top and left the bottom wider.

I taped the words to the front on top of the strips. I didn't tape on the far right side because I didn't want it to stick to the dotted DSP.

The bow is a retired piece of Bermuda Bay ribbon. I glued it in place. I have had problems with them getting caught in the envelope and then coming off. When they are glued they don't seem to come off as easy. 

Wouldn't this make a pretty Mother's Day card or a birthday card, or a thank you card, or even a sympathy card.

I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card and it was done.  I think it's very pretty and it was a super quick and easy card to make.

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

Saturday, January 23, 2021

A Touch of Ink, Thinking of You Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

I had to play with the "A Touch of Ink" one more time before I move onto another stamp set. I am really liking this set. There's a few more images in it that I have to give a try to some other time. I found this card on Pinterest. You can see the original here.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Misty Moonlight card stock. This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left. The original card opens at the bottom. I had a half-sheet of it already cut so I used what I had.

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Flowers & Field" 12" x 12" package.  There's SO many pretty papers in that pack. I have a feeling it might be one of those packs that may get used up.  That doesn't happen very often.  I also cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of copier paper to tape the DSP to so it was more firm to tie the twine.

I tied some white Baker's twine around the DSP three times and I died a bow. I moved the bow way over to the right side. I didn't have the same Baker's twine, I just used what I have.

The butterfly was stamped on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  I used black Memento ink to stamp it. Then I used the second step stamp and Misty Moonlight ink. My ink is a lot darker than the original card. I think it might be because my ink pad was pretty juicy.  But it's still pretty.

I die cut the butterfly using the largest "Stitched Circle" die. I moved the die so it was very close to the left side of the butterfly. I needed to make sure I had room for the words.

The words are from the same "A Touch of Ink" set and were stamped using black Memento ink. I used "thinking of you" and the original card used "hello friend".  

I added three crystal rhinestones and then set the circle in place using Dimensionals.  

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

This card is SO pretty! It would also be a pretty get well card, Mother's Day card, thank you card, birthday card, wedding card, and even a nice sympathy card.

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

Friday, January 22, 2021

A Touch of Ink, Thinking of You Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

I had chose the "A Touch of Ink" set because I like the two stamping method, but I didn't use that here. I am sure I will be using it on future cards but today I just thought I'd use the Blends pens.  They are my most favorite way of coloring.

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

I took a 4" x 5-1/2" piece of Whisper White and I textured it using the "Subtle" embossing folder.  Then I cut it at 5-1/4".  I cut a 1-1/4" strip and a 1-3/4" strip.

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from the "Ice Cream Corner" 12" x 12" pack. I cut a 1-1/2" x 5-1/4" strip. You can cut yours smaller if you want, I just wanted to make sure I got the colors in the viewing area.

I set the DSP down on my card front first and then the two textured strips so I could see where the DSP needed to be moved to get the best view.  I taped the DSP down and then the panels were set in place using Dimensionals. 

The flower is from the "A Touch of Ink" set and were stamped using black Memento ink.  I colored in the leaves using Old Olive Blends and the flower was colored in using the Pool Party Blends. The DSP package read that one of the colors in the set was Bermuda Bay and that may be one of the colors in the background but it was too dark to color the flower in with. I was going to use a Blender pen and marker but that is just too much work and besides, my Blender pens are not as juicy as I'd like them to be and I didn't have time to refill them. Which I should do after I'm done posting this so they are ready the next time I need them.

So after coloring the flowers and leaves, I die cut them using the second largest "Stitched Oval" die.  Then I die cut a scalloped oval die that was just a little bit larger.  I taped those two pieces together.

The words are from the same set and were stamped using black Memento ink. I die cut them using the smallest "Stitched Circle" and then I die cut an Old Olive scalloped oval just a little bit larger. I had a scrap piece but I could have used the center of the scalloped oval to die cut one, there was plenty of room to make that happen. Just a little FYI for you there. I taped the circles together.

I had taped the oval to the front of the card but it wasn't sticking very well because of the texture of the panels and the center was open so there wasn't a lot of contact space. I ended up gluing it on. I just added glue to the sides and set it in place. 

For the circle, I glued it too but I did cut two small 1/4" x 1/4" (maybe smaller than that) pieces of Old Olive scrap and I taped them together. I did trim them so they were more even on each side. I taped it to the circle where it touched the panel. Then I glued the circle in place on top of the oval and the panel. I needed to make that double layer square because I didn't want the circle to droop and using a Dimensional would make it stick up too high.  And once the words were on the card was done.

This was a very quick and easy card to make. And like I said, the next time I use the flower I will give the two step stamping a try!!!

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

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Oh Snap, Irish Blessing, Just for Fun Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

I have had this frog poem/blessing sitting on my worktable for a long time and when I saw the frog in the "Oh Snap" set I thought I could work it into a card and this is what I came up with.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Granny Apple Green card stock. This card opens on the bottom and the fold is on the top.

I took a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock and I taped it to the card base.

I cut a 4-3/4" x 3-1/2" piece of Mossy Meadow card stock and a 4-5/8" x 3-3/8" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from a retired pack of card stock (Toil & Trouble). Now here was where I wasn't sure what to do. I usually make cards with small images and use this layout. I was hoping I could make it work. And by turning it sideways I was able to make it work. Though the opening should have been moved the the right side a bit more but you didn't notice that until I told you, did you?  

To do the openings, I added a little bit of double sided tape in the area I was going to punch out.  First I used my 1-1/4" circle punch. I set the two pieces all the way into the punch. I looked on each side to make sure it was lined up equally and then I punched both out at the same time.

Then I took the DSP and added a scrap piece of copier paper behind it and punched out a ring using the 1-3/8" circle punch.  Then I taped the two pieces together.  

The frog was stamped using black Memento ink on a 2" x 2" piece of scrap Whisper White card stock. I colored him in using both light and dark Granny Apple Green Blender pens. I set the image in place using Dimensionals around the back of the circle. I lined up the frog and stuck it to the layers.

Dimensionals were added to the back of the Mossy Meadow piece and it was set in place on top of the Whisper White piece.

The words were printed on my computer. I used the "AgencyFB font at size 12.  I printed it out on Whisper White card stock. I cut it to 1-3/4" x 2-3/4".  I cut a Granny Apple Green piece for the layer that measured 1-7/8" x 2-7/8".  I added Dimensionals to the back and set it in place on the front of the card.  The words on the card are:

May the light always find you

on a dreary day.

When you need to be home

may you find your way.

May you always have courage

to take a chance,

and never find frogs

in your underpants.

- Irish Blessing

Funny, huh? See why I just had to make a card with it?  I think it's SO funny.  Not too sure who I am going to send it to but I think I would use it to cheer someone up.

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


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Sailing Home, Itty Bitty Greetings, Masculine Sympathy Card


Today I had to put aside my new stamp sets and play with some older ones to make a masculine sympathy card.  It's sad to have to make these so often lately.

This card is like a card within a card.  I had to put some thought into putting it together and cutting the pieces. You will have it easier as I will be giving you the measurements.  

The base of the card is a quarter sheet of Basic Black card stock, 4-1/4" x 5-1/2". 

I cut a piece of Misty Moonlight card stock that measured 8" x 5-1/4". I scored and folded it at 4" on the long side. Folded it measures 4" x 5-1/4".  

The Whisper White piece on the inside measures 7-1/4" x 4-7/8".  This piece was folded at 5-7/8" on the long side. Now if you don't trust yourself with writing inside a card, you may want to do your writing first and then the stamping and sponging.  I didn't and I was a bit nervous but I did get it written nicely without having to start over.  Many times when I make cards I don't add the inside piece until I've written on it.

The first thing I did was got some Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "World of Good" 12" x 12" paper pack.  I cut it 3-5/8" x 4-7/8". I also cut a piece of copper foil paper at 3-3/4" x 5".  I lined the two pieces up and added a small bit of tape to the center area where the circle was to be cut out.  I used the 2-7/16" circle and cut both out at the same time.  Then I took the DSP and the next size larger circle and die cut it. That circle measured 2-11/16".  I separated the two pieces and I set the foil piece on top of the front of the card and I lined it up so I could cut it out. Once the circles were cut out I taped the foil and DSP together and then taped those two to the front of the card.

I took a piece of Whisper White card stock, I set it inside the card where it was to go and I lightly traced the circle so I would know were to sponge.  Now remember the fold of this piece is on the right side, not the left like "normal" cards are done. I sponged on some Misty Moonlight in the water area and a little in the upper part of the sky. Then I sponged on some Daffodil Delight just above the water level and then I sponged on some Melon Mambo above the Daffodil Delight and a bit into it.  I thought the sky could use a bit more color so I added a little bit more.

The sail boat is from the "Sailing Home" set and I used Misty Moonlight ink to stamp it. I die cut it with the matching die.

The words are from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set and were stamped using Misty Moonlight ink. I die cut them using the die that came with the "Sailing Home" set. I love it when there's fun word border dies in the sets. The words were stamped on a scrap piece of Whisper White.  

To assemble the card you will be taking the Misty Moonlight piece and taping it to the Basic Black piece. 

The Whisper White piece was added next (oh and don't forget to erase those pencil marks once the ink is dry).  Make sure you tape it onto the inside of the Misty Moonlight piece but with the fold on the outside. This card opens from left to right on the front and then from right to left on the inside.  

After taping the Whisper White piece in, I closed the card and added the sail boat using Dimensionals. 

The word piece was added using Dimensionals and the card was ready to write in.  

I do like how it turned out. It's prefect for a masculine sympathy card.

I apologize for how the photos are laid out. I have been having trouble getting them to be under each other and have the words all the way to the top. But it doesn't change the message of the post! 

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

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Oh Snap, Children's Birthday Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

I bought the "Oh Snap" set thinking the granddaughters would like to play with it but they weren't interested. UGH.  So I went on the internet to see what others were doing with it.  I found a fun card here and did a "pick and choose" from it to come up with my card. 

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.  I die cut the scalloped circle and scalloped oval before I taped that piece down on my card.

I took a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Old Olive card stock and I stamped the feet alligator feet on it using Old Olive ink.  Then I taped it to the Basic Black piece.

The words are from the "Oh Snap" set and I stamped the "Oh Snap" using Old Olive ink and the "It's your birthday" using black Memento ink on Whisper White card stock.  I die cut the "Oh Snap" using the smallest stitched circle die and the "It's your birthday" was stamped using the smallest stitched oval die. 

I stamped the alligator and bird on a piece of Whisper White card stock and I fussy cut both of them out. Yup, I fussy cut them!!! A tip on cutting all those teeth: I cut straight across on the top (tips) of the teeth and then went back and snipped the right side and then the left side and the little triangles between the teeth fell off. Some stuck a little bit but they were easy to pull off.  Here's another tip for fussy cutting: I am not perfect at my fussy cutting and sometimes I see white on the edges. When I am all done with my coloring, I will use a black marker and with my card stock on the belly of the marker, I will run it along the edge and color in the white. Then it makes it look like you are the best fussy cutter every!!!  I didn't get enough black under the alligators chin but for the most part I got the bulk of it.  I colored the alligator in using the light Old Olive Blends pen and then I added a little bit from the dark pen on the belly and under the chin and the spikes on the back. I colored over the dark using the light pen again.  I set the alligator in using Dimensionals. I cut some very thin to help support the jaw.

The bird was colored in using the light and dark Daffodil Delight Blends pens.  I also added a line of Old Olive between the legs because the white card stock showed through and I didn't want to fussy cut it there. I wanted to be sure the legs would stay intact!  LOL

I taped the "Oh Snap" in place and the "It's your birthday" was set in place using Dimensionals. I also added a Dimensional to the bird. I glued his feet to the top part of the  oval. I didn't want them loose and there was no way I could add a Dimensional there at all, there's not enough space.  

I had some googly eyes so I thought I'd give the alligator some eyes.  He looked like he needed to see what he was doing.  LOL  

I'm pleased with the way it turned out. I have very little children's cards. I will be playing with this set again but not for a few days. I'm going to have to think on it for a while. I am having regrets getting it because the girls didn't think it was a fun set.  I love the bird and there's a frog in there too I will have to see what I can come up with using him.

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

Monday, January 18, 2021

Sweet Ice Cream, Daisy Lane, Flowers & Fields, Thank You Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

I saw this pretty card on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a try. I love daisies and there was just something about this card that I was drawn to. I has a calm sweet look to it. You can see the original card here.  There is a link to a video that you can follow along to make the card. I found the video helpful but yet was not thrilled with it because it had been streamed live and there's a lot of "hello's" to people watching and commenting. I like to watch videos that are just instructions. I don't have a lot of time for the chat. I did fast forward through a lot of it.  I will give you the measurements if you prefer not to watch the video.  You can see the original card here.  

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock.  On top of the front of the card is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Crushed Curry. I did not have the Honeybee card stock that is used in the original card.  On top of that is a piece of Granny Apple Green that was cut 3-7/8" x 5-1/4" and textured with the "Old World Paper" embossing folder. I took a quarter sheet of the card stock and embossed it first and then I cut it to size. Sometimes embossing can make the piece smaller.  I have learned that the hard way so now I always emboss first and then cut. I glued that piece in place because I find that tape doesn't hold well because you don't get a solid surface contact with the textured piece.

Next the Basic Black piece on top was cut 3-1/4" x 4-1/4". And the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Flowers & Fields" 12" x 12" paper pack. It was cut 3" x 3".  I set the piece on top of the small Basic Black piece to see where the words should go. On the original card the words were moved over to the right a bit. I forgot to do that. But you can still see it's a Thank You card so it worked out fine.  I stamped the words from the "Sweet Ice Cream" set (there's a lot of nice sized words in that set with pretty fonts) and I used Versa Mark to stamp them. Then I sprinkled on white embossing powder and heat set it.

Then the DSP was taped in place. I didn't have the Bumblebee ribbon so I used some retired ribbon I had. I love using some of my retired stuff but I just can't seem to use it up. And when you're cutting it 3-1/2" at a time it will take a VERY long time to use it up!!! LOL  So I cut the left side straight and the right side at an angle and when I was done the piece measured 3-1/2". I taped it along the edge of the DSP so I could get it straight.

The Basic Black panel with the DSP on it was then set in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals.  

The flower is from the "Daisy Lane" set. Balmy Blue ink (stamped off once) was used to stamp the small flower, twice. Then it was put together in a way I've never put a two piece daisy together. The Dimensional was set on top of the flower and then the next piece was set on top. I found it a little bit more difficult to line up but once I got it lined up it gave it a fun look.  I may have to try that again sometime.  

I did not use a heart for the center of the daisy, I just punched a 3/8" circle.  I glued the circle in place.  Then I glued the flower in place.

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

This was a fun card to make and I'm pleased with how mine turned out.

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

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Art Gallery, Harvest Hello, Teacher Notebook/Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

The granddaughters were here today and will soon be going back to school so we thought it would be fun to make their teachers a gift.  You want to think of something that is useful because they get so many trinkets and coffee mugs, which are useful but can become quite a collection after the years. So we decided a notebook would be fun.  Especially in an age where everyone just keeps their notes on their phones!!!  Oh well, it's the thought, right?  I still use paper, notebooks and my phone for keeping notes. I don't think paper has gone out of style yet!

This could easily be a card and almost any card can be turned into a notebook.

The 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" layer is Gorgeous Grape card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Highland Heather card stock. Those two pieces were taped together and then set aside.

The flower from the "Art Gallery" set was stamped on Whisper White card stock using Highland Heather first and the with the highlight stamp Gorgeous Grape ink was used.  The center was stamped using Black Berry Bliss but it didn't show up very well so black Memento ink was stamped on top of that. I thought it might be too dark but it turned out rather well.

The stem/leaves image was stamped using Old Olive ink on Whisper White card stock and then they were die cut out along with the flower piece at the same time. 

A 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock was cut for the front of the book (card).  The flower and stem piece were set on top of the piece to see where the words will go. The words are from the "Harvest Hellos" set and were stamped using Gorgeous Grape ink.   

After the words were added the stem piece was set in place with glue. I thought about using tape but being it is on something that could be handled every day or put in a bag or purse, it would fair better being glued on. Once the stem was in place the flower was added using Dimensionals.  I thought that flat would fair better but it didn't look as pretty. So the Dimensionals popped it up and added some depth to the front.  Perhaps it could be placed in a bag or purse with the cover folded back to expose a blank page ready for some wording! 

Once the flowers were added that piece was taped to the front of the piece.  Then the holes were punched in it.  I also took one of the white pieces of shirt board thickness cardboard from a pack of Designer Series Paper and cut it to 4" x 5-1/4".  I also punched holes in it too.  I took some white standard copier paper and cut it into fourths. I punched holes in them too. I have a RubiCoil machine I bought back in 2000 that I've used to make notebooks and TONS of cookbooks (that I sold at craft fairs). That machine has been used beyond belief. I did have to replace a spring on it because it wore out and broke.  Simple enough to so and not very expensive to repair a machine that is still being used in my workroom.  Anyway, after punching the paper, I put the cardboard piece on the back, the papers in the middle and the card stock on top. I took a coil and hand fed it through the notebook.  There is a machine that does that too but I don't own it. Back when I got the punch that other machine was $500 and I figured I could hand feed it and save myself a lot of money. I still have no need for that other machine, just my RubiCoil.  I got mine here and I have been very pleased with this company. I buy my coils from them and other office supplies. They have always done right by me and I continue to shop there. Especially the black Friday deals!!  Back to the notebook. Once the coil was thread through, I cut the end and took a chain nose pliers and curved the end inward and a bit under the previous coil so it wasn't sticking up to poke anyone or get caught on anything. I repeated that for the other end and the notebook was done.  I think the girls did a great job stamping (the Stamparatus helped out a lot with that) and they felt proud to be giving this to their teachers.

These were fun to make and they do make great gifts.

Thank you SO very much for taking the time today to stop by and have a look at my latest creation.    Wanda


Saturday, January 16, 2021

Art Gallery, Thinking of You Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

I think this "Art Gallery" is my new favorite stamp set. I love how versatile it is. You can use this set for a birthday card, wedding, anniversary, thank you, thinking of you, get well, Mother's Day and even a sympathy card.  Now if you have a set that will cover all those occasions you've got a gem. I'm glad I bought this set. It's easy to use and it's fun.

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

I stamped the main flower from the "Art Gallery" set using Mossy Meadow ink. I only stamped around the edges of the front of the card base.

I cut a 3-3/8" x 4-5/8" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Neutrals 6" x 6" paper stack. I am not fond of the images on the papers in those packs but of them all, this is my favorite.

I cut a 2-7/8" x 4-1/8" piece of Whisper White card stock for the focal piece.  

The same flower that was used on the card base was used for the main flower. I stamped it using Melon Mambo ink that was stamped off once.  I stamped it directly onto the focal piece.  Then I repeated this on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock for the die cut flower.  Then I lined up the detail stamp and inked it up using Melon Mambo ink without stamping off.  I repeated that for the one on the separate piece of card stock.  Then I die cut the flower out.

The stem/leaves image was stamped using Mossy Meadow ink. It was stamped directly on the focal piece.

The die cut flower was set in place using Dimensionals.

The words are from the same set and were stamped on a scrap piece of Whisper White using black Memento ink. They were die cut using the die in the bundle. I love it that the words also have their own framed die cut.  No hunting for a die that will fit.

And I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the inside of the card and the card was done.  Isn't it pretty?

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

Friday, January 15, 2021

Sweet Ice Cream, Birthday Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog, Shaker Card Technique

I wanted to play with the "Art Gallery" set again but I thought I should wait a day. I could make cards for weeks using that set and then the other sets I bought would be ignored.  I always say that I hope it ends up in the next catalog, and some do but even when they do I hardly play with them again because I ordered new stuff.  UGH!!!  I have started putting some of my retired sets in my web store, I need to get them out of here to make room for the new stuff I have. My workroom is full and they must go! Look to the right where it reads "My Secure Web Store".  But check back often because it takes me a while to list an item, it's not a quick process. You take photos, write up a description, then you need to put it in an envelope and weigh it. The dimensionals and weight need to be added in the store, the postage part needs to be attached to the post office, photos for the post and gallery have to be in check, plus other things I tend to forget and then it doesn't post so I have to go through it all again!!!  But I eventually get it in there!!!  Goal met!

Okay, onto today's card. I chose to play with the new "Sweet Ice Cream" set and the fun "Ice Cream Corner" Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I rarely bought the DSP that go with the sets because I have tons of DSP but sometimes I just have to. I still have some DSP left from the last time Stampin' Up! had an ice cream cone set. I don't remember what it was called. I probably still have that one too.  Slowly but surely they will end up in my web store.  

First I took a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock and I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Blackberry Bliss to it.  Then I took two different designs of DSP and cut them to 4" x 5-1/4". I cut them that size because I didn't want to ruin my sheet of DSP by cutting odd sizes.  Then I trimmed the DSP to 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" before I cut both pieces at the same time along the diagonal.  You could make two cards with this. I will probably make another card with the pieces but not another shaker card. Maybe!

I taped the DSP to the Blackberry Bliss piece.  Now cutting the pieces together made nice clean lines do I didn't need to hide them with ribbon or card stock.  

I took my oval dies and used the 4th largest scalloped one for the bottom layer. I die cut it from a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I stamped the words from the "Kangaroo & Company" set using black Memento ink. I needed some smaller wording than what came in the "Sweet Ice Cream" set. I wanted to keep it a birthday theme. The Happy Birthday in the set is beautiful but it's too big for my card.  

Next I die cut a oval using Whisper White card stock and the 4th largest plain oval. I also die cut a clear piece using that same die. Then I die cut the Whisper White oval again using the next smaller oval so I had an oval frame.

I glued the window piece to the frame piece. Than I added foam strips all around enclose the circle. 

The cute confetti type pieces are the new "Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles".  Aren't they cute?  I had tons of other things I could have added but these were just too stinking cute to pass up.  So when I was ready to put the frame on the scalloped oval piece, I put my sprinkles down on the scalloped piece, in the center. you want to make sure the pieces are laying there flat. They are just a little too tall and if they are standing on end, they will be stuck in place. I had to run a toothpick under the foam tape and try to get them to lay down.  Once that was done, I pressed the foam tape firmly to the card stock to make sure it would stick forever!!!  Then I glued the oval piece to the front of the card.

I stamped the cone using Cajun Craze ink because I do not have any Cinnamon Cider ink.  Though I thought I might have a cube of it but if I do, I don't know where it is. Well, I kind of know where it might be but I don't want go to digging!!  Stuff falls over when I do that.  LOL I stamped the lines on the cone using Soft Suede ink.

The ice cream was stamped using Bermuda Bay ink and the dots were also done using Bermuda Bay ink. I added tape to the back of the ice cream and stuck the cone to it. Then I set it on top of the oval for placement. I marked the area lightly with a pencil, though you could mark it with anything as long as you mark further inside so it won't show. I added glue to the oval between my pencil marks and then I set the ice cream cone in place. I slipped a couple of Dimensionals under the ice cream where I thought it could use some support.  And the card was done.

These shaker cards take a bit more time to make than a regular layered card but it was SO worth it. I think it turned out great. 

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

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Art Gallery, Birthday Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

I got my Stampin' Up! order today and I couldn't wait to play with the new stuff.  I found a pretty card on Pinterest that used the new "Art Gallery" and I found this one. There was no link to any blog for instructions so here is how I made it.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Melon Mambo. 

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

The 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White piece was textured using the "Subtle" embossing folder. This folder makes the card stock look like linen.  I taped that to the Basic Black piece.

To make the flowers I stamped them on Whisper White card stock. I used Melon Mambo ink and stamped off once for the main part of the large flower and then I stamped with full ink on the second part of the flower. This flower has two pieces.  Then for the smaller flower I just stamped I inked it up and stamped it and then stamped it again with out inking it up again so I had a light one and a dark one. 

The stem/leaves were stamped using Old Olive ink. I stamped them the same way as the smaller flower. I inked up the image, stamped it once and then stamped another one without inking the image again. 

Now here's the great part with this set, it came in a bundle and that means that it has matching dies to it so I didn't have to do any fussy cutting.  I die cut all the pieces.

The words are from the same set and were stamped using black Memento ink. I die cut them with the rectangle image in the dies. 

To assemble, I taped the dark stem down first. Then the large flower was added using Dimensionals.

The dark small flower was taped to the front of the card. I took the light flower and the light stem/leaves and I taped them together.  I added Dimensionals to the pieces and I set them in place on the card. 

I added Dimensionals to the word piece and set it in place below the stems. 

A linen bow was made and added using glue. I used three strands of linen to make the pretty bow. I usually have trouble tying bows but this time I just made a loop with my right hand and one with my left and then tied the two together. I usually make a loop and wrap the other end around the loop and pull it through. This two loops was interesting but it turned out a lot more evenly than how I'd been doing it since I learned to tie shoes. (and that was MANY years ago LOL).  

I thought the card could use a little sparkle so I added some Wink of Stella to the flowers.

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

This was a very easy and pretty card to make and I do like how it turned out.

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

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Darling Donkeys, Birthday Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

I have always liked the "Polaroid" technique and this set is perfect for it. 

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 Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Oh So Ombre" 6" x 6" paper stack and taped it to the card base. 

Next I cut a 3" x 3-3/4" piece of Whisper White for the Polaroid frame. I also cut a 2-3/4" x 3-1/2" piece of Whisper White for the back of the Polaroid piece. 

I die cut a 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" square from the 3" x 3-3/4" Polaroid piece. Line up the top and sides and then die cut the square. You can use this square to stamp on if you want. I like to have a whiter background. When using the square you die cut out, you will see the DSP from the inside if you don't line it up perfectly. So I just play it safe and cut my card stock a bit smaller than the Polaroid piece.

The words are from the "Darling Donkeys" set and I stamped them using black Memento ink on the Polaroid piece.

I stamped the donkey from the "Darling Donkeys" set using black Memento ink and I colored it in using Blends Pens. I  used light and dark Crumb Cake, Light Real Red for the flower, light Blushing Bride for the muzzle, light Flirty Flamingo for the inside of the ears and Bronze for the tail and hair.

I sponged on some Bermuda Bay ink on the background. I added Dimensionals to the Polaroid piece and pressed it on top of the donkey piece.  I taped this to the front of the card and the card was done.  

This was a very quick and easy card to make. And the donkey is pretty darn cute too!

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

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Darling Donkeys, Oh So Ombre, Birthday Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

I received part of my Stampin' Up! order so I thought I would play with some free stuff!  Seeing this cute donkey back in December helped me decide on getting this set. I just thought the three donkeys in the set were adorable. I didn't feel much like being original with my set yet so I found this fun and cute card to make. You can see the original card here.  If you click the photo it will take you to a how to video.

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

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White for the image and a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Oh So Ombre" 6" x 6" paper stack.  I was following the instructions but if I were to make another one I would cut the DSP 4" x 5-1/4". The DSP was taped to the front of the card, make sure you don't add tape in the middle so you can use your circles for a future project or just set them in a container never to look at them again like I do!  LOL  You need to use your largest "Stitched Circle" die and center it as best as you can, just eye it.  Then die cut it. 

The instructions have you take your Whisper White piece and set it on the inside of the card where it will go when done and with a pencil, lightly mark at the top, bottom and side to side for reference. You don't want to stamp outside that circle.

The donkey from the "Darling Donkey" set was then stamped using black Memento ink. The donkey was then colored in using Blends pens. The light Flirty Flamingo was used for the inside of the ear. The light Petal Pink was used for the muzzle.  I colored in my donkey using the light Crumb Cake pen and then added some highlights with the dark pen. Then I colored over those dark marks with the light pen and they just blend in all by themselves.  

Stampin' Up came out with some new blending brushes. The ones I've been using for a long time now have been some makeup brushes I had gotten on Amazon for around $10 for a package of 10 in a variety of sizes.  I love how they blend the ink so well, so soft and smoothly. I used Granny Apple Green on the bottom and Bermuda Bay on the top.   I did end up coloring over the donkey a bit too, it did get on the donkey but it doesn't show much, not enough to matter.

Once the coloring was done, I had taped the Whisper White piece to the inside of the card. And as I was typing this post up, I stopped and removed the donkey image and taped it to the inside of the front of the card. I had to add a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of copier paper to the back of the stamped image so it wouldn't stick to the inside of the card and tape the whole card shut (sounds like something I would do though!  LOL).  Then I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card for writing on. I just didn't think there was enough room to write on the inside with the donkey in the middle.  So now I'm much happier with the card and I have a whole quarter sheet of card stock to write on.

The words are from the set and were stamped on a piece of scrap Whisper White using black Memento ink. I punched them out using the "Classic Label" punch. I moved the It's way over to the left and then punched out the piece. I had thought I might add a bow or rhinestones after the word birthday but I decided to attach the piece to a post it note and put it back in the punch and punch the other end so it was short. I like the look of this much better. 

This card is cute but still a bit plain. I think the circle could use a white ring around it.  It needs something. But this is how it's going to look for today! This is a very quick and easy card to make!

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

Monday, January 11, 2021

Itty Bitty Greetings, Birthday Card, December 2020 Paper Pumpkin Aternative Card

This is the last card I will be making using the December 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit. I still have pieces left but I have other cards I want to make, plus my new stamps should be here soon so I need to make time for them. And it won't be long before the January 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit will be here. So, I found a fun, quick and easy card to make using the kit.  I found this card here. There's also another card with a different orientation and a box to make too. There were no instructions so here is how I made it.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Merry Merlot card stock. I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Very Vanilla on the inside and on the outside. After assembling my card I realized I probably should have used Whisper White card stock.  But it's done and I'm not going to be redoing it.

I took one of the cards from the kit and I cut it in half and then I cut the front in half. I took that piece and cut a 2-7/8" x 4-7/16" piece of the gold foil card stock for the back layer. It appeared that some gold cord was tied around the two layers but I just made a bow so I could attach it later. I taped these two layers to the front of the card.

I took one of the white circles with the gold circle on it from the kit an added a layer behind it. I used the back half of the card that I had cut to make the front. I punched out a 1-3/4" circle.  And I die cut the second smallest stitched circle from the gold foil card stock. I punched my gold circle from the layer I just cut above. Die cut it in the middle so it won't show.  After die cutting, I taped the two layers together and set them aside. Be careful not to add tape or glue to the middle, it will just make a mess and won't have anywhere to stick anyway.   I taped the three circles together and then I added the package from the December 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit. The package was set in place using Dimensionals. Then I taped the circles to the front of the card.

The words are from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set and were stamped on Very Vanilla card stock using black Memento ink. I set them in place with small Dimensionals. 

The bow was added using a tiny glue dot and the card was done. The original card didn't have any words on it. I liked it that way too but I like to have wordign on my cards.

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

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

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Back on Your Feet, Get Well Card

I still had my "Back on Your Feet" set sitting out so I thought I'd make another card using it.  Are you surprised that I did not put my set away from yesterday? I'm not. I'm not good about putting things back right away. I usually wait until the sets are stacked so high that they topple over or I have no room to work on my table. I'd like to be better about putting things away right away but at this point in my life I don't see that ever happening!!! LOL Today's card was quick and easy and here's how it was made.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Cinnamon Cider card stock. I loved this color so much I went from a variety pack to a whole pack of it because it's perfect for gingerbread men. I may buy another pack just to have it on hand before it retires in 2022. I think I have plenty of time to decide if I need more.  LOL

I cut a piece of Designer Series Paper from the "Flowers for Every Season" 6" x 6" paper stack. It measures 4" x 5-1/4".  

I cut a piece of So Saffron card stock that measures 2-3/4" x 4-3/4".  I textured it using the "Old World Paper" embossing folder.  That's a fun folder to play with. I taped this piece to the DSP, lining it up on the top, left and bottom.

I stamped the giraffe from the "Back on Your Feet" set using a 2-1/8" x 3-7/8" piece of Whisper White card stock. Black Memento ink was used to stamp the image.  I colored it in using the light Daffodil Delight Blends pen and the light Pumpkin Pie Blends pen. And that was it for the coloring.  I taped this piece to a 2-3/8" 4-1/8" piece of Cinnamon Cider card stock.  I glued this piece to the top of the embossed So Saffron piece. Tape didn't want to stay stuck on it.  Though it did on the other side of the textured piece.  

The words are from the same set and were stamped on a scrap piece of Whisper White using black Memento ink.  I die cut them with the smallest circle die in the "Layering Circles" Framelets.  And I used the smallest scalloped circle die on a scrap piece of Cinnamon Cider. Or you can use the larger Cinnamon Cider layer before you tape it to the giraffe piece. I taped the two circles together and then set them in place on the right side of the giraffe using Dimensionals.

And that was it. This was a very quick and easy card to make.  It's just the right colors for a man or a woman.

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

Saturday, January 09, 2021

Back on Your Feet, Get Well Card

I had forgotten about this adorable "Back on Your Feet" set. I especially LOVE the turtle. I even colored the turtle and giraffe in on the cover of my stamp set. I mostly did that so I could remember what colors I had used that I REALLY liked.  I have not used the sloth image yet, not that I recall anyway.  I think he's cute but he's not as colorful as the giraffe or turtle.  I suppose I should use it just to be fair!! LOL

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

On top of the base is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock that was textured using the "Brick and Mortar" embossing folder.  I LOVE the look of this folder because it's texture is wonderful. Some bricks pop up more than others.  I used my Old Olive marker and I took the tip inside the edge of it's cap and I flicked on some dots/splatter. The piece needed something more than just plain white.  I didn't want to add a bow. Bows often lean towards female.  So splatter was the next best thing.

The turtle was stamped using black Memento ink on Whisper White card stock. I colored in the turtle using Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow and Crumb Cake Blends pens.  These are very fun pens to play with. You color with the light one first and then add some highlights with the darker one and then come back with the light one and the two shades blend together. It makes it look like you are super good at coloring. 

Once the coloring was done I added the words from the same set. I stamped them using black Memento ink. Then the piece was die cut using the largest "Stitched Oval" die.  I also die cut an Old Olive scalloped oval that is just a bit larger than the stitched oval. I taped the two ovals together and then added Dimensionals to the back.  The oval was set in place on top of the card.

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White was added to the inside of the card and the card was done. Cute, isn't it?  Cute enough to cheer someone up, huh?

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


Friday, January 08, 2021

Flowers for Every Season, Peaceful Moments, Thank You Card

Today's card is much like yesterday's card. I liked that layout and was wondering if it would work using the adorable "Stitched Rectangle" dies.  And the answer was yes though the words were a bit more difficult to work with.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that I taped a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock that was textured using the "Subtle" embossing folder.

I die cut the 2-5/8" x 3-15/16" rectangle and the 1-13/16" x 3-1/8" rectangle dies together.  I used a couple of pieces of Post it Note tape to hold them in place.  

Once they were die cut I took the center solid rectangle and measured it on my paper cutter and cut a piece of Designer Series Paper from the "Flowers for Every Season" 6" x 6" paper stack.  I taped the DSP to the rectangle panel that was die cut. Then I added tape to the back of it. To affix the DSP piece to the front of the card I set the rectangle frame on the front of the card and I pressed the DSP rectangle in place.  I removed the frame rectangle and added Dimensionals to it and set it in place.

I struggled with where to put the words. Normally I put them on that textured layer.  So I stamped the words from the "Peaceful Moments" set using Melon Mambo ink on Whisper White card stock.  I laid across the frame to see where it looked the best and this is what I ended up. I taped back of the sides and added a couple Dimenisonals in the middle and I set the words in place.

I do like how it turned out.  These layouts are fun to play with.  Plus you get to use that center piece that usually gets set aside for something else (maybe! LOL).

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

Thursday, January 07, 2021

Peaceful Moments, Flowers for Every Season, Thank You Card

I was looking for a fun layout to play with today and here's what I found. It's a pretty simple one yet elegant. And here's how I made it.

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

I cut a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Whisper White card stock and textured it using the "Subtle" embossing folder. Then I cut the piece to 4" x 5-1/4. I cut it after I embossed it because sometimes with embossing the piece is not the size you started with. So I like to cut after. I taped this piece to the front of the card base.

I took a piece of Whisper White card stock and die cut my square frame. I used the 2-3/8" x 2-3/8" square die and the 1-5/8" x 1-5/8" square die.  I used some post it tape to hold the squares together. I set the smaller one inside the larger one and taped them so they didn't move when I die cut them. 

The words are from the "Peaceful Moments" set and were stamped using Calypso Coral ink on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  Then I die cut them using the "Ornamental Frames" dies.  

I cut a 1-5/8" x 1-5/8" piece of Designer Series Paper from the "Flowers for Every Season" 6" x 6" stack. And at this rate I will never use up the pieces in that pack! LOL  I taped the DSP to the square piece that came from the center of the small square I die cut.  

To assemble, I added double sided tape to the back of the DSP piece.  Then I set the frame on top of the card and lined it up on the top and two sides until they looked even.  Then I taped the DSP piece to the center. I removed the frame and added Dimensionals to it and set it in place over the DSP square.

I added Dimensionals to the word piece and set that in place below the frame and the card was done.  

So quick, easy and an added plus, elegant!!

This card would also make a great Mother's Day, Thinking of You, Get Well and Birthday card.  Very versatile.

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

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Forever Fern, Here's a Card, Thank You Card

Still playing with the "Forever Fern" set.  I love  using this set and I have seen SO many pretty cards with it and I've made up a few on my own.  Yup, hard to believe, huh?  LOL  Today's card was found on Pinterest. I did my best to copy it using what I had. You can see the original card here

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

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black was cut for the layer. And the Whisper White focal piece was cut 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  

I stamped the "thanks" from the "Here's a Card" set using black Memento ink.  I was trying to find a "thank you" but I didn't have any sets that have the two words so I had to use the "thanks" from a current set. I'm not fond of the word "thanks". I believe you should go the extra word!!!  LOL   Anyway, this is what I ended up using.

I stamped the leaf bunches from the "Forever Fern" set using Mossy Meadow ink. And I actually got to use the two smaller clusters of leaves in the set. You can see them just under the flower at the 4 and 7 o'clock positions.  

I stamped the rounded ones using Crushed Curry ink.  The original card used the new Honey Bee color but I didn't have it so I used what I had that was the closest and that was Crushed Curry.

I punched the flower using the large "Daisy" punch.  I punched three of them using Whisper White and I glued the centers together.  You might want to do the flower first so the glue has time to set up.  Once the glue was set up I sponged on some Crushed Curry ink in the center of the flower. I also add dots using my Basic Black marker. I pressed the center of the flower in the palm of my hand and I pressed it down using my knuckle.  I then took a smooth pen and curled the petals on the flower.  

I took some retired ribbon and taped the ends around the back of the two taped layers.  Then I began adding the leaf cluster. I stared with the top left one. Then added the next Mossy Meadow one to the right of it. Then the bottom one was added.  The small Mossy Meadow leaf clusters were added using Dimensionals towards the stem. That gives the cluster the "freedom" to look like it's floating. The Crushed Curry ones were added last.  

I didn't have the metal ring that was used on the original card, so I took some cording and wrapped it around a 1-3/4" toothpick holder I have sitting on my worksurface.  I taped the ends so it would stay together and then I taped it in place before I set the flower in place.  

The flower was then set in place using a Dimensional.  You might want to tape the Basic Black and focal layer piece on the front of the card base before you add the flower. I didn't and it was a okay but it it would have been easier to tape without the flower. If you are using glue then it won't matter, you don't need to press down with the glue like you do with the tape.  And the card was done.  It's SO pretty.

I need to make a couple more to send out. This was a fun card to make and I REALLY do like how it looks. Especially with that fun flower.

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

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Forever Fern, Here's a Card, Birthday Card

Today I needed a birthday card and it's rare that I would ever pick one from my stash.  I always feel like I need to make a "fresh" one.  I am still loving the "Forever Fern" set.

This card has lots of pieces to it. The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Real Red card stock.  I cut a 3-1/2" x 4-5/8" piece of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 3-3/8" x 4-1/2" piece of Designer Series Paper. Mine is from the "Regals" 6" x 6" stack.  I'm not real fond of the images in the stack, I like the older ones better.  I think every year there should be a sheet of polka dotted paper in each stack. There is a dotted paper but it's not just polka dots, it's circles with hash marks inside them. Not the same. You can't go wrong with polka dots.  Anyway, this is what I chose to go with my card. It's kind of a fabric looking image in Real Red. I taped this piece to the Whisper White piece and then I taped the two of them to the front of the card.

I cut a 4-1/8" x 3" piece of Real Red card stock and then a 4" x 2-7/8" piece of Whisper White card stock.  

The 4" x 2-7/8" piece of Whisper White was stamped with Versa Mark and black embossing powder was heat set on it. I used the dotted/splash image from the "Forever Fern" set. 

I stamped the largest leaf set from the "Forever Fern" set using Pear Pizzazz ink.  I stamped the leaf you see in the center using Old Olive ink. I really can't see a difference between the two ink colors on my card. Perhaps it's because of how "airy" the leaves are.

I stamped the rounded type leaf set using Real Red ink.  I should have added some "Wink of Stella" to them so they would darken up a bit more. I think I can still do that, hopefully without ruining the card now that it's done.

The words are from the "Here's a Card" set and were stamped using Old Olive ink on Whisper White card stock. I punched them out using the "Label Me Fancy" punch. I also punched out two pieces in Old Olive and taped them to the back of the Whisper White piece, one up higher and one lower to give the impression that there's a matching border behind the word piece.  I added Dimensionals to the back of the word piece and set it in place on the card. 

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock was added to the inside for writing on. And the card was done.

This was a very fun card to make and I am pleased with how it turned out.

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

Monday, January 04, 2021

Peaceful Moments, Birthday Card, December 2020 Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternative Card

The December 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit was still sitting on my worktable so I thought I'd make a card with it today and this is what I came up with.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Merry Merlot card stock.

I die cut the lacy frame from the "Ornate Frames" dies using Whisper White card stock.

I cut a 2-1/8" x 3-1/2" piece from the inside of the envelope that came in the kit.  I taped it to the lacy frame and then I taped the frame to the front of the card.

The bear is from the kit. I took one of the die cut cupcakes from the kit and added a Dimensional before I slipped it under the bear's arm. 

Next I added Dimensionals to the back of the bear and I set him in place on top of the lacy piece.

The words are from the "Peaceful Moments" set and were stamped on one of the die cut circles from the kit using black Memento ink. I taped the circle on the back side where the H and B are and then I added one at about the 12, 3 and 6 o'clock positions.  The circle was set in place on the bottom left side of the bear.

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

I have had a lot of fun with these Paper Pumpkin kits lately. You sure can make a lot of alternative cards using these kits. You can make quite a few just using what is in the kit alone too!

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


Sunday, January 03, 2021

Forever Fern, Here's a Card, Birthday Card

I still had my "Forever Fern" set sitting out so I thought I'd look for a quick and easy card to make and I found this card on Pinterest

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

I also cut a quarter sheet of card stock to stamp the leaf bunches on. I stamped and die cut three of them from the "Forever Fern" set using Mossy Meadow ink.

After cutting the leaves I set them on top of the card so I could see the placement for the dots. The dots are from the "Forever Fern" set too.  Once they were stamped I taped the leaves in place.

The words are from the "Here's a Card" set. I stamped them on a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock using Mossy Meadow ink.  I punched them out using the "Label Me Fancy" punch.  They were set in place using Dimensionals and the card was done.

This was a super quick and easy card to make. And there's no layers either!!!  This card could also be used for a sympathy card, it's kind of got a somber feeling.

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

Saturday, January 02, 2021

Sailing Home, Itty Bitty Greetings, Masculine Birthday Card

I was thinking that maybe I need a few more masculine cards in my stash, so here is what I came up with. 

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

I used sponges to get the colors on my card.  First I sponged on some Daffodil Delight ink in the middle.  Then I sponged on some Pumpkin Pie ink. Above that I sponged Melon Mambo ink and the final upper color is Night of Navy.

For the lower colors I sponged Old Olive ink and then some Pacific Point ink on too of the Old Olive.

The sail boat is from the "Sailing Home" stamp set. I stamped it using black Memento ink.  The birds are also from the set and were stamped using black Memento ink too.

The words are from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set and were stamped using black Memento ink. And that was it.

This is very simple and quick to make.  This would also make a great Father's Day card and even a masculine sympathy card.

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

Friday, January 01, 2021

Forever Fern, Butterfly Wishes, Itty Bitty Christmas, Thinking of You Card

Today I ran across a pretty card on Pinterest and I had most of the stuff to make it so I thought I'd go ahead and give it a try. Here is how I made mine.

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 Gray Granite. Before you tape the Gray Granite piece to the card base, die cut the smallest "Scalloped Circle" from the "Layering Circles" framelits dies set.  Set it aside for now.

I took a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White and I textured it using the "Old World Paper" embossing folder.  But I would recommend cutting the card stock larger. Once the piece was embossed it was sorter on the top/bottom.  You can always cut it to 3-3/4" x 5" after.  I taped the textured piece to the Gray Granite piece.

Next I stamped three of the leaf cluster images from the "Forever Fern" set using Gray Granite ink.

I also stamped the words from the "Itty Bitty Christmas" set. I masked off the "at Christmas" on the stamp and just stamped the "Thinking of you".  I really liked the font and masking off the other words was easy and quick to do.  Just grab a post it note or even some scotch tape and tape off the words you don't like. Washi taped works well too.  I don't use scotch tape unless I'm out painters tape, post it notes, post it note tape or Washi tape because scotch tape can leave sticky residue behind.  It takes longer to clean it off but it is usable in a pinch.  Anyway, I inked up the words with Gray Granite ink, removed the tape and stamped on a piece of Whisper White card stock. I die cut the piece with the smallest "Stitched Circle" die. I taped the stamped piece to the scalloped circle and I set it aside.

The butterfly is from the "Butterfly Wishes" set using Flirty Flamingo ink.  I punched it with the matching punch.

Then I took some gold cord and wrapped it around my fingers 3 times and I used a couple of glue dots to secure the loose ends. I arranged the circles a bit and then began taping down the leaf bunches. The one on the left was added first, then the one on the right.  The smaller one was added using Dimensionals. 

I added Dimensonals to the butterfly and to the word circle and set them in place.

For a final touch I took my Wink of Stella pen and gave the butterfly a bit of shimmer and the card was done.

I think it turned out just fine. I like the looks of it.

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