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Monday, November 29, 2021

Bright Baubles, Delicate Baubles Dies, Christmas Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I'm playing with the "Bright Baubles" set again. Well, not really again, I haven't played with it for a while so I thought I should get it out and see what I can create with it.  Here's 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 bottom and the fold is on the top.

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Pacific Point card stock. Before I taped it on top of the card base, I die cut the solid bulb image from the "Delicate Baubles" die set and I set it aside.

Then on top of the Pacific Point card stock is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Basic White card stock that I textured with a snowflake background. I didn't have anything current that would work, so this is what I used. I glued it in place on top of the Pacific Point piece. I prefer to glue because there's so much texture that I'm never sure if I get enough tape on it to hold it in place. But I do know the glue will hold it. I prefer to use the Tombow Mono glue because it doesn't not warp your card stock. I have a love hate relationship with this glue. I love how it holds but I hate it when I get it on my fingers because I find it difficult to get off.

Next I die cut the "Joy" bulb from the "Delicate Baubles" die set. I did use a double sided sticky sheet on my Basic White card stock to make this a sticker instead of something I needed to try to tape or glue in place. It saves SO much time and it's a lot cleaner too! I set this piece on the Pacific Point solid bulb. I added Dimensionals behind it and set it aside.

I cut a 1" x 5" strip of Pacific Point card stock and glued it to the front of the card about 1" up from the bottom edge of the embossed piece.  I wanted that area to have something but what? I thought ribbon might be pretty but I wanted some lacy ribbon.  So I took out my "Natures Thoughts" die set from the "Positive Thoughts" bundle and I die cut the fun border strip using the sticky backed card stock to make it into a sticker too. I cut the piece to fit my area. I cut the left piece so it was three bumps long. I removed the backing and set it in place on the left side of the card. Then I removed the backing on the remainder of the other piece and set it on the right. 

The bulb was placed over the the Pacific Point strip.  A bow was tied and set in place with a glue dot and the card was done.

Did you ever get that panicked feeling when you go to open the card and it won't open because you are trying to open the fold?  I did. I don't often check when I'm putting a card together, I just assume I have it right. I did have it right!  My card was folded so perfectly that the ends matched exact that it was difficult to separate them.  I caught a break there!! LOL

This was a very fun and easy card to make. I do like how it looks. I think that border strip piece fit this card perfectly!

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

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Penguin Place, Penguin Playmates, Christmas Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I have a fun and quick card for you today.  I love this layout. You can use it for a lot of other sets too, it's quick and simple.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Fresh Freesia card stock. It was cut on the short side. It measured 4-1/4" x 11" after cutting.  I folded it in half at 5-1/2".

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

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) was cut at 3-3/4" x 3-1/2". The dotted piece was the backside of the top piece and was cut at 1-1/2" x 3-3/4".  I taped those to the Basic Black piece and then taped them to the front of the card base.

I fussy cut a penguin from another sheet of DSP. I could have used the matching punch but I was too lazy to get up and get it and since it was only one penguin and simple cutting, I just took my scissors and cut it out. 

Then I had to get up anyway to die cut the circle. I took a scrap piece of DSP and die cut a 1-7/8" circle. I glued the circle to the front of the card and then I set the penguin in place using Dimensionals.

I stamped the words from the "Penguin Place" set using black Memento ink. I trimmed it to measure 1-1/8" x 9/16".  I cut the Fresh Freesia layer 1/8" larger all around. I taped the two layers together and then set it in place on top of the card using a couple of Dimensionals.

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

This was a very fun and quick card to make. I love the fun background too!

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see the fun penguin Christmas card,
Wanda


Saturday, November 27, 2021

Stitched Snowflakes, Penguin Place, Christmas Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Today I thought I'd make a snowflake card. Still no snow on the ground here in central Minnesota but it is a bit chilly.  And I know the snow will come.  What we had a couple of weeks ago here melted. What the people in the upper part of Minnesota got a couple of weeks ago they still have! They will get more too! SO for today I'll look at snowflakes on paper.

The base of my 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 for the top layer.

I took a 1-7/8" circle and I placed it behind the top layer piece so I could see where center was. Then I stamped the words from the "Penguin Place" set using Real Red ink. 

The snowflakes were colored using my Wink of Stella pen, (something I'm going to be adding to my Christmas wish list!) and I colored each snowflake to give it some sparkle. 

I have a lightbox so I set my front layer piece on it and slid the 1-7/8" circle behind it, making sure the words were centered.  Then I glued on each snowflake around the circle. You could lightly draw the circle with a pencil but I think it would be a little difficult to erase once the snowflakes are in place. You'd have to be really careful at the placement of the snowflakes to cover the lines. But it can be done. Anyway, I used my lightbox and glued each one around the circle. I removed the circle and added Dimensionals to the back of the piece and set it in place on top of the card base. 

Tiny crystal rhinestones were added to the center of each snowflake and the card was done.

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

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

Friday, November 26, 2021

Snowman Season, Stitched Snowflakes, Christmas Card, 2021 Stampin'' Up! Catalog

I wasn't sure where I was going with this card. All I knew was I wanted a silver snowflake.  This in what I came up with.

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

Next I cut a 4-1/2" x 3-1/4" piece of silver foil card stock. And on top of that is a 4-1/4" x 3" piece of Basic White card stock.

I stamped the words from the "Snowman Season" set using Versa Mark. Then I sprinkled on some silver embossing powder and heat set it. 

I die cut the snowflake from a scrap piece of the silver foil. I wasn't thinking or I would have just cut it from the silver rectangle I had cut for the layer. Oh well, I got my snowflake either way. The snowflake is from the "Stitched Snowflakes" die set. 

The silver foil layer and white top piece were taped together and then taped to the front of the card.

I set the snowflake in place using a small Dimensional and I added a crystal rhinestone to the center and the card was done.

Yup, just as simple as that!

This is a very quick, easy and elegant Christmas card.

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

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Penguin Place, Penguin Playmates, Chap Stick Lip Balm Holder, Stocking Stuffer, Weekend Project

It's time for a project. I like to call them my "Weekend Projects" because I most often work on the on the weekends.  But it's the night before Thanksgiving and I was caught up on everything I need for tomorrow so I thought I'd work on something other than a card.  A Chap Stick holder is on the worktable! I have made these before and they are fun to make. They are useful and they make great stocking stuffers.

I found the holder on Split Coast Stampers many years ago. Click here for the link to the pattern.

Here's how I did mine. The outside of my holder is 5-3/4" x 3-1/2".  I scored it at 2-1/2" and 3-1/4" on the long side.

The inside is done the same except there will be some cut lines. Once you've scored the inside, you will be making cuts that will be supports for the Chap Stick.  See the photo for cutting.  You can also cut the slots for the ribbon or you can use a small punch to make a line or you can use a single larger round punch. As long as it's big enough to get the ribbon through.

Once you have your front and inside done, start by gluing the inside piece in the center. Be sure not to glue over the areas you made the supports.  If you do that, it will be glued shut and not hold anything! And no, I have not glued mine shut! I actually paid attention.  After the center was glued, I glued the front and then the back.  I cleaned up my slit marks to make sure they lined up.  

Now it's time to decorate. The front piece of Designer Series Paper, DSP was cut 2" x 3".  It's from the "Penguin Playmates" 12" x 12" package.

The words are from the "Penguin Place" and were stamped using black Memento ink. I used the smallest circle die to cut them and I grabbed a scrap piece of Just Jade card stock and I used the smallest scalloped circle. I taped the two circles together and then set it in place using a few Dimensionals. 

Then I took some ribbon and threaded it through the holder and I tied a bow. The ends were trimmed and the holder was done.  

I really enjoy making these. They are fun and easy and don't take much time at all. I think the cutting the lines with an x-acto blade is the longest part of the card. I rounded my corners but you don't have to, you can leave them as they are. I just thought it gave them a more finished look.

I need to get some more lip balm so I can whip up a few more of these for stocking stuffers.  This would also make a great teacher gift. 

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to see today's weekend project,
Wanda

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Little Delights, Merriest Frames Dies and Embossing Folder, Forever Fern, Christmas Card, Stampin' Up!

I was having a little bit of regret not getting the stamp set that went with the "Merriest Frames" dies and embossing folder. But a bright idea came to mind and the regret went away!  (That was a close call!!  LOL).  I went for white, light and elegant!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock.  I cut my card stock on the short side of the sheet so it measured 4-1/4" x 11".  I folded it in half.  Next I textured the front using the  "Merriest Frames" embossing folder. My card opens on the right and the fold is on the left. A little different than I usually do but it's okay, I like it.

I cut a 2-1/8" x 2-7/8" Piece of Real Red card stock for the inside of the embossed frame. There's also a fun stitched rectangle die in the "Merriest Frames" die set. I die cut it out of Basic White card stock.  I stamped the words from the "Little Delights" set using Real Red ink. I centered them as much as I could. Then I taped the stamped piece to the stitched rectangle piece and those were then taped to the center of the embossed card.

There are two larger flowers and two small flowers in the die set so I cut them using Basic White card stock. I colored them with Wink of Stella and set them aside. 

I wasn't sure what I was going to do about the leaves. I didn't have the stamp set and just die cutting the leaf image wasn't going to work. So I got out the "Forever Ferns" set and die cut two sets of leaves. I also colored them with the Wink of Stella pen.

I set the leaves on the card for placement. I ended up trimming off some of the leaves and moving them to the upper corner and keeping the larger parts at the bottom. I added a little tape to the corners of the rectangle piece and set the leaves in place.  

The largest flower was placed at the bottom left and the smaller one on the upper right.  I used a Dimensional to set them in place. The Dimensional will also help keep the leave in place more too.  The tiny flower parts were added to the center of each of the larger flowers with a dot of glue. 

For the final touch, I added a tiny pearl to the center of each flower and the card was done.

I think it has a very elegant look and I was thrilled that I was able to make a fun card without the use of the stamp set that went along with it!!!  YAY!!!  

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

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Forever Fern, Many Messages, Fall Friendship Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Once again I thought I'd play with the "Forever Fern" set to see if I could get some fall or even winter cards made using it.  These colors scream Christmas.  Mostly because I was leaning towards a Christmas card when I made it but after reading some email, I realized I needed to change the genre. So here's what I ended up with.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Real Red card stock. This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left.  I cut a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Mossy Meadow for the layer and a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White for the top. I textured that Basic White piece using the "Painted Texture" embossing folder. I glued it to the Mossy Meadow piece and then I taped that to the front of the card.

I cut a 3-1/4" x 2-1/4" piece of Basic White for the focal piece. I used Crumb Cake ink and the dotted stamp from the "Forever Fern" set on it. I did stamp off once because I didn't want the dots too dark. I taped that to a 3-3/8" x 2-3/8" piece of Mossy Meadow and then I taped those two to a 3-1/2" x 2-1/2" piece of Real Red card stock. Then that was taped to the center of the front of the card.

Next I die cut the gold foil leaves and set them aside. 

The swirl was from a retired set and I had found it in my "Forever Fern" set just sitting there waiting for me to do something with it. SO I thought I'd tuck it in behind the gold foil leaves and see what happens when all is said and done!

I stamped the leafy green images using Mossy Meadow ink. I die cut both of them. And I stamped the round leaves (I always think they look like a cluster of berries), I used Real Red ink.  Before I set the red leaves on top of the green ones, I colored them in using my Wink of Stella pen. It helped blend the colors a bit. The pen picked up some of the ink and moved it around on the image. I like that look, it looks like the image was stamped in color instead of just outlined.  I held the leaves in my hand and set them up where I liked them. I turned them over and taped them together. I was careful not to move them because I really liked my placement.  I set them aside while I taped down the circle piece and the gold foil leaves. Then I added Dimensionals to the cluster I created and set them in place on top of the card. 

The words are from the "Many Messages" set and were stamped using black Memento ink. I had used my "Classic Label" (retired) punch to punch them out. I trimmed off the points on each end and set them in place just below the bottom of the cluster. Oh, I did have to trim off the stems at the bottom of the cluster of leaves, they didn't look good sticking out the bottom of the words.

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

I really do like how this card turned out. I think I'd like to try this set again using the Christmas theme.

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

Monday, November 22, 2021

Snowman Season, Wintry 3D Folder, Christmas Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I had purchased the "Wintery" 3D embossing folder and have not used it much. It's not a full size folder so that's part of the reason. But today I thought I'd use it in strips and make it fill up a page. So here's how I made my 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 embossed the card stock. The piece of card stock that fit in the folder was enough to cut three 7/8" wide by 4" long pieces. So I had to texture another piece because I needed one  more.

I cut a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8 piece of Basic White card stock and glued the 4 strips to the top, leaving 1/8" on the sides and top.  Then I stamped the words from the "Snowman Season" set using Pool Party ink.

I took some white ribbon that I had and wrapped it around the card stock. Then I added a thinner Pool Party colored ribbon on top of it to bring in a bit more color to the card.  I taped the ribbon to the back and then added scotch tape to secure it even more.  I added Dimensionals to the back and set the piece on top of the card base.

I had snowflakes left from the card I had made on the 18th. You can see hit by clicking here.  I have several of the spritzed Stitched Snowflakes sitting around from that card.  It was nice to actually be able to use one. I set the snowflake in place using a small Dimensional and then I added a crystal rhinestone to the center and the card was done.

This card was super quick and easy and I could see myself using up those larger snowflakes making more cards like this. I have three more so that shouldn't be too bad.  Plus I have an extra panel because you can get three off one piece of textured card stock. So I guess I'll be making them!!

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

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Bright Baubles, Christmas Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Holiday Occasions Catalog

Have you ever bought a stamp set just because you saw one card you just absolutely loved and had to make?  Well, that's what happened to me with the "Bright Baubles" set. I ordered the set. I waited anxiously for it to arrive and then I made that one card that I just had to try.  Then what? I did find another one and perhaps a third one and that was about it.  UGH!  Today I ran across this one on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a try. I do like the set but have regrets because it's a bit difficult to work with. Sometimes there's stamp sets in the past that you can find images to recreate the card with current stamps but this one didn't really have any out there to work from.  So I'm at the mercy of my brain to figure out some way to use this set and when I run across one on Pinterest, I jump at the chance to make it.

So here's 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 Real Red and taped it to the front of the card base. 

A 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Basic White card stock was cut and then the center was die cut using the die that cut the solid piece. I saved the piece that was cut out so I could use it for the detailed piece. I did take that piece and used a double sided sticky sheet so I could make it into a sticker. I do not like gluing pieces like that with so much detail. But it can be done by placing some glue on a piece of waxed paper (I save the backing sheet from my Dimensionals), then I put some glue on it and fold it over but don't crease the fold, I'm just trying to get the glue to go evenly all over the piece. Then I set my die cut piece on top and press down with another piece of waxed paper, copier paper, paper towel or anything that won't stick quickly to the design where the glue oozed out.  And it's now ready to set in place.   So before all that happened, I textured the 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece using the "Painted Texture" embossing folder. I glued that on top of the Real Red piece.

Then the bulb piece was die cut and added. I set a scrap piece of copier paper on top and placed a punch on top while I die cut the ribbon piece. I used gold foil card stock to do that. I did not use the double-sided sticky sheet for that. I forgot and I wasn't going to cut another one, so I just did the glue on the non-stick paper trick and I set it in place. Just before I added the glue, I set it on the top of the card to see where I needed to trim off that long hanger. It was still a little bit long after gluing it in place so before the glue totally set, I lifted it up just a bit and snipped off the excess.  And that was it. No need to stamp, the words are already on the card.  How great is that? 

This was a very quick and easy card to make. I like the look of it, the Real Red makes that white bulb just pop. 

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

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Penguin Place, Christmas Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I found a fun "Penguin Place" card on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a try. You can see the original card here.  And here's how I made it.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Fresh Freesia card stock. The card stock was cut in half on the short side. After it was cut it measured 4-1/4" x 11".  

I cut two 4" x 5-1/4" pieces of Basic White card stock and taped one to the inside.  Then I took the other one and taped on a 4" x 3" piece of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Penguin Playmates" 12" x 12" package. 

The words are from the "Penguin Place" set and were stamped using black Memento ink on Basic White card stock. I die cut the circle with the words to the left and up a bit. I needed to make room for the penguin. The original card has a package and is a birthday card. I didn't need a birthday card at the moment so I thought I'd stick with the Christmas theme for the week. I set the circle on top of the card so I could see where to stamp the snowflakes. I used Fresh Freesia ink to stamp them.

I had fussy cut a tree from the DSP package. There's always those little images that seem to get tossed out with the recycling after punching or fussy cutting out the larger ones. I thought the tree would look cute on here. Though I could have done a package, it would just look like a Christmas present. But I wanted to pull a bit more of that Just Jade green onto the card. 

The penguin was punched out using Basic Black and Basic White card stock. I stamped the feet on a scrap piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock and I punched them out. Then I glued them to the front of the penguin. I stamped his eyes on using black Memento ink and I stamped the bow tie using Pool Party ink. I glued the white piece to the black piece and set it aside to dry a bit.

I took the front piece and taped a 5" piece of ribbon across the front. I secured it in the back with snail tape and then with scotch tape over that. I added Dimensionals and set it in place on the front of the card.

The circle piece was set in place with Dimensionals. I added one Dimensional to the bottom of the penguin and some snail tape to the top and set him in place and that was it.

This was a very fun, quick and easy card to make. I love the looks of this card, it's so bright and cheery.

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

Friday, November 19, 2021

Penguin Place, Stitched Snowflakes, Christmas Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Today's Christmas card was fun to make. The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Just Jade card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Penguin Playmates" 12" x 12" package. There's SO many fun designs in this package. 

Next I cut a 3-5/8" x 3-5/8" piece of Misty Moonlight card stock. Then I cut a 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" piece of the Fresh Freesia snowflake DSP.  I also cut a Basic White piece so there was a bit more stability to the DSP. I taped the two pieces together and then used the 2-15/16" circle die and cut the center out. I taped a piece of the dotted DSP to the back of that piece and then that was taped to the front of the car about 1/4" from the top, left side and bottom. 

Then I fussy cut the penguin, polar bear and fox from the DSP. On one of the sheets there was a lonely tree that I just couldn't put in recycling so I fussy cut it too.  I set the bear in place using Dimensionals. Then I taped the little tree to the left of it.  The penguin and fox were added using Dimensionals and tape where needed.

The words are from the "Penguin Place" set and were stamped using black Memento ink. I used the "Double Oval" punch on the words.  There's a scallpy oval on that punch and I used Misty Moonlight for the layer.  I taped the two ovals together and set them in place using Dimensionals.

I die cut a snowflake from the "Stitched Snowflakes" set using Basic White card stock. I set it in place using a tiny Dimensional. I glued a silver sequin from the "Subtle Shimmer" sequins pack to give it a bit of a sparkle.

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

Thankyou SO very much for taking your time to stop by to see today's Christmas Card,
Wanda

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Snowman Season, Color & Contour, Painted Poppies, Christmas Card, Stampin' Up!

It's trying to snow outside. The sky is dark and there's little flakes and then pellets but they are not amounting to anything. Which is a good thing, I'm not ready for snow yet. A white Christmas is pretty but it's not Christmas time yet, is it?  So while it's trying to do it's thing outside, I thought I'd make a card with snowflakes on it and here's what I came up with. 

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. I cut my piece in half on the short side of the sheet. After cutting my piece measured 4-14" x 11". This card opens on the bottom and the fold is on the top.

I took a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Basic White card stock and I placed some snowflakes on it. The snowflakes are from the "Stitched Snowflakes" die set. It doesn't matter what color you die cut them but I used white in case I liked how they looked after I could use them on another project.  After laying them on my piece of Basic White card stock, I spritzed them using a mister bottle with some Pool Party ink and rubbing alcohol. I prefer the rubbing alcohol because it doesn't warp the card stock like water can do.  Once I was done spritzing over the snowflakes I removed  them and I had a pretty background.  A little tip on the spritzing, do it about 8-10" from the piece you are spraying or it could move on you. I just lightly sprayed all over the piece until I thought it was covered enough.   I am thinking about die cutting a bunch of the tiny snowflakes and making a background like this using them.  

Okay, after I was done spritzing, I took the scalloped die from the "Color & Contour" bundle and cut the edge about 1-1/2" up from the bottom. I taped this piece in place on the top of the card base.

Then I die cut the swirly circle using the die from the "Painted Poppies" bundle. 

The words are from the "Snowman Season" set and were stamped using Real Red ink. Then they were die cut using the 1-7/8" circle die. I taped the words to the swirly Pool Party piece. I added Dimensionals and set the piece in place on the front of the card.

It looked a bit bare so I thought I'd use the "Subtle Shimmer" sequins. I set them in place with Mono glue.  And that was it.  A super quick and easy card. I REALLY like the background.  I may have to try it with the "Penguin Place" set.

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

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Stitched Snowflakes. Wintry 3D Embossing Folder, Banner Year, Christmas Card

You say you want a quick, easy, simple yet elegant looking Christmas card.  Well, here it is.

I really like the snowflakes in the "Wintery 3D" embossing folder package. The other design is pine needles.  But I like snow and this is SO pretty.  I would rather have had it a full size embossing folder but I guess that makes me try to see the challenge.  So here's what I did with that folder today.

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. 

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White card stock was cut for the top piece. I used a corner rounder to round the corners. I set this piece face down on my scoring board and I scored the left side at 3/4" down from the top and 5/8" in on the left side. I scored down to 4-5/8".  I turned the piece and scored from the left score line I just made to the 2" mark. This area is not 2" wide, I just scored to the 2" mark. Then I turned the piece again and scored down the right side. And then the bottom was scored.  

I embossed a piece of Basic White card stock using the "Wintry 3D folder.  I cut it at 1-1/4" x 4".  After setting the piece inside the scored area I could see that I needed to trim one end of the strip. It's better to have it too long at this point than too short. I probably trimmed about 1/16" off. I glued the strip in place. I prefer to glue textured pieces over taping them for two reasons.  One the surface is not smooth anymore and two, I don't want to crush the texture. Then I added Dimensionals to the back of the piece and set it in place using Dimensionals. 

I die cut a snowflake from the "Stitched Snowflakes" dies and set it in place using a small Dimensional. A single crystal rhinestone was added to the center.

The words are from the "Banner Year" set and were stamped using Pool Party ink. I stamped them on a 3/8" x 2-3/8" piece of Basic White card stock.  I trimmed the ends and set it in place with small Dimensionals.  And that was it.

This was s very fun, quick and easy card to make. I love using this layout too. It frames in the panel nicely, whether you are using textured card stock or Designer Series Paper (DSP).  

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

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Art Gallery, Fall Birthday Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Today I thought I would make another fall card. I thought the "Art Gallery" set would be a great place to start. I have made many cards using this set but for fall ones, not so much. Probably because the set was in the catalog that came out in May!  That may have had something to do with it! LOL

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Cajun Craze. 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. Actually, I cut two, one for the front and one for the inside. I taped both of them in their respective places.

Then I cut a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Basic White and textured it using the "Painted Texture" embossing folder. I glued it on top of the Basic White piece that I had previously taped down.

Then I cut a 3" x 4" piece of Basic White card stock and a 3-1/4" x 4-1/4" piece of Cajun Craze card stock for the top layers. 

I took some larger scrap pieces and stamped the flower from the "Art Gallery" set using Cajun Craze ink. I stamped off on the larger more solid piece and I just stamped full on ink with the detail image. Then I stamped the leaves and stem using Mossy Meadow ink. I die cut the two together.  I added Dimensionals to the back of both. I lined them up on the Basic White piece to see where the wording was going to go. 

The words were stamped using Mossy Meadow ink. After the words were stamped I set the flower and stem piece in place.  I colored some rhinestones using the dark Cajun Craze Blends pen. I set three of them on the center of the flower.

I added Dimensionals to the top piece and set it in place on the front of the card.  And that was it. This was a very fun and quick card to make. Plus it's a nice fall looking card too!

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

Monday, November 15, 2021

Penguin Place, Penguin Playmates, Stitched Snowflakes, Christmas Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I found todays card on Pinterest and thought it looked like it would be fun to make. I love the double snowflake at the top and it was the colors that caught my eye the most. You can see the original card here.

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

I cut two 4" x 5-1/4" pieces of Basic White card stock. One for the outside and one for the inside.  I taped them now down.

Then I cut a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Basic White card stock, I actually cut it just a hair less than those measurements because I didn't want to have to trim any excess white after I was done with the Designer Series Paper (DSP). I cut this because I needed something firmer than just DSP for the front of the card.  I punched a 2-1/2" circle in the front of the piece, towards the bottom. I used a punch so I just dropped the card stock to the bottom of the punch and centered it on the sides and punched it.

I cut a the dotted piece of DSP from the "Penguin Playmates" 12" x 12" package to measure 3-7/8" x 3-3/4".  I taped it to the Basic White piece. I turned it over and punched the circle. 

Then I cut a 1-3/8" x 3-7/8" piece of the Just Jade dashed DSP. The original card has the dashes going the other direction. SO much for me paying attention. But in this case, I don't think it matters which way the dashes are going, it looks nice both ways.

A 3/8" wide piece of the blue and white striped DSP was cut at 3-7/8"  long. This piece was taped to the front of the card. I lined it up with the top of the dotted DSP.

I took a 3" x 3" piece of Basic White card stock and textured it using the snowflake folder from the "Wintry" 3D package. I added Dimensionals to the back of the piece with the circle punched out and affixed the 3" x 3" piece to it over the circle.  Then I added glue to the back of the 3" x 3" piece and Dimensonals to the rest of the 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Basic White card stock and set it in place on top of the card.

I die cut two snowflakes from the "Stitched Snowflakes" set using Basic White card stock. I glued the two together. There is a hexagon piece that is cut from the center of the snowflakes. I kept them and glued the two together. Then I took a Dimensional and set the hexagon piece on it. Then I lined up the snowflake so it was back in place in the center. I removed the protective backing on the Dimensional and set the snowflake in place. I pulled up the "branches" of the top snowflake so it popped up a little.

The penguin was fussy cut from a piece of DSP from the "Penguin Place" package. I set it in place using Dimensionals.

The words are from the "Penguin Place" set and were stamped using black Memento ink. I masked off part of the wording in that stamp so I could just get the "Be Merry" part. I used my  "Classic Label" die to punch it out and I trimmed the ends to shorten it. I taped it in place on top of the penguin.

I added some crystal rhinestones to the word piece and to the center of the snowflake and the card was done.

This was a very fun card to make and I love all the colors that are going on here.

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

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Color & Contour, Thank You Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

I'm still trying to use my stamp sets with a summer theme to make fall cards. Here's how I made today's card.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. It was cut in half on the 8-1/2" side so after cutting it measured 4-1/4" x 11".  This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left.

I die cut the scalloped Basic White piece using the "Scalloped Contours" die set.

I cut a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from "You're a Peach" 12" x 12" package. It had a nice fall deep orange piece in it. I cut it 4-1/4" x 2-1/2". I taped it in place on the left side of my card.

The words were stamped on the piece using black Memento ink. Then I stamped some black Memento, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze dots.

I centered the word piece on the front of the card using Dimensionals.

I stamped three flowers using black Memento ink. Then I stamped two of the flowers using Cajun Craze ink and Crushed Curry for the center flower.

I set the Cajun Craze ones down using snail tape on one side and a Dimensional on the part that hung over the edge of the scalloped edges. The Crushed Curry flower was set in place with Dimensionals. I stuck a Dimensional to another Dimensional so I could have it two thick.  I did that because I didn't want the flower to droop on one side. 

This was a fun card to make. I was glad I was able to make another fall card using a spring/summer stamp set.

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

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Stitched Snowflakes, Snowman Season, Christmas Card

One more snowflake card before I move on to something else that caught my eye!  I saw this card on Pinterest, well, a card like it. I didn't have any of the products to make it. You can see the original card here.  And here's how I made it with what I had.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock.  I used the other half from the card stock I cut yesterday. The card stock measured 4-1/4" x 11" after cutting it in half.  

I textured the front of the card with an embossing folder I had that has snowflakes all over it. I don't have a current wintry one, well, not one that will cover the whole card. 

I took a scrap piece of card stock and I die cut the largest snowflake from the "Stitched Snowflake" die set using basic White card stock. I colored the snowflake with Wink of Stella to give it a bit of shimmer.  I set it aside while I tried to figure out how I was going to make this all work.

I took my "Layered Circle" die set and used the 2-11/16" one for the outside circle and the 2-1/8" one for the inside circle.  I set them up on a piece of Basic White card stock using post it tape to hold them in place. I wanted to try to make the rings as even as possible all around.  I cut two, one for the outside and one for the inside. 

The 2-1/8" one was used to die cut the circle on the front of the card. I cut it about 1" from the top and the two sides of the card. 

A window sheet was die cut using the 2-11/16" die. I glued the snowflake to the window sheet. Then I glued one ring to the outside of the window sheet. The window sheet piece was glued to the front of the card.  I also glued the other ring to the inside of the cover of the card. I thought it would make the card more stability.  After embossing the front the paper felt a lot thinner and weaker. 

The words are from the "Snowman Season" set and were stamped on a 3/4" piece of Vellum. The strip was 3/4" x 5-1/2" long. I stamped it with Versa Mark ink and heat set them white embossing powder. I laid the word strip across the front of the card and folded the ends over the sides of the card. I glued them in place on the back of the front of the card. Then I cut another 3/4" strip that was just a hair shy of 4-1/4" long and I glued it to the inside cover. It provided the bottom part of the card with more stability plus it hid those little ends from the front strip.  

I added a rhinestone to the center of the snowflake and the card was done.

I do like how this card turned out and I think it's pretty close to the original one (other than it used entirely different products!). LOL I do recommend cutting the circle on the front of the card before texturing it. My texture got a little flattened from cutting my circle after.  

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

Friday, November 12, 2021

Bright Baubles, Stitched Snowflakes, Christmas Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Today I created another quick and easy Christmas card. I may have to keep this one in mind for next year for our annual card. It's SO quick, easy and uses limited materials. I found it even easier than yesterday's card. There was less stuff to pick out of the die or punch out on the card stock. 

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. It was cut on the short 8-1/2" side. After cutting it measured 4-1/4" x 11". This card opens on the bottom and the fold is on the top.

I cut a 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" piece of Pacific Point card stock. I chose that color by chance, it was just sitting on my worktable from some other project.  It's great to use up scraps. I don't think I'll ever use up all of my scraps so I should have said, it's great to use some of my scraps!! LOL I added Dimensionals to the back and set it aside.

The snowflake was die cut from the "Stitched Snowflakes" die set using Basic White card stock.  Another scrap piece. I colored that piece using my Wink of Stella pen. I did avoid the very center of the snowflake. I wanted to make sure it would be clean and dry for the rhinestone. I added a small Dimensional to the snowflake and set it aside.

I set the Pacific Point square on top of the card front to see where I would be stamping the words. I set my words up in the Stamparatus because my ink pad is weird. It's a bit juicy on one side and a little dry on the other.  So I just use the Stamparatus to make sure I get a nice dark solid image.  I did have to stamp it twice.

Next the Pacific Point piece was set in place and then the snowflake on top. The rhinestone was added in the middle and this card was done!

Now can't you see yourself making a lot of these simple and quick cards for the holiday?  And use up some of your fun colored in your scrap bin too!!

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

Thursday, November 11, 2021

So Many Snowflakes, Snowflake Wishes, Christmas Card, Stampin' Up!

I had this set from last year that carried over into this years annual catalog.  I was glad it was still current because I do like to post current items on my blog.  I had not used this set much at all and when I ran across a card on Pinterest I thought I'd give it a try. I was really liking the looks of the center of that snowflake, it drew me in and I just had to make it.  You can see the original card here

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Highland Heather card stock. The card stock was cut in half on the short side so it measured 4-1/4" x 11" after cutting it in half.  I scored it at 5-1/2" and folded it along the score line. So this card opens at the bottom and the fold is at the top.

I cut two 4" x 5-1/4" pieces of Basic White card stock. One for the inside and one for the outside. I taped the inside one in place and then began to work on the front of the card.

I lined up the snowflake die on the Basic White piece and then I ran it through my Big Shot.

The words from the "Snowflake Wishes" set were stamped using Highland Heather ink.

I took a 3" x 3" piece of Basic White card stock, took my Blending brush and scrubbed on some Balmy Blue ink and then some Highland Heather ink. I added some Tombow mono glue to the back of the snowflake, only around the snowflake area and affixed the blended piece of card stock to it. Then I added glue to the entire back and affixed it to the front of the card base. I was planning on using tape but I had overshot my glue and it went well beyond the 3" x 3" piece so, instead of possibly making a mess, I just decided to go with the glue.

I colored a rhinestone using my dark Balmy Blue Blends pen and I set it in the middle of the snowflake and the card was done.

This was a very quick and easy card to make. I love using those blending brushes, they blend so softly and the end result is SO pretty.

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

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Stitched Snowflakes, Snowman Season, Christmas Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog

I love snowflakes. Paper ones, plastic ones, glass ones and even the real ones! Yes, I love snow. I am a fan of winter but I do not like ice, ice storms or a winter vortex.  I am a true Minnesotan. I love to make snowmen in the fresh sticky snow too. I have not made one for the past few years since I had hip replacement but I'm thinking about heading out there this year if the snow is right!! So with my love of snowflakes I thought today I would make a card using the "Stitched Snowflakes" dies set.

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

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of silver foil card stock, a 4-5/8" x 3-1/2" piece of Pacific Point card stock and a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Basic White card stock.  

I die cut a rectangle in the center of the Basic White piece using the die from the "Stitched So Sweetly" set. I could have used one from the "Stitched Rectangles "die set but I wanted a bit of a scallop on my card.  Though after seeing it all put together I am thinking that a straight edge on that center might look better.  I added Dimensionals to the back of this piece and set it aside.

I die cut 6 stitched snowflakes using the "Stitched Snowflakes" dies. I only used 5 but I wasn't sure how many I needed until I was putting the piece together.  I could have squished them together more and gotten 6 in there. Maybe there wouldn't be those two large open areas.  I didn't want the snowflakes to overlap either, so placement was a bit tricky.  Anyway, I glued the snowflakes to the Pacific Point card stock because I forgot to use the double sided sticky sheet to make these into stickers.  The glue worked just fine but not as convenient. I then taped this piece to the foil piece and I taped the foil piece to the front of the card. The frame piece with the Dimensionals on it was set on top.

The words are from the "Snowman Season" set and were stamped using Versa Mark on a 3/8" piece of Pacific Point card stock. They were then embossed using white embossing powder. I cut the ends close to the words. Then I cut two 1" pieces of Pacific Point card stock that were 3/8" wide and I snipped the ends to give them that ribbon look. Dimensionals were added to the ends of the word piece and the ribbon ends were set on top. Glue was added to the backside of the ribbon ends and they were set in place on the front of the card.

Some crystal rhinestones were added to the front of the card and it was done.

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

Booster update...  I'm feeling 85% better today. Mostly tired and my arm is still very sore. The kind of sore that when you touch it you'd think it should be broken, but to move it around there's no pain or discomfort. So weird but I can deal with it.  I'm on the other side, the worst is over!!  And it's SO worth it being I have an elderly mother and a sister who's immune system is compromised.  And we can't forget the grandkids either.  I still wear a mask in public. I liked wearing one last winter, it kept my face warm!  And I think I'll wear it next year too, just to avoid the flu virus. I'm old, I don't care what I look like in public!!! LOL

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

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Color & Contour, Thanksgiving Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

In my quest to make my stamp sets more versatile, I ran across the "Color & Contour" set and figured I could make the flowers in it have more of a fall look.  They kind of look like an Aster, right?  See  I do know a few flower names.  Though I don't know if I've purchased any for my garden on purpose. If I did buy them it was because they were pretty and that's it!!  Anyway, here's what I ended up with.

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

I cut two 4" x 5-1/4" pieces of Basic White card stock. One for the inside and one for the outside. 

I looked through my stamp sets and I didn't find any current ones that had a "Happy Thanksgiving" in them. So I took a piece of Basic White card stock and opened up my word processor and typed the words. I used the "Lucida Calligraphy" fond. I italicized it and bolded it. The font size is 22 pts.  I often forget that I can just pop in a piece of Basic White card stock and type up my own personal wording.  But most of the time the stamp sets have what I need or want.  I printed out the words on a piece of Basic White card stock.  I had set my page to two columns, I duplicated the words 5 times and printed them out at best quality.  I cut the card stock in half on the short side and used the empty piece to cut the front and inside pieces. 

I die cut the words using the die "Scalloped Contours" set that was part of the "Color & Contour" bundle but can be purchased separately.  After cutting the piece I realized this die has an open slit on the top and bottom. I need to learn to use that more but what I did was I Scotch taped the back side so it stayed together.  Then I set it on top of the front piece so I could see where I wanted to stamp my flowers. 

Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry inks were used to stamp the flowers. The Crushed Curry one was the only one to be die cut out so it was stamped on a scrap piece of card stock.  

I stamped the leaves using Mossy Meadow ink for the outline and I colored them in using the light Mossy Meadow Blends pen. Then the dots were added. I used Mossy Meadow ink stamped off once (second generation) for the Basic White piece and a third generation was stamped on the word piece. I wanted those dots to be even lighter. 

I was now ready to assemble the card. I taped the other piece of Basic White card stock on the inside of the card.  Then I taped the stamped one on top of the card front. Dimensionals were added to the word piece, making sure I was able to get the Dimensional to cross over the cut line a little for more support.

Then I set the upper left flower in place using a couple of Dimensionals on the top part and snail tape on the bottom part.

I had stamped a Cajun Craze flower at the bottom right and didn't like it so I stamped one using Pumpkin Pie ink and I die cut it and taped it over the Cajun Craze one. A little bit of the Cajun Craze shows if you look hard enough. And I liked the look SO much better.

This was a very fun and easy card to make and it's now a fall set too!!!  

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

Monday, November 08, 2021

Penguin Place, Penguin Playmates, Christmas Card, Book Binding Card Technique,

I am upright and back at my worktable, but only for a little while as I am still tired and achy. I'd say crabby but I'm kind of crabby anyway so who could tell if it's from the vaccine or just a typical day!!! LOL I am definitely not a morning person!!! LOL

So onto today's card. The base of my card is a half a sheet of Garden Green card stock. It was cut in half on the 8-1/2" side. It measured 4-1/4" x 11" after cutting.

The piece was scored at 4-1/4" and 5-1/2".  I glued the space between the 4-1/4" score and the 5-1/2" score. If you are going to add a ribbon you will want to wait to glue it shut. And I do recommend glue because it will hold better, especially with a ribbon running through it.

The strip on the left is Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Penguin Playmates" 12" x 12" package. I cut it at 4" x 1" and I taped it in place. 

The DSP on the other side was cut at 4" x 4" and taped in place. I also cut a 4" x 4" piece of Basic White for the inside of the card. I taped that in place too.

I cut a 3" x 3" piece of Garden Green card stock and a 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" piece of Basic White card stock for the focal panel.  I stamped little snowflakes on the Basic White piece. I used Soft Succulent ink that was stamped off once.  Yup, green snowflakes!  You can hardly tell it's green, it's got a tinge of blue to it.

The penguin was punched out and the beak was stamped using Pumpkin Pie ink. The eyes were stamped using Basic Black ink. I think the eyes stamp has the eyes just a little bit too far apart.  I never seem to get the second one in the center of the area like I do the first one. I think next time I make one I'll just ink up one eye dot and go from there. 

The feet were stamped using Pumpkin Pie ink on Pumpkin Pie card stock and punched out. I glued them in place.

I stamped the hat using Fresh Freesia ink and I fussy cut it out. 

The words are from the "Penguin Place" set and were stamped using Garden Green ink. I punched them out using the "Double Oval" punch and I also punched a Garden Green scalloped oval from the same punch. I taped the two ovals together.

Dimensionals were added to the back of the focal panel and set in place on the front of the card. I did move the panel up a bit so the words would fit in better. The penguin was then set in place using Dimensionals and the hat was taped to the DSP.

I added two small Dimensionals to the bottom of the oval and tape to the top part and I set it in place at the bottom of the focal piece.

A bow was tied and glued to the left side. I preferred a bow instead of a ribbon running because my ribbon was a bit too wide for that space. I used a clothespin to hold the ribbon in place.  

I added a few rhinestones to the front and the card was done.

This technique is very fun to do and easy too. I like the looks of it too, it's not complicated. There's some fun techniques out there but I often wonder if the one who receives the card knows how to open it so it can be displayed (without sending them directions on how to open their card!).

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see today's Christmas card, I'm off to take my 4th nap for the day!
Wanda

Sunday, November 07, 2021

Christmas Card, Crochet Snowman Card, Weekend Project

Today I'm going to share with you a card I made using a crochet snowman I also made. I was going to wait to post this until I had the instructions because I'm sure some of you will want to know how to make the cute snowman.  I'm not great at crocheting, so if I can make this guy, so can you! I know the basics to get by!

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock.  I had a  4" x 5-1/4" piece of Seaside Spray (retired) card stock and I don't know where this Designer Series Paper (DSP) came from but I liked the snowflakes.

I found the "Merry Christmas" in a retired set and stamped the words in Real Red.  I taped the DSP to the card stock and then taped the piece to the front of the card.

I set my snowman in place using glue dots. I made him so once removed he's an ornament for you tree. The hanger is tucked behind his body. The worst that happens here is the DSP tears or the glue dots stick to the yarn. It's easy to remove the glue dots from the yarn and once you remove the snowman, do you really want to keep the card??? LOL

Now I do not have the instructions ready. I was hoping to but I had gotten my booster yesterday and it's kicking me in the butt. I've had chills, headache, sinus pressure, my teeth hurt, every joint in my body hurt, my arm hurt at the injection site and I'm extremely tired.  And as soon as I get done posting this, I am going to go lay down again because apparently 12 hours of sleep isn't quite enough!  Though I am feeling a little better but not enough to be in my workroom for very long because I'm freezing. So I grabbed this card on my worktable and decided I'd post it and add the instructions at another time.  What's so odd is, I never had any symptoms from the first two shots, besides a little bit of a sore arm on the second dose.  All in all, I'd still recommend getting the booster, it beats getting sick from the virus. As you can see, I'm here able to type up my post!!

So I thank you in advance for your patience and I'll get the pattern printed out soon and online.

Thank you SO very much for stopping by to see today's Christmas card,
Wanda

Saturday, November 06, 2021

Hand-Penned Petals, Many Messages, Color & Contour, Stampin' Up! 2021-2022 Catalog

I'm still trying to use my stamp sets that I bought this spring to make fall cards.  I even managed to make the Designer Series Paper (DSP) into more of a fall look. Read on to see how I did it.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Mossy Meadow.  This card was cut in half on the short side. It measured 4-1/4" x 11" after it was cut.  Then it was folded in half so this card opens at the bottom and the fold is at the top.

A 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Cajun Craze for the next layer.

The DSP is from the "Hand-Penned" 12" x 12" package and was cut at 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  I took my Old Olive Blends pen and colored over the leaves to make them darker. And I also used my dark Cajun Craze Blends pen and colored in the orangish colors on the DSP too.  Now it had a more of a fall look to it.  Then I took some retired ribbon I had and wrapped it around the front of the card and taped the ends on the back to hold them in place.  Then I taped the DSP to the Cajun Craze piece and then I taped that to the card base. 

I die cut a piece of vellum using the second largest rectangle die in the set. It's a cute die too, it's got the scalloped edges but it also had a dotted inner frame. If you click on the photo you'll be able to see a closeup.  

I stamped the flower image from the "Hand-Penned Petals" set using black Memento ink on Basic White card stock.  I colored the flowers using both light and dark Old Olive Blends pen for the leaves. The flowers were colored in using both light and dark Pumpkin Pie Blends and the dark Cajun Craze Blends pen. The centers were colored in using the light Crushed Curry Blends pen.  I added Dimensionals to the piece and set it in place on top of the Vellum. I waited to add the Vellum because I wanted to make sure I knew where to put the Dimensionals so they wouldn't show.  I turned the Vellum over and I added the Dimensionals over the areas where the stamped image is.  I set the piece in place on top of the DSP.

The words are from the "Many Messages" set and were stamped on Basic White card stock using black Memento ink.  The "Many Messages" set has a die cut that will cut out ever message all at one time. Kind of fun but I didn't have a use for 18 left over messages done on Basic White card stock in black Memento ink. So I just took a scrap piece of card stock and inked up the area I wanted and stamped it. Then I just die cut over that area.  I set the words in place using double-sided tape on the left side and a couple of small Dimensionals on the right.

I colored some rhinestones using the dark Cajun Craze Blends pen and set them in place on top of the Vellum.

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

This was a very fun and easy card to make. The coloring of the DSP took a little while but it worked and I was happy with how it turned out. I had never thought to color over my DSP before. Now I know I can!

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

Friday, November 05, 2021

Forever Fern, Painted Poppies, Peaceful Moments, Fall Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

I'm still on my quest to make the stamp sets I bought in the spring into fall cards.  Here's what I came up with using the "Forever Fern" set.

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 front panel.

I stamped some of the leaf images right onto the panel piece. Then I stamped some onto a separate piece of card stock. I used Old Olive and Mossy Meadow for my greens. Then I stamped some of the rounded leaves stamp using Cajun Craze ink. I die cut these out with the matching dies.  I had set them on the front of my card and placed them where I thought they would look the best.

The circle piece is from the "Painted Poppies" dies. I die cut it using Soft Suede card stock.  

I stamped the words using Soft Suede ink on a scrap piece of Basic White. I die cut them using the 1-7/8" circle die. I taped the words to the center of the Soft Suede piece.  Then I set it on top of the fern pieces and rearranged them to my liking.  I carefully removed the circle piece and took a think slice of scotch tape and taped the pieces together. I carefully picked them up and turned them over to add more tape. Then I added Dimensionals to the back. I made sure they covered over where the leaves met each other. That helped hold them together more and gave the piece more stability.  

Before I set the leaf cluster in place, I took the dotted image from the "Forever Fern" set and using Soft Suede in, I stamped off once and then onto my piece. I stamped all around the leaves on the panel piece.

Then I set the leaves in place.  The circle was added by putting snail tape on the upper part of the solid circle and Dimensionals on the bottom part. 

I didn't like how the word piece looked so white and open so I colored some rhinestones using the dark Cajun Craze Blends pen and set them on the circle.  I thought the rest of the card could use some to tie it all together so I colored three more and set them on the panel piece.  

The panel piece was set in place using Dimensionals and the card was done.

This was a very fun card to make and I was glad I was able to turn the spring fern set into a fall set. I love to have versatile stamp sets.

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

Thursday, November 04, 2021

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

It's not a Christmas card!!!  LOL  I took a little break from Christmas cards. I was failing miserably at them so I'm going to wait until I feel more inspired. I was going to work on some fall and Thanksgiving cards.  Here's my fall card using what I have and making my stamp sets more versatile. 

I don't know much about flowers. I can identify a few but not many. When I buy flowers for my garden I often ask the person at the nursery if the pretty ones I picked out will get along.  I just go for pretty and don't know the names.

So for today's card I used the "Hand-Penned Petals" set. 

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. I cut a 1-1/2" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Expressions in Ink" 12" x 12" package. The strip was cut at 5-1/2" long and taped to the front of the card base 3/4" away from the left edge of the card.

The words are from the ""Hand-Penned Petals" set and were stamped on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock using black Memento ink. They were die cut a 2-3/8" circle die and cut off to the left side.  Dimensionals were added to the back and the piece was set in place about 7/8" up from the bottom of the card and 3/8" from the left fold.

The flower was stamped on a piece of Basic White card stock using black Memento ink. It was colored in using Blends pens in the following colors: light and dark Pumpkin Pie, light and dark Old Olive, dark Daffodil Delight and dark Cajun Craze.  

Once the coloring was done the piece was die cut.  The flower was set in place using snail tape on the areas that would be setting on top of the circle and Dimensionals behind the flowers that would be hanging over the circle.

I colored a few rhinestones using my dark Daffodil Delight Blends pen and set them in place on the front of the card and the card was done.

This was a very fun, quick and easy card to make.  And it's a fall card too!!

P.S. Kathy Bolam, please look to the right side bar of my blog and you'll see where to get my email address.  Please email me with your mailing address, I'd love to send you one of my handmade cards (not the ugly one though!!! LOL). 

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

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Snowman Season, Delicate Baubles, Stitched Snowflakes, Christmas Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

 I do not know what this technique is called. I had done it before using the "Sweet Strawberries" set. You can see that card here. This card did not turn out as cool as the strawberry one.  It's not even close too cool. When I got done die cutting my the word "ICK" came out of my mouth!  I was not happy with this card at all. It was nothing like what was in my head. But you know me, I share the good, the bad and the ugly with you.  This one is ugly!!!

I'm going to share how I made it in the event there is an "Ugliest Card" contest so you will know how to make it and win!  LOL

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.

I took a quarter sheet of Basic White card stock and my Blending Brush and I brushed on some Pool Party ink. I did this on two pieces because one was not enough.  Then I die cut the snowflakes from the "Stitched Snowflakes" die set.

They were set in place on the front of the card using regular, small and pieces of Dimensionals. Then I took the bulb frame from the "Delicate Baubles" die set to cut out the shape. But before I cut I placed a piece of Press'n Seal over the top to hold the pieces in place.  Then I die cut the shape. When I removed the Press'n Seal, that's when I said "ICK!"  I was not pleased with the way it looked.  So I thought I'd see what I could do with just the bulb piece. I started to remove the Press'n Seal and I ended up gluing the tiny pieces in place or they would be lost.  After I removed the Press'n Seal, I set the bulb aside because neither were what I was expecting to see. UGH!

I went ahead and stamped the "Let it Snow" from the Snowman Season set using Pool Party ink. It didn't help me like the card any better.

I thought maybe if I add some rhinestones to the snowflakes to give it some bling thinking that would help. Nope, there's no help for this card at all.  It's a dud!  If you can come up with a better way to make this card look better, PLEASE let me know!

I think I'll work on some fall and Thanksgiving cards for a while!  My heart is just not into Christmas cards yet (obviously!).

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to see today's failed attempt at a snowflake card,
Wanda

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Stitched Snowflake Dies, Bright Baubles, Christmas Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Today I thought I'd play with the "Stitched Snowflakes" dies. I thought they were just adorable and I LOVE snowflakes!  So here's what I came up with.

I feel like I'm working with very limited Christmas supplies. I did not order any Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP). I had gotten some in the Sale-a-Bration and that was it. I don't know what I was thinking. So I am going to have to get creative.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock.  On top of that is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Basic White card stock.  

I cut a 1" x 5" strip of Basic White card stock and I took my blending brush and lightly scrubbed in some Pool Party ink.  Then I took the snowflakes image from the "Bright Baubles" set and stamped them on the piece. I had stamped off once before stamping on the piece and then I stamped one more time before I inked it up again only to stamp off and repeat!  I also took the blending brush and brushed along the edges of that strip to highlight them a little more. I taped it on top of the 3-3/4" x 5" piece using snail tape.  I taped it about 3/4" from the left side edge.

The word "Joy" is from the "Bright Baubles" set and was stamped using Pool Party ink

I die cut the largest snowflake using Basic White card stock.  Then I colored it using my Wink of Stella pen.  It doesn't show up on the snowflake in the photo but in real life it's very sparkly and pretty. It's got such a soft sparkle.

The tips of the snowflake were colored using the blending brush. I also took a paint brush with Pool Party ink on it and brushed it on the tips of the inner part of the snowflake.  I set the snowflake in place with a small white Dimensional and that was it.

This is a very quick and easy card to make. I can see myself making more of these!

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

Monday, November 01, 2021

Bright Baubles, Delicate Baubles, Christmas Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Don't you love it when right in the middle of your card making you decide to do a color change?  I was going to use Night of Navy to make this card. It's a very rich color but I thought it was too dark. So I grabbed a piece of Pacific Point and back to work I went.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock.  Then I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Pacific Point card stock.  

A Basic White piece of card stock was cut at 3-3/4" x 5".  I stamped the words on the bottom using Pacific Point ink. I do not know what stamp set this came from. I know it's retired. I had a little note inside my Stamparatus that said where it came from so I could put it back but it's gone! UGH!  So I will just keep it inside my Stamparatus until the set is located. It's here, it's just a matter of taking the time to go through all the sets to see where it goes. That's not happening!  I'll run across it and then it will find it's home!  Anyway, I stamped the words using Pacific Point ink.

The Basic White piece as then textured using a retired snow swirl embossing folder. You can use any folder you like. I just happened to find this one yesterday and I liked it. It just seemed to fit well with the die cut.  Though I do recommend die cutting the piece before embossing it.

The bulb circle/oval was cut using the die from the "Delicate Baubles" dies.  I taped this piece to the Pacific Point piece and then to the front of the card base.

I die cut the "Joy" bulb from the "Delicate Baubles" die set using silver foil card stock. I did use a double sided sticky sheet for the back of the silver card stock so I could make this a sticker for easer placement.  The image was set in place on top of the opening in the Basic White piece.

A bow was tied and set in place using a couple of glue dots and the card was done.

This is a very quick and easy card to make. You can make up a bunch for your Holiday card in no time.

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