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Friday, June 21, 2024

Simply Said, Adventurous Sky, Masculine Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. I found a card on the internet that I actually obsessed about. I passed it over a couple of times because it takes longer to make than I like to spend on a card. But I couldn't get it out of my head so I broke down and worked it into a special time slot so I could make it. You can see the original card here. I didn't do it justice but I got it close.  There were no measurements there so please read on to see how I made the card.

The base of the card is a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Smoky Slate card stock. I will be building on this piece.

On top of the base is a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Basic Black card stock. I taped it to the Smoky Slate piece.

The Basic White piece measures 4" x 10-1/2" and folded in half so it measures 4" x 5-1/4".  This piece will open on the bottom and the fold will be on the top. 

Next I cut a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Take to the Sky" 12" x 12" package. I cut it to measure 5-1/8" x 3-7/8". I cut this piece from the upper right tip to the left side about 1-1/2" up from the bottom. I taped this to the front of the Basic White piece. Note here that the DSP is 1/8" from the bottom and two sides.

I took my Blending Brush and scrubbed on some Balmy Blue ink. Then I took my Aqua Painter and some Azure Afternoon ink to make some splats on the piece. I had put the ink on a piece of backing from my Dimensionals. I save those things for using glue and ink on. I could use my silicone mat but then I have to wash it.  I know, it's an all day job to wash it! LOL I would rather use something one more time (or more) before I throw it away.  I even save water using those pieces of backing! 

I stamped the word piece next. I was not sure how I would measure this strip so what I did was I cut a 3/4" x 11" strip just to be safe. I stamped the words from the "Simply Said" set using black Memento ink. I just set the word piece across the front of the card and marked the sides and then cut them on my paper cutter. I did like having this strip long so I could get my words centered instead of trying to stamp them centered and hope for the best. Once the word piece was trimmed I just set it on top of the card where I think it will be placed and I splattered on some Smoky Slate ink the way I did with the Azure Afternoon. I forgot to mention that I added a couple of drops of ink on the Dimensional backing sheet and I squeezed the Aqua Painter until the bristles were wet. Then I flicked the ink on the whole Basic White piece with the DSP and words on it. Once the splattering was done I taped the Basic White piece to the Basic Black piece. 

I got out my "Adventurous Sky" bundle and stamped the large plane, one large cloud, three medium clouds and one small cloud using black Memento ink. I cut them all using the matching die. 

The die cut pieces were colored in. I used Azure Afternoon and Balmy Blue on the clouds and Azure Afternoon and Smoky Slate ink on the plane. I used my Blender Pen for that. 

Now to assemble the rest of the card. The word piece was set in place first using Dimensionals. Then the upper clouds. The large one was set in place using Dimensionals and a medium one was taped behind it. Don't press down on the large cloud until you get the medium one slipped under it to where you like it.

The airplane was added next with Dimensionals. Again, don't press down on it until you are done getting the medium and small clouds in place behind the plane.

The last cloud is set in place with Dimensionals and is set in front of the airplane tire. 

I added a couple of black "Candy Dots" (retired) to each end of the words and the card was done.

I am glad I made this card. It turned out well and if you don't compare them you won't notice the difference.

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



Thursday, June 20, 2024

Simply Said, Cheerful Daisies, Flowering Zinnias, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a birthday card to share with you. Please read on to see how it was made. I saw a card on the internet that looked like something I wanted to make, though I did change it a lot. You can see that card here. There is no direct link so you're going to have to scroll down quite a bit to find it. There were no measurements so I had to wing it. Please read on to see how I made today's card. 

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

I cut a 3/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Flowering Zinnias" 12" z 12" package. I had a scrap piece that wasn't long enough to go across the 5-1/2" area so I cut the piece I had in half and the ends are hidden under the rest of the layers. My pieces hidden under there are about 2" long. It was a perfect way to get the look I wanted with what I had and I got to use up a really tiny piece of scrap. 

Next I worked on the square layers. The Basic White layer was cut at 3-1/4" x 3-1/4". The olive DSP was cut at 3" x 3". The Melon Mambo piece was cut at 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" and the floral DSP was cut at 2-1/2" x 2-1/2". I taped all of those layers together. Dimensionals were added to the back and the piece was set in place on the front of the card. It's about 1/2" from the top and bottom edges and 1-1/8" from the side edges. 

I cut the flowers from the "Cheerful Daisies" bundle using Basic White card stock. I cut the backing piece, and the two petal piece for both flowers. The leaves came along for the ride, the are part of the large cluster of 3 flowers and leaves. Once they were cut I glued them together in the center area of each flower. I colored the leaves in using my light Old Olive Blends pen, being careful to color only on the top layer of the leaves. 

Now what I did next doesn't show because it was so hideous that I had to fix it. I had taken my Melon Mambo ink pad and my Blending brush and lightly scrubbed on the color on the two flowers. They had a pink look to them and it didn't go with the colors on the DSP even though it was a color in the DSP. Lighter isn't always the same. SO I took my light Melon Mambo Blends pen and carefully colored the top layer of petals. Since I only glued them in the middle I was able to slip a piece of card stock under it to protect the other petals.  I glued the small flower down first. The large flower was set in place using Dimensions in the center area only. I added a little glue to the leaves and slipped them under the large flower.

The words are from the "Simply Said" set and were stamped using Melon Mambo ink. I think Old Olive would have looked better but I didn't think of that until the glue was set. I had used glue on the left and Dimensionals on right. I set the word piece in place and the card was done. 

It's so much better looking than it was when I had scrubbed on some ink on the petals. It was too ugly to even take a pic of it before I changed it.

I do like this layout and I'm now pleased with the way it looks.

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


Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Unbounded Love, Thoughtful Journey, Sympathy Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a sympathy card to share with you. This was not what was in my head but I do like the strips and layout though. Please read on to see how it was made. 

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Very Vanilla card stock. It opens on the bottom and the fold is on the top. I used my Blending Brushes and scrubbed on some Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, and Lost Lagoon ink.

I cut a 4-1/2" x 3" piece of Soft Sea Foam card stock for the layer. I struggled with the color for this layer and ended up with this. 

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from the "Thoughtful Journey" 6" x 6" package and was cut in succession at 1/2", 7/8", 1" and 1-1/4". All are 3-1/2" long. I taped these strips on to of the Soft Sea Foam piece. 

I cut a5-1/2"piece of ribbon (retired) and taped the ends on the back. I slipped the end of the ribbon from the spool under the taped piece, tied a knot and then cut the end from the spool. 

The words are from the "Unbounded Love" bundle. I stamped them using Lost Lagoon ink on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla card stock. I cut it using a die from the bundle.  I took a piece of Calypso Coral card stock and cut another oval. I put the word piece inside the Calypso Coral piece, I turned them over and added small Dimensionals to the back where the pieces meet to hold them together. I set the piece in place over the ribbon and the card was done.

I'm not so thrilled with how it turned out. It didn't help that it was not one of my favorite pieces of DSP in that stack. And I'm not fond of the colors I chose.  But I do like this layout and will probably use it again in the future with a better choice on colors.

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

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Adventurous Sky, Simply Said, Masculine Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a masculine birthday card to share with you. Please read on to see how the card was made.

I thought I'd try my hand at some strips of paper again. I tend to struggle with strips and I tend to have a lot of strips in my stash.  These strips are super easy, so easy that even I can't mess them up! LOL

I used the "Take to the Sky" 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (DSP) for my strips. I cut them at 1" x 4" each.  Most of them were already 1" wide. I also cut a 4" x 4" piece of Copier Paper to tape my strips to. I like to do that so I get them straight and if they are a little off I can trim them up on the paper cutter and no one will be the wiser. I didn't have to trim anything today (shocker!).  

Once I got the strips on the copier paper, set the whole piece to the bottom of the card. I was going to add it to the top and have wording on the bottom but along the way my thoughts moved towards putting the strips at the bottom. I thought it looked good there but the top was too white. SO I cut a large Boho Blue circle using the largest stitched circle from the "Stylish Shapes" die set. I took it to my paper cutter and cut it in half. I added tape across the top of the DSP piece on the back and set the half circle in place. Then I taped the whole thing to the front of the card.

Next I cut the airplane using the dies in the "Adventurous Sky" bundle. For the body of the plane I used Blueberry Bushel card stock and for the wings I used Smoky Slate. The blades were cut using a scrap piece of Basic Black card stock. I glued the pieces together. Dimensionals were added to the back and the piece was set in place on the front of the card.

The words are from the "Simply Said" set and were stamped using black Memento ink. I cut them out using the dies in the "Labeled With Love" bundle. You had a choice with that, you could get a punch or you could get the dies. The dies came with three of them. I thought it would be easier to store than the punch. The die pack fits right inside the stamp set. How convenient. I'd love for all of them to fit inside the sets. 

I used a scrap piece of Boho Blue and die cut a blank label piece. I cut it in half and taped each half to the back of the word piece. I set it in place on the front of the car using Dimensionals and the card was done.

This was a super quick and easy card to make, plus I was able to use some strips of DSP in my stash.

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

Monday, June 17, 2024

Layers of Beauty, Anniversary Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a stenciled anniversary card to share with you. Please read on to see how the card was made.

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

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White card stock and textured it using the "Distressed Tile" embossing folder. I glued that to the front of the card.

Next I stamped the flowers from the "Layers of Beauty" bundle. This bundle comes with stencils to make the coloring simple. The stencils are numbered so you can use them in order and get the perfect shading. The colors I used on mine were Bubble Bath, Petunia Pop and Berry Burst for stencils 1-3. And for the greenery I used Old Olive on both stencils 4 and 5. 

Once the stenciling was done I cut the piece using the matching die. I didn't want my piece to take up the whole front of the card so I fussy cut a tiny flower and a cluster of smaller flowers. Dimensionals were added to the back of the piece and it was set in place on the right side of the card.

The words are from the same "Layers of Beauty" bundle and were stamped on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock using Mossy Meadow ink. I wanted a darker green than Old Olive, even though there's no Mossy Meadow on the flowered piece.  I used the "Modern Oval" punch and punched out the words. I set them in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals. And the card was done. Some light pink embellishments would be pretty but I am sending this card in the mail and don't want to pay extra postage.

This was a fun card to make. I love stenciling and the end results make it look like you are great at blending! 

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

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Thoughtful Journey, Simply Said, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a card to share with you. I saw the card on the internet but I can't find it now. If you run across it please let me know so I can give the original designer credit. There were no instructions on how to make the card so I had to wing it. Please read on to see how it was made.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet, it opens on the right and the fold is on the left. 

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Pretty Peacock card stock was cut and then textured using the "Exposed Brick" embossing folder. I glued that to the card base.

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from the "Thoughtful Journey" 6" x 6" stack. I cut the strips as follows. Be sure to cut them in order or the picture won't look right once assembled. The left piece measures 7/8" x 3-3/4". The center piece is cut at 1-1/2" x 4-1/2" and the third strip is cut at 7/8" x 3-3/4". 

Once the pieces are cut I took the center piece and I marked the top center with a pencil dot at 4-3/8".  I used that as a guide line to where I need to line up my punch. I used the "Modern Oval" punch and cut the top part so it was rounded. I slipped the piece of DSP into the punch on one side. I didn't slide it in like you would normally do. You only want the punch to round the top edge. Once it's slipped in on one side or the other, make sure it's equal on the top and bottom or the rounded part on the top won't look even. 

After the punching was done the pieces were glued in place on the front of the card. I started with the two side pieces. The are 1/4" from the edge of the Pretty Peacock piece.  Then the center piece was lined up and glued in place.

The words are from the "Simply Said" set using black Memento ink. I punched them out using the "Modern Oval" punch. I also punched out a Fresh Freesia piece too for the layer under the word piece. I taped the two pieces together, leaving a little bit of the Fresh Freesia showing at the bottom. Dimensionals were added to the back and the piece was set aside.

I took some twine and added it to the card. I took a piece of twine/linen about 18" long and added it to the card. A glue dot was added to the area where the words would go, about the center of that area. I stuck the end of the twine/linen to the glue dot and then made a loop that was long enough to go beyond the oval. I set my oval over the area to make sure the twine/linen could be seen. I made three different sized loops and I did add another glue dot to hold down the twine/linen.  

The words were added next and the card was done.

I really like the way this card turned out. Some embellishments could be added but I didn't because I liked the clean look. I didn't want eyes to roam to the embellishments, I like how my eyes jump from the word piece to the top of the center piece and then around to the rest of the card without getting stuck in one spot. I really like this layout. It was fun and easy to do. I think it would be great to use some of the strips of DSP that I have that would only be big enough for the center part and use card stock for the outer strips. Several possibilities with this layout.

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

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Simply Said, Thoughtful Wishes, Labeled With Love, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

 Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a card to share with you that I found here. You will have to hunt a bit for it, there's no direct link to a single card.  There were also no instructions so I had to wing it. I wanted to make this card because I loved the colors. This is the first time that I've liked the Wild Wheat color. When the new in-colors come out I usually buy a variety pack and I pick a couple of colors from it that I think I will use a lot of and order full packs of them. You guessed it, I did not order a full package of the Wild Wheat.  The colors have been out for over a year and I still have a couple of sheets of Wild Wheat left so the likelihood of me buying a full pack is slim to none.  There were no measurements for this card so I had to wing it. Please read on to see how I made today's card.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. I cut a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Wild Wheat card stock and taped it to the card base.

Then I cut a 4-5/8" x 3-3/8" piece of Wild Wheat card stock for the focal layer.

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from the "Thoughtful Journey" 6" x 6" package and was cut at 1-1/8" x 4-3/8". The two pieces on each side of the DSP are Pretty Peacock and were textured using the "Distressed Tile" embossing folder. I taped the three panels in place on top of the Wild Wheat focal layer. I glued the two outside pieces first and then I taped the center piece. Dimensionals were added to the back and the piece was centered on the Wild Wheat piece on the card base.

I die cut some pieces from the "Thoughtful Wishes" bundle. I used Wild Wheat, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive and Basic White. I added a dot of glue to the center area of where I thought the pieces would line up. Then I pressed the pieces into the glue, the Wild Wheat and Lost Lagoon pieces. 

The words are from the "Simply Said" set and were stamped using black Memento ink and then cut using the die from the "Labeled with Love" bundle. I set the words in place using Dimensionals.

Next I added a little bit of glue to the Old Olive leaves and slipped them in place under the other die cut items. I trimmed the Basic White one down added glue to the end and slipped them under the word piece so they were on top of the other die cut items.

A few glass drips were added and the card was done.

I changed mine a little from the original and I was pleased with how it turned out.

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


Friday, June 14, 2024

Thoughtful Wishes, Cheerful Daisies, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a card to share with you that I found on the Split Coast Stampers. You can see the original card here.  I did go to the website but it's not a secure sight so I backed out of it. You can look there at your own risk. I just stay away from sights that aren't secure because of a potential virus. Please read on to see how this card was made.

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

I cut a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Wild Wheat card stock for the layer. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Thoughtful Journey" 6" x 6" stack. I waited to do any taping because I needed to die cut from the Wild Wheat piece.

Next I cut another piece of DSP from the same package. The pieces each measure 2-7/8" x 1-1/4", you need three of these. The Wild Wheat layer behind them measures 3" x 1-3/8".  I taped the layers together. Dimensionals were added to the back and were set aside.

Then came the fun die cut pieces. They are from the "Thoughtful Wishes" bundle. Garden Green was used for the large piece, Lost Lagoon for the flowers on stems and the leaves were cut from Pretty Peacock. 

The words are from the "Cheerful Daisies" bundle using Pretty Peacock on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock. I cut them using the matching die in the bundle. I also took my 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Wild Wheat and cut the same shape from the middle of the piece.  I taped the two pieces together so that about 1/4" of the Wild Wheat shows on the bottom. Dimensionals were added to the back and the piece was set aside.

Now we are ready to assemble. I taped the large piece of DSP to the Wild Wheat piece and that was then taped to the front of the card base.

Next the layered strips were set in place. I began with the bottom piece, I set it about 7/16" from the bottom and side edges of the card base. Next I set the top piece in place using the same measurements. The middle piece was added by using 7/16" from the side and eyeing the upper and lower part of the strip making them as equally apart as possible.

The die cut pieces were added next. I used a little glue to set these in place. First I added the large Old Olive piece. Next was the Lost Lagoon pieces. I did trim them down a bit because I didn't want the bottom of the stems sticking out. A little glue was added to the stems of the leaves on the Pretty Peacock pieces and they were tucked under the other two images.

The word piece was added next. 

I didn't have the embellishments that were used on the original card but I did have some glass dew drops and I just glued them in place. I'm just trying to use what I have, which I believe is what you would do too if you didn't have all the pieces used here. Any demonstrator would be able to use current products in place of the retired or non-Stampin' Up! items used. I rarely use non-Stampin' Up! items but today I did with the dew drops.

I am pleased with the way the card turned out and I hope you have fun making yours.

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

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Unbounded Love, Simply Said, Thoughtful Wishes, Thoughtful Journey, Thank You Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a thank you card to share with you. Please read on to see how it was made.

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

I cut and taped a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Misty Moonlight card stock for the layer to the front of the card. On top of that is a 3-3/4' x 5" piece of Basic White card stock that was textured using the "Distressed Tile" embossing folder. I glued that to the Misty Moonlight piece. 

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Thoughtful Journey" 6" x 6" stack.  I cut a 2" piece off the right side of this design. I trimmed it down to measure 4-1/4" long. I taped it to a 2-1/4" x 4-1/2" piece of Misty Moonlight. 

I used the scraps from trimming the top of the piece of DSP and taped them to the right side of the layer. 

A piece of linen thread was tied around the panel and a bow was tied in the front. Dimensionals were added to the back of the piece, including the strips of DSP that were sticking out on the right side and the piece was set in place on the left side of the card, lining it up by eyeing it.  It's about 5/8" from the edges of the Mossy Meadow card base.

I cut a floral stemmed image from the "Thoughtful Wishes" bundle using Basic White card stock. I colored it in using my Blends pens. I used both light and dark Fresh Freesia for the flowers and dark Mossy Meadow for the stems. I slipped this piece under the linen piece and I added a little bit of glue to the flowers and the bottom of the stem plus anything that was sticking up. I had put a little bit of glue to a scrap piece of card stock and used a toothpick to add the glue to those small areas.

The words are from the "Simply Said" set and were stamped on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock using Mossy Meadow ink. I cut them using the die from the "Unbounded Love" bundle. I set them in place using a Dimensional on the right and tape on the left. 

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

This was a fun card to make. I especially liked coloring the flowering stem, it just added so much to the piece of DSP.

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Thoughtful Wishes, Happiest Day, Perennial Postage, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a birthday card to share with you. Please read on to see how it was made.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Early Expresso card stock. After cutting the piece measured 4-1/4" x 11".  I scored it at 5-1/2" and folded it. 

Using the second largest rectangle from the "Perennial Postage" die set. I lined it up so it was as equal around as I could get it by eyeing it. 

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Wildly Flowering" 12" x 12" package. I taped it to the inside of the card front. I cut a piece of Early Expresso card stock that was just a bit shy of 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" and I taped it to the inside of the card front to hide the DSP.

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

The words are from the "Happiest Day" set using Early Espresso ink on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock. I cut it using the second largest circle in the "Everyday Details" dies. 

Using the "Thoughtful Wishes" bundle I cut out the piece you see on the card. I don't know how to describe it, swirly, leafy, not sure. I added some glue to the back of it and set it in place on the front of the card.

The words were set in place using Dimensionals and a brass butterfly was added to the front and the card was finished.

This was a very quick card to make. I'm not ready for the earthy tones yet but I did like these colors together.

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Happiest Day, Flowers of Beauty, Female Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a birthday card to share with you. I used some scrap Designer Series Paper (DSP) that I had sitting on my worktable. Please read on to see how I made this simple card.

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

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Pretty in Pink card stock and used the "Distressed Tile" folder to emboss it. I glued it to the card base.

Next I took my piece of DSP from the "Flowers of Beauty" 12" x 12"package and taped it to a piece of Shy Shamrock card stock. My piece of DSP measures 3" x 4" and the Shy Shamrock piece measures 3-1/4 x 4-1/4".  I taped the layers together and set them in place on the front of the card about 3/8" from the fold and top of the card, using Dimensionals.

Then the word piece was made. I stamped the words from the "Happiest Day" set on a piece of Basic White piece using black Memento ink. I cut it using the second largest die in the "Everyday Details" set. I added small Dimensionals on the right and bottom of the circle and glue to the part of the circle where it's going to be touching the DSP.

I fussy cut a flower from a sheet from the same "Flowers of Beauty" package. I used a Dimensional to the back of the flower and I glued the leaves to the edge of the flower. 

A few small pearls were added to the front of the card and the card was done.

This was a super quick and easy card to make and the best part is, I used a piece of scrap DSP that would usually sit in the package until it retires.

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

Monday, June 10, 2024

Enduring Beauty, Flowering Zinnias, Adventurous Sky, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have card using the "Enduring Beauty" bundle. I made a card yesterday using the same bundle. I changed the colors of the flowers and used Designer Series Paper (DSP) on the background. Please read on to see how I made my card.

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

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of DSP from the "Flowering Zinnias" 12" x 12" package. I colored it using my blending brushes with Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral ink. I did this after I colored the flowers.

The flowers were stamped using the image from the "Enduring Beauty" bundle using black Memento ink. I used the matching stencils in the bundle. I used stencils # 1-4.  I colored a couple of the flowers using Daffodil Delight and the remaining flowers using Calypso Coral. I used the Calypso Coral for the highlights on the three flowers. I also used it on the Daffodil Delight flowers but very lightly. I tried using Daffodil Delight to make it a bit darker but it didn't work. The leaves were stamped using Granny Apple Green for both the leaves and the details on the leaves. Once the coloring was done I cut them out using the matching die. 

Then I added the ink to the DSP. I just randomly scrubbed some on. I was going to add some Granny Apple Green but I thought it might look muddy on top of the peach colored DSP. 

Dimensionals were added to the back of the image and it was set aside.

The words are from the "Adventurous Sky" bundle and were stamped on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock using black Memento ink. I cut them out using the die from the "Unbounded Love" bundle. Dimensionals were added to the back.

I set the two die cut pieces on the front of the card and moved them around a bit until I thought they looked good.

This was a fun and easy card to make. I love using the stencils and when I do use them I stamp and color more than four at a time. As long as the stencils are inked up, might as well make more than one.

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

Sunday, June 09, 2024

Enduring Beauty, Adventurous Sky, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a pretty and pretty simple card to make to show you. Please read on to see how the card was made.

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

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

On top of the Daffodil Delight card stock is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Basic White that was textured using the "Distressed Foil" embossing folder. I glued that to the Daffodil Delight cards tock. Then those two were taped to the card base.

The flower from the "Enduring Beauty" bundle was stamped using black Memento ink. This bundle has matching stencils. You start with number one and move on numerically as you go. I started with Daffodil Delight ink for the flowers. The details on the flowers were done with the second stencil and Crushed Curry ink. The leaves were done using the third stencil and Old Olive ink. I also used Old Olive ink for the fourth stencil. I was pleased with the way it looked so I took the matching die and cut the piece out.

Dimensionals were added to the back and set aside until the words were done.

The words are from the "Adventurous Sky" bundle. I stamped them using black Memento ink on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock. I cut them out using the matching die in the bundle. I snipped each end so they were equal. Small Dimensionals were added to the back and the card was ready to assemble.

I set the pieces on the front of the card for placement. Once they were where I thought they looked the best I set them in place by removing the backing on the Dimensionals.

A few (retired) "Genial Gems" were added to the card and the card was done.

I am amazed at how quickly stenciling is. You just grab your Blending Brushes and inks and have fun.

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

Saturday, June 08, 2024

Adventurous Sky, Perennial Postage, Masculine Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. I found a card on Pinterest and it inspired me to make one using a current package of Designer Series Paper (DSP).  You can see the original card here. I wasn't able to find any instructions or measurements so I had to wing it. I also wondered if the cards in the UK are not the same size as in the USA. I measured the fish and it didn't fit with the dies. I could not get three die cut postage stamp pieces across the card no matter how I tried. I had to use the smallest size.  Anyway, please read on to see how I made my card. 

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

I cut a 5" x 3-3/4" piece of Night of Navy card stock for the layer.

The DSP is from the "Take to the Sky" 12" x 12" package. I cut it at 3-1/8" x 4-2/8". 

The postage stamp die is from the "Perennial Postage" set and I used the smallest square one in the set. I cut six Basic White pieces.

I cut the DSP pieces at 1-1/8" x 1-1/8" and taped them to the Basic White postage stamp pieces.

The postage stamped pieces were taped to the larger piece of DSP, making sure they touched each other and keeping them lined up. That part was a little difficult. I started on the left in case it got off a little I could hide that with the word piece but I was able to get them all on evenly. After all I had been through die cutting and trying to get the larger one to work I needed a break.  

The words are from the "Adventurous Sky" bundle and were stamped using Versa Mark on a scrap piece of Night of Navy card stock. White embossing powder was used on the words. I used the die in the bundle to cut them out. It was pointed on one end but I just traced the back end shape and fussy cut it on the left end so it would look symmetrical. I set the words in place on the front of the card using small Dimensionals and the card was done.

I am happy with the way it turned out and now I know the measurements I may be using this layout again on a different card.

Thank you for taking your time to stop in and see today's birthday card,
Wanda

Friday, June 07, 2024

Thoughtful Journey, Unbounded Love, Sympathy Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. I had a friend over and we stamped. We were putting together some of our cards from Terri's wonderful Stamp-a-Stack. She has such fun and beautiful cards to make. Most of the time we put one of each of the cards in the packets together and take them home to finish them. That happens because we tend to chat more than we work on our cards. But that just means we can get together for a play date! I found this pretty card on Pinterest. You can see the original card here.   I did click through to the page where the card originated, I found that the measurements were in metric so I had to convert numbers. I am not sure I got it wrong but when I cut my strips they didn't fit on my Basic White piece. They were too wide. I didn't want to ruin the image, I wanted to keep the pieces so the look like they fit together (because they do). So what I ended up doing is cutting off the outer sides of the outside pieces. Please read on to see how I made the card. 

The base of my card is Boho Blue. I tried the Balmy Blue but it didn't go as well with the blue in the sky, I think there was an error on the card base color. It looks like Boho Blue in their photo. The card opens on the bottom and the fold is on the top.

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

Next I cut the strips. I had cut them at 1-3/4" each but only kept the center one at 1-3/4" and the two outer ones were trimmed on the outside edges at 1/4" so they each measured 1-1/2".  I'm not great at card math so I have no idea what size to make the pieces so they are each equal. I have always struggled with strips on cards. 

Once the strips were taped to the front of the car I stamped the words on. I used the 
"Unbounded Love" set to stamp them. I stamped directly to the image. Oh, I forgot to mention that the Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from the "Thoughtful Journey" 6" x 6" stack. I tied a ribbon around the piece. Mine is retired because I didn't have what was used on the original card. I'm trying to use up what I have in my workroom. I have lots of stuff here!  LOTS!

The piece was then taped to the front of the card base. Some clear faceted gems were added to the front of the card (mine are retired) and the card was done.

Thank you for taking your time to stop in and see today's sympathy card,
Wanda

Thursday, June 06, 2024

Adventurous Sky, Everyday Details, Simply Said, Masculine Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a card to share with you that I found on Pinterest. I did change it a bit so suit my needs. You can see the original card here. Please read on to see how the card was made.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Blueberry Bliss card stock. I scored it at 3-5/8", 4-1/4" and 4-7/8".  I made my book fold part smaller than on the original card. I wanted more of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) to show. A standard book fold is scored at 3-1/4", 4-1/4" and 5-1/4". It's 1" wide. Mine is 5/8" wide. You can pretty much make them as wide or as narrow as you'd like. 

Next I cut my DSP from the "Take to the Sky" 12" x 12"package. The strip on the side measures 5-1/4" x 3/8".  And the airplane DSP measures 5-1/4" x 3-3/8". I taped both of the pieces of DSP in place on the front of the card.

The plane from the "Adventurous Sky" bundle was stamped next using black Memento ink on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock. I colored it in using my Blending pen and Copper Clay ink, Smoky Slate ink, and Boho Blue ink. I did not buy the markers or the Blends pens. I just end up buying the ink pads. I do buy the refills but I find that in the time I have the pads they have not run out of ink so I'm rethinking that purchase in the future. 

After stamping and coloring the plane, I cut it out using the second circle die in the "Everyday Details" set. It is different and gives the image a nice touch. I like the larger dotted holes around the circle. I set the circle in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals.

The words are from the "Simply Said" set and were stamped using Blueberry Bushel ink. I cut them out using the third rectangle die in the same "Everyday Details" die set. The words were set in place on the front of the card and the card was done.

This was such a quick and easy card to make. I am pleased with the way it turned out.

Thank you for taking your time to stop in and see today's masculine card,
Wanda

Wednesday, June 05, 2024

Spotlight on Nature, Sketched Butterflies, Simply Said, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a card to share with you that I found on the internet. I changed it a bit, mostly at the base. I prefer to use Basic White card stock for the base of my cards. So I just adjust the layers to fit. You can see the original card here. Please read on to see how the card was made. 

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

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Gorgeous Grape card stock. On top of that is a 3-5/8" x 4-7/8" piece of Basic Black card stock. And on top of that is a 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" piece of Basic White card stock that was textured using the "Distressed Tile" embossing folder. I glued this piece in place.

A "Spotlight on Nature" die was used from the bundle for the fun circle. I like the little textured lines go around the inside edge of the circle. It's a nice touch, isn't it? I glued the circle in place on the upper part of the card. I eyed it as I made it equal on the top and two sides.

The butterfly is from the "Sketched Butterflies" bundle. I colored it in using the dark Balmy Blue Blends pen and the light Fresh Freesia Blends pen. Coloring over the Balmy Blue with the Fresh Freesia created the pretty purplish color. The butterfly was die cut and set in place on top of the circle using Dimensionals.

The "Simply Said" stamp set was used for the words. I stamped them using black Memento ink. I cut this to 1/2" wide and 3-1/2" long. I set the word strip in place using Dimensionals.

A few retired silver pearls were added and the card was done.

I thought this was a fun card to make. It was very quick and easy too.

Thank you for taking your time to stop in and see today's birthday card,
Wanda

Tuesday, June 04, 2024

City Sights, Thinking of You Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Have you ever seen a handmade card, a stamp set or a stamping kit and just obsessed about it until you bought it or copied it?  Well, that's what happened here. I don't usually purchase kits. I saw the "City Sights" kit and thought it was so cool.  And I thought about it and thought about it and finally decided I needed to get it. Well, I got it and today I thought I'd play with it. Please read on to see how I put this card together.

The card base is preprinted and scored so you just fold it in half. I punched out the corrugated piece, the word piece and the city scape piece. The kit came with a cube of Pebble Path ink and stamps. I stamped the skyline on the punched out piece and that was it for the stamping.  Pretty simple and quick. 

Next I put the card together. First thing to put on was the corrugated piece, it was set in place with the Dimensionals that were included in the kit.

Then the city scape piece was added. Dimensionals were added to the top and some Tear n Tape to the bottom part, also included in the kit. 

The words went on top of the city scape using more Dimensionals. 

And for the final touch, three copperish colored "pearls" were added and the card was done. 

I just love the background on this card. I'd love to see Stampin' Up! come up with some Designer Series Paper (DSP) using a city background like that. It's SO pretty.  This was a fun kit to play with. There's also another style card in the kit and sometime soon I'll put it together and share it with you.

Thank you for taking your time to stop in and see today's thinking of you card,
Wanda

Monday, June 03, 2024

Spotlight on Nature, Unbounded Love, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. I just had to have this stamp set. I think it was because of the circle dies in it that caught my eye. The images are nice, I especially love the butterfly but I really think it was the dies. I found this card on Pinterest that used the bundle and I thought I'd give it a try. You can see the original card here.  Mine is slightly different. Please read on to see how I made today's card.

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

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White card stock was cut for the top layer. It was textured using the "Distressed Tile" embossing folder. I glued that to the front of the card. I prefer glue because It has better surface contact than tape. With texture you don't get 100% of the tape on the piece, some of the tape is lost in the deeper parts of the texture. With glue you don't get 100% either but when it dries it won't peel off.

Next I stamped the flower and butterfly from the "Spotlight on Nature" bundle. I colored them using my light and dark Blends pens. I used Pumpkin Pie on the butterfly, Daffodil Delight on the flowers and Granny Apple Green on the leaves and stems. Then I cut them out with the dies from the bundle. I like these dies but they are a bit messy due to the openings around the perimeter.  But the blend in with the other mess on the counter and floor so it's all good!  LOL 

I glued the large circle down first. I should have centered it more so the flower on the right could be seen better but it is what it is and now you know so you don't make that mistake.  

After the flowers were in place, the butterfly was added using Dimensionals.

The words are from the "Unbounded Love" set and were stamped using black Memento ink. I used the same size die as the one used on the butterfly.  I set it in place using Dimensionals.

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

This was a pretty quick card to make and even though I didn't use the same word stamp I do like how it turned out.

Thank you for taking your time to stop in and see today's birthday card,
Wanda

Sunday, June 02, 2024

Simply Said, Wildly Flowering, Friendship or Thinking of You Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a friendship card to share with you. It has one of my favorite things, layers. I love it when I have time to play with a card that has a lot of layers.  Please read on to see how it was made. 

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock. It opens on the bottom and the fold is on the top.

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

The layers are as follows. The large background layer is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of "Wildly Flowering" Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the 12" x 12" package. I taped it to the front of the page.

The Basic White piece was cut next. It measures 4-1/4" x 2-1/4" and the Basic Black layer was cut at 4-1/2" x 2-1/2".  

Next the Crumb Cake colored layer is a piece of DSP from the same package. It measures 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" and the Basic Black layer measures 2-3/4" x 2-3/4".  

The top floral layer from the same package of DSP was cut at 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" and the Basic Black layer was cut at 2-3/4" x 2-3/4".  

And then there's the little word layer. The words are from the "Simply Said" set and were stamped using black Memento ink on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock. I cut the piece using the smallest stitched square from the "Stylish Shapes" die set. This piece measures 1" x 1" and I cut a 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" piece of Basic Black for the layer. 

All of the layers were taped together. Then they were taped in place on the front of the card. I taped the Basic White one first. It's about 1/2" from each edge and the bottom. Next was the Crumb Cake colored piece. I set it on top of the card and eyed it. The tips are just a hair above the edge of the big background layer. It's about 1/16" from the edge of the DSP. The floral DSP was added next. I lined it up using the Basic White piece. It's about 3/8" from the right and bottom edge of the Basic White piece. I just eyed it and measured it later.  

And the words are added last. I lined the word piece up with the Crumb Cake layer, I just eyed it on the two sides. It's just a little over 1/4" in on the sides of the Crumb Cake layer.  I set this piece in place using Dimensionals and the card was done.

This was a very fun card to make. Even though it has a lot of layers it went together pretty fast. I do like how it turned out.

Thank you for taking your time to stop in and see today's friendship/thinking of you card,
Wanda

Saturday, June 01, 2024

Adventurous Sky, Take to the Sky, Simply Said, Masculine Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a card to share with you from a card I found on Pinterest that gave me most of the ideas for this card. You can see the original card here. There were no instructions on how that card was made.  Please read on to see how the card was made. 

I had to make one more airplane card before I put the set aside and moved onto something else (for now!).

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

I cut a 4' x 5-1/4" piece of Boho Blue card stock for the layer.  On top of that layer is a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Designer Series Paper DSP from the "Take to the Sky" 12" x 12" package. I taped the two layers together and then taped them to the front of the card.

I die cut the plane next. It's from the "Adventurous Sky" bundle. I used Blueberry Bushel and Pebble Path for the card stock colors. Oh and Basic Black for the propellers. 

I also cut two rounded stitched rectangles from the "Nested Essentials" die set. I used the first and second largest dies. 

Two clouds were stamped from the "Adventurous Sky" bundle using Boho Blue ink on some scrap Basic White card stock and then die cut using the matching dies. 

The words are from the "Simply Said" set and were stamped using Blueberry Bushel ink. 

To assemble the front I taped the clouds on the larger rectangle. I glued the airplane pieces together. Dimensionals were added to the back and the plane was set in place on top of the large rectangle. The piece was taped to the front of the card about 5/8" from the top and a bit offset from center. If you center it the plane will be off the edge on the left side. Just place it where you think it will look the best. I could have moved it over a bit but I like the way it looked being more offset.

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

This was a very fun, quick and easy card to make and I'm pleased with my changes and they way it turned out.

Thank you for taking your time to stop in and see today's masculine card,
Wanda