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Monday, July 15, 2024

Unbounded Beauty, Spotlight on Nature, Adventurous Sky, 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 Pretty in Pink 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 taped it to the inside.

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from the "Unbounded Beauty" 12" x 12" package. I cut the strip 4-1/4" x 1" and the larger piece 3" x 4-3/4".  

Then I cut the Basic White pieces for the layers. The strip was cut at 4-1/4" x 1-1/4" and the larger piece was cut at 3-1/4" x 5".  I taped the layers together.

The strip was taped to the front of the card. I centered it as much as I could by eyeing it. If you would like it perfectly centered you can tape it about 2-1/16" from the top edge. That should get you a lot closer than I did but by looking at mine it looks centered.

Next I stamped the flowers from the "Spotlight on Nature" bundle using black Memento ink on Basic White card stock. Then it was cut using a die from the bundle.  Another die in the bundle was used for the Pretty in Pink layer behind the flower layer.

The flowers were colored in using Pretty in Pink ink on a Blender pen. I don't own the Blends pens in that color and I don't own markers in that color so I just used my Blender pen. Another option would be to make a mask/stencil and use a blending brush and scrub on some Pretty in Pink ink. The leaves were colored in using my light Granny Apple Green Blends pen. The piece was taped to the Pretty in Pink circle. Dimensionals were added to the back of that circle and it was set aside.

The words are from the "Adventurous Sky" and were stamped using black Memento ink in a scrap piece of Basic White card stock. I used the die from "Cheerful Daisies" bundle to cut the word piece.

To finish assembling the card, I set the rectangle piece in place making equal space from the top, left side and bottom. It's about 1/4" on the three sides.

The circle was set in place next. It's about 1" from the top of the Basic White layer on the rectangle and 1-1/4" from the bottom of that same layer and 1/4" on the sides.

The words were set in place with a Dimensional on the right and tape on the left. And the card was done!

This was a very fun, quick and easy card to make. I like this layout.

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

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Lily Pond Lane, Adventurous Sky, Thoughtful Journey, Masculine Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have another "Lily Pond Lane" bundle card to share with you. I found this card on Pinterest. You can see the original one here. I made a few changes due to not having the same materials used on the original card.

The base of the card is a folded half sheet of Daffodil Delight. It was cut in half on the short side so once cut it measured 4-1/4" x 11" before folding.

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

On the outside a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Thoughtful Journey" 6" x 6" stack that was cut at 4" x 5-1/4". I taped it to the front of the card.

Next I cut a piece of Smoky Slate card stock that measured 2" x 4-1/8".  I cut the "ribbon" ends in at 5/8" at the center. I cut from the outside corner to 1" in and 5/8" up. Hope that makes sense. I mark mine lightly with a pencil to get it close to even. I textured this piece using the "Exposed Brick" embossing folder. I tried to place the piece on the folder to avoid most of the brick and just pick up the dots.  I glued that in place on the front of the card, centering it as much as I could by eyeing it.

I cut a Basic White "Deckled Circle" from the die set. I used the 2-1/2" one. I masked it off and taking my blending brush I scrubbed on some Balmy Blue ink. I also scrubbed a little in the sky area. Dimensionals were added to the back and the piece was set in place on the front of the card about 1-1/4" from the top edge.

The pieces were then die cut. I cut the cattails using Basic White card stock and colored them in using my Blends pens. I used light Granny Apple Green and light and dark Smoky Slate for the cat tails. Hindsight I should have used something in the brownish family. The ducks were die cut using Basic White too and colored in using the light Smoky Slate Blends pen. My pen was pretty dry so the color is very light. I guess I need to order another set of those. The beaks and wings were die cut using Daffodil Delight card stock, as well as the two flowers. The lily pads were cut from scrap piece of Blueberry Bushel card stock. I took my light Pumpkin Pie Blends pen and colored over the lines on the large ducks wing. I colored around the tiny ducks wing. And I added a dot to the center of the two flowers. Oh when I cut the ducks I saved the eyes and I used my dark Basic Black Blends pen to color them.

Now to add the cut pieces. I started with the lily pads. I used a little bit of glue on the center pad. Then I put some glue on the end of one set of cattails and slipped it under the lily pad. I repeated that for the other set of cattails. I added a little glue to a toothpick and glued down the other two lily pads.

The flowers were glued down next. I had glued the beaks on each duck and the wing of the large duck. For the smaller duck I added a small Dimensional to the back and set the wing in place on top of the exposed part of the Dimensional. Dimensionals were added to the large duck and it was set in place on the circle and the smaller duck was set in place just below and a little behind the larger duck.

The words are from the "Adventurous Sky" bundle and were stamped using black Memento ink. I cut them out using the banner die in the bundle. I snipped the left side to match the right side. Dimensionals were added and it was set in place on the front of the card. 

A few pearls were added to the front of the card and the card was done.  This card has a lot of pieces to it but it's SO worth it. Using what I had I think it turned out nice. 

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

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Lily Pond Lane, Thoughtful Journey, Masculine Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

 Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a masculine 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 Lost Lagoon card stock.  It 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 was taped to the inside. The second one was cut using the die from the "Lily Pond Lane" bundle. A friend of mine came over and brought the "Lily Pond Lane" bundle with her.  YAY!  I've wanted to play with that bundle but I didn't purchase it because I had hit my shopping limit.  Yes, I do have a limit and I sometimes exceed it!  

The words were stamped next. They are from the "Lily Pond Lane" bundle using black Memento ink. I taped this piece to the front of the card.

I used that same die on a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Thoughtful Journey" 6" x 6" stack.  I added tape to the back and set it in place on the front of the card. It's like fitting a puzzle piece in. You need to be careful when placing the piece into those spots where the DSP is thinly cut. Anything sticking up was glued down using a little bit of glue on a toothpick.

The duck was stamped next and then colored in using ink and a Blender pen. I used Smoky Slate, Peach Pie, Granny Apple Green, Boho Blue and Pumpkin Pie.  Dimensionals were added to the back and the duck was set in place on the front of the card.  And the card was done.

It's a quick and simple card to make.

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


Friday, July 12, 2024

Spotlight on Nature, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a birthday card to share with you that I found on Pinterest. What caught my eye about this card was the half-circle. It was different from what I'd seen around so I thought I would give it a try. You can see the original card here. Please read on to see how I made it.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Night of Navy. It opens on the bottom and the fold is on the top.

The first thing I did was I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White and taped it to the inside.

Next I cut a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Countryside Inn" 12" x 12" package. I cut it at 4" x 5-1/4" and taped it to the front of the card.

Then I cut the Boho Blue circle. The die is from the "Spotlight on Nature" bundle. I tried cutting it in half but overshot it which was a happy mistake. So from the outer edge to the cut line it's 2" across.

The flowers are from the "Spotlight on Nature" bundle and were stamped using black Memento ink on a piece of Basic White card stock. I cut them using a die from the "Spotlight on Nature" bundle. 

I colored the flowers in using my Blender pen and Boho Blue ink. I used my Blender pen because I didn't purchase the Blends markers.  I don't usually buy them in the in-colors because they aren't around long enough to get the use out of them for the money. So I just do what I can they way I can and so far it works. The greenery was colored in using my light and dark Granny Apple Green Blends markers.

A 1/2" x 4" strip of Night of Navy card stock was cut for the middle part of the card. I taped it to the front of the card a bit off center. The right edge of the strip is 2-3/4" from the right edge of the Night of Navy card base.

The Boho Blue half-circle was taped in place, butting up the center cut edge to the right edge of the strip.

I tried to find some small "happy birthday" words in my current sets but had no luck. I was going to change it to a thank you card but I needed a birthday card. SO I took out my old favorite "Days to Remember" set and stamped the happy birthday in it on the circle.  

Dimensionals were added to the back of the circle and the piece was set in place on top of the half-circle getting it equally spaced around as much as I could. 

Three pearls were added and the card was done.

I thought it turned out pretty well considering what I was working with.  My DSP was gifted to me and the pieces were cut 4" x 6" and I only had two that had an orientation that I could work with. I'm happy with it. I can see the half-circle, which was what caught my eye on the original card so all in all I'm pleased.

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

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Thoughtful Journey, Simply Said, Note Card, Friendship Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a super quick and easy card to share with you.

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 Basic White card stock and textured it using the "Distressed Tile" embossing folder.  I glued that to the front of the card.

Next using the "Spotlight on Nature" dies I cut the second largest circle to cut the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Thoughtful Journey" 6" x 6" stack. I set it in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals.

The words were stamped on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock using Mossy Meadow ink. I cut them out using the second smallest die in the same "Spotlight on Nature" dies.  I set it in place using Dimensionals on the left and a little bit of glue on the right.  And that was it, the card was done.

Embellishments could be added but I wanted to have a clean simple look.

I like how quick this card went together and how pretty it did turn out.

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

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Wildflower Designs, Flowering Zinnias, Spotlight on Nature, Thinking of You Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a thinking of you card to share with you. I found the layout on Pinterest, you can see that card here. I changed it a little but for the most part it looks like the one on Pinterest. 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 Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Flowering Zinnias" 12" x 12" package. I taped it to the front of the card.

The flowers were stamped on a Basic White piece of card stock using black Memento ink. I colored them in using my Blending Pen. I didn't have all the colors in Blends markers.  I colored the two smaller flowers using Daffodil Delight ink. The large flower was colored in using Peach Pie ink and the leaves were colored in using my Granny Apple Green Blends markers. The butterfly was colored in using Daffodil Delight ink, Peach Pie ink and Azure Afternoon ink. I was headed towards my ink pad holder to get Summer Splash and somehow I ended up grabbing the Azure Afternoon ink and it didn't dawn on me until I was done coloring. I think the "Summer Splash would look a little lighter but this still worked. To make the greenish look on the wings I had just colored over the Daffodil Delight with the Azure Afternoon ink. I fussy cut the butterfly out.

Next I die cut the circles. I cut the Peach Pie one using the largest circle in the "Spotlight on Nature" bundle. And the flowers were cut using the second largest die. I taped the circles together and then taped them to the front of the card. 

The butterfly was added to the front of the card using Dimensionals.

And the words are from the "Wildflower Designs" set using black Memento ink on a piece of Basic White card stock. I took it to my paper cutter and cut it 5/8" x 3-3/4". I snipped the ends at an angle. Dimensionals were added to the back and the piece was set in place on the front of the card.  And the card was done.

This was a super quick and easy card to make. I like now it turned out. At first I didn't think the Peach Pie card stock would go well with the DSP but once the pieces were all put together it did end up blending well together. 

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

Tuesday, July 09, 2024

Spotlight on Nature, Labeled With Love, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I found a card on Pinterest that I just had to make. You can see the original card here. There was no info on how it was made or who made it so if you have any info on that please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due. Please read on to see how I made the card.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Flirty Flamingo card stock. It opens on the right and the fold is on the left. From what I could gather from the original card, it opened on the bottom and the fold was on the top which meant you need to cut your sheet of card stock on the 8-1/2" side so it measures 4-1/4" x 11".  I just decided to go with the right side opening.

Next I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White card stock for the inside. I didn't tape it in yet.

Then I cut a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Unbounded Beauty" 12" x 12" package. I used a retired 1-3/4" punch and slipped the corners of the DSP in and punched them to round them. I did that with the Basic White inside piece and the front and back of the card base. Now I could tape the Basic White piece to the inside. I also taped the DSP to the outside.

I cut a 1" x 5-1/2" strip of Flirty Flamingo card stock for the strip on the side. I scored it at 1/4, 1/2" and 3/4". I taped it in place on the left side of the card along the fold.

The flowers were stamped next and they are from the "Spotlight on Nature" set and were stamped using black Memento ink in a piece of Basic White card stock. I colored the flowers in using my light and dark Flirty Flamingo Blends pens. And for the greenery I used my light Granny Apple Green Blends pen.

Using the third largest die in the "Spotlight on Nature" bundle I cut the flowers out. And using the second largest die on that same set of circles I cut a Flirty Flamingo circle. I taped the two circles together. I taped them to the front of the card about 3/4" from the top and about 3/8" from the fold. I tried to eye it so it was centered. It's not completely centered but it's close enough. 

The butterfly from the same "Spotlight on Nature" set was stamped on a scrap piece of card stock and was fussy cut. Dimensionals were added to the back and the piece was set in place on the front of the card.

I stamped the words from the "Labeled With Love" set using black Memento ink on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock. I cut it out using the 4th largest circle in the "Stylish Shapes" die set. Dimensionals were added to the back and the piece was set in place on the front of the card.

A pink "Candy Dot" (retired) was added to the word piece and the card was done.

What caught my eye about this card was the scored strip on the left. It just added SO much to the card that I had to give it a try and since I had everything (except for the embellishment) I thought I'd give it a try. I am very pleased with the way it turned out.

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

Monday, July 08, 2024

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

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have another super quick 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 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 Crushed Curry card stock and textured it using the "Distressed Tile" embossing folder. I glued this piece to the front of the card.

The Designer Series Paper (DPS) is from the "Thoughtful Journey" 6" x 6" package. I cut three strips at 1" x 4" and I taped them to a piece of Basic White card stock that measures 3-1/4" x 4-1/4".  I glued this to the front of the card centering it as much as I could. I tried to keep equal distance on each side and the top.

The words are from the "Unbounded Love" bundle and were stamped using Mossy Meadow ink. I cut them out using the third rectangle in the "Stylish Shapes" die set. I cut a Crushed Curry piece using the second largest rectangle. I taped the rectangles together. Dimensionals were added to the back. I set the words in place on the front of the card and the card was done.

Another super quick and easy card to make and it had strips. I'm trying to work with strips more because there's lots of scraps to use up and I need to practice with them more. I don't feel I'm that great with them but the more I'm doing them the easier and less intimidating it is getting.

I have to say that this is one of my favorite designs in the "Thoughtful Journey" stack.

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


Sunday, July 07, 2024

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

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a quick and easy 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 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 Mossy Meadow card stock and textured it using the "Distressed Tile" embossing folder. I glued it to the front of the card.

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from the "Thoughtful Journey" 6" x 6" stack. It was leftover in my package so I thought I'd use it. After trimming the piece it measured 2-3/4" x 5".  I glued it to the front of the card eyeing the top, right and bottom edges so they looked equally apart from the DPS. 

The words are from the "Unbounded Love" bundle and were stamped using Mossy Meadow ink on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock. 

Using the second and third rectangles in the "Stylish Shapes" set I cut the Basic White piece and a Mossy Meadow layer. I taped them together. Dimensionals were added to the back and the piece was set in place on the front of the card. And the card was done.

This was a super quick card to make. I think the "Thoughtful Journey" DSP is so pretty and so fun to work with. It makes nice sympathy cards and great masculine cards too.  I did enjoy making this card and I can see myself using more of this DSP for quick cards.

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

Saturday, July 06, 2024

Flowering Zinnias, Sketched Butterflies, Gift Card Holder Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a gift card holder to share with you. It's a fun "Z" fold too! I found it here on Pinterest. There's a link to a video there too but I didn't watch it, the measurements for the pieces were provided on Pinterest so I just went with that. Please read on to see how I made today's card. 

The base of my card is a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Berry Burst card stock. I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Flowering Zinnia's" 12" x 12" package. I taped that to the card base.

The "Z" fold piece was cut at 4-1/4" x 9" and it was scored at 3" and 6".  On the front of the "Z" fold piece I taped a 2-3/4" x 4" piece of DSP. 

A 2-3/4" x 4" piece of Basic White card stock was cut and taped to the inside for writing on.

Next I made the pocket. It's a 3-1/4" x 3" piece of DSP that was scored on the sides. Once scored it measured 2-3/4" x 3".  I used my bone folder on the score lines and then I glued them plus the bottom edge to the inside of the "Z" fold piece. Allow the glue to dry some before you slip in a gift card. 

The "Z" fold piece was then taped to the front of the card base.

I decorated the front of the piece by fussy cutting a zinnia from the "Flowering Zinnias" DSP and a couple of leaves. I glued the leaves on the back of the flower. Dimensionals were added to the back of the flower. I set it aside until the words were done.

The words are from the "Sketched Butterflies" bundle and were stamped using Berry Burst ink. I cut them using two dies from the "Stylish Shapes" set. I taped the two rectangles together. I used glue to set the word piece in place. To do this without making a mess, I set the piece where I wanted it and then I turned the piece over. I just made a mark with my fingernail in the middle of the back of the piece. I added glue on the back of the piece and got close to that mark but not over it. I set the piece in place and I had no mess.

The flower was added and the card was done. And I would think by now the pocket should be set up enough to put a gift card or money in it. 

This was a fun and easy gift card holder to make. I can see myself making these at Christmas time!

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

Friday, July 05, 2024

Sketched Butterfly, Flowering Zinnias, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a birthday card to share with you that I made using scraps on my worktable. 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.

On my worktable I found a piece of "Designer Series Paper" DSP from the "Flowering Zinnias" 12" x 12" package. It measures 3-3/4" x 3-3/4".  I cut a 4" x 4" piece of Basic Black for the layer. I taped the two pieces together and then taped that to the front of the card leaving about 1/4" spacing on the three sides.

The pretty floral piece was from an embossed piece I had sitting on my worktable. I had used the "Layering Florals" embossing folder. It measures 2-1/2" x 3-1/8".  On the backside, the side that the images dents in instead of bumps out, I colored the flowers and leaves using my light and dark Blends pens. I used Real Red, Daffodil Delight (dark) and Granny Apple Green.  Once the coloring was done I took my black Memento ink pad and dragged it over the backside of the piece to cover the flat white areas. When I finished with that I set the piece aside to dry. In the meantime I cut the Basic Black layer. It measures 2-3/4" x 3-1/2".  When the piece was dry I glued it to the Basic Black layer. Then that was taped to the front of the card.

The words are from the "Sketched Butterfly" bundle and were stamped using black Memento ink on a scrap of Basic White card stock. I used the "Stylish Shapes" set to cut the word piece and the Basic Black layer. The piece was set in place using Dimensionals and the card was done.

How fun was that to use scraps? I didn't make a clean spot on my worktable yet, I'll let you know when that happens (if it ever happens!! LOL).

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

Thursday, July 04, 2024

Spotlight on Nature, Thank You Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Happy 4th of July!

Today I have a thank you card to share with you. I found the card on Pinterest and I changed it some. I don't like to do square cards because I don't have square envelopes. I do still have the envelope maker but to be honest, I never really learned how to use it.  When I do need to make a square card I often use the "Book Fold" technique so it's still a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" card when I'm done.  Today I just moved the orientation of the card and it worked.  You can see the original card here. 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.

a 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" piece of Basic White card stock was cut for the top layer. I used the dotted image in the "Spotlight on Nature" bundle and Pumpkin Pie ink that was stamped off once. Then I textured the piece using the "Exposed Brick" embossing folder. I set this piece aside.

The circles were cut next. They are from the "Spotlight on Nature" bundle. I used the second largest "dashed" circle in the set for the outside circle. I used the next smallest circle on that side of the circles. When I say "that side of the circles" it's because there's two sheets of circles. There's a total of 12 circles in the set. I also used the fourth circle on that same group. So to recap here, I used the second, third and fourth circles in that group. 

After cutting the circles I took the hashmark image and stamped some Smoky Slate images, I did stamp off once before stamping on the largest circle. Only stamp in the middle area. I had taken the circle that came out of the next circle and traced around it on the larger circle to make sure I didn't go outside of that area.  I use an art gum eraser aka kneadable eraser to remove pencil marks. I highly recommend getting one. It will remove pencil marks without pilling and tearing your paper. It removes them cleanly too, well unless you pressed down too hard. No eraser will remove that. I draw lightly and then I can erase the marks easily. 

Then I added Dimensionals to the second circle and set it in place on top of the largest circle

I stamped two of the floral images, one leave cluster and one butterfly. I fussy cut them then I colored them. Usually I color first in case I mess up the coloring I wouldn't have wasted my time cutting. But this time I cut first and then colored after. I used my Blends pens to color. I used both light and dark Pumpkin Pie and Granny Apple Green. 

I used the original card as a reference for placing the pieces. I realized that I needed to cut the middle size flower from one of the bunches and I did save the rest of the piece. I trimmed off any stem parts and added it to my stash for hopefully a future card. I had put a Dimensional behind the middle size flower on the right and one behind the tiny flower on the left. Glue was added where the large flower and the leaves touch the circle. I set the circle on the front of the card but did not glue it down.

Dimensionals were added to the back of the butterfly and it was just sitting on top of the card too.

The "thanks" is from the same set and was stamped using black Memento ink. I fussy cut around it and it was now ready for the assembling.

Once I moved the circle around to where I thought it looked best I glued it in place.

The butterfly as added next and then the word piece. I added a piece of a Dimensional behind the "s" on thanks and glue in the middle of the word and it was set in place on the circle. And the card was done.

I didn't add any bling to the card, I liked it just the way it was. I usually don't mind fussy cutting but this was not fun. There's lots of little thin areas to cut around and lots of nooks and crannies.  I do know for a fact I won't be making another one of these in the future! But I do like hot it turned out.

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


Wednesday, July 03, 2024

Sketched Butterflies, 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 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 Basic White card stock for the top layer. 

Using the second smallest rectangle from the "Deckled Rectangle" dies set I cut the opening on the left side about 3/4" from the top edge and 1/2" from the left side. 

A piece of scrap Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Thoughtful Journey" 6" x 6"package. The piece needs to be at least 2" x 3-1/2". I ran my tape around the back of the opening and I set the piece of DSP in place.

The words are from the "Sketched Butterflies" bundle and were stamped using Mossy Meadow ink. After stamping the words I set the piece in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals. 

I cut the butterfly off a group of three from the bundle. I figured I could get two good butterflies from the three by carefully cutting them from each other. I used Basic White card stock for the butterflies. I set the butterfly in place using a trimmed Dimensional and the card was done.

This was a perfect way to use scraps of DSP. I just love the way the card turned out. It's plain and simple but yet it's elegant. I am thinking I can make a few cards using this layout and more scraps in my stash. It will use up the smaller ones! I may be keeping this card on display in my workroom for a while because I just love the looks of it.

I think it would be a great look for several other occasions too, like Mother's Day, Get Well, Thinking of You, Friendship, and Sympathy.

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

Tuesday, July 02, 2024

Thoughtful Wishes, Stylish Shapes, Thank You Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have an elegant looking card to share with you that is very easy to make. Please read on to see how I made the 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 Basic White and added the lines using my scoring board. The side showing is the backside of the scoring. When you score the lines dip inward, when you turn it over the lines feel bumpy. The bumpy side is the side you want to show on your card. I added Dimensionals to the back of the piece and set it in place on the front of the card base.

Next I cut my squares from Basic White card stock. I used the dies from the "Stylish Shapes" set. I used the largest square for the solid piece and I used the smallest and second smallest dies for the framed square.

The "thanks" was added next, it's from the "Thoughtful Wishes" bundle. I stamped them using black Memento ink. Dimensionals were added to the back of the piece and it was set in place on the front of the card, centering it as much as I could by eyeing it.

I cut the floral piece from the "Thoughtful Wishes" bundle using Basic White card stock. I colored in the piece using my Highland Heather light and dark Blends Pen and my light and dark Mossy Meadow Blends pen. I trimmed up some Dimensionals and added them to the back of the frame.

I slipped the floral piece into the square frame and removed one of the protective pieces on the Dimensional at the bottom edge to the stem could stick to it. Then I added a little bit of glue to more solid pieces that are touching the front of the frame.

The rest of the Dimensional coverings were removed and the frame was centered on the square and the card was done.

I think this would make a pretty wedding card too! This was a fun card to make, it was very quick and so simple to make. And it's got an elegant look!

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

Monday, July 01, 2024

Spot On Nature, Flowering Zinnias, Thank You Card, Stampin' Up!

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

The base of my card is a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" piece of Melon Mambo card stock, this is a quarter-sheet of card stock. 

I cut an 8" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White card stock and folded it in half. I textured the front using the "Distressed Tile" embossing folder. I taped this to the Melon Mambo card base. The Basic White piece opens on the right and the fold is on the left.

In my package of "Flowering Zinnias" 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (DSP) I ran across a scrap strip. It measures 2" x 5-1/4". How convenient, that doesn't happen very often.  I glued that on top of the Basic White piece.

Next I fussy cut a flower from the "Flowering Zinnias" package of DSP.  

I took a piece of Basic White card stock and I stamped the words from the "Spot On Nature" bundle using Old Olive ink. I cut it out using the second largest circle die from the "Everyday Details" set. I had laid the flower over the area before I cut the circle out so the words could be at the bottom but not too far down or too far up. 

The flower was taped to the circle. Dimensionals were added to the back and the piece was set in place on the front of the card.

I had some retired "Glitter Enamel Dots" and placed them on the front of the card and the card was done.

This was a super quick and easy card to make. I really like the colors.

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

Sunday, June 30, 2024

Spotlight On Nature, 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 quarter-sheet of Gorgeous Grape card stock. It measures 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".

I cut a piece of Basic White card stock that measures 5-1/4 x 8". I folded it in half and taped it to the Gorgeous Grape base. It opens on the bottom and the fold is on the top. 

A 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Perennial Lavender" 12" x 12" package. I taped that to the front of the Basic White piece.

The floral image is from the "Spotlight on Nature" bundle. I stamped them using black Memento ink. I colored in the flowers using my light and dark Highland Heather Blends pens and the leaves were colored in using my light and dark Granny Apple Green Blends pens. I was amazed at how quickly the coloring went. The image took care of the highlighting so you just color and you're done.

I stamped the words from the same bundle using black Memento ink. Then I cut the piece out using the dies that came with the bundle.

I also cut a Gorgeous Grape circle from the same bundle. The two circles were layered and Dimensionals were added to the back.

A piece of ribbon was going to be added but I decided to just cut a strip of Basic White card stock and glue it down instead. That card stock measures 1/4" x 5-1/8".  I glued it in place centering it as much as I could by eyeing it. The two circles layered piece was set in place and the card was done.

This was a super easy card to make and I just love the colors. I'd love to use my Highland Heather Blends pen more but it's not coloring right, I think it's drying up. I guess I need to order another one.

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

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Unbounded Love, Thoughtful Wishes, Flowering Zinnias, 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 today's card was made.

The base of my card is a quarter-sheet of Melon Mambo card stock. It's a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece.

I cut a piece of Basic White that measured 8-1/4" x 5-3/8". The piece was then folded in half.

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from the "Flowering Zinnias" 12" x 12" package. I cut the pieces at 3" long and 5/8" wide. I cut my piece of DSP at 3" x 3-1/8" and cut off the five 5/8".  

The Melon Mambo layers for the strips were cut at 3-1/8" x 3/4". I taped the pieces together. I actually matched up the image on the DSP so it flowed better.

I cut the floral piece using the die from the "Thoughtful Wishes" bundle on a piece of Basic White card stock. I add little dots of glue on the larger parts of the piece and I set it in place on the front of the card.

The words were stamped next. Kind of brave of me. Normally I would wait to glue the floral piece in case I mess up on the words! The words are from the "Unbounded Love" bundle and were stamped using black Memento ink. And that was it, the card was done.

I tried my had at strips again and I was successful! I LOVE it when they work out easily. I must be finally getting the hang of it! (it's about time!).  This was a fun card to make and I like the way the strips turned out but I'm not thrilled with the floral piece. I think something larger would have looked better. But it is what it is.

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

Friday, June 28, 2024

Layers of Beauty, Anniversary Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have an anniversary card to share with you. Please read on to see how I made this 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 Basic White card stock for the top layer. I used the third largest rectangle in the "Deckled Rectangles" die set. Then I put both pieces in the "Layered Florals" embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot. I'm saving the inside piece for a future card (maybe someday! LOL).  Dimensionals were added to the frame and set aside.

Next I stamped the flower from the "Layers of Beauty" bundle. I used the matching stencil set and colored in the image using my Blending Brush and ink pads. The stencils are numbered so you can use them in order and get the perfect shading and blending. The colors I used are 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. I cut the piece out using the matching die.

I set the frame on the front of the card base and laid the floral piece on top of that so I could see where the words would go.  The words are from the "Layers of Beauty" set and were stamped using black Memento ink.

Once the words were done I set the frame in place. Dimensionals were added to the back of the floral piece and it was set in place on the front of the card. I did use some glue where the piece touched the frame.

After finishing it I thought the words would have looked better moved to the right, it seems a bit open there. But it is what it is and I do like how it turned out. It was a fun card to make and I REALLY like stenciling, I think it's a lot of fun.

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

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Simply Zinnia, Simply Said, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I found a card on Pinterest that caught my eye.  What was kind of funny (in an odd way) was I had that same exact strip of Designer Series Paper (DSP) in my package that was on the card. Leftover from previous cards. You can see the original card here.  Please read on to see how it 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 DSP from the "Flowering Zinnias" 12" x 12" package and taped it to the front of the card base.

Next I took out that strip of DSP and measured it. It is 1-1/2" wide and 5-1/4" long. I cut a piece of Mossy Meadow card stock (I didn't have that glitter paper that is on the original card) and I taped the DSP strip to it. Then I taped that to the front of the card about 5/8" from the fold.

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 them out using the die from the "Labeled with Love" bundle. I opted to by the dies instead of the punch. You get three of the same size dies, which is nice and they all fit inside the stamp set container. I added Dimensionals to the word piece and set it aside.

Then I cut the flower and stem. I used Flirty Flamingo for the flowers. I cut two of them. The stem is Mossy Meadow and I cut one. I glued the two flowers together and then glued them to the stem. 

I removed the protective pieces on the Dimensionals and placed the flower stem across the piece first and then set it in place on the front of the card.

This was a super quick and easy card to make. What caught my eye when I saw it was the cute little flower under the word piece.  I can see myself making more of these (if I have more DSP strips!).

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

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Unbounded Love, Thoughtful Wishes, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a birthday card to share with you. I found it on the internet and you can see that card here. I changed it a bit. 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 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Petunia Pop card stock for the layer. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White card stock that was textured using the "Distressed Tile" embossing folder. I glued that to the Petunia Pop piece and then I taped that to the card base.

Next I cut a 3" x 4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Unbounded Beauty" 12" x 12" package. I cut a 3-1/8" x 4-1/8" piece of Basic White card stock and a 3-1/4" x 4-1/4" piece of Petunia Pop card stock. I taped all three of these together.  Dimensionals were added to the back and the piece was set in place on the front of the card.

I had die cut a number of the other flowers and stems from the "Thoughtful Wishes" bundle but opted not to use them. Then I cut the "fleur" piece using the large die from the "Thoughtful Wishes" bundle. I used Basic White card stock for this. I place a bit of tape in the middle of the DSP piece and stuck this "fleur" piece to it. Once I had cut the other pieces to tuck around the large Basic White piece but after seeing it on top of the DSP I decided I'd save those for a future card. I just liked what I saw and went with it.

The words are from the  "Unbounded Love" bundle using black Memento ink on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock. I cut it out using the die from the "Unbounded Love" bundle. The layer behind the words was cut from another die in that set that's a bit larger and I used a scrap piece of Petunia Pop card stock. I taped the two die cut pieces together and set them in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals. And the card was done. 

I could have added some bling but I liked it the way it was. This was a very quick and easy card to make.

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

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

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

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I found another masculine card on the internet and thought I'd give it a try with the materials I have. I'm trying to do that more, using what I have instead of buying  products I won't use much.  You can see the original card here and please read on to see how I made it.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. I often use Basic White for the base of my card to save on the colored card stock since Basic White costs less per sheet than the colors. Sometimes I will use a half-sheet of card stock but most of the time I will use Basic White. It also has another plus to it, I won't have to add a piece of Basic White to the inside to write on. A win/win there!  My card opens on the right and the fold is on the left.

I cut a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Boho Blue card stock. In the center of this piece I cut the third smallest rectangle die from the "Perennial Postage set.  I set it aside for now.

Next I cut a piece of Basic White that measures 5" x 3-3/4" and taped it to the Boho Blue piece.

Then I cut a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Take to the Sky" 12" x 12" package and cut the one with the airplanes on it at 4-7/8" x 3-5/8".  On the backside of the plain paper is the design you see on the bottom part in the photo. I taped the two pieces of DSP to the Basic White piece then I taped that to the Boho Blue piece and then that was taped to the front of the card.

I took the die cut Boho Blue piece and textured it using the "Exposed Brick" embossing folder. I tried to set it on a place where there was less bricks and more dots.

The words were stamped next. They are from the "Adventurous Sky" set and were stamped on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock using black Memento ink. I trimmed it to measure 1/2" x 2-1/4".  to a The Pebble Path card stock piece measures 5/8" x 2-3/8". I snipped the ends of both pieces at an angle and then I taped them together.  

I fussy cut the plane from a piece of DSP from the same "Take to the Sky" package. I added Dimensionals to the back and set it in place on the Boho Blue piece. The words were added next. Dimensionals were added to the back of the Boho Blue piece and it was set in place on the front of the card.

I added a few retired "Metallic Pearls" to the front and the card was done.

This was a fun card to make, including the fussing cutting. It is not one of my favorite things to do but it was pretty easy because there wasn't a lot of details to cut. I like how it turned out too.  It was quick and easy.

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

Monday, June 24, 2024

Simply Zinnia, Best Family Ever, Stylish Shapes, Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have a pretty card to share with you that I found on Pinterest. You can see the original card here. I changed a few things on it but it's close. Please read on to see how I made the 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 Basic White card stock and textured it using the "Distressed Tile" folder. I glued it to the front of the card.

Next I cut the three largest stitched square dies from the "Stylish Shapes" set using Basic White card stock. I taped the three squares together and then glued them to the front of the card. I had marked the sides of the textured piece so I could find center and I glued it in place matching the side tips to the marks.

The flower is from the "Simply Zinnia" set and was stamped using black Memento ink. I colored it in using my light and dark Old Olive and Melon Mambo Blends pens. I cut it using the matching die. The piece was set in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals.

The words are from the "Best Family Ever" set and were stamped using black Memento ink on a scrap piece of Basic White card stock. I cut them out using the die from the "Stylish Shapes" set. The words were set in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals.  And the card was done. 

I thought about adding some bling or bows to it but I liked the cleaner look. It has an elegant feel to it without the bling or bows. 

What caught my eye about this card was the three squares taped together. There was something about that look that drew me in. Perhaps it was that it was such a simple thing to do that was a perfect touch to the card.  I just like it, that's all.

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

Sunday, June 23, 2024

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

Hello and welcome to my blog. I thought I'd try my hand at one more masculine birthday card before I move on to flowers or something else.  Though I do need more masculine cards I'll give you a break for a day or two.  I just love the Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the "Adventurous Sky" bundle. Please read on to see how I made today's card.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Night of Navy card stock. It opens on the right and the fold is on the left. I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White and taped it to the inside and I also cut one for the outside.

On the outside cut a piece of DSP from the "Take to the Sky" 12" x 12" package. I cut my piece 4" x 5-1/4" and I cut it diagonally. I got two cards from this piece. I'm not posting the other one, it's just the opposite of this one. Before taping the DSP to the Basic White piece I cut a piece of DSP for the strip. I cut that strip long because I'm not good with lengths like that. I will share the length with you so you don't waste any DSP. If you cut it at 7" x 1/2" you will be fine. I taped the strip to the back of the airplane piece. I only stuck 1/8" to it so there's 3/8" showing. Then I taped that all to the Basic White piece. I lined up the bottom corner and slowly pivoted the piece till it matched on both edges.

The words were done next. They are from the "Simply Said" set and were stamped using black Memento ink. Night of Navy would be nice too.

The airplane is from the "Adventurous Sky" bundle and was stamped using black Memento ink on a piece of Basic White card stock. I cut it with the matching die.

I colored the plane using my Blending pen with Smoky Slate and Pecan Pie ink. I'm thinking Copper Clay would have matched better.  Once the plane was done being colored, Dimensionals were added to the back and the piece was set in place on the front of the card and the card was done.

This was such a quick and easy card to make. It's that DSP that really makes the car pop out.

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

Saturday, June 22, 2024

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

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have another masculine card to share with you. My stash of masculine cards is not looking good so I thought I'd take some time and make a few. 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 right and the fold is on the left.

Using the image from the "Adventurous Sky" bundle I stamped the background using Smoky Slate ink.

The Designer Series Paper is from the 'Take to the Sky" 12" x 12" package. I was using scraps to make my car. The upper left piece measures 2" x 2-3/4" and the Night of Navy layer behind it measures 2-1/8" x 2-7/8".  I taped the two pieces together and then taped it to the front of the upper left of the card about 1/4" from the fold and top edge. The plane DSP was cut at 2" x 4" and taped to a 2-1/8" x 4-1/8" piece of Night of Navy card stock. I taped the two layers together and then taped that to the front of the card. It's about 1" from the top edge and 1-1/8" from the fold.

The words are from the "Simply Said" set and were stamped using Basic Black ink. I cut them out using the die from the "Labeled With Love" bundle. I also cut a Night of Navy piece for the back layer. I cut that piece in half and taped each half to the back of the word piece. Dimensionals were added to the back and the piece was set in place on the front of the card and the card was done.

This was a very quick and simple card to make and I got to use up some scraps.  Actually my scraps were twice the size of these but they were to big and awkward to put on the front of the card but after cutting them in half they were perfect. I like how it turned out and I like how simple it was to make.

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

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