Christmas Ornament/ Party Favor/Gift Tag

 

One of the projects we made last December at club was this ornament.  It could be used as a party favor or a gift tag or……

It is a case of Sandra Roberts tag on sandrascraftstudio.com.

Recipe

There are six pairs of stars from the Stitched Stars Dies with an Evening Evergreen base and a smaller star die cut layer in the Painted Christmas DSP.  The DSP is glued directly to the Evening Evergreen with Tombow adhesive and then the top two pairs are popped up using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

  • Largest Star:  Evening Evergreen, 5 1/2 X 6, die cut with stitched stars die
    • Layer:  Painted Christmas DSP, 4 X6, die cut with next smaller stitched stars die
    • Note:  After gluing on the DSP, punch a small hole for the ornament hanger, down far enough to be covered by the point of next star
  • Next Star:  Evening Evergreen, die cut with next smaller stitched stars die
    • Layer: Painted Christmas DSP, die cut with next smaller stitched stars die
  • Top Star: Evening Evergreen, die cut with stitched stars die
    • Layer:  Painted Christmas DSP, die cut with next smaller stitched stars die
  • Gold Stems: Gold Foil, 2 1/2 X 2 1/4, Die Cut with Poinsettia die
  • Leaves:  Garden Green, 2 1/2 X 2, Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder and Die
  • Poinsettias (X2):  Real Red, 1 X 2, die cut with Merriest Frames Die
  • Add one large gilded gem to the top
  • Greeting:  Basic White, 2 1/2 X 1 1/2 stamped with Merry Christmas from Curvy Christmas stamp set in Evening Evergreen. Die cut with Stitched Nested Label die and then sponge the edges with Evening Evergreen.
  • Hanger:  Red Twine, 12″ for hanger, separate 6″ for bow.  Double the 12″ and push the loop through the punched hole from front to back then bring the ends through the loop at the back and tighten pushing the sides down around the point.  Tie a double know with the ends.  Tie a bow and mount with a glue dot on top of hanger.

I think it would make a great Christmas card and then the recipient could pull it off and put it on their tree. 

That would be a good idea, Sal!   I did that one year with a circular ornament that I put in a pocket at the front of the card.  I made a longer hanger so it could loop to the inside of the card where I attached it lightly with a note saying the ornament could be removed.

Are you going to make gift tags this year?  

You know, Sal, I have trouble with spending time on gift tags since they are thrown away with the wrapping paper with hardly a second look and they are not recyclable since the name is written on the tag.  They are pretty and I love getting them on gifts but I am just not into making them.

So followers, let me know if you make gift tags to dress up your packages each year.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for spending some of it with Sal and I.

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Scarecrow/ Restocked Clearance Rack

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How was your Thanksgiving?  Hopefully all went well and your turkey or other main dish was perfect and the family/friend time was memorable!

I have another Thanksgiving card for you, but unlike the elegance of the previous post with the beautiful Fall Leaves embossing folder of Stampin’ Up!, this one is a ‘smile maker’ using a stamp and die from Divinity Designs called ‘Happy Fall’.

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The layers are made using the Stampin’ Up! Deckled Rectangles dies, the corn stalks are from Stampin’ Up!’s retired Chick dies and the fence is from the retired Birthday Chick Dies.  The pumpkins, flowers, leaves and spring scrolly are leftovers from a past Paper Pumpkin kit, and the inside greeting is from the retired Stampin’ Up! Basket of Wishes.  The scarecrow is mounted on a small craft spring (a wobble) from Michaels.  The Happy Thanksgiving is part of the Happy Fall set and is embossed with retired Early Espresso embossing powder.  The inside greeting is stamped with Early Espresso.

Did you use any current Stampin’ Up! products?

The Soft Suede card stock and the Crushed Curry cardstock die cut with the Deckled Rectangle dies are all current products. The scarecrow was stamped with Memento Black ink and then colored with Stampin’ Blends:

  • Pants – Dk Seaside Spray, Lt Night of Navy
  • Shirt – Dk and Lt Granny Apple Green
  • Wood Pole – Bronze
  • Belts – Dk Crumb Cake the layered with Lt Daffodil Delight
  • Patches – Lt Calypso Coral, Lt Real Red, Lt Highland Heather
  • Hat – Lt & Dk Daffodil Delight
  • Hat Band – Lt Seaside Spray, Dk Night of Navy, Color Lifter
  • Bird Beak – Dk Black
  • Bird Nose – Dk Pumpkin Pie
  • Face – Ivory, 2 layers, extra on cheeks
  • Straw – Dk Mango Melody layered with Lt Crumb Cake

Recipe

  • Base:  Soft Suede, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Outside Layers:  Crushed Curry, 4 X 10 1/2, die cut one #7 and one #8 of Deckled Rectangles
  • Inside Layers: Crushed Curry, 2 1/2 X 7 1/2, die cut one #3 and one #4 of Deckled Rectangles
  • 3 Corn Stalks: Very Vanilla, 3 3/4 X 3 3/4 die cut 3 stalks with Chick Dies and sponge slightly with Crumb Cake
  • Fence:  Basic Gray, 1 X 4 1/2,  cut 2 fences from the Birthday Chick Dies, cut off two posts, sponge with gray
  • Scarecrow:  Basic White, 4 X 3

The layers are glued directly down to the base, then the fence is added followed by the cornstalks tied together with a piece of linen thread.  A craft spring is adhered to the back of the scarecrow and he is placed a little right of center on the card front.  The pumpkins, leaves, flowers and the scrolly like embellishment are all pieces from a Paper pumpkin glued on directly to the top layer.

  I guess with a spring loaded scarecrow, you don’t need to pop up anything else. 

So true!

The big news is that the clearance rack has been refreshed!  Remember those six dies that were a special for a limited time?  They are now in the clearance rack and the stamps are still available.

The second news is that the retired products list is now available so you can check your list and make sure you have everything you want before they go away.

Thirdly – the Fitting Florets suite has specialty products only available through January 4!

And last but not least, the January Paper Pumpkin is gift card boxes!   Click on each banner to go to the store.

January’s Paper Pumpkin makes boxes?

Yes, Sal, 16 different gift card holder boxes!  Be ready for every occasion in the new year!

December’s host code is:  EJT6KYGE

 

 

 

 

Last Day of Sale and Thanksgiving Card

It is the last day to take advantage of the Stampin’ Up! sale on products in the annual catalog:

  • 10% off all punches

  • 15% off almost all stamps (only host stamps excluded)

  • 20% off dies

  • 20% off all embossing folders

  • 20% off all non-specialty and non-assortment Designer Series Paper

Shop now for your crafty friends’ Christmas presents and save enough to purchase something for yourself!

November host code is  AQFMCV2F


Mark your calendars for December 1, 2022 for purchase of retiring products in the Mini Catalog – some at a 60% discount!

Click on the blue for a list of products in Excel format.   Keep your eye out for great lists reformatted by other friendly demonstrators who share their work on Demonstrator Planning Place in Facebook.

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We will see much more about this sale in the upcoming weeks!


Thank you/ Thanksgiving Card

I used the Handmade Wishes stamp set for the greeting on this card;  the stamp set will be retiring even though the punch is carrying over.  Strange but true.  The outline stamps for the punch can be used with any greeting, not just Christmas, and right now you can get the stamp set and punch as a bundle at 10% off.

I tried several coloring techniques with the Leaf Fall embossing folder but liked the embossed look without coloring the best:

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I used a combination of gold and copper embossing on the greeting.  The outside is gold, the inside is copper.

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.  Sorry, I still can’t see the difference.  

Sigh……  it’s one of those days!  The software I use to add the watermark froze up and the camera isn’t catching the colors.  But you need to see the Handmade Wishes stamp set before it goes away and, more importantly, you need to see this die that is on sale today:

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Today, you can get 20% off this Mini Pocket Envelope Die!  It is the perfect size for gift cards and look at all the other dies that are included:

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A miniature oval, branch of leaves die, scalloped rectangle, tags and tiny dies to punch circles or a slot for twine or ribbon!  And check out the little bow you can make with two of the dies.  You need this die – trust me – no more manually cutting and scoring to make a gift card holder, it is all done with the die.

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Recipe for Thanksgiving Card

  • Base:  Thick Very Vanilla, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1:  Thick Very Vanilla, 4 3/4 X 3 1/2, (X2) outside and inside
  • Layer 2:  Thick Very Vanilla, 4 1/2 X 3 1/4, embossed with Leaf Fall 3D embossing folder
  • Inside Gift Card Holder:  Designer Series Paper (retired), 4 1/2 X 5, die cut with Mini Pocket Envelope Die; stamp the very top of the gift card holder in Versa Mark with ‘For You’ from Handmade Wishes and emboss with copper embossing powder.
  • Greeting:  Very Vanilla, Scrap, stamp with border from Handmade Wishes stamp set in Versa Mark and emboss with gold embossing powder.  Stamp ‘Endlessly Grateful’ from Very Best Occasions stamp set and the scrolly from the Handmade Wishes stamp set in Versa Mark and emboss with copper embossing powder. Punch with the Handmade Tag Punch
  • 7″ of ribbon folded in thirds and attached to the back of the greeting with glue dots

The small leaves I used on the inside are from the retired Square Pilllowbox dies and the front open leaf, die cut in gold, is from the retired Stitched Seasons Framelits dies.  The two leaves at the bottom left of the greeting are from the retired Gathered Leaves Dies with the larger leaf die cut in copper foil and the smaller in brushed metallic foil.

What happened to your rule of never using retired products?

Well, Sal, it is the wave of the future!  I am going to use what I have and sell off what I know I won’t ever use.  If you are following and want a puritan Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, one who uses only current products, you may want to unfollow me.

.  But there is nothing in the Bake Sale tab for products you are selling. 

Not yet, Sal!  After almost 14 years I have a lot of products to sort and match up with dies.  But stay tuned.  My regular customers and downline will be notified by email and then the products will be posted in the Bake Sale tab and other internet sites.

Purchase in November with the host code:  AQFMCV2F and you will receive a $10 gift certificate from me to use on any Bake Sale products.

For now, check out the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog sale!  The sale ends today.  Click on little Sal in the computer to shop!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case The Creator #9, Recessed Panel Card

It’s time for another Case The Creator card!

This time we are creating a Recessed Panel Card.

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The recessed DSP (designer series paper) on the front is a full size piece so when you open to the inside the back of the DSP is the top of the card and quite nice- just be warned to not use directional papers that might be upside down on the inside!

There are many different versions with different placement of the recessed panel.  I chose the dimensions used by France Martin of www.frenchiestamps.com.  To access her video click on the pdf file not the screen shot of the dimensions – the video won’t work from the screen shot.

Case The Creator #9 printable pdf file

Screen Shot of Directions

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.   That’s really cool and I like the picture of the fall card on the directions but what did you use?

That would be helpful, Sal, wouldn’t it?

The Christmas card I made uses the Painted Christmas Paper DSP for the recessed panel.  This DSP carried over from last year to the new fall mini catalog, so check your stash, you may have it already!

The base is Evening Evergreen and the mat is Basic White.  The greetings on the front are from the Hope & Peace stamp set and dry embossed with White Embossing Powder.   The inside greeting is from the same set and stamped with Evening Evergreen Ink.

The holly berries, stamped in real red, and leaves, stamped in garden green, are from Merriest Moments stamp set and Merriest Frames Dies, another carryover from last year that is one of my all time favorite sets.  The pine boughs are from Christmas Banner Dies cut from Garden Green cardstock.

 

Very helpful!  Did anyone participate in the challenge. 

Indeed they did, Sal!  Ann used the Sweet Candy Canes stamp set with Candy Canes Dies and the oh- so- cool Sweetest Christmas Designer Series Paper.   Her card is just beautiful and the green mat and mistletoe bough are perfect with the candy canes!  Such a great job!

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Do you see what I mean with the back of the DSP panel?  A lovely look!


Jo’s card has a recessed panel of many colored candies!  She used a punch to cut out even more candies to embellish her card and added glittery snowflakes!  So very fun!

 


Sharon used the smiley moose from our All Bundled Up stamp set!  She turned the panel the other way which looks great.  I love how the moose scarf is colored to match the DSP!  We don’t have a die to cut out the moose so she fussy cut him and then added an oval of gold behind him.  Beautiful work!

 


What’s up at the home office?  Surely something is happening!

Yes, Sal, we have ovals back!   They are designer ovals as well that will dress up any card.  Check out this video from Leana and Holly of the home office:

Did you hear what I heard?  The stamp and dies have the same name!

Yes, finally!  We have been begging the home office to make life easier on us by naming the dies the same as the stamp set!  Hurrah!!

Be warned!  The Framed Florets bundle will be available in the Mini Catalog that starts in January but the other products are available only through January 4, 2023.  The designer paper can be used year round and is luscious!


You have until November 10 to sign up for November’s Paper Pumpkin!  Click on the image to sign up!

.  Let’s see…. 50 days left until Christmas and less than that to get those cards mailed. 

AAAAHHHHHH……. I better run!

SAL,  Stamping A Lot of Christmas cards – (not yet)

Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case The Creator #8, Spanner Card Fancy Fold

Let’s get fancy today and make a Spanner Card!

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The top has a strip of window sheet attached to the two sides which were cut from the main card base.  You lift the front to reveal a middle panel:

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Then lift the middle panel to see the greeting:

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Here is the printable pdf file and if you open it you can click on the Youtube from Sharon Lim to see a video…

Case The Creator #8 printable pdf file with video link

…. and if you would prefer to just look at the directions here, this is a screen print of the pdf (so the link will not work):

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I used the scrumptious Rustic Harvest DSP (designer series paper) from the mini catalog on a Cajun Craze base with a Basic Black mat.  The Sending Dies are in the 2022 annual catalog and the Sending Smiles stamp set can be bundled (bought together) with the dies for 10% off.   I did cut two additional 1 1/4 X 1 1/4 Basic Black squares to put over top of the back sides of the window sheet so the glue dots wouldn’t show.  I die cut a little pumpkin and a branch of leaves from the Seasonal Swirls Dies – retired.  The greeting is from Blessings of Home stamp set.

The greeting doesn’t look like what is in the stamp set?!

No, Sal, I masked off the ‘hello’ in ‘A CARD TO SAY HELLO’ and added three little dots with a marker.  The greeting dies were longer than I wanted and I didn’t want to cover up the beautiful DSP so I masked, then stamped, then die cut half of the greeting, removed the die and then placed the die on the other end of the greeting to die cut a shorter length.  The embossed edges kept the die in place.

Seems kind of risky.  Do you ever miss the half way point where you stop and double cut the other end?

Oh, yes!  But practice makes perfect so its best to challenge ourselves to step out of our comfort zone so we get comfortable using our dies in various ways.   It is nice to know we don’t need dies and punches in every size!


Let’s look at what my crafty friends came up with for challenge #8!

Ann used the Peaceful Deer Stamp Set and Deer Builder Punch:

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Lucille’s card has a fall feel to it with a die cut bouquet from Penned Flowers dies.


Jo used the  Delicate Edges Dies!  I had to look them up.  It amazes me the things in the catalog that you never notice until you see it used on a card.  The dies are on Page 170 of the 2022 annual catalog .  Her flower is from the Color & Contour stamp set with the Scalloped Contours dies.

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You are so lucky to have such talented crafters playing along with your CTC challenges!

Blessed, Sal, blessed!

Thank you crafty friends for joining the challenge and sending pictures of your creations.   Thank you, dear followers, for spending some of your day with me!

The hostess code is AQFMCV2F!  If you would like to visit the online store just click on little Sal in the computer!  I appreciate your support of my little business.

SAL,   Sending A Lot of samples to spice up your crafting world!

Karen

 

Christmas Stamp Camp

Let’s look at two Christmas cards we made at the Christmas Stamp Camp.

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You know how it is–we say “I don’t need that stamp set…”  and then we see a wonderful card and, oh my, we must have the stamp set.  That is what happened when I saw this card made by Mary Deatherage.  She used The Sweet Candy Canes Bundle, bundle meaning a stamp set and die set sold together for 10% off.  The stamp set is Sweet Candy Canes and the dies are Candy Cane Dies.  Just as important to the card is the Sweetest Christmas Designer Series Paper.  The paper has candy canes that you can cut out with the dies- and the candy cane dies have a die that faces right and one that faces left to create what you see above.   The set is in the holiday mini catalog- pages 8-11.  I used the label die for threading ribbon but check out how a real candy cane could be used:

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Don’t miss those little Flat Jingle Bell Trinkets!  What fun to add those to your candy cane – or your cards!

Why would I want ‘flat’ bells?

Ahh, good question, Sal.  I received several cards in years past with the jingle bells that are 3D and the post office machines completely smashed the bells.  You also pay extra if your card doesn’t fit through a 1/4″ slot.  They actually test it at the post office and if it doesn’t fit their slot the card becomes a package and you pay a lot more to mail it.

Recipe for Book Fold Candy Cane Christmas card:

  • Base:  Garden Green, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2 and 6 3/4
    • Burnish the 5 1/2 score line in a valley fold and the 6 3/4 score line in a mountain fold
    • Adhere the front to back between the 5 1/2 and 6 3/4 score lines
  • Mats: Real Red
    • 1 1/8 X 4 1/8, left side small mat
    • 4 1/8 X 4 1/8, main front mat
    • 4 1/8 X 4 1/8, inside mat
  • Top Layers:  Note:  Build your front candy canes, labels and ribbon before adhering to red mat so you can adhere the ribbon under the DSP layer or the real red mat if you prefer the green ribbon matching up to the green base
    • Sweet Christmas DSP in candy canes, 1 X 4, left side small top layer
    • Sweet Christmas DSP in polka dots, 4 X 4, main front top layer
    • Basic White, 4 X 4, inside top layer
  • Candy Canes:  Sweet Christmas DSP, die cut one going left, one going right
    • Adhere directly to the DSP layer with liquid glue
  • Label: Basic White stamped with greeting from Sweet Candy Cane in Real Red Ink
    • Die cut with label die in Candy Canes Dies
  • Mistletoe:  Stamp two mistletoe sprigs in garden green and die cut with Candy Cane Die, adhere to right side of label
  • Ribbon:  Garden Green 3/8″
    • 5″ to wrap through the holes in the label adhering ends behind the DSP with glue dots
    • 8″ to tie a bow to attach to right side of label
  • Embellishments:  one red heart (retired) and three small pearls for the mistletoe berries
  • Inside is stamped in real red with a sentiment from the Sweet Candy Canes Stamp set and the mistletoe is stamped in garden green, once full strength and once stamped off

How many candy canes can you cut from the DSP?

Good question, Sal.  There are various colors of candy canes and two pieces of 12X12, so 32 from each sheet, 64 in total, if you don’t care which direction they are going or which color they are.  For my stamp camp I used the red and green candy canes but here is what the DSP looks like – minus the red and green I used for my class:

Oooh, I like the pastel colored one!

Yes, and the Christmas Whimsey paper with its beautiful pastels just got added to the Clearance Rack.


The second card we did is a case of Lavonne Schwendeman’s Santa train card design and Crystal Best’s Circle Tri Fold instructions adjusted by me to fit our standard A2 envelopes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJ0hUkZX_v0

Recipe for Circle Tri Fold Card

  • Base:  Evening Evergreen, 9 1/2 X 5 1/2
    • Score at  1 1/2, 3, 6 and 7 1/2, on the 9″ side, fold and burnish this side only
    • Score at 1 and 4 1/2, on the 5 1/2 side- do NOT fold and burnish
    • Partial Die cut with 3″ Layering Circle Die
      • Fold on 2nd score line
      • Center the circle die between the horizontal score lines with the edge hanging over so it won’t cut on the folded side
      • Place the cutting plate on the fold/die so the beveled edge is just barely beyond the score line and die cut
      • Repeat on the other side
    • Cut out the 1/8″ on the top and bottom of the circles from the circle to the horizontal score lines; look at the second picture and you will be able to see the 1/8  cut between the circle and the top score line
    • Cut the top horizontal score line from the 1/8″ cut out on the right side to the 1/8″ cut on the left side
    • Repeat on the bottom horizontal score line

I think I would tell them to ‘just watch the video’ for all that partial die cutting.  

It certainly helps.  From here I changed up a bit from what Lavonne did for decorating.  I did use the Santa Express DSP (that means designer series paper) for the train images but I just cut them out with the Layering Circle Dies even though the Santa Train Die set has dies that could cut out the images.

  • Top:  Santa Express DSP
    • DSP with trees
      • 1 3/8 X 5 3/8 (X2), right and left sides,
      • 1 3/8 X 7/8 (X2), bottom pieces to right and left of middle piece
      • 2 7/8 X 7/8, bottom middle piece
    • DSP with HO HO HO, Note- I purposely cut the right top little piece with the largest ‘Ho’
      • 1 3/8 X 7/8 (X2), top pieces to right and left of middle piece
      • 2 7/8 X 7/8, top middle piece
  • Circle Layers (X4):  Mint Macaron, die cut with Scalloped 3″ Layering Circle Die; 3 for front, 1 for back
  • Santa Train:  Santa Express DSP
    • use the 2 3/4 Layering Circle Die and cut one santa, one car with gifts, one car with reindeer
    • cut one 2 3/4 circle of the HO HO HO for back
    • cut one 2 3/4 circle in Blushing Bride cardstock, lay the two together and cut less than half way down on DSP to make the two layer nicely for the back
  • The greeting “Hoping the season….” comes from the Snowman Season retired stamp set.  To emphasize how it ties to the Ho, Ho, Ho, I wish I had used a red marker and colored the ‘h’ and the ‘o’ on the greeting.  Next time….
  • Embellishments:  I embellished differently than Lavonne, though she used current products
    • by stamping ‘Christmas Cheer’ from the Itty Bitty Christmas retired set over the train car with the reindeer
    • by adding a red jewel to the reindeer’s nose
    • by adding a little tiny bakers twine bow on one of the packages
    • by adding a whisp of smoke made with a bit of cotton ball
    • by adding  a white pearl to santa’s hat
    • by adding clear jewels to the wheels which showed the green perfectly

For my party favor I used another sheet of the Santa Express DSP which has four 3″ strips of scenes on one 12 X 12 that worked perfectly with the Pretty Pillowbox Die set.  I printed the attendee’s names on a Basic White cardstock and then used the Pillowbox Label Die to partial die cut one end, then lay the die on the partial cut label and cut the other end.  With the stitched label, the partially die cut portion sits nicely in the stitches so you have perfect alignment as you run the label through a second time.  Check out this cool die set!

Julie Gilson, of Stampingala.com, designed this box last year using the Frosted Gingerbread DSP.

Scroll to the 39 minute point where the pillowbox starts:

 

 

Recipe for Pretty Pillowbox Party Favor

  • Box for inside:  Granny Apple Green, 7 1/4 X 5 1/2
    • score 2″ on each side and burnish (that means rub real well) the scores
    • Cut the score lines on long side to the short side score lines, then cut out a diagonal piece from the end squares which makes a triangular tab on each corner
      • Add liquid glue to the end triangles and adhere to long side to create a box; Julie used tombow glue and little clothespins to hold the tabs in place while the glue dried
      • Base of the outside:  Real Red cardstock (X2), 4 1/2 X 6
        • cut two pillowbox dies
        • cut off the tabs on the base of both
        • cut off the circular edge of the tab part of the die cut; here is what the original die cut looks like and what it looks like after you cut off the tabs and the circle edge.  I used the Stampin’ Trimmer originally so I got nice straight lines instead of just fussy cutting like I did on these.
  • Punch a 3/4″ hole in the tops of each base
  • Overlap the square part of each piece and glue together to make a nice sturdy bottom base
  • Glue the granny apple green box you made above to the base, centering on the bottom and glue, then glue both sides to the base
  • Layers on the box
    • Santa Express DSP, 4 3/8 X 2 1/8 cut two pillowbox die portions (see picture) for the front and back
    • Santa Express DSP (X2), 1 1/2 X 2 for the sides of the box
    • One of your 3″ X 12″ strips of DSP will make the front, back and two sides
      • The die is upside down on the picture but I wanted to show you how it would lay on the 3″ strip of DSP where the top edge is right at the top of the scene.  You will cut on the score lines top and bottom of that section. 
  • Embellish!  I added the name plates, snowflakes from our retired gems, and an Evening Evergreen bow -8″
  • Red striped tissue paper and red striped mints make a perfect addition to the box

.  Why do you write out all the directions and have a youtube video?  Isn’t the youtube enough?

Good question, Sal!  First off, what if the youtube links don’t work in a year or a few years and one of my followers wants to make the box.  Secondly, it can be very time consuming to watch a youtube over and over, stopping and starting as you complete each step.  Thirdly, if you are hearing disabled, the written directions are important.

If any of you find corrections, please let me know in the comments.  I would appreciate being able to correct these directions so they are accurate for the reasons stated above.

Have a wonderful fall season!

SAL,  Sharing A Love of stamping

Karen

Hostess code for October 2022 is W2J7GNXR

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Case The Creator #7, Twisted Ribbon Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

Let’s look at a technique called the ‘Twisted Ribbon Card Technique’!   By cutting strips of designer series paper and laying them at diagonals it really looks like twisted ribbon.

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Our creator is Karen Bouchikas of Karen’s Stamping Place.  Here is a pdf of the card cuts with a link to the you tube by Karen.

Case The Creator #7 printable pdf file

Here is a screen print of the pdf file.  Because the following is a screen print the you tube link will not work directly from the blog post.    You need to click on the pdf file and then click on the youtube link — the link works from the pdf file.  Thank you to the dear follower who left a comment to point that out!  I do apologize for the confusion.

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For my card I used the Butterfly Kisses Designer Series Paper for the ribbon strips and the left side panel on a mat of Calypso Coral and a base of Thick Whisper White.  The two little butterflies on the front are cut from one of the 6 x 6 pieces of designer series paper.  The butterfly on the inside of the card is stamped with the Best Butterflies stamp set using Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green and Fresh Freesia.  The little flowers are from the Fun Flowers Resin Shapes.  These products are all in the Annual Catalog.  Contact me if you need a catalog!

  I don’t recognize the labels you used for the Happy Birthday?!

They are punches, Sal.  The Calypso Coral background is the Decorative Circle punch from the Annual Catalog and the top white shape is the Handmade Tag Punch on page 21 of the Holiday Catalog.  The ‘happy birthday’ greeting is from the Shaded Summer stamp set.  The inside greeting is from Pansy Patch.

Check out another way I used the Handmade Tag Punch with the Handmade Wishes stamp set; the two are 10% off when you buy them together as a bundle:

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Did you hand draw the scrolly?  It kind of looks like what you put under your name when you sign things. 

No, Sal, that is part of the stamp set!  Everything you see is part of the stamp set; let me show you:

 

That set is a must have set!


Let’s see what the rest of my amazing stamping group did for the Case The Creator card.  For those of you who are new to following Stampalosopher, the fourth Tuesday of the month I hold a Zoom meeting at 11:30AM and we share our swap cards and what we made for that month’s Case The Creator card.  I  send out the instructions with the video link about two weeks in advance.  Send me your email and you are welcome to join us!


Heather’s birthday card with balloons is just awesome!  With light strips on dark strips the ribbon really looks like one piece folded all the way down.

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Jo’s card with the gold vellum and gold sequin trim was a card fit for a king!

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Joy did a criss cross with her strips and put them on the left side – so unique!

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Sharon also crisscrossed her strips and had such fun she made three cards:

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Send me a picture if you make a twisted ribbon card and I can add it to this post!  That is the nice thing about blogs!  I want to make a twisted ribbon Christmas card so check back next month to see if it is posted.  I kept waiting to post hoping I would get it done but finally decided I had better just add it at a later date.


Joy Meadows hosted our shoebox swap and taught us how to fold paper to make a kimono!  Aren’t her creations beautiful?!


For my swap card I used the Wonderful World designer series paper from the Sale A Bration free offering:

 

Except for the greeting and the inside, it is an exact case of Linda Bedinger’s card on Ink and Ingenuity.  The flowers are fussy cut from the Designer Series Paper.  I loved the little bitty flowers on the side matching the great big flowers on the main front.   I would do this again if I had a large image and small images on designer series paper!  I did several different inside greetings:

 

The front ‘A little hello…’, the ‘Happy Birthday’ and the ‘Thank You’ are all from Pansy Patch.  The ‘Congratulations’ is from Happiness Abounds.

Recipe for Wonderful World swap card:

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Front Mat:  Pear Pizzaz, 4 across X 4 1/4 down
  • Front strips and Inside Mat:  Mossy Meadow
    • 1/4 X 4 1/4, vertical strip on front
    • 1/4 X 4, horizontal strip on front
    • 4 X 5 1/4, Inside Mat
  • Inside Layer:  Basic White, 3 1/2 X 4 3/4
  • Side Strips:  Wonderful World Designer Series Paper
    • 3/4 X 4 1/4 for the front
    • 3/4 X 4 3/4 for the inside
  • Flowers:  Wonderful World Designer Series Paper, fussy cut each
  • Ink:  Mossy Meadow
  • Stamp Sets:  Pansy Petal and Happiness Abounds
  • Embellishments:  Various to go with the flowers

By using a generic greeting on the front, I could include both the Happy Birthday and Thank You in my swap so folks had a choice for their greeting.

That’s all for today!  Come on back when I post the projects we did the next month.

Our October hostess code is W2J7GNXR.  When you add this code to your order you will be shopping with me.  If you haven’t shopped with me before you will need to click on “find a demonstrator” and pick Karen Decker from the list.  I am no longer going through the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator business web site and instead having you go directly to the online store.  Set up an account using your email, or sign in with your email if you already have an account, and you will be ready to shop!  I so appreciate your support!

SAL,  Stamp A Lot , Smile A Little and always be Salt And Light to those you meet.

Karen. Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Shipping Today, October 4th!

Hostess code with Jo as our hostess this month:  W2J7GNXR

Oh how I love free shipping!

There is also a new kit in the kit offerings!

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And if you ever thought of joining Stampin’ Up! now is a great time!

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Six more days to sign up for Paper Pumpkin’s Christmas kit:

 

Have a wonderful day and take advantage of free shipping to stock up on all those products you need for Christmas cards!

The links on the blog will now take you directly to the Stampin’ Up! site and you will need to add the hostess code after you have added your merchandise so that the order is credited to our hostess.  The first time you order from me you will need to “select a demonstrator” and find me – Karen Decker.  After that you will automatically be shopping with me.  You may need to bookmark a new page since the previous links went through the demonstrator business web site which I am no longer using.  I will be keeping the blog updated, however the links will go directly to Stampin’ Up! instead of through a separate website.   (More money for stamps!)

Whew…. you made me nervous.  I thought I was being retired!

No, Sal, just looking at ways to save money so I can keep buying stamps – and gasoline!  Sigh…..

Hostess code:  W2J7GNXR

SAL,   Save A Lot in shipping today

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

24 Hour Sale On ALL Stamp Sets in the Annual Catalog

Happening Tomorrow, September 15th!

Host Code:  X4C4NGU4 

So… do I need to go through the catalog and mark which stamps are on sale?

The advertisement says that it is ‘select’ stamps because the Host stamps are not included.  So shop away and grab your favorites from all the stamp sets at a 15% discount.  The host stamp sets are earned by placing an order of $150 or more.  10% of your order can be used to buy the host stamp sets.  We call that 10% ‘hostess rewards’.    Here is an alphabetical list of the stamps if you want a quick look and already know the names of the stamp sets you’ve been wanting to purchase:

Click to access MKTL_PRODUCT_FLYER_US_0922_24_HOUR_STAMP_SALE.pdf


We have two other specials going on with weekly deals:

Great news!  The third offering of weekly specials starts this week on— you guessed it—September 15!!  The fourth offering of discounted products starts September 22.


And that’s not all!  Through the end of September six die sets which match stamp sets in the Annual Catalog are available at the 10% discount for both stamp and die set when purchased as a bundle.  This is even better than purchasing the stamp set on sale and then buying the dies separately.

 

. So if I want one of those six stamp sets, I shouldn’t use the 15% stamp set sale?

Not if you want the dies that match because a 10% discount on both is a better deal!  There is a separate item number for a bundle (stamp set and die set) so you would need to use the bundle item number instead of one item number for the stamp set and one item number for the die set.

September is a really special month!   Stampin’ Up! must be feeling sorry for us that Sale A Bration is over.

Maybe so, Sal!


While you are shopping you might want to consider purchasing a Paper Pumpkin subscription.  Holiday card making has started and Paper Pumpkin is a great way to have all the supplies needed for Christmas cards.

 

“‘Tis the season to make your own Christmas cards with the Ho Ho Ho Paper Pumpkin Kit! This kit contains whimsical designs of Santa and his reindeer in a classic Christmas color palette which is sure to match various styles of holiday décor and look great on mantles everywhere.
Each kit contains enough supplies to create 9 festive cards—3 each of 3 designs—and 9 coordinating envelopes. These cards are sure to bring the warm holiday spirit.
And word from the North Pole is that this kit coordinates with next month’s Paper Pumpkin tag kit and the special add-on product! With so much coordination between products, you’ll have a breeze at creating a cohesive look for all your holiday gifting needs. Make this season the most wonderful time of the year for your loved ones—and for yourself!”

Click HERE to go to the Paper Pumpkin subscription site if you don’t want to add a subscription to your order.

. Why the two options?

Well, Sal, if you only want Paper Pumpkin you should subscribe through the Paper Pumpkin site.  However, you may want to add a little to your order with all the specials so that you hit the magic $150 and earn hostess rewards;  adding a Paper Pumpkin prepaid subscription might be just what you need.  Type in KITS in the online order search bar.  You can order 1, 3,6 or 12 months and you can suspend your subscription for months you won’t be home to craft and the subscription will start up again the next month.

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While you are there and thinking of Christmas, take a look at these other kits currently available:

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. The card kit with cinnamon sticks and orange slices and all that greenery is my favorite!

Mine, too, Sal, but if you need teacher gifts the snowman is a perfect little box, and who doesn’t smile looking at elves decorating a Christmas tree or delivering packages on a sleigh!  There are several kits to make tags as well in the online store and you have seen me turn tags into cards here.


That was a nice discussion of kits but don’t forget:

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Use the host code if your order is under $150 so all the little orders combine to earn Stampin’ Rewards!

Host Code:  X4C4NGU4 

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit my blog.  I appreciate your support of my business and consider it an honor when you choose me as your demonstrator out of over 10,000 demonstrators in the United States!

. Don’t you have cards to show us?

Not today, Sal, the specials needed to be announced but soon I will post the Case The Creator card from last month and a couple other cards from last month.  Come back soon dear subscribers!

SAL,  Sharing A Lot of specials today

Karen. (Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store)

 

 

 

 

 

Triple Time Stamping

Have you ever tried ‘Triple Time Stamping’?  It gives a fun look and is not hard to accomplish.  You have three sizes of Basic White temporarily adhered together on which you stamp your images and then you pull them apart and add the borders.  Easy peasy!

Color and Contour Triple Time Stamping Card (A)

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If you love a water color look, you will love this stamp set.  You actually have one stamp for the outline and one stamp for the coloring.  The stamps for coloring do not color in the flowers perfectly, use a Blender Pen or Water Painter if you prefer a perfectly colored flower with a water color look or use a marker in the same color.

I love those little dots you added!

They are part of the set, Sal, take a look-see:

 

The Scalloped Contour Dies go with the set.  Where you see the stamps with a pinkish color, that is showing a die that cuts that stamp.  This die set is a must for your stash!


Best Butterflies Triple Time Stamping Card (B)

Design your own whimsical butterfly with the Best Butterflies stamp set!  There’s big wings, small wings, big bodies, small bodies, big words, small words and triangles or dots for added interest!  I used Fresh Freesia and Calypso Coral with Granny Apple Green on this card with a Fresh Freesia base.  Those little flowers are Fun Flowers Resin Shapes and you could win a set by adding a comment to any blog post before August 31.

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For the butterfly card I found it best to use the Stamparatus to stamp the images; with the added layers it is a bit hard to get the images to stamp completely so you need to stamp a second or third time.  However, remember there is a border that will cover 1/8 inch of the image so don’t fret too much about those incomplete edges right next to a layer where the mat will be.

For the Best Butterflies card, use one plate for the butterfly bodies- stamp this first then mask, a second plate for the calypso coral wings and a third plate (or the back of your plate) for the fresh freesia wings.  It makes a workshop go quickly to have them all aligned on different plates for perfect stamping.  I had several butterfly body masks already fussy cut with our new Masking Paper to lay over the bodies before stamping the wings.  Post it notes work pretty well if you don’t have the masking paper, just stamp the image on the post it note and fussy cut.

For the Color and Contour card, I mounted the stamps on acrylic blocks to give the stampers opportunity to stamp and color only what they wanted.  I had an Evening Evergreen marker available so if the image wasn’t stamped clear to the edge we could use the marker to complete it, if we saw it was necessary after adding the border mats.  I also had a Highland Heather marker so those who didn’t like the watercolor look could color in their flowers.

Secondly, start with stamping your greeting on the center layer, then stamp the images around the greeting.

Recipe for Triple Time Stamping Layers

  • Base:  A – Highland Heather; B- Fresh Freesia; 11 X 4 1/4, scored at 5 1/2
  • Mats: same cardstock as bases
    • 3 1/4 X 4 1/2
    • 2 1/4 X 3 1/2
  • Artwork Layers:  Basic White, Temporarily adhere together with temp glue or use just a bit of snail and then use your fingers to rub the snail so the oil in your fingers makes the glue less sticky
    • 2 X 3 1/4
    • 3 X 4 1/4
    • 4 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Layer: Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Ink:  A- Evening Evergreen, Highland Heather, Crushed Curry; B- Fresh Freesia, Calypso Coral and Granny Apple Green with the greeting in Tuxedo Black.
  • Embellishments:  A- Evening Evergreen Open Weave Ribbon, Brass Butterfly; B- Fun Flowers Resin Shapes

The recipe sounds pretty easy!

The beauty, Sal, is all in the stamping and adding the borders!

For the Color and Contour card I used a Happy Birthday greeting from the Shaded Summer Stamp Set.

For the inside of the Best Butterflies card, I used a fussy cut butterfly from the Butterfly Kisses Designer Series Paper. 

The Color and Contour card was one of the cards we made at the July Stamp Camp.  The second card was made at a workshop.  Contact me if you would like to hold a workshop and we will make a card as I introduce Stampin’ Up! to your friends.  Text or call 303-815-0838.

I will have another Stamp Camp September 13th and we will make two Christmas cards, one with a very special fold!  The cost is $10 or a $35 order and RSVPs are due by September 6th.  Snacks and a light lunch will be provided.

Hostess code for September is X4C4NGU4, order $35 with this code and the Stamp Camp is free!

Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store.

SAL,  Sharing A Love of stamping

Karen

 

 

 

 

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