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

 

 

 

 

Hues of Happiness Easel Card

Stampin’ Up!’s Hues of Happiness designer series paper (DSP) is beyond gorgeous.  I made this bouquet easel card with one of the less used pieces of DSP that I thought was extra pretty with its yellow and black centers.

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I started my fussy cutting focusing on those three little flowers on the right that I wanted to hang over the pot.  The fresh freesia flower you see on the left was a separate fussy cut that I added so that a flower wasn’t hanging over too far on the pot where I wanted a couple leaves (fussy cut).  The card itself is a tri-layer fold that I saw Jan B. make at janbcards.com.  She was casing a lovely card from a Japanese demonstrator and translating the directions from Japanese to English.  What a challenge!  Thank you, Jan.  From there I changed up the dsp, the embossing folder and altered the cuts a bit to come up with this Hues of Happiness Easel Card.

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The bottom flap folds out to give you a great place for a message!

Remember- don’t toss those edge pieces of your DSP!  You can add them to the inside like in the picture above!

I started a bouquet card with cutting out the flowers in the Hues of Happiness DSP with the Blossoming Happiness Dies but it just lacked something and then I realized the piece of DSP I thought was much too busy was actually perfect.  However, I did save the cutouts and used them on the back of the bouquet:

 

I think its the yellow in the DSP that made you prefer it over the other.

Maybe so, Sal, it definitely is eye appealing with yellow centers and little yellow flowers and added greenery which always enhances flowers.  What a great job the Stampin’ Up! artists did in designing this paper!

Recipe

  • Top Base 1:  Bermuda Bay Cardstock, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2 and 2 3/4
  • Bottom Base 2:  Bermuda Bay Cardstock, 4 1/4 X 10 3/4, scored at 5 3/8;
    • adhere to base 1 with the fold of base 2 aligned to the inside bottom edge of base 1.  The length of base 2  is 1/4″ smaller to allow for the fold of base 1.  The top of base 1 flips up and the bottom base 2 flips down.   I didn’t get a picture but here is one from JanB’s blog post.  I am using 1/8″ borders so my layers won’t look like hers
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  • Middle Layers for Base 2, (X2), Basic White,  4 X 5 1/8;
    • one is for the inside of base 2, the other is for the outside of base 2 when it is folded in
  • DSP for Card Base 2: Hues of Happiness DSP,  3 3/4 X 4 7/8, this is for the outside of base 2 when it is folded in
  • Folded Layers of Base 1 (X2): Basic White, 4 X 2 1/2
  • DSP Layer for the folded layers (X2):  DSP, 3 3/4 X 2 1/4; make an effort to use the same color of DSP flowers on the right and left as you have on the Base 2 DSP that folds in so it has a continuous look
  • Flower Pot Base:  Basic White, 3 1/4 X 2 3/4
    • pencil mark the top of the base 1/2″ in on the right and left sides
    • pencil mark the bottom of the base 1″ in on the right and left sides
    • cut from the bottom to the top mark on both sides
  • Flower Pot Rim:  Basic White,  3/4 X 4 1/4
    • die cut both the base and rim with the Stitched Greenery Die
  • Circle Stabilizer for flowers:  Window Sheet, die cut with the 2nd largest of the plain layering circles
  • Attach the window sheet circle between the base and rim of the pot making sure the top won’t go over the base of the card when closed.  This also gives you a guide for mounting your flowers.
  • Lay the pot on base 1, 1/8″ above the easel fold and pencil mark the pot on the base, then cut the base cardstock to match the pot.  I tried to use the trimmer and found fussy cutting would have been better
    • Adhere the pot to the base with a foam strip (you can see this in the picture of the back)
    • The bottom of the pot should line up with the basic white layer (I had to trim mine a bit)
  • Bouquet:  Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper cut to about 4″ X 3 1/2″ with added fussy cut greenery and flowers to make it fuller if necessary.  I wanted those three little flowers on the bottom so I started there and used regular scotch tape to glue the extra pieces I wanted to fill it in with edge flowers and greenery
    • Attach to the window sheet with glue dots
    • cut additional flowers for the back with the Blossoming Happiness Dies or use the same sheet of DSP if you aren’t making numerous cards and have enough or don’t have the dies
  • Sentiment Layer: Bermuda Bay Cardstock, 4 X 3/4, attach with a 1/2 X 3 3/4 foam strip 2 3/4″ from bottom
  • Sentiment Top Greeting:  Basic White, 3 3/4 X 1/2, stamp with greeting from Pansy Patch Stamp Set
  • Bow:  Scrap of Bermuda Bay cut with the Pierced Blooms Die (retired)
  • Embellishment:  In Color Rhinestone for center of the bow and a dragonfly punched from retired DSP

What!? You didn’t use the brass butterflies? 

Not this time, Sal.  I must be over-using them for you to say that!

This card and a triple time stamping card were for my July Stamp Camp.  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.

A lunch with something zucchini or green beans, right? 

    

Hopefully all the zucchini will be shredded and frozen by then, and the green beans are already frozen.  The cherry tomatoes are the best this year!  So sweet, but I digress….

Is Stamp Camp a new title?  

Well, it is not a ‘card buffet’ where you pick out which card to make from several kits, and it is not a ‘stamp-a-stack’ where you make several cards of each design, and it is not a ‘technique class’ which I have held before, and it is not a ‘club’ or ‘coffee and a card’,  so I guess the closest title would be a ‘stamp camp’, just not an all day event.  Does anyone have a better name I could use?  If you add a comment by August 31, you will be added to a drawing for a pack of Fun Flowers Resin Shapes.

So Christmas Stamp Camp, September 13, 9:30-12:30.  RSVP by September 6th!

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,  Be Salt And Light out there folks, it’s a crazy world these days

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triangle Tri-Fold Card for Case The Creator #6

A card that twists from portrait to landscape?  Yes, really!  This was our Case The Creator card #6 in July.  The creator, Twila Davis, was featured on Splitcoast Stampers with this amazing fun fold card.  For this card I am using the Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper in Stampin’ Up!’s July-December Mini Catalog -pg 29.  For the greeting, holly berries and greenery, I am using the Merriest Moments from the same catalog – pg. 23.  It carried over from last year so you can check out last year’s creations with that set HERE.

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.  And the “JOY” stays upright even when you open the card!  That’s unique!

Definitely different.  I had to make one to wrap my mind around how it worked.  Here is a picture of the two diagonal pieces that are on the top and bottom and just look like strips from the front.


Here is a printable pdf of the instructions if you would like to case the case!!

Case The Creator #6 printable pdf file


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My fellow stampers made some great cards for the Zoom meeting!

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Joy Meadows used the Wonderful World Designer Series Paper and stamp set available until August 31 as part of the Sale A Bration products!

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Beautiful card creations!  Thank you, ladies, for participating!


Sale A Bration is going on for another five days!

Paper Pumpkin’s September kit will be a Halloween kit offering 18 treat boxes just right for goodies for the goblins!

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Sign up by September 10th HERE

Or go to the online store and buy a paper pumpkin subscription.  With a 3 month subscription you will be entitled to a free Sale A Bration item!

speaking of kits, how about that new Christmas kit with oranges and cinnamon sticks?

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It is lovely and will probably sell out soon so best to get it for Christmas cards – NOW!


Thank you for spending time with me as Sal and I bring you a “pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!”

Our hostess code is X4C4NGU4 to use if your order is under $150.  At $150 you will receive the stampin’ rewards yourself.  If you don’t have a demonstrator I would be honored to have you shop with me or join my Carin’ Creators Team!

SAL,    Sharing A Love of stamping

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

 

Party Favor – Post It Note Holder

Do you need a party favor for an event?  These cute Post It Note Holders are great.  It also makes a different type of thank you gift that will make your recipient smile and give her/him something quite useful!

These are the absolute cutest butterfly dies Stampin’ Up! has ever had! They are not realistic just fun and ‘whimsical’ as one of my stampers commented.  This little guy is from the Build A Butterfly Dies set you can see on page 37 of the Annual Catalog.  My catalog tab at the top of the blog will take you to a pdf of that catalog.

Sample A:

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Sample B:

This set uses the Rustic Harvest Designer Series Paper in the July-December mini catalog, pg. 49.

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I found a pack of three post it notes at the grocery store in the office section — on sale!!

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For sure, Sal.  You just never know where you will find the beginning of inspiration!  I looked at several crafters directions and combined a little from each to get what I have here.  I loved the rounded corners on the flap that one lady used and I really thought the back should have a pretty piece of the designer series paper, not just the front. I have the little magnets from one of our previous projects -Amazon:

so I used those instead of velcro dots.  Do you see the little tiny heart on the magnet in the fall set?  I have a tiny heart punch in my stash that was the perfect size and didn’t interfere with the magnet.

Recipe

  • Base:  A-Parakeet Party/B-Cajun Craze, 9 1/4 X 3 1/8
    • Score at 2 1/4, 2 5/8, 5 3/4, 6 1/8
  • Top & Back Layer (X2):  A-Butterfly Kisses Designer Series Paper/ B-Rustic Harvest DSP, 2 7/8 X 2 7/8
  • Flap: Same DSP, 2 X 2 7/8, Corner Round the bottom only of the flap edges, leave the top squared
  • Greeting:  A-Sweet Songbirds Stamp Set for the little note of thanks stamped on a Calypso Coral scrap and cut with a Pretty Pillowbox Die/ B- Sweet Songbirds Stamp Set for the thank you and also to stamp the little wood sign in Soft Suede on Crushed Curry before stamping the thank you.
  • For the magnets- using a glue dot adhere the inside bottom magnet 1 1/2 down and centered from side to side.  Close the bottom flap and place the second magnet on the top of the flap- it will automatically attach to the first magnet.  Place a glue dot on top of the magnet and carefully close the top flap onto the bottom flap keeping your score lines square.

I think you needed a video to help with those instructions.

It would have been better, for sure!

  • A- adhere the thank you and then die cut a Starry Sky butterfly using the Build A Butterly Dies. Adhere with a glue dot and add a Fun Flower Resin Shape
  • B-16″ of ribbon to make a belly band and attach the little sign with a glue dot to the band after tying

Thank you for spending part of your day with me!

SAL,   Smile A Little

Karen  – Hostess code through August 24 is 3BACA4QZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Mini and the Sale A Bration Promotion

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July was the ‘Go Live’ date for the new Mini Catalog and the next round of Sale A Bration for 2022.  For each $50 or $100 purchase you receive a free item from the Sale A Bration brochure and, as of today August 2, there are items added from the other catalogs!

Sale A Bration runs from July 1 – August 31, 2022!  Let’s look at the new items first:

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And this is the full brochure, click on the image to view a pdf with each page:

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.  Ooooh, you have those Aspen Tree Dies on your wish list!!  

I do, Sal.  Let’s look at the mini catalog that has that set on page 46, click on the image to view:

 

The products in Sale A Bration are available only until they sell out.  Currently the Tree Lot Dies and the Pool Party & Soft Sea Foam Cards and Envelopes are unavailable.  We’ve lost two products but gained 10 products so that is good!

Sale A Bration is a great time to:

  • SHOP

    • Receive a Level 1 item for each $50 purchased
    • Receive a Level 2 item for each $100 purchased
    • Receive Stampin’ Rewards dollars if your order is $150 or greater.
  • Host A Party

    • Gather your friends for a fun event of stamping and shopping
    • Receive the free ‘Perfect Pomegranate’ stamp set if your party orders total $300
  • Join

    • Spend $99 for $125 of products with free shipping
    • Receive about $50 of business supplies, catalogs, order forms, etc. at no additional cost
    •  Receive the ‘Making Plans Collection’ which includes a Planner that runs from July 2022 to December 2023, a making plans notebook trio of 3 creative journals, and the Making Plans Stamp Set shown on page 19 in the Sale A Bration brochure  above.

  The stamp set even has the Stampin’ Up copyright so they can make and sell cards and comply with the Angel Policy. 

Good point, Sal!  One more benefit of being a demonstrator is the ability to preorder from upcoming catalogs or promotions.  Would you like a sneak peak of the September promotion which demonstrators can preorder right now?

Is the sky blue?

 

Click HERE or on the Join tab at the top of the blog and you will be guided through each step to join.  Give me a call at 303-815-0838 or email me if you have questions.  There are no ‘selling’ requirements and you may drop at anytime without penalty.  You remain a demonstrator as long as you purchase or sell $300 each quarter.  Your first quarter does not have that requirement; in fact, any purchases made during the first quarter you join will apply to the following quarter.

You lost me with those details about quarters. 

Understandable, Sal!  Let’s do a scenario.

Let’s say you join during August.  August is part of the third quarter -July, Aug, Sept.  You join and receive the gorgeous planner and $125 of products for only $99 in your Starter Kit.  The Starter Kit won’t earn you Sale A Bration rewards or Stampin’ Rewards so let’s just say you need a few more tools and you want one of those rewards or the bundles only demonstrators can purchase in August.   You place a $150 demonstrator order in August.  You would be able to pick out 2 or 3 Sale A Bration items and you would have 10% of your order in Stampin’ Rewards free dollars.  But the best part is your order of $150 (and any additional orders you place in September, still third quarter) count towards the $300 requirement you must meet in the fourth quarter- Oct, Nov, Dec.

  So it is like having a free quarter and help on the next quarter!

Yes, and what a wonderful time to join with all the specials and Christmas card making coming up!  Speaking of Christmas cards, check out the latest kit offering by Stampin’ Up! available tomorrow, August 3:

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Here is our CEO, Sara, to show you this kit:

 

What fun!  With this kit you could do all three of the things I listed for Sale A Bration – Join, Shop, Host!  Have your friends order a kit from you and gather together to make Christmas cards.  It’s really not too early!

Thank you for spending time with me today!  I appreciate your support of my little business.

The hostess code for August is 3BACA4QZ

SAL,  Such Advertising Length

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sending Smiles, Blossoming Happiness and New Horizons

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The Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes in the annual catalog use all five of the new In Colors with cards and matching envelopes.  I challenged myself to make a card that matched the envelope!

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I chose the smaller of the flowers in the Blessings of Home stamp set and the long stem flower and greenery from the Sending Smiles stamp set cut out with the Sending Dies which even have a die for that itty bitty flower.  The envelope has a Starry Sky little flower on the flap so I replicated that look.  The Flowers of Home Dies cut out the flower image and the die set has many other images to add greenery!

Recipe for Sending Smiles Tea Boutique Cards

  • Base: Tea Boutique Card in Orchid Oasis, Measures 8 1/2 X  5 1/2  folded at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1:  Basic White, 3 3/4 X 5
  • Layer 2:  In Color Designer Series Paper in plaid, 3 5/8 X 4 7/8
  • Top for die cut pieces:  Basic White, 6 X 4 1/2
    • stamp smaller flower in Blessings of Home stamp set with Orchid Oasis ink, color with Stampin’ Blends- Lt Fresh Freesia, Lt Granny Apple Green, Lt Call Me Clover and use a Blender pen & Orchid Oasis ink
    •  stamp in Fresh Freesia ink 2 long stem flowers  from Sending Smiles stamp set (outside & inside flower) and use the blender pen and Orchid Oasis ink to add color on the flowers
    • stamp one green leaf for outside in Granny Apple Green and one double green leaf for inside, die cut
    • Cut ‘sending’ background from the Basic White
    • Stamp ‘Love & Big Hugs’ in Orchid Oasis and cut with die in Sending Dies, cut off right edge even with the DSP layer and leave a little on the left edge for a gem when you line up the greeting die
  • ‘Sending’ Top Layer:  Use the In Color Designer Series Paper left over from layer 2, 1 5/8 X 3 5/8, and add backing of  double back adhesive paper 1 1/2 X 3 1/2
  • You should have enough of the In Color Designer Series Paper to make two 1 1/8 X 1 1/8 squares to cut diagonally for inside corners
  • Greeting on inside of second picture: Basic White, 3 X 3 , Flowering Tulips stamp set, stamped in Starry Sky and cut with a retired Hippo & Friends Die
  • Greeting Layer:  Starry Sky, 3 X 3, die cut with retired Hippo & Friends Die, cut in half and glue to back of greeting
  • Little Flowers (X2):  Starry Sky, 1 X 1, die cut with Sending Dies and glue on a scrap of Daffodil Delight
  • Embellishments:  5 In Color jewels, 4″ of Fresh Freesia ribbon tied in a knot

The top pieces are all adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals, inside corners and flowers are glued directly down.

I remember you used the Parakeet Party and the Tranquil Tide Cards and Envelopes for the catalog launch and now you have used the Orchid Oasis.  What are you going to do with the Starry Sky and Sweet Sorbet?

 

The Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes have 20 bases with matching envelopes so I have some left of all the colors. (Click for Catalog Launch details).  I would love to do more of what I have done here in all the colors!


Recipe for Blossoming Happiness Card

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The front of this card is from a kit sent to me when I played Bunco online with Debra Harrison at Simply Sweet In Ink Designs.  I created the inside using matching Hues of Happiness DSP and Blossoming Happiness Dies.

Base:  Thick Basic White, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2

Layer 1: Hues of Happiness DSP, 4 X 5 1/4

Top Layer:  Basic White, 4 X 4, Die cut with large Blossoming Happiness Die; Stamp sentiment from Pansy Patch stamp set in Granny Apple Green in upper right of die cut piece

Flower & 2 sets of Leaves:  Hues of Happiness DSP die cut with Blossoming Happiness Dies.

Inside Layer: Hues of Happiness DSP with center cut out using retired Ornate Layers Die and stamped in Melon Mambo using the Limited Edition stamp set.


Recipe for New Horizons Card

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Base:  Misty Moonlight, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, Scored at 4 1/4

Layer 1 (X2):  Soft Succulent, 5 3/8 X 4 1/8

Top Layer:  New Horizons DSP, 5 1/4 X 4, and 5 1/4 by 2;  I wanted the lake in the middle so I cut 3/4″ off the top of the 6″ DSP, then cut the 6″ width into two pieces – 4″ wide with the remaining 2″ wide for inside

Use the Oceanfront stamp set for grass in Evening Evergreen and Boulders in Basic Gray.  Note: Stamp the boulders first, mask them, and then stamp the grass

On the Horizon stamp set is used for the birds but stamp lightly or they become blobs -practice makes perfect!

Horizon Dies are used for the fence with a scrap of Basic White and the grass with a scrap of soft succulent.

Thank you for your order is the retired You Always Deliver stamp set.

Embellishments are the retired Pebbles Enamel Shapes.

I thought you were only going to highlight products you could order right now. 

I know Sal, but I probably go back to my blog posts more than anyone and products come and go so quickly in our catalogs that I need the visual help to identify what I used.  The best laid plans go astray!!


I hope I have brought you a “pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!”  Each blog post is posted to my Stampalosopher Facebook page so you can view the blog post there.   I also post the cards to Stampin’ Connection, Instagram, Pinterest and sometimes to Demonstrator Planning Place. Someday I will get back to posting cards to my Youtube channel, it is pretty pitiful right now.  It really helps if you follow me and like my posts so they are prioritized among all the other hundreds of posts.

  So….. why?  That seems overkill.

Sometimes I think so, too, Sal, but I am so grateful to all the demonstrators who have inspired me over the last 13 years.  I may see a bit of an idea on one site that I combine with bits of ideas from other sites and eventually my creative juices put it all together for a card or party favor or……..  I want to do the same for other demonstrators and card makers who are looking for ideas or tips.  It’s amazing the little tips you pick up as you watch other demonstrators on youtube.

Thank you for your tolerance of the feast or famine of your inbox this last two months.

Our hostess code for August is 3BACA4QZ to use if your order is under $150 so all the little orders combine for our hostess to receive reward dollars.  If you order $150 or more you will get the rewards yourself and it is currently Sale A Bration time so you will receive a Sale A Bration free product for each $50 or $100 spent.  It is a great time to resupply your cardstock and get new products for fall and Christmas cards!

Have a wonderful day!

SAL,   Sending A Lovely set of cards to inspire you

Karen (click on little Sal in the computer to go to my online store)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Shoebox Event & May Paper Pumpkin

Hello Stamping Friends,  (click on the header if you are on a mobile device to view full blog)

The second Tuesday of every month I have an event or the club has a shoebox swap.  In June I took a turn at hosting the shoebox swap and we had so much fun using the Stampin’ Up! Butterflies & Flowers Layering Decorative Masks.  They retired at the end of June so the product is not highlighted but hopefully you purchased a set while they were on sale for $7!!  Stampin’ Up! calls them ‘masks’ while most of us use the word ‘stencil’.  These were exceptional with layering flowers and a layering butterfly and three additional sten…masks for backgrounds.

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I saved so many ideas from Pinterest but I really liked what Jen Morgan of cardmum.com did with one full layered set of flowers and then a partial flower at the bottom right.  I did a bit more greenery, used different colors of ink and added the Brass Butterflies – my new favorite bling!  They carried over to the new catalog so I did a happy dance!

. Did you hurt yourself?

Be nice, Sal!

Recipe For Layered Flowers

Note:  Don’t attach your green layer to the base until the top art work is done and attached to the green layer so you can wrap the ribbon on the artwork and the green layer.

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 11 X 4 1/4 scored at 5 1/2 (opens like a book)
  • Layer 1 (X2):  Evening Evergreen, 4 3/16 X 5 7/16 (I know, I know, but I wanted just a tiny bit of white base- just think – one tick less than 1/4 and one tick less than 1/2)
  • Top Layer (X2):  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Three Brass Butterflies and 12″ of Evening Evergreen Open Weave Ribbon
  • Greeting:  Shaded Summer Stamp Set stamped with Evening Evergreen Ink
  • Inks:  Evening Evergreen, Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral, Soft Succulent for greenery

Tips For Stamping with the layered masks:

  1. Mark the shiny side of your masks and sponge with the shiny side up
  2. Each step, completely cover any and all white that is showing with sticky notes, outside the mask and on the mask where the flowers/greenery are cut that you are not sponging
  3. Use the thin looking flower mask first sponging with Flirty Flamingo
  4. Use the thick looking flower mask second sponging with Calypso Coral
  5. There is a set of leaves that exactly matches the large flower -sponge this with Soft Succulent
  6. Using the vine mask, sponge two Soft Succulent vines at bottom left
  7. Wrap the corner with ribbon, then add a bow with a glue dot
  8. If you have any ink smudges you can add greenery to cover them up

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Recipe For Layered Butterfly

Note:  Don’t attach your pink layer to the base until the top art work is done and attached to the pink so you can wrap the ribbon on the artwork and the pink layer.

  • Base:  Smoky Slate, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1 (X2):  Polished Pink, 4 3/16 X 5 7/16 (I know, I know, but I wanted just a tiny bit of white base- just think – one tick less than 1/4 and one tick less than 1/2)
  • Top Layer (X2):  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Three Rhinestone Basic Jewels and of Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon 6″ to wrap and 8″ for bow
  • Greeting:  Hello from Forever Fern and ‘Love You Much’ from Pansy Patch and Amazing Silhouettes for the inside
  • Inks: Smoky Slate and Polished Pink 

Tips For Stamping with the layered masks:

  1. Mark the shiny side of your masks and sponge with the shiny side up
  2. Each step, completely cover any and all white that is showing with sticky notes, outside the mask and on the mask where the flower is cut that you are not sponging
  3. Sponge the full background butterfly mask with polished pink
  4. Sponge the butterfly detail mask with smoky slate
  5. Using our new Masking Paper, stamp a butterfly mask and cover your butterfly
  6. Using the background mask, sponge heavy on the corner and very lightly around the butterfly
  7. Stamp the outside greeting in Smoky Slate and the inside greeting in Polished Pink
  8. Use a Smoky Slate Marker to add a bit of artwork to make the butterfly look like he is fluttering
  9. Stamp your silhouettes, wrap the ribbon around the pink and white layers and add a bow and rhinestones

May 2022 Paper Pumpkin – Celebrating In Colors

This short video shows what they were supposed to look like:

The following pictures are my alternatives since I needed thank you notes:

I used the Amazing Thanks Dies and a thank you set from years ago.

Orchid Oasis and Sweet Sorbet:

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Tranquil Tide and Parakeet Party:

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Starry Sky:

 


I like all those little dots!  Where is that stamp from?

That stamp was in the May kit!  Such fun!   The August kit looks phenomenal as well:

Click HERE to subscribe by August 10!  The kit will have 9 standard cards – 3 each of 3 designs.  Better yet, go to the online store and subscribe to three months and get a Sale A Bration product for free!  You can start your subscription in August and then suspend until you see another month that you love.  September is usually something for Halloween treats and then October and November are usually Christmas!


Thank you for giving me a bit of your precious time!  I hope you found some inspiration today.

Hostess code through August is 3BACA4QZ, use this code if your order is under $150 and all the little orders will combine so that the hostess might receive rewards.  You receive the rewards yourself if your order is $150 or over.

SAL for now but be back soon as I catch up all the posts as I Share A Love,

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

 

 

 

 

June Party Event

Hello Stamping Friends, (double click the header if you are using a mobile device)

You, too, can book a private party and I will bring everything for a fun event of card making with your friends.  Contact me for details and pricing at 303-815-0838.  At June’s event we made three different cards:

1)  Happiness Abounds

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2) Flowering Tulips

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3) Sending Smiles

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What a fun party!  One lady said she was going to get a frame and make the card a wall hanging!  There was lots of laughter as the stamping was going on!

My thank you gift to the hostess was a sweet bag made with the Butterfly Kisses designer series paper, casing Debra Harrison at www.simplysweetinkdesigns.com, by covering a white lunch bag with designer series paper.  The guests received an Embossed Treat Bag of goodies with a Sweet Songbird flying through the air with clouds from Give It A Whirl dies.

The hostess received a card in her bag with a gift certificate to one of my events among other goodies. The greeting on the card is from Happy Hedgehogs.  The ‘Hello Friend’ is the retired Friendly Hello.  ‘So Happy You’re Here’ is from Sweet Songbirds.

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Those butterflies and birds just make me feel happy! So what is in the bags?

For the bags,  I found a variety pack of M&Ms with hopes that they each would have a little of a flavor they liked and then I added a bag of flower seeds and a thank you card they could use; that way they went home with four cards from the event. For the thank you card I used the cards and matching envelopes from the Sale A Bration catalog that goes live in July. (As a demonstrator I was able to order early on a preorder.  Its a great perk!)  The door prize was a set of garden tools to help the winner plant her flower seeds.

The cardstock and matching envelope are so pretty that all I did is add the layering thank you from Amazing Thanks dies in the same colors of Pool Party and Soft Sea Foam, scored two lines at the bottom and then added some gems!  I wish I would have taken a better picture.

If you are a demonstrator yourself, I hope I have given you some ideas for a party.  This was a paid event.  I charge $5 per card, so $15 total fee per person for the event.  Workshops are free.  The guests only make one simple card and I spend time introducing Stampin’ Up! to attendees as we browse the catalogs and kit offerings.  I do a quick demonstration of something 3D for the hostess and of course have party favors of some sort for all!

Contact me if you would like to book a workshop or a party!  303-815-0838


Recipe for card  #1)  Happiness Abounds

  • Base:  Thick Whisper White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1(X2):  Fresh Freesia, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Layer 2 (X2):  Basic White, 3 3/4 X 5
    • Outside layer is die cut with Blossoming Happiness Die with the top point of die 1/4″ from top
    • Stamp ‘happy birthday’ from Happiness Abounds Stamp Set in Gorgeous Grape Ink 3/4″ from bottom
    • Wrap 6″ of Fresh Freesia 3/8″ Open Weave Ribbon around the bottom, add bow- 8″ of ribbon needed
    • Inside uses a fussy cut flower from the side of Hues of Happinesss designer series paper, (don’t toss out those sides of your pretty paper); stamp greeting from Happiness Abounds Stamp Set in Gorgeous Grape ink
  • Die cut three flowers, three double leaves and one many leaved stem from the Hues of Happinesss designer series paper with Blossoming Happiness Dies, attach flowers with Stampin’ Dimensionals and leaves with Glue Dots.
  • Add bling

Recipe for card  #2) Flowering Tulips (thank you Lindastamps.com)

  • Base: Pool Party, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2
  • Layer 1: Basic Black, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Top Pieces:
    • Flowering Fields DSP (retired) Tulips – 3 X 4 for middle
    • Flowering Fields DSP (retired) Dots- 1 X 4 (X2) for top and bottom
    • Mount the top and bottom first, flush to the black layer then mount the middle
  • Banner: Vellum, 5 1/4 X 1 9/16 (1/16 beyond 1/2), punch with banner punch
    • Tip:  Build your banner with your tulip, stem and greeting then adhere to card front, I have vellum glue that doesn’t show but you can glue behind your tulip and greeting with just a touch under butterfly
  • Tulip:
    • Poppy Parade for main piece, 3 1/4 X 1 1/2  die cut with Tulips Dies
    • Petal Pink for inside piece of tulip, 1 X 1 1/4 die cut with Tulips Dies;  I used the top three dies shown in this picture with the first two pieces both done in Poppy Parade and sponged slightly with white ink and the third piece done in Petal Pink
    • Greenery is Garden Green with the longer stem and leaf shown to the right in the picture and sponged with Garden Green to look like the DSP (designer series paper)

 

  • Inside Layer 1:
    • Poppy Parade, 4 X 5 1/4
    • Basic White, 3 3/4 X 5
    • DSP at bottom, 3 3/4 X 1
    • Basic Black Strip, 3 3/4 X 1/8
  • Greeting:  Basic White, 2 X 2, stamp with greeting from Flowering Tulips Stamp Set and die cut with the scalloped Layering Circle Die, second to smallest that is 1 1/2 ” in diameter
  • Brass Butterfly for bling

Recipe for card  #3)  Sending Smiles

  • Base:  Polished Pink, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1 (X2):  Basic White, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Greeting:
    • Basic White, 4 X 1, Stamp with Sending Smiles greeting in Polished Pink and die cut with Sending Dies greeting strip
  • Sending:
    • Background for ‘sending’ is Polished Pink, 1 5/8 X 3 5/8, Die cut with solid ‘sending’ in Sending Dies
    • Top of ‘sending’ is Basic White, 1 5/8 X 3 5/8, layered on a piece of Adhesive Sheet 1 1/2 X 3 1/2, then die cut with the detailed ‘sending’ in the Sending Dies
  • Brass Butterflies and In Color Jewels (retired)
  • Inks:
    • Polished Pink for flowers
    • Pale Papaya for center of flowers
    • Garden Green for stems of the flowers
    • Granny Apple Green full strength and then second generation (no reinking just stamp) for grass
  • Tips:
    • Cut out your sending greeting and position it (without adhering) so you see where to stamp the flowers and stems.  Be sure and move it out of the way before stamping
    • Position the two flowers on the left on the same block by stamping the green stem made for the two flowers on a piece of scratch paper/ grid paper – and then positioning the flowers on the block so they will fit on the stem.  If you stamp the stem first you may go off the paper with your flowers.  The best option is to use a stamparatus with one plate for flowers and one plate for stems.
    • Mask the flowers by stamping them on our Masking Paper and then fussy cutting them out.  Place them on the flowers and then stamp the stem.

Hostess Bag

  • White Lunch Bag base:  Cut the bag off so it is 6″ tall
  • Front:  Butterfly Kisses designer series paper, 6″ X width of bag, adhere to front of bag
  • Flap:  Butterfly Kisses DSP (designer series paper), 3 X width of bag; score at 1″ on the short side and round the opposite corners.  Adhere 1″ score section to back of lunch bag
  • Label:  Basic White, die cut with the Designer Tags Die, stamp sentiment in Starry Sky
  • Label Strip:  Fresh Freesia, 11/16″ (1/16 less than 3/4)  X width of bag
  • Fold over the top flap and adhere the label about half way down from flap
  • Fussy cut and adhere 3 butterflies from the DSP and add Fun Flowers Resin Shapes, a clip and a bow in the clip made from Orchid Oasis 1/8″ Mettalic Woven Ribbon

I’ve started a new procedure of highlighting current product.  Let me know if that is helpful.

Thank you for sharing part of your day with me.  Leave a comment for a chance to win a set of Fun Flowers Resin Shapes.  Drawing to be held August 31 from all comments through that date.  (By then I should be caught up on my posts!). I have two posts remaining to do for June and then I start the July posts!  Your inbox was so lonely and now I will overwhelm it with posts- feast or famine at my computer these days.  Thank you for your patience!!

Hostess code through August is:  3BACA4QZ. Remember this code is to be used for orders under $150 so the orders can accumulate to give the hostess reward dollars.  If your order is over $150 you will receive the reward dollars yourself!  Win-win!

SAL,  Sharing A Lot

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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