Happy Fourth of July!

Pansy Petal Product Class

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code:  ZBP7XPBT

Have you been just thrilled with the new Annual Catalog?   I held a catalog launch the day the catalog went live and later in the month a Pansy Product Class to use the new Pansy Patch Stamp Set and Pansy Dies with the gorgeous Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP).

We made a card that used the dies to cut out pansies from the DSP,  a card using only the stamps, a gift card holder showcasing the Designer Series Paper (DSP) and a card using the dies to do awesome punch art— four cards, four different ways to use the bundle!

   Can we see the gift card holder first?

That is a beautiful one!  I cased one I saw on Lynn’s Locker changing up the greeting and cut outs and……

Pansy Petals Card #1 Gift Card Holder Showcasing the DSP

 

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Recipe:  Pansy Petals Card #1

  • Base:  Blackberry Bliss, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2
  • Layer:  Pansy Petals DSP, 4 X 5 1/2, die cut with the largest Scalloped Contour Die
    • cut out the middle with the 3rd smallest Scalloped Contour Die
  • Greeting:  Basic White 3 1/2 X 3 1/2, stamp with the greeting from the Better Places stamp set and cut out with the Scalloped Contour Die that has the dots and dashes
  • Pansies:  Pansy Petals DSP, die cut one large and one small pansy from the DSP with Pansy Dies
  • Leaves:  Pansy Petals DSP, die cut three leaves, one of each color, from the DSP with Pansy Dies
  • Card Holder:  Soft Succulent, 2 3/4 X 4, die cut with largest Scalloped Contour die
    • Adhere with tear and tape on sides and bottom as close to edge as possible
  • Embellishment:  Flower Flourish with a rhinestone in the middle
  • Ink:  Blackberry Bliss
  • Stamps: Better Places hostess stamp set

Pansy Petals Card #2 with Die Cut pieces on Scalloped Contour Die Layer and then popped up on Designer Series Paper

Recipe – Pansy Petals Card #2

  • Base:  Calypso coral, 11 X 4 1/4, scored at 5 1/2
  • Layer 1:  Evening Evergreen, 4 1/8 X 5 3/8
  • Layer 2:  Pansy Petals DSP, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Top Layer:  Basic White, 4 X 2 3/4, die cut with 3rd from smallest Scalloped Contour Die
  • Inside:  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Strip:  Evening Evergreen, 1/8 X 5 1/4
  • Flowers:
    • Top of leaves and stem:  Evening Evergreen, 2 X 2 1/2
    • Leaves:  Soft Succulent, 2 1/2 X 1 1/4
    • Edges of pansy, beard and inside of bud:  Calypso Coral, 3 1/2 X 2 1/4
    • Inside of petals at back of pansy and outside of bud:  Pale Papaya, 3 1/2 X 1 1/2
    • Largest petal of the pansy:  Basic White, 2 1/8 X 1 5/8

Note:  for those of you who may want to teach this class-  Save the above pieces with the cut outs already made for a template for your students to follow; glue to a basic black cardstock like this:

 

  • Embellishments:  An Elegant Faceted Gem in the middle of the flower and a fussy cut bumble bee and inside flower
  • Ink:  Evening Evergreen
  • Stamp Set:  Pansy Patch
  • Dies:  Pansy Dies, Scalloped Contour Dies

  ooohhh, I like this one best!

Not so fast, Sal, there are two more cards that we made.  The next one uses my favorite die set – the Curvy Dies and greetings from the Quite Curvy Stamp Set.  You can only get this for the next two days then it is gone gone gone.

Pansy Petals Card #3 using the Quite Curvy Stamp Set and Curvy Dies (on sale until June 30):

 

I love how the plain stripes and the very busy flowerdy DSP balance each other out.  I saw this combo on Aromas and Art.com with Su Mohr.  The inside bottom stripes are from the  cutout on the front so die cut the front carefully.

Recipe – Pansy Petals Card #3

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Top Layer:  Pansy Petal DSP, 5 1/2 X 2 1/2, Cut with the Curvy Die on 5 1/2 length; the cut of the curve is 2 1/2″ down from the top on the left and 2″ down from the top on the right.
  • Bottom Layer: Pansy Petal DSP-Stripes going vertical, 5 1/2 X 1 1/2; the cut of the curve is 3/4″ on the left and 1 1/4 ” on the right hand side.
  • Pansy:  Pansy Petal DSP, Die cut one large pansy
  • Leaves X 3 :  Soft Succulent, 1 X 3 1/2, Die cut three leaves- the die does the embossing of the veins!
    • Glue the leaves to the back of the pansy and pop it all up with dimensionals
  • Embellishments:  Three of the Evening Evergreen In Color Jewels
  • Ink:  Evening Evergreen
  • Stamp Set:  Quite Curvy
  • Dies:  Curvy Dies

Use the Stamparatus to position the curved sentiment from Quite Curvy between the two DSP sections on the front matching the curves of the DSP.  If you are concerned that you may not get it stamped correctly, temporarily adhere your top and bottom and then stamp so that you can add a piece of Basic White if you mess up.  With the stamparatus, I was able to draw the placement of the card on the grid sheet and the stamp was adhered to the plate with the correct curve.  No one had a problem getting it correct.


Pansy Petals Card #4, Stamping the Pansies and Leaves

 

Recipe – Pansy Petals Card #4

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, Scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1:  Pacific Point, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4, Cut with the largest Ornate Layer Die (Remember to put a folded piece of dryer sheet underneath your cardstock- it pulls out almost all the little dots so you don’t spend time pocking them out) Layer the dryer sheet, then the cardstock, then the die. Glue this layer directly to the base being careful not to get glue close to the holes.
  • Top Layer:  Basic White, 3 3/8 X 4 7/8, This will be stamped and then popped up on the Ornate layer
  • Embellishments:  Three of the Holiday Rhinestone gems
  • Inks:  Pacific Point, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake
  • Stamp Sets:  Pansy Patch for the front greeting, Encircled In Friendship greeting for the inside
  • Dies:  Ornate Layers Dies

To stamp:

  • Stamp your greeting first at the top so you know how close you can get with the large pansy, full strength in Pacific Point
  • Use Pacific Point to ink up the full pansy images, STAMP OFF, then stamp, one large pansy a little left of center and two small pansies.  “Ink up, stamp off, stamp on”,,,,,,  “Ink up, stamp off, stamp on”. I have to sing that to remember!
  • Position the bud so it is above the small pansy and yet not off the paper, ink up in Pacific Point, STAMP OFF, stamp on
  • Ink up the detail shadowy stamps in full strength Pacific Point and stamp them over the images
  • Using Night of Navy Ink stamp the little beards on the three pansies
  • Using Daffodil Delight Ink stamp the centers on the pansies
  • Use the Waterfront stamp set and Crumb Cake Ink to stamp the ground in the bottom 3/4″, or freehand with a blender pen
  • Now MASK OFF  the pansies and the ground to stamp the greenery
  • Using Garden Green Ink, ink and stamp the stem going to the bud
  • Using Garden Green Ink, ink and then stamp the single stem three times coming down to the ground from the large pansy; one time stamping to the shorter pansy and twice to the taller pansy; use a garden green marker to soften where the edges of the stamp meet when you stamp multiple times
  • Using Garden Green Ink, Ink up the small leaves full background, STAMP OFF, stamp on
  • Using Garden Green full strength, ink up and stamp the detail shadows of the leaves
  • Mine looked funny with the stem to the bud going out of a leaf so I masked the leaves and stamped a little stem between the leaves.

I really like how you made each card fold differently and the different color of pansy on each card, though I am rather shocked that you didn’t use ribbon on any of them.  

Variety is the spice of life, Sal, and I think we held to our motto of ‘bringing a pinch of creativity to spice up their crafting lives’!

Don’t forget the other pansy cards we made in a previous post- click their picture to go to that post for directions.  There’s ribbon on both of these, Sal!  I think I liked this sponged pansy best.

  

And Joy’s swap card with the pansy:

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You now have a seven card collection of pansy cards!  If you feel overwhelmed with the number of dies check out this guide made by Gail Ellis of Blue Rose Paper Treasures.  Isn’t it great to have others to help us?!  Pinterest also has guides to different colors to use for the pansies.

  


July 1 is the start of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) sale and you can buy the Pansy Patch DSP at 15% off.  Here is a cute gif showing the other papers offered in this sale:

That makes me dizzy – may we have a list?

How about a picture and a list?

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Use Hostess Code:  ZBP7XPBT if you do decide to order and you will help me to buy prizes with hostess dollars for upcoming events. Check out the JJ Mini one more time to make sure you don’t miss anything.

I thank you most sincerely!

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

Karen

 

 

 

Thank You Celebration!!

 

Thank you Stamping Friends one and all!  I reached the $100,000 career to date sales this June 2021!  All orders large and small helped me reach the goal and Wendy Elzenberger placed the magic order that hit the $100,000 mark so she will receive the ‘Welcome Window’ bundle as a prize!

Wow, congratulations!  I am excited that you finally let me be animated!

 

It is still a work in progress to make imovies but I am learning!

SAL,  Sharing A Love of friends I have made

Karen

This month’s hostess code is: ZBP7XPBT

 

 

 

 

 

June Mystery Card #14, June Swaps and more

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code:  ZBP7XPBT

For 24 hours only 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM on tomorrow June 24 you can get free shipping on orders $50 and more.  Running out of Basic White cardstock,  glue dots, stampin dimensionals, ……  ??  Order now and if your order totals $50 or more you won’t pay the shipping.   Of course the JJ (Jan-June) mini has some amazing items that are retiring and some are even up to 50% off.  You can order all you want and not pay the shipping.   Click in the Last Chance Box to visit the store and see what is left:

 

And remember, Stampin’ Up! has a new line of kits and as they sell out, new ones are added so check back often to:

Wow – there is a lot going on!

Yes, Sal, and it just gets better!  July 1 Stampin’ Up! will have a sale on select Designer Series Papers (DSP), and in August the new mini catalog and second Sale A Bration (SAB) promotion go live!  If you ordered from me this past year, or are a member of club, you will receive both the mini catalog and the SAB brochure in your mailbox!   Or contact me if you would like the catalogs and I will send you one.  Email: stampalosopher@gmail.com or text to 303-815-0838

Let’s look at Mystery Card Challenge #14:


Mystery Card Challenge #14 printable pdf file



Whoo hoo – it’s a Faux Pinwheel Card!!

 Why the ‘Faux’?

Well, the true pinwheel cards are made with triangles and one edge folds in to the middle for a fancy fold.  Our’s lies flat.

I made one just to make sure the dimensions worked:

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I used the Dandy Garden DSP (retiring in 7 days-just saying).  The greeting and the inside vine are from Very Versailles and I embossed the front with the Ornate Floral Embossing Folder.  I used a 3/4″ circle punch for a scrap embossed piece.  Can you guess where the stitched shape for the greeting comes from?  No? Well, it is one of the shapes that you die cut with the Messages die.  I cut several for use with other greetings like this one!  I had truly overlooked this greeting in the Very Versailles set.   I love scrolly images and this one is so nice!

Here is the second faux pinwheel card that I made during the Zoom as I instructed others how to construct the card:

I used the True Love DSP which is also retiring with the JJ Mini Catalog.  The greeting is from Many Messages which was introduced in the JJ Mini Catalog and carries over to the new Annual Catalog – but wait — it has a second set of greetings in the new catalog:

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Think how nice it would be to have all those shapes cut out blank or stamped to use!


Check out Ann’s bright and pretty faux pinwheel using DSP from Sale A Bration and the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.  The greeting is another in the Many Messages stamp set.


Sharon’s Pinwheel is unique with amazing trinkets and an embossing folder with anchors!


Jo’s pinwheel card uses the birds from a previous DSP and pool party for a soft subtle look!  Her greeting is one I know I will use often; it comes from the Welcoming Window stamp set.

 


Joy’s card uses black and white DSP from the hostess Pattern Party DSP with a pop of yellow to brighten it up!  She embossed the yellow with the Ornate Floral embossing folder


Such fun cards!  Thank you Ann, Sharon, Jo and Joy for participating.  Send me a picture if you make one yourself and I can add it to this collection of Faux Pinwheel Cards.


June 2021 Swaps

I made my June swap using the Curvy Dies and the Quite Curvy Stamp Set.  If I were in charge this set would carry over for years like the Lovely As A Tree set that was in for many years.  But it isn’t; it retires June 30 with the JJ Mini.  The dies are on sale for 50% off and you would get free shipping tomorrow- ju..

I know, “just saying”!  

So sorry, I do repeat myself!  This card is a case of one that Jenny Moore of Stamping Moments made except I changed the flowers and the DSP.  The DSP is from the hostess Pattern Party paper in Misty Moonlight layered on a Just Jade base with a bridge fold design.  The yellow flowers and inside greeting are from Hand Drawn Blooms and the daisy is the medium daisy punch.

 

 

Recipe for Curvy Bridge Fold Swap Card

  • Base:  Just Jade, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, Score at 2 1/8 on each end of the 8 1/2 side
  • Right hand side Layer:  Pattern Party DSP, 5 1/4 X 1 7/8
  • Inside Layer: Basic White, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Curvy Cut Left Layer:  Basic White, 3 1/2 X 5 1/4, die is placed about 1″ from right hand side with flourish facing left
  • Vine, bird, & 2 medium daisy punches:  Basic White, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, stamp then die cut the vine and bird
  • Yellow Flowers:  Bumblebee, 3 X4, stamp six with Memento Ink  and flower in Hand Drawn Blooms; cut the middle out of three of the six and layer on top of the other six with a folded glue dot, ( when you roll a glue dot on itself to use, you get a slight pop up a little less than the depth of a Stampin’ Dimensional.
  • Branches of leaves:  Just Jade, 3 X 2 1/2, Cut three full branches with the Curvy die and one partial branch for the right hand flower
  • Greeting:  Misty Moonlight, 3 1/4 X 1 3/4  die cut with a Tasteful Label Die
  • Bling on flowers:  Ephemera pack sequins
  • Faux Felt for Middle of Daisy:  Use a scrap of Bumblebee and use a bone folder over and over to distress the cardstock and break the fibers until you can pull apart the two layers of the cardstock. Voila – faux felt.
  • Stamp sets:  Quite Curvy, Hand Drawn Blooms
  • Ink:  Versa Mark with white embossing powder for front greeting, Misty Moonlight for inside greeting
  • Dies:  Curvy Dies, Banner Bloom Dies (yellow flowers) Tasteful Labels Dies
  • Punch:  Medium Daisy Punch
  • Stampin’ Blends:  Light and Dark Shaded Spruce for vine and Light and Dark Seaside Spray for birds

Jo’s swap card was so delightful!  She used the Dressed To Impress stamp set with a Melon Mambo ‘compact’ on a layer of diamond embossed Basic White on a Basic White base.  For the mirror she used silver foil and she used the Layering Circle Dies to cut the folded Melon Mambo, and then sparkled it up with Bright Enamel Shapes.

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Ann used the Back On Your Feet stamp set with Paper Blooms DSP and Old Olive cardstock embossed with the Checks and Dots embossing folder on a Basic Black base.  She die cut the scalloped square with the Layering Square die and Crumb Cake card stock.  The greeting uses the Double Oval Punch.  She has Opal Rounds and Black Matte Dots for bling.  She colored the turtle with Old Olive and Soft Suede blends- for a truly perfect ‘blend’ of colors.


Joy made an arrow fun fold card for a striking card-pun intended.   She even made specially sized envelopes to mail them.  Wow!  She used the Expressions in Ink DSP, Artistically Inked Stamps & Dies, Soft Succulent Ink, and Pale Papaya Cardstock.  I love that large die cut and the gold foil in the DSP.  This card took my breath away!

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Sharon’s card uses the Honey Bee stamp set and the Hey Girlfriend stamp set with the Honey Bee DSP and a Honeycomb embossing folder and Bumble Bee dies.  So darn cute!!

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Lori’s card is another beautifully colored card using the Daisy Garden stamp set, the Create With Friends outside sentiment and the Best Year stamp set for the inside sentiment. Her layers are Fresh Freesia, Basic Balck and Whisper White with the top layer cut with the Rectangle Stitched Framelit Die.  She colored with Magenta Madness, Mossy Meadow, Bronze and Granny Apple Green Blender Pens.  Gorgeous card!  I love black as an accent and daisies – ahh be still my heart.

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It is a good thing that our cards aren’t in a contest.  It would be impossible to pick a winner!

I had three other cards that I wanted to show you just for fun.

Sharon was in a seaside mood and made this additional card:

Joy was using more black and white and made a beautiful card:

And Lucille gave me this thank you card after spending a weekend with me as her house was being shown:

Amazingly talented stampers- each and every one!

That is it for today!  Tomorrow Stampin’ Up! will let demonstrators know what DSP will be 15% off starting July 1 so stay tuned.

July we will be traveling to Glacier National Park for a long vacation so there will be no event on my standard second Tuesday of the month but we are swapping in July and I will have those cards at the end of the month.

You told everyone you would be posting the cards from the pansy product class.  Yes?

I did say that and yes, I will post those sometime soon!

In the meantime, stock up with free shipping and check out the retiring items.

Hostess Code:  ZBP7XPBT

SAL,  Still A Lot of items in the sales

Karen

 

 

 

Simply Succulents and Potted Succulents Dies

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code: ZBP7XPBT

Our first rotation of club was last Tuesday, June 8, and we made what I call  ‘Two At A Time’  cards using the Simply Succulents Stamp set and the coordinating Potted Succulents Dies.  We used the largest die to create a stencil to sponge the succulents, check out these dies:

 

 

Then using our stamparatus we stamped our images with Stazon ink on water color paper.

I think they would rather see the cards first. 

Ahhh….. I suppose that would be a good idea.

CARD 1:

 

CARD 2:

INSIDE OF BOTH CARDS: 

It is ‘two at a time’ because we use the stencil itself on the first card and the sponged piece on the second card.  We die cut the Shimmer White for a cut out on the first card and a background piece on the second card.  I cut three aloe vera plants at the same time using one on the first card and two on the second card.  Two runners were cut with the dies with one used on each card.

If you would like to watch a video for making the cards it is on both Youtube and on my Facebook ‘Stampalosopher’ page as well as here:

Recipe For ‘Two At A Time’ Simply Succulents:

  • Card Bases:  5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
    • Card 1 – Highland Heather
    • Card 2 – Just Jade
  • Shimmer White: 5 1/2 X 4 1/4; make 2 and die cut one with card size stencil die, tape to second piece and sponge; after sponging, use the paper trimmer to cut off 1/16 of an inch on each side.  Use the long sides to bring all those pretty colors to the inside.  See the picture of the inside above.
    • Card 1 – Use the die cut stencil
    • Card 2 – Use the sponged background
  • Shimmer White: 5 3/8 X 4; die cut the upper right hand side with the large succulent combo die, punch the corners with the Triple Punch (retired)
    • Card 1 – Use the full piece with the upper right corner die cut out
    • Card 2 – Use the die cut out from the full piece; sponge ever so lightly with Soft Succulent ink & Blending Brush
  • Shimmer White: 2 3/4 X 4 1/4  for Card 1 to go sandwiched between the card base and the stencil layer,  place 1/8″ from sides of the base in top right corner
  • Shimmer White:  2 3/4 X 4 1/4 to make the two inside cut outs using the large succulent die to cut out then stamping with the greeting in the stamp set ‘Encircled In Friendship’
    • Card 1 – Sponge Shimmer White piece ever so lightly with Highland Heather ink & Blending Brush
    • Card 2 – Sponge Shimmer White piece ever so lightly with Soft Succulent ink & Blending Brush
  • Watercolor Paper:  5 X 5; stamp all images at the same time
    • Card 1 – Larger combo of succulents stamp and a pot
    • Card 2 – One small succulent and a pot
  • Garden Green: Aloe Vera Plants;  Make 3, 5 1/2 X 2 1/2
  • Soft Succulent: Trailing Vines; Make 2, 5 1/2 X 1
  • Greeting: 1 X 3, stamped with Versa Mark and greeting from the Stamp Set ‘You’ve Been On My MInd’ then embossed with white embossing powder
    • Card 1 – Highland Heather
    • Card 2 – Just Jade
  • Bakers Twine: Crumb Cake
    • Card 1 – 11″ to wrap a pot and tie a bow
    • Card 2 – 6″ to tie a little bow
  • Embellishments:
    • Card 1 – Pastel Pearls in Gorgeous Grape
    • Card 2 – Pastel Pearls in Pink with a sequin beside it from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack

  Embellishments are even two at a time – how quaint!

Is that a compliment, Sal, or are you being sarcastic?

  • Inks used:  Highland Heather, Soft Succulent, Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron, Blackberry Bliss, Cinnamon Cider, Pear Pizzaz, Garden Green, Gorgeous Grape
  • Stampin’ Blend:  Soft Smoky Slate used to create shadow on Card 2
  • Stamp Sets: Simply Succulents, Encircled In Friendship
  • Dies: Potted Succulent Dies

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you have learned a bit more about using our tools to create awesome cards.  If you are looking for a demonstrator, I would be honored to have you choose me and join our group of Carin’ Crafters!

For now, SAL, sailing a long to the next project

Karen

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Mystery Card #13 & May Swaps

Hello Stamping Friends,

Current Hostess Code:  YQHHJA29

May showers bring June flowers?  Ohh…wait that was supposed to be April showers.  Silly Colorado weather.  It was a very wet overcast Memorial day here in Castle Rock.  I was glad we had gone camping the weekend before.

I hope your three day weekend was restful and you had time to reflect on the men and women who gave their lives that we might be free!

  God bless America!

Jo Brooks’ swap card was the perfect card for Memorial Day!  Jo used the Stampin’ Up! Mountain Air stamp for the trees and the Stampin’ Up! Glamper Greetings for the stars which she embossed with white embossing powder.  She used an Aqua Painter and Real Red for the stripes and Night of Navy for the blue part of the flag. The Dark Basic Black Blender pen was used to darken the trees.  Jo printed the front saying off the internet and cut it out with Stampin’ Up! Every Day Label punch.  She sponged it with Night of Navy ever so lightly.  She created the inside saying herself and printed it from the computer to her color printer.  She cut it out with the largest Lots of Label die.

Thank you, Jo.  We must never forget!

Let’s get caught up with May’s Mystery Card and the other swaps we exchanged.

Mystery Card Challenge #13 printable pdf

Drum roll…….

It’s a Mini Bendi Card!  They lie flat in the envelope and then you pull them out of the envelope, give them an ever so slight pinch and they pop up to stand on their own. Check out this one that I made with the Pansy DSP:

Here are the ones my club members made:

We have had fun with Mystery Card Challenges.  This one was a little more challenging than most.  We zoom the fourth Tuesday of each month to share our swaps and do a Mystery Card Challenge.  Wouldn’t you love to be part of a club?  Contact me!

But your club already started! 

Yes, Sal, but guests are always welcome for a $5 fee and RSVP, and if an interested party had three or four friends we could start a second club.

That’s the Mystery Cards, now let’s look at the other swaps.

Sharon’ s swap uses the Stampin’ Up! Hey Chick stamp set and the Heartland stamp set.  She used the Farmhouse Framelits for a fence and the Gingham Gala sequins to bling it up.  Her base is Basic White with Bumble bee and Mossy Meadow for the layers.

I love the barn in the background, it is so perfect for this scene.

Ann’s swap card uses a base of Basic White with a white layer embossed with the Ornate Floral embossing folder sponged in Highland Heather and two more layers- one of Highland Heather and one in Basic White.   She cut out flowers with the Pierced Blooms Dies adding a center to some from the matching In Bloom stamp set.  What a gorgeous layering of colors:  Old Olive, Highland Heather, Bumblebee, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo and Basic Black.  The greeting is from Many Messages cut with the corresponding Messages die.

Joy’s card uses the Pansy Petals DSP and the Pansy Dies which cut out the flowers so beautifully. The DSP is part of the Pansy Petals DSP.   She used the Double Oval Punch with its perfect layering and a sentiment from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set.  The Genial Gems add beautiful sparkle to her card!

Lori’s card uses a Basic Black base with strips of Fresh Freesia card stock and a layer of Basic White cut with the Scalloped Contour Dies.  The flower is stamped with the Color and Contour stamp set. Don’t you just love those little specks of color?!  It’s a stamp in the set!  And note those In Color jewels with the 2021-23 In Colors.  When they are near the color they take on a rich depth of the same color!  The ribbon is the Fresh Freesia open weave ribbon and it is available in all the In Colors – but Fresh Freesia is my favorite!

Suzi’s card uses the Simply Succulent stamp set and the Potted Succulents Dies!  I love the background embossed with the 3D brick embossing folder.  I looked at one of my past cards with the retired brick embossing folder and it doesn’t even compare to this 3D one with its incredible detail.  The Polka Dot Tulle ribbon adds a lovely touch to her beautifully done card!

My card is another card with the Pansy Petals Suite.  With the four we made at the Product Class, and the three shown here,  you have seen almost all of the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP), and all the techniques for making pansies.  Joy and I cut out the pansies from the DSP, I stamped the pansies on one card at class, I used punch art with the dies to make a pansy at the class, and I sponged this pansy.  Of all the pansies, I think I like the sponged ones best!

Will we get to see the cards from the Product class?

Yes, Sal, just not on this blog post.  It will come next!  For now this was my May swap, sort of casing one I saw by Windy Ellard of Windy’s Wonderful Creations.

It has a front flap that opens to the inside greeting:

And it has an easel on the back so it stands up!  Who wants a card you can’t display?!

Recipe for a sponged Pansy card

  • Base: Soft Sea Foam, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2
  • Layer:  Pansy Patch DSP, 4 1/8 X 5 3/8
  • Flap:  Basic White, 2 1/2 X 7 1/2, scored at 3 3/4; Note: for the flap to work it needs to be adhered as close to the top of the green striped DSP as possible w/o showing and popped up with a double set of dimensionals.
  • Base for the Top of Flap:  Pansy Patch DSP, 3 1/8 X 4 1/4, die cut with Stitched So Sweetly Die (largest scallop rectangle)
  • Top Layer of Flap:  Soft Sea Foam, 2 1/2 X 3 3/4, embossed with Seashells 3D embossing folder, we hide all but the vines with our pansy and petals
  • Pansy parts, leaves, stem, buds:  Basic White, 8 1/2 X 2 1/2, three leaves, one large pansy petal and two small pansy petals, one center, one stem, two bud parts, – 10 total cutouts
  • Easel Back:  Thick Basic White, 2 3/4 X 4, score at 2 3/8 and 1 5/8 and then die cut with Hippo and Friends largest oval, centering the middle of the score lines on the die
  • Ribbon:  Pale Papaya 3/8″ Open Weave, 8″- 5″ to wrap around the large DSP layer and 3″ to make a knot
  • Middle of Pansy:  Large Yellow in Playing with Patterns Resin Dots
  • Greeting:  Basic White, Many Messages stamped in Evening Evergreen and cut with Messages Die, sponged on edge
  • Strip for the inside of the flap:  DSP serendipity find.  I cut the small striped DSP layer and then cut another right below it on the same piece and saw this cool little strip between the two die cuts so I used it on the inside.
  • Inside Flower and bee on front:  Fussy cut from the DSP

Inks for Sponging:  Highland Heather Ink, Soft Succulent Ink, Daffodil Delight Ink; Using a sponge dauber, ink, ink off and then sponge around the edge of the large white pansy petal going just inside the edge, then sponge just the edge to get a darker purple.  The small petals took four or more times of sponging to get them really dark.  Be sure and sponge off for the yellow center so it isn’t too dark.  You can always add more to darken.  Can you believe that stem is sponged?  It looks just like the Soft Succulent paper after sponging.  Oh how I love that Stampin’ Up! has matching inks and paper!  After the Pansy Product Class and the catalog launch, I didn’t have a scrap of Soft Succulent to use for a die cut but voila! sponging created the exact color.

Thank you dear Stamping Friends for your contributions to todays blog post!

If you are looking for a demonstrator, I would be honored to “Bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!”

Click on little Sal in the computer to go to my online store where you can order retiring products from the JJ Mini – some at a nice discount, you can view the Clearance Rack or just browse around to see what we offer.

Thank you for spending some time with me!

SAL,  Sharing A Love

Karen

Current Hostess Code:  YQHHJA29

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini JJ Catalog Retiring List with Discounts AND New Kits Collection

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code for June:  YQHHJA29

With the start of the month of June comes two special new events:

  1.  The retiring items in the JJ catalog- some with 50% discounts- are now available for ordering
  2.   The new kit program is up and running and you can order kits

Tell us the details quick so we can order before they sell out!

The JJ Mini Catalog (JJ for Jan-Jun) expires on June 30.  Pam Snyder has taken the list from the Home Office and made it more readable.  There is an Excel spreadsheet with four sheets to choose from –

  1. By Category
  2. By % of Discount
  3. By page #
  4. By French products

The tabs for the sheets are at the bottom of the Excel spreadsheet.

Pam also reformatted the home office file as a pdf file so we can look at it that way.

Last Chance_Jan-Jun-2021-Mini-Catalog-Last-Chance-Products_discounted Excel File

LARGE FONT_Jan-Jun-2021-Mini-Catalog-Last-Chance-Products_discounted PDF File

I bet you had to pay her a lot for those files.  It took a lot of work to reformat. 

No, Sal, she made them available to all of us on the Facebook Demonstrator page.  Thank you, Deb Snyder!  “The generous soul will be made rich!”

Stampin’ Up! has a brand new option for kits.  They used to have kits in their catalogs but now there is a special website where you can order kits and never be afraid that they are sold out.  If it shows on the website –it is available!  As kits sell out new kits will be added on a regular basis so check back often!

Stampin’ Up! has taken the guess work out of creativity and done the hard parts, and you get to do the fun stuff: craft!  Each kit is all-inclusive and includes the predesigned projects, preprinted pieces, and even the adhesives you need to complete the projects.  With some kits you have inks and with others all the parts are preprinted for you.  You choose what you like!

http://www.stampinup.com/kits

Does this mean Paper Pumpkin kits are going away?

Not at all, this is just a different option and some of these first kits are actually popular kits that Paper Pumpkin sold.  The nice thing is that you get to see what you are ordering.  With Paper Pumpkin your kit is always a surprise and some crafters need to know what they are getting without the surprise.  I have found that Paper Pumpkin just keeps getting better and better and the surprise kits are beyond my expectations.

Hostess code for June:  YQHHJA29. Click on Sal waving from the computer to order!

SAL,  Saving A Lot with nice discounts

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catalog Launch Extraordinaire

Hello Stamping Friends,

May 4th marked the debut of our new Annual Catalog!  It will run through May 2 of 2022.

Click on the catalog image here in this blog post for a pdf of the catalog.  The pdf is also posted in the ‘Catalog’ tab on the blog so you can view the pdf anytime anywhere with a mobile device or computer.

In celebration I held the annual catalog launch with lots of goodies for the attendees.

They each received a catalog enjoyment kit – commonly called catalog survival kit, but that sounds like it is painful so I called it a catalog enjoyment kit!

Just playing with words again!  You love doing that!

Obviously, Sal, that’s why I love blogging!

 

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Catalog Enjoyment Kit pdf

(If you use this file in another year I suggest changing the green heading colors. I was trying to get Soft Succulent on Evening Evergreen but it was a bit hard to read.)

I found the perfect pouch at Walmart for the catalog and the ‘enjoyment’ kit and taped the above instructions on the outside.  The pouch is the perfect size for the catalogs and it is plastic so it will protect the contents.

I couldn’t find the right size of clear envelope for the goodies so I used a page protector, cutting off the binder holes and wrapping the excess around the back.  The wish list is a supply item available to demonstrators that is a pack of three wish lists.  I used one page from each of the lists.  I also added a set of catalog tabs from the supply items available to demonstrators.

There are lots of perks to being a demonstrator.  Come talk to me!

I cut a piece of cardstock and used glue dots to attach all the goodies.  The pen is from a pack of clear pens (Pentel RSVP brand); a small piece of the new hostess Pattern Party Designer Series Paper with hearts was rolled up and inserted in the pen.  I even found emoji bandaids for a cute little smile!  They do make individually wrapped lifesavers I found out, and of course Ghirardelli chocolates are a must as they are a tradition at my events.

Not to be rude, but why are you detailing all this? 

Well, Sal, the joy of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators is that we CASE things – ‘copy and share everything’, and I have copied many many ideas from other demonstrators so it is only right that I provide ideas for my downline and other demonstrators that might be interested in casing what I have done.  Some of my customers might even become demonstrators building a business and need ideas like this.

There are times I think that I am just using my blog as a digital scrapbook for myself and then I realize I haven’t left comments on the blogs that I follow, so perhaps there are those who do use the ideas even though, like me, they never leave comments.

 I see, so what else did you do at the catalog launch?

I had a raffle bag, a crossword puzzle scavenger hunt, a make and take card with the new In Colors and the traditional bookmark using the new In Colors and an In Color swatch sheet.

Raffle Bag

The raffle bag included magnets, a shopping bag, a notebook and the bag was a Stampin’ Up! lunch bag.  These are all supplies available to demonstrators.  The punch is the new ‘Elegant Tag’ punch!

To enter they could complete the crossword puzzle, place an order and receive one ticket for each $10 of merchandise purchased, or purchase a ticket directly for $2.50.

Raffle Ticket printable pdf 

  Who won the bag of goodies? 

I will draw on Tuesday the 25th at our Zoom meeting!

Take a look at the new In Colors they are so lovely!  I loved them all this year and had to have all the inks and the ribbons and the markers and the blends and the paper – oh my!  I usually just choose one or two to highlight at the launch but not this year!

This is the bookmark we made using the In Color DSP for little samples on the front.  For the back we colored one of the sheets of the black and white Pattern Party Designer Series Paper available to hostesses.  We colored the top with blends and the bottom with markers so they could see the difference and get familiar with the colors. (and fall in love with them!)

Bookmark 2021-2022 Catalog printable pdf file

We did a make ‘n take using the Color and Contour bundle in the new catalog.  They chose their color.

In the Catalog section of the demonstrator web site is a test to see which color you are.  I am Fresh Freesia according to the test.  What do you think?  Another fun demonstrator perk!

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Recipe for Make ‘n Take

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, Scored at 4 1/4
  • In Color Layer:  Fresh Freesia, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4, die cut with largest Scalloped Contour die
  • Top Layer:  Basic White, 3 1/2 X 4 3/4, die cut with 2nd largest Scalloped Contour die
  • Ribbon: 8″ of Fresh Freesia 3/8″ Open Weave Ribbon
  • Embellish with three matching In Color Jewels

Stamp the flower from the Color and Contour stamp set in Evening Evergreen then do the second stamp in the Fresh Freesia.  We call this two step stamping – no coloring!   The ‘Thank You’ greeting is from the Pansy Patch stamp set in the new catalog.  Wait until you see what we can do with that pansy set and the ….

Whoa there…..don’t get ahead of yourself!

You are right!  That is for the next post.

Two important announcements from the home office:’

If you hold a qualifying party between now and June 14, you can earn more hostess dollars!

And if you join my team of Carin’ Crafters by May 31 you get $30 more product in your starter kit for the same $99.

Text or call me at 303-815-0838 or email me at stampalosopher@gmail.com.  I would love to show you all the benefits of being a demonstrator.  There is a tab at the top of the blog to link you to Stampin’ Up! with all the instructions to join.

If you don’t have a demonstrator I would be honored to ‘bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world’!

SAL, Smile A Lot

Karen

Click on little Sal in the computer to shop the online store.  The hostess code is NS2RB2WK if your order is under $150 or it is your club order.  Thank you for spending time with me today.  I love to see comments and read every one!

Mystery Card Challenge #12

Hello Stamping Friends,

I have a treat for you today with lots of cards. I haven’t posted for a long time as I prepared a catalog launch (next post) and then a pansy product class ( next after post)!

I have so much to share with a new catalog and new In Colors and new events and yet I need to catch up on April’s fun before I head into May and a new year.

We had a fun Mystery Card Challenge for April that required a little extra cutting but it used up our scraps.  It is called a scrappy strip card!   Mine uses the Dandy Garden DSP that is in the JJ Mini.

Mystery Card Challenge #12 printable pdf

You start with positioning your longest strip and then start putting in the smaller strips leaving about 1/16″ of the neutral in- between each strip.  You will turn the card over to the back and cut off the excess of the strips and your neutral base gives you a nice straight line – from the back.

That would have made a cool picture to see all the scraps sticking out everywhere!

True, Sal, it was pretty strange and you can’t imagine that it will look like anything nice but like magic you cut off all the strips and turn it over and gasp at how it turned out!

Sharon and Jo participated in the Mystery Card Challenge and sent pictures of their creations:

Sharon just used the front and back of the Ornate Garden DSP and with all the different flowers it looked like she used many more sheets of DSP.

Jo’s card is a fun combo of striped and geometric DSP.  It looks like she cut one of the medallions in blue to layer on the brown but she said the paper actually had the design.

April Swap Cards

April’s swap cards were phenomenal as always!  Jo, Lucille and Sharon sent theirs early since they were Easter cards and I showed them in the last post if you want more detail but let’s look again at their cards:

Suzi used the Simply Succulents stamp set with the Potted Succulents Dies.  She used the soft greens of Coastal Cabana, Sea Foam, Pool Party and Mint Macaron.  She colored the succulents with combos of Magenta Madness, Mango Melody and Just Jade.  The 3D Brick and Mortar embossing on white with Tasteful Textile on Grey Granite make the card stunning!

Joy used the Sale A Bration Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Berry Blessings Stamp Set from Sale A Bration.  The Story Label punch and the Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon with Pacific Point cardstock are a beautiful combination!

Lori’s card uses Grey Granite, Whisper White and accent borders of Basic Black!  She used the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder, the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set and the Dragonflies Punch.  Her sentiment is from Brushed Blooms and she used the Banners Pick A Punch to create the flagged ends.  The  Whisper White rectangles were cut with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits.  She embossed the dragonfly with white embossing powder and then added rhinestones for the finishing touch.

My card uses a different take on the Spotlight Technique to create a fun scene.  I stamped the two children images from Silhouette Scenes and the trees with the beckoning trail from the hostess Summer Days.  I attended Stampin’ Up! ‘s On Tour event and they sent us one of the new stamp sets from the upcoming catalog, Etched In Nature, and I used the bird from that stamp set.  I masked the bird and then stamped around him with a stamp from the Forever Fern stamp set.

There are so many benefits to being a demonstrator!  Let’s talk about it!

Recipe for Etched In Nature

  • Base: Blackberry Bliss, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1:  Flirty Flamingo, 5 3/8 X 4 1/8
  • Top Layer and Inside: (2) Basic White, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Bird:  Shimmer White, 3 X 3 1/2, punched with 2 1/2″ punch
  • Ink:  Tuxedo Black ( use the Stamparatus for good coverage on the silhouettes). Stamp the trees off a bit on the left so the path is visible.
    • Old Olive to stamp leaves from Forever Fern
  • Stampin’ Blends:
    • Dk Flirty Flamingo and Dk Rich Razzleberry for bird
    • Lt Soft Suede layered with Lt Mango Melody for beak and legs
    • Dk Soft Suede for the branch
    • Lt Seaside Spray to color in the sky around the bird and foliage
  • Matt Black Embellishments

That was a bit of ‘eye candy’ and really fun!  You do realize it is time for the next set of swaps and mystery card don’t you? 

Yes, Sal, I am way behind and have two posts in between the end of the month post.  We are headed camping this weekend so I had better get busy!  I remember thinking how strange this one blog that I follow is because she frequently posts three or four times in one day.  Now I need to do the same thing.

That is a risk.  Your followers may not look at any of them since there are multiples.  

It is a risk I will need to take, Sal, or I won’t have a record of what we have done.  So please bear with me dear followers!

If you don’t have a demonstrator I would be honored to have you choose me to help you “bring a pinch of creativity to your crafting world!”

SAL,   Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little, Share A Love and always be Salt And Light in the world

Karen  Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store. The hostess code for May is NS2RB2WK if your order is under $150.  At $150 you earn the hostess rewards yourself but any amount other than that must be combined or rewards are left on the table for no one.

 

 

 

 

Annual Catalog Scavenger Hunt/Crossword Puzzle

Hello Stamping Friends,

Our new hostess code is:  2Y6MCX4J to be used if you would like to order and your order is under $150.  At $150 you earn the hostess rewards yourself!  Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator!

On May 4 I am holding an In-house open house catalog launch.  I will start at 10:00 and the house will close at 7:00.  There will be food (and chocolate of course) and you will have a chance to work with the new In Colors by making a bookmark for your catalog and a simple make and take card with new products. 

I would have to have a magnifying glass to read that!

You are right, Sal!  Folks, click HERE to go to the DBWS event page to read this and respond if you are able to come.

I will have a raffle bag and you can earn a ticket by completing this crossword puzzle.  If you don’t have a catalog be sure and join me next Tuesday and I will get you one and you can do the crossword at the event.  Lots to do but plenty of time!!

Thank you to Crosswordlabs.com for an online crossword puzzle builder!   Click on the blue to solve online or scroll down:

Annual Catalog Scavenger Hunt/Crossword Puzzle

Would you prefer printing it out to solve it?   Click on the blue for a printable pdf.

2021-2022-annual-catalog-scavenger-huntcrossword

 

New catalogs are really overwhelming!

Right-o, Sal, so I think I had better quit this blog post and put together a catalog survival kit!

SAL,  sending a little fun for the day

Karen

 

 

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