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Surprise!

I have a treat for you today!  I joined a Quill-A-Long event on Facebook taught by Kelly Foulk.  She uploaded clear instructions to a file on her facebook page “Quill-A-Long” and then held the live event which you can still watch on Facebook.  After making the rose from her design, I made it into a card!

I took multiple pictures trying to show you the quills a bit better and wasn’t successful.  I will have to work on my photography or choose quilling strips of a lighter color.

Be sure and visit Kelly Foulk at Quill-A-Long on Facebook for all the directions and the replay of the Facebook live.  Click on ‘files’ in her Facebook Quill-A-Long page to get the directions and a pattern to follow.

I am confused!  Why would you want to do something like quilling?  You are a stamper!

I know, Sal, but check out the card, quilling and stamping can be used together!  Here is a side shot but the dark green is too dark to show the quilled leaves.  I used Kelly’s colored pattern but perhaps if I used the pattern on plain white the quilling might show.

 

For the inside of this sympathy card I used the retired Thoughts & Prayers stamp set.  The outside greeting is from the retired Many Messages stamp set.

Recipe:

  • Base:  Thick Basic White cardstock, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.
  • Layer 1: Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper,  3 1/2 X 5, Die cut with Ornate Layers Die.
  • Layer 2: Thick Basic White, 2 1/4 X 3 5/8, I printed Kelly’s rose design on 8 1/2 X 11, constructed the rose and then used a ruler and scissors to cut to the correct size since you can’t cut with the rose attached.  In the future I will cut the base of the design first and then build the rose. I corner rounded top left and bottom right .
  • Inside Layer: Thick Basic White, 2 1/4 X 3 5/8, corner round top left and bottom right to match front.  Sponge half with Polished Pink ink and half with Crushed Curry ink.  Stamp greeting in Evening Evergreen.
  • Outside greeting:  Basic White, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4, Stamp Many Messages in Evening Evergreen and die cut with Messages Die which gives you 19 little greetings, a little heart and three stars.   The greeting is sponged on top with Polished Pink ink and half with Crushed Curry ink matching the designer series paper colors.  Pop it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Pink and yellow jewels were added for a bit of sparkle.

Will it mail in a regular A2 envelope?

No, Sal, unfortunately it needs a padded envelope and the ‘nonmachineable’ postage stamp.  The post office can also stamp the outside with their ‘nonmachineable’ word stamp but you have to have them look for the stamp as many workers forget that it exists.  I’m sure it was in their training but it is used very seldom.

Have you made other projects?

I started a kit I purchased at Michaels that looked intriguing to do outline letters for Joy’s name filled in with lovely quilling.  I followed the instructions from a Youtube that showed putting straight pins around the edge of the quilled strips to make the letters.  The paper showed every single pin mark so it was awful.  The glue technique I used didn’t work either and glue showed everywhere.  Thankfully there was a second pattern in the kit so Joy might get it by her next birthday in December.  Sigh…..

See what I mean….

 

Ugh… lots of work and no way to fix it with all those holes everywhere!

I saw another technique where the lady used a scoring tool to indent where she wanted the strips for the letters. I’ll let you know how that works!  Hopefully, following Kelly will help me with the art of quilling.

For now, thank you for spending a bit of your precious time with me as I present my very first completed quilling project!

SAL,  Smile A Little and Start Adventuring in Life

Karen

Bringing a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world.

Elephant Parade Pop & Twist Birthday Card

Happy New Year!  Let’s start it out with a Pop Up and Twist Birthday Card.  I used the Elephant Parade Stamp Set and Elephant Dies for Emma’s fourth birthday card as well as the retired Mischievous Mouse Hostess Stamp Set.  I wanted 4 mice – 4 elephants – 4 peanuts – 4 butterflies – 4 balloons and 4 bits of bling.   Thanks to Jaime Marsh for the front design on Pinterest and Teri Pocock of Stampin’ Magic for a great Youtube video showing how to make the card.

 

.  So…. who couldn’t resist counting?

Sort of like the joke.. “The first sign of craziness is a hair on your finger knuckle, the second sign is looking for it!”

Here is Teri Pocock’s youtube video- you will need this for construction of the mechanism.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIQ869fvcGc

Recipe

  • Base:  Flirty Flamingo, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2
    • Flirty Flamingo, 10 X 3 1/2, score at 2 1/2, 5, 7 1/2;   Fold to ‘W’ and burnish well
  • Pop Up Mechanism:  Flirty Flamingo, 8 X 3 1/2
    • Score down the middle of the 3 1/2 side at 1 3/4
    • Mark both long sides at 2 1/4 and 5 3/4
    • Score on the diagonal from the 2 1/4 to 5 3/4 marks
    • Fold the center as a mountain fold
    • Fold the diagonals as Valley folds
    • Burnish well
  • Border Mat top and bottom (X3):  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4 (1/8″ reveal)
  • Top Base Layers (X3):  Mint Macaron, 3 1/2 X 4 3/4  (1/4″ reveal);  Emboss with diamond embossing folder.
  • Pop Up Top Layers:  Basic White, 3 1/4 X 2 1/4
  • Elephants, mice, balloons, butterflies, heart:  Basic White, 8 1/2 X 11
    • Stamp in Memento Tuxedo Black
    • Color with Stampin’ Blends, Lt Smoky Slate, Dk Petal Pink, Mint Macaron
  • Peanuts:  Stamp 2 with Memento on Mint Macaron and stamp 2 on Flirty Flamingo; die cut
  • Grass:  Mint Macaron, die cut 5, one for outside, four for inside
  • Outside circles:
    • Basic White, 3 3/16 die cut circle (retired circle dies)
    • Flirty Flamingo, 2 3/4 die cut with layered circle scalloped die
    • Basic White, 2 1/16 die cut with layered circle plain circle die
  • 4 green sequins

Note: The E, M, M, A and the ‘4’ stamped on the balloons is from one of Stampin’ Up!’s very first photopolymer sets- retired.

“It’s your birthday” is from Mischievous Mouse stamp set.

What about the outside greeting?

Oops, I forgot to list that in my notes.  The greeting is in the Elephant Parade stamp set and the die is the Pretty Pillowbox die, stamped with the greeting in Mint Macaron on Basic White and then die cut, and a second die cut with flirty flamingo, cut in half and then layered under the basic white.

The heart for the inside greeting is a retired heart punch.

I love this cute animal card! It could be for an adult with a sense of fun! 

That’s true!  “We don’t quit laughing because we grow old; we grow old because we quit laughing.”

May we keep the childlike love of life!

Sal,  Smiling A Lot with this card

Hostess code:  MBCZMZ3P

Karen

Let’s talk about Stampin’ Up! instead of elephants!  January 5th started the beginning of Sale A Bration and the new Mini Catalog!  With each $50 or $100 purchase from the mini and/or annual catalogs you receive an item free from the Sale A Bration brochure.  Click on the image to see a pdf of the catalog.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter Opener Quick Gift

Let’s end 2022 with a quick project that you could add as a little gift to a New Year’s card or birthday card or….. I am casing an idea by Jeanie Stark at Juststampin.com but adding Happiness Hues designer series paper and a stamped “mail” image from ‘Stamping Your Way To the Top’ stamp set to make a pocket which holds a letter opener.  It could also be a gift card holder.

It is another project using the Pretty Pillowbox dies.  This one isn’t as 3D as the last one I made for favors at the Christmas stamp camp but fun to make for a card insert.

Did you ever use the Pretty Pillowbox die as it was intended to be used?  

Well, ummmm…… I guess not!  I used the greeting die in the die set for the Post It Note holder greeting.  It has a stitched edge so it is perfect for this project and many others.

 

These are the letter openers I ordered from Amazon:

Recipe

  • Base: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo or Gorgeous Grape, 4 1/4 X 4 3/8;  die cut using both the large base die and the die with the two little holes at the same time.  Fold on the middle score line and use tear and tape on the sides.  NOTE:  For these letter openers the tear and tape can’t go all the way to the top.
  • DSP Layer:  Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper, 2 1/4 X 4 1/2, line up with the score line in the middle of the die and die cut just the bottom section.  I selectively cut certain sections of the DSP that matched the base.
  • Greeting:  Basic White, 3 X 1, die cut with the long greeting die AFTER stamping the “Mail” image; you can glue it right on the score line at the top of the die which hides the score line and keeps the greeting straight
  • Ribbon:  15″ of matching color

Here are individual close up pictures:

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And a group shot just for fun:

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I hope you have had a successful 2022, however you define success, and that you are ready for a new year, with new challenges and new blessings!

“May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, May He lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace!”  Numbers 6: 24-26

Sal and I wish you a very Happy New Year!

Karen

 

 

 

 

Free Shipping December 15 & Santa’s Express Christmas Cards

  

Merry Christmas everyone!  Stampin’ Up! has a gift for us.  Check out the Clearance Rack and the Last Chance Listing!  It’s not too late to be thinking about next year’s cards and getting supplies at a discount with NO SHIPPING charges.

December host code is EJT6KYGE.  Thank you for your support!

Have you ever started a card design by wanting to match the envelope liner?

That is really backwards!  Were you able to do it or did you give up?

I did succeed!  I purchased the Santa Express Memories & More Cards & Envelopes from the mini thinking it would be a great way to save time and make 20 Christmas cards.  The cards are a bit bigger than our standard A2 size which I also liked. I know this is blurry but the pictures in the mini were so small!

The Poppy Parade (or Sweet Sorbet) card envelope liner is striped but the card is polka dots, whereas the Shaded Spruce card envelope liner is polka dot but the card has a bit of speckle like snow on a solid green front.

I am going to post these cards for ideas to help those of you who might have just a few, hopefully not 20, Christmas cards yet to make.

Two at a time!!  I started by working with one red and one green and I cut off one inch on the right front side of each.  I used the polka dots cut off from the red card to make the inside right side of a flap card on the green card with the green strip as its flap.  For the inside left side of the red card I used a 1″ X  6 1/4″ strip of polka dots from the Santa Express DSP which matches perfectly.  There was no red stripe in the Santa Express DSP paper to match the envelope liner but the Sweetest Christmas DSP had a stripe that I used to tie in the envelope liner.

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Do you see how the polka dot strip on the green card right front comes from the red card base?  I used the green cut off strip to make the flap for the card by cutting off 2″ and scoring at 1″ so it glues behind the polka dot strip.  The 2″ part I cut off I used on the flap of the red card.

The red card uses a 1″ X 6 1/4″ strip of the striped paper in the Sweetest Christmas DSP for the right side and another strip 1″ X 4 1/4″  scored at 1″ for the flap. Stamp and corner round the flap, and glue it halfway down on the inside strip before gluing that strip down.  (I loved that the other side had little candy canes!)   The flaps are stamped with Versa Mark and embossed with white embossing powder with the greeting ‘Christmas Cheer’ from Sweet Candy Canes.  The ‘Candy Cane Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses’ greeting is also in the Sweet Candy Canes stamp set and cut with the Candy Canes die which has those two larger holes at the side which I used for ribbon.  The holes are large enough for a real candy cane to fit through with the greeting stamped vertically.

Serendipity!

I cut one candy cane from the Sweetest Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP) for each card and cut two evergreen boughs from Shaded Spruce using the dies from the Christmas Banners Die set.  I cut a So Saffron Stem from the Banners die set and also five red berries in Real Red which I sparkled up with Wink of Stella.  I stamped two mistletoe boughs from the Sweet Candy Cane stamp set and cut them out with the Candy Canes Dies.  I punched three little white berries with a small hole punch and layered them above the mistletoe.

The layer under the candy cane and greenery is 2 3/4″ X 5 3/4″, one in Poppy Parade and one in Sweetest Christmas DSP.

The inside greeting is my favorite for this year-“May your days be happy, your heart be light, your Christmas Merry and the new year bright”-  from the Very Best Occasions Stamp Set, a great set for your stamp collection with greetings for birthday, love, gratefulness, thinking of you and Christmas!

 

Free shipping tomorrow….just saying!

Thanks, Sal!

These next two cards use the Candy Canes Die that makes stripes!

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These card bases are larger than a standard A2 so the cut out wouldn’t cover the full base so start with a piece of DSP for the green card and poppy parade for the red card and cut them at 5 7/8 X 3 7/8 which leaves an uncut left side perfect for wrapping ribbon around.  The banner is from the Christmas Banners Die.  It is the best banners stamp and die set yet. ( I think I have about three sets from the past.) I did use a Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Blend to color in the green a little darker.


The last cards I want to show you use retired products.  The Seasons of Fun set has a little girl pulling a sled and my daughter just sent me a picture of our little granddaughter pulling her baby sister in a sled.

Did you know if you layer Lt Mossy Meadow and Lt Shaded Spruce you get Garden Green?

For the red card, I folded the dotted side to the back and embossed the front with a retired embossing folder.  I used the Stitched Seasons Framelits to cut the layers and also to cut the bow in polka dots to match the back.  ‘Christmas Cheer’ is in the retired Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.


And here is the matching green card:

I cut the bow out of the color I wanted and then two other layers of basic white, gluing all three layers together to give the bow a bit more dimension.  Be sure and use your double back sticky sheets to do this so you don’t have a mess of glue.

One last example using the same Stitched Seasons Framelits and the matching Blended Seasons stamp set:

And that, my dear stamping friends, is how you start with an envelope and then tie in the card!!

Free Shipping tomorrow for one day only!

December host code is EJT6KYGE.  Thank you for your support!

Merry Christmas everyone!  Have a wonderful day celebrating the birth of Jesus!

Karen

 

Christmas Ornament/ Party Favor/Gift Tag

 

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

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

Recipe

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

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

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

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

Are you going to make gift tags this year?  

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

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

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

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Scarecrow/ Restocked Clearance Rack

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

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

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

Did you use any current Stampin’ Up! products?

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

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

Recipe

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

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

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

So true!

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

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

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

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

January’s Paper Pumpkin makes boxes?

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

December’s host code is:  EJT6KYGE

 

 

 

 

Last Day of Sale and Thanksgiving Card

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

  • 10% off all punches

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

  • 20% off dies

  • 20% off all embossing folders

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

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

November host code is  AQFMCV2F


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

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

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


Thank you/ Thanksgiving Card

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Recipe for Thanksgiving Card

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

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

What happened to your rule of never using retired products?

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case The Creator #9, Recessed Panel Card

It’s time for another Case The Creator card!

This time we are creating a Recessed Panel Card.

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

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

Case The Creator #9 printable pdf file

Screen Shot of Directions

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

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

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

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

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

 

Very helpful!  Did anyone participate in the challenge. 

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

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


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

 


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

 


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

AAAAHHHHHH……. I better run!

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

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Case The Creator #8, Spanner Card Fancy Fold

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

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

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Then lift the middle panel to see the greeting:

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

Case The Creator #8 printable pdf file with video link

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Blessed, Sal, blessed!

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

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

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

Karen

 

Christmas Stamp Camp

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

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

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

Why would I want ‘flat’ bells?

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

Recipe for Book Fold Candy Cane Christmas card:

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

How many candy canes can you cut from the DSP?

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

Oooh, I like the pastel colored one!

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


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

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

Recipe for Circle Tri Fold Card

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scroll to the 39 minute point where the pillowbox starts:

 

 

Recipe for Pretty Pillowbox Party Favor

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

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

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

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

Have a wonderful fall season!

SAL,  Sharing A Love of stamping

Karen

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