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Case The Creator Card – Collar Card May ’22

Hello Stamping Friends,

It’s time to look at May’s Case The Creator (CTC) card with instructions and a video from Chris Slogar of buckeyeinklings.com.  There is also a printable pdf file if you like to have a hard copy of the recipes.  June is our last month for the Jan-June mini catalog with so many retiring items on sale.  Check out the lists HERE!

Case The Creator #4 printable pdf file


My card uses the new Annual Catalog’s  Designer Series Paper (DSP) Hues of Happiness.   The yellow on the collar is actually the same paper as the blue on the second layer, so cutting one strip of the 12″ DSP at 4 1/4″ gave me enough to have two lengths of 5 1/2″ and it was one of those ‘serendipity moments’ when I looked at the blue part of the DSP and decided it would be a nice layer.  (That layer is not included in the CTC instructions.) Plus, the leftover 1″ X 4 1/4″ was perfect to use on the inside. Nothing wasted on that 4 1/4″ strip!

To decorate I stamped the largest flower from the Happiness Abounds stamp set in Daffodil Delight ink as a second generation (stamp off once) and then stamped over the flower with a greeting from Celebrating You in Night of Navy Ink. I used a Lt Crushed Curry Stampin’ Blend to color the edges of the flower petals that weren’t covered by the greeting.  I cut out the flower with the Blossoming Happiness Die and then used the Dk Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend to color the edge of the flower.  I made a bow and a left edge embellishment strip using the Misty Moonlight 1/8″ ribbon from the Cotton Ribbon Combo Pack in the mini catalog after coloring the ribbon with the Dk Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend.  The leaves are cut from the Blossoming Happiness Dies on a scrap of Granny Apple Green.  The inside greetings are from the Limited Edition stamp set in the annual catalog.

 

Wow!  Sometimes you just need beautiful DSP to do half the work!

So true, Sal, and we have some beauties in the new annual catalog.  Did you know you can go to the catalog tab at the top of the blog and click on a link to the pdf of the catalog?

Or you could just give us a link right here so we have fewer clicks!

True!  Annual Catalog introduction


Let’s look at the cards prepared by the other creative stampers.  We meet by Zoom on the 4th Tuesday of every month and I send out the Case The Creator (CTC) instructions in advance.  Send me your email if you would like to be included in the Zoom meeting.   stampalosopher@gmail.com

Jo Brooks’ card is beautiful with the contrasting colors she chose, and she added another DSP layer in the inside with an oval for the greeting!  What a great way to pull everything together inside and out!

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Sharon Fincham made 4 CTC cards using different DSP’s or different greetings and even a different orientation!

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Ann Hausmann decorated the card by putting a greeting in the collar fold!

 


 

Lucille Kearin cut off the edges of the collar to make a unique CTC card:


Joy Meadows embossed the layer under the collar in her card!

 

Thank you all for participating!  What fun to start with a simple set of instructions and then to see what each stamper uses to create a special and unique card.

  And now there is a post on the blog so when they need inspiration they can do a search and put in the words ‘Case The Creator’ right?

Yes, I added a Case The Creator category or they can click on the Recipe Box tab and find the card I made and then by clicking on the thumbnail of the card image you will automatically be at the blog post for that card.

The hostess code is:  DHVSAPC3 with Sharon as our hostess.   Use this code if your order is under $150 and all the little orders will combine to give our hostess free product credits.  At $150 in purchases, you become your own hostess and receive the rewards.  Are you interested in becoming a hostess?  Text, call or email and we can set up a time for you to have a party.  303-815-0838 or stampalosopher@gmail.com.

July 12:  Save the date for a fun morning of stamping here at 4143 Eagle Ridge Way, Castle Rock.  We will make three cards with a ‘bouquet of flowers’ theme.  The cost is $15.  RSVP by July 5!

I consistently have an event of some type on the second Tuesday of every other month and I always have the CTC zoom on the fourth Tuesday of the month.  “They say…”  you must be consistent.

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

SAL,  Sharing A Love

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Chance List for the JJ Mini, Paradise Palms for May Swaps, Sweet Songbirds Catalog Launch

Hello Stamping Friends,

Let’s take a moment to remember those who gave their lives for their country!

Jo Brooks sent a swap card that is so perfect for the day:

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The little red star is attached to the left and fits inside the blue star creating an awesome hinge.  Opening up the stars, Jo has inserted ‘A Soldier’s Poem’:

 

May we honor their sacrifice by protecting our freedoms as best we can!

Jo’s card uses many Stampin’ Up! Dies– Celebrate You, Basic Borders, Cross of Hope, Scalloped Contours, and Stitched Stars.  What a great card for Memorial Day!  Thank you, Jo!


I have so much to share I hardly know where to start.  Grab a cuppa and settle in for some wonderful inspiration from my group of swappers, the projects at the catalog launch, new offerings from Stampin’ Up! and the Last Chance product list for the Jan-June Mini catalog.  There are sales on select products but they won’t last long as excited stampers snatch them up!

Last Chance List for JJ Mini

The best way to view the products is to go to the online store so you see images of the products to refresh your memory.  http://stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx?dbwsdemoid=2048560

If you prefer printing a pdf list Deb Snyder has once again reformatted the Stampin’ Up! version to make it more user friendly.  The first pdf is by category and the second by percent discount.

PDF Category_January-June-2022-Mini-Catalog-Last-Chance-Products

PDF Discount__January-June-2022-Mini-Catalog-Last-Chance-Products

And for my Excel loving friends Deb has a file with three tabs sorted by category, page # and then by discount:

EXCEL 3 Sorts January-June-2022-Mini-Catalog-Last-Chance-Products 

Deb even showed the bundles in blue that will be available but won’t have the 10% discount.  Did you see there are 20 items at 50% off?  Are they on your list?

Well, Sal, the slimline dies are 50% off and I wanted those, and the sweet little boxes and the DSP (designer series paper) that I have almost used up, and…….. oh dear.

You had better hurry!  They are only available while supplies last!


Catalog Launch Fun

Our new annual catalog made its debut May 3rd and it was so hard to decide what to showcase.  I love birds and wasn’t sure about the Sweet Songbirds stamp set until I saw a card made by Sue Vine of Miss Pinks Craft Spot with the bird in the air so I went with that idea and voila:

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There are two different sets of eyes- open or closed-  and two different feet -standing or walking- and a punch to punch out our little songbird!  Laura Mellinger of laurasworksofgheart.blogspot.com designed the little nest which was perfect for a party favor!

Let’s check it out (bundled with the punch for 10% off) on page 31 of the annual catalog:

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I used the Tea Boutique Cards and Envelopes (pg. 137) with strips of the new Tahitian Tide, Parakeet Party and Sweet Sorbet card stock adhered to the white side which I made the front.   The clouds are from the Give It A Whirl Dies!  They carried over to the new annual catalog – page 171!  The clouds have stitched edges for a fun look and there are hearts and circles and rectangles, a must for your collection, even if you never make a whirly card like I did here.

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All the attendees got to see the new In Colors up close and personal as they made their color chart:

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Sweet Songbird In Flight Recipe

Sweet Songbirds stamp set, Songbird Builder Punch

-Base, Tea Boutique Cards and Envelopes

-Basic White, 2 3/4″ X 4″;  stamp the songbird and then punch out.  Stamp and punch an extra belly to make the larger wing. Helpful Hint:  Punch the songbird out of scrap to make a template for positioning the stamps on the Stamparatus.  Save your template with the stamp set.

-Side Strips X2, 5 1/2″ X 3/8″ in one color for the songbird and one color to match your choice of card

-Basic White scraps, various sizes to die cut clouds with the Whirly Dies

-Baker’s Twine, 12″ and  3 Opal Round embellishments (There is Baker’s Twine to match the In Colors)

-Inks, Memento Black, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Tahitian Tide, Crushed Curry, Sweet Sorbet (Poppy Parade)

Sweet Songbird Favors

-Nest box, Soft Suede, 3X3, score at 1″ and 2″ on both sides, cut from one score line to the other on opposite sides

-Nest, Soft Suede, 2 1/2 X 3, stamp two nests and fussy cut

-Bird, Tahitian Tide 2 X 2 1/4, punch – no stamping, Basic White scrap for belly, Daffodil Delight scrap for beak

-Sign, Basic White, 2 X 2, stamp the post full strength and then the rectangle after stamping off (2nd generation) so the greeting stamps nicely over top, stamp the notes in memento black and fussy cut


May Swaps

I chose the Paradise Palms stamp set and Palm Dies on a background of New Horizons Designer Series Paper (retiring June 30) with a Pale Papaya Base and Basic Black accents.  The greeting and birds are from the retired Beautiful Moments stamp set.  The coconuts are from the Pebbles Enamel Shapes (Retiring June 30). I added the setting sun and sponged a bit of extra colors in the sky.

I made a vertical book fold with the same palm tree design and a different piece from the same DSP for the inside of the card that looks like a beach with sea foam just coming in!

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Horizontal Paradise Palms Recipe

  • Base, Pale Papaya, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score at 4 1/4
  • Layer,  Basic Black, 5 3/8 X 3 3/8; 1/16 reveal top and sides
  • Top Layer, New Horizons DSP, 5 1/4 X 3 1/4
  • Designer Strip, Basic Black, 3/4 X 5 1/2, die cut with Palms Die and center 1/8″ up from bottom and 1/8″ from black layer
  • Palm Tree, Basic Black, 2 5/8 X 3 3/8, die cut with Palms Dies
  • Greeting and birds, Memento Black Ink; stamp set –  Collect Beautiful Moments
  • Sun, use a sponge dauber to make a circle in Crushed Curry with a little extra sponged in the sky
  • Embellish with Pebbles Enamel Shapes for coconuts and 3 In Color gems on DSP
  • Inside Layer, Basic Black, 2 5/8 X 5 3/8
  • Inside Top, New Horizons DSP, 2 1/2 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Greeting, Memento Black, Paradise Palms Stamp set

Vertical Book Fold Paradise Palms Recipe

  • Base, Pale Papaya, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score at 4 1/4; Turn 180 degrees and score at 3 3/8″ and 3 3/8 + 1/16, (7/16) for a decorative extra score line
  • Layer (X2), Basic Black, 3 1/8 X 5 1/2, this will be flush with top and bottom with 1/16 reveal right and left
  • DSP Top Layer (X2), New Horizons, 3 X 5 1/2; Hint: with 3″ in width you can make two from a 6 X 6 which is the goal if you are making multiples.  Obviously, a different DSP used for inside.
  • Designer Strip, Basic Black, 3/4 X 5 1/2, die cut with Palms Die and center 3/16″ from side and 3/16″ from black layer
  • Palm Tree, Basic Black, 2 5/8 X 3 3/8, die cut with Palms Dies
  • Grass, Basic Black, 3 1/2 X 1
  • Greeting and birds, Memento Black Ink, Stamp set –  Collect Beautiful Moments
  • Sun, use a sponge dauber to make a circle in Crushed Curry with a little extra sponged in the sky
  • Embellish with Pebbles Enamel Shapes for coconuts
  • Inside Greeting, Memento Black, Paradise Palms Stamp set

Do you crafters really measure to the 1/16 of an inch?

Well, Sal, we often just eyeball the placement but that doesn’t make for very good instructions.

Let’s look at the swaps from the rest of the group.  We saw Jo Brooks’ swap up top so now let’s look at Sharon’s swap using a tea cup very similar to our new tea cup in the Tea Boutique Suite.  She uses three layers for the butterfly- a Fresh Freesia base, a Blushing Bride die cut and then tops her butterfly with a vellum die cut and a unique oval gem.

Heather used the Flowering Fields DSP (retiring June 30) and a greeting from the Flowering Tulips stamp set in beautifully layered circles on a gold foil circle.  The base is Poppy Parade and she used a corner rounder punch on opposing sides of the DSP for a unique look.

 

Ann’s swap used embossed strips of the new In Colors on a Crumb Cake base and the greeting from Biggest Wish stamped in Parakeet Party with the ‘happy’ stamped over in Starry Sky. The ribbon is the 1/8″ Metallic Woven ribbon in Orchid Oasis

Lucille Kearin used the DSP with butterflies (retired) and a fun ‘hi’ Die.  She embellished with white ribbon and Paper Studio Flowers.

Joy’s card uses the new Nature’s Prints stamp set and Natural Prints Dies.  She used the Gray Granite side of the Sun Prints DSP, the Layering Circles Dies, a doily and beautiful gems.  You would love the sparkly Wink of Stella she used on the branch but the camera didn’t capture the sparkle.  Her gems really sparkled!

 

You must see the other card she made using the Nature’s Prints Dies!  I love the shape of the greeting and had to go look up the dies since I hadn’t even noticed that die.  She used the new Fern 3D embossing folder on a base of Starry Sky and then sponged the top lightly with white craft stampin’ ink.

Lori Moore made a slimline card on a white base with Design A Daydream DSP for her first layer and then a layer of embossed Basic White, a layer of Blackberry Bliss with the top layer of Basic White stamped with the Art Gallery stamp set flower in Berry Burst and Rich Razzleberry.  The leaves and ribbon are Soft Succulent. The greeting is from the Floral Gallery Dies.

Wow, you will have lots of samples to show at your next party!

So true!  Thank you everyone for participating in our monthly swaps!


If I can have your attention for just a few more minutes, the home office has some wonderful new offerings starting today, June 1.  You can buy one kit from our kit collection and get the second one 50% off.  It is a great time to call your friends and schedule a kit party!

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Stampin’ Up! has added two new kit offerings at the same time they are offering the BOGO 50% off:

 

 

Check out all the kits at my store under ‘shop products’ and then ‘kits’, click on this image to shop:

Our kits are varied with some that require no stamping, those that include stamping, some for home decor and now a scrapbooking kit!

And of course there is the ever growing popular Paper Pumpkin kits.  We are given a teaser about these monthly kits but you won’t be disappointed.  The internet is loaded with alternative ideas for each kit so if you want to try something different you have lots of inspiration.  Here is the June teaser video:

Hopefully, I will have some cards from the May Paper Pumpkin to show you soon.

Don’t hold your breath, she still has the last CTC (case the creator) card to show you and the cards from her party and ….

Now, now, Sal, be kind!  Though you make a good point and I think I even missed the April swaps.

The hostess code with Sharon as our hostess is:  DHVSAPC3

Thank you for spending some time with me!  Text me if you did not receive the new catalog or if you have any questions – 303-815-0838.  I appreciate your business!

SAL,  Sharing A Lot of inspiration

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Catalog Goes Live Today!

Hello Stamping Friends,

We have been waiting anxiously for this day with its new annual catalog!  It is another masterpiece of beauty offering phenomenal products to delight every crafters’/artists’ heart!  Click on the image to open a pdf and click through the pages.  Even the back cover is gorgeous!

 

Click to access 2022-annual-catalog-sample-recipe-list.pdf

If you see a project and wonder what was used to create it, just click on the link above and scroll to the page the project is on.  The catalog and this link are in the ‘Catalogs’ tab so you don’t have to find this post each time you have a question.

And to add icing to the cake, the main office decided to offer ‘Branded Merchandise’ for sale to everyone- not just demonstrators as has been in the past!

A hoodie with Abigail Roses, grid sheets with In Colors, a tumbler in your choice of the In Colors , a poster with Abigail Roses and file folders!  Click on the image to check these out in the store!


To celebrate and show off the new In Colors I am hosting a catalog launch at my home here in Castle Rock!

Mini Catalog Launch

  • Tuesday, May 10, 9:30 – 11:30
  • RSVP by Friday May 6 please, Text 303-815-0838.  Bring your completed crossword puzzle.
  • My home in Castle Rock, 4143 Eagle Ridge Way
  • Agenda
    • Show and Tell with projects from the new catalog
    • Review the answers to the crossword puzzle
    • 10:30 Draw for door prize
    • Create In Color swatch sheet
    • Simple Make and Take
    • 11:30 Draw for the raffle basket
    • Lunch in town

I will have a raffle basket filled with special gifts!  You can get an entry ticket by:

  • attending
  • completing the crossword puzzle scavenger hunt
  • bringing a card/project for display using something from the new catalog (returned to you after the event)
  • ordering from me – one ticket for each $25 order
  • purchasing a ticket for $2

2022-2023-stampin-up-annual-catalog crossword scavenger hunt pdf


 

Thank you to Crosswordlabs for Online Link  


We love having new In Colors each year; though we hate losing the In Colors from two years ago.  Sigh…..

  We?? Do you have a mouse in your pocket??

No, Sal, all Stampin’ Up!’s family gets excited about new colors with inks and papers and ribbons to match!

Check it out!

Wow!  That should give everyone a color to love!

And for those who would like it all, I suggest joining my team and getting it all free!!

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For $99 you will receive $125 of products and from now through May 31 all the above In Color products!

Join here


The other option to see the new In Colors is to use them on projects like the May Paper Pumpkin!

 

Sign up for Paper Pumpkin by May 10  by purchasing a subscription through my store or go directly to the Paper Pumpkin site HERE.


What will you create with the new In Colors?


At the catalog launch we will make a color swatch to add to your collection of swatches:


Order Color Sampler Sheets

I will make you color sampler sheets for $1.25 per sheet.  There are 12 total sheets so $15 for all!  Many of you already have the first 7 so you only need the new comparison sheets.  They will be like the picture but with all current colors!

  1. Basics Collection
  2. Brights Collection
  3. Neutrals Collection
  4. Regals Collection
  5. Subtles Collection
  6. In Color Collection 2021-2023
  7. In Color Collection 2022-2024
  8. Orange & Yellow comparison sheet
  9. Purple & Brown comparison sheet
  10. Red & Pink comparison sheet
  11. Green comparison sheet
  12. Blues & gray comparison sheet

Text your order to 303-815-0838 or email stampalosopher@gmail.com. You can pay through Paypal.

See you soon!  With all the excitement for the new Annual, don’t forget the mini is current through June 30!

The hostess code is 94TSAZ3P!  Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store.

Thank you for supporting my business!  If you did not receive a catalog in the mail text me and I will mail you one. 303-815-0838

SAL,  Sharing A Lot, Sharing A Love,

Karen

 

 

 

Triangle Corner Pop Up Card for Case The Creator (CTC)card

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code:  94TSAZ3P

It was fun to meet with those of you who could attend the 4th Tuesday Zoom meeting at 11:30 MT.

You’ve been neglecting me lately!

That I have, Sal, I am rethinking my blog strategies but I want to advertise my mini catalog launch on May 10 so here I am again!  I say mini catalog launch because it isn’t an all day event and I won’t have as many make and take projects.

I will have a raffle basket filled with special gifts!  You can get an entry ticket by:

  • attending
  • completing the crossword puzzle scavenger hunt.  (The crossword puzzle will be on my blog next Tuesday!)
  • bringing a card/project for display using something from the new catalog (returned to you after the event)
  • ordering from me – one ticket for each $25 order
  • purchasing a ticket for $2.

Mini Catalog Launch

  • Tuesday, May 10, 9:30 – 11:30
  • RSVP by Friday May 6 please, Text 303-815-0838.  Bring your completed crossword puzzle.
  • My home in Castle Rock, 4143 Eagle Ridge Way
  • Agenda
    • Show and Tell with projects from the new catalog
    • Review the answers to the crossword puzzle
    • 10:30 Draw for door prize
    • Create In Color swatch sheet
    • Simple Make and Take
    • 11:30 Draw for the raffle basket
    • Lunch in town

Two more announcements before we go to the CTC (case the creator) card:

Paper Pumpkin for May

Click on the above image to see Sarah introduce the May Paper Pumpkin.  It uses all the new In Colors as you make 10 cards – five designs.  There are foil accents, an optional gift card holder and— inside 200 Paper Pumpkins is a golden voucher worth $25 in Stampin’ Up! products.  Don’t wait – order now by a subscription at my STORE or by clicking this link to go directly to Paper Pumpkin:  LINK


New Sign Up Special For More ‘In Color’ Fun

Join the team in May for $99 and receive $125 of your choice of product plus an amazing amount of ‘In Color’ products:

 

Click to JOIN!


Case The Creator Card Challenge

This month we cased Dawn Griffith’s Triangle Corner Pop Up Easel Card!

That’s a mouthful!

Yes, Dawn calls it a “Fancy, Schmancy Corner Fun Fold”!  Her video is in the instructions.

Case The Creator #3 printable pdf file

I ordered the tiny magnets from Amazon:


Let’s check out all the cards we made for the Zoom meeting.  Thank you to those who participated!
My card uses the ‘Windmill Fields’ dies and the ‘Flowering Fields’ DSP and the ‘Flowering Tulips’ stamp set for the greeting.  This bundle and the paper are in the mini catalog so we have until June 30 to order (unless it sells out first)!  Arghhhh……

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The bicycle is hidden when you open up the easel so be careful with your design.  I had a lot of fun with the bicycle!  I used the long, tiny tulip die to create a basket of tulips!  I will write my greeting under the ‘thank you’ since I went against protocol and made the bottom left another flower display instead of the place to write a note.


Heather made a fabulous graduation card with beautiful gold embossed paper and black!  I love the diploma for the easel stand up!

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Joy’s beautiful card uses the ‘Expressions In Ink’ designer series paper.  We only have until May 2nd to get discontinuing items, like this DSP, from the annual catalog!

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Sharon’s uses the Tea Time stamp set and Tea Together dies-  look at the little heart she put on the lid!


Sheri used the ‘Flowering Fields’ DSP and the ‘Simply Succulents’ stamp set for greetings:

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Ann used the ‘You’re A Peach’ DSP and the ’Sweet As A Peach Bundle’.  Those peaches even look fuzzy!  The amazing “Dist ink tive” stamps!  These are in the Annual catalog as well so order before May 2.

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Jo’s little rabbit made us all smile, and eggs from the Arrange A Wreath set and Wreath Builder Dies were perfect with the paper.

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  They followed instructions and had a large place for a message. 

Indeed!  Isn’t it fun to see all the different creations from one set of instructions?!

The new Annual Catalog goes live on May 3 but in the meantime checkout the store for retiring products with great discounts!

You should have received a catalog from me if you placed a $50 order last year.  If not send me a text with your address and I will drop one in the mail.  Text  303-815-0838

SAL,   Seeing April Leave

Karen

Click on little Sal in the computer to shop.  Hostess Code:  94TSAZ3P

PS. I would love to know if you are using the blog as I analyze plans for the future of the blog.

Do you ever need to know the name of a stamp set for a greeting you saw me use on a card so you go to the recipe box and scroll to the card and click on it and find the name of the stamp set?  I do that a lot.

Do you ever click on little Sal in the computer to go to the store and check out the clearance rack or new specials?

Do you ever use the search field here on the blog to find an idea for a stamp set you would like to use?

Do you ever go to the blog to get instructions for a technique by finding a similar card in the recipe box and then going to the specific blog post?

How else do you use the blog?

Leave a comment and I will draw from all the comments for a prize.

Thank you much!

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Side Step Card & Retiring Lists

Hello Stamping Friends,

Today I have a simple side step card to show you and the retiring list is out!   Our new catalog will go live May 3rd with amazing new products to satisfy your crafting needs, but sadly many of our favorites will retire and no longer be available.  Some retiring products are 50% off!  They are only available while supplies last so don’t tarry if you still have items on your wish list or need to restock things like embellishments or paper.  Shipping goes up April 1 so now is a good time to save a little on shipping, additionally costs go up a little in the new catalog so you may want to check your inventory of essential papers and restock.

Maybe a wish list form they can use to itemize what they want when they look at the sales?

That is a good idea, Sal, I know my wishes change when I see great sales!  Click on the blue for a printable pdf, thank you to Sandy McManus for sharing her wish list!

Wish List 2021 blank.pdf printable file

Click on the banner to go directly to the store.

Click on 1. for a list sorted by discounts with 50% first in list; 2. large print of the retiring list; 3. English only list

  1. PDF DISCOUNTS SORT 2021-2022-Annual-Catalog-Last-Chance-Products

  2. PDF LG PRINT PAGE # 2021-2022-Annual-Catalog-Last-Chance-Products

  3. PDF PAGE # SORT 2021-2022-Annual-Catalog-Last-Chance-Products

Thank you to Deb Snyder for her great job of providing us user friendly lists!

If you enjoy sorting your own way using Excel, the following is a list in Excel with drop down boxes where you can select -English only, or – 50% only, or stamps only, etc.

EXCEL LG PRINT 2021-2022-Annual-Catalog-Last-Chance-Products.xlsx

You should preview this post and make sure those links work; remember what happened yesterday. 

Right again, Sal, I thought I could add the banner and then attach a link in an email and there was no link – embarassing!   Whew…. they all work this time!  Please let me know in the comments if you find these useful.

Now, let’s look at a Simple Side Step Card.  I saw this design on Lori Pinto’s Lollipop Paper & Ink blog and used it for my Case The Creator #2 Challenge with my stamping group.  I send out instructions and the link to a video and the group makes a card to share at our 4th Tuesday of the month Zoom meeting.  It is so cool to see all the different cards from one set of instructions!

Case The Creator #2 printable pdf file

And here is the file if you don’t want to print it out:

I used the SAB Daffodil Afternoon designer series paper for my background and the Daffodil Dies for my card:

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Joy Meadows used the Pierced Blooms Dies for her beautiful card:

Ann Hausmann used the Sale A Bration Friendly Hello set with the Friendly Hello Designer Series Paper:

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Heather Guitreau used the Art In Bloom bundle with its Bloom Hybrid Embossing folder and dies:

  

 

They are all beautiful and so fun to see the variety!  Thank you for participating!

I made a thank you card using this same style.   I used the Happy Hedgehogs stamp set and the retired Love You Lots stamp set and the SAB Thoughtful Blooms set.  I used the New Horizons DSP and then sponged the front to match the DSP after masking the stamped images.  The hedgehog is the little one in the set and I used the reverse image technique to face him toward the right.  Just use a silicone pad and your stamparatus, stamp the image several times in Memento on the silicon pad and then carefully lay your paper on top and burnish to get a nice reverse image.

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Join us next April 26 at 11:30 MT for the Case The Creator #3  Zoom meeting!   The instructions and Zoom link will be posted on the blog in April or text me your email and I will include you on the Zoom invite.  303-815-0838.   We would love to have you join us and share your creation!

Miscellaneous Announcements:

Demonstrators:

  • A pdf of the new catalog is on your demonstrator website under catalogs.    Anxious?  Join Now
  • Customer Manager is open until March 31 to order catalogs to be delivered to your customers
  • If you earned a Sale A Bration reward it is redeemable now through May 11
  • Preorder from the new catalog begins April 1
  • Several supply items are currently on sale
  • Registration for Stampin’ Up!’s first virtual creative event is April 5 – April 19 (Event is in June)

For everyone:

  • Shipping prices increase a bit April 1.  From 6.95 minimum to 7.95 and from 10% to 11%.
  • Products are no longer backordered due to delay in shipping times
  • Prices are going up in the new catalog for many items
  • The new catalog goes live to customers May 3
  • The retirement list is out and products are available only while supplies last
  • In Color products are the first to sell out so order now if you need any of the retiring In Color products
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.  Keeping up with all the sales is a challenge!

Yes and we still have the following, click on each ad to see the details:

 

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The hostess code for March orders is N9P47DJX.

Thank you for sharing some of your precious time with me!

SAL,  Spring At Last

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March Fun

Good morning, Stamping Friends,

The hostess code for March orders is N9P47DJX.  Use this code if your order is under $150.  If your order is over $150 do not use the code since you will have earned the hostess dollars yourself- 10% of your order to buy most anything you want from the current catalogs.

Here is a walk down memory lane for a swiper St. Patrick’s Day card.  When you pull the card side to side the pot of gold pops up:
 

You can click on the image to go to the post for detailed pictured instructions!  We can change the images to a current product while maintaining rainbows, shamrocks and a pot of gold!

.  You could use me!

Now there’s a thought!  And we could add a pepper shaker to be your friend!

Ann Hausmann cased Kirsteen Gill and made the cutest St. Patrick’s Day favor with current products:

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I didn’t know the ‘Brilliant Rainbow Dies’ had a miniature rainbow?!  I love miniatures!

Thank you, Ann!

We have a few announcements from the home office, a new product suite with paper only available now and of course tickling of our ears for the April Paper Pumpkin.

And then a card or two?

Of course!  I think I need to work backwards to get caught up, so today will be cards from our first CTC challenge!  In past months I have done Mystery Card challenges for our club but I switched to CTC challenges in February- Case The Creator!   It works like this:  l find a video of a card and post the link with the card cuts for stampers to make a fun card that they will share at our fourth Tuesday of the month Zoom meeting.  Anyone can join. Of course February is over,  but the Zoom meeting with the CTC challenge #2 for March will be held next Tuesday at 11:30 and we would love you to make the card and join us to show it off!



March Case The Creator #2 printable pdf file

Karen Decker is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Karen Decker’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Mar 22, 2022 11:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88630502456

Meeting ID: 886 3050 2456
Passcode: 440286



So that is coming up next week but now let’s go back to last month:

February Case The Creator #1 printable pdf file (click on the blue)

Lynn Dunn of Stamptastic Designs is our creator!  Thank you, Lynn.

I made a Valentines Day card since I had all those supplies sitting at my work table, and then I used the same design for February thank you cards.  Another sincere thank you to all those who ordered in February!  The home office announced that shipping goes up April 1st so you may want to order now to save a little.  Shipping will be $7.95 or 11% of the order whichever is larger.

You are off track!

Oops…. That’s why I have you!

I used the ‘Always In My Heart’ stamp set for Be My Valentine on a banner die cut from the Floral Heart Dies.  The paper is the ‘Sweet Talk’  Designer Series Paper in the mini catalog.  I fussy cut candies for the inside.  The Happy Valentine’s Day fits so perfectly in the opening and is from the retired ‘Heartfelt’ stamp set.  The ribbon is the Faux Linen Real Red ribbon from the mini catalog.

   

For the Thank You card and a card for Mom I made these:

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The paper is from the ‘Flowering Fields’ designer series paper, also in the mini catalog and I used the ‘Jar of Flowers’ stamp set to make a bouquet the perfect size for the pocket opening.  I had a stack of products by the time I finished:

  • Delivering Cheer stamp set – shadow under the jar
  • Positve Thoughts stamp set – Hugs, Prayers, Love
  • Forever Blossoms stamp set – All of me loves all of you
  • Prized Peony stamp set – Love & thanks to a dear friend
  • Jar of Flowers stamp set – Tulips & stems, jar stamped on a window sheet with stazon ink
  • Detailed Bands Dies – cut once in Basic White and once in Fresh Freesia
  • Stampin’ Blends – Lt Fresh Freesia, Dk & Lt Soft Succulent, Dk Rich Razzleberry, Lt Highland Heather, Pineapple Punch

To the above CTC instructions I added a Gorgeous Grape belly band permanently attached  – 1″ X 8 1/4″, score at 1/4″ and then gently fold to determine where it will wrap on the side, then score that fold.

For the bow on the jar I used a 1/8″ X 4″ strip of Gorgeous Grape and folded in a 45 degree fold to which I added a second 1/8″ X 1 1/2″ strip tucked in at the fold.

I also added a 3 X 4 Basic White piece to go on back of the insert for writing a message, a doily and three little brass butterflies.

.  I love the little fussy cut flower laying on the ground in the insert!  Nice touch. 

Thank you, Sal!  Let’s look at the cards from those who participated and sent me pictures.

Joy used the cut off for the pocket to make a second card and the Layering Ovals punch for two different greetings. She’s using products from the Art Gallery suite.

Sharon did three different cards – the pocket card and then used the pieces for two others. She used the ‘Expressions In Ink’ designer series paper and a paper bow from the ‘Pierced Blooms Dies’.

Ann used the hostess ‘Pattern Party’ designer series paper and the ‘Pierced Blooms Dies’.  I love the stripes that peek out from the back:

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Heather used the Poppy set in Pool Party for a lovely card:

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Thank you, dear stampers, for participating and helping others see the variety of creations from one fun fold pocket card! We have a large flower in the opening, a whole bouquet in the opening, a lovely paper bow or even a heart in the opening!

You had better let them know what’s happening at the home office before they get tired of reading and leave! 

Right!


The biggest news is the mini cut and emboss machine is on sale with several compatible bundles – some brought back from retirement!  The sale is only good through March 31!  And remember shipping goes up April 1 so check these off your wish list now!

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Stampin’ Up! is offering a sneak peak from the new catalog (set to debut May 3) with ‘Waves of the Ocean’ in a suite, a bundle or available as individual products through May 2.  The stamp set and dies will be in the new catalog but the beautiful paper with gorgeous blue foil papers and sparkly gems are only available until May 2.

 

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Little black and white advertisements just wouldn’t do it for a suite this beautiful!  Blue foil paper – be still my heart! The products are available while supplies last and Stampin’ Up! no longer takes back orders so don’t tarry if you love the ocean, or have friends who do, and you want to create beautiful scenes with these new products.


This is a heartwarming video.  The kit has 9 cards, 3 each of 3 designs.

Click on the image to go to my Paper Pumpkin site to sign up – by April 10th!


I advertised the All Together collection of products HERE.  Click on the blue for details.


We have a new kit in the Stampin’ Up! kits collection:


Miscellaneous Announcements:

Demonstrators:

  • You will be able to see a pdf of the new catalog on March 23 at 1:00pm!   Anxious?  Join Now
  • Customer Manager is open until March 31 to order catalogs to be delivered to your customers
  • If you earned a Sale A Bration reward it is redeemable now through May 11
  • Preorder from the new catalog begins April 1
  • Registration for Stampin’ Up!’s first virtual creative event is April 5 – April 19 (Event is in June)

For everyone:

  • Shipping prices increase a bit April 1.  From 6.95 minimum to 7.95 and from 10% to 11%.
  • Products are no longer backordered due to delay in shipping times
  • Prices are going up in the new catalog for many items
  • The new catalog goes live to customers May 3
  • The retirement list will be posted sometime in April
  • In Color products are the first to sell out so order now if you need any of the retiring In Color products
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.  That’s like…..a ….. lot…. of information!  

There’s a lot happening in the next couple of months and now I have a resource to link to when I add all the cards I have yet to show everyone!

The hostess code for March orders is N9P47DJX.

SAL,     Spring At Last

Karen

Click on Sal in the computer to go to my store:’

 

All Together Suite of Products & Mystery Card #18

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code for February is M4KH246Q.   Use the code if your order is under $150; when your order hits the $150 you will get the hostess dollars yourself.

Here’s a video from the home office that describes the new products so well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moS2vdxY6yc

 

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Get the pdf for this chart HERE

.  Ooohh….I like the pinky promise stamp!

Me, too, Sal!  It brought back memories of elementary school friends.

Would you like to look at December’s Mystery card?

  What happened to January?

Ahh, January!  Snowstorms caused us to cancel club twice but finally we had club on the last day of January. Obviously no days left for a Zoom meeting with a mystery card.

January 4th was my daughter Amber’s birthday and the 9th was Emmitt’s 4th birthday so we celebrated with a Ninja Turtle party!  Paul had to be both grandpa and dad since dad was in Seattle.

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Of course, he had to have a Ninja turtle card:

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The little dog looks just like Ruger don’t you think?!  I used the ‘Back on Your Feet’ stamp set and the retired ‘Ready For Christmas’ stamp set and ‘Christmas Staircase’ dies.   I cut the curves with the ‘Polar Bear Dies’ and punched out a balloon.  The number ‘4’ was die cut with the ‘Playful Alphabet’ die.  I hand drew the Ninja mask!

Jaxson’s birthday was just two weeks earlier so he received a Ninja in red – I think that is Michaelangelo and the blue is Donatello.

 

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Then January 7th our fifth grandbaby decided to come early and was born to Stacia and Jonathan. Emma became a big sister!  Josephine Jasmine Whitehead entered the world weighing 5 lbs 13 oz.  She was named after Paul’s mom!  She was born one day before her daddy’s birthday on the 8th!  Very special in so many ways!

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And if that wasn’t enough we had sold the motorhome after Christmas and in January Paul found a new truck and camper to make our travels better!  It is an Arctic Fox 811. They sure make them better than the two cab over campers we owned in the past and it is a four season so we can take it to Steamboat to see the family!

 

Wow, that was quite the month! Now can we see the mystery card?

Mystery Card Challenge #18 printable pdf file- click on the blue

   

I needed several cards so I changed the front word die cuts to suit the situation:

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I used a Crumb Cake base with a layer of Evening Evergreen, the gorgeous Ever Eden DSP-Designer Series Paper, another layer of Evening Evergreen with a Soft Succulent layer and then the Basic White for the art work.  The middle card has an extra layer of the Ever Eden cotton paper that is very like tissue and made a nice background with a bit of a different texture.  The gold is from our laser cut gold DSP and layered on top of stamped greenery and cut out greenery from the Sparkle of the Season bundle.   Happy New Year and Happy Day are from the Word Wishes dies.  Happy Birthday is the retired Birthday die.

The front is a flap that opens and has a pocket for a gift card.  The greeting is from the ‘Celebrating You’ set in the mini catalog.

Jo Brooks participated and made a birthday card with lots of cool balloons!!

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Joy Meadows also made a birthday card with a fun look of flowers and no need for a separate pocket!

Sharon Fincham made the card going vertically.

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Don’t you just love those little bugs!!   Thank you ladies for participating!

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What are you doing, Sal, sounding like a monkey?

. The February Paper Pumpkin has a monkey!

Ohhh, yes! Safari Celebration – sign up by the 10th to get your kit  – click HERE

 

Hostess code for February is M4KH246Q.  Click on little Sal in the computer to go to my online store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Year – New Mini Catalog & Sale A Bration Brochure

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code for January is GZ9YM4QN.  (If you are opening this in your mobile device be sure and click on the header a second time so all the videos work.)

Happy New Year!!  I took a long break after our annual Stampers Christmas Party but it is time to get back to work!

If one month is a ‘break’, we had better hope you don’t go on a ‘vacation’!

Okay, so I had a vacation, Sal!  But I am back!

Most importantly the new JJ Mini Catalog went live January 4th with the Sale A Bration brochure.  With each $50 or $100 order from the Mini catalog and/or the Annual catalog, shoppers earn a free Sale A Bration Gift. JJ stands for January to June.  The catalog went live January 4th and ends June 30th 2022.

Click on the image for a pdf of the JJ Mini catalog.  Below the image is a pdf of recipes for projects shown in the JJ Mini catalog.

Product List for projects shown in the JJ Mini Catalog


To help you get to know the new catalog there are several videos introducing some of the amazing products. Grab your catalog or download the above pdf to look at the products as our Stampin’ Up! folks showcase the products:

Turn to Page 14-17 of the catalog for Flowering Fields products; here is a Video:


Turn to Page 43 for New Horizons; Click for the Video:

 


Turn to page 58-61 for the Heart and Home Suite; Click for Video:


Turn to Pages 8-10 for Sweet Talk products and click to watch the Video:

 


Turn to pages 48-49 for Abstract Beauty products and click to watch the Video:

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Turn to page 65 for Butterflies & Flowers Layering Decorative Masks;

here is a must watch  Video:

 

They made those flowers using stencils?

Yes, Sal, Stampin’ Up! calls them masks!  The leaves and the background are also from the masks.  Pretty amazing and a new fun way to ink up paper!!


Now let’s look at the Sale A Bration brochure, click on the image to walk through the brochure:

Sale A Bration (SAB) Brochure pdf – click to view or download:

Product List for projects shown in the SAB brochure

Video from the home office with an overall look at the products:

  

Turn to page 4-5 in the brochure to see the gorgeous paper and page 37 in the JJ Mini for the coordinating Daffodil products and click to watch this video while you look at my favorite new products:

  


Turn to page 8-9 in the brochure to see the Sunshine & Rainbow Designer Series Paper and page 18 of the JJ Mini for the coordinating products.  This video shows it much better:

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There are so many more awesome products in these two offerings and I hope you take advantage of the Sale A Bration promotion to get free products and coordinating products.

Sale A Bration runs from January 4, 2022 to February 28, 2022 so shop now while the inventory is well stocked!

Hostess code for January is GZ9YM4QN.  Use this code if your order is under $150 or you are a club member and the small orders combine to give our hostess free products.  Thank you for supporting my small business!

New Club rotations start in February so please let me know if you are interested in joining a club.  If you would like to host a workshop and invite your circle of friends to see if they might want to start a club give me a shout out and we can arrange a date and time!

New to the area and want to make friends?  Join club or attend as a guest for a minimum fee to cover the card kits.

Love too many of the products for your budget?  Join as a demonstrator and get $125 of products for $99 and during Sale A Bration you will get your choice of any TWO stamp sets for free to add to your kit.  (You do pay tax but the shipping is free!)  See page 18 of the SAB brochure for details.

Contact me or go to the ‘Join’ tab at the top of the blog to learn more.

These catalogs will be posted at the ‘Catalog’ tab for future reference.

  Wow!  So what’s next for us?

Well, Sal, I hope to do one post a day to catch up.

  • First things first – new products. CHECK
  • Next a post with the December Mystery Card
  • A post of the November club cards
  • A post of the amazing Christmas cards I received
  • A post of an easy design for Thank You notes
  • A post of a card or two using new products

Normally, I don’t post more than once a week, but my blog is also my scrapbook and I have used the recipe box twice in the last days to find the name of a product I used, so it is important to keep this blog going.  I hope you have found the same benefit to following the blog.  Use the search bar and hopefully find what you need to help your crafting as we…..

…..bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting life!

Click on little Sal in the computer to go to my online store and thank you again for choosing me as your demonstrator!

SAL,  Shout A Loud for 2022

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gingerbread House Card Contest

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code for December is 6KSWKDMM.   There will be no organized swap in December just holiday greetings to one another if you choose.

The club Christmas party is on our standard second Tuesday, December 14, from 9:30 – whenever!  I provide lunch as a thank you for participation in club either as a member or guest.    We each bring a white elephant gift – garage sale value between $5 and $10.  We’ll make a  Christmas tree ornament this year.

January is our last club rotation so contact me if you would like to be a part of a new club rotation starting in February.  Guests are always welcome for a $5 fee or a $25 order.  We have such fun and have made lasting friendships!

November’s stamping schedule was way wacko since Paul tested positive for COVID and we had to isolate for 14 days.  (He is fine and said he has had worse colds than this.)  Our regular club meeting was moved to the day we would have had the Zoom meeting (4th Tuesday) with a Mystery Card Challenge.  So I created a new challenge – make a Gingerbread House using a Dutch Fold and bring it to club.   We will vote and the top Gingerbread House will receive a prize!

There are a lot of Dutch Fold Cards on social media but the one that inspired me was Anna Helman’s Hen House:

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She has all the instructions on Youtube which I posted here and we need only to change it to a gingerbread house.  In the video the basics of the house structure runs from about the 2 minute mark to the 10 minute mark. From there your creative genius kicks in to do a gingerbread house.

https://youtu.be/GaBdUh5wb6M

Basics for a house-

  • 11 x 5 3/4″ Card Base, Scored Vertically at 1 1/2″ and 3″ then turn and  Score Horizontally at 2 3/4″ and 8 1/4″ (this gives you 2 3/4″ on each side).  The vertical scores are the roof and lay horizontally on the house.
    • Cut off the top section on both sides cutting along the 3″ vertical score line to the 2 3/4 ” horizontal score line and then cut to the top
    • Burnish the folds; Bottom should have two folds like doors that meet in the middle and the top folds down from the     1 1/2 score line to the 3″ score line- this is the roof
    • Make the gables on your roof by making a pencil mark 1 1/2″ from the right and 1 1/2″ from the left on the folded roof and cutting through both layers in a diagonal from 1 1/2″ mark on each side to the 2 3/4″ score line (the top of your door).
  • Think Gingerbread House and have fun!

I pulled out my left overs from last year’s Paper Pumpkin for a front entryway to my house and die cut little windows with the Tailored Tag hole reinforcers.  The icing on the roof and below the windows is from the Gingerbread Dies and the icing on the walls and the snow on the ground are from the Polar Bears Dies. The greeting, the tag, the little candies and the stamped entryway are all from the Paper Pumpkin.  I had trouble keeping the front shut so I dug up one of my little reindeer paper clips from Stampin’ Up! retired products.  A square of gold glimmer paper behind the star and two jewel doorknobs complete the front.

When you open up the roof you can see the extra chimneys that show on the front:

 

For the inside I used a greeting from the retired Wrapped In Warmth stamp set and die cut it out with a Hippo die. The greeting was mounted on two more of the little house pieces from Paper Pumpkin.

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Let’s look at the contestants since yours obviously can’t be entered.

It would be weird to win your own prize.  Sort of defeats the purpose of a contest.

The winner of the prize was Jo Brooks:

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The details, the wreath, the designer series paper and the glitter paper – oh my!  Just beautiful!

So what was the prize?  

A box of gingerbread cookies!  Fitting don’t you think?!

Ann Hausmann made a gnome house:

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Those little gnomes are so cute!  And remember they had to figure out all the layers themselves.  They just had directions for the base.

And a hen house video!

Well, they did have that and Sharon even did the pop ups on the inside of her house like the video showed:

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She put an amazing amount of work into the inside.  With most of her cards, the inside is as creative as the outside!

Lori went with a different roof line on an Early Espresso base, oodles of candies and puff paint!

Love those heart windows!

Thank you, friends for participating in a fun challenge.

I would love to see what you make as a gingerbread dutch fold card!  Send pictures!

  Anything else happening at Stampin’ Up!?

This month is the last for the mini catalog and the home office has posted the retiring list  – with savings!

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And today is the last day to sign up for Paper Pumpkin in January, a Lots of Pun kit!

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If you are a demonstrator you can preorder now from the new mini catalog and even earn the Sale A Bration products!

If you would like the perks of being a demonstrator, contact me and I will help you get started.  Learn more by clicking on the blue ‘Join The Fun’ link.  There is no pressure to sell and no penalty if you decide it is not for you.  There are hobby demonstrators and there are business demonstrators so you can join to just get the discounted products or to make a little extra, it is all in your own control!  You pay $99 for a starter kit and you get $125 of products that you choose for your kit!  Win – Win!

Join The Fun 

Thanks for stopping by to see some fun cards!  Come back again soon.

SAL,  Sparing A Little time to have some fun

Karen

Hostess Code for December is 6KSWKDMM, click on little Sal in the computer to shop

 

Gather Together with Nuts About Squirrels

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code for December:  6KSWKDMM

Did you miss me?  Right before Thanksgiving I received an email from my web host company that their company had been hacked and my blog was locked until I changed my password and did a list of things to protect the website.  I didn’t want to work on it with all the Thanksgiving preparations and Christmas shopping at craft shows but I am up and running again!  Thank you for your patience.

Did you go to Tagawa or the Fairgrounds for the craft shows?  They were amazing this year.  I am sure everyone spent the last year of COVID creating wonderful things to sell!!

.   And you hardly spent a dime, right?

Let’s not go there!  Let’s look at November swaps:

The video was made a couple weeks ago so the sale I talk about is over but we have a new sale on retiring products.  I will post that down below.

This card is a case of one made by Lezards de Cilou.  Hers was made as a much larger card but the idea was great so I made a normal A2 size card,.

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Recipe:

Woodtone Designer Series Paper (DSP) is either ‘In Good Taste’ or ‘Beauty Of The Earth’ (Both are in the Annual Catty) or just use Early Espresso and Emboss with the Bark 3D embossing folder.

Stamp Sets:  Nuts About Squirrels and Pretty Pumpkins

Inks:  Soft Suede- squirrel outlines; Cinnamon Cider for stamping the color of the squirrels; Pumpkin Pie for greetings and one inside little leaf;  Cajun Craze for a leaf; Crushed Curry for a leaf; Early Espresso for branches and veins on the leaves.

Blender Pens:  Ivory for shading on the squirrels; Bronze for the top of the acorn; Lt Cajun Craze for bottom of acorn.

Marker:  Pumpkin Pie to add dots to greetings

Dies:  Layering Diorama Dies, Tailored Tag Dies

Embossing Folder:  Cracked Paint

  • Base:  Bumble Bee, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2.
  • Back Piece for a background:  Woodtone DSP, 2 1/4 X 3 5/8,  this is to be a background for your cutouts.  Glue to base.
  • Middle layer:  Woodtone DSP, 3 5/8 X 4 5/8, die cut with smallest Layering Diorama Die, emboss with the Crackled Paint embossing folder and then distress and sponge the edges with Early Espresso- Turn this layer upside down so your openings are different.
  • Very Top Layer:  Woodtone Designer Series Paper; 3 7/8 X  4 7/8.  Cut with the second from smallest Layering Diorama Die centering about 1 1/2″ top and bottom.  Emboss with the Crackled Paint Embossing Folder. Sponge the cut out to add shadows and glue to the back piece you glued on the base.
  • Tree Branches at top:  DSP from Beauty Of The Earth, 1 3/4 X 4, fussy cut the edges
  • Inside Layer:  Basic White, 3 7/8 X 4 7/8, Stamp greeting, then the little leaves in bottom corner.  The stamp set has a two time stamping for the leaves- the leaves are stamped and then the veins are stamped over top,  I used Pumpkin Pie ink, Cajun Craze Ink and Crushed Curry Ink and then stamped the veins in Early Espresso.
  • Squirrel, acorns and tree branch – Basic White, 3 3/4 X 5
    • Stamp the squirrel outline in Soft Suede twice with the Stamparatus
    • Stamp the two step coloring of the squirrels with Cinnamon Cider stamped off once, reinked and stamped off a second time
    • Color in the squirrel with Ivory Stampin’ Blends
    • Stamp two additional acorns and color with Bronze on the top and Lt. Cajun Craze on the bottom
    • Stamp the tree branch with Early Espresso and fussy cut
  • Greeting:  Basic White, 1 1/2 X 3, Mask half the greeting with sticky note, ink, remove mask and then stamp.  The inside gets the other half of the greeting doing the same thing.  Then add three little dots with the Pumpkin Pie Marker.  Cut the front with the smallest Tailored Tag Die. Hide the circle under the squirrel’s head.

After making a couple I determined the best way to add the layers was dimensionals around the opening of the middle layer and gluing the sides with glue runner or Tombow.  Then the top is popped up with adhesive strips.

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Using the Layering Diorama Dies is not as complicated as it looks and there are so many creative applications online.  The Nuts About Squirrels carries over to next year so that is good news for you demonstrators wanting to use it for your classes.

.  That was cool!  I bet the others sent you great swap cards as well! 

They did and we should take a look so we have a scrapbook of ideas for the future!

Cindy’s card is a wonderful Thanksgiving greeting that you must see even though it is not a swap.  Look at the many lovely Designer Series Papers she used and the Pretty Pumpkin stamp, linen thread and gold gems!  The pumpkin is glossy and beautiful in real life.  I think she used the baby wipe technique for the colors and then embossed with clear embossing powder. It sparkles!

Ann’s beautiful card uses the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper, Scalloped Contour Dies and Beautiful Trees dies.

 

Lori’s helping me with Christmas cards with her swap using the Playful Penguin Designer Series Paper and Misty Moonlight card stock, Layering Diorama Dies, Curvy Christmas sentiment, Christmas Whimsy card kit for star stamp, and fussy cut little creatures from the Designer Series Paper.   So cute!!

   

Jo used the Days To Remember stamp set with the Brushwork Alphabet and lovely Designer Series Paper and sequins:

 

Joy used a Pale Papaya card base with a layer of Blackberry bliss (love that combo) and then weaved strips of the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper on a Pale Papaya layer embossed with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder.  She used the Pretty Pumpkins Stamp set with the bundled Detailed Pumpkins dies for the pumpkins and the greeting is from the same set.

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Sharon’s card uses fun table name markers from her stash to make a cute Thanksgiving card:

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Lucille’s card is lovely with lots of sparkle and stitched leaves on a Bumble Bee base with an Old Olive layer.  The ‘hugs’ is die cut and the oval is a stitched oval.

 

Such talent!  Thank you all!

The CLEARANCE RACK was refreshed on December 1 and there are many things still left.  Click here:

The retiring list has been posted, click on the image below to go to the store for images or the pdf file if you prefer a list:

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Here is a pdf of the Last Chance products if you prefer:  Jul-Dec-2021-Mini-Catalog-PDF Last-Chance-Products_page order

Thank you to Deb Snyder for reformatting the Stampin’ Up! list!

Hostess code for December:  6KSWKDMM

Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator and letting me be a

‘A pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting life!’

SAL,  Sending A Lot of cards to inspire you

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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