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Peek A Boo Card and Open Book Easel Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

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It is that time of year again when we start a new club rotation and we introduce a brand new Annual Catalog that goes live May 4!   Accordingly, my catalog launch will be on that same day – Tuesday, May 4th.

It will be an open house from 10-7 to accommodate as many schedules as possible.

Sneak peak, pretty please?

Well, we must do the traditional:

  • In Color Swatch sheet
  • Bookmark for our catalogs
  • Easy Make and Take with one or two new products
  • Door Prize Drawings every two hours- must be present to win; 12am, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
  • Raffle Bag – entries earned for each $10 in an order, completing the scavenger hunt/crossword, and purchasing entries for $2.50, you do NOT have to be present to win this.

And Chocolate – that is traditional!

Of course, Sal, there will be chocolate and other fun snacks.

Don’t you mean Raffle Basket – who does a Raffle Bag? 

A demonstrator who buys a beautiful Stampin’ Up! lunch bag and then fills it with goodies – that’s who!

Let’s look at this month’s club cards for those who have kits and need the instructions or those who want to recreate cards like them!

Peek A Boo Card

Here is the Youtube video:  (Did you know you can go to the settings and increase the speed?)

Thanks to Dawn Griffith for these dimensions.

  • Base:  Basic White, 4 1/4 X 8 1/2  scored at 4 1/4
  • Using the 2nd Largest Oval in the Stitched Shapes Framelits, fold the Basic White and cut ovals on the right hand side through both front and back.  My ovals are 1/2″ down from the top to the top edge of the framelit, 3/4″ up from the bottom to the bottom edge of framelit and 2 1/4″ from the right side of the Basic White to the left hand side of the framelit.
  • Front:  Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper (DSP), 4 1/4 X 5 1/2
  • Inside:  Hydrangea Hill DSP, 4 1/4 X 4 1/4 (minus a hair on the horizontal side to take into account the score line)
  • Using your Oval Framelit and a sticky note to hold the DSP in place on the Basic White, cut an oval in the front DSP and another oval on the inside DSP.  SAVE the cutout from the inside to glue on the mechanism.
  • Mechanism A:  Highland Heather, 4 1/4 X 5 3/4, scored on the long side at 5 1/2
  • Mechanism B:  Highland Heather, 4 1/4 X 3, scored on the short side at 2 3/4
  • Fold and burnish well the 1/2″ tabs on mechanisms A & B.  Attach A to the left side of the front DSP with the tab to the inside and attach B to the inside DSP on the right hand side with the tab hidden on the inside. Note: I used tear and tape and rolled the tiny bit of excess tape back onto itself to prevent any glue from catching on the mechanism.
  • Use a pencil to outline the oval on the Highland Heather and stamp your front greeting.  I used Blackberry Bliss to give a darker purple color and the friendship greeting in ‘Grace’s Garden’ stamp set.
  • Stamp the greeting on the oval cutout for the inside; I used the friend greeting from ‘Heartfelt’
  • After attaching the mechanisms, glue your inside DSP to the Basic White and then the front DSP to the Basic White.  Note: put the glue on the white not the front DSP because that piece is larger than the Basic White.  The small mechanism should go into the middle with the large mechanism at the back.
  • Use your pencil again to draw the oval for the inside on the mechanism that peeks in when you open the card.  Glue the oval cut out in place
  • Embellish with a little piece of ‘Gorgeous Grape Ribbon’ 2 X 1 1/2, two blackberry bliss punched butterflies, 3 pastel pearls and 1 butterfly gem (can you find it hiding on the left hand side?)

 

Open Book Easel Card

I was so delighted with how this card turned out and patting myself on the back but then had a humbling experience as I tried to do the Facebook Live and the sound echoed and the lighting didn’t work…… The silver lining to the mishaps was that I went to Youtube and learned how to edit a Youtube video so I could cut out the first eight minutes of echoing to make it a little easier for you to endure.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t fix the lighting so it still has a bit of a glare – so sorry for that less than professional presentation.  If you viewed the first video you see I had both lighting and sound corrected.  I made better notes for set up next time.

Thank you to Tina Zinck of the Serene Stamper for teaching me how to make an Open Book Easel Card.

  • Base:  Misty Moonlight, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 2 1/8 and 4 1/4.  Fold in half and then Z fold the 2 1/8″ score line
  • Bottom Layer at top of easel and the layer at the base of easel (X2): Brass Foil in the ‘World of Good’ DSP, 5 1/8 X 1 7/8, watch the direction of the words as you glue the pieces to the base
  • Easel Stand:  Misty Moonlight, 5 1/8 X 7/8 and a DSP strip of compasses, 4 7/8 X 5/8; Note the Misty Moonlight has no border but the compasses DSP does have a border
  • Globe and Stand:  Misty Moonlight, 2 1/4 X 2 1/4, Die cut circle with the circle in the World Map Dies,                                 Use Brass Foil 2 1/4 X 3 1/4 to die cut the globe and the stand
  • Book Layers:
    • Cinnamon Cider: 5 1/8 X 3 7/8; score at 2  9/16 – one 16th mark past the half mark
    • Designer Series Paper:  (Beige with words) 4 7/8 X 3 5/8; score at 2 7/16, one 16th mark less than the half mark
    • Cinnamon Cider:  4 5/8 X 3 3/8; score at 2 5/16, one 16th mark past the quarter mark
    • Designer Series Paper: (Map) 4 3/8 X 3 1/8; score at 2 3/16, one 16th mark less than the quarter mark
  • Banner:  Cinnamon Cider, 1 X 3, Stamp with Memento Black and embellish with the Antiqued Corners

Curl each of your book layers.  Break the fibers with the bone folder then wrap around the Take A Pick tool.

Place Tear and Tape on the middle of each book layer, burnish well, attach to its layer.  Note: fold the layer in half to place so you can get it right on the score line of the next layer down.

Place glue dots on the edge of each layer and push the layer in toward the middle to maintain the curl before you push down on the glue dots. Hint:  Use less curl if you are mailing and a little more if you are hand delivering.

Place Tear and Tape on the easel top base at 1/16 down from top and over 1/16 on the right and the same on the left and all the way down on the top easel layer to mount the book to your easel base.  Mount your book recurling that last layer if needed.

Use glue dots to mount the globe to the bottom of the top page of the book checking placement so that the globe fits correctly on the base.

Stamp your greeting on the Cinnamon Cider strip, embellish with the antique corners and mount with glue dots.

I used white embossing and “Congratulations on this new beginning” on the inside.

That, my friends, is the second of our two club cards for April.  May is the catalog launch and then we start a new club rotation in June so contact me if you are interested and I will answer any questions you may have.  Text 303-815-0838.

Remember:  the World of Good Suite and all its individual products (page 24-26 of the Annual Catalog) are retiring and most have a huge discount right now so head to the online store to purchase them.  The Butterfly punch I used on the first card is also retiring (Butterfly Duet, pg. 165) and it is great for quick embellishments in the color of your choice.  Butterflies are always good for those times when we get a shadow or smudge on our artwork!

Have a wonderful day!

SAL,  Share A Love of stamping

Hostess Code is: DJRYFBKM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Swap Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

HAPPY EASTER!!  What a joyous time as we celebrate that Jesus is alive and He provided the sacrifice for all our sins!!

I will share my Easter swap card and the swap cards from the club.  Jo and Sharon sent their April swap cards early so I have extra cards for you to enjoy!

Where did you find a lily??

The lily is the inside petals of the Poinsettia Place DSP we had in the last mini catalog.

I used several retired and retiring products knowing the message was more important than product presentation.

The base is Purple Posy which will retire May 3 but the Ornate Layers Dies do not retire so that is good news.

Recipe:

Note:  DSP is an acronym for Designer Series Paper

  • Stamp Sets:  Easter Message, Teeny Tiny Wishes, His Grace.
  • Ink:  Gorgeous Grape, Memento Black.
  • Dies:  Ornate Layers, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Detailed Bands (oval), Banner Blooms (stem).
  • Embossing Folder:  Tasteful Textile 3D or Subtle.
  • Base:  Purple Posy, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, Scored at 2″, 3″, 5 1/2″ and 6 1/2″.  Note:  This is 3/8 inch more than a standard card but I found it was easy to fold our standard envelope just 3/8″ more to send the card.  This size allowed the card to have a nice background for the Ornate borders without the lacy edges hanging over.
  • Side Layers (X2):  Plain Oh So Ombre purple, 2 (minus a hair) X 5 1/2.  The score line creates the need for just a hair less than the 2″ side.  I used the darker at the bottom and cut 1/2″ off the dark bottom of the 6 X 6 DSP to start (you will use part of this piece later so don’t toss it).
  • Side Ornate Border (X2):  Very Vanilla, 2 X 5, Die cut with Ornate Border.
  • Inside Layer of Side Ornate Border (X2): Oh So Ombre circles on purple DSP, 1 X 4.
  • Top Ornate Border:  Very Vanilla, 5 3/4 X 2 3/4, Die Cut with Ornate Border.
  • Inside Layer of Top Ornate Border:  Plain Oh So Ombre Purple DSP,  3 5/8 X 1 1/2,  Cut this piece in half lengthwise (3/4″) for each side of cross and then place both halves in your paper cutter at the same time to cut 1″ off the lighter end so that you have two matching pieces that are 1 X 3/4 and two pieces that are 2 5/8 X 3/4.  Glue these 4 pieces to the edges of the wood tone paper leaving a 3/8″ cross.
  • Cross:  Natural Touch Specialty Paper, 1 7/8 X 4, glue this to the Ornate Border.
  • Base of cross:  Plain Oh So Ombre, 1/2 X 1 7/8, Use a piece of the dark end that you cut off, glue this piece to the Ornate Border leaving the same border as the top.
  • Once all your pieces are glued to the Very Vanilla Ornate Border, run the layer through an embossing folder.  I used Tasteful Textiles for this one but switched to the Subtle 3D embossing folder for the others I made to make the texture more — well — subtle!  Glue this directly to the middle.
  • Greetings:  Very Vanilla Strip, 1 3/4 X 8 1/2,  stamp the dove and John 3:16 from His Grace stamp set, He Is Not Here from Easter Message Stamp Set, and Happy Easter from Teeny Tiny wishes on the vanilla strip.  Fussy cut the dove, and use the Stitched Rectangle to cut the two side greetings and the oval from the Detailed Bands dies to cut He is Not Here.
  • Lily:  Poinsettia Place DSP, fussy cut the inside petals of one of the poinsettias or cut one of the small poinsettias in the paper and add an extra petal since lilies have six petals.
  • Greenery:  Garden Green, 1 1/2 X 2, Die cut two stems using the solid stem in Banner Blooms.  Attach to the back of the lily and then pop up the lily in the middle of the cross.
  • Dove:  Very Vanilla, fussy cut from the strip shown at greetings,  color the branch green and pop up above cross.
  • Embellshments:  Heart Charm, use Tombow on the flat side and let it sit to get good and tacky then attach.  I also added three rhinestones here and there.

The three greetings, the lily, and the dove are all popped up with dimensionals, all the other pieces are glued down.  Try not to get glue on the sides of the ornate borders so they look a bit lacy.  I put Tombow glue in the middle back of the ornate pieces and then use a scrap piece of cardstock to spread the Tombow glue just to the edge of the middles.

How did something that looks so simple turn into so many words?

I know, Sal, but I like to add all the little tips that can help someone else make the card; especially knowing that I am that someone and might want to make half a dozen more.

Let’s look at some swaps.

Jo Brooks used Mountain Air and His Grace stamp sets with the Majestic Mountains dies, the Cross of Hope Dies and the Word Wishes dies.  I love how she sponged the background!

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Sharon Fincham used the Wreath Builder dies for her Easter card swap, the dies make perfectly shaped eggs!

 

Lucille’s swap is the cutest little bunny!

Joy Meadow’s swap card looks quite springy with the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper.  She said this fun fold is quite easy to make; we will have to try it someday.

Jo Brook’s March swap was an adorable St. Patrick’s Day card using the Word Wishes Dies and a fun gnome/leprechaun!

 

Lori Moore’s swap uses the Pretty Perennials stamp set in the JJ mini.   The set has the big ‘happy’ word and then little words you can use with it- ‘birthday’, ‘mail’, ‘for you’, ‘you make me’, ‘sending lots of’.

Suzi Walker used the Pretty Perennials set, as well, with the matching Perennial Petals Dies.  The DSP on the white is embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.  I am longing for spring flowers like these:

Sharon Fincham did an amazing card with a fun pop up center.  She used the ‘Hey Girlfriend’ stamp set in the JJ mini:

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Great job everyone!  All the cards are beautiful and such an inspiration.

And now do we get to see the Mystery cards you all made yesterday? 

Well, Sal, I think I will start a new post so we don’t overwhelm our readers.

Thank you for spending some time with me and some of my club members today.  Would you like to join a club or create one for you and your friends.  Our club rotation starts again in May and we would love to have you join.  Contact me by text at 303-815-0838 or email stampalosopher@gmail.com.

The hostess code for today and April is: DJRYFBKM

The retired list has been posted and the best way to see what is still available is to go to my online store – click on little Sal in the computer – and click on specials.  The list is already outdated with things that have sold out so best to just head to the store!

Have a wonderful day and a blessed Easter!

SAL,  sharing a love of Jesus

Karen

March Stamp A Stack with Hey Birthday Chick and Butterfly Bouquet

Hello Stamping Friends,

March Hostess Code:  A3VBV4QZ

Woo hoo!  We met in person for a  Stamp A Stack last week.  I limited the class size but it was great to be together again.

Click to see the Youtube video with a special appearance by the Darling Donkey on a birthday card:

Did you say ‘Youtube’?

Yes, Sal, I posted my first Youtube video- YAY!  It was a New Year’s Resolution and I did it –finally.  So join me on youtube and click the subscribe button to see any new videos I post.

Do you want to see just one of these cards?  Drag your scrolling button to these starting minutes:

  • 20:46   Happy Birthday with the chick and the cupcake
  • 33:01   Balloon chick with the cornstalk
  • 52:59   Darling Donkey & Chick dies for a birthday card (Not in the picture)
  • 57:02   Three Butterflies Friend Card with Butterfly Bijou DSP
  • 01:13:00   Single Butterfly Diagonally cut Butterfly Bijou DSP

The first 20 minutes I do a quick review of all four cards and the products used.

Recipe for the Happy Birthday Chick with the Cupcake, 20:46 on video

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  • Base:  Night of Navy, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Full Layer:  Basic White, 5 1/4 X 4 (make 2)
  • Background Square:  Night of Navy, 3 1/4 X 3 1/4 -glued straight
  • Middle Square:  Playing With Patterns DSP, 3 X 3 – glued at an angle
  • Top Square:  Basic White, 2 1/2 X 2 1/2, glued straight
  • Chick with Cupcake:  Basic White, 2 1/2 X 2 1/2, stamp in Tuxedo Memento Black, colored with Stampin’ Blends- Daffodil Delight, Lt & Dk Mango Melody, Lt Highland Heather, Coastal Cabana, Lt Seaside Spray, Lt Smoky Slate
  • Happy Birthday:  Night of Navy, 2 1/4 X 1, placed on same size foam adhesive sheet and cut with die
  • Streamers: Purple Posy, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, 3 X 3/4, make one of each color
  • Embellishments:  Playing With Patterns Resin Dots
  • Inks:  Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Tuxedo Memento Black

 

Recipe for the Balloon Chick with the cornstalk, 33:01 on video

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Cased from Akiko Sudano of Stampin’ In the Meadows

  • Base:  Terracotta Tile, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2
  • Layer 1:  Natural Touch Specialty Paper, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Layer 2:  Basic White, 3 1/2 X 4 3/4, Before adhering any of the cut out pieces, stamp Happy Birthday at the bottom, sponge with So Saffron and Balmy Blue blending brushes, and then emboss with Tasteful Textile embossing folder
  • Inside Layer:  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Strip: Natural Touch Specialty Paper, 3/4 X 5 1/4
  • Chicken with balloon:  Thick Basic White, 2 3/4 X 4 1/4, stamped in Memento Black and colored with Stampin’ Blends, Ivory for the body leaving the head white, Dk Mango Melody for the feet and beak, Dk Pumpkin Pie for the balloon and top feathers
  • Corn stalk and 3 husks:  Granny Apple Green, 1 1/2 X 4 1/2
  • 2 Chicks and 3 corns:  Daffodil Delight, 1 1/4 X 3
  • Grain Sacks: Crumb Cake, 1 1/2 X 2 3/4
  • Streamer: Terracotta Tile, 3 X 3/4, color each end with black marker for eyes of chicks

Recipe for the Darling Donkey Double Z Fold Birthday card, 52:59 on video

Cased from Akiko Sudano of Stampin in the Meadows with a few changes:

  • Base:  Crumb Cake, 4 1/4 X 11, score 5 1/2 and 2 3/4
  • Front Z fold strip:  Crumb Cake, 1 1/8 X 11, score 2 3/4 and 5 1/2
  • Panels: Oh So Ombre Bermuda Bay,  2 5/8 X 3 1/4, make 2 for first two panels
  • Back Panel: Oh So Ombre Bermuda Bay, 2 3/4 X 3 1/4, make 1 – fits tight to the white panel
  • White Panel: Basic White, 2 5/8 X 4 1/8
  • Bottom Z fold strip panels:  Forever Fern DSP,  1 X 5 3/8 , 1 X 2 5/8 (make 4)
  • Cornstalks and corn husks:  Granny Apple Green, 4 X 5 1/4, make four stalks and 12 husks
  • Corn: So Saffron, 3/4 X 4, make 12
  • Henhouse: Crumb Cake, 1 3/4 X 2 1/2, colored with Crumb Cake and Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends
  • Sign: Crumb Cake, 2 X 2, sponge the edges with crumb cake ink
  • Fences:  Basic White, 3/4 X 7, make 3, color edges with Lt Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blend
  • Donkey:  Basic White, 2 X 2 1/2, colored with Lt Crumb Cake and Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends
  • Stamp Sets:  Birds-Beautiful Moments stamp set; Darling Donkey stamp set, Hey Birthday Chick Stamp set and Hey Chick Dies, Many Messages stamp set and Messages dies
  • Ink:  Tuxedo Memento Black, Balmy Blue to sponge behind the greeting, and crumb cake to sponge sign and ground

Recipe for the Three Butterfly Friend card, 57:02 on video

This card is cased from Mary Deatherage at Stamps N Lingers with changes to the greeting and the greenery, the number of butterflies and the inside but essentially the same.

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  • Base:  Misty Moonlight, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, score at 4 1/4
  • Border Layer:  Basic Black, 4 X 5 1/4, you will build your card on this layer and then pop it up on the base
  • Top Layer:  Butterfly Bijou, 5 1/8 X 3 3/4, die cut with second largest Stitched With Whimsy Die and then cut at 1 1/2 to make two top pieces glued directly to the Basic Black with a 1/8″ gap.  This gives a 1/16″ border.
  • Greeting:  Basic White, 3 1/4 X 2 1/4, die cut with second largest Stitched Shape Oval Die
  • Greenery:  Mint Macaron, 1 3/4 X 3 1/2, stamped with a Forever Fern stamp and die cut with Forever Flourishing Die
  • Inside Layer:  Basic White, 5 1/8 X 4,  Die cut with the 2 3/4 X 1 1/4 Stitched With Whimsy Die to make a frame for the inside greeting.  Two small butterflies are fussy cut from a sheet of the Butterfly Bijou DSP.
  • Bottom Inside Strip:  Basic Black, 1 1/8 X 5 1/8
  • Bottom Inside Strip Top Layer:  Butterfly Bijou DSP to match the front DSP, 7/8 X 5; this will give you the 1/16″ border on the left and right and a 1/8″ border on the top and bottom to match the 1/8″ gap on the front
  • Embellishments:  Three little white resin hearts colored with Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Blend
  • Stamp Sets:  Waterfront and Forever Fern
  • Ink:  Shaded Spruce

Recipe for the Single Butterfly Diagonally cut DSP card, 01:13:00 on video

  • Base:  Magenta Madness, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score at 4 1/4
  • Top Layer:  Butterfly Bijou DSP, 5 1/4 X 4, cut diagonally one way, use sticky note to hold that cut in place and cut diagonally the other way to create triangles
  • Inside Layer: Basic White, 5 3/8 X 4 1/8, to leave the same border as the front
  • Inside Strip: Butterfly Bijou DSP, 1 1/4 X 4 1/8
  • Inside Top Layer of strip: Butterfly Bijou DSP, 3/4 X 4 1/8
  • Greeting:  Basic White, 2 X 1/2, Many Messages stamp set and Messages Dies
  • Inside Greeting:  Fancy Phrases stamp set
  • Square Vellum Doilies: 1 glued on with four glue dots in the middle
  • White Twine:  24″
  • Butterfly from the Butterfly Bijou DSP cut with the matching Brilliant Wings Die
  • Three Pink Pastel Pearls and one small Black Matte Dot for the head of the butterfly

Here is another example with a different piece of Butterfly Bijou DSP and the largest of the butterflies on the Butterfly Bijou DSP:

The outside greeting is another of the Many Messages stamp set and the inside is from the Fancy Phrases stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed these cards and want to make some of the same yourself!

Club is the next event on the second Tuesday of April and it is the last rotation for our club members.  Would you like to join a club?  Contact me by email:  stampalosopher@gmail.com or by text 303-815-0838 if you are interested.

If you are delighted by the idea of creating beautiful cards, I invite you to join my Stampin’ Up! downline –Carin’ Crafters and be inspired to learn and help others learn the tricks of the trade!!  Click the ‘Join’ tab at the top of the blog.

Thank you for spending time with me today!

SAL,  Stamp A Lot with Stampalosopher

Karen

Click to go to the online store:    March Hostess Code:  A3VBV4QZ

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February Mystery Card #10

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code for March:  A3VBV4QZ

On the last Tuesday of each month I have a Zoom meeting to chit chat with one another, talk about the swap cards we made and do a Mystery Card Challenge.  Those challenges started up during COVID and were a fun way to craft together on Zoom.

Does that mean you won’t be doing Mystery Cards in the future?

Good question, Sal!  We have one last rotation on this club in April (retirement list!) and then we start all over with a new rotation and new plans for meeting depending on the wishes of the members.  Give me a shout out if you want to be part of the new club!

January’s Mystery Card is a great one for using up those little strips of paper you have left from a 6 X 6 DSP after you use a 5 X 4 piece for the front of a card.

   

Mystery Card Challenge #10 printable pdf file

Lucille made a fun card with bumble bees on blue!  So cute !!

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Jo made an Easter card!  The greeting is from ‘Fable Friends’ stamped and punched with the ‘Story Label’ punch.

 

I made a thank you card using scraps left over from the Hydrangea Hill paper and Flirty Flamingo:

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I decided to embellish it a little and add another quarter sheet of black on the back of the Flirty Flamingo.  I just shaved off a little on each of the sides to give a slight border.  I used Versa Mark to make a little flower using a stamp from  the ‘Lots of Heart’ stamp set.  The Matte Black Dots are on page 11 of the JJ Mini.  The scalloped Basic White is cut using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. The ‘thank you’ and the ‘you’re all heart’ are both from the ‘Lots of Heart’ stamp set.

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Since I had left over Sale A Bration DSP from another project, I made another card using the same ‘Lots of Heart’ stamp with all the little dots, I connected the dots to make a smiley face and stamped greetings from the same stamp set.  The ‘Thinking of You’ is from the ‘Happy Thoughts’ stamp set and punched out with the ‘Tailored Tag’ punch.

 

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The ‘Lots of Heart’ stamp set is so versatile you won’t want to label it as just a valentine stamp set. For this next card I used Night of Navy for the base and background layers and I used the edge of my Night of Navy marker to barely color the edge of the greeting.

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What a fun and simple card and those little strips of DSP won’t go to waste.  Won’t you join us on our next Zoom meeting with its Mystery Card Challenge?  I will include you in the Zoom invitation if you will send me your email.  Text 303-815-0838

Hostess code for March:  A3VBV4QZ

SAL, Stamp A Lot this lovely March

Karen

 

 

 

February Club Swaps

Hello Stamping Friends,

March’s hostess code is:  A3VBV4QZ

Check out these beautiful swap cards made by the club members and come back tomorrow to see the Mystery Card #10 that is a fun part of being in club.  Each month I make cards and deliver kits to the club members; then we gather on the second Tuesday of the month at 9:30 via Facebook Live to construct the kits.  On the last Tuesday of the month we meet via Zoom to share our swap cards, chat a bit, and do a Mystery card challenge.  I send the instructions for the card and then each person gathers the supplies and we put the cards together on the Zoom meeting.  Each person chooses their own color of cardstock and designer series paper and it is so fun to see all the different cards made with the same set of measurements.

Before you show and tell February, shouldn’t you tell them about March?

I almost forgot!  We are ready to celebrate and get together again.  Since March is a non-club month I am having my first in-house stamping event to stamp two cards with the Hey Birthday Chick bundle and two cards with the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle – (available to purchase March 2).  Space is limited to four people but there are four sessions. Stampers will each be seated on one side of a large table so we are still distanced from each other.  Cost is $15.  Text me at 303-815-0838 if you are interested.  I can take Paypal, Venmo, Cash or Check.

  1.   Tuesday, March 9, 1:00 PM.     —Full
  2.    Wednesday, March 10, 10:00 AM.  — Open
  3.    Wednesday, March 10, 1:00 PM — Open
  4.    Saturday, March 13, 10:00 AM —Full

How many of the members swapped? 

We had six members swap and myself.  Let’s start with Lori’s ‘Everything Is Rosy’ Gatefold Card.  There was a ‘Rosy Suite’ that you could purchase last year and after it retired, the whole suite was in the clearance rack.  I hope some of you were able to get this amazing set of products.  The outside sentiment, flowers and Everything Is Rosy DSP are all from the suite. The inside sentiment is from the current ‘So Sentimental’ stamp set.  Night of Navy is the base cardstock.

 

Next we have Jo’s card using the Flight of Fancy and Heartfelt stamp sets with gray for the base and a sponged white Layering Oval as well as Stitched Shapes and Be Mine Stitched Framelits.  Inside has “so lucky to have a friend like you” in pink.

Suzi used the current JJ Mini Flowering Cactus Product Medley for her swap card on a layer of white card stock embossed with the Dainty Diamonds embossing folder.  This medley has dies, twine, DSP-designer series paper, a lovely cactus stamp set and die-cut felt sheets.  See page 9 of the JJ mini.  There is also a refill kit!

Joy used the oh so beautiful heart from the Stitched Be Mine Dies which carried over to the Annual Catalog!  If you were in club a couple years ago you will remember this beautiful DSP.  Hopefully you have some in your stash.

  

Lucille’s card uses paper that is quite similar to our Forever Greenery DSP.  The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up’s Quite Curvy Stamp set and the hearts are from her Framelits Heart Collection.

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Sharon has outdone herself once again with the Wreath Builder Dies and the Arrange A Wreath stamp set.  I didn’t notice that little heart with the love cut out until I saw her card.  I had to go see those dies (pg. 173).

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My card uses the ‘Floral Heart Dies’ In the JJ MIni page 12 and is a case of Kylie Bertucci with a bit different pink. The sentiment is from the ‘Always In My Hear’t coordinating stamp set.  I die cut the floral heart in basic black and then cut another in Flirty Flamingo, popped the pink heart up with dimensionals over top of the black heart and then ‘paper pieced’ the little flowers with the Flirty Flamingo sections.  The key is to use the double back adhesive on the card stock and a dryer sheet to keep the pieces together.  Stay tuned for a future video on paper piecing.

Recipe 

  • Base: Basic Black, 11 X 4 1/4 scored at 5 1/2
  • Layer:  Basic White, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Floral Heart:  Basic Black, 4 1/2 X 4 1/4, place the cardstock on a piece of double back adhesive sheet 4 X4 1/4, die cut with the Floral Heart Die
  • Pink Heart and Flowers:  Flirty Flamingo, cut a full piece of the Floral Heart Die and paper piece on top of the black or Die cut the heart with a 2 1/2 X 2 1/2 piece of Flirty Flamingo and (2) 1 X 1 pieces cutting just the flower portion. Use double back adhesive on the flowers and die cut on top of a dryer sheet to keep the pieces together.
  • Greeting: Basic Black, 1 X 2 1/2, stamp the greeting in Versa Mark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. Hint: stamp your greeting at the top corner of your rectangle then fussy cut the bottom and sides.
  • Embellish:  Various, I used black ribbon, pink ribbon, or black ribbon on a Flirty Flamingo strip and three rhinestones

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In the Floral Heart Dies is a cut out for just the flower so I cut it once in black and then again in Flirty Flamingo placing both on the adhesive sheets and a dryer sheet before cutting.  The little hearts are in the coordinating ‘Always In My Heart’ stamp set.  Purchased together, you would get a 10% discount.  The Happy Valentines Day is from the ‘Heartfelt’ stamp set currently in the Annual catalog page 75.  As catalogs retire, you can look at the date of the post and go to the catalog tab to find the catalog I refer to and see other examples.

Thank you for spending time with me today.  Tomorrow we will look at Mystery Card #10 and the new Butterfly Brilliance Bundle that is being offered as a special in March.

SAL,  Smile A Little – spring is coming!

Karen

Click on Sal in the computer to go to my online shop. March’s hostess code is:  A3VBV4QZ

 

Valentine Slimline Popup Card and a True Love DSP All Occasion Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

February’s hostess code is:  TMARBUUM

Thank you to those who were able to join me for yesterday’s Facebook Live!  Here is the recording followed by pictured directions:

We have done front panel cards before but this one is a bit different because it has a ‘false’ bottom that does not attach to the panel.  You put an extra piece of black cardstock at the bottom to give it the dimensional look (and a great way to line up the white inside piece).

  So we really don’t need to watch the video, do we?!

Besides showing off the beautiful True Love Designer Series Paper from the JJ Mini, in the video I taught:

  • how to make a three loop bow with your fingers- the video is a great way to learn and practice.
  • how to use the edge pieces of your Designer Series Paper- obvious in the picture, but we sometimes forget.
  • how to make a pop up slimline card with interesting folds that are a bit complicated to describe with words.

True Love Designer Series Paper Any Occasion Card

This card was cased from Peggy Noe of Pretty Paper Cards. I added the bow where she put a greeting and I used three flowers and an inside flower to remind us why we don’t throw away those scraps.  The True Love Designer Series Paper is in the JJ Mini catalog as is the Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon and the Pastel Pearls.

  • Base:  Basic Black, 7 3/4  X 4 1/4,  score at 2 1/4 on the vertical
  • Bottom Base:  Basic Black, 2 X 4 1/4
  • Panel:  Basic Black, 1 3/4 X 4
  • Top Border: Highland Heather, 2 X 4
  • Bottom Border:  Highland Heather, 1 3/4 X 4
  • Top of the top:  True Love Designer Series Paper, 1 3/4 X 3 3/4
  • Top of the bottom:  True Love Designer Series Paper, 1 1/2  X  3 3/4
  • Top of the panel:  Whisper White, 1 1/2 X 3 3/4
  • Inside: Whisper White, 3 3/8 X 4
  • Ribbon Strip:  Whisper White, 1 X 3 3/8
  • Message:  Whisper White, 2 X 2, Cut with Tasteful Labels Circle or use a Merry Message
  • Ribbon:  Gorgeous Grape 3/8″ Sheer, 8″ to wrap the ribbon strip and 18″ for the three loop bow
  • Pearls:  Pastel Pearls, 3
  • Flowers:  Fussy Cut three from the True Love Designer Series Paper and a part of one from the edge of the DSP for the inside

The slimline envelope was purchased at Hobby Lobby but you could also use a legal envelope.

The greetings are part of the Many Messages Stamp and Die set in the JJ Mini, page 35.  Lori Moore, our Carin’ Crafter extraordinaire organizer, found a tackle box and sorted the greetings in different sections:

Thank you, Lori!  Here is the link:  https://www.amazon.com/Flambeau-Tuff-Tainer-Model-4007/dp/B000LF3E8O/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=Tackle+box&qid=1613063502&sr=8-9

Slimline Valentine Pop Up Card

With Highland Heather and Seaside Spray:

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Or with Misty Moonlight as the accent layer:

Which do you prefer?

  Seaside Spray for the gals, Misty Moonlight for the guys.

Good thinking, Sal,  I saw the base for this card on Karen Aicken’s Painted Mountain Cards site. The ‘Many Hearts Dies’ , ‘Floral Heart Dies’, Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper and the Pastel Pearls are all in the JJ Mini catalog.

  • Base:  Highland Heather, 3 1/2 X 8 1/2 and another piece 3 1/2 X 6 scored on the longside at 1/2″; fold on the score line and glue to the longer piece.  The short side is the front.
  • Front Border:  Seaside Spray, 3 1/4 X 5 1/4. (the video uses Misty Moonlight)
  • Front Layer:  Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper, 3 1/8 X  5 1/8
  • Right Side Border:  Seaside Spray, 3 1/4 X 2 3/4 -or Misty Moonlight
  • Right Side Top Layer:  Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper, 3 1/8 X  2 5/8
  • Heart Backing:  Seaside Spray, 3 1/4 X 3 3/4 cut with the scalloped heart from the ‘Many Hearts Dies’
  • Heart Front:  Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper, Use the plain heart die from ‘Many Hearts Dies’ to cut a bouquet from the Designer Series Paper.  There are two different designs as you can see by the heart inserts in the pictures, one is the muted, water color look and the other is a rich, bold hydrangea design.
  • Greeting on the front right:  Whisper White, 1 1/2 X 2 1/2, die cut with the ‘Stitched So Sweetly Die’ and stamp with “Be My Valentine” from the ‘Always In My Heart’ Stamp set using Gorgeous Grape Ink
  • Inside Pop up base;  Seaside Spray, 3 X 8 or Misty Moonlight
  • Inside Top:  Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper, 2 7/8 X  7 7/8
  • Embellishments:  5 Pastel Pearls, 16″ White Twine wrapped around front and back as a belly band

Let’s make the inside pop up:

  • Temporarily adhere your DSP Pop Up piece (2 7/8 X 7 7/8) to the Cardstock 3 X 8 piece.  I use a touch of snail on each corner and then rub it with my finger so the oils in my finger take away some of the stickiness.  Dotto is also a temporary adhesive. You want to cut both pieces together so the cuts line up nicely but you will pull off the top DSP piece to cut the fancy hearts with your dies.  Make an arrow on your base and the back of your DSP to realign them after die cutting the hearts.
  • Using your paper trimmer, start your cut 1/2″ down and 1″ over on the long side at the right and cut to within 1/2″ of bottom (7 3/4).
  • now turn your paper to the other side and do the same, starting the cut 1/2″ down and 1″ over and cutting to within 1/2″ of bottom.

 

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  • After you make both cuts, score the two attached pieces at 2″- 4″ -6″.  Then score the little section at the very middle, 1/2″ over.   You will reinforce those scores again later but you need to see that middle 4″ score to line up the hearts die.
  • Separate your two pieces and put a piece of double back adhesive on the back of the DSP (page 162 of the AC).
  • Die cut the hearts.  I used the die from the ‘Many Hearts Dies’ for the middle, centering the very middle of the die on the middle of the DSP; four hearts on the right and four hearts on the left.  The little row of hearts on the top and bottom are from the ‘Floral Heart Dies’.  Both are in the JJ Mini.
  • Remove the adhesive backing and attach the DSP to the pop up base.  Paper piece the middle hearts in place.
  • Run the piece through the cutting machine with no dies.  This pushes the adhesive into the cardstock so the pieces stay well adhered.
  • Rescore your pieces.  1/2″ at the middle sides and then at 2-4-6.  The paper trimmer score blade works better than the Simply Scored to do this because you can line the edge exactly with the inch marks.
  • Now you are ready to fold the pop ups.  Start with the partial 1/2″ on each side as a valley fold-downward then take each strip and alternate valley, mountain, valley…..

Okay, now I see why the video is so important!

Yes, Sal, it is easier to understand while watching me do the folds, and you can stop the video, fold, and then restart the video.

  • Train your pop up.  You want the middle section mountains to go out when folded to even the bulk of the pop up.
  • Now that you have it trained, let’s push all the folds back and make a half fold. You need to fold all the sections back down flat and fold the piece in half.
  • Put adhesive on the back of your right hand side backwards C.
  • Line the middle of the pop up just a couple hairs to the right of the middle fold of the base. It is bulky so you don’t want it directly on the fold.
  • Now put adhesive on the back of the left hand side C.
  • Fold the left side of the pop up on top of the glued down right hand side and then shut your base on the pop up to adhere the left side. This is critical for placement of the pop up.
  • Retrain your folds!

Now you can layer up all your fronts, add a greeting and bling, tie twine around the middle for a belly band and prop it on your mantel to admire before you send it away to some very special person!

You always wanted to write a book.  I think you are practicing on your stampers!

An editor would groan, but friends, if you ever see an error in my dimensions, please let me know so I can fix it.  The recipe box is like a scrapbook of cards where you can click on one you like and get the dimensions even years later.

It is Sale A Bration (SAB) time until the end of February!  With a $50 or $100 order you can pick free products from the SAB brochure.  The heart sets are great for anniversaries, weddings and much more than just Valentine’s Day.

February’s hostess code is:  TMARBUUM and you can go to the online store by clicking on little Sal in the computer.

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

SAL,  Send A Lot of love cards

Karen

 

 

 

 

Hey Chick is Back and more!

Hello Stamping Friends,

Several years back during Sale-A-Bration we had a very popular stamp set called Hey Chick!   Stampin’ Up! has brought it back –with dies!  Not only are they offering dies for that stamp set they are now offering dies for the Hey Birthday Chick stamp set in the JJ mini!  Take a look see…

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There really are chickens with feathers on their head.  This picture is a Polish Crested Chicken.

Isn’t it cute!!

.   Thanks for the lesson;  many of us have learned something new.  Now can we go back to those dies?

Those dies are definitely fun!  My favorite is the corn stalk, or maybe the cut out Happy Birthday or maybe the chicken wire or the fence or that cool die that looks like twisted crepe paper to decorate for a party or…….

All right all ready!  You just need them all! 

Yes, and because I am a demonstrator, I could order them a month before they were available to the public.  Want to join my team of Carin’ Crafters?  We have a new preorder starting this month for a special butterfly suite you won’t want to miss.  Click Here To Join

Here are a few samples from the home office:

.   Whew….that fast forward video made me dizzy.  

But wasn’t it fun!  Shall we hire chickens to hold down our helium balloons at the next party?

  Like the fuzzy headed one?  Can we keep him?

Not a good idea.  Thank you friends for spending some of your time with me today.  I hope you are smiling by now!

February host code is:  TMARBUUM. Use this code for club orders or if your order is under $150.  At $150 you will get the hostess rewards yourself.  Under $150 the dollars only get credited to someone if you use a hostess code.  Contact me to join an ongoing club or gather a few friends to create one of your own.  stampalosopher@gmail.com

SAL,  Smile A Little

Karen

To order online click on Sal in the computer.

 

Do you remember Stampin’ Up! ever bringing back a stamp that was retired years ago?

 

 

 

Oh So Ombre Starburst Card and Mystery Card #9

Hello Stamping Friends,

Current Hostess Code:  TMARBUUM  Use this code if your order is less than $150.

This month has flown by and February is almost upon us — whoo hoo time for valentines!!

You have valentine cards done?

Well, not for this post, Sal.  This post will highlight the swap cards and the Mystery Card #9.  For those who are new to the blog, each month we have two events- one Facebook Live event on the second Tuesday of each month and one Zoom event on the last Tuesday of each month.  Accordingly, the schedule for February is:

-February 9,  Facebook Live at 9:30 on http://facebook.com/stampalosopher/videos

-February 23, Zoom Mystery Card Event at 9:30 (Request an invite by submitting your email)

My event calendar shows the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit as a Facebook Live for the third Tuesday of the month but since the delivery times are so slow right now I haven’t received my kit in time to have the event.

.  Why don’t you do a YouTube live whenever you get the kit?

That is a possibility!  Especially with the January kit which has some beautiful valentine cards!  Stay tuned!

My swap card for this month is a Happy New Year! card and I used products from all three catalogs!

  1. From the Annual Catalog:  Stitched Stars Dies, Playful Alphabet Dies for the numbers, Word Wishes Dies
  2. From the Mini JJ Catalog:  Pearlescent Specialty Paper
  3. From the Sale A Bration brochure:  Oh So Ombre Paper

Recipe:

Base:  Either – Blackberry Bliss/Rococo Rose/Granny Apple Green/ Bermuda Bay, 8 1/2″X5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″

Starburst Base:  Whisper White, 5 1/4″X4″, Mark the center bottom at 2 5/8″ to show the starting point of your strips

Starburst Strips:  Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper (DSP), 1 1/2″ X 6″,  make sure your strips are cut to go vertically light to dark or dark to light.  Cut each strip diagonally. Line the opposite corners in the track of the paper trimmer and cut. You will use 13 cut strips. Make a pile of 6 light to dark pieces and 6 dark to light pieces and use the 13th piece for the middle

Using liquid glue cover your Whisper White base. I used a sponge to spread Tombow so it didn’t have clumps of glue.

Place your 13th diagonal half with the point at the 2 5/8″ mark on your now ‘gluey’ piece of Whisper White. Work from that center piece alternating light and dark points.  Work quickly so you can slide each piece tightly to the previous one before the glue gets hard to work with.

When done, turn the base over and burnish the back to make sure all the glue spreads evenly and the pieces are tight to base.

Now cut all those starburst pieces to the size of the base using the back of the base as a guide.  Scissors work fine because you have the base to guide your cuts.

Note:  The Oh So Ombre paper is 6″X6″ so you have 4 strips on each sheet.  Each strip is cut diagonally making 8 strips per sheet of DSP so you need two sheets to make 13 strips.  Do not cut the last 1 1/2″ strip diagonally – cut it in half horizontally to give you a nice 3/4″ strip for the inside of your card.  You will have one starburst strip left over.

Star Top, Numbers and Scrolly at the bottom:  Pearlescent Specialty Paper, 4 1/2″ X 4″.  Use the double back adhesive paper just slightly less than that size and adhere it to the Specialty Paper, Die Cut your images, remove the five stars for the inside,  and then place the die cut images on a piece of scrap cardstock and run them back through the Cut and Emboss machine to flatten the little dots that show up in the cuts and to adhere the images tightly to the adhesive sheet.   Use a hat pin to remove the adhesive sheet backing from your die cut images by sticking it through the adhesive baking in the middle of a wide part.  The stars and the scrolly are from the Stitched Stars Dies, the numbers are from the Playful Alphabet Dies; both are in the Annual Catalog.  The Pearlescent paper is in the Mini JJ catalog.

Inside Happy New Year:   Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper,  1 1/4″ X 6″, Apply double back adhesive sheet to the back and then cut using Word Wishes Dies, trim off the ‘s’ on ‘years’ since you are not using the ‘day’ die.  The stars are from the star cut out we made for the top.  The Oh So Ombre paper doesn’t show the little dots from the die like the pearlescent paper so I didn’t need to run it back through the machine to flatten but you do need to burnish the pieces well to adhere them to the cardstock.

.  What does ‘burnish’ mean?

Good question, Sal.  I do use that term often.  It is a technical way of saying ‘rub’.  Sometimes we use our fingers and sometimes we use the bone folder.  Most often the term is used when we score a piece of cardstock and want the fold on the score line to be nice and crisp and lay down flat.

Let’s look at this month’s Mystery Card, shall we?

Mystery Card Challenge #9.pdf

Base:  Granny Apple Green

I used the Sale-A-Bration Flower & Field Designer Series Paper which is free with a $50 purchase.

I punched and layered two large daisies in Whisper White, one small daisy in Pool Party and one in Whisper White.  Both the small and large punch are in the Annual Catalog.

The bee is from the Dandy Garden DSP in the Mini JJ Catalog, die cut with the Dandy Wishes Die.

The ribbon is the Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack in the Annual Catalog (AC).

The jewel on the little heart is the “Flowers For Every Season Gem” in the AC.

The greeting is from the Many Messages bundle in the JJ catalog, page 35.  What an awesome set of greetings all cut out at once with the die!

Definitely to ‘die’ for!!!

Great pun, Sal!  Let’s look at the cards the others made.  We sure missed those who couldn’t be with us on the Zoom!

Beautiful cards!  Though the construction was basic, the mystery was in the different designer series paper that each chose!

We have fun, even virtually!  If you are needing supplies I would be honored to be your demonstrator and bring you ‘a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world’!

You can order online by clicking little Sal in the computer.

Use host code:  TMARBUUM   if your order is less than $150 or a club order.

I love to hear from you!

Lions & Dragons – Oh My!

Hello Stamping Friends,

Let’s have some fun with Lions (dandelions) and Dragons (dragonflies)!

January’s hostess code is :  UEEZKD2D for use if your order is under $150.

Yesterday I was live on Facebook with January’s club cards.  Each club member had kits with all the supplies so this time my presentation was different with just the construction of the card without going from the beginning to the end and listing all the sizes of the card cuts, so this blog post will fill in the gaps!

Dragonfly Z Fold Club Card Introducing The Dandy Garden Suite

This suite is on Page 25 of the JJ catalog (Jan-June mini)!

 

Recipe:

Base:  Bumble Bee, 5 1/2 X 10 7/8,  Lay the base horizontally at the 7 1/4″ mark and cut down 1 1/8 inch, then score the rest of the way.

Secondly, mark the left hand side down from the top at 3 3/8″ and cut the base from 1 1/8″ to the 3 3/8″ mark.  (Note: the tip of the cut is at 1 1/8″).

 

Score the base at 3 5/8″ from the left.  You now have two score lines: one at 3 5/8′ and one at 7 1/4″.

Your base is done!

Let’s mount our little dragonflies and the bumblebees on little strips of window sheets.

Window sheet strips (X2):  3/8″ X 1 1/4″

Bumblebees:  Use the Dandy Wishes Dies little Bumblebee die to cut two bumblebees from the Dandy Garden DSP (Designer Series Paper).  Color the back of the bumblebees with Mossy Meadow.  Place glue dots on the top of one of the window sheets, one on the front and one glue dot on the back, and then adhere your bumblebees back to back.  The “Garden Wishes” stamp set has a bumblebee image to stamp if you would rather have a stamp set than a die set.

Dragonflies:  The Dandy Garden DSP has sheets that match up with the Dragonfly punch (which is bundled with the ‘Dragonfly Garden’ stamp set for a 10% discount) and you will punch out two matching small dragonflies and mount them on your window sheet strip with a glue dot on the window sheet front and on the back.

Back Layer of the Z fold:  Dandy Garden DSP, full rectangle – 3 3/8″ wide X 5 1/4″ tall.  The DSP is directional.

Middle Layer of the Z fold (which is on the back of the base):  Dandy Garden DSP,  Start with a piece of DSP, 3 3/8″ wide X 4 1/8″ tall, Mark down 1 1/8″ on the right hand side and cut from the tip of the left hand side to the mark on the right hand side.  Flip your base over and place your bumblebee where he will be on top of a dandelion at the back when you fold the card flat.  Use a glue dot to position the bumblebee and then adhere the DSP.

Front Layer of the Z fold:  Dandy Garden DSP, 3 3/8″ wide X 3″ tall to start.  Mark 1 1/8 ” down -this time on the left hand side and cut a diagonal from the tip of the 3″ to the 1 1/8″ mark. Before adhering, wrap your linen thread around the DSP and tie a bow.

Note:  On both the middle and the front layer, you can place your DSP where it will go, and make your marks for your diagonal cuts without measuring so that if your diagonal cut is not quite perfect your layer will be and will have a nice 1/8″ border.

Greeting Border:  Bumblebee, 3 1/4″ X 3 1/4″, cut with the Largest Square Stitched Shape Die (2 5/8″)

Greeting Top Layer:  Whisper White, 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″, cut with the 2nd largest Square Stitched Shape Die (2 1/8″).  I stamped the greeting from Dragonfly Garden, “May Good Things Grow All Year Long”, in green,  and then did a stamp off of the dragonfly cluster across the greeting in Bumble Bee ink.

Embellishments:  One little ladybug mounted with a glue dot.  16″ of Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim.

Alternative Cut:  Diagonal Z fold with the diagonal from the back to the front.

The base of this card uses just 1/2 of a piece of cardstock so you can make two cards from one sheet.

Base:  Bumble Bee,  5 1/2″ X 10 7/8″ scored at 3 5/8″ and 7 1/4″ with a diagonal cut from left to right at the 5 1/2″ cut down to 1″ from the bottom on the right.

Note:  I have a 1/8″ border on the right, left and tops but did not have a border on the bottom.

Back Layer:  DSP, 3 3/8″ wide X  3 1/4 ” tall, cut diagonally left to right from the 3 1/4″ tip to 1 3/8″ down from the top.

Back Greeting:  Shimmer White, 3 3/8″ wide X 1 7/8″ tall, For this greeting I stamped the “Thank You For Your Kindness” from Dragonfly Garden in blue and then added a punched out dragonfly.

Middler Layer– goes on the back of the base:  DSP, striped in this case, 3 3/8″ wide X 3 7/8″ tall , diagonally cut from the right to the left from the tip to left marked at 1 1/2 “.  Tip:  place the top of your layer with a nice 1/8” border and trim the bottom since it is flush to the bottom.

Front Layer:  3 3/8″ wide X 2 3/8″ tall, cut diagonally from the left to the right marked at 1 3/8″ from the top.  Now wait — don’t adhere yet.

Dragonfly: Dandy Garden DSP,  punch two large dragonflies and mount them with glue dots on a strip of Window Sheet 3/8″ X 1 1/4″.  Use another glue dot to adhere the window sheet to the front of the base.

After the Dragonfly is adhered – adhere your front layer.

Embellishments:  Die cut a bumble bee from DSP and adhere to front; adhere a ladybug trinket with a glue dot to front; tie a little bow with 8″ of Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim and adhere it to the back.

Which do you like better?  A rectangle back or a diagonal back?  Leave a comment with your vote by January 25 for a chance to win the ladybug trinkets!

Sand and Sea Club Cards Introducing The Sand & Sea Suite

This suite is on page 41 of the JJ catalog.

 

I used the Whale Of A Time Designer Series Paper instead of the paper in the suite so I had a smaller background behind the shells.   The cards shown above have three different backgrounds from the Whale of a Time DSP:

Which do you like best?  #1) little fishes amongst the seaweed,  #2) seahorses,  #3) the coral reef

Leave a comment with your vote by January 25 for a chance to win The Opal Rounds embellishments!

Recipe:

Base:  Pretty Peacock, 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″, Scored at 4 1/4″

Layer 1:  Whale of a Time DSP,  5 3/8″ X 4 1/8″

Layer 2:  Garden Green,  Start with 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ and cut with the largest Seaside Seashell Die to make a base.

Layer 3:  Granny Apple Green, Start with 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ and cut with the largest Seaside Seashell Die, then cut out all the little vines and glue them to the Garden Green base.  This gives you a nice contrast of greens.  Note:  you can cut into the seashells to give more area to adhere the vines since the seashells will be glued on top.

Layer 4:  Pearlescent Specialty Paper, Start with 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ and cut with the largest Seaside Seashell Die, then cut out all the seashells and glue them on the base over the greenery.

Greeting:  Shimmery White, Start with 1 X 2 1/2″, stamp the greeting, and then cut with the rectangle stitched die to make a perfectly sized rectangle.  Cut one end, stop halfway, reposition the die on the other end and cut that half.  I demonstrate this in the video.

Inside:  Shimmery White, 5 3/8″X 4 1/8″

Inside strip:  DSP cut from the same piece as the background, 5/8″ X 4 1/8″

Here are two examples of what I did on the inside:

So you can vote and really see the backgrounds here are up close images of the cards:

#1 – Little fishes

#2 – seahorses

#3 – Coral Reef

Remember it is Sale A Bration time with free products for each $50 or $100 order!!

January’s hostess code is :  UEEZKD2D for use if your order is under $150.

SAL,  Share A Love

Karen

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