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August Swaps and Mystery Card #15

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code:  WKQ6CJ7R with Cindy as our hostess this month.

I just had the most incredible weekend with the Backstage At Home Stampin’ Up! virtual leader’s event.  The speakers were tremendous and the chance to network with demonstrators all over the world was delightful!  Next year the event will be in person in New Orleans!  Join my team of Carin’ Crafters and/or let me help you promote so you, too, can attend these events!

Would you like to attend a virtual Stampin’ Up! conference for any level of demonstrator November 11-13?   Join my team, if you haven’t, and we’ll meet here and have fun together; for you out of town folks, we will set up a Zoom with you so you feel a part of the PARTY!  Don’t have an upline nearby?  Come and join the fun, we are all a family of stampers no matter what!   So hop on over to your website tomorrow, August 31, and sign up for the November event, then block it out on your calendar so you don’t make appointments on those days.  Click on the “Events” tab in your demonstrator website and find out all about it!

Wow!  You really have a lot of enthusiasm today!

I do, Sal!  And I can’t wait to hear all the other speakers when the videos are posted.  We had to choose just one speaker for each session.  It was hard to choose since the topics all sounded interesting.

Now– let’s go on to today’s agenda of posting the Mystery card and the swaps from August.  We meet on the second Tuesday of the month for club, or for some event I conjure up, and then we meet by Zoom on the fourth Tuesday of the month for a Mystery Card challenge and to share our swaps.  September 14 we are having casual crafting at my house to make a Pinwheel Tower Card at 9:30.  Prepare your own kit and we will work together to make the cards.  The tower card is the new rage on social media and I think every video I have watched uses different measurements.  Choose one of the videos you like and make a kit to bring on the 14th at 9:30.  I will put on the coffee!


Mystery Card Challenge #15 printable file

Step 1:  Adhere the large DSP (Designer Series Paper) section to the front of the card base.

Step 2:  Adhere the 1″ scored section of the card base strip at the middle of the inside of the card base 1/8″ over from right

Step 3:  Turn the strip of DSP over to its other side and adhere to the neutral  4” X 5 ¼” piece on the right side

Step 4:  Adhere the neutral and its DSP on top of the strip glued on in step 2

Step 5:  Add a greeting or an image on the strip that folds over the front and decorate

I used the ‘Gingerbread & Peppermint’ DSP from the Mini Catalog and fussy cut out the ornaments and peppermints.  If I had purchased the bundle or the entire suite I would have had dies to cut out both.  There are five 5! sizes of circles in this die set so imagine the possibilities!  Do you know where that tag comes from?  It is in the new ‘Pretty Pillow Box Dies’.  The greetings are in the ‘Snowman Season Stamp Set’, a carryover in the Annual Catalog.

 

It isn’t even September and you have a Christmas card made!  I am impressed!

It is a record, Sal!  Maybe next year I will do a ‘Christmas in July’ like so many others like to do.

Sharon Fincham used the ‘Turtle Friends’ stamp set on retired Whale of A Time DSP.  She hooked her flap under the ‘Story Label Punch’ to keep the card shut.  Great idea, Sharon.

Heather Guitreau used the ‘In The Wild’ DSP and ‘Big Cats’ dies.  She made a great closing flap and used a greeting from the ‘Wild Cats’ stamp set:

 

She made a second card thinking she needed to follow directions but we all know that the best creativity often happens outside the box!

 

Joy Meadow’s card uses the ‘Pansy Petals’ DSP with the greeting from the ‘Pansy Patch’ stamp set on a ‘Story Label’ punch.

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Ann Hausmann used the ‘Beautifully Penned’ DSP that is free with a $50 purchase during this round of Sale A Bration which goes through September 30.  I love the pop of color on the black and white.

Jo Brooks’ card made me wish I had purchased the Playful Pets DSP from the last catalog.  However, we have pets DSP in our new mini called ‘Sweet Stockings’ and it is now on my wish list!

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Is that as cute as it gets?!    Thank you everyone for a fun time of Mystery Stamping.  I ran out of time and sent you a video instead of walking you through each step but I will get back to normal in September!

You even have the Mystery card picked out I hear! 

Shhhh, Sal, or I will start talking about it and give everything mysterious away!


August 2021 Swaps

Jo Brooks used the ‘Stitched Triangle’ dies and for the bouquet of flowers, the stamps in ‘Welcoming Window’.  It is the great two step stamping that we love with a stamp for the greenery and another stamp for the flowers.  Adding the lace was genius!

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Sharon Fincham used the ‘Turtle Friends’ and ‘Scalloped Contours’ die for this delightful card:

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Joy Meadows used the ‘Pattern Party’ DSP available to hostess’ and the ‘Dragonflies’ punch with lots of added sparkle on the black.  Note how she used a flap on the front of the base instead of the standard base.  Very cool and shows off both sides of the pretty DSP.

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Ann Hausmann found the cutest little lip gloss containers that looked like popsicles at Target and made a fun popsicle card with Very Vanilla and Pool Party.  The popsicle images are in the ‘Sweet Ice Cream’ stamp set, retired from the last mini,  but Ann hand drew all the faces to match the lip gloss container.  You are the cool one, Ann!!

Lori had fun with the ‘Nothing’s Better Than’ stamp set which carried over to the Annual Catalog.  She formatted the front words on her computer, printed them on card stock then added the words and images which she cut with her Brother Scan and Cut.  The coloring is awesome as she matched the coloring on the words to the colored images.  So Creative!

 

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My swap card was a clean and simple card.  I wanted to show the swappers the beautiful ‘In Color Shimmer Vellum’  (the pink layer on the card) and the ‘Expressions In Ink’ DSP with its gold foil on the pink that looks like the alcohol ink on vellum technique we just learned.  I used the ‘Tailored Tags’ dies with a cutout of gold for the reinforcement ring.  The ribbon is the In Color 3/8″ Open Weave ribbon.  To get the ribbon to lay on the tag the way I wanted, I used two pieces.  I used glue dots to loop the bows on the right and left with nice little tails and then used a second piece and more glue dots to tie a middle around the bow.  I secured the knot and the tails of this piece of ribbon on back of the tag.  The good sized thanks is in the ‘Artistically Inked’ stamp set. Can you see the shimmer of the pink vellum?

Recipe for Thank You Card

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer:  Polished Pink Shimmer Vellum, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4
  • Top:  Expressions in Ink DSP, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Tag:  Basic White, 3 1/2 X 1 1/2, die cut with Tailor Made Tag, third from the largest plain tag
    • Gold Foil, Scrap, cut with the square reinforcement ring
  • Inside Border Strip: Polished Pink Shimmer Vellum, 4 1/4 X 1
  • Inside Top Layer:  Expressions In Ink DSP, 4 X 3/4
  • Embellishment:  3 In Color gems
  • Ink:  Polished Pink
  • Stamp Set:  Artistically Inked

Did you enjoy that show?  It is like having a scrapbook of cards that I hope inspires you to make your own special creation.


Remember to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10th if you want this special fall kit:


We have one more month to take advantage of Sale A Bration’s free products!



And remember to sign up for On Stage and sign up to be a part of my team if you would like to attend On Stage.  (Think Prize Patrol, A goody bag, Make and Takes, The Upcoming catalog and lots of fun!)  Click on the JOIN button here or at the tab on the blog.

Hostess code:  WKQ6CJ7R with Cindy as our hostess this month.  Cindy’s craft room is gradually getting set up there in Tehachapi, California and she made this cool card:

Since we didn’t have club in September, I set Cindy up as hostess to help her get back into stamping.  She has been regularly placing outside orders that were credited to club members hostess codes so it seemed right to give her a chance at free products!

We hope to see you on Zoom some fourth Tuesday of a month, Cindy!

Her Hostess code:  WKQ6CJ7R, click on little Sal to go to the online store!

SAL,   Stay And Linger a bit dear summer

Karen (Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.  After this past weekend of meeting and seeing  many talented demonstrators, I felt honored to have so many of you following me.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sea Life Dies and Alcohol Ink on Vellum Technique

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code through September 15:  WKQ6CJ7R

Stock up on stamps before August 29 when prices go up!  Thanks for the reminder, Joy!

August club cards will be posted separately on this blog so the post is shorter, so check the next post for the Shaded Summer partial die cutting and shaded stamping card.

Before we go to the card let’s look at what is happening this month at Stampin’ Up!

We have a sneak peak of September Paper Pumpkin:

I prepay for a three month subscription to Paper Pumpkin and then activate it now for the September, October and November kits.  Even when one of the kits was Christmas tags, I made cards from the tags and had a nice addition to my Christmas cards. I don’t always use the treat boxes in the September kit but this kit will have instructions to turn the box into a wheelbarrow and we can put our pumpkins, apples and jack-o-lanterns in the wheelbarrow for a nice end table decoration.  Love it!  Click the image above to go to the Paper Pumpkin site or place an order for a prepaid subscription and then activate it whenever you choose. PS – Don’t add your credit card info when you have a prepaid plan, just enter the code they sent to your email.

And if you buy a 3 month subscription, you will get a free $50 Sale A Bration product.  Just saying……

Thanks, Sal, for throwing in that tidbit for getting the most for your dollars.  Sale A Bration runs through the end of September with the opportunity to buy $50 and get a level one product for free or buy $100 and get a level 2 product for free.  Here’s another look at the brochure:

More details HERE.


Sea Life Dies With A Background Of Alcohol Ink On Vellum

This card and technique were inspired by Patty Bennett.

Here is a youtube video for you:

Recipe:

  • Base:  Just Jade, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2
  • Layer 1 (X2):  Misty Moonlight, 4 1/8 X 5 3/8
  • Layer 2 (X2):  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Cardstock Vellum:  4 1/4 X 6 (This gives you 3/4″ to trim off after creating your background and 1/4 for trimming edges)
  • Double Back Adhesive Sheet: 41/4 X 6
  • Front Greeting: Basic White, 2 1/2 X 3/4 (I used a ‘Many Messages’ greeting)
  • Seahorse:  Blue Ombre Specialty Paper, 4X2
    • Note:  you will need to fussy cut two tiny sections on the belly and two sections around the fin since this is a partial die
  • Fish (X3): Blue Ombre Specialty Paper, 1 1/2 X 2
  • Seahorse Backing:  Be Dazzling SAB specialty paper, 4 X 2
    • Note:  Cover the back of your 4 X 2 Be Dazzling paper with scotch tape before die cutting
  • Seaweed:  Evening Evergreen Shimmer Vellum, 3 X 2 1/2
  • Easel (X2):  Misty Moonlight, 2 3/4 X 4, score at 2 3/8 and 1 5/8 and then cut with largest hippo die lining up the middle
  • Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers:  Lt Misty Moonlight, Lt Night of Navy, Dk Shaded Spruce, Dk Night of Navy
  • Ink:  Shaded Spruce
  • Tools:  Sea Life Dies, Messages Die, Hippo Die for Easel, Medium Tip Water Painter, Basic Black Journaler to dot the eyes
  • 91% Alcohol
  • Stamp Sets: Many Messages, Friends Are Like Seashells
  • Embellishments:  Three Basic Rhinestones

To make an alcohol ink on vellum background  – Prepare your surface.  I have a thin plastic quilting sheet I use.

  • Place a piece of copy paper underneath your vellum to soak up the excess that hits the edges of the vellum
  • Use a small container with a little alcohol in it for dipping your Water Painter
  • Have a paper towel next to the container to clean the Water Painter often so you don’t mix colors
  • Scribble on your vellum:

Place your copier paper under the vellum and dab alcohol one color at a time on the vellum.  Be generous with the alcohol and dab starting with all the Light Misty Moonlight scribbles, then Light Night of Navy, Dark Shaded Spruce and ending by dabbing all the Dark Night of Navy scribbles.  Use your breath or a straw to blow the alcohol so the colors blend.  Blow any excess build up off the edges so you don’t get a solid line at the sides.

Add additional scribbles if you have areas that are ‘blah’ and repeat.

When you are pleased with the result make it a “wow” by dipping your clean brush in the alcohol and then flick the brush on your finger, staying about 6″ over the vellum.  For small bubbles use just a little alcohol and stay a good distance over the vellum, for large bubbles use a little more alcohol in the brush and be closer to the vellum.  Scroll back up to my card front and you will see I have pretty large bubbles and then as the alcohol in the brush ran out the bubbles are smaller.

Let the vellum dry or use the lightest setting on the heat gun to dry the vellum.

Attach the vellum to the double back adhesive sheet, trim to 4″ X 6″ and then cut 3/4″ off the bottom for an inside strip. You should have a 4″ X 5 1/4″ to mount on the Basic White by removing the other side of the double back adhesive.  If you have trouble attaching it squarely to the Basic White just trim the edges after attaching as needed.

The rest of the construction is pretty basic.  I used Tombow liquid glue to attach the seahorse blue top to the Be Dazzling paper.  Before popping up the seahorse with dimensionals I attached the seaweed at the bottom in just a few places with Tombow glue  and then wrapped the seahorse around the left branch I left unattached.  The seahorse, fish and greeting are all popped up with dimensionals.  Don’t forget to dot little black eyes on the seahorse and fish with the Basic Black Journaler.  Since the fish are popped up, the eyes seem to follow you as you move the card – cute!

You’re making that up…..

I guess they’ll just have to make one to see if it’s true.

Remember to add your three rhinestones for more bubbles!

Lastly I added my new type of Easel to the back of the card using the largest of the Hippo Dies.  I cut two and glued them together for a little extra strength since the front was pretty heavy.

I would love to see what you make using this technique.  Post a picture in the comments section!

These dies are beautiful!  Jo Brooks used the large fish die and the ‘Whale Of A Time’ designer series paper to create this card:

Thank you, Jo!

And thank you for spending part of your day with me!  I hope we have been able to bring you a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting life!

Shop for these products now by clicking on little Sal in the computer!

Hostess Code through September 15:  WKQ6CJ7R

SAL,  Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

July 2021 Swaps

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code for August:  WRQKTXMA with Joy as our hostess!

Announcement from the home office:  The delayed products are back in stock and you can order them now!

If you are new to following blogs, be sure and click to open the blog post in your email and then click the title again to go to the main site.  Sometimes the videos don’t even work if you don’t completely open the blog post by clicking twice.

Thank you for giving me some of your precious time as I share inspiration to bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!

Today’s inspiration comes from the July swaps!  Let’s look at the red, white and blue ones first!  I love to decorate the house with cards for the season and now I have some to save forever and put on the end tables and shelves around July 4th.  Do you decorate with cards?


Joy’s card feels like a 4th of July picnic with a plate of goodies on a red and white tablecloth amidst a garden of flowers!  Love it! She used the ‘Encircled In Friendship’ stamp set and the ‘Encircled in Beauty’ dies with Basic White, Paper Blooms DSP, Berry Delightful DSP,  Crinkled Seam Binding and Opal Rounds.


Jo’s card is another ‘save forever to decorate’ card.  She used the ‘Ornamental Christmas’ framelits for the stars, the ‘All Around Wreath’ dies for a red and white layered wreath, the ‘Playful Alphabet’ dies for the lettering of July, and ‘Family Party’ for Happy 4th.  Inside she used the ‘Celebrate You’ dies.  She sponged with Pacific Point ink to get the shaded blue look on the base!


The inside of Sharon’s card was as decorated as the outside and both were beautiful!  She used the’ American Celebration’ holiday stamps from Close To My Heart and a 4th of July block stamp for the inside.  She used silver, white and aqua tinsel embossing powders with Carousel & silver sparkle embossing glitters.  She has a silver star embellishment on the flag, a gold star brad on the fireworks, and blue and red stars from a roll of stickers for the inside.  She used a Spots and Dots cuttlebug embossing folder and square dies from Hobby Lobby.  Her cardstocks are Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler and blue.


Lori’s swap card would put a smile on anyone’s face!  She made watermelons from the ‘Layering Circle dies’ and a ‘Tasteful Label Die’ for the sentiment.  She also used ‘Create With Friends’ stamp set and a Close To My Heart ‘August Word Puzzle’ for sentiments.  She used a small flower punch and the ‘Pattern Party’ hostess DSP with Whisper White, Polished Pink, Garden Green and Blushing Bride card stock.


Prepare to be wowed, awed and inspired by Ann’s fabulous diorama card!  She used the ‘Mountain Air’ stamp set and ‘Majestic Mountain’ dies with a sentiment from Happy Trails by Simple Stories.  Her cardstock is Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Basic White with inks of Early Espresso, Shaded Spruce, Mossy Meadow, Balmy Blue, Pool Party and So Saffron.


My card is a ‘sort of’ case of one I saw Frenchie Martin post at Frenchie Stamps.com.  I used her idea of the ‘Stitched Stars’ with the medium ‘Daisy Punch’  and ‘Daisy Punch’ to layer red, white and blue on top of the stars, but I cut the stars in half so they covered more of the card front and I added a different sentiment and ribbon.   The dies cut out stars that I used on the top of a 1/2″ Basic White circle and on the inside red and white strips.  Do you recognize that Stampin’ Up! red, white and blue ribbon?  No?  It is the 1/4″ ‘Quilted Ribbon’ in red and green and I used our ‘Dark Night of Navy Blends’ to color the green to make it blue!   The sentiment is from the ‘Hey Birthday Chick’ stamp set stamped on a ‘Stitched So Sweetly Die’ with a sponged edge of real red.

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Recipe for 4th of July Card:

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1:  Real Red, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Layer 2:  Basic White, 5 1/8 X 3 7/8
  • Swirly Star:  Night of Navy,  4 X 2, cut in half and adhere to red daisy then adhere to card front
  • Daisy:
    • Real Red 2 1/2 X 2 1/2 punched with larger daisy punch
    • Basic White 2 1/2 X 2 1/2 punched with larger daisy punch
    • Night of Navy 2 X 2 punched with medium daisy punch
  • Circle on top of daisy:  Basic White, scrap, with 1/2″ punch layered with a small star cut out from the die
  • Greeting:  Basic White, 2 1/2 X 2, Stitched So Sweetly Die, stamped in Night of Navy, sponged with Real Red
  • Stamp Set:  Hey Birthday Chick
  • Inks:  Night of Navy for sentiment and Real Red for sponging
  • Dies:  Stitched Stars Dies, Stitched So Sweetly
  • Punches:  Daisy Punch, Medium Daisy Punch and 1/2″ circle punch
  • Ribbon:  1/4″ Quilted Ribbon, 6 1/2″ with the green stripe colored with a Dk Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend
  • Inside strips:
    • Real Red 4 X 1/2
    • Basic White 3 7/8 X 3/8
    • 3 Night of Navy stars from the die cut outs used for the swirly stars on front
  • Embellishments:  3 holiday red rhinestones

I am so blessed to have found these dear stamping friends!

Didn’t some of them actually find you?

Yes, Sal, that is true!  Through mutual friends and the online search for a demonstrator, we all came together.

We would love to have more of you join our circle of stampers so give me a shout out if you are interested in club or holding a workshop or attending events.  303-815-0838.  If you would like to join my team of Carin’ Crafters we have a special offer during Sale A Bration and you can pick out a bundle of your choice to add to your starter kit.  Check the details out HERE in my previous blog post!

Hostess Code for August:  WRQKTXMA with Joy as our hostess!  Click on Sal in the computer to go to the store.

SAL,  Smile A Little

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pansy Petal Product Class

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code:  ZBP7XPBT

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

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

   Can we see the gift card holder first?

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

Pansy Petals Card #1 Gift Card Holder Showcasing the DSP

 

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Recipe:  Pansy Petals Card #1

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

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

Recipe – Pansy Petals Card #2

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

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

 

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

  ooohhh, I like this one best!

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

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

 

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

Recipe – Pansy Petals Card #3

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

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


Pansy Petals Card #4, Stamping the Pansies and Leaves

 

Recipe – Pansy Petals Card #4

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

To stamp:

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

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

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

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

  

And Joy’s swap card with the pansy:

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

  


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

That makes me dizzy – may we have a list?

How about a picture and a list?

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

I thank you most sincerely!

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

Karen

 

 

 

June Mystery Card #14, June Swaps and more

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code:  ZBP7XPBT

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

 

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

Wow – there is a lot going on!

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

Let’s look at Mystery Card Challenge #14:


Mystery Card Challenge #14 printable pdf file



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

 Why the ‘Faux’?

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

I made one just to make sure the dimensions worked:

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

 


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


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


June 2021 Swaps

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

I know, “just saying”!  

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

 

 

Recipe for Curvy Bridge Fold Swap Card

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amazingly talented stampers- each and every one!

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

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

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

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

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

Hostess Code:  ZBP7XPBT

SAL,  Still A Lot of items in the sales

Karen

 

 

 

Simply Succulents and Potted Succulents Dies

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code: ZBP7XPBT

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

 

 

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

I think they would rather see the cards first. 

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

CARD 1:

 

CARD 2:

INSIDE OF BOTH CARDS: 

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

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

Recipe For ‘Two At A Time’ Simply Succulents:

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

  Embellishments are even two at a time – how quaint!

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

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

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

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

Karen

Hostess code: ZBP7XPBT

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

Peek A Boo Card and Open Book Easel Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

Would you be so kind as to take a survey?  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YXF577M

Thank you so much!

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

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