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September with Sharon Fincham

I have so much to show you today, so grab a cuppa and a pencil to take notes about the products in the awesome cards that we did at Sharon’s Shoebox Event.

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Products:

  • Garden Green cardstock, Pearlescent paper and gold foil paper
  • Merriest Moments bundle with a stamp set, a set of dies and a hybrid embossing folder
  • Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set (outside greeting) & Dies, Ornate Layers Dies
  • Farmhouse Christmas (inside greeting)
  • Pearl bling and gold cord bow

   You were probably glad to do one more Christmas card!

Delighted, Sal!!  And she had another Christmas card for us to make!

Just awesome!  Thank you, Sharon.

Products:

  • Navy Blue and Gold Foil paper, Gold Glimmer Paper for the star and brown for the stable scene
  • Night in Bethlehem Edgelits Dies
  • Candy Canes Die Set for the front greeting piece which has the ribbon run through each side
  • Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies for the inside white background layer
  • Star Of Light stamp set

Perfect choice of gold foil which catches the light!

Sure does, Sal!  And Sharon had more for us.  Check out the Halloween card kit she had for all of us:

So cute!  I can’t help you with the products on this one.  I loved that paper and needed a fall card before Halloween so I saved her cat for another card and made this one:

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I used the Nuts About Squirrels stamp set.  The funky cut out for the front greeting is the fence post in the Grace’s Garden die set!

That’s thinking outside the box!

Well, so many of the dies were too big and this one fits the words nicely.

Sharon’s birthday was in September so I made her this birthday card:

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Sharon gave us a set of the flower blings you see in the card and I wanted to use them on her card so I used the die set I recently bought from Inlovearts and some fun fall designer series paper.  The greeting is from the Pretty Petities stamp set with a matching punch.  This hasn’t sold from the Bake Sale products so I pulled it out to use it.

You’ve pulled more than one set from those you are selling to use so why sell?

I know, Sal; call it sellers remorse but I have run out of room and need to purge.

Then Sharon sent me a thank you card!  She loves bees and I found this die set at Simple Pleasures in Colorado Springs and I knew Sharon just ‘had to have it’!!  It is a die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Could you have a salt shaker die set made?

Hmmm……… that could be interesting.

Happy fall everyone!  I hope you enjoyed the cards and they ..

I will say it…     ….bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world.  

Thanks, Sal!

SAL,   Shoebox A Love of crafting

Karen

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Bee With Heart

Let’s take a trip to a fantasy land where bees are pink!  I used a digital stamp by Connie Fong called Bee With Heart!  I saw this cute pink bee on a card by Gloria Shirr and just “had to have whatever stamp it was”.  You all know that feeling!  Little did I know it would lead me to a new world– digital stamping!

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After printing the digital images on Basic White cardstock, I cut them out with a Stampin’ Up! ‘Deckled Rectangles Die’ and adhered to a layer of retired pink marble designer series paper.  For the inside greeting I used Stampin’ Up!’s ‘Prized Peony’ stamp set.  By duplicating the images and printing landscape I could print four fronts to a sheet of 8 1/2 X 11.  The digital stamp set has a boy bee and a girl bee with two greetings and a flower.  Here is the second greeting on a card for my mother.

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The inside greeting is a stamp Lucille gave me before she moved far far away to New Jersey.  Miss you, friend!  The clear heart and pink pearls are retired Stampin’ Up! embellishments.

Wait just a cotton pickin’ minute!  If you had just one girl bee stamp, how did you get two facing each other? 

Well, Sal, we learned to do mirror images with regular stamps using the stamparatus and a silicon sheet,  but with a digital stamp it is just a click of a button!

Recipe

  • Base:  Basic White 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Border Layer:  Designer Series Paper (DSP), 5 3/8 X 4 1/8
  • Top Layer:  Basic White 5 1/2 X 4 1/4  cut with Second Largest Deckled Rectangle Die
  • Inside Strip: DSP, 1/2 X 5 3/8
  • Embellishments:  3 pink pearls for outside, 4 clear dots for middle of flowers and 1 clear heart on inside
  • Copic Markers
    • RV10 and RV23 for the bee’s body and heart
    • RV09 for the Nose and Inside of the flowers
    • R00 and a tiny touch of RV10 for the wings and then a coat of Wink Of Stella

I hope you enjoyed a trip to fantasy land!

Here I am adding a sympathy card made with one of the digital images from Connie Fong Art but this time in more traditional colors:

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  • Copic Markers
    • R27 for the heart, flowers and tiny touch on nose
    • Y13 Inside flower
    • C9 Black on Bee
    • YR12 Yellow on Bee
    • E000 Face
    • R00 and a tiny touch of RV10 for the wings and then a coat of Wink Of Stella
  • Deckled Rectangle Dies are used to create the frame with a piece cut out of the middle of the front used to borde the back
  • Inside Greeting:  Kindness & Compassion stamp set, love how it ties to the digital greeting on the front.

By combining digital with the dies and stamps I have in my stash I have a new realm of card making!

SAL,  Sending A Lot of Love

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Cats Card

The cutest kitty cat stamp set is available in the Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalog!  It is callled ‘Love Cats’ -quite appropriate for a title!

I saw a card made by Jenny Boyle with one cat holding the tail of another cat and loved that idea so I changed colors, flowers, background, bling and greeting to make this:

The flowers and paper for the oval frame are from the Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper.  The flowers are fussy cut and the oval frame is made using the Oval Framelits.   It is amazing how one little idea can lead to a very different card!  I was making this for a get well card and used a greeting from the ‘Beautifully Happy’ Stamp Set in the Sale A Bration catalog:

I was experimenting with oval sizes and had an extra oval so I stamped the third kitty cat on it, put tear and tape around three edges and added it to the inside left of the card for the gift card.

 

  

This is the stamp set:

 

 

It is a great stamp set, and with the Stamparatus you can get perfect placement of the kitty so that you can stamp a couple of times for a nice black image.

The ‘Beautifully Happy’ Stamp Set is free with a $100 purchase.  It has 17 stamps and is a two step so you can ‘stamp to color’ the  flowers and leaves after first stamping the outside!

 

Stampin’ Up! has a new set of ovals which you can get separately or as a bundle:

Wow, that is tiny – I need a magnifying glass to see the ovals!

Better?!

Yes!

So let’s look at this from a Sale A Bration standpoint.

-Framed Florets Bundle. $54. #162407.  This has the oval you need, mine is retired.

-Hues of Happiness DSP.  $12.00 #158822

-Love Cats Stamp Set.  $21.00 #160410

-Cane Weave Embossing Folder. $10 #160580.  Mine is the retired basket weave but quite similar.

-Opal Rounds for Bling. $8.50. #159185

If you purchased all those items (assuming you have Thick White Cardstock for the base and a Cut and Emboss machine) you would get the ‘Beautifully Happy’ Stamp Set for free and you could make this card and dozens more with various sayings and flowers and dies to cut out what you need.  Birthday, thank you, get well, friend and generic sayings in these sets cover most times you need a card.

Recipe

  • Base:  Thick Basic White 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer (X2), Inside and Outside:  Basic White 5 1/4 X 4, Emboss with Cane Weave 3D embossing folder for outside
  • Kittys Outside:  Basic White, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4, stamp in Memento Black with Stamparatus so you can stamp twice; fussy cut
  • Oval:  Basic White, 4 X 3 1/4, cut with oval framelit #4 for background of kittys
  • Oval with DSP:  Hues of Happiness DSP, 4 X 3 1/4, Cut with framelits 3 & 4 to make the frame
  • Flowers:  Fussy cut about 3 1/2 X 2 from the Hues of Happiness DSP for front and two flowers for inside
  • Bling it up!

You thought that sheet of DSP was something you would never use and look at you!

Yes, indeed!  Check out the other card I made with this one sheet of paper – Easel Card with Hues of Happiness.

Sale A Bration ends on February 28 so don’t delay!  Check out the Catalog Tab here on the blog if you don’t have a hardcopy of the catalog.

The hostess code for February is C3XMWVCS.  This code is used if your order is under $150 so all the little orders add together to give someone (might be you) hostess dollars!  Over $150 and you get the hostess dollars yourself to spend on anything you would like from the Annual Catalog or the Mini Catalog.  Both these catalogs end on May 1 when the new Annual Catalog comes out.

Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the Stampin’ Up! site and order.   Thank you so much for supporting me!  If you don’t use the host code you will need to select me as your demonstrator.

SAL,  Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little and always be Salt And Light to those in your world

Karen

 

The March Paper Pumpkin will have a second stamp set as a celebration of their 10th anniversary.

Subscribe here:

https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2048560

or order online with a prepaid subscription purchase!  A three month subscription will get you one free $50 Sale A Bration item.

1 month:  $22.50. item #137858

3 months $67.50. item #137859

6 months $122.50. item #137860 (save $1 per month)

12 months $235, item #137861 (buy 11 get one free)

 

 

 

 

Letter Opener Quick Gift

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

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

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

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

 

These are the letter openers I ordered from Amazon:

Recipe

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

Here are individual close up pictures:

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And a group shot just for fun:

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

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

Sal and I wish you a very Happy New Year!

Karen

 

 

 

 

Case The Creator #8, Spanner Card Fancy Fold

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

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

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Then lift the middle panel to see the greeting:

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

Case The Creator #8 printable pdf file with video link

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Blessed, Sal, blessed!

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

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

Karen

 

Happiness Abounds, Flowering Tulips, Sending Smiles

Hello Stamping Friends, (double click the header if you are using a mobile device)

June’s Party Event included three cards:

1)  Happiness Abounds

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2) Flowering Tulips

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3) Sending Smiles

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What a fun party!  One lady said she was going to get a frame and make the card a wall hanging!  There was lots of laughter as the stamping was going on!

My thank you gift to the hostess was a sweet bag made with the Butterfly Kisses designer series paper, casing Debra Harrison at www.simplysweetinkdesigns.com, by covering a white lunch bag with designer series paper.  The guests received an Embossed Treat Bag of goodies with a Sweet Songbird flying through the air with clouds from Give It A Whirl dies.

The hostess received a card in her bag with a gift certificate to one of my events among other goodies. The greeting on the card is from Happy Hedgehogs.  The ‘Hello Friend’ is the retired Friendly Hello.  ‘So Happy You’re Here’ is from Sweet Songbirds.

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Those butterflies and birds just make me feel happy! So what is in the bags?

For the bags,  I found a variety pack of M&Ms with hopes that they each would have a little of a flavor they liked and then I added a bag of flower seeds and a thank you card they could use; that way they went home with four cards from the event. For the thank you card I used the cards and matching envelopes from the Sale A Bration catalog that goes live in July. (As a demonstrator I was able to order early on a preorder.  Its a great perk!)  The door prize was a set of garden tools to help the winner plant her flower seeds.

The cardstock and matching envelope are so pretty that all I did is add the layering thank you from Amazing Thanks dies in the same colors of Pool Party and Soft Sea Foam, scored two lines at the bottom and then added some gems!  I wish I would have taken a better picture.


Recipe for card  #1)  Happiness Abounds

  • Base:  Thick Whisper White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1(X2):  Fresh Freesia, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Layer 2 (X2):  Basic White, 3 3/4 X 5
    • Outside layer is die cut with Blossoming Happiness Die with the top point of die 1/4″ from top
    • Stamp ‘happy birthday’ from Happiness Abounds Stamp Set in Gorgeous Grape Ink 3/4″ from bottom
    • Wrap 6″ of Fresh Freesia 3/8″ Open Weave Ribbon around the bottom, add bow- 8″ of ribbon needed
    • Inside uses a fussy cut flower from the side of Hues of Happinesss designer series paper, (don’t toss out those sides of your pretty paper); stamp greeting from Happiness Abounds Stamp Set in Gorgeous Grape ink
  • Die cut three flowers, three double leaves and one many leaved stem from the Hues of Happinesss designer series paper with Blossoming Happiness Dies, attach flowers with Stampin’ Dimensionals and leaves with Glue Dots.
  • Add bling

Recipe for card  #2) Flowering Tulips (thank you Lindastamps.com)

  • Base: Pool Party, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2
  • Layer 1: Basic Black, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Top Pieces:
    • Flowering Fields DSP (retired) Tulips – 3 X 4 for middle
    • Flowering Fields DSP (retired) Dots- 1 X 4 (X2) for top and bottom
    • Mount the top and bottom first, flush to the black layer then mount the middle
  • Banner: Vellum, 5 1/4 X 1 9/16 (1/16 beyond 1/2), punch with banner punch
    • Tip:  Build your banner with your tulip, stem and greeting then adhere to card front, I have vellum glue that doesn’t show but you can glue behind your tulip and greeting with just a touch under butterfly
  • Tulip:
    • Poppy Parade for main piece, 3 1/4 X 1 1/2  die cut with Tulips Dies
    • Petal Pink for inside piece of tulip, 1 X 1 1/4 die cut with Tulips Dies;  I used the top three dies shown in this picture with the first two pieces both done in Poppy Parade and sponged slightly with white ink and the third piece done in Petal Pink
    • Greenery is Garden Green with the longer stem and leaf shown to the right in the picture and sponged with Garden Green to look like the DSP (designer series paper)

 

  • Inside Layer 1:
    • Poppy Parade, 4 X 5 1/4
    • Basic White, 3 3/4 X 5
    • DSP at bottom, 3 3/4 X 1
    • Basic Black Strip, 3 3/4 X 1/8
  • Greeting:  Basic White, 2 X 2, stamp with greeting from Flowering Tulips Stamp Set and die cut with the scalloped Layering Circle Die, second to smallest that is 1 1/2 ” in diameter
  • Brass Butterfly for bling

Recipe for card  #3)  Sending Smiles

  • Base:  Polished Pink, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1 (X2):  Basic White, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Greeting:
    • Basic White, 4 X 1, Stamp with Sending Smiles greeting in Polished Pink and die cut with Sending Dies greeting strip
  • Sending:
    • Background for ‘sending’ is Polished Pink, 1 5/8 X 3 5/8, Die cut with solid ‘sending’ in Sending Dies
    • Top of ‘sending’ is Basic White, 1 5/8 X 3 5/8, layered on a piece of Adhesive Sheet 1 1/2 X 3 1/2, then die cut with the detailed ‘sending’ in the Sending Dies
  • Brass Butterflies and In Color Jewels (retired)
  • Inks:
    • Polished Pink for flowers
    • Pale Papaya for center of flowers
    • Garden Green for stems of the flowers
    • Granny Apple Green full strength and then second generation (no reinking just stamp) for grass
  • Tips:
    • Cut out your sending greeting and position it (without adhering) so you see where to stamp the flowers and stems.  Be sure and move it out of the way before stamping
    • Position the two flowers on the left on the same block by stamping the green stem made for the two flowers on a piece of scratch paper/ grid paper – and then positioning the flowers on the block so they will fit on the stem.  If you stamp the stem first you may go off the paper with your flowers.  The best option is to use a stamparatus with one plate for flowers and one plate for stems.
    • Mask the flowers by stamping them on our Masking Paper and then fussy cutting them out.  Place them on the flowers and then stamp the stem.

Hostess Bag

  • White Lunch Bag base:  Cut the bag off so it is 6″ tall
  • Front:  Butterfly Kisses designer series paper, 6″ X width of bag, adhere to front of bag
  • Flap:  Butterfly Kisses DSP (designer series paper), 3 X width of bag; score at 1″ on the short side and round the opposite corners.  Adhere 1″ score section to back of lunch bag
  • Label:  Basic White, die cut with the Designer Tags Die, stamp sentiment in Starry Sky
  • Label Strip:  Fresh Freesia, 11/16″ (1/16 less than 3/4)  X width of bag
  • Fold over the top flap and adhere the label about half way down from flap
  • Fussy cut and adhere 3 butterflies from the DSP and add Fun Flowers Resin Shapes, a clip and a bow in the clip made from Orchid Oasis 1/8″ Mettalic Woven Ribbon

Thank you for sharing part of your day with me.

SAL,  Sharing A Lot

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case The Creator Card – Collar Card May ’22

Hello Stamping Friends,

It’s time to look at May’s Case The Creator (CTC) card with instructions and a video from Chris Slogar of buckeyeinklings.com.  There is also a printable pdf file if you like to have a hard copy of the recipes. 

Case The Creator #4 printable pdf file


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

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

 

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

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

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

True!  Annual Catalog introduction


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

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

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

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

 


 

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

SAL,  Sharing A Love

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code:  94TSAZ3P

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

You’ve been neglecting me lately!

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

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

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

Mini Catalog Launch

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

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

Paper Pumpkin for May

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


New Sign Up Special For More ‘In Color’ Fun

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

 

Click to JOIN!


Case The Creator Card Challenge

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

That’s a mouthful!

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

Case The Creator #3 printable pdf file

I ordered the tiny magnets from Amazon:


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAL,   Seeing April Leave

Karen

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

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

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

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

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

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

How else do you use the blog?

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

Thank you much!

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Side Step Card & Retiring Lists

Hello Stamping Friends,

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

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

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

Wish List 2021 blank.pdf printable file

Click on the banner to go directly to the store.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Case The Creator #2 printable pdf file

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

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

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

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

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

  

 

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

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

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

Miscellaneous Announcements:

Demonstrators:

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

For everyone:

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

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

 

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The hostess code for March orders is N9P47DJX.

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

SAL,  Spring At Last

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gather Together with Nuts About Squirrels

Hello Stamping Friends,

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

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

.   And you hardly spent a dime, right?

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

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

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

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Recipe:

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

Stamp Sets:  Nuts About Squirrels and Pretty Pumpkins

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

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

Marker:  Pumpkin Pie to add dots to greetings

Dies:  Layering Diorama Dies, Tailored Tag Dies

Embossing Folder:  Cracked Paint

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

   

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

 

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

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

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

 

Such talent!  Thank you all!  

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

SAL,  Sending A Lot of cards to inspire you

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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