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Several years back during Sale-A-Bration we had a very popular stamp set called Hey Chick! Stampin’ Up! has brought it back –with dies! Not only are they offering dies for that stamp set they are now offering dies for the Hey Birthday Chick stamp set in the JJ mini! Take a look see…
There really are chickens with feathers on their head. This picture is a Polish Crested Chicken.
Isn’t it cute!!
Those dies are definitely fun! My favorite is the corn stalk, or maybe the cut out Happy Birthday or maybe the chicken wire or the fence or that cool die that looks like twisted crepe paper to decorate for a party or…….
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Here are a few samples from the home office:
But wasn’t it fun! Shall we hire chickens to hold down our helium balloons at the next party?
Not a good idea. Thank you friends for spending some of your time with me today. I hope you are smiling by now!
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Do you remember Stampin’ Up! ever bringing back a stamp that was retired years ago?
Hello Stamping Friends,
Let’s have some fun with Lions (dandelions) and Dragons (dragonflies)!
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Yesterday I was live on Facebook with January’s club cards. Each club member had kits with all the supplies so this time my presentation was different with just the construction of the card without going from the beginning to the end and listing all the sizes of the card cuts, so this blog post will fill in the gaps!
Dragonfly Z Fold Club Card Introducing The Dandy Garden Suite
This suite is on Page 25 of the JJ catalog (Jan-June mini)!
Base: Bumble Bee, 5 1/2 X 10 7/8, Lay the base horizontally at the 7 1/4″ mark and cut down 1 1/8 inch, then score the rest of the way.
Secondly, mark the left hand side down from the top at 3 3/8″ and cut the base from 1 1/8″ to the 3 3/8″ mark. (Note: the tip of the cut is at 1 1/8″).
Score the base at 3 5/8″ from the left. You now have two score lines: one at 3 5/8′ and one at 7 1/4″.
Your base is done!
Let’s mount our little dragonflies and the bumblebees on little strips of window sheets.
Window sheet strips (X2): 3/8″ X 1 1/4″
Bumblebees: Use the Dandy Wishes Dies little Bumblebee die to cut two bumblebees from the Dandy Garden DSP (Designer Series Paper). Color the back of the bumblebees with Mossy Meadow. Place glue dots on the top of one of the window sheets, one on the front and one glue dot on the back, and then adhere your bumblebees back to back. The “Garden Wishes” stamp set has a bumblebee image to stamp if you would rather have a stamp set than a die set.
Dragonflies: The Dandy Garden DSP has sheets that match up with the Dragonfly punch (which is bundled with the ‘Dragonfly Garden’ stamp set for a 10% discount) and you will punch out two matching small dragonflies and mount them on your window sheet strip with a glue dot on the window sheet front and on the back.
Back Layer of the Z fold: Dandy Garden DSP, full rectangle – 3 3/8″ wide X 5 1/4″ tall. The DSP is directional.
Middle Layer of the Z fold (which is on the back of the base): Dandy Garden DSP, Start with a piece of DSP, 3 3/8″ wide X 4 1/8″ tall, Mark down 1 1/8″ on the right hand side and cut from the tip of the left hand side to the mark on the right hand side. Flip your base over and place your bumblebee where he will be on top of a dandelion at the back when you fold the card flat. Use a glue dot to position the bumblebee and then adhere the DSP.
Front Layer of the Z fold: Dandy Garden DSP, 3 3/8″ wide X 3″ tall to start. Mark 1 1/8 ” down -this time on the left hand side and cut a diagonal from the tip of the 3″ to the 1 1/8″ mark. Before adhering, wrap your linen thread around the DSP and tie a bow.
Note: On both the middle and the front layer, you can place your DSP where it will go, and make your marks for your diagonal cuts without measuring so that if your diagonal cut is not quite perfect your layer will be and will have a nice 1/8″ border.
Greeting Border: Bumblebee, 3 1/4″ X 3 1/4″, cut with the Largest Square Stitched Shape Die (2 5/8″)
Greeting Top Layer: Whisper White, 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″, cut with the 2nd largest Square Stitched Shape Die (2 1/8″). I stamped the greeting from Dragonfly Garden, “May Good Things Grow All Year Long”, in green, and then did a stamp off of the dragonfly cluster across the greeting in Bumble Bee ink.
Embellishments: One little ladybug mounted with a glue dot. 16″ of Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim.
Alternative Cut: Diagonal Z fold with the diagonal from the back to the front.
The base of this card uses just 1/2 of a piece of cardstock so you can make two cards from one sheet.
Base: Bumble Bee, 5 1/2″ X 10 7/8″ scored at 3 5/8″ and 7 1/4″ with a diagonal cut from left to right at the 5 1/2″ cut down to 1″ from the bottom on the right.
Note: I have a 1/8″ border on the right, left and tops but did not have a border on the bottom.
Back Layer: DSP, 3 3/8″ wide X 3 1/4 ” tall, cut diagonally left to right from the 3 1/4″ tip to 1 3/8″ down from the top.
Back Greeting: Shimmer White, 3 3/8″ wide X 1 7/8″ tall, For this greeting I stamped the “Thank You For Your Kindness” from Dragonfly Garden in blue and then added a punched out dragonfly.
Middler Layer– goes on the back of the base: DSP, striped in this case, 3 3/8″ wide X 3 7/8″ tall , diagonally cut from the right to the left from the tip to left marked at 1 1/2 “. Tip: place the top of your layer with a nice 1/8” border and trim the bottom since it is flush to the bottom.
Front Layer: 3 3/8″ wide X 2 3/8″ tall, cut diagonally from the left to the right marked at 1 3/8″ from the top. Now wait — don’t adhere yet.
Dragonfly: Dandy Garden DSP, punch two large dragonflies and mount them with glue dots on a strip of Window Sheet 3/8″ X 1 1/4″. Use another glue dot to adhere the window sheet to the front of the base.
After the Dragonfly is adhered – adhere your front layer.
Embellishments: Die cut a bumble bee from DSP and adhere to front; adhere a ladybug trinket with a glue dot to front; tie a little bow with 8″ of Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim and adhere it to the back.
Which do you like better? A rectangle back or a diagonal back? Leave a comment with your vote by January 25 for a chance to win the ladybug trinkets!
Sand and Sea Club Cards Introducing The Sand & Sea Suite
This suite is on page 41 of the JJ catalog.
I used the Whale Of A Time Designer Series Paper instead of the paper in the suite so I had a smaller background behind the shells. The cards shown above have three different backgrounds from the Whale of a Time DSP:
Which do you like best? #1) little fishes amongst the seaweed, #2) seahorses, #3) the coral reef
Leave a comment with your vote by January 25 for a chance to win The Opal Rounds embellishments!
Base: Pretty Peacock, 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″, Scored at 4 1/4″
Layer 1: Whale of a Time DSP, 5 3/8″ X 4 1/8″
Layer 2: Garden Green, Start with 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ and cut with the largest Seaside Seashell Die to make a base.
Layer 3: Granny Apple Green, Start with 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ and cut with the largest Seaside Seashell Die, then cut out all the little vines and glue them to the Garden Green base. This gives you a nice contrast of greens. Note: you can cut into the seashells to give more area to adhere the vines since the seashells will be glued on top.
Layer 4: Pearlescent Specialty Paper, Start with 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ and cut with the largest Seaside Seashell Die, then cut out all the seashells and glue them on the base over the greenery.
Greeting: Shimmery White, Start with 1 X 2 1/2″, stamp the greeting, and then cut with the rectangle stitched die to make a perfectly sized rectangle. Cut one end, stop halfway, reposition the die on the other end and cut that half. I demonstrate this in the video.
Inside: Shimmery White, 5 3/8″X 4 1/8″
Inside strip: DSP cut from the same piece as the background, 5/8″ X 4 1/8″
Here are two examples of what I did on the inside:
So you can vote and really see the backgrounds here are up close images of the cards:
#1 – Little fishes
#2 – seahorses
#3 – Coral Reef
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Hello Stampin’ Friends,
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To all the wonderful men in our life that we need to celebrate and those we will always remember this Father’s Day: Happy Father’s Day!
I used the Enjoy Life stamp set (retired) and the Silhouette Scenes (pg 136) to make three Father’s Day Cards:
The greeting: “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive: to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
I did three different inside greetings as well using the “A Good Man” stamp set on page 32.
For my son-in-law, Tyler, with two little boys, Jaxson & Emmitt:
For my son-in-law, Jonathan, with a little girl – Emma:
Here they are at the Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo in Colorado Springs:
Such a great dad and such a great grandpa!
Well, Sal, it isn’t hard. Let me take a picture of the tools I use:
It is a piece of window sheet with several different sizes of circles punched in the sheet. (I placed the window sheet on black for the picture so you could see the different circles.) The largest circle is 1 1/2″, then 1″, 3/4″, and 5/8″ punched circles.
First, I used the Sponge Brayer (#141714 on pg. 147) and Mint Macaron ink and lightly sponged the entire front whisper white piece.
Then I placed the window sheet on that front sponged piece, held it in place with washi tape, and sponged several times over all the circles. I moved the window sheet to a new place on the front piece, secured it with tape, and sponged the circles again.
Sure, let me zoom it a bit:
The circles overlap giving the out of focus bokeh look!
I cased this layout from one at StampinSavvy.com. She used a watercolor wash for the background and added long hair to the image of the silhouette. I wanted a masculine silhouette instead so I used our Take Your Pick tool’s pointy end and removed ink from the neckline before stamping so it didn’t have any hair on the neck. I also increased the arm and leg sizes with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.
We still sell the Basic Black marker individually -pg 147, #100082. I used the black marker to color the edge of the front piece by using the side of the marker- not the tip -to color all around the edge. The Just Jade base was stamped at the bottom with Versa Mark and the grass stamp in Enjoy Life.
For the inside greeting, I used the black marker once again to color the “to be a” of the Enjoy LIfe greeting stamp – see above in red. This brought the same font from the front to the inside. Remember – only use the Stampin’ Write Markers to color the back of your stamps, if you use the alcohol Stampin’ Blends they will stain your stamp.
I used the retired Guy Greetings set for the dad, grandpa and Happy Father’s Day words and the Make A Difference stamp set for a nice exclamation point.
And “voila” we are done!
Of course, it is a great layout that would work with dozens of stamps.
- Base: Just Jade 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
- First Layer: DSP (designer series paper) Forever Greenery 5 1/2 X 1 3/4
- Top Layer: Whisper White 3 X 4 1/4 sponged with Mint Macaron- bokeh technique
- Inside Layer: Whisper White 4 X 5 1/4
- Inside Strip: DSP Forever Greenery 1/2 X 5 1/4
- Stamp Sets: A Good Man, Enjoy Life, Guy Greetings, Summer Days for the tiny butterflies, Make A Difference for the explanation mark
- Ink: Mint Macaron, Tuxedo Memento Black, Versa Mark
- Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker
- 61/2 Black Twine to wrap DSP and 2 1/2 to tie knot
- Three black jewels for corner
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Thank you to those who joined me on Facebook for the catalog launch! It was comforting to see your comments and know you were there ‘cheering me on’ so to speak as I tried something new.
I will do it again this Saturday, June 13, at 9:30 and hopefully improve the presentation.
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The card I demonstrated is a bridge fold card using Grace’s Garden Stamp Set and Garden Gateway dies.
I used the Forever Greenery DSP (designer series paper) for the background. I thought the ferns looked like evergreen trees and made a great background. Remember that movie ‘Secret Garden’ where the children find the gate to a beautiful garden?
Here is the card with a large evergreen tree and then the card with a small evergreen tree (fern).
Do you feel like you are in a forest?
I put the greeting on the back.
And more flowers and a sun in the middle of the front.
I taught a little bit about using the Stamparatus to save time by mounting three of the stamps on the plate and then moving the plate down two counts on the hinge and stamping again. The stamps I only wanted to stamp once, the bird, kitty cat and little flower were on the second plate and the gate and lupines on a third plate. I used three plates instead of 9 blocks when you count the greeting on the back!!
I stamped everything with Memento Tuxedo ink and then colored with Stampin’ Blends, except for the edging on the arch which I used a black Stampin’ Marker to color the edge so the arch looked very much like the gate and not so stark white. I just held the marker so I could rub the edge of the arch on the side of the marker, similar to sponging. Compare the arch on the first card without the edges colored to the arch on the second card with the coloring. Huge difference – yes? Little details like that make us artists not just crafters.
Grace’s Garden Stamp Set & Garden Gateway Dies Bridge Card Recipe
Base: Mint Macaron 8 X 4 1/4
Score the base at: 1 1/4, 2 1/2, 5 1/2, 6 3/4
Bridge Strip: Mint Macaron 5 1/2 X 1/2
Back for greeting: Whisper White 4 x 2 7/8
Front Garden Back: DSP 4 X 2 7/8
Sides and front: DSP Make 4- 4 X 1 1/8
Thick Whisper White for arch: 3 X 4 1/4, die cut with Garden Gateway Dies
Sun: 1″ punch of Daffodil Delight scrap, sponge the edge
Vines at corners: Mint Macaron 2 1/2 X 2 , die cut with Garden Gateway Dies
Cardstock for Stamped Images: Whisper White 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 make 2
Stamp two of each of the 3 flower images, die cut with Garden Gateway Dies
Stamp two fence posts and two rose vines, die cut with Garden Gateway Dies
Stamp one gate, one cat, one bird, die cut with Garden Gateway Dies
Note: 5 X 7 1/4 magnet sheet to hold the dies in place in your plastic pouch
Stampin’ Blends Coloring
Arch, Gate and Posts: Light Smoky Slate; also used the black Stampin’ Marker to color the edge of the arch.
Note: I colored with the Stampin’ Marker on the edge because the Stampin’ Blends will bleed.
Grass: Dk Old Olive
Lupine: Dk Highland Heather and Dk Granny Apple Green
Smallest flowers: Lt Mango Melody and Dk Granny Apple Green
Medium flowers: Lt Daffodil Delight, Lt Old Olive and a touch of Dk Mango melody in the center
Large hollyhock flowers: Dk Night of Navy and Lt Call Me Clover
Rose vine: Dk Real Red and Dk Shaded Spruce
Bird: Dk Daffodil Delight
Kitty Cat: Dk and Lt Pumpkin Pie
Remember to add a Lt Smoky Slate shadow below the cat and flowers on your back greeting
We made two other projects together – the In Color Sampler sheet and the In Color bookmark. It is tradition you know!
Base: Cinnamon Cider 6 X 2 (minus a hair) Punch with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch
Layer: Just Jade 5 3/8 X 1 3/4 Corner round the top with the Detailed Trio Punch
Medallions: Many Medallions Dies in 1 X 5 1/2 strip Magenta Madness, 1/2 X 5 1/2 Misty Moonlight and Bumblebee.
Ribbon: 4″ of Faux Suede and Bumblebee Gingham; 6″ of Linen Thread
Magnet Insert for Medallion Dies 6 1/2 X 6 1/4
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Hello Stamping Friends,
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There are only a few days left – until June 2 – to purchase any of the retiring items.
The best place to see what is left is to go to the ONLINE STORE and click on the link for Last Chance Products:
Today I am sharing three cards with several of my favorites that are retiring:
First Card with my favorite- Music From The Heart, page 57 of the Mini Catalog:
Dawn Olchefske achieved one million dollars in sales and designed this stamp set as one of her many rewards!
Of course if Toons4Biz will allow it.
This is Whisper White with a white background and natural light just like I researched would be best for picture taking and now I have a bluish white instead of yellow.
The hearts have Wink of Stella to add some sparkle. I felt like Cinderella with the birds making the bow.
Base: Basic Black 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 Scored at 4 1/4
Top: Make 2 – 5 7/16 X 4 3/16 I know, crazy, but I wanted just a little black. Go to the 5 1/2 mark and move back 1/16 to get 5 7/16. For 4 3/16, go to 4 1/4 and move back 1/16. That is easier than counting 16ths.
Piano: Whisper White 2 1/8 X 2 3/4
Two Keyboard Pieces to layer at the bottom: 3 X 2 1/4, stamp twice and fussy cut. Adhere to bottom and then fussy cut around the bottom inside and out.
6 ” of twine
To cut your white top piece:
- place a pencil mark from the top right corner over 3/4″ and from the corner down 2 1/4″
- place two pencil marks from the bottom left corner up 1/4″ and up 1/2″
- cut diagonally from the 1/4″ mark at the bottom to the 2 1/4″ mark at the top right
- cut diagonally from the 1/2″ mark at the bottom to the 3/4″ mark at the top right
- shave off 1/16″ on each side of the middle piece
Okay, let me grab the sketch book.
Once they are cut remember to cut off just 1/16″ from each side of the middle piece so you have the black showing.
Second Card with two Favorites: Beautiful You on page 114 of the Annual Catalog and Special Celebrations:
I have used a stamp from this set on so many different cards. Today I used it on a graduation card that I am casing from Sharon Armstrong.
The Congratulations is from the retiring Special Celebrations set:
Base: Gorgeous Grape 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 Scored at 4 1/4
Layer 1: Smoky Slate 3 3/8 X 4 5/8
Layer 2: Gorgeous Grape 3 1/4 X 4 1/2
Top Layer Outside and Inside: Whisper White 3 X 4 1/4 – make 2
Inside Layer: Smoky Slate 3 3/8 X 4 5/8
Cap: Gorgeous Grape 1/2″ square
Diploma: Copy Paper 1/2″ X 5/8″ rolled up and tied with a double wrap of 2″ of colored twine
Tassle: 8″ colored with the Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend
- wrap twine 4 times around 1″ of cardstock
- cut the bottom ends and remove from cardstock
- slip the top ends on the end of your Take Your Pick tool
- tie another short piece of twine twice around 1/4″ from the top
- Use a glue dot to adhere the top to the middle of the cap
- punch a 1/16″ circle from Gorgeous Grape and put on top of the tassle
I used the Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend to color the dress and create sleeves then used a black journaler pen to color the edges of the sleeves. Ivory Stampin’ Blend was used for the legs and arms and Smoky Slate for the shadow. Wink of Stella was used to color the slip.
‘Congratulations’ was stamped in Versa Mark and then sprinkled with Silver Embossing Powder and heat set. The inside greeting is a retired Stampin’ Up! stamp.
Third Card with Two Favorite Retiring Items – Flourishing Phrases on page 35 of the Annual Catalog and the Pretty Label punch:
The Flourishing Phrases greeting set and the Special Celebrations set are excellent additions to your collection and you will use them over and over. I used Flourishing Phrases for a sympathy card in a Mystery Card Challenge. That is a challenge where you are given a specific list of supplies and measurements and you create a card with just those supplies.
- 1/2 sheet cardstock
- Designer Series Paper 3 X 5.5
- Coordinating Card Stock 3.25 X 5.5
- Stamp Set with words
- Punched Shape
- Matching Ink
I know, Sal, it was a fun challenge but I found out none of us avid crafters can make a card without blinging it up. I even had to add a few jewels.
Here is a card I made for my upline’s Mystery Card challenge that meets most of the criteria. I did use two ink pads, though.
The challenge is on again for Saturday, May 30, at 9:30. If you would like to join, I will send you a Zoom invitation, just send me your email.
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