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June Party Event

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

You, too, can book a private party and I will bring everything for a fun event of card making with your friends.  Contact me for details and pricing at 303-815-0838.  At June’s event we made three different 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.

If you are a demonstrator yourself, I hope I have given you some ideas for a party.  This was a paid event.  I charge $5 per card, so $15 total fee per person for the event.  Workshops are free.  The guests only make one simple card and I spend time introducing Stampin’ Up! to attendees as we browse the catalogs and kit offerings.  I do a quick demonstration of something 3D for the hostess and of course have party favors of some sort for all!

Contact me if you would like to book a workshop or a party!  303-815-0838


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

I’ve started a new procedure of highlighting current product.  Let me know if that is helpful.

Thank you for sharing part of your day with me.  Leave a comment for a chance to win a set of Fun Flowers Resin Shapes.  Drawing to be held August 31 from all comments through that date.  (By then I should be caught up on my posts!). I have two posts remaining to do for June and then I start the July posts!  Your inbox was so lonely and now I will overwhelm it with posts- feast or famine at my computer these days.  Thank you for your patience!!

Hostess code through August is:  3BACA4QZ. Remember this code is to be used for orders under $150 so the orders can accumulate to give the hostess reward dollars.  If your order is over $150 you will receive the reward dollars yourself!  Win-win!

SAL,  Sharing A Lot

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case The Creator Card – Collar Card May ’22

Hello Stamping Friends,

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

Case The Creator #4 printable pdf file


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

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

 

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

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

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

True!  Annual Catalog introduction


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

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

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

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

 


 

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

July 12:  Save the date for a fun morning of stamping here at 4143 Eagle Ridge Way, Castle Rock.  We will make two cards with a ‘bouquet of flowers’ theme.  The cost is $10.  RSVP by July 6!

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

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

SAL,  Sharing A Love

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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,

Hostess code for December:  6KSWKDMM

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

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

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

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

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

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Recipe:

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

Stamp Sets:  Nuts About Squirrels and Pretty Pumpkins

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

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

Marker:  Pumpkin Pie to add dots to greetings

Dies:  Layering Diorama Dies, Tailored Tag Dies

Embossing Folder:  Cracked Paint

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

   

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

 

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

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

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

 

Such talent!  Thank you all!

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

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

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

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

Hostess code for December:  6KSWKDMM

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

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

SAL,  Sending A Lot of cards to inspire you

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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