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

Hello Stamping Friends,

February’s hostess code is:  TMARBUUM

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

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

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

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

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

True Love Designer Series Paper Any Occasion Card

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

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

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

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

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

Slimline Valentine Pop Up Card

With Highland Heather and Seaside Spray:

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Or with Misty Moonlight as the accent layer:

Which do you prefer?

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

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

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

Let’s make the inside pop up:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

SAL,  Send A Lot of love cards

Karen

 

 

 

 

Hey Chick is Back and more!

Hello Stamping Friends,

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

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

Isn’t it cute!!

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

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

All right all ready!  You just need them all! 

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

Here are a few samples from the home office:

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

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

  Like the fuzzy headed one?  Can we keep him?

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

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

SAL,  Smile A Little

Karen

To order online click on Sal in the computer.

 

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

 

 

 

Oh So Ombre Starburst Card and Mystery Card #9

Hello Stamping Friends,

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

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

You have valentine cards done?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recipe:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

.  What does ‘burnish’ mean?

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

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

Mystery Card Challenge #9.pdf

Base:  Granny Apple Green

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

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

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

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

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

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

Definitely to ‘die’ for!!!

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

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

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

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

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

I love to hear from you!

Lions & Dragons – Oh My!

Hello Stamping Friends,

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

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

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

Dragonfly Z Fold Club Card Introducing The Dandy Garden Suite

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

 

Recipe:

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

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

 

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

Your base is done!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After the Dragonfly is adhered – adhere your front layer.

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

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

Sand and Sea Club Cards Introducing The Sand & Sea Suite

This suite is on page 41 of the JJ catalog.

 

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

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

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

Recipe:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#1 – Little fishes

#2 – seahorses

#3 – Coral Reef

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

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

SAL,  Share A Love

Karen

For The Love of Fall

Hello Stamping Friends,

I do so love fall!  However, I would really like fall to come before winter, yet yesterday and today we have had snow here in Castle Rock, CO, so it looks like winter.

Maybe it is all those Christmas cards you are making that brought on winter. 

Now Sal, let’s just call it coincidence and Colorado’s unpredictable weather, okay?

We have two fall cards for you today and a Facebook Live video if you prefer videos over words, though the recipes follow.

    

Someday I will teach Sal to push the ‘Go Live’  and ‘Start Streaming’ buttons so I can look at the camera.  I have heard there is a way to edit the Facebook Lives and delete the first part so that is a skill I need to learn.

Before I post the recipes for the cards let’s take a moment to look at the Stampin’ Up! news for the month:

The Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine is available for purchase!

Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine

This machine has a wide 6″ (15.2 cm) platform that works with all Stampin’ Up! dies and embossing folders. Includes 1 Base Plate (Plate 1), 1 Die Plate (Plate 2), 2 Cutting Plates (Plate 3), and 1 Specialty Plate (Plate 4). #149653, $120.

Here are four videos (less than two minutes each) to show you the details of the new machine:

               

Magnetic Cutting Plate

Thin, fully magnetic sheet with self-healing cutting surface. Magnetic Cutting Plate (Plate 5) holds dies securely in place, even nested dies. This slim, portable sheet replaces a Cutting Plate in your sandwich, making it even easier to take with you. Use with the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.  #149656  $24

What a beautiful machine!  The mini version of the machine is not available yet, but we hope soon.  All the plates are available to purchase separately and the specialty plate works with our 3D embossing folders just like the blue plate we had in the past.

Paper Pumpkin for September-  You must subscribe by tomorrow!  Click on the image:

Name:   Hello Pumpkin

Details:

  • Kit contains enough supplies to create 20 cracker box treat packages.
  • Each cracker box treat package can be customized to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, the autumn season, or all three!
  • Coordinating Colors: Bumblebee, Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Cinnamon Cider, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, white

September’s kit is a must-have for those who love to celebrate all things spooky. But, for those who don’t enjoy the Halloween haunts, the multi-occasion stamp set combined with a variety of die-cut and reversible paper pieces offers many ways to customize your fall crafts!

The Hello Pumpkin Paper Pumpkin Kit includes enough supplies to create projects celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the autumn season. Make them all the same, or mix ‘n’ match!

While this kit was designed to offer a unique treat packaging experience to subscribers, the supplies can easily be used to create cards for any autumn occasion. Don’t worry—we’ll be sure to provide plenty of project inspiration to spark your creativity!

The Clearance Rack has been restocked:

Join our team of “Carin’ Crafters” and get more products!

  • In addition to the regular starter kit (for $99 USD/$135 CAD, new recruits choose $125 USD/$165 CAD-worth of products) new recruit will also receive enough cardstock pieces to make 16 cards, a pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels, the So Much Love stamp set, and the Queen Anne’s Lace stamp set—all for their first event.

     

There is so much going on in September, and I just attended Leader’s Summit so I have lots of ideas to make being a part of the team fun. I would love to have you JOIN NOW!

    I want to see how you made that cool pumpkin!

Good plan, let’s get started with my favorite part – teaching!

Simply Thankful

I am casing a card that Rosanne Mulhern of Heartfelt Stampin’ made last year but changing the products to current products and using the Mini Curvy Keepsakes dies to make a pumpkin instead of the Apple Builder punch she used.

   

  • Stamp Set:   Country Home
  • Punches:  Medium Daisy Punch,  3/8″ Circle Punch for the Black Eyed Susan

Dies:

  • Mini Curvy Keepsakes Box Dies for the pumpkin and its stem
  • Gathered Leaves Dies for the five leaves in different colors
  • Banner Blooms Dies for the pumpkin vine
  • Forever Flourishing Dies for the little crumb cake accents
  • Rectangle Stitched Dies

  Did you enter a challenge to see how many dies you could use on one card?

No, I am just stepping out of my comfort zone to make a collage type card.  Wait ’til you see the wreath collage I made with the Forever Flourishing dies.  Next post!

Recipe for Simply Thankful:

  • Base:  Basic Black, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4.
  • Barnwood Layer:  In Good Taste Designer Series Paper (DSP), 4 X 5 1/4.
  • Black Layer:  3 1/2 X 4 3/4 cut with the Rectangle Stitched Die;  TIP: use wax paper between the die and the cardstock.  Emboss the greeting in white slightly to the right and then use Black Stampin Dimensionals to adhere.
  • Pumpkin:  Pumpkin Pie Cardstock 2 1/4 X 2, make 2 with the Mini Curvy Keepsakes Die using just the handle section not the slot section of the die.  Before trimming down to size and making the bottom and top circular, lay one section 1/4″ over top of the second section and score a line following the curve of the section. Repeat on the other side.  Score the line, color it with a Pumpkin Pie Marker and then sponge it.  Do the same on the second section if you want to choose between the two sections for which one looks best for the top.  Cut the bottom and top of each section to shape the pumpkin.  Sponge all the edges of both sections and down the middle of the top section. Cut one section in half and glue each half behind the front section.
  • Pumpkin Stem:  Cinnamon Cider, 2 X 7/8, Cut with the handle of the Die.  (This can be run  at the same time as the pumpkin sections.) Cut in half, trim off excess and use a crumb cake marker to add a few lines.   
  • Pumpkin Vine:  Garden Green, 1 X 2, make 2 with the Banner Blooms Dies.
  • Medium Leaf: Cajun Craze, 2 X 2, the leaves are all cut with the Gathered Leaves Dies.  Sponge the veins lightly and then the edges on all the leaves with their corresponding inks.
  • Medium Leaf: Old Olive, 2 X 2, sponge
  • Large Leaf:  Daffodil Delight, 2 X 2, sponge
  • Large Leaf:  Merry Merlot, 2 X 2, sponge
  • Small Leaf:  Mango Melody, 1 1/2 X 1 1/2, sponge
  • Black Eyed Susan:  Mango Melody, 2 X 2 for each Medium Daisy Punch. You need six punched flowers so a 2 X 8 plus a 2 X 4 strip will work. Sponge the center with Mango Melody. Adhere two together with a glue dot.
  • Inside of flowers:  Early Espresso, 1 X 3, Punch with 3/8″ or 1/2″ circle punch. Adhere with a glue dot.
  • Inside Layer:  Mango Melody 4 X 5 1/4
  • Bottom Strip on Inside:  In Good Taste Designer Series Paper (DSP), 4 X 1/2.

Now the fun part of creating your collage!  Start with the pieces on top of the pumpkin and work to the back.  I used glue dots- lots of glue dots!

Other options for making a pumpkin are the Apple Builder Punch or using five circles or five ovals to layer together.

Beautiful Moments

     

  • Stamp Set:   Beautiful Moments
  • Punch:  Moose Punch
  • Embossing Folder:  Woodland

Dies:

  • Circle Die for the frame
  • Poinsettia Die for the oak leaf greeting
  • Sweet Silhouettes Die for the tree
  • Dockside Dies for the grass and cattails

Recipe for Beautiful Moments:

  • Base:  Cajun Craze, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4.
  • Aspen Grove Layer:  Very Vanilla, 4 X 5 1/4, Embossed with the Woodlands Folder after the folder is inked on the indent side with Crushed Curry.  I turn the ink pad upside down and tap it on the folder.
  • Tree:  Mango Melody, 3 1/2 X 5, die cut with the Sweet Silhouette Tree Die.  Tip: Use two folded up dryer sheets underneath your cardstock to make removing the little bits quite easy since they stick to the dryer sheet.  The tree trunk and limbs are colored with the Dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blend.  The far left side of the tree has a limb that will need cut off so you can attach the trunk of the tree with a glue dot at the bottom left behind the circle frame.  (I glued that little branch in the inside of the card as you see above.)  Adjust the tree so that all the leaves will be inside the card borders.  When you are completely done, place a small amount of Tombow glue on the silicon sheet and use a toothpick to add bits of glue to the leaves to attach to the circle.
  • Circle Frame:  Cajun Craze 4 1/2  X 4 1/2, Die cut with two layered circle dies to create the frame. Sponge the inside and outside of the frame with Cajun Craze and mount the tree at the bottom left behind the circle. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the frame.  You will need a dimensional at the thickest part of the trunk of the tree.
  • Green grass and cattails:  Pear Pizzaz, 2 1/2 X 3; die cut two grass sections from the Dockside Die.  Color the cattails with Early Espresso and sponge the grass with Crumb Cake to give it that end of the summer look.
  • Moose:  Early Espresso, 2 1/4 X 2, punched with the moose punch and sponged on the edges.
  • Greeting:  Very Vanilla, 2 1/4 X 1 1/2 , die cut with the leaf in the Poinsettia Dies.  Stamp with the “collect beautiful moments” from the Beautiful Moments stamp set, sponge the edge with pumpkin pie, then add an orange rhinestone.  Glue to the circle but add a tiny dimensional to the left edge to attach to the aspen grove layer.
  • Inside:  Very Vanilla,  4 X 5 1/4, the little tree limb is glued to the inside corner .

Did I forget anything, Sal?

   I sure hope not or you will have so many instructions you will lose your audience.

Paul, my DH, looks at these and says “another Karen card”.  I keep telling him someday I will learn to make clean and simple cards but I always want to challenge myself.  He suggested I call them Carin’ Cards to reflect a Caring Karen.  He got a kiss for that!   So I decided our team should be called Carin’ Crafters for the caring and sharing card makers that we are and yet a bit of a spoof on Karen vs. Carin’.  What do you think?

Take a look around the new shop!  We have new software to make the shopping experience better.  I will be back soon to post the swaps and mystery cards we made in August.

SAL,  Sighing A Lot as summer leaves us

Karen

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Mystery Card #3 and July Swap Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

August hostess code if your order is under $150:  HKVNWPPX

Today is the last day to order and get a $5 coupon for each $50 you spend and then tomorrow is the big day when the new mini catalog goes live, you can spend your coupons and the new online store goes live!!

Demonstrators earn the same $5 for each $50 and can order right now from the new mini catalog so call quick and we can make that happen (or click the join button in the tabs above and just follow the instructions.)

Our club met by Zoom last Tuesday and we shared our swap cards and made a “Mystery Card” using the list of supplies I had sent them all earlier.

What happened to Mystery Card Challenge #2?

Hmmm….. I guess I was too excited to travel to Mount Rushmore and didn’t post.  I will have to backtrack with a different post.

The cool 1″ fold  of the base on the Mystery Card #3 lets you see and use both sides of a Designer Series Paper (DSP).  So often we let our DSP sit on a shelf because we love both sides and don’t want to use one side and lose the other.  Here is our answer to using both sides!  I am using the Ornate Garden Specialty DSP on a Terracotta Tile Base.

I glued the DSP to the back of the 1″ flap and used the reverse side of one of the 3/4″ DSP strips.  On the inside you have the full DSP showing on the left and a 3/4″ strip of the DSP with the front side showing on the right.

For the greeting I used the Stitched Nested Labels and the Ornate Thanks stamp set with Old Olive ink and Soft Suede ink. The ribbon is the Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack and Terra Cotta Tile gems (retired).  I wish I would have had the new In Color Butterfly Gems in the Terra Cotta Tile.

 

I received pictures from some of the club members who completed the card:

 

 

Sharon made three cards while we chit chatted and made one!  She is preparing for Christmas and sends out 200+ cards so definitely time to get started!

I will be starting Christmas cards August 11 on Facebook Live (and it will be recorded if you can’t be there at 9:30AM).  I will be demonstrating 3 Christmas cards and a Christmas gift box as I launch the new Mini Catalog.  Kits are $10 for guests, free for club members.  Contact me by Wednesday and I will deliver or mail your kits to you.  You can create the cards at your leisure watching the recorded Facebook Live on the Stampalosopher Facebook page or right here on the blog.

July Swap Cards:

I promised in my July Facebook Live with the Banner Blooms Easel Birthday Card using the Rainbow Glimmer paper that I would make a card with the die cut colored so here you are:

Recipe:

  • Base:  Granny Apple Green 4 1/4 X 11 Scored at 5 1/2
  • Border:  Perennial Essence DSP 3 3/4 X 5 1/2
  • Top:  Whisper White 5 1/2 X 4  Cut with Banner Blooms Dies, colored with Stampin’ Blends
  • Inside Layer:  Whisper White 3 3/4 X 5 1/2
  • Strips for Inside Layer:  Perennial Essence DSP 1/4 X 5 1/2

Here are swaps from my creative stamping friends:

Swaps are so fun!  We just mail our cards to each other throughout the month.  If you are interested in August Swaps let me know ASAP and I will add your name and address to the list. Swaps are due to each other in time for the August 25th 9:30 am Zoom meeting.

Have a wonderful day!

SAL,   So August Leaps into the picture

Karen

 

Hand Drawn Blooms and Prized Peony

Hello Stamping Friends,

Today’s Facebook Live event was successful!!  For those of you who have done this for a long time I’m sure you are shaking your head but it was my third Facebook Live and the second one crashed and had to be abandoned.  So two successful events feels rather nice!

Club members received two card kits for this month’s club and we joined together with a Facebook Live followed by a Zoom meeting.  We created an Easel card with the Hand Drawn Blooms bundle and a Tri-Fold card with the Prized Peony bundle.

 

What you still need is the specific recipe for each card.

Easel Card with Rainbow Glimmer Paper:

Color #1, Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo

Color #2, Granny Apple Green and Bermuda Bay

The Banner Blooms Die was used to cut the beautiful bouquet from the Rainbow Glimmer Paper.  Since the paper is multi colored the cards were different depending on where the cut was made.

Recipe:

  • Base:  4 1/4 X 11 scored at 5 1/2 and 2 3/4
  • Layer 1:  5 3/8 X 4 1/8  Make 2 and Corner Round the top of one
  • Layer 2:  Shimmer White,  4 X 5 1/4 , Corner Round the top
  • Easel Holder:  Shimmer White, 4 X 1
  • Scrap of Shimmer White on which to stamp the words to put on the banner 3 X 1 1/2
  • Rainbow Glimmer Paper:  6 X 4, cut one bouquet and one butterfly
  • Twine: 10″
  • Jewels to embellish: 3
  • Ink:  Bermuda Bay or Melon Mambo
  • Stamp Set:  Hand-Drawn Blooms
  • Die Set:  Banner Blooms

Gosh, you didn’t post for a month and now you made a video! When do I get to be in the video?  

Patience, Sal, I have been working with an animator and soon you will be joining the videos.

Prized Peony Tri-Fold Card:

I just received my mini catalog preorder and added a stamped image to my wedding card using the Little Treats Stamp set:

Isn’t that just the perfect addition?

Here is the original one I did in the Facebook Live Video:

 

Recipe:

  • Base:  Whisper White 12″ X 6″

To cut your tri-fold follow these step by step instructions:

  1. Place the base on the Stampin’ Up! Cutter the long way – (vertically) on 2″ mark- and cut from the 2″ to the 10″ mark on the cutter
  2. Move the base to the 4″ mark on cutter and cut from 2″ to 10″
  3. Turn the base the short way-(horizontal) and place it at the 2″ mark of the cutter and score from 0″ to 2″,  lift the scoring blade and move to the 4″ mark on the cutter and score from 4″ to 6″
  4. Move the base to the 4″ mark on cutter and score from 0″ to 6″- top to bottom
  5. Turn the base to the other side and place it at the 2″ mark of the cutter and score from 0″ to 2″, lift the scoring blade and move to the 4″ mark on the cutter and score from 4″ to 6″
  6. Move the base to the 4″ mark on cutter and score from 0″ to 6″- top to bottom

Front Base Layer:  Whisper White 5 1/8 X 3 5/8

Layer #1 all in Basic Gray:

  • (1) 5 X 3 1/2 for front base
  • (2) 5 7/8 X 1 7/8
  • (3) 3 7/8 X 1 7/8
  • (5) 1 7/8 X 1 7/8

Layer #2 in Designer Series Paper (Note: two of the top layers are whisper white)

  • (1) 4 7/8 X 3 3/8  for front base
  • (2) 5 3/4 X 1 3/4
  • (2) 3 3/4 X 1 3/4
  • (4) 1 3/4 X 1 3/4

Whisper White – all three pieces are embossed at the bottom with the Peony Edge Die

  • (1) 2 1/4 X 4 1/4  Front Banner
  • (1) 3 3/4 X 1 3/4 for stamping greeting
  • (1) 1 3/4 X 1 3/4 for stamping peony

Envelope Punch Board – Whisper White Envelope Paper 8 1/4 X 8 1/4 with 3 3/8 score line starting point

Envelope Decor – Designer Series Paper 6 X 3 1/2, glue to flap and then fussy cut to fit

Ribbon – 1/4″ Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon- 10″ for knot, 12″ for bow

Elegant Faceted Jems – 3

Peony (4) –  Petal Pink  8 1/2 X 3 , die cut the four parts, each piece slides into the next largest piece matching up the notches.  Use a bone folder to curl the edges and then sponge with Blushing Bride for a darker contrast.

Stamin (1) – Scrap of Daffodil Delight at least 1″ square

Leaves (3)- Garden Green large sections 2 X 3, die cut one of each size

Leaf accent (3)- Granny Apple Green 2 X 3, die cut one of each size

I used a glue dot to attach each piece at the notch and then added dimensionals in between the layers.

Here is the base with the gray granite layer and the DSP layers, the white part of the base is where you will glue the front base so it does not need a gray layer:

 

This shows the front base added and the die cutting at the bottom of each edge of the white pieces:

Obviously, you want to stamp the white pieces before you adhere.

I stamped the greeting in Basic Gray and then colored the back of the peony stamp with Stampin’ Write Markers – Petal Pink, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green and Granny Apple Green.

Note:  Do not use Stampin’ Blends – they will stain your stamp.

Prized Peony Suite Card

Here is a card I made using every single one of the Prized Peony Suite products for a thank you card.  I am casing Mary Deatherage of Stampsnlingers with this one:

Recipe:

  • Base:  Gray Granite  4 1/4 X 11  scored at 5 1/2
  • Front Base:  Gray Granite  4 1/4 X 5 1/2  Embossed with the Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder; it might need shaved a hair on the edges if it stretches
  • Front Mat: Petal Pink  2 7/8 X 5 1/2
  • Cross Panel Mat:  Petal Pink  2 1/8 X 4 1/4
  • Inside Mat:  Petal Pink  4″ X 5 1/4″
  • Front Vertical Top:  Peony Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP) 2 3/4 X 5 1/2 colored with Stampin’ Blends Petal Pink and Granny Apple Green.  Don’t panic as you color the DSP flowers pink, as they look an ugly dark pink from the grey on the back of the DSP showing through.  Once it dries it is a pretty petal pink!
  • Front Horizontal Panel Top:  Peony Garden DSP  2 X 4 1/4
  • Inside Liner Top:  Whisper White  3 7/8 X 5 1/8
  • Sentiment:  Whisper White Scrap stamped with Hand Drawn Blooms and fussy cut
  • Ribbon – 1/4″ Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon- 4″, glued underneath peony with glue dot
  • Elegant Faceted Jems – 3
  • Peony (4) –  Petal Pink  8 1/2 X 3 , die cut the four parts, each piece slides into the next largest piece matching up the notches.  Use a bone folder to curl the edges and then sponge with Blushing Bride for a darker contrast.
  • Stamin (1) – Scrap of Daffodil Delight at least 1″ square
  • Leaves (3)- Garden Green large sections 2 X 3, die cut one of each size
  • Leaf accent (3)- Granny Apple Green 2 X 3, die cut one of each size

There you have it folks, recipes, pictures, a video and everything you need to create some beautiful cards!

This month is Bonus Days month and you will receive a $5 coupon by email to spend in
August for each $50 order in July.

The hostess code is XP23FNSY with Suzi as our hostess this month.

SAL,  Such A Lot (of pieces)

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Father’s Day with Enjoy Life

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

(Click the title to go to the main blog if you are viewing in your mobile device)
Hostess Code for June:  2KNDJXFN  Use this code if your order is under $150 and our monthly hostess will get the hostess rewards so no free dollars are left unused.  If your order is over $150 you will have earned the hostess rewards.   You will get a little thank you gift from me for any order outside of club!  Club members receive the special reward of receiving card kits.

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:

 

For Paul:

       

Here they are at the Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo in Colorado Springs:

   

Such a great dad and such a great grandpa!

   That looks like so much fun!  But I am wondering how you did that cool bokeh look for the background of the card front. 

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.

  May we see that up close, please?

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!

  Not to be a pest, but could we have the recipe?

Of course, it is a great layout that would work with dozens of stamps.

Recipe

  • 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

Thank you for stopping by and visiting!  I hope you have learned something and will come back.  Next week I will post a card with the Summer Days stamp set.  If you add your email address at the top right of the page, you will receive an email each time I post.  Leaving a comment lets me know there is someone out there and I am not just talking to Sal and myself!  I love hearing from you.

Hostess Code for June:  2KNDJXFN  Use this code if your order is under $150 and our monthly hostess will get the hostess rewards so no free dollars are left unused.  If your order is over $150 you will have earned the hostess rewards.   You will get a little thank you gift from me for any order outside of club! Club members have the special reward of receiving card kits so contact me if you are interested in being a part of a club:    303-815-0838 or stampalosopher@gmail.com.

If you are part of club and my faithful followers – THANK YOU for your support.  If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would love to earn your business!

SAL, Sharing A Love of the wonderful Dads in my life

Karen

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Grace’s Garden & Garden Gateway Dies with Catalog Launch

Hello Stamping Friends,  (Click on the title to go to the full blog if you are viewing this on your mobile device)

(June hostess code:  2KNDJXFN  Use this code if your order is under $150.)

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.

Here is the link:  http://facebook.com/stampalosopher

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!

Bookmark Recipe

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

Order Color Sampler Sheets

I will make you color sampler sheets for $1 per sheet.  There are 12 total sheets:

  1. Basics Collection
  2. Brights Collection
  3. Neutrals Collection
  4. Regals Collection
  5. Subtles Collection
  6. In Color Collection 2019-2021
  7. In Color Collection 2020-2022
  8. Orange & Yellow comparison sheet
  9. Purple & Brown comparison sheet
  10. Red & Pink comparison sheet
  11. Green comparison sheet
  12. Blues & gray comparison sheet

Text your order to 303-815-0838 or email stampalosopher@gmail.com. You can pay through Paypal.

See you soon!

SAL,  Sharing A Lot

Karen

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A Few of My Favorite Retiring Items

Hello Stamping Friends,

If you are viewing this in your mobile device remember to click on the heading to be directed to the full blog.

Hostess code until June 1:  WQVF6WXZ

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!

When you reach one million will you design a set with me?  

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.

Better go back to the Youtube videos on that one. 

Sigh….

The hearts have Wink of Stella to add some sparkle. I felt like Cinderella with the birds making the bow.

Recipe:

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

We need a visual for that. 

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:

Recipe:

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.

 

Recipe:

  • 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
  • Ribbon
  • Matching Ink
  • Adhesive

What  – NO BLING?!

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.

Hostess code until June 1:  WQVF6WXZ

SAL,    Sharing A Love of products I don’t want you to miss

Karen

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