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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

Thank You or Sympathy Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

January’s Hostess Code:  UEEZKD2D  Use this if your order is under $150.  At $150 you receive the hostess rewards.

.    Lions and Dragons – Oh my!  (Dandelions and Dragonflies-tee hee)  

That image is a sneak peak of tomorrow’s Facebook Live to make January’s club cards.  Join me at 9:30 AM at:

http://www.facebook.com/stampalosopher/videos

 

Can I come?  

Not quite yet, Sal, I have a few more classes to watch to be able to have you join us.  Soon!!

Thank You Cards

Are you wishing you had a quick and simple card layout for thank you notes?   I have one from a Mystery Card Challenge in our Blended Stampers Group on Facebook.   I used it for my club Zoom Mystery Card challenge #8.

I used ‘Feels Like Frost’ Designer Series Paper with coordinating bases, the Stitched Nested Labels and Metallic Mesh Ribbon.

‘Love & Thanks to a Dear Friend’ is from the Prized Peony stamp set with an inside greeting of ‘Your sweet friendship refreshes the soul’ also from Prized Peony.  The ‘Thank You’ is from ‘Beautiful World’ using a Stampin’ Marker to color just the thank you of the stamp.  Note:  Always use a marker not a blend when coloring the back of a stamp since the blends are alcohol and would stain the stamp.

Here is a close up:

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Now you can see the trick!  You score at halfway-5 1/2 , and again at 6 3/4.  Then you glue the 1 1/4″ section between the 5 1/2 and the 6 3/4 scores to the back half of the card.  Punch out little notches on this glued section and you have a unique placement for your ribbon.  I used the ‘Tailored Tag’ Punch.

Here are cards made by club members:

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This was the Christmas card I made for the Blended Stampers group.  We could use all our left over Christmas paper and make this  year’s cards!!

Dreamer!!

For sure!

Did you overlook the beautiful ‘Touched My Heart’ hostess set in the back of the Annual Catalog?  I used it to make Sympathy and Thank You cards in December casing Dawn Michels’ post on Pinterest.

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The base is Just Jade and the brick background comes from Tasteful Touches.

Base:  Just Jade, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2  Scored at 4 1/4

First Layer (X2):  Whisper White, 5 1/4 X 4

Top Border:  Just Jade, 3 1/4 X 3 1/4

Top:  Whisper White, 3 X 3

Bow:  8″ of  3/8″ Old Olive/Pretty Peacock reversible ribbon

Stamp the heart, the bricks and the greetings in Soft Suede and color the leaves with Just Jade.

The inside greeting is from the set ‘Kindness and Compassion’ which is retired.

What……Breaking your own rule of not using retired products?  

Once in a while, what you want to say overrides the self imposed rule!

This was a swap card using ‘His Love’ stamp set.   I made it months ago and it has been sitting on my desktop waiting to be posted.  It seems a good place to post with these cards since it would be good for encouraging someone.

Base:  Mint Macaron,  4 1/4 X 11, Scored at 5 1/2

Layer 1:  Ornate Garden DSP in Mint Macaron with Gold Foil,  4 X 5 1/4

Layer 2: Mint Macaron,  3 X 4 1/2

Layer 3:  Whisper White, 2 3/4 X 4 1/4, Embossed with Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder

Ribbon:  Pool Party Sheer 3/8″ Ribbon,  4″ to wrap the layer and 8″ to make a bow.

Medallion:  Die Cut with Tasteful Labels a Large Circle in Gold Foil, 2 1/4 X 2 1/4 needed, a small circle with the Tasteful Labels Die, 1 1/2 X 1 1/2, in Whisper White, and punch a 1 3/8 circle from the matching DSP for the middle of the medallion.

Daisy:  Punch a large daisy in the DSP and another with the Gold card stock.  Use the small daisy punch with DSP for the top of the daisy and embellish with a Gold Gilded Gem.

For the inside:  Stamp off the Bible and then stamp it on the card stock.  (This is sometimes called ‘second generation’ stamping- you stamp off your freshly inked stamp on scrap paper before stamping on your card stock to create a lighter image.)  Stamp ‘Always’ in full strength ink on top of the Bible.

I hope these cards have given you a ‘pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world’.

That tag line is how I came to be!

Indeed!  Thank you for your time in visiting today.  If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be honored to help you out with your crafting needs.

SAL,  (So At Last – the new year begins)

Karen

January’s Hostess Code:  UEEZKD2D   Click on Sal in the computer to go to my onsite shop.

 

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

Click on Sal to go to the store.  (June hostess code:  2KNDJXFN  Use this code if your order is under $150.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sending Flowers Dies meets Fable Friends

Hello Stamping friends,

Hostess Code:  RH4REUGF

We have nine additional items you can earn for the last week of Sale A Bration.  Those will be at the end of this post but first let’s look at the fun cards you can make with the Sending Flowers Dies that are only available through March 31.

I used these dies for a valentine card which you can see by clicking HERE.

I designed a ‘Happy Spring’ card and a card with an Easter greeting:

   

 

The “Happy Spring”, “Easter Greetings”, mama goose with babies and the grass stamp are all in the Fable Friends stamp set in the annual catalog.

  

The lamb with the puff paint is a retired set called “Easter Lamb”.  It has just the one stamp in the set.

The cross is from the ‘Cross of Hope’ die set and cut from a piece of wood-tone paper in the Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper(DSP).  Samples of this paper are also in the 6 X 6 paper stack you receive if you join Stampin’ Up! during Sale A Bration. I cut off the flower from the Sending Flowers die that was right in front of the cross and put that flower in the inside of the card.

The little butterfly on the Easter Card is from the “Enjoy Life” stamp set (annual catalog) and stamped in Calypso Coral.

The inside greeting, ‘today is a day for new beginnings’, is from our Sale A Bration ‘Power of Hope’ stamp set. With a $100 purchase you earn this set and the Stone 3D embossing folder.

   

    

I added the sunbeam from the retired ‘Kinda Eclectic’ for my personal Easter cards this year.

    

There is just something about seeing all those little lambs together that made me want to take another picture!!

We have less than a week, just until March 31, to earn Sale A Bration products or to purchase the coordinating products that include the Sending Flowers Die set.  I will show all the products further on in the post.

Recipe:

  • Base:  Thick Whisper White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Top:    Thick Whisper White, 4 1/8 X 5 3/8
  • Characters:  Regular Whisper White, Depending on your choice of character, the goose can lay sideways above the goslings so a 4 X 2 piece should work or use up some of your scraps
  • Embellishments:  7″ of ribbon and seven little pearls colored to match the flower with Stampin’ Blends.

Are you sure you didn’t miss something?  Your cards hardly ever have that few pieces.  

By using our thick Whisper White we don’t necessarily need another layer in the inside and the ‘Sending Flowers’ die gives incredible dimension to the front so we don’t need more layers.  Probably a good thing I did this card with my club because the second card we did had 13 pieces!

Did you post that card already?

Not yet, Sal, but hopefully this week since it uses the Happy Birthday Sale A Bration set which has amazing flowers.  But I regress.  Let’s look at the steps for this card.

  1. Make cloud masks, a 3 1/4″ circle mask with your circle dies, and use sticky notes to mask the top of the base and the top of the inside as you sponge each section.  I fussy cut a cloud mask around the Happy Spring, Easter greetings, and inside greeting and used the Up and Away thinlets set (in the clearance rack) which has several cloud shapes to cut out.  If you don’t like the idea of fussy cutting your own, there are several dies in the catalog that could be modified to look like clouds.  For example ‘Lakeside’ dies have a die for a lily pad that could be a cloud.
  2. Cut out the cross if you are making the Easter card.
  3. Cut out your front flower circle with the ‘Sending Flowers’ Die.  You need this piece to position your clouds in the background.
  4. Lay your base open flat, mask the back side of the card, and mark 2 1/2″ on your grid sheet to guide you where to sponge the blue and green.  I used Balmy Blue and Granny Apple Green and our Sponge Brayers (#141714).  The brayers come in a pack with two handles and four sponges for $8.  They are so much easier to use than the rubber brayers and they give a nice consistent look.  Lay the cutout flowers over top of the front just to position your clouds and the cross then set that piece and the cross piece aside and sponge the base front.
  5. Remove the cloud masks and without reinking the brayer, lightly sponge over the sky to soften the white of the clouds.
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  7. Likewise, do the inside of the card:
    1. by first stamping the greeting and then masking the greeting with a cloud shape and adding other cloud shape masks as desired and masking off the other side of the inside of the card.
    2. sponge the blue sky and the green grass.  Remove the masks and do a light sponge over the clouds.
  8. Now you have the idea so let’s sponge the top flower cut out piece. Mask it with circle cutouts covering only the flowers.  I had to use two circle masks since my die was just a little bit small.  Stamp the greeting and mask it with a cloud mask and add other clouds as desired then sponge.
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  10. I purchased the gina K Masking Magic sheets from Amazon.
  11. Using Granny Apple Green and the grass stamp from Fable Friends, stamp little grass clumps on the inside, the front, and the area that will show behind the circle.
  12. Use Stampin Blends and color your flowers:
    1. Dk Pineapple Punch
    2. Lt Highland Heather
    3. Lt Calypso Coral
    4. Leave two tulips white
    5. Leaves of the tulips- Dk Granny Apple Green
    6. Leaves of the other flowers – Lt Granny Apple Green
  13. Using the same colors of Stampin’ Blends, color your Pearl Basic Jewels and add to the centers of the five petaled flowers.  Stampin’ Blends are alcohol so they won’t rub off the pearls.  Regular markers do rub off and we have used Sharpies in the past when we colored rhinestones or pearls- yay for matching colors in our own Stampin’ Blends!
  14. Stamp your characters in Memento Black so you can color them with Stampin’ Blends or apply puff paint.  Fussy cut them out and mount with glue dots.
  15. Place foam adhesive strips on the back of the front piece and a few dimensionals around the sides of the circle and attach.

but there is ribbon and a butterfly? 

Good catch, Sal!  The ribbon knot is tied around the front before the adhesive strips are added and the little butterfly is stamped on the front in Calypso Coral before the adhesive strips are added.  Whether you want these are not depends on the character you use.  The goose stands up so tall that the ribbon wouldn’t work, and the card might get a bit busy if you add a butterfly with all the little goslings.  Personal preference.

I stamped the ‘Happy Spring’ with Highland Heather but decided it was a little too light so I stamped Easter Greetings on a separate scrap of Whisper White in Gorgeous Grape and fussy cut it to look like a cloud.  I used glue dots to adhere it since I didn’t want it popped up too much and glue dots are just a slight pop up and a bit more than using snail or liquid glue.

I cut a few extra ‘Sending Flowers’ cut outs so the club members could cut off a flower or two or three to put on the insides of their cards and their cards looked awesome.   I just used the one flower I cut off the front so you could see the cross better to put on the inside.

The puff paint was in the Holiday Catalog, is it carrying over?

Unfortunately, it is not.  But many things are carrying over and are available now.  Other items, like the moose punch and stamp set, will be in next year’s Holiday Catalog.  Take a look at what carried over in case you missed it:

  

Can I have a drum roll?

  Sure……da da da da..

There are nine new items that Stampin’ Up! is offering as free Sale A Bration items with a $50 or $100 order:

NOTE:  You must use the item numbers shown here when entering them on the system.

And the Sending Flower’s die set is only available until March 31.

And if you want the best deal ever think about joining the team.  You would receive a mini cutter and a pack of 6X6 paper – samples from the mini catalog- and a stamp set of your choice.  All this and $125 of any other products for only $99.  All future orders from you as a demonstrator will be discounted at least 20% which here in Castle Rock, CO, covers the shipping and the tax and a little left over profit.  Click on the join button in the top tabs.

Hostess Code:  RH4REUGF

SAL,  Send A Lot of flowers on a card

Karen

PS  There are no new events on the calendar since we are all staying at home until this coronavirus threat passes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vibrant Vases Tri-fold card

Good morning, Stamping Friends,

It probably won’t be morning by the time you get this post in your mailbox but currently it is still morning in Karen’s World!

 

Don’t you mean Stampalosopher?  Karen’s World was your accounting firm.  

Yes, indeed, it is a Stampalosopher World!  Today I have one of two cards to show you that I created for a stint as a guest presenter in Grand Junction.  The first was inspired by Joy Meadows and the very lovely card she sent for my birthday.  Thank you, Joy!

Do you see how the front right hand flap is exactly the same size as the left side white layer with the same size black border?  So cool!   The white flaps inside and out are 3″ X 3 1/2″ with a black border of 3 1/8″  X 3 5/8″.  The paper is from the SAB (Sale A Bration) Botanical Butterfly DSP (Designer Series Paper).  One side had butterflies and the other had black and white designs like the dots Joy used here.  I hope you stocked up on this paper during SAB!  Her base is 9 7/8″ X 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/8″ and 8 3/8″ .  This leaves a right hand flap of 1 1/2″.  The butterfly is from the Butterfly Gala stamp set which is still current and has a punch to match.  See page 46 of the Annual Catalog.

 

But Karen, you can’t use retired Designer Series Paper!

I know, Sal, so I chose to use the Vibrant Vases and the Pressed Petals DSP with an accent color of Blueberry Bushel, one of the 2018-2020 In Colors that I will definitely need to stock up on before it retires next June.


Don’t you love the Pressed Petals DSP with the Blueberry Bushel?  There is even a sheet of the DSP with plain burlap that I used for the right side little panel to coordinate with the background of the pressed petals.

 

And the Pressed Petals is part of the current “Buy 3 packs of DSP and Get One Free”!

That’s right, Sal, thanks for the input!

I used the Flourishing Phrases stamp set for the sentiments on the flap and the left side of the card and left the inside blank for a birthday, congratulations or just thinking of you sentiment.  I needed a little larger flap than what Joy used for the butterflies so the measurements won’t be the same.  The goal was to have the outside vases a bit plain with the inside vase truly “vibrant” to match the sentiments. The Vibrant Vases stamp set is a two-step stamp set with outline stamps for the vases and then a stamp-to-color for each vase and it even has a punch to match! Check out page 61 of the Annual Catalog. The yellowed images show what images are punchable. (Is that a word?)

 

I stamped the outside vases with the border stamps in Soft Suede and then stamped again with the stamp-to-color stamps after stamping off to lighten the image.  I used the “H” acrylic block and spaced out the three vases and stamped with the outline stamps on a 6 X 3 piece of Whisper White.  I then placed the (clean) stamp-to-color stamps on top of the images and took another “H” acrylic block and pressed it down on the stamps to attach them to the blocks in the perfect position.  The stamparatus would have worked better but it was in use for the other card.  

 

You could order a second one.  I could help, page 184, #146276.

Thanks Sal.  That might be a good idea for the next time. To make the inside vase truly “vibrant”, I stamped it in Blueberry Bushel, colored in the diamonds with Cajun Craze and Daffodil Delight regular markers and then took my Versa Mark ink and inked the entire image.  I applied “Clear Embossing Powder” and then heated it to make the vase look like glass.

Stamp the greenery and flowers directly on the Very Vanilla card stock pieces – the flap for the outside and the Pretty Label punched piece for the left hand side.  Adhere the vases directly to the paper since they are punched out and look 3D without dimensionals.  I adhered the two larger vases close enough together so that I could adhere the middle little vase slightly on top of the larger ones and all three would fit on the 2″ shelf that was cut from Early Espresso card stock to a final size of 2″ X 1/4″ with the “Be Mine” stitched framelits.  Hint:  Start with a larger piece of Early Espresso and cut the scallop edge with the framelit and then place it in the Stampin’ Trimmer to cut to the 1/4″ shelf size. I cut a piece longer than the desired 2″ so I could cut exactly 1/2 of a scallop at each edge of the shelf.

 

She told me she was a “recovering perfectionist”!   Maybe she needs more therapy.  SHHHH……

 

Did you say something, Sal?

The shelf is adhered  with the top of the shelf 1 1/4″ from the bottom of the Very Vanilla layer and 3/8″ over from the left and right sides. Stamp the greeting in Blueberry Bushel under the shelf.

It can be tricky to stamp the greenery at the right spot for the vases so stamp your vases and punch them out then trim off the bottom white edge of the vases.  Punches generally leave a little edge all the way around the image just like what we teach in fussing cutting.  You want the vases to sit directly on the shelf so trim off that bottom edge.

Temporarily place your vases where you want them on the shelf and use a pencil to lightly outline the top of each vase.  Now make three more light pencil marks where you want your stem to attach to the tulip.  The tulip is 3/8″.  Vary the heights of the three tulips.  Use a sticky note to mask the shelf and where the vases will be and stamp the stem and greenery in Old Olive.  Then stamp the tulips in Cajun Craze and stamp-to-color in Daffodil Delight.  I had a shadow on one of my leaves so I just hand drew another leaf to utilize the shadow.

 

Sheri always called that “Design Opportunity”!

That she did!  And that it is! We sometimes use tiny butterflies or hearts to cover our shadows and it adds beauty to the card.  I just ordered erasers from Amazon that are supposed to remove ink without damaging the paper.  I will let you know if they work.

A Stitched Labels Die is used for the little greeting that says “so he made you” and the fancy die in that same set is used for the DSP cutout on the left side.  The Pretty Label punch is used for the vase and flowers on the left side.  This is one of those times when you want to punch first and then stamp so you can align the flowers and vase on the punched piece.  Use the same procedure of placing the vase temporarily on the piece, lightly draw the top of the vase, mask with a sticky note and stamp the flowers with Memento Black ink, then adhere the vase, color the flowers in Daffodil Delight and the greenery in Garden Green.  Adhere rhinestones colored with Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blends.  Sponge the edge of the Pretty Label punched piece and the little rectangle greeting with Blueberry Bushel and pop up both pieces with dimensionals.

Summary:

Stamp sets:  Vibrant Vases, Flourishing Phrases

Inks:  Blueberry Bushel, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, Tuxedo Memento Black

Markers:  Blueberry Bushel, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight

Stampin’ Blends:  Cajun Craze to color rhinestones

Framelits/Dies:  Be Mine, Stitched Labels

Punches:  Vases Builder, Pretty Label

Embellishments:  Four rhinestones colored with Cajun Craze

Card Base:  Thick Very Vanilla  9 7/8″ X 5 1/2″  Scored at 4 1/8″ and 8 5/16″ ; Fold in the little right side first and then fold in the left side over the middle.

First Layer on left side and middle:  Blueberry Bushel (make 2)  3 7/8″ X 5 1/4″ ,  Cut out the middle of the inside one. I used a retired rectangular framelit that I use to save paper when I am layering. A stitched rectangle framelit would work as well.

Second Layer on left side and middle:  Pressed Petals DSP (make 2) 3 5/8″  X 5″ ; Cut out the center of the inside DSP layer with the Stitched Shapes Die- the fancy one.  Use the cut out for the left side behind the Pretty Label punched piece.

Third Layer on left side and the flap for the front:  Blueberry Bushel (make 2) 3 1/8″ X 4″.  The left side 3rd layer is adhered 1/2″ down from the edge of the DSP and 1/4″ over from the edge of the DSP.

Fourth Layer on left side and the front flap:  Very Vanilla (make 2) 2 7/8″ X 3 3/4″

Little Right side first layer:  Blueberry Bushel, 1 1/4″ X 5 1/4″.

Little Right side second layer:  DSP in plain burlap 1″ X 5″

The Blueberry Bushel Front Flap is adhered 1/2″ down from the burlap DSP on the little right side to exactly match the left side. This is done last!  I put two pieces of tear and tape at the far right of the flap and then matched up the flap to the card’s left side and pressed it in place.

Shelf:  Early Espresso, 4″  X  4″  Cut to 2″ X 1/4″ with the Be Mine Scalloped framelit and the Stampin’ Trimmer

Vases:  Very Vanilla,  Use the leftover from cutting the base or a 6″ X 3″

Punched Label:  Very Vanilla  2″ X 2 3/4″

Left side greeting and the left side vase:  1 1/2″  X  3 3/4″ , you need it large enough to be able to hold it as you punch the vase.  Stamp the greeting on the same piece and cut with the Little Stitched Labels Framelit.

 

I remember you looking at that little Die and saying it was too little to use for anything.

I did say that!  Amazing isn’t it?!  I am glad I have that set.  I used two of the Dies on this card.  I love the one I call the “fancy” Stitched Label Die!

Okay Sal, I am through with this post and it is your turn to guide folks to the store where they can shop to their hearts content!  Don’t forget  to check the Clearance Rack, friends, before you place your order, there are many Christmas sets available at great prices.  I have a post coming up from our first Christmas card Stamp-A-Stack called Clearance Rack meets Stamp-A-Stack.  Stay tuned!

SAL, Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little, Share A Love

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awesomely Artistic Eclipse Card & Discounted Retiring Items

Hello Stamping Friends,

We have discounts on some of the retiring items!  Click here for a pdf file of all the discounted products- some are 50% off!

I chose two of my retiring favorites to make an Eclipse card – the stamp set “Awesomely Artistic”, page 153 in the Annual Catalog, and the color Island Indigo.  In my usual monochromatic style I did cards for Mother’s Day, thank you cards and friend cards.  Her are various fronts and insides of the cards -the inside could just as easily be the outside of a card.

The Glitter Enamel Dots, #144200, matched the Island Indigo perfectly and added sparkle.  (There will be Glitter Enamel Dots in the new catalog but with different colors.)  The dragonfly is colored with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, #141897, and the flower centers are a drop of glue from our Fine-Tip Glue Pen, #138309, with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, #133751, sprinkled on top.  The For You greeting comes from the retiring stamp set “So Many Shells”, page 38 of the Annual Catalog.

Instead of Glitter Dots you could be a bit eclectic and use the stamp from the “Awesomely Artistic” set that has dots.  The greeting, “From Across The Miles”,  is a stamp in the retiring “Holly Berry Happiness” Christmas set, page 118.  I used a sticky note to cover up the Christmas Wishes words on the stamp, inked the stamp, removed the sticky note and stamped.  Voila- a greeting to use any time of the year.

Or just stamp the flowers a little on the edge of your front layer:

The insides of the cards were fun to customize.  My daughter is expecting her first child so this is her first Mother’s Day.  A greeting in the “Special Celebrations” stamp set was perfect:

The Daisy Delight stamp set on page 127 had the ideal message for the many thank you notes I needed after my father’s passing.

For dear family and friends, the Occasions Catalog “Petal Palette”, page 23, has the perfect message:

And of course Mother’s Day is coming up so I went back to the Special Celebrations stamp set for a special message:

Card Base:  Whisper White 8 1/2″  X 5 1/2″  Scored at 4 1/4″

Island Indigo Layer:  5 1/4″  X 4″, Make two

Whisper White top layer:  5 X 3 3/4″, Make two

Stamping Order for the top is a bit critical so you don’t have the images running into each other:

  1. Stamp the greeting at the bottom
  2. Stamp the dragonfly
  3. Stamp the flowers

Color the dragonfly with Wink of Stella, then line up the Large Letters Framelits, #141712, spelling HUGS on your stamped top layer and run through the Big Shot.  Adhere all your layers and then put Foam Adhesive Strips, #141825, on the back of the cut out letters and glue the letters back in their respective spaces. Helpful Hint:   I adhered the letter framelits to a large sticky note and then placed the sticky noted letters on the top layer so I could use it over and over without realigning the framelits each time.
I checked Eclipse cards on Pinterest and found so many words that were used:  HOPE, LOVE, YOU, WISH, BDAY, MOM, BABY, BOY, DAD, GIRL, GIVE, NOEL, (NAME), (DATE), JUST, FAITH, JOY, 4EVER, EPIC, BEST (friend).  Graduation cards with dates are popular now using the retiring Large Number Framelit set, #140622.   The Large Letters framelits will carryover to the new catalog but not the numbers set.

Have fun making your own Eclipse cards!

SAL,  (Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little, Share A Love- and always be Salt And Light in your world)

Karen

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Blossoming Basket Bundle

Hello Stamping Friends,

Are you thrilled with this year’s Occasion Catalog and the free Sale A Bration items?  I sure am.  And to bless us even more, Stampin’ Up! announced a few extra Sale A Bration items available February 16.  As a demonstrator, I am able to preorder the items and I received them just in time for Deana’s annual Sale A Bration party.  Here is the brochure of the new products:

My favorite new product is the free Blossoming Basket Bundle.  The bundle includes the stamp set and the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.   (Note: These new Dynamic embossing folders have a deeper image and are a thicker folder so you do not use the bottom cutting plate and you spritz the paper before putting it in the folder and running it through the Big Shot.  This keeps the paper from tearing.)

There are no framelits with the set so I made cutting templates for the stampers by stamping the image on white cardstock and then placing the stamp back on the image without the block and drawing around the stamp with a pencil.  I cut the image on the pencil lines to create the template.  I did the same with the greeting.  I liked all the little curves that the stamp had from the factory cut.  I am sure Stampin’ Up! cuts various shapes to make identifying and mounting the stamps easier and the curves on this set sure made for a nice outline.  With wooden sets you would just need to make your template from the stamp before mounting it to the wood.  Store the templates with your stamp set and you are ready for the next card.

Base:  Calypso Coral  8 1/2″  X  5 1/2″  Scored at 4 1/4″

Layer 1:  Soft Suede  4″  X  5 1/4″ ;  spritz with water, run through Big Shot with the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder;  sponge top with crumb cake here and there for a little extra depth

Layer 2:  Doily – this one is the older Stampin’ Up! version which is 4″; the new ones, item #141701, are 3 1/2″ which would be better for showcasing the basket by not having as much doily showing. Warning:  Do not put glue on the top part of the doily, use glue dots around the edge.  The bottom of the doily which will be covered by the basket can be glued down.

Basket, tag and butterfly:  Shimmery White  3 1/2″  X  3 1/2″  The basket, tag and butterfly stamps can all be placed together on a size E block to stamp the images at the same time.

Ink:  If you are using the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers, use the Memento black ink; with the regular markers, which are water based, use the black Archival stampin’ ink.

I used Stampin’ Blends to color:

  • Flowers, tag, butterfly – Calypso Coral, light and dark markers;
  • Basket – Crumb Cake, light and dark;
  • Leaves – Old Olive, light and dark:
  • Flower centers – Dark Daffodil Delight;
  • To enhance the colors  – Color Lifter.

My favorite technique is to outline the outside with the dark marker and then use the light marker to blend the dark line and color the rest.  The leaves are too small for that technique, so I colored one type of leaf in light green and one type of leaf in dark green and then used the color lifter to create lighter tones.

Click here for a Stampin’ Up! video on blending with the new alcohol markers.

Embellishments:  12″ of Linen Thread #104199, cut in half and made into a double bow;  Metallic Enamel Shapes #141678

Our Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush was a hit with the stampers as they used it to add sparkle to the butterfly, hearts and middles of the flowers.  It is item #141987 and shown on page 200 of the Annual Catalog.

The inside uses a greeting from the Special Celebrations stamp set in the Annual Catalog page 23.  This set is great with greetings for birthdays, babies, weddings, and friendships.

The bottom basket weave piece starts at  5 1/4″  X  1″;  it shrinks up a little when it is embossed so the Whisper White layer is cut at  5 1/8″  X  4″.

To better utilize our time at the party, I had kits made with card bases of Cherry Cobbler, Bermuda Bay and Pumpkin Pie along with the Calypso Coral cardstock shown here.  That way, each stamper could play with a set of matching Stampin’ Blends and not be rushed to do their coloring.  I wish I had taken a picture of all the beautiful cards they made in the different colors.

There is still time for you to book a Sale A Bration party.  If you don’t live in the area, I can set you up with a hostess code and you can have a catalog party with your friends.  If you live here in Castle Rock, why not host your own party and earn even greater hostess rewards.  Along with each guest earning a free product with a $50 purchase, you can earn free product for your purchases and hostess dollars for the total of all the orders.  During Sale A Bration you earn an extra $25 in hostess dollars with a qualifying party.  Call or text me now!  303-815-0838.

Our current hostess code for orders under $150 is VJHRB73X.    Orders over $150 – you earn dollars yourself!

SAL,  (Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little, Share A Love)

Karen

 

 

 

New In Colors, In Color Bookmark and Flip Flop using all the In Colors, Club Cards & More

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Hello Stamping Friends,

I have neglected you this past month but I return now with a plethora of new ideas for card making.  Hold on…..

First the new In Colors introduced at the catalog launch:

In Color SheetAren’t they fabulous colors?  Email me with your email if you would like the Excel sheet to make all the color collections.  See my last post for how I use these sheets to organize my paper stock in an Elfa 18″ storage system.

In Color BookmarkI chose my two favorite colors, Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy for the new 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon in this year’s In Color Bookmark.  The Swirly Scribble Thinlits made a perfect bouquet so I could use all the colors.  After attaching them to the Dapper Denim layer with the Fine Tip Glue Pen  I ran that layer through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder, keeping it to the edge that had lots of dots. The Awesome is from the new stamp set “Marquee Messages” stamped on Sweet Sugarplum.

If that is a bit too bold for you how about a Flip Flop using all the new In Colors and using one of the new Floral Affection Embossing Folders to add pizzaz to the straps…..

In Color Flip FlopDoesn’t that show how well all the colors go together?  The template is on Pinterest, I just scaled it to 130% for a bigger card.  The smaller flowers and the greenery are from the “Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set and the Larger one from the “Birthday Blossoms” set.  The Flower Shop Stamp Set was used for the large flower on the strap and punched out with the Pansy punch with a “Petite Petal” flower stamped and punched to go on top.  The flowers on the new Floral Affection embossing Folder aligned perfectly on the straps to give them dimension.  That was a bit of serendipity.

I must thank Lucille Kearin for the beautiful Thank You card she made for me!  At the catalog launch I also stage a crafting garage sale and Lucille and several of the stampers brought items to sell.  Isn’t Lucille’s card beautiful? Okay I do need lessons in focusing…

Lucille's CardLucille has a lovely blog and has won different contests with her cards.  Check it out here: http://www.whitepoints.blogspot.com

My grandson needed a special card and I found just the thing at Stephanie Fisher’s blog http://www.thecraftythinker.com.au

Seaside Shore

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Isn’t it just so much fun?  You use blue hair gel in a little jewelry bag that you sandwich between two layers,  The stamp set is “Seaside Shore” and the banner is from “Banners For You”.   The fish is stamped on a window sheet with Staz On. I colored him yellow with a permanent marker on my first card but the yellow bled in the hair gel and it looked like he had peed in the water.  So this fish didn’t get colored. Visit Stephanie’s blog for detailed directions.

For club this month I chose the Jacob’s Coat technique for my technique sheet and then made this card to show an example to you.

Joseph's Coat

This technique starts with sponging colors on a neutral color of cardstock, I chose Shimmery White cardstock and used Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry….

Joseph's Coat StartYou let the ink dry, or dry it by heating with the heat tool and then coat it well with the embossing buddy.  I forgot that step on one card and had a mess so be sure and use the embossing buddy and then stamp your images with Versa Mark.  I used “Moroccan Nights” for my images and the new stamp set “Scenic Sayings” for Hey There Friend.  Apply Clear Embossing Powder to your images and then heat set.  Use your brayer and a dark ink, I used Elegant Eggplant, and brayer over and over until all the background is colored.  Take a paper towel and wipe off your images and I guarantee you will gasp at how fabulous they look!  I decorated with the new Enamel Shapes.  They are brighter and shinier than the candy dots we used to have and I am loving them!!

Our card for club is the now infamous “Magic Card”….

Magic CardEven correctly focused it is pretty strange at first look to see black images but wait….pull up the top tab and voila….

Magic Card Openthe images are colored magically!  It is a layer of Window Sheet stamped with outline images in Stazon and a white piece of cardstock stamped with the full image and then both the window sheet and cardstock are hooked together at the top with a tab and then laced in front of and behind a middle piece of card stock. The new “Fresh Fruit” stamp set has both the outline and the full images- I wonder which came first the technique or the design of the stamp set?!   We embellished with the new Metallic Enamel Shapes and used the “Banners For You” stamp set with matching framelits.  This is a must have set with words for many occasions and four different sizes of banners.  Hint:  I struggled with stamping on the window sheet and getting the ink to stick until I cleaned the stamp with Staz On cleaner before inking.  Then when I inked and stamped, the image stamped well.  I think the cleaner adds just enough of an oil to keep the Stazon ink from sticking to the stamp instead of the paper.  For all the details there is a wonderful YouTube video by Stampin’ Up!

I used the framelit from “Seasonal Frame Thinlits” to cut out the rectangle front.  It is on sale in the Clearance Rack right now and saves so much time over cutting out the rectangle with the paper cutter.

 

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So enjoy these techniques and let me know what you have made!

SAL,

Karen

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May Club Cards and Stamp A Stack Cards

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!   Hopefully your vacation day is a sunny one.

This post will include cards from our bimonthly club and the Elizabeth Stamp A Stack.  Check back in a couple weeks for recipes. Today I will just show you the cards so you can decide if you want to make that last purchase from the catalog before savings and product are gone forever!  Tuesday, May 31, is the last day to place an order from the Occasions catalog and the big catalog. Several items have already sold out so hurry!

My favorite project was the Birthday Blooms Surprise Pull Out card.  I saw this card on My Tanglewood Cottage and the directions are on Splitcoast Stampers.  Scroll through the Splitcoast Stampers pictured instructions to go down to the video (click here) to get the measurements I used.

BirthdayBloomsThe flower image is stamped with Stazon black on a piece of Shimmery White cardstock and colored with Blender Pens using Blushing Bride and Wild Wasabi Ink.  The bottom parts of the image’s leaves are fussy cut and then the oval framelit #4 is slipped under the cutout and run through the Big Shot.  When you run the stamped image through the Big Shot you will get a nice indentation to fussy cut the oval between the two large leaves.  The little flowers in the corner are the top flowers of the image stamped a second time, fussy cut, and mounted on greenery from The Bird Builder Punch.  The butterfly is from the hostess Best Thoughts set.  It is stamped on vellum and then placed upside down on the Stampin’ Pierce Mat and rubbed with the Stylus to give a nice white color.

When you pull on the ribbon – Voila!

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The inside words come from the Best Thoughts hostess set which has the butterfly we used on the front:

BirthdayBloomsInsideRetiring Products:  The Bird Builder Punch (117191), The Best Thoughts hostess set (139234), The Curvy Corner Trio Punch (139683) that made both the corner and the ribbon slider hole, and It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack (140552) from which I pulled the green striped paper.  You will see more of this paper in another card.  The Paper Stack has 48 sheets with 4 each of 12 double-sided 12X12 designs.

The masculine version of the Surprise Pull Out card uses Butterfly Basics, In The Meadow and Guy Greetings stamp sets, all of which carryover to the new catalog- Yay!  Once again it uses the “Think outside the Framelit” technique to stamp an image, cut out a little of the image and then slip the framelit under the cutout part and run through the Big Shot.

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InTheMeadowInsideI will miss the Blackberry Bliss cardstock which is part of the retiring In Colors (see page 137).

Our technique sheet for club was the Mirror Image technique:

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We mirrored the little yorky from the Hey Girl stamp set (#138706) which is retiring.  I used the retiring Oval Scallop punch(#119856) to create the clouds.  Join my team, or the bimonthly club, and you will make the technique sheets at our meetings.  If you live far away or can’t make the meetings, I will mail you a completed technique sheet.

The Stamp A Stack held at the Elizabeth library was another fun time of stamping!  Here is the first card:

Sunburst

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The Sunburst Sayings stamp set and Sunburst Thinlits Die used on this card are currently bundled for a 15% discount.  See page 25 of the Occasions catalog.  Though both products are in the new catalog, there is no longer a bundle.  Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey are used together on this card and both are retiring colors in only three days.  See page 137 for all the In Color retiring products.

The second card:  (Stampers make six cards- two each of three designs for $20)

ButterflyBasics

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What could be better than Bermuda Bay with a black accent?!  The flower is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set which is carried over to the new catalog, however the Honeycomb Embossing Folder (#129378) is retiring, as well as the Honeycomb Hello stamp set (#134075) which has the little “hello” and a cute little bumble bee that a couple of my stampers added to their card front.  The Curvy Corner Trio punch is retiring (#139683) and the Candy Brads (page 161) are being replaced with shaped enamel dots.

The third card demonstrates the Drapery Fold Technique, modified from that found on Laura’s Stamp Pad:

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Once again I have used the retiring It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack (#140552).  Sadly, all the Scallop Circle Punches are retiring (see page 165).   I used the 1 3/4″ scallop circle punch and punched the white inside layer of the card so that the main card stock showed.  I then stamped “make a wish” in Basic Black with the Party Wishes retiring stamp set (#140651).  The ‘It’s My Party’ enamel dots  (#140554) are retiring as well.  The Happy Birthday is from the Rose Wonder stamp set (#140697) and thankfully it is NOT retiring.  If you wanted a stamp set with words that fit many different occasions, this set is a must have.  See page 18 of the Occasions catalog.  The more masculine version of this card:

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The balloons are from the Balloon Bouquet punch (#140609) and will still be available in the next catalog but the mini balloon punch in the Party Punch Pack (#140608) on page 4 of the Occasions catalog is retiring.  The punch pack and the Party Wishes stamp set used for the “make a wish” shown above is available as a bundle at a 15% discount in a wood mount (#141073) or clear mount (#141071).

The drapery fold starts with a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP)  that is 4″ X 11 1/2″ so you can get three cuts out of a 12X12. Be careful if your design is one that shouldn’t be upside down.  (Yes, I learned that the hard way!)

Score your DSP on the long 11 1/2″ side at:  3″,  4″ ,  6″ , 7″ ,  9″ , and 10″ .

Turn the paper to the short 4″ side closest to the 10″ score line and make a small score mark or pencil mark at 1″.

Use your cutter to cut diagonally from the 1″ mark to the bottom of the 3″ score line.  Make a z fold. I trimmed the right side of the top of the folded DSP to 5 3/8″  so I could have a border around each edge.

I love the way the drapery fold shows both sides of our pretty Designer Series Paper.  There are many different fold sizes you can make.  I would love to see one you have made!

My next event is the catalog launch on June 18 from 10:00 – 2:00, open house style.  I will have catalogs, and you can make new In Color sheets, a bookmark for the catalog and a quick make and take with a new product.   Retired product will be available for purchase.

Have a wonderful weekend and remember all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

SAL  (Salute A Life)

Karen

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May the cure be found….

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Stampin’ Up! joined the fight for the cure of breast cancer by contributing to research a portion of sales from each Pink Paper Pumpkin purchased this month!  Thank you to all who subscribed and helped the fight!IMG_0348

Congratulations survivors!  We pray for your continued good health.  We hurt for those still in the trenches and cry for those we’ve lost.  Stay strong!

The little 3X3 cards were inspired by a card made by our own team member Jennifer Michael.

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The Paper Pumpkins come with a crazy too big USPS label but a bit of Un-du takes it right off so you have all of the pretty pink box to see.  The card I attached to the front uses our Bitty Butterfly punch and a sizzlit given me by my dear sister and cancer survivor, Sharon, also, a new team member.  Welcome, Sharon.

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The ribbon is the White 3/8″ Glitter ribbon found on page 29 of the holiday catalog.  The picture doesn’t do the sparkles justice.  You just use a marker of your desired color to color the back and voila! colored glittery ribbon.

I used Pink Pirouette cardstock for the card base and our Shimmery White cardstock for the top.  The “For You” uses our Bitty Banners Framelits though the stamp itself is retired.  The Groovy Love stamp set has a stamp that says “From My Heart” that would be a perfect substitute!

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Salt027And a Happy Halloween to all!  We had about 80 trick or treaters and then ran out of goodies. If you are on a sugar high from “sharing” the treats you can stay up and stamp!  Oh yes!
SAL  (Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little, Share A Love, and always be Salt And Light to those we meet)
Karen
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