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Triple Time Stamping

Have you ever tried ‘Triple Time Stamping’?  It gives a fun look and is not hard to accomplish.  You have three sizes of Basic White temporarily adhered together on which you stamp your images and then you pull them apart and add the borders.  Easy peasy!

Color and Contour Triple Time Stamping Card (A)

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If you love a water color look, you will love this stamp set.  You actually have one stamp for the outline and one stamp for the coloring.  The stamps for coloring do not color in the flowers perfectly, use a Blender Pen or Water Painter if you prefer a perfectly colored flower with a water color look or use a marker in the same color.

I love those little dots you added!

They are part of the set, Sal, take a look-see:

 

The Scalloped Contour Dies go with the set.  Where you see the stamps with a pinkish color, that is showing a die that cuts that stamp.  This die set is a must for your stash!


Best Butterflies Triple Time Stamping Card (B)

Design your own whimsical butterfly with the Best Butterflies stamp set!  There’s big wings, small wings, big bodies, small bodies, big words, small words and triangles or dots for added interest!  I used Fresh Freesia and Calypso Coral with Granny Apple Green on this card with a Fresh Freesia base.  Those little flowers are Fun Flowers Resin Shapes and you could win a set by adding a comment to any blog post before August 31.

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For the butterfly card I found it best to use the Stamparatus to stamp the images; with the added layers it is a bit hard to get the images to stamp completely so you need to stamp a second or third time.  However, remember there is a border that will cover 1/8 inch of the image so don’t fret too much about those incomplete edges right next to a layer where the mat will be.

For the Best Butterflies card, use one plate for the butterfly bodies- stamp this first then mask, a second plate for the calypso coral wings and a third plate (or the back of your plate) for the fresh freesia wings.  It makes a workshop go quickly to have them all aligned on different plates for perfect stamping.  I had several butterfly body masks already fussy cut with our new Masking Paper to lay over the bodies before stamping the wings.  Post it notes work pretty well if you don’t have the masking paper, just stamp the image on the post it note and fussy cut.

For the Color and Contour card, I mounted the stamps on acrylic blocks to give the stampers opportunity to stamp and color only what they wanted.  I had an Evening Evergreen marker available so if the image wasn’t stamped clear to the edge we could use the marker to complete it, if we saw it was necessary after adding the border mats.  I also had a Highland Heather marker so those who didn’t like the watercolor look could color in their flowers.

Secondly, start with stamping your greeting on the center layer, then stamp the images around the greeting.

Recipe for Triple Time Stamping Layers

  • Base:  A – Highland Heather; B- Fresh Freesia; 11 X 4 1/4, scored at 5 1/2
  • Mats: same cardstock as bases
    • 3 1/4 X 4 1/2
    • 2 1/4 X 3 1/2
  • Artwork Layers:  Basic White, Temporarily adhere together with temp glue or use just a bit of snail and then use your fingers to rub the snail so the oil in your fingers makes the glue less sticky
    • 2 X 3 1/4
    • 3 X 4 1/4
    • 4 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Layer: Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Ink:  A- Evening Evergreen, Highland Heather, Crushed Curry; B- Fresh Freesia, Calypso Coral and Granny Apple Green with the greeting in Tuxedo Black.
  • Embellishments:  A- Evening Evergreen Open Weave Ribbon, Brass Butterfly; B- Fun Flowers Resin Shapes

The recipe sounds pretty easy!

The beauty, Sal, is all in the stamping and adding the borders!

For the Color and Contour card I used a Happy Birthday greeting from the Shaded Summer Stamp Set.

For the inside of the Best Butterflies card, I used a fussy cut butterfly from the Butterfly Kisses Designer Series Paper. 

The Color and Contour card was one of the cards we made at the July Stamp Camp.  The second card was made at a workshop.  Contact me if you would like to hold a workshop and we will make a card as I introduce Stampin’ Up! to your friends.  Text or call 303-815-0838.

I will have another Stamp Camp September 13th and we will make two Christmas cards, one with a very special fold!  The cost is $10 or a $35 order and RSVPs are due by September 6th.  Snacks and a light lunch will be provided.

Hostess code for September is X4C4NGU4, order $35 with this code and the Stamp Camp is free!

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SAL,  Sharing A Love of stamping

Karen

 

 

 

 

Hues of Happiness Easel Card

Stampin’ Up!’s Hues of Happiness designer series paper (DSP) is beyond gorgeous.  I made this bouquet easel card with one of the less used pieces of DSP that I thought was extra pretty with its yellow and black centers.

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I started my fussy cutting focusing on those three little flowers on the right that I wanted to hang over the pot.  The fresh freesia flower you see on the left was a separate fussy cut that I added so that a flower wasn’t hanging over too far on the pot where I wanted a couple leaves (fussy cut).  The card itself is a tri-layer fold that I saw Jan B. make at janbcards.com.  She was casing a lovely card from a Japanese demonstrator and translating the directions from Japanese to English.  What a challenge!  Thank you, Jan.  From there I changed up the dsp, the embossing folder and altered the cuts a bit to come up with this Hues of Happiness Easel Card.

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The bottom flap folds out to give you a great place for a message!

Remember- don’t toss those edge pieces of your DSP!  You can add them to the inside like in the picture above!

I started a bouquet card with cutting out the flowers in the Hues of Happiness DSP with the Blossoming Happiness Dies but it just lacked something and then I realized the piece of DSP I thought was much too busy was actually perfect.  However, I did save the cutouts and used them on the back of the bouquet:

 

I think its the yellow in the DSP that made you prefer it over the other.

Maybe so, Sal, it definitely is eye appealing with yellow centers and little yellow flowers and added greenery which always enhances flowers.  What a great job the Stampin’ Up! artists did in designing this paper!

Recipe

  • Top Base 1:  Bermuda Bay Cardstock, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2 and 2 3/4
  • Bottom Base 2:  Bermuda Bay Cardstock, 4 1/4 X 10 3/4, scored at 5 3/8;
    • adhere to base 1 with the fold of base 2 aligned to the inside bottom edge of base 1.  The length of base 2  is 1/4″ smaller to allow for the fold of base 1.  The top of base 1 flips up and the bottom base 2 flips down.   I didn’t get a picture but here is one from JanB’s blog post.  I am using 1/8″ borders so my layers won’t look like hers
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  • Middle Layers for Base 2, (X2), Basic White,  4 X 5 1/8;
    • one is for the inside of base 2, the other is for the outside of base 2 when it is folded in
  • DSP for Card Base 2: Hues of Happiness DSP,  3 3/4 X 4 7/8, this is for the outside of base 2 when it is folded in
  • Folded Layers of Base 1 (X2): Basic White, 4 X 2 1/2
  • DSP Layer for the folded layers (X2):  DSP, 3 3/4 X 2 1/4; make an effort to use the same color of DSP flowers on the right and left as you have on the Base 2 DSP that folds in so it has a continuous look
  • Flower Pot Base:  Basic White, 3 1/4 X 2 3/4
    • pencil mark the top of the base 1/2″ in on the right and left sides
    • pencil mark the bottom of the base 1″ in on the right and left sides
    • cut from the bottom to the top mark on both sides
  • Flower Pot Rim:  Basic White,  3/4 X 4 1/4
    • die cut both the base and rim with the Stitched Greenery Die
  • Circle Stabilizer for flowers:  Window Sheet, die cut with the 2nd largest of the plain layering circles
  • Attach the window sheet circle between the base and rim of the pot making sure the top won’t go over the base of the card when closed.  This also gives you a guide for mounting your flowers.
  • Lay the pot on base 1, 1/8″ above the easel fold and pencil mark the pot on the base, then cut the base cardstock to match the pot.  I tried to use the trimmer and found fussy cutting would have been better
    • Adhere the pot to the base with a foam strip (you can see this in the picture of the back)
    • The bottom of the pot should line up with the basic white layer (I had to trim mine a bit)
  • Bouquet:  Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper cut to about 4″ X 3 1/2″ with added fussy cut greenery and flowers to make it fuller if necessary.  I wanted those three little flowers on the bottom so I started there and used regular scotch tape to glue the extra pieces I wanted to fill it in with edge flowers and greenery
    • Attach to the window sheet with glue dots
    • cut additional flowers for the back with the Blossoming Happiness Dies or use the same sheet of DSP if you aren’t making numerous cards and have enough or don’t have the dies
  • Sentiment Layer: Bermuda Bay Cardstock, 4 X 3/4, attach with a 1/2 X 3 3/4 foam strip 2 3/4″ from bottom
  • Sentiment Top Greeting:  Basic White, 3 3/4 X 1/2, stamp with greeting from Pansy Patch Stamp Set
  • Bow:  Scrap of Bermuda Bay cut with the Pierced Blooms Die (retired)
  • Embellishment:  In Color Rhinestone for center of the bow and a dragonfly punched from retired DSP

What!? You didn’t use the brass butterflies? 

Not this time, Sal.  I must be over-using them for you to say that!

This card and a triple time stamping card were for my July Stamp Camp.  I will have another Stamp Camp September 13th and we will make two Christmas cards, one with a very special fold!  The cost is $10 or a $35 order and RSVPs are due by September 6th.  Snacks and a light lunch will be provided.

A lunch with something zucchini or green beans, right? 

    

Hopefully all the zucchini will be shredded and frozen by then, and the green beans are already frozen.  The cherry tomatoes are the best this year!  So sweet, but I digress….

Is Stamp Camp a new title?  

Well, it is not a ‘card buffet’ where you pick out which card to make from several kits, and it is not a ‘stamp-a-stack’ where you make several cards of each design, and it is not a ‘technique class’ which I have held before, and it is not a ‘club’ or ‘coffee and a card’,  so I guess the closest title would be a ‘stamp camp’, just not an all day event.  Does anyone have a better name I could use?  If you add a comment by August 31, you will be added to a drawing for a pack of Fun Flowers Resin Shapes.

So Christmas Stamp Camp, September 13, 9:30-12:30.  RSVP by September 6th!

Hostess code for September is X4C4NGU4, order $35 with this code and the Stamp Camp is free!

Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store.

SAL,  Be Salt And Light out there folks, it’s a crazy world these days

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triangle Tri-Fold Card for Case The Creator #6

A card that twists from portrait to landscape?  Yes, really!  This was our Case The Creator card #6 in July.  The creator, Twila Davis, was featured on Splitcoast Stampers with this amazing fun fold card.  For this card I am using the Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper in Stampin’ Up!’s July-December Mini Catalog -pg 29.  For the greeting, holly berries and greenery, I am using the Merriest Moments from the same catalog – pg. 23.  It carried over from last year so you can check out last year’s creations with that set HERE.

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.  And the “JOY” stays upright even when you open the card!  That’s unique!

Definitely different.  I had to make one to wrap my mind around how it worked.  Here is a picture of the two diagonal pieces that are on the top and bottom and just look like strips from the front.


Here is a printable pdf of the instructions if you would like to case the case!!

Case The Creator #6 printable pdf file


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My fellow stampers made some great cards for the Zoom meeting!

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Joy Meadows used the Wonderful World Designer Series Paper and stamp set available until August 31 as part of the Sale A Bration products!

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Beautiful card creations!  Thank you, ladies, for participating!


Sale A Bration is going on for another five days!

Paper Pumpkin’s September kit will be a Halloween kit offering 18 treat boxes just right for goodies for the goblins!

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Sign up by September 10th HERE

Or go to the online store and buy a paper pumpkin subscription.  With a 3 month subscription you will be entitled to a free Sale A Bration item!

speaking of kits, how about that new Christmas kit with oranges and cinnamon sticks?

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It is lovely and will probably sell out soon so best to get it for Christmas cards – NOW!


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

Our hostess code is X4C4NGU4 to use if your order is under $150.  At $150 you will receive the stampin’ rewards yourself.  If you don’t have a demonstrator I would be honored to have you shop with me or join my Carin’ Creators Team!

SAL,    Sharing A Love of stamping

Karen  Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store!

 

Sending Smiles, Blossoming Happiness and New Horizons

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The Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes in the annual catalog use all five of the new In Colors with cards and matching envelopes.  I challenged myself to make a card that matched the envelope!

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I chose the smaller of the flowers in the Blessings of Home stamp set and the long stem flower and greenery from the Sending Smiles stamp set cut out with the Sending Dies which even have a die for that itty bitty flower.  The envelope has a Starry Sky little flower on the flap so I replicated that look.  The Flowers of Home Dies cut out the flower image and the die set has many other images to add greenery!

Recipe for Sending Smiles Tea Boutique Cards

  • Base: Tea Boutique Card in Orchid Oasis, Measures 8 1/2 X  5 1/2  folded at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1:  Basic White, 3 3/4 X 5
  • Layer 2:  In Color Designer Series Paper in plaid, 3 5/8 X 4 7/8
  • Top for die cut pieces:  Basic White, 6 X 4 1/2
    • stamp smaller flower in Blessings of Home stamp set with Orchid Oasis ink, color with Stampin’ Blends- Lt Fresh Freesia, Lt Granny Apple Green, Lt Call Me Clover and use a Blender pen & Orchid Oasis ink
    •  stamp in Fresh Freesia ink 2 long stem flowers  from Sending Smiles stamp set (outside & inside flower) and use the blender pen and Orchid Oasis ink to add color on the flowers
    • stamp one green leaf for outside in Granny Apple Green and one double green leaf for inside, die cut
    • Cut ‘sending’ background from the Basic White
    • Stamp ‘Love & Big Hugs’ in Orchid Oasis and cut with die in Sending Dies, cut off right edge even with the DSP layer and leave a little on the left edge for a gem when you line up the greeting die
  • ‘Sending’ Top Layer:  Use the In Color Designer Series Paper left over from layer 2, 1 5/8 X 3 5/8, and add backing of  double back adhesive paper 1 1/2 X 3 1/2
  • You should have enough of the In Color Designer Series Paper to make two 1 1/8 X 1 1/8 squares to cut diagonally for inside corners
  • Greeting on inside of second picture: Basic White, 3 X 3 , Flowering Tulips stamp set, stamped in Starry Sky and cut with a retired Hippo & Friends Die
  • Greeting Layer:  Starry Sky, 3 X 3, die cut with retired Hippo & Friends Die, cut in half and glue to back of greeting
  • Little Flowers (X2):  Starry Sky, 1 X 1, die cut with Sending Dies and glue on a scrap of Daffodil Delight
  • Embellishments:  5 In Color jewels, 4″ of Fresh Freesia ribbon tied in a knot

The top pieces are all adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals, inside corners and flowers are glued directly down.

I remember you used the Parakeet Party and the Tranquil Tide Cards and Envelopes for the catalog launch and now you have used the Orchid Oasis.  What are you going to do with the Starry Sky and Sweet Sorbet?

 

The Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes have 20 bases with matching envelopes so I have some left of all the colors. (Click for Catalog Launch details).  I would love to do more of what I have done here in all the colors!


Recipe for Blossoming Happiness Card

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The front of this card is from a kit sent to me when I played Bunco online with Debra Harrison at Simply Sweet In Ink Designs.  I created the inside using matching Hues of Happiness DSP and Blossoming Happiness Dies.

Base:  Thick Basic White, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2

Layer 1: Hues of Happiness DSP, 4 X 5 1/4

Top Layer:  Basic White, 4 X 4, Die cut with large Blossoming Happiness Die; Stamp sentiment from Pansy Patch stamp set in Granny Apple Green in upper right of die cut piece

Flower & 2 sets of Leaves:  Hues of Happiness DSP die cut with Blossoming Happiness Dies.

Inside Layer: Hues of Happiness DSP with center cut out using retired Ornate Layers Die and stamped in Melon Mambo using the Limited Edition stamp set.


Recipe for New Horizons Card

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Base:  Misty Moonlight, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, Scored at 4 1/4

Layer 1 (X2):  Soft Succulent, 5 3/8 X 4 1/8

Top Layer:  New Horizons DSP, 5 1/4 X 4, and 5 1/4 by 2;  I wanted the lake in the middle so I cut 3/4″ off the top of the 6″ DSP, then cut the 6″ width into two pieces – 4″ wide with the remaining 2″ wide for inside

Use the Oceanfront stamp set for grass in Evening Evergreen and Boulders in Basic Gray.  Note: Stamp the boulders first, mask them, and then stamp the grass

On the Horizon stamp set is used for the birds but stamp lightly or they become blobs -practice makes perfect!

Horizon Dies are used for the fence with a scrap of Basic White and the grass with a scrap of soft succulent.

Thank you for your order is the retired You Always Deliver stamp set.

Embellishments are the retired Pebbles Enamel Shapes.

I thought you were only going to highlight products you could order right now. 

I know Sal, but I probably go back to my blog posts more than anyone and products come and go so quickly in our catalogs that I need the visual help to identify what I used.  The best laid plans go astray!!


I hope I have brought you a “pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!”  Each blog post is posted to my Stampalosopher Facebook page so you can view the blog post there.   I also post the cards to Stampin’ Connection, Instagram, Pinterest and sometimes to Demonstrator Planning Place. Someday I will get back to posting cards to my Youtube channel, it is pretty pitiful right now.  It really helps if you follow me and like my posts so they are prioritized among all the other hundreds of posts.

  So….. why?  That seems overkill.

Sometimes I think so, too, Sal, but I am so grateful to all the demonstrators who have inspired me over the last 13 years.  I may see a bit of an idea on one site that I combine with bits of ideas from other sites and eventually my creative juices put it all together for a card or party favor or……..  I want to do the same for other demonstrators and card makers who are looking for ideas or tips.  It’s amazing the little tips you pick up as you watch other demonstrators on youtube.

Thank you for your tolerance of the feast or famine of your inbox this last two months.

Our hostess code for August is 3BACA4QZ to use if your order is under $150 so all the little orders combine for our hostess to receive reward dollars.  If you order $150 or more you will get the rewards yourself and it is currently Sale A Bration time so you will receive a Sale A Bration free product for each $50 or $100 spent.  It is a great time to resupply your cardstock and get new products for fall and Christmas cards!

Have a wonderful day!

SAL,   Sending A Lovely set of cards to inspire you

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Shoebox Event & May Paper Pumpkin

Hello Stamping Friends,  (click on the header if you are on a mobile device to view full blog)

The second Tuesday of every month I have an event or the club has a shoebox swap.  In June I took a turn at hosting the shoebox swap and we had so much fun using the Stampin’ Up! Butterflies & Flowers Layering Decorative Masks.  They retired at the end of June so the product is not highlighted but hopefully you purchased a set while they were on sale for $7!!  Stampin’ Up! calls them ‘masks’ while most of us use the word ‘stencil’.  These were exceptional with layering flowers and a layering butterfly and three additional sten…masks for backgrounds.

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I saved so many ideas from Pinterest but I really liked what Jen Morgan of cardmum.com did with one full layered set of flowers and then a partial flower at the bottom right.  I did a bit more greenery, used different colors of ink and added the Brass Butterflies – my new favorite bling!  They carried over to the new catalog so I did a happy dance!

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Be nice, Sal!

Recipe For Layered Flowers

Note:  Don’t attach your green layer to the base until the top art work is done and attached to the green layer so you can wrap the ribbon on the artwork and the green layer.

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 11 X 4 1/4 scored at 5 1/2 (opens like a book)
  • Layer 1 (X2):  Evening Evergreen, 4 3/16 X 5 7/16 (I know, I know, but I wanted just a tiny bit of white base- just think – one tick less than 1/4 and one tick less than 1/2)
  • Top Layer (X2):  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Three Brass Butterflies and 12″ of Evening Evergreen Open Weave Ribbon
  • Greeting:  Shaded Summer Stamp Set stamped with Evening Evergreen Ink
  • Inks:  Evening Evergreen, Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral, Soft Succulent for greenery

Tips For Stamping with the layered masks:

  1. Mark the shiny side of your masks and sponge with the shiny side up
  2. Each step, completely cover any and all white that is showing with sticky notes, outside the mask and on the mask where the flowers/greenery are cut that you are not sponging
  3. Use the thin looking flower mask first sponging with Flirty Flamingo
  4. Use the thick looking flower mask second sponging with Calypso Coral
  5. There is a set of leaves that exactly matches the large flower -sponge this with Soft Succulent
  6. Using the vine mask, sponge two Soft Succulent vines at bottom left
  7. Wrap the corner with ribbon, then add a bow with a glue dot
  8. If you have any ink smudges you can add greenery to cover them up

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Recipe For Layered Butterfly

Note:  Don’t attach your pink layer to the base until the top art work is done and attached to the pink so you can wrap the ribbon on the artwork and the pink layer.

  • Base:  Smoky Slate, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1 (X2):  Polished Pink, 4 3/16 X 5 7/16 (I know, I know, but I wanted just a tiny bit of white base- just think – one tick less than 1/4 and one tick less than 1/2)
  • Top Layer (X2):  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Three Rhinestone Basic Jewels and of Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon 6″ to wrap and 8″ for bow
  • Greeting:  Hello from Forever Fern and ‘Love You Much’ from Pansy Patch and Amazing Silhouettes for the inside
  • Inks: Smoky Slate and Polished Pink 

Tips For Stamping with the layered masks:

  1. Mark the shiny side of your masks and sponge with the shiny side up
  2. Each step, completely cover any and all white that is showing with sticky notes, outside the mask and on the mask where the flower is cut that you are not sponging
  3. Sponge the full background butterfly mask with polished pink
  4. Sponge the butterfly detail mask with smoky slate
  5. Using our new Masking Paper, stamp a butterfly mask and cover your butterfly
  6. Using the background mask, sponge heavy on the corner and very lightly around the butterfly
  7. Stamp the outside greeting in Smoky Slate and the inside greeting in Polished Pink
  8. Use a Smoky Slate Marker to add a bit of artwork to make the butterfly look like he is fluttering
  9. Stamp your silhouettes, wrap the ribbon around the pink and white layers and add a bow and rhinestones

May 2022 Paper Pumpkin – Celebrating In Colors

This short video shows what they were supposed to look like:

The following pictures are my alternatives since I needed thank you notes:

I used the Amazing Thanks Dies and a thank you set from years ago.

Orchid Oasis and Sweet Sorbet:

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Tranquil Tide and Parakeet Party:

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Starry Sky:

 


I like all those little dots!  Where is that stamp from?

That stamp was in the May kit!  Such fun!   The August kit looks phenomenal as well:

Click HERE to subscribe by August 10!  The kit will have 9 standard cards – 3 each of 3 designs.  Better yet, go to the online store and subscribe to three months and get a Sale A Bration product for free!  You can start your subscription in August and then suspend until you see another month that you love.  September is usually something for Halloween treats and then October and November are usually Christmas!


Thank you for giving me a bit of your precious time!  I hope you found some inspiration today.

Hostess code through August is 3BACA4QZ, use this code if your order is under $150 and all the little orders will combine so that the hostess might receive rewards.  You receive the rewards yourself if your order is $150 or over.

SAL for now but be back soon as I catch up all the posts as I Share A Love,

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

 

 

 

 

Case The Creator Card – Collar Card May ’22

Hello Stamping Friends,

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

Case The Creator #4 printable pdf file


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

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

 

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

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

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

True!  Annual Catalog introduction


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

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

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

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

 


 

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAL,  Sharing A Love

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Chance List for the JJ Mini, Paradise Palms for May Swaps, Sweet Songbirds Catalog Launch

Hello Stamping Friends,

Let’s take a moment to remember those who gave their lives for their country!

Jo Brooks sent a swap card that is so perfect for the day:

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The little red star is attached to the left and fits inside the blue star creating an awesome hinge.  Opening up the stars, Jo has inserted ‘A Soldier’s Poem’:

 

May we honor their sacrifice by protecting our freedoms as best we can!

Jo’s card uses many Stampin’ Up! Dies– Celebrate You, Basic Borders, Cross of Hope, Scalloped Contours, and Stitched Stars.  What a great card for Memorial Day!  Thank you, Jo!


I have so much to share I hardly know where to start.  Grab a cuppa and settle in for some wonderful inspiration from my group of swappers, the projects at the catalog launch, new offerings from Stampin’ Up! and the Last Chance product list for the Jan-June Mini catalog.  There are sales on select products but they won’t last long as excited stampers snatch them up!

Last Chance List for JJ Mini

The best way to view the products is to go to the online store so you see images of the products to refresh your memory.  http://stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx?dbwsdemoid=2048560

If you prefer printing a pdf list Deb Snyder has once again reformatted the Stampin’ Up! version to make it more user friendly.  The first pdf is by category and the second by percent discount.

PDF Category_January-June-2022-Mini-Catalog-Last-Chance-Products

PDF Discount__January-June-2022-Mini-Catalog-Last-Chance-Products

And for my Excel loving friends Deb has a file with three tabs sorted by category, page # and then by discount:

EXCEL 3 Sorts January-June-2022-Mini-Catalog-Last-Chance-Products 

Deb even showed the bundles in blue that will be available but won’t have the 10% discount.  Did you see there are 20 items at 50% off?  Are they on your list?

Well, Sal, the slimline dies are 50% off and I wanted those, and the sweet little boxes and the DSP (designer series paper) that I have almost used up, and…….. oh dear.

You had better hurry!  They are only available while supplies last!


Catalog Launch Fun

Our new annual catalog made its debut May 3rd and it was so hard to decide what to showcase.  I love birds and wasn’t sure about the Sweet Songbirds stamp set until I saw a card made by Sue Vine of Miss Pinks Craft Spot with the bird in the air so I went with that idea and voila:

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There are two different sets of eyes- open or closed-  and two different feet -standing or walking- and a punch to punch out our little songbird!  Laura Mellinger of laurasworksofgheart.blogspot.com designed the little nest which was perfect for a party favor!

Let’s check it out (bundled with the punch for 10% off) on page 31 of the annual catalog:

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I used the Tea Boutique Cards and Envelopes (pg. 137) with strips of the new Tahitian Tide, Parakeet Party and Sweet Sorbet card stock adhered to the white side which I made the front.   The clouds are from the Give It A Whirl Dies!  They carried over to the new annual catalog – page 171!  The clouds have stitched edges for a fun look and there are hearts and circles and rectangles, a must for your collection, even if you never make a whirly card like I did here.

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All the attendees got to see the new In Colors up close and personal as they made their color chart:

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Sweet Songbird In Flight Recipe

Sweet Songbirds stamp set, Songbird Builder Punch

-Base, Tea Boutique Cards and Envelopes

-Basic White, 2 3/4″ X 4″;  stamp the songbird and then punch out.  Stamp and punch an extra belly to make the larger wing. Helpful Hint:  Punch the songbird out of scrap to make a template for positioning the stamps on the Stamparatus.  Save your template with the stamp set.

-Side Strips X2, 5 1/2″ X 3/8″ in one color for the songbird and one color to match your choice of card

-Basic White scraps, various sizes to die cut clouds with the Whirly Dies

-Baker’s Twine, 12″ and  3 Opal Round embellishments (There is Baker’s Twine to match the In Colors)

-Inks, Memento Black, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Tahitian Tide, Crushed Curry, Sweet Sorbet (Poppy Parade)

Sweet Songbird Favors

-Nest box, Soft Suede, 3X3, score at 1″ and 2″ on both sides, cut from one score line to the other on opposite sides

-Nest, Soft Suede, 2 1/2 X 3, stamp two nests and fussy cut

-Bird, Tahitian Tide 2 X 2 1/4, punch – no stamping, Basic White scrap for belly, Daffodil Delight scrap for beak

-Sign, Basic White, 2 X 2, stamp the post full strength and then the rectangle after stamping off (2nd generation) so the greeting stamps nicely over top, stamp the notes in memento black and fussy cut


May Swaps

I chose the Paradise Palms stamp set and Palm Dies on a background of New Horizons Designer Series Paper (retiring June 30) with a Pale Papaya Base and Basic Black accents.  The greeting and birds are from the retired Beautiful Moments stamp set.  The coconuts are from the Pebbles Enamel Shapes (Retiring June 30). I added the setting sun and sponged a bit of extra colors in the sky.

I made a vertical book fold with the same palm tree design and a different piece from the same DSP for the inside of the card that looks like a beach with sea foam just coming in!

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Horizontal Paradise Palms Recipe

  • Base, Pale Papaya, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score at 4 1/4
  • Layer,  Basic Black, 5 3/8 X 3 3/8; 1/16 reveal top and sides
  • Top Layer, New Horizons DSP, 5 1/4 X 3 1/4
  • Designer Strip, Basic Black, 3/4 X 5 1/2, die cut with Palms Die and center 1/8″ up from bottom and 1/8″ from black layer
  • Palm Tree, Basic Black, 2 5/8 X 3 3/8, die cut with Palms Dies
  • Greeting and birds, Memento Black Ink; stamp set –  Collect Beautiful Moments
  • Sun, use a sponge dauber to make a circle in Crushed Curry with a little extra sponged in the sky
  • Embellish with Pebbles Enamel Shapes for coconuts and 3 In Color gems on DSP
  • Inside Layer, Basic Black, 2 5/8 X 5 3/8
  • Inside Top, New Horizons DSP, 2 1/2 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Greeting, Memento Black, Paradise Palms Stamp set

Vertical Book Fold Paradise Palms Recipe

  • Base, Pale Papaya, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score at 4 1/4; Turn 180 degrees and score at 3 3/8″ and 3 3/8 + 1/16, (7/16) for a decorative extra score line
  • Layer (X2), Basic Black, 3 1/8 X 5 1/2, this will be flush with top and bottom with 1/16 reveal right and left
  • DSP Top Layer (X2), New Horizons, 3 X 5 1/2; Hint: with 3″ in width you can make two from a 6 X 6 which is the goal if you are making multiples.  Obviously, a different DSP used for inside.
  • Designer Strip, Basic Black, 3/4 X 5 1/2, die cut with Palms Die and center 3/16″ from side and 3/16″ from black layer
  • Palm Tree, Basic Black, 2 5/8 X 3 3/8, die cut with Palms Dies
  • Grass, Basic Black, 3 1/2 X 1
  • Greeting and birds, Memento Black Ink, Stamp set –  Collect Beautiful Moments
  • Sun, use a sponge dauber to make a circle in Crushed Curry with a little extra sponged in the sky
  • Embellish with Pebbles Enamel Shapes for coconuts
  • Inside Greeting, Memento Black, Paradise Palms Stamp set

Do you crafters really measure to the 1/16 of an inch?

Well, Sal, we often just eyeball the placement but that doesn’t make for very good instructions.

Let’s look at the swaps from the rest of the group.  We saw Jo Brooks’ swap up top so now let’s look at Sharon’s swap using a tea cup very similar to our new tea cup in the Tea Boutique Suite.  She uses three layers for the butterfly- a Fresh Freesia base, a Blushing Bride die cut and then tops her butterfly with a vellum die cut and a unique oval gem.

Heather used the Flowering Fields DSP (retiring June 30) and a greeting from the Flowering Tulips stamp set in beautifully layered circles on a gold foil circle.  The base is Poppy Parade and she used a corner rounder punch on opposing sides of the DSP for a unique look.

 

Ann’s swap used embossed strips of the new In Colors on a Crumb Cake base and the greeting from Biggest Wish stamped in Parakeet Party with the ‘happy’ stamped over in Starry Sky. The ribbon is the 1/8″ Metallic Woven ribbon in Orchid Oasis

Lucille Kearin used the DSP with butterflies (retired) and a fun ‘hi’ Die.  She embellished with white ribbon and Paper Studio Flowers.

Joy’s card uses the new Nature’s Prints stamp set and Natural Prints Dies.  She used the Gray Granite side of the Sun Prints DSP, the Layering Circles Dies, a doily and beautiful gems.  You would love the sparkly Wink of Stella she used on the branch but the camera didn’t capture the sparkle.  Her gems really sparkled!

 

You must see the other card she made using the Nature’s Prints Dies!  I love the shape of the greeting and had to go look up the dies since I hadn’t even noticed that die.  She used the new Fern 3D embossing folder on a base of Starry Sky and then sponged the top lightly with white craft stampin’ ink.

Lori Moore made a slimline card on a white base with Design A Daydream DSP for her first layer and then a layer of embossed Basic White, a layer of Blackberry Bliss with the top layer of Basic White stamped with the Art Gallery stamp set flower in Berry Burst and Rich Razzleberry.  The leaves and ribbon are Soft Succulent. The greeting is from the Floral Gallery Dies.

Wow, you will have lots of samples to show at your next party!

So true!  Thank you everyone for participating in our monthly swaps!


If I can have your attention for just a few more minutes, the home office has some wonderful new offerings starting today, June 1.  You can buy one kit from our kit collection and get the second one 50% off.  It is a great time to call your friends and schedule a kit party!

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Stampin’ Up! has added two new kit offerings at the same time they are offering the BOGO 50% off:

 

 

Check out all the kits at my store under ‘shop products’ and then ‘kits’, click on this image to shop:

Our kits are varied with some that require no stamping, those that include stamping, some for home decor and now a scrapbooking kit!

And of course there is the ever growing popular Paper Pumpkin kits.  We are given a teaser about these monthly kits but you won’t be disappointed.  The internet is loaded with alternative ideas for each kit so if you want to try something different you have lots of inspiration.  Here is the June teaser video:

Hopefully, I will have some cards from the May Paper Pumpkin to show you soon.

Don’t hold your breath, she still has the last CTC (case the creator) card to show you and the cards from her party and ….

Now, now, Sal, be kind!  Though you make a good point and I think I even missed the April swaps.

The hostess code with Sharon as our hostess is:  DHVSAPC3

Thank you for spending some time with me!  Text me if you did not receive the new catalog or if you have any questions – 303-815-0838.  I appreciate your business!

SAL,  Sharing A Lot of inspiration

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Side Step Card & Retiring Lists

Hello Stamping Friends,

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

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

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

Wish List 2021 blank.pdf printable file

Click on the banner to go directly to the store.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Case The Creator #2 printable pdf file

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

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

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

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

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

  

 

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

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

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

Miscellaneous Announcements:

Demonstrators:

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

For everyone:

  • Shipping prices increase a bit April 1.  From 6.95 minimum to 7.95 and from 10% to 11%.
  • Products are no longer backordered due to delay in shipping times
  • Prices are going up in the new catalog for many items
  • The new catalog goes live to customers May 3
  • The retirement list is out and products are available only while supplies last
  • In Color products are the first to sell out so order now if you need any of the retiring In Color products
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Yes and we still have the following, click on each ad to see the details:

 

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The hostess code for March orders is N9P47DJX.

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

SAL,  Spring At Last

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March Fun

Good morning, Stamping Friends,

The hostess code for March orders is N9P47DJX.  Use this code if your order is under $150.  If your order is over $150 do not use the code since you will have earned the hostess dollars yourself- 10% of your order to buy most anything you want from the current catalogs.

Here is a walk down memory lane for a swiper St. Patrick’s Day card.  When you pull the card side to side the pot of gold pops up:
 

You can click on the image to go to the post for detailed pictured instructions!  We can change the images to a current product while maintaining rainbows, shamrocks and a pot of gold!

.  You could use me!

Now there’s a thought!  And we could add a pepper shaker to be your friend!

Ann Hausmann cased Kirsteen Gill and made the cutest St. Patrick’s Day favor with current products:

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I didn’t know the ‘Brilliant Rainbow Dies’ had a miniature rainbow?!  I love miniatures!

Thank you, Ann!

We have a few announcements from the home office, a new product suite with paper only available now and of course tickling of our ears for the April Paper Pumpkin.

And then a card or two?

Of course!  I think I need to work backwards to get caught up, so today will be cards from our first CTC challenge!  In past months I have done Mystery Card challenges for our club but I switched to CTC challenges in February- Case The Creator!   It works like this:  l find a video of a card and post the link with the card cuts for stampers to make a fun card that they will share at our fourth Tuesday of the month Zoom meeting.  Anyone can join. Of course February is over,  but the Zoom meeting with the CTC challenge #2 for March will be held next Tuesday at 11:30 and we would love you to make the card and join us to show it off!



March Case The Creator #2 printable pdf file

Karen Decker is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Karen Decker’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Mar 22, 2022 11:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88630502456

Meeting ID: 886 3050 2456
Passcode: 440286



So that is coming up next week but now let’s go back to last month:

February Case The Creator #1 printable pdf file (click on the blue)

Lynn Dunn of Stamptastic Designs is our creator!  Thank you, Lynn.

I made a Valentines Day card since I had all those supplies sitting at my work table, and then I used the same design for February thank you cards.  Another sincere thank you to all those who ordered in February!  The home office announced that shipping goes up April 1st so you may want to order now to save a little.  Shipping will be $7.95 or 11% of the order whichever is larger.

You are off track!

Oops…. That’s why I have you!

I used the ‘Always In My Heart’ stamp set for Be My Valentine on a banner die cut from the Floral Heart Dies.  The paper is the ‘Sweet Talk’  Designer Series Paper in the mini catalog.  I fussy cut candies for the inside.  The Happy Valentine’s Day fits so perfectly in the opening and is from the retired ‘Heartfelt’ stamp set.  The ribbon is the Faux Linen Real Red ribbon from the mini catalog.

   

For the Thank You card and a card for Mom I made these:

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The paper is from the ‘Flowering Fields’ designer series paper, also in the mini catalog and I used the ‘Jar of Flowers’ stamp set to make a bouquet the perfect size for the pocket opening.  I had a stack of products by the time I finished:

  • Delivering Cheer stamp set – shadow under the jar
  • Positve Thoughts stamp set – Hugs, Prayers, Love
  • Forever Blossoms stamp set – All of me loves all of you
  • Prized Peony stamp set – Love & thanks to a dear friend
  • Jar of Flowers stamp set – Tulips & stems, jar stamped on a window sheet with stazon ink
  • Detailed Bands Dies – cut once in Basic White and once in Fresh Freesia
  • Stampin’ Blends – Lt Fresh Freesia, Dk & Lt Soft Succulent, Dk Rich Razzleberry, Lt Highland Heather, Pineapple Punch

To the above CTC instructions I added a Gorgeous Grape belly band permanently attached  – 1″ X 8 1/4″, score at 1/4″ and then gently fold to determine where it will wrap on the side, then score that fold.

For the bow on the jar I used a 1/8″ X 4″ strip of Gorgeous Grape and folded in a 45 degree fold to which I added a second 1/8″ X 1 1/2″ strip tucked in at the fold.

I also added a 3 X 4 Basic White piece to go on back of the insert for writing a message, a doily and three little brass butterflies.

.  I love the little fussy cut flower laying on the ground in the insert!  Nice touch. 

Thank you, Sal!  Let’s look at the cards from those who participated and sent me pictures.

Joy used the cut off for the pocket to make a second card and the Layering Ovals punch for two different greetings. She’s using products from the Art Gallery suite.

Sharon did three different cards – the pocket card and then used the pieces for two others. She used the ‘Expressions In Ink’ designer series paper and a paper bow from the ‘Pierced Blooms Dies’.

Ann used the hostess ‘Pattern Party’ designer series paper and the ‘Pierced Blooms Dies’.  I love the stripes that peek out from the back:

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Heather used the Poppy set in Pool Party for a lovely card:

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Thank you, dear stampers, for participating and helping others see the variety of creations from one fun fold pocket card! We have a large flower in the opening, a whole bouquet in the opening, a lovely paper bow or even a heart in the opening!

You had better let them know what’s happening at the home office before they get tired of reading and leave! 

Right!


The biggest news is the mini cut and emboss machine is on sale with several compatible bundles – some brought back from retirement!  The sale is only good through March 31!  And remember shipping goes up April 1 so check these off your wish list now!

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Stampin’ Up! is offering a sneak peak from the new catalog (set to debut May 3) with ‘Waves of the Ocean’ in a suite, a bundle or available as individual products through May 2.  The stamp set and dies will be in the new catalog but the beautiful paper with gorgeous blue foil papers and sparkly gems are only available until May 2.

 

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Little black and white advertisements just wouldn’t do it for a suite this beautiful!  Blue foil paper – be still my heart! The products are available while supplies last and Stampin’ Up! no longer takes back orders so don’t tarry if you love the ocean, or have friends who do, and you want to create beautiful scenes with these new products.


This is a heartwarming video.  The kit has 9 cards, 3 each of 3 designs.

Click on the image to go to my Paper Pumpkin site to sign up – by April 10th!


I advertised the All Together collection of products HERE.  Click on the blue for details.


We have a new kit in the Stampin’ Up! kits collection:


Miscellaneous Announcements:

Demonstrators:

  • You will be able to see a pdf of the new catalog on March 23 at 1:00pm!   Anxious?  Join Now
  • Customer Manager is open until March 31 to order catalogs to be delivered to your customers
  • If you earned a Sale A Bration reward it is redeemable now through May 11
  • Preorder from the new catalog begins April 1
  • Registration for Stampin’ Up!’s first virtual creative event is April 5 – April 19 (Event is in June)

For everyone:

  • Shipping prices increase a bit April 1.  From 6.95 minimum to 7.95 and from 10% to 11%.
  • Products are no longer backordered due to delay in shipping times
  • Prices are going up in the new catalog for many items
  • The new catalog goes live to customers May 3
  • The retirement list will be posted sometime in April
  • In Color products are the first to sell out so order now if you need any of the retiring In Color products
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.  That’s like…..a ….. lot…. of information!  

There’s a lot happening in the next couple of months and now I have a resource to link to when I add all the cards I have yet to show everyone!

The hostess code for March orders is N9P47DJX.

SAL,     Spring At Last

Karen

Click on Sal in the computer to go to my store:’

 

Eden’s Garden Collection

Hostess Code:  ZRTHHK33 Through November 24

Use this code before you check out online if your order is under $150 and our club hostess will get credit so no dollars are left on the table.

If you are opening this blog post in your email be sure and click a second time on the header to go to the full blog.  If you would like to receive an email when I add a new post be sure and put your email address in the box at the right on the blog.

Hello Stamping Friends,

With the housekeeping out of the way, let me tell you about Eden’s Garden Suite.   This suite is an early release of the bundled stamp and die set that will be in the January Mini catalog.  Available only while supplies last is the beautiful specialty designer series paper, cotton paper in two colors, Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent, and a set of gems.  The paper and gems will not be available in the January Mini so don’t wait– get it all with one item number in the collection shown below!

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That is pretty tiny.  Do you have a card to show us?

Well, not of my own, but Susie Wood made one and posted to Pinterest:

The gold leaves are foil and just beautiful!  I would like a whole pack of just that sheet!  I love the greeting in Eden’s Garden Cling Stamps that says “My heart is tied to yours-tug if you need anything” and of course the “Sending Hugs” greeting.  The sympathy greeting on Susie’s card is from the ‘Peaceful Moments’ stamp set in the Annual Catalog.

So if you haven’t been making cards with the new set, what have you been doing?

Well, I haven’t been slacking, Sal (Slave driver At Large).  October is pastor appreciation month and we have three main pastoral staff at our church so I purchased a nice pen and refill for each of them and then created a Pencil Box.  Check it out:

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I didn’t worry with using only current product, I just used what I liked.  Here is the recipe for future pencil boxes to decorate with whatever you have in your stash:

Pencil Box Recipe

I started by measuring the pen and refill I was putting in the pouch.  This takes a 12 X 12 cardstock.

  • Base:  10 3/4 X 9 1/4; Score at 4, 4 1/2, 8 1/2, 9, 10 1/4

Fold and burnish all your score lines.

Place Tear & Tape on the 1/2″ flap at the right, fold over and corner round the edges.

I used the Crop A Dial to add an eyelet to the flap on two of the pencil pouches, the pink one I just tied with ribbon.

Angle your little side tabs when you cut them for ease and then glue them to the inside.

  • First Layer (2):  3 3/4 X 8
  • Second Layer (2):  3 1/2 X 7 3/4
  • Envelope Flap:  Gold Foil, 8 X 1 1/8 corner rounded
  • Envelope Flap:  DSP, 7 3/4 X 7/8 corner rounded

From there, I found the greetings I wanted and then let the creative juices flow.

“You make the ordinary extraordinary” – Simply Succulents

“You’re absolutely amazing” – Color & Contour

“Thank you”- Hand Drawn Blooms

“You Are So Special” – Tasteful Touches


Unfortunately, I also needed several sympathy/friend cards.  Mary Ann Cowan used Soft Sea Foam on one she had made and it looked soft and comforting.  The Hippo Dies gave me the layers and the Forever Fern Stamp Set and Forever Flourishing dies were used for the greenery.  The Positive Thoughts stamp set has the ‘Hugs, Prayers, Love” greeting and the set also has the little flourish you see here under the ‘With Sympathy’ greeting from Lasting Lily(retired).   The friend card uses the same little flourish and greetings from Welcoming Window (My Sweet Friend) and Seascape (I’m here for you …always).

  • Base:  Soft Seafoam, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and 2 1/8
  • Layer:  Soft Seafoam, 2 X 5 1/4, embossed with Tasteful Textile embossing folder
  • Inside: Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4, emboss 2″ on the right hand side with Ornate Floral embossing Folder
  • Vellum:  5 1/4 X 4
  • Ink:  Old Olive, stamped full strength on one leaf and stamped off on the second
  • Dies: Forever Flourishing, Hippo Dies
  • Stamp Sets:  Positive Thoughts, Lasting Lily, Welcoming Window, Seascape

 

The greeting on the next one is also retired – the Kindness and Compassion stamp set.  Very Versailles is still current and it was used for the vine and the words.  The card stock used  is Pale Papaya and Soft Succulent.  It is so much prettier in real life.  The die used is Detailed Bands-Retired.  The sympathy greeting and rose are from the Painted Glass retired set.

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Why post the card if the products are retired?

Well, Sal, I need a scrapbook to look back on when I am designing cards and even if you are new to stamping, the layout can inspire you.  I go to the blog Recipe Box when I need the measurements for a certain fold.  Hopefully others find this useful as well.  Please leave a comment if you have used the Recipe Box at any time.  It is encouraging to know the time spent is valuable.

If you would like to be a part of my Carin’ Crafters team, now is the perfect time to join.  The starter kit is normally $99 but through the month of November it is only $75!   You still get $125 of product and you pick any products you want!  If you are new to stamping, I can help with suggestions.  Click HERE for more information on joining.

Did I sideline you with my ‘scrapbook’?  I really want you to see Eden’s Garden so you don’t miss out on those beautiful papers!

Thank you, Brian, for a great view of the papers!!

Hostess Code:  ZRTHHK33.  I would love to be able to “bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world”.

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SAL,  Scrapbooking A Lot of ideas

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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