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Perpetual Birthday Calendar

Years ago I purchased a kit from Stampin’ Up! that is a perpetual birthday calendar.  Without years shown and without days of the week and with only the days of the month listed, I can pencil in birthdays and have a nice stamped wall hanging for the office.  I held a class when the kit came out; you can see that post HERE.  

The kits were unavailable by the time I advertised and collected the fee so I made my own calendar kit as close to the original as possible.

PerpetualCalendarSheets pdf

Perpetual Calendar Label pdf

Such a fun memory, however I never completed my calendar.  It is hard being a hostess and attempting to stamp a project at the same time, so my kit was put away to prepare for the next event.  It is time to work on my PHD (projects half done) so, out came the kit, and I finished it.

The sheets are 4 1/4 X 10 3/4, two could be printed on a sheet of white cardstock – just remember to watch for the number of days in the month.

“Thirty days hath September, April, June and November, all the rest have 31 except February.”

Thanks, Sal, and February this year has 29 and my printout only has 28.  The pdf file does have 29.

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The stamp set that went with the kit is The Perpeteual Birthday Calendar.  It has fantastic background stamps you will see me use.  However, through the years I have purchased so many additional stamps and dies that I had a plethora of things to choose from.

  

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October uses left over pieces from a Paper Pumpkin.  November uses a tiny ‘thanks’ from Waterfront, an acorn from ‘Time of Year’, another paper pumpkin piece and Itty Bitty Banners. December used ‘Holiday Invitation’ for the holly leaves.

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They are Sal, because I didn’t take time to straighten and size and brighten the color on each one.  I just needed to journal them for future reference.  I think the calendar would make a nice craft booth product.  It is an office decoration more than a necessary birthday reminder since our smart phones do that, but it sure is a quick look vs several clicks on the phone.

And now you can pencil in names!

Yes, and I do use a pencil since we have had so many folks come and go in our lives.

March 7 we will be celebrating 17 years of being in this house!   That is a record for us!  All but two of the neighbors on either side of us, across from us and behind us are new from when we moved in.

.  Ummmm…. and Paul’s birthday?

Yes, we closed on the house on his birthday so that will be a fun celebration as well.

SAL,  Stamping A Lot of unfinished projects

Karen

 

Riddle for today:

I am an odd number.  Take away one letter and I become even.  What number am I?

Seven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Piano Birthday Card

Today I have a card for you that combines digital files, quilled roses and leaves, stamping and punches!  With a plethora of tools why not?

Had you ever done quilled roses and leaves?

Well, no, but I decided to learn.

You could change out the music sheet to a Christmas song, use poinsettia flowers and a Christmas greeting for a unique Christmas card!

Or put the recipient’s age on the front to be very thoughtful.

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I started by downloading a digital file with the Happy Birthday song.  I purchased it on Etsy from Karol the owner of Noteselection.  I could size the file to what I needed by just shrinking 50%.  It is a hair shorter on each side of 4 X 3 3/4. So 4″ minus 1/16 and 3 3/4 minus 1/16.

I saw the piano example at cat’sinkcorporated.blogspot.com which got my creative juices flowing!

Recipe

  • Base: Black, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2
  • Inside:  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4, stamped with the birthday greeting in the ‘Quite Curvy’ Stampin’ Up! set and the notes in  ‘Music From The Heart’ Stampin’ Up! stamp set
  • Birthday Song:  4 (minus 1/16) X 3 3/4 (minus 1/16); Etsy download at 50%
  • Piano Top:  Glossy Black Cardstock, 4 X 3 3/4; hand cut a curve starting at 1″ up from the bottom right side
  • Piano Keys:
    • Glossy White, 10 keys punched with the word window punch, cut little bit off side for square key
    • Black Glossy, 7 keys
    • Use a tiny bit of glue on back of each white key.  Start at 1/8″ over on white keys placing one key on the right side and one on the left and then fill in the remaining 8 keys.
    • Layer the black keys on top of the white keys appropriately for a piano. Note: this is glossy paper and don’t try using a black marker on the edges of the black keys because it will smudge and get all over you and the white keys.

I suppose you have white keys with black smudges in your trash.

Yes, Sal, so the edges didn’t get colored on the next try.  With the black on top of the white you can’t even tell.  I should have thought of that to save some frustration.

Let’s look at how to make a quilled rose.  I enjoy quilling videos by Meredith at ThePaperCraftery:

Meredith folds her roses forwards, Anu of ‘Crafts with Anu’ uses a 10 mm strip and folds backwards so the direction doesn’t really matter.  I found folding backwards worked easier for me.

For the leaves I wanted to learn how to use a quilling husking (knitting) board.

These are the patterns I used for the small and large leaves:

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Did you have to order a husking board?

No, Sal, I did my usual of getting every quilling tool I could find on Amazon when I decided to learn to quill.  I still have a few tools I haven’t used but overall I had what I needed when I decided to make this card.  It did take a bit of practice but I guess that is why we have a trash can on the table!

SAL,  Such A Lifetime of Learning

Karen

Sal has a link to Meredith’s site:

What do you call it when James Bond is in the bath?

Bubble 07!

 

 

 

Colorful Colorado Birthday Cards

 

We were at Steamboat Lake for a week and watched as the colors were changing!  It was glorious!  The first picture is Pearl lake, another beautiful lake north of Steamboat Springs. The picture captured the various colors and the reflection in the lake.

You must have had your daughter’s fancy camera!

No, Sal, just an iphone on a beautiful day!

Right before we left for camping I purchased a Colorado Stamp and die set ‘Colorful Colorado’ made by Memory Box and another Colorado stamp set, ‘Greetings from Colorado’ at Simple Pleasures in Colorado Springs. It is a design by Ann Corbiere-Scott. The store is a stamp and scrapbook store with an entire section of the store dedicated to products for each state.  They market many of the major stamp and die companies’ products  and have an amazing stock of scrapbook and card making paper.

ooohhhh, time for a field trip.  Let’s see the card you made with what you bought!

Give yourself lots of time when you go to this store!

For the card, I had fun doing sunsets using sponging in different colors.  Paul liked this sunset best which used Orchid Oasis for the blue.

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My favorite was this sunset with the darker Pacific Point ink for the blue.  I tried Marina Mist for ink sponging as well but it wasn’t much different than Pacific Point.  Let’s take a vote…… which do you like best?

  

This is a picture of a Colorado sunset taken at Ridgway State Park in June.  I talked Paul into taking us out on the boat to sit in the middle of the lake and watch the sunset.

The following picture is of columbines at Yankee Boy Basin outside of Ouray, Colorado.

 

I think you got the color of the columbine perfect.  What did you use?

I used Copic marker BV00 which is close to Orchid Oasis.

Can you see the Kissing Camels (Garden of the Gods) in this stamp collage of Colorado?

  

The stamp set came with the die to cut out the the aspen frame, the mountain and the pinecones.  The columbine was in the other set and was fussy cut.  The pine bough came from the Poinsetta Petals Stampin’ Up! set with Poinsettia dies.

The hug greeting is the Limited Edition Stampin’ Up! stamp set and the Designer Series Paper (DSP) is birch paper from years ago in Stampin’ Up!

The die does not need to be cut apart.  If the die is left intact, all the leaf and pinecone shapes will be cut out when you die cut the frame but you can easily stamp them afterwards.  I stamped the leaves in Memento Black and the pinecones in Chocolate Chip.

One pointer for anyone who has this set – the set is photopolymer and the large aspen frame can stretch and not be perfect for the die which cuts it out.

I can guess how you found that out!

True, Sal, and to remedy this situation I used my Stamparatus and mounted the aspen stamp on the plate and then placed the die on the stamp to check that nothing was stretched out of the shape of the die, adjusting the stamp where necessary.  This could work with any dies you have that have thin images to cut that might not stamp correctly if the stamp is stretched.

The other cool thing I found with the aspen frame is by stamping the frame on the piece of basic white that I was going to sponge and then popping up the die cut frame on top of the stamped image with white foam adhesive strips (don’t use dimensionals), I achieved a 3D effect for the tree.

I can see that in the right side on the first picture.  

Recipe

  • Base: Very Vanilla, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer: Birch Bark DSP,  5 1/4 X 4
  • Inside Bottom Strip:  Birch Bark DSP, 1 X 4
  • Background Layer: Basic White, 5 X 3 3/4; stamp the frame in Chocolate Chip, then fussy cut around the outer edges of frame.
    • Sponge the sunset in Pacific Point, then Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, and ending with Calypso Coral.
    • The mountain will be die cut when you cut the aspen frame, then ink the mountain stamp with Memento Black, wipe off the black ring around the sun with a wet wipe (or finger), or mask the black ring before you stamp.  Fussy cut the tiny white around the mountains that the die will leave, then color the mountains with Copics B24, or BV00, and the sun in Y06 or Daffodil Delight. Mount directly to your background.
    • Stamp the ‘Hugs from’ and ‘Colorful Colorado’ in Versa Mark, then heat emboss with white embossing powder – note – be sure the blue of your sunset comes down far enough to give a good background for Colorful Colorado or it will get lost in the yellows.
  • Aspen Frame: Basic White, 5 X 3 3/4,  Stamp in Chocolate Chip, die cut and then use a marker to color any white on the edges so you can achieve a 3D look with the background layer.
  • Leaves:  Stamp your cut out images in Memento Black and color with YG17 for green and Y13 for the tips. Note the placement on the pictures.
  • Pine Bough:  Stamp in Garden Green using the Poinsetta Petals stamp set and die cut with the Poinsettia Die. Cut the image apart to layer the small bough under the large bough.  Top with a little pine cone stamped in Chocolate Chip.
  • Columbine:  Stamp image in Memento Black and color outside with BV00, or Orchid Oasis, and heat emboss the middle with Crushed Curry embossing powder. Pop up with a dimensional over the largest part of the mountain.

The ‘Greetings from Colorado’ set has a fun stamp for the back of your card that says ‘handmade in Colorado’.

May we see a picture of these stamp sets since they are so unique?

Of course, Sal!

Click on Little Sal in the computer to go to the Simple Pleasures stamp shop. They are happy to ship.  Tell them I sent you!

SAL,  Share A Love

Karen

For my copic marker users and myself to remember what I used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July Shoebox Swap with Christine Dillon

Christine Dillon was our designer/presenter for the July Shoebox swap.  There are six of us who take turns designing two projects and make kits for the group which meets monthly.

Ummm….it is September 1st you know.  

Yes, I am behind on posting, but I had some wonderful camping trips!  Would you like to see my pictures?

Probably be best to help your crafting friends with inspiration instead! 

You bet!

Christine designed a 3D watering can for us to make.  Note, this is my construction of her kit so not quite as perfect as her original design.

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Watering Can Template printable pdf

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Click on the blue to get the printable version.  The above is just a screen print to show you the pattern.


Christine’s second project was a beautiful birthday card:

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She used the Flourish Thinlits Dies from Stampin’ Up!

  Surely you erased all the excess glue before sending it. 

Of course I did!  I am ‘adhesive challenged’ and I need to use one of the fine tip glue bottles instead of the Tombow glue tip.  I stocked up on Tombow so I want to use it up.

So put the Tombow glue in the fine tip glue bottle. 

Good idea!

This set is on EBAY and it is a beautiful set to add to your stamping collection with a variety of greetings.  I am not ready to sell mine -yet!  Keep an eye on the Bake Sale page and it might be available someday.

How about just one picture?

Paul and I are in front of the Twin Falls in Yankee Boy Basin driving from Ouray, Colorado.

Hopefully we will have a wonderful fall.  We have one more camping trip planned for Steamboat Springs, Colorado!

My daughter and Son In Law own the Wild West Balloon Adventures in Steamboat.  A hot air balloon ride should be on everyone’s bucket list:

You can follow “Wild West Balloon Adventures” on Instagram for some amazing videos!

Have a wonderful day and I will be back soon with the cards from the August shoebox event.

Bringing a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!

SAL,   Stamp A Lot, Share A Love

Karen

 

 

 

 

Best Friends’ Birthday Cards

There are little daffodils poking up through the ground; poor things got covered with 4″ of new snow yesterday.

 

From a distance the bare branches of the bushes with clumps of snow look like we are growing cotton!

 

Let’s head south! Way south!

Now Sal, this is just springtime in the Rockies!  In another week we will be out getting flower beds ready for planting.

Today, I would like to show you a couple fun birthday cards and alert you to new postings in the ‘Bake Sale’ tab with many of the items I am purging.

You can’t call them ‘new’ postings when there haven’t been any postings of sale items for eons.

True!  Folks, there are postings in the Bake Sale of items I am selling. Better, Sal?

Just trying to be helpful!

Back to the birthday cards!  The first is a slimline card for Paul’s birthday with a stamp set from Whimsy called “Best Friends”.

Recipe

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 8 3/8 X 6 3/4 scored at 3 3/8; (Note: 8 1/2 X 7 scored at 3 1/2 is the standard slimline but I wanted a 1/16″ reveal of the base)
  • Border (X2): Early Espresso, 8 1/4 X 3 1/4
  • Top Layer:  Designer Series Paper, 8 X 3
  • Inside Top Layers:
    • Designer Series Paper, 4 X 3
    • Basic White, 4 X 3
  • Blue Cut Outs:  Pacific Point, 8 1/2 X 3 1/4,  Die Cut 2 large and three small shapes with Stampin’ Up! Diorama Dies then emboss with Stampin’ Up! 3D Cane Weave embossing folder
  • Outside Greeting:  Rectangle Stitched Framelit in Early Espresso 2 3/4 X 1 1/2, with Basic White Top Layer, 1 X 2 3/8
  • Inside Greeting: Rectangle Stitched Framelit in Early Espresso, 3/4 X 2 7/8 with Basic White Top of 1/2 X 2 1/2
  • Images: Basic White, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, stamp in Memento Black, Color with Copic Markers
    • YG03-straw; C3-milk & egg outlines using 0 to lighten and blend; B000-Cup
    • Y13-butter; C5-legs & arms; V15-Jelly; R00-Tongue; E33-PBtr & Bacon
    • E31-Toast top & cookie; E18-Toast crust & Chocolate chips; E15-Syrup
    • B24-Together coloring after stamping in memento ink
  • Happy Birthday – Stampin’ Up Hey Chick stamp set, all other greetings are from Whimsy Best Friends set
  • Embelishments – 5 swarovski crystals

The characters and hearts on the front are popped up, the other pieces are adhered directly to the paper.

Here are individual pictures for the sake of looking closely at the coloring – I am new to these Copics and will need to refresh my memory frequently until I get used to numbers- plus, they are just cute to look at separately.

 

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If you stamped me in black, could you color me with Copics?

We’ll try someday!  For now I have another birthday card to show and this time I used some foiling.  I have a special friend’s husband who has the most adventurous stories imaginable and he was a pilot so I put the two together to make his birthday card.  It is a ‘never ending card’.  We made this card at club for Valentine’s Day in 2016.  Here is a hint – to effectively use the blog, go to the recipe box and find the thumbnail picture of the card you remembered making and click on the picture and you will go to that posting so you can make another card like it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF-FGBX_Cis

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Don’t let the picture fool you- this is a standard A2 card!  Fold the top flap up and the bottom flap down and voila:

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I stamped the plane from Stampin’ Up!’s retired ‘Sky Is The Limit’ stamp set onto Shrinky Dink Paper, colored the back side, cut it out, and then cooked it to make a cute little card size 3D plane!

I stamped the clouds and then decided they needed to be a little 3D also so I added our puff paint.  It stuck to the top of the paper so that wasn’t the best idea but it gives the cloud a little blue dimension.  Now let’s fold the card again:

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Then once more up with the top and down with the bottom so we go to the back for a greeting:

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The foiled paper is from a retired Stampin’ Up! designer series paper and the gold ADVENTURE was a card front sent with my new Minc machine that we ran through the machine with gold foil.   Paul figured out how to get all the large letters on the front flaps by cutting and gluing each one separately.  I’ve ordered more foils so stay tuned for fun cards with foil embellishments.

Never Ending Card Recipe Basics (watch the video for construction)

  • Base:   Basic White, 4 1/4 X 11
    • Cut in half for two 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 bases
    • Score one of the half pieces at 1 3/8″ on 4 1/4 top & bottom then cut that piece in half at 2 1/8,
    • Score the other half piece on the 5 1/2 side at 1 1/16″ at top and 1 1/16″ at bottom, then cut in half at 2 3/4″ 
    • Add two pieces of sticky tape right up to the score line on the two 4 1/4″ pieces
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      • Burnish all your score lines both ways
  • Now the two pieces you cut in the first step that are 2 1/8″ X 5 1/2″ will go on top of the 4 1/4 X 2 3/4 pieces
    • first adhere each piece to the bottom corner of the piece that has the sticky strip, laying your 4 1/4″ in line with the edge and bottom.  The two pieces should meet in the middle
    • then slide the top piece of the 2 3/4 X 4 1/4 piece in alignment with the bottom that now has the two pieces attached and then press the top onto the sticky strips

If you get all the pieces cut and scored with the sticky strip added, then it would be best to watch the video (at point 2:43) for how to lay the first two strips on top of the second two strips.

What the video doesn’t show is decorating the many sections and their dimensions so I will list those here. Note:  If you like the design to exactly match, multiply the sections by 2 and then cut in half to match designs.

  • Front Middle (X2):  Blue foil DSP, 2 X 2 5/8
  • Front Sides (X4):  Blue Glimmer Paper, 7/8, X 2 5/8
  • First Fold Middle (X2):  Blue Sky DSP, 2 X 2 5/8
  • First Fold Top & Bottom Sides (X 4):  7/8  X 1.1/4
  • Second Fold Middle (X2):  DSP, 2 X 2 5/8
  • Second Fold Sides (X4): DSP,  7/8  X 1.1/4
  • Back Middle (X2):  DSP,  2 5/8″ X 2″
  • Back Top and Bottom (X4):  DSP, 1 1/4″  X 2″

And your next fold will bring you to the front again!  Have fun.  It should be marketed as a stress relief tool as you play with folding it back and forth!  My first Never Ending Card (also called a Perpetual Card) was a Valentine card and I started with colored card stock bases so I could just add embellishments whilly nilly!   You can click on the blue to see that card.

http://stampalosopher.com/?p=787

You had to make an extra base so you could give instructions so why not make another?! 

Well, Sal, I do need a birthday card!  Let’s do it!

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For this card:

  • Basic White Base
  • Purple Ombre Glimmer Paper
  • How Sweet It Is Designer Series Paper
  • “This Calls For Confetti”, So Sentimental stamp set with oval punch
  • “Happy Birthday”, Birthday Chick Dies
  • “Hope Your Day is…..” Postcard Pals with Tailored Tag punch
  • “Hugs, Prayers, Love”  Positive Thoughts with Peek A Hoot Dies Rectangle
  • “Let’s Celebrate You”  Birthday Chick Stamp Set
  • Streamers, Birthday Chick Stamp Set
  • Balloons with double balloon punch
  • Vellum tiny envelope with punch and butterflies with retired butterfly thinlet
  • Gorgeous Grape Ink

That could be your  graduation cards, too!  

A valid possibility!

I taught the Shrinky Dink technique several years ago in a technique club.

Are we able to go somewhere on your blog to see all your technique sheets?

That is a great idea, Sal!  I will work on doing that, right after I get the products I am selling on the ‘Bake Sale’ tab.  I could at least create a new tab and add this Shrinky Dink technique sheet.  I need a short name to fit the tab so ‘technique’ is out – any suggestions?

Well, you have a ‘Recipe Box’ and a ‘Bake Sale’ so how about ‘Cookbook’?

Great idea, Sal!  Consider it done!

The first of many products have been added to the Recipe Box!

Toodoloo friends!  I hope you have found a pinch of creativity today to spice up your crafting world!

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case The Creator #7, Twisted Ribbon Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

Let’s look at a technique called the ‘Twisted Ribbon Card Technique’!   By cutting strips of designer series paper and laying them at diagonals it really looks like twisted ribbon.

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Our creator is Karen Bouchikas of Karen’s Stamping Place.  Here is a pdf of the card cuts with a link to the you tube by Karen.

Case The Creator #7 printable pdf file

Here is a screen print of the pdf file.  Because the following is a screen print the you tube link will not work directly from the blog post.    You need to click on the pdf file and then click on the youtube link — the link works from the pdf file.  Thank you to the dear follower who left a comment to point that out!  I do apologize for the confusion.

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For my card I used the Butterfly Kisses Designer Series Paper for the ribbon strips and the left side panel on a mat of Calypso Coral and a base of Thick Whisper White.  The two little butterflies on the front are cut from one of the 6 x 6 pieces of designer series paper.  The butterfly on the inside of the card is stamped with the Best Butterflies stamp set using Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green and Fresh Freesia.  The little flowers are from the Fun Flowers Resin Shapes.  These products are all in the Annual Catalog.  Contact me if you need a catalog!

  I don’t recognize the labels you used for the Happy Birthday?!

They are punches, Sal.  The Calypso Coral background is the Decorative Circle punch from the Annual Catalog and the top white shape is the Handmade Tag Punch on page 21 of the Holiday Catalog.  The ‘happy birthday’ greeting is from the Shaded Summer stamp set.  The inside greeting is from Pansy Patch.

Check out another way I used the Handmade Tag Punch with the Handmade Wishes stamp set; the two are 10% off when you buy them together as a bundle:

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Did you hand draw the scrolly?  It kind of looks like what you put under your name when you sign things. 

No, Sal, that is part of the stamp set!  Everything you see is part of the stamp set; let me show you:

 

That set is a must have set!


Let’s see what the rest of my amazing stamping group did for the Case The Creator card.  For those of you who are new to following Stampalosopher, the fourth Tuesday of the month I hold a Zoom meeting at 11:30AM and we share our swap cards and what we made for that month’s Case The Creator card.  I  send out the instructions with the video link about two weeks in advance.  Send me your email and you are welcome to join us!


Heather’s birthday card with balloons is just awesome!  With light strips on dark strips the ribbon really looks like one piece folded all the way down.

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Jo’s card with the gold vellum and gold sequin trim was a card fit for a king!

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Joy did a criss cross with her strips and put them on the left side – so unique!

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Sharon also crisscrossed her strips and had such fun she made three cards:

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Send me a picture if you make a twisted ribbon card and I can add it to this post!  That is the nice thing about blogs!  I want to make a twisted ribbon Christmas card so check back next month to see if it is posted.  I kept waiting to post hoping I would get it done but finally decided I had better just add it at a later date.


Joy Meadows hosted our shoebox swap and taught us how to fold paper to make a kimono!  Aren’t her creations beautiful?!


For my swap card I used the Wonderful World designer series paper from the Sale A Bration free offering:

 

Except for the greeting and the inside, it is an exact case of Linda Bedinger’s card on Ink and Ingenuity.  The flowers are fussy cut from the Designer Series Paper.  I loved the little bitty flowers on the side matching the great big flowers on the main front.   I would do this again if I had a large image and small images on designer series paper!  I did several different inside greetings:

 

The front ‘A little hello…’, the ‘Happy Birthday’ and the ‘Thank You’ are all from Pansy Patch.  The ‘Congratulations’ is from Happiness Abounds.

Recipe for Wonderful World swap card:

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Front Mat:  Pear Pizzaz, 4 across X 4 1/4 down
  • Front strips and Inside Mat:  Mossy Meadow
    • 1/4 X 4 1/4, vertical strip on front
    • 1/4 X 4, horizontal strip on front
    • 4 X 5 1/4, Inside Mat
  • Inside Layer:  Basic White, 3 1/2 X 4 3/4
  • Side Strips:  Wonderful World Designer Series Paper
    • 3/4 X 4 1/4 for the front
    • 3/4 X 4 3/4 for the inside
  • Flowers:  Wonderful World Designer Series Paper, fussy cut each
  • Ink:  Mossy Meadow
  • Stamp Sets:  Pansy Petal and Happiness Abounds
  • Embellishments:  Various to go with the flowers

By using a generic greeting on the front, I could include both the Happy Birthday and Thank You in my swap so folks had a choice for their greeting.

That’s all for today!  Come on back when I post the projects we did the next month.

Our October hostess code is W2J7GNXR.  When you add this code to your order you will be shopping with me.  If you haven’t shopped with me before you will need to click on “find a demonstrator” and pick Karen Decker from the list.  I am no longer going through the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator business web site and instead having you go directly to the online store.  Set up an account using your email, or sign in with your email if you already have an account, and you will be ready to shop!  I so appreciate your support!

SAL,  Stamp A Lot , Smile A Little and always be Salt And Light to those you meet.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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!

 

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. 

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.   [email protected]

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.

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 and the projects at the catalog launch.

You had better hurry!  You have so much to share.


Catalog Launch Fun

Stampin’ Up!’s 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!

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!  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!

 

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.

Thank you for spending some time with me!

SAL,  Sharing A Lot of inspiration

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triangle Corner Pop Up Card for Case The Creator (CTC)card

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code:  94TSAZ3P

It was fun to meet with those of you who could attend the 4th Tuesday Zoom meeting at 11:30 MT.

You’ve been neglecting me lately!

That I have, Sal, I am rethinking my blog strategies but I want to advertise my mini catalog launch on May 10 so here I am again!  I say mini catalog launch because it isn’t an all day event and I won’t have as many make and take projects.

I will have a raffle basket filled with special gifts!  You can get an entry ticket by:

  • attending
  • completing the crossword puzzle scavenger hunt.  (The crossword puzzle will be on my blog next Tuesday!)
  • bringing a card/project for display using something from the new catalog (returned to you after the event)
  • ordering from me – one ticket for each $25 order
  • purchasing a ticket for $2.

Mini Catalog Launch

  • Tuesday, May 10, 9:30 – 11:30
  • RSVP by Friday May 6 please, Text 303-815-0838.  Bring your completed crossword puzzle.
  • My home in Castle Rock, 4143 Eagle Ridge Way
  • Agenda
    • Show and Tell with projects from the new catalog
    • Review the answers to the crossword puzzle
    • 10:30 Draw for door prize
    • Create In Color swatch sheet
    • Simple Make and Take
    • 11:30 Draw for the raffle basket
    • Lunch in town

Two more announcements before we go to the CTC (case the creator) card:

Paper Pumpkin for May

Click on the above image to see Sarah introduce the May Paper Pumpkin.  It uses all the new In Colors as you make 10 cards – five designs.  There are foil accents, an optional gift card holder and— inside 200 Paper Pumpkins is a golden voucher worth $25 in Stampin’ Up! products.  Don’t wait – order now by a subscription at my STORE or by clicking this link to go directly to Paper Pumpkin:  LINK


New Sign Up Special For More ‘In Color’ Fun

Join the team in May for $99 and receive $125 of your choice of product plus an amazing amount of ‘In Color’ products:

 

Click to JOIN!


Case The Creator Card Challenge

This month we cased Dawn Griffith’s Triangle Corner Pop Up Easel Card!

That’s a mouthful!

Yes, Dawn calls it a “Fancy, Schmancy Corner Fun Fold”!  Her video is in the instructions.

Case The Creator #3 printable pdf file

I ordered the tiny magnets from Amazon:


Let’s check out all the cards we made for the Zoom meeting.  Thank you to those who participated!
My card uses the ‘Windmill Fields’ dies and the ‘Flowering Fields’ DSP and the ‘Flowering Tulips’ stamp set for the greeting.  This bundle and the paper are in the mini catalog so we have until June 30 to order (unless it sells out first)!  Arghhhh……

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The bicycle is hidden when you open up the easel so be careful with your design.  I had a lot of fun with the bicycle!  I used the long, tiny tulip die to create a basket of tulips!  I will write my greeting under the ‘thank you’ since I went against protocol and made the bottom left another flower display instead of the place to write a note.


Heather made a fabulous graduation card with beautiful gold embossed paper and black!  I love the diploma for the easel stand up!

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Joy’s beautiful card uses the ‘Expressions In Ink’ designer series paper.  We only have until May 2nd to get discontinuing items, like this DSP, from the annual catalog!

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Sharon’s uses the Tea Time stamp set and Tea Together dies-  look at the little heart she put on the lid!


Sheri used the ‘Flowering Fields’ DSP and the ‘Simply Succulents’ stamp set for greetings:

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Ann used the ‘You’re A Peach’ DSP and the ’Sweet As A Peach Bundle’.  Those peaches even look fuzzy!  The amazing “Dist ink tive” stamps!  These are in the Annual catalog as well so order before May 2.

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Jo’s little rabbit made us all smile, and eggs from the Arrange A Wreath set and Wreath Builder Dies were perfect with the paper.

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  They followed instructions and had a large place for a message. 

Indeed!  Isn’t it fun to see all the different creations from one set of instructions?!

The new Annual Catalog goes live on May 3 but in the meantime checkout the store for retiring products with great discounts!

You should have received a catalog from me if you placed a $50 order last year.  If not send me a text with your address and I will drop one in the mail.  Text  303-815-0838

SAL,   Seeing April Leave

Karen

Click on little Sal in the computer to shop.  Hostess Code:  94TSAZ3P

PS. I would love to know if you are using the blog as I analyze plans for the future of the blog.

Do you ever need to know the name of a stamp set for a greeting you saw me use on a card so you go to the recipe box and scroll to the card and click on it and find the name of the stamp set?  I do that a lot.

Do you ever click on little Sal in the computer to go to the store and check out the clearance rack or new specials?

Do you ever use the search field here on the blog to find an idea for a stamp set you would like to use?

Do you ever go to the blog to get instructions for a technique by finding a similar card in the recipe box and then going to the specific blog post?

How else do you use the blog?

Leave a comment and I will draw from all the comments for a prize.

Thank you much!

 

 

 

 

 

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