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Pop Up Bouquet Birthday Card with Artistic Dies

Hello Stamping Friends,

Remember to click the heading if you have opened this post in your phone so that you go to the main blog and all the videos and pictures will work correctly.

I have a very special card to show you today using the Artistic Dies!  Spoiler alert  – if you have an October birthday, you will see your card!

If a picture if worth a thousand words, what is a video worth?

Good question, Sal!  And here are pictures of the card:

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Recipe

  • Base:  Shimmer White, 8 1/2 X 11, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer:  Shimmer White, 4 X 4, Embossed with the 3D Tasteful Textile folder
  • Front Flower:  Shimmer White, 4 1/4 X 4 1/4, Die Cut with large Artistic Die bouquet layered on a double back adhesive sheet to make things easier
    • Rose- color with Lt Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend
    • Daisy- color with Lt Polished Pink Stampin’ Blend
    • Circles- color with Lt Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend
    • Sprigs- color with Lt Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Blend
    • Lg Leaves- color with Dk Granny Apple Green, reversed from the video colors
    • Sm Leaves- color with Lt Old Olive, reversed from the video picture
  • Inside Leaves:  Granny Apple Green, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4; die cut 2 long leaves placed on card stock with a dryer sheet under the card stock and die.  Layer the card stock on a double back adhesive sheet for ease of adhering.  Tip:  after cutting out one of the leaf stems, turn it to the back side, place it on a shim of card stock and run it through the Cut and Emboss machine to give it a nice flat look since we are placing it on the card with the back side facing up.
  • Greeting stamps and ink:  Pansy Patch with Smoky Slate; stamp the outside greeting then emboss; stamp the inside greeting and then apply your flower
  • Ribbon:  5″ to wrap the front, 4″ for the tied knot and (X2) 1 3/4 for inside
  • Embellishments:  Rhinestones and butterflies
  • Pop Up Flower:  Copy Paper (copy paper can be brayered to color) or Envelope Paper,  (7) 2 3/4 X 2 3/4
    • Fold Corner to Corner three times
    • Holding point cut like an ice cream cone then use that cut as template to cut additional six flowers
    • Unfold your flowers and fold each flower in half repeatedly to give crisp folds on all of the flower folds
    • Stamp the middles of each with the largest ‘beard’ of the Pansy Patch stamp set; or sponge, or draw stamen
    • Cut out one of the petals on each flower and then glue the two petals on either side of the cut out together- neighbor on neighbor
    • Fold each flower in half
    • Step 1 – place a bit of tombow glue on the two petals on either side of the middle petal of a folded flower and place another folded flower on the glue on each side
    • Step 2 – place a bit of tombow glue on the middle three petals and place a folded flower on the glue
    • Step 3 – repeat step 1
    • Step 4 – repeat step 2

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I don’t get it….

It is so hard to explain even with pictures, Sal, which is why the video on this one is so important.

  • Keeping the flower folded, place a dot of tombow on the middle petal of the seven petals and lay the flower on the inside right of the card by placing the flower with the open ‘V’ 1/8″ away from the middle fold. Hold to dry. Place another dot of glue on the middle petal that is now the top of the folded flower and then close the card front over the flower and hold to let the glue dry.   When dry, open and gasp at the awesomeness!
  • Add a leaf stem on each side of the bouquet and two lengths of ribbon to the bottom of each side of the inside

.  Could you make a poinsettia bouquet for a Christmas card?

Maybe, Sal.  I do have red envelope paper from Stampin’ Up! a couple years ago.  We’ll see.  It sure was a fun one to make!

 

 

Thank you for giving me some of your precious time today!

.  ’cause we want to bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!

lol, yes, Sal, that is the best part.

Enjoy this wonderful fall season!

SAL,   Saw A Leaf (a falling)

Karen

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Paper Piecing with Summer Shadows Dies

Hello Stamping Friends,

Paper Piecing with Summer Shadows Dies:

 

I had fun yesterday making this video to show you how to do Paper Piecing with the ‘Summer Shadows Dies’ .  They coordinate with the Shaded Summer stamp set.

Your customers keep asking about that technique.

I know, Sal, and this is the perfect set of dies to help out with paper piecing.  There is a set of background dies and a set of detailed dies in exactly the same size!  We can cut the backgrounds using the double back adhesive sheets and then die cut two colors in the detail dies for the paper piecing.

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An alternative using a different stamp in Shaded Summer:

That doesn’t look like the stamp in the set.  It is not on two lines.

Shhh, Sal.  I took my snips and cut the stamp apart so it would fit on the Tailor Made Tag.

Recipe:

This card was inspired by the diagonal strip that I saw on a card by Mary Deatheridge.

  • Stamps:  Shaded Summer
  • Dies: Summer Shadows Dies, Tailor Made Tags Dies
  • Markers:  Cherry Cobbler, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green (DO NOT USE BLENDS-blends stain stamps)
  • Base:  Flirty Flamingo, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2
  • Layer 1 (make 2-one for the inside):  Cherry Cobbler, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Layer 2:  Designer Series Paper (DSP)- Painted Christmas, 3 7/8 X 5 1/8- NOTE: Do not mount until diagonal strip is on
  • Layer 2-Inside:  Basic White, 3 7/8 X 5 1/8
  • Layer 3-Inside:  DSP, 1 3/4 X 3 7/8 cut diagonally, Hint:  if you make two cards, this is the remainder of two 3 7/8 X 5 1/8 pieces;  Tip:  Make sure when you cut your diagonal it runs the same way as the diagonal on the front.  Yep – made that mistake.
  • Diagonal Strip:  Basic White, 2 X 5,
    • Emboss with Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder
  • Border on Strip:  Cherry Cobbler, 2 1/8 X 5 1/8
    • Adhere the Basic White strip on this small Cherry Cobbler border
    • Mount this bordered strip of Basic White on the DSP diagonally,  the left side is about 2″ down from top, 3/4″ up from bottom
    • Turn to the back and cut off the excess strip
    • Now mount to the main Cherry Cobbler layer
  • Tag:  Basic White, 1 1/2 X 2 3/4, Stamp then die cut with smallest of the straight top Tailor Made Tags Die
  • Flowers: the dies on the left are background dies, the dies on the right are detailed dies for the top  and the two at the bottom are just cute dies I layered together without any paper piecing.

                       

    • Adhesive Sheet, 3 X 4, Die cut the two background flowers and the large leaves background from the sheet.  Place the die on the side that is NOT shiny when you cut.
    • Cherry Cobbler:  4 X 2 1/2, die cut two large flowers and the little flower with the detailed dies; adhere to the adhesive sheet background
    • Flirty Flamingo:  4 X 2 1/2, die cut two large flowers and the little flower with the detailed die;
      • NOTE:  Layer a piece of dryer sheet underneath the cardstock of the large flower detail dies before cutting; after cutting use tweezers to pick each inside piece off the dryer sheet and place on the adhesive backgrounds
    • Layer the little flowers, no paper piecing with these, with a bit of the Cherry Cobbler peeking out from the Flirty Flamingo little flower
  • Leaves:
    • Garden Green, 2 1/2 X 2,  Die cut with the detailed triple leaf die and the little leaf die; place the triple leaves on the adhesive background cut from the adhesive sheet shown above
    • Granny Apple Green, 2 1/2 X 2,  Use a dryer sheet underneath your cardstock and die cut with the detailed triple leaf die and the little leaf die
    • Layer the little leaves, no paper piecing with these, with a bit of the Garden Green peeking out for a layer to the Granny Apple Green little leaf
  • Flower Stamens: (sounds more scientific than the ‘inside of the flowers’) Daffodil Delight, 3 X 2 1/2, place the cardstock on a dryer sheet before die cutting
  • Inside Stamping:
    • Mount your large flower stamp from Shaded Summer on the Stamparatus and color your stamp with MARKERS in Cherry Cobbler and Granny Apple Green, then stamp the top left edge of the inside
    • Color in the flower image with Flirty Flamingo marker
  • Embellishments:  9″ Cherry Cobbler Twine, 5 Rhinestones

What if I don’t have double back adhesive sheets?

Good question, Sal.  In that case you would cut the background pieces from a Basic White sheet, apply glue to the background pieces and then adhere your pieces starting with the color you want on the outside.

Start your bouquet at the left edge by gluing down the little leaves, then glue the little flower directly down.  Here’s another conundrum – dimensionals don’t stick to the adhesive backing so if you want to pop them up, as I did here, you need to cut some of the larger dimensionals in half and place them where the cardstock shows through and not remove the adhesive backing sheet.  I positioned the two flowers where I wanted them without gluing them down so I could place the triple leaf correctly.  The leaf adhesive backing can be removed for a nice flat mounting.  When it was mounted, I then mounted the two flowers.

I would love to see the colors you come up with in Paper Piecing using the Summer Shadows Dies!  Post a picture in the comments below.

Thank you for sharing your precious time with me today!

 

SAL,   Share A Love

 

 

 

 

Easter Swap Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

HAPPY EASTER!!  What a joyous time as we celebrate that Jesus is alive and He provided the sacrifice for all our sins!!

I will share my Easter swap card and the swap cards from the club.  Jo and Sharon sent their April swap cards early so I have extra cards for you to enjoy!

Where did you find a lily??

The lily is the inside petals of the Poinsettia Place DSP we had in the last mini catalog.

I used several retired and retiring products knowing the message was more important than product presentation.

The base is Purple Posy which will retire May 3 but the Ornate Layers Dies do not retire so that is good news.

Recipe:

Note:  DSP is an acronym for Designer Series Paper

  • Stamp Sets:  Easter Message, Teeny Tiny Wishes, His Grace.
  • Ink:  Gorgeous Grape, Memento Black.
  • Dies:  Ornate Layers, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Detailed Bands (oval), Banner Blooms (stem).
  • Embossing Folder:  Tasteful Textile 3D or Subtle.
  • Base:  Purple Posy, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, Scored at 2″, 3″, 5 1/2″ and 6 1/2″.  Note:  This is 3/8 inch more than a standard card but I found it was easy to fold our standard envelope just 3/8″ more to send the card.  This size allowed the card to have a nice background for the Ornate borders without the lacy edges hanging over.
  • Side Layers (X2):  Plain Oh So Ombre purple, 2 (minus a hair) X 5 1/2.  The score line creates the need for just a hair less than the 2″ side.  I used the darker at the bottom and cut 1/2″ off the dark bottom of the 6 X 6 DSP to start (you will use part of this piece later so don’t toss it).
  • Side Ornate Border (X2):  Very Vanilla, 2 X 5, Die cut with Ornate Border.
  • Inside Layer of Side Ornate Border (X2): Oh So Ombre circles on purple DSP, 1 X 4.
  • Top Ornate Border:  Very Vanilla, 5 3/4 X 2 3/4, Die Cut with Ornate Border.
  • Inside Layer of Top Ornate Border:  Plain Oh So Ombre Purple DSP,  3 5/8 X 1 1/2,  Cut this piece in half lengthwise (3/4″) for each side of cross and then place both halves in your paper cutter at the same time to cut 1″ off the lighter end so that you have two matching pieces that are 1 X 3/4 and two pieces that are 2 5/8 X 3/4.  Glue these 4 pieces to the edges of the wood tone paper leaving a 3/8″ cross.
  • Cross:  Natural Touch Specialty Paper, 1 7/8 X 4, glue this to the Ornate Border.
  • Base of cross:  Plain Oh So Ombre, 1/2 X 1 7/8, Use a piece of the dark end that you cut off, glue this piece to the Ornate Border leaving the same border as the top.
  • Once all your pieces are glued to the Very Vanilla Ornate Border, run the layer through an embossing folder.  I used Tasteful Textiles for this one but switched to the Subtle 3D embossing folder for the others I made to make the texture more — well — subtle!  Glue this directly to the middle.
  • Greetings:  Very Vanilla Strip, 1 3/4 X 8 1/2,  stamp the dove and John 3:16 from His Grace stamp set, He Is Not Here from Easter Message Stamp Set, and Happy Easter from Teeny Tiny wishes on the vanilla strip.  Fussy cut the dove, and use the Stitched Rectangle to cut the two side greetings and the oval from the Detailed Bands dies to cut He is Not Here.
  • Lily:  Poinsettia Place DSP, fussy cut the inside petals of one of the poinsettias or cut one of the small poinsettias in the paper and add an extra petal since lilies have six petals.
  • Greenery:  Garden Green, 1 1/2 X 2, Die cut two stems using the solid stem in Banner Blooms.  Attach to the back of the lily and then pop up the lily in the middle of the cross.
  • Dove:  Very Vanilla, fussy cut from the strip shown at greetings,  color the branch green and pop up above cross.
  • Embellshments:  Heart Charm, use Tombow on the flat side and let it sit to get good and tacky then attach.  I also added three rhinestones here and there.

The three greetings, the lily, and the dove are all popped up with dimensionals, all the other pieces are glued down.  Try not to get glue on the sides of the ornate borders so they look a bit lacy.  I put Tombow glue in the middle back of the ornate pieces and then use a scrap piece of cardstock to spread the Tombow glue just to the edge of the middles.

How did something that looks so simple turn into so many words?

I know, Sal, but I like to add all the little tips that can help someone else make the card; especially knowing that I am that someone and might want to make half a dozen more.

Let’s look at some swaps.

Jo Brooks used Mountain Air and His Grace stamp sets with the Majestic Mountains dies, the Cross of Hope Dies and the Word Wishes dies.  I love how she sponged the background!

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Sharon Fincham used the Wreath Builder dies for her Easter card swap, the dies make perfectly shaped eggs!

 

Lucille’s swap is the cutest little bunny!

Joy Meadow’s swap card looks quite springy with the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper.  She said this fun fold is quite easy to make; we will have to try it someday.

Jo Brook’s March swap was an adorable St. Patrick’s Day card using the Word Wishes Dies and a fun gnome/leprechaun!

 

Lori Moore’s swap uses the Pretty Perennials stamp set in the JJ mini.   The set has the big ‘happy’ word and then little words you can use with it- ‘birthday’, ‘mail’, ‘for you’, ‘you make me’, ‘sending lots of’.

Suzi Walker used the Pretty Perennials set, as well, with the matching Perennial Petals Dies.  The DSP on the white is embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.  I am longing for spring flowers like these:

Sharon Fincham did an amazing card with a fun pop up center.  She used the ‘Hey Girlfriend’ stamp set in the JJ mini:

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Great job everyone!  All the cards are beautiful and such an inspiration.

And now do we get to see the Mystery cards you all made yesterday? 

Well, Sal, I think I will start a new post so we don’t overwhelm our readers.

Thank you for spending some time with me and some of my club members today.  Would you like to join a club or create one for you and your friends.  Our club rotation starts again in May and we would love to have you join.  Contact me by text at 303-815-0838 or email [email protected].

The hostess code for today and April is: DJRYFBKM

The retired list has been posted and the best way to see what is still available is to go to my online store – click on little Sal in the computer – and click on specials.  The list is already outdated with things that have sold out so best to just head to the store!

Have a wonderful day and a blessed Easter!

SAL,  sharing a love of Jesus

Karen

Mother’s Day Double Point Card

Happy Mother’s Day Stamping Friends,

Since we are still on the “Safer At Home” regulations, Mother’s Day is not the norm with visiting our mothers and delivering flowers so I made a special card with lots of flowers- vellum flowers on the outside, a potted plant underneath the double-point on the outside and a bouquet of flowers on the inside.

I was hesitant with the vellum flowers and vellum leaves since they don’t show much detail but they are so soft and pretty that I was pleased.

  The Petal Pink Organdy Ribbon has that same soft look of the vellum flowers. 

They do go well together, Sal, and with Petal Pink cardstock for the base it is a very feminine card, perfect for Mother’s Day!

I saw this card fold at http://thepamperedstamper.com.  

I changed the flowers and the greeting and the paper and added ribbon but started with her double point card with vellum flowers.

So after all those changes is it still a case (copy and share everything)?

How about CASE -as in copy and selectively edit?!

I have found designing cards is a process of looking at lots and lots of ideas and then incorporating what I like – or changing things up based on what supplies I have in stock.  The design changes constantly as I work and sometimes my trash can is full of the trial and errors of a design.

This is really quite a simple card to make.  The points are two pieces of Designer Series Paper, Perennial Essence, that measure 3″ X 4″, scored at 1″ along the long side and then the corners are folded down to just above the score line.  The 1″ section is adhered under the main layer-Whisper White in my case.

I put a little pencil mark in the middle of the long edge- 2″, and scored to the 1″ score line to make folding a little easier.  I also cut a little off of each edge so nothing would hang out if my cuts weren’t quite perfect.

  Hmmmm…….. sounds like that probably happened to you, right? 

Guilty as charged!  Check out these two sets of flowers for the inside.  Do you notice the difference?

   

  This is a trick question, isn’t it?  I see the same number of flowers and the same coloring on the flowers. 

Yes, but notice the Petal Pink shading around the image in the first one.  I saw that technique on a video tutorial by Tina Wardell and I think it really makes a difference.  Tina showed how she colors around her images with a light colored Stampin’ Blend and then she takes the Stampin’ Blend color lifter and softens the edge of the coloring.

  Sure enough!  There is a difference.  What’s really amazing is you found a potted plant with Happy Mother’s Day that exactly fit underneath the Double Point piece on the front. 

That is a retired set called ‘Just Because’.  It is also what I used for the ‘Thinking of You’ greeting on the front.  I set up the Stamparatus and masked off the flower pot above the words to get just the words that I wanted.

This set will go in the Bake Sale sets since I have used it for this Mother’s Day.  Be sure and visit the Bake Sale tab once in a while.  I will be adding more items after I compare what I have with what I see in the new catalog that I  “must” have.  Space is becoming an issue here at the house.  I like this quote from ‘A Girl And A Glue Gun’:

Recipe

  • Base:  Petal Pink  4 1/4 X 11  Scored at 5 1/2
  • Points:  Designer Series Paper, Perennial Essence,  3 X 4 scored at 1″ along the long side.  Make a small pencil mark at the 2″ middle of the wide section and score from the middle mark to the 1″ score line.  Clip a little off the edges – see picture above.  Adhere the 1″ under the Whisper White layer.
  • Whisper White Layer:  4 X 5 1/4, make 2
  • Stitched Nested Labels: Petal Pink  2 3/4 X 4 3/4,  Die cut with the 2 1/8 X 4 (measured at the inside of the stitching on the die)
  • Top Stitched Nested Labels:  Whisper White  2 3/4 X 4 1/2,  Die cut with the 1 3/4 X 3 1/2 (measured at the inside of the stitching)
  • Flowers & Leaves:  Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock in green, yellow and pink- retiring in June .  I used Flower Shop (retired) and its matching punch for the Petal Pink large flower and then punched three little yellow vellum flowers with a small flower punch just like the one we had for Sale A Bration.   The green vellum leaves were punched from various retired punches.  Current products would be the Perennial Flower Punch layering two punched pieces to make a six petal flower.  The Leaf Punch and the Sprig Punch would work beautifully with the green vellum to make the greenery.
  • Stamp Set for the inside bouquet is ‘Accented Blooms’ – retiring in June
  • Stamp Set ‘Just Because’ with  the greeting Thinking of You and the potted plant with Happy Mother’s Day
  • Ink:  Memento -Tuxedo Black, Petal Pink stamped on the large flower, Crushed Curry on the small flowers, Pear Pizzaz on the leaves
  • Stampin’ Blends – Various with Light Petal Pink used to outline the bouquet image
  • Embellishments – Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon 11″ ; one Perennial Essence Floral Center; three sequins

Did I miss anything, Sal?

They might like to see how you made the same design a birthday card.

Of course!  For the birthday card I used the ‘Beautiful Moments’  stamp set for the greeting on the inside:

The little vine under the greeting above is in the Accented Blooms stamp set and in the next image is a cute little curly stamp with a heart in the middle from Accented Blooms which I stamped under the potted plant and glued a heart shaped sequin over the stamped heart:

“What you focus on determines what you miss! ”  I often focus so much on the greetings and large images that I miss these cute little stamps.

This stamp set is retiring so get it before it is gone (or selling on Ebay for three times the price)!  We used the coordinating Tailored Tag punch at Christmas for the quilted plaid card so the two make a nice set to add to your collection.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane.

I love setting out the past cards we have made in clubs and I have several I set out for Mother’s Day.  Some of you were with me when we made these and it makes me smile to remember the fun we had!

A Tea Together Bendy Card, this set is retiring in June:

A pop up box card:

A Magic Shutter Card:

A Rose Box:

 

Birthday Blooms Pull Up Card:

Layering Framelits (this is Whisper White in real life):

Using the cut out from the front:

This card is a monochromatic Very Vanilla:

The Tulip Embossing Folder was one of our very favorites for stunning cards:

A spinner card:

An Easel Card:

Remember the Top Note Die and lining up Designer Series Paper on the grid sheet and then cutting with the Top Note?

I posted all these mostly for my benefit to “scrapbook” our creations but it also shows the types of cards that we make during club and just might entice you to join when we start up clubs again in June.  Contact me if you are interested.

Thank you for spending time with me today!  Paul is on a special schedule due to the virus so he had to work and I played on the computer.

Happy Mother’s Day whether remembering and honoring your mothers or celebrating your own motherhood, I hope your day was blessed.

SAL, Sharing A Love

Karen

Current Hostess code is TQ3JBKP3 , click to visit the store. Don’t forget to check out the retiring list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday To You Pop Up Cake

Hello Stamping Friends,

Today we will focus on the Happy Birthday To You set.

I saw a card on Tina Wardell’s blog:  tinascraftyinkspot.com and had a new appreciation for the beautiful flowers.  I had focused on the cake and thought it was more of a wedding cake than a birthday cake – and it would work well for a wedding- but when you use only the flowers for the outside of the card it is stunning as a birthday card.  Here is Tina’s video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqctK_KjjG8

The card has the birthday cake popped up on the inside with beautiful flowers on the outside.  I changed a few things to suit my liking.  I used matching colors for the base and the flowers and then used the little dots in the same stamp set and versa mark to decorate the edge of the base.

The inside has the cake popping up!  I used our Pearlized Doilies for the base of the cake.   You can’t see it here, but the cake actually has a matching cake mirrored image on its other side. The pop up technique and making a mirror image of the cake are both in Tina’s video.  Our Silicone Craft Sheet works beautifully to stamp the image -twice (a stamparatus is a must) and then place your white cardstock on the silicone sheet and rub-rub-rub.

Recipe

  • Card Base:  Rich Razzleberry  5 1/2 X  8 1/2  Scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer:  Daffodil Delight  3 1/4 X 4 5/8
  • Top:   Whisper White  3 1/4 X 4 1/2  Cut to 4 3/8 X 3 with Rectangle Stitched Framelit
  • Cakes & Flowers:  Make 3;  Whisper White 3 X 4 1/4
  • Pop Up Strips:  Make 2;   1/4 X 2 1/2 scored at 1/4″ on only one end
  • Leaves:  Old Olive  2 1/4 X 5 1/2, make six leaves-the framelit makes two at a time, sponge edges
  • Sprigs:  Daffodil Delight  2 X 2, make two sprigs-the framelit makes two at a time
  • One Pearlized Doily
  • Three sequins
  • Inside Greeting:  Whisper White  2 3/4 X 2, stamp and then punch with Pretty Label Punch
  • Border for Greeting:  Daffodil Delight  2 3/4 X 2, Punch with Pretty Label Punch, cut in half to mount behind the greeting.
  • Stampin’ Blends:  Lt & Dk Rich Razzleberry, Dk Daffodil Delight, Lt & Dk Old Olive, Lt Balmy Blue-cake shadows, Dk Smoky Slate-cake base
  • Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Versa Mark
  • Birthday Dies

To make our time at club more efficient,  I made card kits with the Rich Razzleberry/Daffodil Delight, Real Red/Black, Bermuda Bay/Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo/Highland Heather.  There was a lot of coloring on the flower images so I chose colors based on the Stampin’ Blends that I have.  It worked really well and stampers could all be coloring at the same time.  Check out their beautiful creations:

 

 

Wendy chose to do red and black and Jo made the flirty flamingo and purple:

    

Havi made the Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight:

   

Thank you for sharing your cards, ladies!  They are all beautiful.  Which is your favorite?

I think I like the red roses best, but I really like pink with the purple, but blue is …. hmmm undecided! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Inventory Chart 19-20 Excel File

Color Inventory Chart 19-20  PDF File

Please take care to be very very safe and take some time to craft!

SAL,  Sad And Lonely – NOT  I have stamps!

Karen

 

 

 

‘Sending You Thoughts’ and Kerchief Card Kit

Hello Stamping Friends,

The sun has returned in our beautiful Colorado after a very- windy -snowy- day yesterday!  The clouds cleared and it was below zero last night but today looks to be gorgeous.  I hope you are getting some sunshine.  If not, better double up on those D vitamins!  Even our little Ruger seeks out the sunshine!

  What he really wants is a nice long walk outdoors!  

That is for sure!  If we don’t start walking soon we will both just be waddling!

Let’s move on to the Sale A Bration products I have to show you today.  First is the Kerchief Card Kit which many of you earned free with a $50 purchase.  It was one of my first selections.  The kit has preprinted greetings but you can change them up as I have done here.  The kit version without changes is on the left.  I turned over the label that was in the kit and stamped it with a greeting from ‘Flourishing Phrases’, sponged the edge with Poppy Parade and added Terracotta Tile Faceted Dots.  Aren’t the matching envelopes great?

  

For the Balmy Blue version I used the same ‘Flourishing Phrases’ greeting, cut a label from the Retired Lily Framelits Dies, sponged the edge in Balmy Blue and added a Noble Peacock Blue Rhinestone.  The Pretty Label punch works well for the greeting and is still available.

If you like kits I encourage you to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin.  In March we celebrate 7 years of Paper Pumpkin and subscribers will receive a free stamp set in the kit so you will get two stamp sets.  Click on the image to go to the Paper Pumpkin site or go to online ordering where you can purchase a prepaid subscription along with other products and get free Sale A Bration products.

 

 

And how far away is spring?

March 20th is the first day of spring, Sal, so 24 days; but remember March is generally one of Colorado’s snowiest months so get ready to build more snowmen.  My grandsons were here with Amber and building a snowman:

       

  Grab him quick!  He is eating yellow snow!

Too late!  Let’s look at the ‘Sending You Thoughts’ set and how I used it to make a get well card and a birthday card.  The greeting “Another sensational year of you” is in the ‘Sending You Thoughts’ stamp set.  The base is Grapefruit Grove with a layer of Tufted 3D embossing on Whisper White and a bottom layer of Gingham DSP.   The flowers and vase are from the ‘Vibrant Vases’ stamp set and stamped on Whisper White then cut with the Pretty Label punch,  The edge of the label is sponged and then popped up on a doily.  Rhinestones were added to the birthday card and Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots are added to the get well card with a tiny little bow for each from twine.

I am sad to have to send a get well card but delighted with the greetings in this set.  Take a look:

  • Base – Grapefruit Grove, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Gingham Layer – Grapefruit Grove Gingham DSP, 1 3/4 X 5 1/4
  • Tufted Layer – Whisper White 2 1/4 X 5 1/4 embossed with 3D Embossing Folder
  • Inside Layer – Whisper White 5 1/4 X 4
  • Strips for under the ribbon and inside – make 3 – 3/4 X 5 1/4 – use the backside for contrast on one
  • Pretty Label Punch – Whisper White 3 X 2

Stamp the vase in Memento black ink, mask the vase, then stamp the flowers.  Vibrant Vases is a fun stamp set that has two step stamping so you can stamp the main images and then use a second stamp to color each image.  I used Grapefruit Grove for the coloring of the vase and flowers and Call Me Clover for the leaves.  I sponged a little light grey at the base of the vase with a make up brush, a Q-tip would work nicely, too.

  I wonder what it would look like with lots of different colored flowers and flowery DSP?

Lovely, I am sure, but I generally lean toward the monochromatic look.

Have a blessed day!

SAL,  Spring’s A Lurking (just around the corner)

Karen

 

 

 

Heirloom Frames Magnolia Birthday Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

Here in Castle Rock, CO we are getting another snow storm so our lawns should look awesome come spring!  It makes for a wonderful day to create cards if you don’t have to punch a time clock!

At club this past month I actually had a quick and simple birthday card that took less than an hour to make but was stunning.  Take a look:

   

Base:  Petal Pink 4 1/4 X 11 scored at 5 1/2″

Layer:  Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP):  4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″;  Cut an oval from the middle of the DSP (use this cut out to cut in half for the inside).  I used the Oval Stitched Shapes Framelits.

Frame:  Whisper White 5 1/4 X 4 (make 2)  Use the Heirloom Frames Die to cut an oval frame and then emboss the cut out frame with the matching Embossing Folder.  The products come in a set so you get both the dies and the embossing folders in the set and the set includes both an oval frame and a square frame.

Sponge the frame ever so lightly with Petal Pink ink.

Adhere the Magnolia layer to the base after cutting out the oval center and then stamp the sentiment using the Painted Glass stamp set.  By using the Stamparatus you can stamp it and then restamp it to get a nice dark black sentiment.

A magnolia flower with a bud is fussy cut from the DSP being careful to leave a nice edge of black around the flowers.  Use a black marker to enhance the black border if needed. Adhere to the frame with glue dots and adhere to the pink oval with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

The ribbon is 6″ of 5/8″ Organdy Striped Ribbon in Petal Pink.

The inside sentiment is from the stamp set Stitched All Around.

Add a few Pearl Basic Jewels and you are done.

All the products used above can be purchased at my online store.  Just click on little SAL waving from the computer.

Thanks for stopping by.

SAL, Snowing A Lot, Sharing A Love

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yummy Christmas Gingerbread House and Cuckoo For You

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Hello Stamping Friends,

I missed posting our September club cards and one is a Christmas card!   Now that it is getting down to the wire for Christmas cards you might be looking for the details to this card you made “way back when”!

    

I cased Bronwyn Eastley with a gingerbread house box card.

http://addinktivedesigns.com/product/yummy-christmas-box-card/

Things I recommend doing differently:

  • add strips of window sheets to the back of each pop up
  • Make two of each pop up to put front and back so the back is prettier
  • cut that little point on the bottom middle front and back just a tiny bit – not cutting in to the black line – so the box sits squarely
  • Use the Bronze Stampin’ Blend for the gingerbread man and the deer for a darker brown
  • Use puff paint for the snow

  

   

Cuckoo For You

With the ‘Yummy For Christmas’ and ‘Cuckoo For You’, we have two stamp sets that use the same set of dies!

   

   

Isn’t that so cool!  The deer becomes a holly branch, the clock door becomes a gumdrop, the clock weight becomes a peppermint and the tree becomes a Christmas tree!

Christine Rohr posted a picture on Pinterest which used the Cuckoo For You and the Bird Ballad DSP.  I cased and selectively edited it to come up with this card for club:

     

Push up on the little arrow and you see the little cuckoo bird!

 

Note: DSP means Designer Series Paper

  • Base:  Petal Pink  5 1/2 X 8 1/2  Scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1:  Bird Ballad DSP   5 1/4 X 4  Watch the direction on your DSP
  • Strip of DSP for inside:  3/4 X 5 1/4
  • Front Stitched Nested Label:  Whisper White,  2nd largest label is 2 5/8 X 4 5/8 so start with 3 x 5 piece; emboss with the Subtle 3D embossing folder; then cut with the Stitched Nested Label.  Use handheld hole punch to punch a hole on each side of the label for the ribbon. Mount the label 1″ down from top of base and 5/8″ from the sides of the base to the point of the Stitched Nested Label
  • Ribbon:  1/4″ Copper Trim,  6″ , make two
  • Clock and Parts:  Whisper White  3 5/8 X 8 1/2;  Stamp in Memento Tuxedo Black ink:  clock, 2 pulls, 1 squirrel, 1 door;  color with Stampin’ Blends:  Old Olive on the vines, Bronze on the dots, roof-Dk Soft Suede, Clock Outline-Dk Balmy Blue, Pulls-Bronze & Dk Soft Suede, Squirrel – Bronze body, nut in Lt Suede, with a Dk Suede top, Door – Lt Suede, blue trim and be sure to cut off the white border of the door created when cutting with the framelit.  Tip:  When coloring with the alcohol markers in tiny areas just barely dot the area to color it.  The ink spreads and you won’t be getting ink outside the lines.

  • Mask the 2 flowers, the clock middle, the inside of door and sponge with Blushing Bride Ink.

  • Clock Weight and clock hands:  Copper Foil,  1 1/4 X 1 1/4.   Stamp the clock weight in Versa Mark ink, emboss with copper powder and cut with the circle die.  Cut the clock hands out of the foil and save the little pieces to use for the squirrel’s nose, the handle on the door, and the little dot right above the 12.
  • Clock pull:  left over from the Whisper White used for the clock and parts: cut one with the die.  I used my Stamparatus to line up the lines with the arrows and the one word “cuckoo” so my stampers could easily stamp the images:

You stamp the arrow and lines image with the right side up and then stamp “cuckoo” on the back of the same piece.  With the Stamparatus we could line up the one word “cuckoo” from the greeting “I’m Cuckoo About You” and didn’t even need to mask the edges. By using the grid sheet we can save it with the stamp set for the next time.

The odd looking die with a little heart on the top and the bottom is a piece that matches up with the hearts on the clock face to cut slots for the sliding mechanism in exactly the right places.  There are YouTube videos using the two sliding mechanisms to make butterflies that “fly” and other fun tricks so the pieces are good for other applications.

Be careful to fold the score lines of the mechanism very straight so it slides nicely in the slots created by the second die.  The slot is a little larger than the door -necessarily so- so that you can slide it in, but once it was in place, I cut two little strips of Whisper White and glued them to either side of the slot so the mechanism stayed straight.

Inside Layer:  Whisper White 4 X 5 1/4 stamped in Soft Suede ink with the greetings in the “Special Celebrations” stamp set.

Front Greeting:  Scrap of Whisper White run through the Big Shot part way with the Rectangle Stitched Framelit and then turned around and run through the other sider with the same Framelit to shorten it to just the right size for “Time To Celebrate”.  I didn’t stop and made the whole Stitched Rectangle so I just ran it again to shorten it and then had a little piece left that was perfectly stitched that I used on this card:

My youngest granddaughter, Emma, was born on 9/24 at 7:12 AM.  I moved the house over a bit, found some left over pink twine from a Paper Pumpkin, and stamped the date with one of the first photopolymer stamp sets made by Stampin’ Up!

The inside uses the “New Wonders” stamp set and a template of the ‘1’ cut out of cardstock and then sponged with Blushing Bride Ink.  The fairies are colored to match the DSP with white and blue like the flowers and green like the vines.  This card will be hard to top when birthday #2 comes around.  My grandsons are turning 2 and 3 in the next few weeks and I will be working to make them something memorable.   Do you think parents save hand made cards?

The next Christmas Stamp A Stacks are December 4th and 7th at my house at 9:30.  RSVP by November 25- next Monday.  Wow, where has the month gone?

SAL,  Stamp A Lot

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

“All That You Are” Box Pop Up Card – most popular on Pinterest

Hello Stamping Friends,

Did you overlook the stamp set on the inside cover of the Occasions catalog?  The flowers in this set are beautiful and the font on the greetings is lovely.  Take a look see!  (the blue means there is a framelit to cut it out):

I cased several people and watched FrenchieStamps.com do an inside pop up flower box.

Can you distinguish that cute little flower in the box?  It would even look great as a focal point with one of the Vibrant Vases stamps.  The crafters had a choice of three colors, Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral or Gorgeous Grape and they all turned out phenomenal!  Pictures of those are after the recipe below.

 

 

 

 

 

Do you think I can talk Paul into putting on his tux and serving us appetizers throughout the event?  Hmmmm….. it is a stretch.  You will just have to come see for yourself!

 

Now back to that card I want to detail for you.

Stamp Set:  All That You Are

Tools:  Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Stamp A Ma Jig Sheet, Stamparatus

Card Base:  Gorgeous Grape 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ Scored at 4 1/4″

First Layer:  Gingham Gala DSP  in Highland Heather 4″ X 5 1/4″

Top Layer:  Whisper White 3 3/4″ X 4 7/8″

Paper for stamping all the images to be cut out:  Whisper White 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″, Stamp, color and fussy cut, except the greeting – it is cut with the stitched rectangle framelit:

  • 1 medium flower
  • 1 small flower, put a yellow center in the flower to match the rest of the flowers; if you don’t have a dot, punch a bit of yellow with a 1/8″ hole punch
  • 4 single leaves – two for the front flower, two for the inside flower in the box
  • 3 six leaf stems – Color outside the lines with your Stampin’ Blend and fussy cut to leave green around the black
  • 1 multi flower stem
  • Greeting – leave a  1 1/4″ X 1 3/4″ corner of the sheet to stamp Happy Birthday (or grab another scrap of white)

Window Sheet for mounting greenery:  1/4″ X 8″  Cut to length for each piece as you fill your box.

Stampin’ Blends – Highland Heather, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight

Embellishments:  Ribbon 7″ X 2;  I wrap one ribbon around the top layers, the white and the DSP, and then tie a bow with the other length and adhere with a glue dot.  The bow holds the ribbon in place a bit better.  It is the retired Sale A Bration organdy ribbon.  If you attend the craft sale you might be able to buy some…. hint hint.  I also used retired glitter enamel dots.  New colors of glitter dots are in the catalog!

Inside Layer:  Whisper White  5 1/4″ X 8″  Scored at 4″ but do NOT fold on the score line until after the images are stamped on the left first and then the right hand side of the score line.  You need the score line for positioning the stamp.

Box:  Whisper White 2″ X 8″; Score at 2″ – 4″ – 6″;  Use your cutter and shave 1/16″ off each end; burnish all the score lines really well with your bone folder.

Box Flaps X 2:  Gingham Gala DSP,  2 3/4″ X 2″ minus 1/6″ so 1 15/16″  to be technical, score the flaps at 2″ ; fold and use a dimensional to hold the fold in place.

Box Strips X 2:  Whisper White 1/2″ X 4″ , score at 1″ and 3″ and yes, shave 1/16″ off the ends.  The score line takes room and we need to adjust everything for the score lines by shaving off a bit on the ends.  Z fold the strips and burnish your score lines. (That means rub the folds really well!)  Now adhere your strips inside your box, one strip just down from the top and the second strip right below the first strip).  The penciled words say “Glued Down” to show you where to glue the strips. I used Tear and Tape.  Place a second piece of Tear and Tape on the other end of the Z strip facing up, remove the backing and then fold the sides over to perfectly adhere the box to the strips so that your card lays flat.

 

Now your box should look like this with cross pieces to attach your greenery and flowers.  The sides are being held with a yellow sticky note for the picture.  When you are through stamping your inside images those two sides will be glued on either side of the score line in the middle of your card.  I used Tear and Tape to adhere them.

 

Put your box aside for now and stamp and color your images with Tuxedo Memento black ink.

Stamp your outside image and your image on the left side of the inside first.

Now stamp the inside mirror image by using the Stamparatus and the plastic sheet from the Stamp A Ma Jig.  Secure the plastic sheet to the Stamparatus with magnets and stamp the image twice to get lots of ink.  Carefully position your sheet on the right side of the inside layer matching the left image and then burnish really really well with your finger or your bone folder or both!  You must hold the sheet firmly with one hand while you burnish with the other so the sheet doesn’t shift and give you a double image.  Use the black Stampin’ Up! marker to darken any lines that need it.  Memento ink and the marker are water based so you can color the images with the alcohol based Stampin’ Blends without smearing the black.  I wish I would have tilted the bottom of the stamp a little more to the right in making my mirror image so that the green leaf was outside the box like the left hand side.

Note:  Other mirror image techniques use the silicone sheet, plumber’s gasket or the flat side of a photopolymer stamp.  Our flower image was too big for a photopolymer stamp and you can’t see through plumber’s gasket so a silicone sheet or the Stamp A Ma Jig sheet work best.  If you don’t have a Stamparatus, place the stamp face up, ink it well and then place the silicone sheet on top of the inked stamp and burnish with your fingers.

The Happy Birthday rectangle greeting is popped up with dimensionals.

The medium flower on the front has two leaves attached with glue dots and then it is popped up so it sits at the edge of the greeting.

The greenery and flower in the box are mounted with glue dots to a 1/4″ strip of window sheet in various lengths and then the window sheet is adhered to the strips with glue dots.

At club, we decided it needed something more so we added butterflies!

Do you like the butterflies?  They are from the Sale A Bration Designer Series Paper and punch out with the butterfly punch.  I hope you stocked up on this paper!

If you want to send a bouquet of flowers in sympathy for someone passing this is the perfect card with a greeting from the “Kindness and Compassion” stamp set:

Comfort and Healing words are in “Flourishing Phrases”.  The greetings go together perfectly and yet are in different sets!

 

SAL,  Such A Lot of fun

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tea Together Bendi Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

May is zooming along and April projects are yet to be posted.  To those of you waiting anxiously for some directions, thank you for your patience, and to those still looking for Mother’s Day inspiration I have a card or two that just might work.

I have seen several ‘Bendi Cards’ on Pinterest and when I saw Sara Levin’s Tea Together Bendi card I wanted to try it.  She has a video at theartfulinker.com.

 

For those whose beloved mothers have passed away, the ‘Tea Together’ stamp set has an additional stamp that says “Love is a warm cup of tea”.  A perfect saying  for all those dear friends with whom we share a cup of tea and a listening ear!

Stamp Set:  Tea Together, Amazing Life (for the corners on the back)

Designer Series Paper (DSP):  Petal Promenade, Floral Romance, and Gold Foil Sheet

Dies:  Tea Time Framelits (Pot and Cup), In The Woods (curves on the bendi arms), Be Mine Stitched Framelits (hearts), Sunshine Wishes ( Love), Celebrate You ( You).  The club ladies also used the Happy Birthday framelit for an alternative saying.

Ink:  Versa Mark, Old Olive

Tools:  Gold Embossing Powder, Spritzer with Frost White Paint (Wink of Stella does the same), Tufted Embossing Folder,

Embellishments:  6″ of gold and white 1/8″ Tea Room ribbon

 

Card Base:  Blushing Bride,  5 1/2″  X  4 1/4″

Layer 1:  Old Olive,  5 1/4″  X  4 1/8″ – note:  this layer has a 1/8″ border on the top and sides but is flush to the bottom. Lay this piece landscape on the Stampin Trimmer at 1 1/2″ from the left and cut from 2″ to 3 5/8″ to make a tab for the bendi arm, then run through the Big Shot with the Tufted embossing folder. (Alternatively, you could make your large bendi arm with its tab and lay the tab 1 1/2″ from the left edge and place pencil marks on the old olive layer at the widest parts of the tab and then cut.)

Bendi Arms:

Old Olive, 5 1/2″  X  4 1/4″ ,  Score at 1/2″ in landscape then turn to portrait and cut at 2 1/2″. You now have an arm that is 2 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ and an arm that is 1 3/4″ X 5 1/2″.  The large arm is at the right side of the front and the small arm is at the left.

Place tear and tape on the 1/2″ scored section on the side that will wrap around the tufted old olive layer.  This will help you keep from mixing up the arms.  Oops, I mixed them up in the picture!  The small arm goes to the left!

 

Score 3/8″ on the unscored side of the arms.  Make a tab out of the 3/8″ scored edge by marking lightly with a pencil 1/2″ from the top and 1/2″ from the bottom of each arm.   Fussy cut a tab on each arm by cutting a slight diagonal from the pencil mark to the edge of the arm.  The larger arm will have a 1 1/2″ tab and the smaller arm will have a 3/4″ tab.

DSP for Bendi Arms:  Petal Promenade  4 1/2 + 1/16″ (4 9/16″) X 1 3/4″ Small Arm,  4 1/2 + 1/16″ (4 9/16″) X 2 1/2″ for Large Arm. I know, I know, crazy measurements but we don’t want a green border where the small arm goes in to the large arm.

Cut both the DSP and the Bendi Arms at the same time to have a matching curve – the framelit will handle two layers.  I used the curved die from the ‘In The Woods’ framelit set.   Or fussy cut, making sure the curve on the small, left hand arm goes up at the right side where you will attach the teapot.  If it is cut too narrow at the right side you won’t have room for the teapot above the cup.  (yep-made that mistake!) Slide the DSP flush to the bottom of each arm giving you a border at the top and adhere.  This picture shows the backside of the teapot and how important it is to curve up the bendi arm to give room to attach the teapot.

You have already made the slit for the large arm to slide into the Old Olive layer, now you need to make a slit in the large arm for the small arm to slide into.  Lay the large arm on your stampin’ Trimmer at 2 1/2″ from the right edge (this includes the 1/2″ scored for the fold).  Cut a slit from 1 1/4″ to 2″.

 

Work your two bendi arms into a curve with your fingers to break down the paper fibers so the arms curve easily.

Adhere the arms to the Old Olive layer.  (Earlier you put tear and tape on the side that wraps around).

Now adhere the entire front to the Blushing Bride back.  I used Tear and Tape for strength.  Remember you do not have a bottom border, it is flush.

Teapot and Cup:  Floral Romance DSP,  3 1/2″  X  12″ ; Stamp two pots and two cups with Old Olive ink.  Cut with the framelits and then stamp with Versa Mark and gold emboss a large flower on the teapot and the small buds on the cups.  I gold embossed both cups and both teapots so I could choose the best for the top.  Spritz the cups and teapots or paint with Wink of Stella.

Teapot:  Top layer has handle, base, lid cut off.  Pop up on whole teapot with dimensionals.

Teacup:  Top layer has handle, base, back of cup cut off.  Pop up on the whole cup with dimensionals.

Both the teacup and the teapot are mounted on the small arm.  Start by adhering the teacup 3/4″ from the left on the small bendi arm with glue dots. Now lay your bendi arms flat and mount the teapot on the top right edge of the arm tilting it to make sure no part goes outside the Blushing Bride layer so that it fits inside the envelope.   Use a glue dot to put the hearts between the two layers of the tea cup and pull the tea cup handle in front of the teapot.  The hearts are behind the teapot. Both the hearts and the teapot “float” with very little adhesive.  Note the Dimensionals on the very bottom of the back of the teapot.

 

Embellish:  Gold Foil,  2 1/2″  X  4″  Cut –  love (Sunshine Wishes Framelit),  – you (Celebrate You Framelit), and 9 hearts (on right hand side of Be Mine Stitched framelit).  One of the punched out hearts was put between the words with a little bow underneath.  The 9 open hearts are placed between the two layers of the cup to look like steam.

Embellish the back of the Blushing Bride with an Old Olive strip 7/8″ X 5 1/2″  and a Petal Promenade DSP strip 3/4″ X 5 1/2″.   Use the corner stamps from the Amazing Life stamp set to make a nice corner with gold foil accent.

This special fold card is worth all the work when your mother or friend is astonished by your creation!!

I would love to hear from you!  Leave a comment below.  I will be back with another card tomorrow.

SAL,  Share A Love

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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