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I have so much to show you today, so grab a cuppa and a pencil to take notes about the products in the awesome cards that we did at Sharon’s Shoebox Event.
- Garden Green cardstock, Pearlescent paper and gold foil paper
- Merriest Moments bundle with a stamp set, a set of dies and a hybrid embossing folder
- Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set (outside greeting) & Dies, Ornate Layers Dies
- Farmhouse Christmas (inside greeting)
- Pearl bling and gold cord bow
Delighted, Sal!! And she had another Christmas card for us to make!
Just awesome! Thank you, Sharon.
- Navy Blue and Gold Foil paper, Gold Glimmer Paper for the star and brown for the stable scene
- Night in Bethlehem Edgelits Dies
- Candy Canes Die Set for the front greeting piece which has the ribbon run through each side
- Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies for the inside white background layer
- Star Of Light stamp set
Sure does, Sal! And Sharon had more for us. Check out the Halloween card kit she had for all of us:
So cute! I can’t help you with the products on this one. I loved that paper and needed a fall card before Halloween so I saved her cat for another card and made this one:
I used the Nuts About Squirrels stamp set. The funky cut out for the front greeting is the fence post in the Grace’s Garden die set!
Well, so many of the dies were too big and this one fits the words nicely.
Sharon’s birthday was in September so I made her this birthday card:
Sharon gave us a set of the flower blings you see in the card and I wanted to use them on her card so I used the die set I recently bought from Inlovearts and some fun fall designer series paper. The greeting is from the Pretty Petities stamp set with a matching punch. This hasn’t sold from the Bake Sale products so I pulled it out to use it.
I know, Sal; call it sellers remorse but I have run out of room and need to purge.
Then Sharon sent me a thank you card! She loves bees and I found this die set at Simple Pleasures in Colorado Springs and I knew Sharon just ‘had to have it’!! It is a die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs.
Hmmm……… that could be interesting.
Happy fall everyone! I hope you enjoyed the cards and they ..
SAL, Shoebox A Love of crafting
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
- 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’.
Of course, Sal!
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For my copic marker users and myself to remember what I used.
Thank you/ Thanksgiving Card
I used the Handmade Wishes stamp set for the greeting on this card; the stamp set will be retiring even though the punch is carrying over. Strange but true. The outline stamps for the punch can be used with any greeting, not just Christmas, and right now you can get the stamp set and punch as a bundle at 10% off.
I tried several coloring techniques with the Leaf Fall embossing folder but liked the embossed look without coloring the best:
I used a combination of gold and copper embossing on the greeting. The outside is gold, the inside is copper.
Sigh…… it’s one of those days! The software I use to add the watermark froze up and the camera isn’t catching the colors. But you need to see the Handmade Wishes stamp set before it goes away and, more importantly, you need to see this die:
This Mini Pocket Envelope Die! It is the perfect size for gift cards and look at all the other dies that are included:
A miniature oval, branch of leaves die, scalloped rectangle, tags and tiny dies to punch circles or a slot for twine or ribbon! And check out the little bow you can make with two of the dies. You need this die – trust me – no more manually cutting and scoring to make a gift card holder, it is all done with the die.
Recipe for Thanksgiving Card
- Base: Thick Very Vanilla, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
- Layer 1: Thick Very Vanilla, 4 3/4 X 3 1/2, (X2) outside and inside
- Layer 2: Thick Very Vanilla, 4 1/2 X 3 1/4, embossed with Leaf Fall 3D embossing folder
- Inside Gift Card Holder: Designer Series Paper (retired), 4 1/2 X 5, die cut with Mini Pocket Envelope Die; stamp the very top of the gift card holder in Versa Mark with ‘For You’ from Handmade Wishes and emboss with copper embossing powder.
- Greeting: Very Vanilla, Scrap, stamp with border from Handmade Wishes stamp set in Versa Mark and emboss with gold embossing powder. Stamp ‘Endlessly Grateful’ from Very Best Occasions stamp set and the scrolly from the Handmade Wishes stamp set in Versa Mark and emboss with copper embossing powder. Punch with the Handmade Tag Punch
- 7″ of ribbon folded in thirds and attached to the back of the greeting with glue dots
The small leaves I used on the inside are from the retired Square Pilllowbox dies and the front open leaf, die cut in gold, is from the retired Stitched Seasons Framelits dies. The two leaves at the bottom left of the greeting are from the retired Gathered Leaves Dies with the larger leaf die cut in copper foil and the smaller in brushed metallic foil.
SAL, Share A Love
Let’s get fancy today and make a Spanner Card!
The top has a strip of window sheet attached to the two sides which were cut from the main card base. You lift the front to reveal a middle panel:
Then lift the middle panel to see the greeting:
Here is the printable pdf file and if you open it you can click on the Youtube from Sharon Lim to see a video…
…. and if you would prefer to just look at the directions here, this is a screen print of the pdf (so the link will not work):
I used the scrumptious Rustic Harvest DSP (designer series paper) from the mini catalog on a Cajun Craze base with a Basic Black mat. The Sending Dies are in the 2022 annual catalog and the Sending Smiles stamp set can be bundled (bought together) with the dies for 10% off. I did cut two additional 1 1/4 X 1 1/4 Basic Black squares to put over top of the back sides of the window sheet so the glue dots wouldn’t show. I die cut a little pumpkin and a branch of leaves from the Seasonal Swirls Dies – retired. The greeting is from Blessings of Home stamp set.
No, Sal, I masked off the ‘hello’ in ‘A CARD TO SAY HELLO’ and added three little dots with a marker. The greeting dies were longer than I wanted and I didn’t want to cover up the beautiful DSP so I masked, then stamped, then die cut half of the greeting, removed the die and then placed the die on the other end of the greeting to die cut a shorter length. The embossed edges kept the die in place.
Oh, yes! But practice makes perfect so its best to challenge ourselves to step out of our comfort zone so we get comfortable using our dies in various ways. It is nice to know we don’t need dies and punches in every size!
Let’s look at what my crafty friends came up with for challenge #8!
Ann used the Peaceful Deer Stamp Set and Deer Builder Punch:
Lucille’s card has a fall feel to it with a die cut bouquet from Penned Flowers dies.
Jo used the Delicate Edges Dies! I had to look them up. It amazes me the things in the catalog that you never notice until you see it used on a card. The dies are on Page 170 of the 2022 annual catalog . Her flower is from the Color & Contour stamp set with the Scalloped Contours dies.
Blessed, Sal, blessed!
Thank you crafty friends for joining the challenge and sending pictures of your creations. Thank you, dear followers, for spending some of your day with me!
The hostess code is AQFMCV2F! If you would like to visit the online store just click on little Sal in the computer! I appreciate your support of my little business.
SAL, Sending A Lot of samples to spice up your crafting world!
Hello Stamping Friends,
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Our hostess code for October is 9YGY2BAX for you to use if your order is under $150. Our hostess, Joy, will then get credit for all the smaller orders which will combine to give her greater rewards. Thank you! Contact me if you would like to be a hostess for a party and earn product rewards!
The ‘Have A Hoot’ stamp set in the Mini Catalog, page 62, was at the top of my list when we received the new Mini Catalog. It is so cute!
For today’s card, I paired that set with the ‘Gather Together’ set with its awesome greeting- smiles & love for the season– yes, please.
At ‘Take A Break Tuesday’, I introduced the card and did a little advertising for the 15% off DSP sale and for my Color Cards that I am getting ready to make for a customer. At about the 16 minute mark the internet crashed.
Here is the intro:
It stopped right where I was adding a garland at the top of the Pumpkin Pie layer using the Ornamental Envelopes stamp set. So it is time for words: After stamping the garland in the middle, then the right and left sides, I used a Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Marker to add little tiny berries to the garland. There is a stamp in the Ornamental Envelopes set with berries, but it is best used with the large leaf garland in the set.
The greeting and the two little pumpkins behind the smiling pumpkin are from the ‘Gather Together’ set which can also be bundled with ‘Gathered Leaves Dies’ for a 10% savings (and a die to cut out those two pumpkins among others).
For the inside I used the pumpkin stamp in ‘Celebration Tidings’ which can be bundled with ‘Celebration Labels Dies’ for a 10% savings. This set also has that unique little heart!
Silly camera! This is the same Basic Gray base, same lighting, same time of day and yet this one looks like it has a purple base. Sigh….. the base is Basic Gray.
- Have A Hoot stamp set with Peek-A-Hoot Dies (page 62 of the Mini)
- Ornamental Envelopes stamp set (page 40 of the Mini)
- Celebration Tidings & Celebration Labels Dies for the heart and inside (page 58 of Mini)
- Gather Together with Gathered Leaves Dies for the pair of pumpkins and greeting (page 47 of the Mini)
- Stitched Shapes Circle Die & Rectangle Stitched Die
- Inks: Early Espresso, Memento Black, Rich Razzelberry, Smoky Slate-for sponging edges
- Stampin’ Write Rich Razzleberry Marker
- Stampin’ Blends: Mango Melody, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate
- Base: Basic Gray, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
- Layer 1 (X2) : Cherry Cobbler, 5 3/8 X 4 1/8
- Layer 2 (X2) : Pumpkin Pie, 5 1/4 X 4
- Layer 3: Plaid Designer Series Paper (DSP), 1 3/4 X 5 1/4
- Inside Strip: Plaid DSP, 5 1/4 X 3/8
- Card stock for stamped Images: Whisper White, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4, Stamp and die cut the owl in the tree, the owl behind the pumpkin, the greeting and the pair of pumpkins. The pair of pumpkins is glued direct to paper and the three other images are popped up
- Ribbon: 6″ of the Early Espresso Faux Suede (page 161 of the Annual Catalog-AC)
- Embellishments: Gilded Gems X 3 (page 157 of AC)
Tip: When you use your Stampin’ Blends on very small areas like the tree trunk, just dot with the small tip, don’t try to color. The dots bleed together and you have less chance of coloring outside the lines- though we do have the Color Lifter Stampin’ Blend if you need to fix it. To make your Blends last longer, don’t use them like a color crayon with pressure on the point; they blend with very little pressure and your tips will last longer.
I sponged the edge of the circle and the edge of the greeting with Smoky Slate ink first and then Rich Razzleberry with both sponge daubers inked and then stamped off on the grid sheet before sponging- we call this second generation stamping or stamping off, sponging in this case. While designing the card, I sponged a practice circle with Smoky Slate first but that didn’t look cheerful so I sponged a different area with Rich Razzleberry but that was too purple. I noticed that where the two overlapped on my practice sheet, the color looked perfect!
Don’t overlook the Gilded Gems in the catalog! They are faceted and just beautiful. The catalog, page 157, doesn’t do them justice. This picture shows the larger gem as well as the sponging mix of colors.
The faux suede ribbon is another product that the catalog, page 161, just doesn’t show the ribbon’s beauty.
Did you know you can look at previous catalog pdfs, clear back to the 2014-2015 annual catalog? That is the year I started blogging. When you see a reference to a page in a catalog, just look at the date of the post and then you can go to the catalog tab and find the catalog with the same timeframe as the post and view the product.
Don’t forget the Designer Series Paper that is 15% off right now:
And Paper Pumpkin’s kit for November is Jolly Gingerbread:
Last but not least, I need your order by November 1 if you would like a set of Color Cards. The set consists of 12 cards with one card for each of the color families including neutrals, one card for each of the In Colors, and a card comparing greens, comparing reds & pinks, comparing blues & grays, comparing oranges & yellows, and a card comparing purples and browns. I spotlight them in the video if you would like a better look. The cost is $1per card ($12) plus shipping. Email me at [email protected].
What a great tool the color charts are to help choose colors to match DSPs like the plaids!
They are predicting snow on Sunday here in Castle Rock! We finally stayed home and worked on the yard, cleaned out the garden and fertilized. It is looking so beautiful!
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Thanks for joining and giving me some of your precious time! I hope I have brought a “pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world” and helped you know me better as I let you have a peek into my world!
The hostess code for October is 9YGY2BAX. Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.
Sal, So A-Loving this season and my fellow crafters
Hello Stamping Friends,
Thank you to all who were able to take part in the online extravaganza! Now that December is here Stampin’ Up! has closeout specials with some, not all, products on sale for a great price! They have a new category in the online store:
The Year-End Closeout contains the Clearance Rack Items, Holiday Retiring Items, and excess inventory items. Here is a list in an excel file which shows which category each product falls in: clearance, excess or retiring. However, bundles that retire do not mean the stamp and framelits retire, just the bundle with its discount.
or click on the picture above to go directly to the store where you can see pictures of the products.
While sales are fun, card examples are even more inspiring and I have been slack in posting all the fun cards and techniques we have been doing.
I know October seems so long ago and though the card we made is for fall, imagine doing the same Watercolor Wash technique with Christmas colors and making ornaments instead of leaves. Send me an example if you do!
The Watercolor Wash technique comes from a video by Patty Bennett on pattystamps.com
I did a few things differently than Patty. I used the retired spider web embossing folder to emboss the leaves after cutting them out, you could get the same effect by scoring, and I used the retired “Think Happy” stamp set for the little smiles on the leaves, though it would be quite easy to draw them in.
The acrostic was one I wrote when teaching poetry to my third graders one lovely fall afternoon. I wrote the above for the example and then had them all sit outside and write their own acrostic from something they saw, or smelled, or touched, or heard – hopefully not tasted! What a fun memory!
Stampin’ Up’s Watercolor Paper #122959 is 6″ X 9″ and makes enough leaves for two cards. You could also use Shimmery White cardstock #101910. Remember to leave enough room to stamp and punch out your greeting from the paper.
Watercolor Wash Technique
Step 1) Put 4 drops of various reinkers in a paint palette (or a cool whip lid)
I used Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzaz
Step 2) Wet one side of the paper and then the other side so it lies flat
Step 3) Dip a paintbrush in the ink and then dab it on your paper, wash out the brush and apply a different color,
repeat until the watercolor paper is covered. Let dry.
Step 4) Using Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush #141898 flick gold flecks on your dried sheet by flicking the brush against the edge of its case
Step 5) Cut out your leaves with the Leaflets Framelits #138283 and cut out one leaf with the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper #142029
-note, cut the leaf with the glimmer side of the paper facing down so the framelit cuts into the white backside to protect your framelit.
The base of the card is Cajun Craze 4 1/4 X 11 Scored at 5 1/2
The Woodland Embossing Folder is used with Very Vanilla card stock 4 X 5 1/4 for a great background to the leaves. I typed the acrostic on Word, making four card insides from one sheet of Very Vanilla.
The greeting is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set (pg. 113) and is punched out of the watercolored paper with the Decorative Label Punch #120907. Remember, stamp first -then punch. A small dab of glue is run around the edges and then the label is dipped in Pumpkin Pie glitter.
A little piece of burlap ribbon #141487 is glued on the Very Vanilla, the leaves are added with glue dots, and a gold ribbon tied on top.
Faux Icing/Snow Technique
The Technique I taught at club came from last spring’s Stampin’ Up! convention where we learned how to make faux icing.
My glitter was not Dazzling Diamonds #133751 so it has a rose tint. Lesson learned! Stay with the best! The cupcake and the tree are from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, pg. 106. I loved how the ink from the stamped image bled through the ‘icing’ to give the shadowed effect. Be careful that your mixture isn’t too thick or you won’t get that result. If you store the leftover mixture in a jar be sure and add a bit of water to make up for what has evaporated. The Tree Builder Punch #138295 was used for the birds and the cherry on top. I wish you could see the 3D effect of the snowman built from the Owl Punch 5/16″ circle on top of the 3/8″ circle punch.
And finally, I must put in a plug for Paper Pumpkin, the October kit was a set of 8 shaker cards and the kit was exceptional!
Go to paperpumpkin.com to sign up before December 10 and you will receive your kit around Christmas. Last year the December kit was a calendar for each month of the new year with a gold display stand. It was an exceptional kit. Hmmmm…I think I am saying that about all of them!
I will be posting again soon with the details of the Magic Christmas class I held at the first of November and then the Stamp A Stacks held in Elizabeth.
Stay tuned for more….