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Merriest Moments and Poinsettia Petals Center Panel Easel Cards

Hostess Code Through October 25:  H6TRE77D

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Just in from the home office – “All the photopolymer stamps in the Annual Catalog will be on sale tomorrow for 24 hours only!”

Hello Stamping Friends,

I don’t know when I have had as much fun with a stamp set as I had with Stampin’ Up!’s ‘Merriest Moments’!  Usually I search and search for just the right card to teach at club and then I combine different ideas from different cards to come up with what I like.  This time was different; I found so many cards that I loved.  If you are still on the fence about which stamp set to buy to make your Christmas cards, I recommend the Merriest Moments bundle.  It has a stamp set, a set of dies and a hybrid embossing folder.  You could make dozens of Christmas cards without a hint of boredom.

Join me here on Youtube or in the written words as I show off this amazing set with the Poinsettia Petals set coming along for fun!

 

Thank you, Julianne Richards, for the inspiration to make these easel cards! Stampin With Julie Richards.com

Let’s start with the Poinsettia Petals-

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Recipe

  • Stamps:  Poinsettia Petals
  • Tools:  Poinsettia Dies, Ornate Layers Dies, Stitched Rectangle dies, Double Oval Punch, sponge daubers
  • Ink:  Shaded Spruce
  • Base:  Shaded Spruce, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4.  Cut 1 1/2 inches from the score line to the front bottom edge on both the right and left sides.  Cut 1″ off the middle flap front edge then score 2 1/4″ from the score line to the cut edge.  Glue down the side flaps.
  • Side Flaps:  Expressions In Ink DSP, 4 1/8″ X 1 3/8″
  • Ornate Layer:  Shaded Spruce, 5 X 3 1/2, Use the 2nd largest Ornate Layer Die to cut.  TIP:  Place a dryer sheet folded in half under the cardstock before die cutting to hold all the little pieces.  Also place a piece of copy paper 2 1/2 X 1 3/4 under the cardstock on top of the dryer sheet to prevent a film on the back of your die cut piece since it will be visible from back.
  • Middle Greeting:  Basic White, 2 3/4 X 4, Die cut with the fourth from smallest Stitched Rectangle die; I usually say stamp first then die cut but in this case it is better to see the actual corners for stamping
  • Oval Greeting:  Basic White, 1 1/2 X 3,  stamp then punch with the double oval punch
  • Stitched Rectangle, three leaves and leaves for tiny flower :  Just Jade, 2 3/4 X 5 1/2; picture below; cut one large and two small leaves and one tiny flower to be the leaves behind the poinsettia.  Sponge the edge with Shaded Spruce and they come alive!
  • Poinsettias:  Cherry Cobbler, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, Die cut four smaller flowers, 4 tiny flowers and 2 circle tops; picture below.  TIP: place double back adhesive tape under the cherry cobbler on the 2 circle tops so you can easily glue them to the gold centers; if you are really careful you can place the tape so it only covers 2/3 or so of the circle and then it is easy to pull off.  Happened by serendipity for me.  The poinsettias are layered with two same size flowers offset and then a tiny one on top with gold solid centers covered with the red center with holes.   TIP:  Roll the edges of the flowers toward the middle with a pencil and sponge the edges with Cherry Cobbler.
  • Gold Sprigs and centers:  Gold Foil, (X2) 1 1/2 X 2 1/2, Die cut one solid round center and one sprig. TIP: cut two separate foil pieces; running foil through the cut and emboss machine can show lines from the cutting pad.  Cut one little ball off the sprig for the center of the tiny poinsettia
  • Inside Greeting:  Basic White, 2 X 2 3/4 (Or use the stitched rectangle in the Merriest Frames dies)

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The Just Jade rectangle is a duplicate.  If you have a scrap you won’t need the length shown on the right. You need two of the gold foils and don’t forget to back the tiny Cherry Cobbler circles with double back adhesive tape.

The gold foil in the designer series paper and the gold sprigs make this card a wow!  

I agree and last year we used the same tools for this card so the set is a great addition to a crafter’s stash!   Click to see that post:

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Now on to the Merriest Moments Bundle shown on page 43 of the mini catalog:

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Don’t you just love those large greetings!  Our cards today will use almost everyone of those stamps.  So let’s start with the club card:

Merriest Moments Center Panel Easel Card

Recipe

  • Stamps:  Merriest Moments
  • Tools:  Merriest Frames Dies and Hybrid Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangle dies,
  • Ink:  Shaded Spruce, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Versa Mark
  • Base:  Shaded Spruce, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4.  Cut 1 1/2 inches from the score line to the front bottom edge on both the right and left sides.  Cut 1″ off the middle flap front edge then score 2 1/4″ from the score line to the cut edge.  Glue down the side flaps.
  • Side Flaps:  Expressions In Ink DSP, 4 1/8″ X 1 3/8″
  • Gold Foil Layer:  Gold Foil, 5 5/8 X 4 3/8; place the border die inside the embossing folder and you can cut and emboss the gold layer at the same time.  Of course, in our instance we really just need to cut the layer using the border die from the gold foil but it is so cool to see how it looks embossed!  Just playing….
  • Detail Layer on the gold:  Shaded Spruce, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4, Two steps – 1-cut with the detailed die, 2- place in embossing folder and emboss
  • Front and Inside Greeting:  Basic White (X2), 2 1/4 X 3; die cut with stitched rectangle in the Merriest Frames Dies
  • Bottom Greeting and Easel:  Just Jade, 2 3/4 X 1 1/2, Stamp ‘Joy’ with Versa Mark, apply gold embossing powder, heat
  • Stamped Images:  Basic White, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4;  I set up the Stamparatus with all the geenery on one plate and all the flower and berry parts on a separate plate.  Stamp the greenery in Evening Evergreen and the Flowers and Berries in Cherry Cobbler.  With the stamparatus, I could stamp the Evening Evergreen more than once to get a darker color. Stamp one of each of the greeneries from the set, one large and one small flower, one flower middle and one set of berries.

I used a little extra spacing so we could be sure and die cut each stamped image.

Glue the layers, embellish with three of the In Color jewels and you have one more Christmas card ready to send.

Do we get to see all the other cards you made with this set since you were so insistent that this is the one set we need for all our Christmas cards? 

Oh yes, Sal, just remember that many are duplicates of what is on pinterest and all I had to do was add my special touches with different embossing, different DSP and of course – an inside!

Card #1

Inspired by StampWithTami.com using the detail cut out and a separate piece of Night of Navy for the greeting

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There is a separate full card front layer of Night of Navy that is embossed with the Wintry 3D boughs embossing folder.  Don’t be afraid of this mini embossing folder.  You can run it through twice to cover the front.    I stamped the “Glory to the Newborn King” in versa mark, embossed with white, then fussy cut around the words.

Stamps:  For Unto Us, Music From The Heart (retired – but I really wanted music notes)

Card #2

Red Velvet meets Merriest Moments inspired by Margi Stamps:

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The pictures don’t do justice to the simple beauty of this card.  The outside is embossed on a separate layer of Basic White.  Look at all the little snowflakes or stars around the embossed greenery.  Love it!   The greeting is stamped directly on the embossed front.  Red Velvet Paper is on page 41 of the mini.  I suggest stocking up.

I wanted to carry the idea of the frame to the middle so I cut a piece of basic white 3 1/4 X 2 1/2 expecting to trim off the edges but I loved the extra embossing around the frame and left it untrimmed.

The outside greeting is ‘Merriest Moments’ and inside is a greeting from the ‘Snowman Season’ stamp set with the Merry Christmas from ‘For Unto Us’.  Together is the best place to build heartwarming memories!

Card #3

Jenny Hayward at A Stamping Journey inspired this partial die cut:

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I used the center ‘frame only’ idea and ‘Painted Christmas’ Designer Series Paper (DSP) with the detailed Merriest Moments die- cut first, then embossed and cut in half for a side partial die.   There is an additional layer of Basic White added on the inside and a matching piece of DSP cut with the stitched rectangle in the set.  I used the bough stamp in the Merriest Moments stamp set to do 2nd and 3rd generation stamping for the boughs.  The inside greeting and the pinecone are in the ‘Perfectly Plaid’ stamp set.  The boughs Wintry 3D embossing folder is used on the right edge.

Card #4

Another partial die cut layered on the side inspired by Jenny Hayward at A Stamping Journey:

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I used the ‘Snowflake Wishes’ stamp set for the outside greeting and inside snowflakes,  The inside greeting is Merriest Moments and the side DSP is from the ‘Gingerbread and Peppermint’ DSP.  The large snowflake comes from the set of 24 iridescent snowflakes called Wonderful Snowflakes.  (see page 25 of the mini) One of the Stitched Rectangle Dies cut out the greeting perfectly!

Card #5

Inspired by Lori Pinto at Lolly Pop Papers & Ink:

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Similar to our easel card in its layering and yet exceptional in the use of Evening Evergreen for the background and Crumb Cake for a layer and the greeting.  The greeting is a separate stitched rectangle cut and popped up on the detailed embossed layer.

A ‘Snowman Season’ greeting is used for the inside and Merry Christmas from ‘For Unto Us’.  I wanted to bring the outside colors in so I cut Crumb Cake squares diagonally in half and layered them with a little larger diagonal cut square in Evening Evergreen.

Card #6

Here is a different use of the dies by Stamp It Up With Jamie. She cut out the middle and popped up the embossed detail with stampin’ dimensionals (lots) on DSP.  I didn’t have the DSP she used so I came up with this using ‘Painted Christmas’ DSP:

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The greeting comes from the ‘Frosted Gingerbread’ stamp set.  The pine cones are fussy cut from the DSP.

Card #7

Jenny Hayward at A Stamping Journey used vellum so I had to give that a try.

Isn’t it beautiful?!  The inside greeting is from ‘Perfectly Plaid’ but everything else is ‘Merriest Moments’.  The base is Fresh
Freesia as are the stamped flowers.  The greenery is stamped in Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen.  I used three of the smallest In Color gems for the inside of the flower.

You know, it is a good thing they don’t limit you to the number of words you can use! 

..or pictures, Sal, I would be in trouble!

So, Stamping Friends, you have 8 Merriest Moments cards for inspiration and 1 Poinsettia Petal card.  Which would you use for your Christmas cards if you were to make just one version??  I would love to hear from you!

Hostess Code Through October 25:  H6TRE77D. Don’t forget the sale tomorrow – all photopolymer stamps in the annual catalog!!

SAL,   Sharing A Lot of Merriest Moments

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pop Up Bouquet Birthday Card with Artistic Dies

Hostess code:  H6TRE77D

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!

Let’s look at a few Stampin’ Up! announcements before we go.

There is a new kit offering:

The clearance rack has been refreshed:

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There are only two days left to get the Paper Pumpkin for October:

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Thank you for giving me some of your precious time today!  If you would like to join my team of Carin’ Crafters I would love to help you to get discounts every time you order or to help you build a business so you can support your passion for crafting.  There is no obligation – just the fun of belonging to a great group of crafters!

With all the amazing demonstrators out there, I appreciate all of you who have chosen to support me!

.  ’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

Click on Sal in the computer to go to the online store. Hostess code:  H6TRE77D

 

 

September Swaps and Mystery Card #16

Hostess Code through October 26 is H6TRE77D

Hello Stamping Friends,

It is almost over – Sale A Bration – that is, and September – and summer – and ….. boo hoo

. NO it is “Woo hoo” – that means fall is here, with its pumpkins and scarecrows and pumpkin spice lattes and …..

I know, Sal, but Sale A Bration has only one more day and then those specials go away until a new Sale A Bration in January.

   Quick, get this post out and maybe one more person will take advantage of all the goodies.

I hope so, Sal.  Friends, if you join my team of Carin’ Crafters you will get a FREE bundle.  One of 12 bundles – See them at the end of the blog post HERE.  Purchase $50 or $100 of products for a free Sale A Bration item.

.  And only 86 days until Christmas!  Just sayin……

We will be ready!!  Club is October 12th at 9:30 or 1:30 with a potluck at noon and we will start our Christmas card making fun!  Guests are welcome for a $5 fee or $25 order just RSVP by October 7th so I have card kits.

Mystery Card Challenge #16 printable pdf file

It is an Origami Frame Card (also called Shadow Box Technique, Folded Paper Frame, and Origami Window Frame)!

This is the one I created with the specific instructions.  I used the wintry 3D embossing folder and since it is made for the mini machine, I just rotated the folder 180 degrees so there were no half embossed images and ran it a second time.  I used the Baby Wipe Technique for the greeting from the Frosted Gingerbread stamp set by placing a baby wipe on our largest acrylic block and then drip dropping red and green ink from the reinkers on the baby wipe to create my own mixed color ink ‘pad’.  The base is Cinnamon Cider and the DSP is Gingerbread & Peppermint DSP from the mini catalog.

  • The 4X4 DSP is folded lightly in half and then opened up and folded lightly in half again to find the middle point, or use a pencil and a ruler to draw diagonal lines from each corner to corner to find the middle, then erase the pencil mark.
  • Unfold and fold each corner with its point exactly in the center.   Burnish well with your bone folder (1st folds)
  • Fold back the corner points to about 1/8″ over the 1st folds and burnish well.
  • Place at least two glue dots underneath the frame folds at the very edge of the 1st fold, you want the folds to pop a little at the second fold but be held in place at the first fold.  Glue dots were less visible than when I used the mini dimensionals.

There are several different ways to place the frame on your card. In the card above, I used the 3X3 square offset from the frame to make added points to the frame but in this card I placed the 3X3 exactly under the frame for just a border:

I used an extra layer of Old Olive since I was using DSP from the Gingerbread & Peppermint DSP which was a bit busy.

  • Old Olive Layer, 4 1/8 X 5 3/8
  • DSP Layer, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Basic White for stamping the greeting,  2 3/4 X 2 3/4 (I had fun with all the dies in the Gingerbread Dies!)

This next card uses the 3X3 for a border again instead of extra points since the back of the DSP that folds out is the same blue and got lost when I looked at having the extra points with blue on blue.  This uses the Back On Your Feet stamp set.

Differences from the original:

  • Beauty of The Earth DSP,  4 X 5 1/4
  • Cinnamon Cider, 3 3/4  X  5, embossed with Painted Texture 3D embossing folder
  • Basic White for stamping the greeting,  2 3/4 X 2 3/4

The Origami Frame would also fit on a card with a horizontal alignment.

Sharon used the 3X3 for extra points and made a stunning card with the Sale A Bration Peaceful Prints DSP, Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black:

 

Joy’s card uses the Hand Penned DSP and Gorgeous Grape with the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder:

 

Ann made two cards in differing colors and two different embossing folders- the Ornate Floral 3D on the left and the Timber 3D on the right:

 

Thank you for participating in the Mystery Card Challenge and sharing your cards!

We Zoom on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 9:30 to share our swaps and do a Mystery Card Challenge.  Hop on by some time, just send your email address to me at stampalosopher@gmail.com.

  Don’t go until you share those swap cards!

Oh dear, I almost did. This was my swap and if you click on the picture you can go to the blog post with all the directions and even a video:

  


Sharon’s card celebrates the beauty of fall with gorgeous die cut leaves on fall DSP and she used the Autumn Wheelbarrow Dies from last year’s holiday mini, Pierced Blooms Dies, Seasonal Layers Dies, and Autumn Wishes from Close To My Heart.

 


Jo’s Card uses Stampin’ Up! Reflected In Nature stamps on Thick Basic White with a full panel of brown embossed with the Wood Grain embossing folder.  The shiny strip is Stampin’ Up! Rose Specialty Paper:


I wish you could see the sparkle on Joy’s card.  She used the Triple Time Stamping Technique with the Stampin’ Up! Daisy Garden and Vine Design stamp sets with a border between her layers of Blackberry Beauty DSP.   The little dragonfly is punched in black and then sparkled with the gold!


 Ann’s card is a fun Halloween card using Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black.  She sponged the edge of the Pumpkin Pie with black for a smoky look.  She used Stampin’ Up!’s Frightfully Cute stamp set, the Scalloped Contour Dies, the Frightful Tag Dies, the Cute Halloween DSP, and Black Glitter Paper.  The star sequins and black and white gingham ribbon are the perfect embellishment!


  Your blog is like a virtual scrapbook of cards!

So true!  And for you travelers and out of staters who missed the Mystery card, you can still make one and send me the picture and I can add it to the ‘virtual scrapbook’.  I think it really helps everyone see the amazing things we can do with a bit of paper, stamps, tools and ink.  An added benefit of our card scrapbook is to go back and see a card that we may have already mailed out but now want to make one like it.  Well, here is your place to go to see those past cards.  My cards are in the recipe box because they are linked to the full directions but you can always do a search by “swaps” and find the others.

And the ‘scrapbook’  brings a pinch of creativity to spice up their crafting worlds!  

Mustn’t forget to say that, Sal, so they see where you come in!

Hostess Code through October 26 is H6TRE77D

SAL,   Sadly A Last day for Sale A Bration

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinwheel Tower Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

Remember to click the heading after you open your email to access the full blog.

Hostess Code Through October 25 with Sharon as our hostess:  H6TRE77D

Club is October 12th at 9:30 and 12:30 with a potluck at noon.  Guests are welcome for a $5 fee, or a $25 order, but please RSVP by Oct. 7th.  By popular vote we will begin our Christmas card making at this club.

If you would really like to get a head start on Christmas cards,  consider the October Paper Pumpkin for 10 cards with matching envelopes:

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.  That would be a really good idea for you if your next two months are like this last one!

That’s for sure, Sal, I always subscribe for the September, October, and November kits and they just keep getting better each year.

Friends, you can either subscribe through my online store or go directly to the Paper Pumpkin site and order.

Refills are available for the September Paper Pumpkin.  The little pumpkin sandwiched nicely in the dash of my car and made little Emma in the back carseat giggle as we headed to Steamboat Springs.   She helped with the construction!

 

Pinwheel Tower Card

These cards are the new rage on social media so I had an open house crafting day to gather together and make one.  There were so many different versions online that I sent out three videos and the stampers picked the style of their choice and brought the kit components to the house.  It was a fun morning!

This is how my work table looked to start:

The card cuts here are those used by Meg Loven though all the colors are different:

Recipe:

  • Tower Base:  Granny Apple Green, 4 1/4 X 4 1/4; Score at 1″, 2″, 3″ and 4″.  This leaves a little 1/4″ tab on which you will put a piece of tear and tape, then lay it flat on your work surface and bring the opposite side over and press it down on the tab.  This works so much better than trying to hold it in your hands and match the sides.
  • Panels (X4):  Granny Apple Green, 4 1/4 X 2 3/4
  • Borders (X4):  Basic Black, 4 X 2 1/2
  • Borders (X4):  Basic Black, 4 X 1 1/2
  • Layers for stamping (X4):  Basic White, 3 3/4 X 2 1/4
  • Layers for pretty (X4):  Pattern Party DSP,  3 3/4 X 1 1/4

That’s really all there is for pieces and now comes the fun part of decorating!  I used the Counting Sheep Stamp Set and Sheep Dies, (each are free during Sale A Bration (ends September 30) with a $50 order).   Emma’s birthday is this month and she turns 3, so the three sheep were perfect!  I used the streamers and bow tie from the Birthday Chick Dies and stamps from the Hey Birthday Chick stamp set.

The sheep are all stamped directly on the Basic White, however,  by outlining the image with a Light Smoky Slate Blend and then using the Color Lifter to soften the shadow you create a look of a whiter white.  The candles are from a retired punch and the frosting is a piece of doily.  The flames are made real with a drop of our Shimmery Crystal Effects.

Even if you don’t need the sheep, the sheep dies have this cool pennant, the sun, the balloon, clouds and the birthday hat.  The grass, the greeting and the birthday hat come from the Counting Sheep stamp set.  The streamers are in the Birthday Chick die set.

On this side I used a number 3 from the Playful Alphabet set, more Hey Chick streamers, a doily and a cute bow tie from the Birthday Chick Dies.

 

The Happy Birthday is another die in the Birthday Chick die set and the balloons are in the Sheep Dies.  I cut the words once in basic black and once in the Pattern Party paper with horizontal stripes for a different look.

This is what the work table looks like at the end of making the card:

Ugh — I thought all the skeletons and halloween decorations were scary but this is worse. 

A normal day in the life of a crafter!

Let’s look at the cards made by the others.  Thank you Stampers for your amazing creations and letting me share them!


Sharon Fincham’s Christmas Card:

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Joy Meadows also made a Christmas card and used the Whimsy & Wonder Specialty Paper and the Christmas Trees Dies.  The sparkly gold is the Sale A Bration Be Dazzling specialty paper:

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Heather Guitreau- for a friend using the Pierced Blooms Dies:

 


Heather Guitreau- for Halloween using the Cute Halloween Designer Series Paper, the Cutest Halloween Stamp set and the Frightful Tags dies with the Black Glitter Paper from Stampin’ Up! and other fun Halloween sets.  Those ghosts are upside down tulip punches.


Heather Guitreau- for her Mother

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Ann Hausmann made a Halloween card as well!  I must say, the Black Glitter Paper just makes the card awesome as does the Designer Series Paper with bats and cute little ghosts.  Of course without the dies to cut the glimmer paper into owls and spider webs, and a witch hat and a tree and a fence, well — yes, my pretty, we must have dies! (she says in a witch’s voice!)

Did those wonderful cards inspire you to make your own Pinwheel Tower Card?  When it is a very special occasion, it is worth taking time for a very special card!

Would you like to join us for other fun crafting events?  Club is on the second Tuesday of the month and we Zoom together on the fourth Tuesday to share swaps and take on a Mystery Card Challenge – I give you directions for cuts to make and then you have the surprise when I show you how all the pieces go together!  It is fun.  Call or text 303-815-0838.  I would love to be your creative coach and bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!

If you are thinking of joining Stampin’ Up! for the sake of the 20% discount or to be a part of a community of crafters, I would love to have you on my Carin’ Crafters team!  Join by September 30 and get the Sale A Bration special of a free bundle along with $125 of products for $99.  Call or text 303-815-0838.

Hostess Code Through October 25  H6TRE77D

SAL,   Smile A Little as you stamp your way to Christmas- only 87 days away

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 stampalosopher@gmail.com.

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

Snowman Theater Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

Thank you to all who patiently watched the Tuesday Facebook Live that had about 4 technical glitches.  Sigh…..   I did subscribe to some new streaming software so next Tuesday will rock!

There are two videos since it didn’t refresh after one of the crashes.  Also, the videos wouldn’t go to full screen so when you view the videos there is an extra screen in the background. Look below that screen for the scrolling bar so you can scroll past the parts where I am battling the software.

But this is your tenth video shouldn’t it be getting better and easier?!

Good point, but every time Facebook changes something I have to figure out how to do what I used to do or perhaps I click on something new and mess things up!  Who knows!

Video 1:

Video 2:

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Let’s take a look at still pictures in case the video made you dizzy!

This is how your recipients will see the card out of the envelope-curtains closed:

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Drum roll for the snowman – don’t you wish we could make him sing!

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I refer to the mechanism as a “C Fold”:

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And I called the strips on the back of the front – suspenders!  The curtains of your mechanism slide through the suspenders.

The back of the card with room to sign your name:

  

A close up of the curtain and the background trees before we add the snowman:

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Mr. Snowman up close:

 

Note the slots on the sides where you will insert the I-beam:

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The I-beam is folded like this on only one side to slide through the slot. It is then opened up to make a stop:

The Blue Version:

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I will include this picture because it shows one of the beautiful So Many Snowflakes Dies cut once with the solid color and then again with the Designer Series Paper:

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Recipe:

Supplies:

  • Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set (bundle with the dies for 10% savings)
  • So Many Snowflakes Dies, page 37 of the mini
  • Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper (DSP) page 37 of the mini
  • Winter Snow Embossing Folder for the curtains, page 37 of the mini
  • Rectangle Stitched Die, 4th largest
  • Smallest of the stitched shapes circle or a 1 3/8 inch circle punch for the finger holes
  • Blue Adhesive Backed Gems, page 37 of the mini
  • Word Wishes Dies for Merry Christmas, page 183 of the Annual Catalog
  • Snowman Builder Punch, page 167 of the Annual Catalog
  • Pine Tree Punch, page 166 of the Annual Catalog
  • Garden Gateway Dies for the little red bird, page 181 of the Annual Catalog
  • Coastal Cabana Ink and sponge dauber, Whisper White ink
  • Stampin’ Blends:  Dark Pumpkin Pie, Dark Basic Black, Dark Soft Suede
  • Snowflake Sequins, page 64 of the mini catalog
  • Pearl or Rhinestone jewels colored black with Stampin’ Blend
  • Fine Tip Glue to cover the snowman and then glitter if you like

Cuts:

  • Base:  Coastal Cabana, 81/4 X 11;  cut 1/4″ off a full 8 1/2 X 11 sheet then cut that sheet at 5 1/2 and 4 1/4.  You will have( two) 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 pieces for the front and back and (two) 5 1/2 X 4 pieces for the C-fold mechanism.
  • Score the two 5 1/2 X 4 pieces at 1 1/4 and 2 3/4 on the long side then burnish your folds to make a C – fold.
  • I-Beam: Coastal Cabana, 1 1/4 X 4 1/4;  Place horizontally at the 1/2″ line on the Stampin’ Trimmer and make a 1/4″ long cut down from the top and 1/4″ cut up from bottom. Turn and do the other end.  Then lay the I-Beam vertically on the Stampin’ Trimmer at the 1/4″ line and cut from 1/2″ to 3 3/4″.  Repeat on the other side.
  • Suspenders:  Coastal Cabana, 5 3/4 X 5/8 scored 3/4 inch on each side; these are glued to the back of the front on each side as shown above
  • Front:  DSP, color A, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4
  • Back of Stage:  DSP, color B,  2 7/8 X 4 1/4
  • Back sides of Stage, glued over the mechanism:  DSP color B (make 2), 1 1/4 X 4 1/4
  • Sides of Stage:  DSP, color B, (make 2) 1 1/2 X 4, glue on mechanism before cutting I-Beam slots
  • I-Beam Strip:  DSP color B, 3 1/4 X 3/4
  • Greeting Frame:  DSP color A, 4 1/2 X 2 3/4, corner rounded on top right and bottom left
  • Inside of the Greeting Frame:  DSP color B, 4 X 2 1/4
  • Merry Christmas Die Cuts:  Whisper White, 4 1/2 X 1 1/4, use slightly smaller adhesive sheet backing before cutting.  You could also use the cut our from the front rectangle.
  • Optional curtain: color as desired;   4 X 2 3/4 embossed with Winter Snow Embossing Folder.   I embossed the long portion of the mechanism C-fold with the Winter Snow Embossing folder and then drug the Whisper White ink across the snowflakes for contrast

Glue the front base and the front DSP, color A, together, placing liquid glue only on the outer edge.  Do not get glue on the inside.  (They should be the same size 5 1/2 X 4 1/4).  Place the 4th largest rectangle stitched die 3/4″ from each edge and cut. The cut out is 2 3/4″ X 4″  Use the DSP cut out to punch three trees for the background with the Pine Tree punch:

If you prefer the words to match the base, cut a piece of double back adhesive sheet (page 162 of the Annual Catalog) just a little bit smaller than the rectangle cut out – 2 1/2 X 3 3/4 and glue to the rectangle stitched Coastal Cabana you just cut out.  Then place the Merry Christmas dies from Word Wishes dies on the other side of the Coastal Cabana and cut.

For the side slits for placement of the I Beam:  First glue the DSP stage sides on the middle section of each mechanism.  Stand the mechanisms up in their C shape so that you see the smallest side is to the back, the middle faces inward, and the curtain goes to the front.  Scroll back up to the picture that shows the C Fold.  This is important so you make both slits at the bottom of the stage.  Place the long curtain portion at the 3 1/2″ mark on your Stampin’ Trimmer.  Double check that your mechanism’s score lines are at the 3/4″ mark to the right and 3/4″ mark to the left of the middle section where you are cutting.  Start your cut up 1/2″ from the bottom of the mechanism and cut 1″.  Now carefully move the piece 1/16 of an inch to the left and cut again 1/2″ from the bottom, cutting up 1″.  Use your scissors to cut the little 1/16 portions out to make a nice slit.

The video next Tuesday will be a theater card with the Peaceful Nativity silhouettes.  I will show the construction of the I-Beam and the I-Beam slits in that video.  A picture is worth a thousand words and I think I just gave you enough of both!  I hope you will make many versions of this card.  It is really fun!

Here is the Nativity version of the Theater card:

It uses the ‘Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper’ and copper foil cut outs with the ‘Nativity Dies’.   You do not make an I beam for this card so that you can see the palm trees and sheep on one side and the palm tree and donkey on the other.  The theater curtains are embossed with the ‘Dainty Diamonds’ embossing folder and then versa mark is rubbed across the panels and copper embossing powder applied and heated.

Our hostess code is :  BX2TBPDE with Cindy as our hostess.

Join me on my Facebook page at 9:30 AM for Take A Break Tuesday, the second Tuesday of each month!  Facebook.com/stampalosopher/videos

SAL,    (Sharing A Lot)

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

Rustic Retreat Waterfall Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

February hostess code:  FPRJEPZJ

The card I am demonstrating today is not hard- just a bit hard to explain.  I will use many pictures to help you see the process since I have yet to take on the challenge of Youtube videos.

      You just can’t find a way to animate me!

And a way to stabilize the camera and the time to learn to edit!  Ah well…..  It is good to have a goal.

This card will show you how you can think ‘outside the box’ to create stamped images of just pieces of a stamp.  We are familiar with coloring on the back of our stamps to use only what we want but this card has the greeting stamped and then cut.  Side-note: when you do color the back of your stamps, be sure and use the regular markers to color the stamps not the Stampin’ Blends as Stampin Blends will stain your stamps.

  

   

On page 49 of the 2019-20 annual catalog are the two stamp sets I used for this card, Rustic Retreat and Peaceful Place:

   

    Wait, Rustic Retreat shows only 11 stamps and its greeting doesn’t have wood at the edges like your pictures.

Patience, there is a way!

I used the Garden Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) and Garden Green card stock layer on a Thick Whisper White Base.  I have pictures of two different colors from the DSP.  I made two cards and didn’t realize I hadn’t taken the main pictures of the one I mailed, but “serendipity” – you get to see two versions!

So let’s look at the waterfall:

  

Base:  Thick Whisper White,  5 1/2 X 8 1/2  scored at 4 1/4

First Layer:  Garden Green, 5 3/8 X 4 1/8

Designer Series Paper (DSP) Layer:   Garden Lane, 5 1/8 X 3 7/8

Waterfall Strip:  Regular Whisper White, 2* X 9 1/4 scored at 2″, 2 3/4″, 3 1/2″, 4 1/4″ (Basically, 3/4″ intervals); *I cut the 2″ width just a hair less so no white showed from the edge of the squares if they weren’t cut perfect.  You could also sponge the edge garden green so the white isn’t obvious.

Belt: Garden Green, 4 1/8″ X 1″, punch two small holes 1/2″ from the bottom and 1/2″ from the left and right sides,

Background Squares for waterfall:  Garden Green, make 4,  2″ X 2″

Background Bottom Layer for the “Loved”: Garden Green, 2″ X 3/4″

Top Squares for waterfall:  Whisper White, make 4, 1 3/4″ X 1 3/4″

For the Braver, Stronger, Smarter, Loved banners:  Whisper White, 1 3/4 X 4

Inside Strip Layer: Garden Green, 5/8 X 4 1/8

Inside Strip Top: DSP to match front, 3/8 X 3 7/8

Two brads and a 1/8″ hole punch

4″ of twine

Ink:

  • Thinking Of You – Soft Suede, Garden Green pine boughs
  • Deer-Chocolate Chip (retired) Garden Green trees at each side
  • Bear- Early Espresso, Garden Green pine boughs
  • Squirrel- Basic Gray, Garden Green leaves from the Peaceful Place Stamp Set
  • River Scene –  Memento Black so it can be colored if you like; I added one of the birds from the High Tide set and did color the back of the bird stamp with the Basic Black marker
  • Happy Birthday – Soft Suede
  • Cabin – Memento Black
  • Banners – Soft Suede; stamped, cut apart, then mask just the words and stamp in Soft Suede with the Thinking of You stamp, pictures following

I used the Stamparatus for the Thinking of You and the A.A. Milne quote but mounted the other stamps on acrylic blocks.

We do a lot of cutting and assembling with dies and sometimes stamping is hardly used on our cards.  Not this time!

    Wh…Wh… What!?

Yes, Sal, that was exactly how my club ladies reacted when I showed them all the stamps they would use.  But they seemed to have a really fun time stamping!

    You will know for sure they didn’t when they drop out of club!

It is always a possibility but so far club is just growing so I think it is acceptable to do challenging cards.  But as I said it really isn’t that hard.  Let’s start by taking our waterfall strip and burnishing those score lines nicely.  The folds all go one way so it looks like a candy cane:

Next, adhere all the green 2 x 2 layers to the strip like shingles.  Put your adhesive on the white strip NOT the back of the green since only part of the green is adhered in all but the 2×2 section.

Now turn the strip over and stamp the river scene on the long part.  Remember the candy cane shape? It seems like you are stamping on the wrong side but you aren’t.  Take the ink to the stamp and don’t try and figure out what part is off the edge and not ink that part.  Just ink the whole stamp completely and use grid paper to protect your work space.  (We sell that!)

Use a sticky note to mask the bottom 3/4″ of the strip so that you have a nice white border between each of the pictures.

Also mask the bottom 5/8″ of the 1 3/4″ squares used for the bear and the squirrel to give that nice white border between pictures.  The deer can be stamped without masking since you have three lines of words making the banner bigger to begin with.  (Say that three times fast!)

Stamp each of your 1 3/4 X 1 3/4 white squares per the above details under inks used.  I wanted a little more of the rock and flowers with the squirrel so I stamped the squirrel with his tail practically off the top, then masked him and stamped the rock only on the left side of the squirrel.  Clean your stamp before inking the rock so you don’t get the squirrel’s paws on the left side.

  

    Would you mind showing us the other squares so we don’t have to keep scrolling up and down? 

I can do that!

           

   

Next, stamp the A. A. Milne quote on the Whisper White 1 3/4 X 4 strip in Soft Suede ink.  I used the Stamparatus for this stamp and the Thinking of You stamp so I could restamp each to get a good image. With two Stamparatus plates I put a stamp on each plate.

Now cut each section of the saying.   You will love the Stampin’ Up! cutter for this step, you can tell right where you are cutting.

    

Head back to the Stamparatus and put each of these sayings right where we stamped the ‘Thinking of You’.  Mask the words, remembering the Thinking of You is a bit longer than some of the sayings so your sticky note will be as wide as the word ‘Thinking’ and then ink up the Thinking of You stamp in Soft Suede and stamp your banners.

Use a second sticky note to hold the mask in place since we can’t use a magnet.

 

Voila!  You have banners with wood grain edges!  Glue those at the bottom of your little white squares.

Take the little 2″ X 3/4″ Garden Green piece and mount the ‘Loved’ banner.  Punch two little holes on each side of A. A. Milne and run a piece of twine up from the back and tie a double knot at the front leaving extra length down from the banner.

Glue this piece on the bottom of the river scene.

  Are we done now?

No, Sal, but this is a good place to stop and get some coffee and chocolate!!

The belt on the front is next and it is the critical piece to making the waterfall card work correctly and fit in our standard envelope.

Belt: Garden Green, 4 1/8″ X 1″, punch two small holes 1/2″ from the bottom and 1/2″ from the left and right sides.  Each square on our grid paper is 1/4″ so that is helpful.

Is this a sign of your age that you are repeating yourself?!

Sal, be nice, you’re the one who didn’t want to keep scrolling up and down.

Once you’ve punched the little holes in the belt, adhere the DSP to the Garden Green layer and then position the belt 1″ from the bottom of the belt to the bottom of the Garden Green layer.  Mark through your holes in the belt with a pencil to show where to punch the other layers.

Punch holes through the Garden Green and DSP layers. Be careful here:  add tear and tape to the back of the belt on the 1/2″ width between the hole and the side of the belt for extra stability making sure no adhesive gets between the two holes.   Attach the belt with the brads.

You are ready to attach your waterfall strip!  Place two pieces of tear and tape at the very center of the belt and no longer than the 2″ width of the waterfall strip.

Slide the waterfall strip behind the belt, peel off the backing of the tear and tape, and glue the end of the waterfall strip – the squirrel in our case- on the center of the belt exactly lining up the bottom of the belt with the end of the waterfall strip.

Stamp Happy Birthday on the inside in Soft Suede and the cabin in Memento Black, if you want to color with the blends.   Add the strips at the bottom, stamp your name on the back and you really do have a masterpiece!

So now you know another way to use stamps! I hope you enjoyed the detail and are ready to make your own Rustic Retreat Waterfall Card.

Would you like to join a stamp club to make cards like this?  I will be starting new club rotations in May and would love to have you join us!

February hostess code:  FPRJEPZJ

SAL, Snowing A Little, Sharing A Love

Karen   (text 303-815-0838)

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Dino Days Birthday Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hopefully you are finding time during these windy winter days to have fun with your Sale A Bration products.

I made birthday cards for my grandsons Jaxson -now 3- and Emmitt -now 2!  They are really into dinosaurs.  I preferred the Mickey Mouse days but like my hubby says – they are boys and love to roar like a dinosaur and take dinosaur bites at dinner and attack Grandpa with a roar and a dino toy!  What fun.

So it is Dino Days stamps and Dinoroar Designer Series Paper (DSP) with Dino Dies to cut out the dinosaurs on the DSP.  See page 99 in the annual catalog:

I made a pop up box card and a waterfall card.  The DSP is so ‘Rawrsome’ itself.  It is mounted on a layer of Pretty Peacock and a card base of Balmy Blue.  The pop up box card fits perfectly inside our standard envelopes.

Pop Up Box Card:

We cut out dinosaurs from the DSP and another dino of the same in a matching card stock to glue behind the DSP for strength.  The dinosaurs were mounted on a strip of window sheet to secure them to the box base:

The back of the box lends itself to more stamping and I used the Vertical Greetings (retired) for the Happy Birthday and the Dino Days stamps for the greeting, palm tree, and dino tracks.  I hand drew the mountains.

We cut out several additional dinosaurs and backed them with cardstock to stick in the pockets of the clothes we bought for their birthdays so they had dinosaurs to play since clothes are just not the preferred gift for toddlers.

Measurements:  Click on the blue for all the instructions and examples of different boxes:

Box Card pdf

Waterfall Card:

Waterfall Card pdf

The pdf is from a past waterfall card.  The difference on this one is that I used two layers on top of the base and increased the size of the little panel layers by 1/8″ so I could use a square Stitched Shape Framelit.  I started with a small  square Stitched Shape Framelit with a Pretty Peacock layer but I thought it was too small for the outside so I used it on the inside of the card and switched to a larger square Stitched Shape Framelit and used it to cut the Pretty Peacock layers behind the DSP squares which I just cut to size.  I was able to get more of the dinosaurs on the top layer with a bigger square.

Base:  Balmy Blue  5 1/2 X 8 1/2   scored at 4 1/4

First Layer:  Pretty Peacock 5 3/8 X 4 1/8 (make 2 so you have one for the inside)

Second Layer:  Dinoroar Designer Series Paper (DSP)  5 1/8 X 3 7/8 (make one of whisper white for the inside)

Waterfall Strip:  Whisper White 2 1/8 X 9 1/4;  Scored at 3/4″ intervals, 2 1/8—-2 7/8—3 5/8—4 3/8 (1/8 more than the standard directions), Burnish your score lines well going in one direction so the strip looks like a candy cane.

Front Belt:  1″ X 4 1/4″;  punch a hole for the brad 1/2″ over and 1/2″ up on both sides of the belt.

Peacock Squares layered on the strip like shingles:  (4) 2 1/8 X 2 1/8

Top Squares of DSP:  (4) 1 3/4 X 1 3/4

Ribbon: Pretty Peacock 1/2″ scalloped linen ribbon:  3″   run through a ribbon hole punched at the bottom of the waterfall and then glued together with glue dots.

Adhere the DSP full sized layer to the Peacock front layer – NOT the Balmy Blue Base yet – and then place your belt 1″ from the bottom of the Peacock layer and mark through your belts’ hole punches with a pencil- see above- to punch the two layers for adding the belt with brads.  I added a tiny strip of tear and tape to the back of the belt between the hole and the edge of the belt just to secure it in place and then put the brad through the three layers. Now you can attach the layers to the Balmy Blue Base- I suggest tear and tape for extra strength.

When gluing the Peacock squares, put adhesive on the white 3/4″ sections of the white waterfall strip not on the back of the Peacock squares.  You will attach the TOP only of the Peacock squares to the 3/4″ sections.  Slide the waterfall strip under the belt.  Put tear and tape on the belt just the width of the waterfall (2 1/8″) and attach the bottom 1″ of the waterfall to the belt.

Be careful as you stamp the large section of the belt so that you do not get it on the wrong side of the white waterfall strip.

Placing the belt an inch from the bottom is critical to making the card work. I didn’t read my own directions and just placed it where I liked it.  That is why I have two sets of brads so I could cover up my mistake and place the belt correctly.

We will be doing another waterfall card in club this month so follow my blog to get that post and see another rendition using the Rustic Retreat stamp set. Just add your email at the top right of the blog where it says “subscribe”.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!  Click on SAL in the computer to go to my store.

SAL,  Stamp Away the Long winter days

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#Elfie Diorama Card

Hostess Code:  FPDMJ4X9

Hello Stamping Friends,

It’s an Elfie day in the neighborhood, an Elfie day in the neighborhood, won’t you be my neighbor!

Yup!  Elfie from my head to my toes!  Ruger was the cutest elf of all!

‘#Elfie’ is a super cute stamp set (page 22 of the 2019 Holiday catalog).  I am casing Michelle Andrews and the diorama card she posted on her blog:  www.stamppraylove.blogspot.com.  I changed the coloring and positioning and added puff paint to the bobbles on their shoes and hat.  I used the ‘Birch’ background stamp set to add a faux wood frame look. The little elf in the stocking would be great on the back of the card but I can only expect my club to do so much fussy cutting.

  

The greetings on the front and back come from the ‘Perfectly Plaid’ stamp set on page 14 of the 2019 Holiday catalog.

  • Base:  Crumb Cake 4 1/4 X 11;  Score at 5/8, 5 3/8, 6, 10 3/4, Use 3rd largest rectangle framelit to cut the front.  Mask each section of the base and stamp with Soft Suede ink using the ‘Birch’ background stamp.  Stamp the front and back greetings using Shaded Spruce ink.  The Stamparatus helps you stamp the greetings and restamp them to get  nice dark green images.  Burnish all the score lines really well to assure the card moves well and lays flat.
  • Back of the Diorama:  Pool Party, 4 3/4 minus 1/16 (4 11/16) to allow for score lines X 4 1/4, stamp snowflakes in Pool Party Ink and adhere snowflake sequins.
  • Elves:   Whisper White, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, Stamp in Memento Ink and color with Stampin’ Blends. Fussy Cut. Use a blender pen to dip in Pool Party ink and color the area between the elf and the Christmas ornament.  Glue a strip of whisper white on the back of the two tall pieces for stability.
  • Snow Mounds:  Thick Whisper White, Make 2:   5 1/4 X 2 1/4;  creatively cut a large right hand mound and a smaller left hand mound. Score each side of the mounds 1/4″ . Make a template and you can quickly cut out the snow mounds for each card kit.

The rectangle cutout uses the 3rd largest die in the Rectangle Stitched Framelits. It is 1/2″ down from the top leaving about 3/4″ on the bottom for your greeting.   I was able to stamp the three elves and the package on one 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 ( 1/4 of a sheet)  whisper white.  I cut two little strips 1/4 X 4 to adhere to the back of the long elf images for a bit more stability.  The snow mound on the left is 1 3/4″ at the peak and goes in front of the right hand snow mound which measures 2″ at the peak.

The snow mounds are glued together to make a box of sorts.

The snow mound “box” is decorated with elves and snow.  Glue the elves to the snow mounds before adding snow.  Make sure nothing is adhered to the pool party background or the card will not lie flat to go in an envelope.  Burnish each fold really well to help the card move.  Cut around the elbows of the ‘No Peeking’ elf and don’t cut off the words.  The elbows go over the front frame and the words give you a tab to glue to the back of the frame.   Likewise with the package – cut a little tab at the bottom to use for gluing to the front of the frame.

The Holiday catalog has ‘Shimmery Crystal Effects’ on page 41 which you will use to adhere the ‘Ice Stampin’ Glitter’ (same page).  It is most remarkable how the Crystal Effects holds the glitter and so cool how sparkly the ice glitter looks!   The puff paint (page 19) is so fun to add to the hats and shoes of the elves!  We learned to hold the bottle almost horizontally and let gravity do as much of the work as possible instead of squeezing the bottle. The background is pool party stamped in pool party ink with the snowflake stamp set in ‘#Elfie’.  The little teensy tiny snowflakes are from the ‘Snowflake Sequins’ on page 43 of the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  (Or you may have some left from the October Paper Pumpkin).

Place ‘Tear and Tape’ on the outside edges of your snow mound box and adhere to the base in the middle on the right side.    This leaves about 1/8″ on each side of the base.  When you adhere the other side which has the seam, place tear and tape on the seam and then fold the right hand side over the tape to insure the box will lie flat.  This is a view from the bottom:

That was a lot of directions.  This is when I wish I made Youtube videos.  Maybe next year……

Now that we know how to make diorama cards just imagine what other stamp sets we can use.  My inspiration came from Lucille who had the absolute cutest little diorama card with doggies.  Hmmm…….snowmen next – or deer??

The new hostess code is FPDMJ4X9 and Stampin’ Up! is going to have a three day Extravaganza sale November 20-22.

Click HERE if you would like a printable pdf.

It’s an Elfie day in the neighborhood – won’t you be my customer?  Contact me if you have questions or need a catalog.  You can also go to the catalog tab at the top of the blog to see all the catalogs.

SAL,  Silly And Loving it

Karen

 

 

 

“All That You Are” is retiring; don’t let it get away!

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!  Item #148664; (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.

The Gingham Paper is retiring so be sure and add that to your list- again!  You may have thought it was gone because of the previous backorder but it is orderable until June 3 –  Item #148554.

Use hostess code GZG4SMXW if your order is under $150.   Extra perks to ordering with the hostess code until June 8-raffle tickets!

I have put together a raffle basket for the catalog launch on Saturday, June 8, 9:00am to 3:00pm, and you will receive one raffle ticket for each $10 order using the hostess code; for example $50 and you will receive 5 tickets. Tickets that day will be $2 each. The basket has items only demonstrators can order:

There is also a fun product in the basket that I can’t show just yet.  Hint:  decorated tin, cards and envelopes, laser cuts……

Attendance at the catalog launch for the raffle drawing is not required but you won’t want to miss the fun.  There will be a crafting sale of retired items I must part with (gotta buy the new ones) and other crafters will have tables set up as well.  The first 16 people purchasing from the craft sale will receive a special thank you gift with a little taste of bling from the new catalog.  Our make and take will be the traditional bookmark with a new In Color, and for those interested, there will be a station to make a color sheet with the new In Colors.  At 10:00 and 1:00 there will be a catalog scavenger hunt with a fun door prize at each.  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!

Save the date: June 8th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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!

Not sure you really want this set?  Check out other images on Pinterest and you will be convinced it is worth it!  Google “All That You Are”.

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!

Save June 8th! 9-3.

SAL,  Sad At (this products) Leaving

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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