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Sending Smiles, Blossoming Happiness and New Horizons

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

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

Recipe for Sending Smiles Tea Boutique Cards

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

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

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

 

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


Recipe for Blossoming Happiness Card

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

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

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

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

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

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


Recipe for New Horizons Card

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Embellishments are the retired Pebbles Enamel Shapes.

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

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


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

  So….. why?  That seems overkill.

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

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

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

Have a wonderful day!

SAL,   Sending A Lovely set of cards to inspire you

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Hello Stamping Friends,

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

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

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

 

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

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


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

Last Chance List for JJ Mini

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Catalog Launch Fun

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

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

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

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

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

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Sweet Songbird In Flight Recipe

Sweet Songbirds stamp set, Songbird Builder Punch

-Base, Tea Boutique Cards and Envelopes

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

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

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

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

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

Sweet Songbird Favors

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

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

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

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


May Swaps

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

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

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Horizontal Paradise Palms Recipe

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

Vertical Book Fold Paradise Palms Recipe

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

The hostess code with Sharon as our hostess is:  DHVSAPC3

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

SAL,  Sharing A Lot of inspiration

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code:  94TSAZ3P

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

You’ve been neglecting me lately!

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

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

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

Mini Catalog Launch

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

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

Paper Pumpkin for May

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


New Sign Up Special For More ‘In Color’ Fun

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

 

Click to JOIN!


Case The Creator Card Challenge

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

That’s a mouthful!

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

Case The Creator #3 printable pdf file

I ordered the tiny magnets from Amazon:


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAL,   Seeing April Leave

Karen

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

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

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

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

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

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

How else do you use the blog?

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

Thank you much!

 

 

 

 

 

March Fun

Good morning, Stamping Friends,

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

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

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

.  You could use me!

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

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

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

Thank you, Ann!

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

And then a card or two?

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



March Case The Creator #2 printable pdf file

Karen Decker is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

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Passcode: 440286



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

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

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

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

You are off track!

Oops…. That’s why I have you!

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Right!


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

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

 

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


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

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


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


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


Miscellaneous Announcements:

Demonstrators:

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

For everyone:

  • Shipping prices increase a bit April 1.  From 6.95 minimum to 7.95 and from 10% to 11%.
  • Products are no longer backordered due to delay in shipping times
  • Prices are going up in the new catalog for many items
  • The new catalog goes live to customers May 3
  • The retirement list will be posted sometime in April
  • In Color products are the first to sell out so order now if you need any of the retiring In Color products
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There’s a lot happening in the next couple of months and now I have a resource to link to when I add all the cards I have yet to show everyone!

The hostess code for March orders is N9P47DJX.

SAL,     Spring At Last

Karen

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

 

Eden’s Garden Collection

Hostess Code:  ZRTHHK33 Through November 24

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

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

Hello Stamping Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pencil Box Recipe

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

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

Fold and burnish all your score lines.

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

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

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

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

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

“You make the ordinary extraordinary” – Simply Succulents

“You’re absolutely amazing” – Color & Contour

“Thank you”- Hand Drawn Blooms

“You Are So Special” – Tasteful Touches


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

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

 

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

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Why post the card if the products are retired?

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAL,  Scrapbooking A Lot of ideas

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August Swaps and Mystery Card #15

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code:  WKQ6CJ7R with Cindy as our hostess this month.

I just had the most incredible weekend with the Backstage At Home Stampin’ Up! virtual leader’s event.  The speakers were tremendous and the chance to network with demonstrators all over the world was delightful!  Next year the event will be in person in New Orleans!  Join my team of Carin’ Crafters and/or let me help you promote so you, too, can attend these events!

Would you like to attend a virtual Stampin’ Up! conference for any level of demonstrator November 11-13?   Join my team, if you haven’t, and we’ll meet here and have fun together; for you out of town folks, we will set up a Zoom with you so you feel a part of the PARTY!  Don’t have an upline nearby?  Come and join the fun, we are all a family of stampers no matter what!   So hop on over to your website tomorrow, August 31, and sign up for the November event, then block it out on your calendar so you don’t make appointments on those days.  Click on the “Events” tab in your demonstrator website and find out all about it!

Wow!  You really have a lot of enthusiasm today!

I do, Sal!  And I can’t wait to hear all the other speakers when the videos are posted.  We had to choose just one speaker for each session.  It was hard to choose since the topics all sounded interesting.

Now– let’s go on to today’s agenda of posting the Mystery card and the swaps from August.  We meet on the second Tuesday of the month for club, or for some event I conjure up, and then we meet by Zoom on the fourth Tuesday of the month for a Mystery Card challenge and to share our swaps.  September 14 we are having casual crafting at my house to make a Pinwheel Tower Card at 9:30.  Prepare your own kit and we will work together to make the cards.  The tower card is the new rage on social media and I think every video I have watched uses different measurements.  Choose one of the videos you like and make a kit to bring on the 14th at 9:30.  I will put on the coffee!


Mystery Card Challenge #15 printable file

Step 1:  Adhere the large DSP (Designer Series Paper) section to the front of the card base.

Step 2:  Adhere the 1″ scored section of the card base strip at the middle of the inside of the card base 1/8″ over from right

Step 3:  Turn the strip of DSP over to its other side and adhere to the neutral  4” X 5 ¼” piece on the right side

Step 4:  Adhere the neutral and its DSP on top of the strip glued on in step 2

Step 5:  Add a greeting or an image on the strip that folds over the front and decorate

I used the ‘Gingerbread & Peppermint’ DSP from the Mini Catalog and fussy cut out the ornaments and peppermints.  If I had purchased the bundle or the entire suite I would have had dies to cut out both.  There are five 5! sizes of circles in this die set so imagine the possibilities!  Do you know where that tag comes from?  It is in the new ‘Pretty Pillow Box Dies’.  The greetings are in the ‘Snowman Season Stamp Set’, a carryover in the Annual Catalog.

 

It isn’t even September and you have a Christmas card made!  I am impressed!

It is a record, Sal!  Maybe next year I will do a ‘Christmas in July’ like so many others like to do.

Sharon Fincham used the ‘Turtle Friends’ stamp set on retired Whale of A Time DSP.  She hooked her flap under the ‘Story Label Punch’ to keep the card shut.  Great idea, Sharon.

Heather Guitreau used the ‘In The Wild’ DSP and ‘Big Cats’ dies.  She made a great closing flap and used a greeting from the ‘Wild Cats’ stamp set:

 

She made a second card thinking she needed to follow directions but we all know that the best creativity often happens outside the box!

 

Joy Meadow’s card uses the ‘Pansy Petals’ DSP with the greeting from the ‘Pansy Patch’ stamp set on a ‘Story Label’ punch.

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Ann Hausmann used the ‘Beautifully Penned’ DSP that is free with a $50 purchase during this round of Sale A Bration which goes through September 30.  I love the pop of color on the black and white.

Jo Brooks’ card made me wish I had purchased the Playful Pets DSP from the last catalog.  However, we have pets DSP in our new mini called ‘Sweet Stockings’ and it is now on my wish list!

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Is that as cute as it gets?!    Thank you everyone for a fun time of Mystery Stamping.  I ran out of time and sent you a video instead of walking you through each step but I will get back to normal in September!

You even have the Mystery card picked out I hear! 

Shhhh, Sal, or I will start talking about it and give everything mysterious away!


August 2021 Swaps

Jo Brooks used the ‘Stitched Triangle’ dies and for the bouquet of flowers, the stamps in ‘Welcoming Window’.  It is the great two step stamping that we love with a stamp for the greenery and another stamp for the flowers.  Adding the lace was genius!

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Sharon Fincham used the ‘Turtle Friends’ and ‘Scalloped Contours’ die for this delightful card:

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Joy Meadows used the ‘Pattern Party’ DSP available to hostess’ and the ‘Dragonflies’ punch with lots of added sparkle on the black.  Note how she used a flap on the front of the base instead of the standard base.  Very cool and shows off both sides of the pretty DSP.

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Ann Hausmann found the cutest little lip gloss containers that looked like popsicles at Target and made a fun popsicle card with Very Vanilla and Pool Party.  The popsicle images are in the ‘Sweet Ice Cream’ stamp set, retired from the last mini,  but Ann hand drew all the faces to match the lip gloss container.  You are the cool one, Ann!!

Lori had fun with the ‘Nothing’s Better Than’ stamp set which carried over to the Annual Catalog.  She formatted the front words on her computer, printed them on card stock then added the words and images which she cut with her Brother Scan and Cut.  The coloring is awesome as she matched the coloring on the words to the colored images.  So Creative!

 

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My swap card was a clean and simple card.  I wanted to show the swappers the beautiful ‘In Color Shimmer Vellum’  (the pink layer on the card) and the ‘Expressions In Ink’ DSP with its gold foil on the pink that looks like the alcohol ink on vellum technique we just learned.  I used the ‘Tailored Tags’ dies with a cutout of gold for the reinforcement ring.  The ribbon is the In Color 3/8″ Open Weave ribbon.  To get the ribbon to lay on the tag the way I wanted, I used two pieces.  I used glue dots to loop the bows on the right and left with nice little tails and then used a second piece and more glue dots to tie a middle around the bow.  I secured the knot and the tails of this piece of ribbon on back of the tag.  The good sized thanks is in the ‘Artistically Inked’ stamp set. Can you see the shimmer of the pink vellum?

Recipe for Thank You Card

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer:  Polished Pink Shimmer Vellum, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4
  • Top:  Expressions in Ink DSP, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Tag:  Basic White, 3 1/2 X 1 1/2, die cut with Tailor Made Tag, third from the largest plain tag
    • Gold Foil, Scrap, cut with the square reinforcement ring
  • Inside Border Strip: Polished Pink Shimmer Vellum, 4 1/4 X 1
  • Inside Top Layer:  Expressions In Ink DSP, 4 X 3/4
  • Embellishment:  3 In Color gems
  • Ink:  Polished Pink
  • Stamp Set:  Artistically Inked

Did you enjoy that show?  It is like having a scrapbook of cards that I hope inspires you to make your own special creation.


Remember to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10th if you want this special fall kit:


We have one more month to take advantage of Sale A Bration’s free products!



And remember to sign up for On Stage and sign up to be a part of my team if you would like to attend On Stage.  (Think Prize Patrol, A goody bag, Make and Takes, The Upcoming catalog and lots of fun!)  Click on the JOIN button here or at the tab on the blog.

Hostess code:  WKQ6CJ7R with Cindy as our hostess this month.  Cindy’s craft room is gradually getting set up there in Tehachapi, California and she made this cool card:

Since we didn’t have club in September, I set Cindy up as hostess to help her get back into stamping.  She has been regularly placing outside orders that were credited to club members hostess codes so it seemed right to give her a chance at free products!

We hope to see you on Zoom some fourth Tuesday of a month, Cindy!

Her Hostess code:  WKQ6CJ7R, click on little Sal to go to the online store!

SAL,   Stay And Linger a bit dear summer

Karen (Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.  After this past weekend of meeting and seeing  many talented demonstrators, I felt honored to have so many of you following me.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaded Summer Partial Die Cut & Shadow Stamping

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code through September 15:  WKQ6CJ7R

At our July Club we made a special card using the Shaded Summer stamp set and the Summer Shadows dies to do a Partial Die cut and Shadow stamping

Why didn’t you just run the ribbon under the top layer? 

Ahh, Sal, I love to find new ways to do things so I have something new to teach my customers.  I used a 3/8″ circle punch and punched a little hole on the right side between the images and then, with the card closed, and a pencil line marking a straight  line from the right, I punched the left hand side.

Recipe for Shaded Summer Partial Die Cutting and Shadow Stamping

  • Stamp Set:  Shaded Summer in the Annual Catalog
  • Tools:
    • Summer Shadow Dies – Free during Sale A Bration with a $100 purchase
    • 3/8″ Circle Punch, pencil, ruler, scissors
    • Stamparatus
    • Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine
  • Inks:  Evening Evergreen, Craft White
  • Base:  Just Jade, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Top Layer:  Experessions In Ink Designer Series Paper (DSP) 4 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Layer 1:  Mint Macaron, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Layer 2:  Evening Evergreen, 3 3/4 X 5
  • Ribbon:  Soft Succulent 3/8″ Open Weave Ribbon, 12″
  • Embellishments:  3 In Color Jewels

To do a Partial Die Cut on the front:

  1. Temporarily glue DSP Top Layer flush to the right hand side of front card base.
  2. Set up Stamparatus to stamp the two Shaded Summer flower images, small at top, larger at bottom, as close as possible to right hand edge.  Add the greeting to the stamparatus plate so you can stamp it at the same time.
  3. Stamp the images with Evening Evergreen until images are dark.  If DSP has the darker portion at right it may take three times to stamp the images.
  4. Pencil a line with a ruler, 1″ over from right hand side.  You will line the cutting plates up on this penciled line.
  5. Make your standard sandwich on the cutting machine with the platform #1, and #2, and then the #3 cutting plate.
  6. Place your open card on the cutting plate with right side of card base going in head first and secure your dies on the images with sticky notes or tape.
  7. Place the top cutting plate with its edge on the 1″ penciled line.  I found it easiest to go in with the plate from the back of the cutting machine.  Hold securely as you start to cut. The plate pops out the back rather hard so don’t have your machine where something could get broken with a flying cutting plate.
  8. Die cut the images and then fussy cut the sides and middle.
  9. Take the DSP off base and move over to the left to leave a nice border on the images. Glue in place.

To do Shadow Stamping on inside:

  1. Use the Stamparatus as above with the two flower images in same place yet position your Evening Evergreen inside layer 1/4″ less than where you positioned your card base, I made lines on the grid sheet so I knew where to line up the base and where to line up the Evening Evergreen remembering that we have a Mint Macaron layer as well.
  2. Clean off the stamps and then ink them up with Craft White ink and stamp several times.
  3. Move the card just slightly to the right.
  4. Clean off the white ink and reink with Evening Evergreen .
  5. Stamp several times.
  6. Mount the inside greeting on a separate Stamparatus plate and repeat steps 2-5.
  7. When you attach your Evening Evergreen layer make sure it is positioned where the inside stamping doesn’t show.

You make it sound really easy!

It is, Sal, and the DSP does the rest of the work to make a beautiful card!

Thank you for being with me for this card demonstration.  If you don’t have a demonstrator I would love to have a chance to bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!  I have clubs and events and a group of Carin’ Crafters that make up my team.  Check out my calendar and join us if you can, or gather your own group of friends and host a workshop to see if they might want to start a club.  For club – I provide all the kits and members commit to a $25-$50 order depending on the number of members.  For example our club of five commits to $30 each club so that the hostess reaches $150 in sales and earns free products.  Contact me at 303-815-0838 to learn more.

The Hostess Code through September 15 is WKQ6CJ7R.   Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store and shop!  Remember it is currently Sale A Bration time and for each $50 or $100 order you receive free product. The other thing to think about is the Paper Pumpkin subscriptions that are available with holiday kits coming in the next months:

SAL,  Shop A Little, Save A Lot with Sale A Bration

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catalog Launch Extraordinaire

Hello Stamping Friends,

May 4th marked the debut of our new Annual Catalog!  It will run through May 2 of 2022.

Click on the catalog image here in this blog post for a pdf of the catalog.  The pdf is also posted in the ‘Catalog’ tab on the blog so you can view the pdf anytime anywhere with a mobile device or computer.

In celebration I held the annual catalog launch with lots of goodies for the attendees.

They each received a catalog enjoyment kit – commonly called catalog survival kit, but that sounds like it is painful so I called it a catalog enjoyment kit!

Just playing with words again!  You love doing that!

Obviously, Sal, that’s why I love blogging!

 

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Catalog Enjoyment Kit pdf

(If you use this file in another year I suggest changing the green heading colors. I was trying to get Soft Succulent on Evening Evergreen but it was a bit hard to read.)

I found the perfect pouch at Walmart for the catalog and the ‘enjoyment’ kit and taped the above instructions on the outside.  The pouch is the perfect size for the catalogs and it is plastic so it will protect the contents.

I couldn’t find the right size of clear envelope for the goodies so I used a page protector, cutting off the binder holes and wrapping the excess around the back.  The wish list is a supply item available to demonstrators that is a pack of three wish lists.  I used one page from each of the lists.  I also added a set of catalog tabs from the supply items available to demonstrators.

There are lots of perks to being a demonstrator.  Come talk to me!

I cut a piece of cardstock and used glue dots to attach all the goodies.  The pen is from a pack of clear pens (Pentel RSVP brand); a small piece of the new hostess Pattern Party Designer Series Paper with hearts was rolled up and inserted in the pen.  I even found emoji bandaids for a cute little smile!  They do make individually wrapped lifesavers I found out, and of course Ghirardelli chocolates are a must as they are a tradition at my events.

Not to be rude, but why are you detailing all this? 

Well, Sal, the joy of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators is that we CASE things – ‘copy and share everything’, and I have copied many many ideas from other demonstrators so it is only right that I provide ideas for my downline and other demonstrators that might be interested in casing what I have done.  Some of my customers might even become demonstrators building a business and need ideas like this.

There are times I think that I am just using my blog as a digital scrapbook for myself and then I realize I haven’t left comments on the blogs that I follow, so perhaps there are those who do use the ideas even though, like me, they never leave comments.

 I see, so what else did you do at the catalog launch?

I had a raffle bag, a crossword puzzle scavenger hunt, a make and take card with the new In Colors and the traditional bookmark using the new In Colors and an In Color swatch sheet.

Raffle Bag

The raffle bag included magnets, a shopping bag, a notebook and the bag was a Stampin’ Up! lunch bag.  These are all supplies available to demonstrators.  The punch is the new ‘Elegant Tag’ punch!

To enter they could complete the crossword puzzle, place an order and receive one ticket for each $10 of merchandise purchased, or purchase a ticket directly for $2.50.

Raffle Ticket printable pdf 

  Who won the bag of goodies? 

I will draw on Tuesday the 25th at our Zoom meeting!

Take a look at the new In Colors they are so lovely!  I loved them all this year and had to have all the inks and the ribbons and the markers and the blends and the paper – oh my!  I usually just choose one or two to highlight at the launch but not this year!

This is the bookmark we made using the In Color DSP for little samples on the front.  For the back we colored one of the sheets of the black and white Pattern Party Designer Series Paper available to hostesses.  We colored the top with blends and the bottom with markers so they could see the difference and get familiar with the colors. (and fall in love with them!)

Bookmark 2021-2022 Catalog printable pdf file

We did a make ‘n take using the Color and Contour bundle in the new catalog.  They chose their color.

In the Catalog section of the demonstrator web site is a test to see which color you are.  I am Fresh Freesia according to the test.  What do you think?  Another fun demonstrator perk!

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Recipe for Make ‘n Take

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, Scored at 4 1/4
  • In Color Layer:  Fresh Freesia, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4, die cut with largest Scalloped Contour die
  • Top Layer:  Basic White, 3 1/2 X 4 3/4, die cut with 2nd largest Scalloped Contour die
  • Ribbon: 8″ of Fresh Freesia 3/8″ Open Weave Ribbon
  • Embellish with three matching In Color Jewels

Stamp the flower from the Color and Contour stamp set in Evening Evergreen then do the second stamp in the Fresh Freesia.  We call this two step stamping – no coloring!   The ‘Thank You’ greeting is from the Pansy Patch stamp set in the new catalog.  Wait until you see what we can do with that pansy set and the ….

Whoa there…..don’t get ahead of yourself!

You are right!  That is for the next post.

Two important announcements from the home office:’

If you hold a qualifying party between now and June 14, you can earn more hostess dollars!

And if you join my team of Carin’ Crafters by May 31 you get $30 more product in your starter kit for the same $99.

Text or call me at 303-815-0838 or email me at stampalosopher@gmail.com.  I would love to show you all the benefits of being a demonstrator.  There is a tab at the top of the blog to link you to Stampin’ Up! with all the instructions to join.

If you don’t have a demonstrator I would be honored to ‘bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world’!

SAL, Smile A Lot

Karen

Click on little Sal in the computer to shop the online store.  The hostess code is NS2RB2WK if your order is under $150 or it is your club order.  Thank you for spending time with me today.  I love to see comments and read every one!

February Mystery Card #10

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code for March:  A3VBV4QZ

On the last Tuesday of each month I have a Zoom meeting to chit chat with one another, talk about the swap cards we made and do a Mystery Card Challenge.  Those challenges started up during COVID and were a fun way to craft together on Zoom.

Does that mean you won’t be doing Mystery Cards in the future?

Good question, Sal!  We have one last rotation on this club in April (retirement list!) and then we start all over with a new rotation and new plans for meeting depending on the wishes of the members.  Give me a shout out if you want to be part of the new club!

January’s Mystery Card is a great one for using up those little strips of paper you have left from a 6 X 6 DSP after you use a 5 X 4 piece for the front of a card.

   

Mystery Card Challenge #10 printable pdf file

Lucille made a fun card with bumble bees on blue!  So cute !!

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Jo made an Easter card!  The greeting is from ‘Fable Friends’ stamped and punched with the ‘Story Label’ punch.

 

I made a thank you card using scraps left over from the Hydrangea Hill paper and Flirty Flamingo:

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I decided to embellish it a little and add another quarter sheet of black on the back of the Flirty Flamingo.  I just shaved off a little on each of the sides to give a slight border.  I used Versa Mark to make a little flower using a stamp from  the ‘Lots of Heart’ stamp set.  The Matte Black Dots are on page 11 of the JJ Mini.  The scalloped Basic White is cut using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. The ‘thank you’ and the ‘you’re all heart’ are both from the ‘Lots of Heart’ stamp set.

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Since I had left over Sale A Bration DSP from another project, I made another card using the same ‘Lots of Heart’ stamp with all the little dots, I connected the dots to make a smiley face and stamped greetings from the same stamp set.  The ‘Thinking of You’ is from the ‘Happy Thoughts’ stamp set and punched out with the ‘Tailored Tag’ punch.

 

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The ‘Lots of Heart’ stamp set is so versatile you won’t want to label it as just a valentine stamp set. For this next card I used Night of Navy for the base and background layers and I used the edge of my Night of Navy marker to barely color the edge of the greeting.

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What a fun and simple card and those little strips of DSP won’t go to waste.  Won’t you join us on our next Zoom meeting with its Mystery Card Challenge?  I will include you in the Zoom invitation if you will send me your email.  Text 303-815-0838

Hostess code for March:  A3VBV4QZ

SAL, Stamp A Lot this lovely March

Karen

 

 

 

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