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Our hostess code for October is 9YGY2BAX for you to use if your order is under $150. Our hostess, Joy, will then get credit for all the smaller orders which will combine to give her greater rewards. Thank you! Contact me if you would like to be a hostess for a party and earn product rewards!
The ‘Have A Hoot’ stamp set in the Mini Catalog, page 62, was at the top of my list when we received the new Mini Catalog. It is so cute!
For today’s card, I paired that set with the ‘Gather Together’ set with its awesome greeting- smiles & love for the season– yes, please.
At ‘Take A Break Tuesday’, I introduced the card and did a little advertising for the 15% off DSP sale and for my Color Cards that I am getting ready to make for a customer. At about the 16 minute mark the internet crashed.
Here is the intro:
It stopped right where I was adding a garland at the top of the Pumpkin Pie layer using the Ornamental Envelopes stamp set. So it is time for words: After stamping the garland in the middle, then the right and left sides, I used a Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Marker to add little tiny berries to the garland. There is a stamp in the Ornamental Envelopes set with berries, but it is best used with the large leaf garland in the set.
The greeting and the two little pumpkins behind the smiling pumpkin are from the ‘Gather Together’ set which can also be bundled with ‘Gathered Leaves Dies’ for a 10% savings (and a die to cut out those two pumpkins among others).
For the inside I used the pumpkin stamp in ‘Celebration Tidings’ which can be bundled with ‘Celebration Labels Dies’ for a 10% savings. This set also has that unique little heart!
Silly camera! This is the same Basic Gray base, same lighting, same time of day and yet this one looks like it has a purple base. Sigh….. the base is Basic Gray.
- Have A Hoot stamp set with Peek-A-Hoot Dies (page 62 of the Mini)
- Ornamental Envelopes stamp set (page 40 of the Mini)
- Celebration Tidings & Celebration Labels Dies for the heart and inside (page 58 of Mini)
- Gather Together with Gathered Leaves Dies for the pair of pumpkins and greeting (page 47 of the Mini)
- Stitched Shapes Circle Die & Rectangle Stitched Die
- Inks: Early Espresso, Memento Black, Rich Razzelberry, Smoky Slate-for sponging edges
- Stampin’ Write Rich Razzleberry Marker
- Stampin’ Blends: Mango Melody, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate
- Base: Basic Gray, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
- Layer 1 (X2) : Cherry Cobbler, 5 3/8 X 4 1/8
- Layer 2 (X2) : Pumpkin Pie, 5 1/4 X 4
- Layer 3: Plaid Designer Series Paper (DSP), 1 3/4 X 5 1/4
- Inside Strip: Plaid DSP, 5 1/4 X 3/8
- Card stock for stamped Images: Whisper White, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4, Stamp and die cut the owl in the tree, the owl behind the pumpkin, the greeting and the pair of pumpkins. The pair of pumpkins is glued direct to paper and the three other images are popped up
- Ribbon: 6″ of the Early Espresso Faux Suede (page 161 of the Annual Catalog-AC)
- Embellishments: Gilded Gems X 3 (page 157 of AC)
Tip: When you use your Stampin’ Blends on very small areas like the tree trunk, just dot with the small tip, don’t try to color. The dots bleed together and you have less chance of coloring outside the lines- though we do have the Color Lifter Stampin’ Blend if you need to fix it. To make your Blends last longer, don’t use them like a color crayon with pressure on the point; they blend with very little pressure and your tips will last longer.
I sponged the edge of the circle and the edge of the greeting with Smoky Slate ink first and then Rich Razzleberry with both sponge daubers inked and then stamped off on the grid sheet before sponging- we call this second generation stamping or stamping off, sponging in this case. While designing the card, I sponged a practice circle with Smoky Slate first but that didn’t look cheerful so I sponged a different area with Rich Razzleberry but that was too purple. I noticed that where the two overlapped on my practice sheet, the color looked perfect!
Don’t overlook the Gilded Gems in the catalog! They are faceted and just beautiful. The catalog, page 157, doesn’t do them justice. This picture shows the larger gem as well as the sponging mix of colors.
The faux suede ribbon is another product that the catalog, page 161, just doesn’t show the ribbon’s beauty.
Did you know you can look at previous catalog pdfs, clear back to the 2014-2015 annual catalog? That is the year I started blogging. When you see a reference to a page in a catalog, just look at the date of the post and then you can go to the catalog tab and find the catalog with the same timeframe as the post and view the product.
Don’t forget the Designer Series Paper that is 15% off right now:
And Paper Pumpkin’s kit for November is Jolly Gingerbread:
Last but not least, I need your order by November 1 if you would like a set of Color Cards. The set consists of 12 cards with one card for each of the color families including neutrals, one card for each of the In Colors, and a card comparing greens, comparing reds & pinks, comparing blues & grays, comparing oranges & yellows, and a card comparing purples and browns. I spotlight them in the video if you would like a better look. The cost is $1per card ($12) plus shipping. Email me at email@example.com.
What a great tool the color charts are to help choose colors to match DSPs like the plaids!
They are predicting snow on Sunday here in Castle Rock! We finally stayed home and worked on the yard, cleaned out the garden and fertilized. It is looking so beautiful!
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Thanks for joining and giving me some of your precious time! I hope I have brought a “pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world” and helped you know me better as I let you have a peek into my world!
The hostess code for October is 9YGY2BAX. Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.
Sal, So A-Loving this season and my fellow crafters
Hello Stampin’ Friends,
Do I have a treat for you!!! To stay sane (sorta), I had a card swap with my club members and seven people participated.
For me or for you, Sal? I am going a bit stir crazy and not because I am bored. I listed all the projects I have started and all the cleaning and organizing I would like to get done and I could be quarantined for a long long time and not get them all done; but I am just not motivated. Sigh…….
There is lightening and rain out there, Sal. How about let’s show our friends the cards we’ve made and received.
March’s Paper Pumpkin was one of the best ever! It made three card styles x four each. I thought the boot one was kind of odd until I realized that it would perfectly represent the coffee club I have with my neighborhood ladies. I put the initials of each of the neighbors on the top of the boots and left one blank for our dear friend who moved away. I cut away the boot around the leggings and used a greeting from Fable Friends. The kit even had little raindrop embellishments (on the umbrella).
I changed the greeting on the second Paper Pumpkin card and once again used the ‘Fable Friends’ stamp set for the “Happy Spring”. The flower bling is from Frosted Flower Embellishments (#148782) and I covered the heart with Glittery Crystal Effects from the Holiday catalog- you do have some left don’t you? It dries to a beautiful glossy finish.
The third card I pretty much made per instructions:
Okay, not quite, I added rain drops which the instructions didn’t call for. Satisfied, Sal? The flowers have the little rain drop embellishments but they didn’t show up in the picture.
The lined envelopes are like icing on a cake!
Using the stamps in the Paper Pumpkin kit I created my swap card:
No, Sal, those are from the Sale A Bration set ‘The Gangs All Meer’. The “Miss You” greeting is from the ‘Enjoy Life’ stamp set in the annual catalog. The tape measure is narrow silver ribbon from my stash. The boots were stamped on gingham paper and fussy cut. I loved the basket of flowers in the Paper Pumpkin stamp set. It was a two time stamping set so I stamped the entire basket in Soft Suede and then stamped Crushed Curry to color the flowers. What fun!! I colored the leaves with Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends and the background with Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends. If I made it again I would stamp the basket directly on the blue and then mask it to stamp the clouds and ground around it. That would have saved some coloring and fussy cutting.
Base: Balmy Blue, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
Border Layer: Soft Suede, 5 3/8 X 4 1/8 (make 2- one for the inside)
Top: Balmy Blue, 5 1/4 X 4 stamped with clouds, a ground stamp and raindrops
Inside: Whisper White 5 1/4 X 4, sponged just a tad with the sponge roller, then stamped greeting and meerkat in soft suede
Greeting: Whisper White 2 X 1 1/2 cut with the rectangle stitiched framelit to 1 1/4 X 1 5/8, sponged with Balmy Blue and decorated with raindrops from leftover pieces of the Paper Pumpkin. Pop this up with dimensionals.
Boots: 2 X 2 1/2 gingham paper in desired colors (note: the Designer Series Paper shown at the top of Page 168 has gingham in all the different color families.)
Meerkats and flower basket: Whisper White 2 X 4, stamped in soft suede and colored with Stampin’ Blends.
Ribbon: 3 3/4″, marked every 1 1/2 cm with a black journaler so it looked like a ruler. I attached each end under the meerkat arms with a glue dot.
I still smile every time I look at those little meerkats!!
I received another card from Jo that keeps me smiling:
The stamp is from the retired ‘Postcard Pals’ stamp set, isn’t it just the cutest?!
Of course not! Let’s look at swaps.
Some swappers made differing cards so there will be two cards with the same name on some. Thank you, Heather, for putting the names on the card pictures and sending them to the group. We had fun talking about them during a Zoom meeting.
We could all use this one in a frame on our walls:
Aren’t all those beautiful cards wonderfully inspiring?! Such talented, creative crafters. Thank you, friends.
We are having another card swap in May if you would like to join. Cards are due in the mail by May 7th and we will Zoom on May 12th and the 16th. Names and addresses are due to me by this Friday, April 24, and then I will send the list to all the participants Saturday morning bright and early.
SWAP GUIDELINES – deadline to participate is Friday, April 24
- Swap is full cards 5 ½ X 4 ¼
- Include your name and email on a sticky note but don’t stamp your name on the back
- On the same or another note list the main products you used – does NOT have to be Stampin’ Up! (SU)
- Cards should have three layers or two layers and an embellishment
- If your card base is Whisper White or Very Vanilla be sure and use thick Whisper White or Thick Very Vanilla or add an extra layer on the inside for stability
- Mail cards directly to the swappers by Thursday, May 7
- We will have a Zoom meeting Tuesday, May 12, at 9:30
Tomorrow, April 22, the retiring products list will be posted on the website at 1:00
Have your wish lists close at hand because the products won’t last long – especially the retiring In Color products.
I will post the original list but it is a moving target as products sell out.
The hostess code through the 25th is: RH4REUGF
Text me if you have questions: 303-814-0838
SAL, Safe And isoLated
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