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Thank You or Sympathy Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

January’s Hostess Code:  UEEZKD2D  Use this if your order is under $150.  At $150 you receive the hostess rewards.

.    Lions and Dragons – Oh my!  (Dandelions and Dragonflies-tee hee)  

That image is a sneak peak of tomorrow’s Facebook Live to make January’s club cards.  Join me at 9:30 AM at:

http://www.facebook.com/stampalosopher/videos

 

Can I come?  

Not quite yet, Sal, I have a few more classes to watch to be able to have you join us.  Soon!!

Thank You Cards

Are you wishing you had a quick and simple card layout for thank you notes?   I have one from a Mystery Card Challenge in our Blended Stampers Group on Facebook.   I used it for my club Zoom Mystery Card challenge #8.

I used ‘Feels Like Frost’ Designer Series Paper with coordinating bases, the Stitched Nested Labels and Metallic Mesh Ribbon.

‘Love & Thanks to a Dear Friend’ is from the Prized Peony stamp set with an inside greeting of ‘Your sweet friendship refreshes the soul’ also from Prized Peony.  The ‘Thank You’ is from ‘Beautiful World’ using a Stampin’ Marker to color just the thank you of the stamp.  Note:  Always use a marker not a blend when coloring the back of a stamp since the blends are alcohol and would stain the stamp.

Here is a close up:

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Now you can see the trick!  You score at halfway-5 1/2 , and again at 6 3/4.  Then you glue the 1 1/4″ section between the 5 1/2 and the 6 3/4 scores to the back half of the card.  Punch out little notches on this glued section and you have a unique placement for your ribbon.  I used the ‘Tailored Tag’ Punch.

Here are cards made by club members:

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This was the Christmas card I made for the Blended Stampers group.  We could use all our left over Christmas paper and make this  year’s cards!!

Dreamer!!

For sure!

Did you overlook the beautiful ‘Touched My Heart’ hostess set in the back of the Annual Catalog?  I used it to make Sympathy and Thank You cards in December casing Dawn Michels’ post on Pinterest.

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The base is Just Jade and the brick background comes from Tasteful Touches.

Base:  Just Jade, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2  Scored at 4 1/4

First Layer (X2):  Whisper White, 5 1/4 X 4

Top Border:  Just Jade, 3 1/4 X 3 1/4

Top:  Whisper White, 3 X 3

Bow:  8″ of  3/8″ Old Olive/Pretty Peacock reversible ribbon

Stamp the heart, the bricks and the greetings in Soft Suede and color the leaves with Just Jade.

The inside greeting is from the set ‘Kindness and Compassion’ which is retired.

What……Breaking your own rule of not using retired products?  

Once in a while, what you want to say overrides the self imposed rule!

This was a swap card using ‘His Love’ stamp set.   I made it months ago and it has been sitting on my desktop waiting to be posted.  It seems a good place to post with these cards since it would be good for encouraging someone.

Base:  Mint Macaron,  4 1/4 X 11, Scored at 5 1/2

Layer 1:  Ornate Garden DSP in Mint Macaron with Gold Foil,  4 X 5 1/4

Layer 2: Mint Macaron,  3 X 4 1/2

Layer 3:  Whisper White, 2 3/4 X 4 1/4, Embossed with Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder

Ribbon:  Pool Party Sheer 3/8″ Ribbon,  4″ to wrap the layer and 8″ to make a bow.

Medallion:  Die Cut with Tasteful Labels a Large Circle in Gold Foil, 2 1/4 X 2 1/4 needed, a small circle with the Tasteful Labels Die, 1 1/2 X 1 1/2, in Whisper White, and punch a 1 3/8 circle from the matching DSP for the middle of the medallion.

Daisy:  Punch a large daisy in the DSP and another with the Gold card stock.  Use the small daisy punch with DSP for the top of the daisy and embellish with a Gold Gilded Gem.

For the inside:  Stamp off the Bible and then stamp it on the card stock.  (This is sometimes called ‘second generation’ stamping- you stamp off your freshly inked stamp on scrap paper before stamping on your card stock to create a lighter image.)  Stamp ‘Always’ in full strength ink on top of the Bible.

I hope these cards have given you a ‘pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world’.

That tag line is how I came to be!

Indeed!  Thank you for your time in visiting today.  If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be honored to help you out with your crafting needs.

SAL,  (So At Last – the new year begins)

Karen

January’s Hostess Code:  UEEZKD2D   Click on Sal in the computer to go to my onsite shop.

 

Smiles & Love for the Season

Hello Stamping Friends,

Remember to click once to open your email and then click on the heading to open the blog post.

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!

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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.

Recipe:

  • 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.

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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:

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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 stampalosopher@gmail.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

Karen

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Mystery Card #3 and July Swap Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

August hostess code if your order is under $150:  HKVNWPPX

Today is the last day to order and get a $5 coupon for each $50 you spend and then tomorrow is the big day when the new mini catalog goes live, you can spend your coupons and the new online store goes live!!

Demonstrators earn the same $5 for each $50 and can order right now from the new mini catalog so call quick and we can make that happen (or click the join button in the tabs above and just follow the instructions.)

Our club met by Zoom last Tuesday and we shared our swap cards and made a “Mystery Card” using the list of supplies I had sent them all earlier.

What happened to Mystery Card Challenge #2?

Hmmm….. I guess I was too excited to travel to Mount Rushmore and didn’t post.  I will have to backtrack with a different post.

The cool 1″ fold  of the base on the Mystery Card #3 lets you see and use both sides of a Designer Series Paper (DSP).  So often we let our DSP sit on a shelf because we love both sides and don’t want to use one side and lose the other.  Here is our answer to using both sides!  I am using the Ornate Garden Specialty DSP on a Terracotta Tile Base.

I glued the DSP to the back of the 1″ flap and used the reverse side of one of the 3/4″ DSP strips.  On the inside you have the full DSP showing on the left and a 3/4″ strip of the DSP with the front side showing on the right.

For the greeting I used the Stitched Nested Labels and the Ornate Thanks stamp set with Old Olive ink and Soft Suede ink. The ribbon is the Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack and Terra Cotta Tile gems (retired).  I wish I would have had the new In Color Butterfly Gems in the Terra Cotta Tile.

 

I received pictures from some of the club members who completed the card:

 

 

Sharon made three cards while we chit chatted and made one!  She is preparing for Christmas and sends out 200+ cards so definitely time to get started!

I will be starting Christmas cards August 11 on Facebook Live (and it will be recorded if you can’t be there at 9:30AM).  I will be demonstrating 3 Christmas cards and a Christmas gift box as I launch the new Mini Catalog.  Kits are $10 for guests, free for club members.  Contact me by Wednesday and I will deliver or mail your kits to you.  You can create the cards at your leisure watching the recorded Facebook Live on the Stampalosopher Facebook page or right here on the blog.

July Swap Cards:

I promised in my July Facebook Live with the Banner Blooms Easel Birthday Card using the Rainbow Glimmer paper that I would make a card with the die cut colored so here you are:

Recipe:

  • Base:  Granny Apple Green 4 1/4 X 11 Scored at 5 1/2
  • Border:  Perennial Essence DSP 3 3/4 X 5 1/2
  • Top:  Whisper White 5 1/2 X 4  Cut with Banner Blooms Dies, colored with Stampin’ Blends
  • Inside Layer:  Whisper White 3 3/4 X 5 1/2
  • Strips for Inside Layer:  Perennial Essence DSP 1/4 X 5 1/2

Here are swaps from my creative stamping friends:

Swaps are so fun!  We just mail our cards to each other throughout the month.  If you are interested in August Swaps let me know ASAP and I will add your name and address to the list. Swaps are due to each other in time for the August 25th 9:30 am Zoom meeting.

Have a wonderful day!

SAL,   So August Leaps into the picture

Karen

 

March ’20 Paper Pumpkin and April Card Swap

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.

I can attest to the ‘sorta sane’.  

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…….

I know, let’s run around the block and get your blood pumping.  

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:

Gasp!

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:

  Paper Pumpkin had Meerkats????

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.

Recipe

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?!

  You’re not thinking of replacing me with an otter, are you?

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

Karen

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