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Gingerbread House Card Contest

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code for December is 6KSWKDMM.   There will be no organized swap in December just holiday greetings to one another if you choose.

The club Christmas party is on our standard second Tuesday, December 14, from 9:30 – whenever!  I provide lunch as a thank you for participation in club either as a member or guest.    We each bring a white elephant gift – garage sale value between $5 and $10.  We’ll make a  Christmas tree ornament this year.

January is our last club rotation so contact me if you would like to be a part of a new club rotation starting in February.  Guests are always welcome for a $5 fee or a $25 order.  We have such fun and have made lasting friendships!

November’s stamping schedule was way wacko since Paul tested positive for COVID and we had to isolate for 14 days.  (He is fine and said he has had worse colds than this.)  Our regular club meeting was moved to the day we would have had the Zoom meeting (4th Tuesday) with a Mystery Card Challenge.  So I created a new challenge – make a Gingerbread House using a Dutch Fold and bring it to club.   We will vote and the top Gingerbread House will receive a prize!

There are a lot of Dutch Fold Cards on social media but the one that inspired me was Anna Helman’s Hen House:

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She has all the instructions on Youtube which I posted here and we need only to change it to a gingerbread house.  In the video the basics of the house structure runs from about the 2 minute mark to the 10 minute mark. From there your creative genius kicks in to do a gingerbread house.

https://youtu.be/GaBdUh5wb6M

Basics for a house-

  • 11 x 5 3/4″ Card Base, Scored Vertically at 1 1/2″ and 3″ then turn and  Score Horizontally at 2 3/4″ and 8 1/4″ (this gives you 2 3/4″ on each side).  The vertical scores are the roof and lay horizontally on the house.
    • Cut off the top section on both sides cutting along the 3″ vertical score line to the 2 3/4 ” horizontal score line and then cut to the top
    • Burnish the folds; Bottom should have two folds like doors that meet in the middle and the top folds down from the     1 1/2 score line to the 3″ score line- this is the roof
    • Make the gables on your roof by making a pencil mark 1 1/2″ from the right and 1 1/2″ from the left on the folded roof and cutting through both layers in a diagonal from 1 1/2″ mark on each side to the 2 3/4″ score line (the top of your door).
  • Think Gingerbread House and have fun!

I pulled out my left overs from last year’s Paper Pumpkin for a front entryway to my house and die cut little windows with the Tailored Tag hole reinforcers.  The icing on the roof and below the windows is from the Gingerbread Dies and the icing on the walls and the snow on the ground are from the Polar Bears Dies. The greeting, the tag, the little candies and the stamped entryway are all from the Paper Pumpkin.  I had trouble keeping the front shut so I dug up one of my little reindeer paper clips from Stampin’ Up! retired products.  A square of gold glimmer paper behind the star and two jewel doorknobs complete the front.

When you open up the roof you can see the extra chimneys that show on the front:

 

For the inside I used a greeting from the retired Wrapped In Warmth stamp set and die cut it out with a Hippo die. The greeting was mounted on two more of the little house pieces from Paper Pumpkin.

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Let’s look at the contestants since yours obviously can’t be entered.

It would be weird to win your own prize.  Sort of defeats the purpose of a contest.

The winner of the prize was Jo Brooks:

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The details, the wreath, the designer series paper and the glitter paper – oh my!  Just beautiful!

So what was the prize?  

A box of gingerbread cookies!  Fitting don’t you think?!

Ann Hausmann made a gnome house:

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Those little gnomes are so cute!  And remember they had to figure out all the layers themselves.  They just had directions for the base.

And a hen house video!

Well, they did have that and Sharon even did the pop ups on the inside of her house like the video showed:

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She put an amazing amount of work into the inside.  With most of her cards, the inside is as creative as the outside!

Lori went with a different roof line on an Early Espresso base, oodles of candies and puff paint!

Love those heart windows!

Thank you, friends for participating in a fun challenge.

I would love to see what you make as a gingerbread dutch fold card!  Send pictures!

  Anything else happening at Stampin’ Up!?

This month is the last for the mini catalog and the home office has posted the retiring list  – with savings!

Jul-Dec-2021-Mini-Catalog-PDF Last-Chance-Products_page order

And today is the last day to sign up for Paper Pumpkin in January, a Lots of Pun kit!

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If you are a demonstrator you can preorder now from the new mini catalog and even earn the Sale A Bration products!

If you would like the perks of being a demonstrator, contact me and I will help you get started.  Learn more by clicking on the blue ‘Join The Fun’ link.  There is no pressure to sell and no penalty if you decide it is not for you.  There are hobby demonstrators and there are business demonstrators so you can join to just get the discounted products or to make a little extra, it is all in your own control!  You pay $99 for a starter kit and you get $125 of products that you choose for your kit!  Win – Win!

Join The Fun 

Thanks for stopping by to see some fun cards!  Come back again soon.

SAL,  Sparing A Little time to have some fun

Karen

Hostess Code for December is 6KSWKDMM, click on little Sal in the computer to shop

 

Merriest Moments and Poinsettia Petals Center Panel Easel Cards

Hostess Code Through October 25:  H6TRE77D

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

Hello Stamping Friends,

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

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

 

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

Let’s start with the Poinsettia Petals-

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Recipe

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

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

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

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

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

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

Merriest Moments Center Panel Easel Card

Recipe

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

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

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

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

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

Card #1

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

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

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

Card #2

Red Velvet meets Merriest Moments inspired by Margi Stamps:

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

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

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

Card #3

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

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

Card #4

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

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

Card #5

Inspired by Lori Pinto at Lolly Pop Papers & Ink:

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

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

Card #6

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

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

Card #7

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAL,   Sharing A Lot of Merriest Moments

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September Swaps and Mystery Card #16

Hostess Code through October 26 is H6TRE77D

Hello Stamping Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mystery Card Challenge #16 printable pdf file

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Differences from the original:

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

  Don’t go until you share those swap cards!

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

  


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

 


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


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


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


  Your blog is like a virtual scrapbook of cards!

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

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

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

Hostess Code through October 26 is H6TRE77D

SAL,   Sadly A Last day for Sale A Bration

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinwheel Tower Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Pinwheel Tower Card

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

This is how my work table looked to start:

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

Recipe:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

A normal day in the life of a crafter!

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


Sharon Fincham’s Christmas Card:

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

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

 


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


Heather Guitreau- for her Mother

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

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

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

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

Hostess Code Through October 25  H6TRE77D

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dove of Hope Ornament & Gift Box

Hello Stamping Friends and Followers,

Remember to click on the header if you are reading this is in your mobile device so you access the full blog where the videos work.

December hostess code is:  F3ZE2UD2

Yesterday was a delightful time with virtual stamping and a virtual party!!  I host a Christmas party each year for my club members to thank them for their faithful support.  I opted for a Zoom party this year and it was fun!  The theme was Snowmen and I was able to find snowmen gift bags and snowmen boxes and a snowman mug, and snowmen plates and napkins and kitchen towels and a snowman buddy to keep them company.  So if anyone is looking for a way to connect this Christmas season, read on for a few ideas and CASE (copy and share everything)  what you can.  Leave me a comment if this helped and add your ideas for others to read.

Christmas Party Bag:

  • Snowman Bag
  • Snowman Buddy to sit beside you
  • Dryer Sheets (just because everyone needs these for cutting out the intricate dies and cleaning up glitter)
  • Snowman round box filled with cotton balls for the game
  • Sleep Mask and plastic spoon on top to blindfold yourself for the cotton ball game
  • Hot Chocolate holder with a candy cane and snowman Ghirdellis (tradition)
  • Microwave popcorn holder
  • Snowman mug, plates, napkin, and cleanup towel
  • Chex Mix and Honey Roasted Nuts
  • Christmas Feud Game Cards packaged with two plain white face masks to stamp
  • Christmas Song Bingo Card with packet of buttons for bingo markers, and craft supplies-red and green sparkly pipe cleaners, bells and ribbon to make a pipe cleaner ornament.  I saw this on Pinterest.

I purchased and downloaded the Christmas song Bingo cards on Etsy and used Spotify on my phone to create a playlist for the songs that were on the Bingo cards.

I purchased the Christmas Feud cards from Etsy.

The plain white face masks were at the Dollar Store as were many of the other items.  It was amazing to see what these creative crafters did to decorate their face masks.  Give a creative person a blank canvas and just watch them go to work!

Masks were scored on basis of :  Participation, something with the snowman theme, image was recognizable, someone said oohhh or ahhhh, it made us laugh.

The round boxes were filled with cotton balls and the party goers were instructed to use the sleep mask (Walmart) to blindfold themselves, place the top of the plastic spoon in their mouth and see how many cotton balls they could dish out of the round box and place in the lid in two minutes.  Points were given for each cotton ball that made it to the lid.

Three rounds of Bingo were played with scores of 3 points for the first bingo, 2 points for the second bingo(s), 1 point(s) for the third bingo(s).

Family Feud was scored as per the game cards.

I kept a running list of scores and then the person with the lowest score got to choose from the first white elephant gift, then up the line to the top score with each person able to keep or steal.

Here are some close ups just for fun:

Recipe for a hot chocolate holder:

  • Pacific Point,  8 1/2 X 5 1/2  Scored lightly at 4 1/4 and then diagonally from 1 3/4 at top to 2 1/2 at side.  The front is stamped randomly with the tiny snowflake stamp from the Snowflake Wishes stamp set in Whisper White.  Use tear and tape to glue the diagonal to the inside and to glue the bottom and side of the holder.
  • Bottom Strip:  Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper, 1 1/2 X 4 1/4.
  • Whisper White:  5 1/2 X 4 1/4, die cut three snowflakes from So Many Snowflakes Dies. Stamp in Pacific Point ink the outer ring of the greeting with the Warm Hugs stamp set as well as the greeting from the Warm Hugs set.  They are both die cut with the Warm Wraps Dies and glued together.  The coffee mug can be stamped right through the circle, stamped again to color the mug and then the steam is stamped in smoky slate.
  • Small Rhinestones were added to the center of the snowflakes and two on the greeting.
  • Insert bow wrapped candy cane and hot chocolate.  The ribbon I used is retired.

My darling Paul made all of the hot chocolate holders after I gave him a prototype so I could make snowmen popcorn holders.  Thank you, my love.

Look at the different plaids on these snowmen!

I loved choosing scarf and hat band colors from the exceptional, gorgeous, amazing Plaid Tidings 6 X 6 paper.  The paper will be retiring on January 4.  It is in the mini on page 57 and is $11.50 for 48 sheets.  Item #153527.

Recipe:

  • Base: Whisper White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 2 1/8 and 6 1/4.  Check your popcorn before scoring!
  • Nose: Pumpkin Pie, one petal of the Large Daisy Punch
  • Eyes: Stamp directly on base with the largest of the Sweetest Time holly berries.  Use a sticky note and punch two circles and you can have perfect alignment each time and no masking:

It looks like you were trying to make an eyebrow and not doing too well. 

No, Sal, that is just the other two berries on the holly berry stamp.  I chose that stamp because it has the little white semicircle to add twinkle to the eye.  I usually use my white marker but this looked better and saved an extra step.  I found that if I started with the eyes I could line the sticky note up exactly where I wanted the hat brim which helped me glue the brim on straight.  The top of the hat then lined up perfectly at the back on the white base so I could glue it on quickly.  Back to the recipe:

  • Mouth, Black Marker and a 2 1/2 inch circle template to draw around.  Be careful and replace it once in a while or the black ink will build up and get ink on your snowman.  Yep- found that out the hard way!
  • Hat Brim:  Basic Black, 4 1/2 X 1 1/2
  • Hat Top:  Basic Black, 2 3/4 X 3, this gives you 7/8 inch on each side of brim
  • Hat Band:   Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper (DSP), 1/2 X 2 3/4
  • Scarf:  Matching Plaid Tidings DSP,  5/8 X 5 1/2 (X2), make little cuts at the ends for fringe
  • Back: Matching Plaid Tidings DSP,  1 X 5 1/2,  Note- put adhesive on the white base on the right hand fold, attach the strip, place adhesive on the left hand side of whisper white base and then place popcorn in the holder and fold the right over the left.  I found the popcorn bags weren’t all consistently filled so I had to flatten them as best I could before putting them in their holder.    This one got an extra little strip because my glue went outside the band.  I also had to glue a matching strip over the back of the scarf since I ran my glue clear to the end of the scarf.

If you just add a couple glue dots to hold the popcorn bag, the recipient shouldn’t have to ruin the holder and it can be regifted.

but I like it with extra matching DSP on the back of the scarf.  

It does match nicely and if you have the time it is great!  If you are scrambling three days before a party-maybe not an option, but definitely better than trying to get the glue off the back of the scarf!  Where’s your snowman, Sal?

Better?

 

Yes, but I will have to get you one of the face masks the ladies made!

Dove Ornament and Gift Box

My goal is to be consistent with ‘Take A Break Tuesday’ facebook live at 9:30 on the second Tuesday of each month. Check it out-

 

Mini Paper Pumpkin Gift Box:

Recipe:

  • Mini Paper Pumpkin Box from Annual Catalog page 152,  #153069, $7.50 for 10
  • Mats (border) for box:  Copper Foil Sheet,  Top= 3 5/8 X 5 3/8, Short Side= 7/8 X 3 5/8 (X2), Long Side=7/8 X 5 5/8 (X2)
  • Designer Series Paper:  Brightly Gleaming, Top=3 1/2 X 5 1/4, Short Side= 3/4 X 3 1/2 (X2), Long Side=3/4 X 5 1/2 (X2)
  • Greeting on Box Top:  Whisper White, 4 3/4 X 3 1/2, Die cut with Celebration Labels Dies, third largest
  • Inside Heart:  Whisper White, 3 X 3, punched with heart punch or die
  • Memento Black Ink, Old Olive Ink and a sponge dauber

I cut out the copper layer for the inside of the box from the copper rectangle mat we used on the top and die cut it with the third largest Celebration die.   I also cut out the Designer Series Paper for the inside using the 4th largest Celebration die and the rectangle I cut for the top of the box.  No need to waste that beautiful paper that will be hidden by the Whisper White top layer!

If you still have some of the retired copper embossing powder from the previous catalog you could emboss the “peace, love, joy”  and the inside greeting in copper for a nice touch!

Dove Ornament

I found this ornament on Pinterest made by Andrea Sargent of Valley Inspiration with Andrea. Thank you, Andrea!

Recipe:

  • Dove:  Whisper White, 3 3/4 X 5 1/2, die cut two detailed wings and one body
  • Dove:  Vellum, 3 3/4 X 5 1/2, die cut two plain wings, one body and one of the small plain tail pieces
  • Olive Branch:  Old Olive, 1 1/2 X 1 1/2, die cut with small olive branch die
  • Gold Hoop:  Page 156 of Annual Catalog
  • Gold Cording:  11″, page 31 of the Mini Catalog
  • Glue dots, Tombow liquid glue and mini dimensionals.   The vellum is glued to the whisper white with liquid glue in just the areas that are solid,  the peace branch is glued to the beak with liquid glue, the wings are then mounted with mini dimensionals to the body and the dove is then attached to the hoop with glue dots at the tail, the branch and the front wing only,  making sure the glue dots are stretched and rolled to not have any excess between the dove and the hoop.
  • Fold the gold cording in half and loop it over the hoop and then tie it in a knot at the top, cutting off the excess.

And with Christmas only 16 days away, do you think anyone will make any of these? 

Sal, these would all be perfect for Christmas craft fairs next year and those projects must be started months ahead of time.  Consider me ahead of things instead of a procrastinator!

 Choke……

I know.

Have a wonderful day ladies and click on over to the online store where you can see what products from the mini are on sale and which are discounted – some 50%!

The Clearance Rack has also been refreshed with new products so check those out.  They go quickly!

December hostess code is:  F3ZE2UD2

SAL,  Sing A Lot of Christmas carols

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Extravaganza – November 24

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

November hostess code:  BX2TBPDE

Tomorrow, November 24, for only 24 hours  ‘almost’ everything in the Annual Catalog is 10% off!

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Click on this exclusion list– everything else is 10% off!!

Exclusion List

I am confused.  Instead of a list of what’s on sale you are showing us a list of what is not on sale?!

It is a shorter list, Sal, of what is NOT on sale!

While you are shopping, dear friends, don’t forget the exclusive stamp set introduced this month:  Curvy Celebrations.  The Curvy Christmas stamp set and Classic Christmas paper are an exclusive addition to the mini catalog and won’t be available after January 4th.  The other Curvy items will be in the January – June mini catalog.  Watch your mailbox in December for the new catalogs.

 

 

Those two items are available only through January 4th, when the Mini Catalog retires?!  Sad….

Yes, but then the new Mini Catalog comes out and the rest of the Curvy products will be available. But why wait?  You could get them all now!   Well, almost right now.  When you order, it will say backordered but the inventory report shows the company has a lot of product coming to the shop the week of November 30.

These exclusive products have been so popular that it would be wise to get on the list for the new shipment coming to the distribution center seven days from now.

The bundle price includes the same 10% off the Quite Curvy Bundle shown above.

I loved this bundle and created this month’s swap card combining the Curvy Die with a greeting from the Curvy Christmas Stamp set and using the Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper and Poinsettia Dies:

 

With the Curvy Dies, I could either turn the die to create little dots all the way across or use the edge with no dots.  I chose no dots since the paper was embellished enough.  The Poinsettia Die cut out plush poinsettias from the designer paper and all the poinsettias on the DSP are the same size so I could have enough die cuts to layer two poinsettias.

Recipe:

Supplies:

  • Curvy Christmas Stamp Set for the greeting and the bow
  • Curvy Dies
  • Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper
  • Poinsettia Dies
  • Wrapped In Christmas Stamp Set for inside greeting
  • Cherry Cobbler Ink for inside greeting
  • Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Pearl Basic Jewels
  • White embossing powder and Versa Mark
  • Heat tool
  • Specialty Vellum Adhesive or glue dots and regular adhesives

Cuts:

  • Base:  Whisper White, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1- make 2:  Cherry Cobbler, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4
  • DSP:  Plush Poinsettia 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 cut with the Curvy Die to leave red base 1/2″ on the left side and 1 3/4″ on the right side from the bottom.
  • Two Plush Poinsettias cut out from the DSP with the Poinsettia die
  • Bow:  Cherry Cobbler, 1 X 2 embossed with versa mark ink and white embossing powder, with red thread (retired) swirled underneath the bow
  • Inside Layer:  Whisper White, 5 X  3 3/4
  • Inside Strip:  Cherry Cobbler 4 X 1 with 4 X 3/4 layer of the plush DSP

Would it be a dumb question to ask why you used a full layer of Cherry Cobbler on the front and the inside instead of just using a Cherry Cobbler base?

A reasonable question, Sal.  With the inside of the card having a full white base section at the top,  you have room to write a long Christmas note. Writing on the dark Cherry Cobbler is hard to read.  I think it brightens up the card as well and I love the extra weight that layers add to a card so it is not as flimsy.  Necessary?  Not at all.

So grab your wish list and see if there are any products on sale tomorrow!

Be sure and watch your mail for the new Mini Catalog and the Sale A Bration catalogs that I ordered to be delivered directly to your home.  They should arrive mid December.

November hostess code:  BX2TBPDE

SAL,  Selling A Lot at 10% off

Karen

 

 

Snowman Theater Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

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

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

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

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

Video 1:

Video 2:

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

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

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

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

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

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

  

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

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Mr. Snowman up close:

 

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

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

The Blue Version:

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

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Recipe:

Supplies:

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

Cuts:

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

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

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

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

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

Here is the Nativity version of the Theater card:

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

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

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

SAL,    (Sharing A Lot)

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

Sights & Sounds of the Season

Hello Stamping Friends,

If you are viewing this post in your mobile device, click to open the email and then click again on the header to go to the website so the videos and links work.

Joy is our hostess this month and the hostess code is:  9YGY2BAX

We made a spur of the moment trip to Estes Park last weekend and it was so worth it, even though I am now far behind on my to do list.

The fall colors were exceptional and there had been a river site cancellation at Manor RV park just minutes before we called!  Saturday was picture perfect!

    Did you put a pumpkin outside Jasper to decorate?

That would have been fun, Sal, but the neighboring RV had plenty of decorations to enjoy.  (By the way, Sal is referring to Jasper, our motorhome, it’s a Jamboree, so of course, being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, we needed to have alliteration in the name just like all our Stampin’ Up! colors).  Here’s Paul and Jasper on the river site.

So let’s get down to business!

If we must…. sigh…

Yes, we must!  Select Designer Series Papers are on sale- click on the image to view:

And we have a sneak peak of the November Paper Pumpkin- I see a gingerbread house stamp, I hope, and what looks like a house we can decorate and candies…. oh my!

Click on the Jolly Gingerbread image to join or visit page 71 of the Holiday catalog to get a prepaid subscription with the benefit of adding other supplies from your wish list!  Use hostess code:  9YGY2BAX and our current hostess, Joy, will be on her way to earning free products.

 

Last year the Paper Pumpkin had tags and I made cards out of all the tags, click to view that post, and I have heard the sales of gift cards are expected to go up this year!  I am certainly running out of ideas and may send a few myself.

FYI:  There is a “Joy to the World” Facebook page for those of you who purchased October’s kit.

Event notice: If my kit arrives I will have a ‘Take A Break Tuesday’ Facebook Live next Tuesday, October 20, 9:30AM to look at the October Joy To The World kit and create cards.

Should I change my pumpkin to a snowman?

Oh no, Sal, not yet!  But we do want to get a head start on Christmas Cards, so today’s post includes two cards representing Sights and Sounds of the Season.  We love looking at poinsettias and hearing the silver bells!

Click here to view the Facebook Live:

Cherish The Season

This layout started with the picture in The Mini Catalog, page 33.

Recipe:

  • ‘Cherish The Season’ stamp set
  • ‘Sounds of the Season’ dies
  • ‘Garden Gateway’ Dies for arch
  • ‘Peony’ Dies Border
  • ‘Toile Christmas’ stamp set for the greeting
  • ‘Christmas Cardinal Dies’ to cut the banner
  • Real Red Sheer Ribbon 10″
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 3 small, one large
  • Inks:  Garden Green, Versa Mark, Cherry Cobbler
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Base:  Real Red, 4 1/4 X 11 scored at 5 1/2
  • Front Sides:  Designer Series Paper:  Tis The Season,  1 X 5 1/2 (make 2)
  • Middle Layer Background:  Red Foil, 2 1/2 X 5 1/2
  • Swag Base:  Whisper White, 2 1/8 X 5 1/2; Die cut the top with the arch from Garden Gateway Dies, and die cut the bottom with the Peony edge die
  • Pine Boughs:  Garden Green, 1 1/2 X 6; Make 4 little and 4 large boughs
  • Bells:  Silver Foil, 2 1/4 X 4 1/2  Make one set of four bells and and an extra little bell for the inside; cut the 4 strips (all on one die) for the front four. Use Scotch Tape on the back of the two bells you will color before die cutting and then another piece after cutting.  Color the holly leaves with Dk Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Blends and the berries with Lt Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends – color twice for depth of color.

  • Front Greeting:  Whisper White, 4 1/4 X 1 1/4;  stamp Christmas Wishes from Toile Christmas, first in Versa Mark and then in Cherry Cobbler.  Sprinkle with clear embossing powder, then heat and cut it out with the Cardinal Die Set.  Tip:  with clear embossing powder, you have the ability to emboss in any ink color you have.
  • Inside Layer:  Whisper White, 3 3/4 X 5
  • Strip on Inside:  Tis the Season DSP, 1/2 X 5
  • Stamp set for inside:  For Unto Us  stamped in Garden Green

In the video, I use Shaded Spruce for the back of the swag instead of the red foil, and I had another card made with Garden Green.  Which color do you like the best?

   I vote for the Red Foil but I like the greens as well and that would be cheaper!

Poinsettia Petals

Layout cased from Vincenza Montereale on Demonstrator Planning Place.

Recipe:

  • ‘Poinsettia’ Dies
  • ‘Poinsettia Petals’ stamp set
  • ‘Ornate Layers’ Dies
  • ‘Stitched Rectangles’ Dies
  • Beaded Pearls
  • Shimmer Paint
  • Stampin’ Spritzer
  • Ink:  Balmy Blue, Versa Mark and White Embossing Powder
  • Base:  Thick Whisper White, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Large Ornate Layer:  Balmy Blue, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2
  • Flocked Vellum Specialty Paper Layer:  5 X 3 5/8, cut with the 2nd largest stitched rectangle die
  • Small Ornate Layer:  Balmy Blue, 5 X 3 1/2 , cut both the ornate layer and the center cut out at the same time using the 3rd smallest rectangle die
  • Blue Sprigs X2:  Use Balmy Blue rectangle cut out from the previous step
  • Poinsettia and white sprigs:  Whisper White, 5 1/2 X 6 1/4; make two each of the medium poinsettia and two each of the medium large poinsettia and cut three sprigs in white
  • Small poinsettia and the Leaf:  Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper, 2 1/4 X 2 1/4, Die cut one small leaf and two small flowers.
  • Inside Layer:  Balmy Blue, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Strip:  Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper, 3/4 X 4

Thank you for spending some time with me here on the blog and thank you to those who created their club cards with a Facebook Live instead of meeting here at home.  The positive side is that there is no waiting as we share the tools, so we accomplished in two hours what normally takes four hours at the house.

Would you like to be part of club?  You can pay $5 for the club cards and be our guest!  We swap with each other, those who can, and we meet by Zoom on the last Tuesday of the month to share our swap cards, visit with each other and do a Mystery Card challenge.

I would be honored to be your demonstrator and support you however I can as I bring “a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!”

   That’s the part where I came in!

So true and let us all be SALs in this crazy world bringing Salt And Light to everyone we meet!

Virtual Hugs,

Karen

Click on Sal in the computer to go to the online shop and be sure and use the hostess code 9YGY2BAX if your order is under $150 (at $150 you earn the hostess dollars yourself).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August Club Cards using Sweetest Time Bundle

Hello Stamping Friends,

August Hostess Code:  HKVNWPPX

The Facebook Live on Tuesday morning, August 11, worked!  The internet stayed stable and we were able to create three Christmas cards and a Little Treat Box to introduce goodies in the new catalog!  Club members and guests had kits for all four projects with instructions on what size of greeting they would need to add to each project since the kits cannot include any stamped images per the home office.  The new Winter Snow Embossing Folder and a roll of Metallic Mesh Ribbon from the new catalog were prizes that will go to the lucky winners!

  Christmas – are you kidding me? Four projects – are you nuts? 

No, but it is new catalog launch time and, besides, everyone who participated now has three cards to start their Christmas card list, and a little treat box which would make a great name plate for their holiday table. Here is a collage of the products:

 

 

I will follow the order of projects from the Facebook Live video and start with the little treat box:

1) Little Treat Box

There are so many ways to construct this little box.  The typical way is on the right with both flaps coming up on each side to meet at the top.  The left shows a little treat box with the front flap folded to the inside so the other side of the designer series paper (DSP) shows. I die cut three little ornaments from the same DSP and I used one of the Medallion dies to make a matching paper ribbon.  The middle box is my favorite.  Instead of folding the flap to the inside, I cut the flap off and glued it to the back of the little box.

 

 

 

The die works perfectly on a 6 X 6 piece of DSP.

And look at all the dies that are in the Little Treat Box Dies!

Wait – what is that thing at the bottom?  

That, Sal, is a cut out using the Medallion Die Set from the annual catalog.  It is perfect to run through the holes at the top of the box to hold it together or just to decorate it as I have done on the one above at the left.   Here are examples of some of the fun little stamps in the Little Treats stamp set and a silver foil die cut ring and spider.

Wouldn’t the stamps make great decorations for the flap of an envelope?

I still think the best utilization of the little box is for a name plate at a holiday meal with the box filled with after dinner butter mints.  Yum!

There are several additional examples on page 70 of the new mini catalog.

2) Gold Candles with Sweetest Borders Dies

This close up of the card shows the use of the Brushed Metallic Cardstock from page 45 of the new mini catalog.  It also shows the use of the Fine Tip Glue Pen to add dimension to the berries and the candle flame.  I stamped the candles from the Sweetest Time stamp set and then cut them out to use for a template for the curve at the top of the candle.  I used an oval template to score a nice line at the top of the candles.

I cased the card from page 21 of the catalog except for the candles and the layer of Brushed Metallic Cardstock embossed with the Dainty Diamonds 3D folder.  This is the card we did in the video.

 

 

 

This is another version with a little bit longer banner so I could fold it differently.  After putting Fine Tip Glue on the berries in the first card,  I moved the banner down on this one so I could see all of them.

 

Wow – the camera really reflected the brushed gold paper.

Which card do you prefer?

I choose the funny folded banner on the second one but the placement on the first one. 

Thanks, Sal, that would look nice as well.

Tip: I used a folded dryer sheet under the cardstock as I cut out each color for the holly accents.  This makes the paper piecing so easy when you separate the main die cut from the inside cuts.  With a nice pair of tweezers you will be done in no time and you could make two cards with opposite die cuts for the greens, though you would have to run a second set of holly berries.

Tip: Mark the top of each of your die cuts so that the paper piecing is correct

The garden green is cut at the right and left sides to match the Whisper White layer after your paper piecing is complete.

I used scotch tape on the back to hold all the pieces in place.

Gold Candles Recipe

  • Base:  Real Red, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2  scored at 4 1/4
  • First Layer: Brushed Gold, 5 X 3 3/4 embossed with Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder
  • Second Layer:  Whisper White,  4 1/2 X 3 1/4
  • Holly Leaves:  Garden Green, 2 1/2 X 6  die cut on top of a folded dryer sheet- mark the top
  • Holly Leaves Accent:  Pear Pizzaz, 2 1/2 X 6 die cut on top of a folded dryer sheet-mark the top
  • Holly Berries:  Real Red,  3 1/2 X 1 die cut on top of a folded dryer sheet- mark the top
  • Large Candle:  Brushed Gold, 2 1/4 X 7/8 use template to round top and an oval to score the top
  • Small Candles (2):  1 7/8 X 7/8 use template to round top and an oval to score the top
  • Candle Flames:  Daffodil Delight Scrap 1 X 1 punch outs from the Detailed Trio Punch
  • Banner:  Crumb Cake, 1/2″ X 6 1/2″ Scored 1″, 1 1/2″, 5″, 5 1/2″ ; Banner cut the ends to desired length
  •  Inside:  Whisper White, 5 X 3 3/4
  • Inside Accent:  Brushed Gold embossed strip 5 (plus a hair) X 1/2″  (Embossing shrinks it a bit)
  • Embellishments:  3 Red & Gold Wonderful Gems (pg 31)
  • Inks:  Garden Green and Real Red
  • Stamps:  Sweetest Time
  • Dies:  Sweetest Border Dies

 

The inside stamps and the front greeting are in the Sweetest Time stamp set and the stamp has the little white sparkle for the holly berries so we don’t have to add it.  Love this!

3) Candy Cane Sweetest Borders Die

This project is a case (copy and share everything) from Deb Hoicks Crafty Cottage.

 

 

 

Candy Cane Card Recipe

  • Base:  Thick Whisper White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2  Scored at 4 1/4
  • Die Cut Layer: Real Red, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, with 1 1/2 X 5 1/2 piece of double back adhesive placed at the right hand side before cutting with the Sweetest Border Die
  • Designer Series Paper (DSP):  ‘Tis The Season (pg. 31) 5 1/2 X 2 1/2
  • Metallic Mesh Ribbon:  6 1/2″
  • Candy Canes & Peppermints:  Whisper White  2 X 3;  Real Red  2 X 2
  • Banner:  Whisper White 1″ (minus a hair) X 3 1/4″
  • Inside:  Real Red Strip 3/4 X 5 1/2
  • Inside Accent:  Same DSP 1/2 X 5 1/2
  • Real Red Braided Linen Trim 6″, make a little bow to place on top of the candy canes (not around them)
  • Red Rhinestones: 6
  • Ink:  Real Red
  • Stamps:  Sweetest Time
  • Dies:  Sweetest Border Dies

4) Bermuda Bay Candles

This is a case of the catalog, page 73.  I love that Stampin’ Up! gives us a pictured index at the back of the new mini and they use different examples in the index to give us even more ideas to use.  The catalog candles are Coastal Cabana but I chose a deeper blue with Bermuda Bay.  We can’t stamp images for kits so I made the candles from a  Bermuda Bay cardstock embossed with the Subtle 3D embossing folder.  The die cut is sponged with Bermuda Bay and Garden Green after stamping off to make it lighter.

Tip:  Build your holly leaf and pine bough accents on Stampin’ Dimensionals (use the silicon pad so they don’t stick) then add them to the back of your circle.  Having this all pieced together will help you know where to place the strip at the bottom, then put on more dimensionals on the left and right leaving the center open for the candles.  Mount the circle with accents after you have glued on the bottom strip.  The candles are mounted on dimensionals and slipped behind the circle.  The candles are curved at the top with a template cut out from the stamped candle images.  The curve is scored with an oval cut out.  I used the Bermuda Bay marker to enhance the curve and then added the flames from the cut outs of the Detailed Trio Punch in Crushed Curry with a bit of Fine Tip Glue to make them glow.

I tried another version with a smaller circle on the front:

What’s your vote on this one, Sal?

The larger circle.  There’s too much white with the small one and the rhinestones don’t show up near as much as placing them on a gold cut out. 

Bermuda Bay Candle Recipe

  • Base:  Thick Whisper White, 4 1/4 X 11 scored at 5 1/2
  • Top for die cutting:  Whisper White, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 cut with the left side of the die straight edge at 1 1/4 then sponged with Bermuda Bay and Garden Green -stamp off before sponging
  • Circle:  Whisper White, 3 X 3  Second largest in stitched shape circles; the small circle is the third largest
  • Accent Strip under circle:  Bermuda Bay, 5/8″ X 3″  Make two – one for the inside
  • Holly Leaves:  Garden Green, 2 1/2 X 2 1/2  Make two small and two large leaves
  • Pine Boughs:  Gold Foil, 7/8 X 7 1/2  Make 5 gold pine boughs and 2 holly berry die cuts;
  • Candles:  Bermuda Bay, Embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder, 7/8 X 4, make one large candle 7/8 X 2 1/8 and one small candle 7/8 by 1 7/8, round the top & score the top with oval template
  • Flames:  Crushed Curry, 1 X 1, punched with the Detailed Trio Punch to give you nice cut outs, then add Fine Tip Glue to make it shine
  • Embellishments:  6 Wonderful Gems (page 31) mounted on gold foil
  • Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Garden Green
  • Stamps:  Sweetest Time
  • Dies:  Sweetest Border Dies

I sure like your cardstock candles instead of stamped images.

Well, it is a creative challenge to find a way to make kits with no stamped images but we accomplished it and hopefully everyone enjoyed their kits!

August Hostess Code:  HKVNWPPX

SAL,   Sighing A Lot (to think of Christmas)

Karen

 

 

 

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