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Hello Stamping Friends,
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May showers bring June flowers? Ohh…wait that was supposed to be April showers. Silly Colorado weather. It was a very wet overcast Memorial day here in Castle Rock. I was glad we had gone camping the weekend before.
I hope your three day weekend was restful and you had time to reflect on the men and women who gave their lives that we might be free!
Jo Brooks’ swap card was the perfect card for Memorial Day! Jo used the Stampin’ Up! Mountain Air stamp for the trees and the Stampin’ Up! Glamper Greetings for the stars which she embossed with white embossing powder. She used an Aqua Painter and Real Red for the stripes and Night of Navy for the blue part of the flag. The Dark Basic Black Blender pen was used to darken the trees. Jo printed the front saying off the internet and cut it out with Stampin’ Up! Every Day Label punch. She sponged it with Night of Navy ever so lightly. She created the inside saying herself and printed it from the computer to her color printer. She cut it out with the largest Lots of Label die.
Thank you, Jo. We must never forget!
Let’s get caught up with May’s Mystery Card and the other swaps we exchanged.
It’s a Mini Bendi Card! They lie flat in the envelope and then you pull them out of the envelope, give them an ever so slight pinch and they pop up to stand on their own. Check out this one that I made with the Pansy DSP:
Here are the ones my club members made:
We have had fun with Mystery Card Challenges. This one was a little more challenging than most. We zoom the fourth Tuesday of each month to share our swaps and do a Mystery Card Challenge. Wouldn’t you love to be part of a club? Contact me!
Yes, Sal, but guests are always welcome for a $5 fee and RSVP, and if an interested party had three or four friends we could start a second club.
That’s the Mystery Cards, now let’s look at the other swaps.
Sharon’ s swap uses the Stampin’ Up! Hey Chick stamp set and the Heartland stamp set. She used the Farmhouse Framelits for a fence and the Gingham Gala sequins to bling it up. Her base is Basic White with Bumble bee and Mossy Meadow for the layers.
I love the barn in the background, it is so perfect for this scene.
Ann’s swap card uses a base of Basic White with a white layer embossed with the Ornate Floral embossing folder sponged in Highland Heather and two more layers- one of Highland Heather and one in Basic White. She cut out flowers with the Pierced Blooms Dies adding a center to some from the matching In Bloom stamp set. What a gorgeous layering of colors: Old Olive, Highland Heather, Bumblebee, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo and Basic Black. The greeting is from Many Messages cut with the corresponding Messages die.
Joy’s card uses the Pansy Petals DSP and the Pansy Dies which cut out the flowers so beautifully. The DSP is part of the Pansy Petals DSP. She used the Double Oval Punch with its perfect layering and a sentiment from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set. The Genial Gems add beautiful sparkle to her card!
Lori’s card uses a Basic Black base with strips of Fresh Freesia card stock and a layer of Basic White cut with the Scalloped Contour Dies. The flower is stamped with the Color and Contour stamp set. Don’t you just love those little specks of color?! It’s a stamp in the set! And note those In Color jewels with the 2021-23 In Colors. When they are near the color they take on a rich depth of the same color! The ribbon is the Fresh Freesia open weave ribbon and it is available in all the In Colors – but Fresh Freesia is my favorite!
Suzi’s card uses the Simply Succulent stamp set and the Potted Succulents Dies! I love the background embossed with the 3D brick embossing folder. I looked at one of my past cards with the retired brick embossing folder and it doesn’t even compare to this 3D one with its incredible detail. The Polka Dot Tulle ribbon adds a lovely touch to her beautifully done card!
My card is another card with the Pansy Petals Suite. With the four we made at the Product Class, and the three shown here, you have seen almost all of the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP), and all the techniques for making pansies. Joy and I cut out the pansies from the DSP, I stamped the pansies on one card at class, I used punch art with the dies to make a pansy at the class, and I sponged this pansy. Of all the pansies, I think I like the sponged ones best!
Yes, Sal, just not on this blog post. It will come next! For now this was my May swap, sort of casing one I saw by Windy Ellard of Windy’s Wonderful Creations.
It has a front flap that opens to the inside greeting:
And it has an easel on the back so it stands up! Who wants a card you can’t display?!
Recipe for a sponged Pansy card
- Base: Soft Sea Foam, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2
- Layer: Pansy Patch DSP, 4 1/8 X 5 3/8
- Flap: Basic White, 2 1/2 X 7 1/2, scored at 3 3/4; Note: for the flap to work it needs to be adhered as close to the top of the green striped DSP as possible w/o showing and popped up with a double set of dimensionals.
- Base for the Top of Flap: Pansy Patch DSP, 3 1/8 X 4 1/4, die cut with Stitched So Sweetly Die (largest scallop rectangle)
- Top Layer of Flap: Soft Sea Foam, 2 1/2 X 3 3/4, embossed with Seashells 3D embossing folder, we hide all but the vines with our pansy and petals
- Pansy parts, leaves, stem, buds: Basic White, 8 1/2 X 2 1/2, three leaves, one large pansy petal and two small pansy petals, one center, one stem, two bud parts, – 10 total cutouts
- Easel Back: Thick Basic White, 2 3/4 X 4, score at 2 3/8 and 1 5/8 and then die cut with Hippo and Friends largest oval, centering the middle of the score lines on the die
- Ribbon: Pale Papaya 3/8″ Open Weave, 8″- 5″ to wrap around the large DSP layer and 3″ to make a knot
- Middle of Pansy: Large Yellow in Playing with Patterns Resin Dots
- Greeting: Basic White, Many Messages stamped in Evening Evergreen and cut with Messages Die, sponged on edge
- Strip for the inside of the flap: DSP serendipity find. I cut the small striped DSP layer and then cut another right below it on the same piece and saw this cool little strip between the two die cuts so I used it on the inside.
- Inside Flower and bee on front: Fussy cut from the DSP
Inks for Sponging: Highland Heather Ink, Soft Succulent Ink, Daffodil Delight Ink; Using a sponge dauber, ink, ink off and then sponge around the edge of the large white pansy petal going just inside the edge, then sponge just the edge to get a darker purple. The small petals took four or more times of sponging to get them really dark. Be sure and sponge off for the yellow center so it isn’t too dark. You can always add more to darken. Can you believe that stem is sponged? It looks just like the Soft Succulent paper after sponging. Oh how I love that Stampin’ Up! has matching inks and paper! After the Pansy Product Class and the catalog launch, I didn’t have a scrap of Soft Succulent to use for a die cut but voila! sponging created the exact color.
Thank you dear Stamping Friends for your contributions to todays blog post!
If you are looking for a demonstrator, I would be honored to “Bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!”
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Thank you for spending some time with me!
SAL, Sharing A Love
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Hello Stamping Friends,
I have a treat for you today with lots of cards. I haven’t posted for a long time as I prepared a catalog launch (next post) and then a pansy product class ( next after post)!
I have so much to share with a new catalog and new In Colors and new events and yet I need to catch up on April’s fun before I head into May and a new year.
We had a fun Mystery Card Challenge for April that required a little extra cutting but it used up our scraps. It is called a scrappy strip card! Mine uses the Dandy Garden DSP that is in the JJ Mini.
You start with positioning your longest strip and then start putting in the smaller strips leaving about 1/16″ of the neutral in- between each strip. You will turn the card over to the back and cut off the excess of the strips and your neutral base gives you a nice straight line – from the back.
True, Sal, it was pretty strange and you can’t imagine that it will look like anything nice but like magic you cut off all the strips and turn it over and gasp at how it turned out!
Sharon and Jo participated in the Mystery Card Challenge and sent pictures of their creations:
Sharon just used the front and back of the Ornate Garden DSP and with all the different flowers it looked like she used many more sheets of DSP.
Jo’s card is a fun combo of striped and geometric DSP. It looks like she cut one of the medallions in blue to layer on the brown but she said the paper actually had the design.
April Swap Cards
April’s swap cards were phenomenal as always! Jo, Lucille and Sharon sent theirs early since they were Easter cards and I showed them in the last post if you want more detail but let’s look again at their cards:
Suzi used the Simply Succulents stamp set with the Potted Succulents Dies. She used the soft greens of Coastal Cabana, Sea Foam, Pool Party and Mint Macaron. She colored the succulents with combos of Magenta Madness, Mango Melody and Just Jade. The 3D Brick and Mortar embossing on white with Tasteful Textile on Grey Granite make the card stunning!
Joy used the Sale A Bration Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Berry Blessings Stamp Set from Sale A Bration. The Story Label punch and the Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon with Pacific Point cardstock are a beautiful combination!
Lori’s card uses Grey Granite, Whisper White and accent borders of Basic Black! She used the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder, the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set and the Dragonflies Punch. Her sentiment is from Brushed Blooms and she used the Banners Pick A Punch to create the flagged ends. The Whisper White rectangles were cut with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits. She embossed the dragonfly with white embossing powder and then added rhinestones for the finishing touch.
My card uses a different take on the Spotlight Technique to create a fun scene. I stamped the two children images from Silhouette Scenes and the trees with the beckoning trail from the hostess Summer Days. I attended Stampin’ Up! ‘s On Tour event and they sent us one of the new stamp sets from the upcoming catalog, Etched In Nature, and I used the bird from that stamp set. I masked the bird and then stamped around him with a stamp from the Forever Fern stamp set.
There are so many benefits to being a demonstrator! Let’s talk about it!
Recipe for Etched In Nature
- Base: Blackberry Bliss, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
- Layer 1: Flirty Flamingo, 5 3/8 X 4 1/8
- Top Layer and Inside: (2) Basic White, 5 1/4 X 4
- Bird: Shimmer White, 3 X 3 1/2, punched with 2 1/2″ punch
- Ink: Tuxedo Black ( use the Stamparatus for good coverage on the silhouettes). Stamp the trees off a bit on the left so the path is visible.
- Old Olive to stamp leaves from Forever Fern
- Stampin’ Blends:
- Dk Flirty Flamingo and Dk Rich Razzleberry for bird
- Lt Soft Suede layered with Lt Mango Melody for beak and legs
- Dk Soft Suede for the branch
- Lt Seaside Spray to color in the sky around the bird and foliage
- Matt Black Embellishments
Yes, Sal, I am way behind and have two posts in between the end of the month post. We are headed camping this weekend so I had better get busy! I remember thinking how strange this one blog that I follow is because she frequently posts three or four times in one day. Now I need to do the same thing.
It is a risk I will need to take, Sal, or I won’t have a record of what we have done. So please bear with me dear followers!
If you don’t have a demonstrator I would be honored to have you choose me to help you “bring a pinch of creativity to your crafting world!”
SAL, Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little, Share A Love and always be Salt And Light in the world
Karen Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store. The hostess code for May is NS2RB2WK if your order is under $150. At $150 you earn the hostess rewards yourself but any amount other than that must be combined or rewards are left on the table for no one.