Hello Stamping Friends,
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Hostess code until June 1: WQVF6WXZ
There are only a few days left – until June 2 – to purchase any of the retiring items.
The best place to see what is left is to go to the ONLINE STORE and click on the link for Last Chance Products:
Today I am sharing three cards with several of my favorites that are retiring:
First Card with my favorite- Music From The Heart, page 57 of the Mini Catalog:
Dawn Olchefske achieved one million dollars in sales and designed this stamp set as one of her many rewards!
Of course if Toons4Biz will allow it.
This is Whisper White with a white background and natural light just like I researched would be best for picture taking and now I have a bluish white instead of yellow.
The hearts have Wink of Stella to add some sparkle. I felt like Cinderella with the birds making the bow.
Base: Basic Black 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 Scored at 4 1/4
Top: Make 2 – 5 7/16 X 4 3/16 I know, crazy, but I wanted just a little black. Go to the 5 1/2 mark and move back 1/16 to get 5 7/16. For 4 3/16, go to 4 1/4 and move back 1/16. That is easier than counting 16ths.
Piano: Whisper White 2 1/8 X 2 3/4
Two Keyboard Pieces to layer at the bottom: 3 X 2 1/4, stamp twice and fussy cut. Adhere to bottom and then fussy cut around the bottom inside and out.
6 ” of twine
To cut your white top piece:
- place a pencil mark from the top right corner over 3/4″ and from the corner down 2 1/4″
- place two pencil marks from the bottom left corner up 1/4″ and up 1/2″
- cut diagonally from the 1/4″ mark at the bottom to the 2 1/4″ mark at the top right
- cut diagonally from the 1/2″ mark at the bottom to the 3/4″ mark at the top right
- shave off 1/16″ on each side of the middle piece
Okay, let me grab the sketch book.
Once they are cut remember to cut off just 1/16″ from each side of the middle piece so you have the black showing.
Second Card with two Favorites: Beautiful You on page 114 of the Annual Catalog and Special Celebrations:
I have used a stamp from this set on so many different cards. Today I used it on a graduation card that I am casing from Sharon Armstrong.
The Congratulations is from the retiring Special Celebrations set:
Base: Gorgeous Grape 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 Scored at 4 1/4
Layer 1: Smoky Slate 3 3/8 X 4 5/8
Layer 2: Gorgeous Grape 3 1/4 X 4 1/2
Top Layer Outside and Inside: Whisper White 3 X 4 1/4 – make 2
Inside Layer: Smoky Slate 3 3/8 X 4 5/8
Cap: Gorgeous Grape 1/2″ square
Diploma: Copy Paper 1/2″ X 5/8″ rolled up and tied with a double wrap of 2″ of colored twine
Tassle: 8″ colored with the Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend
- wrap twine 4 times around 1″ of cardstock
- cut the bottom ends and remove from cardstock
- slip the top ends on the end of your Take Your Pick tool
- tie another short piece of twine twice around 1/4″ from the top
- Use a glue dot to adhere the top to the middle of the cap
- punch a 1/16″ circle from Gorgeous Grape and put on top of the tassle
I used the Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend to color the dress and create sleeves then used a black journaler pen to color the edges of the sleeves. Ivory Stampin’ Blend was used for the legs and arms and Smoky Slate for the shadow. Wink of Stella was used to color the slip.
‘Congratulations’ was stamped in Versa Mark and then sprinkled with Silver Embossing Powder and heat set. The inside greeting is a retired Stampin’ Up! stamp.
Third Card with Two Favorite Retiring Items – Flourishing Phrases on page 35 of the Annual Catalog and the Pretty Label punch:
The Flourishing Phrases greeting set and the Special Celebrations set are excellent additions to your collection and you will use them over and over. I used Flourishing Phrases for a sympathy card in a Mystery Card Challenge. That is a challenge where you are given a specific list of supplies and measurements and you create a card with just those supplies.
- 1/2 sheet cardstock
- Designer Series Paper 3 X 5.5
- Coordinating Card Stock 3.25 X 5.5
- Stamp Set with words
- Punched Shape
- Matching Ink
I know, Sal, it was a fun challenge but I found out none of us avid crafters can make a card without blinging it up. I even had to add a few jewels.
Here is a card I made for my upline’s Mystery Card challenge that meets most of the criteria. I did use two ink pads, though.
The challenge is on again for Saturday, May 30, at 9:30. If you would like to join, I will send you a Zoom invitation, just send me your email.
Hostess code until June 1: WQVF6WXZ
SAL, Sharing A Love of products I don’t want you to miss
Happy Mother’s Day Stamping Friends,
Since we are still on the “Safer At Home” regulations, Mother’s Day is not the norm with visiting our mothers and delivering flowers so I made a special card with lots of flowers- vellum flowers on the outside, a potted plant underneath the double-point on the outside and a bouquet of flowers on the inside.
I was hesitant with the vellum flowers and vellum leaves since they don’t show much detail but they are so soft and pretty that I was pleased.
They do go well together, Sal, and with Petal Pink cardstock for the base it is a very feminine card, perfect for Mother’s Day!
I saw this card fold at http://thepamperedstamper.com.
I changed the flowers and the greeting and the paper and added ribbon but started with her double point card with vellum flowers.
How about CASE -as in copy and selectively edit?!
I have found designing cards is a process of looking at lots and lots of ideas and then incorporating what I like – or changing things up based on what supplies I have in stock. The design changes constantly as I work and sometimes my trash can is full of the trial and errors of a design.
This is really quite a simple card to make. The points are two pieces of Designer Series Paper, Perennial Essence, that measure 3″ X 4″, scored at 1″ along the long side and then the corners are folded down to just above the score line. The 1″ section is adhered under the main layer-Whisper White in my case.
I put a little pencil mark in the middle of the long edge- 2″, and scored to the 1″ score line to make folding a little easier. I also cut a little off of each edge so nothing would hang out if my cuts weren’t quite perfect.
Guilty as charged! Check out these two sets of flowers for the inside. Do you notice the difference?
Yes, but notice the Petal Pink shading around the image in the first one. I saw that technique on a video tutorial by Tina Wardell and I think it really makes a difference. Tina showed how she colors around her images with a light colored Stampin’ Blend and then she takes the Stampin’ Blend color lifter and softens the edge of the coloring.
That is a retired set called ‘Just Because’. It is also what I used for the ‘Thinking of You’ greeting on the front. I set up the Stamparatus and masked off the flower pot above the words to get just the words that I wanted.
This set will go in the Bake Sale sets since I have used it for this Mother’s Day. Be sure and visit the Bake Sale tab once in a while. I will be adding more items after I compare what I have with what I see in the new catalog that I “must” have. Space is becoming an issue here at the house. I like this quote from ‘A Girl And A Glue Gun’:
- Base: Petal Pink 4 1/4 X 11 Scored at 5 1/2
- Points: Designer Series Paper, Perennial Essence, 3 X 4 scored at 1″ along the long side. Make a small pencil mark at the 2″ middle of the wide section and score from the middle mark to the 1″ score line. Clip a little off the edges – see picture above. Adhere the 1″ under the Whisper White layer.
- Whisper White Layer: 4 X 5 1/4, make 2
- Stitched Nested Labels: Petal Pink 2 3/4 X 4 3/4, Die cut with the 2 1/8 X 4 (measured at the inside of the stitching on the die)
- Top Stitched Nested Labels: Whisper White 2 3/4 X 4 1/2, Die cut with the 1 3/4 X 3 1/2 (measured at the inside of the stitching)
- Flowers & Leaves: Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock in green, yellow and pink- retiring in June . I used Flower Shop (retired) and its matching punch for the Petal Pink large flower and then punched three little yellow vellum flowers with a small flower punch just like the one we had for Sale A Bration. The green vellum leaves were punched from various retired punches. Current products would be the Perennial Flower Punch layering two punched pieces to make a six petal flower. The Leaf Punch and the Sprig Punch would work beautifully with the green vellum to make the greenery.
- Stamp Set for the inside bouquet is ‘Accented Blooms’ – retiring in June
- Stamp Set ‘Just Because’ with the greeting Thinking of You and the potted plant with Happy Mother’s Day
- Ink: Memento -Tuxedo Black, Petal Pink stamped on the large flower, Crushed Curry on the small flowers, Pear Pizzaz on the leaves
- Stampin’ Blends – Various with Light Petal Pink used to outline the bouquet image
- Embellishments – Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon 11″ ; one Perennial Essence Floral Center; three sequins
Did I miss anything, Sal?
Of course! For the birthday card I used the ‘Beautiful Moments’ stamp set for the greeting on the inside:
The little vine under the greeting above is in the Accented Blooms stamp set and in the next image is a cute little curly stamp with a heart in the middle from Accented Blooms which I stamped under the potted plant and glued a heart shaped sequin over the stamped heart:
“What you focus on determines what you miss! ” I often focus so much on the greetings and large images that I miss these cute little stamps.
This stamp set is retiring so get it before it is gone (or selling on Ebay for three times the price)! We used the coordinating Tailored Tag punch at Christmas for the quilted plaid card so the two make a nice set to add to your collection.
Let’s take a walk down memory lane.
I love setting out the past cards we have made in clubs and I have several I set out for Mother’s Day. Some of you were with me when we made these and it makes me smile to remember the fun we had!
A pop up box card:
A Magic Shutter Card:
A Rose Box:
Birthday Blooms Pull Up Card:
Layering Framelits (this is Whisper White in real life):
Using the cut out from the front:
This card is a monochromatic Very Vanilla:
The Tulip Embossing Folder was one of our very favorites for stunning cards:
A spinner card:
An Easel Card:
Remember the Top Note Die and lining up Designer Series Paper on the grid sheet and then cutting with the Top Note?
I posted all these mostly for my benefit to “scrapbook” our creations but it also shows the types of cards that we make during club and just might entice you to join when we start up clubs again in June. Contact me if you are interested.
Thank you for spending time with me today! Paul is on a special schedule due to the virus so he had to work and I played on the computer.
Happy Mother’s Day whether remembering and honoring your mothers or celebrating your own motherhood, I hope your day was blessed.
SAL, Sharing A Love
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