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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

 

Gather Together with Nuts About Squirrels

Hello Stamping Friends,

Did you miss me?  Right before Thanksgiving I received an email from my web host company that their company had been hacked and my blog was locked until I changed my password and did a list of things to protect the website.  I didn’t want to work on it with all the Thanksgiving preparations and Christmas shopping at craft shows but I am up and running again!  Thank you for your patience.

Did you go to Tagawa or the Fairgrounds for the craft shows?  They were amazing this year.  I am sure everyone spent the last year of COVID creating wonderful things to sell!!

.   And you hardly spent a dime, right?

Let’s not go there!  Let’s look at November swaps:

The video was made a couple weeks ago so the sale I talk about is over but we have a new sale on retiring products.  I will post that down below.

This card is a case of one made by Lezards de Cilou.  Hers was made as a much larger card but the idea was great so I made a normal A2 size card,.

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Recipe:

Woodtone Designer Series Paper (DSP) is either ‘In Good Taste’ or ‘Beauty Of The Earth’ (Both are in the Annual Catty) or just use Early Espresso and Emboss with the Bark 3D embossing folder.

Stamp Sets:  Nuts About Squirrels and Pretty Pumpkins

Inks:  Soft Suede- squirrel outlines; Cinnamon Cider for stamping the color of the squirrels; Pumpkin Pie for greetings and one inside little leaf;  Cajun Craze for a leaf; Crushed Curry for a leaf; Early Espresso for branches and veins on the leaves.

Blender Pens:  Ivory for shading on the squirrels; Bronze for the top of the acorn; Lt Cajun Craze for bottom of acorn.

Marker:  Pumpkin Pie to add dots to greetings

Dies:  Layering Diorama Dies, Tailored Tag Dies

Embossing Folder:  Cracked Paint

  • Base:  Bumble Bee, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2.
  • Back Piece for a background:  Woodtone DSP, 2 1/4 X 3 5/8,  this is to be a background for your cutouts.  Glue to base.
  • Middle layer:  Woodtone DSP, 3 5/8 X 4 5/8, die cut with smallest Layering Diorama Die, emboss with the Crackled Paint embossing folder and then distress and sponge the edges with Early Espresso- Turn this layer upside down so your openings are different.
  • Very Top Layer:  Woodtone Designer Series Paper; 3 7/8 X  4 7/8.  Cut with the second from smallest Layering Diorama Die centering about 1 1/2″ top and bottom.  Emboss with the Crackled Paint Embossing Folder. Sponge the cut out to add shadows and glue to the back piece you glued on the base.
  • Tree Branches at top:  DSP from Beauty Of The Earth, 1 3/4 X 4, fussy cut the edges
  • Inside Layer:  Basic White, 3 7/8 X 4 7/8, Stamp greeting, then the little leaves in bottom corner.  The stamp set has a two time stamping for the leaves- the leaves are stamped and then the veins are stamped over top,  I used Pumpkin Pie ink, Cajun Craze Ink and Crushed Curry Ink and then stamped the veins in Early Espresso.
  • Squirrel, acorns and tree branch – Basic White, 3 3/4 X 5
    • Stamp the squirrel outline in Soft Suede twice with the Stamparatus
    • Stamp the two step coloring of the squirrels with Cinnamon Cider stamped off once, reinked and stamped off a second time
    • Color in the squirrel with Ivory Stampin’ Blends
    • Stamp two additional acorns and color with Bronze on the top and Lt. Cajun Craze on the bottom
    • Stamp the tree branch with Early Espresso and fussy cut
  • Greeting:  Basic White, 1 1/2 X 3, Mask half the greeting with sticky note, ink, remove mask and then stamp.  The inside gets the other half of the greeting doing the same thing.  Then add three little dots with the Pumpkin Pie Marker.  Cut the front with the smallest Tailored Tag Die. Hide the circle under the squirrel’s head.

After making a couple I determined the best way to add the layers was dimensionals around the opening of the middle layer and gluing the sides with glue runner or Tombow.  Then the top is popped up with adhesive strips.

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Using the Layering Diorama Dies is not as complicated as it looks and there are so many creative applications online.  The Nuts About Squirrels carries over to next year so that is good news for you demonstrators wanting to use it for your classes.

.  That was cool!  I bet the others sent you great swap cards as well! 

They did and we should take a look so we have a scrapbook of ideas for the future!

Cindy’s card is a wonderful Thanksgiving greeting that you must see even though it is not a swap.  Look at the many lovely Designer Series Papers she used and the Pretty Pumpkin stamp, linen thread and gold gems!  The pumpkin is glossy and beautiful in real life.  I think she used the baby wipe technique for the colors and then embossed with clear embossing powder. It sparkles!

Ann’s beautiful card uses the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper, Scalloped Contour Dies and Beautiful Trees dies.

 

Lori’s helping me with Christmas cards with her swap using the Playful Penguin Designer Series Paper and Misty Moonlight card stock, Layering Diorama Dies, Curvy Christmas sentiment, Christmas Whimsy card kit for star stamp, and fussy cut little creatures from the Designer Series Paper.   So cute!!

   

Jo used the Days To Remember stamp set with the Brushwork Alphabet and lovely Designer Series Paper and sequins:

 

Joy used a Pale Papaya card base with a layer of Blackberry bliss (love that combo) and then weaved strips of the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper on a Pale Papaya layer embossed with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder.  She used the Pretty Pumpkins Stamp set with the bundled Detailed Pumpkins dies for the pumpkins and the greeting is from the same set.

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Sharon’s card uses fun table name markers from her stash to make a cute Thanksgiving card:

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Lucille’s card is lovely with lots of sparkle and stitched leaves on a Bumble Bee base with an Old Olive layer.  The ‘hugs’ is die cut and the oval is a stitched oval.

 

Such talent!  Thank you all!  

‘A pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting life!’

SAL,  Sending A Lot of cards to inspire you

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Veterans

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SAL,  SALuting!

Karen

 

Pencil Box & Sympathy Cards/Eden Garden

 

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Hello Stamping Friends,

Susie Wood made this lovely sympathy card with the Eden Garden supplies and posted to Pinterest:

The gold leaves are foil and just beautiful!  I would like a whole pack of just that sheet!  I love the greeting in Eden’s Garden Cling Stamps that says “My heart is tied to yours-tug if you need anything” and of course the “Sending Hugs” greeting.  The sympathy greeting on Susie’s card is from the ‘Peaceful Moments’ stamp set.

So if you haven’t been making cards with the new set, what have you been doing?

Well, I haven’t been slacking, Sal (Slave driver At Large).  October is pastor appreciation month and we have three main pastoral staff at our church so I purchased a nice pen and refill for each of them and then created a Pencil Box.  Check it out:

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Here is the recipe for future pencil boxes to decorate with whatever you have in your stash:

Pencil Box Recipe

I started by measuring the pen and refill I was putting in the pouch.  This takes a 12 X 12 cardstock.

  • Base:  10 3/4 X 9 1/4; Score at 4, 4 1/2, 8 1/2, 9, 10 1/4

Fold and burnish all your score lines.

Place Tear & Tape on the 1/2″ flap at the right, fold over and corner round the edges.

I used the Crop A Dial to add an eyelet to the flap on two of the pencil pouches, the pink one I just tied with ribbon.

Angle your little side tabs when you cut them for ease and then glue them to the inside.

  • First Layer (2):  3 3/4 X 8
  • Second Layer (2):  3 1/2 X 7 3/4
  • Envelope Flap:  Gold Foil, 8 X 1 1/8 corner rounded
  • Envelope Flap:  DSP, 7 3/4 X 7/8 corner rounded

From there, I found the greetings I wanted and then let the creative juices flow.

“You make the ordinary extraordinary” – Simply Succulents

“You’re absolutely amazing” – Color & Contour

“Thank you”- Hand Drawn Blooms

“You Are So Special” – Tasteful Touches


Unfortunately, I also needed several sympathy/friend cards.  Mary Ann Cowan used Soft Sea Foam on one she had made and it looked soft and comforting.  The Hippo Dies gave me the layers and the Forever Fern Stamp Set and Forever Flourishing dies were used for the greenery.  The Positive Thoughts stamp set has the ‘Hugs, Prayers, Love” greeting and the set also has the little flourish you see here under the ‘With Sympathy’ greeting from Lasting Lily(retired).   The friend card uses the same little flourish and greetings from Welcoming Window (My Sweet Friend) and Seascape (I’m here for you …always).

  • Base:  Soft Seafoam, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and 2 1/8
  • Layer:  Soft Seafoam, 2 X 5 1/4, embossed with Tasteful Textile embossing folder
  • Inside: Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4, emboss 2″ on the right hand side with Ornate Floral embossing Folder
  • Vellum:  5 1/4 X 4
  • Ink:  Old Olive, stamped full strength on one leaf and stamped off on the second
  • Dies: Forever Flourishing, Hippo Dies
  • Stamp Sets:  Positive Thoughts, Lasting Lily, Welcoming Window, Seascape

 

The greeting on the next one is from the Kindness and Compassion stamp set.  Very Versailles was used for the vine and the words.  The card stock used  is Pale Papaya and Soft Succulent.  It is so much prettier in real life.  The die used is Detailed Bands.  The sympathy greeting and rose are from the Painted Glass retired set.

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I need a scrapbook to look back on when I am designing cards and even if you are new to stamping, the layout can inspire you.  I go to the blog Recipe Box when I need the measurements for a certain fold.  Hopefully others find this useful as well.  Please leave a comment if you have used the Recipe Box at any time.  It is encouraging to know the time spent is valuable.

Did I sideline you with my ‘scrapbook’?  I really want you to see Eden’s Garden so you don’t miss out on those beautiful papers!

Thank you, Brian, for a great view of the papers!!

SAL,  Scrapbooking A Lot of ideas

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whirly Wednesday for October Swaps and Mystery Card #17

Hostess Code:  ZRTHHK33

Use this code before you check out online if your order is under $150 and our club hostess will get credit so no dollars are left on the table.

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For those of you who have followed me for years, it seems repetitive to say these things every time I post, however my circle of followers keeps growing so I need to help those who are new to blogs and such.  Thank you for your patience!

So where are you going to start today with so many cards to show everyone?

Well, Sal, I had better start with my swap since I have two youtube videos to upload.   I had trouble when I did an unscheduled Facebook Live.  Facebook cancelled me when they decided I had gone long enough and I had to start a second Facebook Live.

The first video is the long one showing the coloring and cutting.  The second shows the assembling.

 

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Recipe:

  • Stamps:  Pretty Pumpkins, Delivering Cheer
  • Dies:  Give It A Whirl Dies, retired Pillow Box Dies for small leaves
  • Inks:  Tuxedo Memento Black, Old Olive, Early Espresso
  • Tools:  Small Brad, 1 3/4″ circle punch, Foam Adhesive Strips and Stampin’ Dimensionals, Masking Paper, Purple Tape, Cut and Emboss Machine, Stamparatus, Scissors, Tombow adhesive, Picker Upper Tool
  • Stampin’ Blends:
    • Lt Misty Moonlight (coat)
    • Dk & Lt Pumpkin Pie(pumpkins)
    • Lt Cinnamon Cider (gloves)
    • Lt Cherry Cobbler (two sprigs, stocking stripes and scarf)
    • Lt Mango Melody (stripe on sock)
    • Lt Daffodil Delight (two outside branches & one stripe on sock)
    • Lt Shaded Spruce (one sock stripe, four spruce branches)
    • Lt Old Olive (two branches)
    • Lt Soft Succulent (Pumpkin Leaves)
  • Black Marker for drawing the arrows and adding detail between circle and the top layer
  • Base:  Cajun Craze, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer:  Beauty Of The Earth Designer Series Paper (DSP),  3 7/8 X 5 1/4, cut with large rectangular Give It A Whirl Die
  • Top Layer:  Basic White, 2 3/4 X 4 1/4,  Cut with 4th smallest Stitched Rectangle Die
  • Inside Layer:  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4, Cut with largest Stitched Rectangle Die
  • Circle for the Spin:  Basic White, 3 3/4 X 3 3/4
  • Copy Paper:  5 1/2 X 5 1/2 for masking the die cut opening and a scrap to die cut a second circle for positioning foam strips
  • Little Leaves:  2 1/2 X 3/4, punch three little leaves for embellishments (I used the retired pillow box dies)
  • Circle Punch:  Basic White, 2 X 2, punch with 1 3/4 circle punch
  • Greeting: Pumpkin Pie, 3 1/2 X 1 1/2, stamp with greeting and pencil draw around the stamp to fussy cut

Tips:

  • Mount the Delivering Cheer coat stamp on one stamparatus plate and mount the greenery stamp on the second stamparatus plate to stamp in line with the coat. Keep the greenery stamp in place.  Once you have the pumpkins stamped on each opening, you will mask the pumpkins and stamp the greenery over the masked pumpkins.
  • Cut the shape for the opening in the DSP and Basic White top layer (after stamping the coat), lining up the little circles
  • Place a template of the large die cut circle on the back of the DSP to know where to put strips of foam adhesive so the circle will not touch the adhesive and get stuck
  • The brad goes through the middle circle cut by the big circle die and then through the middle of the punched 1 3/4 circle (in which you created a little circle in the middle with the Take Your Pick tool or a hat pin).  Place Stampin’ Dimensionals around the brad and mount to the base, temporarily holding the DSP in place to position the circle
  • Summary of Layers:
    • Base
    • 1 3/4″ punched circle attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals after attaching to large circle with brad
    • Large Circle attached to little punched circle with the brad
    • DSP cut with the rectangular Give it a Whirl die with the opening cut, mounted with foam adhesive strips to base after mounting the whirly circle
    • Stitched Rectangle stamped with coat and cut for opening, adhered with Tombow glue to the DSP
    • Greeting attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals

.  I think you may have gone over your word limit just like you went over your time limit on Facebook

It was really hard to explain in words and so much easier to show in the video.  I make it sound complicated and I don’t want to scare people off when the Give It A Whirl dies lend themselves to so many fun cards and just making one shows you how easy it can be.

Let’s look at some of the other’s swaps:

Joy made a fabulous friendship card using Blackberry Beauty DSP,  Be Dazzling DSP, and a Blackberry Bliss base.  The circle is cut with the Encircled In Beauty dies and the leaves are cut with the Intricate Leaves dies.  The stamps she used are Gorgeous Leaves and Quiet Meadow.  I love how Joy used the background stamp with the little dots especially on the inside behind the little leaf.

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I have four fun Halloween swap cards; let’s take a look:

Jo made this fun monster card with the retired Stampin’ Up! Hallows Night Magic Stamp set (inside stamps), the retired Stampin’ Up! Boo To You, and the Peek A Hoot Dies from last year’s mini catalog.   Love those googly eyes!!

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Heather used the Clever Cats stamp set, Frightful Tags Dies and the retired Spooky Bats Punch with nested circle dies for the card.  The stars are from a Paper Pumpkin set, the blue layer is Island Indigo with miscellaneous scrapbook paper on top.  I must show you the inside so you see how she stamped those bats around the greeting:

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Ann used the Frightfully Cute stamp set and the Textures and Frames stamp set with witches embossed with black embossing powder!  She used Rectangle Stitched Dies, Black Glitter Paper, Cute Halloween DSP, Cute Stars Sequins and Old Olive Ribbon.  The greeting is Zing! Leaf embossing powder and look at her bats on the inside flying toward you!

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 Sharon’s card uses almost every one of the Frightful Tags Dies with a 3D sticker spider from her stash:

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Lori is getting a head start on Christmas cards with a card made with the Whimsical Trees Bundle in the mini catalog.  The blue DSP is part of the Whimsy and Wonder Specialty DSP – special because it has lots of foil embellishing the paper.  The dies have six different sizes of Christmas trees and then fun embellishments to die cut.

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  Why are the pictures of your cards not focused?

Well, Sal, I am cutting corners by sizing the cards for the blog with the tools in Word Press.  If I size them using Gimp they are focused a little better but I would be here much longer and I have a Mystery Card to show everyone!

Mystery Card Challenge #17. Click on the blue to print

Mystery Card Challenge #17 printable pdf file

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It is a full pleated front card!  I used the Expressions In Ink DSP and Artistically Inked stamps and a Pretty Pumpkin stamp.  Which do you like better the one with dots of gold foiling on the Pale Papaya or the gold bling?

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The pleated DSP can go pointed to the bottom as I did, to the top as Sharon did or horizontally as Joy did.

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. That should be enough to spice up someone’s crafting world!

So true, Sal!  If you would like to be a part of club or join with friends to create a club of your own,  contact me by text at 303-815-0838 or email [email protected].  We have club on the second Tuesday of the month or an event here at my home if it is an off month for club.  November 8th is the next club!

It’s time to think Christmas cards!  I can help with that.  Paper Pumpkin has a set in November that can help as well just subscribe by November 10th:

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Nine treat packages – three each of three designs.  Hmmmm….. so the snowman is only one of the three.  Sounds perfect for a small classroom or for a few neighbors.  You can always adjust your order to get extras or buy refill kits.

You can order the subscription directly, just click on the picture above or go to the store and order one, three, six or 12 months so you can add paper and other supplies you need.  Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store:

SAL,   Sharing A Lot this fine fall day

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merriest Moments and Poinsettia Petals Center Panel Easel Cards

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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:

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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!

SAL,   Sharing A Lot of Merriest Moments

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pop Up Bouquet Birthday Card with Artistic Dies

Hello Stamping Friends,

Remember to click the heading if you have opened this post in your phone so that you go to the main blog and all the videos and pictures will work correctly.

I have a very special card to show you today using the Artistic Dies!  Spoiler alert  – if you have an October birthday, you will see your card!

If a picture if worth a thousand words, what is a video worth?

Good question, Sal!  And here are pictures of the card:

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Recipe

  • Base:  Shimmer White, 8 1/2 X 11, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer:  Shimmer White, 4 X 4, Embossed with the 3D Tasteful Textile folder
  • Front Flower:  Shimmer White, 4 1/4 X 4 1/4, Die Cut with large Artistic Die bouquet layered on a double back adhesive sheet to make things easier
    • Rose- color with Lt Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend
    • Daisy- color with Lt Polished Pink Stampin’ Blend
    • Circles- color with Lt Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend
    • Sprigs- color with Lt Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Blend
    • Lg Leaves- color with Dk Granny Apple Green, reversed from the video colors
    • Sm Leaves- color with Lt Old Olive, reversed from the video picture
  • Inside Leaves:  Granny Apple Green, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4; die cut 2 long leaves placed on card stock with a dryer sheet under the card stock and die.  Layer the card stock on a double back adhesive sheet for ease of adhering.  Tip:  after cutting out one of the leaf stems, turn it to the back side, place it on a shim of card stock and run it through the Cut and Emboss machine to give it a nice flat look since we are placing it on the card with the back side facing up.
  • Greeting stamps and ink:  Pansy Patch with Smoky Slate; stamp the outside greeting then emboss; stamp the inside greeting and then apply your flower
  • Ribbon:  5″ to wrap the front, 4″ for the tied knot and (X2) 1 3/4 for inside
  • Embellishments:  Rhinestones and butterflies
  • Pop Up Flower:  Copy Paper (copy paper can be brayered to color) or Envelope Paper,  (7) 2 3/4 X 2 3/4
    • Fold Corner to Corner three times
    • Holding point cut like an ice cream cone then use that cut as template to cut additional six flowers
    • Unfold your flowers and fold each flower in half repeatedly to give crisp folds on all of the flower folds
    • Stamp the middles of each with the largest ‘beard’ of the Pansy Patch stamp set; or sponge, or draw stamen
    • Cut out one of the petals on each flower and then glue the two petals on either side of the cut out together- neighbor on neighbor
    • Fold each flower in half
    • Step 1 – place a bit of tombow glue on the two petals on either side of the middle petal of a folded flower and place another folded flower on the glue on each side
    • Step 2 – place a bit of tombow glue on the middle three petals and place a folded flower on the glue
    • Step 3 – repeat step 1
    • Step 4 – repeat step 2

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I don’t get it….

It is so hard to explain even with pictures, Sal, which is why the video on this one is so important.

  • Keeping the flower folded, place a dot of tombow on the middle petal of the seven petals and lay the flower on the inside right of the card by placing the flower with the open ‘V’ 1/8″ away from the middle fold. Hold to dry. Place another dot of glue on the middle petal that is now the top of the folded flower and then close the card front over the flower and hold to let the glue dry.   When dry, open and gasp at the awesomeness!
  • Add a leaf stem on each side of the bouquet and two lengths of ribbon to the bottom of each side of the inside

.  Could you make a poinsettia bouquet for a Christmas card?

Maybe, Sal.  I do have red envelope paper from Stampin’ Up! a couple years ago.  We’ll see.  It sure was a fun one to make!

 

 

Thank you for giving me some of your precious time today!

.  ’cause we want to bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!

lol, yes, Sal, that is the best part.

Enjoy this wonderful fall season!

SAL,   Saw A Leaf (a falling)

Karen

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September Swaps and Mystery Card #16-Origami Frame Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

It is almost over- 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 …..

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

We will be ready!!

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 [email protected].

  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!

SAL,   Share A Love

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.

The little pumpkin sandwiched nicely in the dash of my car 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!

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper Piecing with Summer Shadows Dies

Hello Stamping Friends,

Paper Piecing with Summer Shadows Dies:

 

I had fun yesterday making this video to show you how to do Paper Piecing with the ‘Summer Shadows Dies’ .  They coordinate with the Shaded Summer stamp set.

Your customers keep asking about that technique.

I know, Sal, and this is the perfect set of dies to help out with paper piecing.  There is a set of background dies and a set of detailed dies in exactly the same size!  We can cut the backgrounds using the double back adhesive sheets and then die cut two colors in the detail dies for the paper piecing.

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An alternative using a different stamp in Shaded Summer:

That doesn’t look like the stamp in the set.  It is not on two lines.

Shhh, Sal.  I took my snips and cut the stamp apart so it would fit on the Tailor Made Tag.

Recipe:

This card was inspired by the diagonal strip that I saw on a card by Mary Deatheridge.

  • Stamps:  Shaded Summer
  • Dies: Summer Shadows Dies, Tailor Made Tags Dies
  • Markers:  Cherry Cobbler, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green (DO NOT USE BLENDS-blends stain stamps)
  • Base:  Flirty Flamingo, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2
  • Layer 1 (make 2-one for the inside):  Cherry Cobbler, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Layer 2:  Designer Series Paper (DSP)- Painted Christmas, 3 7/8 X 5 1/8- NOTE: Do not mount until diagonal strip is on
  • Layer 2-Inside:  Basic White, 3 7/8 X 5 1/8
  • Layer 3-Inside:  DSP, 1 3/4 X 3 7/8 cut diagonally, Hint:  if you make two cards, this is the remainder of two 3 7/8 X 5 1/8 pieces;  Tip:  Make sure when you cut your diagonal it runs the same way as the diagonal on the front.  Yep – made that mistake.
  • Diagonal Strip:  Basic White, 2 X 5,
    • Emboss with Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder
  • Border on Strip:  Cherry Cobbler, 2 1/8 X 5 1/8
    • Adhere the Basic White strip on this small Cherry Cobbler border
    • Mount this bordered strip of Basic White on the DSP diagonally,  the left side is about 2″ down from top, 3/4″ up from bottom
    • Turn to the back and cut off the excess strip
    • Now mount to the main Cherry Cobbler layer
  • Tag:  Basic White, 1 1/2 X 2 3/4, Stamp then die cut with smallest of the straight top Tailor Made Tags Die
  • Flowers: the dies on the left are background dies, the dies on the right are detailed dies for the top  and the two at the bottom are just cute dies I layered together without any paper piecing.

                       

    • Adhesive Sheet, 3 X 4, Die cut the two background flowers and the large leaves background from the sheet.  Place the die on the side that is NOT shiny when you cut.
    • Cherry Cobbler:  4 X 2 1/2, die cut two large flowers and the little flower with the detailed dies; adhere to the adhesive sheet background
    • Flirty Flamingo:  4 X 2 1/2, die cut two large flowers and the little flower with the detailed die;
      • NOTE:  Layer a piece of dryer sheet underneath the cardstock of the large flower detail dies before cutting; after cutting use tweezers to pick each inside piece off the dryer sheet and place on the adhesive backgrounds
    • Layer the little flowers, no paper piecing with these, with a bit of the Cherry Cobbler peeking out from the Flirty Flamingo little flower
  • Leaves:
    • Garden Green, 2 1/2 X 2,  Die cut with the detailed triple leaf die and the little leaf die; place the triple leaves on the adhesive background cut from the adhesive sheet shown above
    • Granny Apple Green, 2 1/2 X 2,  Use a dryer sheet underneath your cardstock and die cut with the detailed triple leaf die and the little leaf die
    • Layer the little leaves, no paper piecing with these, with a bit of the Garden Green peeking out for a layer to the Granny Apple Green little leaf
  • Flower Stamens: (sounds more scientific than the ‘inside of the flowers’) Daffodil Delight, 3 X 2 1/2, place the cardstock on a dryer sheet before die cutting
  • Inside Stamping:
    • Mount your large flower stamp from Shaded Summer on the Stamparatus and color your stamp with MARKERS in Cherry Cobbler and Granny Apple Green, then stamp the top left edge of the inside
    • Color in the flower image with Flirty Flamingo marker
  • Embellishments:  9″ Cherry Cobbler Twine, 5 Rhinestones

What if I don’t have double back adhesive sheets?

Good question, Sal.  In that case you would cut the background pieces from a Basic White sheet, apply glue to the background pieces and then adhere your pieces starting with the color you want on the outside.

Start your bouquet at the left edge by gluing down the little leaves, then glue the little flower directly down.  Here’s another conundrum – dimensionals don’t stick to the adhesive backing so if you want to pop them up, as I did here, you need to cut some of the larger dimensionals in half and place them where the cardstock shows through and not remove the adhesive backing sheet.  I positioned the two flowers where I wanted them without gluing them down so I could place the triple leaf correctly.  The leaf adhesive backing can be removed for a nice flat mounting.  When it was mounted, I then mounted the two flowers.

I would love to see the colors you come up with in Paper Piecing using the Summer Shadows Dies!  Post a picture in the comments below.

Thank you for sharing your precious time with me today!

 

SAL,   Share A Love

 

 

 

 

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