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Hues of Happiness Easel Card

Stampin’ Up!’s Hues of Happiness designer series paper (DSP) is beyond gorgeous.  I made this bouquet easel card with one of the less used pieces of DSP that I thought was extra pretty with its yellow and black centers.

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I started my fussy cutting focusing on those three little flowers on the right that I wanted to hang over the pot.  The fresh freesia flower you see on the left was a separate fussy cut that I added so that a flower wasn’t hanging over too far on the pot where I wanted a couple leaves (fussy cut).  The card itself is a tri-layer fold that I saw Jan B. make at janbcards.com.  She was casing a lovely card from a Japanese demonstrator and translating the directions from Japanese to English.  What a challenge!  Thank you, Jan.  From there I changed up the dsp, the embossing folder and altered the cuts a bit to come up with this Hues of Happiness Easel Card.

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The bottom flap folds out to give you a great place for a message!

Remember- don’t toss those edge pieces of your DSP!  You can add them to the inside like in the picture above!

I started a bouquet card with cutting out the flowers in the Hues of Happiness DSP with the Blossoming Happiness Dies but it just lacked something and then I realized the piece of DSP I thought was much too busy was actually perfect.  However, I did save the cutouts and used them on the back of the bouquet:

 

I think its the yellow in the DSP that made you prefer it over the other.

Maybe so, Sal, it definitely is eye appealing with yellow centers and little yellow flowers and added greenery which always enhances flowers.  What a great job the Stampin’ Up! artists did in designing this paper!

Recipe

  • Top Base 1:  Bermuda Bay Cardstock, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2 and 2 3/4
  • Bottom Base 2:  Bermuda Bay Cardstock, 4 1/4 X 10 3/4, scored at 5 3/8;
    • adhere to base 1 with the fold of base 2 aligned to the inside bottom edge of base 1.  The length of base 2  is 1/4″ smaller to allow for the fold of base 1.  The top of base 1 flips up and the bottom base 2 flips down.   I didn’t get a picture but here is one from JanB’s blog post.  I am using 1/8″ borders so my layers won’t look like hers
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  • Middle Layers for Base 2, (X2), Basic White,  4 X 5 1/8;
    • one is for the inside of base 2, the other is for the outside of base 2 when it is folded in
  • DSP for Card Base 2: Hues of Happiness DSP,  3 3/4 X 4 7/8, this is for the outside of base 2 when it is folded in
  • Folded Layers of Base 1 (X2): Basic White, 4 X 2 1/2
  • DSP Layer for the folded layers (X2):  DSP, 3 3/4 X 2 1/4; make an effort to use the same color of DSP flowers on the right and left as you have on the Base 2 DSP that folds in so it has a continuous look
  • Flower Pot Base:  Basic White, 3 1/4 X 2 3/4
    • pencil mark the top of the base 1/2″ in on the right and left sides
    • pencil mark the bottom of the base 1″ in on the right and left sides
    • cut from the bottom to the top mark on both sides
  • Flower Pot Rim:  Basic White,  3/4 X 4 1/4
    • die cut both the base and rim with the Stitched Greenery Die
  • Circle Stabilizer for flowers:  Window Sheet, die cut with the 2nd largest of the plain layering circles
  • Attach the window sheet circle between the base and rim of the pot making sure the top won’t go over the base of the card when closed.  This also gives you a guide for mounting your flowers.
  • Lay the pot on base 1, 1/8″ above the easel fold and pencil mark the pot on the base, then cut the base cardstock to match the pot.  I tried to use the trimmer and found fussy cutting would have been better
    • Adhere the pot to the base with a foam strip (you can see this in the picture of the back)
    • The bottom of the pot should line up with the basic white layer (I had to trim mine a bit)
  • Bouquet:  Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper cut to about 4″ X 3 1/2″ with added fussy cut greenery and flowers to make it fuller if necessary.  I wanted those three little flowers on the bottom so I started there and used regular scotch tape to glue the extra pieces I wanted to fill it in with edge flowers and greenery
    • Attach to the window sheet with glue dots
    • cut additional flowers for the back with the Blossoming Happiness Dies or use the same sheet of DSP if you aren’t making numerous cards and have enough or don’t have the dies
  • Sentiment Layer: Bermuda Bay Cardstock, 4 X 3/4, attach with a 1/2 X 3 3/4 foam strip 2 3/4″ from bottom
  • Sentiment Top Greeting:  Basic White, 3 3/4 X 1/2, stamp with greeting from Pansy Patch Stamp Set
  • Bow:  Scrap of Bermuda Bay cut with the Pierced Blooms Die (retired)
  • Embellishment:  In Color Rhinestone for center of the bow and a dragonfly punched from retired DSP

What!? You didn’t use the brass butterflies? 

Not this time, Sal.  I must be over-using them for you to say that!

This card and a triple time stamping card were for my July Stamp Camp.

And a lunch with something zucchini or green beans, right? 

    

Hopefully all the zucchini will be shredded and frozen by then, and the green beans are already frozen.  The cherry tomatoes are the best this year!  So sweet, but I digress….

Is Stamp Camp a new title?  

Well, it is not a ‘card buffet’ where you pick out which card to make from several kits, and it is not a ‘stamp-a-stack’ where you make several cards of each design, and it is not a ‘technique class’ which I have held before, and it is not a ‘club’ or ‘coffee and a card’,  so I guess the closest title would be a ‘stamp camp’, just not an all day event.  Does anyone have a better name I could use?

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SAL,  Be Salt And Light out there folks, it’s a crazy world these days

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triangle Tri-Fold Card for Case The Creator #6

A card that twists from portrait to landscape?  Yes, really!  This was our Case The Creator card #6 in July.  The creator, Twila Davis, was featured on Splitcoast Stampers with this amazing fun fold card.  For this card I am using the Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper.  For the greeting, holly berries and greenery, I am using the Merriest Moments. It carried over from last year so you can check out last year’s creations with that set HERE.

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.  And the “JOY” stays upright even when you open the card!  That’s unique!

Definitely different.  I had to make one to wrap my mind around how it worked.  Here is a picture of the two diagonal pieces that are on the top and bottom and just look like strips from the front.


Here is a printable pdf of the instructions if you would like to case the case!!

Case The Creator #6 printable pdf file


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My fellow stampers made some great cards for the Zoom meeting!

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Joy Meadows used the Wonderful World Designer Series Paper.

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Beautiful card creations!  Thank you, ladies, for participating!


Thank you for spending time with me as Sal and I bring you a “pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!”

SAL,    Sharing A Love of stamping

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

 

Party Favor – Post It Note Holder

Do you need a party favor for an event?  These cute Post It Note Holders are great.  It also makes a different type of thank you gift that will make your recipient smile and give her/him something quite useful!

These are the absolute cutest butterfly dies Stampin’ Up! has ever had! They are not realistic just fun and ‘whimsical’ as one of my stampers commented.  This little guy is from the Build A Butterfly Dies set.

Sample A:

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Sample B:

This set uses the Rustic Harvest Designer Series Paper.

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I found a pack of three post it notes at the grocery store in the office section — on sale!!

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For sure, Sal.  You just never know where you will find the beginning of inspiration!  I looked at several crafters directions and combined a little from each to get what I have here.  I loved the rounded corners on the flap that one lady used and I really thought the back should have a pretty piece of the designer series paper, not just the front. I have the little magnets from one of our previous projects -Amazon:

so I used those instead of velcro dots.  Do you see the little tiny heart on the magnet in the fall set?  I have a tiny heart punch in my stash that was the perfect size and didn’t interfere with the magnet.

Recipe

  • Base:  A-Parakeet Party/B-Cajun Craze, 9 1/4 X 3 1/8
    • Score at 2 1/4, 2 5/8, 5 3/4, 6 1/8
  • Top & Back Layer (X2):  A-Butterfly Kisses Designer Series Paper/ B-Rustic Harvest DSP, 2 7/8 X 2 7/8
  • Flap: Same DSP, 2 X 2 7/8, Corner Round the bottom only of the flap edges, leave the top squared
  • Greeting:  A-Sweet Songbirds Stamp Set for the little note of thanks stamped on a Calypso Coral scrap and cut with a Pretty Pillowbox Die/ B- Sweet Songbirds Stamp Set for the thank you and also to stamp the little wood sign in Soft Suede on Crushed Curry before stamping the thank you.
  • For the magnets- using a glue dot adhere the inside bottom magnet 1 1/2 down and centered from side to side.  Close the bottom flap and place the second magnet on the top of the flap- it will automatically attach to the first magnet.  Place a glue dot on top of the magnet and carefully close the top flap onto the bottom flap keeping your score lines square.

I think you needed a video to help with those instructions.

It would have been better, for sure!

  • A- adhere the thank you and then die cut a Starry Sky butterfly using the Build A Butterly Dies. Adhere with a glue dot and add a Fun Flower Resin Shape
  • B-16″ of ribbon to make a belly band and attach the little sign with a glue dot to the band after tying

Thank you for spending part of your day with me!

SAL,   Smile A Little

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sending Smiles, Blossoming Happiness and New Horizons

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The Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes in the annual catalog use all five of the new In Colors with cards and matching envelopes.  I challenged myself to make a card that matched the envelope!

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I chose the smaller of the flowers in the Blessings of Home stamp set and the long stem flower and greenery from the Sending Smiles stamp set cut out with the Sending Dies which even have a die for that itty bitty flower.  The envelope has a Starry Sky little flower on the flap so I replicated that look.  The Flowers of Home Dies cut out the flower image and the die set has many other images to add greenery!

Recipe for Sending Smiles Tea Boutique Cards

  • Base: Tea Boutique Card in Orchid Oasis, Measures 8 1/2 X  5 1/2  folded at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1:  Basic White, 3 3/4 X 5
  • Layer 2:  In Color Designer Series Paper in plaid, 3 5/8 X 4 7/8
  • Top for die cut pieces:  Basic White, 6 X 4 1/2
    • stamp smaller flower in Blessings of Home stamp set with Orchid Oasis ink, color with Stampin’ Blends- Lt Fresh Freesia, Lt Granny Apple Green, Lt Call Me Clover and use a Blender pen & Orchid Oasis ink
    •  stamp in Fresh Freesia ink 2 long stem flowers  from Sending Smiles stamp set (outside & inside flower) and use the blender pen and Orchid Oasis ink to add color on the flowers
    • stamp one green leaf for outside in Granny Apple Green and one double green leaf for inside, die cut
    • Cut ‘sending’ background from the Basic White
    • Stamp ‘Love & Big Hugs’ in Orchid Oasis and cut with die in Sending Dies, cut off right edge even with the DSP layer and leave a little on the left edge for a gem when you line up the greeting die
  • ‘Sending’ Top Layer:  Use the In Color Designer Series Paper left over from layer 2, 1 5/8 X 3 5/8, and add backing of  double back adhesive paper 1 1/2 X 3 1/2
  • You should have enough of the In Color Designer Series Paper to make two 1 1/8 X 1 1/8 squares to cut diagonally for inside corners
  • Greeting on inside of second picture: Basic White, 3 X 3 , Flowering Tulips stamp set, stamped in Starry Sky and cut with a retired Hippo & Friends Die
  • Greeting Layer:  Starry Sky, 3 X 3, die cut with retired Hippo & Friends Die, cut in half and glue to back of greeting
  • Little Flowers (X2):  Starry Sky, 1 X 1, die cut with Sending Dies and glue on a scrap of Daffodil Delight
  • Embellishments:  5 In Color jewels, 4″ of Fresh Freesia ribbon tied in a knot

The top pieces are all adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals, inside corners and flowers are glued directly down.

I remember you used the Parakeet Party and the Tranquil Tide Cards and Envelopes for the catalog launch and now you have used the Orchid Oasis.  What are you going to do with the Starry Sky and Sweet Sorbet?

 

The Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes have 20 bases with matching envelopes so I have some left of all the colors. (Click for Catalog Launch details).  I would love to do more of what I have done here in all the colors!


Recipe for Blossoming Happiness Card

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The front of this card is from a kit sent to me when I played Bunco online with Debra Harrison at Simply Sweet In Ink Designs.  I created the inside using matching Hues of Happiness DSP and Blossoming Happiness Dies.

Base:  Thick Basic White, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2

Layer 1: Hues of Happiness DSP, 4 X 5 1/4

Top Layer:  Basic White, 4 X 4, Die cut with large Blossoming Happiness Die; Stamp sentiment from Pansy Patch stamp set in Granny Apple Green in upper right of die cut piece

Flower & 2 sets of Leaves:  Hues of Happiness DSP die cut with Blossoming Happiness Dies.

Inside Layer: Hues of Happiness DSP with center cut out using retired Ornate Layers Die and stamped in Melon Mambo using the Limited Edition stamp set.


Recipe for New Horizons Card

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Base:  Misty Moonlight, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, Scored at 4 1/4

Layer 1 (X2):  Soft Succulent, 5 3/8 X 4 1/8

Top Layer:  New Horizons DSP, 5 1/4 X 4, and 5 1/4 by 2;  I wanted the lake in the middle so I cut 3/4″ off the top of the 6″ DSP, then cut the 6″ width into two pieces – 4″ wide with the remaining 2″ wide for inside

Use the Oceanfront stamp set for grass in Evening Evergreen and Boulders in Basic Gray.  Note: Stamp the boulders first, mask them, and then stamp the grass

On the Horizon stamp set is used for the birds but stamp lightly or they become blobs -practice makes perfect!

Horizon Dies are used for the fence with a scrap of Basic White and the grass with a scrap of soft succulent.

Thank you for your order is the retired You Always Deliver stamp set.

Embellishments are the retired Pebbles Enamel Shapes.


I hope I have brought you a “pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!”

Have a wonderful day!

SAL,   Sending A Lovely set of cards to inspire you

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butterflies & Flowers Decorative Stencils & Thank You Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,  (click on the header if you are on a mobile device to view full blog)

In June I took a turn at hosting the shoebox swap and we had so much fun using the Stampin’ Up! Butterflies & Flowers Layering Decorative Masks.

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I saved so many ideas from Pinterest but I really liked what Jen Morgan of cardmum.com did with one full layered set of flowers and then a partial flower at the bottom right.  I did a bit more greenery, used different colors of ink and added the Brass Butterflies- my new favorite bling!

Recipe For Layered Flowers

Note:  Don’t attach your green layer to the base until the top art work is done and attached to the green layer so you can wrap the ribbon on the artwork and the green layer.

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 11 X 4 1/4 scored at 5 1/2 (opens like a book)
  • Layer 1 (X2):  Evening Evergreen, 4 3/16 X 5 7/16 (I know, I know, but I wanted just a tiny bit of white base- just think – one tick less than 1/4 and one tick less than 1/2)
  • Top Layer (X2):  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Three Brass Butterflies and 12″ of Evening Evergreen Open Weave Ribbon
  • Greeting:  Shaded Summer Stamp Set stamped with Evening Evergreen Ink
  • Inks:  Evening Evergreen, Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral, Soft Succulent for greenery

Tips For Stamping with the layered masks:

  1. Mark the shiny side of your masks and sponge with the shiny side up
  2. Each step, completely cover any and all white that is showing with sticky notes, outside the mask and on the mask where the flowers/greenery are cut that you are not sponging
  3. Use the thin looking flower mask first sponging with Flirty Flamingo
  4. Use the thick looking flower mask second sponging with Calypso Coral
  5. There is a set of leaves that exactly matches the large flower -sponge this with Soft Succulent
  6. Using the vine mask, sponge two Soft Succulent vines at bottom left
  7. Wrap the corner with ribbon, then add a bow with a glue dot
  8. If you have any ink smudges you can add greenery to cover them up

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Recipe For Layered Butterfly

Note:  Don’t attach your pink layer to the base until the top art work is done and attached to the pink so you can wrap the ribbon on the artwork and the pink layer.

  • Base:  Smoky Slate, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1 (X2):  Polished Pink, 4 3/16 X 5 7/16 (I know, I know, but I wanted just a tiny bit of white base- just think – one tick less than 1/4 and one tick less than 1/2)
  • Top Layer (X2):  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Three Rhinestone Basic Jewels and of Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon 6″ to wrap and 8″ for bow
  • Greeting:  Hello from Forever Fern and ‘Love You Much’ from Pansy Patch and Amazing Silhouettes for the inside
  • Inks: Smoky Slate and Polished Pink

Tips For Stamping with the layered masks:

  1. Mark the shiny side of your masks and sponge with the shiny side up
  2. Each step, completely cover any and all white that is showing with sticky notes, outside the mask and on the mask where the flower is cut that you are not sponging
  3. Sponge the full background butterfly mask with polished pink
  4. Sponge the butterfly detail mask with smoky slate
  5. Using Masking Paper, stamp a butterfly mask and cover your butterfly
  6. Using the background mask, sponge heavy on the corner and very lightly around the butterfly
  7. Stamp the outside greeting in Smoky Slate and the inside greeting in Polished Pink
  8. Use a Smoky Slate Marker to add a bit of artwork to make the butterfly look like he is fluttering
  9. Stamp your silhouettes, wrap the ribbon around the pink and white layers and add a bow and rhinestones

May 2022 Paper Pumpkin – Celebrating In Colors

The following pictures are my alternatives since I needed thank you notes:

I used the Amazing Thanks Dies and a thank you set from years ago.

Orchid Oasis and Sweet Sorbet:

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Tranquil Tide and Parakeet Party:

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Starry Sky:

 


I like all those little dots!  Where is that stamp from?

That stamp was in the May kit!  Such fun!


Thank you for giving me a bit of your precious time!  I hope you found some inspiration today.

SAL,  Share A Love,

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

 

 

 

 

Happiness Abounds, Flowering Tulips, Sending Smiles

Hello Stamping Friends, (double click the header if you are using a mobile device)

June’s Party Event included three cards:

1)  Happiness Abounds

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2) Flowering Tulips

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3) Sending Smiles

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What a fun party!  One lady said she was going to get a frame and make the card a wall hanging!  There was lots of laughter as the stamping was going on!

My thank you gift to the hostess was a sweet bag made with the Butterfly Kisses designer series paper, casing Debra Harrison at www.simplysweetinkdesigns.com, by covering a white lunch bag with designer series paper.  The guests received an Embossed Treat Bag of goodies with a Sweet Songbird flying through the air with clouds from Give It A Whirl dies.

The hostess received a card in her bag with a gift certificate to one of my events among other goodies. The greeting on the card is from Happy Hedgehogs.  The ‘Hello Friend’ is the retired Friendly Hello.  ‘So Happy You’re Here’ is from Sweet Songbirds.

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Those butterflies and birds just make me feel happy! So what is in the bags?

For the bags,  I found a variety pack of M&Ms with hopes that they each would have a little of a flavor they liked and then I added a bag of flower seeds and a thank you card they could use; that way they went home with four cards from the event. For the thank you card I used the cards and matching envelopes from Sale A Bration.  The door prize was a set of garden tools to help the winner plant her flower seeds.

The cardstock and matching envelope are so pretty that all I did is add the layering thank you from Amazing Thanks dies in the same colors of Pool Party and Soft Sea Foam, scored two lines at the bottom and then added some gems!  I wish I would have taken a better picture.


Recipe for card  #1)  Happiness Abounds

  • Base:  Thick Whisper White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1(X2):  Fresh Freesia, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Layer 2 (X2):  Basic White, 3 3/4 X 5
    • Outside layer is die cut with Blossoming Happiness Die with the top point of die 1/4″ from top
    • Stamp ‘happy birthday’ from Happiness Abounds Stamp Set in Gorgeous Grape Ink 3/4″ from bottom
    • Wrap 6″ of Fresh Freesia 3/8″ Open Weave Ribbon around the bottom, add bow- 8″ of ribbon needed
    • Inside uses a fussy cut flower from the side of Hues of Happinesss designer series paper, (don’t toss out those sides of your pretty paper); stamp greeting from Happiness Abounds Stamp Set in Gorgeous Grape ink
  • Die cut three flowers, three double leaves and one many leaved stem from the Hues of Happinesss designer series paper with Blossoming Happiness Dies, attach flowers with Stampin’ Dimensionals and leaves with Glue Dots.
  • Add bling

Recipe for card  #2) Flowering Tulips (thank you Lindastamps.com)

  • Base: Pool Party, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2
  • Layer 1: Basic Black, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Top Pieces:
    • Flowering Fields DSP (retired) Tulips – 3 X 4 for middle
    • Flowering Fields DSP (retired) Dots- 1 X 4 (X2) for top and bottom
    • Mount the top and bottom first, flush to the black layer then mount the middle
  • Banner: Vellum, 5 1/4 X 1 9/16 (1/16 beyond 1/2), punch with banner punch
    • Tip:  Build your banner with your tulip, stem and greeting then adhere to card front, I have vellum glue that doesn’t show but you can glue behind your tulip and greeting with just a touch under butterfly
  • Tulip:
    • Poppy Parade for main piece, 3 1/4 X 1 1/2  die cut with Tulips Dies
    • Petal Pink for inside piece of tulip, 1 X 1 1/4 die cut with Tulips Dies;  I used the top three dies shown in this picture with the first two pieces both done in Poppy Parade and sponged slightly with white ink and the third piece done in Petal Pink
    • Greenery is Garden Green with the longer stem and leaf shown to the right in the picture and sponged with Garden Green to look like the DSP (designer series paper)

 

  • Inside Layer 1:
    • Poppy Parade, 4 X 5 1/4
    • Basic White, 3 3/4 X 5
    • DSP at bottom, 3 3/4 X 1
    • Basic Black Strip, 3 3/4 X 1/8
  • Greeting:  Basic White, 2 X 2, stamp with greeting from Flowering Tulips Stamp Set and die cut with the scalloped Layering Circle Die, second to smallest that is 1 1/2 ” in diameter
  • Brass Butterfly for bling

Recipe for card  #3)  Sending Smiles

  • Base:  Polished Pink, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1 (X2):  Basic White, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Greeting:
    • Basic White, 4 X 1, Stamp with Sending Smiles greeting in Polished Pink and die cut with Sending Dies greeting strip
  • Sending:
    • Background for ‘sending’ is Polished Pink, 1 5/8 X 3 5/8, Die cut with solid ‘sending’ in Sending Dies
    • Top of ‘sending’ is Basic White, 1 5/8 X 3 5/8, layered on a piece of Adhesive Sheet 1 1/2 X 3 1/2, then die cut with the detailed ‘sending’ in the Sending Dies
  • Brass Butterflies and In Color Jewels (retired)
  • Inks:
    • Polished Pink for flowers
    • Pale Papaya for center of flowers
    • Garden Green for stems of the flowers
    • Granny Apple Green full strength and then second generation (no reinking just stamp) for grass
  • Tips:
    • Cut out your sending greeting and position it (without adhering) so you see where to stamp the flowers and stems.  Be sure and move it out of the way before stamping
    • Position the two flowers on the left on the same block by stamping the green stem made for the two flowers on a piece of scratch paper/ grid paper – and then positioning the flowers on the block so they will fit on the stem.  If you stamp the stem first you may go off the paper with your flowers.  The best option is to use a stamparatus with one plate for flowers and one plate for stems.
    • Mask the flowers by stamping them on our Masking Paper and then fussy cutting them out.  Place them on the flowers and then stamp the stem.

Hostess Bag

  • White Lunch Bag base:  Cut the bag off so it is 6″ tall
  • Front:  Butterfly Kisses designer series paper, 6″ X width of bag, adhere to front of bag
  • Flap:  Butterfly Kisses DSP (designer series paper), 3 X width of bag; score at 1″ on the short side and round the opposite corners.  Adhere 1″ score section to back of lunch bag
  • Label:  Basic White, die cut with the Designer Tags Die, stamp sentiment in Starry Sky
  • Label Strip:  Fresh Freesia, 11/16″ (1/16 less than 3/4)  X width of bag
  • Fold over the top flap and adhere the label about half way down from flap
  • Fussy cut and adhere 3 butterflies from the DSP and add Fun Flowers Resin Shapes, a clip and a bow in the clip made from Orchid Oasis 1/8″ Mettalic Woven Ribbon

Thank you for sharing part of your day with me.

SAL,  Sharing A Lot

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Case The Creator Starburst Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

I made my first Christmas card!  June’s CTC – Case The Creator card was a fun starburst card and, having just received the beautiful Lights Aglow Designer Series Paper from the new mini catalog, I used it with its beautiful gold foil.  Take a look see:

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The greetings are from the Merriest Moments stamp set which carried over to the new Annual Catalog.  The base is Soft Succulent with a layer of Evening Evergreen and a triple bow in 3/8″ Soft Succulent Open Weave Ribbon.  A few embellishments of In Color Jewels and gold foil laser cut leaves and the card was done!

Here is a printable pdf for your files.  The Case The Creator pdf has a link to a video where you will see Kathleen Wingerson making a starburst card.  Click on the blue to access the pdf file.

Case The Creator #5 printable pdf file



I will post the card in the recipe box so you can look it up if you ever need the directions.  Just click on the thumbnail picture in the recipe box and you will be taken to the blog post with all the directions.

Let’s look at what the rest of the stampers made for the Zoom meeting:

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It is a great card design for using up those scraps of paper!

Thanks for joining me today as I play catch up on my blog!

.  Do I get to say something?

You could tell everyone our goal!

My fave – We are here to bring you a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!

Thanks, Sal!

SAL,   Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little and Share A Love as you stay Salt And Light to those you meet

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

Case The Creator Card – Collar Card May ’22

Hello Stamping Friends,

It’s time to look at May’s Case The Creator (CTC) card with instructions and a video from Chris Slogar of buckeyeinklings.com.  There is also a printable pdf file if you like to have a hard copy of the recipes. 

Case The Creator #4 printable pdf file


My card uses the Designer Series Paper (DSP) Hues of Happiness.   The yellow on the collar is actually the same paper as the blue on the second layer, so cutting one strip of the 12″ DSP at 4 1/4″ gave me enough to have two lengths of 5 1/2″ and it was one of those ‘serendipity moments’ when I looked at the blue part of the DSP and decided it would be a nice layer.  (That layer is not included in the CTC instructions.) Plus, the leftover 1″ X 4 1/4″ was perfect to use on the inside. Nothing wasted on that 4 1/4″ strip!

To decorate I stamped the largest flower from the Happiness Abounds stamp set in Daffodil Delight ink as a second generation (stamp off once) and then stamped over the flower with a greeting from Celebrating You in Night of Navy Ink. I used a Lt Crushed Curry Stampin’ Blend to color the edges of the flower petals that weren’t covered by the greeting.  I cut out the flower with the Blossoming Happiness Die and then used the Dk Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend to color the edge of the flower.  I made a bow and a left edge embellishment strip using the Misty Moonlight 1/8″ ribbon from the Cotton Ribbon Combo Pack in the mini catalog after coloring the ribbon with the Dk Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend.  The leaves are cut from the Blossoming Happiness Dies on a scrap of Granny Apple Green.  The inside greetings are from the Limited Edition stamp set.

 

Wow!  Sometimes you just need beautiful DSP to do half the work!

So true, Sal.


Let’s look at the cards prepared by the other creative stampers.

Jo Brooks’ card is beautiful with the contrasting colors she chose, and she added another DSP layer in the inside with an oval for the greeting!  What a great way to pull everything together inside and out!

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Sharon Fincham made 4 CTC cards using different DSP’s or different greetings and even a different orientation!

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Ann Hausmann decorated the card by putting a greeting in the collar fold!

 


Lucille Kearin cut off the edges of the collar to make a unique CTC card:


Joy Meadows embossed the layer under the collar in her card!

 

Thank you all for participating!  What fun to start with a simple set of instructions and then to see what each stamper uses to create a special and unique card.

  And now there is a post on the blog so when they need inspiration they can do a search and put in the words ‘Case The Creator’ right?

Yes, I added a Case The Creator category or they can click on the Recipe Box tab and find the card I made and then by clicking on the thumbnail of the card image you will automatically be at the blog post for that card.

Thank you for spending some of your day with me as I bring you a “pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!”

SAL,  Sharing A Love

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paradise Palms for May Swaps, Sweet Songbirds Catalog Launch

Hello Stamping Friends,

Let’s take a moment to remember those who gave their lives for their country!

Jo Brooks sent a swap card that is so perfect for the day:

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The little red star is attached to the left and fits inside the blue star creating an awesome hinge.  Opening up the stars, Jo has inserted ‘A Soldier’s Poem’:

 

May we honor their sacrifice by protecting our freedoms as best we can!

Jo’s card uses many Stampin’ Up! Dies– Celebrate You, Basic Borders, Cross of Hope, Scalloped Contours, and Stitched Stars.  What a great card for Memorial Day!  Thank you, Jo!


I have so much to share I hardly know where to start.  Grab a cuppa and settle in for some wonderful inspiration from my group of swappers and the projects at the catalog launch.

You had better hurry!  You have so much to share.


Catalog Launch Fun

Stampin’ Up!’s new annual catalog made its debut May 3rd and it was so hard to decide what to showcase.  I love birds and wasn’t sure about the Sweet Songbirds stamp set until I saw a card made by Sue Vine of Miss Pinks Craft Spot with the bird in the air so I went with that idea and voila:

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There are two different sets of eyes- open or closed-  and two different feet -standing or walking- and a punch to punch out our little songbird!  Laura Mellinger of laurasworksofgheart.blogspot.com designed the little nest which was perfect for a party favor!

I used the Tea Boutique Cards and Envelopes  with strips of the new Tahitian Tide, Parakeet Party and Sweet Sorbet card stock adhered to the white side which I made the front.   The clouds are from the Give It A Whirl Dies!  The clouds have stitched edges for a fun look and there are hearts and circles and rectangles, a must for your collection, even if you never make a whirly card like I did here.

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All the attendees got to see the new In Colors up close and personal as they made their color chart:

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Sweet Songbird In Flight Recipe

Sweet Songbirds stamp set, Songbird Builder Punch

-Base, Tea Boutique Cards and Envelopes

-Basic White, 2 3/4″ X 4″;  stamp the songbird and then punch out.  Stamp and punch an extra belly to make the larger wing. Helpful Hint:  Punch the songbird out of scrap to make a template for positioning the stamps on the Stamparatus.  Save your template with the stamp set.

-Side Strips X2, 5 1/2″ X 3/8″ in one color for the songbird and one color to match your choice of card

-Basic White scraps, various sizes to die cut clouds with the Whirly Dies

-Baker’s Twine, 12″ and  3 Opal Round embellishments (There is Baker’s Twine to match the In Colors)

-Inks, Memento Black, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Tahitian Tide, Crushed Curry, Sweet Sorbet (Poppy Parade)

Sweet Songbird Favors

-Nest box, Soft Suede, 3X3, score at 1″ and 2″ on both sides, cut from one score line to the other on opposite sides

-Nest, Soft Suede, 2 1/2 X 3, stamp two nests and fussy cut

-Bird, Tahitian Tide 2 X 2 1/4, punch – no stamping, Basic White scrap for belly, Daffodil Delight scrap for beak

-Sign, Basic White, 2 X 2, stamp the post full strength and then the rectangle after stamping off (2nd generation) so the greeting stamps nicely over top, stamp the notes in memento black and fussy cut


May Swaps

I chose the Paradise Palms stamp set and Palm Dies on a background of New Horizons Designer Series Paper (retiring June 30) with a Pale Papaya Base and Basic Black accents.  The greeting and birds are from the retired Beautiful Moments stamp set.  The coconuts are from the Pebbles Enamel Shapes . I added the setting sun and sponged a bit of extra colors in the sky.

I made a vertical book fold with the same palm tree design and a different piece from the same DSP for the inside of the card that looks like a beach with sea foam just coming in!

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Horizontal Paradise Palms Recipe

  • Base, Pale Papaya, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score at 4 1/4
  • Layer,  Basic Black, 5 3/8 X 3 3/8; 1/16 reveal top and sides
  • Top Layer, New Horizons DSP, 5 1/4 X 3 1/4
  • Designer Strip, Basic Black, 3/4 X 5 1/2, die cut with Palms Die and center 1/8″ up from bottom and 1/8″ from black layer
  • Palm Tree, Basic Black, 2 5/8 X 3 3/8, die cut with Palms Dies
  • Greeting and birds, Memento Black Ink; stamp set –  Collect Beautiful Moments
  • Sun, use a sponge dauber to make a circle in Crushed Curry with a little extra sponged in the sky
  • Embellish with Pebbles Enamel Shapes for coconuts and 3 In Color gems on DSP
  • Inside Layer, Basic Black, 2 5/8 X 5 3/8
  • Inside Top, New Horizons DSP, 2 1/2 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Greeting, Memento Black, Paradise Palms Stamp set

Vertical Book Fold Paradise Palms Recipe

  • Base, Pale Papaya, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score at 4 1/4; Turn 180 degrees and score at 3 3/8″ and 3 3/8 + 1/16, (7/16) for a decorative extra score line
  • Layer (X2), Basic Black, 3 1/8 X 5 1/2, this will be flush with top and bottom with 1/16 reveal right and left
  • DSP Top Layer (X2), New Horizons, 3 X 5 1/2; Hint: with 3″ in width you can make two from a 6 X 6 which is the goal if you are making multiples.  Obviously, a different DSP used for inside.
  • Designer Strip, Basic Black, 3/4 X 5 1/2, die cut with Palms Die and center 3/16″ from side and 3/16″ from black layer
  • Palm Tree, Basic Black, 2 5/8 X 3 3/8, die cut with Palms Dies
  • Grass, Basic Black, 3 1/2 X 1
  • Greeting and birds, Memento Black Ink, Stamp set –  Collect Beautiful Moments
  • Sun, use a sponge dauber to make a circle in Crushed Curry with a little extra sponged in the sky
  • Embellish with Pebbles Enamel Shapes for coconuts
  • Inside Greeting, Memento Black, Paradise Palms Stamp set

Do you crafters really measure to the 1/16 of an inch?

Well, Sal, we often just eyeball the placement but that doesn’t make for very good instructions.

Let’s look at the swaps from the rest of the group.  We saw Jo Brooks’ swap up top so now let’s look at Sharon’s swap using a tea cup very similar to our new tea cup in the Tea Boutique Suite.  She uses three layers for the butterfly- a Fresh Freesia base, a Blushing Bride die cut and then tops her butterfly with a vellum die cut and a unique oval gem.

Heather used the Flowering Fields DSP (retiring June 30) and a greeting from the Flowering Tulips stamp set in beautifully layered circles on a gold foil circle.  The base is Poppy Parade and she used a corner rounder punch on opposing sides of the DSP for a unique look.

 

Ann’s swap used embossed strips of the new In Colors on a Crumb Cake base and the greeting from Biggest Wish stamped in Parakeet Party with the ‘happy’ stamped over in Starry Sky. The ribbon is the 1/8″ Metallic Woven ribbon in Orchid Oasis

Lucille Kearin used the DSP with butterflies (retired) and a fun ‘hi’ Die.  She embellished with white ribbon and Paper Studio Flowers.

Joy’s card uses the new Nature’s Prints stamp set and Natural Prints Dies.  She used the Gray Granite side of the Sun Prints DSP, the Layering Circles Dies, a doily and beautiful gems.  You would love the sparkly Wink of Stella she used on the branch but the camera didn’t capture the sparkle.  Her gems really sparkled!

 

You must see the other card she made using the Nature’s Prints Dies!  I love the shape of the greeting and had to go look up the dies since I hadn’t even noticed that die.  She used the new Fern 3D embossing folder on a base of Starry Sky and then sponged the top lightly with white craft stampin’ ink.

Lori Moore made a slimline card on a white base with Design A Daydream DSP for her first layer and then a layer of embossed Basic White, a layer of Blackberry Bliss with the top layer of Basic White stamped with the Art Gallery stamp set flower in Berry Burst and Rich Razzleberry.  The leaves and ribbon are Soft Succulent. The greeting is from the Floral Gallery Dies.

Wow, you will have lots of samples to show at your next party!

So true!  Thank you everyone for participating in our monthly swaps!

 

Hopefully, I will have some cards from the May Paper Pumpkin to show you soon.

Don’t hold your breath, she still has the last CTC (case the creator) card to show you and the cards from her party and ….

Now, now, Sal, be kind!  Though you make a good point and I think I even missed the April swaps.

Thank you for spending some time with me!

SAL,  Sharing A Lot of inspiration

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triangle Corner Pop Up Card for Case The Creator (CTC) #3

Hello Stamping Friends,

 


Case The Creator Card Challenge

This month we cased Dawn Griffith’s Triangle Corner Pop Up Easel Card!

That’s a mouthful!

Yes, Dawn calls it a “Fancy, Schmancy Corner Fun Fold”!  Her video is in the instructions.

Case The Creator #3 printable pdf file

I ordered the tiny magnets from Amazon:


Let’s check out all the cards we made for the Zoom meeting.  Thank you to those who participated!
My card uses the ‘Windmill Fields’ dies and the ‘Flowering Fields’ DSP and the ‘Flowering Tulips’ stamp set for the greeting.  This bundle and the paper are in the mini catalog so we have until June 30 to order (unless it sells out first)!  Arghhhh……

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The bicycle is hidden when you open up the easel so be careful with your design.  I had a lot of fun with the bicycle!  I used the long, tiny tulip die to create a basket of tulips!  I will write my greeting under the ‘thank you’ since I went against protocol and made the bottom left another flower display instead of the place to write a note.


Heather made a fabulous graduation card with beautiful gold embossed paper and black!  I love the diploma for the easel stand up!

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Joy’s beautiful card uses the ‘Expressions In Ink’ designer series paper.  We only have until May 2nd to get discontinuing items, like this DSP, from the annual catalog!

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Sharon’s uses the Tea Time stamp set and Tea Together dies-  look at the little heart she put on the lid!


Sheri used the ‘Flowering Fields’ DSP and the ‘Simply Succulents’ stamp set for greetings:

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Ann used the ‘You’re A Peach’ DSP and the ’Sweet As A Peach Bundle’.  Those peaches even look fuzzy!  The amazing “Dist ink tive” stamps!  These are in the Annual catalog as well so order before May 2.

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Jo’s little rabbit made us all smile, and eggs from the Arrange A Wreath set and Wreath Builder Dies were perfect with the paper.

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  They followed instructions and had a large place for a message. 

Indeed!  Isn’t it fun to see all the different creations from one set of instructions?!

SAL,   Seeing April Leave

Karen

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