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Graduation Card to celebrate Joshua

Congratulations to our grandson, Joshua Decker, on his High School Graduation!

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We are so proud of Joshua!

For his card, I used the colors on the graduation announcement to make the front of the card.  There was just a touch of green on the Eaton Eagle so I bordered the circle with a little green.  The banner is silver but to get the stamped images on the sides to show in the picture I had to turn it a bit sideways and the banner looks gold!

Recipe for Joshua’s graduation card:

The card uses several stamp sets:

  • Clearly Whimsy Stamps Collection – Graduation- DA1173
    • You Did It on the circle
    • Diploma on the left
    • Inside (one stamp)
  • Vertical Greetings for Congrats on right side
  • Reflected In Nature for the Eagle on the top left
  • Day By Day Numbers for the 2023 on the bottom right
  • Make A Difference for Joshua’s name

Heather taught us how to use the Tailored Tag Punch to make the graduation cap (mortarboard cap) by punching once and then hold the punched image with a sticky note and punch a second time.  Punch just the side of the punch for the base of the cap.

The circles are made with dies from the retired circle set with the 5th largest die in Granny Apple Green and the 4th largest die in Basic White embossed with the confetti embossing folder.

The Banner Die is the 5th in the retired banner die set.

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1 (X2):  Night of Navy, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Banner:  Silver Foil, 2 1/2 X 4 1/4 die cut then embossed with the Star embossing folder
  • Granny Apple Green: Die cut for a border with 5th largest circle
  • Basic White: 3 3/4 X 5, die cut with 4th largest circle and emboss with confetti embossing folder
  • Cap:  Black Foil, 2 X 3, cut with Tailored Tag Punch
  • Inside Layer:  Basic White, 3 3/4 X 5, stamp and color
  • Embellishments:  Navy Twine made into a tassel secured with a black brad, 3 Swarovski crystals

Did you use Copic markers to color the inside? 

Yes, Sal, but I failed to write down which colors I used. Next time.

The design inspiration comes from the card Heather Guitreau made at our shoebox event:

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Lovely cards, Heather!

Thank you for stopping by my blog for…

A pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world! 

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under The Sea Thank You

When you see something you like, do you analyze and over analyze and then find out it is gone when you go back to get it?  That would be me- usually.  This time I actually ordered from an ad that popped up on Facebook and I am delighted with this die I purchased through inloveartshop.com.  Take a look see:

 

 

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You are looking at a base of Pretty Peacock, with a die cut fancy layer of Just Jade and cut outs from a sea themed 6 X 6 retired DSP (designer series paper) from Stampin’ Up! and embellishments of Sea Glass.  The right front side has a strip of the DSP with a greeting from the Veritcal Greetings Stampin’ Up! set.  The inside left has a strip of the DSP and a stamp from Happy Hedgehogs.  The right side uses the Stampin’ Up! Friends are Like Seashells stamp set with the Seaside Seashells Die and hybrid Embossing Folder.  The die does the cutting as the folder embosses in one run through the Big Shot.  I cut an extra shell and stamped a greeting on it, adhering it amongst the other shells.

Let’s take another look at the Kokorosa die.  It comes with all the pieces attached with little bitty bits of the metal.  You need one of the little metal cutters to cut them apart – or a husband like my Paul who cut them apart and then used his grinder to make sure there were no sharp edges.  He is so handy and can fix just about anything!  Thanks, Paul.

BUT- before you cut the dies apart you want to run your cardstock through to cut out all the pieces.  There are layering pieces and inside pieces;  those little layering pieces give you perfect placement for the inside pieces.

I am scratching my head – that didn’t make sense.  

Okay, Sal, let’s try some pictures.

This is the die set after Paul so carefully removed the metal connecting pieces.

I die cut it with the Just Jade before Paul cut the dies apart and I had the outer background piece that you see in the top picture and then lots of puzzle pieces-

-a piece for each of the outside borders, and then a piece for each inside die cut.

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You could do puzzle piecing and use a different color for the border pieces and then die cut your inside pieces from another color, but I just  layered the main background die cut piece on the base of Pretty Peacock and then die cut different scenes from the DSP.  What saved me much fiddling, in getting the inside DSP pieces perfectly lined up, was placing the border pieces in the cut out section and then adhering the DSP inside the border.  I didn’t even need to glue the border pieces temporarily; the main background cutout kept the border in place, then I removed the border and had a perfectly aligned piece of DSP.   I saved those border pieces to use each time I make a card with these dies.

Notice – look back at the first picture – the main background piece in Just Jade fits nicely top to bottom but does not go equally to the edges left to right.  In the future I would adhere the background piece close to the left side and either cut off the right side front base, or do as I did here but with a larger strip of DSP for the vertical greeting.

Now that I have taken my Stampin’ Up! blinders off and have allowed myself to use other companies products, it is like a whole new world of crafting.

Are you getting rid of all your Stampin’ Up! products?

No, indeed, Sal!  Stampin’ Up! has some amazing products like what I have used on this card, but I am purging to eliminate stamps that I don’t see me using in the future.

Thank you to everyone who has been purchasing items from my stamp stash.  Check out the Bake Sale tab here on the blog to see what is left.  I listed 67 sets on Saturday and have sold over half of them.  Several are still pending payment so I won’t remove them from the BAKE SALE until I receive payment. We call that NIL in the online shopping world.  NIL means Next In Line so if someone doesn’t pay the NIL person gets notified.  It works really well.  People change their mind or find a better deal and then the NIL has a chance to purchase your set.

SAL,  Smile A Little and Share A Lovely find

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Cards

For Mother’s Day Cards this year, I wanted to use the Bouquet of Love Hybrid Embossing Folder/Die Combo.  It was in the Stampin’ Up! Jan-Jun 2022 Mini catalog (pg. 11) It has an embossing folder and large heart die that you run through the Cut and Emboss machine at the same time to create amazing cards.   Note:  The catalog I am referencing is in the catalog tab and you can see the products there.

For this card I used the Pearlescent Specialty Paper on a Very Vanilla Base:

The heart that was cut out of the front of the embossed layer, I used for the back!   It was too pretty to go into a stash.

.  Wow, you even remembered to take a picture before you wrote a book – I mean -a message on the inside!

No snarkiness, Sal!

The Happy Mother’s Day greeting is dry embossed with gold embossing powder.  The greeting is from the Time For Tea retired set.

The paper, cut out with the same heart die, is from the retired Hues of Happiness paper.  Don’t say it, Sal, but yes this is the sheet I looked at in the set of DSP and said I would never use.  It won’t last much longer.  I used it with the Love Cats card I made and the Letter Openers I made for party favors. Click on the blue to see those posts.


 

I have one daughter who loves blue and one who loves pink and grey so I made their Mother’s Day cards accordingly.

I guess you could call all these cards peek a boo cards since the heart is cut out of the front. These second cards use a special technique of inking the embossing folder itself before running it through the Cut and Emboss machine with the top layer of card stock.  I started with a full 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 layer of card stock that matched the base.  This gave me wiggle room in case I didn’t exactly center the heart but -serendipity!  when I cut off 1/4 inch on the long side I had a beautiful piece to go on the inside.  I purposely offset the heart the second time I cut the heart so as to have a piece for the inside.

I cut the heart out of the top layer,  then drew around it with a pencil on the main card stock base so I could cut out the heart a second time from the base for the peek a boo look.

The ‘love and laughter forever after’ is from the Forever Fern set.


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Card ideas for next year, right?

Oh Sal, we are creators;  we can take an idea from a belated Mother’s Day and have the perfect anniversary card or birthday card or a card just to say ‘thinking of you’.  The ideas are timeless!  We don’t even need the same tools.  We can take a heart die, an embossing folder and voila! we have a similar card.

I am blessed to be a mother and have my mother and mother in law still alive!  Happy Mother’s Day to all of you dear followers, whether you are a mother to fur babies, little tykes or grown up children with children of their own!

SAL,  Sending A Lot of Love

Karen

Copyright

Unless otherwise indicated, all stamped images are 2009-2023 Stampin’ Up!  The projects shown are to spice up your personal creativity and may not be copied for publication or contest submission.  The content of this website is my sole responsibility and the use of and content of classes, services or products offered are not endorsed by Stampin’ Up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Dainty Delight Cards

I have two more Dainty Delight cards to share today, one using the Dainty Delight stamps and one using the Dainty Delight Dies!  This is a Triple Time Stamping Card where you layer the three white pieces together with temporary glue, stamp the images and color them, then take the three white pieces apart and layer them on the base and two purple pieces.

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Recipe for Triple Time Stamping Layers

  • Stamps:  Dainty Delight, Shaded Summer for the Happy Birthday
  • Base: Highland Heather; 11 X 4 1/4, scored at 5 1/2
  • Mats: same cardstock as bases
    • 3 1/4 X 4 1/2
    • 2 1/4 X 3 1/2
  • Artwork Layers:  Basic White, Temporarily adhere together with temp glue or use just a bit of snail and then use your fingers to rub the snail so the oil in your fingers makes the glue less sticky
    • 2 X 3 1/4
    • 3 X 4 1/4
    • 4 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Layer: Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Embellishments:  Highland Heather Open Weave Ribbon, Brass Butterflies;
  • Copic Markers:  BV00-flowers, Y06-centers, YG13 for the greenery
  • Ink:  Highland Heather and Shaded Spruce for front greeting; the flower stems are also stamped in Highland Heather
  • Markers:  I used Stampin’ Up! watercolor markers for the little inside flowers at the bottom

Which do you like better for triple time- the Dainty, the Color Contour or the butterflies? 

Dainty has its place depending on the person.  I guess that is why we choose to make cards that we can personalize!

Click HERE to visit the prior post with two other Triple Time Stamping cards!  Then vote for your favorite!


This next card uses the dies instead of the stamps:

For this card I cased a card made by Jan Clother of New Zealand!

Recipe

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer (X2):  Basic White, 5 1/4 X 4;  Use the 3D Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder to emboss the front layer
  • Flowers:  Die cut with Dainty Delight dies
    • Blushing Bride – 1 1/2 X 2, 4 full flower cut, 1 flower bud cut
  • Vine:  Old Olive, 8 X 2 1/2, die cut 3 with Dainty Delight vine die, use cut off edge of one for the inside
  • Butterflies:  Blushing Bride, 2 X 1, Butterfly Brilliance Dies, Die cut one tiny and one small
  • Front Greeting:  Basic White, I reached in my container of greetings from More Messages and then punched two backgrounds in Blushing Bride cutting them and  layering them
  • The Thank You Greeting on the inside is from Go To Greetings stamped in Old Olive
  • Embellish:  clear jewels for the inside of the flowers and sparkly jewels for the butterfly and card front

So is the Dainty Delight bundle going to be put in the bake sale since you used it more than most?

Oh my, Sal, that is the best reason to keep it in the stash.  So many of the BAKE SALE items I never used or only used for one workshop.  Friends, if the item is in bold it is still available at http://stampinup.com

Check out the BAKE SALE today for great deals on products.  I am listing the rest of the stamps on Facebook today.

Thank you for checking out my blog!

SAL,  Sacrificing A Lot of the stash today

Karen

Copyright

Unless otherwise indicated, all stamped images are 2009-2023 Stampin’ Up!  The projects shown are to spice up your personal creativity and may not be copied for publication or contest submission.  The content of this website is my sole responsibility and the use of and content of classes, services or products offered are not endorsed by Stampin’ Up!

 

 

 

 

Dainty Delight Stampin’ Up!

The Dainty Delight bundle at Stampin’ Up! carried over into the new catalog and I am definitely delighted!  I am casing a Wyermann’s Whimsey card design and she has a great tip for us on her youtube channel.  I will include those links further down the blog.

 

 

Here is a thank you card just like Lorraine Weyermann’s with just a few of my own changes:

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Wait!  You used a die cut for the greeting that isn’t symmetrical?!  

Yes, Sal, it is from the Beautiful Shapes Dies from Stampin’ Up! – retiring May 3!

The stamping on the inside of the birthday card is from the Stampin’ Up! Artistically Inked Stamp Set and it is not retiring.  The little flowers and grass at the bottom of the inside of the birthday card are from the Dainty Delight stamp set and I colored the back of the stamp with markers.  The front greetings are both from the Dainty Delight stamp set stamped in Memento Black on a Basic White Beautiful Shapes Die- (the one I said I would never use-ha -never say never)!

Recipe

  • Base:  Basic White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer (X2):  Designer Series Paper (DSP), 5 1/4 X 4 (cut with the yellow at top left for a bit of sunshine)
  • Flowers:  Die cut with Dainty Delight dies
    • Flirty Flamingo – 1 1/2 X 2, 1 full flower cut, 1 half flower cut
    • Melon Mambo – 1 1/2 X 2, 1 full flower cut, 1 half flower cut, layer behind Flirty Flamingo
    • Fresh Freesia – 1 1/2 X 2, 1 full flower cut, 1 half flower cut
    • Highland Heather – 1 1/2 X 2, 1 full flower cut, 1 half flower cut, layer behind Fresh Freesia
  • Vine:  Old Olive, 5 X 2 1/2, die cut with Dainty Delight vine die
  • Centers:  Daffodil Delight, 1 X 1, die cut with the center which has four centers together – 2 full and 2 half centers
  • Greeting:  Basic White, 3 1/4 X 1 1/2, stamp greeting in Memento Black, die cut with Beautiful Shapes die and adhere direct to the DSP
  • Embellish:  brass butterfly and flower resin shape – retired

The vine is glued direct to the DSP.

Layer the flowers with glue dots and then pop up with dimensionals.

Lorraine Weyermann’s  video below shows this presentation of the dies:

 

And one more video from Melanie Coverston using a background with a brick embossing folder and sunflowers:

.  You found some beauties!  

Yes, thanks to the ladies who post videos for us to learn from.

My Bake Sale tab now has the products I am selling so let me know if you would like anything.  I will eventually post to Facebook and Ebay but I wanted to let my loyal followers have first pick.  I accept paypal, so send me your requests and your zip code and I will invoice you.  When I receive payment, I will immediatly ship the product(s).

Sal,  Stamp A Lot

Karen

 

Copyright

Unless otherwise indicated, all stamped images are 2009-2023 Stampin’ Up!  The projects shown are to spice up your personal creativity and may not be copied for publication or contest submission.  The content of this website is my sole responsibility and the use of and content of classes, services or products offered are not endorsed by Stampin’ Up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Friends’ Birthday Cards

There are little daffodils poking up through the ground; poor things got covered with 4″ of new snow yesterday.

 

From a distance the bare branches of the bushes with clumps of snow look like we are growing cotton!

 

Let’s head south! Way south!

Now Sal, this is just springtime in the Rockies!  In another week we will be out getting flower beds ready for planting.

Today, I would like to show you a couple fun birthday cards and alert you to new postings in the ‘Bake Sale’ tab with many of the items I am purging.

You can’t call them ‘new’ postings when there haven’t been any postings of sale items for eons.

True!  Folks, there are postings in the Bake Sale of items I am selling. Better, Sal?

Just trying to be helpful!

Back to the birthday cards!  The first is a slimline card for Paul’s birthday with a stamp set from Whimsy called “Best Friends”.

Recipe

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 8 3/8 X 6 3/4 scored at 3 3/8; (Note: 8 1/2 X 7 scored at 3 1/2 is the standard slimline but I wanted a 1/16″ reveal of the base)
  • Border (X2): Early Espresso, 8 1/4 X 3 1/4
  • Top Layer:  Designer Series Paper, 8 X 3
  • Inside Top Layers:
    • Designer Series Paper, 4 X 3
    • Basic White, 4 X 3
  • Blue Cut Outs:  Pacific Point, 8 1/2 X 3 1/4,  Die Cut 2 large and three small shapes with Stampin’ Up! Diorama Dies then emboss with Stampin’ Up! 3D Cane Weave embossing folder
  • Outside Greeting:  Rectangle Stitched Framelit in Early Espresso 2 3/4 X 1 1/2, with Basic White Top Layer, 1 X 2 3/8
  • Inside Greeting: Rectangle Stitched Framelit in Early Espresso, 3/4 X 2 7/8 with Basic White Top of 1/2 X 2 1/2
  • Images: Basic White, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, stamp in Memento Black, Color with Copic Markers
    • YG03-straw; C3-milk & egg outlines using 0 to lighten and blend; B000-Cup
    • Y13-butter; C5-legs & arms; V15-Jelly; R00-Tongue; E33-PBtr & Bacon
    • E31-Toast top & cookie; E18-Toast crust & Chocolate chips; E15-Syrup
    • B24-Together coloring after stamping in memento ink
  • Happy Birthday – Stampin’ Up Hey Chick stamp set, all other greetings are from Whimsy Best Friends set
  • Embelishments – 5 swarovski crystals

The characters and hearts on the front are popped up, the other pieces are adhered directly to the paper.

Here are individual pictures for the sake of looking closely at the coloring – I am new to these Copics and will need to refresh my memory frequently until I get used to numbers- plus, they are just cute to look at separately.

 

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If you stamped me in black, could you color me with Copics?

We’ll try someday!  For now I have another birthday card to show and this time I used some foiling.  I have a special friend’s husband who has the most adventurous stories imaginable and he was a pilot so I put the two together to make his birthday card.  It is a ‘never ending card’.  We made this card at club for Valentine’s Day in 2016.  Here is a hint – to effectively use the blog, go to the recipe box and find the thumbnail picture of the card you remembered making and click on the picture and you will go to that posting so you can make another card like it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF-FGBX_Cis

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Don’t let the picture fool you- this is a standard A2 card!  Fold the top flap up and the bottom flap down and voila:

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I stamped the plane from Stampin’ Up!’s retired ‘Sky Is The Limit’ stamp set onto Shrinky Dink Paper, colored the back side, cut it out, and then cooked it to make a cute little card size 3D plane!

I stamped the clouds and then decided they needed to be a little 3D also so I added our puff paint.  It stuck to the top of the paper so that wasn’t the best idea but it gives the cloud a little blue dimension.  Now let’s fold the card again:

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Then once more up with the top and down with the bottom so we go to the back for a greeting:

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The foiled paper is from a retired Stampin’ Up! designer series paper and the gold ADVENTURE was a card front sent with my new Minc machine that we ran through the machine with gold foil.   Paul figured out how to get all the large letters on the front flaps by cutting and gluing each one separately.  I’ve ordered more foils so stay tuned for fun cards with foil embellishments.

Never Ending Card Recipe Basics (watch the video for construction)

  • Base:   Basic White, 4 1/4 X 11
    • Cut in half for two 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 bases
    • Score one of the half pieces at 1 3/8″ on 4 1/4 top & bottom then cut that piece in half at 2 1/8,
    • Score the other half piece on the 5 1/2 side at 1 1/16″ at top and 1 1/16″ at bottom, then cut in half at 2 3/4″ 
    • Add two pieces of sticky tape right up to the score line on the two 4 1/4″ pieces
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      • Burnish all your score lines both ways
  • Now the two pieces you cut in the first step that are 2 1/8″ X 5 1/2″ will go on top of the 4 1/4 X 2 3/4 pieces
    • first adhere each piece to the bottom corner of the piece that has the sticky strip, laying your 4 1/4″ in line with the edge and bottom.  The two pieces should meet in the middle
    • then slide the top piece of the 2 3/4 X 4 1/4 piece in alignment with the bottom that now has the two pieces attached and then press the top onto the sticky strips

If you get all the pieces cut and scored with the sticky strip added, then it would be best to watch the video (at point 2:43) for how to lay the first two strips on top of the second two strips.

What the video doesn’t show is decorating the many sections and their dimensions so I will list those here. Note:  If you like the design to exactly match, multiply the sections by 2 and then cut in half to match designs.

  • Front Middle (X2):  Blue foil DSP, 2 X 2 5/8
  • Front Sides (X4):  Blue Glimmer Paper, 7/8, X 2 5/8
  • First Fold Middle (X2):  Blue Sky DSP, 2 X 2 5/8
  • First Fold Top & Bottom Sides (X 4):  7/8  X 1.1/4
  • Second Fold Middle (X2):  DSP, 2 X 2 5/8
  • Second Fold Sides (X4): DSP,  7/8  X 1.1/4
  • Back Middle (X2):  DSP,  2 5/8″ X 2″
  • Back Top and Bottom (X4):  DSP, 1 1/4″  X 2″

And your next fold will bring you to the front again!  Have fun.  It should be marketed as a stress relief tool as you play with folding it back and forth!  My first Never Ending Card (also called a Perpetual Card) was a Valentine card and I started with colored card stock bases so I could just add embellishments whilly nilly!   You can click on the blue to see that card.

http://stampalosopher.com/?p=787

You had to make an extra base so you could give instructions so why not make another?! 

Well, Sal, I do need a birthday card!  Let’s do it!

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For this card:

  • Basic White Base
  • Purple Ombre Glimmer Paper
  • How Sweet It Is Designer Series Paper
  • “This Calls For Confetti”, So Sentimental stamp set with oval punch
  • “Happy Birthday”, Birthday Chick Dies
  • “Hope Your Day is…..” Postcard Pals with Tailored Tag punch
  • “Hugs, Prayers, Love”  Positive Thoughts with Peek A Hoot Dies Rectangle
  • “Let’s Celebrate You”  Birthday Chick Stamp Set
  • Streamers, Birthday Chick Stamp Set
  • Balloons with double balloon punch
  • Vellum tiny envelope with punch and butterflies with retired butterfly thinlet
  • Gorgeous Grape Ink

That could be your  graduation cards, too!  

A valid possibility!

I taught the Shrinky Dink technique several years ago in a technique club.

Are we able to go somewhere on your blog to see all your technique sheets?

That is a great idea, Sal!  I will work on doing that, right after I get the products I am selling on the ‘Bake Sale’ tab.  I could at least create a new tab and add this Shrinky Dink technique sheet.  I need a short name to fit the tab so ‘technique’ is out – any suggestions?

Well, you have a ‘Recipe Box’ and a ‘Bake Sale’ so how about ‘Cookbook’?

Great idea, Sal!  Consider it done!

The first of many products have been added to the Recipe Box!

Toodoloo friends!  I hope you have found a pinch of creativity today to spice up your crafting world!

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bee With Heart

Let’s take a trip to a fantasy land where bees are pink!  I used a digital stamp by Connie Fong called Bee With Heart!  I saw this cute pink bee on a card by Gloria Shirr and just “had to have whatever stamp it was”.  You all know that feeling!  Little did I know it would lead me to a new world– digital stamping!

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After printing the digital images on Basic White cardstock, I cut them out with a Stampin’ Up! ‘Deckled Rectangles Die’ and adhered to a layer of retired pink marble designer series paper.  For the inside greeting I used Stampin’ Up!’s ‘Prized Peony’ stamp set.  By duplicating the images and printing landscape I could print four fronts to a sheet of 8 1/2 X 11.  The digital stamp set has a boy bee and a girl bee with two greetings and a flower.  Here is the second greeting on a card for my mother.

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The inside greeting is a stamp Lucille gave me before she moved far far away to New Jersey.  Miss you, friend!  The clear heart and pink pearls are retired Stampin’ Up! embellishments.

Wait just a cotton pickin’ minute!  If you had just one girl bee stamp, how did you get two facing each other? 

Well, Sal, we learned to do mirror images with regular stamps using the stamparatus and a silicon sheet,  but with a digital stamp it is just a click of a button!

Recipe

  • Base:  Basic White 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Border Layer:  Designer Series Paper (DSP), 5 3/8 X 4 1/8
  • Top Layer:  Basic White 5 1/2 X 4 1/4  cut with Second Largest Deckled Rectangle Die
  • Inside Strip: DSP, 1/2 X 5 3/8
  • Embellishments:  3 pink pearls for outside, 4 clear dots for middle of flowers and 1 clear heart on inside
  • Copic Markers
    • RV10 and RV23 for the bee’s body and heart
    • RV09 for the Nose and Inside of the flowers
    • R00 and a tiny touch of RV10 for the wings and then a coat of Wink Of Stella

I hope you enjoyed a trip to fantasy land!

Here I am adding a sympathy card made with one of the digital images from Connie Fong Art but this time in more traditional colors:

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  • Copic Markers
    • R27 for the heart, flowers and tiny touch on nose
    • Y13 Inside flower
    • C9 Black on Bee
    • YR12 Yellow on Bee
    • E000 Face
    • R00 and a tiny touch of RV10 for the wings and then a coat of Wink Of Stella
  • Deckled Rectangle Dies are used to create the frame with a piece cut out of the middle of the front used to borde the back
  • Inside Greeting:  Kindness & Compassion stamp set, love how it ties to the digital greeting on the front.

By combining digital with the dies and stamps I have in my stash I have a new realm of card making!

SAL,  Sending A Lot of Love

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having fun with Leprechauns!

Did you all eat corn beef and cabbage and look for leprechauns?  Nor did I, however, I did have fun with leprechaun cards!

Last month at the Shoebox event, Jo Brooks was the hostess and we made two St. Patrick’s Day cards to which I added leprechauns to delight the hearts of the grandkids!  The Whimsy stamp set “Lucky Leprechauns” had  fun images to stamp which were even more fun to color!  I just put a leprechaun over the greeting on Jo’s design- sounds like a trick a leprechaun might do -popping up just anywhere!

 

I added two more on the inside and stamped a couple leprechauns on a separate sheet to send in the envelope for the little ones to color.

 

The shamrocks and greeting are from the Stampin’ Up! ‘Lucky Clover’ stamp set.  I just colored the back of the stamp to say ‘sending love’ instead of ‘sending luck and love’.  Jo’s black and white plaid/dots and those bright green sequins were the perfect accents!


Jo’s second card was as beautifully designed as the first:

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I just modified the inside with a leprechaun and the ‘Lucky Clover’ greeting!  It was fun to have two different color schemes on the cards!   Thank you, Jo, for a fun time and two great cards!


Having just purchased a Mini Minc Machine for foiling as well as a roll of bright green foil, I designed a few cards using the Whimsy “Lucky Leprechauns” stamp set and the Whimsy Toner Card Fronts – 8 to a pack, 2 each of 4 designs.

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The toner fronts from Whimsy are a full A2 card size so I had to cut off a strip to have a border on front so I used that strip on the inside of one of the cards.  ‘Sending Love’ is from Stampin’ Up!’s Lucky Clover set, the ‘Lucky to have U’ and the ‘happy St. Patrick’s Day’ are from Whimsy’s Lucky Leprechauns. The front leprechaun is on a craft spring for extra fun!

 Cute!  But you could have just put a green hat on me!

Hmmmm…… let me think about that.


I tried to catch the beautiful foiling on this next card front:

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It is a white card toner front from Whimsy on a gold foil layer on a black base.

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Just looks stamped with garden green to me.  

I know; maybe that is why foiling is not promoted very highly by some.  Trust me, it is beautiful in real life.  I used an oval to cut out the ‘Happy St. Patrick’s Day’ on the second card front from Whimsy so I could use it next year and yet have a matching  border for the inside of this card.

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The greeting is from Stampin’ Up!’s ‘Pansy Patch‘ stamp set.

You should name your leprechauns!

Let’s see, the bowler hat, the top hat and the beanie hat?  How about O’Pat, O’Reilly and O’Gill?

Which hat do you like best?

I used Copic Alcohol Markers for the coloring:

  • YG17 – Hats and Jackets
  • YG13 – Shamrocks
  • Y35 – Gold (I don’t recommend the gold Wink Of Stella- it was too dark, but the clear Wink of Stella worked well.)
  • YR00 – Face
  • E13, E15 – Shoes and Hat Band
  • YR 18 – Beard
  • C9, C7 – Pot

I am new to Copics but I found that I could use one marker for different shades just by adding additional layers.

Will you ever be ahead of the celebration instead of behind?

It is fun to ‘scrapbook’ what I have done here on the blog.  Hopefully others enjoy looking back and smiled seeing these cute little characters!

Happy Spring everyone!

SAL,  Sharing A Laugh

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speedy Recovery Get Well Card

Do you love the soft pastels of Easter and spring?  Then you must have this packet of ‘Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper’ which has delightful pastels!   This packet of 48 sheets of 12X12 paper is only available for two more days because it is a Sale A Bration product and Sale A Bration for this session ends February 28!

  You didn’t give much warning!

No, but I am here now!   I needed a get well card and knew I could do double duty by showing a card and highlighting the paper, as well as mentioning a wonderful stamp set called ‘Speedy Recovery’ from the annual catalog.

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Check out this paper!

Wow!  Green combinations, blue combinations, oranges and purples and some with all of the colors!

Yes, Sal, and perfect for those cards where we need a front and back to match or at least blend, like these! Click on the image to go to the blogpost for that card:

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ooohhh, make us a starburst card with all those pastels!  Please…..

Maybe someday but for now the time is crucial to post this card to show the beauty of the Dandy Designs DSP (Designer Series Paper) only available during Sale A Bration which ends Februray 28.

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 Recipe

  • Base: Highland Heather, 5 1/2 X  8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Border:  Dandy Designs DSP,  3 3/4 X 4 3/4, Die cut with 2nd largest Scalloped Contours Die
  • Inside Strip:  Dandy Designs DSP, 4 X 1/2
  • Top Layer:  Basic White, 3 1/4 X 4 1/2,  Die cut with 4th largest Deckled Rectangle Die
    • Stamp greeting in Memento Black Ink at bottom
    • Stamp cup on a 2 X 2 1/2 piece of Dandy Designs DSP, Fussy Cut, for a left handed version like I used here, be sure the design you want is on the backside of the side you stamp.
    • Stamp the flowers from Speedy Recovery directly on the Basic White toward the top
    • Stamp the little tag on the flowers on a scrap of Basic White, fussy cut
    • Adhere the cup over the flowers
    • Make a tiny bow of twine and glue a length of twine at top of cup
    • Using glue dots adhere the tag to the cup
    • Pop up the layer with stampin’ dimensionals
  • Embellish!  I used Wink of Stella on the tag and three pearls in matching colors.

Thank you for spending a little time with me today!  March 1st I will be ordering the new annual catalogs (May ’23 – April ’24) to be mailed directly to you so please let me know if you would like a hardcopy.   text: 303-815-0838 or email [email protected].

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SAL,  Spring is not A Long ways away

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherished Friend Valentine

Our stamping group met together on the traditional second Tuesday of the month and it just happened to be Valentine’s Day this year!  I pulled out my ‘hearts’ collection and created a heart of hearts Valentine similar to a card made by Mary Herdt only monochromatic red and white with different embossing folders, a different background for the hearts and hearts instead of flowers for bling.  I will note the products I used in the recipe.

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. Let me guess…. you forgot to take a picture of the inside before you wrote in them?!

Yes, and handwriting is not my forte.

Recipe

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2
    • Stamp the lace look 1 1/2 down from the top and 1 1/2 up from the bottom with retired Delicate Details stamp (note: I used the Stamparatus so I could stamp twice for a darker image)
    • Stamp ‘Cherished Friend’ with greeting from Lovely You stamp set
  • Inside Layer:  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4, stamped with Real Red using 2 stamps from the retired Valentine Love
  • Sparkly Background:  Red Glitter Paper, 2 1/2 (minus a hair so 2  7/16) X 4 1/4 (minus a hair so 4 3/16)
    • It is a good idea to cut your background paper just slightly smaller than the top layer
  •  Top Layer:  Basic White, 2 1/2 X 4 1/4, die cut with Blooming Happiness Die
    • after rolling out the little cuts, push the little leaves up from the backside for more texture
  • Three Smallest Hearts:  Basic White, 2 1/4 X 2 1/4, Cut and embossed using the retired Embosslits Fashionable Hearts
  •  Large Hearts (X2):  Basic White, 2 X 2, punch with the retired heart punch which measures 1 3/4 across at the top
    • Emboss one with the Ornate Flower 3D embossing folder
    • Emboss the other with the Dainty Diamonds 3D embossing folder
  • Bling it up!
    • Two red Glossy Dots
    • Two connected hearts die cut from the Many Hearts Die (from the long die of hearts cut just the two connected hearts fussy cutting the two away from the other hearts

  I bet they can use any of their heart’s stash of stamps and dies to make a similar card!

Yes, Sal, and any embossing folder could be used!

Thank you for sharing a bit of your precious time today as Sal and I strive to bring a pinch of creativity to your crafting world!

Sal,  Send A bit of Love

Karen

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