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Valentine’s Day Pop Up Card

Would you like to see what I made for the grandchildren’s valentines?   Do you ever see a card creation and say -“That is perfect”- what do I need to buy to make it?  That was me when I opened a post of Deb Valder’s at Teaspoon of Fun. She had a pop up card with teddy bears!  Yep – had to have the stamp, and the dies!  Check it out:

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You pull the little heart to pull up the inside of the card.  When it is flat it fits in an A2 envelope. The ‘Always In My Heart’ Stampin’ Up! set was the pull out greeting.

I will link the Stole My Heart stamp set at Teaspoon of Fun at the end with little Sal in the computer. The dies are available as well at Teaspoon of Fun.

We made these pop up cards years ago in club with the cutting and scoring done manually.  I found the instructions carefully documented at Splitcoaststampers.   If you would like those instructions click HERE.

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To see the products I used on these cards, click HERE.

Do those cards open up sideways as well?

No, Sal, those cards are a vertical card with a full base that opens up.  On the children’s valentines, I didn’t make a full base like those, I left enough space before the “Hi there, Valentine”, to write their name with a white gel pen. These are the products I used that I purchased from Teaspoon of Fun:

And here is a video from Deb Valder of Teasoon of Fun.

Recipe

  • Base:  Real Red,  4 1/4 X 5 1/2, Diecut with the large rectangle die in the ArtZy die set
    • Stamp Greeting in lower section
  • Pop Up Feature:  4 1/4 X 5 1/2, Diecut with the large rectangle die in the ArtZy die set
  • Pull Out Panel:  Basic White, 3 X 4 3/8
    • Stamp greeting before adhering
  • Top Layer:  Basic White, 4 X 5, Diecut with the smaller rectangular die of the set -burnish score lines
    • Flip this over and adhere the small rectangle cut out of Basic White to the 1/2″ bottom of the flap
  • Place foam strips around the sides and bottom of the pop up feature and adhere to card base
  • Embellish:
    • Scraps of red and white, Cut two circles & heart pieces and adhere to both sides of the pull out panel
    • Love Designer series Paper (X2),   2 1/2 X 1 1/2 , Diecut with larger recrtangle; make two
    • Love Designer series Paper, 2 1/2 X 1/2, Diecut with smallest rectangle
  • Bears:  Stole My Heart Stamp Set & Die, Basic White 3 1/2 X 3 1/2
    • Stamp in Memento Black Ink, Die cut with die in set
    • Copic Markers, cheeks- RV11, Bears-E31, E33, E13, Heart-R24, R27, R59
  • Love Flourish:  Love Designer Series Paper, 2 1/4 X 1 1/2 (I used the same DSP as the small rectangle)
    • Cut two additional flourishes in real red and layer the three
  • Heart:  Many Hearts Dies
    • Outside Heart, Real Red, 2 1/2 X 2 1/2
    • Inside Heart, Basic White, 2 3/4 X 2 1/2 with this set of dies you can glue the red directly to the white

That’s not so complicated when you show a video and your dimensions and all the products you used.  

Well, Sal, I list those so I have a good start when I make another.  My card journaling so to speak.

I hope my journal is useful to some of my followers!

SAL,  Send A Love letter

Karen

Sal will take you to Teaspoon of Fun!

Perpetual Birthday Calendar

Years ago I purchased a kit from Stampin’ Up! that is a perpetual birthday calendar.  Without years shown and without days of the week and with only the days of the month listed, I can pencil in birthdays and have a nice stamped wall hanging for the office.  I held a class when the kit came out; you can see that post HERE.  

The kits were unavailable by the time I advertised and collected the fee so I made my own calendar kit as close to the original as possible.

PerpetualCalendarSheets pdf

Perpetual Calendar Label pdf

Such a fun memory, however I never completed my calendar.  It is hard being a hostess and attempting to stamp a project at the same time, so my kit was put away to prepare for the next event.  It is time to work on my PHD (projects half done) so, out came the kit, and I finished it.

The sheets are 4 1/4 X 10 3/4, two could be printed on a sheet of white cardstock – just remember to watch for the number of days in the month.

“Thirty days hath September, April, June and November, all the rest have 31 except February.”

Thanks, Sal, and February this year has 29 and my printout only has 28.  The pdf file does have 29.

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The stamp set that went with the kit is The Perpeteual Birthday Calendar.  It has fantastic background stamps you will see me use.  However, through the years I have purchased so many additional stamps and dies that I had a plethora of things to choose from.

  

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October uses left over pieces from a Paper Pumpkin.  November uses a tiny ‘thanks’ from Waterfront, an acorn from ‘Time of Year’, another paper pumpkin piece and Itty Bitty Banners. December used ‘Holiday Invitation’ for the holly leaves.

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They are Sal, because I didn’t take time to straighten and size and brighten the color on each one.  I just needed to journal them for future reference.  I think the calendar would make a nice craft booth product.  It is an office decoration more than a necessary birthday reminder since our smart phones do that, but it sure is a quick look vs several clicks on the phone.

And now you can pencil in names!

Yes, and I do use a pencil since we have had so many folks come and go in our lives.

March 7 we will be celebrating 17 years of being in this house!   That is a record for us!  All but two of the neighbors on either side of us, across from us and behind us are new from when we moved in.

.  Ummmm…. and Paul’s birthday?

Yes, we closed on the house on his birthday so that will be a fun celebration as well.

SAL,  Stamping A Lot of unfinished projects

Karen

 

Riddle for today:

I am an odd number.  Take away one letter and I become even.  What number am I?

Seven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February Shoebox with Jo Brooks as our Hostess

The shoebox event fell on Valentine’s Day this month and we had a wonderful time making valentines and then eating at the Carriage Shops Tea House- and our husbands were invited!  The men went and had coffee while we made our cards and then they joined us for lunch.

Jo’s first card uses Stampin’ Up!’s Dry Brushed Metallic Paper and Brushed Shapes Dies:

 

 

  

The middle of the big heart is the inside cut out of the heart and is popped up. The corner rounding on the inside adds a nice touch!  To catch the glimmer of the paper I somehow lost the bright white cardstock.

Jo’s second card is so fun:

 

I will love sending this to my mom as she spent many years on a ranch!

Thank you, Jo, for a fun shoebox event with beautiful cards!

SAL,   Smile A Lot

Karen

Riddle:

What month has 28 days?

All of them!

 

 

 

 

January Shoebox with Christine Dillon as Hostess

What a great way to start the 2024 year of stamping with Christine Dillon as our hostess for the shoebox event.  We take turns each month designing two cards and making card kits for each person to construct at the event.

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Christine used the Delicate Edge Dies to create the black borders on either side of the foiled Designer Series Paper- the foil isn’t showing in the picture but it is beautiful.  The Deco Labels Framelits made a perfect greeting with a second cut to be a frame of the greeting.  The little gold metallic butterfly was an ideal embellishment.

Her second card was a valentine card:

 

The Sunshine Wishes Die was used for the heart and love word.  What a great combination of red and black to match the red and black in the Designer Series Paper.  I love the layers of white on red and then layered on the Designer Series Paper.  I left the inside blank so I could add a greeting later.

You need to follow her example of using a button since you have so many buttons in your stash. 

I do have a lot of buttons, Sal, and need to remember to use them.  Thank you, Christine, for a great shoebox event.

SAL,  Smiling A Lot

Karen

 

 

 

 

Whimsy Stamps Winter Friends-Digital Stamping

I was looking at digital stamps at ‘Whimsy Stamps’ – ‘Wee Stamps’ and found a perfect one for my little granddaughter! It is called Winter Friends.

 

Looks like a party of winter friends!

Yes, I found a Designer Series Paper – DSP, with all those characters and it was fun to add her name and her age and a happy birthday banner being held by the penguin and polar bear!  The backside of the DSP was just the stars so I layered that plain piece under the image to keep the card from being a bit too busy.  The card is 6 X 6 so I can have all the characters included.  We have an envelope punch board so we could just custom make the envelope to fit the 6 X 6.

I printed the image on cardstock and then cut it with the Window Frames #4 die.  I cut a second Window Frame in grey cardstock and cut it in half to frame the image.

Recipe

  • Base: Textured White, 12 X 6, scored at 6
  • Layer 1 (X2): Fresh Freesia, 5 3/4 X 5 3/4
  • Layer 2:  DSP with animals, 5 1/2 X 5 1/2
  • Layer 3:  DSP (back of the animal DSP), 5 1/2 X 2 1/2; place in middle 1 1/2 on each side
  • Inside Layer 2: DSP 5 3/4 X 1 1/2
  • Digital Image:  Print on 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock and then cut with Window Frame Die (fourth from smallest)
  • Frame for Digital Image:  Grey cardstock, 4 1/4 X 4 1/4, with Window Frame Die #4, then cut in half

Coloring with Copic Alcohol Markers

  • Hair: Y06, Y13, E00
  • Pink on Coat, scarf stripes, boot stripes, gloves: RV23
  • Green on Coat: YG13
  • Face: E00
  • Blush: RV10
  • Scarf: C5
  • Boots: E31
  • Berries: R27
  • Leaves: YG17

Use Lt Smokey Slate on the edges of the rabbit and then lighten with the color lifter alcohol marker.

Other products used:

  • Happy Birthday:  Birthday Chicks Stamp set
  • Inside:  Winter Wishes Reindeer Stamp set from Sweet November Stamps
  • Banner: Bunch of Banners Framelits – Stampin’ Up!
  • Name:  Rosette Dies
  • Age:  Playful Alphabet stamps – Stampin’ Up!, stamped and cut with bitty banner punch
  • Snowflakes:  Snowfall Thinlits Dies – Stampin’ Up!

Here’s Joey learning to ski!

I can see why you picked the digital stamp!  It does look like Joey. 

And you can see why I didn’t try to replicate the colors of the coat on the digital image!

On the Whimsy Stamps site you can click on <Digital, then <Digital Products By Artist, then <Wee Stamps

Little Sal in the computer will take you there!

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

Today’s riddle

Q:  Why couldn’t the bike stand up?

A:  Because it was 2 tired

 

 

 

 

A Bronco-saurus Birthday

My dear grandson, Emmitt, turned 6 in January and he loves dinosaurs and Broncos- just like Papa!  He wanted a Russel Wilson jersey for his birthday, so we found a shirt for him and then I got out my dinosaur dies and DSP- Designer Series Paper to make a u-fold box card for him.  The dinosaur heads got replaced with Bronco heads to combine two themes.  My inspiration came from Amanda Bates of the Craft Spa.

 

I used designer series paper for the background, die cut the dinosaurs from the DSP, and colored the Bronco heads to match as best I could.  The Happy Birthday is from the Birthday Chicks dies.  Emmitt’s name is from the dies in the Ribbon Rossett set and the ‘6’ is from our Large Number Framelit set.

Recipe

  • Base:  Thick White,  8 7/8 X 4 1/8,  Score at 1 3/8, 2 3/4, 6 1/8, 7 1/2
  • Bridge:  Thick White, 5 7/8 X 1
  • Background Scene:  Horizon DSP,  4 sides are 1 1/8 X 3 7/8, back is 3 1/8 X 3 7/8; Amanda started with a blank white piece 7 5/8 X 3 7/8 and created her own background then cut it at 1 1/8, 1 1/8, 3 1/8, 1 1/8, 1 1/8.
  • Box Sections:
    •  4 1/8 X 1, score 3/8 ” from each side
    • 4 7/8 X 1, score 3/4″ from each side

I only needed one box section but used both and then the dino can look like he is in the grass.

Have a wonderful day!  I am off to make valentines.

SAL, Stamping A Lot today

Karen

 

 

 

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