Whirly Wednesday for October Swaps and Mystery Card #17

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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 stampalosopher@gmail.com.  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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hurry, nine hours of the 24 have already slipped away while she sipped away on her coffee!!

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There are 80 English stamp sets.  I will show their pictures here.  You probably knew it , but I just figured out that there is a box on the side of the Online Store where I can click English to see only English sets.

 

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When you hover over the set in the Online Store it shows a project.  Here are the actual sets for the projects shown above:

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SAL,   Sipping A Little coffee and Shopping A Lot

Karen

 

Merriest Moments and Poinsettia Petals Center Panel Easel Cards

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Just in from the home office – “All the photopolymer stamps in the Annual Catalog will be on sale tomorrow for 24 hours only!”

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 shown on page 43 of the mini catalog:

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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!

Hostess Code Through October 25:  H6TRE77D. Don’t forget the sale tomorrow – all photopolymer stamps in the annual catalog!!

SAL,   Sharing A Lot of Merriest Moments

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pop Up Bouquet Birthday Card with Artistic Dies

Hostess code:  H6TRE77D

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!

Let’s look at a few Stampin’ Up! announcements before we go.

There is a new kit offering:

The clearance rack has been refreshed:

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There are only two days left to get the Paper Pumpkin for October:

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Thank you for giving me some of your precious time today!  If you would like to join my team of Carin’ Crafters I would love to help you to get discounts every time you order or to help you build a business so you can support your passion for crafting.  There is no obligation – just the fun of belonging to a great group of crafters!

With all the amazing demonstrators out there, I appreciate all of you who have chosen to support me!

.  ’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

Hostess Code through October 26 is H6TRE77D

Hello Stamping Friends,

It is almost over – Sale A Bration – that is, and 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 …..

I know, Sal, but Sale A Bration has only one more day and then those specials go away until a new Sale A Bration in January.

   Quick, get this post out and maybe one more person will take advantage of all the goodies.

I hope so, Sal.  Friends, if you join my team of Carin’ Crafters you will get a FREE bundle.  One of 12 bundles – See them at the end of the blog post HERE.  Purchase $50 or $100 of products for a free Sale A Bration item.

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

We will be ready!!  Club is October 12th at 9:30 or 1:30 with a potluck at noon and we will start our Christmas card making fun!  Guests are welcome for a $5 fee or $25 order just RSVP by October 7th so I have card kits.

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 stampalosopher@gmail.com.

  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!

Hostess Code through October 26 is H6TRE77D

SAL,   Sadly A Last day for Sale A Bration

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.

Hostess Code Through October 25 with Sharon as our hostess:  H6TRE77D

Club is October 12th at 9:30 and 12:30 with a potluck at noon.  Guests are welcome for a $5 fee, or a $25 order, but please RSVP by Oct. 7th.  By popular vote we will begin our Christmas card making at this club.

If you would really like to get a head start on Christmas cards,  consider the October Paper Pumpkin for 10 cards with matching envelopes:

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.  That would be a really good idea for you if your next two months are like this last one!

That’s for sure, Sal, I always subscribe for the September, October, and November kits and they just keep getting better each year.

Friends, you can either subscribe through my online store or go directly to the Paper Pumpkin site and order.

Refills are available for the September Paper Pumpkin.  The little pumpkin sandwiched nicely in the dash of my car and 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!

Would you like to join us for other fun crafting events?  Club is on the second Tuesday of the month and we Zoom together on the fourth Tuesday to share swaps and take on a Mystery Card Challenge – I give you directions for cuts to make and then you have the surprise when I show you how all the pieces go together!  It is fun.  Call or text 303-815-0838.  I would love to be your creative coach and bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!

If you are thinking of joining Stampin’ Up! for the sake of the 20% discount or to be a part of a community of crafters, I would love to have you on my Carin’ Crafters team!  Join by September 30 and get the Sale A Bration special of a free bundle along with $125 of products for $99.  Call or text 303-815-0838.

Hostess Code Through October 25  H6TRE77D

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That is not what those dies are for!

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code through September 11 – WKQ6CJ7R

We interrupt this post to bring you an important announcement:  The Christmas Whimsy Kit shown on page 6 is available starting today, September 8th.  It is only available while supplies last!

They could have made the item code a little easier to find.

Good point, Sal!  The code is 158166.  Click on the code to go to the store.  And remember -it is still Sale A Bration so you may want to add more than one so you can get a free product!

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’ which are free with a $100 order during this month’s Sale A Bration promotion.  They coordinate with the Shaded Summer stamp set in the Annual Catalog, page 75.

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.

These dies are only available during Sale A Bration so hurry!  Sale A Bration ends September 30.

While you are shopping you might want to consider the Paper Pumpkin for September!  You must subscribe by the 10th- only two days away!

Thank you for sharing your precious time with me today!  If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be honored to have you choose me to be your creative coach and bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!

One last little detail –  If you sign up as a demonstrator this month you will get $125 of product for $99 and your choice of a bundle to add to your kit.  Here are the bundles you can choose from:

Plus you will become a part of the Carin’ Crafters Team!   Just sayin…….

Hostess code through September 11 – WKQ6CJ7R

SAL,   Share A Love

 

 

 

 

August Swaps and Mystery Card #15

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code:  WKQ6CJ7R with Cindy as our hostess this month.

I just had the most incredible weekend with the Backstage At Home Stampin’ Up! virtual leader’s event.  The speakers were tremendous and the chance to network with demonstrators all over the world was delightful!  Next year the event will be in person in New Orleans!  Join my team of Carin’ Crafters and/or let me help you promote so you, too, can attend these events!

Would you like to attend a virtual Stampin’ Up! conference for any level of demonstrator November 11-13?   Join my team, if you haven’t, and we’ll meet here and have fun together; for you out of town folks, we will set up a Zoom with you so you feel a part of the PARTY!  Don’t have an upline nearby?  Come and join the fun, we are all a family of stampers no matter what!   So hop on over to your website tomorrow, August 31, and sign up for the November event, then block it out on your calendar so you don’t make appointments on those days.  Click on the “Events” tab in your demonstrator website and find out all about it!

Wow!  You really have a lot of enthusiasm today!

I do, Sal!  And I can’t wait to hear all the other speakers when the videos are posted.  We had to choose just one speaker for each session.  It was hard to choose since the topics all sounded interesting.

Now– let’s go on to today’s agenda of posting the Mystery card and the swaps from August.  We meet on the second Tuesday of the month for club, or for some event I conjure up, and then we meet by Zoom on the fourth Tuesday of the month for a Mystery Card challenge and to share our swaps.  September 14 we are having casual crafting at my house to make a Pinwheel Tower Card at 9:30.  Prepare your own kit and we will work together to make the cards.  The tower card is the new rage on social media and I think every video I have watched uses different measurements.  Choose one of the videos you like and make a kit to bring on the 14th at 9:30.  I will put on the coffee!


Mystery Card Challenge #15 printable file

Step 1:  Adhere the large DSP (Designer Series Paper) section to the front of the card base.

Step 2:  Adhere the 1″ scored section of the card base strip at the middle of the inside of the card base 1/8″ over from right

Step 3:  Turn the strip of DSP over to its other side and adhere to the neutral  4” X 5 ¼” piece on the right side

Step 4:  Adhere the neutral and its DSP on top of the strip glued on in step 2

Step 5:  Add a greeting or an image on the strip that folds over the front and decorate

I used the ‘Gingerbread & Peppermint’ DSP from the Mini Catalog and fussy cut out the ornaments and peppermints.  If I had purchased the bundle or the entire suite I would have had dies to cut out both.  There are five 5! sizes of circles in this die set so imagine the possibilities!  Do you know where that tag comes from?  It is in the new ‘Pretty Pillow Box Dies’.  The greetings are in the ‘Snowman Season Stamp Set’, a carryover in the Annual Catalog.

 

It isn’t even September and you have a Christmas card made!  I am impressed!

It is a record, Sal!  Maybe next year I will do a ‘Christmas in July’ like so many others like to do.

Sharon Fincham used the ‘Turtle Friends’ stamp set on retired Whale of A Time DSP.  She hooked her flap under the ‘Story Label Punch’ to keep the card shut.  Great idea, Sharon.

Heather Guitreau used the ‘In The Wild’ DSP and ‘Big Cats’ dies.  She made a great closing flap and used a greeting from the ‘Wild Cats’ stamp set:

 

She made a second card thinking she needed to follow directions but we all know that the best creativity often happens outside the box!

 

Joy Meadow’s card uses the ‘Pansy Petals’ DSP with the greeting from the ‘Pansy Patch’ stamp set on a ‘Story Label’ punch.

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Ann Hausmann used the ‘Beautifully Penned’ DSP that is free with a $50 purchase during this round of Sale A Bration which goes through September 30.  I love the pop of color on the black and white.

Jo Brooks’ card made me wish I had purchased the Playful Pets DSP from the last catalog.  However, we have pets DSP in our new mini called ‘Sweet Stockings’ and it is now on my wish list!

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Is that as cute as it gets?!    Thank you everyone for a fun time of Mystery Stamping.  I ran out of time and sent you a video instead of walking you through each step but I will get back to normal in September!

You even have the Mystery card picked out I hear! 

Shhhh, Sal, or I will start talking about it and give everything mysterious away!


August 2021 Swaps

Jo Brooks used the ‘Stitched Triangle’ dies and for the bouquet of flowers, the stamps in ‘Welcoming Window’.  It is the great two step stamping that we love with a stamp for the greenery and another stamp for the flowers.  Adding the lace was genius!

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Sharon Fincham used the ‘Turtle Friends’ and ‘Scalloped Contours’ die for this delightful card:

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Joy Meadows used the ‘Pattern Party’ DSP available to hostess’ and the ‘Dragonflies’ punch with lots of added sparkle on the black.  Note how she used a flap on the front of the base instead of the standard base.  Very cool and shows off both sides of the pretty DSP.

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Ann Hausmann found the cutest little lip gloss containers that looked like popsicles at Target and made a fun popsicle card with Very Vanilla and Pool Party.  The popsicle images are in the ‘Sweet Ice Cream’ stamp set, retired from the last mini,  but Ann hand drew all the faces to match the lip gloss container.  You are the cool one, Ann!!

Lori had fun with the ‘Nothing’s Better Than’ stamp set which carried over to the Annual Catalog.  She formatted the front words on her computer, printed them on card stock then added the words and images which she cut with her Brother Scan and Cut.  The coloring is awesome as she matched the coloring on the words to the colored images.  So Creative!

 

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My swap card was a clean and simple card.  I wanted to show the swappers the beautiful ‘In Color Shimmer Vellum’  (the pink layer on the card) and the ‘Expressions In Ink’ DSP with its gold foil on the pink that looks like the alcohol ink on vellum technique we just learned.  I used the ‘Tailored Tags’ dies with a cutout of gold for the reinforcement ring.  The ribbon is the In Color 3/8″ Open Weave ribbon.  To get the ribbon to lay on the tag the way I wanted, I used two pieces.  I used glue dots to loop the bows on the right and left with nice little tails and then used a second piece and more glue dots to tie a middle around the bow.  I secured the knot and the tails of this piece of ribbon on back of the tag.  The good sized thanks is in the ‘Artistically Inked’ stamp set. Can you see the shimmer of the pink vellum?

Recipe for Thank You Card

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer:  Polished Pink Shimmer Vellum, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4
  • Top:  Expressions in Ink DSP, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Tag:  Basic White, 3 1/2 X 1 1/2, die cut with Tailor Made Tag, third from the largest plain tag
    • Gold Foil, Scrap, cut with the square reinforcement ring
  • Inside Border Strip: Polished Pink Shimmer Vellum, 4 1/4 X 1
  • Inside Top Layer:  Expressions In Ink DSP, 4 X 3/4
  • Embellishment:  3 In Color gems
  • Ink:  Polished Pink
  • Stamp Set:  Artistically Inked

Did you enjoy that show?  It is like having a scrapbook of cards that I hope inspires you to make your own special creation.


Remember to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10th if you want this special fall kit:


We have one more month to take advantage of Sale A Bration’s free products!



And remember to sign up for On Stage and sign up to be a part of my team if you would like to attend On Stage.  (Think Prize Patrol, A goody bag, Make and Takes, The Upcoming catalog and lots of fun!)  Click on the JOIN button here or at the tab on the blog.

Hostess code:  WKQ6CJ7R with Cindy as our hostess this month.  Cindy’s craft room is gradually getting set up there in Tehachapi, California and she made this cool card:

Since we didn’t have club in September, I set Cindy up as hostess to help her get back into stamping.  She has been regularly placing outside orders that were credited to club members hostess codes so it seemed right to give her a chance at free products!

We hope to see you on Zoom some fourth Tuesday of a month, Cindy!

Her Hostess code:  WKQ6CJ7R, click on little Sal to go to the online store!

SAL,   Stay And Linger a bit dear summer

Karen (Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.  After this past weekend of meeting and seeing  many talented demonstrators, I felt honored to have so many of you following me.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaded Summer Partial Die Cut & Shadow Stamping

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code through September 15:  WKQ6CJ7R

At our July Club we made a special card using the Shaded Summer stamp set and the Summer Shadows dies to do a Partial Die cut and Shadow stamping

Why didn’t you just run the ribbon under the top layer? 

Ahh, Sal, I love to find new ways to do things so I have something new to teach my customers.  I used a 3/8″ circle punch and punched a little hole on the right side between the images and then, with the card closed, and a pencil line marking a straight  line from the right, I punched the left hand side.

Recipe for Shaded Summer Partial Die Cutting and Shadow Stamping

  • Stamp Set:  Shaded Summer in the Annual Catalog
  • Tools:
    • Summer Shadow Dies – Free during Sale A Bration with a $100 purchase
    • 3/8″ Circle Punch, pencil, ruler, scissors
    • Stamparatus
    • Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine
  • Inks:  Evening Evergreen, Craft White
  • Base:  Just Jade, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Top Layer:  Experessions In Ink Designer Series Paper (DSP) 4 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Layer 1:  Mint Macaron, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Layer 2:  Evening Evergreen, 3 3/4 X 5
  • Ribbon:  Soft Succulent 3/8″ Open Weave Ribbon, 12″
  • Embellishments:  3 In Color Jewels

To do a Partial Die Cut on the front:

  1. Temporarily glue DSP Top Layer flush to the right hand side of front card base.
  2. Set up Stamparatus to stamp the two Shaded Summer flower images, small at top, larger at bottom, as close as possible to right hand edge.  Add the greeting to the stamparatus plate so you can stamp it at the same time.
  3. Stamp the images with Evening Evergreen until images are dark.  If DSP has the darker portion at right it may take three times to stamp the images.
  4. Pencil a line with a ruler, 1″ over from right hand side.  You will line the cutting plates up on this penciled line.
  5. Make your standard sandwich on the cutting machine with the platform #1, and #2, and then the #3 cutting plate.
  6. Place your open card on the cutting plate with right side of card base going in head first and secure your dies on the images with sticky notes or tape.
  7. Place the top cutting plate with its edge on the 1″ penciled line.  I found it easiest to go in with the plate from the back of the cutting machine.  Hold securely as you start to cut. The plate pops out the back rather hard so don’t have your machine where something could get broken with a flying cutting plate.
  8. Die cut the images and then fussy cut the sides and middle.
  9. Take the DSP off base and move over to the left to leave a nice border on the images. Glue in place.

To do Shadow Stamping on inside:

  1. Use the Stamparatus as above with the two flower images in same place yet position your Evening Evergreen inside layer 1/4″ less than where you positioned your card base, I made lines on the grid sheet so I knew where to line up the base and where to line up the Evening Evergreen remembering that we have a Mint Macaron layer as well.
  2. Clean off the stamps and then ink them up with Craft White ink and stamp several times.
  3. Move the card just slightly to the right.
  4. Clean off the white ink and reink with Evening Evergreen .
  5. Stamp several times.
  6. Mount the inside greeting on a separate Stamparatus plate and repeat steps 2-5.
  7. When you attach your Evening Evergreen layer make sure it is positioned where the inside stamping doesn’t show.

You make it sound really easy!

It is, Sal, and the DSP does the rest of the work to make a beautiful card!

Thank you for being with me for this card demonstration.  If you don’t have a demonstrator I would love to have a chance to bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!  I have clubs and events and a group of Carin’ Crafters that make up my team.  Check out my calendar and join us if you can, or gather your own group of friends and host a workshop to see if they might want to start a club.  For club – I provide all the kits and members commit to a $25-$50 order depending on the number of members.  For example our club of five commits to $30 each club so that the hostess reaches $150 in sales and earns free products.  Contact me at 303-815-0838 to learn more.

The Hostess Code through September 15 is WKQ6CJ7R.   Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store and shop!  Remember it is currently Sale A Bration time and for each $50 or $100 order you receive free product. The other thing to think about is the Paper Pumpkin subscriptions that are available with holiday kits coming in the next months:

SAL,  Shop A Little, Save A Lot with Sale A Bration

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sea Life Dies and Alcohol Ink on Vellum Technique

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code through September 15:  WKQ6CJ7R

Stock up on stamps before August 29 when prices go up!  Thanks for the reminder, Joy!

August club cards will be posted separately on this blog so the post is shorter, so check the next post for the Shaded Summer partial die cutting and shaded stamping card.

Before we go to the card let’s look at what is happening this month at Stampin’ Up!

We have a sneak peak of September Paper Pumpkin:

I prepay for a three month subscription to Paper Pumpkin and then activate it now for the September, October and November kits.  Even when one of the kits was Christmas tags, I made cards from the tags and had a nice addition to my Christmas cards. I don’t always use the treat boxes in the September kit but this kit will have instructions to turn the box into a wheelbarrow and we can put our pumpkins, apples and jack-o-lanterns in the wheelbarrow for a nice end table decoration.  Love it!  Click the image above to go to the Paper Pumpkin site or place an order for a prepaid subscription and then activate it whenever you choose. PS – Don’t add your credit card info when you have a prepaid plan, just enter the code they sent to your email.

And if you buy a 3 month subscription, you will get a free $50 Sale A Bration product.  Just saying……

Thanks, Sal, for throwing in that tidbit for getting the most for your dollars.  Sale A Bration runs through the end of September with the opportunity to buy $50 and get a level one product for free or buy $100 and get a level 2 product for free.  Here’s another look at the brochure:

More details HERE.


Sea Life Dies With A Background Of Alcohol Ink On Vellum

This card and technique were inspired by Patty Bennett.

Here is a youtube video for you:

Recipe:

  • Base:  Just Jade, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2
  • Layer 1 (X2):  Misty Moonlight, 4 1/8 X 5 3/8
  • Layer 2 (X2):  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Cardstock Vellum:  4 1/4 X 6 (This gives you 3/4″ to trim off after creating your background and 1/4 for trimming edges)
  • Double Back Adhesive Sheet: 41/4 X 6
  • Front Greeting: Basic White, 2 1/2 X 3/4 (I used a ‘Many Messages’ greeting)
  • Seahorse:  Blue Ombre Specialty Paper, 4X2
    • Note:  you will need to fussy cut two tiny sections on the belly and two sections around the fin since this is a partial die
  • Fish (X3): Blue Ombre Specialty Paper, 1 1/2 X 2
  • Seahorse Backing:  Be Dazzling SAB specialty paper, 4 X 2
    • Note:  Cover the back of your 4 X 2 Be Dazzling paper with scotch tape before die cutting
  • Seaweed:  Evening Evergreen Shimmer Vellum, 3 X 2 1/2
  • Easel (X2):  Misty Moonlight, 2 3/4 X 4, score at 2 3/8 and 1 5/8 and then cut with largest hippo die lining up the middle
  • Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers:  Lt Misty Moonlight, Lt Night of Navy, Dk Shaded Spruce, Dk Night of Navy
  • Ink:  Shaded Spruce
  • Tools:  Sea Life Dies, Messages Die, Hippo Die for Easel, Medium Tip Water Painter, Basic Black Journaler to dot the eyes
  • 91% Alcohol
  • Stamp Sets: Many Messages, Friends Are Like Seashells
  • Embellishments:  Three Basic Rhinestones

To make an alcohol ink on vellum background  – Prepare your surface.  I have a thin plastic quilting sheet I use.

  • Place a piece of copy paper underneath your vellum to soak up the excess that hits the edges of the vellum
  • Use a small container with a little alcohol in it for dipping your Water Painter
  • Have a paper towel next to the container to clean the Water Painter often so you don’t mix colors
  • Scribble on your vellum:

Place your copier paper under the vellum and dab alcohol one color at a time on the vellum.  Be generous with the alcohol and dab starting with all the Light Misty Moonlight scribbles, then Light Night of Navy, Dark Shaded Spruce and ending by dabbing all the Dark Night of Navy scribbles.  Use your breath or a straw to blow the alcohol so the colors blend.  Blow any excess build up off the edges so you don’t get a solid line at the sides.

Add additional scribbles if you have areas that are ‘blah’ and repeat.

When you are pleased with the result make it a “wow” by dipping your clean brush in the alcohol and then flick the brush on your finger, staying about 6″ over the vellum.  For small bubbles use just a little alcohol and stay a good distance over the vellum, for large bubbles use a little more alcohol in the brush and be closer to the vellum.  Scroll back up to my card front and you will see I have pretty large bubbles and then as the alcohol in the brush ran out the bubbles are smaller.

Let the vellum dry or use the lightest setting on the heat gun to dry the vellum.

Attach the vellum to the double back adhesive sheet, trim to 4″ X 6″ and then cut 3/4″ off the bottom for an inside strip. You should have a 4″ X 5 1/4″ to mount on the Basic White by removing the other side of the double back adhesive.  If you have trouble attaching it squarely to the Basic White just trim the edges after attaching as needed.

The rest of the construction is pretty basic.  I used Tombow liquid glue to attach the seahorse blue top to the Be Dazzling paper.  Before popping up the seahorse with dimensionals I attached the seaweed at the bottom in just a few places with Tombow glue  and then wrapped the seahorse around the left branch I left unattached.  The seahorse, fish and greeting are all popped up with dimensionals.  Don’t forget to dot little black eyes on the seahorse and fish with the Basic Black Journaler.  Since the fish are popped up, the eyes seem to follow you as you move the card – cute!

You’re making that up…..

I guess they’ll just have to make one to see if it’s true.

Remember to add your three rhinestones for more bubbles!

Lastly I added my new type of Easel to the back of the card using the largest of the Hippo Dies.  I cut two and glued them together for a little extra strength since the front was pretty heavy.

I would love to see what you make using this technique.  Post a picture in the comments section!

These dies are beautiful!  Jo Brooks used the large fish die and the ‘Whale Of A Time’ designer series paper to create this card:

Thank you, Jo!

And thank you for spending part of your day with me!  I hope we have been able to bring you a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting life!

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SAL,  Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

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