February Club Swaps

Hello Stamping Friends,

March’s hostess code is:  A3VBV4QZ

Check out these beautiful swap cards made by the club members and come back tomorrow to see the Mystery Card #10 that is a fun part of being in club.  Each month I make cards and deliver kits to the club members; then we gather on the second Tuesday of the month at 9:30 via Facebook Live to construct the kits.  On the last Tuesday of the month we meet via Zoom to share our swap cards, chat a bit, and do a Mystery card challenge.  I send the instructions for the card and then each person gathers the supplies and we put the cards together on the Zoom meeting.  Each person chooses their own color of cardstock and designer series paper and it is so fun to see all the different cards made with the same set of measurements.

Before you show and tell February, shouldn’t you tell them about March?

I almost forgot!  We are ready to celebrate and get together again.  Since March is a non-club month I am having my first in-house stamping event to stamp two cards with the Hey Birthday Chick bundle and two cards with the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle – (available to purchase March 2).  Space is limited to four people but there are four sessions. Stampers will each be seated on one side of a large table so we are still distanced from each other.  Cost is $15.  Text me at 303-815-0838 if you are interested.  I can take Paypal, Venmo, Cash or Check.

  1.   Tuesday, March 9, 1:00 PM.     —Full
  2.    Wednesday, March 10, 10:00 AM.  — Open
  3.    Wednesday, March 10, 1:00 PM — Open
  4.    Saturday, March 13, 10:00 AM —Full

How many of the members swapped? 

We had six members swap and myself.  Let’s start with Lori’s ‘Everything Is Rosy’ Gatefold Card.  There was a ‘Rosy Suite’ that you could purchase last year and after it retired, the whole suite was in the clearance rack.  I hope some of you were able to get this amazing set of products.  The outside sentiment, flowers and Everything Is Rosy DSP are all from the suite. The inside sentiment is from the current ‘So Sentimental’ stamp set.  Night of Navy is the base cardstock.

 

Next we have Jo’s card using the Flight of Fancy and Heartfelt stamp sets with gray for the base and a sponged white Layering Oval as well as Stitched Shapes and Be Mine Stitched Framelits.  Inside has “so lucky to have a friend like you” in pink.

Suzi used the current JJ Mini Flowering Cactus Product Medley for her swap card on a layer of white card stock embossed with the Dainty Diamonds embossing folder.  This medley has dies, twine, DSP-designer series paper, a lovely cactus stamp set and die-cut felt sheets.  See page 9 of the JJ mini.  There is also a refill kit!

Joy used the oh so beautiful heart from the Stitched Be Mine Dies which carried over to the Annual Catalog!  If you were in club a couple years ago you will remember this beautiful DSP.  Hopefully you have some in your stash.

  

Lucille’s card uses paper that is quite similar to our Forever Greenery DSP.  The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up’s Quite Curvy Stamp set and the hearts are from her Framelits Heart Collection.

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Sharon has outdone herself once again with the Wreath Builder Dies and the Arrange A Wreath stamp set.  I didn’t notice that little heart with the love cut out until I saw her card.  I had to go see those dies (pg. 173).

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My card uses the ‘Floral Heart Dies’ In the JJ MIni page 12 and is a case of Kylie Bertucci with a bit different pink. The sentiment is from the ‘Always In My Hear’t coordinating stamp set.  I die cut the floral heart in basic black and then cut another in Flirty Flamingo, popped the pink heart up with dimensionals over top of the black heart and then ‘paper pieced’ the little flowers with the Flirty Flamingo sections.  The key is to use the double back adhesive on the card stock and a dryer sheet to keep the pieces together.  Stay tuned for a future video on paper piecing.

Recipe 

  • Base: Basic Black, 11 X 4 1/4 scored at 5 1/2
  • Layer:  Basic White, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Floral Heart:  Basic Black, 4 1/2 X 4 1/4, place the cardstock on a piece of double back adhesive sheet 4 X4 1/4, die cut with the Floral Heart Die
  • Pink Heart and Flowers:  Flirty Flamingo, cut a full piece of the Floral Heart Die and paper piece on top of the black or Die cut the heart with a 2 1/2 X 2 1/2 piece of Flirty Flamingo and (2) 1 X 1 pieces cutting just the flower portion. Use double back adhesive on the flowers and die cut on top of a dryer sheet to keep the pieces together.
  • Greeting: Basic Black, 1 X 2 1/2, stamp the greeting in Versa Mark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. Hint: stamp your greeting at the top corner of your rectangle then fussy cut the bottom and sides.
  • Embellish:  Various, I used black ribbon, pink ribbon, or black ribbon on a Flirty Flamingo strip and three rhinestones

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In the Floral Heart Dies is a cut out for just the flower so I cut it once in black and then again in Flirty Flamingo placing both on the adhesive sheets and a dryer sheet before cutting.  The little hearts are in the coordinating ‘Always In My Heart’ stamp set.  Purchased together, you would get a 10% discount.  The Happy Valentines Day is from the ‘Heartfelt’ stamp set currently in the Annual catalog page 75.  As catalogs retire, you can look at the date of the post and go to the catalog tab to find the catalog I refer to and see other examples.

Thank you for spending time with me today.  Tomorrow we will look at Mystery Card #10 and the new Butterfly Brilliance Bundle that is being offered as a special in March.

SAL,  Smile A Little – spring is coming!

Karen

Click on Sal in the computer to go to my online shop. March’s hostess code is:  A3VBV4QZ

 

Valentine Slimline Popup Card and a True Love DSP All Occasion Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

February’s hostess code is:  TMARBUUM

Thank you to those who were able to join me for yesterday’s Facebook Live!  Here is the recording followed by pictured directions:

We have done front panel cards before but this one is a bit different because it has a ‘false’ bottom that does not attach to the panel.  You put an extra piece of black cardstock at the bottom to give it the dimensional look (and a great way to line up the white inside piece).

  So we really don’t need to watch the video, do we?!

Besides showing off the beautiful True Love Designer Series Paper from the JJ Mini, in the video I taught:

  • how to make a three loop bow with your fingers- the video is a great way to learn and practice.
  • how to use the edge pieces of your Designer Series Paper- obvious in the picture, but we sometimes forget.
  • how to make a pop up slimline card with interesting folds that are a bit complicated to describe with words.

True Love Designer Series Paper Any Occasion Card

This card was cased from Peggy Noe of Pretty Paper Cards. I added the bow where she put a greeting and I used three flowers and an inside flower to remind us why we don’t throw away those scraps.  The True Love Designer Series Paper is in the JJ Mini catalog as is the Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon and the Pastel Pearls.

  • Base:  Basic Black, 7 3/4  X 4 1/4,  score at 2 1/4 on the vertical
  • Bottom Base:  Basic Black, 2 X 4 1/4
  • Panel:  Basic Black, 1 3/4 X 4
  • Top Border: Highland Heather, 2 X 4
  • Bottom Border:  Highland Heather, 1 3/4 X 4
  • Top of the top:  True Love Designer Series Paper, 1 3/4 X 3 3/4
  • Top of the bottom:  True Love Designer Series Paper, 1 1/2  X  3 3/4
  • Top of the panel:  Whisper White, 1 1/2 X 3 3/4
  • Inside: Whisper White, 3 3/8 X 4
  • Ribbon Strip:  Whisper White, 1 X 3 3/8
  • Message:  Whisper White, 2 X 2, Cut with Tasteful Labels Circle or use a Merry Message
  • Ribbon:  Gorgeous Grape 3/8″ Sheer, 8″ to wrap the ribbon strip and 18″ for the three loop bow
  • Pearls:  Pastel Pearls, 3
  • Flowers:  Fussy Cut three from the True Love Designer Series Paper and a part of one from the edge of the DSP for the inside

The slimline envelope was purchased at Hobby Lobby but you could also use a legal envelope.

The greetings are part of the Many Messages Stamp and Die set in the JJ Mini, page 35.  Lori Moore, our Carin’ Crafter extraordinaire organizer, found a tackle box and sorted the greetings in different sections:

Thank you, Lori!  Here is the link:  https://www.amazon.com/Flambeau-Tuff-Tainer-Model-4007/dp/B000LF3E8O/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=Tackle+box&qid=1613063502&sr=8-9

Slimline Valentine Pop Up Card

With Highland Heather and Seaside Spray:

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Or with Misty Moonlight as the accent layer:

Which do you prefer?

  Seaside Spray for the gals, Misty Moonlight for the guys.

Good thinking, Sal,  I saw the base for this card on Karen Aicken’s Painted Mountain Cards site. The ‘Many Hearts Dies’ , ‘Floral Heart Dies’, Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper and the Pastel Pearls are all in the JJ Mini catalog.

  • Base:  Highland Heather, 3 1/2 X 8 1/2 and another piece 3 1/2 X 6 scored on the longside at 1/2″; fold on the score line and glue to the longer piece.  The short side is the front.
  • Front Border:  Seaside Spray, 3 1/4 X 5 1/4. (the video uses Misty Moonlight)
  • Front Layer:  Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper, 3 1/8 X  5 1/8
  • Right Side Border:  Seaside Spray, 3 1/4 X 2 3/4 -or Misty Moonlight
  • Right Side Top Layer:  Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper, 3 1/8 X  2 5/8
  • Heart Backing:  Seaside Spray, 3 1/4 X 3 3/4 cut with the scalloped heart from the ‘Many Hearts Dies’
  • Heart Front:  Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper, Use the plain heart die from ‘Many Hearts Dies’ to cut a bouquet from the Designer Series Paper.  There are two different designs as you can see by the heart inserts in the pictures, one is the muted, water color look and the other is a rich, bold hydrangea design.
  • Greeting on the front right:  Whisper White, 1 1/2 X 2 1/2, die cut with the ‘Stitched So Sweetly Die’ and stamp with “Be My Valentine” from the ‘Always In My Heart’ Stamp set using Gorgeous Grape Ink
  • Inside Pop up base;  Seaside Spray, 3 X 8 or Misty Moonlight
  • Inside Top:  Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper, 2 7/8 X  7 7/8
  • Embellishments:  5 Pastel Pearls, 16″ White Twine wrapped around front and back as a belly band

Let’s make the inside pop up:

  • Temporarily adhere your DSP Pop Up piece (2 7/8 X 7 7/8) to the Cardstock 3 X 8 piece.  I use a touch of snail on each corner and then rub it with my finger so the oils in my finger take away some of the stickiness.  Dotto is also a temporary adhesive. You want to cut both pieces together so the cuts line up nicely but you will pull off the top DSP piece to cut the fancy hearts with your dies.  Make an arrow on your base and the back of your DSP to realign them after die cutting the hearts.
  • Using your paper trimmer, start your cut 1/2″ down and 1″ over on the long side at the right and cut to within 1/2″ of bottom (7 3/4).
  • now turn your paper to the other side and do the same, starting the cut 1/2″ down and 1″ over and cutting to within 1/2″ of bottom.

 

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  • After you make both cuts, score the two attached pieces at 2″- 4″ -6″.  Then score the little section at the very middle, 1/2″ over.   You will reinforce those scores again later but you need to see that middle 4″ score to line up the hearts die.
  • Separate your two pieces and put a piece of double back adhesive on the back of the DSP (page 162 of the AC).
  • Die cut the hearts.  I used the die from the ‘Many Hearts Dies’ for the middle, centering the very middle of the die on the middle of the DSP; four hearts on the right and four hearts on the left.  The little row of hearts on the top and bottom are from the ‘Floral Heart Dies’.  Both are in the JJ Mini.
  • Remove the adhesive backing and attach the DSP to the pop up base.  Paper piece the middle hearts in place.
  • Run the piece through the cutting machine with no dies.  This pushes the adhesive into the cardstock so the pieces stay well adhered.
  • Rescore your pieces.  1/2″ at the middle sides and then at 2-4-6.  The paper trimmer score blade works better than the Simply Scored to do this because you can line the edge exactly with the inch marks.
  • Now you are ready to fold the pop ups.  Start with the partial 1/2″ on each side as a valley fold-downward then take each strip and alternate valley, mountain, valley…..

Okay, now I see why the video is so important!

Yes, Sal, it is easier to understand while watching me do the folds, and you can stop the video, fold, and then restart the video.

  • Train your pop up.  You want the middle section mountains to go out when folded to even the bulk of the pop up.
  • Now that you have it trained, let’s push all the folds back and make a half fold. You need to fold all the sections back down flat and fold the piece in half.
  • Put adhesive on the back of your right hand side backwards C.
  • Line the middle of the pop up just a couple hairs to the right of the middle fold of the base. It is bulky so you don’t want it directly on the fold.
  • Now put adhesive on the back of the left hand side C.
  • Fold the left side of the pop up on top of the glued down right hand side and then shut your base on the pop up to adhere the left side. This is critical for placement of the pop up.
  • Retrain your folds!

Now you can layer up all your fronts, add a greeting and bling, tie twine around the middle for a belly band and prop it on your mantel to admire before you send it away to some very special person!

You always wanted to write a book.  I think you are practicing on your stampers!

An editor would groan, but friends, if you ever see an error in my dimensions, please let me know so I can fix it.  The recipe box is like a scrapbook of cards where you can click on one you like and get the dimensions even years later.

It is Sale A Bration (SAB) time until the end of February!  With a $50 or $100 order you can pick free products from the SAB brochure.  The heart sets are great for anniversaries, weddings and much more than just Valentine’s Day.

February’s hostess code is:  TMARBUUM and you can go to the online store by clicking on little Sal in the computer.

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

SAL,  Send A Lot of love cards

Karen

 

 

 

 

Valentine and True Love – Designer Series Paper

Hello Stamping Friends,

Here is a sneak peak of tomorrow’s cards that we will be creating on Facebook live at 9:30 AM

click:  http://www.facebook.com/stampalosopher/videos

Hope to “see” you tomorrow!

Sal,

Karen

February’s hostess code is:  TMARBUUM

Swap Cards From Club Members

Hello Stamping Friends,

You must see these amazing swap cards I received in January!  We have an ongoing club – virtual right now- and our members choose to swap or not each month.  In January six members participated in the swap.  You, too, can join or start a club!  Club members receive free catalogs, card kits for each month of club and the opportunity to be the hostess as we rotate members (this means free products!).  Contact me at stampalosopher@gmail,com!

Jo used a bridge fold to make this stunning card with Grace’s Garden Stamp Set and Garden Gateway dies.  I missed purchasing the water fountain stamp set before it retired.  I loved the birds but couldn’t think how I could use the fountain.  Now I know!

 

Isn’t Joy’s card delightful?  She used products from the Ice Cream Corner Suite in the JJ catalog page 49 and the Stitched So Sweetly dies.  The inside was stamped:  “With Sprinkles On Top”  and she wrote “why not?”   It brought a smile to my day!

Suzi’s card is unique with a layer on top of two sections of Bumble Bee paper embossed with the Dainty Diamonds 3D embossing folder. When closed the card looks like it has just one layer of embossed paper.  The greeting is from the Blossoms In Bloom stamp set cut out with a Stitched So Sweetly Die.  The gorgeous flower is from the Prized Peony stamp set.  What beautiful coloring!

Lori’s card is made with the Poppy Moments Dies which can be bundled with the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set for a 10% savings.  The basket weave embossing folder and the Vertical Greetings stamp set are perfect for a background. I hope you got both of these before they retired.

Wow!  Sometimes I growl at my pictures because they don’t catch the beauty of the card but this time I was delighted!  Lucille’s card practically glows!  She used the fold from the Mystery Card #8 at the end of December.  The Peaceful Poppy designer Series Paper is retired but hopefully in your stash for cards like this.  Lucille used the Stitched Shapes Dies for the ovals.

Sharon’s card is so unique and it has a glimmer paper strip at the bottom with the top cut short so you see it from the outside and the inside!  Such a perfect New Year’s card to welcome in 2021 with banners and firework like stars!

My swap was a New Year’s card, too, and you saw it and the instructions in my previous post.

 

Thank you for spending some time today with my stamping friends and our swap cards!

The February hostess code is:  TMARBUUM

SAL,   Send A Little Smile today with a handmade card!

Karen

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

Hey Chick is Back and more!

Hello Stamping Friends,

Several years back during Sale-A-Bration we had a very popular stamp set called Hey Chick!   Stampin’ Up! has brought it back –with dies!  Not only are they offering dies for that stamp set they are now offering dies for the Hey Birthday Chick stamp set in the JJ mini!  Take a look see…

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There really are chickens with feathers on their head.  This picture is a Polish Crested Chicken.

Isn’t it cute!!

.   Thanks for the lesson;  many of us have learned something new.  Now can we go back to those dies?

Those dies are definitely fun!  My favorite is the corn stalk, or maybe the cut out Happy Birthday or maybe the chicken wire or the fence or that cool die that looks like twisted crepe paper to decorate for a party or…….

All right all ready!  You just need them all! 

Yes, and because I am a demonstrator, I could order them a month before they were available to the public.  Want to join my team of Carin’ Crafters?  We have a new preorder starting this month for a special butterfly suite you won’t want to miss.  Click Here To Join

Here are a few samples from the home office:

.   Whew….that fast forward video made me dizzy.  

But wasn’t it fun!  Shall we hire chickens to hold down our helium balloons at the next party?

  Like the fuzzy headed one?  Can we keep him?

Not a good idea.  Thank you friends for spending some of your time with me today.  I hope you are smiling by now!

February host code is:  TMARBUUM. Use this code for club orders or if your order is under $150.  At $150 you will get the hostess rewards yourself.  Under $150 the dollars only get credited to someone if you use a hostess code.  Contact me to join an ongoing club or gather a few friends to create one of your own.  stampalosopher@gmail.com

SAL,  Smile A Little

Karen

To order online click on Sal in the computer.

 

Do you remember Stampin’ Up! ever bringing back a stamp that was retired years ago?

 

 

 

Testing A Slider

Hello Stamping Friends,

I am posting to test a slider I installed to add slide shows to my blog.

Scroll down for the previous post which has all the details.

Oh So Ombre versions of a Starburst card.

Thank you,

Karen

Oh So Ombre Starburst Card and Mystery Card #9

Hello Stamping Friends,

Current Hostess Code:  TMARBUUM  Use this code if your order is less than $150.

This month has flown by and February is almost upon us — whoo hoo time for valentines!!

You have valentine cards done?

Well, not for this post, Sal.  This post will highlight the swap cards and the Mystery Card #9.  For those who are new to the blog, each month we have two events- one Facebook Live event on the second Tuesday of each month and one Zoom event on the last Tuesday of each month.  Accordingly, the schedule for February is:

-February 9,  Facebook Live at 9:30 on http://facebook.com/stampalosopher/videos

-February 23, Zoom Mystery Card Event at 9:30 (Request an invite by submitting your email)

My event calendar shows the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit as a Facebook Live for the third Tuesday of the month but since the delivery times are so slow right now I haven’t received my kit in time to have the event.

.  Why don’t you do a YouTube live whenever you get the kit?

That is a possibility!  Especially with the January kit which has some beautiful valentine cards!  Stay tuned!

My swap card for this month is a Happy New Year! card and I used products from all three catalogs!

  1. From the Annual Catalog:  Stitched Stars Dies, Playful Alphabet Dies for the numbers, Word Wishes Dies
  2. From the Mini JJ Catalog:  Pearlescent Specialty Paper
  3. From the Sale A Bration brochure:  Oh So Ombre Paper

Recipe:

Base:  Either – Blackberry Bliss/Rococo Rose/Granny Apple Green/ Bermuda Bay, 8 1/2″X5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″

Starburst Base:  Whisper White, 5 1/4″X4″, Mark the center bottom at 2 5/8″ to show the starting point of your strips

Starburst Strips:  Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper (DSP), 1 1/2″ X 6″,  make sure your strips are cut to go vertically light to dark or dark to light.  Cut each strip diagonally. Line the opposite corners in the track of the paper trimmer and cut. You will use 13 cut strips. Make a pile of 6 light to dark pieces and 6 dark to light pieces and use the 13th piece for the middle

Using liquid glue cover your Whisper White base. I used a sponge to spread Tombow so it didn’t have clumps of glue.

Place your 13th diagonal half with the point at the 2 5/8″ mark on your now ‘gluey’ piece of Whisper White. Work from that center piece alternating light and dark points.  Work quickly so you can slide each piece tightly to the previous one before the glue gets hard to work with.

When done, turn the base over and burnish the back to make sure all the glue spreads evenly and the pieces are tight to base.

Now cut all those starburst pieces to the size of the base using the back of the base as a guide.  Scissors work fine because you have the base to guide your cuts.

Note:  The Oh So Ombre paper is 6″X6″ so you have 4 strips on each sheet.  Each strip is cut diagonally making 8 strips per sheet of DSP so you need two sheets to make 13 strips.  Do not cut the last 1 1/2″ strip diagonally – cut it in half horizontally to give you a nice 3/4″ strip for the inside of your card.  You will have one starburst strip left over.

Star Top, Numbers and Scrolly at the bottom:  Pearlescent Specialty Paper, 4 1/2″ X 4″.  Use the double back adhesive paper just slightly less than that size and adhere it to the Specialty Paper, Die Cut your images, remove the five stars for the inside,  and then place the die cut images on a piece of scrap cardstock and run them back through the Cut and Emboss machine to flatten the little dots that show up in the cuts and to adhere the images tightly to the adhesive sheet.   Use a hat pin to remove the adhesive sheet backing from your die cut images by sticking it through the adhesive baking in the middle of a wide part.  The stars and the scrolly are from the Stitched Stars Dies, the numbers are from the Playful Alphabet Dies; both are in the Annual Catalog.  The Pearlescent paper is in the Mini JJ catalog.

Inside Happy New Year:   Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper,  1 1/4″ X 6″, Apply double back adhesive sheet to the back and then cut using Word Wishes Dies, trim off the ‘s’ on ‘years’ since you are not using the ‘day’ die.  The stars are from the star cut out we made for the top.  The Oh So Ombre paper doesn’t show the little dots from the die like the pearlescent paper so I didn’t need to run it back through the machine to flatten but you do need to burnish the pieces well to adhere them to the cardstock.

.  What does ‘burnish’ mean?

Good question, Sal.  I do use that term often.  It is a technical way of saying ‘rub’.  Sometimes we use our fingers and sometimes we use the bone folder.  Most often the term is used when we score a piece of cardstock and want the fold on the score line to be nice and crisp and lay down flat.

Let’s look at this month’s Mystery Card, shall we?

Mystery Card Challenge #9.pdf

Base:  Granny Apple Green

I used the Sale-A-Bration Flower & Field Designer Series Paper which is free with a $50 purchase.

I punched and layered two large daisies in Whisper White, one small daisy in Pool Party and one in Whisper White.  Both the small and large punch are in the Annual Catalog.

The bee is from the Dandy Garden DSP in the Mini JJ Catalog, die cut with the Dandy Wishes Die.

The ribbon is the Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack in the Annual Catalog (AC).

The jewel on the little heart is the “Flowers For Every Season Gem” in the AC.

The greeting is from the Many Messages bundle in the JJ catalog, page 35.  What an awesome set of greetings all cut out at once with the die!

Definitely to ‘die’ for!!!

Great pun, Sal!  Let’s look at the cards the others made.  We sure missed those who couldn’t be with us on the Zoom!

Beautiful cards!  Though the construction was basic, the mystery was in the different designer series paper that each chose!

We have fun, even virtually!  If you are needing supplies I would be honored to be your demonstrator and bring you ‘a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world’!

You can order online by clicking little Sal in the computer.

Use host code:  TMARBUUM   if your order is less than $150 or a club order.

I love to hear from you!

Lions & Dragons – Oh My!

Hello Stamping Friends,

Let’s have some fun with Lions (dandelions) and Dragons (dragonflies)!

January’s hostess code is :  UEEZKD2D for use if your order is under $150.

Yesterday I was live on Facebook with January’s club cards.  Each club member had kits with all the supplies so this time my presentation was different with just the construction of the card without going from the beginning to the end and listing all the sizes of the card cuts, so this blog post will fill in the gaps!

Dragonfly Z Fold Club Card Introducing The Dandy Garden Suite

This suite is on Page 25 of the JJ catalog (Jan-June mini)!

 

Recipe:

Base:  Bumble Bee, 5 1/2 X 10 7/8,  Lay the base horizontally at the 7 1/4″ mark and cut down 1 1/8 inch, then score the rest of the way.

Secondly, mark the left hand side down from the top at 3 3/8″ and cut the base from 1 1/8″ to the 3 3/8″ mark.  (Note: the tip of the cut is at 1 1/8″).

 

Score the base at 3 5/8″ from the left.  You now have two score lines: one at 3 5/8′ and one at 7 1/4″.

Your base is done!

Let’s mount our little dragonflies and the bumblebees on little strips of window sheets.

Window sheet strips (X2):  3/8″ X 1 1/4″

Bumblebees:  Use the Dandy Wishes Dies little Bumblebee die to cut two bumblebees from the Dandy Garden DSP (Designer Series Paper).  Color the back of the bumblebees with Mossy Meadow.  Place glue dots on the top of one of the window sheets, one on the front and one glue dot on the back, and then adhere your bumblebees back to back.  The “Garden Wishes” stamp set has a bumblebee image to stamp if you would rather have a stamp set than a die set.

Dragonflies:  The Dandy Garden DSP has sheets that match up with the Dragonfly punch (which is bundled with the ‘Dragonfly Garden’ stamp set for a 10% discount) and you will punch out two matching small dragonflies and mount them on your window sheet strip with a glue dot on the window sheet front and on the back.

Back Layer of the Z fold:  Dandy Garden DSP, full rectangle – 3 3/8″ wide X 5 1/4″ tall.  The DSP is directional.

Middle Layer of the Z fold (which is on the back of the base):  Dandy Garden DSP,  Start with a piece of DSP, 3 3/8″ wide X 4 1/8″ tall, Mark down 1 1/8″ on the right hand side and cut from the tip of the left hand side to the mark on the right hand side.  Flip your base over and place your bumblebee where he will be on top of a dandelion at the back when you fold the card flat.  Use a glue dot to position the bumblebee and then adhere the DSP.

Front Layer of the Z fold:  Dandy Garden DSP, 3 3/8″ wide X 3″ tall to start.  Mark 1 1/8 ” down -this time on the left hand side and cut a diagonal from the tip of the 3″ to the 1 1/8″ mark. Before adhering, wrap your linen thread around the DSP and tie a bow.

Note:  On both the middle and the front layer, you can place your DSP where it will go, and make your marks for your diagonal cuts without measuring so that if your diagonal cut is not quite perfect your layer will be and will have a nice 1/8″ border.

Greeting Border:  Bumblebee, 3 1/4″ X 3 1/4″, cut with the Largest Square Stitched Shape Die (2 5/8″)

Greeting Top Layer:  Whisper White, 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″, cut with the 2nd largest Square Stitched Shape Die (2 1/8″).  I stamped the greeting from Dragonfly Garden, “May Good Things Grow All Year Long”, in green,  and then did a stamp off of the dragonfly cluster across the greeting in Bumble Bee ink.

Embellishments:  One little ladybug mounted with a glue dot.  16″ of Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim.

Alternative Cut:  Diagonal Z fold with the diagonal from the back to the front.

The base of this card uses just 1/2 of a piece of cardstock so you can make two cards from one sheet.

Base:  Bumble Bee,  5 1/2″ X 10 7/8″ scored at 3 5/8″ and 7 1/4″ with a diagonal cut from left to right at the 5 1/2″ cut down to 1″ from the bottom on the right.

Note:  I have a 1/8″ border on the right, left and tops but did not have a border on the bottom.

Back Layer:  DSP, 3 3/8″ wide X  3 1/4 ” tall, cut diagonally left to right from the 3 1/4″ tip to 1 3/8″ down from the top.

Back Greeting:  Shimmer White, 3 3/8″ wide X 1 7/8″ tall, For this greeting I stamped the “Thank You For Your Kindness” from Dragonfly Garden in blue and then added a punched out dragonfly.

Middler Layer– goes on the back of the base:  DSP, striped in this case, 3 3/8″ wide X 3 7/8″ tall , diagonally cut from the right to the left from the tip to left marked at 1 1/2 “.  Tip:  place the top of your layer with a nice 1/8” border and trim the bottom since it is flush to the bottom.

Front Layer:  3 3/8″ wide X 2 3/8″ tall, cut diagonally from the left to the right marked at 1 3/8″ from the top.  Now wait — don’t adhere yet.

Dragonfly: Dandy Garden DSP,  punch two large dragonflies and mount them with glue dots on a strip of Window Sheet 3/8″ X 1 1/4″.  Use another glue dot to adhere the window sheet to the front of the base.

After the Dragonfly is adhered – adhere your front layer.

Embellishments:  Die cut a bumble bee from DSP and adhere to front; adhere a ladybug trinket with a glue dot to front; tie a little bow with 8″ of Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim and adhere it to the back.

Which do you like better?  A rectangle back or a diagonal back?  Leave a comment with your vote by January 25 for a chance to win the ladybug trinkets!

Sand and Sea Club Cards Introducing The Sand & Sea Suite

This suite is on page 41 of the JJ catalog.

 

I used the Whale Of A Time Designer Series Paper instead of the paper in the suite so I had a smaller background behind the shells.   The cards shown above have three different backgrounds from the Whale of a Time DSP:

Which do you like best?  #1) little fishes amongst the seaweed,  #2) seahorses,  #3) the coral reef

Leave a comment with your vote by January 25 for a chance to win The Opal Rounds embellishments!

Recipe:

Base:  Pretty Peacock, 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″, Scored at 4 1/4″

Layer 1:  Whale of a Time DSP,  5 3/8″ X 4 1/8″

Layer 2:  Garden Green,  Start with 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ and cut with the largest Seaside Seashell Die to make a base.

Layer 3:  Granny Apple Green, Start with 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ and cut with the largest Seaside Seashell Die, then cut out all the little vines and glue them to the Garden Green base.  This gives you a nice contrast of greens.  Note:  you can cut into the seashells to give more area to adhere the vines since the seashells will be glued on top.

Layer 4:  Pearlescent Specialty Paper, Start with 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ and cut with the largest Seaside Seashell Die, then cut out all the seashells and glue them on the base over the greenery.

Greeting:  Shimmery White, Start with 1 X 2 1/2″, stamp the greeting, and then cut with the rectangle stitched die to make a perfectly sized rectangle.  Cut one end, stop halfway, reposition the die on the other end and cut that half.  I demonstrate this in the video.

Inside:  Shimmery White, 5 3/8″X 4 1/8″

Inside strip:  DSP cut from the same piece as the background, 5/8″ X 4 1/8″

Here are two examples of what I did on the inside:

So you can vote and really see the backgrounds here are up close images of the cards:

#1 – Little fishes

#2 – seahorses

#3 – Coral Reef

Remember it is Sale A Bration time with free products for each $50 or $100 order!!

January’s hostess code is :  UEEZKD2D for use if your order is under $150.

SAL,  Share A Love

Karen

Thank You or Sympathy Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

January’s Hostess Code:  UEEZKD2D  Use this if your order is under $150.  At $150 you receive the hostess rewards.

.    Lions and Dragons – Oh my!  (Dandelions and Dragonflies-tee hee)  

That image is a sneak peak of tomorrow’s Facebook Live to make January’s club cards.  Join me at 9:30 AM at:

http://www.facebook.com/stampalosopher/videos

 

Can I come?  

Not quite yet, Sal, I have a few more classes to watch to be able to have you join us.  Soon!!

Thank You Cards

Are you wishing you had a quick and simple card layout for thank you notes?   I have one from a Mystery Card Challenge in our Blended Stampers Group on Facebook.   I used it for my club Zoom Mystery Card challenge #8.

I used ‘Feels Like Frost’ Designer Series Paper with coordinating bases, the Stitched Nested Labels and Metallic Mesh Ribbon.

‘Love & Thanks to a Dear Friend’ is from the Prized Peony stamp set with an inside greeting of ‘Your sweet friendship refreshes the soul’ also from Prized Peony.  The ‘Thank You’ is from ‘Beautiful World’ using a Stampin’ Marker to color just the thank you of the stamp.  Note:  Always use a marker not a blend when coloring the back of a stamp since the blends are alcohol and would stain the stamp.

Here is a close up:

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Now you can see the trick!  You score at halfway-5 1/2 , and again at 6 3/4.  Then you glue the 1 1/4″ section between the 5 1/2 and the 6 3/4 scores to the back half of the card.  Punch out little notches on this glued section and you have a unique placement for your ribbon.  I used the ‘Tailored Tag’ Punch.

Here are cards made by club members:

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This was the Christmas card I made for the Blended Stampers group.  We could use all our left over Christmas paper and make this  year’s cards!!

Dreamer!!

For sure!

Did you overlook the beautiful ‘Touched My Heart’ hostess set in the back of the Annual Catalog?  I used it to make Sympathy and Thank You cards in December casing Dawn Michels’ post on Pinterest.

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The base is Just Jade and the brick background comes from Tasteful Touches.

Base:  Just Jade, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2  Scored at 4 1/4

First Layer (X2):  Whisper White, 5 1/4 X 4

Top Border:  Just Jade, 3 1/4 X 3 1/4

Top:  Whisper White, 3 X 3

Bow:  8″ of  3/8″ Old Olive/Pretty Peacock reversible ribbon

Stamp the heart, the bricks and the greetings in Soft Suede and color the leaves with Just Jade.

The inside greeting is from the set ‘Kindness and Compassion’ which is retired.

What……Breaking your own rule of not using retired products?  

Once in a while, what you want to say overrides the self imposed rule!

This was a swap card using ‘His Love’ stamp set.   I made it months ago and it has been sitting on my desktop waiting to be posted.  It seems a good place to post with these cards since it would be good for encouraging someone.

Base:  Mint Macaron,  4 1/4 X 11, Scored at 5 1/2

Layer 1:  Ornate Garden DSP in Mint Macaron with Gold Foil,  4 X 5 1/4

Layer 2: Mint Macaron,  3 X 4 1/2

Layer 3:  Whisper White, 2 3/4 X 4 1/4, Embossed with Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder

Ribbon:  Pool Party Sheer 3/8″ Ribbon,  4″ to wrap the layer and 8″ to make a bow.

Medallion:  Die Cut with Tasteful Labels a Large Circle in Gold Foil, 2 1/4 X 2 1/4 needed, a small circle with the Tasteful Labels Die, 1 1/2 X 1 1/2, in Whisper White, and punch a 1 3/8 circle from the matching DSP for the middle of the medallion.

Daisy:  Punch a large daisy in the DSP and another with the Gold card stock.  Use the small daisy punch with DSP for the top of the daisy and embellish with a Gold Gilded Gem.

For the inside:  Stamp off the Bible and then stamp it on the card stock.  (This is sometimes called ‘second generation’ stamping- you stamp off your freshly inked stamp on scrap paper before stamping on your card stock to create a lighter image.)  Stamp ‘Always’ in full strength ink on top of the Bible.

I hope these cards have given you a ‘pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world’.

That tag line is how I came to be!

Indeed!  Thank you for your time in visiting today.  If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be honored to help you out with your crafting needs.

SAL,  (So At Last – the new year begins)

Karen

January’s Hostess Code:  UEEZKD2D   Click on Sal in the computer to go to my onsite shop.

 

Sale A Bration Begins and a New Mini Catalog

Hello Stamping Friends,

A new year is here and a new mini catalog with Sale-A-Bration rewards!!  Whoopee!  For every $50 or $100 that you order, you will receive  a free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  Sale-A-Bration lasts only two months this year.  We will have another two months of a different Sale-A-Bration in July and August!

So instead of three months of Sale A Bration we will get four!  Nice trade off!  But isn’t there a surprise product coming up?

I almost forgot.  Who remembers ‘Hey Chick’ from a couple years ago?  Well, you can’t order the new ‘Hey Birthday Chick’ on page 52 of the new mini until February 1 because they are bringing back ‘Hey Chick’  and dies for both sets!   Unless of course you are a demonstrator and then you can preorder it right now.  Join my team of ‘Carin Crafters’ and enjoy this perk -and if you join now you will also get an assortment of five 6X6 stacks of Designer Series Paper in the four color families and the latest In Colors.

This month’s hostess code is:   UEEZKD2D.   Use this code if your order is under $150.  At $150 you will earn the hostess rewards yourself.

 Events:

On the second Tuesday, January 12th, at 9:30 AM, you can tune in to my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stampalosopher/videos and I will be creating this month’s club cards.  One card uses the Dandy Garden products and the other uses the Sand and Sea Products.  You won’t want to miss this live stream.

On Tuesday, January 19, at 9:30 AM, I will highlight January’s Paper Pumpkin kit.  (You still have five days to subscribe or purchase a subscription).

On the last Tuesday of the month, January 26, 9:30 AM, I will host a Zoom meeting where you can share cards you’ve made, or cards received in swaps, as well as participate in a Mystery Card challenge.  RSVP on the calendar with your email and you can join the fun!

New Mini Catalog:

Here is a very quick video from the home office:

https://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/catalogs/2021%20January-June/catalogs/JJ_2021_US.pdf

Click on the blue link above for the pdf of the catalog!

Click here for a shopping list:  https://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/catalogs/2021%20January-June/12.01.20_SHOPPINGLIST_JJ_MINI_2021_ENG.pdf

Sale-A-Bration Brochure:

Click on the image to see a pdf of the Sale-A-Bration brochure:

January Paper Pumpkin:

January’s kit will have enough supplies for 8 cards with 8 coordinating envelopes.

  Paper Pumpkin envelopes are always so cool!  

For sure!  And while supplies last you can get a Paper Pumpkin add on of miniature boxes;

Mini Stamp And Cut Machine Available for order:

 

Photopolymer Stamps Being Renumbered with New Packaging:

As our photopolymer stamp stock in the old packaging sells out, we will be replacing them with the new packaging and a different number.  As the year progresses and you order a photopolymer set that pops up as “out of stock”, the online ordering system will redirect you to the new number.  It is the same quality stamps just reconfigured packaging.  (Paper Pumpkin and Kits will not be reconfigured since they do not have a case for stamps.)

Are you done yet?

New year, new events, new catalogs, new announcements………so much to share and probably shouldn’t share my thank you cards today.

Probably not, there is always tomorrow!

Thank you for spending time with me today.  If you need a demonstrator, I would be honored to have you trust me with your crafting needs.

Hostess code:  UEEZKD2D 

SAL,   (Sharing A Lot this new year)

Karen  – click on the computer to go to the online store

 

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