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A Bronco-saurus Birthday

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

 

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

Recipe

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

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

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

SAL, Stamping A Lot today

Karen

 

 

 

Pinwheel Tower Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

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The little pumpkin sandwiched nicely in the dash of my car 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!

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March Stamp A Stack with Hey Birthday Chick and Butterfly Bouquet

Hello Stamping Friends,

Woo hoo!  We met in person for a  Stamp A Stack last week.  I limited the class size but it was great to be together again.

Click to see the Youtube video with a special appearance by the Darling Donkey on a birthday card:

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Do you want to see just one of these cards?  Drag your scrolling button to these starting minutes:

  • 20:46   Happy Birthday with the chick and the cupcake
  • 33:01   Balloon chick with the cornstalk
  • 52:59   Darling Donkey & Chick dies for a birthday card (Not in the picture)
  • 57:02   Three Butterflies Friend Card with Butterfly Bijou DSP
  • 01:13:00   Single Butterfly Diagonally cut Butterfly Bijou DSP

The first 20 minutes I do a quick review of all four cards and the products used.

Recipe for the Happy Birthday Chick with the Cupcake, 20:46 on video

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  • Base:  Night of Navy, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Full Layer:  Basic White, 5 1/4 X 4 (make 2)
  • Background Square:  Night of Navy, 3 1/4 X 3 1/4 -glued straight
  • Middle Square:  Playing With Patterns DSP, 3 X 3 – glued at an angle
  • Top Square:  Basic White, 2 1/2 X 2 1/2, glued straight
  • Chick with Cupcake:  Basic White, 2 1/2 X 2 1/2, stamp in Tuxedo Memento Black, colored with Stampin’ Blends- Daffodil Delight, Lt & Dk Mango Melody, Lt Highland Heather, Coastal Cabana, Lt Seaside Spray, Lt Smoky Slate
  • Happy Birthday:  Night of Navy, 2 1/4 X 1, placed on same size foam adhesive sheet and cut with die
  • Streamers: Purple Posy, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, 3 X 3/4, make one of each color
  • Embellishments:  Playing With Patterns Resin Dots
  • Inks:  Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Tuxedo Memento Black

 

Recipe for the Balloon Chick with the cornstalk, 33:01 on video

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Cased from Akiko Sudano of Stampin’ In the Meadows

  • Base:  Terracotta Tile, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2
  • Layer 1:  Natural Touch Specialty Paper, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Layer 2:  Basic White, 3 1/2 X 4 3/4, Before adhering any of the cut out pieces, stamp Happy Birthday at the bottom, sponge with So Saffron and Balmy Blue blending brushes, and then emboss with Tasteful Textile embossing folder
  • Inside Layer:  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Strip: Natural Touch Specialty Paper, 3/4 X 5 1/4
  • Chicken with balloon:  Thick Basic White, 2 3/4 X 4 1/4, stamped in Memento Black and colored with Stampin’ Blends, Ivory for the body leaving the head white, Dk Mango Melody for the feet and beak, Dk Pumpkin Pie for the balloon and top feathers
  • Corn stalk and 3 husks:  Granny Apple Green, 1 1/2 X 4 1/2
  • 2 Chicks and 3 corns:  Daffodil Delight, 1 1/4 X 3
  • Grain Sacks: Crumb Cake, 1 1/2 X 2 3/4
  • Streamer: Terracotta Tile, 3 X 3/4, color each end with black marker for eyes of chicks

Recipe for the Darling Donkey Double Z Fold Birthday card, 52:59 on video

Cased from Akiko Sudano of Stampin in the Meadows with a few changes:

  • Base:  Crumb Cake, 4 1/4 X 11, score 5 1/2 and 2 3/4
  • Front Z fold strip:  Crumb Cake, 1 1/8 X 11, score 2 3/4 and 5 1/2
  • Panels: Oh So Ombre Bermuda Bay,  2 5/8 X 3 1/4, make 2 for first two panels
  • Back Panel: Oh So Ombre Bermuda Bay, 2 3/4 X 3 1/4, make 1 – fits tight to the white panel
  • White Panel: Basic White, 2 5/8 X 4 1/8
  • Bottom Z fold strip panels:  Forever Fern DSP,  1 X 5 3/8 , 1 X 2 5/8 (make 4)
  • Cornstalks and corn husks:  Granny Apple Green, 4 X 5 1/4, make four stalks and 12 husks
  • Corn: So Saffron, 3/4 X 4, make 12
  • Henhouse: Crumb Cake, 1 3/4 X 2 1/2, colored with Crumb Cake and Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends
  • Sign: Crumb Cake, 2 X 2, sponge the edges with crumb cake ink
  • Fences:  Basic White, 3/4 X 7, make 3, color edges with Lt Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blend
  • Donkey:  Basic White, 2 X 2 1/2, colored with Lt Crumb Cake and Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends
  • Stamp Sets:  Birds-Beautiful Moments stamp set; Darling Donkey stamp set, Hey Birthday Chick Stamp set and Hey Chick Dies, Many Messages stamp set and Messages dies
  • Ink:  Tuxedo Memento Black, Balmy Blue to sponge behind the greeting, and crumb cake to sponge sign and ground

Recipe for the Three Butterfly Friend card, 57:02 on video

This card is cased from Mary Deatherage at Stamps N Lingers with changes to the greeting and the greenery, the number of butterflies and the inside but essentially the same.

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  • Base:  Misty Moonlight, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, score at 4 1/4
  • Border Layer:  Basic Black, 4 X 5 1/4, you will build your card on this layer and then pop it up on the base
  • Top Layer:  Butterfly Bijou, 5 1/8 X 3 3/4, die cut with second largest Stitched With Whimsy Die and then cut at 1 1/2 to make two top pieces glued directly to the Basic Black with a 1/8″ gap.  This gives a 1/16″ border.
  • Greeting:  Basic White, 3 1/4 X 2 1/4, die cut with second largest Stitched Shape Oval Die
  • Greenery:  Mint Macaron, 1 3/4 X 3 1/2, stamped with a Forever Fern stamp and die cut with Forever Flourishing Die
  • Inside Layer:  Basic White, 5 1/8 X 4,  Die cut with the 2 3/4 X 1 1/4 Stitched With Whimsy Die to make a frame for the inside greeting.  Two small butterflies are fussy cut from a sheet of the Butterfly Bijou DSP.
  • Bottom Inside Strip:  Basic Black, 1 1/8 X 5 1/8
  • Bottom Inside Strip Top Layer:  Butterfly Bijou DSP to match the front DSP, 7/8 X 5; this will give you the 1/16″ border on the left and right and a 1/8″ border on the top and bottom to match the 1/8″ gap on the front
  • Embellishments:  Three little white resin hearts colored with Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Blend
  • Stamp Sets:  Waterfront and Forever Fern
  • Ink:  Shaded Spruce

Recipe for the Single Butterfly Diagonally cut DSP card, 01:13:00 on video

  • Base:  Magenta Madness, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score at 4 1/4
  • Top Layer:  Butterfly Bijou DSP, 5 1/4 X 4, cut diagonally one way, use sticky note to hold that cut in place and cut diagonally the other way to create triangles
  • Inside Layer: Basic White, 5 3/8 X 4 1/8, to leave the same border as the front
  • Inside Strip: Butterfly Bijou DSP, 1 1/4 X 4 1/8
  • Inside Top Layer of strip: Butterfly Bijou DSP, 3/4 X 4 1/8
  • Greeting:  Basic White, 2 X 1/2, Many Messages stamp set and Messages Dies
  • Inside Greeting:  Fancy Phrases stamp set
  • Square Vellum Doilies: 1 glued on with four glue dots in the middle
  • White Twine:  24″
  • Butterfly from the Butterfly Bijou DSP cut with the matching Brilliant Wings Die
  • Three Pink Pastel Pearls and one small Black Matte Dot for the head of the butterfly

Here is another example with a different piece of Butterfly Bijou DSP and the largest of the butterflies on the Butterfly Bijou DSP:

The outside greeting is another of the Many Messages stamp set and the inside is from the Fancy Phrases stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed these cards and want to make some of the same yourself!

Thank you for spending time with me today!

SAL,  Stamp A Lot with Stampalosopher

Karen

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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! 

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!

SAL,  Smile A Little

Karen

 

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