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Hello Stamping Friends,
I have a treat for you today with lots of cards. I haven’t posted for a long time as I prepared a catalog launch (next post) and then a pansy product class ( next after post)!
I have so much to share with a new catalog and new In Colors and new events and yet I need to catch up on April’s fun before I head into May and a new year.
We had a fun Mystery Card Challenge for April that required a little extra cutting but it used up our scraps. It is called a scrappy strip card! Mine uses the Dandy Garden DSP that is in the JJ Mini.
You start with positioning your longest strip and then start putting in the smaller strips leaving about 1/16″ of the neutral in- between each strip. You will turn the card over to the back and cut off the excess of the strips and your neutral base gives you a nice straight line – from the back.
True, Sal, it was pretty strange and you can’t imagine that it will look like anything nice but like magic you cut off all the strips and turn it over and gasp at how it turned out!
Sharon and Jo participated in the Mystery Card Challenge and sent pictures of their creations:
Sharon just used the front and back of the Ornate Garden DSP and with all the different flowers it looked like she used many more sheets of DSP.
Jo’s card is a fun combo of striped and geometric DSP. It looks like she cut one of the medallions in blue to layer on the brown but she said the paper actually had the design.
April Swap Cards
April’s swap cards were phenomenal as always! Jo, Lucille and Sharon sent theirs early since they were Easter cards and I showed them in the last post if you want more detail but let’s look again at their cards:
Suzi used the Simply Succulents stamp set with the Potted Succulents Dies. She used the soft greens of Coastal Cabana, Sea Foam, Pool Party and Mint Macaron. She colored the succulents with combos of Magenta Madness, Mango Melody and Just Jade. The 3D Brick and Mortar embossing on white with Tasteful Textile on Grey Granite make the card stunning!
Joy used the Sale A Bration Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Berry Blessings Stamp Set from Sale A Bration. The Story Label punch and the Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon with Pacific Point cardstock are a beautiful combination!
Lori’s card uses Grey Granite, Whisper White and accent borders of Basic Black! She used the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder, the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set and the Dragonflies Punch. Her sentiment is from Brushed Blooms and she used the Banners Pick A Punch to create the flagged ends. The Whisper White rectangles were cut with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits. She embossed the dragonfly with white embossing powder and then added rhinestones for the finishing touch.
My card uses a different take on the Spotlight Technique to create a fun scene. I stamped the two children images from Silhouette Scenes and the trees with the beckoning trail from the hostess Summer Days. I attended Stampin’ Up! ‘s On Tour event and they sent us one of the new stamp sets from the upcoming catalog, Etched In Nature, and I used the bird from that stamp set. I masked the bird and then stamped around him with a stamp from the Forever Fern stamp set.
There are so many benefits to being a demonstrator! Let’s talk about it!
Recipe for Etched In Nature
- Base: Blackberry Bliss, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
- Layer 1: Flirty Flamingo, 5 3/8 X 4 1/8
- Top Layer and Inside: (2) Basic White, 5 1/4 X 4
- Bird: Shimmer White, 3 X 3 1/2, punched with 2 1/2″ punch
- Ink: Tuxedo Black ( use the Stamparatus for good coverage on the silhouettes). Stamp the trees off a bit on the left so the path is visible.
- Old Olive to stamp leaves from Forever Fern
- Stampin’ Blends:
- Dk Flirty Flamingo and Dk Rich Razzleberry for bird
- Lt Soft Suede layered with Lt Mango Melody for beak and legs
- Dk Soft Suede for the branch
- Lt Seaside Spray to color in the sky around the bird and foliage
- Matt Black Embellishments
Yes, Sal, I am way behind and have two posts in between the end of the month post. We are headed camping this weekend so I had better get busy! I remember thinking how strange this one blog that I follow is because she frequently posts three or four times in one day. Now I need to do the same thing.
It is a risk I will need to take, Sal, or I won’t have a record of what we have done. So please bear with me dear followers!
If you don’t have a demonstrator I would be honored to have you choose me to help you “bring a pinch of creativity to your crafting world!”
SAL, Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little, Share A Love and always be Salt And Light in the world
Karen Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store. The hostess code for May is NS2RB2WK if your order is under $150. At $150 you earn the hostess rewards yourself but any amount other than that must be combined or rewards are left on the table for no one.
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)!
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!
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.
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