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Hello Stamping Friends,
Hostess code for March: A3VBV4QZ
On the last Tuesday of each month I have a Zoom meeting to chit chat with one another, talk about the swap cards we made and do a Mystery Card Challenge. Those challenges started up during COVID and were a fun way to craft together on Zoom.
Good question, Sal! We have one last rotation on this club in April (retirement list!) and then we start all over with a new rotation and new plans for meeting depending on the wishes of the members. Give me a shout out if you want to be part of the new club!
January’s Mystery Card is a great one for using up those little strips of paper you have left from a 6 X 6 DSP after you use a 5 X 4 piece for the front of a card.
Lucille made a fun card with bumble bees on blue! So cute !!
Jo made an Easter card! The greeting is from ‘Fable Friends’ stamped and punched with the ‘Story Label’ punch.
I made a thank you card using scraps left over from the Hydrangea Hill paper and Flirty Flamingo:
I decided to embellish it a little and add another quarter sheet of black on the back of the Flirty Flamingo. I just shaved off a little on each of the sides to give a slight border. I used Versa Mark to make a little flower using a stamp from the ‘Lots of Heart’ stamp set. The Matte Black Dots are on page 11 of the JJ Mini. The scalloped Basic White is cut using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. The ‘thank you’ and the ‘you’re all heart’ are both from the ‘Lots of Heart’ stamp set.
Since I had left over Sale A Bration DSP from another project, I made another card using the same ‘Lots of Heart’ stamp with all the little dots, I connected the dots to make a smiley face and stamped greetings from the same stamp set. The ‘Thinking of You’ is from the ‘Happy Thoughts’ stamp set and punched out with the ‘Tailored Tag’ punch.
The ‘Lots of Heart’ stamp set is so versatile you won’t want to label it as just a valentine stamp set. For this next card I used Night of Navy for the base and background layers and I used the edge of my Night of Navy marker to barely color the edge of the greeting.
What a fun and simple card and those little strips of DSP won’t go to waste. Won’t you join us on our next Zoom meeting with its Mystery Card Challenge? I will include you in the Zoom invitation if you will send me your email. Text 303-815-0838
Hostess code for March: A3VBV4QZ
SAL, Stamp A Lot this lovely March
Hello Stampin’ Friends,
Do I have a treat for you!!! To stay sane (sorta), I had a card swap with my club members and seven people participated.
For me or for you, Sal? I am going a bit stir crazy and not because I am bored. I listed all the projects I have started and all the cleaning and organizing I would like to get done and I could be quarantined for a long long time and not get them all done; but I am just not motivated. Sigh…….
There is lightening and rain out there, Sal. How about let’s show our friends the cards we’ve made and received.
March’s Paper Pumpkin was one of the best ever! It made three card styles x four each. I thought the boot one was kind of odd until I realized that it would perfectly represent the coffee club I have with my neighborhood ladies. I put the initials of each of the neighbors on the top of the boots and left one blank for our dear friend who moved away. I cut away the boot around the leggings and used a greeting from Fable Friends. The kit even had little raindrop embellishments (on the umbrella).
I changed the greeting on the second Paper Pumpkin card and once again used the ‘Fable Friends’ stamp set for the “Happy Spring”. The flower bling is from Frosted Flower Embellishments (#148782) and I covered the heart with Glittery Crystal Effects from the Holiday catalog- you do have some left don’t you? It dries to a beautiful glossy finish.
The third card I pretty much made per instructions:
Okay, not quite, I added rain drops which the instructions didn’t call for. Satisfied, Sal? The flowers have the little rain drop embellishments but they didn’t show up in the picture.
The lined envelopes are like icing on a cake!
Using the stamps in the Paper Pumpkin kit I created my swap card:
No, Sal, those are from the Sale A Bration set ‘The Gangs All Meer’. The “Miss You” greeting is from the ‘Enjoy Life’ stamp set in the annual catalog. The tape measure is narrow silver ribbon from my stash. The boots were stamped on gingham paper and fussy cut. I loved the basket of flowers in the Paper Pumpkin stamp set. It was a two time stamping set so I stamped the entire basket in Soft Suede and then stamped Crushed Curry to color the flowers. What fun!! I colored the leaves with Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends and the background with Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends. If I made it again I would stamp the basket directly on the blue and then mask it to stamp the clouds and ground around it. That would have saved some coloring and fussy cutting.
Base: Balmy Blue, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
Border Layer: Soft Suede, 5 3/8 X 4 1/8 (make 2- one for the inside)
Top: Balmy Blue, 5 1/4 X 4 stamped with clouds, a ground stamp and raindrops
Inside: Whisper White 5 1/4 X 4, sponged just a tad with the sponge roller, then stamped greeting and meerkat in soft suede
Greeting: Whisper White 2 X 1 1/2 cut with the rectangle stitiched framelit to 1 1/4 X 1 5/8, sponged with Balmy Blue and decorated with raindrops from leftover pieces of the Paper Pumpkin. Pop this up with dimensionals.
Boots: 2 X 2 1/2 gingham paper in desired colors (note: the Designer Series Paper shown at the top of Page 168 has gingham in all the different color families.)
Meerkats and flower basket: Whisper White 2 X 4, stamped in soft suede and colored with Stampin’ Blends.
Ribbon: 3 3/4″, marked every 1 1/2 cm with a black journaler so it looked like a ruler. I attached each end under the meerkat arms with a glue dot.
I still smile every time I look at those little meerkats!!
I received another card from Jo that keeps me smiling:
The stamp is from the retired ‘Postcard Pals’ stamp set, isn’t it just the cutest?!
Of course not! Let’s look at swaps.
Some swappers made differing cards so there will be two cards with the same name on some. Thank you, Heather, for putting the names on the card pictures and sending them to the group. We had fun talking about them during a Zoom meeting.
We could all use this one in a frame on our walls:
Aren’t all those beautiful cards wonderfully inspiring?! Such talented, creative crafters. Thank you, friends.
We are having another card swap in May if you would like to join. Cards are due in the mail by May 7th and we will Zoom on May 12th and the 16th. Names and addresses are due to me by this Friday, April 24, and then I will send the list to all the participants Saturday morning bright and early.
SWAP GUIDELINES – deadline to participate is Friday, April 24
- Swap is full cards 5 ½ X 4 ¼
- Include your name and email on a sticky note but don’t stamp your name on the back
- On the same or another note list the main products you used – does NOT have to be Stampin’ Up! (SU)
- Cards should have three layers or two layers and an embellishment
- If your card base is Whisper White or Very Vanilla be sure and use thick Whisper White or Thick Very Vanilla or add an extra layer on the inside for stability
- Mail cards directly to the swappers by Thursday, May 7
- We will have a Zoom meeting Tuesday, May 12, at 9:30
Tomorrow, April 22, the retiring products list will be posted on the website at 1:00
Have your wish lists close at hand because the products won’t last long – especially the retiring In Color products.
I will post the original list but it is a moving target as products sell out.
The hostess code through the 25th is: RH4REUGF
Text me if you have questions: 303-814-0838
SAL, Safe And isoLated
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Hello Stamping friends,
Hostess Code: RH4REUGF
We have nine additional items you can earn for the last week of Sale A Bration. Those will be at the end of this post but first let’s look at the fun cards you can make with the Sending Flowers Dies that are only available through March 31.
I used these dies for a valentine card which you can see by clicking HERE.
I designed a ‘Happy Spring’ card and a card with an Easter greeting:
The “Happy Spring”, “Easter Greetings”, mama goose with babies and the grass stamp are all in the Fable Friends stamp set in the annual catalog.
The lamb with the puff paint is a retired set called “Easter Lamb”. It has just the one stamp in the set.
The cross is from the ‘Cross of Hope’ die set and cut from a piece of wood-tone paper in the Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper(DSP). Samples of this paper are also in the 6 X 6 paper stack you receive if you join Stampin’ Up! during Sale A Bration. I cut off the flower from the Sending Flowers die that was right in front of the cross and put that flower in the inside of the card.
The little butterfly on the Easter Card is from the “Enjoy Life” stamp set (annual catalog) and stamped in Calypso Coral.
The inside greeting, ‘today is a day for new beginnings’, is from our Sale A Bration ‘Power of Hope’ stamp set. With a $100 purchase you earn this set and the Stone 3D embossing folder.
I added the sunbeam from the retired ‘Kinda Eclectic’ for my personal Easter cards this year.
There is just something about seeing all those little lambs together that made me want to take another picture!!
We have less than a week, just until March 31, to earn Sale A Bration products or to purchase the coordinating products that include the Sending Flowers Die set. I will show all the products further on in the post.
- Base: Thick Whisper White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
- Top: Thick Whisper White, 4 1/8 X 5 3/8
- Characters: Regular Whisper White, Depending on your choice of character, the goose can lay sideways above the goslings so a 4 X 2 piece should work or use up some of your scraps
- Embellishments: 7″ of ribbon and seven little pearls colored to match the flower with Stampin’ Blends.
By using our thick Whisper White we don’t necessarily need another layer in the inside and the ‘Sending Flowers’ die gives incredible dimension to the front so we don’t need more layers. Probably a good thing I did this card with my club because the second card we did had 13 pieces!
Not yet, Sal, but hopefully this week since it uses the Happy Birthday Sale A Bration set which has amazing flowers. But I regress. Let’s look at the steps for this card.
- Make cloud masks, a 3 1/4″ circle mask with your circle dies, and use sticky notes to mask the top of the base and the top of the inside as you sponge each section. I fussy cut a cloud mask around the Happy Spring, Easter greetings, and inside greeting and used the Up and Away thinlets set (in the clearance rack) which has several cloud shapes to cut out. If you don’t like the idea of fussy cutting your own, there are several dies in the catalog that could be modified to look like clouds. For example ‘Lakeside’ dies have a die for a lily pad that could be a cloud.
- Cut out the cross if you are making the Easter card.
- Cut out your front flower circle with the ‘Sending Flowers’ Die. You need this piece to position your clouds in the background.
- Lay your base open flat, mask the back side of the card, and mark 2 1/2″ on your grid sheet to guide you where to sponge the blue and green. I used Balmy Blue and Granny Apple Green and our Sponge Brayers (#141714). The brayers come in a pack with two handles and four sponges for $8. They are so much easier to use than the rubber brayers and they give a nice consistent look. Lay the cutout flowers over top of the front just to position your clouds and the cross then set that piece and the cross piece aside and sponge the base front.
- Remove the cloud masks and without reinking the brayer, lightly sponge over the sky to soften the white of the clouds.
- Likewise, do the inside of the card:
- by first stamping the greeting and then masking the greeting with a cloud shape and adding other cloud shape masks as desired and masking off the other side of the inside of the card.
- sponge the blue sky and the green grass. Remove the masks and do a light sponge over the clouds.
- Now you have the idea so let’s sponge the top flower cut out piece. Mask it with circle cutouts covering only the flowers. I had to use two circle masks since my die was just a little bit small. Stamp the greeting and mask it with a cloud mask and add other clouds as desired then sponge.
- I purchased the gina K Masking Magic sheets from Amazon.
- Using Granny Apple Green and the grass stamp from Fable Friends, stamp little grass clumps on the inside, the front, and the area that will show behind the circle.
- Use Stampin Blends and color your flowers:
- Dk Pineapple Punch
- Lt Highland Heather
- Lt Calypso Coral
- Leave two tulips white
- Leaves of the tulips- Dk Granny Apple Green
- Leaves of the other flowers – Lt Granny Apple Green
- Using the same colors of Stampin’ Blends, color your Pearl Basic Jewels and add to the centers of the five petaled flowers. Stampin’ Blends are alcohol so they won’t rub off the pearls. Regular markers do rub off and we have used Sharpies in the past when we colored rhinestones or pearls- yay for matching colors in our own Stampin’ Blends!
- Stamp your characters in Memento Black so you can color them with Stampin’ Blends or apply puff paint. Fussy cut them out and mount with glue dots.
- Place foam adhesive strips on the back of the front piece and a few dimensionals around the sides of the circle and attach.
Good catch, Sal! The ribbon knot is tied around the front before the adhesive strips are added and the little butterfly is stamped on the front in Calypso Coral before the adhesive strips are added. Whether you want these are not depends on the character you use. The goose stands up so tall that the ribbon wouldn’t work, and the card might get a bit busy if you add a butterfly with all the little goslings. Personal preference.
I stamped the ‘Happy Spring’ with Highland Heather but decided it was a little too light so I stamped Easter Greetings on a separate scrap of Whisper White in Gorgeous Grape and fussy cut it to look like a cloud. I used glue dots to adhere it since I didn’t want it popped up too much and glue dots are just a slight pop up and a bit more than using snail or liquid glue.
I cut a few extra ‘Sending Flowers’ cut outs so the club members could cut off a flower or two or three to put on the insides of their cards and their cards looked awesome. I just used the one flower I cut off the front so you could see the cross better to put on the inside.
Unfortunately, it is not. But many things are carrying over and are available now. Other items, like the moose punch and stamp set, will be in next year’s Holiday Catalog. Take a look at what carried over in case you missed it:
Can I have a drum roll?
There are nine new items that Stampin’ Up! is offering as free Sale A Bration items with a $50 or $100 order:
NOTE: You must use the item numbers shown here when entering them on the system.
And the Sending Flower’s die set is only available until March 31.
And if you want the best deal ever think about joining the team. You would receive a mini cutter and a pack of 6X6 paper – samples from the mini catalog- and a stamp set of your choice. All this and $125 of any other products for only $99. All future orders from you as a demonstrator will be discounted at least 20% which here in Castle Rock, CO, covers the shipping and the tax and a little left over profit. Click on the join button in the top tabs.
Hostess Code: RH4REUGF
SAL, Send A Lot of flowers on a card
PS There are no new events on the calendar since we are all staying at home until this coronavirus threat passes.