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July 2021 Swaps

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code for August:  WRQKTXMA with Joy as our hostess!

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Thank you for giving me some of your precious time as I share inspiration to bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!

Today’s inspiration comes from the July swaps!  Let’s look at the red, white and blue ones first!  I love to decorate the house with cards for the season and now I have some to save forever and put on the end tables and shelves around July 4th.  Do you decorate with cards?


Joy’s card feels like a 4th of July picnic with a plate of goodies on a red and white tablecloth amidst a garden of flowers!  Love it! She used the ‘Encircled In Friendship’ stamp set and the ‘Encircled in Beauty’ dies with Basic White, Paper Blooms DSP, Berry Delightful DSP,  Crinkled Seam Binding and Opal Rounds.


Jo’s card is another ‘save forever to decorate’ card.  She used the ‘Ornamental Christmas’ framelits for the stars, the ‘All Around Wreath’ dies for a red and white layered wreath, the ‘Playful Alphabet’ dies for the lettering of July, and ‘Family Party’ for Happy 4th.  Inside she used the ‘Celebrate You’ dies.  She sponged with Pacific Point ink to get the shaded blue look on the base!


The inside of Sharon’s card was as decorated as the outside and both were beautiful!  She used the’ American Celebration’ holiday stamps from Close To My Heart and a 4th of July block stamp for the inside.  She used silver, white and aqua tinsel embossing powders with Carousel & silver sparkle embossing glitters.  She has a silver star embellishment on the flag, a gold star brad on the fireworks, and blue and red stars from a roll of stickers for the inside.  She used a Spots and Dots cuttlebug embossing folder and square dies from Hobby Lobby.  Her cardstocks are Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler and blue.


Lori’s swap card would put a smile on anyone’s face!  She made watermelons from the ‘Layering Circle dies’ and a ‘Tasteful Label Die’ for the sentiment.  She also used ‘Create With Friends’ stamp set and a Close To My Heart ‘August Word Puzzle’ for sentiments.  She used a small flower punch and the ‘Pattern Party’ hostess DSP with Whisper White, Polished Pink, Garden Green and Blushing Bride card stock.


Prepare to be wowed, awed and inspired by Ann’s fabulous diorama card!  She used the ‘Mountain Air’ stamp set and ‘Majestic Mountain’ dies with a sentiment from Happy Trails by Simple Stories.  Her cardstock is Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Basic White with inks of Early Espresso, Shaded Spruce, Mossy Meadow, Balmy Blue, Pool Party and So Saffron.


My card is a ‘sort of’ case of one I saw Frenchie Martin post at Frenchie Stamps.com.  I used her idea of the ‘Stitched Stars’ with the medium ‘Daisy Punch’  and ‘Daisy Punch’ to layer red, white and blue on top of the stars, but I cut the stars in half so they covered more of the card front and I added a different sentiment and ribbon.   The dies cut out stars that I used on the top of a 1/2″ Basic White circle and on the inside red and white strips.  Do you recognize that Stampin’ Up! red, white and blue ribbon?  No?  It is the 1/4″ ‘Quilted Ribbon’ in red and green and I used our ‘Dark Night of Navy Blends’ to color the green to make it blue!   The sentiment is from the ‘Hey Birthday Chick’ stamp set stamped on a ‘Stitched So Sweetly Die’ with a sponged edge of real red.

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Recipe for 4th of July Card:

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1:  Real Red, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Layer 2:  Basic White, 5 1/8 X 3 7/8
  • Swirly Star:  Night of Navy,  4 X 2, cut in half and adhere to red daisy then adhere to card front
  • Daisy:
    • Real Red 2 1/2 X 2 1/2 punched with larger daisy punch
    • Basic White 2 1/2 X 2 1/2 punched with larger daisy punch
    • Night of Navy 2 X 2 punched with medium daisy punch
  • Circle on top of daisy:  Basic White, scrap, with 1/2″ punch layered with a small star cut out from the die
  • Greeting:  Basic White, 2 1/2 X 2, Stitched So Sweetly Die, stamped in Night of Navy, sponged with Real Red
  • Stamp Set:  Hey Birthday Chick
  • Inks:  Night of Navy for sentiment and Real Red for sponging
  • Dies:  Stitched Stars Dies, Stitched So Sweetly
  • Punches:  Daisy Punch, Medium Daisy Punch and 1/2″ circle punch
  • Ribbon:  1/4″ Quilted Ribbon, 6 1/2″ with the green stripe colored with a Dk Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend
  • Inside strips:
    • Real Red 4 X 1/2
    • Basic White 3 7/8 X 3/8
    • 3 Night of Navy stars from the die cut outs used for the swirly stars on front
  • Embellishments:  3 holiday red rhinestones

I am so blessed to have found these dear stamping friends!

Didn’t some of them actually find you?

Yes, Sal, that is true!  Through mutual friends and the online search for a demonstrator, we all came together.

We would love to have more of you join our circle of stampers so give me a shout out if you are interested in club or holding a workshop or attending events.  303-815-0838.  If you would like to join my team of Carin’ Crafters we have a special offer during Sale A Bration and you can pick out a bundle of your choice to add to your starter kit.  Check the details out HERE in my previous blog post!

Hostess Code for August:  WRQKTXMA with Joy as our hostess!  Click on Sal in the computer to go to the store.

SAL,  Smile A Little

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Swap Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

HAPPY EASTER!!  What a joyous time as we celebrate that Jesus is alive and He provided the sacrifice for all our sins!!

I will share my Easter swap card and the swap cards from the club.  Jo and Sharon sent their April swap cards early so I have extra cards for you to enjoy!

Where did you find a lily??

The lily is the inside petals of the Poinsettia Place DSP we had in the last mini catalog.

I used several retired and retiring products knowing the message was more important than product presentation.

The base is Purple Posy which will retire May 3 but the Ornate Layers Dies do not retire so that is good news.

Recipe:

Note:  DSP is an acronym for Designer Series Paper

  • Stamp Sets:  Easter Message, Teeny Tiny Wishes, His Grace.
  • Ink:  Gorgeous Grape, Memento Black.
  • Dies:  Ornate Layers, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Detailed Bands (oval), Banner Blooms (stem).
  • Embossing Folder:  Tasteful Textile 3D or Subtle.
  • Base:  Purple Posy, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, Scored at 2″, 3″, 5 1/2″ and 6 1/2″.  Note:  This is 3/8 inch more than a standard card but I found it was easy to fold our standard envelope just 3/8″ more to send the card.  This size allowed the card to have a nice background for the Ornate borders without the lacy edges hanging over.
  • Side Layers (X2):  Plain Oh So Ombre purple, 2 (minus a hair) X 5 1/2.  The score line creates the need for just a hair less than the 2″ side.  I used the darker at the bottom and cut 1/2″ off the dark bottom of the 6 X 6 DSP to start (you will use part of this piece later so don’t toss it).
  • Side Ornate Border (X2):  Very Vanilla, 2 X 5, Die cut with Ornate Border.
  • Inside Layer of Side Ornate Border (X2): Oh So Ombre circles on purple DSP, 1 X 4.
  • Top Ornate Border:  Very Vanilla, 5 3/4 X 2 3/4, Die Cut with Ornate Border.
  • Inside Layer of Top Ornate Border:  Plain Oh So Ombre Purple DSP,  3 5/8 X 1 1/2,  Cut this piece in half lengthwise (3/4″) for each side of cross and then place both halves in your paper cutter at the same time to cut 1″ off the lighter end so that you have two matching pieces that are 1 X 3/4 and two pieces that are 2 5/8 X 3/4.  Glue these 4 pieces to the edges of the wood tone paper leaving a 3/8″ cross.
  • Cross:  Natural Touch Specialty Paper, 1 7/8 X 4, glue this to the Ornate Border.
  • Base of cross:  Plain Oh So Ombre, 1/2 X 1 7/8, Use a piece of the dark end that you cut off, glue this piece to the Ornate Border leaving the same border as the top.
  • Once all your pieces are glued to the Very Vanilla Ornate Border, run the layer through an embossing folder.  I used Tasteful Textiles for this one but switched to the Subtle 3D embossing folder for the others I made to make the texture more — well — subtle!  Glue this directly to the middle.
  • Greetings:  Very Vanilla Strip, 1 3/4 X 8 1/2,  stamp the dove and John 3:16 from His Grace stamp set, He Is Not Here from Easter Message Stamp Set, and Happy Easter from Teeny Tiny wishes on the vanilla strip.  Fussy cut the dove, and use the Stitched Rectangle to cut the two side greetings and the oval from the Detailed Bands dies to cut He is Not Here.
  • Lily:  Poinsettia Place DSP, fussy cut the inside petals of one of the poinsettias or cut one of the small poinsettias in the paper and add an extra petal since lilies have six petals.
  • Greenery:  Garden Green, 1 1/2 X 2, Die cut two stems using the solid stem in Banner Blooms.  Attach to the back of the lily and then pop up the lily in the middle of the cross.
  • Dove:  Very Vanilla, fussy cut from the strip shown at greetings,  color the branch green and pop up above cross.
  • Embellshments:  Heart Charm, use Tombow on the flat side and let it sit to get good and tacky then attach.  I also added three rhinestones here and there.

The three greetings, the lily, and the dove are all popped up with dimensionals, all the other pieces are glued down.  Try not to get glue on the sides of the ornate borders so they look a bit lacy.  I put Tombow glue in the middle back of the ornate pieces and then use a scrap piece of cardstock to spread the Tombow glue just to the edge of the middles.

How did something that looks so simple turn into so many words?

I know, Sal, but I like to add all the little tips that can help someone else make the card; especially knowing that I am that someone and might want to make half a dozen more.

Let’s look at some swaps.

Jo Brooks used Mountain Air and His Grace stamp sets with the Majestic Mountains dies, the Cross of Hope Dies and the Word Wishes dies.  I love how she sponged the background!

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Sharon Fincham used the Wreath Builder dies for her Easter card swap, the dies make perfectly shaped eggs!

 

Lucille’s swap is the cutest little bunny!

Joy Meadow’s swap card looks quite springy with the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper.  She said this fun fold is quite easy to make; we will have to try it someday.

Jo Brook’s March swap was an adorable St. Patrick’s Day card using the Word Wishes Dies and a fun gnome/leprechaun!

 

Lori Moore’s swap uses the Pretty Perennials stamp set in the JJ mini.   The set has the big ‘happy’ word and then little words you can use with it- ‘birthday’, ‘mail’, ‘for you’, ‘you make me’, ‘sending lots of’.

Suzi Walker used the Pretty Perennials set, as well, with the matching Perennial Petals Dies.  The DSP on the white is embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.  I am longing for spring flowers like these:

Sharon Fincham did an amazing card with a fun pop up center.  She used the ‘Hey Girlfriend’ stamp set in the JJ mini:

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Great job everyone!  All the cards are beautiful and such an inspiration.

And now do we get to see the Mystery cards you all made yesterday? 

Well, Sal, I think I will start a new post so we don’t overwhelm our readers.

Thank you for spending some time with me and some of my club members today.  Would you like to join a club or create one for you and your friends.  Our club rotation starts again in May and we would love to have you join.  Contact me by text at 303-815-0838 or email [email protected].

The hostess code for today and April is: DJRYFBKM

The retired list has been posted and the best way to see what is still available is to go to my online store – click on little Sal in the computer – and click on specials.  The list is already outdated with things that have sold out so best to just head to the store!

Have a wonderful day and a blessed Easter!

SAL,  sharing a love of Jesus

Karen

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