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Surprise!

I have a treat for you today!  I joined a Quill-A-Long event on Facebook taught by Kelly Foulk.  She uploaded clear instructions to a file on her facebook page “Quill-A-Long” and then held the live event which you can still watch on Facebook.  After making the rose from her design, I made it into a card!

I took multiple pictures trying to show you the quills a bit better and wasn’t successful.  I will have to work on my photography or choose quilling strips of a lighter color.

Be sure and visit Kelly Foulk at Quill-A-Long on Facebook for all the directions and the replay of the Facebook live.  Click on ‘files’ in her Facebook Quill-A-Long page to get the directions and a pattern to follow.

I am confused!  Why would you want to do something like quilling?  You are a stamper!

I know, Sal, but check out the card, quilling and stamping can be used together!  Here is a side shot but the dark green is too dark to show the quilled leaves.  I used Kelly’s colored pattern but perhaps if I used the pattern on plain white the quilling might show.

 

For the inside of this sympathy card I used the retired Thoughts & Prayers stamp set.  The outside greeting is from the retired Many Messages stamp set.

Recipe:

  • Base:  Thick Basic White cardstock, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.
  • Layer 1: Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper,  3 1/2 X 5, Die cut with Ornate Layers Die.
  • Layer 2: Thick Basic White, 2 1/4 X 3 5/8, I printed Kelly’s rose design on 8 1/2 X 11, constructed the rose and then used a ruler and scissors to cut to the correct size since you can’t cut with the rose attached.  In the future I will cut the base of the design first and then build the rose. I corner rounded top left and bottom right .
  • Inside Layer: Thick Basic White, 2 1/4 X 3 5/8, corner round top left and bottom right to match front.  Sponge half with Polished Pink ink and half with Crushed Curry ink.  Stamp greeting in Evening Evergreen.
  • Outside greeting:  Basic White, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4, Stamp Many Messages in Evening Evergreen and die cut with Messages Die which gives you 19 little greetings, a little heart and three stars.   The greeting is sponged on top with Polished Pink ink and half with Crushed Curry ink matching the designer series paper colors.  Pop it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Pink and yellow jewels were added for a bit of sparkle.

Will it mail in a regular A2 envelope?

No, Sal, unfortunately it needs a padded envelope and the ‘nonmachineable’ postage stamp.  The post office can also stamp the outside with their ‘nonmachineable’ word stamp but you have to have them look for the stamp as many workers forget that it exists.  I’m sure it was in their training but it is used very seldom.

Have you made other projects?

I started a kit I purchased at Michaels that looked intriguing to do outline letters for Joy’s name filled in with lovely quilling.  I followed the instructions from a Youtube that showed putting straight pins around the edge of the quilled strips to make the letters.  The paper showed every single pin mark so it was awful.  The glue technique I used didn’t work either and glue showed everywhere.  Thankfully there was a second pattern in the kit so Joy might get it by her next birthday in December.  Sigh…..

See what I mean….

 

Ugh… lots of work and no way to fix it with all those holes everywhere!

I saw another technique where the lady used a scoring tool to indent where she wanted the strips for the letters. I’ll let you know how that works!  Hopefully, following Kelly will help me with the art of quilling.

For now, thank you for spending a bit of your precious time with me as I present my very first completed quilling project!

SAL,  Smile A Little and Start Adventuring in Life

Karen

Bringing a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world.

Sea Life Dies and Alcohol Ink on Vellum Technique

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code through September 15:  WKQ6CJ7R

Stock up on stamps before August 29 when prices go up!  Thanks for the reminder, Joy!

August club cards will be posted separately on this blog so the post is shorter, so check the next post for the Shaded Summer partial die cutting and shaded stamping card.

Before we go to the card let’s look at what is happening this month at Stampin’ Up!

We have a sneak peak of September Paper Pumpkin:

I prepay for a three month subscription to Paper Pumpkin and then activate it now for the September, October and November kits.  Even when one of the kits was Christmas tags, I made cards from the tags and had a nice addition to my Christmas cards. I don’t always use the treat boxes in the September kit but this kit will have instructions to turn the box into a wheelbarrow and we can put our pumpkins, apples and jack-o-lanterns in the wheelbarrow for a nice end table decoration.  Love it!  Click the image above to go to the Paper Pumpkin site or place an order for a prepaid subscription and then activate it whenever you choose. PS – Don’t add your credit card info when you have a prepaid plan, just enter the code they sent to your email.

And if you buy a 3 month subscription, you will get a free $50 Sale A Bration product.  Just saying……

Thanks, Sal, for throwing in that tidbit for getting the most for your dollars.  Sale A Bration runs through the end of September with the opportunity to buy $50 and get a level one product for free or buy $100 and get a level 2 product for free.  Here’s another look at the brochure:

More details HERE.


Sea Life Dies With A Background Of Alcohol Ink On Vellum

This card and technique were inspired by Patty Bennett.

Here is a youtube video for you:

Recipe:

  • Base:  Just Jade, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2
  • Layer 1 (X2):  Misty Moonlight, 4 1/8 X 5 3/8
  • Layer 2 (X2):  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Cardstock Vellum:  4 1/4 X 6 (This gives you 3/4″ to trim off after creating your background and 1/4 for trimming edges)
  • Double Back Adhesive Sheet: 41/4 X 6
  • Front Greeting: Basic White, 2 1/2 X 3/4 (I used a ‘Many Messages’ greeting)
  • Seahorse:  Blue Ombre Specialty Paper, 4X2
    • Note:  you will need to fussy cut two tiny sections on the belly and two sections around the fin since this is a partial die
  • Fish (X3): Blue Ombre Specialty Paper, 1 1/2 X 2
  • Seahorse Backing:  Be Dazzling SAB specialty paper, 4 X 2
    • Note:  Cover the back of your 4 X 2 Be Dazzling paper with scotch tape before die cutting
  • Seaweed:  Evening Evergreen Shimmer Vellum, 3 X 2 1/2
  • Easel (X2):  Misty Moonlight, 2 3/4 X 4, score at 2 3/8 and 1 5/8 and then cut with largest hippo die lining up the middle
  • Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers:  Lt Misty Moonlight, Lt Night of Navy, Dk Shaded Spruce, Dk Night of Navy
  • Ink:  Shaded Spruce
  • Tools:  Sea Life Dies, Messages Die, Hippo Die for Easel, Medium Tip Water Painter, Basic Black Journaler to dot the eyes
  • 91% Alcohol
  • Stamp Sets: Many Messages, Friends Are Like Seashells
  • Embellishments:  Three Basic Rhinestones

To make an alcohol ink on vellum background  – Prepare your surface.  I have a thin plastic quilting sheet I use.

  • Place a piece of copy paper underneath your vellum to soak up the excess that hits the edges of the vellum
  • Use a small container with a little alcohol in it for dipping your Water Painter
  • Have a paper towel next to the container to clean the Water Painter often so you don’t mix colors
  • Scribble on your vellum:

Place your copier paper under the vellum and dab alcohol one color at a time on the vellum.  Be generous with the alcohol and dab starting with all the Light Misty Moonlight scribbles, then Light Night of Navy, Dark Shaded Spruce and ending by dabbing all the Dark Night of Navy scribbles.  Use your breath or a straw to blow the alcohol so the colors blend.  Blow any excess build up off the edges so you don’t get a solid line at the sides.

Add additional scribbles if you have areas that are ‘blah’ and repeat.

When you are pleased with the result make it a “wow” by dipping your clean brush in the alcohol and then flick the brush on your finger, staying about 6″ over the vellum.  For small bubbles use just a little alcohol and stay a good distance over the vellum, for large bubbles use a little more alcohol in the brush and be closer to the vellum.  Scroll back up to my card front and you will see I have pretty large bubbles and then as the alcohol in the brush ran out the bubbles are smaller.

Let the vellum dry or use the lightest setting on the heat gun to dry the vellum.

Attach the vellum to the double back adhesive sheet, trim to 4″ X 6″ and then cut 3/4″ off the bottom for an inside strip. You should have a 4″ X 5 1/4″ to mount on the Basic White by removing the other side of the double back adhesive.  If you have trouble attaching it squarely to the Basic White just trim the edges after attaching as needed.

The rest of the construction is pretty basic.  I used Tombow liquid glue to attach the seahorse blue top to the Be Dazzling paper.  Before popping up the seahorse with dimensionals I attached the seaweed at the bottom in just a few places with Tombow glue  and then wrapped the seahorse around the left branch I left unattached.  The seahorse, fish and greeting are all popped up with dimensionals.  Don’t forget to dot little black eyes on the seahorse and fish with the Basic Black Journaler.  Since the fish are popped up, the eyes seem to follow you as you move the card – cute!

You’re making that up…..

I guess they’ll just have to make one to see if it’s true.

Remember to add your three rhinestones for more bubbles!

Lastly I added my new type of Easel to the back of the card using the largest of the Hippo Dies.  I cut two and glued them together for a little extra strength since the front was pretty heavy.

I would love to see what you make using this technique.  Post a picture in the comments section!

These dies are beautiful!  Jo Brooks used the large fish die and the ‘Whale Of A Time’ designer series paper to create this card:

Thank you, Jo!

And thank you for spending part of your day with me!  I hope we have been able to bring you a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting life!

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SAL,  Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little

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’!

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