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Hues of Happiness Easel Card

Stampin’ Up!’s Hues of Happiness designer series paper (DSP) is beyond gorgeous.  I made this bouquet easel card with one of the less used pieces of DSP that I thought was extra pretty with its yellow and black centers.

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I started my fussy cutting focusing on those three little flowers on the right that I wanted to hang over the pot.  The fresh freesia flower you see on the left was a separate fussy cut that I added so that a flower wasn’t hanging over too far on the pot where I wanted a couple leaves (fussy cut).  The card itself is a tri-layer fold that I saw Jan B. make at janbcards.com.  She was casing a lovely card from a Japanese demonstrator and translating the directions from Japanese to English.  What a challenge!  Thank you, Jan.  From there I changed up the dsp, the embossing folder and altered the cuts a bit to come up with this Hues of Happiness Easel Card.

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The bottom flap folds out to give you a great place for a message!

Remember- don’t toss those edge pieces of your DSP!  You can add them to the inside like in the picture above!

I started a bouquet card with cutting out the flowers in the Hues of Happiness DSP with the Blossoming Happiness Dies but it just lacked something and then I realized the piece of DSP I thought was much too busy was actually perfect.  However, I did save the cutouts and used them on the back of the bouquet:

 

I think its the yellow in the DSP that made you prefer it over the other.

Maybe so, Sal, it definitely is eye appealing with yellow centers and little yellow flowers and added greenery which always enhances flowers.  What a great job the Stampin’ Up! artists did in designing this paper!

Recipe

  • Top Base 1:  Bermuda Bay Cardstock, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2 and 2 3/4
  • Bottom Base 2:  Bermuda Bay Cardstock, 4 1/4 X 10 3/4, scored at 5 3/8;
    • adhere to base 1 with the fold of base 2 aligned to the inside bottom edge of base 1.  The length of base 2  is 1/4″ smaller to allow for the fold of base 1.  The top of base 1 flips up and the bottom base 2 flips down.   I didn’t get a picture but here is one from JanB’s blog post.  I am using 1/8″ borders so my layers won’t look like hers
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  • Middle Layers for Base 2, (X2), Basic White,  4 X 5 1/8;
    • one is for the inside of base 2, the other is for the outside of base 2 when it is folded in
  • DSP for Card Base 2: Hues of Happiness DSP,  3 3/4 X 4 7/8, this is for the outside of base 2 when it is folded in
  • Folded Layers of Base 1 (X2): Basic White, 4 X 2 1/2
  • DSP Layer for the folded layers (X2):  DSP, 3 3/4 X 2 1/4; make an effort to use the same color of DSP flowers on the right and left as you have on the Base 2 DSP that folds in so it has a continuous look
  • Flower Pot Base:  Basic White, 3 1/4 X 2 3/4
    • pencil mark the top of the base 1/2″ in on the right and left sides
    • pencil mark the bottom of the base 1″ in on the right and left sides
    • cut from the bottom to the top mark on both sides
  • Flower Pot Rim:  Basic White,  3/4 X 4 1/4
    • die cut both the base and rim with the Stitched Greenery Die
  • Circle Stabilizer for flowers:  Window Sheet, die cut with the 2nd largest of the plain layering circles
  • Attach the window sheet circle between the base and rim of the pot making sure the top won’t go over the base of the card when closed.  This also gives you a guide for mounting your flowers.
  • Lay the pot on base 1, 1/8″ above the easel fold and pencil mark the pot on the base, then cut the base cardstock to match the pot.  I tried to use the trimmer and found fussy cutting would have been better
    • Adhere the pot to the base with a foam strip (you can see this in the picture of the back)
    • The bottom of the pot should line up with the basic white layer (I had to trim mine a bit)
  • Bouquet:  Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper cut to about 4″ X 3 1/2″ with added fussy cut greenery and flowers to make it fuller if necessary.  I wanted those three little flowers on the bottom so I started there and used regular scotch tape to glue the extra pieces I wanted to fill it in with edge flowers and greenery
    • Attach to the window sheet with glue dots
    • cut additional flowers for the back with the Blossoming Happiness Dies or use the same sheet of DSP if you aren’t making numerous cards and have enough or don’t have the dies
  • Sentiment Layer: Bermuda Bay Cardstock, 4 X 3/4, attach with a 1/2 X 3 3/4 foam strip 2 3/4″ from bottom
  • Sentiment Top Greeting:  Basic White, 3 3/4 X 1/2, stamp with greeting from Pansy Patch Stamp Set
  • Bow:  Scrap of Bermuda Bay cut with the Pierced Blooms Die (retired)
  • Embellishment:  In Color Rhinestone for center of the bow and a dragonfly punched from retired DSP

What!? You didn’t use the brass butterflies? 

Not this time, Sal.  I must be over-using them for you to say that!

This card and a triple time stamping card were for my July Stamp Camp.  I will have another Stamp Camp September 13th and we will make two Christmas cards, one with a very special fold!  The cost is $10 or a $35 order and RSVPs are due by September 6th.  Snacks and a light lunch will be provided.

A lunch with something zucchini or green beans, right? 

    

Hopefully all the zucchini will be shredded and frozen by then, and the green beans are already frozen.  The cherry tomatoes are the best this year!  So sweet, but I digress….

Is Stamp Camp a new title?  

Well, it is not a ‘card buffet’ where you pick out which card to make from several kits, and it is not a ‘stamp-a-stack’ where you make several cards of each design, and it is not a ‘technique class’ which I have held before, and it is not a ‘club’ or ‘coffee and a card’,  so I guess the closest title would be a ‘stamp camp’, just not an all day event.  Does anyone have a better name I could use?  If you add a comment by August 31, you will be added to a drawing for a pack of Fun Flowers Resin Shapes.

So Christmas Stamp Camp, September 13, 9:30-12:30.  RSVP by September 6th!

Hostess code for September is X4C4NGU4, order $35 with this code and the Stamp Camp is free!

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SAL,  Be Salt And Light out there folks, it’s a crazy world these days

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sending Smiles, Blossoming Happiness and New Horizons

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The Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes in the annual catalog use all five of the new In Colors with cards and matching envelopes.  I challenged myself to make a card that matched the envelope!

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I chose the smaller of the flowers in the Blessings of Home stamp set and the long stem flower and greenery from the Sending Smiles stamp set cut out with the Sending Dies which even have a die for that itty bitty flower.  The envelope has a Starry Sky little flower on the flap so I replicated that look.  The Flowers of Home Dies cut out the flower image and the die set has many other images to add greenery!

Recipe for Sending Smiles Tea Boutique Cards

  • Base: Tea Boutique Card in Orchid Oasis, Measures 8 1/2 X  5 1/2  folded at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1:  Basic White, 3 3/4 X 5
  • Layer 2:  In Color Designer Series Paper in plaid, 3 5/8 X 4 7/8
  • Top for die cut pieces:  Basic White, 6 X 4 1/2
    • stamp smaller flower in Blessings of Home stamp set with Orchid Oasis ink, color with Stampin’ Blends- Lt Fresh Freesia, Lt Granny Apple Green, Lt Call Me Clover and use a Blender pen & Orchid Oasis ink
    •  stamp in Fresh Freesia ink 2 long stem flowers  from Sending Smiles stamp set (outside & inside flower) and use the blender pen and Orchid Oasis ink to add color on the flowers
    • stamp one green leaf for outside in Granny Apple Green and one double green leaf for inside, die cut
    • Cut ‘sending’ background from the Basic White
    • Stamp ‘Love & Big Hugs’ in Orchid Oasis and cut with die in Sending Dies, cut off right edge even with the DSP layer and leave a little on the left edge for a gem when you line up the greeting die
  • ‘Sending’ Top Layer:  Use the In Color Designer Series Paper left over from layer 2, 1 5/8 X 3 5/8, and add backing of  double back adhesive paper 1 1/2 X 3 1/2
  • You should have enough of the In Color Designer Series Paper to make two 1 1/8 X 1 1/8 squares to cut diagonally for inside corners
  • Greeting on inside of second picture: Basic White, 3 X 3 , Flowering Tulips stamp set, stamped in Starry Sky and cut with a retired Hippo & Friends Die
  • Greeting Layer:  Starry Sky, 3 X 3, die cut with retired Hippo & Friends Die, cut in half and glue to back of greeting
  • Little Flowers (X2):  Starry Sky, 1 X 1, die cut with Sending Dies and glue on a scrap of Daffodil Delight
  • Embellishments:  5 In Color jewels, 4″ of Fresh Freesia ribbon tied in a knot

The top pieces are all adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals, inside corners and flowers are glued directly down.

I remember you used the Parakeet Party and the Tranquil Tide Cards and Envelopes for the catalog launch and now you have used the Orchid Oasis.  What are you going to do with the Starry Sky and Sweet Sorbet?

 

The Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes have 20 bases with matching envelopes so I have some left of all the colors. (Click for Catalog Launch details).  I would love to do more of what I have done here in all the colors!


Recipe for Blossoming Happiness Card

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The front of this card is from a kit sent to me when I played Bunco online with Debra Harrison at Simply Sweet In Ink Designs.  I created the inside using matching Hues of Happiness DSP and Blossoming Happiness Dies.

Base:  Thick Basic White, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2

Layer 1: Hues of Happiness DSP, 4 X 5 1/4

Top Layer:  Basic White, 4 X 4, Die cut with large Blossoming Happiness Die; Stamp sentiment from Pansy Patch stamp set in Granny Apple Green in upper right of die cut piece

Flower & 2 sets of Leaves:  Hues of Happiness DSP die cut with Blossoming Happiness Dies.

Inside Layer: Hues of Happiness DSP with center cut out using retired Ornate Layers Die and stamped in Melon Mambo using the Limited Edition stamp set.


Recipe for New Horizons Card

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Base:  Misty Moonlight, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, Scored at 4 1/4

Layer 1 (X2):  Soft Succulent, 5 3/8 X 4 1/8

Top Layer:  New Horizons DSP, 5 1/4 X 4, and 5 1/4 by 2;  I wanted the lake in the middle so I cut 3/4″ off the top of the 6″ DSP, then cut the 6″ width into two pieces – 4″ wide with the remaining 2″ wide for inside

Use the Oceanfront stamp set for grass in Evening Evergreen and Boulders in Basic Gray.  Note: Stamp the boulders first, mask them, and then stamp the grass

On the Horizon stamp set is used for the birds but stamp lightly or they become blobs -practice makes perfect!

Horizon Dies are used for the fence with a scrap of Basic White and the grass with a scrap of soft succulent.

Thank you for your order is the retired You Always Deliver stamp set.

Embellishments are the retired Pebbles Enamel Shapes.

I thought you were only going to highlight products you could order right now. 

I know Sal, but I probably go back to my blog posts more than anyone and products come and go so quickly in our catalogs that I need the visual help to identify what I used.  The best laid plans go astray!!


I hope I have brought you a “pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!”  Each blog post is posted to my Stampalosopher Facebook page so you can view the blog post there.   I also post the cards to Stampin’ Connection, Instagram, Pinterest and sometimes to Demonstrator Planning Place. Someday I will get back to posting cards to my Youtube channel, it is pretty pitiful right now.  It really helps if you follow me and like my posts so they are prioritized among all the other hundreds of posts.

  So….. why?  That seems overkill.

Sometimes I think so, too, Sal, but I am so grateful to all the demonstrators who have inspired me over the last 13 years.  I may see a bit of an idea on one site that I combine with bits of ideas from other sites and eventually my creative juices put it all together for a card or party favor or……..  I want to do the same for other demonstrators and card makers who are looking for ideas or tips.  It’s amazing the little tips you pick up as you watch other demonstrators on youtube.

Thank you for your tolerance of the feast or famine of your inbox this last two months.

Our hostess code for August is 3BACA4QZ to use if your order is under $150 so all the little orders combine for our hostess to receive reward dollars.  If you order $150 or more you will get the rewards yourself and it is currently Sale A Bration time so you will receive a Sale A Bration free product for each $50 or $100 spent.  It is a great time to resupply your cardstock and get new products for fall and Christmas cards!

Have a wonderful day!

SAL,   Sending A Lovely set of cards to inspire you

Karen (click on little Sal in the computer to go to my online store)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Shoebox Event & May Paper Pumpkin

Hello Stamping Friends,  (click on the header if you are on a mobile device to view full blog)

The second Tuesday of every month I have an event or the club has a shoebox swap.  In June I took a turn at hosting the shoebox swap and we had so much fun using the Stampin’ Up! Butterflies & Flowers Layering Decorative Masks.  They retired at the end of June so the product is not highlighted but hopefully you purchased a set while they were on sale for $7!!  Stampin’ Up! calls them ‘masks’ while most of us use the word ‘stencil’.  These were exceptional with layering flowers and a layering butterfly and three additional sten…masks for backgrounds.

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I saved so many ideas from Pinterest but I really liked what Jen Morgan of cardmum.com did with one full layered set of flowers and then a partial flower at the bottom right.  I did a bit more greenery, used different colors of ink and added the Brass Butterflies – my new favorite bling!  They carried over to the new catalog so I did a happy dance!

. Did you hurt yourself?

Be nice, Sal!

Recipe For Layered Flowers

Note:  Don’t attach your green layer to the base until the top art work is done and attached to the green layer so you can wrap the ribbon on the artwork and the green layer.

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 11 X 4 1/4 scored at 5 1/2 (opens like a book)
  • Layer 1 (X2):  Evening Evergreen, 4 3/16 X 5 7/16 (I know, I know, but I wanted just a tiny bit of white base- just think – one tick less than 1/4 and one tick less than 1/2)
  • Top Layer (X2):  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Three Brass Butterflies and 12″ of Evening Evergreen Open Weave Ribbon
  • Greeting:  Shaded Summer Stamp Set stamped with Evening Evergreen Ink
  • Inks:  Evening Evergreen, Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral, Soft Succulent for greenery

Tips For Stamping with the layered masks:

  1. Mark the shiny side of your masks and sponge with the shiny side up
  2. Each step, completely cover any and all white that is showing with sticky notes, outside the mask and on the mask where the flowers/greenery are cut that you are not sponging
  3. Use the thin looking flower mask first sponging with Flirty Flamingo
  4. Use the thick looking flower mask second sponging with Calypso Coral
  5. There is a set of leaves that exactly matches the large flower -sponge this with Soft Succulent
  6. Using the vine mask, sponge two Soft Succulent vines at bottom left
  7. Wrap the corner with ribbon, then add a bow with a glue dot
  8. If you have any ink smudges you can add greenery to cover them up

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Recipe For Layered Butterfly

Note:  Don’t attach your pink layer to the base until the top art work is done and attached to the pink so you can wrap the ribbon on the artwork and the pink layer.

  • Base:  Smoky Slate, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1 (X2):  Polished Pink, 4 3/16 X 5 7/16 (I know, I know, but I wanted just a tiny bit of white base- just think – one tick less than 1/4 and one tick less than 1/2)
  • Top Layer (X2):  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Three Rhinestone Basic Jewels and of Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon 6″ to wrap and 8″ for bow
  • Greeting:  Hello from Forever Fern and ‘Love You Much’ from Pansy Patch and Amazing Silhouettes for the inside
  • Inks: Smoky Slate and Polished Pink 

Tips For Stamping with the layered masks:

  1. Mark the shiny side of your masks and sponge with the shiny side up
  2. Each step, completely cover any and all white that is showing with sticky notes, outside the mask and on the mask where the flower is cut that you are not sponging
  3. Sponge the full background butterfly mask with polished pink
  4. Sponge the butterfly detail mask with smoky slate
  5. Using our new Masking Paper, stamp a butterfly mask and cover your butterfly
  6. Using the background mask, sponge heavy on the corner and very lightly around the butterfly
  7. Stamp the outside greeting in Smoky Slate and the inside greeting in Polished Pink
  8. Use a Smoky Slate Marker to add a bit of artwork to make the butterfly look like he is fluttering
  9. Stamp your silhouettes, wrap the ribbon around the pink and white layers and add a bow and rhinestones

May 2022 Paper Pumpkin – Celebrating In Colors

This short video shows what they were supposed to look like:

The following pictures are my alternatives since I needed thank you notes:

I used the Amazing Thanks Dies and a thank you set from years ago.

Orchid Oasis and Sweet Sorbet:

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Tranquil Tide and Parakeet Party:

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Starry Sky:

 


I like all those little dots!  Where is that stamp from?

That stamp was in the May kit!  Such fun!   The August kit looks phenomenal as well:

Click HERE to subscribe by August 10!  The kit will have 9 standard cards – 3 each of 3 designs.  Better yet, go to the online store and subscribe to three months and get a Sale A Bration product for free!  You can start your subscription in August and then suspend until you see another month that you love.  September is usually something for Halloween treats and then October and November are usually Christmas!


Thank you for giving me a bit of your precious time!  I hope you found some inspiration today.

Hostess code through August is 3BACA4QZ, use this code if your order is under $150 and all the little orders will combine so that the hostess might receive rewards.  You receive the rewards yourself if your order is $150 or over.

SAL for now but be back soon as I catch up all the posts as I Share A Love,

Karen.  Click on little Sal in the computer to go to my online store.

 

 

 

 

Pop Up Bouquet Birthday Card with Artistic Dies

Hostess code:  H6TRE77D

Hello Stamping Friends,

Remember to click the heading if you have opened this post in your phone so that you go to the main blog and all the videos and pictures will work correctly.

I have a very special card to show you today using the Artistic Dies!  Spoiler alert  – if you have an October birthday, you will see your card!

If a picture if worth a thousand words, what is a video worth?

Good question, Sal!  And here are pictures of the card:

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Recipe

  • Base:  Shimmer White, 8 1/2 X 11, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer:  Shimmer White, 4 X 4, Embossed with the 3D Tasteful Textile folder
  • Front Flower:  Shimmer White, 4 1/4 X 4 1/4, Die Cut with large Artistic Die bouquet layered on a double back adhesive sheet to make things easier
    • Rose- color with Lt Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend
    • Daisy- color with Lt Polished Pink Stampin’ Blend
    • Circles- color with Lt Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend
    • Sprigs- color with Lt Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Blend
    • Lg Leaves- color with Dk Granny Apple Green, reversed from the video colors
    • Sm Leaves- color with Lt Old Olive, reversed from the video picture
  • Inside Leaves:  Granny Apple Green, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4; die cut 2 long leaves placed on card stock with a dryer sheet under the card stock and die.  Layer the card stock on a double back adhesive sheet for ease of adhering.  Tip:  after cutting out one of the leaf stems, turn it to the back side, place it on a shim of card stock and run it through the Cut and Emboss machine to give it a nice flat look since we are placing it on the card with the back side facing up.
  • Greeting stamps and ink:  Pansy Patch with Smoky Slate; stamp the outside greeting then emboss; stamp the inside greeting and then apply your flower
  • Ribbon:  5″ to wrap the front, 4″ for the tied knot and (X2) 1 3/4 for inside
  • Embellishments:  Rhinestones and butterflies
  • Pop Up Flower:  Copy Paper (copy paper can be brayered to color) or Envelope Paper,  (7) 2 3/4 X 2 3/4
    • Fold Corner to Corner three times
    • Holding point cut like an ice cream cone then use that cut as template to cut additional six flowers
    • Unfold your flowers and fold each flower in half repeatedly to give crisp folds on all of the flower folds
    • Stamp the middles of each with the largest ‘beard’ of the Pansy Patch stamp set; or sponge, or draw stamen
    • Cut out one of the petals on each flower and then glue the two petals on either side of the cut out together- neighbor on neighbor
    • Fold each flower in half
    • Step 1 – place a bit of tombow glue on the two petals on either side of the middle petal of a folded flower and place another folded flower on the glue on each side
    • Step 2 – place a bit of tombow glue on the middle three petals and place a folded flower on the glue
    • Step 3 – repeat step 1
    • Step 4 – repeat step 2

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I don’t get it….

It is so hard to explain even with pictures, Sal, which is why the video on this one is so important.

  • Keeping the flower folded, place a dot of tombow on the middle petal of the seven petals and lay the flower on the inside right of the card by placing the flower with the open ‘V’ 1/8″ away from the middle fold. Hold to dry. Place another dot of glue on the middle petal that is now the top of the folded flower and then close the card front over the flower and hold to let the glue dry.   When dry, open and gasp at the awesomeness!
  • Add a leaf stem on each side of the bouquet and two lengths of ribbon to the bottom of each side of the inside

.  Could you make a poinsettia bouquet for a Christmas card?

Maybe, Sal.  I do have red envelope paper from Stampin’ Up! a couple years ago.  We’ll see.  It sure was a fun one to make!

Let’s look at a few Stampin’ Up! announcements before we go.

There is a new kit offering:

The clearance rack has been refreshed:

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There are only two days left to get the Paper Pumpkin for October:

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Thank you for giving me some of your precious time today!  If you would like to join my team of Carin’ Crafters I would love to help you to get discounts every time you order or to help you build a business so you can support your passion for crafting.  There is no obligation – just the fun of belonging to a great group of crafters!

With all the amazing demonstrators out there, I appreciate all of you who have chosen to support me!

.  ’cause we want to bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!

lol, yes, Sal, that is the best part.

Enjoy this wonderful fall season!

SAL,   Saw A Leaf (a falling)

Karen

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August Swaps and Mystery Card #15

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code:  WKQ6CJ7R with Cindy as our hostess this month.

I just had the most incredible weekend with the Backstage At Home Stampin’ Up! virtual leader’s event.  The speakers were tremendous and the chance to network with demonstrators all over the world was delightful!  Next year the event will be in person in New Orleans!  Join my team of Carin’ Crafters and/or let me help you promote so you, too, can attend these events!

Would you like to attend a virtual Stampin’ Up! conference for any level of demonstrator November 11-13?   Join my team, if you haven’t, and we’ll meet here and have fun together; for you out of town folks, we will set up a Zoom with you so you feel a part of the PARTY!  Don’t have an upline nearby?  Come and join the fun, we are all a family of stampers no matter what!   So hop on over to your website tomorrow, August 31, and sign up for the November event, then block it out on your calendar so you don’t make appointments on those days.  Click on the “Events” tab in your demonstrator website and find out all about it!

Wow!  You really have a lot of enthusiasm today!

I do, Sal!  And I can’t wait to hear all the other speakers when the videos are posted.  We had to choose just one speaker for each session.  It was hard to choose since the topics all sounded interesting.

Now– let’s go on to today’s agenda of posting the Mystery card and the swaps from August.  We meet on the second Tuesday of the month for club, or for some event I conjure up, and then we meet by Zoom on the fourth Tuesday of the month for a Mystery Card challenge and to share our swaps.  September 14 we are having casual crafting at my house to make a Pinwheel Tower Card at 9:30.  Prepare your own kit and we will work together to make the cards.  The tower card is the new rage on social media and I think every video I have watched uses different measurements.  Choose one of the videos you like and make a kit to bring on the 14th at 9:30.  I will put on the coffee!


Mystery Card Challenge #15 printable file

Step 1:  Adhere the large DSP (Designer Series Paper) section to the front of the card base.

Step 2:  Adhere the 1″ scored section of the card base strip at the middle of the inside of the card base 1/8″ over from right

Step 3:  Turn the strip of DSP over to its other side and adhere to the neutral  4” X 5 ¼” piece on the right side

Step 4:  Adhere the neutral and its DSP on top of the strip glued on in step 2

Step 5:  Add a greeting or an image on the strip that folds over the front and decorate

I used the ‘Gingerbread & Peppermint’ DSP from the Mini Catalog and fussy cut out the ornaments and peppermints.  If I had purchased the bundle or the entire suite I would have had dies to cut out both.  There are five 5! sizes of circles in this die set so imagine the possibilities!  Do you know where that tag comes from?  It is in the new ‘Pretty Pillow Box Dies’.  The greetings are in the ‘Snowman Season Stamp Set’, a carryover in the Annual Catalog.

 

It isn’t even September and you have a Christmas card made!  I am impressed!

It is a record, Sal!  Maybe next year I will do a ‘Christmas in July’ like so many others like to do.

Sharon Fincham used the ‘Turtle Friends’ stamp set on retired Whale of A Time DSP.  She hooked her flap under the ‘Story Label Punch’ to keep the card shut.  Great idea, Sharon.

Heather Guitreau used the ‘In The Wild’ DSP and ‘Big Cats’ dies.  She made a great closing flap and used a greeting from the ‘Wild Cats’ stamp set:

 

She made a second card thinking she needed to follow directions but we all know that the best creativity often happens outside the box!

 

Joy Meadow’s card uses the ‘Pansy Petals’ DSP with the greeting from the ‘Pansy Patch’ stamp set on a ‘Story Label’ punch.

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Ann Hausmann used the ‘Beautifully Penned’ DSP that is free with a $50 purchase during this round of Sale A Bration which goes through September 30.  I love the pop of color on the black and white.

Jo Brooks’ card made me wish I had purchased the Playful Pets DSP from the last catalog.  However, we have pets DSP in our new mini called ‘Sweet Stockings’ and it is now on my wish list!

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Is that as cute as it gets?!    Thank you everyone for a fun time of Mystery Stamping.  I ran out of time and sent you a video instead of walking you through each step but I will get back to normal in September!

You even have the Mystery card picked out I hear! 

Shhhh, Sal, or I will start talking about it and give everything mysterious away!


August 2021 Swaps

Jo Brooks used the ‘Stitched Triangle’ dies and for the bouquet of flowers, the stamps in ‘Welcoming Window’.  It is the great two step stamping that we love with a stamp for the greenery and another stamp for the flowers.  Adding the lace was genius!

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Sharon Fincham used the ‘Turtle Friends’ and ‘Scalloped Contours’ die for this delightful card:

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Joy Meadows used the ‘Pattern Party’ DSP available to hostess’ and the ‘Dragonflies’ punch with lots of added sparkle on the black.  Note how she used a flap on the front of the base instead of the standard base.  Very cool and shows off both sides of the pretty DSP.

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Ann Hausmann found the cutest little lip gloss containers that looked like popsicles at Target and made a fun popsicle card with Very Vanilla and Pool Party.  The popsicle images are in the ‘Sweet Ice Cream’ stamp set, retired from the last mini,  but Ann hand drew all the faces to match the lip gloss container.  You are the cool one, Ann!!

Lori had fun with the ‘Nothing’s Better Than’ stamp set which carried over to the Annual Catalog.  She formatted the front words on her computer, printed them on card stock then added the words and images which she cut with her Brother Scan and Cut.  The coloring is awesome as she matched the coloring on the words to the colored images.  So Creative!

 

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My swap card was a clean and simple card.  I wanted to show the swappers the beautiful ‘In Color Shimmer Vellum’  (the pink layer on the card) and the ‘Expressions In Ink’ DSP with its gold foil on the pink that looks like the alcohol ink on vellum technique we just learned.  I used the ‘Tailored Tags’ dies with a cutout of gold for the reinforcement ring.  The ribbon is the In Color 3/8″ Open Weave ribbon.  To get the ribbon to lay on the tag the way I wanted, I used two pieces.  I used glue dots to loop the bows on the right and left with nice little tails and then used a second piece and more glue dots to tie a middle around the bow.  I secured the knot and the tails of this piece of ribbon on back of the tag.  The good sized thanks is in the ‘Artistically Inked’ stamp set. Can you see the shimmer of the pink vellum?

Recipe for Thank You Card

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer:  Polished Pink Shimmer Vellum, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4
  • Top:  Expressions in Ink DSP, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Tag:  Basic White, 3 1/2 X 1 1/2, die cut with Tailor Made Tag, third from the largest plain tag
    • Gold Foil, Scrap, cut with the square reinforcement ring
  • Inside Border Strip: Polished Pink Shimmer Vellum, 4 1/4 X 1
  • Inside Top Layer:  Expressions In Ink DSP, 4 X 3/4
  • Embellishment:  3 In Color gems
  • Ink:  Polished Pink
  • Stamp Set:  Artistically Inked

Did you enjoy that show?  It is like having a scrapbook of cards that I hope inspires you to make your own special creation.


Remember to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10th if you want this special fall kit:


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And remember to sign up for On Stage and sign up to be a part of my team if you would like to attend On Stage.  (Think Prize Patrol, A goody bag, Make and Takes, The Upcoming catalog and lots of fun!)  Click on the JOIN button here or at the tab on the blog.

Hostess code:  WKQ6CJ7R with Cindy as our hostess this month.  Cindy’s craft room is gradually getting set up there in Tehachapi, California and she made this cool card:

Since we didn’t have club in September, I set Cindy up as hostess to help her get back into stamping.  She has been regularly placing outside orders that were credited to club members hostess codes so it seemed right to give her a chance at free products!

We hope to see you on Zoom some fourth Tuesday of a month, Cindy!

Her Hostess code:  WKQ6CJ7R, click on little Sal to go to the online store!

SAL,   Stay And Linger a bit dear summer

Karen (Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.  After this past weekend of meeting and seeing  many talented demonstrators, I felt honored to have so many of you following me.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pansy Petal Product Class

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code:  ZBP7XPBT

Have you been just thrilled with the new Annual Catalog?   I held a catalog launch the day the catalog went live and later in the month a Pansy Product Class to use the new Pansy Patch Stamp Set and Pansy Dies with the gorgeous Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP).

We made a card that used the dies to cut out pansies from the DSP,  a card using only the stamps, a gift card holder showcasing the Designer Series Paper (DSP) and a card using the dies to do awesome punch art— four cards, four different ways to use the bundle!

   Can we see the gift card holder first?

That is a beautiful one!  I cased one I saw on Lynn’s Locker changing up the greeting and cut outs and……

Pansy Petals Card #1 Gift Card Holder Showcasing the DSP

 

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Recipe:  Pansy Petals Card #1

  • Base:  Blackberry Bliss, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2
  • Layer:  Pansy Petals DSP, 4 X 5 1/2, die cut with the largest Scalloped Contour Die
    • cut out the middle with the 3rd smallest Scalloped Contour Die
  • Greeting:  Basic White 3 1/2 X 3 1/2, stamp with the greeting from the Better Places stamp set and cut out with the Scalloped Contour Die that has the dots and dashes
  • Pansies:  Pansy Petals DSP, die cut one large and one small pansy from the DSP with Pansy Dies
  • Leaves:  Pansy Petals DSP, die cut three leaves, one of each color, from the DSP with Pansy Dies
  • Card Holder:  Soft Succulent, 2 3/4 X 4, die cut with largest Scalloped Contour die
    • Adhere with tear and tape on sides and bottom as close to edge as possible
  • Embellishment:  Flower Flourish with a rhinestone in the middle
  • Ink:  Blackberry Bliss
  • Stamps: Better Places hostess stamp set

Pansy Petals Card #2 with Die Cut pieces on Scalloped Contour Die Layer and then popped up on Designer Series Paper

Recipe – Pansy Petals Card #2

  • Base:  Calypso coral, 11 X 4 1/4, scored at 5 1/2
  • Layer 1:  Evening Evergreen, 4 1/8 X 5 3/8
  • Layer 2:  Pansy Petals DSP, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Top Layer:  Basic White, 4 X 2 3/4, die cut with 3rd from smallest Scalloped Contour Die
  • Inside:  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Strip:  Evening Evergreen, 1/8 X 5 1/4
  • Flowers:
    • Top of leaves and stem:  Evening Evergreen, 2 X 2 1/2
    • Leaves:  Soft Succulent, 2 1/2 X 1 1/4
    • Edges of pansy, beard and inside of bud:  Calypso Coral, 3 1/2 X 2 1/4
    • Inside of petals at back of pansy and outside of bud:  Pale Papaya, 3 1/2 X 1 1/2
    • Largest petal of the pansy:  Basic White, 2 1/8 X 1 5/8

Note:  for those of you who may want to teach this class-  Save the above pieces with the cut outs already made for a template for your students to follow; glue to a basic black cardstock like this:

 

  • Embellishments:  An Elegant Faceted Gem in the middle of the flower and a fussy cut bumble bee and inside flower
  • Ink:  Evening Evergreen
  • Stamp Set:  Pansy Patch
  • Dies:  Pansy Dies, Scalloped Contour Dies

  ooohhh, I like this one best!

Not so fast, Sal, there are two more cards that we made.  The next one uses my favorite die set – the Curvy Dies and greetings from the Quite Curvy Stamp Set.  You can only get this for the next two days then it is gone gone gone.

Pansy Petals Card #3 using the Quite Curvy Stamp Set and Curvy Dies (on sale until June 30):

 

I love how the plain stripes and the very busy flowerdy DSP balance each other out.  I saw this combo on Aromas and Art.com with Su Mohr.  The inside bottom stripes are from the  cutout on the front so die cut the front carefully.

Recipe – Pansy Petals Card #3

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Top Layer:  Pansy Petal DSP, 5 1/2 X 2 1/2, Cut with the Curvy Die on 5 1/2 length; the cut of the curve is 2 1/2″ down from the top on the left and 2″ down from the top on the right.
  • Bottom Layer: Pansy Petal DSP-Stripes going vertical, 5 1/2 X 1 1/2; the cut of the curve is 3/4″ on the left and 1 1/4 ” on the right hand side.
  • Pansy:  Pansy Petal DSP, Die cut one large pansy
  • Leaves X 3 :  Soft Succulent, 1 X 3 1/2, Die cut three leaves- the die does the embossing of the veins!
    • Glue the leaves to the back of the pansy and pop it all up with dimensionals
  • Embellishments:  Three of the Evening Evergreen In Color Jewels
  • Ink:  Evening Evergreen
  • Stamp Set:  Quite Curvy
  • Dies:  Curvy Dies

Use the Stamparatus to position the curved sentiment from Quite Curvy between the two DSP sections on the front matching the curves of the DSP.  If you are concerned that you may not get it stamped correctly, temporarily adhere your top and bottom and then stamp so that you can add a piece of Basic White if you mess up.  With the stamparatus, I was able to draw the placement of the card on the grid sheet and the stamp was adhered to the plate with the correct curve.  No one had a problem getting it correct.


Pansy Petals Card #4, Stamping the Pansies and Leaves

 

Recipe – Pansy Petals Card #4

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, Scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1:  Pacific Point, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4, Cut with the largest Ornate Layer Die (Remember to put a folded piece of dryer sheet underneath your cardstock- it pulls out almost all the little dots so you don’t spend time pocking them out) Layer the dryer sheet, then the cardstock, then the die. Glue this layer directly to the base being careful not to get glue close to the holes.
  • Top Layer:  Basic White, 3 3/8 X 4 7/8, This will be stamped and then popped up on the Ornate layer
  • Embellishments:  Three of the Holiday Rhinestone gems
  • Inks:  Pacific Point, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake
  • Stamp Sets:  Pansy Patch for the front greeting, Encircled In Friendship greeting for the inside
  • Dies:  Ornate Layers Dies

To stamp:

  • Stamp your greeting first at the top so you know how close you can get with the large pansy, full strength in Pacific Point
  • Use Pacific Point to ink up the full pansy images, STAMP OFF, then stamp, one large pansy a little left of center and two small pansies.  “Ink up, stamp off, stamp on”,,,,,,  “Ink up, stamp off, stamp on”. I have to sing that to remember!
  • Position the bud so it is above the small pansy and yet not off the paper, ink up in Pacific Point, STAMP OFF, stamp on
  • Ink up the detail shadowy stamps in full strength Pacific Point and stamp them over the images
  • Using Night of Navy Ink stamp the little beards on the three pansies
  • Using Daffodil Delight Ink stamp the centers on the pansies
  • Use the Waterfront stamp set and Crumb Cake Ink to stamp the ground in the bottom 3/4″, or freehand with a blender pen
  • Now MASK OFF  the pansies and the ground to stamp the greenery
  • Using Garden Green Ink, ink and stamp the stem going to the bud
  • Using Garden Green Ink, ink and then stamp the single stem three times coming down to the ground from the large pansy; one time stamping to the shorter pansy and twice to the taller pansy; use a garden green marker to soften where the edges of the stamp meet when you stamp multiple times
  • Using Garden Green Ink, Ink up the small leaves full background, STAMP OFF, stamp on
  • Using Garden Green full strength, ink up and stamp the detail shadows of the leaves
  • Mine looked funny with the stem to the bud going out of a leaf so I masked the leaves and stamped a little stem between the leaves.

I really like how you made each card fold differently and the different color of pansy on each card, though I am rather shocked that you didn’t use ribbon on any of them.  

Variety is the spice of life, Sal, and I think we held to our motto of ‘bringing a pinch of creativity to spice up their crafting lives’!

Don’t forget the other pansy cards we made in a previous post- click their picture to go to that post for directions.  There’s ribbon on both of these, Sal!  I think I liked this sponged pansy best.

  

And Joy’s swap card with the pansy:

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You now have a seven card collection of pansy cards!  If you feel overwhelmed with the number of dies check out this guide made by Gail Ellis of Blue Rose Paper Treasures.  Isn’t it great to have others to help us?!  Pinterest also has guides to different colors to use for the pansies.

  


July 1 is the start of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) sale and you can buy the Pansy Patch DSP at 15% off.  Here is a cute gif showing the other papers offered in this sale:

That makes me dizzy – may we have a list?

How about a picture and a list?

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Use Hostess Code:  ZBP7XPBT if you do decide to order and you will help me to buy prizes with hostess dollars for upcoming events. Check out the JJ Mini one more time to make sure you don’t miss anything.

I thank you most sincerely!

SAL,  Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little, and always be Salt And Light to those around you!

Karen

 

 

 

Mystery Card #13 & May Swaps

Hello Stamping Friends,

Current Hostess Code:  YQHHJA29

May showers bring June flowers?  Ohh…wait that was supposed to be April showers.  Silly Colorado weather.  It was a very wet overcast Memorial day here in Castle Rock.  I was glad we had gone camping the weekend before.

I hope your three day weekend was restful and you had time to reflect on the men and women who gave their lives that we might be free!

  God bless America!

Jo Brooks’ swap card was the perfect card for Memorial Day!  Jo used the Stampin’ Up! Mountain Air stamp for the trees and the Stampin’ Up! Glamper Greetings for the stars which she embossed with white embossing powder.  She used an Aqua Painter and Real Red for the stripes and Night of Navy for the blue part of the flag. The Dark Basic Black Blender pen was used to darken the trees.  Jo printed the front saying off the internet and cut it out with Stampin’ Up! Every Day Label punch.  She sponged it with Night of Navy ever so lightly.  She created the inside saying herself and printed it from the computer to her color printer.  She cut it out with the largest Lots of Label die.

Thank you, Jo.  We must never forget!

Let’s get caught up with May’s Mystery Card and the other swaps we exchanged.

Mystery Card Challenge #13 printable pdf

Drum roll…….

It’s a Mini Bendi Card!  They lie flat in the envelope and then you pull them out of the envelope, give them an ever so slight pinch and they pop up to stand on their own. Check out this one that I made with the Pansy DSP:

Here are the ones my club members made:

We have had fun with Mystery Card Challenges.  This one was a little more challenging than most.  We zoom the fourth Tuesday of each month to share our swaps and do a Mystery Card Challenge.  Wouldn’t you love to be part of a club?  Contact me!

But your club already started! 

Yes, Sal, but guests are always welcome for a $5 fee and RSVP, and if an interested party had three or four friends we could start a second club.

That’s the Mystery Cards, now let’s look at the other swaps.

Sharon’ s swap uses the Stampin’ Up! Hey Chick stamp set and the Heartland stamp set.  She used the Farmhouse Framelits for a fence and the Gingham Gala sequins to bling it up.  Her base is Basic White with Bumble bee and Mossy Meadow for the layers.

I love the barn in the background, it is so perfect for this scene.

Ann’s swap card uses a base of Basic White with a white layer embossed with the Ornate Floral embossing folder sponged in Highland Heather and two more layers- one of Highland Heather and one in Basic White.   She cut out flowers with the Pierced Blooms Dies adding a center to some from the matching In Bloom stamp set.  What a gorgeous layering of colors:  Old Olive, Highland Heather, Bumblebee, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo and Basic Black.  The greeting is from Many Messages cut with the corresponding Messages die.

Joy’s card uses the Pansy Petals DSP and the Pansy Dies which cut out the flowers so beautifully. The DSP is part of the Pansy Petals DSP.   She used the Double Oval Punch with its perfect layering and a sentiment from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set.  The Genial Gems add beautiful sparkle to her card!

Lori’s card uses a Basic Black base with strips of Fresh Freesia card stock and a layer of Basic White cut with the Scalloped Contour Dies.  The flower is stamped with the Color and Contour stamp set. Don’t you just love those little specks of color?!  It’s a stamp in the set!  And note those In Color jewels with the 2021-23 In Colors.  When they are near the color they take on a rich depth of the same color!  The ribbon is the Fresh Freesia open weave ribbon and it is available in all the In Colors – but Fresh Freesia is my favorite!

Suzi’s card uses the Simply Succulent stamp set and the Potted Succulents Dies!  I love the background embossed with the 3D brick embossing folder.  I looked at one of my past cards with the retired brick embossing folder and it doesn’t even compare to this 3D one with its incredible detail.  The Polka Dot Tulle ribbon adds a lovely touch to her beautifully done card!

My card is another card with the Pansy Petals Suite.  With the four we made at the Product Class, and the three shown here,  you have seen almost all of the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP), and all the techniques for making pansies.  Joy and I cut out the pansies from the DSP, I stamped the pansies on one card at class, I used punch art with the dies to make a pansy at the class, and I sponged this pansy.  Of all the pansies, I think I like the sponged ones best!

Will we get to see the cards from the Product class?

Yes, Sal, just not on this blog post.  It will come next!  For now this was my May swap, sort of casing one I saw by Windy Ellard of Windy’s Wonderful Creations.

It has a front flap that opens to the inside greeting:

And it has an easel on the back so it stands up!  Who wants a card you can’t display?!

Recipe for a sponged Pansy card

  • Base: Soft Sea Foam, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2
  • Layer:  Pansy Patch DSP, 4 1/8 X 5 3/8
  • Flap:  Basic White, 2 1/2 X 7 1/2, scored at 3 3/4; Note: for the flap to work it needs to be adhered as close to the top of the green striped DSP as possible w/o showing and popped up with a double set of dimensionals.
  • Base for the Top of Flap:  Pansy Patch DSP, 3 1/8 X 4 1/4, die cut with Stitched So Sweetly Die (largest scallop rectangle)
  • Top Layer of Flap:  Soft Sea Foam, 2 1/2 X 3 3/4, embossed with Seashells 3D embossing folder, we hide all but the vines with our pansy and petals
  • Pansy parts, leaves, stem, buds:  Basic White, 8 1/2 X 2 1/2, three leaves, one large pansy petal and two small pansy petals, one center, one stem, two bud parts, – 10 total cutouts
  • Easel Back:  Thick Basic White, 2 3/4 X 4, score at 2 3/8 and 1 5/8 and then die cut with Hippo and Friends largest oval, centering the middle of the score lines on the die
  • Ribbon:  Pale Papaya 3/8″ Open Weave, 8″- 5″ to wrap around the large DSP layer and 3″ to make a knot
  • Middle of Pansy:  Large Yellow in Playing with Patterns Resin Dots
  • Greeting:  Basic White, Many Messages stamped in Evening Evergreen and cut with Messages Die, sponged on edge
  • Strip for the inside of the flap:  DSP serendipity find.  I cut the small striped DSP layer and then cut another right below it on the same piece and saw this cool little strip between the two die cuts so I used it on the inside.
  • Inside Flower and bee on front:  Fussy cut from the DSP

Inks for Sponging:  Highland Heather Ink, Soft Succulent Ink, Daffodil Delight Ink; Using a sponge dauber, ink, ink off and then sponge around the edge of the large white pansy petal going just inside the edge, then sponge just the edge to get a darker purple.  The small petals took four or more times of sponging to get them really dark.  Be sure and sponge off for the yellow center so it isn’t too dark.  You can always add more to darken.  Can you believe that stem is sponged?  It looks just like the Soft Succulent paper after sponging.  Oh how I love that Stampin’ Up! has matching inks and paper!  After the Pansy Product Class and the catalog launch, I didn’t have a scrap of Soft Succulent to use for a die cut but voila! sponging created the exact color.

Thank you dear Stamping Friends for your contributions to todays blog post!

If you are looking for a demonstrator, I would be honored to “Bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!”

Click on little Sal in the computer to go to my online store where you can order retiring products from the JJ Mini – some at a nice discount, you can view the Clearance Rack or just browse around to see what we offer.

Thank you for spending some time with me!

SAL,  Sharing A Love

Karen

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