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Mystery Card Challenge #12

Hello Stamping Friends,

I have a treat for you today with lots of cards. I haven’t posted for a long time as I prepared a catalog launch (next post) and then a pansy product class ( next after post)!

I have so much to share with a new catalog and new In Colors and new events and yet I need to catch up on April’s fun before I head into May and a new year.

We had a fun Mystery Card Challenge for April that required a little extra cutting but it used up our scraps.  It is called a scrappy strip card!   Mine uses the Dandy Garden DSP that is in the JJ Mini.

Mystery Card Challenge #12 printable pdf

You start with positioning your longest strip and then start putting in the smaller strips leaving about 1/16″ of the neutral in- between each strip.  You will turn the card over to the back and cut off the excess of the strips and your neutral base gives you a nice straight line – from the back.

That would have made a cool picture to see all the scraps sticking out everywhere!

True, Sal, it was pretty strange and you can’t imagine that it will look like anything nice but like magic you cut off all the strips and turn it over and gasp at how it turned out!

Sharon and Jo participated in the Mystery Card Challenge and sent pictures of their creations:

Sharon just used the front and back of the Ornate Garden DSP and with all the different flowers it looked like she used many more sheets of DSP.

Jo’s card is a fun combo of striped and geometric DSP.  It looks like she cut one of the medallions in blue to layer on the brown but she said the paper actually had the design.

April Swap Cards

April’s swap cards were phenomenal as always!  Jo, Lucille and Sharon sent theirs early since they were Easter cards and I showed them in the last post if you want more detail but let’s look again at their cards:

Suzi used the Simply Succulents stamp set with the Potted Succulents Dies.  She used the soft greens of Coastal Cabana, Sea Foam, Pool Party and Mint Macaron.  She colored the succulents with combos of Magenta Madness, Mango Melody and Just Jade.  The 3D Brick and Mortar embossing on white with Tasteful Textile on Grey Granite make the card stunning!

Joy used the Sale A Bration Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Berry Blessings Stamp Set from Sale A Bration.  The Story Label punch and the Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon with Pacific Point cardstock are a beautiful combination!

Lori’s card uses Grey Granite, Whisper White and accent borders of Basic Black!  She used the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder, the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set and the Dragonflies Punch.  Her sentiment is from Brushed Blooms and she used the Banners Pick A Punch to create the flagged ends.  The  Whisper White rectangles were cut with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits.  She embossed the dragonfly with white embossing powder and then added rhinestones for the finishing touch.

My card uses a different take on the Spotlight Technique to create a fun scene.  I stamped the two children images from Silhouette Scenes and the trees with the beckoning trail from the hostess Summer Days.  I attended Stampin’ Up! ‘s On Tour event and they sent us one of the new stamp sets from the upcoming catalog, Etched In Nature, and I used the bird from that stamp set.  I masked the bird and then stamped around him with a stamp from the Forever Fern stamp set.

There are so many benefits to being a demonstrator!  Let’s talk about it!

Recipe for Etched In Nature

  • Base: Blackberry Bliss, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1:  Flirty Flamingo, 5 3/8 X 4 1/8
  • Top Layer and Inside: (2) Basic White, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Bird:  Shimmer White, 3 X 3 1/2, punched with 2 1/2″ punch
  • Ink:  Tuxedo Black ( use the Stamparatus for good coverage on the silhouettes). Stamp the trees off a bit on the left so the path is visible.
    • Old Olive to stamp leaves from Forever Fern
  • Stampin’ Blends:
    • Dk Flirty Flamingo and Dk Rich Razzleberry for bird
    • Lt Soft Suede layered with Lt Mango Melody for beak and legs
    • Dk Soft Suede for the branch
    • Lt Seaside Spray to color in the sky around the bird and foliage
  • Matt Black Embellishments

That was a bit of ‘eye candy’ and really fun!  You do realize it is time for the next set of swaps and mystery card don’t you? 

Yes, Sal, I am way behind and have two posts in between the end of the month post.  We are headed camping this weekend so I had better get busy!  I remember thinking how strange this one blog that I follow is because she frequently posts three or four times in one day.  Now I need to do the same thing.

That is a risk.  Your followers may not look at any of them since there are multiples.  

It is a risk I will need to take, Sal, or I won’t have a record of what we have done.  So please bear with me dear followers!

If you don’t have a demonstrator I would be honored to have you choose me to help you “bring a pinch of creativity to your crafting world!”

SAL,   Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little, Share A Love and always be Salt And Light in the world

Karen  Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store. The hostess code for May is NS2RB2WK if your order is under $150.  At $150 you earn the hostess rewards yourself but any amount other than that must be combined or rewards are left on the table for no one.

 

 

 

 

Father’s Day with Enjoy Life

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

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Hostess Code for June:  2KNDJXFN  Use this code if your order is under $150 and our monthly hostess will get the hostess rewards so no free dollars are left unused.  If your order is over $150 you will have earned the hostess rewards.   You will get a little thank you gift from me for any order outside of club!  Club members receive the special reward of receiving card kits.

To all the wonderful men in our life that we need to celebrate and those we will always remember this Father’s Day:  Happy Father’s Day!

I used the Enjoy Life stamp set (retired) and the Silhouette Scenes (pg 136) to make three Father’s Day Cards:

The greeting:  “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive: to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

I did three different inside greetings as well using the “A Good Man” stamp set on page 32.

For my son-in-law, Tyler, with two little boys, Jaxson & Emmitt:

  

For my son-in-law, Jonathan, with a little girl – Emma:

 

For Paul:

       

Here they are at the Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo in Colorado Springs:

   

Such a great dad and such a great grandpa!

   That looks like so much fun!  But I am wondering how you did that cool bokeh look for the background of the card front. 

Well, Sal, it isn’t hard.  Let me take a picture of the tools I use:

   

It is a piece of window sheet with several different sizes of circles punched in the sheet.  (I placed the window sheet on black for the picture so you could see the different circles.)  The largest circle is 1 1/2″, then  1″,  3/4″,  and  5/8″ punched circles.

First, I used the Sponge Brayer (#141714 on pg. 147) and Mint Macaron ink and lightly sponged the entire front whisper white piece.

Then I placed the window sheet on that front sponged piece, held it in place with washi tape, and sponged several times over all the circles.  I moved the window sheet to a new place on the front piece, secured it with tape, and sponged the circles again.

  May we see that up close, please?

Sure, let me zoom it a bit:

The circles overlap giving the out of focus bokeh look!

I cased this layout from one at StampinSavvy.com.  She used a watercolor wash for the background and added long hair to the image of the silhouette. I wanted a masculine silhouette instead so I used our Take Your Pick tool’s pointy end and removed ink from the neckline before stamping so it didn’t have any hair on the neck.  I also increased the arm and leg sizes with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

We still sell the Basic Black marker individually -pg 147, #100082.   I used the black marker to color the edge of the front piece by using the side of the marker- not the tip -to color all around the edge.  The Just Jade base was stamped at the bottom with Versa Mark and the grass stamp in Enjoy Life.

For the inside greeting, I used the black marker once again to color the “to be a” of the Enjoy LIfe greeting stamp – see above in red.  This brought the same font from the front to the inside. Remember – only use the Stampin’ Write Markers to color the back of your stamps, if you use the alcohol Stampin’ Blends they will stain your stamp.

I used the retired Guy Greetings set for the dad, grandpa and Happy Father’s Day words and the Make A Difference stamp set for a nice exclamation point.

And “voila” we are done!

  Not to be a pest, but could we have the recipe?

Of course, it is a great layout that would work with dozens of stamps.

Recipe

  • Base:  Just Jade  8 1/2 X 5 1/2  scored at 4 1/4
  • First Layer:  DSP (designer series paper) Forever Greenery 5 1/2 X 1 3/4
  • Top Layer: Whisper White 3 X 4 1/4 sponged with Mint Macaron- bokeh technique
  • Inside Layer: Whisper White 4 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Strip: DSP Forever Greenery 1/2 X 5 1/4
  • Stamp Sets:  A Good Man, Enjoy Life, Guy Greetings, Summer Days for the tiny butterflies, Make A Difference for the explanation mark
  • Ink: Mint Macaron, Tuxedo Memento Black, Versa Mark
  • Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker
  • 61/2 Black Twine to wrap DSP and 2 1/2 to tie knot
  • Three black jewels for corner

Thank you for stopping by and visiting!  I hope you have learned something and will come back.  Next week I will post a card with the Summer Days stamp set.  If you add your email address at the top right of the page, you will receive an email each time I post.  Leaving a comment lets me know there is someone out there and I am not just talking to Sal and myself!  I love hearing from you.

Hostess Code for June:  2KNDJXFN  Use this code if your order is under $150 and our monthly hostess will get the hostess rewards so no free dollars are left unused.  If your order is over $150 you will have earned the hostess rewards.   You will get a little thank you gift from me for any order outside of club! Club members have the special reward of receiving card kits so contact me if you are interested in being a part of a club:    303-815-0838 or stampalosopher@gmail.com.

If you are part of club and my faithful followers – THANK YOU for your support.  If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would love to earn your business!

SAL, Sharing A Love of the wonderful Dads in my life

Karen

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Silhouette Scenes & Heart Foil Tin Brownies

Hello Stamping Friends,

February hostess code:  FPRJEPZJ

How was your Valentines Day?

Mine was phenomenal!  My grandsons gave me chocolates and a card and flowers via their folks and Paul brought home chocolates and had my favorite flowers delivered – carnations!  I was very spoiled and loved every minute!

I made Paul a card similar to the one on page 132 of the annual catalog.

I changed it up a bit by using the rectangle stitched framelits and a Blueberry Bushel layer on a Balmy Blue card base.  I attached a double sided adhesive sheet on the back of White Velvet Sheets (retired), cut out the ‘forever’  using the Sweet Silhouettes Dies and adhered it to a piece of Bluberry Bushel.  I cut around the word to make a nice background.  Lately, I have been seeing a lot of words embossed in white embossing powder on black paper and then cut out around the words.  I liked that look so I imitated it here.

Measurements:

Base:  Balmy Blue  5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4

Layer 1:  Blueberry Bushel  4 1/8  X 5 3/8  (make 2-one for the inside)

Layer 2:  See A Silhouette Designer Series Paper  4 X 5 1/4

Together Greeting:  Balmy Blue  2 X 1 1/2 cut with Rectangle Stitched Framelit to 1 11/16 X 1 3/16

Silhouette :  Whisper White 3 3/4 X 2 1/4 cut with Rectangle Stitched Framelit to 3 9/16 X 2 3/16

Forever:  White Velvet DSP 3 1/2  X 1 1/2

Background of Forever:  Blueberry Bushel 3 1/2 X 1 1/2

For the inside I printed a poem I wrote on Whisper White cardstock and cut it to 7 3/4 X 5 1/4 scored at 3 15/16 (one hair less than 4 inches) and glued just the right side to a Blueberry Bushel layer.

Love Poem to Paul 2

And for my family and special neighbors I made brownies in the Heart Foil Tins ( page 9 of the mini catalog).

One brownie mix made all 10!  I washed the tins really well and sprayed them with PAM no stick spray then cooked them at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. (18 minutes would have been better)

The tins have high-dome lids so you can decorate them as you wish.  I used the German Chocolate Coconut Pecan Icing.

For the lid I used several of those fun supplies from the suite on page 9 of the mini.  I layered:

  •  A Heart Doily (stamped on the back-see below)
  • A punched out scallop from the From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper using the Heart Punch Pack
  • A punched straight edge heart from the same DSP using the Heart Punch Pack
  • A retired pink heart jewel

A little red bow at the front completed the project.  I put two glue dots on the inside of the lid to hold it on better.

   

On the back of the doilies I stamped Happy Valentines Day from the retired ‘Valentine Love’ stamp set and used three glue dots to adhere the whole set of hearts to the lid.  The lid is clear so the greeting shows through when they open up their goody.

   

If you don’t have food in the tin you can punch another heart for inside the lid.   Also, the heart doilies fit perfectly in the bottom of the tin for further bling.  The heart tins wash up to use again.

   What’s the point of posting valentines after the day has come and gone?

Ahh Sal, love is in the air everywhere and with anniversaries and birthdays we can change up the greetings and delight someone’s heart any time of year!

If you haven’t met your neighbors, try making a batch of brownies in heart tins with great big hello greetings and take them around as you introduce yourself.

SAL,  Send A Love gift

Karen

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