One Week Sale and Stamparatus accessories now available!

Stock up on all those supplies you’ll be needing for your Christmas card making tasks.

Hostess code = 2QDBZTDW

Stamparatus accessories are now available for your purchase:

The Stamparatus is item #146276 and the cost is $49.  Just think, our trash cans won’t have as many rejects!

SAL,  Stamp A Lot with the Stamparatus

Karen                              Click to shop!

Standard Layers, Stamparatus Accessories

Hello Stamping Friends,

Happy Fall!  My thoughts and prayers go out for all of you and your loved ones affected by hurricane Florence.

I need to repost the Standard Layers document that I use almost daily to keep from making errors in calculations of card layers.  I found it embedded in other posts and hard to find, so click on the blue to get a printable document.  In the future you can just type Standard Layers in the search bar and it will direct you to here.

Standard Layers

We have Stamparatus Accessories available today:

The clearance rack has many new items including the much sought after fast fuse adhesive and refills and many of the retired colors supplies.  Click to go to the online store:

SAL,  (Stock A Lot)  Use hostess code:  2QDBZTDW  if your order is under $150.  If you do stock up and your order reaches $250 you will receive a free package of Christmas designer paper not available in either catalog!

Karen

 

 

Holiday Catalog Goes Live!!

Hello Stamping Friends,

Finally, the Holiday Catalog has gone live!!  We wait all year for this special time.

Click on the catalog image above to view the pdf version of the catalog.  Send a request for a hard copy of the catalog to:

stampalosopher@gmail.com

The Designer Series Paper (DSP as we call it) is phenomenal and there is a ‘Take Your Pick’ tool (page 30) with metal ends to replace our worn out plastic tipped Quicker Clicker Poker Picker Upper – tee hee, I love saying that!

I will be posting more videos from the home office so stay tuned!  Text or email me now to book your holiday card making event with a group of your friends and earn free products.  Text me at 303-815-0838 or email stampalosopher@gmail.com.

Do you like FREE?  Book a September party- at your home, my home or online, and you could earn a free set of 12X12 designer paper:

Those deer are pretty cool aren’t they.  Check out the “Dashing Deer” suite:

And just to help you out a little more, here is a shopping list:

So get ready to amaze your friends and family with beautiful cards that you have made yourself!

You can make it!  I can show you how!!

SAL,   Share A Love of stamping

Karen- Click on the computer to order.  Use hostess code YFRHTHYV if your order is under $150.

PS  Paper Pumkin is going to be spooky special this month.  Don’t miss it!  Order online with an item number or go directly to www.paperpumpkin.com but hurry – September 10 is the deadline for this kit!   Save a little by ordering a three month subscription online #137859 and you will receive September’s spooky kit, October’s kit- sometimes Thanksgiving oriented, and November’s kit which has almost always been Christmas cards.  Always a fun surprise whether cards or treat packaging!!

‘Color Your Season’ Limited Time Special Edition Set

Hello Stamping Friends,

This month is flying by so I must hurry and notify you of an amazing limited time special edition stamp set with framelits!

Introducing ‘Blended Seasons’ with ‘Stitched Seasons’ framelits that have lovely stitching on both the inside and outside of the cut!  Amazingly beautiful!  Let’s check out some cards made for spring and summer (notice the stitching on the outside of the cut!):

And here are two cards made for fall and Christmas (I love the font on these greetings.  Here the stitching is

on the inside of the cut):

These products are available only through August 31!

Still hesitating?  Add bonus days to the deal!

Pinterest was full of amazing creations by some of Stampin’ Up!’s best demonstrators.  Shirley Gentry fussy cut the flowers and uses both the framelit cut out with inside stitching and the outside stitching showing on the background.  Those little vines are in the framelits as well.   Fabulous!

Isn’t this an amazing way to use all the layers with all the stitching showing?!  This card is by Satomi at https://letsmakeacardsatomiwellard.blogspot.com.su.  Note the new Gorgeous Grape 1/4″ mini striped ribbon, #146940, and the 5/8″ Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon in Whisper White,  #146912.

Mary Brown’s card is done in awesome colors of pink and green and using the “Tufted” embossing folder, #146335, for a great background.

The leaves in this set are awesome as they look like they are floating to the ground.  Satomi made this card as well. Notice the grain stamped on the wood.

 

I love Christmas bells and this one is perfect especially since it has a framelit to cut it out!  Megan Daves’ card is lovely!

Tracy Elsom shows us how to make a quick and easy Christmas tag for gifts and goodies!

That is my fashion show of cards!  It is a good thing I don’t have to be a judge and pick just one.  They are all beautiful!

I will set up a special event to make three cards- (one with flowers, one with leaves, one for Christmas) free to anyone who purchases the bundle from me.  If you are out of state, I will mail you the kits with instructions.

The hostess code through tomorrow is GJ3Y7SRQ.   On Saturday I will set up a new hostess code for the September 11 club meeting.  Club is here at my house in Castle Rock and guests are welcome for $5; or let me demonstrate the fun of stamping to you and your friends at your home.  Just call me and we can arrange a date!  303-815-0838

SAL,  (Seasons Are Lovely)  Here are the sets again.  Click on the little SAL in the computer to go to my store.

Karen

The bundle does not include the Watercolor Pencils, so be sure and put those in separately.

Specials And Cards!!

Hello Stamping Friends,

We have a few days left of July and the chance to buy 3 sets of Designer Series Paper and get one pack free.

Paper Pumpkin is offering 50% off for new subscribers who subscribe by August 10:

Would you love getting 10 new stamp pads in the stackable design for free?   Join my team for $99 and get $125 of products with free shipping plus a ten pack of new stamp pads in the color family of your choice!  July is the absolute best month to join as a hobby demonstrator.  As is always the case, your first quarter purchases count toward qualifying for your second quarter requirement of $300.  Join now and you can order at 20% savings for six months from the new annual catalog, the Holiday catalog, which will be out in September, and then in December you can order from the Occasions catalog in the preorder available only to demonstrators.   If you don’t make your $300 by December 31, you will be in ‘pending’ for the month of January (Sale A Bration time) and you will still be able to order with a 20% demonstrator discount!!  If you happen to make your qualifying $300 – which only cost you $240 – by January 31, you now have another quarter to order at 20% off.  Whew…..that was a lot to articulate.  Contact me if you are interested.

So what have I been making?  I have two cards that just beg to have a video to showcase them but I found out I needed a lapel mike, a C boom arm and a couple more lights.  I will keep working at it.  I wish I had a picture of our first attempt at the video.  It was hilarious. We put a chair on the table and the tripod through the chair so the camera was directly over my work but alas everything was upside down and nothing in the camera manual showed how we could invert the video.  Sigh…… Stay tuned, it will happen yet!

Lilypad Lake, High Tide and Waterfront Birthday Card

The ‘Lilypad Lake’ framelits cut out the waves and the sailboats; ‘High Tide’ gives us the birds and the sun. The inside is the ‘Waterfront’ stamp set with its watercolor look.  I made another card using the retired ‘Holiday Home’ with the watercolor mountains in the background.   The inside uses a greeting from ‘Beautiful You’ and a watercolor Colorado pine tree look with the ‘Waterfront’ stamp set!  The ‘High Tide’ set provides the birds again!

 

Don’t forget to check out the clearance rack.  There are some great Christmas products at reduced prices. My favorite is the set we used last year to make these two cards.

SAL,  (Share A Love)

Karen

 

 

Bouquet Blooms Bundle

Today we are headed out on a camping trip but I wanted to wish you all a wonderful day and post a youtube product introduction from the home office.  Did you notice the Bouquet Blooms Bundle on page 167 of the new Annual Catalog? It is a unique gate fold card with the framelit dies doing much of the work for you.  Click on the image to check out this product:

Isn’t that so cool!!

Did you ever wonder how the designer series paper is created?  Here is a short video showing the process for our new Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper:

Amazing!!

Click on little Sal in the computer to order.  The current hostess code is C2HE3X22.  Use this code if your order is under $150.  $150 or above and you earn the hostess dollars yourself.  If you would like a set of 12 color charts contact me by text at 303-8915-0838 or email stampalosopher@gmail.com.  I have added color comparison charts this year to help us all.  The cost is $8 if you pick them up here at the house in Castle Rock or $10 if you need me to mail them to you.

           

SAL,  (Salute A Life – of freedom!)

Karen

 

Graceful Glass Vellum Bookmarks & Delightfully Detailed Suite

Hello Stamping Friends,

A new catalog year has started and Stampin’ Up! is celebrating their 30th birthday!  It is great to be part of a company that keeps on keeping on (and keeping up with modern trends)!

Thank you for supporting the catalog launch on Friday and Saturday and the craft sale.  All the left over products that didn’t sell are now in a new tab on this blog that I titled “Bake Sale”.

The new hostess code is C2HE3X22.  Our bimonthly club is July 10th and guests are welcome for $5 or a $25 order placed between now and July 10th.

For the make and take at the catalog launch I displayed several new products and the favorite was the Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut paper shown on pages 38-39.  It is part of the Delightfully Detailed suite. Our wonderful home office has compiled a set of videos introducing the new catalog products and this is the video that showcases the paper we all loved.

Click here to see all the new products-the paper is toward the end:

Of course, at every catalog launch we must make a ‘traditional’ bookmark for our catalogs and a color chart with the new In Colors so we can actually see them, punch them – love them!  The bookmarks used the In Colors and the Graceful Glass Designer Vellum #146344, page 165.

The ribbon is 5/8″ Polka Dot Tulle in Whisper White, #146912, and various baker’s twine including the new Nature’s Twine #146342 which has the Grapefruit Grove color-see pages 200-201.

  • Bookmark Base = 2″ X 7″  punched at the top with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch #133324
  • Whisper White for behind the vellum = 1 1/2″  X  6″
  • Vellum = 1 1/2″ X 6″ (except the yellow roses which are 1 1/4″ X 5 1/2″)
  • Black for the yellow roses = 1 1/2″ X 5 3/4″

The color charts use a 3/4″ length of cardstock punched with the retired banner punch.

To make vellum bright white, rub the backside of the vellum with a stylus #126189 on the Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199:

The front side:

It also gives a 3D look and feel.

The color charts all had to be redone for the color revamp.  This year I added a few extra color charts to compare color families.

Brights; Neutrals; Basics;

Regals and Subtles;

In Colors;

Blues and Grays; Reds and Pinks;

Purples and Browns; Oranges and Yellows; Greens;

We have 13 greens so the last two had to be split.

There are twelve Color Charts.  Email me if you would like the Excel spreadsheet or if you would like to order a set of cards.  I will make them up for you for $8 – pick up at my house; or $10 -mailed within the USA.  email:  stampalosopher@gmail.com

Contact me if you would like a catalog, I would love to earn your business and be your demonstrator.

SAL,

Karen

Annual Catalog for June 2018-May 2019

Hello Stamping Friends,

The new catalog is active!  We are celebrating 30 years of loving what we do and sharing what we love as we help you enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments…making a difference in your life and in lives worldwide!  (Karen’s paraphrase of our Statement of the Heart!)

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Annual Catalog June 1, 2018 to June 3, 2019

Here in Castle Rock, CO I will be hosting a catalog launch on Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, from 8 am to 3 pm.  Join me as we look at new products, make a color chart with the new In Colors and make a bookmark for your catalog using the new Graceful Glass Designer Vellum.

In conjunction with the catalog launch, there will be a craft garage sale!  A couple other stampers and myself are parting with some of our past products to make room for new.  I love ribbon but my ribbon storage is overflowing so I am going to divide up the ribbons and package them for sale.  I keep adding stamp sets to my ‘for sale’ items and then looking at them and putting them back on the shelf and then scolding myself and putting them back out for sale.  Sigh……… it is like breaking up with a friend!  lol

The hostess code through June 9th is UB6X963B.  20% of any sale made at home now or through closing of the sale on Saturday will entitle you to a voucher for use at my craft table.  There will be past Paper Pumpkins for sale, DSP, and Big Shot items.

I had better get to work sorting and packaging!  Have a wonderful day!

SAL  (Shop A Lot, Smile A Little, and Share A Love)

Karen

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Tranquil Tulips and other Retiring Products

Hello Stamping Friends,

Spring has been gorgeous in Castle Rock this year!  Usually our lilac buds get frozen with a spring cold front and we miss out on the beautiful blossoms.  Not this year!  They are fabulous and I didn’t even have to run out and cover the bushes with a sheet.  We have several little yellow finch friends to entertain us as well.  One flower I have never had much luck with is the tulip.  The green stem will pop out of the ground but seldom produce a flower.  So let’s make a paper tulip card!

These tulips have amazing art work built in to the stamps- white stripes on the blossoms, leaves with shades of green and a stamp for the middle. This set will be retired in 6 days.  The little ladybug and the butterfly come from the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set inside the back cover of the annual catalog.  It is our last Ronald McDonald House Charity catalog set and your purchase contributes to that cause.  We will be doing additional specials in the future for various charities so keep your eye out for those and purchase this last catalog RMHC stamp set now to help families in crisis stay close to each other.

I suppose with three grandsons I will get used to bugs in a jar but I would rather fill a jar with strawberries or flowers!  I cased the layout of the tulips from someone on pinterest but made the bottom a flower box and added the ladybug and butterfly.  I stamped the three butterflies on vellum and then rubbed the back of the circles on the butterfly’s wings with my stylus on the foam pad to make them bright white, then colored the back with my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends marker.  I was making six of these cards so I folded the wings of the two larger butterflies for a 3D effect like this:

I used many retiring items that you can still purchase for the next five days. The base of the card is Elegant Eggplant with a Rose Red layer. The tulips are Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red, and Perfect Plum with Wild Wasabi for leaves – all are retiring colors.  Use hostess code UB6X963B if your order is under $150 and I will draw from all those purchasing and order the hostess set ‘Tranquil Tulips’ to give to the winner if we reach $150.  If you don’t want to take that risk and miss out on this set, order $150 now and I will give you a $25 gift certificate to spend at my table in the upcoming craft garage sale- June 8-9- at my home in Castle Rock.  The stamp set is on page 223 but the art work wasn’t quite right so here is the corrected image of the stamp set:

If you place a $150 order you will have $5 additional free products after purchasing Tranquil Tulips so let me suggest the retiring 1/4″ Stitched-edge Ribbon or the Enamel Shapes.  There are many new embellishments this year but none have the hearts of the Enamel Shapes offered this year in Brights, Regals and Subtles.  Hmmmm…you can’t see them very well here so I will take a close up of the greetings.

The label I used to create the stand for the  Easel card is from the Label Me Pretty stamp set. The stamps and punch will be offered in the new catalog but they will not be bundled for a 10% discount.

The “Thank You” comes from another retiring set “Swan Lake” on page 142.

Check out that cute little dragonfly!  This set has so much potential and makes me feel peaceful just looking at the images.  Another of the  ‘Label Me Pretty’ images:

The “Love You” is from the ‘Banners for You’ stamp set on page 32 and it is NOT retiring, whew……  I put a sticky note over the ‘I’ in the greeting, inked, removed the sticky and stamped.  I liked the little dots on the stamp set but used a marker to make them bigger and added a few extra dots of my own.  For both these greetings I punched a 1 3/4″ circle from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper to match the flower box.  Good news – for the first time that I can remember a  Designer Series Paper is not retiring.  You can get this paper in the new catalog but the price has gone up $1.  (Just trying to save you money!)  I popped up both the greeting and the circle to have a nice tall easel holder.  I tried out the third stamp with all the flowers around the Happy Birthday.  I first stamped and colored the image but it lost too much detail so I colored the back of my stamp with regular markers, huffed on the colored stamp, and then came up with an image with more detail that I popped up on an oval cut out in the wood:

Did you notice the Versa Mark images on the sides of the popped up greetings? I used the hearts from the Ronald McDonald set to stamp around the birthday greeting since it is going to my daughter.  For the others I used tulip images from the ‘Lovely Wishes’ stamp set in the Occasions Catalog.  Sadly, this set does not carry over.

I recently attended a Mile High Stamp Camp with amazing Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  I wish I remembered the name of the lady who designed this card using the ‘Lovely Wishes’ set:

I needed a sympathy card so I took her design and used the ‘Petitie Pairs’ stamp set from the past for a tiny greeting to fit between the flowers.  I have the old Ovals set so I sponged the edge to get the same look as the ‘Layering Oval’ set used above.

The layering ovals, squares and circles carry over in to the new catalog.  I didn’t think I wanted the ‘Ruffled Embossing Folder’ used here until I actually used it in the stamp camp.  It is unique and not just for shingles on a house like I imagined and it carrys over.   Five embossing folders are retiring but the one that I will miss the most is the ‘Brick Wall’ embossing folder.  Remember this card from the past?

Sigh…….  But wait until June when I can show you a most amazing new embossing folder called “Tufted”.  For those of you who have received your catalog, check out page 223.   Need a catalog?  Come to my catalog launch on June 8-9 from 8-3 held in conjunction with the craft sale.  If you can’t make that, order $50 from me and I will send you a catalog.  Single catalogs will be available to order starting June 1 as well.

Let’s not think fall, let’s think spring and graduation!  I needed a graduation card so I used the retiring ‘Marquee Messages’ set and a graduation cap stamp from a previous Paper Pumpkin.  There are fun confetti products in the “other” store that you could use for the graduation caps:

This set lends itself to so many different occasions:

And if you need a unique gift box for that special graduate’s gift card, I suggest the Window Box Thinlits dies #142762 topped with a square piece of cardstock, 4″X4″ and a tassle made from our solid black baker’s twine and a 1/2″ punched black circle glued on a large brad.   We have a ‘Mini Tassels Assortment’ you can purchase and then dip in a bowl of reinker to make just the right color.  Yes, it is retiring as well.

You would need the longer ones for the box above but these would be cute on a card front with a punched cap.

I can’t leave today’s ultra-long post without sharing three other cards from the past that use retiring products.  In the last post I showed my favorite retiring stamp set in use on an Eclipse card.  Here is another card we made at a past club meeting with the ‘Awesomely Artistic’ set, page 153 and the ‘Wild About Flowers’ set on page 174 which has greetings that are so ideal for retirement or new beginnings. Both are retiring.

This is the ‘Birthday Blossoms’ set on page 80 of the catalog.  Scroll down in the Recipe Box to find these cards with instructions.

‘Birthday Blooms’ , page 70, also goes away.  This pull up card was fun to make at club.  Go to the Recipe Box tab to be directed to the original post.

I can’t tell you how many times I have used the ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ stamp set for cards.  I hoped it would be in the catalog forever but it is retiring.

To make this Easel Card:

  • Base – Elegant Eggplant – 4 1/4 X 11 scored at 5 1/2 and 2 3/4
  • Layer 1 – Rose Red – 5 3/8 X 4 1/8 (make 2)
  • Layer 2-  Whisper White – 4 X 5 1/4
  • Layer 3 – Wood Textures DSP – 1 3/4 X 4 with a strip 3/8 X 4 and a scrap to punch the 1 3/4 circle for behind the greeting
  • Cut Outs- top of tulips, ladybug, and greeting – Whisper White 3 X 5 1/2
  • Butterfly – Vellum 1 X 1
  • Ribbon – 1/4″ stitched edge Rich Razzleberry,  6″ to wrap around the flower box and 8″ to tie a bow
  • Inks – Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi, Memento Black, Versa Mark
  • Stamp Sets – Tranquil Tulips, Swan Lake, Label Me Pretty, Sharing Sweet Thoughts, Lovely Wishes, Banners for You
  • Enamel Shapes
  • Pretty Label Punch,  1 3/4″ circle punch
  • Stampin’ Blends- Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler; Wild Wasabi Marker (ladybugs feet background)

Thank you for your time.  I hope you won’t miss any of the retiring products and be disappointed.  Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator!

SAL,  Share A Love (of all the retiring products) and use hostess code UB6X963B to be in the drawing for the Tranquil Tulips set

Karen

Early Release-Share What You Love Suite

Hello Stamping Friends,

There are 16 days left to get retiring items from the Annual Catalog and Occasions Catalog!

Excitement is already building across social media sites for the new catalog that will be introduced June 1, and to satiate a bit of that hunger, Stampin’ Up! has released the Share What You Love Suite early!  Not only is the suite released early, it is bundled in various packages with free product included in each bundle!  These bundles won’t be available in the new catalog, though each of the products will be available individually.  Let’s see what the home office has to say: (Click on the picture for a video!)

Thirty year anniversaries are “pearl” anniversaries; accordingly, we have pearlized doilies, pearlized Designer Series Paper and colored pearls!!

 

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!

INTRODUCING  — THE NEW IN COLORS and you can order them now!

AND — THE ANNUAL CATALOG (FRONT):

(I can post the pdf file on June 1st.)  Isn’t it lovely?!!

Place a $50 order in May and receive a catalog from me or come by and pick one up if you live close to Castle Rock.

SAL,  Share A Love

Karen      (Click the computer image to go shopping!)

 

 

 

 

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