Hello Stamping Friends,
One of the most popular sets in the Occasion Catalog is the Barn Door Bundle on page 43. The catalog runs through May 31 but “Product availability may be limited toward the end of the catalog sales period” so don’t wait if this set is on your wish list. Through March 31, spend $50 and get a free Sale A Bration item; this year we even have a level 2 set of free items for purchases of $100. See all the items in the catalog tab.
The hostess code for March is D6PG94AD. This is the code you will use if you place an online order under $150. Over $150 earns you your own hostess rewards!
This set has framelits to cut out the tracks, each little piece of hardware, each flower in the wreath, the set of three flowers and the bow! I think Stampin’ Up! thought of just about every which way you might want to stamp the embellishments. Check out what I made:
The inside uses stamps from two different sets in the Annual Catalog: Wild About Flowers, page 174, and Butterfly Basics, page 149. The ribbon on the front is from the Sale A Bration free Shimmer Ribbon Pack. The sign on the door is created by cutting out the frame in Basic Black with the framelit and then stamping the Hello Sign on Whisper White and cutting out just the Hello with a bit of black border and then popping this up on your black cutout. I liked the Pool Party on Pool Party but there are so many other combinations that look striking – copper hardware on brown or silver hardware on Soft Sky. I would love to see what you create!
To make the card you see here you will need:
- Eight #6 washers from your local hardware store
- Simple Stripes Embossing Folder (pg. 5 of Occasions Catalog) #145648
- Foam Adhesive Strips (pg. 203 of Annual Catalog) #141825; Five 5″ strips; glue dots; mini stampin’ dimensionals
- Inks – Basic Black for Hello, Emerald Envy for leaves, Crushed Curry for flowers, Early Espresso for door and greetings
- Ribbon – 6″ of Pool Party Shimmery Ribbon from Sale A Bration free bundle
- Base – Pool Party 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
- Top Layer – Pool Party 4″ X 5 1/4″
- Barn Door – Crumb Cake 2 3/4″ X 3 3/4″ The Framelit is 2 1/4″ X 3 5/16″ but give yourself some extra to stamp the door and then cut it down to size
- Hardware & Sign – Basic Black 4 1/2″ X 2″
- Greeting behind the door – Whisper White 4″ X 2 1/4″
- Greeting Inside Card – Whisper White 5 1/4″ X 4″
- Hello Greeting – Whisper White 1 1/2″ X 1 1/2″
- Cut the tracks in your top layer; Center the tracks framelit horizontally but NOT vertically. It is 5/8″ down from the top which makes it about 1/4″ and a hair from the bottom. (Isn’t it great that the two tracks are on one framelit?!)
- Emboss the top layer with the Simple Stripes Embossing Folder positioning an indented stripe directly on the top of the top track so you will have a flat surface where you are trying to glue on the black hardware strip. Check out the picture above.
- Stamp the barn door with Early Espresso Ink and cut it out with the framelit; sponge the edges for a bit of shadow
- Cut out the black hardware and sign – two rollers for the top of the door, one long black strip, the door handle and the sign
- Glue on the long black strip. I used tombow liquid glue.
- Place a washer beneath the top track and bottom track at the far left side of each track. Put a mini dimensional on top of the washers then place another washer on top of the mini dimensionals. You should have one washer underneath the cardstock, the dimensional then a washer on top of the cardstock.
- Position two more washers at the far right side of each track and do the same layering: washer-mini dimensional-washer.
- Put two glue dots on the top of the four layered washers
- With two washers pushed as far left as they will go, position your barn door and press the left side of the door onto the glue dots
- Making sure the other two washers are pushed as far right as they will go, slide the barn door to the right and press onto the glue dots
- Mount your top layer to your card base with the foam adhesive strips. One strip should be placed above and below each of the tracks and one strip right in the middle- so five 5″ strips are used.
- Take your Whisper White 4″ X 2 1/4″ greeting piece and temporarily place it under the door. Slide the door to the left and make a light pencil mark to show where your edge will be when stamping. Slide the door to the right and mark the edge for the other side. Hint: If making multiples use a large acrylic block to mount both the left and right greeting on the one block and you can stamp without remarking the edges each time.
- Stamp your greetings. Note: The Whisper White greeting piece could be larger or smaller depending on your choice of greetings- just be sure to attach the door to the washers further out or further in on the door as needed to cover the greetings. You will see several different sizes on Youtube for this greeting piece. The key is the door placement on the washers so it covers the greetings.
- Glue your greeting behind the door. I used Tombow so it didn’t stick before it was in position.
- Glue the rollers to the door only at the bottom. It is an illusion that they are attached at the top and rolling along the track.
- Glue the handle.
- Make the Hello Sign by stamping the sign on Whisper White and then fussy cut the “hello” with a bit of black border and pop this up on the black sign cut out with the framelit and Basic Black cardstock. Attach the sign with a glue dot and then attach a little bow on top with another glue dot.
- Stamp your inside greeting and your name on the back.
- Decorate your envelope – no naked envelopes in the mail!
- Stamp and send!!
PARTY AT MY HOUSE
We will be making this card and the Blossoming Basket card (see the previous post) at my house here in Castle Rock on March 14 (rescheduled from March 10). I would love to have you join us. We will start at 9:00 and have a light lunch about 11:30. RSVP by Sunday, March 11. It’s a standard party with a door prize, thank you gifts, snacks and chocolate. There is no charge but catalogs will be available for shopping or taking home to shop later.
CALL TO CLUB
Would you like to join a Stampin’ Up! club and have fun with others while learning how to use new techniques, fancy folds, awesome products or clean and simple cards? In the past we had club every other month and commitments from six members who had the privilege of being the hostess (and earning free products) along with the responsibility of a light lunch or breakfast. Join me to discuss club details and make the Magic Shutter Card. We will discuss what day of the week to meet, what time, and most importantly – when do we start! I will answer questions and we will go over the responsibilities of the hostess for each club. I am thinking we need one Saturday club every other month and one weekday club every other month but it all depends on you.
When: Saturday, March 24, 10:00-12:00 (snacks and lunch provided)
Where: My House – 4143 Eagle Ridge Way, Castle Rock
What: Discussion and sign up for clubs
RSVP: Please RSVP by March 21. If you can’t attend but would like to join a club, send me a list of what you would like in a club – what day of the week, what time, what type etc.
PAPER PUMPKIN PARTY
Paper Pumpkin is a monthly crafting kit sent directly to your home. It has everything you need to make cards or other cool gifts. March is a special celebration of Paper Pumpkin’s fifth year in production! There will be a special box and a gift in the box to accompany the regular kit. You must subscribe by the 10th of March to receive the special kit. The cost is $19.95 plus tax or buy online and you can get three months for $59 and a free Sale A Bration product. Check out the video here:
Let’s make our kits together!
When: Wednesday, March 28, 9:30 – 11:30 (snacks provided)
Where: My House – 4143 Eagle Ridge Way, Castle Rock
RSVP: Tuesday, March 27. I have no card kits to make but it helps to know you are coming.
Contact me with questions about any of the above.
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Hello Stamping Friends,
Are you thrilled with this year’s Occasion Catalog and the free Sale A Bration items? I sure am. And to bless us even more, Stampin’ Up! announced a few extra Sale A Bration items available February 16. As a demonstrator, I am able to preorder the items and I received them just in time for Deana’s annual Sale A Bration party. Here is the brochure of the new products:
My favorite new product is the free Blossoming Basket Bundle. The bundle includes the stamp set and the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. (Note: These new Dynamic embossing folders have a deeper image and are a thicker folder so you do not use the bottom cutting plate and you spritz the paper before putting it in the folder and running it through the Big Shot. This keeps the paper from tearing.)
There are no framelits with the set so I made cutting templates for the stampers by stamping the image on white cardstock and then placing the stamp back on the image without the block and drawing around the stamp with a pencil. I cut the image on the pencil lines to create the template. I did the same with the greeting. I liked all the little curves that the stamp had from the factory cut. I am sure Stampin’ Up! cuts various shapes to make identifying and mounting the stamps easier and the curves on this set sure made for a nice outline. With wooden sets you would just need to make your template from the stamp before mounting it to the wood. Store the templates with your stamp set and you are ready for the next card.
Base: Calypso Coral 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ Scored at 4 1/4″
Layer 1: Soft Suede 4″ X 5 1/4″ ; spritz with water, run through Big Shot with the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; sponge top with crumb cake here and there for a little extra depth
Layer 2: Doily – this one is the older Stampin’ Up! version which is 4″; the new ones, item #141701, are 3 1/2″ which would be better for showcasing the basket by not having as much doily showing. Warning: Do not put glue on the top part of the doily, use glue dots around the edge. The bottom of the doily which will be covered by the basket can be glued down.
Basket, tag and butterfly: Shimmery White 3 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ The basket, tag and butterfly stamps can all be placed together on a size E block to stamp the images at the same time.
Ink: If you are using the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers, use the Memento black ink; with the regular markers, which are water based, use the black Archival stampin’ ink.
I used Stampin’ Blends to color:
- Flowers, tag, butterfly – Calypso Coral, light and dark markers;
- Basket – Crumb Cake, light and dark;
- Leaves – Old Olive, light and dark:
- Flower centers – Dark Daffodil Delight;
- To enhance the colors – Color Lifter.
My favorite technique is to outline the outside with the dark marker and then use the light marker to blend the dark line and color the rest. The leaves are too small for that technique, so I colored one type of leaf in light green and one type of leaf in dark green and then used the color lifter to create lighter tones.
Click here for a Stampin’ Up! video on blending with the new alcohol markers.
Embellishments: 12″ of Linen Thread #104199, cut in half and made into a double bow; Metallic Enamel Shapes #141678
Our Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush was a hit with the stampers as they used it to add sparkle to the butterfly, hearts and middles of the flowers. It is item #141987 and shown on page 200 of the Annual Catalog.
The inside uses a greeting from the Special Celebrations stamp set in the Annual Catalog page 23. This set is great with greetings for birthdays, babies, weddings, and friendships.
The bottom basket weave piece starts at 5 1/4″ X 1″; it shrinks up a little when it is embossed so the Whisper White layer is cut at 5 1/8″ X 4″.
To better utilize our time at the party, I had kits made with card bases of Cherry Cobbler, Bermuda Bay and Pumpkin Pie along with the Calypso Coral cardstock shown here. That way, each stamper could play with a set of matching Stampin’ Blends and not be rushed to do their coloring. I wish I had taken a picture of all the beautiful cards they made in the different colors.
There is still time for you to book a Sale A Bration party. If you don’t live in the area, I can set you up with a hostess code and you can have a catalog party with your friends. If you live here in Castle Rock, why not host your own party and earn even greater hostess rewards. Along with each guest earning a free product with a $50 purchase, you can earn free product for your purchases and hostess dollars for the total of all the orders. During Sale A Bration you earn an extra $25 in hostess dollars with a qualifying party. Call or text me now! 303-815-0838.
Our current hostess code for orders under $150 is VJHRB73X. Orders over $150 – you earn dollars yourself!
SAL, (Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little, Share A Love)
Hello Stamping Friends,
Tomorrow starts a new sale from Stampin’ Up! Buy one Fast Fuse Adhesive and get two refills free. Fast fuse is stronger than our regular snail adhesive and the refills have 21.9 yards, about 67% more than a snail refill. Stampin’ Up! offered this sale last fall and sold out faster than anyone could imagine so they promised they would have the sale again, but it is only while supplies last and only for five days starting tomorrow, February 8, and ending February 12. So stock up now and save!
Use hostess code VJHRB73X if your order is under $150 and remember it is Sale A Bration days so every $50 order earns you a free product (and a special thank you gift from me)! Click to see the video:
Have you ever been on a hot air balloon ride? My Son In Law, Jonathan (Bud), gave Paul and I a ride for my birthday a couple of years ago and it was phenomenal! He has been a balloon pilot for Wild West Balloon Adventures in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for years.
With a balloon pilot in the family, the Lift Me Up stamp set with matching thinlits was a must have for me. It is on page 58 of the Annual Catalog; the matching Up & Away thinlits are on page 216 and have an extra-large balloon thinlit with smaller thinlits for the colors behind the main balloon so you can build your own balloon with no fussy cutting. My husband built this balloon birthday card for Jonathan casing one from Pinterest:
The birds are from the High Tide stamp set on page 140 of the Annual Catalog. The sun is from a retired set but we have a new stamp set in the Sale A Bration brochure which has the same type of sun image.
My daughter, Stacia, just announced that she and Jonathan are purchasing the Wild West Balloon Adventure Company of Steamboat Springs!! What a thrilling new chapter for them. Time for a celebration card!
I used the Amazing You free Sale A Bration stamp set shown above with the Lift Me Up stamps and Up & Away Thinlits to make a Double Z fold congratulations card for them:
I took a screen shot of one of the balloons shown on their website and then printed it on card stock to make the card personal. Julie Davison has a great video tutorial for this card at http://juliedavison.blogspot.com/search?q=Lift+Me+Up
Is going for a ride in a hot air balloon something you have dreamed of doing? Visit Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Jonathan and Stacia will make the experience a wonderful one for you! Click on the picture to visit their website:
Don’t forget that Fast Fuse Five day sale!
SAL, Sail ALong – together you and I – for we can fly!
Hello Stamping Friends,
The detail on this set is fabulous! It is free with a $50 purchase. I used this set and two other free Sale A Bration (SAB) products to send out the thank you gifts for the last months orders. The free SAB set of cards and envelopes and the free shimmery ribbon pack worked wonderfully to highlight the Heartfelt Blooms set:
It looks like I have an orange filter on the camera, sigh…. the cards are gone and I can’t retake the picture.
The free Tutti-Frutti card bases have a nice designer paper look, front and back, and the envelopes are colored to match with a great inside design as well. I cut the first layer at 5″ X 3 3/4″ to leave a nice designer border from the base card. I used crumb cake to match the two envelopes that had crumb cake linings and black for the first layer on the cards with black envelope linings. The top layer is Whisper White cut at 4 3/4″ X 3 1/2″. The flowers are stamped in Wild Wasabi, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, and Crushed Curry. The Pool Party image is fussy cut and popped up for an extra bit of dimension. A 4″ length of ribbon and three sequins dressed up the card without taking away from the detailed flower image. For the inside I used the greeting from Paisleys & Posies “I thank you for your part in my journey.” since without all of you supporting my business there would be no business.
The Wild Wasabi image came out the very best so I made another set of cards using Wild Wasabi card stock as the base and stamping the edge with Versa Mark and the little tiny flowers and leaves from the vine of the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set.
The first layer is black and the ribbon is black- you are wishing you had this wonderful filtering lens right? The dimensions of both layers are the same as above. For the inside I chose a greeting from the Rose Wonder stamp set:
I would love to earn your business and help you receive great Sale A Bration free products. Contact me to host a party or place an online order and earn your free products! Use hostess code VJHRB73X and receive an additional little gift from me.
SAL, (Share A Laugh as you look at these crazy orange pictures!)
Happy New Year Stamping Friends!
It is time to make new resolutions and laugh at the ones we made last year! How about making a resolution to send XX number of handmade cards this year? Or resolving that everyone on your birthday list will get a special handmade card from you this year? I can help with those challenging resolutions. Today we are introducing the new Occasions Catalog and the Sale A Bration brochure! During Sale A Bration you can earn free products for each $50 or $100 (new this year) purchase of products from the Annual Catalog, the Occasion Catalog or the items in the Clearance Rack! It is a great time to stock up and get ahead with your card making! Be sure and check out the new all inclusive kit on page 15 of the Occasions catalog which makes 20 cards and the Tutti – Frutti Cards and Envelopes on page 14 of the Sale A Bration brochure which has card bases and envelopes for 16 cards. Or buy the Perennial Birthday Project Kit and the stamp set on page 16 of the Occasions catalog and get the Tutti Frutti set free! You will be prepared! Check out these new product offerings and come back to the blog anytime and click on the catalog tab at the top of the blog to view the catalogs 24/7! See them here by clicking on the catalog image:
Did you notice the logo at the upper right hand corner? Stampin’ Up! is thirty years old this year so expect some fun celebrations in the future!
New this year are two products in the Sale A Bration brochure, pages 17 and 19, which are unique sets which you can get free with a $100 order. Let’s check out the first free set on page 4 of the Sale A Bration brochure by watching the home office demonstrate the new product- just click on the image to see a Youtube video with many examples of how to use the set:
Leave me a comment with your goal for handmade cards you are aiming to send this year!
SAL, Set A Lofty goal
Hello Stamping Friends,
Today I send you the Hearts Come Home Christmas card I designed. I am sure you all have your cards made and mailed so you may want to consider these products for next year! Imagine being that far ahead…. so Merry Christmas and may your heart find its home in the Father as your family returns home to celebrate with you!
I enjoy this card style with its flap on the front that reveals all the layers on the inside to make an eye pleasing card.
The stamp set and framelits are on page 39 of the Holiday catalog, bundled for a 10% discount- wood #146065, clear #146068.
The inside greeting and the bow are from Holly Berry Happiness, pg. 118 of the Annual Catalog – #142061
The medallion is made with the hearts square from Window Box Thinlits and then cut with the #3 Regular Circle Framelit and backed by a red foil circle cut with the same framelit and offset just a little.
Card Base – Thick Whisper White, 7 3/4″ X 4 1/4″ Score at 5 1/2″
Red Foil Inside Layer – 4″ X 5 1/4″
Top Layer Inside – Regular Whisper White, 3 3/4″ X 5″ First, stamp the greeting and run through the Big Shot to cut out the village, then emboss with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder #139672. Pull back slightly on the village pieces to make them stand out.
First Layer of the outside panel – Red Foil – 2″ X 4″
Second Layer of the panel – Regular Whisper White – 1 3/4″ X 3 3/4″ – Embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder
First Layer of the outside flap – Red Foil – 4 1/4″ X 3″
Second Layer of the flap – Regular Whisper White – 4 X 2 3/4″ Stamp the greeting close to the right edge so you have room for the church. After stamping, emboss with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.
Third Layer of the flap – Village Cut out – regular Whisper White – 4 1/2″ X 3″ The trick here is to line your framelit up so the tree on the right side of the house is just at the right edge of the paper. The framelit will not reach to the left edge so you will fussy cut to the edge and then you will cut off the tree at the right hand side and mount it at the edge of the left hand side, covering up the dent made by your framelit. The goal is to move the church to the right to leave room for the medallion.
Behind the scene – Red Foil – 4 1/2″ X 3″ – use the same alignment as you did with the white top layer detailed above.
Medallion – Red Foil – 2″ X 2″ Cut with #3 circle framelit, (old set) – 1 1/2″ circle framelit in the new set. The Window Box Thinlits dies #142762 is used with a 2″ X 2″ piece of regular Whisper White. The hearts are cut and then they are cut again with the circle framelit.
The bow is white embossed with the Holly Berry Happiness #142061 outline bow stamp on red foil – 1 3/4″ X 1 1/2″ and punched with the Holly Berry Builder Punch #141843.
A touch of grey on the bell topped with the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush #141897 finishes up your card!
SAL, Sending A Love card to you
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Hello Stamping Friends, (click on the little SAL to go to the blog instead of just this post)
Did you squeal with delight when you saw the Musical Season bundle on page 25 of the holiday catalog?
I wanted to use all the instruments, the greetings and the treble clef so after a bit of thought I came up with this:
The ‘Peace-Joy-Love’ is not glitter. It is black embossed and caught the flash of the camera. In real life it is shiny embossed black. The lute is silver embossed on black paper and the harp is copper embossed on black paper and each are cut out with the framelits. The detail of the instruments embossed beautifully. The french horn is cut out of gold foil paper and adhered to a basic black cut out of the same. Our metallic sequins #144214 have copper, gold and silver so I could use a sequin of each color next to the instrument it matched.
The base is Thick Whisper White 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″
The Basic Black is 10 1/2″ X 4 scored at 5 1/4″ But – DO NOT BEND the score line until after you cut down 1 1/2″ from the top. Fussy cut around each instrument ending at the 1 1/2″ cut from the top.
Merry Music Specialty Designer Paper #144623 (page 13 of the Holiday Catalog): 3 3/4″ X 5″
If you have a large acrylic block you can mount both greetings on the block, stamp in Versa Mark and emboss with black embossing powder.
Gold Foil for french horn – 2 1/2″ X 3 1/4″
Gold Foil strip for left hand side – 4″ X 1/4″
Basic Black backing for the horn – 2 3/4″ X 3 1/2″
Basic Black Strip for the lute – 1 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ Emboss in Silver
Basic Black Strip for the harp – 1 12″ X 3″ Emboss in Copper
Basic Black for the treble clef – 2 1/4″ X 1″
Simple yet perfectly stunning for all your music loving friends’ Christmas cards.
SAL, Send A Lot of Christmas cards you made yourself!
I would love to earn your business and be your demonstrator! Hostess code for December is TRSWNNDN
Hello Stamping Friends,
Page 26 of your holiday catalog has the Night In Bethlehem stamp set that I will be featuring here. The bundle, in wood #146043, or clear # 146044, includes the stamp set and the Bethlehem Edgelits Dies which have the most amazing city scenes that fit one over the other to make a phenomenal card!
I chose to do a black and white scene and used white embossing for the stars and the greeting. I placed a star above Mary with one of the Metallic Enamel Shapes #141678. The shooting star was an accident from rolling the stamp a bit but my stampers loved it and wanted to recreate it in the sky. Mary and Joseph were stamped with the Memento Black Tuxedo Ink #132708 and then cut out with the Bethlehem Edgelit Die.
The inside could just as well have been the outside of a card, (you will find that with most of my designs.) The white on black designer paper is on page 13 of the holiday catalog- Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper- #144623. (DSP is my shortened version of ‘designer series paper’ when I give measurements.) Note: the city is stamped at the bottom of the whisper white layer and lined up with the base without leaving the standard bottom border of black DSP. This alignment makes the city stand out better. The Whisper White layer starts as 5″ X 3 3/4″. This top piece is cut diagonally 1″ up from the bottom and 2″ over on the top of each side. Hint: When you align it on your Stampin’ Trimmer, place pieces of sticky note on the trimmer to mark the diagonal and you can cut many pieces without remeasuring. Another Hint: put all three stamps, the star, the greeting and the city, on a large acrylic block, use your grid paper to test and make sure they are straight, and then you can stamp the inside all at once making this a very easy card for making multiples. Other measurements:
Base, Thick Whisper White Cardstock – 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ , scored at 4 1/4″
Outside first layer, Basic Black, 5 1/4″ X 4″
Outside city, Regular Whisper White, 5″ X 6″
Mary and Joseph, Regular Whisper White, 2 1/2″ X 2″
Inside Merry Music DSP – 5 1/4″ X 4″
Top Inside Layer – Regular Whisper White – 5″ X 3 3/4″
Start by stamping the greeting and stars with Versa Mark then embossing with white embossing powder, I used the Stamp A Ma Jig for placement of the greeting. The stars are stamped and embossed on the top 1 3/4″ of the basic black. Don’t go down too far or you will have stars in your street!
The back of the city, the framelit with three palm trees, is adhered directly to the basic black 1″ up from the bottom. The second layer of the city is popped up with dimensionals lining up its bottom with the bottom of the first layer.
Mary and Joseph are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, cut out with the framelit, and popped up with dimensionals. It is important to put the dimensionals below their heads so the bottom part is popped up and the heads are directly on the city.
Stamp your name on the back and you are done!
SAL, See A Light shining in Bethlehem
December’s hostess code is TRSWNNDN. Year end close outs are happening now. Click on SAL to go to the store.