Stamp A Stack of Christmas Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

We had so much fun at our second session of Stamp A Stacks.  Each guest made two cards each of three designs. Would you like to make them or make more?  I will showcase them today with measurements.

Today is the last day to order and be guaranteed delivery before Christmas (unless an item is on backorder).  Have Santa call me to place your order!

The new hostess code is AXG72X2F.  Jo will be our hostess for club on January 8th and this code will be good through then.  If your order is under $150 she will get the benefit of the hostess dollars.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Note:  I abbreviate Designer Series Paper to DSP

Card #1 – Spirited Snowmen

I cased this card idea from Mary Deatherage at  Stamps n Lingers.  I changed up the snowflakes and used the Snowfall Thinlits Dies.  I hope you bought this set while it was available in November.  If not, there are beautiful snowflakes in the Blizzard Thinlits Die (page 39 of the Holiday Catalog).

  • Base:  Very Vanilla  5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″  scored at 4 1/4″
  • Layer 1:  Cherry Cobbler 5 1/4″  X  4″  (this leaves a 1/8″ border)
  • Layer 2:  Festive Farmhouse DSP 5 1/8″ X 3 7/8″  ( 1/16″ border)  Adhere Layer 2 directly to Layer 1 and pop up on the Very Vanilla card base
  • Glue a 5 1/2″ Burlap Trim on Layer 2
  • Layer 3:  Cherry Cobbler 4″ X 3 3/8″
  • Layer 4:  Festive Farmhouse DSP 3 7/8″ X 3 1/4″  Adhere Layer 4 directly to Layer 3 and pop up over the burlap trim
  • Snowmen:  Very Vanilla 3 1/2″ X 3 1/2″;  Stamp image in Crumb Cake slightly to the left and color with Stampin’ Blends; Cut with the largest of the Stitched Shape Framelits.  Stampin’ Blends used:
    • Light & Dark Crumb Cake
    • Light & Dark Old Olive
    • Light & Dark Cherry Cobbler
    • Light & Dark Smoky Slate
    • Color Lifter to highlight-  My technique is to outline in the dark and then blend the color in to the middle with the light marker
  • Snowflakes:  Very Vanilla 2 1/4″ X 5″, cut with the flurry thinlit and one medium and one small thinlit
  • Greeting:  Very Vanilla 3 1/2″ X 1 1/4″, stamp the greeting in Cherry Cobbler then cut with the Petals & More Thinlits Die; punch a hole in the right hand side and insert two 3″ pieces of Cherry Cobbler Twine in the hole (I folded a 6″ piece in half and then cut it after inserting it in the hole).  Tie a 6″ linen thread around the Cherry Cobbler Twine
  • Inside Layer:  Very Vanilla 4″ X 3 3/8 “
  • Side Strip:  Cherry Cobbler  5/8″  X  3 3/8″
  • Side Strip Layer:  DSP 1/2″ X 3 1/4″
  • Embellishment:  Pearl Basic Jewels colored with the Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend marker.

Card #2 – Peaceful Poinsettia

  • Base:  Thick Whisper White 8 1/2″  X  5 1/2″  Scored at 4 1/4″
  • Layer 1 (make one for outside and one for inside):  Shaded Spruce  5 1/4″  X  4″
  • Layer 2 (make one for outside and one for inside):  Whisper White  5″ X  3 3/4″; Cut outside with corner Poinsettia Thinlit Die
  • Poinsettia: Whisper White 2″ X 5 1/4″;  stamp with Memento Ink and color with Shaded Spruce and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend Markers; Cut out with Detailed Poinsettia Thinlits Die
  • Greeting:  Whisper White  3 1/4″ X 2″, Stamp in Shaded Spruce then punch with Pretty Label Punch
  • Greeting Frame”  Shaded Spruce 3 1/4″ X 2″  punched with the Pretty Label Punch then cut in half horizontally
  • Embellish with Red Rhinestones and Clear Rhinestones colored with Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend marker.

Card #3 – Hearts Come Home For Christmas

I cased this card from Debra Verbosh at debsrubberroom.com just changing out the DSP and the greeting and …… well you know, CASE – copy and selectively edit.  Sometimes I think we get so excited to use the framelits and thinlits and we forget how fun it is to stamp.  This card gives you the fun of stamping again!

  • Base: Cherry Cobbler  8 1/2″  X  5 1/2″  Scored at 4 1/4″;  Cut 2″ off the front -vertically.
  • Flap:  Festive Farmhouse DSP  2″ X 5 1/4″; Wrap this with 6 1/2″ of Cherry Cobbler ribbon layered with 1/4″ Smoky Slate ribbon and tied with a 4″ tie of smoky slate ribbon.  I used snail to position the ribbons but then put a piece of Tear and Tape top and bottom over the ribbons to adhere them to the main card flap as well as snail on the edges
  • Circle:  Cherry Cobbler  4″ ; Score this at 3 1/2″ and fold
  • Top of Circle:  Whisper White  3 5/8″ Circle; Cut out the circle and then lay it on the 4″ circle to mark the scored edges and then cut off the edge to match the edge of the 4″ circle.  (I was using the old Circle Framelits) I used the Stamparatus to line up the three little houses from the Hearts Come Home stamp set and then masked the houses with sticky notes and stamped a tree from the stamp set with Tranquil Tide, once fully inked and twice stamped off without reinking.  The moon, stars, smokestack and greeting are all stamped in Smoky Slate.  Santa is stamped in black Memento Ink.  “from our home to yours” is from the Farmhouse Christmas stamp set but the rest are in the Hearts Come Home set.
  • Inside: Whisper White 5″ X  3 3/4″ ; Adhere the 4″ circle to the back of the Whisper White inside layer
  • Inside Greeting:  Festive Farmhouse DSP 3″ X 3″ Cut with Circle Framelit
  • Greeting Layer:  Whisper White  2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″  Cut with Circle Framelit; The greeting is from Farmhouse Christmas.

Bonus Card  –  Joy Ornament

I challenged myself to use Designer Series Paper last year and loved how this turned out.  The Pretty Label Punch and the Label Me Pretty stamp set is still available in the Annual Catalog – see page 22;  item #143861. The Pretty Label punch is so versatile as you see with its use on the above Poinsettia card with a large greeting and then on this card as a background.   The “Joy” is from the Hearts Come Home stamp set in the Annual Catalog and the inside greetings are from Holly Berry Happiness and a Paper Pumpkin set.  The layout is what I wanted to record with the small front panel of DSP matching the large background layer in the middle. Grab some scraps to make the ornament and you won’t need to use the dimensions given here.

  • Base:  Cherry Cobbler 8 1/2″  X  5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Layer 1:  DSP (Be Merry of 2017) 5 3/8″ X 4 1/8″;  Wrap this layer with 6 1/2″ of ribbon
  • Panel Layer 1:  Cherry Cobbler  4 3/16″  X  2 1/4″
  • Panel Layer 2:  Whisper White  4 1/8″  X  2 3/16″
  • Panel Layer 3:  DSP  4″  X  2″
  • Ornament Layer 1:  Garden Green 6 1/2″  X  2″  Punch 2 with the Pretty Label Punch
  • Ornament Layer 2:  Whisper White 3 1/4″  X  2″  Stamp in Garden Green with the Label Me Pretty outline stamp and then punch adhered to frame and directly adhered to the DSP
  • Ornament Layer 3:  Garden Green  1 3/4″  X  1 3/4″   Use a 1 3/8 ” Circle framlit or punch for this layer; Pop this layer up with dimensionals
  • Ornament Layer 4:  Whisper White  1 1/2″  X  1 1/2″   Stamp the circle Thank You from the stamp set then fussy cut around the design to scallop; Pop this layer up with dimensionals
  • Ornament Layer 5:  Whisper White  1 1/4″  X  1 1/4″   Stamp the Joy from the Hearts Come Home set in Cherry Cobbler, coloring just the back of the one word or place a sticky note over the “to the world” while you ink and then remove the sticky note and stamp.  Punch with a 1″ punch and then color the edge with a Cherry Cobbler marker. Pop this layer up with dimensionals
  • Embellish with a little rhinestone in the “o” of the “Joy” and a bow of white twine above the ornament
  • Inside Layer 1:  Same DSP as front panel  5 3/8″  X  4 1/8″
  • Inside Layer 2:  Garden Green 4 3/8″  X  3 1/8″
  • Inside Layer 3:  Whisper White 4 1/4″  X  3″  stamped with greeting from Holly Berry Happiness in Cherry Cobbler and Merry Christmas in Garden Green

Do you think we will ever go back and use these layouts making it worth the time to record the dimensions?  Do you ever go to the recipe box to get layouts or do you ( and I)  just go to the internet and look for something new?  I would love to hear from you!  Remember today is the last day to order in time for Christmas delivery and the hostess code is AXG72X2F if you would like your order to qualify for your January club minimum.

Merry Christmas!

SAL,  (Be Salt and Light as we Share A Love of Jesus this Christmas)

Karen

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Year End Closeout- Last Chance for Retiring Items

Hello Stamping Friends,

The retiring Holiday Catalog items have been announced and some are on sale.  A few overstocked items in the Annual Catalog are also on sale.   Note:  bundles from the Holiday Catalog are all listed but the individual items in the bundles may still carryover.   The wood stamp sets are discontinued but clear sets may carryover.  Grab your catalog (the items are listed with a page number) and check out this pdf file to see if any of your wish list items are going away.  Once they are sold out they are gone for good.  The December host code is YWJUP73R if your order is under $150.

This file sorts the items by those that are on sale followed by those that are retiring, Note, as items sell out they will be deleted from the Online Store listing:

Year End Closeout-US    Excel File

Year End Closeout-US Sheet1  PDF file

Of course you can always go to the ONLINE STORE and see the items that are still available alphabetically (my blog has the items that were available this morning so some may be sold out):

The Stamparatus Bag is now available for your purchase:

Merry Christmas!

Karen

 

The Last Day of the Three Sales, Last Days for the Snowflake Showcase, Stamp A Stack Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

What a flurry of sales we have had over the last six days and today is the last day for the final sale on Tools and Inks.

Select Adhesives, Applicators, Cleaners, Cutting Tools, Embossing Folders, Framelits and Thinlits, Ink Pads, Ink Refills, Markers, Punches, Scoring Tools, Stamp Blocks and Cases are 10% off through 11:50 pm tonight.  Click Here to view.

I will be submitting an order using the hostess code TJPDW3JC at 7:00 tonight.  If you would like to join me in getting a discount on these sale items submit your order before 7:00 pm using the hostess code.

There are only three days left for the Snowflake Showcase set of products. It is only available through November 30.

Click Here to order

My first of four Stamp A Stacks was yesterday and we used the Snowfall Thinlits and the Snow is Glistening stamp set to make this floating card I cased from ‘Stampin’ With Glittermum’ adding glitter enamel dots and a unique inside.

The Glitter Enamel Dots (#146934) page 197 in the annual catalog are perfect for the centers!

I made the inside a folded card for a ‘card inside a card’, stamping the greeting on the front, under the top panel,  and then overstamping with the snowflake dots stamp in the set.

The card opens and Holley Gerth’s snowflake poem ties in Jesus’ birth with snowflakes!

Snowflake Poem printable pdf file

Click the blue to download a printable pdf file with two poems.  Print the file on 8 1/2 X 11 Whisper White cardstock and trim the left side 1/2″.  Trim each poem to 5 1/4″  long and score at 4″.  Your inside card should be 8″ X 5 1/4″.

  • Base is Gorgeous Grape (Bermuda Bay):  7 1/4″  X  4 1/4″,   Scored at 5 1/2″.  I started by cutting the cardstock in half the long way 11″ X 4 1/4″ and then made the 7 1/4″  cut using the rest for two of the three panels needed.
  • 3 panels in Gorgeous Grape (Bermuda Bay):  4 1/4″  X  1 3/4″,  One panel will attach to the front of the window sheet and two panels will attach to the back of the front to cover the tape on the window sheet.
  • Window Sheet: 4 1/4″ X 3″,  place a piece of Tear and Tape on the top and on the bottom of the Window Sheet.  Remove the backing from just the bottom tape on the Window Sheet and attach the Window Sheet to the back of a panel.  Line up the panel even with the very bottom of the card, remove the top tape backing on the window sheet and fold the top of the card base over the window sheet.  Adhere the other two panels to the back of the front covering the window sheet but being careful to keep the panels in line with the base of the card.
  • 2 coordinating panel layers in Highland Heather (Coastal Cabana) :  4 X 1 1/2″ , adhere to front
  • 2 top panel layers in Whisper White:  3 3/4″ X 1 1/4″,  We will make our own Designer Series Paper.  Using the little multiple snowflake stamp, stamp randomly in the darker ink, then stamp the larger single snowflake in the lighter ink and finish off with filling in any blanks with the tiny single snowflake in the lighter ink.  Hint:  place the two panels next to each other on your grid sheet to stamp them at the same time.
  • 2 large snowflakes in Highland Heather (Coastal Cabana):  8 1/2″  X  3 1/2″, Cut two snowflakes with the largest thinlit and use Tombow liquid glue to adhere one snowflake to the front middle of the Window Sheet,; Tombow gives you the ability to adjust the snowflake to center it top and bottom.  When you are satisfied with the placement, hold the snowflake in place for a bit since it won’t adhere immediately to the window sheet.  Attach the second snowflake to the back of the window sheet lining it up with the front snowflake.
  • 1  Sparkle snowflake:  2″ X 2″,  use Sparkle Glimmer Paper and the medium thinlit to cut a sparkly snowflake. Use Tombow glue to dot the back of the snowflake – count to 10 and then adhere to the large snowflake.  Waiting a few seconds keeps the glue from gushing out when you adhere your piece.  Attach a matching Glitter Enamel Dot in the center.
  • The center panel is Whisper White:  8″  X 5 1/4″ scored at 4″ for an inside card in a card or 4″ X 5 1/4″ for a flat inside.

Be sure you stamp your greeting and sign your name under the panels of the card not under the window sheet.

You may never need another snowflake stamp if you purchase this set with its various sizes. The thinlits even have an attached set of snowflakes for a fun flurry!  Purchase by Friday, November 30!

The second card at my Stamp A Stack I will call Comfort & Joy cased somewhat from someone on Pinterest:

Timeless Tidings (#148936) is the stamp set I used for the greetings.  It can be seen on page 33 of the Holiday catalog.  The greetings are beautiful and I love the mixture of fonts in small and large sizes!

  • Base – Call Me Clover:  8 1/2″  X  5 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″
  • Top Layer – Whisper White:  4 1/4″  X  4 1/4″  embossed with the Seasonal Wreath Embossing Folder (#146833)
  • Two strips of Silver Foil Paper:  4 3/8″  X  1/2″  (the extra 1/8 gives you ease in lining it up under the Whisper White layer- just clip off the excess).  I used Tombow again on the back of the white layer and then laid it on the silver strip, top and bottom.
  • Flowers:  3/4″  X  4″ Silver Foil,and 3/4″  X 4″ Sparkle glimmer paper.  Cut six of each with the thinits from the Detailed Deer Thinlits Dies.  There are three flower dies of the same size so you only have to run them twice on each paper strip to get six flowers.  Adhere with glue dots offsetting slightly to leave a shadow of silver behind the sparkle flower.  Add a red rhinestone (#146924) to the top pushing the rhinestone firmly into the glitter paper.
  • Bow:  1/8″ Real Red Ribbon (#144631), 10″ trimmed as needed

The Stamparatus worked great for stamping the Merry Christmas with the green ink multiple times to get a dark image.

The third card I cased from Donna Ross at Stamped Sophisticates just changing out the greeting to use the Farmhouse Christmas stamp set greeting(#148478).  It is on page 13 of the Holiday Catalog.  The Farmhouse Framelits Dies that match the set (10% off if you bundle them) has a stitched banner framelit used here for the Merry Christmas cut out.  The little gold bows are also in the Farmhouse framelit set.

It is so much prettier in real life with the All Is Bright Designer Series Paper (#147892) a beautiful, realistic print with deep green and bright red colors.  I used the Timeless Tidings set again for the inside greeting which matched the font in the front greeting from Farmhouse Merry Christmas!

  • Base – Garden Green:  5 1/2″  X  8 1/2″  scored at 4 1/4″
  • First Layer and inside layer – Old Olive:  5 1/4″  X 4″ – make 2
  • Second Layer Outside – All Is Bright Designer Series Paper:  5″ X 3 3/4″
  • Inside Second Layer – Very Vanilla:  5″ X 3 3/4″, the Designer Series Paper strips will be glued to this
  • Designer Series Paper Strips for inside:  5/8″  X  5″ (or use my trick of making it 5 1/8″ long and then clip the ends)
  • Greeting – Very Vanilla:  6″ X 3″,   Stamp the greeting once in Real Red, Clean, Stamp again in Garden Green.  Cut out the Garden Green greeting with the 2 3/8″ Stitched Shapes circle framelit.  Cut out the Merry Christmas in Real Red with the stitched banner in the Farmhouse Framelits.
  • Gold Base of the greeting – gold foil paper:  3 3/4″  X  3 1/4″ , Cut out with the Stitched Labels Framelit(#146828) see on page 17 and on page 220 of the Annual Catalog.  Pop up each piece of the greeting – the gold is popped up, then the circle is popped up and the banner is popped up.
  • With the scrap gold foil you have left over, use the Farmhouse little bows framelit and cut out three gold bows.  Adhere two to the greeting and one to the inside.

I still have a couple of spots left at next Tuesday morning and Friday evening Stamp A Stacks-  9:30 Tuesday, 6:30 Friday.  I will have three new designs and you will make two of each design for a total of six cards at a cost of $25.  Goodies, door prizes and thank you gifts always appear!  I need RSVPs by Saturday at the latest.

Check out the sales, check out the Clearance Rack and save!  Again the hostess code through 7:00 tonight is TJPDW3JC.

SAL,   Save A Lot

Karen

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Three 48 Hour Sales Start Friday

Have a wonderful day tomorrow as we give thanks for all our blessings!   May God bless your day!

SAL,

Karen

Click on SAL to visit the store each day.  The hostess code is TJPDW3JC if your order is under $150.

Dashing Deer Card and Detailed Deer Thinlits Luminary

Happy Thanksgiving Stamping Friends,

May you have a wonderful time with family and friends and count your blessings many times over!

A quick reminder that the Stamp A Stacks are coming up:

  • November 27, Tuesday, 9:30 – 12:00;   and November 30, Friday 6:30 -9:00  Six cards each session $25
  • December 4, Tuesday, 9:30 – 12:00;    and December 7, Friday  6:30 – 9:00 Six cards each session $25

I need RSVPs as soon as you know your schedule since I will be traveling for Thanksgiving.  There will be a Door Prize each session, Thank You gifts and Goodies of course!

At my very first Christmas workshop we made the luminary shown on page 9 of the Holiday catalog and the Dashing Deer white and gold Christmas card shown on page 8 – with a few changes of course.  It is pretty in the day-time-

or at night-

The Dollar Store had large battery operated candles that worked well.  The catalog uses the Galvanized Metallic Paper (#147805) shown on page 43 of the Holiday catalog.  I used a retired Naturals Cardstock but we have thick Very Vanilla Cardstock(#144237) that would work beautifully!

  • 2 – Very Vanilla Thick cardstock  8 1/2″  X  8 1/2″;   score both at 4″ and 8″, use a pencil and ruler to mark 3/4″ on all sides and cut out the window openings.  With Soft Suede ink stamp the single flower from the set in the opposite corners of each side and then stamp 1/2 of the garland stamp on the short (horizontal) side and the whole garland on the long (vertical) side.
  • 4 – Vellum 3 3/4″  X  8″ ; glue to each window opening
  • Base – Very Vanilla Thick cardstock  5″ X 5″;   score the base at 1/2″ each side, cut out corners
  • 2 – Deer – Very Vanilla  4″  X  6″;  Cut out with your flying Detailed Deer Thinlit.  The catalog uses the corrugated Embossing Folder to stripe the deer (#148026).  I used the retired Diagonal Stripe background stamp to stamp the deer using Soft Suede ink.  Remember to turn one over before stamping so you have the deer going opposite ways. To mount,  I used glue dots and a tiny bit of the Fine Tip Glue on the horns.
  • 4 Branches – Early Espresso – the catalog uses the Night Owl Thinlits Dies, pg 41 (#147920), I used the Petals & More Thinlits (#145655) and cut off the end of the leaves so they looked like branches.  Use two branches going opposite ways for the top and two for the bottom.  This is the first layer of your corner garland.
  • 4 Spruce Branches for the next layer – Garden green – Cut with the Christmas Staircase Thinlits (#144679)
  • 2 Sprig Punches, (page 29, #148012) cut in half – Granny Apple Green – layer on the spruce branches
  • 2 – 12″ lengths of Gold Metallic Thread; wrap around three fingers and attach to the sprigs with glue dots
  • 6 – flowers cut with the Detailed Deer Thinlits – Cherry Cobbler – layered on the gold thread
  • 18 – flower centers cut with a 1/16 hole punch using a 1/2″  X  2″ strip of Pineapple Punch cardstock.  With our new Take Your Pick tool, (page 30 #144107) you can easily pick up the tiny pieces and place them on your project.

 

Now let’s make the Happiest Christmas Wishes card changing up a few things from the catalog:

On page 11 of the Holiday catalog there are Foil-Edged Cards and Envelopes in gold, #147901, and silver #147900.  I used the gold for this card.

For embossing with our gold embossing powder remember these steps:

Step 1: tap with embossing buddy on whole area;

Step 2: Stamp in Versa Mark;

Step 3: Coat with gold embossing powder; Turn over and flick off excess; use paintbrush to remove any other excess

Step 4: Heat until glossy

  • Gold Foil-Edged Card base,  Use gold embossing powder and emboss the garland from the stamp set in gold embossing powder on the base with the middle of the stamp 1/2″ down on the white part of the base and 1/2″ up on the bottom white part of the base. You will measure 1/2″ from the white edge not the gold edge.  Use a light pencil mark so you know where to place the middle of the garland.
  • Swirls and Curls Embossing Folder (#147923) Layer,  Whisper White, 3 3/4″ X 3 3/4″
  • 2  Gold Glimmer Paper strips- 1/2″ X  4″ , adhere to the top and bottom of the embossed layer, snip the ends.  I find it is better to make little strips like this a bit longer and then snip them off so they are sure to be the perfect size.
  • Gold Foil Cardstock – 3″ X 3 1/2″, cut out 1 flying deer and three gold flowers with the Detailed Deer Thinlits and use the scrap to punch 3 centers for the flowers with a 1/16″ hole punch.
  • Banner, Whisper White Cardstock, 3/4″  X  2 1/2″, punch end with banner punch or a square punch, emboss the greeting
  • 3- Top of the flowers:  Whisper White, 1″ X 2″, layer on top of gold, slightly offsetting one edge and then add punched circle middle
  • Inside – Whisper White 3 3/4″ X 5″; Emboss the greeting and the small standing deer with gold embossing powder.

One last project for today:    Gift Bags using our beautiful Designer Series Paper!

 

Jill Olsen has a video on YouTube from years ago and she updated it this year, click to watch:

After our event, Lucille typed up directions for us so you would be able to print out a file for reference.  Thank you, Lucille!

Gift Bag Instructions pdf file (click to download)

Stampin’ Up! will have a Black Friday sale so I will post the details as soon as I hear.

SAL,   Sigh A Lot (as you sit back from the feast and marvel at your blessings)

Karen

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Peaceful Place Bridge Fold Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

The new hostess code is:  TJPDW3JC, use this code if your order is under $150 and we won’t lose the hostess benefits.  If your order is $150 or more you earn the hostess rewards yourself!

I have a Bridge Fold Card for you today using:

  • Peaceful Place Stamp set, page 59 of the annual catalog, item #146689 in clear, #146686 in wood
  • Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper, page 189, #146338
  • Botanical Tags Thinlits, page 20, #146824 or bundle with the stamp set in clear or wood.
  • Leaf Ribbon, page 200,  #146905
  • Linen Thread, page 201, #104199
  • Whisper White Baker’s Twine, page 201, #124262
  • Tranquil Tide 1/4″ Velvet Ribbon, page 37 of the Holiday Catalog, #147802
  • Tools: Big Shot, Versa Mark and White Embossing Powder, Tranquil Tide Paper and Ink, Adhesives & scissors

The green is the rich Tranquil Tide and so much better in real life.  The card folds down either to the left or right to fit perfectly in our envelopes.

  • Base,  Gray Granite,  8″ X 4 1/4″, scored at   1 1/4″,  2 1/2″,  5 1/2″,  6 3/4″
  • Middle Layer,  Tranquil Tide,  4″ X  2 3/4″
  • Panels,  Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper,  4″  X  1″  make 4
  • Bridge Base, Tranquil Tide, 5 1/2″ X 1 1/4″
  • Bridge Top Layer, Gray Granite, 5 1/4″ X  1″
  • Bird Cut Out, 2 1/2″  X  2 1/2″
  • Scrap of Gray Granite to cut out birds
  • Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon,  6 1/2″, this gives you 1/2″ to lap on each side
  • Leaf Ribbon,  8 leaves cut out and 4 layered on each side of greeting with glue dots
  • Linen Thread, 12″,  6″ for each side
  • Baker’s Twine, Whisper White, 12″,  6″ for each side, Tie a bow together with the linen thread

Stamp the tree scene in Versa Mark, apply white embossing powder and heat.  I used Tranquil Tide ink for the greeting and set up the Stamparatus so I could stamp it, reink and stamp again to get a nice dark image.  I am loving this tool!  Attach one side of the bridge to the very edge using double back tape and then fold over that side to apply the other side of the bridge to the opposite edge with your double back tape.

I see lots of potential for Christmas cards using our lovely Designer Series Paper.  The birds could have a tiny ornament on a metallic thread hanging from their beaks.  Hmmmm……. it’s fun to get in the design mode!  I would love to see what bridge fold cards you make!

Stampin’ Up! had a special announcement for us at last week’s convention in Orlando.  They are introducing “Cling Stamps” and  they are no longer going to carry the wood stamps or the clear stamps as we used to know them.  The cling stamps look just like the clear stamps with the nice red rubber and the labels all look the same – until you attach them.  The label is made of a new product which clings really well to the blocks!  No more putting two way glue on the back of our stamps! They warned us, though, that both sides are very “clingy” so you need to be extra careful in putting the label on since you won’t be able to pull it up and reposition it.  Wood will still be used on the large background stamps, otherwise our options will be ‘cling’ or ‘photopolymer’.

They also had another announcement.  They have a Stamparatus bag!  It will be available for you to purchase December 5! It could be under the Christmas tree for you;  just have that special someone call me and I will order it (secretly)!

While you are thinking Christmas gifts, you might want to consider gifting Paper Pumpkin.  You can order Paper Pumpkin in the online store and you will be emailed a code and a link to Paper Pumpkin.  You will give the very fortunate recipient the code and they will go online to enter their Paper Pumpkin gift under their own email.  Be sure they know that they do not enter their payment information since you have already paid for it.

1-month, item # 137858;   3-month, #137859;   6-month, #137860;  12 month, #137861

You could make a Christmas card with an insert for a gift card and your shopping for them is done- and you have the fun of creating a card instead of braving the crowded mall!

SAL,   Stamp A Lot of Christmas cards  (the Stamparatus will simplify the process)

Karen  Click on SAL to go to the online store.

 

 

Snowflake Showcase- Available for a limited time!

Hello Stamping Friends,

We have another special set of products available to you now and only while supplies last!

The hostess code is D9ZUUB9X if your order is under $150.  Club is on November 13 and Joy will be receiving credit through the hostess code for all your orders. Let’s make it great for her first time as our club hostess!

Here is a video from the home office:

At our Christmas Stamp A Stacks, see dates below, I will have a snowflake card and an optional insert with the following poem by Holley Gerth.

“Every new snowflake comes to the earth

As a picture of our Savior’s birth,

Because they are sent from up above

And remind us of God’s care and love.

Each one is so intricate and small

Because Christ sees the details of us all,

And just as two are never the same

The Lord knows and calls us each by name.

Snowflakes gently cover the world in white

And hide what’s unlovely from our sight,

Showing us how He covers our sin

And gives us His grace when we come to Him.

So may every snowflake bring Christ to mind

And in every bit of white may we find

A  reason to celebrate anew,

And a reminder of His love for you.

–Holley Gerth–

Stamp A Stacks- six cards, two of each design, $25

Please RSVP at least three days prior to the event!  Attend 1 or attend all 4 and have 24 Christmas cards. Door prize at each event, thank you gifts and snacks to keep up your energy!

November 27, Tuesday morning, 9:30-12:00

November 30, Friday night, 6:30 – 9:00  (same cards as Tuesday)

December 4, Tuesday morning, 9:30 – 12:00 Three new designs

December 7, Friday night,  6:30- 9:00 (same cards as Tuesday)

 

December 15, Saturday night,  6:30 – 10:00 Christmas party potluck, Make And Take team challenge, games, prizes

SAL,  Sing A Long with carolers this Christmas!

Karen

Check out these beautiful cards made by the lovely Linda Cullen:

Plaid! I love plaid and never imagined it with snowflakes. Wowzee.
Ooooh! I always make a red and white card at Christmas. This one is gorgeous!
Why do just one tree when two can look this fabulous!

 

I wanted the framelits for this very special connected snowflake flurry! Love how she used it here so you don’t miss the flurry!

 

Pastor Appreciation Month & High Tide

Hello Stamping Friends,

It is almost time for me to head off to the Stampin’ Up! convention in Orlando.  Paul is going with me and we are making it a vacation with a trip to San Antonio for my niece’s wedding after the first days of convention.  What fun!

For Pastor Appreciation this month I thought the High Tide set with a bit of electrical science would be fun.

I began these instructions as my first video which is why I showed the supplies this way.  The camera and lighting didn’t work so we are back to the drawing board on doing videos.

Supplies:

  • Base of card  8 1/2 X 5 1/2  scored at 4 1/4
  • (2) Whisper White outside and inside layers 5 1/4 X 4
  • Night of Navy for greeting  1 3/4 X 2 1/2
  • Whisper White top of greeting 1 1/2 X 2 1/4
  • Whisper White for lighthouse 1 1/2 X 3 1/2
  • Sahara Sand Shoreline 2 X 5 1/4
  • 1/4″ Copper Adhesive Tape, cut down the middle to make it 1/8″ wide
  • CR 1220 Lithium Battery
  • Chibitronics Lights

I ordered the last three supplies through Amazon.

 

I used the High Tide stamp set for most of the scene and the Waterfront stamp set for the mountains.

The Stamparatus was the best tool to perfectly line up the stamps to do the two step stamping on the lighthouse.  (Note:  the stamp set containers fit underneath the plates to give a nice solid surface for inking your stamps.)  Remember to use the foam pad with the photopolymer stamps for clear stamping. I cut a piece of grid paper to help me line up the image.  Stampin’ Up! now has grid paper made for the Stamparatus (#149621.   In my previous post I show all the supplies available and four videos on using the Stamparatus to its full potential.

Layers:  Stamparatus, foam pad, grid paper, magnets (yes, I already broke mine but I can order another).

Many of the videos show stamping first and then cutting to the size you want.  This gives a larger piece for the magnets to hold so the paper doesn’t pull up when you stamp.  I already had my pieces cut to size for my class so I had to be careful as I stamped to pull up the plate slowly so as not to pull the paper out of position.

The background was stamped with Smoky Slate:

Now you can lay your second lighthouse stamp perfectly over the first, press the other plate to pick it up, ink it in Cajun Craze and stamp for a perfect lighthouse.  Now fussy cut the image and you are ready to do some fun art and science.

 

– Step 1 – Mountains  -I used the mountains in the Waterfront set and stamped one mountain on a sticky note and fussy cut to be a mask.  I will keep that in the stamp set.  After you have fussy cut your lighthouse, you need to look at where it will be in reference to the water so you know where to stamp the water and mountains so your light shines on the sponged sunset sky and is between the mountains.  Stamp the middle mountain first, mask and then stamp one to the right and one to the left of middle using tranquil tide.

-Step 2 – Water – Stamp the water ripples with the High Tide water stamp in Night of Navy, sponge to fill in

-Step 3- Sun – Leaving the mountain mask in place, stamp the sun and stamp again on sticky note for a mask; note: the sun in the Waterfront is very “artistic” compared to the more symmetrical sun in the High Tide set.

-Step 4 – Birds – stamp a partial of the birds in the High Tide set directly over the mountains in Memento black

-Step 5 – Sky – Have fun with sponging the sky.  Start with your lightest color – So Saffron, then Crushed Curry then a bit of Perfect plum for the very top and sides and finish with Cajun Craze directly around the sun.

Let’s visit a video from Michelle’s Crafting Corner for the science.  She uses a circuit pen for the light but just follow the directions with the circuit tape.   Forward her video to the 15 minute point.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1098&v=4G5ciVknjUA

Hopefully that gives you the guidelines you need to make a light up card.  Send a picture of one that you create!

SAL,  Shine A Light

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Card & Baby Shower

Hello Stamping Friends,

Baby Emma is one month old today!  This is the first picture we received on September 24 when she was born:

And here’s mommy:

This is my favorite of little Emma:

She is so adorable!  Grandma and Grandpa were very excited and couldn’t wait to drive up.

We threw a baby shower and so many of our Stampin’ Up! supplies came in handy.  Hopefully you will be inspired with all the cool things we can make with our tools.

Doing a card with safety pins was something I saw on Pinterest and with our beautiful papers and stamps I made an easel card.  The Designer Series Paper- DSP- is the Petal Promenade and the stamp “Life is so much better with you in it” is from the Petal Palette stamp set.  It is stamped on the DSP and punched with the Pretty Label punch.  The ribbons are the 1/4″ Mini Striped Gorgeous Grape layered on 3/8″ Mini Ruffled Ribbon in Powder Pink and tied with Nature’s Twine in Grapefruit Grove.

I really like purple and peach and knit a baby hat to use for a diaper baby.

For the invitations I purchased invites at Hobby Lobby and then reconfigured them:

I added a Melon Mambo base and a flap of Pretty in Pink with a Stitched Framelit Oval on a Melon Mambo oval frame.  The baby is the Moon Baby stamp set.  The ribbon is the Tea Room ribbon combo pack. It comes in a two pack of Coastal Cabana and Very Vanilla with a copper edge.   I used up all the Coastal Cabana but was delighted to find that I could use the Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends marker to color the vanilla ribbon for close to the same color.  It is good to know that the vanilla ribbon gives us the option for many other colors!  I embellished with sequins.

Save all your punches!!  I used two retired punches on the inside of the flap for more details.  I typed what I needed in Word and then punched it out and sponged the edges.

We compete with the Big Box stores for some things but it is so nice to have them for all the supplies we need.

For party favors I bought little jars and then decorated them with framelits and punches.  The top is from the Window Box Thinlits dies and a circle framelit since it starts as a square.  The words are once again typed in Word and then punched out. The Leaf Ribbon is tied around the top with a length of Linen Thread to hold the tag.  The jar was filled with pink candy kisses that said “It’s a girl”- The Party Store had that special chocolate.

For activities we played Diaper Pong.  (Thank you Pinterest).  With Stampin’ Up! supplies we could make all the circles we needed and the lettering for the Diaper Pong.  Thanks to my youngest daughter, Amber, who punched and punched and punched all the circles.

We set up a headband making station for guests to create a cute headband in various sizes, and add a tag with the size and their name.

For treats I used a retired cloud framelit to look like a piece of popcorn:

What would we do without Pinterest?!   I found a site where I could download Baby Bingo sheets for guests to have fun while the gifts were being opened.  The green jar is for the diaper raffle tickets – another punch used!

For prizes I found a box of rose petal soap and pretty boxes on sale:

Baby Scrapbooking Kit:

“I wish I remembered…..”    How many times I have heard mother’s lamenting how they can’t remember when the first tooth appeared, or when they first started crawling or the date of their first haircut.  We think we are going to scrapbook every event but then life gets hectic and we can only guess when something happened.  I had seen a memory can and revised the poem a bit to make a memory box.  I added pens, cards and punched images on which they could make a quick note and then slide it in one of the envelopes.  When they get out the scrapbook they will be ready to go!  I adhered the poem to the inside flap of the box.

Memory Box

Baby books are great ideas,

But sometimes you’re too busy.

Living with a little one

Can put you in a tizzy.

Milestones pass too fast at times

To find the proper page.

So, jot a note of each event with

Date and baby’s age.

Those special times and chuckles

You’ll want to journal, too

So with a note placed in this box

They’ll all be here for you.

Happy one month birthday, Emma!

SAL, (Share A Love)

Karen

The hostess code this month is D9ZUUB9X

24 Hour Sale to Celebrate Stampin’ Up!’s 30th Birthday

Hello Stamping Friends,

At midnight tonight, Stampin’ Up! will start a 24 hour party – sale!  Grab your catalog and see if any of the stamps are on your wish list.  The stamps are listed by page number.

The hostess code is:   D9ZUUB9X  if your order is under $150.

SAL,  Sales Addiction Love

Karen

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