Retiring Products Announced

Hurry Stamping Friends,

Grab your wish list and see if any of the products you have wanted are being discontinued.  There are a few things we know for sure:

  • All the products associated with the 2018-2019 In Colors are being retired.  Check out my previous post here. 
  • The Big Shot and accessories as well as the Stampin’ Trimmer are being retired.  Check out my previous post here. 
  • All the bundles will be retired.  The individual products may carryover to the new catalog but there will not be a 10% discount.
  • The Designer Series Papers will be retired.
  • All clear mount and wood mount stamps – except the large background wood stamps- are being retired.

The lists make it look like every single stamp set is being discontinued but this is not the case.  The clear mount is transitioning to cling mount.

This is a list of stamps that will carryover to the new catalog in the new cling mount:

If you would like to view the list by pictured items click on the category shown below:

If you would like to go through your catalog page by page click on the following lists shown under the Catalogs:

Annual Catalog June 1, 2018 to June 3, 2019

AC 18-19 Retiring List_US

 


OCC 19 Retiring List_US

 


The hostess code through the end of day tomorrow, April 16,  is  KTHPFHPP.

SAL,    Sharing A Love – knowing they will be gone soon

Karen

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The first announcement of retiring products!

Hello Stamping Friends,

Stampin’ Up! is moving to a stronger position in the market.  They are eliminating the middle man for their die cutting and embossing machine and going direct to the manufacturer!  Accordingly the “Big Shot”, as we know it, will be retired along with all its accessories. 

I am listing everything that is “Big Shot” though it is an assumption at this point based on the announcement today that just said the machine and accessories.

The Stampin’ Trimmer is also being retired.

     

Currently we are allowed to buy three sets of blades for the trimmer.  When the retirement list comes out on Monday, April 15th, we will be able to buy six sets until they are depleted.  As always, they will be available as long as supplies last.  I recommend stocking up on the blades and the Big Shot cutting pads.  Stampin’ Up! is still working with the manufacturer so the new catalog will not have a die cutting and embossing machine.  Until the new one becomes available we need to get supplies for what we have.  Change is hard but it will be worth it!  The Stamparatus is a cut above the competition and I am sure the new SU die cutting and embossing machine will be the same.

The ‘In Color’ inks, refills and paper will be the first to sell out so be sure you have the stock you want to carry forward.

I will post the retired list Monday so be watching!

The current hostess code is KTHPFHPP.  Order $75 using this hostess code and receive a set of Gingham Daisy cards similar to these designed by Janice Laroche!

 

As always,

SAL,  Stamp A Lot with the Stampalosopher

Karen

 

Storage by Stampin’ Up! Your Space.Your Way. New Line of Stampin’ Up! Products

Hello Stamping Friends,

It has been all over social media but I like to wait until you can actually order the products before presenting them.  Well, today is the day that the new Stampin’ Storage line of products is available to everyone to order!  Let’s start with a quick video from the home office- click the picture:

Now let’s look at the individual pieces and prices:

PS:   At convention in Orlando we used that lovely Floral Grid Paper and it has only been available to demonstrators until today!

Here is a configuration tool to help you decide what you need and a set of frequently asked questions:


I will order a set to display at the April Luncheon on Saturday, April 13, or Tuesday, April 16.  Click HERE for details or to RSVP. 

As a special bonus, order $75 or more of this or any product during the month of April with hostess code KTHPFHPP and I will make you a set of five Delightful Daisy cards with a design similar to the one created and shown here by Janice Laroche:

 

If you ordered one each of the storage units, the grid paper and one month of a prepaid Paper Pumpkin you would hit the $75 total.

Did you like that video-(click on the last line above if you missed it)?  Maybe we should add sponge daubers #133773 to our order.  The stamp set Tanner used is on page 110 of the catalog:

‘Healing Hugs’ is a great get well stamp set that is easy to overlook in the catalog and a necessary addition to our collection.

I followed a rabbit trail to the craft quotations on Pinterest and laughed so hard I…….well you don’t need to know the rest.  Here is one from The Funny Beaver.com:

 

I am off to order the storage boxes and plan the luncheon!  Be sure and RSVP soon.  The hostess code is KTHPFHPP.

SAL,  Smile A Little

Karen

Punches Are In / Last Two Days of Sale A Bration

Hello Stamping Friends,

The Butterfly Duet Punch is back!   #148523, $18, or get the bundle #150599 with the punch and stamp set for $35 – just in time for the last hurrah of Sale A Bration.

The cake punch is also back!

Mom always said “all good things must come to an end” as we left the wonderful vacation we had been on – or the swimming pool -or the horseback trip!  Sigh……  We kept the memories and the pictures to remember the fun, but you have so much more;  you can keep stamps and framelits and ribbons and paper to remember our fun time this last three months with Sale A Bration.

You still have time to put in one last order and get one more free product!  Our hostess code is  KTHPFHPP if your order is under $150.

Let’s look at the brochures one last time:

The ribbon was available around March 4th but sold out immediately.

 

And my favorite:

The fun isn’t over – it just takes a new venue!  I am hosting a card class with luncheon on Saturday, April 13, and Tuesday, April 16th.  The cost is $20 and we will make 4 specialty cards with product from the Occasions catalog which runs through June 3.  RSVP by April 8th (or sooner)!  You can text, email or click on the calendar on the right side of this blog and the calendar will link you to the Events page at the Stampin’ Up! website where there is a little box for sending me an RSVP.

Let me pick some of my favorite samples from wonderful Stampin’ Up! demonstrators:

Angie Mckenzie used the Country Floral Embossing folder and a sort of spotlight technique:

Brian King used the Botanical Butterfly DSP which has black and white on one side and butterflies on the other:

 

From “Priscillastamps.blogspot.com”  comes part III of the Lovely Lattice!  I want to visit her blog and find parts 1 and II don’t you?  Stampin’ Up! is encouraging demonstrators to do one simple card for beginners, one for intermediate stampers and one for advanced. This would be the advanced card!

This gorgeous Lasting Lily card comes to us from Frenchie’s Team!  She also used the Country Floral embossing folder.  Her YouTube channel is a definite subscription must!

 

Thank you, Angie, Brian, Priscilla and Frenchie!   You are an inspiration to all of us.

Our hostess code is  KTHPFHPP.    Click on little SAL waving from the computer to go to the online store –   hurry –  time is of the essence!!

SAL,   (Start A Love of stamping!)

Karen

What’s this? A Hidden Pot of Gold?

Hello Stamping Friends,

The current hostess code is:  KTHPFHPP   A hostess will be picked from all those ordering!  We have two weeks left of Sale A Bration and several new products added as free with a $50 order.  Click here.

For club this month we made a St. Patrick’s Day card!   It is a wiper card special fold and the pot of gold pops up out of the middle!

 

Let’s start by making a rainbow with our Stampin’ Up! markers.  I tried blender pens and the alcohol Stampin’ Blends but was able to get the clearest image with the markers.  I cut out an oval with a framelit and used the center of my grid paper to determine placement for the Whisper White cardstock.  I went over 9 squares and down 9 squares and marked the oval with the placement line. ( I will list all the measurements at the end.)

Now place your cardstock on the grid paper and draw the first rainbow line holding the marker at a somewhat slanted angle – too much slant and your line will be too thick, too little slant and your line will be too thin.  Use the thick end of the marker and let the curve of the oval guide your hand.  Remember, this is a marker not a crayon so you don’t need to press hard.  After the first line is drawn, move the oval up slightly to mask the first line and draw the next line. Continue for all seven colors.  You will do ‘damage control’ at the end when you have completed all the rainbow lines by switching to the thin end of the marker and coloring in any missed bits or edges.  I advise practicing once on the grid paper before doing the card.  Clean the tips of your markers by tapping them off on the grid paper after each attempt.  The oval will absorb the ink so use the other side of the oval after practicing, just be sure and cover your cardstock with sticky notes so the ink from the practice side of the oval doesn’t get on your cardstock.  I tried a window sheet to see if that would keep the ink from bleeding but it wasn’t any better.

With your rainbow completed, run the cardstock through the Big Shot with the Subtle Embossing Folder.

For the greeting we will use the stamp from “Love What You Do” and the framelit from “Wonderful Floral”.  The Stamparatus will let us stamp and then restamp until we have a perfect image.  I placed the framelit on the paper to verify I had enough on each side of the greeting for the cutout- but be careful – those magnets love to grab framelits!  Remember – stamp first – then cut!

After you have cut out the stamped greeting, use the negative space of the cutout to mark the cut for the gold glimmer paper.  On the back of the glimmer paper draw around the cutout with a pencil and then fussy cut.  You could cut out the glimmer paper with the framelit but then all those little rectangles on the side will have to be taped in place.  Fussy cutting was easier for me.

Adhere the gold glimmer paper directly to the card front and then pop up the greeting.  When adhering to glimmer paper glue dots work the best so place a glue dot on top of each dimensional.  Since the glimmer paper is not a circle, be careful to line up your greeting before gluing down the glimmer paper.

That picture shows the beauty of the ‘Subtle’ embossing folder!

I needed a birthday card for my daughter so I colored the stamp with my marker leaving out ‘friend’ and then used the retired ‘Family Reunion’ stamp set which has a daughter stamp to stamp the middle of the greeting.  Sticky notes worked better than the grid paper to align the ‘daughter’ stamp since you can see through the sticky note.  (It took me more than once to get it aligned right so I threw away sticky notes instead of grid paper.)

I will square it up when I cut it out with the framelit and put a bling over the dot where the ‘i’ in friend was touched when I colored.  Butterflies and bling fix most anything!

With the rainbow and greeting completed, let’s stamp!  I wanted the images to be a rich shiny black so I embossed them and then cut them out.  The Whisper White cardstock we used for the greeting has enough room for all with enough left over to cut out two lily pad flowers.

Let’s go to the Big Shot now and cut out our pieces.  Cut two pots out of black using the retired ‘Cannery Set’ lid. The ‘Coffee Cup’ framelits has a lid that would work, too.  Cut out the lily pad with the Hop Along framelits and nine hearts for shamrocks with the ‘Every Day Jar Framelits’.  Use a 1/4″ circular punch, mine was just an office punch, and punch out three green circles for the back of the shamrocks and a dozen or so glimmer paper circles for the coins in the pot.  Punch half circles out of the side of the glimmer paper to line the front edge of the pot so it looks like the coins are half way out of the pot.

Now the relaxing fun! Coloring!  I used light and dark ‘Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends’ for the frogs.  I colored their tummies and the dots with the light and then did two layers of the dark for the rest.  The open mouth got a little ‘Blushing Bride Marker’, the lilies got a touch of Dark Daffodil Delight and the unicycle was colored in Light Smoky Slate with a Daffodil Delight seat.  The bug was colored in Dark Highland Heather and Dark Daffodil Delight. The bees got a touch of Dark Daffodil Delight.  The lily pad was sponged on the edge for extra depth.  The two frogs and the purple bug were popped up.  The lily pad, flower, bees and shamrocks were glued directly down.

To give your pot the illusion of a front edge, place your framelit on the pot and score around the edge then move the framelit up a bit and score again.  Color black between the scored lines and use a Versa Mark pen to make it even darker.

I used the fine tip glue pen to place my first layer of half coins on the pot and to glue the coins that adhered directly to the black paper.  When stacking the coins be sure and use glue dots so they will stick to the glimmer paper.

My first attempt at the shamrocks was with the fine tip glue pen but I didn’t like the result (shown here) so I used a glue dot on top of the 1/4″ circle and found it much easier to place the little hearts and have them stay in place.  Cut just a little triangle out of the bottom of your 1/4″ circle if you don’t want it to show under the stem.  I fussy cut little stems.

This picture shows the shamrocks with glue dots.  Less mess and no shiny excess from the glue.

The front is adhered directly to the black layer and those two layers are popped up on a Garden Green layer but don’t glue it on the base until you have constructed the wiper.

Use your bone folder to fold the two score lines on the two base pieces in Z folds. Place the front to the back and check that you have the folds going the right way.  It should look like this:

The front has the long portion on the right.  Lay this face down on your grid sheet.  The top is now at the bottom.

Line up your scored wiper piece with the bottom of the card (which is really the top when you stand it up).  Place the diagonal of the scored portion on each edge of the second fold of the Z.  Before adhering the wiper piece, bend the diagonal forward and backward a few times to exercise its movement!  To score the wiper, place the square piece with a right angle at the 1/2″ of the right side of the Stampin’ Trimmer and the opposite right angle on the same line.  I drew a pencil line to show you what I mean.  Score- creating a little triangle on one corner.

You are going to glue only that little triangle to the cardstock.  I tried tear and tape and it pulled off so I found ‘Tombow liquid glue’ worked well, you just have to hold it in place for a bit and be careful not to let the glue squish out.  I like to put ‘Tombow’ on the piece I am gluing and then count to twenty before adhering so it doesn’t squish out.  I did use ‘Tear and Tape’ on the front and back edges.

The pot is next!  Glue the window sheet to the wiper piece and then glue the pot upside down to the other side of the window sheet at the very edge of the cardstock. Glue on your second pot to cover the window sheet.

Stand the front back up, line the edges of each side carefully, adhering the front to the back.  Voila!  You have made a wiper card!

Finish by gluing the Garden Green strip on the front side and stamping the back of the card.  The greeting stamp used on the back  is a retired Stampin’ Up! stamp but the four leaf clover is in the ‘Amazing Life’ stamp set.  The ‘ Make A Difference’ stamp set has the alphabet in capitals and small letters so you could make ‘daughter’ or Happy St. Patrick’s day with that set.

Supplies:

  • So Hoppy Together Sale A Bration stamp set with coordinating framelits
  • Love What You Do stamp set for the greeting
  • Amazing Life Stamp set for the four leaf clover (great for the envelope, too)
  • Wonderful Floral Framelits for the greeting
  • Every Day Jars Framelits for the hearts
  • Framelits – Cannery Set for the pot (The Coffee Cups framelits has a lid that would work well)
  • Granny Apple Green Ink
  • Garden Green Ink
  • Stampin’ Blends – Light and Dark Granny Apple Green, Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Highland Heather, Light Smoky Slate
  • Markers – Basic Black for the edge of the pot, Blushing Bride for the mouth.  Markers for rainbow in order of use-
  1. Rich Razzleberry
  2. Night of Navy
  3. Pacific Point
  4. Garden Green
  5. Daffodil Delight
  6. Pumpkin Pie
  7. Real Red
  • 1/4″ circle punch

Dimensions:

  • Base:  Granny Apple Green (make 2)  7″ X 4 1/4″  Scored at 1 1/4″ and 2″
  • Wiper Pop Up:  Granny Apple Green  2 1/4″ X 2 1/4″ scored diagonally with the right angle at the 1/2″ mark on Stampin Trimmer and the other right angle lined up straight across on the same 1/2″ line
  • Front Side Layer:  Granny Apple Green  4″ X 1″
  • Front & Back Layers:  Garden Green (make 2) 4 3/4″ X 4″  Glue Directly to base
  • Black Layer for front:  Basic Black  4 1/2″ X  3 3/4″  Pop up with dimensionals
  • Top Layer:  Whisper White (make 2) 4 3/8″ X 3 5/8″
  • Whisper White for cutouts:  5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″
  • Lily Pad:  Granny Apple Green  1 1/2″  X 3 1/8″
  • Gold Glimmer paper for behind the greeting and for the coins:  2 1/2″  X 4″
  • Black for pot:  (make 2) 4″ X 1 1/4″
  • Window Sheet: 1 1/2″  X  1  1/4″
  • Shamrocks:  Garden Green  1″ X 3 1/2″
  • Oval cut out for rainbow:  Whisper White 5″ X 4″  to make a 4 3/8 X 3 1/2″ oval (retired oval set)

That took longer to detail than it probably would take for a video.  I need to get to work on producing videos. Which do you like better – videos or detailed pictures?

Let me know if you have questions.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 13 or Tuesday, April 16 at 10:00.  I will be having a card class and luncheon on those days ( same cards each time).   We will meet from 10:00 to 2:00 and make four cards.  I will provide a light  lunch.  The cost is $20 and RSVPs are necessary by April 5, please.  There are so many wonderful products I want to use before the catalogs go away June 3rd.  Assuming the product is still available for you to order,  we will do one card with the Tea Together stamp and framelit set, one card with the Wonderful Romance bundle, one card with the Beauty Abounds bundle and one card with the Let It Ride stamp set.

Text, email or leave a comment with this post.  The comment is at the end of the post.

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

Karen

Click on little Sal in the computer to order, the hostess code is KTHPFHPP:

 

New Sale A Bration Items – Third Release

Hello Stamping Friends,

We have one month left of Sale A Bration!  This is such a wonderful way year after year to chase away the wintertime blues.

Hostess code for Saturday club, March 9:  MKATNKJV

Hostess code for Tuesday club, March 12:  N9RT4YDQ

Starting today you can purchase products that coordinate with the free Sale A Bration products and we have several new items from the regular catalog offered free with a $50 purchase.

Coordination Products to purchase:

Review of second release (keep scrolling for the first release in thumbnails):

 

Let’s look at some projects with items from the third release:

The Petal Promenade DSP is gorgeous with two sheets that can be cut to be card fronts like the piece shown here behind this Laser Cut paper.  Both papers are available as a free Sale A Bration item.  Both outside and inside greetings are from ‘Ribbon of Courage’, page 114 of the Annual Catalog, as well as the little heart.  The roses in the corner are from the ‘Painted Glass’ stamp set on page 165 and cut out with the ‘Stained Glass Thinlits Dies’.

Here is another project using  the Petal Promenade DSP, a Pearlized Doily, and the Organdy Ribbon which will be back in stock about March 4.  The greeting is from ‘Guy Greetings’ (retired), the inside greeting is the ‘Forever Lovely’ stamp set on page 5 of the Occasions catalog :

Pizza boxes make wonderful gifts that can be regifted.  I made these pizza boxes for my “kit class”  thank you gifts.  I bought a cookie press and Lisa, bless her heart and her patience, helped me make little spritz cookies in flower and leaf shapes to go in the boxes.   The greeting is from ‘A Big Thank You’ stamp set:

Besides the pizza box, this uses the ‘Share What You Love’ DSP which has foil accents on it, Annual Catalog page 188.  The Frosted Flower Embellishment is on page 11 of the Occasions catalog and one of our little rhinestones fits perfectly in the middle of the flower.

Dimensions:

  • Pizza Box itself is 3 3/8 X 3 3/8
  • Solid First Layer is Merry Merlot  3 1/4  X  3 1/4
  • Second Layer is Share What You Love DSP  3 X 3
  • Sides First Layer is Merry Merlot  3 3/8 X 7/8
  • Sides Top Layer is DSP  3 1/8 X 5/8
  • Doily is retired product
  • Greeting is stamped on Whisper White and cut with a Stitched Shapes Circle then sponged on edges
  • Stamp Set is ‘A Big Thank You’
  • Flower is Frosted Flower Embellishment in Occasions Catalog, pg. 11, topped with a rhinestone
  • A Whisper White twine bow completes the top

 

 

The Gingham Gala DSP, Occasions page 35, used on these thank you notes is back in stock and the ribbon should be available in the next few days.  Yay!!  There are four cards here for the sake of the picture, it isn’t a fancy fold of some kind.  “Thank You for your endless love and support” is in the ‘Lasting Lily’ Sale A Bration stamp set.  The butterflies are in the  ‘Beauty Abounds’ stamp set and cut with the ‘Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies’, page 13 of the Occasions.  “Ever So Grateful” is in the ‘A Big Thank You’ stamp set.

Since I have a captive audience, or at least I am pretending I do, I will show you one more project using a new offering from Sale A Bration – the ‘Share What You Love Embellishment Kit’:

I stamped on the vellum cutout from the front and it wasn’t as fuzzy as it looks here.  Isn’t the tag from the kit unique?

I need to get more little cookies done to put in the pizza boxes so I will sign off for now.   Click on the little SAL computer image to go to my online store and order.

SAL,   Share A Love  –  I love, love, love new goodies so I am sharing.  I love comments, too!

Karen

 

More Valentine Fun

Hello Stamping Friends,

I hope your weekend was an extension of Valentine’s day like mine was!  Our newest grandbaby is 4 1/2 months old and changing so fast that we decided a trip to Steamboat for her first Valentine’s day (month) was essential. Here’s mommy and daddy with little Emma.  Daddy had just taken a group of guests for a hot air balloon ride.   If you are ever in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, he would love to take you on a flight as well!  Click here for Wild West Balloon Adventures.   

My prior Valentine post showed all the gorgeous cards my club members designed.  Using the same trifold and designer series paper (DSP), I made one card in pinks and one in reds. Click here for my previous Valentine Post to see all the card dimensions and to take a look at the amazing ‘Be Mine Stitched Framelits’ set.

 

The heart in the middle of the doily with all the flowers is cut from the ‘All My Love’ DSP with a framelit.  I colored the leaves with the Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blend and added a touch of light Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blend on the tiny flowers so the heart would match the DSP.  ‘Dazzling Diamonds’ glitter was added to the center of the flowers for a little sparkle.  I used the framelit with the multiple little hearts to cut hearts from the matching DSP to go around the edge of the doily.  The middle heart is a ‘Heart Epoxy Droplet’ with a piece of the Flirty Flamingo cardstock, fussy cut to size,behind it.

For the red valentine I decided to use glimmer papers in red and blushing bride for the middle hearts to add sparkle and to use the skinny hearts in the framelits since the DSP has both heart shapes:

 

The hearts your see stamped below the ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ greeting are stamped in Lovely Lipstick with only one stamp from the ‘Forever Lovely’ stamp set.  It matches the ‘All My Love’ Designer Series Paper perfectly and the stamp is made to have all the different levels of color.  Check out page 5 of the Occasions catalog to see the stamp set and DSP.

It is amazing what SU can do with stamps these days.  I did use retired doilies but have you seen the ‘Dear Doily’ stamp Bundle in the Occasions catalog page 47?  We can now make our own!  

For a little addition to this blog post I wanted to add pre-blog valentines to have a record of the past.  If you go to the Recipe Box tab you can see valentines made over the past four years but we are missing inspiration from before that.  March will mark my 10th year with Stampin’ Up! but I have only blogged since November of 2014.

Flashback Fun

I made this valentine for one of my first Stampin’ Up! convention contests.  I learned that Stampin’ Up! does not like ‘Karen Cards’ as my DH, Paul, calls them.  The winners were all very ‘Clean and Simple’ thirty minute cards not something like this multiple hours card that used several stamp sets, multiple techniques and even had the greeting stamped on red satin ribbon.  My daughter and son-in-law met on a bike path so I made this with them in mind:

The next one is a trifold with a heart cutout in the middle of each side and a dangling trifold glimmer heart.  One card just doesn’t say enough for a husband like Paul so this card is a three in one:

For club one year we made this card with its floating hearts in the middle:

 

To prove I can make clean and simple cards check out these two:

The first card is on Whisper White though it looks Very Vanilla like the second one.  The top card pictures I took in the morning with more natural light so I need to remember to do that for future pictures.

It is time to move on from valentines to birthdays and Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  We have so many fun stamp sets and bundles it is hard to choose!  If you have the same problem you might consider joining as a demonstrator and getting $175 of product for $99 during Sale A Bration.  Just saying…….

Paper Pumpkin will be celebrating their sixth birthday in March!  They are going to have a special box and the kit will include two stamp sets instead of one:

Click on the Paper Pumpkin image to sign up!  Click on little SAL in the computer to go to the online store.

SAL,   Sharing A Love

Karen

 

New Sale A Bration Products

Hello Stamping Friends,

Our current hostess code is FCGZVMVE and Joy is our online party hostess if you would like to order.

Next Saturday, the 23rd, is our Make a Kit party day and Terri’s code for ordering a kit is MKATNKJV.  Join us at 10:00 with your kit or a Paper Pumpkin.  Order today to receive your kit in time.

Finally, February 15 is here with its second offering of free Sale A Bration products with a $50 or $100 order.  This is the official brochure and I will add it to the catalog page.  Click on the image to download the pdf (or just keep scrolling.)

Let’s take a look at the products up close and personal:

Here’s my favorite:

And here is a bundle free with a $100 purchase:

The home office shows it best with a video:

WHAT!  Did you see that fine print?  There are framelits to go with this?  Yes!  And with many of the other Sale A Bration products as well. We just have to wait another two weeks.

I love the one stamp:  “Because Adulting Is Hard”; of course it would be nice to have “Easter Wishes”, “Christmas Wishes”, “New Year’s Wishes” and “Birthday Wishes” for greetings, as well as having stamps that add to the ‘Hello Cupcake’ set and the frogs in ‘So Hoppy Together’.  I have had occasions I needed to say “Thanks for hopping by”, “Thanks For Jumping In”, or “Leaping for joy is easy to do…when I have a friend as amazing as you”.  I could use the Bravery greeting right now for someone going through a really tough time. Sigh….I think I just sold myself on this set I told myself I didn’t need!!

Order online from me outside of club parties using the hostess code FCGZVMVE and receive a free embellishment for your crafting pleasure!   If your order hits $150 (whew, three Sale A Bration products earned) don’t use the hostess code since you will get 10% of your order total in hostess dollars to spend on anything you please.  Want to party with us at club?

Club members have a fun day making a technique sheet and a special card.  I have Tuesday morning and Saturday morning clubs that meet every other month.   March is our last rotation for the past year and we will be planning new rotations starting in May.  We need more members so consider joining and having fun with fellow crafters!  Try club out on Saturday, March 9 at 10:00am or Tuesday,  March 12 at 9:00am.  Text me at 303-815-0838 or email me at stampalosopher@gmail.com if you are interested.

At January’s club I taught the Shrinky Dink technique using the humming bird in the ‘Humming Along’ set, page 36 of the Occasions catalog, # 148758.    The paper is our ‘Petal Promenade’ Designer Series Paper in the Annual Catalog page 190, #146913.  It has sheets of paper with realistic little images to cut out like I have done here.  The greeting is from ‘A Big Thank You’  in the Annual Catalog page 122, #147377.

The technique sheet is  6″ X 6″, perfect for putting in a photo album of that size for future reference.

I have some Valentines to post, since it is the day after the party and I won’t spoil the surprise, so I will sign off this post and begin another.

SAL,   (Shrink Anything Large)

Karen  – Click on little SAL to order

Happy Valentines Day

Hello Stamping Friends and Happy Valentines Day!!

(Hostess code for Terri’s kit party February 23 at 10:00am :  MKATNKJV)
(Hostess code for Joy’s online party:  FCGZVMVE)

I hope you have wonderful plans to celebrate all the loves of your life next week.  How about celebrating our “LOVE” of stamping?

At club last month I gave the stampers a card base with a special trifold and then had lots of the new designer paper, the new stamp sets and dies offered in the Occasions catalog and the free foil paper from Sale A Bration available for them to use and design their own Valentine!  The results were amazing!

I cut and stamped the Meant To Be stamps with the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies so we could see all the wonderful things we could make.  The All My Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) even has one side with hearts that exactly match the framelits.  Can you tell which ones are from the DSP and which ones are stamped?  What a great bundle this is for many occasions.  Check out page 6 of the Occasions catalog.

 

The card bases were a fun trifold layered with DSP from All My Love Designer Paper.

  • Card Base:  11″ X 5 1/2″;  Score at 1 1/4″   then 4″   then  6 3/4″
  • DSP (X2) for front flaps:  1″ X  5 1/4″
  • Coordinating DSP for next flap:  2 1/2″  X  5 1/4″
  • Whisper White Message Panel:  2 1/2″  X  5 1/4″  (If Whisper White is your base, cut a coordinating DSP first with these measurements and then make a Whisper White Panel that is 2 1/4″  X  5″
  • DSP Panel on the right side matching DSP of the front panels:  4″  X  5 1/4″

Now the fun begins!  Check out these beautiful valentines my club ladies created:

Valentine 1 by Joy:

 

The greeting is from Amazing Life on page 28 of the Occasions catalog item # 148750.

Valentine 2 by Jo:

The Grapefruit Grove foil (free with a $50 order) is quite unique-especially when trying to photograph a project.  See page 12 of the Sale A Bration brochure.

Valentine 3 by Terri:

Terri used the Lovely Lipstick foil.  I missed the closed version of her card.

Valentine 4 by Lucille:

I love how she mounted the foil on a white background and used the little flourish and a heart in the middle!

Valentine #5 by —-:

How creative to pull in the color of the DSP with ribbon and to layer a DSP heart on a white heart!

Valentine #6 by Sharon:

The little Heart Epoxy Droplets pick up the color of the shiny foil beautifully.  See page 5, item # 148583.  The little flowers she used are the Frosted Flower Embellishments on page 11, item #148782.

Valentine #7 by LIsa:

 

Check out the embossed heart embellished with a flourish and the top little stamped heart holds the front flap down.

Valentine #8 by Christine:

I love how Christine placed the red outline of the heart so it perfectly matched her front white heart.

Valentine 9 by —–:

 

The white on the DSP is lovely and there is a plethora of hearts from the one framelit!

Valentine 10 by —-

Look at how she used the Crumb Cake to stamp the greeting and the heart so everything coordinates!

Help me with names dear stamping friends.  Send me a comment with which numbered Valentine is yours and I will update the post.  After all, it will be sort of a scrapbook for us.

Next post I will share the Shrinky Dink fun that we had for our club technique as well as the new Sale A Bration free products that will be available February 15 and the coordinating products we can purchase March 1 to go with many of the free stamp sets.

SAL,

Karen

Flashback Fun:

This is the Christmas card we made in 2017 with the same folds:

The DSP used here is retired but the stamp set and framelits are still available!!  See page 102 of the Annual Catalog for the Ready For Christmas stamp set and the Christmas Staircase thinlits dies on page 216.  There is a little Dachshund in this set so it was a must have for me!  Check out the other trifold card we made with this set at the card buffet:

I think I started down a rabbit trail, one trifold leading to another and then to another!  Thank you for stopping by!

I have a couple people interested in doing a monthly or bimonthly Christmas Card Stamp A Stack starting now so we have lots of cards made by November.  Leave me a comment if you are interested.

Shop online and get a free Sale A Bration product for each $50 or $100 spent!  Click on SAL and he will take you to the online site.

 

Thank You Notes

Our current hostess code is FCGZVMVE.

Hello Stamping Friends,

It is another very snowy day here in Castle Rock, Colorado and I am loving it!  As a little girl I would get so excited when it snowed, but my dad would look at me and say “If you had to go out and feed the cows you wouldn’t be so happy!”  I just have birds outside to feed and they were sure glad we had stocked up the bird feeders!

Today I have a few Thank You cards to show you.

Which do you like better?  These were simple using the Lovely Floral Embossing Folder, #148048 and  the Banners For You Stamp Set, # 141710,  with the Bunch of Banners Framelits, #141488.  There is a Heart Epoxy Droplet, #148583, in front of the Thank You and a Frosted Flower Embellishment, #148782, in the center of the flower.  The tiny clear droplets are retired as is the ribbon.  I am learning to stock those embellishments when they are introduced before they sell out.  Hopefully you have done the same.

  • Card Base:  Thick Whisper White  8 1/2″  X  5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Top Layer:  Pacific Point 5 1/4″ X 4″ embossed with the Lovely Floral embossing folder
  • Greeting:  Scrap of Whisper White stamped with the Banners For You greeting and cut with Bunch of Banners Framelits
  • Inside:  Greeting is stamped directly on the Thick Whisper White.  It is from the Spirited Snowmen stamp set in the Holiday Catalog.  The bottom design is from the Banners For You stamp set.  I had never noticed that little flourish design before.

Stay with me while I show you how fantastic our Stamparatus is for mass production.  I have been delighted to use it instead of blocks so I can restamp an image if it is not as perfect as I like, but I never thought I would use the hinge apparatus that lets you move the plate down the base in perfect intervals.  It was interesting to watch the demonstrations as the stampers stamped Happy Birthday or a design a number of times down a card but not something I thought I would ever do.  However,  I tried it for mass producing the banners and it worked beautifully.  Tip: Place one of our stamp cases under the plate to give a sturdy base for inking up the stamp.

I inked the stamp and then moved it down one step in the hinges.  I had six beautifully lined up banners.  I should have stamped the inside greeting first so I could line up the banner over top instead of doing the greeting over the banner.  I ruined the first one in my line up attempt but once the stamp was lined up, I moved the plate down the hinges and had a nice set of banners ready to cut out.  Tip:  Use the acrylic sheet from your Stamp A Ma Jig to test the line up of the stamp.  You will save a lot of grid paper and it would have saved me a banner!

Tip:  Cut up your shammy to make a great little tool to clean any shadows off the edges of your stamps.  It works great for cleaning your stamps while they are on the Stamparatus as well. I cut mine into several rectangles for each person to have at their station instead of a wet wipe.  I store them in another of our stamp cases.

These are the cards you see me producing in the pictures:

 

The Spirited Snowmen set did not carryover (they didn’t ask me…) but I wanted to show you the Delightfully Detailed Note Cards & Envelopes from the Annual Catalog page 193, #146911.  There are 20 cards that are already color-washed.  10 are in Blackberry Bliss and 10 are in Mint Macaron (but I thought Pool Party was a better match and used it for my cards). I embossed some with the Softly Falling embossing folder, #139672, and I used the new Big Shot Embossing Mats, #146327, with the snowflakes from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, #143751, to emboss the images instead of cutting them.  We can do this with any of our framelits giving us a whole new application for embossing.  You can see the embossing done on top facing down or on the bottom facing up in these images.

The Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon, #144152, was a great accent for the image which was stamped on a 3 1/2″ X 2 5/8″  Oval.  The edges were sponged with Pool Party.

Greetings:  ‘From The Heart’ – Petal Palette, #145788;   ‘Thanks so much’- A Big Thank You, #147377;   Inside bottom flourish – Banners For You, #141710

Bonus Card:

I made this card for Paul, my DH-darling hubby- and wonderful helper in this business!  We celebrated 43 years of marriage on December 20.  The card uses the Sprited Snowmen, the tree from Winter Woods (which does carryover), the Swirls & Curls embossing folder (also carrys over), and the Star of Light stamp set, which I hope stays in the annual catalogs for years.  I bought the Stitched All Around stamp set, page 17, # 146632,  just because it had a stamp that said “Oh darling you are fabulous”  and I wanted to use it on a card for Paul.  It made a great inside for this card.

Flashback Fun

When you are in the design zone, don’t forget Vertical Greetings on page 31 of the Annual Catalog.  This is another set I hope continues for years.  I used the current Vertical Greetings set with the ‘Special Reason’ stamp set and the ‘Stylish Stems’ Framelits that are retired.

The pink strip I cut off the front side was placed on the inside on top of a fun piece of Designer Series Paper.

Another favorite from the past is Paisleys and Posies with the Paisley Framelits:

You could use this as a card layout for a thank you card using a piece of Designer Series Paper, DSP, with a strip of foil paper, a fun framelit cutout and a thank you in the corner. It is fun to challenge yourself to bring in all the colors of a piece of Designer Series Paper.   The photopolymer stamps will bend so you can round them into a corner similar to what is shown here using a past Sale A Bration stamp set.  Send me a picture if you make a card with this layout, I would love to see it.

Next time I have some amazing Valentines to show you from my stamping friends at club.

The current hostess code is:  FCGZVMVE and it is Sale A Bration time!

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SAL,  Show A Lot of different cards

Karen

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