Hello Stamping Friends,
For 24 hours only:
October Stamp A Stack:
Here are pictures of the cards we made at the October Stamp A Stack. If you need any details leave your requests in the comment section.
Still Scenes Snow Globe with Feels Like Frost Designer Series Paper on a layer of Seaside Spray and a cardbase of Thick Whisper White. The banner and base background are Night of Navy. The greetings are from the retired Bells and Boughs stamp set and the retired Farmhouse Christmas.
TIP: Make yourself a template out of cardstock and you can cut multiples quickly:
Seasonal Wreath 3D embossing folder with Shrinky Dink Cardinal from Toile Christmas stamp set & Christmas Cardinal Dies. Strips of Red Glimmer Paper are scotch taped to the back of the top layer and the entire top layer is popped up on a Thick Whisper White base.
Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Paper with Peacock Foil Sheets cut with the Detailed Bands dies and layered on an oval of Bermuda Bay. The top layers are bordered with a strip of black foil paper and another black foil strip is cut out with one of the Detailed Bands dies for the inside. The Merry Christmas is a separate piece that is popped up with dimensionals. The card base is Bermuda Bay. The outside Merry Christmas is actually a sticker I picked up from a Krazy Creations craft booth several years ago. The inside greeting is from the “Timeless Tidings” stamp set that was just recently in the clearance rack.
For those who felt the colors were better for a birthday card, the “Band Together” stamp set that is bundled with the “Detailed Bands Dies” (page 121) has a perfect birthday greeting that fits perfectly on the cut out center and was easily embossed with black embossing powder to tie to the overall shiny look of the foils. The inside greeting is from the current “Country Home” stamp set.
For a little thank you gift I made a K-cup holder sitting on top of a pumpkin spice latte mix, the little squiggle below the thank you is in the “A Big Thank You” stamp set:
The next Christmas card Stamp A Stack is scheduled for Wednesday, December 4th, and Saturday, December 7th, at 9:30 here at my house. RSVP by November 25 please!
SAL, Sales Are Looming
Hello Stamping Friends,
The clearance rack has been stocked with new items – up to 60% off on some! Click on the red to visit!
That is generally true, Sal, but the home office wanted our customers to know about the coordinating kits so they are letting the cat out of the bag- or puppies out of the box in this case! Click on the Paper Pumpkin image to go to the site and sign up!
Stampin’ Up! is also offering special grid paper for Paper Pumpkin coordinating with their new slogan that Paper Pumpkin is “better than a box full of puppies” ! Click to see the video .
And while supplies last we have a smaller grid sheet with a holiday tone:
Click on either image to learn more.
Don’t forget the paper special through the end of this month:
Last but not least in our plethora of announcements – we have an upgraded website! If you have bookmarked my website – not the blog – you will get an error message when you try to access it and it will say it is not secure. That is not true – it is actually more secure than before. The new link eliminates the “www” on the front but the rest remains the same, so click here and take a look at the new website: karendecker.stampinup.net
That is true. That link goes directly to my Stampin’ Up site but our stamping friends may have bookmarked the old one with the “www” before you were introduced! So friends, if you are following my blog and access the website through it, you shouldn’t have a problem.
SAL, Sending Announcements Lovingly
Good morning, Stamping Friends,
It probably won’t be morning by the time you get this post in your mailbox but currently it is still morning in Karen’s World!
Don’t you mean Stampalosopher? Karen’s World was your accounting firm.
Yes, indeed, it is a Stampalosopher World! Today I have one of two cards to show you that I created for a stint as a guest presenter in Grand Junction. The first was inspired by Joy Meadows and the very lovely card she sent for my birthday. Thank you, Joy!
Do you see how the front right hand flap is exactly the same size as the left side white layer with the same size black border? So cool! The white flaps inside and out are 3″ X 3 1/2″ with a black border of 3 1/8″ X 3 5/8″. The paper is from the SAB (Sale A Bration) Botanical Butterfly DSP (Designer Series Paper). One side had butterflies and the other had black and white designs like the dots Joy used here. I hope you stocked up on this paper during SAB! Her base is 9 7/8″ X 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/8″ and 8 3/8″ . This leaves a right hand flap of 1 1/2″. The butterfly is from the Butterfly Gala stamp set which is still current and has a punch to match. See page 46 of the Annual Catalog.
But Karen, you can’t use retired Designer Series Paper!
I know, Sal, so I chose to use the Vibrant Vases and the Pressed Petals DSP with an accent color of Blueberry Bushel, one of the 2018-2020 In Colors that I will definitely need to stock up on before it retires next June.
Don’t you love the Pressed Petals DSP with the Blueberry Bushel? There is even a sheet of the DSP with plain burlap that I used for the right side little panel to coordinate with the background of the pressed petals.
That’s right, Sal, thanks for the input!
I used the Flourishing Phrases stamp set for the sentiments on the flap and the left side of the card and left the inside blank for a birthday, congratulations or just thinking of you sentiment. I needed a little larger flap than what Joy used for the butterflies so the measurements won’t be the same. The goal was to have the outside vases a bit plain with the inside vase truly “vibrant” to match the sentiments. The Vibrant Vases stamp set is a two-step stamp set with outline stamps for the vases and then a stamp-to-color for each vase and it even has a punch to match! Check out page 61 of the Annual Catalog. The yellowed images show what images are punchable. (Is that a word?)
I stamped the outside vases with the border stamps in Soft Suede and then stamped again with the stamp-to-color stamps after stamping off to lighten the image. I used the “H” acrylic block and spaced out the three vases and stamped with the outline stamps on a 6 X 3 piece of Whisper White. I then placed the (clean) stamp-to-color stamps on top of the images and took another “H” acrylic block and pressed it down on the stamps to attach them to the blocks in the perfect position. The stamparatus would have worked better but it was in use for the other card.
You could order a second one. I could help, page 184, #146276.
Thanks Sal. That might be a good idea for the next time. To make the inside vase truly “vibrant”, I stamped it in Blueberry Bushel, colored in the diamonds with Cajun Craze and Daffodil Delight regular markers and then took my Versa Mark ink and inked the entire image. I applied “Clear Embossing Powder” and then heated it to make the vase look like glass.
Stamp the greenery and flowers directly on the Very Vanilla card stock pieces – the flap for the outside and the Pretty Label punched piece for the left hand side. Adhere the vases directly to the paper since they are punched out and look 3D without dimensionals. I adhered the two larger vases close enough together so that I could adhere the middle little vase slightly on top of the larger ones and all three would fit on the 2″ shelf that was cut from Early Espresso card stock to a final size of 2″ X 1/4″ with the “Be Mine” stitched framelits. Hint: Start with a larger piece of Early Espresso and cut the scallop edge with the framelit and then place it in the Stampin’ Trimmer to cut to the 1/4″ shelf size. I cut a piece longer than the desired 2″ so I could cut exactly 1/2 of a scallop at each edge of the shelf.
She told me she was a “recovering perfectionist”! Maybe she needs more therapy. SHHHH……
Did you say something, Sal?
The shelf is adhered with the top of the shelf 1 1/4″ from the bottom of the Very Vanilla layer and 3/8″ over from the left and right sides. Stamp the greeting in Blueberry Bushel under the shelf.
It can be tricky to stamp the greenery at the right spot for the vases so stamp your vases and punch them out then trim off the bottom white edge of the vases. Punches generally leave a little edge all the way around the image just like what we teach in fussing cutting. You want the vases to sit directly on the shelf so trim off that bottom edge.
Temporarily place your vases where you want them on the shelf and use a pencil to lightly outline the top of each vase. Now make three more light pencil marks where you want your stem to attach to the tulip. The tulip is 3/8″. Vary the heights of the three tulips. Use a sticky note to mask the shelf and where the vases will be and stamp the stem and greenery in Old Olive. Then stamp the tulips in Cajun Craze and stamp-to-color in Daffodil Delight. I had a shadow on one of my leaves so I just hand drew another leaf to utilize the shadow.
Sheri always called that “Design Opportunity”!
That she did! And that it is! We sometimes use tiny butterflies or hearts to cover our shadows and it adds beauty to the card. I just ordered erasers from Amazon that are supposed to remove ink without damaging the paper. I will let you know if they work.
A Stitched Labels Die is used for the little greeting that says “so he made you” and the fancy die in that same set is used for the DSP cutout on the left side. The Pretty Label punch is used for the vase and flowers on the left side. This is one of those times when you want to punch first and then stamp so you can align the flowers and vase on the punched piece. Use the same procedure of placing the vase temporarily on the piece, lightly draw the top of the vase, mask with a sticky note and stamp the flowers with Memento Black ink, then adhere the vase, color the flowers in Daffodil Delight and the greenery in Garden Green. Adhere rhinestones colored with Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blends. Sponge the edge of the Pretty Label punched piece and the little rectangle greeting with Blueberry Bushel and pop up both pieces with dimensionals.
Stamp sets: Vibrant Vases, Flourishing Phrases
Inks: Blueberry Bushel, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, Tuxedo Memento Black
Markers: Blueberry Bushel, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight
Stampin’ Blends: Cajun Craze to color rhinestones
Framelits/Dies: Be Mine, Stitched Labels
Punches: Vases Builder, Pretty Label
Embellishments: Four rhinestones colored with Cajun Craze
Card Base: Thick Very Vanilla 9 7/8″ X 5 1/2″ Scored at 4 1/8″ and 8 5/16″ ; Fold in the little right side first and then fold in the left side over the middle.
First Layer on left side and middle: Blueberry Bushel (make 2) 3 7/8″ X 5 1/4″ , Cut out the middle of the inside one. I used a retired rectangular framelit that I use to save paper when I am layering. A stitched rectangle framelit would work as well.
Second Layer on left side and middle: Pressed Petals DSP (make 2) 3 5/8″ X 5″ ; Cut out the center of the inside DSP layer with the Stitched Shapes Die- the fancy one. Use the cut out for the left side behind the Pretty Label punched piece.
Third Layer on left side and the flap for the front: Blueberry Bushel (make 2) 3 1/8″ X 4″. The left side 3rd layer is adhered 1/2″ down from the edge of the DSP and 1/4″ over from the edge of the DSP.
Fourth Layer on left side and the front flap: Very Vanilla (make 2) 2 7/8″ X 3 3/4″
Little Right side first layer: Blueberry Bushel, 1 1/4″ X 5 1/4″.
Little Right side second layer: DSP in plain burlap 1″ X 5″
The Blueberry Bushel Front Flap is adhered 1/2″ down from the burlap DSP on the little right side to exactly match the left side. This is done last! I put two pieces of tear and tape at the far right of the flap and then matched up the flap to the card’s left side and pressed it in place.
Shelf: Early Espresso, 4″ X 4″ Cut to 2″ X 1/4″ with the Be Mine Scalloped framelit and the Stampin’ Trimmer
Vases: Very Vanilla, Use the leftover from cutting the base or a 6″ X 3″
Punched Label: Very Vanilla 2″ X 2 3/4″
Left side greeting and the left side vase: 1 1/2″ X 3 3/4″ , you need it large enough to be able to hold it as you punch the vase. Stamp the greeting on the same piece and cut with the Little Stitched Labels Framelit.
I remember you looking at that little Die and saying it was too little to use for anything.
I did say that! Amazing isn’t it?! I am glad I have that set. I used two of the Dies on this card. I love the one I call the “fancy” Stitched Label Die!
Okay Sal, I am through with this post and it is your turn to guide folks to the store where they can shop to their hearts content! Don’t forget to check the Clearance Rack, friends, before you place your order, there are many Christmas sets available at great prices. I have a post coming up from our first Christmas card Stamp-A-Stack called Clearance Rack meets Stamp-A-Stack. Stay tuned!
SAL, Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little, Share A Love
Hello Stamping Friends,
Isn’t it beautiful? Just click on the image to look inside. There are snowmen and cardinals and a mini curvy keepsake box like you see here on the front, and inside there are Shimmery Crystal Effects, Snow Glitter, White Puff Paint, a Punch for the Snowman and a Moose Punch and ribbon galore and Penguins and…
Thanks, Sal, I do get carried away with all the exciting new products. Did I tell you about the white satiny ribbon with Merry Christmas printed on it and……
Well! The catalog starts today and runs through January 2 of 2020. It will be in my catalog tab if you are ever out and about without a catalog and someone asks you about those cool penguins or …. oops there I go again. Contact me if you need a catalog.
Through September 30 you can save on Designer Series Paper in the Annual Catalog:
Click on the image to go to the Paper Pumpkin site!
Now let’s get in the mood for the holidays with a short video from the home office! (Click ‘cancel’ after it plays or you will be lost for the next hours in youtube videos and I want you to come back and see examples from the catalog!)
There are many products to make halloween fun:
And wreaths for Thanksgiving:
and wreaths for Christmas:
And Snowmen (with a punch):
Did I mention penguins?
And gingerbread houses: (come to my club next week on Wednesday or Saturday and we will be making this-details below):
And candles with scripture:
And snow globes:
And moose- with a punch, ahhh…look at that cute raccoon:
And frosted nontraditional colors:
At the inside of the back cover of the catalog is a new set that you can buy to “Make A Difference” in our world. Stampin’ Up! will give $3 of every purchase to a Mental Health Organization.
And that, my stampin’ friends, is just the tip of the iceberg!
I have club next week on Wednesday and Saturday and guests are always welcome for a $5 fee or $25 order. Just RSVP please.
Wednesday’s hostess code, with Cindy as our hostess, is: 7SN9PKF9
Saturday’s hostess code, with Terri as our hostess, is: YRE36GMT
October 9th and 12th we will have our next Christmas Stamp A Stack starting at 9:30 each day. You will make six cards, two each of three designs, for $20. There are snacks and thank you gifts and lots of help if you are a new stamper. RSVP by October 1st, please.
I forgot to tell you about the fun kits in the catalog and the black dimensionals and……
Okay, Sal. Click on Sal in the computer to go to the store and order, or click on the calendar to see events.
SAL, Sayonara At Last
Karen (Thanks for visiting!)
Hello Stamping Friends,
What a wonderful summer it has been as we traveled to Yellowstone and camped at the base of the Grand Tetons and then traveled to a wedding shower and traveled again for the wedding celebration and traveled to be the guest presenter at a Stamp A Stack. Whew….. it is good to be home. The yard is glad we are home as well.
Amid all the traveling I even had club here in Castle Rock!
I love most all things “bird” and fell in love with the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (DSP), so for club we made a Bird House fancy fold card. I made a second one for my husband so I will show both.
The card on the left uses current Stampin’ Up! products whereas the one on the right uses two punches for the roof that are retired.
The fold is a fun diagonal fold and I cut the inside whisper white layer to have a matching angle so I could use one of the larger birds on top of the heart. Here is a close up:
The roof has three layers of scallops cut from the ‘Stitched Labels’ framelits, a ‘Flourish Thinlit’ strip cut out and then cut right down the middle and mounted on two strips of blue mitered at the top to make the gables. Part of a flourish from the ‘Be Mine Stitched Framelits’ and a little heart from ‘Stitched Labels’ was used. A 1″ punched circle of soft suede is sponged and popped up behind the heart cut out. Sponging is added to give depth to the Soft Suede and a rhinestone is added for a little sparkle:
The dimensions will be below but let’s compare the other card and some of the differences on it:
Aren’t those birds just the cutest!! TIP: When fussy cutting your birds and flowers do not cut clear into the legs or the branches, just use Stampin’ Blends or markers that match the background and color the small areas to match. This keeps the cut out image stronger and it is not noticeable. I used soft suede between the legs of the bird that was over the circle and Balmy Blue for between the legs that were outside of the circle. Can you tell? Hmmm.. I think I will go back and color all the edges on the cut out bird on the first card instead of leaving a little white like I have trained myself to do in fussy cutting.
The gables are from the retired ‘Dotted Scallop Punch’ and the scallops are from a retired ‘Scallop Punch but – –
The ‘hello’ sign is still current in the ‘Barn Door’ stamp set and has framelits to cut it out in the ‘Sliding Door’ framelits. We have used this set multiple times so it is a must for a stamp collection. I stamped the sign once in Soft Suede and once in Flirty Flamingo and then cut out just the hello of the Flirty Flamingo and popped it up.
I used the ‘Crackle Paint’ stamp on both cards but on the second card I scored and folded the card and then ran it through the Big Shot with the current ‘Pinewood Planks 3D’ embossing folder.
What a different look! You could run the front and back through the Big Shot separately if you didn’t want the middle fold to have different directions on the wood look.
I did a straight cut on the top of the Whisper White inside layer instead of angles like the first card. Here is a close up:
TIP: With cards like these that don’t stand up nicely by themselves I like to make a CARD STAND 3 3/4″ X 2 1/2″ scored and folded 1/4″ on each end of the long end.
Dimensions and supplies used:
Card Base: 10 3/4″ X 3 3/4″ Score at 5 3/8″
-Mark 3 3/8″ from each end on both sides and score diagonally
-Make the birdhouse hole by laying the smallest of the Stitched Shapes Circle Framelits 1 1/16″ from the edge of the framelit to the edge of the bottom and the right and left sides. Cut and then sponge the edge with Balmy Blue.
-Mask the back of the card base and stamp the front with the Crackle Stamp in Balmy Blue. Run through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks embossing Folder if desired.
Roof: Soft Suede 3″ square cut in half.
-Roof Scallops: (3) Soft Suede 6″ X 1/2″ cut with the ‘Be Mine Stitched Framelit’ and then cut to 4 1/4″ X 1 1/4″ . I found it easier to cut it wide and then trim to 1/4″ wide by laying the large part of scallop at 3/8″ on the trimmer. Sponge the edges of each. Offset your rounded part of the scallop with the previous indent of the scallop as you layer them.
-Once the scallops are adhered you can cut the little heart using the ‘Stitched Labels’ tiny heart.
-Circle behind the heart: punch 1″ of Soft Suede and sponge it deeply then pop it up behind the heart.
Pop up the roof with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the card base.
Gables: (2) 1/4″ X 3 1/2″ Balmy Blue strips mitered for top. Tip: Lay the strips on top of each other and cut through both at the same time to have a nice mitered edge or make a 45 degree cut at each end by lining up at 1/2 of a square on the Stampin’ Trimmer.
Gable Decoration: (1) 5 1/4″ X 3/4″ Soft Suede cut with the ‘Flourish Thinlits Die’ and then cut straight down the middle to make one for each side. Glue the Soft Suede on the Balmy Blue strips and pop up the gables on the top of the roof with its scallops.
Scrap of Balmy Blue: Cut out the flourish from ‘Be Mine’ stitched framelits. It has five branches and I cut off the outer two so it fit at the top of the roof. Add a rhinestone.
Scrap of Whisper White 1 1/2″ X 1″ stamped in Flirty Flamingo with “Hello” from Fourishing Phrases and punched with a small oval punch -retired- but we have the layering ovals that would work great. Sponge the edge with your Flirty Flamingo.
Fussy cut your bird from the Bird Ballad DSP and mount with dimensionals.
Inside: Whisper White: 5″ X 3 1/2″. Lightly pencil mark 3 1/4″ from bottom of the right and left and mark the top middle at 1 3/4″ and then diagonally cut from the sides to the middle. Or make a 3 1/2″ X 3 1/4″ rectangle if you don’t want the angled top.
For the inside I used Flourishing Phrases for the greetings and created a mask to sponge the heart by cutting out of a sticky note the third largest of the scalloped hearts in the Be Mine stitched framelits dies. You could use printer paper if you don’t have a large sticky note just be sure to use washi tape to hold it in place while you sponge the heart to the desired color. I fussy cut another bird and flowers to go around the heart and positioned them so they wouldn’t show through the front entrance but you could have a bird peeking out of the entrance for fun as one of my club members chose to do. It was cute.
Embellish with rhinestones! Send to your favorite bird lover or to your lover as I did with the second one which uses the “I love our life together” from the ‘Meant To Be’ Stamp set.
Set your clocks Stampin’ Friends for 10 am tomorrow, June 27, if you own the Stampin’ Trimmer and want to get a stock of blades so you can always use this wonderful cutting tool!
- Item number #126995.
- You can order 3 sets. Each set has two blades.
- The cost is $6.00 per set.
Tuesday hostess code: RZAR6EQX- order a bit more in products to meet your club commitment
Saturday hostess code: BE3FYSDG – order a bit more in products to meet your club commitment.
Check out the Clearance Rack. Numerous stamp sets were added this week – many from the Holiday catalog!
Don’t try to order before 10:00 tomorrow or you will get an error message. Once the supply has sold out you will get an error message. Last time we sold out in 40 minutes so set your clock!
Hello Stamping Friends,
We had a fun day Saturday at the catalog launch. Jo and Lucille had cards to sell and Christine brought cute little boxes to sell that she had made and filled with chocolate kisses. I had many stamp sets and tools for sale and those that didn’t sell will be posted here on the blog under the tab “bake sale” after we return from Yellowstone.
I traveled to a funeral held on Thursday and was glad to have our new Stampin’ Up! bags to pack all my tools so I could make the In Color bookmark at the motel so it would be ready for the make-and-take at Saturday’s event.
The bag held the Stamparatus bag and the 12X12 paper carrier and the inks, stamp set, punch, shammy, ribbons, markers and more. Love it!!
So what did I come up with for the Make- And -Take that would introduce our five new colors?
Drum roll…… introducing “New Wonders”:
Isn’t she adorable? The Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper is the perfect background for her and all the new In Colors:
The words describe our new catalog!!
My club members were looking at our club schedule to see when they would be able to earn the New Wonders stamp set:
This set is a hostess set and can be earned by hosting a party or purchasing $150 or more of products. It is also a DistINKtive set with all the amazing dimensions of that special type of stamp. Do you notice how the pages on the bookmark look 3D?
Be sure and notice the Rococo Rose and Pretty Peacock ribbons used together on the bookmark. They are unique and beautiful!
- In Color Base (Rococo Rose) 2 3/8″ X 8 1/2″ – corner rounded at the top
- Designer Series Paper (DSP) Perennial Essence 2 1/4″ X 8 3/8″ – corner rounded
- In Color strips to stamp the pages in each color 1 1/2″ X 3 1/4″ – 5 In Colors, stamp and fussy cut the pages only on each color
- Shimmer White for angel 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ Stamp, color and fussy cut. I left the pages on the image and then glued the Purple Posy on top of the Shimmer White. The darker colors won’t show the little hands as well.
- Shimmer White for greeting 2 3/4″ X 1 3/4″- use the 2nd smallest oval in the Stitched Shapes framelits
- 5″ ribbon in Pretty Peacock and Rococo Rose
- 8″ twine
Each year I do a Color Chart for the five new In Colors and the stampers make one at the catalog launch. The colors will be current through June 1st of 2021. Each year a new set of five In Colors is introduced and those colors stay current for two years.
Contact me if you would like A) the set of 12 color charts or B) just the new In Color Chart and new comparison charts. The full set is $12, the new comparison charts and In Color Chart are $6. The 12 charts are the Basics, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, Brights, Greens, Blues & Grays, Oranges & Yellows, Purples & Browns, Reds & Pinks, In Colors 18-20, In Colors 19-21.
I would love to earn your business and be your demonstrator! I have clubs that meet on Tuesdays and Saturdays every other month and in the off month I have Stamp A Stacks or other crafting events. Check out the calendar to see what’s in store for this coming year!
SAL, Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little, Share A Love
Click on little SAL to shop or the calendar to check out events.
Click on the image for the PDF!
Use hostess code GZG4SMXW and earn one raffle ticket for each $10 order from the new catalog.
You do not have to be present to win. The basket includes:
- Tickets are $2 at the Catalog Launch on Saturday, June 8, from 9-3!
- Catalog scavenger hunt at 10:00 and 1:00 with prizes.
- Thank you box for the first 16 people purchasing from any of our great crafters who will have cards and other items for sale as well as gently used crafting products.
SAL, Sail At Launch Saturday
Hello Stamping Friends,
The home office changed their minds and they are discounting specific items in the Annual Catalog and the Occasions catalog starting at noon tomorrow!
Use host code GZG4SMXW
Click on the “Discounted” banner to go to the store and review the products’ pictures:
I recommend the Stampin’ Up! markers in all the new colors since we don’t offer them as singles:
SAL, Save A Little, Stamp A Lot