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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,
It’s Friday! Let’s celebrate! If you are a mother, I hope you have a Happy Mother’s Day weekend! Let the celebration begin, now.
We made this card at our downline meeting and it could be used for most any celebration!
It is a case from Wendy Lee at www.CreativeLeeYours.com, who cased Mikela Titheridge at www.thecraftyoinkpen.co.uk
Stamp Set: Hello Cupcake from Sale A Bration 2019
Tools: Call Me Cupcake Framelits, Bunch of Banners Framelits, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, 1/8″ hand held punch
Inks: Powder Pink, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Wink of Stella
Embellishments: 4″ Blue Organdy Ribbon from Sale A Bration 2019, Rhinestones, Blue Sequins
Card Base: Balmy Blue 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ scored at 4″ and 8″
Insert: Whisper White 5″ X 3 3/4″
Slider Mechanism: Thick Whisper White 3/4″ X 3″
Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper: 5 1/4″ X 3 3/4″
Icing: Powder Pink 2″ X 2″ stamped and die cut
Cupcake: So Saffron 1″ X 2″ die cut
Cupcake Tissue: Crumb Cake 2″ X 2″ stamped and die cut
Cupcake Cover: Vellum 3 3/4″ X 2 3/4″ die cut & put large rhinestone at top
Cupcake Base Plate: Shimmer White 1 1/2″ X 3″ die cut
Flowers: Whisper White Scrap 3/4″ X 3″ stamp in Melon Mambo & Die Cut
Banner: Whisper White 3 1/2″ X 1 1/4″ die cut
Circle Pull Tab: Balmy Blue Scrap punched with 1 1/4″ Circle Punch
- Adhere DSP to front at left of 1/2″ tab with 1/8″ border
- Die cut the vellum cupcake ‘glass’ cover
- Die cut the shimmer white cupcake base plate
- Use 1 1/4″ circle punch and punch the front layers and back layer of the card at the top in the middle
- Make one vertical cut 1 1/4″ to the left of 8″ score line- 1″ from top & 1 3/8″ from bottom, you don’t need a cut on the other side. Note: The cupcake is not centered on the front since the mechanism needs to slide on the right and the cupcake needs to be behind the vellum. We made the mistake of trying to center it with our first cut. It is almost invisible in the picture.
- Place a dimensional on the right front side of the Thick Whisper White 3/4″ slider mechanism and run the slider through the slot front side to back side at the very bottom of the slit. Turn the card over and hold the mechanism straight by placing a sticky note on it, sticking it to the back of the card. Place two pieces of sticky tape on the 3/4″ slider which will glue to the white insert later.
- Cut the banner and use the Stamparatus to position the “Celebrate” in the middle of the banner. Mask off the “your day” part of the stamp, ink in Melon Mambo, remove the mask and stamp. (Or color ‘Celebrate’ with a marker). We were doing multiple cards so I drew around the banner with a pencil on a piece of stamparatus grid sheet to help with the placement.
- Glue the cupcake plate at the bottom of the front at the end of the slit. It is 1/4″ from the bottom so you have 1/8″ DSP border and the Balmy Blue 1/8″ border.
- Glue the ‘Celebrate’ banner to the bottom of the vellum cover. Work the vellum with your fingers to make it have a slight curl then remove the backing of the dimensional on the slider mechanism and adhere the cover to the slider mechanism.
- Now position the Whisper White insert on the Stamparatus so that the “Your Day” part of the stamp will stamp 3/4″ down on the left side, mask off the “celebrate”, ink in Melon Mambo, remove the mask and stamp. (Or color ‘Your Day’ with a marker).
- Punch out the blue circle for the pull and score it in half. Adhere it to the middle of the insert and punch a little hole with the 1/8″ hand held punch for the ribbon. Attach the ribbon.
- Remove the backing of the tear and tape of the slider mechanism and position the Whisper White insert to attach to the mechanism.
- Stamp and die cut three little flowers with Melon Mambo. Color with Wink of Stella. Adhere with glue dots and place a rhinestone on the two flowers in the front.
- Add sequins and color the icing with the Wink of Stella.
- Now you can put tear and tape on the 1/2″ tab at the right of the front and adhere the front to the back.
I hope many of you purchased this stamp and framelit set! I want to do a chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting next! What is your favorite flavor?
SAL, Sharing A Love of cupcakes
Hello Stamping Friends,
We have a few days left of July and the chance to buy 3 sets of Designer Series Paper and get one pack free.
Paper Pumpkin is offering 50% off for new subscribers who subscribe by August 10:
Would you love getting 10 new stamp pads in the stackable design for free? Join my team for $99 and get $125 of products with free shipping plus a ten pack of new stamp pads in the color family of your choice! July is the absolute best month to join as a hobby demonstrator. As is always the case, your first quarter purchases count toward qualifying for your second quarter requirement of $300. Join now and you can order at 20% savings for six months from the new annual catalog, the Holiday catalog, which will be out in September, and then in December you can order from the Occasions catalog in the preorder available only to demonstrators. If you don’t make your $300 by December 31, you will be in ‘pending’ for the month of January (Sale A Bration time) and you will still be able to order with a 20% demonstrator discount!! If you happen to make your qualifying $300 – which only cost you $240 – by January 31, you now have another quarter to order at 20% off. Whew…..that was a lot to articulate. Contact me if you are interested.
So what have I been making? I have two cards that just beg to have a video to showcase them but I found out I needed a lapel mike, a C boom arm and a couple more lights. I will keep working at it. I wish I had a picture of our first attempt at the video. It was hilarious. We put a chair on the table and the tripod through the chair so the camera was directly over my work but alas everything was upside down and nothing in the camera manual showed how we could invert the video. Sigh…… Stay tuned, it will happen yet!
Lilypad Lake, High Tide and Waterfront Birthday Card
The ‘Lilypad Lake’ framelits cut out the waves and the sailboats; ‘High Tide’ gives us the birds and the sun. The inside is the ‘Waterfront’ stamp set with its watercolor look. I made another card using the retired ‘Holiday Home’ with the watercolor mountains in the background. The inside uses a greeting from ‘Beautiful You’ and a watercolor Colorado pine tree look with the ‘Waterfront’ stamp set! The ‘High Tide’ set provides the birds again!
Don’t forget to check out the clearance rack. There are some great Christmas products at reduced prices. My favorite is the set we used last year to make these two cards.
Hello Stamping Friends,
Tomorrow starts a new sale from Stampin’ Up! Buy one Fast Fuse Adhesive and get two refills free. Fast fuse is stronger than our regular snail adhesive and the refills have 21.9 yards, about 67% more than a snail refill. Stampin’ Up! offered this sale last fall and sold out faster than anyone could imagine so they promised they would have the sale again, but it is only while supplies last and only for five days starting tomorrow, February 8, and ending February 12. So stock up now and save!
Use hostess code VJHRB73X if your order is under $150 and remember it is Sale A Bration days so every $50 order earns you a free product (and a special thank you gift from me)! Click to see the video:
Have you ever been on a hot air balloon ride? My Son In Law, Jonathan (Bud), gave Paul and I a ride for my birthday a couple of years ago and it was phenomenal! He has been a balloon pilot for Wild West Balloon Adventures in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for years.
With a balloon pilot in the family, the Lift Me Up stamp set with matching thinlits was a must have for me. It is on page 58 of the Annual Catalog; the matching Up & Away thinlits are on page 216 and have an extra-large balloon thinlit with smaller thinlits for the colors behind the main balloon so you can build your own balloon with no fussy cutting. My husband built this balloon birthday card for Jonathan casing one from Pinterest:
The birds are from the High Tide stamp set on page 140 of the Annual Catalog. The sun is from a retired set but we have a new stamp set in the Sale A Bration brochure which has the same type of sun image.
My daughter, Stacia, just announced that she and Jonathan are purchasing the Wild West Balloon Adventure Company of Steamboat Springs!! What a thrilling new chapter for them. Time for a celebration card!
I used the Amazing You free Sale A Bration stamp set shown above with the Lift Me Up stamps and Up & Away Thinlits to make a Double Z fold congratulations card for them:
I took a screen shot of one of the balloons shown on their website and then printed it on card stock to make the card personal. Julie Davison has a great video tutorial for this card at http://juliedavison.blogspot.com/search?q=Lift+Me+Up
Is going for a ride in a hot air balloon something you have dreamed of doing? Visit Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Jonathan and Stacia will make the experience a wonderful one for you! Click on the picture to visit their website:
Don’t forget that Fast Fuse Five day sale!
SAL, Sail ALong – together you and I – for we can fly!
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Hello Stamping Friends,
Crocus’, daffodils, tulips….oh my!
And then come the iris to beckon our eyes…
“Look, look,” they all seem to cry,
“Spring is here, let’s dance with delight!”
Spring is starting but Sale A Bration (SAB) will soon be ending so the news I am proclaiming from the housetops (blogtops?) is:
Only 10 days left of Sale A Bration with one free item for every $50 purchase.
Terri is our hostess this month and would love to receive credit for your order if it is under $150.
The hostess code for Terri is: 7BTDD3SU
With a purchase of $150 you will receive 10% of the total order in hostess dollars and with purchases of $250 or more you receive an extra $25, a special offer during SAB, plus the standard 10%, so you receive $50 in free products plus one item for each $50 order.
One of the free Sale A Bration stamp sets is called “Hey, Chick” and Evelyn Bicknell from Melbourne, Australia created a pocket card using the stamp set that is awesome! She also sent a pdf instruction sheet so you can create your own Hey Chick card. Check this out chickies:
Click on the blue link above for the pdf! Thank you, Evelyn!
Several of you have selected this set as your free SAB item. Send me a picture of your creation if you would like to share with our blog followers.
SAL, (‘Spring’ ing A Long)
Click the SAL computer image to go to the online store. Terri thanks you for your order and I thank you by sending a card with a little gift for each online order. In January my online customers received a set of In Color Doilies (page 175) and in February my online customers received the set of 20 Note Cards and Envelopes (page 176). For March it will be…………….a surprise! tee hee cheep cheep!
Hello Stamping Friends,
March was a fun month with the Elizabeth Stamp A Stack, the bimonthly club, and Sale A Bration events! You have through tomorrow, March 31, to place an order of at least $50 and get a free stamp set. Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin for three months and you would qualify for the free Sale A Bration set. The April Paper Pumpkin will include two stamp sets to celebrate Paper Pumpkin’s third birthday and shipment of their one millionth kit! The kits just keep getting better and the three month subscription is on sale for $55. Go to my online store and use item #137859. Instructions will be sent to your email with a redemption code for the 3 months you have purchased.
The most popular Sale A Bration free set in my events was the “What I Love” stamp set. I did a Triple Time Stamping card to demonstrate this stamp set.
For the next card, I used the Party Wishes stamp set, the Confetti Embossing Folder and the Party Punch Pack casing the card in the Occasions catalog:
The embossing folder is sponged in the three colors, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, and Crushed Curry before running it through the Big Shot. Sponge the side with the indents if you want the confetti to be white like it is here. The confetti behind the cake is created by coloring only the confetti of the Make a Wish stamp with a marker. For the inside Happy Birthday, I used the Wet Wipe Technique, placing several drops of reinker on a wet wipe (placed on a silicone sheet to protect your work surface) and then use that for your ink pad! Voila! Lots of random color! The Melon Mambo balloon is stamped and punched, the cupcakes are colored with a marker, stamped and punched, and the candle on the cake is colored, stamped and punched. All three punches come in the Party Punch Pack. The cake is fussy cut and popped up after attaching thick twine with glue dots! One stamper used Perfect Plum instead of Melon Mambo for a more masculine card.
The following card uses another embossing folder technique-Stamping With An Embossing Folder. This is simply inking up your embossing folder and then using it to stamp on your card. I used the Honeycomb Embossing Folder and Sahara Sand Ink and purposely left some areas of the folder uninked for a subtle background:
The Whisper White paper is cut at 8″ X 5 1/4″ and scored at 4″. It is adhered to a piece of Blackberry Bliss cut at 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″. This gives a nice alternative to our standard layering. The greetings are from the Rose Wonder stamp set and stampers could choose from a variety of greetings in that stamp set to create the perfect card. Kinda Eclectic was used for the sunbeams and greenery, and the butterflies are from the stamp set Papillon Potpourri. There are matching small and large punches to make quick and beautiful butterflies. The little flowers are from the Itty Bitty Punch set and gold metallic thread is looped behind the greeting. The silver metallic thread is used for antennae on the large butterfly.
My favorite card for this month is a birthday card using the Party Pop Up Thinlits Dies:
The paper is from the “It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack”. Page 5 of the Occasions catalog. The Hip Hip Hooray is cut out using the Thinlit Die. The confetti pieces from cutting it out were used on the inside for a little extra bit of celebration!
“A Day All About You” is from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set on page 8 of the big catalog. It is cut out with one of the Handpicked Framelits. “make a WISH” is from the Party Wishes stamp set and the banners are made using the little banner punch. The “make a WISH” greeting is colored with a black marker and stamped on a piece of the Designer Series Paper which has matching confetti on a white background instead of black. A black frame is made with the 1 1/2″ circle punch. A piece of black confetti Designer Series Paper measuring 3 3/4″ X 5″ is placed behind the cut out, just down from the candle flames so the flames in the back of the cutout show the Crushed Curry cardstock. The strips on the side are 3/8″ X 5 1/4″. I was conserving paper by making strips. You could just as well have an 8 1/4″ X 5 1/4″ piece of the designer paper adhered to the main card stock. Cut a piece of copy paper 3 3/4″ wide to slip under the Happy Birthday cutout so that you can sponge the base, the words and the candles. Use sticky notes to protect the sides so you don’t sponge more than you want colored.
The balloons are punched with our new large balloon punch. The sides are sponged and a sparkle is added with the white gel pen. A glue dot holds the twine on the back of the balloon and a bow is added on top.
Main Cardstock: Crushed Curry 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ Scored at 4 14″
Black Confetti Designer Series Paper: 5 3/8″ X 4 1/8″
Shimmery White Cardstock for outside: 4 1/2″ X 3 1/2″
Scrap of same at least 3 1/2″ long for the greeting
Shimmery White for inside: 8 1/4″ X 5 1/4″
This is a fun card to make!
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SAL, (Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little, Share A Love and always be Salt And Light!)