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Vibrant Vases Tri-fold card

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.

 

And the Pressed Petals is part of the current “Buy 3 packs of DSP and Get One Free”!

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.

Summary:

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

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Your Day!

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

Steps:

  1. Adhere DSP to front at left of 1/2″ tab with 1/8″ border
  2. Die cut the vellum cupcake ‘glass’ cover
  3. Die cut the shimmer white cupcake base plate
  4. Use 1 1/4″ circle punch and punch the front layers and back layer of the card at the top in the middle
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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).
  11. 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.
  12. Remove the backing of the tear and tape of the slider mechanism and position the Whisper White insert to attach to the mechanism.
  13. 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.
  14. Add sequins and color the icing with the Wink of Stella.
  15. 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

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specials And Cards!!

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.

SAL,  (Share A Love)

Karen

 

 

Tranquil Tulips and other Retiring Products

Hello Stamping Friends,

Spring has been gorgeous in Castle Rock this year!  Usually our lilac buds get frozen with a spring cold front and we miss out on the beautiful blossoms.  Not this year!  They are fabulous and I didn’t even have to run out and cover the bushes with a sheet.  We have several little yellow finch friends to entertain us as well.  One flower I have never had much luck with is the tulip.  The green stem will pop out of the ground but seldom produce a flower.  So let’s make a paper tulip card!

These tulips have amazing art work built in to the stamps- white stripes on the blossoms, leaves with shades of green and a stamp for the middle. This set will be retired in 6 days.  The little ladybug and the butterfly come from the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set inside the back cover of the annual catalog.  It is our last Ronald McDonald House Charity catalog set and your purchase contributes to that cause.  We will be doing additional specials in the future for various charities so keep your eye out for those and purchase this last catalog RMHC stamp set now to help families in crisis stay close to each other.

I suppose with three grandsons I will get used to bugs in a jar but I would rather fill a jar with strawberries or flowers!  I cased the layout of the tulips from someone on pinterest but made the bottom a flower box and added the ladybug and butterfly.  I stamped the three butterflies on vellum and then rubbed the back of the circles on the butterfly’s wings with my stylus on the foam pad to make them bright white, then colored the back with my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends marker.  I was making six of these cards so I folded the wings of the two larger butterflies for a 3D effect like this:

I used many retiring items that you can still purchase for the next five days. The base of the card is Elegant Eggplant with a Rose Red layer. The tulips are Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red, and Perfect Plum with Wild Wasabi for leaves – all are retiring colors.  Use hostess code UB6X963B if your order is under $150 and I will draw from all those purchasing and order the hostess set ‘Tranquil Tulips’ to give to the winner if we reach $150.  If you don’t want to take that risk and miss out on this set, order $150 now and I will give you a $25 gift certificate to spend at my table in the upcoming craft garage sale- June 8-9- at my home in Castle Rock.  The stamp set is on page 223 but the art work wasn’t quite right so here is the corrected image of the stamp set:

If you place a $150 order you will have $5 additional free products after purchasing Tranquil Tulips so let me suggest the retiring 1/4″ Stitched-edge Ribbon or the Enamel Shapes.  There are many new embellishments this year but none have the hearts of the Enamel Shapes offered this year in Brights, Regals and Subtles.  Hmmmm…you can’t see them very well here so I will take a close up of the greetings.

The label I used to create the stand for the  Easel card is from the Label Me Pretty stamp set. The stamps and punch will be offered in the new catalog but they will not be bundled for a 10% discount.

The “Thank You” comes from another retiring set “Swan Lake” on page 142.

Check out that cute little dragonfly!  This set has so much potential and makes me feel peaceful just looking at the images.  Another of the  ‘Label Me Pretty’ images:

The “Love You” is from the ‘Banners for You’ stamp set on page 32 and it is NOT retiring, whew……  I put a sticky note over the ‘I’ in the greeting, inked, removed the sticky and stamped.  I liked the little dots on the stamp set but used a marker to make them bigger and added a few extra dots of my own.  For both these greetings I punched a 1 3/4″ circle from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper to match the flower box.  Good news – for the first time that I can remember a  Designer Series Paper is not retiring.  You can get this paper in the new catalog but the price has gone up $1.  (Just trying to save you money!)  I popped up both the greeting and the circle to have a nice tall easel holder.  I tried out the third stamp with all the flowers around the Happy Birthday.  I first stamped and colored the image but it lost too much detail so I colored the back of my stamp with regular markers, huffed on the colored stamp, and then came up with an image with more detail that I popped up on an oval cut out in the wood:

Did you notice the Versa Mark images on the sides of the popped up greetings? I used the hearts from the Ronald McDonald set to stamp around the birthday greeting since it is going to my daughter.  For the others I used tulip images from the ‘Lovely Wishes’ stamp set in the Occasions Catalog.  Sadly, this set does not carry over.

I recently attended a Mile High Stamp Camp with amazing Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  I wish I remembered the name of the lady who designed this card using the ‘Lovely Wishes’ set:

I needed a sympathy card so I took her design and used the ‘Petitie Pairs’ stamp set from the past for a tiny greeting to fit between the flowers.  I have the old Ovals set so I sponged the edge to get the same look as the ‘Layering Oval’ set used above.

The layering ovals, squares and circles carry over in to the new catalog.  I didn’t think I wanted the ‘Ruffled Embossing Folder’ used here until I actually used it in the stamp camp.  It is unique and not just for shingles on a house like I imagined and it carrys over.   Five embossing folders are retiring but the one that I will miss the most is the ‘Brick Wall’ embossing folder.  Remember this card from the past?

Sigh…….  But wait until June when I can show you a most amazing new embossing folder called “Tufted”.  For those of you who have received your catalog, check out page 223.   Need a catalog?  Come to my catalog launch on June 8-9 from 8-3 held in conjunction with the craft sale.  If you can’t make that, order $50 from me and I will send you a catalog.  Single catalogs will be available to order starting June 1 as well.

Let’s not think fall, let’s think spring and graduation!  I needed a graduation card so I used the retiring ‘Marquee Messages’ set and a graduation cap stamp from a previous Paper Pumpkin.  There are fun confetti products in the “other” store that you could use for the graduation caps:

This set lends itself to so many different occasions:

And if you need a unique gift box for that special graduate’s gift card, I suggest the Window Box Thinlits dies #142762 topped with a square piece of cardstock, 4″X4″ and a tassle made from our solid black baker’s twine and a 1/2″ punched black circle glued on a large brad.   We have a ‘Mini Tassels Assortment’ you can purchase and then dip in a bowl of reinker to make just the right color.  Yes, it is retiring as well.

You would need the longer ones for the box above but these would be cute on a card front with a punched cap.

I can’t leave today’s ultra-long post without sharing three other cards from the past that use retiring products.  In the last post I showed my favorite retiring stamp set in use on an Eclipse card.  Here is another card we made at a past club meeting with the ‘Awesomely Artistic’ set, page 153 and the ‘Wild About Flowers’ set on page 174 which has greetings that are so ideal for retirement or new beginnings. Both are retiring.

This is the ‘Birthday Blossoms’ set on page 80 of the catalog.  Scroll down in the Recipe Box to find these cards with instructions.

‘Birthday Blooms’ , page 70, also goes away.  This pull up card was fun to make at club.  Go to the Recipe Box tab to be directed to the original post.

I can’t tell you how many times I have used the ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ stamp set for cards.  I hoped it would be in the catalog forever but it is retiring.

To make this Easel Card:

  • Base – Elegant Eggplant – 4 1/4 X 11 scored at 5 1/2 and 2 3/4
  • Layer 1 – Rose Red – 5 3/8 X 4 1/8 (make 2)
  • Layer 2-  Whisper White – 4 X 5 1/4
  • Layer 3 – Wood Textures DSP – 1 3/4 X 4 with a strip 3/8 X 4 and a scrap to punch the 1 3/4 circle for behind the greeting
  • Cut Outs- top of tulips, ladybug, and greeting – Whisper White 3 X 5 1/2
  • Butterfly – Vellum 1 X 1
  • Ribbon – 1/4″ stitched edge Rich Razzleberry,  6″ to wrap around the flower box and 8″ to tie a bow
  • Inks – Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi, Memento Black, Versa Mark
  • Stamp Sets – Tranquil Tulips, Swan Lake, Label Me Pretty, Sharing Sweet Thoughts, Lovely Wishes, Banners for You
  • Enamel Shapes
  • Pretty Label Punch,  1 3/4″ circle punch
  • Stampin’ Blends- Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler; Wild Wasabi Marker (ladybugs feet background)

Thank you for your time.  I hope you won’t miss any of the retiring products and be disappointed.  Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator!

SAL,  Share A Love (of all the retiring products) and use hostess code UB6X963B to be in the drawing for the Tranquil Tulips set

Karen

LIft Me Up meets Wild West Balloon Adventures

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!

Karen

 

Party Pandas Sale A Bration Free Stamp Set

Hello Stamping Friends,

What a flurry of a month this has been!  Our new grandson, Emmitt, was born January 9!

The Buchholtz family! Big brother, Jaxson, says – “Yay!”

 

Glad Grandma!
Proud Papa!
Adoring Auntie!

What a miracle is a new little life!  Fun and adventures for all in the future!

Meantime back to business and the cool new products I have to show you.  Today I will feature the Party Pandas stamp set in the Sale A Bration catalog which is free with a $50 order:

I saw this card setup on stampsnlingers.com with the pandas and balloon, then changed the designer series paper and the balloon and the circles and added hearts; so I guess this is a CASE that is copy and selectively edit instead of copy and share everything! What I would recommend with this stamp set is doing what I did here with the panda’s eyes to make them friendlier.  I used a white gel pen to increase the size of the whites and then made a bigger black dot in the middle of the white.  I thought the eyes were too beady.  Can you tell a difference?

The Designer Series Paper is Pop of Pink which is in the clearance rack for only $3.90 but it won’t last long because it is perfect for Valentines as you can see with the heart paper I used above. Click on the image to visit the clearance rack.



  • Base of the card:  Melon Mambo  5 1/2″  X  8 1/2″  Scored at 4 1/4″
  • 1st Layer:  Whisper White   4″ X  5 1/4″   make two so you have one for the inside
  • Top Layer:  Designer Series Paper (DSP)  3 3/4″  X  5″
  • From the DSP punch a balloon for the inside – Balloon Bouquet Punch #140609, page 207
  • From a scrap of Melon Mambo punch a balloon for the front, sponge the edges and use a white gel pen for the line
  • With the Big Shot, cut two Melon Mambo 1 7/8″ Stitched Shape Circle Framelits and two Whisper White same size
  • Melon Mambo 4 x 4 and Whisper White 4 x 4 needed for the circles, they are offset and pink on white then white on pink
  • Whisper White 2 1/2″  X  4″  for stamping the two pandas with Tuxedo black, color the circles in the hat and then fussy cut
  • Stamp Happy Birthday on Whisper White Scrap and cut with the Bunch of Banners framelit
  • The hearts are from the Brights Enamel Shapes on page 196 of the Annual Catalog #141680
  • The Baker’s Twine I used is retired but there is solid white #124262 or black and white striped  #134576  on page 199.  Trick:  to adhere your Baker’s Twine, position the twine, put a small dab of liquid Tombow on a scrap of paper, slightly lift the twine and slide the scrap with the glue under the twine, let the twine absorb a little glue then remove the scrap.  No mess!
  • Melon Mambo Marker and Black Marker were used to add a little line on the balloon to look like a tie from the twine
  • The inside greeting comes from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set page 96, the confetti is from Party Pandas

Ribbon of Courage in clear mount is $19, the Balloon Punch is $18, The DSP is $3.90, the Enamel Shapes are $9.00 and twine is $3.00 so you can reach your $50 with those purchases and get the Party Pandas for free!!

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

Karen     (Click on the image to go to the store)

 

 

 

Hey Chick!

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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:

Evelyn Bicknell

Hey Chick Pocket Card

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)

Karen

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!

 

 

 

 

 

May Club Cards and Stamp A Stack Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!   Hopefully your vacation day is a sunny one.

This post will include cards from our bimonthly club and the Elizabeth Stamp A Stack.  Check back in a couple weeks for recipes. Today I will just show you the cards so you can decide if you want to make that last purchase from the catalog before savings and product are gone forever!  Tuesday, May 31, is the last day to place an order from the Occasions catalog and the big catalog. Several items have already sold out so hurry!

My favorite project was the Birthday Blooms Surprise Pull Out card.  I saw this card on My Tanglewood Cottage and the directions are on Splitcoast Stampers.  Scroll through the Splitcoast Stampers pictured instructions to go down to the video (click here) to get the measurements I used.

BirthdayBloomsThe flower image is stamped with Stazon black on a piece of Shimmery White cardstock and colored with Blender Pens using Blushing Bride and Wild Wasabi Ink.  The bottom parts of the image’s leaves are fussy cut and then the oval framelit #4 is slipped under the cutout and run through the Big Shot.  When you run the stamped image through the Big Shot you will get a nice indentation to fussy cut the oval between the two large leaves.  The little flowers in the corner are the top flowers of the image stamped a second time, fussy cut, and mounted on greenery from The Bird Builder Punch.  The butterfly is from the hostess Best Thoughts set.  It is stamped on vellum and then placed upside down on the Stampin’ Pierce Mat and rubbed with the Stylus to give a nice white color.

When you pull on the ribbon – Voila!

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The inside words come from the Best Thoughts hostess set which has the butterfly we used on the front:

BirthdayBloomsInsideRetiring Products:  The Bird Builder Punch (117191), The Best Thoughts hostess set (139234), The Curvy Corner Trio Punch (139683) that made both the corner and the ribbon slider hole, and It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack (140552) from which I pulled the green striped paper.  You will see more of this paper in another card.  The Paper Stack has 48 sheets with 4 each of 12 double-sided 12X12 designs.

The masculine version of the Surprise Pull Out card uses Butterfly Basics, In The Meadow and Guy Greetings stamp sets, all of which carryover to the new catalog- Yay!  Once again it uses the “Think outside the Framelit” technique to stamp an image, cut out a little of the image and then slip the framelit under the cutout part and run through the Big Shot.

InTheMeadow

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InTheMeadowInsideI will miss the Blackberry Bliss cardstock which is part of the retiring In Colors (see page 137).

Our technique sheet for club was the Mirror Image technique:

HeyGirl

We mirrored the little yorky from the Hey Girl stamp set (#138706) which is retiring.  I used the retiring Oval Scallop punch(#119856) to create the clouds.  Join my team, or the bimonthly club, and you will make the technique sheets at our meetings.  If you live far away or can’t make the meetings, I will mail you a completed technique sheet.

The Stamp A Stack held at the Elizabeth library was another fun time of stamping!  Here is the first card:

Sunburst

SunburstInside

The Sunburst Sayings stamp set and Sunburst Thinlits Die used on this card are currently bundled for a 15% discount.  See page 25 of the Occasions catalog.  Though both products are in the new catalog, there is no longer a bundle.  Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey are used together on this card and both are retiring colors in only three days.  See page 137 for all the In Color retiring products.

The second card:  (Stampers make six cards- two each of three designs for $20)

ButterflyBasics

ButterflyBasicsInside

What could be better than Bermuda Bay with a black accent?!  The flower is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set which is carried over to the new catalog, however the Honeycomb Embossing Folder (#129378) is retiring, as well as the Honeycomb Hello stamp set (#134075) which has the little “hello” and a cute little bumble bee that a couple of my stampers added to their card front.  The Curvy Corner Trio punch is retiring (#139683) and the Candy Brads (page 161) are being replaced with shaped enamel dots.

The third card demonstrates the Drapery Fold Technique, modified from that found on Laura’s Stamp Pad:

DraperyFoldGirly

DraperyFoldInside

Once again I have used the retiring It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack (#140552).  Sadly, all the Scallop Circle Punches are retiring (see page 165).   I used the 1 3/4″ scallop circle punch and punched the white inside layer of the card so that the main card stock showed.  I then stamped “make a wish” in Basic Black with the Party Wishes retiring stamp set (#140651).  The ‘It’s My Party’ enamel dots  (#140554) are retiring as well.  The Happy Birthday is from the Rose Wonder stamp set (#140697) and thankfully it is NOT retiring.  If you wanted a stamp set with words that fit many different occasions, this set is a must have.  See page 18 of the Occasions catalog.  The more masculine version of this card:

DraperyFoldGuys

DraperyFoldGuysInside

The balloons are from the Balloon Bouquet punch (#140609) and will still be available in the next catalog but the mini balloon punch in the Party Punch Pack (#140608) on page 4 of the Occasions catalog is retiring.  The punch pack and the Party Wishes stamp set used for the “make a wish” shown above is available as a bundle at a 15% discount in a wood mount (#141073) or clear mount (#141071).

The drapery fold starts with a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP)  that is 4″ X 11 1/2″ so you can get three cuts out of a 12X12. Be careful if your design is one that shouldn’t be upside down.  (Yes, I learned that the hard way!)

Score your DSP on the long 11 1/2″ side at:  3″,  4″ ,  6″ , 7″ ,  9″ , and 10″ .

Turn the paper to the short 4″ side closest to the 10″ score line and make a small score mark or pencil mark at 1″.

Use your cutter to cut diagonally from the 1″ mark to the bottom of the 3″ score line.  Make a z fold. I trimmed the right side of the top of the folded DSP to 5 3/8″  so I could have a border around each edge.

I love the way the drapery fold shows both sides of our pretty Designer Series Paper.  There are many different fold sizes you can make.  I would love to see one you have made!

My next event is the catalog launch on June 18 from 10:00 – 2:00, open house style.  I will have catalogs, and you can make new In Color sheets, a bookmark for the catalog and a quick make and take with a new product.   Retired product will be available for purchase.

Have a wonderful weekend and remember all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

SAL  (Salute A Life)

Karen

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March Cards

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.

 

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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.

What I Love

What I Love Inside

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:

Party WishesParty Wishes Inside

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:

Kinda Eclectic 2Kinda Eclectic 2 InsideThe 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:

Party Pop UpParty Pop Up InsideThe 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!

Click HERE to see a video from Stampin’ Up!

Have a great day and click below to go to the online store.

SAL,

Karen

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Happy Birthday Stampalosopher!

Happy Birthday SAL-001November 1, 2014 was Stampalosopher’s first post!  Can you scroll back through the posts and find which one was first?  Just go to the bottom of the blog and click on “Older Posts”.  Leave me a comment on which post was the first and which is your favorite and be entered into the drawing for a special November birthday bag of goodies!  If you are viewing this in your email, click on the little SAL PAL to the left and you will jump to the full blog.

Thank you all for choosing me as your demonstrator and supporting me these last years.  My goal for this next year is to get the blog connected to all our favorite social media sites so you can follow SAL in other ways!

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SAL,  (Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little, Share A Love and always be Salt And Light!)

Karen

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