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Hats Off Spinner Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

July is slipping away quickly and we have two specials that you don’t want to miss:

  1. For every $50 dollars spent in July you receive a $5 coupon code by email to be used on a  purchase in August
  2. Sign up to join the fun and become a demonstrator – hobby or business – and get $72 of additional free merchandise. That is a total of $197 of merchandise for the joining fee of $99

Scroll down to the prior post for all the details!  If you are reading this on your mobile device, click on the little SAL image at the top to be redirected to the full blog.  This month’s hostess code is QHJHTKJQ

My hostess, Nicole,  requested a masculine spinner card for her party which challenged my creativity.  After giving the idea some thought I used the “Guy Greetings” stamp set on page 36 of the new catalog.  It is available in wood mount # 138825, clear mount #138828 and photopolymer #137178.

And created this:

Yes, I did cut the stamp with the six hats into six pieces.  The Designer Series Paper, DSP,  beneath the Very Vanilla top layer is the new Foil Frenzy paper.  The catalog picture doesn’t do it justice:

The Hats Off To You! from Guy Greetings is embossed with copper embossing powder and uses an upside down cutout from the Hearth and Home Thinlits:

And of course one must put a feather in the cap and ‘Jar of Love’ had a great stamp, the one at the bottom right,  which just needed a little extra feathering with a Chocolate Chip marker:

To cut out the spinner path, you need a framelit or punch that is just a little narrower than a penny.  The Bunch of Banners framelits had the perfect one, the little one at the bottom right:

Since the card is 6 1/2″ long it took four cuts across to make the spinner opening but well worth the time.  Cut a 7/8″ wide strip of sticky note and place it at the bottom of the Very Vanilla layer to guide your four cuts.

The inside brings in the foil paper behind another hat just like the spinner on front and adds the classic car and greeting! Scroll back up and check out the variety of greetings this set offers.

  • Base  – Early Espresso    6 1/2″  X  6 1/2″  scored at 3 1/4″
  • Foil Frenzy DSP   6″ X 3″
  • Top Layer -Very Vanilla, 5 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ , sponged with Crumb Cake ink and distressed with a finger nail (or distressing tool)
  • Inside Layer – Very Vanilla 6″ X 2 7/8″ , sponged with Crumb Cake ink
  • Spinner – Scrap of Very Vanilla for 3/4″ punch and Scrap of DSP for the 1″ punch- make a second one for the inside
  • Stamps – Guy Greetings and Jar of Love
  • Tools – 1″ circle punch,  3/4″ circle punch, Bunch of Banner Framelits, Hearth and Home Thinlits, Chocolate Chip Marker
  • Inks – Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip,  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Versa Mark and Copper Embossing Powder
  • Embellishments – 3 Candy Dots or pearls colored with a brown Sharpie
  • For Assembly – Foam Adhesive Strips (see page 203 for this great new product), two pennies and Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Envelope Punch Board for a perfectly sized envelope

Adhere your Very Vanilla top layer to the DSP layer and cut the path for the spinner on both layers at the same time.  I used temporary glue to adhere the two layers for cutting the path, then took them apart, decorated the top and then glued them together permanently. For the spinner to work it is critical to mount these two layers to the base using Foam Adhesive Strips (or a lot of Dimensionals).

For temporary glue just use a bit of snail and pat it with your finger and the oils in your finger will keep it from sticking too hard.

For the spinner, place a dimensional in the very middle of a penny and place a second penny on top.  Even though the dimensional isn’t round it works perfectly. Then place another dimensional on the top penny and add your hat spinner made from a 1″ circle punch of DSP and the hat stamped on a scrap of vanilla, punched with a 3/4″ circle punch and adhered to the DSP.  Beware – don’t get your dimensionals mixed up when you lift the slot to slip the bottom penny inside the path.  If you use the dimensional between the hat and top penny it won’t spin.

What do you think?

The catalog can be viewed in pdf form from the catalog tab at the top of the blog.  If you would like a hard copy mailed to you, contact me at karen@stampalosopher.com.

SAL  (Sun A Little– on a beach or a boat or…..)

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Window Shopping Bundle!

Hurry Stamping Friends,

Don’t let the Window Shopping Bundle get away!  It is on page 43 of the Occasions catalog and is just the cutest!  It might get carried over in the big catalog come June 1st, however when Stampin’ Up! introduces a product with matching Thinlits it is bundled with 10% savings but not when it is carried over to the next catalog.  The bundle is $50.25 which will qualify you for a free Sale A Bration product.

Remember, purchase $50 of anything from any catalog and get one item from Sale A Bration for free.  Three additional items were introduced February 21:

Check out the sample items made with these products:

 

Click on the brochure picture below to see all the other Sale A Bration products.  But hurry the Card Tin is already sold out and product is only available while supplies last!

Thank you, Deana, for a wonderful party to introduce the Window Shopping bundle and the Sale A Bration products.

Our project at the party was either a Birthday Box with matching card which uses the Window Shopping stamp set:

or a Thinking of You box and matching card:

Notice the banners use the Delicate Details free stamp set from Sale A Bration:

 

The Emerald Envy box uses the third one down and the Dapper Denim box uses the second one down to be a bit more masculine.  The flower and cupcake on the edges of the banner are part of the Window Box stamp set!  The banner uses a 5 1/2″  X  7/8 inch piece of card stock and the little Thinlit from the set that scores and cuts the end!  The video below will show that in detail.

For a thank you gift, I used the same Window Shopping Bundle and made a little St. Patrick’s Day basket.

 

Hmmm…. It did have chocolate in it at one time; at least the tea light and mints are still there for the picture. I used Cucumber Crush paper and the Mint Macaron ribbon which is still in the Clearance Rack.  Why a tea light?  Because the door prize was a tea light holder made with Watermelon Wonder card stock:

To make the tealight you use two pieces of the main Thinlit just as you do for the box:

Remember the middle heart is directional so punch your windows accordingly.

I demonstrated the basket pieces with the same color.  You only need one piece of the main box Thinlit for the basket and one piece 8 1/2 X 3/4 for the handle:

  The Thinlit set makes a basket just perfect for a little Easter gift!

The regular box uses two Thinlit cutouts which fit nicely on a 6 X 11 piece of paper:

The home office has a wonderful video for construction of the box so rather than recreate the wheel I will insert it here.  If you are viewing this on your smartphone you may need to click on the little SAL image at the top of the post to go to the main blog where videos work.

Drum roll please:  Presenting The Window Box Thinlit dies:

One more quick note – check the bottom of your Big Shot machine once in awhile.  The bottom screws need to be kept tightened as well as the screw on the handle.  The machine comes with a little tool to keep the handle tightened but you will need a phillips screw driver to tighten the bottom screws.

Cheerio but be back soon!   (I just went to the high school’s performance of Oliver.  It was exceptional and I can’t get the songs out of my mind- but who would want too?!)

SAL,

Karen     (Click on SAL to go to the online store)

 

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!

BirthdayBlooms2

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!

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SAL,

Karen

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hello Stamping Friends,

I have a Never-Ending Valentine for you today, (also called a Perpetually Folding Card).  Love should be never-ending so it seems perfect!  There will be a video from the Stampin’ Up! office at the end but here is the outside of our Never-Ending card:

Perpetual Outside

Then the top folds up and the bottom folds down to reveal the first layer:

Perpetual First Fold

The little hearts are made with the blushing bride glimmer paper.  The stamped images are all from the “Bloomin’ Love” Stamp set on page 17 of the Occasions catalog.  The paper is on that same page – Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack.  Now lets open the Love You to reveal….

Perpetual Second Fold

…a fun way to use the new Honeycomb embellishments on page 9 of the Occasions catalog.  Now we flip the top and bottom again and have a new layer:

Perpetual third fold

and all the stamps are in the same set!  Here is the home office with a video:

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Supplies Used (Click on any image to go directly to the online store):

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 I forgot to add the tree builder punch to make the cloud!
 The club members had fun with the different colors in the designer series paper (DSP) stack.  The beige and brown combination was a winner for a masculine card.
Today is the last day for the following sales:
Weekly Deals

Sale: $13.50

Price: $18.00

Sale: $3.75

Price: $5.00

Sale: $30.00

Price: $40.00

Sale: $20.25

Price: $27.00

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Sale A Bration is ongoing through March 31and with every $50 purchase you get a free item from the Sale A Bration catalog, (click to view):
Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 10.59.19 AMPay close attention to the last three items in the catalog.  They are only available through February 15.  Here is a card made using one of the Limited time stamp sets – the “Sky Is The Limit”:
The Sky's The LimitThe Sky's The Limit Inside
The picture doesn’t do it justice!  The Soft Sky cardstock was used for the base and then Soft Sky sponging made a great background for the plane. I seldom use Whisper White for a border but it coordinated well with the white clouds.  The tree and the flower stems are from the “Sprinkles of Life” stamp set which is inside the back cover of the big catalog.  Purchase the “Sprinkles of Life” set and Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  The cloud uses a sticky note mask punched from the Tree Builder Punch which is a punch made to coordinate with the Sprinkles of Life stamp set.  The heart in the sky uses puff paint for a fun 3D effect and the propellers look like they are turning by adding a little circle of vellum.  The Happy Birthday is embossed in white and the little flowers are new enamel dots in the Occasions catalog, page 6.  Technique Alert: Did you know you can make your own puff paint by combining Elmers glue and shaving cream?  Mix equal parts of glue and shaving cream then stir in dazzling diamonds or sprinkle the glitter on top for extra sparkle!
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Thank you to those who attended our Elizabeth Stamp A Stack!  We made the little red plane card and my teammate Donna guided stampers in making a card she found on Mary Fish’s website (click on the image to find her directions):
Donna's Card
The greeting is from the “First Sight” stamp set on page 36 of the Occasions catalog.  I love the combination of fonts that are used in the set.
 Wendy made a shaker card for the third card of the Stamp A Stack using the “Going Global” stamp set on page 39 of the catalog:
Wendy's CardWend's Card Inside
The outside says “You are my greatest adventure” and the shaker window says “I thank my lucky stars for you”.
Such lovely cards!  Thank you Donna and Wendy.  Join us March 19 for the next Elizabeth Stamp A Stack!
March Ad-001Meanwhile, have a great Valentine’s Day and a fabulous February!
SAL,  (Stamp A Lot– of valentines)
Karen
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August Card Buffet

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Hello Stamping Friends,

Where did summer go?   Paul can’t wait for hunting season and I am already thinking about all those Christmas cards we will make together!

You should have received the Holiday catalog in the mail and hopefully you, too,  are getting excited about all those fun cards/gifts we can make for teachers and friends and family!  If you did not receive a catalog, contact me soon and I will drop one in the mail.  karen@stampalosopher.com or 303-815-0838.  This is a great time to get together and be creative, making cards or gifts.  I can help…. your house or mine.  Club is September 12 and our next card buffet is October 10, that leaves a lot of other dates open to have a party with you and your circle of friends.

Let me show you what we did at the August card buffet:

Get Well Soup-printable pdf instructions

Card #1:  Bohemian Get Well:

Get Well Soup2 Get Well Soup

Isn’t the Bohemian Designer Series Paper (DSP for short) just beautiful.  The first card uses the left over Very Vanilla paper from cutting the oval to make an additional layer.  My stampers at the card buffet made that creative change.

How did you make that soup bowl?  I am so glad you asked.

Get Well Soup DirectionsYou start by stamping the Very Vanilla layer with the whole image.

Then mask the little heart on the soup bowl with a sticky note and ink up the bowl part of your stamp.

Remove the sticky note!  (That was the hardest thing to remember) and then stamp your bowl on the DSP.

Get Well Directions AMake a little cut at the right side of the bowl to cut out the soup section.

Get Well Directions1When you glue the bowl on top of your full image it will blend perfectly.  Be sure and use Tombow liquid glue so you can get it perfectly aligned.

Then color the soup section.  I used the fine tip end of my Crushed Curry marker and it gave a nice “soupy” look. For the inside I used a strip of DSP and a stamp from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set:

Get Well Soup Inside

Full directions and all the sizing are on the printable pdf file at the top of the first picture.

Envelope Card Box printable pdf instructions

As a thank you gift for attending, each stamper received this Envelope Card Box.  Three of the cards at the card buffet used the Bohemian DSP and the card box used the same DSP so the stampers could have a lovely gift for themselves or have a gift to give with matching Get Well, Happy Birthday, and Thank You cards.

Envelope Card BoxI love the new Lots of Labels Framelits with its straight sides used for the buckle of the belly band, and there are seven sizes so truly LOTS of labels.  The greeting is from Watercolor Wings.

Card #2:   Bohemian Happy Birthday:

Bohemian BirthdayThis was the Happy Birthday with the Bohemian Designer Paper on Blackberry Bliss with the new Boho Chic Embossing Folder.  I used a framelit from the Project Life Cards and Labels framelits to punch out the middle of the DSP where I stamped the Happy Birthday from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set.

The Bohemian DSP measures  3 5/8″  X  2 7/8″ and is on a Very Vanilla layer that measures 3 3/4″  X  3″.  Not much else tricky on this card. It takes 23″ of twine to go around twice.  The embossed layer is the same color as the main card stock and a full size of 5 1/2″  X  4 1/4″.  The DSP cut out makes a perfect border for the inside of the card which uses another greeting from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set:

Bohemian Birthday InsideCard #3:   Bohemian Thank You:

Another Thank YouThis card comes straight from an example in the catalog.  It is white embossing on the DSP with a base card stock of Rich Razzleberry and a Bermuda Bay Banner. The stamp set used is Another Thank You.  For the inside, I stayed simple and used a greeting from the Crazy About You stamp set:

Another Thank You Inside

Card #4:  Sprinkles of Life friend card

I couldn’t wait to play with the Sprinkles of Life stamp set inside the back cover of the catalog.  It is this years Make A Difference stamp set.  Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities for each set they sell.  But there’s more fun….. they have a punch that goes with the set!  It is the Tree Builder Punch and punches out the clouds and tree leaves and the bird and the apple and the tree trunk!  Here is my take on the set using Garden Green and Soft Suede:

Sprinkles of LifeKinda Eclectic is the stamp set with the sunshine and a Work of Art stamp makes quick work of adding green to the bottom.  For the inside I broke my own rule and used a retired set from Sale A Bration called See Ya Later,  it was just sooooo perfect for the card…..

Sprinkles of Life InsideNothing much you need help with on this card.  The stamp sets do it all and the layers are the standard.  What?  You don’t have my Standard Layers worksheet? Let’s fix that:

Standard Layers-printable pdf file

Card #5:  A Whole Lot of Lovely Thank You Card:

A Whole Lot of LovelyThis uses a hostess stamp set so now you really do want to have a party and earn this set – right?

There are only a couple tricky things to know on this card.  The banner is the #4 banner framelit.  Cut two of the same color and then cut 1/8″ off the top and the sides for a nice layered look.  I used Versa Mark to add flowers to the top banner, glued it to the larger banner and then cut it in half, moved the halves 3/4″ apart, and glued the circle on top to lengthen the banner.  You could also cut the paper exactly the width of the framelit, 1 7/8 “, and then run the banners only part way through the Big Shot to just cut the edges.  We will do that with the next card but since this was behind a nice big circle I took the easy way.   The stamped (colored with markers) Thank You is cut out with the Circle Framelit # 5 and the black border is punched with the 2 1/2 ” circle punch.  This card was on Pinterest with Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron and looked great.  This card uses Calypso Coral and last years In Color of Coastal Cabana.  The inside used the same hostess stamp set:

A Whole Lot of Lovely Inside

Card #6:  Birthday Blossoms:

Birthday BlossomsHard as I tried to adjust the color this card looks blue but it is really a beautiful purple -Wisteria Wonder.  It is also an example straight from the catalog with just a different card base and different ribbon and different twine.  Okay, so it started out with an example from the catalog.

The tricky part is making the top layer longer than the largest framelit – easy peasy – if you remember to go through the Big Shot only part way to cut just the lovely curves and then back it out. You start with a Whisper White strip 2 13/16″  X  5 1/4″ to run just part way through the Big Shot using the largest of the new Lots of Labels framelits #7. The straight edges of this new set of framelits are perfect for adding ribbon.  I put a strip of sticky tape on the back of each side of the label and used 4 1/2 ” White Organza ribbon which I trimmed after adhering.  12″ of Baker’s Twine gathered the ribbon nicely on the sides for a unique look.   The stamps are all from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set,  (we used two word stamps from that set on the Bohemian Happy Birthday) and the set is made for the pansy punch so no fussy cutting!

Birthday Blossoms Inside

I won’t overwhelm you (or me) by listing every single item used in the six cards and the envelope box but please call or email me if there is something you can’t figure out.  I would be glad to help, and if you don’t have a demonstrator I would love to earn your business!

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Valentine Shaker Card and 3D Thinlits

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My Early Bird Stamp Club met Saturday and we had a great breakfast provided by our hostess, Sheri, and then made a Valentine Shaker Card and a 3D thinlit Card.  I love the word “twitterpated” from Bambi and had to have that stamp set.  Here is how I used it:
Valentine Shaker Card

Valentine Shaker Inside
Valentine Shaker Inside

 

Silver Double Ribbon Border
Silver Double Ribbon Border

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Our second card was a 3D Thinlit Birthday Card featuring the Crazy About You stamp set & Thinlit Bundle:

3D Thinlit BDay
3D Thinlit BDay
3D Thinlit BDay Inside
3D Thinlit BDay Inside

 

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Hello Stamping Friends,

The specials this week are very “special”!  Did you know you can use your reinkers and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper to make many different colors of glimmer paper?!

Technique Alert:  Colored Glimmer Paper:  Drip drops of ink on your glimmer paper and use your Aqua Painter to spread the color evenly.  So easy!

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We had a great time with Valentines, A Sympathy card, A St Patrick’s Day card, A Birthday Card and A Thank You Card.  Each stamper took home a Treat Box Holder with a bookmark designed by Peggy Tassler and featured on Too Cool Stamping with Angie Leach.  Click on the link for directions.  Here is my version with our new Stack With Love Designer Series Paper:

Nugget Treat Box

Bookmark In Nugget Holder
Bookmark In Nugget Holder

Do you see those little bitty hearts on the bookmark?  They are from our new Heart Confetti Punch.  Before this punch, our smallest heart was the owl punch heart which I used here with red glimmer paper inside the heart with the arrow.  There are two different ways to make the window for the nuggets.  Angie Leech used the Modern Label punch, lining up the punch with punched sticky notes.  After trying that technique (second image) I used the Project Life Framelit so I only had to make one cut (first image).

 

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 And on to the cards!
Birthday Card:  Thanks to Jean Kyho for the idea of using a buckle card to highlight our new Birthday Bash Paper & Stamp Set.  The other cards were cased from swaps and I don’t know to whom to give the credit.

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Balloon Bash
Balloon Bash

 

Sympathy Card
Sympathy Card
St Patrick's Day
St Patrick’s Day
Valentines Day Card
Valentines Day Card

 

Valentine's Day Card
Valentine’s Day Card

Lotus Blossum

Paper Piercing
Paper Piercing

Remember the Thank You card from a previous post?  Jennifer did a double punch on the paper piercing and used a candy dot to match the stem of the flower.  I love seeing the creativity of my stampers.

Have a great day and use hostess code JEJ32FKT to be entered in February’s online drawing.  Congratulations to Shanon who won the set of Rhinestones in January’s drawing and December went to Robyn for post comments.

Stamp A Lot,

Karen

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