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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!
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Hello Stamping Friends,
May is zooming along and April projects are yet to be posted. To those of you waiting anxiously for some directions, thank you for your patience, and to those still looking for Mother’s Day inspiration I have a card or two that just might work.
I have seen several ‘Bendi Cards’ on Pinterest and when I saw Sara Levin’s Tea Together Bendi card I wanted to try it. She has a video at theartfulinker.com.
For those whose beloved mothers have passed away, the ‘Tea Together’ stamp set has an additional stamp that says “Love is a warm cup of tea”. A perfect saying for all those dear friends with whom we share a cup of tea and a listening ear!
Stamp Set: Tea Together, Amazing Life (for the corners on the back)
Designer Series Paper (DSP): Petal Promenade, Floral Romance, and Gold Foil Sheet
Dies: Tea Time Framelits (Pot and Cup), In The Woods (curves on the bendi arms), Be Mine Stitched Framelits (hearts), Sunshine Wishes ( Love), Celebrate You ( You). The club ladies also used the Happy Birthday framelit for an alternative saying.
Ink: Versa Mark, Old Olive
Tools: Gold Embossing Powder, Spritzer with Frost White Paint (Wink of Stella does the same), Tufted Embossing Folder,
Embellishments: 6″ of gold and white 1/8″ Tea Room ribbon
Card Base: Blushing Bride, 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″
Layer 1: Old Olive, 5 1/4″ X 4 1/8″ – note: this layer has a 1/8″ border on the top and sides but is flush to the bottom. Lay this piece landscape on the Stampin Trimmer at 1 1/2″ from the left and cut from 2″ to 3 5/8″ to make a tab for the bendi arm, then run through the Big Shot with the Tufted embossing folder. (Alternatively, you could make your large bendi arm with its tab and lay the tab 1 1/2″ from the left edge and place pencil marks on the old olive layer at the widest parts of the tab and then cut.)
Old Olive, 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ , Score at 1/2″ in landscape then turn to portrait and cut at 2 1/2″. You now have an arm that is 2 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ and an arm that is 1 3/4″ X 5 1/2″. The large arm is at the right side of the front and the small arm is at the left.
Place tear and tape on the 1/2″ scored section on the side that will wrap around the tufted old olive layer. This will help you keep from mixing up the arms. Oops, I mixed them up in the picture! The small arm goes to the left!
Score 3/8″ on the unscored side of the arms. Make a tab out of the 3/8″ scored edge by marking lightly with a pencil 1/2″ from the top and 1/2″ from the bottom of each arm. Fussy cut a tab on each arm by cutting a slight diagonal from the pencil mark to the edge of the arm. The larger arm will have a 1 1/2″ tab and the smaller arm will have a 3/4″ tab.
DSP for Bendi Arms: Petal Promenade 4 1/2 + 1/16″ (4 9/16″) X 1 3/4″ Small Arm, 4 1/2 + 1/16″ (4 9/16″) X 2 1/2″ for Large Arm. I know, I know, crazy measurements but we don’t want a green border where the small arm goes in to the large arm.
Cut both the DSP and the Bendi Arms at the same time to have a matching curve – the framelit will handle two layers. I used the curved die from the ‘In The Woods’ framelit set. Or fussy cut, making sure the curve on the small, left hand arm goes up at the right side where you will attach the teapot. If it is cut too narrow at the right side you won’t have room for the teapot above the cup. (yep-made that mistake!) Slide the DSP flush to the bottom of each arm giving you a border at the top and adhere. This picture shows the backside of the teapot and how important it is to curve up the bendi arm to give room to attach the teapot.
You have already made the slit for the large arm to slide into the Old Olive layer, now you need to make a slit in the large arm for the small arm to slide into. Lay the large arm on your stampin’ Trimmer at 2 1/2″ from the right edge (this includes the 1/2″ scored for the fold). Cut a slit from 1 1/4″ to 2″.
Work your two bendi arms into a curve with your fingers to break down the paper fibers so the arms curve easily.
Adhere the arms to the Old Olive layer. (Earlier you put tear and tape on the side that wraps around).
Now adhere the entire front to the Blushing Bride back. I used Tear and Tape for strength. Remember you do not have a bottom border, it is flush.
Teapot and Cup: Floral Romance DSP, 3 1/2″ X 12″ ; Stamp two pots and two cups with Old Olive ink. Cut with the framelits and then stamp with Versa Mark and gold emboss a large flower on the teapot and the small buds on the cups. I gold embossed both cups and both teapots so I could choose the best for the top. Spritz the cups and teapots or paint with Wink of Stella.
Teapot: Top layer has handle, base, lid cut off. Pop up on whole teapot with dimensionals.
Teacup: Top layer has handle, base, back of cup cut off. Pop up on the whole cup with dimensionals.
Both the teacup and the teapot are mounted on the small arm. Start by adhering the teacup 3/4″ from the left on the small bendi arm with glue dots. Now lay your bendi arms flat and mount the teapot on the top right edge of the arm tilting it to make sure no part goes outside the Blushing Bride layer so that it fits inside the envelope. Use a glue dot to put the hearts between the two layers of the tea cup and pull the tea cup handle in front of the teapot. The hearts are behind the teapot. Both the hearts and the teapot “float” with very little adhesive. Note the Dimensionals on the very bottom of the back of the teapot.
Embellish: Gold Foil, 2 1/2″ X 4″ Cut – love (Sunshine Wishes Framelit), – you (Celebrate You Framelit), and 9 hearts (on right hand side of Be Mine Stitched framelit). One of the punched out hearts was put between the words with a little bow underneath. The 9 open hearts are placed between the two layers of the cup to look like steam.
Embellish the back of the Blushing Bride with an Old Olive strip 7/8″ X 5 1/2″ and a Petal Promenade DSP strip 3/4″ X 5 1/2″. Use the corner stamps from the Amazing Life stamp set to make a nice corner with gold foil accent.
This special fold card is worth all the work when your mother or friend is astonished by your creation!!
I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below. I will be back with another card tomorrow.
SAL, Share A Love
Hello Stamping Friends,
We have discounts on some of the retiring items! Click here for a pdf file of all the discounted products- some are 50% off!
I chose two of my retiring favorites to make an Eclipse card – the stamp set “Awesomely Artistic”, page 153 in the Annual Catalog, and the color Island Indigo. In my usual monochromatic style I did cards for Mother’s Day, thank you cards and friend cards. Her are various fronts and insides of the cards -the inside could just as easily be the outside of a card.
The Glitter Enamel Dots, #144200, matched the Island Indigo perfectly and added sparkle. (There will be Glitter Enamel Dots in the new catalog but with different colors.) The dragonfly is colored with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, #141897, and the flower centers are a drop of glue from our Fine-Tip Glue Pen, #138309, with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, #133751, sprinkled on top. The For You greeting comes from the retiring stamp set “So Many Shells”, page 38 of the Annual Catalog.
Instead of Glitter Dots you could be a bit eclectic and use the stamp from the “Awesomely Artistic” set that has dots. The greeting, “From Across The Miles”, is a stamp in the retiring “Holly Berry Happiness” Christmas set, page 118. I used a sticky note to cover up the Christmas Wishes words on the stamp, inked the stamp, removed the sticky note and stamped. Voila- a greeting to use any time of the year.
Or just stamp the flowers a little on the edge of your front layer:
The insides of the cards were fun to customize. My daughter is expecting her first child so this is her first Mother’s Day. A greeting in the “Special Celebrations” stamp set was perfect:
The Daisy Delight stamp set on page 127 had the ideal message for the many thank you notes I needed after my father’s passing.
For dear family and friends, the Occasions Catalog “Petal Palette”, page 23, has the perfect message:
Card Base: Whisper White 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ Scored at 4 1/4″
Island Indigo Layer: 5 1/4″ X 4″, Make two
Whisper White top layer: 5 X 3 3/4″, Make two
Stamping Order for the top is a bit critical so you don’t have the images running into each other:
- Stamp the greeting at the bottom
- Stamp the dragonfly
- Stamp the flowers
Color the dragonfly with Wink of Stella, then line up the Large Letters Framelits, #141712, spelling HUGS on your stamped top layer and run through the Big Shot. Adhere all your layers and then put Foam Adhesive Strips, #141825, on the back of the cut out letters and glue the letters back in their respective spaces. Helpful Hint: I adhered the letter framelits to a large sticky note and then placed the sticky noted letters on the top layer so I could use it over and over without realigning the framelits each time.
I checked Eclipse cards on Pinterest and found so many words that were used: HOPE, LOVE, YOU, WISH, BDAY, MOM, BABY, BOY, DAD, GIRL, GIVE, NOEL, (NAME), (DATE), JUST, FAITH, JOY, 4EVER, EPIC, BEST (friend). Graduation cards with dates are popular now using the retiring Large Number Framelit set, #140622. The Large Letters framelits will carryover to the new catalog but not the numbers set.
Have fun making your own Eclipse cards!
SAL, (Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little, Share A Love- and always be Salt And Light in your world)
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Hello Stamping Friends,
My Easter card this year was the Magic Shutter Card. There are many videos on pinterest by that name, though I found if I prop my smart phone up on a stand, I can scroll through the dimensions on a written post like this one as I construct the card. Then there is no stopping and starting a video and trying to take notes, just tap the screen and scroll to the next step. Do you like doing that?
The Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (#144137) matched with Wisteria Wonder card stock (#122922) does all the work of making the card beautiful. As you open the card the shutters open like the shutters on a camera for a great “ooooo….” moment. One designer put a picture of her child behind the shutters. With Teeny Tiny Wishes (#127802) this card could say Happy Mother’s Day or Happy Graduation or any of the other tiny wishes.
- The base is Thick Whisper White cardstock cut at 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ and scored at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″ Tip: After scoring the card base, gently fold the scores bringing the two sides to the middle to exactly match and then hold them in place and use your bone folder to firmly burnish the score lines.
Next let’s make the skinny panels on the fronts and the inside right and left. They are all four the same size. (Note: DSP means Designer Series Paper.)
- Wisteria Wonder = 1 7/8″ X 5 1/4″ make 4
- Delightful Daisy DSP = 1 5/8″ X 5″ make 4
Attach the DSP to the Wisteria Wonder layer and then attach each to the base.
Now let’s make the inside middle panel but it won’t be attached until after the shutters are attached.
- Wisteria Wonder = 3″ X 5 1/4″
- Delightful Daisy DSP = 2 3/4″ X 5″
Attach the DSP to the Wisteria Wonder. The circle in the middle is cut out with a 2 1/2″ layering circle framelit (# 141705) or the retired 2 1/2″ punch. Cut your circle out just slightly above middle. Tip: If you are using a punch, punch out a template on a sticky note and put it on your card panel to guide where you punch. Come down from the Wisteria Wonder top 1 1/4″ which will give you 1 1/2″ at the bottom of the circle cut out.
- Stamp the greeting on a Whisper White Strip 3 1/2″ X 1″ and punch it out with the Bow Builder punch (#137414). Attach it to the center of the circle cut out. The cut out will show behind the shutters so choose what you want to show, or match, as you glue on the greeting. Draw around the greeting with a Wisteria Wonder marker or sponge the greeting edges before gluing to the circle cut out.
You are not going to attach the middle panel yet, but you need to use it to guide where you glue the circle cut out. Hold the panel in place with a sticky note, put glue on the back of your circle cut out with the greeting, and carefully press your circle directly through the opening. Put the panel aside as you make the shutters.
- Wisteria Wonder = 4″ X 3 1/2″ Make two. Mark the center of one piece by coming down 1 3/4″ on the short side and over 2″ on the long side. Use a ruler and draw a line from the middle mark to the top and bottom corners on the short side. Cut out this triangle which you can then use for cutting the other shutter piece. (Save your template for future cards.)
Clip the pointy ends off the shutters. Score the uncut side at 1/2″.
Fold your score line and burnish well then unfold it and place the shutter right along the edge of the fold on the base. Put a piece of sticky tape on the 1/2″ edge.
Remove the sticky tape cover and then fold the side over pressing it onto the sticky tape.
Most of the cards online use a belly band but I prefer a ribbon that stays attached. I used the retired ribbon punch and punched the edge of the fold on each side. The Pretty Label punch (#143715) would work almost as well. Close each side and punch a little slot in the Whisper White base. I marked 1/2″ up from the bottom with a pencil so both sides would be in line.
Run the ribbon (20″) through the slots. Now you are ready to mount the middle panel. Place an Adhesive Foam Strip (#141825) at the very top of the panel and the very bottom of the panel and then mount the panel over your shutters and ribbon. (You could use the Stampin’ Dimensionals as well but it would take quite a few.)
After the inside was done, I put pearls on each end and tested to see if they would interfere with the shutters. They didn’t –so it worked!
The Card Front
The “Celebrate” thinlit was a Sale A Bration free product that will be available in the new catalog June 1st!
- Three “celebrates” were cut out – two with Wisteria Wonder 3″ X 4 1/4″ and one with Thick Whisper White 1 1/2″ X 4 1/4″. The purples were glued on top of each other and the white was offset a little. I used Tombow liquid glue and drew a thin line of glue on the letters – counted to twenty to let it get tacky- and then glued it on. If you wait just those twenty seconds the glue won’t gush out on your project.
The butterfly is stamped with the “You Move Me” stamps (#144002) and cut out with the “Move Me Thinlits” (#143732).
- Whisper White 1 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ will do both the butterfly and the He Has Risen greeting. Stamp the butterfly first with the solid stamp in Crushed Curry and then stamp the wing detail in Tangerine Tango. (I love two step stamping sets, and the butterfly thinlits even have antennae!) I used a Tangerine Tango marker to draw a thin line on the antennae then attached the little beauty with a glue dot under one wing.
- The greeting is from the retired “Easter Message” stamp set and cut with a Stitched Shape Framelit (#145372).
My Mother’s Day card uses the current Lovely Words Thinlits (#143733) and the Whisper White 1/4″ Organza Ribbon from the Occasions Catalog Page 23 (#145590). The “For You” greeting is from the So Many Shells stamp set (#143695).
The little heart is from the Subtles Enamel Shapes (#141679).
What do you think? The Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (#144137) will be retired after May 31 and the retired list comes out on April 9 so it will only be available while supplies last. Click on the little SAL computer image to order this or any other products!
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Hello Stamping Friends,
Are you thrilled with this year’s Occasion Catalog and the free Sale A Bration items? I sure am. And to bless us even more, Stampin’ Up! announced a few extra Sale A Bration items available February 16. As a demonstrator, I am able to preorder the items and I received them just in time for Deana’s annual Sale A Bration party. Here is the brochure of the new products:
My favorite new product is the free Blossoming Basket Bundle. The bundle includes the stamp set and the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. (Note: These new Dynamic embossing folders have a deeper image and are a thicker folder so you do not use the bottom cutting plate and you spritz the paper before putting it in the folder and running it through the Big Shot. This keeps the paper from tearing.)
There are no framelits with the set so I made cutting templates for the stampers by stamping the image on white cardstock and then placing the stamp back on the image without the block and drawing around the stamp with a pencil. I cut the image on the pencil lines to create the template. I did the same with the greeting. I liked all the little curves that the stamp had from the factory cut. I am sure Stampin’ Up! cuts various shapes to make identifying and mounting the stamps easier and the curves on this set sure made for a nice outline. With wooden sets you would just need to make your template from the stamp before mounting it to the wood. Store the templates with your stamp set and you are ready for the next card.
Base: Calypso Coral 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ Scored at 4 1/4″
Layer 1: Soft Suede 4″ X 5 1/4″ ; spritz with water, run through Big Shot with the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; sponge top with crumb cake here and there for a little extra depth
Layer 2: Doily – this one is the older Stampin’ Up! version which is 4″; the new ones, item #141701, are 3 1/2″ which would be better for showcasing the basket by not having as much doily showing. Warning: Do not put glue on the top part of the doily, use glue dots around the edge. The bottom of the doily which will be covered by the basket can be glued down.
Basket, tag and butterfly: Shimmery White 3 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ The basket, tag and butterfly stamps can all be placed together on a size E block to stamp the images at the same time.
Ink: If you are using the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers, use the Memento black ink; with the regular markers, which are water based, use the black Archival stampin’ ink.
I used Stampin’ Blends to color:
- Flowers, tag, butterfly – Calypso Coral, light and dark markers;
- Basket – Crumb Cake, light and dark;
- Leaves – Old Olive, light and dark:
- Flower centers – Dark Daffodil Delight;
- To enhance the colors – Color Lifter.
My favorite technique is to outline the outside with the dark marker and then use the light marker to blend the dark line and color the rest. The leaves are too small for that technique, so I colored one type of leaf in light green and one type of leaf in dark green and then used the color lifter to create lighter tones.
Click here for a Stampin’ Up! video on blending with the new alcohol markers.
Embellishments: 12″ of Linen Thread #104199, cut in half and made into a double bow; Metallic Enamel Shapes #141678
Our Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush was a hit with the stampers as they used it to add sparkle to the butterfly, hearts and middles of the flowers. It is item #141987 and shown on page 200 of the Annual Catalog.
The inside uses a greeting from the Special Celebrations stamp set in the Annual Catalog page 23. This set is great with greetings for birthdays, babies, weddings, and friendships.
The bottom basket weave piece starts at 5 1/4″ X 1″; it shrinks up a little when it is embossed so the Whisper White layer is cut at 5 1/8″ X 4″.
To better utilize our time at the party, I had kits made with card bases of Cherry Cobbler, Bermuda Bay and Pumpkin Pie along with the Calypso Coral cardstock shown here. That way, each stamper could play with a set of matching Stampin’ Blends and not be rushed to do their coloring. I wish I had taken a picture of all the beautiful cards they made in the different colors.
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SAL, (Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little, Share A Love)
Hello Stamping Friends,
It’s May in the Rockies! I think we started the fountain a little too early. No, that is not a real jack rabbit, but the garden statue sure shows up nicely in the snow! The sun melted every flake the next day and the lawn loved the moisture so we are thankful!
Thank you to those of you who ordered in April with the hostess code! Sharon did earn her Big Shot and if you missed her party with all the fun thank you gifts, I will be mailing you a thank you gift for your online order!
May’s hostess code is: 29SANZNQ It is the last month for the Occasions Catalog and the Annual Catalog and many items are already sold out. You can go to the online store and click on Retiring items on the left side to view images of the retiring items. The Clearance Rack has been stocked with other items as well so stop by there while you are visiting to see if anything is a must have! Online Store
Use the hostess code and receive a gift from me if your order is under $150! Order over $150 and you earn the hostess dollars!
Sharon’s party focused on the Floral Boutique Suite on pages 76-77 of the Annual Catalog. The bundle is still available at 10% off and the Designer Series Paper (DSP) is still available, though inventory is low. The Washi Tape and Baker’s Twine is sold out – so sorry.
For Sharon’s thank you gift I used the gift bag punch board and made a medium sized bag with the Floral Boutique DSP and then filled the bag with the Washi Tape and Baker’s Twine.
Sharon had recently purchased the Pansy Punch, #130698, and the Flower Shop stamp set, #130942, so I made her a 3D flower using those products. I will explain how to make a pansy punch flower later in this post.
For her thank you card, I used the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies with the Floral Phrases stamp set. The border stamp was a great way to enhance the greeting on the inside of the card:
Thank you card:
- Base: Thick Whisper White Card Stock 4 1/4″ X 11″ Scored at 5 1/2″
- Top Layer: Night of Navy 4″ X 5 1/4″ with thinlits positioned on each end and cut, then each end cut with the border thinlit.
We made two projects at the party, a wedding card and a mother’s day box using the Window Box thinlits on page 43 of the Occasions catalog. The bundle is still available and, though the Window Shopping Stamp set and Window Box Thinlits carry over to the new catalog, they won’t have the 10% discount.
The little blue flower on the top of the box is from the Flourish Thinlits set #141478. It coordinates with the Flourishing Phrases stamp set which has greetings for many occasions. Check out page 49 of the Annual Catalog. The 3D flower is made using the pansy punch.
- Using regular Whisper White card stock 2″ X 7″ punch four pansies
- Sponge the edges with Night of Navy ink
- Punch a hole in the center of each flower. I used a business hole punch and punched about three times to make a nice hole
- Using your bone folder curl the petals a bit for softer looking petals
- The 5 petal pansy becomes the base, the first layer
- Make a cut between two petals to the center hole and then glue one petal on top of the other; this is the second layer-4 petals
- Cut out one petal, save it for the center, and glue one petal on top of another to make the third layer-3 petals
- Cut out two petals, save them, and glue one petal on top of another to make the fourth layer – 2 petals
- Roll the two petals you cut out- 1 petal
- Roll the one petal to make a center
- Place a glob of hot glue on the Silicone Craft Sheet #127853 and quickly layer your flowers, the glue should come up through the holes in the middle of the flowers. (Some crafters layered the flowers first then placed them on the hot glue.)
Wedding Wishes Card:
- Detailed Floral Thinlits #141482
- Floral Phrases Stamp Set #141767 (Can be bundled for a 10% discount through May 31)
- Card Base: Thick Whisper White #140272 cardstock 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ Scored at 4 1/4″
- Night of Navy cardstock #100867 cut at 5 3/8″ X 4 3/16″ ( I call it 4 1/4″ (minus a hair))
- Use the smaller thinlit and the border thinlit and cut the right hand side of the Night of Navy
- Glue the cut piece to the card base flush to the left
- Using just the border thinlit, cut the card base to match the Night of Navy top
- Fussy cut along the fold line to make it a bit neater
- Cut an outside 2 1/4″ circle with the circle framelits and a 2 3/4″ X 2 3/4″ piece of Night of Navy
- Using a 2 1/4″ X 2 1/4″ piece of Whisper White stamp your greeting, then cut to make a 1 7/8″ circle with the Stitched Framelits specialty set #145372, the 2nd circle in from the center
- Cut a piece of the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper at 4″ X 3 1/4″
- Layer the circles and then center them on the DSP and attach
- Wrap the DSP and circles tying a bow with 14″ Bakers Twine and then attach to the Night of Navy layer
- As you trim the Bakers Twine save a little bit and separate the strands to make little antennae for the butterfly
- Stamp a butterfly with the Papillion Potpourri stamp set #123759 and punch with the retiring Bitty Butterfly punch #129406
- I put one glue dot on to attach the antennae and then another to attach to the card
- The inside is the Standard Layers (click here) Night of Navy 5 1/4″ X 4″
- Whisper White top layer of 5″ X 3 3/4″
- Helpful Hint: Mount all three of the stamps on one block to get them nicely squared and then stamp the inside greeting
Imagine the different Designer Series Papers we could use to make this a birthday or graduation or………
Mother’s Day Window Box:
- Window Box Thinlits #142762
- Flourish Thinlits #141478 – use Night of Navy 2″ X 3 1/2″ and cut one flourish
- Pansy Punch #130698 – see instructions for flower above
- Thick Whisper White cardstock 11 X 6 (cut two box bases) See prior post instructions by clicking here
- Designer Series Paper; start with 3 3/4″ X 4″ and then cut just a top with Window Box Thinlit then cut off all the tabs; I had several to make so I used grid paper and made a template of just the top so I could quickly cut off the edges-store this template with your framelits for the future
- Every other side, three of the six sides, was made using #2 of the Stitched Shape square specialty framelits and a piece of DSP that was 2″ X 2″ (Note: #2 means the second one from the center)
- The other three sides used the # 2 Stitched Shape square and a 2″ X 2″ Night of Navy cardstock for the back border
- The top of the Night of Navy used a 1 7/8″ X 1 7/8″ piece of Whisper White and the heart cutout from the Window Box Thinlits layered with the retired #2 Regular Square Framelits Die. You layer both on the Whisper White and only need to cut once. The magnetic platform really helps with this cut!
- Before gluing all the pieces to the top of the lid, cut a 2″ piece of ribbon, fold it in half and glue it to the box lid. I used the retiring 5/8″ Organza #114319
- Cut a Delicate White Doilie # 141701 to fit the left edge of the top and attach your layers: the DSP, then Doilie, Flourish and finally the rose. I made an extra to store with the framelits for a template so future projects will take less time.
- I didn’t want to clutter the top with a greeting so I used the 2 1/2″ circle punch to punch a circle, sponged the edges and added a greeting. My Mother’s Day greeting comes from my stash of Paper Pumpkin stamp sets but the retiring Oh So Succulent stamp set on page 21 of the Occasions catalog #142992 and the That’s The Tag # 142755 retiring set on page 23 both have Mother’s Day greetings.
So now lets go find a beautiful piece of Navy satin and a lovely necklace, or perfume, or gift card to put in the box. Then let’s make a graduation box with a graduation cap instead of a rose what do you think?
SAL, Stamp A Lot this wonderful May month