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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Abounds And Butterfly Beauty

Hello Stamping Friends,

I have some fun cards today using the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits and the Beauty Abounds Stamp Set.  These two sets carry into the new catalog but if you get them now you will get a 10% bundle discount, #150617.  See them on page 13 of the Occasions catalog.

Before we get into the club card I want to show you The Vertical Greetings stamp set that I used for the Thank You notes. It is being retired:

I have used this set more times than I can count.  In today’s thank you cards I didn’t want to cover up the beautiful butterflies but there was just enough room to do a vertical greeting.

Let’s start with the card I did for my card class:

The little ‘hello’ in the Beauty Abounds stamp set fit right between the butterflies. I stamped the hello in Versa Mark ink and embossed it with black embossing powder and then punched it out.   I held the butterflies in place- without adhering them- to determine where to place the hello, being careful that the butterflies didn’t go outside the card.

Note: the double sided adhesive sheets are being retired, #144106, so stock up now.  I used a sheet to adhere the top layer of the butterfly to the bottom layer.  I put a 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ piece of the adhesive on the back of the Gorgeous Grape cardstock of the same size before running it through the Big Shot.  After you cut out the butterflies and pull off the adhesive backing sheet, save it!  It is shiny and beautiful.  I used it on the thank you cards you will see in a minute.

There is a large stamp in the Beauty Abounds set with six bokeh dots and a smaller one with four bokeh dots.  I used both and stamped them with Highland Heather.  I stamped the dots with Gorgeous Grape.  It is amazing how SU can make stamps that get several different shades of color with just one stamp.  I didn’t have to do any masking or coloring- it was all in the stamp!

It was a little tedious to put dimensionals on all the butterflies but so worth the effort!  These are the small dimensionals with a strip cut from the edge of the dimensionals sheet to put in the middle.

On the inside I stamped another set of bokeh dots in Highland Heather and two of the little butterflies from the same Beauty Abounds set in Gorgeous Grape.

Dimensions & Supplies:

Ink:  Versa Mark, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Black Embossing Powder

Stamps & Dies:  Beauty Abounds & Butterfly Beauty Thinlits

Card Base:  Gorgeous Grape, 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″

Second Layer- make 2:  Highland Heather,  5 3/8″ X 4 1/8″

Butterfly Outside Layer:  Gorgeous Grape, 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″

Adhesive Sheet:  5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″  – adhere the whole sheet to the back of the Gorgeous Grape

Butterfly Bottom Layer:  Highland Heather,  5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″

Whisper White Layer:  3 7/8″ X 5 1/8″

Whisper White Scrap for punching the ‘hello’ greeting

Bling:  Five black Faceted Dots (#146910- retiring)

The little butterflies have thinlits to cut them out and Stampin’ Up! has heard our frustrations with the time it takes when we want multiples of a cutout so they are making dies with several duplicates to save us time:

Lots of little butterflies we can run through the Big Shot!

After the card class I had leftover cutouts as well as the adhesive sheet backings and I wanted to use them for my thank you cards.  I chose Flirty Flamingo for another cutout and black for some of the backings. From a past catalog I had purchased Calypso Coral embossing powder and it matched the Flirty Flamingo card stock so I used it and ‘Vertical Greetings’  to emboss the thank you on the purple layers. (I showed that set first since I really don’t want you to miss having it in your collection.) I colored the wings with the clear Wink of Stella and adhered Iridescent Sequins, # 144212,  for even more sparkle.

In this card I stamped the wing cutouts with the little dot stamp and then did a bit of paper piecing to make the wings.

I wish you could see how the Wink of Stella makes it look like black glimmer paper was used! The Share What You Love Artisan Pearls were used and they, too, are retiring, #146927.

Which one is your favorite?  I would love to see what you come up with!

SAL,  Showing A Lot of butterflies today

Karen

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Thank You Notes

Our current hostess code is FCGZVMVE.

Hello Stamping Friends,

It is another very snowy day here in Castle Rock, Colorado and I am loving it!  As a little girl I would get so excited when it snowed, but my dad would look at me and say “If you had to go out and feed the cows you wouldn’t be so happy!”  I just have birds outside to feed and they were sure glad we had stocked up the bird feeders!

Today I have a few Thank You cards to show you.

Which do you like better?  These were simple using the Lovely Floral Embossing Folder, #148048 and  the Banners For You Stamp Set, # 141710,  with the Bunch of Banners Framelits, #141488.  There is a Heart Epoxy Droplet, #148583, in front of the Thank You and a Frosted Flower Embellishment, #148782, in the center of the flower.  The tiny clear droplets are retired as is the ribbon.  I am learning to stock those embellishments when they are introduced before they sell out.  Hopefully you have done the same.

  • Card Base:  Thick Whisper White  8 1/2″  X  5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Top Layer:  Pacific Point 5 1/4″ X 4″ embossed with the Lovely Floral embossing folder
  • Greeting:  Scrap of Whisper White stamped with the Banners For You greeting and cut with Bunch of Banners Framelits
  • Inside:  Greeting is stamped directly on the Thick Whisper White.  It is from the Spirited Snowmen stamp set in the Holiday Catalog.  The bottom design is from the Banners For You stamp set.  I had never noticed that little flourish design before.

Stay with me while I show you how fantastic our Stamparatus is for mass production.  I have been delighted to use it instead of blocks so I can restamp an image if it is not as perfect as I like, but I never thought I would use the hinge apparatus that lets you move the plate down the base in perfect intervals.  It was interesting to watch the demonstrations as the stampers stamped Happy Birthday or a design a number of times down a card but not something I thought I would ever do.  However,  I tried it for mass producing the banners and it worked beautifully.  Tip: Place one of our stamp cases under the plate to give a sturdy base for inking up the stamp.

I inked the stamp and then moved it down one step in the hinges.  I had six beautifully lined up banners.  I should have stamped the inside greeting first so I could line up the banner over top instead of doing the greeting over the banner.  I ruined the first one in my line up attempt but once the stamp was lined up, I moved the plate down the hinges and had a nice set of banners ready to cut out.  Tip:  Use the acrylic sheet from your Stamp A Ma Jig to test the line up of the stamp.  You will save a lot of grid paper and it would have saved me a banner!

Tip:  Cut up your shammy to make a great little tool to clean any shadows off the edges of your stamps.  It works great for cleaning your stamps while they are on the Stamparatus as well. I cut mine into several rectangles for each person to have at their station instead of a wet wipe.  I store them in another of our stamp cases.

These are the cards you see me producing in the pictures:

 

The Spirited Snowmen set did not carryover (they didn’t ask me…) but I wanted to show you the Delightfully Detailed Note Cards & Envelopes from the Annual Catalog page 193, #146911.  There are 20 cards that are already color-washed.  10 are in Blackberry Bliss and 10 are in Mint Macaron (but I thought Pool Party was a better match and used it for my cards). I embossed some with the Softly Falling embossing folder, #139672, and I used the new Big Shot Embossing Mats, #146327, with the snowflakes from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, #143751, to emboss the images instead of cutting them.  We can do this with any of our framelits giving us a whole new application for embossing.  You can see the embossing done on top facing down or on the bottom facing up in these images.

The Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon, #144152, was a great accent for the image which was stamped on a 3 1/2″ X 2 5/8″  Oval.  The edges were sponged with Pool Party.

Greetings:  ‘From The Heart’ – Petal Palette, #145788;   ‘Thanks so much’- A Big Thank You, #147377;   Inside bottom flourish – Banners For You, #141710

Bonus Card:

I made this card for Paul, my DH-darling hubby- and wonderful helper in this business!  We celebrated 43 years of marriage on December 20.  The card uses the Sprited Snowmen, the tree from Winter Woods (which does carryover), the Swirls & Curls embossing folder (also carrys over), and the Star of Light stamp set, which I hope stays in the annual catalogs for years.  I bought the Stitched All Around stamp set, page 17, # 146632,  just because it had a stamp that said “Oh darling you are fabulous”  and I wanted to use it on a card for Paul.  It made a great inside for this card.

Flashback Fun

When you are in the design zone, don’t forget Vertical Greetings on page 31 of the Annual Catalog.  This is another set I hope continues for years.  I used the current Vertical Greetings set with the ‘Special Reason’ stamp set and the ‘Stylish Stems’ Framelits that are retired.

The pink strip I cut off the front side was placed on the inside on top of a fun piece of Designer Series Paper.

Another favorite from the past is Paisleys and Posies with the Paisley Framelits:

You could use this as a card layout for a thank you card using a piece of Designer Series Paper, DSP, with a strip of foil paper, a fun framelit cutout and a thank you in the corner. It is fun to challenge yourself to bring in all the colors of a piece of Designer Series Paper.   The photopolymer stamps will bend so you can round them into a corner similar to what is shown here using a past Sale A Bration stamp set.  Send me a picture if you make a card with this layout, I would love to see it.

Next time I have some amazing Valentines to show you from my stamping friends at club.

The current hostess code is:  FCGZVMVE and it is Sale A Bration time!

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SAL,  Show A Lot of different cards

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

Awesomely Artistic Eclipse Card & Discounted Retiring Items

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:

And of course Mother’s Day is coming up so I went back to the Special Celebrations stamp set for a special 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:

  1. Stamp the greeting at the bottom
  2. Stamp the dragonfly
  3. 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)

Karen

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Heartfelt Blooms Thank You!

Hello Stamping Friends,

 

My daughter brought me “Heartfelt Blooms” and I loved how they resembled our new Sale A Bration stamp set!

The detail on this set is fabulous!  It is free with a $50 purchase.  I used this set and two other free Sale A Bration (SAB) products to send out the thank you gifts for the last months orders.  The free SAB set of cards and envelopes and the free shimmery ribbon pack worked wonderfully to highlight the Heartfelt Blooms set:

I didn’t realize how poorly the pictures of the cards turned out until I downloaded the images, so bear with me a bit. 

It looks like I have an orange filter on the camera, sigh…. the cards are gone and I can’t retake the picture.

The free Tutti-Frutti card bases have a nice designer paper look, front and back, and the envelopes are colored to match with a great inside design as well.  I cut the first layer at 5″ X 3 3/4″ to leave a nice designer border from the base card.  I used crumb cake to match the two envelopes that had crumb cake linings and black for the first layer on the cards with black envelope linings. The top layer is Whisper White cut at 4 3/4″ X 3 1/2″.  The flowers are stamped in Wild Wasabi, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, and Crushed Curry.  The Pool Party image is fussy cut and popped up for an extra bit of dimension.  A 4″ length of ribbon and three sequins dressed up the card without taking away from the detailed flower image.  For the inside I used the greeting from Paisleys & Posies “I thank you for your part in my journey.” since without all of you supporting my business there would be no business.

That little strip at the bottom is black – uh huh.  Sad, but don’t you just love the little mums stamped in the corner?

The Wild Wasabi image came out the very best so I made another set of cards using Wild Wasabi card stock as the base and stamping the edge with Versa Mark and the little tiny flowers and leaves from the vine of the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set.

The first layer is black and the ribbon is black- you are wishing you had this wonderful filtering lens right?   The dimensions of both layers are the same as above.  For the inside I chose a greeting from the Rose Wonder stamp set:

I am looking forward to using our new alcohol markers, Stampin’ Blends, to color the flower images!  The markers are shown on page 31 of the Occasions catalog.

Imagine the possibilities!

I would love to earn your business and help you receive great Sale A Bration free products.  Contact me to host a party or place an online order and earn your free products!  Use hostess code VJHRB73X and receive an additional little gift from me.

SAL,  (Share A Laugh as you look at these crazy orange pictures!)

Karen

 

 

August Special Bundle-Thoughtful Branches

Hello Stamping Friends,

I find it hard to believe the kiddos are headed back to school and all the stores are dressing up with fall colors.  I am in denial that summer is almost over even though I do love fall (and really really love getting a new Holiday catalog!! It will be available September 1.)

Whether you love summer or fall, August offers a special stamp set and Thinlits bundle called Thoughtful Branches that is available only in August. You could ink up the stamp with green or gold;  or….check out how Mary Bush from stampininthesand.blogspot.com used the set to make a beautiful hydrangea flower with our Sugarplum In Color.  Thank you, Mary.

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Many of you earned a $5 Bonus coupon in July that you can spend on any product in August so don’t let the month get away.

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Use the hostess code BT6BQYXS if your order is under $150 and Lucille will get the hostess credit for our club meeting September 10 and you can meet your club minimum with $5 to cover your shipping costs.  You received your $5 discount code by email if you spent $50 in July.  Both the discount and the special bundle go away at the end of August.

If you have never tried Paper Pumpkin now is the time with a BOGO special.  Buy one month and get the second free!

PP_BOGO_Go to mypaperpumpkin.com and enter the promo code BOGO after setting up your account.

That’s the news for today!  Check out the Clearance Rack with its specials which are perfect for fall.  Wouldn’t you love “BOO” on your Halloween cards?  We used the rectangle in the Seasonal Framelits for last month’s magic card and saved oodles of time and measuring.Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 11.29.09 AM

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Have a great summer!

SAL   (hmmmm,  I think I will go with ‘Summer Ainta Lastin’ tee hee)

Karen

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May Club Cards and Stamp A Stack Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

(This is a post; click on the SAL icon to go to the full blog)

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.

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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:

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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:

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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)

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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 New Year!

Happy New Year Stamping Friends,

May your year be blessed with health, prosperity and Stamping time!

The Holiday catalog is only good through January 4th so hurry if you have a few other products you wanted.

Use the hostess code KDREJS4A with your online order placed no later than the 4th and the orders will be combined so that I can order the Six Sayings hostess set that you will see on today’s cards.  It is a must have set.  I will draw from everyone ordering to select who gets the hostess set. One entry for each $25 order!   The inside of my New Year’s card uses the Six Sayings hostess set and Perfect Plum ink.  Once again (previously used at Thanksgiving)  I have combined two of the stamps from the stamp set to make the greeting I wanted.

Happy New Year

The snowflakes from ‘Flurry of Wishes’ were used for accents and stamped with Wisteria Wonder.

For the front of the card you will think I am very cheesy or very brilliant but we are not going to take a vote!

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Yes, it is a box card but it was soooo perfect for the greeting I wanted to use to reflect going from 2015 to 2016 and it had a snowy scene to tie in with the blessings falling like snowflakes!

Now for a Thank You card, once again using the Six Sayings hostess stamp set and positioning the designer series paper to the left instead of centered for a unique look.

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On the inside I wanted the word “Very”.  Our current ‘Reason For The Season’ set has the word ‘very’ but I didn’t have that set so I used the retired Very Merry Tags set.  I stamped it on Very Vanilla,  colored in the bottom half which had the word ‘merry’ with an Always Artichoke marker, punched it out with the 7/8 ” scalloped circle punch and then embellished the tag with gold metallic thread and a gold sequin and popped up the tag with dimensionals on top of the smaller of the gold foil doilies.  It is stunning in real life!!

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Here is the instruction sheet

Thankful-Very PDF Instruction Sheet

And the supplies used:

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Oops, I forgot the scallop circle punch.  It is item # 129404 for $13.00.
Stampin’ up has added new items to the year end sale which also goes through January 4th.  The Rosette Bigz Die is back and on sale!  It was $42.95 in the past catalogs but you can get it now for $25.77.  (And you will have a chance at the hostess set- of course if you place a $150 order you can get any hostess set or other item you would like!)  Click on the image to go to the sale.
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And this week’s sale gives you other options:
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It is almost time for the new Occasions catalog and I can’t wait to show you some of its goodies but be sure and get all your Christmas wish list filled before the Holiday catalog expires.  Here is the list of what is retiring.
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Have a wonderful evening and SAL, Sigh A Loud as you consider all those New Years Resolutions you are going to keep!

Blessings,

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