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Bird House Fancy Fold

Hello Stamping Friends,

What a wonderful summer it has been as we traveled to Yellowstone and camped at the base of the Grand Tetons and then traveled to a wedding shower and traveled again for the wedding celebration and traveled to be the guest presenter at a Stamp A Stack.  Whew….. it is good to be home.  The yard is glad we are home as well.

Amid all the traveling I even had club here in Castle Rock!

I love most all things “bird” and fell in love with the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (DSP), so for club we made a Bird House fancy fold card.  I made a second one for my husband so I will show both.

The card on the left uses current Stampin’ Up! products whereas the one on the right uses two punches for the roof that are retired.

 

The fold is a fun diagonal fold and I cut the inside whisper white layer to have a matching angle so I could use one of the larger birds on top of the heart.  Here is a close up:

The roof has three layers of scallops cut from the ‘Stitched Labels’ framelits, a ‘Flourish Thinlit’ strip cut out and then cut right down the middle and mounted on two strips of blue mitered at the top to make the gables. Part of a flourish from the ‘Be Mine Stitched Framelits’ and a little heart from ‘Stitched Labels’ was used.  A 1″ punched circle of soft suede is sponged and popped up behind the heart cut out.  Sponging is added to give depth to the Soft Suede and a rhinestone is added for a little sparkle:

The dimensions will be below but let’s compare the other card and some of the differences on it:

Aren’t those birds just the cutest!! TIP:  When fussy cutting your birds and flowers do not cut clear into the legs or the branches, just use Stampin’ Blends or markers that match the background and color the small areas to match.  This keeps the cut out image stronger and it is not noticeable.  I used soft suede between the legs of the bird that was over the circle and Balmy Blue for between the legs that were outside of the circle.  Can you tell?  Hmmm.. I think I will go back and color all the edges on the cut out bird on the first card instead of leaving a little white like I have trained myself to do in fussy cutting.

The gables are from the retired ‘Dotted Scallop Punch’ and the scallops are from a retired ‘Scallop Punch but  – –

The ‘hello’ sign is still current in the ‘Barn Door’ stamp set and has framelits to cut it out in the ‘Sliding Door’ framelits.  We have used this set multiple times so it is a must for a stamp collection.  I stamped the sign once in Soft Suede and once in Flirty Flamingo and then cut out just the hello of the Flirty Flamingo and popped it up.

I used the ‘Crackle Paint’ stamp on both cards but on the second card I scored and folded the card and then ran it through the Big Shot with the current ‘Pinewood Planks 3D’ embossing folder.

What a different look!  You could run the front and back through the Big Shot separately if you didn’t want the middle fold to have different directions on the wood look.

I did a straight cut on the top of the Whisper White inside layer instead of angles like the first card.   Here is a close up:

TIP:  With cards like these that don’t stand up nicely by themselves I like to make a CARD STAND  3 3/4″  X  2 1/2″ scored and folded 1/4″ on each end of the long end.

Dimensions and supplies used:

Card Base:  10 3/4″ X 3 3/4″  Score at 5 3/8″

-Mark 3 3/8″ from each end on both sides and score diagonally

-Make the birdhouse hole by laying the smallest of the Stitched Shapes Circle Framelits 1 1/16″ from the edge of the framelit to the edge of the bottom and the right and left sides.  Cut and then sponge the edge with Balmy Blue.

-Mask the back of the card base and stamp the front with the Crackle Stamp in Balmy Blue. Run through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks embossing Folder if desired.

Roof:  Soft Suede 3″ square cut in half.

-Roof Scallops:  (3) Soft Suede 6″ X 1/2″ cut with the ‘Be Mine Stitched Framelit’ and then cut to 4 1/4″ X 1 1/4″ .  I found it easier to cut it wide and then trim to 1/4″ wide by laying the large part of scallop at 3/8″ on the trimmer.  Sponge the edges of each. Offset your rounded part of the scallop with the previous indent of the scallop as you layer them.

-Once the scallops are adhered you can cut the little heart using the ‘Stitched Labels’ tiny heart.

-Circle behind the heart:  punch 1″ of Soft Suede and sponge it deeply then pop it up behind the heart.

Pop up the roof with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the card base.

Gables:  (2) 1/4″ X 3 1/2″ Balmy Blue strips mitered for top. Tip: Lay the strips on top of each other and cut through both at the same time to have a nice mitered edge or make a 45 degree cut at each end by lining up at 1/2 of a square on the Stampin’  Trimmer.

Gable Decoration: (1) 5 1/4″ X 3/4″ Soft Suede cut with the ‘Flourish Thinlits Die’ and then cut straight down the middle to make one for each side.  Glue the Soft Suede on the Balmy Blue strips and pop up the gables on the top of the roof with its scallops.

Scrap of Balmy Blue: Cut out the flourish from ‘Be Mine’ stitched framelits.  It has five branches and I cut off the outer two so it fit at the top of the roof.  Add a rhinestone.

Scrap of Whisper White 1 1/2″ X 1″ stamped in Flirty Flamingo with “Hello” from Fourishing Phrases and punched with a small oval punch -retired- but we have the layering ovals that would work great.  Sponge the edge with your Flirty Flamingo.

Fussy cut your bird from the Bird Ballad DSP and mount with dimensionals.

Inside:  Whisper White: 5″ X 3 1/2″.  Lightly pencil mark 3 1/4″ from bottom of the right and left and mark the top middle at 1 3/4″ and then diagonally cut from the sides to the middle.  Or make a 3 1/2″ X 3 1/4″ rectangle if you don’t want the angled top.

For the inside I used Flourishing Phrases for the greetings and created a mask to sponge the heart by cutting out of a sticky note the third largest of the scalloped hearts in the Be Mine stitched framelits dies.  You could use printer paper if you don’t have a large sticky note just be sure to use washi tape to hold it in place while you sponge the heart to the desired color.  I fussy cut another bird and flowers to go around the heart and positioned them so they wouldn’t show through the front entrance but you could have a bird peeking out of the entrance for fun as one of my club members chose to do.  It was cute.

Embellish with rhinestones!   Send to your favorite bird lover or to your lover as I did with the second one which uses the “I love our life together” from the ‘Meant To Be’ Stamp set.

Have fun!

SAL,

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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