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November 2019 Paper Pumpkin Alternatives & Tailored Tag Quilted Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

This post is for those of you who still have a November Paper Pumpkin kit that you never got a chance to use.

   Kind of like you never got around to posting the cards you made with the kit.

Yes, Sal, it has been a whirlwind of a month and now I need to post the new mini catalog and the Sale A Bration catalog but first let me show you how I used the 24 Christmas tags to make cards.

I purchased the Night Before Christmas Memories and More Cards and Envelopes Kit so it really was like a typical Paper Pumpkin with cards and cool matching envelopes. (Page 25 of the Holiday Catalog)

Snowflake Card

    

And when I ran out of the cards, I used the snowflake stamp from the PP and heat embossed white snowflakes around the edge of a Merry Merlot layer of card stock:

I have all my Paper Pumpkin stamp sets together and the ‘Wonderful time of year’ greeting was from a prior Paper Pumpkin (PP).

The snowflakes were in the November PP kit, the top greeting is in the retired “Beautiful Blizzard” stamp set and the Merry Christmas is from Octobers PP kit.

Deer and Tree Card

You know how I like to coordinate the greeting on the front with the inside and the “Itty Bitty Christmas” set had Christmas Cheer to match the “Perfectly Plaid” stamp set greeting that is so appropriate for Christmas time when we get so busy.

Sled Card

   

The outside greeting is from the PP stamp set and the inside is the “Perfectly Plaid” stamp set used again.

Birds Christmas Card

   

Joy to the world is from “Itty Bitty Christmas” and the inside greeting is from the “Still Scenes” snow globe stamp set.

Quilted Christmas Card

One more Christmas card I would love to show you is one my Mother-in-law made using the Tailored Tag punch and the plaid designer series paper with a greeting from the “Rustic Retreat” stamp set.  Mom makes gorgeous quilts but has never tried her hand at cards so it was fun to show her that the two talents of quilting and cardmaking could be one.

We started by cutting a piece of copy paper to the size of the front and then folding it in half and then half again to find the exact center so we could punch a template for placement of the middle greeting.

From there it was like building a quilt:

 

   

The following card is one I had started with using all the plaids but Mom’s eye for colors made the coordination much better than my collage of colors with a white border.  Just think what we could do with all our left over DSP!

   

Thanks Mom!

SAL,  Share A Lot – Only 356 days until next Christmas!!

Karen

Yummy Christmas Gingerbread House and Cuckoo For You

FPDMJ4X9

Hello Stamping Friends,

I missed posting our September club cards and one is a Christmas card!   Now that it is getting down to the wire for Christmas cards you might be looking for the details to this card you made “way back when”!

    

I cased Bronwyn Eastley with a gingerbread house box card.

http://addinktivedesigns.com/product/yummy-christmas-box-card/

Things I recommend doing differently:

  • add strips of window sheets to the back of each pop up
  • Make two of each pop up to put front and back so the back is prettier
  • cut that little point on the bottom middle front and back just a tiny bit – not cutting in to the black line – so the box sits squarely
  • Use the Bronze Stampin’ Blend for the gingerbread man and the deer for a darker brown
  • Use puff paint for the snow

  

   

Cuckoo For You

With the ‘Yummy For Christmas’ and ‘Cuckoo For You’, we have two stamp sets that use the same set of dies!

   

   

Isn’t that so cool!  The deer becomes a holly branch, the clock door becomes a gumdrop, the clock weight becomes a peppermint and the tree becomes a Christmas tree!

Christine Rohr posted a picture on Pinterest which used the Cuckoo For You and the Bird Ballad DSP.  I cased and selectively edited it to come up with this card for club:

     

Push up on the little arrow and you see the little cuckoo bird!

 

Note: DSP means Designer Series Paper

  • Base:  Petal Pink  5 1/2 X 8 1/2  Scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1:  Bird Ballad DSP   5 1/4 X 4  Watch the direction on your DSP
  • Strip of DSP for inside:  3/4 X 5 1/4
  • Front Stitched Nested Label:  Whisper White,  2nd largest label is 2 5/8 X 4 5/8 so start with 3 x 5 piece; emboss with the Subtle 3D embossing folder; then cut with the Stitched Nested Label.  Use handheld hole punch to punch a hole on each side of the label for the ribbon. Mount the label 1″ down from top of base and 5/8″ from the sides of the base to the point of the Stitched Nested Label
  • Ribbon:  1/4″ Copper Trim,  6″ , make two
  • Clock and Parts:  Whisper White  3 5/8 X 8 1/2;  Stamp in Memento Tuxedo Black ink:  clock, 2 pulls, 1 squirrel, 1 door;  color with Stampin’ Blends:  Old Olive on the vines, Bronze on the dots, roof-Dk Soft Suede, Clock Outline-Dk Balmy Blue, Pulls-Bronze & Dk Soft Suede, Squirrel – Bronze body, nut in Lt Suede, with a Dk Suede top, Door – Lt Suede, blue trim and be sure to cut off the white border of the door created when cutting with the framelit.  Tip:  When coloring with the alcohol markers in tiny areas just barely dot the area to color it.  The ink spreads and you won’t be getting ink outside the lines.

  • Mask the 2 flowers, the clock middle, the inside of door and sponge with Blushing Bride Ink.

  • Clock Weight and clock hands:  Copper Foil,  1 1/4 X 1 1/4.   Stamp the clock weight in Versa Mark ink, emboss with copper powder and cut with the circle die.  Cut the clock hands out of the foil and save the little pieces to use for the squirrel’s nose, the handle on the door, and the little dot right above the 12.
  • Clock pull:  left over from the Whisper White used for the clock and parts: cut one with the die.  I used my Stamparatus to line up the lines with the arrows and the one word “cuckoo” so my stampers could easily stamp the images:

You stamp the arrow and lines image with the right side up and then stamp “cuckoo” on the back of the same piece.  With the Stamparatus we could line up the one word “cuckoo” from the greeting “I’m Cuckoo About You” and didn’t even need to mask the edges. By using the grid sheet we can save it with the stamp set for the next time.

The odd looking die with a little heart on the top and the bottom is a piece that matches up with the hearts on the clock face to cut slots for the sliding mechanism in exactly the right places.  There are YouTube videos using the two sliding mechanisms to make butterflies that “fly” and other fun tricks so the pieces are good for other applications.

Be careful to fold the score lines of the mechanism very straight so it slides nicely in the slots created by the second die.  The slot is a little larger than the door -necessarily so- so that you can slide it in, but once it was in place, I cut two little strips of Whisper White and glued them to either side of the slot so the mechanism stayed straight.

Inside Layer:  Whisper White 4 X 5 1/4 stamped in Soft Suede ink with the greetings in the “Special Celebrations” stamp set.

Front Greeting:  Scrap of Whisper White run through the Big Shot part way with the Rectangle Stitched Framelit and then turned around and run through the other sider with the same Framelit to shorten it to just the right size for “Time To Celebrate”.  I didn’t stop and made the whole Stitched Rectangle so I just ran it again to shorten it and then had a little piece left that was perfectly stitched that I used on this card:

My youngest granddaughter, Emma, was born on 9/24 at 7:12 AM.  I moved the house over a bit, found some left over pink twine from a Paper Pumpkin, and stamped the date with one of the first photopolymer stamp sets made by Stampin’ Up!

The inside uses the “New Wonders” stamp set and a template of the ‘1’ cut out of cardstock and then sponged with Blushing Bride Ink.  The fairies are colored to match the DSP with white and blue like the flowers and green like the vines.  This card will be hard to top when birthday #2 comes around.  My grandsons are turning 2 and 3 in the next few weeks and I will be working to make them something memorable.   Do you think parents save hand made cards?

The next Christmas Stamp A Stacks are December 4th and 7th at my house at 9:30.  RSVP by November 25- next Monday.  Wow, where has the month gone?

SAL,  Stamp A Lot

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

#Elfie Diorama Card

Hostess Code:  FPDMJ4X9

Hello Stamping Friends,

It’s an Elfie day in the neighborhood, an Elfie day in the neighborhood, won’t you be my neighbor!

Yup!  Elfie from my head to my toes!  Ruger was the cutest elf of all!

‘#Elfie’ is a super cute stamp set (page 22 of the 2019 Holiday catalog).  I am casing Michelle Andrews and the diorama card she posted on her blog:  www.stamppraylove.blogspot.com.  I changed the coloring and positioning and added puff paint to the bobbles on their shoes and hat.  I used the ‘Birch’ background stamp set to add a faux wood frame look. The little elf in the stocking would be great on the back of the card but I can only expect my club to do so much fussy cutting.

  

The greetings on the front and back come from the ‘Perfectly Plaid’ stamp set on page 14 of the 2019 Holiday catalog.

  • Base:  Crumb Cake 4 1/4 X 11;  Score at 5/8, 5 3/8, 6, 10 3/4, Use 3rd largest rectangle framelit to cut the front.  Mask each section of the base and stamp with Soft Suede ink using the ‘Birch’ background stamp.  Stamp the front and back greetings using Shaded Spruce ink.  The Stamparatus helps you stamp the greetings and restamp them to get  nice dark green images.  Burnish all the score lines really well to assure the card moves well and lays flat.
  • Back of the Diorama:  Pool Party, 4 3/4 minus 1/16 (4 11/16) to allow for score lines X 4 1/4, stamp snowflakes in Pool Party Ink and adhere snowflake sequins.
  • Elves:   Whisper White, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, Stamp in Memento Ink and color with Stampin’ Blends. Fussy Cut. Use a blender pen to dip in Pool Party ink and color the area between the elf and the Christmas ornament.  Glue a strip of whisper white on the back of the two tall pieces for stability.
  • Snow Mounds:  Thick Whisper White, Make 2:   5 1/4 X 2 1/4;  creatively cut a large right hand mound and a smaller left hand mound. Score each side of the mounds 1/4″ . Make a template and you can quickly cut out the snow mounds for each card kit.

The rectangle cutout uses the 3rd largest die in the Rectangle Stitched Framelits. It is 1/2″ down from the top leaving about 3/4″ on the bottom for your greeting.   I was able to stamp the three elves and the package on one 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 ( 1/4 of a sheet)  whisper white.  I cut two little strips 1/4 X 4 to adhere to the back of the long elf images for a bit more stability.  The snow mound on the left is 1 3/4″ at the peak and goes in front of the right hand snow mound which measures 2″ at the peak.

The snow mounds are glued together to make a box of sorts.

The snow mound “box” is decorated with elves and snow.  Glue the elves to the snow mounds before adding snow.  Make sure nothing is adhered to the pool party background or the card will not lie flat to go in an envelope.  Burnish each fold really well to help the card move.  Cut around the elbows of the ‘No Peeking’ elf and don’t cut off the words.  The elbows go over the front frame and the words give you a tab to glue to the back of the frame.   Likewise with the package – cut a little tab at the bottom to use for gluing to the front of the frame.

The Holiday catalog has ‘Shimmery Crystal Effects’ on page 41 which you will use to adhere the ‘Ice Stampin’ Glitter’ (same page).  It is most remarkable how the Crystal Effects holds the glitter and so cool how sparkly the ice glitter looks!   The puff paint (page 19) is so fun to add to the hats and shoes of the elves!  We learned to hold the bottle almost horizontally and let gravity do as much of the work as possible instead of squeezing the bottle. The background is pool party stamped in pool party ink with the snowflake stamp set in ‘#Elfie’.  The little teensy tiny snowflakes are from the ‘Snowflake Sequins’ on page 43 of the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  (Or you may have some left from the October Paper Pumpkin).

Place ‘Tear and Tape’ on the outside edges of your snow mound box and adhere to the base in the middle on the right side.    This leaves about 1/8″ on each side of the base.  When you adhere the other side which has the seam, place tear and tape on the seam and then fold the right hand side over the tape to insure the box will lie flat.  This is a view from the bottom:

That was a lot of directions.  This is when I wish I made Youtube videos.  Maybe next year……

Now that we know how to make diorama cards just imagine what other stamp sets we can use.  My inspiration came from Lucille who had the absolute cutest little diorama card with doggies.  Hmmm…….snowmen next – or deer??

The new hostess code is FPDMJ4X9 and Stampin’ Up! is going to have a three day Extravaganza sale November 20-22.

Click HERE if you would like a printable pdf.

It’s an Elfie day in the neighborhood – won’t you be my customer?  Contact me if you have questions or need a catalog.  You can also go to the catalog tab at the top of the blog to see all the catalogs.

SAL,  Silly And Loving it

Karen

 

 

 

Stamp A Stack meets Clearance Rack

Hello Stamping Friends,

It is Friday!  Hopefully you had a great week and are looking forward to a restful or fun filled weekend.

There are only two days left to sign up for the November Paper Pumpkin which matches the October Paper Pumpkin and makes 24 Christmas tags but could also be used for the front of a card.  This is the October kit.  It made 10 full sized cards and the envelope had the wood tone on the inside of the envelope and silver edging on the outside.   A beautiful card and envelope!

I did change the greeting.  It comes from the very versatile Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set in the Holiday catalog. Click on the image below to go to the Paper Pumpkin site:

Thank you to all those who purchased products from the Clearance Rack after our first Stamp A Stack.  I apologize for not posting the recipes sooner.

NOEL Double Time Stamping:

Casing Mary Detharage at stampsnlingers.com:

 

Recipe:

  • Stamp Sets:  ‘Joy & Noel’,  ‘Timeless Tidings’
  • Ink:  Memento Black
  • Tools:  Oval Stitched Shape Framelit and Oval die (retired) 3rd smallest in set or oval 1/8″ smaller than Stitched Shape Oval
  • Stampin’ Blends:  Real Red, Shaded Spruce
  • Base:  Real Red, 5 1/2  X 8 1/2  Scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer:  Basic Black, 4 X 5 1/8  -make 2
  • Top:  Whisper White, 3 7/8 X 5 – make 2
  • Embellishment:  3 gold metallic pearls

Using the largest Stitched Shape Oval, cut out a piece from the middle of the black layer.  Set aside.

Center the small oval framelit on the white top layer and cut the oval then return the oval to the layer and stamp the Noel.  I used the Stamparatus so I could stamp until I got a really dark black image on the letters.

Color.  I used the light Shaded Spruce for the stems and small leaves around the berries, both dark and light Shaded Spruce on the large leaves and Real Red dark and light for the berries.

Adhere the colored oval to the black stitched shape oval with snail and then pop up the ovals on the white layer.

Add gold metallic pearls.

The inside greeting, Merry Christmas and holly branch are from Timeless Tidings.

This card is a case of the catalog using the other stamp in the set:

Beautiful Baubles:

This card is a case of www.sandjunecrafts.com who cased June Keingstaer:

Recipe:

  • Ink: Pacific Point and Versa Mark with silver embossing powder
  • Stamps:  Beautiful Baubles, Timeless Tidings
  • Tools:  Detailed Bands Dies, Aqua Painter, Gray Marker, Wink of Stella
  • Base:  Silver Foil Edged Cards & Envelopes  (#147900)
  • Layer:  Pacific Point 5 1/4 X 4
  • Top:  Shimmery Whisper White 5 X 3 3/4
  • Inside:  Silver Foil Strip 4 1/4 X 1/4 and Pacific Point Strip 4 1/4 X 1/4
  • Greeting:  Shimmery White 2 X 3 and 2 ovals cut from Silver Foil using the Detailed Bands Dies.  Deck the Halls is in Beautiful Baubles, the inside greetings are in Timeless Tidings

Start by creating two masks of the bauble on sticky notes.  Stamp the left bauble in Versa Mark, mask it and then stamp the bow and string. Remove the mask and emboss with silver embossing powder.  Mask that bauble and stamp the middle baubles and the right side bauble, bows and string.  Emboss with silver.  Use the Aqua Painter and dip in the Pacific Point and water color the baubles.  Color the inside of the top little holder thingy gray and apply wink of stella.  Add rhinestones.

Stamp the greeting, cut with the Detailed Bands Oval Die and attach to two silver ovals cut with the same die. Sponge the edge with Pacific Point. Use glue dots to attach to the foil and then dimensionals to attach to the top of the card.

Apply strips to the inside left and stamp the greeting.  The card stock in the set is thick so you don’t really need another layer. The catalog also has gold foil cards and envelopes.  Check out page168 of the Annual Catalog 2019-2020.

Note:  I will add the catalog year in the future posts since I have gone back to reference posts from years ago and the page number is not the same.  In the catalog section of my blog I have kept all the pdfs of catalogs since I started blogging so you can go to that section and find the catalog I reference.  You can look at the date of the post to figure out which catalog but I will be more helpful in the future.  Do you have other suggestions that would make my blog more user friendly?

Christmas Tree Special Fold:

Cased from Rachel Tessman at StampYourArtOut.com:

 

This is a Step Panel Card and folds to fit in a standard envelope.

Recipe:

  • Ink:  Shaded Spruce, Versa Mark and white embossing powder
  • Stamp Set:  Snow Is Glistening
  • Tools:  Snowfall Thinlits, 1 3/8″ circle punch and 1 1/4″ circle punch
  • Base:  Shaded Spruce 4 1/4 X 8 1/2;  Score at 1/2, 1 1/2, 3, 4
  • Step:  Shaded Spruce 2 1/2 X 4 1/4;  Score at 1/2 and 1 1/2
  • Tree:  Shaded Spruce 4 X 2 1/2
  • Greeting and the snowflake background at the top of tree: Whisper White 1 3/4 X 4
  • Back of the greeting and snowflake on top of the tree:  Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper:  1 3/4 X 2 3/4
  • Designer Series Paper:  4 X 2 7/8
  • Embellishments: Three rhinestones for the snowflakes and 14″ Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon

Fold each score line and use your bone folder to make nice folds on the base and the step. It is critical at this point to get a feel for where the base and the step are attached so you identify the bottom of each. Don’t attach until after you have stamped but you need to know the bottom.

Adhere the Designer Series Paper.

Stamp the tree and the bottom of the step and the base and white emboss.  Use the trimmer to cut the tree leaving a tiny edge of green.  This will be mounted last and the ribbon will be tied through the step and over the bottom of the tree which hides the seam.

Apply Tear and Tape to the 1/2″ fold on the base, it seems to be the front since stamping but it will be folded back to attach. Critical – don’t guess where it is attached- remove the top of the tear and tape, fold the 1/2″ flap over and then fold the card base flat to correctly attach the 1/2″.  Do the same with the step- don’t guess where it is attached.  Adhere it to the bottom of the base and then remove the back of the Tear and Tape on the 1/2″ fold and fold the step and base flat to get perfect placement of the step.

Stamp your greeting.  Joy is in the Snow Is Glistening stamp set.  Punch with the 1 1/4 punch. (Attach to the Dazzling Diamonds with glue dots), then pop up on the base with dimensionals.  Die cut two snowflakes from the Snowfall Thinlits (one for the front of the tree and one for the back).

Punch a circle of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper with the 1 3/8 punch and die cut a dazzling diamond snowflake for the top of the tree.  Add a rhinestone!

The back Whisper White piece is a rectangle with the 4 1/4 going vertical and the 4 on the horizontal.  It seems square so you have to look carefully for a nice border placement.  Die cut a large snowflake and a smaller snowflake in the corners, poke out all the little pieces and set aside for a minute.   After cutting your snowflakes it is easy to see where the greeting will fit.  Stamp the greeting, adhere the layer to the base and then place the snowflakes back in their cutout.  Add rhinestones to the snowflake.

Tie the ribbon through the base right at the top so it covers where your tree is attached.

You just made a step card!

December 4th and 7th at 9:30 are the next Stamp A Stacks and the cards will be fun! RSVP by going to the calendar below – or just give me a shout out-text, phone, email, stop by………

SAL,  Stamp A Lot of Christmas cards

Karen

       

 

 

 

 

 

New Paper Trimmer / Exclusive Christmastime Is Here Suite

Hello Stamping Friends,

Welcome to November!  With November we have exciting news – the new paper trimmer is available and we have an exclusive Christmas Stamp Suite – not just a little stamp set or a nice bundle but an entire suite of matching products!  Of course you can order them separately but who would want just a little – not us!  The more the merrier!

    Slow down, Karen, did you say the new trimmer is here?!

Yes, indeed- take a look see:

I looked at a dozen or so reviews on Youtube and found a short one with Mary Deatheridge:

 

Click on the image to see the Youtube video.

Okay, SAL, can I move on to the Christmastime Is Here Suite?

  Do you have a video for the suite?

Yes, here is a video from Frenchie Stamps that details the products:

Did you note in the video that the die will cut out one of the rose bouquets on the designer series paper?  Nice!!

This is available while supplies last so don’t tarry if you like it!

 

Every year Stampin’ Up! has demonstrators apply to be on the Artisan Design Team.  It is an honor to be selected and these demonstrators are amazing and will show you these new products used in a project.   Join me for their fun blog hop; just click on the link above which will take you to the first blog and then, usually toward the bottom of the post,  you will see the banner to visit the other blogs.  Have fun!

If you are new to my blog, I would love to earn your business by supporting you in this fun hobby of stamping.

Club Wednesday, November 13th, Hostess code  G3F9AGKF

Club Saturday, November 16th, Hostess code  KK2W344T

Stamp A Stack of Christmas cards, December 4th and 7th at 9:30am.  RSVP at the calendar below.

SAL,  Snow A Little, Snow A Bunch, Stay warm and Stamp A Lot

         

 

 

 

Christmas Stamp A Stack & 24 Hour Sale

Hello Stamping Friends,

For 24 hours only:

https://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/Promotions/NA/2019/Stamp%20Sale/10.14.19_FLYER_24HRSTAMPSALE_US.pdf

 

October Stamp A Stack:

Here are pictures of the cards we made at the October Stamp A Stack.  If you have questions leave your requests in the comment section.

Still Scenes Snow Globe

Still Scenes Snow Globe with Feels Like Frost Designer Series Paper on a layer of Seaside Spray and a cardbase of Thick Whisper White.  The banner and base background are Night of Navy.  The greetings are from the retired Bells and Boughs stamp set and the retired Farmhouse Christmas.

   

TIP:  Make yourself a template out of cardstock and you can cut multiples quickly:

  • Base:  Whisper White  5 1/2  X  8 1/2  Scored at 4 1/4
  • 1st Layer and inside:  Make 2; Seaside Spray 5 1/4  X  4
  • 2nd Layer:  Frost DSP 5 1/8 X 3 7/8
  • Inside Top Layer:  Whisper White 5 1/8 X 3 7/8
  • House:  Whisper White 2 1/2  X 2 1/2, Stamp in Memento ink and color with Stampin’ Blends
  • Snow Globe Base:  Night of Navy 3 X 1 3/4
  • Snow Globe Base top layer:  Silver Foil  3 X 1 3/4, Tip: attach to adhesive sheet then run through Big Shot
  • Banner:  Night of Navy 1″ (minus a hair)  X  4″  Punch with Banner Triple Punch
  • Embellishments:  8″ ribbon and three silver foil punch dots punched with hand held punch
  • Snow:  A little bit of Ice Stampin’ Glitter with a few of the Snowflake Sequins

 

Shrinky Dink Cardinal on Seasonal Wreath

Seasonal Wreath 3D embossing folder with Shrinky Dink Cardinal from Toile Christmas stamp set & Christmas Cardinal Dies.  Strips of Red Glimmer Paper are scotch taped to the back of the top layer and the entire top layer is popped up on a Thick Whisper White base.

   

  • Base:  Thick Whisper White  4 1/4  X 11  scored at 5 1/2
  • Wreath:  Whisper White, 3 15/16 (4″ minus a hair) X 5 1/2, emboss with Seasonal Wreath Embossing Folder
  • Strips of Red Glimmer Paper:  Make 2;  3/8 X 5 1/2;  use scotch tape to adhere to the back of the embossed wreath
  • Cardinal: Clear Shrinky Dink paper, 2 5/8  X  5; Stamp cardinal with Staz On ink and color the back with alcohol markers
  • Banner:  Whisper White 1 1/2 X 3 1/2  Stamp greeting with Real Red Ink
  • Inside Frame:  Red Glimmer Paper,  3 1/8 X 3 1/8, Use circle framelit to cut circle.   The two Christmas Cardinal Scrolly dies can be cut from the inside of the red glimmer paper circle
  • Inside top greeting:  2 3/4  X  2 3/4  cut with one size smaller circle.  I used circles 5 & 6 in the retired circles.
  • Branches:  Whisper White 3 X 3,  Cut two large and two small branches.  Place 4 glue dots in the bottom middle of the wreath and layer: one large to right, one to left, one glimmer paper scrolly die to left, one scrolly die to right touching in the middle to look like one, one small branch to the left and one small branch right about the middle to cover all the glue dots.  Use glue dots to place the cardinal above the branches so he looks like he is sitting on the red glimmer scrolly.
  • Embellish the wreath with red glimmer dots.

Noble Peacock Foil Christmas

This card uses the Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Paper with Noble Peacock Foil Sheets cut with the Detailed Bands dies and layered on an oval of Bermuda Bay. The top layer of DSP is bordered with a strip of black foil paper and another black foil strip is cut out with one of the Detailed Bands dies for the inside.  The Merry Christmas is a separate piece that is popped up with dimensionals. The card base is Bermuda Bay.  The outside Merry Christmas is actually a sticker I picked up from a Krazy Creations craft booth several years ago.  The inside greeting is from the “Timeless Tidings” stamp set that was just recently in the clearance rack.

   

For those who felt the colors were better for a birthday card, the “Band Together” stamp set that is bundled with the “Detailed Bands Dies” (page 121) has a perfect birthday greeting that fits perfectly on the cut out center and was easily embossed with black embossing powder to tie to the overall shiny look of the foils.  The inside greeting is from the current “Country Home” stamp set.

  

  • Base:  Bermuda Bay  5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • 1st Layer:  Peacock DSP 3 7/8 X 5 1/2
  • Strip to border 1st Layer:  Black Foil  1/2 X 5 1/2
  • Strip at top of inside:  Black Foil  1 X 5 1/2 , cut with Detailed Bands Die
  • Greeting Layer 1:  Bermuda Bay  die cut oval 2 1/2 X 3 1/2
  • Greeting Layer 2:  Turquoise Peacock Foil die cut with Detailed Bands die, trim edges so it covers from the black to the right edge, adhere directly to oval
  • Greeting Layer 3:  The Detailed Bands Die gives a great cut out to stamp a greeting and pop up with dimensionals
  • Embellish:  I used 9″ of turquoise sequin ribbon and loops of black thread to adhere behind the oval before gluing the oval directly to the DSP.  Two Noble Peacock Rhinestones completed the card.

K-Cup Thank You Gift

For a little thank you gift I made a K-cup holder sitting on top of a pumpkin spice latte mix, the little squiggle below the thank you is in the “A Big Thank You” stamp set:

  

  • Long Strip:  Pumpkin Pie, 2″ X 12″  Score at 5″ and 7″ ( Tip:  score at 5″ and turn and score other side at 5″), punch each end with Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.
  • Inside Box: Early Espresso  3 15/16  X 3 15/16  ( 4 X 4 minus a hair on each side)
  • Score each side at 1” and then make tabs at every other corner by cutting 1″ from the corner to the score line. Cut the tabs at an angle to make them easier to adhere. Use Tear and Tape to adhere sides.
  • DSP:  Make 2:  1 3/4 X 4 1/4
  • DSP:  Make 2:  1 3/4 X 7/8  (sides of the box)

The next Christmas card Stamp A Stack is scheduled for Wednesday, December 4th, and Saturday, December 7th, at 9:30 here at my house.  RSVP by November 25 please!

SAL,  Sales Are Looming

Karen

          

 

 

 

 

New Sale A Bration Items – Third Release

Hello Stamping Friends,

We have one month left of Sale A Bration!  This is such a wonderful way year after year to chase away the wintertime blues.

Hostess code for Saturday club, March 9:  MKATNKJV

Hostess code for Tuesday club, March 12:  N9RT4YDQ

Starting today you can purchase products that coordinate with the free Sale A Bration products and we have several new items from the regular catalog offered free with a $50 purchase.

Coordination Products to purchase:

Review of second release (keep scrolling for the first release in thumbnails):

 

Let’s look at some projects with items from the third release:

The Petal Promenade DSP is gorgeous with two sheets that can be cut to be card fronts like the piece shown here behind this Laser Cut paper.  Both papers are available as a free Sale A Bration item.  Both outside and inside greetings are from ‘Ribbon of Courage’, page 114 of the Annual Catalog, as well as the little heart.  The roses in the corner are from the ‘Painted Glass’ stamp set on page 165 and cut out with the ‘Stained Glass Thinlits Dies’.

Here is another project using  the Petal Promenade DSP, a Pearlized Doily, and the Organdy Ribbon which will be back in stock about March 4.  The greeting is from ‘Guy Greetings’ (retired), the inside greeting is the ‘Forever Lovely’ stamp set on page 5 of the Occasions catalog :

Pizza boxes make wonderful gifts that can be regifted.  I made these pizza boxes for my “kit class”  thank you gifts.  I bought a cookie press and Lisa, bless her heart and her patience, helped me make little spritz cookies in flower and leaf shapes to go in the boxes.   The greeting is from ‘A Big Thank You’ stamp set:

Besides the pizza box, this uses the ‘Share What You Love’ DSP which has foil accents on it, Annual Catalog page 188.  The Frosted Flower Embellishment is on page 11 of the Occasions catalog and one of our little rhinestones fits perfectly in the middle of the flower.

Dimensions:

  • Pizza Box itself is 3 3/8 X 3 3/8
  • Solid First Layer is Merry Merlot  3 1/4  X  3 1/4
  • Second Layer is Share What You Love DSP  3 X 3
  • Sides First Layer is Merry Merlot  3 3/8 X 7/8
  • Sides Top Layer is DSP  3 1/8 X 5/8
  • Doily is retired product
  • Greeting is stamped on Whisper White and cut with a Stitched Shapes Circle then sponged on edges
  • Stamp Set is ‘A Big Thank You’
  • Flower is Frosted Flower Embellishment in Occasions Catalog, pg. 11, topped with a rhinestone
  • A Whisper White twine bow completes the top

 

 

The Gingham Gala DSP, Occasions page 35, used on these thank you notes is back in stock and the ribbon should be available in the next few days.  Yay!!  There are four cards here for the sake of the picture, it isn’t a fancy fold of some kind.  “Thank You for your endless love and support” is in the ‘Lasting Lily’ Sale A Bration stamp set.  The butterflies are in the  ‘Beauty Abounds’ stamp set and cut with the ‘Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies’, page 13 of the Occasions.  “Ever So Grateful” is in the ‘A Big Thank You’ stamp set.

Since I have a captive audience, or at least I am pretending I do, I will show you one more project using a new offering from Sale A Bration – the ‘Share What You Love Embellishment Kit’:

I stamped on the vellum cutout from the front and it wasn’t as fuzzy as it looks here.  Isn’t the tag from the kit unique?

I need to get more little cookies done to put in the pizza boxes so I will sign off for now.   Click on the little SAL computer image to go to my online store and order.

SAL,   Share A Love  –  I love, love, love new goodies so I am sharing.  I love comments, too!

Karen

 

Happy Valentines Day

Hello Stamping Friends and Happy Valentines Day!!

(Hostess code for Terri’s kit party February 23 at 10:00am :  MKATNKJV)
(Hostess code for Joy’s online party:  FCGZVMVE)

I hope you have wonderful plans to celebrate all the loves of your life next week.  How about celebrating our “LOVE” of stamping?

At club last month I gave the stampers a card base with a special trifold and then had lots of the new designer paper, the new stamp sets and dies offered in the Occasions catalog and the free foil paper from Sale A Bration available for them to use and design their own Valentine!  The results were amazing!

I cut and stamped the Meant To Be stamps with the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies so we could see all the wonderful things we could make.  The All My Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) even has one side with hearts that exactly match the framelits.  Can you tell which ones are from the DSP and which ones are stamped?  What a great bundle this is for many occasions.  Check out page 6 of the Occasions catalog.

 

The card bases were a fun trifold layered with DSP from All My Love Designer Paper.

  • Card Base:  11″ X 5 1/2″;  Score at 1 1/4″   then 4″   then  6 3/4″
  • DSP (X2) for front flaps:  1″ X  5 1/4″
  • Coordinating DSP for next flap:  2 1/2″  X  5 1/4″
  • Whisper White Message Panel:  2 1/2″  X  5 1/4″  (If Whisper White is your base, cut a coordinating DSP first with these measurements and then make a Whisper White Panel that is 2 1/4″  X  5″
  • DSP Panel on the right side matching DSP of the front panels:  4″  X  5 1/4″

Now the fun begins!  Check out these beautiful valentines my club ladies created:

Valentine 1 by Joy:

 

The greeting is from Amazing Life on page 28 of the Occasions catalog item # 148750.

Valentine 2 by Jo:

The Grapefruit Grove foil (free with a $50 order) is quite unique-especially when trying to photograph a project.  See page 12 of the Sale A Bration brochure.

Valentine 3 by Terri:

Terri used the Lovely Lipstick foil.  I missed the closed version of her card.

Valentine 4 by Lucille:

I love how she mounted the foil on a white background and used the little flourish and a heart in the middle!

Valentine #5 by —-:

How creative to pull in the color of the DSP with ribbon and to layer a DSP heart on a white heart!

Valentine #6 by Sharon:

The little Heart Epoxy Droplets pick up the color of the shiny foil beautifully.  See page 5, item # 148583.  The little flowers she used are the Frosted Flower Embellishments on page 11, item #148782.

Valentine #7 by LIsa:

 

Check out the embossed heart embellished with a flourish and the top little stamped heart holds the front flap down.

Valentine #8 by Christine:

I love how Christine placed the red outline of the heart so it perfectly matched her front white heart.

Valentine 9 by —–:

 

The white on the DSP is lovely and there is a plethora of hearts from the one framelit!

Valentine 10 by —-

Look at how she used the Crumb Cake to stamp the greeting and the heart so everything coordinates!

Help me with names dear stamping friends.  Send me a comment with which numbered Valentine is yours and I will update the post.  After all, it will be sort of a scrapbook for us.

Next post I will share the Shrinky Dink fun that we had for our club technique as well as the new Sale A Bration free products that will be available February 15 and the coordinating products we can purchase March 1 to go with many of the free stamp sets.

SAL,

Karen

Flashback Fun:

This is the Christmas card we made in 2017 with the same folds:

The DSP used here is retired but the stamp set and framelits are still available!!  See page 102 of the Annual Catalog for the Ready For Christmas stamp set and the Christmas Staircase thinlits dies on page 216.  There is a little Dachshund in this set so it was a must have for me!  Check out the other trifold card we made with this set at the card buffet:

I think I started down a rabbit trail, one trifold leading to another and then to another!  Thank you for stopping by!

I have a couple people interested in doing a monthly or bimonthly Christmas Card Stamp A Stack starting now so we have lots of cards made by November.  Leave me a comment if you are interested.

Shop online and get a free Sale A Bration product for each $50 or $100 spent!  Click on SAL and he will take you to the online site.

 

Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies

Hello Stamping Friends,

I have great news!  The Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies are in the Clearance Rack:

These framelits and a matching stamp set were offered in August for a limited time and I held a class for those who purchased the bundle.

Check out the previous post  – HERE

Even though the stamp set is not available the shaped and stitched framelits are great and we have many flower and leaf stamps that will work with the framelits.  Even the little bell framelit could be cut out and drawn and colored in without having the stamp set.

 Christmas card: thanks to Tami White stampwithtami.com


  • Card Base – Real Red  4 1/4″  X  11″ (the long way); don’t score until you cut.  Line base up at 5 1/2″ and cut from top 2 1/2″ down then turn and cut 1 3/4″ over.  Score the remainder at 5 1/2″.
  • Inside – Whisper White  4″ X 5 1/4″ run through the Big Shot with the Tufted Embossing Folder
  • Designer Series Paper – make 2 –   5 1/4″ X 1 1/2″
  • Whisper White Frames: – Large  5 1/2″  X  4″,  Medium  4 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ ,  Small 3 1/2″  X 3″
  • Gold Foil Bow – 1 1/2″  X 3″

The large frame is glued directly to the front panel, then the medium frame is popped up on it.  The small frame is popped up in the middle on the tufted layer. The inside greeting is from the Dashing Deer stamp set in the Holiday Catalog which carries over to the new year, YAY!

Spring Card:  Thanks to Linda Cullen at craftystampin.com

  • Card Base – Whisper White  5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″
  • First Layer – Make 2 – Highland Heather 5 1/4″ X 4″  Use the Big Shot embossing mats(see page 221) to emboss the stitched image of the largest framelit for the outside layer
  • Top Layer outside – Whisper White – Medium Framelit – 4 1/2″ X 3 1/2″
  • Top Layer inside – Whisper White – 5 1/4″  X 4″  Cut out with largest framelit and add another fun cutout like the above Happy Birthday thinlit #143700 or the Pretty Label Punch #143715 stamped with the greeting from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set (page 114)
  • Leaves – Granny Apple Green – 1 3/4″  X  3″
  • Bow – 1/4″ mini striped Gorgeous Grape #146940 – 10″
  • Glitter Enamel Dots #146934  (my new favorite embellishment!)

Fall Card: Thanks to Kay Kalthoff at stampingtoshare

 

This card uses designer series paper (DSP) in such a way that you see both sides of the paper.  What a concept! You will want to remember these cuts when you have a DSP that you can’t decide which side to use because both sides are beautiful. Show off both sides like this!

  • Base – Cajun Craze  5 1/4″  X  5 1/2″  Score the 5 1/4 side at 4 1/4″ making a 1″ flap
  • DSP layer – Nature’s Poem DSP 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″  Adhere under the 1″ flap
  • Frame – Cajun Craze – Largest Framelit – 5 1/2″ X 4″
  • Top Frame – Whisper White – Medium Framelit – 4 1/2″  X 3 1/2″
  • Front DSP Strip – 3/4″  X  5 1/4″
  • Inside Layer – Whisper White – 4″ X 5 1/4″
  • Inside DSP Strip – 1/2″ X 5 1/4″

The leaves and spots were stamped in Soft Suede Ink and the spots were overstamped in Crushed Curry.  The leaves were colored with water color pencils and then blended with an aqua painter.  The outside of the framelit was sponged with Cajun Craze and glitter enamel dots were added for sparkle.  A double bow of linen thread ( 20″) completed the card.

Do you see how the framelits are just about the best shape since the retired Top Note Die?!

I thought I had missed the chance to post these cards when I didn’t get it done in August but thankfully the framelits popped up in the Clearance Rack.

Our current hostess code is  6E7477K2  and if you buy $50 worth of product you can choose a free level 1 product or with $100 you receive a level 2 product!

SAL,  Sing A Lot of Sale A Bration joy

Karen    click on little SAL in the computer to go to the online store.

 

 

 

 

 

Stamp A Stack of Christmas Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

We had so much fun at our second session of Stamp A Stacks.  Each guest made two cards each of three designs. Would you like to make them or make more?  I will showcase them today with measurements.

Today is the last day to order and be guaranteed delivery before Christmas (unless an item is on backorder).  Have Santa call me to place your order!

The new hostess code is AXG72X2F.  Jo will be our hostess for club on January 8th and this code will be good through then.  If your order is under $150 she will get the benefit of the hostess dollars.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Note:  I abbreviate Designer Series Paper to DSP

Card #1 – Spirited Snowmen

I cased this card idea from Mary Deatherage at  Stamps n Lingers.  I changed up the snowflakes and used the Snowfall Thinlits Dies.  I hope you bought this set while it was available in November.  If not, there are beautiful snowflakes in the Blizzard Thinlits Die (page 39 of the Holiday Catalog).

  • Base:  Very Vanilla  5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″  scored at 4 1/4″
  • Layer 1:  Cherry Cobbler 5 1/4″  X  4″  (this leaves a 1/8″ border)
  • Layer 2:  Festive Farmhouse DSP 5 1/8″ X 3 7/8″  ( 1/16″ border)  Adhere Layer 2 directly to Layer 1 and pop up on the Very Vanilla card base
  • Glue a 5 1/2″ Burlap Trim on Layer 2
  • Layer 3:  Cherry Cobbler 4″ X 3 3/8″
  • Layer 4:  Festive Farmhouse DSP 3 7/8″ X 3 1/4″  Adhere Layer 4 directly to Layer 3 and pop up over the burlap trim
  • Snowmen:  Very Vanilla 3 1/2″ X 3 1/2″;  Stamp image in Crumb Cake slightly to the left and color with Stampin’ Blends; Cut with the largest of the Stitched Shape Framelits.  Stampin’ Blends used:
    • Light & Dark Crumb Cake
    • Light & Dark Old Olive
    • Light & Dark Cherry Cobbler
    • Light & Dark Smoky Slate
    • Color Lifter to highlight-  My technique is to outline in the dark and then blend the color in to the middle with the light marker
  • Snowflakes:  Very Vanilla 2 1/4″ X 5″, cut with the flurry thinlit and one medium and one small thinlit
  • Greeting:  Very Vanilla 3 1/2″ X 1 1/4″, stamp the greeting in Cherry Cobbler then cut with the Petals & More Thinlits Die; punch a hole in the right hand side and insert two 3″ pieces of Cherry Cobbler Twine in the hole (I folded a 6″ piece in half and then cut it after inserting it in the hole).  Tie a 6″ linen thread around the Cherry Cobbler Twine
  • Inside Layer:  Very Vanilla 4″ X 3 3/8 “
  • Side Strip:  Cherry Cobbler  5/8″  X  3 3/8″
  • Side Strip Layer:  DSP 1/2″ X 3 1/4″
  • Embellishment:  Pearl Basic Jewels colored with the Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend marker.

Card #2 – Peaceful Poinsettia

  • Base:  Thick Whisper White 8 1/2″  X  5 1/2″  Scored at 4 1/4″
  • Layer 1 (make one for outside and one for inside):  Shaded Spruce  5 1/4″  X  4″
  • Layer 2 (make one for outside and one for inside):  Whisper White  5″ X  3 3/4″; Cut outside with corner Poinsettia Thinlit Die
  • Poinsettia: Whisper White 2″ X 5 1/4″;  stamp with Memento Ink and color with Shaded Spruce and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend Markers; Cut out with Detailed Poinsettia Thinlits Die
  • Greeting:  Whisper White  3 1/4″ X 2″, Stamp in Shaded Spruce then punch with Pretty Label Punch
  • Greeting Frame”  Shaded Spruce 3 1/4″ X 2″  punched with the Pretty Label Punch then cut in half horizontally
  • Embellish with Red Rhinestones and Clear Rhinestones colored with Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend marker.

Card #3 – Hearts Come Home For Christmas

I cased this card from Debra Verbosh at debsrubberroom.com just changing out the DSP and the greeting and …… well you know, CASE – copy and selectively edit.  Sometimes I think we get so excited to use the framelits and thinlits and we forget how fun it is to stamp.  This card gives you the fun of stamping again!

  • Base: Cherry Cobbler  8 1/2″  X  5 1/2″  Scored at 4 1/4″;  Cut 2″ off the front -vertically.
  • Flap:  Festive Farmhouse DSP  2″ X 5 1/4″; Wrap this with 6 1/2″ of Cherry Cobbler ribbon layered with 1/4″ Smoky Slate ribbon and tied with a 4″ tie of smoky slate ribbon.  I used snail to position the ribbons but then put a piece of Tear and Tape top and bottom over the ribbons to adhere them to the main card flap as well as snail on the edges
  • Circle:  Cherry Cobbler  4″ ; Score this at 3 1/2″ and fold
  • Top of Circle:  Whisper White  3 5/8″ Circle; Cut out the circle and then lay it on the 4″ circle to mark the scored edges and then cut off the edge to match the edge of the 4″ circle.  (I was using the old Circle Framelits) I used the Stamparatus to line up the three little houses from the Hearts Come Home stamp set and then masked the houses with sticky notes and stamped a tree from the stamp set with Tranquil Tide, once fully inked and twice stamped off without reinking.  The moon, stars, smokestack and greeting are all stamped in Smoky Slate.  Santa is stamped in black Memento Ink.  “from our home to yours” is from the Farmhouse Christmas stamp set but the rest are in the Hearts Come Home set.
  • Inside: Whisper White 5″ X  3 3/4″ ; Adhere the 4″ circle to the back of the Whisper White inside layer
  • Inside Greeting:  Festive Farmhouse DSP 3″ X 3″ Cut with Circle Framelit
  • Greeting Layer:  Whisper White  2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″  Cut with Circle Framelit; The greeting is from Farmhouse Christmas.

Bonus Card  –  Joy Ornament

I challenged myself to use Designer Series Paper last year and loved how this turned out.  The Pretty Label Punch and the Label Me Pretty stamp set is still available in the Annual Catalog – see page 22;  item #143861. The Pretty Label punch is so versatile as you see with its use on the above Poinsettia card with a large greeting and then on this card as a background.   The “Joy” is from the Hearts Come Home stamp set in the Annual Catalog and the inside greetings are from Holly Berry Happiness and a Paper Pumpkin set.  The layout is what I wanted to record with the small front panel of DSP matching the large background layer in the middle. Grab some scraps to make the ornament and you won’t need to use the dimensions given here.

  • Base:  Cherry Cobbler 8 1/2″  X  5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Layer 1:  DSP (Be Merry of 2017) 5 3/8″ X 4 1/8″;  Wrap this layer with 6 1/2″ of ribbon
  • Panel Layer 1:  Cherry Cobbler  4 3/16″  X  2 1/4″
  • Panel Layer 2:  Whisper White  4 1/8″  X  2 3/16″
  • Panel Layer 3:  DSP  4″  X  2″
  • Ornament Layer 1:  Garden Green 6 1/2″  X  2″  Punch 2 with the Pretty Label Punch
  • Ornament Layer 2:  Whisper White 3 1/4″  X  2″  Stamp in Garden Green with the Label Me Pretty outline stamp and then punch adhered to frame and directly adhered to the DSP
  • Ornament Layer 3:  Garden Green  1 3/4″  X  1 3/4″   Use a 1 3/8 ” Circle framlit or punch for this layer; Pop this layer up with dimensionals
  • Ornament Layer 4:  Whisper White  1 1/2″  X  1 1/2″   Stamp the circle Thank You from the stamp set then fussy cut around the design to scallop; Pop this layer up with dimensionals
  • Ornament Layer 5:  Whisper White  1 1/4″  X  1 1/4″   Stamp the Joy from the Hearts Come Home set in Cherry Cobbler, coloring just the back of the one word or place a sticky note over the “to the world” while you ink and then remove the sticky note and stamp.  Punch with a 1″ punch and then color the edge with a Cherry Cobbler marker. Pop this layer up with dimensionals
  • Embellish with a little rhinestone in the “o” of the “Joy” and a bow of white twine above the ornament
  • Inside Layer 1:  Same DSP as front panel  5 3/8″  X  4 1/8″
  • Inside Layer 2:  Garden Green 4 3/8″  X  3 1/8″
  • Inside Layer 3:  Whisper White 4 1/4″  X  3″  stamped with greeting from Holly Berry Happiness in Cherry Cobbler and Merry Christmas in Garden Green

Do you think we will ever go back and use these layouts making it worth the time to record the dimensions?  Do you ever go to the recipe box to get layouts or do you ( and I)  just go to the internet and look for something new?  I would love to hear from you!  Remember today is the last day to order in time for Christmas delivery and the hostess code is AXG72X2F if you would like your order to qualify for your January club minimum.

Merry Christmas!

SAL,  (Be Salt and Light as we Share A Love of Jesus this Christmas)

Karen

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