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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

Check the list above for discounts on retiring items and check out the Clearance Rack, new items have been added, to see if you can save on your wish list!  Click on the computer image with SAL to shop.  If an item is sold out you will get an error message when you enter it in your online order.  Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator!

July Club Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

Next Saturday August 8th is our quarterly Card Buffet from 10 AM to 4 PM.  There will be six card designs from which you may make one, two or three cards of each design at a cost of $3 per card.  I will have lunch, snacks and of course a door prize drawing!  RSVP to let me know if you will be attending and a guess at how many cards you would like to make.  The cards are clean and simple cards so each should take about 30 minutes to make.  That’s what’s up for the future!

Now for the past.  At Club two weeks ago we did two special cards and played a Watermelon Box guessing game.  Donna brought extra give-a-ways so we had three door prizes. Thank you, Donna!  Sure wish you all could have been there.  Here are pictures of the cards and a detailed pdf file you can print with all the instructions.

Dragonfly Congrats Card– Printable PDF File

Dragonfly Congrats Card
Dragonfly Congrats Card

 

Inside of Dragonfly Congrats
Inside of Dragonfly Congrats

 

Spritzer Recipe:  3/4 spritz bottle of alcohol with 20 drops of ink.  To dry faster get a higher alcohol content %, for example 91%.

Blender Pen Solution:  In a one ounce eyedropper bottle, combine 1/3 parts Glycerin (found in cake decorating section), 2/3 parts distilled water, 1/4 teaspoon alcohol.  1)  Remove pen tip (pull and twist gently) and lay the tips flat overnight in fluid. Next day:  2) Fill the pen barrel with the solution.  3)Place the pen tip back in the hollow by pushing gently- do not push the tip but glide it in holding on the sides.

Thank you, Deb, for those instructions!!  Here are the supplies, click on any image to go directly to the store.

Price: $110.00

Price: $5.25

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 Butterfly Flip Flop Card  – Printable PDF file

The outside:

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 The inside before flipping: Yes, sometimes people just think you made a floppy card so they need a little instruction:
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 The flip begins:
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      Almost Over:
WatercolorWings4WatercolorWings5 Finally all the way over.  Okay, so it really just took seconds but without a video I thought I’d better show the flip flop!   The fun part was using almost every one of the Watercolor Wishes stamps as we did the three part stamping.  We used Daffodil Delight – stamped off once for the first step,  Crushed Curry for the second step, and Memento Black for step 3.  Pinterest is full of charts of all different color combinations that you can use for gorgeous butterflies, just search on Watercolor Wings.  The black satin ribbon (retired) was stamped with white craft ink for the greeting.  The pictures don’t do it justice.  Here are the supplies:

Price: $110.00

Price: $5.25

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We divided in teams and I challenged each team to detail the products used in this Curvy Keepsake Watermelon Box.  The winning team went home with a Watermelon box filled with a sample of Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder 1″ Dotted Lace Trim.  Thanks go to Chris Slogar at buckeyeinklings.com for the great design! The grocery store just happened to have matching cookies!!   Let me give you a few pictures and some helps with the construction:
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You need two outside Cucumber Crush partial pieces using the slotted side of the Thinlit.  Cut a piece 6″ X 11″ and tilt the thinlit so it doesn’t get caught in the side of the Big Shot and break. Trim the extra to the right of the square to make a nice tab you will use for gluing on the Red Watermelon Wonder parts.  Stamp the green with the stripe in the “Work of Art” stamp set.
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Using a 3″ strip of Watermelon Wonder, cut two red parts with the rounded part of the Thinlit, glue them to the tabs on the green sections.
IMG_0116For extra detail, again with a 3″ piece of Whisper White, cut two parts with the slotted part of the Thinlit to be the watermelon rind.  Glue them on the inside of the green.
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The watermelon seeds were the cutest part!  Just punch out three Itty Bitty Hearts from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.  Cut them in half, lay them on your Silicone Craft Sheet and apply a coat of Crystal Effects.  If you can do this the night before you won’t be impatiently waiting for them to dry- a good two hours.
We made the greeting using the Banners Framelits, cutting one side for a banner and then turning the framelit around to cut a nice arrow on the other side. Use a 1″ strip of Whisper White.  The greeting shown is the “Honeycomb Hello” stamp set that has a cute bumble bee- perfect for a summer day eating watermelon!
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 And that my friends was club in July!  If you would like to be part of this fun loving stamping world, contact me at 303-815-0838 or karen@stampalosopher.com
Have a great day!
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