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Yummy Christmas Gingerbread House and Cuckoo For You

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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