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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

Party Pandas Sale A Bration Free Stamp Set

Hello Stamping Friends,

What a flurry of a month this has been!  Our new grandson, Emmitt, was born January 9!

The Buchholtz family! Big brother, Jaxson, says – “Yay!”

 

Glad Grandma!
Proud Papa!
Adoring Auntie!

What a miracle is a new little life!  Fun and adventures for all in the future!

Meantime back to business and the cool new products I have to show you.  Today I will feature the Party Pandas stamp set in the Sale A Bration catalog which is free with a $50 order:

I saw this card setup on stampsnlingers.com with the pandas and balloon, then changed the designer series paper and the balloon and the circles and added hearts; so I guess this is a CASE that is copy and selectively edit instead of copy and share everything! What I would recommend with this stamp set is doing what I did here with the panda’s eyes to make them friendlier.  I used a white gel pen to increase the size of the whites and then made a bigger black dot in the middle of the white.  I thought the eyes were too beady.  Can you tell a difference?

The Designer Series Paper is Pop of Pink which is in the clearance rack for only $3.90 but it won’t last long because it is perfect for Valentines as you can see with the heart paper I used above. Click on the image to visit the clearance rack.



  • Base of the card:  Melon Mambo  5 1/2″  X  8 1/2″  Scored at 4 1/4″
  • 1st Layer:  Whisper White   4″ X  5 1/4″   make two so you have one for the inside
  • Top Layer:  Designer Series Paper (DSP)  3 3/4″  X  5″
  • From the DSP punch a balloon for the inside – Balloon Bouquet Punch #140609, page 207
  • From a scrap of Melon Mambo punch a balloon for the front, sponge the edges and use a white gel pen for the line
  • With the Big Shot, cut two Melon Mambo 1 7/8″ Stitched Shape Circle Framelits and two Whisper White same size
  • Melon Mambo 4 x 4 and Whisper White 4 x 4 needed for the circles, they are offset and pink on white then white on pink
  • Whisper White 2 1/2″  X  4″  for stamping the two pandas with Tuxedo black, color the circles in the hat and then fussy cut
  • Stamp Happy Birthday on Whisper White Scrap and cut with the Bunch of Banners framelit
  • The hearts are from the Brights Enamel Shapes on page 196 of the Annual Catalog #141680
  • The Baker’s Twine I used is retired but there is solid white #124262 or black and white striped  #134576  on page 199.  Trick:  to adhere your Baker’s Twine, position the twine, put a small dab of liquid Tombow on a scrap of paper, slightly lift the twine and slide the scrap with the glue under the twine, let the twine absorb a little glue then remove the scrap.  No mess!
  • Melon Mambo Marker and Black Marker were used to add a little line on the balloon to look like a tie from the twine
  • The inside greeting comes from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set page 96, the confetti is from Party Pandas

Ribbon of Courage in clear mount is $19, the Balloon Punch is $18, The DSP is $3.90, the Enamel Shapes are $9.00 and twine is $3.00 so you can reach your $50 with those purchases and get the Party Pandas for free!!

Contact me if you need a catalog!

SAL,  Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little and Share A Love

Karen     (Click on the image to go to the store)

 

 

 

Hats Off Spinner Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

July is slipping away quickly and we have two specials that you don’t want to miss:

  1. For every $50 dollars spent in July you receive a $5 coupon code by email to be used on a  purchase in August
  2. Sign up to join the fun and become a demonstrator – hobby or business – and get $72 of additional free merchandise. That is a total of $197 of merchandise for the joining fee of $99

Scroll down to the prior post for all the details!  If you are reading this on your mobile device, click on the little SAL image at the top to be redirected to the full blog.  This month’s hostess code is QHJHTKJQ

My hostess, Nicole,  requested a masculine spinner card for her party which challenged my creativity.  After giving the idea some thought I used the “Guy Greetings” stamp set on page 36 of the new catalog.  It is available in wood mount # 138825, clear mount #138828 and photopolymer #137178.

And created this:

Yes, I did cut the stamp with the six hats into six pieces.  The Designer Series Paper, DSP,  beneath the Very Vanilla top layer is the new Foil Frenzy paper.  The catalog picture doesn’t do it justice:

The Hats Off To You! from Guy Greetings is embossed with copper embossing powder and uses an upside down cutout from the Hearth and Home Thinlits:

And of course one must put a feather in the cap and ‘Jar of Love’ had a great stamp, the one at the bottom right,  which just needed a little extra feathering with a Chocolate Chip marker:

To cut out the spinner path, you need a framelit or punch that is just a little narrower than a penny.  The Bunch of Banners framelits had the perfect one, the little one at the bottom right:

Since the card is 6 1/2″ long it took four cuts across to make the spinner opening but well worth the time.  Cut a 7/8″ wide strip of sticky note and place it at the bottom of the Very Vanilla layer to guide your four cuts.

The inside brings in the foil paper behind another hat just like the spinner on front and adds the classic car and greeting! Scroll back up and check out the variety of greetings this set offers.

  • Base  – Early Espresso    6 1/2″  X  6 1/2″  scored at 3 1/4″
  • Foil Frenzy DSP   6″ X 3″
  • Top Layer -Very Vanilla, 5 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ , sponged with Crumb Cake ink and distressed with a finger nail (or distressing tool)
  • Inside Layer – Very Vanilla 6″ X 2 7/8″ , sponged with Crumb Cake ink
  • Spinner – Scrap of Very Vanilla for 3/4″ punch and Scrap of DSP for the 1″ punch- make a second one for the inside
  • Stamps – Guy Greetings and Jar of Love
  • Tools – 1″ circle punch,  3/4″ circle punch, Bunch of Banner Framelits, Hearth and Home Thinlits, Chocolate Chip Marker
  • Inks – Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip,  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Versa Mark and Copper Embossing Powder
  • Embellishments – 3 Candy Dots or pearls colored with a brown Sharpie
  • For Assembly – Foam Adhesive Strips (see page 203 for this great new product), two pennies and Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Envelope Punch Board for a perfectly sized envelope

Adhere your Very Vanilla top layer to the DSP layer and cut the path for the spinner on both layers at the same time.  I used temporary glue to adhere the two layers for cutting the path, then took them apart, decorated the top and then glued them together permanently. For the spinner to work it is critical to mount these two layers to the base using Foam Adhesive Strips (or a lot of Dimensionals).

For temporary glue just use a bit of snail and pat it with your finger and the oils in your finger will keep it from sticking too hard.

For the spinner, place a dimensional in the very middle of a penny and place a second penny on top.  Even though the dimensional isn’t round it works perfectly. Then place another dimensional on the top penny and add your hat spinner made from a 1″ circle punch of DSP and the hat stamped on a scrap of vanilla, punched with a 3/4″ circle punch and adhered to the DSP.  Beware – don’t get your dimensionals mixed up when you lift the slot to slip the bottom penny inside the path.  If you use the dimensional between the hat and top penny it won’t spin.

What do you think?

The catalog can be viewed in pdf form from the catalog tab at the top of the blog.  If you would like a hard copy mailed to you, contact me at karen@stampalosopher.com.

SAL  (Sun A Little– on a beach or a boat or…..)

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