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Vibrant Vases Tri-fold card

Good morning, Stamping Friends,

It probably won’t be morning by the time you get this post in your mailbox but currently it is still morning in Karen’s World!

 

Don’t you mean Stampalosopher?  Karen’s World was your accounting firm.  

Yes, indeed, it is a Stampalosopher World!  Today I have one of two cards to show you that I created for a stint as a guest presenter in Grand Junction.  The first was inspired by Joy Meadows and the very lovely card she sent for my birthday.  Thank you, Joy!

Do you see how the front right hand flap is exactly the same size as the left side white layer with the same size black border?  So cool!   The white flaps inside and out are 3″ X 3 1/2″ with a black border of 3 1/8″  X 3 5/8″.  The paper is from the SAB (Sale A Bration) Botanical Butterfly DSP (Designer Series Paper).  One side had butterflies and the other had black and white designs like the dots Joy used here.  I hope you stocked up on this paper during SAB!  Her base is 9 7/8″ X 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/8″ and 8 3/8″ .  This leaves a right hand flap of 1 1/2″.  The butterfly is from the Butterfly Gala stamp set which is still current and has a punch to match.  See page 46 of the Annual Catalog.

 

But Karen, you can’t use retired Designer Series Paper!

I know, Sal, so I chose to use the Vibrant Vases and the Pressed Petals DSP with an accent color of Blueberry Bushel, one of the 2018-2020 In Colors that I will definitely need to stock up on before it retires next June.


Don’t you love the Pressed Petals DSP with the Blueberry Bushel?  There is even a sheet of the DSP with plain burlap that I used for the right side little panel to coordinate with the background of the pressed petals.

 

And the Pressed Petals is part of the current “Buy 3 packs of DSP and Get One Free”!

That’s right, Sal, thanks for the input!

I used the Flourishing Phrases stamp set for the sentiments on the flap and the left side of the card and left the inside blank for a birthday, congratulations or just thinking of you sentiment.  I needed a little larger flap than what Joy used for the butterflies so the measurements won’t be the same.  The goal was to have the outside vases a bit plain with the inside vase truly “vibrant” to match the sentiments. The Vibrant Vases stamp set is a two-step stamp set with outline stamps for the vases and then a stamp-to-color for each vase and it even has a punch to match! Check out page 61 of the Annual Catalog. The yellowed images show what images are punchable. (Is that a word?)

 

I stamped the outside vases with the border stamps in Soft Suede and then stamped again with the stamp-to-color stamps after stamping off to lighten the image.  I used the “H” acrylic block and spaced out the three vases and stamped with the outline stamps on a 6 X 3 piece of Whisper White.  I then placed the (clean) stamp-to-color stamps on top of the images and took another “H” acrylic block and pressed it down on the stamps to attach them to the blocks in the perfect position.  The stamparatus would have worked better but it was in use for the other card.  

 

You could order a second one.  I could help, page 184, #146276.

Thanks Sal.  That might be a good idea for the next time. To make the inside vase truly “vibrant”, I stamped it in Blueberry Bushel, colored in the diamonds with Cajun Craze and Daffodil Delight regular markers and then took my Versa Mark ink and inked the entire image.  I applied “Clear Embossing Powder” and then heated it to make the vase look like glass.

Stamp the greenery and flowers directly on the Very Vanilla card stock pieces – the flap for the outside and the Pretty Label punched piece for the left hand side.  Adhere the vases directly to the paper since they are punched out and look 3D without dimensionals.  I adhered the two larger vases close enough together so that I could adhere the middle little vase slightly on top of the larger ones and all three would fit on the 2″ shelf that was cut from Early Espresso card stock to a final size of 2″ X 1/4″ with the “Be Mine” stitched framelits.  Hint:  Start with a larger piece of Early Espresso and cut the scallop edge with the framelit and then place it in the Stampin’ Trimmer to cut to the 1/4″ shelf size. I cut a piece longer than the desired 2″ so I could cut exactly 1/2 of a scallop at each edge of the shelf.

 

She told me she was a “recovering perfectionist”!   Maybe she needs more therapy.  SHHHH……

 

Did you say something, Sal?

The shelf is adhered  with the top of the shelf 1 1/4″ from the bottom of the Very Vanilla layer and 3/8″ over from the left and right sides. Stamp the greeting in Blueberry Bushel under the shelf.

It can be tricky to stamp the greenery at the right spot for the vases so stamp your vases and punch them out then trim off the bottom white edge of the vases.  Punches generally leave a little edge all the way around the image just like what we teach in fussing cutting.  You want the vases to sit directly on the shelf so trim off that bottom edge.

Temporarily place your vases where you want them on the shelf and use a pencil to lightly outline the top of each vase.  Now make three more light pencil marks where you want your stem to attach to the tulip.  The tulip is 3/8″.  Vary the heights of the three tulips.  Use a sticky note to mask the shelf and where the vases will be and stamp the stem and greenery in Old Olive.  Then stamp the tulips in Cajun Craze and stamp-to-color in Daffodil Delight.  I had a shadow on one of my leaves so I just hand drew another leaf to utilize the shadow.

 

Sheri always called that “Design Opportunity”!

That she did!  And that it is! We sometimes use tiny butterflies or hearts to cover our shadows and it adds beauty to the card.  I just ordered erasers from Amazon that are supposed to remove ink without damaging the paper.  I will let you know if they work.

A Stitched Labels Die is used for the little greeting that says “so he made you” and the fancy die in that same set is used for the DSP cutout on the left side.  The Pretty Label punch is used for the vase and flowers on the left side.  This is one of those times when you want to punch first and then stamp so you can align the flowers and vase on the punched piece.  Use the same procedure of placing the vase temporarily on the piece, lightly draw the top of the vase, mask with a sticky note and stamp the flowers with Memento Black ink, then adhere the vase, color the flowers in Daffodil Delight and the greenery in Garden Green.  Adhere rhinestones colored with Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blends.  Sponge the edge of the Pretty Label punched piece and the little rectangle greeting with Blueberry Bushel and pop up both pieces with dimensionals.

Summary:

Stamp sets:  Vibrant Vases, Flourishing Phrases

Inks:  Blueberry Bushel, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, Tuxedo Memento Black

Markers:  Blueberry Bushel, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight

Stampin’ Blends:  Cajun Craze to color rhinestones

Framelits/Dies:  Be Mine, Stitched Labels

Punches:  Vases Builder, Pretty Label

Embellishments:  Four rhinestones colored with Cajun Craze

Card Base:  Thick Very Vanilla  9 7/8″ X 5 1/2″  Scored at 4 1/8″ and 8 5/16″ ; Fold in the little right side first and then fold in the left side over the middle.

First Layer on left side and middle:  Blueberry Bushel (make 2)  3 7/8″ X 5 1/4″ ,  Cut out the middle of the inside one. I used a retired rectangular framelit that I use to save paper when I am layering. A stitched rectangle framelit would work as well.

Second Layer on left side and middle:  Pressed Petals DSP (make 2) 3 5/8″  X 5″ ; Cut out the center of the inside DSP layer with the Stitched Shapes Die- the fancy one.  Use the cut out for the left side behind the Pretty Label punched piece.

Third Layer on left side and the flap for the front:  Blueberry Bushel (make 2) 3 1/8″ X 4″.  The left side 3rd layer is adhered 1/2″ down from the edge of the DSP and 1/4″ over from the edge of the DSP.

Fourth Layer on left side and the front flap:  Very Vanilla (make 2) 2 7/8″ X 3 3/4″

Little Right side first layer:  Blueberry Bushel, 1 1/4″ X 5 1/4″.

Little Right side second layer:  DSP in plain burlap 1″ X 5″

The Blueberry Bushel Front Flap is adhered 1/2″ down from the burlap DSP on the little right side to exactly match the left side. This is done last!  I put two pieces of tear and tape at the far right of the flap and then matched up the flap to the card’s left side and pressed it in place.

Shelf:  Early Espresso, 4″  X  4″  Cut to 2″ X 1/4″ with the Be Mine Scalloped framelit and the Stampin’ Trimmer

Vases:  Very Vanilla,  Use the leftover from cutting the base or a 6″ X 3″

Punched Label:  Very Vanilla  2″ X 2 3/4″

Left side greeting and the left side vase:  1 1/2″  X  3 3/4″ , you need it large enough to be able to hold it as you punch the vase.  Stamp the greeting on the same piece and cut with the Little Stitched Labels Framelit.

 

I remember you looking at that little Die and saying it was too little to use for anything.

I did say that!  Amazing isn’t it?!  I am glad I have that set.  I used two of the Dies on this card.  I love the one I call the “fancy” Stitched Label Die!

Okay Sal, I am through with this post and it is your turn to guide folks to the store where they can shop to their hearts content!  Don’t forget  to check the Clearance Rack, friends, before you place your order, there are many Christmas sets available at great prices.  I have a post coming up from our first Christmas card Stamp-A-Stack called Clearance Rack meets Stamp-A-Stack.  Stay tuned!

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“All That You Are” is retiring; don’t let it get away!

Hello Stamping Friends,

Did you overlook the stamp set on the inside cover of the Occasions catalog?  The flowers in this set are beautiful and the font on the greetings is lovely.  Take a look see!  Item #148664; (the blue means there is a framelit to cut it out):

I cased several people and watched FrenchieStamps.com do an inside pop up flower box.

Can you distinguish that cute little flower in the box?  It would even look great as a focal point with one of the Vibrant Vases stamps.  The crafters had a choice of three colors, Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral or Gorgeous Grape and they all turned out phenomenal!  Pictures of those are after the recipe below.

The Gingham Paper is retiring so be sure and add that to your list- again!  You may have thought it was gone because of the previous backorder but it is orderable until June 3 –  Item #148554.

Use hostess code GZG4SMXW if your order is under $150.   Extra perks to ordering with the hostess code until June 8-raffle tickets!

I have put together a raffle basket for the catalog launch on Saturday, June 8, 9:00am to 3:00pm, and you will receive one raffle ticket for each $10 order using the hostess code; for example $50 and you will receive 5 tickets. Tickets that day will be $2 each. The basket has items only demonstrators can order:

There is also a fun product in the basket that I can’t show just yet.  Hint:  decorated tin, cards and envelopes, laser cuts……

Attendance at the catalog launch for the raffle drawing is not required but you won’t want to miss the fun.  There will be a crafting sale of retired items I must part with (gotta buy the new ones) and other crafters will have tables set up as well.  The first 16 people purchasing from the craft sale will receive a special thank you gift with a little taste of bling from the new catalog.  Our make and take will be the traditional bookmark with a new In Color, and for those interested, there will be a station to make a color sheet with the new In Colors.  At 10:00 and 1:00 there will be a catalog scavenger hunt with a fun door prize at each.  Do you think I can talk Paul into putting on his tux and serving us appetizers throughout the event?  Hmmmm….. it is a stretch.  You will just have to come see for yourself!

Save the date: June 8th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Now back to that card I want to detail for you.

Stamp Set:  All That You Are

Tools:  Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Stamp A Ma Jig Sheet, Stamparatus

Card Base:  Gorgeous Grape 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ Scored at 4 1/4″

First Layer:  Gingham Gala DSP  in Highland Heather 4″ X 5 1/4″

Top Layer:  Whisper White 3 3/4″ X 4 7/8″

Paper for stamping all the images to be cut out:  Whisper White 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″, Stamp, color and fussy cut, except the greeting – it is cut with the stitched rectangle framelit:

  • 1 medium flower
  • 1 small flower, put a yellow center in the flower to match the rest of the flowers; if you don’t have a dot, punch a bit of yellow with a 1/8″ hole punch
  • 4 single leaves – two for the front flower, two for the inside flower in the box
  • 3 six leaf stems – Color outside the lines with your Stampin’ Blend and fussy cut to leave green around the black
  • 1 multi flower stem
  • Greeting – leave a  1 1/4″ X 1 3/4″ corner of the sheet to stamp Happy Birthday (or grab another scrap of white)

Window Sheet for mounting greenery:  1/4″ X 8″  Cut to length for each piece as you fill your box.

Stampin’ Blends – Highland Heather, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight

Embellishments:  Ribbon 7″ X 2;  I wrap one ribbon around the top layers, the white and the DSP, and then tie a bow with the other length and adhere with a glue dot.  The bow holds the ribbon in place a bit better.  It is the retired Sale A Bration organdy ribbon.  If you attend the craft sale you might be able to buy some…. hint hint.  I also used retired glitter enamel dots.  New colors of glitter dots are in the catalog!

Inside Layer:  Whisper White  5 1/4″ X 8″  Scored at 4″ but do NOT fold on the score line until after the images are stamped on the left first and then the right hand side of the score line.  You need the score line for positioning the stamp.

Box:  Whisper White 2″ X 8″; Score at 2″ – 4″ – 6″;  Use your cutter and shave 1/16″ off each end; burnish all the score lines really well with your bone folder.

Box Flaps X 2:  Gingham Gala DSP,  2 3/4″ X 2″ minus 1/6″ so 1 15/16″  to be technical, score the flaps at 2″ ; fold and use a dimensional to hold the fold in place.

Box Strips X 2:  Whisper White 1/2″ X 4″ , score at 1″ and 3″ and yes, shave 1/16″ off the ends.  The score line takes room and we need to adjust everything for the score lines by shaving off a bit on the ends.  Z fold the strips and burnish your score lines. (That means rub the folds really well!)  Now adhere your strips inside your box, one strip just down from the top and the second strip right below the first strip).  The penciled words say “Glued Down” to show you where to glue the strips. I used Tear and Tape.  Place a second piece of Tear and Tape on the other end of the Z strip facing up, remove the backing and then fold the sides over to perfectly adhere the box to the strips so that your card lays flat.

 

Now your box should look like this with cross pieces to attach your greenery and flowers.  The sides are being held with a yellow sticky note for the picture.  When you are through stamping your inside images those two sides will be glued on either side of the score line in the middle of your card.  I used Tear and Tape to adhere them.

 

Put your box aside for now and stamp and color your images with Tuxedo Memento black ink.

Stamp your outside image and your image on the left side of the inside first.

Now stamp the inside mirror image by using the Stamparatus and the plastic sheet from the Stamp A Ma Jig.  Secure the plastic sheet to the Stamparatus with magnets and stamp the image twice to get lots of ink.  Carefully position your sheet on the right side of the inside layer matching the left image and then burnish really really well with your finger or your bone folder or both!  You must hold the sheet firmly with one hand while you burnish with the other so the sheet doesn’t shift and give you a double image.  Use the black Stampin’ Up! marker to darken any lines that need it.  Memento ink and the marker are water based so you can color the images with the alcohol based Stampin’ Blends without smearing the black.  I wish I would have tilted the bottom of the stamp a little more to the right in making my mirror image so that the green leaf was outside the box like the left hand side.

Note:  Other mirror image techniques use the silicone sheet, plumber’s gasket or the flat side of a photopolymer stamp.  Our flower image was too big for a photopolymer stamp and you can’t see through plumber’s gasket so a silicone sheet or the Stamp A Ma Jig sheet work best.  If you don’t have a Stamparatus, place the stamp face up, ink it well and then place the silicone sheet on top of the inked stamp and burnish with your fingers.

The Happy Birthday rectangle greeting is popped up with dimensionals.

The medium flower on the front has two leaves attached with glue dots and then it is popped up so it sits at the edge of the greeting.

The greenery and flower in the box are mounted with glue dots to a 1/4″ strip of window sheet in various lengths and then the window sheet is adhered to the strips with glue dots.

At club, we decided it needed something more so we added butterflies!

Not sure you really want this set?  Check out other images on Pinterest and you will be convinced it is worth it!  Google “All That You Are”.

Do you like the butterflies?  They are from the Sale A Bration Designer Series Paper and punch out with the butterfly punch.  I hope you stocked up on this paper!

If you want to send a bouquet of flowers in sympathy for someone passing this is the perfect card with a greeting from the “Kindness and Compassion” stamp set:

Comfort and Healing words are in “Flourishing Phrases”.  The greetings go together perfectly and yet are in different sets!

Save June 8th! 9-3.

SAL,  Sad At (this products) Leaving

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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