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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Valentine Fun

Hello Stamping Friends,

I hope your weekend was an extension of Valentine’s day like mine was!  Our newest grandbaby is 4 1/2 months old and changing so fast that we decided a trip to Steamboat for her first Valentine’s day (month) was essential. Here’s mommy and daddy with little Emma.  Daddy had just taken a group of guests for a hot air balloon ride.   If you are ever in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, he would love to take you on a flight as well!  Click here for Wild West Balloon Adventures.   

My prior Valentine post showed all the gorgeous cards my club members designed.  Using the same trifold and designer series paper (DSP), I made one card in pinks and one in reds. Click here for my previous Valentine Post to see all the card dimensions and to take a look at the amazing ‘Be Mine Stitched Framelits’ set.

 

The heart in the middle of the doily with all the flowers is cut from the ‘All My Love’ DSP with a framelit.  I colored the leaves with the Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blend and added a touch of light Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blend on the tiny flowers so the heart would match the DSP.  ‘Dazzling Diamonds’ glitter was added to the center of the flowers for a little sparkle.  I used the framelit with the multiple little hearts to cut hearts from the matching DSP to go around the edge of the doily.  The middle heart is a ‘Heart Epoxy Droplet’ with a piece of the Flirty Flamingo cardstock, fussy cut to size,behind it.

For the red valentine I decided to use glimmer papers in red and blushing bride for the middle hearts to add sparkle and to use the skinny hearts in the framelits since the DSP has both heart shapes:

 

The hearts your see stamped below the ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ greeting are stamped in Lovely Lipstick with only one stamp from the ‘Forever Lovely’ stamp set.  It matches the ‘All My Love’ Designer Series Paper perfectly and the stamp is made to have all the different levels of color.  Check out page 5 of the Occasions catalog to see the stamp set and DSP.

It is amazing what SU can do with stamps these days.  I did use retired doilies but have you seen the ‘Dear Doily’ stamp Bundle in the Occasions catalog page 47?  We can now make our own!  

For a little addition to this blog post I wanted to add pre-blog valentines to have a record of the past.  If you go to the Recipe Box tab you can see valentines made over the past four years but we are missing inspiration from before that.  March will mark my 10th year with Stampin’ Up! but I have only blogged since November of 2014.

Flashback Fun

I made this valentine for one of my first Stampin’ Up! convention contests.  I learned that Stampin’ Up! does not like ‘Karen Cards’ as my DH, Paul, calls them.  The winners were all very ‘Clean and Simple’ thirty minute cards not something like this multiple hours card that used several stamp sets, multiple techniques and even had the greeting stamped on red satin ribbon.  My daughter and son-in-law met on a bike path so I made this with them in mind:

The next one is a trifold with a heart cutout in the middle of each side and a dangling trifold glimmer heart.  One card just doesn’t say enough for a husband like Paul so this card is a three in one:

For club one year we made this card with its floating hearts in the middle:

 

To prove I can make clean and simple cards check out these two:

The first card is on Whisper White though it looks Very Vanilla like the second one.  The top card pictures I took in the morning with more natural light so I need to remember to do that for future pictures.

It is time to move on from valentines to birthdays and Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  We have so many fun stamp sets and bundles it is hard to choose!  If you have the same problem you might consider joining as a demonstrator and getting $175 of product for $99 during Sale A Bration.  Just saying…….

Paper Pumpkin will be celebrating their sixth birthday in March!  They are going to have a special box and the kit will include two stamp sets instead of one:

Click on the Paper Pumpkin image to sign up!  Click on little SAL in the computer to go to the online store.

SAL,   Sharing A Love

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.

 

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