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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.
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.
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
Hello Stamping Friends,
We had so much fun at our second session of Stamp A Stacks. Each guest made two cards each of three designs. Would you like to make them or make more? I will showcase them today with measurements.
Today is the last day to order and be guaranteed delivery before Christmas (unless an item is on backorder). Have Santa call me to place your order!
The new hostess code is AXG72X2F. Jo will be our hostess for club on January 8th and this code will be good through then. If your order is under $150 she will get the benefit of the hostess dollars. Thank you in advance for your support!
Note: I abbreviate Designer Series Paper to DSP
Card #1 – Spirited Snowmen
I cased this card idea from Mary Deatherage at Stamps n Lingers. I changed up the snowflakes and used the Snowfall Thinlits Dies. I hope you bought this set while it was available in November. If not, there are beautiful snowflakes in the Blizzard Thinlits Die (page 39 of the Holiday Catalog).
- Base: Very Vanilla 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
- Layer 1: Cherry Cobbler 5 1/4″ X 4″ (this leaves a 1/8″ border)
- Layer 2: Festive Farmhouse DSP 5 1/8″ X 3 7/8″ ( 1/16″ border) Adhere Layer 2 directly to Layer 1 and pop up on the Very Vanilla card base
- Glue a 5 1/2″ Burlap Trim on Layer 2
- Layer 3: Cherry Cobbler 4″ X 3 3/8″
- Layer 4: Festive Farmhouse DSP 3 7/8″ X 3 1/4″ Adhere Layer 4 directly to Layer 3 and pop up over the burlap trim
- Snowmen: Very Vanilla 3 1/2″ X 3 1/2″; Stamp image in Crumb Cake slightly to the left and color with Stampin’ Blends; Cut with the largest of the Stitched Shape Framelits. Stampin’ Blends used:
- Light & Dark Crumb Cake
- Light & Dark Old Olive
- Light & Dark Cherry Cobbler
- Light & Dark Smoky Slate
- Color Lifter to highlight- My technique is to outline in the dark and then blend the color in to the middle with the light marker
- Snowflakes: Very Vanilla 2 1/4″ X 5″, cut with the flurry thinlit and one medium and one small thinlit
- Greeting: Very Vanilla 3 1/2″ X 1 1/4″, stamp the greeting in Cherry Cobbler then cut with the Petals & More Thinlits Die; punch a hole in the right hand side and insert two 3″ pieces of Cherry Cobbler Twine in the hole (I folded a 6″ piece in half and then cut it after inserting it in the hole). Tie a 6″ linen thread around the Cherry Cobbler Twine
- Inside Layer: Very Vanilla 4″ X 3 3/8 “
- Side Strip: Cherry Cobbler 5/8″ X 3 3/8″
- Side Strip Layer: DSP 1/2″ X 3 1/4″
- Embellishment: Pearl Basic Jewels colored with the Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend marker.
Card #2 – Peaceful Poinsettia
- Base: Thick Whisper White 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ Scored at 4 1/4″
- Layer 1 (make one for outside and one for inside): Shaded Spruce 5 1/4″ X 4″
- Layer 2 (make one for outside and one for inside): Whisper White 5″ X 3 3/4″; Cut outside with corner Poinsettia Thinlit Die
- Poinsettia: Whisper White 2″ X 5 1/4″; stamp with Memento Ink and color with Shaded Spruce and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend Markers; Cut out with Detailed Poinsettia Thinlits Die
- Greeting: Whisper White 3 1/4″ X 2″, Stamp in Shaded Spruce then punch with Pretty Label Punch
- Greeting Frame” Shaded Spruce 3 1/4″ X 2″ punched with the Pretty Label Punch then cut in half horizontally
- Embellish with Red Rhinestones and Clear Rhinestones colored with Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend marker.
Card #3 – Hearts Come Home For Christmas
I cased this card from Debra Verbosh at debsrubberroom.com just changing out the DSP and the greeting and …… well you know, CASE – copy and selectively edit. Sometimes I think we get so excited to use the framelits and thinlits and we forget how fun it is to stamp. This card gives you the fun of stamping again!
- Base: Cherry Cobbler 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ Scored at 4 1/4″; Cut 2″ off the front -vertically.
- Flap: Festive Farmhouse DSP 2″ X 5 1/4″; Wrap this with 6 1/2″ of Cherry Cobbler ribbon layered with 1/4″ Smoky Slate ribbon and tied with a 4″ tie of smoky slate ribbon. I used snail to position the ribbons but then put a piece of Tear and Tape top and bottom over the ribbons to adhere them to the main card flap as well as snail on the edges
- Circle: Cherry Cobbler 4″ ; Score this at 3 1/2″ and fold
- Top of Circle: Whisper White 3 5/8″ Circle; Cut out the circle and then lay it on the 4″ circle to mark the scored edges and then cut off the edge to match the edge of the 4″ circle. (I was using the old Circle Framelits) I used the Stamparatus to line up the three little houses from the Hearts Come Home stamp set and then masked the houses with sticky notes and stamped a tree from the stamp set with Tranquil Tide, once fully inked and twice stamped off without reinking. The moon, stars, smokestack and greeting are all stamped in Smoky Slate. Santa is stamped in black Memento Ink. “from our home to yours” is from the Farmhouse Christmas stamp set but the rest are in the Hearts Come Home set.
- Inside: Whisper White 5″ X 3 3/4″ ; Adhere the 4″ circle to the back of the Whisper White inside layer
- Inside Greeting: Festive Farmhouse DSP 3″ X 3″ Cut with Circle Framelit
- Greeting Layer: Whisper White 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ Cut with Circle Framelit; The greeting is from Farmhouse Christmas.
Bonus Card – Joy Ornament
I challenged myself to use Designer Series Paper last year and loved how this turned out. The Pretty Label Punch and the Label Me Pretty stamp set is still available in the Annual Catalog – see page 22; item #143861. The Pretty Label punch is so versatile as you see with its use on the above Poinsettia card with a large greeting and then on this card as a background. The “Joy” is from the Hearts Come Home stamp set in the Annual Catalog and the inside greetings are from Holly Berry Happiness and a Paper Pumpkin set. The layout is what I wanted to record with the small front panel of DSP matching the large background layer in the middle. Grab some scraps to make the ornament and you won’t need to use the dimensions given here.
- Base: Cherry Cobbler 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
- Layer 1: DSP (Be Merry of 2017) 5 3/8″ X 4 1/8″; Wrap this layer with 6 1/2″ of ribbon
- Panel Layer 1: Cherry Cobbler 4 3/16″ X 2 1/4″
- Panel Layer 2: Whisper White 4 1/8″ X 2 3/16″
- Panel Layer 3: DSP 4″ X 2″
- Ornament Layer 1: Garden Green 6 1/2″ X 2″ Punch 2 with the Pretty Label Punch
- Ornament Layer 2: Whisper White 3 1/4″ X 2″ Stamp in Garden Green with the Label Me Pretty outline stamp and then punch adhered to frame and directly adhered to the DSP
- Ornament Layer 3: Garden Green 1 3/4″ X 1 3/4″ Use a 1 3/8 ” Circle framlit or punch for this layer; Pop this layer up with dimensionals
- Ornament Layer 4: Whisper White 1 1/2″ X 1 1/2″ Stamp the circle Thank You from the stamp set then fussy cut around the design to scallop; Pop this layer up with dimensionals
- Ornament Layer 5: Whisper White 1 1/4″ X 1 1/4″ Stamp the Joy from the Hearts Come Home set in Cherry Cobbler, coloring just the back of the one word or place a sticky note over the “to the world” while you ink and then remove the sticky note and stamp. Punch with a 1″ punch and then color the edge with a Cherry Cobbler marker. Pop this layer up with dimensionals
- Embellish with a little rhinestone in the “o” of the “Joy” and a bow of white twine above the ornament
- Inside Layer 1: Same DSP as front panel 5 3/8″ X 4 1/8″
- Inside Layer 2: Garden Green 4 3/8″ X 3 1/8″
- Inside Layer 3: Whisper White 4 1/4″ X 3″ stamped with greeting from Holly Berry Happiness in Cherry Cobbler and Merry Christmas in Garden Green
Do you think we will ever go back and use these layouts making it worth the time to record the dimensions? Do you ever go to the recipe box to get layouts or do you ( and I) just go to the internet and look for something new? I would love to hear from you! Remember today is the last day to order in time for Christmas delivery and the hostess code is AXG72X2F if you would like your order to qualify for your January club minimum.
SAL, (Be Salt and Light as we Share A Love of Jesus this Christmas)
Hello Stamping Friends,
Saturday, November 18, is the fourth Christmas Card Buffet here at my house in Castle Rock! We have had fun times each month and some stampers are well on their way to having a number of handmade Christmas cards for those special people in their lives.
There are two sessions: morning 9-12 and afternoon 1:30-4:30. Bring a sack lunch and stay for both sessions if you would like. I will have drinks, snacks and chocolate to keep up your stamping energy. There will be a door prize and a thank you gift as always. There are six card designs to choose from and prices are $5 for one card of one design, $8 for two cards of one design, $10 for three cards of one design. The cards, fronts and insides, are listed here with numbers for each design. Just RSVP by Sunday evening, November 12 with 1) the cards’ design numbers 2) How many of each design 3) Which session you will be attending.
Card #1, Believe
Card #2, Everything Merry
Card #3, Musical Season
Note: The black embossed words caught the flash but are true black
Card #4, Bethlehem
Card #5, Ready For Christmas
Card #6, Hearts Come Home
Space is limited so RSVP soon with the session/s you would like to attend, the cards’ numbers you would like to make and how many of each card!
I will be posting each card individually with measurements and supplies in a future post. If you would like to know right away so you can order just leave a comment, email or text me and I will feature that card first. The hostess code for November is ZQEYYZXM. Use the code if your order is under $150 and receive a thank you gift from me. Over $150 and you receive the hostess benefits yourself!
Stampin’ Blends Available Now!
November 1 was the debut of Stampin’ Ups’ Alcohol Markers! Click on the image below for a video from the home office.
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As always contact me if you have any questions!
SAL, Shine A Light this Christmas
Karen (Click on SAL to go to the online store)