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Hello Stamping Friends,
It’s an Elfie day in the neighborhood, an Elfie day in the neighborhood, won’t you be my neighbor!
Yup! Elfie from my head to my toes! Ruger was the cutest elf of all!
‘#Elfie’ is a super cute stamp set (page 22 of the 2019 Holiday catalog). I am casing Michelle Andrews and the diorama card she posted on her blog: www.stamppraylove.blogspot.com. I changed the coloring and positioning and added puff paint to the bobbles on their shoes and hat. I used the ‘Birch’ background stamp set to add a faux wood frame look. The little elf in the stocking would be great on the back of the card but I can only expect my club to do so much fussy cutting.
The greetings on the front and back come from the ‘Perfectly Plaid’ stamp set on page 14 of the 2019 Holiday catalog.
- Base: Crumb Cake 4 1/4 X 11; Score at 5/8, 5 3/8, 6, 10 3/4, Use 3rd largest rectangle framelit to cut the front. Mask each section of the base and stamp with Soft Suede ink using the ‘Birch’ background stamp. Stamp the front and back greetings using Shaded Spruce ink. The Stamparatus helps you stamp the greetings and restamp them to get nice dark green images. Burnish all the score lines really well to assure the card moves well and lays flat.
- Back of the Diorama: Pool Party, 4 3/4 minus 1/16 (4 11/16) to allow for score lines X 4 1/4, stamp snowflakes in Pool Party Ink and adhere snowflake sequins.
- Elves: Whisper White, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, Stamp in Memento Ink and color with Stampin’ Blends. Fussy Cut. Use a blender pen to dip in Pool Party ink and color the area between the elf and the Christmas ornament. Glue a strip of whisper white on the back of the two tall pieces for stability.
- Snow Mounds: Thick Whisper White, Make 2: 5 1/4 X 2 1/4; creatively cut a large right hand mound and a smaller left hand mound. Score each side of the mounds 1/4″ . Make a template and you can quickly cut out the snow mounds for each card kit.
The rectangle cutout uses the 3rd largest die in the Rectangle Stitched Framelits. It is 1/2″ down from the top leaving about 3/4″ on the bottom for your greeting. I was able to stamp the three elves and the package on one 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 ( 1/4 of a sheet) whisper white. I cut two little strips 1/4 X 4 to adhere to the back of the long elf images for a bit more stability. The snow mound on the left is 1 3/4″ at the peak and goes in front of the right hand snow mound which measures 2″ at the peak.
The snow mounds are glued together to make a box of sorts.
The snow mound “box” is decorated with elves and snow. Glue the elves to the snow mounds before adding snow. Make sure nothing is adhered to the pool party background or the card will not lie flat to go in an envelope. Burnish each fold really well to help the card move. Cut around the elbows of the ‘No Peeking’ elf and don’t cut off the words. The elbows go over the front frame and the words give you a tab to glue to the back of the frame. Likewise with the package – cut a little tab at the bottom to use for gluing to the front of the frame.
The Holiday catalog has ‘Shimmery Crystal Effects’ on page 41 which you will use to adhere the ‘Ice Stampin’ Glitter’ (same page). It is most remarkable how the Crystal Effects holds the glitter and so cool how sparkly the ice glitter looks! The puff paint (page 19) is so fun to add to the hats and shoes of the elves! We learned to hold the bottle almost horizontally and let gravity do as much of the work as possible instead of squeezing the bottle. The background is pool party stamped in pool party ink with the snowflake stamp set in ‘#Elfie’. The little teensy tiny snowflakes are from the ‘Snowflake Sequins’ on page 43 of the 2019 Holiday Catalog. (Or you may have some left from the October Paper Pumpkin).
Place ‘Tear and Tape’ on the outside edges of your snow mound box and adhere to the base in the middle on the right side. This leaves about 1/8″ on each side of the base. When you adhere the other side which has the seam, place tear and tape on the seam and then fold the right hand side over the tape to insure the box will lie flat. This is a view from the bottom:
That was a lot of directions. This is when I wish I made Youtube videos. Maybe next year……
Now that we know how to make diorama cards just imagine what other stamp sets we can use. My inspiration came from Lucille who had the absolute cutest little diorama card with doggies. Hmmm…….snowmen next – or deer??
The new hostess code is FPDMJ4X9 and Stampin’ Up! is going to have a three day Extravaganza sale November 20-22.
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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.
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Hello Stamping Friends,
If you are not into fancy folds like the prior posts’ bendi card, this card with its beautiful vellum designer paper might be what you are looking to make. The bouquet of flowers has a framelit to cut it out and there is a framelit to cut the beautiful leafy edge. The ‘Thinking of You’ greeting fits perfectly on one of the stitched rectangle framelits and the Frosted Flower Embellishment with a rhinestone in the middle dresses it up.
Base: Fresh Fig, 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″, Score at 4 1/4″. Cut a piece of copy paper 2 5/8″ X 5 1/2″ and place it on the front with a sticky note so you can line up your leaf edge framelit along the copy paper edge to make sure your leaf edge is cut straight. There is a lot of stress on the Big Shot to cut the leaf edge all at once so the cranking seems hard but it worked and I ran it back and forth several times to get a good cut.
Powder Pink Inside Layer: 4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″
Pear Pizzaz: 2 3/8″ X 5 3/8″
Whisper White: 2 3/16″ X 5 3/16″ This is the backing for your vellum. If you don’t have vellum adhesive, use tombow glue and a sponge to ‘paint’ the glue on the back of the vellum with the sponge and the glue will not show.
Floral Romance Designer Series Paper Vellum: 2 3/16″ X 5 3/16″
Greeting: Whisper White 2″ X 2 1/2″ stamped in Fresh Fig and cut with the stitched rectangle framelit.
Bouquet: Shimmer White 3 1/2″ X 4″ stamped in Memento Black and colored with Stampin’ Blends. The shimmer of the card stock even shows up in the picture! I used Dark Old Olive on the large leaves and Light Old Olive on the smaller leaves. Dark Pink Pirouette was used on the middle flower and the little buds to look similar to the vellum DSP. Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends matched the Fresh Fig very well to color the other flowers. Rhinestones were put in the middle of the flowers and a bow was put on the base of the bouquet using the Old Olive Linen Thread.
This Wonderful Romance Stamp Set, the Wonderful Floral Framelits Dies, the Floral Romance DSP and the Old Olive Linen Thread all retire June 3rd. The products are on page 11 of the Occasions catalog and there is a bundle, #150592, that gives you 10% off if you buy the stamps and framelits together. I am sad to see these products go away. The Old Olive Linen Thread is on page 39, #148811. It is just a little finer than baker’s twine and dresses up any project.
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