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Awesomely Artistic Eclipse Card & Discounted Retiring Items

Hello Stamping Friends,

We have discounts on some of the retiring items!  Click here for a pdf file of all the discounted products- some are 50% off!

I chose two of my retiring favorites to make an Eclipse card – the stamp set “Awesomely Artistic”, page 153 in the Annual Catalog, and the color Island Indigo.  In my usual monochromatic style I did cards for Mother’s Day, thank you cards and friend cards.  Her are various fronts and insides of the cards -the inside could just as easily be the outside of a card.

The Glitter Enamel Dots, #144200, matched the Island Indigo perfectly and added sparkle.  (There will be Glitter Enamel Dots in the new catalog but with different colors.)  The dragonfly is colored with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, #141897, and the flower centers are a drop of glue from our Fine-Tip Glue Pen, #138309, with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, #133751, sprinkled on top.  The For You greeting comes from the retiring stamp set “So Many Shells”, page 38 of the Annual Catalog.

Instead of Glitter Dots you could be a bit eclectic and use the stamp from the “Awesomely Artistic” set that has dots.  The greeting, “From Across The Miles”,  is a stamp in the retiring “Holly Berry Happiness” Christmas set, page 118.  I used a sticky note to cover up the Christmas Wishes words on the stamp, inked the stamp, removed the sticky note and stamped.  Voila- a greeting to use any time of the year.

Or just stamp the flowers a little on the edge of your front layer:

The insides of the cards were fun to customize.  My daughter is expecting her first child so this is her first Mother’s Day.  A greeting in the “Special Celebrations” stamp set was perfect:

The Daisy Delight stamp set on page 127 had the ideal message for the many thank you notes I needed after my father’s passing.

For dear family and friends, the Occasions Catalog “Petal Palette”, page 23, has the perfect message:

And of course Mother’s Day is coming up so I went back to the Special Celebrations stamp set for a special message:

Card Base:  Whisper White 8 1/2″  X 5 1/2″  Scored at 4 1/4″

Island Indigo Layer:  5 1/4″  X 4″, Make two

Whisper White top layer:  5 X 3 3/4″, Make two

Stamping Order for the top is a bit critical so you don’t have the images running into each other:

  1. Stamp the greeting at the bottom
  2. Stamp the dragonfly
  3. Stamp the flowers

Color the dragonfly with Wink of Stella, then line up the Large Letters Framelits, #141712, spelling HUGS on your stamped top layer and run through the Big Shot.  Adhere all your layers and then put Foam Adhesive Strips, #141825, on the back of the cut out letters and glue the letters back in their respective spaces. Helpful Hint:   I adhered the letter framelits to a large sticky note and then placed the sticky noted letters on the top layer so I could use it over and over without realigning the framelits each time.
I checked Eclipse cards on Pinterest and found so many words that were used:  HOPE, LOVE, YOU, WISH, BDAY, MOM, BABY, BOY, DAD, GIRL, GIVE, NOEL, (NAME), (DATE), JUST, FAITH, JOY, 4EVER, EPIC, BEST (friend).  Graduation cards with dates are popular now using the retiring Large Number Framelit set, #140622.   The Large Letters framelits will carryover to the new catalog but not the numbers set.

Have fun making your own Eclipse cards!

SAL,  (Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little, Share A Love- and always be Salt And Light in your world)

Karen

Check the list above for discounts on retiring items and check out the Clearance Rack, new items have been added, to see if you can save on your wish list!  Click on the computer image with SAL to shop.  If an item is sold out you will get an error message when you enter it in your online order.  Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator!

Blossoming Basket Bundle

Hello Stamping Friends,

Are you thrilled with this year’s Occasion Catalog and the free Sale A Bration items?  I sure am.  And to bless us even more, Stampin’ Up! announced a few extra Sale A Bration items available February 16.  As a demonstrator, I am able to preorder the items and I received them just in time for Deana’s annual Sale A Bration party.  Here is the brochure of the new products:

My favorite new product is the free Blossoming Basket Bundle.  The bundle includes the stamp set and the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.   (Note: These new Dynamic embossing folders have a deeper image and are a thicker folder so you do not use the bottom cutting plate and you spritz the paper before putting it in the folder and running it through the Big Shot.  This keeps the paper from tearing.)

There are no framelits with the set so I made cutting templates for the stampers by stamping the image on white cardstock and then placing the stamp back on the image without the block and drawing around the stamp with a pencil.  I cut the image on the pencil lines to create the template.  I did the same with the greeting.  I liked all the little curves that the stamp had from the factory cut.  I am sure Stampin’ Up! cuts various shapes to make identifying and mounting the stamps easier and the curves on this set sure made for a nice outline.  With wooden sets you would just need to make your template from the stamp before mounting it to the wood.  Store the templates with your stamp set and you are ready for the next card.

Base:  Calypso Coral  8 1/2″  X  5 1/2″  Scored at 4 1/4″

Layer 1:  Soft Suede  4″  X  5 1/4″ ;  spritz with water, run through Big Shot with the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder;  sponge top with crumb cake here and there for a little extra depth

Layer 2:  Doily – this one is the older Stampin’ Up! version which is 4″; the new ones, item #141701, are 3 1/2″ which would be better for showcasing the basket by not having as much doily showing. Warning:  Do not put glue on the top part of the doily, use glue dots around the edge.  The bottom of the doily which will be covered by the basket can be glued down.

Basket, tag and butterfly:  Shimmery White  3 1/2″  X  3 1/2″  The basket, tag and butterfly stamps can all be placed together on a size E block to stamp the images at the same time.

Ink:  If you are using the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers, use the Memento black ink; with the regular markers, which are water based, use the black Archival stampin’ ink.

I used Stampin’ Blends to color:

  • Flowers, tag, butterfly – Calypso Coral, light and dark markers;
  • Basket – Crumb Cake, light and dark;
  • Leaves – Old Olive, light and dark:
  • Flower centers – Dark Daffodil Delight;
  • To enhance the colors  – Color Lifter.

My favorite technique is to outline the outside with the dark marker and then use the light marker to blend the dark line and color the rest.  The leaves are too small for that technique, so I colored one type of leaf in light green and one type of leaf in dark green and then used the color lifter to create lighter tones.

Click here for a Stampin’ Up! video on blending with the new alcohol markers.

Embellishments:  12″ of Linen Thread #104199, cut in half and made into a double bow;  Metallic Enamel Shapes #141678

Our Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush was a hit with the stampers as they used it to add sparkle to the butterfly, hearts and middles of the flowers.  It is item #141987 and shown on page 200 of the Annual Catalog.

The inside uses a greeting from the Special Celebrations stamp set in the Annual Catalog page 23.  This set is great with greetings for birthdays, babies, weddings, and friendships.

The bottom basket weave piece starts at  5 1/4″  X  1″;  it shrinks up a little when it is embossed so the Whisper White layer is cut at  5 1/8″  X  4″.

To better utilize our time at the party, I had kits made with card bases of Cherry Cobbler, Bermuda Bay and Pumpkin Pie along with the Calypso Coral cardstock shown here.  That way, each stamper could play with a set of matching Stampin’ Blends and not be rushed to do their coloring.  I wish I had taken a picture of all the beautiful cards they made in the different colors.

There is still time for you to book a Sale A Bration party.  If you don’t live in the area, I can set you up with a hostess code and you can have a catalog party with your friends.  If you live here in Castle Rock, why not host your own party and earn even greater hostess rewards.  Along with each guest earning a free product with a $50 purchase, you can earn free product for your purchases and hostess dollars for the total of all the orders.  During Sale A Bration you earn an extra $25 in hostess dollars with a qualifying party.  Call or text me now!  303-815-0838.

Our current hostess code for orders under $150 is VJHRB73X.    Orders over $150 – you earn dollars yourself!

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

Karen

 

 

 

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