Happy Thanksgiving!

   

Happy Thanksgiving Dear Stamping Friends!  I am blessed to know each and everyone of you!

Love,

Karen

 

Online Extravaganza – November 24

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

November hostess code:  BX2TBPDE

Tomorrow, November 24, for only 24 hours  ‘almost’ everything in the Annual Catalog is 10% off!

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Click on this exclusion list– everything else is 10% off!!

Exclusion List

I am confused.  Instead of a list of what’s on sale you are showing us a list of what is not on sale?!

It is a shorter list, Sal, of what is NOT on sale!

While you are shopping, dear friends, don’t forget the exclusive stamp set introduced this month:  Curvy Celebrations.  The Curvy Christmas stamp set and Classic Christmas paper are an exclusive addition to the mini catalog and won’t be available after January 4th.  The other Curvy items will be in the January – June mini catalog.  Watch your mailbox in December for the new catalogs.

 

 

Those two items are available only through January 4th, when the Mini Catalog retires?!  Sad….

Yes, but then the new Mini Catalog comes out and the rest of the Curvy products will be available. But why wait?  You could get them all now!   Well, almost right now.  When you order, it will say backordered but the inventory report shows the company has a lot of product coming to the shop the week of November 30.

These exclusive products have been so popular that it would be wise to get on the list for the new shipment coming to the distribution center seven days from now.

The bundle price includes the same 10% off the Quite Curvy Bundle shown above.

I loved this bundle and created this month’s swap card combining the Curvy Die with a greeting from the Curvy Christmas Stamp set and using the Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper and Poinsettia Dies:

 

With the Curvy Dies, I could either turn the die to create little dots all the way across or use the edge with no dots.  I chose no dots since the paper was embellished enough.  The Poinsettia Die cut out plush poinsettias from the designer paper and all the poinsettias on the DSP are the same size so I could have enough die cuts to layer two poinsettias.

Recipe:

Supplies:

  • Curvy Christmas Stamp Set for the greeting and the bow
  • Curvy Dies
  • Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper
  • Poinsettia Dies
  • Wrapped In Christmas Stamp Set for inside greeting
  • Cherry Cobbler Ink for inside greeting
  • Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Pearl Basic Jewels
  • White embossing powder and Versa Mark
  • Heat tool
  • Specialty Vellum Adhesive or glue dots and regular adhesives

Cuts:

  • Base:  Whisper White, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1- make 2:  Cherry Cobbler, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4
  • DSP:  Plush Poinsettia 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 cut with the Curvy Die to leave red base 1/2″ on the left side and 1 3/4″ on the right side from the bottom.
  • Two Plush Poinsettias cut out from the DSP with the Poinsettia die
  • Bow:  Cherry Cobbler, 1 X 2 embossed with versa mark ink and white embossing powder, with red thread (retired) swirled underneath the bow
  • Inside Layer:  Whisper White, 5 X  3 3/4
  • Inside Strip:  Cherry Cobbler 4 X 1 with 4 X 3/4 layer of the plush DSP

Would it be a dumb question to ask why you used a full layer of Cherry Cobbler on the front and the inside instead of just using a Cherry Cobbler base?

A reasonable question, Sal.  With the inside of the card having a full white base section at the top,  you have room to write a long Christmas note. Writing on the dark Cherry Cobbler is hard to read.  I think it brightens up the card as well and I love the extra weight that layers add to a card so it is not as flimsy.  Necessary?  Not at all.

So grab your wish list and see if there are any products on sale tomorrow!

Be sure and watch your mail for the new Mini Catalog and the Sale A Bration catalogs that I ordered to be delivered directly to your home.  They should arrive mid December.

November hostess code:  BX2TBPDE

SAL,  Selling A Lot at 10% off

Karen

 

 

Snowman Theater Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

Thank you to all who patiently watched the Tuesday Facebook Live that had about 4 technical glitches.  Sigh…..   I did subscribe to some new streaming software so next Tuesday will rock!

There are two videos since it didn’t refresh after one of the crashes.  Also, the videos wouldn’t go to full screen so when you view the videos there is an extra screen in the background. Look below that screen for the scrolling bar so you can scroll past the parts where I am battling the software.

But this is your tenth video shouldn’t it be getting better and easier?!

Good point, but every time Facebook changes something I have to figure out how to do what I used to do or perhaps I click on something new and mess things up!  Who knows!

Video 1:

Video 2:

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Let’s take a look at still pictures in case the video made you dizzy!

This is how your recipients will see the card out of the envelope-curtains closed:

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Drum roll for the snowman – don’t you wish we could make him sing!

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I refer to the mechanism as a “C Fold”:

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And I called the strips on the back of the front – suspenders!  The curtains of your mechanism slide through the suspenders.

The back of the card with room to sign your name:

  

A close up of the curtain and the background trees before we add the snowman:

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Mr. Snowman up close:

 

Note the slots on the sides where you will insert the I-beam:

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The I-beam is folded like this on only one side to slide through the slot. It is then opened up to make a stop:

The Blue Version:

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I will include this picture because it shows one of the beautiful So Many Snowflakes Dies cut once with the solid color and then again with the Designer Series Paper:

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Recipe:

Supplies:

  • Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set (bundle with the dies for 10% savings)
  • So Many Snowflakes Dies, page 37 of the mini
  • Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper (DSP) page 37 of the mini
  • Winter Snow Embossing Folder for the curtains, page 37 of the mini
  • Rectangle Stitched Die, 4th largest
  • Smallest of the stitched shapes circle or a 1 3/8 inch circle punch for the finger holes
  • Blue Adhesive Backed Gems, page 37 of the mini
  • Word Wishes Dies for Merry Christmas, page 183 of the Annual Catalog
  • Snowman Builder Punch, page 167 of the Annual Catalog
  • Pine Tree Punch, page 166 of the Annual Catalog
  • Garden Gateway Dies for the little red bird, page 181 of the Annual Catalog
  • Coastal Cabana Ink and sponge dauber, Whisper White ink
  • Stampin’ Blends:  Dark Pumpkin Pie, Dark Basic Black, Dark Soft Suede
  • Snowflake Sequins, page 64 of the mini catalog
  • Pearl or Rhinestone jewels colored black with Stampin’ Blend
  • Fine Tip Glue to cover the snowman and then glitter if you like

Cuts:

  • Base:  Coastal Cabana, 81/4 X 11;  cut 1/4″ off a full 8 1/2 X 11 sheet then cut that sheet at 5 1/2 and 4 1/4.  You will have( two) 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 pieces for the front and back and (two) 5 1/2 X 4 pieces for the C-fold mechanism.
  • Score the two 5 1/2 X 4 pieces at 1 1/4 and 2 3/4 on the long side then burnish your folds to make a C – fold.
  • I-Beam: Coastal Cabana, 1 1/4 X 4 1/4;  Place horizontally at the 1/2″ line on the Stampin’ Trimmer and make a 1/4″ long cut down from the top and 1/4″ cut up from bottom. Turn and do the other end.  Then lay the I-Beam vertically on the Stampin’ Trimmer at the 1/4″ line and cut from 1/2″ to 3 3/4″.  Repeat on the other side.
  • Suspenders:  Coastal Cabana, 5 3/4 X 5/8 scored 3/4 inch on each side; these are glued to the back of the front on each side as shown above
  • Front:  DSP, color A, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4
  • Back of Stage:  DSP, color B,  2 7/8 X 4 1/4
  • Back sides of Stage, glued over the mechanism:  DSP color B (make 2), 1 1/4 X 4 1/4
  • Sides of Stage:  DSP, color B, (make 2) 1 1/2 X 4, glue on mechanism before cutting I-Beam slots
  • I-Beam Strip:  DSP color B, 3 1/4 X 3/4
  • Greeting Frame:  DSP color A, 4 1/2 X 2 3/4, corner rounded on top right and bottom left
  • Inside of the Greeting Frame:  DSP color B, 4 X 2 1/4
  • Merry Christmas Die Cuts:  Whisper White, 4 1/2 X 1 1/4, use slightly smaller adhesive sheet backing before cutting.  You could also use the cut our from the front rectangle.
  • Optional curtain: color as desired;   4 X 2 3/4 embossed with Winter Snow Embossing Folder.   I embossed the long portion of the mechanism C-fold with the Winter Snow Embossing folder and then drug the Whisper White ink across the snowflakes for contrast

Glue the front base and the front DSP, color A, together, placing liquid glue only on the outer edge.  Do not get glue on the inside.  (They should be the same size 5 1/2 X 4 1/4).  Place the 4th largest rectangle stitched die 3/4″ from each edge and cut. The cut out is 2 3/4″ X 4″  Use the DSP cut out to punch three trees for the background with the Pine Tree punch:

If you prefer the words to match the base, cut a piece of double back adhesive sheet (page 162 of the Annual Catalog) just a little bit smaller than the rectangle cut out – 2 1/2 X 3 3/4 and glue to the rectangle stitched Coastal Cabana you just cut out.  Then place the Merry Christmas dies from Word Wishes dies on the other side of the Coastal Cabana and cut.

For the side slits for placement of the I Beam:  First glue the DSP stage sides on the middle section of each mechanism.  Stand the mechanisms up in their C shape so that you see the smallest side is to the back, the middle faces inward, and the curtain goes to the front.  Scroll back up to the picture that shows the C Fold.  This is important so you make both slits at the bottom of the stage.  Place the long curtain portion at the 3 1/2″ mark on your Stampin’ Trimmer.  Double check that your mechanism’s score lines are at the 3/4″ mark to the right and 3/4″ mark to the left of the middle section where you are cutting.  Start your cut up 1/2″ from the bottom of the mechanism and cut 1″.  Now carefully move the piece 1/16 of an inch to the left and cut again 1/2″ from the bottom, cutting up 1″.  Use your scissors to cut the little 1/16 portions out to make a nice slit.

The video next Tuesday will be a theater card with the Peaceful Nativity silhouettes.  I will show the construction of the I-Beam and the I-Beam slits in that video.  A picture is worth a thousand words and I think I just gave you enough of both!  I hope you will make many versions of this card.  It is really fun!

Our hostess code is :  BX2TBPDE with Cindy as our hostess.

I am looking forward to the Nativity theater card next week.  Join me on my Facebook page at 9:30 AM for Take A Break Tuesday!  Facebook.com/stampalosopher/videos

SAL,    (Sharing A Lot)

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

Smiles & Love for the Season

Hello Stamping Friends,

Remember to click once to open your email and then click on the heading to open the blog post.

Our hostess code for October is 9YGY2BAX for you to use if your order is under $150.  Our hostess, Joy, will then get credit for all the smaller orders which will combine to give her greater rewards.   Thank you!  Contact me if you would like to be a hostess for a party and earn product rewards!

The ‘Have A Hoot’ stamp set in the Mini Catalog, page 62, was at the top of my list when we received the new Mini Catalog.  It is so cute!

For today’s card, I paired that set with the ‘Gather Together’ set with its awesome greeting- smiles & love for the season– yes, please.

At ‘Take A Break Tuesday’, I introduced the card and did a little advertising for the 15% off DSP sale and for my Color Cards that I am getting ready to make for a customer.  At about the 16 minute mark the internet crashed.

Here is the intro:

It stopped right where I was adding a garland at the top of the Pumpkin Pie layer using the Ornamental Envelopes stamp set.  So it is time for words: After stamping the garland in the middle, then the right and left sides, I used a Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Marker to add little tiny berries to the garland.  There is a stamp in the Ornamental Envelopes set with berries, but it is best used with the large leaf garland in the set. 

The greeting and the two little pumpkins behind the smiling pumpkin are from the ‘Gather Together’ set which can also be bundled with ‘Gathered Leaves Dies’ for a 10% savings (and a die to cut out those two pumpkins among others).

For the inside I used the pumpkin stamp in ‘Celebration Tidings’ which can be bundled with ‘Celebration Labels Dies’ for a 10% savings.  This set also has that unique little heart!

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Silly camera!  This is the same Basic Gray base, same lighting, same time of day and yet this one looks like it has a purple base.  Sigh….. the base is Basic Gray.

Recipe:

  • Have A Hoot stamp set with Peek-A-Hoot Dies (page 62 of the Mini)
  • Ornamental Envelopes stamp set (page 40 of the Mini)
  • Celebration Tidings & Celebration Labels Dies for the heart and inside (page 58 of Mini)
  • Gather Together with Gathered Leaves Dies for the pair of pumpkins and greeting (page 47 of the Mini)
  • Stitched Shapes Circle Die & Rectangle Stitched Die
  • Inks:  Early Espresso, Memento Black, Rich Razzelberry, Smoky Slate-for sponging edges
  • Stampin’ Write Rich Razzleberry Marker
  • Stampin’ Blends:  Mango Melody, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate
  • Base:  Basic Gray, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1 (X2) :  Cherry Cobbler,  5 3/8 X 4 1/8
  • Layer 2 (X2) :  Pumpkin Pie, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Layer 3:  Plaid Designer Series Paper (DSP), 1 3/4 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Strip:  Plaid DSP, 5 1/4 X 3/8
  • Card stock for stamped Images:  Whisper White, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4,  Stamp and die cut the owl in the tree, the owl behind the pumpkin, the greeting and the pair of pumpkins.  The pair of pumpkins is glued direct to paper and the three other images are popped up
  • Ribbon:  6″ of the Early Espresso Faux Suede (page 161 of the Annual Catalog-AC)
  • Embellishments:  Gilded Gems X 3 (page 157 of AC)

Tip:  When you use your Stampin’ Blends on very small areas like the tree trunk, just dot with the small tip, don’t try to color.  The dots bleed together and you have less chance of coloring outside the lines- though we do have the Color Lifter Stampin’ Blend if you need to fix it.  To make your Blends last longer, don’t use them like a color crayon with pressure on the point; they blend with very little pressure and your tips will last longer.

I sponged the edge of the circle and the edge of the greeting with Smoky Slate ink first and then Rich Razzleberry with both sponge daubers inked and then stamped off on the grid sheet before sponging- we call this second generation stamping or stamping off, sponging in this case.  While designing the card, I sponged a practice circle with Smoky Slate first but that didn’t look cheerful so I sponged a different area with Rich Razzleberry but that was too purple. I noticed that where the two overlapped on my practice sheet, the color looked perfect!

Don’t overlook the Gilded Gems in the catalog!  They are faceted and just beautiful.  The catalog, page 157,  doesn’t do them justice. This picture shows the larger gem as well as the sponging mix of colors.

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The faux suede ribbon is another product that the catalog, page 161, just doesn’t show the ribbon’s beauty.

Did you know you can look at previous catalog pdfs, clear back to the 2014-2015 annual catalog? That is the year I started blogging.  When you see a reference to a page in a catalog, just look at the date of the post and then you can go to the catalog tab and find the catalog with the same timeframe as the post and view the product.

Don’t forget the Designer Series Paper that is 15% off right now:

And Paper Pumpkin’s kit for November is Jolly Gingerbread:

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Last but not least, I need your order by November 1 if you would like a set of Color Cards.  The set consists of 12 cards with one card for each of the color families including neutrals, one card for each of the In Colors, and a card comparing greens, comparing reds & pinks, comparing blues & grays, comparing oranges & yellows, and a card comparing purples and browns.  I spotlight them in the video if you would like a better look.  The cost is $1per card ($12) plus shipping.  Email me at stampalosopher@gmail.com.

 

What a great tool the color charts are to help choose colors to match DSPs like the plaids!

They are predicting snow on Sunday here in Castle Rock!  We finally stayed home and worked on the yard, cleaned out the garden and fertilized.  It is looking so beautiful!

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Thanks for joining and giving me some of your precious time!  I hope I have brought a “pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world” and helped you know me better as I let you have a peek into my world!

The hostess code for October is 9YGY2BAX.  Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.

Sal,  So A-Loving this season and my fellow crafters

Karen

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Sights & Sounds of the Season

Hello Stamping Friends,

If you are viewing this post in your mobile device, click to open the email and then click again on the header to go to the website so the videos and links work.

Joy is our hostess this month and the hostess code is:  9YGY2BAX

We made a spur of the moment trip to Estes Park last weekend and it was so worth it, even though I am now far behind on my to do list.

The fall colors were exceptional and there had been a river site cancellation at Manor RV park just minutes before we called!  Saturday was picture perfect!

    Did you put a pumpkin outside Jasper to decorate?

That would have been fun, Sal, but the neighboring RV had plenty of decorations to enjoy.  (By the way, Sal is referring to Jasper, our motorhome, it’s a Jamboree, so of course, being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, we needed to have alliteration in the name just like all our Stampin’ Up! colors).  Here’s Paul and Jasper on the river site.

So let’s get down to business!

If we must…. sigh…

Yes, we must!  Select Designer Series Papers are on sale- click on the image to view:

And we have a sneak peak of the November Paper Pumpkin- I see a gingerbread house stamp, I hope, and what looks like a house we can decorate and candies…. oh my!

Click on the Jolly Gingerbread image to join or visit page 71 of the Holiday catalog to get a prepaid subscription with the benefit of adding other supplies from your wish list!  Use hostess code:  9YGY2BAX and our current hostess, Joy, will be on her way to earning free products.

 

Last year the Paper Pumpkin had tags and I made cards out of all the tags, click to view that post, and I have heard the sales of gift cards are expected to go up this year!  I am certainly running out of ideas and may send a few myself.

FYI:  There is a “Joy to the World” Facebook page for those of you who purchased October’s kit.

Event notice: If my kit arrives I will have a ‘Take A Break Tuesday’ Facebook Live next Tuesday, October 20, 9:30AM to look at the October Joy To The World kit and create cards.

Should I change my pumpkin to a snowman?

Oh no, Sal, not yet!  But we do want to get a head start on Christmas Cards, so today’s post includes two cards representing Sights and Sounds of the Season.  We love looking at poinsettias and hearing the silver bells!

Click here to view the Facebook Live:

Cherish The Season

This layout started with the picture in The Mini Catalog, page 33.

Recipe:

  • ‘Cherish The Season’ stamp set
  • ‘Sounds of the Season’ dies
  • ‘Garden Gateway’ Dies for arch
  • ‘Peony’ Dies Border
  • ‘Toile Christmas’ stamp set for the greeting
  • ‘Christmas Cardinal Dies’ to cut the banner
  • Real Red Sheer Ribbon 10″
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 3 small, one large
  • Inks:  Garden Green, Versa Mark, Cherry Cobbler
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Base:  Real Red, 4 1/4 X 11 scored at 5 1/2
  • Front Sides:  Designer Series Paper:  Tis The Season,  1 X 5 1/2 (make 2)
  • Middle Layer Background:  Red Foil, 2 1/2 X 5 1/2
  • Swag Base:  Whisper White, 2 1/8 X 5 1/2; Die cut the top with the arch from Garden Gateway Dies, and die cut the bottom with the Peony edge die
  • Pine Boughs:  Garden Green, 1 1/2 X 6; Make 4 little and 4 large boughs
  • Bells:  Silver Foil, 2 1/4 X 4 1/2  Make one set of four bells and and an extra little bell for the inside; cut the 4 strips (all on one die) for the front four. Use Scotch Tape on the back of the two bells you will color before die cutting and then another piece after cutting.  Color the holly leaves with Dk Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Blends and the berries with Lt Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends – color twice for depth of color.

  • Front Greeting:  Whisper White, 4 1/4 X 1 1/4;  stamp Christmas Wishes from Toile Christmas, first in Versa Mark and then in Cherry Cobbler.  Sprinkle with clear embossing powder, then heat and cut it out with the Cardinal Die Set.  Tip:  with clear embossing powder, you have the ability to emboss in any ink color you have.
  • Inside Layer:  Whisper White, 3 3/4 X 5
  • Strip on Inside:  Tis the Season DSP, 1/2 X 5
  • Stamp set for inside:  For Unto Us  stamped in Garden Green

In the video, I use Shaded Spruce for the back of the swag instead of the red foil, and I had another card made with Garden Green.  Which color do you like the best?

   I vote for the Red Foil but I like the greens as well and that would be cheaper!

Poinsettia Petals

Layout cased from Vincenza Montereale on Demonstrator Planning Place.

Recipe:

  • ‘Poinsettia’ Dies
  • ‘Poinsettia Petals’ stamp set
  • ‘Ornate Layers’ Dies
  • ‘Stitched Rectangles’ Dies
  • Beaded Pearls
  • Shimmer Paint
  • Stampin’ Spritzer
  • Ink:  Balmy Blue, Versa Mark and White Embossing Powder
  • Base:  Thick Whisper White, 8 1/2 X 11, scored at 4 1/4
  • Large Ornate Layer:  Balmy Blue, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2
  • Flocked Vellum Specialty Paper Layer:  5 X 3 5/8, cut with the 2nd largest rectangle die
  • Small Ornate Layer:  Balmy Blue, 5 X 3 1/2 , cut both the ornate layer and the center cut out at the same time using the 3rd smallest rectangle die
  • Blue Sprigs:  Balmy Blue rectangle cut out from the previous step
  • Poinsettia and white sprigs:  Whisper White, 5 1/2 X 6 1/4; make two each of the medium poinsettia and two each of the medium large poinsettia and cut three sprigs in white
  • Small poinsettia and the Leaf:  Balmy Glue Glimmer Paper, 2 1/4 X 2 1/4, Die cut one small leaf and two small flowers.
  • Inside Layer:  Balmy Blue, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Strip:  Balmy Glue Glimmer Paper, 3/4 X 4

Thank you for spending some time with me here on the blog and thank you to those who created their club cards with a Facebook Live instead of meeting here at home.  The positive side is that there is no waiting as we share the tools, so we accomplished in two hours what normally takes four hours at the house.

Would you like to be part of club?  You can pay $5 for the club cards and be our guest!  We swap with each other, those who can, and we meet by Zoom on the last Tuesday of the month to share our swap cards, visit with each other and do a Mystery Card challenge.

I would be honored to be your demonstrator and support you however I can as I bring “a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!”

   That’s the part where I came in!

So true and let us all be SALs in this crazy world bringing Salt And Light to everyone we meet!

Virtual Hugs,

Karen

Click on Sal in the computer to go to the online shop and be sure and use the hostess code 9YGY2BAX if your order is under $150 (at $150 you earn the hostess dollars yourself).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Wednesday – 24 Hour Flash Sale

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Remember to click on the header to go to the full website where the view is better!

Select stamps in the Annual Catalog will be on sale for 24 hours this Wednesday!

  

Here is a list from Deb Snyder (thank you, Deb) with page numbers and only the English versions, though the French versions are available as well:

  

   

   

Here is the above list in pdf format so you don’t have to click on three screen prints:

US market_24 hour stamp sale Page Number Order

Here is Stampin’ Up!’s list with the French included:

09.23.20_FLYER_STAMPSALE_NA

And finally, for all of us who use Excel and sort and search:

US market_24 hour stamp sale in Excel

Wednesday morning there will be a link on the online store and you can quickly look at images of all the stamp sets.

The Hostess Code for September is:  UVPPR6YT click on Sal in the computer to go to the new online store.

Have a wonderful day!

SAL,     Sales A Lurking in the future

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

For The Love of Fall

Hello Stamping Friends,

I do so love fall!  However, I would really like fall to come before winter, yet yesterday and today we have had snow here in Castle Rock, CO, so it looks like winter.

Maybe it is all those Christmas cards you are making that brought on winter. 

Now Sal, let’s just call it coincidence and Colorado’s unpredictable weather, okay?

We have two fall cards for you today and a Facebook Live video if you prefer videos over words, though the recipes follow.

    

Someday I will teach Sal to push the ‘Go Live’  and ‘Start Streaming’ buttons so I can look at the camera.  I have heard there is a way to edit the Facebook Lives and delete the first part so that is a skill I need to learn.

Before I post the recipes for the cards let’s take a moment to look at the Stampin’ Up! news for the month:

The Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine is available for purchase!

Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine

This machine has a wide 6″ (15.2 cm) platform that works with all Stampin’ Up! dies and embossing folders. Includes 1 Base Plate (Plate 1), 1 Die Plate (Plate 2), 2 Cutting Plates (Plate 3), and 1 Specialty Plate (Plate 4). #149653, $120.

Here are four videos (less than two minutes each) to show you the details of the new machine:

               

Magnetic Cutting Plate

Thin, fully magnetic sheet with self-healing cutting surface. Magnetic Cutting Plate (Plate 5) holds dies securely in place, even nested dies. This slim, portable sheet replaces a Cutting Plate in your sandwich, making it even easier to take with you. Use with the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.  #149656  $24

What a beautiful machine!  The mini version of the machine is not available yet, but we hope soon.  All the plates are available to purchase separately and the specialty plate works with our 3D embossing folders just like the blue plate we had in the past.

Paper Pumpkin for September-  You must subscribe by tomorrow!  Click on the image:

Name:   Hello Pumpkin

Details:

  • Kit contains enough supplies to create 20 cracker box treat packages.
  • Each cracker box treat package can be customized to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, the autumn season, or all three!
  • Coordinating Colors: Bumblebee, Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Cinnamon Cider, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, white

September’s kit is a must-have for those who love to celebrate all things spooky. But, for those who don’t enjoy the Halloween haunts, the multi-occasion stamp set combined with a variety of die-cut and reversible paper pieces offers many ways to customize your fall crafts!

The Hello Pumpkin Paper Pumpkin Kit includes enough supplies to create projects celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the autumn season. Make them all the same, or mix ‘n’ match!

While this kit was designed to offer a unique treat packaging experience to subscribers, the supplies can easily be used to create cards for any autumn occasion. Don’t worry—we’ll be sure to provide plenty of project inspiration to spark your creativity!

The Clearance Rack has been restocked:

Join our team of “Carin’ Crafters” and get more products!

  • In addition to the regular starter kit (for $99 USD/$135 CAD, new recruits choose $125 USD/$165 CAD-worth of products) new recruit will also receive enough cardstock pieces to make 16 cards, a pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels, the So Much Love stamp set, and the Queen Anne’s Lace stamp set—all for their first event.

     

There is so much going on in September, and I just attended Leader’s Summit so I have lots of ideas to make being a part of the team fun. I would love to have you JOIN NOW!

    I want to see how you made that cool pumpkin!

Good plan, let’s get started with my favorite part – teaching!

Simply Thankful

I am casing a card that Rosanne Mulhern of Heartfelt Stampin’ made last year but changing the products to current products and using the Mini Curvy Keepsakes dies to make a pumpkin instead of the Apple Builder punch she used.

   

  • Stamp Set:   Country Home
  • Punches:  Medium Daisy Punch,  3/8″ Circle Punch for the Black Eyed Susan

Dies:

  • Mini Curvy Keepsakes Box Dies for the pumpkin and its stem
  • Gathered Leaves Dies for the five leaves in different colors
  • Banner Blooms Dies for the pumpkin vine
  • Forever Flourishing Dies for the little crumb cake accents
  • Rectangle Stitched Dies

  Did you enter a challenge to see how many dies you could use on one card?

No, I am just stepping out of my comfort zone to make a collage type card.  Wait ’til you see the wreath collage I made with the Forever Flourishing dies.  Next post!

Recipe for Simply Thankful:

  • Base:  Basic Black, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4.
  • Barnwood Layer:  In Good Taste Designer Series Paper (DSP), 4 X 5 1/4.
  • Black Layer:  3 1/2 X 4 3/4 cut with the Rectangle Stitched Die;  TIP: use wax paper between the die and the cardstock.  Emboss the greeting in white slightly to the right and then use Black Stampin Dimensionals to adhere.
  • Pumpkin:  Pumpkin Pie Cardstock 2 1/4 X 2, make 2 with the Mini Curvy Keepsakes Die using just the handle section not the slot section of the die.  Before trimming down to size and making the bottom and top circular, lay one section 1/4″ over top of the second section and score a line following the curve of the section. Repeat on the other side.  Score the line, color it with a Pumpkin Pie Marker and then sponge it.  Do the same on the second section if you want to choose between the two sections for which one looks best for the top.  Cut the bottom and top of each section to shape the pumpkin.  Sponge all the edges of both sections and down the middle of the top section. Cut one section in half and glue each half behind the front section.
  • Pumpkin Stem:  Cinnamon Cider, 2 X 7/8, Cut with the handle of the Die.  (This can be run  at the same time as the pumpkin sections.) Cut in half, trim off excess and use a crumb cake marker to add a few lines.   
  • Pumpkin Vine:  Garden Green, 1 X 2, make 2 with the Banner Blooms Dies.
  • Medium Leaf: Cajun Craze, 2 X 2, the leaves are all cut with the Gathered Leaves Dies.  Sponge the veins lightly and then the edges on all the leaves with their corresponding inks.
  • Medium Leaf: Old Olive, 2 X 2, sponge
  • Large Leaf:  Daffodil Delight, 2 X 2, sponge
  • Large Leaf:  Merry Merlot, 2 X 2, sponge
  • Small Leaf:  Mango Melody, 1 1/2 X 1 1/2, sponge
  • Black Eyed Susan:  Mango Melody, 2 X 2 for each Medium Daisy Punch. You need six punched flowers so a 2 X 8 plus a 2 X 4 strip will work. Sponge the center with Mango Melody. Adhere two together with a glue dot.
  • Inside of flowers:  Early Espresso, 1 X 3, Punch with 3/8″ or 1/2″ circle punch. Adhere with a glue dot.
  • Inside Layer:  Mango Melody 4 X 5 1/4
  • Bottom Strip on Inside:  In Good Taste Designer Series Paper (DSP), 4 X 1/2.

Now the fun part of creating your collage!  Start with the pieces on top of the pumpkin and work to the back.  I used glue dots- lots of glue dots!

Other options for making a pumpkin are the Apple Builder Punch or using five circles or five ovals to layer together.

Beautiful Moments

     

  • Stamp Set:   Beautiful Moments
  • Punch:  Moose Punch
  • Embossing Folder:  Woodland

Dies:

  • Circle Die for the frame
  • Poinsettia Die for the oak leaf greeting
  • Sweet Silhouettes Die for the tree
  • Dockside Dies for the grass and cattails

Recipe for Beautiful Moments:

  • Base:  Cajun Craze, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4.
  • Aspen Grove Layer:  Very Vanilla, 4 X 5 1/4, Embossed with the Woodlands Folder after the folder is inked on the indent side with Crushed Curry.  I turn the ink pad upside down and tap it on the folder.
  • Tree:  Mango Melody, 3 1/2 X 5, die cut with the Sweet Silhouette Tree Die.  Tip: Use two folded up dryer sheets underneath your cardstock to make removing the little bits quite easy since they stick to the dryer sheet.  The tree trunk and limbs are colored with the Dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blend.  The far left side of the tree has a limb that will need cut off so you can attach the trunk of the tree with a glue dot at the bottom left behind the circle frame.  (I glued that little branch in the inside of the card as you see above.)  Adjust the tree so that all the leaves will be inside the card borders.  When you are completely done, place a small amount of Tombow glue on the silicon sheet and use a toothpick to add bits of glue to the leaves to attach to the circle.
  • Circle Frame:  Cajun Craze 4 1/2  X 4 1/2, Die cut with two layered circle dies to create the frame. Sponge the inside and outside of the frame with Cajun Craze and mount the tree at the bottom left behind the circle. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the frame.  You will need a dimensional at the thickest part of the trunk of the tree.
  • Green grass and cattails:  Pear Pizzaz, 2 1/2 X 3; die cut two grass sections from the Dockside Die.  Color the cattails with Early Espresso and sponge the grass with Crumb Cake to give it that end of the summer look.
  • Moose:  Early Espresso, 2 1/4 X 2, punched with the moose punch and sponged on the edges.
  • Greeting:  Very Vanilla, 2 1/4 X 1 1/2 , die cut with the leaf in the Poinsettia Dies.  Stamp with the “collect beautiful moments” from the Beautiful Moments stamp set, sponge the edge with pumpkin pie, then add an orange rhinestone.  Glue to the circle but add a tiny dimensional to the left edge to attach to the aspen grove layer.
  • Inside:  Very Vanilla,  4 X 5 1/4, the little tree limb is glued to the inside corner .

Did I forget anything, Sal?

   I sure hope not or you will have so many instructions you will lose your audience.

Paul, my DH, looks at these and says “another Karen card”.  I keep telling him someday I will learn to make clean and simple cards but I always want to challenge myself.  He suggested I call them Carin’ Cards to reflect a Caring Karen.  He got a kiss for that!   So I decided our team should be called Carin’ Crafters for the caring and sharing card makers that we are and yet a bit of a spoof on Karen vs. Carin’.  What do you think?

Take a look around the new shop!  We have new software to make the shopping experience better.  I will be back soon to post the swaps and mystery cards we made in August.

SAL,  Sighing A Lot as summer leaves us

Karen

Hostess code for September:  SA9YHAC3

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

August Club Cards using Sweetest Time Bundle

Hello Stamping Friends,

August Hostess Code:  HKVNWPPX

The Facebook Live on Tuesday morning, August 11, worked!  The internet stayed stable and we were able to create three Christmas cards and a Little Treat Box to introduce goodies in the new catalog!  Club members and guests had kits for all four projects with instructions on what size of greeting they would need to add to each project since the kits cannot include any stamped images per the home office.  The new Winter Snow Embossing Folder and a roll of Metallic Mesh Ribbon from the new catalog were prizes that will go to the lucky winners!

  Christmas – are you kidding me? Four projects – are you nuts? 

No, but it is new catalog launch time and, besides, everyone who participated now has three cards to start their Christmas card list, and a little treat box which would make a great name plate for their holiday table. Here is a collage of the products:

 

 

I will follow the order of projects from the Facebook Live video and start with the little treat box:

1) Little Treat Box

There are so many ways to construct this little box.  The typical way is on the right with both flaps coming up on each side to meet at the top.  The left shows a little treat box with the front flap folded to the inside so the other side of the designer series paper (DSP) shows. I die cut three little ornaments from the same DSP and I used one of the Medallion dies to make a matching paper ribbon.  The middle box is my favorite.  Instead of folding the flap to the inside, I cut the flap off and glued it to the back of the little box.

 

 

 

The die works perfectly on a 6 X 6 piece of DSP.

And look at all the dies that are in the Little Treat Box Dies!

Wait – what is that thing at the bottom?  

That, Sal, is a cut out using the Medallion Die Set from the annual catalog.  It is perfect to run through the holes at the top of the box to hold it together or just to decorate it as I have done on the one above at the left.   Here are examples of some of the fun little stamps in the Little Treats stamp set and a silver foil die cut ring and spider.

Wouldn’t the stamps make great decorations for the flap of an envelope?

I still think the best utilization of the little box is for a name plate at a holiday meal with the box filled with after dinner butter mints.  Yum!

There are several additional examples on page 70 of the new mini catalog.

2) Gold Candles with Sweetest Borders Dies

This close up of the card shows the use of the Brushed Metallic Cardstock from page 45 of the new mini catalog.  It also shows the use of the Fine Tip Glue Pen to add dimension to the berries and the candle flame.  I stamped the candles from the Sweetest Time stamp set and then cut them out to use for a template for the curve at the top of the candle.  I used an oval template to score a nice line at the top of the candles.

I cased the card from page 21 of the catalog except for the candles and the layer of Brushed Metallic Cardstock embossed with the Dainty Diamonds 3D folder.  This is the card we did in the video.

 

 

 

This is another version with a little bit longer banner so I could fold it differently.  After putting Fine Tip Glue on the berries in the first card,  I moved the banner down on this one so I could see all of them.

 

Wow – the camera really reflected the brushed gold paper.

Which card do you prefer?

I choose the funny folded banner on the second one but the placement on the first one. 

Thanks, Sal, that would look nice as well.

Tip: I used a folded dryer sheet under the cardstock as I cut out each color for the holly accents.  This makes the paper piecing so easy when you separate the main die cut from the inside cuts.  With a nice pair of tweezers you will be done in no time and you could make two cards with opposite die cuts for the greens, though you would have to run a second set of holly berries.

Tip: Mark the top of each of your die cuts so that the paper piecing is correct

The garden green is cut at the right and left sides to match the Whisper White layer after your paper piecing is complete.

I used scotch tape on the back to hold all the pieces in place.

Gold Candles Recipe

  • Base:  Real Red, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2  scored at 4 1/4
  • First Layer: Brushed Gold, 5 X 3 3/4 embossed with Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder
  • Second Layer:  Whisper White,  4 1/2 X 3 1/4
  • Holly Leaves:  Garden Green, 2 1/2 X 6  die cut on top of a folded dryer sheet- mark the top
  • Holly Leaves Accent:  Pear Pizzaz, 2 1/2 X 6 die cut on top of a folded dryer sheet-mark the top
  • Holly Berries:  Real Red,  3 1/2 X 1 die cut on top of a folded dryer sheet- mark the top
  • Large Candle:  Brushed Gold, 2 1/4 X 7/8 use template to round top and an oval to score the top
  • Small Candles (2):  1 7/8 X 7/8 use template to round top and an oval to score the top
  • Candle Flames:  Daffodil Delight Scrap 1 X 1 punch outs from the Detailed Trio Punch
  • Banner:  Crumb Cake, 1/2″ X 6 1/2″ Scored 1″, 1 1/2″, 5″, 5 1/2″ ; Banner cut the ends to desired length
  •  Inside:  Whisper White, 5 X 3 3/4
  • Inside Accent:  Brushed Gold embossed strip 5 (plus a hair) X 1/2″  (Embossing shrinks it a bit)
  • Embellishments:  3 Red & Gold Wonderful Gems (pg 31)
  • Inks:  Garden Green and Real Red
  • Stamps:  Sweetest Time
  • Dies:  Sweetest Border Dies

 

The inside stamps and the front greeting are in the Sweetest Time stamp set and the stamp has the little white sparkle for the holly berries so we don’t have to add it.  Love this!

3) Candy Cane Sweetest Borders Die

This project is a case (copy and share everything) from Deb Hoicks Crafty Cottage.

 

 

 

Candy Cane Card Recipe

  • Base:  Thick Whisper White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2  Scored at 4 1/4
  • Die Cut Layer: Real Red, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, with 1 1/2 X 5 1/2 piece of double back adhesive placed at the right hand side before cutting with the Sweetest Border Die
  • Designer Series Paper (DSP):  ‘Tis The Season (pg. 31) 5 1/2 X 2 1/2
  • Metallic Mesh Ribbon:  6 1/2″
  • Candy Canes & Peppermints:  Whisper White  2 X 3;  Real Red  2 X 2
  • Banner:  Whisper White 1″ (minus a hair) X 3 1/4″
  • Inside:  Real Red Strip 3/4 X 5 1/2
  • Inside Accent:  Same DSP 1/2 X 5 1/2
  • Real Red Braided Linen Trim 6″, make a little bow to place on top of the candy canes (not around them)
  • Red Rhinestones: 6
  • Ink:  Real Red
  • Stamps:  Sweetest Time
  • Dies:  Sweetest Border Dies

4) Bermuda Bay Candles

This is a case of the catalog, page 73.  I love that Stampin’ Up! gives us a pictured index at the back of the new mini and they use different examples in the index to give us even more ideas to use.  The catalog candles are Coastal Cabana but I chose a deeper blue with Bermuda Bay.  We can’t stamp images for kits so I made the candles from a  Bermuda Bay cardstock embossed with the Subtle 3D embossing folder.  The die cut is sponged with Bermuda Bay and Garden Green after stamping off to make it lighter.

Tip:  Build your holly leaf and pine bough accents on Stampin’ Dimensionals (use the silicon pad so they don’t stick) then add them to the back of your circle.  Having this all pieced together will help you know where to place the strip at the bottom, then put on more dimensionals on the left and right leaving the center open for the candles.  Mount the circle with accents after you have glued on the bottom strip.  The candles are mounted on dimensionals and slipped behind the circle.  The candles are curved at the top with a template cut out from the stamped candle images.  The curve is scored with an oval cut out.  I used the Bermuda Bay marker to enhance the curve and then added the flames from the cut outs of the Detailed Trio Punch in Crushed Curry with a bit of Fine Tip Glue to make them glow.

I tried another version with a smaller circle on the front:

What’s your vote on this one, Sal?

The larger circle.  There’s too much white with the small one and the rhinestones don’t show up near as much as placing them on a gold cut out. 

Bermuda Bay Candle Recipe

  • Base:  Thick Whisper White, 4 1/4 X 11 scored at 5 1/2
  • Top for die cutting:  Whisper White, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 cut with the left side of the die straight edge at 1 1/4 then sponged with Bermuda Bay and Garden Green -stamp off before sponging
  • Circle:  Whisper White, 3 X 3  Second largest in stitched shape circles; the small circle is the third largest
  • Accent Strip under circle:  Bermuda Bay, 5/8″ X 3″  Make two – one for the inside
  • Holly Leaves:  Garden Green, 2 1/2 X 2 1/2  Make two small and two large leaves
  • Pine Boughs:  Gold Foil, 7/8 X 7 1/2  Make 5 gold pine boughs and 2 holly berry die cuts;
  • Candles:  Bermuda Bay, Embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder, 7/8 X 4, make one large candle 7/8 X 2 1/8 and one small candle 7/8 by 1 7/8, round the top & score the top with oval template
  • Flames:  Crushed Curry, 1 X 1, punched with the Detailed Trio Punch to give you nice cut outs, then add Fine Tip Glue to make it shine
  • Embellishments:  6 Wonderful Gems (page 31) mounted on gold foil
  • Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Garden Green
  • Stamps:  Sweetest Time
  • Dies:  Sweetest Border Dies

I sure like your cardstock candles instead of stamped images.

Well, it is a creative challenge to find a way to make kits with no stamped images but we accomplished it and hopefully everyone enjoyed their kits!

August Hostess Code:  HKVNWPPX

SAL,   Sighing A Lot (to think of Christmas)

Karen

 

 

 

Sweetest Time Bundle

Hello Stamping Friends,

You are invited to a Facebook Live event tomorrow morning at 9:30.  I will be using the Sweetest Time Bundle to CASE (copy and share everything) this bundle from the new mini catalog and to case a beautiful red and white candy cane card created by the very talented Deb Hoicks of Deb Hoicks Crafty Cottage.

Every year you make a red and white Christmas card of some kind. 

That is true, Sal, and once again the mini catalog is full of amazing products, some of which I will be using tomorrow morning.  Here is a sneak peak.

So join me tomorrow at 9:30 and spend the rest of your morning letting me bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crating world!  There will be a prize drawing for those commenting by 9:40 and another for those who are still with me at the end.  Hint:  Prize patrol will be something from the new mini catalog!  The event is recorded and recipes will be posted here on the blog on Wednesday.

The link:

https://www.facebook.com/stampalosopher/live/

Contact me if you need a catalog or have questions about anything.  stampalosopher@gmail.com

SAL,  See A Little of the new mini catalog then buy a lot to make a lot of Christmas cards!

Karen  (Hostess code is HKVNWPPX)

 

The New Mini Catalog Is Live!!

Hello Stamping Friends,

Be sure and click on the title to go to the full website if you are on a mobile device.  I have some product videos to share and they don’t seem to work unless you click on the email and then click on the header.  It’s like going through a secret portal!

Hostess Code for August:  HKVNWPPX   Use this when your order is under $150.

The New Mini Catalog Is Live!!  

Product List for projects in the Mini Catalog

Click above on the catalog cover for a pdf of the entire catalog that you can scroll through at your leisure.  It will also be posted in the “Catalog” tab so you can go to that tab and plan your parties or gift giving when you are sitting and waiting for an appointment or getting out of the hot sun and drinking tea on the deck – at Maui or a cruise ship or……

Creativity hits when you least expect it – look at me!! 

Yep!  So you’ll never leave your catalog behind if you have Stampalosopher on your phone. You do have us bookmarked don’t you?

Click on each of the following screen shots to see a Youtube intro to the new product suites:

  

   

I like the little cups of cocoa best!  

Me too, Sal, and I ordered enough to do neighbor gifts and coworker gifts for my husbands crew!  I will fill them with the mini chocolate pretzels that I make:

  • Square pretzels
  • Hugs candies (one package has about 75 pieces)
  • M&Ms

Preheat oven to 200*.  Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and then carefully line up your square pretzels on the pan. (Just eat the broken ones; you need the whole ones.) Place one hug candy on each pretzel and place in the oven for 2-5 minutes.  Time varies depending on the temperature of your candy; if it was frozen it will take longer; if it has been setting out it will take less time.  Watch for the tip to start melting down.  Remove and promptly put an M&M in the center of each hug.  Place in the refrigerator to cool.  Here is a picture of some I made in Thanksgiving colors and mixed with a batch of Rice Krispie treats for neighbor gifts.

Contact me if you need a catalog – the annual or the mini.  If the catalog got thrown out with the junk mail I will get you another.  email:  stampalosopher@gmail.com or text 303-815-0838.

I need orders by tomorrow if anyone would like card kits for the August 11 Facebook Live.  Club Members receive them automatically.  We will make two cards for club and two extra projects to celebrate products from the new catalog.  Kits are $10.

These are the products I will be using on August 11th.  The kits won’t have stamped images but I will give you die cuts that you can stamp with your own Christmas greeting.  You do have a stash don’t you?

We will play with decorating the envelopes:

And make cards with fun cutout borders:

And make a little gift box:  (I have seen five different ways to make this little box)

 

Mark your calendar for August 11 at 9:30 and join us for a Facebook Live.

SAL,  Showing A Little of what is available in the new catalog

Karen

PS  Today the new online store goes live so things will look a bit different.

PPSS  Today you can redeem your coupons from July.

 

Hostess Code HKVNWPPX

 

 

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