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

 

 

Mystery Card #3 and July Swap Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

August hostess code if your order is under $150:  HKVNWPPX

Today is the last day to order and get a $5 coupon for each $50 you spend and then tomorrow is the big day when the new mini catalog goes live, you can spend your coupons and the new online store goes live!!

Demonstrators earn the same $5 for each $50 and can order right now from the new mini catalog so call quick and we can make that happen (or click the join button in the tabs above and just follow the instructions.)

Our club met by Zoom last Tuesday and we shared our swap cards and made a “Mystery Card” using the list of supplies I had sent them all earlier.

What happened to Mystery Card Challenge #2?

Hmmm….. I guess I was too excited to travel to Mount Rushmore and didn’t post.  I will have to backtrack with a different post.

The cool 1″ fold  of the base on the Mystery Card #3 lets you see and use both sides of a Designer Series Paper (DSP).  So often we let our DSP sit on a shelf because we love both sides and don’t want to use one side and lose the other.  Here is our answer to using both sides!  I am using the Ornate Garden Specialty DSP on a Terracotta Tile Base.

I glued the DSP to the back of the 1″ flap and used the reverse side of one of the 3/4″ DSP strips.  On the inside you have the full DSP showing on the left and a 3/4″ strip of the DSP with the front side showing on the right.

For the greeting I used the Stitched Nested Labels and the Ornate Thanks stamp set with Old Olive ink and Soft Suede ink. The ribbon is the Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack and Terra Cotta Tile gems (retired).  I wish I would have had the new In Color Butterfly Gems in the Terra Cotta Tile.

 

I received pictures from some of the club members who completed the card:

 

 

Sharon made three cards while we chit chatted and made one!  She is preparing for Christmas and sends out 200+ cards so definitely time to get started!

I will be starting Christmas cards August 11 on Facebook Live (and it will be recorded if you can’t be there at 9:30AM).  I will be demonstrating 3 Christmas cards and a Christmas gift box as I launch the new Mini Catalog.  Kits are $10 for guests, free for club members.  Contact me by Wednesday and I will deliver or mail your kits to you.  You can create the cards at your leisure watching the recorded Facebook Live on the Stampalosopher Facebook page or right here on the blog.

July Swap Cards:

I promised in my July Facebook Live with the Banner Blooms Easel Birthday Card using the Rainbow Glimmer paper that I would make a card with the die cut colored so here you are:

Recipe:

  • Base:  Granny Apple Green 4 1/4 X 11 Scored at 5 1/2
  • Border:  Perennial Essence DSP 3 3/4 X 5 1/2
  • Top:  Whisper White 5 1/2 X 4  Cut with Banner Blooms Dies, colored with Stampin’ Blends
  • Inside Layer:  Whisper White 3 3/4 X 5 1/2
  • Strips for Inside Layer:  Perennial Essence DSP 1/4 X 5 1/2

Here are swaps from my creative stamping friends:

Swaps are so fun!  We just mail our cards to each other throughout the month.  If you are interested in August Swaps let me know ASAP and I will add your name and address to the list. Swaps are due to each other in time for the August 25th 9:30 am Zoom meeting.

Have a wonderful day!

SAL,   So August Leaps into the picture

Karen

 

Hand Drawn Blooms and Prized Peony

Hello Stamping Friends,

Today’s Facebook Live event was successful!!  For those of you who have done this for a long time I’m sure you are shaking your head but it was my third Facebook Live and the second one crashed and had to be abandoned.  So two successful events feels rather nice!

Club members received two card kits for this month’s club and we joined together with a Facebook Live followed by a Zoom meeting.  We created an Easel card with the Hand Drawn Blooms bundle and a Tri-Fold card with the Prized Peony bundle.

 

What you still need is the specific recipe for each card.

Easel Card with Rainbow Glimmer Paper:

Color #1, Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo

Color #2, Granny Apple Green and Bermuda Bay

The Banner Blooms Die was used to cut the beautiful bouquet from the Rainbow Glimmer Paper.  Since the paper is multi colored the cards were different depending on where the cut was made.

Recipe:

  • Base:  4 1/4 X 11 scored at 5 1/2 and 2 3/4
  • Layer 1:  5 3/8 X 4 1/8  Make 2 and Corner Round the top of one
  • Layer 2:  Shimmer White,  4 X 5 1/4 , Corner Round the top
  • Easel Holder:  Shimmer White, 4 X 1
  • Scrap of Shimmer White on which to stamp the words to put on the banner 3 X 1 1/2
  • Rainbow Glimmer Paper:  6 X 4, cut one bouquet and one butterfly
  • Twine: 10″
  • Jewels to embellish: 3
  • Ink:  Bermuda Bay or Melon Mambo
  • Stamp Set:  Hand-Drawn Blooms
  • Die Set:  Banner Blooms

Gosh, you didn’t post for a month and now you made a video! When do I get to be in the video?  

Patience, Sal, I have been working with an animator and soon you will be joining the videos.

Prized Peony Tri-Fold Card:

I just received my mini catalog preorder and added a stamped image to my wedding card using the Little Treats Stamp set:

Isn’t that just the perfect addition?

Here is the original one I did in the Facebook Live Video:

 

Recipe:

  • Base:  Whisper White 12″ X 6″

To cut your tri-fold follow these step by step instructions:

  1. Place the base on the Stampin’ Up! Cutter the long way – (vertically) on 2″ mark- and cut from the 2″ to the 10″ mark on the cutter
  2. Move the base to the 4″ mark on cutter and cut from 2″ to 10″
  3. Turn the base the short way-(horizontal) and place it at the 2″ mark of the cutter and score from 0″ to 2″,  lift the scoring blade and move to the 4″ mark on the cutter and score from 4″ to 6″
  4. Move the base to the 4″ mark on cutter and score from 0″ to 6″- top to bottom
  5. Turn the base to the other side and place it at the 2″ mark of the cutter and score from 0″ to 2″, lift the scoring blade and move to the 4″ mark on the cutter and score from 4″ to 6″
  6. Move the base to the 4″ mark on cutter and score from 0″ to 6″- top to bottom

Front Base Layer:  Whisper White 5 1/8 X 3 5/8

Layer #1 all in Basic Gray:

  • (1) 5 X 3 1/2 for front base
  • (2) 5 7/8 X 1 7/8
  • (3) 3 7/8 X 1 7/8
  • (5) 1 7/8 X 1 7/8

Layer #2 in Designer Series Paper (Note: two of the top layers are whisper white)

  • (1) 4 7/8 X 3 3/8  for front base
  • (2) 5 3/4 X 1 3/4
  • (2) 3 3/4 X 1 3/4
  • (4) 1 3/4 X 1 3/4

Whisper White – all three pieces are embossed at the bottom with the Peony Edge Die

  • (1) 2 1/4 X 4 1/4  Front Banner
  • (1) 3 3/4 X 1 3/4 for stamping greeting
  • (1) 1 3/4 X 1 3/4 for stamping peony

Envelope Punch Board – Whisper White Envelope Paper 8 1/4 X 8 1/4 with 3 3/8 score line starting point

Envelope Decor – Designer Series Paper 6 X 3 1/2, glue to flap and then fussy cut to fit

Ribbon – 1/4″ Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon- 10″ for knot, 12″ for bow

Elegant Faceted Jems – 3

Peony (4) –  Petal Pink  8 1/2 X 3 , die cut the four parts, each piece slides into the next largest piece matching up the notches.  Use a bone folder to curl the edges and then sponge with Blushing Bride for a darker contrast.

Stamin (1) – Scrap of Daffodil Delight at least 1″ square

Leaves (3)- Garden Green large sections 2 X 3, die cut one of each size

Leaf accent (3)- Granny Apple Green 2 X 3, die cut one of each size

I used a glue dot to attach each piece at the notch and then added dimensionals in between the layers.

Here is the base with the gray granite layer and the DSP layers, the white part of the base is where you will glue the front base so it does not need a gray layer:

 

This shows the front base added and the die cutting at the bottom of each edge of the white pieces:

Obviously, you want to stamp the white pieces before you adhere.

I stamped the greeting in Basic Gray and then colored the back of the peony stamp with Stampin’ Write Markers – Petal Pink, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green and Granny Apple Green.

Note:  Do not use Stampin’ Blends – they will stain your stamp.

Prized Peony Suite Card

Here is a card I made using every single one of the Prized Peony Suite products for a thank you card.  I am casing Mary Deatherage of Stampsnlingers with this one:

Recipe:

  • Base:  Gray Granite  4 1/4 X 11  scored at 5 1/2
  • Front Base:  Gray Granite  4 1/4 X 5 1/2  Embossed with the Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder; it might need shaved a hair on the edges if it stretches
  • Front Mat: Petal Pink  2 7/8 X 5 1/2
  • Cross Panel Mat:  Petal Pink  2 1/8 X 4 1/4
  • Inside Mat:  Petal Pink  4″ X 5 1/4″
  • Front Vertical Top:  Peony Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP) 2 3/4 X 5 1/2 colored with Stampin’ Blends Petal Pink and Granny Apple Green.  Don’t panic as you color the DSP flowers pink, as they look an ugly dark pink from the grey on the back of the DSP showing through.  Once it dries it is a pretty petal pink!
  • Front Horizontal Panel Top:  Peony Garden DSP  2 X 4 1/4
  • Inside Liner Top:  Whisper White  3 7/8 X 5 1/8
  • Sentiment:  Whisper White Scrap stamped with Hand Drawn Blooms and fussy cut
  • Ribbon – 1/4″ Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon- 4″, glued underneath peony with glue dot
  • Elegant Faceted Jems – 3
  • Peony (4) –  Petal Pink  8 1/2 X 3 , die cut the four parts, each piece slides into the next largest piece matching up the notches.  Use a bone folder to curl the edges and then sponge with Blushing Bride for a darker contrast.
  • Stamin (1) – Scrap of Daffodil Delight at least 1″ square
  • Leaves (3)- Garden Green large sections 2 X 3, die cut one of each size
  • Leaf accent (3)- Granny Apple Green 2 X 3, die cut one of each size

There you have it folks, recipes, pictures, a video and everything you need to create some beautiful cards!

This month is Bonus Days month and you will receive a $5 coupon by email to spend in
August for each $50 order in July.

The hostess code is XP23FNSY with Suzi as our hostess this month.

SAL,  Such A Lot (of pieces)

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July Club Cards Facebook Live

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Join me today at 9:30 for a Facebook Live event where we will create two beautiful cards using the Prized Peony stamp set and Peony Dies and the Hand Drawn Blooms stamp set and Banner Blooms Dies.

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

The recording will remain on the Facebook page so you can view it later if you can’t attend this morning.  Later I will add a blog post with the detailed directions so you can create your own Tri-Fold card or Easel card.

Here is a sneak peak!

See you in at 9:30!

SAL,   Save A Link

Karen

Father’s Day with Enjoy Life

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

(Click the title to go to the main blog if you are viewing in your mobile device)
Hostess Code for June:  2KNDJXFN  Use this code if your order is under $150 and our monthly hostess will get the hostess rewards so no free dollars are left unused.  If your order is over $150 you will have earned the hostess rewards.   You will get a little thank you gift from me for any order outside of club!  Club members receive the special reward of receiving card kits.

To all the wonderful men in our life that we need to celebrate and those we will always remember this Father’s Day:  Happy Father’s Day!

I used the Enjoy Life stamp set (retired) and the Silhouette Scenes (pg 136) to make three Father’s Day Cards:

The greeting:  “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive: to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

I did three different inside greetings as well using the “A Good Man” stamp set on page 32.

For my son-in-law, Tyler, with two little boys, Jaxson & Emmitt:

  

For my son-in-law, Jonathan, with a little girl – Emma:

 

For Paul:

       

Here they are at the Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo in Colorado Springs:

   

Such a great dad and such a great grandpa!

   That looks like so much fun!  But I am wondering how you did that cool bokeh look for the background of the card front. 

Well, Sal, it isn’t hard.  Let me take a picture of the tools I use:

   

It is a piece of window sheet with several different sizes of circles punched in the sheet.  (I placed the window sheet on black for the picture so you could see the different circles.)  The largest circle is 1 1/2″, then  1″,  3/4″,  and  5/8″ punched circles.

First, I used the Sponge Brayer (#141714 on pg. 147) and Mint Macaron ink and lightly sponged the entire front whisper white piece.

Then I placed the window sheet on that front sponged piece, held it in place with washi tape, and sponged several times over all the circles.  I moved the window sheet to a new place on the front piece, secured it with tape, and sponged the circles again.

  May we see that up close, please?

Sure, let me zoom it a bit:

The circles overlap giving the out of focus bokeh look!

I cased this layout from one at StampinSavvy.com.  She used a watercolor wash for the background and added long hair to the image of the silhouette. I wanted a masculine silhouette instead so I used our Take Your Pick tool’s pointy end and removed ink from the neckline before stamping so it didn’t have any hair on the neck.  I also increased the arm and leg sizes with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

We still sell the Basic Black marker individually -pg 147, #100082.   I used the black marker to color the edge of the front piece by using the side of the marker- not the tip -to color all around the edge.  The Just Jade base was stamped at the bottom with Versa Mark and the grass stamp in Enjoy Life.

For the inside greeting, I used the black marker once again to color the “to be a” of the Enjoy LIfe greeting stamp – see above in red.  This brought the same font from the front to the inside. Remember – only use the Stampin’ Write Markers to color the back of your stamps, if you use the alcohol Stampin’ Blends they will stain your stamp.

I used the retired Guy Greetings set for the dad, grandpa and Happy Father’s Day words and the Make A Difference stamp set for a nice exclamation point.

And “voila” we are done!

  Not to be a pest, but could we have the recipe?

Of course, it is a great layout that would work with dozens of stamps.

Recipe

  • Base:  Just Jade  8 1/2 X 5 1/2  scored at 4 1/4
  • First Layer:  DSP (designer series paper) Forever Greenery 5 1/2 X 1 3/4
  • Top Layer: Whisper White 3 X 4 1/4 sponged with Mint Macaron- bokeh technique
  • Inside Layer: Whisper White 4 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Strip: DSP Forever Greenery 1/2 X 5 1/4
  • Stamp Sets:  A Good Man, Enjoy Life, Guy Greetings, Summer Days for the tiny butterflies, Make A Difference for the explanation mark
  • Ink: Mint Macaron, Tuxedo Memento Black, Versa Mark
  • Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker
  • 61/2 Black Twine to wrap DSP and 2 1/2 to tie knot
  • Three black jewels for corner

Thank you for stopping by and visiting!  I hope you have learned something and will come back.  Next week I will post a card with the Summer Days stamp set.  If you add your email address at the top right of the page, you will receive an email each time I post.  Leaving a comment lets me know there is someone out there and I am not just talking to Sal and myself!  I love hearing from you.

Hostess Code for June:  2KNDJXFN  Use this code if your order is under $150 and our monthly hostess will get the hostess rewards so no free dollars are left unused.  If your order is over $150 you will have earned the hostess rewards.   You will get a little thank you gift from me for any order outside of club! Club members have the special reward of receiving card kits so contact me if you are interested in being a part of a club:    303-815-0838 or stampalosopher@gmail.com.

If you are part of club and my faithful followers – THANK YOU for your support.  If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would love to earn your business!

SAL, Sharing A Love of the wonderful Dads in my life

Karen

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Grace’s Garden & Garden Gateway Dies with Catalog Launch

Hello Stamping Friends,  (Click on the title to go to the full blog if you are viewing this on your mobile device)

(June hostess code:  2KNDJXFN  Use this code if your order is under $150.)

Thank you to those who joined me on Facebook for the catalog launch!  It was comforting to see your comments and know you were there ‘cheering me on’ so to speak as I tried something new.

I will do it again this Saturday, June 13, at 9:30 and hopefully improve the presentation.

Here is the link:  http://facebook.com/stampalosopher

The card I demonstrated is a bridge fold card using Grace’s Garden Stamp Set and Garden Gateway dies.

I used the Forever Greenery DSP (designer series paper) for the background.  I thought the ferns looked like evergreen trees and made a great background.  Remember that movie ‘Secret Garden’ where the children find the gate to a beautiful garden?

Here is the card with a large evergreen tree and then the card with a small evergreen tree (fern).

  

Do you feel like you are in a forest?

I put the greeting on the back.

And more flowers and a sun in the middle of the front.

I taught a little bit about using the Stamparatus to save time by mounting three of the stamps on the plate and then moving the plate down two counts on the hinge and stamping again.  The stamps I only wanted to stamp once, the bird, kitty cat and little flower were on the second plate and the gate and lupines on a third plate. I used three plates instead of 9 blocks when you count the greeting on the back!!

I stamped everything with Memento Tuxedo ink and then colored with Stampin’ Blends, except for the edging on the arch which I used a black Stampin’ Marker to color the edge so the arch looked very much like the gate and not so stark white.  I just held the marker so I could rub the edge of the arch on the side of the marker, similar to sponging.  Compare the arch on the first card without the edges colored to the arch on the second card with the coloring.  Huge difference – yes? Little details like that make us artists not just crafters.

Grace’s Garden Stamp Set & Garden Gateway Dies Bridge Card Recipe

Base: Mint Macaron 8 X 4 1/4

Score the base at: 1 1/4,  2 1/2,  5 1/2, 6 3/4

Bridge Strip: Mint Macaron 5 1/2 X  1/2

Back for greeting: Whisper White 4 x 2 7/8

Front Garden Back: DSP 4 X 2 7/8

Sides and front: DSP Make 4- 4 X 1 1/8

Thick Whisper White for arch:   3 X 4 1/4, die cut with Garden Gateway Dies

Sun: 1″ punch of Daffodil Delight scrap, sponge the edge

Vines at corners: Mint Macaron 2 1/2 X 2 , die cut with Garden Gateway Dies

Cardstock for Stamped Images: Whisper White 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 make 2

Stamp two of each of the 3 flower images, die cut with Garden Gateway Dies

Stamp two fence posts and two rose vines, die cut with Garden Gateway Dies

Stamp one gate, one cat, one bird, die cut with Garden Gateway Dies

Note:  5 X 7 1/4 magnet sheet to hold the dies in place in your plastic pouch

Stampin’ Blends Coloring

Arch, Gate and Posts:  Light Smoky Slate; also used the black Stampin’ Marker to color the edge of the arch.

Note:  I colored with the Stampin’ Marker on the edge because the Stampin’ Blends will bleed.

Grass: Dk Old Olive

Lupine: Dk Highland Heather and Dk Granny Apple Green

Smallest flowers:  Lt Mango Melody and Dk Granny Apple Green

Medium flowers:  Lt Daffodil Delight, Lt Old Olive and a touch of Dk Mango melody in the center

Large hollyhock flowers: Dk  Night of Navy and Lt Call Me Clover

Rose vine:  Dk Real Red and Dk Shaded Spruce

Bird:  Dk Daffodil Delight

Kitty Cat:  Dk and Lt Pumpkin Pie

Remember to add a Lt Smoky Slate shadow below the cat and flowers on your back greeting

We made two other projects together – the In Color Sampler sheet and the In Color bookmark.  It is tradition you know!

Bookmark Recipe

Base:  Cinnamon Cider  6 X 2 (minus a hair) Punch with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

Layer:  Just Jade  5 3/8 X 1 3/4  Corner round the top with the Detailed Trio Punch

Medallions:  Many Medallions Dies in 1 X 5 1/2 strip Magenta Madness, 1/2 X 5 1/2 Misty Moonlight and Bumblebee.

Ribbon:  4″ of Faux Suede and Bumblebee Gingham; 6″ of Linen Thread

Magnet Insert for Medallion Dies 6 1/2 X 6 1/4

Order Color Sampler Sheets

I will make you color sampler sheets for $1 per sheet.  There are 12 total sheets:

  1. Basics Collection
  2. Brights Collection
  3. Neutrals Collection
  4. Regals Collection
  5. Subtles Collection
  6. In Color Collection 2019-2021
  7. In Color Collection 2020-2022
  8. Orange & Yellow comparison sheet
  9. Purple & Brown comparison sheet
  10. Red & Pink comparison sheet
  11. Green comparison sheet
  12. Blues & gray comparison sheet

Text your order to 303-815-0838 or email stampalosopher@gmail.com. You can pay through Paypal.

See you soon!

SAL,  Sharing A Lot

Karen

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