Happy Birthday To You For Sale A Bration’s Last Day

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code for the next couple of weeks:  RH4REUGF

The party’s over now….. (almost)

It’s time to call it a day…..(until next year)

They’ve sold out my pretty products…. (not quite all)

And taken my stamps away…………..( at midnight tonight)

Aren’t we cheerful this morning…..sheesh…. the new catalog is only two months away…

I know, Sal, but Sale A Bration is my absolute favorite time of the year and today is the last day to order and earn something free! It is so fun to see stampers excited about getting something they love for free!

Today we will focus on a set I passed over in my first order, the Happy Birthday To You set.

I saw a card on Tina Wardell’s blog:  tinascraftyinkspot.com and had a new appreciation for the beautiful flowers.  I had focused on the cake and thought it was more of a wedding cake than a birthday cake – and it would work well for a wedding- but when you use only the flowers for the outside of the card it is stunning as a birthday card.  Here is Tina’s video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqctK_KjjG8

The card has the birthday cake popped up on the inside with beautiful flowers on the outside.  I changed a few things to suit my liking.  I used matching colors for the base and the flowers and then used the little dots in the same stamp set and versa mark to decorate the edge of the base.

The inside has the cake popping up!  I used our Pearlized Doilies (#146936) for the base of the cake.   You can’t see it here, but the cake actually has a matching cake mirrored image on its other side. The pop up technique and making a mirror image of the cake are both in Tina’s video.  Our Silicone Craft Sheet (#127853) works beautifully to stamp the image -twice (a stamparatus is a must) and then place your white cardstock on the silicone sheet and rub-rub-rub.

Recipe

  • Card Base:  Rich Razzleberry  5 1/2 X  8 1/2  Scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer:  Daffodil Delight  3 1/4 X 4 5/8
  • Top:   Whisper White  3 1/4 X 4 1/2  Cut to 4 3/8 X 3 with Rectangle Stitched Framelit
  • Cakes & Flowers:  Make 3;  Whisper White 3 X 4 1/4
  • Pop Up Strips:  Make 2;   1/4 X 2 1/2 scored at 1/4″ on only one end
  • Leaves:  Old Olive  2 1/4 X 5 1/2, make six leaves-the framelit makes two at a time, sponge edges
  • Sprigs:  Daffodil Delight  2 X 2, make two sprigs-the framelit makes two at a time
  • One Pearlized Doily
  • Three sequins
  • Inside Greeting:  Whisper White  2 3/4 X 2, stamp and then punch with Pretty Label Punch
  • Border for Greeting:  Daffodil Delight  2 3/4 X 2, Punch with Pretty Label Punch, cut in half to mount behind the greeting.
  • Stampin’ Blends:  Lt & Dk Rich Razzleberry, Dk Daffodil Delight, Lt & Dk Old Olive, Lt Balmy Blue-cake shadows, Dk Smoky Slate-cake base
  • Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Versa Mark
  • Birthday Dies

To make our time at club more efficient,  I made card kits with the Rich Razzleberry/Daffodil Delight, Real Red/Black, Bermuda Bay/Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo/Highland Heather.  There was a lot of coloring on the flower images so I chose colors based on the Stampin’ Blends that I have.  It worked really well and stampers could all be coloring at the same time.  Check out their beautiful creations:

 

 

Wendy chose to do red and black and Jo made the flirty flamingo and purple:

    

Havi made the Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight:

   

Thank you for sharing your cards, ladies!  They are all beautiful.  Which is your favorite?

I think I like the red roses best, but I really like pink with the purple, but blue is …. hmmm undecided! 

While you can still get free products, it is a great time to stock up on your papers and inks and glue and glue dots and especially those retiring In Colors:

The ink refills always sell out first followed by the ink pads and paper.

How are you doing with your time away from social life?  May I offer a diversion?

There are several kits in the catalog that would be great to wile-a-way the hours:

From the annual catalog pages 200-203:

From the Mini Catalog Page 59-60:

The catalog just doesn’t do justice to these kits.  The cards turn out so nice and the envelopes are like icing on a cake!

Paper Pumpkin sent out a sneak peak video for the month of April.  Considering what we are going through with this coronavirus pandemic it is a great time to send notes to your family and friends:  Click on this image for a short ad:

What is nice about Paper Pumpkin is the ability to suspend shipments until the months you want them.  For example, last year I bought the 3-month subscription during Sale A Bration to get a free product but suspended the kits from shipping until September, October and November so I would have holiday cards.

I will take a paper inventory this afternoon to see if I need to stock any papers, especially the retiring In Colors.  Here is a pdf and Excel file for the inventory sheet I use:

Color Inventory Chart 19-20 Excel File

Color Inventory Chart 19-20  PDF File

Hostess code for the next couple of weeks:  RH4REUGF

Please take care to be very very safe and take some time to craft!

SAL,  Sad And Lonely – NOT  I have stamps!

Karen

PS- No calendar with events for April and May.  I am expecting our first clubs will resume in June.  (Yay-new catalog!)

 

 

Sending Flowers Dies meets Fable Friends

Hello Stamping friends,

Hostess Code:  RH4REUGF

We have nine additional items you can earn for the last week of Sale A Bration.  Those will be at the end of this post but first let’s look at the fun cards you can make with the Sending Flowers Dies that are only available through March 31.

I used these dies for a valentine card which you can see by clicking HERE.

I designed a ‘Happy Spring’ card and a card with an Easter greeting:

   

 

The “Happy Spring”, “Easter Greetings”, mama goose with babies and the grass stamp are all in the Fable Friends stamp set in the annual catalog.

  

The lamb with the puff paint is a retired set called “Easter Lamb”.  It has just the one stamp in the set.

The cross is from the ‘Cross of Hope’ die set and cut from a piece of wood-tone paper in the Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper(DSP).  Samples of this paper are also in the 6 X 6 paper stack you receive if you join Stampin’ Up! during Sale A Bration. I cut off the flower from the Sending Flowers die that was right in front of the cross and put that flower in the inside of the card.

The little butterfly on the Easter Card is from the “Enjoy Life” stamp set (annual catalog) and stamped in Calypso Coral.

The inside greeting, ‘today is a day for new beginnings’, is from our Sale A Bration ‘Power of Hope’ stamp set. With a $100 purchase you earn this set and the Stone 3D embossing folder.

We have less than a week, just until March 31, to earn Sale A Bration products or to purchase the coordinating products that include the Sending Flowers Die set.  I will show all the products further on in the post.

Recipe:

  • Base:  Thick Whisper White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Top:    Thick Whisper White, 4 1/8 X 5 3/8
  • Characters:  Regular Whisper White, Depending on your choice of character, the goose can lay sideways above the goslings so a 4 X 2 piece should work or use up some of your scraps
  • Embellishments:  7″ of ribbon and seven little pearls colored to match the flower with Stampin’ Blends.

Are you sure you didn’t miss something?  Your cards hardly ever have that few pieces.  

By using our thick Whisper White we don’t necessarily need another layer in the inside and the ‘Sending Flowers’ die gives incredible dimension to the front so we don’t need more layers.  Probably a good thing I did this card with my club because the second card we did had 13 pieces!

Did you post that card already?

Not yet, Sal, but hopefully this week since it uses the Happy Birthday Sale A Bration set which has amazing flowers.  But I regress.  Let’s look at the steps for this card.

  1. Make cloud masks, a 3 1/4″ circle mask with your circle dies, and use sticky notes to mask the top of the base and the top of the inside as you sponge each section.  I fussy cut a cloud mask around the Happy Spring, Easter greetings, and inside greeting and used the Up and Away thinlets set (in the clearance rack) which has several cloud shapes to cut out.  If you don’t like the idea of fussy cutting your own, there are several dies in the catalog that could be modified to look like clouds.  For example ‘Lakeside’ dies have a die for a lily pad that could be a cloud.
  2. Cut out the cross if you are making the Easter card.
  3. Cut out your front flower circle with the ‘Sending Flowers’ Die.  You need this piece to position your clouds in the background.
  4. Lay your base open flat, mask the back side of the card, and mark 2 1/2″ on your grid sheet to guide you where to sponge the blue and green.  I used Balmy Blue and Granny Apple Green and our Sponge Brayers (#141714).  The brayers come in a pack with two handles and four sponges for $8.  They are so much easier to use than the rubber brayers and they give a nice consistent look.  Lay the cutout flowers over top of the front just to position your clouds and the cross then set that piece and the cross piece aside and sponge the base front.
  5. Remove the cloud masks and without reinking the brayer, lightly sponge over the sky to soften the white of the clouds.
  6.   
  7. Likewise, do the inside of the card:
    1. by first stamping the greeting and then masking the greeting with a cloud shape and adding other cloud shape masks as desired and masking off the other side of the inside of the card.
    2. sponge the blue sky and the green grass.  Remove the masks and do a light sponge over the clouds.
  8. Now you have the idea so let’s sponge the top flower cut out piece. Mask it with circle cutouts covering only the flowers.  I had to use two circle masks since my die was just a little bit small.  Stamp the greeting and mask it with a cloud mask and add other clouds as desired then sponge.
  9.  
  10. I purchased the gina K Masking Magic sheets from Amazon.
  11. Using Granny Apple Green and the grass stamp from Fable Friends, stamp little grass clumps on the inside, the front, and the area that will show behind the circle.
  12. Use Stampin Blends and color your flowers:
    1. Dk Pineapple Punch
    2. Lt Highland Heather
    3. Lt Calypso Coral
    4. Leave two tulips white
    5. Leaves of the tulips- Dk Granny Apple Green
    6. Leaves of the other flowers – Lt Granny Apple Green
  13. Using the same colors of Stampin’ Blends, color your Pearl Basic Jewels and add to the centers of the five petaled flowers.  Stampin’ Blends are alcohol so they won’t rub off the pearls.  Regular markers do rub off and we have used Sharpies in the past when we colored rhinestones or pearls- yay for matching colors in our own Stampin’ Blends!
  14. Stamp your characters in Memento Black so you can color them with Stampin’ Blends or apply puff paint.  Fussy cut them out and mount with glue dots.
  15. Place foam adhesive strips on the back of the front piece and a few dimensionals around the sides of the circle and attach.

but there is ribbon and a butterfly? 

Good catch, Sal!  The ribbon knot is tied around the front before the adhesive strips are added and the little butterfly is stamped on the front in Calypso Coral before the adhesive strips are added.  Whether you want these are not depends on the character you use.  The goose stands up so tall that the ribbon wouldn’t work, and the card might get a bit busy if you add a butterfly with all the little goslings.  Personal preference.

I stamped the ‘Happy Spring’ with Highland Heather but decided it was a little too light so I stamped Easter Greetings on a separate scrap of Whisper White in Gorgeous Grape and fussy cut it to look like a cloud.  I used glue dots to adhere it since I didn’t want it popped up too much and glue dots are just a slight pop up and a bit more than using snail or liquid glue.

I cut a few extra ‘Sending Flowers’ cut outs so the club members could cut off a flower or two or three to put on the insides of their cards and their cards looked awesome.   I just used the one flower I cut off the front so you could see the cross better to put on the inside.

The puff paint was in the Holiday Catalog, is it carrying over?

Unfortunately, it is not.  But many things are carrying over and are available now.  Other items, like the moose punch and stamp set, will be in next year’s Holiday Catalog.  Take a look at what carried over in case you missed it:

  

Can I have a drum roll?

  Sure……da da da da..

There are nine new items that Stampin’ Up! is offering as free Sale A Bration items with a $50 or $100 order:

NOTE:  You must use the item numbers shown here when entering them on the system.

And the Sending Flower’s die set is only available until March 31.

And if you want the best deal ever think about joining the team.  You would receive a mini cutter and a pack of 6X6 paper – samples from the mini catalog- and a stamp set of your choice.  All this and $125 of any other products for only $99.  All future orders from you as a demonstrator will be discounted at least 20% which here in Castle Rock, CO, covers the shipping and the tax and a little left over profit.  Click on the join button in the top tabs.

Hostess Code:  RH4REUGF

SAL,  Send A Lot of flowers on a card

Karen

PS  There are no new events on the calendar since we are all staying at home until this coronavirus threat passes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shrinky Dink Lady Bug & Thoughtful Blooms

Hello Stamping Friends,

This week’s card is one of those cards that will make you smile many times as you make it!  You do make the cards I post, right?

   Or they can just smile as they look at yours!

That’s true, Sal!  I love to go shopping and smile at people and see if I get a smile back.  I tell Paul I am collecting smiles!  So hopefully today’s card will bring a smile to your day.

I made a shrinky dink ladybug with the Little Ladybug stamp set.   This set is free through the end of March with a $300 party/order.  All our hostess’ this quarter have been able to earn the stamp set.  We are starting a new rotation of clubs if you would like to be part of a club and earn hostess rewards like this.

To make a shrinky dink ladybug:

  1. Stamp the Little Ladybugs on clear shrinky dink paper with Staz On ink
  2. Cut them out with the coordinating framelits (#153588- available until March 31)
  3. Color the back with alcohol markers; use Light Real Red Stampin’ Blend as the color will darken as it heats
  4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  5. Put them on the cookie sheet and in the oven colored side up for two to three minutes, they will curl then lay flat
  6. Leave them in an extra 30 seconds after they lay flat
  7. Remove from oven and flatten them with an acrylic block

You must use Staz On ink and alcohol markers.  In the past we used permanent ink Sharpies but now we have a whole plethora of our own alcohol markers.

Now that you have a tiny ladybug, let’s give her some flowers with the Thoughtful Blooms Sale A Bration stamp set, free with a $50 order.

It might help if we could see a picture of the card.

Imagine that!  But I wanted to have you look at that stamp set first.  See those four green leaves going in all directions?  That is one stamp set and it becomes the center point for building the rest of the bouquet.  I thought it was four different stamps that I would have to mount, but not so.  I stamped the leaves in Garden Green and then stamped three little sprigs between the green leaves in Pear Pizzaz and then stamped those little dots at the top of the sprigs in orange.  The dots are also just one stamp that fits perfectly on the sprig and since the set is photopolymer you can see to line the dots up nicely.  I stamped little yellow flowers at the top of the blank green stems and dotted the middle with a black marker.   I stamped a large flower in Rich Razzleberry and punched it out then added Wink of Stella, mounted it with dimensionals in the very middle and put a yellow Happiness Blooms Enamel Dot in the center.  A few copper sequins added a bit more sparkle (and covered a smudge)!

Here’s a different ladybug:

Those flowers are cool but the little ladybugs steal the show!

That makes me smile.  The Happy Birthday is in the Little Ladybug set and the trellis border is in Thoughtful Blooms. I stamped the HB in Rich Razzleberry and the trellis in Soft Suede.

Check out another version with large orange flowers and using the teeny tiny centers from the stamp set:

Whoever designed this set thought of everything!

It is a cool set and there is a matching punch for the large flower you can earn free with a $100 order.

For the inside I used another of the Sale A Bration sets free with a $50 order:

   The ladybugs steal the show again!

It looks like the first one is saying to the others:  “Look at me, I can stand on one leg!”   The third one gets tricky and says “Look at me, I can roll over!”

Have you smiled, yet?  Here is the large orange flower:

Which do you like better- the small yellow flowers or the large orange flowers?  A flying shrinky dink ladybug or a sitting shrinky dink ladybug?

The framelits for cutting out the ladybugs are available only through the end of March along with several other framelits that coordinate with the mini and SAB catalogs:

 

 

 

Next week I will have two cards using the Sending Flowers Dies from these coordinating framelits to make a spring and Easter card.

  Things are selling out.  The Happy Birthday dies are already gone.  Better show them your cards in case they want to order the Sending Flowers Dies now.  

It seems that will spoil the surprise for my club tomorrow, but you are right, Sal, these could sell out soon.  Let me give the dimensions to the ladybug card first.  Notice that I didn’t use the standard layers. I have smaller layers and more of them than normal:

  • Base:  Blackberry Bliss, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • First Layer:  Crushed Curry, 3 3/8 X 4 5/8
  • Second Layer:  Blackberry Bliss, 3 1/4 X 4 1/2
  • Top Layer:  Whisper White, 3 X 4 1/4
  • Inside:  Whisper White, 3 3/8 X 4 5/8
  • Shrinky Dink Sheet:  2 X 2
  • Center Blossom:  Whisper White, 1 X 1
  • Embellished with 3 copper sequins and one Happiness Blooms Yellow Enamel Dot
  • Inks:  Soft Suede for the trellis, Rich Razzleberry, Garden Green, Pear Pizzaz, Grapefruit Grove, Crushed Curry

So next week come back and check out the details on the spring and Easter cards below plus a Happy Birthday pop up card.

Order the Sending Flowers Dies  # 153589 to make these:

            

SAL,   Smile A Lot

Karen

Click on Sal in the computer to go to the online store.  Hostess Code through Saturday:  K2YHG6BG

 

 

 

 

Sending Flowers Dies & Sale A Bration New Products Release Today

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code for Wednesday, March 11:  TAAMWPTR

Hostess Code for Saturday, March 14:  K2YHG6BG

Today, March 3, is the start of the ordering period for the new Sale A Bration Products free with a $50 or $100 order.

Click on the image for a pdf of the new brochure.  Previous Sale A Bration items are listed in the last pages of the brochure.

I’m confused. Isn’t Sale A Bration over at the end of March?

Tradition, Sal, tradition.  We want to keep the fun of the event going by offering more products as we have done in past years.  One year they even added additional products the last week of Sale A Bration.  Who knows?  I will keep you posted.

My favorite is this Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Click on the image to view a Youtube video:

 

  

Click on either image to see a Youtube video demonstrating this product and then click on the vellum image to meet Holly and see the paper she developed in vellum:

  

Wow!  Holly was really over the top excited about that vellum!

Yes, she is and she is so fun!  That is the last product video but there are two other products:

 

 

  And you made lots of examples to show us, right? 

Thankfully, the videos have several examples and in two days Pinterest will be buzzing with all the new cards.

I do have one card to show you using the Sale A Bration ‘Sending You Thoughts’ free stamp set and its coordinating ‘Sending Flowers Dies’.

But that stamp set doesn’t have any flowers to cut out?!

No, but the dies have two labels which fit some of the greetings perfectly, one label is scalloped and one label has polka dots for all my polka dot loving stampers.  Take a look see:

  

The background paper is a foil paper in the ‘From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper’ (DSP) in the mini catalog.  The picture doesn’t do the foil justice.

Instructions

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

Layer 1:  DSP (Designer Series Paper)  4 X 4

Top Layer:  Thick Whisper White  4 1/8  X  5 3/8;  Place the die 3/8″ up from bottom

Greeting:  Whisper White strip  3/8 X 2 3/4

Backing for greeting and inside strip on bottom:  DSP  3 3/4 X 2

Ribbon:  6″

This is such a great set of greetings, and it is free with a $50 order.  My last post showed a get well card with this stamp set and a happy birthday card.

If you make a graduation card and thank you card, you will have used every stamp in the set!

Yes indeed, which makes it a nice set of greetings to add to the collection!

Hostess Code for Wednesday, March 11:  TAAMWPTR

Hostess Code for Saturday, March 14:  K2YHG6BG

Use a hostess code if your order is under $150.  At $150 you will earn the hostess benefits yourself!

This month is the last month of our annual club rotations so contact me if you are interested in joining for next year.  Each member gets to be the hostess once during the year and earn free products.

Thanks for stopping by!  If you don’t have a demonstrator I would love to earn your business.  Click on Sal to go to the store. Click on the calendar to check out upcoming events.

SAL,  Springs A Lurking –somewhere

Karen

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Sending You Thoughts’ and Kerchief Card Kit in Sale A Bration free products

Hello Stamping Friends,

February Host Code:  FPRJEPZJ

The sun has returned in our beautiful Colorado after a very- windy -snowy- day yesterday!  The clouds cleared and it was below zero last night but today looks to be gorgeous.  I hope you are getting some sunshine.  If not, better double up on those D vitamins!  Even our little Ruger seeks out the sunshine!

  What he really wants is a nice long walk outdoors!  

That is for sure!  If we don’t start walking soon we will both just be waddling!

Let’s move on to the Sale A Bration products I have to show you today.  First is the Kerchief Card Kit which many of you earned free with a $50 purchase.  It was one of my first selections.  The kit has preprinted greetings but you can change them up as I have done here.  The kit version without changes is on the left.  I turned over the label that was in the kit and stamped it with a greeting from ‘Flourishing Phrases’, sponged the edge with Poppy Parade and added Terracotta Tile Faceted Dots.  Aren’t the matching envelopes great?

  

For the Balmy Blue version I used the same ‘Flourishing Phrases’ greeting, cut a label from the Retired Lily Framelits Dies, sponged the edge in Balmy Blue and added a Noble Peacock Blue Rhinestone.  The Pretty Label punch works well for the greeting and is still available.

If you like kits I encourage you to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin.  In March we celebrate 7 years of Paper Pumpkin and subscribers will receive a free stamp set in the kit so you will get two stamp sets.  Click on the image to go to the Paper Pumpkin site or go to online ordering where you can purchase a prepaid subscription along with other products and get free Sale A Bration products.

   

And how far away is spring?

March 20th is the first day of spring, Sal, so 24 days; but remember March is generally one of Colorado’s snowiest months so get ready to build more snowmen.  My grandsons were here with Amber and building a snowman:

       

  Grab him quick!  He is eating yellow snow!

Too late!  Let’s look at the ‘Sending You Thoughts’ free Sale A Bration set and how I used it to make a get well card and a birthday card.  The greeting “Another sensational year of you” is in the ‘Sending You Thoughts’ stamp set.  The base is Grapefruit Grove with a layer of Tufted 3D embossing on Whisper White and a bottom layer of the retired Gingham DSP.   The flowers and vase are from the ‘Vibrant Vases’ stamp set and stamped on Whisper White then cut with the Pretty Label punch,  The edge of the label is sponged and then popped up on a doily.  Rhinestones were added to the birthday card and Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots are added to the get well card with a tiny little bow for each from twine that was in the Clearance Rack.

I am sad to have to send a get well card but delighted with the greetings in this set.  Take a look:

  • Base – Grapefruit Grove, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Gingham Layer – Grapefruit Grove Gingham DSP, 1 3/4 X 5 1/4
  • Tufted Layer – Whisper White 2 1/4 X 5 1/4 embossed with 3D Embossing Folder
  • Inside Layer – Whisper White 5 1/4 X 4
  • Strips for under the ribbon and inside – make 3 – 3/4 X 5 1/4 – use the backside for contrast on one
  • Pretty Label Punch – Whisper White 3 X 2

Stamp the vase in Memento black ink, mask the vase, then stamp the flowers.  Vibrant Vases is a fun stamp set that has two step stamping so you can stamp the main images and then use a second stamp to color each image.  I used Grapefruit Grove for the coloring of the vase and flowers and Call Me Clover for the leaves.  I sponged a little light grey at the base of the vase with a make up brush, a Q-tip would work nicely, too.

  I wonder what it would look like with lots of different colored flowers and flowery DSP?

Lovely, I am sure, but I generally lean toward the monochromatic look.  That is one reason I love Stampin’ Up!  We have ribbons and bling that match our beautiful papers and Designer Series Papers to match our base colors.

Check this out in the Clearance Rack!  Who wouldn’t want 24 precut tags for only $2!  Click to go to the store:

February Host Code:  FPRJEPZJ

Have a blessed day!

SAL,  Spring’s A Lurking (just around the corner)

Karen

 

 

 

Silhouette Scenes & Heart Foil Tin Brownies

Hello Stamping Friends,

February hostess code:  FPRJEPZJ

How was your Valentines Day?

Mine was phenomenal!  My grandsons gave me chocolates and a card and flowers via their folks and Paul brought home chocolates and had my favorite flowers delivered – carnations!  I was very spoiled and loved every minute!

I made Paul a card similar to the one on page 132 of the annual catalog.

I changed it up a bit by using the rectangle stitched framelits and a Blueberry Bushel layer on a Balmy Blue card base.  I attached a double sided adhesive sheet on the back of White Velvet Sheets (retired), cut out the ‘forever’  using the Sweet Silhouettes Dies and adhered it to a piece of Bluberry Bushel.  I cut around the word to make a nice background.  Lately, I have been seeing a lot of words embossed in white embossing powder on black paper and then cut out around the words.  I liked that look so I imitated it here.

Measurements:

Base:  Balmy Blue  5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4

Layer 1:  Blueberry Bushel  4 1/8  X 5 3/8  (make 2-one for the inside)

Layer 2:  See A Silhouette Designer Series Paper  4 X 5 1/4

Together Greeting:  Balmy Blue  2 X 1 1/2 cut with Rectangle Stitched Framelit to 1 11/16 X 1 3/16

Silhouette :  Whisper White 3 3/4 X 2 1/4 cut with Rectangle Stitched Framelit to 3 9/16 X 2 3/16

Forever:  White Velvet DSP 3 1/2  X 1 1/2

Background of Forever:  Blueberry Bushel 3 1/2 X 1 1/2

For the inside I printed a poem I wrote on Whisper White cardstock and cut it to 7 3/4 X 5 1/4 scored at 3 15/16 (one hair less than 4 inches) and glued just the right side to a Blueberry Bushel layer.

Love Poem to Paul 2

And for my family and special neighbors I made brownies in the Heart Foil Tins ( page 9 of the mini catalog).

One brownie mix made all 10!  I washed the tins really well and sprayed them with PAM no stick spray then cooked them at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. (18 minutes would have been better)

The tins have high-dome lids so you can decorate them as you wish.  I used the German Chocolate Coconut Pecan Icing.

For the lid I used several of those fun supplies from the suite on page 9 of the mini.  I layered:

  •  A Heart Doily (stamped on the back-see below)
  • A punched out scallop from the From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper using the Heart Punch Pack
  • A punched straight edge heart from the same DSP using the Heart Punch Pack
  • A retired pink heart jewel

A little red bow at the front completed the project.  I put two glue dots on the inside of the lid to hold it on better.

   

On the back of the doilies I stamped Happy Valentines Day from the retired ‘Valentine Love’ stamp set and used three glue dots to adhere the whole set of hearts to the lid.  The lid is clear so the greeting shows through when they open up their goody.

   

If you don’t have food in the tin you can punch another heart for inside the lid.   Also, the heart doilies fit perfectly in the bottom of the tin for further bling.  The heart tins wash up to use again.

   What’s the point of posting valentines after the day has come and gone?

Ahh Sal, love is in the air everywhere and with anniversaries and birthdays we can change up the greetings and delight someone’s heart any time of year!

If you haven’t met your neighbors, try making a batch of brownies in heart tins with great big hello greetings and take them around as you introduce yourself.

SAL,  Send A Love gift

Karen

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Rustic Retreat Waterfall Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

February hostess code:  FPRJEPZJ

The card I am demonstrating today is not hard- just a bit hard to explain.  I will use many pictures to help you see the process since I have yet to take on the challenge of Youtube videos.

      You just can’t find a way to animate me!

And a way to stabilize the camera and the time to learn to edit!  Ah well…..  It is good to have a goal.

This card will show you how you can think ‘outside the box’ to create stamped images of just pieces of a stamp.  We are familiar with coloring on the back of our stamps to use only what we want but this card has the greeting stamped and then cut.  Side-note: when you do color the back of your stamps, be sure and use the regular markers to color the stamps not the Stampin’ Blends as Stampin Blends will stain your stamps.

  

   

On page 49 of the 2019-20 annual catalog are the two stamp sets I used for this card, Rustic Retreat and Peaceful Place:

   

    Wait, Rustic Retreat shows only 11 stamps and its greeting doesn’t have wood at the edges like your pictures.

Patience, there is a way!

I used the Garden Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) and Garden Green card stock layer on a Thick Whisper White Base.  I have pictures of two different colors from the DSP.  I made two cards and didn’t realize I hadn’t taken the main pictures of the one I mailed, but “serendipity” – you get to see two versions!

So let’s look at the waterfall:

  

Base:  Thick Whisper White,  5 1/2 X 8 1/2  scored at 4 1/4

First Layer:  Garden Green, 5 3/8 X 4 1/8

Designer Series Paper (DSP) Layer:   Garden Lane, 5 1/8 X 3 7/8

Waterfall Strip:  Regular Whisper White, 2* X 9 1/4 scored at 2″, 2 3/4″, 3 1/2″, 4 1/4″ (Basically, 3/4″ intervals); *I cut the 2″ width just a hair less so no white showed from the edge of the squares if they weren’t cut perfect.  You could also sponge the edge garden green so the white isn’t obvious.

Belt: Garden Green, 4 1/8″ X 1″, punch two small holes 1/2″ from the bottom and 1/2″ from the left and right sides,

Background Squares for waterfall:  Garden Green, make 4,  2″ X 2″

Background Bottom Layer for the “Loved”: Garden Green, 2″ X 3/4″

Top Squares for waterfall:  Whisper White, make 4, 1 3/4″ X 1 3/4″

For the Braver, Stronger, Smarter, Loved banners:  Whisper White, 1 3/4 X 4

Inside Strip Layer: Garden Green, 5/8 X 4 1/8

Inside Strip Top: DSP to match front, 3/8 X 3 7/8

Two brads and a 1/8″ hole punch

4″ of twine

Ink:

  • Thinking Of You – Soft Suede, Garden Green pine boughs
  • Deer-Chocolate Chip (retired) Garden Green trees at each side
  • Bear- Early Espresso, Garden Green pine boughs
  • Squirrel- Basic Gray, Garden Green leaves from the Peaceful Place Stamp Set
  • River Scene –  Memento Black so it can be colored if you like; I added one of the birds from the High Tide set and did color the back of the bird stamp with the Basic Black marker
  • Happy Birthday – Soft Suede
  • Cabin – Memento Black
  • Banners – Soft Suede; stamped, cut apart, then mask just the words and stamp in Soft Suede with the Thinking of You stamp, pictures following

I used the Stamparatus for the Thinking of You and the A.A. Milne quote but mounted the other stamps on acrylic blocks.

We do a lot of cutting and assembling with dies and sometimes stamping is hardly used on our cards.  Not this time!

    Wh…Wh… What!?

Yes, Sal, that was exactly how my club ladies reacted when I showed them all the stamps they would use.  But they seemed to have a really fun time stamping!

    You will know for sure they didn’t when they drop out of club!

It is always a possibility but so far club is just growing so I think it is acceptable to do challenging cards.  But as I said it really isn’t that hard.  Let’s start by taking our waterfall strip and burnishing those score lines nicely.  The folds all go one way so it looks like a candy cane:

Next, adhere all the green 2 x 2 layers to the strip like shingles.  Put your adhesive on the white strip NOT the back of the green since only part of the green is adhered in all but the 2×2 section.

Now turn the strip over and stamp the river scene on the long part.  Remember the candy cane shape? It seems like you are stamping on the wrong side but you aren’t.  Take the ink to the stamp and don’t try and figure out what part is off the edge and not ink that part.  Just ink the whole stamp completely and use grid paper to protect your work space.  (We sell that!)

Use a sticky note to mask the bottom 3/4″ of the strip so that you have a nice white border between each of the pictures.

Also mask the bottom 5/8″ of the 1 3/4″ squares used for the bear and the squirrel to give that nice white border between pictures.  The deer can be stamped without masking since you have three lines of words making the banner bigger to begin with.  (Say that three times fast!)

Stamp each of your 1 3/4 X 1 3/4 white squares per the above details under inks used.  I wanted a little more of the rock and flowers with the squirrel so I stamped the squirrel with his tail practically off the top, then masked him and stamped the rock only on the left side of the squirrel.  Clean your stamp before inking the rock so you don’t get the squirrel’s paws on the left side.

  

    Would you mind showing us the other squares so we don’t have to keep scrolling up and down? 

I can do that!

           

   

Next, stamp the A. A. Milne quote on the Whisper White 1 3/4 X 4 strip in Soft Suede ink.  I used the Stamparatus for this stamp and the Thinking of You stamp so I could restamp each to get a good image. With two Stamparatus plates I put a stamp on each plate.

Now cut each section of the saying.   You will love the Stampin’ Up! cutter for this step, you can tell right where you are cutting.

    

Head back to the Stamparatus and put each of these sayings right where we stamped the ‘Thinking of You’.  Mask the words, remembering the Thinking of You is a bit longer than some of the sayings so your sticky note will be as wide as the word ‘Thinking’ and then ink up the Thinking of You stamp in Soft Suede and stamp your banners.

Use a second sticky note to hold the mask in place since we can’t use a magnet.

 

Voila!  You have banners with wood grain edges!  Glue those at the bottom of your little white squares.

Take the little 2″ X 3/4″ Garden Green piece and mount the ‘Loved’ banner.  Punch two little holes on each side of A. A. Milne and run a piece of twine up from the back and tie a double knot at the front leaving extra length down from the banner.

Glue this piece on the bottom of the river scene.

  Are we done now?

No, Sal, but this is a good place to stop and get some coffee and chocolate!!

The belt on the front is next and it is the critical piece to making the waterfall card work correctly and fit in our standard envelope.

Belt: Garden Green, 4 1/8″ X 1″, punch two small holes 1/2″ from the bottom and 1/2″ from the left and right sides.  Each square on our grid paper is 1/4″ so that is helpful.

Is this a sign of your age that you are repeating yourself?!

Sal, be nice, you’re the one who didn’t want to keep scrolling up and down.

Once you’ve punched the little holes in the belt, adhere the DSP to the Garden Green layer and then position the belt 1″ from the bottom of the belt to the bottom of the Garden Green layer.  Mark through your holes in the belt with a pencil to show where to punch the other layers.

Punch holes through the Garden Green and DSP layers. Be careful here:  add tear and tape to the back of the belt on the 1/2″ width between the hole and the side of the belt for extra stability making sure no adhesive gets between the two holes.   Attach the belt with the brads.

You are ready to attach your waterfall strip!  Place two pieces of tear and tape at the very center of the belt and no longer than the 2″ width of the waterfall strip.

Slide the waterfall strip behind the belt, peel off the backing of the tear and tape, and glue the end of the waterfall strip – the squirrel in our case- on the center of the belt exactly lining up the bottom of the belt with the end of the waterfall strip.

Stamp Happy Birthday on the inside in Soft Suede and the cabin in Memento Black, if you want to color with the blends.   Add the strips at the bottom, stamp your name on the back and you really do have a masterpiece!

So now you know another way to use stamps! I hope you enjoyed the detail and are ready to make your own Rustic Retreat Waterfall Card.

Would you like to join a stamp club to make cards like this?  I will be starting new club rotations in May and would love to have you join us!

February hostess code:  FPRJEPZJ

SAL, Snowing A Little, Sharing A Love

Karen   (text 303-815-0838)

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Heirloom Frames Magnolia Birthday Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

Here in Castle Rock, CO we are getting another snow storm so our lawns should look awesome come spring!  It makes for a wonderful day to create cards if you don’t have to punch a time clock!

At club this past month I actually had a quick and simple birthday card that took less than an hour to make but was stunning.  Take a look:

   

Base:  Petal Pink 4 1/4 X 11 scored at 5 1/2″

Layer:  Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP):  4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″;  Cut an oval from the middle of the DSP (use this cut out to cut in half for the inside).  I used the Oval Stitched Shapes Framelits.

Frame:  Whisper White 5 1/4 X 4 (make 2)  Use the Heirloom Frames Die to cut an oval frame and then emboss the cut out frame with the matching Embossing Folder.  The products come in a set so you get both the dies and the embossing folders in the set and the set includes both an oval frame and a square frame.

Sponge the frame ever so lightly with Petal Pink ink.

Adhere the Magnolia layer to the base after cutting out the oval center and then stamp the sentiment using the Painted Glass stamp set.  By using the Stamparatus you can stamp it and then restamp it to get a nice dark black sentiment.

A magnolia flower with a bud is fussy cut from the DSP being careful to leave a nice edge of black around the flowers.  Use a black marker to enhance the black border if needed. Adhere to the frame with glue dots and adhere to the pink oval with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

The ribbon is 6″ of 5/8″ Organdy Striped Ribbon in Petal Pink.

The inside sentiment is from the stamp set Stitched All Around.

Add a few Pearl Basic Jewels and you are done.

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Thanks for stopping by.

SAL, Snowing A Lot, Sharing A Love

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coordination Products Available Today!

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code = FPRJEPZJ

Today you can buy special coordinating products to go with products you previously purchased or earned with Sale A Bration!

Click here to see a real live demonstration:

 

And your order could qualify you for even more Sale A Bration products.

Contact me if you have questions.  Here is SAL to take you to the online store:

SAL,  Shop A Little, Save A Lot  (Hostess Code = FPRJEPZJ)

Karen

 

 

Dino Days Birthday Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hopefully you are finding time during these windy winter days to have fun with your Sale A Bration products.

I made birthday cards for my grandsons Jaxson -now 3- and Emmitt -now 2!  They are really into dinosaurs.  I preferred the Mickey Mouse days but like my hubby says – they are boys and love to roar like a dinosaur and take dinosaur bites at dinner and attack Grandpa with a roar and a dino toy!  What fun.

So it is Dino Days stamps and Dinoroar Designer Series Paper (DSP) with Dino Dies to cut out the dinosaurs on the DSP.  See page 99 in the annual catalog:

I made a pop up box card and a waterfall card.  The DSP is so ‘Rawrsome’ itself.  It is mounted on a layer of Pretty Peacock and a card base of Balmy Blue.  The pop up box card fits perfectly inside our standard envelopes.

Pop Up Box Card:

We cut out dinosaurs from the DSP and another dino of the same in a matching card stock to glue behind the DSP for strength.  The dinosaurs were mounted on a strip of window sheet to secure them to the box base:

The back of the box lends itself to more stamping and I used the Vertical Greetings (retired) for the Happy Birthday and the Dino Days stamps for the greeting, palm tree, and dino tracks.  I hand drew the mountains.

We cut out several additional dinosaurs and backed them with cardstock to stick in the pockets of the clothes we bought for their birthdays so they had dinosaurs to play since clothes are just not the preferred gift for toddlers.

Measurements:  Click on the blue for all the instructions and examples of different boxes:

Box Card pdf

Waterfall Card:

Waterfall Card pdf

The pdf is from a past waterfall card.  The difference on this one is that I used two layers on top of the base and increased the size of the little panel layers by 1/8″ so I could use a square Stitched Shape Framelit.  I started with a small  square Stitched Shape Framelit with a Pretty Peacock layer but I thought it was too small for the outside so I used it on the inside of the card and switched to a larger square Stitched Shape Framelit and used it to cut the Pretty Peacock layers behind the DSP squares which I just cut to size.  I was able to get more of the dinosaurs on the top layer with a bigger square.

Base:  Balmy Blue  5 1/2 X 8 1/2   scored at 4 1/4

First Layer:  Pretty Peacock 5 3/8 X 4 1/8 (make 2 so you have one for the inside)

Second Layer:  Dinoroar Designer Series Paper (DSP)  5 1/8 X 3 7/8 (make one of whisper white for the inside)

Waterfall Strip:  Whisper White 2 1/8 X 9 1/4;  Scored at 3/4″ intervals, 2 1/8—-2 7/8—3 5/8—4 3/8 (1/8 more than the standard directions), Burnish your score lines well going in one direction so the strip looks like a candy cane.

Front Belt:  1″ X 4 1/4″;  punch a hole for the brad 1/2″ over and 1/2″ up on both sides of the belt.

Peacock Squares layered on the strip like shingles:  (4) 2 1/8 X 2 1/8

Top Squares of DSP:  (4) 1 3/4 X 1 3/4

Ribbon: Pretty Peacock 1/2″ scalloped linen ribbon:  3″   run through a ribbon hole punched at the bottom of the waterfall and then glued together with glue dots.

Adhere the DSP full sized layer to the Peacock front layer – NOT the Balmy Blue Base yet – and then place your belt 1″ from the bottom of the Peacock layer and mark through your belts’ hole punches with a pencil- see above- to punch the two layers for adding the belt with brads.  I added a tiny strip of tear and tape to the back of the belt between the hole and the edge of the belt just to secure it in place and then put the brad through the three layers. Now you can attach the layers to the Balmy Blue Base- I suggest tear and tape for extra strength.

When gluing the Peacock squares, put adhesive on the white 3/4″ sections of the white waterfall strip not on the back of the Peacock squares.  You will attach the TOP only of the Peacock squares to the 3/4″ sections.  Slide the waterfall strip under the belt.  Put tear and tape on the belt just the width of the waterfall (2 1/8″) and attach the bottom 1″ of the waterfall to the belt.

Be careful as you stamp the large section of the belt so that you do not get it on the wrong side of the white waterfall strip.

Placing the belt an inch from the bottom is critical to making the card work. I didn’t read my own directions and just placed it where I liked it.  That is why I have two sets of brads so I could cover up my mistake and place the belt correctly.

We will be doing another waterfall card in club this month so follow my blog to get that post and see another rendition using the Rustic Retreat stamp set. Just add your email at the top right of the blog where it says “subscribe”.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!  Click on SAL in the computer to go to my store.

SAL,  Stamp Away the Long winter days

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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