Father’s Day with Enjoy Life

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

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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

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(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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Annual Catalog Launch on Facebook

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Hello Stamping Friends,

Click on the above link to join me on my facebook page for the annual catalog launch.  June 9, 9:30AM MT

Here’s a sneak peak of the card we will be making:

See you there!

Karen

Hostess code:  2KNDJXFN

 

 

The New Annual Catalog Premiers

Hello Stamping Friends,

(Remember to click on the heading to go to the full blog–videos I post work better there!)

Isn’t it beautiful?!!   The photography is fabulous and when you see some of the DSP – designer series paper – made from live photos you will be amazed!

Ordering began today at noon!  A BIG thank you to those who have already jumped to the task of ordering before anything sells out.   My task was to get catalogs into everyone’s hands.  If you would like one please contact me.  Text: 303-815-0838

We hope to see the new cutting machine by Christmas if all goes well!

I talked to Santa and he knows it is on your list.

Thanks, Sal!

My catalog launch this year is a Facebook Live Event happening twice:

  • Tuesday morning, June 9th, 9:30 AM
  • Saturday morning, June 13th, 9:30 AM

This is the link to my Facebook business page.  If you would like a kit with the projects we will be doing give me a shout out!  The kit is $5 and you will make a card, a bookmark and a color sheet with the new In Colors.  There will be a catalog scavenger hunt with prizes!

What’s your favorite in the catalog? 

That is so hard but I think it “might” be the Peony Garden Suite on page 82. Here’s a video:

Maybe it is just because I have been looking for a peony bush for my yard and they sell out so quick that I haven’t found one.

  Better hurry before this sells out!

But then there is the Bird Bundle on page 120 and you know how I love birds!

No-really?  I couldn’t guess with all the bird pictures and figurines you have everywhere. 

Sarcasm doesn’t look good on you, Sal.

Let’s go away and let our stamping friends enjoy the catalog.

SAL,  Sending A Launch memo

Karen

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Last Day For the Annual Catalog

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June 1-30 hostess code:  2KNDJXFN with Lucille as our first hostess for the one year rotation.

Goodbye Blueberry Bushel…

  Goodbye Call Me Clover…

Goodbye Grapefruit Grove…

Goodbye Lovely Lipstick….

Goodbye Pineapple Punch….

The retiring colors are my favorite ever In Colors!  Well…. maybe until now.  Tomorrow we say hello to Bumblebee and Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight-  beautiful new In Colors that will be in the catalog for two years!

The new catalog is available for ordering starting at NOON tomorrow, June 3; but I mustn’t get ahead of myself.  Many retiring products have sold out but there are oodles left!  Click on the image to check out what’s left:

Catalog Launch

Yes, I am still having a catalog launch with all our traditional fun but this year there will be two Facebook Live events and I need to mail you kits or have you do a porch pickup starting tomorrow.  Club members receive the kits free, to guests it is a $5 fee plus shipping and you can participate from anywhere in the USA.  Just hurry and let me know so I can get the kits in the mail tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 9, Catalog Launch:  9:30 MT  Facebook Live on my Stampalosopher Facebook page.

Saturday, June 13,  Catalog Launch: 9:30 MT  Facebook Live on my Stampalosopher Facebook page.

  Can I come… Can I come…. pleeeeease…

I am working on getting you out of quarantine.  We will see what happens.

The event will be recorded and posted here on the blog and in a YouTube video so you will be able to follow along at anytime – even midnight you dear night owls.

Would you like to update your color sampler sheets or purchase a new set?   I will be preparing the comparison sheets that show all our greens, blues, etc. together on one sheet as well as a sheet for each of the color families.  The catalog launch kit will have the In Color sheet for you with the new In Colors but you can get any of the other sheets for $1 per sheet so just let me know which ones you would like.

 

Have a wonderful day!  You might want to take a nap so you can get up early to see the new catalog online.  I will post it here.  Ordering starts at NOON to give the home office time to change over all the products.

SAL,   So Anxiously Longing (for the new catalog)

Karen

June 1-30 hostess code:  2KNDJXFN with Lucille as our first hostess for the one year rotation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Few of My Favorite Retiring Items

Hello Stamping Friends,

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Hostess code until June 1:  WQVF6WXZ

There are only a few days left – until June 2 – to purchase any of the retiring items.

The best place to see what is left is to go to the ONLINE STORE and click on the link for Last Chance Products:

  

Today I am sharing three cards with several of my favorites that are retiring:

First Card with my favorite- Music From The Heart, page 57 of the Mini Catalog:

  

Dawn Olchefske achieved one million dollars in sales and designed this stamp set as one of her many rewards!

When you reach one million will you design a set with me?  

Of course if Toons4Biz will allow it.

This is Whisper White with a white background and natural light just like I researched would be best for picture taking and now I have a bluish white instead of yellow.

Better go back to the Youtube videos on that one. 

Sigh….

The hearts have Wink of Stella to add some sparkle. I felt like Cinderella with the birds making the bow.

Recipe:

Base:  Basic Black 5 1/2 X 8 1/2  Scored at 4 1/4

Top:  Make 2 – 5 7/16  X 4 3/16  I know, crazy, but I wanted just a little black.  Go to the 5 1/2 mark and move back 1/16 to get 5 7/16.  For 4 3/16, go to 4 1/4 and move back 1/16.  That is easier than counting 16ths.

Piano:  Whisper White 2 1/8 X 2 3/4

Two Keyboard Pieces to layer at the bottom:  3 X 2 1/4, stamp twice and fussy cut. Adhere to bottom and then fussy cut around the bottom inside and out.

6 ” of twine

To cut your white top piece:

  • place a pencil mark from the top right corner over 3/4″ and from the corner down 2 1/4″
  • place two pencil marks from the bottom left corner up 1/4″ and up 1/2″
  • cut diagonally from the 1/4″ mark at the bottom to the 2 1/4″ mark at the top right
  • cut diagonally from the 1/2″ mark at the bottom to the 3/4″ mark at the top right
  • shave off 1/16″ on each side of the middle piece

We need a visual for that. 

Okay, let me grab the sketch book.

Once they are cut remember to cut off just 1/16″ from each side of the middle piece so you have the black showing.

Second Card with two Favorites:  Beautiful You on page 114 of the Annual Catalog and Special Celebrations:

I have used a stamp from this set on so many different cards.  Today I used it on a graduation card that I am casing from Sharon Armstrong.

   

The Congratulations is from the retiring Special Celebrations set:

Recipe:

Base:  Gorgeous Grape 8 1/2  X 5 1/2  Scored at 4 1/4

Layer 1:  Smoky Slate 3 3/8 X 4 5/8

Layer 2:  Gorgeous Grape 3 1/4 X 4 1/2

Top Layer Outside and Inside:  Whisper White 3 X 4 1/4  – make 2

Inside Layer:  Smoky Slate 3 3/8 X 4 5/8

Cap:  Gorgeous Grape 1/2″ square

Diploma:  Copy Paper  1/2″ X 5/8″ rolled up and tied with a double wrap of 2″ of colored twine

Tassle:  8″ colored with the Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend

  • wrap twine 4 times around 1″ of cardstock
  • cut the bottom ends and remove from cardstock
  • slip the top ends on the end of your Take Your Pick tool
  • tie another short piece of twine twice around 1/4″ from the top
  • Use a glue dot to adhere the top to the middle of the cap
  • punch a 1/16″ circle from Gorgeous Grape and put on top of the tassle

I used the Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend to color the dress and create sleeves then used a black journaler pen to color the edges of the sleeves.  Ivory Stampin’ Blend was used for the legs and arms and Smoky Slate for the shadow. Wink of Stella was used to color the slip.

‘Congratulations’ was stamped in Versa Mark and then sprinkled with Silver Embossing Powder and heat set.  The inside greeting is a retired Stampin’ Up! stamp.

Third Card with Two Favorite Retiring Items – Flourishing Phrases on page 35 of the Annual Catalog and the Pretty Label punch:

The Flourishing Phrases greeting set and the Special Celebrations set are excellent additions to your collection and you will use them over and over. I used Flourishing Phrases for a sympathy card in a Mystery Card Challenge.  That is a challenge where you are given a specific list of supplies and measurements and you create a card with just those supplies.

 

Recipe:

  • 1/2 sheet cardstock
  • Designer Series Paper 3 X 5.5
  • Coordinating Card Stock 3.25 X 5.5
  • Stamp Set with words
  • Punched Shape
  • Ribbon
  • Matching Ink
  • Adhesive

What  – NO BLING?!

I know, Sal, it was a fun challenge but I found out none of us avid crafters can make a card without blinging it up.  I even had to add a few jewels.

Here is a card I made for my upline’s Mystery Card challenge that meets most of the criteria.  I did use two ink pads, though.

 

The challenge is on again for Saturday, May 30, at 9:30.  If you would like to join, I will send you a Zoom invitation, just send me your email.

Hostess code until June 1:  WQVF6WXZ

SAL,    Sharing A Love of products I don’t want you to miss

Karen

Mother’s Day Double Point Card

Happy Mother’s Day Stamping Friends,

Since we are still on the “Safer At Home” regulations, Mother’s Day is not the norm with visiting our mothers and delivering flowers so I made a special card with lots of flowers- vellum flowers on the outside, a potted plant underneath the double-point on the outside and a bouquet of flowers on the inside.

I was hesitant with the vellum flowers and vellum leaves since they don’t show much detail but they are so soft and pretty that I was pleased.

  The Petal Pink Organdy Ribbon has that same soft look of the vellum flowers. 

They do go well together, Sal, and with Petal Pink cardstock for the base it is a very feminine card, perfect for Mother’s Day!

I saw this card fold at http://thepamperedstamper.com.  

I changed the flowers and the greeting and the paper and added ribbon but started with her double point card with vellum flowers.

So after all those changes is it still a case (copy and share everything)?

How about CASE -as in copy and selectively edit?!

I have found designing cards is a process of looking at lots and lots of ideas and then incorporating what I like – or changing things up based on what supplies I have in stock.  The design changes constantly as I work and sometimes my trash can is full of the trial and errors of a design.

This is really quite a simple card to make.  The points are two pieces of Designer Series Paper, Perennial Essence, that measure 3″ X 4″, scored at 1″ along the long side and then the corners are folded down to just above the score line.  The 1″ section is adhered under the main layer-Whisper White in my case.

I put a little pencil mark in the middle of the long edge- 2″, and scored to the 1″ score line to make folding a little easier.  I also cut a little off of each edge so nothing would hang out if my cuts weren’t quite perfect.

  Hmmmm…….. sounds like that probably happened to you, right? 

Guilty as charged!  Check out these two sets of flowers for the inside.  Do you notice the difference?

   

  This is a trick question, isn’t it?  I see the same number of flowers and the same coloring on the flowers. 

Yes, but notice the Petal Pink shading around the image in the first one.  I saw that technique on a video tutorial by Tina Wardell and I think it really makes a difference.  Tina showed how she colors around her images with a light colored Stampin’ Blend and then she takes the Stampin’ Blend color lifter and softens the edge of the coloring.

  Sure enough!  There is a difference.  What’s really amazing is you found a potted plant with Happy Mother’s Day that exactly fit underneath the Double Point piece on the front. 

That is a retired set called ‘Just Because’.  It is also what I used for the ‘Thinking of You’ greeting on the front.  I set up the Stamparatus and masked off the flower pot above the words to get just the words that I wanted.

This set will go in the Bake Sale sets since I have used it for this Mother’s Day.  Be sure and visit the Bake Sale tab once in a while.  I will be adding more items after I compare what I have with what I see in the new catalog that I  “must” have.  Space is becoming an issue here at the house.  I like this quote from ‘A Girl And A Glue Gun’:

Recipe

  • Base:  Petal Pink  4 1/4 X 11  Scored at 5 1/2
  • Points:  Designer Series Paper, Perennial Essence,  3 X 4 scored at 1″ along the long side.  Make a small pencil mark at the 2″ middle of the wide section and score from the middle mark to the 1″ score line.  Clip a little off the edges – see picture above.  Adhere the 1″ under the Whisper White layer.
  • Whisper White Layer:  4 X 5 1/4, make 2
  • Stitched Nested Labels: Petal Pink  2 3/4 X 4 3/4,  Die cut with the 2 1/8 X 4 (measured at the inside of the stitching on the die)
  • Top Stitched Nested Labels:  Whisper White  2 3/4 X 4 1/2,  Die cut with the 1 3/4 X 3 1/2 (measured at the inside of the stitching)
  • Flowers & Leaves:  Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock in green, yellow and pink- retiring in June .  I used Flower Shop (retired) and its matching punch for the Petal Pink large flower and then punched three little yellow vellum flowers with a small flower punch just like the one we had for Sale A Bration.   The green vellum leaves were punched from various retired punches.  Current products would be the Perennial Flower Punch layering two punched pieces to make a six petal flower.  The Leaf Punch and the Sprig Punch would work beautifully with the green vellum to make the greenery.
  • Stamp Set for the inside bouquet is ‘Accented Blooms’ – retiring in June
  • Stamp Set ‘Just Because’ with  the greeting Thinking of You and the potted plant with Happy Mother’s Day
  • Ink:  Memento -Tuxedo Black, Petal Pink stamped on the large flower, Crushed Curry on the small flowers, Pear Pizzaz on the leaves
  • Stampin’ Blends – Various with Light Petal Pink used to outline the bouquet image
  • Embellishments – Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon 11″ ; one Perennial Essence Floral Center; three sequins

Did I miss anything, Sal?

They might like to see how you made the same design a birthday card.

Of course!  For the birthday card I used the ‘Beautiful Moments’  stamp set for the greeting on the inside:

The little vine under the greeting above is in the Accented Blooms stamp set and in the next image is a cute little curly stamp with a heart in the middle from Accented Blooms which I stamped under the potted plant and glued a heart shaped sequin over the stamped heart:

“What you focus on determines what you miss! ”  I often focus so much on the greetings and large images that I miss these cute little stamps.

This stamp set is retiring so get it before it is gone (or selling on Ebay for three times the price)!  We used the coordinating Tailored Tag punch at Christmas for the quilted plaid card so the two make a nice set to add to your collection.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane.

I love setting out the past cards we have made in clubs and I have several I set out for Mother’s Day.  Some of you were with me when we made these and it makes me smile to remember the fun we had!

A Tea Together Bendy Card, this set is retiring in June:

A pop up box card:

A Magic Shutter Card:

A Rose Box:

 

Birthday Blooms Pull Up Card:

Layering Framelits (this is Whisper White in real life):

Using the cut out from the front:

This card is a monochromatic Very Vanilla:

The Tulip Embossing Folder was one of our very favorites for stunning cards:

A spinner card:

An Easel Card:

Remember the Top Note Die and lining up Designer Series Paper on the grid sheet and then cutting with the Top Note?

I posted all these mostly for my benefit to “scrapbook” our creations but it also shows the types of cards that we make during club and just might entice you to join when we start up clubs again in June.  Contact me if you are interested.

Thank you for spending time with me today!  Paul is on a special schedule due to the virus so he had to work and I played on the computer.

Happy Mother’s Day whether remembering and honoring your mothers or celebrating your own motherhood, I hope your day was blessed.

SAL, Sharing A Love

Karen

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COVID-19 Giveback

Hello Stamping Friends,

Stampin’ Up! has a fun new way to help others and give us digital stamps with images like — toilet paper!  These are strange times and it comes with strange ways to reach out and help others and give us heartfelt and funny images to use on our cards to bless others!  You can even choose which organization for your $12 donation.  Check this out:


  

  What?!  “I’d totally share my toilet paper with you”  and “Quarantini” ??  You have all been inside too long!  

And we need to stay that way, Sal.  See the one that says “There’s no place like home….for now.”  And “Paper Hugs”?  So sweet.

  

  

  

   

SAL,  Stay A Live — Stay Inside

Karen

Hostess code:  TQ3JBKP3  (But not for the donation offer)

Share Sunshine PDF download buy it here

 

Last Chance Products

Hello Stamping Friends,

It is that time of year when we say goodbye to the old and prepare to welcome the new!

The annual catalog will be kapoot as of June 3rd.

   That is a long ways off!

Well, it does seem like it, since April feels like it has had about a hundred days and May will seem the same.  The good news is that we have a list of products that Stampin’ Up! has shared with us to know what will NOT be in the new catalog.

There is a pdf file with page numbers so you can go page by page or an Excel file to sort the list if you like to work that way.  I find the easiest way to see what products are retiring is to go to my online store and click the link on the left side of the page to view all the products by picture.  Just be careful not to panic when you see things like the Stampin’ Blends as being discontinued.  On the pdf file at the very bottom are these details:

When Stampin’ Up! reconfigures a product, they give it a new number, accordingly they show the old numbered product as discontinued.

Bundles with their 10% discount are always discontinued after their first year of introduction, but that does not mean the stamp set or the punch/framelit with which it is bundled are discontinued.

So look for the stars beside the list of products.

  Click on the catalog to view pages:

 

 

 

 

   

     

 

 

    I went to sleep while you were trying to get all those links done.

Well, wake up and check out all those products that will be forever gone.

Hostess code closing Saturday, April 25, is:  RH4REUGF

SAL,  See A Last glimpse

Karen

 

 

March ’20 Paper Pumpkin and April Card Swap

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Do I have a treat for you!!!  To stay sane (sorta), I had a card swap with my club members and seven people participated.

I can attest to the ‘sorta sane’.  

For me or for you, Sal?  I am going a bit stir crazy and not because I am bored.  I listed all the projects I have started and all the cleaning and organizing I would like to get done and I could be quarantined for a long long time and not get them all done;  but I am just not motivated.  Sigh…….

I know, let’s run around the block and get your blood pumping.  

There is lightening and rain out there, Sal.  How about let’s show our friends the cards we’ve made and received.

March’s Paper Pumpkin was one of the best ever!  It made three card styles x four each.  I thought the boot one was kind of odd until I realized that it would perfectly represent the coffee club I have with my neighborhood ladies. I put the initials of each of the neighbors on the top of the boots and left one blank for our dear friend who moved away.  I cut away the boot around the leggings and used a greeting from Fable Friends.  The kit even had little raindrop embellishments (on the umbrella).

I changed the greeting on the second Paper Pumpkin card and once again used the ‘Fable Friends’ stamp set for the “Happy Spring”. The flower bling is from Frosted Flower Embellishments (#148782) and I covered the heart with Glittery Crystal Effects from the Holiday catalog- you do have some left don’t you?  It dries to a beautiful glossy finish.

The third card I pretty much made per instructions:

Gasp!

Okay,  not quite, I added rain drops which the instructions didn’t call for.  Satisfied, Sal?  The flowers have the little rain drop embellishments but they didn’t show up in the picture.

The lined envelopes are like icing on a cake!

Using the stamps in the Paper Pumpkin kit I created my swap card:

  Paper Pumpkin had Meerkats????

No, Sal, those are from the Sale A Bration set ‘The Gangs All Meer’.  The “Miss You” greeting is from the ‘Enjoy Life’ stamp set in the annual catalog.  The tape measure is narrow silver ribbon from my stash.  The boots were stamped on gingham paper and fussy cut.  I loved the basket of flowers in the Paper Pumpkin stamp set.  It was a two time stamping set so I stamped the entire basket in Soft Suede and then stamped Crushed Curry to color the flowers.  What fun!!  I colored the leaves with Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends and the background with Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends. If I made it again I would stamp the basket directly on the blue and then mask it to stamp the clouds and ground around it.  That would have saved some coloring and fussy cutting.

Recipe

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

Border Layer:  Soft Suede,  5 3/8 X 4 1/8 (make 2- one for the inside)

Top:  Balmy Blue, 5 1/4 X 4  stamped with clouds, a ground stamp and raindrops

Inside: Whisper White 5 1/4 X 4, sponged just a tad with the sponge roller, then stamped greeting and meerkat in soft suede

Greeting:  Whisper White 2  X 1 1/2 cut with the rectangle stitiched framelit to 1 1/4 X 1 5/8, sponged with Balmy Blue and decorated with raindrops from leftover pieces of the Paper Pumpkin. Pop this up with dimensionals.

Boots:  2 X 2 1/2 gingham paper in desired colors (note:  the Designer Series Paper shown at the top of Page 168 has gingham in all the different color families.)

Meerkats and flower basket:  Whisper White 2 X 4, stamped in soft suede and colored with Stampin’ Blends.

Ribbon: 3 3/4″, marked every 1 1/2 cm with a black journaler so it looked like a ruler.  I attached each end under the meerkat arms with a glue dot.

I still smile every time I look at those little meerkats!!

I received another card from Jo that keeps me smiling:

   

The stamp is from the retired ‘Postcard Pals’ stamp set, isn’t it just the cutest?!

  You’re not thinking of replacing me with an otter, are you?

Of course not!  Let’s look at swaps.

Some swappers made differing cards so there will be two cards with the same name on some.  Thank you, Heather, for putting the names on the card pictures and sending them to the group.  We had fun talking about them during a Zoom meeting.

We could all use this one in a frame on our walls:

   

   

   

   

   

Aren’t all those beautiful cards wonderfully inspiring?!  Such talented, creative crafters.  Thank you, friends.

We are having another card swap in May if you would like to join.  Cards are due in the mail by May 7th and we will Zoom on May 12th and the 16th.  Names and addresses are due to me by this Friday, April 24, and then I will send the list to all the participants Saturday morning bright and early.

SWAP GUIDELINES –  deadline to participate is Friday, April 24

  • Swap is full cards 5 ½ X  4 ¼
  • Include your name and email on a sticky note but don’t stamp your name on the back
  • On the same or another note list the main products you used – does NOT have to be Stampin’ Up! (SU)
  • Cards should have three layers or two layers and an embellishment
  • If your card base is Whisper White or Very Vanilla be sure and use thick Whisper White or Thick Very Vanilla or add an extra layer on the inside for stability
  • Mail cards directly to the swappers by Thursday, May 7
  • We will have a Zoom meeting Tuesday, May 12, at 9:30

Tomorrow, April 22, the retiring products list will be posted on the website at 1:00

Have your wish lists close at hand because the products won’t last long – especially the retiring In Color products.

I will post the original list but it is a moving target as products sell out.

The hostess code through the 25th is:  RH4REUGF

Text me if you have questions:  303-814-0838

SAL,  Safe And isoLated

Karen

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