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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

Current Hostess code is TQ3JBKP3 , click to visit the store. Don’t forget to check out the retiring list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Ornate Garden Suite

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code through April 25th:  RH4REUGF

Stampin’ Up! is letting us order from a new suite of products that will be in the June annual catalog!

  Uh oh…… I see lots of daisies – better grab the checkbook, Dad, or the grocery money will be gone!

But Sal, we are isolating in our homes and Stampin’ Up! is still delivering fun new products to help us keep our sanity.  The home office has set up new schedules to protect their employees who can’t work from home so they stay safe yet are able to process and ship our orders.   The shipping is only about one day later than normal.  For those of us in Colorado, that means four days instead of three until we receive our crafting supplies.

Watch this Ornate Garden Suite video from the home office:

Checkout this paper with gold foil designs on some of the sheets:


That’s a lot to choose from.  What if they need (want) it all?

Then you order the suite, Sal!  With just one product number they will get it all!

Here is a pdf FLYER if you would like to print it out.

Look at this foil paper with a bit of coloring and the use of two of the border dies and the Old Olive ribbon:

 

This sample shows the detail of the Ornate Floral Embossing Folder, different Ornate Border Dies and the Terracotta Tile ribbon.

This next sample shows the uniqueness of the large greeting paired with the small words in the Ornate Thanks stamp set.  The Ornate Layers Die is used and the long rectangle die in the set will be a nice addition for a longer version of the stitched rectangles.  Note the Gilded Gems and the five flowers stamped from the single flower in the Ornate Style Stamp set, fussy cut and then layered on top of each other for a nice edge to the greeting.

And the final sample uses the Ornate Layers dies and that cool corner stamp in the Ornate Style Stamp set.  Did you notice the little bit of designer series paper underneath the greeting?

Let’s take a closer look at the samples shown on the flyer.  The first two use the single daisy stamp with Ornate Borders:

I had to look twice but the Ornate Thanks stamp set does have the “I’m” stamp shown above.  There is a clump of little flowers in the Ornate Style Stamp set and the tiny flowers on the ‘So Grateful’ card used fussy cuts from that stamp.  The ‘So Grateful’ card also uses Versa Mark to stamp the scrolly design on the Grapefruit Grove card stock but I couldn’t get it to zoom in enough to show you.

Those samples use every stamp in the Ornate Style Stamp set!!

Yes, indeed!  Thank you, Stampin’ Up!

Hostess code through April 25th:  RH4REUGF

I have tentatively scheduled Tuesday, June 9th, for our first weekday club and Saturday, June 13th, for the weekend club.  Both will start at 9:30.  We are starting a new year of rotations so please let me know if you are interested.  I would love to have two weekday clubs so tell your friends and text me at 303-814-8799 or email stampalosopher@gmail.com . 

Stay safe and stay sane!

SAL,    Stamping A Lone (poetic license)

Karen

PS  Today and tomorrow, the 10th, are the last days to order the April Paper Pumpkin kit.  You won’t want to miss this one to bless your family:

PPSS:  If you order the suite and one month of Paper Pumpkin (#137858) you will have earned $15 in free products of your choice.

  Just saying………

 

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.

   

    

I added the sunbeam from the retired ‘Kinda Eclectic’ for my personal Easter cards this year.

    

There is just something about seeing all those little lambs together that made me want to take another picture!!

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.
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  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.
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  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

 

 

 

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