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Father’s Day with Enjoy Life

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

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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

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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
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  9. Purple & Brown comparison sheet
  10. Red & Pink comparison sheet
  11. Green comparison sheet
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SAL,  Sharing A Lot

Karen

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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

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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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

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mosaic Mood Pocket Card

Happy Halloween!!

Sorry – no Halloween cards this year from me.  I ordered “Trick or Tweet” from the clearance rack but it sits unopened and unused for this year!  Sigh…… A cold knocked me for a loop this week.   Maybe if I get some energy and quit coughing I could make tags for tonight like Lisa Curcio posted on Pinterest:

I could make the doggy look like Ruger by elongating the ears and body!

This past summer I made a Mosaic Mood Hummingbird card for a Stamp A Stack; it is a case of Michele Reynolds at inspirationink.typepad.com with the addition of a different greeting that fit perfectly in the ‘V” fold and a different top and tab:

 

 

You could make it a celebration card or a birthday card or …..

Directions:

  • Base X2 in Mint Macaron:  4 1/4 X 11 score each at 5 1/2;  Cut one piece diagonally from center top at the score line to bottom right.  Cut the second piece from the score line to bottom left.  Glue the two pieces together with Tombow.
  • Mosaic Designer Series Paper:  5 X 3 3/4 (plus a hair) 3 13/16 to be exact.  Cut in half diagonally.  Be careful with your cut cutting from right to left for right hand side and left to right for the left side.  Adhere these pieces to the front flaps and then decide which side you want to be the main flap on the front.  Some of the hummingbirds face right and some left so select your hummingbird to determine which DSP to use on which side of the flaps. Fussy cut him out and fussy cut a flower and two leaves.  If you don’t mind fussy cutting, the paper has cute bumble bees and butterflies so they make a great addition to the inside or to put on a leaf.
  • Use Tear and Tape to carefully adhere the first flap to the inside base nice and straight. Use 1/8″ tape or cut the 1/4″ in half.  Then adhere the second flap over the first flap at the bottom.  With Tear and Tape you can get a nice even bottom for your slider insert to stop on.  Place a glue dot on the ‘V’ where the flaps meet making sure not to have any glue exposed to the base.
  • Adhere the leaves to the back of the rose and then pop up the rose and leaves on the front.  First place a large dimensional at the intersection of the flaps but not exposed to the slider, add several more dimensionals to the flower and place it on top of the dimensional you put at the intersection of the flaps.   Pop up the hummingbird as well.  I added a touch of Tombow to adhere his beak to the rose to prevent it from getting torn off.
  • Slider:  Very Vanilla 5 1/4 X 3 5/8, the middle is 2 5/8, mark the backside with a pencil to center the circle tab.  The stamparatus worked beautifully to line up the greeting.  I marked a grid sheet with the diagonals and where I needed to place the slider for stamping.  I recommend saving these grid sheets for future use.
  • Strip of Designer Series Paper for the top of the slider:  5/8 X 5 1/4.  (One of the DSP designs was almost the 5/8″)
  • Circle Tab:  1 1/4″ punch of the Designer Series Paper, glue this on the back of the slider with only the amount showing to reach the top of the base (1/4″) so the card will fit in the envelope.

The greeting is from the “Beautiful You” stamp set.  It is in the annual catalog.

Note: The ‘Happy Birthday’ in the ‘Botanical Bliss’ stamp set matches this font pretty well to add to the slider.

I wish you could see the shiny parts on the paper.  It is just beautiful!  Here is a left facing hummingbird and garden green for the base with the “Botanical Bliss” happy birthday that matches the  “Beautiful You” font.

  

When you run out of big flowers on the designer series paper, it is just as beautiful with two of the little ones!

 

Wouldn’t this make a fun Christmas pocket card using the Let It Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Snowman Season stamp set?  Send me a picture if you make a pocket card!!

Check out this lovely card made by the awesome Lucille Kearin:

 

 

The home office also announced this week that they are making available to everyone – not just demonstrators – the bulk Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper:

 

At my Christmas Stamp A Stacks, December 4th and December 7th, we will be turning these magnolias into poinsettias to make a regal Christmas card.  You won’t want to miss this one!  RSVP by November 25th.

SAL,   Share A Lot      of treats with the little ones!

Karen

                        

Bird House Fancy Fold

Hello Stamping Friends,

What a wonderful summer it has been as we traveled to Yellowstone and camped at the base of the Grand Tetons and then traveled to a wedding shower and traveled again for the wedding celebration and traveled to be the guest presenter at a Stamp A Stack.  Whew….. it is good to be home.  The yard is glad we are home as well.

Amid all the traveling I even had club here in Castle Rock!

I love most all things “bird” and fell in love with the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (DSP), so for club we made a Bird House fancy fold card.  I made a second one for my husband so I will show both.

The card on the left uses current Stampin’ Up! products whereas the one on the right uses two punches for the roof that are retired.

 

The fold is a fun diagonal fold and I cut the inside whisper white layer to have a matching angle so I could use one of the larger birds on top of the heart.  Here is a close up:

The roof has three layers of scallops cut from the ‘Stitched Labels’ framelits, a ‘Flourish Thinlit’ strip cut out and then cut right down the middle and mounted on two strips of blue mitered at the top to make the gables. Part of a flourish from the ‘Be Mine Stitched Framelits’ and a little heart from ‘Stitched Labels’ was used.  A 1″ punched circle of soft suede is sponged and popped up behind the heart cut out.  Sponging is added to give depth to the Soft Suede and a rhinestone is added for a little sparkle:

The dimensions will be below but let’s compare the other card and some of the differences on it:

Aren’t those birds just the cutest!! TIP:  When fussy cutting your birds and flowers do not cut clear into the legs or the branches, just use Stampin’ Blends or markers that match the background and color the small areas to match.  This keeps the cut out image stronger and it is not noticeable.  I used soft suede between the legs of the bird that was over the circle and Balmy Blue for between the legs that were outside of the circle.  Can you tell?  Hmmm.. I think I will go back and color all the edges on the cut out bird on the first card instead of leaving a little white like I have trained myself to do in fussy cutting.

The gables are from the retired ‘Dotted Scallop Punch’ and the scallops are from a retired ‘Scallop Punch but  – –

The ‘hello’ sign is still current in the ‘Barn Door’ stamp set and has framelits to cut it out in the ‘Sliding Door’ framelits.  We have used this set multiple times so it is a must for a stamp collection.  I stamped the sign once in Soft Suede and once in Flirty Flamingo and then cut out just the hello of the Flirty Flamingo and popped it up.

I used the ‘Crackle Paint’ stamp on both cards but on the second card I scored and folded the card and then ran it through the Big Shot with the current ‘Pinewood Planks 3D’ embossing folder.

What a different look!  You could run the front and back through the Big Shot separately if you didn’t want the middle fold to have different directions on the wood look.

I did a straight cut on the top of the Whisper White inside layer instead of angles like the first card.   Here is a close up:

TIP:  With cards like these that don’t stand up nicely by themselves I like to make a CARD STAND  3 3/4″  X  2 1/2″ scored and folded 1/4″ on each end of the long end.

Dimensions and supplies used:

Card Base:  10 3/4″ X 3 3/4″  Score at 5 3/8″

-Mark 3 3/8″ from each end on both sides and score diagonally

-Make the birdhouse hole by laying the smallest of the Stitched Shapes Circle Framelits 1 1/16″ from the edge of the framelit to the edge of the bottom and the right and left sides.  Cut and then sponge the edge with Balmy Blue.

-Mask the back of the card base and stamp the front with the Crackle Stamp in Balmy Blue. Run through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks embossing Folder if desired.

Roof:  Soft Suede 3″ square cut in half.

-Roof Scallops:  (3) Soft Suede 6″ X 1/2″ cut with the ‘Be Mine Stitched Framelit’ and then cut to 4 1/4″ X 1 1/4″ .  I found it easier to cut it wide and then trim to 1/4″ wide by laying the large part of scallop at 3/8″ on the trimmer.  Sponge the edges of each. Offset your rounded part of the scallop with the previous indent of the scallop as you layer them.

-Once the scallops are adhered you can cut the little heart using the ‘Stitched Labels’ tiny heart.

-Circle behind the heart:  punch 1″ of Soft Suede and sponge it deeply then pop it up behind the heart.

Pop up the roof with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the card base.

Gables:  (2) 1/4″ X 3 1/2″ Balmy Blue strips mitered for top. Tip: Lay the strips on top of each other and cut through both at the same time to have a nice mitered edge or make a 45 degree cut at each end by lining up at 1/2 of a square on the Stampin’  Trimmer.

Gable Decoration: (1) 5 1/4″ X 3/4″ Soft Suede cut with the ‘Flourish Thinlits Die’ and then cut straight down the middle to make one for each side.  Glue the Soft Suede on the Balmy Blue strips and pop up the gables on the top of the roof with its scallops.

Scrap of Balmy Blue: Cut out the flourish from ‘Be Mine’ stitched framelits.  It has five branches and I cut off the outer two so it fit at the top of the roof.  Add a rhinestone.

Scrap of Whisper White 1 1/2″ X 1″ stamped in Flirty Flamingo with “Hello” from Fourishing Phrases and punched with a small oval punch -retired- but we have the layering ovals that would work great.  Sponge the edge with your Flirty Flamingo.

Fussy cut your bird from the Bird Ballad DSP and mount with dimensionals.

Inside:  Whisper White: 5″ X 3 1/2″.  Lightly pencil mark 3 1/4″ from bottom of the right and left and mark the top middle at 1 3/4″ and then diagonally cut from the sides to the middle.  Or make a 3 1/2″ X 3 1/4″ rectangle if you don’t want the angled top.

For the inside I used Flourishing Phrases for the greetings and created a mask to sponge the heart by cutting out of a sticky note the third largest of the scalloped hearts in the Be Mine stitched framelits dies.  You could use printer paper if you don’t have a large sticky note just be sure to use washi tape to hold it in place while you sponge the heart to the desired color.  I fussy cut another bird and flowers to go around the heart and positioned them so they wouldn’t show through the front entrance but you could have a bird peeking out of the entrance for fun as one of my club members chose to do.  It was cute.

Embellish with rhinestones!   Send to your favorite bird lover or to your lover as I did with the second one which uses the “I love our life together” from the ‘Meant To Be’ Stamp set.

Have fun!

SAL,

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let It Ride Z Fold

Hello Stamping Friends,

I have one more card to post from my April card class. This one uses the Let It Ride stamp set and is a case of Kim Baker at www.kims-kreative-korner.blogspot.com.

 

 

 

Stamps:  Let It Ride, High Tide (birds), Barn Door, Crackle Paint

Tools:  Sliding Door Framelits Dies, Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder,

Inks:  Tuxedo Black, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Soft Sky Blue

Stampin’ Blends:  Dark & Light Soft Suede, Light Smoky Slate (hooves)

Special Technique:  Sponging with saran wrap.  I wadded up a piece of saran wrap and put it in one of those big black desk clips.  I masked off the separation between sky and meadow and masked off the horse. I stamped the sky, changed saran wrap and switched the mask on the meadow to the sky and then stamped the meadow in green.  It gave the card a textured sort of sponging and took much less time.  Looks a lot like grass don’t you think?!

I used the Stamparatus to stamp the horse (and needed it) so I could stamp a second time and press a little extra on the mane.   I triple stamped the trees using the Stamparatus so they would be a deep green and then moved the hinge on the Stamparatus and did a couple of shadow stamps to create a forest.

Dimensions:  Note – the layers are flush to the bottom

  • Crumb Cake:  11″ X 4 1/4″, Score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″;  Make a pencil mark 2 1/8″ down at the left hand side of the front and cut diagonally from that mark to the 2 3/4″ score line
  • Real Red:  5 3/8″ X 4 1/8″, Score at 2 5/8″; Make a pencil mark 2 1/16″ down on the left hand side of the front and cut diagonally from the mark to 2 5/8″ score line.  Emboss with the Pinewood Plank embossing folder
  • Very Vanilla:  5 5/16″ (5 1/4 + 1/16″) X 4 1/8″
  • Crumb Cake: 3″ X 4″ for the gate;   stamp and cut the entire barn door then cut in half
  • Black Scrap: 2″ X 2″ for hardware on the door
  • Red Strip: 5/8″ X 2 1/2″, emboss with the Pinewood Plank, roll the paper with your fingers to create the look of the front of a post, place an adhesive dimensional strip down the middle to adhere; adhere a bit down from the top so you don’t see the adhesive.

Stamp your name on the back and send to your favorite horse lover!

We have two weeks left of the Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog so be sure and check your wish list to make sure you purchased what you can’t live without.  I recommend stocking up on your paper since the price goes up with the new catalog June 4th.  Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator!

The hostess code for the next party is DP7XS3NC.  The new catalog launch is Saturday, June 8th, in conjunction with the craft garage sale.  Hope you can make it!  Click on the calendar to view all the upcoming events.  My first Christmas Stamp
A Stack will be in August.  Check it out!

SAL,  Saddle A Lovely horse

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Your Day!

Hello Stamping Friends,

It’s Friday!  Let’s celebrate!  If you are a mother, I hope you have a Happy Mother’s Day weekend!  Let the celebration begin, now.

We made this card at our downline meeting and it could be used for most any celebration!

It is a case from Wendy Lee at www.CreativeLeeYours.com,  who cased Mikela Titheridge at www.thecraftyoinkpen.co.uk

Stamp Set:  Hello Cupcake from Sale A Bration 2019

Tools:  Call Me Cupcake Framelits, Bunch of Banners Framelits, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, 1/8″ hand held punch

Inks:  Powder Pink, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Wink of Stella

Embellishments:  4″ Blue Organdy Ribbon from Sale A Bration 2019, Rhinestones, Blue Sequins

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

Insert:  Whisper White  5″ X 3 3/4″

Slider Mechanism:  Thick Whisper White 3/4″ X 3″

Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper:  5 1/4″ X 3 3/4″

Icing:  Powder Pink  2″ X 2″ stamped and die cut

Cupcake: So Saffron 1″ X 2″  die cut

Cupcake Tissue:  Crumb Cake 2″ X 2″ stamped and die cut

Cupcake Cover:  Vellum  3 3/4″ X 2 3/4″ die cut & put large rhinestone at top

Cupcake Base Plate:   Shimmer White 1 1/2″ X 3″ die cut

Flowers:  Whisper White Scrap  3/4″ X 3″ stamp in Melon Mambo & Die Cut

Banner:  Whisper White  3 1/2″ X 1 1/4″ die cut

Circle Pull Tab:  Balmy Blue Scrap punched with 1 1/4″ Circle Punch

Steps:

  1. Adhere DSP to front at left of 1/2″ tab with 1/8″ border
  2. Die cut the vellum cupcake ‘glass’ cover
  3. Die cut the shimmer white cupcake base plate
  4. Use 1 1/4″ circle punch and punch the front layers and back layer of the card at the top in the middle
  5. Make one vertical cut  1 1/4″ to the left of 8″ score line- 1″ from top & 1 3/8″ from bottom, you don’t need a cut on the other side. Note:  The cupcake is not centered on the front since the mechanism needs to slide on the right and the cupcake needs to be behind the vellum.  We made the mistake of trying to center it with our first cut. It is almost invisible in the picture.
  6. Place a dimensional on the right front side of the Thick Whisper White 3/4″ slider mechanism and run the slider through the slot front side to back side at the very bottom of the slit.  Turn the card over and hold the mechanism straight by placing a sticky note on it, sticking it to the back of the card. Place two pieces of sticky tape on the 3/4″ slider which will glue to the white insert later.
  7. Cut the banner and use the Stamparatus to position the “Celebrate” in the middle of the banner.  Mask off the “your day” part of the stamp, ink in Melon Mambo, remove the mask and stamp. (Or color ‘Celebrate’ with a marker).  We were doing multiple cards so I drew around the banner with a pencil on a piece of stamparatus grid sheet to help with the placement.
  8. Glue the cupcake plate at the bottom of the front at the end of the slit. It is 1/4″ from the bottom so you have 1/8″ DSP border and the Balmy Blue 1/8″ border.
  9. Glue the ‘Celebrate’ banner to the bottom of the vellum cover.  Work the vellum with your fingers to make it have a slight curl then remove the backing of the dimensional on the slider mechanism and adhere the cover to the slider mechanism.
  10. Now position the Whisper White insert on the Stamparatus so that the “Your Day” part of the stamp will stamp 3/4″ down on the left side, mask off the “celebrate”, ink in Melon Mambo, remove the mask and stamp. (Or color ‘Your Day’ with a marker).
  11. Punch out the blue circle for the pull and score it in half.  Adhere it to the middle of the insert and punch a little hole with the 1/8″ hand held punch for the ribbon. Attach the ribbon.
  12. Remove the backing of the tear and tape of the slider mechanism and position the Whisper White insert to attach to the mechanism.
  13. Stamp and die cut three little flowers with Melon Mambo.  Color with Wink of Stella. Adhere with glue dots and place a rhinestone on the two flowers in the front.
  14. Add sequins and color the icing with the Wink of Stella.
  15. Now you can put tear and tape on the 1/2″ tab at the right of the front and adhere the front to the back.

I hope many of you purchased this stamp and framelit set!  I want to do a chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting next!  What is your favorite flavor?

SAL, Sharing A Love of cupcakes

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Abounds And Butterfly Beauty

Hello Stamping Friends,

I have some fun cards today using the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits and the Beauty Abounds Stamp Set.  These two sets carry into the new catalog but if you get them now you will get a 10% bundle discount, #150617.  See them on page 13 of the Occasions catalog.

Before we get into the club card I want to show you The Vertical Greetings stamp set that I used for the Thank You notes. It is being retired:

I have used this set more times than I can count.  In today’s thank you cards I didn’t want to cover up the beautiful butterflies but there was just enough room to do a vertical greeting.

Let’s start with the card I did for my card class:

The little ‘hello’ in the Beauty Abounds stamp set fit right between the butterflies. I stamped the hello in Versa Mark ink and embossed it with black embossing powder and then punched it out.   I held the butterflies in place- without adhering them- to determine where to place the hello, being careful that the butterflies didn’t go outside the card.

Note: the double sided adhesive sheets are being retired, #144106, so stock up now.  I used a sheet to adhere the top layer of the butterfly to the bottom layer.  I put a 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ piece of the adhesive on the back of the Gorgeous Grape cardstock of the same size before running it through the Big Shot.  After you cut out the butterflies and pull off the adhesive backing sheet, save it!  It is shiny and beautiful.  I used it on the thank you cards you will see in a minute.

There is a large stamp in the Beauty Abounds set with six bokeh dots and a smaller one with four bokeh dots.  I used both and stamped them with Highland Heather.  I stamped the dots with Gorgeous Grape.  It is amazing how SU can make stamps that get several different shades of color with just one stamp.  I didn’t have to do any masking or coloring- it was all in the stamp!

It was a little tedious to put dimensionals on all the butterflies but so worth the effort!  These are the small dimensionals with a strip cut from the edge of the dimensionals sheet to put in the middle.

On the inside I stamped another set of bokeh dots in Highland Heather and two of the little butterflies from the same Beauty Abounds set in Gorgeous Grape.

Dimensions & Supplies:

Ink:  Versa Mark, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Black Embossing Powder

Stamps & Dies:  Beauty Abounds & Butterfly Beauty Thinlits

Card Base:  Gorgeous Grape, 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″

Second Layer- make 2:  Highland Heather,  5 3/8″ X 4 1/8″

Butterfly Outside Layer:  Gorgeous Grape, 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″

Adhesive Sheet:  5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″  – adhere the whole sheet to the back of the Gorgeous Grape

Butterfly Bottom Layer:  Highland Heather,  5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″

Whisper White Layer:  3 7/8″ X 5 1/8″

Whisper White Scrap for punching the ‘hello’ greeting

Bling:  Five black Faceted Dots (#146910- retiring)

The little butterflies have thinlits to cut them out and Stampin’ Up! has heard our frustrations with the time it takes when we want multiples of a cutout so they are making dies with several duplicates to save us time:

Lots of little butterflies we can run through the Big Shot!

After the card class I had leftover cutouts as well as the adhesive sheet backings and I wanted to use them for my thank you cards.  I chose Flirty Flamingo for another cutout and black for some of the backings. From a past catalog I had purchased Calypso Coral embossing powder and it matched the Flirty Flamingo card stock so I used it and ‘Vertical Greetings’  to emboss the thank you on the purple layers. (I showed that set first since I really don’t want you to miss having it in your collection.) I colored the wings with the clear Wink of Stella and adhered Iridescent Sequins, # 144212,  for even more sparkle.

In this card I stamped the wing cutouts with the little dot stamp and then did a bit of paper piecing to make the wings.

I wish you could see how the Wink of Stella makes it look like black glimmer paper was used! The Share What You Love Artisan Pearls were used and they, too, are retiring, #146927.

Which one is your favorite?  I would love to see what you come up with!

SAL,  Showing A Lot of butterflies today

Karen

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