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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!
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.
The hearts have Wink of Stella to add some sparkle. I felt like Cinderella with the birds making the bow.
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
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:
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.
- 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
- Matching Ink
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
Hello Stamping Friends,
Did you overlook the stamp set on the inside cover of the Occasions catalog? The flowers in this set are beautiful and the font on the greetings is lovely. Take a look see! Item #148664; (the blue means there is a framelit to cut it out):
I cased several people and watched FrenchieStamps.com do an inside pop up flower box.
Can you distinguish that cute little flower in the box? It would even look great as a focal point with one of the Vibrant Vases stamps. The crafters had a choice of three colors, Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral or Gorgeous Grape and they all turned out phenomenal! Pictures of those are after the recipe below.
The Gingham Paper is retiring so be sure and add that to your list- again! You may have thought it was gone because of the previous backorder but it is orderable until June 3 – Item #148554.
Use hostess code GZG4SMXW if your order is under $150. Extra perks to ordering with the hostess code until June 8-raffle tickets!
I have put together a raffle basket for the catalog launch on Saturday, June 8, 9:00am to 3:00pm, and you will receive one raffle ticket for each $10 order using the hostess code; for example $50 and you will receive 5 tickets. Tickets that day will be $2 each. The basket has items only demonstrators can order:
There is also a fun product in the basket that I can’t show just yet. Hint: decorated tin, cards and envelopes, laser cuts……
Attendance at the catalog launch for the raffle drawing is not required but you won’t want to miss the fun. There will be a crafting sale of retired items I must part with (gotta buy the new ones) and other crafters will have tables set up as well. The first 16 people purchasing from the craft sale will receive a special thank you gift with a little taste of bling from the new catalog. Our make and take will be the traditional bookmark with a new In Color, and for those interested, there will be a station to make a color sheet with the new In Colors. At 10:00 and 1:00 there will be a catalog scavenger hunt with a fun door prize at each. Do you think I can talk Paul into putting on his tux and serving us appetizers throughout the event? Hmmmm….. it is a stretch. You will just have to come see for yourself!
Save the date: June 8th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Now back to that card I want to detail for you.
Stamp Set: All That You Are
Tools: Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Stamp A Ma Jig Sheet, Stamparatus
Card Base: Gorgeous Grape 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ Scored at 4 1/4″
First Layer: Gingham Gala DSP in Highland Heather 4″ X 5 1/4″
Top Layer: Whisper White 3 3/4″ X 4 7/8″
Paper for stamping all the images to be cut out: Whisper White 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″, Stamp, color and fussy cut, except the greeting – it is cut with the stitched rectangle framelit:
- 1 medium flower
- 1 small flower, put a yellow center in the flower to match the rest of the flowers; if you don’t have a dot, punch a bit of yellow with a 1/8″ hole punch
- 4 single leaves – two for the front flower, two for the inside flower in the box
- 3 six leaf stems – Color outside the lines with your Stampin’ Blend and fussy cut to leave green around the black
- 1 multi flower stem
- Greeting – leave a 1 1/4″ X 1 3/4″ corner of the sheet to stamp Happy Birthday (or grab another scrap of white)
Window Sheet for mounting greenery: 1/4″ X 8″ Cut to length for each piece as you fill your box.
Stampin’ Blends – Highland Heather, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight
Embellishments: Ribbon 7″ X 2; I wrap one ribbon around the top layers, the white and the DSP, and then tie a bow with the other length and adhere with a glue dot. The bow holds the ribbon in place a bit better. It is the retired Sale A Bration organdy ribbon. If you attend the craft sale you might be able to buy some…. hint hint. I also used retired glitter enamel dots. New colors of glitter dots are in the catalog!
Inside Layer: Whisper White 5 1/4″ X 8″ Scored at 4″ but do NOT fold on the score line until after the images are stamped on the left first and then the right hand side of the score line. You need the score line for positioning the stamp.
Box: Whisper White 2″ X 8″; Score at 2″ – 4″ – 6″; Use your cutter and shave 1/16″ off each end; burnish all the score lines really well with your bone folder.
Box Flaps X 2: Gingham Gala DSP, 2 3/4″ X 2″ minus 1/6″ so 1 15/16″ to be technical, score the flaps at 2″ ; fold and use a dimensional to hold the fold in place.
Box Strips X 2: Whisper White 1/2″ X 4″ , score at 1″ and 3″ and yes, shave 1/16″ off the ends. The score line takes room and we need to adjust everything for the score lines by shaving off a bit on the ends. Z fold the strips and burnish your score lines. (That means rub the folds really well!) Now adhere your strips inside your box, one strip just down from the top and the second strip right below the first strip). The penciled words say “Glued Down” to show you where to glue the strips. I used Tear and Tape. Place a second piece of Tear and Tape on the other end of the Z strip facing up, remove the backing and then fold the sides over to perfectly adhere the box to the strips so that your card lays flat.
Now your box should look like this with cross pieces to attach your greenery and flowers. The sides are being held with a yellow sticky note for the picture. When you are through stamping your inside images those two sides will be glued on either side of the score line in the middle of your card. I used Tear and Tape to adhere them.
Put your box aside for now and stamp and color your images with Tuxedo Memento black ink.
Stamp your outside image and your image on the left side of the inside first.
Now stamp the inside mirror image by using the Stamparatus and the plastic sheet from the Stamp A Ma Jig. Secure the plastic sheet to the Stamparatus with magnets and stamp the image twice to get lots of ink. Carefully position your sheet on the right side of the inside layer matching the left image and then burnish really really well with your finger or your bone folder or both! You must hold the sheet firmly with one hand while you burnish with the other so the sheet doesn’t shift and give you a double image. Use the black Stampin’ Up! marker to darken any lines that need it. Memento ink and the marker are water based so you can color the images with the alcohol based Stampin’ Blends without smearing the black. I wish I would have tilted the bottom of the stamp a little more to the right in making my mirror image so that the green leaf was outside the box like the left hand side.
Note: Other mirror image techniques use the silicone sheet, plumber’s gasket or the flat side of a photopolymer stamp. Our flower image was too big for a photopolymer stamp and you can’t see through plumber’s gasket so a silicone sheet or the Stamp A Ma Jig sheet work best. If you don’t have a Stamparatus, place the stamp face up, ink it well and then place the silicone sheet on top of the inked stamp and burnish with your fingers.
The Happy Birthday rectangle greeting is popped up with dimensionals.
The medium flower on the front has two leaves attached with glue dots and then it is popped up so it sits at the edge of the greeting.
The greenery and flower in the box are mounted with glue dots to a 1/4″ strip of window sheet in various lengths and then the window sheet is adhered to the strips with glue dots.
At club, we decided it needed something more so we added butterflies!
Not sure you really want this set? Check out other images on Pinterest and you will be convinced it is worth it! Google “All That You Are”.
Do you like the butterflies? They are from the Sale A Bration Designer Series Paper and punch out with the butterfly punch. I hope you stocked up on this paper!
If you want to send a bouquet of flowers in sympathy for someone passing this is the perfect card with a greeting from the “Kindness and Compassion” stamp set:
Comfort and Healing words are in “Flourishing Phrases”. The greetings go together perfectly and yet are in different sets!
Save June 8th! 9-3.
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Hello Stamping Friends,
The specials this week are very “special”! Did you know you can use your reinkers and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper to make many different colors of glimmer paper?!
Technique Alert: Colored Glimmer Paper: Drip drops of ink on your glimmer paper and use your Aqua Painter to spread the color evenly. So easy!
Card Buffet Report:
We had a great time with Valentines, A Sympathy card, A St Patrick’s Day card, A Birthday Card and A Thank You Card. Each stamper took home a Treat Box Holder with a bookmark designed by Peggy Tassler and featured on Too Cool Stamping with Angie Leach. Click on the link for directions. Here is my version with our new Stack With Love Designer Series Paper:
Do you see those little bitty hearts on the bookmark? They are from our new Heart Confetti Punch. Before this punch, our smallest heart was the owl punch heart which I used here with red glimmer paper inside the heart with the arrow. There are two different ways to make the window for the nuggets. Angie Leech used the Modern Label punch, lining up the punch with punched sticky notes. After trying that technique (second image) I used the Project Life Framelit so I only had to make one cut (first image).
Remember the Thank You card from a previous post? Jennifer did a double punch on the paper piercing and used a candy dot to match the stem of the flower. I love seeing the creativity of my stampers.
Have a great day and use hostess code JEJ32FKT to be entered in February’s online drawing. Congratulations to Shanon who won the set of Rhinestones in January’s drawing and December went to Robyn for post comments.
Stamp A Lot,