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Hello Stamping Friends,
February hostess code: FPRJEPZJ
The card I am demonstrating today is not hard- just a bit hard to explain. I will use many pictures to help you see the process since I have yet to take on the challenge of Youtube videos.
And a way to stabilize the camera and the time to learn to edit! Ah well….. It is good to have a goal.
This card will show you how you can think ‘outside the box’ to create stamped images of just pieces of a stamp. We are familiar with coloring on the back of our stamps to use only what we want but this card has the greeting stamped and then cut. Side-note: when you do color the back of your stamps, be sure and use the regular markers to color the stamps not the Stampin’ Blends as Stampin Blends will stain your stamps.
On page 49 of the 2019-20 annual catalog are the two stamp sets I used for this card, Rustic Retreat and Peaceful Place:
Patience, there is a way!
I used the Garden Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) and Garden Green card stock layer on a Thick Whisper White Base. I have pictures of two different colors from the DSP. I made two cards and didn’t realize I hadn’t taken the main pictures of the one I mailed, but “serendipity” – you get to see two versions!
So let’s look at the waterfall:
Base: Thick Whisper White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
First Layer: Garden Green, 5 3/8 X 4 1/8
Designer Series Paper (DSP) Layer: Garden Lane, 5 1/8 X 3 7/8
Waterfall Strip: Regular Whisper White, 2* X 9 1/4 scored at 2″, 2 3/4″, 3 1/2″, 4 1/4″ (Basically, 3/4″ intervals); *I cut the 2″ width just a hair less so no white showed from the edge of the squares if they weren’t cut perfect. You could also sponge the edge garden green so the white isn’t obvious.
Belt: Garden Green, 4 1/8″ X 1″, punch two small holes 1/2″ from the bottom and 1/2″ from the left and right sides,
Background Squares for waterfall: Garden Green, make 4, 2″ X 2″
Background Bottom Layer for the “Loved”: Garden Green, 2″ X 3/4″
Top Squares for waterfall: Whisper White, make 4, 1 3/4″ X 1 3/4″
For the Braver, Stronger, Smarter, Loved banners: Whisper White, 1 3/4 X 4
Inside Strip Layer: Garden Green, 5/8 X 4 1/8
Inside Strip Top: DSP to match front, 3/8 X 3 7/8
Two brads and a 1/8″ hole punch
4″ of twine
- Thinking Of You – Soft Suede, Garden Green pine boughs
- Deer-Chocolate Chip (retired) Garden Green trees at each side
- Bear- Early Espresso, Garden Green pine boughs
- Squirrel- Basic Gray, Garden Green leaves from the Peaceful Place Stamp Set
- River Scene – Memento Black so it can be colored if you like; I added one of the birds from the High Tide set and did color the back of the bird stamp with the Basic Black marker
- Happy Birthday – Soft Suede
- Cabin – Memento Black
- Banners – Soft Suede; stamped, cut apart, then mask just the words and stamp in Soft Suede with the Thinking of You stamp, pictures following
I used the Stamparatus for the Thinking of You and the A.A. Milne quote but mounted the other stamps on acrylic blocks.
We do a lot of cutting and assembling with dies and sometimes stamping is hardly used on our cards. Not this time!
Yes, Sal, that was exactly how my club ladies reacted when I showed them all the stamps they would use. But they seemed to have a really fun time stamping!
It is always a possibility but so far club is just growing so I think it is acceptable to do challenging cards. But as I said it really isn’t that hard. Let’s start by taking our waterfall strip and burnishing those score lines nicely. The folds all go one way so it looks like a candy cane:
Next, adhere all the green 2 x 2 layers to the strip like shingles. Put your adhesive on the white strip NOT the back of the green since only part of the green is adhered in all but the 2×2 section.
Now turn the strip over and stamp the river scene on the long part. Remember the candy cane shape? It seems like you are stamping on the wrong side but you aren’t. Take the ink to the stamp and don’t try and figure out what part is off the edge and not ink that part. Just ink the whole stamp completely and use grid paper to protect your work space. (We sell that!)
Use a sticky note to mask the bottom 3/4″ of the strip so that you have a nice white border between each of the pictures.
Also mask the bottom 5/8″ of the 1 3/4″ squares used for the bear and the squirrel to give that nice white border between pictures. The deer can be stamped without masking since you have three lines of words making the banner bigger to begin with. (Say that three times fast!)
Stamp each of your 1 3/4 X 1 3/4 white squares per the above details under inks used. I wanted a little more of the rock and flowers with the squirrel so I stamped the squirrel with his tail practically off the top, then masked him and stamped the rock only on the left side of the squirrel. Clean your stamp before inking the rock so you don’t get the squirrel’s paws on the left side.
I can do that!
Next, stamp the A. A. Milne quote on the Whisper White 1 3/4 X 4 strip in Soft Suede ink. I used the Stamparatus for this stamp and the Thinking of You stamp so I could restamp each to get a good image. With two Stamparatus plates I put a stamp on each plate.
Now cut each section of the saying. You will love the Stampin’ Up! cutter for this step, you can tell right where you are cutting.
Head back to the Stamparatus and put each of these sayings right where we stamped the ‘Thinking of You’. Mask the words, remembering the Thinking of You is a bit longer than some of the sayings so your sticky note will be as wide as the word ‘Thinking’ and then ink up the Thinking of You stamp in Soft Suede and stamp your banners.
Use a second sticky note to hold the mask in place since we can’t use a magnet.
Voila! You have banners with wood grain edges! Glue those at the bottom of your little white squares.
Take the little 2″ X 3/4″ Garden Green piece and mount the ‘Loved’ banner. Punch two little holes on each side of A. A. Milne and run a piece of twine up from the back and tie a double knot at the front leaving extra length down from the banner.
Glue this piece on the bottom of the river scene.
No, Sal, but this is a good place to stop and get some coffee and chocolate!!
The belt on the front is next and it is the critical piece to making the waterfall card work correctly and fit in our standard envelope.
Belt: Garden Green, 4 1/8″ X 1″, punch two small holes 1/2″ from the bottom and 1/2″ from the left and right sides. Each square on our grid paper is 1/4″ so that is helpful.
Sal, be nice, you’re the one who didn’t want to keep scrolling up and down.
Once you’ve punched the little holes in the belt, adhere the DSP to the Garden Green layer and then position the belt 1″ from the bottom of the belt to the bottom of the Garden Green layer. Mark through your holes in the belt with a pencil to show where to punch the other layers.
Punch holes through the Garden Green and DSP layers. Be careful here: add tear and tape to the back of the belt on the 1/2″ width between the hole and the side of the belt for extra stability making sure no adhesive gets between the two holes. Attach the belt with the brads.
You are ready to attach your waterfall strip! Place two pieces of tear and tape at the very center of the belt and no longer than the 2″ width of the waterfall strip.
Slide the waterfall strip behind the belt, peel off the backing of the tear and tape, and glue the end of the waterfall strip – the squirrel in our case- on the center of the belt exactly lining up the bottom of the belt with the end of the waterfall strip.
Stamp Happy Birthday on the inside in Soft Suede and the cabin in Memento Black, if you want to color with the blends. Add the strips at the bottom, stamp your name on the back and you really do have a masterpiece!
So now you know another way to use stamps! I hope you enjoyed the detail and are ready to make your own Rustic Retreat Waterfall Card.
Would you like to join a stamp club to make cards like this? I will be starting new club rotations in May and would love to have you join us!
February hostess code: FPRJEPZJ
SAL, Snowing A Little, Sharing A Love
Karen (text 303-815-0838)
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Don’t let the Window Shopping Bundle get away! It is on page 43 of the Occasions catalog and is just the cutest! It might get carried over in the big catalog come June 1st, however when Stampin’ Up! introduces a product with matching Thinlits it is bundled with 10% savings but not when it is carried over to the next catalog. The bundle is $50.25 which will qualify you for a free Sale A Bration product.
Remember, purchase $50 of anything from any catalog and get one item from Sale A Bration for free. Three additional items were introduced February 21:
Check out the sample items made with these products:
Click on the brochure picture below to see all the other Sale A Bration products. But hurry the Card Tin is already sold out and product is only available while supplies last!
Thank you, Deana, for a wonderful party to introduce the Window Shopping bundle and the Sale A Bration products.
Our project at the party was either a Birthday Box with matching card which uses the Window Shopping stamp set:
or a Thinking of You box and matching card:
Notice the banners use the Delicate Details free stamp set from Sale A Bration:
The Emerald Envy box uses the third one down and the Dapper Denim box uses the second one down to be a bit more masculine. The flower and cupcake on the edges of the banner are part of the Window Box stamp set! The banner uses a 5 1/2″ X 7/8 inch piece of card stock and the little Thinlit from the set that scores and cuts the end! The video below will show that in detail.
For a thank you gift, I used the same Window Shopping Bundle and made a little St. Patrick’s Day basket.
Hmmm…. It did have chocolate in it at one time; at least the tea light and mints are still there for the picture. I used Cucumber Crush paper and the Mint Macaron ribbon which is still in the Clearance Rack. Why a tea light? Because the door prize was a tea light holder made with Watermelon Wonder card stock:
I demonstrated the basket pieces with the same color. You only need one piece of the main box Thinlit for the basket and one piece 8 1/2 X 3/4 for the handle:
The regular box uses two Thinlit cutouts which fit nicely on a 6 X 11 piece of paper:
The home office has a wonderful video for construction of the box so rather than recreate the wheel I will insert it here. If you are viewing this on your smartphone you may need to click on the little SAL image at the top of the post to go to the main blog where videos work.
Drum roll please: Presenting The Window Box Thinlit dies:
One more quick note – check the bottom of your Big Shot machine once in awhile. The bottom screws need to be kept tightened as well as the screw on the handle. The machine comes with a little tool to keep the handle tightened but you will need a phillips screw driver to tighten the bottom screws.
Cheerio but be back soon! (I just went to the high school’s performance of Oliver. It was exceptional and I can’t get the songs out of my mind- but who would want too?!)
Karen (Click on SAL to go to the online store)
Hello Stamping Friends,
March was a fun month with the Elizabeth Stamp A Stack, the bimonthly club, and Sale A Bration events! You have through tomorrow, March 31, to place an order of at least $50 and get a free stamp set. Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin for three months and you would qualify for the free Sale A Bration set. The April Paper Pumpkin will include two stamp sets to celebrate Paper Pumpkin’s third birthday and shipment of their one millionth kit! The kits just keep getting better and the three month subscription is on sale for $55. Go to my online store and use item #137859. Instructions will be sent to your email with a redemption code for the 3 months you have purchased.
The most popular Sale A Bration free set in my events was the “What I Love” stamp set. I did a Triple Time Stamping card to demonstrate this stamp set.
For the next card, I used the Party Wishes stamp set, the Confetti Embossing Folder and the Party Punch Pack casing the card in the Occasions catalog:
The embossing folder is sponged in the three colors, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, and Crushed Curry before running it through the Big Shot. Sponge the side with the indents if you want the confetti to be white like it is here. The confetti behind the cake is created by coloring only the confetti of the Make a Wish stamp with a marker. For the inside Happy Birthday, I used the Wet Wipe Technique, placing several drops of reinker on a wet wipe (placed on a silicone sheet to protect your work surface) and then use that for your ink pad! Voila! Lots of random color! The Melon Mambo balloon is stamped and punched, the cupcakes are colored with a marker, stamped and punched, and the candle on the cake is colored, stamped and punched. All three punches come in the Party Punch Pack. The cake is fussy cut and popped up after attaching thick twine with glue dots! One stamper used Perfect Plum instead of Melon Mambo for a more masculine card.
The following card uses another embossing folder technique-Stamping With An Embossing Folder. This is simply inking up your embossing folder and then using it to stamp on your card. I used the Honeycomb Embossing Folder and Sahara Sand Ink and purposely left some areas of the folder uninked for a subtle background:
The Whisper White paper is cut at 8″ X 5 1/4″ and scored at 4″. It is adhered to a piece of Blackberry Bliss cut at 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″. This gives a nice alternative to our standard layering. The greetings are from the Rose Wonder stamp set and stampers could choose from a variety of greetings in that stamp set to create the perfect card. Kinda Eclectic was used for the sunbeams and greenery, and the butterflies are from the stamp set Papillon Potpourri. There are matching small and large punches to make quick and beautiful butterflies. The little flowers are from the Itty Bitty Punch set and gold metallic thread is looped behind the greeting. The silver metallic thread is used for antennae on the large butterfly.
My favorite card for this month is a birthday card using the Party Pop Up Thinlits Dies:
The paper is from the “It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack”. Page 5 of the Occasions catalog. The Hip Hip Hooray is cut out using the Thinlit Die. The confetti pieces from cutting it out were used on the inside for a little extra bit of celebration!
“A Day All About You” is from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set on page 8 of the big catalog. It is cut out with one of the Handpicked Framelits. “make a WISH” is from the Party Wishes stamp set and the banners are made using the little banner punch. The “make a WISH” greeting is colored with a black marker and stamped on a piece of the Designer Series Paper which has matching confetti on a white background instead of black. A black frame is made with the 1 1/2″ circle punch. A piece of black confetti Designer Series Paper measuring 3 3/4″ X 5″ is placed behind the cut out, just down from the candle flames so the flames in the back of the cutout show the Crushed Curry cardstock. The strips on the side are 3/8″ X 5 1/4″. I was conserving paper by making strips. You could just as well have an 8 1/4″ X 5 1/4″ piece of the designer paper adhered to the main card stock. Cut a piece of copy paper 3 3/4″ wide to slip under the Happy Birthday cutout so that you can sponge the base, the words and the candles. Use sticky notes to protect the sides so you don’t sponge more than you want colored.
The balloons are punched with our new large balloon punch. The sides are sponged and a sparkle is added with the white gel pen. A glue dot holds the twine on the back of the balloon and a bow is added on top.
Main Cardstock: Crushed Curry 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ Scored at 4 14″
Black Confetti Designer Series Paper: 5 3/8″ X 4 1/8″
Shimmery White Cardstock for outside: 4 1/2″ X 3 1/2″
Scrap of same at least 3 1/2″ long for the greeting
Shimmery White for inside: 8 1/4″ X 5 1/4″
This is a fun card to make!
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Hello Stamping Friends,
I have a Never-Ending Valentine for you today, (also called a Perpetually Folding Card). Love should be never-ending so it seems perfect! There will be a video from the Stampin’ Up! office at the end but here is the outside of our Never-Ending card:
Then the top folds up and the bottom folds down to reveal the first layer:
The little hearts are made with the blushing bride glimmer paper. The stamped images are all from the “Bloomin’ Love” Stamp set on page 17 of the Occasions catalog. The paper is on that same page – Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack. Now lets open the Love You to reveal….
…a fun way to use the new Honeycomb embellishments on page 9 of the Occasions catalog. Now we flip the top and bottom again and have a new layer:
and all the stamps are in the same set! Here is the home office with a video:
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Hello Stamping Friends,
Where did summer go? Paul can’t wait for hunting season and I am already thinking about all those Christmas cards we will make together!
You should have received the Holiday catalog in the mail and hopefully you, too, are getting excited about all those fun cards/gifts we can make for teachers and friends and family! If you did not receive a catalog, contact me soon and I will drop one in the mail. firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-815-0838. This is a great time to get together and be creative, making cards or gifts. I can help…. your house or mine. Club is September 12 and our next card buffet is October 10, that leaves a lot of other dates open to have a party with you and your circle of friends.
Let me show you what we did at the August card buffet:
Card #1: Bohemian Get Well:
Isn’t the Bohemian Designer Series Paper (DSP for short) just beautiful. The first card uses the left over Very Vanilla paper from cutting the oval to make an additional layer. My stampers at the card buffet made that creative change.
How did you make that soup bowl? I am so glad you asked.
Then mask the little heart on the soup bowl with a sticky note and ink up the bowl part of your stamp.
Remove the sticky note! (That was the hardest thing to remember) and then stamp your bowl on the DSP.
Then color the soup section. I used the fine tip end of my Crushed Curry marker and it gave a nice “soupy” look. For the inside I used a strip of DSP and a stamp from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set:
Full directions and all the sizing are on the printable pdf file at the top of the first picture.
As a thank you gift for attending, each stamper received this Envelope Card Box. Three of the cards at the card buffet used the Bohemian DSP and the card box used the same DSP so the stampers could have a lovely gift for themselves or have a gift to give with matching Get Well, Happy Birthday, and Thank You cards.
Card #2: Bohemian Happy Birthday:
This was the Happy Birthday with the Bohemian Designer Paper on Blackberry Bliss with the new Boho Chic Embossing Folder. I used a framelit from the Project Life Cards and Labels framelits to punch out the middle of the DSP where I stamped the Happy Birthday from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set.
The Bohemian DSP measures 3 5/8″ X 2 7/8″ and is on a Very Vanilla layer that measures 3 3/4″ X 3″. Not much else tricky on this card. It takes 23″ of twine to go around twice. The embossed layer is the same color as the main card stock and a full size of 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″. The DSP cut out makes a perfect border for the inside of the card which uses another greeting from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set:
This card comes straight from an example in the catalog. It is white embossing on the DSP with a base card stock of Rich Razzleberry and a Bermuda Bay Banner. The stamp set used is Another Thank You. For the inside, I stayed simple and used a greeting from the Crazy About You stamp set:
Card #4: Sprinkles of Life friend card
I couldn’t wait to play with the Sprinkles of Life stamp set inside the back cover of the catalog. It is this years Make A Difference stamp set. Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities for each set they sell. But there’s more fun….. they have a punch that goes with the set! It is the Tree Builder Punch and punches out the clouds and tree leaves and the bird and the apple and the tree trunk! Here is my take on the set using Garden Green and Soft Suede:
Kinda Eclectic is the stamp set with the sunshine and a Work of Art stamp makes quick work of adding green to the bottom. For the inside I broke my own rule and used a retired set from Sale A Bration called See Ya Later, it was just sooooo perfect for the card…..
Standard Layers-printable pdf file
Card #5: A Whole Lot of Lovely Thank You Card:
There are only a couple tricky things to know on this card. The banner is the #4 banner framelit. Cut two of the same color and then cut 1/8″ off the top and the sides for a nice layered look. I used Versa Mark to add flowers to the top banner, glued it to the larger banner and then cut it in half, moved the halves 3/4″ apart, and glued the circle on top to lengthen the banner. You could also cut the paper exactly the width of the framelit, 1 7/8 “, and then run the banners only part way through the Big Shot to just cut the edges. We will do that with the next card but since this was behind a nice big circle I took the easy way. The stamped (colored with markers) Thank You is cut out with the Circle Framelit # 5 and the black border is punched with the 2 1/2 ” circle punch. This card was on Pinterest with Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron and looked great. This card uses Calypso Coral and last years In Color of Coastal Cabana. The inside used the same hostess stamp set:
Card #6: Birthday Blossoms:
Hard as I tried to adjust the color this card looks blue but it is really a beautiful purple -Wisteria Wonder. It is also an example straight from the catalog with just a different card base and different ribbon and different twine. Okay, so it started out with an example from the catalog.
The tricky part is making the top layer longer than the largest framelit – easy peasy – if you remember to go through the Big Shot only part way to cut just the lovely curves and then back it out. You start with a Whisper White strip 2 13/16″ X 5 1/4″ to run just part way through the Big Shot using the largest of the new Lots of Labels framelits #7. The straight edges of this new set of framelits are perfect for adding ribbon. I put a strip of sticky tape on the back of each side of the label and used 4 1/2 ” White Organza ribbon which I trimmed after adhering. 12″ of Baker’s Twine gathered the ribbon nicely on the sides for a unique look. The stamps are all from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set, (we used two word stamps from that set on the Bohemian Happy Birthday) and the set is made for the pansy punch so no fussy cutting!
I won’t overwhelm you (or me) by listing every single item used in the six cards and the envelope box but please call or email me if there is something you can’t figure out. I would be glad to help, and if you don’t have a demonstrator I would love to earn your business!
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Club: Saturday, September 12, 9-1, Guests welcome for a $5 supply fee, HOSTESS CODE 4PDBKNK3
Card Buffet: Saturday, October 10, 10:00 AM start time
Club: Saturday, November 14, 9-1
Christmas Party: Saturday, December 12
As Always, SAL Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little, Share A Love
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Hello Stamping Friends,
My Early Bird Stamp Club met Saturday and we had a great breakfast provided by our hostess, Sheri, and then made a Valentine Shaker Card and a 3D thinlit Card. I love the word “twitterpated” from Bambi and had to have that stamp set. Here is how I used it:
And here is a Recipe Sheet for you to print if you keep a notebook of ideas:
Valentine Shaker Card Recipe Sheet
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Our second card was a 3D Thinlit Birthday Card featuring the Crazy About You stamp set & Thinlit Bundle:
Recipe Sheet: 3D Thinlit Bday
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,