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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.
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…….
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:
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:
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.
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?!
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
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Hello Stamping Friends,
The Mini Catalog is now active and it is Sale A Bration time! Don’t you love this time of year when you can restock your supplies and get a free product for each $50 or $100 purchase from the Sale A Bration brochure?
Sale A Bration runs through March 31 and March 3rd will bring even more exclusive FREE Sale A Bration items.
The Mini Catalog runs through June 2nd, check it out by clicking on this image:
These pdf files will be in the “Catalog” tab that you see at the top of my blog. If reading this email on a mobile device be sure and click to open the email and then click again on the title to open the full blog so you can access everything on the blog; otherwise you will just see the current post.
Do you like to watch videos of the products while you walk off all those holiday calories on the treadmill? There are many:
Choke! I will start with the From My Heart suite, click to view:
Isn’t the Designer Series Paper (DSP) just “love”ly?
I wasn’t being original. Paper Pumpkin has a special kit this month and they used that pun to describe it:
This month’s kit makes 20 treat bags and 10 mini cards. Order two and you will have enough for everyone in your student’s classroom plus all the neighbors or your coworkers! The stamp in the set coordinates with the heart punches so you could get even more use of the Paper Pumpkin supplies by purchasing the heart punches from the Mini Catalog, page 10.
Don’t forget to sign up for Paper Pumpkin by January 10th, just click on the above image.
Stay tuned for more videos in future posts.
Hello Stamping Friends,
This post is for those of you who still have a November Paper Pumpkin kit that you never got a chance to use.
Yes, Sal, it has been a whirlwind of a month and now I need to post the new mini catalog and the Sale A Bration catalog but first let me show you how I used the 24 Christmas tags to make cards.
I purchased the Night Before Christmas Memories and More Cards and Envelopes Kit so it really was like a typical Paper Pumpkin with cards and cool matching envelopes. (Page 25 of the Holiday Catalog)
And when I ran out of the cards, I used the snowflake stamp from the PP and heat embossed white snowflakes around the edge of a Merry Merlot layer of card stock:
I have all my Paper Pumpkin stamp sets together and the ‘Wonderful time of year’ greeting was from a prior Paper Pumpkin (PP).
The snowflakes were in the November PP kit, the top greeting is in the retired “Beautiful Blizzard” stamp set and the Merry Christmas is from Octobers PP kit.
Deer and Tree Card
You know how I like to coordinate the greeting on the front with the inside and the “Itty Bitty Christmas” set had Christmas Cheer to match the “Perfectly Plaid” stamp set greeting that is so appropriate for Christmas time when we get so busy.
The outside greeting is from the PP stamp set and the inside is the “Perfectly Plaid” stamp set used again.
Birds Christmas Card
Joy to the world is from “Itty Bitty Christmas” and the inside greeting is from the “Still Scenes” snow globe stamp set.
Quilted Christmas Card
One more Christmas card I would love to show you is one my Mother-in-law made using the Tailored Tag punch and the plaid designer series paper with a greeting from the “Rustic Retreat” stamp set. Mom makes gorgeous quilts but has never tried her hand at cards so it was fun to show her that the two talents of quilting and cardmaking could be one.
We started by cutting a piece of copy paper to the size of the front and then folding it in half and then half again to find the exact center so we could punch a template for placement of the middle greeting.
From there it was like building a quilt:
The following card is one I had started with using all the plaids but Mom’s eye for colors made the coordination much better than my collage of colors with a white border. Just think what we could do with all our left over DSP!
SAL, Share A Lot – Only 356 days until next Christmas!!
Hello Stamping Friends,
It is Friday! Hopefully you had a great week and are looking forward to a restful or fun filled weekend.
There are only two days left to sign up for the November Paper Pumpkin which matches the October Paper Pumpkin and makes 24 Christmas tags but could also be used for the front of a card. This is the October kit. It made 10 full sized cards and the envelope had the wood tone on the inside of the envelope and silver edging on the outside. A beautiful card and envelope!
I did change the greeting. It comes from the very versatile Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set in the Holiday catalog. Click on the image below to go to the Paper Pumpkin site:
Thank you to all those who purchased products from the Clearance Rack after our first Stamp A Stack. I apologize for not posting the recipes sooner.
NOEL Double Time Stamping:
Casing Mary Detharage at stampsnlingers.com:
- Stamp Sets: ‘Joy & Noel’, ‘Timeless Tidings’
- Ink: Memento Black
- Tools: Oval Stitched Shape Framelit and Oval die (retired) 3rd smallest in set or oval 1/8″ smaller than Stitched Shape Oval
- Stampin’ Blends: Real Red, Shaded Spruce
- Base: Real Red, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 Scored at 4 1/4
- Layer: Basic Black, 4 X 5 1/8 -make 2
- Top: Whisper White, 3 7/8 X 5 – make 2
- Embellishment: 3 gold metallic pearls
Using the largest Stitched Shape Oval, cut out a piece from the middle of the black layer. Set aside.
Center the small oval framelit on the white top layer and cut the oval then return the oval to the layer and stamp the Noel. I used the Stamparatus so I could stamp until I got a really dark black image on the letters.
Color. I used the light Shaded Spruce for the stems and small leaves around the berries, both dark and light Shaded Spruce on the large leaves and Real Red dark and light for the berries.
Adhere the colored oval to the black stitched shape oval with snail and then pop up the ovals on the white layer.
Add gold metallic pearls.
The inside greeting, Merry Christmas and holly branch are from Timeless Tidings.
This card is a case of the catalog using the other stamp in the set:
This card is a case of www.sandjunecrafts.com who cased June Keingstaer:
- Ink: Pacific Point and Versa Mark with silver embossing powder
- Stamps: Beautiful Baubles, Timeless Tidings
- Tools: Detailed Bands Dies, Aqua Painter, Gray Marker, Wink of Stella
- Base: Silver Foil Edged Cards & Envelopes (#147900)
- Layer: Pacific Point 5 1/4 X 4
- Top: Shimmery Whisper White 5 X 3 3/4
- Inside: Silver Foil Strip 4 1/4 X 1/4 and Pacific Point Strip 4 1/4 X 1/4
- Greeting: Shimmery White 2 X 3 and 2 ovals cut from Silver Foil using the Detailed Bands Dies. Deck the Halls is in Beautiful Baubles, the inside greetings are in Timeless Tidings
Start by creating two masks of the bauble on sticky notes. Stamp the left bauble in Versa Mark, mask it and then stamp the bow and string. Remove the mask and emboss with silver embossing powder. Mask that bauble and stamp the middle baubles and the right side bauble, bows and string. Emboss with silver. Use the Aqua Painter and dip in the Pacific Point and water color the baubles. Color the inside of the top little holder thingy gray and apply wink of stella. Add rhinestones.
Stamp the greeting, cut with the Detailed Bands Oval Die and attach to two silver ovals cut with the same die. Sponge the edge with Pacific Point. Use glue dots to attach to the foil and then dimensionals to attach to the top of the card.
Apply strips to the inside left and stamp the greeting. The card stock in the set is thick so you don’t really need another layer. The catalog also has gold foil cards and envelopes. Check out page168 of the Annual Catalog 2019-2020.
Note: I will add the catalog year in the future posts since I have gone back to reference posts from years ago and the page number is not the same. In the catalog section of my blog I have kept all the pdfs of catalogs since I started blogging so you can go to that section and find the catalog I reference. You can look at the date of the post to figure out which catalog but I will be more helpful in the future. Do you have other suggestions that would make my blog more user friendly?
Christmas Tree Special Fold:
Cased from Rachel Tessman at StampYourArtOut.com:
This is a Step Panel Card and folds to fit in a standard envelope.
- Ink: Shaded Spruce, Versa Mark and white embossing powder
- Stamp Set: Snow Is Glistening
- Tools: Snowfall Thinlits, 1 3/8″ circle punch and 1 1/4″ circle punch
- Base: Shaded Spruce 4 1/4 X 8 1/2; Score at 1/2, 1 1/2, 3, 4
- Step: Shaded Spruce 2 1/2 X 4 1/4; Score at 1/2 and 1 1/2
- Tree: Shaded Spruce 4 X 2 1/2
- Greeting and the snowflake background at the top of tree: Whisper White 1 3/4 X 4
- Back of the greeting and snowflake on top of the tree: Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper: 1 3/4 X 2 3/4
- Designer Series Paper: 4 X 2 7/8
- Embellishments: Three rhinestones for the snowflakes and 14″ Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon
Fold each score line and use your bone folder to make nice folds on the base and the step. It is critical at this point to get a feel for where the base and the step are attached so you identify the bottom of each. Don’t attach until after you have stamped but you need to know the bottom.
Adhere the Designer Series Paper.
Stamp the tree and the bottom of the step and the base and white emboss. Use the trimmer to cut the tree leaving a tiny edge of green. This will be mounted last and the ribbon will be tied through the step and over the bottom of the tree which hides the seam.
Apply Tear and Tape to the 1/2″ fold on the base, it seems to be the front since stamping but it will be folded back to attach. Critical – don’t guess where it is attached- remove the top of the tear and tape, fold the 1/2″ flap over and then fold the card base flat to correctly attach the 1/2″. Do the same with the step- don’t guess where it is attached. Adhere it to the bottom of the base and then remove the back of the Tear and Tape on the 1/2″ fold and fold the step and base flat to get perfect placement of the step.
Stamp your greeting. Joy is in the Snow Is Glistening stamp set. Punch with the 1 1/4 punch. (Attach to the Dazzling Diamonds with glue dots), then pop up on the base with dimensionals. Die cut two snowflakes from the Snowfall Thinlits (one for the front of the tree and one for the back).
Punch a circle of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper with the 1 3/8 punch and die cut a dazzling diamond snowflake for the top of the tree. Add a rhinestone!
The back Whisper White piece is a rectangle with the 4 1/4 going vertical and the 4 on the horizontal. It seems square so you have to look carefully for a nice border placement. Die cut a large snowflake and a smaller snowflake in the corners, poke out all the little pieces and set aside for a minute. After cutting your snowflakes it is easy to see where the greeting will fit. Stamp the greeting, adhere the layer to the base and then place the snowflakes back in their cutout. Add rhinestones to the snowflake.
Tie the ribbon through the base right at the top so it covers where your tree is attached.
You just made a step card!
December 4th and 7th at 9:30 are the next Stamp A Stacks and the cards will be fun! RSVP by going to the calendar below – or just give me a shout out-text, phone, email, stop by………
SAL, Stamp A Lot of Christmas cards
Hello Stamping Friends,
The clearance rack has been stocked with new items – up to 60% off on some! Click on the red to visit!
That is generally true, Sal, but the home office wanted our customers to know about the coordinating kits so they are letting the cat out of the bag- or puppies out of the box in this case! Click on the Paper Pumpkin image to go to the site and sign up!
Stampin’ Up! is also offering special grid paper for Paper Pumpkin coordinating with their new slogan that Paper Pumpkin is “better than a box full of puppies” ! Click to see the video .
And while supplies last we have a smaller grid sheet with a holiday tone:
Click on either image to learn more.
Don’t forget the paper special through the end of this month:
Last but not least in our plethora of announcements – we have an upgraded website! If you have bookmarked my website – not the blog – you will get an error message when you try to access it and it will say it is not secure. That is not true – it is actually more secure than before. The new link eliminates the “www” on the front but the rest remains the same, so click here and take a look at the new website: karendecker.stampinup.net
That is true. That link goes directly to my Stampin’ Up site but our stamping friends may have bookmarked the old one with the “www” before you were introduced! So friends, if you are following my blog and access the website through it, you shouldn’t have a problem.
SAL, Sending Announcements Lovingly
Hello Stamping Friends,
The year end close out is ongoing and this month’s hostess code is TRSWNNDN!
Before I post all the fun cards from the last events I want to show you my version of November’s Paper Pumpkin. The kit is an adorable set of 10 little stockings with a black plaid top to match the green plaid cards from October’s Paper Pumpkin. My creative juices started flowing when I saw a Zum Bar of soap in the grocery store made with frankincense and myrrh. They had small ones that would fit perfect in the little stockings. I ordered some gold plated coins and a gold looking Reagan dollar to fill the stocking with gifts representing the gifts from the wise men to the Christ child. I didn’t order this year’s wise men stamp set (Wise Men From Afar #144875) so I used the Come To Bethlehem stamp set from a few years back. With Stazon black ink I was able to get a nice image on the stocking.
I discovered that one side of the “Merry Music Specialty Designer Paper” #144623 had the music to ‘We Three Kings’ so I substituted a little banner from the designer paper instead of the white one provided in the kit. I did use the white banner as a template for cutting but cut the banner 2 1/4″ long instead of the 2 7/8″ original. It needed a little something else so I added the treble clef from the Musical Instruments Framelits Dies #144677. This set is a must have that will be used well beyond Christmas.
The stocking still had room so I googled the lyrics to ‘We Three Kings’ and found a great printable version that I cut down, sponged and then distressed the edges before rolling it up on a skewer like a scroll. Click to download:
The retired stamp set had the greeting: “O come let us adore Him….” I pray you all find time to do just that this wonderful Christmas season!
SAL, Seek And Listen for He is still waiting and wants your love above all other gifts!
Hello Stamping Friends,
(Click on little SAL at the header to view the full blog, some phones won’t play the videos from the post!)
Here is a summary of all the exciting happenings followed by the details:
**The Holiday catalog is live and lovely with fabulous products for all your seasonal events!
**October and November Paper Pumpkins are going to be coordinating kits for Christmas! Sign up before October 10th.
**Select Designer Series Paper is on sale – buy 3 get one free!
**In honor of World Cardmaking Day – select stamp sets are on sale (they coordinate with the papers on sale) and the fast fuse is buy one get two refills for free! 10 days only on this sale!
**Through October 31, Host a $300 party and receive FREE the Merry Patterns Christmas stamp set along with all your other hostess benefits!
**Stampin’ Up! will be reintroducing the alcohol markers! Sign up as a demonstrator and you can get the entire set as your first demonstrator kit! And the kits ship for free. Demonstrators may purchase the markers in October so become one now and save!
**RSVP for October’s Card Buffet by next Friday, October 13. Two sessions 9-12 and 1:30-4:30. There will be six cards – (different from the cards in August and September). Pictures of the card designs will be emailed to those who have sent an RSVP. You will select which ones and let me know how many of each you would like. Three cards of one design = $10; Two cards of one design = $8; One card of a design = $5. I will have snacks and drinks and of course chocolate and a door prize at each session.
*The Holiday Catalog:
Click on the picture for a pdf version. Call or email me if you would like a hard copy.
*Coordinating Paper Pumpkin Kits!
Each kit is complete by itself but they match and you will have tags and cards and gifting helps that all match!
Click on the picture below for a one minute video from the home office:
Click here to order: paperpumpkin.com
*Select Designer Series Paper – Buy three -get one free!
*World Cardmaking Day Celebration October 1-10!
**An additional hostess gift when you hold a $300 party – or place a $300 order:
Check out Brandi’s video of how to use this stamp set and see samples of what you can create!
**Alcohol Markers! Early Release for demonstrators!
Sign up to join our team and you, too, can buy the alcohol markers as part of your starter kit!
**Christmas Card Buffets!
The third Christmas card buffet is October 21; the last one will be November 18. They are held at my home in Castle Rock, 4143 Eagle Ridge Way. There will be two sessions: Morning 9-12 and afternoon 1:30-4:30.
RSVP for October by the 13th of October. RSVP for November by the 10th of November. I will email all those who RSVP a picture of the six card designs (numbered) and you will select which cards you want to create and email me the card number and how many of each you plan to make. Make 3 of a single design for $10, 2 of a single design for $8, or one of a design for $5. Snacks and drinks, chocolate and door prizes add to the fun! RSVP by texting 303-815-0838 or email email@example.com
Stay tuned for another post this week with the August and September Christmas cards!
SAL, (Save A Little with all these specials!)
Hello Stamping Friends,
I love to resubscribe to Paper Pumpkin in September, October and November. September usually has something to give those special Trick or Treaters, October has beautiful fall cards and then December has Christmas cards. “Usually” is the key. It is always a surprise.
In the past it has been a fast way to add another 8-10 cards to your Christmas handmade card stack. This is last year’s Christmas card modified by me to change the sky to black with stars instead of white but all the other pieces are from the kit.
And this was the October kit, a beautiful shaker card, the envelopes are always beautiful:
And in September we received a kit with cute little test tubes to fill with goodies:
This month you can get one month for half price if you are a new subscriber.
And for those of us who aren’t new subscribers you can buy three months using your online order account set up in my store. A code will be sent to your email and then you will go to paperpumpkin.com and enter the code. The system asks for your credit card info but there is no need to enter any information since you are prepaid.
There are many holiday products still in the Clearance Rack- Left hand side of the store is the link.
hmmmmm……. I see some potential door prize basket stuffers for my upcoming Christmas Card Buffets!
You only have four more days to RSVP for the first session on August 26! Contact me by Friday to reserve a spot.
This year’s Christmas Card Buffets will be at my house in Castle Rock. I will hold one a month on a Saturday for the next four months and there will be three sessions each day:
– Morning 9-12
– Limit of six guests per session. (Of course you may sign up for more than one.)
-Six different card designs from which to choose; shoebox style buffet where
everything to make your card is in a tray that you take to a table to construct
your cards, then exchange it for another style from the buffet and craft away!
-$5 fee for each session includes light meal, raffle ticket for door prize, thank you
gift (and chocolate)!
-Card kits to purchase (bring your own scissors and adhesives):
– $5 for one card
– $8 for two cards of same design
– $10 for three cards of same design.
In a three hour session most stampers can complete three different designs with two of each. Some do the stamping and cutting here and put them together at home.
Join us each Saturday but please RSVP so I have the previous weekend to prepare:
– August 26 RSVP by Friday, August 18
-September 16 RSVP by Friday, September 8
-October 21 RSVP by Friday, October 13
-November 18 RSVP by Friday, November 10
With three sessions once a month you can create handmade Christmas cards for many of your friends and family.
RSVP by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at 303-815-0838.
Hope to hear from you soon! Click for a printable flyer to post on your fridge….Christmas Buffet.
SAL, Stamp A Lot with the Stampalosopher
Hello Stamping Friends,
I almost missed the new products offered as SAB items for our final days. They are from the regular catalogs.
The codes are changed from the catalogs so be sure and use the codes shown above. They are available while supplies last!
If you would like the ideal way to “Skip To The Fun” of creating without stocking up on all the supplies yourself, consider Paper Pumpkin! You can pay ahead to subscribe or give the subscription as a gift by prepaying. You will order a prepaid subscription online and then a code will be sent to your email which you can use or give to another creative friend. You (or your friend) will go online to www.PaperPumpkin.com and subscribe with the code. You can suspend the subscription until you want to use it or cancel when the subscription is over. Subscribe by April 10 and you will get a very special gift in the April box from our CEO, Sarah:
Hmmmm….. I just want the black box!!
Order now and receive a free gift from me as well!
Hello Stamping Friends,
Thanks to Paper Pumpkin, I am eight cards closer to completing my Christmas cards!
I chose to add a Basic Black background (4 1/4″ X 3″) to the layers instead of the velum layer over the base as the kit instructed. I needed a little star and found the one in The Newborn King retired set to be just the right size. A medium size rhinestone gave emphasis to the star and added that little sparkle I like to have on cards. The kit had white sequins for the sky that now go to my stash!
For the inside I used the Peaceful Pines stamp set – still available, see page 28, and a scripture verse from the Every Blessing retired stamp set.
It feels good to look at the whole set of cards and know you only have a few dozen left to make!
My next set of cards will be the Stamp A Stacks that we did in Elizabeth!