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Smiles & Love for the Season

Hello Stamping Friends,

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Our hostess code for October is 9YGY2BAX for you to use if your order is under $150.  Our hostess, Joy, will then get credit for all the smaller orders which will combine to give her greater rewards.   Thank you!  Contact me if you would like to be a hostess for a party and earn product rewards!

The ‘Have A Hoot’ stamp set in the Mini Catalog, page 62, was at the top of my list when we received the new Mini Catalog.  It is so cute!

For today’s card, I paired that set with the ‘Gather Together’ set with its awesome greeting- smiles & love for the season– yes, please.

At ‘Take A Break Tuesday’, I introduced the card and did a little advertising for the 15% off DSP sale and for my Color Cards that I am getting ready to make for a customer.  At about the 16 minute mark the internet crashed.

Here is the intro:

It stopped right where I was adding a garland at the top of the Pumpkin Pie layer using the Ornamental Envelopes stamp set.  So it is time for words: After stamping the garland in the middle, then the right and left sides, I used a Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Marker to add little tiny berries to the garland.  There is a stamp in the Ornamental Envelopes set with berries, but it is best used with the large leaf garland in the set. 

The greeting and the two little pumpkins behind the smiling pumpkin are from the ‘Gather Together’ set which can also be bundled with ‘Gathered Leaves Dies’ for a 10% savings (and a die to cut out those two pumpkins among others).

For the inside I used the pumpkin stamp in ‘Celebration Tidings’ which can be bundled with ‘Celebration Labels Dies’ for a 10% savings.  This set also has that unique little heart!

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Silly camera!  This is the same Basic Gray base, same lighting, same time of day and yet this one looks like it has a purple base.  Sigh….. the base is Basic Gray.

Recipe:

  • Have A Hoot stamp set with Peek-A-Hoot Dies (page 62 of the Mini)
  • Ornamental Envelopes stamp set (page 40 of the Mini)
  • Celebration Tidings & Celebration Labels Dies for the heart and inside (page 58 of Mini)
  • Gather Together with Gathered Leaves Dies for the pair of pumpkins and greeting (page 47 of the Mini)
  • Stitched Shapes Circle Die & Rectangle Stitched Die
  • Inks:  Early Espresso, Memento Black, Rich Razzelberry, Smoky Slate-for sponging edges
  • Stampin’ Write Rich Razzleberry Marker
  • Stampin’ Blends:  Mango Melody, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate
  • Base:  Basic Gray, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1 (X2) :  Cherry Cobbler,  5 3/8 X 4 1/8
  • Layer 2 (X2) :  Pumpkin Pie, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Layer 3:  Plaid Designer Series Paper (DSP), 1 3/4 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Strip:  Plaid DSP, 5 1/4 X 3/8
  • Card stock for stamped Images:  Whisper White, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4,  Stamp and die cut the owl in the tree, the owl behind the pumpkin, the greeting and the pair of pumpkins.  The pair of pumpkins is glued direct to paper and the three other images are popped up
  • Ribbon:  6″ of the Early Espresso Faux Suede (page 161 of the Annual Catalog-AC)
  • Embellishments:  Gilded Gems X 3 (page 157 of AC)

Tip:  When you use your Stampin’ Blends on very small areas like the tree trunk, just dot with the small tip, don’t try to color.  The dots bleed together and you have less chance of coloring outside the lines- though we do have the Color Lifter Stampin’ Blend if you need to fix it.  To make your Blends last longer, don’t use them like a color crayon with pressure on the point; they blend with very little pressure and your tips will last longer.

I sponged the edge of the circle and the edge of the greeting with Smoky Slate ink first and then Rich Razzleberry with both sponge daubers inked and then stamped off on the grid sheet before sponging- we call this second generation stamping or stamping off, sponging in this case.  While designing the card, I sponged a practice circle with Smoky Slate first but that didn’t look cheerful so I sponged a different area with Rich Razzleberry but that was too purple. I noticed that where the two overlapped on my practice sheet, the color looked perfect!

Don’t overlook the Gilded Gems in the catalog!  They are faceted and just beautiful.  The catalog, page 157,  doesn’t do them justice. This picture shows the larger gem as well as the sponging mix of colors.

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The faux suede ribbon is another product that the catalog, page 161, just doesn’t show the ribbon’s beauty.

Did you know you can look at previous catalog pdfs, clear back to the 2014-2015 annual catalog? That is the year I started blogging.  When you see a reference to a page in a catalog, just look at the date of the post and then you can go to the catalog tab and find the catalog with the same timeframe as the post and view the product.

Don’t forget the Designer Series Paper that is 15% off right now:

And Paper Pumpkin’s kit for November is Jolly Gingerbread:

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Last but not least, I need your order by November 1 if you would like a set of Color Cards.  The set consists of 12 cards with one card for each of the color families including neutrals, one card for each of the In Colors, and a card comparing greens, comparing reds & pinks, comparing blues & grays, comparing oranges & yellows, and a card comparing purples and browns.  I spotlight them in the video if you would like a better look.  The cost is $1per card ($12) plus shipping.  Email me at stampalosopher@gmail.com.

 

What a great tool the color charts are to help choose colors to match DSPs like the plaids!

They are predicting snow on Sunday here in Castle Rock!  We finally stayed home and worked on the yard, cleaned out the garden and fertilized.  It is looking so beautiful!

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Thanks for joining and giving me some of your precious time!  I hope I have brought a “pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world” and helped you know me better as I let you have a peek into my world!

The hostess code for October is 9YGY2BAX.  Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.

Sal,  So A-Loving this season and my fellow crafters

Karen

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