Annual Catalog Launch on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/stampalosopher/live/

Hello Stamping Friends,

Click on the above link to join me on my facebook page for the annual catalog launch.  June 9, 9:30AM MT

Here’s a sneak peak of the card we will be making:

See you there!

Karen

Hostess code:  2KNDJXFN

 

 

The New Annual Catalog Premiers

Hello Stamping Friends,

(Remember to click on the heading to go to the full blog–videos I post work better there!)

Isn’t it beautiful?!!   The photography is fabulous and when you see some of the DSP – designer series paper – made from live photos you will be amazed!

Ordering began today at noon!  A BIG thank you to those who have already jumped to the task of ordering before anything sells out.   My task was to get catalogs into everyone’s hands.  If you would like one please contact me.  Text: 303-815-0838

We hope to see the new cutting machine by Christmas if all goes well!

I talked to Santa and he knows it is on your list.

Thanks, Sal!

My catalog launch this year is a Facebook Live Event happening twice:

  • Tuesday morning, June 9th, 9:30 AM
  • Saturday morning, June 13th, 9:30 AM

This is the link to my Facebook business page.  If you would like a kit with the projects we will be doing give me a shout out!  The kit is $5 and you will make a card, a bookmark and a color sheet with the new In Colors.  There will be a catalog scavenger hunt with prizes!

What’s your favorite in the catalog? 

That is so hard but I think it “might” be the Peony Garden Suite on page 82. Here’s a video:

Maybe it is just because I have been looking for a peony bush for my yard and they sell out so quick that I haven’t found one.

  Better hurry before this sells out!

But then there is the Bird Bundle on page 120 and you know how I love birds!

No-really?  I couldn’t guess with all the bird pictures and figurines you have everywhere. 

Sarcasm doesn’t look good on you, Sal.

Let’s go away and let our stamping friends enjoy the catalog.

SAL,  Sending A Launch memo

Karen

June hostess code:  2KNDJXFN

 

 

 

Last Day For the Annual Catalog

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June 1-30 hostess code:  2KNDJXFN with Lucille as our first hostess for the one year rotation.

Goodbye Blueberry Bushel…

  Goodbye Call Me Clover…

Goodbye Grapefruit Grove…

Goodbye Lovely Lipstick….

Goodbye Pineapple Punch….

The retiring colors are my favorite ever In Colors!  Well…. maybe until now.  Tomorrow we say hello to Bumblebee and Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight-  beautiful new In Colors that will be in the catalog for two years!

The new catalog is available for ordering starting at NOON tomorrow, June 3; but I mustn’t get ahead of myself.  Many retiring products have sold out but there are oodles left!  Click on the image to check out what’s left:

Catalog Launch

Yes, I am still having a catalog launch with all our traditional fun but this year there will be two Facebook Live events and I need to mail you kits or have you do a porch pickup starting tomorrow.  Club members receive the kits free, to guests it is a $5 fee plus shipping and you can participate from anywhere in the USA.  Just hurry and let me know so I can get the kits in the mail tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 9, Catalog Launch:  9:30 MT  Facebook Live on my Stampalosopher Facebook page.

Saturday, June 13,  Catalog Launch: 9:30 MT  Facebook Live on my Stampalosopher Facebook page.

  Can I come… Can I come…. pleeeeease…

I am working on getting you out of quarantine.  We will see what happens.

The event will be recorded and posted here on the blog and in a YouTube video so you will be able to follow along at anytime – even midnight you dear night owls.

Would you like to update your color sampler sheets or purchase a new set?   I will be preparing the comparison sheets that show all our greens, blues, etc. together on one sheet as well as a sheet for each of the color families.  The catalog launch kit will have the In Color sheet for you with the new In Colors but you can get any of the other sheets for $1 per sheet so just let me know which ones you would like.

 

Have a wonderful day!  You might want to take a nap so you can get up early to see the new catalog online.  I will post it here.  Ordering starts at NOON to give the home office time to change over all the products.

SAL,   So Anxiously Longing (for the new catalog)

Karen

June 1-30 hostess code:  2KNDJXFN with Lucille as our first hostess for the one year rotation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Few of My Favorite Retiring Items

Hello Stamping Friends,

If you are viewing this in your mobile device remember to click on the heading to be directed to the full blog.

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

Mother’s Day Double Point Card

Happy Mother’s Day Stamping Friends,

Since we are still on the “Safer At Home” regulations, Mother’s Day is not the norm with visiting our mothers and delivering flowers so I made a special card with lots of flowers- vellum flowers on the outside, a potted plant underneath the double-point on the outside and a bouquet of flowers on the inside.

I was hesitant with the vellum flowers and vellum leaves since they don’t show much detail but they are so soft and pretty that I was pleased.

  The Petal Pink Organdy Ribbon has that same soft look of the vellum flowers. 

They do go well together, Sal, and with Petal Pink cardstock for the base it is a very feminine card, perfect for Mother’s Day!

I saw this card fold at http://thepamperedstamper.com.  

I changed the flowers and the greeting and the paper and added ribbon but started with her double point card with vellum flowers.

So after all those changes is it still a case (copy and share everything)?

How about CASE -as in copy and selectively edit?!

I have found designing cards is a process of looking at lots and lots of ideas and then incorporating what I like – or changing things up based on what supplies I have in stock.  The design changes constantly as I work and sometimes my trash can is full of the trial and errors of a design.

This is really quite a simple card to make.  The points are two pieces of Designer Series Paper, Perennial Essence, that measure 3″ X 4″, scored at 1″ along the long side and then the corners are folded down to just above the score line.  The 1″ section is adhered under the main layer-Whisper White in my case.

I put a little pencil mark in the middle of the long edge- 2″, and scored to the 1″ score line to make folding a little easier.  I also cut a little off of each edge so nothing would hang out if my cuts weren’t quite perfect.

  Hmmmm…….. sounds like that probably happened to you, right? 

Guilty as charged!  Check out these two sets of flowers for the inside.  Do you notice the difference?

   

  This is a trick question, isn’t it?  I see the same number of flowers and the same coloring on the flowers. 

Yes, but notice the Petal Pink shading around the image in the first one.  I saw that technique on a video tutorial by Tina Wardell and I think it really makes a difference.  Tina showed how she colors around her images with a light colored Stampin’ Blend and then she takes the Stampin’ Blend color lifter and softens the edge of the coloring.

  Sure enough!  There is a difference.  What’s really amazing is you found a potted plant with Happy Mother’s Day that exactly fit underneath the Double Point piece on the front. 

That is a retired set called ‘Just Because’.  It is also what I used for the ‘Thinking of You’ greeting on the front.  I set up the Stamparatus and masked off the flower pot above the words to get just the words that I wanted.

This set will go in the Bake Sale sets since I have used it for this Mother’s Day.  Be sure and visit the Bake Sale tab once in a while.  I will be adding more items after I compare what I have with what I see in the new catalog that I  “must” have.  Space is becoming an issue here at the house.  I like this quote from ‘A Girl And A Glue Gun’:

Recipe

  • Base:  Petal Pink  4 1/4 X 11  Scored at 5 1/2
  • Points:  Designer Series Paper, Perennial Essence,  3 X 4 scored at 1″ along the long side.  Make a small pencil mark at the 2″ middle of the wide section and score from the middle mark to the 1″ score line.  Clip a little off the edges – see picture above.  Adhere the 1″ under the Whisper White layer.
  • Whisper White Layer:  4 X 5 1/4, make 2
  • Stitched Nested Labels: Petal Pink  2 3/4 X 4 3/4,  Die cut with the 2 1/8 X 4 (measured at the inside of the stitching on the die)
  • Top Stitched Nested Labels:  Whisper White  2 3/4 X 4 1/2,  Die cut with the 1 3/4 X 3 1/2 (measured at the inside of the stitching)
  • Flowers & Leaves:  Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock in green, yellow and pink- retiring in June .  I used Flower Shop (retired) and its matching punch for the Petal Pink large flower and then punched three little yellow vellum flowers with a small flower punch just like the one we had for Sale A Bration.   The green vellum leaves were punched from various retired punches.  Current products would be the Perennial Flower Punch layering two punched pieces to make a six petal flower.  The Leaf Punch and the Sprig Punch would work beautifully with the green vellum to make the greenery.
  • Stamp Set for the inside bouquet is ‘Accented Blooms’ – retiring in June
  • Stamp Set ‘Just Because’ with  the greeting Thinking of You and the potted plant with Happy Mother’s Day
  • Ink:  Memento -Tuxedo Black, Petal Pink stamped on the large flower, Crushed Curry on the small flowers, Pear Pizzaz on the leaves
  • Stampin’ Blends – Various with Light Petal Pink used to outline the bouquet image
  • Embellishments – Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon 11″ ; one Perennial Essence Floral Center; three sequins

Did I miss anything, Sal?

They might like to see how you made the same design a birthday card.

Of course!  For the birthday card I used the ‘Beautiful Moments’  stamp set for the greeting on the inside:

The little vine under the greeting above is in the Accented Blooms stamp set and in the next image is a cute little curly stamp with a heart in the middle from Accented Blooms which I stamped under the potted plant and glued a heart shaped sequin over the stamped heart:

“What you focus on determines what you miss! ”  I often focus so much on the greetings and large images that I miss these cute little stamps.

This stamp set is retiring so get it before it is gone (or selling on Ebay for three times the price)!  We used the coordinating Tailored Tag punch at Christmas for the quilted plaid card so the two make a nice set to add to your collection.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane.

I love setting out the past cards we have made in clubs and I have several I set out for Mother’s Day.  Some of you were with me when we made these and it makes me smile to remember the fun we had!

A Tea Together Bendy Card, this set is retiring in June:

A pop up box card:

A Magic Shutter Card:

A Rose Box:

 

Birthday Blooms Pull Up Card:

Layering Framelits (this is Whisper White in real life):

Using the cut out from the front:

This card is a monochromatic Very Vanilla:

The Tulip Embossing Folder was one of our very favorites for stunning cards:

A spinner card:

An Easel Card:

Remember the Top Note Die and lining up Designer Series Paper on the grid sheet and then cutting with the Top Note?

I posted all these mostly for my benefit to “scrapbook” our creations but it also shows the types of cards that we make during club and just might entice you to join when we start up clubs again in June.  Contact me if you are interested.

Thank you for spending time with me today!  Paul is on a special schedule due to the virus so he had to work and I played on the computer.

Happy Mother’s Day whether remembering and honoring your mothers or celebrating your own motherhood, I hope your day was blessed.

SAL, Sharing A Love

Karen

Current Hostess code is TQ3JBKP3 , click to visit the store. Don’t forget to check out the retiring list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Giveback

Hello Stamping Friends,

Stampin’ Up! has a fun new way to help others and give us digital stamps with images like — toilet paper!  These are strange times and it comes with strange ways to reach out and help others and give us heartfelt and funny images to use on our cards to bless others!  You can even choose which organization for your $12 donation.  Check this out:


  

  What?!  “I’d totally share my toilet paper with you”  and “Quarantini” ??  You have all been inside too long!  

And we need to stay that way, Sal.  See the one that says “There’s no place like home….for now.”  And “Paper Hugs”?  So sweet.

  

  

  

   

SAL,  Stay A Live — Stay Inside

Karen

Hostess code:  TQ3JBKP3  (But not for the donation offer)

Share Sunshine PDF download buy it here

 

Last Chance Products

Hello Stamping Friends,

It is that time of year when we say goodbye to the old and prepare to welcome the new!

The annual catalog will be kapoot as of June 3rd.

   That is a long ways off!

Well, it does seem like it, since April feels like it has had about a hundred days and May will seem the same.  The good news is that we have a list of products that Stampin’ Up! has shared with us to know what will NOT be in the new catalog.

There is a pdf file with page numbers so you can go page by page or an Excel file to sort the list if you like to work that way.  I find the easiest way to see what products are retiring is to go to my online store and click the link on the left side of the page to view all the products by picture.  Just be careful not to panic when you see things like the Stampin’ Blends as being discontinued.  On the pdf file at the very bottom are these details:

When Stampin’ Up! reconfigures a product, they give it a new number, accordingly they show the old numbered product as discontinued.

Bundles with their 10% discount are always discontinued after their first year of introduction, but that does not mean the stamp set or the punch/framelit with which it is bundled are discontinued.

So look for the stars beside the list of products.

  Click on the catalog to view pages:

 

 

 

 

   

     

 

 

    I went to sleep while you were trying to get all those links done.

Well, wake up and check out all those products that will be forever gone.

Hostess code closing Saturday, April 25, is:  RH4REUGF

SAL,  See A Last glimpse

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

Click here to order:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ornate Garden Suite

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code through April 25th:  RH4REUGF

Stampin’ Up! is letting us order from a new suite of products that will be in the June annual catalog!

  Uh oh…… I see lots of daisies – better grab the checkbook, Dad, or the grocery money will be gone!

But Sal, we are isolating in our homes and Stampin’ Up! is still delivering fun new products to help us keep our sanity.  The home office has set up new schedules to protect their employees who can’t work from home so they stay safe yet are able to process and ship our orders.   The shipping is only about one day later than normal.  For those of us in Colorado, that means four days instead of three until we receive our crafting supplies.

Watch this Ornate Garden Suite video from the home office:

Checkout this paper with gold foil designs on some of the sheets:


That’s a lot to choose from.  What if they need (want) it all?

Then you order the suite, Sal!  With just one product number they will get it all!

Here is a pdf FLYER if you would like to print it out.

Look at this foil paper with a bit of coloring and the use of two of the border dies and the Old Olive ribbon:

 

This sample shows the detail of the Ornate Floral Embossing Folder, different Ornate Border Dies and the Terracotta Tile ribbon.

This next sample shows the uniqueness of the large greeting paired with the small words in the Ornate Thanks stamp set.  The Ornate Layers Die is used and the long rectangle die in the set will be a nice addition for a longer version of the stitched rectangles.  Note the Gilded Gems and the five flowers stamped from the single flower in the Ornate Style Stamp set, fussy cut and then layered on top of each other for a nice edge to the greeting.

And the final sample uses the Ornate Layers dies and that cool corner stamp in the Ornate Style Stamp set.  Did you notice the little bit of designer series paper underneath the greeting?

Let’s take a closer look at the samples shown on the flyer.  The first two use the single daisy stamp with Ornate Borders:

I had to look twice but the Ornate Thanks stamp set does have the “I’m” stamp shown above.  There is a clump of little flowers in the Ornate Style Stamp set and the tiny flowers on the ‘So Grateful’ card used fussy cuts from that stamp.  The ‘So Grateful’ card also uses Versa Mark to stamp the scrolly design on the Grapefruit Grove card stock but I couldn’t get it to zoom in enough to show you.

Those samples use every stamp in the Ornate Style Stamp set!!

Yes, indeed!  Thank you, Stampin’ Up!

Hostess code through April 25th:  RH4REUGF

I have tentatively scheduled Tuesday, June 9th, for our first weekday club and Saturday, June 13th, for the weekend club.  Both will start at 9:30.  We are starting a new year of rotations so please let me know if you are interested.  I would love to have two weekday clubs so tell your friends and text me at 303-814-8799 or email stampalosopher@gmail.com . 

Stay safe and stay sane!

SAL,    Stamping A Lone (poetic license)

Karen

PS  Today and tomorrow, the 10th, are the last days to order the April Paper Pumpkin kit.  You won’t want to miss this one to bless your family:

PPSS:  If you order the suite and one month of Paper Pumpkin (#137858) you will have earned $15 in free products of your choice.

  Just saying………

 

Happy Birthday To You For Sale A Bration’s Last Day

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code for the next couple of weeks:  RH4REUGF

The party’s over now….. (almost)

It’s time to call it a day…..(until next year)

They’ve sold out my pretty products…. (not quite all)

And taken my stamps away…………..( at midnight tonight)

Aren’t we cheerful this morning…..sheesh…. the new catalog is only two months away…

I know, Sal, but Sale A Bration is my absolute favorite time of the year and today is the last day to order and earn something free! It is so fun to see stampers excited about getting something they love for free!

Today we will focus on a set I passed over in my first order, the Happy Birthday To You set.

I saw a card on Tina Wardell’s blog:  tinascraftyinkspot.com and had a new appreciation for the beautiful flowers.  I had focused on the cake and thought it was more of a wedding cake than a birthday cake – and it would work well for a wedding- but when you use only the flowers for the outside of the card it is stunning as a birthday card.  Here is Tina’s video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqctK_KjjG8

The card has the birthday cake popped up on the inside with beautiful flowers on the outside.  I changed a few things to suit my liking.  I used matching colors for the base and the flowers and then used the little dots in the same stamp set and versa mark to decorate the edge of the base.

The inside has the cake popping up!  I used our Pearlized Doilies (#146936) for the base of the cake.   You can’t see it here, but the cake actually has a matching cake mirrored image on its other side. The pop up technique and making a mirror image of the cake are both in Tina’s video.  Our Silicone Craft Sheet (#127853) works beautifully to stamp the image -twice (a stamparatus is a must) and then place your white cardstock on the silicone sheet and rub-rub-rub.

Recipe

  • Card Base:  Rich Razzleberry  5 1/2 X  8 1/2  Scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer:  Daffodil Delight  3 1/4 X 4 5/8
  • Top:   Whisper White  3 1/4 X 4 1/2  Cut to 4 3/8 X 3 with Rectangle Stitched Framelit
  • Cakes & Flowers:  Make 3;  Whisper White 3 X 4 1/4
  • Pop Up Strips:  Make 2;   1/4 X 2 1/2 scored at 1/4″ on only one end
  • Leaves:  Old Olive  2 1/4 X 5 1/2, make six leaves-the framelit makes two at a time, sponge edges
  • Sprigs:  Daffodil Delight  2 X 2, make two sprigs-the framelit makes two at a time
  • One Pearlized Doily
  • Three sequins
  • Inside Greeting:  Whisper White  2 3/4 X 2, stamp and then punch with Pretty Label Punch
  • Border for Greeting:  Daffodil Delight  2 3/4 X 2, Punch with Pretty Label Punch, cut in half to mount behind the greeting.
  • Stampin’ Blends:  Lt & Dk Rich Razzleberry, Dk Daffodil Delight, Lt & Dk Old Olive, Lt Balmy Blue-cake shadows, Dk Smoky Slate-cake base
  • Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Versa Mark
  • Birthday Dies

To make our time at club more efficient,  I made card kits with the Rich Razzleberry/Daffodil Delight, Real Red/Black, Bermuda Bay/Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo/Highland Heather.  There was a lot of coloring on the flower images so I chose colors based on the Stampin’ Blends that I have.  It worked really well and stampers could all be coloring at the same time.  Check out their beautiful creations:

 

 

Wendy chose to do red and black and Jo made the flirty flamingo and purple:

    

Havi made the Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight:

   

Thank you for sharing your cards, ladies!  They are all beautiful.  Which is your favorite?

I think I like the red roses best, but I really like pink with the purple, but blue is …. hmmm undecided! 

While you can still get free products, it is a great time to stock up on your papers and inks and glue and glue dots and especially those retiring In Colors:

The ink refills always sell out first followed by the ink pads and paper.

How are you doing with your time away from social life?  May I offer a diversion?

There are several kits in the catalog that would be great to wile-a-way the hours:

From the annual catalog pages 200-203:

From the Mini Catalog Page 59-60:

The catalog just doesn’t do justice to these kits.  The cards turn out so nice and the envelopes are like icing on a cake!

Paper Pumpkin sent out a sneak peak video for the month of April.  Considering what we are going through with this coronavirus pandemic it is a great time to send notes to your family and friends:  Click on this image for a short ad:

What is nice about Paper Pumpkin is the ability to suspend shipments until the months you want them.  For example, last year I bought the 3-month subscription during Sale A Bration to get a free product but suspended the kits from shipping until September, October and November so I would have holiday cards.

I will take a paper inventory this afternoon to see if I need to stock any papers, especially the retiring In Colors.  Here is a pdf and Excel file for the inventory sheet I use:

Color Inventory Chart 19-20 Excel File

Color Inventory Chart 19-20  PDF File

Hostess code for the next couple of weeks:  RH4REUGF

Please take care to be very very safe and take some time to craft!

SAL,  Sad And Lonely – NOT  I have stamps!

Karen

PS- No calendar with events for April and May.  I am expecting our first clubs will resume in June.  (Yay-new catalog!)

 

 

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