Stamp Camp Revisited and a Guest Artist

Today’s post features a guest artist.  My Stampin’ Up partner and sideline Linda Miller.   Linda has been a Stampin’ Up demonstrator for over a decade and her talent shows through in all her projects.    Linda, myself and our wonderful upline Cheryl do monthly events together here in the Medford/Central Point area.  Lots of fun with local stampers who are also friends.  And best of all Linda herself comes as part of a team.   Linda’s Mom Jean comes and runs our regular potluck for us in between overseeing the Church garden.  Her additions to the potluck (this time of year featuring garden produce) and her oversight of the kitchen is a real labor of love.   Love of her daughter and daughter’s friends and love of stamping and cards.   I’ve been blessed to find myself another “other mom” in Jean.  And a sister of the heart in Linda (Cheryl too for that matter).   Wonderful how many hands make light work isn’t it?

Here’s Linda’s latest project from our last Stamp Camp:

A lovely fancy fold card that you see closed here:

Papillon Potpourri Zfold closed - Linda Miller

And open here at it’s full extension:

Papillon Potpourri Zfold - Linda Miller
A variation on a Z fold card.  The ribbon is a retired Basic Gray one but everything else is current.  And don’t you love the pearl accents?  Adds to the elegance of the card.   This is one card that is designed to make the heart sing!   Yep…a bad pun what with the musical notes on the designer series paper.  Simple and quick to make – always my favorite type of card.  You can find a tutorial for a somewhat similar Z fold here.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri, Fabulous Phrases

Ink: Basic Gray & Pumpkin Pie

Paper: Basic Gray & Very Vanilla Cardstock, Modern Medley Designer Series Paper (the music).

Other: Elegant Butterfly & Small Butterfly punches,  Basic Jewel Pearls, Adheseives, Ribbon

One note:  If you don’t have the Modern Medley DSP you can always use the Music Notes Wheel to create your very own musical score.  In fact several wheels would work in this design.

If you have any questions for Linda about her project you can contact her through her Demonstrator Business Website here.

Thanks again Linda for being a guest artist.

Hugs and blessings to you all and may you find your own heart taking wing and dancing to the music – Jean

 

 

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More Cards in the Mail from Convention!

My mailbox runneth over….with more cards in the mail from Convention.  Yep…that’s two out of the 2,984 that created that amazing Guinness World Record for Stampin’ Up!  You can read more about that remarkable achievement here in my previous post.

The friends I’ve made since I took up stamping in 2006 have been amazing.   Close, creative and inspiring.

Karen Huber who sent me this very special & delightful card is one of them.   Karen and I met through Stampin’ Connection (a demonstrator online community site).   And the rest is history.   A fun one involving wacky watercoolers and more!

Blooming With Kindness - Karen Huber - watermarked

After a quick troll through the catalog here’s what I’ve found for Karen’s ingredients.

Stamps:  Blooming with Kindness, Papillon Potpourri

Paper: Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Coastal Cabana & Wisteria Wonder Cardstocks

Ink: Basic Gray & Wisteria Wonder & Crushed Curry (inside)

Other: Big Shot, Floral Fusion Sizzlit die, Small Butterfly punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Circle Scallop punches, Basic Jewel Rhinestones,  Regals Candy Dots, Basic Gray 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, dimensionals and adhesive.

This is one happening card!   And a labor of love on Karen’s part.  I can see why this was a popular swap card that’s turning up on some pretty cool blogs all over the Stampin’ Up Ether.   Thanks Karen for making me part of a historic event!     Glad you survived Convention even though it involved hobbling on a broken foot!

Here’s another record setting event Karen and many of my Convention friends also took part in:

Convention 2013 Service Project

While it didn’t earn a plaque or other memento it was certainly memorable as 5800 demonstrators came together to build and fill over 2,000 kits for kids who spend their birthdays in a local Children’s Hospital.   That’s a personal record for Stampin’ Up and a wonderful way to fulfill the 25th Convention goal to Be the Difference!    Do you see that wall art from the Children’s ward?   That’s a Wish Tree Stampin’ Up provided with die cut pieces for kids and their families to add their wishes to the tree on the wall in the Children’s ward.   Here’s a few more pictures showing what it’s all about.

Stampin' Up Wishing Wall Tree at Children's Hospital in SLC

Wish medallions on the wishing tree

Wish medallions on the tree

Stampin Up's wish on the wishing tree

Don’t those wishes blow you away?  It certainly does me.  Also makes me proud to be a part of a company that cares and gives back for and from all of us.   Stampin’ Up works during the year to keep the kids craft cupbards filled as well as providing special things like the birthday kits.   Way to Be the Difference Stampin’ Up!

My wish for you and your families is a joy filled life.   And if you find yourself in hospital on a birthday…I hope you find a box with banners and other celebratory goodies waiting to help you make it a better day.   Of course NOT spending your birthday in a hospital would be even better right?

Hugs and blessings – Jean

Pleasant Poppies in a Layered Fold

I don’t know how you design your cards, especially for an event, but for me it often starts with a basic color and a stamp set I’m determined to use.  In this case the returning color Calypso Coral was high on my list ( I just can’t seem to get enough of that color ) and of course that also brought poppies to mind.

Of course then the whole process came to a screeching halt as I really wanted to do something special and rarely seen before and my brain and my mojo deserted me both at the same time.  It happens that way some days.  😀

Then I remembered that recently I had come across a very fun tutorial on the Splitcoast Stampers (SCS)  website.  The Window Layered Fold tutorial.   It was love at first site!  Truly it was.   And that phenomenon repeated itself when I shared the project below at a recent Stamp Camp.    Then again when Pleasant Poppies (a Stampin’ Up background stamp) is involved what’s not to love.

Here’s the card in its folded position.

To give you an idea of its true size the folded card fits in a standard A2 envelope.

Poppy Window fold - watermarked

Now check it out opened up!

Poppy Layered open - watermarked

Is that cool or what!  Cooler yet…it stands up all by itself with no supports needed.

Here’s a close up of the side details.

Poppy Left detail - watermarked

Poppy right detail - watermarked

One of the truly fun things is that you can vary the center die cut for your texts and it gives a very different look to your project depending on the die selected.   The card looks tricky but is actually quite simple, just follow the steps.  If you have the new Stampin’ Up Magnetic Platform for the Big Shot it’s even easier yet.   I’ve added pictures of other variations at the end of the post.

I’ll also note that this same basic design works with any of our larger dies.  The Squares, Circles, Ovals and really any framelit that fits around the mountain plateau created by the basic folds and has several sizes for mats and focal pieces.

I found my favorite stamp sets for the side lights were Sweet Essentials and Loving Thoughts.   Both sets have nice long verses whose text styles work with a number of word sets – plus the sets have a few short words to go with the long if you prefer the matchy matchy look.

As you can see I kept the basic card background pretty simple and let the poppies speak for themselves.   Of course if you were of a mind to you could add more textured layers and pieces and ribbon and any other embellishments that struck your fancy.

Supplies (for all cards in post):

Stamps: Pleasant Poppies, En Français, Sweet Essentials, Trust God, Loving Thoughts, Fabulous Phrases, Lacy & Lovely

Ink: Crumb Cake & Early Espresso ink pads, Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango, Gumball Green & Daffodil Delight Markers

Paper: Naturals White, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral Cardstock.  Crumb Cake Envelope

Other: Big Shot, Window Frames Framelit, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Oval Framelits, dimensionals & other adhesive.

Sample above made use of Trust in God, Sweet Essentials, En Francais, Pleasant PoppiesLacy & Lovely, Oval Framelit (for text window)

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Of course you know I’ll hook you up with a step by step and also a Word Doc of the SCS tutorial – though I would suggest you check out the video too on the SCS site here:

Pleasant Poppies Layered Window Fold Card – August 2013 Blog Post  – Word Doc Directions

Layered Window Frame Tutorial – Word Doc of the basic tutorial from SCS

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Here’s a few others including what the back looks like undecorated.

Poppy Window Layerd Card backside - watermarked

Keeping it all in the Window Frame family.

Poppy friends closed - watermarked

Poppy Friends open - watermarked

Poppy Friends Right Detail - watermarked

Apothecary Accents Framelit front and center.

Poppy Hello closed - watermarked

Poppy Hello open - watermarked

You’ll notice this last set fell afoul of an ink pad at last weekends event. 😀  Ah well…luckily the bases are easy to replicate and I can probably lift the panels off and reattach to a new, cleaner base.

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Thanks for sharing my little window on the world today.  Yep…really bad pun.  {grin}

If you don’t have poppies in your garden you can always add them to your cards.

Hugs and blessings on a brand new summer day.   – Jean

Card in the mail heralds a world record!

If you hang out in the Stampin’ Up world you’ve probably heard.  Stampin’ Up is the proud owner of a Guinness World Record that was set at our recent annual Convention in Salt Lake City.  Nice achievement to celebrate a 25th Anniversary don’t you think?

So what was the record and what does it have to do with my card in the mail?  So glad you asked…..

Guiness World Record

Did you see…most greeting cards sent  from a single location!

Guiness World Record - Most greeting cards sent from one location - it's official

And of course a nice plaque to hang in the Home Office.

Guinness World Record Plaque

So what did I get?

This!!

World Record - Hey There Friend - Deb Naylor - watermarked

My very own card from the thousands (2,984 to be exact) that were sent to set the record.  How’s that for owning a piece of Stampin’ Up history?  I love it!    My heartfelt thanks to friend and fellow demonstrator Deb Naylor for including me in this record setting convention experience.   You can read Deb’s excellent blog here.   Lots of inspiring projects and of course the latest news on Stampin’ Up products.   Stay tuned on her blog for grandkid updates.  Deb’s been visiting in my own home state of Oregon with family.  Here’s hoping her kitties forgive her though I bet they’ve been loving on the housesitter in her absence.  Cats are like that right?

Here’s the Supplies  I’ve sussed out that Deb used in her card.   It was one of her popular swap cards for convention.

Card Details:

Card dimension (folded):  3″ x 6″

Brilliant sizing as it means she got 4 card bases per sheet of Whisper White 12″ x 12″ cardstock.  And it gave her lots of room to play.  Apart from the basic layers the rest uses up scraps.

Layer sizing:

DSP: 3″ x 2″     Cardstock Mat: 2-1/4″ x 3″

Stamps: Mosaic Madness, Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit stamp (hey there, friend)

Ink: Strawberry Slush In Color Ink Pad

Paper: Whisper White & Strawberry Slush cardstock, Quatrefancy Specialty DSP

Punches: Mosiac, Decorative Label, Extra Large Oval, Large Oval, Scalloped Oval

Other: Big Shot, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Dimensionals and adhesive.

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So there you have it.   Another installment of Cards in the Mail and a little slice of Stampin’ Up history.   That’s a lot to fit in my mailbox on the highway!

Hugs and blessings to you all – may your week be sunny and filled with joy! –  Jean

Sunday’s a good day to play with Sunbursts

Sunday’s a good day to play with sunbursts don’t you agree?  Especially after days of thunderstorms and fire smoke.  Nice to have a reminder that the sun will appear again…someday.

No I’m not being existential or even grabbing for religious imagery but CASEing the catalog once again.

Check out the Annual Catalog sample on page 110.

All images © Stampin' Up! 2013-2014 Annual Catalog Page 110

All images © Stampin’ Up!
2013-2014 Annual Catalog Page 110

Makes use of the currently popular Sunburst paper piecing technique.   I’ve had several people ask me for the how to’s and the dimensions of this lovely catalog sample so thought I’d sit down and try to figure it out.   While I’m not entirely sure I’ve got it exactly right I came as close as I could with what I had on hand.  And of course I decided to give it just a tiny twist.  Always something I like to do when I’m CASEing.

Oh and in case you didn’t know.  CASE stands for Copy and Share Everything.   Something you’ll see a lot in the stamping world.  Sometimes it means an exact duplicate but for me I prefer to grab the basic idea or layout then change it up just a tiny bit to make it mine.  Besides…that allows for materials you may or may not have to be substituted.

Here’s my CASE of the catalog:

Sunburst - Catalog Case pg 110 - watermarked

Supplies:

Stamps:  Loving Thoughts, Four Frames (the flourish image)

Ink: Primrose Petals, Versamark

Paper: Primrose Petals Core’dinations Cardstock, Very Vanilla & Pool Party Cardstock, Everyday Enchantment  SAB 2012 Designer Series Paper (retired)

Other: Lucky Limeade In Color Ribbon (retired), Basic Jewel Pearls, Big Shot, Argyle Embossing Folder, Flower Trim (retired), Stampin’ Trimmer, Silver Embossing Powder

To start I watched Diane Sisnero’s lovely video on this technique.  To find more videos or tutorials check out my Techniques board on Pinterest.  I have several scattered throughout there.

Card base was cut at 4″ x 12″ and folded for a total card size of 4″ x 6″.   That catalog card looks longer to me but I can’t figure out how they would have accomplished that with materials we have in the catalog unless they cut and glued sheets together so I went with what I knew could easily be done.

I cut 10 rectangles of 1-1/2″ x 4″ and using my Stampin’ Trimmer I cut them on the diagonal to give me a total of 20 rays.    I interspersed various DSP designs from the Everyday Enchantment Collection from last years SAB papers and Pool Party cardstock that had been embossed with the Stampin’ Up Argyle embossing folder in my trusty Big Shot.   Rays were laid out and adhered all the way around a 4″ x 4″ mat of Very Vanilla.  If you have a steady hand you can add glue to the mat and then butt the rays one by one up against each other.  I recommend you play with the layout you prefer in advance.  Once the mat is filled with rays then trim the excess overhanging with your Tabletop or other guillotine cutter (scissors will do in a pinch).

Once I marked where the ray layer piece would go I stamped the finial style image from Four Frames in Versamark at a top and bottom mark and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

The Text layer is 1″ x 4″  stamped with a text from Loving Thoughts in Primrose Petals ink and embellished with our half pearl basic jewels and a flower trim blossom that was rubbed in the Primrose Petals ink pad and centered with another half pearl.  In my CASE I added the ruffled ribbon below the sentiment piece.  Confession time…I did that mostly because I forgot to allow for the ribbon when I added the silver embossing.  Oops!   Either way…it works.

While I did have buttons and could have carried through that type of embellishment the papers I chose just seemed to call for something a bit softer.  Don’t you agree?   Besides it’s summer for a few more weeks so flowers seem the thing to enjoy before heading into fall.

If you have the Stampin’ Trimmer this project will reinforce how much you love it!   At least it did for me.  It also led me to my Simply Scored Scoring board and the diagonal plate to create the perfect sized envelope for my non standard card.

Here’s the notes for creating that from Jackie Topa’s excellent guide – remember this uses the diagonal plate for the simply scored:

4 x 6 Card Envelope

cut paper 8” square

score@3-1/8” and 4-1/2”

score one long side@ 6-3/8”

finished size 4½” x 6 ¼”

There you have it a Sunday CASE of Sunburst.   I hope you’ve had a restful weekend or if busy, then one dappled with bits of joy and ease.

If you have a minute I hope you’ll send some good thoughts and prayers the way of our very busy firefighters.   Our Douglas Complex fire nearby here in Southern Oregon was recently rated #1 in the nation with resources streaming in to fight it.  We’ve lost one young man already in the fight against fires here locally and my heart goes out to his family.   With the help of recent rains the fires are down but still going.   Means more work for those fighting and more smoke for those living nearby.    Here’s hoping your week ahead is safe, sunny and smoke and fire free.

Hugs and Sunday Blessings – Jean

Fine Friends make Fine Feathers!

Having shared my Upline  Cheryl’s card from a recent Stamp a Stack I thought I’d share another of my favorites from that same event.  My dear friend and side line Linda put together this fun card featuring Fine Feathers from the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog.   Whew…do you think I worked enough f’s into that last sentence?

All images © Stampin' Up!

All images © Stampin’ Up!

Linda’s FINE FEATHERS CARD

Stamp Sets: Fine Feathers, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Card Stock: Crumb Cake (8-1/2” x 5-1/2” card base), Midnight Muse (1-1/2” x 5-1/2”, 2-1/2” square for buttons, scraps for punch)

Ink: Midnight Muse

Accessories: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Sweet Buttons Embosslits, Piercing Mat, Piercing Tool, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Linen Thread, Simply Scored, Bone Folder, Big Shot

Here’s the instructions if you would like them:

FINE FEATHERS CARD – Linda Miller

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Beautiful card don’t you think.  Perfect for the guys or gals on your list.   The details on the feather images are beautiful and quite realistic.  I’ve matched one or two of them to feathers found outside my mountain valley home.

Thanks Linda for sharing your talents today.

Hugs and blessings to you all – Jean

Bermuda Bay is back and just as beautiful the second time around.

When Bermuda Bay was first introduced as a new in color it took me awhile to warm up to it.   Now in the interval it was gone I’ve fallen in love with Pool Party and other greeny blue type colors and wished Bermuda Bay was back so it could play with newer colors..   Request approved!    Now Bermuda Bay is back and beautiful in my adapted eyes.   Funny how sometimes we have to miss a color to appreciate it when it’s back don’t you think?   And now it’s back with friends in it’s color spectrum.   Have you seen it layered with Coastal Cabana and Pool Party…gorgeous.

Today to celebrate I thought I’d show a card my upline Cheryl shared at a recent Stamp a Stack.   One can never have too much Bermuda Bay right?  A calm ocean of color just waiting for someone to dive in and swim.

Coastal Cabana Punch Card

All images © Stampin’ Up!

Supplies:

Stamps: Label Love, Fabulous Phrases

Ink: Bermuda Bay

Paper:  Bermuda Bay Textured Cardstock (no longer available but we have something similar now in the Core’dinations paper), Bermuda Bay Cardstock, Naturals White Cardstock, Silver Glimmer Paper.

Punches: Artisan Label, Small Heart, Decorative Label, 1″ Circle

Other: Big Shot, Top Note Bigz die, dimensionals & snail adhesive

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Gotta love all that monochromatic layering.  A little stamping, a little punching and quick pass through the Big Shot and you have lovely Bermuda Bay goodness to send on its way.   Wish you could see this in person as the colors and papers glow and sparkle.  Makes me want to take a trip to Bermuda!

Something else this card does is highlight one of the deals in the New Annual Catalog.  A bundle with bundle pricing.   Save 15% when you purchase the Artisan Label punch and the Label Love stamp set in their bundle configuration.

Want to save even more?  Click and download the lists of bundles found throughout the Annual Catalog and the new Holiday Catalog just released last week.  If you are a demonstrator reading this, feel free to borrow and distribute these flyers to your own customers.

Bundled Product Flyer PDF of bundles with pictures and ordering information

2013 Holiday Catalog Bundles Flyer – PDF of Holiday Catalog Bundles

Hugs and happy stamping – Jean

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