Monday, April 6, 2020

Boss Garage: Kit to Go

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #KitsToGo   I hope this blog post finds you and your family safe and healthy.  We're still hanging out here at the Kartak household, trying to keep busy and trying not to drive each other crazy.

I've been reading and knitting and doing a little stamping. I should be doing MORE stamping, but I haven't been as motivated as I should be. (It's hard to stamp from my bed--ha!)

If you are looking for a crafty activity, I have a few ideas for you. Last week, I shared my Bird Ballad kit-to-go and that's still available. I also told you about Stampin' Up's Paper Pumpkin kits...and I'm repeating that information here.

If you'd like to make something pretty and send it to someone, the easiest way is to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin. You'll receive an all-inclusive kit once a month. These kits are so fun and easy to do. If you have kids at home, they can create along with you. Sign up by April 10 to get the "My Wonderful Family" kit. The kit is $22 "pay as you go." You can save money by subscribing:  
3 months for $63; 6 months for $114; or 12 months for $220. Click on the Paper Pumpkin on the right side of my blog, or contact me for more info. 

This week I have a masculine kit-to-go that uses the "Geared Up Garage" stamp set found on page 154 of the Annual Catalog. There are two options: a product plus pre-cut card kit or just the pre-cut card kit.
Option One: Product Plus Pre-Cut Card Kit
Purchase all the following items on my online store (click on one of the thumbnails below to start you order) and I'll send you all the supplies and instructions to make three of these boss cards.

Geared Up Garage stamp set
Petal Pink Basic Black Stampin' Blends Combo
So Saffron Stampin' Blends Combo
Basic Gray Ink Pad
Acrylic Block D

The total, with shipping and tax (if you're in Maryland), is $64.13.


Option Two Pre-Cut Card Kit
Already have the stamp set and supplies? Then order the pre-cut card kit to make three of these cards. The kit costs $10 (or FREE with a $50 order of any type) and includes all pre-cut card stock, die cuts, and envelopes. To order, email me at kkstamper@comcast.net and I'll give you instructions for paying me online. The kits will be sent to you via USPS.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay home.











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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Creation Station: It's What's on the Inside that Counts!


#stampinup   #creationstation   #faithfulinkspirations   Hello there! I hope you and your family are staying happy and healthy. We're hunkering down here at home in central Maryland (USA) and trying not to get on each others' nerves. Being a family of introverts, we pretty much keep to our own rooms, so we've been successful at avoiding any family squabbles. I've found it nice to be able to have dinner together each evening. That's not something that we're often able to do. And I've had loads of time to craft and relax. How about you? What have you been doing?

Our international blog hop theme for April is "It's What's on the Inside that Counts!" and our task is to create a project with a simple front that offers a sneak peek to something ultra special inside. I'm really pleased with how my project turned--and I hope you will be, too!

My darling daughter studied abroad last year in England and France and I've been wanting to put together some of her photos in a keepsake. I thought this little fold-up surprise would be perfect for her. I used products from the Parisian Blossoms Suite on pages 14-17 in the January-June 2020 mini catalog. Here's the front of the keepsake.



I adhered a 4-1/4" square of Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper directly to the front of the keepsake. Then I added a 4" Vellum square, using Mini Glue Dots strategically placed behind elements. I stamped the postmark images from the "Parisian Beauty" stamp set in Stazon Jet Black Ink directly onto the Vellum and set it with my Heat Tool.  

For the Eiffel Tower, I stamped the image from the "Parisian Beauty" stamp set in Versamark Ink onto a Champagne Foil Sheet, sprinkled on some Shimmer Black Embossing Powder, and set it with my Heat Tool. I cut this image out with the coordinating Parisian Die.

I wanted the "amour" die cut to shine, too, so I stamped a strip of Basic Black Card Stock directly with Versamark Ink and set it with the Heat Tool. Once it cooled, I stamped the strip again with Versamark, sprinkled on some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and then some Clear Embossing Powder. I set it with my Heat Tool and when it was cool, I used the "amour" Parisian Die to cut it out.

Here's how the keepsake looks when you untie the ribbon and start to open it.

Inside the keepsake, I adhered 4-1/4" squares of Parisian Blossoms DSP, cutting some on the diagonal when they were part of a folded section. I added pictures from my daughter's trip and some Parisian Dies die-cut elements.


I've made a little tutorial on making the fold-up keepsake, just click on the tab at the top of the blog for instructions.

I hope you enjoyed my project.   

Next up is the amazing Jennifer Downey who is sure to surprise you with what she's hiding inside!

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Photo Keepsake Tutorial

Start with an 8" square of card stock. Score at 4-1/4" along each side and then along the diagonal. Fold the sides so that they are "valley" folds and the diagonal so that it is a "mountain" fold. I made three of these squares for my keepsake.


Next, adhere the three squares in a line like this. I used Tear and Tape. You can also use Mono Multipurpose Liquid Glue.


I found it easier to fold in each side to the middle like this.



Once you've folded the keepsake, mark the top (ask me how I know). Add Tear and Tape across the front and the back. Adhere 12" of ribbon to each side.



I adhered a 4-1/4" square of Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper to the front and back of my keepsake (over the ribbon).

Decorate the front and inside as desired.



Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Free as a Bird Kit to Go

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #KitsToGo   My job has put most of us on administrative leave for the time being. I'm blessed to have a stable job with a steady income. I know there are many people out there who can't say the same. I'm praying for our country--and our world--for our health and economy. I know we're strong. I know we'll get through it. In the meantime, we need to find positive things to do during our quarantine.

What better way of being positive is doing something creative? Making cards is my creative outlet. I love the process of creating a little piece of art. I've made a promise that I will not only #makeacard but that I will also #sendacard. I have loads of cards and I'm going to start sending them out in the hope of encouraging others and brightening their day.

If you'd like to do that--make something pretty and send it to someone--I can hook you up with all the supplies you need. The easiest way is to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin. You'll receive an all-inclusive kit once a month. These kits are so fun and easy to do. If you have kids at home, they can create along with you. Sign up by April 10 to get the "My Wonderful Family" kit. The kit is $22 "pay as you go." You can save money by subscribing:  
3 months for $63; 6 months for $114; or 12 months for $220. If you subscribe for 3 months or more before March 31st, you're eligible for FREE product during Sale-a-Bration. Click on the Paper Pumpkin on the right side of my blog, or contact me for more info. 

I'm also offering a few "to go" kits (while supplies last). Today's kit uses product from the Bird Ballad Suite on pages 90-92 of the Annual Catalog. There are two options: a product plus pre-cut card kit or just the pre-cut card kit. 

Option One: Product Plus Pre-Cut Card Kit

Purchase all the following items on my online store (click on one of the thumbnails below to start you order) and I'll send you all the supplies and instructions to make three of these cute thank you cards. 

Free As a Bird stamp set
Petal Pink Stampin' Blends Combo
Pool Party Stampin' Blends Combo
Crumb Cake Ink Pad
Acrylic Block D

The total, with shipping and tax (if you're in Maryland), is $65.30. Plus you'll be eligible for a FREE level 1 Sale-a-Bration item (through March 31).


Option Two Pre-Cut Card Kit

Already have the stamp set and supplies? Then order the 
pre-cut card kit to make three of these cards. The kit is $10 (or FREE with a $50 order of any type) it includes all die cuts, pre-cut designer series paper, ribbon, and envelopes. To order, email me at kkstamper@comcast.net and I'll give you instructions for paying me online. The kits will be sent to you via USPS.

Check back tomorrow for another fun kit--in time for Father's Day or a manly birthday.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay home.










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