A Fun Slider Card from CardMaker Magazine!

Aloha, all!

     Every time I receive an issue of CardMaker Magazine, I have to stop whatever I'm doing and look through it for ideas for my own card making. And every time I find something I just have to try. The current Winter 2015 Issue is no exception. I found this fun slider card, and just had to try it out with my Stampin' Up! products!


     Of course at this time of the year, I'd planned to create something with a holiday theme. But then I found out that a favorite family member just had a birthday, and I focused immediately on the stamp set, By the Tide. What a fun slider the images in that set would make. So off I went to try it out. The photo above shows the front of the card. If you look really closely, you might be able to see the slit that runs up above the sea cirtters to a point about 1" from the top of the top layer. I didn't really understand why the original design also had a Woodgrain style Embossing Folder. But once I realized that it hid the slit pretty well, I understood it much better.


     Here is what the card looks like when you pull on the ribbon at the top – the front grouping slides up to the top of the card front and the inside greeting and stamped images on the inside of the card are there for all to see. I'll be signing the card in black ink over the lighter stamped image – that should show up pretty well.

     The original card had instructions for splattering different colors onto the front textured layer, but I used the dotted stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set that I colored with the card's main color, Island Indigo, along with some Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie, all applied using my Stampin' Write Markers.

     This card was a lot of fun, and I'm hoping I have an area set up for video taping tutorials before long so that I can give you a good idea about how to make this kind of a slider card. If I can get this done before too long, I'll make it with a holiday theme. At the rate that I'm getting my craft room reorganized, it may have a Valentine theme!  Whatever, it will be a video within the next month or two.

     For now, you can find written instructions on page 50 of the current issue of CardMaker magazine! Now I'm back to focusing on the holidays!


Posted on : Nov 29 2015
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |

I’m Thankful to be Working at Home!

Aloha, al!

     While I do have a Facebook business page where I share my own and Stampin' Up!'s specials, I also have a personal page where I share what's got my attention at the moment in my life in general. Earlier this week, I posted this photo on my personal page.


     This is a photo of the garden that I see from the front lanai – or porch depending on where you live. It's also part of the view that I see from my Craft Room – every morning of the week.

     So why am I posting this today? It's because I wanted to share with you something for which I am very thankful, and which would not be possible if I didn't have my own home-based business related to my paper-crafting. If I had to go somewhere else to work, I would not be able to stop every once in a while during the day to enjoy this beautiful botanical garden that is part of my own home.

     And this doesn't get boring. As I was looking at this photo this morning, I realized that I'd not even noticed the lovely pink orchid up in the tree to the right. Each time I look out, I notice something new. Like that bromeliad between the two Manila Palms towards the right. I never noticed until yesterday that this looked like a fountain – right in my own yard!

     Of course I cannot stare out at the garden all the time. There is work to be done, even though it feels like play when I start creating cards and scrapbook pages and tutorials. What that does for me is to help me earn a bit of extra money, and I don't have to travel away from my home to make that happen.

     So today, on Thanksgiving Day in the United States, one of the things for which I am so very thankful is that I have this opportunity, to work at home, earn a bit of extra money, and enjoy my garden.

     Do you have something about your home that you really enjoy and don't want to leave to go work somewhere else? If this appeals to you, you might want to consider becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. You can make your business what you want it to be. With the internet and all the social media available these days, you definitely can structure your business to your own idea of what you want it to be.

     Interested in the possibility of being thankful for this next year come Thanksgiving? Just give me a call (808-854-6145) or send me an e-mail, and I'll be glad to help you figure out how Stampin' Up! might fit into your life!

     Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on : Nov 25 2015
Posted under Family and Garden |

My Favorite Holiday Colors!

Aloha, all!

     From the time I first heard about Christmas, I associated two main colors with this holiday – Green and Red. Oh, as I grew older, I began to like working with Blue and White, Silver and Blue, Gold and Red and Green – and even the odd project with purples or aquas. But Red and Green is my go to color combo for Christmas, my favorite of all the Fall and Winter holidays.


     Those of you who've followed my blog for any length of time will recognize these two as Diagonal Double Fold Pocket Cards. It's just my favorite card fold, especially as I have lots of friends who read a lot and love bookmarks. You also may recognize the Christmas Red and Green that I'm featuring here – Real Red and Garden Green. These are my favorites for this year because Stampin' Up! has that yummy striped Real Red and Garden Green 1/8" Striped Ribbon in the 2015 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. That just cannot go to waste!

     Unfortunately, none of the Stampin' Up! Holiday Designer Series Papers for this season features these two colors. Vellum, yes, but no DSP. Rats! But then I remembered that EVERY Stampin' Up! color has its own Designer Series Paper in the Color Collections Designer Series Paper Stack. So off I went to retrieve a piece of Real Red paper from the Brights Collection Color Stack and Garden Green from the Regals Collection Color Stack. And then off I went to make my cards.

     I love the Oh What Fun Stamp Set that I used for this project. It has such a wide variety of sentiments and decorative elements in it – and it's photopolymer! I LOVE photopolymer – so easy to use! It is a bit difficult to color with Stampin' Write Markers especialy when the stamps are small and very new with no stain on them. The first time that I colored in the red bells that are on the card front, I missed that the little piece sticking down from the bells was part of the pine in the picture. So there's some red pine. This is not enough to "ruin" a project, so red it's staying. Besides, who but you and I are going to notice!

    If you'd like the complete tutorial to make these two cards, it's available for free from now until November 29, 2015, to those who are subscribed to my newsletter. Just complete the form up on the left on this page, and I'll send my latest newsletter to you by Sunday!

     And don't forget to share YOUR favorite Holiday Colors with the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge Design Team! We'd love to have you enter our challenge!



Posted on : Nov 23 2015
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

My Favorite Stampin’ Up! Sale of the Year!


     Just for this week – November 23rd through November 30th – Stampin' Up! is once again having its annual Online Extravaganza Sale!


     AND just for today, there is a one-day sale that includes, among other items, a Buy 3 Designer Series Paper sets, Get 1 FREE!  This is my favorite for today!


     CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST OF ITEMS ON SALE and for more information about the one-day specials today, November 23rd, and next Monday, November 30th.


     And CLICK HERE to shop in my online store!

Posted on : Nov 23 2015
Posted under Announcement |

Holiday Catalog Retiring Products!


Aloha, all!

     Stampin' Up! is doing things a bit differently beginning with the current Holiday Catalog. Even before the catalog's end day (January 4, 2016), Stampin' Up! is letting us know which products will no longer be carried once the end date is over. So it's time to start going through your collection to see if there's anything you've been meaning to buy but have put it off until it's closer to Christmas. Well, it's closer! 

Click here for the retiring list.

     Just a couple of clarifications: if a stamp set is retiring, it will still be available up until a week before the end of the catalog sales period. After that, they may run out. As for the other products, it's very likely that once the current supply is used up, those products will no longer be available. The second clarification is that some products in the catalog are actually on back order, but Stampin' Up! has already arranged for more product to be delivered later this month and in December. Three products that I've ordered are in this group: The Snowflake Elements, the Reindeer Paper Clips, and the Home for Christmas Enamel Dots. They'll be back in stock in a week or two, so we'll have them in plenty of time for Christmas.

     Or click here to go shopping in my Stampin' Up! store – before products are gone!


Posted on : Nov 16 2015
Posted under Announcement |

An All Occasion Day!

Aloha, all!

     Just as I was about to spend a crafting day designing and crafting Thanksgiving cards, several events occurred that meant that I needed some quick all occasion cards. The "quick" was because I don't have that much time left to be making Thanksgiving cards, so I need to get to it!

     The perfect place to go for quick all occasion cards is a Stampin' Up! kit. In this case, I grabbed the fabulous all-inclusive kit, Watercolor Wishes. The reason this is all inclusive is that it not only has the cards, envelopes, and embellishments – it also contains stamps and inks!  Yup, two little ink spots in Night of Navy and Watermelon Wonder, and the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set.

     In no time at all I had the three cards I needed, and they're about to go into the mail today!


     None of these cards is exactly as the kit instructions calls for them to be made. A couple of my customers and I opened the kit a couple of months ago when I first got it, and that was the start of using the kit's contents just the way we wanted them to be. Actually, today I would have been happy to make the cards just as they were designed so I didn't have to do too much thinking. But there I was making do with what I had. For this first card, I wanted to use the Watermelon Wonder ink for the sentiment, but there were no background layers available that were a good accent for it. So I cut my own layer of Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and then stamped away on one of the smaller layers from the kit. The flower and leaf looked like they were made for this card, so on they went!


     It turned out that I did have all the pieces to make this card as in the booklet that comes with the kit. But I needed a Thank You Card, so out came the Thanks sentiment again, but this time stamped using Night of Navy Classic Ink.


     Finally I made a card without the Thanks sentiment. This time I definitely did not have the pieces for this card, and nothing in the kit that's left seemed to go well with the blue and taupe color scheme on this card base. So again I pulled out my own papers, die-cutting a piece of Tip Top Taupe Cardstock for the background of the stamped element and Whisper White Cardstock to die-cut the sentiment. The die set I used was one that's become a favorite in my craft room, the Tags and Labels Framelits. I needed to add something to this card to make it look a bit more feminine that it looked at the start, so I added a bow made with Night of Navy Seam Binding Ribbon.

     The two Thank You cards are for a couple of customers who just placed orders for Stampin' Up! products in my online store. Oh, I could just send an e-mail. But, hey! This is Stampin' Up! we're talking about, and if I can't send a hand made Thank You card what am I in this business for?!  I sure would like to be sending a card out to any of you who are reading this blog post and and would like to order some of the supplies I've featured here or in any other post. Just click here to get right to my Stampin' Up! store. Just for giggles, I made that link to the Watercolor Wishes Kit – that's all you need for lots of cards, even if they're not identical to those I've shown you today!

Posted on : Nov 15 2015
Posted under Sizzix, Stampin' Up! Kits, Stamping |

Fall Fun!

Aloha, all!

     Here I am once again with a project for the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, a biweekly challenge which usually is to feature a theme in a greeting card or other project. This time, as November begins, our challenge is "Fall Fun." And fall is certainly fun wherever you are!


     As you might be able to tell, I had to make this card quickly! I don't even want to go into what I've been doing over the last week – all fun, but all crazy busy! So here I was as the challenge was about to go live wondering what I was going to do for this challenge. But with the fabulous Stampin' Up! papers and coordinating stamps and ribbons and cardstock available to me, it was such fun making this quick card!

     The printed paper on the card front is one of the sheets from the fall Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper set, Into the Woods. Look at all those great colors which just shout "Fall" with all the leaves tumbling down off the trees (and a few acorns from the oaks, of course). I decided to pick out the Tangelo Twist and Rich Razzleberry colors for accents. The ribbon – also called "Into the Woods" – in Rich Razzleberry was easy. The Tangelo Twist designer series paper was less easy, but then came quickly to the forefront as I started "leafing" through my Holiday Catalog papers. There was the Halloween themed paper set, Happy Haunting, and there was a great Tangelo Twist design that didn't exactly scream "Halloween." So why not use it?

     After I layered these two papers onto some Rich Razzleberry Cardstock, it was a quick and easy embellishments to tie a piece of the Into the Woods 3/8" Cotton Ribbon around the layers and tie a pretty bow. When I went looking for a greeting or sentiment to put on the front, I found the perfect saying in the Lighthearted Leaves Stamp Set. If all those leaves on this paper aren't "fluttering," then I'm not sure what else would have been as perfect a sentiment as the one noting the fluttering leaves.

     I stamped the quote onto Whisper White Cardstock using Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink, and then die cut it with one of the Tags and Labels Framelits. Then I used a slightly larger framelit to die cut some Rich Razzleberry Cardstock, adhered these two together, and adhered the to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. For a bit of an accent, and to make believe that the tag was tied to the ribbon, I added a bit of Calypso Coral Thick Bakers Twine. It's far enough away from those Tangelo Twist leaves that they seem to me to go together just fine.

     I adhered the entire card front onto a card base made with the Whisper White Thick Cardstock, which is heavy enough to handle all that weight.

     What fun this card was to make – and so quick!  I hope you'll take the opportunity to enter the SUO Challenge this time with your own Fall Fun Card!

Posted on : Nov 09 2015
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Fun With a 10-Year Old Stamp!

Aloha, all!

     You know by now that I rarely keep any retired Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets around in my craft room. There are exceptions, though, and those stamps that have anything to do with Hawaii or the tropics get to stick around for at least a couple of years after they retire. A stamp that I used in today's project, though, has been around for a bit longer – it has a 2005 Copyright on it!


     If a stamp with the word, "Aloha," isn't going to stick around for that long, then my priorities are all messed up!  The word is used here in Hawaii almost as much as (more than?) the word, "Hello." But Aloha is much more than hello – it runs a whole gamut of positive greetings from "hello" to " wish the best for you."  Yes, there are other companies that make stamps with Aloha. But I do so love the quality of Stampin' Up! stamps. That this stamp has been sitting around for that long with the rubber in great shape is a testament to the quality of Stampin' Up! stamps!

     I especially wanted this word on the front of this card as it's one of a set of 8 cards that I made as a hostess gift for some friends we're visiting on our island this week.


     Here's the whole set, stamped envelopes and all, ready to be put into a gift box.

     The little palm tree on the cards and envelopes is actually a current Stampin' Up! stamp.  It's one of the many stamps in the Greetings From Photopolymer Stamp Set. No, it's not in the Stampin' Up! catalog; but it's one that's available for ordering online. It's a set that I bought to use in my Project Life scrapbook pages when I'm working on scrapbooking a trip.

Palm     I stamped the outline of the palm and colored the tops using Cucumber Crush and the trunks using Soft Suede. I imagine that these are coconut palms, so I colored the trunks with horizontal swipes.

     Now about stamping 5 of these little guys on 8 cards and having them all line up. No, I'm not selling this product. But I just cannot say enough about how much easier my stamping time is with my MISTI tool. I bought an early version and I hear the most current versions are even more wonderful (though I cannot imagine how). Just check out some videos on YouTube and you'll start thinking about putting this on your Christmas wish list for sure!

     Now to get all the "stuff" from this project put away and get my new stamp sets from last month's sale out to try so Ican show them off next! Nothing 10-years old about them!

Posted on : Nov 02 2015
Posted under Gifts, Stamping |

Happy Halloween!

Aloha, al!

     Well, this is it! The "scariest" day of the year, when witches and ghosts and goblins roam the land!  Ooooh, and it's a Saturday night, so I'll bet there are lots of parties going on tonight, too. The one I wish I didn't have to miss is my niece's party in Maryland. I just cannot believe what she goes through to make her house just the perfect venue for the perfect Halloween party every year. I got to go once, and can hardly wait to do it again!

     But it's also the last chance for me to show off a 2015 Halloween card. And once again I've added in some stamps from the September 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit.


     Isn't this Jack-o-Lantern face from the Sparkly Seasons Stamp Set just the cutest!  I don't like things that are scary for Halloween. I LOVE fun for this fun holiday, and this happy guy (gal?) certainly looks like he's having fun.

     The colors through this card are Pumpkin Pie and Garden Green, with a touch of Basic Black Archival Ink. The striped paper is from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack. I stamped the circle and the jack-o-lantern face on a piece of the striped paper and then trimmed it by hand. I also trimmed the two leaves from the September 2015 Paper Pumpkin stamp set. Then I stamped the globe base onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock, with Happy Halloween from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set. I stamped the stem and leaf after I'd adhered the globe, and colored them in – oooh, I forgot that little bit of Soft Suede that I used to color the stem.

     Finally, I added a bit of Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Cotton Ribbon tied in a bow, and then layered everything up onto the card base.

     You know what's scariest about tonight? Oooh, it's the end of Daylight Savings Time! So all of you on the U. S. mainland – except Arizona and a teensy bit of Indiana – be sure to "fall back" one hour before you turn in after a night of Halloween fun.  Actually, it's not that scary when you realize that you get an extra hour's sleep after the partying!


Posted on : Oct 31 2015
Posted under Paper Pumpkin, Stamping |

A Halloween CASEd Card!

Aloha, all!

P1080328     As I was looking for some Halloween card ideas last week, I came across a card on Pinterest that I really wanted to CASE. Unfortunately, Stampin' Up! no longer offers square or scalloped square punches, nor have I kept any of those that have retired. If I'd seen this card a few years back, I could have had some comparable paper as well as the punches!  But not now. Nonetheless, I really liked this card. So off I went into my craft room to see what I could do.


     Circles!  I could use circles instead of squares!  And so I did, with stamps from the September 2015 My Paper Pumpkin Stamp Set, the 1-3/4" Circle Punch and the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch.

     I knew right away that this was not going to be a standard sized card that would fit into an A2 Envelope (Stampin' Up!'s "Medium" sized envelope). I'm also running out of envelope paper. But once I started laying things out on my work table, I realized that this could be a card that would fit perfectly into a #10 Envelope. And so it does!

     I added some Candy Dots to embellish the card front a bit, and of course the Spider Web Doilies were the perfect accent for the corners.

     This year's Stampin' Up! Halloween Paper – Happy Haunting – only has two colors. Sigh some green and purple would have been nice. But once I started going through all the sheets in the set (yes, I still have some left!) I realized that my card would look just fine with just the two colors.

     So I have that idea out of my head and onto paper!  Now to finish showing off my Halloween cards in the next day or so – Halloween's only a couple of days away!  I hope you're having some fun with Halloween this year, too!


Posted on : Oct 29 2015
Posted under Paper Pumpkin, Punches, Stamping |