A Baby Shower Pocket Card!

Aloha, all!

     It's been much too long since I've made a card with a baby theme. So I was quiet excited when a friend asked me to make a card for her to take to a baby shower. On top of that, it's time for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge (SUO Challenges) and the theme this time is to make a pocket card. What a great coincidence, as I love making pocket cards for showers as it makes a place for the gifter to add a little something inside the card!


     This also gave me my first opportunity to use the Stampin' Up! Sweet L'il Things Designer Series Paper set. I've used this DSP set before, but this is the first time I've used the sheet with the cute little turtles.

     To make this pocket card, I first cut the piece of DSP 5-1/2" high and 8-1/2" wide. I scored in 2-1/8" from each of the short edges and folded the ends to the back, adhering the bottoms with SNAIL monoadhesive tape, and taping the side edges together at the middle with some transparent tape. Then I cut a slit down the left side (as you face it) 1-1/4" and down the right side 2-1/4". I drew a pencil line between the bottom of the two slits then used Fringe Scissors to cut a fringe from the top edge down to the pencil line. Finally, for this part of the card, I folded the fringed ends down over the front.  I finished up this layer by tying a piece of Pool Party 1/4" Cotton Ribbon around the card, and then adhering this layer to a piece of Pool Party Cardstock to give the card some stiffness.

     The main part of the greeting card is the layer that I made to slip inside the pocket formed by the Designer Series Paper. I stamped "Welcome, Baby" from the Petite Pairs Stamp Set three times across the top of a 5-1/8" high by 3-7/8" wide piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. I used Tangelo Twist Ink, which is one of the colors in this paper set. I then adhered it to a piece of Pool Party Cardstock 1/8" wider all around.


     Before inserting this layer into the pocket, I added a 1-3/4" high strip of the Designer Series Paper onto the bottom, adhering it on the bottom and up either side. This makes a nice pocket for a gift card or cash/check gift, still leaving room for a note and signature.

     As a final bit of embellishment, I did something I rarely do for a card that is going to be mailed – I added some buttons over the bow. I think this is so pretty – but it also means extra postage for mailing. For taking a card to a shower, though, it's just darling and doesn't cost anything more than the cost of the buttons – negliible! Oh, and I used some Calypso Coral Thick Baker's Twine to "tie" the top button. It's not exactly the same color as Tangelo Twist – but it seemed to go with it just fine!

     I also had to make an envelop for this card that's a bit larger than the standard A2 sized envelope to accommodate the items that peek out over the left edge of the card. But that's not a problem at all with the Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board!

     Now why don't you try a pocket card of your own?! There are quite a few fun ideas over at the SUO Challenges blog, and we'd love to see what you'd make for this challenge!

Posted on : Oct 12 2015
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Those Fun Fall Papers!

Aloha, all!

     We Stampin' Up! demonstrators receive a weekly e-mail from Stampin' Up! that includes at least one idea for using some Stampin' Up! products. The last e-mail showed some fun examples of how to use Christmas Designer Series Papers for everyday events such as birthday cards. Hah! I've already done that – a lot! – with the Stampin' Up! Autumn-themed papers in the 2015 Holiday Catalog.


     The Designer Series Paper that I used for this Birthday Card is from the Into the Woods DSP set.  I may have mentioned before that I love this set for the "Snip-Flip-Add a Strip" technique. It's not really a technique but a fun way to construct a card front. In this case, there is just one sheet of paper, and what you see here are two sides of that sheet. I snipped off about 2 inches of the 5-1/4" x 4" piece of paper that I'd cut, and flipped it around to show the back side of the sheet. I love this sheet because the two sides go together perfectly, with the Daffodil Delight leaves showing up in both patterns.

     The strip that I made is cut from a piece of Tangelo Twist Cardstock, then punched with the Hearts Border Punch. For sure don't throw out those little hearts that are left after the punching!  I used three of them to finish up this card, two over the Daffodil Delight print on top, and one snuck into the multi-colored print on the bottom.  Because I was sending this to a woman friend, I thought it would be fun to add a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels to those little herats.

     The word "happy" is a die cut made using one of the Hello You Thinlits, and I adhered it to the paper with a thin strip of glue from the new Fine Tip Glue Pen. Then I finished off the greeting with the "Birthday" stamp from the Age Awareness Stamp Set.

     I matted the whole card front with a piece of Tangelo Twist Cardstock and then adhered that to a Whisper White Thick Cardstock card base.

     Such fun to use papers from the Holiday Catalog for all sorts of projects! 


Posted on : Oct 06 2015
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October’s Here!

Aloha, all!

     Yes, October is here and so it is that Halloween cannot be far behind! What a fun time to be back at work and play in my craft room with all the fun colors and tools that Stampin' Up! is offering for fall in the 2015 Holiday Catalog!

     While here in Hawaii we don't typically have the kind of a fall that you might find on most of the U.S. mainland, we still enjoy a bit of a change in the season – and lots of us still enjoy the fun of Halloween.


     While I don't usually buy LOTS of Halloween products, I couldn't pass up some of the Stampin' Up! offerings that include some Halloween looks. My favorite this year is the set of Spider Web Doilies, and I included part of one on the front of this card accented by a piece of Basic Black 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, found in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.

     But the main feature on this card is the fun window and window sill accent made by using the brand new Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies. Looking "out" of the window, you can see two images from the Photopolymer Stamp Set, Happy Scenes. One part of the scene is the tree witht he falling leaves and pumpkin images – definitely a fall image! The other part is that spider web up in the right corner – surely meant for a Halloween accent! I just love that little spider (stamped spiders are NOT scary!) so I duplicated him several times to make sure that this felt more like Halloween than just fall. The sentiment is also from this same stamp set.

     The best part about this stamp set and thinlits die set? They can be bundled together with a 15% savings over the price of the individual items. Nice – and I definitely took advantage of that!

     Just in case you don't know, the Happy Scenes Stamp Set has images that will carry you through the entire 2015 Holiday Season!  Here is a picture of it in case you don't have a Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog (and if you want one, I'll be happy to send you one!)


     For the papers in this card, I used two of the sheets from the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper set. I love the Tangelo Twist color as part of a Halloween collection!


Posted on : Oct 01 2015
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Hello Fall! Time to Get Back to Work!

Aloha, all!

     I know you haven't seen much of me the past month, but I've been working hard at recovering from my bit of a scare of a heart attack earlier in the month. I actually can stand at my work table for more than 15 minutes at a time, and that's making a big difference in how much I can get done. (For those unfamiliar with how I work, I prefer to stand up when I'm arranging layouts and stamping images as it feels to me as if I have more control over what I'm doing.)

     I know that I can stand and design and put a card together without resting because I did that with today's card!


     On the other hand, when I saw the photograph of the card and wished I'd done some things differently, I didn't go try to remake the card (which I sometimes do). So you have my first edition here, warts and all!

     This card is part of the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge that is a new challenge on the SUO Challenge blog today. The challenge is to feature Stampin' Up! punches in your project. For my project, I used two punches – the Triple Banner Punch and the Washi Tape Punch.

     The strip at the left of the card is made with four layers each of which has been punched on both ends using the Triple Banner Punch. The layers are 1-1/2" wide. Beginning with the Old Olive layer, the layers are 6", 5", 4" and 3". Once they are punched, the layers lose about 3/4" of their length.  The Designer Paper layers are a print from the Into the Woods Designer Series Paper set in Stampin' Up!'s 2015 Holiday Catalog. The colors are Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive. Once I had layered the strips up, I tied a piece of Into the Woods 3/8" Cotton Ribbon around the center. That's from the Holiday Catalog, also.

     From the beginning of my design efforts, I'd wanted the main layer of the card to be Rich Razzleberry Cardstock. But the layer looked just too plain for my taste. I tried a few different backgrounds, including stamping leaves of various sizes onto the Razzleberry paper with Rich Razzleberry Ink as well as with Versamark ink. Finally, I decided on the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Once I layered everything up, it was a simple idea to cut some leaves out of another sheet of the same Designer Paper set and adhere them to the wall just below where I was going to adhere my sentiment.

     The sentiment is from the For All Things Stamp Set, which was in last year's Holiday Catalog, and then carried over into the Stampin' Up! 2015-2015 Annual Catalog. So glad that set's still around! As punching was the theme for this SUO Challenge, I went ahead and punched it with the Washi Tape Punch, and adhered it just to the right of the ribbon.

     I promise you will not have to wait another two weeks for another project from me!  I am so ready to get crafting again and am definitely going to spend time at it as I continue to get better!

     Thanks for all your good wishes!

Posted on : Sep 28 2015
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What a Stupid System!

Aloha, all!

     What a coincidene that the current Stampin' Up! Only Challenge (suochallenges.com) is to create a Get Well Card or Gift. As I'm recovering from my recent illness, I decided the best card for me to make was one that I would like to receive myself. And my favorite of all Get Well cards are those that make me laugh. Glancing through my moderate collection of stamps, I pulled out the Stampin' Up! "Just Kidding" Stamp Set. And of course it had the best sentiment I could think of!


     And just in case it wasn't clear that this was a get well card from the card front, I added in the "better get better" greeting from the "A Dozen Thoughts" Stamp Set

     I still don't have all of my energy back, but I'm getting there. So I wanted to keep the card layout as simple as possible. Right out on my work table was one of Stampin' Up!'s newest Designer Series Paper set, Happy Haunting. One of the first things I do with a set of DSP is to flip one copy of each of the sheets so I can quickly see what's on all sides of the set of papers. I just love these two Tangelo Twist Designs, and it wasn't that hard to pick out Island Indigo for the complementary color of blue to complete the card. As I'm close to being a redhead (natural when I was younger; now not so natural!) I didn't hesitate to color the hair with my Tangelo Twist Marker. Then I colored the checked skirt with Tangelo Twise and Island Indigo, finally using a Blender Pen to lightly color in the blouse with a bit more Island Indigo.

     I matted the Very Vanilla stamped layer with Island Indigo Cardstock, adhered it to a layer combining two of the Tangelo Twist DSP sheets, and tied on a knot using Island Indigo Cotton Ribbon. Below the ribbon, I stamped the "better get better" with Island Indigo Ink, matted the whole thing with Island Indigo Cardstock, and adhered it all to a Very Vanilla card base.

     It is just coincidence, too, that this SUO Challenge card, just like the last one I made for the Challenge, features a stamp set that is not in any Stampin' Up! Catalog. In the not too distant past, Stampin' Up! released some non-catalog Photopolymer Stamp Sets, and they're still available to order. There's no telling how long they'll be available, but this is one I'm glad I have – and it may be one that stays in my Craft Room even after it's not available. I hope you've enjoyed my sharing it and might consider buying it with your next order!  Just click on the stamp set picture to find out more about this set.


Posted on : Sep 14 2015
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A Bit Out of my Comfort Zone!

Aloha, all!

     I am really starting to get my energy back and was so happy when a neighbor asked me to make a birthday card for her visiting Mother-in-Law – who's just turned 90!  When I asked about colors, Marie said, "Oh something feminine like peach or something like that. She's really into girly stuff." Hmmm. Well, the first color that came to mind was Crisp Cantaloupe. And the equally-retired Pistachio Pudding would have been equally-perfect!  But those colors aren't around in my "current-Stampin'-Up!-products-only" craft room. I'm still moving and thinking a bit slowly, but I finally settled on Mint Macaron and Calypso Coral for my color combo.

     Now what to do for a design. Somehow, the standard A2-sized card didn't seem like enough for such a special birthday. Nor did a simple layered card, no matter how well embellished it might be. The good news was that this card was going to be hand-delivered, so I didn't have to worry about shapes or bumps that might have made it hard or expensive to send in the mail. Usually when I'm having a hard time coming up with a design, I get a bit frustrated. But this time, I definitely would not let myself be frustrated. I just kept going back to my living room and sitting with a book until I felt like maybe I might come up with an idea when I went back to the Craft Room.


     And after a whole afternoon of this, I finally had my card, and a coordinating envelope as well!

     I stamped flowers, leaves and sentiments from the "Birthday Blossoms" Stamp Set. I did all of the coloring of the stamped images using one of my trusty Blender Pens. I cut out the leaves by hand and used my Pansy Punch to cut the flowers.I wasn't sure I wanted that white edge around the flowers. But once I laid them out on a Tea Lace Paper Doily, I decided they looked just fine and I saved myself some trimming time.

     Of course I needed some papers to decorate the card, and I found just the right assortment in the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack – one Calypso Coral pattern, and two with Mint Macaron patterns. Once I had everything laid out the way I wanted, I used some Mint Macaron 1" Dotted Lace Trim to wrap the card front across the striped piece of Mint Macaron paper and tie a bow under the floral "bouquet." I added some little flowers made with Calypso Coral Cardstock and punched with the Flower Punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, onto the vine patterned Mint Macaron paper and down onto the sentiment layer.

     For the final touch, I added some Pearls Basic Jewels both to the center of the larger as well as to the smaller flowers. A sweet touch, I thought!

     I made the envelope using Mint Macaron Envelope Paper, and included a stamped flower and leaf image in the lower left corner. What a nice accent to a card that's definitely a bit out of my comfort zone. I should practice this more often some I can become more comfortable and skilled at making this kind of card! Or maybe I'll just do it once in a while.



Posted on : Sep 13 2015
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Simple Cards When Energy is Low!

Aloha, all!

     This past weekend I had a bit of a scare as I awoke just after midnight Saturday feeling a bit of pressure on my chest – and it wasn't my cat! Long story short, I'm in the recovery stage of a heart attack. But, while today's the first day I've wanted to do anything in my craft room, I also had to keep things simple because I still do not have much energy. So I built a bit on a class I had last week where we used stamps from the Lighthearted Leaves Stamp Set to make some fun designs. For today, no layers – just the designs.

No layer cards

     As I may have mentioned before, I didn't intend to buy this stamp set because of the way it had been pictured in the 2015 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. Each of the leaf stamps was shown against the background of one of the Leaflets Framelits Dies, and those are just not something I use here in Hawaii. But then I saw how others had used the stamps for geometric patterns, and I was hooked.

     The card on the left uses one of the sentiments in the same stamp set as the leaves. The other two cards feature sentiments from the stamp set, Garden in Bloom. There are so many other sentiments from stamp sets throughout the catalog that could also be used.

     As you may have guessed, I used my MISTI tool to set up the designs for these cards. Oh, I do wish Stampin' Up! would find something like this to carry in a future catalog. Maybe if we all asked nicely, it might happen?

     I'm not going into as much detail as I usually do as having low energy applies to sitting at a computer as well as working on my craft room table! But if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below, and I'll get to them as soon as I perk back up again!

Posted on : Sep 10 2015
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Celebrating Friendship with New Papers!

Aloha, all!

     How lucky that today is both the first day of the newest Stampin' Up! Catalog – the 2015 Holiday Catalog, "Handmade for the Holidays,", and also the first day of a new Stampin' Up! Only Challenge! I was sure that I'd find something from the new catalog to use for this challenge, even though the catalog is focused on the fall and winter holidays, and the theme of the challenge is Cards for Friends. Sure enough, I found not one but two new products to show off this theme!


     Is this Designer Series Paper not gorgeous!!!  It's the new set, Into the Woods. This set is part of the newest Thanksgiving suite of products that includes papers, stamp sets, and embellishments. This lovely, Rich Razzleberry 3/8" Cotton Ribbon is one of those embellishments. This is a beautifully thick ribbon that is so easy to tie and accents the papers in this set so nicely.

     For the card layout, I used a quick card-design technique demonstrated by Patty Bennett on her blog back at the beginning of the summer. I loved the idea, but I hadn't yet found the perfect paper to use for myself until I saw this set (though some of the Christmas papers will work well, too!). The two papers on this card are two sides of the same sheet of paper. The "technique" is called, "Snip, Flip, Cut a Strip." I only took the first two steps – I "snipped" the 4" x 5-1/2" piece of paper 2" from the bottom and "flipped" the bottom piece to show the other side of the paper. That third step is to find a 1/2" strip of paper from another in the DSP set to finish the layout. I thought using this ribbon in place of the strip would make such a nice accent – and it did!

     The sentiment is from the Banner Blessing Photopolymer Stamp Set. You won't find it in any of the Stampin' Up! Catalogs as it was issued last year as part of a regular issue of new Photopolymer Stamp Sets. It's current and you can find it in the Stampin' Up! Catalog – its product number is 136720. This was issued at Christmas time last year, and it's a great set for the holidays. There's a picture of it at the end of this post.

     I stamped the sentiment using Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink, then again using Old Olive Classic Ink. I cut the Biblical reference banner out of the Old Olive image and glued it to the Razzleberry image. This was SOOO EASY TO GLUE, using yet another new product from the Holiday Catalog, the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. It's really in a bottle, but you wouldn't believe how easy it is to make just a teensy strip of glue along a thin piece of paper such as this – or just a drop for something like a sequin!

     I matted both the sentiment and the DSP layer using Rich Razzleberry Cardstock. When Patty Bennett made her cards, she didn't mat the DSP layer and the cards looked lovely. Imagine how quickly you could make a whole lot of cards with this technique! In fact, as I write about this, I may just snatch some more of that paper and whip out a few more cards!  I'll show them off later in the week!

     Meanwhile, I hope you'll visit the SUO Challenges Blog after you've read this and look at all the fun projects made by our talented Design Team – including our newest member, Cindee Wilkinson who is one of Patty Bennett's downline, and who also demonstrated this technique earlier in the summer. Then make your own card and enter it in the challenge!

     Now here's that stamp set:



Posted on : Aug 31 2015
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Watercolor Words and Wishes!

Aloha, all!

     When I bought the Stampin' Up! Stamp Set, Watercolor Words, I really only focused on the greetings and sentiments in the set. But yesterday I wanted to make a card that had a wreath of flowers, yet wouldn't be too delicate. I wanted a card with some bold color, and the wreath stamps I have just weren't going to work. I then proceeded to look at all of the stamp sets in my bookcase to see what I could find – and out jumped Watercolor Words – with a bold flower and leaf!


     This ended up being just the wreath I wanted, even though I wasn't sure when I started if it would work.

     I stamped the flowers using Pacific Point Classic Ink, and the leaves using Cucumber Crush Classic Ink. To create the wreath, I used a non-Stampin' Up! tool that's been in my craft room for over a month now, but which I haven't used a lot. It's called "MISTI," which is an acronym for "Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented." It really is incredible! If you're interested in finding more about this, you might just want to look around in YouTube to find one of the dozens of tutorials on its use that are out there.

     Basically, what happens is that I position a square on which I've drawn a circle in the tool. Then I position the flower stamp where I want it on the circle. The tool keeps the stamp in position, and all I have to do is rotate my square cardstock (in this case, Stampin' Up! Whisper White) and apply the stamped image on all four sides. Then I reposition the flower stamp so that it's between two of the first four flowers, stamp, turn the square, restamp, and so forth. I repeat the same process with the leaves. Then I erase the circle with a white eraser and, poof! a beautiful circle of flowers!

     Now that I had that wreath, which is kind of bold – as I wanted it – I needed a background that didn't have much in the way of delicate lines. So I decided just to place the one layer of the Pacific Point Designer Series Paper Stack onto the Whisper White Thick Cardstock card base. But before I did that, I embossed the card front using the Stampin' Up! Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, and tied a short length of Pacific Point Stitched Satin Ribbon around the top of the Designer Series Paper layer.

     The only thing delicate about this card is the sentiment in the middle of the wreath. That stamp comes from the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set, which is part of the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit that I mentioned in my last blog post. It was delicate but (1) it fit and (2) it was just what I wanted to say.

     I finished the card off by attaching some of the smallest in the White Perfect Accents embellishment pack. I thought about coloring them, but then realized that I liked the monochromatic look of the card. Maybe next time!


Posted on : Aug 30 2015
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Fun With a Friend and Watercolor Wishes!

Aloha, all!

     My friend, Becky, came to visit my Craft Room this afternoon after we'd both been to our monthly book club meeting. I wasn't quite sure what we were going to do, but I knew if we started with a Stampin' Up! kit, we'd be in good shape. Sure enough, it was just right to get us started.


     Right from the start, Becky was captivated by all the ideas in the kit folder, and off we went to play! As you know, this kit contains not only card bases, die cuts and a couple of ink spots. It also comes with the stamp set of the same name, Watercolor Wishes. Two of the stamps are shown on the projects in this photo.

     The project on the left is one that is done pretty much the way that the idea folder laid it out. Over on the right, though, Becky picked out a different background and a different layout than anything in the folder. With this kit – and all Stampin' Up! kits you can do that! There are no "kit police" around telling you what you can and can't do, and there are still plenty of die-cuts and embellishments to make another dozen or so cards (I've made a few in the past weeks since I bought the kit).

     If you read my last post, you may remember that it costs extra to mail that little square card if you put it in the square envelope that comes with the kit. So Becky went home with a standard A2 sized to use for sending it off to a friend. No extra postage for this card!

     If you'd like to get more details about the  Watercolor Wishes Card Kit, just click here to go the Stampin' Up! website and read all about it! It's a great kit!  There's even a video that gives more details about the kit and shows you each of the cards as it is finished. All you need to add is adhesives – it even includes Stampin' Dimensionals to raise images up off the card base, as in the card on the right! If you decide to buy the kit, you're already right there in my own Stampin' Up! store, so just click, "Add to Bag," and go from there.

     Happy Stamping!

Posted on : Aug 27 2015
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