A Hawaii Birthday Greeting!

Aloha, all!

     With a blog post title like the one above, I'll bet you thought there was going to be something about flowers or surf.  But not this time!  It's time for the Stampin' Up! Only challenge, and this time the challenge is to make a project using the colors of a favorite team. 

     Now I have lots of "favorite teams," both collegiate and professional.  So what I decided to do was to look at the colors of all my favorite teams and decide which set of colors would be most fun with which to work. So I chose the colors of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, and I used them to make a birthday card.  Thus, "A Hawaii Birthday Greeting"!


     In looking at this, you might think that the colors of this team are Green and White.  But actually, the colors are Green and Black, and I just used white as my neutral background. Granted there's not much black in this card, but I used it enough for matting that I think this fits the bill.

UHLogo     When I was making this card, I had most of my stamp sets packed for our move back to our home in Pahoa, Hawaii.  That the Geometrical Stamp Set was still available was also a factor in deciding which team's colors I should choose.  Here is an example of the University of Hawaii logo.That definitely made me think of the triangle stamps in the Geometrical set.

     The sentiment is also from the same stamp set and, while it definitely does not say, "Birthday," when I included it with a birthday gift, the person who received it certainly recognized it as a birthday greeting! 

     For the background, I used a separate sheet of Whisper White Cardstock, and embossed it with the Sizzix Zig Zag Texturized Impressions Embossing Folder.  That was a nice fit, too!

     For an update on our move and travel, I can tell you that so far my inks, punches and papers are all unpacked.  I even found the turntable with my scissors in it on Sunday.  Yay!  But now I have to put my unpacking aside until we return from our 3-week trip to visit siblings, an aunt and all of our grandchildren (well, their parents, too).  When I come back, it will still be about another week before I'll be back into the swing of all things papercrafting.

     But there will be one or two more SUO Challenges between now and then, so you'll get a chance to see the last of my projects done before our move AND catch up with where I am in my move.




Posted on : Apr 06 2015
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Stamping |

A Simple Fun Fold!

Aloha, all!

     Once again it's time for the biweekly SUO Challenge!  This time, the challenge was to make a greeting card with a Fun Fold.  With all that's going on in my life this early Spring time, if it's going to be fun, it has to be EASY!  And this card is SUPER EASY!


     As we get closer to the end of March 2015, we're also getting closer to the end of Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-bration 2015.  This is so sad, as I really like the products in this year's Sale-a-bration catalog, including the fun Big Day Stamp Set, which is perfect for just about any birthday Celebration. I'm also crazy about the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper, which I used as the base for this fun fold card. 


     I used three of the stamps in the set on the front of the card (the candle, cake, and Happy Birthday stamps), and then I added the other two to the inside of the card.  Oh, and what fun it was to color in these line drawings.  Unfortunately, I made this card long before the Stampin' Up! Blendabilities were taken off the market, so you wouldn't be able to duplicate the exact look that I have here.  BUT, long before Blendabilities, I used the Stampin' Up! Blender Pens to create a shadowed look on Whisper White Cardstock, and I'm sure I could reproduce this look with the Blender Pens. As I won't be back in full crafting mode until after Sale-a-bration is over, I'm not sure that I'll have the time to reproduce this card with Blender Pens myself (lots of other current products to demonstrate!).  But you should try it yourself!

     Now for the fold and the finishing.  The name for this fold is, "Diagonal Z-Fold Card."  The basic fold is so simple.  You'll need a 12" x 5-1/2" piece of Designer Series Paper (better than cardstock in my humble opinion!).  Lay the paper out so that the long edge is along the top/bottom, and the design you wish to be on the front is face up.  Cut the paper from  the top left corner of the paper to 2"" from the top right of the paper. Score from top to bottom at 4" and 8", using either the Stampin' Trimmer or the Simply Scored Tool


     Fold the paper with the first fold on the left being a Valley Fold and the second fold a Mountain Fold.  That's your basic card!

     For finishing my card, I punched along the top diagonal edge using the Scallop Edge Border punch.  Then I adhered a strip of the Calypso Coral Pompom Trim.  I began at the lower right corner on the front of the card.  When I reached the first fold on the left, I made a small slit on the top edge and rearranged the trim so that it would go along the inside top edge of the paper until I got to the second fold, now on the right, and repeated the slit and moving the trim back to the front of the card. 

     Another thing that you can do with this fold is to adhere the middle section to the back section, giving you a slot into which you can place such items as bookmarks or another kind of greeting – or even money or a check! Here is a link to an older blog post where I illustrate how this can be done.

     As this post "goes live," I'm about to start on a 3-week long trip the U. S. mainland. In about 6 hours I'll be on the first of a dozen airplanes that will take us from place to place, including visits to all of our grandchildren.  I can hardly wait!  I can also hardly wait to get back and unpacked AND back to my regular Craft Room activities!  See you then.

Posted on : Mar 23 2015
Posted under Challenges, Layout Sketch Provided, Punches, Stamping, Tutorial |

Getting Ready for Easter!

Aloha, all!

     I'm 75% moved into my own home after having been away for 6 months.  Unfortunately, the 25% not unpacked and put away is what's in my Craft Room!  I decided to do that by design so that our household would be back into commission and everyone would be ready for daily activities before I started in on my crafts.  Yes, my crafts are important.  But the good news is that my Stampin' Up! business seems to be running along just fine while I'm out of commission for a time!

     Nonetheless, I still am staying active in the Stampin' Up! Only challenge Design Team work while I'm trying to make my way back to full steam craftingwise!  And so I've made a quick little card to celebrate Easter – coming up all too soon!


     As I knew I'd be moving AND traveling around Easter time this year, I did not purchase any of the new Stampin' Up! Easter products in the fun 2015 Occasions Catalog.  But I made sure I had SOMETHING Easter-y to use for my projects.  And what could say more about the fun that children have at Easter than a Bunny!  This cute little gal (yes, I'm of the opinion that the Easter Bunny is a "she"!) is a stamp from the Life in the Forest Stamp Set. This is such a simple design, but I love it for a quick and easy Easter Card!  I'm hoping that I will get some of my Craft Room unpacked before we leave on our family vacation later in the month so I can make a few more of these.

     I made the "Happy Easter" sentiment tab using the oldie-but-goodie Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set and punching the sentiment out with the Word Windows Punch.

     The dark accent color for all this white is Strawberry Slush.  The light color, including the color I used for the bunny herself, is Pink Pirouette.  When I made this card a few weeks ago, I used the Pink Pirouette Blendabilities Markers.  I love this set as I loved all the Blendabilities, and am so sorry that Stampin' Up! Has had to discontinue them. Rats!

     As always, I like a little ribbon on my cards.  But it was hard not to try the Strawberry Slush Thick Baker's Twine to go along with the accent color.  And it works quite well, don't you think?

     For the other accents on this card, I embossed the top layer with the Perfect Polks Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Then I punched all the lower corners on the card front and back with the Project Life Corner Punch.  This punch is definitely NOT only for Project Life projects.  It's for cards and any other paper crafts which you make!

     As I write this, I've been invited to a 50th Birthday Party and I have GOT TO FIND my stamps and inks so that I can make a card for the occasion.  I just cannot imagine going to a store any buying a card.  That's against my core beliefs!  If I can't make it myself, I won't use it. 

     Hmmm.  But if someone else hand made the project, maybe that would work?  Any volunteers?  Not kidding! Just send me a note below or an e-mail :)

     Meanwhile, I hope you'll start thinking about your own Easter projects and enter them in the current Stampin' Up! Only Challenge!  It's easy – and fun!





Posted on : Mar 09 2015
Posted under Challenges, Project Life, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Sometimes Life Gets in the Way!

Aloha, all!

     I've already mentioned to those on my Newsletter Mailing List that I'm going to be a bit scarce online for the next couple of months. It's all good news, but sometimes even good news in life gets in the way of some activities. In my case, it's best for all concerned if I back away from my Stampin' Up! activities and focus on my family.

     You may know from reading here that, back in the fall, lava bearing down on our little town of Pahoa, Hawaii, scared us into moving out of our home and into a rented house, at least until we could get our bearings and decide what we would like to do on a permanent basis.  On top of that, we had to cancel a trip to visit many members of our family on the U.S. mainland. It was a bit of a stressful time and you may have noticed that I was missing in action back then a bit, too.

     But this time we're not reacting to something imposed on us.  We've decided that we are going to move back into our own home.  The lava is being very slow in deciding what it's going to do.  Besides that being a good thing in and of itself, it also means that our local and state governments have made some plans about what to do if (likely when) the lava cuts off our main road.  So we're comfortable moving back.  But to get ready, we've decided to do some much needed renovation and updating of our home. With that and the move, you can imagine where my focus is going to be for a while.

     On top of that we're once again planning our trip to the mainland, and we're going to try to see as many of our family members as possible. Can you say, "Long Trip"? 

     I'm still going to be on here now and then, and certainly every other Tuesday for the Stampin' Up! Only (SUO) Challenge blog post.  But as of last week, my craft room has once again been packed up, and will likely not be unpacked until just before our travel.  

     My plan is to be back in full Stampin' Up! "swing" by the end of April – just in time to get our demonstrator preorder peek at the new 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog.  Wow!  This year has gone fast!

     I'll be online for sure, and am still an active Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  So, if you have any questions, feel free to post them here – I get notifications any time there's a comment.  And my Stampin' Up! store is open and ready for any orders that you'd like to place between now and then.  You know how easy that is, so keep it up!  It will definitely help me to keep my sales up for the time I'm gone.  

Posted on : Feb 27 2015
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A Fun Card for my Grandson!

Aloha, all!

     The Stampin' Up! Only (SUO) Challenge this time is to make a card for a teen.  I have a teenaged grandson, so making this kind of card was a fun challenge for me.  As I was making this card, Quin's mother posted some wonderful photos on Facebook showing him making dinner for the family as a Valentine gift.  And he did everything on his own.  The menu looked like I would have been more than happy to be there.  What a wonderful kid!


     Besides being a cook, Quin is also involved in theater and is a singer with a group of budding musicians – great stuff for a teenager!  So when I first saw the Be the Star Stamp Set in my Stampin' Up! Catalog, I knew I'd be using it to make cards for him.  It's already in the mail to him to let him know how proud of him I am!

     The background paper for the card front is from the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper set.  Yes, this set has fabulous floral prints.  But the painted stripes on the reverse of a couple of the floral prints are fun prints to use, too.  This print is Daffodil Delight, but it also has some hints of orange in it.  I decided the orange I would use to accent this card was Tangelo Twist, which is the square mat between the striped paper and the Whisper White Cardstock on which I stamped the words.  I stamped the top two using Tangelo Twist ink, and then I used Mossy Meadow for the third stamped sentence.

     I used Mossy Meadow to stamp the small star groupings in the background and also used it to mat the entire card front.  Back to the Daffodil Delight, I used Daffodil Delight ink to stamp the two larger stars, with the largest star stamped on Daffodil Delight Cardstock and the smaller on Whisper White Cardstock. After cutting the stars using the Stars Framelits set, I attached a piece of Mossy Meadow 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon behind the stars for a fun accent.  I adhered the star group onto the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.  For the final accent, I added a Rhinestone Basic Jewel to the center of the stars, with a few smaller Rhinestones on the smaller star groupings.  Gotta have something shiny with stars!

     If you have a teen in your family or circle of friends, think about making a card for him or her and sending it off – "just because."  Teenagers need that from us now and then.  Of course, then you'll want to add it to the SUO Challenge Blog!  We'd all love to see it.

    And if you'd like to use this wonderful stamp set, following are links to my online Stampin' Up! store where you can buy it and the other products I featured in this blog post!







Posted on : Feb 23 2015
Posted under Challenges, Family and Garden, Sizzix, Stamping |

Not Letting Anything Go to Waste!

Aloha, all!

     I mentioned a couple of blog posts back that I really don't like wasting paper.  This is especially true of paper out of which I've die cut something.  A former neighbor taught me years ago not to throw out the negative images when I'd cut the then new Top Note Die. Not only did the Top Note shape get used, but the rectangle from which the die cut was made was used as a frame for another project!


     Do you remember the birthday card I made for my sister-in-law, Deb, last week? I was sure to cut the "hello" from the Hello You Thinlits Dies so very little was wastede. Yep, I purposefully cut it from the bottom of a Whisper White Cardstock rectangle - and here it is!  With that Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock showing through the "hello" makes a lovely card all by itself.  Of course, it's hard for me to be THAT plain.  So I picked another product from the Stampin' Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog – the Spring Flowers Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I only wanted the texture to be on the top of the card, so I just ran the embossing folder through the Big Shot part way.  Then I tied some of the Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker's Twine asround the Whisper White layer where the textured area met the plain cardstock.

    There's another addition that you could make to this card, and that would be to capture the little pieces that were cut out for the hoops and glue them onto the card, too.  I think both ways work just fine!

     So remember when you're die-cutting with your Sizzix – look to see if there's something you can do with that negative space that's left!

     Here are the products I featured in this project.  Do take advantage of being able to order any of these directly from my Stampin' Up! store by clicking on any of the images!




Posted on : Feb 18 2015
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Aloha, all!

     Earlier in the week I posted a Hexagon-shaped card and said I'd tell you how to get the tutorial later in the week.  Well, now is later as I've made a Valentine Card with the same shape!


     What fun making these cards with "different" shapes is! 

     As I'm sure I mentioned before, this is not a true hexagon.  To get to the shape of a true hexagon I would have had to have some really hard measurements in my instructions – 3/32"?  Probably not.  But for a greeting card, I think the shape is fine – if you want a hexagon look!  The only issue when you have a not-quite-hexagon shape, is that you have to pay attention if you're cutting layers.  What fits one way may not – will not! – fit another way.  So I found myself putting "up" arrows on the back of each layer as I made it.  Otherwise it's like doing a jigsaw puzzle trying to turn pieces around to see which way they might fit.  But it's paper, and a little bit of trimming makes it work!

     For this card, I used the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack from the Stampin' Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog for the background layer. This is the first time I've used the Black and White sides of any of the designs in the Paper Stack.  They really do set off the red very nicely.

     The stamped image is one of the stamps in the You Plus Me Stamp Set, also in the Occasions Catalog. I've really enjoyed using the set for Valentine cards, and I'm sure I'll find some uses for it after Valentine's Day is over – that would be after today!

     I accented the card with a doily from the Tea Lace Paper Doilies pack, as well as a couple of Real Red hearts punched with the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  The final touch was Rhinestone Basic Jewels in the middle of the two hearts. 

     Fun little card!  And here are the Stampin' Up! products that I used for this project.  Don't forget that, to order any of these products, simply click on the picture below and you'll be whisked away to my very own Stampin' Up! store!  If you have any questions, please add them to the comments below and I'll get right back to you!

     OH!  And how do you get the tutorial for this card?  Just sign up for my newsletter using the box up to the left!  I published the tutorial in the newsletter that I sent out earlier this week, and I'm going to send out a second publication of it next week!












Posted on : Feb 14 2015
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Fun With a Hexagon-Shaped Card!

Aloha, all!

     Today I had an idea for a card, and my card ended up looking JUST like I wanted it to – unlike yesterday's disaster.

     To begin, I had a challenge – the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only (SUO) challenge in fact.  The challenge this time was to make a card with a shape other than a rectangle or square.  With all the different Sizzix Dies that Stampin' Up! has in its catalog, this should be no problem. 

     But I had to make it more difficult than it needed to be. I wanted to make a Hexagon Shaped Card!

Hexagon Card

     And I finally figured it out!  This card is made from a folded 4-1/4" x 5" card base, with the fold at the top (the 5" side of the card).  I'll be making another of these cards later this week or next, and I'll let you know then how to get a copy of the tutorial for it.

     For this card, I used the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set, which I bought as a Photopolymer set.  I love that I can see just where I'm stamping something with this style set!  The colors I chose for the card were Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist and Baked Brown Sugar.  Except for the main fern leaf on which the die-cut butterfly is perched, I stamped the inked stamp on scrap paper once before stamping on the Very Vanilla Cardstock that I used for the stamped layer.

     I made the butterfly with the middle sized die in the new Butterfly Thinlits Die set. This makes such a stunning butterfly which fits so many kinds of paper crafted projects!  I cut the die using Tangelo Twist Cardstock. Did you know? There's a great "sandwich" recipe for cutting thinlits.  Thanks to fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator extraordinaire, Patty Bennett for this!  The Sizzix die sandwich is this: from the bottom up, a platform (I like the magnetic platform); a cutting pad; a piece of a plain dryer sheet (yes, the thing by your dryer); the cardstock; a piece of waxed paper (yes, the stuff in your kitchen); the thinlit die; and another cutting pad. What an easy way to use these delicate dies!

     On the inside of this card, I added the Happy Birthday stamp from the same stamp set, and accented it with another little stamped butterfly – this time fully inked!

     If you have a favorite shaped card or want to try one out, just stop by the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge Blog, first to get ideas, and then to enter your own project in the challenge!  It's so much fun!

     Here are the two main Stampin' Up! products that I used for this card.  What great products from the Stampin' Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog!





Posted on : Feb 10 2015
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Sometimes a Good Idea Just Doesn’t Work!

Aloha, all!

     Not every project that I make turns out at all as I envisioned it.  Sometimes that's a good thing, as I find myself with a project that grew in a different direction than I'd planned and I end up with a card I'd be proud to send or give to a friend.  But then there are times when I wonder if I shouldn't just put it in a box somewhere until it just disappears into the void.  Today's project is of the latter variety.


     I'm really not sure what to say about this project except to tell you my thoughts as I started on it.  The first thing was that I wanted to practice the "Kissing Technique," which is something I've not done in a while.  That's where you ink up a background stamp and and then press a solid stamp onto the inked stamp and stamp the solid stamp.  As I had my Stamped With Love Paper Stack out on my work table, I thought of using the colors in it.  I also had my brand new Petal Potpourri Stamp Set and the coordinating Flower Medallion Punch out – I hadn't put them away from my most recent Stampin' Up! order.  So all I had to do was to find a good background stamp to work with.  Ooops, I only own TWO background stamps!  I just do not know how that happened.  But out came the Dictionary Stamp  and I decided to work with that. 

     I'm just not going to go into any more detail.  You can probably see what happened – pulling out a piece of the Typeset Specialty Designer Paper to go with the Dictionary stamp, adding ribbon and a strip of the other paper.  When it was all done, the whole design was out of balance and the colors didn't work.  Sigh.  This is why I don't write a blog post every day!

     But speaking of that – tomorrow I'll share with you a project that started out with an idea and I think ended up being a winner.  So don't give up on me!

Posted on : Feb 09 2015
Posted under Punches, Stamping |

Happy Birthday, Deb!

Aloha, All!

     My sister-in-law, Deb, had a birthday on Thursday, and today's card is the one that I made for her.  I didn't want to post it here until I was sure it had made it from Hawaii to her home on the east coast.  Certainly by now it has.  I'm writing this on Friday afternoon in Hawaii, and it's probably a bit late to be calling her to find out. So here goes, and I hope you don't get to enjoy it before she does!

     Oh, and there's another fact about this card that I must share and that is that it is the original design of fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Mary Brown, the "Stamper Camper."  I just loved the way she made this card and I had to copy it with my own colors.


     What fun it was to make this card – and you would not believe how easy!

     The first step was to create my card base – Whisper White Cardstock, embossed with the Spring Flowers Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Then I cut a piece of paper from the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack using the largest die in the Deco Labels Collection Framelits.  Then I trimmed the die-cut piece to fit on the front of the card.

     This is when I cut the middle sized butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlits Dies set. The next step was to adhere the die cut paper to the card front, with the embossed card front showing through the area from which the butterfly had been cut.  Then I applied Glue Dots to the center part of the butterfly and adhered that back into the place where it had been cut out of the Designer Series Paper. I just LOVE this look!

     The last step was to cut the Hello image (from the Hello You Thinlits Dies set) out of Whisper White Cardstock.  I adhered that to the front of the card using Multipurpose Adhesive – just a few drops around the back of the letters and that image is definitely going to stay put!

     You may notice that the top of the "h" sits on top of a butterfly wing.  That's how I originally saw this done.  But just before I put it in an envelope to send to Deb, I flipped that wing out and set if free!  I liked that much better for this card!

     I hope you enjoyed reading about this project, and I also hope you'll find it fun enough to purchase some of the Stampin' Up! products that I used in it.  Here's information about the featured products.  If you click on any of the pictures, you'll be whisked away to my very own Stampin' Up! store where you can buy any that you wish.  If you have any questions, just leave a comment and let me know!




Posted on : Feb 06 2015
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |