My Favorite New Cardstock of the Day!

Aloha, all!

     As I write this, I am madly rushing around doing all travel-prep things I should have done yesterday! As you read this, I'm actually in a place where I can do some crafting, and I'm surely loving it.

     The rush to get this project done was so that I would have my Design Team project for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge! The theme for this challenge is "Our Favorite new Papers or Cardstock." As you know, when I left home, I could not yet order much from the new catalog, and the papers that were offered in the pre-order were not going to be my favorites. But I do have the new "In Colors" from Stampin' Up!, and today I'm choosing Dapper Denim as my favorite of the day! (I love them all!.)


     I made this card for a very dear friend whose husband passed away several years ago, and I sent it on the occasion of their wedding anniversary. Janet's favorite color is blue, so I wanted a card with lots of blue. I picked not only the Dapper Denim (the darker color), but also Marina Mist and Pool Party.

     Lots of layers on this card, but I did want it to be special.

     I've talked here about the Wonderful Wreath Framelits and Circle of Spring stamp set that goes with the framelits, so I won't go much into detail. The sentiment is from Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set, and I cut the layered labels using the Tags and Labels Framelits.

     That's about it for a quick explanation! But I hope you'll visit the SUO Challenges blog over the next two weeks and join in the challenge fun!

Posted on : Jun 20 2016
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Happy Anniversary to Mary and Tom!


Aloha, all!

     A Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary is definitely an occasion to celebrate. And it certainly calls for an extra-special card. This anniversary is being celebrated today by my husband's sister, Mary, and her husband, Tom. If all has gone as planned, we're with them, our nieces and nephews and other assorted family members spending the weekend at Mary and Tom's favorite Bed & Breakfast not too far from their home in Cincinnati, Ohio.

     I knew from the start that I was going to use gold – it is a golden anniversary, after all! And I also was pretty sure that I wanted to use the Botanical Builder Framelits. But at that point, I was almost paralyzed in deciding how to put the two together. Finally, as we got to the week before leaving on our trip to Ohio, I just started cutting paper.

     To begin, I chose to make a larger card than the commonly-used A2 size. As I have some envelopes that accommodate 5" x 7" cards, that's what I chose for the size. I definitely wanted to stamp Happy Anniversary on the card, and stamping it on the Gold Glimmer Paper is simply not possible. So the Gold Foil Sheet became the default base layer on this card. If you've used the Gold Foil, you know that it tends to curl – it's not a very thick, sturdy paper-crafting medium. To keep that from happening, before I even started with the rest of the card, I adhered the foil to a Whisper White Thick Cardstock card base, using Fast Fuse Adhesive placed as close to the edge of the cardstock as I could get it.

     The next step was to figure out where the border leaf element from the Framelits set was going to lie on the front of the card. I tried that thing every different way, and finally chose this arrangement. I cut the Gold Glimmer Paper to size, including cutting with the framelit and laid it onto the foil without adhering it. I positioned the two words from the Number of Years Stamp Set onto one acrylic block and chose the spot to stamp it. Just before stamping, I slipped the glimmer paper out of the way – I didn't want it in the way of the stamp! The ink is Jet Black StazOn ink, which stayed on that gold foil and didn't smear the least little bit.

     Choosing how to distribute flowers and leaves was a continuation of my "hmmm, let's see how this works" approach to this card. Just to give myself a lot to work with, I ran a lot of the framelits through my Big Shot using both the foil and the glimmer paper. Then I arranged and rearranged until I found what I liked. I adhered everything except for the main flower using Glue Dots, which worked amazingly well. I adhered the base of the main flower with Stampin' Dimensionals.

     The final parts of this card were the 5 and 0. I knew that I was going to use the Large Letter Framelits, and at this point it looked like the best bet for the medium was the Gold Foil. But I wanted a good, solid set of numbers. So I adhered a 2-1/2" strip of Gold Foil to a piece of light cardboard and then cut the numbers. Here I ran into a problem as, with the extra thickness, the metal bars in the zero that hold the inside and outside cutting pieces together showed up much too much on the foil. So I recut the zero with the Gold Foil facing down, and that made it a bit better. The good news is that my cutting pads weren't so badly marked that much of the scrapes showed up on the foil. If they had, I would have pulled out a new set just for this (I said this was an important anniversary, didn't I??). Even with this way of cutting, the bar images showed up a bit. So I gave that zero a workout with a bone folder until they pretty much went away.

     The final touch (not shown here) was the envelope. As this will be given in person, I had absolutely no reason not to use the "leftover" glimmer and foil flowers and leaves to decorate the envelope. Love it!  And I'm sure Mary and Tom will love that we spent the time to make this very special card. (Oh, the "we" includes my husband, who came and went during the design process oohing and aahing to encourage me!)


Posted on : Jun 11 2016
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Summer Celebrations!

Aloha, all!

     Here in the United States, our summer is defined by three celebratory days:

  • Memorial Day – the last Monday in May – is a celebration of the memory of those in the military who have died in service to our nation.
  • The Fourth of July – always celebrated on the 4th, no matter what day of the week it is – is our Independence Day
  • Labor Day – the first Monday in September – celebrates those who labor to make our lives better (pretty much all of us!)

     The first and last – always a Monday of a three-day weekend – and the Fourth of July are all celebrated throughout the nation in picnics, religious services, political events, parades – just about any kind of celebration you can think of.


     And this is why we chose Summer Celebrations and the theme for this Stampin' Up! Only Challenge!

     Many of these celebrations are community-wide get togethers and many are simply family or neighborhood gatherings. For these, there are likely to be fun cards made as invitations to an event. My card for today is one I plan to copy to make to invite some friends over to celebrate Labor Day – the end of official summer, even here in Hawaii!

     As I'm still on my vacation and won't be back home for another few weeks, I'm still working with Stampin' Up! products that were available to us as part of our pre-order of products from the new Stampin' Up! catalog. Either that, or I'm using products that have been in a previous catalog and are still going to be in the new catalog. Here's what I used:

  • The blue throughout this project is the new Dapper Denim. LOVE this color blue which is just a bit lighter than Night of Navy.
  • The red throughout is Watermelon Wonder. I had no idea this would work so wonderfully as the red  in "red, white and blue" until I got out the Dapper Denim!
  • And the white is tried and true Whisper White.
  • The strip behind the blue layer is made with one of the images in the Work of Art Stamp Set.
  • I punched the stars using the Confetti Stars Border Punch. This punch is not necessarily made to punch borders in cardstock unless you're very strong. This is one punch I press down with my foot!
  • The sentiment on the center element is from the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set.
  • And finally the twine is the brand new Whisper White Thick Baker's Twine.

     I'll have plenty of time after I return home to plan for my party – and make all those invitations!

     And maybe YOU would love to hop on over to the SUO Challenge blog, see what others have done with this challenge, and join us with your own Summer Celebration project!



Posted on : Jun 06 2016
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The Last Card from This Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Aloha, all!

     As I've been madly getting ready for a month-long trip to visit family all over the U.S. Mainland, I've also been trying to make sure that I'm caught up on my birday cards. There are SO MANY birthdays that I want to remember this month, and every person gets a card. I'm following in the footsteps of Shannon West from Stampin' Up!, who started the #imbringingbirthdaysback movement in the beginning of the year.


     This past weekend, when I thought I had all my birthday cards lines up, I posted several of them here. But as I was skimming through my June calendar, durned if another birthday didn't pop up! No, I didn't make a pop-up card – don't have time for that! But I did gather up the last of the Paper Pumpkin scraps from that blog post.

     One main thing that's different is that, instead of accenting the paper from the kit with its Bermuda Color, this time I used the Cucumber Crush color as the accent. I do love Bermuda Bay; but I am so over it for a while!

     Everything in this card, except for the Cucumber Crush Cardstock is from the Paper Pumpkin March 2016 kit. I made the bow with the Baker's Twine that was in the kit. But I twisted the twine into a bit of yarn before I tied it in a bow. After that, everything's pretty simple – and it went together fast!

     Now to finish writing a tutorial for my June 3rd Newsletter, and everything in my craft room gets put away (it says somewhere!)


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Posted on : May 31 2016
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Celebrating Lots of Birthdays!

Aloha, all!

     Have I mentioned our plans to travel away from home for pretty much the entire month of June? Well, so far that's our plan. And with June just a few days away, I hope it works out. Crossing fingers and toes that hubby's current medical issues allow this to happen.

     But in any case, I have a ton of birthday cards to send out in June, and I won't have much (any?) time to do any paper crafting while I'm away. So I need to get these birthday cards made and ready to go into the mail in somehwat of an appropriate time frame. Our house/pet sitter has agreed to do this for me. But, even though she's thinking about signing up as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, she declines to make the cards for me. So that's up to me.  So here's my first batch of really quickie cards!

Paper Pumpkin Cards

     If you recognize the papers in this first set of cards for the day, you'll know they're from the March 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit. I shared a couple of cards that I made with this kit when I first got it. That kit was full of smallish cards to make – gift card inserts was the theme. But I rarely send gift cards, so I needed to make full A2-sized cards, and I did that with most of the kit. I stuck the leftovers on a shelf and forgot about them.  Until today.

     I was about to get out some other papers when I spied the box on the shelf and wondered, "what's in that?" When I saw all the leftovers, I went right to work. I made 2 each of 3 designs, and here's where I came up with each of the 3 designs.  Note that, for all of them, I used Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine to tie the designs together.

Card2 The first card is made almost entirely with products from the kit. The square behind the greeting was a punch-out from the kit, and I cut a smaller square of Whisper White Cardstock to place on top of it. I used a stamp from the Tin of Cards Stamp Set which seemed to fit very nicely with this square. The two banners on the bottom left are also from the kit and placed as one of the kit samples had them placed. After tying on the Baker's Twine, I adhered this whole group to a card base that was one of the last two I had in the kit (I used the other card for the duplicate of this one). Then I punched a piece of Bermuda Bay Cardstock using the smallest flower in the Boho Blossoms Punch, and added one of the Candy Dots from the kit.


Card1I based the second card on one of the business-card sized pieces in the kit. It was the front of a folded card. The Bermuda Bay Cardstock thin mat around it was not from the kit. The printed border, green liner inside the print and the white center were all on the original mini card. I stamped the greeting from the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set. I mounted this with Stampin' Dimensionals over left side strips made with a rectangle cut from the envelope paper in the kit, and a striped cardstock strip also from the kit, but cut to size.



Both this card and the previous one had card bases made with Whisper White Thick Cardstock. For this last card, I used the same papers as a background as in the previous card, but I cut them to different sizes, tying the Baker's Twine around the two pieces which I'd adhered together before adhering it all to the card base.  The Bermuda Bay banner at the bottom is a self-adhesive die-cut piece from the kit. You can see the whole piece and how this card is laid out in the main photo, top, center. Again, I used the sentiment from the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set, centering it at the bottom of the card.



I love Paper Pumpkin kits – there's always so much you can do with them!  I also love that I can stop the kits from coming at times, like June!, when I'm going to be away and won't have time to play with them. If you'd like to know more about Stampin' Up!'s Paper Pumpkin, just go to the Paper Pumpkin website. Let me know if you have any questions!

     One of the reasons I added some photos to this blog post, besides the fact that they do help show you how I made the cards, is that this post is part of a blog hop for a summer online group to which I belong. It's a fun group of people who like Stampin' Up! products – some of are demonstrators, but most are not. If you'd be interested in joining, let me know this weekend and I'll send you the information you need to join. Sign up deadline for this year is May 31st, but there's not much to be done before being accepted in the group.

Posted on : May 27 2016
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Weddings Are Happening!

Aloha, all!

     It's hard to believe that many of my friends have GRANDCHILDREN who are planning weddings this summer! I had no idea that I would have a real-life reason to make a wedding card this year, but I do! The good news is that it's also time for a wedding-themed challenge at Stampin' Up! Only Challenges, so today's project is a two-fer!


     This card not only is a wedding card, but it's also a "Something Old, Something New" card when it comes to Stampin' Up! products. The old and soon-to-be-retired is that lovely Whisper White Stitched Satin Ribbon. So sorry to see it go! But it's got some replacement cousins coming to the new catalog, so I won't be too sad. Also old and retiring is the Petite Pairs Stamp Set from which I took the sentiment in the middle of the wreath.

     The new is one of the brand new Stampin' Up! 2016-2018 In Colors, Sweet Sugarplum. I love all the new In Colors, but this is my current favorite. Also new are the wonderful scalloped squares that are part of a new Framelit set. There are 19 dies in this new set and they all go fabulously together!

     I also used Sweet Sugarplum to color in many of the flowers in the wreath from the Circle of Spring Stamp Set. This is a set that's in the current Stampin' Up! Catalog, but will also be in the upcoming catalog. For the other colors in the wreath, I used Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, and then a mix of Pear PIzzazz and Old Olive for the leaves.

     The background is textured with the Elegant Dots Textured Impression Embossing Folder, which also continues on into the new Stampin' Up! catalog.

     If there's anything in this project that you'd like to buy from Stampin' Up!, you can click here to go directly to my Stampin' Up! online store. And be sure to visit the SUO Challenges blog and enter our challenge!

     Oh, and if you'd like a full tutorial on how to make this project, I've included one in my latest newsletter. If you're not on my mailing list, be sure to sign up (the form's up to the left) before Friday, May 27th, when I'll send out a second copy!


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Posted on : May 23 2016
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More Retiring Products – and More Fun with the Drapery Fold!

Aloha, all!

     I've been spending most of my time the past few weeks getting my craft room ready for a new year of Stampin' Up! products. Thankfully, I'll still have a lot of what's in here now to continue to work with into the new Stampin' Up! year. But also thankfully, there are plenty of new products with which I can renew my creative interests for quite a while!

    In my last post (last week??!!) I showed off a Drapery Fold Card. I just had to try it again, and here it is.


     I have definitely not spent a lot of time using the gorgeous Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper. And I wasn't even sure that any of the sheets had the kind of design that would lend itself well to the Drapery Fold technique. But here it is, and I think it does quite well, thank you!

     Other retiring products in this project are:

  • Whisper White 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
  • Large Oval Punch
  • Scalloped Oval Punch
  • Petite Pairs Stamp Set

     The Boho Chic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, as well as all the cardstock in this project, will continue to be around for a while (at least another year through the end of May 2017).

     Now back to restructuring my craft room. I'm going to be out of town the whole month of June, and I want to hit the ground running with the new catalog when I get back! Meanwhile, if you have any questions or would like a new catalog, just send me an e-mail and I'll take care of it as quickly as I can!


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Posted on : May 18 2016
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More Retiring Favorites!

Aloha, all!

     If it's Tuesday, it's likely to be time for a Stampin' Up! Only Challenge! I love having this challenge every two weeks because it forces me to make something specific. Most of the time, I walk into my craft room, look around, and say, "Let's try (something that I happen to see) today!" Today's project is a case in point.

Drapery Fold

     When I saw that the theme for this challenge was for us to focus on our favorite retiring papers, I knew I had to start with papers. Rarely do I start with the paper and work from there. Most of the time the starting point is the purpose for the card – Birthday, Hello, Anniversary, and so forth. This time, though, I first had to select the paper and build on that. So what did I choose?

     For this project I did NOT choose my favorite paper. I have been hoarding my real favorite paper sets. I live in my husband's gorgeous Botanical Garden, and the paper set. Botanical Gardens is my absolute favorite, now and for a long time. And I'm not just hoarding 1 pack. I have a box of 5 packs and am using it sparingly. It's now sold out at Stampin' Up!, so what I now have will have to do.

     So now for my NEXT favorite paper set – Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper. Not only do I have a favorite set, I have favorite sheets, and the sheet I've used today is one of them. I picked this specific paper for this project to show off the currently popular Drapery Fold Technique. I had half a sheet of paper left, and this design only used half of that. I've seen this way of making the drapery fold in several projects online, but couldn't find directions for exactly what I wanted to accomplish. Now that I've figured it out, I've starting writing a quick tutorial, and I'll publish it in my newsletter later this week.

     There are other products in this project that are going to retire at the end of the month, too. Candy Dots! What, no more Candy Dots? That right. But they're going to be replaced by something that looks like it might be even more fun that the single-sized Candy Dots! And that beautiful Pool Party 3/8" Glitter Ribbon. Why can't we have more of that? Who knows, maybe we will. But it's not in the upcoming Annual Catalog, so we have to say goodbye to this, too.

     Finally, one of my all-time favorite stamp sets, Sassy Salutations, is leaving the catalog. This is one of those sets that I'm considering keeping around. Hmmm.

     OK – now let's hear about YOUR favorite retiring paper! Just head on over the the SU Only Challenges blog and enter your project in the challenge. I can hardly wait to see what it might be!!!

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Posted on : May 09 2016
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Retiring Soon: Four More!

Aloha, all!

     Today's project is my project for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge. If you check out this challenge blog at all, you know that ALL Stampin' Up! products are welcome in your projects, not just current projects. Usually (well, 99% of the time) I use current projects. Of course that's the case with this project because, while four of the products in this project are going to retire come June 1st, they're still current as of today. So my record holds!


     The theme of the SUO Challenge this time is "Congratulations." So I went to the Tin of Cards Stamp Set to find what I thought would be a retiring stamp. But no! The actual "Tin of Cards" kit in the current Stampin' Up! Catalog will retire this June. But the stamp set will NOT! Not only that, there will be a fun NEW Tin of Cards kit along with another Tin of Cards stamp set (with a slightly different name). I can hardly wait to show all this off to you!

     But there are retiring products here though, including the Lost Lagoon Ink with which I stamped my Congrats. Then there's the lovely Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon and the Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, both of which are retiring and still available for purchase if you're interested. Unfortunately, the Lost Lagoon Paper and the whole 2014-2016 In Color DSP Stack not only are retiring, they're gone – sold out! Sigh. More and more products are selling out every day!

     The other products in this card are the Whisper White Cardstock and the Watermelon Wonder Cardstock, which will be around for a while.

     If you're interested to read what's retiring as well as what's sold out as of today, just click on the "Farewell – Click Here" image up on the right of this page. I will keep it updated as I learn about more products that are sold out. Just let me know if you have any questions!

Posted on : Apr 25 2016
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Retiring Soon: Be the Star and 4 Others!

Aloha, all!

     Today's project is one that was inspired by a creation of one of my downline. I only have one downline member who lives close to me, and she's moving away next month. So we're trying to spend some time together crafting before she leaves. This past Monday, we had a great get-together as we spend over an hour looking at the list of Stampin' Up! retiring products and then oohing and aahing over the new 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog. So I decided to CASE her project using some retiring products so I could keep up as much as possible with my projects showing off products you'll not be able to order from Stampin' Up! come June 1st.


     The design created by Dana uses the Sunburst Thinlit from the Stampin' Up! 2016 Occasions Catalog. This thinlit is NOT retiring! Whew, because there are so many ideas using it that I've not tried. What she did was fold paper and run the paper through the Sizzix Big Shot with the fold outside of the Thinlit so it as not cut. Of course you could just cut two pieces and match them up to make this design. But it's so much easier with the fold!

     Now onto the retiring products:

  1. The stamp set I used for this is called Be the Star and it's been a fun set to use for cards I made for my oldest grandson. It's a great set for card for a teenager.
  2. The 1-1/4" Scalloped Circle Punch not the only Scalloped Circle Punch that's retiring. They're ALL retiring! There's a product in the upcoming catalog that will make up for this a bit. But I'm going to miss those scalloped circles.
  3. I added Black Candy Dots to the stamped Scalloped Circles. Not only are the Black Candy Dots retiring, ALL of the Candy Dots are retiring. They are being replaced by another product that I think will be fun to use. But I'll miss my Candy Dots!
  4. The Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper is retiring as are all of the Designer Series Paper sets currently in both active catalogs. This card shows off both sides of one sheet in this set. As the paper is very tropical in nature, I have a good stash of it that I'll be keeping in my Craft Room. There are quite a few garden photos that I've not yet scrapbooked, and this will be perfect for that!
  5. Finally, that beautiful Basic Black Stitched Satin Ribbon is going away. OK, I didn't use it a lot. But it is just perfect for Sympathy Cards. I guess the good news is that I haven't needed to make many sympathy cards this past year. The bad news is that I have to make two this week!

     So that's it for the retiring products today! I'll have some more to share on Sunday or Monday – definitely Tuesday when it's time for othe biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge Blog Post.

     Once I finished this post and really looked at the project, I realized it's one that definitely needs work! If you didn't see the "face" in that design, I sure did. So this concept needs more work – or at least it needs to be saved for Halloween!

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Posted on : Apr 24 2016
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