Sealed With a Kiss!

Aloha, all!

     Earlier this week, I told you about my project that I used for the biweekly challenge blog, Stampin' Up! Only Challenges. I had CASEd (Copy And Share with Everyone) a project from the latest issue of CardMaker Magazine. For today's project, I have a project that I CASEd from one of the other SUO Challenge Design Team members – fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Pam Staples.

     I didn't quite copy Pam's design entirely, but the layout of the stamped and embellished layer is pretty close to hers. The main differences were that I used Soft Sky as the color for the splashed background, I used Gold Foil for the arrow and little hearts, I used one of the square Stitched Shapes Framelits for the sentiment element, and I didn't emboss the lips. Emboss the lips?  You bet – with the fun Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder that carried over from the 2016 Holiday Catalog. The Sealed With Love Bundle, that includes the stamp set and framelits is from the 2017 Occasions Catalog. The splashed background is from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set that's in the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. And those two little hearts? They're from the Owl Builder Punch. I hardly ever use that owl figure much any more. But the heart and the circles in that punch are oh so useful! So lots going on here with a variety of Stampin' Up! Catalogs and products!

     And of course now I have made a Valentine's Day card with a color other than Red! But I still want to try out some other different color combos before I finish with this year's Valentines. I have another few days before I have to quit and get mine sent out. I'll be sure to share them here.

     For now, here are the products that I used for this card. There are a lot more than I usually use in a card. But I was on a roll when I started pulling products off the shelf in my Craft Room!

 


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Posted on : Feb 03 2017
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Another Valentine’s Card!

Aloha, all!

     It's time for another edition of the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, and I think this is always my favorite of the whole year. It's time to get all those Valentine's Day Cards done, and that's the challenge!

     I have been working like crazy to get lots of Valentine's Cards done this year because I think that the Sealed with Love Stamp Set and the Sending Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack in the 2017 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog is one of the best combinations I've seen in a long time!

     Add to that paper and stamp set combo the wonderful shapes from the Love Notes Framelits Dies, and you have just about everything you need for great Valentine's Cards (well, except for the Real Red Ink and Whisper White Cardstock, which you probably already have in your stash)!

     For today's card, I also added a gorgeous stamp (IMHO) from the FREE Sale-a-bration Delicate Details Stamp Set.  That's the lace stamp across the card, under the hearts. I used the small heart Framelit from the Framelits Set to cut hearts from scraps of paper from the Sending Love DSP Stack.

     Oh, and I love how the teeny white hearts are spaced on the sheet of the DSP that I used for the mat for the stamped layer of this card. They are spaced perfectly to be cut to sizes that typically appear as layers on a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card base (this fits into an A2 or "medium" size envelope).

     My final touch on this card was a sprinkling of Pearl Basic Jewels.

     If you are a reader of CardMaker Magazine, you just might recognize this layout. Yes, it's a CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) from a card in their article about simple Valentine's Day Cards using small hearts. I've created a couple of other cards using these layouts, and am sharing them with you this month also. It's just a great magazine for ideas even though they use Stampin' Up! products a bit too infrequently for my taste. Nonetheless, I can usually find Stampin' Up! products to make with their design ideas!

     Speaking of products, here are the products that I featured in today's project. Click on any of the pictures to go to my Stampin' Up! Store to order any of them. Or just give me a call, and I can help you place the order if you'd prefer!

     Happy Stamping!

DID YOU NOTICE!? Buy the Sealed With Love Bundle and the Sending Love Designer Series Paper – and get the Delicate Details Stamp Set FOR FREE!

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Posted on : Jan 30 2017
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Fun Ideas From a Magazine!

Aloha, all!

     I mentioned in a post last week that I've received my Spring 2017 CardMaker Magazine and I'm loving all the projects in it that I can CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) using Stampin' Up! products. Unfortunately, there are very few Stampin' Up! products featured in CardMaker, but the good news is that many of their projects can be used with a wide variety of products – including Stampin' Up!'s!

     The stamp is from the Sealed with Love Stamp Set and the hearts are die-cut using the small heart in the Love Note Framelits Dies set. You can buy each of these products separately, OR you can buy them together in a bundle and get a 10% discount! Love those discounts! Plus, if you also buy the Sending Love Designer Series Paper set, you'll have spent enough $$$ to order a FREE Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration product. Think that luscious Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper that I showed off in my last post!

     Back to today's project. I drew the lines on which the hearts are "hanging" using a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, and spaced them 3/4" apart. As I wasn't going to place any of the hearts right next to each other, this was plenty of room for arranging those little cuties. Besides following the original design with the lines and hearts, and a stamped sentiment in the lower right corner of the card, I also used its idea of having embellishments in the upper left and lower right corners of the card. For my card, I used Stampin' Up!'s Pearl Basic Jewels. The mat behind the stamped layer is one of the printed sheets from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper set. I really wanted some little hearts to show, but I'd already added the pearls to the card, making using any of my cutting tools difficult (impossible?) to use – the pearls would get in the way. Instead, there are just a few teensie parts of the hearts peeking out from the edges.

     The one element in this card that's not a Stampin' Up! product is the stitched rectangle edge around the stamped layer. As Stampin' Up! has already released its Stitched Shape Framelits (no longer on back order, by the way), I'm really hoping that we'll also see some of the larger rectangle shapes in the next Annual Catalog. Crossing my fingers and toes!

     Now here are the products I feature in today's card.

     Happy Stamping!

 


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Posted on : Jan 27 2017
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New Year’s Gift for My Customers!

Aloha, all!

     It's a new year, and I definitely want to remind my customers that there are new Stampin' Up! Catalogs out there as well! So today I sent out my latest batch of Stampin' Up! New Year Calendar cards to several of my customers. While there are certainly more to send, I wanted to share with you one of the little things you might expect if YOU become one of my customers!

     These little calendar cards are based on a card that I found on the blog of fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Debra Simonis. The best thing about having to make a bunch is that I can get two calendars out of one piece of 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock, and they fit into a standard A2 (Stampin' Up!'s Medium Size) envelope.

     Here's a side view of the stand-up card, showing the finished measurement of 8" high x 5-1/2" wide. I followed Debra's cutting and scoring directions – cut a piece of cardstock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", and score along the 8-1/2" side at: 3"; 4"; 5"; and 8". I applied adhesive on the 1/2" strip at the end and adhered it to the front of the card. Oh, and it's even easier if you score the whole piece of cardstock before you cut it in half – because you only have to score once for both pieces!

     To make things easier all around, I decorated the front of the card, except for the little calendar pad, before I adhered the folded base to the card front. Leaving the calendar pad off just kept it from flopping around and, possibly (but it didn't happen the one time I put it on first) coming apart. I've seen cards where crafters have stapled these little calendars to the card, but I think that leaves an unsighly tear each time you have to remove a month's sheet from the pad.

     The paper that I used for the top layer on the card front is from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack in the new Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog. The stamped image is from the Avante Garden Stamp Set in the Sale-a-bration Catalog, which means I got it for FREE for purchasing $50 worth of Stampin' Up! products. The die-cut shapes were made using two of the dies in the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies set, also in the Occasions Catalog.

     As a side note, I considered using something other than Real Red as the base for the calendar. But the Month Name on all the sheets in the calendar pad are printed in Red, so all this red stuff that's sitting around waiting for Valentine's Day seemed to be just the right accompaniment for the calendar.

     If you'd like me to send you one of the calendars, you can get a double bonus: Spend $50 on any Stampin' Up! products between now and March 31st, and you get a FREE product from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog – and a FREE completed project from me – your choice of colors! Look closely, and everything (except the calendar pads and a little scrap of white cardstock) that you need for this project add up to just over $50 – so you can get that stamp set FOR FREE – and still have lots of "stuff" left over to make other projects!

     Happy Stamping!

 


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Posted on : Jan 09 2017
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Love the New Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper!

Aloha, all!

     On Tuesday, I shared a project using a Mint Macaron sheet from the new Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper set. Once I had that paper out, it was hard for me to put it away!

     So here is a project with a whole card front made out of the paper, with a mat of the solid Mint Macaron Cardstock. Love it! I may have to buy a new pack of paper just to stock up on this design.

     If you're a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, you may recognize the layout of this card. We demonstrators get a bi-monthly magazine with ideas from Stampin' Up!, and this basic layout was in an article in the current edition, though the focus there was on watercolor. I'm not working with watercolor right now (soon – but I've got other stuff I want to do first!), so I read right past that project. It was one of my downline who came over to play with new stuff who suggested the layout. Fun!

     You can see certainly see how easy this layout is. Just pick a piece of paper (3-3/4" x 5"); a coordinating piece of cardstock (4" x 5-1/4") and some complementary cardstock (5-1/2" x 8-1/2", folded to make a card base). Then pick a sentiment (any sentiment, any stamp set), a coordinating piece of ribbon (8" or so, folded or cut in half and trimmed at an angle on each end), and a bit of Baker's Twine or Cord for the greeting element. And you're done! (The gold cord I used is a Stampin' Up! product, but no longer current.)

     I promise tomorrow's project for this first week of the New Year will  NOT have this paper in it – though I dare say you'll see it again before too very long.

 


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Posted on : Jan 05 2017
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Happy New Year!

Aloha and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

     Yes, that's "Happy New Year," in the Hawaiian language. And here I am, still in Hawaii, having spent a wonderful year in the land of Aloha. And I'm looking forward to yet another in this beautiful place I call home. One of my favorite activities that help make my life here so special is that I have a special place in which to create with my paper and inks, most of them from Stampin' Up! and all of them fun to work and play with!

     I've not been here at my computer much in the past week or so as we've been having a very busy holiday season – fun busy, not work busy. Part of that has been crafting, both by myself and with friends and downline here in my craft room. So I have quite a few things to share with you over the next few days to help you catch up on what I've been doing – all of it with new Stampin' Up! products that will go on sale to the public this coming Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

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     First of all, I copied the basic layout of this card from fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Jenny Hall, who published this in a demonstrator-only Facebook group. I think that the negative image that we can create with the upcoming Stylish Stems Framelits Set goes just perfectly with the also soon-to-be-for-sale Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack. I made the card base using Whisper White Thick Cardstock (much better for a card base than plain Whisper White Cardstock!) and also used some of the Thick Cardstock for the top layer. Both the flower and the stem cut beautifully with no fussing with getting those little pieces out of the cut image. I just touched those that didn't come out by themselves and they popped right out.

     The sentiment is from the upcoming 2017 Sale-a-bration catalog, and you can get it free with a $50 Stampin' Up! product purchase. I did some quick math and found that, if you buy the Framelits Set, the Sending Love paper stack, the Whisper White Thick Cardstock and the Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad for stamping the sentiment, you could then get the stamp set FOR FREE!

     You just have to wait until Wednesday! But I'll be sure to remind you come Wednesday. I'll reprint this card and the projects for the next two days in a Wednesday post so you can see what to buy!

     Meanwhile, I hope you are having just a wonderful New Year's Day wherever you are (and maybe some of you are already past New Year's Day?).

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Posted on : Jan 01 2017
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Quick & Easy Last Minute Halloween Cards!

Aloha, all!

     Last week a friend and I got together to design and make some Halloween cards that we could show others almost right up to the time of the holiday. I searched the Internet for ideas, and found a Christmas card design that I thought could be a lot of fun for Halloween as well – and it was quick and easy! This was so easy, in fact, that I made a bunch of them. Today I'll share photos of several, and give you a quick set of instructions to make your own for last minute Halloween greetings!

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     You might recognize at least one of the stamped images in this card as having come from the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set – the sentiment is, indeed, from that set. But the pumpkin is also from the same set! So, no jar this time, but the stamp set hasn't left my desk yet!

     The paper in this card is one of the sheets from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper set. To make a card using this "folding back" technique, it's my opinion that you need a sheet that has a fairly simple/solid design on one side to set off the more complex design on the other side. This sheet, with the pumpkins on one side and the grid design on the other is just perfect!

     Here are the simple directions for making this card front:

  • Make a card base from an 8-1/2" by 5-1/2" piece of cardstock, folding it to make a 4-1/4" wide by 5-1/2" high card, folded on the left. Choose cardstock to complement – even match – the colors in the Designer Series Paper you're going to use. For this card, I used Pumpkin Pie Cardstock to complement the Pumpkin Pie color in the Designer Series Paper.
  • Cut a piece of Designer Series Paper 4" wide by 5-1/4" high.
  • Cut a 1-3/4" slit from middle of the right edge of the side of the paper that will be the front of your card.
  • Score from the left end of the slit to the bottom right corner as well as to the top right corner.
  • Fold the paper on the score lines.
  • Adhere the under side of the folds to the front of the paper so that they stay in place.
  • Adhere the folded paper to the card front.
  • Decorate the card front with a layered element that lays over the inside edge of the slitted paper.

     That's really all there is to it! For the above card, I cut the stamped layer and the next layer under it (Pumpkin Pie Cardstock) with a scalloped square from the Layering Squares Framelits Set. Then I cut the next larger square from Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper. Note that, when cutting Glimmer Paper with Framelits, I find it easier to have the Framelits cut the smooth back side.

     Here are two of the other cards I made with this design. Both use the same paper, but for the top card, I placed the center element in the center of the card, rather than over to the right side as in the other two cards.

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     My friend decided she wanted a card using the seasonal colors, but did not want to use "Happy Halloween" on one of her cards. So this is what she made, using a sentiment from the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set.

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     Sooooo easy and quick! It might be a bit late for the products in this project. But you might like to try them for next Halloween – or even for Thanksgiving (especially that Basket of Wishes Stamp Set!). So here's a list of what I used. Each picture includes a link to my very own Stampin' Up! store where you can find out more about the products and order them right then and there!

     Happy Stamping!

 


Posted on : Oct 27 2016
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Halloween Fun with Jar of Haunts Stamp Set – Part 2

Aloha, all!

     If you looked at the photo of the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set in Wednesday's blog post, you'll have noticed that there is more than one stamp that's made to fit inside that fun little jar. For that post, I included the fun little mummy-looking figure in the jar. Today's project is a bit sweeter.

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     I got the idea for this layout from fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator extraordinaire, Connie Babbert. So I should probably call it a CASEd card (recalling that CASE stands for Copy And Share with Everyone).

     The "sweet" part of this, of course, is that there is candy in the jar this time. If I wasn't so busy trying to get all my Halloween cards done this week, I'd have liked to have cut out some of those candies and plopped them in different spots on the card just for fun. But "hurry" is my word of the week this week!

     Even though the paper – from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper set – has Pumpkin Pie as its primary color, I decided to use Peekaboo Peach as the coordinating color for this card since I wanted to make a ribbon bow to accent the card. There is no Pumpkin Pie ribbon in the Stampin' Up! catalog at this point. BUT if you'd like to make this card with Pumpkin Pie accents, there is some Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Cotton Ribbon on Stampin' Up!'s Clearance Rack!

     Back to the Peekaboo Peach – besides the 3/8" Ruched Ribbon, I used some Peekaboo Peach Cardstock, which I texturized with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I also decided to make a bow for the jar itself, and used the bow and ribbon stamps from the Jar of Love Stamp Set.  Then I die cut both the jar and the bow using the Everyday Jars Framelits Set. I matted the Designer Series Paper sheet with some Basic Black Cardstock and adhered it over the Peekaboo Peach Cardstock, and then adhered that all to a card base made with Whisper White Thick Cardstock. The last layering step was to adhere the stamped and die-cut jar to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

     For the final touch, I added three Pumpkin Pie color sequins from the Brights Sequin Assortment. Done, and oh, so cute! Thanks, Connie Babbert, for the idea!

     Now here are links to the products that I featured in this project. Let me know if I could interest you in buying any of them. It's still not too late for Halloween! Or click on any of the photos to go right to my store to order them directly online!

 


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Posted on : Oct 21 2016
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You’re Amazing – Another Fun CASE!

Aloha, all!

     Today I'm using a Stampin' Up! Stamp Set that's in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, but which you cannot buy by itself. It's the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set, and it ships exclusively with the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit. This is an all-inclusive card kit – stamps and ink, along with the usual layers and embellishments. And, yes, I bought the kit just to have the stamp set. Of course, I've made most of the cards in the kit, but I'm still using that stamp set a LOT with my other cards!

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     This design is not my own. A fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Sandy Hancock, displayed this card online and I just fell in love with the layout. Of course, hers was different in many ways – she used pink, where I used Cucumber Crush; she didn't include a sentiment and I did; and she used lots of pearls and enamel shapes, but I just used some coordinating Thick Baker's Twine.

     What I did do that she did was to use the new Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder as my background layer, with a "flourish" die-cut using the Flourish Thinlits. It's such a lovely layout!

     If you ever see one of the cards that I've displayed on my own blog, and you have a question about it, please don't hesitate to add a comment here or even to e-mail me with your question. It happens quite a bit, believe it or not, and I love writing responses. It also helps me figure out what I should say about a card as I'm going through the process of writing the post that goes with it!

     Now here are the products I used to create today's project. As always, click on the picture of the product to learn more about it and/or buy it from my personal Stampin' Up! website.

 


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Posted on : Sep 30 2016
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Summer Swap Review – New Catty!

Aloha, all!

     Today's project is the third of the swaps I did this summer with our VC (Virtual Cruise) Rocks! group.  My last two blog posts showed off the first two of the swaps.

     The theme of this swap was "The New Catty." This refers to the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog. So the project had to use products featured in this catalog. While we could use anything in the current catalog, I figured for myself that the theme really was to use something NEW in the new catalog.

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     For my project, I once again decided to try to redo a CASEd project that I'd tried out last month. In that project, I tried the Live, Love, Grow Stamp Set layout from the catalog project on page 146, but I changed out the one non-green color that the Stampin' Up! catalog featured. What I did was pick up one of the colors in another project on the same page. I wasn't completely unhappy with the colors I picked, but my impression of what a terrarium should be is mostly green. So, for this project, I chose three greens for the main plants, adding just a bit of color with one of the stamps from the Jar of Love Stamp Set. The greens I chose were Pear Pizzazz, Mint Macaron, and Garden Green. I carried the Garden Green color through the rest of the project, sponging the edges of the scalloped square, stamping the sentiment and matting the main layer. I also stamped the outline of one of the flowers inside the card to decorate the page on which you'd write a note.

     The other color in this project is the new Peekaboo Peach. I used this for the background flower in the stamped image, and chose a piece of the Peekaboo Peach Designer Series Paper Stack for the main background layer. Finally, I tied on a bow with the new Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched Ribbon.

     Once again, I used the MISTI tool (not a Stampin' Up! product) to help with this project. I didn't have to worry at all about where I was stamping any of my images. When it came to coloring in the plants, though, I chose to color them in by hand rather than use the filler stamps in the stamp set. I tried it both ways, and I really do like the look of the hand-coloring. Besides, aren't coloring books the "thing" these days to help us relax? Heck, I just made my own little coloring book with this swap!

     The stem on the flower from the Jar of Love Stamp Set isn't as long as I needed it to be for this project. So I hand-drew an extension of the stem in each of the pictures. That was relaxing, too! Actually the whole project was pretty relaxing, and I'm glad to have created the opportunity to do this. If you're interested in any of the products in this project, just click on any of the pictures below to go to my Stampin' Up! shop to learn more about them, and order them if you wish! Happy Stamping!!!

 


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Posted on : Aug 26 2016
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