CASEing for a Class!

Aloha, all!

     I am fortunate to have a new person who is attending my regular card-making classes, and thoroughly enjoying them! She's not new to Stampin' Up! products, but her interest before this year has been primarily scrapbooking. While I certainly am no slouch when it comes to scrapping, I spend most of my personal time in making cards. So that's where my classes gravitate most of the time. The reason that I bring this up is that she is not really sure of herselt when it comes to figuring out how to plan a project so that she can make the best use of her materials. So we decided to have a one-on-one class to cover planning a project from start to finish. Rather than going through the whole creative process, though, I suggested we look through the Stampin' Up! Catalog – with all its great ideas! – and pick something to CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone).

     One of the ideas, of course, was to show that, just because you don't have the products used to make the card doesn't mean you can't CASE the card. I actually think it's a lot more fun to try out a design using different products even if I DO have the products in the original.

     For this project, I did not have the stamp set in the original of this project, which is on page 175 of the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. But I did have most of the other products. This was also a great project for demonstrating how to cut paper to make the best use of what we had. We figured out that the top layer of the card in the catalog was Vellum Cardstock. But rather than cut into a piece of that, we chose to cut the card base and the other two layers from the same piece of Pool Party Cardstock. This way, we could use one whole sheet of cardstock without wasting too very much of it, and she'd learn some basic layering measurements to boot. We adhered the top two layers together and ran both of them together through the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Then we adhered this grouping to the card base and set it aside.

     For the stamped layer on the front, we used the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set. The outline of the flowers and the sentiment were stamped with Cajun Craze Ink, the flower backgrounds were stamped with Pumpkin Pie Ink, and the stems were stamped using Crumb Cake Ink.

     Once everything was stamped, we die cut the stamped area using the Lots of Labels Framelits set, and layered it up with a piece of a Delicate Doily and some 5/8" Burlap Ribbon. We used Stampin' Dimensionals on the side away from the doily and ribbon, and Fast Fuse Adhesive on the side already bolstered up by the doily/ribbon. The final touch was a small scrap of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock and a bow of Linen Thread.

     We did spend a lot more time on this project that it might seem we should have. But at each step, we discussed how we wanted to CASE that particular step. It was fun, my friend said she had a much better idea of how to structure a card, and we both have a cute "Just For You" card to send to a friend!

     Here are the products we used for our CASEd project. Don't forget that you can purchase any or all of the products for this project from my personal Stampin' Up! store! Just click on any of the pictures below and you'll be sent there right away! Thanks for all of your purchases that help me keep my Craft Room going!

 

 


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Posted on : Aug 23 2017
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My New Favorite Stamp Set!

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     As you might imagine, if you've seen a copy of the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, it's finally come to me that my real favorite stamp set from this catalog really should be the Climbing Orchid Stamp Set. After all, I live on the "Orchid Isle" in the Hawaiian Islands, and there are orchids growing in trees and baskets all over our garden. How could I not want to start turning out orchid card after orchid card?!

     For this card, I copied the color scheme from a photograph I found online. It was a soft yellow Phalaenopsis orchid, with just a tint of a pinkish color. So I picked So Saffron Cardstock for the base of the flower. I stamped the line art flower from the Stamp Set using Rose Red Ink, and then applied some Flirty Flamingo Ink using a Blender Pen to add highlights around the edges.

     The layout of the card is CASEd from the Stampin' Up! Catalog, page 21. I wanted to use some of the Crushed Curry paper with the cracked design from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack. To conserve my paper, I cut the 6" square piece in half, so it's only 3" wide as opposed to the wider paper in the catalog's card. For the other piece of paper, I chose one of the lighter wood designs from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, cut to 3" for the same reason as with the Color Theory paper. Before mounting the orchids, which I die cut using the Orchid Builder Framelits set, onto the papers, I stamped the 3 stems as well as the sentiment (also from this stamp set) using Early Espresso Classic Ink.

     The background cardstock is a piece of Flirty Flamingo Cardstock that I texturized using the new Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It gives these and other cards with floral designs a beautiful background feeling!

     The card base, which I usually make using either Whisper White or Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock, this time is made of the So Saffron Cardstock. It's a nice weight for a card base, and light enough for writing a note inside.

     Here are the Stampin' Up! products that I feature in this card. You can click on any of the pictures below and be carried off to my very own Stampin' Up! store. Do definitely click on anything that interests you. There's no obligation to purchase anything and I won't bug you afterwards – I have no idea when someone visits my store! So you can learn more about these products at your own pace, any time 24/7/365!

 


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Posted on : Jun 22 2017
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Coffee in a CASE!

Aloha, all!

     The "CASE" in the subject of this post refers to a stamper's practice of using someone else's design as the basis for a new – or nearly new – project. CASE stands for Copy And Share with Everyone. In this case (double meaning here!), I was given the challenge of CASEing this project on page 126 of the latest Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.

     While I love the Daisy theme, I had another stamp set in my new collection that I'd yet too use. So out came the Coffee Café Stamp Set and Coffee Cups Framelits Dies.

     I even used the coordinating Coffee Break Designer Series Paper set for this card! This set of paper has become my go-to favorite to use with lots of different stamp sets. When you look at a set of Designer Series Paper in the Stampin' Up! catalog, don't be too distracted by the designs that seem to be made for just one stamp set. Every sheet has another side to it, and sometimes those are the best sides as far as I'm concerned. While I'm sure I'll eventually use the sheet from this set that has coffee pots and cups all over it – or coffee beans or branches all over – I'm definitely going to be using the "other sides" a lot this coming year. There are two of those on this card.

     A fun part of the Coffee Café stamp set is that there are two sentiment stamps that fit right onto the coffee cup shape. Love this! And finally Stampin' Up! has given us a gorgeous roll of ribbon in the Garden Green Color – one of the 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon spools that has had other colors featured in past catalogs. And the final touch for this card is that I added a few of the Metallic Sequins Assortment.

     This was a fun and easy card to make, especially since I didn't have to do too much in the way of figuring out a layout. And I got to use yet another of my new stamp sets! If you'd like to experience some of the fun, be sure to check out my very own Stampin' Up! Store, which is open online just for you 24/7/365. Or click on any of the pictures below to learn more about that product before you order it!

 

 


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Posted on : Jun 15 2017
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The New Stampin’ Up! Catalog is Here!

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     As this blog post is being published, I am in the full swing of placing my first full order from the newest Stampin' Up! Catalog – the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. I've been waiting for this day since I first saw the catalog online a month and a half ago. It was bad enough when we demonstrators got to see it a month before it went live. But with the new schedule, we're being teased evern earlier!

     Now you, too, can see the catalog today by clicking here. And, while I'm sure you've seen many samples of products that we were allowed to pre-order before today, I thought I'd take the time today to show you a project that I CASEd from the new catalog. Check out page 146 to see the original.

     For my version of this project, I used both sides of two of the sheets of paper in the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper set. The White and Navy Blue Daisy pattern is on one side of a sheet and the Old Olive leaf print is on the other. The Floral Print is on the other side of the Calypso Coral graphic design. The ribbon is the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double Stitched Ribbon. There are two other colors of this ribbon, and I've ordered them both. Actually I've ordered a BUNCH of ribbon, though not all that is new in the catalog. Suffice it to say that I have enough to keep me for a while.

     The "Thank You" sentiment is from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set, which also includes the line of daisies that I stamped along the bottom of the Calypso Coral paper strip. The actual stamp has 3 little daisies, but they do stamp nicely in a row.

     Oh, and about this card – I've already sent it out to a dear friend who had us over for dinner at her gorgeous ocean front home just a couple of weeks ago. She's always so appreciative of cards that I make, and I love making them for her!

     Even though I'm ordering from the new catalog on the first day I can, I still won't get my order until late next week – maybe at last as early the following week. Do you know how many Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and Customers are at their computers or tablets at this very moment placing a first-day order??? Absolutely a lot. I guess if I wanted to pay a bit extra for special handling, I could. But I think I want to use that money to buy new products! I do have a class scheduled this month, but it's not until the 19th. So there's no reason to speed things up because of that. Or maybe there is. Hmmmm.

     As I write this, I don't have access to the online pictures or links related to products I'm featuring in this project. But I'll get on here and update this post later today. If you're interested in anything in the new catalog, you can just go directly to my Stampin' Up! Online store!

     Meanwhile, you might want to know the one thing that I'm ordering from this catalog that I could not possibly do without. It's the Climbing Orchid Bundle. Oh, I can hardly wait to color up some of those orchids to mimic those real orchids we have growing in our garden! I'll be posting one of those as soon as I get everything put away next week! And that bundle will be featured in my class later this month, too.

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Posted on : Jun 01 2017
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Color Fusers Blog Hop – March 2017!

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     I'm so excited to once again be a part of the Color Fusers monthly Blog Hop! This month we were given four Stampin' Up! colors from which to choose at least three to make our project for the hop. A big, "Yay!" for me as I not only used all four of the colors, but I also made TWO PROJECTS for the hop.

     For the last week or so, I have had my eye on the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper set. So my first stop when I saw these colors was that paper to see if it featured any kind of combination of these colors. Rats. While two of the colors (Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder) were in there, the greens were definitely not either of the greens in our color challenge. While I was pouting about this and trying to figure out how to use the single-color papers as a basis for my project, it suddenly occurred to me that I had bought the Fresh Fruit Stamp Set. I could make my OWN designer paper by stamping those fun fruit images using the challenge colors!

     And there they are in the background "designer paper" that I stamped for this project: Watermelon Wonder Strawberries; Peekaboo Peaches; and Mint Macaron Pears highlighted with Wild Wasabi outlines. As I studied the sentiments in the Fresh Fruit Stamp Set, I found the sentiment which was perfect to make a card for a dear friend who is going through a tough time. Once I chose that sentiment, the rest of the card just made itself. I love that I had that beautiful Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched Ribbon and the 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes hearts to add some fun accents to the card to make it as upbeat as I wanted.

     When I decided to stamp my own background paper, I actually stamped two sheets of Whisper White Cardstock. I wasn't sure how I wanted to feature the colors and shapes, so both sheets were different. Once I ended up choosing this background for my card, I still had a lovely sheet that might not get used. Then I remembered a project that had been submitted to my SUO Challenges last time, and went looking for it. It was made by Mary Alice Bellis, a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, and involved making triangles using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

     To make this card, I used Mary Alice's basic instructions, but it still wound up being a trial-and-error effort (i.e., glue stuff on and pull it back off – a lot!) for me as it was for her. Now that I've got it figured out, I may try writing a tutorial. Not for this month's newsletter, though! I may wait for some new Designer Series Papers from the next Stampin' Up! catalog.

     Basically what I did was to cut four squares out of the piece of stamped cardstock. Then I cut each square on the diagonal using a larger square framelit. As I said, trial and error, so there are some pieces in there that aren't exactly what I had planned. Nonetheless, I think that the card turned out all right – I even used the "Happy Birthday" sentiment for it as I have a birthday card to send out this week.

     I hope you enjoyed seeing how I used stamps and my own selection of colors to make my own designer paper. I really should do that more often! Now onto the list of other stampers in this Blog Hop! I won't be hopping with the group for the next few months as I'll be traveling and working on some fiscal year-end projects for a non-profit for which I volunteer. But I'll be back hopping in the summer!

 


Posted on : Mar 06 2017
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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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