Another Valentine CASE!

Aloha, all!

 

Today’s project is the third of the Valentine Projects that I made during my CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) day last week when I was trying to get my mojo back. I’m still trying and still CASEing, so I’m sure you’ll see more before Valentine’s Day is actually here!

As you can see, I’m still working with the same sheets from the same set of papers that I used for the last two CASEd projects I spoke of last week, the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper from this year’s Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration brochure.  I have also included a new stamp from the Heart Happiness Stamp Set that happens to use one of the dies in the Lots to Love Box Framelits set. That brings me to something I haven’t mentioned before. That Framelits set not only goes with stamps in the Sure Do Love You stamp set, it also goes with several of the stamps in the Heart Happiness Stamp Set. It’s a great two-fer and I hope Stampin’ Up! keeps this idea alive going forward.

 

The arrangement of the word LOVE, with the Heart shape as the O, is one I CASEd from a project by fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Jenny Hall. She used a different set of papers and different colors, but this layout is definitely hers. And I LOVE it!

 

Once again, I used a card and matching envelope from the Sale-A-Bration FREE Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes set. You can get this or the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper for FREE with any other Stampin’ Up! purchase of $50. If you spend $100 you can get BOTH of these freebies. Note that, this year, there are special freebies that you can get ONLY with a $100 purchase. They’re definitely worth it, and I plan to show some of them off here before too long.

 

To finish up the card and envelope combo, I stamped”Happy Valentine’s Day” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set using Calypso Coral Ink, punching it out with the Classic Label Punch and then adhering it to the card front over the letters using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

And I used another stamp from the Heart Happiness Stamp Set to decorate the envelope that comes in the Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes and that matches the card base.

 

Here are the products I used in this project. Just click on any of the icons to be whisked away to my personal Stampin’ Up! store. There you can learn more about each product and even order it online right then and there!


Posted on : Feb 07 2018
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Oh So Quick and Easy CASE!

Aloha, all!

 

After I finished writing my last blog post, I went back to my work table, ostensibly to pick up the mess and put things away. But then I spotted another heart I’d stamped in trying to figure out how I was going to CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) the previous project. At that point, I thought of quite a few cards that I’d seen with that heart placed by itself with one other stamp on a card front.

The white heart in the middle of this card was the one I’d stamped for the earlier project, but ended up not using. It’s from the Sure Do Love You Stamp Set, and I’d die-cut it with a framelit from the Lots to Love Box Framelits set. Two other products that were still out on my work table were the cards from the Sale-A-Bration promotion, Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes, and the Whisper White 1/4″ Organza Ribbon from the 2018 Occasions Catalog. Oh, and the Bermuda Bay Ink was still out. Why not make another really quick card? And that’s what I did.

 

I stamped the outline heart from the Sure Do Love You Stamp Set onto one of the Pool Party colored cards in the Cards & Envelopes Set, added the already-stamped heart using Stampin’ Dimensionals, tied on a piece of ribbon, and Voilà! I had a card.

 

As I finished this project up, I realized that, for the previous project, I’d not done anything with the “& Envelopes” part of the Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes. So out came some little hearts from the Occasions Catalog Stamp Set, Heart Happiness, and the envelope was decorated in a flash.  What a deal for 16 FREE card bases and matching envelopes! Just spend $50 in my Stampin’ Up! store and you can choose this set FOR FREE, too!

 

Here are all the products I used in this project – most of them the same as for the previous project. Click on any of the icons to find out more about them and even purchase one or two (or more?) directly from me at my Stampin’ Up! website.


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Posted on : Feb 03 2018
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A Quick Fix for Inertia

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Do you ever have one of those days (weeks, months?) where you just know crafting would be good for you, but you just can’t get started? I obviously have been having this going on in my Craft Room ever since I broke my foot last fall. While there have been spurts of activity (I had to get my Christmas Cards done and I had classes to prepare), the rest of the time, I’ve found myself staring at my work table wondering what I’m going to do next.

 

Today, I said, “enough.” No, I didn’t immediately get my mojo back. But what I did do is to tell myself to start looking for other stampers’ projects on the internet, and then CASE them. For those of you who are new to the word, CASE, it basically amounts to copying the essence of someone else’s project, while many times doing something just a bit differently. The acronym stands for Copy And Share with Everyone. When I CASE a project, I make sure that I note whose project I’m copying to give them credit for the original design.

My first CASE project for today is one inspired by a project by fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Jo Anne Hewins, who made her card for a Create with Connie and Mary challenge last month. I had just a few days before noticed the fun heart pattern in the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Bubbles and Fizz Designer Series Paper set. For my first CASEing effort, I googled the name of the paper set and, before too long, there was Jo Anne’s project on my computer screen.

 

What’s similar about our two projects are the papers (both from the Bubbles and Fizz set), and Stamp Set/Framelits Sure Do Love You Bundle from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog. What’s different is that I decided to make use of the nicely-coordinating Sale-A-Bration Tutti Frutti Cards & Envelopes set. The card base is the same Calypso Coral color as the heart design on the Designer Series Paper. Then, to separate the Calypso Coral Designer Series Paper from the Calypso Coral card base, I added a rectangle of Whisper White Cardstock. While Jo Anne’s project had a strip of another set of Designer Series Paper across the bottom, I instead added a piece of the Whisper White 1/4″ Organza Ribbon, also from the Occasions Catalog.

 

So I have a card made!!!  Yay! And everything I used, except the Bermuda Bay Ink and Whisper White Cardstock is all from our newest Catalog, the Occasions Catalog, or the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. And I earned the Designer Series Paper and the Card Base for FREE by buying some of the other products in this card and others that I’ll share over the next week or so. To find out more about Sale-A-Bration and its FREE PRODUCTS, just click here to go to my webpage, scroll down a bit, and click on Get Details under the Sale-A-Bration picture.


Posted on : Feb 01 2018
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Almost to the Last of My Christmas Cards!

Aloha, all!

 

This year, with my Card-Making Classes all fall and several swaps and challenges, I thought I had plenty of cards for my list. Even with a dozen or so cards that we had made with photos of our garden (my husband’s new hobby is photography), I should have had plenty. But wouldn’t you know, when I woke up Wedensday morning and looked at the last “few” names on my list, I was short a dozen cards. How could that be?  But it was. Throwing those names out was not an option. Making a dozen cards AND getting notes written in them all AND getting them out to the mailbox before the mail carrier arrived was going to be a challenge.

 

So the first thing that I did was “waste” some time quickly going over screen captures I’d made of cards I’d seen on the Internet over the past few months. And there was one that gave me the perfect idea. I didn’t have the time to make the whole card that was shown, but I knew that I could make something that wouldn’t be too embarrassing.

 

Not only were these cards just fine to send to everyone on my list, I was able to use up the last of a few embellishments I had from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. I’m now down to about a 1 foot length of the Quilted Christmas 1/4″ Ribbon and I used up ALL of the remaining Stitched Felt Embellishments. I added some of the Real Red 1/8″ Solid Ribbon. But that’s not retiring with the Holiday Catalog. Another product that IS retiring is the large snowflake embossing folder – the Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

 

So quick and easy, and best made in assembly-line style. The only thing that took any time was waiting for the Multipurpose Liquid Glue that I used to dry under those felt embellishments. And they’re all in the mail and on their way.

 

This wasn’t the last of my Christmas Cards. I made a special card for our oldest grandson, and I’ll share that with you tomorrow!

 

 


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Posted on : Dec 21 2017
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More Christmas Cards – With Retiring Products!

Aloha, all!

I’ve had so much fun the past few weeks getting my Christmas Cards done. Stuck at home in a wheelchair and a cast-type boot on my driving foot has meant a lot more time in my Craft Room!

One of the things I’ve tried to do is to be sure that I use ALL of the Christmas and Winter-themed stamp sets I’ve bought. There are still two sets left that I haven’t touched. But, in the midst of looking at those, I decided that I needed to try out one last set of cards using the retiring Quilt Builder Framelits Dies, as well as use up some of the fun Foil Snowflakes I’ve had for a few weeks. Oh, and then there’s that luscious Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper with all those wonderful metallic elements. So off I went. Here are 3 of the 9 cards I made in this session:

     This was actually the last of the cards that I made and I just used the interior of the square quilt-style framelit, with the outline cut from Copper Foil, and the inside pieces from one of the sheets of the Designer Series Paper set. On all of the other cards (you’ll see 2 below) I used the Foil Snowflakes as a background. But for this Copper-themed card, I cut Swirly Snowflakes out of the Copper Foil, and embossed the Merry Christmas Sentiment (from the Half Full Stamp Set) using Copper Embossing Powder

     For this card, I used all my “outside” pieces from cutting the full quilt square out of Gold Foil. You’ll see some of the gold foil “inside” pieces in the following card. The “inside” pieces of this quilt square are from one of the sheets of the Designer Series Paper. The Gold Foil Snowflake and the gold-embossed sentiment really do a nice job of accenting the quilt square.

     Finally, here is the very first card I made in this session (I guess I could have rearranged them here. Can you say, “lazy”?) I CASEd this idea from an ornament that I saw on Facebook, with the corner squares from the sheet in the Designer Series Paper set with large Copper and Champagne designs. For the triangles, I used the sheet with the sunburst design from the same set. Then for the “inside” pieces, I used two pieces each of Copper Foil, Gold Foil, Champagne Foil, and Silver Foil. If it wouldn’t have wasted an extraordinary amount of Designer Series Paper and Foil, I would like to have made ALL the cards with this design!

     Today I’m actually going shopping – the first time in months! We’re going to Costco, and I’ll have to be in a wheelchair. But that will be fine, and I’ll be ready for Christmas parties that are coming up all too soon. It will be nice to drive across our island, too (it takes us almost 2 hours to get to the only Costco on our island). Thursday I’ll be back to Christmas projects, this time to set up for a tag and ornament class next Monday. That will be a fun class for my regular students – and me!!

     Here are the products I used for the front of this card. I’ve marked the three that are retiring, but as of the time I’m writing this, all are still available to purchase. Just click on an icon to find out more about them and even to buy them in my own Stampin’ Up! Store.


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Posted on : Dec 11 2017
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Some Holiday Catalog Products Will Carry Over!

Aloha, all!

     The 5 months beginning in January every year are always interesting when I'm trying to figure out what I can use to show off here on my blog as well as in my Newsletter and Facebook. Why? Because Stampin' Up! has decided (yay!) to keep some of the fun products from its Holiday Catalog – but that list gets shoved aside by the upcoming Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs, as well as the ongoing 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. But this year I have a plan!

     The icon over at the top of the right column is going to stay right where it is. That way both you and I will remember that there are products out there in Stampin' Up! land that aren't in any current catalog BUT are available for purchase.

     Let me share one fun non-autumn card I made with the decidedly Fall-themed, Painted Harvest Stamp Set.

     If you bump around Pinterest at all, you'll know that this is not my original design. Dozens of people have already figured out that the Sunflower stamps in the Painted Harvest Stamp Set make a great Christmas Wreath. Using those little dots that are supposed to help make up the center of the Sunflower as Berries in the wreath was the best idea. I'm happily CASEing this from all those before me for my Stamp-a-Stack Christmas Card class next week. This card goes SOOOO fast!

     Now I can harly wait to see what all those creative people out there think of to do with this set for Spring holidays and celebrations. 

     Besides that stamp set, here are my favorites that are going to continue to be available into the New Year. This is not everything on the list – just click on the icon up at the top of the right column to see the full list. These are just my favorites:

  • Half Full Stamp Set
  • Everyday Label Punch
  • Cat Punch
  • 1/8" Solid Red Ribbon (think Valentine's Day Cards and gifts!)
  • Clear Acetate Boxes (for card gifts all year)

     Now back to Christmas Cards! I'll have a couple of those next week, including a new project that's a modification of a popular fun fold!

     See you next week!

 

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Posted on : Dec 02 2017
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I Never Get Tired of Christmas Cards!

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     Finally I'm at a time of the year when it won't hurt me or anyone else if all I post about are Christmas Cards! Well, I'll be making some birthday cards as there are lots of birthdays in my circle of family and friends between now and Christmas. I may even share some here with you. But I am SO ready to start showing off Christmas Cards in earnest.

     My first card for this fun effort is one I CASEd (Copy And Share with Everyone) from one of Stampin' Up!s Million Dollar Sales demonstrators, Linda Bauwin. When demonstrators reach that milestone, one of their recent perks is to help Stampin' Up! develop a new stamp set based on their interests. Linda's stamp set is called, Half Full, and is featured in the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog. Linda made a Waterfall Card with her set that I had to stop everything and go make for myself!

     OK, I'm sure you can't see the Half Full Stamp Set in this photo. But I'll be showing that off before I write too many more sentences! First, I'd like to show off one of the sheets from the gorgeous Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). The "specialty" in this set of papers is that every sheet has foil accents on it. Among the foils accent colors are Champagne, Gold, Silver and Copper. This sheet seems to have all three. But I have to tell you, I have a hard time seeing the difference between Champagne and Silver unless they're side by side, which doesn't happen in this sheet. And It's really not important. I chose to use Gold as my accent color for the rest of the card, beginning with the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape that I ran across the bar near the bottom of the card. I LOVE this washi tape, with the same foll accents as in the DSP.

     The stamped and embossed (with Gold) snowflakes are from two different stamp sets. The large snowflake is from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set, and the smaller flakes in lines at the bottom of the other two layers of this waterfall card are from the Merry Cafe Stamp Set. I love it when I can find just what I want in a stamp set where I didn't expect to fine it!

     Here, then, are the flips that appear in the waterfall card when you pull the ribboned tab down from the card. The first flip (at the left) has a row of wine glasses colored to look somewhat like they're filled with white wine. The words, embossed in white just above it is one of the fun quotes from this set – made perfect when paired with the words above the second flip panel (at the right) that explain the glasses filled with red wine. If it's too small for you to read, they say, "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas." And then, "But if the white runs out, I'll drink red." My sentiments exactly! And what a perfect set of stamps and words for a waterfall card.

     Everything that I stamped on this card is heat-embossed. The snowflakes and wine classes are embossed in Gold and the words are embossed in White. I prefer to emboss items stamped onto colored cardstock. I rarely stamp onto colored cardstock unless it's for a watermark-style image or some background. So I keep a good stock of embossing powder on hand.

     If you'd like to try your hand at this waterfall card, there are plenty of videos out on YouTube (including the video for this project). And here are the products I featured in this project. If you're interested in any of them, be sure to click on the icon to go directly to my Stampin' Up! store to read more about the product and order it online!

 


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Posted on : Nov 24 2017
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CASEing for a Class!

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     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!

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     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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